8. THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE. . NEW YORK. SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 16. 1008. THE SZECHENYIS SAIL AMONG THE CLUBS. re count and Countess Booked as "Mr. and Mrs. R. Brown" on S. S. Kaiserin Augusta Victoria. OCCUPY VANDERBILT SUITE. Plenty of Denials, but Mrs. Brown Carried a Big Bouquet of Roses Addressed to Countess Szechenyi. Much mystery was thrown about the departure of Count and Countess Szech-'myi .on the Hamburg-American Line steamship Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, yesterday afternoon but the Hungarian nobleman and his American bride, who was Miss Gladys Vanderbilt. sailed safely cn the Kaiserin under assumed names which did not, however, prevent their Identities from becoming known. It was 2 o'clock when "Mr. and Mrs. h. Brown" arrived in Hoboken. aecom-Tanler by W. K. Vanderbilt and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney. The party did not come up together, for with the Whltneys came the former Gladys Vanderbilt and a few minutes later another p.utomobile drummed up to the German pier with W. K. Vanderbilt. sr., Winfleld E. Hoyt, his secretary and Count Szechenyi. Owing to the regulations governing au tomobiles on ferryboats, the party got mixed on the Manhattan side and became reparated. arriving in Hobokeu on different boats. All the baggage 'of the fc'zechenyis was marked "Brown" and there were thirty-two ' - es. "Mr. and Mrs. Brown" had the sntto numbering from 231 to 235 on the upper dock, starboard side, and with, them came a valet end a maid. From Nos. 221 to 231 tho rooms had been assigned to W. K. Vanderbilt and his secretary, and a large section of thu Hitz-Carltou restaurant oa the upper promenade deck had been reserved for the party for the voyage. The only thing that really identified the "Browns" as the Ezechenyis. aside from the establishment of the couple's identity by the newspaper interviewers, was that "Mrs. Brown" carried off a huge bouquet of roses addressed to the Countess Szechenyi. Half a hundred attaches of the big liner seemed to be in tho Bpucial employ cf the Vanderbilt-Szechenyi party, fur they bustled about the big suite assigned to them, and the other voyagers seemed to be left to their own devices. Everybody was after a Vanderbilt tip. So far did some of tho stewards on the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria go in tiicir teal to follow instruction.! mat they tin-blushlngly said that the Szccheuyis had ailed several hours before tho Kaiserin was slated to depart, on tho White Star Line steamship Cedric. For nearly two hours the Szecheuyts hid themselves iu their rooms and at 4:30 o'clock, when the Kaiteriu Augusta Victoria sailed, half an hour late, for no apparent reason, tfiere was no sign of the count and the American countess at the ship's rati. The Harry Payne Whitneya stood on the Hoboken pier as if expecting to wave a final adieu, but there was "nothing doing." Just before sailing time Mr. Vanderbilt was asked about the Hetty Green interview on finance. "Oh, no," he laughingly said, "you must ask someone else. 1 will not have anything to say on the subject." And with that the millionaire hurried into the privacy of his stateroom. Mr. and Mrs. C. Mitchell Dopew sailed on the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, but it could not be ascertained whether they were Mr. and Mrs. Chaunecy M. Depcw or not. Under the names of tho first mentioned Depews came the names of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Depew. They were in their rooms and no amount of knocking tot them to answer. The stewards, iu their case, also, had instructions not to understand English. When asked in German they shrugged their shoulders and laughed. Mr. and Mrs. Lortllard Ronalds wert also among the liner's passengers and will spend sometime abroad on tho Riviera. STEEPLECHASE PARK CO. New Corporation, 'With $2,000,0.00 Capital, Organized to Succeed the Steeplechase Company. The Steeplechase Park Company was Incorporated yesterday with a capital of $2,000,000, consisting of 400.000 shares of stock at the par value of $5 per share. This corporation has been organized to succeed the Steeplechase Company, and to take over such of the property of the latter company as is specified in the charter and known as Steeplechase Park. This property has a frontage on Surf avenuo of 400 feet, extends to the ocean front, X distance of about 1,000 feet, and has a white sand beach of 600 feet along the waterllne. The riparian rights extending 3,000 feet into the ocean, together with the great Steeplechase Pier, also belong with the property. Of the 400.000 share:, of stock, 100,000 will be put on the market on a novel plan, involving a $5 certificate, which will carry a premium with it of a season's pass to Steeplechase Park, and which will be redeemable at any time by being presented at the Steeplechase ticket office, where it can be exchanged for amusement tickets. George C. Tilyou, who owns practically all the stock of the Steeplechase Company, will continue as the head of the new company, though he proposes to share his business and profits with the pbllc, under the stock arrangement of the new company. . The 100,000 shares of stock to bo placed on the market are designed to realize funds to defray the cost of construction of the new Pavilion of Fun, which Is now being erected in the park, and will be one of the largest amusement structures of its kind in the world. This pavilion is Naturally there Is a lull in the social activities after the very general celebration of Lincoln's Birthday in the larger clubs of this borough, coming, too, as the celebration does, such a short time before the beginning of Lent, but there are quite a number of events scheduled between now and Ash Wednesday. The annual dinner the thirty-first In its history of the Manhasset Club was the most important event of last night in Brooklyn clubdom, and that is noticed else where In the Eagle to-day. The Crescent Club, too, had a big turnout of tho members last night to listen to the lecture by C. L. Chester, who Is well known in Brooklyn as a lecturer on popular subjects. The next nlnner of importance at the Union League Club will be the annua! banquet of the Brooklyn Bar Association, at which Secretary of War Taft is to be the guest of honor. The banquet will follow a reception to the guests, and will occur on Saturday evening, February 2! The banquet will be llmtted to an easy seating capacity of the large assembly room, and already the committee is assured that every chair will have an occupant. Supreme Court Justice William Carr and the Rev. Dr. Ne-heniiii Boynton will also make addresses. The committee in charge of the dinner arrangements are Edward L. Collier. Moses J. Harris, T. Ellett Hodgskin, Chm-los J. McDermott and David F. Manning. The social committee of the Unity Club is hard at work on tho vaudeville entertainment that is to be given by home talent on Thursday evening. March 12. This club has a good deal of known talent among its members and friends among the fair sex, but there is a hustle to get new talent, and the committee Is hard at work trying to discover those who have been hiding their lights under bushels, as it were. A preliminary meeting will be held Sunday afternoon, March 2, at the clubhouse, Franklin avenue and Hancock street, for the purpose of "trying out" some of this new talent. Montague D. Cohen. Arthur L. Mayer, Sollie Lewis, Milton Newman. Paul Rueff ami Herbert Sterzelbach make up the committee that is planning tna entertainment. It is announced by the entertainment committee 'of the Cortclyou Club that preparations for the twelfth annual concert, to be held on Friday evening. February 21, are near-ing completion. (In that occasion Hoad-ley's musical society of sixty pieces, will entertain. The following artists will take part: Richard Shuebruk. conductor: Miss Etta Raybert, soprano; Guy Smith, tenor; William Graflng King, violinist, and Lewis Lanzer. accompanist. Other events scheduled for the future are the annual club dinner. Wednesday night. February 2fi: the women's bowling games, Friday evening, February 28; euchre. Friday evening. March 8; Pinafore, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. March 10 and 11; ladies bowling. Friday evening. March 13; euchre, Friday evening. March 20: vaudeville. Wednesday evening, March 23. and women's bowling, Friday evening, March 27. Henry A. Meyer, chairman of the entertainment committee, assisted by the other members of the club are also completing arrangements for the annual dinner on February 26. It will be an innovation upon any held In former yean It will be first of all a thoroughly home event, and also the first time that women will be Invited to attend. Members' wives only, will be invited, and the speechmaking will bo confined to members. In the event of all the members of the club not responding for invitations hy February 10, outside applications will be considered, but not until the members desires have been attended to. The programme for the dinner will be as follows: Introduction of George W. Wilson, who will present the tonstmaster of the night, George H. Kean. The toasts are "The Ladies." F. 'J: H. Kracke; song, assemblage (dedicated to the ladies) and composed by Mr. Kean; "Our Entertainments," Henry A. Meyer; contralto song, Miss Grace Hormsby; club anthem, "Oh, Cortelyou, Oh, Cortelyou." "Good Times Coming," Andrew McLean, an honorary member; baritone so.o. Freeman Wright; "Clubs Relation to Our Home," Lewis H. Pounds. All of tho larger clubs are, as never before, finding bowling O" the increase this year. The bowling tournaments of the Montauk. Invincible and Union League Clubs are progressing with unabated interest. The "Indians" of the Montauk Club take great pride in the prowess of the various "tribes" that are competing and the prizes that are offered are very valuable. The Hanover Club's annual dinner promises this year to bo better than ever before and this is a good deal to say of this well known Eastern District organization. It Is to be held on Friday evening. February 28. and a large attendance is already promised. The committee is saying nothing as to who they will have for guests and speakers but are looking wise, which promises a good deal In the minds of those who know the makeup of the committee. James F. Bendernagel, James A. Sperry, John Mc-Kee, Daniel T. Wilson. Charles O. Grim and R. P. Lethbridge have the dinner in charge. WHY NOT? MORE INSURANCE IN 1908. Mutual Life's Head Speaks of Big Improvement Over Last Year. Charles A. Peabody, president of the Mutual Iifa Insurance Company, in commenting yesterday upon the company's business for 1907 and the prospects for the coming year, said: "The new insurance written so far this year greatly exceeds that of the corresponding period of 1907, and the ratio of Increase is advanclig with every week. This is owing to several causes, chief utiiong them being tho increase In the agency force which tho company has built up. Tho cash and loan values of the company's policies have also been largely increased. "Not the least of the changes contrlb' uting to the return of confidence Is the improvement of the annual dividends of the company. In 1907 tho Mutual Life paid out for dividends the sum $4,321,-493.34, while $8,311,002.02 has been appropriated for the purpose in 1908. The Increase In this item in the case of the Mutual Lifo is due. among other causes, to a material advauce in the dividend scale, to a larger number of maturing twenty-year distribution policies, etc. 'In respect to the dividends paid in being constructed of steel, concrete audi19"1' " 18 noteworthy that the sum or glass. It has a frontage on the new $2,822,429.66. or more than 65 per cent., Bowery of 400 feet with a depth of about was applied to the purchase of paid-up BOO feet to a line near the ocean front. I insurance.- indicating the confidence of Practically all of the indoor amusements Policyholders in the company. To the of Steeplechase Park will be on the main I saInc effect may be mentioned tho cir- floor of the building. In the gallery. reaching around the interior, will be great automobile driveway. This pavilion is a part of a plan which will include the Talace of Pleasure, to be .built on the area between Surf avenue and the Bowery. The latter street is to be extended Ihrough the park, and the plot on the west side of the park. cumstance that one-fourth of the new irsuranct written In 1907 was applied for hy existing policyholders. "The new premiums received last year amounted to $6,362,380.62, and the renewal premiums to $50,276,819.58, making the total premium income $56,639,200.20. The commissions to agents on renewal premiums were $L92.2S5.26. This item amounts to less than 2 per cent, of the total renewal premiums collected." BRIGHTON EUCHRE CLUB. On Thursday evening last, at the residence of Mrs. Youmans, 1556 East Fn.r-teenth street, the Brighton Progressive Euchre Club held Its regular semimonthly meeting. Mrs. Volz was the winner of the women's prize and Mr. Crosby captured the men's prize, vale while Mr. Robinson was very kiaiKy awarded the third prize the boolv. After the games light refreshments wvrt1r"' f.erved, following which the club members were entertained by Miss Ethel Anderson with piano solos, Mr. Crosbv, Mr. Webb, Miss Schneider, voca selections, and Mr. Reynolds with recitations. 'The next meetirg will held at the residence of Mr. and Mr3. Volz, 1560 Eat fourteenth street, , CHINESE FETE AT JAMAICA. A "Chinese Fete" will he held on Friday evening. February 21. at the Veteran Firemen's Hall. Jamaica, tim'r the auspices of the Women's Auxiliary of the Volunteer Firemen's Assoelr.t'on. throat ounew ES ON ITS 31SI BIRTHDAT Representative Fitzgerald Makes a Speech Defending Pacific Cruise. THINKS IT'S NOT MERE SHOW. hoarseness and sore caused by cold or use 01C5. Abtoluttljr hirmlm. A Plea for Fairer Treatment of Hawaiian Islands Elder and McLean Also Speak. The members of the Manhansstt Club got together last night at their club house, 440 Clinton street, and celebrated the thirty-first anniversary of tho organisation of the club with a dinner and speeches from well-known Brooklynites. An Interesting feature of the banquet was the fact that at least two of the original members were present to help celebrate the event. Representative John J. Fitzgerald, Andrew McLean and Assistant District Attorney Robert H. Elder made addresses. The toastmaster was Eugene F. Moran, the president of the club. For his subject Representative Fitzgerald took the sailing of the naval fleet to the Pacific. "Our Western Outpost" was his formal toast. Mr. McLean was reminiscent, "Brooklyn Old and New," being the topic of his discourse, and Mr. Elder spoke- of "Our Heroe3 and Our Principles." What Mr. Moran said was rather In the way of jubilation for the present financial position of the club and its Importance among like organizations in Brooklyn. He spoke of its humble beginning In 1877. with just thirteen members, and of Its many changes of club quarters to keep pace with its growth. The club now had Just cause for celebration, with a fine clubhouse plant. Us own, he said, and he called upon tho members to begin a campaign for members. There are now 190 on the rolls, and there should be 300. Mr. Fitzgerald took a very serious view of the fleet to the Pacific. If the voyage had been intended for an Idle and vain display of the naval strength of tho United States, It could not be Justified. To those who have given more than a passing study to current events, and the speaker counted himself among such, there was more, he said, than a passing suspicion that this was no mere pleasure trip, Intended for the drill of the fleet and Its officers and men. "There is In the East," he said, "a young and powerful nation. Its people are energetic and enterprising. They have tremendous confidence in their own powers. They have been remarkably successful in recent military enterprises. At present, all apparently is cordial in the relations between this power and our government. With all others, I earnestly hope that no reason exists for apprehending strife with the rising young power of the East. But, if precautions be a 1-y4sable, every American desires that the fleet shall be where it will be most useful In case of strife. Its very presence in the Pacific may eliminate all posul-bility of armed conflict In the adjustment of some of our foreign problems. "At times I have been somewhat free in criticising the present administration. Some people thought perhaps I have been too ready to do so. Yet upon questions affecting the dignity of our government, its right to regulate its internal affairs without referenco from other nations, there can be no difference of opinion. Honest men may differ upon many questions affecting the conduct of the affairs of our government: patriotic men will ever be found together upholding the dignity and rights of tho couutry against foreign aggression." Representative Fitzgerald discussed the strategic position of the island possessions of the United States in the Pacific Ocean. "The Hawaiian Islands." he said, "are a most important part of our territory. The people are generous, loyal, devoted and patriotic. They gave up a prized independence to share in the glory of our civilization and to partake of the benefits and protection of our Institutions. They have been neglected during the ten years during which they have been a part of the Union. What our selfish Interests should Impel us to grant without petition, the Islands are compelled to beg. and have besought thus far In vain. "To us living more than 5.000 miles from them, they do not occupy so important a place In our vision as they deserve. A part of our country, essential to its peace and protection, the voyage of our fleet may emphasize the Importance of these Islands to our wel fare, and may awaken such a degree of public Interest legislation which. in an Impregnable condition and preserve and safeguard the country for all time from hostile attacks from the distant East." Among -those present were: John J. Fitzgerald. R. Hi Elder, James Dunne, Eugene R. Judge, William Nolan, James (iuerin, Bernard Evers, Miles Mc-Goivan, Rollln S. Covert. Francis X. Car-mody, D. M. Hurley, James W. Cody, John Costello, E. T. Lowry, John W. Sparks, Joseph H. Moran, William J. Corcoran, Capt. Edward Hughes, A. F. Dal-ton, John J. Robinson. Peter C. Kingston, William A. Keating. James Rooney, Charles A. Webber, Capt. John H. Butler, Joseph M. Nash, Martin J. Carroll, W. J. Conway. Jr., Robert J. Ritterbush, George J. S. Dowllng, John T. Brennan, J. Frank Belford, E. Wisbech, Thomas F. Meehan, John F. Murphy, P. Pereda, W. J. Dalton. John J. Fagan. Thomas J. Skuse, Alfred Ackcrman, Joseph T. Tynan. Michael Flynn, Owen McDermott, J. Pereda, Capt. Thomas Reynolds. W'illlam A. Doyle, Arthur L. Hurley. Andrew McLean. John Mulvaney. Thomas J. Dunne. James Shannon. Thomas De-vanoy, Charles Edwards, Captain Edward Toole, J. J. O'Leary, F. G. Donovan, James E. Ledwith, Joseph H. Flood, F. E. MeKiernan, James McKeon, Francis Gil-lick, Michael Patten, John Hughes, Harry Hart, William H. Dobbins, J. J. Reiber. James F. McEvoy, James J. Ennis, John L. O'Connell, C. W. A. Furey, C. J. Ledwith, Edward T. Joyce. E. J. Kelly, John J, Carlin, S. W. Hamilton, Robert J. Ritterbush, R. W. Tilson, F. T. Leahy, Fred Littman, Captain W. J. Conway, George Carter, Robert Russell, F. D. Harvey, Stephen M. Kernan, John J. P. Fagan. Thomas Williams, James Greene. Duniel Kelly, D. J. McGulnness, Luke J. Lavin, Martin Maurer, Captain William Cunningham, Miles F. McPartland, Joseph Loughlin, M. J. Murphy, James Rooney. EAGLE RIDERS' VIEWS G. 0. P. Third Term Sentiment Still Shows Up Strong; Hughes Also Boomed. SOME FRANK EXPRESSIONS. T. F.ARCHER TO INCORPORATE Weil-Known Queens Realty Operator Organizing Company With $100,000 Capital. In order to be In a better position to take advantage of tho real estate opportunities In tho Borough of Queens, T. F. Archer, one of the best known real estate dealers and auctioneers In that borough, is engaged in the formation of a real estate and auctioneering corporation to be known as the T. F. Archer Company, and to ba caDltaltzed at from $100.-000 to $150,000. Although Mr. Archer has been active In soliciting subscriptions to the stock of the proposed corporation only during the last - cek, he has already. It is stated, secured from $40,000 to $50,000 of the total sura desired. Among those who have signified their Intention of taking stock in the corporation are some of the most prominent real estate dealers and business men of Queens Borough, including Leander B. Faber of the law firm of Montfort & Faber; Charles F. Lewis, treasurer of Nassau County; W. D. Llewellyn, cashier of the Bank of Long Island; J. Maynard Kifsau of Queens; W. L. Calllster, Elmer E. Bergen of Jamaica; B. Law of Floral Park, Henry Keitor of New Hydo Park. William E. Watt9 of New Hyde Park, John F. Vogel of Hempstead, W. A Olmstead of Brooklyn, Charles E. Has-son of Queens, J. W. Demarest of Queen D. Bangert of Jamaica, George M. Crick of Munson, Joseph Lang of Queens, and T. F. Archer of Jamaica. For thirty-five years T. F. Archer, senior and junior, have been prominent figures in the real estate and auction markets in Jamaica and Queens. The concern was started In 1872 on Fulton street, Jamaica, where it has since existed. Regarding the new corporation T. F. Archer made the following statement to an Eagle reporter: "Many good propositions were allowed to go by the board In the past because of my inability to secure the co-operation of capital at the crucial moment. "Tho Idea of starting a corporation In which ready cash would be always on band, permitting us to take advantage of opportunities as they arise, has appealed to me for some time. I have been planning this move for the last year and a half. The corporation will be formed In about two months." WILL LEND TO THE SULTAN. Paris, February 16 It is officially announced that the State Bank of Morocco, seeking the restoration of order, the protection of commerce and the security of foreigners, has decided to advance $500,-000 to Abd-el-Aziz, the Sultan of Morocco, for the purpose of maintaining the soldiers whom the Maghzcn, or Moroccan Foreign Board, placed on duty at the ports. Tho French f-Tnment believes that this step will have a most Important effect In the tranqulllization of Morocco. Effort to Make Clear the Opinion of Plain Citizens, to Prevent Error , by Politicians. Municipal ownership will become a fact in Tokio, Japan. At a meeting of the Tokio Electric Street Railway It was agreed to sell the line to the city. DYSPEPSIA EASILY CURED. No trouble to cure dyspepsia when you go at It right. Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets, being natural digestives, relieve the stomach entirely of work and permit It to regain Its strength and health. They are for sale by all druggists at 50 cents to result in the box. Everyone knows, doctors Included. once enacted, will that there is nothing on earth so good for make it possible to put theso Islands I dyspepsia at Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets. I The voluntary contributors to the crystallization of Republican sentiment on the choice of a presidential candidate arc still seuding their views to the Eagle, and in some instances thoir expressions are very interesting. Tho limit of fifty words is generally adhered to. If any reader wishes to help the Republican politicians to avoid a mistake he can do his part very easily by putting his own opinion in brief form and mailing It to this office, addressed to tho "Presidential Views Editor." A Washington, D. C, reader, not confining himself to the space limit, sends this bit of speculation, reasoning out tho future from the past: "There, have been intimations from various directions that President Roosevelt would not consent to nomination for a 'third term," and lest those who wish to have him reconsider the matter should feel some delicacy In broaching the subject to him, might not an allusion reassure them to a political episode of the summer of 1898, when some enthusiastic reformers of New York sought to form a new party, Theodore Roosevelt consenting to head its ticket for governor. That he was later accessible to the reasoning of the Republican party. and consented to head its ticket, would show a more facile temperament than his enemies accord him." H. S. Thorne, who does not give his address, - writes thus: "First choice, Huehes; second. Cannon; third, Knox. Ideal ticket, Hughes and Cannon or Hughes and Knox or Hughes and Shaw. As for Roosevelt and Bryan, If there is any asylum anywhere (Texas preferred) for people of good intentions, but blundering methods, put them both in together and let them talk one another to a standstill. Big Stick and Smash vs. Donkey and Bray. Odds even." Some of the answers that cotorra to the request of the Eagle are a 'ollows: JOHN E. VOLCK, 246 Jefferson avenue-Present conditions call for a renomination of Roosevelt. Hughes should serve another term as governor, after which, should he hold his own as at present, he should be the unanimous choice of the state for the nomination four years hence. Both should be forced to accept a rcuora-inatinn this year. HARRY C. ABRAMS. 568 Seventy-second street Theodore Roosevelt 'Is the only candidate who can win. His sterling manhood and fearlessness to do the right according to his convictions, mark him a king among men. No other man can successfully turn aside the avalanche of votes that otherwise will elect W. J. Bryan Pres. Ident of the United States next November. JOHN PLADWELL, 214 Harrison street Nominate Roosevelt for a second elective term. If that could not be done, Uien let us have President Roosevelt's first choice. Secretary Taft. If that cannot be accomplished, give us his second choice. Secretary Root, the man that made the trip to South America looking for new business for the products of the farmer and manufacturer, and In the interests of American built ships to carry the goods. He is Uncle Sam's advancj statesman. He is the man well equipped to run the zuip at Washington March 4, 1909. It will take Governor Hughes two years more to finish housecleanlng at Albany. Harrlman and the Standard Oil crowd are only boom'ng him for president to discredit the Roosevelt administration. JAMES F. McILVAINE. 472 Washington avenue T. R. for mine, and another elective term O. K. Hughes next. But, dear me! what do we mortals know of future needs? The psalmist says "Promotion (over the nations) cometh neither from the east nor the west, nor the south, but God is the judge. He putteth down one and setteth up another as It pleaseth Him." W. A. D. LONG. JR., 152 Montague street Roosevelt is my first choice; Taft second. Roosevelt is the first President since Lincoln to attempt to enforce justice alike to capital and labor. He is the grandest advocate in our history of the principle upon which this Union was founded, that men and not money shall rule this country. WALTER B. QUINLAN, 215 West Twenty-third street. Manhattan Roosevelt Is my first choice with Taft second. No honest man can read Roosevelt's last message without realizing that Roosevelt is the greatest and most courageous Christian American living lo-day. M. L. CHURCH. 205 Flatbush avenue-Governor Hughes by all means; he is another" Abraham Lincoln." the typical American pure and simple. MANY YEARS IN PRISON FOR THEFT WHILE MISCELLANEOUS. O'Brien's Case Has Interested James T. Hoile, Who Knew Man Long Ago. JUDGE ASPINALL'S ERROR. He Had Confounded O'Brien With Another Prisoner Hoile Criticises Governor Hughes. cso'l The unfortunate plight of JamcsrO'Brlen, once a respected master plumber and citizen of Brooklyn, now a long-term prisoner In Sing Sing Prison, has just been brought to light In what James T. Hoile, secretary of the Manufacturers Association of New York, of 198 Montague street, considers to be his rebuff, by Governor Charles Evans Hughes. Mr. Hoile was an old-time friend of the prisoner. He bad dealings With O'Brien when the latter was a pros perous business man. He always knew him as a clean-cut, honest man, aud when O'Brien failed In business, Hoile says that thu man assigned everything he bad in the world for the benefit of his creditors everything but bis plumber's tools. "Let me keep these," be said, "for I'll have to hunt for work and I'll need some tools." His failure In business somewhat discouraged him. It is said, aud ho used to seek tile consolation in thu cup. Drluk at first seemed a good friend to tho unfortunate man; but it later played him false, and one night he was apprehended iu the act of breaking into the shop ol his employer, intent on getting his own tools. The evidence at the police court trial went to show that the prisoner was druuk when he made the unlawful entry Into the building, and the fact that it was his first olfense and that he had borne up to that time a good character in the community mitigated his case considerably. The Justice sentenced him to a short term iu the Raymond Street Jail. Shortly after his release he is said to have reverted to bis inebriate habits, and while his mind was befogged dtith alcohol, he purloined a brass gas bracket iroin a new Duilding. Upon advice of a relative ho pleaded guilty, the relative saying that it would be a good thing for him to go up for six weeks to sober up; but the Justico taking cognizance of the fact that It was the second offense. Imposed a sentence of six months in Slug Sing. O'Brien served out this sentence and was released. He worked steadily for a time, but the old feeling of discouragement coming upon him, he sought the friend which had played him false twice before, and in a drunken stupor he appropriated for himself a beer plug. Apprehended by the police the third time, he became to bo considered an habitual criminal. He was bound over to the Grand Jury and came up for trial before County Judge Aspinall. The district attorney prosecuted the case, and the verdict was guilty of burglary in the third degree on two counts, the sentence imposed being ten years In Sing Sing oa each count-Judge Who Sentenced O'Brien Opposed His Release. But O'Brien had dropped out of the life of Hoile and other rriends of his during his prosperous days, and none of them knew of his conviction and sentence to prison as a common thief. Indeed, it was some years after ho had begun to serve his sentence that they were advised of it. One day Mr. Hoile received a letter from a New York politician and district leader, wnose wife was mora or less interested in missionary work among prisoners. They had heard the story of O'Brien's downfall from himself, and the husband politician advised Hoile that his name had been mentioned during the recital of the sad circumstances. It seems that an attnmnf bnri h.n made to secure O'Brien's release from prison, but that it had been strenuously objected to by the judge who had passed sentence, who had written i p.n,.... Odell that the prisoner was absolutely worthless and a confirmed criminal. Hoile ieiL mat u urien was not, and he soon became Interested in the movement to secure his release. He made a trip to Sing Sing and had a long talk with the prisoner and elicited a statement of the true facts of the case from him. Armed with these facts, he sought Judge Aspinall, but the latter refused to accede to any proposition that had for Its purpose the release of the prisoner. "Why, do you know what you are asking of me?" the Judge exclaimed "I tin elected and paid to protect tho homes or yourself and your neighbors fmn ,.h men as O'Brien. Do you know what ho did? He cracked three houses all in one night, that's what he did." O'Brien Confounded With Another Prisoner. Hoile emphatically stated that he did not believe It and it suddenly occurred to hlra that O'Brien had mentioned to him a man who had been convicted the same day as himself, who had faked religion and was pardoned on the identical offense scored up against him. Here was a coincidence indeed, and Hollo could not help thinking that the judgo had confounded his friend with the man who had "cracked three houses all In one night." Upon further investigation he became convinced that that was Just what had happened, and at another conference he held with the judge the latter apparently, at least, became convinced that he had made an unfortunate mistake. He promised to write to Governor Higgins, reversing his former opinion of n'rirtcn But Governor Higgins died without taking "j nt-co njwmu paiuuumg me prisoner. Hoile was not to be downed, however and with Indefatigable energy continued fighting for his luckless friend's freedom. He wrote a letter to Governor Hughes asking that official to accord him five minutes time in which to present a single fact that does not appear In the records of the case. That fact is that Judge Aspinall, who is now a Supreme Court justice. In refusing to countenance O'Brien's release when the original application for his pardon was made to Governor Odell, had confounded O'Brien with the other man sentenced on the same day for "cracking throe cribs" all on tho same night. Hoile Denounces Governor Hughes. After a time, the Governor replied through his secretary that he saw no reason why a hearing should be accorded O'Brien's case in advance of ths usual time for considering all pardon matters. Hoile took this as a rebuff and In a curt reply ended his correspondence. ."Some of my friends say that I made a mistake In sending that last note, ' said Hoile, to-dny. "but I do not think so. I have shaken President Grant. President Garfield and President McKtnley by the hand, and only last week was granted an audience by President Roosevelt, who put his arm on ray shoulder and slapped me on the leg. Should I stand for being ptrt off and refused five minutes time by that fellow up In Albany? Not by a sight! O'Brien will get out this September anyway and then I'll tell the whole story. Although O'Brien was sentenced for twenty years he has diminished it eight years on account of good conduct. He is allowed three months off the first year; four months off the second year, and Ave months off for every succeeding year. He's been a good prisoner and the warden told Be himself, some time ago, that O'Brien should have been released years ago." When O'Brien does return tolBrook'yn he will he welcomed not only by Hoile and a number of other faithful friends, but also bjf his two daughters, who have been comfiled to earn their own living an accout'r of their father's incarceration. CHANDLER; & HELD PIANO GO. Formerly of 43 Fulton St., Are How at 222 Livingston Sf. Where, under the .lersonal supervision of vlr. Chandler, they will welcome nil custodiers. Used Pianos will be nold cheaper than elsewhere in the city. TunitiR and repairing nnd carting will be done as "sual. Judge Lindsey Talks on v Methods to Bedford Y. M. C. A. Crowd. THE OLD METHODS ALL WRONG But He Admires Wilkin and Thinks Brooklyn Has a Pretty Good Children's Court. Judge Ben B. Lindsay of the Juvenile Court In Denver, Col., got a hearty greeting last night from an audience which literally packed the auditorium of the Bedford Y. M. C. A., Bedford avenue and Monroe street, where he delivered an address. The "Children's Friend" from the Wast made a stirring address, and was fre quently interrupted by hearty applause as ne toiu of ni3 work. Judgo Lindsay referred to "the splendid Children's Coutt in Brooklyn and the splendid maelstrare. his friend Judge Wilkin." The speaker said he had become Interested in the work when he first went cm tha bench eight years ago, and learned that the greater number of men behind prison bars were under the age of 25 years. He told of the three street urchins who had been brought Into court a8 "burglars." having broken Into a box car which was on a siding near which David, one of the three, lived. The boys had heard that a box car filled with watermelons was on the siding, and it was to get the watermelons they had broken open the car. Once ln the car they had failed to find any melons, but had discovered boxes with attractive labels all over them, from a box they had taken bottles with more attractive labels, and each one had swallowed the contents of a bottle which had contained syrup of figs. Tho boy3 thought they had been punished sufficiently, nnd so did. the judge. Some persons, tho speaker said, could not see beyond thu box car. To set beyond the box car it was necessary to visit the boys' homes. The father of one of the trio had died and the mother, to get cheap rent, had moved to a tenement beside tho railroad and the boy, becoming curious had gone with' the gang. The father of another had been a gambler and had finally left his wife and little ones to shift for themselves. The youngsters wore not altogether responsible, they were thought;ess boys not burglars. juuBe imusey reierred to the old way of the state trying to correct a boy as absurd aud ridiculous. It was absurd for any one to try to put a finger on tho cause of juveuile criino. Boys, he said, were quick to see a point, as, for Instance, tho boy who had been taken in for shooting craps on the street, who said he could take the officer to a place where one hundred men were at that time playing roulette, with a policeman sitting outside the door and nobody to interfere. The speaker also told of a iewoler who had caused the arrest of a lad for robbing him. It was tho sixth time, the jeweler said, as be left the court in a huff, When he bad gone the urchin accused of being the thief caught up tl watch which had been left behind an4 opening the back case pointed to the 14 K stamped on the Inside. Some "suckers" he said thought this meant 14 karat gold, but It did not. He also pointed to the mark 22 J. M. and said this wis Intended to make people believe It waft .a 22 jeweled movement, when as a fact it was nothing of the kind. Instead of being a $25 watch, as the jeweler claimed. It was a brass timepiece worth $2. DO. "This fellow' makes money every time the kids swipe things," said the urchin, "because he makes the burglary insurance pay him $25 for what Is worth but $2.50." Judge Lindsey said there was an awakening all over, an aroused conscience was doing Its work. His friend, Jacob Rils, had said to get reform it was only necessary to furnish the people with facts. The hearts of the people were right every time, the speaker said. Judge Lindsay told of "the worst boy in town," whom he had met ln Jail. A window had been broken ln the jail and the warden, becoming angry because the urchin would not "snitch" (tell on the guilty one), assaulted the boy. That was tho beginning of a reform. To get facts to place before the governor and a committee the Judge has asked an urchin who had been in Jail to get witnesses to prove the outrages there and ho appeared at the proper time with thirty-two boys who had all been in Jail. The governor was convinced, the ministers preached sermons which the newspapers printed and the bills In the legislature became laws and the reform was brought about. The trouble with the human neart, the speaker said, was that it did not live up to the teachings of the Master. Some persons contended that playgrounds, detention house schools, probationary officers and the like were too expensive, but they were far cheaper, the speaker said, than to maintain jails and courts. - IN MEMORY OF EMMET. The Clan-na-Gael of Brooklyn and Queens have practically cornpleted arrangements for the celebration of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Robert Emmet, Ireland's patriot martyr and the political patron of the society, to be held on Sunday evening, February 23, at the Bijou Theater, Smith and Livingston streets, at 8 o'clock. An iricreased incentive to an extraordinary celebration Is the incidental felicitation of the society of forty years of continued existence; of cont'aually increasing membership and of the spread of their political principles which are now held by the majority of the people of Ireland and America. To justly celebrate these events, the most prominent Irishmen of Greater New York have been Invited and expressed their, desire of being present on the occasion. William Temple Emmet has cheerfully consented to preside and Lieutenant Governor Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler is expected to deliver the oration on Emmet. Perhaps the most eloquent, "as well as the most oopular, speaker to a Brooklyn audience is James M. Sullivan of New Haven, Conn., who will speak on the Clan-na-Gael. Its hopes and Its aspirations. The musical portion of the programme will be particularly attractive. An Irish (.concert by the Bojiu Theater orchestra will commence at 7:45 and continue to 8:15. The Sp ioner Dramatic Stock Company will he represented by Edna May Spooner and Augustus Phillips. Chaun-sey Olcott will appear in his best role, and Master' Walter Edwin McEwen. the youthful soprano, will, lend pleasing variety tp the programme. The Kelly sisters in their piano-mandolin solos have been always popular, and their rendition on this occasion win oe me result oi special preparation. .Miss Agnes Leonard. Thomrs Hughes, of St. Thomas" Church, an I representatives of the Gaelic societies will complete a pro- 1 gramme of particular merit.
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