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FIVE CENTS A COPY. 6S Cupid Sways Court Hardy Runners Outfoot Jack Frost In Remarkable Ruling COOQ IOOO gaze kludge Quotes Code of Love in Non-Suiting the Rev. Dr. TT. G.

Partridge. SwVXt -U 1 g.r i -v t. tl CINE MHITCJICE THEFTS Friend of King Frederick Gets Long Prison Sentence. COPENHAGEN, Dec IT. (Special.) Peter A.

Alberti. who by his own confession stole $3,786,000 from the enormous funds to. which his commanding position in politics and finance gave him access, was today sentenced to eight years penal servitude. Alberti's operations covered a period of 14 years. He was a member of the Deuntzer ministry and later dominated the Christensen cabinet.

He was president of the Bondesstandens. Association. From the funds of these institutions, of which he was the custodian, he began to swell his own private fortune seven years before he accepted the portfolio of justice. The minister was an intimate of King Frederick. Gathering Called By Mayor Magee Declares Unanimously for Strong and Concerted Effort By Interested Territory to Construct Big Waterway.

REPRESENTATIVE MEN AGREE UPON IMMEDIATE ACTIVITY WW lOOD "In its personnel the best meeting that lias ever been held in This was Mayor William A. Magees characterization of the assemblage that gathered yesterday and formed an association to build the Lake E-ria and Ohio river ship canal. The mayor had just adjourned the gathering. For two hours he had presided over an audience of the most representative citizeng of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Many mayors of municipalities, men representing counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania, officers and privjate citizens of towns and counties in a district on both sides of the "Western.

Pennsylvania state line, from the extreme southern to the northern end; bankers, lawyers, merchants, manufacturers, men of affairs and representative of the bet business sense of their communities all gathered to talk over the lannching of the project that means so much to their districts, It was remarkable to hear the unanimity with which this body of more than 200 persons sanctioned the great project that will connect the territory described by water with the great northwest and the markets of the Atlantic coast, and of Europe. Not one of the men there but was confident that his people would give moral and financial support to the scheme; not one who by the slightest word of dissent cast discouragement upon the plan. These representative citizens from Ohio, from Warren to Ashtabula; prominent men from "Western Pennsylvania, from Greene county to Erie, men from Pittsburgh and the counties east and southeast from here, raised their voiced in encouragement and praise and gave promises of aid to the movement. It was a momentous occasion for Pittsburgh and the territory surrounding. It was not only an earnest of the future hopes for the stupendous waterway, but also a forecast of the time when these communities of two states whose commercial and mercantile and manufacturing interests are so closely associated, will be united for projects of mutual value.

The meeting resulted in the formation of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Association. There will be an executive committee composed of representatives from many counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The chairman -f-will appoint a committee which will con At Mi DOOI SC ARE Declares There's Xo Reason for Talk of Onr So-Called Helplessness. a TALKS AT PEACE MEET fBY Associated Press to G.vzf.ttk Times. DtC.

17. President I Taft. addressing the closing banquet to- I r.ignt 01 tne American Kocietv lor Juai- I cial Settlement of International Dis putes, allayed so-called war scare which has furnished pabulum for the newspapers during the last few days." He declared that "there is not the slightest reason for such a sensation because we are at peace with all the nations of the world and are quite likely to remain so." He said his purpose in outlining the 1 preparedness of the I'nited States for war "at a peace meeting," was to show by contrast the great worthiness of the InrrMmant a tral justice and universal peace. Favors International Court. The President" summarized the condition of the national defenses and urged that a policy of "wise military preparation," be pursued.

He emphasized the fact that the American people never would consent to the maintenance of' a standing army sufficient to cope with that of the greater powers. He urged the retention of the present regular army, the improvement of the national militia, the passage of the pending volunteer bill to go into operation should war be declared, and the passage of a law now before Congress, providing for a force of additional officers who will be "able in times of peace to render efficient service in drilling the militia of the states," and finally the accumulation of guns and ammunition, "to equm and arm the force we could collect tinder our colors in an emergency." President Taft asserted that the best method of ultimately securing disarmament among nations was the establish- Continued on S'ond I'age. GREATER PITTSBURGH CLUB University of Pennsylvania Students Form Organization. Fifty students of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, have become so interested in the Greater Pittsburgh movement that they have organized the "Greater Pittsburgh Club." At a meeting held last week the members elected the following officers President, Abraham Oseroff, a junior in the university vice president. Fi nest A.

Stifel, a junior in the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce secretary and treasurer, Alvin A. Schlevel, a senior in the college department. TUFT SUMS LEGED ECHO OF DISASTER Killing of Son of Pittsburgh Divine Recalled by Unique Decision. LOVER LIABLE, GIRL IS NOT Judge 'William L. Putnam, in the United Elates Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, has refused a new trial in the case for da maces for the death of Phillips Payn Partridge, son of the Rev.

Dr. Warren G. Partridge, of 309 Halket Ptreet, pastor of the old Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, now the First Baptist Church, of this city. He was killed in Maine during the summer of 1987. The Judge states in his ruling, that the affection of the young man for his fiancee.

Vhleh made him oblivious to bis surroundings, constitutes legal negligence. The case recalls the tragedy which re-Suited In the death of the young man, xvho was a graduate of Pennsylvania State College. Miss Alice B. Minard, of Poughkeepsie. X.

was spending the summer at Kennebunk, and Partridge, to whom she was engaged, was fhera at the same time. Buggy Struck ftp Train. On the night of the big fire at Old Or-rhard beach, they set out to drive to the (cene of the conflagration. They had frldden slowly along a lonely country road for about four miles in a fine moonlight, when the Portland train crashed into the fcuggy, in which they were riding. The Occupants were thrown out In such a tnanner that Partridge died within a few hours of the accident, which, happened fit "Wormwoods Crossing.

The young woman was so severly in-lured that she was unable to attend the trial of her suit for damages against the Mainev Miss Minard was awarded 56,000 by the 'Sury, but the Rev. Dr. Partridge was unable to recover a cent as the court decided that he had been negligent. Both appealed to Judge Putnam for a new trial, owing to dissatisfaction with certain rulings made in favor of the railroad during the first trial. 'Xew Trial Is Vented.

"There is proof beyond doubt." declared the Judge, "of an absorption on the part cf these two young people, which shut out from their attention everything except themselves. 'The man is singularly unfortunate whose experience does not teach him how absorbed in each other these young people must have been, but that absorption cannot create a cause of action, where otherwise none would exist." The court accordingly denied a new trial tf the case to the Rev. Dr. Partridge. As regards the young woman, the railroad contended that the share she had in the love making in the buggy, under the moon, contributed to the ardor of her sweetheart, and consequently was guilty of contributory negligence before the law.

The court, however, found that the responsibility rested entirely on the young man, who was driving. He granted the young woman a new trial and the hope of securing a larger award. HE GRAVES EXCITEMENT Man Caught in the Act of Sending in False Fire Alarm. "I wanted to hear the fire bells ring end see the horses jumping along with the engines. But the box would "not j-ing," shouted John Seidel, who gives his Jiome as the North Side, when arrested at Oliver avenue and Cherry alley last right, being caught In the act of breaking a fire alarm box.

Seidel is said to have picked up a paving stone and broke in the face of fire fclarm box Xo. 78 at the above corner. For several days reports have been reaching the bureau of police of false fclarms being sent in to the department. Celluloid Comb Cause of Death iAsed Wilson Citizen Loses Life While Caring for His Long Gray IJeard. The explosion of a celluloid comb yesterday caused the death by fire of Stock-tiale Snyder, of Wilson, lie was combing his long gray beard when the accident happened.

Before his relatives could respond to the call for aid, the man's clothing was ablaze and death resulted within a few hours. Mr. Snyder, who was S2 years old, lived with his son, Andrew S. Snyder, at Wilson. The father was alone in a rlrst floor room yesterday afternoon, when his daughter-in-law heard his cries for assistance.

When she reached Mr. Snyder she found the flarr.fs were fast enveloping his body. The inured man was rolled in a comfort, but before tin? fire was extinguished, the clothing was entirely burned. Mr. was able to say "comb" when asked how the accident happened, lis friend3 think that he was combing Ins beard with a celluloid comb and held the comb over a small gas stove to turn the hair which stuck in the teeth, cs was his custom.

The celluloid exploded end the flames Ignited his long whiskers and communicated to clothes. Mr. Snyder was born near Fayette City, Fayette county. He is survived by tve sons and two daughters. sider and report a plan for financing a canal from the Ohio to Lake Erie, there being suggestions that it be built by Allegheny county alone, or by the state of Pennsylvania, or by the national government, or.

by Pennsylvania and Ohio. Mayor Surprised and Phased. Mayor Magee was exceedingly pleased. The fostering of the canal project was one of the important schemes to which he has drawn public attention and which he set before the Greater Pittsburgh Association when he called that organiza- tion into being. Although he himself had sent out the invitations to the men who were present, was evidently surprised at the accord with which they had accepted his overture, their general sympathy with the movement, the harmony with which all were eager to join together and work unitedly.

When the meeting was over the mayor said "In its personnel this meeting was tha best that ever has been held in Pittsburgh, and it is natural that it should be; this is the most important project or policy that ever has been presented, to Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh district. Xo one can have any further doubt, after, the meeting today, of the success of the enterprise." It was evident, even before the hour set for the meeting, 2 o'clock, that it would be a big occasion. Many of thosa from outside Pittsburgh arrived here In the morning, some calling. on the mayor and others at the Chamber of Commerca DEFICIENCY BILL PaSSEO Congress Appropriates $1,060,615 at Swift Gait. WASHINGTON, Dec.

17. Congress passed the'urgent deficiency bill today In one hour and 40 minutes. As the measure carried $1,060,615, this was appropriating public funds at the rate of $10,000 a minute. As reported In the House the hill carried $850,000, but when it reached the Senate it had grown to $995,672 and the Senate added the remainder. Chief among the items are $550,000 for continuation of work on the dry dock in Xew York navy yard and $39,750 to pay the expenses of the new Commerce Court.

The sum of is included to pay Richard Parr, the United States customs inspector, the remainder of the reward of $100,000 which he was awarded for bringing to light the- existence of the sugar-weighing frauds in the Xew York customs house. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. PHONOEBSM FUNEBAL Artificial Music Takes Place of Singers at Widow's Obsequies. LEXINGTON, KY Dec. 17.

Phonographic music today took the place of singers at the funeral here of llrs. Bryan McClelland, widow of a widely-known turf man and one of the wealthiest women in the south. While dying Mrs. McClelland heard a phonographic record of sacred music by a quartet of noted singers, and she re quested that the machine be used at her uneraL The phonograph furnished the only music at the services. NEWS SUMMARY Conversational Subjects.

DOMESTIC. The Circuit Court for the first Ohio district rendered a decision that may cause all trust companies to change the customary indorsement on bonds. Page 8, section 4. A strike of 32,000 engineers imminent on 61 western railroads and Commissioner of Labor JXeill went to Chicago to try to effect settlement of wage dispute. Page 8, section 2.

Representative Sherley Kentucky Introduced a resolution in the House providing for a committee on estimates and expenditures. Page 6, section 2. The Jones Laughlin ore boat Willis L. King was launched in Detroit, yesterday. Page 8, section 4.

STATE. 1 The State Armory Board will ask the Legislature for $1,570,000 to build and maintain armories to meet the past year's deficit. Page 7, section 4. LOCAL. Youth accused of high-toned begging by telephone described his methods to detectives.

Page 4, Section 1. Pennsylvania railroad arranged special Christmas express service. Page 5, Section 2. Trains in and out of fnlon station alone yesterday carried 4S.O0O persons. Page 1, Section 1.

Legislators who attended the ship canal meeting discussed the work of the approaching session. Page 6, Section 3. Ship canal association, representative of Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Xorthern West Virginia, was formed and immediate action to secure the success of the Lake Krie and Ohio river waterways project will be begun. Page 1, Section 1. The Rev.

Dr. Warren G. Partridge is re- fused new trial by Massachusetts jurist in suit for damages for death of his son by remarkable ruling. Page 1, section 1. Chairman P.

Black of the Greater Pittsburgh Association, named a committee of 15 members to determine the extent of a new greater city. Page 8, section 4. Interest in Xorth Side property revived and many large owners refuse to sell at good profits. Free bridges the cause. Page 6.

section 3. District Attorney William A. Blakeley and assistants made great record in disposing of homicide cases since summer vacation. Page 3, section 1. The largest weekly sale of Red Cross stamps In the history of the movement in Pittsburgh closed last night.

Page 4, section 2. SPOItTIG. Good time was made in Pittsburgh Athletic Association second cross-country run. Page 1, Section 1. Pittsburgh Club secured Pitcher Noel from Wheeling, which drafted him from the Oshkosh Club.

Page 2, section 3. Bob Kmslie will be dropped from the umpire staff and pensioned by the National League. Page 2. section 3. Jack McClelland knocked out by Jeddy McFaildcn In the second round.

Page section 3. F1XAXCIAL. New York weekly bank statement favorable, loans decreasing and cash and surplus reserve Increasing. Page 7, Section 2. Xew York stock market dull, but a few specialties advanced sharply.Page 7, Section 2.

Pittsburgh stock market quiet, but generally firm. Pace 7, Section 2. Wheat, corn and oats closed lower; provisions fluctuated. Page 6, Section 2. Crush of Shoppers On In Earnest Trains In and Out of Union Station Alone Carry 48,000 Persons Yesterdav.

SCENES TYPICAL OF YULETIDEi The out-of-town rush of Christmas shoppers to Pittsburgh reached a climax yesterday. All records for many years at I'nion station were broken. A passenger statistician estimated the crowd, in and out, at 48,000, an increase of 9.000 over last Saturday. Every train, arriving and departing, from early in the morning loaded to its umu laie last nignt, was capacity. Many carried extra cars.

All indications point to the out-of-town people shopping early and by the middle of the week the rush will be over. The first heavy travel began two weeks ago, and since that time has been steadily Increasing. While the greater part of the shopping will be over two or three days before Chrltt mas, there is no sign now of the traffic abating, as thore will be the usual large number of local persons visiting away from the city over the holiday. The employes the station will have to work overtime until after New Year's. On the other roads entering Pittsburgu the traffic was correspondingly large.

The trains also carried extra cars. The 12:10 local from I'itcairn carried nine coaches, each taxed to its capacity, and after that it was a continuous rush all day. Late in the afternoon a squad of 18 policemen, in charge of Lieut. W. E.

Crtlian of Central station, was sent to th; station to assist the officers there In directing the crowds. During the afternoon the waiting. rooms, corridors, train shed and vestibules were crowded. Every seat was taken and hundreds were standing. As soon as every train would leave there would be plenty of room, but It would promptly be filled by other arrivals.

Every ticket window was kept open, the bureau of information staff Increased and every available station officer put on duty. AH gates to the trains were kept open, extra ticket examiners put at the gates and extra conductors on the trains. The greater number of passengers came from within a radius of 30 miles, but hundreds came from as far as Greenshurg, pa. The crowds were handled promptly and there was no disorder. The rush was practically over at 11:20 last night when the Piteairn local departed.

Practically every person carried bundles and, on account of the large crowds, had to hold them until the train left. Men, women and children composed the crowds. Little girls peeped from behind boxes that were as large as themselves. Women carried handbags, suit cases and baskets, loaded to oversowing. There were enough air-guns to stock an armory, sleds enough to go down every hill In Western and dolls and carriages enough to stock a large toy shop.

All during the afternoon and evening the south side of Liberty avenue from Fifth avenue to the station, and the walk leading to the station, was as crowded as the building itself. to Gazette Times. mas, while an equal number filled the second cabin and SO0 went third class. The regal suits were occupied, one by I.ady Ala Johnstone, and the other by Uaron Rosen, the Russian ambassador. Some others on the passenger list were Lord Decks, the fiance of Vivian Gould; J.

Armstrong Drexel, Oscar Lewisohn, who married Edna May; Mrs. C. C. Ruin-sey, daughter of the late K. II.

llarrl-man, and the Marquis de Villaviaja. The passengers will uet Friday at Liverpool in time to reach all parts of Kngland for Christmas dinner, unless some untoward accident mars the passage of the vessel. She will have completed the round trip in 12 days, if her schedule is maintained, thus breaking all trans-Atlantic records. Samuel Insull, a Chicago financier who I sailed on the Mauretania, took with hira for his Christmas abroad two large tur-i keys from his country place at Liberty-i ville, Ind. Upper left-hand picture H.

I. Knick, taking: a peep back to we how far ho in leaving: the flMi. Upper right-hand V. I. Wait, whiaer of junior race, showing: his best pace Bottom W.

T. Shannon, who finixbed tecond in senior race. SCITY ftlFUILE! OVER SI0W P. 'A'. Second- Cross-Country Race Through Sehenlev Park a Success.

GOOD- TIM.E IS MADE Snow-covered roads and Arctic weather greeted the runners In the second annual cross-country run of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association yesterday afternoon. The course was over the hard-packed roads and snowy bridle paths of Schen-ley Park. Forbes Field was the starting and finishing point. Thirty-three of the entrants started in the race and all fin ished. The remarkably fast time of 32 minutes and seconds was made by the winner.

The small gallery that took a chance with pneumonia was treated to not only a rare race, but a study in colors. Running trunks are the prescribed attire for runners, but yesterday it was too cold to make a cross-country dash with the knees derollette, and so the runners wore just a little more their underclothes. Jlnnning Through Veep Snow. These 2'i runners, with numbers on their thesis, spiked shoes and, in some cases, sweaters, took long strides over frozen ground and often deep snow for rive miles. Then tiie winners were decorated with medals, and all had made for themselves what some one once called a strange spell a name.

II. 1. Renlck of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, won the race in 32 W. T. Shannon, also wearing the P.

A. A. colors, finished second, 1 2-5 seconds behind P.cnick. l. W.

Wait, a Carnegie Technical, School student, finished third and won the junior event. H. J. McCor- Continued on Fifth Vmcr. Tbird Section.

copiiTinTEfTEETi Ten Sharpsuurg School Ma'rms Have Succumbed Since September. Sharpsburg has been invaded by Dan Cupid. The school teachers of that borough are rapidly succumbing to the little fellow's darts. Since the opening of school in September no less than 10 fair school mai ms have handed In their resignations after listening to proposals. The latest victim is Miss Blanche Wakefield, who resigned yesterday.

Her resignation will take effect January 1. GET THE WHOLE PAPER. 'J'ur fiaxrtte Times 4. in idue part, art of pag' follows: News Section 8 page Soeiety-Flnaiiclul pareg hporting-Automoblles pages Theaters 6 page Kdltoriul-Chest 8 pageH 8 paged omic section 4 pnges Home Journul 8 page Illustrated Magazine io page sure yon pet nil the part from your aicent and carrier. Tells How to Prevent Big Mine Disasters Prof.

Chamberlain Says Government Has Discovered Method, but Hasn't Made it Public. IBt Associated Peers to Gazetttc Times.3 CHICAGO, Dec. 17. Prof. Thomas C.

Chamberlain of the University of Chicago, in a magazine article issued late today, declares that government experts have made discoveries by which the danger of such mine disasters as those at Cherry, and in AVest Virginia can be eliminated. He says that the discoveries have not as yet been given publicity by the federal Bureau of Mines. The finds referred to are descirbed by Prof. Chamberlain as follows: "Spraying the tunnels and shafts of mines with a douche of shale dust and water at frequent intervals will not only- make the coal dust of floors and walls almost proof against fire from a sudden explosion, but will prevent the rise of much of the gas that makes an explosion possible. 'The danger from too strong ventila tion, which has stirred up the free coal dust in the passages and caused many explosions, is obviated by this method.

The dyeing shale forms a coating over the dust and air currents sufficient to clear out any gases that may accumulate may be sent through the mine without fear. In this way, even if a local explosion is inevitable at times from the sudden issue of gas, its general, spread through the mine is hiade much less probable, if not actually impossible." SHOPPER IS EXHAUSTED Woman Sinks on Street Car and Is Taken to Hospital. While returning home last evening on a Western avenue street car Miss Annie Nelson, aged 28, of 314 Allegheny avenue. North Side, dropped unconscious from exhaustion after a busy day of shopping, and had to be taken to the Allegheny General Hospital, where she is In a serious condition. The car had stopped at the market house In Federal street, preparatory to making the turn Into West Ohio street, "when the young woman fainted.

Outbound cars in Federal street were blocked 10 mlnutes until a traction wagon reached the scene. The young woman was standing in the car, hanging to a strap with one hand, the other clutching several packages. When she lost consciousness she fell heavily against a man sitting near her and sank to the floor against the feet of half a dozen standing passengers. Much excitement was caused for a time. FREEDOM FQR40 CONVICTS Christmas Gift to Be Given Michigan Prisoners.

LANSING, Dec. 17. Forty convicts in Michigan prisons will secure their liberty on parole as a Christmas gift, according to Secretary Quigley of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. He sal'! today that 43 applications for paroles by inmates of the Ionia prison were approved by the board this week, but some of the men will not secure their release until after the first of the year. CHRISTMAS LINER IS ON HER RETURN TRIP Mauretania' Speeding East on Record Breaking Run With 1,700 Passengers, Yuletide Mail and Packages.

Expects to Reach Liverpool Friday. rooms, where representatives of the, ship canal project met them. As each man entered the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce a card was handed to him, on which he wrote his name, place of residence and occupation or official position. There was hardly a single one of the visitors who did not know somebody from Pittsburgh, so that prior to the meeting there was a social gathering in which old friends met and new acquaintances were made. Mayor Magee briefly told how the gathering was brought together by his invitation, and continued: Jienefits of the lVaterirau.

"The purpose Is to organize a canal association, to decide what route to select' for the waterway and subsequently to determine a plan for financing the construction out of public funds. The association, if one is to be formed, must begin work immediately. The Legislatures of Ohio and Pennsylvania will be in aes- sioq one month from today. The national Congress is In session now. The financing of the proposition Is a matter of legislation.

"The canal will be of benefit not only to Western Pennsylvania. There ar certain districts in Eastern Ohio and in. Northern Western that are vitally interested in the success of the enter prise. "The subject has been discussed for many years, without arriving at any concrete result. There Is no other place in the world where territories so rieh commercially and industrially are not joined together by Three thousand years ago a canal separated Asia and Africa, and 75 years ago the project of uniting the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean was again conceived by an.

eminent French engineer. Geologists tell us that once Asia and Africa were separated by a natural waterway. South and North America were so divided. The Mo-nongahela river in those days flowed inta the Lake Krie drainage system. Natural forces turned the Monongahela into the Ohio river, natural forces created th Continue on Sixth Pace.

By Un-ited Press NEW YORK, Dec. 17. When the gigantic Mauretania of the Cunard line poked her nose out into the Xorth river at 6 o'clock tonlRht she Kave one shriek of her monster siren. Jt seemed to be a breath of relief, for things have been mighty busy on the leviathan during the. last 36 hours.

The big "ChrlKtrnas" liner" entered her dock at 4 o'clock Friday morning. She sailed at o'clock tonight, 'in hours in port. In that time she had taken aboard tons tf coal, M0 tons of (argu, besides the mail, sent 60.000 pieces of soiled linen to the laundry and had them returned, took on provisions to feed 2,000 persons for a week and had broken all records for "hurrying up" her departure. There were 3,000 sacks of mall on board the Mauretania when she departed Christmas letters and The big vessel carried 1,700 passengers. In the first cabin were 450 persons returning to "merrie England" for Christ-.

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