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"Work Tax Raised to Eight
and One-Fourth Mills.
SALEM, Or., Feb. 14. Under the new
Portland charter the Board of Police and
Fire Commissioners Is empowered, im
mediately upon their accession to office, to
reorganize the police and fire departments,
which means that any or all of the present
members of these departments may be re
moved. The civil service clause Is prac
tically abolished, but It Is provided that
members shall not be removed for political
reasons. The salary of the Chief of Po
lice is reduced from $200 to $150 per month.
The salary of the Chief of the Fire De
partment Is- fixed at $1800 per annum.
The Board of Police and Fire Commis
sioners shall be named In the act, to serve
until the next general election. The elec
tion of the board Is afterwards provided
The salary of the City Engineer Is fixed
at $2000, the City Attorney at $2400, and
the Municipal Judge at $1200, to take effect
next term. Senator Josephi opposed all
of these changes.
The Multnomah delegation held a spir
ited meeting last night, lasting until after
midnight, to consider the charter, when
all of these things were agreed upon.
Representatives Story and McCraken were
not present, and Representative Notting
ham came In only at the close. The ab
sence of some of the delegation was due
to the fact that the House was In session
until a late 'hour. Members In attendance
at the delegation meeting absented them
selves from the House session after 9
The first section considered was section
36, relating to taxes. The only change
made was to Increase the levy to 84
mills, providing Instead of V. mill for
the street-repair fund. This, with the
moneys to be obtained from the vehicle
tax. Chairman Mays explained, would
make quite a fund for street repairs. It
Is also provided tnat If at any time an
emergency shall arise by reason of insuffi
ciency of funds for the support of any of
the departments, the Council shall have
power, by a vote of three-fourths of its
members, to transfer money from the gen
eral fund to such special fund. There was
a considerable number of interruptions
at the beginning, and the work of reading
the sections progressed very slowly.
Chairman Mays became somewhat net
tled, and remarked thathehad done "a
great deal of work, and he had been crit
icised enough about the delay, and he
was either going through with It or he
proposed to quit.
Senator A. C. Smith suggested thaf the
members had been very busy with many
things, but perhaps some of them had
been a little derelict in their duty. Con
tinuing, Senator Smith said:
"You (Mr. Mays) are the chairman of
the delegation, and also of the charter
committee, and you must expect to do
much of the work."
Mr. Mays answered, "I know it."
The matter of the appointment of a
clerk for the Board of Police and Fire
Commissioners and a clerk for the Mu
nicipal Court and the Chief of Police then
came up. Drlscoll moved that the dele
gation name the latter clerk. Hunt
amended the motion, that the Board of
Commissioners appoint both clerks, and
that one of them be a stenographer, which
was carried. The salaries are not to ex
ceed $100 per month. These two clerks are
to be In place of the Clerk of the Police
Commission, Clerk of the Fire Commis
sion. Clerk of the Municipal Court and
Clerk of the Chief of Police, reducing the
number of clerks by two, and It Is also
doubtless meant not to retain any of the
After considerable discussion It was de
cided to fix the salary of the City Engi
neer at $2000 a year, the chief deputy not
to exceed $125, and other deputies not to
exceed $100 per month, the appointments
of deputies to be under. the control of the
Board of Public Works. The chief deputy
now receives $150, instrument men $125,
and the draughtsman $125 monthly. Sen
ator Josephi opposed the chtfnges. He as
serted that $2400 was not too much for a
City Engineer. Concerning the deputies,
he said the delegation should not fix sal
aries for positions requiring technical
knowledge. A clause was Inserted that
the City Engineer shall devote his entire
time to the city, but may perform work
for the county, the compensation to be
paid to the city. Mr. Mays stated that
the City Engineer did some work for the
county, for which he got $1000, and put it
In his jeans.
The salary of the Municipal Judge was
placed at $1200. Senator Sweek favored
$1800 and afterward $1500. The Senator
was asked what his salary was when he
was Police Magistrate, and answered that
It was $3000, which was too much.
The Board of Police and Fire Commis
sioners sections were next read and con
siderably discussed. Three commissslon
ers are provided for, who shall have the
management, control and equipment of
the police and fire departments, and make
all appointments. Chairman Mays, with
reference to the control of both depart
ments by one board, said: "In New York
one man has control, and If he doesn't do
right they shoot right at him."
Senator Josephi said he desired to reg
ister his objection. The men gave their
services without pay, and It was too much
to ask them to double up. Senator Hunt
remarked that they only meet once a
month. The section that "the commission
shall consist of the following-named per
sons" raised a big row. A blank space
had been left for the Insertions.
Hunt moved that the delegation appoint
the Commissioners In the act, to serve
until the next general election, after
which time they shall be elected.
Senator Josephi offered an amendment
that the Mayor shall appoint the Com
missioners. He said he was in favor of
making the Mayor responsible as far as
possible for the city government. Repre
sentative H. A. Smith said he thought It
would be better to have the men appoint
ed by the Mayor.
Senator Hunt remarked: "Don't go
back on the men that elected you."
Representative Shipley said: "This Is
all out of order. This matter jras brought
up before, and It was decided by the dele
gation that these Commissioners be elect
ed." The chairman did not rule the motion
out of order, and Representative Orton
took the floor and said he was of the
same opinion. He also said: "When we
went on the ticket it was with that un
derstanding, and during the campaign It
was talked about, and is part of the plat
form we were elected on. Why come up
here and deceive the people?"
Senator Smith said there was no dis
position to deceive the people, as he had
talked vlth prominent people and Dem
ocrats, including Fred "V. Holman, who
favored, the appointment by the Mayor.
Mr. Orton read the pledge on which
they were elected, to restore the control
of the commission to the people.
Senator Hunt remarked, "It will raise
the greatest rumpus ever heard of down
there, if we do this."
Senator Josephi said he thought it was
consistent with the pledge to put In the
hands of the people when placed In the
hands of the Mayor elected by the peo
ple. Chairman Mays remarked: !It Is true
the question was taken up and decided
by the delegation, but I don't know If
they were all present, and you have the
right to open It up, If you want to."
Senator Smith then said: "I think Gome
of us are a little mixed on the pledge.
If you vote every two years for Mayor,
you put this commission In the hands
of the people, and a well-selected Mayor
might select this commission better than
by an election."
Representative Shipley Not much.
Senator Sweek said he had submitted
the question to a number of lawyers, in
cluding Judge Stuart, and thought they
would carry out their pledges either way.
Chairman Mays here suggested that
Senator Josephi evidently meant that the
Mayor appoint the commissioners now,
and also hereafter.
Senator Josephi replied that this was
his intention, and if this was not under-
stood he moved to amend his amendment
to that effect, and the chairman refused
Senator Hunt said: "All there Is about
It, If we go home giving the Mayor power
to appoint these commissioners, we will
catch h 1 Columbia."
Senator Inman took the position that
the election of commissioners by the peo
ple was a more correct method than
their appointment by the Mayor, which
had been done under three charters, and
they were failures, and some of them
grafters. The Mayor would appoint three
men of the same political complexion
a3 himself, and keep them there unless
something serious happened. He had
come to the conclusion, not because of
the pledge, but for numerous other reas
ons, that It was best for the people to
Representative Drlscoll called attention
to the failure of commissioners under
the Mayor Frank administration, and
other administrations, and the frequent
changes made, and said It was better
to elect by the people.
Representative Thompson said that as
the Mayor under the new charter shall
receive no salary, perhaps better material
might be obtained on commissions. He
had talked with numerous citizens, In
cluding Mr. Ladd, who believed in cen
tralized government, and think better
men can be secured If the Mayor ap
points. Representative Smith moved that the
delegation appoint now, and the Mayor
Senator Josephi said he was not satis
fied with this amendment, but would not
oppose it, as he was certain , his own
amendment would not prevail. '
The members for a minute or two be
came somewhat ralxtd regarding: the va
rious motion?,, but fi&atty both amend
A motion that the commissioners be
named by the delegation in the charter,
and afterwards elected by the voters,
prevailed. Senator Josephi voting no.
The remaining sections relating to the
government of the police and fire' depart
ments were then read. Thev are about
the .same as those now in force, except
that changes are made to fit their control
by the new commission. The salary of
the two clerks was fixed not to exceed
$100 per month each.
The commissioners are empowered to
appoint one Chief of Police, one or more
captains, detectives, harbor-master, and
a suitable force of regular policemen.
The license officer Is cut out, and this
office is assigned to the City Auditor's
The Commissioners shall also have
power to appoint a Chief of the Fire De
partment, superintendent of 'fire alarm,
and police telegraph, drivers, engineers,
The Chief of Police shall receive not to
exceed $150 per month, captains of police
(Concluded on Third Page.)
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS
The House considered the cItH service bill.
Hopkins launched a bombshell among Demo
cratic members. Page 2.
The Senate devoted the day to the agricultural
bill. Page 2,
A President's message urges that the thanks
of Congress be extended to Admiral Samp
son, Page 2.
Parliament was opened in person by King Ed
ward. Page 3.
Prince Charles, of i Bourbon, and the Princess
of Asturlas were married at Madrid. Page 3.
Madrid is under martial law. Page 3.
Kitchener reports that Dewet Is In Cape Col
ony. Page 3.
A permanent injunction was Issued against
the Jeffrles-Ruhlln fight. Pago 1.
Mrs. Nation's case came up for trial at To
peka. Page 5.
Attempts were made to burn four Chicago ho
tels. Page 2.
Testimony favorable to Hamilton was Intro
duced at the Minneapolis trial. Page 2.
One commission will reorganise Portland Fire
and Police Departments under new charter.
Oregon Senatorial deadlock is likely to con
tinue this week. Page 4.
Portland "Water Committee was elected by
Multnomah delegation. Page 4.
Railroads will not submit to cut In rates pro
posed by the "Washington bill. Page 5.
Idaho Senate voted to visit Olympia Instead of
Salem. House adjourned when ote was to
be taken. Page 4.
John K. Searles has transferred his "Western
mining headquarters from Helena to Baker
City. Page 10.
Pendleton woolen mills will resume operations
next month. Page 4.
Several rood strikes have been made In the
Gold Hill, Or., mining district. Page 10.
Commercial and Marine.
"Wall-street values Improving again. Page 11.
Ironland steel trade conditions. Page 11.
Dutch steamship coming to Portland ror wheat.
Three big steamships arrive yesterday. Page 10.
Two German ships reach port after long pass
ages. Page 10.
Quick dispatch given grain ships. Page 10.
River steamers disabled. Page 10.
Portland and Vicinity.
Three companies are contesting for railroad
right of way between Vancouver and Ka
lama. Page 8.
E. "W. Bingham's direct primary bill Is dead.
Rer. Robert McLean's congregation stand by
him to a man. Page 12.
Catholic Jubilee is extended to August 13.
Postofllce Department favors mall delivery to
persons along star routes. Page 8.
THE FIGHT 18 OFF
Jeffries and Ruhlin Will Not
Beet in Cincinnati.
VICTORY FOR LAW AND ORDER
Judge HqlLster Issued a Permanent
Injunction Against the Proposed
Championship Contest Case
May Be Appealed.
CINCINNATI. Feb. 14. There will be
no contest between Jeffries and Ruhlin or
any one else In Saengerfest Hall in this
city tomorrow night, and no other date
has been fixed for the event. Neither
will there be any mobilization of troops
outside of the hall or anywhere else to
morrow night or any other time In this
city to keep Jeffries and Ruhlin from
meeting there. The permanent Injunction
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PRINCE! CHARLES, OF BOURBON, AND THE PRINCESS OF AUSTRIA, MAR
RIED AT MADRID YESTERDAY.
Issued by, Judge Holllster today against
the proposed championship contest to
morrow night or at any other time has
caused the indefinite postponement of the
arrangements of the state and county
officials, as well as the promoters of the
Those who have been opposing the
fights are very Jubilant, and the promot
ers arg correspondingly depressedvoveitthe
development&' of today. When .thcVfolnt
conference of fight managers and Saen
gerfest Hall directors adjourned tonight,
it was announced that another meeting
would be held tomorrow to determine
whether the case would be appealed and
whether the contest would be postponed
to any set date. There was very little
sale of tickets today, although the Saen
gerfest people announced that all money
received for tickets would be refunded
If the fight does not come off. It Is re
ported that the question of the $3000 for
feit was under consideration this after
noon, and that this was the principal
cause of the adjournment until tomorrow
without definite action. The cases against
Jeffries and Ruhlin, charged with train
ing for a prizefight, were to have been
heard this afternoon. Prosecuting Attor
ney Hoffhelmer says he will drop them
If the defendants abide by the injunction
Lack of definite information from the
promoters tonight is believed to be due
to some controversy over the forfeit and
not to any question regarding the In
junction. The promoters announced that
they would abide by the decree of the
Mayor Fleishmann, who granted a per
mit for the contest, was In communica
tion with the Governor during the after
noon, and afterward he stated to the
press that he would offer the whole po
lice force of Cincinnati to the Sheriff as
the officer of the court If there was any
attempt whatever to disregard the in
junction. The decree of the court permanently
restrains the managers of the contestants
and the Saengerfest Athletic Association
and all connected with the proposed event
from participating at Saengerfest HaU on
Attorneys for the defendants gave no
tice of appeal and took exceptions to the
law and facts In the finding of the court.
If the case is carried to the court of last
resort. It Is expected that counsel on both
sides will agree upon a mere entry In the
Circuit Court and broceed thence to the
Supreme Court next Tuesday. Since the
Issue has been raised on an alleged dis
tinction between prizefights and boxing
contests, those Interested on both sides
seem now to want a decision In the court
of last resort in Ohio for a precedent In
There was a large crowd at the court
room. The members of the Saengerfest
Athletic Association, with their counsel,
the prizefight managers and a large as
semblage of clergymen and other citizens
Judge Hollister's Decision.
The state won on all points at issue
according to law as well as In fact, but
It was not until the Judge reached the
last part of his opinion that It was possi
ble to tell which way he had decided. In
reviewing the testimony. Judge Holllstei
praised that of Manager Brady, In which
he testified that the contestants woud
do their best to win. and that any other
kind of a meeting between Jeffries and
Ruhlin would be a fake on the public.
He severely reviewed the testimony of
Manager Madden, who held that there
had been no prizefights since the day of
Sullivan, and that the proposed contest
here was to be one on points rather than
on merits. He then reviewed the con
tract between Brady and Madden and
others, providing that the men were to
fight under the rules of the Marquis of
Queensberry. The court read these rules
and held that a contest under them for
the championship of the world was cer
tainly a prizefight under the Ohio law and
in fact- He reviewed the three kinds of
contests referred to by Brady, Madden
and others in their evidence; first, prize
fights, unlimited in the time of rounds:
second, fights limited in the number of
rounds; third, contests limited In time and
number of rounds and decisions rendered
thereon on points. The court held that a
fatal knockout could come under any of
these classes, and that any contest for a
prize was a prizefight. In which resort
to brutality might take place at any time.
The court cited cases at great length in
deciding the following points:
First That the proposed contest was to
be a prizefight, in fact, and such as is pro
hibited under the Ohio statutes, and that
the contentions of the defendants that
they proposed to give a boxing contest
(had not been maintained.
Second That the proposed fight would
constitute a public nuisance, such as
courts of equity are bound to restrain.
Third That as a court of equity he had
the power to enjoin the fight, although
there was legal remedy after Its occur
rence. Fourth That In view of all the circum
stances he was bound to grant a perma
nent Injunction against such a public
nuisance as was contemplated In the pro
The Judge stated that he found a prize
fight, rather than a boxing contest, to be
contemplated not only by the evidence of
the state, but also by that of witnesses
of the defense. After quoting from vari
ous decision on the contention of counsel
as to the difference between private and
public nuisances. Judge Holllster said:
"The difference between public and pri
vate nuisances Is that a private nuisance
involves private property and a public
nuisance Involves all the Interests of man
kind." The court stated that a city's fair name
and Its reputation as a law-abiding com
munity Is a property right sufficient to en
Join a prizefight. .Ho said:
"The proposed contest is a distinct step
backward. It sets a false standard of
manly virtue. The progress of civilization"
Is slow very slow. A man advances or
he retrogrades. There is no such thing as
standing still. So It Is with a community.
Such affairs as this proposed contest are
degrading, and stand in the way of prog-
ress. Civil rights are here Involved.
Equity will not enjoin a crime merely be
cause It is a crime, but when that crime
becomes a public nuisance equity can step
In. Courts cannot njike new principles of
law, but can apply old and well-established
principles to new combinations of
He cited an Indiana Supreme Court In
junction against a prizefight as one of the
main precedents on which he based his
right to grant the Injunction. He said
that in the beginning of the present suit
he had doubts as to his right to grant
the injunction, but those have all been
dissolved. He referred at length to the
fact that after the defendants had se
cured a permit from Mayor Ffeischmann
for a boxing contest, they had, through
Attorney Witte, entered into contracts
with Brady and others, and the plans of
the latter "Involved a prizefight, or such
an event as is prohibited by the Ohio
laws; that the defendants now absolved
themselves from responsibility and threw
all responsibility on the Mayor. The
court reviewed the testimony of Mayor
Fleischmann at length to show that such
events as he regarded as contests for
points in boxing were really prizefights
as contemplated under the Ohio law.
The Judge expressed the highest confi
dence in both the Mayor and the defend
ants, but Insisted that they were so mis
taken in their Judgment as to be In league
for such a performance as was Illegal In
Ohio. He recited the facts that the par
ticipants In this event could afford to
forfeit their bonds, If arranged by the
Sheriff and the Prosecuting Attorney, for
training or proceeding in such an event
as Is held to be a felony under the Ohio
laws, and that the remedy In preventing
a public nuisance was justified by the law
and the facts. The court held that the
proposed prizefight was the worst sort of
public nuisance that could be named.
"While he was confident that he was right
in this holding, as well as In having juris
diction in the premises, he ordered a per
manent injunction to issue forthwith
against the defendants In their intentions
for the proposed contest at Saengerfest
Hall between Jeffries and Ruhlin.
DISLOYALTY TO GRAND ARMY
Charges of General Rassienr Against
BOSTON. Feb. 14. In his address to the
Massachusetts Grand Army of the Re
public on the occasion of its annual meet
ing In Faneuil Hall. General Jtassleur, the
commander-in-chief of the National body,
charged Congressmen who are members
of the Grand Army with being disloyal
to the organization In the matter of legis
lation. The commander-in-chief said in
the course of his address:
"In "Washington, I am sorry to eay, we
have not had the success I hoped for. In
Chicago, last year, matters looked bright,
but they don't look so now In Washing
ton, and the White House.
"Your committees have worked like
Trojans. The trouble Is with Congress
men, and chief among them are some who
wear the little bronze button. They think
they know' better than you what you
want. The time may come when the
head of this organization may be called
upon to report on their actions, and he
will not be slow to so report, though it
may reflect upon the comrade who stands
In the highest place in. the land.
"If a comrade Is false to his obliga
tions, wo had better know It now. when
we are strong, than when we are too
weak to have any Influence."
Expunged From the Record.
TOPEKA, Kan.. Feb. 14. The House
expunged from the record today the note
of King Edward "VTI. thanking the Legis
lature for Its resolution of sympathy
over the death of Queen Victoria, because
the communication contained the wprd
"loyalty." The note was received yester
day and entered In the journal of the
House without delay. Today a Legislator
raised an objection to the word "loyalty"
in the note, and It was stricken from the
Generals to Retire Today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.-Generals J.
H. Wilson, Fltzhugh Lee and Theodore
Schwan will be retired tomorrow, the last
named on his own application. Colonel
A. S. Daggett, Fourteenth Infantry, will
be promoted to a Brigadier-Generalship,
succeeding Schwan, and will be retired
BINGHAM BILL DEAD
Senate Elections Committee
Rejects Primary Reform.
SMALL SHOW FOR LEGISLATION
Law Proposed for Multnomah Conn
ty Alone, hut Delegation Does
Not Appear to Be Unan
imous for It
Direct primary legislation on lines pro
posed by E. W. Bingham, of Portland,
has been given Its quietus by the Senato
committee on elections, which Is composed
of Hunt of Multnomah, Kuykendall of
Lane and Marsters of Douglas. Mr.
Bingham, who has been at Salem In tho
Interest of primary reform in general
and his bill In particular, returned last
night with the conviction uppermost In hid
mind that a "primary bill providing for
the direct nomination of candidates will
either not be enacted, or If enacted,
will not bo of any service." Mr. Bing
ham's faith In the Multnomah members
of the Legislature was shaken by his
experience with them at Salem. When
they were candidates last Spring they
were profuse in their promises of the
things they would do to give the state
a wholesome primary law. "My opinion
of the Multnomah members," said Mr.
Bingham, "is that they are keeping tho
letter, but breaking the spirit of tho
promises they made last Spring."
Mr. Bingham appeared before the Sen
ate elections committee Tuesday night
and held the floor until 11-40, explaining
his bill. Previously, Charles E. Lockwood
and Charles M. Morgan had argued In
favor of their measure. Before adjourn
ing, the committee appointed a meeting
for Wednesday afternoon 'at 4:30 to hear
Mr. Morgan's .answer to Mr. Bingham's
attack upon the constitutionality of his
measure. Mr. Morgan appeared Wednes
day afternoon and had said but a few
words when the committee informed him
that If his bill applied to the entire stato
It would not be favorably reported. That
put Mr. Morgan and Mr. Bingham out
of the race. When the meeting adjourned.
Chairman Hunt informed Mr. Bingham
that the committee had decided to recom
mend the Lockwood bill, which regulates
the election of delegates to county conven
tions and is amendatory of the primary
law of 1S0L
Before leaving Salem yesterday after
noon, .Mr. Bingham met Senator Marsters,
who said that whatever Senators Hunt
and Kuykendall decided upon "would be
satisfactory to him, provided It did not
involve expense to his county. Shortly
afterward, Mr. Bingham met Mr. Lock
wood and Mr. Morgan In the State Li
brary. They were sitting at the same
table and at work upon bills. Mr. Bing
ham Inquired about the programme and
asked what. If any, Instructions they had
received from the committee. They re
plied that they were drafting a compro
mise bill, which should be applicable to
such counties as desired direct prima
ries. It will be a sort of local option di
rect primary bill; If direct primaries are
wanted a certain percentage of voters
must petition therefor.
Defeat has disappointed Mr. Bingham,
but not discouraged him. He realizes
that the subject Is a large one, and that,
since it has been an issue only since last
May, the people are not fully acquainted
with it. He will make no furjther effort at
this session of the Legislature In behalf of
his bill or the proposed reform, as ho
considers the undertaking hopeless In
view of the tangle over the Senatorshlp
and the lack of knowledge of direct
primaries. He says direct primary legis
lation will be put on the statute books
of Oregon In Identically the same man
ner as the Australian ballot law was in
1881 by creating public sentiment In Its
favor and by getting candidates for tho
Legislature to pledge themselves to it.
A Direct Primary League will be organ
ized and a mill drawn for Introduction In
the Legislature of 1903., Mr. Bingham 'a
confident of ultimate success. He says
the Australian ballot law was not a gift
from the bosses, and primary reform will
not be one. He says that while he was
at Salem many people who are not mem
bers of the Legislature expressed them
slves as favorable to direct primary
nominations. They and all who will con
nect themselves with the league will cre
ate a sentiment that the Legislature oC
1003 will not dare to Ignore.
Bill Suggested to Apply Only to
SALEM. Or., Feb. 14. If any direct pri
mary bill at all passes this session, it
will be made to apply to Multnomah,
County alone. The joint committee on
privileges and elections, which has had
the Bingham, Lockwood, Dresser and
Morgan bills under consideration, did not
manifest an exceptional degree of inter
est in the reform, though Chairman Hunt
did all he could to Impress upon the mem
bers the Importance of favorable action.
When it came to final action only four
were present. Representatives Poorman
and Miller announced that In their judg
ment the state at large was not ready for
primary reform. They are known also
to have reflected the sentiments of Chair
man Harris, of the House committee.
So Chairman Hunt said he would accept
as cheerfuly as he could the decision oC
the committee and later he offered a sub
stitute measure, which was the Morgan,
bill, suitably altered to fit Multnomah
It Is not yet certain that the Multno
mah delegation will be unanimous for
this measure. If It Is, the chances for a
primary law may be deemed fairly good;
If not, very bad. Mr. Bingham, when
he learned of the turning "tlown of his bill,
was much disappointed, and did not hesi
tate to Inform all persons be met Just how
he felt about It. The reasons for the re
jection of his bill are said to be that it
was framed as to cover the whole state,
and could not be altered to be made ap
plicable to Multnomah alone.
New Yorlc Yacht Clnb Election.
NEW YORK. Feb. 14. The New York
Yacht Club tonight elected officers, as well
as 118 new members. The officers chosen
will officiate during the International
yacht races In the Fall. Some changes
were made In the rules. Daniel S. La
mont and J. J. Hill are among the newly
elected members. The new officers of
the club are:
Commodore, Lewis Cass Ledyard. vice
commodore, August Belmont; rear-commodore.
C. L. F. Robins; secretary, J. V.
S. Oddle; treasurer, Tarrant Putnam;
measurer, John Hyslop; fleet surgeon, Dr.
Morris A. J. Asch; regatta commanders,
S. Nicholson Kane, Chester Grlswold and
Newburg D. Lawton.