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TOL. XLV.-O. 13,897.
PORTLAND, OREGOX, FRIDAY, JUXE 23, WQo.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ings With Kribs. -
TELLS OF SENATOR'S WORRY
Feared Firm's Books "Would
Indict and Convict."
FAMOUS LETTER IS SHOWN
Graphic Story Is Told by Judge Tan
ncr of Mitchell's Anxiety to Have
Account Books Destroyed
and Agreement Altered.
Once again, and for seven hours. Judge
A. H. Tanner sat facing Senator John H.
Mitchell in the' United States courtroom
yesterday, giving testimony against the
former partner and friend. All day, -with
relentless persistency. United States Dis
trict Attorney -Heney kept producing let
ters, entries from the daybook kept by
the law Arm of Mitchell & Tanner, and
telegrams designed to show that Senator
Mitchell knew that he was receiving fees
for his labors in behalf of the claims of
Frederick A Kribs. All day Judge Tanner
acknowledged the items contained in the
daybook, and the letters and telegrams
that passed between himself and the
It was hard to realize that the distin
guished defendant, who sat near ex-Senator
Thurston, visibly disturbed as letter
after letter, telegram after telegram was
produced and read as evidence, was cele
brating his 70th. birthday. Yet it was
so. During the morning and until almost
the last hour of the afternoon session, the
trial droned along. Senator Mitchell
listened with vital Interest to all that was
being done hy Mr. Honey and all that
was being said by his former .friend and
partner. Judge Tanner. His poise' was
almost perfect, but behind the facial
mask, the mental strain must have been
terrific. Several times, when lettors
were rend, letters w.hich tended to prove
that he was fully aware that he was
violating his oath as Senator when he
acted for Kribs before the Interior De
partment, what little color thero was in
his faco faded away and he moved
nervously in his seat. From bohind his
gold-rimmed glasses he glanced at Judge
Tanner, and hlg eyelids closed until there
was just a narrow glint. Again when
Judge Tanner, recounted the interview
he had "with Senator Mitch oil on the train
coming from Kalama and othor inter
views held -with him in the Senator's room
in the Hotel Portland, the man who is
facing the crisis of his whole career was
Tanner a Strong; Witness.
It must have been a great mental and
physical strain on the Senator to listen
to the recital of personal affairs of him
self and partner But what of the man
who was tolling the story? "What of the
mental anguish and physical torture that
ho was passing through? True, he is
almost a faultless witness. His answers
arc clear-cut and decisive. It is not an
easy task to take the witness stand and
testify in a trivial case. Think of the
ordeal of being there for seven hours, and
tho end not yet in sight, laying bare to
the world affairs, conversations, letters
that are damaging to himself as well as
to his former associate. Think of telling
lfio court and the Jury, the gaping and
eager crowd present, things forced from
ono by the relentless agents of the law,
telling them to save the honor of a son
and by doing so offering oneself up upon
the altar of public humiliation.
It was not until almost adjournment
time that Judge Tanner began his most
interesting testimony. Mr. Henoy had
been slowly leading up to a climax. His
conduct of the case is little short of
marvelous, considering the mass of let
ters, data and telegrams which he has
already offered. Out of the numerous
letters and telegrams offered only one
letter and a few telegrams were ruled out
by Judge Do Haven. "When Mr. Hcney
met with this interference, he quickly
took another tack, and with almost start
ling suddenness he brought the witness up
to the point where, in response to a tele
gram, he met Senator Mitchell at
Kalama. Then began his story of the
conversation between himself and Sena
tor Mitchell. Representative Binger
Hermann was also on the train, and the
witness testified that both Senator Mitch
ell and Representative Hermann were ex
ceedingly anxious to loarn -what would be
confronting them when they faced the
grand Jury. Finally, Judge Tanner said
that he and the Senator wore alone and
that Senator Mitchell inquired closely as
to whether the books and lotters of the
firm had fallen into the hands of the
Government agents. . It was on the train,
the witness testified, that Senator Mitch
ell first manifested alarm regarding the
As Judge Tanner slowly but distinctly
began telling of the conversation on the
train and those which followed in the
Senator's rdbm at the hotel, and later
those which took place at the offices of
the firm, a hush foil over the courtroom.
There was an attempt onthe part of the
attorneys for the defenat to keep out this
testimony. They triedo make it appear
that Judge Tanner oad been retained as
attorney by Senator Mitchell. Judge Ben
nett asked the witness If he hadn't re
ceived a telegram from Senator Mitchell
asking him to call on Mr. Heney and John
Hall, who was thca United. tsi.es, DLeirict
Attorney, and learn. If he could. Just what
they had against him. Judge De Haven
read the telegram and declared that it
could not be construed as retaining Judge
Tanner as Senator Mitchell's lawyer.
Judge Tanner then resumed his testimony.
"Books Would Indict and Convict.
That he, was keeping nothing back was
patent, yet he told his story without any
apparent tinge of feeling or malice. At
the Portland Hotel Senator Mitchell had
suggested the destruction of the books
and all letters. Judge Tanner recited a
conversation when they were both in their
office, and said that Senator Mitchell,
when he looked at the entries in the day
book, which showed that he had received
his share of the money paid the firm by
Kribs, exclaimed that the "books would
not only indict but convict him." Then
came the story and the talk leading up tP
the changing of the contract of partner
ship. Judge Tanner testified that he had
told Senator Mitchell that he would stand
by him and do all in his power to prevent
him (Mitchell) from going Into court, but
he refused to sanction tho destruction of
the firm's books or destroying the letters.
He declined to do this, he stated, because
the contract of partnership was still In
existence. Then followed the plan to
change this contract, which Judge Tanner
admitted that he aided in doing. But be
fore he would do this, the witness stated
that he had explained to Senator Mitchell
the dangers that beset even this move.
There was Harry Robertson, who drew
up tne original contract to be -considered.
Senator Mitchell, so the witness
testified, sold that he Mitchell) would
"manage" Robertson if he iTanncr)
could trust his own son. It "was this
contract, it will be remembered, on
which some exceedingly clever detec
tlvfl work was done. The contract con
tained a misspelled word, was written
on a machine on whloh was used a
black ribbon, and upon a paper that
bore a different water mark from that
used in the original contract of part
nership. Both the original and the sub
stitute were produced Jn evidence, and
the witness acknowledged t'dem.
It took Judge Tanner almost 20 min
uter to toll the court and Jury of the
conversations between himself and
Senator Mitchell. It seems that not
once, but repeatedly. Senator Mitchell
tried to get Judge Tanner to consent to
burning and destroying all evidence
that would connect him with the deal
Famous Letter Introduced.
After completing his testimony about
what look place on Senator Mitchell's
return to Portland, Mr. Heney pro
duced the famous personal letter which
Senator Mitchell wrote to Judge Tan
ner, and which fell into the hands of
the Government Senator Mitchell's Je-meanor-when
this letter was produced
was remarkable, his If-control per
fect. While- Mr. Heney was showing the
letter to Judge Tanner for tho nurposc
of Identifying the hancjrwruing. the
Senator turned to the envelope! at his
left hand. They seemed to contain
newspaper accounts. H examined sev
eral before he found the one he was
after. When he selected it he folded it
and drew some lines with a lead pencil.
He read it hurriedly, and when Mr.
Heney was struggling with the Sen
ator's handwriting, he offered the clip
ping to the prosecutor. He grave Mr.
Honey the newspaper containing a
transcript of his own .letter, calling
the prosecutor's attention to one word
that was misquoted. M. Hcney had Just
finished the letter when oourt was ad
journed. During the day the courtroom -was
crowded with many members of the
local bar. Many of them shook hands
with Senator Mitchell when court ad
journed both at noon and In the after
noon. A number of the Senator's frionJs
were presont and he was congratulated
on his birthday. During the morning
session. Judge Webster sat near the
Senator. Mayor Williams came in Just
as Judge Tanner was coming to the
most important part of his testimony.
TANNER A STRONG WITNESS
Tells of Mitchell's Efforts to Have
The session of yesterday morning opened
with ex-Judge Tanner upon the stand.
where he remained until the evening ad
journment, and was then not much more
than half through with his testimony.
At the beginning of his examination, the
witness stated that.he bad made another
agreement with Kribs on February 13,
1S02, in regard to another list of land to
be expedited. He also identified the entry
in the books relating to the first payment
of 500 an a. cash retainer fnr th r-i-lrc
of the firm. This entry had been changed.
nowevor. about the time of the Puter trial
to read "Cash retainer in second lieu
list," instead of "Cash retainer in S. A. D.
ruter list," as it had formerly been. He
had done this because hn war afraid thit
harm might come from the entries if they
Happened to bo found.
The witness also st.itml that hn re
ceipts for the month of February had been
aiviaea octween nimseir and Mitchell, and
demonstrated from the book how Mitchell
naa received his half of the $500 check.
The nrosecutlon now bernn th intro
duction of the correspondence which had
passed between the Senator and Mr. Tan
ner during all of this time, which
spondence treated of the Kribs matter
and referred to the fees to be received.
and contained requests and directions to
the Senator as to his nnvMnri. in v-, v
Ington In expediting the claims, lists of
which had been sent to him. One letter
told of a promised fee of J10CO. and related
- v- tfvitaiui kvl in
sisting in a Chines case. Other letters
urgru me senator 10 xaice up tne .Kribs
matters personally with Hermann, and
hurry them through, as the payment of
the fees due depended upon the haste
wim wntcn tne patents were issued.
Telegrams showinc- th nelivitv nf th
Senator at Washington were also intro
duced and read to the jury, "which related
io acuons aone oy tne Senator and to
the conclusions reached hv ih t.mn.
ment. presumably as a result of the In
fluence he had brought to bear upon the
A letter written in Anrll. imi hp Tnnn..
to Mitchell was read, telling of the visit
of Puter and F. P. Mavs tn Woohintn
and warning the Senator against Puter J
as & man or aanrrrtnim rhinot.. ru-
letter further, stated that Puter was
mreaicning to nave me Kribs claims in
vestigated, owing to a quarrel between
.nos ana nunseti. ana Airgea- the Een-
Roosevelt Says Effective Fed
eral Supervision Is the
TO PUNISH LAWBREAKERS
No 3rttcr llow High They Stand,
They Wilt Be Indicted and Tried.
Nevr England Welcomes
WILLIAM STOWN, Masa.. June Zlr
The zigzag Journey qf President Rooee
velfamong the 4 colleges of Western Mas
sachuoitts ended today with hL? depar
ture from Wllllamstown' after he bad re
ceived from Williams College the honor
ary degree of LL. D. His stay in this
state, which was of scarcely thirty-two
hours duration, was a busy one. Ho at
tended three college commencements, at
two of which he received high honorary
degrees, traveled several hundred miles
and besides delivering significant ad
dressee at each commencement, made a
number of speeches from the platform of
hi? car to citizens who had gathered at
the stations along the route.
The President arose early today and
loaned from a window enjoying the su
perb view of the Berkshire country. Aft
er breakfast he" devoted a few minutes to
meeting the classmates of James R. Gar
field. United States Commissioner of Cor
porations, who is a trustee of Williams,
and then made a quick Inspection of
the new memorial chapel dedicated yes
terday. After a short walk the President ac
cepted the Invitation of hi host for a
drive, which ended just before the com
mencement exercises began. He ?poke
twice here, once upon receiving the de
gree and again from tbe steps of the
church whore the commencement exer
cises were held, to the people who could
not get into the room. Then came
luncheon and before 2 o'clock the Presi
dent was on his way back to Washing
ton. His train made stops at North
Adams. Adams and Pitts-field, when the
citizens joined In demonnt rations and
wore addressed briefly by Mr. Roosevelt.
During the trip there wa not an un
pleasant incident. ' Yesterday's" rain was
disagreeable, but today, though the skies
wero cloudy, no rain fell until after the
train bearing the President had started
The President's train is due In Wash
ington oarly tomorrow. He -will return
to New England next week to attend
commencement at Harvard university.
President Roosevelt delivered a short
address, in which he said:
T want to say a word about idealism
HARRY MURPHY'S PEN PORTRAITS AT THE
in pellticsL I like to e every graduate
uphold his standard of practical idealism
In hi- life. The ideals- inset not be -high
and fantastic or , low land Impracticable.
Do not delude yourself to the .belief that
fantastic ideals are an Indication of a
superior virtue. .Adopt strong, practical
Ideals and then strive to follow them 'as
Washington and Lincoln followed their
ideals. Do not abandon Idealism because
it happens not to work out in.your case."
The President said"-"he desired tne as
sistance In the working out of all. gov
ernment problems of ail the colleges in"
"We have 'a risht to expect from the
college said he,- "efficient leadership."
The President discussed, briefly, by-way
of illustration, the Sonto Domingo -question.
He. said that in the island govern
ment bonds of society were oh" the point
of dissolution. The -United States -was
appealed-to to 'help "the weaker brother.-
There . was apprehension that Santo
Domingo might .become Involved In trou
ble which would involve the United
"In the Interest of peace .and. .Justice,"
the President said, "we yielded to Santo
Domingo'tt appeal ard are now assisting
her to work out her-, financial troubles
without being made. the victim of force.
Control of Corporations.
"Another question of which I wish to
speak is that of a closer supervision by
the government of great industrial com
binations. I think that it has been a
great mistake to act on the theory which
hap shaped most of our legislation, na
tional and state, for the last thirty'
years, that it- is possible to turn back
the hands of the clock. " to forbid com
binations and to restore business .accord
ing to and under, conditions which have
absolutely pained away. That cannot be
done. What ire can have done Is to put
an efflcfent supervision over the owner
of tbe combination. I do not believe
that such supervision can come effec
tively through the rtate, nor that it can
effectively come through the municipality,
but ultimately, in the great majority of
cases, to be effective it must be exer
cised by the national government. As
the first step I hope to rec tbe passage
of legislation which); will give, as an "ex
ecutive not as a judicial function, to
the national government the supervision
of the railways of the United States
which are engaged' in Interstate com
merce, with the power, when a rate Is
complained of as improper and unjust, to
examine that rate and If they think the
rate should be changed to change it
to a given rate, and to have that given
rate take practically immediate effect. It
can only come If tho officers Intrusted
with the administration of the law re
member that It is exactly as much their
duty to protect the --railroad from the
public as to protect the public from the
"I am going to Illustrate what I mean
by some work now being done in the de
partment of Justice and In the bureau of
corporations, at the head of which Ptands
your fellow alumnus. James It. Garfield.
Resolutions have been passed by very
important bodies demanding the investi
gation of what Is called tho beer trust
and of the Standard OH Company. The
beef trust had to be investigated partly
by the department of Justice 'acting
through the District Attorney of. Chicago.
The Commissioner of. Corporations was,
to report upon tin facts of the casf, and'
the District Attorney was to act on the
legal evidence he could obtain. If the
District Attorney can collect legal evi
dence which will show that "there had
been willful and Intentional violation of
the law by any man. no mAtter how
high he stands socially and financially,
he will be indicted and, if possible, con
victed. If he does not secure such legal
evidence no amount of popular feeling Is
(Concluded on Pit; 3.)
I CSN II III II 111! M II
Horrors .of Twentieth Century
Limited Disaster Grow
MALICE UNDOUBTED CAUSE
List or Dead" Includes Several Noted
. .' Men Injured anl-Dying Relate
t . Expcriencesj-Tlrae of Traln
CLEVELAND. O., June 22. The list of
fatalities in last night's wreck of the
Twentieth Century Limited on the Lake
Shore at Mentor, O.. Is one of the largest
in the history of this road, numbering 13
persons. All the victims were prominent
In the business and professional world In
New York. Chicago, Cleveland and other
The official list of the dead and Injured,,
as compiled by the officials of the Lake
Shore Company follows:
The dead Passengers: . '
JOHN It. BENNETT, attorney, 31 Nassau
street. New. Tork.- .
JOHN. A... BRAD LET. of the law firm of
Rowley, Rogers. Bradley Rockwell. Akron,
T. R. MORGAN, second vice-president of
the TVellman-Seavers-Mbrgan Company,
C H. TyELLMAN. of the Wellman-.Seavers-Morgan
Company. Cleveland, died in hospi
tal. A. L. ROGERS. New Tork City, represen
tative of the Piatt Iron "Works, of Dayton.
O..: died In hospital.
S. C. BECK WITH, advertising agent. New
A. II. HEAD. London. England, represen
tative, of the Otis Steel Company of Cleve
land; died In hospital.
H. II. WRIGHT, traveling man. Chicago:
died In hospital.
T. E. ARTHUR, traveling man, vMIIwau
kee; died In hospital.
J. H. GIBSON, traveling man, Chicago;
died In. hospital. Cleveland.
it. C. MECHX.ING. New Tork City, with
the "Wheeling Corrugated Iron Company.
L. M. E1RICK. manager Keith's Theater.
Cleveland; killed in wreck.
E. E. NAUGL.E. Chicago, proprietor of a
railway supply boose; killed in wreck.
TWO UNIDENTIFIED MEN. supposed to
be L-A. Johnson, of tho ixUUlnery-nrnx of
Coney & Johnson. Cleveland, and Henry
Trlnz. the barber of the train.
ALLEN TYLER, engineer Colllnwood. O.;
died la hospital.
S. J. BRANT, head brakeman. Erie. Pa.;
died In hospital.
N. B. "WALTERS, baggageman. Hamburg.
N. T.. died In hospital.
W. D. MICKET. porter on Pullman car,
Chicago; died at scene of wreck.
"W. H. ABBOTT, Boston, supposed to bo
among tho unidentified, dead. He "was trav
eling In companr with H. C. ileehllng. of
The Injured; J. II. Langdon. Chicago; R.
C Cordeaugh, Kay Cottage, Highlands, N.
J.; M. J. Kennedy. San Francisco, slightly
hurt, leaves far Europe Tuesday; Kate Trott.
Chicago; Mrs. II. D. Turner!, nervous shock;
Theodore Keuhl. Chicago, severe shock; "W.
H. Cotvin. Chicago, thought not to be seri
ously hurt; George Murray, St Louis,
thought not to he seriously hurt; A. E. Dick
inson. (MS Marquette building. Chicago, knee
wrenched; Nathan Allen. Kenosha. "Wis.,
back slightly Injured; S. T. Katy, Chicago,
pain In chest and back: A H. Go r ham.
fireman, side injured. Colllnwood. O.
.Work or Maniac or Avenger.
As to who la responsible for the open
switch, which was the cause of the wreck
the railroad o facials are still uncertain.
They believe that the wreck is the resulV-
of the act of either a maniac who wanted
to see a wreck Of a fast train, or some
person bent upon revenge. A careful ex
amination of the switch Today showed
that it wa3 in perfect condition.
Detectives are working on the case.
Trainmen are of the opinion that the crew
of .the Twentieth Century -was deceived
by a second white light 100 feet beyond
the switch which was open, - but, while
traveling; at such fast speed, was unable
to gauge the distance, and mistook the
second light for the first one.
"W. II. Marshall, general manager of the
Lake Shore, gives the speed of the train
as not a contributor cause to the wreck.
He said that other Lake Shore trains
travel through Mentor at a speed equal to
that attained by the Twentieth Century
last night, which was not. Mr. Marshall
said, above tho rate of 60 miles an hour.
The schedule of the train called for a
speed of 57 miles an hour at that point.
The wreck had no effect on the sale of
tickets for the same, train tonight, the
full quota allotted to" this city having
ben so long before the time of the
Cor-jncr York, of this county, announced
this evening that the inquest would begin
next Monday morning at 9 o'clock, at
tho Courthouse in Fainesville. He says
he will summon officials of the railroad
company to testify.
A peculiar feature of the wreck is
that all those who met death were eltber
fatally burned or scalded. R. C. Cor
deaugh. of New York, is only slightly
hurt, and will be discharged from . the
hospital" within a. few days.
Six bodies were taken from the wreck;
three more were found in the wreckage
today, and ten persons died in Cleveland
Difficulty of Identification.
The only means, of identifying the body
of E. E. Naugle, of Chicago, was his
Initials upon a piece of linen and a
button worn on his clothing. Communi
cation with a tailoring house established
his Identity. His brother came to Cleve
land today and will take the body back
Of tho two unidentified" bodies there Is
not the slightest means of identification!
Tho family of I. S. Johnson, a prominent
millinery goods manufacturer of this
city, stood before the two charred bodies
In a morguQ today trying to discern
something about the objects that might
tell which of them is their husband and
Tho body of L. M. Eirlck. manager of
Keith's Theater, was Identified by the
(Concluded on Page 5.)
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERD ATS Maximum temperature. 62
deg.; minimum, 33. Precipitation. 0.11 of
TODAY'S Cloudy with probably showers.
Slightly warmer. "Westerly winds.
The "War In tho lar East.
Oyama's army enveloping Russians. Page 3.
Japanese advance begins and Russians must
retreat or be surrounded. Page 3.
Rain delays great battle. Page 3,
Roosevelt will renew efforts for armistice
today. Page 3.
Religious war In Trans-Caucasia. Page 2.
Powers to be given Russian assembly. Page 2.
Kitchener will reform Indian army to light
Russia. Page 4.
Alarm in Paris about relations, with Ger
many. Page 4.
President Roosevelt speaks at "Wllllamstown
on control of railroads and trusts. Page 1.
Engineer "Wallace of the Panama Canal ar
rives. Page, .
United States officially notified of Norway's
separation from Sweden. Page 4.
Grand Jury gets new evidence against beef
trust. Page 3.
Incidents of Irrigation committee's tour.
Twentieth Century wreck cost 19 lives; boy
suspected of causing Jt. Page 1.
Criminal proceedings may begin against
Equitable management. Page 1.
Mrs. Rogers reprieved on eve of execution.
American tennis players win in England.
Pacific Coast League-scores: San Francisco
4. Los Angeles 3; Tacoma 6, Oakland 1.
New University of "Washington coach will
look for Northern games. Page 7..
Congressional irrigation party will arrive In
Portland Friday and stay two days.
- Page 7.
G. A. R. and "W. R. C encampments at Van
'couver. Wash., and Oregon 'City close.
..John Branton found guilty at Eugene of
murderous assault on John Fletcher.
"Woman with her eight children goes over
""' bluff in California. Page 0. "
First "meeting of "Washington Railway Com
mission Is held in Tacoma. Page C
Another "decline in refined sugar. Page- 17.
First new Oregon peaches arrive. Page "J7.
Eastern eggs on way to Portland. Page 17.
No grain chartering at San Francisco. Page
Bull campaign on In stock market! Page 17.
Chicago wheat market an enigma. .Page IT.
Sentiment improved in iron and steel trade.
Lewis and Clark Exposition.
Attendance, 11.0S4. Page 10.
South Bend and Kalama. have day at tbe
Fair. Page 10.
California editors guests of tbe Exposition.
Xtertlasd sad Vlclalty.
Idaho man claims that he .was duped Into
paying $73 for eyeglasses at Reed optical
concession. Page 13.
S. C Beckwlth killed In accident on Twen
tieth Century Limited. Page .
Tanner gives damaging evidence against his
former partner. Senator MltchelL Page 1.
Big uproar In Good Roads Convention over
qaestlon of electing a. president. Page 16.J
Bank president swears that ex-City En
gtneer Elliott bad -third Interest- la sewer
contract la. which Rumelln is Involved.'
" Tf- It. ,
ABE ON TIE TIL
Attorney-General and District
Attorney Take Hand in
JEROME BEGINS INQUIRY
Proceedings Will Be Taken to Pun
ish Wrongdoers and SecureRe
turn of Graft 3Ioney Salar-
ies, Paid to Dummies.
NEW YORK, June 22. Following. ths
publication of the report of Superin
tendent of Insurance Hendricks as to
the affairs of the Equitable Life Assur
ance Society came the statement that
District Attorney Jerome, of New York
County, has undertaken an inquiry into
the conduct of the society.
August Belmont has tendered his
resignation as a director of the Equit
able. Attorney-General J. M". Mayer arrived
from Washington tonight,- and will re
main in town several days investigat
ing" Equitable affairs. In an interview
tonight, Mr. Mayer said:
"It is manifest that the people
throughout the whole country are pro
foundly interested in the affairs of tho
Equitable Life Assurance Society.
Therefore, I think It fitting to say that
appropriate steps will be speedily
taken by me:
"First, to accomplish the return to
the Equitable of any profits wrong
fully made or retained by reason of
trust relations or otherwise.
"Second, to debar from holding office
in this company any person who has
been faithless to histrust or who vio
lated any provisions of law.
"Third, to obtain an accounting for
any waste or misapplication of funds,
for any reason or by anybody.
Secure Policy-Holders Rights.
"There are certain other matters of
importance which I am studying, but to
which it would be premature to refer
to in detail. It might be, for instance,
to the interest of the policy-holders to
learn the character of, and the- occasion:
for. some of the legal services paid for
during" the past few years. But, abova
all, inquiries as to alleged delinquen
cies, the greatest necessity of the situ
ation is that the rights of the policy
holders in all Respects be ascertained
as clearly and as completely and. as
quickly as is legally possible. In this
and other particulars, I shall try my
best to obtain results.
"If any crime ha3 been committed by
anybody, that situation is manifestly
for the District Attorney.'5
A close friend of the Attorney-General
stated .tonight that the Attorney
General would have the rights of the
policy-holders ascertained by tho
Salaries Paid to Dead Men.
Attention was directed today to the
fact that four of the Equitable officers
mentioned in the report of State Super
intendent of Insurance Hendricks as
drawing salaries for the last five years,
are. no longer actively connected with
the company. E. W. Lambert appears
in the report as a medical director with
a salary of $25,000 a year. He died 13
months ago, and yet, according to tho
table, his salary was paid this year and
last. Edward Curtis, who figures as a
medical director at $15,000 a year, re
signed that position IS nionths ago.
George H. Squiere, who is now a direc
tor, is down on thelist as financial
manager at $12,000 a year, although H.
R. Wlnthrop succeeded him as financial
manager many months ago. J. B. Lor
Ing Is recorded as a registrar with a
salary of $3500 a year. Mr. Lorlng"
ceased to perform the active duties ot
that office in April, 1903.
Officers of the society'today said that
possibly Mr. Hendricks had gotten hold
of an old list.
Mr. Jerome, in answer to a request,
today received a telegram from Mr..
Hendricks, statin? that an official copy
of his report had been forwarded and
should reach New York tomorrow.
PIAIX CASE OP STEALIXG.
Governor Higglns Refers Repqrt to
Jerome for Action.
ALBANY, N. Y., June 22. That Gov
ernor Higglns regards the report of In
surance Superintendent Hendricks upon
the Equitable Life Assurance' Society as
worthy of the attention of the criminal
authorities of New York County was.
made plain by him today, when lie- broka
his silence on the subject of the- Equit
able situation by a referepce to the com
mandment "Thou shalt not steal" as
having been among the laws- violated in
the management of the Insurance com
pany and by the announcement that ha
had sent a copy of the report to Dis-
trlct .Attorney Jerome. The text of the
"I herewith inclose for your considera
tion a copy of the preliminary report of
the Superintendent of Insurance upon tha
affairs of the Equitable Life Assurance
Society of New York. The findings- set
forth in the report are based on evidence
taken by the superintendent under tho
insurance laws. If In your judgment any
of the alleged facta established by legal
evidence would constitute criminal mis
conduct in the County of New York 6
the part of any person I will, 1 you de
sire, request the superintendent to sub
mit to you tha evidence taken befora
The governor was asked tonight wheth-
iConcludei oa Tags 3.)