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PART 11.
To the Editor of The TTfbune.
Sir: A stranger standing at aay of the four
railroad stations of Plainfield during the busy
morning' or evening hours would scarcely deny to
this city the title of "a New-Tork bedroom," for
some fifteen hundred commuters pass through
these stations dally on Iknr way to and from the
trams running; between Plainfield and New-Tork.
The importance of the city to the Central Ral'
road of New- Jersey may be Judged by the fact
that It furnishes more than forty tra'ns each way
dally, many of which make the trip in forty-five
minutes. Including the time crossing the ferry,
and during the busiest hours trains run which
make no stops between Plainfield and New- York.
Passengers on the railroad bear testimony to its
comfortable cars, its superior roadbed and Its un
usual freedom from coal dust.
While discussing the city with our residents we
flnfi that their favorite designation is "the City
oi Homes," with an emphasis on the word
"homes," which shows that they use the word in
its highest and best sense.
A more detailed examination convinces one that
the r-ame Is well chosen, for what always im
jjreases the visitor is the large number of thrifty.
w«U kept, attractive e-pourds: It is. as one has
expreasec !t, "a c:ty of' lovely Domes."
These homes -^ary in cost from $1,000 to a hun
dred times as much, but most, ever, of the poorer
ones, show plainer tte pride taken by the citizens
to keeping everything about their places in the
Vest possible order.
Only a few of tiie fences which originally bor-
fiered the older streets remain: so that the velvety
lawr.s now stretch rrom the houses to the fiag-
Btone sidewalks, and from these to the curb lines,
giving the streets a spacious and parklike ap
pearance. Stately trees, well trimmed, unite their
branches In arches of green above, and afford a.
graTeful shade.
There are thirty-four miles o? macadamized
streets In the city proper, which are the admira
tion sf all visitors, and which certainly are not
excelled for smoothness and durability by any
hi the country These flue roadways are not con
flned to the thickly settled portions, but stretch
out into the suburbs and ronneet with the various
county roads In every direction, making our city
an ideal one for driving and cycling, and for the
enjoyment of vrhat is no doubt the coming vehicle.
the automobile. The sidewalks are mostly flagged
with hluestone, so that trains, schools and
shurcfaes may be reached dryshod In all weathers.
Of Plainfleld's water supply It is only necessary
to say that It 1* drawn from deep driven wells
In a sparsely settled part of the city, and that
tt is of exceptional purity, and so abundant tnat
tt is pumped to Fanwood. TSTestneld. Cranford
RoseHe and Elizabeth. The pressure is sufficient
to render the use of fire engines unnecessary ex
cept in rare Instances, and the hydrarts are so
closely located that the houses are easily reached
•rtth streams from the flre hose.
TV* have twenty-six miles of sanitary sewers
' and ar« about to add four more miles and our
•ewage disposal system embodies the latest dis
coveries, being adopted with the approval of the
Slate Board of Sewerage Commissioners.
. Two brooks, running through the city, receive
th* ss-fhoe water from the streets, but there
.re ,na=y norm water sewers, which relieve those
nreets where the accumulation or water In Jm*v>
torms wculd be objectionable, and another cuch
•ewer is to bt constructed this year.
The str**t« are lighted by electricity; not by a
few dazzling arc ughts (except In th. ******
faction), but by a large number of *««*««*
lamps, which are kept lighted every night In the
T Geologically. Plainfleld is of glacial origin, the
Geetadeally. Flalnneid i» of glacial origin, the
terminal moraine at the eastern end of the city
making ideal altes for the elegant country resi
dences which crown it. beautitul knolls. The un-
Serwaah plain, on which the larger part of the city
m located. i» especially healthful, on account of
The dry sand and gravel of which It i. composed;
:be city Is free from malaria, and I- recommended
by New- York and Brooklyn physicians as a sult
ib!e Place of reeidence for their patients suSer
ng from c&tarrhal. throat and lung troubles
• • A trolley system, consisting: of six lines radiat-
r * t* from tbs cenual ■t*tton. . not on-> «£[« eat
p; Bake the different parts of tha city and a^cent
; % torwsh of North !■ Kaisneld , «>nyenle£J* *£££-
i «bie. but; it iXtordJS Co* suaaa* »* t**mg aeu*a
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ful exemsiotj — to the Watchung Moun
tains: northeast to the various towns between
PlalnSeld and Elizabeth; east to Staten Tsland
Sound: southeast to the picturesque grounds of
the Hillside Tennis ar.ii Golf Club, which are un
surpassed for beauty ar.'i for the care which Is
taken In mnJntaininir them: and southwest to
Mayor of Plainfield.
Bound Brook. New-Brunswick. Somervllle and
beyond. The introduction of this trolley system
has opened up a large- area of land eapaetal
sirabie for buildir-s titea. and many new booaes
have oeer. erected all along Its line*.
Plainfield has. with North Plainfieid. a popula
tion of about nineteen thousand; It has but few
Baloons. and th- se are regulated by a strict excise
law There are a number of excellent hotels, the
Netherwood and the Mountain P^rk Inn being
mnwial'T wel 1 known from their conspicuous lo
caUont-thr former on Netterwood Heights and
the latter overlooking the city from the W atchung
SELLS FOR $<5.000.
Ten rooms and bath; three minutes from railway stauon.
ticularly fortunate. Citizens of the highest rank,
both commuters and local business men. have
always been found who were willing 10 serve the
■people in the Common Council, and the people
have been glad to e!ect such men to manage the
city's affairs. The police and paid fire depart
ments are consideied models by visitors from,
larger cities, and they well deserve their reputa
tion. Our people sleep In peace and s-curity.
Considering all the benefits received by th< peo
ple, the tax rate is very moderate, viz.. $2 SB on
$100. and this on a low valuation: as the taxable
property Increases at about the same rate as the
City's expenses, the tax rate has remained sta
tionary for several years.
We have eleven public schools, including those
of North P!ainf>ld. under most competent direc
tion. The pupils who maintain a satisfactory
standing In their classes will be admitted en cer
tificate of the princlnal. without examination, at
Amherst. Williams. Wesleyan. Oberlin, New-York
University. Vassar. Smith. Wellesley and other
colleges where the certificate plan is In force.
They will also be fitted to enter, without condi
tions. Princeton. Harvard. Yale and Columbia.
North Plainfield conducts a manual training
There are also in Plainfield several private
schools of th» highest rank, where young men and
women are prepared for college. Including Leal's,
the Seminary and the Randolph- School.
Churches and religious societies of almost every
shade of belief are round, the total number h^insr
about twenty-six. Including several in North Plain
Plainfield takes sreat pride in its Public Library
especially since the addition of the scientific de
partment, for which we are Indebted to the gen
eroslty of the late George H Babcock An annual
appropriation for maintaining the library is made
by the Common Council, and every effort Is made
by the managers of the library to" extend its use
The Toons; Hen's Christian Association has a
beautlfu! and well equipped building:, and its as
sembly ball Is a favorite place for all sorts of
charitable and llterarv gatherings
To summarize. Plainfleld posw oonventenc*
°' ,_ acc S!! - , great natura .'. ntages, a strong
public spirit, and -i high standard In the social,
intellectual and reUgious life of the people; it Is
a place where parenrs may l.rine their children to
grow up under the most favorable environment
r>i •«.. x- t OLSS I. JENKINS. BCayor.
Plalnfield. N. J.. July 25. 190;
Developments are now under way on -h '- slope of
the Watchunjr Koui 1 n<- ir Plainfleld which
will when completed form the foundation for an
exclusive social colony, comparing m B minor de
gree to the settlement at Tuxedo Park. Landscape
engineers and architects wei engaged last spring
by the heirs of the Hyde estate to draw up plan.
for the Improvement of a picturesque tract of
sward and (land, covering more than one hun
dr°d acres 1 n Watch Mountain, which is situ
ated about one mile and a half fm m the city of
Plai^- . ■
It Is proposed tf> pst.ibll.sh there a nig toned and
exclusive ark for the country^ homes of wealthy
New-York business and professional men. The
tract will be laid out with charming effect and
win be divided Into about thirty or forty home
steads. Work on the improvements ha? been prose
cutpd with much rapidity .since early in the ■pring.
and evidences of the character of tnese aprove
ments are already at hand.
At the entrance to the park a handsome odge is
now approaching completioi and a iperb Colonial
residence Is being constructed on the slope of the
mountain for F. De I. Hyd<*. which is to cost
about $40,000. The next buildings to be erected will
be a clubhouse and dub stables for tn<» exclusive
use of the residents of the park. It Is Bald that
these buildings will be larger, handsomer and more
complete than any similar structures in this part
of the country.
The golf links, which Is situated on a level
plateau at the base of Watch ing Mountain, ranks
among the Snest In New-Jersey. A squash court
is to be added to the features of the park. Among
the improvements that are being installed are
necessarily everything conducive to the comfort
and convenience of tne future residents, such as
Bewerage. gas. electric light, etc.
The. scenery of Watch Mountain and the sur
roundlng country Is among the most beautiful In
the Oranges. From the higher points of the moun
tain extensive views are obtained. On a clear day
the skyscrapers of lower New- York can be seen
from Mr Hyde's future home.
"The L<ord save me from an Englishman who has
done things, or says he has." said a Western man
at the Waldorf-Astoria recently. "Such a one wi'.l
spoil any party, ar.d throw gloom on any gathering
he happens to be in. An Englishman of this type
wa« once a visitor in my town, and at the club h<*
became an unmitigated nuisance. No matter whar
story waa told, the Britisher invariably went the
narrator one better. For example, one man told
of a big faro game he had seen at Cheyenne In
those never-to-be-forgotten days when cattle sold
at $7Ti each, and every one in the cattle country
simply reeked with wealth. It was a good story.
but as soon as H waa finished the Englishman
rang in one of an experience he had had at Monte
thai mai" the Cheyenne tale seem like a
bottle of flat champagne.
in ex-army officer told of a company of
ttyaburg that had been sent to
capture a certain hill They didn't secure it. but
t 5 per c*ut of the company lay dead or wounded on
rhat bloody hillside before the boys in blue could be
driven bade ,
••The Englishman capped that with an «P«l« n
of hi- lr India Out of a company of .S Slkns
that he commanded only two escaped-himself and
another-th. other shot so full of holes that he
looked like a nutmeg Jrater.
"When the refreshments made necessary by this
last anecdote had been imbibed, another man so
fonrot himself as to relate an experience he had
had while hunting bears. The Englishman chimed
in at once with a legend of a bear hunt of his own.
Ke had only six shots in his magazine rifle, and
was attacked by four adult and two cub bears.
After an exhibition of fancy shooting: that must
have made the performances of "Wild Bill' or -Billy
the Kid look amateurish, the last bear fell, shot
through the heart, only six feet from where th«
doughty Englishman stood.
"The silence that followed the relation of this
Munchausen pesitiv.lv hurt, but when it was at
length broken the fate that Englishman had so
long been tempting was upon him.
" That experience." said the soft voice of a six
foot mining man. who had been stlent. reminds
me of .1 similar one I myself once had. I was
after antelope and had -hased a pair of them all
the afternoon. They finally came to a canyon and
marie fnr it. Just as 'hey got to its entrance I
shot twice at them. mtasJ ig both times. I didn't
fire again, for the reason that those two shots
were all that I had In m.v magazine ritle. Nothing
daunted. I spurred my weary mount forward and
soon found myself within the shadows of the
cxnyon. which rose precipitously. With the idea
of resting my horse, I dismounted, and that
wreteched bronco took prompt advantage of my
kindness by jerking the reins from my hand and
making a bolt of it. Looking around for the
cause. I saw a grizzly at least nine feet high
rushing toward me with open mouth. I can tell
you I legged it up that o.inyon. and a busy brain
accompanied me. I couldn"t shoot the grizzly, for
my last shot had been fired at the antelope. Just
then a rock came into vl.-w. and. utterly spent. I
cast myself upon it." . , .
"Here the miner came to a full stop, and the
deeply interested Englishman leaned breathlessly
forward. "What," he querkd. 'what did the bear
do. my dear fellowr -Why." returned the other,
without batting an eyelash, "he ate me up. of
course." "
There Is fn a Southern . ity a colored mammy
whose adoration of her oniy son borders on idol
During the last winter her husband fell fll. and
very ill at that. For weeks he had a tussle with
the grim destroyer, but tlnally he won out by a
small margin. The col< red mammy was a devoted
nurse, but not an overanxious one. She accepted
his recovery gratefully, uut so calmly as to leave
one the feeling that she would have been equally
calm had death, and not life, been the victor. The
husband well on toward health and "trength. the
Bon fell 111. and then how different was the story.
The little colored boy ws ■ not dangerously slok.
but his mother came 'near making '..erself so from
sheer worry. The contrast between her calmness
during her husband's Illness and her anxiety dur
ing her son's was so great as to call forth com
ment and reproof from her mistress.
"Yes. dafs so. Miss Jane." was the explanation
elicited, '"but yo see de boy be* my berry own
chile, while Jak- (her husband) he's anudder
woman's chile."
In a summer -esort near by. where most of the
ji»«i^ ocLouiiLuan ko-?s down on Fridai* SLf tamnon
and departs on Monday morning, are a clever lot of
Recently they attended the village church and
listened to a sermon from the pastor, in which he
took the men who were not there to task for their
laxity ; n church attendance. He dwelt on the
iniquity of tennis, autoTnobiiing, golf and bicycling
on the Sabbath, and wound up with a scathing de
nunciation of allowing such earthly joys to inter
fere with church attendance.
When th.- children arrived at home they were
asked what the sermon had been about. Weß.
they translated: "Tht- minister ?aid the men ■ii.lr't
go to church because they had goif and bicycling
and lots of other nice things to do. "
At a lunatic asylum once upon a *ime a On took
place, and what to do with the rescued Inmates
was a problem that confronted the attendants. It
was finally solved by the acquisition of a lot of
wheelbarrows. Each lunatic was allowed to take
a barrow, and they were made to wheel them
about in a circle until a place for their safe hous
ing could be provided. The pian worked to a
charm, but one stout and respectable middle aged
man. It was noticed, had his wheelbarrow turned
upside down. This attracted the attention , ar ' !
excited the curiosity of a *oung woman onloojser.
an.i fln.v y she arrestei his progress and inquired
if he would tell her why he had his wheeibarrow
U^>rta mv dear young lady." waa Ma cour
teous response. "If I tum-d it the other way
some blanketv blank fool would nil tt upwithdirt
TVon't you take a barrow an Join our «rcje.
J. '_. r5.
From The Portchester Daily Item.
The Sunday edition cf The New-York Tribune
has improved wonderfully in the past year, and it
is now one of the best, if not absolutely the finest.
Sunday newspaper in the United States. The
matter it presents is both dignified and Interesting,
and the illustrations are the best that have ever
been produced by a dally newspaper. The paper
is ilvtded Into three sections. The first admirably
covers the news of the entire world.
The second deals with subjects that are of inter
est to people in New- York and adjoining it. The
third, or magazine section, is devoted to matters
of general and International interest, book reviews
art science and literature. This section is printed
on a One grade of book paper, and Its illustrations
cannot be surpassed.
Now in course of construction.
AUGUST 3. 1902.
History, with its proverbial lack of origtnaSty'.
has made Judge John Jay Jackson, of "West Vir
ginia, one of the central 1111111 11 m the present coal
Strike in Just about the sane fashion it featured
him during the strike of 1337. Then. A3 no-w, ha
issued an injunction restraining- the strikers, and
then, .is now. he was threatened with impeach
ment: and then, as now. he didn't seem to be very
much troubled by the threats Judge Jackson J3
the only active federal judge appointed by Lincoln.
and. w.ta his ps - record to back him. doubtless)
feels a sense of security. When he rsl heard of
the talk of impeachment a week or more ago. after
he had issued his injunction restraining the strikers
from holding meetings or conducting campaigns to
urge non-union men to keep out of the mines, and
had caused arrests and imprisonments for viola
tions of his order, he declared:
I neither know nor car- anything about the:ta
?h^icVer*aV<; ?^J&Eff£gSi
i m
"STtSre 1 h£ -J-— I * y
basted UP ~ nCe ° n t
bench, and I think tl will stand.
Well probably •■• honesty of his opinion will not
be qu«Ution«d; every one ha* a right to bis opin-
S a flood of rhetorical Invective seems to be
ending his forty-one years' career on the. bench
tanr ff Va. the oldest son of < J^-.t>r-i ! John J.
rl >«on He was. a roT!sin of Genera! -Stonewall
wVnmand then studied law in the office of
™fn . J Allen president of the SnjBWM Court of
virSnia. In tie he was several ti.-ies a mem
of tne Virginia Legislature ar.d prominent in the
T — ' "
Whig party as a fiery speaker and an effectl r» de
bater. In *IS6I he was abpoinred United States Dis
trict Judge for West Virginia, the office he has
held ever since. It has been frequently said ia. the
past that "Lincoln made no mistake."
The judge. hi ISSO. when a member of hl3 3tats>
legislature. •tn spite of his birthplace and family
ties opposed the secession o* Virginia, and when
the " war broke out naturally became a member
of the Republican party. But after the war, during
the days of carpet bag rule in the Southern States,
■with the impulsive independence that seems to
have stuck by him. he swung over to the Demo
crats, stating his reasons tn no uncertain tenasv
and a Democrat he has remained ever 3ince.
During the war. when MoClellan marched intm
Virginia, the judge waa one of the first to meet
him. He accompanied the army a hundred miles
on tts active march, giving much aid and informa
tion That's the sort of a fudge he waa. Now.
though he has lived seventy-eight yeara. he to still
able to call walking delegates "vampires" and
not leave the bench to do it. He certainly bears
UP welL

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