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M IfoTUK ALLEYS CRIMES.
1, ? AtTMv yon- I'Aitr ov nvr
If njcnnr nnsit l'AKic.
H, "Cherry-Eyed" Murphy Falls to Find lilt
aHaF former Ilntiin nn III. Return from Mine
BIE fllne-The Alley tint Continual Berne of
aHJs Mnnlir, Jtobbrry, Joverty mill niaeH.e.
Hf Tflthln thrt last ten daw three mon havo Icon
H'K released from Bins Bins prison, after serv-
I Ids long term thero for crimen committed In
I, what was known as Ilottlo Alloy, n lano that ox-
Hw tended from Itnxtor street, at tho hond of ioon.
RX rd street. Into what U now Mulborry llond
fmf. park.
ngf "Cherry-wed" Murphy.n burglar well known
IBf ;, to tho police of this city, who for many years
II hid from tho police In Bottle Alloy, Is ono of tho
In house No. !l. lived ft oore of professional
lieggurs. Thoro was n cellar under one of these
houses which toil tothocollnrof a houso adjoin
ing, so that n man could sot Into this collar, If
lio was chased by tho police and thon
mako his cjcano through tho hallway
of almost uny house on tho block,
for ho could go Into tho adjoining
cellar and sot out Into tho rear yard, and thon
ho would find It nn easy matter to Jump a fonco
andoicano by any of a dowm ways of machine
thn street. That was tho Bottlo Alloy of my
tlmo. Now and thon to mako things lively
there was a murder, and It wasa common thing
for a man to bo found dead under tho
Btrnngler's Htoop.' That was a flight of
rlckoty stairs lending to ono of tho houses.
Many a fellow was strangled just undorthoso
stairs, for they would do you In tho alloy for a
quarter."
Ri MULBERRY BEND PARK.
R Bine Bins prisoners who has just been released.
I f. When ho returned to his old haunts a fow days
V ? ago he scorned bewlldored. In the place of the
ujk rookeries and ramshackle tenements, which ho
I ; had known ten years ago. before he startod for
I ; BIng Bins, ho found a park adorned with flow-
' era and well-kept lawns. Dropping Into a
I ' saloon on Baxter street ho nsked tho bartender
b ' whether the names of tho streets of Now York
I had all been changed.
I ' "I see the name of Baxter street on tho cor-
' nor lamppost," said Murphy. "But this is not
i Bk Baxter street. It Is so lone since I Imvo been
If In New York that I find myself lost Why. It
8 looks lllko tlio country arouqdhoro I What Is
that place over thoro whoro tho grass Is? Is
thatapark?"
!" Dat's .Mulborry Bend Park," said tho bar
tender. "Do city toarod down all do old joints
what was on dat block and den mode a park
over dero. Big Dan's winking joint whero a
fellow could get a good sloop for a cout has
passed away, togothor with the Tlpo Flats and
wjt the BAndits' Boost. Dey'ro nil gone for cood."
fr "And what about Bottlo Alley?" asked tho
', roan who had just come from Sing Sing Prison.
"You seo dat spot over doro whoro dose two
, Lids are slttln' on dat bench." romarkod tho
bartender: "well, dat's whoro Bottlo Alloy used
h. to bo. Whoro doso two blokes nro lcanln'
against do little fonco Is do place, whoro do en
: trance to do alley wuz. Do alley entrance ex
jj tended all do way down to dat spot whoro you
i sos dat kid ridin' on dat throe-wheeled loyclo."
is "And whet Is that building over thero with
S the American flog flying at tho top of It?" asked
fi Bunglar-Morphy.
"Oh, dat's a publlo school," answered tho
V bartender.
" Or for a dime." added tho Baxter streot bar
tender. Murphy, the burglar, treated the bartender
with somo of tho money which ho had earned In
Ring BIng prison and then crossed tho street to
sit on ono of tho park benches whloh stand on
tho old slto of Bottlo Alloy.
Tho Bottlo Alley of Murphy's tlmo was not tho
Bottlo Alloy t hich tho city cmployoes found at
tho head of Leonard at root whon thoy began to
tear tho old buildings down to make room for
tho now city park. Tho old Bottlo Alley, which
was made famous by Nod Harrlgan, the author
and aotor, figured in no less than ten murdor
cases. It was customary for tho District At
torney's ofllce to produca pictures of tho old
Bottlo Alloy in somo of tho murder cases which
occurred there, and tho pictures wore afterward
nlrcd in tho Court of Oerieral Sessions. Tho
pictures reproduced In Tna Sun's columns nra
copies of photographs used In somo of the Bottle
Alloy murdor trials by tho District Attornoy.
Thoy aro probably tho only pictures of Bottlo
Alloy now In existence.
It was on a stormy night hi 1888 whon flvo
membors of tho notorious Whyo gang gathored
In a collar In Bottlo alley and planned to kill a
man who was well known In tho lcinlty of the
Fivo Points. Tho victim selected was "Poll"
Sullivan. While having the reputation of n
lighter, be was not a thief, as were the majority
of tho mon with whom ho had associated. Poll
Sullivan wasa pal of Danny Ljons, who was
nftorward murdered by Mlehaol Sllney. Ho
was also the pal of Danny Driscoll. the Whyo
leader who killed Beazcy uarrity. an unfortu
nate young woman, who for years had sup
ported Driscoll.
The murder of Rulllvan was committed at
Centre and Leonard streets. He was shot dead
by Kid Hunt a member of the Whyo gang who
had been selected to commit the murder.
I. J V
r 1 x BOTTLE ALLEY.
II
j f "And Bottle Alley's gone?" said tho burglar
twlth ft sigh.
" Yes," answered tho bartender, "and doro'U
t II 1 never be anytlnc l!l:o it again in Now York."
III' : . "I 'guess you're right." remarked tho man
f from BIng BIng. "Now York never could got
I f up anything like It again."
I ; Down In Bottlo Alley
IE ' Una Timothy Ueltillr,
II A wealthy politician and a gentleman at that;
j II ' Admired by tho billet,
I H . The gouooni and the bablm,
! H ; WhoreprMontthatenantaluMcNally'ablgflat.
' " That's -liat Ned Ilarrlgnn used to sing."
! said Bnrglar Murphy, resuming his couvorsa-
j, I tlon with tho Baxter street bartondor,
1 P Down in Bottlo Alley
f B Urea Timothy McNally.
j jfe "Pore were no Timothy MoNallys In do al-
1 17 tey when do city wiped It out," said do barton-
jl - der!"deroweroonlyEyotallnnsltln'doro. Duy
i wtere mostly ragplckors an' beggars."
I. E "NVolJ," said Murphy, "In my tlmo thoreworo
,"1 3 all sorts .Of people who lived In tho brokon-
, f down houses In Bottle Alley, Tho only school
i 1 thi 'children in the alloy ovorwent to was a
'l I play school In tho opeu air, ThoyiiHodtodo
x sums in addition with chalk on the doors of
j woodhouses. What a difference now with
j that new school which has tho flagon top of It
I P on tho other sldo of the park 1 The people who
' li lived In the alley wore of assorted wlors rol.
fr F' yellow, white and blaek. There were a eouplo
r! m at yellow-fnecd Chinese, together with Whls
1'1 . key Bill, a man who hud thn reddest faeo In
ji 9 New York, and negroes who went blacker than
4. ft coal; Then thnro wore some Irlah people, who
if Jim had skin u white as the driven xnow. Thoy
i'ilfi ilepWn piles of rags surrounded by bugs of
I I U bone and musty paper gathered by the rag
jj IE- plckfltn, who had no uso for the Iloalth Board
i mm. Bantary Inspectors. Borne of tho ivilo who
'ft, lived there slept on straw and uto from a table
1 Hi made of old boxes, with soup boxen for chairs.
,j jt Flvp and six people lived In n single room. I
'J ft knew ovory Inch of Bottle Alloy, and I remem-
j k per all of the hlJlnc plucos. A man could keep
' out of tho wayol tho police for months protid-
)J' W Ing he burled himself In Bottlo Alley. No ono
' 1 1 tMero would saueal on a fellow If thoy knew ho
S, waahldlnslu tho alloy to eseaiH) being pinched
'' m by tho police. Home of the people who built
M E eheds In the alloy to uso as drying racks, I
j E- frpekof tho rug pleknrs, llvel day and night
i Ik Ih these sheds. It wan owing to tho fact
j & that the rag plckeix gathered barrels
uMk "I Initios and stornl them in the alley
Hlw tlUU the place got the nuimi n' Bottle Alley
Sf Thorn was n state hner dive In the alley where a
l man could buy enough beer forilceutHto kcop
Ug drunk on for two dj. Further along the alley,
fcattjil ..!.. ' -
Hunt was arrested at tho tlmo, placed on trial,
and llnully got flvo years in BIng BIng Prison
for manslaughter. Bullivan's friends swore
that they would avenge his murder. Whon
Hunt's term of imprisonment expired, ho camo
down from tilnu BIng and joined the old mem
bers of tho Whyo gang. Bullivan's friends,
hearing that Hunt nad been released from
irlson. went alwut bragging that Hunt would
jo found dead some morning, so that Bulll
vun's murder would be uengeu.
Bhortly after this, just at daylight, an old
beggar woman stumbled down the rickety
BtcpHfrom her room In Bottle Alley nnd stepped
upon tho corpse of a man stretched at full
length upon the ground at tho foot of tho stairs.
Tho old woman iiulckly alarmed the tenants In
tho othor houses, and within n fow mlnutos tho
news had gone forth that another murder had
boon committed In Bottle Alloy, Tho police
hurried to the scene, and. whon they reached
tho alley, they found a crowd gathered about
the eorpso on the ground. Everyone In tho
crowd recognized the dead man as Rid Hunt,
tho murderer of Poll HullUan. Kid Hunt had
been beaten to death.
" Hulllvnn'n friends did it to avenge his mur
dor." said one of tho detectives who stood over
Kid Hunt's body.
In looking for tho men who killed Kid Hunt
the pollco arrested Poll Bullivan's brother-in-law.
Mlko Harrington, and his stepbrother,
Paddy Bhay. There was no proof that either
had committed tho crime, however, and later
they were releused. This was ono of tho mur
ders In Bottle Alley which havo nevor been
cleared up.
Ono of tho best known frequenters of Bottle
Alley was Ann Hopkins, a quadroon, known as
" Happy Annie." As far buck as 1857 Happy
Annie was tlio hello of Bottle Alley, When
ever thoro was a dance In tho alley in
thoso days Huppy Annlo was tho reclplont
of much attention from tho men who at
tended It. Annies common-law husband
wiih a negro named John Dorsey. Ho was
jealous oT "Boor" MeCarty, a denizen of
the alloy to whom Happy Annie took a liking.
On March 10, 18.77. Huppy Annie danced for
thn last tlmo In her Hie at Bottlo Alloy. Her
partner was Ileof MeCarty. Dorsoy followed
her Into the alley, nnd, climbing 011 ono of tho
woodshoda there, niUoIiihI her through a win
dow of a broken down shanty. Ho finally sent
n messenger to tell her that ho vianted
her to eoiuci to their homo nt :i Worth
street. I-earing that Dorsey might do her bod
ily harm, tho woman asked MeCarty to see hor
ns fur as tho street. Bhu belloved that Dorsey
was hilling somnwhore In tho alley, und, as ho
had on arlous occasions threatened to kill her,
she knew from tho tone of the noto which ho
sent that he was determined to carry out his
threat that night Dorsey remained hid
ing In tho ulloy until tho woman und
her companion had 1 cached the street.
Thoro McCurty left hor. and returned
to the Bottle Alley dance, Dorsey crept
along in the shadon of tlio rlckoty buildings on
llnxter street following the woman closely.
When sho reached :i Worth street ho drew a
rarorfrom his ioeket. and. springing upon her,
cut hr throat, almost severing her head from
her iKMly. For this crime Dorsey was tried nnd
eonjletod.unii on July 17, 18.77, ho washangod
' in the Tombs Prison jurd
Prom that time on murders were so froqucnt
In Bottle Alley that tho imllee found It nocos
nary to muke the alley a post ol duty for one
lpolleeiniin, who was stutlonwl there continu
ously But, while the polieomaii did duty in
tho roar jard.uiutUoni were committed orery
now and then In tho houses of Bottle Alley,
The, Whyo gang, whoso hcadquartere, were at
Park and Bailor street, llnully maun Bottlo
Alley their exclusive headquarters. Alter that
thero worn not so many murdors.ln, tho
alloy, but tho number of robberies doubled.
?Nio entrance to tho alio; was through a sort of
unnol which slanted down from tho sidewalk
and ran undor one of tho houses that faced on
oxter street. It was In this tunnel that most
of tho robberies wore committed. It was also
In tho tunnol that Charlie Hlmmons. ft neo.ro
well known In tho alley, was shot and killed by
Bn Italian who Is now serving ft term In BIng
InK Prison for tho crime. Tho Italian, was
sontoncod In lHni to eleven yean nnd six
months Imprisonment. Hnhad been prpsecutod
by John v. Uoff. now Becordor Ooff, who at
that time was an Assistant District Attornoy.
The District Attorney's ofllce had combined
with tho pollco and Health Department iti an
effort to protect tho lives of thoso who lived In
tho neighborhood or thoso who vonturcd Into
the alloy. While tho police mado as many ar
rests as possible thoro. the District Attorney s
ofllce succeeded In setting convictions In tho
majority of the cases. Thoy succeeded so woll
that 17'i mon who were arrested In Ilottlo Alloy
from 18(H) to 18(5 wore aentencod for terms
ranging from ten rears to llfo Imprisonment,
. It was during tho latter part of 1H that
John W. Mclntyre. nt present Assistant District
Attorney, made his record as n prosecuting
officer. Tho majority of the coses whloh he
had wore Bottlo Alley cases. Mr. Mclntyre was
then an Assistant District Attorney, as ho Is to
day. He was put In charge of the murdorcasos
in tho District Attorney's ofllce, and within
throo months ending In Fohruary, lBdo. ho
succeodod In trying and convicting forty-tour
men who were charged with murder. Tho ma
jority of theso murders woro committed in
Bottlo Alley. The newspapers. In commenting
upon the Bottlo Alloy convictions In the Court
of Uonornl Sessions, referred to tho torm of tho
court as tho "Bloody AsbIko."
"Bottle Alley at thnt tlmo." said Mr. Mcln
tyre, "was the bloodiest part of New York. Tho
majority of tho murdor casos which I tried
woro murders committed In or about Bottlo
Alloy. Thero woro forty-fourofthem tried be
tween December. 18H4, nnd February, lBflS. I
got eon lotions In each of tho case tried, many
of thoso conlcted bolne oxecutod nftorward.
Bottle Alley had become no notorious
that tho District Attorney's ofllco decided
to try to wipe It out of OTlMonce. We rushed
the murder cases off so quickly that often we
had convictions at nightfall In cases which wo
commonced in the morning, In ono of tho
Bottlo Alley cases I began getting the jury at
v o'clock ono morning, and, by noon, I hntl nil
the evidence of tho prosecution In. At 11
o'clock that night tho jury returned n verdict
finding tho defendant guilty of murder In the
flrst degree,. Tho Bottlo Alley term of the
court, as I called It. was tho greatest term of
the Criminal Court on record In this county.
"Tho best thing that over happened to New
York was tho wiping out of Bottlo Alley. It
would be a hard matter to keep track of the
number of robberies committed there. It was
tho resort for beggars nnd thieves. I remem
ber going In thoro one day to got tho lay of tho
land, so that I might bo posted on tho situation
when I camo to try 11 certain murdor coco, and
I found a crowd of the queerest fellows that
ever I laid eyes on. It was on a Bunday after
noon and tho organ grinders of tho alley were
having a dance there. It was an organ grind
ers' blowout. Thoy had two kegs of beer nnd n
demijohn of whiskey with only three glasses
and a tin cup made, from nn old tomato can
to drink out of. Thore was a fellow they
called Sawdust thoro who ued to beg nt Ful
ton Ferry. Ho was an old-time professional
leggar who went about on crutchos. On the
day of tho organ grinders' blowout tho crowd
nsked Sawdust to entertain them with n jig.
He threw asldo his crutches and dancod for
several minutes. Then a blind man gave n
recitation, and whilo giving It walked up und
down the room waving his arms In n dramatic
way, flrst glancing nt tho floor nnd then nt tho
ceiling. I was satisfied that ho could seo
as well as I could. Thore was another fel
low thore with n wg leg. We often
had him up in the General Besslons on
charges of picking pockets. Oweny Bmlth
thoy called him. Although ho had a peg leg that
day, ho usually went nbout on n cork leg. Ho
told mo that ho had put his cork leg In pawn to
raise money for tho blowout. It was customary
for him to pawn his leg. His cork lee original
ly cost him t!0. It was nn easy thing for him
to borrow 510 on It In any of tho Bowery
pawnshops. Ho would pawn IiIh cork leg.
nnd then go about on a crutch, or peg leg,
for soveral days until he decided to sober up.
Then he would go to ono of tho forricton a pnlr
of crutches and oeg until ho got enough money
to get his leg out of pawn. Of nil the queer
characters I met during my career In tho Dis
trict Attorney's ofllco Ownoy Bmlth was tho
most peculiar. I sent hm to tho Island at least
six different times. He ended his career by
Getting drunk and breaking his neek by falling
own a flight of stairs over on Cherry HIM.
le was burled In Totter's Field.
"I havp seen many beggars both hero and
abroad, but I shnll nover forget thoso of
Bottle Alley who attended the organ grinder's
danco on that Bunday afternoon. Thero were
also some women nt the danco. Ono was a
very pretty .girl, dressed In a nigged costume,
nnd I was told that sho had run nwny from a
frood homo to live with nn organ grinder, who
tad showered present upon her lit llrst but
who had. afterward treated her worse than
the monkey ho owned. Ho used to boat
her and send her out to leg, nnd
sho was so nfraid of his killing her
that she never dared to refuse to obey his or
ders. Among thn other people I saw that day
was a white woman who had once been on the
stage but had Anally become the wlfo of a negro
living In Bottlo Alloy. I met white mon there
who had negro wives, I was told by a pollco
oflloor who accompanied mo to tlio nlley
that the Bcones which I wltnossod thnt day
might lo wltnossod two or three times a
week In nns; of tho dirty little rooms
In tho alley, whero there was always an odor of
rune-Id greaso nnd tainted meat, burning fat,
garlic, or stale ler. The people who Hied In
the nlley were more afraid of the nfllcors of tho
Health Hoard than thoy were of the jollce ofll
eers. Now that Bottle Alley Is gone, I frequent
ly walk across Mullorry Bend Park and stop to
think ot tboto awful daH when Bottle Alloy
was the homo of unwashed humanity and indo
ncrlbnblo crimes,"
Dr. ltoger B, Trney, now Beglstrnr of Vital
Btatlstles, who for twenty years was Hanltary
Inspector over tho district In which Bottle
Alley was located, said thnt In tho year 1H8H
the death rate in Bottlo Alley was .'15.75. whllo
1,10 !lla.Ul "il"3 Sf llln .,!oln llty In "(at yenr
wo '4)27. Dr. Tracy added that babies died
1 there almost every day, nnd that Bottlo Alley
gaio him more troubio than any other In tho
district
"Oh. it was an nwtul blwe," sold Or. Tracy,
lntelllnirhls experlenee. ' NobMy,. could de
sorlbo it properly. The peoplo who llrod thore
f:avo. the health authorities a great, deal of
rouble, but.whonqver I would visit tho alloy
thoy acomed afraid of mo. I remember going
there ono tlmo to Investigate, tho cheapest
lodging houso ever heard of in this city. It
was n 1-cont lodging, house, kept by ft man
known as Big Dan. Thoro was a long .col
lar, that .run undor aovoral houses there
which nobody scorned to know oxlsted until It
was discovered by Big Dnh. Ho hired It at ft
ohoap rental and permitted mon to sleop thoro
at tho rnto of one cent ft night In the winter
tlmo ho had a big stovo In tho cellar. Tho placo
wa so big that It hold several hundred peoplo.
As many as BOO or 000 orowdod la there ovory
night. As each of them paid ft cent for h s
lodging, Big Dan clenred about 140 a week by his
scheme. The lodge huddled together In ovory
twisted shape and form. Thoy slopt In bunchos
to keep each other warm on the collar floor.
The scones wltnessod thoro nightly beggar de
scription. Tho regular lodgers would take
turnRaohig out gathering clgurntump. A man
would eomo back with ft hag of stumps, and
each lodger would be treated ton smoke. Whon
.throo or four hundred of theso. men got to
smoking cigar stumps In that low-coillnged
cellar, so much tmoko would escape from the
door leading to tho sidewalk that very often
teoplo would bollevo tho houso was on lire. In
all my oxporlcneo, and during all the roars I
have lieon connected with tho Health Board, I
never know a lodging houso to equal Big Don a
establishment. .
l It was In Bottlo Alley that tho f Amous Bud
donsick. the flimsy builder, first mado his
record in this city. Adjoining the alloy he put
un live houses. Thero was no low regulating
Elumblng in this city nt thnt time. The Health
lopartmont sent mo thore to see about somo
complaints mado by the tenantaof Bottlo Alloy,
Sho found water undermining their shanties,
non making Investigation I found that
Duddonnlok had built his houses with the
drain wator plpos leading Into tho oel
lar. The pipes wore not in any way
conneetod with a sewer. There woro ten
families in each of Buddonslok's houses.
Tho wasto water which they had used was
permitted to run down Into the cellar until it
undermined tho foundations of tho adjoining
houses. By the tlmo this discovery was mado
Buddenslek had sold tho houses to another
mnn. who was nftorwnrd sorry that ho ovor got
nenr Bottle Alley, for ho was compelled to put
In now plumbing nnd connect ench of tho
houses with tho sower. A short tlmo after that
the Building Department In Investigating the
Bottlo Alloy district, pullod down the front
walls of tho Buddenslek houses bocauso thoy
were about to fall.
"There were many nttompts aftor that to
mako n change In Bottlo Alloy and Its peoplo. A
wealthy young woman who lived uptown de
cided to reform Bottle Alley. Sho paid, a visit
to the alley with two policemen, nnd. after
looking It over, camo to tho conclusion that sho
had hotter go homo nnd forget about reform
ing nmtlitng or anybody. Later sho camo
down to tho Board of Health and said that she
had become Interested In tho work being
SHOWING THE STRANGLERS' STOOP.
dona abroad by Miss Oetavla Hill, who
was building model tenements In tho slums
of London. Bho said sho wanted to hlro a
house to turn it Into n cheap lodging house for
tho poor. Bho looked at the big structure at
ih Park street and wanted to know what she
should do to Improve It Bhonlso looked at a
house In Bottlo Alley. I met her by appoint
ment nnd paid a visit to both houses. Both of
them were in awful condition. A room in ono
w as so alive with inseetu that the lady screamed
and run Into tho street. Bho nover camo back.
Thero was a mystorlous underground
nassngo that led from Bottlo Alley over to tho
Bandits' Boost, at 57 and 50 Mulberry street.
Tho Italian bandit Esposito got out through
this underground passage whilo the detectives
were searching for him In Bandits' Boost. Es
lioslto was afterward captured in Now Orleans
and taken bock to Italy, where ho was executed
for a murder ho committed there. Just as he
had -escaped f mm the Bandits' Boost, through
the Bottle Alley underground passage, many
criminals who woro chased by tho pollco into
Bottle Alloy cueaped by way of the Bandita'
Boost into Mulberry street While Bottlo
ulloy was noted for its robberies. I was
molested on only one of my visits thero. A man
and woman held mo up In the alloy and de
manded 50 cents. I told them I hnd no money,
and then they insisted upon having n quarter.
They started to uttnek me. but 1 escaped by
getting out through the Bandits' Boost. It was
u. frequent thing to Hnd 11 new pistol bullet In
the woodwork of tho wood houses In tho ulley
any morning that n man would go there. The
last time I visited tho alley I saw n pistol bullet
In the door of n wood houso there, nnd I
dug it out with my penknife. A woman
who came out of ono of tho houses explained
that thero had been a llttlo light thero tho night
before, nnd that considerable shooting had
boon dono, but tho pollco had not heard about
it and she roquentod mo to say nothing about
It. T hat was only one of tho many incidents
which the polieo never heard of in Bottlo Alloy.
The people who lived thoro wore In tho habit of
keeping everything of that sort quiet Thoy
w ere a tough lot. nnd It was ft good thing for tho
public that tho city decided to wipe out Bottlo
Alloy and and establish a park In Its placo."
Bobert McNaught. a detectlvo sergeant at
tached to tho District Attorney's office for many
years, did ikiIIco duty as a patrolman in the
Bottlo Alley district
. 'I had Bottle Alley on my post for a long
tlmo." said Detective McNaught "Whllo it
was one of the toughest places in New York
twenty j ears ago. the jollee were never Inter
fered with wlille going there to look for ft crim
inal. They kept us busy making nrrests In
robbery enseH In the nlley. Thero was a woman
PASSAGE LEADING TO THE BANDITS' ROOST.
thero namedW aters who had a stepdaughter
named Kitty Bluir, They wore probably the
worst women who ever lived lu New
York. I arrested both of them n sooro
of tlmos. hut each tlmo that they got
out of prison they .would return to tiio
alley and continue their occupation, which was
that of robbery, I remember one case where
they hold up a sailor In tho nlley. one of tho
other holding Ills loft nnn. A third appeared
with a pair of scissors nnd e) pped out both ol
his pockets eontatnliig. nil of his money.
i ho women who held thp sailor were strong
enough to hold two mon. I afterward arrested
r.?ir,,?u!' tnjyn.and they wore sent to the
I.m.!-i .ivh(n "'I'r. '"J"1" Imprisonment
oxpired they repeated tho same game on an
other man. There woro murders and rnhhorles
SMl1 ,U,lorH,BO en that I Una y had In
?,(!2.t.Tjn.t,le,',ll(,'T,a;w', Plto in my hand
to prevent crime. It I wore to start In to tell
you what I know about Ilottle Alley, It would
KS? V? ? yfar.to.,c" u' "J BUftlqlPnt, there-
.. - ! . J I Hi I ""
The Old and Reliable
STERLING
lias been before the public so long that
Its REPUTATION Is unquestioned.
YOU KNOW that if you buy a
STERLING you have a piano that will
last a lifetime, and give perfect satis
faction, and stay in tune longer than
any other piano made.
QUALITY IS THE TRUE TEST
OF CHEAPNESS.
STERLINGS may cost a little more
than the other makes, but they are
worth the difference.
WE ARE MANUFACTURERS,
and make three grades of Upright
Pianos.
If you want quality, durability and
elegance, get a STERLING.
If you want quality, durability and
simplicity, get a HUNTINGTON.
If vou want good value for a little
money, get a MENDELSSOHN.
If you want a good
SECOND-HAND PIANO
we can sell you one and save you
from $25.00 to 75.00, for we have
about forty that we have taken in ex
change for Sterlings, and they must be
sold.
BUY NOW. - DON'T WAIT.
40 Second-Hand Pianos.
PRICES.
Uprights, nearly every make,
$90, $100, $125, $140, $150,
and every one a bargain.
SQUARE PIANOS.
6 at $25.00 each. 4 at $40.00 each.
9 at $50.00 each.
12 at $60.00 to $75.00.
1 very fine Baby Grand, $250.00.
The Sterling Piano Co.,
MANUFACTURERS,
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL WARER00US,
536 Fulton St., Brooklyn,
Opp. Montnuk Theatre.
W. S. DENSLOW. Manager.
UEit arissixo steamer music
A New York IVido w Who Started for Europa
Without E en n Handkerchief.
Somo of tho persons who woro on a North
Itlver pier to watch tho saillnc of a steamora
fow wocks ago saw a rather unusual scene.
Just as tho ship was beginning to grind its way
nlong tho pier a pretty woman leanod over tho
deck rail and oxclalmed In agonized tones to
her friends on shore, calling by name ono of the
men of tho party:
" My steamer trunk Is not aboard 1"
Consternation was visible on tho faces of
several of tho group, which was Increased whon
the traveller called a second tlmo:
" I haven't een a handkerchief with mol"
This remark was acted upon at onco and a
dozen or mora handkerchiefs rollod into bolls
were aimed at tho speaker on tho ship. Bhe
caught, while dismay and laughter struggled in
her countenance, all but two; those fell into the
water. Meantime a purtlng word from the
slioro was hurled after her that tho matter
would bo instantly looked Into all of which
loads up to a llttlo tnlo of woman's conlldeuco
and man's fallibility.
The woman In question Is a New York widow,
not so old as she will be some years henco, and
she had Intrusted tho details of her departure
for a summer trip abroad to a grown son and a
near male relative, lletween these her com
fort, sho was told, was to bo assured to tho last
degree With sweet, womanly trust she bo
Hovcd thorn. On tho day of sailing a farewell
luncheon wns given to her, at which a dozen
friends wero prosont. To honor tho occasion,
as It was a cool day In May, sho wore a hand
some gown of silk and velvet, with a 6crap of a
dross bonnet that was cortalnly never intended
as a head covering for an ocean trip.
"Now, as ovorybody knows, a stoamor trunk
Is simply a substitute on a largo scale for the
handbag of a land trip. In It is put everything
needed for the voyage, and tho usual bag of tot
letartlclei Is theroforo dispensed with. The dis
covery at the lost moment by this outgoing
traveller, who was taking tho trip alono to join
some friends on the other side, that her trunk
was not In tho stateroom, partook therefore of
the nature of a catastrophe. It meant that she
and ovory requisite for personal comfort were
separated for a week.
When the group at the end of tho pier had be
come an Indistinguishable mass of humanity
tohor film sat down, overcomo by the magni
tude of hor misfortune
"Eleven handkerchiefs, a velvet gown, and a
French bonnet for a trip to Europe," was hor
exclamation to a Bympathetlo looking woman
w ho stood npar her.
Thon, as sho thought of tho absent steamer
trunk, packed as It was not only with needed
belongings of every sort, but holding as well
quantities of delicacies and luxuries, the gilts
of thoughtful friends for weeks before hor trip
os all tills came over hor It Is small wonder that
tears of genuine vexation and annoyance trem
bled In her oyes. A numlx'r of tho passengers
had taken In the situation and an attempt was
Promptly made to mltlgato some of Its horrors,
overal ladles assured Tier that thoy would go
below at onco. tako stock of their belongings,
and lend her just as much as possible, A
Hcotch gentleman, returning to his Highland
home, at once sent a bunillo of rugs to her,
saying ho had duplicates, and was storing theso
only for tho voyage.
. This was the beginning of tho oblations of
fered at helpless beauty s slirlno. Tho news of
hor predicament spread throughout the I ret
cabin and all day long parcels were left at her
stateroom door. Dy night sho was fully
equipped with a varied but useful wardrobe.
Kklris and shirt wnlsts galore, a lounging robe,
soft caps and hats for the deck, veils, all sorts
of toilet necessities, down to cold cream nnu
faco ppwdor. and. best ot nil, curling tongs were
hors by nightfall. Her first letter home de
scribes this assisted oyugo.
" They called mo,'' sho wrote, "tho 'patient
lady, because I made, nnparently, the heat of u
bad llx, In point ot fact. I was not permitted
to miss my onii belongings at all. Tho thought
fulness of my fellow traBiler so ell prmldod
mo with every comfort that, llko the June
brides. I had duplicates of many useful articles.
The eloven handkerchiefs sened mo wolf, as
they could bo frequently renewed. I hate them
now each one laundered and Identified and put
In its separate em olope to bo returned to you
all when 1 am back In tho autumn'
Tho cream of the story remains to bo told.
J hen tho ship finally drow out of talking ills
tanco the distracted relatives nnd friends of the
Luropean traveller scrambled overthemsolves
in engoruess to redeem, their carolessuess.
There was talk of chartering n fast launch and
Jri'"? to 0X,T,ue ,,h0 l"ln at Handy Hook, but
the I rst thing to do was to find the trunk. A
search of tho pier revealed that it was not there
and the launch Idea had to be given un. The
telephone was kept busy calling up the express
company, tho steamship olflco, and every pos
sible iiolnt to locate, the missing luggago.
Nothing W owed, and tho friends cabled to
the llrbt point at whiejithe vessel would touch
that the trunk would follow on tho next
Bttamor, , Aelthor of the two men responsible
fortho disaster paid, any attention to liU iwr-
In wild but fruitless pursuit of n trunk that re.
I'XS.i . , l0,cate. , They never found that
trunk, but six dB s later a cab e despatch from
Havre nformed them that when thelrTravi fcrt
2.ti"hVu8"Fe,.vrW ,brouAhl UP mow tf? no d,
M"! & ""'ull? JTcketerffor the wuue lOMee
title place, tu tho Tost eteuner trunkl ""
ttaim gtfli)cnticmtttt. ffrooiVl.jiin gyamtlffimtttt. 13
Great Sacrifice Sale. If
We have reduced the price on every article in our warerooms fully 33 per l?
cent, for this week in order to reduce our surplus stock. 1 a
Call at once for Great Bargains EITHER FOR CASH OR CREDIT. J .
S4 R OO Uegular Price $25.00. for this For this Tlno Solid Antique Oak Book Btand, I
U Jrn lino I'arlor fiult. 5 pieces. Ma- .. .-,.. ,,i,.
hogany finished Frames, best upholstery nnd "" ,nc,,"f l,,Ml
covered In Tapestry or Volour. Great Bargains, n ,," , H
and warranted. ' "lC"0, wluo-
CASH OR ORE DOT. I
CLOSE SATURDAYS AT 12 NOON. I
BROOKLYN FURNITURE COMPANY,
553 to 571 Fulton St., Brooklyn, LT3 YB 1
IXTEItSCnOLASTia SrORT.
Freih Advorntes of Public School Athletics
Probable Ilooiuln Bowing.
A surprlso in scholastlo circles Is the an
nouncement thnt tho Manual Training High
School ot Brooklyn favors tho movement for a
public school athlotlo organization and will try
to lnduco tho other publlo schools ot that
borough to comblno and organlzo a Long Isl
and public school athletic, association, whloh,
with tho proposed Kow l'ork publlo school
athlotlo association, would bo similar to tlio
presont New York and Long Island Inter
scholastlo athlotlo lxxllos. Tho action of tho
Manual Training High School has stirred up
tho ofQcors ot tho Long Island Interscholostlo
Athletic League.
The captain-elect of tho football team to rep
resent Columbia Grammar School, who Is still
In tho city, has outlined an excellent plan for
next season, and If his mothods can bo carried
out a first-clans team should bo organized.
At a dinner given to tho Trinity School baso
ball team recently, Phil Solxas was again elect
ed to manage and coach tho nine for 181)0. He
said that ho would do all In his power to again
turn out a winning team, and that the only
thing to accomplish this was tho cooperation of
tho boys. Sclxas will also handle tho football
cloven to represent tho school.
Tho announcement that an effort is being
made to form an Intorscholastio rowing asso
ciation has bcon recohod with great enthusi
asm by tho schoolboys In this vicinity. Al
though not brought to public attention asfreoly
as track athletics, rowing already occupies a
ory prominent place In Interscholastlc circles.
Probably not ono In a thousand Is awaro that
many of tho young mon who aro enlisted in tho
rowing ranks of Uie big colleges roceivo oarly
training at somo preparatory school, and aro
put through juBt tho same rigorous courso ot
discipline as falls to the lots of candidates for
'vnrslty crews. No better Instance of this pro
parntory training can bo cited than tho Cornell
crews, which are drafted mainly from tho
students who prepare nt Caseadllla School,
Tho school is located at Ithaca, in thoory
shadow of Cornell Uniterslty, of which It
has long been tho lending fitting school. It Is
aootedtothe preparation of boys for college
and, whllo Its special work Is preparing boys for
Cornell, it sends Its representatives to various
other colleges and unUersltles of tho country.
In 1803 It orected nt the head of Cayuga Lako
a commodious boathouso, the dimensions of
which nro 117x03 feet. Its lower floor is di
vided Into shell rooms, skiff rooms, and locker
rooms. The upper storyeontalns n large hall
and comralttoe room. The entire upper stonr
Is surrounded by a broad balcony, from which
(charming iews of tho lako and tho nd
acent hill slopes are obtainable Besides
elng of service to tho crows, tho bont
iouso Is used by different athletic teams of
tho school, as the nthletlo Held is only a few
rods distant. Tho school Is the possessor of
thirteen ocros of natural park at this point.
The commodore of tho school has wrltton to
various preparatory schools In difTorent parts
of tho country trying to Induce thorn to main
tain crews nnd it seems that his annoal tins
borne good fruit. As a starter, an agreement
has boen signed between the navy of the Now
lork Military Academy at Comwall-on-the-Hudson
and tho Caseadllla School for a series
of three clght-oared shell races. Tho llrst
was rowed at Cornwall on Juno 3 and re
sulted In a victory for, the crow of the
Caseadllla School. Considerable enthusi
asm was manifested on tho occnslon, and
the next rnce. which will be decided In
the nonr future. Is awaited with tho koenest of
Interest. Sovernl schools of Importance In Intor
scholastio sporta havo the matter of organizing
a prow under consideration, and It is nulto pos
siblo that we shall soon hear more nboutpre-
Siaratqry school aquatics. Tho Now York Mili
ary Academy sends most of lta graduates to
falp. Tho Idea of such a climax has been hailed
with delight by the school boys of this city, and
it Is not at all unlikely that Cutler. Berkoloy,
Barnard and Columbia Grammar schools wfll
organize crews. Most of thostuilonUnremom
bers of rowing clubs along the Harlem itlver.
BUKFtRtl IlVILDINa A KKHT,
InduBtriouily nt Work Moving Gravel In a
Tank nt the Aquarium.
Ono of tho llttlo sunflsh In n gallery tank on
the fresh-water sldo at tho aquarium Is build
ing a nest In which to doposlt Its spawn. In
nature tho sunllsh would mako its nest In tho
Hand or gravel In a shallow spot nenr tho edgo
of tho water, fanning out tho grnvel with Its
tall and carrying tho pebbles out In Ita mouth.
Thero Is no sand In this tank sand In an aqua
rium tank would choke up tho strainers nnd
outlet pipes but tho bottom hero Is covered
with coarse grael. TIiIh tho llttlo sunllsh
most Industriously removes. It wcacs rapidly
buck and forth close to tho bottom In the hol
low of the nest, fanning the grnol thoro with
Its tall, and by tho little currents thus started
moving somo of tho liner pebbles, but most of
the pebbles must ho actually curried oway, and
the sunflsh does this by picking them up In Its
It wriggles across thn bottom and thon turna
and picks up a pehblo and swallows It appar
ently, and then makes for tlio outside of 1 10
nost, there to leajo It. Here In tho tank t 10
sunfUli Is piling, these pebbles up against 1 19
g ass In front. When It lias dipwJ its heal and
picked up a pebble. It comes to the gloss and
opens Its mouth and coughs up IU pebblo. to
fall uiKm what looks like u dr ft of pobblo. fcut
which s really a bank that the sunflsli has plToU
up. Then back to the nest.
m? 5nKA ihe 'h',-sunllsh swim, down toward
the nest the nest-bullder drives them off and
then goes down and, gets to work again, woav
Ing across In the hollow and brushing out In
that way what It can. and then nipping up a
pebble to carry over toadd to the materlallt Is
pPeltyup88,'
1 STANDARDS fe I
II Sltrhng on Sdrtr W
I cVuiini on Soti.
1 TAN ' '
BOOTS
REDUCED.
Just at the Height of the 1
Tan-Wearing Season.
Button and lace boots in
the desirable light tans, ,
chocolates and browns,
Cousins'-made over Cou
sins' exclusive lasts. Too
many in stock, so the !
very elite of tan shoes go .
for
$3.00, $3.50 and
$4.00.
Wonderful chance to be
superbly shod for an or
dinary price.
J. & T. COUSINS, .
j 498 Fulton St., i .
Bond St. Cor. I
U nuoourAN. Ift, I
Mrs. l'laco Iireaks Down. H
A marked change has como over Mrs. Martha i
M. Place slnco her conviction on Friday after- 1
noooof murder In tho llrst degroo for killing: I
her 18-year-old stopdaughtor, Ida l'laco. Her
remarkublo sclf-iiossesslon during tho trial I
disappeared on her return to Itaymond Street I
Jail. On reaching her coll she wept nnd I
moaned. Sheriff Creamer feared thnt sho
might commit suicide, and he assigned two
women to watch her. Yesterdny Mrs l'laco hud
another lit of hjsterical weeping and her
screams could bo heard all through tho jail.
Hho will probably be sentenced on Friday. Mr.
Van Iderntlne. Mrs. l'lace's counsel, will try
to hno tho erdlct set uslde. mainly on tho
admission of tlio o Ideneo of Mrs. 1'taco's at
tack on her husband with an axo on tho oven
ing of tho murder.
BABY'S
AWFUL
HUMOR
Eighteen Months Old Baby Had
Itash on Shoulder for Two
Yearn CuusIiir- Intense Suf
fcrlng'. Would Scab Ovor,
Break Open and lie Raw.
Several Doctors nnd Heme,
dies Tried. Efforts Fruitless.
Cured by CUTIGURA.
My lllterhad this rash come onher shoulder
when she was about eighteen months old. It
was there about two years causing her Intent
suffering. Wo had several different doctors,
tried ererj thing that we could think of, and
that every one could suggest without enact
ing a cure. In spite of all we did it kept
spreading. One day It would scab over and
then crack open and a watery matter ooia
from it and the scabs would all fall off. It
would be raw for a time, then scab over again.
Someone recommended CUTiODitiltEMKniES,
We immediately procured a box of Cutwcba
(ointment), a cake of CUTirttRA Soap, then
tried the Citicuua Resolvent, and before
the bcltle wai half gone wt low a marlrd
change, and by the time it was gone, she was
enttrily currd without a sear being left. Bho
Is now twelve years old, and has not had a
pimple or sign of blood trouble since.
Feb. 18, '08. Mist L1I.L1KCI1ABK. llrlitol.Vt.
IMsritilxn, nuriociiKi T.lttMl.tnitltrj tpMlM
ef Itcbl.f , kurnlaK, tctly, eruiLd. .nil pimply .Via ul
Ktlp diMuti. villi dry, thin, and fillloi h.lr, laiUstly '
irll.Ttd ina .pttdily rur.i by vtrm Uth. villi Con
ovsA&oir.ctDtl. anointing, with COTlcifRA, pnrwtof
molllMt ikla caiu, and mild 4m.i y CUTiccn t Kuol- ',
VIST, (raaiMI f baaw tmaa. whaa all aU. (all. ,
BaUUrauhoutataVMU. rontl Dua ajtb CXE& TaTJ
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