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I The F. B. Thuber Now Lies On The Bottom At Dock B With Only
Her Smokestack Showing Above The Water? Story
Told Is That Captain Attempted To Rescue
r His Wife But Failed.
The steam canal boatF. B. Thnrber,
which went down at her moorings at
the Lehigh Valley Dock B. , early
this morning. The wife of Captain
Merritt, who had charge of the boat,
and his eight-year-old daughter were
According to a story told by Under
tiker J. J. Flynn, who has been en
gaged to take charge of the bodies,
Oaptain Merritt was asleep on the
boat at the time of the accident, and
awoke to find her sinking. The cap
k tain awakened his wife and child and
1 with them tried to. get out of the
?cabin, bat jast as they were going
font of the cabin doorway a rush of
? water caught the the two and forced
^ the woman and child back. The cap
tain tried to reaoh them again, but
failed, and after a superhuman effort,
managed to save himself. Mr. Flynn
said Captain Merritt is in New York
today to try and get the service of a
diver to recover the bodies of his wife
and child.
When James Morris, a gang foreman
on B Dock, was talking to a reporter
this morning he said :
"Last night at 7'o'clook we finished |
loading the F. B. Thurber with coal,
about 185 tons in all, when we left
the dock she was apparently all riaht. "
On the F. H. Hyde, a canal boat
which the Thurber generally tows
along with her when alie makes her
trip, and which is now being loaded
at the docks, nothing was known
about the sinking. Neither did any
?^ne know of the whereabouts of Gap
^tain Merritt; or the engineer of the ill j
& fated canal boat.
B A few of the men on the dooks said
? that they had seen the oaptain and
? engineer very early this morning, but
" since that time not a trace of them
can be found. In conversation with
a reporter, F. O. Pierson, the Lehigh
Valley general shipper at this port,
said :
"I do not know where any of the
crew can be found as they have not
been seen since early this morning. '
i An old employee of the Lehigh I
"Valley, who has been working on the I
dock, told the reporter the following |
story :
I remember the F. B. Thurber |
coming here for a good many years,
and every time she arrived in port
she seemed the worse for wear, no
pains seemed to be taken with her, as
She seemed never to be receiving any
/ repairs at all. She was a boat that
has oarried many a ton of coal from
these docks, and when coal is dumped
into a boat the way it is at the present
time, it most sometime spring a leak.
Another employee said that lie had
seen a number of canal boats loaded
with coal sink, and in telling the
Btory he said :
"If, when the Thurber sank, the
woman and ohild were asleep between
deoks as I understand they were, there
would not be one chance in a hundred
o Jt their getting out alive, for it takes
ut a very short while for a boat like
Everybody to know
that we make a Specialty
of our Presoriptionx aud
ise ouly tested Drugs in preparing them.
The very best quality at the lowest price.
[Free delivery to any part of the city.
>ARISEN'S Prescription Pharmacy |
the Thnrber, loaded as she was with
coal, to go to. the bottom. "
The supposition that the boat sud
denly sprung a leak and went down
quiokly is strenglitened by the fact
that not a sound of warning nor a ory
of help was heard.
It is expected the boat will be raised
tomorrow and the ooal taken from
her. In the meantime Undertaker
Flynn has been notified to take oare
of the bodies of the woman and child
as soon as they are recovered.
The boat is submerged so that only
the top of her smoke stack is visible.
Coroner Henry has been1 notified and
will be on hand to view the bodies as
soon as they are recovered.
The P. B. Thnrber was formerly
the United States steamer Kalmia. |
She is so old that the record when Bhe (
was built is not known. Her gross
tonnage is 68 tons. Her lensrth 81.8, |
breadth 19.2, depth 73. Her home |
port is at Perth Amboy.
Mrs. Amelia Mount, of 32 Smith
street, is visiting friends in Brooklyn.
John Murray, of State street, has
accepted a position at the Standard
Underground Gable Works in the
office. He succeeds Arthur Burns,
who goes to the wire mill department.
Hendrickson Bros, have completed
the mason work on the Ohristofferson
and Bollerup lunoh room on State
Peter Rassmnssen, of Madison ave
nue, claims^ to have caught the first
shad this season yesterday afternoon.
James Mugford Jr., of State street,
has a position as night furnaoeman at
the Can field Copper Works.
On acoount of an extra rush of work
at the plant of the New Jersey Port
land Cement Works, a-nightgdng has
star tea to work.
Mrs. Disbrow, of Rahway, is visit
ing her sqg, Seely Disbrow, of Madi
son aventie.
Mrs. William Snyder and children
Harry, Lester and Raymond, of 175
Madison avenue, are visiting in Easton,
P. W. King and wife, who have
been visiting relatives in town for
the last few months, left for their
home in South Dakota, yesterday.
Birden Qolden, of New Brunswick
avenue, has a position in the plaster
department at the Perth Amboy Terra
Cotta Works.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Taylor, of 200
Market steet, are spending the day in
Servioes For Good Friday.
The servioes for Good Friday at St.
Marv's Roman Catholic Church on
Centre street, will be 8 o'olook in the
morning and 7.30 in the evening. At
St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Reo
tor street, there will be morning ser
vioes at 10.30 o'clock.
Will Hold Cake Sale.
The ladies auxiliarv of the Perth
Ambov Hospital Will hold a oake
biscuit and bread sale Saturday the
11th inst. , in the Palmer building, 106
Smith street.
For real estate see page 2.
Stockholders Liability
and Deposits
F*n vn interest; on OJieclt Accouni?
SI 000 and over at 3% 9500 and over at 2%\
' Sollcts Accounts Larse and small
Six Car Loads of Charcoal Burned
Before Firemen Could Con
quer Blaze
Fire yesterday at 12 o'clock destroy
ed six cars of charcoal in the charcoal
shed at the Karitan Copper Works.
The alarm was sounded jnst as the
employees were going home for
dinner. The company's fire depart
ment was quicklv ou the scene and
soon had a hose playing on the fire,
but this seemed to have little or no
. Several firemen were holding a hose
whon for some reason they all let go
with the exception of John Holshort,
who tried to hold the hose alone. The
force of water seemed to Hft him up
in the air, then gave him a mighty
swing, landing him on the ground
with a heavy thnd.
, The fire lasted for two honrs and
was not under control until all the
charcoal and part of the shed were
Jnst what the cause of the fire wan
is not known, but it is thought that
one of the locomotives which had
passed by a short time before, set fire
to it.
Announcement Is Made That An
Agreement Has Been
Reached. ?
The strike whioh has been on at the
Cable Works since Monday, was settled
this piorning. The terms are not an
nounced, bat it is said they are agree
able to both sides, the firm agreeing
to do the right thing bv the employes.
It is now understood that the emnloy
es will go back to work tomorrow
When an effort was made to have
Mr. Conner confirm this report, he
announced that he was too busy to
discuss the matter.
W. R. Tyrrell Had Warrant Issued By Re
corder This Morning For His Arrest.
W. R. Tyrrell, one of Perth Am
boy's oldest oitizens, appeared before
Recorder Pickersgill this morning and j
swore out a warrant for the arrest of
his son, W. S. Tyrrell, whom he
charged with having beaten him last
night. The old gentleman bore a
badly discolored eye and the recorder j
notioing a big lump on the top of his
head, asked him if his son did that. I
He replied that it was a bullet which
had struok him while serving in the
Civil War. Mr. Tyrrell said he was
eighty-one years old and he had be
come tired of his son's assaults aud
he thoaght it best to have his son
arreBted before something worse
1 4 YEARS.
Colored Youth Admits Brutal As
sault Upon Children At
Justice Fort Astonished At The Coolness |
of The Prisoner And Shows No Clemen
cy? Sentence Is For Hard Lebor? Had
Been In Refo-m School For Six Years
When Taken By Farmer.
Special to the Evening News.
New Brunswick, April 9:? Jersey
justice was dealt out severely yester
day afternoon by Jastioe Fort to
Lewis Roberts, a negro sixteen years
old, on his plea of guilty to three
charges asainst him of assaulting
George F. Dey, a boy of seven, and
bis cousin, Hattie Owens, a girl of 14,
at their home at Davton on the night |
of March 27, while Mr. and Mrs.
Genrsre Dey were at prayer meeting,
and then stealing the bicycle of Mr.
Oey with which he made his escape j
to Newark where he was captured.
The boy frankly admitted the
charges. He said he used a police
man's club in beating the children.
He had lived with the Deys two |
years. They got him from the Re
form School where he served 6 years
tor firing a barn at Bridgeton. He
took pride in giving his confession
and seemed to boast of his guilt.
Justice Fort said it was the worst
case he bad ever beard of and there
was no ground for any mitigating
circumstances. He sentenced the boy
to 14 years in State prison at hard
Marcus Strieker Wants Damages]
From The Raritan Traction
- Company
Special to the Evening News.
New Brunswiok, April 9: ? The suit
for $5,000 damages brought against
the Raritan Traction Company by
Marcus Strieker for injuries received
while travelling in one of their cars
on January 31, 1902, came up for trial
before Jnstioe Fort this morning.
The only witness examined up to noon
was Mr. Strieker. He told in detail |
the story of the acoiden|.
This afternoon Dr. Donahue, of this |
city, who examined Mr. Strieker for
the company, will give his testimony.
Robert Adrain is connsel for Mr.
Strieker, while Mr. J. S. Wight and
Allan H. Strong represent the traction
Read the real estate advertising |
column on page 2, today.
KROGH 'S is the
that cleanser.
None are purer. Absolutely harmlest^ ^ I
? ?
E*iraFine_ Easter Urn
Fine Rubber Plants
There will also be a tine display of Easter Flowers iu the windiw
of the Central E'ectric Light Co., Smith Street, from to-night Ami all
above mentioned will be for Sale. All orders delivered within the oitv.
HANS N. YEPSEN, trlorist
Telephone 55 M " ? WOODBRIDGE ROAD
Mr. And Mrs- Charles Obuck Charg
ed With Assault? Woman Admits
Throwing Stones
Charles Obuck and his wife were
arraigned before Recorder Pickersgill
this morning charged with assault
and battery bv Sigmund Spitzer. Part
of the story of the assault was told in
the News yesterday and the witnesses
at the hearing this morning seem to
bear out Mr. Spitzer's story that Mr.
and Mrs. Obuck first made the assault
upon him. ? .
Mrs. Obuck admitted that she hit
Mr. Spitzer with a stone and the
whole trouble grew out of a dispute
as to whether Mr. Spitzer had a right
to deliver a half gallon of whiskey in
Mr. Obuck 's territory. It further
developed that Mr. Obuck 's servant
took a hand in the fight although no
complaint had been made against her.
The recorder deoided that the evi
dence was strong enough to hold and
he placed them under $200 bail each
to await the action of the grand jury.
While the necessary capers were be
ing signed, Joseph Gadek, who was
present, created a sensation in comt
by charging Spitzer with peddling
liquor in a wagon on Sunday.
The lie was passed whereupon the
court called for order and Chief Burke
added that people who live in glass
houses should not throw stones. A
little later Gadek was again called
down for making threats and finally,
when Obuck left at the direction of
the recorder, he said he was going to
find City Attorney Hommann to have
a oomplaint drawn up against Spitzer.
Told a Man To Move On And Ho
Was Assaulted -Remark Said To
Have Caused Trouble
William Johnson, of 308 Washington
street, was held in default of $600 bail
to await the action of the Grand Jury
on a charge of assaulting Offioer
Tunnyson. He was also fined twenty
dollars on a charge of disorderly con
duct this morning by Recorder Pick
Officer Tunnyson attempted to
arrest Johnson last night while he
was standing in front of the Dewev
House with several other men. The
officer was passing by when some of
them, presumably Johnson, passed
some insulting remark. Ttfis caused
the officer to watch them fat a moment
and then he demanded they move on.
With that Johnson, who is k strapping
big fellow, stepped up to the officer
and asked him why he should demand
they should move on as they were
making no disturbance. The officer,
it is said, again told him to move on,
but instead Johnson seized the officer's
club and the next instant they went
rolling upon the ground. Tunnyson
was handicapped with boots and a
rubber coat, and although he called
for help, it is declared, the men only
stood by and watched Johnson jab his
knee into the officer's stomach with
such force that he was unable to get
his breath for several seoonds after
With the double injury he was
therefore unable to follow Johnson as
he made good his escape over the back
fence near the Catholic Club house.
The officer then learned the name of
his assailaut and, after bearin* the
pain of his sprained ankle until 1
o'clock, he finally reported himself
out of commission to Sergeant Mulli
gan, who in turn notified Chief Burke.
Upon hearing Officer Tunnyson 's
story the Chief ordered that Johnson
be arrested at once even if it took the
whole police force to do it. Accord
ingly Sergeant Mulligan and Officer
Hansen went to Johnson's home and
demanded his surrender. Admittance
was at first refused, but after making
severe threats to break down the door,
Johnson finally surrendered at 4
o'clock this morning.
Johnson plead guilty to the assault,
but denied that he was disorderly.
Officer Tunnyson may be laid up a
couple of weeks with his sprained
John Koviak Is In The City Hos
pital With a Hole In
His Head.
Detective Huff Has Alleged Assailant Look
ed Up In Tombs In New York? Foand
Him In That City Yesterday? Somewhat
of a Mystery Surronnds Tho Case
Papers To Be Made Out.
Detective Huff arrested Joe Dafoek,
alias Cliencho, in New York, late
yesterday afternoon on a charge of
atrocious assault made noon John
Koviak, who was taken to the City
Hospital yesterday in a delirious con
dition. The facts, as given out since ?
Dafcek 's arrest, are startling.
Koviak is more than delirious, he is
unconscious, and according to Dr.
Stafford, cannot live. It was learned
at the hospital this morning that he
is Btill unconscious and may die at
any tim6 without giving his anti
mortem statement.
The story of the assault and of the
subsequent arrest of the alleged assail
ant has never yet been fully told,
partly on account'of the circumstances
surrounding the assault and partly on
account of the mysterions disappear
ance of the alleged assailant. When
the alleged assault took place Monday
afternoon, the entire police force were
on duty at the Raritan Copper Works
looking after the strikers so that not
evenrthe slightest report reached the
police until Dr. Stafford was called
^T> attend the injured man. Since
that time Chief Burke aiul Detective
Huff ^ i o^tj^
They found that some sharp "?
ment, presumably the end of the Um
brella, had been used in the assault.
This pierced Koviak 's temple, so that
his^eye was injured. They also found
that the assailant had made good his
escape. Chief Burke found the ad
dress, of the man accused, very quick
ly so that when Deteotive Huff called
at 111 East Fourth street, in New
York, yesterday afternoon, with a
warrant for Dafoek 's arrest, he] was
found at once and placed under arrest.
The prisoner was then taken to Police
Headquarters in New York for the
night and. this morning was arraigned
and oommitted to the Tombs to await
the necessary requisition papers.
If the prediction of Dr. Stafford
oomes true it is quite likely that by
the time Dafcek is safely landed in
the New Brunswick County Jail, the
Grand Jury now in session may have
a murder case on their hands.
April 8, 1903.
The firm of Obuck & Ihricki have
this day dissolved partnership.
The business of carpentering and
building will be continued by John
W. Obuck near the Pennsylvania Rail
road station or at his residenoe, 178'
Rector street.
Real estate ! Real estate ! Read
the bargains in special column on
page 8.
WANTED.? Six painters on Steamboat
work. Apply at once to Perth Amboy
Dry Dock Co. 4-9-lt
WANTED ? A GIRL for general house
work. Mrs. W. Parker Runyon, 68
Water street. 2409-4-9-tf
CARRIER WANTED? Bright boy Jto
deliver papers. Apply at the Even
ing News office. 4 9-tf
Each Ticket Good for a Glass ef
Ice Cream Soda at
/ m "Wait until Saturday ^ .
' Free Easter ESS Dyes
? '? XL- ? _
every purchase. ,:.... 70-72 Smith St.
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