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PERTH AMBOY EVENING NEWS.
VOL. II NO. 241 PERTH AMBOY, N. J.. TUESDAY, MAY 12 1903 SECOND EDITION PUBLIC DISCUSSED WET DOCK PROPERTY. t Hon. Cort/andt Parker, of Newark, Gave Long Address in Which he Reviewed the History of the Property and Dwelt on his Boyhood Days in Perth Amboy ? Local Men Talk. The public hearing held in the Oounoil Chamber in the City Hall last night for the purpose of discussing the Wet Dock property and resolution recently introduced to authorize the Board of Aldermen to dispose of the property, was well attended. The discussion lasted nearly two hours at the end of which neither side see-xed to have gained any good point to work on and the meeting was adjourned. Alderman Gannon aoted as chair man and, ucon opening the meeting, Hon. Cortlandt Parker, of Newam, took the floor in the interest of the Ramsay heirs, who now occupy the property in question. In his intro duction he told of his- early days in this city where he was born. He re called the time when, as a boy, he studied within the walls of the Citv Hall and said he did not believe that any person living could take more interest in the old town than he did. Mr. Parker talked for nearly an hour during which he related the history of the Wet Dock property from the time of Kinsr Charles up to the present time. He held that where lands are dedicated in trust that the City Council, has power, through the Chancellor, upon furnishing proof, and upon his decree, to sell the pro property referred to. Mr. Parker said that the Jersey proprietors, in grant ing the property to Perth Amboy, did so for the use of the citizens, provided 'that North and Sofcth Dock streets, now known as Fayette and Commerce streets be kept open. The grant also provided that th? property be made use of. This was dated 1770. Appar ently nothing was done with the pro perty which was a mere cove in the sound and at high tide flooded with water, luntil April, 1831, when a leaso for ninety -nine years was grant ed the Perth Amboy Manufacturing Company. This company, Mr. Parker said, at that time bid fair to do well and although an ordinance was passed giving them oermission to build piers on the property, the firm went out of business four years later. A concern from Pottsville, Pa. , then known as the Lehigh and Navigation Company, took the lease, but in 1848 abandoned, and Ezekial Patterson was about to take it when he died. In 1891 the late Hugh Ramsay got the property and during his life and up to the present time over $18,000 have been paid in taxes for the property. Over 100 vessels, not counting the numerous ones overhauled and repaired, have been built. During that time $1,443, 439.24 have been paid to tl.e men emS ployed. Mr. Parker told how the present Perth Amboy Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, with consider able capital already invested, is con tinually hampered in their operations, because of the decision of the last suit, in which the city itself confessed it had no real title to the Ian ' in question and he asked that the resolu tion be passed that the question of a title be cleared ap and the property properly disposed of. Mr. Parker took his seat amid much applause. Alderman -at-large Eokert took ex ception to one or two statements of Mr. Parker and asked for an explana tion. He said on February 3, 1891. or four months before Mr. Ramsay had taken the property, a resolution was passed ordering the suit which the city lost, and not at the time ? Mr. Parker stated. In answer, Mr. Parker did not attempt to explain the mis take, if he bad made any, but recalled the time of the suit at New Bruns wick when he represented Mr. Ramsay and recalled some of the evidence as introduced such as the old proprietor s ^ map which he had put on exhibition j and on which the court refused to let the jury deoide the oase. Milton A. Edgar, as a director of the shipbuilding company, took the floor and after speaking in defense of the concern. got into a warmer discus sion with Alderman -at- large Eckert, when that gentleman contended that the resolution introduced had a decep tive motive to cheat the city. Mr. Edgar wanted to know why the city would not sell nothing for something, for such was the case in this matter when it has already been admitted they have no title to the property. Mr. Eckert attempted to explain and Dr. Ramsav got a few questions in when Mr. Eckert began to talk about a decision of Judge Beasely. It had been contended during the discussion that at the expiration of the lease the city was bound to give another lease for ninety-nine years and so on for an unlimited time and the discussion hinged on this point. Mr. Eokert cited a decision of the supreme oourt in which it was decid ed that such a contract was not bind ing. Mr. Edgar also recalled the same decision in which he said the contract was not for a monev con sideration. Postmaster Geo. H. Tioe said he came to be enlightened and in his speech he declared he was satisfied that the city certainly had an equity in the property. Cortlandt Parker Jr. , then took the floor and explained that it was not a matter that any one present could decide and, in answer to Mr. Eokert, he said there was no attempt on the part of any one to deceive the city. Contending that it was a matter for the highest tribunal of the State the Chancellor's Oourt to decide, every one interested had the same right to present the faotB connected with the case and that no deception could be made there. He asked that the resolu tion be passed, that the matter may be cleared up. Advertising is the life of trade. nosWfor CLUBJOUSE. Sociable A. C. Hears Report of Building Committee at Meet ing Last Night. DATE FOR BOAT RAOE. At the meeting of the Sociable A. O. , held in their club rooms on Park avenue, last night, the building com mittee reported that so far they were tfnable to purchase a lot for the club house. The committee was continued and will endeavor to select a suitable site. The boat racing committee reported that they did not think that all plans could be gotten ready so as to have the row boat race during the month of May. The olub then fixed June 7Hi at 10 o'clock as the time for the race. The course is to Sea Breeze and re turn. Prizes will be awarded for the first and last man. On account of so much business be ing transacted last night the club did j pot hold any wrestling matches, which will settle the contests now on. These will be held next Monday night. OBITUARY. George Frofovitch, aged fifty-two years, of Keasbey, died Sunday after noon after several weeks illness. The funeral will be held tomorrow morn ing at 9 o'clock from the house. In terment will take place in St. Stephens Oemetery. 5 AAAAimtik of Merchants, Manufacturers, Corporations ACCOUIIIS and Individuals Solicited ? ? INTEREST PAID ON ) 2 per cent, on $ 500 or over! DAILY BALANCES j 3 per cent, on $1,000 or over Safe Deposit Boxes to Rent at Low Rates ? LIBERAL POLICY THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK HO SMITH STREET, PERTH AM BOY, N. J. Capital | Profits | Deposits _$l,000,000 HAMILTON F.jKEAN, Prmidint. HABHY OONABD Oasbi ? KL . . . I1HK J ? 1 FORESTERS IN CONVENTION. Grand Council of the State be ing Held in Greenville To-day. DELEGATES FROM HERE. Court Amboy and Court Standard Jar* Represented -1- Local Man After the State Treasurershlp? Delegate to Su preme Council to be Chosen? Forecast of Session. The fourteenth annual convention of the Grand Court of Foresters of America of New Jersey, is being held in Greenville today. The program as outlined at the last meeting of the Committee having charge of the arrangements for the comfort and pleasure of the delegation and visiting guests, is as follows: The convention was called to order promptly at 9 o'clock by Chief Ranser S. M. Edwards, of Orange, after which Mayor Mark Fagan, of Jersey City, delivered an address of welcome. After hearing the reports from the various Grand Court officers and com mittees a reoess will be taken for dinner. After dinner the most im portant business will be the eleotion of officers for the ensuing year, and of delegates to the next Supreme Court Convention, wliiph will be held in Providence during the second week of August. For Grand Chief Ranger, E. R. Guthrie, of Hackensack, seems to have the inside track and for grand secre tary, Thomas M. Donnelly, of Jersey City, has the field all to himself, his services during the past two years hiving won for him the good will of every member of the order ip Hi's State, with whom ne has dome in contact. J. A. Cazavan, of 461 State street, this city, who is now the Grand sub-Chief Ranger, is a candi date for Grand treasurer. The most interesting event of the day will be the eleotion of the twelve delegates to the Supreme Court Con vention. All the prominent members of the order in Hudson County will have their names presented to the convention for the honor of represent ing the order in this State at that Convention. Capt. John F. Kelly, of Jersey City, Supreme Deputy, will head the delegation. In the evening a grand banquet and reception will be tendered the dele gates and members of the order by the ladies of the Companions of the Forest. Following are the delegates from this city : Court'Amboy, Charles A. Quinn and Thomas Lucas; Court Standard, D. J. Flynn and James Anderson. They left this city this morning on the 6.42 train over the Pennsylvania railroad. ANNIVERSARY DANCE. Young Men's Hebrew Association Prepar ing to Entertain their Friends. The committee of arrangements in charge of the first anniversary dance of the Yonng Men's Hebrew Associa tion, which will take plaoe in Wilder Hall tonight, has been working hard to get the hall in order, and when the guests arrive tonight they will find that the association can do things in great style. The dancing will com inenoe at about 8 o'clock and last until all are tired. The committee reports a large number of tiokets sold, and they have made preparations for the great crowd, which they believe will be present. Real Estate advertising in the Even ng News brings results. No Meal Complete without a glass of good beer put up in a thorough cleaned bottle. You can have it. Wuerzb rger . . pr. box $140 as good at* imported Pole Extra . . . " " 120 Export Pelsner . . " " 1 00 I These brands cannot De duppli cated for any such price beside you get a relate of 20 cts. per case of empty bottles. The Hygiene Strain Beer Bottling Works, Tel. JV.-/V. -Jfl l Now Uruntu^ok Av. CONCERNING THE LIBRARY. Trustees Held Meeting Last Night an Re-elected the Officers. THE LICHtIhCCONTRACT Dr. F. W. Kltchel Re-elected Preeident and S. 6. Garretsjn Re-elected Secretary and Treasurer? Protest Reported by Building Committee? Light to be Plaoed in Front of Structure. The trustees of the Public Library held a meeting at the home of Dr. F. W. Kitcbel on High street, last night, during which an election for the ensuing yearbook place. Little other business was transacted. The build ing committee reported progress on the new library. Dr. Kitchel was re-elected president and S. G. Oarretson was re elected secretary and treasurer of the board. The building committee were author ized to make necessary arrangements for a proper drainage from the rear of the building. The water which hamp ered the contractors so much ever since the building was started, con tinues to run into the cellar as mvster iously as it did when it was first dug and the sewer will be the only thing to relieve the situation. The building committee was author ized to award the contracts for light ins fixtures and to submit plans and contracts for furniture. In response to a letter written by Dr. Kitchel, Mr. Belcher, Superin tendent of the Central Electric Com pany, has promised that an electric light will be placed in front of the new building. TWELVE NEW MEMBERS INITIATED LAST NIGHT. Independent Order? of Foresters held Important Meeting in K< ofC. Hall At the meeting of the Oonrt Keas bey of Independent Order of Foresters, held in the Knights of Colnmbns Hall, Smith street, last night, twelve new members were initiated. After the regular business of the Conrt was over, cigars and refreshments were passed around, after whioh Roy Hall, of State Btreet, furnished the members with several selections on the piano, whioh were very much enjoyed. Following Mr. Hall, the High Secre tary of New Jersey, William McKen zie, of Elizabeth, made a speech in which he praised the good work done by all the I. * O. F. Courts in the State. He said that during the month of April, New Jersey was not so far behind the State of New York, as New York had onlv taken in eighty four more members than the Courts of New Jersey. Mr. MoKenzie offered to the mem ber of Court Eeasbey, who brought in the first new member, a srold order badge. This morning the members of Court Keasbey are hustling. On May 26 the largest grand meet ing ever held in any State will take place at Newark. At this meeting Supreme Chief Oronhyatekha, of Toronto, Canada, will be present. The members of Court Keasbey were invited to attend thismeeting by Mr. MoKenzie last night and the invita tion will doubtless be accepted. LOCAL ITEMS. Sergeants Thomas Tracy and Bald win, of the Newark polioe force, were in town yesterday and made a call at police headquarters. Mrs. John Runyon, of New Bruns wick, has returned to her home after spending a week with her son, G. D. Run von. Father O'Farrell, of Carteret, visit ed friends in this city yesterday. Real estate! Real estate! Read he bargains in speoial column on page 2. Shadowgraph - - - SOCIABLE of the Y. P. S. c. E. At the PRESBYTERIAN CHAPEL ? to-night. ? All Welcome. Silver Collection. CONDITION OF THE COUNTY FINANCES. Board of Freeholders Reorganized To-morrow? County Collector makes a Statement? New Ran tan River Bridge..Money Spent on other Bridges in this Section of the County..Road Bonds. ? ? ? NEW MATERIAL FOR PAVEMENT. Bituminous Macadam Said to be Excellent for Streets? Be ing Tried by Cities. GENERAL ^DESCRIPTION. While Perth Amboy is dismissing the paving of her streets, the citizens are donbtless interested in every kind of mateiiai used for such a purpose. Among the newest kinds of pavements is what is known as the "Bituminous Macadam." Following is what the Passaic Daily News, in an editorial, has to sav about it: The principle of the bitnminons macadam pavement, which is now be ing nsed in many cities of the country, and is under investigation by many others, is directly opposite to that underlying the ordinary asphalt pave ment. The ordinary method employed in constructing the bitnmious macadam pavement is as follows: First, th? earth of the roadway, lowered to the proper level, is thoroughly rolled with a heavy road roller, furnishing a solid sub-base. Upon this a four-inch layer of two-inch to two and one-half inch broken stone is placed and compressed by means of a twenty-ton roller. On top of the stone foundation is spread, or sprinkled, a coating of specially prepared bituminous cement, very thin, whioh pastes the stones together, while a second coating of waterproof mixture is applied, the latter being similar to the ordinary asphalt pitch. On top of all is spread a layer of wearing mixture, two inches thick after compression, and consisting of a combination of one and two-inch stones, intermixed with smaller par ticles down to sand, and all held in rubbery bituminous cement sufficient ly elastic to provide a cushion effect. Following a thorough rolling by a twenty-ton roller, warm pitch is pour ed over the surface and coated with fine stone chips, which constitute the surface presented to traffic ? a hard, gritty surface, less likely than the present asphalt surface to cause horses to slip in icy or rainy weather, and much more durable. | In regard to durability, the claims made for the new pavement are sur prising. It is alleged, upon seeming ly renutable authority based on both engineering deduction and actual test, that bituminous macadam will out wear block stone. The fact that the new pavement is coming into general use would appear to sustain the repre sentations made for it. SECREQUIST WRESTLES WITH LOESER MAY 28. Money Deposited with the Evening News Clinches the Match Robert Loeser, of Bridgeport, Oonn., left a deposit of |25 at the Evening News office this morning to clinch the wrestling matoh with Victor Segre quist, of the Eagle Athletic Club. The two wrestlers met last night and deoided upon Thursday evening, May 28th, as the date for the matoh. The oontest will be mixed style and will take place in Columbia Hall, State street, for a purse of $50. Two preliminaries will take place before the maiu bout commences. Segreqnist is the Eagle A. C. wrest ler who was to wrestle Lonis Samp son, of the Polo A. O. of New York, for a purse of |50, several weeks ago, but Sampson withdrew from the match, losing^half of his forfeit of 125. Loeser is an unknown qunntity in this vioinitv and the bout will no doubt attract muoh attention. Segre qnist will have the support of the Eagles and no little enthusiasm will be aroused. Special to the Evening News. New Branswick, May 12:? The Board of Freeholders held a very short session this morning at which the collector and finance committee's re ports were reoeived and adopted. The new board will meet tomorrow morn ing to organize and elect offioers for the ensuing year. It is expected that the old officers will be re-elected al though there are two candidates look ing fir the clerkship. Justice Graoe, of South Amboy, and Peter K. Edgar, of Woodbridge, are candidates for the job. It is understood, however, that D. W. Clayton, the present olerk, can have the position if he wants it again. The annual report of the Ooonty Oolleotor, David Serviss, of South River, for the year ending today, showed that the connty started with a balance of 128,969. 18 and closed with 1123,035.71. The floating debt, con sisting of road bonds is 130,000 and the bonded indebtedness is $310,800. The receipts for the year amounted to $782,585.39. $152,285.68 was re oeived from the sale of the $150,000 worth of bonds for the new Perth Sonth Amboy bridge. $49,561.82 has been paid on the bridge thus far. The other reoeipts include $11.59 from the Reoeiver, E. S. Campbell, of the Middlesex County bank ; State Treasurer, from state sohool fund, $86,431.59; for railroad and canal taxes, $24,344.01; for macadamizing stone roads, $16,686.34; from tax col lectors for the 1902 taxes, $250,018. 14. The payments made by the County Collector during the year include $36,8*4.39 for the court expenses and salarie>?_of its offic 1 for state hospital, $18,1 aries of the officers of the'fSoard of Free holders and their expenses, $8,907.76 for election expenses, $8,325.28 for i caring for the Court House and grounds. The following has been paid out for bridges in this section of the county : Woodbridge Creek bridge, $8,208.35; Cheesequake bridge, $896.54; Wood bridge townshiD bridges, $2,103.76; South Amboy bridges, $113.65; Perth Amboy oity bridges, $1,832.78. Other items include a donation of $2,000, to the Perth Amboy Hospital; $23,400.36 for graveling and $52,945.37 for ma cadamizing connty roads. The amount received from the State for schools has also been paid out and that from railroad taxes. The total amount of expenditures is $659,549.68. IT WILL BE A GIRGUS TO WATCH THE GIRGUS. Friends and Neighbors will Endeav or to Make Fun for Others to Laugh. Plans for the society amateur circus to be given in this city for the benefit of the hospital aro now well under way. The tuere novelty of it has already excited a great deal of inter est. The posters have arrived and will shortly be distributed about the city. It has been settled that the show will be given on Mr. MoCoy's property better known as the "com mons." It is one thing to see others aot in the ring and it is quite another to do the acting yourself. This is just what some of the local people will do when the society circus comes to town. Your friends and neighbors will be ttie clowns, rope walkers, bare back riders, living skeletons and the like. This will be a circus itself to see them let alone the outfit to be brought here by the promoters. Ab yet, those who will take part have not been selected. RECEIVED BLANKS FOR RACE D. V. Rush lias received a supply of blanks for the Irvington-Milburn race, Decoration aay. Our Headache Powders cure every time; give quick re lief, are safe to take; our cus tomers say they are the best in the city; 3 doses 10c; try them. PARISEN'S Prescription Pharmacy iail expe'jwsijjg^ 0 ing lunatics from n the 1 tain