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VOL II NOT307 PERTH AMBOY, N. J., FRIDAY, JULY 31. 1903 SECOND EDITION TROLLEY CO. NOT READY. Hearing before the Woodbridge Township Committe Goes over till September. - TIME NOT LONG ENOUGH At the meeting of tlie Woodbridge Township committee last niarht to discuss franchise of the Elizabeth port, Amboy & Long Branch Railway Company, the hearing was postponed nutil September 3 at the request of the trolley company. Mr. Quin, who represents the trolley company, at the hearing, was present and said that the time since the last meeting had been so short it was found impossible to have the necessary maps and par ticulars ready by the date requested by the town committee und that thoy would like to have the date set tor some time in September. Take home a box of ice cream from Sextons' Drug Store, 15cts pint, SOcts quart. 3149-7-24-tf LOCAL ITEMS. Miss Edith Orowell left town Wed nesday f.-- a visit of a week with her cousin at l'remont, N. Y. Mrs. James S. Wight and Mrs. George .1. Haney will leave very short ly for a trip to California. Mrs. Haney has a sister living there, whom they will visit. Mrs. A. H. Crowell, Miss Edith Crowell, of Gordon street, Mrs. Max Metzner, and Louise and Dorothy Orowell went up to Newburg vester day by boat. They saw several points of interest and had an excellent time. Frank Moore, of New Brunswick, is visiting his uncle, Dr. F. C. Henry, on State street. Miss Mary Mercer gave a tea yester day 'afternoon at her home on Gordon street. Several of her friends were present. The affair was in honor of her friend, Miss Melbourne, who is visiting her. Miss Florence Peterson, of "New York, is visiting at thn home of Jacob Hanson, ou Water street. Nathan Solomon, of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of H. Chmilnek, Hall avenue, will return to his home Sunday. James E. Horner has been confined to his home for the past week with an attack of lead colic. Mrs. William Snydei and sons Harry, Lestor and Raymond, of 175 Madison avenue, are visiting mends in Easton, Pa. Miss Laura Dixon has returned to her home in Elizabeth, after a very pleasant visit witli Perth Amboy friends. Axel Lembcke has a position in Tottenville as a painter. Herbert Eyerkuss, of State street, returned to his duties at the plant of the American Smelting & Refining Company this morning after two weeks vacation. READY FOR RACE. Everything is in shape for the power boat raoe tomorrow. As told in the News yesterday, there are five beats in Class A, composed of the 30-footers or over, and twenty-seven in Glass B, Jx Smaller boats. The race starts at 2 o'olook and will be three times aronnd the triangle course. Hnyler's fresh candies, Sexton's Drag Store. 7-24-tf DAN LODGE, No. 90, D. B. S., of Port Reading, will bold a at Union GKove, Wood bridge Road, Saturday, Aug. 1 5, at 6 p. m Stages will leave Post Office every hour for the Grove. A large delegation from this city is expected. HALF GOULD NOT BE TOLD. Clam Bake Given by Chamber of Commerce Yesterday was a Grand Affair. BUSINESS FORGOTTEN. The Chamber of Commerce Clam bake at Cheeseauakes yesterday was one of the modt nuccessfctl outings ever held in this vicinity and far ex ceeded all expectation. The crowd went down on the 1.18 train and had a private car on the rear'of the train. As soon as they boarded the car, Schwartz's band, of fonr pieces, from Rahway, struck nn a patriotic air and all afternoon they entertained the gathering with everything, from fnueral dirges to ragtime. Wliile waiting for the train, about a dozen baseball enthusiasts went out on the large tield opposite the depot to eet limbered up: and as soon as they reached Cheesequakes, Alderman Gannon and "Doc" Crowther chose up sides and a two inning game was played. The score was 45-44 in favor of Oapt. Crowther's team. After this the guests sat down to the bake to which no pen can do j iustice. All that need be said is that it was excellently prepared and elegantly served. Ask Bishop if it wasn't. A corps of waiters was in attendance and there was plenty of everything. 'Nongh said. The menn was very artistically gotten up and well arranged. The prizes were then [distributed and no one disputed the fairness of the judges. Only about half of those oifered were awarded at the bake. They are found below: Ex-president, "silver" loving cup, S. B. Morgan ; Best swimmer, bathing suit, Chief Burke; Chief Knocker, mallet, John Hanson; Biggest nerve, barrel of flour, B. M. Gannon ; Sleep walking contest, nightgown, J. W. Beekman; Meditation Knocker, pair of trousers, Dr. W. E. Ramsay ; Smokeless contest, 600 cigars, Dr. F. Growther; Ladies' favorite, lady's hat, T. F. Burke; Throwing the knocker, factory site, N. W. Pierce ; Worst talker. 10,000 feet of gas, W. H. McCormick ; Homeless man, house and lot, H. O. Bishop; Hesitation knocker, felt hat '67, Henrv Jones. Then the Wnrzburger Quartet sang two or three selections whioh pleased the audience immensely. The mem bers of this quartet are T. J. Clark, A. Nestor, S. J. Mason and N. W. Pierce. They were led by J. E. Strieker. The athletic events which next followed were most exciting. The saok raoe, after four heats, was won by B. M. Gannon, who was awarded a pair of water wings. The three legged race was won by John Dayton and E. K. Southwjck. The potato raoe, whioh was verv amusing, was also won by Gannon, who defeat ed W. A. Spencer in the final heat. Several of the party had their cameras along and seoured some good pictures before the storm came up. What a storm that was ! Everyone was forced to seek shelter, except five who braved the elements to go in swimming. Then President W. A. Belcher pro posed three cheers for Mrs. Applegate who prepared the feast. Some came home on the 4.41 train but the major- j ity, watersoaked, but happy, returned on the 6.30, while a few did not take their departure until 7.50. Two or three used their launches instead of going down and returning by train. Take home a box of ice cream from Sexton's Drug Store, IScts pint, 30cts quart. 7-24-tf Shrewsbury Soft Shell Crabs - Summer Virginia Oysters Fat as Butter. WORRELL'S, 46 Smith St. AaaaihiIii of Merchants, Manufacturers, Corporations ACCOUniS and Individuals Solicited ? INTEREST PAID ON ) 2 per cent, on $ 500 or over DAILY BALANCES \ 3 per cent, on $1,000 or over Safe Deposit Boxes to Rent at Low Rates LIBERAL POLICY THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK 1XO SMITH STREET, PERTH AMBOY, N. J. ^Capital | Profits | Deposits .$1,000,000 ?AM1LTOM.T. KKAN, Fimsimi HABBYiOONASP Ouaia STORY OF MIDDLES E> Four Column Article Appeared Las Director Fountain ol the Boi Explained in Detail ?/ Under the heading of "Era of Graft in Middlesex, " the Newark Evening News, last night, devoted about four columns, telling of the methods of the Boaril of Freeholders in this connty. The story in part is as follows: "New Brunswick, July 30 ? Through the falling out of two partners in a contracting firm some of the methods of conducting public business in Mid dlesex countv have been exposed which may lead to the overthrow of a system by means of which it is be lieved the county has been methodic ally robbed for years. "So far, gross extravagance in the conduct of county affairs is the worst of which the freeholders or any mem ber of that bodv lias been directly accused. Mismanagement and misuse of public moneys, which may exceed the bounds of extravagance and have to be called by an uelier name, are hinted at. The suggestion for an in vestigating commission was made bv 1 1 he grand jury, and was based on dis coveries of a surprising nature made after only a cursory probing of the subject. "Nine years ago there was so much talk and so many nasty rumors about the methods of the freeholders that a commission was created and an in vestigation similar to that now pro posed, was held. There was a Demo cratic boarrl, a Democratic sheriff, a 1 ' Democratic prosecutor, and a Demo cratic grand jury. The investigation amounted to little. "Although heretofore referred to as j a ring, in reality the affairs of Middle sex County, so far as the freeholders are concerned, are dominated by one man. Asbnry Fountain, who for five or six years, has been director of the the board and the guiding spirit and boss in the administration of its policy and business. Fountain lives at Browntown, and represents Madison township in the body. "A Democrat, a man of good pres ence, fine appearance and considei able ability, Fountain has become a potent factor in Middlesex politics. While Millard F. Ross, a son of the late M les Ross, is regarded as the Demo cratic leader in the county, he has never been able to control Fountain, and by a sort of tacit agreement or understanding Ross and the other Democratic leaders have for years given Fountain a free hana in the running of the Board of Freeholders and conduct of county finances, roads and institutions in return Fountain ; contributes liberally to the campaign funds, sees that others do the same, and doeB not interfere with Ross and his followers in the nominations of other county offices or in State politics. "In addition to running the free holders, Fountain acts as agent for the American Book Company, and by the use of this official influence man ages to see that few other publishers of school books get any amount of patronage from Middlesex schools. One of his latest moves was to have the board appoint H. Brewster Willis as its counsel. In that position Willis draws a salary of $1,000 a year. As county superintendent his salary is $1,500, and he also gets $300 a year for acting as counsel for the New Brunswick Board of Health. As county superintendent he has not a little influence with the rural boards of education, and it is asserted by many Middlesex citizens that this in fluence may affect to no little degree the selection of school books for use in the sohnols. "A little incident of how Fountain uses his office as county director to help along the book business was told to the grand jury a week or two ago. "The Board of Education of South Brunswick Township had just decided to give an order for books, amounting to several hundred dollars, to a Phila delphia publishing house. One night Fountain called on the president if the board, H. H. Mersbon. During1 the evening the condition of the roads in the township was talked over. The road from Monmouth Junotion to Kingston had beei) recently graveled. Mershon thought it should have been macadamized. " 'I'll tell you what we 11 do,' suggested Fountain. 'You give me the order for those books and I'll macadamize the road for you. ' "The bargain was agreed to, Foun tain got the book order and an addi tional $160 order, and a few months later, early last winter, work was begun on the macadamizing of the Kingston road. The ground was frozen at the time, and when it thaw ed oui in the spring many of the stones disappeared, so that its condi? tion was not greatly improved. "About six months ago the freehold R/i NEW DRINK fip l/V ORANGE RICKEY UU Cooling and Refreshing? Everyone Likes It. Parisen's Prescription Pharmacy. GRAFT IN ( COUNTY. it Night Telling of the Doings of ird of Freeholders-- Matter 1m boy Bridge Matter. ers sold a $150,000 issue of county bonds to pay for the construction of the new wagon and trolley bridge across the Raritan to connect South Amboy and Perth Arnbov. The Perth Ambov Trust Company offered to pay three per cent interest on the monev if it was deposited there. The New Brunswick Trust Company, of which Ross, the Democratic county leader, is a director, and two or three other county banks were willing to pay interest at, two or three per cent. Peter Francis Daly, the Democratic surrogate, wanted the money dis tributed among several of the banks to give all of them a benefit. In the face of all this the freeholders passed a resolution at Fountain's behest de positing the entire amount withont interest In the Soath River Bank, the smallest bank in the county, which has a capital of $50,000 and no surplus. Foantain is a stockholder in this bank. David Serviss, of South River, whom Fountain had appointed as conntv collector, is its president, and Robert Fountain, a cousin of the county director, is its cashier. About #70,000 of this money is still on deposit in the South River institution. Since it was put there the board has borrow ed several thousand dollars on five per cent countv notes from the bank, using the money to meet payments on road contracts. In other words, the South River bank is having the use of the bond, money fiee of charge and the county is borrowing it back and paying five per cent for the loans. "One of the concerns in which Fountain is interested is the Madison Transportation Company. His father in-law, Hendrick H. Brown, a former member of the Court of Errors and Appeals, and flow county supervisor of roads, is president of the company. Fountain's interest in the company is that of a stockholder. For a couple , of months or so in the summer the company runs a freight boat from Chee6equake Creek to New York, carrying produce to market. The com pany's boat used to land at Rose's dook, between Matawan aod South Amboy. Some lime ago it bought a tract of meadows fronting on the creek, abont 1,000 feet from itsform ei landing place, and announced its intention to build a new dock there. "Soon after the new dock was de cided upon the freeholders awarded a contract to the Madison Transporta tion Company for $5,800 to build a road from Hull's Corner to the pro posed new landing place. Although the dock has not yet been begun and the riparian rights have nofreven been secured, the roaa is being built, and when it is completed the county will own a highway leading to a point near Cheesequakes Creek, where there may at some time be a private boat landing. Among the contracts awarded in preparing for the erection of the new kmboy bridge was one for a road leading to the bridge approach on the South Ambov side. The lowest bidder i for the work, whioh amounted to something over 115.000, was James D. Murray. The next lowest was Rue & Fountain, the difference in price quoted being about $300 or $400. James Fountain, one of the members of this firm, is a brother of Asbury Fountain. The director himself is said to be interested in the firm's affairs. Rue & Fountain got the con tract. The only reason they are not building the road is because Murray refused to be ignored and secured an injunction to prevent the consumma tion of the deal until the courts can decide whether he, as the lowest bidder, is not entitled to the award. "While this contract was being investigated by the grand jury Asbury Fountain admitted that while much of the road to the approach would have to be supported by piling, no provision had been made in the speci fications for the piling, and that part of the work would have to be paid for as an ' extra. ' "A couple of years ago the free holders built a bridge across Wood bridge river to connect Perth Amboy with Boynton Beaoh. The contractor for the job was John F. Cutley, of Jersey City. After the bridge had been built, as a wagon bridge, in aocordance with the specifications, the freeholders agreed to give the Perth Amboy Traction Comoanv the right to run its cars across for $1,000. The bridge had cost about $11,000. Then it was discovered that the gird ers were not strong enough to carry the weight of the cars and that it would cost $2,000 additional to make them strong enough. Outley refused to do the extra work, and the bridge has never been ohanged. ; Wagon and foot passengers now cross the bridge, but the trolley cars stop on either side and passengers have to walk across. "Uare of the roads and bridge in the rural sections of the oounty is the secret of Fountain's strength and his ability to retain control of the board. For years Middlesex has been build ( Continued on page 8.) RARITAN LAUNDRY, 44 Fayette Street. HULSIZER & LYDIARD, Props. First-Class Work Guaranteed. LINEUP FOR TOMORROW. Marions will Make Another At tempt to Play ths West New Yorkers. RAIN INTERFERED. Tomorrow afternoon the Marions will tackle Kid Oarsey's West New York. The teams will bat in the following order: West New Yorks Marions Gibbons, c Moorehead, 2b Devins, 3b Kiernan, ss A. Oarsey, If Mitchell, If A. Rielley, cf Glavin, lb Oarsey, p Hoffner. 3b Cooney, ss Bird, rf Harney, lb Connelly, c Rielley, rf Lyons, cf Wagner 2b McPhililps, d The Carseyites were booked to play here three times previously, one game being played and the other two post poned by rain. In the game that was played on 5nne 6 the locals were de feated 2 to 1 in a well played game that developed some sensational field ing. The game was pitched for the visitors by Kid Oarsey himself, who once was a National League twirler. It was a pretty contest and the fans will be glad to see the two teams come together again. The Marions will present the same team tomorrow that defeated the Eqnitables last Saturday. McPhillips will do the pitching and Connelly the catching. I Take your physicians prescriptions to Sexton's Drug Store, it will be carefully perpared at a moderate price. 7-24-tf i ? OLD VESSEL , NOT COMING Mr. Gregory has Sold Massachu setts to a Boston Firm and she will Be taken There. The famous old steamer, Massa chusetts, whicn was to be brought to Gregory's yard in this city, to be broken up, will not come here at all. Mr. Gregory has sold the vessel to Thomas Bulter & Co., of Boston, Mass. She was taken today to that oity from New London, Conn., where she has been kept for some time. When Mr. Gregory was seen by a News reporter this morning, he acknowledged having sold the Massa chusetts, but said that he did not know whether or not she had been purchased by the Butler Company for the same purpose lie had intended using her. 7 pound fresh breasts of lamb foi 25c ts at the Grand Central Meat Market tomorrow. 7-81-1 aciv Bargains in real estate are to be found in the real estate column on Dase 2. There are many den tri ll fices that are good. There are some that are f better. But if you want the best, ! then use i ... KBOQH'S ... I ! ANTISEPTIC i I if i The kind that Cleanses, Pre serves and gives the Teeth that Pearly Lustre. . . Sold by all up-to-date stores. CROWDS AT THE PICNIC. Young Men's Hebrew Associa ? tion Had Annual Outing Last Night. DANCING WAS ENJOYED. The Young Men's Hebrew Associa tion held their grand aunoal picnio for t lie benefit of the Perth Amboy city hospital and the relief fund for the snffercrs at Kishineff, at Loeser's Excelsior Grove last night. Although the weather was disagreeable, the people seemed to know that the picnio was for a good canse and they were ont in fall force. Before 9 o'clock the place was crowded and at 11 o'clock the supply of refreshments was nearly exhausted. The floor was in fine condition and the crowd enjoyed themselves tintil 3 o'clock this morning when two special cars took the tired but happy crowd home. i The floor manager was Harry Mendel and everyone had a woid of praise for the way he handled things. The following were on the committee of arrangements: Joseph Frankel, Harry Mendel. Joseph Rosenthal, Philip Borak, Michael Belafsky and Louis Gluck. strucTby LIGHTNING. i Bolt Enters Window and upsets Furniture Doing Much Damage -Chimney Knocked off. Lightning played gr^M^nrajjk^l this vicinity during yesterday ns It knocked the chimney off Henry Shapiro's house at Oak and Smith street. Another bolt went through the window of Martin Nelson's house on upper Hall avenue. Without injuring the outside of the building the lightning made a clean sweep of the interior, knocking over chairs, upsetting lamps and scorch ing the carpets. Some of the furniture was completely demolished. The most peculiar feature was that no one was injured. SOLD FOR TAXES. The sale of delinquent lands for unpaid taxes took place at City Hall vesterdav morning, and all, which were not reclaimed before the sale, were disposed of. Real Irish linen writing paper, lOcts box. Sexton's Drug Store. 7-24-tf P. NYGREEN, Successor to L. Albert & Co. ...Photographic Studio.., Everything in Portrait, Landscape and Interior Photography. P. (). BuIldlDir. Perth Aiuboy, X. J. WEATHER. ? I M I I II The forecast received at the local Signal Station is for cooler. HIGH TIDE. July a. m" j\ m. July ft- m" P-m 28 10.53 11.08 31 12-54 1.40 29 11.45 11.50 A'g.l 1.54 2.41 30 11.59 12.41 2 3.03 3.40 j ^