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HEAVY RAIN FALL TURNS
THE STREETS INTO RIVERS AND STORES ARE FLOODED. One of the Worst Ram Storms this City Has Ever Experienced Rain Started Yesterday Afternoon and Has Contin. ued to Pour Almost Without Interruption-Water was Level m Smith Street This Morning and Flowed into Stores Front Doors. An unusually heavy rainfall is re corded today. It has poured constant ly since early this morning and as a result many places are flooded. The SStaten Island Rapid Transit is prac tically out of business as far as this end of the line is concerned. In Perth Amboy the worst place is under the Lehigh Valiev bridges in State street. North Amboy, this morning, was completely shat off from the rest of the city for wagon traffic except bv way of Woodbriage road and Hall avenue. The water formed a big lake extending across the street and into the neighboring yards. Trolley ser vice north of the bridge was tied up. The Btorm Perth Amboy now is ex periencing has come up the coast from Bermuda. Its centre was off the Virginia coast last night and high northeasterly and northerly winds prevailed from Hatteras to Nantucket. Excessive rains fell in the middle Atlantic coast States. The storm has y advanced and high northerly to north westerly winds prevail. The predic tions are that the storm wih diminish this afternoon and it will clear off and be cooler tomorrow. kLast night the Staten Island Rapid Transit was entirely out of business. The last train to reach Tottenville was the 7.05 from New York. A washout occurred at Richmond Valley and all irains were forced to stop at Pleasant Plains. Passengers for Tottenville on later trains last night left the cars at Pleasant Plains and were taken in carriages from that place to Tottenville. The washout was at the same place where the dam age was done at the last storm, only this time is even worse. This morning two or three trains were able to get through from Totten ville, but they ran very slowly over the dangerous places. The heavy _;r, mAtniiKf ocmin nanttPil rip. I lay®- . .. At 10.80 the storm was at its worst v and the sidewalks along Smith and State streets were flooded because^the lain ci ms down so fast, that it wasjim possible for the sewer basins to carry it off. In Jake’s frnit store, at Smith and State streets, t ho water was near ly ankle deep, and it kept coming in as fast as one could sweep it out. Both the sewers at the corner of State and Smith and Smith and Hobart streets, wtre so small and the rush of water came to fast that the basin could not take it. The road looked like a river. The people and horses, who were cui ght onr in it, Boon found that it wes iieeiiy ki ee deep, being level aero s the sate". Horses be came frigntaned and while some re fused to move, others started off cn a wild gallop and (lie drivers could hardly restrain them .from, getting away. . The dirt embankment at the new building of the Perth Amboy Trust Company’s building, became so wet that it fell down on top of the new concrete wall and it will take some time to get thin gs in shape again. Shortlv before noon the twenty inch wall caved ip. The receiving basin at the corner of Smith and King streets, became clogged up yesterday afternoon and this morning the side and cross walks in front of the Perth Amboy Trust P SEXTON’S PUZZLE. This picture repr sents the name of an old popuiar son?. Can you guess it? >iot one answer is correct. The answer to yeateidaj s t uzzle is Dixie. i i grand pr,ze gffer W The prize for to-day will be r | BOX WRITING PAPER in assorted colors ) ^ loon goes up toniylit at 7.30. L > \ \ Company’s present home was a little river in itself. Some of the oldest residents of this city told a News reporter that in many years they had not seen Smith street flooded the way that it was this morning. The trolley cars of the Raritan Traction Company were run ning throughout the day, but they were not on schedule time. The people crowded into them so fast that there was hardly room for all. That part of the trollev line between here and Maurer, known as the sand curve, is causing much trouble to the trolley company. Every storm tons of sand are washed into the roads and a larger part of this gets on the track and must be removed before the car can proceed. On several portions of the line the water causes much delay also. 3ometimes it reaches a depth that makes it positively dangerous to run through it. One stretch near Metuchen reaches for nearly 200 yards and has an aver age depth of fourteen inches. Last night a man, employed in Guggenheim’s, dragged himself into town wet and miserable. He told a pitiful tale. He said he waited ‘ages” at Maurer for a car to this place. At last one came and he thought his troubles wore over, when just as the car rounded the curve to go under the Lehigh Yallev bridge ► 1 . „ m nVint d Hd Il'ikV mill Oil uounced that the car could go no further until the three feet of water under the structure subsided. As this, from all indications, promised to be a period of time too Iohr to guess, t.ne man left the car and waded knee deep to the sidewalk. He warted from there to the other side of the bridge, expecting to find there a car which would take him on to his destination. It was not there and he walked. Along shore the storm is not causing much commotion because the wind is not high. The boatmen, however, are kept busy bailing their boats for enough rafn water has fallen to sink them. Several large vessels are in the harbor for shelter. The ferry boat Warren is running on schedule time, but the rain this morning fell iu such sheets that it was almost equal to a fog. The damage will be but slight on the water front. About 11 o’clock this morning the water main on State street, near the Lehigh Valley bridge, broke and with the rush of water, which was then coming down from the hills at the Valley bridge the flood began. The water swept down to the street so fast that in lesB time than it takes to tell State street, from William P. O’Hara’s printing office to the last Lehigh Valley bridge, was flooded. Swiftly the water came down aad it was fully six feet deep at noon time. When the trolley company em ployes found that the water was com ing down so fast that everything would be flooded in short order, one of them waded into the water, whicli was then up to his arm pits, and pull ed nff the cover of a manhole. The water went dow’n this, but the rush was so great that it appeared to have but little effect The traction com pany employes planted a big red flag over the spot where the manhole is for the water was so deep that the hole could not be seen. One driver, more venturesome than others, tried to get through tne flood and when lie found that his horse had to swim he became frightened and tried to turn around, but the horse seemed to ratner onjov it and after considerable wading he managed to get through. The wagon almost float ed at one time. When the other Irivers saw what they were up against they drove around to Ilall avenue and town Woodbridge road. Just before the flood came the two trolley oars were coming down State street but were compelled to stop and they will be stalled there all day. rne cars now run as far as the first aridge whore the passengers must get mt and walk over the Lehigh tracks before they can get to the last bridge where the trolley company has a car waiting to take them to Maurer. Just how the tracks will stand it is aot known, and it is certain that they will need some repairs after to iay. S. J. MASON, Civil Engineer. 102 Smith Street. '".'C1, r'1:'^^- •s>"ja*lM.lB5K l-SSWBW *»,«***. n PEKAY COFFEE THE BEST ON EARTH. THAT’S ALL, ’HUFF SAID. r . RAIN CAUSES MUCH DELAY. Work at Runyon where New Wells are Being Driven is Brought to Standstill. BIC FL0W~~0F wells. There is plenty of water at Rnnyon today. But besides the heavy rain the wells there are doing great work. Thft lntpct nnp ririvpn is pvnpp.tpri tn tarn out to be the best one over there. The second of the last two author ized has been started, but the storm has stopped work. It is well down, however, ann as soon as the men can start work again, it is expected to be soon completed. This well is some distance from the others and it is thought may strike a different stream. The water department feels greatly encouraged with the progress being made and are confident the city will Boon have an excellent supply. It is probable that when these wells are completed more may vet be driven although the work may not be started this fall. The last well to be completed is said to be a wonder. It was thought that nothing could ever surpass one of the oldest over there, which flows many thousand gallons daily, but the new well is equally as good and may exceed the firBt one. It was thought that perhaps after the first few days the flow would diminish, but such is not the case. The water gushes out of the end of the full size of tfc to s?e. The pipe line is making rap<^. TV gress. but the rain today is sai«de8j have caused much jiage. Ti*s ground over there is all sand and the heavy rains has washed away the bank and filled up the trenches in a great many cases so that work which was thought to have been completed, will in many cases have to be done over again. The extent of the damage is not fully known. SMITH IS INSANE. South Amboy Barber Will Go to the State Asylum. Joseph Smith, who was formerly a barber in South Amboy, was adjudged insane at the.county jail by Drs. Carroll and Maas after a long exam ination. Smith told the doorors that he speaks eighteen languages. Asked to numerate them, he said that he knew all of the dialects of the English, all of the dialects of the Polish and the German. He said that he learned how to speak English coming over on the steamship. This was easy he explain ed, as the English language is made up of a mixture of the Polish and German languages. “Ain’t I a healthy specimen?” he asked. “I have never been sick a day in my life. I don’t know what it feels like to be sick. ” The doctors said that he was too smart to stay here and sent him over to the place where they keep smart people at Trenton. Constable O’Brien took him over yesterday. a ■ ■ vi ip* i vi i /s i i n i ■ ■ irv SAYo IHt Ulli bnUULU HAVE WESTMINSTER. There is a growing demand that the Westminster property be secured for the city and many think the city should go still further than secure only the buildiug and enough land for a Public school. There is a demand Jbr a park as is voiced by the firm of Nielson Brothers. They speak as follows: “It does not seem to us a question whether this city can afford to acquire the Bruen estate for a public park and museum, but if it can afford not to acquire it.” HICH SCHOOL YELLS This morning three yells for Amboy High School were practiced and if the noise made at the football game equals that in practrce, the visitors should be so demoralized as to prove easy prey to the local eleven. Julius Guttmami and two associates were appointed to lead in giving the yells. WERE CLAD TO RETURNHOME. Firemen Who Went to Allentown were Wet Through During the March. RUSH FOFTRAINS. In their Efforts to Get Heme Last Night Many People were Pushed About and Some were Injured—About Fifty Com panies Tured Out—Prizes Awarded To day—On the Special. The Perth Ambov firemen, who went to Allentown yesterday to take part in the parade, were glad to get hack to good old Perth Amboy last nieht and this morning. From the time they arrived at Allentown until *they left, it kept ud a steady downpour of lain Fifty-two fire companies were in line for the parade out of the 200 expected. The local boys marched for about an hour and were drenched through and through. Allentown was so crowded with people for the occasion, that when there was a rush for trains by the homewar^ crowd, manv were knocked down and tramped upon, and even then some were compelled to wait until this morning. The prizes for the fire companies will be awarded some time today. The Lehigh Valley special got here in time last night for the people to get a goo I shower bath in the rain. Everyone seemed satis fied, however, that had it not rained the affair would have been a great success. W ER RUINS LARGE STOCK CANNED COODS. Cellars Under Potts & Kauffman’s Wholesale Grocery Flooded Last Night—Employes at Work. The employes of Potts & Kaufman, wholesale grocers, worked until early this morning bailing out the water which flowed into ihe cellar in a steady stream. A large amount of canned goods and other grocer’s goods are spoiled. The damage is large. ?t< SURPRISE PARTY. Friends ofthe Misses Nelson Gather at their|Home in Elm Street. A surprise party was given the Misses Fannie and Dora Nelson, of Elm street, Wednesday night in honor of their birthday. All present had a delightful time. Games were played and refreshments served. The house was prettily decorated in honor of the event. During the evening two prizes were awarded. These were won by Miss Sina Peterson and J. J. Flynn. The following were present: Mrs. William Sandbecb, Misses Sina Peter son, Katie Christianson, Katie Peter son, Julia Hanson, Tina Ulmer, Meta Hanson, Ella Yepsen, May Peterson, Emma Anderson, Katie Anderson, Ftmnie and Dorothy Nelson, Richard Lembcbe, Albert Weisman, J. J. Flynn, Peter Jensen Hans Henderson, Charles Sandbeck, Hans Peterson, Charles Johnson, Andrew Anderson and William Sandbecb. NO DRILL TONIGHT. There will be no drill of the West minster Cadets tonight on account of another meeting at the church. Latest creations hi millinery at “The Palace.” 399 State st., (Ricci Rnilding.) adv REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. Neither the inclement weather, nor tne near approach to the issuing of the tax bills seem to have any depress ing effect on the real estate market. Mr. J. E. Chapman haB sold through the agency of Nielsen Bros., to Eckardt V. Eskesen, 28 lots near school No. 6. Mary B. Snyder has sold through the same agency, two • lots on William street, to John Dickson, and Edward W. Barnes has sold to Mrs. Dada a lot near Woodbridge Hall. GEN U I N E CASTILE SOAP with large size WASH RAH r»c CAMPBELL’SPHARMACY Cor. State and Washington sts. Tel. 89 L P. NYGREEN, Successor to L. Albert & Co. ...Photographic Studio... Everything in Portrait, Landscape , and Interior Photography. P. O. Building. Perth Amboy, N. J. TROLLE YCAR SMASHED AT SMITH ST. CROSSING. Accident Happened About Midnight-Car was out of Order and No one was on Board—Was Being Pushed to the Car Barns and Ran off the Track at the Crossing. FELL INTO HOT WATER. Hungarian Badly Injuried While at Work-Was Crossing A Pit. FEET WERE SCALDED. Paul Losko. a Hungarian employed in Ostrander’s, was badly scalded yesterday. The accident happened in a queer manner. In the yards there is a number of small pits. There are dryers used to dry brick and terra ?otta before putting them in the kiln. Due of the pits is situated bo that it is necessary to go over it and tw i planks are placed from one side to cf‘e other for that purpose. Losko had crossed over once and upon returning the pit was enveloped in a cloud of steam and the boards placed across it for use as a 'bridge, were obscured from his view. The man, trusting to familiarity with the Diace, started to Walk, as he thought, over. Either the hoards were missing or he missed them.) He fell in and both feet and legs ware badly scalded. Prompt assistance took him out ol danger or he would have been scalded to death in a short time. Dr. Fithian was called and his immediate attention the injured members were saved from amputation. MEETING^POSTPONED. The High Soho6l Alumni Associa tion, which wTag to hkve w,ek>mst night in School No. 1, , postponed ii s date until nest Thursday evening at 8 o’clock. nub run a wnttL Georga Eggert Found Himself in Predica ment-Made Most of it. At 10 o’clock this morning when George Eggert, of Front street, was driving down State street at Fayette, one of the front wheels of his carriage caved in and Mr. Eggert jumped. It was raining so hard that he decided not to nnbitch his horse but pulled the spokes out of the hub and using the hub as a wheel, he drove home. CATECHETICAL CLASS STARTED Rev. E. J. Keuling, pastor of Grace English Lutheran church, will start a new catechetical class tonight. Four teen have already joined this class. They will meet every Fiidav evening at the home of Rev. E. J. Keuling, 1 Balls Block, Brighton avenue. MILK INSPECTOR HERE. A milk inspector was in town today, but the weather was such that it was impossible for him to do any work. LOCAL ITEMS^ Mrs. George Swinson, of Gordon street, was taken to the hospital yes terday afternoon to undergo an opera tion. Little Jennie Sheppard, who lias been serionsly ill at her home, on Gordon street, with diptheria, is im proving. The Misses Flossie and Ada Marsh, of Trenton, have returned to their home after visiting their grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNeill, of Brighton avenue. Mrs. Philip Slobodien is visiting Mrs. M. Slobodien. Exclusive models in Hats, Toques, and Tnrbans. Now on exhibition at “ The Palace, ” 3M9 State st., (Ricci Building). adv. RESTAURANT Everything home-made and we know how to cook and do first-class catering, we do not sell meal tickets tut we have the finest table board in the city, at $5 a week. WORRELL’S 46 Smith Street Tel. Call 200 L. 2 White Pine Cough Balsam, qulbkl) cure the cough or cold at the start. L&rgi bottle 25c. PARISEN’S Perscription Pharma™ V" ¥ For the first time since the Raritan Traction Company pnt its system in operation in this city several years ago. a trolley car was struck by a train. The trolley car was out of commission and was being poshed to the car barn by another car. The accident occurred at the Smith street crossing. Patrick Norton, of Jersey City, the fireman on the Ceatral engine, which struck the trolley, was seriously injured. When trolley car No. 109, in charge of Motorman John Harrington and Conductor Oscar Harmenson, was making a trip np Smith street last night about 12 o’clock, something got out of order with the car and they could not make it move by its own power. Another car came along and No. 109 was being pushed to tlie car barn. Everything was going along fairly well until the disabled car got in the middle of the Central railroad crossing, where it jumped the track. While the crew were trviug to pnt it back again the Central railroad en- \ gine, 542, in charge of Engineer J. P. \ Butler, came along. The engine was in the rear, pushing a passenger coach witli a meie lantern hnng on the front for a headlight, it is said. Thns the engineer could not see very well. The crew of the trolley car had only time to scramble out of the way be fore the passenger coach hit the trol ley car. The shock tiirew the fireman, who was shoveling coal at the time, forward so hard that two of his rib* were Droaen. iJrs. Kauisay and mace were called and, after attending the injured man, as well as they could, he w::s placed in the coach and taken to his home in Jersey City. The passenger train was in charge of Conductor Dolilber. A wrecking crew from the trolley company brought the wrecked trolley car to the barn A where it now remains, ^superintend- fl enr Rock, this morning, said he did. not care to discuss the matter until I he made a more thorough investiga tion. From what could be learned, from both sides, no one is blamed^tafe the j aCKiident, although it ! i Pj-’rlg; '-■fft'ji''”. A, h “I V/S .■ ‘H v. i the car was in man who threw the derailing switch, which allowed the trolley car onto the track, it is pointed our, could not distinguish the lantern hanging on the car for an ordinary switch light and was not aware of the danger until | the train was at the crossing. ONE SESSION TODAY. _ Owing to the severe stoim the pnblic school held but one session today. The classes were dismissed at 1 o’clock. DISCUSSED PLANS FOR BALL. A reenlar meering of the Original Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society was held vesternay afternoon at the home of Mrs. M. Rabinowitz. Plans for their animal ball, which is very popnlar every year, were talked over, and a committee of arrangements was appointed. - - - Will sell this week for $300 each, half cash. Two ($450; building lots; right in the heart of tne city and only two blocks from State St. and Pennsylvania station. W. B. SNYDER, Owner. 21 Smith Street. WW A TtTI’R __ i =--y # I HIGH TIDE.