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VOL. XXVII. NO. 1066. PERTH AMBOY, N. J., TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 190G. WEATHER-Partly Overcast ONE CENT.
AFTER NEARLY FOUR YEARS BUILDING THE ANIBOY
BRIDGE ACROSS THE RARfTAN WAS OPENED TODAY.
With the Bloomfield Writ Officially Dismissed by Jusr
? tice Fort the Freeholders Threw Open the Structure
to Public Use?Big Demonstration at the Bridge?
Freeholders, City Officials and Many Citizens Present.
CEREMONY WHICH TOOK PLACE.
South Amboy Delegation, With Freeholders from Southern End of
the County Went Over the Structure on the South Side of the
River in Stages?The Draw Was Swung and the Parties
from Both Sides Met in the Center- Much Cheering
and Djsplay of Flags-Everybody Congratulated ^
Everyone Else in Turn.
With hundreds waiting on both sides to rush across and with
American flags .waving, the much-delayed bridge over the Raritan river
between -Sayreville township and this city was thrown open at 10:52
o'clock this morning when the draw was swung around. The factory
whistles were started blowing and they told (he message of the union of
North and South Jersey to thousands who remained in their homes ipd
places of employment.
Prom both ends the people who' had been waiting, some of them for
hours, ran upon the draw. A large number of automobiles and wagons
crossed, the first auto from this side to cross the draw being that of
Theodore Bloodgood with "Dory" at the wheel and with Assemblyman
Prank Crowther, Edward Hanson and a NEWS reporter as passengers.
Peter Ploersch's anto, the second across the draw, continued on across
?the bridge, being the first auto to reach the Sayreville shore.
The people from this side rushed to the southerly end of the draw
and the people from the other end came to this side. It was found
th4t. the locks at the end of the draw wore not. all right and the Perth
Amboyans on the southerly side and the South Amboyans on this side
were compelled to wait, almost an hour before the draw could be made
to connect properly. The officials of this city were among the throng
which fumed and joked as County Engineer Brogger and the bridge work
men hustled about and did' their utmost to get the draw to lock.
Director of the Board of Preeholders Prank Pownall and Free
holders John Hanson and John E. Montgomery were on hand, as were
Mayors PfeifTer, of this city, and Treganowan, of South Amboy; Aldor
nien Crouse, Warter, Smith and Schultz, and it host, of'minor city offi
cials. The bridge was to have been opened at 10 o'clock, but delay
was occasioned by waiting for Director Pownall, who came to this city.
The only ceremony took place at the county line,'just south of this
city's approach, prior to the swinging of the draw. A rope was stretch
ed across the bridge at this point. Pedestrians had crossed over the rope,
but the vehicles, in the front row of which were the Bloodgood auto and
\a Leon & Roessler deliyery wagon, were on the north of the rope.
At 10:47 o'clock Freeholder Hanson formally introduced Director
Pownall and Mayor PfeifTer at this county line, while the throng bared
Mayor Pfeiffer said that it was a proud moment, ana tnat n pa
tience were a virtue, the people of this city have certainly practiced that
virtue. The bridge, he said, will be a bond between this city and South
Amboy, which will bring the two municipalities into a close communica
tion which should be of great advantage to both. Mayor Pfeiffer declar
ed the bridge to be a source of congratulation, benefit, and pride to the
people?which means the taxpayers who pay for it?of this city and
South Amboy, as well as to the county at large.
"By virtue of my authority," .concluded Mayor Pfeiffer, "X declare
this bridge, insofar as my jurisdiction extends, open for public .travel."
Handclapping commenced at once and Freeholder Hanson's call for
"three cheers" brought forth a vociferous rosponst?. Mr. Hanson therf
loosened -the rope, while the crowd, wended its way to the end of the
bridge at the connection with the draw space 011 this side, where several
American flags fluttered in the moist breeze. The procession of vehicles
from this and the southerly side was a long one and several horses were
scared by the chug-chug of the autos, terrifying women and children.
It had been planned to have the mayors of the two Amboys meet in
the center of the draw and greet each other, but as the crowd choked the
structure, the locks were seen to be working improperly and the throngs
were ordered from the draw, having by far the larger part of the South
Jerseyltes on this side and the Perth Amboy people on the other,
where they waited within ten minutes of an hour, while those in charge
endeavored to mend matters. The'sudden heavy weight when the draw
first swung to probably had much to do with throwing the draw off dead
center, It was stated.
"Bloomfield must have been down here last night," yelled someone
in the Perth Amboy crowd on the bridge south of the draw and a hearty
Mr. Bloomfield, whose wrif against the bridge was dismissed yester
day, -Was not in evidence.
Acting; .Mayor Pfeift'er.
Director Pownall said, when a re
porter suggested that some new in
junction or writ might be looked for:
"No, I guess BloomAeld has exhaust
ed every means of holding it up. We
freeholders were greatly disappoint
ed when we could not throw the
bridge open on Decoration day as
we had expected."
Mayors Pfeiffer and Treganowan
met, after the crowd had dispersed,
and had a short conversation on the
Another disconcerting mishap mar
red the opening of the bridge. As
the draw was Anally swung to for tlioi
second time after the crowds had'
waited almost an hour to recross, a
thick plank at the bottom of the rail
ing.on the southerly side where the
draw touches, was caught and split
its entire length of about twelve feet.
This made those who had crowded
out. beyond the gates run and clam
ber for safety.
As they heard the rending of the
woodwork those who could not see
the source were filled with fears that
some of the structure was giving way
and the fact that this point is in
proximity to the place which the ice
destroyed, did not add tiny to their
peace of mind.
The girls employed at the Chese
brough Vaseline Works swarmed in
the windows and on the iron balco
nies of the building and watched the
The slight rain did not deter hun
dreds from going to the bridge to see
the bridge thrown open and they
stood for hours unflinchingly.
Street Commissioner Fuller!on put
men and wagons to work early this
morning spreading cinders over the
mud on Sheridan street for some dis
tance this side of the approach. Sher
idan street is finite muddy from the
recent rains, but it is perfectly level
and the sidewalk has been covered
with cinders, and affords excellent
walking. Two electric street lights
have been hung on Sheridan street,
between Market street and the
bridge. One is just at the local end
of the approach and the other is
about midway between Market street
and the end of the approach.
One fact upon which many com
mented this morning was that no foot
path has been railed off at the side of
the bridge, and that the bridge rail
of wood has not been braced more
The general appearance of the
bridge and draw evoked favorable re
marks, but the general sentiment
that prevailed was the fact that the
bridge is open after four weary years.
History of the llrhlge.
It was September 17, 1902, that
County Collector Serviss sold the
first bonds offered for sale for the
payment of the bridge. The amount
of "the issue was $149,900, and the
successful bidder, N. W. Harris &
Company, of New York, who paid
$151,955.13 for them, the bid be
ing eiiual to 101.37. The premium
paid was $2,055.13. The bonds bear
3 % per cent. Interest, payable semi
annually. They were dated to be
delivered December 1, 1902, and will
run until January 1, 1931.
At the time the bridge was started
there were fo'ur separate trolley com
panies In this vicinity and a flght. at
once started for a franchise. I he
telephone and telegraph companies
also cast anxious eyes at the propos
ed link between the banks of the
Rarithn river. The Raritan Traction
Company secured a franchise as ar
as this city's territory, i"1' a esa
tangle over the injunction taken on
by the Sheridan street property own
ers is still pending In the c0"1'1"
Land for the approach on this side
was deeded by Cortland Parker, and
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White, New, Hoine, Domestic,
Singer, Wheeler, Wilson and all
guaranteed machines ,at lower
prices than elsewhere. Easy
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Sunday School Excursion!
Tuesday, June 26th,
Auspices Presbyterian Church.
ARE YOU GOING ?
"Yen will learn to limp If you live al
ways with lame people;" itml you will he
come a "back number" If you are ambi
rlouH to compete, kl Vour business, with
only those who do not advertise
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THE AMBOY BRIDGE OPENED TODAY.
i VOTE TO
The ordinance to vacate that part j
of Catharine street lying south of
. Hall avenue, the block, 3(10 feet long,
between Hall avenue and the Lehigh
Valley railroad, was passed on second
land final readings lasL. night by the
| Board of Aldermen by a vote of 4 to
2, Messrs. Smith and Schultz dissent
ing. The New Jersey Terra Cot la
Company has bought the property on
j hot It sides of this block, and desires;
it to erect buildings. The Central
Labor Cnion protested against this
I action in a communication to tho al
dermen at the previous meeting.
SOUTH AMBOY FIRM
I IS INCORPORATED.
Special to the EVENING NEWS'.
NEW BRUNSWICK, June 19: ?
The Fulton-Gordon Company, of
South Amboy, was Incorporated here
today. John A. Coan is agent. The
companj is to do a general advertis
ing business, sell newspapers, build
railroads and do all sorts of business.
It is capitalized at $100,(too with
1,000 shares of $100 each. The com
jltany starts with $1,200, each of the
i four Incorporators owning $300
; worth of stock.
The incorporators are John H.
I Gordon, Joseph F. Fulton, John A
Coan and George Oundrum.
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K. G. E. PLANNING FOR ?
The committee on installation of
Halycon Castle, Knights of the Gol
den Eagle, met at Thomas Lucas', in
Payette street, last night, to make
arrangements for n public installa
tion in Odd Fellows Hall July JO.
Deputy Grand Chief Mack and staff
will be here to perform the ceremony.
A reception will follow after the cer
The committee in charge of the
affair is: Thomas Lucas, chairman;
Charles Williamson, John 1'. Kill
murray, William H. McQuiness, J.
William Doucett, William Jenkins,
Jr.. Peter Madison, William P. Brad
le.v. William G. Gregg, J. H. Jago and
j Richard Jago.
Gaum lei I tack Prom Bermuda.
The sloop yacht Gauntlet, which
look part in the race to Bermuda, ar
I rived in New York hay at 10:30
! o'clock yesterday morning. She left
; Bermuda on Sunday, June 10, and
made a fairly good voyage until she
ran into the easterly gale on Satur
day, when she had a rough time of it.
The Gauntlet Is owned by G. B. Rob
inson, and with hint on board was
Mrs. Robinson. The yacht anchored
off tlie Brooklyn Yacht Club house,
and Mr. and Mrs. Robinson went at
once to their home in New Rochelle.
AinlKtjr Chapter to Entertain.
Amhoy Chapter, Royal Arch Ma
sons, will hold its last convocation of
the summer tomorrow night. The
begins at 7:30 o'clock.
The chapters of New Brunswick,
Elizabeth. Tottenvllle, Rah way, and '
' Ke.vport -have been Invited to attend
| ( lie ttfcnug and a large delegation
I from ehch is expected.
CITY STARTS ACTION
AGAINST THE C. R. R.
Attempt to Make Railroad Pay for
Part of Bridge Approach. I
A motion directing the city attorney to take action to compel the
Central Railroad company to bear the expense of the bridge across the
Rarltan North Shore track, a link in the approach to the Amboy
bridge, was carried at the meeting of the Board of Aldermen last night.
The company refused to bear tills expense, on advice of its legal
department, before the bridge over tho track was built. The alder
men then decided to have tlie bridge erected, as it was necessary for
tho completion of this city's approach. The entire approach, including
this short bridge, was completed a few weeks ago, but the railroad com
pany has made no advance.
A contest In the courts may be the outgrowth. The city bases its I
assertion on a section in the statutes.
OF THE HYDRANTS.
Says Builders Pile Material So As
to Hinder the Use of Them.
The new fire chief of the fire de
partment, Thomas F, linker, sent.
I wo letters to the Board of Aldermen
last night, complaining of hydrant
In one letter he complained that
the hydrants at Woodbridge road
and Hatch lame and on New Bruns
wick avenue In front of Petersen's
bottling establishment are in bad
shape, because the coupling place is
within two inches of the sidewalk. j
The matter was referred to the coin
mil lec on fire.
In the other letter Chief Baker
asserted that contractors in various
parts of town have piled building
materials so near to the hydrants
that it is difficult to make hose con
nections. A motion to refer the mat
ter to the street commissioner for rec
tifying was carried.
UNPAID TAX LIST IS
The list of properties on which the
taxes remain unpaid for three years
has been submitted to the Hoard of
Aldermen by the collector of revenue,
and the collector was directed by res
olution last night to publish the tist
In the two local daily papers and to
notify the owners of the properties
affectod, so as to give them warning
before sales of the properties are or
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PIGEON ACT HELD TO
TRKNTON, June 19.?The court
of errors and appeals yesterday af
llrmed the decision of Supreme Jus- ;
! tice Port, confirming the conviction :
of Charles W. Davis and Rudolph P. |
j Harned, members of the Riverton!
1 (fun Club, who endeavored to have
the act prohibiting live pigeon shoot
: ing set aside as unconstitutional.
[,'wThp two men, backed by the gun
made a test, of the law.
j .The court of errors was unanimous
I in puttalnlnjr the act.
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Market Street Prc^.ty Owners
Send in More Petitions for
the Paving There.
Petitions bearing twenty-seven sig
natures in all were presented to the
Hoard of Aldermen last night, ask
ing that bids be received on other!
materials than bitullthic and wooden
block for paving Market street, from
Oity Hall Park to Herbert street, the
boundary of the C. Pardee property.
The materials named are asphalt, bit
uminous macadam and brick. This
would be a novelty in local street
improvement records if bids for anj|
or all of these materials were receiv
ed, the contract to be awarded foO
The'petitions were referred to tW?
committee of the whole. It is nob
believed, in the face of the recent le
gftl opinions given in similar cases,
that cognizance can be taken of thesa
petitions, but definite action is antici
pated at the' next council meeting.
Alderman Stacey made a motion!
last night to take the ordinance font
bitullthic or wood block on Market
street up for second and final read
ings, but Alderman Smith objected!
because of the petitions received last
night, and a motion to lay the mat
ter over was adopted, Mr. Stacey vot
ing in the negative.
The property owners who signed
the petitions presented last night as
sert that, if it luy between bitullthic
and wood block, bitullthic would have
a walk-over in the bidding, as wooil
block is more expensive.
SOON TO OPEN
The hospital carnival opens tomor
row. The grounds in Smith Street
oposito the Central railroad station
are tilled with tents, each one con- i
(aining a different attraction. There \
are also a Ferris wheel, a merry-go- I
round and many other amusements.
Tomorrow will be known as hospi
tal night. The affair will be in!
charge of the hospital governing
board and the city officials.
Thursday night the Elks have full
charge of the event and it will be ,,
known as Elks' night. .
The firemen will be in charge Fri
dny night and "Firemen's Night'*
will be the title when the laddies take
The carnival continues ten days,
btu I he other nights have not yet
been arranged for.
This Is one of the greatest events
of its kind that has ever visited thi?
city. The proceeds are for the hos
pital. The carnival when given at
Plainfield recently realized about
$6,000. The local people are en
deavoring to reach that figure.
COURT STANDARD TEAM
AT NEW BRUNSWICK1
The degree team of Court Stand
ard, Foresters of America, will go to
New Brunswick tonight to initiate
about twenty new members in Court
Middlesex in that city. It is expected
that all the grand officers of the state
will be present on this occasion. A
delegation will-accompany them from
A. O. U. W. TO INITIATE
FIVE NEW CAN DIDATES
Perth Amboy Lodge, No. 72, A. O.
IT, W? will hold a meeting in their
rooms tonight. Five new candidates
will be initiated. The degree team
from Asbury Park will not be pres
ent as announced last week, as they
were given too short a notice, an<$
could not get ready in time.
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!M Annual Picnic
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at BOYNTON BEACii
JUNE 19, 1906.
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