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rCRllI TY/HDlM CTEi>l7NQ INdWi A H»JC. PAljJSi.. TEN CENTS A WEEK. PERTH AMBOY, N. J., FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1913. TWO CENTS A COPY. PROGRAM OF REFORM EXCISE ROARO UPSET RY CITY ATT'Y i - Members Musi File $500 Bond Be fore They Can Serve-Gives Opin ion at Last Minute. MAY DEFEAT REFORM PLANS Meeting Not Held—Gerno Leaves the City and Board Is Tied-Much De pends on Gallagher. City Attorney C. G. Hommann upset a sensational pro gracs-or the new Bo^rd of Excise Commissioners last night by giving an opinion shortly before the meeting hour that each member should file a bond of $500 before entering upon the duties of the office. This is taken as a move -which will upset Civic Union principles and defeat the election of Daniel W. Boehm, a staunch Civic Union member, as president. Politics is believed by some to be the reason for the raising of the point at this time. Members of the board appeared discouraged when Mr. Gerns exhibited a signed statement from City Attorney Hom mann. The five commissioners were gathered in committee session at the time. A fair-sized audience awaited in the coun cil chamber. About 9 o'clock City Clerk La Roe came from the committee room and said the meeting had been adjourned until next Tuesday night. The reporters were then called in. With laughter on the part of one or two and indignation visi ble in others, the commissioners told of the city attorney's opinion. Michael Seaman hailed it as "a dirty mean trick." Mr. Gerns said it was evidently the law and inquired what )t'ould be done about it but file the necessary bonds. Daniel W. Boehm, who was slated for the presidency, said it was a shame. He informed the reporters repeatedly that they cojild not put the facts concerning the incident too strongly. f Commissioner Nels Hansen made no comment upon the city Attorney's action while !a the presence of the reporters. Hugh J. Gallagher appeared to be highly indignant over the appearance of the city attorney's opinion. He wanted to know why previous boards had not been troubled with filing bonds and why the point was raised when a reform-inspired body was about to act. The commissioner maintained that if under the law the present board could not act without first filing bonds, the acts of the previous boards must have been illegal. He sug gested the police be notified today to close up all liquor-dealing places on the ground that they were not legally licensed to do business. Some laughed at the statement, but Mr. Boehm appeared to take it seriously. He immediately left the meeting room in search of Judge Adrian Lyon for an opinion'. Judge Lyon Upholds It. Mr. Lyon upheld the city attorney and maintained the old hoard was a defecto body. Under a fundamental law of the state its acts are declared to be legal, so long as Its work was not contested while it was in power. Yet Mr. Lyon (old Mr. Boehm the suggestion of closing all drinking places because they were held to be not legally licensed, was a point worth raising. He suggested the board raise as much of a yell as poa sible In its reform work, Mr. Boehm said. It is unlikely, however, that the closing of existing places will be attempted. Lawyers generally hold the acts of the old board legal, inas much as the board la now out of of fice. Mr. Peterson Is Criticised. Peter A. Peterson, head of the Civic Union, came up for criticism from the Civic Union candidates, Messrs. Gerns and Boehm. He was adjudged a poor man to give counsel to an excise ooard and wag termed a bad campaign manager. Mr. Seaman, the third Civic Union member, alone, stood by him. He said the lawyer had repeatedly urged him to file a bond to comply with the law. Mr. Gerns declared the lawyer had Continued on page 2.) AMBOY CLUB King of Pure Food Whiskies J. N. PETERSON, Sole Distributor 4 0 New Brunswick Ave. FOOD FOR THOUGHT. EDITOR EVENING NEWS: The account of the dismissal of Miss McAteer, night superin tendent at the City Hospital, in Tuesday night's edition, is food for thought. As one somewhat familiar with the former management of the hospital, I would like to ask the simple question—as on whose authority Miss Blair was empowered to make this dis missal? The by-laws of the Hospital Association state, "The superin tendent and nurses shall be ap pointed by the Managing Com mittee." Is it not rather peculiar that neither the president of the as sociation, nor the chairman of the Managing Committee should be aware of the actions of the "acting superintendent?" Yours truly, OBSERVER. Jan. 2, 1913. SHIPPING NEWS. British schooner Beatrice L. Par ker cleared for St. Andrew's, New Brunswick, and British schooner Roma left for Halifax today. Join the Drawing Class at Train er's. 1391 5-12-23-12t fp Mil the hpwr ror l r> e«nrs a wee*. ; Don't forget the * I Tammany Hall i Democratic Awns' * i SMOKER TO-MORROW NIGHT AT ; COLUMBIA HALL » I 6ood Talent Tickets, $1.00 Let your Sewing Machine be a New-Mome-Guaranteed-for-Life Made nearly 50 years. Sold in Perth Amboy for over 10 years by A. JENSEN 336 STATE ST. OUB PRICE FOB SINGES DBOP HEAD, <20.00 GUARANTEED BEPAIBING mnd SUPPLIES. CHANGES OF EXCISE CONDITIONS PLANNED Drastic means of curtailing the liquor trade and to cleanse and ele vate it are under way by the Civic Union members of the Board of Ex cise Commissioners. Several amend ments to excise ordinances were to have passed first and second read ings last night. No meeting could be held and the prepared program was abandoned because of an opin ion of the city attorney that bonds must be filed before the commission ers could act. Among the proposed modifications of the excise laws are understood to be the following: In crease of the retail license fee from $450 to $650, granting of no two kinds of liquor licenses to one per son or firm, issuance of no licenses to women and permitting no females to frequent drinking places and al lowing no music or shows where liquors are sold. These and other provisions, if adopted, are to ba stringently en forced to the letter. In almost every instance a second violation is to mean the revocation of the license of the offender. This, however, Is declared by lawyers to be question able, for It Is contended an excise board cannot of Its own accord re voke a license. It may refuse it when application Is entered for re newal. An excise board can only sit as a trial court and act upon the revo cation of a license when complaint is made in writing by two citizens, ac cording to City Attorney C. C. Horn mann. The right of the board to prohibit females from drinking liquors Is likewise questioned. This provision is aimed to keep women and more particularly girls out of back rooms and beer gardens. It is admitted that licenses can be kept out of the hands of women by the board's refusal to grant them. In reply to a question regarding the constitutionality of an act to keep women and girls from tending bar and from drinking In a place, a prominent attorney said today It might be done by terming such places "disorderly houses." For the first offense of allowing women In a drinking place, a line of $100 would be imposed, it Is understood. So drastic are some of the new measures proposed by the Civic Union members that by one of the new amendments the board would try to amend the Bishops' law, which it has no authority to do. It would raisa the retail license fee la an effort to decrease the number of places and aid in Improving the sur viving ones. By Its proposed amend ment to grant not more than one license to a person or firm, It would break up combinations of saloons and bottling establishments, and wholesale and retail places. The former board contended such action was not advisable, as many saloon keepers did a bottling business and it was better to have them pay a bottling license fee than to have them sell illegally and unawares. NO MESSAGE AT PRESENT Mayor Garretson Sees No Nead of One Now. Mayor Garretson will not send a message to the council at tills time. He says it may be done later. The reason is believed to be the tact that the Board of Aldermen is Demo cratic. While members worked well together last year and in harmony with Mr. Garretson as acting mayor, it is not known what attention would be given to recommendations which he might make at this time. Ap pointments which had to be confirm ed by the council heretofore made by Mr. Garretson, were first submitted tor approval of the aldermen. This was done principally to eliminate any embarrassment which might be caused slated candidates. Improvements which Mr. Garret son haB had in mind were carried out to a large extent while he was alder man-at-large. He has several new ideas in mind, but none in particular which are urgent at this time. A message with a number of recom mendations may be sent to the coun cil In the course of a month or so. Woman Soon Re-arrest*1*!. Within a few hours after her re lease from jail this morning, Mary Deitweiller, fifty years old, was re arrested for drunkeness. Patrolman Hartmann arrested her yesterday af ternoon for acting disorderly about .Amboy and New Brunswick avenues. She was lectured by Recorder Pick ersgill this morning. A short time later Chief of Police Burke re-ar rested her. Join the Drawing Class at Train er's. 13S15-12-23-12t fp Start the New Year Right Have Your Books Opened and Audited by the MIDDLESEX AUDIT CO. Systems started, Books opened, closed, Balanced Public Stenography,, etc. Room 2 168 Smith Street PERTH AMBOY. N. J. FURS Repaired and Remodeled High Class Work Guaranteed Prices Reaaoaable J Kreisheielmer & Son Pnrr.'er? and Milliner*. 183 SMITH STHEET. Perth Amboy, N. J. MANY PUPILS ON PART TIME Two $Jore Truant Officers Named by School Board That 200 pupi:s arp to school only c£ Lalf time at School No. 4, was the unplausable condition revealed by S. E. Shull, superintend ent. of public schools, in summing up the general educational status of Perth Amboy, before the Board of Education, last night. Buildings arn rapidly going up in Meade street, and the need of room for that school will become more and more pronounced, declared the superintendent. Besides in the Epring, usually about sixty new pupils are enrolled there. Mr. Shull also pointed out that In the north western section there were many children over BChool age who did not attend school and for whom there is no room should they apply. Mr. Shull said that it made him feel ashamed sometimes, when he picked up a local paper and saw the number of truants arraigned before the recorder. Nearly all the names of those appearing in the court, he has noticed, have been those oi chronic truants. He called attention to the Inability of one truant officer to handle the thousands of children attending the different schools. Mr. Shull was given two more tru ant officers to look after the youth ful miscreants. Michael J. Deegan, of 214 Hall avenue, and Michael Bart kowiak, of 055 Catherine street, were appointed. The former will also as sist as janitor at Nos. 2, 4 and 6 schools, and the latter in Nos. 1, 5, 7 and 8 schools. Their duties will be gin January 6. Thomas Silver, of 175 Rector street, was appointed to assist the janitor of the grammar school, his duties to begin when the addition to that school Is completed. Each of the three will receive a sal ary of $05 per month. J. K. Jensen, architect for the manual training school building, grammar school addition, and central heating plant building, submitted a report that showed progress. The | report showed that certificates for $19,592 had been issued on the gen eral contract; $3,713.00 on the heat ing contract; $3,340 on the boiler house, and $7,896 on the manual training school. The heating system will probably be ready to be tested within two weeks. It was decided to have the books of the schools repaired In smaller lots so that more use can be got from them. Miss Annie Gates' resignation from the faculty of No. 7 school was ac cepted. Two applications for posi tions in the schools were received. Medical Inspector M. S. Meinzer, reported the following: Number of visits to schools, 8; contagious cases found, 11; excluded from school, 11; number of pupils examined, 500; general healthfulness of pupils, aver age; sanitary condition of buildings, good; number fumigated, one. Truant Officer Meshrow reported that he had been sent for 247 pupils, had returned 59, found 81 sick, and 52 were truants. Seven summons were Issued. Superintendent S. E. Shull report (Continued on page 12.) Join the Drawing Class at Train er's. 13915-12-23 12t fp TAXICAB SERVICE J}a.y or Night TELEPHONE i5. JOHNSON <fc JENSEN 174 New Brunswick Ave. CONVICTED LABOR MEN | NOW IN FEDERAL PRISON jail immxrus] u . . jam.— Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Jan. 3.— The special train bearing the thirty three labor leaders sentenced to terms from one year and one day to seven years for their connection with the great dynamite conspiracy arrived here safely. The convicted prisoners are now in the federal prison while their lawyers are busy trying to secure a new trial. Prom >^..£aa)>:ac..Aa the time the train left Indianapolis after the men had been sentenced by Federal Judge Albert B. Ander son until it reached this place nit greatest precaution wag taken to pre vent. any attempt at communication with the prisoners and to guard against accident. The doors of the cars were locked and the sliadetj drawn, and armed deputies stood 011 each platform whenever the. trail stopped. Deputy United States ma| shals were on duty at the static here. The road lied had been carl tully i'lsperN d to prevent auy al tempt to ditch the train. The prisr»<| erer, were wj here, just . they wi«re tsken from the noui :it Tndiannnolis. •1 G0VERSHISW1FE WITH GASOLINE THENLITMATCH Special by United Preaa Wire. Paterson, Jun. 3.—Seeking protec tion from her husband's alleged cru elty, Margaret Travallo appeared be fore Justice of the Peace Samuel Percey today and related a story that roused the horror of the court. The woman said her husband had tied her to the bed in the form of a cross and poured a quart of gasoline over her, commanding her to beg for her life, lighted a match and held it ready to set her in flames. While she plead ed the match burned out and then Travallo lighted a cigarette with an other. He laughed as the terrified woman poured out her pleas for mercy. Finally she fainted and when she came to her husband had un bound her and went away. A week later she said, he made her stand in the corner of the room, drew his re volver, told her to say her prayers and when she had finished fired a shot into the wall over her head. Travallo was arrested and placed un der heavy bail. SENATOR JEFF DAVIS IS DEAD Special by United Pres.* Wire. Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 3:—United States Senator Jeff Davis was strick en with apoplexy at his homo early today. He died before doctors, who had been hurriedly summoned, could do anything to aid him. He was born in Little Rock County in 18B2 and served as district attorney, at torney general, governor and was elected senator in 1907. Senate Adjourns in Respect. Special bv United Press Wire. Washington, Jan. 3:—Early ad journment of the senate was sched uled today in respect to the memory of the late Senator Jeff Davis. He was known among his colleagues as a man with a big heart as well as with a big intellect. His hobbles were the South, the negro question, the trusts and the criminally rich. Join the Drawing Class at Train er's. 13915-12-23 1 2t fp Don't Throw Away Your Old Feathers Briag them to u». W# will dye, clean and willow thorn equal to new. Satisfaction guaranteed. 7h« French Millinery PERTH AITBOT. 80S1 itata St REID'S BODY ARRIVES Special by United Press Wirt. New York, Jan. 3:—A driving rainstorm and a heavy fog marked tf I homecoming of the body of Wbitelaw Reid, late ambassador to the Con I of St. James, today. The big armored cruiser Natal, pride of the Briti, ' cruiser division, led the procession down the coast to the naval anchora; I in the North river below Grant's tomb. Flying at half mast was the re ; barred union jack of England, and at her main truck was a large Americ; i : flag. Astern in tentagonal formatiou came the battleships Florida, Nort | Dakota and four destroyers. This afternoon the party was taken ashore while an ambassador^ salute of nineteen guns from the Natal and the Florida broke out alterna. JJ | ly. The body was taken to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with! j marines from the North Dakota as the guard of honor and eight petty1 officers from that warship as pallbearers. A special guard was retained for duty in the cathedral until the funeral tomorrow. President Taft, Secretary Knox, and other cabinet officials, Ambassador James Bryce and members of the diplomatic corps at Washington will attend the funeral. The services will be in charge of Bishop Greer, aided by the rector of the cathedral. ! TO RESUME THE WAP <0 I Special by United Press Wire* London, Jan. 3:—The Turkish-Balkan peace negotiations will probably' be broken off this afternoon and the Balkan alliance will renew the wan immediately If Turkey does not consent to give Adrianople, the Turkish hojl city, at today's session. This was the decision of the allies' delegates at ani informal meeting held today before the convening of the peace conference scheduled to begin at 4 o'clock. From a semi-official source it was learned that the allies' delegat this morning voted to give Turkey twenty-four hours in which to agree cede Adrianople. 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