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Raise Perth Amboy's Quota in 10 Days
PERTH AMBOY EVENING NEWS. WEATHER—lia in and cooler tonight and Tuesday. VOL. XXXVIII. No. 228 PERTH AMBOY, N. J., MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1918 EIGHT PAGES—TWO CENTS EDITION GERMANS SACRIFICE 25 DIVISIONS ON FRENCH FRONT; HINOENBURG IS COMPELLED TO FORCE THE ISSOE NOW Two Chemical Fires Here Keep Firemen on the Jump SPECTACULAR BLAZE DESTROYS F.L. MAY\ CHEMICAL FACTORYl $15,000 Damage Done to Plant in Historic Tea House in Front Street. The Frank L. May Chemical Com pany's plant at Î07 Front street was wiped out by α spectacular tire early yesterday morning, the damage amounting to about $16,000, all ot which was covered by Insurance. The blaze '.vas one of the most spectacular eeem In this city In a long time, the flames lighting up the sky and the waterfront for a considerable distance. The reflection drew a large crowd to the scene and was watched by many residents on Staten Island. The cause of the li. ο is unknown. It spread with, great rapidity following the discovery by the night foreman. The tiro broke out at 12.20 o'clock in the rear of the three story brick build ing: ocupied by the chemical company. James Harris, of 102 Catalpa avenue, the night foreman, discovered the fire »nd turned in the alarm of fire from box 72 at Front and Smith streets. When lie returned to the building tho Barnes had spread to the building itself and had started to eat their way Into the interior. The Cames had transformed the back pari of the factory into a roaring furnace when the firemen arrived. Connections were soon made with the hydrants In the vicinity and sev eral streams of water turned on the Are. With flie playing of the first steams on the rear of the building those flames were extinguished but tho fire had started to eat its way from the first to the second floor of the big building and threat ened tho entire structure. Tho aerial ladder of the Protection Hook anil Ladder Company was taken to Front street and raised, a 6tream of water then being played Into tho win dows of the third story. In spite of the vast amount of water being thrown u" tile flames, the Are contin ued to eat its way upward until the second and third floors were a mass of flames. The flre broke through the roof and soon the entire root was ablazo. As the flames would be seen to gain heuu ...iy m one portion of the build ing the streams of water would be pointed in that direction and the glare would go down. As soon as the water was removed to another part, however, he flames would spring high into tho air again, mounting to great heights. The water pressure was high and the firemen experienced no trouble from tliis source, the engines pump ing to their extreme capacity. The fire was marked by several minor ex plosions of chemicals as the flames came in contact with them during their course throughout the building. The fire left nothing undamaged, eat ing up all of the woodwork and con suming the chemicals. A special call was made for the Gai iolds motor apparatus as soon as Chief Nels Han eon saw the conditions. The firemen did excellent work in confining the blaze to the one build ing. OS the section in which the chem ical company's building is located is thickly populated. Buildings on Smith street, which backed up almost to the blazing· building, were saved after hard work on the part of the fire men. In splte'of the water .thrown on the blazing, structure, inflammable chem icals actcd as tinder for the flames causing the fire to break out again as •oon as the water had been removed for an instant. In some cases the water seemed only to increase the blaze instead of diminishing it. The firemen and spectators were given a demonstration of the action of liquid fire when the fire reached the third story of the building. Flames and bails of fire would shoot out from the windows at intervals, making It difficult for the firemen to fight the flames. The blaze was ono» of the most spec tacular ever witnesiied in this city and hundreds watched the fire which wa? more in the f^rm of a pyrotechnic display. One minute it would appeal fts if the flames had been placed un der control and in another minute they would shoot forth, illuminating the water front and the vicinity aboul the "Are for hundred·» of yards. The flre was not placed under control un til three hours of hard work. When the flames were finally extin guished there was little left except the four walls of the three story brich building, which Is now owned by Hen ry Walbrock, of New York, and which is of historical fame in this city. It was standing during the Revolu tionary War and has been known as the "old tea house" ever since thai time. Many tales which have been brought down through the last twe centuries, have been told about, thi< structure which was converted intc a chemical factory about two yean ago. (Continued on page 4) F(FD Π*' !"F°Y ^SnGAIN SEXTON'S GARAGE IB Smith St. Phone 1(1 EXIQE STORAGE BATTERY :e STATION ill Ttlanho·· 41 iXIDESTO''/ JÉUUCE Greeted with applause and ring ing cheers that boded 111 for the "con temptible money slacker," Recorder Harold E. Pickersgill last night de livered a stinging arraignment of persons who were able to and yet do not subscribe to Liberty Loans to their fullest power, at a special service held in Simpson M. B. church. The meet ing, which packed the church audi torium to the doors and overflowed Into the corridors and aisles, was one of the most memorable demonstra tions ever seen here, in that for a reli gious service It soon evolved itself Into α patriotic meeting of the most fer vent order Flays Dick Malicr. The recorder .who followed other speakers at the service said in part: "The man who has money and does not Invest it is a slacker of the worst type." Ho told of the experience this city had seen with "Dick" Maher, the former patrolman, as the central fig ure and said that If he ever saw Ma her again he would let loose his tongue even If he couldn't use his fists. He said that much as he de spised Maher, he despised the "money slacker" still more. The judge's remarks were greeted with wave after wave of applause when he concluded btu It remained for the pastor of the church, Rev. Wllbert Westcott to rouse the audience to the highest pitch of excltcment In the course of his addre·· on "Our Mor als." Mr. Westcott has the faculty of arousing to an intense pitch the pa triotic fervor of an audience and he exerted that power last night to the utmost. The audience at the conclu I sion of certain of Tils remarks waxed warm in their appreciation of his re marks and applauded, cheered and even booed. Particularly did his re ference to a certain woman who had not liked his remarks tho previous Sunday because "her husband was a German" arouse the Ire of the audi ence. The woman, the pastor related, had been at the service and had told a friend with whom she went to the church that she would never go there pgaln and that If It had not been for hurting the other woman's feelings sho would have left the service. "I wish I had known that she was In the audience at that service," said Mr. Westcott. "I would have escort ed her from the church myself, and gladly." Albert I.,eon, -who spoke on "Our Men," was very warmly received and his remarks were greeted with pro longed applause. R. I. Vail spoke on "Our Ideals;" Charles M. MacWllliain on "Our Sacrifices" and Recorder Plckersglll on "Our Money." Mayor John F. TenBroeclc was chairman of the meeting and started the spirit running with his declara tion that there Is no half way meas ure In Americanism now. Either a person is entirely with this country In the war or they are on the other side, he said. The meeting had been arranged by the pastor of the church as a feature and It fulfilled every hope he had held for It. The auditorium was hung with American flags and In a section reserved for them a largo delegation of the U. S. Coast Guards, Grand Army of the Republic and Home De fense members, who had been invit ed, were seated. VERSATILE CRDDK ICI III TOILS "Arrested for Everything but Murder"—Caught in New ark for Local Robbery. John Larson, twenty-one years old of Green street, WoodbrWige, a cul ι prit who has beein arrested by tho loc al police on "almoet every charge ex | cept murder," Is again under lock and ! key at police headquarters awaiting j the action of the grand jury an t ' charge of burglary preferred by A J. Scheffer, of the Γ. & Q. Clothôlg (•to-e In Bmlth itreet. Ixirson was picked up by Lieuten ants Owen and Ftagnn of the Newark police in a Mulberry· street second hanc ( clothing store on Saturday morniiii endeavoring to soli two suits, whlcl lie later admitted having stolen from itho P. & Q. shop on Friday night. The (local police were notified and Detect live Sergeant L. A. Long weint to New ark and brought Larson to this city. Larson stated that early Fridas I morning he broke into the P. & Q 4>'h«p. using a window in the rear o! j the store. He took two suits and wenl to the outskirts of the city. There lit I "jumped" a passing truck and rod< ι Into Newark. Upon arriving in tha ! city he went to the Mulberry streel second hand store In order to sell the suits. The proprietor of the store be came susplc-lous and notified the police The officers arrived and placed Larson under arrest. The name of the store from whicl the clothes was stolen was on the bo: y Larson was carrying them in and th< ι local police were notified. I When given a hearing Larsor pleaded guilty and Is now being held in default of |500 bonds for the granc jury. Larson has been brought be ι fore the local police on one charge 01 I another for many years, ever sinc< ' ho was able to walk, as L)etectiv( , Long put it. He was sent to tli« Hahwaw reformatory on Januthy 2Î ! of this year, but his father got him j out on parole. . ι In 1917 he was arrested for robbinf I six stores here and carrying the stoler ι goods in a suit caso to South liivei nnd Sayreville, where he peddled them and thus disposed of them. Ht has been arrested for stealing chick ens, petty larceny of various kinds, foi highway robbery and attempted rape Young man to work in garage. Ap ply Sexton's Garage, IS Smith St. PIERCE & SON Have Moved Office* to BOARD OP TRADE BITILDITTC tU Bmlth St. Corner of Maple St BADLY BUHNLD AS RESULTOF JOKE Oil Soaked Clothing Set Afire in Jest—Man is in the · City Hospital. His clothes saturated with gasoline from a tank which he was Ailing in an automobile on Saturday afternoon, Raymond Handerhaji, nineteen years of age, of 128 Fayette street, was se verely burned when someone, in Jest, touched a match to his clothes, and the flames injured him severely be fore the Are was extinguished. Ho was immediately rushed to the City Hospital, where it was said today that the burns, while severe, would not prove fatal. Handerhan is employed as a chauf feur at the Bonhamtown munitions terminal and drives one of the Snare & Triest Company's cars. He was filling the gasoline tank on Saturday and some of the fluid spilled on his clothes, already containing a consid erable amount of oil. It has not yet been learned Just how the young man's clothes caught fire, but it was stated at the hospital today that it was believed that some one at the plant had touched a match to the chauffeur's clothes in a spirit of jest and that the oil soaked garments had blazed up spiritedly. Fellow employes rushed to his assistance and the lire was extinguished with the aid of overcoats and blankets, but not until the young man had suffered very painful burns about the head, chest, arms and hands. At the plant this morning it was said that no report had been made as yet to the officials there, but one was expected before the end of the day, Russians Blow Up Vessels to Save Them from Enemy Gil United Pres.·. WASHINGTON. April 8.—Rather than surrender to an attacking· Ger man force including: two dread naughts, Russian officers blew up three large naval vessels under their commander in southern Finnish waters according to Swedish press reports officially cabled to the state depart aient today. STEAM VULCANIZING "Let Georne Do It" CQI VAN SYCKLE I InI Limouïine Tourlns Car· WW· ud Tula, Bit tr titaU. LIBERTY DAY MEETING OPENS CAMPAIGN HI ■ · — SPIRIT IS HIGH AS THIRD DRIVE STARTS IN CITY Parade and Meeting Great Demonstrations in Cele brating Liberty Day. The Third Liberty Loan bell was nuiff with a loud stroke Saturday night which should reechoe in the office of every business house, Tn every factory and in every home in this city until Perth Amboy announces within a few days that she has duplicated her two former fea,ts of oversubscribing the amount alloted her. A patriotic demonstration upon the streets followed by a public nras meet ing in the high school auditorium staj-ted the tliJrd Liberty Loan cam paign on what cannot be other than a successful career in Perth Amboy. The enthusiasm displayed all along the Une of march by the thousands who lined the streets to witness the parade spoke well of the support which the patrlotlo citizens of this city are going to give in this import ant drive for money with which to keep the American soldiers supplied with food, clothing and ammunition In their fight for humanity. The parade started a few minutes aiter the scheduled time and proceed ed north on High street to Smith street, going out that thoroughfare as far as State where it turned and went as far as Washington street. It marched out Washington street to Amboy avenue, where it turned to New Brunswick avenue, returning to Smith street by way of Prospect. Arriving at State and Smith streets again It turned south on State street and marched to the •high school where Is disbanded. The procession was composed of the units named In the EVENING NEWS last week, consisting of a platoon of police, the mayor, aldermen, members the executive committee of the Third liberty Loan, the Home Defense Com mittee of One Hundred, members of the Grand Army of the Republic, the United States Coast Guards who are stationed In tills city, the Home De fense divisions, a first aid squad from the Raritan Copper Works, and sev eral bands and drum corps. Several «elections were played by a band in front of the high school prior to the meeting. The Columbus Italian Band did not play in the parade owing to several of its members being among those in the band furnished by the Musicians Union. rne nigra scuooi was wen nneu when tlio time for the opening: of the meeting arrived. The meeting- n li opened with a bugle call by one 01 the Coast Guards after which Albert Leon, chairman of the speakers and meetings committee of the Third Liberty Loan, Introduced Rev. Wil liam II. Bawden who made the invo cation. Following the singing ol America by the audience. General Chairman Adrian Lyon took charge of the meeting Mayor John F. TenBroeck made the opening- address in which he told of the 1,100 or more boys who have gone out from this city and empha sized the need of our continued sup port of these youths by giving of ou. money in order that they shall nol want for anything. He made a pa triotic appeal In which he declare»* there was no doubt but what Pertli Amboy would, again pass the mark set by her as in every former cam paign of thie kind. The mayor then told the story ol tlio sale of the first Liberty Bond ol this issue in l'erth Amboy. The first application for a Liberty Bond of the third issue in this city was from Annie Evelyn Angus, of 218 Fayet4.e street, a seven-year-old miss who has forsaken dolls and other playthings in a determined effort tc purchase a $100 bond. Mayor Ten Broeck received the application Fri day at his office. She was immediate ly placed on the mayor's list for sub scribers and will be accorded the honor of being the first applicant for a bond. The Angus family is not rich. In fact they are very poor and face a good nnny trying and strenuous times. Kvelvn's fnther Is rripnlod with rheumatism. Most of the time he Ls unable to do any work and the (Continued on page 2.) L/*B(PER$ WANTED 4IsoTEdRACOTTA PHFSSE-S AND LEARNERS I Λ Apply South Arobftv Terra Cotta Co., South Ainboy, N. J. 1 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE RECEIVED FOR $520,350 Quota for City a Surprise— Committee Expect to Reach the Million Mark. Perth Amboy has started on lier j third Liberty Loan campaign with a ; record of having rttlsed almost two- | thirds of Its quota on the first day, there having Deen subscribed and pledged up to date Saturday night $520,350 of the $836,100, which has been i.amed as the Pacemaking City's cjti· t'i in -bis campaigrn. But Perth Amboy Is not to be con tera with raising $S36,100. the amount! alloted her. She has established a goal of her own, it being none other than the million dollar mark. Furthermore, the third drive in this city will not be conducted for one month—the time allowed by the gov ernment in which to raise this loan— but Perth Amboy is going to have passed her goal of $1.000,000 m thir teen days. If the plans, as arranged at present, carry out, this city will not only have won a Liberty Loan flag, but willl have the honor of an nouncing that it has oversubscribed its quota by $164,000 on Thursday. April 18. The announcement of Perth Am boy's quota and the announcement of the large amount already pledged in this city came as a great surprise to the larqe audience assembled at the Liberty Loan mass meeting on Satur day night. It had been estimate here that owing to this loan being lur the same amount as the second loan, Perth Amboy would again have to raise a million and a half dollars. Since the last Liberty Loan, however, the work of organization has been continued in the northern part of New Jersey, as in every part of the country, until; there are now 275 committees con- j ducting Liberty Loan campaigns \ whereas during the second campaign ι there were only seventy-five. This J would naturally reduce the quotas of the other cities and as a result Perth Amboy instead of being allotted $1, ! 500.Ouu has been called upon to raise only JS36.100. Of this amount $520,350 has been | liaised already and the campaign has I scarcely started. The Liberty Loan committee Is not content and Is cer jtain that the citizens are not satisfied either, with subscribing only to the! amount asked of them and have de- ! cided to set the goal in the Pacemak- ' ing City at the million mark. Every city in the country securing: its quota will be awarded a Liberty ; Loan honor flag: and Perth Amboy is going to have that flag flying before many more days pass. The general committees are working their hard est this week and next week the house to house canvas will commence and continue for four days. A meeting of the general commit teemen will be held at 8 o'clock to night in the Liberty Loan headquar ters in the Boynton building at which reports will be given and plans made for the week's drive. On Fri day night a meeting of the team cap tains is to be held in the loan head quarters. Final instructions, cards, buttons, etc., will be given out in preparation for the house to house canvas campaign to be commenced on ■ the following Monday. I At the Saturday night meetine Gen eral Chairman Adrian Lyon read the subscriptions which had been pledged to date, including large amounts from several of the big industries located 1 in this city, the banks, business houses and individuals. The two large sub scriptions announced were $100.000 by both the Raritan Copper Works and the Perth Amboy Trust Company. The C. Pardee Works and the First National Bank have pledged them selves to purchase $50.000 worth of the bonds and the Raritan Trust Com pany. the Perth Amboy Savings Insti tution, the Chescbrough Manufactur ing Company and the Atlantic Torra iCotta Company each $25,000 worth. The subscriptions received to date , are: Annie Evelyn Angus $100, "Hans A. j Rosenvinge $1,000, 1.. F Kuntz $100. ! Samuel S\vergl>ng $100. J. P. Salter $100, Dr. Olin Bradford $500, Dr. Wil , lia.m Weeden $50, Dr. W. B. Maxwell, ί $100. Dr. John A. Henry $100. Dr. W. j JW. Hodges $500. Dr. Neman Anderson $5,000. Subscription $300, Perth Atn-j bov KVKN1 N'G NRWS $1,000, New ι Jersey Terra Cotta Company $1.000, General Supply Company $1.000, Wal ter Thompson $5,000, Porto Ritcanj \merican Tobacco Company $5.000 Roesslur & llasslacher Chemical Com pany $10,000, Cheesebrough Manufac (Coutlnuea on page 2.) Part of Troops Lost in Desperate Attempt to Break Through South of Amiens— German Prisoners Insist that Offensive Will Go On to Success HENRY "WOOD (United Press Staff Correspondent) WITH THE FRENCH ARMY IN THE FIELD, April 7 :—Twenty-five divisions (280,000 men) of the ever increasing enemy reserves have been sacrificed since Thursday in the French portion of the battlefront ilone. Half of these reserve divisions were expended in an attempted en :irclement of Amiene from the south, while the remainder were sacrificed m small local attacks where, owing PI 5ALL WILL BE ON APRIL 27 Date Again Changed for Big Event for Merchants and Shoppers of City. Following: a consultation with Adrian Lyon, chairman of the Li-berty Loan Executive Committee, and with assurance from him that the Liberty Loan campaign In this city will be completed in ten days, I. B. Lincoln, secretary of the Board of Trade, an nounced this morning that Perth Amboy Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, and not on May 11 as an nounced Friday. The original date of the sale was planned for April 27, but with the Liberty Loan drive in full swing at that time, it was thought best to post pone the event but with the assur ance that the quota will be raised within ten days. Perth Amboy Day was set back to its old date. The merchants are planning to make Perth Amboy Day the biggest day in the history of this city. The event will consist of sales in all the stores. Special features will be shown on the occasion and carfare will be returned to out-of-town purchasers. Special effort will be made to get people to the shops of the city at this time, and attractions of many differ ent kinds will take place in the stores to makes visiting them well worth while. The Perth Amboy Day committee consists of the following members: Chairman George F. Reynolds, F. A. Spiegel, S A. Mandel, Joseph Sea man and Paul Rappaort. The membership drive of the Board of Trade will take place on May 1, be tween the hours of 9 and 12 a. m The drive will be concluded with a luncheon at noon, at which time a report of the success of the teams will be received. At the present time the activities of the retail bureau bring a great benefit to all the retail merchants of the city, and whereas the expense is borne and the work is done by only a very few more members must be obtained. The work of the bureau i«a ffoing to expand and in order that this work may be possible there must be new members brought into the organization. with new workers and added revenue. The Board of Trade is setting the right pace and leadership in the city; It is doing big things, and it le plan ning to do even bigger things, but those cannot be done unless the Insti tution is supported by those who re ceive the benefits. All the business men want their business to expand, but in order that this may be possible they must do their share towards making Perth Amboy more pros perous. The membership campaign commit tee consists of thr following members of th< »ioard: Chairman, J. H. Foster, L. C. Stark. John Doyle. Harry Peter, .T. L. Ivlein, John Slobodlen, F A. Speigel, S. A Mandel, William Floersch, Theodore Spawn, Albert Leon, 1. T. Madsen. G. W Sharp. Jr., Fish kin Brothers. Louis Briegs. Johr Kelly, Harry Levinson, Louis Pav lovsky, Morris Shumsky and I. R Robbins. To Fix Responsibility lor the Coiiinsville Alien Hanging R < Vnited Pr*SM COLMNSVTLLE. 111.. April 8—J oroner's jury today w.ll attempt tc li e responsibility tor the lynching earls lYidiy Of Holier! Pi"»ctfer, allon enemy The alleged rlnç'eader· of the mol have been summoned to testify fo!· I' winp Investigation by tho attorne] gc-icral'c o"lc>) a 1 Attorney Lowe. A.r. Tests 011 -.ite warrant* are experte! following the lnjuest ι to French pressure, the German* were compelled to attack to improve I their positions. A few French positions sufficed to defeat the entire twenty-five German } ■ ,auns. The French consistently are employing: the minimum foroe· necessary, insuring ample reserve· to meet the second main offensive else where and for the Allies counter of fensives. . ! «■ Germans have brought up trench mortars which so far have been ineffective owing to their inabil ity to follow up the Infantry since March 24. German officers have been forbidden to read the war office com munications to the troops and all sol diers' correspondence has been su* pended. America's Help is Timely. à υ Vvtied Prea*. WITH THE BRITISH ARMY AFIELD, April 7 President Wil sons decision to hasten support of the Allies' troops is not an Instant too soon. Every American fighter l« golden now. Dally Til μ proving: that Hlndenburg is compelled to force the issue as rapidly as pos sible to end the war this year. Thus, the President is materially aiding· Foch and Haig to outmaneuver the Prussian war lords. German prisoners sullenly and ob stinately insist that the offensive can not be stopped. Captured officers doggedly maintain the offensive will be continued, with sho/t pauses to portion up man-handled divisions and bring up guns until tie war is won. They talk and behave like desperate gamblers staking all on one play. They try to appear Indifferent, but : their eyes are gaunt and feverish and their voices are hollow. British Adrancc Slightly. ~ I J? y Γnitrd Press I.ONDON", April S—"British troop· advanced their Unes slightly last night east of Vaire and south of Corbie along the south bank of the Somme,"· j Field Marshal Haig reported today. "North of the Somme in the neigh ' borhood of Neuville-Vitasse (three miles southeast of Arras), few pris oners and a machine gun were cap i tured." Haig said. "On the whole British front the enemy's artillery showed increased activity last night" Ordinary prisoners openly doubt the I ou'eome but, like the officers, say the ! fighting will not stop until the end. Some believe the battle will burst ι anew elsewhere. All agree that peace must result—some way. some how— so far as Germany is concerned. The anniversary of America's en trance Into the war was toasted throughout the British army with .,-onerous speeches commending the material and historical importance oy* j the event. In the meantime British puns con ; tinue to pulverize the Germans' at tempt to better their positions south of Bucquoy. Yesterday they tore such gaps in their lines that the Boche ι abandoned their efforts. The Germans made a local attack in Hangrard Wood, west of Demuin, tu: the British immediately counter attacked and reg-ained most of the wood, capturing prisoners and ma chine puns and inflicting: heavy cas ua!ties on the enemy. (Germans ι iaim uuui». S?# United Pre sa. LONDON*. April 8—Shifting their main at ta. ks from the regions of i Montdldier and Albert, the Germane have advanced a maximum depth of four miles on a flvp mile front at the i extreme southern flank of their of fensive front, according to yesterday's statement of the Berlin war office. The German night communique said a continuation of this attack had "brought fresh successes" and that , Poerremande and Folembray been captured. Pierremande is three miles south. ! east of Chaunv on the southern bank of the Creve river, while Folembray Is three miles farther southeast ana i only about two miles northwest of J Coucy. Today's statement said the Germans had reached the line at Dichancourt, Autreville and Barisie These towns are on an east and west line through Pierremande. Barisis being six tnilee « ι south of LaFere and three miies north of Coucy. I This Is the first advance of any con | sequence by the enumy In this region ' since the offensive developed. The German statement further reports the re<pulse of British iuid FYeneh attacks along the Ancre and the Avro. On th<, j east bank of the Meuse In the Verdon 1 sector a successful German raid wax ; reported. The London w\r office Renounced the ' reestabltiAfno.it of former position» In i tho Aveluy Wood, north of Albert, and the breaking up of cnemv attack* op Iposite Albert .in 1 south of Habutnrn·. A German attack In the roc toil of Hlu» gard west of Oe/uuln wtu» broken up by artillery Are, the i^rench wur office declared.