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of the City’s Debt
Hudson County Is Cordially
Approved, However.
The Board of Finance held a special
meeting this morning at which all the
members were present except Commis
sioner Nugent. The clerk read several
most important messages from His Honor,
the Mayor. Here is one:—
I have signed the resolution of your hon
orable’ body to issue $586,000 of bonds bear
ing three and one-half per cent, interest to
pay the arrears due to the county for the
State and county taxes, and the resolution
ordering warrants drawn for $585,585.85 in
favor of Hugh Dugan, Iisq., County Col
lector, to complete the transaction,
it being understood that the bonds
are not to be offered for sale, but
are to be taken up by the county
with the warrants so ordered to be drawn.
It seems to me that this is a proper and
fair settlement of the demands of the
county, and ought to have been made long
ago when Mr. Dugan first suggested it.
1 have also signed the resolution author
izing temporary loans 4>£ per cent, bonds
in anticipation of taxes to the extent of
$435,000, as the same may be needed. The
remainder of the series of resolutions con
cerning the issuing of bonds and the draw
ing of warrants for the proceeds to be paid
into the Sinking Fund are herewith re
turned with objections.
Whatever the condition of the Sinking
Fund may be it does not seem to me that
this course is a wise method of hiding de
fects and neglects dating back many
years. It seems to me that the remedy is
worse than the disease. There are certain
temporary loan bonds now in the Sinking
Fund, amounting according to these reso
lutions to *676,000, and interest thereon to
an amount not stated, but supposed to be
compromised at $90,000. If the inter
est is to be collected at all by the
Sinking Fund Commissioners, they have
no rignt to compromise, out snouiu ue
maml the full amount. To pay these
bonds and the interest so compromised,
these resolutions propose an issue of
$766,000 of three per cent, bonds, payable
within one year, and it is proposed, in fact,
that the Sinking Fund shall take the new
issue in payment.
It is proposed to issue 81,082,000 of three
per cent, bonds to return to the Sinking
Fund moneys that have been kept from it
for many years past.
The condition of your Sinking Fund, that
causes your Board now to adopt this
scheme was suspected by me long before
my election in 1886 to the office I now have
the honor to hold, but information was de
nied me when seeking it after that,
and I refrained from writing the
customary message in consequence.
Statements were freely made that the
Sinking Fund was intact and all right and
I did not think any good would result to
the finances of the city by following the
matter further. It is a source of regret
that my suspicions are now shown to have
been well founded.
By the present resolutions, you create a
new bonded debt of $1,172,000 that must
hereafter be slated in any report of the
funded debt of the city. It is worse than
that, because the 8676,000 of temporary
loan bonds in the sinking fund are taken
into the new issue, so that the apparent
, -new bonded debt would be $1,848,000.
Add to this the #586,000 given to
. _,1 4-1
new debt statement will show an increase
of *3,434,000, most of which Is made pay
able on demand. It will not do to add
this amount to the permanent debt state
ment for investors to read. They cannot
be expected to examine the causes in de
tail for the increase. They will see the
bold, plain fact, aud it will injure the
credit of the city without any compensate
lug benefit.
The city will be a borrower on tempo
m .'ary loans from time to. time undavoiaa
fgtoly, in anticipation of the collection of
% taxes, for current expenses, and it seems
w to me bud policy to frighten capital when
we are asking the loan of it. That the
Sinking Fund has been very badly man
aged—robbed of Its rights, in fact, aud
i sometimes robbed outright for the benefit
of other funds, as I have long
contended—these resolutions plainly show!
But it seems to me that the better course
now to pursue will be for your honorable
body to ask the Legislature to authorize
the cancelling of the clause qf the Sinking
Fund intended to be provided for by these
resolutions, and hereafter let that fund
become a Sinking Fund in fact, and not a
hollow sham. The trouble has come from
the intimate relations of the Sinking Fund
Commissioners with your honorable body,
tooth being composed of the same persons.
The Sinking Fund Commission should
be a separate and independent body. One
of the resolutions declares that all moneys
collected for principal and interest of
arrears of taxes from 1875 to
1887, inclusive, shall be set
aside, etc. That is child’s play.
You may rescind such a resolution at any
time, or the next Board may repeal it. it
has no permanent force, and it is high
time that such shams were dbne away with
In the management of the citv finances.
A /winn nn.l *_- _in
give capital greater contideuce and so lift
the credit of the city.
wssSte For these reasons and many others not
herein expressed, I am constrained to
withhold my signature from these resolu
The Mayor also sent the following:—
X respectfully call your attention to a
provision in the act authorizing the ad
justment of arrears of taxes and water
rents and assessments, which authorizes
the enforcement of the tax levy,
Srovlded the rate be not over
iree per cent. If the bonds shall
be issued, as proposed by your honor
able body, and the iuterest provided for
in the next tax levy, and if ull of the other
large Items of interest are provided for
that are now in contemplation, it will be
:ome impossible for you to arrange a tax
.evy with a rate below a three per cent,
dinit, unless the system of assessing is
zerv materially changed.
When the message vetoing the Sinking i
Fend scheme had been read, Mr. Harden
bergh i,said:—“That’s all very well, Mr.
President, to give the Board of Finance a
schooling. It will read well
dn Kentucky and Tennessee, but to
the people of Jersey City when they know i
Ira ...
thnt the Board of Finance and the Cor
poration Counsel have figured on the
scheme it will appear as nonsense. We’ll
dispose of this mutter next Thursday even
ing.” _^__
Switzerland Fortifying Against Her—Emi.
gration Winking H m %
[liy Cable to Vie United Press.)
London, April 4, 1889.—The sensitive
feelings of the Germans have been hurt by
the mere proposition to fortify the St.
Gotha.-d pass. The Swiss Parliament
has before considered the ques
tion of voting money for this
purpose, but the project died a natural
death, the danger of invasion seeming too
problematical to justify the expense. Na
tional pride was appealed to ns well
as economy, the opposers of the
scheme not merely scenting a job, but
proclaiming that the stout arms of t) 3
Switzers could be depended upon to r .e
vent their country from being made a
thoroughfare for German troops en
route for France in any future war.
The Cologne Gazette is astonished that
the Swiss people should believe Germany
capable of such inconsiderate con
duct 'under any circumstances,
and its tone of injured innocence
is really edifying. Nevertheless, the
bill is likely to pass, the republic not hav
ing an abiding faith in German promises,
and being aware of its own powerlessness
to extort an indemnity for any damage
done on its soil by German troopg.
The subservient press also explain that
the government really had to use severe
measures with the Folk* Zettung, the
assaults of that journal upon laws
made in the best interests of the
country having become quite unen
durable. The attacks of the Liberal
press upon the new Penal Code have
not been so many nor so violent as might
have been expected. They discuss it, sec
tion by section, in a tone of good-natured
sarcasm, which must be very aggravating
to its authors, but cannot be reckoned
as attacks upon “the basis of civil
order.” The newly developed solicitude
for religion in a country which undoubt
edly contains more avowed agnostics, to
say nothing of those holding still stronger
opinions, in official positions than any
other nation in Europe, naturally pro
vokes criticism both at home and abroad,
and it is safe to say that offenders will be
chosen from those obnoxious to the gov
ernment in other respects.
The Frclssinnige Zeitung fears a general
prosecution of the Liberal journals, and
intimates what it dares not openly assert,
that since the accession of William II to
the throne, privileges have been sup
pressed, discussion lias been stifled, and
the swav of the Executive has become
more and more autocratic.
Additional difficulties are to be put in
the path of able-bodied men and male chil
dren seeking to emigrate, the scarcity of
agricultural laborers haring become a
serious evil. At the same time the cities
are overcrowded, one reason of
this being that it is far more
easy to escape military service there
than in the country. This flocking to the
cities is rapidly increasing the criminal
classes, and consequently the duties of the
police. A Berlin police inspector is cred
ited with having declared that the crim
inal classes of Berlin were the most adroit
in the world, even surpassing those of
Paris in skillful knavery.
Stanley and it,mm on tne jyiarcn.
[By Cable to the United Press.!
Brussels, April 4, 1889.—Further and
more recent news of Henry M. Stanley has
been received here from Stanley Falls, on
the Congo River. Arabs arriving at Stan
ley Falls report that Stanley and Emin
Pasha were seen in February of this year
marching in company toward Zanzibar.
Their force consisted of several thousand
men, women and children, and they car
ried with them 6,000 tusks of ivory.
Their Personal Debts Engage Their Su
periors' Attention.
The Board of Fire Commissioners met
at headquarters last night. All the mem
bers were present. Chief Farrier reported
that the total number of alarms for the
week ending* April 3, was two, both of
which were small fires. The monthly re
port to March 81 was read. It stated that
the total loss by fire was $3,700, for which
insurances were in existence, amounting
to $2,585; that there were twenty-four
alarms, and seventeen bell alarms.
Chairman Conway said that he had re
ceived a letter purporting to say that one
of the firemen in the Fourth district was
taking advantage of his position in the
department to borrow money. The name
was withheld. Commissioner Shea said
that he had received several complaints
about the same thing, and he thought that
the names ought to be published that the
public might know the men. They receive
as much salary as any of the other de
partments, said he, and that was through
the exertions of the present Board.
Mr. Shea said that a man named Burke
borrowed $65 some time ago, and the mat
ter was brought to the notice of the Board,
who ordered that the money should be re
paid, but up to the present time only $5 of
it had been refunded.
Chief Farrier told the chairman that
there was a rule that the Board could take
action and compel the men to pay their
debts o>- risk being taken to task by the
Commissioners. Commissioner Shea’s mo
tion that all the men be compelled to pay
their debts was adopted unanimously. The
Board then adjourned for two weeks.
Her Shadowy Claim that a Strange Man
Gave Her the Plunder.
A new method of picking pockets was
disclosed in Justice Stilsing’s Court this
morning when Annie Allen, of No. 313
Bergenline avenue, was arraigned for lar
Detective Donovan was passiug up
Grove street last evening when he saw
Mrs. Allen pushing her way out of a
crowded Hoboken car which stood at
Pavouia avenue.
Another woman quickly followed her
sud accused Mrs. Allen of picking her
pocket. She told the detective that Mrs.
Allen had. taken her pocketbook out of
Perjpocket, extracted $48 from it and then
put the purse in her pocket.
The missing sum was found ou Mrs.
Allen, but she said a man in a light over
coat had thrown it into her lap.
Detective Donovan took the women to
'lie Grove street station, where the owner
if the pocketbook said that she was Kate
Decker, of No. 48 Belmont avenue.
Mrs. Allen was held for trial.
tuning *'-*“»**•'" - “
The ease of William C. Mausell was
considered yesterday by the Grand
Jury. Judge H askings, cashier of
he Second National Bank; Pat
rick J. Plunkett, the contractor,
whose name is alleged to be forged,;aud
’Marty” McDermott, the city clerk, were
called as witnesses, and it is believed that
in indictment against Mansell was found.
Will Re-elect Samsou.
The Freeholders to-day In a caucus de
cided to elect James Samson County Su
jerlntendent for a term of three years from
;o-day. Mr. Samson is the present en
cumbent and will be re-elected at a meet
ug of the Board to be held this afternoon.
O’Reilly’s Excelsior Oat Tonic. The best
nerve and brain tonic in the world. Hotels,
druggists, grocers and saloons sell it, or send to
he .manufacturers for it. 389 and 831 Newark
ive., Jersey City-***
Thor© Was Fuss Enough, Anyway, but ;
That Capped th© Climax—Republicans
Wliet Their Knives and Don’t Intend
to be Beaten by Less Than Five Hun
The nomination of “Ras” Lewis for Al
derman by the Republicans of the Third
Aldermanic district has stirred up a hor
nets’ nest. There is disaffection at almost
the whole ticket. Joe Acton is everything
but acceptable to the managers in the dis
trict, and George Jones is unknown to the
voters, and both will meet with opposition;
but “Ras” Lewis’ nomination capped the
Last spring at the Republican primary
in the district a saloonkeeper was put
upon the ticket. The Republicans were
about to make an anti-saloon fight for the
district and the saloon man was uncere
moniously hustled oil the ticket. The last
time the district was heard from in poli
tics Speaker Dickenson ran on his
record as the chief promoter of the high
license bill. The saloon element turned
on him and rended him.
In years gone by “Ras” Lewis traveled
on his shape. He is the head of the Fat
Men’s Association, and he had enough
shape—as to quantity, of course—to go a
long distance. But he found travelling on
his shape not sufficiently remunerative,
and he went into the saloon business. He
is in it now, and the stories that come
from there every now and then do not es
tablish its reputation as that of one of the
choicest resorts in the city.
The Republican element that made the
temperance fight last spring and fall feel
outraged by this particular nomination,
and they are up in arms against it. It is
said by those best posted that his nomina
tion will be speedily reconsidered,,and
that he will be as unceremoniously read
off the ticket as was the saloon keeper
who managed to carry the primary last
His displacement will not, however,
smooth the surface of Republican waters,
so as to make victory possible. In fact,
the discarding of “Ras” will only tend to
embitter the Republican saloon men
and they will give the ticket one of the
liveliest “razzle-dazzles” a Republican
ticket has ever yet received in this district.
Beyond and above all this, the Third is
noted all over the county for its kickers.
It is largely Republican on a straight
vote, and its very sureness politically has
tended to the creation of factions. The
men who have been on the outs for years
past have got their inning now, and the
bosses of the district are preparing to
teach them a lesson.
The surprising feature of the primaries is
that the only kicker who did not succeed
in getting a place on the ticket is Aider
man Marinus. He represents more re
volts and more opposition to the
square inch than any other man in
the district. And yet while the
“ kicking ” element secured general
recognition at the primary, he was
knocked out. He was a candidate for re
nomination, and claimed a divine right to
it. His defeat will serve to increase the
bitterness and vigor of his kicking, and
this chief of kickers will kick harder than
ever against the ticket of the kickers.
Altogether, the muddle in the Third is
the most beautiful and perfect specimen
of its kind ever presented to the eyes of
local voters, and everybody concedes
that the Democratic candidates can
not fail of an election. The ticket
headed by Edward Hoos, of Hoos &
Schulz, is an unusually strong one. There
are no disaifections in the ranks; and pre
senting a solid front to the demoralized
enemy, the Democrats, every one says,
will carry the old Third by an overwhelm
ing majority.
“Put it down at 500,” says Colonel
Dickenson, the leading Republican in the
district. “We don’t intend to let our side
be beaten by less than 500 this spring.”
Reasons Which Will|Fromp Various Peo
ple to Vote for the Hamilton Scheme.
[Special to the Jersey City News. 1
Trenton, April 3, 1889.—Assemblyman
Fagan, of Hoboken, stood before the grate
fire in the Speaker’s parlor this afternoon.
His black frock coat was thrown open, dis
playing a section of gold dog chain run
ning across his waistcoat. Eternal calm
was imprinted on his blonde countenance
as he stood and meditated, and kept one
ear cocked for bills relating to Hoboken.
Assemblyman Gill bustled in. Mr. Gill
is as bulkv as Mr. Fagan is slender, and ns
demonstrative as Mr. Fagan is philoso
phical. He also wears eye glasses. He
wants Carteret county chopped off from ,
Essex county. He shook Mr. Fagun ;
effusively by the hand and asked how the
Hoboken sage had got his Hamilton
county bill through the House. i
Mr. Fagan replied diplomatically that
he had talked to the members. Other i
members dropped in and tendered to Mr. I
Fagan entire bakeries in the way of con- .
‘gratulations. Mr. Fagan stood it.
“I suppose you will be the first Senator ■
from Hamilton county,” Mr. Gill re- t
marked. t
Oh, no, the man from Hoboken said .
dreamily; he couldn’t afford it; he had 1
lost thousands of dollars in his business
by being an Assemblyman; he hadn’t ;
time to attend to both. ,
Mr. Fagan did deserve credit for his vie- i
tory. When he started to have Hudson ,
county divided every member of the dele
gation was against the project except ]
Francois; but at the end every member ]
voted for it. The Hudson county officials l
were also strongly opposed to it, as it j
would reduce county fees.
The bill is now booked to pass the Sen- t
ate. The situation is this:—Senator Ba- (
ker’s term expires this year, and it is pos- i
sible that a Republican will be chosen in
Cumberland county in his place. That t
would give the Republicans eleven votes t
iu the Senate, provided that they hold all i
their seats which will become vacant by
expiration of the terms of the incumbents.
The Democrats would thus lose control of ]
the Senate. A Democrat would certainly ]
be elected in Hamilton county, and this (
would enable the Democrats to at least tie t
the Republicans. t
Thjs argument will, it is believed, in- <
duce the Democratic Senators to vote for t
the bill. Although Senator Edwards has <
heretofore expressed himself opposed to i
the division, the influence of the caucus
and of the interests of the Democratic ,
party would doubtless be strong with him. i
So far as his own interests are concerned. .
they would impel him to vote for the bill if '
he allowed himself to be swayed by such t
considerations, and if he wished to serve i
another term in the Senate. His term ,
expires this year and his renomination .
would probably be opposed in the con- 5
vention by the delegates from the part of |
Hudson county involved if he defeated
the bill. ]
Mr, Connolly Not a Candidate. 1
The following open letter is self- *
To the Citizens of the Second Aldermanic Dis- i
tcict:— i
Thanking my many friends for the interest
they have taken in me and for the mention hud J
advocacy of iny name for the position of Alder- ,
man for the Second district, I beg to advise my
friends and the citizens of my district, that I am «
not a candidate for any office in their gift. I am, ,
Very respectfully, (
Panuc* H. Conkolly. . c
The Tale of Mrs. Coney’s
Marital Woes Touched
Him Deeply.
But He Had the Lady’s Furniture
as Security for the Loan.
After everyone connected with the
Coney divorce case had refreshed the
inner man yesterday afternoon, Mrs.
Coney continued the story of her wander
ings in company with Mrs. McDowell.
When they left Brooklyn they came
back to this city and tried to obtain a
boarding place, but no one would take
two such prepossessing young women
without references. They visited New
ark, Plainfield and Elizabeth, and took
rooms for a while in the Sheridan House,
in the latter city, where Mr. Harney vis
ited them.
Finally Mrs. Coney obtained a room on
Summit avenue, where she resided while
she studied the French system of dress
making in New York. During this time
she walked out one evening with Mr.
Harney, and one moonlight night she
and he sailed across the river and back.
After a while her room at the Summit
avenue house was wanted for a relative,
and she went back to Taylor’s, at Mr.
Harney’s suggestion.
Then she , went to Houston and
opened a dressmaking establishment, on
the lines of the system she had learned in
New York. But discovering that she had
not mastered all the details of the method
she returned to New York to complete her
education and stayed a week at the Fifth
Avenue Hotel. Here she was visited by
Mr. Harney, who took her and Mme. Mc
Kenna, the unraveller of the French sys
tem of dressmaking, to the Casino.
She told of a colored man whom her
husband had engaged to shadow her and
with a cute little smile said “He gave
himself away badly by watching me too
Iu reference to the ring which had been
given her by Mr. Harney—according to
Sirs. Whitman's evidence—Mrs. Coney
said that she bought it with a portion of
(100 in gold which her husband had given
her to purchase necessary articles. She
absolutely denied all the allegations in
her husband’s bill.
Under Mr. Linn’s cross-examination she
said that she had borrowed *800 from Mr.
Harney since she left her husband. She
had expected to pay him out of the ali
mony she would receive, and had signed
over her furniture to him, said furniture
consisting of an Estey organ, two rocking
chairs and some bedding.
She told how on oneoccasion at Taylor’s
Hotel Mr. Cowles, the;: her counsel, tried
to have her go back to her husband.
When she referred the matter to
Mr. Harney he told her to do
what her heart dictated. Somehow
or other her heart dictated not
to go back. She knew Mr. Harney
was married and had two children. The
Court would not permit her reply to Mr.
Lnn’s question whether she thought it
was proper for her to receive all these
visits at the various hotels from Mr. Har
ney, a man whom she knew to be married.
She said that she took Mrs. McDowell
around with her because she was in such
a peculiar situation, and Mr. Harney
thought it would be best for her to have a
She also admitted that Mr. Harney had
paid Mr. Newbold to represent her in the
suit, which drew from Mr, Linn the
observation that Mr. Harney had dis
played superior judgment in selecting
counsel. Mr. Newbold . smiled appro
priately and the Master nodded approv
i n crl r
On redirect examination Mrs. Coney
said her furniture was insured for $2,000.
Mr. Newbold then called Mr. Harney to
:he stand, who said he was forty-two
years old. Mr. Newbold asked him if he
ivas married and he replied, “Yes, sir;
rery much,” with such pathos and feeling
hat everyone in the court room including
:he Master, who, with the weight of the
lignity of the Court of Chancery upon his
shoulders, had not smiled once before
luring the proceedings, was convulsed
vith laughter.
When quiet was restored Mr. Harney
vent on to give his version of the affair,
vith a rapidity which caused a look of
mguish to pass over the features of
Stenographer Lightfoot, and with a
verbosity which provoked frequent pro
ests from Mr. Linn. He first met Mrs.
Toney, he said, at his office, which she
dsited with Mrs. McDowell for the pur
>ose of lenting a house. They took the
louse on York street, which required con
iiderable repairing. While that was go
ng on he often saw Mrs. Coney. Then '
vhen the Coneys moved into the house
he heaters needed so much fixiug, the
;as was leaking to such an extent and the
ewer gas would make its way into the
louse so persistently, that being an ex- 1
>ert in such matters, if he did say it him- i
elf, he was obliged to be there a great
leal. In this manner he became well
icquainted with Mrs. Coney, for he knows 1
i lady when he sees one. :
One day he said to Mrs. Coney;—“You '
inve a nice home here and ought to be a i
mppy woman.” At this Mrs. Coney i
lurst into tears and poured into his sym
latlietic ear a tale of woe. She was a I
uiserable, lonely woman. Her friends, i
he said, were all miles away and Mr. I
Tonry would not permit her to make any
lew oniK.
“I spoxe to her such comforting words
s 1 could,” continued Mr. Harney, in a
elf satisfied manner, “as I knew they i
vere young and inexperienced.”
One morning, in consequence of a visit i
Jr. Harney had received from Mrs. Me- i
lowell the night before, he called on Mrs.
Toney, who, upon his arrival, told him i
hat he had been so kind to her that she 1
houghtshe could trust him. She then i
onfided to him the story of Mr. Coney’s 1
lleged shortcomings, and, in the language i
f Mr. Harney, she acted as if she was go- i
ng frantic. I
Mr. Harney told her that he had known 1
aen that were wild to settle down and 1
ecome good husbands, but subsequently :
xpressed the opinion that she should con- ’
ult a lawyer. She replied that she hud no 1
noney or friends. He told her he thought 1
e could arrange that matter. He was
oing an act of which his conscience ap- 1
roved, he said, and at the same time he
elt secure in advancing her money, as the
urniture wus valuable.
Not long after that he met Mrs Mc
)owell one morning with her eyes ull 1
wollen with weeping. She told him that i
hey had a terrible time during the night, ,
Ir. Coney had been chasing them all '
bout the house with a loaded pistol.
“Then,” said Mr. Harney, with great t
action, “I thought the time had come for i
le to help that little woman,” <
Consequently he “risked” the *200 Mrs. i
IcDowell got from Mr. Anness, “uud” he
dded, feelingly, “X have little faith in i
etting it back except from the alimony.” .
Iu regard to the watch he gave Mrs. i
'ouey, lie said that he met Mrs. McDowell t
n the street, and she told him how they 1
had both caught cold looking out of the
window at the clockin the Fuller Building.
•‘I didn’t want to have a doctor’s bill on
my hands," said Mr. Harney, “and so I
bought the watch.”
Mr. Harney was about to give his ver
sion of the process by which the two
women snatched him from the jaws of
death during blizzard week when Advis
ory Master Randolph adjourned the hear
ing until this morning.
Mr. Harney continued his testimony
this morning. He was in constant com
munication with Mrs. Coney because he
felt a great responsibility which he wished
some one to share with him.
He sent Mrs. Coney to the various ho
tels he did because he did not want to be
seen with her. He knew Jersey City gos
sip too well for that. When Gertrude Mc
Dowell left Mrs. Coney she was so over
come that she kissed Mr. Harney.
In reply to a question from Mr. Linn as
to what he meant yesterday by saying he
was very much married, he said that his
wife is Insanely jealous of him
but is a good, pure woman.
He kept account of the money
he let Mrs. Coney nave up to $500, and then
he gave up in despair of ever getting it
back. After that, whenever he paid out
any money to her he did it with a sigh.
Mr. Linn then read letters which
Harney had written to Mrs. Coney’s
mother and brother. They are more
notable for piety than for grammatical
In one to Mrs. Bellow he said that if she
knew all she would bless, not censure him.
In one part of this letter he said:—“May
a just God watch over and comfort your
daughter is my nightly prayer, for since I
have known Nora and her pure, innocent
ways I know that there is good in the
world. Could you see her and me in
prayer together for Divine guidance your
heart would have bounded for joy.”
In the letters to her brother Mr. Harney
described himself as a man of the world
who knew a pure innocent woman when
he saw one.
He said he did not drink a droD of
liquor from the time Mrs. Coney asked
him to stop until she went South.
In answer to a question put by Mr.
Linn, Mr. Harney said that they prayed
together for divine guidance once at the
West End Hotel, Philadelphia. One after
noon while they were sitting in Mrs.
Coney’s room Mrs. Coney was very much
cast down, and Mr. Harney said:—“Well,
Nora, I can only say one thing. We must
trust in God.”
At that Mrs. Coney threw herself on
her knees, and Mr. Harney followed her
“Was Mrs. McDowell there?” asked Mr.
“Yes, sir.”
“Did she pray, too.”
“Well, she got down on her knees."
This caused Mrs. McDowell, who was
present, to smile audibly.
Mrs. Coney and Mme. McKenna gave
some unimportant testimony, and after
recess the argument was begun.
'.tomorrow at t.niton.
[Special to the Jersey City News.}
Clifton Race Track, April 4.—The
following are the entries for the five races
to be decided tomorrow:—
First Race-First Attempt, Sat
Second Race—Ballston, Satis
Third Race—Ten Booker, The
Fourth Race-King Arthur, Top
Fifth Race-Howerson, Clontarf.
First Race.—Seven furlongs; purse $250; sell
ing allowances.
Lbs. Lbs.
Fii’st Attempt.121 Chinese Gordon.116
Chancellor.118 Palatka.113
Friar.118 Satisfaction.113
Macgregor.116 Ban Hope.Ill
Top Sawyer.116 Olives.105
Second Race. -Six and a half furlongs; purse
500; selling allowances.
Lbs. | Lbs.
Ballston.116 | Singlestone.105 i
King Tom.116 | Winfield.104 ;
Dseeola.114 | America. 95
Keynote.112 I John Arkins. 95
Mattie Loorain.Ill [ Louise. 95
Firefly.Ill |
Third Race.—Mile and a sixteenth; purse $500;
i handicap.
Lbs. Lbs.
rhe Bourbon.121 Satisfaction.109
Ten Booker.. 120 Obelisk.103
Reveller..115 Clatter.101
jvid.113 Pegasus.100
Littlefellow I.Ill | Taxgatherer., .100
Fourth Race.—Six and a half furlongs; purse
5250; selling allowances.
Lbs. Lbs.
3iscuit.124 Little Barefoot.105
Lakewood.110 Effie Hardy.105
rop Sawyer...110 Lilly.104
King Arthur.107 Kanta.92
Fifth Race.—Six and a half furlongs;* purse
5250; selling allowances.
Lbs. | Lbs.
’loutarf.124 | Refund. 104
Salesman.110 | Howerson.104
Vvery.110 | Gracie. 99
kliler.107 ! Don’t Know. 94
3irate.104 | Frank Wheeler.93
terrible Disaster Caused by Prairie Fires
In Dakota.
Mitchell, Dak., September 4, 1839.—The
own of Mount Vernon, twelve miles west
if here, was almost entirely destroyed by
he lire of Tuesday. The lire was driven
nto the city by a tornado-like wind and
he flre-break% around the town were of
10 avail. The entire business portion of
he town and all dwellings but two,
ogetlier with the depot and two eleva
ors were entirely consumed. Scarcely any
iroperty was saved. The buildings
mrned so rapidly as to make the upproach
o them impossible. The loss will be
BOO,000. It is estimated that there were
2.000 bushels of wheat in the burned ele
vators, all of which is a total loss.
The disasters wrought in the vicinity of
{ankton Tuesday night prove to be
[l-eater than thought possible The vil
age of Volin, near Yankton, was entirely
lestroyed except three buildings.
Seven buildings were destroved
n Yankton. The village of Oli
vet, Hutchinson county, was almost
otally destroyed. At Wakonda three
mildmgs were burned. Serious loss was
ustained at Scott and Mitchell, and the
own of Pukwana was nearly entirely
lestroyed. The damage is reported at
100.000 and 100 families are homeless. In
he vicinity of Janesville, twelve miles
LOrth of Yankton, eight fanners
ustained losses running from
1.000 to *3,000. Around Janesville the loss
vill foot up $10,000. One man lost $1,000
n money which he had in his coat on a
ilece of plowed ground. Sixty miles of
Vestern Union wire was blown dow n be
ween Centreville and Huron.
They Want to Save the Dottles.
The Bottlers’ Association met last night
,t Roche’s Hall to devise some means of
ireventing the loss of beer, wine and other
lottles. Mr. M. McHugh was in the chair,
'he principal business of the evening was
he election of permanent officers. They
fere Michael McHugh, president; L. Mc
llellan, secretary, and It. Patterson, treas
Mr. Kellar, of the Bottlers’ Journal,
fas present and gave some capital advice.
Arrangements were made for the arrestof
ersons buying or selling old bottles, and
hree agents or detectives will beemployed
or the purpose. A set of by-laws and
rules were adopted. The meeting ad"
joumed until "Wednesday next at three
Cutting Down State Extravagance—The
Charter Bill Ducking Votes.
[Special to the Jersey City New.]
TRENTON, April 4, 1889. —Mr
Riker presented today, a bill re
ducing the State expenses and
appropriation, $160,000, as a sub
stitute for Voorhees’ Direct Tax
bill A political debate followed.
The Democrats accused the Republicans
of extravagance. The Republicans replied
that most of the appropriations pro
nounced excessive were approved by a
Democratic Governor. The two bills were
finally reported without recommendation,
and placed on the calendar.
The Jersey City Charter is stranded for
lack cf votes. Heppenheimer will try to
float it this afternoon.
The Senate has amended the Newark
Water hill by deducting the railway
valuations from the total property valua
tion on which the fifteen per cent, debt is
(For details regarding the% charter sec
fourth page.)
Admirable Financial Proposals Made by
the Democratic Majority.
[.Special to The Jersey City Aetc*.]
Trenton, April 3, 1889.—The Republi
can members of the House, who expected
to be able to get a Democratic Legislature
to pay off the debts left by Republican
lawmakers, were somewhat nonplussed at
the attitude of the Democrats today when
the question of providing for the deficit
in the State’s finances came up
in Committee of the Whole.
Speaker Hudspeth, who had an
nounced that the Democrats might
offer a substitute for Republican Leader
Voorhees’ bill imposing a State tax on the
people, contented himself with announc
ing that he had no bill to offer, and with
reiterating his declaration that he would
never vote for a State tax. The amiable
Colonel Heppenlieimer, who had made the
suggestion that if railroads were taxed as
individuals are, the difficulty would be
bridged, was still more easily satisfied; he
only smiled blandly and voted.
Assistant Republican Leader Riker
thought he had a solution of the problem.
He is figuring on it tonight and will pre
sent it tomorrow if he finds the answer to
iuc ouiu, xu a ^cucitu »vt*v it xo uuuci
stood to be a horizontal reduction of State
expenses and appropriations.
It is still uncertain whether or not the
Democrats will offer a bill on the subject,
but the chances are that they will not.
Their answer to the problem will probably
be found in the motto, “Economy and no
State tax.” It is believed that this would
meet the requirements of the situation.
The truth is that the expenses of the State
will almost certainly be within its
income. Of the deficit of $300,000 figured
out by Comptroller Anderson—all of
which is in the shape of unpaid appropria
tions—only $90,000 is required immedi
ately, namely, $40,000 for the State
Lunatic Asylum and $50,000 for the Sol
diers’ Home. The other appropriations
can go over until next year, when plenty
of money will be available. This is the
argument now advanced in opposition to
any legislation on the subject.
If the State’s income does not prove
sufficient to pay these appropriations and
the expenses of the State government,
administered economically, money can be
borrowed on short bonds at four per cent.
The credit of the State is good enough for
this. Thus the precedent of an odious
State tax proposed by the Republicans,
nud the necessity of raising $450,000 by
taxatiou, will be avoided.
Mr. Feeney made the House roar this
afternoon during the debate on the
Coroners’ bill. He sent a copy of The
Jersey City News to the clerk’s desk
and had Mr. Connolly read the criticism
of the bill which was addressed to the
paper by Mr. Noonan. That settled the
bill, and it now needsa Coroner to sit on it.
The following bills were passed :—Limit
ing horse racing to thirty days a year on
each track; authorizing a temporary loan
to pay the salaries of the employees of the
Hudson county Board of Freeholders:
allowing an increase of the police force of
West Hoboken; and providing for the
transfer of liquor licenses issued by the
Court of Common Pleas.
So tUe Pleasure Seekers Saw a Good
Sltow iu Hoboken.
There was no matinee performance by
the Frank Daniels company of “The Little
Puck” in this city yesterday afternoon. In
consequence such amusement seekers as
st rayed around to see it were disappointed.
The reason for the break in the bill was
the non appearance of Mr. Daniels, the
star performer. His absence was ex
plained bv a note from his
physician, Dr. H. Holbrook Curtis, of
New York city, who stated that Mr.
Daniels was suffering from a severe case
of luryugitis, and that should he apjjear at
two performances during the day he
would be incapacitated for work during
the rest of the week.
The majority of the disappointed theatre
goers boarded the horse cars for Hoboken,
where they witnessed, at Jacobs’ Theatre,
an excellent interpretation of “The Main
Line; or, Kawson’s Y.”
Booth Is Better Today.
Rochesteb, N. Y., April 4, 1889.—Mr.
Booth arose at half-past eight o’clock this
morning. Dr. C. R. Sumner called on
him and found his condition much im
proved. The actor is now able to speak
quite plaiuly. Dr. Sumner has ad
vised him to take a rest for
week or ten days. The doctor
said that Mr. Booth hud sustained a slight
stroke of paralysis, which temporarily
took away his power of speech. It affected
his entire left side. It was thought at
first that the attack would puss away in a
few minutes, but it did not, and of course
it was impossible for him to resume his
“This is merely a premonition,’’ said
the doctor; “within a few years Mr.
Booth will probably suffer a flual attack
that may rob America of her foremost
Mr. Booth left for New York at 10:35.
He walked to the station and did not look
like a sick man. Mr. Barrett and the
company have goue to Buffalo.
To Address the Printers.
James P. Archibald and Everett Glackin
will address the printers of the city at
eight p. m. on Friday, in Germania Hall,
corner of Newark aveuue aud First street.
Cora—Are you sure Blanche hates
her so?
Miss Snyder—Yes; tliey’s always
kissing each other.—Evening Sun.
See Joseph Warren, auctioneer's advertisement
of the bride private residence, with all modern
improvements. No. 61 Bright street, to be sold to
the highest bidder on Monday next at two o'clock
p. in., on the premises. %*
The Thirty-Second Annual
Convention of Method
ists at Plainfield.
Organization Effected, and All Beady
for the Session’s Work.
[Special to the Jersey City Net«*.]
Plainfield, April 4, 1889.—The thirty.,
second annual session of the Newark Con
ference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church
opened in Plainfield yesterday morning,
in the Methodist Church on Front street.
The meeting was more fnily attended
than any ever was before.
There were only thirty-five absentees at
the opening, and most of them have since
put in an appearance. There are 227 mem
bers of the Conference beside the Presid
ing Bishop, the Rev. Dr. S. M. Merrill, and
his cabinet, the Rev. Dr. A. L. Brice, the
Rev. Dr. D. R. Lowrie, the Rev. Dr. S.
Van Benschoten and the Rev. Dr. S. P.
Hammond. These four gentlemen are
sometimes called Presiding Elders,but are
really the Bishop’s cabinet.
The ceremonies began with the sacra
ment of the Last Supper, administered by
Bishop Merrill, assisted by his guest,
Bishop Fitzgerald, and the Presiding
Then Mr. James McGee, a layman of
the Plainfield church, made an address of
welcome to the Conference. He welcomed
the Conference as a body, and the
members as individuals, and said that
he spoke on behalf of Plainfield, of the
churches and of the people. He remarked
that twenty-one years had gone by since
the Conference had met in Plainfield, and
remembered that at the Conference then,
a lady, who was still alive, got up to
speak, but was stopped by a preacher,
also still alive, who told her that women
should not speak in meeting. He saw, he
said, that the Conference had made no
progress from that standpoint even yet.
This speech took the Conference by
ouuruil All! OUOU tuiug UOU tU/i uocu
known as a speech of welcometo the Con
ference, and to have it made by a layman
was better yet. When the handclapping
and laughter had subsided, BishopIMerrill
made a short and bright speech, thanking
Mr. McGee on the part of the Conference.
The Conference was then organized by
the reappointment of last year’s officers
and the appointment of a few new assist
ant secretaries, as follows:—
Secretary, John F. Dodd; assistant,
Jonathan M. Meeker; engrossing secre
tary, John J. Morrell; statistical secret
tary, John A. Gutteridge; assistants, E.
N. Crasto.S. K. Doolittle, W. W. Vauder
hoff, and w. C. Kinsey; treasurer, A. W.
Palmer; assistants, E. Clement, W. H.
Ruth, J. A. Cole, and W. C. Nelson.
Committee on MeMoirs—L. R. Dunn, A.
L. Brice, J. Atkinson, George P. Eckman,
R. B. Lockwood and E. W. Burr.
Committee to Investigate Public School
System with a View to Improving It—L.
R. Dunn, D. Halleron and R. Vanhome.
Postofflce Committee—C. C. Winona, G.
C. Maulsdale, C. E. Walton and Henry ’*
The whole town is upside down, because
there is scarcely a house in the city where
there is any room, that has not its billet
of visiting clergymen. There are as many
as five or six in some of the houses, even,
and the streets look more crowded, but
more respectable, than common.
At half-past two in the afternoon there
there wus a statistical meeting, when all
the preachers answered to their names
and told how much thoir churches had
been assessed and how much had been
raised toward Conference needs, and then
there was a closed doors session of the
Conference Life Insurance Society from
which even those members of the Confer
ence wee do not belong to the Insurance
Society were excluded.
In the evening there was a meeting of
the Freedman’s Aid and Southern Educa
tional Society. The Rev. N. Van Saul
presided, and the Rev. E. O. Howland and
the Rev. Dr. James S. Chadwick made
eloquent addresses, describing what pro
gress was being made in the South.
The real business of the Conference be
gins tomorrow and will not be completed
for a week. Everything done so far haa
simply been preliminary to getting down
to hard work. The statistical session was
held in order to enable the Rev. Mr.
Gutteridge to get together most of the
facts on the progress made in the several
churches in the course of the past twelve
months, and the result of his labors will
not be manifest for several days.
At the business session this morning,
the Rev. Dr. D. R. Lowrie, Presiding
Elder of the Jersey City District, spoke of
the wretched condition of Sunday school
libraries. He said that there was a
lamentable lack of good reading, and
a wonderful flood of trash. In the lat
ter category he very properly placed
“Ten Nights in a Bar Room.” He then
spoke ofthe growing absence of young
people from public worship, and was ap
plauded for saying that it would be better
to teach them their Sunday Sthool lessons
uthome and make them go to church than
to have their devotions limited to attend
ance at Sabbath school.
He then fouud fault with people for
slack giving, but incidentally mentioned
a legacy of *3,000 to the Conference from
the late Mr. Gillis, of Haverstraw.
Niue new parsonages, costing in all
*30,000, and eight new churches, costing
*05,000, mark the progress of this district
for the year.
As to church work, specifically, Dr.
Lowrie said that the Centenary had paid
over *3,000 of debts; Janes had raised *1,600
in the year on the new church;
Lafayette had made improvements, at a
cost of *10,000; had finished a new
parsonage, and collected *3,500 by
subscription. The Linden Avenue had
just built one of the finest
churches in the Conference at a cost of
*30,000, to be dedicated in May, with little
debt. St, Paul’s, the Palisades, Simpson,
Trinity, and West Side Avenue were also
mentioned for good work.
The Rev. J. Meadenhall, editor of the
Methodist Review, found fault with Law
rence Ollphant’s “Scientific Religion,”
and incidentally scored Harvard and Yale
colleges and Dr. Heber Newton for their
Twenty-Four Hours’ Weather,
[Special to the Jersey City Neies.)
Washington, April 4, 1S89.—Weathei
indications for twenty-four hours for New
England States, South Carolina, Georgia,
Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Western New
York and Western Pennsylvania, rains; foi
all other States fair.
The Weather at Hartnett’s.
April 3. Veg. April 4. Veg
At 3 P. M.58 At# A, M.8
At BP. M.#7 At DA. It.8
At»P. M.5# At noon.8
At Midnight.55
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