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GROUNDS FOB CONTEST. Three Ways In Which the Charter Law May Be Attacked. ARE THE TWO “VETS” PROTECTED ? The Act on Which Brinkerlioff and Seymour Rely—It May Be Modified Yet. I The Board of Finance held a special meeting yesterday afternoon. It was called at the request of Commissioners Datz, Hardenbergh and Warren. Many rumors were flying about the eity as to the object of the sudden meet ing, and the air was full of expectancy. Many of the politicians of the city gath ered together in the Council Chamber in which the meeting was held, and in little groups discussed the situation. The rumor which gained the most cred ence was one to the effect that the Board proposed to fight the new charter if it shall be adopted by the people, and hold their offices until ousted by the courts. Corporation Counsel Blair, it was said, had refused to fight the charter, and it was intended to have him resign and appoint William Brinkerhoff in his place. | It was also said that this deal included Corporation Attorney Hudspeth, who would be dismissed to make room for ex Judge Roderick B. Seymour. BECAUSE THEY’RE VETERANS. These manoeuvres, Dame Rumor further said, were a neat little scheme to euchre Senator Edwards and Mr. Hudspeth out of the offices of Corporation Counsel and 1 Attorney respectively, for which they have been slated when the Mayor lends the hosts into the promised land prom ised by the new charter. This was to be accomplished by the election of Messrs. Brinkerhoff and Seymour, both of whom being veterans of the late war, could not be removed except for cause. This rumor received a prodigious boom when, after the Board had transacted some routine business, Clerk MrAnenv read this com munication:— JERSEY UITT, April 8, 18BW. Gentlemen of the Board of Finance:— I herewith tender you my resignation as Corporation Counsel of Jersey City, to take effect forthwith. In thus severing the close relationship which has existed between us for so long a period, I wish to assure you that the courteous consideration which I have uniformly received from your Board and from each ot you individually will always be a matter for pleasant retrospection. Very respectfully, John A. Blair. On motion of Commissioner Harden bergh the communication was laid on the table, but was taken up subsequently and the resignation was accepted. COMPLIMENTS FOR MR. BLAIR. Mr. Blair was tendered a vote of thanks for the efficient manner in which he had transacted the business of the office. Commissioner Warren said that he never found Judge Blair wanting, that his ability was without question and that he lias ever been faithful. Mr. Warren then offered a resolution appointing ex-Senator William Brinkerhoflf to the position va cated by Mr. Blair. In casting his vote on this resolution Mr. Hardenbergh said:— “For some time I had intended to vote for Senator Edwards, but owing to his able efforts to legislate us out of office my self respect prevents me from doing so, and I vote for Mr. Briukerholf.” REMOVING MR. HUDSPETH. The resolutions to declare the office of Corporation Attorney vacant and the sub sequent one to appoint Judge Seymour to the vacant position, were put through rapidly and silently. The other business transacted by the Board possessed little interest for those present and was quickly disposed of. A recess was taken wlieu Judge Blair’s letter of resignation had been read, during which President Edelstein suddenly dis covered that he had just received a de spatch informing him that some people wanted to see him somewhere on very im portant business. So he hastily caught up his hat and coat and left the room. “He ain’t in this deal,” said a knowing one, as the President passed out of the door. _ THE LAW ABOUT VETERANS. How tho Acta Apply to the Board of Finance Situation. The selection of ex-Scnator Brinkerhoif for Corporation Council and of ex-Judge R. B. Seymour for Corporation Attorney By the Board of Finance yesterday after noon, was due largely to the fact that they served in the Federal army during the Rebellion, and to the belie! that the Vet eran act protects them from removal by the new city government that the people may accept today. Ex-Senator Brinkerlioff served for nine months in the rebellion in Colonel Van Houten’s Twenty-first Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers, and at"the close of the war ex-Judge Seymour was a brevet Cap tain in the Twelfth Regiment of New' Jer sey Volunteers. The ex-Judge enjoys, besides, the distinction of being one of the organizers of the first Grand Army post ever established in Hudson county. VETERAN ACTS THAT DON’T APPLV. Of late there have been any number of acts put on the statute books to keep vet erans of the war in tho offices they hold, and it is said that under one of them the two new officials appointed last evening will be enabled to hold their respective places ns long as they behave themselves. Ex-Judge Seymour, when interviewed last evening, said that that w'as his under standing of the matter. Speaker Hudspeth said, however, that unless it he accomplished by an act passed this winter by Assemblyman Marsh, of Union, no law of the State ex tends to, them the protection they claim to liave earned by their service on the field. “Two years ago,” Mr. Hudspeth said, “Mr. Seymour tried to shield himself against the loss Of the Corporation At torneyship beneath the protecting arm of these acts, but he fonnd it would not work.” A NEW ACT. Marsh’s act of this winter provides, “That no person now or hereafter holding a public office or position nuder the gov ernment of any city or county of this State, whose term of office Is not fixed by law, and who receives a salary from the city or county, and who Is an honorably discharged Union soldier or sailor, having served lu the War of the Rebellion, shall be removed from such office or position except for good cause shown after hear ing, but such person shall hold his office during good behavior, and shall not be re moved for political or partisan reasons.” It was passed by both Houses and was placed in the hands of Governor Green on the ad inst. The Governor hatl not signed it up to ten o’clock last night; but he had not returned it, and his time to veto ex pired With the close of last night’s session of the Houses, so that the act is law. THE LAW TO BE MODIFIED. Ex-Judge McDermott claims that the charter supersedes this act, as far as Jer sey City officials are concerned, and Speaker Hudspeth says that the two new officials will be legislated out of office, if the Legislature has to sit all summer to do it. “Do you mean,” I asked, "by the repeal of the Veteran Acts?” “No,” was the answer, “we can reach them by acts, making the veteran law in applicable to such offices as these gentle men hold.” GROUNDS FOR FIGUT. O'Neill's Right to Issue the Proclama tion—Was the Mayor “Absent”? The motive of the Board of Finance in making the changes was not wholly to keep the legal lights Mayor Cleveland may select out of office, but also to get things in readiness for a big tug in the courts against the new act. The removals and appointments are a practical declaration by the Board of Finance and their appointees, who control the funds in the City Treasury, that they do not intend to surrender to the officers of the new government unless the courts bid them to. Three modes of pro cedure are open to the contestants. In the first place a certiorari may be applied for; then a quo warranto is possible, and, thirdly, an injunction against the Mayor is within reach. To which method of pro cedure recourse may be had no one is able just now to foresee. The choice will largely depend upon the exigencies of the situation. GROUNDS OF CHARTER CONTEST. The grounds of contest are as numerous as the methods of contest, if they are not indeed more numerous.' The local option feature of the bill, under which the people are voting on it today, is claimed to be un constitutional. That is sure to be one ground for the tight. The question, as as already been stated in these columns, is a close aud interesting one. A second point against the bill relates to the issuance of the proclamation, in pursuance of which the vote is being taken today. This bore the signature, not of Mayor Cleveland, but of Assemblyman O’Neill, as President of the Board of Aldermen. Mayor Cleveland was absent from town at the time it became at once possible and necessary to issue the notice of the election, and Mr. O’Neill signed the proclamation as “Acting Mayor.” The new charter provides that it may be submitted to a vote of the people on a resolution of the Council or on the pro clamation of the Mayor. It makes no pro vision for action in the absence of the Mayor, and, therefore, it is claimed, con ferred authority to act only on Mayor Cleveland. The old city charter authorizes the President of the Board of Aldermen to act in the absence or disability of the Mayor, but the new act is not an amend ment or a supplement to "tire" present charter. It is an act by itself. Its deficiencies or shortcomings cannot be supplemented by any provisions in the old charter. So, at any rate, it is claimed, and therefore it is urged Alderman O’Najt! was entirely without authority to act. WAS THE MAYOR “ABSENT” ? Even if he had authority to act in the absengp of the Mayor, was the Mayor “ab sent irom the city within the legal defi nition of the term? It has never, it is said, been satisfactorily determined what con stitutes an official “absence” within the meaning of the law, and some lawyers urge that a notice by the Mayor of the temporary abdication of his functions, is necessary to create an absence that the law will recognize. A cmru uujeci urn uniat- iu tin ill 1 in even more technical. The bill provides that it shall not be operative till it shall have been accepted by the people. Their ratification makes it law. 1111 it is so ratified, where is the law under which either Mayor Cleveland or Alderman O’Neill, or any one else could issue a pro clamation. The question thus raised is paradoxical, but it is looked upon by some of the enemies of the charter as a very serious one. POLITICAL EFFECTS. The current speculation of the streets is that the prospect of the Board of Finance making a fight must tend to dispirit the new charter advocates, while it will oh the other side strengthen the hands of those seeking places under the old char ter, who may be presumed to be unfavora ble to the new. But then, as a measurable offset, it is declared that many people who might have remained inactive will be spurred, by disapproval of the action of the Board of Finance, into vigorous and effective support of the bill that ousts the Board from office. Complainant Becomes Prisoner. Michael Ritz, who keeps a saloon at No. 394 First street, entered Justice Stilsing’s court this morning as a complainant and went out as a prisoner under bonds. He caused the arrest of Michael Cutley, of No. 404 Third street, whom he charged with breaking into his saloon at an early hour Monday morning and stealing a quantity of liquors and cigars. While he was giving his testimony he incidentally mentioned the time when he closed his saloon on Sunday night. By a series of skillful questions Justice Stil sing drew from him the fact that he was open all day Sunday. The Justice was so nice about it that he completely won Mr. Ritz’s confidence. Cutley was committed for trial, and Mr. Ritz was almost paralyzed when the nice Justice told him he would have to furnish bonds to answer a charge of keeping his saloon open on Sunday. For the latent news about the vote on the Charter see THE JERSEY CITY NEWS Extra Wednesday morning. __ Folice Broke Up the Fight. Henry Cummings, aged eighteen, of No. 32 Tuers avenue, and Thomas Witty, aged twenty-three, of No. 687 Montgomery street, were arraigned in Judge Wanser’s court this morning charged with having engaged in a prize fight. They were arrested last night by Sergeant Finley and four policemen, just when in the midst of the fight. It took place at the foot of Duncan avenue, where a hundred young men had gathered to see the fun. The scouts saw the police com ing and they gave the alarm and the crowd left. Cummings was held. They Annoyed Young Women. Frank Brown, of No. 102 Academy street, and William A. Conroy, of Mont gomery street, two car drivers were fined $3 and $5 respectively in Justice Stilsing’s Court this morning, for insulting ladies. They annoyed two young women until they were compelled to appeal to the police. __ Bvangelistlc Work. A very large congregation was gathered at the Scotch Church last night. Mr. Houston sang some beautiful pieces. His sermon was addressed to the saved and unsaved. All are welcome to attend the services now being held. Bekchah's Fills cure bilious and nervous Ills. EXPLAINING THE GRAB. - T Speaker Hudspeth Denies All Attacks Based on the Railroad Bill. MR. GOBLE SEES NO HARM IN IT. Senator Gardner’s Substitute Ad vances with Questionable Ra pidity. [Special to the Jersey City ITem.] Trenton, April 8, 1889.—The Railroad Grab bill occupied most of the session of the House tonight. Speaker Hudspeth put Mr. Kalisch, of Newark, in the chair, and going on the floor, rose to a question of privilege, which was to deny that he had resorted to any subterfuge to pass the bill. He said he felt it was his duty as an in' dividual and as Speaker of the House to notice the charges made against him Never before, he declared, had his char acter been smirched by a direct charge. He digressed from his subject here to re fer to the attacks made on him by a re publican paper, the New York* Tribune, for his rulings during the memorable night session, and said that their venom was the fruit of cowardice and brutality, that the columns of the paper had been trailed in the sewer and that the authors of such attacks were cowards and blackguards. “Here or out side the House,” he continued, “I have the courage to say this about anyone who attacks me in such a wanton manner.” Then he went on:—“I wish to say, with all the truth and sincerity I am capable of , uttering, that until after the passage of Senate bill 1&5 I did not know what the bill was, or what its provisions contem plated. Mr. Goble, of Ocean, asked me to call the mu up, ana saia it was a goou one; that its object was to permit the con struction of a depot at Atlantic City. He asked me to vote for it and I said I would.” He denied in the most emphatic terms that there had been any trick, device or subterfuge used in the passage of the bill. As soon as he learned that the passage of the bill was desired by some members, he had called on the Gov ernor to explain the matter. Harris and Mutchler made speeches sustaining the Speaker. Goble said lie did not see any harm in the bill, but he declined to avail himself of McDermit’s offer to explain it. Riker, Marsh, Voorhees, Wiedenmayer and Cutter all declared that they had voted for the amendments to the bill, but not the bill; and they claimed that the record was wrong. 'An aftempt was made to rush through the Senate Gardner’s supplementary act to the Grabbill, the alleged effect of which is to take the sting out of the first measure. It is very seriously doubted whether the Grab bill, even with the supple ment, will not confer dangerous and extensive powers on railroads. The opponents of the Grab make the point that if all that is intended to be gained is land for a depot at Atlantic City, it would be easy to pass a bill which would effect that purpose and nothing more. They consider Senator Gardner's second bill us merely a blind, intended to save as much as possible of the Grab. It is the general opinion outside of the railroad circle that Governor Green should veto the^rab bill, if only a precaution to protect the cities and citizens of the State. The rapid progress of Gardner’s second bill is significant. It was introduced Saturday ; reported at the very next ses sion, which was this evening; passed on second reading so quietly tiiat not all the Senators knew of it, aiid was then en grossed and an attempt was made to pass it on third reading. On an objection it went over till tomorrow. LEGISLATIVE MISCELLANY. Mr Feeney Feels tlie Effects of His Relief Expedition. [Special to the Jersey City IVcuw.] Trenton, April 8, 1889.—Feeney’s bones ache and Sergeant-at-Arms McCormick, of the Senate, has a sore throat. They attribute their ailments to riding on the handcar in search of Senator Smith at Harvey Cedars. The Rev. Mr. Parker, of Trenton, de livered the prayer at the" >pening of *he House this evening. Tht members said his delivery was the slowest of any minister who lias officiated this year. The bill lixing the salary d District Court .Judges in Jersey City and Newark at $8,000 was favorably reported. The House bill, ubolishing assistant, ward or deputy assessors in cities was passed, as was the Senate bill giving township com mittees in Essex and Hudson counties five members each. Senator Pfeiffer wants the Legislature to settle the trouble in Camden over the office of Assistant Prosecutor. When the Governor appointed W. H. Jenkins to be Prosecutor, Tom Curley thought he had a mortgage on the office of assistant, but while he was telling his friends about it, and getting ready to be sworn in, Dick Ridgway got the place. It is asserted that Mr. Jenkins had pledged the office to Curley, and the latter and his friends, among whom is Mr. Pfeiffer, are very mad. Mr. Pfeiffer has introduced a bill giving the Governor the power to ap point Assistant Prosecutors in counties of the second class and legislating incum bents out of office in May. Mr. Everitt introduced a bill providing that the Governor, Comptroller and Secre tary of State shall designate the news papers to publish the laws. The Governor ana Comptroller now perform that func tion. XUVXUUUWIU^ UUU.it uiua it etc jjuoitu.— Permitting cities of the lirst and second classes to build armories, and authorizing the construction of a hospital for contag ious diseases at Snake Hill. There seemed to be a disposition on the part of some Senators to dodge the House bill providing for the employment of a clergyman, at 41,500, as a moral instructor in the State Reform School. Delicate religious matters are involved. Not enough members were present and voting to pass it when the roll was called, and on a demand for the absentees, the clerk kept shouting the names of Senators for fifteen minutes before enough votes had been se cured to pass the bill. The Governor vetoed the bill authoriz ing the exemption from taxation of mort gages made to the Chancellor or Supreme, ircuit or Orphans’ Court. The Senate passed the joint resolution providing that the National Guard and Grand Army posts shall escort President Harrison through the State on his Centen nial journey. HAMILTON COUNTV IN THE SOUP. That's What Assemblyman Fagan, of Ho boken, Sadly Remarked. [Special to the Jersey City IfetM.l TRENTON, April 8, 1889. — “ Hamilton county is in the soup,” was a remark made this evening by Assemblyman Kagan, of Hoboken, the ehicf engineer of the bill. Some of his friends had come down from Hoboken to give their views on the subject to the Committee on Partisnn Legislat ion of the Democratic Caucus, but talking seemed a useless ceremony under the circumstances, and they went home again. Sympathy is one of the great obstacles to the passage of the bill in the Senate just now. The bill puts Senator Edwards between the devil and the deep sea. His colleagues naturally defer a good deal to his opinion in the matter. He comes up for renomination this fall. If he favors the bill be will incur the ill will of the county officials of Hudson county, whose fees would be reduced by the division, aud of people in Jersey City who object to a severance of the fraternal ties with Hoboken. If he opposes the bill he incurs the ill will of people in Hoboken and else where who want to have a county of their own. And if the bill is not passed the Democratic ascendancy in the Senate next year is endangered. Mr. Kagan continues cheerful, urbane and philosophical, even if Hamilton county is in the soup? He has no desire to make matters difficult for anybody, and says he will stick to the Democratic party even if the bill does not pass. His col leagues pat him on the back, and say he is a good fellow. The cry now is that the bill is crude and imperfect. Kagan says that is not his j fault. He got .John C. Besson to draw it up, and supposed it was all right. umi u ui tuc um m me House tonight. Feeney has been against it all along. He did his duty like a man bv the caucus when he voted for the bill after his name had been called four times, and now considers himself at liberty to improve the measure a little if he can. With this in view he offered a resolution recalling it from .the Senate for purposes of amendment. He said that the division cut his district in two, and that it was hard enough to run for oflitv in one county, let alone two. Colonel Heppeu heimer said that the resolution ought not to pass, os suitable amendments could be offered in the Senate. “I am not a Senator, and never ex pected to be,” retorted Feeney. McDermit made a speech against the resolution, thus helping to pay off his score against Feeney, who had refused to assist him to improve the lines of his dis trict in Newark. The Republicans came out in support of Feeney on the principle that they do not want another Democratic Senator, and that it is u good thing to en courage Democratic divisions. Francois and Norton voted with Feeney on a mo tion to lay the resolution on the table, which was lost, and Francois returned to the Democrats when the resolution was voted on. It was lost by one vote. For the latest news about the vote on the Charter see THE JERSEY CITY NEWS Extra Wednesday morning. __ EASTERN WAR CROUDS. Russian Advances in Persia and Servia Threaten Trouble. [By Cable to the United Press. 1 London, April 9,1889.—A despatch an nouncing that the young King Alexander of Servia is going to Russia in August for the purpose of meeting the Czar at Charkoff, has revived state ments that Servia has irretrievably drifted away from Austria, and is com pletely under control of Russia. Whether this be true or not, there can be no doubt that the Czar will take occasion at the coming meeting to impress upon the mind of the boy King and the Servian offi cials who will accompany him the advisability of cultivating Russia’s friend ship and deferring to the wishes expressed by her representatives. In casting about in search of an incentive to the young King’s visit to Russia one need go no further than the youthful monarch’s mother. Queen Natalie having been ad vised that her presence in Belgrade at this time would place her son in an em barrassing position, has doubtless in fluenced the step proposed to be taken by the latter in order to commit him to the pro-Russian leaning she so ardently desires'him to exhibit. The Servian Re gency, headed by M. Aistics, could scarcely' be expected to oppose Alexander’s deference to his mother's wishes in this respect since the domination of Servia by Russia is a thing they have individually worked for upon every opportunity that has presented itself during the last few years. It may therefore be settled thut the march of Russia toward the conquest of the Balkan States will not be long delayed. The cession of additional territory by Persia to Russia indicates the re newal of Russian operations os tensibly against Afghanistan, but really against India at no distant date. Gradually the Northern Empire is absorb ing all of the strategic points surrounding the northern portion of the Ameer’s dominions, and there will be very little delay in organizing an offensive move ment aftfer sue gets them. Killed in His Wine Press. [By Cable to the United Press.] VIENNA, April 9, 1889.—A wine store at Sail, Hungary, was entered Sunday night by thieves, who plundered the premises of everything valuable. The proprietor of the store surprised the robbers at their work, and was seized and crushed to death in a wine press. The thieves after ward got drunk, and were in an almost helpless state of inebriety when a few hours later they were arrested. Oarsman Searle’s Challenge. [liy Cable to the United Press.] Sydney, N. S. W., April 9,1889.—Searle, the champion oarsman of Australia, will sail for England on the 4th of next month. When he arrives in England he will issue challenges to the Oarsmen Teemer and O’Connor, offering to row them for £500 each and the championship of the world, the contest to take place on the Thames. Look out for the morning Extra of THE JERSEY CITY NEWS tomor row. It will have all the election returns. BASEBALL A GROUND FOlt DIVORCE. Mrs. Jacobs Says Her Husband Is a Crank on the Game. TOLEDO, April 9, 1889.—Mrs. Belle E. Jacobs hits brought suit against her hus band, Edwin C.. for divorce, on the ground that he is a chronic baseball crank. The case came up for hearing in the Common Pleas Court, this city, yesterday. Mrs. Jacobs testified that Edwin was a member of the Waeuson Baseball Club.at wlxich place the parties reside and that his entire time wixs spent on the green dia mond. In winter, when the weather would not permit him to play ball, he amused him self by cutting the baseball columns out of the papers and pasting them in scrap books. Judge Pugsby took the case under ad visement as umpire, and will probably declare Jacobs out. Tlie McCarthy-Murphy Fight. “Cal” McCax'thy’s managers are arrang ing for a fight between the champion and Johnnie Murphy, of Boston, to cake place in that city on the Stttlx instant, fora purse of 41,000, the winner to take all. See Joseph Warren's auctioneer advertise ments of Important axxction sales of real estate to take place on the days named and at* p. in. on the premises.*** CHASTER VOTES GO IN. Favorable Ballots are Drop ping Quietly All Over the City. 9 LITTLE OPPOSITION DEVELOPS. Die Free Library Act—Contests In the Districts. The election is progressing very quietly today. There is little excitement any where; so little indeed, that the little cluster of workers around each of the polling places arouses the enquiry, by thoughtless persons, as to what it means. One man pushed his way into one of these throngs this morning with the expectation of seeing an improvised dog fight. “Oh, blazes!” he exclaimed, as he turned away in disgust. “Is that all it is—only an election?” Two special votes are being taken. One is upon the acceptance of the Free Library act. The other is as to the charter. A third might have been as to the Police Increase of Pay bill, but Mr. Carroll and Charley Cox could not get the act through In time to be presented to the voters to day. In fact, it is doubtful if they will ever get it through. Senator Edwards takes the view that the expense contemplated by the act should not be added to the present ex penses of the city. Perhaps he may think t hat if the city can adorer to spend money on increase of pay, it might rather spend it on an increase of the force. The Free Library act will be accepted without any question, as it should be. SPECULATION ABOUT THE CHARTER. The Charter act is meeting with active opposition in some quarters; but there is no reason to believe, on the strength of anything that was learned to day, that it will be rejected. Board of Works Commissioner Kern is making a lively hu3tle in the Fourth district to beat it, and he openly says that it will not receive 800 votes in that district. The Republicans, however are generally for it, probably because he is against it. A rumor prevails that Mr. Kern’s workers at tiie polls are taking the “For the Char ter” ballots away from the voters, and not permitting them to vote them at nil. Sheriff Davis’s suspicion that Kern in tends to count the charter out in the district has been aroused, and he has manned the polling places in the district with deputies to see that there is a free vote and a fair count up there. On the other hand, Kern’s friends are afraid that Sheriff Davis will count the charter in in other districts, and he says he will have all the places the Sheriffs triends cun control, watched by trusted envoys. A~~gentleman, who probably did not know much about it, said this morning that the majority in the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth districts will be against the charter, and that the ma jority for the act will have to come froji the First and Second districts. He assumes this partly because the machine in the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth districts is said to be a little against the charter. A visit to the polls in the districts showed, on the other hand, that almost every vote goiug into the boxes is in favor of the charter. A rOiACK rULL WUmvJUw. Register George B. Fielder telegraphed James Davis; President of the Police Board, this morning, that a republican policeman in citizens, clothing was work in favor of the Ret blican party in the Seventh precinct or the Fifth district. H*« asked President Davis to call him off, and was assured it would be done. A FIGHT AGAINST BUNNELL. There is trouble at the “Pop Corn” in the First district. It may cause the pre cinct to be thrown out. The election officers are George Bunnell, William Eaton, Harry Speer and Thomas Trotter. Bunnell was a candidate for Alderman, but at the primary lie was defeated by Frank S. Petter. It is this fact that has lead to the trouble. On Saturday last Doou & Pilson printed 18.000 republican tickets with the name of George Bunnell on them for Alderman nt-Ixtrge and a few of them were dis tributed. General Ramsay, a member of the Republican General Committee, learned of this and ordered the tickets de stroyed, which was done, and tickets without the name of any candidate for Alderman-at-Large were printed. Today the Democratic election officers in this precinct tried to preveut Bunnell from serving, but finally agreed to allow him to serve until recess at one p. m. under protest, they claiming that an election officer could not act when a candidate for office. Bunnell declared he was not a candidate, never had been nominated and had not caused the tickets to be printed. He and Eaton went to the Citv Hall and consulted Clerk Scott. Ex-Judge Seymour, Chairman of the Republican Committee, said later that he knew Bunnell had not done this, that no candidate for the office had been nomi nated, and that Bunnell’s name had been placed there by a messenger sent to the printer, because, he saw that no nomination for the office had been made. Crier Welsh's Election Cat. Court Crier Welsh has a wonderful cat. §he knows when it is election day, and has proved it to the satisfaction of Mr. Welsh, for the last three elections. On each of these days the cat has recognized the fact by giving birth to a litter of four kittens. Knch time Mr. Welsh has won his elec tion bets, and when the kittens arrived this morning, he declared that he knew the new charter would pass and he would win again. _ Notes of the Election. There is no excitement about the polls in the Fourth district. The vote is very light. The general Impression there is that the charter will be knocked out. The workers against it are numerous and talk much. Tlie silent voter, however, is also numerous, and he is supposed to be voting (or the charter. A Socialist ticket is in the field and workers are at every precinct. They esti mate their vote in the district at 400. Others say it will not reach 200. They are voting solid against the charter. A tour of the various precincts just be fore noon showed that in the First, only 138 votes had been cast of 668 registered; in the Second, 229 of the 1,000 registered; in the Third, 238 of the 880 registered; in the Fourth, 171 of the 712 registered; in the Fifth, 120 of the 560 registered; in the Sixth, 174 of the 626 registered. Frederick A. Boelime for Alderman, heads the Socialistic ticket in the Fourth district, John Herrmann is running on the same ticket for Police Commissioner, Arm iu Georgi for Board of Public Works, Charles Beitz for Freeholder, Henry Kil ian for Constable, and Joseph Eulensteiu for Justice of the Peace. The Hudson County Pioneer Demo cratic Association, at its meeting last night at Myer’s Hotel, endorsed the full Democratic ticket, but unanimously re jected the new charter. A dozen new names were enrolled. BISHOP MERRILL TALKS. SOJfB SURERTHING STATEMENTS TO THE NEWARK CONFERENCE. More Preacher# Than Churches Is What the Bishop Anticipates Unless the Present Order of Things Takes a Dif ferent Course. [Specioi to the Jersey City iVeMW.1 Plainfield, April 9, 1889.—At this morning’s meeting of the Conference the question of greatest importance was the matter of admitting candidates for “full connection” on trial. When the Rev. Dr. Parsons moved that all the names be acted upon by the Confer ence, it was immediately suggested that the Presiding Elders be instructed to select the most suitable from among the names presented. juiniiujf iucum ucic uunc auu iuhuc a strong speech in which he did not specifi cally advise any action, but warned the Conference that men were coming up as candidates every year in numbers greater than were being ‘ superannuated.” “These young men,” he said, “are of course given minor charges; Then, if they display ability, their next assign ments are better. They are advanced. “Their next assignments, if they show advanced ability,are still better,and before long they have the best class of churches. This is in the natural course of events. “But the older men do not grow old fast enough to make room for them all, and the consequence is that the ministers grow strong faster than the churches. “It is well for the Conference to remem ber this, and also to bear in mind the fact that if room were made for the new men it would greatly increase the charge upon the Conference for the support of the growing number of ‘superannuated’ min is ters. “I do not recommend any particular action to the Conference, but I hope that nothing will be done hastily.” The Conference left the matter in the hands of the Presiding Elders. The report of the Steward was read, and it showed the following:— Returns of collections as apportioned to the different districts:— ELIZA- PATER NEWARK. JERSEY. BETH. SON. Churches return ing full amount apportioned... 19 21 19 21 More. 14 8 10 8 Leas. 14 22 21 20 None at all. 4 0 1 0 Churches in dis’t. 51 51 51 47 About *8,500 wa9 distributed, and of this about £i,000 was toward the support of superannuated ministers, and about $5,000 to aid the widows of deceased ministers. For the latest news about the vote on the Charter see THE JERSEY CITY NEWS Extra Wednesday morning. OVER THE MAYORS HEAD. The Board of Finance Read opts Its Bond Adjustment Scheme. At its meeting yesterday ufternoon the Board of Finance fixed the bonds of the Water Registrar at $50,000, and $69,185.61 was ordered transferred from the adjusted assessments account from 1875 to 1887 to the taxes arrearages fund. A temporary loan of $4',140.27 was authorized to meet a judgment obtained against the city by Henry C. Hopper. The recent vetoes of the Mayor were then taken up, and in moving to pass them, not withstanding the Mayor’s ob jections, Mr, Hardeubergh said “Mr. President, the city’s debt is not added to by the measure, but is so arranged that should we retire from business the city would know where it stands. If you owe a debt pay it; don’t hide it. To ask the Legislature to cancel the Sinking Fund would be repudiation. “Was it the duty of the Mayor if he could not find the information be was in search of to drop the investigation? I would have taken Murphy aud his entire police force and battered down the doors of any safe which contained the informa tion I wanted. “I object to the term, robbery, etc. They do not belong to me nor to the mem bers of this Board. We have done the best we could for the city. When we took hold four years ago it was on the verge of bankruptcy, and now its bonds are selling above par. I hope when the new Board is appointed it will conserve the best inter ests of the city and be in harmony with the Mayor.” Mr. Warren also spoke on the question, and the scheme as printed in The Jersey City News at the time it was proposed was adopted, the Mayor’s objections to the contrary notwithstanding. GARDNER’S SUPPLEMENT PASSED. A Committee to Investigate the Railroad Grab. [Special to the Jersey City Newt.} Trenton, April 9, 1889.—The Senate passed the supplement to the Railroad Grab bill, and voted to adjourn when Ed wards moved to take up the House con current resolution to recall the bill from the Governor. In the House Marsh, Voorhees and Klotz were appointed a committee to in vestigate the facts of the case and report to the Governor. Mr. Francois intro duced a bill abolishing the division head quarters of the National Guard as un necessary, and placing Major General Plume ou the retired list. The House ad journed till tomorrow. Look out for the morning Extra of THE JERSEY CITY NEWS tomor row. It will have all the election I OUt / HO! Q01ET IN *H0B0KEN. ltut the Contest ltetween Lolmunn anil Quitlore Is Hot. The election in Hoboken is, so far, very quiet. There is evidently a great deal of sup pressed excitement among the Deople, aud at this earlv hour it would be al most impossible to make predictions. The light, as has been already stated, has narrowed down to Henry Lehmann aud Henry Quidore, the rival candidates for the office of Water Registrar. Lohmann is running very strong in the city, but there lias been no concession made by democrats as yet. It IVas a Cruel Joke. A telegram was received by the agent of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, at Hoboken, last evening, re questing him to arrest three men, aud send them back to Scranton, Pa. From the detailed description the agent caught his men and had them taken to the police station. Chief Donovan smelled u rat, and when the telegram was shown to him lie immediately pronounced it bogus. The men were nighly indignant at being detained, and as no charges were specified in the telegram the Chief let them go. Early this morning, in reply to a tele gram from the agent, Chief B. R. Wade wired:— “Telegram forgery. No charges against men that I know of.” But for Chief Donovan’s foresight three innocent men might have been compelled to spend the night in a cell, the victims of a foolish practicl’. joke. See Joseph Warren auctioneer’s advertisement of the elegant brown stone house. No. 840 York street, to be sold to the highest bidder tomorrow at two p, ra. on the premises.*** SMASHED BY AN ENGINE A Crowded Horse Car Run Down on a Railroad Crossing. PASSENGERS SERIOUSLY HURT. But the Miracle Is That a Dozen of Them Were Not Killed. An accident, which narrowly escaped being one of the worst catastrophes which has ever happened in this city, oc curred this morning at the Grove street crossiug of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Shortly before seven o’clock, car No. 145. of the Hoboken horse car line, driven by John F. Seigen and in charge of Conduc tor Henry Wencken, drove up to thecross ing. It was one of the large cars of the line, drawn by two horses, and was loaded with passengers, most of whom were oa their way to business. The seats were all occupied and a number were standing up inside, while several were on the plat forms. With the driver on the front plat form were Henry Buck, of No. 58 Ferry street ; Thomas H. Spurr, of No. 153 Washington street, and Charles Erickson, of No. 50 Fifth street, Hoboken. As the car approached the crossing, the driver saw that the gates were down, and he waited until a train had passed. The gates were then raised, and the gateman signalled to the driver to come on. STRUCK BY A DRILL ENGINE. Seigen started his horses and drove onto the tracks. The horses had just cleared the west bound track when a drill engine, which was coming from the depot, struck the front platform of the car and threw it violently against one of the west posts of the gates. The car struck the post with a crash which sent a shower of glass and splinters flying in all directions, while the horses, cut loose by the force of the colli sion, started down Grove street on a mad gallop. Seigen, Buck, Spurr and Erickson were sent flying on to the tracks, and the other passengers came rushing from the car with blanched faces. The noise of the crash brought a large crowd to the scene. Acting Captain Smith, of the Second precinct, who was at Grove street and Newark avenue, immediately sent word of the accident to Police Headquarters, and a squad of policemen under command of Roundsman Coward hurried to the scene. They drove the crowd back and soon had the place cleared. AIDING THE INJUBED. In the meantime Captain Smith, with such aid as he could command, had turned his attention to the ininred. It was found that Buck and Spurr were * badly hurt. An ambulance was sum moned and the two men were taken to the City Hospital. Erickson was found to be badly cut with glass, but after being attended by Dr. Gray he was able to re turn to his home in Hoboken. Several other passengers were cnt with glass and slightly bruised, but they were all able to proceed on their way without medical attendance. The forward part of the car was smashed to atoms, and for some distance about the scene of the accident the ground was ~ strewn with fine p^es of glass and splinters. The car was quickly removed, and in a short time after the col lision a small heap of broken glass and Hue splinters at the side of the track was all that could be seen of the accident. All who saw the occurrence declare that it was a miracle that no one was killed and that more were not severely injured. THE GATEMAN ARRESTED. Chief Murphy was informed of the acci dent shortly after it occurred, and he im mediately ordered the gateman, Michael Doyle, of No. Ill Railroad avenue, taken into custody. Policeman Hopkins locked him up at Headquarters on a charge of atrocious assault and battery. Doyle said that it was all his fault; that he did not see the second train until It struck the car. When the injured men reached the hos pital Spurs was found to have a broken nose, a bad cut ou his forehead and an In jured knee, while Buck had two riba broken. Both men will recover. STORIES OF THE WOUNDED. Poor Charles Erickson was in a pitiable plight when 1 called on him this morning. His face was one mass of wounds and ha could hardly move. “1 started for work this morning,” said he, “on the 6:30 car. There were six or seven passengers on hoard. When wo reached the crossing the gate was down and the driver of onr car stopped. The gate was then raised and he started to go through. Hardly luul vve reaehed the track when the loco motive struck us. I remember seeing tho driver try to throw himself over the dash board and know that the engine had cars behind it. After the train struck there is a blank in my memory. I did not know I was injured until some time after the accident. No blame can be attached to the driver of the car. If the gate had not been opened lie would not have attempted to go through. The fault of the accident rests either with the engineer or with tlia flagman. “I ant a poor man and can hardly afford the doctor’s bills. I have not as j dared what action to take against the company.” $ Mr. Spurr said:—“I was>tanding on the front platform when wre reached the cross ing. The gates were down, and a train was passing. When it passed they were raised, and again lowered for a train. They were again raised and our driver was signalled to go ou, which he did, and we were struck. 1 jumped backward and fell. What followed I ao not know.” Mr. Buck told the same story. The Boy’s Injuries Were Fatal. Ten-year-old David Mulligan, who was run over and severely injured yesterday, died in St. Francis’ Hospital this morning. Monthly Y. M. C. A. Meeting. The regular monthly meeting of the Young Men’s Christian Association will take place in its parlor this evening at eight o’clock. Tho members are urgently requested to be present, as busi ness of an important nature Is to be transacted. Fair Weather. [Special to the Jersey City .Yetrs.l Washington, April 9,1889.—Weather in dications for twenty-four hours for Kast Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, light rain; for all other States, fair. Hartnett's Record, April 8. Deg. Aprils. Deg. At 3 1* M.59 At B A. M.Si At BP. M.54 At# A. M.M At 9 F. 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