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EXTRA! The Board of Finance Determined to Hold On. p _ POLICE MAI TAKE A HAIO And Put the Mayor’s Appointees in Pos f session. IS IT DUAL GOVERNMENT? The Board Conference Today and the Warlike Result of It. I > . V f The die is cast! There is to be a local war for the posses sion of the city offices of magnificent pro portions and excitement. In the article published below the atti tude of affairs in the Board of Finance of today as to the new charter is given, and a statement is made that a conference is in progress this afternoon as to what should be done tomorrow. The Board of Finance today consists of IS Messrs. Datz, Jordan, Hardenberuh Edelstein and Warren. Mr. Edelstein will be out of the Board of Finance tomorrow, and John D. Frazer will be in his place. The Board of Finance of tomorrow con eluded a consultation at one o’clock as to L whether to surrender their offices to the new city govewnsent, or to fight. The determination reached—and reached unanimously, too, it is said—is to fight. The new Board of Finance will meet at half-past ten o’clock tomorrow morning and organize by the election of a new President and of a new clerk. They will then formally declare themselves to be the legally constituted Board of Finance, and resolve to - contest their right to their places with the new Commissioners in the JJOurtS. AS me Xicimuici, Comptroller and City Collector hold the moneys of the city, they will control the financial affairs of the city in the face of Mayor Cleveland’s new Commissioners. Other Boards encouraged by the de fiance of the Board of Finance to the new departure may also resolve to hold on to their places, though this is a problem that only the developments of time can solve, and within the next few days the city may have two conflicting and battling govern ments. It is said, in some places, that the Mayor will invoke the aid of the police to take possession of the city offices these defiant hold-overs propose to keep. And another rumor is that Sheriff Davis will send a posse to put the new charter appointees in possession. The prospect of unusual local excite ment is, therefore, wonderfully promising. How far the attitude of the police may be influenced or determined by the fact that the Chief of Police is a republican, but a charter man withal, remains to be seen. !Of coarse the officials who have deter mined to make a fight declare that that the interference either of the Sheriff or of the police would be without warrant of law, and that it would be an net of revo lution that they do not believe Mayor Cleveland would stoop to. "More than that," said a republican, who is cognizant of all the facts, this afternoon, "every official who becomes a party to such an act of violence would be subject to indictment and impeachment. If the republicans should get hold of the Legislature within the next two years, the gentlemen con cerned in this latest piece of enterprise, they would probably be deprived for ever of their right to hold office for the rest of their lives.” Hasty interviews with some persons who hold no individual or personal rela tions to the controversy showed a general concurrence of view that, if the new charter can be successfully attacked In the Courts, the men who lose their places by the vote of the people should fight on the outside. i When Mayor Cleveland was sought for his view as to the situation he was not at his office. _ THE FINANCIERS* DEBATE. Changes in the Board—Points for the Contest. “Shall we fight?” or, “Shall we surren der?” was the question under considera tion at the inside conference of the Board of Finance members that preceded the meeting of the Board this morning. Commissioners Datz and Jordan are warm for the fray. They believe that they have a good case for the courts. Commissioners Warren and Hardenbergh make no secret of the fact that they do not like the new order of things, and they are as well satisfied of the strength of their case against the new charter; but they hesitate about flying in the face of the people by making a contest. Commissioner Edelstelu is satisfied with the new oharter, and he is not disposed to fight. But his term as member of the Board will exnire tomorrow, and John D. Frazer will succeed him. Finance Com missioner Warren’s term also expires to morrow, but he has been appointed to succeed himself. It has been thought that a point might be made of the fact that the two members of the Board who are to begin a new term have not yet been sworn in. City Clerk Scott might refuse, so it was ar gned, to administer the oath of office for is second term to Mr. Warren, and for his first term to Mr. Frazer; and the ques tion might be brought to an immediate issue by an application for a mandamus. On enquiry at the City Clerk’s office this morning, it wus learned that the oath of office was administered to both Mr. War ren and Mr. Frazer immediately after their election for the term about to open. Their Counsel advise the members that they have a case for the courts that pre sents some very serious questions. It may be debated whether the courts will uphold the Legislature in ordering an election on two days’ notice. The voters, it is claimed, had a right to a reasonable notice before the election was held. The point as to the regularity of the notice of election issued by Alderman O.’Neill as Acting Mayor, and not by the Mayor himself, is claimed to be reinforced by the introduction, since the election, of the act making the election legal. The value of an enabling act of that kind is disputed by those disposed to contest the charter in the courts. Current rumors connect some names with several places in the new depart ments. It is said that the Board of Works will consist of Charles Somers, Michael J. O’Donnell and Marmaduke Tilden; that Assemblyman John P. Feeney will be President of the Police Board, and Police Commissioner Davis, a second member of the Board. There is some opposition to Davis, how ever. Police Commissioner James E. Kelly may go in in his stead. Colonel John McAnemy is talked of in connection with the Board of Finance, as is Dr. Leonard J. Gordon also, and the names of Jacob Ringle and “Con” Benson are in definitely heard of as possible appointees to one or another of the city places. These names are given for what they are worth. CITY FINANCES. Comptroller Dickinson Presents His An. nual Report. The Board of Finance held a special meeting this morning. President Edel stein was absent, and Mr. Datz presided in his place. Comptroller Dickinson submitted his annual report of the financial condition of the city for the year ending Ncwember 30, 1888, from which the following extracts are taken:— Balance in City Treasury Nov. 30. $183,557 29 Receipts during year, general account.$3,334,402 73 Receipts assessment account. 145,233 02 Receipts Sinking Fund, ’73.:.. 258,947 22 Receipts Sinking Fund, ’82. . 5,900 00 $8,744,482 77 $8,928,040 26 Disbursements during year:— General account.$8,258,915 36 Assessment account... 144,101 81 Sinking Fund, ’78 . 256,800 00 $8,654,816 67 Cash balance, November 30,1888:— General account.$230,676 54 Assessment account. 7,810 69 Special bond account, m*. 8,065 20 Sinking Fund, ’73. 17,271 10 Sinking Fund, ’82, No. 1. 6,000 00 | Sffiking'Fnnd, *82, No. 2. $273,823 59 $3,938,042 26 The statement of the cit-* financial condition on December 1, 18. excepting water account), shows liabilities of $15,614,820.34; resources, $11,384,827.58; net debt of city, $4,229.81. A statement of like nature for Decem ber 1, 1888, shows gross liabilities of $15,667,084.74; resources, $11,547,320.74, making the net debt $4,119,763. The resources on December 1, 1888, were made upas follows:— Cash in treasury. $273,223 50 Bonds held by Sinking Fund. 1,078,698 .31 Amount loaned water account. 144,000 00 Due from State for school purposes. 222,186 50 Taxes due and unpaid. 5.792,574 95 Assessments due and unpaid. 2,507,683 80 Value of city property. 1,426,500 00 Due city for advertised sales. 102,503 56 $11,547,820 75 One thousand dollars were appropriated for grading and repairing Cooper place, from Newark avenue to Gregory street. A motion was made to adjourn until to morrow morning, and Mr. Harden bergh gave notice that he would then bring up the matter of the appointment of the three remaining Assessors. “I do not do this for the purposing of making confusion,” said Mr. Harden bergh, “but the air is full of rumors con cerning contests over the new charter. The taxes should be collected, and if the new charter is contested, people may re fuse to pay their taxes. We must have some government while the contest is go ing on.”_ PAINTERS WILL NOT STRIKE The Secretary of the .Union Says There Will Be No Trouble. Thomas Flanagan, the secretary of the Painters’ Union, called at The Jersey City News office this morning to deny the stories circulated by the Journal to the effect that the painters would strike very soon. “There will be no trouble,” said Mr. Flanagan, “as the relations existing be tween the employers and men of the building trades were never more harmon ious than now. We do not desire to be placed before the public as favoring a strike, particularly when exactly the re verse is the truth. Say in The Jersey City News for me that the employers have met us half way, and there is not a remote possibility of any trouble at all. We ask The Jersey City News to pub lish this, because we have received fair play from it since its inception, and we know that by publishing this official con tradiction, it will more than counteract the evil influences of journals that either carelessly or maliciously misrepresent the labor organizations of this city. “I have been in this city ten years and painters’ wages have always been *3 per day Our demand upon the employers this year is simply for nine hours a day, so that we may be placed upon a footing of equality with the affiliated branches of the building trades.’’_ Tot He Is a dolly uooa e enow. Mr Rockwell, the backer of the “Held by the Enemy” Company, now playing at the Academy of Music, was fortunate in securing for' manager Mr. Walter E, Hud son, a nephew of the sterling old actor and manager, Mr. James Colyer. Mr. Hudson was for a long time the private secretary and man of trust for Miss Helen Dau vray and a more genial gentleman and popular manager would be hard to find in the theatrical business. Counting tl>e Votes. The Board of Canvassers met at noon today in the Council Chamber of the City Hall City Clerk Scott swore In the mem bers, and the Board organized by electing Michael O’Mara, chairman; City Marshal Long, messenger, and Frank Coyle, ser geant-at-arms. A recess was then taken until two o’clock. 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 the manufacturers for It. 3*8 and 331 Newark ave., Jersey City.*** I # HOW TO PUT IH VOTES. If the New Bill Passes Both Houses the Public Will Be Protected. HIDDEN FROM THE “WORKERS.” Practical Protection for the Ballot Legalizing the Notice for the Vote on the Charter and Ousting the New Appointees. [Special to the Jersey City AVim.l Trf.stox, April 11, 1889.—The Kane Australian Election bill was officially announced to have been laid on the shelf in the Senate this afternoon when a sub stitute was presented. The reasons why the Kane bill should not become a law have already been explained in The Jer sey City News, The substitute is substantiaUy the same as the bill introduced by Senator Werts. The principle of the bill is that the voter shall have an opportunity of selecting the ballot he desires to cast withont being seen by anybody. Bribery and intimida tion on the present plan would fail, be cause the voter, after having received a ballot from the worker, would have abun dant opportunity for changing it without being seen. The following diagram illus trates the principle:— I I I I C I A B d| The lines represent board partitions, six and a half feet high. A, is the entrance, B, the exit; C, a table on which there are ballots of all candidates from which voters may take their pick; and D the bal lot lx>x. , The voter goes into the space surrounded by partitions, and is absolutely alone while he selects his ballot. He delivers it folded at the ballot box, and it is made a severe offence to mark a ballot in any way. Prac tical politicians say that this would be simple and effective. Each voter shall be entitled to one minute in which to select his ballot and j vote. No person is to be in the polling I place except the Election Board and three challengers from each political party. It is made unlawful, under a penalty of 620. for any worker to accost a voter within fifty feet of the polls. It is believed that it is almost too late in the season for this bill to pass both Houses. Senator Smith introduced a bill provid ing for the study of temperance from a scientific standpoint in the public schools. Governor Green’s two vetoes sent in yesterday were sustained, and a fresh one was received. It -ejects a bill affecting election districts in townships, on the g-ound that it was unconstitutional. The overnor nominated James T. Wiley as Lay Judge of Union county. The Senate confirmed t.he renomination of Factory Inspector Fell. lire iiwuac uiii agement of the Soldiers’ Home at Kear ney and providing for a resident surgeon was passed. The House bill allowing a general exception to be taken to the judge’s charge in a criminal trial was also sent to the Governor. The bill authorizing the Governor, Comp tr< .ler and Secretary of State to designate the newspapers in which the session’s laws shall be published, was ordered to a third reading, notwithstanding the oppo sition of the republican Senators. It seems that Comptroller Anderson objects to being sandwiched between two good democrats. Speaker Hudspeth did his best to make the House dispose of the bills before it to day. Half a dozen were lost, and three times as many were passed. Among the former were Feeney’s Inspector of Plumb ing bill; Kane’s, fixing the liability em ployers for personal injuries incurred by employees, and the bill compelling build ing and loan associations to publish every six months a statement of their financial condition. Among those passed was Senator Baker’s bill allowing the appointment of a County Clerk pro tern by the Court, It seems that the present Clerk of Cumber land is ill, his deputy is deaf and dumb and there is no one to do the work at the approaching term of court. The Senate bill prohibiting persons not members of the bar from practicing was also passed. PASSED BiTtHE SENATE. The Upper Bouse Legalizes the Charter Notice aud Ousts the New Appointees. [Special to the Jersey City News.] Trenton, April 11, 1889.—Senator Pfeiffer prevented partisan legislation on his side of the State House most of the day by staying away. He is in a huff be cause his man is still out of the office of Assistant Prosecutor of Camden. When he came in the afternoon the Senate passed the bill legalizing the proclamation of Acting Mayor O’Neill submitting the new Jersey City charter to a vote, and the bill exempting the Corporation Counsel and Attorney from the protection of the Veterans’ act. The Republicans are always ready to talk about the claims of the veterans of the war, and they seized the opportunity afforded by the second act. Roe and Nevius charged the Democrats with seek ing political advantages at the expense of old soldiers. Senator Edwards declared that the Veterans’ act was intended for the protection of clerks and subordinates. Unless the bill were passed, the friends of reform would have the name, but their enemies would have the power. The officers affected were of u fiduciary character and the interests of good govern ment required that they should be in unison with their superiors. Senator Roe asked Senator Edwards if he were to have a place under the new charter. “The Mayor of Jersey City and I have not hitherto worked in union,” was the reply. “Probably any other man in Jer sey City would have a better chance than I.” OcUIHlH xvuc tuuuguu iiiav uixo nua uuu an answer to liis question. “I will say,” Senator Edwards then said, “that the gentleman just appointed to the office of Corporation Counsel would probably have been the choice of the Mayor had he not accepted the position now. Inasmuch as my motives have been impugned, I will say that months ago I could have hail the office of Corporation Counsel hail I consented to work against the new charter.” The two bills have yet to be passed by the House. This may be done Monday night. HERE’S THE RAILROAD BILL Much Bas Been Taken Out of It, But Much Remains. [Special to the Jersey City News.] Trenton, April 11, 1889.—The more facts that are developed about Senate bill 185. the Railroad Grab, the wore the wonder grows that one small bill could contain so much. The Grab proper was followed by a supplemental act taking a lot out of it. Now comes a third bill knocking out the coal yards, the coal trestles and the water tanks, and still nobody who Is not interested in the bill cares to attempt to sav what will not be possible under the bill. Conscientious members are in a quandary. While they do uot wish to oppose proper railroad legislation, their experience with the Grab frightens them. Of course it was Senator Gardner who introduced this bill, as he did the two oth ers. He says that it is intended to permit the condemnation of land for that famous depot at Atlantic City, and also to permit railroads all over the State to dispense with grade crossings. This last is a new feature. The question being asked if the bill had any reference to railroads in Jersey City, ne replied that he thought It had not; that he understood that the railroads there had made their contracts. He admitted that the word “highway'’ used in the bill would not pre vent the taking of a street longitudinally. It is designed to take the place of the other two bills, which are practically dead. AUUbuor gcuucuiau, wuu auuum auuw, said that the third bill was drafted with out reference to Jersey City. Here is the bill. It can take the place of “Pigs in Clover” as a puzzle:— 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and Gen eral Assembly of the State of JTew Jersey, that it shall be lawful for any railroad corporation, owning or operating a rail road within this State, to take and ac quire title in the manner prescribed by the act under which such railroad was originally constructed, or by any supplement to said act, to all such lands, as In the judgment of the directors of such corporation, may be necessary or convenient for the erection thereon of freight and passenger depots, and for yards in connection there with for sidings, for changing grade cross ings to overhead or undergrade crossings, provided always such change be made Dy and with the consent of the proper municipal authority, heretofore obtained or hereafter to be obtained, and for all other legitimate purposes of such corporation; and said corporations are hereby, for said purposes, agaiu invested with all the powers, privileges and franchises given, granted or conferred in their respective acts of incorporation, and in acts supplementary thereto, for taking and acquiring title to lands for their use. Provided, nevertheless, that this act shall not authorize the condemna tion of any land fronting on tide water; nor the taking of a*y highway longitudinally, nor shall moire than five acres of land, in one parcel, at any one point, be condemned under,: this act, ex cept upon the special adjudication and on order of a Justice of the Supreme Court of this State, that the same is necessary for the legitimate purposes of the said corporation applying for the condemna tion thereof. 2. And be it enacted that this act shall take effect immediately. liui KUJHAJJIUB Uf TUB ItirBBS. How Assemblyman O’Neill TVas Made the Toy of Fate. [Special to the Jersey City News.] Trenton. April 11, 1889.—Poor Assem blyman O’Neill is sad tonight. Feeney invited him to the show, but he replied that he preferred the Convention of Undertakers in session here. His joint resolution issuing fifty stands of arms to the Hibernia Rifles of Jersey City has not been passed after all, and he is suffering from the sudden collapse of his dream. John Carpenter, Jr., is preparing a message from the Senate to the Assembly. He is Secretary of the Senate by profes sion, but edits two newspapers at other times for fun, and is so fond of the literary duties of the editor that lie does most of his work in the Senate with the paste pot and shettrs. When he has pasted enough slips on a sheet of official paper, he walks across the corridor to the House and is received by the fat door keeper, welcomed by the Speaker, and eagerly listened to by the members. Having performed his duties with sufficient dignity, he drops into a chat with Clerk Matthews. II. “Hullo,” say3 spealter iiucispeui, who scans the list of bills passed by the Sen ate, “I say, O’Neill, I see that your Hiber nia Rifles resolution has been passed by tili6 Scmito ^ “That so?” ejaculates Feeney, who hap pens to be near b. “Why, Paddy, you did that well.” O’Neill looks happier than if he had got a bill through reducing electric light charges ninety per tent. A new comer to Trenton approaches O’Neill. “Say, when did that resolution pass the House? It was killed here once. How did it reach the Senate?” he asks. “Oh!” O’Neill replies, with a wink, “it passed the House some time ago.” The new-comer tackles Feeney. “How was that resolution got through?” he says. Feeney becomes mysterious, looks around to see that nobody is listening, and whispers:—“When you’ve been here as long as we have you’ll know how it’s done.” IV. Informal dialogue between Speaker Hudspeth and Assemblyman O’Neill. The Speaker—I didn’t know that your resolution passed the House, O’Neill. How was it? The Assemblyman—I don’t know how it was, but you may gamble that it has passed and the Governor will sign it. It is afternoon. Secretary Carpenter enters the House by a side door. The fat doorkeeper does not rise to announce him. He has mid aside his frozen air of official dignity. He has come across informally. “Got that message I brought over this morning?” he says to Clerk Matthews. “I made a funny mistake—pasted on House Joint Resolution No. 1 instead of House Joint Resolution No. 7. Got some paste? Mucilage will do. I'll just stick this slip on over the other. Now it’s all right. Good bye.” VI. Secretary Carpenter had passed the Hibernia Rifles resolution with his paste pot and shears. No wonder O’Neill is sail. RUNNING AWAY FROM TRENTON. Members and Pages Draw Their Money and I.eave tbe Capital. [Special to the Jersey City AVirs.l Trenton, April 11,1S89.—About half the pages appointed in the Assembly have drawn the balance of pay due them, and have run away from Trenton for good. The House had not enough pages for the work this afternoon. There are twenty on the list, and they get #200 apiece for the session. Two or three of them drew #100 as soon after the beginning of the session as they could, and have not been seen since. The others stuck it out until now. The members are following the example of the pages. Speaker Hudspeth was very indignant tonight because a quorum was not present for a night session. He threatened to do all in his power to pre vent flual adjournment next week unless the members were industrious enough to dispose of the business of the House. Atone time a quorum was present, and Feeney kindly consented to let it operate on a dressed beef bill of his. He made a speech in favor of it. He said:—“This bill speaks for itself. It is a good bill, and I trust it will pass.” This is the stock speech of members, and they showed their appreciation of the chestnut by voting solidly against the bill; but as a quorum was not recorded, the bill still survives. BitsciUH’s Pius act like magic on a weak atomach FIGHTING THE COMBINE Newsdealers Unite Against the Latest New York “Trust.” MOUNTAINS OF WASTE PAPER. A Meeting Called Tonight for Dis cussion and Protest. The newsdealers of Jersey City have at last initiated steps to take concerted and organized action against the New York Sunday newspaper combine. They will hold a meeting at Stier’s Hall, on First street and Jersey avenue this evening at half-past eight o’clock sharp, to devise methods for a successful fight against the exaction by the New York newspapers of five cents per copy for their Sunday issues. The newsdealers have long been pro testing against the weight of paper they are obliged to serve to each customer to whom they deliver Sunday papers. Time was when the largest of the Sunday papers was only eight pages in extent. But the press of advertisements on their columns made enlargements necessary and the papers have doubled and trebled, and sometimes miorlnmlMl in ci'AP A USELESS BURDEN. As a consequence the Sunday morning weight on the newsdealer's back is now three and sometimes four times as great as it used to be. The papers that have thus added to his load, and to the expense of delivery too, for many who used to carry their papers under their arms over their Sunday morning routes, are now obliged to drive wagons—bring the newspaper deaier no addition of profit. The papers coin money out of the enlargements from advertisers, but they share none of it with the newsmen who, by building up routes for them, make the ton of advertising sheets they carry valu able. Nor is the hardship the newsdealers’ alone. The patrons of the paper are suf ferers in another direction. They get a vast deal more of paper in their Sunday morning sheets, but they get nothing more beyond the labor of hunting through page after page for the same modicium of news that, in the smaller papers of some time ago, was grouped in small compass for their enlightment and amusement. THE READERS WILL ASSIST. As therefore the readers derive no bene fit from the enlargements which the vari ous Sunday morning newspapers have un dergone, the newsdealers ask them to aid the fight that will be inaugurated at to - night's meeting against the imposition to which both are subjected. The Sunday Morning News is not one of t he combine, and would not become a part of it on any consideration. Its price will remain at three cents; and it will be found to contain within its eight pages, not only as much general and very much more local news than the New York papers furnish; but it will be found to equal the New York newspapers as well in its variety of really interesting special, literary and theatrical features. The Rumor Is True. The rumor that the Board of Freehold ers intends at the next meeting to dismiss all the employees at Snake Hill is true. Freeholders Steger and Tierney said this morning that there are several employees there whom they want to get rid of, and that to do so all would be dismissed and the desirable ones would be reap pointed. More than this they would not State. Ever since Steger and Tierney were indicted for malfeasance, their mouths haye been closed, and they refuse to give to the public any information of even the most trifling matters about the county. Who the men are that will be dismissed Mr. Steger absolutely refused to say, aud then said that perhaps uo one would be. Tile Hill Committee will con fer about it at Snake Hill today. Stepped from tlie Trestle to a Grave. The body of Patrick Osborn, of No. 67 Laight street, New York, was found drowned in the water beneath the trestle work of the abbatoir at the foot of Sixth street, between seven and eight o’clock last evening. It was taken to Boylau’s morgue, and there, though much decom posed, was identities! by a brother and brother-in-law of Osborn. The body was found standing waist deep in mud, with one hand in the pantaloons pocket. The water is shallow at low tide. It is supposed that Osburn stepped from the trestle-work and fell feet foremost. He had been missing for some time. Revival Meetings. These meetings are still being held in the Scotch Presbyterian Church on Mercer street. The Hev. Thomas Houston is a popular favorite. He is an established in stitution. His services have all the inter est of novelty. The solos he sings are worth money to hear as compared with many entertainments. Then the preach ing is simple, interesting and practical good for old and young, rich and poor, learned and simple. Decision was Reserved. Judge Lippincott, this morning, reserved his decision in the case of John Cook against the Erie Railroad Company, in an appeal from the judgment rendered by Judge Douglas in the First District Court. The judgment was for $100 damages, anil the appeal was made on technicalities that were the outcome of the service of the original papers in the suit. Booth Is Well Again. Detroit, Mich., April 12, 1889.—Law rence Barrett announced from the stage of the Detroit Opera House last night that Mr. Bootn would rejoin the company at Cleveland on Monday next. Prohibition Closed the Hotels. Bennington, Vt., April 12.—The liquor raids upon the hotels resulted this morn ing in the closing of the Putnam and Stark Houses, leaving Bennington with out hotel accommodation. Ashore in Xarragansett Bay. NEWTOIiT, R. I., April 12, 1889.—During a thick tog this morning the steamer Con necticut, running to Jamestown, ran ashore on the rocks in the enter harbor, ! making a large hole in her bottom. The j passengers were landed in the tug Fairy. A wrecking schooner has gone to her as sistance. --♦ ■ ■ — WAS THE DANMARK ABANDONED? Reported Disaster to a Steamer Crowded with Emigrants. The greatest excitement prevails in shipping circles in New York today. Early this morning a cable despatch from London to the Maritime Exchange said that the Inman line steamer City of Chester, which arrived at Liverpool from New York late last night, had re ported passing, abandoned in midocean, April 8, the Thingvalla line steamer Dan mark, bound from Christiansand, Nor way, for New York. The Thingvalla line is probably the largest carrying immigrant line that plies between this port and Europe. The Dan mark had on board when she left Christiansand for New York, on March 26, six hundred and fifty passengers, pre sumably all immigrants. Including the vessel’s captain, R. N. Kundsen, the crew numbered forty men. The agents of the company do not credit the report, Mr. Edye. of the firm, has cabled to the London office for further particulars. At noon Mr. Edye said that nothing further had been received. The Danmark was formerly the freight steamer Jan Rydel, of the White Cross Line. She wns built in 1880 at New Cas tle, England, and wns rated in the highest class. She wras of iron, brigantine rigged, had three decks and nine watertight bulk heads. Her carrying capacity was 4,400 tons. SHOT HIMSELF IX COLD BLOOD. Sniclde of Jolin Robert Ton Hengel tn Busch's Hotel, Hoboken. In the cold receiving room of Crane’s morgue lies the lifeless form of an inno cent man whom the brand of a crime he did not commit drove to desperation and suicide. John Robert Von Hengel, Lieu tenant in the Nineteenth Regiment of the Prussian Line,was born at Glatz.a Silesian city, on the banks of the river Oder, in 1858. From the arrangement of his papers and the entries in his passbook it is evi dent that the current of his life ran smoothly until a short time ago, when he came to the United States. Last Wednesday afternoon he left his rooms at No. 746 Bedford avenue. Brook lyn, and on reaching Hoboken, engaged a room at Busch’s Hotel, on Hudson street. Yesterday afternoon, having completed his arrangements, a bullet went crashing through his skull and Von Hengel was colfl in death, shot by his own hand. Never was a self murder committed with more deliberation. The suicide un dressed himself to his shirt and drawers, arranged his clothing neatly on the bed, and then down on the floor Bred the fatal shot. No one in the hotel heard the re port, so they all say. When the girl went up to make the beds she found the door locked and called for assistance. No one in the house cared to force the door, so they waited for the police. ’When Aid Rathjeu, who an swered the call, broke in the door, he found the body of the suicide in a pool of i. blood. Du .the table beside the bed were a number of letters. One was addressed to the proprietor of the hotel, apologizing for choosing his house for the deed ana saying that a false accusation of crime had made life unbearable. A few lines to the Coroner voice the dead man’s wish to be cremated at Fresh Pond, Long Island, and give the address of Mr. Kellar, of No. 9 Cook street, Brooklyn, in whose hands is an insurance policy for $70 to defray the expenses of cremation. Stamped and sealed letters were also ad dressed to his brother, Lieutenant G. Von Hengel, No. 169 Furfursten strasse, Ber lin; to Keeper Newman, of the Long Island Crematory; to Arnold Wigger, of No. 1173 Second avenue, New York; to Herr Adelberg, No. 706 Park avenue, Brooklyn; to Herr Umder, No. 34 Lynch street, Brooklyn, and to Herr Hachenberg, No. 386 Hart street, Brooklyn. THEY WANT MORE DETAILS. Cornelius Van Kiper's Heirs Take Ex ception to the Guardians* Accounting. Cornelius Van Riper, of Hoboken, diet! about fifteen years ago. He left an estate to his two children, Mary and John, and Raymond Cook was appointed their guardian. He rendered an accounting last Friday and counsel for the wards took exceptions to it. The wards claimed that the guardian does not state in his accounting the date when he received the trust fund; that he does charge himself with as sets to the amount of $963.59, but gives no items; that no uccount is rendered for interest received by him on funds in the savings’ bank; that he does not give the date of the loss of $233.11, for which he asked the Court to grant an allowance; that he has not charged himself with receiving $84.48 from the estate, as the residue of a leg acy; that he did not charge himself with $253.63 druwn from the Irving Sav ings Hank August 8, 1887, and the interest on the same, this money being the prop erty of Mary Van Riper; and lastly, that no date or name is on the voucher for $247.50, which, it is claimed, was paid for the board of the children. The case was adjourned for one week. Mr. Cook is a man too well known in Hoboken to be suspected of having been negligent in his trust, and it is believed that at the next hearing of the case he will explain everything to the satisfaction of all the parties interested. OFFICIAL MAJORITIES. The Charter Carried the City by 3,833 Votes, At the meeting of the City Board of Canvassers this afternoon, the total vote for the Charter was 10,840; against it, 7,017; majority, 3,823. For Aldermen, Jordan’s majority is 1,758; Connolly’s, 632; Hoos’, 605; Keogh’s, 888; Van Horn’s, 73, and Schermerhoru’s, 521. . Republican Strikers Arrested. Justice O’Reilly, at the Essex Market Police Court, New York, this morning, is. sued warrants for the arrest of John Mul len, Patrick J. O’Brien, Matthew J. O’Donnell, James Mulcahy and George Blout for committing frauds at the Republican priinury election in the Fourth Assembly district April 5. Officers are now looking for them. The men who are to be arrested areadhe rents of John B. Collins, who is the present republican leader of the dis trict. The affidavits against them are uiude by adherents of John D. Dunne, who endeavored to wrest the leadership from Collins. PALMA CLUB ELECTION. The Vote Will Be Taken To night and a Lively Time Is Expected. THE ART QUESTION UPPERMOST. The Supporters of Mr. Evans and Those of Mr. Shepardson Are Making a Hard Fight. The annual election of the Palma Club will take place this evening, and the ad herents of the various candidates are con fident of success. All the good-natured little differences which have existed for some t<me over the affair have sunk into insignificance before the contest which has arisen over the position of Chairman of the Art Com mittee. Mr. Ira A. Shepardson was selected by the Nominating Committee, and Mr. W. T. Evans, who has held the position since its organization, is running on what is known in the political world as a “split ticket.” One of the most potent factors in this controversy is the Art Association of the club. This association is composed of about one hundred and fifty of the art loving members of the club, and was formed under these circumstances:— ORGANIZING THE ART ASSOCIATION. Aboxt eighteen months ago Mr. Evans commenced to solicit subscriptions at the club house for the purpose of purchasing pictures for the walls of the parlors. As this was against the by-laws of the organ ization, Mr. Evans was obliged to discon tinue his efforts in that direction. Then, at the suggestion of the president, the Art Association was organized, and stock was issued. Those who had already subscribed were given shares, and many others purchased them upon the solicitation of the member* of the association. The money thus acquired was used to purchase the pictures which now hang on the walls of the club house. Mr. Evans purchased these pictures, and it is the course which he is said to have Eursued in making those purchases that as aroused the opposition to him. WAS MK. EVANS WASTEFUL? I met a prominent member of the Art Association this morning, and in talking of this matter he said:—“I wonder if it has ever occured to the members of the club who are opposed to Mr. Shepardson that the money subscribed for the purchase of pictures for the club had been spent with a lavish hand; that the prices paid in New York studios for the benefit of New York artists was at our expense: that pitffures of equal merit could have been purchased at one-third of the price paid for them. “In other words, the sum subscribed was ample to furnish the club house with good and valuable pictures such as had not been rejected by New York clubs. MAKING A SPECIFIC CHARGE. "The evidence of this fact has just been furnished by pictures recently purchased at auction and hung on our walls as a loau and a bid for votes. “One of these, a marine by Arthur Quartlev, cost *135 in the auction room, and is said by competent judges to be superior to any picture in the club house bought for our association in New York studios at from *t00 to *500. “Our members all know that all our pictures have been selected for us by one man, who, at the time the purchases were made, ignored every one else, even hi* own Art Committee. “It remains to be seen whether the club will endorse this extravagance and one man power tonight, or will rebuke it by electing Mr. Shepardson.” On the other hand, Mr. Evans’ friends say that he has always been active in the interests of the club; that he is undoubt edly the best judge of paintings in the city, and that the loss of his services would be deeply felt. They will make a strong effort for him. ASSAULTED IN HIS CARRIAGE. During Attempt ut Highway Robbery in Broad Day. A daring attempt at highway robbery in broad daylight was attempted this afternoon at Grand ahd Grove street Alexander Ramsey,of the firm of Gampbelj & Ramsey, builders, of Xo. 88 Pacific av enue was driving a light wagon down Grand street shortly after one o’clock. As he neared Grove street three young men usked him to let them ride. He re fused and passed on. Just as he was crossing Grove street he felt a blow on the back of his head which partially stunned him and knocked his hat into the street. He jumped off his wagon, when he was set upon by the three men and severely beaten. His cries for police attracted the atten tion of Policemen McMahon at whose ap proach the men fled. They were captured by the policeman and citizens at York and Grove streets, and locked up in the Gregory street sta tion. They described themselves as Charles Faulkner, of Xo. 27 Garrison street; Wil liam O’Hearn, Xo. 101 Washington street, and Edward Delaney, Xo. 28 Main street, all of Brooklyn. Ramsey had #1,500 in his pocket. Weather Bulletin. [Special to the Jersey City News.) Washington, April 13, 1889.—Weather indications for twenty-four hours for New England, New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mary land, District of Columbia, Virginia,West Virginn, Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michi gan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, rain: for Tennessee, thunder showers; for all other States, fair. Hartnett's Record. ..^|ir&wk. At BP. M.80 1 At 9 A. M.t>S At 0 P. M.59 i At noon.63 At Midnight..__ Ten Indictments Yesterday. The Grand Jury yesterday found ten in dictments. They will probably make a presentment next Tuesday. The Locality of It. De Budge (looking over the family album)—Who's this old gentleman in uniform? Miss Bendix—That’s old grandpa Bendix. He failed to leave us a lot of money we expected. lie Budge—Did he die intestate? Miss Bendix—Oh, no: somewhere down near Seabright, New Jersey, I believe.—Judge.