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Last Edition.
EE F 0 EM.
Tlie Deep and Painful Need
of It Made Manifest
t>y Testimony.
IN THE TRIAL OF THE BIG FOUR.
The Defence Is Opened, and Billy
Kern Indulges in a New Neck
tie aud a Geueral Denial.
Four, wore a blue-striped shirt when he
faced the jury that is trying him in the
Court House on the hilltop this morning.
But it was not the same one that deco
rated his sturdy form yesterday. The
stripes were broader, and the cuffs, held
l>y looped buttons, drooped lower out of
his coat sleeves. His face looked as fresh
* as his new shirt, too, and he seemed \o be
in fine trim for the excitements and wor
ries of the day.
His confreres in the “combine” and at
th# bar kept studiously in the background
and graced the further rail that shuts out
the vulgar crowd from the select circle
within the bar. If the rail had been a
wall they might be described as wall flow
ers.
It was a few minutes after ten o’clock
when the Court House bell rang and the
lawyers and Judges and reporters flocked
to their places.
The case for the defence had been out
lined yesterday by Mr. Vredeubnrgu.
Every tiling was prepared to plunge into
the testimony this morning.
The first point the defence tackled was
the pay rolls. It was to show that the
men whose names are on the rolls for De
cember, January and February are not
figments of a contractor’s imagination,
but actual live existences; and that, being
In the flesh, they actually performed the
services for which they were paid.
Three names on the pay roll had espec
ially excited suspicion. There was first
that man Smith, whom the Prosecutor
forced to confess that he had swindled
Uncle Sam by drawing pay from the Cus
toms House for time put in for the city;
and then there was “Jimmy”
Larkins, the champion light
weight prize-ring puncher; and
finally that man Dooley. Some of the
testimony was directed to show that these
men did the work for which they were
paid. Not satisfied with this, the defence
put witnesses on the stand to show that
there was legitimate work for these men
to do.
THE COMEDY ELEMENT.
Now and then, as the case went on,
flashes of fun helped enliven the dull
routine of the hearing. When John
Quinn, for instance, was asked why he
said a certain man had worked in Septem
ber.
“Because I think it;” was his answer.
“Why do you think it?” pursued the
Prosecutor.
“Because I believe it,” the witness ven
tured again.
“You think it because you believe it,
and believe it because you think it,” was
the Prosecutor’s comical summary of this
witness’s testimony, while the spectators
broke into laughter.
More amusing a good deal was the
scene that ensued on the appearance of a
hard headed, bronze faced German,named
Schum, on the stand. His name was
Christian. He has a son named Gott
lieb. He testified that both worked for
the city in December. Mr. Winfield
asked him who was Charles Schum, whose
name he saw on the December payroll.
Mr. Schum was in an exceedingly doubt
ful condition of mind concerning that
name, and he broadly intimated that the
jrlUocCUIVU yvoo ft.niuuig mui.
“Why,” asked the Prosecutor, with a
broad smile on his face, “do you think I’m
not reading it right?”
“No,” responded the witness, “I tiuks
what you tond see goot dot mornin’.”
To vindicate himself the Prosecutor car
ried the payroll up to the witness, and the
bronze-fuced German pulled out his spec
tacles, adjusted them on his nose and
scanned the name in a hundred different
lights in the hope of making something
else than “Charles Sehum” of the writing.
“Veil,” he said, when he was convinced
that his eyes had not deceived him, “dot
name is Charles, but I guess it vas for me.
Its the last name dot I gounts. The first
name don’t go for nodings.”
Mr. Sehum had probubly solved the
riddle. His name was not elsewhere on
the pay roll, and the account credited to
Charles was probably for the service he
had rendered the city.
A MODEL SYSTEM OF REPORTS.
The first man to take the stand this
morning was Charles Smith, of No. 168
Jersey avenue.
He testified that in 1887 he was store
keeper in the city yard. Dooley
and Smith reported, but Larkins
never did. Larkins was employed in lay
ing pipe. Some of the reports made by
him were in writing. He did not keep
all and the ones shown him are some that
happened to be saved. They reported in
the morning.
On cross examination he said the sig
natures of these men tb the reports were
theirs, but he did not know the handwrit
ing and did not know positively that they
signed them.
‘‘Then, for all you know, one might go
to the Custom House and the other to
bed?”
“I don’t know where they went after
they reported.”
John Quinn testified that he saw Lar
kins at the pipe yard at work.
Cross-examined, he said that he could
not tell exactly when he saw' him, but he
thought he did.
•< UlCl L UHCJU1, U1U
not know where Larkins worked. No
cross examination.
John McGuirk worked in the pipe yards
and he saw Larkins working there.
Christian Schum came next, He made
boxes across the streets in December, and
built drains in Cedar street. It was caved
In, and the cellars were all full of water
from it. He had lost his book and could
not say how many days he worked.
The witness told the jury and Judge
Garretson the names of some of the men
who worked with him, but said he could
not “guess” the names of all. He had not
yet received his pay from the city for'the
work, but he had sued the city.
“Did you ask for your warrant at the
City Hall?”
“I did. I sued the city honestly.”
HE REMEMBERED O’CONNELL.
“Do you know a man named Dash that
worked there?"
“Yes, sir.”
“Are you sure you worked there?”
“I guess so.”
“When did you begin work?”
“In December.”
“When did Charles Schumm begin
work?”
“I don’t know him.”
“Do you know Patrick O’Connell?”
“Ido.”
"Did he work there?”
“He did.”
“How long did he work?”
“I don’t remember; about two days.”
“His name is not on the payroll,” said
Mr. Winfield,“and I only guessed this. Now
are you sure he worked there?”
The witness when shown the payroll
confessed he could not tell why this man’s
name was not on it, but he was sure that
O’Connell did the work.
Lawrence Kirscliner, who lives on Old
Bergen road, testified that it was neces
sary to make the repairs on Cedar avenue,
because the cellars were overflowed.
Christopher Hoffman, of No. 827 Cedar
avenue, corroborated this evidence, and
he was positive that Christopher Schum
and Gottlieb Schum, besides others,
worked there. No cross-examination,
Charles Young, of No. 821 Bergen ave
nue, testified that his cellar was flooded
and that men made repairs. The pipe
had burst and a big hole was made. He
mentioned a number of the men at work
there on the box drain and named Schum
as one of them.
Commissioner Tumulty was the next
witness, and he said it was through him
that some of the payrolls were stopped.
He investigated them, but did not know
why the men were paid afterward.
A GROUP OF WORKMEN.
Amos Byrnes testified that in December,
1887, he was employed by the city to make
box drains. In December he worked
twenty or twenty-five days. He did not
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pay roll and placed on another. He got
but one month’s pay.
John Orum, of No. 46 Culver avenue,
simply corroborated the evidence of the
previous witness.
Thomas Moran testified that he worked
thirteen days in December, 1887, but never
got paid. His name was on the certificate
of the foreman, but not on the pay roll,
through a mistake, and for that reason he
put in a separate claim for $45.50.
Patrick Sheeran, the well known Second
district politician, and Patrick Condon,
the contractor, were called as witnesses,
but failed to appear. Daniel McAunally,
an employee of the Board of Works, saw
Dooley and Smith report at the pipe yard
and he usually met Larkins going to his
work.
BILLY KERN’S DENIAL.
The next witness was William H. Kern,
the president of the Board. He said he
was elected in 1885 and had been a mem
ber ever since.
“Did you ever enter into a conspiracy
with Watt, Hilliard and Reynolds to de
fraud the city?”
“No, sir.”_
OPENING THE DEFENCE.
Mr. Vredenberg Outlines the Case of tlie
Big Four.
When Counsellor Vredenburgh opened
the case for the defence yesterday after
noon he brought out these points:—
“These four men (Reynolds, Kern,
Hilliard and Watt) simply did their duty
in the very acts they are charged with
conspiracy to defraud the city. The pay
roll of January, which Mr. Winfield talks
so much about, was certified to be correct
by the Chief Engineer, and it was passed
by the Board of Finance and signed by
the Mayor. It may be possible for some
thief to creep into the employ of the city
at any time like what was done at the
meadow shops of the Pennsylvania Rail
road Company, where $20,000 were stolen.”
Counsel then referred to Dooley, Smith
and Larkins in no flattering manner, and
said:—
“ Must the Board of Works follow
Dooley, Smith and Larkins around con
stantly to see whether they do their work?
Certainly not; and right here let me say
before we are through we will show you,
gentlemen of the jury, that the Board of
Works appealed to the Board 4of Finance
and Board of Health for aid to do what
was demanded of them.
“The only actual trouble the Prosecutor
has discovered was the repairing of Myrtle
avenue sewer,which caved in, and,through
an error, the bill for repairs was sent to
the Committeee on Cleaning Servers in
stead of the Committee on the Recon
struction of Sewers. Finance Commissioner
Warren discovered this error and re
tn nnss thfi filnim until Tip nrrnlrl
examine it. Before he could do this, the
four men here were indicted for having
signed the payroll. They should have
been indicted if they had not done so, for
the work was done, and the city has no
more right to rob its employees than an
individual has. The same thing happened
in the case of Amos Byrnes and John
Orum, whose names are scratched oif the
payroll. They simply sent their claims to
the wrong committee.
And again, if any of the employes of the
Board of Works have been doing wrong,
the Board is not responsible for their
acts.”
Mr. Vredenburgli paid especial attention
to the street cleaning contract. He
claimed, in substance, that the Big Pour
could not have accepted Byrnes’ street
cleaning bid. Its lowness—$5 per mile—
forbade the idea of his doing the work
properly. Sheeran and Swift hail been
forced to throw up the contract because
they were not able to do the work for even
much more money than Mr. Byrnes
charged. The law does not require that
the contract should be awarded to the
lowest bidder. It is to be given to the
bidder who offers the terms most advan
tageous to the city.
“At the time you voted for the pay roll
of $1,009, did you know that there was
anything wrong with it?”
“No, sir.”
“Are you able to investigate each man’s
claim?”
“No, sir: we are governed by the certi
ficate of the foreman, and if he does not
keep the correct time it is not our fault.”
“On January 19,1888, you voted for a
claim of $595 for cleaning sewers. Ilo you
believe it to be correct?”
"Yes, sir.”
“Somers and Van Keuren voted against
it?”
“Yes, sir.”
STREET CLEANING CLAIMS.
Counsel offered a claim not in the in
dictment—that of Garret Haley—in evi
dence, and said:—“Do you know anything
about paying his claims for $100 each?
“No, sir.”
“Had there been difficulty in having
streets cleaned in previous years?”
“Yes, sir. When I came into the Board,
claims came in for cleaning streets not
UUUC UJ v,uutio.ov.
“Was there trouble about the contract
of Swift?”
“Yes, sir; and Mr. Cook, the bondsman,
had to finish the work up.”
“Why are contracts for sweeping of
streets and removing garbage and ashes
given out together?”
“Because the garbage man, for instance,
would throw his garbage in the street,
and the street cleaner might refuse to
carry it away if the contracts were given
to separate contractors; but if one man
had both contracts for his own protection
he would be more careful.”
“Was it necessary to remove ashes and
garbage after December 1 without con
tract?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Who was the person employed?”
“Mr. Cook, who had carts and horses
that had been used by Mr. Swift.”
“How much did you pay him?”
“Seven dollars a cart?”
“When you passed these disputed bills
did you intend to defraud the city?”
“No. sir.”
"Did you ever conspire with Hilliard,
Watt and Kern about them?”
“No, sir; we simply talked them over
the same as any other claims.”
A CUE FROM THE MAYOR.
Witness said that at a meeting to pur
chase a pump for High Service held by
the Board of Works, the Board of Finance
and the Mayor, the Mayor said that he
would not sign the contract to clean the
streets for the lowest bidder and thought
the full amount of the appropriation
ought to be used.
“Bo you know a man by the name of
Murray who put in a contract for cleaning
the streets?”
“No, sir.”
“Can streets be swept for $5 a mile?”
“No, sir.”
“How much, in your judgment, ought
it cost?”
“I don’t know. I’m no contractor, but
I wouldn’t do it for $17 a mile. When we
received the opinion of the Corporation
Counsel that we could do the work with
out contract we decided to advertise to
make safe.”
“Why was the contract the second time
awarded to Mailly?”
Witness did not answer, and Judge
Garretson then asked if he knew Stanley,
who was one of the bidders. The reply
was:—“There is no such man.”
“Why did you not award the contract to
Cook, who was a lower bidder than
Mailly?”
“Because some property owners came
to the office and said Mailly was the only
man W'ho could do the work.
MR. WINFIELD TAKES HIM IN HAND.
On cross-examination by the Prosecutor
the witness said there was no reason that
the contract should not have been given
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thought the contract ought to be given to
the man whose proposal was nearest to
the amount of the appropriation.
Prosecutor Winfield put Mr. Kern
through a lively course of sprouts when
he got down to the details of the street
cleaning contract.
“You have said, I believe,” the Prose
cutor asked, “that the street could be
cleaned for #17 per mile?”
“I am not a practical contractor,” was
Kern’s response.
“Mailly is a practical contractor, and he
offered to do the cleaning for $17 per
mile.”
“Mailly ought to know. He’s been
foreman for all these contractors.”
Now, if the streets can be cleaned for
$17 per mile, why should you have paid
Cook, doing the work between contracts,
at the rate of $300 per mile?”
“Well, that was winter work. It’s
harder to clean the streets then. They
are frozen and hard; brooms ain’t of no
use, and it’s worth more money.”
“Cook did the work between the expira
tion of an old contract and the making of
a new one?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Hid you ever know a new contract to
be made so as to begin with the fiscal
year?”
“There’s generally a delay of a month
or two.”
“During that time the work is done by
dav’s work?”
“Yes.”
“Now, isn’t it the design of this delay,
secured through the medium of bogus
bids that require prolonged investigation,
and by making contracts that the Board
of Finance will not approve—isn’t the de
sign of this delay to enable you to have
the work done by day’s work so as to put
money in the pocket of a favored con
tractor?”
“No, sir: I hurried the making of the
contract along as fast as possible.”
A QUESTION THAT STAGGERED.
Then Mr. Winfield called the attention
of the big chief to the garbage removal
contract. During the four months during
which there was no contract the Board
had paid W. R. Cook 1,400. Carey, who,
when Cook had succeeded in getting the
$11,400, received a contract, had offered at
the beginning of the year to do the work
for $13,000 for the year. Yet when four
months of the year had expired the Board
awarded the contract to do the work tor
the other eight months for $13,000. Mr.
Kern was asked to explain how this was.
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answer that it was impossible to report it.
Finally Mr. Winfield tackled the making
of that famous combine.
“Wliat influence,” he asked, “brought
you four men together?”
“Well, Van Keuren had claimed the
right to change the committees,” Kern re
sponded. “We claimed that he couldn’t
do it, and they made me president and I
let them make their own committees.”
“You four made the claim about the
committees?”
“No. only three — Watt, Hilliard and
myself.”
“What brought Reynolds to you?”
“I don’t know.”
“What influence made you four vote
together always, and the other two always
the other way ?”
“They had no appointments, and they
wouldn’t vote to pay the claims of our
men. That’s all there is about that.”
“Do you mean to say that there was no
arrangement binding*you four to act to
gether.”
“No, we didn’t agree to bind ourselves
to nothing.”
“You got together to throw men out and
put others in?”
“Oh, yes; we’d have an understanding
about it,”
HOW REYNOLDS GOT THERE.
“When you came to putting Reynolds,
one of the four, into Carroll’s place in the
pipe yard, that was part of the com
bine?”
“I asked Reynolds if he’d take it.”
“Reynolds said he’d take it?”
“Yes.”
“It didn’t require much forcing to in
duce him to accept it?”
“No.”
“He overcame his reluctance so far that
he voted for himself at the last?”
“1 believe he did.”
“Well, now,” was the Prosecutor’s cul
minating question, “do you know of any
arrangement by which the employees of
the Board were to divide up with you
four?”
“I do not,”
MR. REYNOLDS TESTIFIES.
Ex-Commissioner Thomas Reynolds,
one of the defendants, testified that he
did not enter into any conspiracy with
Hilliard, Watt and Kern to defraud the
city. The payroll that Larkins, Smith
anil Doolev’s names were on in December
he voted lor because he thought it cor
rect. He saw Larkins at work once, but
did not see the others.
“The several pay rolls that are disputed,
Mr. Reynolds said he voted for, and that
he believed them to be correct. Many of
the men came to the office and applied for
their money. He believed the Byrnes and
Orum claims were all right.
“When you first went in the Board how
was the street cleaning done?”
“It was done by day’s work, and I have
always been in favor of it.”
“You thought that to be the best plan to
expend the appropriation?”
“Yes, sir; and 1 did what I could for it.
I did what I could to have the work done
by day work, and not contract.”
“l)id you vote for Mailly, and why did
you vote for him?”
“I did; and I did it because the Mayor
said he would not sign a contract for so
low a contract because it could not be
done. I voted for Mailly to clean tho
streets because I thought him the best
man and I knew him to be reliable and
his sureties. Shaulay I never knew.”
“Why was not Cook given the con
tract?”
“He told me he did not want the
iamned contract at that price.”
Cross-examined he said:—
“How do these bogus bids get into the
Board?”
"I don’t know, sir.”
“Do you enquire?”
“Sometimes.”
“Do you belong to this combine?”
“I don’t know of any combine.”
“But you voted with these indicted
nen?”
“I did so when I thought I was right.” I
“When you tried to organize why did
rou vote with these three?”
“The Board had to organize and it stood
liree to three.”
“How came you to vote for Reynolds
"himself) for the position held by Superin
tendent Carroll?”
“Mr. Kern asked me to.”
“And you voted for yourself?”
“1 did. A man don’t want to lose a
:hance.”
[Much laughter, which was quieted by
the Court.]
ANOTHER OF THE FOUR ON THF. STAND.
Commissioner Watt was then called,
ind he testified that he Imd not entered
into any conspiracy to defraud the city,
ind that he saw Dooley, Smith and Lar
kins at work.
He understood the only trouble
with their pay roll was that it was pre
sented to a wrong committee. He voted
for Cook’s bills because he thought them
correct, and all water bills
to go to the Board of Finance.
He was present at the conference of the
Board of Finance, Mayor Corporation
Counsel and Board of Works, and that
the Mayor thought the bid should be
iwarded to the highest bidder.
“Do you know a man named Sullivan?”
“There is no such man as a contractor,”
“Do you know Shanley?”
“No, sir.”
“Why did not you award the contract
to Mr. Cook?”
“Because, as Mr. Cook said, I don’t
want the contract at such a damned
price.”
After recess Mr. Hilliard was recalled,
ind he said:—“No such man as Murray
tould be found.”
“Do you know why J. H. Keeney was
sot awarded the contract?”
“I do not.”
“Why was the contract awarded to
Mailley?”
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■vas foreman for Swift and knew all the
business.”
TIIAT CONFERENCE.
“Were you present at the conference of
:hc Board of Finance, the Mayor and the
Board of Works?”
"X was.”
“What was said?”
“The Mayor said we could give the con
tract to the highest as well as to the low
;st bidder and we thought the work
would be better done for the higher price
than the lower. The contract was not
;iven to Cook because he said he did not
tive a d-n for the contract at any
jrice.”
This ended Mr. Hilliard’s evidence an d
Patrick Sheran was called. He was once
i contractor.
“What, in your judgment, is a fair price
,o clean the streets?”
“About $14.or $16. When I cleaned about
two miles at one time it cost me about
>25.”
Francis C. Meehan thought $30 was no
tnore than a fair price to clean the streets
properly.
“1 bid for the contract $35 when propo
sals were first wanted,” said he. “X did
not bid the second time because I could
not do the work for the price of the other
bidders.”
Martin Finck, recalled, said the Mayor
it the conference said he would not sign
iuy contract at $5 a mile.
Chief Engineer Ruggles testified to the
same, and thought the streets could not
be done for less than $20 a mile. The
Mayor said he would not sign any con
tract for an amount for which the streets
rnuld not be properly cleaned.
MR. OARRETSON SUMS UP.
That closed the case and ex Judge Gar
retson began summing up. He said the
Commissioners look upon this charge as
in unjust one.
“It effects everyone in the community,”
mid he, “and if a charge has been made
through jealousy it is a charge against the
bitizens of this city. The Prosecu
tor, in his opening,' said he would
show that fraud had been committed in
pay rolls, but he says not a word about
book’s bills. If the Grand Jury had
taken a little' trouble to look into
this case the indictment would not have
been found. Some men like to find fault
ivith people, and it looks to me that some
:>£ the Grand Jury acted on this
mpulse. This indictment is defective
md ought to charge some specification,
but in this case this Is not done, ana
rere are six or seven charges that
be men conspired to defraud the
:ity. This indictment alleges that the
Board conspired on December 8 to de
iraud,when the contract was not awarded
intil January.”
He claimed that they could not he in
dicted tor conspiracy,'but should have
been indicted for malfeasance and that is
the only charge that would lie.
“These four men could not conspire to
defraud the city without the aid of the
Board of Finance and the Mayor. It is
claimed that there was an intent
to defraud the city, but to
convict the defendants you must
find that the Board of Finance and the
Mayor conspired with them, because they
concurred in the actions of these four
men.” __
DID SMITH PERJURE HIMSELF?
His Story that He Did Not Do Customs
House Duty Officially Denied.
The Customs House authorities last
evening sent out the following statement
concerning James Smith, who swore in
court the other day that he had done
faithfully the work for which the Board
of Works paid him, but hod not done the
Customs House service for which the
United States government paid him:—
From the statements of Chief Ganger
Charlie H. Knight and other officers in
the Gauger’s Burean in the New York
Custom House, it would appear that
James Smith, the gauger’s laborer, who
swore ou the trial of the Jersey City Com
missioners that he was paid by the United
States government while doing no work,
deliberately perjured himself in so swear
ing. The officers of the Gauger’s Bureau
say that he regularly reported aud dis
charged his duties ou every day for whicli
he was paid. That Smith doubly per
jured himself in swearing tliut he did no
work for the general government—em
ploying the time for wliich he received
pay from the government in working for
Jersey City, it is stated—can belaud will
be abundantly proven.
Surveyor Beattie, in reference to the
newspaper reports about the matter, lias
addressed a communication to Gauger
Knight, in whicli he says:—
Sniith lias made statements which, whether
true or falsi', show him to be wholly unfit to he
continued in the service or the government. You
will please, pending an investigation of the state
ments alleged to have been made by him, so far
as affects the management of your office, relieve
i him from duty, and, with all possible si>eed, re
port the facts as to his attendance to or absence
, from duty, covering the entire period during
which he has been in the service, with such other
facts or information of which you may be
possessed; whether such knowledge or informa
tion is derived from said Smith or any other per
son, whether such person is or is not in the ser
vice of the government.
Hit Each Other in the Fog.
The Hoboken ferryboat Moonacbie col
lided with the Delaware in the fog at seven
o’clock this morning, as the latter was
moving out of her slip at Pavonia ferry.
The Moonachie was slightly damaged.
Weather Still to Be Fair.
Washington, D. C., May 8, 1889.—
Weather indications for twenty-four
hours:—For Eastern New York and New
Jersey, fair, warmer in northern portion,
stationary temperature in southern por
tion, southerly winds. For Western New
York, fair, slightly warmer, southerly
winds. _
The Weather at Hartnett’s.
May 7.
At SP. M.
AtOP. M. 07
AtOP. M. 80
At Midnight. 05
May 8. Deg
i At 6 A. M.&
i At 9 A. M.67
At noon.69
| Fob a Disordered Liver try Ukechax’s Pills, *
REFORM.
The Charter Hearing Re
sumed and the New
Boards Are Heard
From.
PLENTY OF GOVERNMENT NOW.
Scenes and Incidents-James 185
Clarke Answers to His New Name.
It was two minutes nast eleven this
morning when the Gladstonian white
whiskers and profile of Supreme Court
Commissioner George W. Cassedy
emerged from the elevator and entered
the Vice Chancellor’s chambers to do dec
orative duty while testimony was being
taken in the fight over the new charter.
The room was nice and clean, and the
oaken benches and chairs looked inviting;
but nobody was there.
After a wait John P. Feeney skipped
out of the elevator. Mr. Feeney wore a
bright blue necktie. Next came James E.
Connelly, clerk to the new Tax Board, ac
companied by a pretty little maid of six,
whom he introduced as one of his
daughters. Senator Edwards, Allan L.
McDermott and ex-Mayor Collins dribbled
in, and then came a rush of officeholders
and claimants.
“How are you, 185?” said Mr. Feeney,
when James 185 Clark came in. James 185
Clark said he was well.
ACTS OF THE MAYOR.
Very little testimony was taken yester
day afternoon after the report of The
Jersey City News closed. The witnesses
were Clerk Robinson, of the Police Board;
Clerk McAneny, of the old Board of
Finance, and City Clerk Scott. Their tes
timony was intended to prove that the
two Boards named were in working order
still. It was further attempted to be
shown by ex-Mayor Collins that Mayor
Clevelaud had officially recognized cer
tain of the old Boards as late as May 2 by :
signing warrants and approving resolu
tions passed by them.
the hearing begins.
The hearing today began with Clerk
McAneny at the bat. He produced the
bonds of the old City Collector, Treasurer
and Comptroller, which were put in evi
dence by Mr. Collins.
Old Corporation Attorney Roderick B. .
Seymour testified that he was performing
the duties of his office and that nobody
had made a demand on him for possession
of it.
EVIDENCE FOR THE CHARTER.
Senator Edwards called Clerk Esta
brook, of the Fire Board, who testified
that the new Fire Commissioners met
yesterday afternoon and organized bv
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adopting the rules of the old Board tem
porarily.
Ex-Fire Commissioner John Gniton,
driver of Engine No. 6, appeared iu his
new blue uniform. Ex-Judge McDer
mott examined him. He said that the
new Fire Bourd was managing that de
partment.
Colonel J. B. Cleveland was among the 1
spectators. He was congratulated on the
military rank which has been bestowed '
on him. 1
Ex-Senator William A. Brinkerhoff sat
down in the witness chair to say that he 1
was the only genuine Corporation Coun- 1
sel in Jersey City. Senator Edwards had 1
made a demand on him for the papers,
but he hadn’t given any up
FIRE COMMISSIONERS ON TWO HORSES. '
Fire Commissioner Robert Quinlan tes- 1
tified that the Fire Department was being
run under the new charter. Ex-Mayor
Collins popped objection after objection, 1
all of which ex-Judge McDermott calmly '
ignored.
Mr. Quinlan said on cross-examination 1
that he had not resigned the Fire Commis
sionership to which he was elected and 1
was considerably nonplussed by the ques- :
tion whether he still claimed office under
his election. He showed a decided objec- '
tion to surrendering any of his two claims !
to office.
President John Conway, of the new and 1
the old Fire Board, went through the
same mill. He told Mr. Collins that his
opinion as to which was the legal board ,
was as good as Mr. Collins’. The lawyers ,
looked surprised and Mr. Conway went on ,
to say in answer to u question that he
“didn’t hold his office simply; he held it
permanently.”
Fire Commissioner Henderson was next ,
fitted to the rack, und after saying that
the department was now run under the ,
new charter, he was wooed by Mr. Collins
to say that he had no title to the office by
reason of his election. He declined to say
this, and declared that he and his two as
sociates, under the new charter, were in t
the position of riding two horses. i
MR. FEENEY TESTIFIES. !
John P. Feeney testified that he was as <
much of a Police Commissioner under the i
new charter as he could be. The new :
Board organized, took charge of the de
partment and gave orders to the Chief of s
Police, which orders were obeyed. The i
new Board met again last night and the l
standing committees were appointed and
the Chief was directed to notify accused i
policemen to appear before the Board. <
Uther orders were issued and the Chief i
sum ne \vouiu ooev mem.
Mr. Collins asked Mr. Feeney if he held '
any other office than Police Commissioner, i
Mr. Feeney replied that he was an officer ]
in the Prosecutor’s office, and a member 1
of Assembly.
"Did you vote for the so-called new
charter?”
“Sure I did,” was the proud reply.
"Ask him what he knows about hand
cars,” suggested Speaker Hudspeth. Mr. 1
Feeney was allowed to go without telling. '
Police Commissioner James E. Kelly
testified that the new Police Board was ’
performing its duties. He admitted that
if the charter were knocked out he would !
return to the old Bourd, to which he was 1
elected, if he could.
CHIEF MURPHY DIPLOMATIC.
Chief of Police Benjamin Murphy tes
tified that the latest orders he had re- i
reived were from the new Board. Ex
Judge McDermott tried to get him to say ]
who he recognized as the real Police Com
sioners of Jersey City. Chief Murphy re- 1
plied that it was his duty to enforce the <
laws and he tried very hard not to say i
that he recognized any Board much more i
than another. 1
CITY CLERK SCOTT CONGRATULATED.
City Clerk Scott wus congratulated on
his re-election and testified that C. W.
Allen, who was elected Alderman-nt- ,
Large under the new charter, presided at ;
the meeting of the new Board of Alder- [
men last evening and that no objection }
was made to him by any of the members. 1
William G. German, clerk to the new
Board of Finance, produced the minutes
of the Board. Next he exhibited the bonds
of the new City Treasurer and Collector 1
and other new officials. On cross exam- t
inution he said that he had not possession
Df uuy of the records or archives of the old
Board of Finunce and Taxation. £
SPEAKER HUDSPETH’S CLAIM.
Speaker Kobert S. Hudspeth testified ,
hat he was Corporation Attorney and had
ill the papers belonging to the office in
lis possession. He declared that his re
moval by the old Board of Finance was
Uegal and that he was rightfully Corpor
ition Attorney whichever regime tri
umphed.
Mr. Collins elicited the fact that Senator
Sdwards, Speaker Hudspeth and Assem
ilymen Ileppenheimer, Feeney and
D’Neill, who voted for the charter, had re
vived appointments from the Mayor.
Speaker Hudspeth insisted upon ex
plaining his testimony in relation to his
:itle to the office. He claimed to have
leld, under the old Board of Finance, till
:he charter was accepted, and since then,
under the Mayor’s appointment.
A NEW VALUATION.
David W. Lawrence, one of the new
rax Commissioners, testified that he had
lecided that a uew valuation of the city
>vas needed, irrespective of any former as
sessments. The Board intended to make
iuch a new valuation.
, CONTROL OF THE PUBLIC WORKS.
Charles .1. Somers, one Of the new
street and Water Commissioners, testified
ihat the three members had qualified and
<iven bonds, and that the Board organ
zed yesterday by electing the! witness
president, and assumed charge or the de
partment.
On cross-examination he said that Mar
:in Finck, Clerk of the old Board of Pub
ic Works, had refused to give up the
looks and papers, and that President
W illiam F. Kern had insisted that the
liree new Commissioners had no right to
meet in the office of the Board of Public
Works.
O’NEILL ON THE STAND.
Patrick H. O’Neill told ex-Judge Mc
Dermott the many offices held by him in
;he past aDd present. He had made a de
nand for possession of the office of City
Jollector on Mr. Love and had been re
fused.
"\\ hat other offices do you hold?’- asked
Mr. Collius.
‘‘I am an Assemblyman, an Alderman,
md I will tie an Assessor until I become
L'ity Collector,” replied Mr. O’Neill. He
idmitted that he intended to continue to
let as Assessor under tne old charter till
le got the office of City Collector.
On cross-examination he said that the
lemocratic Aldermen made a caucus
neasure of the resolution referring the
icense ordinance to the Charter Corpora
:ion Counsel and Attorney.
A recess was then taken until four
I’elock.
The new charter people propose to put
n evidence all the news articles, editor
als and advertisements in The Jersey
JITY News of April 6 and 8, and
u The Sunday Morning News of
April T to show that the citizens of Jersey
Jity had good notice that the charter
vould be submitted to a popular vote,
ihe same course will be pursued with re
gard to the Journal and Mryus of April
> and 8.
CHARTER-SKIRMISHES.
Ur. O’Neill’s Demand on Mr. Dove Is
Courteously Refused.
There were several brief and spirtted)
hough bloodless skirmishes in the great
charter war during the past twenty-four
lours. Assessor, Alderman and
Assemblyman Patrick H. O’Neill
jirded up his loins and pro
iroceeded this morning to take possession
>f the City Collector’s office, to which he
vas appointed by the Mayor under the
lew charter.
The girding up process consisted of
irming himself with the official
lotice of his appointment and the notice
if Clerk German, of the new Board of
finance, of the approval of his
Kinds by the Board. Armed
;vith these documents Mr. O’Neill
iresented himself before Mr. Love, the
iresent incumbent, and made his demand.
Mr. Love responded in the Chesterlieldinn
md stereotyped formula to the effect that
le did not recognize the legality of Mr.
/’Neill's appointment and he must re
ipectfully decline to give him his office.
Mr. O’Neill then gave his girdings a
ightening hitch, figuratively speaking,
Ul._l. L. t.1 I
ials in nis pocket and withdrew.
THE NEW FINANCIERS.
At nine o’clock this morning the Board
>f Finance, ns the Mayor's appointees are
ityled, met in the Council Chandler. Mr.
Vilen, the newly elected president of the
Joard of Aldermen, met with
hem for the first time since his
■lection. Mr. Kennv was absent. The
Joard approved the bond of Patrick H.
J’Xeill in the sum of $150,000 for the faith
ul performance of the duties of City Collec
or, with Patrick H. Hanley .Francis Mack
in, James Roche, Michael Doyle, Michael
dill one, Horace H. Farrier, James Hunt,
rohn M. Shannon; Peter Kiernan, Pat
ick McArdle, Daniel P. Harding, Nicho
ns Tappin, Abram Post, Patrick Buckley
tnd Dennis McLaughlin as sureties.
THE MAYOR’S POLICE COMMISSIONERS.
The Mayor’s Board of Police Commis
iiouers held a meeting last evening, and
ompleted their organization by the ap
lointment of these committees:—Stution
louses and Prisons, Kelly and Benson;
lospital and Dispensary, Benson and
felly: Lamps and Lights, Kelly and Ben
on; Printing and Stationery, ’Kelly and
Jensou; Salaries, Kelly and Benson; Ex
imination for Appointment, Benson and
felly; Committee on Health, Feeney,
felly and Benson: Board of Health,
feeney, Kelly nud Benson.
The Board fixed May 15 as a day for the
rial of delinquent policemen and the
thief was notified to have everything in
liape for the ordeal. Saturday was
lesignuted for the inspection of uniforms,
ind the force was directed to don the
lummer uniform on June 1.
President Feeney is quoted with having
aid that if the old Board attempts to meet
n the Board room they will be promptly
lred out. On the other hand, President
lav is, of the old Board, says that the
egular meeting of his Board will occur
m May 15. This is the day fixed by the
lew Board for trials, and as Mr.
i’eeney talks of his firing out process
vith the same determination as Mr. Davis
leclares that his Board will meet, the
irospects of an exceedingly lively time on
hat date are most flattering.
COMPTROLLER HOUGH’S DEMAND.
Comptroller, made a demand on Mr.
lickiuson yesterday for possession of the
ithce. Although Mr. Dickinson’s refusal
vas in thorough keeping with
he elegant and extremely polite
•erbiagc in which all the refusals
1ms far have been couched, his words
vidently belied his feelings. Mr. Hough
lad scarcely received his reply when a
veil known lawyer of this cfty entered
he office and asked to see the Comp
roller.
“He stands bofore you,” said Mr. Dick
nsou.
“But I want to see Mr. Hough.” ra
llied the lawyer.
Mr. Dickinson’s reply was entirely de
oid of Chesterfieldian trimmings, and
outained a request that the lawyer take
mmediate departure to a place no long!
ecognized by the most advanced theo
ogians. __
I.lquor Dealers Meet.
The Liquor Dealer’s Association met
his afternoon. There was a pretty fair
tteudance. President John Edlestein
aid none but routine business would be
ransacted.
Talked About Strangers.
The Rev. Frank Fletcher delivered a
scture on “Curious People” to a small
udience at Kessler’s Hall, last night.
O'Reilly’s Excelsior Oat Tonic. The best nerve
nd brain tonic in the world. Hotels, druggists,
rocers and saloons sell it, or seud to the manu
scturers for it. 329 and 331 Newark uve.,
ersey City.***
RE PORI.
Forceps Wanted to Pull a
Snag Out of the Build
ing Inspector’s
Office.
185! 185! 185! 185! 185! 185!
There Is a Great Big Kick and
the Builders Are Making It.
“HeUo, 185!”
That’s what I said this morning.
There was no answer, and I rang tip
Central again.
“Hello, Central, can’t I have 185?”
“Do you mean the man who used to be
817?”
"Yes, ring him up, won’t you?”
“Hello, 185—r-r-r-r-r-ing! Hello, 185
r-r-r-r-r-r-ing! HELLO, 185!!”
Then came a voice as of one crying In
♦ milJ__
"Don’t you know Mr.Clarke never comes
here?"
Central began to talk, but I took a hand
in:—
“ I say, Inspector’s office, isn’t Mr.
Building Inspector James 185 Clarke in
his office?”
“Nah, he aint here. Yon must be a
chump to ask me dat. W’y, you big fool
he don’t come here on’y once in a w ile.”
“Where is he ?”
“How’je tink I know?"
Then Central broke in:—
“Oh, you want to go up to 274 Mont
gomery street. He’s a mechanic, and he’s
probably tinkering teeth up in his house.
EXASPERATED BUILDERS.
Up I went. A crowd of men sat on the
brown stone stoop of his brown stone
house and vented their dissatisfaction in
profanity as forcible as it wasn’t elegant.
I started up the stoop, and the men be
gan to deride me.
"Do you expect to see the dentist?”
queried one of the men.
“No, I want to And Mr. Building In
spector James 185 Clarke.”
“So do we.”
“Who are you?” I asked, for I wondered
whether Jim's creditors were making a
combined effort to get ?185 worth of
boodle.
“Oh, we’re builders, and we’ve given up
trying to find the Inspector in his office at
Police Headquarters, so we’re waiting
here till he comes home.”
"What do you want of him?”
“What do we want of him? We want
him to attend to his business. We want
him to put his signature on permits to put
up buildings.”
“Yes,” broke in auother one of the
group, “that’s what we want of him, and
that’s what the city wants of him, too.”
“The taxpayers support him, and the
taxpayers are the ones who want to
build,” said a third.
I was u little surprised to hear this sort {
of thing, for I hail ulways believed that \
the self-styled mechanic tried in every \
way lie knew how—from 185 ways to 317— \
to earn his wages. But I had no time to
stop for conversation, so, thinking that I
might And him by accident—
.Just then I saw him appear at the cor
ner. He espied the crowd and dodged
back up Barrow street, I hurried atter
him, but he had already disappeared
when I reached the corner.
THE BOV AT THE OFFICE.
As a last hope I tried the office of the
Building Inspector at Police Headquar
ters.
There was no number on the door—I
had expected to see it labelled 185—but I
heard the same voice that had called me a
chump, over the telephone.
It was the little loafer who sits at the
desk in the office and tells the unfortunate
ouuuers mat .vir. James 100 uarse is nos
in.
They call him “Conk,” this so-called
clerk, anil he is a member of the Republi
can County Committee, or was, three
months ago. He may have been in arrears
for his dues, in which case, according to
the rules of the committee, he was
dropped. But Colonel Samuel C. Dickin
son would not be likely to let that go by
default for Conk is a friend of the
Colonel’s.
It is said that the only diseernable rea
son for making Conk clerk to a demo
cratic 185 Building Dentist—no, Mechani
cal Inspector—is that the gallant Penn
sylvania colonel asked Mr. James 185
Clarke as a special favor, or a 817 favor,
or something of that kind, to let him fill
the place.
Conk told me, in his own peculiar tough
way, that I needn’t expect to find the in
specting dentist in the office all the time,
and also said that any one was a chump
who thought that a building mechanic
like Mr. James 185 Clarke could neglect
filling for building, or that he cared less
for drawing teeth than for drawing his
salary.
The police officials told me how tha
builders are making police life a burden
and that they are slowly preparing to
wither away in lonely dungeon cells in
Morris Plains unless the Tooth Inspector
changes his whole principle of life and
earns his money.
THE BUILDERS ARE LAVING A TRAIN.
Back I scooted to the No. 185—1 mean
No. a73—Montgomery street. The great
engineer of buildings, or bills, I’m not
sure which, was not there.
But the builders were.
They' laughed as I approached the
house, for they wanted company, and
they had been looking for the Man-Who
Ilraws-His-Salary for many moons and
they knew that my quest had only lasted 5
a few hours.
“I see the Mechanic has not yet come
home?” I remarked, interrogatively.
“No, he hasn't; and you can gamble
that he won't come while we’re here,”
said the most prominent of the crowd.
“This will settle him,” said another.
“We’ve just about lost what little patience
we ever hud and will fix him.”
“I don’t see how you can do that,” said
I. “He was re-elected by the Aldermen
last evening, and he is good for another
year now.”
“Is her That’s all you know about it.”
“Whv, what can you do about it?”
“Well, there are several of us and we
pav between us a considerable amount of
luxes, Dill UOlUUlg iU CUUipttllSUII " lill LUO
sum paid by our clients—tlie men for
whom we build. When a document goes
into the Board of Aldermen saying that
the signers will not pay any tuxes until
this man is kicked out it may have some
effect, especially when it is seen that the
signers represent several millions of taxa
ble property in the city.”
"Do you really think that such a docu- *:
ment would carry any weight?” said I.
"Thiuk? I know! And besides that, if
the Aldermen do not act we’ll go to the
Supreme Court Hud sue for his removal.
You won’t see the same man looking at
teeth and refusing to look at building
plans much longer," :,1
I shook my head and walked sorrow
fully away—full of sorrow for Mr. Dental
Inspector Building Mechanic James It#
Clarke, better kuoivu in his tribe as The
Man-Who-Draws-Hto-Salary: or, The
Man-W ho-Tries-to-Fool-the- Public.
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