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VOL. I NO. 217.
It Will Take About Two
Years to Finish It.
There Are to be Eight Local Sta
tions on Its Line-How It
is to Be Bnilt
The application mode by the Central
Elevated Transit Company to the Corn
ai mon Council, Tuesday night, for consent
to build an elevated railway from the
ferry of the Central Railroad to Jewett
and West Side avenues proves that our
citizens are waking up to an appreciation
of the means to best subserve their own
Ια the first place a larcre majority of the
holders of property adjoining the route
have cordiallv assented to the same, after
prolonged consideration of the pros and
cons. This is the first positive step in the
right direction, the consent of. the city
authorities being the second necessary to
be taken In the direction of realizing this
great boon.
But to secure this first step some of our
citizens have been laboring lor years, and
deserve great credit for their staying
qualities. The route is not an easy one
fer construction purposes. The bridge of
the National Storage Company across
the lower portion of Johnson avenue is a
very serious oDstacie. 10 uverwmo iu,
very steep K^ades and a specially high
but short level is necessary. This has ren
dered a locomotive elevated railway oi
the type adopted in Brooklyn and New
York ont of the question. Our towns
man, E. W. Harrison, the Chief En,
fineer of the new Transit Company
as been on the look out for
plans which might meet the difficulty
mentioned, and also tne necessity of the
steep grades required to gain the right
elevation at Summit avenue. He made
exploring trips to ascertain what methods
were presented in other places to sur
mount these troublesome features, and at
last came upon a traction cable theory
which seemed to meet the case.
"It was in 1884," said Mr. Harrison,
when 1 called on him this morning, "that
the Central Kailroad Company objected
to the State valuations because of the
distance of its ferry from the traveling
centre. I then advised the company to
open up Johnston avenue and mate that
a thoroughfare, and suggested that an
elevated road be built across the Hill.
"Finally, after much trouble I suc
ceeded in inducing the company to con
sent to open Johnston avenue if I could
raise capital sufficient to build the Ele
vated road.
"The company also agreed to give us
terminal and ferry faculties fit for rapid
transit and to lease us the right of way
through its yard fora term of ninety
nine years.
"I then began to make estimâtes and
get capital interested. I sounded the
property owners on the question and, be
lieving the majojlty were in favor of the
—enterprise, I prepared a prospectus and
presented it to New York capitalists.
The cost was estimated at nearly #1,000,
000 without the slightest chance of re
ceiving for five years the interest on the
We estimated that it would require au
increase of population of from 50,000 to
75,000 persons to make it· pay at all, but
believed rapid transit that would take a
person from West Side avenue to Broad
way in twenty minutes would bring this
increase the same as it did to Harlem
and Brooklyn.
The capitalization is twice that of the
Jersey City and Bergen Railroad Com
Î>any and from that you may judge why
t will be necessary to bring people here,
and, by bringing them, how much the
wealth of the city is increased.
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"I would like it to be distinctly known
that the rumor that the Central Railroad
or any other railroad company is behind
this or in any way identified with it is ab
solutely untrue, exccpt to the extent of
the privileges we obtain for value re
ceived from it.
"In the matter of this elevated road
the Jersey City & Bergen Railroad Com
pany has been very courteous to us, for
Mr. Thurston President of that road,
realizes that the increase of population
the enterprise will cause will also benefit
his company in 'short rides' while we will
get our share of through travel.
"When I spoke to A. C. Cheney, Presi
dent of the Garfield National Bank, about
the matter he became at once interested,
and together with some other capitalists
we went over the ground. The result
was they agreed to take hold of the affair
providing the necessary consent of one·
half of the property owners along the
route was obtained and the Board of
Aldermen granted a franchise.
"The company was incorporated with
a capital stock of $750.000 under the Gen
eral Railroad Law, governing street rail
roads, which requires that one-half of the
capital shall, in cash, be deposited with
the Secretary of State before any work is
done and an affidavit filed in that office
that all the stock haj been subscribed a nd
will be paid on demand.
"The incorporators are A. C. Cheerey,
Îiresident; Hirsm Hitchcock, A. B. Dar
ing, Stephen O. Jennings, R. T. Harvey,
Charles L. Crary, Garret Van Tiorne.
William G. Bumstead, Edlov W. Harri
son, John Hilton, George Holmes, J. P.
Ryan and James Raymond."
"How soon will work on the structure
be begun?"
"Just as soon as the Board of Alderman
grant the franchise. It will take nearlv
two years to complete it. "
"How about damages to dissatisfied
property owners; will any be given?"
"If they they are damaged we can not
help paying them. Judge Knapp will ap
point three Commissioners to condemn
the property, and what they consider
equitable we must pay. The company is
willing to do all that is fair, and if any
owner prefers arbitration to the courts,
the Compauy will agree to it. However
I do not apprehend much trouble, be
cause the owners of three-fourths of the
, Improved land on Jewett avenue have
signed the petition favoring it. and that
is the ouly improved street we go
The structure will be entirely of iron
with no cross ties except at every eight
feet one of iron. This will leave the
street open and light and not like the
elevated roads in New York city. Other
wise it will be built similar to the Sixth
avenue road. There will be at least eight
depots and more should they be required.
The road will bring wealth to Jersey
City and convenience to the residents."
Among those who protest against the
prouosed enterprise are William N.
Brush, John J. Siefke, William Kepsley,
James Keller and Dr. B'ormau, all of
Jewett avenue.
When I saw Mr. Siefke this morning
he said he was in favor of an elevated
railroad if it did not damage his property,
but this one would, for it would cut off a
corner of his property and injure his bus
iness as α keeper of a boarding stable for
fancy horses.
Mr. Brush said the road would damage
him because it would darken his windows
Had the noise Interfere with hie quiet and
sleep. The others had a like grievance.
The house ol .fames B. Vredeuburgh, on
Baldwin avenue, will be damaged, out. he
told me that it did not worry him, for the
company would pay ior any damage
Ho favored an elevated road and
thought his individual rights should not
stand against those of everyone.
The Jewett ladies say they will protest
at the next meeting of the Board of Al
dermen against the granting of the fran
chise. ^
President Harrison Steals Away to Hunt
Washington, D. C., Nov. 14, 1889.—The
President silently stole away last night
for a few days of hunting in Maryland.
He is expected at the White House Satur
day. The excursion was arranged by ex
Senator Sewell, of New Jersey, who ac
companied the President, but the proposed
destination of the party was kept secret
and even Private Secretary Halford is
ignorant today of the President's where
He knows only that the party are some
where in Maryland. Prom the fact that
E. R. Knight, of Triumph, Md., accom
panied the President ana General Sewell,
it is believed that they are quartered at
his residence near the above named place.
Mr. Knight is a noted duck hunter, and
has sent presents of canvas backs and red
heads to the White House.
They Will Give β Munster Ball Karly In
the Winter.
The Hudson County Liquor Dealer's
Association's monthly meeting was held
at Roche's Hall, yesterday afternoon,
with the new chairman, Patrick Mc
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tendance and considerable business of a
routine character was transacted.
The association decided to arrange for
the holding of a κ rand ball early in the
season ana it will be a monster event.
The tickets will cost $3 each and the six
hundred members will each tame one and
sell others to their friends, and so the
association is likely to have the biggest
ball ever held in this county.
John Edelstein, the new treasurer, filed
satisfactory bonds, and President Mc
Ardle appointed the following Executive
Committee:—Patrick McArdle, John A.
Bell, Francis Moran, Thomas Dwyer,
Matthew Fallahee, Thomas B. Crotty,
Edward Kelly, Martin Kelly, Henry
Schwirten, John Moran, Otto
Meyer, Thomas Niyçent, Michael Brown,
John Stevens, Henry Leinbeck, August
Hemme. C J. Donovan. Andrew Cullen,
Pred Gassaut, Henrp Boan, John Keilly,
C. W. Roehne, Alfred Kast, Edward Henn
0. H Munn, William Gross, Patrick Gov
ean, Henry Albers, John Edelstein and
the officers elected at the annual meeting.
Five Millions May Be Involved.
The recent publications as to the effect
of the Supreme Court's decision about
the seaside boroughs and towns has made
the matter the one topic of talk through
out lower South. It is quite probable
that an application will be made to the
Court of Errors and Appeals, if for noth
ing else than to delay execution o£ judg
ment until after the next Legislature
On the judgment of the higher court
rests the validity of the bonds in which a
large amount of money is invested. It is
generally balieved that the Legislature
can not make the bonds valid, there
being no way in law or custom to do so.
Fears are also entertained concerning
the bearing of this case on the legality
of the other bnroughs of,the first, second,
third and fourth classes throughout the
State, comprising some sixty other towns,
and some of the largest In the State.
Should the same opinion be held regard
ing them, which seems almost sure to be
the case, not {less than five millions of
dollars will be lost in these inland bor
oughs alone. A case to test the consti
tutionality of the special act under whicn
they are incorporated will come up be
fore the Supreme Court very probably
not later than June next.
Arrested for Complicity·
John Cutley, of No.· 401 Fourth street,
was arrested this afternoon for complicity
in the theft of the leather which was
found in Tony CaDoano's woodshed. Jus
tiee Weed committed him for trial.
Mr. James Connolly, Clerk of the Board
of Tax Commissioners, has withdrawn
from the contest for Reading Clerk of the
House of Assembly. This gives Tommy
Noonan a show.
At Metropolitan Hall, Greenville, Nov
ember 18,16, 20 and 21, under the aus
pices of the Literary Society of the Green
ville Young Men's Christian Association,
an entertainment and fair will be given.
John Brady, the young tough who yes
terday brutally and without uny provoca
tion assaulted Mrs. Henrietta Tniely, of
No. 23 Porter street, was arraigned this
morning beforo Justice Wanser and com
mitted for trial. Mrs. Thiely is still suf
fering from yesterday's abuse.
The members of St. John's Kvangelical
Lutheran Church, on Fairview avenue,
take exception to the statement which
appeared in The Sunday Morning News
of last Sunday that they have a Kinder
garten connected with their churcn. The
Kindergarten mentioned belongs to Mies
Jessie Allen and is a pav Institution hav
ing no connection with the church.
The grand parade of the Third District
Democratic Club has been postponed un
til Friday evening, November 15. Mem
bers will report at half-past seven p. m.,
The Holy Name Society of St. Mary's
Roman Catholic Church will give an en
tertainment in Institute Hall on the
evenings of December 3 and 4.
Annex ferryboat No. 1, damaged in
Tuesday's fog, is being repuired at the
foot of Grand street.
The Netherland steamer Amsterdam
sailed this morning at half-past nine
o'clock from the foot of York street.
In last night's issue of The News ap
peared interviews with the different can
didates for Freeholder in the Seventh
district. By an error the name of George
W. Clerihew was mentioned. It should
have been Charles M. Clerihew.
Mozart Lodge No. 173, I. O. of O. F., at
the regular meeting in the Avenue House
last evening conferred the third degree
on two candidates and received three
Depositions for membership.
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at the Avenue House last evening.
Twenty-five applications for membership
were received. The club will meet at
the same place Thanksgiving eve.
The Geselligeu Vereins -"Humor," of
the Heights, will give a musical and dra
matic entertainment Sunday evening,
November 17, at Kessler's Hall.
Unique Lodge No. H4, Ancient Order of
United Workmen, will celebrate its anni
versary at Kessler's Hall, Monday even
lug, November 18, with an entertainment
lynl hop.
A progressive euchre party will be held
at the Toffey Guard Clubhouse this even
was arrested for throwing kitchen refuse
on the street in front of her residence,
No. 94 Beach avenue. Justice Wanser
this morning discharged her with a rep
Solomon Greenberger, a New York ped
dler, was fined $1 for peddling in this city
without a license.
William iThoinpson, of this city is a
prominent candidate for BL'l Clerk of the
next House of Assembly.
Munch, a young German girl.
Conclusion of the Exercises
of Dedication.
In yesterday's Jersey City News the
exercises of the consecration of Christ
Hospital were reported down to the hour
of going to press. At that time Dr. Suy
dam was addressing the assemblage.
"I feel a sort of proprietary interest in
the hospital," said he, "for I was one of
the charter members, and when the
movement to establish the old one was
begun I said 'God speed.'
"This was the sprout and from it has
come the tree which continues and will
continue to bear fruit. Caring for suffer
ing is an appeal to humanity, and a ready
response has ever been given by Christ
Hospital, and in humanity all nationali
ties are bound together by one common
No man can bo of service to another
without having it repaid to him at some
time. Philanthrophy here is not merely
the amputation of limbs but to accom
plish also a purpose which is to lead to
Christ by Christian teachings."
When Dr. Suydam had concluded his
remarks, the Rev. Mr. Bennett asked if
the pastor of the North Baptist Church
were present, but no response was made.
Mr. Bennett said he regretted this, for
that church had offered to care for one
room in the institution.
Dr. Noble, president of the medical
staff, was next introduced, and he made a
few remarks, in which he said it would
require much money to run the institu
tion, and that people must not think that
because it had been built no further ex
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mcuey, for patient» must have care and
clothing. He referred to the Daisy Ward
for children, and said he was pleased to
see so many children present, and hoped
they would comfort those who later on
would occupy the ward.
The Rev. Mr. Bennett then thanked Dr.
Noble for his untiring labors at the hos
pital in the past and hoped they would
treasurer's statistics.
Richard C. Fessenden, treasurer of the
institution, said he had done what he
could for the hospital because Dr. Aber
crombie asked him to. He said tAat when
Dr. Abercrombie asked him to be the
treasurer he began to think the clergy
man waS not saue. but after some discus
sion lie was glad to dismiss this thought
and accept the honor.
To show that the hospital was free to
all Mr. Fessenden read these statistics:—
In 1888 there were treated at the hospi
259 patients, divided thus:— Episcopals,
87; Catholics, 77; Denominational, 90; no
particular church, 10, In 1889 there were
treated 199 patients:—Episcopals, 57; Cath
olics, 47; Denominational and general, 55.
It cost $00,000 to erect the hospital, the
ground costing il5,000. To run the old
uilding *0,000 a year was necessary, but
iu future the expense would be greater.
It would require a ton of coal a day for
six months in the year to heat it, and at
$4.5o a tou that alone was α big item. He
was ready to receive donations of coa
from any one.
He concluded by saying that the hos
pital was not a place of misery, but was
an incomplete angel, and he hoped soon to
see It perfect by having the other wing.
The Rev. Mr. Bennett then said he de-'
sired to thank the Sisters of the Good
Shepherd for their six years' of faithful
work in the past. The Sisters of St. Mar
garet will in future care for the patients,
and without remuneration'. He also
thanked Warden Osborne, of the City
Hospital, for some valuable advice given
by him, and expressed his gratitude to the
rector and choir of St. Matthew's for the
music they had furnished.
The architect and Chaplain Phelps also
came in for their share of thanks, and he
concluded his expressions of gratitude by
thanking the press of this city for so
nobly answering every call for help for
the hospital, and he hoped that in the fu
ture the press would continue its favors.
J lus cioseu Liic apeuuiie», auu lue auui -
euco decended to the basement where a
delightfully informal lunch was par
Governor Green and Mayor Cleveland
could tarry but a moment, and were then
driven away in their coach.
In St. Luke's house another supper had
been prepared for them and the other
speakers and among those there were
Governor-elect Abbett, Bishop Starkey,
Bishop Quintard, of Tennessee, Dean W.
W. Holly, and the Revs. Knock, Greaves,
Warren, Bennett, Brush, Dr. Parkmore,
of Hoboken; the Rev. Mr. Jenvey, of
Hoboken; and Treasurer Fessenden. It
was entirely informal and in consequence
much more enjoyable.
In yesterday a report of the opening ex
ercises of Christ Hospital the fact that
Mayor Grassmanu, of Hoboken, who was
unable to be present, sent a congratula
tory letter commending the noble work,
was inadvertently omitted.
The Street and Water Commissioners
Requested to Itemize Their Pay Roils.
The Board of Finance held an unim
portant session last evening. The Comp
troller reported that the receiDts of his
office during the week had been $193.482.
84, and County Collector Dugan informed
the Board that the State and county taxes
against the city had been fixed at $568,
053.63, $220,905.68 of which was for State
School Tax and $347,147.97 for County
A warrant for $6,148.14 was ordered
drawn in favor of Diedrich Buck. ïhis
is the amount which two lots on Sussex
street belonging to Mr. Buck, when sold
for unpaid taxes, "Drought in excess of
the amount fixed by the Commissioners
of Adjustment.
Commissioner Kenney introduced a
resolution calling upon the Sinking Fund
Commissioners to furnish the Board with
a statement of the city bonds they have
paid off since they have been in existence
as a Board.
A resolution by Mr. Edelstein directed
the Street and Water Cammissioners to
hereafter send to the Board with the pay
roll an itemized statement of the street,
location and the amount of work done in
the following departments Laying
water pipes, repairing water pipes, re
pairing water gates and repairs over
water "gates.
It May Convict Antonio Capoano of
Bobbing Freight Cars.
Antonio Capoano, a young Italian who
has been mixed up in several question
able transactions, but who has always
managed to escape, is in the toils at last,
and rin the parlance of the police, they
"have got him dead to rights,"
For some time past the Pennsylvania
railroad has suffered at the hands of a
gang of thieves, who managed to rob
freight cars while standing on the trestle
work between the Hill and Newark ave
nue. The thieves would climb up the
trestle and ttirow down the articles from
the cars.
The scenes of the operations is the
neighborhood of that portion of the Sixth
ward which is known as "the village,"
and which is inhabited almost exclu
sively by Italians. Policeman Murphy,
of the Gregory street station, patrols that
post and recently obtaiued information
which led him to believe that some of
the property stolen from the freight cars
was concealed in Capoano'e woodshed.
He communicated his information to
Detective McNally of the Pennsylvania
Kailroad, who obtained a search warrant
from Justice Weed. Capoauo's woodshed
was searched and a large roll of new
leather was brought to light. Capoauo
was then arrested and taken before Jus
tice Weed, and after an examination was
bailed for trial.
The Board Hears Evidence in the
Dukes-Lcnahan Case.
The trial of Foreman Dukes, of Engine
Co. No. 9, and Hoseman-at-Call Leuihan,
of No. 2 Engine, before the Fire Board
last evening for scuffling with a loaded
nozzle during the fire at the Boynton
Stove Works a few weeks ago, packed
the lobby with a number of firemen and
friends of the accused firemen.
The charge had been brought by the
chief against Lenahan for interfering
with his superior officer, but from the evi
dence presented at the last meeting it ap
pearedf that the foreman was partially to
blame, and the Chief was directed to
bring charges against Dukes. A joint
trial was decided upon by the Board.
It seems that No. 2 Engine reached the
fire and took a hydrant on Whiton street.
No. 9 Engine's tender—the engine was off
duty—ran in a line from No. 2 Engine,
under command of Foreman Dukes. A
citizen, by the name of Miner, asked
Lenahan, who was at the engine, to play
a stream upon his house across the way,
which was seriously threatened. This
was done, and then the stream was di
rected at the foundry fire. While the
foreman and a young man named John
son were playing on the fire Lenahan
came up auu gruuueu tue μίμο auu at
tempted to take it from Dukes, and sfter
a lively scuffle, during which a number of
citizens were liberally drenched, suc
ceeded in doing so. Lenahan found out
afterward that it was not No. 2 Engine's
line, and returned it to No. 9 Engine's
Police Captain McKaig, George Johnson
and Captain Cleveland^ of No. 8 Engine,
testified for Dukes, and Michael Quigley,
a friend. Engineer Nichols and Driver
Thomas O'Neill testified in behalf of Lena
han. The decision was reserved.
John H. Brown, the newlv appointed
commissioner, occupied a commissioner's
chair, although he took no part in the
proceedings, as the Board of Finance,
which was in session at the same hour,liad
not yet had an opportunity of approving
his bond. President John P. Feeney, of
the Police Board, was also within the en
Chief Farrier's report for the month of
October showed that the total loss of
property by Are was $15,381; all of which
was insured, except *100 worth. The
number of alarms were 14; bell alarms, 7.
A resolution was adopted that the New
York and New Jersey Telephone Com
pany be requested to rebuild and change
the Are line from the south to the north
side of Ocean avenue, between Bramhall
and Ege avenue; to straighten the line be·
tween Grand street and Morris Canal on
Communipaw avenue, and to change the
line from the north to the south side of
Twelfth street, between Henderson and
Grove street.
The resolution adopted at the last
meeting appointing Hoseman-at-Call
John Gately stoker of No. 2 Engine, was
rescinded. Driver Thomas O'Neill was
appointed to the position of stoker of that
company, subject to the examination oi
the examining engineer.
Hoseman-at-Call Charles Conway, of
Engine No. 9, was transferred to the
same position on Engine No. 3, and James
Kimball appointed to fill the vacancy.
Gateley was appointed permanent driver
of No. 2 Engine.
But the Search Light of Some Naval
War Vessels on the River.
People about the river front last even
ing were surprised to see periodical
flashes of light, shoot, apparently out of
the heavens, flash down the surface of
the water and then disappear. It was
during the teeming rain that this phen
omenon took place.
Upon its flrst appearance it resembled
the breaking of clouds after a severe
storm when the sun is trying to comeout.
This in itself was rather surprising but
it was when the strange visitor began
the execution of some peculiar antics in
the sky and on the water that bewilder
ment reigned.
The mystery is easily explained. Lying
at anchor in the river oil W'eehawken
shore is a fleet of men-of-war. One of
these, the Boston, is fltted up with search
lights and these were being operated. It
is said that they throw a light for a dis
tance of five miles. Names of crafts
cruising around the Battery were easily
distinguished. The war boats sail
shortly for foreign parts.
It is a matter of public regret that
Allan L. McDermott, Clerk of the Court
of Chancery, is confined to his home with
serious illness, from an abscess which
was successfully operated upon a
few days ago. Mr. McDermott did
effective service during the re
cent campaigu, as Chairman of
the Democratic State Committee, but has
not been able to share in the general re
joicing over the result, by x-eason of his
illness. He is now improving, and a
few days will see him out again. Gov
ercor-elect Abbett and other friends
visited him this morning.
Sellinc Dixon Shares.
Three hundred shares of stock of the
Dixou Crucible Works were sold at auc
tion at two o'clock this afternoon by F.
G. Wolbert, at No. 47 Montgomery street.
The shares were sold in blocks of fifties
and the entire six blocks were purchased
by Thomas M. Gopsill, at par value of
tlOO per share. Hudson Clark and two
strangers made the bidding for the flrst
block quite lively. The first bid was #25.
This was run up 11 a bid till the sum
reached #10(1. The bids on the other
blocks were started ¥90, and skipped to
$95, thence to par value.
The shares purchased by Mr. Gopsill
were the shares belonging to Mayor
Cleveland, which the Chancellor recently
ordered sold.
To Improve Palisade Avenue.
Palisade avenue, from Hoboken avenue
to Newark avenue, is to be widened and
paved. A majority of the property owners
on the street have signed a petition ac
cording to law, asking it. The petition is
signed by the Junction Railroud Com
pany, which owns the Harrison estate, or
one entire half of the frontage on the
street; the Blnkely Wilsou estate, Peter
Scanlon, Frances M. Steller and James
O'Connor. There will be no protest made,
a*i<! soon that handsome avenue will be
New Orleans Favors Chicago.
New Orleans. La.. Nov. 14,1889.—After
two night's discussion, which was at
times .acrimonious, the New Orleans
Chamber of Commerce and Industry pro
nouued in favor of Chicago at the site for
the World's Fair by a vote of flfty-eeven
for Chicago and thirty-two tor New York.
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Superintendent Hopkins of
tlie Palma Club Goes
The president and directors of the
Palma Club held a meeting last evening
in the clubhouse to consider the circum
stances which were brought to light at
the examination of Superintendent Hop
kins yesterday afternoon.
The question of retaining Mr. Hopkins
and Janitor Yarn in the employ of the
club was taken up and thoroughly dis
cussed. As Mr. Hopkins had not been
deposed from his position it was decided
to take no action in his case. In regard
to Vara, however, a resolution was
passed directing the chairman ot the
Home Committee to discharge him from
the employ of the club on the ground that
he had deceived the organization in the
statements he made concerning the cir
cumstances surrounding the robbery of
the safe.
In accordance with this resolution,
Messrs. Ed. Linn and Fred. G. Wolbert,
the House Committee, sent for Mr. Hop
kins, and when he arrived they told him
that his place was there for him, aird he
had better take charge again the same as
Mr. Hopkins thanked them and re
sumed his position behind the segar
counter. Philip, who had also been sent
for, came in about this time, and Messre.
Linn and Wolbert told him of the résolu
tion passed by the Board of Directors.
Philip received Ills dismissal with com
Eosure, and said that he saw now where
e had acted wrongly, and ought to have
done otherwise.
The examination was the one absorb
ing topic in club circles last evening, and
everybody had a word of praise for Fred
Wolbert, who, as soon as he read the ac
count ot Hopkins'arrest in The Jersey
City News, immediately bailed him out.
No accusations are made against Philip
Varn, but as the case Is thought of the
more, the straneer appeal's his conduct.
In speaking of the matter this morning a
prominent clubman said:—"Philip has re
peated his statement to the members
over and over again that he heard no
noise during the night, and always added
that he wished He had. For if he had
only heard a noise, he said, he could have
run down stairs with his revolver, and
someone would have been hurt.
"Then after waiting three weeks he
gets the sndden attack of troubled con
science, and makes his new statement
implicating Hopkins. Understand I don't
make any charge against Philip but it's a
mighty strange case."
I saw Chief Murphy at Police Head
quarters this morning, with a view of
learning what the circumstances were
leading to the arrest of Mr. Hopkins;
whether a warrant had been issued, or a
complaint made by any of the members
of the club. The chief said:— "Tuesday
morning Mr. Muirheid called at my
office and said that Philip, the janitor,
came to him that morning. 'Mr. Muir
heid, I did not tell vou all I know about
the robbery, because I was afraid you
would not believe it as it implicates one
of'trhe members of the club.'
"Why, what do you meanf* asked Mr.
Muirheid in surprise. The janitor then
told what he knew about the matter, as
it has already been published. I then con
cluded to send for Mr. Hopkins and find
out what he had to say about the janitor's
accusations. This conclusion was ap
proved by Mr. Muirheid. Detective Clos
was then detailed to find Mr. Hopkins
and tell him ho was wanted at Headquar
ters. When he was brought here he was
confronted by the janitor, who repeated
his accusations. The questions which I
put to Mr. Hopkins did not satisfy me
and I concluded to hold him."
"Was Mr. Muirheid asked to make a
complaint," I inquired.
"No, he was noi. as I considered I was
justified in holding him under the cir
"Were the janitor's accusations all that
you considered when you arrested Mr.
Hopkins?" the Chief was asked.
"No, there were other points. Mr.
Hopkins knew there was money in the
safe; the janitor did not. Mr. Hopkins
was capable of making that false key
found under the safe, and Philip was not.
An inquiry among other police officials
developed the fact that such a key would
not be used by any professional cracks
man, as a jimmy and a sledge would have
accomplished the work in about ten min
"The window in Brightstreet bylwhlch
some people claimed a thief might have
effected au entrance, was covered with
dust and could not have been disturbed.
The sill of the window was so thick with
dustjthat it is all nonsence to think any
one had euterid in that way. In consid
eration of all the reports I think I was
entirely justified in taking the course I
did, without a warrant or any com
ι Justice Stilsing; Dismisses the Complain
Against Hopkins.
The examination of Alonzo R. Hopkins,
the superintendent of the Palma Club,
who was accused of stealing $385 from
the club's safe was continued yesterday
afternoon, and resulted in the honorable
discharge of Mr. Hopkins by Justice
When the oourt reassembled after the
noon recess, Mr. Hopkins took the stand
in his own behaif, and repeated his state
ment which was published exclusively in
The Jersey City News of Tuesday after
He said that he had not finished his
work when the janitor arrived. The door
was not bolted. Just as the janitor came
to the door Hopkins opened it. The
"dead latch" must have fallen as the
bovs frequently dropped it and they went
Soon after Varn came in, he said, wit
ness left the club house and went down
to Grand street. He missed his car and
walked home. He claimed that he was
not in the neighborhood of the clubhouse
twelve minutes after leaving the bulld
iu?.· ,
going home anil denied that he took it out
again. When the robbery was discovered
several of the members went out to see if
the case opener found near the safe would
tit the marks that were discovered on the
Bright street window. The boys thought
it would not fit, but when the detectives
examined the marks they thought the
tool fitted them.
At the conclusion of the superinten
dent's testimony Mr. Newbold addressed
the Court. He contended that if the
janitor was the man who took the money
all tile testimony against Mr. Hopkins
was from the criminal. If Vara and his
son were lu the building they could easily
Jiave opened the safe with the key found
under the safe by the janitor. Mr. Muir
lield, who is by no means an expert burg
lar, he said, opened the safe easily with
the strange key.
The ouly thing against Hopkins, ex
cept the testimony of Varn, was Chief
Murphy's statement that Hopkins contra
dicted himself when questioned about
Philip Varu's statement that the super
intendent let htm In to the club house the
night of the robbery.
The chief Mid that Hopkins said that
be did let Philip in, but upon consulting
bis notes of Hopkins' statement lie found
that what he did say was that the door
was not bolted. From this Mr. Newbold
maintained the chief concluded that
Hopkins meant to say that he did not let
the janitor in.
Mr. Newbold then turned nis attention
to the conduct of Vara during the whole
affair. He emphatically declared that
the janitor was the criminal.
"A mind which could conceive of such
a state of morals among the members of
the Palma Club as to shield a criminal is
equal to taking the money out of that
safe," said he.
At the conclusion of Mr. Newbold's re
marks Mr. Muirheid said:—"AVhen pres
sure was brought against me to make a
charge against Mr. Hopkins I said that
if I was satisfied there was nothing iu the
case I would be the first to ask for his
"I have carefully considered all the tes
timony and have looked at the facts, and
I am satisfied, as no doubt your honor is,
that Mr. Hopkins is not the man who
committed that crime. (Applause). I
think it due to thedefendant as the repre
sentative of the club which employed
him, to ask for his honorable discharge."
(Loud applause).
Justice Stilsing said that since the ad
dress of Mr. Newbold he had been much
impressed with the importance of consid
ering this matter most carefully, and had
determined to defer making final dispo
sition of the case. But he had ultimately
decided to dispose of the matter at once.
He then dismissed the complaint, and
discharged Mr. Hopkins.
The members of the club who were
present gathered about their super
intendent and congratulated him upon
his honorable discharge.
Arrangements ι or a uig rair—ηοουκοη
The trustees of tlie congregation of the
Rev. Dr. Freund meet at the home of the
pastor, No. 133 Hudson street, Hoboken,
last evening.
Messrs. Julius Schlatter, Paggenburg,
Seimers, Heimsoth, Van Driesen and
Oeder were present and also a number of
the ladies of the church.
The preparations for the grand fair
were completed. It will be held on Mon
day, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
evenings. November 18, 19, 30 and 21,
at Odd Fellows' Hall.
A number of exciting contests will add
to its interest, A gold headed cane will
be voted to the most popular pesident of
the Hoboken societies; a gold badge will
co to the most popular member of the
Hoboken Schuetzens, and a silk banneret,
presented by Mrs. Ackerman, will be
awarded to the favorite Lodge in the
The trustees expect to clear from $2,000
to 13,000. After the fair the church will
be built. The site of the church will be
below Third street.
Regular services are held by Mr.Freund
iu Crane's hall every Sunday morning
and evening. He has 342 pupils in the
confirmation class and 160 pupils in the
Sunday school. The Ladies' Aid Associa
tion numbers sixty-four members and
the number is daily increasing.
A Knife Thrust in the Neck.
Gustav Brandt was arrested by Detec
tive Kivlon this morning for attempting
to murder Richard Donate, the steward
of the Bremen steamship Ems.
The two men had a quarrel and Brandt
drew a pocket knife; and stabbed Donate
iu the neck, barely missing the juglar
Recorder McDonongh committed
Brandt for trial.
Hoboken Quartette Club.
The Hoboken Quartette Club gave their
first concert of the season at Odd Fellows
Hall last evening.
The selections on the programme were
chosen with taste, and the members of
the club rendered them with a skill and
intelligence far above the amateur aver
Miss Johanna Ufferman sang wltn
much feeling. Mr. Carl Kaiser, the well
known tenor, and Herr F. Remmertz,
the basso, were heard to advantage.
Among the audience were:—Mayor
Grassmann, ex-Freeholder Schingel. Mr.
John Mahl and Mrs. Mahl, Water Com
missioner Pfeiffer, Collector Kohfmann,
Freeholder Adam J. Smith, Henry Vor
ant, Charles Tndereiner, F. Hartwig, Dr.
Gelback and many others.
The club held a reception after the
concert. Herr William E. Herbert dir
ected the music with ability. Mr. P.
Welms looked out for the comfort of the
guests. The club will give another con
cert next month.
Meeting of the Tanks.
Tank Lodge, No. 1, Knights of Lush,
met last night and initiated "Ras" Lewis
and Fred Pohl. "Ras" tips the beam at
435 pounds, and will lend weight, if not
dignity, to the roganiaation.
The social tanks had a jolly time during
the evening.
A Little Boy Misiinf,
Little Frank Nodine, of Grand street,
Hoboken, was sent on an errand by his
mother yesterday morning, and has not
yet returned.
The youngster is but six years of age.
The police have been notified.
Found Dead In Her Bed.
Mary Murphy, of No. 114 Newark street,
Hoboken, was found dead in her bed
this morning by Mrs. Dillon, her land
Mrs. Murphy had been suffering from
heart disease for some time. Coroner
O'Hara was notified.
The Glueklluli Inquest.
Coroner O'Hara will continue the in
quest into the death of Jacob Glueklich
at Crane's Hall this evening.
Glucklich is the man who committed
suicide at No. 11 Second street, after
sending word to the newspapers of his in
tention to commit self murder.
Little Willie's Speculation.
Willie Rickert, of Franklin street, Ho
bokeu has developed an aptitude for
business sDeculation that may land him
in Canada or the first circles of society
according to his luck. So far it has been
WilHn (a twolro TPflre nf a era T.naf.
evening his father Rave him a ten dollar
bill to bnv two machine needles with.
Willie did not buy the needles, but he
did invest it in copies of an afternoon
paper, expecting to make a profit by their
At eleven o'clock last night he was still
trying to dispose of his immense stock,
but with poor success.
His father has had a warrant issued for
Willie stole a quantity of coal from a
cart a few days ago, and finding no means
of disposing of it threw it into a receiv
ing basin of the Franklin street sewer.
Sales of Valuable Property.
In another column sales of valuable
property by Auctioneers Warren and
Nugent are announced. These include a
Lincoln street planing mill, to be disposed
of ou Monday next at two p. m., and
downtown dwelling houses, to be sold
dtiring the coming week. The former
property would doubtless prove a good
investment for a manufacturer, while the
latter being situated in various parts of
the city would answer the purposes of
private or tenement dwellings.
When the Railroad Man is
Abroad With His Pay
The Sister of Charitr Whose Mute
Appeal Draws IfeUsft Prom
Good HP 'rted Work
ing »B.
It Is nothing unusual to a big ο.'. * ο
of depositors and customer, thro π if-- i
the big banking room of the ytrnt
tional Bank; bnt the length of W,< j*
which stretched into the street ana the
fact that the time at which the bank
closes its doors for public business bad
passed, attracted attention to those whom
I saw gathered there last Tuesday after
noon. They wore jumpere and overalls,
many of them, and there was a working
woman or two in the line. When I went
Inside I saw that the line led up to Faying
Teller Omberson's window ana that they
were drawing money on ohecke of one
A Sister of Charity attired in the full
habit of black which marks the Order,
stood by the wall of the hall, just outside
UI tue uiuiniuK-ruuui. AiitueniriNisLt;
her side. The Sister's face was hidden
from view by a quaker-like bonnet. But
occasionally some of the stalwart throng,
who had been waited upon by the Paying
Teller, stopped as they passed her to drop
a coin in her hand; and when she rained
her face to make acknowledgement, it
was seen to be ont of unusual sweetness
and grace.
I observed, as I stood by, that scaJfcely
any of the great throng passed ont of the
bank without substantially acknowledg
ing the presence of the little lady In blacK.
"The line you saw here," said Paying
Teller Omberson to me yesterday when I
ventured to question him ; " were the em
ployes of the Pullman Car Company.
Their pay day was yesterday. They ara
paid in checks, but they are required to
present them after three o'olock in the
afternoon. They would choke business
for the regular patrons of the bank if they
were permitted to come here during busi
ness hours. But the crowd you saw here
yesterday was not as large, by any means,
as some I have seen here. How many did
I pay yesterday? Well, a little short of
three hundred."
"You must have been detained till late
this eveningl" I observed.
"I had paid them all, and was all
through, so that I got the 5:10 train in the
evening for home," was Mr. Omberson's
reply. "I had calculated the draft they
would make on me, so closely that I was
prepared to meet them all as they came
along. I was only eleven cent· oat of the
'•Yes," chimed fn Receiving Teller
Clarke, "and the money w« given to
them in such shape that tney could drop
whatever they desired from $1 to WO in
the hands of the Sister outside the door,
as they paseed her."
The bulk of the Pennsylvania Railroad
hands who live here receive cheek» drawn
on tlie Hudson County National Bank. Λ
greater throng than that whleh I eaw at
the First National can bè seen there about
the 10th of each month. Thf bank offi
cials say that they do not enforce any
regulations as to the hour of payment,
but that the holders ef checks are at
liberty to present them whenever they
The railway employes do not always
have the time or the disposition to stand
in line at the bank doors to draw their
money, and John Lamb, the broker un
der the First National Bank, gave notice
that for ten cents eaah check, he would
cash the drafts of the railroad com
Some of the employes had got Into the
habit, however, of having the checks
cashed by saloon keepers whom they
The saloon men were not slaw to see the
advantage this accommodation would
give them in the matter of drawing cus
tom, till now the cashing of the drafts has
got to be a regular business among the
saloon men. A visit to some of the near
saloons shows the extent to which they
become bankers at the pay season of the
"Last Monday was my biggest day,"
said Proprietor Albers, of t^e saloon in
the Weldon Building, comter of Mont
gomery and Washington streets. "X
cashed' between twelve and thirteen
thousand dollars worth of checks for the
Pennsylvania Kailroad employees on that
day. Today I have cashed between eeven
and eight thousand dollars worth. I
usually cash about twenty thousand dol
lars' worth a month. My only profit is
what the men choose to spend with me."
Euocli Smith, proprietor of the saloon
at the corner of Montgomery and Warren
streets, said he usually cashed between
six and seven thousand dollars worth
monthly. He used to do more of this kind
of business. It don't always pay. Some
times a check for nearly a hundred dol
lars is cashed for a person who buys a
five cent «lass of beer. Lamb, the
broker, in the basement of the First Na
tional Bank cashes a great many. He
charges ten cents a check—no matter
what the amount. A hundred checks a
day is ten dollars, and it don't interfere
with his other business.
Proprietor Hellmer, of the saloon at the
corner of Green and Montgomery streets,
cashes between ten and fifteen thousand a
month, and John Smith, proprietor of the
saloon at the corner of Hudson and Mont
gomery streets, cashes between fifteen
and twenty thousand a month. A. Bode,
Montgomery street, near Washington,
cashes between seven and eight thousand
dollars a month.
It Costs Dear to Advise λ Policeman.
Peter Kaufield, the driver of a Newark
brewery wagon, was arraigned before
Justice Stilsing this morning upon two
charges, He drove rapidly down Ex
change place and when Policeman Rick
erich advised him to drive slower he re
fused and abused the policeman. He was
fined #10 for driving fast and $10 for being
drunk and disorderly.
Tornado in the Tabernacle.
The Irrepressible and inimitable Pud
defoot, commonly known as the
"Western Cyclone" will speak in the
Tabernacle on Sunday evening next upon
his "Experiences in the Far West."
This will be a rare treat for the citizens
of Jersey City. It will pay a man to walk
Ave miles to hear W. G. Puddefoot. Ko
admittance fee.
Nova Scotia Is Welcome to It.
Washington, D. C., Nov. 14,188».—The
storm is this morning central In Nov»
For Eastern New York, Eastern Penn
sylvania and New Jersey:—Fair; cooler;
southwesterly winds.
For Western New York and Western
Pennsylvania:—Fair, preceded by light
rains on the lakes; colder; westerly
The Weather At Hartnett'a·
November IS. Dtu. ι November 14. Deo.
At 3 P. M Μ ! Ate Α. M 60
AtOP. M 38 ι At» A. M S»
At β P. M 55 I At Noon M
At UldsiKht M ·

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