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1 FOURTH DISTRICT'S TAX. The Association Hears A(l· vice from Collins & Corbin. ANSWERS TO SIX QUESTIONS President Merseles aud Others Cite Assessments to Which They Object. Iu anticipation of a report by the com mittee appointed at the recent public meeting of Fourth District properly own ers to secure legal opinion relative to the "unequal, unjust assessments levied by the Board of Ta* tCommissioners " an unusual interest was taken in the regular meeting of the Fourth Assembly District Property Owuers' Association, held last evening at Kessler's Hall. President M. P. Merseles, presided and nearly one hundred citizens were present, among whom were Martin Bogan, Thom as McEwan, Sr., C. Weber, J. M. Van Tassel, A. A. Francks. Robert Muir, B. i Sanders. H. W. Kuhl, H. Kickens, F. A. Weber, C. W. Kassang. C. H. Carling, W. Wheeler, F. Kelly, George McEwan and J. Beasley. An excited Teuton, wearing glasses, and a savage looking, large red mustache, and whose English was of the most wildly dislocated kind, made a nuisance of himself by ejaculations and slrie talk, and he was irrepressible. Under a suspension of the rule, these gentlemen proposed last evening were elected to membership:—K. Zienne, Geo. Beasley, C. H. Carliug, J. Lenders, C. Metzlar, F. Heppe, G. A. Walters, C. H. Fisher, W. Turner, H. Meyer, W. Hot opp, C. A. Lolimann, S. Metzger. H. Husheer, Otto von Fell, August Lunden, J. Lackner, Jr., Charles Reitz, H. C. Haines, W. Kemp, W. Pliers, T. Dwyer alia »v. ii. οιιιιυη. After;;the transaction of routine busi ness and listening to reports of commit tees on grievances, Martin Logan of the committee appointed to obtain a legal opinion in the matter oi assessments lev ied in the district, reported that they had sought legal advice.from Messrs. Collins and Corbin, and had propounded six questions, which with the answers of the legal firm, were presented as follows:— IMPORTANT LEGAL OPINIONS. . To Messrs. Martin Logan, Christian Weber and J. J. Alderly, Committee, Gentlemen—We herewith submit our answers to a series of questions by your committee, stated below:— ■ First—Should the Tax Board or Bureau 1 assess all property at its full value? Yes; both the State Constitution· and the General Tax Law require this to be done. Second—If unjust discrimination has been made, can the tax levy be set aside by the courts? No. Each individual taxpayer must seek redress as to his particular assess ment. Third—If the Tax Assessors put heavier valuations on some property owners than others, where it can be shown, cau the association or an individ ual compel tne Board to increase valua V tions? If this question means to ask whether an undervaluation of property can be in creased, we answer, yes. Under section 2 of a Supplement to the General Tax Law, found in the revision at page 1,144, section 50, any person may complain be fore the Commissioners of Assessment upon giving five days notice to the per son whose property is underassessed. Fourth—If a Tax Assessor of Jersey City puts a notoriously low valuation upon his own or friend's property, does he violate his oath of office? Yes, if he does so designedly and not through mistake. City increase the ratabies after the deter mination of the County Commissioners of Appeals, or hold back a large amount from said Board, is it an illegal act? If the term "County Commissioners of Appeals" means the Board for the Equali zation of Taxes, we should suppose that while the withholding of ratabies would be illegal if wilfully done, yet that it would make no practical difference, as that Board dealt with the general range of valuation of lands, and is intended to prevent one city or township getting an advantage over others, by systematic undervaluation. If, however, reference is made to the Board of Assessors meet ing to fix the State and county taxes, then the withholding of ratabies is clearly illegal, and has been so adjudged in the case of Sea Isle vs. Cape May, 21st Yroom, page 50. Sixth—Is it constitutional for the Tax Commissioners to sit as a Court of Ap peals upon work done by its Board levy ing taxes? If the so-called new charter is constitu' tional at all, this particular provision of the same is not, in our judgment, uncon stitutional; that is, we think it is compe tent for the Legislature to provide that the same Board shall both assess and re vise the tax assessment. Such has been the law iu Newark for many years. Collins & Corbix. AN ADDRESS BY MR. MEBSELES. After the presentation of some other business, President Merseles called Mar tin Logan to the chair and took the Koor, and in referring to the committee's re port, said:—"In investigating the sub ject that has created so much interest iu our district, I find there has been no sys tem in making the assessment; no fixed rp-· if percentage of valuation. 1 find a /' " of property that is worth $15,000, Κ I by the assessors at $800, the price jftpf the lots. I know of numerous cases that 1 am nreoared to show. when the proper time arrives. There is u case on my own block. A lot and an old house, twenty years' old, assessed for years at $1,000, is raised to $±200, while a new house on an adjoining lot, worth 33,000, and heretofore assessed at $2,200, lius been reduced to 11,000. Charles yields, of No. TO Morgan street, bought α V*ewnd 'or <8,800. He is assessed ®^·§™,!ί00, while property on the same pet owned by John K. McPherson is eased at one-fourth of its value." The speaker went ou in this strain for some time, citing instances and referring to his own property being assessed at very low figures. "I am in favor of equal taxation," said he. "There should be no favoritism; no relieving of friends, at the expense of others perhaps less able to bear the bur den. There must be so much money raised by tax to carry on the government, aud if I and my neighbor are assessed too low somebody has to be taxed unjustly nigh to make up the difference." He urged a constant agitation by the Association to secure the only possible relief in the matter, that of assessing property at its full and fair valuation. MB. LOGAN' ANI) THE BOOKS. "I contend that if the valuations are fairly made general taxes will be less ened," said he, "and there can be no ground of complaint. Martin Logan, in pursuing his investigation as a commit teeman of this Association, had access to the books at first, but the privilege or right, as I claim it, was subsequently denied him. It is now given out thut valuations higher than those submitted to the County Board have been made. If this be true, the action is clearly illegal. "As to the Board of Appeals. It passes upon its own acts, and that is a condition of affairs unjust to the appellants. We shouid petition the legislature to remedy the Viatter, ii only by the addition of another citizen." "The commissioners ask each appellant to swear that his property is not worth the fixed valuation. Wo cannot compel them to swear that they have fairly as sessed their own property. These things are not right. "1 do not propose to let the matter rest on the opinion of counsel. We seem to be powerless now to have wrongs redressed, but X shall agitate the subject, and if we cannot secure a better state of things next year we had better give our property to the city and abandon it." HORRIBLE EXAMPLES Several casts of alleged unequal and unfair taxation were presented. C. Stohn. of No. 63 Bleecker street is assessed at Î3.000, and claims that his property is worth only $2,000, and that he would dis pose of it for that sum. Gustav Schoenberg is a mechanic, who lives at No. 449 Nelson avenue. His little house was assessed In 1S88 for $700, and his taxes were ίϋθ.86. It is assessed this year at $3,700, and his taxes are $76.60. George McEwan asked if any one pres ent had had his valuations reduc .1 below those of last year, aud the chairman and a few others said they had been reduced a few cents. Mr McEwan gave it as his opiniou that the Board of Appeals does not intend to alter its ligures, and that appellants only waste time in making application. Martin Logan wanted to be reported correctly. He told the story of his investi gation of the assessment rolls until stopped by order of the commissioners. "1 am authoritively informed," said he, "that Mr. Lawrence asked the Corpora tion Counsel if I could not be prevented from investigating the books, and subse quently the clerk refused me access to them. There has been no personal inves tigation of property by the commission ers, save in a few cases. They cannot stop you or me from examining the books. I tell you, gentlemen, if ?ou want relief you have got to put your hands in your pockets, and go down and compel the commissioners to make an equal assess ment throughout the city." A. A. Francke made a motion that the association prevail on its Assemblyman to introduce a bill in the Legislature provid ing tor the election by the people of a commissioner from each district, to con stitute the Board of Appeals in the mat ter of assessments; and the motion vras adonted. George McEwan moved that a commit tee of live be appointed to wait upon Mayor Cleveland, "to present evidences of inequality of taxation, aud urge him to cause the commissioners to rectify the assessment, or to remove them from office. He advocated his motion in a liery little speech, and after a general talk in which the mustached, excited Teuton got in more than his share aud could not be repressed, the motion was adopted, and the chair appointed as the committee, Messrs. Mc Ewau, Logan, Carling, > Klierath and Ford. The president aud secretary were added to ι he committee, and after a fur ther and long discussion on the general subject the meeting adjourned. A RING FOR MR. ROWE. The Enoch J. Smith Association Honor· the Counsellor. Counsellor Norman L. Rowe had occa sion to feel proud and happy last night. Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of Mr. Rowe's birthday, and the Enoch J. Smith Association, of which Mr. Rowe for many years has been one of the most convivial aud leading spirits, in order to testify to their appreciation of the man and his many admirable qualities, pre sented him last night with a beautiful diamond ring valued at $150. The hall of the association at the corner of Warren and Montgomery streets was jammed with members af the association, the Pavonia Yacht Club and other guests, when Counsellor Tom Noonan, in one of his characteristic effusions of sentiment and wit, made the presentation. William Meschutt, the restaurateur, presided, and on his left sat James Braden, Mr. Rowe's jovial law partner. Mr. Rowe was taken completely by surprise and it was said on good author ity that there were tears in his eyes as Mr. Noonan approached him with the In reply Mr. Rowe said that he could recall no special net for which he could look upon the gift as a reward. He made a neat and appropriate speech. A session followed, which, for genuine sociality eclipsed any of the previous sessions that hare made the association famous. Refreshments were served in abun dance and an entertainment furnished bv professional talent Included the Cecil ian Quartette. Messrs. Murphy and Mc Clanigal, of Scanlon's troupe; William Hageman, Charles Mulburn, the Scots' Mascots, Thomas Casey, Messrs. McElrov and Debitt and scores of others. Prominent in the audience were:— Enoch J. Smith, Frank McNamee, Jus tice Wanser, ex-Shertlf Heintz, Dr. Wil liam Dlniond, John Q. Bird, Depot Master James Kelly, William Hunt, William Thompson. Building Inspector James C. Clark, City Collector P. H. O'Neill, Louis Heller, Mr. McCarte. Fire Commissioner Peter Madden, Andw. Hall, Archibald White, Thomas Cummings, Stuart Hagan, Freeholder Kimmerly, ilauk Simou, Commodore Middledurf, ôf the Pavonia Yacht Club; C. J. Milton, Patrick Powers, ex-Police Commissioner O'Donuell. Thomas Brown, M. McHugh, Mr. Buckinham, Al. Mahn, Ed. Gorman and W. Thompson. HONORING UK. BENSON. The Board of Education Present Him with Resolutions. A beautifully engrossed set of resolu tions was presented to ex-Director C. H. Benson, ot the Board of Education, last night at the meeting of the Board. In eager anticipation of the event all but four of the school principals were present, as were also the Board of Street and Water Commissioners, Mayor Cleve land. Sneriff Davis. Clerk John Bovil nf the Board ot I< reehoiders and others. Mayor Cleveland, in a few remarks, presented the token ol esteem of his late fellow member to Mr. Benson, who, in a feeling speech, expressed his great pleas tire at this beautiful token. The resolutions were handsomely framed and were on parchment about two and one-hall feet wide and three feet lung. A Man Drowned. The body of an unknown man was found floating iu the water at the Gap, foot of Washington street, late last night by the watchman in Morris & Cumming's establishment there. Pawn tickets, rep resenting a cigar holder, made out in the name of Wright, and a coat, to J. Al brecht, were found in the pockets. The body was taken to Speer's Morgue. of Mrs. S. L·. Dear. Mrs. S. L·. Dear, mother of J. A. Dear, of the Event mi Journal, died at the home of her son, at No. 17 Belmont avenue, last evening after an illness of only three days, from heart trouble. Shewasseven ty-ilve years of age, and a remarkably well preserved lady, vigorous mentally and physically up to within a few weeks of her death. Three Months for a Sanduagger. In the Court of Sneciul Sessions this morning Charles Eastley was found guilty of assault and battery on August Strauss. He is the man who sandbagged his employer. He got three months in the Jail. A NEW FERRY HEARING. Kickers From the Other Side Address a Coirmittee of New York Aldermen. The Committee on Ferries ami Fran chises οf the New York Board of Alder men yesterday listened to arguments for and against the institution of a ferry to this city from the foot of "West Thirteenth street. There is no opposition to the establish ment from this side of the river, and only metropolitan "kickers" were represented. Alderman David J. Harry presided. OPPOSITION. The committee had expected to ratify their favorable report of last meeting, but for the appearance of W. H. Delamater, who opposed the establishment of the ferry at that point. It would interfere with his business, ho said, by blocking the bulkhead there. John W. Riordan, of the firm of Charles L. Bucki & Co., lumber merchants of Thirteenth street, also opposed the new ferry at that point. IN FAVOR. R. H. Thorue, a nroduce dealer in the new West Washington Market, said that the ferry would be a boon to marketmen there. They were driven from their old stand at Vesey street, he said, to make way for improvements, and he thought that no one Arm or corporation should be permitted to stand in the way of improve ments. Those who advocated the new ferry did not insist that its terminal be located at Thirteenth street, but thereabouts. If it went below Twelfth street, Mr. Riorden said, much difficulty would be exper ienced in disposing of the franchise, as no ferry would bid for it. The establish ment of the new market at Gansevoort square has done more to increase the as sessed valuation of property in that part of the city than any iron or lumber cor poration that had" been there for forty FACILITIES. In the matter of facilities possessed by West Thirteenth street, for accommodat ing the traffic that would accrue from a ferry at that point, with a horse car line also in operation, the clerk reporced that Mayor Grant and Board of Public Works Commissioner Gilroy visited the locality on Tuesday night to satisfy themselves of the reports of its facilities, but have as yet made no report. Bethune street, a short distance below the proposed site, was suggested, aud at tho next meeting the committee will an nounce their opinion on the matter. COUNTY RECORDS IN PERIL Λ Blaze Beneath Their Store Room Luckily Controlled. The records at the Court House had a narrow escape from being consumed to ashes this morning. At about nine o'clock a plumber crawled through a narrow man-hole be neath the County Clerk's office to exam ine a gas pipe, which was beneath the inner office where the records of the court and the filed contracts are kept. While making his examination the can dle he carried set fire to some packing about the pipe and at once blaze fol lowed. The plumber halloed for water half a dozen times, and Clerk Written, who was surprised at a plumber taking anything milder than whiskey, concluded some thing was wrong. He opened the win dow and jumped to the ground which was but lour feet down and peered in the manhole. "Water, water, for God's sake water, the house is on fire," the plumber MiUULt'U. Mr. Gritten called for the water cooler which was passed to him. but it was too large to go through the hole, and the water was passed in by the glass full. This didu't hurt the tire, and Mr. Gritteu jumped back into the building where he met Deputy County Clerk Fisher, who re membered tl.at there whs a trap door be ueath a heavy desk. This was raised, and tools were obtained to pry up the disused trap. When this had been done the fire was extinguished. Examination showed that the beams and flooring had been blazing and they were much charred. Had the fire not been extinguished when it was the records would have surely been destroyed, for they are not in a vault, and the room they are kept in is no more ilreproof than an ordinary frame house. Repairs Needed at Snake Hill, Director Bruggemann and Freeholders Kimmerly and Ellis, as a Committee on Public Grounds and Buildings, visited Snake Hill yesterday. They made a care ful examination of the condition of the buildings and concluded that the outside of the almshouse should be painted and that rhe roof should be repaired. They also found that the roof of the old men's" pavilion needed repairs and that the roof the Penetentiary was in the same condition. There were a number of minor repairs to the buildings that should be made, and the committee will probably ask the Com mittee on County Institutions to recom mend the Board to have the work done. Two Little Fives. A fire broke out this morning on the top floor of the building, No. 105 Morris street, occupied by the A. B. Cleveland Seed Company, and damaged the prop erty to the extent of 8175. The prompt action of the llremen prevented a serious conflagration. Some children playing with matches at No. 1)5 Steuben street set, fire to the house last night aud burned $20 worth of furni ture. The house was owned by William Mahonev. It Was Twonty-eiglit Better. An error crept into the score of the Vol unteer and Fairniount score yesterday. Mr. George H. Lusch of the Volunteers was credited with 114. It should have been 142. Care is exercised to have the types correct, but mistakes will occasion ally occur. This error is rectified, as all others will be, as many preserve the Ν kws scores to Keep the record of the clubs and bowlers. DASHES ABOUT TOWN. Samuel Jones, young son of Jackey Jones, of No. 9 Engine, was knocked down by a horse on Bergen avenhe yes terday and slightly hurt. He was taken home. The police of the Fourth Precinct are trying to get up a library. They would be much obliged for uny donations in literature an appreciative public may give them. The Board of Trade will meet Monday evening. Among other things to be done is the election of officers and directors under the amendment. Nearly every one with influence in the city seems ready to help the Charity Con cert in one way or another, and nest Thursday evening promises to be a bril liant aud enjoyable occasion at the Taber nacle. John Silk, a brakemau employed on the Pennsylvania Kailroad. fell from the top of a moving freight train while cross ing the meadows. He escaped with slight injury to one arm. Michael Farrell, a New York newsboy, was arrested by Seargent Cox last niant for shouting "Murder!" while attempting to get rid of a surplus number of copies of the New York World at. the rate of five cents per copy. He was sent to the city prison for two days. Freeholder Kenney, of Hoboken, is con fined to his home by serious illness. FRANK EMMONS MISSING. He Started for New York Tuesday Noon and Has Not Since Been Seen. The family and friends of Francis S· Emmons, of Bergen Height, are in great alarm over hie sudden disappearance from home, and fears are entertained that serious harm has befallen him. He was a man of great energy and ability, and it was not many months after he had gone into business with Edward F. Em mons, his brother, that the two had made themselves conspicuous in business cir cles. The two brothers lately extended their business by establishing a branch of their main office in South Bergen, in the lower section of the city, with ex-Sheriff Cornelius .Γ. Cronan as their partner, and the Arm achieved some notable triumphs in real estate transactions. AN OVEEWOKKKD BRAIN. Mr. Frank Emmons' close application to business and energetic expedition of it resulted in a rush of blood to the head, and finally the symptoms of an overworked brain began to manifest themselves to his anxious family. One day recently, as already reported in these columns, he made his appearance at Police Headquar ters and, accusing himself of "all kinds of impossible things, insisted on being taken into custody. The tender tact of his wife finally persuaded him to go home, and lie has since shown signs of recuperation. His family were becoming hopeful for the best when this last blow came to pros binkc il un. Last Tuesday he left home to go to New York. He seemed to be in excellent spirits and his departure from home aroused 110 misgivings. He went to the Jackson avenue station and was seen on a train bound for Communipaw. Ho has not since returned, nor has any trace of him been secured. Fruitless search has been made for him, and, finally, in despair, Mr. Edward Emmons asked the police to assist in finding him. MR. EMMONS' STATEMENT. Mr. E. P. Enimon's was visited at his office this morning. In response to the reporter's enquiries, he said:— "The facts of my brother's disapDear anse are as follows: You recollect that about two months ago he temporarily lost liis mind, but shortly after that he im proved, and we finally sent him to a farm belonging to a personal friend in the Berkshire Hills. He returned from there last Friday considerably improved, and stayed here Saturday and Sunday. Mon day afternoon he went over to New York to see a friend, and he returned in much better spirits. Tuesday afternoon he was to go again on the same errand. He left his house, No. 68 Monticello avenue at one o'clock, and went to the Jackson ave nue station and took the train to New York, and that is all we know absolutely of his movements. Yesterday afternoon we placed the matter in the hands oi the Jersey City and New York police for them to make a general search." ACCIDENT ON THE CENTRAL A Man Meets With Fatal Injuries Near lïerjçûi* Point Station. The way train on the Central Railroad of New Jersey, leaving New York at two thirty o'clock yesterday afternoon, ran into a man who was walking on the west bound track, between Bergen Point sta tion and Newark Bay. The train was stopped and the conductor halted the Long Branch express, on which the in jured man was carried back to Bergen I'oint station. Dr. JNolan was summoned, and at once pronounced his injuries fatal, and short ly thereafter he was taken to the Eliza beth Hospital. The injured man was badly mangled, but the worst injuries were on the head, and he was uncon scious. From papers iu his possession it was learued that his name was Thaddeus W. H. Garner, and it is supposed that he was either a medical studeut or had been a clerk with a Dr. K. W. Stevens, who resides at No. 40 Willow Place, Brooklyn. Several letters were addressed iu care of that gentleman, and others also iu care ot a Mrs. Houseman, on Staten Island. Nearly all the letters were from the man's sister, Miss hi. M. Garner, Englewood. N. ,T., and were couched in the most affec tionate terms. From their purport it could be gathered that he had beeu some what wayward, for he was reminded that he had been long away without notifying her of his whereabouts. He was appar ently about nineteen years of age, re spectfully dressed, and had the general appearance of an educated man. Convention of Hie Α. I». A. The semi-annual convention of thf Grand Lodge of New Jersey Amoricat Protestant Association, was held yester day in Hendrickson's Hall, Bayonne During the afternoon only private mat ters and such business as relates to thf welfare of the order ware discussed, ani: the Past Masters' degree was conferrei on four. It was decided to hold the nexl convention in Trenton the last week ii June, lu the evening the visitors wer< given a supper by the local lodge. This older is not. as is generally sup posed, antagonistic to Catholicism, bui announces as its principal objects Amer ica for Americans, the maintenance of tlu free public school system and oppositioi to the union of church and state. Rayonne Brevities. The Rev. Κ. X. Harding, pastor of th< First Baptist Church, will preach hi; farewell sermon on Sunday evening next The scholars of School No. 5 will have ι Christmas entertainment, and have raiset ΐΟΟ for that purpose. Messrs. Munn, Boyd and Sullivan, th< timekeepers at the recont athletic enter tainment given for the benellt of Janitoi Fred S. Pitts, have filed affidavits witi the secretary of the Amateur Athleti· Union, certifying to the correctness of th< time made by Willie Day in breaking tin three and four mile records. Schools to be Closed From Decembei SOtli to January (1th. Bids were received last night at tht meeting of the Board of Education foi the supply of coal and the contract was awarded to James Coyle. Freeman A Smith was awarded the contract foi janitors' supplies. Miss Becky Walsh was fortunate enough to be the only teacher appointee at thé meeting and she was assigned tc School No. 30. A resolution was adopted asking tht Board of Street and Water Com missioners to flag the yard ol School No. 22, and another resolution took the same course instructing the dif ferent schools to close from Friday after noon, December 20, and reopen January (i. After appointing Peter Beegans jau itor of School No. IT the Board ad journed. Foa 4. DuoacsiiKu Li\ ca try BKECiujTa Fills. THE WINTER RECESS, TIE ORDER OF CM!: Imposing Ceremonies of Canton Jersey City, Patriarchs Militant. The dingy barn-like structure known as Oakland Rink appeared like another building altogether last evening, when Canton Jersey City, No. 2, Patriarchs Militant, X. O. O. F., conferred the decora tion of chivalry upon several ladiee and gentlemen and held a reception. The entire interior of the rink was decorated in a most beautiful and artistic manner. The bare, ugly rafters were hid beneath festoons of national colors, and streamers starting from the centre and running to the sides of the building formed a canopy of soft warm colors. Everywhere it was possible to place a bit of bunting or a group of flags it was done. Masonic emblems were conspicuously displayed, and over the stage, which was concealed from view by large flags, were:—"Canton Jersey City, No. 2," in flaming gas jets. On the floor, near the stage, were three tents; the centre one was for the use of the Brigadier General, who couferred the j decorations, and before it stood the star spangled banner and the beaver flag of Canada. These, together with the brill iantly uniformed members of the Order moving about the floor, imparted a mar tial aspect to the scene. Among the for tunate ones to receive the decoration were four ladies, the lirst of their sex to be thus honored in this city, which fact, together with the known reputation of Canton Jersey City for furnishing excel lent entertainments, was sufficient to pack the seats of the vast hali to over flowintr. Wnen the sounds of the Van Houten Dram and Fife Corps were heard at the door and the members marched on the iloor followed by the Canton and visiting delegations from other cities' there was not one inch of unoccupied space among the seats, and the people were standing up alone the wall. VISITORS. Among tlie visiting brethren were de tachments from cantons in New York, New Brunswick, Brooklyn, Paterson, Camden, Trenton and Ocean Grove. The visitors were formed into a canton under command of Captain Amos Pierce, of Capitol City Canton, of Trenton, and with Canton Jersey City, under command of Captain L. H. Marinus, executed some attractive evolutions and lined up three sides of the room. Then with Brigadier General G. N. Nutt,, commander of the Second Brigade, accompanied by Major Charles I). Tines, adjutant; Captain C. Fred Rhu, aide-de camp: Captain Charles Marelaskey, stan dard bearer, and Major C. R. Nutt, of his staff, was escorted into the ouilding and ushered into his tent. The sliepard's crook was then placed at one side of the tent, the standard bearer took up his position at the door, and a guard paced before the entrance. THE LADY CANDIDATES. There was some delay during whicn the audience became impatient, but alter a while Mrs. Jtnnie Zimmer, Mrs. Mary Stapleton, Mrs. Annie D. Hopper, Mrs. Maggie Ely, of Lincoln Rebekah Degree Lodge, No. 32, of Paterson; Mrs. Carrie Cosgrove and Mr*. Annie Putan, of Ever green Rebekah Degree Lodge, No. 25, of Jersey City: and Mrs. Eliza P. Butts, of Martha Washington Rebekah Degree Lodge. No. 15, of Hoboken, the ladies to De decorated appeared at the lower end of the hall in charge of Lieutenant A. Moors, of Canton Jersey City. They placed their hats on a table, the Canton drew up in double file, opened, knelt, uncovered, grounded their swords and the ladies walked into the enclosure between the grounded weapons. Then they proceeded to a basin of water where they washed their hands to signify that they cleansed themselves from all earthly impurities as far as in their power lay. i-ieutenant Moors men lea the candi dates to within speaking distance of the General's tent, when he announced to the guard his arrival with the candidates for decoration. The guard in turn com municated his message to the General within the tent, who thereupon emerged, together with his staif, and proceeded to meet the ladies. Upon learning their business he summoned "guards, cheval iers and standard," at which summons the Cantons closed in around them. the vow. Then the ladies knelt before the drums and placed their bands upon the bibles, and vowed to visit the sick, to aleviate distress, sympathise with the bereaved, counsel the orphan and to perform other charitable duties under a penalty which shall not be less than public shame and depredation. The general called upon the Chevaliers to attest and then the Cantons, with swords at a charge, ad vanced a step or two and in solemn tones cried out:— "The oath, the oath, remember the oath," while the drums rolled and the trumpets blared. ilrs. Mary Pullen, Mrs. Annie Johnson, Mrs. Lottie Christ and Miss Marguerite Kenton then gave the ladies some good advice, and little Miss Mable Taylor, rep resenting Innocence and Purity, pinned the insignia of the Order upon each can didate's breast. The General nronounced them ladies of the Order and the drums beat and the trumpets rang out again as the Chevaliers saluted. GENTLEMEN CANDIDATES. Lieutenant General George Stevens and Captain Lewis H. Mariuns weredecorated in the same way, except thatthey walked under a canopy o( steel formed by the swords of the canton, and a lady present ed them with a sword, buckled on a spur and gave them a steel gauntlet. iUc ut'itciai nuuucu i>uciu u) tapping them on the head with n sword iu truly mediaeval fashion. After the decoration the Van Houten Post Drum and Fife Corps, under direc tion of Captain L. H. Marinus, gave a creditable exhibition. The affair was nuder the management of this Reception Committee:— Lieutenant A. Moors, chairman; Cheva liers W. C. Johnsou, C. H. Mersheinier, J. B. Getting, G. 11. Scharfenberg, J. H. Metz, H. Kose, AV. J. Baldwin, J. L. Hrown, 11. Cosrrove, C. Game, K. L. Woodley, G. Raise!). Dancing followed under direction of the following Floor Committee.—Lieu tenant John W. Kull, chairman; Captain S. Morgan, Lieutenant. G. M. Craig, Chevaliers A. Youmans, G. Spotts, A. Babbitt, J. R. Edwards, Ν. B. McKlnney, R. J. Coulson, Captain 11. C. Anderson, Ensign A. S. I'earse, Chevaliers W. E. Slater, G. J. Harrison, E. Hall, C. Mnrkle, J. Hall, O. W. Davy and C. Washnidge. Second District Democrats. The Second District Democratic As sociation held an enthusiastic meeting last evening at 310 Grove street. About 125 members were present. The follow ing were the officers elected for the ensu ing year:—Philip Tumulty, president; James E. Kelley, first vice president. James F. Gannon, second vice president; Leonard .1. Kaiser, third vice president; John McKeou, secretary, and John Mc Entee, treasurer. After the election speeches were made by Street Commis sioner Tumilty, Assemblyman Byrne, Police Commissioner Kelley, County Superintendent James F. Gannon and Freeholder Hennessy. It is the intention οί tho association to hol<l their meetings monthly. The as sociation will send about a hundred men to attend the inauguration of Governor Abbett, and Assemblyman Byrne says that, he will look after the interests of the Second Assembly district delegation and promises to have an elegant spread awaiting his constituents. The commit tee appointed to draft rules and by-laws were:—-James Tumilty, John McKeon and James Hennessy. TROUBLE IN ST. JOSEPH'S A Question of Nationality in Bo boken Church Affairs. About two months ago Father Bom inick resigned as pastor of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Hoboken tc take charge of an Italian church in the same city. At the time of Father Uom inick's resignation Father Francis Lehnei was his assistant, and according to the generally recognized rule amongst the Catholic clergy the assistant, Father Lehner became pastor. Father Dominick's resignation was precipitated by the grumblings of the Irish and Irish-American portion of the congregation. He was an Italian and tried to make St. Joseph's Church an Italian church they said, but as the Ital ian quarter of the city was located furthei up-town the church was patronized chiefly by Irish and Irish-Americans. At high mass on Sundays the sermon would be at first delivered in Italian and then in English. As there was usually only a handful of Italians present al these services, the rest of the congrega tion would be compelled to sit and listen to a language they could not understand. The Italians who did attend this ser vice did not contribute as liberally tc church support as they might have done, as Father Dominick thoucht, and he hae occasion to admonish them from thealtai nn MVAral nfrnsinns Filially, Father Dominick, in order tc centralize the Italians, asked and ob tained permission from Bishop Wigger tc build a church for the exclusive use oi the Italians. F ΑΤΗ EG CORRIGAN OlMECTED. The granting of this privilege to Fathei Dominick raised an objection froir Father Corrigan, pastor of the Church o] Our Lady of Grace. He said that thf new cnurch was built to take away pari oi liis congregation and he tried to havt Bishop Wigger rescind the privilege Bishop Wigger refused. Father Corrigan thereupon annonncec from the altar that the building of th< new church was a scheme to get part ol his congregation. He said that he die not care for t he loss of the Italian com mnnity, as what they contributed to th( support of the church did not amount t( anything; hut he was satisfied, he said that the object was to secure the Irisl and American part ol his cougregatioi who lived near the new church. Thii was denied by Father Dominick, and foi a while the pastors were not on speaking terms. At the laying of the corner stone of th< new church Father Corrigan was invitei to be present. He declined the invita tion, and refused to allow the St. Mary'! cadets and drum and life corps to parad< at the time. A PROTEST FROM ST. JOSEPH'S. Well, the church was built and' dedi cated. and Father Dominick assumei charge. Now comes a protest from thi Irish and American portion of St Joseph's Church against the appointmen of Father Lehner. Father Lehner is a young German, am it is said has not a very full command ο the English language. The Irish an< Americans outnumber the Germans tw< to one, and think they ought to have ai Irish or American priest. They claim tha Father Lehner's appointment was securet by Councilman Harry Snyder, but Mr Snyder denies it. 1 interviewed several of the malcontent and they said that Bishop Wigger woul( preach on next Sunday at the church. an< tnat they would lay their case before him It is said that the Bishop has not ful power to ask for Father Lehner's resig nation if he so desires, as Father Lehne iR a member of on order and is onlv κη\ ject to a Provincial. THE CHURCH'S HISTORY. The history of St. Joseph's Church is ι peculiar one. It was built originally a a German church about fifteen years ag< by the Kev: Father Alphonso. At that time the sermons were deliv ered in the German language, altlioug] the Irish contributed largely to ttie sup port of the church. Alter Father A1 phonso had been there live years, he die< and was succeeded by Father Francis, ai Italian. Father Francis tried to mak the church un Italian church, and pre ceedcd to deliver sermons in Italian This was objected to by the Irish am German part, of the congregation. Now the church, it seems, will be pre sided over by a German pastor, and th Irish and Irish-Americans think tha either an Irish or an American should b appointed. The Grifllthe Dance. The first annual entertainment and ba] of the S. Griffith Mutual Benefit Associe tion was held at Odd Fellows'Hall, He boken, last evening. The ailair was decided success. The hall was prettil decorated. Suspended from the chaude! iers were railroad lanterus of variou hues, which made a charming effect, i'h programme of the entertainment was a follows:— Overture, selected Orchestr Chemical Ma^ic Prof. Martin Harmonica solo.. Mr. Jos. Van Iderstin Recitation, selected Miss Nellie L. Stepher Song, (sentimental) selected — Mr. A. 1). Tayk Announced. Recitation. "Only a Crust".... Mr. Charlss H. Housto Sonj*, (sentimental) selected Mr. A. D. Taylt Banjo selections— ... Mr. E. b. Barnr?s and soi Κοηκ, (tenor) selected Mr. Charles Hi Recitation, selected Mr. Clias. 11. Housto Announced. Aller me entertainment η au Deen cor eluded the hall was cleared and the d< votees of Terpsichore tripped the ligli fantastic till the wee sma' hours. ï h Grand March was led by A. P. Swai and Miss Tina Hubbell and was partie: patdd in by about one hundred couples. The officers of the association are Ca vin Peck, president; P. A. Cook, Jos Banghart and J Reynolds, vice près dents; Ci. C. Hansen, secretary; J. i Stives, treasurer; Victor Peterson, se: geaut-at-arms. The floor was under tli able management of A. P. Swain, assis edbyO. G. Mildenburg, P. R. Cook, . W. Crimmins, B. Conroy and G. H. Re et Tue guests were received by Josep Banghart, Peter Peterson. John Re; nolds and G. H. Reed. Held for the Grand Jury. John Barnes, an insurance collecto living at No. 147 Ocean avenue, who wi arrested some days ago by Constab Dillaway for embezzling Î28 from tl funds of the Prudential Insurance Con pany, was held yesterday afternoon k Justice Lowy to await the action of tl Grand Jury. m Warmer] Then a Cold Snap. Washington, I). C., Dec. 13.—For Eas ern New York, New Jersey and Easter Pennsylvania—Warmer, fair today fo lowed by iruch colder, fair on Saturda; westerly winds. For Western New York and Wester Pennsylvania—Colder, fair, norther] winds. Cold wave in Western Pennsy vania. The Weather at Hartnetts. December 12. Deg. · December 13. IM 8 P. M 4β : ϋ Α. M β P. M 47 ; 9 Α. M 9 P. M 41 IV Nuou ! 12 Mklnight 41) i BANK DEPOSITORS HAPPY The Mechanics and Labor ers' Bank Judgment Pleases the Losers. THE EFFECT OF THE DECISION, What is Said About the Liabil ity of the Several Directors Un der the Chancellor's Ruling. The announcement made by the JEP.8ET Citt News yesterday that the Chancellor had died an opinion in the Mechanics and Laborers Savings Bank case and the extracts of the decision published caused considerable excitement in the city last evening. The depositors congratulated them selves upou the victory which the decis ion gives them, and began to think that at last they would obtain some of the money they lost by the collapse of the bank seventeen or eighteen years ago. But In this they were a little premature, as it was stated this moraine that some of the directors who were held responsi ble for the losses would appeal from the Chancellor's decision. This will throw the matter into the Court of Errors and Appeals, where it is likely to remain for some time. KFFKCT OF THE DECISION. So much of the decision as has been published in this city is construed by those acquainted with the facts οί the the case to mean that the Chancellor holds Directors Bevans, Carroll, Fitz patrick, Halliard, Keary, Mc Bride, Meehan, Perveal Reilly, and Sheeran responsible for the amounts lost by the bank through discounts, by worthless mortgages and funds ab stracted by the officers of tne institution. The losses by discounts and by worthless mortgages amounted in each case to about $30,000 and the third to over $30,000, which, together with interest, will bring the total amount up to over 11000,000. The liability for this amount is under stood to be apportioned among the direc tors. There are certain portions of the loss for which one or more of them are held responsible, while some are liable alone. Still others are primarily liable for one portion and others secondarily as when on a note if the maker is not responsible theendorser is held to be liable, AN OFFER REFUSED. Those of the depositors who objected to the compromise which the direotors offer* ed to make shortly after the bank became insolvent are jubilant that their objection nrevailed. At that time Patrick Reilly, Dr. O'Cal lahan, James Kearey, Patrick Sheeran, Patrick Meehan, Henry Carroll, Patrick Farrelly and Hugh McKay offered the Receiver, Washington ,B. Williams, $50,000 to release them from any responsi bility to the depositors. ^ .. Mr. Williams looked with favor upon the proposition, but so much objection was raised to it on the part of the deposi tors that he referred the matter to the Chancellor. The latter referred the subject to Vice , Chancellor Van Fleet,and the Vice Chan ; cellor sat three days listening to the ob j jections. He Anally reported to the Chancellor against the proposition and the matter was dropped. The opinion of the Chancellor appeared ' to have released Mr. Farrelly, who, at that time was willing to bear his propor tion of the responsibility, and Mr. McKay. RESPONSIBILITIES OT FIVE DEGREES. In fixing the degree of responsibility the chancellor divided the directors into five classes:— [ Those who participated In and derived . imprudent transactions whereby the bank . suffered loss: Those who did Dot profit by the transactions, thougU they participated therein; those who, though they were ignorant of these transactions, by their negligence and the improper discharge of their duty made the loss possible; those who, though they did not know of the transactions. negligently failed to perform a duty specifically charged upon them. Those who though they were not charged with a specific duty were nevertheless under the law charged, with a general supervision over the af fairs of the bank. » The Chancellor declares that the bank i was forbidden to do a discount business by its charter, and that the directors . wore not releaved from responsibility if j they misconstrued that instrument. 3 ST. JOSEPH'S HOME PAIE. Tlie Pretty Picture at the Home of the Sister» of Peace. 1 The Sisters of the Peace opened a fair - at St. Joseph's Orphan's Home, Ko. 70 " Grand street, last evening, for the pur f pose of paying off the $15,000 debt resting - upon the Home. 3 It is the intention of the Sisters to rear ® a new structure. The present one is overcrowded, and the good work they are 1 doing in providing for and educating ® homeless little ones is unquestionable. I The admirable skill and taste dis r played in the matter of decoration, pro» bably surpasses that of any of the numerous fairs which lately have a called forth the artistic talents of r church womeD all over Jersey City. The parlors of the home are a ilrpAm nf hftAiifcv. Α το hps anrî other artistic designs, constructed o£ flags, bunting and flowers meet the eye at every turn, and ornamented booths at which are displayed fancy ar ticles of every conceivable shape and de sign are neatly arranged in every nook and corner, and presided over by bevies of fair women and maidens. To the right ou entering one is first at tracted by a beautifully decorated booth in charge of Miss X. Walsh, Miss K. McPaull, Miss K. Walsh, Miss A. Fanne gan. Misses M. and F. Murphy, Mis· Laurence and Miss M. Cunnion. Opposite this charming booth is the Orphans' table, in charge of Mrs. J. B, Ferry, assisted by Misses L. and A. Con nolly, Miss Mamie Boyle, Miss Lou Mc Hugh, Mrs. Harrigan and Miss H. Wheeler. A number of very pretty article, the handwork of the sisters, is ex hibited here. The Children of Mary Table is in charge of Misses K. and S. Salmon, Miss Cora Hickey, Miss A. Fitzheury, Miss M. Shay, Miss A. Dowling and Miss M. Gib bons. A beautiful assortment of silver ware glistens among the many pretty articles on exhibition on this table. The St. Joseph's table is in charge of Mrs. John Kelly and Miss Kellv, ana the table of the Sacred Heart is "under the supervision of Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Cum min gs and Mrs. Fitzpatrick. Kefreshnients are served by Mrs. Brod erick, Mrs. K. O'Keefe and Miss T. Gor don. Counsellor Kelly opened the fair in the absence of Mayor Cleveland, who was de tained by the pressure of business and previous social engagements. Prof. Ferry, with his trained choir οt thirty boys, rendered excellent music. An elaborate green silk banner, with life size picture of Columbia and the Moid of Eriu painted thereon, the work of the Sistars, will be contested for by several organizations. The fair will re main open for some time.