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The Association Hears A(l·
vice from Collins
& Corbin.
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:—
. 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
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
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.
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.
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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. 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."
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
Foa 4. DuoacsiiKu Li\ ca try BKECiujTa Fills.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
The Mechanics and Labor
ers' Bank Judgment
Pleases the Losers.
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
In fixing the degree of responsibility the
chancellor divided the directors into five
[ 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.
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
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.

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