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VOL L NO. 244.
Interesting Tri^l of Her
Suit Against Young
How tHe Parties Appeared in Court
And What They Had to Say
For Themselves.
The case of Patrick McCabe, against
William Holmes was begun yester
day afternoon. It is a suit to re
cover $5,000 damages, for having ruined
Maria McCabe, the plaintiff's daughter.
The story was recently told in the jEliSEi"
City News.
Maria is the daughter of a hard work
ing man, living at No. 81 Hudson street,
and Holmes is the son of M. B. Holmes,
who has established a State reputation in
his work for the freedom of Ireland,
Messrs. Randolph, Coudit and Black ap
peared for the plaintiff and Counsellors
Mcliee and Griffin, looked after the inter
esta οι .tioimes.
In opening the case Counsellor Black
Raid that the defendant had betrayed
Maria, the oldest child of McCabe. He
described how Holmes had visited the
house as a friend, and had been accepted
as such. Also how he had taken her to
places of amusement, which Anally re
sulted in the birth of a child. The plain
tiff asked for such compensation as would
pay Patrick McCabe for the disgrace the
trouble had caused and the loss of services
to him.
Miss m'cabe pictured.
The young woman sat beside her father
and counsel during the proceedings, ex
cept when she was on the stand. She is a
very prepossessing brunette. Her head is
covered with a wealth of glossy hair, and
her large and expressive grey eyes, full of
intelligence, were during the day cast on
the floor. She wore a seal plush coat over
a blue dress, and a dainty steel colored
hat. trimmed with blue, adorned Her
Lanctry coil.
The first witness called was Patrick
McCabe, a red faced, red whiskered and
read headed man of forty-five years.
He testified that he had lived in this
city twentv-five years. He knew the de
fendant from the time he was five years
old; defendant had been a visitor at his
house for a year and a half; his daughter
is now twenty-one years old; she was in
charge of his house and cared for the
other children; she worked out a couple
of times and always gave him her earn
ing, except a little she reserved for pin
money. He has seven other children, the
youngest being five years old.
"I first knew of mv daughter's fall,"
paid he, "when Holmes deserted her in
New York; she told me; on May 12
Holmes told me on Montgomery street
that he felt sorry for me, but that such
s things would happen. I told him if he
• would marry Maria I would take care of
lier all my life. He admitted he had
taken her to New York but did not say
for what purpose. The child was born
about four months ago in|a New York hos
pifal, and is cow in a Home in that city,"
Cross-examined by Mr. Magee:—"My
daughter only worked out when my work
was slack. I never knew her to go to a
ball alone. Holmes told me the day I
met him that a man named Patrick
Stacum had been intimate with my
daughter. Stacum is a friend of mino of
twenty-five years' standing. My daughter
was never married to my Knowledge and
οΐ.Λ irno Tiovop η nnrtv to λ ease of mal
Marin was next called. Wheu she took
her seat in the witness box it was evident
to all that she was much embarrassed.
Her eyes were modestly and without
affectation turned to the floor, which she
never ceased to look at except when stuns
by a sharp question into an emphatic de
"I was twenty-one years November 11,
1889; I have known Holmes since May 28,
1887. I assisted my mother with the
household work at home, except when I
worked out. When I was betrayed I was
living home; Holmes took me out once to
St. John's Hall, and once to an entertain
ment at St. Aloysius Academy; it was a
temperance meeting. It was the night of
this entertainment that Holmes betrayed
me after he took me home; he promised
to marry me.
"Holmes took me afterwards to Third
avenue and Ninth street, so that my
family would not know it. I stain there
one week when he took me to No. 34 Vau
Cam street.
He never gave me any money but I
gave him $9 and he returned m of it. He
wanted me to submit to malpractice,
but I refused and he deserted me; X was
forced to go home; after that he took
me out once. July 18, 1S89, my child was
born iu the New York Infant Asylum,
and it is now at the Catholic Foundling
Asylum,, in New York.
Cross examined by Mr. Magee:—"I first
went to balls about six months before I
went with Holmes: on November 13, at a
ball, I drank one glass of beer; I made no
appointment to meet him; the next time
I met him was November 31; on our way
home he took me in the back room of a
saloon on Grand street, w'.ere we re
mained ten minutes; I drank soda; I
never told him I had been intimate with
other men."
"Well, have not you been intimate with
"No sir," emphatically.
'■Did you not suggest malpractice?"
"] objected to being a party to mal
"I)o you know Stacuin ?"
"J know Stacum; 1 never was intimate
with anyone but Holmes; 1 never had but
one child; I never was a subject of mal
practice and I never was married. I did
wear a plain gold ring once, but I never
said I was married or that my name was
"Mrs. Turner."
Trial was here postponed tin toaay.
When the case was taken up this morn
ing Counsellor Black surprised everybody
by announcing that the plaintiff's case
was concluded. Upon this Counsellor
Magee recalled Miss McCabe and asked
her if she kuew James Mclvenna. The
girl replied that she did. She, denied,
however, that she had ever hail an im
proper intimacy with him or with Ed
ward Brave or with a man known as
Neither had she ever told McKenna
that she was married, and that her name
was Mrs. Turner.
After these questions had been
answered. Counsellor Magee asked the
court to dismiss the suit on the ground
that no betrayal had been proven. This
was denied, and an exception was
Lawyer Grifliu then opened the case for
the defence, lie would prove that Holmes
was not the father of the child: that Mc
Cabe had not properly guarded his daugh
ter. and that Maria had been too intimate
with several men besides Holmes.
The defendant was then called to the
stand. He said that his acquaintance
with Miss McCube began about a year and
a half ago. Referring to the time betook
her home from St. Aloysius' Academy,
he said that she had then told him that
Patrick Stocum hail once wanted her to
be the victim of an illegal surgical apera
He denied that any such scene occurred
in Miss McL'ttbe's sitting rooui, as tlie
young woman described, in general
terms lie could say that she had made the
first overtures.
On one occasion lie had Bald to her, "I
see your father wants me to marry you,"
and she liatt replied with more truth than
eyntax. "That ain't me."
' "When the subject of malpractice was
discussed," said the witness, "she told
me that a physician had said that another
experience of that kiud would kill her."
It was understood that this referred to
the Stocum case which Miss McCabe had
repeatedly denied to have been of actual
occurrence. Stocum is a married man
who livee in Brooklyn.
Holmes was cross-examined and ad
mitted the authenticity of a letter begin
ning "Dear Maria," and speaking of au
appointment to meet.
John "W. Rich, who keeps a hotel on
Exchange Place, was called to testify as
to the girl's visits to his hotel. Rich said
that he never saw her before: and the de
fence dropped him very quickly.
Edward Brainy, of No. 30 Morris street,
made some statements dirogutory to Miss
McCabe's character.
McKenna spoke in the same strain, and
then Dr. Quiinbygave some expert testi
mony, which closed the case for the de
Miss McCabe was called in rebuttal and
denied the stories of McKenna and
An Uneasy Lafayette Spirit That
Loafs Around a Bar.
John Cregan's inn is an antiguated
frame structure, located on the corner of
Bramhall avenue and Woodward street
The inn proper is a small slovenly look
ing apartment on the ground floor, with
furnishing of a single table and chair, a
huge refrigerator, that leaves room for
little else, a few empty whiskey bottles·
two smoky, dim-burning oil lamps. To
the left are vacaut lots that stretch over
to the canal.
The place is singularly lonely after
nightfall, even though there are other
habitations to the left and rear.
Cregan has resided at this place since
May last, at which time he took a live
years' lease of it.
The spook, spirit, or whatever it may
be. first manifested itself to Mr. Cregan
•the night after he moved in. It has been
paying nightly visits ever since, though
at times it would be more obstreperous
than at others. As it frequently made its
appearance from behind the bar the
peculiarity of this circumstance liiay be
accounted for.
Mr. Cregan's bar trade has never
amounted to much, his main dependence
being on the boarders and lodgers he se
cured. He has, however, lost these, and
believes himself on the eve of bank
The most recent visitation of the spook
was made on Saturday night last. The
hostlery was closed up snug and secure
at the legal hour. The family had re
tired and were wrapped in slumber when
a hammering and battering at the side
door aroused the entire household. Mr.
Cregan, who professes disbelief in ghosts,
though he has heard and seen strange
things in that house, hurried down stairs,
where he found a youug man named
Denny Brown half dead from fright.
Denny's hair was standing on end; he
was as pale as the snow ou the ground
and begged to be admitted. Mr. Cregau
had been up late and requested his wife,
who had been asleep from early in the
evening, to remain with Denny for a
while. This Mrs. Cregan did.
Auuut au iioui at 11 1 im'i u occurred ;i
fearlul racket behind the bar as though
alljthe spooks in creation were juggling
the beer kegs and the water and ale pipes
were engaged in a wrestling bout. Mrs.
Cregan was more than frightened. So
was Denny, but neither had courage to
shout few more company.
No serious effects have resulted from
this visit, except Denny's avoidance of
the place ever since.
On a previous occasion, probably a fort
night ago, a young man named Smith
claimed to entertain no fear of or belief
in ghosts. Ten minutes later he was in
dulging in acrobatic exercises in the back
yard, without a living soul to witness the
antics or lend him assistance. Smith was
loth to admit his encounter with the mys
terious being, but his condition wva suffi
cient evidence.
Ou another occasion while Mr. Cregan
was closing up for the night and had
turned down the lights, his face was
grabbed and held as iu a vice, and then
twisted until be thought it was broken.
Here Mr. Cogau offered up a prayer for
courage and assistance which was
granted. Upon turning up the lights no
thing unusual could be discovered, every
thing being in its place.
Cregan says he would not remain there
five minutes if he coula dispese of his five
years lease, while the thought of remain
ing there four years more almost makes
him gray headed.
I endeavored to secure the identifica
tion of the spirit with possible success.
It appears that two years ago a woman
known as "Scotch Mag" kept the place
and during her incumbency a boarder
died without attendance. It is supposed
that he liked the place so much that he
returns every night.
When not cutting capers in the bar
room, the mysterious being is meander
ing up and down the parlors.
It Is Written in the Firecracker-"Wasli.
Bill Scrip and Nobody Cab liead It.
A novel suit is now pending in the
First District Court. For the first time
in the history of that tribunal a case is to
be tried in which both plaintiff and de
fendant are Chinamen. Lee Sing brings
the suit through Collins and Corbin
against Ah Wan and Guy Ming, parters,
Lee alleges that he entered into a con
tract with the defendants to purchase a
laundry at No. 318 Grove street, and paid
down a portion of the purchase money to
bind the contract. When the time came
tor Messrs. '.Van and Ming to deliver over
the laundry they refused either to do so
or to return Sing the deposit he had
Lee Sing exhibits, in support of his
statement, a small strip of red paper cov
ered with tire cracker characters, which
lie claims is the contract which was
drawn up between him and the defend
ant. Nobody has been found yet who can
read the contract, and as Jiulgé Douglass
is not so well acquainted with the Chinese
language as he would like to be, the case
was set down this moruing for trial on
December 24.
No one should hesitate to buy one or
mora tickets for the Grand Charity Con
cert, at the Tabernacle, on Thursday
evening. It is for "sweet charity's sake,"
and the homes for poor children should
receive from this entertainment a rich
Christmas gift.
Patrick CoiTey, the nineteen-year-old
son ot' Murderer Coffey, was sent up for
thirty days by Justice Stilsing today for
a drunken row with a woman.
The Jersey City Athletic Club an
nounce these dates for the club sociables,
lor the season of 188!<-00:—Dec. l'J, Jan. 23,
Ifeb. 20 aud March 20.
The second sociuble and entertainment
at the Berkeley Club House will occur
Thursday evening, Dec. iy.
The Board Frowns on Of
fenders and Transacts
Other Business.
The Police Commissioners attempted to
dispense justice yesterday afternoon, and
considering the fact that they are ama
teurs at it they succeeded fairly well.
The meeting was held in the Cooper
Hall ante-room, where, in the morning,
drunkards and petty oifenders are sent to
Snake Hill or lined, and where in the
evening committeemen and distinguished
guests drink beer and Ohio champagne.
The first offender to face tnis mnnicipal
triumvirate was Policeman JamesPheian
of the First Precinct. It was alleged
against him that at two a. m. of Decem
ber 7 he went into Gustav Kipn's saloon
at No. 293 First street and asked for some
When Mrs. Ripp refused to serve him
he told her she was too fresh and that
if she would come out on the sidewalk he
would arrest her. She did so, and Phelan
took her a short distance in the direction
of the station house, but let her go, al
though she insisted upon being taken to
the station and the charge against her
formally made.
Mrs. Ripp presented an affidavit to
these facts, and Louis Howedle corrobor
nted her. Five other witnesses who had
been subpœnaed did not appear, and the
case wont over until they could be heard.
Pheian was also charged with being in
toxicated at Police Headquarters the uext
morning, when the Chief asked him to
explain Ills conduct at Mrs. Ripp's place
the night before. On this charge he was
iound guilty and fined three days' pay.
Patrolman Patrick Kane pleaded guilty
to being off his post on December 6, and
will serve the city two days without pay.
Frank Neiderwetter of ihe first precinct,
acknowledged that he was guilty of being
off post on two separate occasions; and he
will forfeit two days pay for each offence.
John Kavauaugh was charged with be
ing off post. He was on a double post
that night and claimed that he was on
duty all night. This case went over so
that he could produce witnesses who saw
James Levins, of the First precinct,
overslept himself and did not appear
against a prisoner in Justice Stilsing's
Court. He acknowledged the fact and
sentence was suspended.
Sergeant McGuinuess charged Nathiel
Smith, of the Second precinct, with being
iu a liquor store while in uniform and on
duty. Smith showed by witnesses that
he was in the saloon while in discharge
of his duty. The case against him was
J auies Ryan, of the Second precinct
was called upon to answer a charge of
being late at roll call. He said that his
wife was sick the night before and kept
him up until early morning and he over
slept himself. Ryan's devotion to his
wife cost him one day's pay.
John Fallahee, of the jSecond precinct,
pleaded guilty to a charge of intoxication
while on duty, and his case was laid over.
Mr. Fallahee will have one month to
ruminate on the declaration made by the
Hoard when it came into power, that such
offences as his are punishable with dis
James Ready, patrolman of the Third
Erecinct, will give up oue day's pay for
ems off post. John H. Ready, ot the
Fourth precinct, fell into the clutches of
Roundsman Walsh and was fined two
fiftvR' miv for t in; same offence.
He also received a significant warning
from President Feeuey to be careful not
come before the Board again. During
the trial of this case Policeman Walsh
testified that the Are bell struck for 153,
and he could not tiud such a number.
As 153 is very plainly designated on all
fire alarm stations as located on Ninth
street, between Coles and Monmouth
streets, the advisability of granting
Roundsman Walsh one day's leave of
absence to study up the location of the
file alarm boxes is under advisement.
Harry McDavitt, of the Fifth precinct,
was charged with being olr post three
limes by Sergeant Haag. The sergeant
testified that he went on to McDavitt's
post, which is on the West Side, on three
separate occasions. He blew his whistle
and received an answer, but when he
reached the place whence the auswer
came he could find no policeman.
Then he blew again and would be an
swered from some distant point of the
post. In this manner the policeman kept
the sergeant running all over the post.
AlcDavitt undertook to cross-question
the Sergeant and so made it plain that he
had some ill feeling against his superior
and had purposely kept out of his way.
He was found guilty on all of the charges
and sentenced to a fine of two days' pay
on each charge.
Terrance lieilly, of the Sixth precinct,
was convicted of not reporting for duty
anil fined two days' pay. John T. Reilly,
of the same station, was dismissed from
the force. He has been before the Board
many times for neglect of duty, and yes
terday when notified to appeur before the
Board sent word to Captain McNulty that
he was sick.
The Captain sent Sergeant Roberts to
his house to see if he needed the services
of the police surgeon, and the sergeant
found that he had gone off to spend the
The case of George Douglass ^vho is
charged with disobeying orders in refus
ing to put on the uniform, w as called, but
the sight of ex-Mayor Collins, as his
counsel threw the Board into such a statt
of perturbation that the m a Iter was put
over until the next meeting, when the
presence of the corporation counsel is de
John Hunt, one of Prettyman Smith's
"finest," was charged by Silas A. Couch,
a fireman on the Erie Railroad^ with as
saulting him. Hunt arrested Couch at
three o'clock one morning some time ago,
and in doing so Couch alleges that Hunt
jumped up into his cab. yanked him out,
hit him in the mouth with Ins club, and
naort nltsxrnt.hei* too much violence.
Couch was tu ken to the Urove street
station, and after being detained there
about ilfteen minutes was paroled. Jus
tice Stilsing the next morning flued nim
$30 for blocking the crossing with the
train he was in charge of.
Hunt denied the charge and said that
Couch refused to leave his eugine, but
started to back it when Hunt told liiui he
was under arrest.
In taking him out of the cab Hunt said
the short end ot' his club in some mysteri
ous manner became entangled with
Couch's teeth.
The Board believed Mr. Hunt's story;
exonerated him from the charge, and
complimented him on the arrest.
Mr. Feeney's Civil Service Exam
ination Scheme.
It was after seven o'clock last evening
wheu the Police Hoard had disposed of
the delinquents and settled down to the
transaction of its regular business.
Clerk Robinson read a long eomnjwni
catiou from the Chief, in which thatgkli
oial said:—"I would respectfully sagyjkt
to your houorable body the necessfUym
increasing Uie patrol force of this depart
"The city is steadily advancing in its
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population, and the records of the Build
ing Inspector show that 894 new houses,
valued at SS.OOO.OOO. were trected last
year. These houses are occupied as fast
as completed by people removing here
trom New York and other places. New
streets are being opened and built upon,
and this adds length and importance to
the patrol posts that are already too long.
To show to you the comparatively insig
nificant strength of our patrol iorce, I
will quote from the police statistics of
other cities."
The Chief then shows that while the
average of the largest cities in the coun
try is one policemaii to 800 inhabitants, in
Jersey City It is 1,125 inhabitants to one
policeman. Continuing he says:—
"We have but one patrolman to each
1 4-5 miles of our streets. Of course the
posts are not laid out so as to cover equal
distances. They are arranged so as to
give the best possible protection where
most needed. You can therefore judge
the amount of territory that is covered by
some of our patrolmen."
Mr. Kelly said he had no doubt that
the police force should be increased, but
the trouble is there is no money to pay
them. The communication was finally
referred to a committee, consisting of the
Board, the Chief and Inspector, to confer
with tne Finance Board over the matter.
Another letter was read from the chief
highly complimenting Chaucemau John
Byrnes for the creditable arrest he made
on December 2. ώ
President Feeney called Commissioner
Benson to the chair and said that it
afforded him great pleasure to move to
spread the communication on the minutes
for two reasons:—First, because it
showed that there were excellent men
upon the force; and secondly, because
Byrnes was one of Commissioner Kelly's
anpointees and a majority of his ap
pointees had been before the Board that
a f torn nnri
Mr. Feeney, with his characteristic elo
quence, paid a high tribute to the bravery
of Chanceman Byrnes, and said that as
the men had little else to look forward
to as a reward for their services except
their salaries,and as an incentive to deeds
of valor he would present a gold medal to
be known as the president s medal, to the
member of the uniformed force making
the most praiseworthy arrest between
January 1 and May I next.
Mr. Feeney, with the mantle of pro
phesy upon him, predicted that the
men would be prouder to wear such medals
upon their breasts than to be president of
the United States.
Still another communication from the
Chief was read by Colonel Hobinson with
the kind assistance of the Chief himself.
This time the Chief wanted a new patrol
wagon. He told how the one now in use
is unfit for the service, and what a bless
ing a new one would be to the depart
ment. The Committee of the Whole will
consider the matter.
Thomas Garrity and John Cook re
signed from the force, and Thomas Milot
was given special police power to be exer
cised in Harsimus Cove.
Mr. Feeney still kept li.s seat on the
floor and introduced a preamble and
resolution which set forth that, whereas,
the Board was desirous of increasing the
efficiency of the department, all candi
dates for promotion shall be required to
pass an examination before a special com
mittee of two.
"How will that committee be ap
pointed," asked Benson, scenting a
"By the chair," remarked Mr. Feeney,
complacently twilling his thumbs. Mr.
Benson looked troubled. He hardly
knew whether to appoint himself, and he
did not want to be frozen off the commit
tee. Fiually lie decided that the chair
meant the president, and called on Mr.
Feeney to announce the committee. Mr.
i' CtUCJ l>UC uu «J.IV J
il h complacently as ever remarked:—"The
chair will appoint Commissioner Kelly
ami himself."
Commissioner Benson looked so slum
at this that Mr. Feeney laughingly said
he had meant to have the committee in
clude the entire Board and the Chief and
"The Clerk will enter it so on the min
utes," said Mr. Bensori, much relieved.
Rule 101 was rescinded and in its place
it was provided that visiting officers shall
iind the men on posts hereafter, without
sounding club or whistle, if possible. If
the post is a streight away one and the
patrolman cannot be found on it, he shall
be reported as off post, If not a straight
away post the visiting officer shall blow
or rop at such points only w here he thinks
he thinks he will be most likely to And
The Board then adjourned to next
She Says That George Ludlow Was a
Very Improper Caller.
Mrs. Louise Moos, a pretty young wo
man of Columbia street, Union Hill, went
before Judge Schneuring yesterday and
charged George Ludlow, a married man,
residing at Palisade avenue and Franklin
street, with having attempted au indecent
assault on Friday night during the ab
eeuce of her husband.
A warrant was placed in the hands of a
constable, but diligent inquiry failed to
locate Ludlow.
1 saw Mrs. Moos last night and she told
me her story.
"Last Friday night about seven o'clock
my husband left the house intending to
go to West lloboken," said she. "I
learned since that on his way he met
Ludlow and told him where he wae go
ing. My husband asked Ludlow to ac
company him. but he refused and came
to my house instead.
"When he entered the house lie made
proposals which I resented, and he then
grabbed me around the waist and at
tempted to force me into an adjoining
room. I tried to scream but he placed his
hauds over my mouth.
"Finally, by a great effort, I succeeded
in crying aloud ouce. He then released
me and made his escape. I told my hus
band when ho came home and the fol
lowing morning I appeared before Judge
Schneuringer and made the complaint."
The fact of the assault was kept quiet
until yesterday in order to enable the
police to make an arrest.
Fire on Clnrcuiont Avenue Does $^0,000
Worth of Damage.
Shortly after eleven o'clock last night
Koran's" sheep's hide manufactory on
Claremont avenue and the Morris Canal
Caught lire and was totally destroyed.
The business was carried 011 in a two
story brick and two frame buildings.
In the former were the cleaning and
drylug rooms. New and valuable ma
chinery had been put in hero last week.
Iu the "two latter were the packing and
shipping rooms, and an apartment for
the preparation of the wool when shorn
from the hide.
There was no watchman at. the works
last night, and the fire had gained con
siderable headway before being discov
Two alarms were sent out, to which
the department promptly responded.
The air became impregnated with the
smell of burning bides and woo!, and
sickened the bystanders. The air is still
full of it. The lire burned for two hours.
The loss is estimated at nearly $20.000,
and is covered by insurance. Au over
heated stove is believed to have caused
the blaze. _
He Took Only His Own*
Henry Holske, a dealer In lamp oils of
No. 05 Ceuteral avenue, was held in MOO
bail by Justice Aldridge today. He his
charged by Mary Haretzy, of 517 West
Side avenue, witli larceny iu taklug poods
she had not paid for and with assaulting
her wh»n she interfered.
A Copper Digester in a
First Street Candle Fac
tory Explodes.
In the centre of ttie block bounded by
Bay, Henderson, First and Warren
streets, A. Grosse's extensive candle fac
tory has been one of the prominent
industries of that densely populated
section. The works until yesterday
afternoon consisted of three buildings,
one of brick and two stories high, and the
others frame structures, one story high.
A digester, made of copper, three
fourths of an inch thick, and having a
capacity of one thousand gallons, occu
pied an open shed in the middle of the
yard. The digester separated the para
flne from the fatty material, and is fed by
steam from the boiler room in the main
building on First street.
A CEAsn.
About twenty minutes past four o'clock
yesterday afternoon the sound of an ex"
plosion, tollowed by a crash of flying ma
terial, the sound of escaping steam and a
sharp vibration that rocited the neighbor
ing buildings, excited and terrified every
hnrlv in t.hp vir.initv
The cause was soon apparent. The di
gester had exploded from some cause not
yet ascertained, the apparatus had been
blown into fragments, the liquid parafine
thrown high, drenched the entire block,
and flying timbers dealt destruction to
property. A Are alarm was promptly re
sponded to by Chief Farrier and the Fire
Department, and in a few moments an
immense crowd blocked Bay and First
streets, and the police had difficulty in
clearing a passage and ascertaining the
extent of the disaster.
The digester had been blown against
the main building, and the wooden build
ings were a complete wreck.
Fritz Greenwald, a coal passer, who
was nearest to the digester when it ex
ploded, was found dead amid the debris,
ana his body covered with wounds. Near
him iu the wreck were Rudolph Bractus
and Frederick Kahleke, employes of the
factory. The former had been injured in
the side severely, but not dangerously.
Kahleke's arm and hand were terribly
scalded by tallow, and he was sent to the
City Hospital "Greenwald, who was sixty
years of age, leaves a widow and three
children, the youngest a babe.
The amount of loss and damage to the
surrounding property has not been ascer
The stable of the city's pipe yard, separ
ated by an open lot from the scène of the
explosion, caught it worse than any other
building. A piece of timber, oue foot
long, crashed through the hay loft, from
side to side, just as Stableman Patrick
Nevin's head had disappeared beneath
the floor as he descended to the lower
floor. One side of the stable was wrecked,
and a piece of one-inch iron pipe was
hurled against the main building.
A large pole, used for clothes' lines, in
the next, yard, was knocked down by a
Ijying missile, bet fortunately no one out
side the wrecked building was injured.
Parafine is scattered all over the neigh
borhood, giving it a decidedly greasy ap
Greenwald's family is left in destitute
A Merry Boot at RutU'a Hall, West Ho
The well known Friendship Club of
West Hoboken held their second annual
ball at Ruth's Hal), Union Hill,· last
night. Although the affair was not as
crowded as was expected, those who
availed themselves of the opportunity of
attending this affair will not regret it.
After Pr of. Eckert had rendered a few
his finest selections,the grand march was
inaugurated. It was led by Chief Sport
Gerge Schwarz and wife followed by
about seventy-five couples, amongst
whom were the following:—Charles Waas
and wife, J. Ebermach and wife, N.
Mallum and wife, George Foit and
wife, R. Shelton and wife, V.
Hauck and Mies Tillie Goldsmith,
C. Genter and Miss Meyers, J. Bande,
and lady, C. C. Willlman and lady, Emii
G roth aud wife, J. Lamouier and wife, A.
Wetterer and wife, A. Naege aud wifel
W. Bermes and lady, M. Fisher aud wifo,
C. F. Koester and wife, A. C. A. Nolte
aud wife, R. Miller and Mrs. Ger
ken, M. J. Ludlow (stag), M. Brand
aud lady, H. Horn and Miss
Mertens, L. Niedracht and wife, A.
Nuterimer and wife, W. H. Nolte and
wife. C. Heilmau aud wife, George Knip
perand wife, F. Monait aud wife, J. Mc
Cormell and wife, George Aldrich and
Miss May Stevens, Archie Lauranco and
Miss PicKets, Henry Harmev and Miss
Tilly Samils, A. Loop and wife, C.
Wallum and wife, A. W. Collins
and wife, R. frautz aud wife
U. Haas and wife, A. Lavign and wife,
Johu Guth aud wife, W. Peters and wife,
J. Lloyd and wife, J. Schick and lady,
Charles Weilman aud wife, A. Thorout
and wife, William Zengerle and wife
George Miller and wife, George Fait aud
wife, Henry Eutereimer and wife, George
Mears aud wife, A. Schaefer and Miss D.
O'Brien, Mr. Mengyand MissMenscheller
Conrad Salinger aud Miss Nirschfeldt, E.
Picqueuotvnd Mr. E. Hase, Henry En·
geibrecht and Miss LillieRehtu, A. Scliall
aud Miss Louisa Mack, F. Gutli and Miss
Nellie Gilroy.
Among those who did not care to trip
(he light fantastic but were content with
discussing West Hobokeu's new charter
and other serions things at tne shrine of
Gambriuus were Mayor Schlemtn, of
Union Hill; Mayor Tom Finuegan, of
West Hobokeu; Assemblyman Thomas B.
Usher, Charley Mails. Councilman Henry
Ruh aud Merritt, of Union Hill; Council
man Nolan, of West Hoboken; Town
Clerk Henry Schneider, of West Hobo
ken; Town Clerk Fred Ahles, of Union
Hill; M. J. Ludlow and Recorder Sclei
<>hai· rtf TTnirm "Hill
The say party did not break up until an
early hour this morning, and every one
departed voting the second annual ball of
the Friendship Club α grand success.
The Board of Officers of the club are
George Schwartz, chief SDort; M. J. Lud
low, recording sport; A. I'hourout, Cana
dian sport; C. Wailum, bouucing sport;
M. J. Ludlow, doctor sport; H. Trautz,
steward sport; Ο. E. Groth, vice-chief
sport; M. Fisher, financial sport; George
Fait, clubbing sport; C. lleilmann, chai>
lain sport; C. l· eytel, organist sport; F.
Gutli, chief kicker.
The Board of Directors are E. Groth, A.
C. A. Nolte, K. Miller, A. Haege, H. JSn
gelbreck. F. Guth, A. Thourout, A. Wet
lerer and C. tloilmnnu.
The MoHz-Sunke Case Settled.
The suit for damages brought by Anna
Moltz, of Hoboken, against Charles
Sunke for breach of promise was called in
the Circuit Court this morning, and coun
sel stated that a settlement had been ef
fected and a compromise made.
Another Crash on the Central.
A Philadelphia & Heading locomotive,
drawing a fast Baltimore & Ohio freight
train, crashed Into an empty coal train
at the Bergen Point sintton early
this uiorniuji. The locomotive was dé
railed, and the engineer sustained a
fracture of the leg, arm and shoulder
blade. Traffic was impeded for several
hours. The damage will amount to
il,500. The Injured engineer is held to
How Shall the Vacancy In the Board lie
At a quarter to two this morning, Free
holder James Kenny, died at his home, 75
Washington street, Hoboken, after a brief
illness. Last Wednesday night, Mr.
Kenny was taken suddenly ill and a doc
tor stated that Mr. Kenny had pneumonia.
On Saturday night his life jwas despaired
of, but Sunday Tie rallied and hopes were
entertained of hie recover.
This morning a relapse set. in, however,
and he passed quietly away.
The deceased was born in the Ninth
ward, New York, forty-seven years ago.
At the age of twenty-nine vears he came
to Hoboken and settled in the First ward.
He joined Hoboken Engine Company No.
1 and by his popularity was elected As
sistant Chief and Chief of the Fire De
partment. He was elected a Councilman
from the First ward for three terms and
served two years as Freeholder from the
Ninth district.
At the last election he ran against John
Bruming, the regular nominee, and beat
him by 500 votes. During the canvass he
was oùt night and day and worked tire
lessly. He was a man of weak constitu
tion, and the contest undermined his
The deceased was also a member of the
Thirty-seventh Regiment Irish Volun
teers, New York; Major Woerner Post
No. 81 and an exempt nreman. The flags
on all of the public buildings are at half·
The funeral will take place Irom wane s
Hall at two o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Kenny's death creates a vacancy in
the Board of Freeholders. There seems
to be provided no method in the law for
the tilling of the vacancy, and it is a ques
tion whether it shall be by special elec
tion or by appointment of the Board, or
whether it can be tilled at all.
It Had Waited to See Whether It* Tax
Was a Legal One.
Frederick Mersheimer, collector of ar
rears of personal taxes, wns paid Î5.T83 by
the Provident Institution for Savings
Two years ago the Bank claimed ex
emption from personaltaxation under an
aci 1888, and refused to pay the tax bill
when presented.
Meanwhile a case of a similar nature
was pending in the Supreme Court. A
suit was brought by the City of Trenton
against one of its savings' banks. The
directors of the Providence agreed with
Mr. Mersheimer to abide by the decision
in this case.
The Supreme Court a month ago de
cided that the act was unconstitutional,
and Provident directors were obliged to
hand over the ducats.
The bank officials claim that they
thought the law had been passed for the
special benefit of savings banks.
The Amacitia'» Entertainment·
The Amacitia Literary and Dramatic
Association, gave an entertainment to
their friends last evening, at Kessler's
Hall, Central avenue. The programme
included a farce, which was very amus
ing; and some pleasing recitations, by
Messrs. Cheque and Sternbruck, Cadwell
and Beck. Messrs. Corbliss and McKen
na, captured the house with '"Down Went
McGinty" and "Paddy Shiar." Dancing
came afterwards and there was an abund
ance of jollity.
Among tnose present were ju. siein
bruck, Jr., and Mies Otten, Cheque and
Mies Lenore Chapin, John Caldwell and
Mabel F. Stubs, Matt Corbliss and Miss
Hattie Stein m uck, J. J. McKenna and
Miss Myra Burke, William Ferguson and
Miss Ann Chapin, Adam Beck and Miss
.Tulia Kelmell, George Sthorer and Miss
Hattie Hitner, George Pearson and Miss
Florence Gable. Some members of the
New York Dramatic Club were present*
The A macitias will eive their perform
ance of "Our Boys" February 17, 1890.
· ■ j
Dr. LonseKt's House Robbed.
Burglars entered the residence of Dr.
Longest, at No. -129 Grove street on last
Wednesday evening and secured a large
booty. Entrance was effected through
the basement window.
The aaticles stolen were eleven silver
cups, a gold cup and a gold menai,
trophies won by the doctor wirh his thor
oughbred dogs at exhibitions in Europe.
Thé name ot the dog winner and the date
oi the exhibition were inscribed on the
articles, which, together were valued at
*500. A gold candlestick, two dress
coats and two overcoats were taken from
tha hall rack.
Attorney General Stockton's Argument,
Judge John F. Dillon, of New York,
and ex-Judge Frederick Stevens, the ar
bitrators in the case of the State against
the Morris and Essex Kailroad Company
for back taxes, resumed the considera
tion of the matter this morning.
Attorney General Stockton began a
brilliant argument in support of the
State's claim.
Haver Is Under Bonds·
Upon a capias issuing out of the Circuit
Court, Millson J. Haver, the Bergen Point
bankrupt coal and teed merchant, was
arrested by one of Sheriff Davis' deputies
on Saturday, and anmitted to bail by
order of United States Supreme Court
Commissioner Komaiue in the sum of
$1,000. Ex-County Clerk Van Horn and
and a prominent resident of Bergen l'oint
became his sureties.
The proceedings which led to Haver's
apprehension are returnable before Judge
Cnapp tomorrow, when a motion .will be
made to dismiss the {action. If this is
successful, Haver will be confronted by
an order for his discovery, issued by
Chancellor McGill at the instance of
Patrick Monahau, the petitioner and
plaintiff in the Circuit Court action.
St. l'HlU S l. iiui'cu vriiiiu·
The Ladies' Missionary Society, of St.
Paul's Church, on Duncan avenue, last
evening held a supper In the church par
lors for the benellt of St. Paul's Guild
room. The affair was under the direction
of Mrs. Vidal, president of St. Paul's
branch of that estimable organization.
Supper was served from six uutil eight
in the evening. The ladies spared nc
paids to make the affair a success and
their efforts were crowned with success.
St. Paul's Guild room is one of the pretti
est in the city.
Artistic Possibilities.
"Are you still taking painting lessons,
"No; I quit yesterday. I don't like my
"Why not?"
"He lias a disagreeable way of talking.
He told me that if I kept on forsome time
longer I might be able to whitewash a
feuce."— Wtiih ivy ton Capital.
Hudson Circuit Court.
Calendar, Wednesday. Dec. 18, A. D., 1889.
Supreme and Circuit Court east's—Nos. 5C, 59.
60, tir, BU, ,U, ΤΙ, d;. Βν urder of the Court,
Patient—Doctor, 1 hare very severe
pains in the right foot above the instep
anil toes. What is that a sign of?
W ise Physician—That's a sign of rain.—
New York Widely.
ros A DuoiuiiuiKu luviut try bkeciuu's i 'If τ «
At the Meeting of the Board
of Trade Last Evening.
Pretty Nearly Everything Was
Touched Upon, but Not Much
Was Done.
It was a small attendance at the meet
ing of the Board of Trade last night, but
it was a remarkably talkative one.
Among those who took part in the discus
sions were:—President Gordon, Secretary
Doane, Jacob Ringle, William E. Drake,
George A. Heaney, Thomas Hill, Lotils V.
Booraem, J. P. Hall. John D. Carscallen,
James Fleming, John A. Walker, Joseph
R. Van Syckle, Charles S. Furst, William
C. Cudlipp and G. E. Watson.
The secretary reported that the Secre
tary of War was in favor of moving the
powder from Ellis Island, but that lie
had been informed by Senator Mcpherson
that legislation must be had before the
powder could be removed. He recom
mended a memorial to Congress.
H. W. Carr reported that the Railroad
and Manufacturers' Committees had met
and were preparing a report. The com
'rnittee will probably recommend that a
compilation of all facts that will induce
people ana manufacturers to come here
be made.
manufacturing, telegraph, telephone,
electric light, school and church facilities
and all other advantages the city may
As chairman of the Improvement Com
mittee, Louis V. Booraem said that a
number of subjects had arisen that the
Board should discuss, and one was that
any improvement to a street was a bene
fit to the city.
"We do not wish to criticise the Boards
of Commissioners and be known as a
Board of Criticism," said he, "but I do
want to call your attention to the act of
the city in paving the portion used by
street cars. The railroad company is not
compelled to pave, Mr. Thurston said to
me and I do not think the city ought
Mr. Booraem added that Grove street is
a business street and that it would have
been better to pave it properly than to
spend the money as it had been.
"When I made inquiries I was told you
must take a street with a job in it to have
any naving done. This. I think, should
be discussed."
He thought the subject of parks should
be thoroughly ventilated, and especially
so since, as he understood, an effort
would soon be made to give the Park
Commission control of the construction of
the proposed boulevard. /
He also recommended that the electric
light wires be thoroughly discussed: that
there are more of them in this city now
than ever before and some of the Alder
men are ready to add to the number,
while in New York city they are tearing
them down by order of the court.
The next subject taken up by Mr.
Booraem vas that of sewers and whether
it would be advisable to build some. He
believed it would, if properly built and
the assessments on the property were
paid in the future.
"«ut, sam ne, "± tmnc it is tue cnye
first duty to take care of what we have,"
and he referred to the disgraceful condi
tion of the Fourth and Second streets
sewers which were originally constructed
to empty into the river at Henderson
street, but which was stopped when the
Pennsylvania Kallroad Company filled in
the Cove to an extent of nearly half a
He said the railroad company did not
want the sewer to pasa over its ground,
and for that reason the Fourth street
sewer had been diverted in Its course so
as to empty in the Second street sewer,
and that the company would aid in con
structing a sewer that would empty into
the Bay street sewer, thus making one
outlet for three sewers, an absurdity.
He also complained that the Passaic
water was being polluted bv the sewers
of Passaic City emptying into the river.
"There is now more typhoid fever In
this city, than ever before, and for this
reason 1 believe we ought to discuss the
water supply."
Mr. Borraem then offered a resolution,
which was adopted, that the authorities
be requested to take such steps as is nec
essary to prevent Passaio City from, polu
Mr. Carr next spoke about the desirabil
ity of having two new sewers constructed
on the west side of the Hill—one being a
mile in length and the other three-fourths
of a mile, at a total cost of $167,000. He
said in that section lots were only worth
$150 ouch, and it could not be expected
that the owners should be assessed £285
on them, and that some means should be
devised to overcome this.
President Gordon informed those pres
ent that at the next meeting the Mechan
ics' Lien Law would be discussed, and
then;a resolution was offered that the au
thorities be requested to take proper pre
caution to prevent the erection of poles
and the stringing of electric wires in the
streets. This was adopted.
The constitution was then amended
making the fiscal year begin January 1
and ordering the election of officers in
December. Mr. Charles S. Furst objected
to this change because he thought De
cember and January were too busy
mouths to allow a proper attendance.
Dr. Gordon explained that many of the
stitution be deprived of a chance to par
take of the annual dinner, which would
fall in Lent, unless the proDOsed chauge
was made. The question was debated for
some time and finally the amendment
was unanimously adopted.
The election of officers for the ensuing
year followed, and President Gordon and
Vice Presidents Kingle, Dear and Haw
kins were re-elected, as were also Secre
tary E. M. Donne and Treasurer Frank
Stevens. There was no opposition and
i he secretary cast the ballot in each case
but his own and that was done by Mr.
Ringle, who, at Dr. Gordon's request,
presided over the last portion of the meet
ing,the doctor's voice having given out.
These directors were «elected:—Charles
Furst, H. W. Carr, R. W. Elliott, James
Fleming, J. P. Hall, David Lawrence,
William J. Tait, William C. Cudliff,
Louis V. Booraem. G. A. Heaney and S.
A resolution was adopted asking the
authorities to take some action in the
sewerage of Harsimus Cove to relieve the
people, and Mr. Booraem was re
quested to devise some means to
obtain money for the reconstruc
tion of the sewers. Mr. Flemming
thought it strange that nothing couJd be
done with these sewers without commit
ting the Pennsylvania Company, when
the city had a right of way to the river.
It was finally decided to formulate some
plan of action to present to theauthoritics
who now have the matter under consid
The Wcatbor at Hartuett's.
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