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CVBC €itg îXjcuhs LAST EDITION. VOL 1. NO. 247. JERSEY CITY. FRIDAY DECEMBER 20. 1889 PRICE TWO CEMIS. THE BLOCKED SEWERS. Protests from the Third District Citizens. A NEW ORGANIZATION EFFECTED. Today's Conference of Ail Parties Interested in the Case. About thirty members of the Third District Taxpayers' Association met in Teutonia Hail last evening to discuss the steps necessary to take in the probable legal fight with the Pennsylvania Rail road over the choking up of the Second and Fourth street sewers some twenty years ago. The evils resulting therefrom were de scribed in The Jersey City News in a re port of the proceedings of the Board of Street and Water Commissioners at a meeting some few weeks ago. The ef forts of a delegation of Third district citi zens at that meeting resulted in the bring ing about of a joint meeting of the railroad officials^ the Boards of Finance and Street and Water Commissioners, which took place this morning. In view of this meeting the association jast ni^t deemed It wise to act slowly. The association was but recently organ ized. Last night it decided to change its name aud style itself the Third District and Lower jersey City Sewer Improve ment Association. Any property owner in Jersey City can become a member. Dr. J. N. Quimby presided. Charles Mc Cabe, the secretary, was in his place. Dr. O'Callahau was elected treasurer. A col lection of ÎS5 was raised to pay for adver tising subsequent meetings, hall rent aud incidental expenses. The association will meet regularly once a ween.. THE rKEBKNT MEMBERSHIP. The list of members so lar includes the following names:—· Mrs. Robinson, No. 423 Monmouth street; Mrs. T. S. Miller, 423K Mou mouth street; Dr. J. N. Quimb}-, No. 582 Jersey avenue; Thomas McCuliy, No. 433 und 440 Monmouth street; Thomas Robinson, No. 425 Monmouth street; Dr. Thomas C. O'Callahan, No. 38 Erie street; Charles Harris, No. 143 Brunswick street; George Gruber, No. 145 Brunswick street; Dauiel Etting and William Base, corner Mon mouth and Second streets; John Rugjje, corner of Monmouth and Fifth streets; Thomas Daly, corner of Monmouth and Third streets; Thomas Kob< ineon, No. 425 Monmouth street. Among the residents on Fourth street are W. H. Dickman, No. 346; Justus Dippel, No. 339; John Scanlan, No. 344; John Carroll, No. 427; Charles P. McCabe, No. 347; Charles Kelley, No. 340; John Reynolds, No. 350M; Mrs. A. Fink, No. 335; Jacob Ryan, No. 341; Jacob Vltterscheim, No. 845; Herman Starle, No. 338; William Nolan, No. 350; Edward Gallagher, No. 427; Rudolph Schneidel liauseu, No. 304; Edward Cox, No. 357; Mrs. Morton, No. 351; Thomas Francis, No. 354; John O'Brien, No. 355; Eugene Sullivan, No. 3t>4· Thomas Meake, No. 354; Joseph Koehler, No. 353; Joseph Warren; George Gaddis, No. 353; George Heltman, No. 8ttl; Thomas McCabe, No. 847; Will iam Uapsôn, No. 342; J. Hapson. No. 342; Philip Freitag, No. 3K3. SEWER NUISANCES. Mr. Henry Kuoop. a recent recruit, al luded to the Sixth street sewer nuisance. "Ten years ago." he said, "after a legal light with the railroad company the city connected thé Sixth street sewer with that of Eighth street in order to abate the nuisance of stagnant water in the meadows. The box sewer at the Provost street cud of the main sewer was choked, as was also the meadow end, and instead of abating a nuisance had only increased It." A legal opinion 01 ice oecona ana Fourth street sewer question was sub mitted by Lawyer James Fleming, through a" request of Dr. Quiraby, and read by the secretary. Among the inanyl suggestions and opinions expressed were these:— "You will notice that the act of '68 [which granted to the United Railroad and Canal Companies the right and title of the State to the land lying between high water mark on tne west and deep water of the Hudson River "ou the east, the centre of South Second street on the north, and the ceutre of South Seventh street on the south to enable the com panies to increase their depot and term inal facilities at Jersey City] reserves to the authorities with regard to sewere across the cove property all the power that was then vested 111 municipal autho rities or that might thereafter be con ferred upon them. Under the charter in force at the time of the passage of the grant the Mayor and Aldermen of Jersey City had full power to extend the sewers across the new made land and assess for the cost of building on the property benelitted. A LEGISLATIVE ERROR. ."But the Legislature, which in its wis dom blessed us with the present system of government under which we have wriggled and squirmed for the past twenty years, by act passed in 1871, in which the power to build sewers was given to the Board of Works with similar inconsistency, vacated all the streets before laid out on the laud in Harsimus Cove, through which sewers must run, so that while with one breath the Legisla ture gave Jersey City the power to con struct sewers across this land, in the next breath it took away the land on which sewers could be built. "Thus it would seem to place the people in the anomalous position of having a right without a remedy." In closing. Mr. Fleming advises the association to proceed under the act of 1868, uud if the present powers of the city authorities are inadequate, to take steps to secure such legislation as will effect the extension of the uiain sewer to the RIGHTS AGAINST NUISANCES. Lawyer Stephen B. Kausum, who insti tuted u suit against the board of Public Works six years ago aud secured from the courts au alternative maudamus compel ling the Board to see that the company continued the Second aud Fourth streets sewers to the water front, but was balked bv the answer that the contract with the railroad company for running one of the sewers around Heudersou street to con nect with the other had already been , made, was present, and after hearing tne lengthy legal opinion of Lawyer Fleming read, he said:— "I agree with Mr. Flemmiug's remarks concerning the Importance aud complica tion of the question. The city authorities, even the private citizens, have a right to » net arbitrarily ju the abatement of a nuis ance that threatens life." lie cited the New York authorities fight with the electric- light companies over the deadly wirès, and Judges Van Brunt and Brady's decision relating to the rights of Boards and citizens to arbitrarily dispose > ol a dangerous nuisance without wailing 1 °LÏ,?e slow Procese of the law. 1 ♦>,< · anme nile." said he, "applies f th,a sewer question. The matter re quires bold treatment." ».^utT-.^r· Ransom did not agree with Air * lemming with reference to the city s being required to purchase the I lands from the .railroad company before Itcould continue the construction oi its sewers to the water front. He read the 1 proviso contained iu the law of 18ÛS, which gave the railroad company the privilege of blocking up their tiwo sewers 1, V in question, reserving the right of the city to continue its sewers. "The railway company d:d all this mis chief," he declared, "and it should pay the damages. The stoppage of the sewers was the creation of a nusance. The public life and heai'.h is superior to a.l power of the propertv. But you can't accomplish the work before you by lireing paper wads from pop-guns. It can only be accomplished by litigation." The association adjourned to meet next Thursday evening. SEWERAGE DISCUSSED. * All Sides of the Question Repre sented in a conference. A conference between the city authori ties, the Pennsylvania Hailroad Company and a committee of citizens over the Sec ond and Fourth street sewers was held In Corporation Counsel Edwards' office this morning. There were present:—Superintendent Jackson, Engineer Brooks and Coun sellor Vreedenburgh. counsel of the Pennsylvania Railroad ; Com missioners Van Keuren, Somers, Dugan and Engineer Ruggles, of the Street and Water Department, President Edelstein, and Commissioners Brady, Hillier and Allen, of the Board of Finance, Dr. 1. N. Quimby, John Wild. John Lynch. Mr. O'Connor and Counsellor S. B. Ransom, of the Citizens' Committee. The citizens were in favor of having the brick sewers continued from their present termination at Henderson street through the filled in ground in Harsimus Cove to tide water. As Dr. Quimby spoke of the wrongs the persons whose homes are drained by the sewers have suffered by reason of the choking up of the wooden boxes, which the company built to conduct the sewage to the river, he became indignant and declared that the railroad company ought to be indicted for Superintendent Jackson laughingly said that would be too hard on the poor railroad company. The engineers expressed the opinion that if the sewers should be built as de sired by the citizens they would not work properly owing to the formation of the ground, but would back the water up into the houses as bad is if done now. The citizens took exception to this statement and it was finally agreet that the matter should be left to Engineers Kuggles and Brooke and an engineer to be selected by the citizens. Corporation Counsel Edwards sug gested that the citizens secure the signa tures of all the residents along Second street to a petition calling upon the Board of Street and Water Commission ers to continue the sewer, and that would bring the matter to a head. The con ference then adjourned for two weeks. The citizens held a meeting afterward at the office of S. B. Ransom, and made arrangements to secure the services of an engineer. They prepared a petition to be presented to the residents on Second street for signatures, as suggested by Mr. Edwards. RIGHTS DENIED THE NEGRO. Among Them Is the Right to Get Soft Site; Hence This Meeting. The members of the Fifth District Col ored Republican Association and the Colored Citizens' Association met last evening and organized themselves into a branch of the Afro-American League of America. Mr. A. B. Cosey called the meeting to order and stated the object of the League. He declared that it was the only method whereby the colored Republicans couid obtain the rights guaranteed to them by the constitution. Among these rights are tho privilege of sharing in the offices and patronage at the disposal of the'gen eral goveïnment. Mr. Cosey oalled attention to the fact that In no department under control of the Republican party in this State have the colored men a representative, while every other nationality has. This he de clared was not because there were not honest men among the colored Republi cans competent to fill the offices and loyal to the party, but because they were ig nored by the Administration. It was time, he declared, that the colored Republicans made themselves felt. The branch was then organized by the election of these officers:—President. A. B. Cosey; vice president, G. T. Close; secretary, L. W. Williams; treasurer, R. A. Mills; sergeant-at-arms, Joseph Green wich. A. B. Cosey and T. T. Cline were elected delegates to the convention of the League, which will be held in Chicago on January 15. siKjatsT ûusTictuTioiVS. May Something- be Pardoned to the Christmas Season ? William Winberry, who keeps the butcher shop on the south side of Newark avenue, near Henderson street, ana against whom charges were preferred in Justice Stilsing's court a week ago by Patrloman Pendergraft for violating the ordinance against the obstruction of side walks was represented in court this morn ing by Counsellor McGrath. The Coun sellor said Mr. Winberry had a permit to display his meats and poultry upon the side-walk from the Board of Alderman and further claimed that the Board of Aldermen had the right to grant a permit. The court held that the City Council had no light to permit a permanent obstruc tion. The case was adjourned until to day two weeks when Mr. McGrath will cite authorities. THfcl STATE TEACHEKS. Preparation for the Annual Meeting oj Association. The twenty sixth annual meeting of the New Jersey State Teachers will be held at Trenton next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Principal A. B. Guilford of No. 1 school in this City is President of the Association. After the exercises of Thursday, there will be an address of wel come by State Superintendent Chapman, and one on professional improvement bv ex-City Superintendent A. W. Edson, anil another on represenation in music by I. L. Roberts of this City. On Friday Professor Haskell and C. W. Eakoff of this city will participate in the discussion in language teaching and technical grammar, and Superintendent A. B. Poland will take part in that on the Source of Recruits to the ranks teachers. Teachers on taking train for Trenton will inquire at Station for Special Ticket for Teachers Association. The Cylinder ltletr Out, There was considerable delay of the traffic eastward ou the Pennsylvania Railroad this morning. A cylinder head on the locomotive of an Amboy train blew out just as the train was approach ing Newark. No one was injured, but all trains following were delayed over an hour. William O'Brien Out of Jail. DUBLIN·; Dec. 20, 188».-Mr. William O'Brien, who was sentenced to two mouths' imprisonment in Galway jail for having adressed a ' proclaimed National ist meeting, was today released from that institution. BtECBAM's Fills act like magic ou α weak ttomach A1AGE WITH JUSTICE. Chief Murphy Gets in Ahead on the Green Goods Operator. Chief of Police Murphy -walked into the office of The Jersey City News this afternoon and called up the County Ja'.l on the telephone. "Had Wallace got away," he asked, after the usual interchange of fcellos, "beforeDalton got there? He hadn't,eh? Good for that!" "That," said the Chief, turning to one of the News reporters, "ends as lively a chase as I ever saw between the police and a criminal." Wallace is the green goods runner who had been sent to the depot in this city to conduct the two Tennessee seed sowers whom the police spotted at the depot a few days ago, to green goous headquarters on iorty-second street, New York. He and they were taken to the police station, they as witnesses and he as a criminal. The police believed that they had Wallace dead to rights, and were surprised when they learned that the Grand Jury had not indicted him. PLAYING AT CIÎOSS PURPOSES. Wallace got on to the failure of the Grand Jury to act as soon as the police did and it was not long before ex-Judge Garretson, his counsel, was hustling in the liveliest kind of way to get him out υι jaix. Information that the police had deter mined to; have him held for the unlawful use of the United States mail if the Grand Jury refused to hold him on tne other charge, set the ex-Judge hustling all the livelier. He had rather the better of the police for they had not yet secured possession of the letter to one of the imprisoned Grangers, on which they were to base their new;proceedings. That aid not reach their hands till 10 o'clock. Theu, c m plaint was made to United States Com missioner Romaine, and a warrant was issued for Wallace's arrest. LUCK WITH THE POLICE. Meanwhile Judge Garretson was in the Prosecutor's office demanding Wallace's release. Why? "Because," Judge Garretson answered, "the Grand Jury has refused to indict him." "Well then," the Prosecutor answered, "if he is not Indicted we have nothing to do with him. Justice Stilsing is your man." Justice Stilsing had a slim court this moruing. By the time Judge Garretson reached him Stilsing had gone, and it took the ex-Judge some time to reach him, and to secure his warrant for his greeu goods client's discharge. United States Commissioner Romaine's warrant for his rearrest had meanwhile beenpiaced by Chief Murphy in Detective Daiton's hands. The detective headed for the jail at the top of his speecl, aud reached there before ex-Judge Garretson had succeeded in getting the prisoner beyond his reach. When the ex-Judge presents to Jailer Birdsail the order for his release Wallace will be taken before Mr. Romaine to be held to await the action of the United States Grand Jury. AN ODD BARGAIN. The Pay for this Piano Depended on the Ke&ult of a Horse Race· Bernard McArdle, o£ the blacksmith firm of McArdle & Coyle, posed as defendant in a suit instituted by Patrick McCloskey, the piano mover, in the First District Court this morning, to recover judgment for $200, the price of a piano which McCloskey left with McArdle in January last. McArdle claimed that the piano had been made a present to his daughter in recognition of services rendered Mc Closkey in handling and training a fast race horse. · McCloskey's story was to the effect that the piano had been placed in Mc Ardle's house with the understanding that it was to be paid for in instalments of $10 monthly. He had promised that if his horse won a certain race he would take out the $10 monthly in horse shoeing bills. The liorse lost. No money had been paid on the piano. The case was nonsuited. THE WHEEl-MJSÎi'S FAIR. The Progress of the Various Contest8 That Are Going on There, The fair of the Hudson Couutv Wheel men was well attended last night. Dele gations were present from the Manhat tan, Harlem, New York, Long Island and Brooklvn Bicycle Clubs, and they made it lively with their jaw-dislocating club calls. For a chair, to go to the most popular club, the bulletin stands as follows:— Harlem, 145: Long Island, 111; Brooklyn, 82: Elizabeth, 62; Manhattan, 50; At lanta, 41: New York, 24; Citizens, 19; Kings County. 13; Riverside, 11. The New Jersey clubs will pay their visit tonight. The leading scores on this Bicy cola are Post, 4,200; Earle and F. H. Campbell, each 3,200. Campbell is a member of the Manhattans. The other two belong to the local club. On the rifle range Thomas Green leads with 19 out of a possible 20. E. P. Baggot is second with IS. The fair will close to morrow night. Sentences Today. Judge Lippincott imposed these sent" ences in the Sessions Court this morning' John Fullerton, assault and battery thirty days; John Fay, grand larceny, guilty, sent to State Prison for two years; Michael Dwyer, atro cious assault and .battery, $10 an ρ costs, and Charles Franz and William Presser, breaking and entering, guilty, not sentenced; Joseph Berger, sentence susuended; Edward Purcell, assault, and" battery, pleaded not guilty; Charles Tillman, false pretenses, sentence suspended; Henrietta Sauvage, disorderly house, Snake Hill for three months;, Henry Slorsslier, petit larceny, guilty, six months to Snake Hill; Charles Hed rick, petit larceny, guilty, sentenced to live days at the County Jail. Mise Foster's Funeral. The funeral of Miss Clara Foster, whose death on the eve of her wedding has been auuounced, occurred this morning at her parents' residence, No. 3 Astor place. There was a large attendance of relatives and neighbors, and many dorai pieces at tested tlie love and sympathy of numer ous friendï. The services were canducted by the Rev. Charles Herr, of the Bergen Presbv terian Church, assisted by the Kev. J. F. Thompson, of the First Uuiversalist Church, both of whom delivered a brief, touching address. A quartette sang "Jesus, Ijover of my Soul" and "Nearer m ν God to Thee.' A large number of friends accompanied the body to Kver greeii Cemetery, Long island. The Tricked Iceman. "1 shan't want any more ice of you, Mr. Stubbs, as I've been informed the ice is full of bacilli." "Wot ever is that, mum ? Wot's backelyf" "Well, judging from the size of your bill and the exceedingly small pieces of ice yon have been leaving I concluded it was something you pu' lu the ice to make It weigh. Good morning."—Harper'» Bazar. THE COUNTY FINANCES. County Collector Dpgan's Report— The Sinking Fund. The report of the Finance Committee to the Board ot Freeholders, presented yesterday, stated that the finances and books were found to De correct. • He had disbursed without the slightest arparent error cr mistake during the fiscal year mentioned the sum of $3,046, 7913Ο At the beginning of the fiscal year, De cember 1, U'S8, he had on hand $65.516.16. During the year he received from ail sources $2,03S,069.09. This latter sum added to the balance before stated makes the whole. t2,121,288.25. From this sum, deducting $2,046,791.33 above shown as disbursements for the year, there remains ou hand at the close of the year Novem ber 30, 18S9, $76,496.91. The Commissioners of the County Sink ing Fund have submitted their annaal re port for 1889. The cash balance on hand December 1, 18S8, was $2,075.99; the aggregate receipts of the funds for the year were $644,172.19, and the aggregate disbursements for the same period were $643,678.34, leaving a oash balance of $2,699.74. The report states that the Sinking Funds have beeu greatly increased dur ing the year, owing in port to the pay ment by Jersey City to the county of Its entire indebtedness for arrears of taxes. The report is accompanied by a detailed statement of the securities held by the several funds, also a summary showing that at the close of the year the Sinking Funds amounted to 4978,669.74. CU1LDKBN ABLAZE. Frightful Accident at a Christmas Cantata Rehearsal. Detroit. Dec. 20,1889.—Thirty children of a Tilden, Mich., public school, were re hearsing yesterday afternoon for a Christmas Cantata. One accidentally knocked with her wand a candle from the hands ot another who was holding it for the accompanist. Fire was communi cated to the children's dresses and a pile of combustible stuff near by. The costumes of the children took Are instantly, and before the teachers could put out the flames sixteen of them were badly burned—two fatally, three so badly that they will die, and three others ser iously. An alarm brought police and hospital ambulance to the scene. The physicians have no hope of the recovery of five of the children. Ten other children were seriously burned. The scene during the panic ensuing the blaze was ajfrightful one. Two of the little lads, Edward Wheeler and Alexan der McMillan, pulled the burning cos tumes off the children and tore the flags and draperies from the walls, thus pre venting the spread of the flames. The ambulances removed the children to their Imrrt ua PRINCES OP ΤΗ Κ KO Y AL SECRET. Λ Jersey City Delegation Handsomely Entertained in Newark. A delegation from the Jersey City Con sistory, No. 51, Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret of the Scottish Rite, visited the Newark Consistory,No.40; last evening and worked the fifth degree in the Lodge of Perfection, in full uniform, before an audience of about fifty members of the Newark Consistory. The work was performed by Illustrious Brothers John Edelstein, as Commander in-Chief; E. L·. Bradley, as John, King of Tyre; George Messchutt, as Senior Grand Warden, and Alfred J. Chapman, as Junior Grand Warden; G. O. Osburne, Captain of the Guard; Thomas Lyons, grand master of ceremonies, and Grand Orator Wright, assisted by the Grand Master of Ceremonies of lhe State of New Jersey, James E. McGrath. There were twenty-five members of the delegation, who, after the ceremonies, were tendered an elaborate banquet by the Newark Consistory. Speeches were made by Illustrious Grand Master of Ceremonies of the State of New Jersey James E. McGrath, anil Illustrious Broth ers Edelstein and Brockey. the latter Commander-in-Chief of the Newark Con sistory. The visitors returned at half-past one this morning delighted with the agree able manner in which they had been en tertained by the Newark brethren. Among the visitors were Illustrious Brother Daniel Befttty, George Darslev, George B. Fielder, John J. Coles, W. G. Nelson, F. W. Follin, Hugh H. Barnes. ^lierein He Failod, "Elijah, dear, will you dress Willie this morning? I'm in such a hurry, and it won't take you but a minute or two." "Certainly," replied Mr. Bixby, cheer fully, "I'd just as soon dress the iittio chap as not. Here, my little man, come and let pana dress you. I'll have, you as neat as a pin in a jiffy." Willie, a tied lour, comes reluctantly from his playthings, and Bixby begins:— "Now, let's off with your nighty gown and—keep still, dear, or I can't unbutton it. There, now, we'll—sit still, child! What makes you squirm about like an eel? Where's your little shirty? Ah, here it is, and—sit still! Put up your arm—no, the other one, and— can't you keen still half a second? Put ud your other arm and stop hauling ami pulling so! Now, let's—come here, boy! What under lieaveu do you mean by rac ing off like that with nothing ou but your shirt? Now you come here and let me put the rest of your duels on. Stand still, I say! Put your legs in here! Not that leg! There you go squirming uround like an angle worm. Now. if you don't keep still, young man, I'll—stop pulling at that chain, and—here, Mary Ellen, you'll have to dress this wriggling animal yourself. I couldn't do it in ten years. Go to your mother, sir!" Some Folks Are Horn to Greatness. Within two hours, und for two shillings in money, a Cairo negro swallowed twelve peach stones, seven tacks, teu brass pins, tive shingle nails, five steel pens and four marbles. Such things as that can't be acquired by strict attention to business and ii constant care for your employer's interests. They must be born with a man.—Detroit Free Press. Sweet Girl—"I hope you will call again Mr. Coolhead. Mr. Coolhead (new admirer)—"Thank you, I should be glad to call very soon again if I were sure of finding you home." "Oh I am nearly always at home:—but let me see —it wont do for you to call Tuesday evening for that is the night of the home mission meeting: and Wednes day night the Emporer's Daughters and Thursday the Blue Kibbons have a most important session: and Friday is the monthly meeting of the Dorcas club; and Saturday the Browning club—really I hardly know what day to set—but ■" "Um do you expect to belong to all those societies always!·" "Ou, yes, indeed; I'm a life member of them all." "Er— I should like to call again soon but this is our busy season, and I shall be confined very/closely to the otlice of severul monti Ciood evening."—A'civ York Weekly. Tlie tîusy Leiiiim. WAITED ONHIS HONOR. Fourth District Tax Kick ers Talk to the Mayor. A committee, consisting oi George T. McEwan, F. P. Merseles, Martin Logan, A. A. Franck, C. H. Carling and Thomas McEwan. <^f the Fourth District Taxpay ers' Association, held a conference yester day afternoon with Mayor Cleveland, in reference to what they termed the "glar ing irregularities of the present tax valua tions and the lack of method on the part of the Board of Tax Commissioners." They desired the Mayor to urge the Tax Board to rectify the many errors in the tax levy, and in the event of its failure to do so to have His Honor remove the mem bers on the ground of incompetency, neg lect or wilful violations of their oath. Mr. George J. McEwan, chairman of the delegation, was not present when the conference opened, President Merseles, of the Association, iired the first gun. After referring to the great howl of the tax payers all over the city, and especially in the Fourth district, he said that the dele gation claimed that if the assessments were more or less than the market value of property they were illegal. There were many cases in the present levy where the assessments were notoriously high, many where they were low; there were in stances where a poll tax had been col lected, and others where it had not. This was illegal. The tax payers had been de nied access to the books. This was il legal. Mr. Merceles did not want to enter into tiny ucuaucu avi/uuul> ui iuo iiOL· υι uic^u larities in the assessments without hav ing the assessors' books before him. These were not obtainable for the reason that the Tax Commissioners' office had been closed as usual ot 3 o'clock. A FEW CITATIONS. But Mr. Merseles did cite a few in stances. At No. 408-10 New York avenue was situated property which would bring at auction $4,000. One of the vacant lots by the side of one eontaining a building was refused at $1,000, and yet the aggre gate assessed valuation was but $2,000. Mr. Merseles was positive of this. For comparison he submitted the case of a piece of property owned by Mr, Car ling, one of the members of ttie delega tion, who had purehashed it for ¥7o. There had been little or no improvement to it, and yet it was assessed at $400. At No. 400 New York avenue was a piece of property worth $4,000. It was as sessed for $1,000. The Berkeley Club House, with two lots, was assessed at $400 a lot. The build ing rented for $1,000 a year, and was valued at $12,000. F. D. Kopp owned three houses on Academy street, near Summit avenue, that cost $13,000. He would not sell for $15,000. And yet it was assessed at but $12.000. Mr. Merseles alluded to the matter of collecting poll tax. He did not believe it right to collect from some and let others go. Mr. Martin Logan said It had been the custom to levy a poll tax on owners or lessees of property. It was hard to col lect it from others, because there was no way of enforcing the law, which was practically a dead letter. Mr. Cariing informed the Mayor that his property on St. Paul avenue had been assessed for 100 per cent, iu excess of its market value. He had appealed to the Commissioners, but notwithstanding his appeal under oath, the assessment had UCCli l-UUUi Ull-u. ENTER CHAIRMAN M'EWAN. Mr. George McEwaii, the chairman of the délégation, made his appearance, aud began the assault with the remark that he was a Democrat and had voted for the new charter, and he wauted to see the promises of the new charter fullilled. Tnat charter had placed much responsi bility on the shoulders of the city's chief executive. If his appointees proved in competent for duties of the positions as signed them, he had the power to remove them. llis Honor corrected Mr. McEwan by remind i uk him that he had asKed for tlia'c power and it was not granted him. lie could only mate an effort to remove an incompetent appointee and finally refer the matter to the Governor. Then Mr. McEwan asked that His Honor make that effort. Mr. McEwan cited a nnmber of in stances to prove that the Commissioners were not as they claimed to be, guided by the Building Inspector's books, aijiong which was the case of John Flennery, who put up a Î4,900 house at the east end of Hancock avenue, which was assessed at $3,Î00; a house on Spring street, owned by himself, for which thepermithnd been issued for a 84,600 building, assessed at $2,500. The Commissioners also claimed to be guided by insurance maps, and he al luded to the danger of following such a guide. "They tell us,:' he said; -'that they did not have time to properly fix upon correct valuations. Well, they seemed to have found time to raise them one hundred per cent, upon one side of the street aud lower them tô twelve per cent, on the CHARGES OF DISCOURTESr. "Besides, Mr. Mayor, the taxpayers are not treated coutreously. Mr. Prigge is un doubtedly incompetent. I had him put his own valuation on my mother-in-law's house. He made it $1,200. It was all right last year. As soou as I found it had been assessed at $2,500 for this year, I hastened to Mr. Prigge and called his attention to the fact that he had himself iixed the valuation. 'Get out,' said he, harshly: 'don'i you know that the Tax board sits in November··' ',As another instance I complained to President Lawrence concerning an as sessment which would have been all cor rect if the sewer that drained the prop erty had been properly constructed. " 'What shall I do about the matter?' I asked President Lawrence. 'Go to West Hoooken aud back up the water,' was the reply. Now, Mr. Mayor, that's down right blackguardism. "Now. in conclusion, Mr. Mayor, 1 would call your attentiou to the fact that the impression which has gone abroad that we are wrongfully assessed has caused people, instead ot coming into our midst to build, to go over to West Hobo ken and other parts. Business is stag nant. We are at the mercy of the Tax Commissioners. We ask you to do some thingto relieve us of this state of affairs." Mr. McKwhu before sitting down sub mitted one instance which he said he wished to go ou record. A property owned by a Mr. Smith, located on Poplar street, had been assessed at its proper value, $12,000. Mr. Martiu Logan followed Mr. Mc Ewan, and made a long speech. When he paused His Honor said:— "Are the inequalities greater fhan ever:-" Mr. Logan—Yes, sir. His Honor—Well, you don't seem to be posted. Mr. Franck said Mr. Prigge had ac cused liim of bringing up the Sclionberg case iu a meeting at Kessler's Hall. He denied it. Mr. Thomas McEwan made a long and energetic speech. Gifts fol* the Children'* Home. Several young ladies of the High School have prepared Christmas boxes for the inmates of the Children's Home. The boxes contain toys and candies and will be highly appreciated by the children. The young ladies who have prepared the boxes modestly withhold their names from publication. FOKGOT TO PAÏ THEIR FARE. ΤΙιβ 1). r. & W. lloud Suffers by Snch ïorgfttfuliiesa as Tills. For some time past the Morris & Essex Branch of the D. h. & W. R. R. and the Hoboken Ferry Company have been de frauded in a systematic manner of their fares by residents of Jersey City Heights ana Bergen. The railroad and ferry authorities were aware of what was going on, but owing to the respectability of the parties who were defrauding them refrained from taking any stringent measures. The plan of the beaters was this. They would board an incoming passenger train at the east end of the tunnel when the train was broueht to a standstill and stand on the platform. When the train reached Hoboken they would alight and mix in with the regular commuters and cross the ferry, thus beating the railroad and ferry companies. Detectives were told to watch the trains and make arrests. This morning they waited at the tunnel until the 8:20 train from Newark came along. When the train stopped at the tunnel they boarded it with two other gentlemen. The other gentlemen forgot to pay their fare. They were reminded of their forgetful ness when they reached the depot by being tapped on the shoulder by the de tectives." They were brought to the sta tion house, where they registered as George Youmans. a salesman, of No. 20fl Palisade avenue, Jersey City Heights, and Alexander Scott, Jr., and engraver, of No. 60 Jefferson avenue, Jersey City Heights. Owing to the respectable ap pearance of the prisoners the complaint of disorderly conduct was not pressed and the prisoners were discharged with a reprimand. Alert Pleasure Club. The third annual masquerade ball of the Alert Pleasure Club was held at Odd Fellows' Hall last night. The affair was a success beyond the most sanguine ex pectations of the club. There were fully two hundred couples in the grand march. The officers of the Club are S. It. Zeuo, presideut; D. Crawford, tirst vice presi dent; J. Talion, second vice presideut; F. Fleuuen, financial secretary; A. White, recording secretary; 11. Herbert, treas urer. Clothing Tliieveg Caught. A little over a month ago there were a series of robberies committed in Hobo. ken. The last robbery was that of Driesen, the clothier, corner of Washing ton and Second streets. The store was entered and coods valued at $500 were stolen. Chief Donovau and Detective Galla gher have been working tirelessly on the ease, and have at last struck the trail. Keilly ond Carroll, two New York crooks, are lodged in the Tombs in New York, and will be brought to Hobokeu some time today çn a requisition. It appears from what can be learned that a Mrs. McCarthy is implicated in the robbing. Who Mrs. McCarthy is can not be learned, but it is said that she is well known in Hobokeu. The goods that were stolen from Dries eu's place have been identified by Mr. Driesen. They were disposed of in the different pawnshops in the Eighth ward, New York. lu one pawnshop in Varick street Mr. Driesen found several overcoats that had been stolen from him. The goods have not yet been recovered. wliat.'K tlie fneeliauei'-lvaegeuelin * u(;it. Mrs. Fasshauer, of No. 88 Court street, Hoboken, visited Counsellor Bretfelil last Friday aud told liim that her character had been assailed by Charles Kaegebelm, Jr., of Eighth and Washington streets, and she thought that about $2,000 would sooth her wounded feelings. She paid Counsellor Bretfeld $20 at the time for a retainer in the case. This morning she visited Counsellor Bretfeld and he informed her that there was not enough evidence to warrant her in com mencing suit. Then there was a dispute about the $20. What the specific charges against Kaege behn are is not known aud the utmost secrecy prevails. Kaegebehn is the son of one of Hoboken's most respected citizens and it is thought that the case will not reach the courts. Hoboken Notes. The Resolve Club of the Industrial So ciety of Hoboken held an entertainment aud sale for the poor of that city last night. The affair was a success, and a goodly sum was realized for the worthy cause. At noon today City Clerk McDermott, of Hoboken, issued a call for a special meeting of the Council, thus enabling the laborers aud city ollicers to receive their money for the holidays. At the First M. K. Church, Hoboken. the young ladies attached to the church held a supper and a bazaar. Kate Green way costumes prevailed and the affair was a decided success. The young ladies in charge were Miss Crevier, Miss Bowd witch, Miss Eva Davis, Miss Mather, Miss Pustchukeu. Miss Barclay aud Miss Nel lie Lay. The affair will conclude tonight. Too Bie for Understanding. We are familiar, thanks tu the astron omers, with figures representing prodigi ous distances, and it is perfectly sate to say that those figures are nearly mean ingless to us, save as they represent an extension indefinitely and inconceivably big. We are taught that the moon is 338,000 miles from the earth, so to speak in round cumbers, and that the earth is 02,000,000 miles from the sun. Then it is said, as if we could comprehend it, that the earth has a velocity in its orbit of nineteen miles in a second. We are told regarding the velocity of light it flies through space at about 300,000 miles a second, and we accept it as it we under stood it, together with the companion statement that light from the nearest fixed star requires over forty years to reach us, while the scintillations from the telescopic stars must have started on their ethereal flight hundreds or thou sands of years before reaching the terres trial beholder. But, though the figures are true, vet they can convey but little meaning to the human mind. Imported l'erftiine. Miss Trust—Why, Mr. Bluffer, where have you been all this time? I haven't seen you for two months. Mr. Bluffer (breathing a balmy odor of gin and bitters)—I have been abroad, you know. Miss Trust—How delightful! And of course you visited Cologne? I knew 1 smelied some perfume wheu you came in.—Boston Herald. Cold Tomorrow. Washington, r>. c., Dec. 20, isso.—The weather indications for Eastern New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsyl vania are light rains, with warmer south erly winds, shiftiug tomorrow to cold northwesterly winds with clearing weather. The Weather at Hartnett's. December li). Derj. ■ December 20. Veq. 3 P. M W ■ S Α. M M 6 P. M SO ! » A. M 40 9 P. M 48 j UKOOO 4a IS Midnight 40 i COUNTY SOPPLY BIDS. The Freeholders Open Their Mail From Would-be Contractors. LIST OF FIGURES AND NAMES Bids Referred, and a Special Com mittee Appointed on Tea Tasting. Contractors galore were around and about the Court House yesterday after noon and politicians were Dlentiful. It was the day appointed by the Board ot Freeholders to receive Dids for supplies for the ensuing year. Among the old favorites and successful wirepullers on contracts were noticed Mike Smith, Abe Post, Ed Dugan, W. R. Cook, Fred Knob loch and Al. Datz. THE TWO ABSENT OSES. When the roll was called there were but two members that failed to answer. Freeholders Kenney and Pairson. The former will never again participate in a meeting, and the latter may not unless he defeats ex-Freeholder Nelson on the re count. When the minutes had been ap proved Freeholder Tieruey moved that the regular order of business be suspend ed anil that the receiving of bids be in or der. The motion prevailed. Bids for $25,000 worth of armory bonds at three per cent., payable as follows;— £3,000 redeemable January 1, 1891, (5,000 .Tiinunrv 1 1KCM *R Onil 1 luu'J $5,000 January 1, 1894, $5,000 January 1, 1895. There were two bids tor these bonds, the first being by the Sinking Fund Commissioners, and the second by George A. Bunnell. Each bid par value, and subsequently, by resolution, the bonds were sold to the Commissioners. OPENING COUNTY SIPPLT BIDS. Director Bruggemann next appointed Freeholders Kemmerly and Gorman tellers to tallv the bids for County sup plies. The first, thing considered was coal, 3,000 gross tons for Snake Hill and and 500 gross tons for the Court House and jail. J. E. Whalen's bid was $460 a· ton, and J. W. Coyle's bid $450 a ton. Coffee and spices, John Droscher, $4,081.T5; E. A. Dugan, $3,484.50; William (i. Wilson, $3,789.50; Chnrles E. Ahrens, 18,739; W. K. Cook, $2,713.75; Daniel O'Connor, $3,341.35. For 200 half chests of tea, bids all re ferred to a special committee and the amount for each brand was not in all cases read. The committee is to make the totals and sample the tea; the price will not have as much to do with the matter as the quality. Those who bid were John Droscher, J. G. Mars, E. A. Dugan, W G. Wilson, W. R. Cook and Daniel O'Coa nor L.ime and cement, P. Hall, 1344.50; H. H. Hankins, 5352.50. Milk and eggs, John Hart, eggs, $198; milk, 4JÎ cents per quart; Dennis Rear don, eggs, $180; milk, $81, or 3 1-10 cents per quart; E. A. Dugan, eggs, $307. Clothing and hats, G. Metzler, $1,484; shoes, G. Metzler, $4,066; JoDn Troll, $3,491.60; James Soden, shoes, $3,594.80; Ward, Singer & Co., $4,809. Miscellaneous articles, which includes crockery, tinware, cooking utensils, etc,, etc.. Myer Nelson, $780.72; Knobloch's bid was thrown out as informal; A. Fow ler, $642.75; J. S. O'Connor, $699.53; W. R. Cook, $812. Woodenwere, Myer Nelson, $140.25; Knobloch Brothers' bid thrown out, in formal; Fergus T. Keleher, $141.60; Charles E. Ahrens, $118.10; \V. R. Cook, $110.90. Paints and oil, Charles Plusalt, $336.33, Reliance Oil Company (oils of all kinds); $1,334.90; Wescott Brothers, oils, $1,127; paints and oils, Wiggins & Abell, $423 99; the Standard Oil Company, for crude oil. no total, referred; C. M. Childs, informal and rejected; C. A. Woolsey, $344.84; Henry Martinez, $376.21; Knobloch; $351.76; manure. A. Fowler, $172.50; J, Waddington, $131.25; E. A. Dugan, $195. W. R. Cook, $187.50; Daniel O'Connor, $240. I.umber—H. H. Hankins, $1,850; Reese P. Francis, informal and rejected. Fresh meat, 82,000 pounds; chuck and plate, 23,000 pounds; ribs and loin, 13,000 pounds; coined beef, 33,000 pounds; mutton for stew and 10,000 pounds hard saddles. F. and G. Schober bid $6,700; James Hunt, $7,833.50; Michael Smith, $0,496.35, and William H. Hunt. $6,945. Notions—.C. S. Furst, $552; David Ben jamin, $776.40, and J. E. Vincent & Co., ^535 60 Hosiery, C. S. Furst, $964.80; David Benjamin, $1,728; J. E. Vincent & Co., $1,288.80. Dry goods, C. S. Furst. $4,464; David Benjamin, $5,946; J. E. Vincent & Co., $4,798. Yeast, Fleischmann & Co., 35 cents per pound; Charles Wliitkamp, 35 cents per pound. Butter, B. F. Hart & Bro., 13# cents per pound; E. A. Dugan, 18 cents per pound; William H. Hunt, 15 cents per pound; Charles E. Ahrens, 13% cents per pound; W. R. Cook, 14 cents per pound. Tobacco, 400 pounds plug, 800 pounds smoking and eight gross of clay pipes, Leonard Zeiler, $359.60 and $S8; Mayer Bros., $1S0; tobacco, $228.80; W. R. Cook, Leather and shoe strings, James Soden, $*9.90; Eugene A. Gerrity, $33.30. Provisions, Michael Smith, $1,517; Wil liam G. Wilson, #1,8.33; Charles E.Ahrens, $1,263; W. K. Cook, >1,237. Flour, 2,850 barrels, Herman L.Timken, $7,481.25; É. A. Dugan, $9,400; Charles E. Ahrens, $8,415. White and mixed oats, H. L. Timken, il.HOl; E. A. Dugan, $800.50. Vegetables, Henry Byrne, $3,000; John J.Lenahan, $2,872.50; Michael McNamara, $2,600; Daniel O'Connor, $2,830; Jacob Cliristman, $2,420. Hardware, Ktiobloch, $1,826.85; Wig gins & Abell, $1,552.90. Groceries, W. G. Wilson, $9,935.80; Charles E. Ahreus, $7.197.S0; W. H. Cook, $7,988.70. Soap and starch, E. A. Dugan, $1,703; Charles E. Ahrens, $1,452; William Tay lor, $1,391.20; Nathaniel Lundy, $1,266. Fresh llsh, Abram Post, $1,665; Michael J. Clark, $1,6S0. Ice, John Griffin, Court House and Jail, $3.50 per ton; T. J. Carroll, ice for Snake Hill, $4.50; Robert McCormick, $4; Francis McDermott, $5; Edward McDermott, lea County Jail and Court House, $5, or 25 cents per 100 pounds; James Manion, for same, $3.80, or 19 cents per 100 pounds; Daniel J. Smith; for same, $3 per ton; Daniel J. Smith, for Suake Hill, $4 per ton. That closed the bids and Freeholder Ellis asked that the tea bids be referred to separate committee, that all other bids a except that on tea be referred to the Com mittee on County Institutions. It was so ordered. HONORING THE PEAI). Freeholder Flingsten ottered a suitable resolution concerning the death of Free holder Kenny and pronounced a eulogy upon him. 'i'he county buildings will be draped in mourning and the Board vtiil attend the funeral Sunday in a body. That closed the meeting. Tiie Mayor and an Ex-Governor. Mayor Cleveland will dine this evening with several gentlemen of prominence at the home of ex-Governor Cornell on Fifth avenue, New York.