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YOLTnO. IV-980. _“_ TUI); Y, MA\ 21. 1892 PRICE TWO CENTS
[ TICKLER III! PICKLE,
Mayor Wanser Has a Pain
ful Interview With Sec
retary Hart of the
Rumsters.
GRINDING POOR LABORERS.
Men Who Worked for the City
Unpaid Because of a
Pitiful Quibble.
ST. PAUL’S AVENUE SEWER
A Dollar and a Half Flaw in the
Latest Mayor’s Nest—Much
Laughter.
Mayor Wanser is in hot water. The
liquor dealers who gave him such earnest
and hearty support iu the recent election
are now demanding the fulfillment of
some of the list of a dozen or more prom
ises made by him or on his account dur
ing his campaign. His Honer Is lu a nice
predicament, but Is doing all in his power
to pour oil upon the troubled waters.
Yesterday Secretary John Hart of the
Liquor Dealers’ Association honored him
with a visit. A conference which lasted
about an hour was held, and wheu it was
all over the Mayor resembled a person
1 who had had a disagreeable encounter
K. with a Wyoming cyclone. His Honor’s
P flue feathers were ruffled and perspira
tion was conspicuous on his forehead.
■ Mr. Hart undoubtedly made It pleasaut
for the Colonel while he had him carralled.
Mr. Hart’s presence probably accounts
for His Honor’s refusal to discuss the
Sunday saloon closing move and neglect
n communicating with Superintendent
Smith on the same subject,
OYER Els’ YOTE.
The Street and Water Board Will
Bass the Greenville Station
House Contract,
It may be gratifying to Mayor Wanser
to know that his veto of the resolution
awarding to P. J. Condon the contract
for the building of the Greenville station
house is to be disregarded, and that on
Monday the Street and Water Commis
sioners will pass the resolution notwith
staud bis objections.
The law relating to the award of con
tracts for public work distinctly states
tuat the award shall be made to the low-,
est Didder. Contractor P. J, Coudou was
tDe lowest bidder. Mayor Wanser ac
knowledges this, but lor pnrtisau reasons
refuses to approve of the award.
The Street and Water Commissioners
have decided that partisanship cannot
and will not be permitted to hamper the
workings of their Board.
The members of the Board are fully
convinced that the Mayor’s stand is
merely oue to place them In an unenvi
able light before the public, and they do
not piopose to aid him in his political
schemes by honoring his vetoes.
DOLLAR-FIFTY REFORM.
The 81. Paul's tiewer Mayor’s Host
Exposed to Kidicuie.
Mayor Wanser’a fourth yawp made Its
appearance yesterday. Up to date the
series of ticklers has cost the city $135.41,
$104.19 of which is the Mayor’s compen
sation for the exercise of the braiu power
he possesses, and $31.25 to Spencer Weart,
his legal adviser, who is sailing under the
guise of Private Secretary.
Oue of the latest discoveries was of al
leged outrageous work lu the consiruc
tion of the St. Paul’s avenue sewer by
Michael Curley The sewer was to be
supplied with 6-inch inlets. His Honor
discovered that several inlets had been
left out. He thereupon declined to sign
I a warrant for $1,000 tor Curley.
The true condition of affairs, as found
to exist in the construction of tho sewer,
is that the section In which the inlets are
l omitted is lu the swampy portion of st.
b Paul’s avenue, where houses will not be
I built in years, and where inlets are uu
1 necessarry aud only tend to decrease the
I strength of the sewer.
Fthis is immense.
Inlets cost eight cents each. The cost
between plucing the 6 inch pipes in these
I inlets and the cost of bricks and nior
S tar to cover this space is four cents,
I so that Curley neglected to do four cents
■ worth of specified work in thirty ln
" staooes, or $l.S0 altogether. For this
reason. His Honor refuses to sign the
$1,000 warrant, and endeavors to make a
i civilized and educated public believe that
I his motive is reform.
Surveyor Vaan Keuren, in speaking of
I the work on the St. Paul’s avenue sewer,
' said:—“That sewer is one of the best,
pieces of work ever done in this
city, Great care has been exer
cised iu Us construction and
I say that the work Is well done. Thao
soction of the sewer where the inlets are
omitted Is in a swamp, where houses will
never be built, but where a factory might
be started. If this was done
a six inch Inlet would be
useless. A larger inlet would be neces
sary and it is better for a sewer to cut an
outlet than to enlarge one already made.
Contractor Curley exorcised good
judgment in leaning out these
inlets, because in swampy places
they would have a tendency to weaken
the sewer in a short time. Cnrley In
leaving out the inlets saved not more
than $5.”
MERE CRANK CRITICISM.
Clerk bouton, In speaking on the same
subject, said:—“Since I have been clerk
of this Board I have noticed that the
Commissioners never confirm an assess
ment or accept a niece of work tm'ess It is
satisfactory to every one. If complaints
ure made on good grounds they are at
tended to. But when chronic craDks,
who go about looking for thines to find
I fault with, bob up, the Commissioners
"toss such objections Into tile air.
If Mayor Wanser is going to raise a hue
and cry over every complaint ho has made
to him he will be in hot water, forever.”
Mayor Wanser also Anus tuuit wltu In
avenue. He will not Day Moran
because he was not appointed
by resolution of the Board.
An Inspector was appointed bv re;olu
I Hon for this work, but ho resigned, and
Moran was directed by the proper com
mittee to oversee thn work.
The same rule applies to Jamas Lillis
inspector of the improvement of Pavouia
avenue. Lillis was appointed by resolu
of the Board, and wueu It Is said
that he was not. ft is a wilful misrepre
sentation. Lillis was appointed on tnis
work when the Board consisted of
Messrs. Somers, Dugan and Van
Keuren. When the present. Board
camo into existence a resolution was
adopted to the effect that, all employes of
the old Board should continue in the em
ploy of the new Board. Lillis was regu
larly and properly appointed and not by
a committee as the Mayor states.
FAULT FINDING DISCOUNTED.
Again His Honor objects to the work
on Jacksou avenue. Ten days ago Chief
Engineer Buggies issued orders to Con
tractor Charles O’Neill, to locate and
bring to grade two manholes, which
had been paved over. Jacksou
avenue, preparatory to the im
provement, had to be filled in
and In this manner two manholes, which
have been covered up for years were lost
sight of. O’Neill has located them, and
has men at work raising them to gradn.
The fourth and last yuup was an order,
which will not be countenanced, to cull a
halt, on all street Improvements.
The fund created by one half of the
liquor license money is a running ac
count. The Street and Water
Commissioners are well aware of
the fact that it is unlawful for them
to exceed an appropriation made for a
specific purpose by the Finance Board,
and they also kuow that under the law
they can continue three years longer,
to use the liquor license money for the
improvement of streets. Under the new
charter six years were designated In
which one-half of the liquor license
money should be used in repairing
streets. Thus it is made a ruuuing ac
count and cannot be overdrawn. Funds
are pouring in continually. Licenses
as a rule are taken out July 1, and $125 of
every $250 received. Is placed by
the Comptroller to the credit of this
account, but persons keep taking
out licenses all durlug the year, and so
the fund, not appropriation, is kept open
and running.
MERE TECHNICALITY.
Mayor YVanser’s Heartless Quibbling
Over Poor Laborers' Pay
Families Hungry,
Perhaps.
His Honor, the Mayor, sent the follow
ing tickler tq the Street and Water Com
missioners, yesterday, presumably to help
them enjoy the Sabbath rest:—
Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 1
Jersey City, N. J., May 21, 1892. f
To the Honorable the Board of Street and
Water Commissioners: —
Gentlemen—The resolution of your
Board, reading:—“Resolved, That the
sums hereinafter mentioned be paid to
the persons named respectively for ser
vices rendered on unpuved streets for
month ending April 30, 1892, amounting
In the aggregate to $254:—
Number
Name. of days Rate Total.
John Kelly, helper, 24 $2 00 800 no
Patrick McOovern, laborer, 21W 2 00. 43 00
Tim llarnley, laborer, y ort S3 00
Patrick Conors, laborer. 12 2 00 24 00
Patrick Moore, laborer, 12 2 00 24 00
Thomas Smith, laborer, 12 2 00 2 1 00
Wm. McMulliu, laborer, 23 2 00 40 00
$254 00
is hereby returned without signatures.
The helper and laborers designated
were appointed by committee. An ap
pointment by committee Is not an offic
ial act of the Board. I refer you to the
case of Lewis vb. Jersey City, 22 Vroom,
51, N. J. Law Reports, page 243, where
the employment of one McLaughlin was
passed upon, McLaughlin claiming that
he was « general workman at the Bel!
ville Water Works, and that he was em
ployed by the Board of Public Works of
Jersey City.
inu \joom rn its opinion says:—"ine
relator (meaning McLaughlin) was not
employed by any official act of the Board.”
He was "pat to work” by the Chairman
of the Board. The only official evidence
ot his employment is the appearance of
his name on the payrolls. The appoint
ment by committee is no more an official
act than the appointment by the Chair
man of the Board, unless the Board ac
quiesces Dy resolution.
In thecaso before the Supreme Court as
in the case of the men named lu this reso
lution, the ouly official evldeuce of the
employment Is the appearance ot the name
on the pay rolls; this is not an official act
that cures the lack of a former proper
official act making the employment in the
first instance the official act or your
Board. Very truly,
Petek F. Wanser.
NEW ElVERYllEN’3 ASSOCIATION.
Hoboken and North Hudson Undertakers
Organize.
The Hoboken and North Hudson livery
men and undertakers met at Crane’s Hall
last night and organized as the North
Hudson County Liverymen’s Association.
A constitution and by laws were adopted
and the purpose of orgaulzi ng as set
forth is the fixing of a uuifo rm rate of
carriage rate to funerals.
The following officers were eleoted:—
President, B. N. Crane: First Vice-Presi
dent, George Minkin; Second Vice-Presi
dent, Samuel Armstrong; Third Vice
President, J. J. Devitt; Secretary and
Treasurer, A. J. Volk; Hoard of Trustees,
John O’Hara, W. D. Taylor and E.
Schmidt. Membership in this association
will not affect the Coun ty Association.
SUiNlUI UN UUttUJiKJN.
No One Knows Wbat Will Happen To
morrow.
The feeling regarding Sunday business
in Hoboken is unsettled. Chief of Police
Donovan has not announced that he will
order the police to rigidly enforce the
bine laws, and it is not believed that
butchers and bakers and horse car con
ductors will be interfered with.
The same drastic suspension of liquor
saloons is promised, however, and it is
thought that the lesson of last Sun
day’s arrests has been learned aud appre
ciated. Everyone connected with Sunday
observance is unsettled, r.Dd no develop
ments, however startling, will surprise.
Carnival at Crescent Hall.
The fourteenth annual carnival and
closing reception of the Crescent Hall
Dancing School was held last evening at
Crescent Hall on Belmont avenue. A
large number were present and the clos
ing reception was made a memorable
one. The following fancy dances were
given:—Ln Petite Fairie, Scotch Reel,
Hussiau Danoe, l'ambor Major, Sailor’s
Hornpipe, Spanish Dance, Hibernian
Dance. and the Quaker Ameri
cub, danced by the Misses An
nio Freeman, Irma Francis, Annie
Blackshaw, Edith Dickinson, Edua Free
man, Irma Pyle, Louie Tompkins,
Florence Muller and Messrs. A. Dear. H.
Simpson, M. Sanders, L. Stubenvole, V.
Ninquis and A. Carbonell.;
BELIGS OF JLD CRIME
Counterfeiters' Plates Hid
den in the Wall of a
Tumble-down
Shanty.
FOR STATE BANK NOTES.
Wrapped in a ‘'Herald” of Angus
30, 1850—Queer Find
of Workmen.
While tearing down the old three stor’
frume shanty No. 253 Newark avenue i
few days ago, John Bnrguer, foreman of i
gang of Contractor Van Keureu’s men
found a considerable portion of the ont
fit of some wholesale counterfeiters whi
probably were operating in this viciuit;
nearly forty years aeo.
On the second floor, suspended by anai
in the side of one of the upright beam:
and nailed in between the weather board
lug and plastered laths, be discovered i
package containing some twenty-odd cop
per plates in sections, witl
nickel fuclug, and bearing signatures
words and devices that characterize!
the five and ten dollar bank notes issuei
by tlie States of New York, Couuecticu
and New Hampshire before tbe Naliona
banking system came into vogue, 'l’hi
plates were wrapped in a faded copy o
the New York Herald of the date o
August 20, 1850.
It never occurred to Mr. Burgner ti
turn these plates over to the police. Hi
was about to throw them Into the genera
pile ot debris that was being carted uwaj
to the dumps when it suddenly occurred
to him that they were heavy and wortl
something us old juulc ooppar.
min' nr k'ni'a
I found Burgner tins morning worklui
at Kouslngtou avenue. He took me ti
his home, at YVestervelt und Gram
streets, aud exhibited the plates. Thooh
yellow cooy of the Herald lu which h
found them is all in little pieces. Th
plates are about a thirty-second of ai
luch in thickuoss, and the engraved
words aud devices are marvels we skill
In ouo corner they bear the small imprlDi
of the “Govill Mauutacturiug Company
extra.” There are but two the full siz
of the old oauk note. One of these slm
ply bears the words iu full length of th
plate “Will pav TEN DOLLA11S on De
mane] 10 Bearer.” With the ex
ceptlon of the shaded capl
tai letters tire rest is ii
graceful script. The word “Oswego’
also in shaded capitals appears upon thi
plate. The other full size plate contain
the words “Buffalo” and “State of Nev
York” in shaded capitals aud i
oig shaded four line pica X. Wltl
the exception of a few long narrov
plates the whole length of thi
original note the rest of the plates an
about two Inches square. Ouo of the nar
row slips is engraved as follows:—"Wll
pay TEN DOLLARS on Demand t<
bearer.” With the exception of thi
shaded capltnls, these words are also ii
in script corresponding with tha
on the full plate above described
The words " Woltborongh, Nev
Hampshire,” also appear on this narrov
slip. The two inch square plates ari
simply engraved with the hig letter “X,’
“TEN DOLLAR,” “FIVE,” “NEW
“HAVEN” “CONNECTICUT,” “Cash/
and the like.
A FORGOTTEN STORY.
I could find no oue this mprnlng will
appeared to kuow anything of the earlj
history of the old building. The site a
present belongs to a Mr. llildebrandt, o
Hoboken, who is about to ereci
a new tenement house upon it
For the past twenty-three years th<
storeroom on the first floor has been oc
cupied by J. Guterlasa meat and gro
cery store. Mr. Guterl recently movec
lo tlie opposite Side of Newark avenue
Oue of Ids grown sons said this morniuj
he could not recall' tha uamo cl
the occupant of the house befori
his father moved In, but he was sure tha
the former occupant was a carpenter
The workmen who tore down the build
lug say the wall iu the vicinity of the lint
bore no traces whatever of having beet
tampered with.
TEMrEKANCE WORK AT ST. PATRICK’S
The Very Rev. James 31, Cleary to Ad
dress the Congregation Tomorrow.
The Very Rev. James M. Cleary, tin
great temperance orator of Wisconsin
who hns for the last two weeks been tie
livering a series of temperance discourse!
iu the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., ii
visiting his lriend, Father Hennessy, ant
will preach in St. Patrick’s Church to
morrow at the High Mass.
Iu the evening nt half-past Revet
o’clock, he will deliver a discourse ot
temperance, and at the close of the ser
vices he will distribute the teuiperauci
medal to all who shall come forward t(
sign the pledge. All the temperanct
societies of the county are invited to heal
Father Cleary.
F our years ago this distinguished pul
pit orator delivered a series of tomper
ance discourses iu this State, and admin
lBtered the total abstinence pledge It
thousands. The great church will prob
ably be crowded on Sunday .evening
to listen to the glowing eloquence 01
Father Cleary,
TUB DELEGATES TO CUICAUO.
The delegates elected at Wednesday
oveninc’s primaries to the State Conven
tion. to bo held at Trenton on the 25tli
inst., met at the Democratic Head
quarters on Grove street Inst night, and
received their credentials. A short con
ference was held and It was unanimously
decided that Justice Davis and County
Clerk McLaughlin should he the district
delegates. _ __
REPUBLICANS KAKLI AT WORK.
The Republican City Campaign Com
mittee held a meeting at the Federal Cluti
House last night and reorganized. Mar
tin Fiuck was elected chairman. The
committee decided to at once prepare the
list of election officers who will serve in
tne election. Thu member from eueti
district was directed to submit the mimes
of election officers ut once, so that they
muy be received by the committee before
beiug submitted to the County Board of
Registration.
CITY NEWS NOTES.
The jury In the case of Alice Cramer
as administrator for the estate of her hus
band against the Erie Railroad, brought
in a verdict for $5,000 yesterday. Cramer
lost his life at the Wechawkeu crossing
and $25,000 damages were claimed, Law
yers Dougherty and Weller couusel for
the plaintiff.
diaries Dege, nineteeu years old, of
Ocean and Woodlawn avenues, who was
charged with being the father of the un
born child of Lena Weber of No. 10 Wood
lawn avenue was tried before Justice
Kimmerlj and a jury at the Third Dis
cl C ,rt yesterday. The jury rendered
i. o iu favor of Dego
i iold shutters in the Aldermanic
Chamber have been replaced by dark blue
Shades.
. This morning Judge Werts confirmed
Report No. 20 of the Commissioners of
Adjustment in the Bayonne section.
George Creech will be placed on trial on
Monday on the indictment charging him
with tlie murder of John Smith in the
South Cove ou March 31. The trial
promised to be an interesting one.
OfllONljLUTRIKE.
Weavers in the Paragon
Silk Mill Demand More
Money.
There is a stiifce on at the Paragon Silk
Mills in UuionHill, Thirty of the weav
ers ure out. They refused to return to
work at the close of the dinner hour yes
terday. They had given no information
of their intention of striking, nor did they
ntako any demand. They put on their
I hats aud inarched off quietly, and did not
interfere with the other hands. An hour
later they returned aud demanded an in
crease of wages.
Weavers are being paid 10 cents per
yard and they ask for 13 cents. The
1 superintendent listened to their griev
ances and told them he had no power to
| accede to their demands and that they
must either return to their work or leave
i the promises. They bung around and be
came rather noisy. Fearing trouble the
! suDeriutendeiit summoned the police.
; who dispersed the strikers.
The strikers held a meeting at Gari
baldi Hall in the afternoou. They de
' cldeil to remain out until their remands
are granted. The mill, which is located
at Spring and Hill streets, is a large two
story framo structure and employs eighty
hands. It is a branch of a larger factory
at Paterson, N. J.. the employes of which
struck last Tnesdnv.
I visited the factory in West Hobokon
yesterday and interviewed the Superin
tendent. He said:—“I was very much
surprised at the refusal of the hands to
return to their work. They were nil at
work during the morniBg, and when the
noon whistle sounded they had no inten
tion of striking aud would not have done
so, I am sure, if they had not been
stopped by a gang of the Paterson strik
ers. The latter pursuaded them, I' am
convinced, to quit work. I believe that
most of them will return to their looms In
a few days. A few of them are willing
to do so now, hut will not for fear of the
strikers. I can’t say just what we will do
at present. We are a little bit crippled
for the moment, but I do not think we
will have any difficulty in filling the
places of the strikers. I do not think their
demands will bo granted under any cir
cumstances.
Last evening a uumber of the strikers
congregated at the corner on which the
factory is located. Officer Vumeorell or
dered them to move on. Glovani Zenat of
Cortland street and Francisco Romeo, of
Demott street, refused to go aud were ar
rested. When arraigned before Recorder
Reinhardt, the explained throngli an in
terpreter that they did not understand
the officer, and did not Intend to make
any trouble. They were discharged.
HOBOKEN TAX COMMISSIONERS.
They Discuss School, Fire, Street and
Police Expenses.
The Hobokeu Tax Board held a long
meeting last night and listened to the
School Trustees who appeared iu a body
to nsk for the appropriations mentioned
in The Jeiiset Crrr News of yes
terday. They showed iha Board
that the $3,000 asked for lo finish No. 6
- school was absolutely necessary. Thai
school, the largest in the city.the trustees
said is in horrible condition. The roof
leaks, there are no storm doors, the putty
is falling from the windows aud the iron
raiV ng is in a dangerous condition.
lax Commissioner Fagan, who put up
the railing, suid ho would reconstruct it
•without cost and advised that the con
tractor he forced to repair the roof. The
Unaivl InnL’Prl with fuvnr nnon thn vn.
quest for $4,500 to introduce steam heating
into School No. 2, as it will save 40 tons
of coal each year and give more class
room. The suggestion that the lot ad
joining No. 1 School be purchased wus
regarded fuvoraoly until Commissioner
Fagan suggested that the ground be
leased, nud this will probably be done.
The $5,000 asxed for general repairs will
probably be cut down. The sum asKed to
raise the salaries ot old teachers was re
garded dubiously, uud will probably uot
be granted. Assessor Dollard asked for
$300 to buy a safe which will prob
ably bo allowed. Commissioner Fagan
suggested that no contingent fund be pro
vided, but ail probable expenses be met
with special apDiopriations und thus pre
vent waste. Commissioner Ellis spdte
against this suggestion and said if
adopted it would probably force the city
to borrow money for uuforseeti expenses.
Commissioners Kelly and Fenton ap
peared to ask for $14,000 for a joint sewer
through.Jefferson street and Park ave
nue. The Tax Commissiouers admitted
that the present box system was bad, and
should be changed.
The Street Commissioners asked for
$17,707 for repairs to streets. TheCouucil
requested $26,036 for street lighting and
$6,500 for elections, ail of which requests
will probably be allowed.
The police asked for $94,495, au Increase
of $2,000, which was also regarded favor
ably by the Hoard. Commissioner Wig
gins suggested appropriating $500 to buy
a '‘Soldiers’ Plot” in the Hoboken Ceme
tery. Fagan opposed this, saying it
would create a bad precedent.
PEOPIiE’S PALACE NOTES.
New screens for the doors and windows
are being pHt in the Palace nnd will
make it comfortable during the summer
and as attractive then as at any other
season.
A platform with curtains, footlights,
etc., is being erected in the assembly
room for tne convenience of the mem
bers, who will give entertainments dur
ing the summer of a literary and musical
character.
Bathing tournaments are arrangod for
boys on Wednesday evenings and all
those hoys who desire to learn to swim
have a teacher that evening. They can
come at half-nast seven P. M.
Prof. Bramley will soon arrange for a
social hour for the young meh in the
gymnasium and high sport is antici
pated.
Tickets for “Our Regiment” to be given
by the Apollo Club June 1. in the Acad
e my of Music for the benefit of the Palace
are goiug very fast.
Amoog some of the recent visitors to
the Palace were Mr. D. W. Garrlails.
Woodbury, N. J.; the Rev. George S.
Mott, D. D., und Mr. John Murphy, of
Flemlugton, N. J.: Mr. Robert Stewart,
of Chicago; Mr. Charles Husey, And
over,Mass.; Mr. L. Morgan Wood. Detroit,
Midi.; Mrs. George P. Edgar, Rahway,
N. J.; Mr. Frank C. Patron, State Li
brary, Aloany, N. Y.; Mr. E. T. Bublet,
Lynn, Mass.; Miss Ella Wilson, Newark,
N. J,, and the Rev. Madison Peters, D. D.,
New York.
Nearly every one needs a good spring medicine
and Hood's Sarsaparilla is undoubtedly the best
Try it this season.
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LIGHT ANDJHE LAW.
Finance Board’s Gas Cer
tiorari Suit Begun
Before Judge
Werts.
TESTING AS TO CONCURRENCE
Collins & Corbin Meet Bumstead
and McGee—Rule to Show
Cause.
The Board of Finance has lost no time
In applying to the Court for a decision
concerning the validity of the notorious
gas contract. Today Messrs. Collins &
Corbin applied to Judge Werts for a writ
of certiorari to have the contract between
the city and the Gas Improvement Com
Dany reviewed by the Supreme Court.
The lawyers represented the Board of
Finance. Iu making the application for
the writ Lawyer Charles L. Corbin said
that the charter provided that the Board
of Finance might bring suit on iti
own behalf aud might appoint
couosel. The Finance Board condends
that it has the power of concurrence In
contracis calliug for the expenditure of
mouev. The matter was referred to the
Corporation Counsel who gave it as his
opinion that the gas contract as it now
stands is valid.
Mr. Corbin added that the charter re
quires the Board of Finance to Bpproprl
ate money for lighting the streets, and
thererore the Board has a direct Interest
In the contract. Mr. Corbin said that the
concurrence iu tho contract by the
Board of Finance was one of the ques
tions that would be argued If the writ
wns frr/intAri.
THE CONTRACTS.
Glancing throngn the contract he said
there were three contracts, odb oil con
tract and one electric light contract.
Each ot them contained provisions not
authorized by law for they bound
the city for more than five years.
The act provides that the Board
of Street and Water Commissioners, and
the .Mayor may make a contract for a
period not exceeding five years. Under
tlie existing contract the Gas Company
takes possession of all extensions that
are to be made from year to year,
which means that the contract will
run for ten years Instead of five yenrs.
Mr. CorDin claimed that this provision
was not authorized by the advertisement,
and that the contract was not in accord
with the advertisement, as it should be,
Section 159, Laws of 1891, provides that no
contract for materials or supplies shall be
valid unless duly advertised and a sup
tnent to this in the laws of 1873 demands
that an approximate estimate of the
work, material, etc., etc., must be pub
lished iu the advertisement, which was
not done in this case.
Mr. Corbin at this point road the con
tract to the Court and also
the resolution ot the Board
of Street and Water Commissioners
awarding the contract. He said theie
was nothing in the advertisement or
resolution concerning the time of the
contract and that the contract con tallied
provisions that were not authorized by
resolution or advertisement. In conclu
sion the lawyer remarked:
"As this application comes before the
Court from a Board iu the city govern
ment whioh makes the appropriation, we
think tile writ snould be granted. The
Board desires to know its own powers.
We want a stay for we do not desire to
Dlunge tne city Into darkness.”
THE OTHER SIDE.
Mr. William G. Bunistead representing
Corporation Counsel Edwards who was
unavoidably absent, said that tht Cor
poration Counsel would not object
to the writ if no stay
was granted, providing tbe matter jould
be argued at the Juue Term of C urt.
Lawyer I'lavel McGee, on behalf of the
Gas Compauy, opposed the application
for the writ of certiorari vigorously
and asked the Court to grant u
rum IU auuw uuwu vv njr mio imiu ouuuiu
not issue iustcad, with power to tuke
testimony. He said that if ihe writ should
be graDted It was doubtful if the Gas
Company would want to assume the risk
of furnishing light to the city while the
matter was in litlgutiou, which might be
for a year.
Ex-Mayor Collins objected to the rule
and Insisted tnat the writ should be
issued.
•'I don’t see that it makes much differ
ence which is done,” commented Judge
AVerts. After some further argument.
Judge Werts granted a rule to show
cause, to be argued at the June term.
Ex-Mayor Collins here said that au un
reliable paper had published a story to
the effect that he instigated this
case and induced the Bourd
of Finance to coutost the contract. Mr.
Collins said this was untrue uud the first
knowledge lie had of the case whb when
his firm was retained bv the Board
of Finance. The Corporation Counsel
would have had charge of the case, but he
had rendered au adverse opinion and
could not.__
ANNEXING NEWARK FAST.
Another Bridge to Bench From Hudson
Countv to the Village on the Passaic.
The necessity for a bridge at the foot of
Fourth street, Harrison, to some point
east of the Pennsylvania Kailroud In
Newark has long been agitated, but it is
only within the past few weeks that any
active steps have been taken to secure
the bridge. The Harrison Common
Couucil some months ago sent a petition
to the Hudson County Board of Freehold
ers asking for the bridge. The petition
>Vaa iOlUUCU VgVSLklkAtllIlCO WMW
uo aotiou was ever tukeu.
Recently, Uowover, the Harrison Coun
cil has beta assured by the Freeholders
chat a bridge would be placed there as
soon as au approach was made. This In
itself will require several mouths to do.
Fourth street, as it now Is, exteuds
only to the tracks of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, and there is fully half a mile of
intervening land which is low uud
swampy. This will have to be tilled iu to
a depth of several leet to form a roadway
or the upprouch.
The Pennsylvania aud Delaware, Lack
awanna aud Western Railroad Companies
have botli signified their wllliuguess to
render all possible assistance iu pushing
the work along. Dirt could be brought
in in carloads aud dumped almost where
It is needed. The scavenger has been in
structed to dump all ashes aud garbage
there so that work on tne anprouch has
actually Deen begun if only iu a small
way.
A bridge at that section of the city is
needed very badly, as the manufacturing
iuterests both of Newark and Harrison
now suiter because of the loss of
time due to going around Bridge
street. There are largo manu
facturing establishments in that
portiou of Harrison. Among them are the
Atha and Illingworth Steel Works aud
the Edison Electric Lamp Works. All of
them do a large busiuess with Newark,
aud the mauufactories in the section of
Newark east of the railroad.
The turnpike roud is now being macad
amized, and a new bridge is soon to be
erected across the Hackensack River, so
that there will be Rn excellent road lead
inu direct to New York.
The Essex Board of Freeholders at their
meeting in the early part of this week
appointed a special committee to confer
with the Hudson County Freeholders.
LOCAL CHURCH NOTES.
Coming Sunday School Kxcumlons—“Sab
bath Keeping” by Kov.T.J.Kommeri.
The Ladles’ Aid Society of the Bergen
Reformed Church held their last lunch
eon of the season in the church parlors on
Thursday afternoon. The various socie
ties of King’s Daughters will close their
sessions next week.
Mrs. Fisher, a prominent member of the
W. C. T. U. of this city, addressed the
Essex county annual convention of that
society, which met last Thursday at Sum
mit, N. J., on the subject of Suuday
saloon closing and baseball playing iu
Jersey City.
A vigorous and practical sermon on
“Sabbath keeping,” recently delivered by
the Rev. T. J. Kommers, pastor of the
Lafayette Reformed Church, has been
published in pamphlet form and circu
lated among the congregation.
The cornerstone of the new hall of St.
Bridget’s Y. M. C. A. on Montgomery
street, will be laid Juno 19 by Bishop
Wigger.
Mrs. Johu L. Scndder, of the Taber
nacle, delivered an interesting address on
“Junior Work,” at the third annual cou
veution of the Brooklyu Christian En
deavor Union, which was held last Thurs
day in the Central Congregational
Church.
The Ladies’ Foreign Missionary Society
of the Lafayette Reformed Church will
be entertained at luncheou ou Tuesday,
May 31, by Mis. H. C. Lauderbough at
her residence, No. 171 Pacific avenue.
The society has been entertained by Mrs.
G. V. R, Briukerhoff, Mrs. James Dore
mus, Mrs. Harry McBride and Mrs. Wil
liam D. Edwards, iu the order named.
St. John’s Free Church, Summit ave
nue, will hold its anuual Sunday School
excursion on Saturday, June 18. The j
route will be up the Hudson to New- j
LmigU.
There will be a strawberry festival in
the parlors of the Bergen Reformed
Church, Tuesday evening, May 24. The
flower booth will be a special feature, as
tho attendants, Misses Gertrude Bush
Held, Alice Throckmorton, Ethel Potts
and Emily Westervelt, will decorate tho
table entirely with red and gray, in com
pliment to the Stevens men present.
St. Paul’s P. E. Cnurch, Duncan ave
nue, is richer by a considerable sum from
the entertaiumeut last Tuesday evening,
in which a number of Jersey City musi
cians nppeared. The full returns have
not yet been made.
The Church of the Good Shepherd (Unl
versaiist) will hold its annual meeting
June 10, at which the usual reports will
be received.
St. Andrew’s Workingmen’s Fair,
which opened last Wednesday afternoou,
closed last night. The fair has been a
pronounced financial success.
Tho Rev. D. Lowrie. of Emory M. E.
Church, is expected to return from
Omaha before the end of the mouth.
At the Gospel Temperance Mission, at
No. 522 Newark avenue, tomorrow after
noon from four to five a. m., Mr. L. H.
Sage will address the meeting.
The rite of confirmation was conferred
upon 175 boys and girls at St. Patrick’s
R. C. Church by Bishop Wigger on
Thursday evening. The Bishop was as
sisted in the impressive ceremony bv
Fathers llennessy, Boyian and Sneehnu.
The girls were ail attired iu white con
firmation dresses with long veils sur
mounted by wreaths of flowers. The
boys wore black suits, white scarfs aud
gloves. The altar was buried beneath a
huge mass of beautiful flowers. The
edifice was thronged with friends of the
children,
THE WRIT 11DST STAT.
Judge Worts Refuses to Modify the Cer
tiorari Against the Aldermen.
Judge Worts has decided the motion
made by Corporation Attorney iludspet
to modify the writ of certiorari in the case
ot the City Publishing Company against
tho Board of Aldermen, so that it
w' . not operate as a stuy. The Judge
refused to notify the writ in any particu
lar and said that he would see that the
case was argued ns early as possible
when the Supreme Court meets June
{. me Judged remarKed tuat bn
thought the newspapers iu the
city had been very liberal iu their offers
to the Board of Aldermen and that their
liberality had removed the necessity for
modification. There seems to be
a unanimity of opiuion that
when the case is argued the
Court will decide that the Board of
Aldermeu had ro right to appoint the
Germau Staats Zeltung a paper to pub
lish the notices of applications for licenses.
CHURCH NOTICES.
Heddinu M. E. Church, Montgomery near
Barrow street. Rev. J. C. Jackson. Ph. D.,
pastor. Services 10:30 a. in. and 7:30 p. m.
Subject of morning sermon, “Our Divine
Scnship.” Evening:—“Broken Hedges and
Biting Serpents."
Tabernacle Church, York and Henderson
streets, the Rev. John L. fccndder, pastor; tho
Rev. J. Lester Wells, assistant pastor, Services
at 10:30 a. in. and 7:45 p. in. The Rev. John L.
Scudder will preach. Morning subject, “Sun
day closiug.” Evening subject:—“Railroad fcer
mou to Railroad 51 en."
Gospel Temperance Mission. No. 522 Newark
avenue. Every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5
o’clock. Sunday, May 22, 51r. L. H. Sage will
address the mectlug. All are welcome.
Simpson M. E. Church, Central avenue near
Hoboken avenue, Rev. D. Halleron, pastor.
Preaching by the pustor, 10.30 u in. Evening
sermon to young men at 7.4‘> p. m.
Second Pkeshyteuian Church, Third street
near Jersey aveuue, the Rev. Alex. McKelvey,
pastor. The Rev. I)r. Edwards will preach at
10:30 a. in. and 7:30 p. m.
First Baptist Church. Grove street, between
Mercer and Wayne streets. The Rev. Theo.
lleisig, pastor. Public worship at 10:30 a. in.
Preaching in the morning by Dr. W. H. Parmly.
pastor emeritus, aud in tho evening by the Rev.
Arthur Lucas, General Secretary of the Y. 51.
(J. A. of Jersey City.
RAILROAD NOTES.
The latest compound engine from the
Baldwin Works is 1,563 of the Pennsyl
vania road. It Is not running cool yet,
but when all the brasses come down to
shape it Is expected to make 10!) miles an
hour. The engiuo has six six-foot drivers,
compound cylinders, and runs witn ISO
pouuds of steam on the high pressure
pistons. The engine and tender weigh
300.000 pounds with coal and wuter. It is
said that the Peunsylvauiu company is
now building an engine with drivers seven
and one-half feet in diameter to make the
trip between New York and Philadelphia
In one hour and forty minutes.
The Lehigh Valiev Is working briskly
upon its road through Greenville.
A force of men is employed straighten
ing out the sharp curve on the Morris &
Essex road below Harrison station.
Compressed air delivered through a
hose is used by the Pullman cur cleaners
in this city to clean the dust out of crev
ices. furniture and veutillators in the
cars.
Only sixty men are at work on the
ltockuwuy Valley extension to Morris
town.
The Port Heading on Wednesday low
ered its coa! rates to meet the cut made
by the Pennsylvania.
Lackawanna conductors are rigidly en
forcing the orders in relation to passing
fellow employes and friends. It is gen
erally understood along the line that they
aro being closely watched.
Conductor George Brown has taken to
bicycle riding. He and Brakemau Mar
ble took their first long ride on Suuday.
They got as far as Plainfield, when thev
became tired and returned home in a
train.
THE JMJiraLAR’
Local Coal Dealers Expect
Another Advance in
Wholesale Rates.
THEN UP GOES THE RETAIL
Is There Anything to Prevent the
Heading Combine From Forc
ing Prices to $8 a Ton,
So far the coal consumers of Jersey
City have been spared from the raid
which the Reading combine has made
npon the pockets of consumers through
out the State. The Jersey City News
has already explained the reason why.
The local dealers7 association did not join
the State Coal Exchange. The members
of the local association, although taxed
by the combination an average of an ad
ditional twenty-five cents per ton in the
April wholesale prices, deemed it inex
pedient to raise the retail prices at a sea
son when their customers were not forced
to Immediately lay in their supply for
next winter. The circular received from
the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and
Iron Company, “Lehigh Valley Depart
ment,77 on May 2, however, nas agitated
the members of the local dealers7 associa
tion.
THIS YEAR AND LAST.
Here are the many wholesale prices in
comparison with those of the correspond
ing month of last year:—
Tllio T (inf
Broken.$3 85 $3 75
Egg. 4 00 8 75
Stove.4 15 3 80
Chestnut. 4 00 3 55
•Pea (for steam purposes). 2 75 * 90
•Ten cents additional where the company’s
coal pockets are used. This particular brand of
coal fluctuates and lost summer reached $4.50 a
ton wholesale.
Here is almost an Increased average of
thirty-live cents per ton on family ooal.
The local dealers say they cannot possi
bly stand such au increase in wholesale
prices without raising the retail prices.
But It is not this alone that is agitating
the local dealers. In the May circular
appears a clause in which the company
states that it reserves the right to change
the prices at any time. All sales must
be subject to the circular price in force at
the time of shipment, without regard to
date ou which the order is entered.
A RASCALLY RULE.
' Heretofore it bus been the custom of
dealers to purchase large quantities of
coal in May and pay cash for it. The coal
was delivered at intervals during the
summer but the dealers reaped the ad
vantage of the May price and the dealers
took orders accordingly. By this method
consumers were enabled to order their
winter supply early in the summer and
have it put in during the fall. The Le
high Valley Department of the Readiug
Coal and Iron Company refuses to accept
such orders for thousands of dollars worth
of coal. The company claims that it is
impossible to deliver the coal in May.
The local dealers are inclined to the
opinion that this means a farther ad
vance of wholesale price in the June cir
cular. For that circular they are eagerlv
waiting.
HUDSON DEALERS TO MEET.
The Hudson County Coal Dealers’ As
sociatiou will meet on the first Monday in
June. The June circular will be dis
cussed. One of the most prominent mem
bers of a down town firm tnis morning
said in the presence of his partner:—“I do
not see how we can avoid adding at least
fifty cents per ton to the present retail
prices. That, however, will depend upon
the June circular issued by the Lehigh
Valley Department of the Reading Coal
and Iron company. We may possibly
have to raise the additional figures higher
than fifty cents. For my owu part I do
not see what is to prevent the combine
iruui iuiuiuk iun pin;ea upscvoiai uuiiais.
1 remember sometime ago when a corn
blue forced tbe retail price to |8 a ton.
There was a collapse. The members got
lighting each other, and the retail price
dropDedto$3a ton. Bat the present
combination U much stronger than that
one. __
St. Andrew's Workingmen’s Fair.
The three days’ fair in aid of the siok
and poor of St Andrew’s Workingmen’s
Association at Bergen Hall was broneht
to a close last evening, Tbe active
workers, led by Mrs. Brice Collard,
managed to secure a snag sum for their
object.
On Thursday evening Edison's phono
graph was exhibited by Cbarles Soutnem
and last evening Mr. Elmer £*. Ransom,
tbe prestidigltateur furnished an enter
tainment consisting ol magic tricks and
sleight of hand.
Ex-Senator Miller Insane.
Special to the Jersey City News.
Sea Isle city, May sal. 1891.—Waters
Burr Miller, who represented Cape May
county in the State Senate from 1880 to
1885 was taken to the Scute Insane Asy
lum Thursday. For many years he wus
a leader in the South Jersey Democratic
ranks. Ill health and reverses in politics
helped to unbalance his miud.
GREENVILLE GLEANINGS.
The Greenville Building and Loan Association
No. 2 will meet to receive subscriptions this even
ing at the rooms No. 91 Linden avenue.
The funeral services over the remains of
Michael McDonald, who was killed on Tuesday
while etercising James Woodmarcy’s horse,
were held yesterday. Solemn High Mass was
offered at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church. The in
terment was in the We9t Side Cemetery.
Open cars will be placed on the Greenville line
on Deco ratio u Day.
rr 1,., Will., ITictiin.r Olnh will ifo
annual excursion on Thursday next. Sandy
Hook will be tlio objective point.
Old Bergen Road between Cator and Danforth
avenues is in u disgraceful condition. It is an
arduous task to drive a heavily loaded truck
through the street on account of the mud, which
almost envelopes the wheels after a rain storm.
Patrick Kelly* nineteen years old, of No. 221
Ocean avenue, yesterday afternoon stole a fan
from Peddler John Doe, of New York. Sergeant
Hoag* of the Fifth precinct, saw the act com
mute 1, and after a hot chase over fences, caught
Kelly, who was locked up at the station house.
Justice Kirumerly this morning discharged him.
The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lindeburg on
Cator avenue was the scene of much merriment
and glee last evening on the occasion of their
daughter Katie’s birthday. It was a happy
occasion and the evening hours were passed in
games, dancing and a general good time. A
line collation was a pleasing feature and tho
j oiliest hour of the evening was spent in the
dining room.
Weather Indications.
Washington, May 21, 1832.—Weather
indications tor twenty-four hours for
Eastern New York, New Jersey and East
ern Pennsylvania:—Slight temperature
changes: rain; generally clear tomorrow
with slightly lower, followed by rising
temperature.
llartnett’s Thermometer.
Mav 20. I May 21.
Time. Degrees. I Time. Degrees.
3p. ..56 | 6 a. .47
6 “ .55 i 9 a. m. .48
9 “ .50 { 12 noon. 47
12 “ .48 |
False Kconouiy
Is practiced by people who buy inferior articles
of food because cheaper than standard goods.
Infants are eutitled to the best food obtainable.
It is a fact that the Gail Borden “Eagle*’ Brand
Condensed Milk is the best infant food. Your
Grocer and druggist keej> it.

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