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VOL. XI I.—N(1 3270~
~^prTce ov e ceni*/*3
Director Egbert Makes a
Statement as to
Opponents Influenced By Hos
tility to the Erection of
a New Building.
At ths meeting of the Board of Educa
tion. held last evening. Director Egbert,
of the Committee on New High School,
ma^ie the following statement in regard to
the selection of an appropriate site for
said proposed school building in vindica
tion of the action of the board and com
mittee in relation thereto.
Gentlemen of the Board of Education:—
The question which has interested us all
so much lately, namely, the selection of a
site and the erection of a new High
School, has assumed a form which it did
not possess when considered by this
Beard two months ago. Those who at
that time urged the Board of Education
to immediate action have, mince ths selec
tion of the site, become solicitous for the
hnnnciai v. chare of the city and have ex
it, t seed themselves as surprised at the
Hucacuv of tins Board in advocating so
gittti an expenditure of money at this
time. Those who were willing a short
time ago to spend $100,000 on a site which
they preferred now draw themselves
aside and sagely remark that certain
members of this Soard do not understand
the liuatieiul condition of The city as well
as they do. Now, gentlemen, I do not
propose that this Board, who with such
unanimity selected a site, or that I my
self, who have so earneslely advocated a
new High School, should appear to have
unadvisedly taken action which the con
dit.cn of affairs did not justify, and I
therefore here declare that the very per
sons who urged action, or at least agreed
to it, now that action has been taken,
claim that the city cannot stand the ex
penditure of the money. Have these gen
tlemen'- been playing with the Board of
Education, or has the financial condition
of .i.e city changed within a month, or,—
perish the thought—have these gentlemen
never intended that the school should be
built bv this administration, or by this
Board, particularly if the first step was
no; .i. •.•able to them?
In co: s'luenee of this condition or ai
fairs, i nave prepared the follow5 g state
ment widen will show my'own •onnection
with this matter, in order that the situa
t.on may be made perfectly clear to our
Idlest 1 izens and they may see that this
Beard has acted in perfectly good faith
in its endeavor to accomplish what it be- :
lievctf would be of true and lasting benefit
to the city.
fn tut second week of October last I
■wae lat hed by Mr. Hulshizer, chairman
of the New High School Committee, to
accompany Mr. Mulvaney and himself in
a eah _,,on the Mayor to urge upon His
Honor lute necessity of immediate action
in tb'- High School matter. We found |
the Mayor ready and enthusiastic, so j
much £v that he at once invited us to !
meet tire Board of Finance in conference 1
on this- subject. This meeting was held, j
and ...icre were present the Mayor, the ,
Corr-oration Counsel and all the members I
of tti. Board of Finance. The Board of
Finance, with entire unanimity, directed
us as delegates of the New High School
Committee .to say that they were ready to
issue bonds for $300,000 for the purchase of
a site and the erection of the building,
and that we should immediately proceed
to the selection of a site. We were toid
(hat while we should consider $50,000 as
about the price to be given for the site,
we were not to be restricted if we found
ourselves hampered by this figure. I was
informed' personally by Mr. Lembeck at
this- time, and later by Mr. Single, that
they preferred the Harrison site; and in
a tor.vernation with Mr. Midflge a few
days later, was informed' by him that he
favored the same site and believed that
the Board of Finance was a unit in this
opinion. On October 14, with the ac
quiescence of Mr. Hulshizer, the chairman,
1 called at the Grand Central Station and
discovered that Mr. Vah Etten, General
Superintendent, was the person to whom
I .should apply for information as to the
Harrison property. As he was not in his
office, I left a pencil memorandum asking
if the entire Harrison estate could be
purchased. To this I received a reply,
dated October 18, stating “we have a price
and will sell the whole of the property
mentioned.” This Information I conveyed
at once to Mr. Hulshizer, and was re
quested by him to learn the price. I
therefore called upon Mr. Van Etten and
discussed the entire subject. He agreed
T.O ie:cpm>uc iuc tuiumuicc v/i* uut xcx
lowing morning what price was demanded.
This telephone message merely stated that
the president was unwilling to sell the
eastern lot, INo. 29, on the face of the hill.
»week later, at the request of Mr. Hul
shizer, the chairman, I addressed a letter
to Mr. Van Etten asking him for a definite
statement of his position, and for a reason
l'or this sudden change of front, and hint
ing that the purchase of another site was
contemplated. $Ir. Van-'Etten replied:—
“I am satisfied that if I cannot get a
satisfactory price for the Harrison prop
erty it can be arranged to dispose of the
whole of it to you. Please advise me what
would be the most your people would of
fer for the property." This was a question
for the Board of Finance to consider, and
1 therefore asked the unofficial assistance
of the Mayor and of the Board of Fi
nance at this point, so that as sub-com
mittee on Harrison site, X might make
some definite statement to the entire com
mittee in order that we might act intel
ligently either in disposing of the ques
tion at once, or in selecting the site which
we had been, given to understand the
members of the Board of Finance sa
vored. His Honor the Mayor and Messrs
Lembeck and, Ringle, in company with
myself, met hfr. Van Etten and while no
price was determined upon, it was gener
ally understood that the company would
a=k $85 000. It should be understood that
this offer included all the property owned
bv the company ia what is known as the
Harrison estate, and extending from
Newark avenue to the Kiersted property,
and from Palisade avenue to a line 50
feet from the railroad, making In all more
than nine acres.
This Information and the spirit of toe
individual members of the Board of fi
nance I placed before the New High
School Committee, and the result was the
presentation of the majority report to the
Board of Education, calling for the selec
tion of toe Harrison site and the sub
sequent adoption of the resolution re
questing the Board of Finance to pur
chase the property mentioned. On the
22d of November, I received from Mr. Van
Eteen th definite figure of $851)00. which
I immediately sent to Mr. Lembeck.Presi
dent of the Board of Finance as the mat
ter had by that time been placed in their
h Now, gentlemen of the Board of Educa
tion, it is very evident from what I have
said that this Board has shown much in
terest and earnestness in this important
matter and has successfully accomplished
Its share of the preliminary work required
by law. There can be no question as to
the sincerity and purity of your mo
tives. Every action of yours and of your
committee has been operr
board. Every stei> has been taken with
the entire consent of the Mayor and
Board of Finance and with the full
knowledge of both. And yet. strange to
say, no soofier is the opportunity offered
for the purcase of a site which, as I have
shown, we were given to unf£rstJJn‘l.
favored bv the members of the Board of
Finance, than it is discovered by some
that the city’s financial condition will not
permit the erection of a High School at
this time. I am confident that whatever
I might say concerning the finan. al con
dition of the city would not be regarded
as of much weight, and it is not, there
fore my purpose to discuss it. It is
tor us to know that we have
ben acdng in entire- accord with the
thf elected and responsible head
cito, in whos option and Judg
ment concerning the fto-'.c al condition of
the city we have fill.-» -id -«ue.
When we consicie) *iMv ui© e
which I have narrated. and the sudden
changes of opinion, to which I have re
ferred, occurred long before Justice Gum
mere’s decision was rendered, and there
fore long before the unconstitutionality of
the High School Act was suggested, we
are forced to the conclusion, after taking
Into consideration the insufficiency of the
arguments and the inconsistency of the
position of those who have virtually op
posed the action of this Board, that they
have all along been influenced by an ill
concealed hostility to the erection of a
new High School.
The members present expressed their
approval of Director Egbert’s statement
by loud applause and It was Ordered
spread in full in the minutes.
Voted Against Harrison Site
Because He Did Not
Approve of It,
That’s All.
The attention of Mr. Jas. E. Hulshizer,
Jr., Chairman of the New High School
Committee, was directed this morning to
Director Egbert’s dig at the Board of
Finance last night.
“Really,” said Mr. Hulshizer, after hav
ing read Mr. Egbert’s Aarangue, “I do not
see that there is anything for me to say
about it, excepting that I voted against
the Harrison site in committee and in
the meeting of the entire Board, before
whom I gave my reasons for opposing it.
They were, As you know, financial rea
sons. I am opposed to the Harrison site
and will oppose it, for I do not think it
i^ to the city’s interest to purchase it.
I will go further and state that I am
opposed to any site at present. This time
is not propitious for the expenditure of
public money on a new High School.”
Board of Education Meets and
Transacts Important Business.
The meeting of the Board of Education
last evening was attended by nine mem
bers, the four who did not put in an ap
pearance being Directors Culver, Cullen,
Hulshizer and Ward.
A communication from Garrick & Ward,
attorneys, stating that Edward J. Lamp
ton, architect, of No. 76 Montgomery
street, had placed in their hands for col
lection a Claim against the Board§for $420,
for architectural services in the matter of
a proposed new addition to No. 14 School
building on Union street, rendered nearly
two years ago, and that if not paid he
would be obliged to commence suit, was
referred to the Corporation. Attorney.
Director Birdsall, Committeeman on
that school, said he had been unable to
find any plan or specifications drawn by
Mr. Lampson for which he claims com
On the recommendation of the Commit
tee on Teachers, Ethel Benedict, Agnes
Crawford, Anna L. Darley, Agnes C. Scul
ly and Edythe J. Wallace, were promoted
from the salary grade of $408 to $528, to
take effect February 1.
Leave of absence for one month, on ac
count of sickness, was granted Miss Mag
gie Burke of School No. 5 and Miss Alice
Ashhurst of School No. 3.
The appropriation of $18,000 for the pur
chase of books and stationery, w ■ appor
tioned among the several schools accord
ing to schedule submitted by the Commit
tee on Books and Stationery.
Director Egbert ^submitted written
charges against Janitor Stuhr of No. 7
School for neglect of duty, which, with
out being read, were referred to the Com
mittee on Janitors and Janitors’ Sup
Director Birdsall was authorized to ex
change the old piano in Schoc'l Np. 14 for
a now Weber, the cost of the latter to be
$175, less an allowance of $75 for the old
Twenty-seven claims were ordered paid
and warrants ordered drawn for payment
of salaries of officers, teachers and jani
tors of both day and night schools for
the month of January when due.
Action on the amendment to the rules
providing for the closing of the schools
on extremely s-tormy days at 12:15 P. M.,
was deferred until the next meeting on ac
count of the absence of Director Ward,
Who, Director Egbert said, was its most
earnest advocate, and desired to have the
opportunity to vote for it.
Supreintendsnt Snyder’s Report
Shows a Fallins Off in Male Pupils.
School Superintendent Snyder makes
the following reports of the attendance
of pupils,' etc., at the day and night pub
lic schools for the month of December,
Day Schools—Number of seats, 23,290;
in December, ’98, 23,156; increase, 134.
Number of pupils on register, last day of
month, 23,463; previous year, 22,533; in
crease, 930. Average register, 23,684; pre
vious year, 22,699; increase, 985. Average
attendance, 22,104; previous year, 20,676;
increase, 1,428. Number of teachers, 581;
previous year, 567; increase, 14. Per cent,
of average attendance compared with av
erage register, 93.33; previous year, 91.09;
increase, 2.24. Time lost by absence of
teachers, 1,387 hours; previous year, 2,155
'hours; decrease, 738 hours. Children re
fused admission, 6; previous year, 7; de
crease, 1.
Evening Schools—Register, December
31, 944; last year, 981; decrease, 37. Aver
age register, 1,013; last year, 1,106; de
crease, 93. Average attendance, 691; last
year, 834; decrease, 143. Number of teach
ers, 55, an increase of one over last year.
Number of classes, 58.- Percentage of
attendance, 68.2; last year, 75.4; decrease,
Superintendent Snyder called attention
to the remarkable falling off in the at
tendance in the male departments, which,
he said, he was unable to account for
and suggested that it be a subject for
Director Berger thought this ■ decrease
was due to the fact that the most of
the males attending the evening schools
are employed in factories and are com
pelled to do overwork at night and are
therefore unable to go to schools.
The heavy rain of last night flooded the
meadows q^>d the tracks of the Summit
avenue line of- the North Hudson County
Railway Company were submerged during
the night andi the early morning hours.
—New Jersey's best flour costs 25c. more per
barrel than ordinary flour, but worth a dollar
extra- Wholesale only at D. E. Cleary Co.’s
stores, Greene and Montgomery streets.
His Opponents Says His
“Vindication” Will Not
Be Followed By Re
Despite the awful weather of last night
•over forty of the anti-'Wdo'lleyite members
off the Republican County Committee at
tended the second caucus at the Avenue
House and discussed plans for tonight’s
battle for the chairmanship of that com
mittee. Those in charge of the movement
said they were very much encouraged by
«the showing made on such a stormy night.
Certainly those who attended manifested
on the outside a considerable amount of
As Boulevard1 Commissioner -tsoo
Urquhart remarked as he entered' the hall,
“the man who would turn out on such a
night as this to attend a caucus is a
| patriot." Jsto reporters were admitted to
| the caucus. The county was tolerably
well represented. Three members came
all the way from Bayonne and five from
West Hoboken. Curiously enough Hobo
ken was not represented, nor were Harri
son oh Kearny.
William George 'Nelson was expected to
be present, but did not materialize. The
I members of the caucus declared, however,
thait William George was with them heart
and soul. The general situation was
talked over.
Alderman George Decker, whom the
sixty-nine members who attended the firs;
caucus decided upon as a candidate for
‘the chairmanship of the committee,
thanked those present last night for their
expressed confidence in him. He slid'that
if elected he would accept the position in
the interest of the Republican party of
the county. He further said thaf lie felt
confident that more votes wrould be cast
for him than either faction had counted
Committeemen Erwin, Tembrock and
'Burkhardt were among the speakers.
School Director Walter (Birdsall was de
cided upon as the member to present
Aldermar. Decker’s name to the commit
tee as a candidate for the chairmanship.
About fifteen members were chosen to
second the nomination.
One of th speakers intimated that the
machine faction had practically resorted
to police intimidation by Sending out
policemen to warn members against op
posing the machine candidates. It was
also said that Postmaster Wanser was
making a personal canvass and that the
\jld dodge that if Mr. Woolley was “vin
dicated” by re-election he would resign
in March next, was guaranteed. This, it
was claimed, was done a year ago in or
der to influence the votes of those in
clined to oppose Mr. Woolley, but the
promise was not kept.
Otis Reports to War Office Re
garding His Captures.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 1900.—General
Otis has maue a report to the War De
partment in regard to the military opera
tions in Luzon, South of Manila, show
ing the capture of several towns and a
large number of prisoners with arms-and
ammunition. The message is as follows:
"MANILA, January 12.
"Continued operations Bates command
south, Manila; Thirty-seventh and Thir
ty-ninth Regiments Calamba, commanded
by Bullard. On January 1 Bullard, with
two battalions 39th, attacked force in
surgents in vicinity driving enemy, cap
turing town of Cabayuo, following day
captured Rinan; enemy's loss thirty kill
ed; large number wounded; twenty pris
oners and rifles captured; casual
ties three men slightly wounded.
January 3, Boyd, three companies Tblrty
sevem'h, captured General Rizal, official
papers and property three miles east of
Los Banos; January 4, Long, detachment
Thirty-nialh, attacked insurgents at Car
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mon-a, twenty-five killed, no casualties;
January 9, Bullard, with portion's Thirty
seventh and Thirty-ninth Regiments at
tacked enemy south Oalamba, whom he
drove beyond Santomas, killing twenty
four, capturing artillery, casualties ope
private killed, Captain 'Baker and Lieu
tenant Pelite, Thirty-ninth, slightly
wounded; January 11, Cheatham, Thirty
seventh, one hundred six men support
ed by artillery attacked insurgents two
miles west Santo Tomas, driving them
from that section, no casualties; Schwan’s
column, consisting squadron Fourth, one
of Eleventh Cavalry, Thirtieth,Forty-sixth
Infantry and six Hordenfeldt guns under
Captain Van Duzen, seized Binan isilang,
In dang Naic scattering enemy who were
severely punished. Wheaton’s column
three troops, Eleventh Cavalry, Fourth,
Twanity-eighth, Thirty-eighth and Forty
fifth Regiments, Astor and Kenley’s Bat
teries has driver enemy from all import
ant points north of Stland line; had heavy
fighting captured' considerable public
property, inflicting heavy loss upon and
scatering enemy; Schwan’s column, now
moving in northern Batangas in souther
ly direction, all Cavite province occupied
by Wheaton’s command, heavy loss ta
enemy during week in men, ordnance Jaid
other property; all operations very s&c
Ce3"£(Signed) _____ ‘OTIS.”
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 1900.—The
House Committee on Interstate Commerce
:oday reported favorable the Hopburn
Nicaragua Canal Bill,
Special ' Eleotion Will Be
Galled to Decide the
Water Supply
Board of Finance to Hold
Special Meeting to Dis
cuss Board of Works
The water conference between the
Mayor and the city officials held, yester
day afternoon, resulted in this, that
Mayor Hoos will in a few days call for a
specia . election so that the people may
approve or reject the purchase of the
fifty millions of gallons water supply.
“Yes,” said the Mayor, this morning,
in discussing the conference, “I am in
favor of purchasing the 50,000,000 supply.
I will as soon as I see fit issue a procla
mation for the election and the question
for the people will be:—Shall we or shall
we not buy the fifty millions supply?
“Some are in favor of postponing the
election until the regular spring election”
was suggested, but His Honor re
“That won’t do to mix up this matter
with politics. The issue must not be
clouded it must be separated from every
thing else.”
“You favor the purchase?”
“I do,” answered the Mayor, “and my
earnest belief is that' this plant of fifty
millions will be sufficient for the city for
twenty-five years at least, if the water
is properly metere'd.” '
At yesterday's conference the discussion
was the recent proposition of the Board
of Street and Water Commissioners,
which was as follows:—
"Resolved, That In accordance witn ana
conformably to specifications for a new
water supply heretofore adopted by this
Board, July 8, 1898, with proposals pre
sented thereunder August 18, 1898, with
awards of contract made by virtue there
of to P. H. F(ynn, December 9, 1898, with
contract entered into wlt'h said Patrick
H. Flynn, February 28, 1899, with reso
lution in matter of change of reservoir
site adopted by this Board October 31,
1899, and with resolution notifying con
tractor to increase the capacity of his
water works adopted by this Board Janu
ary 2, 1900, notice is hereby given of the
intention of the city to purchase the
water works, water supply, water rights,
lands, reservoirs, pipe lines, rights of
way and all appurtenances and easements
necessary to fulfill the requirements of
said specifications and t-o the extent o-f
70 million gallons of water daily forever,
when the water works are completed and
accepted at ^e price named in the pro
posal submitted by the said Patrick H.
Flynn as aforesaid, under Plan No. 1,
namely, *8,745,000, 'this Board being of
the opinion that said proposal under said
Plan No. 1 is .the proposal of that re
sponsible bidder which offers the terms
most advantageous to the city.”
Ail the members of the Finance Board
were present, and Messrs. F. Heintze, A.
Hauck and J. S. Nolan, of the Street and
Water Board, together with Corporation
Counsel A. L. McDermott and Mr. W. D.
Edwards, H. Belden, E. W. Harrison, rep
resenting the Jersey City Water Supply
Co., and Garwood Ferris for the city. The
members of the Street and Water Board
expressed their belief that unless the city
bought the seventy millions supply, at
some future date when it needed more
water, that supply could not be procured.
Further they argued that it was a matter
of economy to buy the larger supply now.
Mayor Hoos didn’t look at it in that
light, however. His Honor insisted that
the purchase was unnecessary and it
meant a burden on the eityv Jersey City,
he argued, was at present using 30,000,000
gallons per day, which was quite ample.
When a 70,000,000 supply was needed the
city's population would be doubled and
that wouldn’t happen for many years to
come. Besides, the additional *1,160,000,
the difference between the price of the
fifty millions supply and the seventy mil
lions supply would for that time be a
dead loss. The Mayor plainly said that
the arguments used in favor of the pur
chase of the larger supply were not con
vincing to him that it was for the best
interests of the city to do so. He added
that he was in favor of buying the lesser
quantity. ’ , .
“Are there any assurances, inquired
Commissioner Mullins, "that if we should
buy the fifty million plant that the water
will be up to contract?”
“Yes; under the contract Jersey City
has the privilege of testing the water for
four years after the completion of the
works. Should the water not be up to
standard, Jersey City needn’t take it,”
replied Mr. Edwards.
A long talk ensued, but nothing de
cisive was reached. The Board of Fi
nance will hold a special meeting tomor
row to take action on the Street and
Water Board's resolution. It is thought
that the Board will non-concur and the
resolution will be sent back to the Street
and Water Board for them to change the
figures to 50,000,000 gallons supply.
“We will not, I think,” said one of the
Street and Water Commissioner, “alter
our resolution from seventy to fifty mil
lions should Ohe Board of Finance decide
to non-concur in it. Our stand has been
made for 70 millions, because we believe
■and we still believe that the iai%er supply
is better for the city in the end.”
Republicans Say His Report
Answers All Charges.
[WASHINGTON. Jan. 12, 1903.—Mr.
•Catching's (Mies.) was sworn In as a mem
ber at the opening of the session of the
House today. He has been, detained at
home since Congress Convened.
The Speaker laid before t'he House the
•resignation of John Walter Smith, Gover
nor of Maryland.
•Mr. Suizer (Dem., N. T.) then presented
for immediate consideration a resolution
for the appointment of a special commit
tee of nine members to investigate the re
lations of the Secretary of the Treasury
with certain New York national banks
and the transactions relative to the sale.
of the iNew York Custom House.
Before tihe reading of the resolution was
completed Mr. Dalzell (Rep.. Pa.), object
ed Bn the ground that the resolution
should go through the box in: the regular
way "The. I ask unanimous consent,”
said Mr. Suizer, "for its consideration.”
“I object,” shouted Mr. Hopkins (Rep.,
111.) and several other Republicans.
Mr. Grosvenor (Rep., Ohio) moved that
the resolution be laid on the table.
“It Is not before the House,” observed
Mr. Hopkins. “The able (sport of the
Secretary of the Treasury has met all
the charges It contains.”
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 1900,-The
Roberts Investigation , Committee con
tinued 'its executive sessions today. Mem
bers of the committee said the outlook
for reaching a conclusion was .quite in
definite, as individual views were being
expressed for the purpose of securing
some common basis of understanding. The
•absence of Mr. Miere, of Indiana, on ac
count of a death in his family, may re
sult in putting off a report until next
Chairman Tayler states that the lack
of a speedy report is in no way signifi
cant of disagreement lb thee committee,
but is owing to the mature consideration
which is being given to the numerous lm
portnt Questions involved. ;
War Office Says the Dead
Are 135, Wounded
{By Cable to The Associated Press.]
LONDON, Jan, 12, 1900.—The War Office
this morning: received the following ^dis
patch from General Buller, dated Spring
field, January 11, 9:20 evening:—
“I occupied thesohth bank of'tihe Tugela
River at Potgieters Drift this morning
aiid seized Pont. The river is in tiood.
The enemy is strongly entrenched about
four and a half miles to the north.”
The War Office, later in, the day, an
nounced that the British casualties at
Ladysmith, January 6, among, the rank
and file were 135 killed and 242 wcunded.
The casualties among the officers aro
soatered among numerous regiments and
few of them are well known. The only
wounded officer of special prominence Is
Lord Dufferln/s son, the Earl of Ava.
Lady Methuen has issued an absolute
contradiction of the rumors that J-.ord
Methuen is ill or that he was injured by
the falling of his horse at the Battle of
\ Apart from the definite news that Gen
eral Buller has commenced a s/cond at
tempt to cross the Tugela River, the only
official new sthis morning is the list of
casualties among the British officers in
the fight at Ladysmith. Among the
wounded was Lieutenant-Colonel William
Henry Dick-Cunygham. V. C„ commander
of the Second Battalion of the Gordon
Highlanders since 1897, who has since suc
cumbed to his wounds. He was im
mensely popular everywhere and his
death wil cause widespread sorrow.
General Buller’s movement, obviously,
is of a flanking character, but whether it
is intended to push the advance home or
whether his operations are only a feint
to cover an alttack in force on the Boer
position at Hiangwaraa Mountain remains
to be seen. ,
Springfield, where (general Buner s ae
spatch was sent from', is sixteen miles
west of Frere. The last news from Spring
field was that itwas held1 by the Johannes
burg1 Corps under General Ben. Vlljoen,
and- that the Boers nad big guns' in posi
tion at Potgieters Drift, apparently six or
eight miles north of Springfield and across
the Big Tugela. The possession of the
drift and the pent is regarded as of great
It is reported here? that General Buller
submitted his plan of campaign to Lord
Roberts immediately after the latter land
ed ahd that Roberts sanctioned it. There
is a belief in some quarters that General
Hector Macdonald will succeed Lord
Methuen in command of the 'British force
at the Modder River.
There was a unique and interesting
ceremony at the Guildhall today when
five hundred of tlhe City of London Im
perial Volunteers received their kits and
the freedom of the city. - The big crowds
in the vicinity cheered the arriving volun
teers, each of whom received a parch
ment certificate of the freedom, enclosed,
in a neat blue case. The ceremonial ad
mitting the officers, this afternoon, was
more elaborate. It occurred in the pres
ence of the Lord Mayor, Mr. A. J. Newton,
the Councillors and the Duke of Cam
bridge. This portion of the regiment,
which sails tomorrow, will at'tend a special
service in St. Paul’s Cathedral tonight
and will afterwards be entertained at
supper by the 'Benchers of the Inner
Temple. *
With reference to a Washington report,
cabled here, that the Boers will refuse
to receive Mr. Adelbert S. Hay, the new
United States Consul at Pretoria, now on
his way to his post, on account of the
fact that he “was in constant communi
cation” with the British Foreign Office
while in London, The Associated Press is
informed that 'Mr. Hay’s communication
with the Foreign Office consisted of a
social call on Lord Salisbury, which last
ed only a few minutes, and was under
taken purely because as a son of the
United States Secretary of State and a
former Ambassador at London, he desired
to personally pay his father’s Compli
ments to the Premier.
The Associated Press is officially In
formed that Lord Salisbury and Mr.
Hay did not discuss Transvaal matters.
In reply to a telegram from The As
sociated Press, Dr. Leyds, the Diplomatic
Representative of the Transvaal, wires
from Brussels:—
“I see no reason why the Transvaal
Government should not recognize Mr.
Hav as representative of the United
States. I am unable to say more as com
munication with my Government is cut
[By Cable to The Associated Pre3s.]
BERLIN, Jan. 12, 1900—The semi-official
“Norddeutsehe Gazette,” says the Gorern
ment has decided that It would not be
compatible with strict neutrality to allow
war materials to be seat from Germany
to Gret Britain or the Transvr-al, and,
therefore, when it was reported lhat Herr
Krupp was making steel shells for Great
Britain the firm was promptly requested
to stop and intended despatch of arms,
guns, ammunition or other war munitions
to either belligerents.
Eccentric and W ealthy W oman
P asses Away inParis.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
(RARIS, Jan. 12, 1900.—An eccentric old
American woman, known at the United
States Legation and' Consulate for the last
twenty years under the ngme of Lady
Livingstone, hlas died here under extra
ordinary circumstances, leaving a large
fortune for unknown, heirs. Her eccen
tricities and incompatibility of temper
■made constant trouble for her and1 it was
chiefly to make complaint of the actions
of her neighbors that she called continu
ally on. the American officials. She always
dressed fantastically, but lived the ltfe of
a recluse. She had two rooms at Neuilly,
her only companion was a parrot and1 tihe
always .pleaded she was in reduced cir
cumstances. Not being seen from 'Friday
last her rooms were broken into on Mon
day. ;when Lady Livingstone was found
lying in- the middle of the floor, uncon
scious and was taken to a hospital, where
she died' without regaining the power of
There were indications that she had
laid on the floor from Friday until dis
covered. The room was in the greatest
disorder. Her papers, and books, coal,
wood and scraps of food were scattered
about the place. Her remains were taken
ip charge by the officials of the consulato
and were searched without avail. No will
or anything e’se designating her heirs was
discovered. The sum of 1,400 francs was
found in the room and the Consulate offi
cers also have in their possession a
deposit book on a prominent bank for a
very large sum, the exact amount of
which tire officials prefer not to mention.
The letters found Indicate that the cor
rect name of the deceased wastAfarla 1,.
Livingstone, and that she ' 0 years
of age. There was no evldei O, of foul
play. The body has been embalmed and
piaced in mortuary chapel and the Consul
General is making efforts to locate her
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Tasteful Gas Fixtures, Globes, Shades and Gas Lamps add very greatly to the attractive
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Malietoa Tanus Says tha Old
Civilization Is Preferable
to the New.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
LONDON, Jan. 12, 1900—Malietoa Tanus,
in, his letter to the London “Times,”
published today, enclosing copies of the
protests he addressed to the United
States, Great Britain and Germany
against the Samoan treaties, character
izes the partitipn of Samoa as a gross
violation of the treaties and as a crime
against the Law of Nations only equal
to the dismemberment of JPoland, Den
mark and France. He thinks that if it is
necessry for the great Powers to pro
mote wars and annexations to distract the
minds of the people then The Hague Con
ference was the greatest farce of the cen
The writer also asserts that the civiliz
ation introduced by the great Powers in
their annexations in the South Seas, Af
rica and elsewhere is inferior to the prim
itive state of the countries stolen, lead
ing to war through breach of faith on
the part of 'the government officials and
to the decimating of the peoples by con
tagious diseases and spirituous liquors.
He continues:—“The missionaries who
graced our country with their holy or un
holy presence introduced the same re
ligious differences and hatreds against
each other as pertained at the hour in
civilized States. The missionaries live in
palatial, concrete houses, witih all the
luxuries their countries can afford, and
charge us for Bibles and prayer books
which, we understand, are sent as free
Malietoa Tanus further oharges the mis
sionaries with exacting all the money
possible from them, in return for which
they only receive a Bible, a prayer bock,
or a “Pilgrim’s Progress.” He instances
the Wesleyan missionaries with cofleeting
£20,000 sterling at a single meeting at
Tonga, adding:—
“The missionaries aroused a great spir
it of emulation, telling the natives that
the largest givers would be the most ac
ceptable in. the sight of God, thus re
versing the spirit of the widow’s mite.
The Samoan Chief concludes:—
“These be thy Gods, O Israel.
(Signed) “MALIOTOA,
“Faalogolai, Samoa.”
h ■■
Rescue Party Leaves St. John’s This
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
ST. JOHN’S, N. F., Jan, 12, 1900.—No
further news of the steamer reported last
night as wrecked on a • reef in S't.
Mary's Bay and on fire had been received)
here up to daylight this morning. No
steamer can leave here for the scene of
the wreck before this afternoon. The Col
onial cruiser Fiona Bay and the steamer
Kite will be sent from Placentia as soon
as possible to try and save the survivors,
if any remain! A steamer leaving here to
day could not get to St. Mary's Bay be
fore tomorrow.
Belated reports from the Magistrate
and Wreck Commissioner at St. Mary’s
give the following additional particulars
in regard to the steamer:—She is a twd
masted vessel and is a complete wreck.
Only three survivors were visible at
nightfall. The vessel’s boats were smash
ed and were floating bottom up.
Tine crew had probably tried to land in
the boats and had bene drowned in the
attempt. Some bodies are visible in the
eurf. The ship is on fire aft. She has
some kerosene on board, but she is not
though to be a tank steamer as, it is
pointed out, a tank steamer would ex
plode from the fire. It is feared she will
break up today owing to the heavy sea.
The Magistrate also reports that she Is a
new ship and is probably a passenger
boat. _
One theory is that the steamer took Are
at sea. that the captain thereupon tried
to make land and that the vessel struck
on the coast during a snowstorm. No
hope is entertained that the lives of any
of those on board the vessel will be sav
ed. Nothing is known of her name or
A Matter of Time.
Irate Boarder—"Just look at that ther
aometer—106 in the shade! And your ad
'ertisement called this the, coolest spot
n the mountains.”
Landlord—"Waal, it was when the ad
vertisement was written."
Irate Boarder—"When was that?”
Landlord—’ ’Last J anuary. ’ ’—Harper’s
Jazar. \
"Better do it than wish It done." Better cure
catarrh by taking Hood's Sarsaparilla than
complain because you mutter from it.
The Cordage Trust Has In
stituted a Suit Against
Former President.
[Special to “The Jersey City News.”]
TRENTON, Jan. 12, 1900-The cordage
trust L„s Instituted a suit In Chancery
against Its former President, Vincent P.
| Travers, asking that he may be directed
to render an accounting of his official acts
as President. Travers is charged with
having run the trust for his own benefit.
The suit was instituted two weeks ago
but the bill was only made public yester
day, the papers having been held back
at the request of the trust’s counsel,
Messrs. Lindabury, Depue and Paulks.
The corporate title of the trust is the
Standard Rope and Twine Company, and
it is capitalized at $12,008,000. It suc
ceeded the United States Cordage Com
pany, which in turn succeeded the Na
tional Cordage Company, the latter hav
ing gobbled up about all of the cordage
concerns in the country.
In the bill of complaint, which makes
Travers and Charles Efros and the Efros
Company of Bayonne defendants to the
suit, the charge is made that they are
equally liable to the Standard Rope and
Twine Company for conspiring against
! it. The suit is brought to recover a large
sum of money, as well as the title to
valuable machinery and patented devices.
Travers, when the National Cordage
Company failed and the Standard Rope i
and Twine Company assumed control of ]
the cordage market, was chosen as presi
dent of the new concern. The bill says
that the reorganization committee select
ed Travers because he had been highly
recommended for the wide knowledge of
the business and his conservatism in the
expenditure of money. He was induced
to become president of the new truslt at a
salary of $15,000 a year.
The Mil charges that shortly after his
election as president Travers made a
proposition to the Standard Rope and
Twine Company tto transfer to it a secret
process for 'the coating and treatment of
•binder twine with a solution of oil and1
other material. IHe was to have the
process patented, Ithe bill sets out, and to
give to the trust the exclusive use af it,
except that a right to use it in their own
business should be reserved by Travers
Brothers of New York, of which firm he
was a member. In return Travers was
to receive 25 per cent, of the profits de
rived from the use of the patented pro
cesses, a formula 'being agreed upon for
determining the profits. An agreement
to this effect was entered into in 1*98.
It is set out in the bill that Travers
represented that the necessary machinery
for the adoption of the process could be
put into the various plants of the com
pany at a total cost of $25,090. Later,
it is alleged, Travers represented that it
would be cheaper to place this machinery
in a factory at Bayonne than to have It
established in all the company’s plants.
The bill says that the company allowed
Travers to select a site at Bayonne.
Instead of building a factory f »r *’ -
Cordage Trust, the bill avers, Trave,
caused the Charles Efros Company to be
organized, and for this company bought
a site, erected a mill and supplied it
with the necessary machinery. ravers
it is charged owns all the stock of the
Efros Company, except pne-thlrd, which
was transferred to Charles Efros. Tra
vers, it is further claimed, pretending to
act for the Standard Rope and T- Ine
Company, caused to be expended for ma
chinery at the company’s various mills
*118,658, of which *54,152 was expended at
the Bayonne mill and *15,650 addJMonal
in floating disbursements connected with
the Bayonne mills.
The other officers of the company, the
bill avers, were not apprised of these ex
penditures, all of which expenditures, it
is alleged, were made with the connivance
of Efros, for the sole beneflt of himself
and Travers and with the design of after
ward claiming title to the machinery, pro
ceses and apparatus. Travers and
Efros, it is charged, permitted large ex
penditures of money on the Bayonne fac
tory in order to produce compound suf
ficient to supply the factory of Travers
Brothers Company, and with a view of
ultimately supplying the trade on their
own account. Further, it is charged,
Travers caused large quantities of mate
rials to be purchased and manufactured
into compound which he sold at cost price
to Travers Brothers, to their great profit,
but to the Are at loss of the Standard
Rope and Twine Company.
Travers shipped the compound to the
company’s works from the Bayonne plant,
it is alleged, in greater excess of what
they could use, with the result that much
of the material was wasted. For-royal
ties up to December, 1899, when Travers
was retired as president, he received from
the Standard Rope and Twine Company
*80,000, and he still claims that the com
pany is indebted to him for royalties in
the sum of *200.000. Travers and Efros
Company claim title to the Bayonne mill,
which the Cordage Trust claims belongs
to it.
In speaking of Travers, the bill says
that “the quality of the virtue was such
that he was unable to resist the strain
of opportunity and to resist of availing
of the chance of beneflttihg himself at
the expense of the complainants.” Con
tinuing, it says that after Travers began
building the Bayonne plant he ceased to
act with any fairness to the Standard
Company, and gradually began to act
more and more in violation of his duty.
An accounting is prayed for in the bill j
to determine the amount which, it is
charged. Travers and Efros have wrong
fully obtained, as well as the ownership
of the secret processes.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.)
SANTO DOMINGO, Jen. 32, 19*0.—<Vla
Haytian Cable)—The United States gun
boat Machiae and one more French war
ship have arrived here. The French Ad
miral bias had a conference with the Gov
ernment. According to rumor, the diffi
culty is 'being settled la a satisfactory
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
PARIS, Jan. 12, 1900.-Spotted Tail, the
well known Sioux Chief, who has been
here exhibiting, died of heart disease yes
terday. He was 89 years old.
Tke Cigar Baas.
The “cigar bean” of Batavia Is a wild
fruit recently discovered there. The pod
is like a cigar in shape and color, but only
an Inch long, and when put into water
it rests on the surface for several min
utes, then explodes like a torpedo, hurl
ing the seed In- all directions. If allowed
to ripen in a warm place the pod gradually
splits lengthwise from point to base.
‘'Because She loved Him So," at the
Academy of Music.
Flynn's Dou9le Show, at the Bon Ton
Meeting, Greenville Musical and Social
Club, Belvedere Hall.
NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 1900.—Forecast
for the thirty-six hours ending at eight
'P. M. Saturday. For New York City and
vicinity:—Cloudy tonight; partly cleudy
Saturday: slightly colder Saturday morn
ing; brisk northwest winds, diminishing.
Hartnett’* Thememetrieal Report
Jan. 11.
3 P. M..
6 P. M.
9 P. M.
12 midnight.
Jan. 1Z. i->eg\
6 A. A
9 A. M...43
12 noon.. 48
ENGLISH—On Wednesday. Jan. 19, 1900.
Thomas, beloved husband of Julia ana
eldest sen of John and Mary English.
Funeral from her late residence, No. 691
Grand street, on Saturday, Jan. IS, At *
A. M.; thence to St. Patrick’s Church,
where a solemn high mass will her offered
for the happy repose of her soul.
ERLER—On Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1900,
Henry A., beloved son of Anna and the
late Otto Erler, aged 26 yeare.
Relatives and friends, also members of
the Jersey City Fire Department, Fire
men’s Mutual Benevolent Association and
R. V. Camp, No. 20, Sons of Veteran*,
are respectfully Invited to attend tha
funeral from his late residence, No. 351
Ocean avenue, on Saturday, Jan. IS, at
11:30 A. M. Interment In Evergreen
FALLAHEE—On Wednesday, Jan. 10,
1900, Catherine Fallahee, widow of the
late Patrick Falahee and aunt of
Richard J. and Matthew F. Fallahee.
Relatives and friends are Invited to at
tend the funeral on Saturday, Jan. 13, at
8 A. M., from the residence of her nephew,
Matthew F. Fallahee, No. 201 Thirteenth
street; thence to St. Michael’s Churoh,
where a mass will be offered for tha
happy repose of her soul,
GLANT—On Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1900,
Peter, beloved husband of Catherine
Relatives and friends are respectfully
Invited to attend the funeral on Satur*
day, Jan 12, from 161 Merest street, at
2 P. M.
BECK—After a short Illness, on Wednes
day, Jan. 19, 1900, Otto O. Beck, beloved
husband of Clara Genaden lb) his SUM
Relatives and friends, also Branch No,
42, N. A. D. C., and Excelsior Council, Nth
206, R. A., are respectfully Invited to at
tend the funeral on Sunday, Jao. 14, front
St. John's German Evangelical Lutheran
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the State. Let owners have ne expense fee
care of grounds, nor for fenolog. It you need
a cemetery lot (and every family needs one),
you will be Interested In Its beauty and neat
ness, Its. moderate prices and easy terms of
payment. Office In Jersey City, *3S Washing
ton street, over Provident Savings Bank. Tele,
phone Ne. 521.
The regular examination of applicants for cer
tificates vo teach in the Public Schools of Jersey
City will begin
MONDAY, JAN. 22, 1900,
at ten A. M., in the office of the Super!ntend*
ent of Schools.
At this examination candidates may apply
for High School Certificates or for Grammar
and Primary Certificates.
Information concerning this examination may
be obtained on application to the undersigned,
City Superintendent of Schools.

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