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tmi EDITION. ' M _ __I— ONE CENT ONE CENT CAST EDITION. _ EAST EDITION. “TOLT X11 - NO.-3283 _Pttun-: (>N~ CE^T-_ WHO HAS THE LETTER? Mr. Dougherty Says He Re ceived None From Con gregational Trus tees. TWO TABERNACLE MEETINGS Resolutions Passed at One and Indefinitely Post poned at Nest. Two .meetings of the down town branch of the First Congregational Church have been held within the last eight days for the purpose of considering plans for the continuance of the down town church work. One meeting was held a week ago last -night at the conclusion of the prayer meeting. The other session took place last evening. Both meetings were held in the lecture room. The first session was held rather unex pectedly, hut a fair sized gathering of those in favor of a provisional church were present to air their views. Two members of the Board of Trustees were also present. These were Mr. Blake and Mr. Gerow. These gentlemen ex plained that they came for the sole pur pose of leaving the course of the silence of the Tabernacle people on the separa tion question and to find out just how matters stood. One of the trustees stated that a communication had been senit to the Tabernacle people asking them to ap point a committee with power to close some sort of deal for the continuance of the downtown work. This communica tion was sent last November to the Gec . retary, Mr. Dougherty, it was stated, but no answer had been received. The trus tees requested that some action be taken defining the wishes of the Tabernacle people, and in response to their request a set of resolutions were passed. The first clause was that ‘‘the Taber nacle branch shall 'have a pastor who shall not be subject to dictation or inter ference on the part of EMr. Scudder. The second clause provided for the ap pointment of a (Board of Managers to look after the interests of the lower branch and report to the trustees. Another clause demanded a separate treasury ancb treasurer. At present there is but one treasury, but a treasurer and an assistant treasurer. Mr. James Whipple has been the assistant treasurer and a member of the lower branch. He handles the funds of the Tabernacle just long enough to turn them over to the treasurer on the (Heights and to record the sums. It was decided a wees ago io nuiu » church meeting last evening for file pur pose of ratifying the above resolutions. The meeting was held with Mr. James Whipple presiding. It appears that the meeting last even ing was cut and dried. Mrs. Farrier fnoved that action on the resolutions be indefinitely postponed before Miss Frost, the secretary had a chance to read the minutes, and even before the chairman had taken his seat. Several members wanted to know why action should be postponed. Mrs. Farrier’s resolution was railroaded through before any answer was given. Mrs. Louis Dougherty then read a reso lution. She stated that her husband had never received a communication from the trustees asking for a conference to dis cuss the separation question. In view of this, the resolution asked that the trus tees be requested to send a duplicate of the letter claimed to have been sent. This was immediately passed. Miss IFroet then offered a resolution, •that, whereas, Mr. Whipple had declined to act as assistant treasurer any longer, Mr. Dougherty be elected to the position of assistant treasurer. Mr. Dougherty ■was elected. Miss Vance then moved that the assist ant treasurer be allowed to pay all bills left unpaid toy the treasurer out of money voluntarily contributed by the downtown people. There were objections to this motion. Several claimed that such action was il legal. Tills motion, like the others, was carried. All the resolutions had been prev iously written out and as soon as one was passed the next was intrduced without losing a minute. Mr. Charles Wait said he thought it was due to those who voted on the first resolu tion that an explanation of the reason why the indefinite postponement was rail roaded through, be given. A. motion to adjourn was immediately made. Mr. Whipple, however, said he would ex plain the matter. The reason, he said, was because it had since come to light that Mr. Dougherty had not received a communication from the trustees regard ing the separation question. Therefore it was deemed advisable to hear what the trustees had to say before making any propositions. It was asked if it was not known that Mr. Dougherty had not received the com munication before the resolutions were drawn up and passed at the previous meeting. . To this question Mr. Whipple replied that it was known. The meeting t’hen ad journed. ( Secretary Frank H. Hall of the Board olf Trustees stated' this morning thalt he sent the much discussed communication to Mr. Dougherty on November IS. “If that letter had not heen received it would have come back to me," §aid Mr. Hall;. “for on the envelope was, 'If not received in five days return to F. H. Hall,' “The communication simply asked the Tabernacle people to empower a commit tee . to act In their behalf regarding the down town work. Nothing in particular was specified.” Miss Frost was seen this morning but she refused to give a copy Of the reso lutions. She declared, however, that Mr. Dougherty had not received the letter spoken of. 'The Tr;.?stees 'have told us that their intentions’were always for the best,” she said, 'ibut to my mind.bur actions have been hampered all along. “Qtir efforts have been blocked in many ways. The future, o' the Tabernacle is loft in the hands-of ,th Provisional Board ef Trustees who wilt Act when an answer la received from tat Board of Trustees." CHAPEL AVENUE GRADE Morris and Cummings Com pany Restrains Hudson and Greenville Road. The Hudson and* Greenville Railway, a branch of t’he Lehigh Valley system, which is constructing a line through tne Greenville section, has met with oppo sition similar to that experienced- by the Lehigh Valley i nhaviug its tracks cross at grade Communipaw avenue. The Mor ris and' ‘Cummings Dredging Company) which owns a considerable part of t'he water front of the Greenville section, is opposed to the new line crossing Chapel avenue, on the grounds -that as Chapel avenue is the only direct means of com munication to that part of the water front the crossing would prove detrimental to its interests and an additional menace to t'he lives of its employes, who are fre quehtly compelled 'to travel that way. On petition of counsel representing Mor ris & Cummings, Vice Chancellor Pitney yesterday at Trenton -granted- a rule re straining the Hudson and- Greenville Rail road from laying tracks across Chapel avenue until permission could be obtained from the Board of Street and Water Com missioners. This action apparently marks the beginning of a struggle Which will be bitterly contested. No attempt has been made as yet to lay tracks across Chapel avenue, although ‘tracks are being laid in t'he immediate neighborhood. About a year ago . the Lehigh Valley Railroad applied to the Street and Water Board for permission to erect a viaduct for a distance of several hundred feet along Chapel avenue, which would then enable it to lay tracks underneath. Tho desired permission was granted, but the plans were never carried out, as the Mor ris & Cummings Company fought the pro ject and carried the case to the Supreme Court. A decision adverse to the uehigti Company was recently handed down. It does not appear at present what the interests of the Morris and Cummings Company are in that section. Between Greenville arid Bayonme the company has been dredging and filling in for years, and it now owns a piece of property about a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide extending info the bay. It may be that at some future time the company intends to fill in the whole water front under its control. Rumors have been current for some time that the Lehigh line, now in course of construction, would be used for its passenger system, although it has been stated that the line was for freight only. If at any time the railway company elect ed to erect an eastern passenger terminal in that section, a connection could easily be made with the main line at Waver ly, N. J., by running trains over the line now used for freight. A number of years ago the Lehigh Val ley Road constructed a single track and attempted to gain the right of way across Chapel avenue. Its designs were frus trated, however, and the section of the road was allowed to gradually decay. FATHER KELLY SAILS AWAY. Large Number of His Parishoner® Bid Him a Bon Voyage. The Rev. Charles J. Kelly, D. D., rector of Our Lady of Grace Church, Hoboken, sailed this morning on the North Ger man Lloyd liner Kaiser Wilhelm II, for the Holy Land. He will go direct to Gibraltar and from there proceed on his tour via Naples and Genoa. A ig gath ering of the clergyman’s friends were on the pier to see him off. Floral tokens filled his state room. The Kaiser Wilhelm II carried a heavy passehger list. Among the tourists were the Rev. Isaac P. Whelan of Bayonne, who will accompany the rector of Our Lady of Grace on a part of his trip. Felix Schweighofer, the German come dian, returning from his American ap pearance of two weeks, with *15,000 In his pockets, was among the "prominents” on board, ^.uer salon passengers were Prof, and Mrs. J. H. Westcott, of Prince ton; Mr. and Mrs. S. Bayard Dod, of Hoboken, and Mr. Peter Hand, of this city. Among those ont the pier to see Father Kelly off were ’■the Rev. Fathers Mc Manus of Newark, J. Carroll of Newark, William Kees of Jersey City, O’Brien of Bayonne, Fitzpatrick of Hoboken, Free man of Hoboken, Sheppard of Jersey City, Doyle of Saratoga, Kenzel of Sar atoga, McEvoy of Hoboken, Boulevard Superintendent Michael J. Coyle, Mr. Stephen Horgan, Mayor and Mrs. Law rence Fagan, Dr. and Mrs. M. Foley, John O’Hara, Mr. and Mrs. John Hag gerty, John Curley, John Barry, Edward Ball, Poormaster Harry Barck, Water Registrar Henry Lohmann, Chief of Po lice Charles Donovan, Captain Patrick Hayes, Captain John Fanning, Detectives L. Weinthal, M. Fallon and J. Kerrigan, ex-Freeholder Fred Verdon, Mrs. Martin V. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. John Carr, Miss Carr, Miss Coyle, Mrs. C. Sullivan, Justice of the Peace George Seymour, James Gage, William J. Carey, T. E. Cannon, the Misses O'Rafferty, Council man John Fitzpatrick, Timothy Murphy *and F. A. Burton. THE TABLES TURNED. Complainant Becomes Defendant and is Fined in Police Court. Herman D. Thies, of No. 175 Hutton street was arraigned before Police Justice Potts in the Second Criminal Court this morning on the omnious complaint made by Christian Kleene, of No. 416 Germania avenue. Before the proceedings ended the complainant was a defendant on a com plaint made by the wife of the lormer de fendant, and was fined $10 and costs of court. On: the original complaint, of which the subsequent proceedings -were the outgrowth, Kleene charge that on Oc tober 22 of last year, Thies had assaulted him while.'he was holding a baby m his arms. Kleene boards with a Mr. and Mrs. Reed. Both Thies and Mrs. Reed testified -that the alleged’ assault had never taken place, and Thies was acquitted on the-as sault charge. Several other minor charges i-n t.he complaint were subsequently dis posed of in the same manner. Kleene was then arraigned on a charge of disorderly conduct made by Mrs. Thies She said’ that he used insulting language to her in the street. He. was lined $10 and, costs. “Adversity flattereth no man,” but the paina of dyspepsia turn his attention to Hood’s Sar saparilla and In its use he finds a cure. ST. JOHN’S NEW GYM. Building For the Institute Is Nearing Comple tion. COMMODIOUS AND MODERN There Will Be Facilities for All of the Many Classes. Judging from the present state of the new gymnasium and reading room now in the course of construction for the In stitute of -St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Summit avenue, that building should be ready tor occupancy within ten days. The erection of the structure on the site occupied by the former gymnasium, a much smaller and inadequate building, is the result of the surprising growth of the Institute. This branch of the church i has, within two years, prospered in such a manner as to prove a most valuable adjunct to the mother church. This sa I lient point is fully realized by the pas | tor, the Rev. E. E. Stoddard, Ph. D., | who has always looked out for the in I tere^ts of his young people, i Every possible comfort and convenience [ has been provided for the young people j in the past, in proportion to the amount j of space occupied by the classes. Of | late, however, the quarters were far too small. The accommodations were any thing but encouraging to a flourishing organization, such as the Institute, as the gymnasium was old and uninviting ' and the quarters were crowded and dingy. The pastor set about to remedy the ex isting deficiencies. His first move was to contract for a new and more commodious structure, one large enough to hold all cf his classes and to prove satisfactory to the members.' This branch of the work was attended to. The old building came down speedily. Then, work on the presid ent gymnasium was started and since ihe carpenters began their task the structure has. been erected with rapidity. The DUiKnng is two stones' mgn.oi ww.i, and it extends from the choir room and Infant class at the rear of the lecture room to Clifton place. It is larger in every respect than the old building. A suib-cellar will be built in which a heater will be erected. This will warm t'he entire gymnasium, the choir room and the infant class. The first floor will be of hard maple wood, double flooring. The gymnasium for the boys’ and girls’ classes will be lo-t cated here. This floor will stand the hardest kind of usage. The dancing class rwill use this floor. Ample space has been provided for the beginners. In one cor ner the shower baths are to be placed along with lockers. The second floor will be divided into two rooms. A large light, airy ro.i-n. running from north to south across the entire building, and situated in the eastern end of the building, will be used for pool and billiards. This will be fitted up handL somely. The adjoining room will be the reading room. Lockers will be distributed around the biggest part of the room. A door will lead from this ro%n to the choir room. The roof is arched and pine wood is being used on the interior. Handsome ground glass will be used for the windows on the lower floor. The biggest part of the gymnasium work has been abandoned since the new building has been going up. Classes meet in the various rooms in the church build ing, but the members are not allowed the liberty accorded to them in the gym nasium. The dancing class has been post poned this year, because of lack of space. Many of the institute classes met at private houses to transact business. There are many applicants for admission to the institute and It never was In better shape than at present. The report of last year showed a much larger membership than statistics of preceding years. New branches of work are to be taken up and the institute’s Influence broadened as much as possible. The work will be pur sued again in earnest when the new build ing is ready for occupancy. It is probable that some event of pleasure will mark the opening of the new gymnasium. THOMAS IS A BAD BOY. Man Arrested for Neglecting His Son Shows He’s Not to Blame. Patrick (Fullum, forty years old, of No. 208 Thirteenth street, was arrigned in the First Criminal Court this morning charged with neglecting to support his eleven year old son Thomas. The boy was arraigned in court yesterday charged with stealing a gold plated watch from Milkman Arthur Breen, of Coles and Fourth streets. Poormaster Hewitt, to whom the boy was given, told the Court that the lad’s father was well able to care for (him. Justice Nevin immediately issued a warrant for Fullum’s arrest. In court this morning Fullum denied that he had in any manner neglected to provide for his family. He said that Thomas would not stay home, preferring to spend his time stealing. Mr. Fullum told the Court that most every portable article in his home had been stolen by the lad. Justice (Nevin deeded to let Poormaster Hewitt have charge of the lad for a short time. Fullum, after telling his story, was paroled. MR. DAVIS TO SELL CITY PROPERTY Mr. Robert Davis was appointed by the Board of Finance today auctioneer to sell for the city lands acquired under the Martin act. The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday last gave Mr. Davis a city license as auctioneer. The ssffess will take place as soon as Mr. Davis cbn have the data and diagrams prepared. TENEMENT HOUSE ROW. A tenement house fight at No.'S2 Hobo ken avenue, in which complainant and defendant accused each other of almost all the cripnes on the category, occupied considerable of Judge' Potts’ time in the Second Criminal Court, tljis morning. There was ho evidence on which either party could be held and Judge Potts was obliged to dismiss the complaint. A. 1BOYLFS SALARY. Board of Works Asks That It Be Paid From Street Cleaning Account. A resolution from the Board of'Street andl Water Commissioners asking t'he Board of Finance to appropriate from the street cleanihg account $1,100 to pay In spector Andrew J. Boyle’s salary stirred up a little discussion this morning at the Board of Finance meeting. Hitherto that salary was paid out of the water account, but the Mayor held that inasmuch as the Inspector inspected the cleaning of the streets and removal of ashes, his salary should be charged to the street cleaning account. There is no money in the water account to pay Mr. Boyle’s salary, and the Street and Water Commissioners, having no au thority to pay him out of the $50,000 ap propriation for street cleaning without the concurrence of the Board of Finance, sent in the aforesaid resolution. Clerk George T. Bouton, who was at the meeting by request of Commissioner Mid lige, clearly explained this, and added that the responsibility of paying this sal ary out of the street cleaning appropria tion, which was ridiculously small, rested with both Boards. “You infer then,” remarked Commis sioner Mullins, “that if we concur in this we are a party to depleting an account in which there is now a shortage?” “I don’t inferpl say so,” calmly replied Mr. Bouton. “Our Board can’t clean streets without first making a contract and advertising. The streets can’t be cleaned without proper inspection, and your Board put in a proviso that no money could be expended out of that ac count without your concurrence. The Mayor Insists that the Inspector’s salary must be paid, not out of the water, but out of the street cleaning account. Now, we can’t spend a dolar, and what are we to do but ask you to concur in this?” “Well,” replied Mr. Mullins, “I don’t for one propose to be a party to spend ing money out of a fund which is already too small.” “I don’t see that this is the Board’s matter,” said President Lembeck. “I don’t think it’s right,” said Com missioaer Ringle. “We want to know if you have money enough to pay your In spector?” Mr. Bouton reiterated that the Board hd no authority to pay the salary with out the concurrence of the Board of Finance. The matter was laid over until the next meeting. FOURTH’S BATTALION DRILL Members of the Regiment Who Attended Old Guard Ball. This order was issued last evening by Colonel Robert <3. Smith for the Fourth Regiment:— Jersey City, January 24, 1900. General Orders, No. 3. I. —The Third. (Battalion. Companies I, K, L> and M, will assemble for battalion drill on Friday, February 9, 1900. II. —The following nights are assigned for rifle practice during FebruaryCom pany 1, Wednesday, 28; Company B, Fri day, 23; 'Company C, Wednesday, 14; Com pany D, Thursday. 15; Company E. Fri day. 9; Company F, Friday, 16; Company G, Tuesday, 13; 'Company H, Tuesday, 27; Company I, Tuesday, 6; Company K, Monday, 26. I'll.—Leave of absence for one month is 'hereby granted to .First Lieutenant T. 'Bergen Gaddis, Company F. (By order of COLONEL SMITH. BESOT. M. GERARDIN, Captain and Adjutant. Among the members of the regiment who. attended, the Old Guard ball in New York, Thursday night, were:—'Captain Gibbs, Dr. Rector, Battalion Sergeant Major Dickson, .Lieutenant Bowly, Bat talion Sergeant Clements, Lieutenant Sorenson, Adjutant Benjamin M. Ger ardln, Lieutenant Benjamin Moore, Jr. General Mason and Colonel Charles Fuller were also present. CLIFFORD’S FATE SEALED. Governor Declines to Take Further Action in the Case. Another move, toward saving the life of Murderer Clifford was made this morning by Lawyer Charles J. Peshall, when he sent the following telegram to the Gov ernor:— "Governor Foster M. Voorhees—Have petition, signed by 'all the members of the Legislature from Hudson county and others in tihe Clifford' case. “Will you kindly further consider case next week. “CHARLES J. PESHALL." To this the Governor replied.:— “The matter has been, finally disposed cf and further action can only result in, rais ing ini the prisoner’s mind1 false hopes', which are sure to end in disappointment. “FOSTER M. VOORHEES." MAGISTRATES’ COURTS’ FEES. The Board of Finance this morning or dered the issue of temporary loan bonds to the amount of $9,227 to pay off the judgments recovered against the city for fees in the public magistrates1 courts. The claims were;—J. H. Potts, $3,297; J. J. Nevin, $1,338; F. J. Higgins, $2,648; Jas. F. Norton, $1,944. These fees were sanctioned by the act of 1894 and have remained un paid for two or three years. , COLUMBIA CLUB’S WHIST. The attendance at the regular fortnight ly whist, of the Columbia Club, Hoboken, was small ast night owing to fatigue* of the previous evening when the minstrel performance and dramatic entertainment was held. The prize winners were:—Mrs. A. H. Rpach, a jelly set, and Mr. A. H. Roach, a silver mounted! triplicate mir ror. HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE. The Baccalaureate sermon to the Janu ary graduating class of the Jersey City High School, will be preached by the Rev. George S. Bennitt, in Grace Church, Erie and Second1 streets, on Sunday after noon at four P. M. There are forty-two graduates in the January class. XAlXlCJtS OF FACT. —New Jersey’s best flour costs'25c. ;jnore per barrel than ordinary flour, but worth a dollar extra. Wholesale only at D, MS Cleary Co.’s stores, .Greene and Montgomery Streets. MARRIAGE PROMOTOR. * i Home Aid Association Gives Subscribers $250.00 to Start Housekeeping. NO ELOPEMENTS ALLOWED Certificate Holders Must Be Wedded in Strict Accord ance With Propriety. The newest concern in town is doing business under the title of “The Home Mutual Aid Association,” and its object is to provide needy lovers with the where withal to enter into the bonds of matri mony. The association promises all its subscribers who marry the sum of $25# thirty days after their marriage, and all that is necessary to obtain this alluring prize is the payment of $30 upon entrance into the scheme and an assessment of thirty cents when any other member mar ries. A “News” reporter called at the elab orately furnished offices of the concern at No. 47 Montgomery street this morning and interviewed Secretary Franklin B. Packard, who comes from Brooklyn. Packard is a slick looking individual, but appears slightly nervous under close ques tioning. He said:— “We have organized this association for the benefit of those who wish to marry but who are kept from doing so through lack of means to fui'nish a home. There are thousands of persons who do not marry simply because of lack of money and we propose to reach these people and remove the obstacle.” As one enters the office he is greeted by a young man, who inquires one’s business. When the reporter called this clerk went into another room and conferred with Secretary Packard for five minutes, after which Packard explained the workings of the firm and presented the reporter with circulars and blank certificates. One of the circulars said:— As any one can reacuiy see uy <% careful study of this circular, it is not an insurance company into which a person must pay his money for per haps years, and can only hope to get something out of it for other persons after he is dead. Nor is it a benen cial society in which a member must wait until he is sick to receive a benefit. . ,, .. It Is far in advance of all these, Inasmuch as it pays Its certificate holders the benefit when they enter that state which all look forward to— Mr.rpackard frankly says that the firm is not in business for its health and says that it expects to clear a gross profit of $50 on ©very marriage. Each subscriber receives a certificate entitling him to ihe $250, with th© following rules and regula tions attached:— 1 The holders of certificates shall be’ divided into groups called circles, and each circle shall, when complete, consist of one thousand persons. 2 Every person obtaining a certifi cate shall pay to the association, as an admission fee to a circle, the sum of thirty dollars. _. 3. When a circle is complete, each certificate holder in said circle shall pay an, assessment of thirty cents to the association, on notice to him or h:r from the association of the marriage of any certificate holder in said circle, but in no case shall more than hve as sessments be levted in one week, '4. Any holder of a certificate who fails to pay an assessment within thirty days from the1 date of mailing of notice thereof to him or her, or who contracts a void or voidable marriage, or -who contracts marriage fraudulent lv Shall foifeit the admission fee to bis or her c»rcle and1 all assessments 'theretofore paid; the certificate issued to such person shall be void, and he or she shall have no claim of any kind upon the association. 5 In the event of any member of any circle dying without having married, tne executors or administrators, or the legal representatives of such pefsons, shall receive from the association the admission fee of such deceased^ person less 10 per cent., provided the deceased toad, up to the time of death, regularly paid all assessments. 6. The certificates of persons marry ing are to be paid in the order in which their marriages occur, and every certificate holder shall notify the association, in writing, of his or her intention to marry at least thirty days Before such marriage, so that said marriage may be recorded in its proper order. Without such notice, 'nothing will he paid by the association on any certificate. 7 No certificate shall be paid until the holder thereof shall have produced and filed with the association, in proof of his or her marriage, the certificate of the clergyman or official who per formed the ceremony, and the names and addresses of the witnesses. The association shall have thirty days from the filing of such proof to investigate the validity of the claim. 8. Not more than five certificates of any circle shall be paid in any week, and n more than five marriages are contracted in any circle in one week, the certificate of the sixth person in the circle contracting marriage within the week shall he recorded and charg ed against, and Shall be payable out of the assessments of the succeeding week, and so on in succession. 9 No assessment shall be levied up on the certificate holders of any circle until such circle Is complete; nor shall the association Incur any obligation of any sort to any person by reason of any marriage contracted by him or her before the circle to which that person beloprs Is complete. 10. No certificate of admission to any circle, except the first, shall be Issued until the preceding circle Is complete. 11. In case of any notice required to be given by the association to the cer tificate holders, or any of them, proof of the accepted by the person or per sons entitled to said notice as mailing of said notice to such holder, or hold ers, shall be proof that said notice was regularly and sufficiently given to him, her or them. 12. it any person snail nave yam two hundred and fifty dollars, In assess ments, to the association before mar riage, he or she shall be exempt from all further assessments and shall be entitled to a paid up certificate for that amount, payable on marriage, and bearing interest at the rate of four per cent, per annum. 13. It shall be the duty of every cer tificate holder to notify the associa tion In writing of any changes of ad dress, that such changes may be noted on the books of the association. 14. This certificate Is only issued for the benefit of the holder thereof and Is not transferable. A close study of the scheme shows Just how 'the firm will come out in the matter. Every circle will constitute 1,009 persons, and no money will he. paid until a circle is complete. Each member pays an initi ation fee of $39, making the sum received •from a circle $39,990 before a cent is paid out. Then when a member marries each other member pay* thirty cents assess ment, which amounts to $299.79, which makes in the aggregate $30,299.70, out of which $260 is paid for the first marriage. On each of the other marriages in the circle the company’s secretary says the company expects to make $50 or $49,950. On the circle making the complete profit on each circle to the company is about $70,249. This surplus is never called into use unless one of the subscribers is dropped for the non-payment of assess ments. The promoters figure that after a person has paid $30 tie will not risk losing it by neglecting to pay thirty eentB. Thus far no business has been done, as the legal questions entailed and the printing of literature has delayed the work, but President Charles A. McGuire and Secretary Franklin B. Packard ex pect a big rush to start immediately. The $30 initiation may be paid in installments hut no benefits can be had until the full sum has been paid in. In no circle will more than five assessments be made in one week and payments will be made in the order of enrollment. The first one married stands the best chance of a profit, as no assessments are required after marriage. BOULEVARD VANDALS. They Break Electric Lamps and Steal Wire—May Be a Reward. The recent wholesale destruction of the electric light lamps on the Boulevard was a subject of lengthy consideration at a meeting of the Boulevard Commissioners at their office, opposite the Court House, yesterday afternoon. The lamps are apparently destroyed in a systematic manner and with a regu larity that Is not only appalling but is a source of considerable expense to the county. One night last week fifty-two lamps were destroyed on the Weehawken loop, the work of destruction commenc ing at Fourth street, Weehawken, and extending north, scarcely a single lamp being left untouched. The damage is inflicted by stones being hurled at the lights, and a different sec tion is visited each night. A strange fea ture is that the street lamps on abutting thoroughfares belonging to the electric lighting company are not molested. Whether the damage is done toy mali cious boys or an organized gang intent on destroying the county property is not known. But certain it is that the work of the despoilers is increasing in volume and thfe Boulevard Commissioners are considering how best to put a stop to it. The lamps cost, complete, in the neigh borhood of $18 each, and the work of depredation in one night of last week cost the county nearly $300. Recently about 375 feet of copper feed wire, carrying the current for the Wee hawken loop lights, was cut and carried away near the intersection of Manhat tan avenue. The theft was committed at night, and as the current was in at the time it is evident that the thieves must have understood their work. At this same point in thirteen nights eight lamp globes were destroyed by missiles thrown at them. The Boulevard Commissioners are seri ously considering the advisability of of fering a substantial reward for the ar rest and conviction of those guilty of the depredations. A peculiarity is that the damage inflict ed is at a different point of the road each night. The Jersey City police furnish two reports of the number of lights burning each night. These show conclusively that the work of destruction in this city is done after midnight and it is believed that the same is true as to the damage inflicted on the lamps in North Hudson. AFTER MULLANEY’S ESTATE The Alleged Widow Denies That She Ever Married a Negro. The contest for the estate o fthe late Michael Mullaney of Bayonne was con tinued before Judge Blair in the Orphans' Court yesterday afternoon. It will be re membered that Mullaney died Intestate and that his common law wife, Pauline E. Mullaney, is seeking to establish her dower right in the estate and to be ap pointed administratrix. She deserted Mul laney thirteen years ago, and her nephews and nieces, who are contesting her claim, have produced evidence to show that she ran off with a negro and has been con sorting with a negro in Newark ever since. A considerable part'of the evidence taken yesterday was cumulative, seevral witnesses from Newark being called to prove that Mrs. Mullaney was known there as Mrs. Elsworth and Mrs. Holmes. Ellsworth and Holmes are negroes. Dawyer Salter of Bayonne, who repres ents Mrs. Mullaney, called some witnesses in rebuttal. Alexander Egan of Bayonne testified that he knew Mrs. Mullaney when she lived there and he never saw her under the influence of liquor. Alexander Corbin testified to the same effect. Frank S. Hovell, who married one of Mrs. Mullaney’s nieces, testified that he tried to buy a lot from Mullaney, but Mullaney told him that he couldn't sell it because his wife had left him and ne couldn’t get her to sign the deed. Mul laney wouldn’t listen to a suggestion that he should apply for a divorce. Catherine McGee testified that she knew Mrs. Mullaney intimately and never saw her under the influence of liquor. Her testimony was ordered stricken out be cause she admittted, under cross-exam ination, that Policeman Mullaney, a ne phew of the deceased, had arrested her once for disorderly conduct and she was fined $10. John Rink of Newark testified that he knew Mrs. Mullaney while she lived there, and had never known her either as Mrs. Ellsworth or Mrs. Holmes. George IV. O'Dell and Charles C. Hoff of Bayonne testified that Mullaney had introduced the woman to them as his wife. W. D. Holmes of Newark, the alleged negro husband of Mrs. Mullaney, testi fied that he was never married to her and had never lived with her as her husband. He was merely a boarder in her house at Np. 201 Vanderpoel street. He was employed as janitor at the City Hall for twelve years. Mrs. Mullaney herself was the best wit ness called for the day. She positively de nied that she had ever introduced the negro Holmes to Detectives Christie and Murphy of Newark as her husbapd. She also denied all the testimony concerning her alleged relations with Holmes. She produced rent receipts and an insurance book showing that she was recognised as Mrs. Mullaney. The hearlnk "’ll! be re sumed next Friday. PHILIPPINEJUST0I8. Private Murphy Gives An Interesting Description of a Native Funeral. Mr. William Schlerloh, of No. 20 Jewett avenue, has received an interesting letter from Private William J. Murphy of Com pany E, Twenty-eighth United States Vol unteer Infantry, now stationed in. the Philippine Islands. The communication is dated from Bacoor, Isle of Luzon, and it was sent on December 18. Private Mur phy is a Jersey City boy, a member of a number of young men’s clubs organized under Miss Cornelia Bradford's direetior in the Whittier House. The soldier men tions the pleasant times he had with, his chums while home, and anticipates srill more pleasure on his arrival in t'he city of his birth. He sends his best wishes to the ladies of the Whittier House. “You remember,” he says, "the pleas ant lecture we heard on the Hawaiian Islands given by Major Z. K. Pangboro. Well those islands are the most beauti ful places one could think of. The post office and police department are fine. "We are now living in bamboo huts and having a line time of it. Our regiment is on what is called the south fire line, but at present things are very quiet and no trouble is anticipated. “The natives are friendly people. These people are sports in a way. Cock fighting is their favorite form of amusement and on every Sunday this pastime occupies most of their valuable time. “Bacoor, where we are, is about four teen1 mllea south of Manila. As I am writing this, there is a funeral passing the door of my hut. A native is to be buried in their peculiar style, which, I believe, has seldom been described in the United States. The gun-boats are also saluting a man-of-war coming in the bay. “Regarding the obsequies of dead, na tives, there is much to relate. When a person of the colored race passes away a big bass drum is beaten. This is to chase Satan away, they say. The body is then placed upon a stretcher of bamboo and carted to their burying place. If the de ceased be of rich family a band is hired to parade behind the corpse. A hoe is used to dig the grave, and' the bones of some other poor ‘nigger’ are unearthed during the grave digging process. These bones are simply thrown aside (like the bones of the dead in ‘Hamlet’), and tnese make a respectable pile near the scene of miermeiu. “When about two feet of earth has been excavated, water Is reached'. The body is simply wrapped in matting and lowered into the hole. If the body does not lit In ■the space provided for it, it is jammed in with the aid of the hoe. While this is taking place the 'mourners' are laughing, smoking cigarettes and the band render ing a selection that sounds like A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.’ The wom an and children, smoke the same as the men, and pass cigarettes about while burying their dead. “If the family does not pay rent for the grave after the body has been inferred a short time, it is taken up and thrown upon the large bare pile. There is a large collection of skulls and hones here, in a space beside the vaults. These vaults are used for the rich, but like the others, if there is no pay, out come the bones tor a last resting place on the bone pile,. “No headstjjps are used1 to mark the graves,, and can imagine the tine time experienced in attempting to recover the right bodies. But that makes little or no difference. Any old body does. They seem to feel satisfied providing they set some body.” The writer concludes by wishing all cf his friepds a Merry Christmas and a Hap py New Year. EAST JERSEY’S BILL On Monday afternoon there will be a conference between Mayor Hoos, the Boards of Finance and Street and Water Commissioners and Corporation Counsel relative to the bill of arrearages due to the East Jersey Water Company. That corporation, through Its attorneys, Messrs. Corbin and Corbin, a few days ago drew the attention of the Street and Water Commissioners to the fact that the city owed the company for water sup plied $285, 771.64, and the Company urged the necessity of prompt payment or they would sue. The question now to settle is, "Where Is the money to come from?" and that is why the conference Is called. FOR BEATING HIS HORSE. Fred Poppe. 19 years old, of No. 419 | West Fifty-fourth street, New York, was arrested by Policeman Pangborn of the Seventh street station, a£ a disorderly person, about 5:30 o’clock last night. Poppe was driving a horse In a very reck less manner along Pavonia avenue. At Provost street Poppe started to beat the horse. Pangborn saw the man’s condi tion and placed him under arrest. This morning Poppe was fined $20 by Justice Nevln. In default of payment of the fine, Poppe will go to Jail for ninety days. COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION. The County oard of Elections organized yesterday afternoon and begn to make preparations for the special water elec tion, There will he no registry days, but the registry and election books of last fail will be turned over to City Clerk O'Donnell for use at the election. The Board will sit on the Thursday and Sat urday preceding election to add names to the registry. The Board will canvass the vote in the usual manner. MRS. MARY POWERS DEAD. Mrs. Mary J. Powers, a well known resident of the (Hill section and a promi nent member of St. Bridget’s R. C. Church, died at her residence, No. 798 Montgomery street, last Friday, after a short illness. The funeral will take place from St. Bridget’s Church, Montgomery and Brunswick streets, Monday morning at eight o’clock, when a solemn high mass will be celebrated. The Interment will be at Rome. 'N. Y. MARRIED IN HOBOKEN. John G. Nearey, of No. 22S Bay street, and Miss Theresa Driscoll, of No. 203 Fifth street, this city, were married yes terday in Hoboken by Justice of the Peace James Clark. The witnesses were William Annatt and Maria Driscoll. I SUPPOSE. SUPPOSES any one of the many emergen cies when police aid is desirable or vitally necessary, how may these guardians of life and property be instantly notified ? TELEPHONE SERVICE The Hew York ami Hew Jersey Telephone Ce. 160 Market St., Newark, N. J. 8 Erie St„ Jersey City, N. J. CHIEF MURPHY LEAVES. He Goes to Florida to Regain His Lost Health. For the first time since Chief of Police Murphy was taken sick, about six weeks ago, he was able to leave his home today. He walked from the house to a coach that was waiting at the door and was driven very rapidly to the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, where he (boarded a train for Florida. The Chief did not walk with his usual firm step. Although looking appar ently well, the Chief showed marked; ef fects of his long and serious illness. Ha was supported by Detectives Doyle and Harkins, of Headquarters staff, who will accompany him as far as Philadelphia. The Intention of the Chief to leave for the South today was known only to a few. It was intended to keep the de parture a secret, so that the Chief would not be bothered and excited by any of his numerous friends. Notwithstanding the fact that the secret wi» well kept a few persons gathered at the ; house on Fourth street and wished the. popular official “Cod speed'’ on his long Journey. The Chief left home about one o’clock this afternoon. The news that the Chief had left town spread very rapidly. A few of his inti mate friends gathered, at the depot and were In conference for some minutes be fore the train pulled out. After the train had left many persons who hastened1 to the depot were disappointed at not .seeing Chief Murphy. To a “News” reporter Chief Murphy said:—"Well, you see I have won another victory. I have fought with death and won. I have gone through enough during the past sixx weeks to have killed' an or dinary man, but you see I am out. I feel excellent under the circumstances and hope that my trip South will help me re gain my lost strength. I will he gone for several months, as It will require fully that length of time to mend. I will not toe lonesome as my wife and son will be with me all the time.” After expressing his appreciation of the manner in which Inspector Architoold is conducting the affairs of the department, the Chief shook hands with all present and rejoined Mrs. Murphy, who was standing on the platform awaiting him. Chief Murphy saluted as the train pulled out. PROMINENT HOBOKEN MAN DEAD. William H. Havens Dies at a Ripe Old Age. William H. Havens died at his home, No. 906 Garden, street, Hdboken, last even ing in tha seventy-second year of his age. Mr. Havens' had been connected with tha Hudson County Gas Company for thirty seven years. He was pensioned when that concern went under now management re cently, He was at ona time connected with the Common Council and School Board of Hoboken, and was Identified with these organizations: Hoboken Ledge No. 36, F Sc A. M.; Columbia Lodge, I. O. F.: Hoboken Ferrymen’s Association, and Hudson Council No. 74, Royal Arcanum. He was also President of the Hoboken Cemetery Board. Funeral services will ha held at the Havens home on Monday. Tha funeral will take place on Tuesday. PUBLISHING CO. INCORPORATED. [Special to “The Jersey City News.”] TRENTON, Jan. 27, 1900.—The Federal Publishing Company, o£ Jersey City, waa incorporated to print magazines and standards of fashions. The capital stock is $6,000,000 and the incorporators are:— George A. Mark, H. S. Gould, K. K. Me* Laren, C. W. Perkins, M. W. Baldwin and E. J. Dudley. WEATHER INDICATIONS. NEW YORK. Jan. 27, 1900.—Forecast for the thirty-six hours ending 8 P. M., Sunday, January 2S, for New York City and vicinity:— Fair tonight. Increasing cloudiness an4 warmer Sunday; fresh west winds, elite lng to southerly. Hartnett's Themomatrlo^J Report Jan. 26. Deg. I Jan. 27. Deg. 3 IP. M.22i 6 A. M. 23 6 P. IM...-.20! 9 A. M.29 9 P. M.17112 noon. 21 12 midnight.1S| An Old and Well Tried Remedy. Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for children teething should always be used for children while teething. It softens the gums, allays the pain, cures wind coll* ar.d is the best remedy tor diarrhoea1 Twenty-live cents per bottle. rV |§§J DIED. VALENTINE—On Wednesday, January 24, 1900, William S., son of the late Isaac and Hannah Valentine, aged six ty-two years. Relatives and friends are respectfully in vited to attend the funeral from his late residence. No. 42 Cottage street, on Sun day, January 28, at two P. M. POWERS.—On Friday, January ' 26. 1900, Mary J. Powers, beloved wife of John Powers. Funeral from her late residence. No. 798 Montgomery street, on Monday, January 29, at 8 o’clock; thence to St. Bridget's Chuiich. where a solemn hlga mass will be celebrated for the happy repose of her soul. Interment Will toe in Rome, N. Y. Omit llowers. ARLINGTON CEMETERY tVas the first "Landscape Lana Cemetery” In the State. Lot owners have no expert** foe care of grounds, nor for fencing. It jfea need a cemetery lot (and every family peede onaL you will be interested in Its beauty' an«$ neat ness, its moderate prices and easy teams at payment. OfTlce in Jersey City. 23* Walkings ton street, over Provident Savings Bank. 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