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LAST EOrTlON. _ ___ ^mmmamm ONE CENT ONE CENT ^LA3T EDITION.' V ' UWBt"l*Ml A OL. XIL-yor3303 ~ ~ -PRICE ONE PEN T. MORE CONFESSION The Rev. Percival Pyle Like Father Elmendorf, Hears Pretty Penitents. VESTRY UP IN ARMS Only a Wicker Chair and Kneeling, But It Was Too Much for Grace Church. For some time past things have not been exactly harmonious in Grace P. E. Church, Ocean and Pearsall avenues, ow ing to the pastor, the Rev. Percival C. Pyle, persistently maintaining the con fessional against the wish of a majority of the congregation. The members are loath to talk, but it was learned on good authority, last night, that the crisis was reached at a recent meeting of the vestry. At that meeting, it is said, Mr. Pyle was notified that if the Saturday night con fessional were not abolished, his salary would be stopped. The Board meant business and gave this as a final de cision. - Mr. Pyle, it is said, at first refused to recognize the right of the vestry to take such action, and further claimed that his mode of conducting all services was in strict accordance with the Episcopal Church ritual. Incensed at the action of the vestry, Mr. Pyle is alleged to have forwarded his resignation to Bishop Star key, who later talked with him and per suaded him to accept the decision of the vestry, abolish the confessional and re tain his pastorate. The members of the vestry are:—F. M. Lockwood, Charles Detwiller, Harry Lilliendahl, George Bush, Walter J. Ammerman, Edward Fry, Samuel Ross and A. Ross. Tafee gentlemen are prominent residents of Tfte Greenville section. As a result an apparent truce has been arranged. In the future no lights will shine from Grace Church on Saturday nights. , . . It is said that the penitents received in the confessional 'by Father Pyle were from other churches; none of the Grace Church congregation ever attending. The majority of them were from St. John s Protestant Episcopal Church of Bayonne, of which Father Lasalile Jenner is pastor, j Nearly all were girls under the age of | sixteen. The confessional, as arranged , by Mr. Pyle, consisted of a wicker chair and a crucifix. Mr. Pyle would seat him- ; self on the chair, and the penitent would kneel and confess. It is understood that the vestry thought that Mr. Pyle was endeavoring to grad ually change the services from low church to high church principles, a change which was decidedly distasteful to the members of the congregation. The Rev. Mr. Pyle was in retreat and could not be seen last evening. MR. BRINKERHOFF ROBBED Valuable Gold Watch and Chain Taken While on a _- TrolieyJCftii— - Former Senator William Brinkerhoff no tified the Chief of Police that his gold watch and chain were stolen from him last evening while he was riding on a crowded Greneville car at 6:30 o’clock. The Senator boarded the car at Wash ington and Montgomery street, and had great di culty getting about because of the crowd. Shortly after he missed his watch and chain. Chief Murphy has started an investigation and hopes to re coved the stolen property very shortly. Mr. Thos. H. Williams, of the Gri ng Iron Co., only a few days ago on a crowd ed trolley car in this city was robbed of a diamond scarf pin. There are other complaints which ought to put the police detectives on their metal. MAXWELL ASSOCIATION'S BALL A Large Number of Guests Attend •d the Reception Last Night. The annual ball of the John B. Max well Association took place last evening and the many friends of the members turned out in large numbers to attend it at Imperial Music Hall. The march was j led toy the standard bearer, Mr. John E. Maxwell and Miss Mamie Fagen. Over fifty couples took part in it. The officers of the association are:—H. M. Urquhart, president; M. Tighe, vice president; Jos. Dooley, second vice president; William Dougherty, treasurer; Thomas Maxwell, recording secretary; Joseph Cooney, cor responding secretary; James Sheridan, financial secretary; N. Gannon, sergeant at-arms; James Mullins, assistant ser geant-at-arms. James J. Sheridan was Floor Manager, assisted by P. J. Farrell. The Floor Com mittee was composed of John Hill, Chairman; Philip McGovern, John Far rell, M. J. Whalen, P. J. Rafferty. The Reception Committee was;—John Hosey, Chairman; James Hogen, W. Maxwell, Charles Dougherty, Thomas Ward. The Arrangement Committee was;—Thomas Mooney, Chairman; John Kelly, Adam J. Ruby, Edward Hill and Thomas Dough erty. DETECTIVE LARKINS’S ACCIDENT. Detective James Larkins of Police Headquarters slipped on the ice at the corner of Summit avenue and Church street today at noon and sprained his right leg at the ankle. The genial de tective was on his way to his home at No. 25 Brown street for luncheon when the accident occurred. His brother offi cers and his many friends in the neigh borhood of Police Headquarters are greatly shocked over the matter and the deepest sympathy is expressed for Mr. Larkins. BOYCE ASSOCIATION PARADED. The well known organization of the T’lrst Ward, named after William L. yce, held its annual parade and mask i! last evening at Wood’s Hall, on Bar tv street. It was attended by fully y n hundred people. The members ; .laded through the principal streets tn ,e lower section of the city in their masquerade costumes and created lots of amusement for the spectators along the line. NEW UNION LEAGUE MEMBERS. At a short session of the Union League Club, held last evening, six members were added to the list. An Old and Well Tried Remedy. Jdrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for children teething should always be used for children white teething. It softens the gums, allays tne pain, cures wind colic and is the best remedy . lor diarrhoea. Twenty-live cents per bottle READY FOR THE BALL • The Fourth’s Armory is Rapidly Being Trans formed. Th interior of the Armory has been transformed within the past two days into a modern Garden of Eden. One would scarcely recognize the big structure now with its brilliant decorations, which are being pu tin place for the big subscrip tion dance of the season. Thousands and thousands of yards of white and gold bunting hide the roof of the big drill shed from view. The top of the building is a solid mass of white and gold, with festoons of American flags suspended from various girders. The balconies are beautifully draped with bunting of the same color, and on the lower floor the numerous boxes are completely covered with the attractive drapings. American flags are artistically placed on each box and the regimental colors wave over the box reserved for Governor Voorhees and his staff and over the box kept for the military guests. In the centre of the spacious floor, a gorgeous marquee is being, erected, under J which the patronesses will receive the j guests. Figures of knights of old, clad ^ in the armor of bygone days, stand about j the marquee, with big spears clasped ; tightly in their hands. The marquee is of white and gold, to conform with the other decorations. Several large pillars will support the profuse supply of bunt ing to be used in the decorating of this reception stand A circular platform has been built around the marquee. The reception will begin about ten o’clock and will last for about one hour. In the decorations hundreds of palms and potted plants will be used. These will be scattered in every conceivable corner. The decorators are expected to finish their work by tomorrow morning. Von Baar’s orchestra, which is to fur nish the dance music, will be placed in the north west balcony, and the regiment band under Leader Salem Davis, will be situated in the opposite balcony. This picked band of twenty-five pieces will render a select programme of promenade music. , . The committee announces this plan for the accommodation of the participants: First floor—Rooms Nos. 1 to 5, reserved for supper. . , . Second floor —Room No. 1, ladies parlor; No. 2, private: Nos. 3 to 5, ladies’ cloak room; No.. 6, patronesses’ room. Third floor—Rooms Nos. 1 and 2, smok ing' rooms; Nos. 3 and 4, private, and No. 5, gentlemen’s hat room. The office of the Ball Committee is located on the sec ond floor. There are a few good boxes left unsold. These may be purchased by communicating with the committee. The receipts for the boxes amount to about $$50 Coloneq Smith stated last evening that the subscriptions were very good and that about seven hundred' people were expected j to be present. This1 number will certainly insure success, he says. The committee ■has completed its labors and now looks for good results. Thee are the patronesses:—Mrs. Leon Abbett, Mrs. Louis J. Apgar, Mrs. Marcus Beach, Mrs. iHuds-petlwBenson, Mrs. Wm. G .Bumsted. Mrs. Joseph A. Dear, Miss M. Louise Edge. Mrs. William C. Heppen Jutimtr, Hijtohiay.-Jr-., Mp George W. Judson. Mrs. Job (H. Upip.n cott, Miss E. C. MoCartin, (Mrs. Allan L. McDermott. Mrs. Alexander T. McGill, Mrs John S. Menagh, Mrs. James H. Noe. Mrs. George F. Perkins. Mrs. Andrew J. Post. Mrs. George T. Smith, Mrs. Charles C. Stimets, Mrs. John J. Toffey, Mrs. Peter Sip Van Winkle and Mrs.-George B. Wilson. POLICE REGULATIONS. How Youi" Coaches Must Come to the Ball. The following order for police regula tions at the Armory ball has been issued: Headquarters Jersey City Police Department. Jersey City, Feb. 21, 1900. Special order No. 1. Captain Cox will arrange to carry out the following regulation for proper order as to the arrival and departure of coaches conveying people to the Fourth Regiment ball, at the Armory, on the evening of the 21st inst. All vehicles sh'all approach from the south side and after leaving their fares form line on (Mercer street with the horses ‘heads facing west. When oalling for their fares, drivers will ap proach the Armory from the north and depart towards the south. Coaches desiring to go north when leav ing the Armory shall not he permitted to turn around before reaching Foye place A ticket bearing a number will be given the driver of each coach and a corre sponding number to one of the occupants as they alight. No coaches will be permitted to call for their fares until their number is called by the police. A picket will be established along the line of coaches to notify drivers when they are wanted. This duty will be done as noiselessly as possible. Men detailed inside the Armory will wear dress coats and white gloves. By order of DENJ. MURPHY, _Chief of Police. RIDEAUT ADMITS BIGAMY. Man Who Ran 09 With Nineteen Year Old Girl Confesses to Minister. Oscar F. Alden, of No. 19 Kimball stret, Wolvern, Mass., appeared before Recorder Edward Stanton of Hoboken to day, and lodged a complaint of bigamy against William Rideaut of No. 1,525 Washington avenue, Brooklyn. Alden charges Rideaut with having married Al den's nineteen year old daughter Wini fred while he had a wife who is now con fined in an insane asylum in Michigan. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Richmond, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Hobo ken; on February 11 last. Rideout was arrested In Brooklyn Sunday after a long search. Pastor Richmond was in court today. He informed the Recorder that Rideout had written the pastor a letter acknowl edging his guilt. The Recorder took the clergvraan’s testimony, which will be sent to the Prosecutor. Rideout will be brought to Hoboken for trial as soon as the requisition papers can be pre j pared. ! COURTS NOT IN SESSION TODAY . None of the courts wps in session today. Judge Nevius had one case on the Circuit Court calendar but it feH through. Jus tice Lippineobt Is in Trenton and Judge Blair could not hold court because Prose cutor Erwin and Assistant Prosecutor Van Winkle are in attendance on the Su preme Court in Trenton. ST. MATTHEW'S RECITAL The organ recital given last evening at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, on Wayne street, was a success. The pro gramme arranged by Prof. Frederick Eg gert was well attended. The programme has Been published In "The News." BIG STEEL TRUST Annual Meeting of Stock holders of the American Steel and Wire Company. YEARLY PROFIT $12,162,529.73 Directors Elected and Cer tificate of Organization Amended. The annual meeting of the stockholders , of the American Steel and Wire Com- , pany was held this morning at the trust's offices on Grand street J. W. Gates, chair man of the Board of Directors, presided. The secretary read the balance sheet to December 31, 1S99. The figures showed assets, consisting of real estate buildings, plant, etc., investments, etc., $106,161,947.78, and the liabilities $93,599,418.04 ‘leaving a net profit of $12,162,529.73. From this sum $2,100,000 was deducted for dividends. The meeting then 'proceeded to elect directors. Arthur Clifford, of St. Louts, was elected to till the vacancy of F. T. Voorhees, who resigned. The remaining directors elected were:—Thomas Dolan, of Philadelphia, in the place of C. C. How ard, of Jersey City; Leslie D. Ward, Newark: James Hopkins, St. Louis; John A. Drake, Chicago, and C. T. Boynton, Chicago. There were 326,755 preferred' stock votes cast and 374,257 common stock. By unanimous vote the stockholders agreed to amend its certificate of organi zation conferring on the company the power to do the following:— To engage in and carry on in all re spects the business of buying, acquiring, selling, operating and using mines and mining products of every kind and char acter. To engage in and carry on the busi ness of constructing, buying, selling, leas ing and operating railroads, wharfs, piers and kindred business and enterprises. To engage in and carry on and conduct • the business of buying, selling, leasing and operating steamships and other meth- : ods of wafer transportation, and any and ! all business incident to and connected j therewith. To guarantee the payment and assume ! the obligations of other corporations, per- j sons and firms. To redeem, retire or otherwise acquire : and ^cancel preferred stock of this com- ! pany, as by the laws of the State of New ! Jersey provided and permitted. To have the Board of Directors fix the working capital of this company, in con formity with the present by-laws of the company. To have the Board of Directors elect an Executive Committee possessing the pow ers of the Board, in conformity with the present by-laws of the company. To have the Board of Directors enabled to declare and pay dividends on the com mon stock of the company quarterly, out of the surplus or net earnings of the current dividend year, during such cur rent dividend year. The directors will meet this afternoon at No. 73 Broadway, New York, to de clare the dividend. 10 OVERCOME BY GAS Flynn Was Found Dead and Mrs, O’Rourke Uncon scious in Old House. The police made a startling find this morning in an old rickety house at No. 411 Third street, which is too dilapidated for regular tenants to occupy. Thomas Flynn was found dead and Mrs. O’Rourke un conscious from coal gas. The house has sheltered many homeless unfortunates for months and of late has harbored an unusually large numlber who found themselves too poor to obtain a proper home. Two of the most conspicu ous f the habitues of the place were Thomas Flynn, thirty-four years old, and •Mrs. Kate O'Rourke, fifty-five years old. Flynn was In poor physical condition for a long time and Mrs. O’Rourke was very feeble fi'om age. For these reasons a number of the neighbors were kind to the pair, and did what they could for their comfort. Food was brought to the old house and they lived as well as possible under the circumstances. There are many holes and cracks in the house and to heat it the inhabitants used a large milk can in which a fire was al ways burning. Wood was easily obtained, but the question of coal was always a difficult problem, and soft coal was more often used than hard. Soft coal gives forth an unusually strong gas in great quantities and it happened that soft coal was used Sunday night. Flynn and Mrs. O’Rourke and several others were in the building at the time. All but Flynn and Mrs. O’Rourke left early in the evening and it is thought that Flynn and the woman must have fallen asleep. At any rate nothing was seen of them all day yesterday so an investiga tion was started. Chanceman William Sheehan of the First precinct police station was notified that an accident might have happened. He forced an entrance into the house and found the couple apparently dead. An ex amination developed the fact that Flynn was dead. Mrs. O'Rourke was uncon scious and was removed to the City Hos pital, where she is slowly recovering. Flynn’s body was removed to Speer’s morgue. Asphyxiation by coal gas was the cause of Flynn's death. WASHINGTON CELEBRATION. All the preparations for the celebration of Washington’s birthday by the Robert Davis Association are made. The speak ers will be Congressman Salmon of New Jersey, Robertson of Indiana, Carmichael of Texas and W. Sulzer of New York. Counselor Joseph M. Noonan will be toast master and Colonel Robert G. Smith will preside at the meeting in St. Peter’s Hall. Arrange now for telephone service with The New York and New Jersey Telephone Com pany, 8 Erie Street, Jersey City, to have your name in . the next “Telephone Directory,” which goes to press February 23d. Rates with in reach of all. SUPPOSE. SUPPOSE unexpected guests arrive, the larder is low and the dinner hour near how connect with the butcher, the baker and the con* lectioner and hur riedly gatherthpsup plies that shall make the dinner a credit to the housekeeper ? TELEPHONE SERVICE. The New York and New Jersey Telephone Go. 160 Market St., Newark, N. J* 8 Erie St„ Jersey City, N. J. Mrs. Weixlmann Forgets Their Name But Thinks There's No Mystery As announced in yesterday’s "News,” eighteen-year-old Mamie Weixlmann, of Boulevard and Hudson avenue, West New York, concerning whose strange disap pearance several weeks ago so much curiosity was aroused, bus returned home. A reporter for "The News” called at her home this morning but the young woman was out on a visit. Her parents adhere to the story given out by her that she had been run over by a cab in New York and taken in charge by 'a charitably dis posed wealthy couple. Mrs. Weixlmann, the mother, told the reporter the first inkling she had. of her daughter’s whereabouts was from a strange woman who called upon her Thursday evening and told her the story of the accident and of Mamie’s recovery. She left an address, where both of Mamie’s parents called the following Fri day. The woman said she was the house keeper for the wealthy couple who took charge of Mamie after the accident. The parents did not see the couple. Mrs. Weixlmann said she and her husband found Mamie in a rich home and found ; her in charge of the woman who repres- | ented herself to be the housekeeper of her wealthy benefactors. They do not recall j the address. , . "Do you not think It strange that you were not notified of the accident?” asked ■ the reporter. ,, . ! "I understand that the people —refer ring to the wealthy couple—"were afraid that the news of the accident would great ly distress her folk, and they thought she would get over its effects in a few days. At first my daughter was unable to tell anything about herself.” “But don’t you think that when they did find out they should have notified her distressed parents?” pressed the re porter. “Oh, well, some people are that way, responded Mrs. Weixlmann, in broken English. “Mamie is'home. 'Wte are glad. She was overjoyed when we called at the rich man’s home for her.” It is now supposed by the parents that the letter signed “A. B. G.” was written by the girl's benefactors. They cannot account for a subsequent letter from a mythical woman stating that Mamie spent the first night of her disappearance in the Elizabeth fitme dn New York, except on the hypothesis that some other girl had been taken for her by the young woman wlho wrclte the Setter after having seen the story printed in a New York paper, It will be recalled by readers of "The News” that the description of th^ dress of the voung woman supposed to be Miss Weixlmann, who spent the first night of Miss Weixlmann's disappearance at the Elizabeth Home, did not tally with that of the liress Miss Weixlmann wore when she left home on the day of her dlyip pearance. NEW 8UB8TITUE RULE. Principals Can No Longer Choose Teachers to Fill Vacancies, With the accumulation of sixty-nine candidates for teachers in the city, the problem of fairness to all in the matter of positions and substitute positions has been brought before the Board of Edu cation, when it was decided that in or der to give every one of these sixty-nine candidates a fair chance the matter of substituting should be left entirely in the hands of Superintendent of Schools Henry Snyder. Heretofore the matter of substituting has been left entirely in the hands of the various principals, each of whom was furnished with a list of those ready to substitute. Consequently, when Mr. Prin cipal came to school some morning and found one of his teachers absent, a “hurry call’’ was sent ou.t, quite naturally to the candidate within easiest reach. In this way substituting has grown to be more or less a residential preference, the candidates who did not live in the vicin ity of the schools stood little chance for substitute positions. All this was, of course, unfair, as not only is it the object of the Board to give to each candidate, as nearly as possible, an equal amount of substituting, but to test their ability in the teaching capacity, especially as substituting weighs in the matter of appointment. The rule now in force, as inaugurated In the schools yesterday, is that the can didate teachers shall report each morning at nine, at the various schools, according to their residential vicinity, and remain until ten. Thus Mr. Snyder has telephone connection with every substitute, and in case a principal finds a vacancy In his teaching corps, he immediately tele phones the Superintendent of Schools, giv ing all particulars. Mr. Snyder is then able, upon reference to statistics, to send a teacher suited to the class in question and to make the appointment according to the number of previous substitute po sitions the teacher has held. It takes the matter out of the hands of the prin cipals, but is fairer to the substitutes, ps it does away with all residential or other partiality. TROLLEY CAR SPILLED MILK. Trolley car No. 332 of the 'Newark Line collided with a milk Wagon owned and driven by Thomas Glenhon of No. 381 Grand street, at 6:50 o’clock this morn ing, at the corner of Grand and Mon mouth streets. The axle of the wagon was broken and a large quantity of milk was spilled about the streets. The driver and horse were un Injured. NEW SCHOOL BILL Voluminous Report Given by Committee on Codi fication of Laws. PASTOR JACKSON’S MEASURE Provides That No Saloon Shall Screen Its Patrons From Observation. LSpecIal to "The Jersey City News.”] TRENTON,' Feb. 20, 1900.—The report of the committee appointed to oodify the school laws of the State was presented to the Senate last evening by Senator Stokes. It is a very voluminous docu ment and would all a page of “The Jersey City (News.” Accompanying the report was a lengthy bill embodying the sugges tions of the report. The essential features are The majority of the School Board' shall control in all cases including appoint ments. Bach Board may make its own rules relative to the employment, tenure of office, salary, promotion and discharge of teachers. A superintendent for each county is provided, his salary to be paid out of the State funds. The State Board of Examiners, now consisting of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Principal of the State Normal School, is increased by an additional member to be appointed ;by the State Board of Edu cation. Provision is made for the issuing of teachers' certificates. The bill abolishes the school census as now taken, which costs over $40,000 annually, and the school rax is now to be based on the taxable property of the districts. The State moneys shlall be apportioned to the dis tricts on the basis of the attendance of pupils. Every child between seven and twelve years must attend school unless legitimately excused. No child under fif teen shall be employed unless within the preceding twelve months he has attended school at least twefiVe weeks. Provision is made for truant officers and the arrest of truants. TrUant schools may be estab lished. Penalties are prescribed for failure of parents to send children to school. Pastor Jackson, of the Scotch Presby terian Church of Jersey City, was here last evening with a bill providing that no place shall be licensed for the sa e of liquor which has booth, staill or any other Inclosure • which may screen from obser vation the patrons of the place. Any vio lation of the law renders void the license. Mr. Jackson asked Mr. Murphy to intro duce the measure, and that gentleman in troduced it this morning by request. Partisan Vote Passes the Bill for Redistricting in Spite of Governor’s Message. [Special to “The Jersey City News.”] TRENTON, Feb. 20, 1900.—Things were livened up considerably In the Senate this morning by the bill for the redistricting of New Brunswick. There are a couple of Republican wards in that city which con tain more voters than the other four, the consequence of which is that the Demo crats have a majority of the Board of Al dermen. , Last year a bill was passed which ordered the Common Council to re district the city. The Democratic Council declined to do this and mandamus pro ceedings to compel it to do sp are now pending in the courts. This year Mr. Groves secured the passage of a bill au thorizing the Mayor to appoint a com mission consisting of two Republicans and one Democrat to make the reaistrict ing. It was this bill which came up in the Senate this morning. Mr. Pitney, the Republican leader, championed it and made the usual partisan speech tending to show that the present ward lines were ■a scandal and u disgrace to the fair name of New Jersey, and how the virtuous and upright Republicans wished to wipe out ■that disgrace by making the wards Re publican. Senator Van Cleef, of New Brunswick, turned the tables on iMr. Pitney by show ing that the present lines were made by the Republicans ten years ago, but that the people of the big wards had become enlightened and were voting the Demo cratic ticket. Mr. Van Cleef said the reason the Common Council of last year had not acted was because there was no provision in the bill for the expenses of the work. He denounced the bill as par tisan legislation arid quoted' Governor Voorhees' message against legislative in terference with local affairs. Mr. Van Oleefs eloquence was of no avail and the bill passed by a partisan vote. The House passed the bill forbidding the use of the American flag for adver tising purposes. Mr. McDermott introduced a bill in the Senate whlcli requires Boards of Free holders to declare the amount necessary to be raised for each of the classes and sub-classes of expenditures as per a table appended with the sub-heads:—Current Expenses, Debt and Interest, and Public Works. The whole amount appropriated in one year, together with the sums to be raised for courts and elections, shall not exceed three-fourths of a per centum of the gross valuations of taxable prop erty in the county. The bill authorizes the Board to issue temporary loan bonds to pay the deficiency, if there be any, because of tha maintenance of the courts, or if expenses of elections are in excess of the amount scheduled. All temporary loan bonds issued under this act shall run for not longer than two years and shall bear interest at not more than five per cent. CITY NEWS NOTES The Columbia Club has completed ar rangements for the beefsteak dinner to be given tonight at Columbia Hall, Ocean and Cator avenues. Commissioner Ed ward Barr will act as master of cere monies. Covers will be laid for one hun dred and fifty. Mayor Hoos and Sheriff Carl Ruempler are expected to be present. The “Tyrolean Queen,” a three act operetta, will be given by the children of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church In the Jersey City Club this evening. The piece was produced in the early part of the season with success. The U. S. Grant Association will meet tonight at Its quarters, Ocean near Wood lawn avenue. A date will be fixed for the Reed trial. The Diana Social Club will hold Its fourth annual ball Thursday night at Diana Hall, Ocean and Myrtle avenues. A cake walk will be one Of the features. "Delays are dangerous.” Those who have poor, weak, Impure blood should take Rood’s Sarsaparilla at once. It never disappoints. GAS LEADS THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST COAL AND OIL. AS at l1 CENTS per lOO CUBIC FEET is CHEAPER THAN COAL for HEA^iN^ vT and COOKING purposes and CHEAPER THAN OIL for LIGHTING purposes. Whi$ Coal and Oil have advanced in price, Gas has been reduced. For the convenience of our customers we are opening FOUR NEW OFFICES in Hudson County, where every Gas appliance can be obtained at cost. Economy, convenience and comfort makes the use of Gas appliances a necessity in every household. There is no dirt, no danger,, no trouble connected with their use, and they are always available. Life is the easiest to the consumer of gas; household cares vanish with its use. The WELSBACH burner gives the cheapest and best light known. A GAS RADIATOR will SAVE you MONEY and give you COMFORT during tho RAW SPRING MONTHS. We are making a CUT in the price of RADIATORS during the balance of February. Hudson County Gas Company OFFICES-109-11 1 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. 751-753 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. 327 Central Avenue, Jersey City. 201 Avenue D, Bayonne. 538 Washington Street, Hoboken. Spring Street and Hackensack Plankroad, West Hoboken, NINTH WARDERS AT WORK Democratic Society Tran sacts a Lot of Business Preparatory to Election. One of the best attended sessions of the Ninth Ward Democratic Society held since the last campaign took place last evening. President William C. Burke pre sided and Secretary John J. Ryan, who has never missed a meeting since the club was organized, was at his, accus tomed post. Mr. Samuel B. Ellis offered a resolution in which he eulogized the administration of Freeholder Frank B. Scott of that ward, and asked the club 'to endorse him for re-election next fall. The resolution was passed without a dissenting vote. Preceding the introduction of this resolu tion, 'Mr. Scott told of his experiences in the Board of Freeholders and of the du ties which fell to his lot. In endorsing Mr. Scott the members sanctioned the conduct of their representative in the Board. Interesting communications were re ceived from Mrs. Mary Hudspeth-Benson and Mrs. Caroline Whitney, Chairman and Secretary of the Town Improvement Department of the Woman’s Club, thank ing the members for endorsing the peti tion for Little Italy’s Park. . Resolutions of condolence were sent the relatives of the late Senator Goebel of Kentucky. A committee of three, consisting of William C. Burke, George G. Tennant and Louis B. Foley, was appointed to wait on Mayor Hoos and request him to notify the Corporation Attorney to communi cate with the Traction Company and urge the erection of waiting rooms at all of the places of transfer. Merchants and busi ness men in the vicinity of the Bergen terminal are very much interested in the movement. Chairman Frank Scott, of the Building j Committee, reported that about $100 had I been received since the last meeting in j addition to the building fund, for the pro- ; posed new clubhouse. The committee has a site in view and will proceed with the j project when sufficient funds to warrant i the undertaking of such measure© are on hand. , The committee 'appointed to arrange lor a theatre party reported that the entire theatre will be hired 'for the night when a date is selected. This will be known as ''Democratic night.” The various com mittees recently appointed were ordered to organize and report at the next meeting. The ‘Naturalization Committee, composed of John J. Ryan, J. H. Cable, J. Purtell and Cornelius Rooney, will begin its work now and keep it up until election. The attention of the society was called : to the horrible condition of Garretson I avenue, which is rendered impassable be cause of the sonstruction of a sewer. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES ASKED. County Board of Health Hoars the Report of Diseases. Clerk C. J. Rooney submitted to the County Board of Health yesterday after noon his report of contagious diseases for the month of January. There were 340 cases in the county, of which 287 were in Jersey City, 40 in Hoboken, 4 in West New York, 3 each in West Hoboken and Weehawken, and 1 each in the Town of Union, North Bergen and East Newark. Henry A. Thomas, of No. 114 Liberty street. New York, sent for a certified copy of the marriage certificate of Thomas H. Lundy and Alice A. Ashworth, who were married by the Rev. Kennedy Duff, of West Hoboken, on or about August^ 7, last year. The request was referred to counsel. Mrs. A. Wichert, of No. 209 Warren stret, Jersey City, complained that An tonina Oienski, of No. 128 Steuben street, and Mrs. Botkowski, of No. 28 Canal street, were practicing widwtfery without having been registered. The complaint was referred to counsel for investigation. Mrs. Adeline Zuppinger,»of No. 370 West stret, West Hoboken, requested a copy of the mariage record of John J. Fallon of New York, to Adeline Zuppinger o'f West Hoboken. They were married on October 14, 1891. Clerk Rooney examined the rec ords and found that no return of the marriage had been made. Health Inspector Hendricks reported that no complaints of contagious, disease in th Weehawken schools had ben made since he fumigated the schools recently. JAIL IS BEING RENOVATED. The usual triennial renovation and re pairing are in progress at the County Jail. The old building will be made to look as well a3 new paint and paper can make It look. THREE HOUSES BURNED Fire on Tonnele Avenue Makes Five Families Poor. A Are that completely wiped out three | two-story houses broke out in Charles j Becker’s roadhouse, No. 711 Tonnele ave- I nue, shortly after six o'clock last even- j ing. The two adjoining houses. Nos. 709 j and 707, were soon ablaze. The three houses burned like a huge tinder box. They were isolated from Other houses. Had they not been the Are would have been one of much greater propor tions. It is not known how the Are originated. It is believed to have started from the rear of the cellar of Becker’s roadhouse. The occupants of the three houses were not only rendered homeless, but they lost almost all their furniture. The houses were located at the bottom j of the steep Mil, known as the Western j Slope, and it is Impossible to reach there with Are apparatus without going through a long and circuitous route. There was also a great scarcity of water and Are men who reached the scene were thus additionally handioapped in their work. Nos. 9, 7, 11, 12 and 14 Engine Com panies and No. 3 Truck Company re sponded to Arst and second alarms. Mr. Becker and his family, consisting of his wife and several children, lost everything. The roadhouse was owned by Jacob Kies semetter of Seeaucus. The two adjoining buildings were owned •by Mrs. Voss. She and her family of grown up children, one of them married, occupied No. 709. James Vledemann and family and two other families of the name of Rebers and Borehert occupied No. 707. The loss is estimated at between ten and twelve thousand dollars. Becker’s roadhouse was a sort of station for stage coach passengers bound along the county route to Snake H11L WILL PAY FOR FIRE HOSE A lawyer representing Chief Counsel De Forrest, of the Central Hailroad Com pany, waited upon Police Justice Nevin in the Second Criminal Court this morning and in the name of the company apolo gized for running over with a train the fire hose stretched across tts tracks at a Are last Thursday. He also agreed to call upon the fire officials and offer to make t good any damages sustained. Justice Nevin declared that in such cases the city was supreme. He called the at tention of the counsellor to the fact that if trains were allowed to run over fire hose Stretched by the Fire Department over She railroad tracks lives and prop- I erty were endangered. The Counsellor I admitted all this. LOST CONFIDENCEJN PEDDLERS. Mrs. Burke Will Never Again Give One a Bill to Change. Mrs. Burke, of NO. 84 York street, has determined to keep small change on hand hereafter so that she may pay peddlers without trusting to the honesty of mem bers of that fraternity. This determina tion is only a diay old, but Mrs. Burke says she will live up to It most religiously. It was Inspired by a disagreeable experi ence she had yestercflay afternoon. A peddler called on Mrs. Burke and sold her twenty-five cents worth of potatoes. She gave him a 82 bill and he left the house to get change. He has not yet re turned. Mrs. Burke notified Sergeant Robert Miller of the First Precinct Police Sta tion and the authorities are now looking for the thief, whom Mrs. Burke describes j as being about twenty-oight years old. j 5 feet 6 inches tall, smooth face, and stout. He was dressed in a black coat ! and wore a derby hat. ST. BONIFACE’S AMATEURS. - i The members of ©t. Boniface’s Churoh j choir presented the three-act farce, ; “Tragedy,” last night at the parish htedl. j The parts were all very well done and reflected great credit on the amateurs. The cast was;—Mr. Gregory Graysin, Mr. Bannon; Mr, IMumford Merry, Mr. Sal mon; Mr. Philip McCready, Mr, Sullivan; Mr. Parcher, clerk, Mr. Mullins; Mount castle Stokes, office (boy; Boy and1 haw ' Student, Mr. McDonald; Mr. Cute, detec- I tive, Mr. Byrnes; Mrs. Gregory Graysin, ; Miss Sieverdlng; Mrs. Mumford Merry. Miss Sullivan; Mrs. 'Haw, mother-in-law, ; Miss Vandeminde; Mary, Miss Brock; i iRosalinde, Miss Jocham. The performance will be repeated Thura- j day night. _ UAllans OF FACT. , —Scores, factories and institutions can now get their supplies as good as any N. Y. house I at D. E. Cleary & Co.’s wholesale grocery | can serve them. Complete stock, low prices, i stores, Montgomery and Greene streets CHILDREN MARRIED A YEAR Fred Pantaenlus and Miss Bva Peat, of Bayonne, have Just surgtUaA dull friends by announoing that-on April j, last year, they were mxrsto*. SweethsnrtA from childhood, their inrr rl^go was ex pected to take place soma dafpwhen they were old enough, hut net nowfiwhlje Fred Is still under age and studying law, and Miss Eva is scarcely eighteen. Their respective parents refused eon sent to their marriage a year-ago on ac count of their youth, but a month later they settled the matter to their own sat isfaction by calling on the Rev, William Morrison, at West Brighton, 9. L, who tied the knot. Mrs. Pantaenlus has since lived with her parents, at No. 42 East Thirty-fourth stret, Bayonne, and her husband with his at No. 710 Avenue E, Bayonne. TONIGHT’S EVENTS. Jeftrias-Sharkey fight picures at tho Academy of Music. Dinkins’s "Utopians” at the Bon Ton Theatre. Meeting U. S. Grant Association. Operetta. "Tyrolean Queen,” by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School at the Jersey City Club. Beefsteak dinner, Columbia Club, Co lumbia Hall. Concert. De -Koven Quartette and Mrs. Tappen Green, St. John's Institute. Euchre, St. Patrick’s Catholic Club. WEATHER INDICATIONS. NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 1900.—ForeoejSt for the thirty-six hours ending *ae£ht P. M. Wednesday. For (New York City and vicinity:—Fair tonight, Wednesday partly cloudy and warmer, with rwa <16 wight, winds becoming *froaa easterly* Hartnett’s Tiermometrloal Kejsrt Feh. 19. D«. 3 P. M.24 6 P. M.24 9 P. M.2S 12 midnight.20 F*b. ». mm « A. M.....25 9 A. 12 ® DISXX RITCHIE.—At her 1st* resldwnae, Wa W Barrow street, on Sunday, FaDjuarjr M. 1900, Rabie, beloved daughter at Robert and Margaret Ritchie, aged a years. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend fha fu“?r?-1 from her late residence, on Tuesday, Feb ruary 20, at eight P. M. „ Interment in Greenwood Cemetery A# convenience of the family. HELFRIOH.-At No. 99 Sip avenue, Jer sey City Heights, on Sunday, February 18 1900. Frances J. Holfrlch, widow ot Jonathan R. Helfrlch. Funeral services oh Tueaday, February 20, at eight P. M. 'MeANALLY.—In this city, 08 Sunday; February 18, 1900, BlldK, bOlavod"wife of the late John MoAnally, aged tt Relatives and friends of tho family are respectfully invited to attend taotugeral from her late residence; No. w» uran<* street, on Wednesday, February at nine A. M.: thence to St. Peter's Church, where a solemn high mass will bo Offered up for the happy repose of hsr soul ARLINGTON CKMSTB** Was the first "Landscape lawn Cemetery" In ,llo State. Lot owners have no expense tor care of grounds, nor for fencing. If you need s. cemetery lot (and every family usede ®a*), you will be Interested in its bpaut* “l*8**! ness. Its moderate prioes aad AJJ “ oayment. Office in Jersey City. » Wasbing ton street, over Provident Savings Baak. Tele ; phone No. B21. _ _— D