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WST EDITION.
ONE CENT
LAST EDITION.
VOL,
Jersey city, Tuesday, may 8. 1900.
LAST EDITION.
ONE CENT
LAST EDITION.
“PRICE ONE CENtT~
Murderer of Supt. Wattson
Expiates His Crime on
the Scaffold Today.
MET HIS DOOM WITH FORTITUDE
Prepared a Statement Read
By Father McGinley in
the Death Chamber.
EXPRESSED PENITENCE FOR THE DEED
Final Attempt Made Yesterday
to Procure a Stay By Law
yers Klink and Furey.
A black-robed figure stood under the ,
gallows, erected in one of the corridors j
of the Hudson County Jail, this .norn- :
Ing. A noose was around the neck and j
a black cap drawn over the face. The ,
figure was Edward Clifford, murderer of
Supt. William G. Wattson. At the doom
ed man’s elbow stood the Rev. Father j
McGinley, facing two rows of citizens
bidden to attend the execution of the ex
treme penalty of the law. Holding in j
his hand a small piece of paper, the
priest said, in a low tone:—
“I have been requested by Mr. Clifford
to read these last words, which are his
identical words:—
“I never intended to strike, shoot or kill ;
Mr. Wattson, and I have never been able j
to realize how I eaine to take his life. ;
I make this statement, realizing that I am :
about to meet my God. My best wishes
and blessings W> you all. Good bye.”
There was a nod of acquiescence from i
the poor wretch, whose face would never j
again see the iight of day, a click, a ;
eound as if a • heavy weigtft had fallen,
a body jerked into the air, a few t witch
ings of the hands, a silent figure hanging
under the scaffold, and then those who
witnessed the tragedy knew that the soul
of the murderer had sped to eternity.
As early as eight o’clock small groups
of people gathered at points of vantage
near the gloomy old jail. They gazed at ! ,
the famous window over the door expect- J
ing to see the man whose life was soon to ,
——W'SHTOeit out, and discussed the chances
of a stay or something which would pre
vent the grim tragedy taking place. Along j
came the police guarding the approaches
to the jail and keeping a road clear for ■
those who had business in the Court ,
House. Half past nine o’clock found the .
Sheriff’s office crowded with the Sheriff's
jurors whilst in the Circuit Court room
were those appointed by Justice Lippin
cott. These were:—
Court’s Jury—Dr. George Culver,
Thomas G. Vile, Charles H. Ball, Chris
tian Lohrengei, Dr. Charles A. Gilchrist,
Charles W. Levering, P. H. Murphy, Dr.
J. M. Rector, William W. Baxter, John
* T. O’Brien, Duncan Cameron, Mayor Eg
bert Seymour.
Sheriff’s Justice—Dr. Otto H. Albane
sius, Edward Miller, Claude Bryan,
Dr. Joseph Craven, J. Deetjen. Dr. H. B.
Rue, Albert A. Frank, Dr. William J.
Arlitz, Dr. Richard Schlerr.m, Dr. C. E.
Putnam, Charles McBride, J. V. Burke.
Led by Sheriff Ruempler the Jurors
marched in pairs across to the jail a few
minutes after ten o’clock had struck and
took their places in the narrow corridor
on the west side of the jail. At the south
end of this place was the scaffold and
standing beside it the hangman, “Mr. Van
Hise,” as he insists on being called, lov
ingly Angering the rope and glancing at
the jurors with a look as if he would like
to “work off" the whole lot at £250 per
head. He was in the midst of this enjoy
ment when Wardep Sullivan appeared at
the door of the corridor and beckoned to
■him. The hangman walked out quickly,
the talon like Angers of his right hand
ominiously clutching his throat. A piece
of black cloth dangled from his coat
pocket and in one hand he held a piece
of white cloth and some straps.
Following the Warden they reached the
condemned cell. There beside the doomed
man were the priests and the Sheriff, who
had just informed Clifford that his time
was up. When the death warrant was
read the hangman stepped behind his vic
tim and quickly pinioned his arms to his
sides. Clifford submitted to the process
indifferently, paying close attention to the
consoling words of the priests. The dread
preparation being Anlshed at a sign from
the Sheriff the march to the scaffold
“Hush!” said one of the keepers, stand
ing at the door of the corridor to the
jurors who were talking in undertones,
“they are coming.” _
Instantly there was silence, only bro
ken by the twittering of the sparrows on
the trees outside. More distinct became
the sound of footsteps, and in a few
seconds the tall figure of Sheriff Ruem
pler was seen entering the corridor,
and at his heels the hangman. Behind
them came Clifford, with Father McGin
ley on one side and Father Foye on the
other. Holding a crucifix in his right
hand Clifford walked steadily on, with
his head up, and there was a smile on
his face, as if he was at peace with him
self and the whole worid. There wasn t
the slightest sign of fear about him as
he stood under the gallows tree, calmly
awaiting his end. As the hangman was
fixing the strap around his ankles he
turned his eyes downward to watch him.
The noose around his neck was then fixed
to the catch of the long rope dangling
from the crossbeam, and the hangman
then drew over Clifford’s face the awful
blackcap.
For a second or two, which seemed like
an hour, there was a pause broken by
Father McGinley’s voice reading Clifford's
last words. These over Sheriff Ruempler
Stepped in front of Clifford and said to
h “Clifford, have you anything to say why
the last sentence ow the law should not
be carried out?”
“Nothing,” was the faint whisper from
out of that awful cap.
It was now just fifteen minutes past ten
o’clock when the hangman at a sign from
the Sheriff released the rope holding up
the 400 pound weight. Down it flew four
teen feet to the Aoor below, lighting on a
bed of sawdust to deaden the shock. At
the same instant Clifford flew into the
air reUirn ng with a jerk which made
the Umbers of the scaffold creak The
left hand of the murderer opened .and
■hut and the head turned on the right
side, showing to the horrified jurors that
•the knot of the noose had slipped and
was now almost under the chin and Clif
ford was slowly strangling. Mindful of
the hideous bungling wrhen Brown was
hanged in February, the hangman was
warned to place the knot behind and not
under the ear, but he disregarded the in
structions and another case of horrible
blundering was the result.
When the body came to a rest Dr.
George Culver stepped forward and felt
Clifford’s pulse, while Dr. Albanefeius, Dr.
Putnam, Dr. Culver and Dr. Craven each
felt his breast. Life lingered in the body
for several moments after the hangman
lowered it so that the feet were a few
inches from the floor, and at 10.28 the
physicians all agreed that Clifford was
dead. Then at a signal from the Sheriff
the hangman’s sons lowered the body to
the floor while the hangman tore off the
black caj> and tugged at the noose. Off
it came at lastrand there was a deep fur
row' around the dead man’s neck made
by the rope. The physicians carefully
examined the neck and were agreed' that
it had not been broken.
“Strangulation,” was their verdict, and
the last act of the grim tragedy was
closed. Half an hour after the jurors
had left the jail the body of Clifford was
put into a casket and removed to the
undertaking establishment of J. J
O’Hara, in Union Hill*, from whence the
funeral will take place on Thursday. He
will be interred in this county and not
in Brooklyn, as it was stated.
Clifford’s case is so well known to every
body in the county that to repeat here at
length is unnecessary. On March 5, 1896,
he shot Superintendent Wattson In Wee
hawken, and the legan steps in the case
from that time until yesterday make it
unparalleled in the history of criminal
jurisprudence. Nowhere in any country
has it bene known that a man has six
times evaded the penalty of death. All
the l^gal resources were exhausted in his
behalf and more than $100,000 has been
raised for his defense by friends, chief
among whom was Mdrtin Filon, of Union
Hill, who had not only contributed large
sums to the lawyers but mortgaged his
property to save hi3 friend. Throughou
the'case lawyers of prominence have been
engaged, from the late Attorney General j
to the small court practitioner, but to no ,
avail. The mills of Justice, like those ;
o fthe Gods, however slow their motion, i
accomplish the end in time.
Prosecutor ISr'.v.'n said this morning:— j
“E-verv avenue of escape thought avail- :
able for Clifford was used in his behy.f.
The result was delay only and submission i
at last to the judgment of the Jaw. The ,
influences behind Clifford's flsht for -ife
t>owerful and excited even a certain »
pvmmathv for the man in his endeavors,
to defeat the execution of the sentence of
th" 'aw. After eminent anci reputable :
~our.se! had exhausted all proper and pro- ,
fe.sicna! efforts in Clifford’s behalf certain
legal jackals then came into the case,
employing tactics reprehensible, and de
grading to the administration or justice, j
and onlv building up false hopes in the |
mind of the accused, making use or the ;
funds contributed by his friends, and by |
e delay caused tending to do away with •
ne aeiav cau-aru Lcuurub —.-y .;
very deterrent effect of the punishment ;
ar the crime for which Clifford was con- ^
icted.” _
CLIFFORD’S LAST NIGHT.
Efforts Made Yesterday to
Again Postpone the
Execution.
On© more unsuccessful effort was made
yesterday to save Clifford’s life or at least .
delay his execution. It was made by ■
Counsellors William M. Klink and James!
J. Furey, and they returned to the County j
Jail shortly before one o’clock this morn
ing to report their failure.
Messrs. Klink and Furey went to Eliza
beth and had a long consultation with
Chancellor Magie and Governor Voorhees.
They first applied to the Chancellor for a
writ of error, contending that Justice
Uppincott had erred in the manner in
which he had conducted the insanity pro
ceedings.
The application was based on the com
mon law. Prior to 1790 when a suggestion
of insanity was made in capital cases a
jury was empanelled to determine the
question. This practice was continued
until the second year of the regn of
George III., when a statute was passed
providing that when insanity was alleged
after conviction three physicians should
be appointed to report on the defendant’s
mental condition. The Court Itself, how
ever, had the inherent power to determine
that the defendant was insane and that
determination was final. After 1790 it was
optional with the Court to appoint the
three physicians.
The contention of the lawyers yesterday
was that the Court of Oyer and Terminer
has no jurisdiction. It is only a statutory
court and there is no statute giving it jur
isdiction such as was assumed in this
case. Being without common law or
statutory jurisdiction it was not author
ized to inquire into Clifford’s mental con
dition. Mr. Klink submitted these views
to the Chancellor, who listened patiently
to all he had to say. Justice Lippincott’s
opinion was submitted and Mr. Klink
pointed out that the Court’s jurisdiction
was questioned by high legal authority.
Justice Uppincott merely thought that
the Court had a right to assume jurisdic
tion. Chancellor Magie refused to grant
the writ and refused to endorse his re
fusal on the application. If he had con
sented to endorse his refusal an appeal
could have been taken and that would
have acted as a stay of execution.
The lawyers then went to Governor
Vocrhees and requested him to grant a
reprieve. The Governor was very certain
that under the law he had no right to
grant a reprieve at this stage of the pro
ceedings, tout to reinforce his opinion he
called up Attorney General Grey on the
telephone. The Attorney General con
firmed the Governor in his opinion. He
assured the Governor that granting a re
prieve would toe a violation of his con
stitutional oath of office. The Governor
cannot grant a reprieve after the ex
piration of ninety days. Seeing that there
was no possible chance of saving Clifford
the lawyers returned to this city and noti
fied Warden Sullivan that their efforts had
toeen fruitless. Clifford was not informed
of this final effort.
There was not a very large crowd!
around the jail this morning. The curi
osity seekers who did assemble were kept
at a respectable distance by the police.
Captain McKaig of the Oakland avenue
station had charge of the police arrange
ments. He had the oft platoons from the
different stations and a sergeant and
roundsman from each precinct, about fifty
men in all. Captain MoKaig took enough
of them to form a cordon around the
block and In the front and rear of the
jail and left the others in the station.
There was no excitement whatever. A
small crowd stood on the opposite side of
the street and looked at the grey walls
and barred windows of the jail, but that
was all they could see. Nobody appeared
at the window of Clifford s cell, which
was immediately over the entrance.
Clifford gave up all hope yesterday
afternoon, if he still retained any. While
■Hangman Van Hise and his two sons
were erecting the gallows, the door of the
condemned cell was kept closed so as to
keep out the noise of the hammering.
Clifford’s brother, Thomas, called' on
him in the afternoon in company with
three ladies, cousins o£ Clifford. They
talked with him for some time and then
bade him a tearful farewell. The con
demned man maintained his nerve won
derfully well. Other callers were Martin
Filon, Simon Kelly, and John Woods.
Father McGinley, who has been constant
in his attendance on the condemned man,
and Father Foye, who was his first spirit
ual adviser, spent a great part of the
afternoon and evening with him. Father
McGinley expressed a hope to Warden
Sullivan that Van Hise would not make
a bungling job of the execution.. He spoke
of Clifford's weight and the unusual cir
cumference of his neck, and was afraid
that the hangman would make some blun
der.
Toward evening Clifford expressed a de
sire to see the new suit of black which
had bene provided by Sheriff Ruempler for
the execution, and it was taken up for
his inspection. He requested that the suit
of clothes he was wearing be given to his
old friend John Woods. Since his Incar
ceration Clifford has kept a scrap book in
which he pasted clippings from the news
papers referring to his case. They include
tln^ story of the murder, the trial and all
the proceedings taken in the case. Only
last night he pasted in the book the
stories from the local papers referring to
the fact that there was no hope for him.
Fathers McGinley and Foye spent the
night with him up to nearly one o'clock
this morning, when Clifford went to bed
and fell asleep, immediately after mid
night Father McGinley administered the
Sacrament of Communion.
Clifford slept soundly until six o’clock
this morning, when he awoke and made
his toilet. Breakfast was served at seven
o’clock and he ate heartily of it. The
breakfast consisted of oatmeal, ham and
eggs, Coffee and an apple and. orange.
Fathers'McGinley and Foye arrived at the
jail shortly after eight o’clock and re
mained with Clifford until the end. Hang
man Van Hise and his two sons readied
the jail at ten minutes after nine and
put the finishing touches on the gaiiows.
Singularly enough Clifford never saw the
hangman until this morning, although
Van Hise has been at the jail many
times. Yesterday afternoon Clifford spoke j
cf Van Hise and expressed a wish to see
him. On being told that he had1 gone
away Clifford said:—
“Well, never mind, I will see him in
the morning. That will be soon enough.”
Clifford requested Warden Sullivan to j
convey his thanks to everybody who has j
shown him attention during his long im- ;
prisonment.
He mentioned Sheriff Toffey, the friends :
of the late Sheriff Heller, ex-Sheriff Mc
Lean and the warden and keepers who |
were under him, Sheriff Ruempler. War- >
den Sullivan. Ambrose Lynch. Matron :
Murray. Martin Filon, Simon Kelly, John |
Woods, and his lawyers. i
This morning he gave Warden Sullivan j
a candlestick which the Warden’s mother I
presented to him some time ago and asked |
that it be returned to her.
QUEER MORTGAGE CASE.
Suit Grows Out of Failure to Cancel
Paid Document.
Vice Chancellor Pitney heard a peculiar
case in the Court' of Chancery this morn
ing. Julia Coffman, as executrix of her
mother, Fanny B. Clark, brought suit to
recover on a mortgage given by Louis
I-Iirshy to Henry Clark, several years
ago, for $200 on property in Monmouth
county. Mrs. Coffman recently came
across the mortgage among some papers |
her mother left. There was nothing to
show that it had ever been paid and
she retained a lawyer to examine the
records. The lawyer reported that there
was nothing on the recoTds to show that
the mortgage had ever been paid, and
Mrs. Coffman began her suit through
Samuel S. C. Mount.
Judge William H. Vredenburgh and
Frank P. McDermott defended the suit.
The property covered by the mortgage in
dispute has changed hands several times
and the various owners were examined to
show that they never paid any interest
on the Clark mortgage or knew that it
was in existence. The case was on at
recess.
MANY LIVES JEOPARDIZED.
Discovery of the Thief of Brass Jour
nals Prevents Serious Accident.
James McGowan, eighteen years old, of
No. 3S8 Henderson street, was arrested
yesterday on a charge of petit larceny and
held in $400 bail to await the action of the
Grand Jury this morning In the First
Criminal Court by Police Justice Hoos..
On Saturday night McGowan, It is
charged, entered the yards of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company and stole
four brass journals from the Grand
Trunk Express, which was due to leave
early Sunday morning. The absence of
the journals was accidentally discovered,
and what might have been a most ser
ious accident prevented.
Had the train left in the condition in
which it was placed through the loss of
the journals it would have gone a few
miles and then broke down. This is the
opinion of the mechanics of the road.
DIED GOING TO THE STORE.
Mrs. Margaret Ross Suddenly Ex
pires in Her Hallway.
Mrs. Margaret Ross, sixty years old, of
No. 73 Bright street, was found diead in
the hallway of the house yesterday by
Henry Fishbaeh, of the same address.
The cause of death was hemorrhage of
the lungs. Mrs. Ross had been ill for a
long time and' was going to a store when
death overtook her. It was thought at
first that death was caused: by the unfor
tunate woman falling down sairs, but Dr.
Kopetchney learned the truth upon exam
ination of the body.
The body was taken in Charge by the
dead woman’s relatives.
FELLED BY A MALLET.
Disastrous Tight Between Two Car
penters in Hobohen.
Henry Gessing, of No. 83 Arlington ave
nue, this city, got into a light with a fel
low workman today near a building in
the course of erection at the head of
Fourteenth street, Hoboken. Getting the
worst of the fistic argument Gessing ran
to his tool chest and taking out a heavy
wooden mallet felled: his opponent with a
s-ingle blow. The injured man, Richard1
iBoth, was removed to his home on ILin
den avenue, Greenville. Ho has an ugly
scalp wound to care for. Gessing was
locked up and held.
THIRD NATIONAL'S PROSPERITY.
The annual statement of the Third' Na
tional Bank has been issued and' illus
trates the continuing prosperity of that
institution. It has a capital of $200,000
and its surplus and profits are $221,058.83.
The resources are $1,706,144.79. There are
of individual deposits $1,028,940.90 and of
undivided profits $121,058.88.
UA1TFHS OF FACT.
—Stores, lactones and institutions can now
get their supplies as good as any N. T. house
at D. E. Cleary & Co.'s wholesale grocery
can serve them. Complete stock, low prices,
stores, Montgomery, and Greene streets.
PUZZLES
SCIENTISTS.
John Garrabrandt, the Mur
derer of Young Hayes,
Is a Freak.
MEASUREMENTS TELL THE TALE
Some Say He Is an Idiot
and Others Abnormally
Vicious.
John Garrabrandt, the self confessed
nineteen year old murderer of Harry
Maas, fifteen yeafs old, puzzles students
of human nature and of criminology. A
number of scientists have visited him and
have carefully studied his face, manner,
actions and general bearing. Some con
tend that the boy is an idiot and mentally
Irresponsible, and others that he is a
brute without conscience and with an ab
normally developed thirst for blood.
William Robinson, of Police Headquar
ters, measured Garrabrandt by the Ber
tillon system yesterday afternoon. Mr.
Robinson says the boy is a freak. He is
much smaller than an average boy of his
years and weak in body. His face is the
narrowest Mr. Robinson has ever meas
ured. His forehead is very narrow and
that portion behind the ears very large.
His chest is what is commonly known as
chicken breast or pigeon breast. There
are two convex curves to his abdomen,
one below the other, just as if he had two
abdoment.
The boy has many moods. He appear
ed nervous at times and again perfectly
calm. He was serious and again frivolous
yesterday while awaiting his arraignment
in the First Criminal Court. After being
led from his cell by Detective Prescott to
go to court Garrabrandt was calm and
apparently unconcerned. He seemed to
be rather heavy, showed no interest in
his new surroundings and the many
strangers who crowded around him in the
corridors of Police Headquarters.
Here was a boy whose mind, if healthy,
should have been susceptible to his novel
surroundings. But not so with Garra
brandt. He passed through a large
crowd and was led into the detectives’
room. There were congregated a num
ber of policemen and officials In full uni
form. The brass buttons on their coats
seemed to attract the boy for a min
ute. He was saluted by Captain John
F. Kelly, who went for him to Nyack,
where he made his confession of guilt.
He was seated in one corner of the room,
surrounded by the policemen and in plain
view of all who had official business
with the Court. Every one stopped and
looked at the boy and passed on. He
returned every glance without interest
and showed no fear. All about him were
the instruments used in the Bertillon
system of measuring. These appliances
would interest almost any one who had
never seen them before, but they held
no attraction for the boy who robbed a
promising youth of life in order to rob
a dead body of $3. There he sat, kicking
his heels together, with his hat on his
head, a smile and a frown alternately
making their appearance. His eyes were
restless and not bright. They lacked ex
pression. A direct remark to him brought
the trace of a smile and caused him to
quicken the swinging of his feet. When
answering he dropped his head like a
bashful little girl and spoke in a low
but firm tone.
The general excitement caused by the
case led the officials who were seated
about the murderer to relate incidents of
similar crimes in the past. As quickly
as the point in any of the harmless jokes
was brought out, Garrabrandt laughed
with the rest of the party. His wits
seemed to be sharp enough.
Later when an ante-room was reached
and the boy awaited' a summons to the
court he again fell back into his heavy
manner. Here it was that he askedi for
a cigarette and it was given to him. His
pleasure was very great. With difficulty
he lit the roll of paper-incased1 tobacco -
and inhaled a very large quantity of the
smoke. Old cigarette smokers were sur
prised. It seemed that the smoke must
have permeated all his organs. Then it
came forth in a long, steady, continuous
stream. In exhaling the smoke the boy
took great pleasure. The sensation seem
ed to tickle him. His eyes brightened
and rolled about slowly, dreamily. His
actions with the cigarette revealed the
secret—a fiend who is a slave to a habit.
"tHow many of those do you smoke a
day?”
' Eight or ten packs,” said Garrabrandt.
At this point a young man passed through
the room and Garrabrandt recognized him.
“I know that fellow. Isn't his
name-?”
Yes, he was answered.
“Why, I used to work for his father up
to a year ago. ,J left the place three times
and they al'ways came after me. I left
a year ago and X haven’t seen that fellow
in a year."
It was evident that his memory was not
bad. The young man the murderer recog
nized returned and was told of the boy’s
remarks.
“I’ll have to be careful or you might
kill me for three,’’ said the son of Garra
brandit’s former employer. The murderer
laughed.
Garrabrandt was then taken into the
court room. He met the eyes of his
mother and those of Mrs. Julia Coyle, who
are being held as accessories. The three
prisoners flushed as their eyes met. The
crowd In the room that was attracted by
curiosity eagerly watched for a scene.
The spectators were disappointed. No
sign of recognition was exchanged and a
murmur of surprise passed through the
court.
The murderer stood in the dock, hat In
hand at hie side beating against his leg.
The other arm rested on the rail and the
fingers drummed a tattoo. The complaint
of the ’State was read. It sounded very
terrible to the spectators, but to Garra
brandt it seemed as nothing. He did not
seem to know the purport of the words
uttered.
"What have you to say?” asked' Prose
cutor Erwin as the usual warning was
given.
The room was so still the falling of a
pin could be heard. Garrabrandt’s eyes
became more restless and his hat was
knocked against his leg furiously. Mrs.
Garrabrandt looked straight ahead and
did not glance at her son. A few seconds
passed, everyone breathlessly awaiting
his answer.
"I don’t wish to say anything," answer
ed Garrabrandt, and he was led to a
bench where his mother was seated. A
detective occupied a seat between the
two. They made not the slightest effort
to address each other. In a few minutes
Mrs. Garrabrandt and Mrs. Coyle were
placed in the dock. They denied all the
charges brought against them. Garra
brandt seemed absolutely oblivious to
their denials. Mrs. Garrabrandt spoke
first and her son paid not the slightest at
tention to her. He did not ‘even look at
her.
“He that seeks finds.” He that takes Hood’s
Sarsaparilla finds In its use pure, rich blood and
consequently good health.
TO KILL ROBERTS
London Standard” Hears of
a Plot to Assassinate the
Great General.
THE BOERS TO MAKE A STAND
Zand River Chosen as Site for
Battle—Boers Volksraad
Opened.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
XiCXNlDO'N, May 8, 1900—The “Standard"
hears that information has been officially
received of a plot to assassinate Lord
Roberts, that the latter has been warned
and that telegrams are now passing be
tween the Cape authorities, Lord Roberts
and t'he home authorities on the subject.
BOERS TO IKE A STAND
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
SMALDEEL, Orange Free State, Mon
day, May 8.—General Hutton’s advanced
camp of the Colonial regiments is tonight
settled at Lodgelegen (Welgelegen?) sid
ing.
According to reports the Boers intend
to make a big stand near the Zand River.
The railroad has been repaired to the
south side of the Vet River and the en
gineers are busy making a deviation
across the bed.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
PRETORIA, Monday, May 7, 1900.—The
official closing- of the 1899 Volksraad,
which broke up unofficially in September
last, occurred this morning. The vacant
seats of General Joubert and General E>e
Kock and others were filled with flowers.
The hall was crowded, a large number of
ladies being present.
In the prayer of the dhaplaln an allusion
to General Joubert moved many to tears.
After the prayer the Raad adjourned' to
the afternoon, when the session of 1BOO
was inaugurated. The ceremonies were
accompanied by the customary salute.
President Krueger arrived in the state
carriage with the usual escort. All the
diplomatists andi foreigfi attaches, in
cluding General Gourke, the Russian at
tache, were present.
The Raadlzaal was crowded1 to its full
est capacity and the scene was most im
pressive. President Kruger, in his speech
opening the session, alluded feelingly to
the vacancies. Referring to General Jou
bert he said:—
"Future generations will be able to
judge the work of the deceased, whose de
meanor inspired the enemy with respect
and whose humane and brave conduct
gave fame and importance to the State
among civilized nations.” He was pro
foundly struck, he said, by the proof of
sincere friendship given by the people of
the Free State, who had fulfilled their ob
ligations to the Transvaal under the trea
ty. They realized that a united front was
required as an attack uponu the indepen
dence of the Transvaal meant a threat
against the Free State. He had implicit
confidence in the future of the Afrikander
nation.
By deeds the Free State had Shown, the
President declared, a good example to the
people of the Transvaal, which had
proved of great moral value to those guid
ing the efforts of a small State to main
tain its independence. He was pleased
to say that the relations of the Transvaal
with foreign States, with the excepion of
Great Britain, were good.
After referring to the peace proposals
of the Presidents of both Republics and
Lord Salisbury, President Kruger said:—
"We have proved by legislation and our
dealings with Great Britain last year
that it was our desire to preserve peace,
and now that war has broken out, we
wdll do everything to restore peace.”
After alluding to the deputation now on
a mission to Europe and the United
■States and the presence of so many at
taches, proving the intense interst of
the powers in the republics, and to their
methods of fighting, he said he was pleas
ed to see that the sympathy of the world
was on their side in the war, that- am
bulances had been sent and that their
friends were united in endeavoring to al
leviate the distress caused by the strug
gle.
After references to alleged violations of
the Red: Cross Convention and to the
consequent protests of foreign Powers,
President Kruger continued:—
“Notwithstanding the difficult circum
stances, I am glad to say that our
finances will enable us to bear the great
expenses of the war and that the mines
are flourishing.”
The President concluded with a refer
ence to the Free State loan and suggested
that the session be not prolonged' and
that only matters of importance be dealt
with. In a moving peroration he invoked
the blessing and help of the Almighty.
The proceedings terminated with un
usually impressive speeches and prayers.
Fifty out of a total of sixty legislators .
were present, several of them still suffer
ing from wound's.
[By Cable to The Associated Press.]
LONDON, May 8, 1900.—The following
despatch from Lord Roberts has been re
ceived at the war Office:—
‘ISMAIDEBL, May 7.—The railway
from iBrandfort to this place has been
considerably damaged and the bridge
over the Vet River has been hopelessly
damaged. This delays supplies coming
up. Every, few yards charges of racka
rock had been laid under the rails. This
might have created loss of life but was
fortunately discovered by a West Aus
tralian infantryman.
“Winburg has been occupied by the
Highland Brigade.”
In spite of these wrecked railroads the
British advance goes on steadily. Lord
Roberts’ outposts are apparently about
twelve miles north of Smaldeel, General
Brabant has joined General Bundle at
Thabenchu, whence they are moving for
ward. The country is ail quiet in that di
rection. A reconnaissance made by Gen
eral Rundle of the Boers' recent positions
at Thabanchu resulted In their being pro
nounced impregnable and their evacuation
is reported to have been due to the receipt
of an urgent from President Steyn. The
Boers are said to be moving northward,
but their immediate destination is not
known.
The whereabouts of the British cavalry
under General French is still a mystery,
while General Kelly-'Kenny’s and General
Chermside’s divisions are also unaccount
ed for.
A despatch from Cape Town, dated to
day, says:—
"Lord Roberts’ phenomenal advance is
not only utterly demoralizing the Boers
•NOTICE'
THE GAS COMPANY
ED ED a
Gas Ranges
Below Gost
CONNECTS AND KEEPS THEM IN ORDER
but is striking terror into the rebel colon
ists.
"The relief of Mafeking ts expected at
any moment.”
The Cape Town correspondent is slight
ly optimistic as regards 'Mafeking. Judg
ing from the direct despatches, the British
forces south of Mafeking are nearly two
hundred miles from their objective, while
the latest advices from Mafeking itself
dated April 29, show little amelioration in
the conditions there. The despatches
say:—
“With the exception of a little rifle fire
at fhe outlying trenches everything is
quiet. The slight epidemic of typhoid is
abating as a result of the medical pre
cautions. The enemy’s artillery, with the
exception of two five-pounders, has ap
parently been withdrawn.
“It was learned April 24 that the enemy
intended to attack and the entire garri
son stood to its arms. When day broke
Colonel Baden-Powell took up a positon
on the lookout and the heavy rattle of
musketry and the boom of four guns
convinced us that an attack was about
to occur. But it became apparent that
the Boer officers could not persuade their
men to advance. Through glasses we
saw the officers vainly urging the in
fantry forward. The enemy reformed
and retired. Our men fired a shot in
the hope of inducing the enemy to come
to close quarters.
“The native distress has been alleviated,
many of them slipping through the Boer
lines.
“The men of the garrison forego their
sugar ration for the benefit of the women
and children.
"After the bombardment April 24 all
was comparatively quiet.”
STANDARD OIL FIRE.
Bayonne Brilliantly Lighted
by Immense Blaze
Last Night.
The second spectacular Are within. a
week on the Kill Von Kull occurred laet
night at Constable Hook. This time it
was in the plant of the National Storage
Company. The plant is located on' the
extreme end of the northern shore of the
Hook. Two piers, two pile drivers, several
lighters and the American bark Josephus
were destroyed, as well as a large quan
tity of crude and refined oil.
The fire started! at nine o’clock on board
a pile driver, that was moored to Pier
No. 1. A night ^watchman on the pier
saw it and turned in a fire alarm. He
blew the whistles in. the plant and soon
every fire company from Bayonne was on
the spot fighting the flames. A big crowd
gathered and about every policeman in
the town went to the 'fire to keep the
people in order.
The one-story -buildings on the piers,
which are 250 feet long, are used as stor
age buildings for five-gallon cans of re
fined oil. The woodwork of both piers
was soaked with oil. The piledriver had
not been burning for two minutes before
the fire had communicated to Pier 1, and
within three minutes more this pier was
a mass of flames. There was no time
to save either of the pile drivers or the
lighters that were in the slip. They
caught fire, burned rapidly and then
sank. Pier 2 soon caught also and short
ly afterward the three-masted ship Jo
sephus was also in flames.
The Josephus came to the pier two days
ago, intending to take on board a cargo
of refined oil for the East Indies. She
had already some of her cargo aboard
and was in good shape to make a hot
blaze. Her captain and crew had a nar
row escape for their lives. When the
vessel became fairly ablaze an attempt
was made to warp her out of the slip.
It did not succeed, and while the men
were working at her her masts fell. They
landed on Pier 3 and smashed many cases
of refined oil. For a moment it looked
as If the pier was going to go also, but
the firemen got to work ana saved it.
The fireboat New Yorker arrived then
and. with a number of the Standard Oil
boats managed to get so much water on
the burning buildings and those that were
threatened that a further spread of the
flames was prevented. The canning build
ing where the refined oil is put in the
cases, is immediately back of the burning
piers. The heat from the flames was so
great that the corrugated iron sides of
the building bulged and were warped out
of shape. The firemen kept a number of
streams of water playing on the building,
however, and it did not catch fire. When
the fire in the Josephus reached the
water’s edge the ship sank. The two
piers were totally destroyed.
Officials of the Standard Oil Company
refused last night to give any estimate of
the damage. They said that the fire had
not been caused by the strikers, but had
probably been due to spontaneous com
bustion. „ . ...
The Josephus was owned by Arthur
Sewall of Maine. She was built at New
castle, Me., in 1876. She was built of oak,
and was 219 feet long. She had a tonnage
of 1,367. Her last trip to this port came to
an end on February 15, when Captain
Gilkey brought her here from Hong Kong,
consigned to Pendleton, Carvey & Nichols,
for sale. After that she lay in PoiHon’s
yard In Brooklyn.
FELL INTO VESSEL’S HOLD.
Otto Hebner, twenty-eight years obi, a
’longshoreman', of No. 80 Garden Street,
Hoboken, while working on the Hamburg
liner Patricia this morning fell into the
hold and sustained severe internal In
juries.
At St. Mary’s Hospital, whre he was
taken, 1t wa» said that the injuries may
prove fatal.
INJURED AT HOBOKEN BLAZE
Fireman and Chanceman Sent
to Hospital—Furniture
Store Burned.
Fire was discovered on* the second floor
of the. four story brick furniture store,
owned by Erich Cla-usen, at Adams and
First streets, Hoboken, shortly after nine
o'clock last evening. When the firemen
arrived the flames had reached the top
floor. All of the building was stocked
wi^h furniture, and the fire gained rapid
headway.
Fireman Charles Dunn used his fists to
break open a window on the third floor
and he was so badly injured that it was
found necessary to remove him to St.
Mary’s Hospital. Chanceman Dennis Hav
erty was badly burned about the face and
hands in assisting the department and he
also was removed to the hospital.
The firemen worked for two hours be
fore they succeeded' in getting the blaze
under control.
The estimated damage of $6,000 is cov
ered by insurance.
BOY BEHEADED ON THE RAIL
The body of eleven year old Richard
Gaebolz, of No. 121 Columbia avenue, who
was reported missing from his home late
last night, was found with his head com
pletely severed from the shoulders earlv
this morning on the embankment of the
Erie railroad near Lundy's Lane. The
head was found a considerable distance
from the body. The remains were taken
to the morgue, where the parents identi
fied their boy this morning.
CLAVIER RECITAL IN HOBOKEN.
A piano recital and lecture illustrating
the methods of the Clavier school was
given last night in Trinity Hall, Hobo
ken. The lecturer, A. K. Virgil, was as
sisted by the Misses Florence Dodd, Wini
fred Willett and Bertha Hoberg on the
piano. A diversified programme of classi
cal music was used to illustrate his re
marks. _ t
TONIGHT’S EVENTS.
The U. S. Grant Association will meet
tonight ' at its quarters. Ocean, near
Woodlawn avenues.
WEATHER INDICATIONS.
■NEW YORK. May 8, 1909.—Forecast
for the thirty-six hours ending at eight
P M Wednesday. For New York City
and vicinity:—Showers and thunder storms
tonight. Wednesday fair, cooler Wednes
day afternoon; fresh to brisk southerly
winds, becoming northwest.
Hartnett’* The rmomotr leal Report,
May 7. Deg.lMay 8. Deg.
3 p. M.611 C A. M.68
6PM .61! 9 A. M.67
9 p] >r. 52112 noon..
12 midnight.50|
An Old and Well TriedRemedy.
Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for
cnildren teething should always be used
for children whi.e teething, it softens the
gums, allays the pain, cures wind colic
and is the best remedy tor diarrhoea.
Twentv-five cents per bottie.
Prospect That N. Y. Bay
Shore Will Soon Be an
Important Shipping
Centre.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Compan/
has begun the work of Ailing in the New
'York Bay between the breakwater at the
foot of Chapel avenue and the Morris
and Cumming property on the Bayonne
line. Buoys have been arranged to mark
the boundary lines of the water front
controlled by the Pennsylvania Company.
From the breakwater at the foot of Chap
el avenue to the Morris and Cumming
property is a distance of about three
quarters of a mile, and the outside bound
ary line is 5,00U feet from the shore line.
; This vast area of water is to be filled in.
it is estimated that the gigantic under
taking will be completed in about ten
years, and will cost millions of dollars.
Two wooden trestles are now being
I constructed within a short distance of
the old Vreeland stone dock, which has
, been lately used by Greenville fishermen.
It is understood that these trestles will
extend the full length of the grant. On
them tracks will be laid connecting with a
line on the mainland, over which cars car
rying material for filling in will be run.
At present the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company has no branch line connecting
with this section, but it is said that it has
made an arrangement with the Lehigh
Valley Railroad whereby it will have the
privilege of running its tracks over the
Lehigh main freight line, which connects
with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Waver
ly. This arrangement will enable the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company to con
vey filling in material from all points on
its vast system to any desired point of
its scene of operations in the New York
Bay.
It is rumored that the strip of Morris
and Cummings property, which is a mile
long and about half a mile wide, has been
purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
If the Railroad Company’s plans are
carried out the New York Bay shore front
will in a few years be converted into one
of the most important shipping centres in
this section of the country. Warehouses,
wharves, docks and piers will be erected,
to which easy access can be had by both
land and water. Most of the important
eastern railroads have branches near this
Doint which can be extended to within a
short distance of the Pennsylvania prop*
erty when this gigantic improvement pro
ject is consummated.
DIED.
COOK—On Sunday. May 6. 1900, Anna M.,
widow of the late George G. Cook anil
daughter of Ellen and the late Gerard
S. Ferguson. \
Relatives and friends, also members of
Protective Lodge, Knights and Ladles of
Honor, are invited to attend the funeral
services at her late residence. No. 49
Wayne street, on Tuesday, May S, at 8
P. M.
RTAX.-On Saturday, May 5, 1900, Marla,
beloved wife of John Ryan.
Relatives and friends are respectfully
invited to attend the funeral from hen
late residence. No. 19 St. Paul's avenue,
on Wednesday. May 9. at 9 A. M.; thenca
to St. Joseph's Church, where a solemn
high mass of requiem will be offered foB
the happy repose of her soul.
BREEN—On Monday, May 7, 1900, Mary
A. Breen, widow of the late John
Breen.
Relatives and friends are Invited to at
tend the funeral on Wednesday, May 9, at
St. Mary's Church, at 9:30 A. M., where
a solemn mass of requiem will be offered
for the repose of her soul.
NOTICE
IS HERET GIVEN mu
WATER RENTS
FOB THE TEAR
1900-1901
!WTUj BE
DUE on the 1st DAY of MAY
1900, ana the same will he payable to th?
Registrar, at the office of the Water De<
partment, Room 19, City Hall, Jersey City,
N. J.
PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT
will be added as follows:
On all rents remaining unpaid on the lat
day of July following, ONtE (1) per cent.
On the 1st day of September, TWO (2)
per cent.
On the 1st day of November, THRUSH
(3) per cent.
Interest at the rate of SEVEN (7) pe<
cent, per annum will be added to all rents*
remaining unpaid on the 20th DAT OtS
DECEMBER following.
Water rents for the year 1900-1901 will
not be received from property in arreari
until such arrears are paid.
Board of Street and Water Commissions
era.
By GEO. T. BOET05, Clerk.
Dated Jersey City, April 30, 1900,

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