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, f LAST EDITION. ~~VOL XI1.-N0. 3535. | " JERSEY 1900. 1 PRJCE QNE CKNT 1 a WAS HEIOISONED Mystery Surrounds Death of William Astor in Hoboken. HIS FATHER’S ACCUSATIONS Spanish Woman Who Nursed Him Refuses to Give Up His Child, ■William Astor, a Hoboken photographer, lived in constant dread of death by poisoning, He died yesterday at his home, (No. 60 Adams street, under circumstances strange enough to warrant the holding of an autopsy on the body to determine whether or not his tears were well found ed. Astor was thirty years old. Five years ago his wife died in San Salvador, Cen tral America, after giving birth to a baby boy. Lett with the baby and another girl child, three years old, oh his hands, Astor engaged Vorhesha Vias a a a nurse and re turned to this country with her. The Vias woman is a typical Spaniard in. appear ance, dark and stately. She grew to be passionately fond of the boy, caring for him as though he were her own child. To the girl she was indifferent. Astor determined to make his will re cently and sending for Justice of the Peace Livingston Conkling had the docu ment drawn up making the nutse a third beneficiary. He did this because of her care for his son, he told the Justice. Astor then sent tor his father, Gustav, and told him that he expected to die soon. "T am being poisoned slowly but surely,” he said. “I expect to he at rest soon from all cares. Look after my children when I am gone and be sure to have an autopsy performed on my body. Don’t forget this if you care tor me.” The elder Astor told of this incident at his home No. 59 Paterson avenue, last night. "My son appeared to be resigned to Ills fate," he said. “He refused to tell whom he suspected of poisoning him, and when I suggested that he have medical attend ance he shook his head and said it would be no use. This morning we were in formed of his death—X and my wife, who was his stepmother. We hurried to his home and upon arriving there inquired for the nurse. She was gone and had taken the boy with her, tenants in the house in formed us. We summoned Dr. Kaiser then. He looked at the body but refused to make out a death certificate. When County Physician Converse called later he authorized the removal of the body to the morgue. That’s all I know about my son’s death. I don’t know what his grounds were for believing he was being poisoned. I don’t know' much about the Spanish woman, but I hope the police will find her. It looks suspicious that she should disappear on the very day that he died. We would like to have our grandson with us. She had no right to take him away with her. The whole thing looks strange. 1 don't know what to think of it." A sister of Astor said that the Spanish woman had a husband living in San Sal vador. Detectives were watching the house at No. 60 Adams street at two o'clock thisi morning when the nurse returned with the boy Carlos. She was visibly agitated but told a straightforward story, so much so in fact that she was not taken into custody. nnen my master aiea, sne saia, i instantly sent a messenger to his parents ■with the news. X did not wait for their coming but hurried to New York to see one of his married sisters. Mrs. Kate Singeheisen, who lives at No. 952 Cofiim bus avenue. I did this because I regarded her as his best friend. His parents sel dom visited him because they did not like aae. I do not know the reason for their prejudice. I always was attentive to Mr. Astor and the children and tried to be respectful to the old folk. But they wanted none of me, they said, and would cut me every time we met. “X lost my way coming home and did not meet a policeman until after midnight who could direct me to the right ferry. I took several street cars that carried me further out of my way and was ready to drop with exhaustion from caring for the boy when I finally got aboard the right • one and was landed in front of the Chris topher street ferryhouse. This was past one o'clock and I had to wait for over half an hour before I couid get a boat. “The Astor people may want the boy, tout they won’t get him. He is as dear to me as if I were his mother and I mean to keep him. When Mr. Astor made his will ne specified that the child should re main with me. No one can doubt my claim to him. Justice Conkling has the will in 'his possession and it will be pro duced at the proper time. “All I know about the insurance policy Ss that Mr. Astor had it in his possession a month ago. 'He showed it to me and eaid I would get one-third of the money to pay for his cremation and other funeral expenses." The Spanish woman grew white with rage when asked if the statement made toy 'May Astor, a sister of the dead man, to the effect that she, the nurse, had tried to stab her with a carving knife last week were true. "Xt's falt’C," she cried, stamping her foot, "false aa anything could possibly be. I don’t know what impels my master's family to entertain such hatred for me. I never threatened anyone with a knife, and if May Astor says that I did she lies— Rnd she knows it—knows that she is tell ing such a story only to harm me. ■ “Xf they want to t'-rcw suspicion oil me why don’t they accuse me openly of poisoning him, of being responsible for his death? Why don’t they openly charge me with murder? The idea that tie lias met with foul -play is ridiculous. He died of consumption, and if the autopsy does not prove this I am willing to be held responsible for his death. I know what I am talking about when I say this. I know what his malady was for I sat be side his bed for months and was the only nurse he knew. I Intend to stay here until I am vindicated from the frightful suspicion cast on me by his parents. They and they alone are responsible for the whole affair.” Justice of the Peace Livingston Conk ling admits the existence of a will drawn by Astor. "it was made the night before he died,” he said, “and' was witnessed by John Coppelmann and Mrs. Ellen Johnson, ten ants in the house. The Vias woman Is made a third beneficiary of the $1,000 in surance policy and a bank account, which the testator informed me was in his name. The .book is held by a friend of Astor, who is expected to materialize in a day or two. Astor said he had full confidence in this friend, although he did not tell me his name. The dying man appeared to be extremely Solicitous for the welfare of his nurse. She had been a mother to hie children, he said, and he implored me to see that she would be taken care of and protected in her rights. The will appoints her as guardian of the two chil dren." Detective Sergeant Julius Nelson has taken precautions to insure the woman's appearance before the Coroner’s jury if it is demanded. He is inclined to throw cold water on the poisoning theory. Coroner William Parslow likewise dis credits It. He expressed the opinion today that the nurse would be vindicated by County Physician Converse’s autopsy on the body tomorrow. "The facts have been unduly exagger ated,” he said, “although I must admit that things did not look quite right yes terday. The County Physician now be lieves. however, that Astor died of con sumption, and hopes, for the woman’s sake, that this opinion can be definitely established when he performs the autopsy.” decker^WTor war. They Give Fair Warning That They Will Make a Fight. There is trouble ahead for the Republi can machine leaders in the Eighth Ward. The anti-ringsters have issued their ultimatum and there is blood in their eyes. The determined stand taken by the Deekerites was occasioned principally by the treatment accorded them by the ring men, who now hold the upper hand. One more unpardonable offense was com mitted at the last meeting of the Ward Association by the ward leaders. John H. Weastell called for an adjournment of the meeting immediately after the secretary had finished reading the miutes of a pre vious session and calling the roll. Even Mr. Weastell’s own followers voted against him on this question. The real trouble came when one of the committeemen who is in sympathy with the Decker following, asked for a copy of the recent enrollment of the Third Precinct. The seceretary informed him that the books were not in his possession. This member had his $5 ready to pay for the copy. It is known that the machine people held the enrollment 'books and will keep them for their own use the night of the primaries, December 5. It was moved that the custodian of the books turn them over to the secretary of the association. The secretary is Mr. George W. Robert son. who is also secretary of the Decker Association. The motion was put and lost. This, however, is in direct violation of the constitution of the association, for the books should be in the hands of the secre tary and any member who desires a copy shall receive it upon payment of the re quisite $5. Mr. Decker then moved that a meeting be held Wednesday, November 28, to ar range for the allotment of committeemen for the ward. In making the motion Mr. Decker said:— "The reason why I made this motion, was to give the Republicans of this1 ward, who are opposed to the way the leaders are running things ample time to make up an opposition ticket against the machine’s ticket at the primaries to be held Decem ber 5. All we ask is fair play. We come out here tonight and tell you up and above board that we are going to give you opposition in this ward. "During the last campaign we worked in harmony and got a full Republican vote in this ward. The returns show that very few candidates were scratched, but the two previous municipal elections this ward has gone Democratic where it ought to have given over 1,400 majority. It is unjust and unfair for two members of this association to say who shall go on the ticket as committeemen and whether or not we shall have separate or joint primaries. * Mr. Weastell moved to amend Mr. Decker's motion as to the date of the next meeting and asked that it be left to the call of the chair. Mr. Weasell won again. Under the present conditions the ward leaders can call a meeting the night be fore the primaries to freeze out the op position, not giving them time to prepare an opposing ticket. The leaders refuse to tell them how the committeemen are to be apportioned and as a result the Decker iteo are pretty much at sea. However, they are determined to make a strong fight for some of the fourteen committee men. It is now rumored that Mr. Edward W. Woolley is not to run again for com mitteeman from the Third Precinct of the Eighth Ward. Mr. Woolley conveniently appointed himself a trustee of the County Committee for a term of five years about one year ago, and he will still be a mem ber of the governing body even though he does not run for a committeemanship The Decker faction is out for a good stiff fight next week and make no bones about their intentions. They believe that the people want new leaders and they are going to begin a reform movement that may carry some weight with it, A hard fight will be made to land Mr. Decker as chairman of the County Committee for 1901. SIX HUNDRED PLAY FOR PRIZES Crowds Throng tho Progressive Eu chre at St. Michael’s Hall. Over six hundred persons participated in the progressive euchre contest held last night in the Parochial School Hall of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, under the auspices of the Children of Mary of that parish. Sixty-flve handsome prizes were spiritedly contested for. The hall was crowded and presented an animated scene. All the prizes were displayed on the stage. They found an interesting col lection. An orchestra discoursed music throughout the evening. A dance fol lowed the euchre contest. Among he lucky prize winners were:— Charles McNeill, $5 gold piece; William Connolly, sliver mounted Ink stank; C. Haverman, clock; Mrs. Elliot, cushion and rest: Miss Bagley, watch; Miss Nellie Lindsay, silver ladle; Miss M. Madigan, rocker; Miss I. Bover, wine; James De vine, clock; Mr. Pfleger. wine; Miss Mc Mahon. fancy dish; Mrs. Win. Baughn. vase; Mrs. Sullivan, individual; H. Don ohue, clock; Edward Toner, lamp; Mrs. Connolly, barrel of potatoes; Miss Gil bert, water pitcher; Miss A. Revllle, pas tel; Mr. Butler, umbrella; Fev. Father Condon, silver ladle, Mrs. Sullivan, palm; Dr. Lindsay, toilet set; E. Nut ley, umbrella; Miss A. Brown, silver teaspoons; William Roland, sugar bowl; 'Mrs. Lynch, fancy dish; Mr. Stephenson, box of cigars; Mr. McNeill, cane of wine; Miss Shanley, painting; George 'F. Eagan, bric-a-brac; Mr. Stan ley, order for a pair of gloves; Miss Cur ley, cake basket; Mrs. Lifters, picture; Miss Burns, fancy pin cushion; Miss Leonard, silver teaspoons; Katharine Balmes, order for a ham; Mrs. Kelleger, pocketbook; Edward Shea, portfolio; Mrs. Cox, pocketbook; Miss Nolan, rubber plant; Miss Connolly, umbrella; Miss Bradley, ornament; Mr. Kellegiier, cologne; Frank Gannon, wine; Mr. Gaul, condensed milk receiver; Mrs. C. Coim fancy dish; Miss Ella Bennett, hunch or flowers. __ ANOTHER JUNKET. The members of the Board of Freehold ers will on Monday formally inspect and icicept the completed portion of the Pater son Plank Road from the Boulevard to Homestead. The party will start from the Court House at 11 A. M. WHAT ISA PIANO? Board of Education Decides Last Night It Is a Piece of Furniture, DIRECTOR CULLEN’S JOKE Bids Received for Supplies— Complaint About No. 20 Plans. An amusing incident took place last night during the meeting of the Board of Education when a piano was gravely classed as a piece of furniture rather than as a musical instrument. It all arose when the special committee to furnish the new Grefenville schools with pianos made the report of its awards. They reported that it, had decided to buy from Holmes, Van Dyck & Co., of this oounty, a second hand Chickering Grand for $460 and an upright instrument from W. ICnabe & Co., for $277. Director Jonn J. Cullen, chairman of the Committee on Books and Stationery, bent on a little quiet fun objected to the com mittee’s doing anything of the kind. "Mr. Chairman,” he said, “I emphati cally object to the prerogatives of the committee of which I have the honor of being chairman being infringed in this manner. The manual states clearly that the purchase of musical instruments is a part of its duties. My objection is pure ly a technical one and does not arise from any desire to be mixed up in buying pianos for the public schools. (Daughter.) Chairman J. J. Mulvaney reminded the Director that at a previous meeting it had beeen decided to leave the purchase of pianos to the new school's special fur nishing committee. "Why?” asked the Director. “Because we think that it is really a part o,f the school furniture,” was the reply. “Do I understand you, then, to say that a piano is a piece of furniture merely?” "In this case, yes.” "Then it would appear that I have been laboring under a strange delusion. For merly I supposed that the triumph of mechanism from which so much beautiful music was extracted in millions of house holds and by which. Rubinstein, Diszt, Chopin and Paderewski had charmed the ears of multitudes was not merely a chair or a* table but a musical Instrument. (Henceforth I must change my views and 1 have only to say for the chairman of the Committee on Books and Stationery that he will be giad to be relieved of the duty of purchasing that kind of ’furniture’ for the public schools, and I will vote ’aye.’ ” tDaughter.) The report was adopted. So much time had been consumed in caucussing upstairs that it was after 10 P. M. when the Directors came into open meeting. Now there were bids to be re ceived for supplies, and the advertise ment stated that 9 P. M. was the hour when they would be received. The ques tion then arose as to the legality ot re ceiving bids at some time other than specified. Chairman Mulvanejr, however, proceeded with the regular business, and instructed the clerk to receive the bids. Forty in all were handed in:— For coal for the schools these were read:— Hudson Coal Co., egg, $4.90 per ton; stove, $5.20; nut, $5.25; pea, $3.50. Waddell Coal Co., egg, $4.70; stove, $4.90; nut, $4.85; pea, $3.30. J. Coyle, egg, $4.50; stove, $4.75; nut, $4.75; pea, $3.75. The bids were re ferred. The last named bid will be ac cepted. Next came a kick from Contractor Richard English about the concrete pave ment for the new Greenville school. He informed the board that he couldn't lay the pavement until some extra excava tion was done. The plans, he said, had been changed and this had delayed the work. Until the extra work was finished he couldn’t proceed. The Board ot Examiners reported that they had awarded the following certifi cates:— Grammar School Principals—Geo. Mor-. ris. E. A. Murphy. To teach English in the High School— Mrs. Jenny F. Owens. To teach in the Primary and Grammar Schools, also in the High School Algebra, geometry and trigonometry—Miss Mabel Smith. Director W. A. Lewis said that the re port on salaries was ready and he would present it at the adjourned meeting to be held on Tuesday next. The Board then adjourned. FATALLY KICKED BY HORSE Thomas Kelly’s Terrible Encounter With Enraged Brute. Thomas Kelly, thirty-six years old, ol No. Ill Monticello avenue, who is em ployed as a helper about the livery stable of Warren & Wilson, at Communipaw and Jackson avenues, was so badly kicked and trampled by a vicious horse yesterday that he may die from the result of his in juries. Kelly now lies at his home in a precarious conditions under the doctor’s care. He was rescued from the beast just in time to save him from being killed in the stall. The horse had Kelly under 'his hoofs and was trampling in a frightful manner. The horse was known to he somewhat vicious, its fractiousness had caused other attendants to be careful in going in its s'-all. Kelly was aware of the beast's nasty temper and he ’had kept a watch for the horse’s tricks. Without a second’s warning the horse moved to the side of the stall with such quickness that Kelly was jammed forcibly against the stall and crushed there. Some how the beast succeeded In flooring his victim and then began to jump on him. Kelly’s cries brought assistance. Several stablemen beat the horse until it was cowe^ and then they rescued the unfor tunate man. He was placed in a carriage and taken home. It is believed that some of his ribs were crushed in and that he is hurt internally. Kelly is also injured about the head and body. The horse jumped all over him. NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND. Man in This Country Forty-eight Years Applies for Naturaliz-itoin. The good results of Judge Blair's recent ly inaugurated policy of fixing a day for naturalization was apparent this morn ing when about a dozen willing to be citi zens presented themselves at the Court House and successfully answered the questions propounded by Sergeant-at Arms E. T. Mitchell to test their eligibil ity. This Is a remarkably large number for a season so remote from an election. Among this morning’s applicants was Erun Schraeder of West Hoboken, who, though 63 years of age and a property TSWner, admitted that he had been in the country for forty-eight years without hav ing before applied for naturalization. An Old and Well Tried Remedy Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for children teething should a,ways oe used for children whlie teething, it softens the gums, allays the pain, cures wind colic and Is the best remedy tor diarrhoea, t wenty-five cents per bottle. FREEHOLDERS MEET. A North Hudson Citizen Complains That the County Trespasses Upon His Land. Although it was 6:30 o’clock when the meeting of the Board of Freeholders scheduled for four was called to order yesterday only seventeen of the twenty six members put in an appearance. It had been the intention to make a trans fer of the funds remaining in the different appropriations into an incidental fund, from which ail bills remaining could be paid, but as twenty-one votes were neces sary to make the transfer the idea had to be abandoned until Friday, November 30, when an adjourned meeting will be field and the business of the year finally dis posed of. Nearly two hours were spent in caucus discussing the transfers of appropriations. When Director McNally called the board to order Clerk Egan read a communica tion from Thtodore Heber, in which "he said that in the work of widening the Paterson Plank Road the county had en croached on his fands two feet along his entire 722 feet frontage. Rock had been blasted and removed. He asked that a stone wall be built along the line of his land and that he be paid for the en croachment and rock taken. The com munication was referred to the special committee on the improvement in con junction with the counsel of the board. In a communication Contractor Callery & Murphy reported that the improvement of the Paterson Plank Road had been completed from the Boulevard to Home stead, but that it was not thought ad visable to pave the road over the mea-’ dows until next spring when the filling wiuld be settled. By a resolution offered 'by Freeholder Keating the road aws accepted as far as completed and the contractors granted an extension of time until May 1, of next year for the completion of the work. The Meyerhoff Brick Company com plained that the attendants at the Pater son Plank Road bridge over the Hacken sack were growing more careless every day, and important damage suits were lia ble to arise as a result of such careless ness. The matter was referred to the North Bridge Committee. Register James C. Clarke reported that he had engaged as temporary clerks at $75 a month each. Charles L. Toomey, James J. Young, Henry H. Hahlert, John R. Purtell and John Meeres. He asked that the board concur in the appointments until January 1 when the work for which they were appointed will be completed. His request VP's granted. Freeholder Keating offered a motion rescinding a resolution calling for the is suing of temporary loan bonds in antici pation of the payment of unpaid county taxes. It was adopted. County Counsel John Griffin reported that the Supreme Court had refused to is sue a mandamus in the case of Henry von der Bach, who sued for a seat as a repre sentative of Guttenberg in the county governing body. He also reported the suc cessful outcome of the suit of Register James C. Clarke ags.nst the Board of Freeholders to test the validity of the act making the offices of Register, County Clerk and Surrogate salaried instead of fee offices. EXCELLENT LADY MINSTRELS. Young Women In Black Face for Charity. A brilliant audience that crowded the auditorium and galleries of Central Hall last night greeted the Tompkin’s Lady (Minstrels in a minstrel show and cake walk for the benefit of the German Amerlcan School. Most of the performers are well known in society and prominent social organizations in Hoboken. The Valencia Boat Club contributed most of them. The young ladies blackened their faces. Their hands and arms were encased in black gloves. The cake walk was a great feature of the entertainment. There were seven couples as follows :—No. 1. Mr. Von Bosworth andi Miss Tessie English; No. 2, Charles Pietrie and Miss Jeanne Carneaux; No. 3, Otto Erke and Rose Peters; No. 4, Walter Grempler and Miss Tina Hensel; No. 5, Joseph Earl and Miss A. Schocke; No. 6, Mr. "Hoff” Smith and Miss Edith Kuehne; No. 7, G. Schocke and Miss E. Tompkins. The contest narrowed down to Nos. 2 and 6. The latter couple, Mr. Smith and Miss Kuehne finally cap tured the cake. In the opening part of the minstrel en tertainment Mr. H. Kilian was inter locutor; Waiter Waters, bones, and Bill Jones. tabo, Miss Jeanne Carneaux presided at the piano. An opening chorus was participated in by the entire com pany. Mr. Jones sang "All I Want is Ma Black Ba'by Back.” William Jensen sang a bass solo, and George B. Rockwell sang "I Couldn’t Stand to See Ma Baby Lose.” Dave Crawford sang a tenor solo and Walter Waters, sang “Lamb, Lamb, Lamb.” Charles Pasch aso sang a soib and George C. Tompkins sang “Luckiest Coon in Town.” This part of the enter tainment closed with the singing of "Stars and Stripes Forever,” by the en time company, which consisted of Mr. Mr. Dave Crawford, Mr. A. Schocke, 'Mr. W. Martin, Mr. Hoff-Smith, Mr. C. Petrie, M. W. Grempler, Mr. C, Dieffenbach, Mr. E. Gonze, Mr. O. Erk, Mr. G. Rockwell, Mr. W. Gensen. Mr. C. Fasch, Mr. H. Jones, Mr. J. Earl, Mr. J. Siemer, Mr. A. K. Kerr, Mr. F. Frankenhauser, Mr. A. Bothmer, Jr.. Miss R. Peters, Miss B. Fonda, 'Miss M. McDonald, Miss E. Kuehne, Miss H. Schocke, 'Miss A. Schocke, Miss H. Tompkins, Miss M. Henly. Miss E. Herold, Miss I. Bohnert, Miss M. Bohnert, Miss M. Smith, Miss E. English. Miss T. Hensel. The Amity Quartette, consisting of George B. Rockwell, W. Gensen, C. Fasch, H. Jones, and Walter Waters, “the original seltzer water man,” with George B. Rockw’ell, tenor soloist, filled out part second of the programme. The cake walk was part third. PROMISES TO BE GOOD. How Mrs. He Wolf Gets Back Into Pioneer Home. At the meeting of the German Pioneer Verein held last evening, Mrs. Katherine De Wolf appeared before the Directors of the Home and asked to be reinstated. She was admitted to the home on August 14, 1897, at the age of 70 years and a week later her husband, John DeWolf was also admitted to the home. A month ago the House Committee made a complaint to the Directors that Mrs. De Wole was misr behaving herself and was becoming a nui sance to the other inmates. The directors investigated and notified her that If she did not keep withing the rules of the home they would be compelled to turn her out. A week later Mrs. DeWolf threatened to jump out ef a Window and said she was being detined at the Home aginst her will. Dr. Lambert was called In and said she was sane. A few days later she wanted to leave the home, to live with a Sister in Staten Island. The authorities In charge of the home consented to 1st her go and a Mr. Deummert accompanied 'her to Staten Island. She had only been gone two days when she appeared at the home again and asked to be admitted. She was refused by the matron, Mrs. Lattimer, unless she bad an order from the direc tors, which is the rule of the verein. At the meeting of the directors last night ■Mrs. De Wolf begged to be readmitted, and after a long consultation, the board consented to give her another chance and warned her that if she ever starts her 32 YEARSJl THIEF Then “Finger” Morrison Tried Reform for a Week. BUT HE GOT HUNGRY So He Tried to Eater Laird’s Drug Store and Was Caught Frank Morrison, forty-two years old, who has been a thief since he was ten years old, is now at Police Headquarters awaiting removal to the County Jail, where he will remain until he is put on trial on a charge of attempted burglary. He was caught yesterday morning in the yard in the rear of James R. Laird's pharmacy, at No. 250 Washington street by Patrolman Butten of the First precinct police station. Morrison was prying open a door leading into the store at the time of his arrest. Mr. Laird was on his way home shortly before midnight when he decided to stop at the store. He was met at the door by a neighbor and told that some one was trying to break in through the rear door. Going to the rear of the store Mr. Laird heard the unmistakable sound of a jimmy on the door. He went into the street and informed Patrolman Butten, and the offi cer went into the yard and caught Morri son at work. He had cut a hole in the door about two inches in diameter, and was about to spring the lock when inter rupted. Morrison made no resistance but expressed the wish that he had a “gun.” “I’d blow your head off if I could,” was his cheerful salutation to Butten. The latter made sure the prisoner was unarm ed and then took him to the station house. Morrison had a companion who was frightened in time to make good his escape. when arraigned before Police Justice Hoos Morrison made no defense. He was held to await the action of the Grand Jury. Frank Morrison was bom in this city. His father was a hard working man, “poor but honest,” and 'his son was compelled to go to work at an early age. He worked in factories and machine shops. One day two of his fingers were cut oft and he has been since known as “Finger” Morrison. Honest work did not bring in large enough returns to suit "Finger” and he early showed his criminal tendencies. From petty thefts he ascended the ladder of crime until he became known generally to criminals of all classes and the police authorities of several cities. Fifteen years of his forty-two have been passed' behind prison bars. Only sixteen days ago he left the State Prison at Tren ton, where he spent a term of two years. He then determined, he said, to lead an honest life. The story Morrison tells of his own effort at reform follows:— He turned for shelter to Mrs. Ballington Booth’s Hope Hall in Flushing, L. I. This establishment is conducted as a home for criminals who desire to re form. Major Yard, who was in charge of the Hall accepted Morrison. Employment with a farmer was secured. Morrison’s work was picking beets and he was a' good workman as his hands show. Sixty cents a day was his compensation. Morrison decided, last Wednesday, to tell his sister in Hoboken of his change in life. He left the home and visited his sister. She was happy slfta prayed that he might succeed. The joy of the meet ing was so great that Morrison stayed at his sister’s home until late in the even ing. When he returned to the Hall the doors were closed and he could not get in. The next day he was refused admis sion because he had violated one of the rules in remaining away over night. He made several efforts to get back, but was unsuccessful. Then began another search for work, but again he was unsuccessful and for three days and nights he walked the streets without food or place to sleep. At midnight Wednesday Morrison was weak from lack of food and Sleep and he was- desperate. Then he decided to rob Laira’s drug store and his arrest followed. He does not account for his pal. Morrison’s specialty is burglary. He has been chiefly engaged in this line in this State and most of his prison life 'has been spent in Trenton. Shortly after his admission to Hope Hall Morrison came to this city and met some of his old friends who looked pros perous. He told of his beet picking job and the small pay he received and was asked how long he would work. He re plied:— “Sixty cents a day is not much money for me to handle, but I’ll stick It out.’’ Twenty years ago Morrison was a youth who figured in some of the most daring burglaries committed in Hew Jersey. He was at that time associated with Ash Smith and Emily McClure. Smith is now serving the eighth year of a ten year term at Trenton. Emily McClure has been lost to sight. All were about the same age end as audacious as they were dashing. The proceeds of their robberies were large and they were fashionably dressed and good conversationalists. These details aided them greatly in their work. They were resourceful, too, and equal to any emergency. One night the three succeeded in forcing an entrance into a cigar store on Mont gomery street and had the “swag,” about twenty-five boxes of valuable cigars, in a hallway ready to carry off. Emily Mc Clure wore a great cloak, under which she had often carried off booty. She placed several boxes of cigars under her cloak this night and the two men were ready to start off to the fince, which was in this city. A look out in the street showed that a policeman was only a few feet away from the store door. The ques tion was how to elude the officer. The guardian of the peace was one of those men. who would plant in one spot and remain there for hours unless a row attracted his attention and then he would hurry away from the scene for safety. The McClure woman was sent out to "con” the officer away. Awaiting her opportunity Emily got on the street and approached the policeman- from the rear. She was in tears, hut held tightly onto the boxes under her cloak. Then, she sprang the “con.” game. ' She told of leaving her boarding house on Grand street to visit a sick sister. She was detained until a very, very late hour and did not wish to arouse those in the house. Unfortunately also she had lost her purse and was in a quandary. Then the talk turned on more pleasant subjects and the pair walked up the street to the corner of Hudson street. Morrison and .:-.i.•V ‘.. Gas for Heating. The convenience and economy of GAS HEATING STOVES during the variable winter months is recognized by all careful housekeepers. Gas heating stoves are clean—no dust, dirt or ashes; can be lighted in an instant; give great heat at low cost with perfect regulation of temperature. GAB RADIATORS] GAB FIRES. GAS LOGS. 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The woman gave them sufficient time and then bid the kind policeman goodnight. Immediately she went to the fence, which was at the corner of Grove street and Railroad avenue. The place was a saloon. One night Chief Murphy raided the fence, and there he arrested the gang and recovered much stolen property. Emily McClare broke down and gave the whole snap away. In speaking of the woman Morrison said: "Emily was a good clever girl and she knew her business. She was all right until we fell out and then she loosened up and told all about the graft." AN ENJOYABLE AFFAIR. Ladies of St. Matthews Have a Kaffee Klaiseh. A kaffee klatsch under the auspices of the Turn Verein, in charge of Mrs. Her rieles and Mrs. Hoffman for the benefit of St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Church on Wayne street, took place last evening, at the Young Men’s Association Clubhouse, adjoining the church. It was the first event of the season and a grand success. Coffee and cake was served by the ladies to all who attended. The principal feature was dancing and both young and old people enjoyed them selves at the popular pastime. Among those present were—Mr. and Mrs. J. C. J. Petersen. Mr. and Mrs. Hoff mann, Mr. and Mrs. Kopf, Mr. and Mrs. Rugge. Mr. and Mrs. Hintermann, Mr. and Mrs. Mertens. Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Bavendan, Mr. and Mrs. Doscher, Mr. and Mrs. Ehrenfels, Mr. and Mrs. Gun ther, Mr. and Mrs, Straus, Mr. and Mrs. Hartmann, Mr. and Mrs. Libby, Misses A. E. Kopf, A. H. Klussmann. Lillian and-Annie Doering. Anna, Katie and Emma Behrens, M. Hartmann. Annie and Gussie Denecke, A. Scharpen, A. Brockner of New York, Witte, Leubar, L. Herrlles, L. Steltman, Crom, Zohm, Yulke. ICastendieek, I. Behrens, A. Meyer, A. Adelun-g. Edith Olsen, Bessie Steene, Margaret Wiley, Gussie and Mrs, Gurth. A. Lemming, J. Ahrens. Frances Klein and Annie Lampke, Messrs. William Ade lung, Alfred Rohlfs, C. W. F. Maurer, F. A. and R. Ewald, Owen Herrlles, Her man Herrlles, H. Scharpen, F. Hutelmann, P. Doering, E. Paul, F. Pankermier. W. Kopf, W. Rugge, W . F. Hoffmann, Otto Rademan, Herman Behrens, Henry Behrens, Charles Behrens, O. R. Klussman, Henry Niersted. W. Sparnicht, H, Lorence, Charles Siel. J.Willet, Charles Miesner. J. Gatley. R. Kastendieck, Ernst Reitsema, R. Petersen. William Duls, A. Jochtmann, J. C. Lohse, John Kohlmann. George' Simon, Otto Storbeck, Otto Schmidt. Herman Kohlmann. L. Wolf, Harry Hintemann and Charles Miller. END OF ST. JOHN'S FAIR. Dr. Stoddard Is Satisfied With the Results. The annual fair of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Summit avenue, which closed last evening after two nights of business, was the most brilliant and successful held on the Heights. Indeed, the chapel,where I the booths were erected for the sale of j numerous useful commodities, was simply jammed. If the building had been twice as large, double the business would have I been transacted, for then it would have j been possible for the patrons to move about with greater freedom. The workers are to be given much credit for the successful ending of such an event. It was due to their efforts that the funds realized were so large and entirely satisfactory. The young lpdles rendered excellent service. Every stand was well managed and full value was received for every article sold or raffled. Many valu able prizes were won by numerous people. So successful was the performance of "Gertrude Mason, M.D.,” that the young ladles were called upon to present it twice last evening in the gymnasium. From this source a big revenue was de rived. The dancing, which began in the gym nasium about ten o’clock, proved to be the feature of the evening. Here the young people flocked and they heartily enjoyed themselves for an hour and a half. Dr. Stoddard Is pleased with the result of the fair. He has only the warmest words of praise for his workers. SENTENCED IN THE SESSIONS. Ifhree offenders against the majesty of te law were arraigned before Judge Blair this rooming to have Justice meted out to them-. Joseph Anzelmo, the Italian barber who cut two boys with a razor in. this city, ■was fined $25 and costs. Thomas Frenso was sentenced to six months at the county farm for his con nection for stealing copper wire from the D. L. & W. R. R. John Malloy who had pleaded not guilty to breaking, entering and larceny retract ed his plea and was sent to the Peniten tiary for nine months. The -best protection against fevers, pneumo nia, diphtheria, etc., is In building up the system with Hood’s Sarsaparilla. ALLEN WILL GO. Bergen Baptist Clergyman Declares That His Res ignation Is Final. LAST NIGHT’S MEETING People Who Expected a Lively Row Were Dis appointed. The quarterly business session of the Bergen Baptist Church was held Wednes day evening in the chapel on Clinton ave nue. The Rev. John C. Allen presided. In view of the recent unpleasant develop ments in the church several hundred members were present, anticipating inter esting proceedings. There was some talk of rescinding the resolution accepting the resignation of the pastor, which the mem bers accepted last Sunday morning after apparent persuasion. Why the plans were not put into operation was not explained. It was thought that the persons delegated to begin such proceedings lost heart at the proper time. The pastor’s resignation was not talked of at the business session, but there was plenty of comment on the manner in which Superintendent John B. Applegate of the Sunday school, who presided at the meeting held a week ago at which the pastor’s resignation was rejected, con ducted the session. An official of the church in discussing the matter said the friends of the pastor did not act in good faith with those who were for the ac ceptance of the resignation. "It was understood,” said he, “that Mr. Eugene W. Leake was to have the floor and act as spokesman for the opposing side. Mr. Leake was to state why we objected to the pastor remaining any longer and he was to give our version in detail. This plan we devised in order to let the pastor and his friends know where we stood and why we wished him to go. Our intentions were open and above board. We did not intend to go behind anyone’s back in the matter. "The chairman positively refused to allow Mr. Leake to speak when the mo tion to accept Mr. Allen’s resignation was made. He woul dallow no discussion. In this he went back on the agreement made tho afternoon of the meeting. The pastor's followers being in the majority, it was only natural that they should win out. “From the very start we have acted fairly with Mr. Allen. He has been given every chance to resign. As early as last spring he was told of the feeling against him and even when he came back from his vacation the result of a private meet ing was made known to him. He was advised by members who had the best of motives in view and these some people acted in a very friendly manner to him. “All the promises ever made by the pas tor and his people have been violated. If these .members are anxious to have Mr. Allen remain, then wee wil lshow our hand. We have said little or nothing as yet, believing that the simplest way was the best. But, should an attemtp be made i to keep the pastor after his time is up next April, then our turn will come. We are now in the minority, but our side of the case is so strong that we will be successful in our light with out a doubt.” Mr. Allen says that his resignation is final.. Even now his supporters are urg ing him to stay. At the business session only routine business was transacted. Several resig nations were received and these were doubtless caused by the present church controversy. The treasurer’s report did not show an eneouraglng state of affairs. The figures pointed to a decided drop in the church finances, which shows a ten dency on the part of the members to lesson their interest in church work. The finances are running behind and the mem bership has taken a slump since the origin of the dispute. A great many members have cut down their contributions within the last six months and others have signi fied their intention of following this ex ample. _ TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS. There Is much comment in the Eighth ward over the recent action of the Wan ser Republican Club in turning out the lights in the building in Communipaw avenue, when the Decker Association par aded by there in celebration of the Repub lican victory, The general belief is that it was done for spite, and It was noticed by hundreds of people. This act did not tend to elevate people's opinions of the Waaser Club, QUEER COMBINATION. Britisher With Yankee Accent and American With Cockney Brogue, Passengers who rode on the rear plat form of a Newark car which went up Grand street about 5:30 o’clock yesterday witnessed a novel sight. Leaning against the closed gate was a man attired in the kahki uniform of the British South Afri can Army. The buttons with the coat of arms of Great Britain and the V. R. pro claimed him a ’’soldier of the Queen” be yond doubt. Beside him stood a man in the undress uniform of a United State* marine. The most singular feature about the combination was that the United States marine spoke with a cockney ac cent as thick as a London fog, while the English soldier had the twang you hear in the northern part of New York along the Canadian border. The two were traveling together, and were fraternizing in a manner which w’ould give a Bryanite believerin “the un derstanding between this country and England." several distinct kinds of fits. It transpired that the kahki clad man was one of the Canadian contingent just re turned from the Transvaal and was on his way with the Yankee soldier to visit mu tual friends in Newark. WEATHER INDICATIONS. NEW YORK, iNov. 23, 1900.—forecast for thirty-six hours ending at P M on Saturday:—Generally fair and colder to night and Saturday; fresh to brisk, north west winds. Hartnett's Thermometrieal Report .N ov. 22. Deg. 3 P. M.54 6 P. M. 54 9 P. M.52 12 midnight.52 Nov. 23. Deir, 6 A. M.'..Jr 9 A. M.53 12 noon. M NPraSH DIED. LENTZ—On Thursday, Nov. 22, 1900 Cath arine P. Lent*. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence. No. 121 Halladay street, on Saturday, No. 24, at 9 A. M.; thence to All Saints- Church, where a solemn high mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. FOLEY—On Thursday, No. 22. 1900, Mary G., beloved daughter of Bridget Foley aged 24 years. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from, her late residence, No. 90 Tuers avenue, on Saturday. Nov. 24, at 9 A. M.; thence la St. Joseph’s Church, where a solemn high mass o frequiem will be offered for the happy repose of her soul. WRIGHT- On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1900, Janet Little, widow of the late "William Wright, of Paterson, N1 J., aged 77 years. Relatives and friends are invited t at tend funeral services at the residence ef her son-in-law, Mr. J. H. Coyle, No. 2fi» Tonnele avenue, on Friday, Nov. 23, at TAXES 1900-1901. CII1 COLLECTOR’S OFFICE, Taxes will be res ceived 9 A. M. Monday, November 26. On all taxes paid prior to De cember 20 a rebate will be allowed at the rate of 12 per cent, per annum. a ROBERT DAYIS, City Collector.