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JERSEY CITY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1900.
*A$T £d!T?ON. LAST EDITION. VOX, XII-NO. 8536. LAST EDITION. ONE CENT LAST EDITION. PRICE one~cent7^ All the City Is Preparing to Show Gratitude for the Year’s Mercies. PRIVATE AND CLUB FUNCTIONS Inmates of Institutions Will Be Made Happy By Big Dinners. Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated this B’ear in Jersey City with all the usual en thusiasm. It is essentially the family day, but full provision has been made for all those who have no families to be thank ful for. The turkey will, of course, play the most important part, but lest we forget in all the joy and merrymaking numerous services have been arranged throughout the city so that all may give thanks for the many mercies of the past year. On Thanksgiving Day all the banks and the public offices will be closed, courts -will not sit, the Free Public Library will be closed and thd reading room will be open between the hours of ten and two, and stores will be closed all afternoon. Spe al matinees will be held in the theatres Thanksgiving Day. The* Park Reformed, 'North Baptist, Second Presbyterian, Parmly Memorial "Wayne Street Reformed and Second Presbyterian Churches will hold a union Thanksgiving service at the last named church next Thursday evening. The hold ing of such a service in the evening is a departure from an old custom; but it is believed that a larger congregation will assemble at such a service in the evening than would attend in the morning. A special musical programme will be ren dered by the united choirs. There will be three ten-minute addresses. The speakers will be the Rev. Benjamin Otto of the iNorth IBaptist Church, the Rev. B. Madi son Hare of the Parmley Memorial Bap tist Church, and the Rev. J. Francis Morgan of the Park Reformed Church. Trinity, Centenary, Hedding and St. Paul’s Methodist Churches will hold a ser vice in the morning at St. Paul's Church on Third street. The four pastors will give addresses on the year’s blessings, taking respectively the sub-divisions, personal, domestic, spiritual and national blessings. Prayer and thanksgiving testimonials will conclude the service. All of the various churches of Green ville will hold services of thanks-iving and praise for the many blessings received during the year. There will be special musical services in all the churches. Thanksgiving Day wouldn't be the same without the Houn Town Rangers. They will parade as usual. The Novelty Rangers will hold a par ade and masque ball on Thanksgiving Day in Columbia Hall, Ocean and Cator ave nues. The officers of the association are: —William Boyce, Captain; P. Creeegan, President; J. McCarthy, Vice-President; George Howe, Second Vice-President; J. Sullivan, Treasurer; J. Hughes, Financial Secretary; J. Gilson, Recording Secretary; J. McHugh, Corresponding Secretary; William Hefferman, Sergeat-at-Arms; J. Martin, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. The Irish Guards will hold a picnic and target excursion at Greenville Schuetzen Park on Thanksgiving Day. A large num ber of prizes will be given to the best shots. The event is always one of good times and is looked forward to by all the members of the guard. A number of clubs will hold their Thanksgiving events on the eve of the great day so as to have the day free for family affairs. The George L. Guthmuller Association will dance at Pohlmann’s Thanksgiving Eve. The association is one of the most popular in the Hudson City section and a great crowd is expected to attend the hall. The Hudson City branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association will enjoy an entertainment with prize shooting at the branch’s rooms in Central avenue, Wednesday evening. An entertainment with prize bowling and turkey drawings will be enjoyed by the combined societies of St. Nicholas’s Parish on Thanksgiving Eve. Extra attractions will be provided on both Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving night at St. Lucy’s big church fair at St. Lucy's Hall. Amid all the private arrangements for celebration those homeless ones who are inmates of institutions must not be for gotten. The Board of Managers of the various homes have arranged to make the inmates thankful for an unusually good dinner and they appeal to the public for contributions. At the Children’s Home on Glenwood avenue, a typical turkey dinner will be provided tor the Inmates by the matron. There are to be simple exercises in the morning and the rest of the day will be devoted to providing amusements tor the little ones. The usual dinner will be served; at the Home for Aged Women at Bergen and Falrvlew avenues. Visitors will be par ticularly cordially received on that day. The Sisters at St. Joseph's Home for the Blind on Pavonia avenue, have decided to prepare an extra spread for the little ones. The meals to be served are sure to appeal to the young people and they will be allowed to eat all the turkey and other delicacies that are good for them. The inmates of the Raymond Roth Pioneer Home on Garfield avenue will be treated to a fine Thanksgiving dinner. All the good things which go to make the day a success as far as the eating is con cerned will be served. The dinner is an annual event given by the management of the Home. Warden Osborne of the City Hospital will see that all the patients get an extra good dinner. .Many decorations have been received and the ladies of St. John’s lopis copal Church will as usual, be on hand to provide extra delacacies for the in mates. Rots of turkey may be had by a.l hands, and the nurses will pay special at tention to the wants of everyone. The sixty odd patients in Christ Hospi tal will enjoy a superb Thanksgiving din ner on Thursday. Donation bags were sent out weeks ago, and nearly all of them have been returned filled with poultry, vegetables, tea, coffee, fruit and delicacies. Donations have also been flowing in to St. Francis’s Hospital, and the inmates of that splendid institution will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner which they will long remember for its excellence. The orphans in St. Michael’s Orphan Asvlurn have not been forgotten and their Thanksgiving festivities will include a big Thanksgiving dinner. The inmates of the Newman Industrial Home and Mission will be given a turkey dinner with all that that title implies. A Thanksgiving tea will be held at the Children’s Homo Sunday when visitors are given a chance to inspect the build ing. A Thanksgiving sale will he held Tues day at the Bergen Reformed Church for the benefit of Whittier House. HOBOKEN’S DAY. All the Old Customs Will Be Carried Out. An old fashioned ragamuffin parade promises to make Thanksgiving morning a lively one in Hoboken this year. The parade will be held under the auspices of the Exempt Firemen’s Association. Over five hundred fantastic marchers will be in line and the old Hoboken custom of stop ping at the residences of city officials and other prominent citizens for donations will be observed. In the evening they will make merry at a masque ball in Odd Fel lows’ Hall. The day in general will he observed with old time fervor in Hoboken. Special services are to be held in all the churches and many social events will add to the merriment. SI. ALOYSIUS’S EUCHRE Its Congregation Played Last Night for Hand some Prizes. The second euchre of St. Aloysius’s par ish on the West Side was held last even ing in the hall at Belmont and West Side avenues. The usual success attended the event. All those who could possibly be accommodated played and about one hundred tables were pressed into use. The members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the church managed the euchre. The prizes contested for were donated by members of the parish and prominent business men of the city. The prize win ners were:—Miss Maria Keane, pillow; James Lillis, silver bowl; Miss Mamie Gorman, picture; Mrs. J. F. Kelaher, bric a-brac; Miss O’Gorman, roses; Miss Nora Cone, carving set; Mrs. Thomas Kelly, punch bowl; Mrs. Dolan, chair; Miss Pat ten, lemonade set; S. N. Nugent, vase; Mrs. Brennan, lamp; Miss Hogan, umbrel la; Mrs. Rooney, handkerchief; William Vill, dish; Miss Carey, silver spoons; Mr. Matthews, candy; Miss Doherty, carving set; William Fell, box of cigars; Miss Scott, picture; Miss Corcoran, banquet holder; Miss Doherty, glove box; Mrs. W. J. Thompson, cup and saucer; Mrs. Vree land, cup and saucer; Miss Kelly, battery; Mrs. Shea, jardiniere; Mrs. Jeyra, bric-a brac; Mrs. O'Keefe, rubber plant; Miss Van Wyke, roses; Miss Stoveken, picture; Miss Cardiff, picture frame: Miss E. Kel leher, ornaments; Miss Wallis, plant; Mrs. Grubertosh, rpses; Mrs. McCarty, rubber plant, and Mrs. Cavanagh, smoking set. The drawing for $50 in gold took place after Freeholder James Billington distri buted the prizes. Mrs. Louis J. Vultee was the fortunate winner. Some of those who donated the prizes were:—Mrs. P. J. Powers. Mrs. T. Shea, Mrs. Donohue. Mrs. Somers. Mrs. Mulvihill. Mrs. R. Burke, Mrs. Bellington, Mrs. Griffin. Miss Drown. Mrs. Woodmancey, Frank Mullins, Mr. Biaeke. Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Dboley, Mrs. M. McCaffry, Mrs. Paladeau, Mr. Gorman. Mrs. C. Hughes, Mrs. Wyse, Mrs. Bradley. Mrs. Doyle, A. Friend, Mrs. Sul livan. "Mrs. H. Kellers, Mrs. Connors, Mrs. Kelly. Mrs. Patterson, John Madden, William Ryan. Miss Culley, Miss Standin ger, Mrs. Christie, Mrs. Dovle and Mrs. Patterson. Dancing followed. GREENVILLE EUCHRE HELD. Musical and Social Clnli En> < tertalm. The first monthly euchre of the Green ville Musical and Social Club, was held last night at Belvedere Hall, corner of Old Bergen Road and Danforth avenue. The attendance was large and a thorough ly good time was enjoyed by all present. After the euchre a dance was held. Among those present were:—Miss P Hartmann. Miss M. Hollands, Miss T Hollands, Mrs. E, Avery, Mrs. Dugan, Miss Smith, Miss Vultee, Miss F. Mc Connin, Miss E. M. Vreeland. Miss Gor ley, Miss Blackshaw, Miss Bluckill. Miss King, Miss O. Collins. Miss H. Haves Mrs. F. Foltenbrock! Mrs. T. Foltenbrock, Miss M. Foltenbrock, Miss Lulu Stoven wall. Miss Margaret Duncan, Miss L Smith, Miss Martha Buckel, Walter Scott, W. F. Darmstaller, W. R. Hughes. John Arbuckle, Fred M. Harris, William Fermier, C. Johnson, Rav Brown. Fred Galway. Fred Cronin. Mr. and Mrs. A Ring, W. A. Rpaney. E. E. Dettler. W. English, Bert Hopper, F. MacMulIen. C. Mrs. H. P. Snyder. John Hallidav. Robert P. TrewenMr. and Mrs. Hetzger, Mr. and R. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Homan, Mrs. Hartmann. W. Tower. 'Mr. Havemever Mr. Hodge. Mr. Perry, Mr. Harton. Mr. Ramsey, W. T. Hampton, H. W. Hamp ton, N. Vreeland. JUNIOR DEMOCRATS BRANCH OUT Will Give n Euchre Purty and Dance in December. The Junior Democratic Association an nounces that It will give their first euchre party and dance on Wednesday evening, December 5, in the Assem'bly Hall, Hen derson street. The addmission ticket promises a chance of a door prize of *5 and also chances of about 50 to 75 beau tiful prizes.. Prizes have been donated by Mr. Robert Davis, Sheriff Ruempler, Freeholder W. J. Moran, Freeholder James Billington, Thomas J. Miggins. Thomas Fallon, Alderman McBride and numerous other politicians and business men. The pro ceeds of the euchre will go towards beautifying and making more comfortable the clubrooms of the association, which have been presented t them by Mr. Robert Davis, at -.o. 261 Grand street. The committee appointed to take charge of the euchre are:—T. J. Kelleher, chair man; G. Davis, C. Riley, E. Smith. J. Giuick, M. Bamberger and B. Heinse, who wil endeavor to give all present a pleasant reception. GOVERNOR WILL ATTEND CENTENNIAL Tangle Over His Acceptance of a Membership I- Straightened Out. It seems that the District of Columbia Centennial Committee for a while was under a misapprehension as to Governor Foster M. Voorhees’ acceptance of Its invitation to become a member of the committee and to attend the celebration in December, but a letter from Adjutant General Alexander C. Oliphant, explain ed the matter satisfactorily. Governor Voorhees had called personal ly upon the President a few days after receiving notice of his appointment as member of the committee from the coun try at large, and had thought that suffi cient. Soon thereafter he went abroad, and j when he learned that he had been delin- ■ quent in formal acceptace he ordered that! the committee be informed that he would gladly serve. While there is no fund for defraying the expense of sending troop9 from New Jersey to attend the celebration the Governor and his staff will be in at tendance. An Old and Well Tried Remedy •lira. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for children teething should a,ways oe used or eniidren wMie teething, it softens the iun,s, Sliaye the pain, cures wind colic ind is the beet remedy tor diarrhoea, tniy-iive cents per bottle. •4 SALE ATTACKED. Opponents to Elks’ Purchase of Tabernacle to File Bill In Chancery. MAY STOP RENOVATIONS Call of Meeting and Majority Consent Questioned?—Elks Give Out Contracts. In a few days a bill In Chancery will be filed attacking the recent sale of the Tab ernacle to the Jersey City Lodge of Elks. It is a voluminous document, and is being prepared by Messrs. Wallis, Edwards and Bumsted. Mr. Edwards and Mr. Northrup both refused to say anything of the bill excepting that it would be filed soon. It is not known what form the suit will assume, but in all probability it will join as defendants all parties on the record and mayhaps enjoin temporarily the Elks’ Board of Trustees from going ahead with the work of renovation. Contracts for certain portions of the work have already been given out. The bill will, it is thought, charge that the trustees’ action was) illegal, that the call for a meeting of the members was not properly given, and that the majority did not approve of the sale. The deed conveying the old Tabernacle property to the Elks’ Building Association was filed in County Register Clarke's of fice this morning. The document is dated November 21, ~00. The consideration named is 220,000 and the property is sub ject to a mortgage of 219,000 made by William H. Peckham and Emeline W. Peckham in favor of the trustees of the Society of the First Congregational Church, by whom it was transferred to the Peckhams by deed dated October 30, 1900. It is understood that the prime mover in the suit is a lady. A member of the downtown church. A few days ago w’hen the sale to the Elke was accomplished she said to one of the committee of Elks who negoclated the purchase:— “I don’t want you people. I and others would rather see the Odd Fellows buy it.” The Odd Fellows through Mr. J. E. Bernstein* were inded after the hall, but the energetic Elks were too quick for them. So tar as the Elks are concerned they are secure In the conviction that their title is sound and although they may be inconvenienced by the legal proceedings they will ultimately win out. At the meeting of the Board of Direc tors of Jersey City Lodge, No. 211, B. P. O. Elke, last evening. John Reiss & Sons were awarded the contract for the paint ing of the outside of the new Elks Hall. Bids were also received for the plaster ing, and the committee expects to have all contracts awarded by next Saturday. The plans and specifications of the archi tect will be ready by next week. SCOTCH CHURCH SOLD. Presbytery Conveys the Property to the English jLutheran Church. The Jersey City Presbytery this morn ing sold the church property of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, which in cludes the handsome brick church build ing and the manse adjoining it, to the English Lutheran Holy Trinity Church, of which the Rev. Eugene NeudeTwitz is pastor. The sale was a private one, and the amount paid for it could not be as certained, but it is said to have gone to the English Lutheran people for a very small sum, compared to what the prop erty is worth. The English Lutheran Church has only been in existence about four years, but since It first started under the care of Pastor Neuderwitz, it has prospered won derfully, and now there are three churches of that denomination in the city. Holy Trinity’s present edifice is thd^Jjuilding that stands at the northeast corner of Montgomery and Barrow streets. It was bought by the English Lutheran from Flavel McGee. These quarters have become inadequate to the fast increasing membership of the church. The Trustees a short while ago decided to build a new church. Plans were drawn for the new building and ground was to have been broken in a short time. Now that this property has been purchased the other plans will be abandoned. tbe Rev. 'Mr. Neudewitz has not made known hie plans yet. No one is willing to say whether there will be any changes to the new church, but it is hardly likely th^it there will be any as the church is a commodious one and has all the latest improvements. ^ The Scotch Church was first organized in this city on May 29, 1856. At that time the organizers of it had great difficulty to get the Presbytery of New York to grant them an application to organize the church in this city, as it claimed that there was not more than half a dozen Scotch families in the city at that time. They, however, succeeded in their efforts to organize a church, and it was started on November 5, 1856. The building was erected in the pas torate of the Rev. James Harkness, on October 21, 1862. At one time some years ago when the church was in trouble Mr. McKenzie paid the debt on condition that no musical instruments be allowed in the church. As there was not sufficient money to engage good singers the membership gradually dropped off. The church has been closed for the past three or four months, and the Pres bytery concluded that the best thing to do was to sell the property at whatever figure they could secure for it. The Scotch Church was built at a cost of J39.000. It is a brick building of Eng lish Gothic style, 52x86 feet. The front is of Philadelphia pressed brick with stone trimmings. The pews in the audience room will seat 480 and the gallery will ac commodate 70 more people. The basement of the church contains trustees, lecture, Sabbath school, infant class and library rooms. By sliding doors the lecture room and Sabbath school room can be thrown into one, making a large hall for. entertain ment purposes. G. 0. P.HOPES. All Kinds of Legislation Planned for Hudson County. THE REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE Ring Candidates Will Proba bly Be Re-elected—Who Will Run. ' . A long session of the Hudson County Republican Executive Committee was held last night in Lincoln Hall. Chairman Edward Pry presided. There was a large turnout of ward and other leaders to discuss party legislation and talk over pet schemes for the “betterment” of the county and the community in general. , The primaries, to be held on December 5, throughout the county, for the election of delegates to the County Committee, was arranged. The call will be issued next week, and the places of holding the primaries will also be announced. There are a few wards where “scraps" are scheduled over contests, and in these par ticular wards the leaders will take gooc^ care that joint primaries are held if the situation looks dangerous to their inter ests. Among the prominent committeemen who are to seek re-election are:— First ward, William H. Eaton and Will iam H. Hooker: Second ward, Robert D. Urquhart and George B. Harper; Third ward, George N. Harding, Samuel D. Dickinson and Emil E. Datz; Fourth ward, W. H. Simmons 'and Harry H. Holmes; Seventh ward, Edward Fry, William J. Charlock and Charles Merker; Eighth ward, George W. Decker, George W. Robertson, A. Ij. Wilson and Joseph A. Dear, Jr.; Ninth ward, Thomas D. Mills, Flavel McGee, J. Herbert Potts, W. G. Nelson, William F. Ely and Isaac G. Sutterlein; Tenth ward, George R. Patterson and Charles W. Laws; Eleventh ward, George L. Strothman; Twelfth ward, Thomas McEwan. Hoboken—Gregory Guisto and Jacob Straus. Bayonne—George S. Bogert, T. M. Ten Broeck and G. H. Cadmus. North Bergen—Otto Wittnebert. West Hoboken—B. W. Demarest. It is safe to predict that the machine will land all its candidates, having plan ned joint primaries where there was any doubt of the election of the machine men. A resolution was passed favoring the appointment of a legislative committee of five to go to Trenton this winter and ad vocate various measures favorable to the party. The abolition of spring elections is looked upon as a moral certainty. All the leaders are for it, andilt is more than likely that an Essex representative will father the measure. The committee hopes to secure the passage of a bill calling for the closing of the polls at five o’clock and the adoption ,of the Aus tralian ballot system. A non-partisan po lice bill for Jersey City is also ajnong the many little favors Hudson would like from the Republican legislators. A meas ure providing for the payment of chal lengers will probably be introduced. The county will, under the bill, stand the expenses instead of the respective par ties. Chairman Woolley of the County Committee spoke on these matters at length and said it would be advisable to secure all the legislation discussed at the meettng. In fact, the leaders seem to regard the passage of the bills mentioned above as certain. An excise commission is also included in the batch of bills. The legislative committee resolution will be submitted to the County Committee at the next meeting and the five mem bers will then be selected. Messrs. Ed ward W. Woolley, Joseph A. Dear, Jr., and Samuel D. Dickinson were appointed a committee to audit all bills incurred in the recent campaign. The committee of 1900 goes out of busi ness after the session of December 14. Many interesting matters will then be brought up. The new committee con venes on January 11, when officers -will be elected for 1900. The following is a list of the present officers, who will prob ably be re-elected:— Edward. W. Woolley, president; Flavel McGee, first vice president; Edwin Cad mus, second vice president; Frank T. Lockwood, secretary; Edward W. Martin, assistant secretary; Michael Schultz, Jr., treasurer, and Albert Blake, sergeant-at arms. These are the trustees and the dates of the expiration of their terms:— One year term, expires March, 1901—D. J. Gibson and T. AJ. Coughlin of this city, C. Eichhorn of West Hoboken. Two year term, expires March, 1902— John Mitchell, M. Schultz, Jr., F. W. Angell. Three year term, expires March, 1903— Jacob Diehl, P. F. Wanser and E. W. Woolley. Four year term, expires March, 1904— F. H. Melville of Bayonne, J. J. Guisto ' of Hoboken, James Freeman of Kearny. The heads of the various committees will in all probability remain the same for 1901, though some of the other mem bers may be shifted about a bit. Ed ward Fry heads the Executive Commit- J tee, Martin Finck the Elections Commit tee. Frank J. Higgins the Appeals Com mittee, John H. Weastell the Finance Committee, Edward T. Mitchell the Or ganization Committee, William O. Arm bruster the Patronage Committee, “ and Joseph A. Dear, Jr., the Printing Com- , mittee. MR. WELLS’fXPLOSiyES. Jersey City, Nov. 23, 1900. To the Editor of “The Jersey City News.” I desire to correct a statement made by you in last evening’s ‘'News," that we kept on hand five barrels of gun cotton. We have on hand but four pounds of gun cotton o'.y, and this was the quantity otated to Captain Miijer of No. 6 truck. Will you kindly make this correction in your next issue of “The News." Tours truly, E. S. WELLS. C. D. BURBANK. Gen’l Manager. HECKER TO BE TRIED HON DAY. Henry Hecker will- be placed on trial be fore Judge Blair in the Court of Oyer and Terminer Monday morning on an Indict ment charging him with manslaughter in ■having caused the death--of. John ’Hayes, at No. 28a Fifth Streep Hoboken, -in a quarrel a few. week* ago. The defence will be self-defence. •’ CONSOLIDATION ? Mr. W. D. Edwards Advo cates Union of Hudson Be fore the Commission. GENERAL REDUCTION OF EXPENSE I' ... - Tax Rate Would Go Down and Municipal Improve- • ments Would Bene fit AIL After a long discussion yesterday after noon the Commission, appointed by Gover nor Voorhees to consider the advisability of consolidating all the municipalities of 'Hudson County into one -city decided that it would not vote yesterday on the propo sition. The opposition to consolidation came from Hoboken and West Hudson Commissioners. The Commission unanimously decided, however, that in case of any consolidation each community should bear and pay oft the principal and interest of its own debt. The Commission sat in the Mayor’s office, City Hall, and ex-Senator Rudolph Rabe presided. President Henry Brauti gam, who is very sick, had sent in his resignation, but no appointment of hi» successor was made. Chairman Rabe announced that it would be advisable to take up the various recom mendations of the Committee on Plan and Scope preparatory to making up the report to be presented at the approaching session of the Legislature. The first proposition presented was:— “In case of this commission recommend ing consolidation shall each community bear and pay off the principal and inter est of its own debt; or, in other words, should there be a different tax rate in each portion of the consolidated city made up of (1) to cover the general expenses of government, and- (2) to cover the principal and Interest of the debt of that section?” Chairman Rabe explained that it would result in a different tax rate, but the plan suggested could easily be adopted as it had been in Hoboken and a part of Wee hawken in 1S70, when it was found to wont wen. Mr. Wm. D. Edwards, in support of this proposition explained that one of its ob jects was to prevent any township just prior to consolidation running up a tre mendous debt to be shouldered by the con solidated city as had been done by outly ir.g municipalities in New York State. A general discussion ensued and the pro position being put was unanimously ap proved. Chairman Rabe then said that the second proposition was before the meet ing for discussion. It was “Shall this Commission recommend to the Legisla ture that all the municipalities of Hud son County be consolidated into one city?" Mr. W. D. Edwards then took the floor. At the outset he declared himself in favor of the proposition, for the reason, he said, that a consolidation of thirteen dif ferent systems of municipal government, as now existing in the county, would in his judgment unquestionably result in a great financial gain to every portion of the county. Fortified with data he show ed that the rate of taxation in the outly ing sections of the county would be very much less if consolidation was effected than under the present system. “My judgment,” resumed Mr. Edwards, “is that under consolidation the number of officeholders would be materially de creased in Hudson and consequently their salaries saved. Further, streets would then be laid out and improved between various municipalities on definite and uniform lines if the plan were carried out. Educational facilities would undoubtedly be simplified in the townships especially, and these would be put on a par with the school systems in the larger cities. The great material improvement effected in Jersey City alone during the past ten years would be shared in by the town ships and cities joining in consolidation," argued Mr. Edwards. “Just look at the absurdity,” he con tinued, and the members smiled, “of the absurdity of having thirteen chiefs of police, thirteen chiefs of the fire depart ment, thirteen superintendents of schools and thirteen assessors and collectors of taxes when one man could run each de partment efficiently with a little extra clerk hire. Under the proposed system the dual form of city and county gov ernment would be abolished.” Mr. Edwards then showed the great in crease in the county expenses within the past 15 years, and how they now amount ed to $934,007.53 for the year. Such extra expense would suTely exist and continue to increase so long as the right of appro priation remained in a board which was not charged with the duty of raising the taxes. It was an absurd system which permitted a board to say what it would spend during the year, and then spend that amount. The system should be that in operation now in Jersey City, where the various boards submitted their estimates for the coming year to the Board of Fi nance which fixed the appropriation ac cording to the limit of its revenues. A question being at this point raised as to the debt of Jersey City, Mr. Edwards showed that during the past fifteen years no substantial change had been made in the gross amount of debt, although dur ing that period the valuations had jump ed from $70,000,000 to $100,000,000. Dur ing that time. 'Mr. Edwards pointed out, a great many improvements had been made. He cited the new City Hall, new Free Library, which cost $225,000, exclu sive of the real estate worth about $60,000 more, new public schools costing upwards of $700,000, miles of asphalted streets, parks and improvements. Mr. Edwards, who seemed to have at his tongue’s end the statistics of.the var ious municipalities, showed that the tax in Jersey City per capita for municipal purposes was much less than in any other city of the State in spite of all the ex penditure. Summing up an effective argu ment he said:— "Consolidation is bound to come sooner or later and this Commission ought to seize this opportunity and make it a con dition and not a theory.” Mr. Edwin A. S. Lewis, of Hoboken, said 'he opposed the plan and cited the in jurious effects of the consolidation of For a Cold la tbe Head. • Laxative Bro mo-Qninine Tablets. Greater New York City. He said that some time ago a commission was ap pointed in Massachusetts for the purpose of consolidating Boston and its adjoining townships. It was rejected, he said, and he argued that local affairs were more care fully and economically administer in small towns than in large overgrown cities. “So far ao Hoboken is concerned/’ said Mr. Lewis, “the people there are a unit against consolidation. They are satisfied to remain where they are.” Counsellor Charles L. Corbin evoked a emile when he said that he was in an anomalous position. He was not a resi dent of the county, but since the Gover nor saw fit to put him on the commission he felt it to be his duty to serve, especial ly as all his interest® and most of his occupation, excepting sleeping, were here. “I feel,” continued Mr. Corbin, “that consolidation is sure to come in some de gree; but I do not think that the vast ex panse of meadows between the Hacken sack and the Passaic Rivers and small municipalities in West Hudson should be included. From the facts so forcibly pre sented by Mr. Edwards I am sure that Jersey City is offering great inducements to the outside cities, and all the material advantages are on the side of the annex ed district.” Mr. Corbin pointed out in case of con solidation that Jersey City had fine schools, streets and sewers and other im provements which the townships would otherwise have to pay for. The cry of bad government in Jersey City always re minded him of a speech made by the late Governor Bedle, who said:— “Jersey City is a wonderful' place with wonderful resources, since it manages to thrive under such bad government.” (Laughter.) Continuing Mr. Corbin said that the question before them was a grave one and required serious attention. He for one was not prepared to vote on the prop osition at that meeting. Mr E. J. Grace, treasurer of the Town of Harrison, was the next speaker. He represented the municipalities in West Hudson and said that while there was a diversity of opinion in West Hudson as to the question whether or not Harrison should be included in Essex County there was no difference of opinion as to con solidation. West Hoboken was unalter ably opposed to it. 'Mr. Grace added a saving clause to the effect that Harrison didn’t object to the balance of the county taking the step. He called attention to the advance made by Harrison during the past year and predicted that under the present adminis tration of the Martin Act in his town he expected there would be collected a suffi cient amount of money for back taxes to pay off their debt. General rumors pro and con were then made by Messrs. Herman Walker of Wee hawken, Augustus Rich of West Hoboken and John J. Nevin of Jersey City, and the Commissioners finally concluded to post pone the vote ond the second and main proposition of consolidation until their next meeting to be held Wednesday, De cember 5. FREEHOLDER^ SWORN IH Recently Elected Board Takes Oath Before Jus tice Collins. The nine Democrats elected on Novem ber 6 to the Board of Freeholders that will assume charge of county affairs on December 3 next, were formally sworn in to office by Supreme Court Justice Col lins at the Court House at 10:45 o’clock this morning. The ceremony was very simple. Justice Collins, who had previously examined and approved the official bonds presented by the new Freeholders, impressively admin istered the brief oath prescribed by law, while each of the new officials stoood with his right hand on one of two Bibles held by Court Crier George H. Bowley. Aside from the members of the incoming Board and their bondsmen there were but few persons in the Supreme Court room during the simple ceremony. The work of preparing the bonds and swearing the new officials and their bondsmen to the same had been expe ditiously attended to by Clerk John P. Egan and his assistants in the Freehold ers’ office before the party proceeded to the Court House. The official bond of each Freeholder was signed by two sureties in 315,000 each as follows:— M. B. Holmes, Jersey City—County Col lector Hugh Dugan and Street and Water Commissioner Ferdinand iHeintze. Louis L. Finke, Jersey City—M. T. Con nolly and Commissioner James F. Gan? non. William J. Moran, Jersey City—Ex Police Commissioner Patrick Buckley and Patrick O’Connor. James Billlington, Jersey City—Abram Post and ex-Street and Water Commis sioner John F. Maddden. James J. Kelly, Jersey City—Finance Commissioner Henry Lembeck and John F. Maddden. Jacob E. W. Kuper, Hoboken—Fire Commissioner John Brunning and Mayor Lawrence Fagan. John J. Nolan, North Bergen—Sheriff Carl H. Ruempler and M. T. Connolly. Patrick Nugent, Baj'onne—Sheriff Ruempler and Street and Water Com missioner Heintze, of Jersey City. George N. Caparn, West Hudson—Pe ter Hauck and Town Treasurer E. J. Grace of Harrison. After the new Freeholders had been in ducted into office an informal conference was held at the office of the board. All of them declined to discuss the plans for the future and- said they would have nothing to say for publication until after the caucus, which, it is understood, will be held next Friday night in Jersey City. WHY HE LEAVES TOWN Secretary of Improvement As sociation Down on the Second Ward. The Second Ward Improvement Asso ciation met at A. J. Corcoran’s windmill factory last night, with Mr. John Mc Caffery in the chair. Daniel O’Connell, on behalf of the committee appointed to in vestigate the condition of the 'Fourteenth street sewer east of Provost street, re ported that that section of the sewer was in good condition, despite rumors to the contrary. Mr. John Casey reported that he had waited upon the Street and Water Board concerning the condition of certain side walks and was told that the Board was trying to locate in New York the owners of property abutting on the sidewalks complained of. The Street and Water Board was thanked for putting in a sewer basin at Thirteenth and Grove street. Secretary Michael Coakley sent in his resignation. He said that he had been compelled to move out of that section of the city owing to its neglected condition and danger of malaria from the meadows and sunken lots. He has moved to Har lem. He wished the association success. Cornelius Murphy was elected secretary in Mr. Coakley'B place. I® have pure, rich purines and en FIGURES OF JERSEY’S VOTE On Their Face They Show NcKinley’s Plurality to Have Been 57,011. [Special to "The Jersey City 'News.’’] All the officials returns of the late elec tion from the twenty-one counties of the State are now on file In the office of the Secretary of State. They will be officially canvassed and the results declared by the State Board of Canvassers November 28. The following table shows the number of votes received by the Republican anr Democratic electors who stood highest on the list in each county:— Pluralities. McKinley. Bryan. Rep. Dem. Atlantic . 6.122 2,566 3.S56 Bergen . 9/185 6,458 2.626 Burlington . 8,394 5,467 2.927 Camden .16,(69 7,286 8,773 Cape May. 2.259 1,109 1,160 Cumberland ... 6,780 4,035 2,745 Essex . 45,326 25.7.’# 19,587 Gloucester . 4,472 2,829 1,643 Hudson . 32,342 38,029 .... 6,687 Hunterdon . 3,873 5,137 _ 1,264 Mercer . 13,878 7,861 6,017 Middlesex . 9,359 7.198 2,161 Monmouth . 10,364 8,571 1,793 _ Morris . 7.S44 5,793 2,051 .... Ocean . 3,182 1,414 1,787 Passaic . 15,679 12,892 2,787 Salem . 3,401 2,987 414 Somerset . 4,443 3,184 1,259 _ Sussex . 2,876 3,396 _ 520 Union .. 12,524 7,667 4,867 ; Warren . 3,5S9 5,221 .... 1,632 j 66,114 9,103 j McKinley’s plurality, 67,011. When all the votes received by the elec- I tors are added up and averaged in each county the results will probably vary a little, perhaps to the extent of two or three votes in each county from the above. RETIREMENT FUND, State Treasurer Swain Makes His Annual Report to Teachers’ Association. State Treasurer George B. Swain of Newark, who is also State Treasurer of the Teachers' Retirement Fund, yester day submitted his annual report to the Board of Trustees, showing the receipts and disbursements for the year ending June 30, 1900. The report is as follows:— RECEIPTS. Balance in bank July 1, 1899.*20.125 94 Members' dues . 13,181 60 Interest on deposits in bank. 592 72 Interest on investments . 516 64 Permanent principal:— Proceeds of fair and bazaar held in Hoboken, Dec., '99:. 4,329 56 Proceeds of fair and bazaar held in Patersotn, Dec., '99 . 2,364 56 Sale of articles by Salem teachers 7 45 Teachers’ Mutual Aid Association, Hoboken, proceeds of bazaar_ 64 63 Miss E. A. Allen, subscription to ‘‘Our Times" . 22 04 Elizabeth Howard, treasurer, Ho boken, added proceeds of bazaar 11 65 Eight bonds. School District No. 48, Atlantic Co., for *1,000 each.. 8,000 00 *35,216 13 DISBURSEMENTS. Expenses . *331 27 Clerical services, treasurer’s office 1,100 00 Salary of secretary . 250 00 Annuities . 5,867 18 Balance in bank June 30, 1900. 10,568 45 Total commitments, 30. Total amount of annuities granted to July. 1900, *8,884.75. Cases pending July 1, 1900, 10 Commitments in Trenton, 2. TO DELIVER MILK SUNDAYS. Borden Company Retreats From Its Eleven Years’ Stand. An Important change has taken place in the delivery system of the Borden Condensed Milk Company of this city. It is announced that beginning tomor row morning milk will be delivered throughout the entire city. Not since the Jersey City branch was established, 11 years ago, have the wagons been sent out on Sunday morning. The reason as signed for the change is the inability to receive a sufficient supply Friday night and Saturday morning for Saturday and Sunday’s delivery. The wagons formerly did double service on Saturday, serving a two days’ supply to last over Sunday. The change means an increase of two dollars in the wages of the drivers, mak ing $15 a week for each man. There are fifty-five wagons used in the delivery service and the output is over 120,000 quarts of milk a week. Manager Stoeckel will endeavor to have his wakons off the street before noon time Sunday mornings. CONTESTED PRIMARIES. The Executive Committee o fthe Demo cratic County Committee met last night to hear protests against primaries held in certain precincts for members of the County Committee. The contests were nearly all in West Hoboken and that neighborhood. After a careful hearing the committee ordered five new primaries to be held. MILKMEN ARRESTED. William Teib and Frederick Pierson, In charge of two milk wagons, were arrest ed at the Pavonia ferry tht9 morning for cruelty to their horses. They were each fined $10 and costs by Justice of the Peace Davis. The arrests were made by Deputy Sheriff Thomas Leslie and Constable Walter IPeckham. Death of Dickens’ Double. The funeral f Charles Dickens' double, as Mr. John Baird, of Chntam. was de scribed when the great novelist resided at Gad's Hill, took place at Gillingham yes terday, says the Westminster Gazette, amid many manifestations of respect. The late Mr.Baird, who was in his ninety-first year, had been chairman of the local wat er works company for nearly half a cen tury. iHis likeness to Charles Dlckense both in features and physique, was most remarkablue. and caused many amusing mistakes in the lifetime of the novelist. LEVY CONFIRMED Finance Board Holds an Important Ses sion. EXPENSE OF THE CITY It Will Require $2,673,151.04 to Run the Municipality Next Year. The 'Finance Board met this morning and confirmed the tax levy of 1900-1901* through the passage of the following reso^ lution:— _ r^,e9oIV€td’ the tax levy made a?VU taxes assessed by the Board ?r Commission era of Jersey City *°£. year 1900-1901, transcripts of which have this day been filed in book form with this Board, be and the same are hereby confirmed on this 24th day of November, 1900, at 11:45 o’clock, and that the Clerk of this Board be and ha is hereby directed to deliver the sams to the City Collector for collection. According to instructions Clerk M. F. Kelaher delivered the bookse to City Collector Davis at noon, and received a receipt therefor. In addition to confirming the tax levy the Board granted the Street and Water Board $2,000 extra for cleaning sewers. It also appropriated |l,-» 150 for new boilers for No. 12 Schools. Prior to the meeting of the Financiers the Tax Board met and turned over the books to the Finance Board. The books show that the commissioners! have valued the real estate in the city at $86,372,298 and the personal estate at $9,272,744. The poll tax amount to $4,145. The city needs for its current expenses during the year $2,673,151.04. The Tax Commissioners appointed W. P. O’Reilly an extra clerk at a salary of $1,200. The appointment takes effect De cember 1. COURT CALENDARS. Circuit Court cases, Monday (November 26, 1900-Nos. 257, 296. WEATHER INDICATIONS. NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 1900.—Forecast for thirty-six hours ending at 8 P. M. Sunday:—Rain tonight; Sunday rain probably turning to snow. Fresh to brisk northeast winds. Hartnett’s Nov. 23. 3 P. M. 6 P. M. 9 P.'M. 12 midnight. Thermometrloal Report Deg. j Nov. 24. Deg. . 60 8 A. ’M. 41 .oSi 9 A. M. 43 .47 12 noon. 45 TAXES 1900-1901. CITY COLLECIOR’S OFFICE, Taxes will be re 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. ROBERT DAYIS, City Collector. TAXES -- FOR - - 1900-1901. City Collector’s Office, \ Jersey City, Nov. 17, 1900./ After the books are con firmed by the Board of Finance, bills will be promptly mailed to all who send their ad dresses • and descrip tion of their property, giving the BLOCK and LOT numbers. Checks may be sent in payment, payable Jersey City and New York funds only. ROBERT DAVIS, City Co llecto