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ONE CENT ONE CENT LAST EDITION. LAST EDITION. ^VOL Xlll.-KO. 358ST" ~=== .IEKSEY~(5Tf FRIDAY ."“FEBRUARY 8. 190E " PRICE Q\E CENtT3* MARTIN ACT FEES Mayor, Collector Davis and Mr. Connolly Confer About Excessive Search Charges. ABUSE TO BE ABOLISHED Case That Aroused Attention Reviewed—Future Searches to Be Referred to City Attorney. Mayor Hoos called In thi© morning Clerk Janies E. Connolly, of the Tax Board, and with Collector Robert Davis held a conference on the question of ex cessive search fees in the case of Martin Act property. The plan of certain people in league with lawyer© and vice versa is to hunt up prices of property owned by the city un der the operation of the Act and then search away ahead. Supposing the ©ale is fixed at one o’clock ’and the property is knocked down to a bidder, half an hour later the exorbitant search fee© have been tiled against the property and the buyer taxed with the big fee. Interest in the exposure or tnese out rages has not abated around the City Hail, but has rather been added to. and the matter is now one of the chief topics of discussion. Mayor Hoos has decided to break up the matter by referring all searches to City Attorney Queen in the future, and the Mayor has the co-operation of many who see the injustice of the whole plan and are ready to deal harshly with the men who have been trading on the misfortunes of others. The search fee that aroused all the adverse criticism was in connection with the sale of the property known as lot 4S, in city block 67, street number 82 Morris street. The property, which was former ly owned by the late Thomas Kelly, a wealthy builder and contractor, whose name was always the synonym for hon esty, is situated on the northerly side of Moris street, near Washington street. After Mr. Kelly’s death, his heirs erected on the premises a five-story brick flat that will accommodate ten families. By a strange coincidence, these heirs have all died of consumption, and the property was placed in the Martin act sale for the taxes of 1898, which were unpaid. Tne principal sum amounted to $309.61, the interest $85.18, and the subsequent t„ ,.es $710.14, while to these was added L. - item of expenses, which included the tch fee in question, of $107, making a . of $1,121.93. This statement was filed .u the City Clerk, and the city then .„nie the authorized collector of that w.iount, including the search fee, which . ny persons say is excessive. Interest i.,, developments may be expected, but it s safe to say that the day of the exces sive search fee is past. It was learned yesterday with no little surprise that the purchaser of the prop erty under the Martin Act wTas William H. Vermilye, an ex-Alderman and at pres sent clerk in the Board of Tax Commis sioners. An order was at once issued by Chief Clerk James E. Connolly forbidding any clerk in his department trading in Martin Act cetificates, and he has also stated that in his mind this action would be cause for suspension. No action has yet been taken in the matter. , Mayor Hoos Bald after tins morning s conference that ever since he has been in office he has repeatedly cut down these fees from $120 to $25. “It seems, however, added His Honor, “that the remedy is a matter for the Leg islature because, as I understand it, the law allows the lawyers to charge these fees.’’ Collector Robert Davis is and has always been opposed to these big fees, and the system employed in securing them. He denounces it as a blot on the administra tion of the city government, and so far as it lies in his power he will scamp it out. "When I came into office,” said Mr. Davis, “I felt that it was an outrage and I am bitterly opposed to it. Why these fellows search up and saddle the fees on the buyers who are helpless, and In some cases, the property slips into the fingers of these sharks. It won’t continue in this city if I can stop it. It Is a fraud on people, and invariably it hits the hard working man or woman who saves up a little sum to buy a home.” !Mr. James E. Connolly, after the con sultation, with the Mayor, vehemently de nounced the excessive search fee,. and he will aid In the uprooting of a system fraudulent from top to bottom. DIED BECAUSE OF QUARREL Mrs. Bockhardt Drank Car bolic Acid. Because her husband quarrelled with' her Mrs. Minnie Borkhardt, thirty-two years old, committed suicide last night by drinking carbolic acid at her home, No. 457 Second street, Hoboken. Before talk ing the poison she wrote a note in Ger man addressed to "My dear, sweet Francis," her young son, saying that it was her last wish that all the money left from insurance policies, after her funeral expenses were paid, should revert to him. She was removed to St. Mary’s Hospital Jn the city ambulance, where she fought •the surgeon who tried to use a stomach pump. She died in the hospital shortly before nine o’clock. The woman's husband says the in surance she referred to in her message amounts to .'-.bout $800. CITY NEWS NOTES A small Are was discovered in the three story frame house, No. 224 Bidwell ave nue, yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock. The Are was caused by a defective flue, and was quickly extinguished by the local engines. The house is owned by John Hopper. 31A TEUS OF FACT. Pavexia "r:* -1 of Canned Tomatoes, extra ’ . large cans, and filled friTb red, ripe tomatoes, Wholesale at 1* E. Ovary Co.’* more* Ask yotie *r»5er tor ’em, .. . “What Is Worship” Subject of Conference This Morn ing in Universalist Church. The Ladies' Universalist Alliance of the Metropolitan District met this morning in the First Universalist Church, on Ifry place, with an exceptionally good audi ence, consisting of ladies from Jersey City, New York, Newark and the Oranges, among whom were several clergymen. The meeting opened with prayer and the reading of minutes and reports. The treasurer reported a balance of 82.13 on hand, and Mrs. George R. Hough report ed on literature, giving a list of pub lications relating to Universaiism since the last meeting. Mrs. Clarence Duke, of this city, gave a very interesting paper on current events. The Rev. Mrs. Eaton, of New York, was asked to draw up a resolution on the death of Queen Victoria, which resolution was adopted later. Then began the social programme. Mrs. Harriet Sibley Ward rendered two selec tions, “My Legacy,” Helen Hunt Jacson, and “Words,” by Adelaide Proctor, after which Kipling’s Recessional was sung by the double quarttette from the Woman’s Glee Club. The conference was on what is wor ship,” and Mrs. John L. Scudder was the first speaker, introduced by Mrs. A. J. Newbury. Chairman of the Programme Committee (Mrs. Sherman, of New York, President of the Alliance, occupied the chair. Mrs. Scudder gave a very intrest ing talk illustrated with idols, relics from foreign lands. "Having married into a missionary fam ily,” said she, "whose work has been largely in India, I will begin in that country and say that all the facts I give you arq true, created a mundane egg and after remaining in it 430 million years burnt the shell and came out an object with 1,000 legs, 1,000 arms, 1,000 heads and 1,000 eyes. The egg then resolved Itself in to fourteen worlds. "These people of India believe,” said she, “that there are seven inferior worlds with a thousand hells, and in the trans migration of souls and for a sin _com mitted in this life a man must suffer in his new shape. If he steals clothes he will turn into a lepe, if he steals grain into a rat, and if he lays hands on the property of a priest into a crocodile. This makes living very uncomfortable; instead of getting a red nose in his new shape he will have black teeth, if he or she is a scandal monger. “These are the punishments for small crimes, but of they assume large propor tions he goes to one of th09e 1,000 hells, where they eee the King, (his Satanic majesty), who is represented as an enor mous being, whose eyes are as large as a lae of water, whose voice is as thun der, whose body is covered with hair as long as palm trees, and to add to his pic turesqueness, streams of fire proceed from his mouth, and the noise of his breath is like a roaring tempest, while in his right hand is a terific iron club. In this hell the punishments meted out resemble the Spanish Inquisition, perhaps they copied India, for they pour boiling oil over the sinners, and take them into trees hun dreds of miles tall and hurl them out of them into a gulf below.” Mrs. Scudden concluded by saying that there were many forms of idol worship m America, chief of which was the worship of the almighty dollar. The Rev. Dr. .Chapin of Mount Vernon was the next speaker. She said that the faculty of worship is something inborn and the tendency to love, worship and adore expresses itself in very young chil dren. It is not without reason, said sne tnai we maket our churches beautiful—it is not without reason that the light is soft ened. All these things have a quieting in fluence on the soul. These is such a thing as church etiquette, and children should early be taught this. I remember as a child believing the benediction was simply a time to put on wraps and get ready to go home. Let no one think be cause he sat for half an hour with the' congregation be has worshiped God.” Following this was a general discussion on worship. Mrs. Pierce, of New York, thought worship was looked upon too ] much as something to be gotten out of i the way as quickly as possible. M rs. j Brice Collard indorsed Miss Chapin’s re ■ marks on the benediction, and Mrs. John | A. Walker suoke of the lack of reverence ! amonk young and old, hich she thought more a habit of carelessness than an ac | tual lack. I “To gain the reverence demanded, she I said, we must be worthy both as individ ual and nation.” j Mrs. Hudspeth-Benson said this spirit of worship was all very well, but one could scarcely expect a starving man to thank God for that fact. MR. DATZ’S COLLECTOR Dispute Over Commissions Aired in the Police Conrt. Albert Datz yesterday afternoon- caused the arrest of his 'New York manager and collector, Charles Dunn, on a charge of embezzling about $100. Mr. Datz says the amount may be larger, but he is not sure. Dunn this morning was arraigned before Police Justice Hoos. He was represented by Counsellor Eugene Devitt, who raised a fine point of law in moving for the dis charge of the defendant. Mr. Datz said Dunn had made the collection in New York city. This 'Mr. Devitt said would constitute a crime against the laws of the State of New York, if true, but would not constitute a crime against the laws of the State of New Jersey, because the commis sion of any crime in another State could not make one liable under the statues of this State. Justice Hoos held that If the money stolen, as alleged, was collected In New Yor and the accounting was to be made in this State, and such accounting was not made, then the crime was committed in this State. Mr. Devitt said in behalf of his client that the money was retainde by him be cause Mr. Datz owed him money for com missions. The case was purely one for civil action. __ A Mtmmmnt to Adrian IV. English Catholics propose the erection of a monument to Adrian XV., Nicholas Breakspeare. the only Pope of English birth, in St. Peter’s. He resisted and hum bled the Emperor Frederick Barharossa THE AXE_ IN USE Freeholders Lop Off the Head of County Veterinarian. BRIDGE BUILDING SLOW Suggestions for Road Im provements Made at the Board Meeting. At yesterday afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Freeholders it was decided to abolish two of the bakeshops at the Snake Hill institutions and hereafter have all baking done under the super vision of one man at the almshouse. Heretofore each institution had its own baker and did its own baking. Patrick Hayes was appointed baker by the Committee on County Institutions and his appointment was confirmed by the Board. One more official head was lopped off yesterday. Romeo T. Churchill of Se caucus, who has held the position of county veterinarian for over fifteen years, .was dismissed and the position abolished. When bids for supplies for the current year were received at a previous meeting those for 1,500 pairs of men's brogans were rejected because a sample of a quality inferior to what was wanted had been shown bidders. Proposals were re advertised for but only two were re ceived yesterday. One from William H. Quinn was for $1.30 a pair, while the other from Samuel i-V Smith offered to furitish the brogans for 8314 cents a pair. Freeholders Moran and Caparn were ap pointed tellers by Director Holmes and a five minutes’ recess declared. On recon vening the contract was awarded to Smith. A communication from nieisnman &. <-o. stated that they would supply yeast to the county institutions at 35 cents a pound—the price it has been furnished at for years. On motion of Freeholder Kuper, the offer was accepted. When Director Holmes’ name was called to vote on this motion he said:— "As it devolves on me to look over bills after they are passed, without intending any reflection on any member of this board, I would sooner be excused from voting on this or similar matters. If I vote in favor of a measure I am bound by that act, and I would prefer not to vote at all.” “As a presiding officer with veto power you are not bound to vote except in case of a tie,” explained Counsellor Griffin. A communication from the New York 'Board of Fire Underwriters, signed by William G. Nelson, of Jersey City, asked if any action had been taken in the mat ter of increasing the water supply at Snake Hill for use in case of Are, The communication stated that the different companies holding risks in the county buildings there were making inquiries in regard to the matter. It was referred to the Committee on County Institutions. Thomas F. Adriance, the engineer su perintending the construction of the new bridge over the old cut of the Pennsyl vania Railroad at Baldwin avenue, re ported that the steel work with slight ex ceptions was in place and satisfactory. The tardiness in completing the work, he said, was due to the Berlin Bridge Com pany. Contractor Cutley had promised to push ahead as rapidly as possible, but, in view of the cold weather, it was hard to tell when the work would be completed. He called attention to the fact that the bridge was five feet narrower than Bald win avenue and suggested that the flag ging and curbing on that thoroughfare would, have to be relaid in order to con form with the bridge paths for pedes trians. Mr. Adriance said that he estimated that $8,000 worth of work had been done on the bridge since his last report and the contractor was entitled to a payment of 85 per cent, of that amount. County Dugan’s receipt for $14,458 re. ceived by Director Holmes from the State Comptroller for the suport of patients in the Snake Hill insane asylum for the quarter ending December 31 last, was or dered filed. A communication from the county af torney notified the Board that the suit of the Merchants' Express and Transpor tation Company against the counties of Essex and Hudson for damages to a boat that was struck by the draw of the Jack . son street bridge over the Passaic, had resulted in a victory for the joint coun ties. He said that tile suit was an im portant one, not only because of the large amount involved, but because if it had been lost it would have necessitated tne remodeling of not only the Jackson street county. The recommendation of the last Board of .Freeholders that the strip of the Paterson Plank Road In Hoboken and the Newark Turnpike from Jersey City to Harrison, be paved with oblong granite blocks laid on a concrete foundation, was referred to the Committee on public and County Roads. The section of the Paterson Plank Road it is suggested to improve in this manner is 1,200 feet long by 34 feet wide, and it is estimated the work would cost about $13,000. The Newark Turnpike is three and one-half miies long by 20 feet wide, and to improve it as recommended would cost about $100,000. By a' resolution offered by Director Holmes the Director and Clerk were au thorized to execute a petition to the War Department for permission to erect, the new bridge over the Hackensack River on the line of the Paterson Piank Road. A lengthy communication from County Superintendent C. P. Smith gave a report of the condition of the penitentiary stable j and-its contents and stated that from six ‘ to seven of the county’s horses could now be disposed of. By a resolution offered by Freeholder Nolan the County Collector was author ized to issue temporary loan bonds to meet two judgment claims aggregating $3,022.75. The reports of the wardens of the sev eral county institutions at Snake Hill for the month of January, 1901, were as fol lows:— Penitentiary—Prisoners, 127; employes. 28; total, 155; cost of maintenance, $3,824.90; average per capita, $24,67. Asylum—Patients. 540; employes, 41; ROOSEVELT JADETS SANG The Eev. John L. Scudder the Author of Their Battle Cry. The "Roosevelt Cadets,” who are con nected with the First Congregational Church, Boyd and Bergen avenues, gave an entertainment last night in the church. The affair was to raise money to pay fidr the equipment qf the company. The first part of the programme con sisted of vocal and instrumental selec tions, a <Hill by the cadets, which was admirably performed, and choruses by the cadets. Pastor John L. Scudder, Chap lain of the company, wrote a song en titled “The Roosevelt Cadets,” which was rendered with gusto 'by the sixty boys who compose the company. The air was that of the familiar college song the "Dutch Companie.” The song was as fol lows:— I Oh! When you hear the roll of the bif bass drum. Then you may now the cadekts have come. For our gay companie is the best com panie. That ever has marched o'er this land of the free. “When drill night comes we attend to biz* And through our evolutions we are made to wiz. The lad who misbehaves makes us all tired, And surely he will be dishonorably fired. “In Rough Rider costumes we feel so proud, We’re not a little flattered by the staring crowd. The boys on the outside are made with jealousy, Because they’re not part of this dandy companie. “This is the last time you’ll see our face. The stage we’ll leave at a double quick pace. Our songs are exhausted and we have no encore. Until the next concert we’ll show our selves no more.” The verses were sung by Master War ren Stout and the chorus by the Cadet Corps. The performance was concluded by a one-act farce entitled “Who is who,” given by the Young Men’s Society of the St. Paul’s P. E. Church. Those who per formed were Milton S. Crosby, Walter Brown, Bertram Burger, Miss Bessie Powell and Mrs. Florence Rae. The corps was organized in November, with 23 members. The membership has since been increased to sixty. Under the instruction of Captain E. W. Fullam the boys have rapidly mastered the rudimen tary tactics of military manoeuvres. A drum and life corps and ambulance corps will soon be organized as well as a signal corps. The entertainment netted a good sum towards the equipment of the cadets and the boys will soon all have the “Rough Rider” costumes which have been adopted. MORE WORK FOR CONROY. He Must Adjust Labor Grievances As Soon As They Occur. Hereafter -it will be the duty of Busi ness Agent Thomas F. Conroy of the United Building Trades Council to keep a record of all contracts for new buildings entered into, and to attempt to adjust all j grievances of laborers before the first tier j of beams is laid on such buildings. This \ was decided upon at Monday night’s \ meeting of the Council at No. 11 Hobo ken avenue, at the request of the dele gates of Laborers’ Local Union No. 3 of Hoboken. Nearly all of the ninety delegates were present when President Vreeland called the meeting to order. Delegate William Murray was returned as a representative of Plumbers' Local ; Union No. 14. Credentials from the same body for Richard White were also ac cepted. Electrical Workers Local L nion No. 15 ; requested the endorsement of their wage j scale for the coming season. The Coun cil will take final action on the matter at the next meeting. Business Agent Conroy was instructed to look after the job of the North Hud son Street Railway Company in Spring street, West Hoboken, which is being done by a Passaic firm; also the job at Shady Side. The carpenters’ trouble on the cheroot factory of the American Tobacco Factory in Jersey City was reported settled satis factorily. The trades generally reported prospects improving. The report of the auditors showed the books of the ' officers correct and the finances of the Council in good shape. The amount received for working cards was larger than at any previous single meeting. The Executive Council convened at the conclusion of the Council's session and ordered the Business Agent to settle the grievance of painters on Hayes’s job or require the other trades to cease work. The same action was taken on the plum bers’ grievance on job at Tenth street and Park avenue, Hoboken. The Business Agent received imperative orders to require a working card of every mechanic at work on a job. An Old and Wall Tried Remedy. I Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for children teething should always be used for children 1 while teething. It Boftens the gums, allays the pain, cures wind colic and is the best remedy | for diarrhoea. Twenty-five cents per bottle. ERWIN’S ALTER EGO The New Assistant Prose cutor Just as Able as His Chief. LAWYERS HAYE FUN WITH HIM Simpson and Speer Poke Sticks at the Animals Until They Squirm and Squeal for Mercy. A lively legal battle occurred in the Court of Special Sessions yesterday after noon when Kate Kolich, who is also known as Kate Spellissey, was placed on Inal on a charge of having stolen a quantity of wearing apparel from Mrs. Martin Daab of the Duke’s House, Hobo ken, by whom she was employed as a do mestic. When the case w'as called Lawyer Alex. Simpson appeared as counsel for the Kolich woman, and Assistant Prosecutor Veekers represented the State. Before the trial had proceeded far Mr. Simpson Was reinforced by I.awyer William H. Speer, Jr., whp stood outside of the railed enclosure of the court room, and occa sionally supplied to the defendant's coun sel technical objections to the questions asked witnesses by the Assistant Prose cutor. Mr. Simpson himself was generously supplied with other objections, and be tween the two lawyers they succeeded in making it very uncomfortable for the State's representative, and finally got his case in such shape that there was hardly enough left to go to the jury. Incidentally it might be mentioned that Lawyer Speer, who assisted Lawyer Simpson to the discomfiture of Prosecutor Erwin's assistant, is an organization Re publican, He was one of the earliest can didates in the field for the position left vacant by the resignaPon of Marshall A. Van Winkle. That he did not get the place some people think was due to the fact that he was such a vigorous sup porter of the powers now controlling the Republican organization in this county. Be this as it may it was plainly evi dent during yesterday’s proceedings that Mr. Speer thoroughly enjoyed the un pleasant position in which he assisted Mr. Simpson to place his successful rival for the Assistant Prosecutorship. Scarcely a question was asked by Mr. Vickers that was not objected to by Mr. Simpson, of his own violation, or at the suggestion of Mr. Speer. Many of the ob jections were sustained by Judge Blair, and the case against the defendant was weakened materially. Word of the inter esting legal conflict spread around the Court House and soon the rear court room was crowded with lawyers and lay men, who thoroughly enjoyed the fight. Legal upper cuts and short rib blows were flying in every direction, and a solar plexus seemed imminent when word reached Prosecutor Erwin that his repre sentative was being worsted in the fray. He 'hastened to his assistance, and soon noted that Mr. Vickers was contending with almost overwhelming odds in the persons of lawyers Simpson and Speer. The Prosecutor promptly objected to the defendant’s counsel consulting with other counsel outside of the railing, and 'Mr. Simpson sharply replied:— "If the Prosecutor was acquainted with t'he ethics of the bar he would know that any lawyer has a right to assist counsel at any time," and he went on consulting with Lawyer Speer, only stopping, long enough to fling objections to the questions propounded by the Assistant Prosecutor. The first hitch occurred when Mr. Vick ers called Mrs. Daab, who had already been sworn as a witness, from the stand and began to consult with her. Mr. Simpson at once objected, but the State’s representative said that the com plaint did not give the date of the robbery and he merely wanted to find out when the defendant had left the employ of the complaining witness, in order to amend the indictment. Mr. Simpson withdrew his objection, and Mr. Vickers announced that it was on January 2 last. Mrs. Daab resumed her piaee in the wit- : ness box, and Mr. Vickers, who had emp tied a quantity of wearing apparel from a bundle, asked after a few other ques tions:— ‘‘Did you identify these goods as having i a value of $25?" Mr. Simpson objected to the witness being used as an expert on the value of the goods and Judge Blair ruled the ques- ; tion out. Many other questions propounded by the State’s representative were disposed of in the same manner, with the result that Mrs. Daab’s testimony simply proved the ownership of the goods displayed and the fact that the defendant was once in her employ. Detective Weinthal was then placed on the stand, but the substance of his tes timony, that the combined efforts of Lawyers Simpson and Speer did not pre vent from reaching the Jury, was that the goods exhibited had been found at the home of Mrs. Spellissey, the mother of the defendant, who lived at No. 197 Spring street, West Hoboken. Mrs. Kolich had in no way been con nected with the robbery when the State’s case was concluded, and Lawyer Simpson refused to offer any defence and asked for the dischargeg of his client on the grounds that the State had failed to prove that the defendant ever had in her pos session any of the goods alleged to be stolen. Mr. Vickers was replying when Mr. Simpson interrupted with the remark, “Why this is absurd." “Allow me to finish," angrily retorted the Assistant Prosecutor, turning almost threateningly towards his undersized legal opponent. “Please don’t hurt me, I assure you X am in absolute fear,” replied lawyer Simpson sarcastically, as he glared at his tall legal adversary. Judge Blair rapped for order, and said that he was not quite clear as to the evi dence, but would hold the matter in abey ance and today announce hl» decision 0ft Mr. Simoson's motion. There are said to be a half-dozen similar cases pending against the same defen dant. Assistant Prosecutor Vlckera at the con clusion of the conflict, said he was ser iously handicapped In his conduct of the ibokcn, police were not ' indictment as fiav thc home of Mrs. EM r ----< Gas for Heating. The convenience and economy of GAS HEATING STOVES during the variable winter months is recognized by all careful housekeepers. 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Earle, read at yes terday afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Freeholders. It was addressed to Free holder Louis L. Finke, Chairman of the Committee on Public and County Roads, to which was referred the complaint of the people of 'Secaucus about the condi tion of the road. In part the communica tion read:— 1 “The road was raised three feet with filling. With the advent of cold weather it was thought desirable to allow the fill ing to settle during the winter and in the early spring to pave the road. “When abandoned for the winter it was in a fairly good condition for a dirt road, but the trucking over it was heavy ard it was all in one rut. The cold weather froze the road and the warm weather thawed it out again. This with the rain contributed to put the road in its present condition. “When it was first cut up after Decem ber 1 the contractors spread about thirty car loads of ashes to fill the ruts. This placed it in a fairly good condition, but it was impossible to keep it in shape for any length of time. “It was the intention of the contractors to commence the paving in the spring so that it would be completed by May 1. It was to their advantage to do this as they must'keep the road in repair for six months after it is accepted. “Seventy-uve per cent, of the traffic over the road is from Bergen County. A great many wagons could just as yell reach the Fourteenth and Forty-second street feries by the Hackensack Turnpike, but they come this way to save toll. “If all the travel was diverted to the Secaucus Road, which is in a fairly good condition, wagons 'bound for Christoper or Carclay street ferries or points in Jer sey City would not have to travel as far by one-quarter of a mile as they do over the Paterson 'Plank Road. If bound for Union Hill, the Forty-second or Four teenth street ferry they would only have to travel a little more than two miles fur ther. A great many wagons from Seacau cus have to travel north to the Paterson Plank Road when ,they might as well go directly across the Secaucus road. “If the people of Secaucus will only have a little patience they will have a good road in a reasonably short time. ' j ■If they were satisfied to travel over the Secaucus road with loaded wagons and over the Paterson Plank Road with light wagons the latter road would now be in a passable condition. It was the inten tion when the road was opened over the meadows, after it had been filled, that this should be done, but the nearest trucking began to travel over it as soon as it was opened. “The people who travel over the road are well aware of its condition, and know they would save themselves trouble by going around the other way, but they in sist on traveling on this road.” On motion of Freeholder Nolan the Clerk of the Board was directed to for ward a copy of the engineer's e.ommunl j cation to the Secaucus authorities. KILLED BY GAS. Fitter Overcome in Cellar While He Was Working. Frank Clark, a gas fitter In the em ' ploy of the local ga3 company, was asphyxiated In the cetlar of No. SS Ocean avenue, yesterday afternoon. He was i making a connection In the pipes and he had driven a plug In one pipe to prevent the gas escaping. The plus blew out and knocked Clark down by hitting him in the face. He replaced it once, but It again blew out and this time he was unable to rise. The gas escaping asphyxiated him and almost overcame a young boy who wus working with him The boy managed to crawl to t . > GOOSE DINNER FOR NI’KEE Sewer Inspector Banquetted By His Friends. Sewer Inspector James McKee was ten dered a dinner last night by a number of his friends. The affair took place at the St. George Hotel, Garfield and Gates ave nues. The principal dish of • the dinner was Maryland goose, which was done to a turn and was highly relished by all the guests. The dinner was served in admira ble style and the chef received many com pliments on the service and viands. Mr. James McKee was the guests of honor, and Commissioner Edward Barr acted as toast master. The following gen tlemen were called upon to speak:— Inspector Samuel Archibald, John D. Gorman, Thomas Keeley, Major Sullivan, Freeholder James J. Kelley, President George McCarthy, of the S. P. C. A., and Detective Edward Griffen, of Bayonne. Al. Driscoll sang “Because I Love You,” "When the Harvest Days are Over,” and “Always.” H. Van Voorhis sang several comic songs, and Captain Birch, of No. 9 Engine, sang several selections in his ad mirable style. Detective Frank Bennett, one of the chief pormoters of the affair, saw to it that every one enjoyed himself and wanted for nothing. The dinner was a great success. The principal feature was the lack of stiffness and perfect socia bility which reigned throughout. Among those present were.—Inspector Samuel Archibald, Freeholder James J. Kelly, George M. McCarthy, John D. Gor man, Sergeant Kelly, Thomas Keeley, Clare Burch, Detective Michael Foley, of Bayonne; Detective Edward Griffen, of Bayonne; Joseph Filoramo, George Cabal, James Shannon, Detective Frank Bennett, Al. Driscoll, H. Van Voorhis, James Mc Kee, William Burroughs, Patrick Dillon, Captain Thomas Nugent, Sergeant Reilly, of Bayonne; Major Sullivan, of Davis Pioneers. __ DR. POLAND WINS. He Is Appointed Superinten dent of Newark Public Schools. [Special to “The Jersey City Xews.'M NEWARK, Feb. 8, 1901.—At a meeting of the Newark Board of Education last night the long light over the position of superintendent of the Newark public schools ended lr. a victory for Dr. Addi son B. Poland, at present superintendent of the Paterson public schools. As soon as the meeting was called to order President Hill announced that the bdard would proceed with the election of a school superintendent to succeed Chas. B. Gilbert. On the first ballot Dr. Poland got sixteen votes, a majority of one, the board being, composed of thirty members. Two were absent. The vote stood: Poland, 16; J. Wilmer Kennedy, 8; Wayland E. Stearns. 4. Stearns and Wayland are both loyal men and their supporters had made a strong fight for them on that ground. Dr. Poland's supporters had counted on seventeen votes, but they are jubilant over the result. They had expected he would be elected at a previous meeting, but on that occasion the board rejected the report of a committee which recom mended him and discharged the commit tee. Tiie new superintendent will take office on March 1. His salary will be $4,500 a year. An AwV Qna'Mon. What would be tho commercial effect of the certain knowledge that the world was coming to an end in tlfty years? ell. the tirst effect would be rather social and moral than commercial, though, of course. It would react very (strongly on the busi ness world, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. Those who In the ordinary course of af fairs would be dead before fifty years had passed would be the least affected, cud younger people would probably become as resigned to the equally certain Individual death. Therefore, at tirst there would be but little change. People would have to live and eapalis:*' would have to keep their money inverted, hut as the las: year »f the world come nearer ru n-prise wul Industry would naturnUy slacken, u would be no use for parents to work for their t'MWrt n, or even for children to bt < iuoated for the life they would never hv<\ »vinl te> the Industrial faerie would imulUiUb- crumble away as men ceased to proving for * day Urn. would never com*. VCOHhEES’S RLWARJ. It Is Said He Will Be Made a Vice Chancellor Next Year. There la considerable talk in legal cir cles Just now over new vice chancellor!. A bill has been introduced for the ap pointment of two such judicial officers, and according to the best information at tainable it is scheduled to become a law. The speculation is over the appointments to the office. It is generally accepted that one of the new positions will go to Gov ernor Voorheea when his term expires next January, the chancellor keeping the office vacant until that time. There Is a precedent for this in the history of the Court of Chancery. T’ a late Chancellor McGill was appointed by Governor Robert S. Green in October, 1887. Soon afterward a law was passed providing for the ap pointment of additional vice chancellors, and one of these places was held vacant by the chancellor until 1890, when Gover nor Green’s term having expired he was made a vice chancellor. It was also stated yesterday that th# other viqe chancellorship was to be be stowed on Ex-Governor George T. Werts, of this city. This statement meels with much favor from those lawyers who re member the excellent record the Ex-Gov ernor made when he sat in this circuit as Supreme Court Judge. They also recall the remark that Chancellor McGill once made to the effect that Governor Werts was one of the beet masters and examin er in chancery in the State, which Is heartily endorsed by every lawyer who has had a reference to him. At any rate whoever the new vice chan cellors will be, they will have one of the finest sets of chambers in the Country in which to hold court in this city. The Commercial Trust Company, In whose building on the site of old Taylor s 'Hotel the new chambers will be located, expects to spend $10,000 extra in embelishing and furnishing the new Chancery Court. It will be filled up with all the modern ap pliance for the convenience and comfort of the judges and court officers, and am ple provision will be made for the liti gants and their oounsel. MAYOR HOOS EXPLAINS Mayor Hoos would not discuss th» criti cism by members of the Board of Finance at their meeting on Wednesday afternoon touching His Honor’s communication about No. 2 Public School, beyond saying that he meant no discourtesy to the Board in sending the letter to the press. "It was simply a convenience to you newspaper men,” he said to a “News” representative, “so that the local evening papers might have the information. It has been done repeatedly before, and I certainly did not think my action would have been construed into an act of in sult.” __ WEATHER INDICATIONS. NEW YORK. Feb. 8, 1901.—Forecast for the thirty-six hours ending at eight V. M. Saturday:—Fair tonight; tomorrow,~fai$; followed by snow; winds north. Hartnett's Xhermometrieal Report Feb. 7. Deg.] 3 P. M...25 6 P. M.23 9 P. M. 19 13 midnight.IS Feb. 8. Deg. 6 A. M.22 9 A. M. 25 12 noon., Zl Lameness in the muscle* and Joint* indi cates rheumatism. Don't dally with it a min ute. Take Hood'a Sarsaparilla and cure it. DIED. STOKM—In this city, on Wednesday. Feb. 6, 1901, Bella Sarvent, wife o£ Win. H. Storm. Relatives? and friend? are invited to at tend the tuueral services at her. late resi dence. 161 Coles Street, on Friday, Feb. 8, at S P. M. Interment at Nyack, N. Y. STORM—In this eity, on Wedue?day, Feb. fi. 1301. Bella Sarvent. wife of Win. B. Storm. Relatives and friend? are invited to at tend tin funeral service? at her late resi dence. No. 161 Coles street, on Friday, Feb. 8. at S P. M. Interment at Nyack. N. Y. WOODWARD—On Wednesday. Feb. 6. 1301. Marla wife of John R. Woodward. Funeral services will be he d at her late home. No, 29 Van Reipeu avenue, Jersey Cltv Height?, on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p. to. interment at convenience of family. LOFTS—On Wednesday. Feb. 6. 1901. at his late residence. No. 29 Vlontgomary street, dtorge C. I,efts, beloved -on of * Chn»uaw» and the late William Loft?. Burla! services will bo he'4 a* Si. Mark's Church, Ur* city, at U o’clock , sharp on Sunday, Fob, W.