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ONE CENT ONE CENT LAST EDITION. LAST EDITION. ~ VOL. X1II.-NO. 3753 ~ PE ICE ONE CENT. ATTENDANTS' _ JOBS. Assistants at State Hos pital Feared Losing Them if They Made Com plaints. DIDN’T REPORT BAD FOOD Supervisors Were Told But Nothing Was Done to Improve the Diet. HOUCK’S CHARGE OF FRONT According to Ingram, Before His Promotion He Was the Hardest Kicker. [Special to “The Jersey City News.”l TRENTON, Aug. 13, 1901—The committee investigating the condition of affairs at the State Hospital was rather later than usual in getting started yesterday on ac count of delay in getting to the hospital and when the inquiry was begun it was with the avowed determination of ex pediting matters as far as possible. There were present as heretofore Gov ernor Yoorhees with Judge Thompson, Dr. Baldwin and Mr. Andrews of the committee, Edwin Robert Walker, repre senting the committee; James Buchanan, counsel for Warden Hayes, and John H. Backes, who appeared for a number of the attendants. Dr. Ward, Dr. Felty, Dr. Allen and Dr. Cort of the medical staff were all interested spectators. Supervisor William H. Wynn of the west wing was the first witness called, and his hesitation and the time taken in considering apparently simple questions made the committeemen a trifle im patient. "Don’t take so long in making explana tions,” said Judge Thompson when Wynn showed a disposition to avoid a straight forward Question propounded by Mr. Backes. Supervisor Wynn was first taken in hand by Mr. Walker and questioned as to his duties at the hospital. "State your duties in connection with tbA-food.” said.-Mr. Walker. "To see that the food furnished is proper, that it is properly served and that there is plenty of it,” replied the super visor. "Did you ever go in the kitchen?” “Very seldom.” "Have you no duties regarding the kitchen?” “None.” “How often have you been in the kit chen?” “I was called in there once officially.” "When were you there last?” “I was sent for by Mr. Jones.” "Why?” "To examine some soiled dishes sent cut from the dining room.” “A11 the dishes are soiled when they leave the dining room, are they not?” "They should not be; they are washed in the dining room.” “By whom?” "By the attendants and patients.” “Did you ever go into the kitchen be fore the complaint was submitted to Dr. Ward?” "No; not officially.” "How do you make out your reports Concerning the food?” "By observation and what I see in the dining room.” “Do you go in there every day at some time?” 1 do. “Have you always done so?” “I have.” “Do you observe and report as to the quality as well as the quantity of food?” "I do.” By Judge Thompson—“You have seen the statements of the attendants which ore at variance with the reports. Are your reports correct or their state ments?” “Yes; mine are correct.” By Mr. "Walker—"Do you know of your own knowledge that their statements are not true?” “No Complaints were made to me at the time,” replied' the witness rather ambig uously and after hesitating for some time over the question. "Have you ever seen Improper food served?” “Not In our dining room. I saw some meat in June that was bad and was taken to Dr. Jones. I also saw some bad meat Bt another time, but it was not served.” By Judge Thompson—“Who called your attention to this meat?” "Harry Culbertson.” "Have you received any other com plaints?” “There have been complaints of the lack »f variety.” “Not of the quality?” “No.” “Have ^you ever heard of any other Bomplalnts?” . , “I heard of the making out of ittae com plaint to Dr. Ward: at least I heard of Its being made out.” “Did you express surprise?” “Yes.” “What did you say?” "I said to Beard, who had charge of the dining room, that I thought it should have been made to me.” “What passed between you and Beard?” "I asked what the trouble was. He said the food was not fit to eat; that it was not cooked, and rotten. I asked why my attention had not been called to this, and he said he didn’t know.” “Did anyone else ever complain?” “Another attendant.” ’ “What about?” “A number of things-*the meat, pota toes, peaches, prunes, and other things.” “Did you do anything when he com plained?” “No." “To whom should the attendants report if the food was not'hlght?” “It was their duty to report to me.” “When they failed to make any-report to you before going to Dr. Ward what did you say—did you make any Comment?” “I spoke to several.” "If there is any dereliction to whom should you complain?” “To the physician in charge or to Dr. Ward.” “Did you ever make any complaint?” “Yes.” “To whom?” “To Dr. Ward.” “When?” “After the petition was sent in.” By Mr. Walker—“Did you eat the same food as the patients?” “Yes, the same kind; it came from the same place.” “Who else eats with you?” '‘There are five others, employes at the hospital.” “Do you get your food at the same time as the patients?” “No.” “When?” "Well, the patients eat breakfast at 6:30; we get ours about 7:10.” “Is it true that sour milk was served last Thursday?” “Yes." “Did you examine it?” “Yes, there were eight pitchers and two of them were sour.” “Did you examine the eggs that day?” “All I could.” J “How were they?” “One of them was bad.” “How were the others?” “A good many looked stale; some of them seemed good.” “Do you know' of any sour milk actu ally being served?” “Yes, sir, one pitcher, but it was after wards changed for sweet milk.” By Mr. Baldwin—Have you ever had any particular difficulty with any of the attendants?” “Not any particular difficulty that I know of.” By Judge Thompson—“What sort of men are these attendants, are they care less or do they attend to their business?” “Some are careless, but they are pret ty good generally.” “Have you had any particular com plaints to make against them?” “How do you account for no complaints having been made?” “I cannot account for it.” “How often do the physicians go into the dining rooms?” ‘‘I can’t say how often. I have seen Dr. Cort in the dining rooms.” By Mr. Walkei^“Did Dr. Ward say anything when you reported that the meat was bad and the eggs bad?” “No.” 171U JUU cvci -- bad except in these two instances?” "Once in June it was said the meat was bad and I reported it.” “What kind of meat was it?” "Ham.” "Did your report show this?” "I did not report it at the time, but spoke to Dr. Ward of it afterward.’ By Mr. Backes—“Were any of the din ing rpoms of which you have supervision served from the same kitchen?” "Those on the west wing.” "How many are there?” n “Four.” “Did you ever see any eggs discarded by patients?” “Yes.” "Many?” “No.” “You’ve heard Culbertson say that a lot of eggs were thrown away. Is that true?” “No.” “Have you ever seen bad potatoes served ?” “Yes.” “Were they rotten or only spoiled?” “They were not very bad until just toward the last before new potatoes were served.” “How long were they very bad?” “About a week.” “Did you report that to Dr. Ward daily?” “Well, no,” replied the supervisor, hesi tatingly. "Did you ever report it?” “Once I think.” A search disclosed a single report iu which it was stated by the supervisors, that the potatoes served were bad, yet but a short time before on the stand, Supervisor Wynn had declared positively that he was in the habit of reporting every time food of a poor quality was served. Mr. Wynn was asked by Mr. Backes regarding the rice served the patients, which he said it was in evidence was barely cooked through ir. water. ■ Do you think the rice was properly served?” asked Mr. Backes. "I think it was ail right.” “Are any of the patients served with milk?” “Not regularly.” “It was not called for in the dietary?” “No.” “If the canned beef served was 111 smelling and slimy, you knew It?” “Yes.” “Was It served in that condition?” "No.” “Was there any rotten cabbage serv ed?” “No.” “What condition was the prunes served In, and Is it true that they were unfit to eat all the time?” "I would have put It In the report if they had been unfit to eat.” Mr. Backes called attention to the re port of July 14 showing that ham and not cold corned beef was served, saying that complaint had been made concern ing the ham. Mr. Backes asked several questions as to why this did not appear on the reports to which the replies were not very satisfactory. It was here that Judge Thompson broke in by admonishing the witness not to take so long in making explanations, but to answer the questions as they were asked. When pressed, Wynn stated that Dr. Ward had admitted having received complaints from other sources of the food in the ward. “How often have you seen Dr. Ward or Mr. Hayes in the dining room during the past six months?” # "I have not seen either.” “Who left the hospital this morning?” "Oscar Culbertson.” > “Was he discharged?” “No, he made a statement that he had another position.” “Hqw long, as a rule, do attendants stay here?” “Some have been here seven or eight years." "The reason I ask is that those exam ined seem to have been here for eight months to a year. Is that about the av erage time?" "Probably about one-half have been here more than a year.” By the governor—"When a complaint is made to you, what is done?” "I report it on the daily report to the medical director.” “When the complaint was made by the attendants to Dr. Ward, didn’t you re gard it as a reflection on you?” “Yes.” “Didn’t you go and try to straighten yourself out?” “No.” “Did you do nothing at all to explain your position?” “No.” The next witness called was Assistant Supervisor Robert J. Hauck, wfyose tes timony was similar in the main to that of Supervisor Wynn. Both witnesses showed the same predeliction to avoid all questions bearing upon their knowledge of bad foot not appearing on the daily reports.” “What are your duties?” asked Mr. Walker. “The same as those of Mr. Wynn.” “You make daily reports?” “Yes.” “Have you ever made an examination of the food served?” "I have very nearly always.” “Don’t you always?” “Yes.” “Have you ever seen any poor or im-, proper food served which you have re ported?” “I don’t thir.k I have ever seen such a food. The reports don’t show “When do you make up those reports?” “The same day." “Do. you make up the reports to gether ?” “Generally we do.” “Have you any duties ■which require you to make any personal reports?” "I have never had to do so.” "“Did you ever see maggoty ham serv ed?” "Once I believe there were some mag gots in the pieces cut from a ham.” “How about the corned beef served?” "I should say the corned beef was of fair quality.” “Have you ever seen bad eggs served to patients?” "Not to my knowledge.” “Have you ever seen patients refuse to eat the food served?” “No.” Mr. Backes interrogated Hauck at the opening of the afternoon session when he was recalled to the stand. While de nying that bad eggs had been served ex cept in one instance, Hauck admitted that stale eggs had been served quite often. He denied the condition testified to by other witnesses that it was often neces sary to break open several eggs before getting a good one. Mr. Backes also called attention to the fact that - the language in the reports made by both Wynn and Hauck was gen erally identical, showing that they were in the habit of collaborating before ma king them out. Pursuing another topic, Mr. Backes asked Hauck if he had ever had occasion to eat any of the stew served Wednes days, and if so, what was in it; Prior to the making of the complaint to Dr. Ward Hauck said he could not tell whether vegetables were served in the. stew or not. He had never noticed any offensive odor from either the stew or the canned beef. “What was the quality of the pota toes?” asked Mr. iBackes. ‘‘Sometimes the quality was not as good as it might be,” admitted Hauck. “Describe it.” "Well, sometimes we got old potatoes which were discolored. They had a black ish tint, but I wouldn't say they were bad.” “How long were they served in this condition?" “I couldn’t say.” “Did you ever speak to Mr. Hayes about them?” “No.” “Was there no occasion?” “Well, I should say if there was, it was not my duty to report it to Mr. Hayes.” By Judge Thompson—"Have any of the attendants complained to you of the character of the food served?” "I don’t remember.” By Mr. Backus;—“you don’t say they haven’t complained?” "I think they have since the petition was presented.” “Not before?” “I think not.” “Ever hear any of the patients com plain?” “No, sir.” By Mr. Andrews—“What vegetables are generally served?” “Potatoes are the principal ones, but there are sometimes others such as beans, peas and tomatoes.” “And celery?” Interjected Mr. Bu chanan. “About Thanksgiving,” replied Hauck. Hauck’s testimony closed with some general questioning as to the character of the tea, butter and coffee served, all of which he thought had been all right. i]_j. a. Ingram, the next witness, showed much candor on the stand and proved one of the best witnesses called, albeit he created something of a sensation by his disclosures as to the reason why com plaints from attendants had not been made before. "How long had the attendants contem plated making their complaints before the petition was presented?” asked Mr. Wal ker. “For some time; probably five or six days.” "Was it called forth by the food geting worse?” “Yes.” “How was It when you first came here?” I “Of about the same character.” “How is it now?” “Some things are better, and some are worse.” “What is good now?” “The stew is better; we can eat it now; but could not then.” “What else?” "The rice is better generally than it was before.” “Potatoes?” ‘They are better. We have had new potatoes ever Since the day the petition was presented.” “The steak?” “It Is no better, but Is still dry and tough.” "Corned beef and cabbage?” (Continued on secoAd page.) MR. Mm DEAD One of Jersey. City’s Notable Citizens Passed Away Yesterday. LAWYER AI(P POLITICIAN His Stirring Career at the Bar and As a Republican Party Worker. With universal regret the news was re ceived yesterday afternoon that Mr. Flavel McGee, the well known lawyer of this city, had died at his home on Mont* gomery street. He had been ailing for 4 few weeks from stomach trouble, but none of his family supposed it to be ser ious. A few days ago gastritis was de veloped and his physician saw that re covery was hopeless. He succumbed to the disease late in the afternoon. He was aware of the approach of death and was conscious almost to the last. John Flavel McGee was born in Frc linghuysen township, Warren county, on April 6, 1844. He was prepared for col lege at Newton Collegiate Institute, New ton, and Blair Presbyterian Academy, Blairstown, and after entered Princeton, from w’hich he was graduated in June, 1865. Three years later he received the degree of master of^ arts'. While in col lege he won the first prize in debate lit Clio Hall. After leaving college he began the study of the law with John M. Sher rerd and J. G. Shipman in B^lvidere, and was admitted to the bar at the June term IS 68. He then came to tnts city, entering uuu a business engagement with the late Stephen B. Ransom, and formed a part nership with William Muirheid under tho style of Muirheid and McGee. In 1871 he was admitted counselor. At that time he argued two cases in the Supreme Court which attracted much attention. One cf these was that of the International Trus. Co. vs. Haight, in which it was held for the first time in this State that in esti mating the assets of a corporation for taxation United States securities and mortgages not liable to taxation must be deducted. The other leading case was that of Ransom vs. Ruckman, wherein the Court of Errors settled the law on the doctrine of arbitration. These naturally drew many eyes on the young advocate, and he was employed on important rail road litigation, and since that period has been extensively engaged by corporations, notably railroad, banking and insurance. In the practice of admiralty he was one of the earliest members of the bar of this State. The late Governor J. D. Bedle In 1876 joined the firm, which then became Bedle, Muirheir and McGee. In 1S88 Mr. J. D. Bedle. Jr., joined it, and the firm be came Bedle, Muirheir, McGee and Bedle, Jr! In 1892 Mr. Muirheid died and his name was dropped. In 1894 the Governor died and his son, Mr. Thomas F. Bedle, came into the firm, which then became McGee, Bedle and Bedle. The latter re tired from it in 1899 and the firm was Mc Gee and Bedle, as it is today. To fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Justice Bradley of the United States Supreme Court the bar of this State put forward the name of Mr. Mc Gee, and again or. the death of Chief Jus tice Mercer Beasley a few years ago, he was also put forward by his legal friends for the exalted place. In Republican politics Mr. McGee was always very prominent, taking the stump in National, State and local elections. Ke was a forceful speaker and always active in campaign work. He was prominent in the contest for United States Senatorship when Rufus Blodgett defeated the late Governor Leon Abbett. Both Mr. McGee and his partner, Governor Bedle, took an active part in the fight against Abbett. When Governor Griggs was nominated Mr. McGee was again prominent in bring ing Hudson county to Griggs's support. When Prosecutor C. H. Winfield died Governor Griggs offered the vacancy of the position formerly occupied by him to Mr. McGee, but he refused it. He was first vice-president of the Republican County Committee and was an ex-Presi dent of the Union League Club. He be longed to the Palma and ‘Carteret Club3, the Society of the Cincinnati and Sons of the American Kevoiuuon. mi. .ntucc was counsel for the Delaware, Lacka wanna and Western Railroad Company. Mr. McGee was twice married. His first wife was Miss Prances E. Harris, daugh ter of Dr. Harris, of Belvidere. She left him a son, Lawyer Frank McGee. The second wife, who now survives him, was Miss Julia T. Randolph^ daughter of the late Judge Bennington Randolph, and there are two sons and four daughters of that union;—Bennington R., Flavel, Misses Julia, Hope, Dorothy and Helen. The Hudson County Bar Association has issued notices calling for a mem orial meeting to be held on Wednesday afternoon next in Chancery Chambers at four P. M. The following resolution have been adopted on behalf of the University Club:— Whereas, Flavel McGee, LL.D., Princeton ’65, a former president of the University Club of Hudson County has been removed from up by death; and Whereas, The University Club owed much of Its success to tils efforts and co-operation and the club as a whole, and its members individually feel that a great loss has occurred on account of his attainments, position and char acter; therefore be it Resolved, That the Committee on necrology publicly express on behalf of the club their feeling of breavement and sorrow and that this resolution appear in the public print. On behalf of the University Club, DANIEL VAN WINKLE, C. C. WILSON, W. PATTERSON ATKINSON, Committee on Necrology. The funeral services will take place on Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at the house, No. 850 Montgomery street. Rev. Dr. Chas. Herr, of the First Presby terian Church, of which Mr. McGee was a member will officiate. The interment An Old and Well Tried Remedy. Mrs.' Winslow's Soothing Syrup for children teething should always be used for children while teething. It softens the gums, allays the p&in, cures wind rollc and is the best remedy for diarrhoea. Twenty-live cents per bottle. will take place at the convenience o£ the family. EULOGIZED IN COURT Motion That Mr. McGee’s .Death Be Placed on the Minutes in General Sessions. p, - A feeling of gloom pervaded the Court of General Sessions this morning, and lawyers talked in hushed tones of the sad news of the death of Counsellor Flavel McGee. The matter was formally and officially brought to the attention of Judge Blair by Counsellor Alexander Simpson, who made a motion to the effect that the court officially recognize the death of the eminent member of the Hudson County and New Jersey State bar, the late Flavel McGee, by an entry in. the minutes of the court. Mr. Simpson said:— “I am moved by a s.ense of personal los9 and a knowledge of the loss to the bar of, this State In the passing on of Flavel Mc Gee to a closer walk with God that moves me to utterance of a few words In his memory. love of one's fellow men that Is mightier than all other influences, and that in fluence Mr. McGee had in a strong meas ure upon the members of this bar and particularly upon the younger members of the bar, and this influence he exerted in the quiet ways of sincerity and. all un mindful of the praise of men. "There is so much cant among men nowadays, and the bar is not free from it, men who are so busy publicly proclaiming their morality and directing the attention •of men to the lack of morality in their fellows that it is refreshing to have known such a'man as Flavel McGee, who was so much above all cant and phariseeism, and who showed us younger men. that goodness was the fruit of wisdom and evil was only folly after all. "I remember that ho did once sow some seeds of goodness in me when I was beginning to practice law. I had publicly made an ill tempered attack upon an older member of the bar and the newspar pers had spread it abroad. Mr. McGee met me, and although he was eminent and I was obscure, although he was a fine lawyer and I an indifferent one, he took my arm and walked up the street with me and showed me how unwise X was and how thoughtless, and how the better part of the profession was in curb ing all malice arid uncharitableness and in realizing that there was more,in law thin in appearing smart, that there was a higher path than mere personal vanity, and that anger rested but in the bosom of fools. "X shall always remember that advice, and although it has not always perhaps held my steps, yet it was an influence of goodness and wisdom in my life that will never be quite wiped out, and as X sur vey the selfishness of lile and the eternal thought recurring to the ever present X, which is perhaps.as. manifest in my pro fession as anywhere else, X am glad to have known such a man. “It matters little that he was a great lawyer, and men hereafter will care lit tle about that for the world moves very qpickly by mere intellectualism. hut it matters very much tliat he was a great man in his manliness that he was self less and that in quiet and undiscovered ways he went about doing good. "Better is the bar of this State, better the moral tone of this community for tho life of such a man who increased in at tractiveness the nearer you approached his personality. “A heart free from self, free from vain glory, free from unoharitableness and full of real religion he has left us richer in life for having known him. “He has proved that it was a very prac^ tical saying of the Master of us all, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see Gofl.’ ” Assemblyman Leon Abbett of Hoboken, seconded the motion and Judge Blair re sponded as follows:— . “The suggestion,” he said, “ih eminent ly appropriate. While Mr. McGee did not appear very often in this court, he did frequently appear in the adjourning room. The deceased attained a high degree of deserved distinction and an entry of his death may be made and entered upon the minutes of this court. “I knewr Mr. McGee for over forty years, we were boys together and grew up with one another. I knew him well personally and in his home life, as pro fessionally. No one couid know Mr. Mc Gee and not appreciate him to a high degree. Not only has the bar lost one of its most honored members, but society has been deprived of the associa tion of a model of culture, a man of social connections, and of highly moral ten dencies. The death of Mr. McGee is in deed a loss ot us all." $150,000,000 MORTGAGE Filed Today in the County Register’s Office With $75,000 in Stamps. A chattel mortgage for one hundred and fifty million of dollars was filed in the County Register’s office this morning. The mortgage is one of the largest ever filed in th? history of the county. It bore seventy-five $1,000 revenue stamps. The mortgage was made by the Con solidated Tobacco Company to the Morton Trust Company of New York. It is to assure a bond issue of $150,000,000, payable in fifty years, at 4, per cent, interest. The mortgage was dated June 15, and signed by James B. Duke, president of the Con solidated Tobacco Company, and Hiram 'B. Berry, trust officer of the trust com pany. It is secured by the entire plants of the American Tobacco Company and the Continental Tobacco Company. « TO DECIDE HER SANITY Mt-s. Olga Micholek, of No. 130 Morris street,1 who attempted to drown herself and her three children in South Cove Sunday morning was arraigned before Police Justice Hoos this morning in the First Criminal Court. She was held to await an examination by County Physic ian Converse as to her sanity. Neither Mrs. Micholek nor her husband, John, talked, though the court was will ing to listen to anything they might have to say. Drs. Wolfson and Rector exam ined Mrs. Micholek and they advised her detention. _ PULLMAN EMPLOYES PICNIC Tomorrow the Pullman Palace Car Porters’ and Railway Employees’ Bene ficial Association will give their annual picnic at the Greenville Schuetzen Park. The organization is a well-deserving one, and is the largest of its kind in the State. j , ■ r ’ ' FIRE AFTERMATH Weldon Building Tenants Are Now Finding Out What They Lost. SOME QUEER" INCIDENTS Michael Fagen’s Laundry and and Mr. Dougherty’s Black stone Saved Peculiarly. r The origin of the fire that badly dam aged the Weldon Building remains a mystery. No one has been able to de cide just where the blaze started. It is now thought unlikely that the total damage to property will reach $75,000. The first estimates were rather wild. Of course many of the tenants place a value on some of their papers and other pos sessions that cannot he figured commer cially. All day yesterday the streets in the vicinity of the building were an attrac tion to men, women and children, who were gazing at the ruins and finding en tertainment in looking at the efforts of a small army of men who were busy from cellar to roof clearing away the debris. Yesterday afternoon and all today a great many people walked through the building, viewing the wreck. They saw more than they Imagined while on the street. It was simply amazing the thor oughness with which water had soaked almost everything in sight at the western end of the building. Water was drip ping from the ceiling throughout the building, even as late as this noon. The floors were apparently soaked through and through. Piled up in the hallways and what remained of the offices were great bundles of carpets, oil cloths, pa pers, books, typewriters and pieces of furniture buried under plaster and pieces of the wooden walls and ceilings. It was with great difficulty that one could get about and there was grave danger to many who were curious enough to ven ture on unsound flooring. But no one was injured. It is hoped that within a few days matters will be so adjusted that those tenants who have retained their offices in the building may be made nearly as comfortable as they were be fore the fire. Then will begin the task of removing what remains of the west wing and rebuilding the whole structure. Mr. Charles Weldon, the owner of the building, was seen this morning. He said: “I am hardly prepared to say anything more for publication than that we are doing our best to get matters straigh tened out so that the businesses of our tenants may be carried on as usual. “Have you any idea how or where the fire started?” Mr. Weldon was asked. “I have not the slightest idea. It would seem now tiiat it began on the fourth floor in the wing, but that is hardly any mors than a guess. There was nothing up there that could have caused the lire that we know of. There is no room in the building where waste is kept except in a room on the first floor, and tnat was perhaps the least damaged of the lot. ‘‘Will you make any further effort to fix the blame?” “Yes, ot course. We will look more carefully into tho fire and all the sur rounding circumstances, but it looks like a rather impossible task at (this time. There was no one in, the building at the time. The janitor, Richard Kay, was away. He has had every Sunday evening, from 6 to 10 o'clock, to himself since he came here “I was away on my vacation when I received word that the building was burned, and I have not been quite able to gather up all the threads yet, but a thorough mvestigation will be made. “As soon as the loss has been settled by the adjusters the rebuilding will com mence. It may be six months before the repairs are completed. They may possib ly be completed in three months. The burned wing will be shut off entirely, pending the work of the adjusters. “The work of putting in shape the offices damaged but slightly by fire and water will be commenced at once. By this I mean carpentering, painting and repair ing, etc., where necessary. "Fifty-eight offices still remain intact. They are about all or nearly all occupied. I particularly desire to express my heart felt thanks to all the tenants for their forbearance." Mr. Weldon was about the building bright and early this morning and with his characteristic buoyancy was directing the operations of a small army of men and women in putting the unburned por tion of the building in a condition that would enable his tenants to transact busi ness in comfort. Many whose offices were badly damaged were obliged to seek temporary headquarters, and their cards announcing the location of such head quarters are posted up on the entrance doors to the building. Mr Weldon was a very busy man, and, as he himself remarked to the “News " reporter, “I have a great many things to ♦hink of just now.” When asked about the cost of the building and the amount of insurance it carried he said he valued the building, allowing for depreciation since construction, at about $85,000, and that it carried about $77,000 insurance. He said he could not remember the full list of companies in which he had insured the building, and referred the reporter to Meyer & Klein, whose office is located on the ground floor, immediately at the right of the main entrance to the build Despite the efforts of the men and women on the four floors above, scrub bing and cleaning the offices and corri dors, water that flooded the building was dripping down from between the floors and ceilings above. A dealer in umbrellas came in while the reporter was talking to Mr. Klein and facetiously asked if he could sell some umbrellas. Mr. Klein gave the reporter the follow ing list of insurance companies in which the building was insured. He said it was complete with the exception of one com pany in which the building was insured to the amount of $5,000. That he said the reporter would have to get from Mr. Wel don. Mr Weldon could not remember it, and said the papers were in a deposit vault in the New Jersey Title Guarantee Company, across the street. Mr. Klein gave this list of insurance companies in which he knew the building was in sured:— Caledonia, of Scotland. $7,500; Aetna, of Hartford, $25,000; North American, of Philadelphia, $5,000; Western, of Toronto, $5 000; American, of New York, $10,000; Magdelburg, of Germany. $5,000; German American, of New York, $9,500; Aachen and Munich, $5,000. Janitor Rav, a colored man. was work ing like a Trojan when interviewed. He stopped just long enough to say that he was not in the building when the lire broke out. , , ‘‘Where were you? he was asked. “Newark,” was the terse reply. "Have you any idea how fhe Are started?” “No. sail." “Did you lose anything?' “Everything.” “Injured?" “No. sah.” Assistant Fire Chief Dingier, when seen at Fire Headquarters said he had some men working on the fire with a view of learning its origin, but they had not yet found anything that would lead to learn ing the source of the Are. “We have learned that most of the ten ants were without any insurance. I wish to say to the public that the rank and KER051NE! , • /A',r/^rr f ftcciatNri ‘burnt again! hWEmSTG,ET , REASONS WHY EVERY HOUSE KEEPER SHOULD OWN A GAS RANGE: 1— Every woman who possesses one is happy because it is efficient, clean, convenient and economical, reducing labor in the kitchen. 2— When properly handled no accidents from explosion ar» possible. 3— Meats can be roasted to a turn on the ventilated oven; delicious® ly “pan-boiled” over a top burner, using a sizzling-hot cast iron pan. RANGES: $10.50 AND $12.00. WATER HEATERS: $8.00, $8.50 AND $8.75 HUDSON COUNTY GAS COMPANY » - - OFFICES = - - 109 Montgomery St., Jersey City. 201 Avenue D, Bayonne. 751 Montgomery St:, Jersey City. _ 638 Washington St., Hoboken, 263 Central Ave., Jersey City. 99 Bergenline Ave., Town of Union, file of the department acted in a most commendable manner. It was one of the most difficult fires that the department has had to .fight in years, and the men went about the work in a highly satis factory manner.” IFormer Judge John G. Garrick suffered perhaps the most serious loss, and he is S receiving more sympathy than any one ! else from the numerous lawyers in town. | His fine lav/ library, containing many old ; and rare volumes was almost completely i destroyed. Mr. Garrick is in ill health ! now and the blow is a severe one. I George H. 'Aspinwall, of the firm deal- j ing in engineers and steam fitters’ sup- ' plies, was trying to crawl through charred timbers and debris in the corridor lead ing to the firm’s offices this morning. It was a somewhat dangerous task. His progress was necessarily slow. He was mentally commenting upon this fact when near the end of his journey his eyes lighted upon the wrords, ‘‘The Progress of the World.” in'large type at the head of a magazine announcement that hung on a wall. The Irony of the words, un der the circumstances, led him to tear I down the poster and place it in a more j conspicuous place. A report published'in a local afternoon paper yesterday that the law office of j Fagen & Murphy was not insured was incorrect. The library and furniture of ' the three rooms was insured for $500. Fa gen & Mhrphy were extremely lucky. Their suite of offices was located in the j burned wing of the building, and while j offices above, below and beside them -were consumed by the flames, their valuable j records and papers escaped and their li brary was damaged mainly by emoke and j water. On a desk in one of the rooms of the firm there was a package of collars and ; cuffs. These were not touched by either \ fire or water. The package was the one unrumpled, clean looking thing in the room. As Mr. Fagen’s collar was wet go ing up the stairs yesterday he found some satisfaction in restoring his neat appear ance. .. The plans and specifications for rso. S School of Bayonne, about which tnere is litigation now before the Supreme Court, and which were left in the hands o. Architect R. W. Sailer, were burned. Mr. Sailer found a steel tape and levelling in strument in a desk in his burned office*. That is about all he saved. He had his property insured for $500. Assemblyman John Dennin’s office was injured by smoke and water. He says the fire didn’t do a thing to him and that “God was good to the Irish. ’ Former Mayor Traphagen is congratu lating himself on his good fortune. On Saturday -morning he had his law li brary removed to another part of the building, the eastern end, so that carpen ters might be able to do sonie repair work. While his office was badly burned and soaked and much of his furniture rendered useless he still has his library j intact. , , * Counsellor Richard Dougherty has a , volume of Blackstone that he prizes very i much. This volume Mr. Dougherty took , from his office a week ago and carried | home to read. Saturday afternoon he j started to his office with the book under his arm. , Before going into his office he called on Counsellor Linsiey Rowe, He forgot the book and yesterday Mr. Rowe handed It to him. With his much prized volume under his arm Mr. Dougherty sorrowfully contemplated the ruins of his once handsome suite of offices. “Doc” McCrea was wiped out com pletely and he had no insurance^ FAGEN SUCCEEDS ROMAINE Michael J. iFagen has been appointed to succeed the late United States Commis sioner Isaac Romaine. Mr. Fagen’s ap pointment was a complete surprise, ae up to the time he received notice of his ap pointment he did not know that he was j considered for the place. His name was submitted to United States District Court Judge Kirkpatrick by prominent men of this city. Mr. Fagen is a member of the law firm of Fagen & Murphy, of which Police Justice Murphy is the junior mem ber. Mr. Fagen. although comparatively young, is one of the brightest lawyers in Hudson County. Under President Cleve land's administration he served as Assist- l ant Collector of Customs and was suc ceeded about a year ago by Col. Samuel D Dickinson. He is prominent In politics i in the Seventh Ward, and is chairman of the Executive Committee of the Demo cratic County Committee. Mr Fagen received notice of his ap pointment on Saturday and went to New ark today to be sworn in. WEATHER INDICATIONS vpw YORK, Aug. 13, 1901.—Forecast for the thirty-six hours ending at eight P. ... ,. v.u;.esdiy:—Partly cloudy, . followed hv e'ear tonight and tomorrow; fresh northeasterly and easterly winds. Hartnett's Thermometrieal Report Aug. 12. Deg. 3 P. M.73 6 P. M.73 9 P. M.71 12 Midnight .71 • Aug. 13. Ur'ET. 6A. M.72 9 A. M.75 12 Noon.SO MAYOR PROTESTS. Says O’Mara’s Appoint ment Is Entirely Un necessary. Following is the communication sent by Mayor Hoos to the Street and Water Board along with the veto of the resolu tion appointing Walter O'Mara as inspec tor of cement used in the construction of the new water. works. The veto and communication will be laid over, under the rules. The Commissioners look upon the appointment as a necessary one, and the veto may not be sustained:— Aug. 9, 1901. Honorable Board of Street and Water Commissioners:— Gentlemen—I have returned to your honorable Board, without my approval, the following resolution:— ■ Resolved, That Walter O'Mara be and is hereby appointed to inspect the cement entering into the various portions of the work for new water works construction, and to perform such other duties as may from time to time be designated by the engineer in charge of construction of such works, at a salary of one hundred dollars per month.” I have taken this action because I am convinced that the creation of such a po sition as that eontenipiated is a flagrant injustice to the taxpayers of our city. I most respectfully call your attention to my communication of June 5th, 1S99, wherein I objected to the appointment of one engineer and two assistants. I well remember that the reason given by your Honorable Board for appointing those three gentlemen notwithstanding my ob jections, was that the services of a com petent mason and builder would be abso lutely necessary in order that the city might have proper inspettion over the mason work, etc., and cement necessarily used in such work, and that in Mr. Rail you had found a man well qualified by years of practical experience. What knowledge of cement has Mr. O'Mara, and what duties do you now intend to assign to Mr. Hall? Had you sustained the objections set forth in my communi cation of June 5th, 1S99, above referred to, the city would today be several thousand dollars richer, ae the fact that practically no work has been done by the contractor (for reasons now well known to all) left nothing for the inspectors to do but draw their salaries. It is needless for me to again refer te the deplorable financial condition of the water account. The recent unfortunate break in the main and the consequent waste of water further depleted the ae count by several thousand dollars. Such matters v,e are. of course, bound to meet and I deem it my duty to protest against the further burdening of this account. 1 trust you will, in the Interest of the tax payers of Jersey City, see your way ciear to sustain my objections. Respectfully submitted, EDWARD HOC®. __ Mayor. MATTERS OF FACT. The A-B-C Corn Starch, on* of the very best foods for children, or puddings, etc., wholesale at D. E. Cleary Co.’s stores, Montgomery and Greene streets, Jersey City. liJnrm •Tr-TfiM DIED. McGEE—In this city, cn Monday. Au gust 12, 1901, Flavel McGea, aged 57 years. Relatives and friends are Invited to at tend the funeral services, which will be held at his late residence, No. $50 Mont gomery street, on Thursday morning, Au gust 15. at 11 o'clock. Interment at convenience of the family. Please omit flowers. BELTON—On Monday. Aug. 12, 1901, Pat rick E., second oldest son of Mary anil the late Henry Belton. Relatives and friends are requested to attend his funeral from his late residence, No. 260 Newark avenue, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 8 A. M.; thence to St. Mary's Church, where a solemn high mass of requiem will be offered for the repose of his soul. BRAISTED—On Sunday, Aug. 11, 1901, Geo. H., husband of Elizabeth Braisted, aged G5 years. Friends and relatives, also Bay View Lodge, F & A. M., are respectfully in vited to attend, the funeral services on Tuesday evening. Aug. 13. from his late residence, No. 577 Avenue E, Bayonne. CLAPP—In this city, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 1901. Frank A., son of Annie J. and the late Henry B. Clapp, aged 20 years. Relatives and friends are Invited to at tend the funeral services at the residence of his mother. No. 299 Fifth street, on day, Aug. 13, at 8 P. M. THORN—In this city, on Sunday, Aug. 11. 1901, I.etitia M„ wife of G. W. Thorn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at her late residence. No. 296 Sikth street, on Tues day. Aug. 13, at 8:30 P. M. Interment at convenience of the family, Staten Island papers please copy.