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ONE CENT ■ ■ ONE CENT LAST EDITION. \ LAsT EDITION. VOL. XIII—NO. 3765~ = — JERSEY CITY, TUESDAY _PRICE ONE CENT. ! .L.'..-1"!.-' , -... im ■■■■ .1-If™”"1 -r—- - Investigation at State Hospital Turned on Supplies. WHO CET THE CONTRACTS Family Interests Don’t Seem to Have Suffered at Board’s Hands. TEN PER CENT. PROFITS Books of the Warden Ex amined at Yesterday’s Session. [Special to “The Jersey City News."] TRENTON, Aug. 27, 1901.—The exami nation of the alleged killing of William Funk by an attendant of the State Hos pital was temporarily abandoned by the Investigating Committee yesterday, which resumed its inquiry into the food and other matters pertaining to the institu tion. Counsellor John H. Backes asked for the books of the Warden’s department, and even a cursory examination of these showed the deep interest of the managers in the hospital supplies, and explained why so many local merchants have been told by the Warden that if yi they wanted orders for the supplies they must first see one or another of the Board of Managers. It also developed from the testimony ; that it has been a standing practice of the management to charge a profit of about 10 per cent, on .all clothing fur nished to county patients, exclusive of the profits of the original vender. Governor Voorhees and Judge Thomp son searched in vain for any provision in tne law to justify this unusual pro cedure, while Mr. Backes declared that it was little if any short of criminal. The only excuse offered for charging this prof it against the counties was that it has been the custom to do so for years past. Evidence on these points, together with the examination of Dr. Felty and Dr. Cort on the food question, constituted the principal features of the day’s proceed ings. Mr. Backes requested the committee to take up the question of the insufficiency of the force of night watchmen, which has resulted in patients- dying in the Bight without attention. This Judge Thompson declined to do at that juncture in the proceedings, but promised to take up the matter later. Dr. Paul It. Cort, the fourth assistant physician was the first witness of the morning, his examination being taken up by Edwin Robert Walker, the commit tee’s counsel. Dr. Cort came to the hos pital in 1897, and he described the food at that time as being fair, well cooked, plain food. Dr. Cort considered it his duty to exercise a general supervision of the food supply as essential to the mental and physical welfare of the patients. He visited the dining rooms on an average of two or three times a week fo rthis pur pose. "Where do you eat?” te physician was asked. “At the central hall, with Dr. Felty." “Do you get the same food as the patients?” “No, not exactly. We had a few more things.” “Did your dietary consist of the same food as the patients, with some addi tions?” “The food came from the same source of supply.” “Did you ever hear any objections to the food?” “I never personally saw any evidence that the food was improper.” “Did: you hear that the food was Im properly cooked end served for six months prior to July 17?” “I don’t know that I did.” “Did you receive any complaints?” “Yes, ordinary complaints.” “Was there, during that period^ any great deterioration in any of the dishes?” . _ . , j . xt_.__ rrvu ~ x CUU1UJ1 c craj v — chief object of my visits to the dining room was to keep order and make a gen eral Inspection." “Did you receive any complaints from the attendants who signed the petition?” “Yes; a man named Foss complained in April about a special diet to a patient, and an attendant named • Sickler com plained about the pea« being uncooked.” “If you had received numerous com plaints, would you have reported the fact to Dr. Ward?” “I certainly would.” “Did you ever make such a complaint?” “Only In the case of special diets.” “Did you visit the kitchens?” “Yes, and found them generally -clean and neat.” "How many complaints did you receive from April until the presentation of the petition July 1??” “A number, both general and specific.” “What were the specific ones?” “That the cooking was poor, the meat bad, eggs bad, and other things.” “Did you ever investigate?" “Yes, and found nothing wr “Have you had Irish stew . “Recently.” “How was it?” “I never tasted it.” “How were the prunes?* “They were good.” Pressed beef. Dr? Cort said, was not served at his table. The corned beef and cabbage, prior to the advent of the new butcher, looked "bad and tasted bad. He did not saem surprised that complaint had been made on the score. The witness had not- seen bad pota toes served on the physician’s table, but admitted that the potatoes there were al ways peeled instead of being served with the skins on (as in the case of the pa tients. Coffee was good, and the tea he did not drink. The butter was generally fairly good, but bad sometimes, and the bread he thought fair. Mr. Backes questioned Dr. Cort as to the disposition of the patients and was informed that the incurables dined with those who were considered amenable tc. treatment. The special diet, Dr. Cort said, consist ed of such articles as beef tea, milk, eggs, broth, toast and similar dishes. Mr. Backes asked if it was not true that a local patient who was supposed to get a special diet has the same dishes every day in the year. Dr. Cort’ was uncertain as to this. “Do you think it right that an insane patient should get chicken soup 365 days in a year?” “No, 1 suppose not, but I don’t know that such a condition exists.” “Isn’t it a fact that this patient has day after day pushed this soup away, re fusing to eat it?” “I have never b'een told of that.” “Now Dr. Cort,” said Mr. Backes, “will you make a general statement that the food served is of such a character as should be served in kind, and proper and fit to keep the body as it should be kept?” “I have thought so.” “Do you regard a diet of hard boiled eggs fit for an insane man?” •;J. do not.” “Did you ever know eggs to be served other than hard.boiled?” “No, except in the case of special diets. “What have you to say of the serving of Irish stew with water and flour paste and no vegetables?” “I never knew it was served without vegetables. 1 never paid any attention to the stew.” “Don’t you think you should have look ed at this more closely?” “No. sir, it was the duty of the super visors?” Dr. Cort stated that there was no dis crimination between the food served to paid and indigent patients. At this juncture Mr. Backes suggested a visit to the dining rooms where dinner was being served and the committee with Mr. Backes and one or two others were accordingly taken through the din ing hails. Mr. Backes as an inducement had of fered Dr. Baldwdn, if he would visit the halls at that moment and report the con ditions he found that he would take his word against that of the twrenty-seven at tendants who signed the petition. The re turn from the inspection led to some bantering between counsel and the com mittee, but no statement regarding the trip wras made. Dr. Cort wras asked some further ques tions as to the food, after which Store keper John J. Jones wras called to the stand. Mr. Jones said he had been at the hos pital thirteen years, and described his du ties. He told of the sources from which most of the food was bought, the meat now being furnished by B. H. Stein, the tea by D. P. Forst & Company, the eggs from a house in Philadelphia, and so on. Eggs, he said, were received every week meat twice a wreek, hams once a week, and corned beef once a month. He de clared that the $ood was all tested by him when it was received to see that it was good. The afternoon session opened by recall ing Storekeeper Jones to the stand, fhe examination being continued by Mr. 'Backes, W'ho took up the subject of requi sitions. It was brougnt out tnai me requisitions for beef were not made until the end of each month for the meat used' during that month, and- were made to tally with the amount used in the several kitchens. Generally the requisitions were made out by Bookkeeper Connolly in the name of the warden. ‘Mr. Backes next went into the question of the prices charged to the counties for clothing. The prices charged for dresses. Mr. Jones said, were fixed by the super visors and dressmakers. -Do you know,” asked Mr. Backes, "whether the price charged by the State Is fixed at cost or is a profit added?” “I don’t knewv^-repiied the witness. “Who does know?” “The warden, I suppose.” “Now I show you a requisition July _3, 1901, showing the entry, ’West, coat, $2.2o.’ Who fixed that price?” "The warden and myself.” "Can you tell me the price of that coat to the State?” ‘Two dollars.” “Then the State receives a profit of 2o cents?” “Y 6S.,f “Is a profit regularly charged on all clothing?” “Yes, sir.” “By whose order?” “The warden’s.” Several other similar sentries were shown the witness, whose evidence showed that it has been customary for the State to charge a profit of about 25 cents on coats and a proportionate profit on the cheaper articles of clothing. “Who gets the benefit of this profit? asked Judge Thompson. “The house.” “The institution?” "Yes.” After pressing his questions somewhat Mr. -Backes obtained from the witness a general statement to the effect that a profit is charged on every article of cloth ing furnished county patients except m the case of patients working for the hos pital. who are supplied with such_ articles as they might wear in the fields while they are. actually at work. Storekeeper Jones was asked to produce the books of his department, which were examined, but it was later decided that the desired information could better be obtained from the hooks of the warden. The source of supply of the hospital and the interest of certain members of the board of managers in this source was clearly brought out in the testimony of John H. Connolly, the bookkeeper of Warden Hayes, who in ,h.is transparent effort to befriend the management never theless gave some of the most significant testimony yet brought out at the tnvesti pro f ion. Mr ‘Connolly was compelled to produce the books of .iis derailment, which show ed, among other things, that the ba.k, if not the entire clothing supply -if the if. 6titution for the past few years has been purchased from the Rice CiOthir.g Com pany and Mr. Rice’s son-in-law; t.iat Mr Fuld. another son-in-law, has had the lion’s share of the shoe trade; that the Taylor Provision Company, despite nu merous earnest denials of the fact, has furnished supplies to the hospital; that the coal was furnished by parties outside thl State? that D. P. iFrost & Co. were (Continued on Second Page.) AUTHORITIES TO BLAME The Rev. Father Coyne, of the Holy Cross Church, Harrison, who was taken to the Snake (Hill pesthouee last week suffering from smallpox, which he had contracted while visiting parishioners who had the disease, has recovered sufficiently to leave his bed and Medical Superintend ent Or. George W. King said this morn ing that he would be able to leave the in stitution in about two weeks. There are now thirty cases of smallpox at the pesthouee, all but one of which are from West 'Hudson. One death occurred on Saturday and the fourteen-year-old boy recently removed from Fourth street, this city, is expected to die at any time. Dr King attributes the prevalence of the dread disease in the West Hoboken municipalities to the fact that the health authorities there have been lax in the matter of vaccination. Said the doctor:— "County Physeian Converse has predict ed an epidemic of smallpox more virulent in form than that of last winter, and I have no doubt that the disease will be aenerallv prevalent throughout this sec tion of "the county. The only preventive lies in vaccination and it is to be hoped that the lesson taught by the recent out break may have a beneficial effect and in duce those who have not been vaccinated to be inoculated at once:” chancerTcourt notices There will be no motion day in Chancery Chambers in this city until September 10, when Vice Chancellors (Pitney and Steven son will sit BROKEN! Detective Robert Bumsted Dismissed from the Police Force. REPAWNED STOLEN WATCH He Plead Guilty and No Evi dence Was Taken, No Criticism Made. Robert E. Bumsted, of the detective bureau, was dismissed from the force last night by the Board of Police Commission ers. He had sent a letter of resignation to the Board, but no attention was paid to it. His trial was on two charges, act ing- in a manner unbecoming an officer and neglect of duty. Bumsted acted as though he fully expected dismissal. Throughout the meeting he occupied a rear seat in the court room. He was ac companied by his father and younger brother. No appointment will be made to fill the vacancy. The Board convened at 9:15 o’clock. All the Commissioners were present. After a short meeting of the Board of Health the Police Board meeting opened President McGill opened the meeting by saying:—“The first business will be the trial of Robert Bumsted ” Bumsted stepped forward calmly and Clerk Robinson lead the two charges. The first was that the detective was guil ty of neglect of duty in failing to report the locating cf a valuable watch that had been stolen in New York City some months ago and pawned in this city. Bumsted was given a full description oi the watch by Chief Murphy and told to look for it in pawn shops. He found the watch and redeemed it for the sum for which it had been pledged by the thief, $30. Then he repawned it for $35. Tlii3 deal gave him a profit of $5. Then Bum sted opened negotiations with the owner of the watch, telling him that he had found it in a pawn shop and that it could be redeemed for $35. This negotia tion, it is said, v/as made by Bumsted in the hope of securing a substantial re ward. The owner of the watch, instead of replying to Bumsted, communicated with Captain Titus of the New York City de tective bureau, and that gentleman lost no time in consulting Chief Murphy. When Chief Murphy learned the details of the case he became very angry and summor ed Bumsted before him. The ac cused detective went to the Chief’s office at Police Headquarters, and the interview was rather warm. The Chief threatened to lock Bumsted up on a criminal charge, and then the detective told the whole story in detail. His suspension followed immediately. This was on August 1 last. The second charge against Bumsted was that he was guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer. „ ,, „ In both charges Bumsted replied:— “Guilty.” “That is all,” said President McGill, and the accused detective returned to is se£t. _.. ____, „„ VJir Ul UIC • M ' --— — mark:— “Go away back and sit down. The suddenness with which the “trial had been closed was disconcerting to the big crowd that had been drawn to the meeting in the hope that an interesting cace would be heard. The most trifling case the Board ever heard was not finish ed in such a short period. There was ab solutely nothing to it. After the Board had finished a shore session in an ante room, at which they decided upon what punishments they v.ould impose on these derelinquenls who were on trial, it reassembled to announce the verdicts decided upon. "Robert E. Bumsted,” called President McGill, and the detective stepped forward wirh a greater show of interest than he had before exhibited. He said nothing. "The Board has carefully considered your case." said Dr. McGill. ”It thimts that you did wisely In pleading guilty, and has decided to dismiss you from the force.” Bumsted turned on his heel wjthout a word and walked to the rear of the room. His father and brother Joined 1 im, and the three left the court room together fol lowed by murmurs of surprise and re gret. Robert Bumsted was appointed_ as a chanceman on November 16, 1897. On May 1, 1898, he was promoted to the rank of patrolman and on April 1, 1899, he be came a detective. About a year ago he was detailed to cover the pawn shops. Bumsted’s duty in covering the pawn shops was to go from one to the other searching for goods that had been stolen from this and neighboring cities. When a robbery took place here or in any near bv citv Chief Murphy received full de scriptions and all details that might be of assistance to Bumsted in recovering the stolen property were handed to the detective and he went from pawnshop to pawnshop in an endeavor to recover. Bumsted was always in possession of the names of those who were robbed. He was in a nosition to communicate with the owners of property he had recovered. This is the case in which Bumsted was caught, he communicated with the owner of the watch and offered to restore it to him without his going through the form ality of negotiating with the heads of police departments. POOR, JOHNNY ERWIN. No Wonder He Looked Wilted as He Marched Home Last Night. The fifth annual outing of the John J. Erwin Association to Zehden’s Casino, College Point, L. I., yesterday was chiefly remarkable for the absence of the county and State Republican celebrities who had promised to be present but failed to put in an appearance. It demonstrated clear ly that e-Sheriff Toffey's under sheriff was no longer a factor in Republican politics. Not a single county organization man of any note was to be found among the 200 drab hatted Erwinites who left Geregory street headquarters of the organization at te no’clock in the morning and after parading through some of the streets of the lower city, boarded the steamboat Victor at the Morris street dock. True, Sheriff Virtue of Essex, was there, as was Judge William Vredenbur^h of the Court of Errors, but the former came as an old friend of the Erwins and the latter is a distant relative of Counselor C. de R. Leonard, who was the major of the parade, and the Judge probably took part in the outing to oblige his rotuble bewhiskered Hoboken relative. As an evidence that everything connect ed with Johnnie Erwin is still distasteful ot organization Republicans, when the parade passed the postoffice neither Post master Wanser nor his assistant, E. W. Woolley, the chairman of the Republican County Committee, would even con descend to look out of the windows at the marching hosts. Some of the hench men of the former under sheriff and pre sent District Court clerk felt this slight keenly. justice of the Peace George E. Seymour of Hoboken was colonel of the parade. He took the place of County Election Commissioner Joseph Guisto, of the same city, who had been scheduled for the honor, but sent word at the last minute that he had an attack of the gout. There were those in line unsympathetic enough to declare that '■Joe," like the rest of the organization men,. didn't dare lend his august presence jo the occasion. Ail the paraders wore badges bearing pictures of the standard bearer and Franklin Murphy, the prospective Repub lican gubernatorial candidate, who had also promised to be present, but instead sent a letter to Mr. Erwin stating that owing to a recent death in the family he could not attend, but Incidentally remark ing that he would soon be obliged to show himself In public despite his bereavement. Some said that the Newark varnish manu facturer meant that he would1 attend the outing of the boons organization launched by Colonel Dickinson in his name. Polities was not discussed at the out ing, which in other respects was quite enjoyable. Johnnie Erwin is dead politically, was the concensus of opinion when the crowd returned home at night. FIREMEljpCOIE. Disastrous Fire Does $50, 000 Damage on Hen-, derson Street. At 11:45 o’clock last night fire box No. 112 was pulled by Policeman Kielt for a fire that broke out in the beef packing establishment of Armour & Co., Nos. 402 and 404 Henderson street. The damages will foot up $50,000) The fire was caused by the bursting of an ammonia pipe in the basement of the building. The building is a twd-story structure. A lighted gas jet set fire to the escaped ammonia and caused an explo sion. Firemen fought the flames with great difficulty, bein driven back time and* again by the flames of the ammonia/ Several of them were overcome and had ot be carried from the burning building. The engineer of the plant was also over come. The firemen who were overcome were:— George Gardner, of No. 1 Truck; Captain George Murdock, of No. 1 Engine, and Fireman Foster, of No. 2 Engine; Richard Cooper of No. 3 Engine. The chief engineer of the plant was also overcome. On investigation this morning it was found that the machinery of the plant had been seriously damaged and that at least $15,000 worth of stock, beef, hams* etc., had been rendered worthless. While the outer wails are intact and but litt-’e damaged the interior is a wreck. The building was erected a year ago last May at a cost of $35,000. The machinery cost nearly $35,000. Richard Cooper, of No. 3’Engine Com pany, was the first of the firemen to bo overcome by the fumes_ of escaped aim monia. He was climbing a ladder at. tl»$ time and had reached the second story* His body rested unconsciously against the ladder and was rescued by firemen of th-j same company. Captain George Mur-r dock, of Engine Company No. 1, was also overcome and it was fully half an hour before he recovered consciousness, though being treated at a neighboring drug store. He did not fuily recover the use of his eyes for an hour. Forster and Gardner were also treated at the drug store, Both were overcome after digging a hole in the roof through which the fumes of arm monia rushed. Persen, the chief engi neer of the plant, was rescued after be* ing overcome, by Night Engineer Martini Hilbert. After reaching the open air with the unconscious form oi the chief engineer he crawled back into the engine room an«| turned off the steam from the boilers ana dumped the fires. His heroic action was praised on all sides. The firemen, though fighting at a great disadvantage, at one time had seven streams of water playing on the fire, which had spread to the icehouse in the rear, and hard to reach. The w'ater tow er of No. 3 Engine Company played a most effective part in the work of sub duing the flames. Everybody praised the work of the firemen. The loss is nearly fully covered by in surance. The refrigerating plant was equipped with nearly a mile of ammonia pipes run ning through all parts of the building. AFTER ASPHALT NUISANCE Board of Health Will Per sonally Inspect the Uvalde’s Plant, The Board of Health last night gave most of its time while in session to the consideration of the complaint lodged against the Uvalde Asphalt Company some time ago because of the alleged nuisance that existed at its plant through its inability to prevent the spreading of dust through the tenement section in which it is located. At the last meeting of the Board a representative of the com pany was present and asked for two weeks’ time in which the company might experiment with a new dust collector that j it had lately installed. The machine need- i ed perfecting at that time and the re quest for the two weeks was granted. Judge James Murphy at that time ap peared before the Board in the interests of the residents of that section. He con sidered that the best interests of his clients would be preserved and their health and property safeguarded by the closing of the plant. He made a strong plea but the spirit of fairplay led the Board to grant the two weeks required. Judge Murphy predicted at that time that the Uvalde Company would appear before the Board last night and ask a further extension of time. That is just what happened and again Judge Murphy opposed the application with spirit. The representative of the company ap peared at last night’s meeting and ex plained that the company’s plan to instal a dust collector was progressing as well as possible urjrr the circumstances, but that a' few days more were necessary to complete it. He denied that a nuisance had existed since the time the last com plaint -was lodged, saying that out of a month the plant had operated on;y flve days and that all that time was necessary for experimenting with the dust coliec tor. All would De in readiness Dy inurs .day, and then all possibility of any nuis ance would he removed. He extended an invitation to the Board to visit tie plant Thursday morning, so that they could see for themselves just wiiaJ, tr.e situation is. The invitation was accepted. Judge Murphy asked the (Board to pass a resolution compelling the company to close its plant.. ' The representative of the company then asked the Board to show him how they could perfect the dust collector if they were forbidden to operate. The upshot of the matter was that the 'Board accepted the invitation and will inspect the plant while it is in full opera tion next Thursday at eleven o’clock in the morning. The S. P. C. A. asked the Board to stir up Vatcky in removing the carcases of dead animals in the street and from the association's pound. The residents in the vicinity of Nos. 66 and 68 Oakland avenue complained of the barking of dogs and crowing of roosters and cackling of chickens, night, noon and morning and said' that their rest was dis turbed. Inspector Benjamin was ordered to abate the nuisance. The reports of the City Physician and the Health Inspector was received and filed. VAN VORST PARK REPLACED The work of cleaning away the debris caused by the storm at Van Vorst Park is nearly completed and the work of put ting the park in condition has been al ready begun. Commissioner Heintze said this 'morning that the city was weil able to make the necessary improvements to the park, and did not appear to think much of the suggestion of Dr. G. K. Dick inscn concerning the proposition to have the work done by popular subscription in the event of the city failing to appropri ate the necessary money-for the improve ment. "The work will be pushed forward im mediately,” he said. “The park will be laid out in a scientific manner. The trees to be planed will line the sidewalk and every other one will be a quick growing tree. These will furnish plenty of shade in the near future, and by the time the slow growing trees are giving the requir ed amount of shade the quick growing trees may be removed. Beautiful flower beds are to be made and the park will soon look much handsomer than It has Vver looked before." , M - vVfeipsi N-. - . •••••£:. . \ -i.rrw - - : . \ AFTER THE CYCLONE All Over the City Repairs Necessitated By the Storm Are Being Made. ROOFERS PROFIT WELL St. Mary’s and the Bijou Are the Principal Objects of Interest. The work of clearing away the shat tered trees, wrecked houses, and, where it ws possible, repairing the damage !ioneJ?y Saturday’s tornado. wa,s. carried on in the Greenville section yesterday. Little progress, however, was made with the work and many of the streets which lay in the track of the storm are still strewn with uprooted trees and debris. Chapel avenue, which seemed to get the worst shaking up, is still blockaded with fallen trees and judging from the number of them it will take sjme time before they can l>e cut up and carted away. Spectators who have gone over the ground are amazed at the wonderful force exhibited by the storm and the evidences of its power have furnished an interesting study. Everywhere in Greenville people are talking of some gigantic tree they had seen twisted and broken or some piece of timber they had found that had been nuriea irom some wrecnea nuuamg. The ugly pile which was once Mount Zion Sanctuary has attracted a large number o£ sightseers. “Surely," said a devout old man as he gazed thoughtfully upon the ruins “it cannt be an act of Providence that would wreck churches. But when we consider that no lives were lost we should not regret the damage.” All of the five persons injured by the storm were reported in no Immediate dan ger last night. George Engel, who, whan his house collapsed, was lying on a sofa reading a newspaper and who was drag ged out from under the wreck with a broken collar bone and several fractured ribs Is still in a serious condition in the City Hospital. It was reported last night that he was sinking, but the statement was not confirmed. His wife who was also injured is recovering. Already estimates are being received for the repair of the homes of Richard Bow den and James Bruce on Princeton ave nue, the roofs of which were carried away by the storm. The damage to the effects of the famiftes ts consfderabfe. Nothfng approachtng an accurate estt hate of the entire damage in Greenville resulting from the cyclone could be given last night. Residents say that the destruction of shade trees which have taken years to grow is a specific loss which cannot be accurately estimated. Nevertheless they rejoice that the mortality was among the trees and not among the residents. 10 REPAIRJl MARY’S Father Ter Woert Praises The Jersey City News’ Account of the Storm. Workmen were busy yesterday after noon and today repairing the roof of In stitute Hall and clearing away the debris about St. Mary's Church. No one has been in the church since Saturday and the extent of the damage is not yet known. No effort has been made to re pair the church because Father Ter Woert has not yet decided what to do. He said this morning, to a “News" re porter that he had had no examination of the church made and that it was un likely that any would be made just yet. Until an examination is made he will take no steps. He has formed no plans and has decided to pay no attention to the church until the smaller damages are rftna irpri. When seen at the rectory this morning Father Ter Woert said:— “I have made no plans and will not un til I can learn the amount of damage done and the 'best method of repairing it. “I wish to congratulate ‘The News' on the very interesting account it had of the whole storm. It was a very readable and interesting story, well .put together and especially valuable for its conciseness and the amount of facts it contained.” The church presents exactly the same picture that it presented immediately af ter a struck, with the exception that the debris is cleared away from the streets. The same big gapping hole in the roof, with its protruding beams is there bearing silent testimony to the extraordinary pow er of the tornado. The contribution boxes placed at various points throughout the parish move many to contribute. The parishioners realize the enormous expenses the repairing of the property will entail and they are re sponding with the true spirit. At Sunday’s masses the priests wd -lt or. the new burden the parish has been called upon to bear, and all were urged to add what they could afford to the treas ury. St. Mary’s parish has always take good care of its institutions, and Father Ter Woert is confident that ir. this period of dire necessity the loyalty of his con gregation will be shown in a manner that will leave no doubt that all feel the ser iousness of the situation. repairingThe bijou Tha Theatre Will Be Ready on Thursday Night. Day and night since Sunday a small army of men have been working on the Bijou Theatre putting forth all their energy to repair the damage the storm did in a few minutes. A temporary wall of sheet iron inside the remains of the old rear wall is being erected. This will enable the “Man Who Dared” Company to produce the play without any diffi culty and will also enable the masons to put up a new wall without bein inter fered with by them. A new stage is being laid and it is ex pected that it will me completed by to night. Col. Holmes says the house wil be open on Thursday evening with the initial pro gramme of "The Man Who Dared.” Plas terers and carpenters are also at work re pairing the damage to the lobby. NEW TREES FORHUDSON PARK The thirty-two large shade trees in Hudson Square Park, Hoboken, which were destroyed by the storm will be re placed by young trees. Workmen began ot remove the old trees this morning. The new trees will be maple and ash. The old ones were willows and poplars. COMMERCIAL TRUST CO.’S REMOVAL The Commercial Trust Company expect to be in their new offices in the "big white building” by next week and prepar ations are being hurried along to that end. The new offices are extremely hand some and without their equal in the State. It will only take a short time to remove all the effects from the present temporary offices and as soon as the new place is ready the books, etc., will be removed after office hours and by the next day the company will be doing business at Its new Small Army Raids an Unoccupied Grove Street House. RICH LOOT CARRIED OFF Detectives Gather in Silver, China, Glass and Fine Lin en From Tenement, Ash Barrels and Caches in the Salt Meadows. RESTITUTION WITH A ROSH Culprits and Parents Appear, Some ' Hysterical and Some Cool and Defiant. A horde of thirty or forty children broke into the residence of Mrs. George W. Clerihew, No. 239 Grove street, yes terday afternoon and looted the home. Mrs. Clerihew had recently moved and had packed her china and silverwarb pre paratory to having it removed from the Grove street house. A dinner set of Haviland china, some Japanese ware and some Davis and Collamore black enged china were still unpacked. These were in a china closet built high in the wall. Together with them were some old pieces of cut glass which had belonged to Mrs. Clerihew’s mother, Mrs. Buckman, and some old heirloom crockery. It all began with a teap arty. Two little girls from Bright street, Mamie Gamble and Annie Norton, eight and twelve years old, knowing the house was unoccupied had gone to housekeeping in the front yard. They had some bread and water and were playing “tea party” in the yard. Some boys came along and jeered and Annie, so Mamie says, said:— “Let’s so inside.” Thereupon Mamie broke the glass in the basement door, removed the chain and unlocked the door and went in. They played awhile down stairs and became curious, so wandered upstairs to see what they could find. After looking through the house for awhile they got scared and ran out, leaving the door open. All this happened in the morning. Later, at about three o’clock, they told some other girls and some boys how easy it was to get into that house and how much there was to be had for the tak ing. Just who started the loot the police have not yet ascertained. All the boys acuse the girls and the girls name in turn each boy. Suddenly there wos an onslaught. Boys and girls made a rush for the house and began grabbing all they could get. They tore opne the boxes which had been packed, threw the excelsior all over the floor and began carrying the china to their homes. Two or three heavy boxes they left intact and some drawers that were hard to open were left closed. Upstairs tey raced, opened a bureau packed with linen and tore out towels, wash rags, napkins, Rennaisance centre pieces, went through some closets, took a silver water pitcher from third shelf, carried off a bronze lamp, took all the ornaments which had been left on the mantel except on onyx clock which was too heavy', even grabbed a box of black pins. In and out of the hourse they poured, the crowd of young thieves growing witn every minute. “There’s lots of things in that house. Come and get some,” they cried to all children they met. iuiu uuuscs uii v. a i id i bucci, dmsih street. Grand street, between Henderson and Jersey avenues, went odd pieces of the china. No discrimination was dis played. A soup plate, a bunch nf nap kins. a cup without a saucer was in one batch, a vegetable dish, a silver salver, odd saucers in another. All this time, though all the neighbor hood witnessed the wholesale robbery, though the mothers of the forty children were receiving the stolen goods, no ore interfered, no one attempted to stop tha mob. At five o’clock Mike Flood, Mr. Robert Davis's gardener, who lives at No. 237 Grove street, appeared on the scene. He cverhethr someone telling of the robbery, and immediately notified Mrs. Clerihew that her house had been robbed and that children on the block had seen people car rvlng it up Grand street. She went into the house and saw that a great deal had been taken, but before Investigating the amount of damage done she sent her daughter to notify the police. Miss Clerihew saw Chief Murphy and told him that the house, which had been ’ put In the care of the police the week be fore. had been robbed. The Chief mmedl ately sent Detective Prescott with Miss Clerihew to ascertain what had been stolen. When they were going through the house the door bell rang and Mrs. Ford, of No. 18 Bright street, appeared. “Are you the lady of the house?” she asked, the tears streaming down her cheeks. “I have some of your things in my house, and you can have them right away. My little boy, he’s only five years old, brought them in and said a boy had given them to him, and I says, ’Now you've stolen them things,’ and he says, 'No. mama,, honest I haven't, a boy gave ’em to me.’ And I came around here and found where they’d come from and Ivs been looking for you all afternoon and von can have your things and I know where' lots more are and my little boy and a little girl that took some of them are outside and—” “Bring them in,” broke in Detective Prescott. 1 came five or six boys and girls. "Were you all In It?” asked the detec tive. “Yes. sir.” “How many more?’,’ “Jimmie Kelly, Annie Norton, Joey Llbrecht, Irene Grenran, Nellie Kelly, Mamie Bamble, Mamie Sheen, Jimmie Sheen—’’ “Lord," gasped the detective. “111 stay here now till I finish it.” He took out pa per and pencil. “Now give ’em to me." When he had the names and addresses of half a dozen he called Patrolman Sanders, tne officer on that post, and said, “Round ’em up.” _ Patrolman Sanders worked like a Tro jan. Back and forth he came with batch after batch of youngsters, in most cases their stolen property with them. Each batch gave a fresh list of names, and Detective Prescott, who had had no din ner. was kept working like a pack-horse taking the names of the children, making them tell all they know and constantly getting on the trail of more little thieves. Then the mothers began to come. Each one would bring an armful of china, as sure the detective her child hadn’t stolen any and that was all she had In the house and then think she had won her right to wander through the house and see what was left or stand around looking at the others returning. Detective Prescott telephoned to Cap tain Codv and a squad of men in uni form was sen to the house. The detec tive gave the men a list of names and addresses and told them to go through every house on Canal street and Bright street and search for the missing goods. Off thev started. From seven until ten j o'clock a never ceasing stream of men, : women and children, some brought by policemen. some coming voluntarily, poured through the house, their arms loaded with the stolen goods. One girl, who had promptly gone into 3YEL m •5A0FCE come FROMM iU ONE PflflR - QVT IHEOTasS LESS WORK, LESS TIME, LESS MONEY necessary when you use a gas range. And you always have a clean kitchen and a cheerful cook. WATER HEATERS—$8.00, $8.50 AND $8.75 RANGES.$10.50 AND $l2.0n _& Hudson Co. Gas Company ... OFFICES . - . 109 MONTGOMERY ST„ JERSEY CITY. 201 AVENUE D, BAYONNE. 751 MONTGOMERY ST., JERSEY CITY. 533 WASHINGTON ST., HOBOKEN. 263 CENTRAL AV„ JERSEY CITY". 99 BERGENLJNE AV., T'N OF UNION. hysterics when the policemen entered her house, returned a silver water pitcher, a bronze lamp, three Renaissance centre pieces, a mirror, bolster, some wash rags and some pictures. As these all came from one room in the house and from that same room there were two dozen dinner napkins missing, a policeman was sent to try and get the napkins from the girl. Her mother rushed around to the Grove street house with the girl and confronting (Miss Clerihew said:— ‘'Now. you see here, these policemen say this girl has some napkine and she hasn't. She’s sent back everything she has and I don’t want you to say she’s got them. Do you-” "See here, woman,” interposed Detective Prescott, "that’s no way for you to talk. Your girl, and you, too, could be put in jail but this lady doesn’i want that. All she wants Is her goods. Now, you tell us all you know and bring the things back and we’H-4et-ya»-go.", Other mothers took the same tone and they were all promptly settled by Detec tive Prescott. He let them all know that arrests would follow if they kept any of the articles and that nothing would be done if everything were returned. Upon that annouicement the things began to come more quickly. Tongues were loosened and on all sides information as to the missing things was vounteered. At ten o’clock an inventory of the missing china was taken and it was found that about .seventy-five pieces of china of various kinds was still unac counted for, somewhere in the neighbor hood. Detective Prescott thought noth ing more could be recovered until morn ing and was about to dismiss his squad when in came Patrolman Sanders in one arm a big Neajolica pitcher, in the other a soup tureen, and in his hands odd pieces of china and cut glass. “I found these,” he said, "between a box an da barrel on Bright street.” The search was resumed this morning. Patrolman Sanders found that a girl liv ing on Chestnut avenue, on the Hill, had been spending the day down town and had helped herself to six dinner plates, five Royal Worcester soup plates, a fruit dish and some odd saucers. These were returned this morning. Detective Prescott learned this morning that a barefooted girl had stopped at one of the houses in the neighborhood to beg a dinner. The child had a bundle of the china. She has not yet been traced. Over in the salt meadows, near the Cen tral Railroad two silver cream pitchers were found this morning. They had evi dently been put there by some boy who had become frightened. Detective Prescott hopes to recover the majority of the articles. He said:— "1 never, in all my experience, had such a case. There are so many in it that it is next to impossible to round them up. And the trouble is that most of them are so small that you cannot get a straight story from them. There’s no one we can arrest. I hope to get most of It back •but there’s an awful lot missing and I’m afraid some of It will never be found.” Mrs. Clerihew refused to have the chil dren arrested. She said she did not be lieve in having children taken to jail. "If anv of them keep the china in spite of our efforts to regain it I would willingly prosecute them,” she* said. "But if they’ return all they have taken they- may go free.” MAYOR HOOS THANKED Twelfth Ward Association Approves His Recent Action. Mayor Hooe today received the following communication from the Twelfth. 'Ward Improvement Association:— “Jersey City, N. J., Aug. 36, 1901. “Hon. Edward Hoos, Mayor, Jersey City, N. J.:— “Dear Sir—I have been instructed to write you and inform you that this asso ciation thanks you most heartily for the stand you have taken in regard to the appointment of an inspector to look after the cement for the new water works. We believe with you that It is a needless expenditure, and a waste of the citizens' money. If the Street and Water Board reallv de6ires to do a good thing, why not take the amount of money necessary to pay for-m useless job and put it into the reservoir for a recreation ground, then thousands could enjoy it. whereas in the appointment of an inspector only one will derive benefit, or perhaps a few. Again thanking you. I am, "Yours respectfully. “FREDERICK ’BUGASCH. “Secretary.” PUBLIC LIBRARY CIRCULATION The record of circulation of books for home reading for the week ending August 24 1901. was as follows:—General works. 86. philosophy. 19; religion. 25: sociology, 116; philology. 9; natural science, 60; use ful arts, 4T; fine arts. 41: literature, 166: fiction. 3.437; juvenile fiction, 1,918: his tory. 77: biography, 74; travels, 73. To tal. 6.133. Of this number there were delivered through the delivery stations, 3,191. Number of borrowers registered during the week. 62. An Old and Well Tried Remedy. uins.ow’a Soothing Syrup for children teething should always be used for children while teething. It softens tie gums, allays the pain, cures wind -.-die and is the best remedy tor diarrhoea. Twenty-five cents per bottle. DAM AND DIKE. How the Work on the New Water Supply is Pro gressing. ENGINEER FERRIS’S REPORT Contract Exclusive of Water Rights is About Thirty • Per Cent. Per formed. In accordance with a request of ths Street and Water Board at its last meet ing Mr. Garwood Ferris, engineer in charge of the construction of the new water plan, submitted at this afternoon's meeting of the Board the following re port concerning the dates upon which work on the various sections were com menced and the progress by sections thus far made:— Jersey City, August 24, 1901. Hon. Board of Street and Water Commis sioners. Gentlemen—In response to the resolution passed at your meeting held August 20, which resolution was received by me on the 23d of August, I desire to present the following:— 1st. As to when work was commenced by the contractor for the new water sup ply. It will be borne in mind that the con tract executed February 2S, 1899, provided that the works should be completed by August 31, 1901, allowance, however, for time lost by certiorari proceedings throws completion date forward to February 28, 1902. 'Preparatory work was started early in the spring of 1S99. As a result the contractor asked for permission to change the location of hla dam, which request was granted Novem ber 13, 1S99, and from that date until now preparatory work for the dam has proceeded with more or less activity. By the 1st of May, 1900, the quarry at Hog Mountain has been opened up, the rock crusher installed and the railroad con structed from quarry to dam. The first actual construction work, however, dates as August 14, 1900, when pipe laying commenced. On August 22, I960, the firat shot was fired for Hook Mountain Tun nel. The status of the work by sections, aa of August 1, 1900, is as follows:— Reservoir Basin:— Contract requirement—About 800 acraa of land to be prepared lor leception oi water. Work performed—Forty per cent, of land secured; one hundred and ten acres of timber cut out of a total of 235 acres; also some grubbing and charring. 1 estimate that from 20 to 25 per cent, of the work necessary to prepare for lo cation for reception of water has been performed. Dam and dike:— Earth and loose rock excavation, fifty to sixty per cent, of work performed; stone out of quarry, one hundred pel > cent of ashlar; thirty-three per cent, ot rubble; masonry in place, none; dike, nothing done. Counting in work at quarry, railroad, excavation as above, trestles, machinery and other perparatory items. 1 should consider it all as about equivalent to 34 percent, of the requirements for this se©« tion. Tunnels—Length required, 10.094 feetj work performed, excavated 6,096 feet, 64 per cent.; masonry lining. 5 per cent, Progress on this section estimated at 33 H per cent. Conduits—(Masonry). 19,154 feet: exea' vated, 6,236 feet; 32 per cent. Progress il this section estimated at 10 per cent. Steel Pipe—91,511 feet; pipe laid. 31.254 feet. Progress on this section estimated at 33 per cent. Sewerage and other anti-pollution work Nothing as yet done on this section. The contract taken as a whole, but exclusive of water rights, I should esti mate as about thirty per cent, performed. As to the water rights I am informed that say ninety seven per cent, of the whole have been secured. Respectfully submitted, GARWOOD FERRIS. Engineer In Charge. Hartnett's Thermometrioal Report Aug. 26. Deg.: 3 P. M.78] 6 P. M.77 9 P. M. 74i 12 Midnight .73] A us- 27. Desr. G A. M.7". !l A. M.81 12 Noon.Si 31A TTFns OF FA CT. The A-B-C Corn Starch, one of the very he.v foods for children, or puddings, etc., wholesaU at D. E. Cleary Co.'s stores, Montgomerj and Greene streets, Jersey City.