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AA^T’' A'F'ATrr WEATHER INDICATIONS. ( / iF; I / H, I NEW YORK. March 30. 1905. For* 1 * v—' ■■*■ ’ -*• oast for the thirty-six A. M. Friday: Showers to-day. fair He LAST EDITION " morrow; brisk southwest to west wiiala. — ... . , ;. _ .... - VQ1..XVI.-NO. 4::;2 PRICE ONE CENT." BRIBERY RUMORS WOH’TJIOWN In Spite of Denials ot Legis lators and Officials Sus picion Rests on the Canal Bill’s Pas sage* PRICE OF SILENCE, $2,000 Spscific Charges As to the Amounts Offered Lead Duffield to Demand In vestigation-Sena tors Confer, (Special to “The Jersey City News.’’) TRENTON. March 30, 1905.—As semblyman Duffield, leader of the Re publican majority in the House, made an attempt last night to offer a resolu tion demanding an investigation of tlie charges made by the newspapers throughout tlie State that bribery had been used in the House last Monday night to influence certain Assemblymen to vote for the famous Morris Canal abandonment Dill. Mr. Duffield had introduced the Mor ris Gang] bill and pledged himself to the Newark Board of Trade that if tlie Le high Valley Railrbad resorted to the use of money to influence votes for tlie bill he would wash his hands of it and would strive to accomplish its defeat. In his efforts to convince his Newark constituents that lie had no hand in the alleged bribery, he presented a resolution last night demanding an investigation of the charges while the House was busily engaged grinding out laws so that tlie calendar would be cleared in time for the final adjournment at three o’clock this afternoon. Speaker Avis refused to receive the 'rwdflttltm frtftT! the regular order of bus iness had been concluded. He said that the business before the House was so pressing that if tlie machinery was stop ped tlie calendar could not be cleared in time for adjournment. He assured Mr. Duffield that lie would entertain his res olution as 'Soon as the calendar was in a condition to receive it. At midnight the House was still engaged in passing bills, and Mr. Duffield then annou-ced that he would present his resolution at to-day's session. “If I had at any time known or sus pected that money would he used to fur ther the passage of the Morris Canal MU,” said Leader Duffield last night, "I would never have had anything to do with it. But in order that the fullest information may be obtained in relation to tlie rumors, I propose that a commit tee of the House shall be appointed with power to make a full and impartial in vestigation of the whole matter.” When the Hudson men who voted for the Morris Caual bill learned that Lead er Duffield intended to introduce a res olution demanding this investigation they Mid that they invited such an investiga tion. and felt satisfied that as far as they were concerned the charges could not be sustained. All declared that they had voted for tlie bill because they thought it was a good measure, or the best that could be offered to the people of the State, whose interests it pro tected. They also claimed that they had received instructions from an Assembly man who opposed tlie bill tliat tlie Demo cratic county leader, Mr. Robert Davis, wanted them to vote for the bill. This statement Mr. Davis denies. He says lie never authorized any Assemblyman to say that lie favored the bill or that lie wanted tii’e Hudson men to vote for it. The Hudson men who voted for the Morris Canal bill are: Joseph C. Duff, of Greenville (Dem.); Myron C. Ernst. Jersey City (Dem.); Edgar >i. Lover idge. West Hoboken (Derm); John Gal lery, Weehawken (Item.); William J. Bucher. Jersey City (Dem.), and Robert H. Scott, Bayonne (.Ilep;) The rumor that has filled the corridor of the State House since the passage of the Morris < n'dal bill, and which will 1:01 down, says that some of the men Who voteo' for the measure received from $3iJU to $$00 for their votes. The repre< -ntatives of the Lehigh Val ley Railroad at the State; Capital are loudest in their declaration that no money was nsejl, but few people who know anything believe them. The skep tical openly charge that without resort ing to bribery the Morris Canal bill, as Languor and weakness, due to the depleted condition to the blood, are overcome by Hondo baraayinlla. ah* great vitalize.'. passed, could not have secured a cor poral's guard to vote for it. One of the Assemblymen who was most active in opposing the Morris Canal bill alleged yesterday that lie was offered as high as $2,000 if he would refrain from opposing the measure. His vote was not needed, it was said, and ho could maintain the stand he had taken by voting against H, but the interests be hind the bill could not afford to allow the bill to be attacked if it could be pre vented. I h im, the offer of $2,000 for silence. Many* people are contending today that if the Morris Canal people offered $2,(100 to suppress opposition to the bill then certainly money was used to in fluence votes for it. noi wit hstanding the denials of the men who voted for it. The Morris Canal bill is still in the Senate. It was intended that it should be called tip for final passage Inst night but the rumors that bribery secured its passage through the House and that Leader Du (field proposed an investiga tion caused the Senate leaders to post pone action until today. The Republican leaders of the Senate held a conference git midnight to discuss the advisability of passing the bill in face of the ugly rumors. Xo decision was reached, but several Senators al lowed it to be known that they would never vote for the bill until the atmos phere was 'cleared. Tile Senators who opposed action on the bill gave as their reason the fol-’’ lowing editorial from the Newark “Ad vertiser’':— “Reports from Trenton to-day are to the effect that bribery was resorted to in order to pass the Morris Canal bill in the Assembly on Monday night, and even the price per vote ($.'!00) and the names of Assemblymen are used in connection with 'he ’ ry charges, which are be ing circa. ;tli little attempt at eon cealme. ff " "F,vei rlie Morris Canal bill came to be discussed in connection with the present Legislature there has been talk of a corruption fund, which would he used to pass any measure wlpeli the rail road lobby might sec fit to indorse and undertake to push through the legisla tive mill. The time has now come when this talk has assumed such shape that it can no longer be ignored. "The charges of bribery should be in vestigated, and the accused legislators either cleared or their dereliction fully exposed for the information of their con stituents. The Republican party cannot afford to shield bribers and corruption ists. Let there be a rigid investigation at once, and let no guilty man escape! "In the meantime it is the duty of the State Senate to reserve action on the measure until the atmosphere can he cleared. It must not be again said, truthfully, that New Jcrsev legislators can be bought and sold like cattle to do the bidding of the representatives of Cor porations. The members of the Senate arc forewarned and should he fore armed.” G, 0. P. ECONOMY I Appropriation Eill Shows An I Increase of $117,612.92 for Next Year--l,Nuff Sed.” . (Special to “The Jersey City News.”) TREXTOX, March 30, 1905,—The ap propriation bill made its appearance in the Senate yesterday afternoon, where it was offered by Senator Bradley, of Camden, chairman of the Appropria tions Committee. It showed an increase of $117,012.92 over this year’s expenses and an increase of $40,702.93 in next year's supplemental bill. v The amounts, total and increases are as follow)..— Annual bill for 1900.$4,308,838.57 Annual bill for 1905. 4,188.213.03 Increase .$117,017,512 Supplemental bill, 1905. .. .$1,079,107.80 Supplemental bill, 1904.... 1.038,404.93 Increase .$40,702.93 Tlie Republican leaders liare been ad vising economy in expenditures since the session began are surprised at the enor mous increases shown and now they have no opinion to express. Governor Stokes is likewise silent. POlM WIN (Special to “The Jersey City News.’*) TREXTOX, March 30, 1005.—With out opposition the Senate yesterday pass ed the Jersey City police increase of sal ary bill, which was introduced in the House by Assemblyman Scott, of Bay onne. The bill provides that the salary of a policeman when appointed shall be $750 per annum for the firat year and thereafter shall be yearly increased nn lil at the end of .live years it shall reach the maximum salary of fl;200 per an num. There is a referendum clause in the bill which makes it apply only in cites where it is adopted by a majority vote of the people. The orig'n-. l hill was passed by both Houses a cl when it reached the Gov ernor he refused to sign it because its provisions made it mandatory upon the Jersey City authorities to grant the in crease. V M-- Scott had the bill recalled and amended to moot tbe Governor’s objec tions. It is understood that the execu tive will sign the amended hill as now passed. ___ I LAST LEGISLATIVE DAY. tSpccisl to ‘The Jersey City News.") TRENTON, March 30, 1005.—Both branches of the Legislature are sched uled to adjourn sine die at three o’clock this afternoon, but - it will probably be nearer midnight before the actual ad journment takes "place. Of course, at five minutes before three o'clock tbe hands of tbe clocks in both the House and Senate will be stopped to enable both bodies to pass the remaining bills on the calendar. When thev are cleared away tbe lawmakers will indulge in horseplay and perpetrate nil sorts of practical jokes upon one another until Governor Stokes sends Word that he lias received nil the passed bills and desires tlie Legislature to adjourn. The Governor will not attempt to take action on all of the bills before adjourn ment. By law lie is allowed ten days after adjournment to either sign or dis approve of,them. He can also allow bills to become laws without his signa ture by merely filing them with the Sec retary of State. Both Houses were in session until af ter midnight last night, and the law grinding machinery was kept continually in motion. The majority of bills passed were those whose application is largely confined to special parts of the State, and which have no interest beyond thenarrow boundaries which they are intended to benefit. Many of these bills were hastily Pitt, through. Jtnd. a* one lawmaker ex pressed it, “it would be easy to put through anv bill a* this period of the ses sion.” Everybody seemed to take it for granted that the introducer of a bill knew for what purpose the measure was j intended, and did not care to ask any questions. Thus many bills were passed that otherwise would ..ave provoked a discussion. TEACHERS’ FUND DEBATE (Special to “The Jersey City News.”) TRBN'TOX, March 30, 1905.—When the Bradley joint resolution passed by tin- Senate Tuesday, which authorizes the <Inventor to appoint a commission of. three members to investigate the con dition of the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, came up on second reading in the House last night, Assemblyman Dairyrn ple, of Passaic, offered a substitute re questing the trustees ctf the fund to re port to the next Legislature full particu lars and details as to the condition of'the fund-; the number of teachers contribut ing thereto; the present beneSeiaries: •the likelihood of the fund meeting the demands upon it: the character of the investments; its present annual income, and expenditures, etc. Messrs. Colby, Mufti eld and Elviws op posed the Dalrymple substitute on the ground that it would lie a fttrce for the officers of the fund to investigate rhom selves and the fund iirtheir care. Mr. Dalrymple defended the fund and said the substitute was a compromise measure favored by Governor Stokes. He appealed to the members to vote for it in preference to Senator Bradley’s joint resolution. In his efforts to kill the Dalrymple substitute. Reader Puffield offered still another substitute, striking 'out the words "Be it enacted" in the original resolution and substituting "Be it re solved.” The Dndield substitute was defeated and the Dalrymple substitute was finally adopted by a vote of 31 to 22. or just the bare majority to carry it through. It now gocts hack (o the Senate for con currence. PASSED IN THE SENATE. s (Special to “The Jer.ey City News.*') TRENTON. March 30. 1S»05.—’The Senate yesterday passed a hill which, if ! it becomes a law, makes it a misde- j meaner for anyone to use the corpora- j lion laws of the State to operate a "get- j rich-quick” concern, or to seek the in corporation of a fraudulent company, j Senator Bradley, its spongor. said it j In » I’Incli. i;«e AMdjSVS t'OOT-KASK j A powder for tired, aching feet. All | Druggist*, 26c. I (Special to “The Jersey City Newa.’> - TKENTOX, March 3, 1005.—Not in the past thirty years lias there been greater excitement at a meeting of the Legislature than that which prevailed at tile session of the House of Assembly this afternoon. As soon as the House began its ses sion at 1 o’clock Leader Duffield intro duced n resolution calling upon Joseph L. Naar, editor of the Trenton True Tmerican, to substantiate the alleged charges of bribery made in an editorial in that*paper against certain members of the House in connection with the canal abandonment hill. A committee consisting of Speaker Avis, Leader Duf field and Assemblyman Hanull was thereupon appointed to investigate the matter and Editor Naar was immediate ly sent for. All other business before the House was sidetracked and the greatest confusion prevailed. The proceeding was the most unusual tnat has ever occurred in ttie history of the New Jersey Legis lature. Editor Xaar appeared upon the scene a sjhort while afterward and was taken before the bar of the House. Leader Duffield acted as spokesman. Mr. Xaar however, explained that lie had been ill for some time and was not at present acting as editor of the paper and conid not, therefore answer charges. He said ■that Francis B. Lee was filling the,, office of editor. He said that he believed that Mr. Lee wrote the editorial in Question. The investigating committee then call ed upon Edward P. Conover, a reporter for the “True American'’ and began to question him ;rs to the article which lie wrote for the paper in connection with the same charges. Mr. Conover refused to reveal the name of the members of the House alleged to have been implicated in the scandal. The investigation wus still going on at three o'clock this after 4. noon. The House will probably not adjoin-:, until three o'clock tomorrow morning. SIGNED TODAY (Special to "The Jersey City News.") TREXTOX, March 30. 1905—Gov ernor Stokes today signed the Jersey City Police Salary Increase Bill. He also signed Assembly bill Xo. 220 abolishing tlie State Board of Taxation and sub stituting therefore a Srate Board for the Equalization of Taxes. At one o’clock the Governor sent, to the Senate the dame of Major Carl Lentz as his choice for president of the board. The fourth member not heretofore mentioned will probably be William ,T. Simonson. Gov ernor Stokes also signed Senate bills Xos. 151, 223 and Assembly bill Xo. 354: also the Jersey City Water Bond bill. had eotne to his notice that there tvere fraudulent companies chartered in New Jersey, and it was time that the Stat^ put a stop to. them. The Senate also passed the automobile bill, which was the outcome of an agree ment .Between the farmers and the auto mobilists of the State. It now goes to the Governor for his approval. The House passed the concurrent reso lution authorising the Governor of New Jersey to return to the Governor of North Carolina the battle flag which was ! captured by the Ninth New Jersey Vol unteers at tiie battle of Newberne, N. 0„ on March 4, 1862, and which belonged to the Beaufort ‘'Ploughboys,” it having been presented to them by the women of Beaufort. The flag was recently found among others in the Adjutant General’s office in fairly good condition. What has for several years been known ns the “Annotation Steal Bill” was passed by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 12 to 6. When a similar bill was passed two years ago Governor Murphy vetoed it and declared it was nothing less than a steal. Hope is now , expressed that Governor Stokes will take similar action. IN THE GOVERNOR’S HANDS (Special to “The Jersey pity Newi*.'*) TRENTON. March 30. 1005.—Tim. following hills, hating passed both Houses, now go to the Governor for his; approval:— 11. 114.—The Jersey increase of ss ary bid. H. 2 and 25.—Making it a misdemean or to carry concealed weapons. H. 88tt.—Increasing salary of vice chancellors from $0,000 to $10,000 a year. H. 221.—Providing for appointment of fire and police commissioners in second class cities. H.300—Authorizing second-class cities to spend $2,$00 annually for public con certs. , H. 24.—1 ‘roviding for licensing of por ters, hacks, vendors, etc., in cities. H. 2«a;—Permitting acceptance of surety company bonds for public offi cials. H. 104.-—Amending tenement house act tiy eliminating from its provisions the three-family house, and removes pro hibition against rear tenements, anil in creases from five to seven story tene ments that must be fireproof. H. 101.—Providing for payment by municipalities of $12 per year for volun teer nremen where its provisions are ac cepted by an ordinance adopted by the governing board of a municipality. S. 1P.0.—Authorizing the Governor to appoint a commission of not more than five to investigate and report how the system of courts can by constitutional amendment and by legislation be better adjusted to the demands of judicial bus iness, the commission to mnke its report during the first month of the next reg ular session or as soon thereafter as pos sible. 8. 210.—Constitutes the Board of State Prison Inspectors, supervisor and principal keeper of the State Prison as a commission to build a new wing in the State Prison at a cost not to exceed $250,000. BILLS DEFEATED (Special to “The Jersey City News.”) TREXTON, March 30, 1905.—These hills were defeated in the House yester day:— House 348.-repealing act providing for the payment of bounty for the killing of foxt-s. It was opposed on third reading by Mr. Robbins, who maintained that foxes lived on game, and it would be foolish to spend money to protect game and permit foxes to kill quail, rabbits and other game. The bill was defended by Mr. Miller, but it was lost. 14 to 32. House 54, making a "close" season for hunting wild dotes, was also opposed by Mr. Robbins, and defeated 7 to 35. House 333, regulating fees in city dis trict courts, was opposed by Mr. Mar elli, on third reading, because, it claimed, it would increase the cost of litigation. Defeated, 17 to It!. Senate. 175, providing for a survey and remarking of the boundaries of all'the municipalities iu the State under the di rection of the State Geological Commie siou. Lost, 18 to 17 House, 393, permitting sale of liquor on -Sunday by licensed hotels having twenty-live rooms, w-as opposed on third reading by Mr. Barber, because of its sweeping provisions. Mr. Heck said it was intended for the benefit of summer hotels. At the suggestion of Mr. Miller the bill was recommitted. NOMINATIONS I (Special to “The Jersey City News.”) TRENTON. March 30. 1905.—Gov ernor Stokes sent to the Senate yester day the following nominations;— 1'. A. Canfield. Kmmor Roberts and Anion A. Baldwin (reappointments!, and 1 P. Kennedy Reeves, viee E. R. Stokes, it.signed', as members of the Board of Geological Survey; William C. Kimball (reappointment) ami Howard M. Cooper, vice I/eonard J Gordon, deceased, as members of the Public Library Commis sion; Joanna Hartshorn, member of Board of Managers of State Home for (HrIs; John Shields, member of Board of Managers, New Jersey Home for Dis abled Soldiers, sailors, marines and their wives at Vineland; J. Du Pratt White anti Edwin A. Stevens, Commissioners of Palisades Interstate Park (reappoint ments.) HELD FOR ABDUCTION. John L. McCormick, a cohired Pull man car porter, who boarded with Allan Coleman, of No. 4<!2 Monmouth, street, and who abducted Coleman’s fifteen year-old daughter, Jessie, recently and took her to Washington, was this morn ing held in the First Criminal Court in tl.000 for the Grand Jury. McCormick was brought back from Washington a few days ago by Defective-Sergeant Gal lagher. Headache, and Neuralgia from Colds Laxative Broroo Quinine, the world wide Cold sn,l Grtp remedy, remove* the cause. Call for the full name and look for tke signature of E. W. Grove. Un MERELY MENTIONED The water bond bill lias passed the Assembly, but there is mi certainty that it will have as clear sailing in the Sen ate. Corporation Counsel Record is striving hard to put it up to Governor Stokes, who lias agreed to sign it, but lie finds that unexpected opposition has developed. Sir. Record insists that the measure will result in a saving of $400. 000 to Jersey City, and this argument, is depended upon to win the support of doubtful Senators. . ._ ! What has become of the--police, and fire salary-increase bills? They passed the Assembly several days ago. but nothing has been heard of them since. Have they readied the Senate, or are they tucked away in the desk of the derk of the House? Only a few hours of the session remains, and if the firemen and policemen are not watchful the bills will surely be lost, as there dogs not seem to be any great desire on tbe part of the legislators to have then} become laws. Very reluctantly Assemblyman fieorel. chairman of the Committee on Municipal Corporations, which lias put to death more bills than all the*other committees combined, yesterday reported the bill prohibiting the diversion of- portable water from the State, A threat by As semblyman Duffield, the Republican leader, to call a caucus on the action of the Camden Assemblyman was what forced the measure out of committee. Representatives of the several water syndicates, who view the bill wirti alarm, will fight it on the Hour of the House. Scenes similar to those enacted during the vote on the canal abandonment bill are looked for. Without any serious opposition the hill creating a Court of Equalization of Tax es, to, take the place of the State Hoard of Taxation, went through the Senate, and .by this time is in the hands of the Governor, who will put his signature to it without any ommecessary deia^\ The law will not become operative until Jan uary 1 next. Originally it was intended that the change should take place at once. Eor some reason Governor Stokes preferred that the State Board of Tax ation should not be disturbed for the present. It may be that lie wants plenty of time to think out whom he will appoint on the new court, tie may have a sur prise in store for the politicians. Many strange tilings happen in politics', you know. Hudson County Republican place hunters will be glad wtieu the legislative session is ended. Colonel Dickinson will have more time to look after local af fairs, and it is expected that many plums that have been kept in -storage will be brought out and handed around to the faithful. For every place in the gift of County Clerk-Elect Rotherham there are a dozen applicants, and Colonel Dickinson is looked for to appease the ones that must necessarily lie disappoint ed. The appointment of a Deputy Col lector of Customs, which will he made vacant when Mr. Hutherlmm resigns to take his new place, will soon be decided upon. John Doseher is thought lo be slated for the position, but friends of John Erwin are still hustling in his be half. The terms of the Excise Commis sioners are about to expire. Tlfe present members all want another term. It de pends upon what Colonel Dickinson says whether their wish will be realized. Busy days are ahead for fife Republican leader. -r Baseball fans are hoping that the re quest of the managers of the Jersey City Baseball Clnb for the use of the old grounds sv'll be granted by the ,County Park Commissioners. West Side Park, it is understood, will not he beetled for another year at least for park purposes, and the baseball enthusiasts, as well as other citizens, can see no harm in allow ing the Eastern League games to be played there. Unless the grounds are used by the ball club they will be idle all summer, and- the hall clnb will have to get another site. If the Park Com missioners cau see their way clear to let tfle ball dull use the grounds for this season they will lmve the thanks of all lovers of the game, and their uotiou will also have the approval of citizens in general. It,is expected that the Brand Jury will wind up its session Friday. The in- : vestigntion of the affairs of the Board of Boulevard Commissioners has been completed and at Friday's session the Grand Jurors will decide what course j to ndopt. Front what can be learned ; there are some members who dUftk that j the evidence of extravagance Is sufteient to warrant Indictments, while other* fa- j vor a presentment. i MAIN TO BEDLOE’S m -- Finance Board Authorizes the Laying of the New Conduit-New Sewers to Be Constructed The Finance Board yesterday con curred in several resolutions of the Street mid Water Board at its meeting. One of tin se directed the-Chief Engineer to prepare plana and specifications for the laying of a sixteen-inch water main from Coimminipaw avenue at the junction of Pacific avenue through Old Caven Point Koad; thence under upper New York Bay to Bed toe's Island in order to fur nish water to the Government employes there. The application *vas made by department officials of the United States Government, and the laying of such main writ materially increase thg income of the Water Department. • The Board also concurred jn the Street and Water Board's resolution deciding to grant the petition of Edmund Beck and fifty other owners of land in the Greenville section for the construction of a main sewer fro^ii Patnrapo avenue to a point twenty-five feet east of the easterly line of the Morris Canal; thence in a northeasterly direction twenty-five feet easterly therefrom and parallel with the Morris Canal to a point eighty-two feet northeasterly from the northeasterly line of Neptune avenue; thence in *t northerly direction and across the Morris Canal to New York Bay, and directing the Chief Engineer to make a survey of property required and to report the quantity and kind of excavation and fill ing ami amount of work to he done and material furnished. The Board refused to concur in the resolution to grant the petition of Mrs, Jane .Gautier and others for the asphalt ing of Ninth street between West Ham ilton Place and Coles street, over which is already a good roadway of granite paving blocks. The city would have had to stand nearly two-thirds of tile cost, j Tlie Board concurred In the awarding of the contract for the improvement of Plainfield avenue between Duncan ave nue and the Holy Name Cemetery. It was decided to issue a temporary loan bond for $5,7; *7.7 7 to raise monev to pay claims for removal of snow from the streets. This amount will raise” the sum thus far provided for the same pur pose to $5,000. Constable John Colligan, Of the Sev enth Ward; George F. Stanton and Ed ward Craig, both of the Twelfth Ward, qualified in the sum of $1,000 each. NO DEMAND FOR PEACE ST. PETERSBURG, March 30, 1905. —An official telqgraph agency has issued the following: “Notwithstanding the general inclination in favor of the con clusion of the war, Russia has not prm posed any peace conditions or prepared any such conditions.” Reports from Georgia, Russian Trans caucasia, represent the rebellion there as growing. Tiw troops are mutinous. Lo cal authorities have been deposed and a provisional government proclaimed. An archy prevails at Batoum, Erivan and Ivars. GUNTZU PASS TAKEN. PARIS, March 30, 11*05.—A dispatch from St. Petersburg says that the Jap anese have cut the railroad between Harbin and Vladivostok. They liave sent tlie Itussian siege guns Which were cap tured at Port Arthur in the direction of Vladivostok. The ussinns, after a severe light, have evalicuated Gnntzn Pass. DIED IN AJIALLWAY. William Reed, twenty-eight years old. of No. 87 Germania avenue, was found unconscious in the hallway adjoining the saloon of Samuel Grounds, >'o. 284 St. Paul's avenue, at half past1 11 o’clock last night. Samuel ManHin. who lives over the saloon, stumbled over the un conscious body. He notified the saloon keeper. who got some friends to help carry llied to his home, a block away. Dr. Adams, of No. 2845 Boulevard, was summoned, but when he reached the house Reed was dead. The doctor said j that death was, due to heart failure. No j marks of violence rrcte found on the body. t STEIN’S SANI17 QUESTIONED Jacob Stein was this morning in the Kimc Primiu.il Court held tor cxa'mnra lion as to his sanity. The 'complainant s was his wife. Kthel, who tirst^sim-plalucd i to Chief Murphy that her husband was crazy and dhl not support her. The Chief seut for Stein and had a talk with He ONE STEP TOWARD EQUAL TAXATION Democratic Senators Help to Pass the DuflBeld Bill in Spite of It3 Being Inadequate. MINTURN’S FINE SPEECH ! .. ■ • 1 : He Declares the Measure a Mere Pretence and Telia What Should Have Been Done. (Special to “The Jersey City Xew*.") TRENTON', March 30. 1905.—'Th* Duffield equal tax measure on second class railroad property passed the Sen ate yesterday afternoon without a dis senting vote after Senator Minturn, of Hudson, had forcibly arraigned the Re publican majority for having failed to provide in the bill for the taxation of main stem property, which, he said, was the most important issue between th* people and the Legislature. Senator Minturn spoke for more than an hour on the subject of taxation? His speech received marked attention from the Republican majority, many of whom at its conclusion congratulated him and said that, although they agreed with his views on taxation, they regretted that they could not support him because their votes were pledged by caucus action. Mr. Minturn exhaustively discussed the history of railroad taxation in New Jersey, and declared that no grea'ter or abler opinion had ever been given in any State than that handed down by the late Chief Justice Beasley, in which he de clared that class taxation in the eases of railroads was unconstitutional. The late Chief Justice Depne had held that th* people of New Jersey would live to re gret the passage of the general railroad act of 1S84. and to-day the people were beginning to realize and appreciate th* truth of that declaration. He said the Duffield bill was only in part a reformatory measure, although both of the great political parties stood pledged to reform tie whole system of taxation in order that equal taxation might be secured. The problem of equal taxation, intended to be solved by th* bill, was one which went to the heart* of the people, and they never would be satisfied with a measure which fell so far short of the solution which was,want ed. and which had been promised. The excuse would doubtless be made that equal taxation was an abstrdse amd a complex problem, but there was no prob lem more simple than taxation if it was i so approached with the earnest desire to solve it. The constitution had made clear how easy it was to obtain equal taxation when it declared that *11 prop erty should be taxed at its true valua tion. Nothing couhl more clearly define what equal taxation is. To accomplish the end which the people desired was as easy as the simple declaration that it must be done, if only this mandate of the State constitution was carried out. After Mr. Minturn had spoken a little more than an hour he gave notice that he did jwt wish to take up unnecessarily tile time of the Senate in discussing equal taxation, but he would be evading the duty which he had been sent to the Senate to perform if he did not do hi* best to help accomplish the solntion of the most important Problem that had for years been presented to the Legisla ture.