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Officials on Boards, if Law Be
Unchanged, Will Cc
OUSTING OF FAGAN
OFFICIALS IS LEGAL
Contest Made by Them in Jersey
City Will Affect Condi=
tions in This City.
[From a Staff Correspondent 1
TRENTON, Fob. 24. Justice Trcneh
ard sitting in the Supreme Court today
Hied an opinion holding that (he Jersey
City “ripper" act is constitutional and
that the defendants arc' entitled to
judgment, and also holds that the act
applies to tile police court judges.
Following is a syllabus of the opin
“The <act approved is not in violation
of art 4, section 7, paragraph 11, of the
Cojufiitution of the State pt 7^c\y Jer
t n prohibiting special legislation In
tot!ns or cities, and, secondly, the act
apidlrs to police judges.
1 . 'Ipe opinion in conclusion reads that
fiot only is.the "ripper” act in accord
,v(th the constitution, but that the pn
Heo'magistrates come hinder its head.
Tliis decision conies as a hard blow
for the Fagan men in Jersey City,
against whom the bill was aimed, and
will affect this city, also, as the act
applies to cities of the first-class.
The “lipper" act provides that, the
-* appointees of a mayor slial^ieave office
with him, and this will We felt in this
city bp-the auditor, members of the
city tax board, the assessment commis
sioners, the police and fire boards, and
a number of commission^ to whicii ;
salaries are not attached.
Tn Jersey City the act will oust a
Fagan police judge and several of the
linuncial officers of the city.
UIH's lancet lu Xcwnrk.
In Newark It will inenn cutti is short
the terms of men who were appointed
by Mayor Hanseling four or live yenra
if lie 1r not reelected next year, wliicli
will mean that a new Mayor will linv.
the distribution of pti-routg.o amount
ing to approXimah " " 10 per y ar.
The board of Hr ; i ml th'1 Tax
Board, the two me • irtant bodies,
will be wiped out the provisions
of the act, as wilKA • a tor George For
man and the tin' y. aossment com
There are live a’, ■juimissioners re
ceiving $2,500 f" ., arid th" nsaes-j
ment commissi tveelvo $1,500 per
year. The tend * tli« former is five
years and the latter three.
-Both boards are now Democratic,
and the changes In cither next year
Would not affect the party In power,
but under tno ripper bill each suc
ceeding mayor would have the regula
tion of the departments, th" members
of which ho appoints, assuring u hoard
of the same political faith.
While -it is recognized that the law
vas aimed to put Mayor WTttpeun’s
appointees in the place of Kaganites,
the effect is felt here, ami will bring
about the complete di.-organization <•£
the city bodies if an appeal Is not
The Fire and Police Boards are lior,
purtissn, but the /terms of Several of
the commissioners hold over for four
years, but will lie cut off next year.
The salary is *1,nn9 per year.
There is some doubt unions the Re- j
publican officials at the City Hall us to
whether the decision affects the Repub
lican officeholders who were appointed
by Mayor Henry M. Porfijtws befor* •
>*io Democrats came into control, as it
provides that Ihe officeholders1' shall
ic-ayc'Office with 111" mayor who ap
points tlienf. ami it i.-* possible that a,
,:ght will be mud" along these lines.
Tax Commissioner John Howe.
fOfortcr president' of the city Tax
Bottl'd', declared that the 1*111 wouid do
t moralize the department and cause th*'
necessity of fa commission in 1 lac.; cf
“Why." declared the < ominlssi' nor,
“take live green meii every two years*
and put them th tin office withou
several of the, holdovers to hr- uk the n
in and yon will have chaos. Be r
sonnlfir. J do not think tin officials
unvoted to till., city will stand for it.
f tin re j t any vny out *> Dn .1*1
V\ III Keel lice Auditor's Term.
The bill will not uffect th* offices of]
Tgx Receiver Robert X- R'is's. Cite j
Treasurer Albert T. Guenther or Conlp-1
(Continued on Second Pago.)
jUl' ' ,
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Father l.eo Heinrich, Formerly
of the Silk City, Shot Dawn
in Denver by Anarchist.
WAS ADMINISTERING THE
SACRAMENT WHEN KILLED
Prisoner, Saved from Lynching
by Police, Gloats Over His
The Rev. Leo Heinrich. Victim
PATERSON, Feb. 21.—The greatest
grief and indignation are felt hero be
cause of the assassination in Denvei
of the Rev. Loo Heinrich, formerly o]
this city. Father Loo was shot at the
altar by Giuseppe Guannacoto, to wlionr
lie was administering the sacrament,
just ns he placed the wafer on the
Nows of the tragedy waSs received
hero by the Very Rev. Father Edward
J'.k-ala. provincial, of the Order oi
Friars Minor in America, who is sta
Itoned it the Franciscan monastery,
Stony road. Burial will be in Paterson
not later than Sunday
Father Ilia! Immediately wired tliul
I he body be sent East l'or interment
Thj si n ices in Denver will be held or
Wednesday morning, and solemn re
iiuiem high mass will be celebrated..
Father William O'Ryan, pastor of St
Leo's, will deliver a eulogy on Fathei
Leo anil a ?crtoon against anarchy ami
socialism. The funeral services will Ik
attended by r,nO members of the KtiighL
of Columbus anil the entire body of tin
Knights of St. John find other Catholic
The killing of a priest at the altai
while administering tlio sacrament u
the lirst in tile history of tin; Catholii
Guuimocoto, according to dispatches
had entered SC Elizabeth's Churr-h just
hefure the shooting. With the father’!
hand on his head, Guannacoto pressed
the muzzle of a revolver against hi!
victim's body'and tired from the midst
of a crowd of women'who were press
ing forward to the altar. Father Hein
richs was shot through the heart, ant!
exclaiming, "My God! My GodV’ fell
With an inarticulate scream, the as
sassin sprang into the aisle, spat oil’
the consecrated wafer, and wavlhg tin
smoking pistol about his head, dashed
toward the church door. For a mo
ment tlio hundred or more persons li
lho church were dazed. Then a womar
shrieked and ihc congregation became
panic-stricken. Several women fainted
anil many others became hysterical.
K. J. Quigley, a railroad Conductor,
grappled with the murderer, but the
latter freed himself after a struggle
He got to the door and several men,
Including Daniel Cronin, a policeman,
started In pursuit. Cronin overtook th<
tfcelng Italian, and Guannacoto at
tempted to shot the policeman, but was
foiled and overpowered after a desper
ate struggle, in which several men as
sisted. The policeman's thumb was
' aught under the trigger of Guannaco
to's pistol, averting a second tragedy.
The murderer was hurriedly removed
to the city jail.
Newark Antonaobtlc Show- Now Open
at Electric Park Auditorium; February
SADLY DUPED BY
Pretty Mrs. Matilda Smith Tells
How She Lost Her Cold,
GAVE $550 TO MAN SHE
WAS GOING TO MARRY
But She Asserts in Orange Po
lice Court That Her
j Mrs. Matilda Smith, a pretty widow,
’ I was. in anything but a merry mood
! u hen she visited Police Judge Joseph
B. Bray in the Orange police station
‘ today and told a story of alleged du
| plielty on the part of an Orange man
j whom she had picked out as successor
I to her late lamented spouse. The object
iof tlie widow's wrath formerly boarded
! in Caulield street, Orange, and she
wanted a warrant sworn out lor ills
arrest on a charge of appropriating
!$550 of cold, hard cash, as well as the
' priceless affections of the widow. Judge
Bray learned that the ulleged taking of
the money from Mrs. Smith was ac
complished in Montclair, and lie dl
. reded the jilted one to that town for
redress, giving her a note to Chief
of Police Gallagher explaining the cir
! “My faith In men is certainly shaken
' after this experience," said Mrs
Smith, as she confidentially explained
to the * ourt her troubles.
“You see, this man and 1 had ar
ranged to get married, and he scorned
anxious to start in business, so we
watched the advertisements in the
newspapers and saw an 'tul' offering
u saloon in llobokcn for $550. Now,
you U -. Hoboken is Just a lovely
place for a saloon, so J went to tile
Montclair Havings dank and drew out
$650. This was oil I'/iduy, February
14, Valentine's daand wc went to
Hoboken and saw i lio place rad decid
ed to buy it. So f tool. $100 and
bouught my trousseau and had a beau
tiful dress for the wedding, which was
to have taken place on Tuesday last.
"I thought everything was going
along all right, but became suspicions
when two letters I sent him were not
'answered. Tuesday came, and no
bridegroom. So 1 looked him up, and
now 1 want you to take a complaint
| against him.”
The man was formerly employed at
I i the Edison works, the woman told the
court, but was probably laid off when
the employment of some of the men
ceased. .She Tgave his name to the
Mrs. Smith Is a. buxom woman of
pleasing appearance, and seemed very
wrathy over her deception. She left
. for Montclair, promising a warm and
i j lively time for the recreant admirer
| who got out of reach with, her money.
I BAIL WHEN HELD
; FOR IDES’S DEATH
'Friends Crowd Court and Con
I gratulate Policeman Who Shot
Yountf Desperado in Street.
I Policeman Jolm F. Weber, the young
policeman of the First Precinct, who
■ shot nml killed the notorious Frank
J ides, alias the New Jersey Jesse James,
Saturday, was arraigned before Judge
Ten Eyck in the (tourt of Quarter
Sessions today. He was held in $1,000
bail to await the action of the Grand
i Jury on a technical charge of man
i Weber appeared before the court in
! the custody of Captain Ryan of the
j First Precinct. He was accompanied
j by former Senator Michael T. Barrett,
! who had volunteered his services as
counsel. In addressing the court Sen
ator Barrett sahl:
"Your Honor, this defendant Weber
I has been brought into, court In the case
of tin shooting of Frank Ides, alias
; Dutch Ides, who has turned out to be
ja notorious burglar. I ask that the
I bail be fixed at $1,000, and I will go
i1} bail for tills amount."
■ County Prosecutor Young then stated
: to the court that lie considered bail of
j Unit amount sufficient.
"1 think so, too," said Judge Till
Weber soon afterward left the court,
after bin counsel had signed the ball
bonds He received many congratula
tions from police and friends, and It
was freely predicted that la- would
never ho Indicted.
Mr. Young said aL tile conclusion of
the hearing that h e hail not y t made
up his mind whether he would go be -
j fort' the Grand Jury to ask for an ln
dictfnent. It is highly probable that if
the county prosecutor does go before
that body, he will do so In a purely
jicrfunctory manner and that tho
Grand Jury will refuse u> hand down
an indictment. Weber declined to dis
cuss his case today.
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f BUTCHER AND FAMILY HELD UP f
| IN HOME BY BLACK HAND |
‘BIG BLACK INDIAN
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Young Farmer Scoffs Charge j
That Spouse Murdered
COMES TO AID OF WOMAN
WHOM HE HAD DESERTED
Former Sussex County Law* j
maker Brands Alleged Confes= |
sion of Prisoner as False.
(Special to the Evening star.]
NEWTON, Feb. 21. Frederick Cas
sidy, the young farmer 'those wile is
jailed here charged with chopping his
old mother to pieces, today came out in
her defense, scoffed at the idea that she
was insane and declared with the ut
most conviction that lie, too, believes
“a big black Indian” committed the
Cassidy has engaged Former Assom
i blynmn I.etl if. Morris to defend his
wife. Today liu informed hint that the
reported statement that his wife had
confessed that she had slain her moth
er-in-law wus absolutely false and that
lie proposed to see to It that she was
Meanwhile Mrs. ('..".sidy’, lithe and
powerful as an Anniston, thcwcM and
sinewed, yet wilit a face singularly
beautiful in u negative fashion, sits i
crooning love songs to the baby to
whom she denies maternity anil hah- |
liling denials that sin slew “Granny” j
Cassidy, her aged mother-in-law.
Hour by hour she sits in her cell in !
the county jail, fearfully awaiting the
i approach of Indians and other plum- !
I tusnmgoria of her tired ami disordered j
! Since her Incarceration last Friday 1
* tilt; accused murderess of her husband's [
j mother has constantly bewailed the
loss of her “real” baby, "stolen by tn- ;
dians.” and repeated her countless'
I Iterations that she never inudo way |
I with old Mrs. 1’lie be Cassidy. The I
authorities here; profess a certain sym
pathy for the young woman, us there
is every reason to believe that she is
hopelessly dermiRed and lias not the |
slightest recollection of having choppisl j
lier inuthcr-in Ipw to pieces.
Former Assemblyman l-ovi IX. Mor
ris. who lias been retained to defend i
Mrs. Cassidy, said today that he would j
probably ask for a commission in
j lunacy anil have tlie accused .commit*
i ted to an insane asylum at once. The :
! sheriff is so fearful of what the mother ■
! may do to her baby that he will male
an effort to tuk<- the four-months-old
child from her.
“Oh. I never killed ‘Cranny' Cassidy,"
moaned the yo'ung woman today.
“They can'i prove that On me. Hut I
cuu prove that my husband deserted
l < outii;uctl ou Si-cuntl 1'ugc.i
LEAPS FROM TIER
OF COUNTY JAIL
TO ENO HIS LIFE
John Shea Only Breaks Ankles
in Spectacular Plunge of
John Shea, a ten-day prisoner at the
county jail, attempted suicide at 7:15
o’clock this morning 1n the presence of
fifty prisoners who were in lino for
breakfast and the full corps of keepers.
He leaped from the walk surrounding
the upper tier of the west wing. In
his descent he narrowly escaped hit
ting tin steel casing projecting from
the lower ti‘T. Ho fell on his stomach
when he struck the floor pavement
twenty l'e«t he low, and ul first it was
believed ho was seriously Injured.
Warden Charles A. Steadman, who
was in Ills office in another part of the
institution, was immediately notified
and telephoned to the City Hospital for
an ambulance. There It was learned
that except injury to both ankles Shea
Shea was arrested in Market street
by Policeman Goldinguy and committed
to jail from the First Precinct Police
Court February 15 on a charge of
* • ■ • MV,' '
When ii was admitted U appeared
as though lie had been drinking and
since luing confined appeared some
what demented. He gave ,1)1.s ago as
‘,\H years, and said lie was a c lerk, and
that hi ; home was at 90 Hoyt street,
New' York city. Alter lie made tho at
tojnpt to end Ids life today, how’ever,
the warden ordered a thorough search
of his belongings, and on a piece of
blue paper hidden under the band of
his hat was the following: "I live* at
1S4 W« -I Tenth street, X. Y., care of
.J P. Lawrence.
Apparently Shea contemplated the
ac t, for lie selected a time when efforts
to prevent it were* impossible. In the
west wing there are three tiers, and it
is tho only one in which the walk sur
rounding the cells are not caged in, and
it was an easy mu tier fur Shea to drgp.
He waited until all the other prisoners
on his Her worn downstairs.
As his body descended the others
stood aghast, for Raphael Suvaro, 39
yours old, who at one time lived at
**0113 Fourteenth avenue, who was to be
sentenced July 1 last, committed sui
cide by jumping from the same walk.
He landed on his head. He occupied
cell No. 121$. Shea will be able to leave j
the hospital very soon.
“The old wing is not caged in like the
others," said Warden Steadman to an
JSVKNLXa STAR reporter, suon after
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WOMAN IN BED IS
ROBBED OE HOARD
Four Black Hand Men Enter Butcher Shop in Bed
ford Street, Blind the Proprietor and Hold
Wife at Pistol Point.
SAVINGS OF $160 FOUND UNDER PILLOW;
CHILDREN LOOK ON AS LOOTERS WORK
FOUR members of n Black Hand band early today entered the butcher
shop of Bonis Bombardino. at 27 Bedford street, threw pepper
into his eyes, hit him with blackjacks and made him prison
| cr. Two of tiie desperadoes then entered tho bedroom of Ills wife and
| two children, covered them with revolvers and obtained $1(11 from beneath
the woman’s pillow. After rilling tho house they made good their escape.
The robbery was one of the most during that has occurred tn Newark
hi recent years, and savors more of a Western mining camp exploit than
that of u civilized community. ,
Bombardino was busily enguged on his accounts when the front door of
tile butcher shop was opened and the four men suddenly entered with
drawn revolvers. As Bombardino backed against his counter one of the
gung threw pepper into his eyes. Blinded anil agonized, tile butcher started
to make outcry, when he was knocked senseless with a blow from n black
jack. Two of his assailants then stood guard over him while the othcrR en
tered the bedroom which immediately adjoins the butcher shop in tho rear.
SUICIDE DRINKS .
ENOUGH ACID 10
KILL THREE MEN
; Despondent Over Lack of Work
and Woman's Death, Victor
Hinncn Takes His Life.
WAS HATTER IN ORANGE
VALLEV FOR MANY YEARS
Leaves Wife and Children in
Germany Who Had Refused
to Come to America.
Draining tho contents of two bottles
containing carbolic arid, to make death
sure, Victor Ilinnon, who hoarded at
20 Union streut, Orange Valley, ended
his life there curly tills morning. He
took enough to kill tlm-o men.
Loss of work and sorrow over tho
dentil of Mrs. Gottleib Hutizorkor, with
whom ho liud hoarded, and who was
buried Thursday, are given as tho
causes leading 1dm to end ills Ilfo.
Hitmen was til years old and was a
Tho suicide had been making prepa
rations to end ids life since lust Fri
day. when he started to burn all bis
belongings. When asked what was tho
trouble, he declared that ho wanted
t "to end it all." Ho then purchased
i two bottles of tho acid. Ho carried an
' insurance policy on his life, and went
; in search of tho agent who made coi
j lections when he learned that lie was
| three weeks in arrears with his pay
ments. Ifc made sure tho umoiints
were paid up, and tlten seemed con
.Shortly before 6 o'clock this morning
Hitmen dressed and went to tho back
yard, where he swallowed tho poison
and staggered into tho kitchen, when
tho dog started barking. He hud time
) to exclaim: “It is all over now,” when
ho fell over.
Herman Sperling, who Is employed
nearby: was told of tho affair, and ho
immediately notlliod the police and hos
pital authorities. The acid liud done
its work before the ambulance arrived,
| however, mid Dr. W. A. Atuta. deputy
! county physician, was untitled. He
■ grunted a burial permit anil the body
was taken to Kuiiz’h morgue.
Hitmen came tu tills country many
I years ago from Germany. In that
| country Ik- w as a foreman in a hut
j shop, hut lost work one day mid also
the Imo of his wife when no money
Was coining in. Ho scraped enough to
: getbor to sail for America, and when
! ho got enough money, after working
in the Valley hat shops, sent u letter
j to Ids wife, offering her money enough
to bring her and tho children to lids
! country. Ail of the letters, however,
j were returned "not delivered.” and
I Hitmen never knew- wlmt became of his
ACCUSED ACTOR GETS
NEW DELAY, BUT THE LAST.
NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—The trial of
Raymond Hitchcock, the comedian, on
charges preferred by a little girl, to
day was postponed for one week. Jus
tice Dowling, in announcing the post
ponement. said no further delays would
Mrs. Dombnrdlno, awakened from the
assault • upon her husband, lind half
arisen front the bed, where she had
been sleeping with her two children.
Morie and Dugin). In the candle-lighted
room she was suddenly confronted by
two men, armed with revolvers, which
she found leveled at her head.
•‘Don't stir from where you are or wo
shall kill you,” whispered one of the
uien in Kalian.
Terrified and powerless, Mrs. Dom
liardino watched one of the men as ho
began' it, tlinrolfgh search of the room.
Finally the burglar approached the bed
anil placing Ids band under her pillow
found n lweketbook containing ?1B1.
This lie thrust hastily into his pocket
and after another warning that death
would come to her if sho cried for help,
backed out of the room with Ids com
panion and disappeared.
Drutli Warning far llutclier.
The four thugs then left the shop,
I after telling Dumbardino, who had re
gained consciousness, that he would be
killed If lie attempted to call the police,
llcfore leaving they took from the
[ cash drawer.
Dumbardino waited for a few min
utes and then rushed from the shop and
found a policeman. The robbery and
liold-up was reported to the detective
bureau and Detective Sergeants Koer
ber and W'alzer wore immediately de
tailed to the case.
| Defective Flue Causes Early
j Morning Blaze and Endangers
Lives—Damage, $ 1,000.
A defective Hue caused the wrecking
of Mrs. William Lunds's home' at 24
I Bread street this morning, and came
j near causing tho deuths of Mrs. Lands
aud her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frank
They wer, rescued from their danger
hy Policeman William A. Morton, of
the Second Precinct, who discovered
i tic tire, and afte r turning in an alarm „
| rushed back to the house and broke
| open tho doors, ills shouts of fire
aroused the occupants.
Mrs. Lauds and her daughter-in-law
were bewildered by tho noise and
| smoke which was lining the house.
I Norton got them out before the flre
] men arrived, and also saved some of
iliu household effects.
It was Hourly two hours beforo the
lire was gotten under control. Tho
damage will amount to more tlum
$1,000. i Ha of tlie horses attached lo
ihe hose wagon of Engine Company
No. I foil on tho icy pavement as the
company "as about to return to nuar
tern. An examination of the aniniul
allowed that it was badly Injured, but
not seriously so. It hud to bo sent lo
ihe reserve stable, however, for treat
FINED $10 FOR ASSAULT.
Joseph .SImtos, of 71 Jackson street,
nas fined $10 by Judge Howell in the
Third Precinct Police Court today for
| assault and battery. Tim complainant
was Michael Bruuskl, of 73 Van Huron
BRUISED BY FALL FROM CAR.
Michael Biilyusk, of 372 Mttket
street. 23 years old, fell from a Plank
| rend cur near his home last nlslit and
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