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Newark evening i^tar JAMBS SMITH, JR. FOUNDED MARCH I, 18*2. Published every afternoon Sundays excepted, by the Newark Dally Advertiser Publishing Company. filtered as second-claas matter February 4, 19 OS, at the Postofllce, Newark, N. J., under the Act of Congress of Mc.ch 3, 1879. Weekly Edition—THE SENTINEL OF FREEDOM. Established 1790. Member of !',»• Associated press and American News nap'?.- Publishers’ Association. MAIN OFFICE. 1 Jlroad Street, Newark. Telephone 1830 Market. ORANGE OFFICE, 11 Cone Street. Orange Telephone 459 Orange. ROftEVlUTJC BRANCH OFFICE, 3!»2 Seventh Avenue. Telephone 227-W. Braich Brook. CLINTON HILL BRANCH OFFICE. 196 Peshine Avenue. Telephone 1661-M-O, Waverly. HARRISON OFFICE, .21 Harrison Avenue, Harrison. Telephone 1830 Market. CHICAGO OFFICE, Sieger Building. NEW YORK OFFICE, northwest comer Twenty-eighth Street and Fifth Avenue. MILl/Bt’RN OFFICE, Mlllburn Avenue. Telephone 101-L, Mlllburr. nil Subscription Itate*. (PoMage Prepaid wlthlu the Postal Union.) fine year, $3.00: six months, $1.50: three months. 76 certs; one month, 25 cents. Delivered by carders in any part of Newark, the Oranges, Harrison. Kearny, Montclair, Bloomfield and nil neighboring towns. Subscriptions may be given to ncwade-aleis or sent to this Ofllce. VOLUME JjXXX-NO. 49. TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 28, IDli. ( > THIS BID TOR TUB MORRIS CANAL PROPERTY. ciT^ UK hill introduced ou behalf of tie* Lehigh Valley Railroad J_| Company in the Senate at Trenton last night for the abau donment of navigation on the Morris canal and the disposal <if the assets of ihe company follows tin; lines of (he Duflleld bill of 11*05, with some added features. The language of the bill is largely the same. In the Dnffieid hill one provision that was really its vital point rnet with great opposition and it reappears in this bill. It is provided that it State commission shall sell all the canal properly to pn\ ntT the stockholders and bondholders. The total amount to he paid is f2.Y47.237.50. If the proceeds of the sale of the properties of the canal company do not equal this amount Ihe railroad company cheerfully engages to pay the difference. And it is stipulated that all proceeds in excess of the ?2,747.237.50 of the canal stock and bonds shall belong to the canal company. The Leliigh Valley Railroad Company or any of ils constituent com panies. or “its nominee’’ is not to he precluded from purchasing any of the property “available for its or their purposes.’’ The public idea of the actual money value of the canal assets is that it is millions in excess of the canal company's obligations, eliminat ing the water rights, which belong wholly to the charter and must automatically lapse as soon as navigation censes. When the Duf held bill was tinder discussion the Newark Board of Trade, by resolution, demanded that the bill should provide that “the balance, if any." that should ho had over the amount of the canal obligations front the sale of the canal assets should go to the State. On those terms the hoard was willing to indorse the bill. But that demand attacked the vital principle of the bill, which retained the original stipulation when it went down in defeat. Tin* local concessions to Newark in respect to Centre Market, the canal bridges and Branch | Brook Bark that were nmd<* in the Dnffieid hill are repeated in this. Newark ran perpetually maintain Centre Market on its present site, but cannot convert the site to any other public use. As steam is being abandoned for suburban railroads the promise that no steam railroad shall he operated across Broad streel loses ils value. The bill is drawn up from the Lehigh Valley point of view and evi-, dently in anticipation of considerable amendment. It provides a large margin for concessions. It may be possible for the bill lo he put in a shape to he acceptable both to the State and the canal lessee. SHUTTING OUT THE MEAT TRUST. HI KTRALIA serves notice that trusts will not be tolerated in that country. Agents of the American meat trust have been at work in Australia arranging for the extension of Us ojiei: tious to control the Australian meat supply. The author ines propose to lake action at oikc; before the trusts can secure any foothold. Australia ships large quantities of frozen meats to Europe, but her trade does not equal that of Argentina. For Several years Ihe meat trust has been at work in Argentina, and it is now said to have complete control of the export trade in meat b\ couibinaI ion with seven large companies in Argentina that monopolize all Ihe facilities. If the tariff is entirely removed from foreign, meats, therefore, ihe trusts will control the importations from Argentina. The meat barons have foreseen a time when the American people would successfully revolt against their monopoly and force Congress to put meats ou the free list. They have been preparing for that,time by intrenching themselves in the countries from whence the principal foreign supply must come. Australia repulses the advance of Ihe trust, but Argentina, the most im portant source of supply, is in its clutches. As Argentina meats are necessary in Europe, the governments there may have some thing to say if the trust puts on the screws to force up meat prices as it has done in the I’nited States. CONCERNING PLATFORM PLEDGES. BOTH parties in the Legislature are pledged by ante election platform promises to pass a law tor reciprocity with other States in the privileges given to non resident motorists. The Senate has defeated a bill intended to carry out that bipartisan • obligation upon the Legislature. A similar bill introduced in the Assembly failed las! night because of a defect that is easily remedied. If the Assembly, too, shall finally falsify the two-party pledge, what becomes of till the talk at Trenton and Princeton about the sanctity of party platform pledges? Here is a double pledge deliberately violated. AN IMPORTANT TAX DECISION FOR NEWARK. THE resolute attitude taken by the city, by advice of'the city counsel, in the matter of the assessment of bank stock, after the State Board of Equalization had decided against the n v taxing authorities as to the basis upon which such stock should !»■ assessed for taxes, lias given the city a great victory, which will ■ duly appreciated by the general taxpayer, as the amount involved nkes a very large figure in the city’s income. The opinion by the Supreme Court, which sustains the contention by the local tax board, is yet to be reviewed by the Court of Errors and Appeals, but there is little doubt that it will be upheld by that court. Not only will the city get the full assessment for the last two years, but also the same assessment for future years, making a very mate rial difference in the ratables and the city’s resources from taxation. MORE FREAK LEGISLATION AT TRENTON. ^ 1 'J(‘ has predicted, “single lax” has appeared in the Legislature as a quasi administration measure, the bill being prepared by George L. Record, who lias recently been advocating the exemption of all personal property and all build ings ami the luxation only of the land. The bill is permissive. Any municipality can adopt the single-tax system, but it is the nose of ibe camel. It would not be practicable at this time to get the Legislature, even under orders, to revolutionize the taxing system of the State in such a radical way. But Record has other things in reserve for the administration and Legislature. A bill is in embryo for making the mayors of municipalities a county board to perform all the duties of the present freeholder boards. it . ft. I tt i . * -«■«. < |H> an ■ i-a.—<U.U.«;/4a. | Jws£ a L/ne l 4> .j. $ -<4 £oaf A/en | You Know | At the Atnen Corner dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York Saturday night, where the Amen Cor ner brethren made merry with their guests, which included several well known Jerseymen. there was a bur : lesque German band. The band was | composed of alleged musicians, was labeled "Cherman bandt," and played lame music’ while the diners dined and the stunts went on after the manner of the famous Gridiron Club in tA ash ington, By-and-by there was commotion the space reserved for the band and the musicians quit playing. Hveryone in the room, of course, knew there had been some hitch. When the musicians started to leave the toastmaster spoke up. "What's the matter?" he asked. "We're on strike,” announced the | leader. "On strike'.’ And leaving us in this manner? Why, it s out of the question. What’s the cause of the trouble?” "Well." announced the leader. “We heard that Senator Depew was going to spring that old. stale joke about what happened to him when lie was a boy In Peeksktl). and we couldn’t stand for It." Thereupon the senator (or his double'! stood up, declared that he had no sunh Intention, and the threatened strike was averted. Newark post-prandial prologuers please take notice. Judge Thomas A. Davi- was hear ing a lunacy case one day recently in which two ladies seated far back in the room were very much interested. Seated near them were Dan Demurest, jr., and Jimmy Cowen, tw > of the court attaches. Dan was talking to Jimmy who was writing down on separate cards all that Dan said, which was about as follows: ' If 1 Had the World to Give,'’ ‘All That I Want Is Dove,” "Dove Me and the World la Mine,.1’ell Me With Your Eye.," and so on with a string of what was apparent gibberish to the two women who had become interested. “Why, the big man that is talking must bo crazy and the little fetlow is his keeper.” finally remarked one of the women. '‘Isn't it too bad? Tie's such a nice-looking man, too.” "Well, 1 guess that will be enough, 1 Jimmy,” remarked Dan as ho gathered up the cards. ' That list ought to please the sheriff." , For be It known that Defenarest, besides being a constable. Is the leader of an orchestra, and he was arranging a list of popular music to be played at the coming reception <<f the Sheriff I llarrigan Association. -^ D. Rosing, who visits this city on | business tells the following story about a customer of his, M. Ferguson, who was about to fall in business. One of Ferguson’s creditors, Flan agan, of Elmira, getting wind of the state of Ferguson's affairs, came and threatened to put him into bankruptcy unless he made a satisfactory settle ment. Ferguson, to appease him, offered to make him a. preferred cred itor. Upon further inquiry, Flanagan found that while Ferguson's llabilltien would be considerable, his ussets would he nothing, and he went back to Fer guson and angrily demanded: "Where does the preference come in I since you have nothing, and I will not get anything In either case?” "Preference?" asked Ferguson, In astonishment, "why, don't you see the advantage? You know right away what you get; the others have to wait at least ninety days before they find out that they can't get anything.” t A FEW FACTS. % t * T f *4 X Tomorrow will be Ash Wednts- : I t day. X 1 7 Spring begins officially March 7 ;X 21 at 1 p. m. X •b The earth's total population is 7 X estimated at 1,520.1.',0,000. + a The Indian population- of the X •b United States <* estimated at d* X 300,000. T .a The lowest point of dry land in X X the United States Is in Death 4* ' X Valley, Cal., 278 feet below sea T 1 X level. X 7 + 1 •f'd-l-TTTt'dl' T T'T-v-f t -b T -I- -f-d-T i -t-A THE WEATHER TODAY. Cloudy today 1 \\ednc»d«y probably fair; moderate v» Indn. T!MR0D TARPV SEZ. ■^Eg'w-'sgMaj^awis—» c<?MPK7D/rs S‘A’0&Y7' OP^/S'/ry &oz?r .wir-jf s? a?/',-<s -rMfTfiKz, JZWjp TWip/r fr/rtrj?, aisr- — T2r^ JzWff&A//? £-fo//re, rs JWK WS^iM? rs/r/jfc Temperature at 1 p. ui ............. SO ISN’T IT A FACT I-—H-—---■* That the more they talk the less they say? Hwtrtf+tftittTfTT' Ttn’Vi’+'f’t'H-^t+i'tt'rtttttftttfti'fttl'TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT-rTTXTT^rx-j t The People’s Rostrum | V . a * • ■ *•*-■>--I-..*. w aJ m w a a v • aw .W.■ t—t.. .K..1-.1.. »-.r. .■■ itinnliji Ji JilfciUill TTTT T * » TT * T I t I f ' Tlio STAR extends the P'iyi.ego j of these columns to the public anu Invites signed comniuniea Jons ot not more than one hundred words j treating of topics of the hour. Traclc ranch In Wallin* To the Editor of the Evening tha> ’• In the New York courts a tragedy of , modern times is now tailing place: A breach of promise suit. In which the ! well-known William English Walling i» j the centre ligure. It is he who is being sued by a pretty French Jewess, and, while his love letters to her are being j read in court, the papers say that Mr. Walling and his wife seem to be amused 1 and laugh out openly. To me there is nothing amusingiabout , a thing of this kind, and I am loath to j believe that Sir. Walling or his wife really laugh But—perhaps they do. Is it not really funny that a man’s letter's to a woman he once loved should be read in open court for the purpose of arousing the jury and the judge to sympathy for a woman who makes of love, that most sacred of all things, a commercial commodity? I do not wish to defend Mr. Walling. He may have done w rong and he may | not. I do not know , but I <lo know that j he should be thankful for not having married the woman that is now suing him. Mr. Wailing could not have forced her ( to love him if she had not been dis- j posed to do so, and when be ceased to love her it was not because he wished j to. but because be could not help It. ; Love comes unsought and leaves In the same way. We cannot control our etno- • tions and it is best (hat we part from those we cannot love. Nothing but I misery would result from a union where j there Is no love, and for that reason Miss Grunspan should lie thankful that Mr. Walling did not make her his wife. JANET BERKELEY MILLER, —o - Hliutiea Immllfrant* fur lllcfc Price*. To the Editor ot the Evening Star: This Is a problem which is seriously 1 affecting tlio American public today , uue to the different classes of Immi grants that have been coming for tho ; past twenty years in such vast num- > bars, faster than wo can assimilate and ] Americanize them. Owing to their cheap labor and lower standard of living in their own coun- | tries they are injuring our industries i and workmen. Arriving in our large j cities and manufacturing towns with; apparently nothing, or a few dollars, j they arc always ready to offer them- j selves at any price, thereby lowering the American workmen s wages, stan dard of living and often causing strikes. I know of smelting, iron, chemical and leather works, in which twenty j years ago the workmen received about i twelve dollars a week, and most of them i supporltng families, but today are Ailed j with six, seven and elght-dollar-a-week ! men, who live huddled together like j cattle in hoarding-houses, ten to twelve j in a room, and a great many here only i for a few years to hoard some money j and then return. Professor Jenks, of Cornell I'nlver- : slty, one of the immigration commis sioners, stated that the percentage of criminals and public charges was lower among the Immigrants than the American public. Is this not due to this class of immigrants, who, by low ering the American workman’s stan dard and forcing him down are actu ally driving film into the criminal class? ■ A great many of our workmen would I rather become hoboes and steal than submit to work and live under those conditions. Our Immigration laws are not stitot V friougb. and tho number of years re- ; lulred to become a citizen are not j enough to fnake this class of lmmi- j Slants a benefit to the American public, i fills being a great free country, open j to all desirable immigrants, offers work to them in a very short time, but this same opportunity is not offered to the American workman in other countries, j and he often finds It very difficult to find work. As the prices of farm and timber labor is going up and is one of the causes of our high prices for the prod ucts, it is the duty of the government to divert as much as possible this un skilled, hard-working Immigrant labor to the rural districts, farms and forests, encouraging them to home-building, tilling of the soil and regenerating the forests. Also, establishing the proper schools and amusements for them. A good deal of this cheap labor is, no doubt, encouraged to come here by the steamship companies, railroads and trusts for their benefit, Instead of the public. Hince in this country, Instead of the government owning the railroads and monopolies, they own the government, and do as they wish. When they have caused a strike by this cheap, Ignorant labor, all they have to do Js to call on the government and it quickly dis patches the army to shoot dowm the oppressed American workmen for their benefit. As Bryan has said, tho only solution to the trust problems is to burst them. So that if the government cannot control or burst them, each In dividual In one great union must decide to do without the article which Is raised by the trust for some length of time, till they burst. As, for instance, the price of ice is higher today, even though we have machines making it. and the price of fish higher, even though the ocean is full of them. Yours truly, HENRY RANGE. —O-— Praise for teacher*' Pension In ml To the I.Mltor of the Evening Star That the act providing for a teachers’ retirement fund has been declared con stitutional by the Supreme Couit Is a matter of congratulation not only for tho teachers themselves, but for all who have the welfare of the public school system at heart. It has settled once for all the legal ty of the 2 per cent, deduction from :lie salaries of the teachers In order :o keep the fund alive. In the minds jf all who have studied the matter here never appeared a doubt that the aw was anything hut good and con luclve to the best interests of the pub ic at large. tt Is too bad t hat seme meddlesome ; persons thought otherwise and dragged the subject into the courts, creating costly litigation. When a teacher has a sure guaran tee .that some day he or she may re tire upon the fruits of his or her tasks better work in the full flush of ac tivity Is assured. It Is ever the hope less drudge whose work Is Inferior. PEDAGOGUE.’ 1 —o Cud., Store chaaeea Breed Thieve*. l'o the IPdltor of the Evening kUr; The police have before them a work ! the Importance of which they probably do not realize, that of ridding the city of the gambling devices that tempt the school children. Children, as well as grown-ups, love to take part In a game of chance, and the gambling habit Is easily acquired. There are at the present time several wholesale candy houses making a specialty of "chance candles.” The purchaser always gets something for his money, but because every now and then the youngster has the chance of getting five cents’ worth of candy for one penny he will take as many chances as he has pennies. Very often the pennies that he spends have been j stolen from his mother or from some : other person The wise Solomon said: "Bring up i a child in the way lie should go and when he is old he will not depart there- , from.” This is a saying that we ought ! to pay a great deal of attention to. The way to do tlilB is to take away temptation from the child. "Chances” in themselves seem innocent enough, ' but the youth acquires a habit that is not easily got rid of. From candies in a candy store he will go to dice in i a cigar store and then to poker and I othe.r card games, at which large stake? 1 are won and lost. The police commissioners should give this matter their attention and Instruct the officers to confiscate all the gambling devices in the city, whether they are slot machines or candy paster cards. HERBERT RANSOM. Shelter. The ablest authorities tell us that the crying need of the masses v the world over is neither clothing nor food, but SHELTER==A ROOF. The Monthly Income Policy will r Guarantee a Home and Shelter to YOUR Family in Emergency. The Prudential The public is cordially invited to ask questions concerning palmistry. Professor Polydore will endeavor to answer them all. Communications will be considered strictly confi dential and anonymous ones will also be welcome. Please write only on one side of the paper. in. SMOOTH FINGERS. TV7HEN the knuckles are not promi nent. and the lingers present a ■mooth appearance along their aides from Up to base you may make up your mind that their owners are not given to picking apart things and Ideas or spending much time on reflection. But. by the natural law of compensaUon, the smooth-flngered people make up for the lack of analysis by a quick Intuition which enables them to see rather than reason out conclusions. Such folk are usually of an artistic turn of mind and prone to act upon In spiration. They see more of the grace and beauty of the world than do the big knuckled people. While big knuckles add to the value of a civil engineer, scientist or educator. It Is your smooth-flngered man or woman who Is the greater actor or actress or jury lawyer. For the sci entist has shoals of time to devote to thinking out his problems; but when one Is before the footlights or pleading in a court he must be quick to taJte ad vantage of occurrences of the most evanescent nature—occurrences which would probably disconcert the blg knuekled thinkers. Let us assume that while an actor is In the thick of a very trying scene, a person In the audience sneezes or causes some other equally ludicrous Interruption. Mr. Big Knuckle would probably stop to ponder the mat ter in an effort to recover his balance, and In the meantime the episode would have been gathering momentum diffused Itself over the audience wltN telling effect. The smooth-flngered actor, on the other hand, would, without stopping ta reason, but by a flash of Intuition, turn the occurrence to good account and thereby wrest fresh laurels as It were from a seemingly adverse circumstance And so, likewise, with the lawyer who, we win say, is pleading for the life of a -client. Ravagnan, a great French lawyer, whe afterward became a power In the pulpit, was onoe trying to persuade a jury of the Innocence of a really innocent man whom circum stantial evidence had so completely enmeshed as to leave scarcely any loophole for his escape from the charge of murder. In his excitement Ravag nan upset an inkstand without noticing it, and, with equal absent-mindedness, he placed his hand In the pool of Ink on the table. And then, still too deeply absorbed to observe thut his hand was dripping with the fluid, he pressed the palm against Ills forehead. The gets ture was expressive of the thought which, at that moment, he was trying to convey. But, alas! the ink stains which covered his face made the jurors lose sight of the point of his argument, and they burst Into a loud laugh at the ludicrous appearance he presented. To a big-knuckled orator this laugh would have been food for deep thought and much long-winded analysis. Not so to Ravagnan, whose Angers were smooth. Like a flush he turned the oc currence to advantage for the prisoner by eaylng as gravely as he could "Gentlemen, how will you ever bo able to reconcile an adverse verdict with your conscience If you send a fellow man to death while you are in so frivolous a mood?” Rather than incur the reproach of having frivoled away a human life the Jury gave the prisoner the benefit of the doubt, and months later It was shown conclusively that another had committed the crime for which, but for Ravagnan’s smooth fingers, his client would probably have suffered death. MAKING IT UNANIMOUS. All men have said some things unwise In phrases crudely Hat; So let us all apologize And let it go at that. —Washington Star.