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1 THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE - FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 17. 1897. TO CLEAN BARREN ISLAND. Health Board Aroused by Danger Which Menaces School Children. NEW SCHOOL, TO BE BUILT. Health Authorities Acknowledge the Wretched State of Affairs Existing, ut Can Do No More Than Compel Removal of Surface Refuse Present School House Surrounded by Pools of TUlth, Breeding Disease and Death. Tie Board of Health will at once take Active measures to mitigate the danger that threatens Barren Island school children and also to suppress the nuisances that, exist In general on Barren Island. At the request of Spencer A. Wallace, the principal of the school on the Island, Dr. Frederick A. Jewect, chief of the bureau of contagious diseases, sent Dr. Charles G. Purdy, one of the inspectors of the board, to the island yesterday afternoon. Dr. Purdy spent nearly the whole afternoon in a careful inspection of the Island, but examined particularly the school A REFUSE HEAP NEAR THE SCHOOL. On the Mattreps Shown Above Two Diphtheria Patients Died One Mattress Was Xot Fumigated. house and the territory immediately surrounding it. He decided that the man Ottsage, on whose account Mr. Wallace closed . the school yesterday, and who was sick in a room over the school, was suffering from typhoid fever. He ordered his rectal to the Kings County Hospital and the patient was taken there about 6 o'clock last night. Dr. Purdy's report, which was submitted to Dr. Jewett this morning was short, but said that the conditions around the school build - . ing were about as bad as they could be, and that something ought to be done at once to better the sanitary conditions there. He lso stated that he had ordered Mr. Wallace THE SCHOOL HOUSE AT At Hlg - h Tide the Building Is Surrounded by Wa'ter. TesreVto"He Had BSr Week:""' 'P .to keep the school closed until. tbe buildli - s had been thoroughly fumigated. After reading Dr. Purdy's report Dr. Jewett said that he himself would visit the island to - morrow and see for himself Just what the conditions were. Concerning the other cases of sickness reported by Mr. Wallace yesterday Dr. Purdy said that he had been unable to find them. Nevertheless people on the Island say that they exist. The dwellers there are largely the lowest class of Polish Jews, with a sprinkling of negroes. These people seem to fear the coming of an inspector and conceal as far as possible the condition of any person who is sick. The better educated people on the island, of whom there are a few, do all they can to help the Inspector, but the lower classes succeed pretty well in concealing any cases of . ickness in their families. "We know the condition of things on the Island," said Dr. Jewett, "but what can we io? I don't believe that anything short of dynamite would do the island any good. However, we will go at once to work to clean the Island and make its condition as good as we can. I will go over there with Dr. Purdy tomorrow and make a careful examination." Dr. Emery told 'the reporter that if the proprietors of the different factories didn't at once do something to improve the condition of their places measures would be taken at once against them. "I refer particularly to the fish factory," said Dr. Emery; "the proprietors of that have not kept their word with us. When the diphtheria broke out there two weeks ago we told the fish factory 'people that they must put in better machinery for boiling their fish and put In some better way of drying the fish scrap. If they do not at once do as they should and as they have promised to, I will take active measures against them. The permanent pools of which so much has been Bald are fearful things. The report of Inspector Locke to this department ac the time the pecpie on the Island sent in a petl - 'ition to have them filled up showed that no more unsanitary conditions of affairs could !exi. Take the pool behind the fish raetory, jdnto which the fish scrap runs. This scrap Is exposed on the planforms and when the : jrain falls the scrap is washed down off the platforms into this pool and left there to dry and rot. I will go down to the island myself next week and look it over. The conditions there are steadily getcing worse. The population Is increasing and the factories continue their operations. The inhabitants there have trusted to salt wacer and fresh air to keep healthy In the past, but they can't do so much longer. The water courses on the island should be filled up and a system of sewers of some kind should be put fin. Butwe will do what we cam right away." The report of Inspector Locke to the Board f Health, spoken of above, was made the ba - kis of a statement to the City Works Department by the Helath Board on August 31. in 'which statement the condition of affairs on the island was shown and a request made to the City Works Department for aid. This Statement, among other things, says that the pool back of Goodking & Steinfel's fertilizer factory is in a most filthy condition. The level of it is below the high tide level and when the tide is out the bottom is covered with refuse of all description, which does not drain away. This pond lies in the middle of the" thoroughfare called Broadway and Is about 1,000 cubic yards square. At the rooms of the Board of Education J. jM. Norton, superintendent of buildings, said that just as soon as possible a new school building would be built. Orders for it had been given and as soon as the money was in Ihand steps would be taken for its erection. "The trouble," said Mr. Norton, "has been that we could'nt get any site for it. One man owns about half the island and the rest is .rented. We propose to put up a school building of about four rooms, with one story. It .Will probably be built on the mainland side of jthe island, as that seems to be better for the purpose, as being the farthest removed from the factories and the smells." Disease Breeding Pools Surround Barren Island School. The Eagle yesterday told of the closing of the school on Barren Island on account of the case of supposed diphtheria in the school building. The article also described briefly the unsanitary condition of the Island and mentioned especially the condition of the building in which the school is located. The state of affairs around the school bouse, as observed by an Eagle reporter yesterday afternoon, was fearful. The house stands in the center of a depression which Alls up with water at every tide. After the tide goes out the damp ground is left to dry oy evaporation, with stenches of all kinds arising from refuse matter thrown out and left to decay. Back of the school house Is a pool which is nearly always full of water. In this pool pigs wallow to their heart's content and refuse Is dumped there without thought of removal and the whole mass is left to decay under the sun. From it arises a smell that penetrates In all directions. This pond is directly back of the school house and not more than fifty feet away from it. On two occasions recently when there has been an unusually high tide the school house has been completely surrounded by water; so much so that in order to get to the school house door high rubber boots were necessary. In front of the school house and about - 400 feet from It is McKeever's plant, in which he makes fertilizer out of the carcasses of horses. This factory employes about fifty men and when the wind is right the stench irom it oiows ngttt back to the school house and past the. school to the other houses on the island. Off to the left in front of the school house and about Ave hundred feet away is the fish factory, where fish are boiled for oil. This factory is particularly objectionable, and the fish platform, so called, is one of the objectionable things on the island. This platform Is about 600 feet long by 300 fe - et wide and runs right back from the factory. This brings one end of It about 150 feet from the school house. On this platform, made of boards laid close together, the fish scraps, the refuse of the fish after they have been boiled, are laid to dry. At the end of this platform and distant from the school house, perhaps 300 feet, is another pool similar to the one mentioned be - fore.Thls latter pool, however. Is much more offensive than the other. It is larger and has been the receiving ground for more and more varied kinds of refuse than the other. It is a little lower in level than the other. All sorts of things have been thrown into it. As in the case of the other pond, pigs and cows use it at will; dead cats and dogs lie in it and the people who live near it have made It a general dumping ground for all their refuse. One of the objects noticed In It was a large straw tick and the reporter was told that It was the tick on which two children died of dlphtHeria a short time ago. It had been thrown out to the air and left to scatter germs with every passing wind. The school house it36lf stands on six piles of rotten wood. The structure is open at the bottom, although a feeble attempt has been made to board It up. It is a two story house, old and nearly fallen to pieces. The winds from the ocean have given it a slant and Mr. Wallace, the teacher, is now unable to open the windows in the front of the school room. The school room occupies the whole floor down stairs and has a seating capacity for thirty scholars. At present Mr. Wallace is crowding fifty - six into it every day that school opens. In a rude shed built upon one side lives a negro named Gaskih and upstairs lives the Ottsage family. It was Christian Ottsage, the father, who was ill with what was thought to be malignant diphtheria, and on whose account the school was closed by Mr. Wallace. As soon yesterday as Mr. Wallace learned of the man's ill BARREN ISLAND. X 'r a lypnj:d Fever Piu: Was Tak ppss he notified - the - polio? sta.i:er . - !! then came on to this city to lay the matter before the Board of Health. The Board of Health sent an inspector to the island yesterday afternoon. This Inspector visited the school house and ordered Ottsage removed to the Kings County Hospital. He decided that the man was suffering from typhoid fever, and that he' ought to be taken from the island. The reporter found Mr. Spencer A. Wallace, the teacher of the school, at his boarding place and asked him something about the situation on the Island at the present time. "The situation here," said Mr. Wallace, "is something terrible. The unhealthful location of the school house, the frequent pools in which water is allowed to stagnate and the piles of refuse of all kinds unite to make a condition of affairs that is a reproach to humanity, to say nothing of the City of Brooklyn. As to Ottsage, who was taknn away this afternoon, he lived over the school room. He had been ill for a week before I knew anything about him at all. This morning as soon as I learned about him I closed the school right away and notified the Health Board. I am under instructions now to keep the school closed until the house has been fumigated. The situation here just now is a little better than it was a short while ago, for two weeks ago we had much diphtheria and several deaths, but there is no telling when the diphtheria will break out again. We ought to have a new school house here, but can't get the money. Last winter I was sick and away for two months just on account of the building. How much longer I can stand It I don't know. There are now at least seven cases of Illness on the island, that is. counting De - vine, who has been removed, and Otts, who went this afternoon. I don't know what the three Berinskies are sick with, but it may be almost anything. "I think the situation is a little worse since the garbage plants were set up on the eastern end of the Island. The big floats which are brought down rrom New York arc tied up to the dock, and are sometimes left for days before they are unloaded. They are not favorable to health, to say the least. Something certainly ought to be done here and right away." There are six differerft plants on the island. Two of them arc garbage plants, two horse boiling plants, one fish reducing plants and one fertilizer plant. All are decidedly obnoxious and decidedly detrimental to health. The smell from some of them ir sickening in the extreme, and bow any person manages to work on the island is a mystery. Nearly the whole island is one vast garbage pile. Sand or mud covers the surface and animals rove at will. All in all tho island must be visited to be appreciated, and one visit Is enough for a full appreciation. DR. EENDELL'3 FUNERAL. Burial Will Take Place m Evergreens Cemetery Sunday Morning. The funeral of the late Dr. John Rendell of 635 Bedford avenue, who was injured while alightingfrom his surrey at che corner of Washington avenue and Malbone street, Friday night, will take place from his home to Evergreen Cemetery Sunday morning. A service which will beconducted by the Rev. J. G. DItmars will be held at the home of the deceased to - morrow night at 8 o'clock. Dr. Rendell died at St. Catherine's Hospital without recovering consciousness a few minutes before noon yesterday. Mrs. Randeli remained at her husband's bedside until he passed away. The body has been removed to his late home. ANTHRACITE COAL SHIPMENTS. A reliable authority makes the total fsbip - monts of anthracite coal for the month of August at 4,100,000 tons, as comparod with 3.949,892 tons in August of last vear; 3,835,914 in 1895 and 3,085,843 in 1894. ' For the first eight monthB of the year total dhipments amounted to about 24.200,000 tons compared with 26.598,796 in the corresponding period of last year. Are as much superior to others as Hood's Sarsapnril - la is to all other aars&Daril - las and blood nnrlfiers. Thev Pills are easy to fke, easy to operate, silent bul certain. Soli by all druggists. 25 cents. BOOM STARTED FOR KRAMER, Named for County Clerk by Nine - ' teenth Ward Followers. WOODRUFF SAID TO FAVOR HIM Believed to Be a Clever Move to - Interest Mayor Wurster on the WilHsi Woodruff Side of the Fight Also May Be a Reward for Kramer's Desertion of Worth at the County Committee Meeting. Police Justice William Krameu is the latest candidate for the nomination of county clerk on the Republican ticket. His boom was formally launched last night by the Nineteenth Ward Republican Club, after the members had learned that the Police Justice was looked upon with favor by the Woodruff - Willis crowd. While Justice Kramer declines to admit that the boom is a reward for the part he played in the Woodruff and Worth fight for the control of the Republican county committee, it is, nevertheless, thus regarded by many of his friends in the Eastern District. Justice Kramer, it will be remembered, declared several days before the committee met that he and his friends were middle - of - the - roaders and that while they were for Low they hadn't decided definitely whether they would support Worth or Woodruff. Finally, when the members of the committee assembled Police Justice Kramer was conspicuous by his absence. Assessor John Droescher of the Thirteenth Ward, who is closely allied with Kramer and who usually follows the latter's tactics, also failed to attend the meeting. The absence of the two men was regarded as a signal victory for Woodruff and Willis, inasmuch as it was generally understood that Justice Kramer had, only a few hours before the committee met, visited the county clerk's office and promised to vote with Worth and for Low. Although the Nineteenth Ward Republican Club has always posed as an anti - Worth organization the members, with the exception of Oscar Knapp, who has a job under Commissioner Willis, were all lukew - aim during last week's savage contest for the control of the county committee. The members were all disposed to follow the instructions of their leader, Police Justice Kramer, and, as he didn't have very much to say, there was less than the usual activity about the club rooms at Division avenue and Clymer street. The day before the meeting of the Republican county committee Justice Kramer told an Eagle reporter that he hadn't definitely de cided as to just how he would vote. He said that Droescher and Charles F. Lamy of the Nineteenth Ward would in all probability vote the the way that he indicated. Lamy, it will be recalled, voted with Willis, while Kramer and Droescher, as already stated, remained away from tnc committee meeting, and therefore didn't e.o on record. Police Justice Kramer when seen by an Eagle reporter this morning said that he was surprised late last Might when a lot of the members of the Nineteenth Ward Republican Club stopped in front of his house and began to yell for the next county clerk. He went outside and then for the first time learned that he was favorably considered by the Woodruff people for the nomination and that he had been indorsed by - the club. ' Do you consider that the boom is your reward for remaining away from the meeting of the Republican county committee," asked the reDorter. "I can hardly say that I do," replied Justice Kramer. "It hadn't occurred to me in that way." "But you have always been an anti - Worth man and it is said that you called at Mr. Worth's office on the afternoon of the committee meeting and promised to support him," said the reporter. "It is true that 1 had a talk with Mr. Worth but he won't say that I agreed to vote with him," said Mr. Kramer. "As far as the county clerk nomination is concerned, I must say that there are a number of gentlemen in this section of the city who are perhaps more deserving of the place. E. J. Kaltenhach, Assessor John Droescher, Louis Beer and Henry Trenchard are probably more entitled to the nomination. However, if the organization believes that I am the man for the office, why I will of course be obliged to accept." A Nineteenth Ward politician who Is close to Justice Kramer told an Eagle reporter today that he not only thought that Justice Kramer had been mentioned for the nomination because ho remained away from the Republican committee meeting but also because the Woodruff people reason that they can catch Mayer Wurster' s good will by booming Kramer. "You are well aware that I am a member of the Nineteenth Ward Republican Club and that 1 know what is going on," continued the Eagle reporter's informant. " Justice Kramer was appointed a police justice by Mayor Wurster. They both play the same kind of politics and if anyone knows where the mayor stands It is Kramer. The mayor says he is out of politics. That is all bosh. He Is taking as active an interest as ever and when the proper time comes you will find that he Is looking for one of the nomination's on the city ticket and that he will be with the strongest side. Jusit now the Mayor is wavering between Worth and Piatt. Woodruff and Willis are satisfied that If they boom Kramer for county clerk that the latter will go in for the nomination. Then they realize that Mayor Wurster will aid Kramer and indirectly help them in the conventions." Fioyd J. Adams, former secretary of the Nineteenth Ward Republican committee, who now holds a clerkship in the Lee avenue police court as a result of Justice Kramer's fitness examination, said when questioned by an Eagle reporter to - day: "We are now with Woodruff and Willis. There Is no longer any question about It. For a time we were middle - of - the - roaders, but we are out to beat Worth in the Fifth Assembly District and I believe that we will have no difficulty in accomplishing our purpose. Yes, I believe that Mayor Wurster's influence is with us. At least, twenty of the Nineteenth Ward districts will go against Worth at the coming primaries and Droescher, who also stayed away from the county committee meeting, will carry the best part of the Thirteenth Ward for Woodruff and Willis." At the meeting of the Nineteenth Ward Republican Club last night the following were appointed as a committee to call upon - Lieutenant Governor Woodruff and consult with him about Justice Kramer's boom for county clerk: Peter Holler, Floyd J. Adams, Willard S. Sprague, William D. Liddle, Oscar Knapp, David Davis and Dr. Kasternick. Justice Kramer won't resign as magistrate of the Lee avenue court until he is elected county clerk. SMITH NOT HELD. Was Charged With Abandonment and His Wife Alleged Bigamy. Leonard C. Smith of 293 Fifty - ninth street appeared in the Butler street court this morning to answer the charge of abandonment made by Mrs. Addie Classon Smith of 22 Fulton street, Newark, N. J. The complaint against Smith was dismissed, as it was proved that the abandonment occurred in the state of New Jersey and the courts in this state had no jurisdiction in the matter. Smith exhibited a document to the court, to which he claimed the complainant was a party, by which, on the payment of $350, he was given a release by Mrs. Smith. To an Eagle reporter, Mrs. Smith alleged that Smith had another wife living when he married tho complainant in the present abandonment case. DR. REUBEL ACQUITTED. Jury Finds He Did Not Practice Dentistry Illegally. The case against Dr. Siegfried Reubel of 573 Flushing avenue, for practicing dentistry without a license, in which Paiz Seinglass of 718 Flushing avenue was the complainant, was heard before Justice Kramer in the Lee avenue court to - day with the result that the jury brought in averdict of not guilty. Judge Kramer reduced the bail under which Dr. Reubel had been held from $500 to $200 and fixed the date for the hearing of the fourth charge against him, which Is that of practicing medicine illegally, breferred by Rachel Cohen, for bearing on October 1, FISCHER GETS ABOARD. Continued From Page 1. sixth, Ward will be straightened out as soon as possible and the parties interested were at the Willis headquarters this afternoon prepared to talk the matter over. The Clark people c'aim that Mr. Fischer failed to keep his agreement to act in harmony with their faction and they declare that if Mr. Fischer still persists In his present course they will make public the agreement which they claim to hold in writing. In speakiDg of the action of the New York Republicans last night, in declaring for a party nominee against Mr. Low, Commissioner Willis said to - day that personally he should very much prefer to have Mr. Low nominated, as thnt would insure the election of the county ticket in Kings. The main point for Republicans to look to, however, said Mr. Willis, was the union of anti - Tammany forces upon one man acceptable to all. He hinted that, from what he knew of Mr. Low's character and public spirit, that perchance such a man might be found through Mr. Low's own god policy, a policy which might lead to his withdrawal from the field, when he became convinced that he could not prove the unifying force which he desired to be. Certain it Is that the Willis faction in Kings County is confident of winning in the primaries and the local conventions which are to follow. Some of the men who visited their headquarters in the Clarendon to - day were Silas B. Duscher, Mr. Bannerman, who is Fischer's candidate for councilman; Health CommissionerEmery of the Seventh Ward, ex - Assemblyman Jacob Livingston, who voted for Worth at the general committee meeting; ex - Assemblymaiti Waldo, a member of tho committee of 50; ex - Alderman Walsh, John G. Turnbull and others. Barrow Bays He's Out of the Race. Tne Willis slate holds to - day as it did yesterday, hut Deputy Fire Commissioner Clarence A. Barrow declared to - day mat he was out of the race for county register, for good and all. Low Sentiment Predominated. There was an informal gathering of the presidents of the district associations, the delegates to the ward committee an the leaders of the Republican party of the Sixth Ward held last evening at Grand Union Hall. In the notice of the meeting no object was stated, but it was assumed to be for the purpose of obtaining in an informal manenr the sentiment of the ward in reference to the mayoralty nomination. Mr. John T. O'Hara, who is one of the chief lieutenants of Messrs. Appleton and Hurley in the ward, presided and gave some instructions in reference to holding the primaries. Mr. R. Ross Appleton then called attention to the necessity of the Republicans this fall to do earnest and energetic work for, as he said, whether there be two or three tickets in the field, Republican success could be achieved only be arduous work and earnest efforts. In his remarks he was very guarded and did not directly speak for or against a straight party candidate for mayor. But James C. Cropsey, who followed him, declared that the Republican success could be achieved only be nominating Seth Low and that unless the Republicans desired to see Tammany again in power, they should nominate Low, as upon him all the forces could unite and as in his election the Republican party and the city alike could both be greatly benefited, and thereby Tammany kept out of power for four years more. Mr. Cropsey's remarks in reference to the nomination of Seth Low, elicited much applause from those present and it was very evident that the larger majority were in favor of nominating Seth Low. Mr. Brown, who is in Congressman Hurley's district, next spoke and said that his Republicanism was so great that he would rather have the Republican party lose with a straight party candidate and Tammany succeed than see Seth Low nominated. These sentiments brought forth applause from a tew of tfiose present. It was evident from the sentiment expressed at the meeting that the Sixth Ward was really in favor of the nomination of Seth Low. Twenty - second Warders for Low. At a meeting of the Twenty - first District Republican Association of the Twenty - second Ward, held last evening, at the corner of Fourth avenue and Twelfth street, delegates to the city convention were elected and pledged to vote for the nomination of Seth Low. More than 100 members were present and the declaration for Low was made unreservedly as to whether he was nominated by the Republican convention or not. Low's Indorsement Appr6ved by Twenty - first Warders. At a special meeting of the Thirty - third District Republican Association of the Twenty - first Ward held at their headquarters last night, a resolution was unanimously adopted, indorsing the action of the county committee in declaring for the candidacy of Seth Low. Thirteenth Ward Republicans Tired of Their Rulers. A meeting of Republicans of the Thirteenth Ward was held last evening, ac Hel - ser's Hall, on Broadway. W. H. Palmer stated that the residents of the ward had been called together to ascertain the sentiment among the rank and file as to the methods of ward management. Joseph Enderiin, said that having learned that the present party leaders had agreed to deliver the ward primary delegates over to Justice Kramer and others in the Nineteenth Ward, he thought it time to protest. It was declared by other speakers that any one who had been e'.ected ;o the county committee to represent the ward association, and had failed to appear at the meeting ;ast Tuesday eveuiug, una to stana Dy nis colors ror his constituents, was not worthy of further support. Before adjournment, a motion was adopted, that all delegates elected at the primaries of the different district associa tions In the Thirteenth Ward on next Tuesday evening, September 21. should meet on the following evening, at Phenix Hall, 118 soutn Uiigntn street. HAD HIS SOjN ARRESTED. Louis Dawson Refused to Press the Complaint Said the Boy Tried to Kill His Stepmother. A man who refused to give his name entered the Fourteenth Precinct station house about 9 o'clock last night and asked Sergeant Sutton at the desk to send a policeman up to 2S Cornelia street, where a young man was trying to kill his mother. The sergeant at once hurried Patrolmen Thompson and Hagen to the address. They were met by Louis Dawson, who lives in the upstairs aflt. He asked them to arrest his son Ernest, 17 years old, who was trying to stab his stepmother with a pair of shears. Mr. Dawson said that his wife was locked in the front rom and that the latter was hiding in the cellar. The officers' could not find the young man in the house. Patrolman Thompson and Dawson found the youth on Bushwlck avenue. He wore a bicycle suit with white shoes and is big and broad shouldered. The officer drew his club, as the youth at first resisted arrest. On the way to the station house the officer took a pair of shears from the young man's pocket. Mr. Dawson, sr., said that his son had tried to kill his stepmother because she accused him of improper conduct. The father said: "He was mad at her because she told me of the charge, and he wanted money to buy a revolver so that he could shoot my wife and himself. When I refused to give him $3 he grabbed the shears and chased her about the flat until she locked herseif in the front room." When the three reached the police station Sergeant Sutton made an entry on the blotter, but when the father realized that his son would be arraigned in the police court this morning he refused to press the complaint. The young man was discharged. Mr. Dawson is a commission merchant In New York and his son is his shipping clerk. Charter of tbe City - of A'ew York. loI(tIoans need to analyze the Charter of Ne Tom, It Is rich with suggestions, 10 cents, WILL APPEALTO GRAND JURY To Have Causes of tie Loag Island City Water Famine Investigated. GLEASON TAKES HAND. An Attempt to Forestall the Action, of Astoria and Steinway Residents former Water Commissioner Williams Makes a Protest to the Common Council The Situation Grows Worse Daily. Pumping Station Dismantled. (Special to the Eagle.) Long Island City, L. I., September 17 The water famine in the Astoria and Steinway sections of this city is becoming a very serious matter indeed. ' Some of the res idents blame Mayor Gleason for the entire, situation, while others denounce the Board of Health. It is true that the latter board did condemn twelve of the twenty - nine wells of Pumping Station No. 2, but Instead of clos ing down the twelve wells Mayor Gleason as president of the Water Board closed down the entire plant. The mayor backs his action up on the ground that the whole supply from this station was unfit for use. It Is acknowledged, however, that the water was all right for sanitary pur poses. The Health Board members have held, sev eral eorerences with their lawyer, Walter C. Foster, during the past few days and rumors were current that the Commissioners and Aldermen Bowley, Geiser, Smith and Flanna - gan would go before the grandjury and en deavor to have Mayor Gleason and his Board of Water Commissioners indicted for alleged criminal negligence. Mayor Gleason In re taliation had the members of his water board yesterday forward the following resolution, which was adopted the day before, to the Queens County grand jury: Office of the Board of "Water Commisslon - ers, Long Island City, - September lb', 1S97. To the Grand Jurv of Queens Countv: Gentlemen At a meeting of the Board of Water uommissioners ot irvj Island City, neltt on September 15, 1837. th - e following resolution was unanimously adopted ana a copy ordered transmitted to your body, viz. . Whereas, It is a notorious and well known fact that for a long time past the water supplied by Long Island City has been unfit for domestic use or man - ufacturlnff purposes and even such supply was entirely inadequate for the needs of our citizens. Such water has successively been condemned by Professor Ernest J. Lederle of - the New York City Board of Health, Professor John A. Handel of Beltevue Laboratory, the chemist of the State Board of Health, Professor T. JI. Jeffreys, M. 1)., of Carnegie Laboratory and Elwyn Walter, Ph.D., acting for the Long Island City Board ot Health, and such last named board ordered the shutting off of wells at pum - plng station 'No. 2; and Whereas. The common council of Long Island City has had full knowledge of this condition of affairs and the fact that the shutting down of such station would necessitate the cutting off of all supply of water to a large section of our city and cause consequent suffering and distress to our citizens: and. Whereas, Said Common Council has continually declined, neglected and refused to aid or asslt this board in obtaining an adequate supply of pure and wholesome water, but, on the contrary, has wilfully, knowingly and intentionally blocked, Impeded and harassed thi boar In all its efforts to obtain such a necessary and adequate supply of water: and. Whereas, Such action of public officers is a menace to the lives, health and prosperity of our citizens, a breach of official power and a series crime worthy of the attention of the Grand Jury of Queens County: therefore, Resolved, That the Queens County Grand Jury now in session be and it Is hereby requested to immediately begin a full investigation of said action: the condition of our water supply and everything appertaining thereto. By order of the Board of Water Commissioners. PATRICK J. GLEASON, President. On Monday night the Democratic city general committee passed resolutions of a similar character and Alderman Bowley, Health Commissioner Joseph Cassidy and Henry W. Sharkey were appointed a committee to go before the grand jury and try and have the mayor indicted. In the meantime while the wrangling is going on among the officials the residents in want of water are up in arms. Ex - Police Commissioner AVilliam H. Williams and brother of former Inspector Alexander Williams is a resident of Steinway and is on the warpath. Yesterday he sent the following letter to the health board. Long Island City. To the Board of Health, Long Island City: Gentlemen I reside at' the corner of Purdy street and the old Bowery road, In the Fifth Ward of Long Island City, with my family, consisting of ten persons, and have in my house the latest and most Improved appliances possible to obtain, which are at present no use to me by reason of the facts stated below: For the past eight days I have not been ab:e to obtain a single drop of water, although I am assessed and pay my waur rents. I am compelled to rtart fr.m my factory, where I use wa'ter from a private main, - a distance of three - quarters of a mile to my house sufficient water to cook w:th and drink. The want of water is causing sickness In my family, which is becoming so - serious that unless immediate attention and relief Is afforded us we will be compeileld to abandon our home and seek some place where we can at lea - st procure a sum - cient supply of water to keep us from, disease and sickness. For this state of affairs there can be no excuse. The water used by us comes from Station Xo. 2, located at Steinway, some of the wells of which have been in use for over twenty years, and aga:inst which no complaint can be made so far as t'he purity of the water is concerned. Ther eare now ready and fit to be used at that station seventeen wells, which have not been condemned, and from which the water may be drawn separately, without being mixed or polluted In any way by those we'.'.s which I understand have been declared unsafe and unfit lor use. The remedy for these wrongs is directly under under the Jurisdiction of your body and to you and all others in this section of - the city look for protection, help and the lives and health of ourselves and families. I am willing and anxious to aid you in your investigation of these matters in any way possible. Yours truly, W. H. WILLIAMS. SPRANG UP IN A NIGHT. Difficult However to Settle the Ownership of This House. It is against the law to build anything but fire proof buildings in New York below the Harlem Itiver, and even these cannot be erected without a permit from tho Building Department. The polioe of that city to - day discovered that with out a permit and without their knowledge a new house had appeared on Fifth avenue, near Ninety - Beventh stteet. The house which in next the saloon of Albert Neumeyer, is a one story structure, 15 feet high, 20 foot wide and 20 feet long. It has a tar paper roof. Neumeyer was questioned about the house. He at first admitted that the placo was his. Then he told Policeman Lawlor who came around with a building inspector that it wasn't his, but that a contractor, named Coughlan. had put it up as a toolhouse. The hext time Neumeyer was asked who owned tho house, he said that Jacob EpBtcin, a bicycle dealer, of 118 Boulevard, was' going to open a shop there, and that he had put it up for Epstein so that he could get the latter's oustomors to patronize his saloon. He afterwards said that he was an agent for Horace S. Ely & Co., and then he finally declared that the place was owned by ex Mayor Kalbfleisch of this city. TANDEM RIDERS FINED. Patrolman William H. Nedwoll of the Tenth Precinct had three prisoners in the Myrtle Avenue Police Court this morning. Nedwell rides a wheel on Sixth avenue and he caught Herman Kichmuller of 694J - ff Sixth avenue and Charles Gralfs of 471 Fifth avenue scorching on a tandem. Judge Teale lined them 45 apiece. James Miller of 295 Fifth avenue was fined S3 for riding without a light after dark. ESTHER OLSEN'S FATAL FALL. At 5:20 o'clook yesterday afternoon Esther Olsen, aged 4 years, foil from the window of the third floor of her parents' apartments at 260 Nassau Btreet, into the rear yard. She sustained injurios from which she died a few min - utns later. Coroner Coombs was notified. ALBERT MEYERS MISSING. Albert Meyers, 9 years old, of 339 Dosn street, is reported missing from his home since Tuesday. He iB described as having dark eyes and a prominent nose. He wore a blue blouse, light knickerbockers and white straw hat. WHAT DO THE CHILDREN DRINK? Don't give them tea or coffee. Have you tried t!ie new food drink called Graln - O? It la delicious and - nourishing and takes the place of coffee. The more Graln - O you give the children the more health you distribute through their systems. Graln - O is made ot pure grains and when properly prepared tastes like the choice grades of. coffee but costs about as much. All grocers sell 1L ' 15c. ami 35c TO - ANNOUNCE PRIMARY DATES. National Civic Club's Request to the Brooklyn Clergymen. The following was sent to - day to all the clergymen In Brooklyn: 144 Montague Street, ? Brooklyn. N. Y., September 13. 1897. J Dear sir The primary election Is the fundamental function of government, and It Is neglected by a very Isu - ge number of our citizens. The Democratlo party will hold Its - primary - elections in the various election districts throughout the cftv on Mondev evenlnir. Sentember 20. The Hepubilcan primaries wll be held on Tues - aay evening, aeptemDer zi. You are reauested to announce these dates from your pulpit on Sunday next, with an 'appeal to the civic duty of your hearers. Respectfully sub - mirtea, ita jnatiowal, cuvitj uiiUB. Fred W. Hlnrichs, President. THREE GIRLS BURNED TO DEATH Chatham, Ontv, September 17 Three daugh ters of Prlssen Howard of Port Alma, agefi respectively 16, 10 and 6 years, were burned to death this morning in a fire which' destroyed the homestead. t COMMdTION IN THE CAMP. Women at Hazleton Drive More Men From Washerles Strikers Steai a Quantity of Dynamite. Hazleton, Pa., September 17 To - day opened with commotion at the headquarter of the Third Brigade and in the various camps. At an early hour this morning a message reached General Gobin that there was more trouble at Audenried. The attack made b7 the women yesterday, which resulted in the driving out of tho miners at those collieries, was repeated when another attempt to start up the collieriess was made to - day. Oyer one hundred men reported for work at the Monarch washery, when the band of Amazons armed with sticks and stones, swooped down upon them. Some of the women again stationed themselves on top of a culm bank, ready to pelt the men with their weapons, but violence was avoided by the men promptly going out. At the Star washery about one hundred out of one hundred and thirty - five men returned to wofk, but the women are determined to drive them out, and they are not expected to be working more than a few hours. No attempt was made to resume at the Carson washery. As soon as the reports of this disturbance reached General Gobin, he sent a squad of the governor's troop to the scene. When the cavalry reached there all attempts of violence had ceased, but the women followed the troops about the streets hooting and oursing them. A storekeeper at Audenried deolarad this morning that his entire stock of revolvers had been sold during the last few days. Reports from Cranberry confirmed the news that the powder house of Edward Tuenbach had been broken into early this morning by strikers who had Btoler. a quantity of dynamite. Details of the robbery were not obtainable. A squad of soldiers was at once sent over there. There was a disturbance at Lattimer No. 2 colliery late last night. About fifty strikers became involved in an argument and a general row followed. Company E, Thirteenth Regiment, which is camped at Lattimer, marched over to the place, and as soon as the strikers saw them coming, they scattered. A squad of picked men waB held in readiness for further action, if necessary. " General Gobin is in a quandry over the raids made by the infuriated foreign women. He says he cannot order his soldiers to fire upon them, even in the event of graver trouble, and he is seeking more pacific means of . keeping them in subjection. He has received word from Governor Hastings to suppress trouble whenever it breaks out, regardless of county lines. The brigade commander said to - day that the big mass meeting fixed for next Saturday night, whioh is to be addressed by P. J. Maguire and other promi nent labor leaders, will not be interfered with unless incendiary speeches are made. There will be a guard of soldiers ther to suppress any such agitation. The general added that he is trying to conciliate Fahey and tho other leaders, who are asking for a speedy withdrawal of the troops. General Gobin answered their request by telling them the only way to bring about such a withdrawal, is for them to stop holding mass meetings and exciting the people. EIGHTEEN PAIRS START. Beginning of the Oplen Golf Championships in the Linlis at Wheaton. Golfing Grounds, Wheaton, III., September 17 The first round of 18 holes in the open championship begun, this morning at 9:30 o'clock. Eighteen paSrsstorted at Intervals of five minutes. One of the most popular matches of the morning was the one between the two professionals, Joseph Lloyd of the Essex County Club and Henry Turpie of the Washington Park Club. Willie Tucker was paired with Champion H. J. Whigham and their match promised to he one of the best exhibitions of form yet shown on the links. Following are the order in which the men started : D. Bmmett and Robert White, Robert Jfc - Androw and RiohaTd Leslie, Walter B. Smith and John Duncan, H. R. Sweeny and D. B. Mcintosh, W. G. Stewart and A. Rlcketts, J. A. Tyng and George Pearson, Joseph Lloyd and Henry Turpie, W. Tucker and H. J. Whigham, A. C. Tollifson and John Reid, jr.; James Foulis and E. T. Rawlins, Sam Tucker and Dave A. Foulis, Bernard Nicoll and C. B. Macdonald, Willie Dunn and W. H. Way, Robert Foulis and Foxhall Keene, R. B. Wilson and John Harrison, W. F. Davis and W. Anderson, W. Vincent Hoare and William 'Marshall, S. D. Bowers and FIndlay S. Douglas. The match is medal play, 36 holes, 18 to be played this morning and 18 In the afternoon. The man making the lowest score for the two rounds will receive, if a professional, $150 in money and a gold medal, or If an amateur, a gold medal and plate to the value of $150. The second prize is J100; the third, $50; fourth, $25, and fifth, 10; the last four prizes to go to professionals only. Two Philadelphia Wickets Down for 14 Runs. Philadelphia, Pa., September 17 Captain Warner's team of English cricketers opened a match at the grounds of the Gernmn'town Cricket Club at Manheim to - day with a team of twenty - two colts, selected from the younger members of the various clubs about Philadelphia. Play began at noon. The Philadel - phians won the toss and elected to take the bat. Evans and Townsejid were sent in to defend the wickets for the Philedelphians. Evans, after scoring six runs, was caught by Watson, off Jessop's bowling. Townsend, a moment later, was cleaned bowled by Jessop for a cipher. Two wickets at this writing are down for fourteen runs. MISS SCHULTZ'S DIAMOND Was in Her Engagement Ring and She Wants It. Israel Raphael was arrested this morning at his home, 80 Franklin street, Greenpoint, on a charge prefrred against him by Miss Dora Schultz, his betrothed, who said he had stolen a diamond from the engagement ring he had given to her. The plaintiff, who is a young and pretty Polish Hebrew woman, was accompanied to court by her father, a venerable man with long gray beard. Father and daughter live at 84 Essex street, New York City. Raphael pleaded not guilty and was held in $500 bail for examination Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. From the stories told in court Raphael and Miss Schults became engaged two months ago. About tbree weeks ago Bhe visited the dome of a cousin in New York and there met RaphaeJ. According to her statement Raphael, while there, took the ring from her finger. Next day he returned it to her. On showing the ring to some women friends Miss Schults said that ttoey told her that the so called diamond was a piece of glass. Raphael's contention is that he could not have moved the stone. Miss Schultz says she will decline to marry him after what has taken place. THE COURT CALENDARS. Surrogate's Court For Monday. The nrii: nt Anna Nugen:, Henry Mlnon. James Towhlll, Elizabeth M. Ke'.ly, Bary Byron. Michael P. Kee:ahy, Jus:lft P. Price. Xouls B. Rodter. James Doherty, Rose Thistle, Adelaide Dorian (two wills), Mary Fhylon, Malcom McG. Dana, John Mack, Henry t. A"ui.e, aaary ruaenmann, Aiair:e .uelene S. Mugford. Charles H. Thlermann. .The estate at Elizabeth Groottlng and Wllhelmena. Kult.' Thai accounting of Fran - cls G. - Reynojdc Andrew Bor land and Arthur Hontmas, MISCELLANEOUS. WilliamWise&Son "Will sell new patterns In Sterling Silver Forks and Spoons at $1.00 permmce. Flatbush Av and Fulton St MILLIKEN BROS. EXPLAIN. Say Mr. Poulson's Charges Were Caused by Spite. ALLEGED ATTEMPTED COERCION. A Direct Statement That the Cupola Builder Threatened to Make Trouble for the Ceiling Contractors Unless Old Claims Were Settled Mr. Foulson's Allegations Are Not Answered in Detail An Interesting Letter. The following letter explains itself: To the Editor of tbe Brooklyn Eagle: Referring to the recent articles appearing la your paper, relative to certain iron and steel work in the construction of the roof of the Brooklyn City Hall and to the statements made by Mr. Neils Poulson, reflecting on the "work furnished by the firm of Mllliken Bros., the charges made, coming from such a source, ; we had heretofore decided not to make any. statements for publication, but at the earnest solicitation of a number of our friends in Brooklyn, we have decided to make a statement and should be pleased to have you give the same prominence' to this letter as was given to the statements niade by Mr. Poulson in relation to this work. Without going into any technical statements it is simply necessary to consider the animoglty which prompted this man to make the charge against our firm and the facts. The firm of Messrs. Poulson & Eger contracted with this Arm' something over two years ago to furnish . certain ; cast iron front work for our firm for work h: New Tork City, furnishing the material by "the; pound, the material being specified to be of a' certain thickness. On the completion of the contract it was discovered that their firm had. furnished material about 25 per cent, more in weight than that called for. On an entirely different building In New York City they contracted to furnish certain work, such as stair work. A num - ber of the items were omitted by the order of ' the owners, and on the completion of both these j contracts this firm refused to change its bill fori the cast iron work or make any reduction for the ! work which it did not furnish. "We suggested ' that these matters be settled amicably by arbi tration, but they refused to do it and filed lieno on the buildings in question, both of which liens were Immediately bonded by our firm, and although nearly a year had expired since the bond - ing of these liens, they did not commence any ac - j tion at law until a short time since. This matter : will be decided by the courts in a proper nd j legal merthod, and not by newspaper correspond - j ence. At the time that Messrs. Poulson &' 'Eger were a - warded the contract for the completion of the Iron work in the Brooklyn City Hall, they at va rious - times made threats that un - less tkveir dis - puted claims against our firm were paid they ; would make trouble for us on the City Hall work. ; We refused to be coerced by any such threat. . These threats were not only made oraJ - ly. - ' but in j writing to this firm. When Mr. Pouleon found ! that our firm would not be coerced he irequesrted the Commissioner of Ctty "Works to investigate the ceiling, and this was done and report made and our work was approved, architects' certificates ; issued and our contoaot paid In full, so that these questions which are now raised by Mr. Poulsbn tare questions that have been decided months ago. We notice by the papers that Mr. Poulson has considerable trouble in even getcing started tn i his con - tract for the iron work on the City HalX and, while under his contract he was to flnishi this work in four months from say November 30, 1S95 (which is approximately the correct date), the contract is not completed yet, and when the department was considering the question of en - ' farcing the penalty for the delay and the newspapers were anxious to find out why his contract was not completed, he desired to divert pubMc attention from his uncompleted con - tract by bringing up the matter of our coretract," which had been settled long before. Mr. Poulson Js no more Interested in the completion of our contract or our work than any other citizen ot Brooklyn, nor has it anything to do wl - t'h his work. The experts opinions and the investigation in this matter confirm the fact that the work has been done in a proper and workmanlike manner and according to our contract, and it Is only necessary to show the animosity connected wlch this whole matter, and Mr. Poulson' Inability to criticise this work. Mr. Poulson has stated that he is no contractor. This' is quite correct. Mr. Poulson has been and iB engaged in the manufacture of what is known as ornamental iron work, such as railings, gates, grilles, stairs, etc., and we challenge Mr. Poulson to refer to a single building which he j has built as far as the structural Iron is ; concerned, and as far as the piece of ceiling; work goes, he never constructed nor had any - j thing to do with a piece of work of this magnitude or character. Further, he is not an engineer and his training does not fit him to pass any opinion and. In our judgment, he knows absolutely nothing about the construction of such work, and the statements made by him prove this to be a fact. Our firm have for many years made a specialty of structural iron work and can refer to any number of large and important buildings which we have constructed, not only In New Tork and Brooklyn, but all over this country and In foreign countries, and our record as constructors will certainly compare favorably, . at least, with that of one .who is not even qualified by training or experience to criticise : such work. H - e states that our contract called for an inspector to be appointed by th city to inspect tbe raw material and work In Che shop, and that no - inspection was made. This is absolutely untrue. This work was aJl furnished under Inspection by one of the largest firms of inspectors, in this city, e - nd this work was all carefully examined durinff ail processes of manufacture, end no old material, as he states, was used m its construction. He admits in his statem - ents that he had no Inspectors appointed on his, because he thought it was all "humbug - " - We are sorry that we have taken up. so much of your valuable space, but we think on careful reading of the above that any fair minded citizen wlU be able to judge as to whether it is necessary , to take any notice o such complaints, coming, from such a source, especially after the matter has been fully investigated by the department. Th work under our contract with the City of Brooklyn was furnished by us on time, and from everything that we have heard, to their entire satisfaction, and if Mr. Poulson can make the sams statement about his contract it will hardly bs necessary for him to try and divert the public's attention from his incompleted contract to something else that he did not furnish and has absolutely no Interest In other than an attempt to force this firm to pay unjust claims, which, as we have before stated, will be settled In the courts and not through any threats that he may make Youm Tery truly, MII.T.IKSN BROS. CHESS PLAY AT BERLIN. Results in the Fifth Round of tho Tournament. Berlin, September la This morning the fifth round of - the international chess tournament was begun at the Architekten Haus, 92 and 93 Wilhelmstr&ase in this city, it being che second round according to the Berger system. The pairing was as follows: EngHsch vs. Sen iff era, Bardeleben va. Charousek, Cohn vs. .A I bin. Sen lech ter vs. Alapln, Marco vs, Wlnawer, Metger vs. Caro, Janowski vs. Zuinkl, '. Teichmann vs. Bum, Tschlgortn vb. Walbrodt, Suechting vs. Blackburne. At 1 o'clock the following results had been recorded: Cohsi beat Alhin; Bardeleben (retired) lose - to Charousek; Englisoh and Sohlffers drew; Teichmann beat Burn. The scores up to date follow: Player. "W. L, Alapln 2 2 Albln 2 3 Bardeleben Vz 4tt Blackburne A 0 Burn 2 S Caro 2 2 , Cohn 2 3 Charousek 1 Z Bngllsch 3 2 ano - wskl .., 8 1 Player. W. I, Marco 8 1 Metger :.. 2 U6 Schiffers 3H 2 Suechting Zhk Schlechter ...... 2 2 Teichmann ...i. 8 2 Tschlgortn 3 Walbrodt ...... 8 .1 "Wlnawer 2 2 ?uinkl

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