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S W.-t- 'if I-;--- '-i'"--"-.? -..i:!" ' --Tr1'"""-- 7 8. THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE. NEW YORK. FRIDAY. MAY 8. 1908. Pleased With Adoption 5-GENT FARE TO CONEY OPPOSED BI TAXPAYERS A TEMPERANCE WAVE BROOKLYN IN THE LEAD Vigorous Campaign Started Against Closing of ) Ferries of Broadway-Lafayette Av. Route El LECTURE ATTENDANCE Broadway Board of Trade Congratulates Itself and Thanks Officials An All-Brooklyn Improvement President Levi's Report at Last Meeting. Mass Meetings to Be Held in Greenpoint and by Grand . Street Business Men Strong Plea Made for Baseball Grounds for Youths of Eastern District. Committee of Flatbush Associa Committee to Visit Washington to Seek Enforcement ofPro- hibitory Liquor Laws. At Public Lecturers' Corps Dinner Supervisor Says This Is tion Will Urge Governor to ' ' Veto Measure. the Banner Borough. The Broadway Board or Trade held Its last meeting of the season last night in the De Kalb Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Bushwick and De Kalb avenues. The principal subject discussed was the Broadway-Lafayette avenue subway. President Nathaniel H. Levi brought the matter before the meeting by referring to the actfon taken regarding the subway by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment last month. Said he: "Friday, April 25. was a memorable day for the Eastern District of Brooklyn in particular, and for Brooklyn in general, for on that day. as is well known to you, the communication of Controller Metz recommending the Im mediate building of the Broadway-Lafayette subway, together with President Coler's amendment that an additional section be laid out on Broadway extending to Jamaica avenue, was favorably passed upon by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment and sent to the Public Service Commission for their approval, and iVongratulate you upon the success which bas thus far attended your efforts, and that of the Allied Boards of Trade and other civic bodies of this section, with regard to this matter. "We are under obligation to Comptroller Metz, Commissioners Bassett, Mc-Carroll and Willeox for having advanced the building of this important and urgently needed subway to its present status, and also to Borough President Coler for offering the amendment to have the Broadway subway extended to Jamaica avenue. "If the Broadway-Lafayette subway is not commenced before the expfratlon of the consents, January 1. 1909. we will know whom to hold responsible for the delay, which in this most unlikely event, .rniaifterinB the exigency of the occasion, might be considered a little short of criminal negligence. "I think it pertinent at this time to make an effort to dispel the false impression which prevails so generally in our borough, namely, that the so-called Broadway-Lafayette subway is distinctively an Eastern District or a Broadway improvement. A careful and close analysis of the situation will soon show the fallacy of this idea. "It has been demonstrated beyond dispute that 35 per cent, of the passengers who use the Brooklyn Bridge during rush hours could be carried from the City Hall, Manhattan, via the Center street loop, over the Williamsburg Bridge and by subway 'along Broadway to their homes, with greater comfort and in considerably less time than it takes tj earry them home to-day via the Brooklyn Bridge. "Now this being true, and it is true. It is but natural that this 35 per cent, of travel having been diverted from the Brooklyn Bridge will give just this percentage of increased comfort, and permit of the installation of lust thlB additional percentage of more trains to accommodate the people who travel on the Kings County, Brighton Beach, Fifth avenue, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Benson-hurst elevated trains. "If the Broadway subway will do all that which I have herein outlined (and those who. by study and experience, are best qualified to Judge say that it will), then the proposition becomes far from a sectional one, but should rather be considered as an improvement which affects ail Brooklyn even in its most remote confines. "Controller Metz has shown In a very comprehensive map which he has just issued that the Broadway-Lafayette subway will serve to relieve a territory that has a population of more than a million Inhabitants and it is conceded that when in operation it will do more to relieve the disgraceful and dangerous crush at the Manhattan terminal of the bridges than any other plan now being considered, for these and other reasons mentioned in the beginning of this report, to the early building and operation of the Brooklyn section of the subway loop should be dedicated the ablest and best efforts 'of those to whom is intrusted the comfort, welfare and prosperity of the community, and it is to be hoped that before ninety days have elapsed the contracts for at least the Broadway sections of the loop subway will be ready to be advertised, and on or before September 1. 190S. wei shall have the pleasure of seeing work commenced on this highly important and most necessary subway. "By pursuing this course only, as Is known to most, of you, will the city be placed In a position to get an adequate return on the ten millions of dollars which it has invested in the building of the Manhattan section of the subway loop, and which, unless the Brooklyn section Is built and annexed thereto, will simply be a hole In the ground, and in this event prove a monument to such official negligence and stupidity as has never been equaled in the history of the municipalities of this country, but let us hope that- the latter course will not be pusued by our officials, but rather that they will take the larger and more com WOMAN GETS $12,000 VERDICT Sued Flushing Man for $25,000 for Injuries Sustained by His Saddle Horse Running Her Down. By a verdict rendered In Part I of the Queens County Supreme Court, at Flushing, yesterday afternoon, Robert E. Parsons, a member of one of the wealthiest and oldest families in Flushing, must pay $12,000 to Miss Adele Cherbuliez of Manhattan for having run her down while ht was riding a spirited horse and seriously injuring her. According to the testimony, the plaintiff was visiting in Flushing on the forenoon of Election Day. 1905, and was walking on Parsons avenue when Mr. Parsons came along on horseback, and before Miss Cherbuliez could run to a place of safety she was run down by Mr Parsons' horse and seriously injured. In her complaint she demanded $2o,W0 from Mr. Parsons, and claimed that the accident was due to the carelessness and recklessness of the defendant. Since the accident Miss Cherbuliez has been an Inmate of a private sanitarium, and her attorneys, claim she will never regain her health or mind. , The trial took up four days, anfl the Jury was out three hours. Practically nil the members of the Parsons familv wore in the court room at the time the verdict rendered, and it was a great shoc k to them, as a verdict for the defendant had been predicted by one of their attorneys. The action being one for a tort, Mr. Parsons will have to pay the verdict, unless he appeals. FROM RIO AND SANTOS. The German steamship Chrlstiania arrived yesterday at Woodruff's stores, from Santos, Rio do Janeiro and Barbados. She brought 17.500 bags of coffee, the greater part of which is consigned to the New York agents of the Brazilian government's valorization plan for advancing the price of toffee. Lamport & Scott's steamship Canning arrived at Roberts' stores, from Santos and Barbados, but brought no coffee. For some reason or other all the cargoes of Brazil coffee now afloat are unusually light ones. prehensive view of the situation and make every effort to have at least the Broadway section of the subway loop In readiness for operation on or about September 1. 1910. "The engineers of the Public Service Commission, it appears, are now busily engaged in formulating the plans and specifications for the Broadway sections of the subway loop, and they should have them ready to be advertised in the very near future." President Levi also called attention to the part the board had taken in the subway opening celebration last week and remarked that It might be well to consider the advisability of having a celebration in honor of the running of elevated trains over the Williamsburg Bridge. The matter, he said, might be taken up at tbe next meeting of the Al lied Boards of Trade. Regarding other matters, Mr. Levi said: "On May 4 we again communicated with the Fire Insurance Exchange, demanding reduction In insurance rates 'in this locality, which are excessive and unjust, and the excess charges ranging from 20 to 30 per cent., should and must be reduced, if not entirely eliminated. While our supply of water for fire fighting purposes may not be ideal, yet since the charge of from 20 to 30 per cent, was levied several years ago on all the property In this district for lack of water and other deflclences, many important improvements have been made, not only in the supply of water, but also through the installation of modern hydrants and additional Are fighting apparatus, all of which the Fire Insurance Exchange seems to ignore, for the purpose perhaps of extorting the additional premiums from the Insured. x "It might be of interest to you to learn that Deputy Commissioner Cozier has promised that the first money which the Department of Water Supply. Gas and Electricity shall receive from the sale of water bonds which Controller Metz has been asked to issue, shall be spent for the purpose of Installing all the additional mains asked for by the Fire Insurance Exchange. "It is gratifying to note that the banking reform bills, for which our board and many other civic and commercial bodies fought so strenuously, have been enacted Into laws, in consequence of which the control of the liquidation of insolvent banks has been transferred from the attorney general to the state superintendent of banks, and it is to be hoped that we will never see repeated the methods that have recently been pursued, namely, when a financial institution became involved that in many instances much of the depositors' money was absorbed in the payment of the receivers and of legal fees, and unfortunate institutions, Instead of being rehabilitated were oftentimes wrecked. "The Broadway Board of Trade was represented at the hearing in Albany on the banking reform laws, and we have occasion to feel proud of whatever help we were able to render In having these Sills passed. "It is pleasing, too. to know that the amendments to the Elsberg law, which our board supported, have passed the Lsgislature, and private capital can now compete with the city in the building of the necessary subways, though they will always be under the direct control of the municipality, even thoush built by private capital. "The civic bodies of Brooklyn must not cease in their efforts to have new schools continually provided, and this, too. at tbo earliest possible time. "Ex-Mayor Low in an able address, a few days ago, pointed out that of tbe 40,-000 Increase In the school population throughout the whole city, Brooklyn alone furnished 20.000, so the very urgent necessity for the adoption of comprehensive and intelligent school building plans by our authorities, with a view of taking care of our ever increasing school population, must be apparent to even the casual observer, and the Board of Education ought to give special attention to the additional school sittings needed in our rapidlv growing section. "Tuesday. May 5, was the pleasant occasion of the presentation by the Broadway Board of Trade of a beautiful silk flag to Public School No. 148. located on Ellery street, near Throop avenue, all arrangements for which were made by a special committee, of which George C. Miller was chairman. The presentation was ablv made by Dr. C. T. Schondel-meicr, and brief addresses were delivered by Darwin R. James, Jr.. Inspector Miles O'Reilly, Edward B. Shallow, S. H. Cregg and your president. There were present from our board other than those already mentioned, Henry J. Kempf, Jacob Link, Albert Welner and M. R. Rodrigues. "Principal Floyd R. Smith received the flag on behalf of the school and desired through your committee to extend to the members of our board the sincere thanks of tbe teachers and pupils of Public School No. 148, for our very acceptable gift. "Let us hope that the evident Intention of the Navy Department to build a battleship in the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be carried into execution. As a business proposition It seems that this should appeal to the government, because by main, taining facilities to build our ships In government shops the Navy Department is not at the mercy of the contractors, who. if government competition were removed, would no doubt be as rapacious as ever. Our civic bodies have done well in so strenuously advocating this project and will probably see their efforts rewarded." CHRISTIANWORKERS ORGANIZE Davis and Mills League Formed to Support Evangelistic Efforts Among Churches of the Borough. Delegates from eleven Protestant churches of Brooklyn met last evening at the house of Mrs. Edward B. Youngs, 2750 Church avenue, and organized the Davis and Mills League. The churches represented were the Ha'Ton Place M. E. Church, Hanson Place Baptist Church. St. Stephen's P. E. Church, Grace Gospel Church, Lenox Road Baptist Church, Pentecostal Church, First M. E. and Tabernacle M. E. churches of Greenpoint, South Third Street M. E. Church. Emanuel Baptist Church and others. '. permanent organization was effected by the elect'on of William Ward Pratt. Emanuel Baptist Church, president; Mrs. Edward B. Youngs, Lenox Road Baptist Church, vice president; Augustus Pevcelly, St. Stei.h-cn's P. E. Church, treasurer"; Miss Lillian L. Pyke, South Third Street M. E. Church, secretary, and board of trustees, Herbert Churton-Orgill, Miss May Still well and Miss Josephine M. Thles. It was decided to aid th missions of the borough and the churches bv the presence of the members of the league participating in the meetings and taking charge of the same where requested so to do, there! v supplementing the work of Davis and Mills, the evanzcllsts who are now In Altoona, Pa., and from whom telegrams were received, congratulating the league on its formation. It promises to be one of the strongest religious bodies of an evangelistic nature In the borough, in time. Next Tuesday evening the league holds a big meetlni at the Gospel Church, 474 Pulaski street. REFORMED CATHOLIC SERVICES. In the Reformed Catholic services in Christ's Mission, 331 West Fifty-seventh street, Manhattan, on Sunday afternoon at 3:30, addresses will be delivered by the Rev. James A. O'Connor, pastor, and Simon Luberacki. on the subject. '"Catholics and Jews: Responsibility of New York City." FAVOR TRAVIS-ROBINSON BILL Parking of Coney Island Avenue Dis cussed Association Passes Thousand Membership Mark. The five-cent fare bill passed by the Legislature and commonly called the Wagner bill is opposed by the Flatbush Taxpayers Association, and at the meeting of the association held in the office of the Flatbush Waterworks Company, 3 Lenox road, last night, a resolution was passed favoring the sending of a committee of ten to Albany to use Its Influence with Governor Hughes, in the hope that he will veto the measure. Believing that the bill will hurt Flatbush in many ways, the committee on legislation, acting with the approval of the thousand or more members of the association, will see that ten of the most influential members of the association go to Albany. One of the argument! made by those who oppose the bill is that If it becomes a law, Flatbush passengers will have to stand, because of the crowds that will patronize the cars of the Brighton Beach Division to Coney Island. It is argued that the cars will be filled at the Manhattan terminal, Manhattan passengers riding a great distance for 5 cents, while Flatbushites will be compelled to stand up. This the committee thinks unfair to persons who live in Flatbush. Such representative citizens as former Senator Brush and Lewis H. Pounds are strongly opposed to the five-cent fare. In the opinion of Mr. Pounds, the question of fare to Coney Island should be deter mined by the Public Service Commission. The committee to go to Albany win also appears in another important mat ter which comes before the governor on May 19. In accordance with a mo tion made by Dr. Brush ana carnea, tne committee of ten will be appointed as soon as possible, and will combine with Its work on the five-cent fare bill in ureine the governor to approve tne Travis-Robinson bill, amending the Els berg law, prohibiting the use ol private capital lor Duuaing suDways. If the governor signs the Travis-Rob inson bill the members of the associa tion will feel that the completion ot tne subway from Atlantic avenue to Parksldo avenue is assured. President Philin S. Tilden announced to the 200 or more members who at- tonHort lost nizht's meeting that tne l.uuu membership mark was reached and passed, fifty new names having been accepted last night. James P. Kohler made a motion urging the association to favor the proposition made by President Hull of the (Joney Island and Brooklyn Railroad, providing for the parking of Coney Island avenue. Mr. Kohler said that tne parking oi tne avenue would be an advantage to Flatbush in general. Mr. Pounds was not of the same opinion. He said that Coney Island avenue, Is and will continue, to be a business street, and to park a business street would be silly. William Miller questioned the advisability of following President Huff's suggestion. Mr. Pounds recommended that tbe matter Be placed in the hands of the committee on streets, lights and sewers. Mr. Patterson made a motion that the Public Service Commission be requested to authorize the issue of $400,000 worth of bonds to the Coney Island and Brook lyn Railroad, to be used for Improve ments. George W. Wilson of the transit committee reported that forty more round trips daily will be made by the Flatbush avenue cars in the near future. Mr. Wilson also said that the B. R. T. will operate express trains over the Brighton Beach Line before June 1. STANDING BY McGARREN. Madison Club a Unit for Brooklyn Autonomy. President Somers' Eloquent Presenta. tion of the Issues -Involved. The Madison Club of the Eighteenth Assembly District, at its headquarters, 1519 Pacific street, last night, placed itself unreservedly with Senator McCarren in his fight for local home rule, and the members listened with appreciation and delight to an eloquent address made by Arthur S. Somers, president of the club, who was In the chair. Mr. Somers was a delegate on the regular ticket to the state convention in Carnegie Hall, and was among the members driven out by the Murphy-Conners combination. The humiliation endured by Brooklyn's representation on that occasion found a ready echo In Mr. Somers" heart, and he spoke feelingly and with obvious sincerity on tbe course pursued by the state leaders. He also announced that If those in control of the state now remain in power, he will feel compelled to disassociate himself from organized Democracy. Deputy Controller John H. McCooey also spoke, reviewing the work of the convention and the details of tbe primary fight, and presented the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted: Whereas, A plot was recently formed between certain persons disguised as Democrats In the Borough of Brooklyn, who without regard for principle, party, or honor, conlvert with the lender ol Tammany Hall to exclude the duly and properly elected delegates In this borough from the late so-called "Democratic state convention , and Whereas. By various and unscrupulous means unheard of heretofore and without the smallest semblance or right, Justice and fair plav. these persons did exclude from representation, delegates who were elected by the registered voters of the Democratic party by overwhelming majority and substituted those who would host aid their outrageous design: therefore be It Resolved, That we most emphatically condemn the notorious action thus taken, and rierplv and sincerely deplore the effect thereof. Resolved. That the tireless and unre-lenilng efforts rf our elected leader. P. H. Mi-Carren. to prevent the consummation of this outrage upon the voters of the Borough of Brooklyn, has won for him the esteem, admiration and co-operation of every citizen hnvlng the public protection and welfare at heart. Resolved. That In his effort to keep the Brooklyn Democracy clean and free from Tammany Invasion, we pledge to Senator McCarren and his associates In the administration of the Democratic partv In Kings County our hearty co-operation and support. The severity of the storm proved no damper on the enthusiasm of the members, who turned out In large numbers. MASS MEETING FOR HOSPITAL. Object Is to Secure Aid for Rockaway Beach Institution. This evening a mass meeting will be held at the Atlantic Athletic Association clubhouse by the directors. Ladies Mutual Hospital Society and the Auxiliary of the Rockaway Beach Hospital and Dispensary. The meeting will be held for the purpose of creating a general interest in the hospital and to enlighten the people ot the Beaahore resort on what has been accomplished by the Hospital Association since the movement took shape last January. A large attendance li looked for. DELEGATES RISE AND CHEER, How the Bishops' Address Was Re ceived Question of Amusements Carefully Handled. (Special to the Eagle.) Baltimore. May 8 Following the enthusiastic reception Wednesday night came the greater excitement of yesterday morning's general conference session. Bishop Earl Cranston presided. The delegates promptly assembled at 9 o'clock and there was evident eagerness to hear the episcopal address by Bishop Daniel L. Goodsell. With a clear voice maintained for nearly two hours the Intense silence was only broken by the spontaneous and frequent applause. In a masterly manner and with chaste English the bishop characterized in classified form the difficulties, triumphs and anticipations of the church. The address was pub lished in last night's Eagle. The reference in the address to temperance reform was received with cheering and when the bishop asked whether' the conference would join In eternal hostility to the liquor traffic the conference stood up and cheered again. The traffic was characterized as "law-breaking, cruel and murderous, and no monetary consideration could justify its existence." There could be no mistake as to the temper of the conference with regard to the present agitation for the abolition of the traffic. Turning to the row of bishops on the platform Bishop Goodsell said: "We salute our colleague Bishop -Wilson as president of the Anti-Saloon League of America. We ealute Bishop McDowell as president of the Temperance Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church," which salutation excited much applause. Concerning Paragraph 248, the amusement clause. It was evident that special care had been exercised in phrasing recommendations. Carefully guarding the religious significance of the subject, It was made clear that the supreme purpose of any legislation on the subject was to encourage the culture of the spiritual life and avoid everything which hindered the same. The condemning of harmful amusements was unmistakable, all of which led to the recommendation of omitting from the named paragraph the words "dancing, playing games of chance, attending theaters, horse racing, clrr cuses, ..dancing parties and dancing schools," but an emphatic enforcement of the original and abiding rule is the , discipline "not to take those diversions which cannot be used In the name of the Lord Jesus." The address was very pronounced In calling upon the secular press not to Interpret this recommendation as giving sanction to any of the named amusements. The recommendation was received with hearty applause. Governor Hanly of Indiana presented a resolution appealing to the national government to provide such interstate commerce laws as would facilitate the proper enforcement of the prohibitory liquor laws, following his resolution with a vigorous speech. Governor Hoch of Kansas supported the resolution, which occasioned much enthusiasm. Governor Hanly asked for the appointment of twenty-four to present In person the resolution to Speaker Cannon of the House of Representatives, requesting as prompt action as possible. Tne committee was at once appointed by the bishop and announced before the conference adjourned, and is as follows: At ' large Governor J. Frank Hanly, chairman; Governor E, W. Hoch, Samuel Dickie, Dr. A. B. Leonard, Dr. D. D. Thompson, John ' T. Holland, Dr. Levi Gilbert, J. E. Andrus, Dr. R. T. Miller, J. A. Patten, Summerfleld Baldwin; District No. 1, Homer Eaton; District No. 2, C. L. Meade; District No. 3, L. C. Mur-dock; District No. 4, W. H. Berry; District No. 5, George D. Selby; District No. 6, W. S. Bovard; District No, 7, E. A. White; District No. 8, the Rev. N. Luc-cock; District No. 9, T. J. B. Robinson; District No. 10, Samuel Van Pelt; District No. 11, H. W. Bennett; District No. 12. Charles A. Pollock ;v District No. IS, Christian Golder; District No. 14, A. W. Adkinson. At the evening session the anniversary of the centennial of the adoption of the constitution of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore was held. Dr. C. J. Little, president of Garrett Biblical Institute, presiding. Addresses were made by Dr. C. W. Smith, editor of the Pittsburg Christian Advocate; Dr. De Bols, secretary of the Epworth League of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and Dr. F. J. McConnell of the New York Avenue Methodist Church, Brooklyn. Dr. McConnell's address secured special recognition by frequent applause and great attention. The meeting closed with a strong address by Bishop Henry W. Warren. G. A. CONGRESS CLUB MEETING. Treasurer's Report Shows a Healthy Financial Condition Summer Arrangements. The storm did not Interfere last evening with the usual attendance at the regular meeting of the Congress Club, held in the club house, 686 Bedford avenue. The meeting was of the usual interesting character, with President George E. Burr in the chair and Colonel Robert Curren recording. The yearly report of Treasurer Henry Mander showed that outside of the expenditures for last year's outing, there waB placed to the credit of the club $701.59. The total receipts for the year were $9,446.36 and the expenditures $9,324.16, leaving a balance of $122.20. The treasurer further reported that outside of the expenditures for the month of April, $132.40 had been added to the treasury. On motion of George W. Church-well, a vote of thanks was extended to Treasurer Mander for his efficient work. Mr. Churchwell, also, on behalf of the board of governors, reported that Iwo new applications for membership had been accepted. Colonel Curren, on behalf of the trustees, stated that at the last meeting, James F. Bendernagel had been re-elected chairman and that the board had passed resolutions complimenting the club upon its fine financial condition. Andrew Fisher, sr., moved that a letter of a congratulatory character be sent to Justice Lewis L. Faw-cett upon his restoration to health. Mr. Fisher also suffRested for the midsummer outing of the organization that the members make up a theater party and attend the Brighton Beach Music Hall and later have a dinner. After some discussion, It was finally decided to leave these details to the entertainment committee. At this point Chairman Burr took occasion to appoint the entertainment commiittee as follows: Andrew Fisher, sr., William A. Hallaron. A. L. Baker, E. C. Buckley, C. C. Maccray, T. G. Cohn and Henry Mander. INDORSED AS DELEGATES. The Tenth Assembly District Independence League, at a meeting held at Armory Hall, 163 Clermont avenue, last nighl, indorsed Alfred J. Boulton and Samuel Irvine for delegates to the national convention of the Independence party from the Sixth Congressional District ol Kings County. MR. DRESSER PROUD OF RECORD Controller Metz Overtalked His Time Limit and Was Rung Sown. The New Tork Public Lecture Corps held its annual dinner last night at the Hotel Astor. Manhattan. Of the 600 lec turers on the corps there were 200 pres ent last night. For eighteen years the dinners have been held, but there has been no permanent organization. A resolution was adopted last night, request ing the chairman to appoint a committee, which shall consider the question of effecting a permanent organization, just as all other Instructors in the school system are organized. Dr. John B. Devins, one of the editors of the New York Observer, was chairman of tbe committee of arrangements, and the toastmaster. With him at the table were Dr. Henry M. Leipzlger, supervisor of lectures, the guest of honor; Egerton L. Winthrop, president of the Board of Education, and Mrs. Winthrop; Horace E. Dresser, member of the com mittee on lectures and libraries of the Board of Education, and Mrs. Dresser; Controller Herman A. Metz. who arrived late; Dr. Luthur H. Gulick, director of physical training; George S. Davis, president of Normal Colllege; A. Emerson Palmer, secretary of the Board of Education; Dr. Walter H. Page, editor of World's Work; Miss Mari Ruef Hofer of Teachers College; Mrs. and Miss Leip-ziger, mother and Bister of the supervisor. Dr. Devins introduced Dr. Leipziger as the first speaker, and he was received with applause. In the course of his address he said: Nineteen Years of Free Lectures. "The nineteenth season of the lectures has just closed, and in January, 1909, will occur the twentieth anniversary of the first public lectures given under the auspices "of the Board of Education of the City of New York. The book of memory shows that during no similar period was the development of the educational system of our city greater than during the twenty years since the lecture course began. Within that time high schools have been established that are now attended by more than 30,000 students, the majority girls. "Twenty years "ago there were no kindergartens maintained at the expense of the City of New York; to-day there are more than 600. The curriculum of the common school has been revised to adapt itself to more modern conditions. Ampler culture requirements on the part of those who engage In the great profession of teaching have come to be an acepted fact. "The school budget of twenty years ago shows that the Police Department received as much, if not more, than the educational department; to-day the item for education is the largest in the budget, twice as much as for the Police Department. During that period, and largely through the influence of the seed planted by the public lecture system, there has grown, and Is constantly increasing in growth, a new intrepretation of what the schoolbouse stands for in the community. Schoolhouse Great Americanizing , Force. ' "In this City of New York, with Its heterogeneous population for It Is the largest Irish city in the world, the largest Jewish city on the globe, next to Rome and Naples, the largest Italian city, containing a more cosmopolitan population than any other city in the world the schoolhouse stands as the great Americanizing and the great unifying force which shall standardize, if I may coin the word, the various elements of our constantly inflowing population. "The interest in the public lectures led many to ask the question whether the school plant established at such great cost is wisely administered when used but five hours a day for five days in the week, and but forty weeks In the year, and that question has been answered. The schoolhouse is now used for parents' meetings in the afternoon, for recreation centers In the evening, for vacation schools during the summer, and more and more come requests from the people for the use of the school buildings for laudable purposes that shall improve the social and physical character of the neighborhood. It other words, the people are coming to their own, and coming to use the schoolhouse for the people's house, where the campaign of education shall be constantly waged, which shall be open all day and every day, including Sunday, and all the year, giving a spiritual and an intellectual welcome to all who would enter within Its gates. Brooklyn the Banner Borough. "I am asked: Has the public lecture system maintained its ground during the past year? The little spark lit In 1889 has grown into a veritable flame. .The total attendance for the season which has Just' closed was 1,207,572, an increase of 66,000 over the previous year; 5,585 lectures were given. The six places originally established in Manhattan have grown to 170, distributed over the five boroughs that form the City of New York. The bencftcient influence of this form ot Instruction is not confined to the closely congested districts, but, through the missionary spirit of the lecturers, is carried to the still isolated sections of our city. In every borough an increase of attendance is indicated and an increase I am glad to say not alone in numbers, but in the quality of the auditors. Prior to 1902 the lectures were confined to Manhattan, since that date they are given all over the city, and to-day Brooklyn Is the banner borough in the matter of attendance." Mr. Dresser Proud of Brooklyn's Record. Mr. Dresser spoke for the committee of which he is a member and took occasion to say a good word for Brooklyn and Its people. After congratulating the supervisor and the lecturers he said: "It is a pleasure to say that the greatest appreciation of this work (of public lectures) has been in my own borough, where the attendance Increased about 42,000 over that of the previous year. When I returned to the board a year ago, after an absence of five years. I was more than ever impressed with the greatness of our public school system. So rapid had hi en the growth in every direction that 1 was simply dazed by It. The number of pupils had increased during my absence 160.000; the number of teachers employed had increased about 3.500; the amount annually paid to teach-, crs had increased about $4,500,000. But nowhere was the expansion greater than in the department of public lectures. The number of lectures delivered' and of those who attended them had more than doubled. We people of Brooklyn did not take kindjy to the new system inauguratedby the revised charter, by which our borough board was put out of existence; but whatever may have been our opinion on the general subject we will all agree that the change In the matter of public lectures has been very beneficial. Why. in the old times, when I introduced a resolution for the establishment of free lectures In Brooklyn it was defeated because it was argued that if established they would interfere with the Brooklyn institute." The Bell Rang on Controller Metz. Controller Metz told his usual story about how he was "knocked" and "roast- It Is the intention of the members of the Grand Street Board of Trade to take an active part in the agitation against tbe proposed closing down of the ferries operated by the Brooklyn Ferry Company. The first step in this .direction was taken last evening, at the regular meeting ot the organization, held In the rooms of the Eastern District Club. 466 Grand street. There was a good attendance, with President John H. Brouwer In the chair, and William L. Douglas, recording. Attention to the threatened discontinuance ot tbe ferries was called by John J. McManus, who moved for the appointment of a committee to protest against the shutting down of the ferries. He said that the residents of Greenpoint were arranging for a mass meeting, and he thought that it was about time for the board to take some action of a similar character. President Brouwer voiced the . same opinion, and after the adoption of the motion, appointed Mr. McManus, Philip Bender, Herman Naeher and William Douglas as a committee to take necessary action. The committee were Instructed to get to work, and It Is possible that a big mass meeting will be arranged. Mr. McManus mado another suggestion, which will unquestionably meet the fa tor of tlio young element in the Eastern District. His suggestion was that the proper officials be communicated with and requested to set aside a section of the' new Greenpoint Park to be used for the playing of baseball and other out door amusements. In moving for the idnptlon of his suggestion, Mr. McManus said that it was about time that some thing was done for the young people. He ed." and said that the lecturers could do more to Inform the people of the real conditions of affair In the city government than any other body. He said he would recommend tj,tbe committee to include more lectures on the city government. It was time people of the city got the facts, which were the scarcest things In town.' Were It possible to get in one man all the ability of Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster and Theodore Roosevelt he could not run the city under the present charter. On man told him that the city needed a Napoleon. A fine chance he would have. He would be Indicted by a Grand Jury in short order, or would be run out of town by a taxpayers eult. After Mr. Metz had spoken for ten minutes the toastmaster's warning bell was rune, but he continued talking. It rang again and again, until finally the speaker realized that it was not a teiepnone can and sat down. The other speakers were President Winthrop. Dr. Page, Miss Hofer and Dr. Gulick. The committee who arranged tbe dinner consisted of Dr. Devins, chairman; Robert G. Weytn. jr., secretary, and Herbert L. Bridgman, Standard Union; Charles L. Bristol, Miss Jennie M. Davis, Erasmus Hall High School; Dr. Stephen P. Duggan. City College; Francis Bertram Elgas, Dr. William L. Felter, Girls High School; E. Hagaman Hall, W. Fletcher Johnson, Frank Keck, Professor Henrv E. Northrup. Poly Prep; Miss Jennie Pomerene, Richard A. Purdy, John Lloyd Thomas. GERMAN SOCIETIES. Julius Guse, speaker of the Brooklyn Turnvereln, having resigned, the society last night elected Fred Wuestel to succeed him. - The Brooklyn Saengerbund will entertain the Arion before tbe latter's European trip. The invitation was received by the Arion last night, the date named being June 6. At a special meeting of the Caecilia Saengerbund, held last night at headquarters, 6 Boerum street, President B. Hamm, after expressing regret -over the apparent lack of Interest on the part of the members, resigned. Vice President Theodor Mueller took the chair, and the subject ot the small attendance at singing rehearsals was discussed. It was decided to leave the matter with the executive committee, and President Hamm was induced to withdraw hlsreslgnatlon. The entertainment committee of the Arion met last night and submitted its pleasure calendar for the year, and It was approved by the executive committee. The committee has selected Forest Park, Pa.,- for the fall excursion over Labor Day. The May outing of the society will be held May 24, at Texter's Ulmer Park. The Brooklyn E. D. Turnvereln held Us monthly meeting at the clubhouse, corner Bushwick and Gates avenues, last night. Speaker Maurice F. Propping presided. The school committee reported that the Turners School was attended by 628 pupils in April. Richard F. Schmidt resigned as chairman of the committee on intellectual endeavors. Gustav Schweppendieck will accompany the Tun-ners' section to Germany as official representative of the Turnvereln. The day for the departure of the Turners has been changed to June 27, the same day the Arion party is to leave. i A meeting of the Wine, Beer and Liquor Dealers Association, E. D., was held yesterday afternoon at Henry Brendel's hall, 178 Stockholm street. About 100 members were present. Lorenz Schinel-ler presided and Valentine Heckelmann acted as secretary. The following new members were accepted: John J. Schaffer, Henry Nlekamp, Charles Behland, M. Ziegler, Charles Wernert, Thomas Raber, Ernst Hoffmann and John Schoeller. The entertainment committee, of which H. Albers is chairman, reported that the aunual family outing of the association is to be held on June 18 at the White House, Canarsie. The Columbia Ladies Chorus, of which Karl G. Schneider Is musical conductor, will have an entertainment at Chris Benders hall, 222 Wyckoff avenue, on May 16. The Metropolitan Solo Quartet, consisting of Balthasar Schnell H. Gross, Stephan S. Chan and Henry Behr, members of the Hessischer Saengerbund, will sing on Sunday next at Peeksklll, at the dedication of the new German Lutheran Church. The Rev. E. C. J. Kraeling of Zion's Church, on Henry street, is to speak. A large delegation of the Hes-Bischer Saengerbund will accompany the quartet. A celebration took place laBt night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Stamm, corner Hamburg avenue and Madison street, the occasion being the fourteenth anniversary of their marriage. AFRO-AMERICAN NOTES. Mayor J. G. Riddick of Norfolk, Va., In an address of welcome to the delegates and visitors of the twenty-third quadrennial session of the African i. E. General Conference, in progress In St. John's A. M. E. Church, said: "If the better element of white people and the better element of colored people were brought together there would be perfect peace and the race problem would be solved." He declared that he was proud of the city and that the city was proud of its colored citizens. Bishop William B. Derrick of Flushing, L. I., In a speech noted as the quadrennial address, made a strong plea for the establishment of the family altar and for an educational ministry He touched on all phases of the church work and especially intemperance. added that there was not a boy possessed of health and spirit who was not interested in baseball. The only place they have to Indulge in the sport, the speaker said, was In the streets, with the result that they are arrested and taken to court, Complaints are made by residents anil business men for broken windows and destruction of their property, which) makes it more imperative for the boys to have some space where they can indulge In tbe sport without interference.' The speaker pointed out that there was sufficient spaced In the park which could be set aside for baseball games. The board decided that the suggestion was a gcod one, and a special committee will be appointed to look into the matter and make every effort to put ths idea Into effect. The members expressed considerable regret over the failure of the officials of the New York and Queens County Railroad to look with favor upon the plan suggested by the board to extend their road from Astoria to the Williamsburg Bridge. A communication was read from H. M. Fuller, president of the railroad company, in which that official stated that, Inasmuch as the company contemplated the expenditure of a large sum of money on railroad improvements in Queens County, he felt that the company could not, at the present time, entertain any proposition to extend the road Into Kings County. Alderman Thomas McAIeer was present, and during a brief address, pledged his support in any work undertaken by the members of the association. ' Before the meeting adjourned a committee of three, cot-sistlng of John J. McManus,' Chris Klrcher and Herman Naeher. was appointed to examine ths books of tho association, as is customary yearly. The eomittee was ordered to report at tbe next meeting. INSTALLED AT JAMAICA. Rev. Dr. F. O. Zesch Made Pastor of the First German Presbyterian Church. At Jamaica last night the Rev. Fer dinand O. Zesch, Ph.D., was Installed as pastor of the First German Presbyterian Church, at Fulton street and Harvard avenue, to succeed the Rev. Christopher, Bauer, who recently resigned. The Installation was held under the auspices of the Presbytery of Nassau, Elder N. Rowley, of Northport, moderator of the Presbytery, presiding. After the organ prelude and doxology, Elder Rowley openeu' the meeting with a few remarks.. The scripture was read, and prayer offered by the Rev. M. Mager, of New Hyde Park. The sermon was defvered by the Rev. Augustus C. Espach, of Elmont, and the constitutional questions and ln stallatlon of the pastor were conducted by the moderator. The Rev. Julius H. Wolff, of Newark, N. J., made tbe charge to the people, ami that to the pastor was given by Rev. J. Howard Hobbs, of the Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, who urged the newly Installed minister to remain true to the Ideals ot the church and the Presbytery. Hymns in German and English were sang by the audience, while the choir rendered "Under Thy Care," by C. C. Margaret, In a very effective manner. The benediction was pronounced by ths pastor. The Rev. Ferdinand O. Zesch, Ph.D., Is highly esteemed for his learning and piety. He is 66 years of age, having been born In Halle on the Salle, Germany, In 1852. He came to America at the age of "22, and Immediately entered the Presbyterian Seminary at Bloomfield, N. J., where he remained two years, graduating in 1876. He then occupied a pulpit in Carlstadt, N. J. for eight years, his pastorate there being followed by a two years ministry in Lawrence, Mass., a fourteen years stay at Cincinnati, O., and a three years pastorate at his seminary town, Bloomfield. While there he became German secretary and acting editor kl the Deutche Volksfreund and the Bactschafter. of which Rev. George Seibert, Ph.D., was editor, taking his place while he was away In Europe, and being appointed editor when Dr. Seibert died. Since tlK suspension of the Volksfreund the pastor has given his time to editorship of the Bactschafter, ot which he is still the head. Mr. Zesch has two children. The First German Presbyterian Church was established in 1900 as a result of a split with the St. Paul's Reformed Church. Mr. Zesch is tbe fourth pastor. MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL. Attractive Programme Given Under Direction of Mme. Christine Adler at Trinity Baptist Church. Despite rainy weather last evening, the May music festival at the Trinity Baptist Church, Patchen and Greene avenues, drew a large audience. Those who braved the storm were well rewarded, tor Mme. Christine Adler, who had charge of the concert, was at her best, while the artists who assisted her deserve .great credit. Miss Elizabeth Topping rendered variations in B fiat, from Chopin. The singing of Tosti's "Mattinata" and Gounod's aria from "Relne de Saba," won great applause for Dr. Julian M. Nova, who sang In his usual finished style. Franz Kaltenborn, the celebrated violinist, rendered "Die Melstersinger," from Wagner; two movements from "Mobile." and a violin concerto in B minor. Opus 64, from Mendelssohn, with all the skill for which he is noted. Mme. Christine Adler sang "Lay Thy Hand Upon Me," by E. Franklin, and "Thoughts of Home" (by request), from Edwards. Mme. Adler was in fine voice and almost surpassed herself. She received a large bouquet of roses and, as an encore sang a beautiful little "Rose Song," by an unidentified composer. "A Madrigal" and "If My Little Girl Were a Tiny Star" were sung by Mrs. Lillian Wells-Ogle in her excellent voice and style. Two Scotch dialect songs. "Loch Lomond" and "Bonnie Doon," were sung with great feeling by Mrs. L. Nelson Brower. Eric Norgren, a baritone, made his first public appear ance last night and made a favorable imnression. dismaying a nne voice anu an artistic temperament. He sang Wagner's "O Sublime sweet evening Star!" Mme. Christine Adler sang "Jocelyn," accompanied by Mr. Kalten born on the violin. Franz Kaltenborn surprised and nleased his audience by Handel's "Largo" accompanied by Mme. Adler, although it was not on tne regular programme. Dr. Nova and Mme. Adler closed the entertaining programme with a duet, "Oh, That We Two Were Maying!" by S. Nevin. MRS. CLARK TO WED. " The engagement is announoed of Mrs. Tane Clark of Rockaway Beach, daugh ter of the late Captain Peter Maguire. to Captain Marion MacMillin, only son ot Emerson MacMillin, president of the American Traction Company. Captain MacMillin Is vice president of the Fron-tenac Gas Company of Quebec and the niiahpn. Traction Cnmnanv. a former army officer and a companion of the lata Captain Maguire in inns. .1 (

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