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Brooklyn Daily Standard Union
3 January 1879
A VARIETY OF CHARGES
The FRANKLIN family are figuring in Justice SEMLER's Court in a variety
of ways. Mrs. Jessie FRANKLIN, of 1847 Pacific street, has had Matthew
FRANKLIN, of 192 Buffalo avenue, arrested on a charge of abandonment;
and Eliza ROBINSON, whose residence is given as in the same building as
that of Matthew FRANKLIN, has had his accuser arrested on a charge of
having set fire to her house on the night of December 31. Justice
SEMLER has adjourned the hearing of the cases.
EASTERN DISTRICT-Brief Mention of Affairs in the Burgh.
John PFEISTER, twenty-two years of age, of 94 Montrose avenue, visited
the Stagg street station early last evening, & in the course of
conversation boasted that he had never been arrested in his whole life
by the police. At twelve o'clock last night he was found drunk and
asleep on the sidewalk on Stagg street, & was arrested & taken to
the station-house to prevent his being frozen. As it was his fingers
and ears were frost-bitten, & Justice GUCK this morning suspended
Henry B. FRICKE, of 25 Jackosn street, New York, was held by Justice
GUCK this morning for reckless driving a Vienna bakery horse & wagon
over G. LESSER, of 483 Grand street last evening. LESSER was but
slightly injured & the case was adjourned until the 7th instant.
John SCHNEIDER, a pedler, went into Henry JACKER's saloon, 131 Harrison
avenue, on New Year's night, & after imbibing beer & refusing to pay
for it, broke the windows. Justice GUCK this morning sent SCHNEIDER to
jail for twenty-five days.
George W. SPARKS, of 117 Lynch street, was sent to jail for ten days by
Justice ELLIOTT this morning, for stealing three quilts from William
HAUS, 61 Wythe avenue.
August RUOFF, of 97 Bushwick avenue, was arrested last evening by
Officer O'CONNELL, for selling beer without a license. This morning
Justice GUCK fined him $50.
George JAMES, of 99 Ninth street, was held by Justice ELLIOTT this
morning charged with stealing an overcoat yesterday from the residence
of Christopher K?IES, 237 South second street.
Edwrad LAMB, of 266 Second stret, was accused by Susan MYERS, of 87
Grand street, before Justice ELLIOTT this morning, of stealing $7. The
case was adjourned.
GREENPOINT-Elizabeth MCCLOY & Alice MCCAULEY, the former living at 238 East
Thirty-second street, were in such a beastly state of intoxication last
night that they could not stand. They were arrested, & this morning
Justice ELLIOTT sentenced them to jail for ten days each.
4 January 1879
Surrogate's Court - Before the Hon. Abram H. Dailey
Wills proved -
Thomas GARRISON, of the town of Flatlands;
Timothy NOSTRAND, of the Town of New Utrecht;
Gilbert S. DAVIS,
John H. H. HUNTER,
Samuel M. POOK,
Charles H. TONJES
Henry KRETZMAR, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship of the persons & estate
of Samuel P. ELY were granted were granted to Samuel W. PUTNAM,
of John H. DILLMAN, George H. DILLMAN & Henry J. DILLMAN to William H. MALE;
of Herbert B. TEN EYCK, Emily A. TEN EYCK & Mary TEN EYCK to Richard TEN EYCK;
of Anne A. HOOPS to John H. MIDDLECAMP; of George FOX to Mary FOX,
all of the county of Kings.
Letters of administration were granted on the estates of the following
named deceased persons, viz.:
Ambrose PLATT, of the town of New Utrecht;
Thomas GARRISON, of the town of Flatlands;
Mary P. ELY,
Henry G. ELY,
Adelheid MINDERMAN, formerly Adelheid HOOPS,
Edgar C. LOWE,
Joseph C. MORRIS,
Mary A. DUTTON, all of the city of Brooklyn.
ROUGH ON RAFF
On the 2d inst., August RAFF, of 97 Bushwick avenue, E. D., was arrested
on the charge opf selling beer without a license. He was taken before
Justice GUCK on the following day, was tried & convicted & sentenced
to pay a fine of $50 or go to the Penitentiary for fifty days at hard
labor. This forenoon the prisoner was brought before Justice GILBERT in
the Supreme Court on a habeas corpus & certiorari obtained by his
counsel, JOHNSTONE, O'HANLON & ROESCH, & his discharge asked for on
the ground that Justice GUCK exceeded his powers. Assistant
District-Attorney WERNBERG appeared on behalf of the People, & said he
was satisfied at first thought that Justice GUCK exceeded his
jurisdiction in the case, but asked for an adjournment of the case to
allow him to examine into it, & asked the Court to fix the amount of bail.
Justice GILBERT - Well, let the prisoner be bailed in $500.
Counsellor JOHNSTONE - But, your Honor, the accused only sold lager
Justice GILBERT - Ah, only beer; well, then, make the bail $250, & let
the case ne heard by Judge MOORE at the Sessions.
The accused was immediately admitted to bail.
MRS. PRESCOTT'S CAUSE OF COMPLAINTS.
Hugh DOUGHERTY, who was charged by Mrs. Sarah PRESCOTT, of Grand avenue,
with an aggravated assault, was fined $25 by Justice BLOOM this morning
for simple assault, & defendant, when leaving court, was summoned to
appear in an action for $1,000 damges in the City Court for a criminal
James DOUGHERTY was yesterday arrested for intoxication in the Fourth
Precinct. Upon being taken to Court to-day, he was found to be
suffering from frozen fingers, & he was sent to the City Hospital.
R. HENRY, an Atlantic avenue undertaker, was yesterday fined $10 by
Justice WALSH upon complaint of the Board of Health, for carrying to the
cemetery in a coach the body of Florence FARRELL, of No. 27 Nevins
street, who died Nov. 22 of scarlet fever.
6 January 1879
-Justice ELLIOTT this morning adjourned until Monday next the case in
which Elizabeth KNUTH, of No. 63 North Tenth street, was charged by
Louisa EISTED, of No. 68 North Eighth street, with striking her on the
head with a poker.
-Justice ELLIOTT this morning sent Thomas DAY to jail for three days for
snowballing passersby on Wythe avenue yesterday.
The Flaherty-Bennett Indictment
District-Attorney CATLIN has cited the indicted City Works Commissioners
BENNETT & FLAHERT, with Inspector Michael DADY & Purveyor MILNE, to
appear & plea to the indictments on next Thursday morning, preparatory
to their trial, which is fixed to rake place on Wednesday, the 15th
Change of Name of a Church.
In the Supreme Court to-day, Justice GILBERT on the petition of the
Trustees of the Gethsemane Baptist Church, granted an order changing the
name of the petitioners' corporation to that of Willoughby Baptist
Church. The petitioners state the reason of the change was owing to the
fact that their church is located in Willoughby avenue, & the change
of name would readily designate its location.
New Grand Jury Charged.
The Court of Oyer & Terminer met to-day & impaneled a Grand Jury for
the January term. Justice PRATT in charging them said that he was
especially requested to charge them in regard to the laws to prevent
fraud at elections & the selling of intoxicating liquors, prohibiting
the collecting of legal fees by Justices of the Peace, top prevent the
sale of obscene books & papers. He had been notified that there was a
machine in the Court House for the manufacture of gas, which was highly
dangerous to the persons occupying the building, & it would be their
duty to investigate the matter; & that they had better have the
District-Attorney or one of his assistants with them at all times except
when they were taking a vote. The names of the jurors are as follows:
Jacob COLE (foreman),
B. H. LANE,
Abner C. KEENEY,
James A. FARRELL,
C. Washington COLYER,
Edwin V. BRAND,
Thomas H. STEWART,
Garrett O. BERGEN,
Samuel E. BURTIS,
G. R. ALEXANDER,
Richard R. BROWNE,
William L. EXCANCE
7 January 1879
The Curious History of a Counterfeit Fifty-Dollar Bill.
On Saturday afternoon last a young woman purchased a set of jewelry
worth $33 at Jacob MORCH's jewelry store, No. 217 Grand street, & gave
in payment a $50 bill. Mr. MORCH was doubtful as to the genuineness of
the bill, & while he was examining it Mr. Charles HESS, a former
cashier of a New York bank, went into the store & said that the bill
was good. Mr. MORCH subsequently found that it was a counterfeit, and
reported the case to the police. Yesterday afternoon, the young woman
who is of respectable family, & resides in the Eighteenth Ward,
returned to the store & said that her mother had scolded her for
spending so much money, & that she desired to change the jewelry for a
cheaper set. Detective HOLLAND was sent for & she was at once
arrested. In court this morning she said it was her brother had
promised her a New Year's gift, & that she had taken the bill from his
wallet. She had admitted having gone in several stores with the bill,
but said that she did so to get change. Her brother said that he knew
the bill to be a counterfeit, & that he got it in exchange for some
silver in a business transcation. Mr. MORCH, having received the
jewelry & the balance of the change, & Justice ELLIOTT being
convinced of the truth of the statements, discharged the prisoner.
EX-SURROGATE BRAINERD'S WILL.
Ex-Surrogate Roswell G. BRAINERD's will was offered for probate this
afternoon. His property is valued at $20,000 & is to be divided among
his four children.
A MISSING BANKRUPT
George B. REMSEN, who was formerly a wealthy resident of Hempstead, L.
I., & dealt in lath, lime & brick, was forced into bankruptcy in
December 1876. Lowell TALBORT was appointed assignee, the liabilities
being $40,000 & REMSEN offered to settle sixty cents on the dollar in
July, 1877. Since that time REMSEN has disappeared, as alleged, taking
with him money which he should have turned over to his creditors, but
also other moneys which he borrowed. This morning the case was before
Judge BENEDICT, of the U. S. District Court, when Daniel B. THOMPSON,
counsel for John GLEASON, W. A. HOLMES & others, asked to have the
composition set aside, & that the assignee be ordered to divide the 20
per cent in his hands pro rata, amongst the creditors. Decsion was
James HAYNES & Daniel MCLAIN arrested as suspicious persons were sent
to jail for ten days each this morning by Justice ELLIOTT.
8 January 1879
Maria L. Hubbard Will.
Testimony was taken before Surrogate DAILEY to-day in reference to the
contested will of Mrs. Maria L. HUBBARD, whose mysterious death by
poison at Gravesend in June last attracted considerable attention.
Albert SPAULDING testified that Mrs. HUBBARD burned a will at his house
in this city in 1876 or 1877. That will was dated January 7, 1874. A
lead pencil copy of the same was produced in court, & identified by
the witness. It bequeathed a house in Munroe street to Wm. C. LUSK,
$1,000 each to Harry E., Nellie A. LUSK & Samuel J. ROBINSON. Case
The John L. Lockitt Will.
In addition to the will of John L. LOCKITT, the senior member of the
firm of John L. LOCKITT & Co., provision dealers of this city, who died
recently, it has been agreed by the relatives of Mr. LOCKITT, who were
expected to contest it as against his widow to pay the widow one-third
of the value of the estate in cash. A schedule of decedent's property,
with estimated valuation, were sent to Mrs. LOCKITT a few days ago. The
case will not now be contested in the courts.
In pursuance of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Esq., Surrogate of the
county of Kings. - Notice is hereby given, according to law, to all
persons having claims against George B. GRANNISS, late of the city of
Brooklyn, deceased, that that they are required to exhibit the same,
with the vouchers thereof, to the subscribers, the executors, No. 58
Wall street, in the city of New York, on or about the 10th day of
Dated July 2, 1878
George H. GRANNISS
Robert A. GRANNIS
In pursuance of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Esq., Surrogate of the
county of Kings. - Notice is hereby given, according to law, to all
persons having claims against Marcia A. WELCH, late of the city of
Brooklyn, deceased, that that they are required to exhibit the same,
with the vouchers thereof, to the subscribers, the executors, at the
residence of Flemen B. CANDLER, 86 Green avenue, in the city of
Brooklyn, on or about the 2nd day of June next.
Dated November 26, 1878
Flemen B. CANDLER
Charles W. BANGS
In pursuance of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Esq., Surrogate of the
county of Kings. - Notice is hereby given, according to law, to all
persons having claims against Ralph T. CHAFFEE, late of the city of
Brooklyn, deceased, that that they are required to exhibit the same,
with the vouchers thereof, to the subscribers, the administrators, at
the residence of John T. GILES, 134 Felix street, in the city of
Brooklyn, on or about the 5th day of May next.
Dated November 4, 1878
Alletta A. CHAFFEE
John T. GILES
10 January 1879
Six Cents Damages for Libel.
In June last Wilhemena BRAND began a suit in the City Court against
George BRAND for divorce. The case came up in Court on a motion by
plaintiff's counsel for alimony. The next day an affidavit signed by
defendant, giving his version of the case was published, in which he
charged that the marriage between him & plaintiff was brought about
through fraudulent means by one Henrick THORMAN, a wholesale provision
dealer, of No. 208 Conover street, E. D., whom he styled a marriage
broker. Mr. THORMAN at once began an action for libel against the
Brooklyn "Freie Press" to recover $10,000 damages. The case was tried
yesterday before Judge NEILSON & a jury. Some of the plaintiff's
witnesses testified that after the publication of the affidavit in the
"Freie Press," they refused to purchase any more tenderloins, hams or
chops from plaintiff. The latter said he had been seriously injured by
the publication of the affidavit. The case was given to the jury late
yesterday afternoon, & after an absence of three minutes they gave a
verdict for plaintiff for six cents damages. The costs and
disbursements in the suit will amount to $100. J. M. BULLWINKLE was
counsel for plaintiff, & CATLIN, BACKUS &AUSTIN for the defendant.
PLEADINGS OF PRISONERS IN THE COURT OF SESSIONS
In the Court of Sessions this morning the following persons were
arraigned & pleaded as follows:
Henry MILLER, grand larceny, guilty.
John ENNIS & John MCVEIGH, assault & battery, not guilty.
Gilbert MULLEN, assault & battery, with intent to do bodily harm, not
Edward KENNEDY & James LYNCH, burglary in the third degree & petit
larceny, not guilty.
Louis BENTON, embezzlement & petit larceny, guilty.
Bernard CANNON, burglary in the third degree, not guilty.
Bryant T. KING & George LEE, burglary in the first degree & grand
larceny, not guilty.
Hugh HADDEN & Richard SULLIVAN, petit larceny from the person, not
Wm. ADAMS, burglary in the first degree & grand larceny, not guilty.
Charles STODDARD & Robert PRIMROSE, grand larceny, not guilty.
Robert PRIMROSE, grand larceny, not guilty.
11 January 1879
Thomas BAINES, a car-driver on the North Second street line, was before
Justice GUCK this morning on a complaint of Frank WHEELER, of 56 Monitor
street, who accused the former of assaulting him with a car hook and
breaking his wrist. The case was adjourned until the 17th inst.
William LYNCH, who, on the 23rd of last November, raised a disturbance
in H. PERRY's restaurant, 202 Grand street, was fined $5 to-day by
Andrew HAMILTON was sent to jail for ten days this morning by Justice
GUCK, for insulting ladies & being drunk.
13 January 1879
A PATENT INDICATOR SUIT.
The Hornum Patent Manufacturing Company brought suit some time since
against the Brooklyn City Railroad Company in the United States District
Court, before Judge BENEDICT, to obtain an injunction & damages for
using patent indicators for regulating fares, thus infringing on their
patents held by the plaintiffs. Defendants demurred on the ground that
it was not alleged that they had used both patents in one indicator. A
decision has been rendered by Judge BENEDICT overruling the demurrer,
allowing defendants to put in an answer on payment of costs.
-Rev. J. W. BARNHART had recovered his health sufficient to occupy his
-Mr. E. S. KNAPP, of the Greenpoint Ferry Company, who has been absent on
a four weeks' wedding trip, upon his return last Friday was presented
with a magnificent gold-headed cane, by his employees.
SURROGATE'S COURT - BEFORE THE HON. ABRAM H. DAILEY.
Wills proved -
John J. BENNETT, of the town of New Utrecht;
Charles C. BAILEY,
Ellen Mary CALAHAN,
John B. GUTHRIE,
George H. HUGHES,
Sarah M. COLLINS & Robert THOMPSON, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following
named persons, viz.:
Israel T. POTTER,
William G. DREW,
Anna G. MELVILLE, all of the city of Brooklyn
Simon DENYSE, of the town of New Utrecht
Charity BENNET, of the town of Flatbush.
15 January 1879
Greenpoint- Ernest MAUREL, the youth who was sentenced in June
last to eighteen months' imprisonment for stealing $400 from his
father, has been pardoned, & returned to his parents' home.
John MARKEY, aged sixteen, of Union avenue, was sent to jail for ten
days this morning by Justice GUCK, for stealing a flour barrel worth 20
cents from in front of William YOUNG's grocery store, 290 Devoe street.
Thomas ROBINSON, who on December 12, obtained possession of a special
policeman's badge from George FREESE, & then demanded & was granted
admittance to the Long Island Print Works on Johnson avenue, on
representing that he was in search of an illicit still, was held for the
Grand Jury to-day by Justice GUCK.
Justice GUCK to-day dismissed a charge of reckless driving against
Gustave LESSER on the 3rd inst.
Justice GUCK to-day suspended Martin TROY, of 67 Ellery street, and
Ellen MCDERMOTT, no residence, to jail for ten days each. They were
arrested on complaint of an old lady living at No. 50 Nostrand avenue,
who, on returning home from a visit yesterday, found them in her
16 January 1879
A Decision in the City Works Conspiracy Case postponed by Judge Pratt.
In the case of demurrers interposed by Messrs. MILNE & DADY, of the
Board of City Works, who were jointly indicted with City Works
Commissioners FLAHERTY & BENNETT for conspiracy & felony, Justice
PRATT this afternoon postponed his decision until next Saturday morning.
General TRACY & Assistant District Attorney WERNBERG were present on
the part of the People, & Messrs. Jesse JOHNSON & ex-Judge TROY on
the part of the demurrers. Many local politicians were present,
desirous to hear the decision.
Sad Showing in a Divorce Case.
This morning, before Justice GILBERT, in the case of Dorothea BEILSTEIN
against Martin BEILSTEIN, a suit for divorce on the ground of cruelty
and inhuman treatment, Counsellor TOWNS for the plaintiff made a motion
to strike out some portions of the husband's answer as scandalous. The
defendant's answer stated that his wife had been in prison in Germany
for grand larceny; that she was habitually drunk, & that three years
ago before Justice GUCK they agreed to separate. Mr. TOWNS moved that
the allegations as to Mrs. BEILSTEIN being in prison & a drunkard be
Mr. STEARNS, counsel for the defendant, in opposing the motion, said
that as the plaintiff alleged cruelty, it was necessary to show that if
cruelty had been practiced, there was some reason for it.
Justice GILBERT said the allegations stating the plaintiff had been in
prison before her marriage had nothing to do with the present suit for
divorce, & was no excuse for cruel treatment, & if the plaintiff was
an habitual drunkard the defendant as a good husband should have tried
to reform her. The motion to strike out was granted.
Verdict Against the City Railroad Company.
The jury in the case of Miss Marcellus MORAN against the Brooklyn City
Railroad Company yesterday in the City Court brought in a verdict for
$325. The plaintiff was injured on November 31, 1878, while in a coach
coming from a funeral by one of the Graham avenue railroad cars running
into the coach.
The CURTIN Divorce Suit.
Judge NELSON in the City Court in the divorce case of Margaret CURTIN
against John CURTIN, to-day gave judgment for separation, ordering the
husband to pay $3 per week alimony, & $50 counsel fees at the rate of
$10 per month. John CURTIN, it will be recollected, suddenly
disappeared about two years ago & went to the Sandwich Islands,
leaving his wife & family unprovided for. On his return recently he
E.D.- MR. M'CORMICK, OF ROLLER SKATE FAME, IN TROUBLE.
Charged with Attempting to Shoot a Man - The Outgrowth of a Lawsuit -
Application for a Warrant.
Mr. George QUINN, a contractor appeared at Justice ELLIOTT's Court this
morning for the purpose of obtaining a warrant for the arrest of Mr. J.
J. MCCORMICK, whom the former accuses of having shot at him in a saloon
on Grand street, on Tuesday night
It seems some time ago William E. CHAPMAN supplied MCCORMICK with a
boiler, which was placed in a building that the latter was erecting at
Union avenue & North Second street, for which QUINN was the
contractor. When the building was completed, a demand was made for $850
for extra work, done at the instance of Mr. MCCORMICK, payment of which
was refused & a suit instituted. The case was tried on Tuesday before
Judge NEILSON & resulted adversely to MCCORMICK, who was ordered to
pay $700. QUINN was a witness for CHAPMAN. While the former was on his
way home on the evening of the day of the trial he stopped in a saloon
at Grand & Sixth streets. Hearing a noise in a rear room he opened
the door leading to it & saw MCCORMICK. QUINN said to him that they
had beaten him (MCCORMICK) in court, to which MCCORMICK replied that it
was because QUINN had testified to lies, & that he was a perjurer.
QUINN replied that he had only testified to what he knew to be the
truth. MCCORMICK then got up & walked into the bar-room followed by
QUINN. Here some more words ensued, & according to a statement made
by QUINN, MCCORMICK drew a revolver & fired. The ball passed through
QUINN's overcoat & under coat. Immediately after the shooting both
parties went home. Mr. QUINN said this morning that he had been told
that MCCORMICK had said that he was waiting to get another chance at
him, & that he would shoot him at sight.
E.D.- The Suit Against Mr. Luer WINTJEN.
The suit brought by John SCHLICKING against Luer WINTJEN, of the firm of
WINTJEN & HARMS, sugar refiners, in which Mr. WINTJEN is charged with
having permanently disabled the complainant by pushing a hogshead on
him, breaking his breastbone & rupturing several blood vessels came up
this morning be. . . to the circumstances of the alleged assault, as
already published, & said that he had been to the Eastern District
Homeopathic Hospital, the Eastern District Hospital, to the College on
Fourth avenue, near Twenty-third street, New York, & to the
Homeopathic Hospital on Cumberland street, at each of which he was
pronounced incurable. The case is still on.
(Trancriber's note: the middle of the above article is folded & it
appears one line is missing.)
17 January 1879
Arraignment of Prisoners in the Court of Sessions.
A Young Girl who is a Confirmed Kleptomaniac - A Young Man who is
Charged with Insulting a Packer Institute Scholar.
The Grand Jury sent to the Court of Sessions to-day indictments against
the following-named parties, who were immediately arraigned to plead:
Maria GARDNER, aged fourteen, a kleptomaniac, with stealing earrings
from Lizzie MILLER on December 10, & also a pair of earrings from Katy
RICHTER on October 2, pleaded not guilty. Assistant District-Attorney
WERNBERG stated to the Court that the accused had been charged with
similar offenses before. On one occasion Dr. A. W. SHEPHERD certified
that the girl was not responsible for her acts, & Dr. WALKER made a
similar certification. The prisoner was then allowed to go on a
stipulation being made by her father that he would take her away from
the city. She was sent away fro a short time, & when she returned she
began her petty thieving. Mr. WERNBERG thought that the prisoner was a
confirmed kleptomaniac, & that petty thieving was a disease with her
rather than a crime, & thought she should be sent to the Lunatic Asylum.
Judge MOORE ordered the prisoner to be remanded to jail, & directed
Drs. SHEPHERD & WALKER to make another examination in reference to her
A. LAW, the nice young gentleman from Clinton avenue, indicted fro
grossly immoral conduct towards a young lady, a pupil at the Packer
Institute, was next arraigned. When called upon to plead, his counsel,
Morris F. DOWLING, said: "Not guilty." The Assistant District-Attorney
then moved that the trial should be appointed for the 22nd instant. The
prisoner's counsel objected to what he termed undue haste, said that the
prisoner was respectably connected, & it has been arranged with the
District-Attorney to permit bail pending the trial. Mr. WERNBERG said
that the case was one that should be disposed of as speedily as possible.
Judge MOORE said he should accede to the request of the
District-Attorney & appoint the trial for the 22nd. If on that day
counsel for the accused shall satisfy the Court that he has made
reasonable efforts to proceed to trial, & had not succeeded, that it
would be taken as good grounds for postponement.
Wm. SPROLL, a seedy-looking individual, charged with burglary in the
house of James SHILLIG, pleaded not guilty.
Christian C. HANSON, indicted for burglary, pleaded not guilty.
A VERDICT OF $1,100 FOR THE LOSS OF A WIFE & CHILD BY FIRE.
The recent trial of the case of Joseph WILLEY against Patrick MULLADY, a
wealthy property-holder, to recover $10,000 for the loss of plaintiff's
wife & child, was begun before Judge NEILSON & a jury to-day. The
plaintiff is a young man employed as a conductor on the Gates avenue
cars. On Nov 5, 1877, he resided with his wife & child in a tenement
house owned by defendant at No. 721 Gates avenue. The basement of the
premises was occupied by a baker who was boiling crullers in a large pot
which got upset, & in a few minutes the entire lower part of the house
was in a blaze. Plaintiff's who was in her apartments on the third
floor, made an attempt to escape by the staircase, but was prevented by
the smoke & flames. She then went to the windows & made frantic but
vain appeals for persons below to save her, but she & her child were
suffocated. The case was previously tried before Judge MCCUE, who
dismissed the complaint. The General Term granted the motion for a new
The complaint sets forth that had fire-escapes, as required by law, been
affixed to the house Mrs. WILLEY would have escaped.
The defence rests its case upon a section in the fire laws, which
requires the Fire Commissioners to notify landlords to affix escapes to
their premises, & that no liability attached to a landlord where such
notice has not been given; that defendant received no such notification
and therefore was not liable.
The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff for $1,100.
JUDGMENT AGAINST KATE CLAXTON.
In the suit brought against Kate CLAXTON by J. J. ELLER, who claimed
$165.50 for services rendered by himself & assistants composing the
orchestra of the Lyceum Theatre, New York, Justice ELLIOTT to-day gave a
judgment for the plaintiff for the full amount.
18 January 1879
Sebastian HARTMANN, of 28 Thornton street, who is accused by Stephen
BURKART with having stolen $60 from the latter's room on Dec. 14, was
held in $1,000 bail to appear before the Grand Jury by Justice GUCK
John EHRET, a Flatlands farmer, yesterday drove his horse against a
South Fourth street car, breaking several panes of glass. On agreeing
to pay the damages, Justice GUCK discharged him.
Justice GUCK to-day decided that in the case of Mrs. FLANNAGAN against
Mrs. WOLF concerning the alleged theft of a pig, was one of mistaken
identity, & sent both parties home.
THE DAVISES MADE TWAIN.
In the Supreme Court to-day, Justice GILBERT granted a decree of
absolute divorce in the case of G. D. DAVIS, counsellor-at-law, against
Amelia A. DAVIS. Cause, adultery.
SURROGATES COURT- BEFORE THE HON. ABRAM H. DAILEY.
Wills proved -
Caleb D. LYON,
Henry J. OSTMANN,
Ellen R. NEWMAN,
Sarah M. COLLINS,
Margaret KENNELLY, sometimes called Margaret CONNEY,
Elizabeth Eleanor LOWNDES
Albert PULLER, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following
named deceased persons, viz.:
Henry H. COX,
William H. HALL,
George W. GRIFFITH,
Franklin P. HUNT,
Lydia J. CARLE,
Cecelia H. WATERHOUSE,
Margaret J. CAVANAGH,
Catherine LYNCH, all of the city of Brooklyn;
Jane HODGE, of the city of Paterson, New Jersey.
Letters of guardianship of the persons & estates
of Olyn HERR, Cora HERR, & Frank W. HERR, were granted to Pauline W. L. HERR;
of Margaret BELMAN to Henry BELMAN;
of Henry M. WILSON to Fanny L. WILSON;
of Francis H. MCCORMICK to James MCCORMICK;
of Harriet A. VAN WICKLEN from R. G. VAN WICKLEN, & Minnie VAN WICKLEN
to Andrew H. VAN WICKLEN;
of William PFROMANN to Michael PROMANN, all of the county of Kings.
[Transcriber's note: PFROMANN & PROMANN (in the final line) were
typed as written.]
20 January 1879
James ALDON, charged with abandonment by MARY ALDON, his wife, was
allowed to go to-day, by Justice GUCK, on promising to provide for his
John MCGROVER & William MCGARR were arrested to-day on a charge of
having on the 18th instant stolen a money drawer containing $20 from
Lewis BIRDROFF's bakery, No. 149 North Sixth street. Justice ELLIOTT
adjourned the examination.
Adolf ARNOLD, of 31 Seigel street, was arrested to-day on complaint of
Catharine ARNOLD, his wife, who charged him with attempting to choke
her. She says that she found hi in bad company, on Saturday night, and
that on going home, she remonstrated with him & that he then assaulted
her. Justice GUCK gave him his choice of paying $20 or going to jail
fro twenty days.
Michael REYNOLDS was arrested at Legget's Hotel in New York by Detective
HOLLAND this morning on complaint of Mr. Wm. WILSON, plumber, of 284
Broadway. REYNOLDS is charged with having stolen & procured under
false pretenses $150 worth of plumbers' materials from Mr. WILSON and
his clerk. Justice ELLIOTT adjourned the case.
21 January 1879
A Greenpointer Accused of Taking Another Man's Wife and Household Goods.
On the evening of the 23d of November last, when PATRICK Bradley, WHO
THEN LIVED AT 209 Green street, returned home from his work, he found
his wife and a large quantity of wearing apparel and household goods
gone. Neighbors told him that an express wagon took the goods away and
that his wife had gone off with James MONAHAN who boarded with BRADLEY,
and was employed by the same firm. MONAHAN reappeared in Greenpoint
last week, and when BRADLEY accosted him, refused to give any
information in regard to Mrs. BRADLEY's whereabouts. BRADLEY says that
all he would tell him was that he had been at Wilmington, Delaware, a
portion of the time. BRADLEY this morning appeared at Justice ELLIOTT's
Court, and a warrant for MONAHAN's arrest for larceny and carting away
the goods was granted.
Rev. T.T. Kendrick's Case. - Rev. T. T. KENDRICK was arraigned
yesterday before Judge BETTS, at Jamaica, on a charge of having obtained
a horse by false pretenses. Mr. SKIDMORE, the complainant, was in court
with his counsel, ex-Judge BUSTEED, but Mr. KENDRICK was without
counsel, and the examination was adjourned.
AT HIS OLD TRICKS.
Miles CLARK, an upholsterer, of Plymouth street and Hudson avenue,
yesterday finished serving a term of three and a half years in the
Penitentiary, for highway robbery. At a quarter to eight o'clock last
evening Officer HURST arrested him, having in his possession a piece of
cloth alleged to have been stolen from in front of David MCCONNELL's dry
goods store, 161 Bridge street.
MR. J. S. ROCKWELL'S WILL.
The late James S. ROCKWELL, the millionaire leather manufacturer, was
thought to have left a will disposing of his vast property, but a
diligent search among his papers has thus far failed to discover any.
Thomas Tower and Frank KING, each sixteen years old, boarders at
"Traveller's Rest" on Grand street, were sent to jail for five days each
to-day by Justice ELLIOTT, on a charge of drunkenness.
22 January 1879
Patrick COLBERT, Owen MURRAY and James MCDONALD, accuse by Owen MONAHAN,
of 193 Greenpoint avenue, with having thrown a kettle of boiling water
at him because he refused to give them drinks, were this morning given
their choice of paying $50 or going to the Penitentiary for fifty days.
Justice ELLIOTT said he was determined to stop such proceedings.
A Family Claiming to be Heirs to $315,000,000.
Captain C. W. BAKER, town trustee of Patchogue, L. I., and a well-known
fisherman, claims to be a lineal descendant of Colonel Jacob BAKER,
whose heirs were inquired for. The "Advance" publishes the following:
"Quite recently an advertisement appeared in a number of papers through
the country asking for information of the heirs of Colonel Jacob BAKER,
a Revolutionary soldier, who died intestate at the residence of his
brother, in Canada, in the year 1801. He was an odd, eccentric
character, and had been visiting his relative some time. He always
appeared to have sufficient means to meet his wants, but was quite
reticent about his financial affairs, and it was not known that he had
anything more than a pension from the United States Government for his
service during the war. His health was very good, but taking a severe
cold he grew very ill, and died unexpectedly to his relatives, leaving
with them his discharge from the army, his uniform, cocked hat and
sword, all of which are still in their possession. It now appears that
the old colonel owned a large tract of nearly 1,500 acres, then in the
suburbs, now in the centre and most valuable portion of Philadelphia.
The value of the estate is enormous, being rated as high as
$315,000,000. Only of late years the fact has been elicited, and
efforts have been made to discover the old colonel's relatives. He was
a bachelor, but at the time of his death had several brothers living. A
son of one of these brothers, and a nephew of the old colonel, is
Benjamin BAKER, living in Brookville, a small town several miles form
Dayton. A large number of the family are living in the neighborhood of
Ohio, and a meeting was called in Brookville the early part of the week,
at which fifty-seven representatives of the family were present. Funds
were raised and subscribed to for sending Mr. Benjamin BAKER to make any
necessary investigations into the old family records for proving their
claim to the property, and the family are determined on ascertaining
23 January 1879
TAKING A SLEIGH RIDE.
At three o’clock this morning Officer HIRSCHOFF of the Sixth Precinct,
arrested Timothy REILLEY, a peddler, living at 145 Siegel street, and
George GILMORE, of 225 Ellery street, while they were riding in a
sleigh, the officer being suspicious as to how it had come into their
possession. When questioned by the officer, REILLEY said that he had
found the horse and sleigh standing in the street, and he though he
would drive around and look for the owner. At Maujer and Leonard
streets, he met GILMORE and asked him to have a ride and the offer was
accepted. It was subsequently learned that the horse and sleigh
belonged to Fredrick WISE, OF 23 Lorrimer street, who left them standing
at Leonard and Siegel streets while he went into a saloon. REILLEY and
GILMORE were held for the Grand Jury this morning by Justice GUCK.
MARGARET CURRAN SENTENCED.
The holding of Margaret CURRAN, of Hunters' Point, for the purpose of
receiving additional complaints against her resulted this morning in the
appearance of Mrs. MAXWELL, of Ninth street, at the Fifth Precinct
Station. Mrs. MAXWELL said that the prisoner had got one vest from her
to make up, but she refused to make a complaint. Martha SITTELL, of 486
Humboldt street, said that the prisoner had taken from her store two
pairs of pants worth $3 to make up and did not return. Justice ELLIOTT
sentenced the prisoner to eighty days in the Penitentiary, thirty days
each on the complaints made by Mrs. LARKIN and Mrs. PENNY, and twenty
days on that made by Miss SITTELL.
Henry HUDSON was sent to the Truant Home for fourteen weeks to-day by
Justice ELLIOTT on a charge of truancy made by Officer REYNOLDS.
Justice ELLIOTT this morning held William A. THOMPSON, the thief who
entered James ELLIOTT's apartment at 281 South Fifth street, on Tuesday,
to await the action of the Grand Jury.
A VERDICT FOR PETER COOPER.
The libel suit of Wallace P. GROOM against the philanthropist Peter
COOPER, to recover $50,000, the second trial of which has occupied the
time of the Circuit Court upwards of a week, was concluded yesterday.
The jury, after an absence of three hours and a half, returned to the
court-room and rendered a verdict for the defendant. On motion of
plaintiff, the jury was polled, each juror responding as his name was
called. The plaintiff, upon the announcement of the verdict, seemed
crest-fallen. Counsel for the defendant moved for an allowance in the
case, and then the jury was discharged. On the first trial of the case
the jury disagreed.
Mrs. CALLICOTT'S WILL.
The will of Mrs. E. C. CALLICOTT, who died in 1864, was approved by
Surrogate DAILEY to-day. Deceased was the wife of Hon. T. C. CALLICOTT,
formerly Speaker of the Assembly, now proprietor of the Albany Evening
WORSTED IN A DIVORCE SUIT.
In the suit for limited divorce of Sarah M. LLEWELLYN against John
LLEWELLYN, the referee, Hon. D. P. BARNARD to-day decided for defendant;
declaring that there was no proof of cruel and inhuman treatment.
LOVE AND LITIGATION.
As reported in the UNION-ARGUS yesterday, Willett C. POLLARD, of No. 48
South Tenth street, was arrested on a warrant issued by Justice SEMLER,
on complaint of Miss Sarah D. MOORE, who resides with her parents at No.
395 Gates avenue, on a charge of defamation of character. It appears
that POLLARD became infatuated with Miss MOORE during a New Year's call,
three years ago, and has since persecuted her with unpleasant attention.
Miss MOORE refusing to marry him he threatened to commit suicide, but
neglected to fulfill his threat. Subsequently he averred that she was
his wife by virtue of mutual promises made in the parlor of her father's
house, on February 20, 1876. The averred defamation of character is in
an allegation that POLLARD caused to be published in a New York Sunday
paper that he had begun legal proceedings to recover his wife whom he
said was Miss MOORE. Justice SEMLER held POLLARD to bail to answer the
24 January 1879
Sentences in the Court of Sessions - Prompt Disposal of Some of the
"Shorty" Lent Gang - Lenient Treatment of Patrick Riley, the Wife
John ROGERS alias "Shorty" Rogers, who was convicted yesterday in the
second degree, for complicity in the burglary of Mr. Theo.
SCHARFENBURG's house, Cooper avenue, East New York, was sentenced
yesterday afternoon by Judge MOORE to ten years in the Penitentiary.
ROGERS was the leader of the notorious gang of burglars which "Shorty"
LENT formerly commanded. "Shorty" is serving a twenty year sentence at
Patrick HEANY, another member of the gang who was sentenced on the same
charge, was sent to the Penitentiary for five years.
Wm BATTERSBY and John S. SINDENFELSER, proprietor of the saloon in which
ROGERS and HEANY were arrested, who were held as witnesses, were
Patrick RILEY, aged fifty-five, a 'longshoreman, who was indicted for
murder in the second degree, for throwing his wife out of a third story
window on the 8th of September last, and who pleaded guilty to
manslaughter, was sentenced to seven years in the Penitentiary. Judge
MOORE, in passing sentence on the prisoner, said to the latter that he
had been shown every possible leniency in permitting him to plead as he
did. The Court felt he should receive the full penalty of the law.
WIDOW'S SUIT AGAINST AN EXECUTOR OF HER DECEASED HUSBAND'S ESTATE.
The case of Carrie Adelaide TAGENHORST against Herbert SIEBERT was
argued in the Supreme Court, Special Term, before Justice GILBERT
to-day. Frederick W. TAGENHORST, tobacco broker, No. 68 Broad street
New York, died February 25, 1878, and left Carrie Adelaide TAGENHORST a
widow with two children, aged respectively seven and ten. He left a
will making his wife and Henry SIEBERT, his former clerk and partner,
executors. The business of the firm was to be liquidated, and all the
proceeds invested in United States bonds in the name of the executors
for the benefit of the legatees. The estate was at first estimated at
$100,000. Since the death of Mr. TAGENHORST the executors and executrix
have not agreed as to the management of the estate, and recently Mrs.
TAGENHORST began proceedings in the Supreme Court, asking for the
appointment of a receiver for the estate, and require Mr. SIEBERT to
make an accounting, on the ground that he was wasting the estate on
speculation; that he had invested $11,000 in U. S. bonds in his own
name, when they should have been registered in the names of both the
executors; that he began no deposit of the funds of the estate until
July last; that he has held gas and other stocks until they had largely
depreciated, and that now, upon the inventory submitted by SIEBERT, it
appears the estate has dwindled down in value to $21,000, and $30,000
WORTH OF BAD DEBTS. Mrs. TAGENHORST alleges further that SIEBERT is of
no pecuniary responsibility; that he holds insurance policies on her
husband's life for $8,000, and that she has been wholly dependent for
the support of herself and her children upon. . . (the end of the
article is missing.)
REV. T. T. KENDRICK'S CASE SETTLED.
The suit of Charles SKIDMORE, of Jamaica, against Rev. Tunis Titus
KENDRICK, was settled yesterday on the recommendation of General I. S.
CATLIN. The SKIDMORE party declared the transaction "no trade," and the
KENDRICK party said they were not satisfied with the mare.
Justice ELLIOTT to-day sentenced Christina ALBRECHT, a vagrant, to the
Penitentiary for ninety days.
Martin KIRSCH and Max LEVI, pupils of Public School 18, were arrested
yesterday for snow-balling passersby. Justice GUCK dismissed them with
25 January 1879
Sentences in the Court of Sessions.
Judge MOORE, in the Court of Sessions, yesterday afternoon, passed
sentence on the following prisoners:
-Gilbert MULLIN, assault and battery, fifteen days in the County Jail.
-Wm. SPROLL, burglary in the second degree, Penitentiary, five years.
-Charles MOORE, petit larceny from the person, Penitentiary, 3 yrs
and six months.
-Charles KENNY, a member of the "Shorty" LENT gang, who was convicted of
burglary in the second degree, was sent to the Penitentiary for 5 years.
-Frank MCCUE, attempt at burglary, Penitentiary, one year and three months.
-Wm FEELY, same offence, penitentiary, two years and six months.
-John ENNIS, assault and battery, Penitentiary, three months.
WHY MILES CLARK WAS SENT BACK.
On the 20th instant, Miles CLARK was discharged from the Penitentiary,
after serving a term of three and a half years. Before night he was
arrested for stealing a piece of cloth from David MCCONNELL's store,
corner of Bridge and High streets, and striking a clerk, John MCELWEE,
when the latter tried to protect the property. To-day Justice WALSH
returned CLARK to the Penitentiary for a year, having sentenced him to
six months' imprisonment for larceny and six months for assault and
SURROGATE'S COURT - BEFORE THE HON. ABRAM DAILEY.
Wills proved -
Marcus H. LAING,
Julia J. LEICH,
Harman H. LINNEMAN,
James S. WOOD,
Fitzma H. CALLICOT,
Alfred PEREGO, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following
named deceased persons, viz.:
Ellen M. DAY,
Gertrude S. HALSEY,
Florence E. LEONARD, formerly Florence E. HOWARD,
Frederick H. HARRISON,
James S. ROCKWELL all of the city of Brooklyn;
Margaret KELLY, of the town of Flatbush;
Barbara ASHCROFT, of the County of Armagh, Ireland.
Letters of guardianship of the persons and estates of Albert G.
FLETCHER, Mary V. FLETCHER, Agnes G. FLETCHER and Jennie B. FLETCHER
were granted to George G. FLETCHER; of Milton GARRISON to Harriet
GARRISON; of William J. MALVEY to William MALVEY, all of the County of
-John NOLL, 43 Van Cott avenue, and Steiner HARTMANN, 49 same street,
were arrested this morning by Officer FITZSIMMONS for throwing garbage
on the sidewalk. Justice ELLIOTT suspended sentence after giving them a
Wm. MCGARA and Henry MCGRIVER, about twelve years of age each,
acknowledged this morning that on the 12th inst they went into Louis
BISCHOFF's bakery, No. 149 North Sixth street, and stole the money drawer
containing $20. Justice ELLIOTT sentenced them to six months each in
the House of Refuge.
While Henry KORTZ was going through North Second street on the 23d
inst., some boys threw snow at him. This so enraged him that he beat
and kicked Harry MATHEWS, aged eight years, in a shocking manner.
Justice ELLIOTT sent KORTZ to jail for ten days.
27 January 1879
Mrs. Siefke Not Guilty of the Poisoning of her Brother.
Her Counsel Admit that the Potcheese that Henry Ropke Ate was Poisoned
but Make Out a Case of Mistaken Identity - The Jury Agree without
Leaving the Box.
Mrs. Caroline S. SIEFKE, wife of a baker in New York, was put on trial
in the Court of Sessions to-day, on a charge of attempting to poison her
brother, John P. ROPKE, of No. 82 Ross street, E. D., on August 31.
Assistant District-Attorney John OAKEY appeared for the People, and
ex-Recorder SMITH for the accused.
Mrs. POPE and her son John P. ROPKE, it will be remembered, resided
together on Ross street. The former was in the habit of receiving
presents of delicacies from a Mrs. COOK, of East New York. Mrs. POPE's
married daughter, the accused, resided in New York. There had been some
litigation between Mrs. POPE and the SIEFKE's in reference to the estate
of the former's deceased husband. On August 31, while some boys were
playing at Wythe avenue and Hooper street, a lady asked one of them,
John BLACKMEYET, age thirteen, to go upon and errand for her.
to-day that on the evening of August 31 last, while he was playing at
the locality name, a lady, whom he afterward identified as Mrs. SIEFKE,
gave him a package which she said contained pot cheese, and told him to
take it to Mrs. POPE, 82 Ross street, and tell her that it was sent by
Mrs. COOK, of East New York, who could not come down herself as her son
"Nicky" was sick. Witness did as he was requested, and when he arrived
at Mrs. POPE's, he found her sitting on her stoop. Witness said that
Mrs. SIEFKE accompanied him as far as Rodney street. Witness next saw
Mrs. SIEFKE at her residence on Third street, near Sixth avenue, whither
he went with the detectives for the purpose of identifying the prisoner.
After consultation between counsel, it was stipulated to admit that
there was poison in the cheese sent to Mrs. POPE's, and that John P.
ROPKE was affected by eating the cheese. Ex-Recorder SMITH said in
opening the case on behalf of the defendant, that the whole case turned
upon the identification of the prisoner by the boy BLACKMEYER.
The prisoner testified
in her own behalf that on the night in question she was at home, and
knew nothing about the poisoning till the Thursday following, when she
was arrested; that although there was some litigation between her mother
and brother, she had no ill-feelings towards them. She did not visit
them because her husband told her not to dos so; had not been in
Brooklyn for six months prior to the poisoning.
Henry SNYDER, Assistant Cahier at A. T. STEWART's and Ferdinand
STERNSHORN, both testified that Mrs. SIEGKE was at home at the time
stated that the cheese had been given to the boy to take to Mrs.
Hugo MILLER testified that he made the analysis of the cheese and there
was poison enough in it to kill a half a dozen men.
The jury rendered a verdict of not guilty without leaving their seats.
Mrs. SIEFKE is about twenty-eight years of age. She was fashionable
dressed and wore a profusion of jewelry.
28 January 1879
DIVORCE IN HIGH LIFE.
Mrs. Helen F. SWAN, of No. 965 Lafayette avenue, has begun a suit in the
City Court against her husband John SWAN, Jr., a wealthy ship broker and
owner doing business on South street, New York for limited divorce on
the ground of cruel and inhuman treatment. The parties were married
September 15, 1873, and have two children. The case came up before
Judge MCCUE to-day, on a motion made by Thomas H. WILLIAMS, counsel for
plaintiff, for $500 counsel fee and $75 per week alimony pending the
trial of the action.
Defendant appeared in person and by his counsel, Morris & Pearsall. He
denies in toto the allegations of cruelty.
Judge MCCUE ordered the case to be tried before Judge REYNOLDS at the
next term of the Court. The Court the plaintiff $10 per week and $50
CHANGED HIS NAME.
Seligman RECHT has obtained an order from Judge MOORE, of the County
Court, changing his name to Simon WRIGHT. Mr. WRIGHT is a butcher, at
538 Grand street, E. D.
HERMAN T. GERKEN'S WILL.
Herman Theodore GERKEN died in this city, July 29, 1878. He left $5,000
worth of property in reference to which his relatives have begun a legal
battle in the Surrogate's Court.
CRIPPLED FOR LIFE.
The suit of Frank H. CROCKER, seven years of age, by his guardian,
against the Knickerbocker Ice Company to recover $20,000 damages for
injuries sustained by the plaintiff, who was run over by one of
defendant's wagons and crippled for life, is now on trial in the Circuit
Court, before Justice PRATT and a jury.
A VERDICT FOR DAMAGES.
On the 26thof September last the Southern Railroad mail train of Long
Island was wrecked at Maspeth and several passengers were injured. One
of these was Dr. Henry S. NASH, of No. 48 West Twenty-seventh street,
New York, a dentist, who brought suit for damages, and the case was
tried yesterday in the Queens County Circuit. The jury rendered a
verdict for $6, 125 for the plaintiff.
Justice GUCK yesterday discharged "Jerry" QUIRK, who was accused by
Martin MEYER, of Walton street and Throop avenue, with the theft of a
silver and brass watch, three chains and a gold badge, all valued at $60.
29 January 1879
MISS FANNIE FINSLEY'S "HUSBAND."
A colored woman, who described herself as Miss Fannie FINSLEY, of No.
337 Gold street, and Treasurer of a lodge good templars, applied to
Police Justice WALSH yesterday afternoon for a warrant for the arrest of
her "husband," Edward C. MAGUIRE, also colored, aged forty-one, who had
no permanent residence in this city, for petty larceny, in breaking open
her official cash box and purloining therefrom divers and sundry nickels
belong to the Good Templars. Justice WALSH told her he could not issue
a warrant for the desired purpose on her own complaint. Fannie then
said that she had discovered that Edward was not her husband, as when he
was married to her on September 26, 1878, he was already married to
another woman. She therefore changed her complaint from petty larceny
to bigamy, for which a warrant was duly issued. MAGUIRE was taken
before Justice WALSH to-day, when he pleaded "guilty," and was committed
to await the action of the Grand Jury.
TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL INJURIES.
In the suit of Frank H. CROCKER, seven years of age, by his guardian,
against the Knickerbocker Ice Company to recover $20,000 damages
injuries to plaintiff, who was run over by one of defendant's wagons,
tried in the Circuit Court yesterday, the jury gave judgment for
plaintiff for $2,000.
THE HUBBARD WILL CASE.
Some further evidence was taken before Surrogate BAILEY to-day in the
contest over the will of the late Mrs. Maria L. HUBBARD, who was
poisoned by strychnine, at Gravesend in June last, the line of testimony
being to verify the lead-pencil copy of the alleged newly-discovered
will. Counsel on both sides then agreed to submit the matter to the
Surrogate for his decision.
A CUSTOM HOUSE OFFICER ARRESTED.
Christian HAMMAN, of Eighteenth street, South Brooklyn, has begun an
action in the City Court against Wm. G. GASCOIGNE, a Custom House
officer to recover $2,000 damages for loss of the services of
plaintiff's daughter Carrie, aged 17, who , it is alleged, was seduced
by defendant. The latter resides at No. 96 Rapelyea street. Miss
Carrie HAMMAN has also begun an action against GASCOIGNE to recover
$5,000 damages. Counsellor MEYENBORG to-day applied and obtained from
Judge MCCUE an order to arrest the defendant. The defendant was
subsequently arrested and gave bail. Both cases will be tried at the
March term of the court.
A BURGLAR CONVICTED.
In the Court of Sessions to-day, John BURNS, indicted for burglary in
the third degree, was tried and convicted. On the 11th inst., in the
night time, he broke into the house of Dr. August WHEELOS, No. 141 Kent
avenue. Dr. WHEELOS was awakened by a noise in his room, got out of
bed, and found and collared the prisoner. On searching the latter, a
quantity of jewelry trinkets was found in his pocket.
30 January 1879
"BEER OR BLOOD."
George FLOYD, of No. 251 Conover street, a young man of twenty-six
years, who is without useful occupation, entered Henry HOEHN's
lager-beer saloon with others, yesterday afternoon, and demanded to be
supplied with drinks on credit. Frederick HOEHN, the bartender, refused
to serve the thirsty men except for cash, whereupon FLOYD struck him on
the head with a drinking glass, inflicting a severe wound, which was
dressed by Dr. HARRIGAN, who extracted some pieces of the broken glass
from the wound. FLOYD was arrested by Officer CAIN, of the Eleventh
Precinct, and locked up to await the action of Justice FERRY on a charge
of felonious assault.
A SINGULAR CASE OF ALLEGED BURGLARY -
A PRISONER'S REMARKABLE STORY AND ACQUITTAL.
A man giving his name as Thomas POWER, aged thirty-four years, was
placed on trial in the Court of Sessions yesterday afternoon on a charge
of burglary, having broken a pane of glass in the store of MILLS &
WILSON, No. 124 Bridge street, at four o'clock on the morning of January
12, and, as alleged, attempted to steal a chest of tea. POWERS was
arrested by Officer KEY, whose attention had been attracted by the
breaking of the glass, and who saw the prisoner walking leisurely away.
The fact of the breaking of the glass by the prisoner was clearly
proved, and he admitted it. It could not be shown, however, that he had
attempted to steal the tea.
When POWERS was placed on the stand, he testified in his own defence
that he had been out of employment for a long time and could get nothing
to do. He stated that he was living with his brother, who was pressing
him for money. He had walked the streets for several days and nights.
He said that he leaned against the glass and fell asleep there, and
accidentally broke the glass. When arrested he had pleaded guilty out
of shear desperation. He said that he did not attempt to steal the tea
and that he was not a thief or a burglar.
The Court believed his story, and the District-Attorney abandoning the
prosecution he was discharged. He admitted that POWERS was not his
right name, which he refused to reveal as he said it would disgrace his
A SUIT FOR PERSONAL INJURIES.
A case of Jeremiah MAHONEY against James M. DECKER, to recover $5,000
damages for personal injuries, was tried in the Circuit Court yesterday.
Plaintiff is a truckman, and the defendant is a wholesale provision
dealer at Nos. 56 and 58 Greenwich street, New York. Plaintiff was up
to the time of his injuries employed by Mr. OAKLEY, on Hamilton avenue,
near Woodhull street. On the 27th of June, 1877, MAHONEY was sent by
his employer to deliver some goods at the defendant's store, where he
was injured by falling through a sort of masked hatchway 100 feet to the
lower floor, receiving severe injuries which has incapacitated him from
business. The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff of $50.
31 January 1879
Charitable Bequests. - Mrs. Elizabeth MOORE, of Newtown, who died
recently, bequeathed $3,000 to the Princeton Theological Seminary, to
establish a scholarship; $1,000 to the American Bible Society; $1,000 to
the Relief Board of the Presbyterian Church, and the remainder of her
estate, supposed to amount to $7,000, to the Foreign Missionary Board of
the Presbyterian Church in this city.
Curious Provision in a Will.
George Francis THAYER died in this city on the 29th ult. He left
property valued at $6,000. He will was offered for probate in the
Surrogate's office to-day. One provision of the will reads: "I, George
Francis THAYER, do hereby name and appoint my wife, provided she
survives me, executrix of this my last will and testament, and I caution
all lawyers, pettifoggers, quibblers of whatsoever name and nature to
beware how they try to overturn or set aside any portion of the
foregoing, or shall try to divert from my intentions any of my aforesaid
The Packer Pupil Alleged Assault.
Alfred A. LOW, of Clinton avenue, who was arrested on the 17th inst. on
a charge of indecently assaulting Miss Alice T. GODWIN, a pupil of the
Packer Institute, was placed on trial in the Court of Sessions to-day.
He was defended by General TRACY and Morris DOWLING. Miss GODWIN
described the nature of the assault, and said she had no doubt as to the
identity of the prisoner. General TRACY said defendant was of good
character, with no morbid or vicious habits, and at the time of the
alleged offence he was not a resident of this city. Case still on.
1 February 1879
LOVE & LITIGATION.
Miss Moore's Suit Against Her Rejected Suitor for Criminal Libel.
Willet C. POLLARD, aged thirty, was held in $1000 bail by Justice SEMLER,
yesterday, to await the action of the Grand Jury, on a charge of criminal
libel preferred by Miss Sarah L. MOORE, of No 355 Gates av, under
circumstances heretofore published. POLLARD,who is about thirty years of
age,says he is a medical student & literary man. He lives with his blind
mother in the Eastern District.
Miss MOORE, who is an attractive young lady, is the daughter of a
formerly wealthy merchant, who is now employed in a Fulton street dry-goods
store, according to her story, POLLARD fell in love with Miss MOORE, three
years ago, when he went with some friends to call on her on New Year's Day,
and was devoted in his attentions & lavish in his gifts to her for a long
time,but she at length informed him that his further attention would not be
POLLARD attempted to coarce the affection of Miss MOORE by threatening to
commit suicide but he neglected to execute his threats & they were without
effect. He wrote many letters to Miss MOORE, by whom they were unanswered.
At length the forlorn young man caused the publication in a New York Sunday
paper of a statement that Miss MOORE had a clandestinely formed a marriage
contract with him, & was his lawful wife. This publication is the basis of
POLLARD was attended yesterday by counsel, who waived examination, thus
taking the case direct to the Grand Jury.
SURROGATE'S COURT BEFORE THE HON. ABRAM H.DAILEY
Ann SMITH, of the town of New Lots:
Oliver F. BLEAKNEY,
George F. BURN,
Charlotte A. BUSON,
Alfred M. AVERELL,
Hon. Roswell C. BRAINARD, ex-Surrogate of Kings County,
all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following
named deceased persons, viz:
Eliz. E. OSBORNE,of the town of New Utrecht,
Louisa VOGLER, of the town of New Lots,
Mary DALEY, or DAILEY,
Mary F. THOMSON,
Martha L. WATRONS,
Salvadore LA NIGRO, otherwise known as William SALVADORE:
Margaret FLYNN, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship of the persons & estates
of Alida J.DOYLE, formerly Alida J. ROSE, & William J ROSE,
were granted to Harriet E. ROSE,
of Elizabeth MANG to Julius SIRTZ:
of Wm. HOGAN to John LAWLER;
of Albert C.SMITH to Sarah E. SMITH:
of Ida IVSTEVIN, formerly Ida Howard, to Henry M.IVSTEVIN,
of John KNOBEL to Frederick RICHARTU all of the county of Kings.
Henry PARMENTER was fined $5 this morning by Justice GUCK for disorderly
conduct & for attempting to assault Special Officer EICHELER.
Justice GUCK this morning reserved his decision in the case in which Andrew
RUPPERT was accused by Henry ALBERT, of 35 Monteith street, with having
assaulted him with a beer glass.
3 February 1879
WELLS' WEALTH ALLEGED INSANITY OF AN ECCENTRIC OLD MERCHANT
Persons Representing Themselves to be His Cousins Obtains a Writ ofLunaticede
Inquirendo--Jonathan TREMAIN WELLS, the Alleged Lunatic, Asserts his Sanity.
Jonathan Tremain WELLS is a bachelor of four score years. During the latter
half of his long life he has occupied, as an office, a loft at No 117 Maiden
lane, NY, where he was formerly engaged in the palm-leaf business on an
extensive scale, under the firm name of WELLS & MILES. Mr. Wells amassed a
large fortune which, until lately, he managed according to his own ideas,
and in a penurious way which if he had consulted his counsel, but Mr. WELLS
was so bewildered by the suddenness of the assault & the absolute
impotency of his protest that he gave no coherent answer. After M. Van
SINDEREN, the lawyers, the cousins & the crowd had gone, & the dray had
carried away his effects, Mr. WELLS tottered into Mr.SWAN'S office & sat
down perfectly exhausted.
Mr. WELLS DECLARES HIMSELF to be sane. He says that no one accused him
of insanity while he was accumulating his fortune, & that if he had wit
enough to make his money & keep it till now, he certainly has sufficient
intelligence to know how to use it hereafter. Mr. WELLS was born in
Connecticut, but when he was two years old his parents moved to Franklin
County, NY. Some times Mr. WELLS admits the relationship of his alleged
kinsmen, & at others denies it. The value of the property in question is
estimated at from $300,000 to $500,000. Among the main alleged evidence of
insanity is the fact that Mr. WELLS has invested considerable sums at
various times in Portage Lake bonds, Ship Canal bonds & Cuban bonds.
THE COURTS.New Grand Jury
The Grand Jury for the present month was empanelled in the Court of Session
today. The following named gentlemen compose it:
Thomas KANE foreman:
Uriah J. RYDER,
Patrick H CURRAN,
E. D. HAWKINS,
E. R. BUCKLEY,
Wm.H. KC KELVEY,
J. F. NEIDER,
George H. HALL,
Alexander H. BRITTON,
Robert MC GRATH,
S. B. VAN DYKE,
Joseph MC KINNEY,
Myron AUSTIN & Peter MALLON.
Reciever for a Dry Goods Firm
In the City court today, before Justice Neilson, counsel for Mr.
PORTER,,senior partner of the firm of PORTER & THORBURN, drygoods dealers,
of No 370 Fulton st, made application for the appointment of a receiver for
the firm, which has been dissolved by limitation.
Judge NEILSON said he would appoint a referee in the course of the day.
4 February 1879
Mrs. Elizabeth NEUMILLER, whose curious transaction with Philip LANY, of
Johnson ave & Lorimer st, was printed in this paper last week, was this
morning awarded judgment for $45, the full amount claimed, by Justice GUCK.
Wm. CARROLL alias "CARR" of 258 Jackson st, & John HARRIS, of 338 North
80th st, were seen by officers of the 6th Precinct in the neighborhood of
John DREYER'S grocery store, 238 Union ave, at an early hour this morning,
and told to go home. CARROLL was subsequently found in the store and
arrested, as was also HARRIS, Mr. DREYER recognized him . Justice GUCK
held the pair for the Grand Jury
5 February 1879
Mary HARRISON'S Will.
The will of Mrs. Mary HARRISON, deceased, widow of Mr. HARRISON, an
eccentric lawyer, formerly of this city, was offered for probate in the
Surrogate's Court today, Mrs. HARRISON died a few days ago at Bloomfield,
NJ, where she was on a visit. She leaves an estate worth $10,000, one half
of which goes to her son David, & the other half to a grandson. She leaves
a legacy of $1,000 to the nurse who attended her in her illness.
Sentences in the Court of Sessions.
In the Court of Sessions today Judge MOORE passed sentence upon the
following named prisoners:
James E. BIDWELL &
Charles BIRDSILL, who were indicted & convicted for assault & battery & riot
at FERDINAND Books' saloon, Greenpoint, where they were attending the
Red Men's ball, were each sent to one year in the Penitentiary.
John BURNS, burglary in the third degree: Penitentiary one year.
Kate MCNALLY, 18 years of age, grand larceny, Penitentiary 6 months.
Sarah MCELROY, receiving stolen goods, Penitentiary 2 years.
Charles SCHNEIDER, forging on order for $12, Penitentiary one year.
Arrested on a Requisition
Detective FOLK last night executed a requisition made by the Governor of
Pennsylvania upon the Governor of this State, for Joseph W.REFORD,
distiller, of 66 Cranberry st., on complaint of larceny of boiler made by
Alexander JOHNSON, of 996 Franklin st, Philadelphia. Justice WALSH, before
whom REFORD was taken, directed the surrender of the prisoner to a
Justice PRATT, yesterday, granted a decree of divorce to Catharine R. SUDER
from Charles R. SUDER, the defendant not to be entitled to dower. The same
Justice granted a divorce in the case of Benjamin WAGER vs Caroline WAGER.
THE US COURT GRAND JURY.
The Grand Jurors in the US Circuit Court were impanelled before Judge
BENEDICT this morning, & after retiring adjourned until 4P.M. tomorrow,
at which time they will consider the presentments to be made by District
The following is the list of Grand Jurors:
Henry A. MORRISON,
Ransom B. HINMAN,
Gilbert E.. CARRIE,
Charles A. SILVER,
John K. HOPPEL,
Wm. H. MARSTON
the calendar of the admiralty cases was arranged for the term by Judge BENEDICT.
Mathias WETZ & William READAWAG accused of insulting young girls on Ewen
st, & with kicking Louisa SCHMITZ were fined $5 each by Justice GUCK,today.
William BUCKLEY, aged 14 yrs was today sent to the house of Refuge by
Justice GUCK for stealing money from his mother who lives at # 48 Herbert st.
The notorious Polly Walton was arrested yesterday morning for intoxication
and during the day she tore nearly all her clothing in shreds. This morning
she was wrapped in an overcoat & taken to the Penitentiary for 30 days.
While an officer was taking her to the maria she tool off the overcoat and
tore that. She was taken into the Judge's room where she was left until
provided with clothes.
6 February 1879
Result of Making Love to the Bearded Lady
Henry S. RASQUIN, to whom was referred the matter of the suit for divorce
brought by Mrs. Ann BECHTOLD of #11 Graham ave, E.D. , against he husband,
Alexander G BECHTOLD, has submitted his report to Justice GILBERT,
recommending that a decree of absolute divorce be granted to the plaintiff.
Mr. BECHTOLD a year or 2 ago inherited a fortune of $12,000 from a relative
in Germany, & while his wife was abroad on a visit to her friends he is
alleged to have spent $9,000 in riotous living, & made improper advances
to the bearded lady.
Leonard GUMBACH, who raised a disturbance at a ball at Military Hall,
Leonard & Scholes st, last night, was fined $5 today by Justice GUCK.
CAPTURED IN CHICAGO
An Escaped Brooklyn Burglar Secured in the West.
On the night of August 6, 1878, 2 inmates of the Kings County Penitentiary
escaped by sawing one of the bars of a window in the Hospital. Their names
are John MC CARTY & James KELLEY. Keeper SHEVLIN has followed them all
over the country & succeeded within a day or two in locating MC CARTY at
Chicago. With the assistance of the Chief of Police of Chicago, MC CARTY
was arrested today. Word was telegraphed to this city & Detective RALL of
the Central Office, has been dispatched to Chicago to bring him on. MC CARTY
was convicted of burglary & had 4 years & a half to serve when he
escaped. Keeper SHEVLIN believes that he will shortly be able to apprehend KELLEY.
7 February 1879
Mrs., Jane E. MILLER'S Charitable Bequests.
The will of Mrs. Jane I. MILLER,who died a few days ago at # 172 South 2d
st, ED. was offered for probate in the Surrogate's office, yesterday
afternoon. It contains the following charitable bequests:
New York East Conference for Superanunated Ministers, $1500;
Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Williamsburgh $500;
Brooklyn Industrial School Association $500,
Union Mission Chapel, $1500:
Trustees of the Mission Chapel, for the benefit of the poor, $4,000:
Brooklyn Orphan Asylum, $500;
Eastern District Hospital $500;
Ladies Union Aid Association of Five Points, $500;
New York & Vermont Methodist Episcopal Conference for Superannuated Ministers,$1500,
Some bequests are made to relatives & the residue of the estate is to be
divided between the Brooklyn Industrial Aid Association & the Union Mission
George PHYLE, of 170 Ellery st, was sentenced to 60 days in the Penitentiary
today by Justice GUCK, for the beating his wife.
Owen MCELREY, of 9 North 6th st, in the course of a row with his wife last night,
either accidentally or otherwise, stabbed her in the arm with a penknife.
Justice ELLIOTT this morning adjourned the examination.
Damages for False Imprisonment
Casper WEISSENBERGER was awarded $100 & costs in the City Court yesterday
afternoon for illegal arrest. A rival lover named William WERNHOFER accused
WEISSENBERGER of stealing money from him, & a detective arrested him but
the case was dismissed. WEISSENBERGER sued for $5,000 damages. SEMLER &
TOWNS were counsel for the plaintiff.
8 February 1879
A Chinaman's Suit against Patrick WHITE,
John JASONG, a Chinaman, of # 35 Baxter st, NY, has begun as action in the
City Court against Patrick WHITE, a boarder at the Pierrepont House, to
recover a sum of money which plaintiff alleges he gave to defendant to
deposit in a saving bank for him (plaintiff), but which he (defendant)
converted to his own use. Judge NEILSON issued an attachment for the arrest
of the defendant, & the warrant was placed in the hands of the Sheriff.
In the plaintiff's written undertaking guaranteeing to pay damages for false
arrest, etc, he says that he is a property holder. L.C.CARUANA is counsel
for the Chinaman.
A Lady Pleading Her Own Case in Court.
Mrs. Louisa M. STANTON, who has gained considerable notoriety recently by
pleading her own case before the local judiciary, was before Judge PRATT
today in a suit entitled James A. FLACK vs. Louisa M. STANTON.
The lady kept the Court's attention for nearly 2 hours, during which time
she said many tart things about Mr. MILES, her legal opponent. Over a
hundred lawyers crowded about to hear the argument & remarks of the lady,
and considerable hilarity was manifested at some of her hits.
At length Mr. NILES arose to reply, but was interrupted so frequently that
Justice PRATT told the lady that "if she wanted to be a lawyer she must act
like one & not interrupt the proceedings. Decision reserved.
Surrogate's Court - Before the Hon. Abram H. DAILEY.
John I. WILLIAMS,
Catharine A. SMITH
Louisa LEUTZ, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following named
deceased person, viz:
Salvadore LA NIGRO (otherwise known as William SALVADORE),
Joanna J. DRINKER,
John B. WILLIAMS,
John DREW jr,
John M WHELAN,
John H. RUTHERFORD,
Richard D. ROWAND,
Mary GLENMAN, (formerly Mary HARTIGAN),
Oliver S VINCENT,
Ebenezer SMITH, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship of the person & estate
of Michael HOGAN were granted to John LAWLER;
of Charles SCHULZ to Regina SCHULZ, all of the county of Kings.
William CALLAHAN, the witness in the Patrick WHITE case, went to jail today
in default of $1000 bail.
10 February 1879
Justice GUCK today sentenced James BAKER & Arthur RYDER to jail for 5
days each for disorderly conduct.
John GRACE, a boy who killed a pigeon belonging to Jacob HARMON with a
bullet shot from a bean shooter, was sent to jail for 10 days this morning
by Justice ELLIOTT, who said he was determined to put a stop to such a
Robert A WARMANN, of 215 2d st, this morning accused Thomas SCHAURMAN of 32
Wythe ave, with having stolen the former's pet poole, while SCHAURMAN
claimed to have found it on the street. The dog was produced in court and
recognized by WARMANN who was allowed to take it. The prisoner was
Tribulations of a Peripatetic Vender of Tea & the Father of 12 Children.
John W. SMITH, defendant in a suit for limited divorce, brought by his
wife, Anna Maria SMITH, has filed an affidavit in the City Court, in
resistance of a demand for $25 per week alimony & $250 counsel fee, which
will go down to posterity as a curiosity of legal literature. It contains
Since 1858, in the month of December, when I was married to the plaintiff my
only study has been to support her & my rapidly increasing family. I have
never lost a day from sickness except when my finger was cut off. From the
year 1858 until 1876 I worked for one firm, that of E.H. Garbutt & Co.
wholesale grocers, doing business at 49 Park pl. NY, In 1868 I took out a
life insurance policy for $1000 for the benefit of my wife in the North
American Life Insurance Co. In 1877 this company failed & I lost my
policy. Having save $500 I bought, in 1889 a house & lot at # 57 Kosciusko
st, & paid that sum down. At different times thereafter I paid $500 more.
During my whole married life plaintiff never assisted me in anything except
in the increase of my family. My oldest child is a male & 21 years old.
His hand is against me, & his chief study is to encourage his mother in
crossing me & making my life unbearable. On the morning of April 18, 1878
my wife, moved by some evil household spirit, fell upon me because I could
not pay the interest on the mortgage, fastened her hands in my bead and
clawed my face to disfiguration. so violently did the plaintiff act that the
furrow made in my countenance on that occasion mark the places where the
plaintiff sowed the seed of discord & reaped the harvest of marital
misery. In spite of this violence I continued to struggle in the conjugal
traces, & supported as best I could my large & bellicose family by
peripatetically vending teas, coffees & spices. 26 years of married life
had taught me great meekness & forbearance. I suffered in silence until
June 12, 1878, when upon returning home I found that my wife had deserted my
hearthsatone & departed to parts unknown, & with her were gene the
children & the only tenant in my house. I was all alone, master of
myself-that heritage of bliss. I became aware in a few days that plaintiff
intended to indulge in the luxury of a law suit, & that I was to pay a
large amount to put the wheels of the law in motion. I am a broken down man
poor in spirit & bankrupt in happiness, & financially a skeleton. I
have no income except that derived from selling teas, coffees & spices,
which I carry around in my hand. The income is founded upon the quicksands
of public favor $5 to $8 a week. My wife can have my house & everything
that I posses. All I wish is peace which I have not experience in so long
that it passeth my understanding.
The plaintiff was allowed $2. a week alimony. She is the mother of 12
12 February 1879
Arraignments in the Sessions
In the Court of Sessions today the following were arraigned before Judge
MOORE, to plead indictments found against them by the Grand Jury ,
Thomas ROBERTSON, personating an officer:
Thomas DUFFY, grand larceny,
Thomas S BAINES, assault & battery;
Robert GARDNER, burglary 3d degree,
John H. BUCKLEY, receiving stolen good;
Wm. CARR, ALIAS,
Wm. CARROLL, & John HARRIS; burglary,
Wm A. THOMPSON, burglar;;
Sebastian HARTMAN , grand larceny,
John STEINER, Jr,
John STEINER, Sr,
Alfred TIMMS, common gamblers,
Timothy REILLY, grand larceny,
James THRAPP, assault & battery with intent to do bodily harm.
All the accrued pleaded not guilty.
John J. LOWREY of 125 Morrell st, was before Justice GUCK today, and
pleaded guilty to stealing a calf worth $8 from Michael WERTBEIMER of 155
Sigel st. Sentence was deferred until Saturday next.
John O'BRIEN & Edward NEWMAN, habitual lodgers at the 5th Precinct, were
taken to Justice ELHOTT'S court this morning, by Sergeant BATTERSBY, who
made a charge of vagrancy against them. They were sentenced to jail for 90
13 February 1879
The Will of the Late Dr. GILFILAN
The will of Dr. George GILFILAN, who died a few days ago, was offered for
probate in the Surrogate's office today. He leaves his property in Ireland
to his brother Alexander GILFILAN, of Killylare, Cty Derry, & real estate
on Main, Fleet & York sts. this city, & at Glen Cove, LI. to Dr. William
J. GILFILAN, whom he appoints his executor. the house 147 Pierrepont & 162
Willow st, he gives to his niece, Mary Cochrane BROOME, wife of Colonel John
L. BROOME, US. Marine Corps. & the house #212 Clinton st to his nephew,
Alexander COCHRAN. Some bank & other stock he leaves to various nephews
Ex- Mayor POWELL'S Will.
The will of the late County Treasurer, Samuel S. POWELL, who died on the 6th
inst, was today offered for probate in the Surrogate's office. Mr. POWELL'S
estate was small & he bequeaths it to his wife, Huldah A.POWELL, whom he
appoints his executor. Mr. POWELL left no children. He had 2 adopted
ALLEGED SWILL-MILK MEN
Arraignment of Several Dealers before Justice Fisher Today.
George GROSBACK, of 191 Ross st, Henry AUSTIN, of 191 Green st. & Denis
Griffin, of 189 Greenpoint av. who were arrested on Tuesday charged with
bringing swill-milk into the city from Blissville, were arraigned for trial
today in Justice Fisher's Court. Counselor Ridgeway defended them, and
Counselor Williams appeared for the Board of Health. Against GROSBACK &
GRIFFIN additional charges of bring milk into the city without permits were
made. AUSTIN'S case was adjourned for a week, on his statement that a
material witness was absent. GRIFFIN was fined $15 on the permit charge;
the inquiry into the other charge was adjourned to the 20th. GROSBACK was
fined $10 on the swell milk charge, the permits charge went over, GROSBACK
having admitted he was in the employ of a Mr, EVANS, the Health authorities
preferred a complaint against EVANS.
14 February 1879
IN PURSUANCE of an order of Abram H. DAILEY,Esq. Surrogate of the County
of Kings; Notice is hereby given, according to law, to all persons having
claims against , Joseph DUNDERDALE late of the town of New Utrecht deceased,
that they are required to exhibit the same,with the vouchers thereof to the
subscriber, Mary C.ROBINSON, admisistratrix, at the office of Charles J.
Lowrey, # 212 Montague st, in the city of Brooklyn, on or before the 25 day
of March next.
Dated September 23, 1878
Mary C. ROBINSON , Administrator
IN PURSUANCE of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Esq. Surrogate of the county of
Kings, notice is hereby given, according to law,to all persons having claims
against Ralph T. CHAFFEE, late of the city of Brooklyn,deceased, that they
are required to the subscribers, the admilatrators, at the residence of John
? GILES, 1134 8t Felix st, in the city of Brooklyn, on or before the 5th day
of May next.
Dated November 4, 1878.
ALLETTA A CHAFFER,
JOHN T. GILES, Administrators
15 February 1879
A $5,000 Suit for Slander
Mrs. Anna Maria HOFGESANG, through her counsel, F.W. OBERNIER has begun
action in the City Court against Gustav ROTBENBERGER, of Hopkins st. E.D.
to recover $5,000 damages for alleged slander in a public place on the
corner of Catherine & Devoe St. E.D.
Another Broken Home
Alice E. HOGATE, a resident of the Eastern district, has through her
counsel, F.W. OBERMER, begun an action the City Court against John C HOGATE,
for limited divorce, on the ground of cruel & in human treatment.
Five Actions for False Imprisonment.
Diedrich VAN GLEAN, a resident of the Eastern District, has begun five
actions in the City Court against Henry M,E, THORMAN, provision dealer, of
206 & 208 Conover st, for false imprisonment on charges of embezzlement.
Surrogate's Court- Before the Hon. Abram H. DAILEY
Henry L. WYCKOFF, of the town of New Lots,
Wm. J. STOKES,
Sarah H. ROGERS,
Mary C. SCHLATTERER
Mary KUNILL, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estate of the following named
deceased persons; viz:
Wm. GOTER, of the town of Flatbush;
George A. TAYLOR,
Sarah M. COLLINS,
Helena H. SUYDAM,
Wm. B. PALMER, of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship of the persons & estates
of Eleanor E. BAKER, were granted to Emily L, STOLPP;
of Josephine M. PASTNELL, to Henry PASTNELL;
of Nettie C. HEISENHUTTEL to John D. HEISENBUTTEL & Francis T. JOHNSON,
all of the county of Kings.
John J. LOWREY, who stole a calf on the 12th inst, belonging to Janet
WERTHEIMER, of 155 Seigel st, was sentenced to the Penitentiary for 2 months
today by Justice GUCK.
18 February 1879
A Sour Beer Case.
Before Justice PRATT & a jury in the Supreme Court, yesterday, the case of
Christian RIERS & R.E. MARTINES against Herman THIMIG, the beer bottler of
Atlantic ave, for $2000 damages was tried. The complainants over that they
purchased 500 cases containing 2 dozens bottles of the beer each for
exportation to Venezuela, & that when the boat arrived there it was
spoiled & useless. THIMIG alleges the beer was good & properly packed
when it left his brewery. The jury, under the direction of the Court,
rendered a verdicts for the plaintiff for the full amount claimed.
A Clothesline Slander Suit.
Maggie HUNTER, of # 115 Boerum st, brought suit in the City Court against
Emil ZINK, of # 138 the same street to recover $1000 damages for slander by
calling plaintiff vile names. The case was tried before Judge NEILSON
today. Verdict was rendered in favor of the defendant.
19 February 1879
Mrs. Catharine GA?LEY died in this city Dec 20th of last year. Her will was
admitted to probate in the Surrogate's Court today. Among her bequests was
$2,000 in trust to Dr. Charles A. COREY, of this city, the interest if which
is to be distributed among the poor of Brooklyn, & a similar sum in trust
to Mrs. Louisa BOSTWICK, the interest of which is to be distributed among
the poor of NY. If one or both the persons named die interstate then the
trust funds shall go to the Home of Incurables, Lexington av, NY
20 February 1879
George QUIMBY, 23 years of age & residing on Grand st, near 9th was
arrested yesterday by Detective BUTTS, on a warrant issued by Justice
ELLIOTT, an complaint of Christina LOW, # 95 Oakland st, on a charge of
burglary. Miss LOW'S story is that QUIMBY was a former admirer of hers, and
had presented her with considerable jewelry, but they had a disagreement,
and he stopped visiting her. Desiring to get his presents back, QUIMBY,
during the absence of her family on Tuesday, had entered the house by means
of false keys, & breaking the panel of a bedroom door, had stolen the
jewelry, which was valued at $35. Case adjourned & accused admitted to bail.
21 February 1879
The DOUGHERTY Will Case
The Neil DOUGHERTY will case was again up before Surrogate DAILEY today.
The 2 cousins of the decedent, James DOUGHERTY & Patrick DOUGHERTY, were
examined, but their testimony developed no new features in the contest.
The hearing was only remarkable on account of a "scrimmage" between
Counsellor SCHAFFER & Counsellor FLANNIGAN, representing opposite sides in
the contest. Mr. SCHAFFER had asked a question of James DOUGHERTY, when Mr.
FLANNIGAN said to Mr. SCHAFFER " I am told that you are a Methodist
preacher,, but that is no proof of the fact".
SCHAFFER- You have been convicted twice.
FLANNIGAN- You know you are telling a lie.
SCHAFFER- I know I am telling the truth.
FLANNIGAN-I don't propose to stand up here & hear those lies.
SCHAFFER- I don't lie; you do, & you know it.
FLANNIGAN- You may say that in a court room, but you daren't do it outside.
The Surrogate's gravel brought the dispute to an end at this point.
HAYES & KELLY Convicted.
In the cased of James HAYES & James KELLY, who were accused of robbing and
beating Mrs. Amelia HOLMAN on the 26th of September last, the prisoners were
yesterday afternoon, in the Court of Sessions, found guilty of assault with
intent to steal, & were remanded for sentence.
A Salve for Personal Injuries
Mrs. Elizabeth KNOWLES, sued the East River Ferry Company for injuries
received while stepping from a ferry boat at Hunter's Point. The case was
tried before Justice PRATT & the jury this morning returned a verdict for
plaintiff for $4,500. MORRIS & PEARSALL were counsel for Mrs. KNOWLES.
The Annie PIANT Case
Dr. Newton WHITEHEAD writes to the Union Argus denying his alleged
complicity in the Annie PIANT malpractice case. He says that Dr. Richard
WADSWORTH, the party whom Annie PIANT accuses of the crime was the person
indicted for the offense.
When the jury brought in the indictment of Dr. WADSWORTH it was announced by
a court official that Dr. WHITEHEAD & Dr. WADSWORTH were identical, hence
the mistake into which the daily journals were led in making hat statement.
Dr, WADSWORTH is still at large.
22 February 1879
David SHINNOCK Held
David SHINNOCK, who was accused by Amelia HOLMAN with being one of a party
of young men who robbed her of $1,600 on the 25th of September last, had a
hearing before Justice ELLIOTT yesterday afternoon. Mrs. HOLMAN repeated the
story of the affair & said positively that she identified SHINNOCK. The
prisoner was held without bail for the Grand Jury.
Surrogate's Court- Before the Hon. Abram H. DAILEY
George W. PRINCE, all of the city of Brooklyn;
Alvis RUFFAELL, of the town of New Lots.
Letters of Administration were granted on the estates of the following named
deceased persons, viz.
Lucas I. VOORHEES of the town of Gravesend,
Peter LOTT of the town of Flatlands,
Adrian BERGEN of the town of New Utrecht,
Hiram T. COLEMAN,
Fredericka V. KALBFLEISCH,
Robert F OWENS, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of Guardianship of the persons & estates
of Minnie D. HEISENBUTTEL & William F. HEISENBUTTEL & Francis T. JOHNSON,
of William STALHORST to Charles A. ERNEST,
of Lillie Julia BROWSE to William B. SWEETON, all of the city of Brooklyn.
24 February 1879
Retiring for Fifteen Years.
Thomas CARTER & Wm. JOHNSON, 2 New Yorkers, against whom 9 indictments for
burglary had been found, were before Judge MOORE this morning, & pleaded
guilty to 2 of the indictments. They acknowledged entering the house of W.S.
WEED & W.S. ROBINSON. They were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on the
first charge & 5 years each on the 2d charge, their enforced retirement in
the Penitentiary extending to 15 years. CARTER, as soon as sentenced, was
sent to the prisoners room, where he showed his gratification by crowing and
throwing up his hat. If the men had been sentenced on all the charges,
their terms would have aggregated 200 years.
The Tabernacle Disturber Discharged.
Mary NEDLEY, colored, who was sent to jail for 29 days by Justice BLOOM for
disturbing worship on Sunday , the 16th inst, at Rev, Dr. TALMAGE'S
tabernacle, was in the Court of Sessions this morning, on a writ of habeas
corpus. Ex Judge MORRIS, counsel for Mary NEDLEY, claimed that the
commitment was void, because it stated no offence & designated no place of
imprisonment. Judge MOORE looked over the papers & promptly ordered the
the Quick Dryden Will contest.
The evidence in the matter of the contest over the codicils of the will of
the late Barbara DRYDEN was concluded before Surrogate DAILEY this
afternoon. Supervisor QUICK, at whose house Mrs. DRYDEN died,and his wife
and Dr. I. FRED.MOORE gave testimony which tended to show an entirely
different state of affairs than was averred by the contestants. Counsel are
to submit briefs to the Surrogate next Friday, & a decision will soon
afterward be rendered.
The LAWELYN Divorce Case
A few months ago, Miss Sarah ME. LEWELYN began action for divorce in the
Supreme Court against John LEWELYN. The matter was referred to D.P. BARNARD
for trial, who reported in favor of the defendant, & recommending that the
child of the litigants be given to the latter. This forenoon. A. B.
CHALMERS, counsel for the plaintiff appeared before Justice PRATT & made
application for an order to punish defendant for contempt, & also that he
should pay the costs of an appeal the case. Henry C. PLACE, counsel for
defendant, opposed the motion & characterized it as an absurd one, as the
decree in favor of the defendant had already been entered. Decision reserved.
MORRIS, the Patchen Avenue Burglar, on Trial Again.
The 2d trial of Wm MORRIS, alias PORTER, is on the Court of Sessions
calendar for trial on Wednesday next. He is charged with being implicated
with "Shang" DRAPER & others in robbing the store of IBERT BROTHERS,
Graham av, E.D.. in August last. On the first trial of MORRIS the jury
disagreed. From present indications the accused stands a good chance to
escape conviction. Maggie MITCHELL, the principal witness, has not been
heard from for several weeks, & the District Attorney knows nothing of her
whereabouts. The next important witness, Officer Fred SCHERWELL, of the 9th
Sub Precinct, was buried yesterday.
Prisoners Sentenced in the Court of Sessions.
Judge MOORE, this morning in the Court of Sessions, pronounced the following
-Wm. CARR, who pleaded guilty to burglary in the 3d degree, one year & 3
months in the Penitentiary.
-Peter SMITH, burglary in the 3 degree & petit larceny, one year & 3
months in the Penitentiary.
-Emil STABL pleaded guilty to grand larceny from a dwelling, & was sent to
the Penitentiary for one year & 6 months .
-Thomas DUFFY, petit larceny, six months to the Penitentiary.
-Joseph GUERIN, petit larceny, six months to the Penitentiary.
-James MILLER, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny, one year & 3 months
-W.A.THOMPSON, who pleaded guilty to burglary in the red degree & petit
larceny, to Penitentiary for one year.
Detective ENNIS yesterday arrested Charles WILLIAMSON of Johnson av. and
Morgan sts, on suspicion of having stolen an $8 harness from John Lipp's
stable, Bogart & Rock sts. The case was adjourned until Wednesday
by Justice GUCK.
Edward J. DERRING, of 29 10th st, was arrested on Saturday by Detectives
SHORT & HOLLAND on complaint of James DERRING, father of the prisoner, who
accused him of stealing 2 dresses worth $20 & a shawl worth $25,which he
acknowledged having stolen & said that he pawned in Bridge st. for $5.
Justice ELLIOTT sentenced DERRING to the House of Refuge for one year.
Justice ELLIOTT today sentenced Amelia COLLIS, a 15 year old girl, who stays
out late at night & keep vicious company, to 6 months in either the
Penitentiary or the Home of the Good Shepherd, giving her the choice, she
chose the former.
Frank MULLEN, whom Officer HAGGERTY arrested on Wednesday last while MULLEN
with a poker in his hand was chasing William LAWLER, with whom he had had a
row, was sent to jail for 10 days, today, by Justice ELLIOTT.
Two boys named John BLANK & Herman F. ANTOINE were arrested by the 13th
Precinct police today on complaint of Benjamin F. CONKLIN, of Johnson ave,
who accused them of stealing 10 empty feed bags. Justice GUCK adjourned the
case until the 28th inst.
Edward FLANNERY , painter, 21 years, residing at 229 Oakland st, was
arrested yesterday for corner lounging. Sentence suspended.
25 February 1879
The Wells Lunacy Case.
In the Supreme Court today the report of the Commissioners to inquire into
the sanity of Jonathan Tremaine WELLS, the wealthy octogenarian bachelor,
was presented for confirmation. The Sheriff's jury in the case, it will be
remembered, found that Mr. WELLS was sane. The confirmation of the report
was moved by A.R.MARSH, of counsel for Mr. WELLS, & was opposed by Geo.
H. SIBLEY on behalf of Mr. WELLS' relatives. After a lengthy argument by
Mr. SIBLEY, Justice GILBERT said there were cases where the Court could set
aside an inquisition, but never in a case where the balance of testimony
favored the report & the verdict. He asked counsel to give him an
authority from the books where such a thing had been done. He would look at
the testimony taken in the case before arriving at a decision.
27 February 1879
WILBUR, the Patchen Avenue Burglar.
The trial of John WILBUR, who was arrested as a member of the Patchen av
gang of burglars, was continued today in the Court of Sessions, before Judge
MOORE. Detective MURPHY, testified to searching WILBUR'S residence on
Patchen ave, after the burglary at IBERT'S store. He also said that he found
checks & slips of paper which had been identified by Mr. IBERT: found
bank bills under the pillow cases in a room occupied by a young lady, & he
also found a part of a sectional "jimmy" a well known burglars implement.
The case will occupy the entire day.
Arraignment in the U.S. Court
In the US Circuit Court before Judge C.L. BENEDICT, the following named
indicted persons pleaded not guilty to the charges made against them:
Frank BUTT, retailing liquor without paying special tax.
Michael RICHARDS, manufacturing cigars without license.
Julius SPOERRY, manufacturing stills without license.
Daniel FORDHAM, manufacturing cigars without license.
Edward SEGUNDO, having in his possession cigar boxes with undestroyed stamps.
Thomas KEEFE, a liquor dealer, manufacturing cigars without a license.
28 February 1879
Sentenced for Life
In the New York Oyer & Terminer Court this morning, Charles BERSTEIN &
Abraham D. FREEMAN, convicted of arson in the first degree, were each
sentenced to the State Prison for life. FREEMAN is 30 year old and
BERNSTEIN 23. Both still assert their innocence.
William P. COOK, Again
William P.COOK, the real estate dealer, waived examination today before
Justice WALSH, & was held for the grand Jury on a complaint made by Mrs.
Mary O'LEARY, a widow, residing at 164 Walworth st, of obtaining from John
P. THOMAS the sum of $2000 by representing that he was authorized by her to
collect & received it.
Held for the Grand Jury
Albert MOTT, aged 27, was today held for the Grand Jury by Justice WALSH,
charged with burglarious stealing 6,000 cigars from Hyman JACOB'S store
6971/2 5th ave.
The case of August KOLLEN, &Philip WOLFERT, who were charged with having
severely beaten Thomas CONNORS in KOLLER'S saloon on the 10th instant, was
concluded before Justice ELLIOTT yesterday afternoon. KOLLER being
discharged & WILFERT held in $500 bail to await the action of the
Janet HANSON'S suit for the recovery of $35, which she returned to Mark
MICHEL, who cashed for her a note on the Bank of Glasgow, was called before
Justice ELLIOTT today. MICHEL it will be remembered, demanded the return of
his money on the failure of the bank, although he had himself passed out the
note & received the face of it.. Neither of the parties appeared in court
today, & it was learned that Michel had returned the $35 to the plaintiff.
John SULLIVAN, a cartman, of 333 3d st. was fined $4 today by Justice GUCK,
for breaking several panes of glass in a Grand street car, by driving his
horse against it.
Anthony DARMSTADT, an office boy employed by Counsellor, W.A. GUEK, was
accused by Counsellor David TEESE, who formerly occupied desk room in Mr.
GUCK'S office, with burning up a sign belonging to Mr. TEESE, in Justice
GUCK'S today. Mr. TEESE said that the boy told him he had been ordered to
burn the sign by his employer. The case was adjourned until Wednesday next.
-John LONG was arrested yesterday afternoon on a charge of intoxication and
also for abusing & ill treating his wife. At Court this morning he was so
profuse with promises of reformation that Justice ELLIOTT suspended sentence
-Sam MORRIO, a Malay was arrested this morning on Manhattan av, as a vagrant.
He says that he had been working st Sheepshead Bay, but that "work was no
more for 3 months". He was sent to the Penitentiary for 30 days.
2 June 1879
E.D.-Mary BESNEY, sixty-three years, was today sentenced to jail for fifteen days
by Justice ELLIOTT for the theft of a one dollar pair of shoes from in front
of Robert HOLDING's store, 191 Grand Street.
E.D.-John McGINNESS, of North First Street, was a looker on at a slight
disturbance in North First Street, last night, & seeing Officer DUNN coming
ran off & hid in a house close by. The house proved to be that of the
officer, who was going home, & who had not seen him. Hearing a noise in a
closet he opened it & found McGINNESS, whom he arrested. A satisfactory
explanation being given at Court today, McGINNESS was discharged.
E.D.-Henry STOCKFELDT, of 454 First Street, was today arrested on complaint of
Charles W. RYAN, of 453 First Street, who accused the former of choking &
beating him. A counter complaint was made by STOCKFELDT, who said he acted
in self-defense, claiming that RYAN was about to strike him with a two-pound
weight. Both were held in peace bonds by Justice ELLIOTT.
Indictments Found by the Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury came into the Courts of Sessions & brought indictments
against the following persons this morning:
Joseph GUERON , grand larceny
James MILLE, grand larceny
Peter SMITH, burglary, 3d degree.
Hugh RAY, robbery, 1st degree
Emil STAHL, grand larceny
Geo. J. WOOD, forgery, 3d degree
Walter JOHNSON, 4 indictments for petit larceny & burglary in the 3d degree
Timothy RILEY & George GILMORE, grand larceny
John STINER, Jr. &
John STINER, Sr,
Nicholas PLACE, as common gamblers;
James THROOP, assault & battery.
Emil STABL & Peter SMITH pleaded guilty.
The others pleaded not guilty
3 June 1879
A New Grand Jury.
It's members, their residences & vocations. County Judge MOORE charges
them to complete the "Unfinished Business" of their predecessors, &
cautions them to maintain complete secrecy, etc.
A new Grand Jury was impanelled in the Court of Sessions today by Judge MOORE
and Associated Justices as follows:
Foreman, C.B. HANCOCK, merchant, 43 Cambridge Place
John H. SCHULTZ, publisher. 138 Hewes Street
Frederick EDWARDS, 45 St. Felix Street
George R. VERNON, paper, 274 Ryerson Street
Joseph BUTLER, grocer, 671 Myrtle Avenue
Townsend C. VAN PELT, farmer, bath
John H. HARVEY, watch cases, 290 Pacific Street
A.B. LANE, livery, 174 Carlton Avenue
A.B. BRASHER, tea dealer, 315 Clinton Street
Joseph HULBERT, banker, 562 Henry Street
John DUFFY, 197 Nevins Street
Thomas JACKSON, barkeeper, 754 Park Avenue
Walter M. BARBER, agricultural implements, 105 Washington Street
Wm. H. LEEDS, 506 Warren Street
Wm. WILLIAMSON, farmer, Flatbush
Geo. SCHNECK, farmer, Flatbush
Henry BENNETT, lithographer, 31 Willow Place
Joseph F. BAKER, publisher 201 Seventeenth Street
Henry BARGE, leather dealer, 84 Tompkins Place
Robert RICHARDS, mechanic, Flatbush
Wm. M. NASH, iron manufacturer, 350 Broadway
Thomas MARTIN, machinist, 48 Columbia Heights
K.N. WOOD, builder, 418 Van Buren Street
Eastern District - Annie NEWMAN's Story - Prosecuted by a man whom she
refused to marry.
Thomas KISSEL, of 111 Van Cott Avenue, today caused the arrest of his
step-daughter. Annie NEWMAN, of North Henry Street, whom he accused of
larceny. The prisoner was charged with stealing a table, chairs, clothing,
silverware, etc., worth $25. The defendant's mother it seems died about
fifteen months since, & the former lived with KISSEL as housekeeper.
Before her mother died, however, she pointed out to her daughter, as the
latter says, all of the articles which she is accused of stealing & told
her she might have them. At the beginning of the present year KISSEL made a
proposal of marriage to Miss NEWMAN, which the latter rejected. He repeated
his proposal which annoyed her, & she left his house taking the goods with
her. She says that because she would not marry him he had her arrested for
satisfaction. Justice ELLIOTT heard the story of both parties today &
discharged Miss NEWMAN. He said that both parties claimed the goods, raising
a question of title which must be decided by a civil action. No larceny had
The End of the Fifty Dollar Bill Case - MORRIS Discharged.
The concluding testimony in the case in which Solomon MORRIS was charged by
Mary SARNOVISKY with having given her change for a five instead of a
fifty-dollar bill, was taken before Justice ELLIOTT yesterday, & the
defendant was discharged. Assistant District Attorney OAKEY said that on the
evidence he could not ask that the prisoner be held.
4 June 1879
A Boy Burglar Released.
Two boys, named Alfred UNDERWOOD & Benjamin NORTON, were sent to the House
of Refuge on the 21st ult. by Justice SAXTON, of Brookhaven, on a charge of
breaking into & stealing cigars from the railroad depot at Port Jefferson.
On the application of Counsellor ROESCH today, Justice GILBERT discharged
NORTON from custody on the ground that the commitment was defective, in that
the local Justice could not try cases of burglary.
Church Mortgage. In the Supreme Court yesterday, Justice GILBERT granted
permission to the Gates Avenue Congregational Church to mortgage their
property for $6,000, the amount realized to be applied to purchase of other property.
5 June 1879
A $3,000 Suit for Trespass.
Christopher L. ADAMS, who works on the docks in South Brooklyn, has begun an
action, through his counsel, H.F. HOBIN, in the City Court, against Lorenz
CONZEN, proprietor of the Atlantic House, Hamilton near Third Avenue, to
recover $3,000 damages for trespass, alleging that the defendant on the 18th
of May last, at one o'clock in the morning, secretly, wrongfully & forcibly
entered through the window of the bedroom of plaintiff's house, 36 Union
Avenue, occupied by the latter & his wife.
Restraining an Executor.
In the Supreme Court today Justice GILBERT granted a temporary injunction
restraining Martin WOOD, as executor of the estates of Samuel WOOD &
Abraham WOOD, deceased, from paying out or collecting certain trust funds, on
the ground that he was irresponsible. The case was set down for a hearing on
the 9th inst.
D.M. BENNETT Sentenced.
This morning, D.M. BENNETT, publisher of liberal & freetbinking books, who
was recently convicted of sending obscene publications through the mails,
appeared for sentence in the United States Circuit Court, New York, before
Judge BENEDICT. Judge BENEDICT sentenced him to confinement for thirteen
months at hard labor in the Albany Penitentiary & to pay a fine of $300.
The Generous Bequests of a Large-Hearted Merchant.
A few days ago William SLOANE, the head of the well known carpet house that
bore his name died in New York. He was known to be a possessed of great
wealth, variously estimated at from $800,000 to $1,000,000. In his
employment were many persons whom he regarded with great admiration. He did
not hesitate to freely ascribe to them the credit of the share they had in
building up the fortunes of the firm, & before he died he saw fit,
remembering this fact, to acknowledge his gratitude in a substantial way. In
the Surrogate's Court, yesterday, a petition for the probate of his will was
filed, & it is probable that the will will be admitted. Its provisions
will make glad the hearts of the fortunate employee who have been provided
for. By the terms of his will, Mr. SLOANE gives $33,500 to a number of the
older employees, in sums varying from $1,000 to $5,000, according to the
years of service of the different persons named. Mr. SLOANE, in the clause
of his will providing for these bequests, says that much of his success in
life had been due to the fidelity, well directed labors, & intelligent
interest in his business of the men who had assisted him in his enterprises.
The oldest employee had been in Mr. SLOANE's service for twenty-five years.
Mr. SLOANE has not forgotten to provide for many religious bodies &
societies, in which he took an interest, & he leaves $140,000 to be
distributed as follows:
Board of Foreign Missions - $30,000
Board of Domestic Missions - $30,000
Board of Church Extension - $10,000
Board of Church Sustenation - $10,000
Board of Church Ministerial Relief - $10,000
American Sunday School Union - $10,000
New York Tract Society - $5,000
Seamen's Society - $5,000
St. Andrew's Society - $5,000
Presbyterian House for Aged Women - $5,000
New York Bible Society - $20,000
Mr. SLOANE also leaves $20,000 to his pastor, the Rev. John HALL, of the
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York.
Remarkable Suit for the Possession of A Child.
The Marital Troubles of Mr. & Mrs. DURBROW - Alleged Immortality &
Maria Louise DURBROW, a pretty, fashionably attired girl, nine years of age,
was brought before Justice GILBERT in the Supreme Court today in response to
a writ of habeas corpus sued out by her mother, Mrs. Emma L. DURBROW, who
through her counsel, C.L. BROWER, applied to remove the custody of the child
from its father, James W. DURBROW, to her own charge. Mr. DURBROW was
represented by his counsel, F.A. WARD, who read an affidavit as a return to
the writ. In it Mr. DURBROW sets forth that he was married to the relator
ten years ago; that in 1872 she deserted him, & had since been leading a
life of shame at disreputable houses in New York; that since he had ceased to
live with the relator, which is over six years ago, she has been living with
one DOW, by whom she has had a child; & that on the 2d of October, 1877,
he procured a decree of absolute divorce from her in the State of
Connecticut, & by advice of counsel & instituted divorce proceedings in
this State. Further, that the relator, within a year, begun a series of
petty annoyances merely for the purpose of vexation & trouble; that a few
weeks ago she began a suit before Judge WALSH, in proceedings for her
support, but on the day appointed for the trial of the case she failed to put
in an appearance.
Counsel for Mrs. DURBROW said he was not prepared to meet the allegations
against his client, & asked time to traverse the return & produce
witnesses to disprove the allegations.
Mr. WARD said that he insisted upon a disposition of the case at once. Mrs.
DURBROW had been hounding the respondent from place to place, & it was time
her career in that direction was stopped. He could hardly find words
sufficiently severe to characterize her shameless conduct.
Judge GILBERT gave relator until tomorrow at 10am to produce witnesses, &
adjourned the case until that hour.
Mr. DURBROW is a clerk in the Continental Fire Insurance Company, New York,
and resides in Livingston Street, this city.
Mrs. DURBROW was in court. She is about thirty years of age, tall &
slender in stature, fair complexion & fine features. She wore a
fashionable gray walking suit. She was accompanied by her aged mother.
The Court directed that the child remain in the custody of the father, with
whom it has been since the divorce was granted.
When the parties left the court, a scene was anticipated, but it was avoided
by the parties leaving the court in opposite directions.
Stephen McARDLE, of 38 North Fifth Street, was today sentenced to pay a fine
of $20 or to go to jail for twenty days, for stealing a shoe worth $1.00 from
Samuel NEIL's store, 139 Grand Street. The complainant was sentenced to $10,
or ten days, for being drunk & disorderly.
Detective IHNE has recovered $60 worth of silver tableware stolen on May 3 by
William BOBLY, from Henry OLTMAN's residence, Belvidere Street. The articles
were found in Grace MURPHY's rooms, in 119 Hopkins Street, where BOBLY
borrowed $1.00 on them.
A.D. WEELBROCK, of Flushing & Graham Avenues, was today found guilty of
selling beer without a license, by Justice GUCK. Sentence was deferred for
6 June 1879
A Queer Case. The Matrimonial Entanglements of the DURBROWS. The custody of
a child denied to a mother - alleged immorality & Double Dealing - A
departed Husband who lives to fight his own battles - decision of Justice
GILBERT, with a lecture.
The Matter of the People ex rel. Mrs. Emma L. DURBROW against James W.
DURBROW, to obtain the custody of Maria Louise DURBROW, aged nine years, came
up again before Justice GILBERT today. The litigants were formerly man &
wife, but were divorced in Connecticut in 1877. Messrs. LYON & BROWER
appeared as counsel for Mrs. DURBROW, & Frederick A. WARD appeared in
behalf of the respondent. Mrs. DURBROW was accompanied by her aged &
trembling mother & her father; she also brought her little seven-year old
son with her. Dr. DURBROW was accompanied by his father & several lady
friends, & carried little Maria Louise in his arms.
Mr. LYON in opening the case said it was not denied by respondent's return
that the child came into the unlawful possession of Mr. DURBROW, who took it
out of a Sabbath school, & spirited it away.
Mr. WARD replied that there was no necessity of denying it, that the father
had the best right to the child's custody.
Justice GILBERT said the only question before them was, who was entitled to
the custody of the child. The case would rest on facts & not on
technicalities & legal niceties. The case would be tried & decided on
Counsel for the relator first put in testimony an agreement of separation
between the parties in 1876.
Mr. WARD opposed its introduction & stated that it had been canceled.
The Court said it would take it for what it was worth.
Mrs. Mary DAVIS, the aged mother of the relator, testified that the child in
question was born at her house, where it resided until Sunday, April 20, last
when it was taken out of the Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church by its
father & carried away. Knew nothing about the matter until she received a
telegram from Mr. DURBROW announcing the fact Mr. & Mrs. DURBROW resided
with her for the first two years of their married life, & were supported by
her husband. The DURBROW's have three children named, Lulu, aged ten; Albert
Edward, aged seven; & Howard Webster, born February 12, 1878. Witness
resides at 378 Halsey Street. Mr. DURBROW contributed very little for the
support of Lulu. Her daughter, Miss DURBROW, resides with her.
Mr. Wm. DAVIS, the husband of the preceding witness, gave similar testimony,
and said that he had brought DURBROW's notes. The DURBROW's kept house for a
short time at the corner of Bergen & Hoyt Streets. Witness was rather
obstreperous on his cross examination, & told counsel he was going to
testify in his own way, to which counsel replied he "guessed not."
The next witness was Mrs. Emma L. DURBROW, the relator. She testified that
she was married to the respondent on February 19, 1867. Maria Louise, the
child in question, was ten years of age coming July 17; for the first three
years & a half of her married life she & her husband resided with her
parents; she next resided in New Jersey until her daughter was ten & a half
months old, when she returned to her mother's house as her husband could not
pay the rent.
Her husband subsequently obtained a situation in the Continental Fire
Insurance Company. Went to housekeeping as before stated, when at last Mr.
DURBROW told her in plain English that she must go to her parents, as he
could not support his parents & her. Separated from her husband in 1872,
and had remained at home at her mother's ever since. Had seen her husband
frequently since then. He called on her at her mother's frequently. Saw Mr.
DURBROW outside on several occasions, & had roomed with him at the
Brandreth House, Stevens House, & elsewhere. Knew a man named George S.
DOW; he was a friend of her father's, but never lived with him at 231 West
Forty-ninth Street, New York, or 438 Sixth Street; was employed at the house
in forty-ninth Street as seamstress; had lived with no man but Mr. DURBROW;
had been employed as a dressmaker at a store on Grand Street, New York, &
hired a room there where she stayed when the weather was stormy & could not
go to Brooklyn; had a child February 12, 1878, while residing at the house in
West Forty-ninth Street; James W. DURBROW was its father; did not hear that
her husband had procured a divorce from her until he showed her the decree;
that was about one year ago.
On her cross examination the following letter sent to her father-in-law was
shown her & she was asked if it was in her handwriting & if it was her
signature appended to it. Witness read the letter, which is as follows:
Brooklyn, April, 1879.
Wm. L. DURBROW:
Sir: When your son has kept my daughter long enough I should like him to
return her, & another time before a lawyer counsels his client to steal a
woman's child he should be more positive than your son as to the paternity of
said child before indulging in eccentricities. Now for the benefit of the
DURBROW family at large, allow me to inform said family that my daughter, as
far as your son is concerned, would never have been born. *** For any small
particulars you may call on Mr.------ he might tell you a few things you
would like to know about 1867-8. Perhaps an idea about how many feebly
glimmer in your son's brain, if so, he will return my daughter much quicker
than he took her. With all due respect to the DURBROW family, which neither
may daughter or self have the slightest claim upon, I remain my dear sir,
your divorced (Connecticut) daughter-in-law, Emma L. DURBROW.
Witness denied in to the authorship of or signature to the letter. She knew
Mrs. Anna LLOYD; boarded at her house in West forty-ninth Street between
September 1877 & March 1878; had a child while at that house; sent the
child to board to Mrs. BRUSH's at Mrs. LLOYD's request; never went by the
name of DESBROW; never assumed that name; never lived with any man but Mr.
Counsel for the respondent then offered the certificate issued by the Board
of Health of New York in which it set forth that Gilman DOW was born at the
house (the house where witness then resided), 231 West Forty-ninth Street,
February 12, 1878. Witness was asked if any other child was born at that
house that day. She hesitated, & then said she believed there was, but
could not tell the name of its parents. This closed the case for the
Wm. S. DURBROW was the first witness on behalf of the respondent. He
testified that he resides at 220 Livingston Street; was father of the
respondent; the letter signed "Your divorced Connecticut daughter-in-law,"
and signed Emma L. DURBROW, was in the handwriting of the relator; was
familiar with her handwriting. On his cross-examination he said he had
retired from business; did not go into bankruptcy; his son was abundantly
able to support the child.
Mrs. Anna LLOYD, a middle-aged lady dressed in deep mourning, testified that
in 1877 she resided at 231 West Forty-ninth Street, New York, but now resides
at 261 West Twenty-third Street; the relator formerly boarded with her at the
house in West Forty-ninth Street, from September 17, 1877, till April 1878.
She came there through an advertisement for boarders; a Mr. DESBROW (since
ascertained to be DOW), called at the house & engaged board from himself
and wife; the latter was Mrs. DURBROW; the so-called Mr. DESBROW used to
sleep at the house in the apartments occupied by the relator three times a
week; a child was born to Mrs. DURBROW on February 12, 1878; Mrs. DURBROW
said Mr. DOW was the father of it; there was no other child born in the house
on the date given except Mrs. DURBROW's; Mr. DOW was very affectionate to
Mrs. DURBROW; Mrs. DURBROW said that DESBROW (DOW) was her second husband,
that the first died four years ago, & always referred to him as the dear
departed; subsequently learned that Mr. DURBROW was living he called at the
house with another gentlemen; never received any money from him for Mrs.
DURBROW's support; that lady used to pay her board herself. As soon as
witness learned Mrs. DURBROW's illicit relation with Mr. DOW took measures to
have her leave the house, but delayed it for a while on account of the
promptings of her heart, as she did not want to turn a penniless woman into
Elizabeth BUSH, a nurse & woman of all work, testified that she resides at
438 Sixth Street, New York. Mrs. DURBROW occupied a room at her home after
she left Mrs. LLOYD's, Mr. DOW called there & visited Mrs. DURBROW in her
apartment. Subsequently saw Mr. DOW & Mrs. DURBROW together at a house,
502 Sixth Street.
Mr. James W. DURBROW, the respondent in the case, said he was formerly the
husband of the relator; but cased to cohabit with her since June 11, 1872.
Never went with her to the Stevens House or the Brandreth House; was a clerk
in the Continental Fire Insurance Company, & enjoys a handsome salary. The
child Maria Louise was in his custody at various times since 1877, but was
kidnapped by its mother while he was at business; was abundantly able to take
care of the child.
Mr. George S. DOW, the alleged paramour of Mrs. DURBROW, was called in behalf
of relator. He said he knew Mrs. DURBROW, but denied all identify of Mrs.
FLOYD & Mrs. BRUSH [name is spelled differently in paper - this is
referring to Mrs. BUSH above]; denied that he had ever hired apartments of
Mrs. LLOYD; had met Mrs. DURBROW at a house in Forty-fifth, Forty-seventh, or
some other Street, called on her at various times; could not tell how many;
never hand any illicit relation with her.
On his cross examination he said he was a forwarding merchant, resides at 23
Sackett Street, was married & had a family.
The witness was a well dressed man of thirty-five years of age, & wore two
huge diamond studs in his shirt front. His manner of testifying was such as
to make a bad impression on the court. He seemed to have a wretched memory
on important points of the case, & was very impudent to counsel. His
presence damaged the case.
The case was then summed up by counsel.
Justice GILBERT said that from time immemorial the law had provided that the
custody of children should be vested in the father. That was a very wise
provision. As the law now stood & had stood for hundreds of years, the
father was the natural guardian of his little ones when nothing could be
brought against him to show that he was unfit for that trust. In this case
nothing of that kind had been shown as to Mr. DURBROW. ON the contrary it
had been shown that the mother was less fit to have the custody of the child
than the father. As to the testimony of the witness DOW, & that of Mrs.
DURBROW, he must say he did not believe a word of it. He believed that Mrs.
LLOYD & Mrs. BRUSH had spoken the truth. He should order that the child
should remain in the custody of the father, & that the wife must abstain
from all efforts to take it from him. Mrs. DAVIS, the grandmother, would be
allowed to see the child once a week, on Sunday, & the mother would be
allowed to visit her once a month. When these visits were made they must be
in the presence of the father.
Taxpayer ELLIOTT Sued.
John ELLIOTT, the celebrated taxpayer & advocate of the rights of the
taxpayers of he Thirteenth Ward, was sued in Justice ELLIOTT's Court today by
Catharine DONNELLY for wages for scrubbing the Theatre Comique. The
defendant let the theatre to Messrs. WILLIS & KELLY on the second night's
management of whom a constable took charge of the box office. The defendant
claimed that he told the plaintiff to look to the managers for her money,
whole she claimed that he said he would pay her.
Justice WALSH today found Miles McKEON, an undertaker of 325 Van Brunt
Street, not guilty of a charge, preferred by Sanitary Superintendent RAYMOND,
of permitting a public funeral to take place on the 7th of April in the case
of a boy named John SHORT, who died of scarlet fever at 88 Congress Street.
He also found the father of the child not guilty. The complaint was made on
information & belief.
9 June 1879
Arraignments in the Sessions.
IN the Court of Sessions today, before Judge MOORE, the following prisoners
indicted by the Grand Jury were arraigned for the following offenses. All
pleaded not guilty:
Wilhemina SEIFER, bigamy.
John SCHNEIDER, petit larceny.
Patrick HANLEY, Bernard McBRIDE, W. CONNOLLY, Patrick SHERIDAN, robbery in
the first degree.
Mary & David OLMSTEAD, disorderly house.
James SLATER, robbery.
Joseph EAGAN, grand larceny.
Frederick LEYEL, indecent exposure.
Frank CARROLL & George TOWNSEND, receiving stolen goods.
Silas PRICE, grand larceny.
Augustus WILROY, grand larceny from a dwelling house.
Patrick GILROY, grand larceny from the person.
James WILLIAMS, assault with intent to kill.
John CAVANAGH, assault & battery.
Victor KOBLER, grand larceny.
Hannah ROCHE, assault with intent to steal.
Richard WADSWORTH, abortion.
Henry FOY, indicted for burglary in the third degree, pleaded guilty & was
remanded for sentence.
An Executor Removed.
Surrogate DAILEY, today, denied a motion of Daniel TITUS, executor of the
estate of the late Simeon D. SKILLIN, made more than a year ago for
permission to file an amended account. The Surrogate stated that to reopen
the executors account would be to prolong a litigation that ought to have
long since been closed; that it has been so long & complicated was mainly
the fault of the executor, whose accounts were so unsatisfactory that he had
been removed from his trust.
Alleged Criminal Malpractice.
Mr. Anthony COMSTOCK, of he Society for the Prevention of Crime, arrested Dr.
WADSWORTH at Wyoming, Wyoming County, on a warrant issued from this county,
on complains of the notorious Annie PLANT, who accuses him of criminal
malpractice upon her while she was at a house on Washington Street, near
High, during last summer. Dr. WADSWORTH was brought to this county
yesterday, & this morning was arraigned before Judge MOORE in the Court of
Sessions. He pleaded "not guilty," by advice of Counselor PATERSON. His
trial was set down for the 18th inst. About four weeks ago Dr. WADSWORTH
opened an office for medical & surgical practice in Wyoming. It is
understood that he accused admitted his guilt & told all the circumstances
of the crime to District-Attorney CATLIN yesterday.
Drunkenness & Alleged Assault.
William FOX was this morning arraigned in Justice BLOOM's court on a charge
of assault & battery, preferred by Peter RAFFERTY, a conductor on the
Brighton Beach Railroad, & a charge of intoxication preferred by Officer
HAWXHURST. He pleaded not guilty to the former charge, & his trial was
adjourned until such time as he has finished serving a sentence of ten days'
imprisonment pronounced by the Justice for intoxication.
10 June 1879
The COPPLESTONE Divorce Case.
The case of John B. COPPLESTONE vs. Jane COPPLESTONE, an action for divorce
on the ground of infidelity, came up before Justice PRATT in the Supreme
Court Yesterday on a motion to confirm the report of the referee, Roger A.
PRYOR, Jr., who tried the action, & recommended that judgment be given for
the defendant. The two children belonging to the litigants were brought into
court in response to a writ of habeas corpus, in order that the Court might
determine their custody. The Court confirmed the report & directed that
the father should retain the custody of the children, but that the mother
could see them at suitable times; but should plaintiff refuse to allow her
free access to them, then the Court would appoint another guardian.
A Deceased Minister's Contested Will.
Rev. Simon BUNDICK, two weeks after making his will, became insane, & was
taken to the Flatbush Lunatic Asylum, & died one month ago, after the had
been taken to his residence, at the corner of Prospect & Albany Avenues.
He left a house & four lots of ground, of the value of between four
thousand & five thousand dollars. His eldest son, Cornelius, now contests
it on the ground that his father was not of sound mind when he executed it.
The case was argued before Surrogate DAILEY today. George V. BROWER appeared
as counsel for the contestant. Decision reversed.
A Lawyer's Divorce Suit.
Charlotte M. NEVILLE has begun an action in the Supreme Court against Edwin
M. NEVILLE, a lawyer, for divorce. Justice PRATT yesterday appointed Gerard
M. STEVENS, referee, to take testimony in the case & report to the court.
In Pursuance of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Req. Surrogate of the county of
Kings - Notice is hereby given, according to law, to all persons having
claims against Edward A. THOMPSON, otherwise known as Edward THOMPSON, late
of the city of Brooklyn, deceased, that they are required to exhibit the
same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber, the administrator of the
goods, chatties & credits of said Edward A. THOMPSON at the place of
business of the undersigned, 187 Broadway (office of the Guardian Fire
Insurance Company), in the city of New York, on or before the 1st day of
December next. Dated May 27, 1879. Wm. C. THOMPSON, Administrator. Waring &
Heska, Proctor, 266 Broadway, NY.
In Pursuance of an order of Abram H. DAILEY, Esq. Surrogate of the County of
Kings: Notice is hereby given, according to law to all persons having claims
against Michael EMANUEL, late of the City of Brooklyn, deceased, that they
are required to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the
subscriber the executor at his residence, 190 Fort Greene Place, in the city
of Brooklyn, on or before the 25th day of September next. Dated March 18,
1879. John H. EMANUEL, Executor.
Greenpoint-Patrick KEENAN, nineteen years of age,
residing at 215 Greenpoint Avenue was sent to jail for ten days this
morning by Justice ELLIOTT for committing an assault on his mother.
11 June 1879
The Failure of Lemuel BURROWS.
A few weeks ago, Lemuel BURROWS of 620 Greene Avenue, made a general
assignment to Paul C. GRENING, for the benefit of his creditors. This
forenoon the assignee filed an inventory of his principals, assets & debts,
in the County Clerks office. The debts amounted to $8,037, & the nominal
assets, which consists principally of real estate, heavily mortgaged amounts
to $38,150. The principal creditors are the Commercial Bank, of Brooklyn;
Watson & Kittinger, Wm. H. Hull, Beers & Ressipnie, Kenyon & Newton, Harnett
A. Mills, W. McShane & Co., & the National Stove Works.
A Novel Legal Proceeding - The Suit of One Woman against Another for the Loss
of a Husband.
The case of Catharine BRENNAN against Catharine PAESCH, an action to recover
$20,000 damages for the seduction of plaintiff's husband, came up before
Judge NEILSON in the City Court today on a motion to vacate an order of
arrest, under which defendant was held to bail. James W. RIDGWAY appeared as
counsel for the plaintiff & Horace GRAVES for the defendant. The defendant
is a wealthy widow, & the alleged faithless husband is a man well advanced
Mr. GRAVES on behalf of the defendant, in moving for the vacation of the
arrest, said there was no ground on which the action could lie, & that
there were not many cases in the books bearing upon the subject. There was
one decision in the English House of Lords which was granted by counsel,
where it was settled that a woman could not recover for the seduction of her
husband. The case arose in a suit for slander, where the wife was sent away
by her husband because of aspersions upon her character.
Counsel for the plaintiff maintained that the proceedings were regular, &
that the arrest should not be vacated. Decision reversed.
Suit for Borrowed Money.
W.B.T. SMITH died at 215 Adams Street in July, 1878. He was a miser, &
after his death an old chest was found which contained securities valued at
$60,000. Public Administrator CULLEN took charge of his effects. Mrs.
Avaline SPINOLA, who acted as housekeeper for SMITH for several years,
brought a suit against Mr. CULLEN to recover money she loaned SMITH, & also
pay for her services. The case was tried in the City Court yesterday, &
resulted in a verdict for plaintiff for $1,938.
Justice PRATT today in the Supreme Court made an order granting the plaintiff
$5 per week alimony in the divorce case of Jane MOUSELY vs. Charles MOUSELY.
E.D.-Landlord & Tenant Fighting.
Patrick CAROLAN is the landlord of the house 99 Herbert Street, &
William NASH is a tenant. CAROLAN also lives in the house. Late night
NASH & his wife were noisy & CAROLAN went to their rooms &
told them to keep quiet. The two men then had some words, during
which, as NASH says, CAROLAN beat him on the head with a chair
and a club, a man who was with him assisting. NASH bears three severe
scalp wounds & CAROLAN has a small wound on the back of his head.
Justice GUCK today accepted $300 bail for each to appear on Monday next.
E.D.-Murtha DOYLE Discharged.
Murtha DOYLE, who was accused by Mrs. Frank MORDAUNT, the actress, with
assaulting her at her residence in Penn Street with an umbrella, was
arraigned before Justice SEMLER today. Mrs. MORDAUNT, however, did not
appear to press the charge, & DOYLE was discharged.
An inquest was held, last night, by Coroner NOLAN in the case of the death of
the boy Henry KOHL, who was run over by an ice cart on Monday of last week.
A verdict of accidental death was rendered.
Frank DUERING, of 38 Maujer Street, was today sentenced to jail for ten days,
by Justice GUCK, for beating Ellen DUERING, his wife.
12 June 1879
Hon. Demas BARNES Sued.
Before Judge NEILSON in Special Term of the City Court today, the case of
Colonel A.C. DAVIS, counselor at law, against Demas BARNES, came up on a
motion made by counsel for the plaintiff, to examine the defendant before
trial. The suit was brought to recover a considerable sum of money alleged
to be due from defendant to plaintiff for legal services. Previous motions
of plaintiff had been denied with costs, & these costs had not been
liquidated. Ex-Judge FULLERTON appeared for Colonel DAVIS, for the purpose
of examining the defendant before trial. Another motion was made on behalf
of Mr. BARNES to quash previous motions on the ground that the costs ordered
had not been paid. Both motions were denied.
A $10,000 Dog Bite.
In the City Court, before Judge McCUE & a jury today, the case of Henrietta
WOOD, an infant, by her guardian ad litem, Isabella WOOD, against Henry C.
STENECK, came on for trial. All the parties are residents of the Eighth
Ward. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant kept a vicious dog which, on
March 19 last, bit her. She sued to recover $10,000 damages. The answer was
a general denial. Counselor Wm. MORRIS appeared on behalf of the plaintiff.
Case still on.
A Partnership Difficulty Settled.
Albert C. BRUGELMAN & Wm. DANE were formerly engaged as dealers &
importers of diamonds in New York City. In 1873 they had a business
difficulty, which resulted in a dissolution of copartnership, & Mr.
BRUGELMAN sued Mr. DANE in the Supreme Court of this city to recover $6,000,
on the ground that the defendant owed him that amount on an accounting, &
that defendant had converted to his own use partnership funds. The case was
in the courts for five years. The first trial resulted in a judgment in
favor of BRUGELMAN for $2,357.59. The case was appealed to the General Term
and to the Court of Appeals by the defendant, & a new trial was ordered.
The second trial resulted in a judgment for Mr. DANE for $2,040.06. Judgment
was entered & recorded in the County Clerk's office on the 7th inst.
A Sugar Refiner Sned.
The suit of John SCHLICHTING vs. Luer WINTJEN, the wealthy sugar refiner of
the Eastern District, was called for trial after recess in the City Court,
this afternoon, before Judge McCUE. SCHLICHTING was employed in defendants
establishment as a scraper of hogsheads. The alleges that in October, 1878,
Mr. WINTJEN came into the room where he was at work & after scolding him
for the manner in which he was doing his work, pushed an empty hogshead upon
him, thereby inflicting permanent injuries to his chest which incapacitate
him from working. The suit is brought to recover $10,000 damages. Case
$10,000 Wanted for Personal Injuries.
The case of Richard NOLAN vs. F.F. ROWLAND, proprietor of the Continental
Iron Works, Greenpoint, came up for trial before Judge REYNOLDS & a jury in
the City Court today. The action was brought to recover $10,000 damages for
personal injuries received by the plaintiff by the explosion of a cylinder in
defendant's establishment. Mr. Jesse JOHNSON, counsel for the defendant,
moved for the dismissal of the case on legal grounds. The motion was opposed
by General P.S. CROOKE. Judge REYNOLDS took the case from the jury &
ordered it to be heard at General Term on the exceptions made by counsel.
Louis EBERLITZ, of 196 Johnson Avenue, who broke in a door in ex-Assessor
Charles KIEHL's residence, 190 Johnson Avenue, with an axe, was today
sentenced to jail for ten days by Justice GUCK.
Three boys, named Valentine HERS, of 174 Ten Eyck Street; Anthony CHURCHILL,
of 39 Maujer Street, & Frederick ALBRECHT, of 149 Maujer Street, were today
arrested for stealing fish from Superintendent of Buildings David ACKER's
pond, on the Johnson Avenue Plank Road. Justice GUCK held ALBRECHT &
sentenced the others to the House of Refuge.
13 June 1879
Arraignments in the Court of Sessions.
In the Court of Sessions, before Judge MOORE today, the following named
prisoners, indicted by the Grand Jury, were arraigned to plead to the charges
-Thomas QUINLAN, bigamy, pleaded not guilty; trial appointed for June 19.
-John CONNERS, grand larceny from the person, pleaded not guilty; trial June 19.
-Jeremiah CAREY, grand larceny, pleaded not guilty; trial June 19.
A $5,000 Dog Bite.
Eliza SCHUERGER, aged three years & six month, has begun an action in the
City Court against Henry HAAS, grocer, of Ewen Street, E.D., to recover
$5,000 damages for personal injuries. On the 3d Inst, while plaintiff was
playing with other children in the defendant's yard a dog belonging to Mr.
HAAS attacked her, lacerating her face & putting one of her eyes out. John
ROESCH is counsel for the plaintiff.
The Eastern District Divorce Suit.
Edwin F. STEINMACHER, manufacturing jeweler of Boerum Street, E.D., has
through his counsel, John ROESCH, begun an action in the Supreme Court
against Emelia B. STEINMACHER for absolute divorce, on the ground of
infidelity. The plaintiff is twenty-three years of age, & inherited a
fortune from his father, recently deceased. Defendant is twenty years of
age, & is at present residing with her mother in McKibben Street. They
were married on December 9, 1876, & have one child.
14 June 1879
A Dog's Bite.
In the case of GODFREY against HANSON to recover $5,000 for injuries received
by the infant girl of plaintiff from a bite by a vicious dog owned by the
defendant, already reported in the Union-Argus, the jury yesterday gave a
verdict of $1,500 for plaintiff.
The HOWE Case Dismissed.
Judge REYNOLDS yesterday afternoon directed a nonsuit to be entered in the
case of Alexander H. HOWE vs. the Mechanics' Bank, a suit brought to recover
$857 stolen from plaintiff on March 3, last, just as he had placed his
deposit book & money inside the cashier's wicket, the circumstances of
which have been fully reported.
The suit of John SLICHTING against Luer WINTJEN, brought to recover damages
for injuries received as alleged by the defendant throwing a hogshead upon
plaintiff's chest, permanently injuring him, was concluded yesterday, the
jury bringing a verdict of $500 for the plaintiff. Morris & Pearsall for
plaintiff, Fisher, Hurd & Volz & ex-Judge TROY for defendant. A motion for
a new trial on the minutes & 5 percent, allowance was granted, & thirty
days' stay was granted after the judgment was entered.
SURROGATE'S Court - Kings County -
Before Hon. Abram H. DAILEY, Surrogate.
Wills proved -
Francis KIERNAN, of the town of New Utrecht;
May B. VAN HOUTEN, of the town of Flatlands;
John NORTHINGER, of the town of New Lots;
John R. WOLFF,
Chauncey A. LAY,
WIlliam MALLEN, & James MAXWELL, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of admission were granted on the estates of the
following named deceased persons, viz.:
Samuel C. CREIGHTON, of Memphis, Tennessee;
Matilda RHOME, of the town of Flatlands;
Chauncey A. LAY,
Margaret A. SHEVLIN,
William M. PECK,
Henry C. SAWYER,
Caroline A. JONES,
Ann F. CROSBY,
John T. HILDRETH,
Lewis C. BILLARD, Jr.,
John R. WOLF,
Esther ARKELLS, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship of the persons & estate
of Louisa A. GOMEZ, Pepita B.J. GOMEZ, Jose D. GOMEZ, & Catharine A. GOMEZ
were granted to Catharine M. GOMEZ, their mother;
of Blanche L. BIDLACK to Carrie A. BIDLACK;
of George W. BARNES & Jennie BARNES to Ruth Ann BARNES;
of Louisa KUELIN & Agnes KUELIN to Margaretha KUNIGER, all of the county of Kings.
GILBERT - in the city of New York, on the 10th day of June, 1879, by the Hon.
Charles DONOHUE, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Sarah S. GILBERT from
Charles A. GILBERT, cause, adultery.
PREVENTS DIVORCED FROM REMARRYING
In order to prevent his divorced wife from marrying again, Bicycle
Policeman Adam WEISHEIRER has delayed getting the final decree
although the interlocutory decree was granted more than six months
ago. WEISHEIRER is attached to the Gates avenue station & began
proceedings against his wife last year.
Counsel for Mrs. WEISHEIRER made application today before Supreme
Court Justice MADDOX in special term for an order on her husband to
show cause why he shouldn't be compelled to file the final judgment
if he did not want to. Under this decision the husband has
completely blocked any matrimonial plans his wife may have in view.
The WEISHEIRERs were married Jan. 22, 1902. The husband named as
co-respondent one Benjamin MAY, who is said to be a racing man. The
husband obtained his interlocutory judgment last December in the
trial, which was held before Justice MAREAN. It was deposed that
Mrs. WEISHEIRER had been living with MAY.
WAYWARD GIRL FAINTS AS SHE IS SENTENCED
There was considerable commotion in the Children's Court today when
15-year-old Mary BOHNER, on whom Justice KEADY had just passed
sentence, shrieked & fainted. After she had been revived she
became hysterical & it was with difficulty that the court officers
succeeded in leading the girl from the room. The excitement was
increased by the mother of the girl also becoming hysterical and
crying piteously, "My child!"
The BOHNER girl, whose home is at 97 Floyd street was arrested on
June 4 in a house on Stockton street during a raid. She is a
decidedly pretty blonde.
Justice KEADY sentenced her to be detained in the home at
Inwood-on-the-Hudson. When the girl heard her sentence she fell
backward & only for the alertness of one of the court attaches
she would have fallen on the floor. It was then she became
hysterical. It took six of the court attendants to hold her in
The BOHNER girl's mother pleaded piteously to get a last look at her
daughter. On being refused she declared that she would wait on the
curb until the girl was taken from the building.
ALLEGED NEW YORK MURDERER IS HELD
ALBANY, June 14 -- Gov. HUGHES today issued a requisition for the
return to this state of Jesse CALLAWAY, who is under indictment in
New York for the murder of Elizabeth HARRIS. He is under arrest in
SNOWDEN LEE HELD FOR GRAND LARCENY
Snowden LEE, who, according to the police, has served two terms in
Sing Sing, was held for examination by Magistrate DOOLEY in the
Adams street court today on a charge of grand larceny. He was
arrested last night by Detectives BROSNAN & MINNERLY of the Adams
street precinct, on complain(t) made by Bennett C. CARTER of 149
LEE, who is employed as a janitor at 107 State street, is accused of
stealing three diamond rings & some cash which were in a
pocketbook belonging to Mrs. CARTER, who was moving out of the
premises he occupied. LEE was assisting in the moving. When searched
at the station house a roll of $21 in bills was found folded under
his sox (as printed). The rings were not found.
WOMAN IDENTIFIES PRISONER IN COURT
Frank ASPINALL, 19 years old, of 410 Degraw street, was held for
Special Sessions in the Butler street court today by Magistrate
TIGHE. Mrs. BILLINGS of 536 Clinton street, the complainant,
identified ASPINALL as the man she caught in her apartments a week
ago but who escaped at the time.
16 June 1879
Oysters versus Clams
Justice WALSH today investigated the charge of stealing $30 worth of oysters,
preferred by John H. VREELAND, of Canarsie, against Hugh THOMPSON, of the
Clam Diggers' Protective Union, Counselor Horace GRAVES appeared for the
complainant, & Counselor S.D. MORRIN for the defendant. VREELAND, William
BRIGES, Wm. SMITH, J.H. LAWRENCE, Martin ROWLAND & John H. MILLS gave
testimony for the people. It was sworn that the oysters were taken from
Pumpkin Patch, in Jamaica Bay, but whether the Patch was in Kings or Queens
County no one could tell, & upon this technicality the defendant obtained
his discharge without being compelled to go into his own defense.
A Contested Will Case.
Herman J. GERKEN, a single man, died in this city nearly a year ago, & left
his estate to his sister, Marie S. MARTIN. His will was contested by his
mother & sisters, who were disinherited, on the ground of undue influence,
unsound mind, & that they were not admitted to see him during his last
hours. Surrogate DAILEY today decided that the testator was of sound mind,
and that the evidence showed that the contestants were not admitted to the
bedside of the testator during his last hours on account of their disgraceful
conduct. The will was therefore admitted to probate.
Sentences in the Court of Sessions.
The following named prisoners were arraigned in the Court of Sessions today,
and pleaded guilty to the charges against them, whereupon Judge MOORE
pronounced judgment upon them: August WILROY, aged twenty-three, grand
larceny, penitentiary fifteen months. Silas PRICE, aged twenty-three,
larceny, penitentiary fifteen months. Henry FAY, a boy, burglary in the
third degree, House of Refuge.
Judgment for Lost Baggage.
In the Supreme Court today, Justice PRATT ordered judgment for plaintiff to
be entered in the case of John MILLARD, Jr., of this city, against the
Missouri, Kansas & Nebraska Railway Company for $1,876. The suit was for the
value of the baggage lost on defendants' road between St. Louis & Dannison,
Nebraska, in April, 1873.
22 June 1879
Mrs. PECK Discharged & Rearrested
Mrs. Ellen E. PECK, who was acquitted last week on a charge of grand
larceny & false pretences in procuring the possession of jewels &
diamonds from Lyonas LANGLAR , was brought this morning from Raymond Street
Jail to the Court of Sessions, when Assistant District-Attorney WERNBERG
said that the District-Attorney had determined to enter a nolle prosequi in
the twenty-four other indictments which were found against Mrs. PECK on the
charges brought by LANGLER. Judge MOORE ordered her discharge from
custody. She was immediately rearrested by Detective FIELD, of the
District-Attorney's office of New York, on a charge of defrauding BABBITT,
the soap man, out of $19,000.
Suit for Right of Dower-The Troubles of the LO NIGRO Family
Mrs. Emma LO NIGRO has commenced a suit in the Supreme Court for right of
dower in the following property:
On Eighteenth street & Fifth avenue, owned by Daniel SCOTT & G. WEIL.
On Eighteenth street, owned by the DURYEA family, of East New York.
On Nineteenth street & Fifth avenue, owned by H. GERKEN.
On Eighteenth street, owned by HEWLITT, DEVERALL, JOURDAN, & others.
On Nineteenth street owned by HEWLITT, DEVERALL, JOURDAN, & others.
The plaintiff, Mrs. LO NIGRO, is a well educated & a good looking woman
of about thirty-eight years old. She is the mother of five children by
Salvator LO NIGRO, no deceased, whom she married in 1857. Mr. LO NIGRO was
a musician & came to this country as the leader of a band, led the band
at the Navy Yard & afterwards that of West POint. He afterwards went to
the war of the Rebellion as bandmaster & returned to Brooklyn to live
with his wife in 1865. He accumulated property which at one time was said
to be worth $150,000 & which is now said to be of the value of
$100,000. Soon after the marriage of the plaintiff, so she claims, she
discovered that her husband was intimate with another woman, & she
consequently refused to live with him. Mr. LO NIGRO then took up his
residence with the strange woman, whom he introduced to persons as his wife
and by the name of Mary Jane LO NIGRO. Mr. LO NIGRO gradually conveyed
away his estate at an advance on the cost, & his legitimate wife refusing
to sign the deeds he got Mary Jane to sign away the plaintiff's right of dower.
An Action to Recover for Bonds Lost or Stolen
Mr. W. C. THOMPSON, of 160 West Forty-eighth street, New York, as
administrator of the estate of Edward THOMPSON, deceased, has commenced a
suit in the City Court, against Michael MALONE, the well-known plumber, of
855 Myrtle avenue, & of Lee avenue, for alleged conversion of
property. The plaintiff claims that certain bonds & securities belonging
to the estate of which he is administrator were lost or stolen & came
into the possession of the defendant. He further alleges that MALONE
converted a part of these securities to his own use, & refused to give
any of them until he was paid a reward of $100. After he received this
reward, it is further alleged that he gave up some of the bonds &
retained the rest. He afterwards paid to the plaintiff $925 in
installments upon the bonds which he (MALONE) had sold. The suit is
brought to recover $1,475, the value of the bonds not yet returned; which
sum also includes $500 paid for the services of detectives who were
employed to trace the missing property.
Edward BEDER, of 163 Christie street, New York, was to-day sentenced to pay
a fine of $15 or go to jail for fifteen days for violating a health law by
not property filling a number of sinks in Gwinnett street.
Mary KELLY, an habitual station-house lodger & drunkard, was arraigned
before Justice ELLIOTT, this morning, on the latter charge. When his Honor
said he thought he would send her to jail, she said: "No," "Well, I say
yes," said the Justice, "and you say no." "I'm sorry to trouble your
Honor," said the prisoner. "O, it's no trouble to me," was the reply. "Ten
days in jail. Set the prisoner on the bench."
An Alleged Murderer in Custody
Joseph CONROY, the alleged murderer of John GALLAGHER, was taken into
custody this morning at the law offices of HOWE & HUMMEL, new York, who
are counsel for other parties under arrest. GALLAGHER died on Sunday from
injuries received the night previous in an affray at No. 240 West Sixteenth
street, New York. CONROY claims that he attached GALLAGHER in self
defence. he was committed to await the action of the Coroner's jury.
1 JULY 1879
Accused of Embezzling 17,500 Hair Pins
David G. MULFORD, of Lincoln place, was today arrested at the instance of
his employer, P. ROSENBACH, of 405 Grand street. MULFORD is accused of
having from April 1 to date, embezzled 17,500 hair pins, worth
$18.50. Justice GUCK adjourned the examination.
2 July 1879
Proceedings to Remove an Executor
Mrs. Anna BANKS died Oct. 28, 1878, in the Eastern District, & left five
children, the oldest then being fifteen, & the youngest four years of
age. In her will the decedent named Julius SCITZ, of 95 Graham avenue as
her executor. proceedings were to-day begun in the Surrogate's Court, by C.
W. MAYER to remove SCITZ from his trust. The complaint sets forth that
Mrs. BANKS left property valued at $6,000, $4,000 of which was in cash, &
the remainder in personal property, including a piano worth $400. The
complaint sets forth that SCITZ has abused his trust, & is
insolvent. Defendent makes a specific denial of the complaint.
Arraignments in the Court of Sessions
The Grand Jury came into the Court of Sessions to-day & presented
indictments against the following persons:
Samuel HUNTER, all colored, excepting RADCLIFFE, were
charged with receiving stolen goods & burglary.
There were a dozen or more charges against each prisoner.
They were arraigned, pleaded not guilty, & their trials were fixed for July 14.
Huldah KEYSER pleaded not guilty to a charge of begging.
Christian KUNTZ, aged nineteen, charged with theft, pleaded not guilty.
His trial is fixed for the 14th inst.
William POHLEY, a hungry-looking individual, who appeared as though a meal
of good victuals would astonish his epigastrium, pleaded not guilty to a
charge of burglary in the first degree. Trial fixed for the 14th inst.
Henry FERGUSON, burglary, third degree pleaded not guilty.
Admitted to the Bar
Mr. John A. ANDERSON, deputy clerk in the Park Commissioners' office, has
been admitted to the bar. he was graduated with honorable mention on the
14th of May from the New York University Law School.
3 July 1879
Daniel J. POOLE, of 239 Bedford avenue, who on June 5 threatened to shoot
Mrs. STEELE, his boarding mistress, was to-day held on $1,000 peace bonds
by Justice GUCK.
Magisterial Authority of Alderman
Francis SHORT was brought before Judge MOORE in the Court of Sessions,
to-day, on a writ of habeas corpus, & his discharge from custody applied
for on the ground that he had been illegally committed by Alderman WATERS
of the Seventeenth Ward, sitting as a Police Magistrate, & sent to the
penitentiary for sixty days, for habitual drunkenness. Counsel for the
prisoner read from the statutes showing that an Alderman could not sit as a
magistrate at Special Sessions under any circumstances that the only
authority conferred upon an Alderman acting as a magistrate was to commit
vagrants & beggars & to take bonds to keep the peace. Assistant
District Attorney OAKEY opposed the motion, but after reading the statute
referred to Judge MOORE consented to the discharge of the prisoner. The
latter had been forty days in prison.
A Young Thief Sentenced
Christian KUNTZ, a lad eighteen years of age was arraigned in the Court of
Sessions to-day, & was sentenced by Judge MOORE to fifteen months in the
Penitentiary. The accused pleaded guilty to grand larceny in stealing a
horse & bridle; the property of Michael ORR of the Seventh Ward. When
the accused was arraigned yesterday, he asked the Court to allow him to
plead guilty to petit larceny on the ground that it was his first
offence. The Court deferred sentence until to-day. Meanwhile he caused
the record of the accused to be searched when it was discovered that KUNTZ
had been in the House of Refuge for theft.
5 July 1879
Charles MC EVOY, for assaulting William FABER, of No. 195 Scholes street,
with a brick, was to-day sentenced to jail for twenty days by Justice GUCK.
An Insane Bride
In the Supreme Court to-day, Justice PRATT annulled the marriage between
Henry CRAFT & Elizabeth CRAFT, of New York on the ground that the
defendant was insane at the time the marriage was contracted. It was shown
that Mrs. CRAFT had been in an insane asylum both before & after her
Surrogate's Court-Before Hon. Abram H. DAILEY
Henry S. DOWNS,
John Marcus SUHR, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Chas. B. VANDERVEER, of the town of New Lotts.
Letters of Administration were granted on the estates of the following
named deceased persons; viz:
Sophie TAYLOR SHERWOOD,
Chares L. BRUEN,
Anna E. ROFF,
Wm. H. PARKER,
Sarah I. FREDERICK, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of Guardianship of the persons & estate
of Mary E. CRAWFORD were granted to Wm. S. CORNELL, in place of Eliza MORRIS;
of Francis G. HOGG & Nellie A. HOGG to George HOGG, their father,
all of the city of Brooklyn.
An Injunction Dissolved
Justice DYKMAN has dissolved the injunction against the Saturday Night, a
weekly story paper, granted on the application of Major CALHOUN, who
claimed that the editors had been using his nom de plume of "Major Ashely
LAWRENCE." It was shown that the use of the nom de plume had ceased.
Henry BUNGER of Marion street & Patchen avenue, last evening caused the
arrest on a warrant issued by Justice SEMLER, of Beasley S. TALL, aged
forty, a painter, residing in Atlantic avenue, charging him with giving him
a worthless check for $20 on the Brooklyn Trust Company.
7 July 1879
In the Supreme Court to-day, in the divorce suit of Hannan BRUCE against
Matthew BRUCE, Justice PRATT gave an order directing the defendant to pay
plaintiff $4 per week alimony, pending the trial of the action.
A New Grand Jury Sworn in
A new Grand Jury was impanelled in the Court of Sessions to-day by Judge
MOORE, who delivered the usual statutory chare, in reference to violation
of the usury, lottery & excise laws. The following are the names,
occupations & residences of the Grand Jurors:
Franklin BROWN, foreman, soap, 111? Pacific street
John H. BRADBURY, dry goods, 89 St. James Place
John S. BENNETT, merchant, 88 Cumberland street
Oscar F. OATMAN, agent, 8 Herkimer street
L. H. SMITH, drugs, 59 Court street
Jacques R. STILLWELL, farmer, Gravesend
James MOTT, builder, 229 South street
Frederick D. HOCKMEYER, liquors, 500 Bedford avenue
Edward DAY, shoes, 112 Lawrence street
DAniel I. SALT, builder, 50 Tillary street
George W. FORBELL, clerk, New Lots
Patrick CANTWELL, butcher, 413 Smith street
Albert MISHIP, clerk, Flatbush avenue
Samuel CAMPBELL, gas fitter, 239 Hoyt street
James S. CONNELL, broker, 140 Pierrepoint
Daniel H. IVES, heaters, 272 Bedford avenue
Joan S. MC GRAY, architect, 31 Green street
Joseph LAKE, blacksmith, Fort Hamilton
Frank HATTON,-----, 477 Baltic street
William CLARKSON, gentleman, Flatbush avenue
Robert WEISKITTEL, flour, 141 Ewen street
H. A. LITCHFIELD, crockery, 146 Quincey street
Fifty Years Married & Not Happy
In the divorce proceedings of Catharine GRIFFING vs. Frederick GRIFFING, a
couple that had been married fifty years, & reside on Clinton avenue,
Justice DYKMAN in the Supreme Court to-day refused the application of the
plaintiff for alimony. The plaintiff owns four houses in her separate estate.
Michael REED, shoe dealer, Marcy avenue near Hewes street, made a general
assignment to James CHAMBERS, to-day for the benefit of his creditors.
Chauncy SMITH, of Mount Kisco, Westchester County, filed his general
assignment in the County Clerk's office to-day.
8 July 1879
William KEENAN, Patrick MURPHY & James DOHERTY, arrested on Saturday last
charged with passing counterfeit 50 cent pieces, were arraigned for
examination before U. S. Commissioner ALLEN this morning. Col. JOHNSON
appeared for the prisoners, & from the evidence adduced he contended that
his clients ought not to be held for trial. There was no evidence to
amount to anything against KEENAN & DOHERTY. The Commissioner postponed
the case until Saturday morning next. KEENAN & DOHERTY was released on
their own recognances. MURPHY'S bail was fixed at $500.
A Pickpocket Around
While standing on Jewell's Wharf at 6 P. M. yesterday, John RAMPANT, of
No. 3 York street, had his pocket picked of a silver watch.
Another Swindler Captured
Robert FARRELL was arrested by Doorman BENLAP, of the Sixth Precinct,
yesterday, for swindling. The prisoner went to several carpenters &
builders & asked for work on certain contracts, & after obtaining a
favorable answer, he said he was short of money & asked for a small loan,
pretending that his influence would do much toward securing the contract
for them. He got money at two places & while at the third was
arrested. No complainant appeared to-day before Justice GUCK, but the
latter sentenced FARRELL to the Penitentiary for sixty days as a vagrant.
Supreme Court Decisions
The following decisions by Justice PRATT were handed down to-day:
Thos. H. CLIFFORD vs. the city of Brooklyn. Plaintiff is a policeman, &
sued to recover $20.40, one month's pay. Defence was that plaintiff was
found off his post & was fined five days' pay, that defendant was
tendered the amount less the five, but it was declined. Judgment for the
Patrick J. GLEASON vs. the Long Island (Astoris) Railroad
Company. Plaintiff is the assignee of the Hunter's Point Railroad Company
and sued to recover $180 for rental of track. Defence put in a counter
claim for rent. Judgment for the plaintiff.
The same vs. Jas. M. FREEMAN. Judgment for plaintiff with costs.
Louis LYON vs. Samuel BRECKEL. Motion for new trial denied.
H. A. ROBBINS vs. the Columbia Fire Insurance Company. Motion denied.
A Contest Between Map-Makers
Samuel D. L. TAUNTON some time ago brought an action in the United States
Court of the district to restrain Daniel A. EDSALL from publishing a map of
New York City, upon the ground that the make-up of the map is an
infringement of certain copyrights owned by the plaintiff. To-day Judge
BENEDICT decided that the evidence did not show that Mr. EDSALL had copied
Mr. TAUNTON'S map, & he denied the motion for an injunction.
9 July 1879
A Barber Accused of Kidnapping A Married Woman
The Result of a Ferryboat Acquaintance-A Young & Beautiful Woman with a
Property Inheritance Alleged to have been Carried Off-A Romantic Story
Emil CAPPELLE, of 1255 Myrtle avenue, was arraigned before Justice ELLIOTT
this morning to answer to a charge of having "on or about the 15th of May
last unlawfully inveigled & kidnapped Kate WOERNER, wife of the deponent
with intention to cause her to be confined & imprisoned contrary to the
statutes," etc. Mr. George F. WOERNER, the complainant in the action,
lives at No. 122 1/2 Graham avenue, Mrs. WOERNER is described to be a
beautiful young blonde, & is said to be entitled to a considerable amount
of property. CAPPELLE visited her at her residence, as her husband claims,
during his absence. Mr. & Mrs. WOERNER have been married about three
years, but have no children. CAPPELLE, it is claimed by the plaintiff,
became smitten with her beauty & had an eye to the property which she was
to inherit & made off with her.
CAPPELLE'S story, however differs considerable from WOERNER'S & has a
touch of romance about it. He says that some three or four months ago,
while about to cross the Grand street ferry, he brushed against a young
lady who was paying her fare, & in that way scraped an acquaintance with
her. She said that she was a single lady, & that her name was Annie
MEYERS. In the course of a conversation which followed, she told him that
she was on her way to New Brunswick, New Jersey to visit some friends &
gave him permission to correspond with her. Several affectionately worded
letters passed between them & CAPPELLE in proof of his assertion that she
had given her name as Annie MEYERS, showed a Union-Argus reporter one of
her letters, which was signed with that name. The postscript consisted of a
quotation from an oldGerman song, "Pluck the Roses while they Bloom." The
letter was written in German. The friends at whose house Mrs. WOERNER was
staying informed her husband that she had been receiving letters from some
man, & the latter in some way managed to secure two of them. Through the
letters he learned of CAPPELLE'S whereabouts & called on him. What
transpired between them is not known, but shortly afterwards Ms. WOERNER
disappeared & her husband has not since seen her, although he has made
search for her. CAPPELLE, who is a young barber, denies any knowledge of
her whereabouts, or that he had anything whatever to do with her
disappearance. His salary at present is but $5 per week but he says that he
intended eventually to wed "Miss Meyers." He pleaded not guilty to the
charge & Justice ELLIOTT held him in $1,000. The examination will be
held on Saturday next.
10 July 1879
George SCHMIDT, of 79 Seigel street, for beating Mary SCHNEIDER , of 91
Varet street, was to-day sentenced to jail for ten days by Justice GUCK.
Annie KREBS, who assaulted & beat Minnie BEHRINGER, was to-day sentenced
to pay a fine of $10 or to go to jail for ten days by Justice GUCK.
A Fraudulent Official in Court--The BLACK-MOONEY Bogus Jury Business
John MOONEY, who is jointly charged with Richard BLACK, for obtaining money
on false pretences, by Stating that hey were attaches of the Commissioners
of Jurors office, when they were not, & for a consideration pretending to
allow persons to forgo jury duty, was brought up on a writ of habeas corpus
and certiorari to-day before Judge REYNOLDS in the City Court, & his
discharge from custody applied for on the ground that the accused was
merely a spectator when BLACK made the alleged false representation to the
parties defrauded. A man named STICHT, a grocer at the corner of DeKalf
and Clinton avenues, was the chief complainant against the accused when the
case was before Justice FISHER.
Assistant District Attorney WERNBERG opposed the motion on the ground that
on a hearing of the case before the police magistrate it was clearly
established that MOONEY accompanied BLACK in his rounds of rascality, and,
whether he said anything or not to the persons defrauded, he acquiesced in
BLACK'S statements, in law, by his presence. Counsel further stated that
when MOONEY was arrested he said to the officer: "Am I arrested for
that ___ jury business? I think that ___ fool BLACK has given me away."
Loving Mothers & Brutal Sons
Touching instances of a mother's love for a son, even in the face of base
ingratitude, were shown in the Court of Special Sessions yesterday. A
neatly-dressed young fellow, named Charles LEONARD, living at 265 West
Nineteenth street, was arraigned on a charge of brutally beating his
mother. Some days ago, he came home from work, & without the least
provocation, struck her with his clenched fist in the face, blackening both
her eyes & badly bruising her face. His mother, Mrs. Agnes LEONARD, who
is a respectable old lady, had him arrested, & made a complaint against
him in the Police Court. She tottered to the witness stand in the court
yesterday with unwilling feet, & drew her veil over her face to conceal
her injuries. She was weeping, & she begged piteously of the Justices
not to press her to make a complaint against her boy. She knew he would
never do the like again if released. he had always been a good,
industrious boy, & must have been very angry at something when he struck
her. He had been punished enough already, she said, in losing his Fourth
of July holiday. In this way she pleaded tenderly for the mercy of the
Justices, & touched the hearts of all who heard her. The magistrates
grew indignant at the prisoner when they heard her story, & asked her to
lift her veil & show her bruises. She hesitated, & said in a faltering
tone that her skin was very easily discolored, & that the assault had not
been so violent as it appeared to have been. The prisoner said he would
lose his place if he were imprisoned, a remark which aroused the wrath of
Justice MORGAN. "Lose your place," said he, "you don't deserve to be
allowed to remain in the community. Any boy who would beat a kind mother
as you have done doesn't deserve to live even. You are sentenced to the
Penitentiary for three months." The prisoner was led away, & his poor
mother, unable to restrain her emotion, staggered, weeping from the courtroom.
Another prisoner, a little older than the one just sentenced, was next
placed at the bar to answer a similar charge. His name was William B.
HAYES. He had beaten his mother often before, but never so badly as he had
in the assault for which he was arraigned. Mrs. HAYES, whose looks
indicated her extreme suffering, implored the court to let the prisoner
go. She said, in answer to a question, that she had twelve other sons "who
are all in heaven now." The prisoner looked sullenly on, & offered no
excuse for his conduct. He was sent to the Penitentiary for six
A FREE MAN
A Tailor's Strange Conduct-He Creates a Stir Around the Municipal Building
Keeper POWELL, of the Municipal Building, was standing near the City Hall
last evening engaged in conversation, when a wild-looking man, whose coat
bulged out as though he had a loaf of bread under each arm, accosted him with:
"It's a nice thing to be a free man, ain't it!"
"Yes, it is, " said Powell, eyeing the stranger suspiciously.
"Well, I won't be a free man long," muttered the fellow, as he jogged
across the street.
"I guess that man must be crazy," remarked POWELL, as he followed the
retreating form of the stranger with his eyes.
The man on reaching the sidewalk in front of the Municipal Building,
stopped a moment, inserted his right hand under his coat, & took out
something. The next instant there was a crash. He had hurled a paving
stone through one of the plate glass windows of Registrar SCOTT'S
office. POWELL started for him as did Detective RALL & Watchman WATTS
who were standing on the steps of the building, but before they could reach
him a second stone crashed through another window. The next instant RALL
had him by the collar.
On the way to the station house the prisoner was for a time moodily silent,
but finally made an affirmative reply to a question from Detective LOONEY
who had joined RALL, as to whether he wanted to smoke. he then became more
communicative, & said that his name was John EAGAN, & that he was a
tailor. This morning, he was committed to jail by Justice WALSH until
Saturday, when he will be accorded an examination. It is supposed that his
object in breaking the windows was to get himself sent to the
Penitentiary. He did $30 damage.
Divorce in High Life-Marrying in Haste & Repenting at Leisure
In the Supreme Court to-day Justice BARNARD, on the recommendation of the
referee who tried the case, granted a decree of absolute divorce in the
case of Emma Adele EVERETT, by her guardian, Eliza J. WESTERVELT, against
Charles Frederick EVERETT. The Plaintiff is a blonde of nineteen years,
and is highly connected. She lives with Mr. Cornelius WESTERVELT, a
gentleman well known in insurance circles in New York, & residing at No.
296 Washington avenue, this city. The defendant is also respectably
connected & highly educated. The parties were married clandestinely at
Edgewater, Staten Island, in 1877, but never lived together, the young lady
after the nuptial ceremony returning immediately to her friends. The
husband after the marriage importuned his wife to join him, but the matter
coming to the knowledge of her friends urged the young bride to resist the
solicitations, & subsequently put detectives on Mr. EVERETT'S tracks to
learn of his evening meanderings. He was dogged step by step until it was
discovered that he was paying attentions to a young lady in a boarding
house in New York. Mrs. BLAKE, the keeper of he house, appeared as a
witness in the divorce proceedings, & gave testimony that made the case
very strong against the defendant. Among the witnesses before the referee,
were several ladies well known in fashionable society. The plaintiff came
upon the witness stand trembling, & in a state of nervous
excitement. She was attended by Mr. WESTERVELT'S family physician, who had
to administer nervines. The young lady to whom defendant was paying his
attentions after his marriage, also appeared before the referee. She was
stylish & beautiful, but gave testimony against him.
Arraignments & Sentences in the Court of Sessions
The Grand Jury came into the Court of Sessions to-day & presented
indictments against various persons charged with crime. The prisoners were
subsequently arraigned before Judge MOORE & were disposed of as follows:
Susan DONNELLY, grand larceny. Pleaded not guilty.
Jos. GAUL, petit larceny. Guilty.
John PATTERSON, assault & battery. Not guilty.
William CLARK, grand larceny. Pleaded guilty.
William TAYLOR, grand larceny. Not guilty.
William WESSELMAN, petit larceny. Not guilty.
Wilson COLLINS & Hattie, his wife, keeping a disorderly house. Not guilty.
Charles BORGE, petit larceny. Not guilty.
John FREEMAN, grand larceny. Pleaded guilty.
Wm. CONNOLLY, burglary third degree. Pleaded not guilty.
Nelson DRAVERE, indecent conduct. Pleaded guilty. One year in the Penitentiary.
Richard REED, grand larceny. Pleaded guilty. Sent to the Penitentiary for
three years & six months.
George MILLNER, of 549 Leonard street, was arrested this morning on a
warrant issued by Justice ELLIOTT, on complaint of John J. BENLEN, of 79
Manhattan avenue, who accuses him with willfully breaking glass to the
value of $3 in the windows of his store.
11 July 1879
Sentences by Justice GUCK
William HOWARD was to-day convicted of stealing articles from Annie TOBITT,
of 513 Grand street, & sentenced to the Penitentiary for four months by
The same magistrate sentenced Frederick STEHLING to pay a fine of $3, or go
to jail for three days, for cruelty to a goat.
12 July 1879
A Civil Damage Case
Mrs. Margaretta STRATTON, of 84 Bushwick avenue, has begun an action in the
City Court under the civil damages act of 1875, against John KREBS, corner
of Bushwick avenue & Johnson street, & John DIPPEL, corner of Johnson
avenue & the plank road, saloon keepers, to recover $5,000 damages for
loss of services of her husband. The plaintiff sets forth that she is the
wife of Alfred STRATTON, to whom she was married in 1865, & that she is
dependent on him for support; that he is able to earn $80 per month, &
when not intoxicated is a good husband; but in consequence of his bibulous
habits & his frequenting the defendants' saloons, where he is furnished
with liquors against the repeated prohibitions of plaintiff, he neglects
his work & his family. Hence this suit, COOK & OBERNIER are counsel for
George W. HUESTIS, the son of a wealthy resident of South Fourth street,
E. D., some months ago was sued in the City Court by Joseph HILDERBRANDT, a
working man, of 185 Lorimer street, to recover damages for the loss of the
services of his daughter, who, it is alleged, was seduced by
defendant. The case was tried before Judge REYNOLDS & a jury, the latter
returning a verdict for $750. The plaintiff appealed the case to the
General Term, which this morning affirmed the judgment. HUESTIS left the
city after the termination of the suit, and, it is alleged, thus seeks to
evade the penalty of a suit brought by Miss HILDERBRANDT for seduction
under promise of marriage.
A Flatbush Piggery
Mrs. Ann KINGSLEY was arraigned in the Court of Sessions this forenoon,
before Judge MOORE on a charge of violating the Health laws by maintaining
a piggery at Flatbush. She furnished bail in the sum of $1,000 to await trial.
Michael HOCK, of No. 132 Meserole street, for beating his wife Catharine,
was to-day sentenced to pay a fine of $20 or to go to jail for twenty days
by Justice GUCK.
When the case of Emil CAPPELLE, accused of kidnapping Mrs. Kate WAERNER was
called by Justice ELLIOTT, to-day, counsellor DAVIS for the prosecution
asked for an adjournment & for an attachment for a certain
witness. Counsellor GOLDSMITH for the defence, asked for the discharge of
CAPPELLE, which was refused, & the examination adjourned until Thursday next.
William LOBY, a small boy, was to-day sentenced by Justice Elliott to pay a
fine of $2, or to go to jail for two days for stealing a banana from
Antonia BELLI'S stand on Grand street.
Must Face the Music
In the City Court to-day Judge REYNOLDS rendered a decision refusing the
application to discharge John MOONEY, held for obtaining money under false
pretences, by representing himself an employe of the Commissioner of
Jurors, & ordered the prisoner to furnish two sureties in $500.
Surrogate's Court-Before Hon. Abram H. DAiley
Wills proved--Frederick GREMSE & John H. GOODALE, of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted on the estates of the following
named deceased persons, viz:
Kate MC CARTHY, formerly KATE RYAN
John A. HAWKINS
Marcella LENEHAN formerly Marcella GORDON
James MC MASTER
William H. KILOUFF sometimes called Michael KILDUFF
Lorne MATTHEWMAN all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of guardianship were granted upon the person & estate :
of Ella E. DICKEY to Jas. DICKEY
of Florence E. BEATTYS to Benjamin BEATTYS
of Elizabeth J. MC NULTY & John C. MC NULTY to Ellen D. DEEGAN
all of the city of Brooklyn.
14 July 1879
John FOSTER, aged eighteen, temporarily stopping at No. 211 Hudson avenue,
was arrested Saturday evening on a warrant issued by Justice SEMLER on
complaint of constructive larceny preferred by BarbaraSCHINDLER, of No. 3
Union street. It is alleged that his game has been to get watches &
clocks to repair, & then to pawn or sell them. Among his alleged victims
are mentioned Mr. TROUSON, of Pearl & Prospect streets; John SCHREVER, of
Hudson avenue & Prospect street; Mr. KRUGER, of Jay, near Prospect
street; Mr. POLHEMUS, of Atlantic avenue, near Fort Greene place, & Mr.
BUSLER, of Marion street.
His Trial for the Murder of Mrs. MULL begun To-day-Two Jurors Selected
This morning, Chastine COX, the self-confessed murderer of Mrs. Jane L. DE
FORREST HULL, was placed on trial for his life in the Court of General
Sessions, New York, before Judge COWING. A special panel of 500 jurors
had been summoned by Judge COWING'S orders, & they filled the court-room
pretty well, without considering the number of outsiders who managed to
Judge COWING said that as it was very important that an impartial jury be
obtained in the trial of COX, he would make an order that all the jurors
summoned on both the old & new panels would go to the room up stairs &
remain there until called. Each juror, as called, would be brought down
and examined as to his competency without the other jurors hearing the
questions & his answers. He also cautioned the jurors, while up stairs,
not talk about or discuss the case about to be tried, but to keep their
minds free & unbiased, so that they could render an impartial
verdict. The jurors were then taken up stairs.
Neither BALCH, the Boston reporter, nor any of the Boston witnesses were
present this morning, as they will not be required for several days. it is
thought that the work of impanelling a jury will occupy at least two days,
owing to the publicity given to the case.
At 11:40 Mr. ROLLINS rose & said: "I move the case of Chastine COX, your
Honor." Mr. HOWE arose & said he had prepared a petit challenge to the
array of jurors. it challenges the whole manner in which the Commissioner
of Jurors summoned the jury panel & selected their names. He then moved
that the panel be quashed. Mr. ROLLINS demurred to the challenge, & the
Judge sustained the demurrer, & counsel took an exception.
The second juror called was Andrew G. MYERS, a plumber, residing in
Forty-eighth street, & he was accepted.
The third person, Albert L. CONKLIN, called was discharged as incompetent,
on account of believing COX to have been guilty of the homicide of Mrs. HULL.
The fourth person called answered all the questions satisfactorily, & was
selected as the second competent juror. He gave his name, occupation, &
residence as Solomon ANDERSON, hatter, doing business at No. 216 Prince street.
Unneighborly Neighbors at Coney Island
Mrs. Catherine J. FISHER is the owner of a small restaurant & bathing
establishment on Coney Island. Her next door neighbor is Mr. Garet KUTEN,
who also runs a restaurant & bathing ranche. Mrs. FISHER made some
improvements to the plaza of her house, which Mr. KUTEN said extended on
his property, & he accordingly, axe in hand, removed the
obstruction. This forenoon Mrs. FISHER obtained from Justice BARNARD, in
the Supreme Court, on order for the arrest of Mr. KUTEN.
DAILEY vs. LIVINGSTON
In the mater of Abram H. DAILEY, plaintiff & respondent, vs. Walter L.
LIVINGSTON, defendant & appellant, a contest by writ of quo warranto for
the office of Surrogate of this county, the defendant to-day filed an
appeal to a decision in the General Term of the Supreme Court adverse to
him, to the Court of Appeals.
Convicted of Burglary
In the Court of Sessions, Samuel H. WARING, colored, aged thirty years, was
tried for burglary in the first degree, for entering the house of Adam
BLAKE, No. 328 Stuyvesant avenue, but as the evidence did not clearly
connect him with the crime, he was acquitted. WARING was then placed on
trial for entering the house of Henry CURTIS, Cooper avenue, near Central
avenue, On March 25 last, in connection with Samuel W. HUNTER & Henry
RADCLIFF. The latter turned State's evidence, & WARING was found guilty
of burglary in the second degree.
Serious Charge Against an Old Man
August WULFING a man of fifty years, who lives at 166 Leonard street, &
is a special officer, was arrested yesterday on a complaint of outrageous
assault made by Minnie WALTERS, of 87 Meserole street. WULFING & Emil
WALTERS, the latter the father of the child, are members of the Soldiers
and Sailors Union, & on the 21st of June last Mr. WALTERS send his
daughter to WULFING'S residence with a notice for the latter to attend a
meeting of the Union. On Saturday last the father wished the child to go
there again, but the latter refused & began to cry. When questioned by
her mother she related what occurred on the previous trip, & a complaint
was at once lodged against WULFING. To-day before Justice GUCK the
prisoner waived examination & was held for the Grand Jury. This is the
second time WULFING has been arrested for the same offence.
In the "hard swearing" case before Justice ELLIOT on Saturday, the letter
to-day rendered his decision, fining KOCH $10.
Michael REED'S Failure
Michael REED, dealer in boots & shoes, No. ?5 Marcy avenue, recently made
an assignment to James CHAMBERS for the benefit of his creditors. His
schedules were filed in the County Clerk's office to-day. His nominal
assets are $9,985.68 & actual assets $6,337.81. His liabilities are $21, 663.63.
15 July 1879
Charles OBERLE, of 201 Floyd street, last evening so badly beat his wife
Francisco with a heavy piece of wood that the latter was unable to appear
against him to-day & the case was adjourned until the 24th inst.
Joseph FRANCIS, of 3 Union avenue, for brandishing a knife over Jacob
LIPPMANN'S head, was to-day held in peace bonds by Justice GLUCK.
Trouble among Eastern District Dentists-A Woman in the Business
Francisco VALA recently began a proceeding in the City Court against
Frederica KOCH & August GROSCH for an injunction to restrain Mrs. KOCH
from employing GROSCH in her dental establishment, No. 231 Grand street, E.
D. Plaintiff, in his complaint, sets up that on October 24, 1878, he
entered into a copartnership with Mrs. KOCH, who is the widow of Dr. KOCH,
in the business of operative dentistry, that for a while business went on
prosperously until Mrs. KOCH, without the consent of plaintiff, employed
one GROSCH, impleaded in this case, against plaintiff's will, & since
that time & by various means have endeavored to crowd plaintiff out of
his business & the benefits of the partnership. In addition to an
injunction plaintiff calls for an accounting, claiming that his share of
the business to date amounts to $3,000. Mrs. KOCH, in her answer, sets up
that the plaintiff is a Spaniard & can only make himself understood to
patients through an interpreter, that he has been a detriment to the
business & has only an interest in the operative department of the
business & has no interest whatever in the mechanical department; that
GROSCH, the person whose employment is objected to by plaintiff, is
employed solely by Mrs. KOCH, & is paid by her. Mrs. KOCH also avers
that the plaintiff has absented himself from his business, & otherwise
failed to comply with the articles of copartnership. The case was argued
before Judge MC CUE this forenoon. Dr. H. D. BIRDSALL appeared for the
plaintiff, & Davis TEESE & F. W. OBERNIER for the defendants. Decision
A Contested Will Case Decided
Wm. MEAKIM, aged seventy-five, a farmer in the old town of Bushwick, died
in June, 1878, leaving no widow, but six children, some of them adults. He
left a will executed February 27, 1874, disposing of all his property,
leaving the bulk of it to his son John Nelson MEAKIM, & his daughter Mrs.
Mary DE BEVOISE. The will was offered for probate at the Surrogate's
office, & was contested by his remaining children & others next of
kin. The estate was worth $40,000, & included eight lots on Meeker
avenue. The ground of contest was that the testator was not of sound mind
at the time he executed the will, & that undue influence was used by the
family physician. The contest was heard before Surrogate DAILEY, who
to-day rendered his decision, in which he says that at the time the will
was executed there was no doubt testator's mind was greatly impaired, &
the facts adduced on the trial were very strongly indicative of undue
influence. The Surrogate further states: "It may be wise for physicians
to warn their patients to make wills, & keep their estates from falling
into the hands of lawyers, but they should be cautious lest by their
importunities in the interest of favored legatees, as in the present case,
they give cause for litigation that otherwise would have been avoided. The
probate of the will is rejected."
16 July 1879
Justice GUCK suspended sentence to-day on Franz BARTHOLDI, an Italian organ
grinder, of 32 Mulberry street, who was arrested for exhibiting a monkey
without a license.
Rossanna ALDERMAN was tried in the Court of Sessions yesterday on an
indictment charging her with receiving stolen goods, the proceeds of the
burglaries of the Romer Best gang of thieves. The case was not proved, &
the defendant was discharged. Susan WALKER, also indicted for a similar
offence was discharged after a nolle prosequi had been moved by the
Mrs. Ellen E. PECK On Trial For Grand Larceny
A Remarkable Case, in which a Lady, a Detective & Two Diamond Brokers Figured
The case of Mrs. Ellen E. PECK came up for trial this morning in the Court
of Sessions. Mrs. PECK is indicted upon the charge of grand larceny in
stealing from Lyonas LANGLER, of No. 29 Fourth avenue, New York, a diamond
ring worth $100, a diamond stud worth $60, & a stem-winding gold watch
worth $250. LANGLER is a diamond broker at the above number. The accused
is about forty-five years old, & is the wife of R. W. PECK, who is
engaged in the steamship business. Mrs. PECK resided at No. 307 Putnam
avenue, this city, & had business transactions with LANGLER through John
R. GRADY, the well known sidewalk diamond & jewelry broker. It appears
that Mrs. PECK has disposed of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry at
various times as the agent of Mrs. LANGLER.
John R. Grady testified that the goods named in the indictment were
received by Mrs. PECK for sale, & that they had not been returned, &
the prisoner had not paid for them. On cross-examination he said that he
first heard of the prisoner through Detective WILLIAMS, & went to her
house on the 27th of April, 1877. He gave her a pair of diamond earrings
valued at $1,400 & a quantity of other diamonds & jewelry making a
total value of $2,500. he had not seen her before, & did not remember
any promise as to payment. She was to show the property to her
customers. On the 3d of May he gave Mrs. PECK jewelry to the value of
about $560. On the 18th of May she was given goods to the value of $650
and on June 9, articles valued at about $90.
She held the articles for a year. During the year she received property,
at different intervals, of the total value of $30,000. Goods worth $6,000
were returned, & she made considerable payments of money from time to
time. The witness admitted, in answer to a question, that he had been once
convicted of felony, & had served a term in prison.
It was openly stated in court by Mr. RIDGWAY, counsel for Mrs. PECK, that
$10,000 of the money paid over by Mrs. PECK had been used by the witness to
help Jimmy HOPE out of a charge of bank robbing in Maine. GRADY admitted
that he had been interested in the troubles of HOPE, & went on to Maine
to see him.
The case is still on.
The Twelve Men who are to Hear His Trial
The result of the two day's work concluded yesterday in the preliminaries
to the trial of Chastine COX in the New York General Sessions for the
murder of Mrs. HULL, was that 127 jurors were examined, the Judge acting as
trier. Of these, seventy-three had formed opinions of the case, & were
excluded on that account; nineteen had conscientious scruples against the
infliction of the death penalty; eighteen were peremptorily challenged, two
by the State & sixteen by the defence; one was excused because he was a
friend of Mr. HUMMEL; four because they did not understand English, &
twelve were accepted. These twelve are certainly very far above the
ordinary petit jury in personal appearance. There is not a single one who
does not look like a man of more than ordinary intelligence, & all look
like fair men. Their names, occupation, & addresses are as follows:
Andrew L. MEYERS, plumber, No. 101 West Forty-eighth street
William PAUL, builder, NO. 40 West 127th street
William T. EVERS, reporter, 136th street & Willis avenue
Robert RUTTOR, builder, No. 152 West Thirteenth street
Frederick ALTHOUS, real estate, No. 1242 Third avenue
Hermann WOLFF, milliner, 433 East Fifty-sixth street
Adolph DENNSHUNT, merchant, No. 519 East 118th street
George W. SPRINGSTEAD, carpenter, No. 323 West Twenty-fourth street
William H. CRAIG, collector, NO. 25 West 126th street
Albert W. HOWARD, flour merchant, No. 16 Second place, Brooklyn
Francis B. O'DONNELL, retired No. 122 Lexington avenue
Nehemiah KOHL, cigars, No. 250 East Thirty-third street
Judge DOWING said that he wished to try the case with the utmost celerity,
and would therefore hold three sessions each day-the morning session
lasting from ten o'clock until twelve, the afternoon from half-past twelve
to six, & the evening from half-past six till half-past ten, or so long
as the jury could stand it.
17 July 1879
Loss of Services of a Daughter
In the City Court to-day in the case of Markus NEWBERG against Charles
SEIFERT, Judge MC CUE, on motion of John ROESCH, counsel for plaintiff,
granted an order of arrest against defendant & ordered him to be held to
bail pending the trial of the action. The latter is brought by the
plaintiff to recover $3,000 damages for loss of services of his daughter
who was seduced by defendant on the promise of marriage. The plaintiff is
a cigar maker & resides at 213 Johnson avenue; the defendant is a
tailor's cutter, residing on Johnson avenue & works at an establishment
on Manhattan avenue. Both parties are in humble circumstances.
A False Lover Sued
Mary C. MC LAUGHLIN has begun action in the Supreme Court against Thomas MC
DONNELL to recover $15,000 damages for breach of promise of marriage &
for seduction. The plaintiff is twenty-three years of age, & resides
with her mother, No. 336 East Thirty-second street, New York. The
plaintiff, in her complaint, says that she is acquainted with the defendant
and that he repeatedly promised her marriage, & that, by pledges of
affection, he overcame her scruples; that defendant repeated his promises
and requested her not to receive the visits of any other
gentleman. Michael GRUGENSKI is counsel for the plaintiff.
The Long Island Church Robbers
David STINER & William MULLER, who are charged with robbing a dozen Long
Island churches, & committing a number of burglaries in Long Island
villages, were arraigned yesterday before Justice LAWRENCE, in
Flushing. The prisoners had made partial confessions by which some of the
stolen property was recovered. Ten complaints were made against them, one
for the stealing from John GRAUL, the horse & wagon which led to their
arrest, & the others for stealing horses, robbing churches in Maspeth,
Rockville Centre, Flatlands, & Manetto Hill, & for miscellaneous
robberies. MULLER & STINER were held on the complaints to await the
action of the Grand Jury. During the examination it was shown that STINER
was married only a month ago. He objected strenuously to the admission in
evidence of the marriage certificate, saying that the prosecution was
making a holy (?) show of his wife.
A party of excursionists became riotous on the upper end of Rockaway Beach
on Tuesday evening, & indulged in a general fight. The police rallied
from various points on the beach to quell the disturbance, when they were
attacked by the rioters, who, it is reported, were aided & abetted by an
unknown member of the Brooklyn police. After a severe struggle, during
which, it is said, the officers were menaced with pistols. John Francis MC
CANN, Daniel MULDEY, James MULLEVEY, Edward BALF, & Benjamin GRAY, the
ringleaders, were arrested. The rioters were taken by Officers JONES,
PINKERTON, & LEESE before Justice JOHNSON, who sentenced MC CANN, MULDEY,
MULLEVEY, & GRAY to twenty days imprisonment & a fine of $10
each. BALF, who was less conspicuous in the affray, was sentenced to $5
fine, or in default of payment to imprisonment for ten days.
Stephen LAYTON'S Troubles
In March, of this year, Mrs. Stephen LAYTON, the wife of a carpenter
residing at No. 608 Jefferson street, was arrested for abandoning her
infant in the street. For this she was indicted by the Grand Jury, but on
the case reaching the Court of Sessions was discharged. Last evening when
her husband returned home from work he found his wife lying insensible on
the bed, while stretched out dead on a table was the body of his infant
child Abbie, aged seven months. The fact coming to the ears of the police
an investigation was made. Surgeon BURDICK said that the mother was
suffering from nervous prostration, & that the child had died of cholera
infantum. Dr. CORBIN yesterday visited the house, & prescribed for the
The Defence of a Husband Accused of Abandonment
Charles SMITH was before Justice ELLIOTT yesterday on a charge of having
abandoned his wife. SMITH said that his father-in-law treated him badly;
that he several times took him out of bed & made him lie on the floor,
and often ordered him from the house & told him never to come
back. Because he had obeyed these mandates he was arrested. The
examination was adjourned for a week.
The CAPPELLE-WOERNER Kidnapping Case
Emil CAPPELLE, the barber, accused of kidnapping Mrs. George F. WOERNER,
was not present when the case was called by Justice ELLIOTT to-day. His
counsellor, Mr. GOLDSMITH, said that he was indisposed. Counsellor DAVIS,
for the prosecution, said that WOERNER, since the last adjournment, had
received a letter from CAPPELLE, in which it was stated that the latter was
going away. CAPPELLE will be kept under surveillance until Thursday next,
when the charge will be examined.
18 July 1879
Supreme Court Decisions
Justice BARNARD has entered the following decisions:
Michael MC MAHON vs. Charles BODEN. The motion to open default denied with $10 costs.
Otis N. CUTLER vs. John SATERLIE, impleaded, etc. Default opened upon
condition that defendant pay costs of circuit, including trial fee &
allowance granted by court, & $10 costs of motion. Judgment to stand as
security. Payment to be made in twenty days, or motion denied with costs.
Henry P. WETLER, plaintiff in error, against the people of the State of New
York. Writ of certiorari denied.
Margaret GINELLY vs. Hiran V. BAYHS, & others. Motion to strike out
answer granted with $10 costs.
Metropolitan Bank vs. Martin SHEA. Motion granted unless SHEA pay $10
costs of motion & go before referee.
James WADSWORTH vs. James T. EASTON. Referred to D. A. C. SALMAN to take
proof & report facts.
In matter of petition of Martin B. V. WILLIAMSON. Motion denied with costs.
A. VAN BRUNT vs. C. VAN BRUNT-$200 additional allowance to
plaintiff. Taxed costs only to defendants appearing.
W. GODDARD vs. R. C. TRENBATH. Motion to vacate order of arrest denied.
L. S. RAMSDALE & another vs. Abbie W. WHITE, & others. Mrs. FRIEND is
entitled to be repaid the half mortgage & interest out of all the shares,
including plaintiffs. Decree ordered accordingly.
B. W. DOWNING vs. W. N. THORNE. Referees report confirmed & sale ordered.
B. HEXAMEY vs. Johanna W. REISIG, executrix. Adjourned to July 21, 1879,
to enable plaintiff to argue.
Mary A. SMITH vs. Albert SMITH. It is impossible from the affidavits to
tell who is at fault. The parties have made an agreement under which they
have lived for some time. Motion denied without costs.
Justice DYKMAN has entered the following decisions:
In matter of petition of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church to vacate an
assessment for paving. Motion denied without costs & without prejudice.
David CARIL vs. Long Island Railroad Company. Report confirmed.
THE JEFF DAVIS LEGACY
A Brooklynite to Contest the Will That Devised It-A Too Enthusiastic Aunt
Mr. S. Percy ELLIS, the brother of Mrs. Sarah A. DORSEY, who bequeathed by
will all her property to Jefferson DAVIS, is a resident of No. 1058
Lafayette avenue, this city, & the editor of a trade journal in New
York. Mr. ELLIS says Mrs. Sarah A. DORSEY was born at Woodlawn, February
17, 1829, & not in Natches, the city residence of her parents. She was
the eldest of four children, two only of whom are now alive-Mr. S. PERCY
and his sister, Inez. Their brother, Thomas LA ROCHE, died a soldier in
the Confederate service. General Charles G. DAHLGREN, of the Confederate
service, a brother of the Union Admiral of the same name, married their
mother some years after the death of their father, & managed their
extensive estates & plantations. In 1851 Miss Sarah ELLIS married a son
of Justin DORSEY, of Maryland. This gentleman died in 1875. His widow
then took up her residence at Beauvoir, on the Gulf, a few miles from
Mississippi City. For two years the ex-President of the Confederacy had
been a guest at this place. The property conveyed to Mr. DAVIS consists,
besides ready money & large tracts of uncultivated lands in that State
and Kansas, of Beauvoir Elk Ridge Plantation & Elliston Plantation,
Tensas Parish, La. It is estimated to be worth over $250,000. A short
time ago Mrs. DORSEY visited her brothers. She was an enthusiast on the
subject of Southern independence, & looked upon Jefferson DAVIS as the
man who would yet work wonders for it. She believed that nothing could
reward him for his "great work." Mr. ELLIS, while aware of this deep-set
enthusiasm for Jefferson DAVIS, did not think that she would go so far to
prove her zeal as to give up to him all her wealth, when it was known that
her husband had expressed a desire that the son & daughter of her brother
Percy should have assured to them an income. The reporter learned
yesterday from a trustworthy source that Mrs. DORSEY'S will is to be
contested, & steps have been already taken toward that end.
Why Mrs. SEIBERT Wants a Divorce
Mary SEIBERT has commenced in the City Court an action for divorce from her
husband, Lorenzo SEIBERT. They reside at No. 150 Suydam street, & were
married in 1872. They have two children-Katie, aged nine years, & Fanny,
aged eight & a half years. The husband is a shoemaker by trade. Mrs.
SEIBERT'S cause of complaint is the intimacy of her husband with a servant
girl name Caroline FLEIG, who lately came to this country. SEIBERT & the
girl Caroline have gone to parts unknown, & Mrs. SEIBERT & her children
are left in destitute circumstances.
MRS. MARY O'HARA'S WILL
She Leaves Twenty Thousand Dollars to Roman Catholic Charitable Institutions.
Mrs. Mary O'Hara aged about eighty years, widow of the late Peter O'Hara,
marble cutter died on Monday last, & was interred yesterday from St.
Paul's Catholic Church. The funeral ceremonies were largely attended. She
resided at No. 25 Schermerhorn street, & since the demise of her husband
she has devoted almost the whole of her income to charitable objects. Her
will was presented for probate this morning. She gives $2,000 to each of
her two granddaughters, & makes the following charitable bequests:
To the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, $5,000. She attaches to this bequest
a recommendation that the directors of the asylum shall invest the
principal & apply the income only toward the support of the orphans under
To the Convent of Mercy $5,000.
To St. Mary's Hospital for the treatment of the diseases of women, $5,000.
To the Long Island College Hospital, $5,000.
The executors named in the will are Father Robert J. MC GUIRE, Dr. W. H.
DUDLEY, & Judge Alexander MC CUE,to whom she leaves the residue of her
estate after the bequests aforementioned are paid. They are authorized to
sell her estate at public or private sale. The testament is witnessed by
Edgar M. CULLEN, Henry A. MOORE, Judah B. VOORHIES & Chas. J. LOWERY.
When Ann ANDERSON was arraigned before Justice ELLIOTT a day or two ago for
drunkenness she wanted to sign the pledge in the courtroom. Unlike Justice
FISHER, Justice ELLIOTT told her to go elsewhere. To-day she was brought
up on similar charge, & had not a word to say in her own defence, but
asked to be sent to the Penitentiary. His Honor said he would send her
there for six months, to which she replied: "Never mind," & said she
would take ten days in Jail.
19 July 1879
Julia HERRING, who accused Julia CUNNINGHAM of assault & battery to-day
before Justice ELLIOTT, objected to one of the witnesses for the defence, a
fourteen-year-old girl, whom the former alleged had told her that she had
just as leave swear one way as the other , & that if she took a false
oath, the priest would forgive her. The girl's testimony was taken, &
the defendant held in peace bonds.
A Dishonest Plumber
Justice BLOOM to-day sentenced John WILLIAMS, aged forty, a plumber, of No.
26 Henry street, to the Penitentiary for four months on a complaint of
larceny preferred by Wm. PITT, the proprietor of a plumbing shop at No. 233
Flatbush avenue. Mr. PITT yesterday caught WILLIAMS sneaking out of his
store with a hopper valve, & on searching the prisoner two brass locks
were found in his possession.
A Murderer Caught---Ephraim JOHNSON, who is indicted for murdering his wife
on February 19, has been captured in New Jersey near Union Hill, by
Detective Stephen FAYNE, of Queens County. The woman, it will be
remembered, was found dead in her home in Bay Shore with several pistol
balls in her body. She was jealous of her husband, who was unduly intimate
with a colored woman in the village, & the theory was that he committed
the murder to be free to marry her. He laid her body on the bed &
arranged matters to give the case the appearance of suicide, but the wounds
were in such parts that it would have been utterly impossible for her to
have inflicted them.
Threatening to Set the British Consul on Justice ELLIOTT
The O'CONNELL family own some land at North Ninth & Seventh streets, on
which is a factory which they have not used for some time. An Englishman
named TOMLINS, who but recently arrived in this country, "squatted" in the
factory & carried on his business of wool pulling there. The 'O'CONNELLS
ejected him from the premises & TOMLINS procured an order from Justice
ELLIOTT for his tools & materials & an officer was sent with him to get
them. Everything belonging to him was turned over, but TOMLINS claimed
that he had not got all. The officer told him to see the Justice about it,
and the latter replied that if Justice ELLIOTT did not treat him right he
would set the British Consul on him. The O'CONNELLS were arrested for
alleged detention of a portion of the goods & this morning discharged.
TOMLINS was called to the bench & his Honor told him that he had heard
that he was going to set the British Consul on him. he told him that if
all of his goods had not been returned to sue for them & engage the
British Consul for counsel. he (the Justice) would be glad to see him.
"I'll Meet You in Heaven, Judge!"
Mary YOUNG, of 230 Seventh street, showed a bar of iron to Justice ELLIOTT
today, & said that Mary BRADY, who lives in the same house, had attempted
to strike her with it. Several witnesses denied this, & when the accused
was discharged Mrs. YOUNG, with fire in her eyes, cried out in a loud tone:
"God is true, Judge; God is true. I'll meet you in heaven, Judge!" Mrs.
YOUNG was ordered to sit on the prisoner's bench, where she remained
shedding tears copiously. Finally, in promising to control her tongue in
the future, she was allowed to depart.
CHAS. LAGREE'S MOTHER-IN-LAW
How She Got Square with Him, & How He Got Even with Her
Charles LAGREE lives at No. 183 Flatbush avenue. Like some young men, he
has a mother in-law, & like some sons-in-law, one house holds
both of them, or did hold until yesterday. The mother-in-law is Mrs. Jane
GRAYSON, & being only forty years of age, she has an advantage in this
respect over the usual run of mothers-in-law. But yesterday the harmony of
their relations was blasted, perhaps only temporarily, by a quarrel. Mrs.
GRAYSON felt called upon to uphold the dignity of her position as a
mother-in-law, but, it is alleged, did it with a carving knife, even to the
inflicting of a severe wound on the head of the son-in-law aforementioned.
The result was that she was arrested & taken before Justice BLOOM for
examination on a charge of felonious assault, leaving LAGREE to "hold the
fort," though with an aching head.
Upon the case coming into Court, the house was shown to be fully divided
against itself by the daughter, Mrs. Mary LAGREE, charging Mrs. GRAYSON
with striking her on the arm with a saucepan, & catching her by the
hair. The fair mother-in-law & mother pleaded not guilty, & was held
in $1,000 bonds, furnished by James SMITH, of No. 28 Garden place, to
appear for examination on the 25th inst. at 9:30 A. M.
Business in the Sessions
The following named persons were arraigned before Judge MOORE in the Court
of Sessions today to plead to the indictments found against them:
-Joseph CLIFFORD, grand larceny, pleaded not guilty.
-Joseph HOFFMAN, assault & battery with intent to do bodily harm, not guilty.
-Thomas GILL, George HALL & George REGAN, assault with intent to steal, not guilty.
-Robert SHERIDAN, burglary in the third degree & grand larceny. The
accused was tried & acquitted a few weeks ago for highway robbery.
The TRAVIS Homicide-A Motion to Admit SHIRLEY to Bail
Paul SHIRLEY, who is charged with the murder of Michael TRAVIS near the
Franklin House, Fulton street, on Sunday 13th inst., was brought before
Judge MOORE & associates in the Court of Sessions to-day, when a motion
was made by his counsel, James W. RIDGEWAY, to admit him to bail, pending
the action of the Grand Jury. Judge MOORE said he would look at the papers
in the case, before taking any action.
It will be remembered that the accused was held by the Coroner last evening
to await the action of the District-Attorney. That official stated to a
Union-Argus reporter that he would not take the responsibility of admitting
the accused to bail, but would turn over all the written testimony in the
case, with additional important information to the Court.
SURROGATE's Court-Before Hon. Abram H. DAILEY
Charles D. PUFFER, of the town of Flatbush;
Mary A. SLOCUM,
Jacob M. COOKE,
George H. F .LAUBERBASH,
Caroline YOUNG, all of the city of Brooklyn.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the
following-named deceased persons, viz:
John E. FARMER,
Wm. T. MOUNT,
Bridget SULLIVAN, formerly Bridget DOLAN;
Christian J. COCHRANE,
Mary Jane CARSON, formerly Mary J. DAWSON,
Addie D. BAKER,
Fannie A. HARKNESS,
Jacob C. WILLIAMS,
Elvra A. EDEY,
Mary Ann SCHMIDT, formerly Mary Ann MELLING;
Mary Ann DAY,
George M. CHAPPELL,
Mary A. JAGGERS,
Richard J. KELLY, all of the city of Brooklyn;
Cato OLIVER, of the town of Flatbush.
Letters of administration ofthe persons & estates
of William ROBERTS, Jr., was granted to William ROBERTS, his father;
of Alice J. DESPARD & Walter D. DESPARD to Clement L. DESPART;
of Albert TORNON to John WEISS; Werner SCHREFER & Adam GEIB;
of Frank BISCHOF, Jr., to Frank BISCHOF, his father;
of Peter SCHMIDT, to Charles G. CHALK;
of Joseph HARLBECK to Frederick HARLBECK, all of the county of Kings.
20 July 1879
PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER.
Patrick RILEY, who was indicted for murder in the second degree in
throwing his wife Mary out of the third-story window of the house No. 35
Denn street, on the 5th of October last was arraigned in the Court of
Sessions to-day, & withdrew his former plea of not guilty, & was
permitted to plead guilty to the crime of manslaughter. He will be
sentenced next Friday. The prisoner is fifty-five years of age, & a
longshoreman by occupation.
THE COOPER-GROOM LIBEL SUIT.
The trial of the suit of Wallace P. GROOM vs. Peter COOPER, to recover
$50,000 damages for libel, still gropes its slow length along in the
Circuit Court, before Justice PRATT, seriously retarding the trial of
important cases on the calendar.
BUSINESS IN COURT OF SESSIONS.
In the Court of Sessions to-day, before Justice MOORE & Associate
Justices WICKHAM & SPENCER, the following were tried with the results indicated:
Ed. KENNEDY & James LYNCH, charged with burglary in the third degree
and petit larceny. The jury found KENNEDY guilty & acquitted LYNCH.
In the cases of Hugh HADDAM & Richard SULLIVAN, charged with petit
larceny from the person, the jury found HADDAM guilty & Sullivan not guilty.
Bernard CARMAN, charged with burglary in the third degree, was found guilty.
The following were arranged (sic) & pleaded:
Charles STODDARD withdrew his plea of not guilty to the charge of grand
larceny & pleaded guilty to petit larceny.
Thomas NELSON & Albert BROWN pleaded not guilty to the charge of being
Martin TAYLOR (of ballot-box notoriety) pleaded not guilty to the charge
of larceny of 200 copies of the Standard.
John & Matthew RYAN pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault & battery.
In the case of Robert PRIMROSE, accused of larceny, a nolli prosequi was
21 July 1879
A Habitual Drunkard at Twenty
Wm. F. KIDDER, of Ridgewood, L. I., was committed to the Inebriates' Home,
Bay Ridge, on April 29, 1879, by Justice DONAHUE, of the Supreme Court, on
the charge of being a habitual drunkard. KIDDER is but twenty years of
age, has property worth $40,000 & has been a habitual drunkard for over
three years. In the Supreme Court to-day Justice BARNARD on the petition
of Mary B. HAVEMEYER & Charlotte KIDDER, half sisters of KIDDER, issued
an order in the form of a de lunatico inquirendo with a view of getting a
committee appointed to take charge of KIDDER'S person & estate. The
Court subsequently appointed Edward WHEATON & Dr. J. S. JOHNSON a
commission to inquire before a jury as to the capability of KIDDER to
manage his estate.
Carrie REPPEL, sixteen years, living at 471 Broadway, was arrested
yesterday charged with stealing the earrings from the three-years old child
of Mrs. PETERSON, on Saturday. She pleaded guilty, & was held for the
23 July 1879
Supreme Court Decisions- By Barnard JUSTICE-
Henry S. PENDLETON vs. Wm. VANDERVEER, proprietor of
Concourse Hotel, Coney Island, Motion to dissolve injunction prohibiting
plaintiffs from carrying on a hackney-coach business on defendant's
premises granted, with $10 costs to abide the event.
Samuel B. CALDWELL vs. Edwin D. PHELPS. The defendant must set out in the
mortgage specifically its date, amount, by whom & to whom given & when,
when filed. $10 costs to abide the event.
Francis H. WALKER against John SCOTT, Order to show cause dated June 2,
1879, is denied & stay of proceedings granted. Geo. H. GUNTHER appointed
receiver on executing a bond to be approved, defendant to pay $10 costs of
Sarah Ann THORN vs. Mina K. KNOWLTON. Motion to dismiss complaint denied
with $10 costs, in the matter of the application of Robert INNESS &
Richard HALL to probate the will of Ann NICHOLS. Decree granted.
Edward M. JENKINS vs. John M. COOK. Motion to vacate order of arrest
denied, without costs.
Wm. D. CORCORAN vs. John B. SKINNER. Motion to open default granted.
Wm. HUSSEY vs. Winnifred LOUNDERS. Motion to open default denied, with $20
Elnathan SWEET vs. D. MORRISON. Motion for a record commission to examine
witnesses granted on condition.
Henry S. STEVENS vs. David D. SMITH. Motion to make assignee in bankruptcy
a party defendant, denied.
CAMMEYER'S Claim as a City Worker Denied
Frederick S. CAMMEYER, a basin inspector during the FLAHERTY-BENNETT
administration in the Board of City Works, recently, through his counsel,
Jesse JOHNSON, applied to Justice BARNARD, in the Supreme Court, for a
mandamus to compel the present Board of City Works, the Mayor &
Comptroller, to pay him a balance of salary said to be due. It appears that
during the pendency of the trial of Messrs. GLAHERTY & BENNETT, Mr.
CAMMEYER was discharged by Mr. DADY, General Superintendent of Sewers. He
claimed that his movement from office was illegal, as the Board of City
Works at the time was in suspense. Justice BARNARD to-day rendered his
decision denying the application.
Arraignments & Sentences in the Court of Sessions
In the court of Sessions today :
-Wm. TAYLOR withdrew his plea of not guilty
or grand larceny & pleaded guilty to an attempt at grand larceny.
Thomas GILL, George HALL, George REAGAN & Eugene MARONEY were tried &
acquitted on a charge of assault & battery.
James CLIFFORD pleaded guilty to an attempt at grand larceny.
Susan DONNELLY withdrew her plea of not guilty to a charge of grand larceny
and pleaded guilty to petit larceny.
Wm. DONNELLY, who pleaded guilty to an attempt at burglary in the third
degree, was sent to the Penitentiary for fifteen months.
Wm. WESSELMAN, who pleaded guilty to an attempt at petit larceny, was
sentenced to the Penitentiary for three months.
John PETERSON, assault & battery, was sentenced to the Penitentiary for
Joseph GAUL, petit larceny from the person, was sentenced to the
Penitentiary for eighteen months.
John HOFFMAN, found guilty of stabbing Edward MEISTER during a melee at
Albone's Saloon, Fifth street, E. D., on June 17, was sentenced to the
Penitentiary for two years & six months.
24 July 1879
A Divorce Case in High Life-The Suit of Mrs. ROSS Against Her Husband
Joseph ROSS, a stock broker of Wall street, New York, was formerly a
resident of this city, & resides at Somerville, New Jersey. He is a
gentleman of large financial means & for several years past has been very
fortunate in stock speculations. Wile residing in this city he kept up a
fine domestic establishment; his home was replete with fine furniture,
works of art & vertu. He kept his private carriage & lived a life of
ease & luxury. He had at that time been married several years, but after
a while his wife, Mrs. Ida F. ROSS, became the recipient of anonymous
letters setting forth that her husband was untrue to his marital vows, &
was maintaining a mistress in the city of New York. Mrs. ROSS consulted
with some of her best friends on the subject, & they recommended that
private detectives be put on the track of her alleged faithless
spouse. For months detectives were on his track night & day, until, as
is alleged, mass of proof was obtained against him. Mrs. ROSS thereupon,
on the 8th of May, 1878, commenced an action in the Supreme Court against
her husband for divorce, on the ground of adultery. Every measure was
adopted to prevent the facts from becoming public, & the case was
conducted with a great deal of secrecy. The Court appointed W. E. OSBORNE,
counsellor-at-law, to take testimony & report. At stated periods during
the year testimony was taken before the referee. Ex-Judge S. D. MORRIS, of
the firm of MORRIS & PEARSALL, was counsel for the defendant. Among the
witnesses produced on behalf of the plaintiff were fifty male & female
colored persons, some of them servants at the places where it was alleged
Mr. ROSS used to visit. The testimony was concluded a few days ago, Judge
MORRIS occupying three days in summing up. The theory of the defence was
that the plaintiff has a lover, who is also a broker in Wall street, &
that the suit was brought to get rid of her present husband & marry
another. The testimony in the case occupies over nine hundred folios of
legal cap paper.
The MC CARTYS & the REILS
Bridged MC CARTY, through her counsel, Henry FUERER, has begun an action in
the City Court against Philip REIL & Catharine, his wife, to obtain
$2,000 damages for slander. All the parties reside on Magnolia street,
Eighteenth Ward. The complaint sets forth that the defendants circulated a
story that plaintiff was a person of immoral character. The report coming
to the ears of plaintiff's husband, he went home and, as alleged, abused
Cases in the Court of Sessions
In the Court of Sessions to-day, before Judge MOORE, :
-Joseph CLIFFORD, a pickpocket, was sentenced to the Penitentiary for
two & a half years.
-William TAYLOR, who had previously pleaded guilty to petit larceny, was
discharged on his own recognizance.
E. D.- Emil CAPPELLE, the Alleged Kidnapper, Turns Up-
More About His Relation with "Annie MEYERS"
Emil CAPPELLE, the young barber who is accused of kidnapping Mrs. Kate
WOERNER, & who, as it was alleged, ran away to Connecticut to escape the
examination of the charge, appeared in Justice ELLIOTT'S Court
to-day. Owing to the length of time consumed in trying other cases,
another adjournment of one week was ordered. CAPPELLE was very much
incensed at the reports in the newspapers that he had run away & said
that he went to South Norwalk to accept a situation as he had lost his
position in Myrtle avenue through this case. In a conversation with a
reporter he gave some interesting points in regard to his acquaintance with
Mrs. WOERNER. He said: "I do not know Mrs. WOERNER. I only know Annie
MEYERS. I do not know whether she is WOERNER'S wife of not. She went away
the first or second Monday in May, & I have not seen her since. Like a
fool I gave all my letters except one to that man (referring to the counsel
on the other side). When she left she went on a visit to relatives in New
Brunswick. While away she wrote to me & in one of the letters stated
that she was coming home to be married to me. Shortly after this I went to
the grocery store over which she lived & made some inquiries concerning
her, not wishing to marry without knowing something of her. I asked if
Annie MEYERS lived there & was told no, but that Mrs. WOERNERdid. While
I was in the store she came down, & when she saw me she fainted. After
she had come to, she said she would go up stairs & put on another dress
but she did not come down again. I have learned that wile she was keeping
company with me an elderly widower was also paying attentions to her. She
one told me that she did not want her sister to know that she was keeping
company as the latter did not like the idea.
The SMITH Abandonment Case-A Peculiar Story
The charge of abandonment made by Mrs. Jennie SMITH, of 138 Oakland street,
Greenpoint, against her husband, Charles SMITH, was examined yesterday
afternoon by Justice ELLIOTT. The defendant told a strange & amusing
story. He said that he engaged rooms of his father-in-law, John LEVINESS,
and that the latter with his wife & two sons & a daughter assumed
control over his household. He said that his wife beat him, & that one
night on awakening he found her with a knife in her hand. She told him
that she had got tired of him. On one occasion when he was fondling their
infant child she told him he needn't love the child so much, as it was not
his. His wife's father, he claims, ejected him from the house & told him
never to come back, adding that if he did he would shoot him. His wife, he
claims, evinced a fondness for other men, & openly admitted it. The
prosecution denied portions of the defendant's story, & the latter was
compelled to furnish bonds to pay $3 per week to his wife.
A Lady's Estate
In the County Court to-day Judge MOORE granted an order, in the matter of
Mary Frances DEGNER, an alleged lunatic, superceding a previous order
appointing a committee to manage her estate. Mrs. DEGNER was declared a
lunatic in June, 1878. The order of Judge MORRE gives Mrs. DEGNER her
liberty, the custody of her property & the rents & profits therefrom
for the term of one year beginning April 3, 1879.
25 July 1879
The CHATFIELDS in Trouble
In May last Henri L. CHATFIELD brought an action in the City Court for
divorce against Emma A. CHATFIELD, on the ground of infidelity.
Mrs. CHATFIELD interposed no defence. On July 2, Judge NEILSON appointed
Alex T. CARPENTER referee to take testimony & report. Mr. CARPENTER
has submitted his report, declaring that all the allegations were prove,
and recommended judgment for the plaintiff. The latter's counsel will
move for a confirmation of the report & a decree next week.
Business in the Court of Sessions
The Grand Jury came into the Court of Sessions to-day & submitted
indictments against the following named persons, who were immediately
arraigned to plead:
Edward ERICKSON, forgery in the third degree, three indictments, pleaded
not guilty; trial fixed for July 29.
John JONES, grand larceny from the person, pleaded guilty; trail July 28.
William BAILEY, receiving stolen goods, pleaded not guilty, trial July 29.
William BARKLEY & Edward BARKLEY, burglary third degree, pleaded not guilty;
trial July 28.
William WOODHULL, assault with intent to steal, pleaded guilty.
Frank HOUSTON, burglary first degree, pleaded not guilty.
Catharine CURLEY, disorderly house, pleaded not guilty; trial July 28.
George WEST, burglary first degree, pleaded not guilty; trial July 29.
Robert MC KINNIE, pleaded not guilty; trial July 28.
George MEYERS, burglary, pleaded not guilty.
Edward BLACK & John MOONEY, conspiracy to defraud, pleaded not guilty;
trial July 29.
26 July 1879
MC GARR & COLLIGAN Held for the Grand Jury
Stephen MC GARR & John COLLIGAN, the two boys who recently perpetrated a
number of store window robberies were to-day held for the Grand Jury by
Justice ELLIOTT. They refused to make any statement as to the charges
John J. NEANDER, who keeps a store at 513 Grand street, & was arrested on
the Fourth by a Sixth Precinct police officer, who accused him of selling
fireworks without a permit, had a hearing before Justice GUCK to-day. The
officer could only swear that he saw a boy with a Roman candle in his hand
coming out of MEANDER'S store. He did not see the prisoner sell any
fireworks. The charge was dismissed.
Louis & Mary NEMENER, who were arrested a few days since on a charge of
keeping a disorderly house, were discharged to-day by Justice GUCK, as the
accusation could not be substantiated.
James HUGHES, who keeps a liquor saloon at North Ninth & First streets,
was before Justice ELLIOTT to-day on a charge of selling beer without a
license. Officer BURRILL testified to purchasing a pint of beer from
HUGHES. Counsel for the defence moved to dismiss on the ground that it
had not ben proved that beer had been sold or that the defendant had no
license. They had merely the officer's statement. Decision on the motion
to dismiss was reserved until Monday next.
28 July 1879
The will of Edward WALKER, who died in this city last May, leaving an
estate worth $15,000 to one of his second wife's children, is being
contested in the Surrogate's office by Edward WALKER, Jr., a policeman of
the Third Precinct, who is a son of the deceased by his first wife. The
will was drawn one month before Mr. WALKER'S demise. The will is contested
on the ground of undue influence, etc. Francis FREEZE & John DAILEY
testified that they were present when a former will made by Mr. WALKER was
burned, & that the latter's step-daughter held a light to the document,
which was held by the old man. The case was adjourned till September.
The will of the late Paymaster John O. BRADFORD, U. S. Navy, is being
contested by his son, on the ground of undue influence & mental
incapacity to execute a will.
An Eastern District Divorce Case
Henry SCHREIBERS, of the Eastern District, through his counsel, John
ROESCH, has begun an action in the Supreme Court, against his wife Susan,
for absolute divorce on the ground of infidelity. The parties were married
in March, 1876, at a German Church in Allen street, new York. Two years
ago Susan left her home & went to Newark, N. J., where she now resides.
Justice BARNARD sent the case to a referee to take testimony &
A Youthful Prisoner's Dash for Liberty
Justice WALSH to-day sentenced a bullet-headed little shaver, who gave his
name as Michael CRANE, but who is known to the police as FRAYNOR, to the
House of Refuge for stealing an umbrella from E. LEWIS' store, 273 Fulton
street. The boy was sent back to the cells to await the arrival of the
Maria. Just at that moment Officer MC MAHON opened the cell-door to let
out another person, when CRANE, who was in his bare feet, put out, pursued
by Officer RYAN. Just as the latter after a long chase was about to seize him,
a citizen named James DIXON collared CRANE, who was led back to durance vile.
Paul SHIRLEY in Court
Pursuant to adjournment, Paul SHIRLEY, who stabbed Michael TRAVIS, was
before Justice WALSH this afternoon. In view of the action of the
Coroner's jury, the Justice remanded him to jail, saying that the Grand
Jury would pass upon the case in a few days.
THE BOLENDER INQUEST
Francisco PARTELLO Held for Trial
The inquest in the case of the murdered candy maker, Michael BOLENDER, was
held in New York this morning by Coroner WOLTMAN. Francisco PARTELLO, the
murderer, was present at the inquest closely guarded by three
policeman. His conduct was that of a chained wild animal. he glared about
him at times as if he would gladly escape but most of the time he sat with
his head on his breast with an air of sullen indifference. The Coroner's
office was crowded with spectators & witnesses.
Albert SMITH, a printer, who resides at No. 234 Bridge street, this city,
and who is employed by Joseph TALCOT, at No. 191 Fulton street, was the
first witness called to the stand. He testified that on Thursday afternoon
last; from one to six o'clock, he saw a man loitering in the vicinity of
the place where he was employed, which is on the corner of Church &
Fulton streets. Witness identified Frank PARTELLO, the prisoner, as the
man, but was unable to say what his business was or who he was waiting for.
Richard FEBLER, colored, Edward NEGLING, a fellow workman of the deceased,
and other witnesses, testified. The jury rendered the following
verdict: " We find that Michael BOLENDER came to his death from shock,
following two stab wounds inflicted by Frank PORTELLO, on Fulton street, on
the evening of Thursday, July 24."
29 July 1879
EASTERN DISTRICT-A Trio of Squatters Sentenced to the Penitentiary
Peter DELAP owns a row of houses in North Second street, near Sixty. Some
of the apartments are unoccupied, & into these Ellen DOYLE & Bridget
and Peter SMITH recently "squatted." Last night the trio were arrested as
vagrants on Mr. DELAP'S complaint. To-day before Justice ELLIOTT, SMITH
was very indignant at being called a vagrant & "squatter." The Justice
inquired if he had paid rent for the rooms, to which SMITH replied that he
had not, but intended to shortly, as he was employed. SMITH'S story did
not take, & he was ordered to work for the county for thirty days. The
two women received each a similar sentence.
A Bigamist Held for the Grand Jury
Fritz ANDING, the man with one wife in Germany & two in this country,
when called for examination before Justice GUCK to-day, waived examination
and was held for the Grand Jury.
The O'HARA Will Case--
Grandchildren Contesting the Will
on the Ground of Undue Influence & Mental Incapacity
The will of the late Mary O'HARA, widow of Peter O'HARA, dated February,
1876, with a codicil dated March, 1877, was offered for probate in the
Surrogate's office on July 18. It bequeathed $2,000 to each of two
granddaughters of the testatrix, $5,000 to the Roman Catholic Orphan
Asylum, $5,000 to the Convent of Mercy, $5,000 to St. Mary's Hospital, &
$5,000 to the Long Island College Hospital. The residue of the estate was
left to Judge Alexander MC CUE, of the City Court, Dr. Wm. H. DUDLEY &
Rev. Father J. MC GUIRE, who are also appointed executors, & directed to
dispose of the real estate at auction. The witnesses to the will were
Edgar M. DULLEN, Judge Henry A. MOORE, Judah B. VOORHEES & Charles J.
LOWERY. Mrs. O'HARA was eighty years of age. She resided in Schermerhorn
street, near Court street, where her husband for years carried on the
marble-cutting business. The latter died in 1864 & left a considerable
estate. Mrs. O'HARA at her death was worth $80,000. The next of kin were
her granddaughters, Augusta O'HARA & Mary O'HARA, daughters of Edward
O'HARA. The parents of both these young ladies are dead. The first named
is of age, & the other is just twenty.
The case came before Surrogate DAILEY to-day. Edgar M. CULLEN appeared on
behalf of the executors, & MORRIS & PEARSALL for Miss Augusta O'HARA &
Mr. Charles JONES for another of the legatees.
Mr. PEARSALL filed objections to the probate of the will setting forth that
the testatrix was of unsound mind & had been unduly influenced.
Mr.CULLEN desired to proceed at once with the examination.
Mr. JONES desired an adjournment as he had only just come into the case.
Judge MC CUE said that the real estate was unoccupied & he had placed it
in the custody of the American District Telegraph Company; that the estate
consisted largely of personal property, a portion being in bonds of the
City of Brooklyn that were part due, & that it was advisable for the best
interests of all parties that the matter should be disposed of as soon as
The Surrogate said he would set the case down for a hearing to-morrow, when
the witnesses for the will could be examined in chief, & then if counsel
on the other side desired an adjournment, it could be had for a reasonable
PORTELLO, The Murderer Attempts Suicide
Francisco PORTELLO, the Italian murderer of Michael BOLENDER, who is
confined in cell No. 38, on the second tier at the Tombs, was discovered by
a keeper this morning to have made an attempt at suicide by cutting both
arms at the elbow joints his weapon being the handle of an iron spoon which
he had secreted, made as sharp as he could get it by rubbing it on the
flagging of his cell. He was bleeding some, but his injuries were
trifling. Bandages were placed on his wounds, & then his arms were strapped.
Old Enough to Know Better
Mrs. Sarah J. BUTCHER, a highly respectable resident of South Ninth street,
E. D. has brought suit against her husband John C. BUTCHER, for limited
divorce on the ground of cruel & inhumane treatment. It is alleged that
his conduct for years has been outrageous, & that for three years past he
has done nothing to support his family. The couple have had fifteen
children, eleven of whom are alive; nine of them are daughters, who are
models of industry & propriety. The case came up this forenoon for trial
before Judge REYNOLDS, the City Court. No answer has been interposed but
Mr.LEGGETT appeared for the defendant. The trial was
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RAILROAD ACCIDENT INQUEST
Verdict of a Coroner's Jury in the DeKalb Avenue Car Case
Coroner SIMMS this morning held the inquest on the body of James SHEERAN,
of No. 59 South Oxford street, who was run over & killed on Friday
afternoon, at DeKalb avenue & Hall street. The testimony showed that
deceased had been drinking & was noisy & ugly on the rear platform of
up car No. 115; that his friend, Richard J. PHELAN, asked to have the car
stopped at Hall street; that the conductor rang the bell, but that at the
same instant deceased leaped off on the wrong side, & fell between the
horses & dash board of car No. 95. The jury returned a verdict ascribing
the death of deceased to his thoughtlessness, & recommending that the
railroad company provide against the recurrence of such an accident by
placing safeguards on the platform.
Sentences in the Court of Sessions
In the Court of Sessions to-day Judge MOORE disposed of the following business:
-Wm. BARTLEY, charged with receiving stolen goods, withdrew his plea of not
guilty; & pleaded guilty thereto. He was sentenced to the Penitentiary
for three years.
-George MEYER, aged fifty-six, burglary in the third degree, was sentenced
to the Penitentiary for two years.
-John JONES, aged forty-five, harness maker, born in Canada, grand larceny,
Penitentiary two & a half years.
-Edward BARTLEY, aged eleven, petit larceny, discharged.
-Catharine CURLEY, disorderly house, was sent to the Penitentiary for six months.
-Gardiner A. BLAKE & John MOONEY, charged with conspiracy in obtaining
money from storekeepers on the pretence that they were attaches of the
office of the Commissioner of Jurors, were discharged by order of the
Court, there not being sufficient testimony to prove the charges in the
-Wm. WOODHULL, assault with intent to steal; sent to the Penitentiary for six months.
-Edward ERICKSON, forgery in the third degree, was tried to-day, found
guilty, & recommended to mercy, Sentence deferred.
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THE O'HARA WILL CONTEST BEFORE SURROGATE DAILEY
A Case that is Likely to Become Celebrated--Witnesses to the Will
Examined--What is the Contestants Expect to Prove Concerning the Widow
The O'HARA will contest came up before Surrogate DAILEY, to-day, pursuant
to adjournment from yesterday.
Judah B. VOORHEES, Chief Clerk of the Surrogate's office, testified that he
witnessed the will at the request of Mr. Edgar M. DULLEN, in a room
adjoining the surrogate's office. Mrs. O'HARA seemed to be perfectly right
in her mind at the time.
Mr. Charles JONES, of counsel for the contesting granddaughters, said that
he understood that witnesses might be cross examined hereafter, respecting
the testator's mental capacity.
Mr. Edgar M. CULLEN, one of the witnesses to the will, testified that he
had known Mrs. O'HARA since 1866. The will & codicil before the court
were in his handwriting. They were signed by Mrs. O'HARA in his presence,
and that lady declared them to be her last will & testament. When the
will was read over to Mrs. O'HARA she said: "I've left out Ed. J.
O'REILLEY." Then his name was interlined. The will was made of selected
provisions from two or three other wills & from Mrs. O'HARA'S instructions.
Judge Henry A. MOORE testified that he witnessed the will, & identified
Mrs. O'HARA'S signature. He thought Mrs. O'HARA was a peculiarly bright
old lady, & knew as well what she was about as anybody. She did not
exhibit the slightest mental deficiency. All the witnesses to the will
were present at the same time.
Judge MC CUE, who is one of the residuary legatees & executors, said he
was present during much of the time the will was being read & signed. He
said if the matter should be postponed, it should be for the shortest time
Counsellor JONES hoped that so important a matter wound not be hurried. it
was a very important case. it was due to the young ladies interest in the
case that they should have a chance to try it in cool weather. The estate
was not in jeopardy. Judge MC CUE could be appointed collector.
Ex-Judge MORRIS, who, with Mr. PEARSALL, appeared on behalf of one of the
executors, said he wanted to go out of town, & favored an adjournment.
Judge MC CUE said there was no doubt in his mind that the disposition of
her property by Mrs. O'HARA was well-known for years to the contestants,
and that they were prepared with their objections, so that no surprise
could be urged.
Surrogate DAILEY adjourned a further hearing of the case till
September. According to the will, Mrs. O'HARA'S two granddaughters, Mary
Catherine & Mary Augusta were to receive $2,000 each, & her grandson,
Rev. James O'HARA $2,500 out of an estate valued at from $80,000 to
$90,000. Miss Mary C. O'HARA is said to have $100,000 in her own right,
while the other, Miss Mary A. O'HARA, who had lived with her grandmother
for a number of years & was a devoted attendant at her bedside during her
last illness, is without means except a small legacy left her. Twenty
thousand dollars are given to charitable institution, & the rest of the
property amounting to about $60,000 goes to the medical, legal &
spiritual advisers of Mrs. O'HARA, without instructions to them to make any
use of it except for their own personal benefit. it is said that Mrs.
O'HARA was a very eccentric woman, & was so devoted to religious matters
that an attempt will be made to show that her mind was unbalanced on that
subject. When the Ecumenical Council was in session at Rome, Mrs. O'HARA
accompanied Father James O'HARA & other Roman Catholic clergymen on a
pilgrimage to that city. On her return she brought with her a great
quantity of pictures of sacred subjects. Soon after her return she gave to
St. Paul's Church, Court street, of which her intimate friend, the Rev.
Father MAGUIRE, was & is the priest, an altar & chime of bells which
cost from $15,000 to $20,000. it is said testimony will be presented to
show that Mrs. O'HARA had been addicted at times to the use of intoxicating
drink. An indication of the infirm state o her mind. It is claimed,
appears in the fact, that she said on one occasion to Gen. Daniel E.
SICKLES that her granddaughter Mary A. O'HARA, who lived with her, need not
be remembered in the will, as the girl had a great deal of money of her
own, which was not the case. While the lawyers engaged in the case are
extremely reticent as to what they expect to be able to show in opposition
to the will, it is expected that the developments will be of an interesting
character, & may perhaps result in the breaking of the instrument in
favor of the heirs-at-law.
Sentences in the Court of Sessions
In the Court of Sessions to-day, Judge MOORE sentenced
-George WEST, colored, to the Penitentiary for seven years. The prisoner
pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in the second degree. He was an
old offender & South Brooklyn rough. He was arrested by Detective ROACH,
of the Third Precinct, for disorderly conduct while flourishing a pistol.
He was taken to the station-house & searched, when a vest & a gold watch,
the proceeds of a burglary, were found on him.
-Edward ERICKSON, found guilty of forgery in the second degree, was sent to
the Penitentiary for one year.
31 July 1879/font>
The O'HARA Will Case
Judge Alex. MC CUE, who was of the executors of the estate of Mrs. Mary
O'HARA, whose will is now being contested, says that he had been acquainted
with Mrs. O'HARA for fifteen year, & during that time that lady had
always expressed intention to give all her property to charity & her
relatives were fully aware of that fact. The contestants were not
surprised when the will was made public.
WILBUR, The Burglar
In the Court of Sessions to-day, James W. RIDGWAY, counsel for John WILBUR,
one of the Patchen avenue gang of burglars, made a motion for the reduction
of the bail of his client from $5,000. District-Attorney CATLIN opposed
the motion on the ground that the bail was not too high. Mr. RIDGWAY said
his client had been in jail over one year. The Court said it would take
the matter under advisement & decide to-morrow.
Ordered Back to Quarantine
Quarantine Officer VANDERPOEL last night sent a dispatch to Sanitary
Superintendent RAYMOND requesting him to order back to Quarantine the bark
Wallace, lying foot of Twelfth street. The request was compiled with. The
vessel arrived from Havana, July 2, & after being detained at Quarantine,
discharged, & came to this city. Yesterday her stewardess, Margaret
CREGAN, died of yellow fever at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York.
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