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1907 ....COURT NEWS
Brooklyn Standard Union
1 April 1907
County Judge FAWCETT his morning in addressing the new Grand July
which was sworn in, gave emplasis to the duties of that body in a manner....
The members of the new Grand Jury are:
Theodore J. MALLESON, 590 Halsey street;
August HELMEN, 159 Prospect Park West;
Max H. CRAMPTON, 352 Prospect place;
William R. SPENCER,1267 Bergen street;
Henry J. MONTANUS, 76 St. Marks avenue;
James W. HEGEDORN, 90 Madison street;
Berut BERGER, 364 Clinton street;
Charles W. BENJAMIN, 872 Madison street;
Cornelius DITMARS, 201 Nineteenth street;
Francis V. MORRELL, 17 Quincy street;
George H. OLNEY, 163 Herkimer street;
Paul ZIMMER, 217 Rutledge street;
Ernest E. BOYER, 857 Union street;
Edwin H. ALBRECHT, 1001 Putnam avenue;
Waverly W. HALLOCK, 171 Lefferts place;
C. M. EVARTS, 49 Clinton place;
Jasper T. DUNHAM, 217 Greene avenue;
Robert WILSON, 767 Marcy avenue;
Joseph SIMMONS, 474 Lafayette avenue;
John R. SMITH, 921 East Ninety-eighth street;
George VAN HUESDON, 1849 Seventy-ninth street;
John NAYLOR, 621 Eighth avenue.
2 April 1907
HONEYMOON SOURED AFTER THREE DAYS
Her honeymoon lasted just three days, so pretty Mrs. Gertrude HEINISCH,
19 years old, a bride of seven months, informed Magistrate HEALEY in the
Long Island City police court yesterday, when she appeared against her
youthful husband, Walter HEINISCH, 21 years old, whom she charged with
abandonment and non-support. According to the bride's story young
HEINISCH, while wanting to cling to her, was loath to forsake his own
mother and several smaller brothers and sisters, and following their
marriage, young HEINISCH took his bride to his mother's home, 179 Ninth
Magistrate HEALEY adjourned the case for one month and told the couple to
try to reach some understanding and set up housekeeping for themselves.
The couple then left the court, but went in opposite directions.
11 April 1907
MRS. AGNES BRADLEY ACCUSED OF BIGAMY
Charging his wife, Agnes BRADLEY, 22 years old, with bigamy, James
John BRADLEY, 26 years old, a printer, living at 62 Amity street, had her
taken before Magistrate FURLONG in the Gates avenue court to-day. After
Lawyer PATTERSON, For BRADLEY, had established the fact that the
woman had married BRADLEY and had also married Thompson R. COTTER,
59 years old, of 576 Evergreen avenue, an adjournment of the case was
requested by a lawyer who had volunteered his services to the woman at
the suggestion of the court. He wanted time to prepare a defense.
Magistrate FURLONG adjourned the case until Friday next and held the
woman who was Agnes HANDLY, on Sept. 12, 1904. The ceremony was
performed by the Rev. M. H. PHORPLER at the latter's residence, 65 Park
avenue. They lived together only three months, however, when the woman
went to live with her mother, next door to COTTER, and it was at that place
that COTTER saw her. After an acquaintance of six weeks, BRADLEY
alleged, she was married to COTTER, on Oct. 25, 1905, by the Rev. Charles
HERALD, at his residence, 557 Decatur street.
COTTER says that the woman told him she was a widow, and said that she
and her child were hungry. He bought her some food after which he saw her
several times before he married her. He was a widower and says he never
asked her anything about her former husband.
DECIDES TULLY CAN BE GUARDIAN FOR CHILDREN
Surrogate CHURCH, in an opinion handed down this morning, has given
into the custody of their father, Michael J. TULLY, the minors Alice, Angelina
and Margaret TULLY. These children are heirs to the O'HARA estate,
computed to be worth more than $60,000, and, in the course of the contest
over a guardian for them it was charged that their father was not qualified
to act for them.
Their mother died some months ago, and, for sometime after her death, the
children lived with their grandparents...(remainder of article cut off)
12 April 1907
DESERTING HUSBAND GLADLY PAYS ALIMONY
The marital troubles of Frederick SHAND and his wife, Sarah, were aired
in the Adams street court yesterday when Mrs. SHAND had her husband
up before Magistrate DOOLEY on a charge of abandonment. SHAND
denied the charge, and showed as evidence of this fact, two letter which
he had addressed to his wife that had been returned to him from the post
office. Each of the letters contained a money order for $12. He had agreed
to pay his wife, he said, $12 a month.
Magistrate DOOLEY asked SHAND what his business was, and he said he
had worked as a motorman for the B.R.T. for eleven years, until a few months
ago, when his eyesight failed, and he to give up. Magistrate DOOLEY told
SHAND he would require him to pay his wife $2 a week until he got work again.
"It's a hard thing for a man of my years to be a situation," said SHAND,
"but in order to show that I am honorable, I will pay six weeks in advance."
He opened one of the returned letter, took out a money order and handed it
to Chief Clerk FISH, who in turn handed it to Mrs. SHAND. The case was
then adjourned until May 28.
15 April 1907
CHILDREN WITH MOTHER, SUING FOR DIVORCE
Mrs. Nellie MARKS, of 235 Stanhope street, has brought suit for divorce
in the Supreme Court, Manhattan, from Jacob MARKS, a commercial
traveler. No co-respondent is named, but Mrs. MARKS alleges that her
husband's actions while on the road are sufficient excuse for her suit.
The MARKS were married on Dec. 30, 1887, and have three children -
Amelia, 17; Sadie, 15, and Sydney, 14. They stand by their mother.
17 April 1907
SISTERS FIGHT FOR FATHER'S ESTATE
Surrogate Church reserved decision in the contest over the probate of the
will of Michael E. FEENEY, which was made this morning before him. Mr.
FEENEY died at the home of his daughter, Catharine RICHARDSON, 313A
Twenty-second street, on Feb. 22 last. His will is dated Jan. 9, 1907. In it
he gives all his real and personal property to his daughter, Catharine, to
the exclusion of his other daughters and four grandchildren, the children of
his son, the late James FEENEY. Charges of undue influence and fraud were
made by Mary RUNDE, one of the daughters and by the four grandchildren. The
granchildren live at 1095 Eighteenth street.
Mrs. RUNDE lives at the same address as her sister, Catharine RICHARDSON.
The third daughter, Elizabeth FLEMING, who lives in Trenton, N.J., made no
opposition to the probating of the will. The real estate is valued at
$4,000, and the personal at $375.
INDECENT PICTURE MAN IS FINED $50
Morris ROSENBERG of 1794 Pitkin avenue, was fined $50. with an option of
spending fifty days in jail, today in the court of Special Sessions for
showing indecent pictures in slot machines. Last week ROSENBERG's partner,
Henry E. CARR, was fined $25 for having little girls sing in his place of
business in Pitkin avene.
There were ten cases of alleged violation of the motor vehicle in Special
Sessions today. Sentence was suspended in all but one of the cases. Edward
GIBSON was in courrt on two separate charges of exceeding the speed limit.
He was fined $10 on one charge and let go on the other one.
20 April 1907
BALL GROUNDS NOW CEMETERY FOR ANCESTORS.
Clifford C. GRAHAM, a truant officer, appeared as complainant in the Myrtle
avenue court this morning against E.R. Parker, keeper of the Washington Park
ball grounds,charging him with employing and harboring boys under fourteen
years of age in the ball grounds.
When the local baseball season opened there was a great increase in the
number of deaths among the grandmothers of the boys who attend the South
Brooklyn schools. So numerous were the alleged funerals that one of the
teachers, who is of an inquiring turn of mind, was led to investigate. As
most grandmothers are said to find their final resting place in the ball
grounds the teacher wended his way thither as saw several of his charges
engaged in picking up papers and otherwise making themselves useful. In that
manner, it is said, the boys paid for the privilege of watching the games.
The teacher reported the matter to the truant authorities and Officer GRAHAM
placed PARKER under arrest.
He pleaded not guilty in the Myrtle avenue court this morning. Magistrate
NAUMER adjourned the case and paroled PARKER until April 23.
2 May 1907
COURT TOOK DEFENDANT'S WORD AND FREED HIM.
A charge of intoxication preferred against William CARLETON, of 345
East Fifty-first street, Manhattan, by Patrolman JOHNSON, of the
Sheepshead Bay station, was dismissed to-day by Magistrate VOORHEES, in
the Coney Island court. According to CARLETON's story, he visited
Sheepshead Bay on a business mission on the evening of April 24.
Returning along Ocean avenue his horse became unmanageable and ran away
and CARLETON was thrown out of the buggy as the "cop" caught the horse.
When CARLETON claimed the runaway animal as his property, he alleges
the policeman struck him and then arrested him as an intoxicated
person. On the other hand, JOHNSON alleged that CARLETON had struck him.
MOTHER AN INVALID; CHILDREN NEGLECTED
S.P.C.C. Agents Take Arthur and Martha HOOD and Are Looking for Brother.
Two of the dirtiest youths that have ever appeared in the Children's
Court were taken before Justice WILKIN to-day by Agents BLOOD and
PERSICH, of the Children's Society, who gathered them in on complaint
of some persons who had learned of the squalid conditions they were
forced to live in. They are Arthur and Martha HOOD, aged 8 and 7 years
respectively. With another brother, David, they live with their
parents at 67 Jay street, occupying three rooms.
On arriving at the address given in the complaint, the agents were
ushered into a room by one of the youths. It was so filthy that it was
almost impossible to remain in the place long enough to complete their
investigation. The household furnishings consisted of two chairs, a
stove and two beds, without any bed clothing. The springs made
excellent mattresses, so they were informed. The two children were
almost half naked, wore no shoes and had not had a bath for so long
that their memory failed them. The mother is an invalid and unable to
take care of either her children or her home. The young people have
never been inside of a school, but appear to be exceptionally bright
despite the fact. The father is addicted to an over fondness for
liquor, so the mother claimed, and the $9 per week he earned was hardly
sufficient to keep him in drinks, let alone food.
Mrs. HOOD was overjoyed at the tidings that the society was going to
take care of her children and expressed the hope that the father would
be able to take care of them himself in the near future. David, the
eldest son, was out of the house at the time of the officers' visit and
consequently was not taken along with the other two. The mother
assured her visitors that Dave was in the same condition mentally and
bodily as Arthur and Martha. When the Children's Society has succeeded
in locating the missing member of the family all three will appear
again before Justice WILKIN, who will probably commit them to some home.
M'NEIL, PAROLED, ROBBED HIS EMPLOYER
Davis McNEIL, 19 years old, of 689 Atlantic avenue, was taken before
Magistrate NAUMER, in the Myrtle avenue court, to-day to answer to a
charge of larceny made by his employer, Samuel COHEN, a clothing dealer
at 244 Flatbush avenue.
COHEN alleged that McNEIL stole a suit of clothes valued at $60 last Thursday.
When the case was called, Detective Walter ROBINSON, of the Bergen
street station, who made the arrest, told Magistrate NAUMER that McNEIL
was out of the Elmira Reformatory on parole, having been convicted of
a larceny charge. He was sent back to the reformatory, and placed
under $1000 bail for the Grand Jury, on the second charge.
ACCUSED OF FAILING TO REPORT SICK CASE.
Dr. Jacques LOWE, of 71 McKIBBEN street, was in the Manhattan avenue
court this morning, charged with failing to report a case of diphtheria
at the home of Mrs. Ida BREMAN, 161 Suydam street, which he attended.
Dr. LOWE pleaded not guilty, and the case was adjourned for one week.
HELD FOR TAKING JEWELRY FROM MRS. BERMAL'S HOME.
Jacob S. TEETSCOPE, 42 years old, of 1024 Broadway, in the Manhattan
avenue court to-day charged with taking $1,100 worth of jewelry from
the apartments of Mrs. Cecilia BERMAL, of 724 Broadway, pleaded not
guilty and was held in $1,500 bail for examination.
COURT WON'T INTERFERE WITH CHICKEN KILLING
Supreme Court Justice THOMAS in Special Session this morning denied the
application for an order prohibiting the killing of chickens by strict
Kosher methods in a slaughterhouse in Flatlands, near 100th street.
the place is conducted by Maurice S. LACKS and his .....[rest of story
WANTS WIFE TO CEASE BEING A TEDDY BEAR.
Elsie E.WOODWARD, of 37 Stewart street, who is a member of a theatrical
company of Teddy Bears now playing in Manhattan was summoned to the
Gates avenue court to-day by her husband, Oscar J. WOODWARD, who said
that she had left him home after becoming stagestruck.
The wife, who is a good looking woman, admitted that she had joined the
company and said that she had signed a five weeks' contract, and that,
for being one of the Teddy Bears, she was getting $18 a week. Her
husband, she said, had refused to give her any money and she only used
to get one meal a day. She said she had not received any money from
Oscar in twelve weeks.
Lawyer MERKERT appeared for the husband and showed a photograph of Mrs.
WOODWARD as a Teddy Bear. He said his client was willing to forget all
if Mrs. WOODWARD would come home and would let her finish the week's
engagement in Manhattan. The husband, he said, did not want his wife
in that traveling troupe.
Mrs. WOODWARD said that as she had a five weeks' contract, she could
not think of stopping before that time had expired. A letter was then
produced, written by the wife to the husband telling the husband: "You
want to stop going over to mama and lying the way you have."
At the showing of the letter Mrs. WOODWARD became very angry and told
the court that her husband had turned on the gas in her house three
weeks ago and wanted to commit suicide and kill her.
The husband explained that he had only been fooling her. Magistrate
FURLONG then adjourned the case, for a week.
CAPT. FALL REMEMBERS JUSTICE IN HIS WILL
By the terms of the will of Edward FALL, which was filed in the
Surrogate's office to-day, a bequest of "$500 to my friend Joseph
ASPINALL" is made; also he is named as executor of the testament.
Mr. FALL died on Feb. 25, at 750 Madison street. He was a retired sea
captain and well known in Masonic circles. After his retirement from
the sea, Mr. FALL went into the ?ighterage business and accumulated $30,000.
FALL was an old client of Justice ASPINALL, before the latter went on
the bench and was finally elevated to the Supreme Court. The legacy is
made as an act of recognition for Justice ASPINALL's kindness to FALL
on many occasions and partly in lieu of his services as executor. The
remainder of the estate is divided up in small amounts among friends
BOYS HELD FOR LOOTING AN UNOCCUPIED HOUSE.
William BROWN, 19 years old, who says he has no home; William JARVIS,
the same age, of 334 Fifty-fourth street, and Arthur FLANAGAN, 18 years
old, of 229 fifty-seventh street, were held in $1,500 bail for the
Grand Jury in the Coney Island court to-day, on a charge of burglary.
They were found under the stoop of a vacant Eighty-first street house
from which water pipes and faucets had been cut out.
AGENT HELD ON LARCENY CHARGE FOR SESSIONS
Joseph BAUSCH, of 438 Myrtle avenue, who said that he was an agent for
the Royal Accident Company, at 1151 Myrtle avenue, was held for the
Special Sessions in the Flatbush Court to-day my Magistrate STEERS on a
charge of larceny made by Mrs. Lucy TYSON, of 590 Boerum? avenue. Mrs.
TYSON explained that she gave BAUSCH a ten dollar bill a few days ago
when he called at the house to get change for her so that she could pay
him 25 cents and that he forgot to return with the change. BAUSCH said
he lost the bill and was afraid to go back and tell the complainant
KLEIN HELD IN $500 ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Magistrate FURLONG, in the Gates avenue court to-day, held Charles
KLEIN, of 6 Cypress avenue, in $500 bail for examination in May, on a
charge of assault preferred by George BORDORFSKY, of 136 Barrett
street. Policeman YENZER, of the Brownsville station, arrested KLEIN
last night on BORDORGSKY's complaint. The latter alleges that KLEIN,
while in front of 788 Jamaica avenue, struck him on the head with his
clenched fist, in which he held a stone.
JAMES HIGGINS HELD FOR THE GRAND JURY
James HIGGINS, who was found ear a smashed show window at 59 Court
street, at 4 o'clock on Sunday morning, was held for the action of the
Grand Jury to-day on a charge of burglary. A boy named John O'DONNELL,
positively identified HIGGINS to-day, as the man he saw smash the window.
SHOWMAN FINED FOR THAT CASE PICTURES
George E.[B?] WATSON, who has a moving picture show at 477 Third
avenue, Manhattan, was fined $100 to-day in the Court of Special
Sessions, with the option of thirty days in jail, for having exhibited
pictures illustrative of Evelyn NESBIT THAW's story told at her
husband's trial. WATSON's place was raided by the Children's Society
Sunday, when about 100 boys and girls, ranging from 12 to 15 years of
age, were found in the place.
BONE DEALER HELD FOR VIOLATING HEALTH LAW
Charles FORBER, who buys fat and bones from butcher shops and slaughter
houses, was held for Special Sessions yesterday by Magistrate DOOLEY in
the Adams street court for carrying on the business without a permit
from the Health Department and also for carting the stuff through the
One of FORBER's drivers was also arrested and held for the same
violation of a health ordinance.
WIFE'S FAILURE TO TESTIFY DIDN'T SAVE HUSBAND.
Although his wife did not appear against him, M. GAUS, of 359 Flushing
avenue, was sent to jail for five days by Magistrate NAUMER in the
Myrtle avenue court to-day on a charge of intoxication. Lieut. Joseph
PRICE arrested GAUS last night after Mrs. Addie GAUS had told him her
husband, while celebrating his birthday, had hit her with a glass jar.
A cut in the back of her head, sewed up by Surgeon SNYDER, of
Cumberland Street Hospital, seemed to confirm her story.
3 May 1907
SNUG FORTUNE AWAITS MISSING KEEGAN HEIRS
By the death of Cornelius KEEGAN, at his home on the Dublin road, in
Kilkenny, Ireland, a short time ago, a fairly large fortune awaits the
locating of his two children, who are residents of this country, but
exactly where is not known. The children are a daughter, whose name is
Katherine, and a son, Edward.
KEEGAN was seventy years of age when he died and had, though born in
Ireland, been a resident of this country up to about a year before his
death, having amassed a large fortune as a contractor in Manhattan. He
lived at 55 West Fifty-third street.
KEEGAN was a veteran of the Civil War, and during the administration of
President CLEVELAND was an inspector at the Customs House. He is
survived by a nephew, Thomas KEEGAN, of this borough, who is a
patrolman in the Ralph avenue station and who is also an heir to the
The two children who are being sought by the administrators of the
estate were born to the deceased by his first wife, who died several
years ago. A year or so later Mr. KEEGAN married a second time, taking
as his wife Miss Julia DOHENY, who was a resident of Kilkenny, Ireland,
in which place he met and married her.
She also survives him.
Policeman KEEGAN is doing his utmost to locate his missing cousins,
neither of whom he thinks are aware of the death of their parent. He
says that he believes they are both at present residents of Manhattan.
SAYS HUSBAND HAD ANOTHER WIFE WHEN SHE WED HIM
Supreme Court Justice THOMAS to-day appointed Theodore LUDWIG's
guardian ad litem[?] for LUDWIG's sister, Mrs. Bertha REYNOLDS, in her
suit to annul her marriage with her husband, Sherman W. REYNOLDS, of
Brooklyn. Mrs. REYNOLDS is now living with her brother at 51 East 122d
street, Manhattan. She deposed that she was 19 years old on April 12
and was married to REYNOLDS when he had a wife living from whom he was
MRS. CANAVAN''S WILL IGNORES HER HUSBAND.
By the terms of the will of Esther CANAVAN, filed to-day, her husband,
John CANAVAN, now living at 1000 Amsterdam avenue, Manhattan, is
ignored, while the bulk of the estate left by the testatrix,valued at
$6,300[?], is divided among seven relatives or friends with the
exception of $500 given to St. Vincent's Home for Boys, Boerum place
and State street. Mrs. CANAVAN died April 17. She named Daniel TULLY
TO ENJOIN POLICE FROM INTERFERING WITH SHOW.
Motion was made before Supreme Court Justice THOMAS in Special Term
to-day for an order enjoining the police from interfering with the
moving picture show at 2046 Atlantic avenue, conducted by Henry HEMLEB.
It was charged that on Sunday, April 20, the place gave an exhibition
of scenes from the THAW trial, and that children were in the audience;
also that there were singing and dancing on the stage. HEMLEB was
arrested and was held by Magistrate FURLONG for the Special Sessions.
The papers were submitted.
Magistrate FURLONG, in the Gates avenue court to-day, administered a
rebuke to Capt. REYNOLDS, of the Brownsville station, when the latter
appeared against Michael FERRARO, of 181 Stone avenue, who was shot on
Feb. 24 and was confined in a hospital until April 24. FERRARO, it is
thought by the police, knows the identity of the men who shot Michael
ARENA, the East New York saloonkeeper, several days after FERRARO was hurt.
Capt. REYNOLDS told the Court that he would like to have the man held
on the charge of vagrancy for forty-eight hours in order that he could
secure more information. Magistrate FURLONG told the Captain that he
did not think the police had done as much as they should have done in
getting information during the past two months. He said that he would
free FERRARO if the Captain did not show sufficient evidence on Monday
next to convict the man of some crime. He set the case over to that day.
KNIPE IGNORES COURT TO ATTEND DRILL
When Magistrate FURLONG in the Gates avenue court to-day called the
case of Police Capt. William KNIPE, charged with assault by his
15-year-old son, John, and his daughter, Grace, 17 years of age, Capt.
KNIPE was not on hand to answer to his name, nor was there any one
present to represent him. The case was held over for a few minutes to
get into communication with the captain, but when called the second
time, again there was no answer.
Court Officer CALE told the magistrate that possible the captain was
being detained by attendance at the drills of the police squads for the
coming police parade.
Magistrate FURLONG retorted sharply: "The mandates of the criminal
courts must be obeyed before any police drills are looked after. I'll
set this case over to Monday and if the captain does not answer to his
name at 9 o'clock, I'll issue a warrent for him and have him brought to
court. Case adjourned to Monday."
The testimony in the case was all in at the last hearing a week ago,
but the magistrate reserved his decision on it and was to have
delivered the decision to-day.
4 May 1907
MRS. KIMBALL LEFT ALL ESTATE TO HER FAMILY.
By the terms of the will of Sarah Isabel KIMBALL, filed to-day, her
estate, valued at $70,000, is devised to her children on the death of
her husband. Mrs. KIMBALL died on April 25. The will directs that the
house and lot, 976 Park place, be held in trust for her children until
they come of age. The children are Thomas G., Ramson J. and Rodnay A.
7 May 1907
WOMAN 80 YEARS OLD HELD FOR VAGRANCY.
Mrs. Catherine CONWAY, 80 years old, was to-day held in the Butler
street court until Thursday on a charge of vagrancy. Last night Mrs.
CONWAY tottered up to Patrolman William M. HOLTZ, of the Fifth avenue
station, and asked him where she was. HOLTZ saw that she was unable to
care for herself and took her to the station house. There she told the
lieutenant that she had been living with a son, Patrick, on Ralph
avenue. Her son's wife quarreled with her constantly, she said, and
yesterday she left the house, unable to stand it any longer.
With some pride the aged woman told the lieutenant that she had another
son, Dr. John CONWAY, an intern in St. Mary's Hospital. The police
communicated with Dr. CONWAY and he told them that the woman was not
his mother, and he would have nothing to do with her. He said that she
was merely his step-mother.
Mrs. GISENS, probationary officer of the Butler street court, will try
and find a home for Mrs. CONWAY by next Thursday.
MADE TROUBLE AT BATH; GETS TEN DAYS IN JAIL
Marly DORA, of 38 Leonard street, was in the Manhattan avenue court
yesterday afternoon as the defendant in a case of disorderly conduct.
She was charged by Agnes E. MULLIGAN, assistant in the Montrose avenue
baths, of using abusive language, and by way of emphasis, spitting in
the complainant's face.
Miss DORA made several trips to the baths and usually conducted herself
in such a manner that Benjamin C. KIRK, of 668 DeKalb avenue, the chief
attendant, was forced to eject her every time. She had a habit of
calling KIRK and his assistant "Irish pigs", and other objectionable
epithets. It is alleged that on one occasion she returned to the bath
house three times in one day after she had been ejected as many times.
She was not particular either whether she went into the men of women's
side. It was after she had been ordered to leave for the third time
that she walked up to Miss MULLIGAN and spat in her face. Miss
MULLIGAN immediately obtained a warrant for her arrest and an officer
after searching three weeks for the woman, who gave a wrong address,
finally located her.
In court yesterday she claimed that the attendants at the Montrose
avenue baths showed discrimination. Several witnesses corroborated all
the charges brought against the woman and Magistrate O'REILLY sent her
to jail for ten days.
Alfred G. WARD, the engineer at the bath house, who was the defendant
on a charge of assault preferred by Soloman LIPPMAN, of 128 Hopkins
street, was honorably dismissed by the Justices in the Court of Special
Sessions last Friday. The defendant showed that he had merely ejected
the complainant for being in the engine room without permission.
NO DECISION IN MOVING PICTURE INJUNCTION CASE.
Supreme Court Justice KELLY, in Special Term, to-day reserved decision
on the application of Edward M. SCHENDLER, for an order restraining the
police from interfering with his exhibition of moving pictures at 2702
Atlantic avenue on Sundays. This case will be heard, together with two
similar ones, by Justice KELLY Thursday afternoon.
8 May 1907
POLICE KILL PLOT TO BUILD UP ALIBI
Frank SERCIA and his brother, Vincenzo, of 157 Twenty-second street;
Mike PPPE[as written], of 195 Twenty-second street; Pietro MIORANO, of
284 Twentieth street; Frank OLIVE, of 696 Fourth avenue; Frank PANASCU,
of 132 Twenty-first street, and Frank GRECCO, of 137 Twenty-first
street, were held by Magistrate NAUMER in the Myrtle avenue court this
morning in $1,500 bail each of technical charges of vagrancy. GRECCO
is the proprietor of a saloon at 137 Twenty-first street, and it is
said that he has been approached by Frank PANASCU, brother Rocco
PANASCU, who, with three other Italians, is alleged to have entered the
butcher shop of Gaetano COSTA, a prosperous Italian merchant at
Thirty-second street and Fourth avenue, on Oct 11, 1905, and after
demanding $1,000 in the name of the Black Hand Society, shot and killed
COSTA because he refused to pay.
Frank PANASCI[spelling changed], it is said, has been blackmailing the
Italians in South Brooklyn and terrifying them into promising to
testify that his brother Rocco and his companions were in GRECCO's
saloon on the night of the murder, PANASCI has also compelled OLIVE
and MIORANO to try to compel GRECCO to testify to the same thing.
The four men held on the charge of murder are: Rocco PANASCI, 50 years
old, of Twenty-first street and Fourth avenue; Gira ESPOSITO, 30 years
old, of Roosevelt street, Manhattan; Frank COMO, 30 years old, of Van
Brunt street, and Tony NOBILIO, who has no fixed home. When they
called at COSTA's shop for the money he refused to pay it, and PANASCI,
it is said, drew a revolver, but before he could fire it, COSTA picked
up a big knife and severely slashed NOBILIO. Then PANASCI fired five
shots at the butcher, the first of which killed him.
NOBILIO, it is said, has confessed his part of the crime, and has told
about the parts the others played. The trial of the men will be held
in a few days, and Frank PANASCI, brother of the alleged shooter, has
been trying to build up an alibi.
Detectives Lewis MURTAGH and Michael BEVAC of the Bergen street station
and Lieut. DELANEY, of the Headquarters staff, have been working on the
case, and since the arrest of the suspected murderers, six months ago,
discovered the plot to prove an alibi. In order to prevent it from
materializing, they arrested the alleged plotters.
CHILDREN TO SHARE ESTATE OF MRS. GOETZ.
By the terms of the will of Barbara GOETZ, which was filed in the
Surrogate's office this morning, an estate valued at $30,000 is to be
divided equally among her seven surviving children. Mrs. GOETZ died on
April 2, at 235 Marion street.
WIFE CAN SUE FOR BREACH OF PROMISE.
Mrs. Edyth JOHNSTON STEIN, wife of Jules STEIN, head of the coffin
trust and niece of the Rev. Dr. Lyman ABBOTT, figured in an interesting
case in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday. In an
opinion it was said that a woman who in the eyes of the community and
the law is the wife of one man, against whom she has a suit pending
for annulment of marriage, may sue another man for breach of promise to
marry her. The defendant in the breach of promise suit is James DUNNE,
a lawyer, at 31 Nassau street, Manhattan, who was Mrs. STEIN'S lawyer
in the annulment case. The ground upon which Mrs. STEIN asked for an
annulment of her marriage was that STEIN had a wife living when me
married her and had four children. She asserted that he had never been
divorced from his first wife.
A.J. TRUESDALE was appointed referee in this case.
9 May 1907
ITALIAN COUNT IS SENT TO JAIL
Annoyed Young Girl in Street and Is Arrested for Disorderly Conduct.
PUMMELED BY ANGRY WOMEN
Has Letter of Introduction to Mayor McCLELLAN
Roberto Fiaccia NOVI, 28 years old, who said he was an Italian count,
and lives at 447 DeKalb avenue, was before Magistrate O'REILLY in the
Manhattan Avenue Court to-day, charged with disorderly conduct.
The complainant was Marion AXSELBAND, 15 years old, of 170 Boerum
street, and she told how Count NOVI had followed her along Graham
avenue last night.
She said that she became suspicious and went into a candy store on
Graham avenue, which she thought he would pass by. After an interval
she came out and saw the count standing on the corner. He spoke to her
in Italian and she, she said, hurried on to Moore street.
According to the girl's story, the Italian followed her into a
hallway, where she commenced to scream. Miss AXSELBAND's cries
brought a number of women to the scene. She told them that the man was
trying to kidnap her and begged for help.
Twenty women gave chase to Count NOVI. They ran up Moore street and
finally pounced upon him and began to pummel him, tearing his clothes
and crushing his hat. He was rescued finally by Policeman DU BOIS, who
took him to the Stagg street station house. The count was searched
there and correspondence to him from several Italian noblemen, together
with a letter from the Minister of Agriculture at Rome, introducing him
to Mayor McCLELLAN, was found. There were also communications from the
Italian Consul General at New York and other prominent Italians.
When the girl had finished her story in court to-day the Count declared
that he meant no harm to her. He said that he thought she was an
Italian and when he spoke to her he was only inquiring concerning some
friends of his. The Count said that he came to America seven months
ago and was a salesman for a wine importing firm in Manhattan.
Concerning his title, he referred to Coroner ZUCCA, who, he said, would
testify to its genuineness.
Magistrate O'REILLY held him under a bond of $300 for examination on
Monday. The bond was not forthcoming and the count went to jail with
the rest of the prisoners.
DOUGLASS PLEADS GUILTY TO LARCENY
William O. DOUGLASS, assistant loan clerk of the Trust Company of
America, recently indicted for the larceny of $110,000 worth of stock
certificates and railroad bonds, to-day pleaded guilty on three counts
before Judge O'SULLIVAN in the court of General Sessions, Manhattan.
He was immediately remanded for sentence and taken to the office of
Assistant District Attorney MURPHY.
It is understood that an attempt will be made to have DOUGLASS turn
State's evidence against O.M. DENNETT, who is suspected of having
negotiated for the purchase of the stolen certificates.
DOUGLASS resides at 180 Elton street.
GIRL MAKES FIGHT FOR GRANDMOTHER'S ESTATE.
Mineola, May 9,--Lawyer George BEATTY applied to-day to Surrogate
JACKSON for letters of administration on the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth
H. VALENTINE, who died in Salem, Mass., leaving property valued at
$250,000. Mr. BEATTY asked that Ethel E. DRIER, a granddaughter of
Mrs. VALENTINE, be appointed administratrix.
The application was opposed by Benjamin E. VALENTINE, son of the dead
woman, who was convicted of uttering and disposing of a forged deed to
property of his mother. VALENTINE's case is now before the Appellate
VALENTINE, who is a lawyer, said that there was no need for the
appointment of an administratrix, as there was no property in New York
State to be cared for and no other duties to be performed. Letters of
administration which had been granted to VALENTINE were revoked by
Surrogate JACKSON about two months ago, but VALENTINE alleged that
before the revocation he had settled up the estate in three days.
The court reserved decision until May 15.
CLERGYMAN COMPLAINED AGAINST BARTENDER
On the strength of having obtained new evidence, the Rev. Alfred H.C.
MORSE, pastor of the Strong Place Baptist Church, succeeded in having a
warrant issued for the rearrest of Daniel FALLON, a bartender, 30 years
old, of 533 Warren street, by Magistrate GEISMAR, in the Butler street
court, yesterday. FALLON was before Magistrate GEISMAR this morning on
the charge of selling liquor to a minor. He is employed by Thomas
McSHANE, a saloonkeeper, at 303 Court street.
The clergyman claims that on March 9 FALLON sold a pint of ale and
lager to 9-year-old Chris HYLAN, of 357 Court street. At that time the
bartender was arrested, but the charge was dismissed in the Butler
The case was set down for examination on May 16.
10 May 1907
ATTEMPT TO HUSH UP CASE AGAINST MISS GRANT.
Following the charge of forgery preferred against Lillian S. GRANT, the
beautiful Southern girl, whose examination was set for yesterday
afternoon in the Essex Market Court, Manhattan, a remarkable attempt to
hush up the case became apparent. For some reason the young prisoner
did not appear before Magistrate WHITMAN when the case was called, and
an adjournment was taken until to-day.
It is reported around the Essex Market Prison that mysterious
influences would probably save the girl from facing the charge. There
was also a report that the charge would be changed from forgery to
Miss GRANT was arrested on complaint of KAVNER and SCHULTZ,
manufacturers of metal goods, in Sixty-third street, Brooklyn. She was
employed by that firm as bookkeeper, and was accused of cashing a
forged check at the Bowery Branch of the Oriental Bank.
11 May 1907
MRS. SCHLEGEL NOW; KELLY ANNULS MARRIAGE.
Justice KELLY, in the Supreme Court, yesterday granted a decree to
Elsie W. SCHLEGEL, of Seventy-third street and Second avenue, annuling
[sic] her marriage to Edward F. VANCE, or Edward F. FIELD. VANCE is
serving a seven years' sentence in Sing Sing after being convicted of
grand larceny and bigamy.
13 May 1907
PAPERS SUBMITTED IN KILLAM DIVORCE CASE
Papers in the suit for divorce brought by William K. KILLAM, said to be
an expert on automobiles, against his wife, were submitted before
Supreme Court Justice KELLY in Special Term to-day. Counsel for
defendant said that plaintiff deserted his wife and refused to my her
the alimony a police magistrate ordered him to pay, and that she is now
janitress in an apartment house where formerly she rented an apartment.
Counsel asked for $15 a week alimony and $250 counsel fee.
Counsel for plaintiff said that defendant was dissipated and associated
with men unknown to plaintiff.
FIFTEEN YEARS FOR SHOOTING HIS WIFE.
Judge DIKE Holds Intoxication No Palliation* of Pasquale GROSSO's Offense.
[*palliation = to make (a crime) appear less serious than it is; excuse]
County Court Judge DIKE to-day sentenced Pasquale GROSSO, 31 years old,
of 314 Union avenue, to fifteen years in Sing Sing for shooting his
wife, Nunciato, on Jan. 27 at their home. Judge DIKE said that the
plea of drunkenness was not an extenuating circumstance. At the time
of the shooting the wife was sitting in a chair surrounded by her
children. GROSSO shot her, he said, because she talked too much.
An indeterminate sentence in Sing Sing was given to Vincenzo
MARCARELLA, 40 Skillman street, for slashing the face of Mary JAMES on
March 1, because she refused to marry him. MARCARELLA may get out of
prison in three years and six months if he behaves himself, otherwise
he may stay there as long as five years.
For attempted grand larceny in the second degree John COLLINS, who,
although only 29 years old, has a long criminal record, was sent to
Sing Sing for two years and six months and the same term was given to
James HOEY for attempted burglary. Joseph LACHINSKY was sent to Elmira
for stealing jewelry and Elmira also will be the home of William McCART
for the same offense. Twenty days in jail was the sentence imposed on
John WATSON for "breaking furniture in his own home."
Other sentences were John KELLY, Joseph CARROLL and John SWEENEY, one
year each in the penitentiary for unlawful entries, and a $100 fine of
three months in jail each for Albert BROMWELL and John SMITH for
running a policy shop.
14 May 1907
SUES SCHOOL TEACHER WIFE FOR DIVORCE.
Suit for divorce was brought in Special Term of the Supreme Court this
morning before Justice KELLY by John P. KING against Ada M. KING, and
motion was made by counsel for Mrs. KING for alimony and counsel fee.
Formerly Mrs. KING was Ada L. KOLLMEYER, a public school teacher, and
it is claimed that she still holds the position as a salary amounting
to $22.50 a week. KING says that he married her ad the divorced wife
of John R. HAYES under the New Jersey laws, and declares that the
divorce is fraudulent.
Counsel for Mrs. KING said this morning that the divorce is valid and
holds in this State, so the she was a free woman when she married KING.
She also alleges that KING was married in Connecticut before he
married her. It was stated that another divorce was pending in New
York County which hinged on the facts in the present case.
Decision was reserved.
AHEARN IN CONTEMPT, COURT DECLARES.
The Manhattan Supreme Court to-day declared in contempt for not
answering questions put to them in the inquiry into Borough President
AHEARNS'S administration. AHEARN, Superintendent of Public Works
WALKER, Superintendent of Buildings SCANNELL and Chief Engineer OLNEY.
They are given five days in which to purge themselves of contempt.
15 May 1907
HARRY R. WADE'S TRIAL FOR LARCENY BEGINS.
The trial of Harry R. WADE, formerly treasurer of the Friede Globe
Tower Company, of Coney Island, who is charged with larceny from the
corporation, was begun yesterday before Judge CRAIN in the Court of
General Sessions, Manhattan. The transaction which led to his
indictment was the alleged misappropriation of a check for $2,500 drawn
by George C. TILYOU in exchange for a check for a similar amount
signed by WADE, afterward dishonored.
Mr. TILYOU was not in court, nor were two other witnesses whose
testimony was essential to establish the contention of the prosecution,
and it was agreed that the trial should proceed in their absence, with
the understanding that they would be called after the defense had
completed its case, if they did not appear in the meantime.
SENTENCE SUSPENDED IN MR. STARR'S CASE
Expert Testified That He Was Irresponsible When He Discharged Firearm
The Justices at the Court of Special Sessions were somewhat undecided
this morning when it came to imposing sentence upon Frederick W. STARR,
of 34 Ormond place, who appeared before them on a charge of violating
section 468 of the Penal Code. The defendant pleaded guilty to
shooting off a revolver at the corner of Ralph avenue and Chauncey
street, and he stood before the bar to-day chewing gum and waiting
indifferently for his sentence.
Dr. John J. WAGNER, of Third street and Sixth avenue, came forward and
made the statement that the defendant had often been under his care,
suffering occasionally from a disturbance of the heart and nervousness.
It was learned that STARR, when troubled with the above ailments, was
in the habit of taking a stimulant, which affected him mentally, and
when go affected he often did things which otherwise he would never
think of or do. In fact the drug had the effect of making the man
utterly unreliable, and it was shown he was under its influence on the
night he caused the disturbance with the revolver.
The Court had a hard time trying to decide what to do with the
defendant. The firm of LEAVENS & LEFEVER, lithographers at 96 Church
street, Manhattan, had a representative in court. He said that STARR
was a very valuable workman, and that his firm could hardly get along
without him. He added that the defendant was considered entirely
reliable. Justice KEADY said that if the defendant was allowed to go
free he might get a revolver the second time and do some harm. On the
other hand, if he should be committed to an institution, his wife would
lose his support.
After some consideration, and upon STARR assuring the Court that he
knew the nature of his offense and would not do it again, sentence was
16 May 1907
GREENHAUT SAYS HE FIRED GUN IN AIR.
Maurice GREENHAUT, a manufacturer of dress goods who lives at 107
Taylor street, was a prisoner in the Lee avenue court to-day on
complaint of having fired two shots from a revolver at Albert A.
CALLAHAN, of 115 Clymer street, and John M. KLEIN, of 73 Taylor street,
both boys, who, it is said, had been annoying GREENHAUT's son.
GREENHAUT told Magistrate GEISMAR a crowd of young men who frequent the
corner of Bedford avenue and Taylor street had been annoying his
children. Last night they angered him so much he grabbed a revolver
and ran into the street, firing two shots in the air. Policeman BRYAN
was attracted by the shots and arrested GREENHAUT.
The case was adjourned.
19 May 1907
COURT RAPS GERMAN COUNT FOR FAILING TO PAY HIS DEBTS
Count GEORGE K. VON HORN, colonel in the German army, member of the
advisory counsel to the Kaiser, was given a severe scoring by Justice
GREEN in the City Court yesterday for failing to meet his financial
VON HORN is now living in idleness in Manhattan on his $30,000 a year
income as part owner of the "Berliner Borsen-Zeitung," and the interest
on an estate of $125,000 inherited from his mother. He failed to pay
up a judgment of $510.91 to EVELYN RUDD.
The court declared that he must adjudge the judgment debtor in contempt
of court, fined him the amount of the judgment, with interest; also
fined him $30, the cost of the proceeding, and $10 costs of the motion,
all to be paid within five days.
In case of failure to pay the count will be sent to jail until the
obligations are met or until further orders of the court.
20 May 1907
MADE BAIL HEAVY FOR MOVING PICTURE MAN
After telling Magistrate FURLONG he had been arrested four times,
Louis COHEN, 38 years old, of 1759 Pitkin avenue, told the court he was
being made a butt for discrimination by the police of Brownsville.
COHEN and two others was [sic] arrested yesterday afternoon for running
a moving picture show at the Pitkin avenue address. The others were
John TURTLETAUB, with a show at 1703 Pitkin avenue, and Nathan
LEVINE, of 1812 Pitkin avenue.
The magistrate remarked, when told by COHEN that he was in court for
the fourth time, that the moving picture men were becoming impudent in
running shows every Sunday after they had been arrested. He then held
COHEN in $4,000 bail for examination on May 24, saying that the bail
was increased $1,000 for each arrest. The other two defendants were
held in $500 each for examination on May 31.
21 May 1907
DENIES TAKING WALLET MAN LOST WHILE ASLEEP
Magistrate FURLONG, in the Gates avenue court to-day, held John
ANDERSON, 30 years old, no home, in $500 for examination on Friday on a
charge of grand larceny made against him by William T. BROWN, 28 years
old, a porter, living at 2148 Atlantic avenue.
BROWN alleges that on April 4 he and ANDERSON were in the apartments of
one Charles HOLINES, at 1261 Atlantic avenue. He had a pocketbook
containing $32 in a vest pocket, which was known to ANDERSON. A short
time after entering, BROWN says he fell asleep and on awakening he
found his pocketbook and money had disappeared, as had ANDERSON.
A warrant was issued for ANDERSON's arrest the following day and he was
caught last night. He denied the charge.
22 May 1907
WIFE WEPT, BUT WOULDN'T KEEP HUSBAND FROM JAIL
William WOZNIAK, who yesterday was sentenced to five days in jail for
intoxication, to-day was up for examination in Brownsville Court on a
charge of disorderly conduct, preferred by his wife, with whom he lives
at 2100 Pitkin avenue.
WOZNIAK fell on his knees before his wife in the court and tried to
plead with her. A court officer stepped up to him and picking him up,
took him to a cell. The wife, accompanied by her father, left the
It appears that WOZNIAK, who has been ill for some time, on Monday
night, drank several glasses of beer. He went home and created a scene
and, his wife says, attempted to take their baby from her. He has been
known throughout East New York as an exemplary young man and has an
excellent reputation. He was fined $5 and sent back to jail to serve
out his sentence.
TO REVOKE LICENSES OF MOVING PICTURE SHOWS.
Police Commissioner BINGHAM sent a letter to the Mayor to-day
requesting that the licenses of sixty moving picture shows be revoked.
Twenty of these are in Brooklyn and the others in Manhattan.
Commissioner BINGHAM says he has received complaints against 400 of
these places, and the action taken to-day is the result of
investigations made by policemen detailed for that purpose. The chief
cause of complaint is that children under 16 years of age are admitted,
and that the shows are not proper.
COURT DOUBTS STORY AND HOLDS CLERK IN $1,500
When Albert EGLOFF, proprietor of the liquor store at 76 Fifth avenue,
returned to the store after lunch yesterday, he found the place had
been ransacked and about $30 in cash and a revolver had been stolen.
Albert DENLEN, his head clerk, was no where in sight, but after a
search he was found bound and gagged lying behind a counter. EGLOFF
called Detective GLEASON, of the Bergen street station, and told him
about the robbery and the condition in which he had found DENLEN.
GLEASON placed the clerk under arrest.
In the Myrtle avenue court, to-day, the detective informed Magistrate
NAUMER that at the station house the prisoner said that he had gone to
lunch at 12 o'clock and met two friends and planned to have them call
at the store in the boss' absence and, let them bind him and rob the
place. DENLEN denied that he had told any such story and said that as
soon as Mr. EGLOFF went out two strangers entered the store and at the
point of a revolver compelled him to tell where the money was kept, and
that as soon as they found out they bound him with rope and gagged him
with his own handkerchief. He said that he was in that condition until
him employer returned and had him arrested.
Magistrate NAUMER did not put much faith in the prisoner's story and
held him in $1,500 bail for examination May 29.
DENLEN is 18 years old and lives at 638 Warren street.
VERY STRANGE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
In the Gates avenue court to-day, a man named John ADAMS was brought
before the bar for the purpose of being identified by Mrs. Alice ADAMS,
of 1031 Herkimer street. With the latter were her mother, a brother,
Charles CLUCKAS, and a John ATWELL. All failed to recognize the man as
the husband of Mrs. Alice ADAMS. When the latter was asked by
Magistrate FURLONG why she had the prisoner arrested she said that she
married the man who she was looking for October, 1896, and that he had
run away from her twenty-four days later. It was a "forced marriage"
after a court proceedings.
In April last a man who gave his name as John ADAMS was arrested in the
Eastern District on a serious charge and sent to Raymond street jail
for thirty-four days. At the end of his time he was taken to the
County Court where the charge against him was dismissed for some
unknown reason. The arrest and details had been published in the
newspapers at the time and a picture of the man also printed. Mrs.
Alice ADAMS saw the picture and immediately said that the man was her
husband who had deserted her ten years ago. She had him arrested and
the result was his appearance in the Gates avenue court to-day.
DREW REVOLVER IN DEFENSE OF BRIDE
James SCOWCROFT Explains Reason for Threatening to Shoot John DE KENIPPI
COURT WILL INVESTIGATE
Weeping Wife Has to Be Removed From Special Sessions
The usual dignity and orderliness that prevails in the Court of Special
Session was disturbed this morning when a lately married woman burst
forth in tears and sobs at the prospect of seeing her husband being
torn from her arms and cast into some dark prison. The thought of two
short months of wedded bliss and a delightful honeymoon cut short by
the bridegroom being sentenced to linger in the penitentiary caused
demure little Mrs. SCOWCROFT to break down and weep loudly and long.
Her husband, James SCOWCROFT, pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded
revolver. A second charge had been preferred against him by John DE
KENIPPI, of 158 South Fourth street, who claimed that on the night of
May 14, the defendant tried to shoot him while he was standing at the
corner of Kent avenue and South Fourth street.
SCOWCROFT told a very convincing story that led the court to remand him
until May 24 so that his case could be looked into. According to the
defendant he and his wife were married two months ago after a brief
The occupied a furnished room on South Fourth street. The night of
the trouble they had decided to leave for more spacious apartments and
were strolling along with all their worldly possessions when they met
another young married couple they knew. SCOWCROFT and his friend
walked ahead, allowing the two women to bring up the rear. As they
passed the corner of Kent avenue and South Fourth street, SCOWCROFT and
his friend looked back and noticed two strangers annoying their wives.
It was then, so the defendant declared, that he walked back to the
presumptious [sic] strangers and demanded what they were doing. Not
receiving a satisfactory answer, he made a move for his revolver,
exclaiming "I'll fix you." Then the two men made a hasty retreat.
They ran down the street until they met Officer O'CONNORS, who hastened
up and made the arrest.
Mrs. SCOWCROFT wept all the time her husband was under examination in
spite of a group of girl friends who tried to console her. Finally she
had to be removed from the court room.
23 May 1907
INSANE MAN SEEKS LIFE OF MERCHANT
HARRY T. WALSH, a young man who has been in the insane asylum, was
arrested yesterday and locked up on a charge of intoxication on
complaint of a clerk in a Fulton street store.
WALSH entered the store yesterday and threatened to kill the senior
member of the firm, it is claimed.
To-day a complaint of threatening the man's life was made against
WALSH, but he did not put in an appearance, having been bailed out. A
second warrant was issued for his arrest.
WALSH, it is said, told the man that no matter what happened to him,
whether he went to prison or an insane asylum, that when be obtained
his release he would hunt him up and kill him.
WOMAN GETS $1,000 FOR CRUSHED FINGER.
A jury in Part III of the Supreme Court to-day, before Justice MAREAN,
returned verdicts in the sums of $1,000 and $250 respectively in favor
of Mrs. Margaret BURKE and John BURKE, her husband, in their suits
against Louis and Ella FRENKEL, proprietors of the Hotel Albert,
Manhattan. On Sept. 15, 1903, Mrs. BURKE, while a guest at this hotel,
tried to open a window, and through a defective cord the window came
down and crushed her finger. Mrs. BURKE sued for personal injuries in
the sum of $5,000, while her husband sued for $3,000 for loss of his
BOLD THIEF TAKES "BIKE COP'S" MOUNT
The Brooklyn police have been struck the saddest blow of all. The
masses have done much to rouse the ire of the bluecoats, but a story
that leaked out in the Manhattan avenue court to-day revealed just
about the unkindest cut ever. A nearly successful attempt was made to
pilfer the bicycle of a "cop" right under his nose by a daring young
man, and the name of the officer is Frederick CRANE, just like the
County Court nemesis of crooks.
The bicycle policeman, who is attached to the Herbert street station,
told the tale to Magistrate O'REILLY in court to-day. He said that he
left his "wheel" standing at Withers and Leonard streets, while he went
off for a detour after a suspicious character, and that Charles ANGELO,
who confessed to twelve years and a bold front, volunteered to mind the
machine. Charles lives at 79 Withers street.
Along came John DIEBAR, of 370 Leonard street. He grabbed the machine
and started to "walk off with it.
A pedestrian saw the act and notified CRANE. The latter sprinted some
and nailed his man.
To-day young DIEBAR pleaded not guilty and was held for examination.
CRANE said it was as bad as if some one had stolen his hat or gloves
while he was on post.
BARKEEPER SHEDS TEARS IN COURT.
Is Accused of Stealing Watch He Got by Buying Pawn Ticket.
COMPLAINANT IS CONVINCED
Identifies Timepiece, Though Unable to Give Its Number.
FREDERICK VILLMAN, a German bartender, employed in one place in
Manhattan for more than five years, was a prisoner in the Adams street
court to-day on a charge of grand larceny made by an Englishman, Arthur
BRYEN, who lives at 61 Fort Greene place.
Mr. BRYEN is only a short time in this country and is a man of positive
convictions. He told a peculiar story on the stand as the only witness
against VILLMAN. He said that on May 6, while coming from Manhattan,
he lost his gold watch, one he had purchased only a week before. He
reported his loss at the Adams street station a week later, on the
advice of friends, and Detective MAHER was put on the case. Nothing
was heard of the watch until Monday, May 20, when Mr. BRYEN went to the
station house and said he had seen his watch in the possession of the
bartender in a saloon at Thirty-sixth street and Seventh avenue,
The bartender in a friendly way informed BRYEN that he had bought a
pawn ticket from a customer and had redeemed a gold watch. BRYEN asked
to see the watch and immediately recognized it. He did not know the
number, but he was sure of his watch.
On this statement VILLMAN was arrested. He produced two gold watches
in court to-day and said one of them was the watch he had taken out
BRYEN said neither of the watches belonged to him, but he was sure he
watch he saw in VILLMAN's possession was his, although he did not know
Lawyer William HURLEY moved to dismiss the proceedings on the ground
that there was not a scintilla of evidence that VILLMAN was ever in
possession of BRYEN's watch, and the man was perfectly willing to give
the watch up to its owner if he proved property. He said the arrest
was illegal under the circumstances.
Magistrate DOOLEY adjourned the hearing till this afternoon in order to
get the porter who got the watch out of pawn for VILLMAN.
The accused wept like a child as he gave testimony and said he had
worked for his present employer more than five years and had a wife and
24 May 1907
ON TRIAL FOR MURDER, PLEADS SELF-DEFENSE.
Francesco VEITRI was tried to-day before a jury in Part II. of the
County Court and Judge FAWCETT on a charge of murder in the second
degree. The case went to the jury at noon. It was brought out in the
proceedings that VEITRI, on the night of April 19, got into a quarrel
with Bruno CARDAMORA over a game of cards they had been playing. The
two had been playing in the rear room of a saloon, near the corner of
Linden street and Myrtle avenue. After leaving the saloon the men
renewed their quarrel, in the course of which VEITRI drew a knife and
stabbed CARDAMORA, the latter dying from loss of blood.
The prisoner made a plea of self-defense. He said that in the course
of the wordy war, CARDAMORA made a movement as if to draw a revolver.
25 May 1907
WALSH ARRESTED AND SENT TO JAIL
Harry T. WALSH, who failed to appear for examination on a charge of
intoxication on Wednesday and for whom a warrant was issued on a charge
of threatening to kill a well known Fulton street merchant was
rearrested last night by local detectives, who found him in Jersey.
WALSH told a rambling story to account for his failing to appear,
saying he found himself in Jersey and was trying to earn enough to pay
his passage back to Brooklyn.
WALSH was fined $10 on the intoxication charge and held in $1,000 bail
on the other charge. He went to jail. His mental condition will be
27 May 1907
WIFE BEATER SENT TO THE PENITENTIARY
For persisting in beating his wife and daughter, John CAINE, 50 years
old, of 348 Baltic street, was sent to the penitentiary this morning
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29 May 1907
GETS $12,000 FOR ALMOST TOTAL PHYSICAL WRECK.
A verdict in the sum of $12,000 for the almost complete physical wreck
of a man, was returned to-day by a jury in Part V of the Supreme Court
before Justice CRANE.
Lewis GROGE on Jan. 31, 1905, was employed by the defendant, John M.
ROBINS Company, which had a contract to repair the steamship 'Finance'
in Erie Basin. While walking between decks Groge fell into an open
hatchway, which was left unguarded, and was horribly injured. His
skull was fractured, both ear drums were burst so that he is completely
deaf, his right eye was knocked out and his entire right side was
paralyzed. He sued ofr $25,000 and got a little less than half of that sum.
30 May 1907
AUTOIST FINED $1,000 FOR KILLING A MAN
Threatening that in future he will enforce the automobile speed laws
even more rigidly, Judge TEN EYCK, of Newark, N.J., has fined W.V.
SNYDER, of East Orange, $1,000 and placed him on probation for two
years on an indictment charging manslaughter in having caused the death
of Peter GREIBER on November 21 last. GREIBER was killed by Mr.
SNYDER's automobile. The fine was paid.
In imposing sentence the Court spoke of the increasing number of
automobile accidents, and declared that the reckless running of motor
cars, particularly in city streets, can and must be stopped.
"The State laws governing the use of these vehicles," said Judge TEN
EYCK, "are constantly and notoriously violated. Ordinary fines appear
to have but little restraining effect. When such violations result in
injury of death to travelers the punishment should be exemplary.
"By your plea, it is admitted that you were at the time of the accident
operating your automobile in such a manner as to evince a reckless
disregard for the lives and safety of travelers on the highway.
"I do not propose to make this case a precedent for future action, but
deem it proper now to give warning that future cases will be dealt with
as the facts may seem to warrant."
31 May 1907
A HOBOKEN GERMAN TRIMMED AT CONEY
Cost SCHAACK $18 to Try the Impossible Feat of Ringing a Knife
Charles SCHAACK, a Hoboken German (which is some different to a Germany
German), [that's what it said] paid his first visit to Coney Island
yesterday. It cost him $18, not counting car fare and "extras". He
told his experiences in the Adams street court this morning.
SCHAACK lost all his money, he says, pitching a ring and "trying to get
it over a penknife at a booth on Tilyou's walk. He failed, and then
caused the arrest of Albert SILVERSTEIN, of 165 Belmont avenue, on a
charge of swindling him.
"I was watching men throwing rings over knives," SCHAACK told
Magistrate DOOLEY, "and they seemed to do it so easily. SILVERSTEIN
was giving them $10 every time they got a ring over the knife. The men
who were winning coaxed me to try my luck and take a chance of winning
$10 for $1. After I missed the first throw I started to go away, but
SILVERSTEIN coaxed by to try again. I played eighteen times and never
rung a knife."
Detective VACCHRIS swore that he watched the game for some time. He
said the confederates of SILVERSTEIN got their money and when SCHAACK
began to play the knives were manipulated so that he had no possible
chance to win. He then arrested SILVERSTEIN.
In his own behalf SILVERSTEIN denied making any inducements to SCHAACK.
He said he had only been employed to take the stand about ten minutes
before "this accident happened." He said he had no "cappers' for the
game and that he never paid any one $10.
Magistrate DOOLEY fined SILVERTEIN $10.
SCHAACK went to a civil court to try .....[end of page]
FAINTS AS SHE PLEADS GUILTY TO SHOPLIFTING.
Mrs. Anna EARL, of 331 Ralph street, had to be carried out of the Court
of Special Sessions to-day. She was the defendant on a charge of
shoplifting and pleaded guilty. When told to stand up and Justice
KEADY announced she was guilty she fell in a faint into the arms of a
court officer. Her husband, who had been seated among the spectators,
rushed to her aid, took her in his arms and held her while the Court
announced that her sentence .....[end of page]
ALLEGED ABDUCTOR OF GIRL HELD IN $1,500
William SPENCER, 19 years old, of Tilyou's walk, Coney Island, was held
in $1,500 bail for examination June 4 on a charge of abduction made in
the Coney Island court to-day by Ada GULLY, the 16-year-old telephone
operator, of 82 Second street, who was found lying insensible in the
vestibule of her parents' home early Wednesday morning.
When the girl was being taken from the hall to her room she recovered
consciousness for a few moments and mentioned the name of SPENCER and
his address. His arrest followed and he was held until Ada was able to
appear in court. To-day she was able to attend and she made a
complaint of abduction. She declared she was forced by the accused to
leave her home a week ago yesterday. SPENCER denied the charge.
1 June 1907
IS SORRY HE WED*
Clergyman Says He Was Duped When Young and Unsophisticated
Had Double Ceremony; Asks Annulment on the Ground of Deceit and Fraud
Considerable mystery surrounds the identity of James M. CAMERON,
said to be a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, who has
filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the annulment of his
marriage, contracted 28 years ago, and at that time made doubly
binding by a duplicate ceremony. Justice KELLY has granted an order
of service by publication.
The plaintiff relates that he was secretly married to Emma A.
CAMERON, now of Roselle, N.J., on Dec. 3, 1879, in Jersey City, and
was subsequently remarried to her on Dec. 25 of the same year at the
Church of the Reformation in Brooklyn.
The reason given for the second marriage was that the defendant's
mother, who was a Catholic, objected to her daughter's marriage to
one of another faith. At the time of his marriage, the plaintiff
says, he was only 19 years old and his bride was seven years his
elder. Previous to his hasty plunge into the troubled sea of
matrimony, Mr. CAMERON was a student at Trinity College, Hartford,
where he had just completed his second year.
The plaintiff relates that he was "inexperienced, trusting and of a
confiding disposition," and had been "induced to marry through the
practice of deceit and fraud."
After his marriage, he asserts, that his wife, whom he had met under
her maiden name as Miss Emma A. TURZANSKI, had been wedded to George
T. GORREN in Brooklyn on Sept. 19, 1872, and had been divorced by
him on Dec. 11, 1873, the decree forbidding the defendant to remarry
in New York State.
Mr. Cameron contends that he was kept in ignorance of these alleged
facts until, under the persuasion of his wife, he had entered the
Episcopal ministry in 1892. He further alleges that he had not lived
with the defendant since Sept. 1, 1906, and that the latter is
maintaining a fashionable boarding school at Roselle, N.J.
In conclusion he says that his Bishop, having learned of his
marriage, had informed him recently that he could not continue his
work in the Church.
Mr. CAMERON's attorneys are Burke Fay, of 44 Pine street, Manhattan.
They refused to discuss the case under any circumstances, but it was
said at the Diocesan House, 170 Remsen street, that no clergyman
named CAMERON was attached to any of the churches of the local
diocese. The diocesan authorities said, however, that the only James
J. CAMERON of whom they have knowledge is attached as curate to Mark
Calvary Church, Baltimore, of which the Rev. Robert H. PAINE is
rector, and lives at 816 North Eutaw street in that city.
The bishop of the Baltimore diocese is Bishop PARET, but none of the
local Church authorities could say whether he had recently dismissed
a clergyman of his diocese from the ministry.
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TELLS COURT WAITER HAS HER CHANGE
A strange story was told in the Coney Island Court today by a pretty
young woman who said she was Mary SANDS and lived at 220
Thirty-seventh street. She claimed to have been robbed of $20 in a
well-known saloon in the vicinity of the Bowery and Henderson's
walk, Coney Island, at 3 this morning. The woman was in court on
charges of intoxication preferred by Policeman McCARTHY of the Coney
Island station. She was refined and well educated.
According to her story, she entered the saloon last night and was
met by a man she believed to be the proprietor. The latter invited
her to drink with him and she treated him to several drinks.
The young woman then said the man asked her to treat him to a
highball and she took a $20 bill from her pocket and gave it to a
waiter. The latter not returning with the change, she said, she
asked the supposed proprietor to get him. She said he refused and
the cops came, and Policeman McCARTHY placed her under arrest.
Magistrate VOORHEES fined Miss SANDS $5 on the intoxication charge
and said he would have her story investigated.
BECKER'S CASE MAY NOT GO TO THE GRAND JURY
It is doubtful if District Attorney DARRIN of Queens will present
to the Grand Jury when it meets Monday the case of Henry BECKER,
charged with the murder of Amelia STAFFELDT of Elmhurst. It is said
that Dr. C.N. PLATT, the physician at the county jail in Long Island
City, has been watching Becker pretty closely and is satisfied that
the man is mentally irresponsible. If it is decided to apply for a
commission to examine into BECKER'S sanity, his case may not go to
the Grand Jury at all until after the commission finishes its work.
For Leon GRAHAM, the assailant of the LUCK girl at Corona, a
complete alibi has been established as far as the STAFFELDT murder
is concerned. On the day of that event he was employed all day in
the Standard Oil Works at Long Island City.
Both BECKER and GRAHAM are enjoying the notoriety of their arrests.
They have hearty appetites and every morning their first desire is
to see the newspapers, while in the afternoon they want copies of
every edition published by the papers.
In looking up GRAHAM'S record, the police have learned that before
being sent to the reformatory for three years that he was a pupil in
the Flushing public school, and that he possessed a vicious temper.
It is stated that he frequently attacked pupils in the classrooms
without any cause whatever and was altogether probably the worst
pupil in the history of the school.
CUT PLATE WINDOW TO SPITE A LAUNDRYMAN
Sing LEE, a laundryman of 132 Third avenue, was in the Myrtle avenue
court today as complainant against Joseph DUINAN of 150 Third
avenue, whom he accused of scratching and marking his plate glass
window with a glass cutter, causing damage amounting to $40.
DUINAN said that he had left some work with the Chinaman which had
not been properly cleaned. He said he took it back to be done over
again, but the laundryman refused to rewash it without being paid
again. Then, it was said, the scratching took place.
Magistrate Naumer held DUINAN in $500 bail for Special Sessions.
2 June 1907
ROCKAWAY FIREBUG IS SENT TO ELMIRA BY JUDGE HUMPHREY
Some of the residents of Far Rockaway way who have been at their
wits end because of the many incendiary fires among their summer
homes were pleased yesterday when they learned that at least one of
the firebugs had confessed and had been sent to the reformatory.
Among the numerous fires around the first of the year was a blaze in
the residence of John RAMSEY of South street, near Grand View
avenue. The blaze was started with gasoline at 1 A. M., and within
an hour John E. TOLIN, 22 years old, was under arrest charged with
having started the fire. Fire Marshal William L. BEERS worked
personally upon the case and secured evidence against TOLIN that led
to his indictment for arson.
There was some question as to whether TOLIN'S mentality was of such
a character as to warrant the State in trying him, but an
examination by a commission of physicians proved that he could
defend prosecution intelligently. He forestalled a trial, however,
by pleading guilty, and was yesterday sentenced to the Elmira
Reformatory by County Judge Burt Jay Humphrey of Queens County.
CORONER SAYS DRIVER IS NOT TO BLAME FOR BIKE RIDER'S INJURY
HUNTINGTON, June 1 -- Coroner W. H. GIBSON held an inquest today in
the case of Charles PIQUET, the fourteen-year-old boy who died from
injuries he received while riding a bicycle yesterday. The lad
collided with a Packard touring car, in the charge of Wesley GRANT,
and was picked up unconscious. He was taken to the Mineola Hospital
suffering from a fractured skull, a broken arm and several severe
lacerated (as printed) wounds of the head. The car belonged to J.L.
CARVALHO of Lawrence.
Chauffeur GRANT and Floyd SMITH, an eyewitness, were examined by the
coroner. SMITH testified the bicycle path is on the west side and
pitches suddenly down into the stone roadway where the accident
occurred. The boy's wheel wobbled, he said, when he came into the
road, and SMITH said the boy was to blame for the collision.
Chauffeur GRANT told of his efforts to avoid colliding with young
PIQUET. Mrs. CARVALHO, who was in the car, testified that the boy
was riding with his hands off the handlebars.
Coroner GIBSON found that the accident was unavoidable and he
COURT SETS ASIDE MRS. DUFFY'S DOWER AT HER OWN REQUEST
RIVERHEAD, June 1 -- At a special term of the Supreme Court, held
here today, Justice JAYCOX presiding, Mrs. Anna DUFFY, widow of
Patrick H. DUFFY, at one time assemblyman from
the Fifth Ward, Manhattan. sued Terence DUFFY, her brother-in-law,
to set aside her dower in ten acres of land, with buildings, at
Quogue, near Good Ground. Terence DUFFY objected to the dower. He
lives at 83 Varick street, Manhattan, and is a clerk in the City Court.
A deed came up in the proceedings which showed that Patrick H. DUFFY
transferred the property to James B. DUFFY, a son of Terence DUFFY,
of 199 Washington street, Manhattan. One witness who testified was
John E. Fitzgerald of 74 Beach street, Manhattan, also a clerk in
the City Court and a brother of Surrogate Fitzgerald. He said the
signature on the deed was genuine, and James B. DUFFY and Mrs. Anna
DUFFY testified to the same effect.
Justice JAYCOX decided in favor of the widow. Her share the land is
valued at $5,000.
3 June 1907
"SKIDOO DAY" IN COURT OF SPECIAL SESSIONS
Twenty-three Men Charged With Speeding Autos-Only Three Are Fined
There were twenty-three motor vehicle cases in the Court of Special
Sessions to-day. Most of those who were up on this charge had
sentence suspended and were told to go home.
In consequence thereof one of the court attendants stated that
to-day will go down in the history of the Court at
Special Sessions as "Skidoo Day."
The spectators that crowded the court room were afforded an
opportunity of listening to a multifarious and homogeneous
collection of excuses offered by the accused chauffeurs. There was
the absolute necessity of reaching a railroad station, a wild dash
to a dying friend's bedside, a hurry call for a doctor, an
imperative business engagement involving millions -- all of which
necessitated the speeding of motor cars.
The three justice dispensers were lenient with speeders. This was a
surprise. For a first offense a "speeder" was let go with a warning.
If a man was up the second time on the
same charge he was fined $10 or given ten days in jail. Harry
PALMER, Clinton HOZEN and Carl SCHNORR were three unlucky ones to be
assessed that amount.
The following had sentence suspended on them, being their first offense:
Henry C. BARTHMAN
Frank M. BELDEN
William T. CLARK
Joseph A. GILLIS
Edward W. LAUER
Arthur L. PURDY
Harold A. SMITH
Clarence W. WARNER
W. P. MURPHY
REYNOLDS ON HUNT FOR EXCISE VIOLATORS
Staska O'CONNOSKY, of 4 Sackman street, appeared in the Gates avenue
court today before Magistrate FURLONG with his head and right hand
bandaged. He was the complainant against William SMITH, 32 years
old, of 243 Osborn street, who, he alleges, hit him over the head
and hand with a vichy bottle yesterday afternoon in a saloon. The
complainant was also charged with intoxication and on his plea of
not guilty was held in $100 bail. Miller was held in $500 bail for
Capt. REYNOLDS of the Brownsville station, was anxious to get O'CONNOSKY
sobered up so he might be able to get information as to
just where the fight the fight occurred, as he wished to make an
investigation as to who was violating the excise law. Magistrate
FURLONG advised him to let the matter drop, as a drunken man's
testimony would not have much weight in court.
FATHER WHO SHOT SON IS PAROLED
Young John Sweeney Was Abusing Mother and Threatened to Kill Sire
BULLET PENETRATED LEG
Magistrate Tighe Will Hear Case on Wednesday
Because he believed his story and felt sorry for him, Magistrate
TIGHE of the Butler street court today paroled James SWEENEY, 63
years old, of 666 Forty-sixth street, who is charged with shooting
his son, John, 22 years old, in the left leg, on his promise to
appear in court Wednesday morning, when the son will be able to
leave the hospital and testify. But it is likely that the old man
will be discharged, as the story he told Magistrate TIGHE shows that
his son is an incorrigible youth.
SWEENEY said that his son came home yesterday afternoon intoxicated
and began to abuse his mother, who was preparing dinner. Mrs.
SWEENEY became frightened and ran out into the hall. The father
remonstrated with his son, when the younger man picked up a chair
and swung for his father's head. The old man eluded the blow and ran
into the bedroom, where he kept a revolver in a bureau drawer. His
son kept yelling that he would kill him and again rushed at him.
The father told him that he would shoot unless he stopped
threatening but this all the more infuriated John, who threatened to
kill his father. Then SWEENEY fired, the shot taking effect in the
son's left leg.
The young man was removed to the Norwegian Hospital, where it is
said the wound is not serious and that he will be able to leave tomorrow.
As Magistrate TIGHE paroled SWEENEY, the old man said:
"You'll know the boy when you see him Wednesday. You've had him before."
MANHATTAN POLICEMAN SENT TO WORKHOUSE
Patrolman James A. KELLY, 29 years old, of 2119 Third avenue,
Manhattan, who is attached to the Madison street station, was up
before Magistrate WAHLE in the Essex Market Court this morning,
charged with disorderly conduct and intoxication by Lieut. KANE, of
the same precinct. KANE said that Kelly had behaved in a disorderly
manner in the station house and tried to assault the doorman. He was
sent to the workhouse.
4 June 1907
GIVEN TWO WEEKS FOR HONEYMOON IN TOMBS
A romance of the Tombs prison came to light in Manhattan today when
Thomas WALSH, in pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the
first degree, growing out of the killing of Robert WILLIAMS, a negro
saloonkeeper, during drunken brawl, asked that sentence be postponed
until June 20 so that he might spend his honeymoon with his newly
Inquiry developed the fact that WALSH was married a week ago. Judge
ROSALSKY decided to grant WALSH's request and for two weeks he will
be permitted to receive his wife daily in the prison as a visitor.
WALSH faces twenty years' imprisonment at the conclusion of his
honeymoon, this being the maximum punishment for his crime. It is
expected Judge ROSALSKY will impose the full penalty.
WALSH's confession of his romance created a stir in the courtroom.
When asked what he had to say why sentence should not be passed he
"I would like to ask you to postpone sentencing me until June 20. I
have just been married and I would like to spend my honeymoon with
An investigation showed that WALSH's fiancee has stuck to him
through his trouble and married him.
HUSBAND MAY PUT WIFE IN CELLAR, SAYS JUDGE
A motion was made before Supreme Court Justice MADDOX in Special
Term today to continue the temporary injunction, which restrains
George MONTROSE of 125 Westminster road, Prospect Park South, from
keeping his wife out of those premises.
The property is owned by Montrose, who is being sued by his wife,
Nettie Montrose, for a part occupancy of this house. Under a private
agreement, Mr. and Mrs. MONTROSE are living apart, she receiving $25
a week for her support, and to have the use of the rooms she
occupied at the time of separation. Their only child, an 11-year-old
child, remains with the father. By the terms of the agreement the
wife was to live away from the husband. Counsel for Mrs. MONTROSE
said today that when she signed the agreement she did not understand
that she was to leave the house, and that she had a property right
in the premises, and the husband could not put her out.
''Under the common law,'' said Justice Maddox, "the husband can put
his wife out or put her in the cellar.''
The case went over for the submission of further affidavits.
JUDGMENTS AGAINST TWO CONEY SALOONKEEPERS
State Commissioner of Excise CLEMENT reports that he has received
$1552.64 in payment of a judgment recovered in an action brought
against John T. ROWE and the surety on his liquor tax bond. ROWE
trafficked in liquors at Coney Island and violated the liquor tax
law by having his ballroom open and selling liquor on Sunday. Mr.
CLEMENT has also received $1,512.08 in payment of a judgment
recovered in an action brought by him by Louis ROSCH, who trafficked
in liquor at Coney Island, and kept his barroom open on Sunday.
6 June 1907
GIRL SAID SWEETHEART ASKED HER TO MURDER
Charged with threatening Henrietta HULSENBACH, 16 years old, of 112
Troutman street, with bodily harm, William SWENSON, a clerk, 17
years old, of 699 Grand street, was before Magistrate O'REILLY, in
the Manhattan avenue court today, and held in $1,000 bail for a hearing.
According to the statement made by Miss HULSENBACH, SWENSON visited
her house on Decoration Day. With him, said she, he brought oxalic
acid and told her to place it in the coffee of her father and mother.
"It would be a good scheme," said SWENSON, according to the story of
Miss HULSENBACH today, "to make away with your father and mother;
then, with the insurance money, we could get married and live very
Miss HULSENBACH said that when she refused absolutely to listen to
the proposition, the clerk threatened to kill her. She said that she
had loved him, but her devotion ceased when he demanded the death of
SWENSON denied the story of his former sweetheart and said that she
must be crazy.
Magistrate O'REILLY, however, held SWENSON for a hearing on Monday.
ST. AMANT LOSES CASE; WIFE SUES FOR DIVORCE
An interesting turn in the marital infelicities of Samuel ST. AMANT,
the "free lance" of Brooklyn journalism, was given today when it
became known that his wife has begun proceedings to secure an
absolute divorce. Hitherto it had been generally supposed that it
was Mr. ST. AMANT who wanted to be rid of his wife.
The announcement of Mrs. ST. AMANT's suit was made this morning
immediately after the decision of Supreme Court Justice KELLY was
handed down in which he dismisses the suit ST. AMANT brought to
have the marriage of himself with his wife annulled on the ground
that it was contracted while ST. AMANT was under the influence of a
drug. Mrs. ST. AMANT formerly was Miss Mabelle WRIGHT. Her suit is
brought through lawyer Robert W. MAY. It will not come on for trial
until next fall.
MRS. WOODRUFF GETS INTERLOCUTORY DECREE
Supreme Court Justice MADDOX today granted Natalie Stone WOODRUFF
an interlocutory decree of divorce from her husband, Frank Edward
WOODRUFF, a teacher living at 79 New York avenue. Mrs. WOODRUFF's
father is Jay STONE, secretary of the Lincoln Club. The couple were
married February 27, 1899.
7 June 1907
SECURES SEPARATION FROM SHOPLIFTER WIFE
Forty-five undefended divorce cases were before Supreme Court
Justice MADDOX in Special Term today, in nearly all of the (cases)
the parties being of foreign birth. A decree of separation was
granted John H. JOHNSON from his wife (on) the ground that she had
been convicted (of) shoplifting. Mr. JOHNSON testified that (??) was
thirty-three years old, that he was married in 1894 and that he
lived happily with his wife until one night when he came home he
found that his wife had disappeared. He then learned that she had
been arrested for shoplifting and was sentenced to three months in
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SAYS REAR OF STORE IS GAMBLING RESORT
Magistrate DOOLEY today fined George HIGGINS, Peter JOHNSON and
Charles MARTIN $5 each on charges of disorderly conduct. Walter
CARTWRIGHT, who keeps a cigar store and pool table at 169 Bridge
street, said that he and his wife were pestered by youths who made
trouble in the store. On Tuesday night several of them came in and
got into a rough and tumble fight, breaking a window and assaulting
his wife, who remonstrated.
Mrs. MARTIN, mother of Charles MARTIN, told Magistrate DOOLEY that
she had several witnesses in court ready to prove that CARTWRIGHT
kept a gambling place in the rear of his store. She was directed to
make a complaint to the clerk, who would issue a warrant.
SAYS TENANT KEPT MONEY GIVEN FOR TAXES
Mrs. Olive S. DAY, 76 years old, of 396 St. Nicholas avenue, was
yesterday complainant in the County Court against Franklin WAITE,
who lives in a house adjoining hers and whom she charges with
appropriating to his own use $105 given to him to pay taxes on the
St. Nicholas avenue property, both of which she owns.
Mrs. DAY declares that she was notified on Sept. 1, 1906, that taxes
on her property had not been paid, and she asked her tenant, WAITE,
to pay them, giving him $105. On making inquiries she learned that
WAITE had never made the payment in the tax office. Her son also
learned that WAITE was engaged in the publication of a magazine
called, "Dollars and Cents," and that WAITE had told a mercantile
agency which was backing him that he owned the St. Nicholas avenue
On the witness stand this morning WAITE made a general denial of the
charges against him. The case is still on.
8 June 1907
REINER DIVORCE CASE
In the suit for separation brought by Addie REINER against David
REINER, Miss Mary COLEMAN, a woman lawyer, appeared before Justice
MADDOX in Special Term Supreme Court today and opposed a motion made
by counsel for Mrs. REINER for counsel fee and alimony. Miss COLEMAN
"If this woman had one iota of decency on her side she would not be
here today. In 1905 she deserted this man. She informed him that she
didn't love him, and loved another man who had more money. She
declared when expostulated with that she would do as she chose, and
to prove that she went off with another man. A man who has such a
wife as this man is in a dreadful condition, as well your honor knows."
"No, no, no!" ejaculated Justice MADDOX, "I have had no such experience."
"But as a lawyer and a judge -- " apologetically added Miss COLEMAN.
"No, no!" replied Justice MADDOX, "Neither one way nor the other."
Miss COLEMAN added:
"I have found out that this woman is employed as a clerk in a bureau
of information and is getting a fair salary."
CONEY ISLAND CRUSADE ENJOINED BY COURT
Supreme Court Justice KELLY this afternoon granted an injunction
restraining Borough President COLER from interfering with the
frankfurter stands and other alleged encroachments on the sidewalks
at FELTNER's place of amusement at Coney Island.
President COLER recently began a crusade on all alleged
encroachments on the streets and sidewalks.
SUIT OVER ESTATE OF LATE ISAAC GOSLING
Members of the GOSLING family are at variance over the estate left
by their father, Isaac GOSLING, who died Jan. 13, 1905, at 239
Meeker avenue. Suit was brought yesterday in the Supreme Court by
Andrew A. GOSLING, Rachel ALLEN, Jessie ELBERT,* and Marcella
JENNINGS against their brother, John GOSLING, and the Bushwick
Co-operative Building and Loan Association to compel John GOSLING to
bring into court the deed of their father's property, which, they
say, he secured through fraud and misrepresentation, and that it be
cancelled in the office of the Register; also that the defendant be
enjoined from disposing of the property real and personal, and that
a receiver be appointed to take control and carry out the judgment
of the court. The plaintiffs further ask that they be awarded the
property and all the rents and profits accruing from it since the
death of their father.
(* Could be EIBERT. The print is dark and blobby, making lowercase
"i" and "l" impossible to distinguish.)
GREEN GOODS MEN SENT TO PENITENTIARY
Michael RYAN and John SHERWOOD, expert "green goods" operators, who
pleaded guilty in the United States Circuit Court to a charge of
using the mails for fraudulent purposes, were sentenced yesterday by
Judge HOLT to pay a fine of $500 each and serve one year in the
penitentiary. The extreme penalty for their offense, so far as
imprisonment goes, is eighteen months.
HELD COURT IN A CAB TO HEAR A CRIPPLE
Magistrate CONNORTON of Queens Borough, appears to be equal to any
emergency. In the Long Island City Police Court yesterday afternoon
Patrick NEE was arraigned before him charged with failing to support
his four young children and also with assaulting his mother-in-law,
Mrs. Ann RING, of 186 William street, Astoria. Mrs. RING was not
present when RING was arraigned and the case was put over until June
11. In order to bring about NEE's arrest it was necessary for
Magistrate CONNORTON to hold court in a coach. The vehicle stood at
the curb in front of the police court on Fifth street. Mrs. RING is
a cripple and she could not ascend the stairs leading to the
courtroom, so the court had to be taken downstairs to her.
Court Clerk WOODILL prepared the papers in the case and accompanied
Magistrate CONNORTON to the sidewalk. The stepped into the coach and
took the seat facing the woman. Clerk WOODILL read the complaint
and Mrs. RING declared it to be true, and she was sworn by the
magistrate. In order that the woman could sign her name to the
papers, Court Officer Frank FREILLINGSDORF held an inkwell through
the open window in the coach door, and Clerk WOODILL had provided a
large book to serve as a desk.
The complaint charges NEE with striking Mrs. RING with a heavy
wooden chair and inflicting serious injuries. The woman told the
court that the man had failed to provide for his children for some
time and she could not support them. The children are Sadie, 12
years old; Cassie, 10 years; Margaret, 8; and Annie, 4. When
arraigned, NEE's condition was such that Magistrate CONNORTON
ordered him locked up until he became sober.
10 June 1907
THREE MONTHS FOR SHOPLIFTER.
Mrs. Victoria LESCHYNSKA, of Kent avenue, said to be a member of a gang
of professional shoplifters which is composed entirely of Polish women
who reside in the Eastern District and who confine their operations to
that section, appeared in the Court of Special Sessions to-day on a
charge of larceny. The Justice quickly found her guilty of stealing a
quantity of stockings from a small store on Broadway and sentenced her
to three months in the penitentiary.
It developed that the defendant had been in the court twice before on
similar charges and had each time been found guilty and sentenced to
serve time in the penitentiary. She was not recognized at first, but
Mrs. LYNCH, the probationary officer, soon enlightened the Court as to
the record of the woman who stood before them. She was arrested on
April 21, 1905, for shoplifting, and gave her name as Susan
MALNESENSKA. She was found guilty and given thirty days. The second
arrest took place on July 21, 1905, when she gave her name as Victoria
ROSINSKY. For this offense she was sent to the House of the Good
Shepherd for six months.
She is considered one of the slickest in the profession and when
arrested it was almost impossible to learn anything from her. She
pleads ignorance of the English language and when an interpreter is
obtained she complains that her hearing is defective. So fare the
police have been unable to obtain an interpreter who could speak Polish
fluently on his fingers, and this appears to be about the only resource
the police have of getting any information from her. Another of her
traits that places her away above the ordinary run of shoplifters is
the fact that when she steals she does not bother with a few articles;
she had the habit of taking stockings by the box and cloaks by the half
Mrs. LESCHYNSKA has two children. Her husband deserted her about two
years ago when she first came to this country. Many drygoods stores
owned by Poles have been under the surveillance of the police for some
time. It is thought that the proprietors have a contact with a number
of Polish women who visit other stores and steal goods in quantities.
A number of these women have been arrested, but they preserve absolute
CAME OUT OF HIDING TO BE HELD FOR MURDER
Giuseppi CALABRETTA, an Italian, was held without bail by Magistrate
DOOLEY to-day on a charge of murder. Detectives VACCHRIS and MEALL, of
the local bureau, arrested CALABRETTA yesterday. He had been in hiding
ever since last October, when he is alleged to have fatally stabbed
Louis LORENZO, an old man with whom he quarreled at 481 Adelphi street
over a $40 loan.
The widow of LORENZO was in the Adams street court pen to-day, and
identified CALABRETTO*. After her husband died Mrs. LORENZO took to
drink, and was finally committed to the House of the Good Shepherd,
where she is now an inmate. It is said that she spent $1,500 in a
short time after her husband died.
GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING THE CEDARHURST RIOTS
MINEOLA, June 10 -- The grand jury today began an investigation into
the riots that occurred on the property of J.H.F. VANDERWATER, of
Cedarhurst, a week ago yesterday, when an attempt was made by the
Long Island Railroad to lay tracks on the property, in opposition to
Mr. VANDERWATER and his son and several neighbors. At the time of
the attempt, Mr. VANDERWATER says, the workmen assaulted both he and
MOTT DIVORCE TRIAL BEGINS AT MINEOLA
MINEOLA, June 10 -- The divorce suit of Augustus MOTT, of Hempstead,
against Catherine S. MOTT, in which Lincoln S. HASKIN, Mrs. MOTT's
former attorney, is name as co-respondent, came up for trial today.
MOTT and friends found HASKIN in a room at the MOTT house one night
in January. Mrs. MOTT says HASKIN had come to her house to consult
her on legal business, was taken ill and put to bed in the spare
room, where the raiders found him.
13 June 1907
MOTT DIVORCE JURY FAILS TO AGREE
MINEOLA, June 13 -- The jury that tried the suit for absolute
divorce brought by Augustus MOTT of Hempstead against Catherine C.
MOTT came into court this morning and announced that it had failed
The case was given to the jury at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. At
10 o'clock last night, no agreement having been reached, the jurors
were allowed to go to their homes. This morning they met again but
could not agree upon a verdict and sent word to Justice CRANE to
that effect. The judge was very much annoyed over the failure of the
jurors to come to a decision and showed it plainly when they came
into court. He did not discharge them and they will have to serve on
NEPHEWS AND NIECES GET VAN PELT ESTATE
By the terms of the will of Jacob Lefferts VAN PELT, filed in the
Surrogate's office today, his large estate is to be equally divided
between the children of his brother, John VAN PELT, and the children
of his deceased sister, Mary E. VAN BRUNT.
The children of the brother John are
Susie Blondel VAN PELT,
Anna Cortelyou VAN PELT (now Mrs. LASSOE) and Jacob VAN PELT.
The children of the deceased sister are
Jeremiah R. VAN BRUNT,
John Lott VAN BRUNT
Anna C. VAN BRUNT (now Mrs. SEAMAN).
John V. VAN PELT, a brother of the deceased;
Jeremiah VAN BRUNT, a nephew;
George E. NOSTRAND and John VAN PELT, a nephew,
are named as executors of the testament.
Mr. VAN PELT died June 8 at his home in Bensonhurst, where he had
lived most of his long life. He was well known in the neighborhood
as an eccentric recluse. Tradition has it that early in life he was
jilted by the girl of his choice and after that time had little to
do with humankind. He lived very much by himself and in deference to
his apparent wish his friends and acquaintances respected his
desires and kept at a respectful distance.
His property, which consists mostly of old farm lands, is now
By the terms of the will of August MAYER, filed today, his entire
estate, valued at $15,000, is devised to his children.
His house at 159 Hoyt street is to go to his daughter, Mathilde Louise MAYER.
The rest of the property is to be divided into three equal shares among
the testator's children --
Emma Cardine and Rosalie Amalia (or Amalla?).
Mr. MAYER died at Montclair, N.J., on June 4.
FIVE DAYS IN JAIL FOR CAR JUMPERS
In default of their fines two men were sent to jail for terms of
five days for jumping through the car windows of the B.R.T. at
Coney Island. Magistrate VOORHEES has no mercy on a man who is haled
before him by one of the B.R.T. special officers for this offense.
The men were James BINO, 3(1?) years old, of 850 Pelham avenue, the
Bronx, and David RYAN (??) years old, of Park row, Manhattan. They
were taken to court today before Magistrate VOORHEES.
15 June 1907
$15,000 VERDICT FOR LOSS OF HUSBAND
On May 14, 1906, Patrick BRADY, foreman in the employ of the New
York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, while walking along
the tracks between Melrose and Morissinia stations on the New York
and Harlem division of the road, was struck by a southbound train
and instantly killed.
BRADY's widow, through her attorney, Abraham OBERSTEIN, brought suit
against the railroad for damages. The suit came on for trial in the
Supreme Court, Westchester County, and after a trial lasting three
days resulted in a verdict in favor of the widow for $15,000.
It was contended on behalf of the widow that BRADY was walking from
Melrose station to Morissinia station in the course of his work. As
foreman his business was to direct the men under him in electrifying
the road, and it was necessary for him in doing this to walk along
the tracks from station to station. While in company with other men
performing his work he was killed by a passing express train.
Between 165th and 167th streets there are acute bends in the road
which make it impossible to see in either direction for more than
these two blocks.
CHAUFFEUR Le MAY HELD WITHOUT BAIL
Nathan Le MAY, the chauffeur of the automobile that collided with a
victoria on Ocean Parkway last Sunday morning, causing the death of
two persons, while several were severely injured, was released from
the Kings County Hospital last night and today was taken before
Magistrate STEERS in the Flatbush court. There were three charges
against Le MAY, two of homicide and one of exceeding the speed
limit. On the first two he was held without bail for the Grand Jury
and on the third for Special Sessions.
Le MAY admitted he had taken the machine out without the permission
of its owner, H.L. CRANFORD, but he denied he was going more than
twenty-two miles an hour. He said the spot where the collision
occurred was so dark he was unable to see the victoria until he
bumped into it.
APPLEGATE ESTATE TO GO TO THE FAMILY
An estate valued at more than $600,000 is disposed of by the terms
of the will of Joseph APPLEGATE, filed in the surrogate's office
today. Mr. APPLEGATE died at his home, 492 Bedford avenue, on May 7.
He directs that part of his estate shall go to grand nephews and
grand nieces. The residuary estate, which will probably amount to
more than $500,000, will go to his daughter, Ida Applegate DRAKE.
The testator directs that all his real estate, wherever situated,
together with the household effects in the Bedford avenue residence
and a mortgage of $50,000 on "the factory" shall be divided equally
between Mrs. DRAKE and Jerusha E. JARVIS, a sister of the wife of
the testator. Mr. APPLEGATE provided that should Jerusha E. JARVIS
die before he did, her share shall go to Mrs. DRAKE. This has
happened, as Jerusha E. JARVIS died some time ago.
Other beneficiaries of the will are
Kate and Henry APPLEGATE, the grandchildren of Josiah APPLEGATE,
a deceased brother of the testator, who are to receive $10,000 each;
Mrs. Abigail LOWNDES of South Norwalk, Conn., $10,000;
Ruth A. BAYLIS of Huntington, L.I., another niece, $10,000;
Mrs. Mary GEORGE of Huntington, L.I., $5,000;
Mrs. Mary Francis EBBETTS of Brooklyn, $5,000;
Willard A. BAYLIS, $20,000.
The will is dated June 5, 1903, and John F. DRAKE and Charles H.
MAGIE are named as executors.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK by the grace of God free and
independent -- To Ellen DELEHANTY, Catharine DELEHANTY, widow, and
Thomas F. DELEHANTY, next of kin of James DELEHANTY, deceased, send
You and each of you are hereby cited and required to appear before
our Surrogate of the County of Kings at a Surrogate's Court of the
County of Kings to be held at the Hall of Records in the County of
Kings on the third day of July, 1907, at ten o'clock in the
forenoon, then and there to attend the judicial settlement of the
account of Delia PURTILL as adminstratrix of the goods, chattels and
credits of Julia DELEHANTY, deceased. And let the above named
infants then and there show cause why a special guardian should not
be appointed to appear for them on said judicial settlement.
In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our said Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed. Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH,
Surrogate of our said County at the County of Kings the 15th day of
May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seven.
(LS) William P. PICKETT, clerk of the Surrogate's Court
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK by the grace of God free and
independent -- To Emuline BEERSHEE, 225 South Eighth street,
Burlington, Iowa; Phebe (as printed) WOOD, Chester, Pennsylvania;
Benjamin F. PRICE, Southhold, Long Island, N.Y., send greeting:
You and each of you are hereby cited to appear before our Surrogate
of the County of Kings at a Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings
to be held at the Hall of Records in the County of
Kings on the 17th day of July, 1907, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon,
then and there to settle the account of Emuline S. THOMAS and Phebe
WOOD, as executrices of the estate of Sarah E. PRICE of Brooklyn,
New York, deceased. And let the above named infants then and there
show cause why a special guardian should not be appointed to appear
for them on said judicial settlement.
In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our said Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of our said County at the
County of Kings the 29th day of May in the year of our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and seven.
(seal) William P. PICKETT, clerk of the Surrogate's Court
IN PURSUANCE OF AN ORDER OF THE Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of
the County of Kings, notice is hereby given, according to law, to
all persons having claims against Julia M. PURINTON (formerly Julia
Purinton THOMPSON), late of the County of Kings, deceased, that they
are required to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the
subscriber at his place of transacting business at the office of
Hubbard & Rushmore, his attorneys, at 26 Court street, Brooklyn,
N.Y. on or before the 20th day of June next. -- Dated Dec. 14, 1906.
12-15-27-6 DORUS R. McREA, Executor
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK by the grace of God free and independent --
To Elizabeth TULLY, Matthew MARTIN, James MARTIN,
William MARTIN, Luke MARTIN, George MARTIN, Edward MARTIN, Mary
McNALLY, Ellen MARTIN, John CANAVAN and Thomas ELLIOTT, if living,
and if not living to his legal representatives, legatees, devisees,
heirs-at-law and next of kin, whose names or parts of whose names,
or whose place or places of residence are unknown and cannot after
diligent inquiry be ascertained, and to all unknown heirs-at-law and
next of kin of said Esther CANAVAN, deceased, send greetings:
Whereas Elizabeth TULLY, of the Borough of Brooklyn, County of
Kings, City and State of New York, has lately petitioned our
Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings to have a certain
instrument in writing bearing date the 15th day of April, 1907,
relating to real and personal property duly proved as the last will
and testament of Esther CANAVAN, late of the County of Kings, deceased.
Wherefore, You and each of you are hereby cited to appear before our
Surrogate of the County of Kings at a Surrogate's Court of the
County of Kings to be held at the Hall of Records in the County of
Kings in the Borough of Brooklyn on the 22nd day of July, 1907, at
10 o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to attend the probate of
the said last will and testament; and the above named infant then
and there show cause why a special guardian should not be appointed
to appear for him on the probate of said last will and testament.
Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of our said County at the
Borough of Brooklyn the 7th day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and seven.
(L.S.) William P. PICKETT, clerk of the Surrogate's Court
PETER P. SMITH, attorney for petitioner, 44 Court St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
IN PURSUANCE OF AN ORDER OF THE Hon. James C. Church, Surrogate of
the County of Kings, notice is hereby given, according to law, to
all persons having claims against Isaac HARRIS, late of the Borough
of Brooklyn,- deceased, that they are required to exhibit the same,
with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber, at her place of
transacting business at the office of her attorneys, Gifford, Hobbs
& Beard, No. 5 Nassau street, in the Borough of Manhattan in the
City of New York on or before the first day of September next. -
8th, 1907. CAROLYN WILSON HARRIS, Executrix of the Estate of
Isaac HARRIS, deceased.
GIFFORD. HOBBS & BEARD, Attys. for
Executrix, No. 5 Nassau street, New York City.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW York, by the grace of God tree and
independent, -- To Minna, Juliana Johanna MEYER, Lina Dorothea
HINNERS, Johanna GARLISH, Johann Heinrich NIEHAUS, Herman Hinrich
NIEHAUS, Wilhelmine Dorothea NIEHAUS, Otto Ernst NIEHAUS, Friederike
Dorothea SCHUMACHER, Wilhelm Heinrich BRUNING, Minna Dorothea
ROSENHAGEN, Ida Wilhelmina MORLIZ (MORITZ?), Friedrich Johannes
BRUNING, Heinrich Rudolf BRUNING, Frieda Anna Dorothea BRUNING, send
Whereas, Anton EHLERS, of the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York,
has lately petitioned our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings
to have a certain Instrument in writing bearing date the 4th day of
October, 1889 (or 1899?), relating to real and personal property,
duly proved as the last will and testament of Julie EHLERS, late of
the County of Kings, deceased.
Wherefore, You and each of you are hereby cited to appear before our
Surrogate of the County of Kings, at a Surrogate's Court to be held
at the Hall of Records, in the Borough of Brooklyn, on the 22d day
of July, 1907, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to
attend the probate of the said last will and testament; and that the
above-named infants then and there show cause why a special guardian
should not be appointed to appear for them on the probate of said
last will and testament.
In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our said Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of our said County, at the
Borough of Brooklyn, the 6lh day of June, in the year of our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and seven.
(L- S.) WILLIAM P. PICKETT,
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court,
WM. W. SOUTHWORTH, Attorney for Petitioner, 375 Fulton St.,
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW York, by the grace of God free and
Independent, --To Townsend C. VAN PELT, Anna C. SHIELDS, Jeremiah R.
VAN BRUNT, John L. VAN BRUNT, Anna C. SEAMAN, Susie R. Van Pelt
SPENCER, Anna C SEAMAN, John J. VAN PELT, William C. SHIELDS and
John V. P. SHIELDS, send greeting:
Whereas,. Jeremiah R. VAN BRUNT, George E. NOSTRAND and John J. VAN
PELT, of the Borough of Brooklyn, in The City of New
York, County of Kings, have lately petintoned our Surrogate's Court
of the County of Kings, to have a certain Instrument in writing
bearing date the 28th day of October, I902, and the codicils thereto
bearing date the first day of March, 1904, and the 12th day of
March, 1904, respectively, relating to real and personal property,
duly proved as the last will and testament and the codicils thereto
of Jacob L. VAN PELT, late of the County of Kings, deceased:
Wherefore you and each of you are hereby cited to appear before our
Surrogate of the County of Kings, at a Surrogate's Court to be held
at the Hall of Records in the County of Kings on the 29th day of
July, 1907, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to attend
the probate of the said last will and testament.
In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of our Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of our said County, at the
County of Kings, the I2th day of June, in the year of our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and seven.
(L.S.) WILLIAM P. PICKETT, Clerk of the Surrogate's Court.
MICHAEL FURST, Atty. for Petitioners.
16 June 1907
AFTER LONG LIFE WITH EACH OTHER, MADE JOINT WILL
A double will made jointly by man and wife has been filed for
probate in the Nassau County Surrogate's Court, Long Island City. It
is the first document of its kind, probably, that has ever been
filed in a surrogate's court.
The will is that of Alexander G. BUNKER and his wife, Mary P.
BUNKER, of Merrick, and the reason and the reason for the unusual
document is given in the preamble, which reads:
"We the undersigned, having reached the period of life when we are
liable to pass away so near together that the survivor may not have
time or opportunity to prepare a will, we have concluded jointly to
make the following, to take effect when we are both deceased."
Then follow the bequests. The will is dated Jan. 31, 1906. That the
old couple were not mistaken in the belief that one would not
survive the other very long is shown by the fact that the wife, Mary
P. BUNKER, died at Merrick Aug. 19, 1906, while Alexander G. BUNKER
died April 7 last, eight months after his wife.
The estimated value of the property owned by each of the testators
is: Alexander G. BUNKER, $10,000 real and $3,500 personal property;
and Mary P. BUNKER $3,200 (or $8,200?) in real property. The
property, real and personal, is divided among the grandchildren,
Phoebe, Harold and Elsie BUNKER, with the exception of $500, which
is bequeathed to a daughter-in-law, Alice L. BUNKER of Merrick.
Surrogate JACKSON has ruled that it will have to be admitted as two
18 June 1907
Enoch ARDEN Case In Odd Will Fight
An attempt to outlaw a will on the ground that is was made before the
testator married was made to-day before Surrogate CHURCH, in which
features similiar to the Enoch ARDEN case were prominent. In this case
the " Enoch ARDEN " has not returned, but it is claimed by one side,
although he has been absent from his wife twenty-five years and has not
communicated with her in all that time, he will yet be produced alive and,
in such an event, will make a pretty mess of trouble for his former wife.
The case is one of the strangest that has come up in the Surrogate's
Court in many years, and additional interest attaches to it from the fact
that ex-Congressman Francis H. WILSON,formerly Postmaster of
Brooklyn, one of the founders of the Union League Club and one of the
first presidents of that powerful social and political organizations, is one
of the witnesses to this ancient testament.
On Jan. 22, 1907, a wealthy Italian named Virgillo DEL GENOVESE,
died at the home of his brother, Alfredo DEL GENOVESE, 3 Middagh
street. He left a will, dated July 31 1888, in which he devises the sum of
$10,000 to his brother, Giuseppe ( who also lives at 3 Middagh street )
and by another clause leaves to him the entire estate, both personal
and real. It was supposed that Virgillio, at the time of his death was
unmarried and his brothers Giuseppe and Alfredo, who live in
Brooklyn; Eugenio, who lives in Florence, Italy; his sister, Matilda,
who lives in Pisa, Italy, and his sister Liberta, who lives in San Francisco
looked forward to having a slice of the estate, until his ancient will was
produced, it having been supposed at first that Virgillio, died intestate.
This will, however, was found and was produced by Giuseppe
DEL GENOVESE and entered in the Surrogate's office for probate,
it having been witnessed by ex-Congressman WILSON and Charles C.
GILL. The latter, at the time the will was executed, lived at 266 West
Forty-third street, Manhatten.As both have certified as to its
authenticity, there could be no doubt of it being the real testament of the
deceased at that time, and the other brothers and sisters of Virgillio
DEL GENOVESE very decently drew aside and were prepared to see
their lucky brother receive the whole estate, which is supposed to be
worth about $ 50,000.
But here another party, in the person of a woman named Fidalma
DEL GENOVESE, who claims to have been the lawful wife of the
deceased, and a 16 year-old daughter, the result of that alleged union,
steps in and claims the entire estate for her only child.
She now lives with her mother at Montgomery avenue and 177th. street,
Mrs. Fidalma DEL GENOVESE deposes that she was the widow of one
Edwardo LOPEZ, an Italian who deserted her twenty-five years ago with
the mutual understanding, so Mrs. DEL GENOVESE declares, that she
was free to marry again so far as he was concerned and that he would
never trouble her again. A year or so afterward she learned that LOPEZ
had died and she believed herself to be a widow and in good faith married
Virgillio DEL GENOVESE in 1889. A daughter was born to them on Dec.
2, 1890. Mrs. GENOVESE* produced a marriage certificate which showed
that she was duly married to Virgillio DEL GENOVESE by an Alderman
in the City Hall, Manhatten.
Relatives of DEL GENOVESE, however, stated in court this morning that
Edwardo LOPEZ is still living and that they will produce him in court if
necessary, to show that Mrs. Fidalma DEL GENOVESE is not the legal
widow of the deceased.Mrs. GENOVESE* declares that the will is not valid
because it was drawn up before the testator married her. She declares that
the will is outlawed by this fact and that the entire estate should go to her
16 year-old daughter, Frances.Mrs. GENOVESE* was greatly shocked and
her daughter Frances was visibly affected when they heard in court this
morning that Edwardo LOPEZ was still alive, for she had supposed that he
had been dead for more than twenty-five years.
Surrogate CHURCH reserved decision in order to give the contestants of Mrs.
GENOVESE's* claim time in which to prove that LOPEZ still lives.
* Name spelled both ways in article, GENOVESE and DEL GENOVESE
19 June 1907
Executioner Of Czolgoz Held For Horse Stealing
Charles EDWARDS, alias Charles SCHIFF, who says he is the man who
electrocuted CZOLGOZ, the assassin of President William MCKINLEY,
and who gave his address as Broad street, Newark, was arrested late
Saturday afternoon by Lieutenants MCCAULEY and HAWKINS, of the
local detective bureau, on a charge of larceny.It is alleged that last
Sunday, SCHIFF hired a horse and wagon from A. STROHM, a stableman
at Pacific and Bond streets, to carry a moving picture machine to a store
in the Eastern District. That was the last seen of him until he was
arrested by the detectives at his home on Broad street, at Newark, where
he lived with his wife and family. In the Adams street court this morning
SCHIFF was held for a hearing on June 21.
Forgave Husband After Summoning Him To Court
"George PUGH! Loretta PUGH!" cried the officer in the Manhatten avenue
court to-day, as he called off the summonses. There was no answer to the
woman's name, but George PUGH, wearing a bland confident smile, walked
up to the bar. " Well PUGH, said Magistrate O'REILLY, " you seem to be
very happy over this," " No indeed, your Honor." " What's the trouble between
you and your wife, anyway" continued the Magistrate, as he wiped his
spectacles. "Well, she had an idea that she wanted me to get a beating by
a policeman." " Did you get it?" asked the court. " Your honor, don't I look it?"
and PUGH rubbed his hand over his forehead, where there were several bad
looking bruises. Then he went on to tell how he and Mrs. PUGH had had some
domestic trouble and that she had called in an officer. Things were quiet now,
he said, but she didn't make up till after she had got the summons for her
husband. "Well," said the Magistrate, " I guess you've had a hard enough
lesson. go home, but don't annoy your wife again.
20 June 1907
SURROGATE'S NOTICES-THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
by the grace of God free and independent.-----
To Henry W. GOULD, Laura BROCK, LeRoy REYNOLDS, Ossie FOX, Clark FOX,
James J. FOX, Thomas B. FOX and Olie ECKELBERRY send greeting:
You and each of you are hereby cited to appear
before our Surrogate of the County of Kings, at
a Surrogate's Court to he held at the Hall of
Records, in the County of Kings, on the 14th.
day of August, 1907 at ten o'clock in the
forenoon, then and there to attend the judicial
settlement of the account of Charles C. LLOYD,
as executor, etc., of the last will and testament
of Almira M. GOULD, deceased, and let the above
named infants then and there show cause why a
special guardian should not be appointed to
appear for them on said judicial settlement.
In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal
of our said Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. James C. CHURCH, Surrogate of our
said County, at the County of Kings, the 1*th day of
June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine
hundred and seven.
( L.S.) William P. PICKETT,
6-13-6-4 Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
IN PURSUANCE OF AN ORDER OF THE Hon. James
C. CHURCH, Surrogate of the County of Kings, notice
is hereby given according to law, to all persons having
claims against Margaretha ZINK, late of the County of
Kings, deceased, that they are required to exhibit the
same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber, at
the office of H.C. CONRADY, his attorney, No. 204
Montague street, Brooklyn, New York City, on or
before the 10th day of August next.---Dated February 4, 1907
Charles SCHERER, Executor
IN PURSUANCE OF AN ORDER OF THE Hon. James
C. CHURCH, Surrogate of the County, of Kings, notice
is hereby given, according to law, to all persons having
claims against John W. RHOADES, late of the County
of Kings, deceased, that they are required to exhibit the
same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscribers at
their place of transacting business at the offices of
Francis B. SANFORD, 141 Broadway, Borough of
Manhatten, New York City, on or before the first day of
November next---Dates April 17th 1907.
J. Howard RHOADES Executors,
Francis B. SANDFORD, Attorney for Executors,
141 Broadway, Borough Manhatten, N.Y.C.
21 June 1907
FIFTY DIVORCE CASES-ON TO-DAY'S CALENDAR
Supreme Court Justice MADDOX to-day in Special
Term, granted an interlocutory decree of divorce to
Florence P. MILLS, wife of Jesse W. MILLS, an
actor, now engaged at Coney Island.
A decree of separation was granted to Ellen DUFFY
from her husband, Bernard J. DUFFY, on the
ground of ill treatment. There were nearly fifty
cases on the divorce calendar.
FLAGMAN LOWENTHAL PAROLED FOR SESSIONS
Edward LOWENTHAL, the flagman, who was stationed
at the railroad crossing at Bay Nineteenth street and
Eighty-sixth street, on the night of May 21, when a
Thirty-ninth street ferry car and a Bath Beach train
collided, in which more than a score of persons were
injured, appeared before Magistrate VOORHEES, in the
Coney Island court, to-day for a hearing.He was charged
with being responsible for the accident and after a
greater part of the morning's session had been devoted
to the case the magistrate paroled LOWENTHAL in the
custody of a lawyer for examination in the Court of
22 June 1907
SOUTH BROOKLYN-BIG ENOUGH TO WORK IF BIG ENOUGH TO MARRY
Valentine BEACH, 22 years old, of 133 Twenty-fourth
street, when he appeared in the Fifth avenue court
yesterday before Magistrate NAUMER in answer to
a summons secured by his wife, Margaret, of 489
Ninth street, who charged him with failing to support
her, said that he was unable to get work because
everybody told him he was too small.
Mrs. BEACH had been living with her husband's
parents, and as he did not devote a whole lot of
time to work his parents did not like the idea of
keeping and feeding his wife.Mrs. BEACH took the
hint and moved and since that time her husband,
she says, has been very neglectful.
Magistrate NAUMER ridiculed the idea that BEACH
was too small to get work and said that a married
man was never too small and, furthermore, he was
going to give him just two weeks to get work and a
home for his wife. If this is not done then, the
magistrate assured BEACH, that he was very likely
to go to the penitentiary for six months.
SOUTH BROOKLYN-CONEY'S COURT BUSY WITH TRIAL CALENDAR
It was a very busy day for Magistrate VORHEES,
the clerk and the court officers in the Coney Island
court yesterday. It was trial day and a large number
of cases were on the calendar. Assistant District
Attorney WHITE was in court and appeared in several of the cases
that were called. Anthony COMSTOCK, the crusader against vice,
was also present. COMSTOCK was interested in two cases where
arrests were made for selling obscene postal cards. The cases
Josephine GROWL, a very pretty 20 year old girl, who gave her address
as 308 West Fifty-eighth street, was before the court charged with
disorderly conduct on the Bowery, on complaint of Patrolman
HAMMELBERG.The officer stated that the defendant was acting in a
disorderly manner and causing a crowd to congregate. The magistrate
Tony COWATOS, of West Fifteenth street, and Pevilo GEVOLIN,
of 639 East Thirteenth street, were charged with disorderly
conduct in fighting on Surf avenue. Both pleased guilty and sentence
Charged with acting in a disorderly manner in annoying the patrons
of the Sheepshead Bay race track, Thomas BURNS, 16, of 608 East Sixteenth
street, and Clarence CLAYBURN, of Sheepshead Bay race track, were arraigned.
An officer state that the lads were selling tips on the races and annoying
the people on their way to the track. The defendants were discharged.
Ah SING, a Chinaman, of 5 Mott street, was arrested several days ago
by the detectives of Inspector HARKINS' staff on a charge of keeping
and dealing in opium.The officer testified that the defendant was
employed in a chop suey restaurant on Schweickert's walk, and that
they went into the place and bought two pills from SING for which they
paid him $1. The officers could not prove that the stuff purchased was opium
and Ah SING was discharged.
Charles LONG, who said that he resides in Newark, was charged on
complaint of Herman FRITZEN, of 123 Third place, with corrupting the
morals of his 15 year old daughter, Florence. LONG, who is an
instructor at one of the Island's roller skating rink, was held in $500
bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
Walter WATSON, an employee of the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company,
residing on West Twenty-ninth street, was before the Magistrate on a
similar charge, preferred by Jennie WEINPHAL, of West Twenty-ninth street.
WATSON denied the charge, was finally discharged for lack of evidence.
Charged with gambling, in operating dart games on the Bowery and
Charles SANDERS, of Jones' Walk and the Bowery,
Isador MITCHELL, the same address, were arrested by Detectives FUREY,
DALY, GERMANHAUSER and WEYMAN, of the Coney Island station. They were
discharged for lack of evidence.
Beatrice TURNER, 30 years old, and Agnes DOUCET, 27, both of
New Jersey, were charged with disorderly conduct.The officer stated
that they were creating a disturbance on Surf avenue. Upon their
plea of guilty and promise never to commit another offense, sentence
Frank GATLEY, of Jersey City, was charged with assault on complaint o
f Harry WALSH, of 84 Court street. WALSH, who is a life saver at the island,
alleges that he was attacked and beaten by GATLEY and several of his
friends. GATLEY pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned.
Samuel CRIPPS and Harry KAPLAN, who were arrested
last Sunday charged with selling obscene pictures, were
in court and upon an application there cases were adjourned.
Thomas BURNETT, 25 years old, of 994 Flushing avenue,
was charged with intoxication on complaint of Patrolman James DILLON.
BURNETT was in charge of a peddlar's wagon, the horse of which took
fright and ran away. The horse dashed through Surf avenue and would have
injured a number of persons had it not been for the prompt
action of the officer.DILLON, ran to the street and grabbed
hold of the bridle. He was dragged several feet, but escaped
injury. BURNETT came along to calm his horse, but according to the officer,
was unable to take care of himself. He pleaded guilty and
sentence was suspended.
23 June 1907
DR. GUY IS GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER
Far Rockaway Dentist and Ex-Coroner Gets 15 years in Sing Sing
REASSERTS INNOCENCE AS HE IS SENTENCED
" Did Not Kill My Wife," He Tells Justice JAYCOX
The jury in the case of Dr. Samuel S. GUY, the Far
Rockaway dentist and ex-Coroner, who was
charged with the murder of his wife, brought in a
verdict of manslaughter in the first degree at 9 o'clock
last night. Justice JAYCOX, who conducted the trial
in the Supreme Court at Flushing, sentenced the
prisoner to serve fifteen years in Sing Sing.
The full penalty of such a conviction is twenty years,
but clemency was pleaded so eloquently by the
defendant's counsel that Justice JAYCOX did not
impose the full sentence. Good behavior will lessen
GUY's term to nine years and ten months. The jury
retired at 4:15 P.M.The first ballot showed ten for
murder in the second degree and two for manslaughter
in the first. Justice JAYCOX asked Dr. GUY if he had
anything to say before sentence was imposed upon
him. The dentist who had received the jury verdict
without the quiver of an eyelid, rose to his full height as he replied:
" Yes, I want to say this. I did not kill my wife. I am
absolutely guiltless. My relations with her had always
been of the pleasantest. There was no cause for any
trouble between us, I did not kill her."
Ex-District Attorney GREGG, of Queens County, chief
counsel for the accused made a strong appeal to Justice
JAYCOX. He referred to the fact that Dr. GUY was 55
years old, and beseeched the Judge to impose sentence
accordingly. Ex-Deputy Police Commissioner MATHOT,
assistant counsel, declared that he added his voice solely
in his capacity as a friend of Dr. GUY---as a man who had
often visited the latter and had known his wife for a number
of years. MATHOT said he believed there had been a mis-
carriage of justice.
Justice JAYCOX, in imposing sentence, declared that drink
had much to do with the situation in which Dr. GUY found
himself. He then sentenced the prisoner to fifteen years.
Dr. GUY looked the Justice straight in the face and then
lowered his head.
Notwithstanding the fact that both sides had announced
Friday evening that they had closed and rested, District
Attorney DARRIN recalled Dr. James F. RORKE in
rebuttal yesterday morning at the opening of court.
Then ensued a savage war between counsel. Dr. GUY''s
lawyer contending that no further testimony in rebuttal
could be legally taken after the prosecution had rested.
They said they had let all of their witnesses depart and
could not refute by testimony anything the prosecution
might try to show. But Justice JAYCOX premitted Dr.
RORKE to take the stand. However he later ruled out
a description of the bumps and cuts upon Dr. GUY's
face made in some manner on April 8. He retained
testimony given by Dr. RORKE, however, relative to
what the witness said Dr. GUY had told him when
questioned the evening of April 8, as to how his face
became marked up.
" Dr. GUY told me he had wrestled with a young man
in a cafe," said Dr. RORKE, " and got his bumps and
cuts in that way."
It was pointed out by the prosecuting officer that Dr. GUY
had testified Friday that he had stooped over to pick
something up and had then hit his head, receiving the
cuts in that manner.
Mr. GREGG occupied nearly two hours in summing up
for Dr. GUY and while his argument exhausted every
trifiling conflict in the testimony of the prosecution's
witnesses, he was unable to get his client out of the house
at the time of the murder, as he had hoped to do.
District Attorney DARRIN talked nearly three hours. He
told the jurors that a District Attorney's duty is not to
convict, but to find all evidence bearing upon a crime and
present it to the jury. He was not, he declared, looking for
a record, and said he would look as quickly for evidence
favorable to the defendant as against him. He pointed to
the corroboration of his own witnesses testimony by Dr.
GUY while on the stand and ridiculed the dentist's story
that he had been asleep when his wife was shot and did
not know of her death until he was led into the kitchen
where the body lay. He also drew a picture of the outcry
that would have been natural had Dr. GUY suddenly found
his wife murdered without knowing the identity of the assasin.
" Why the man would have stormed for justice upon the
murderer," said District Attorney DARRIN. " He testified that
he loved his wife. Would he not then have cried aloud for
vengence upon the wretch who had taken her life if he had
not done the deed himself."
Justice JAYCOX charged the jury that it must acquit or find
a verdict of murder in the first or second degree, or man-
slaughter in the first degree. He said that voluntary intoxication
of the defendant could not be urged as an excuse, but that it
might be considered by the jury solely in the physical aspect
as it might affect the power of intent, deliberation and
premeditation. A sad fact in connection with the case of Dr.
GUY is that he is said to have been absolutely abandoned by
his friends. Throughout the two months he has spent in jail but
one man other than his counsel has visited him, an Italian
name FELLO of Far Rockaway. Dr. GUY wrote many letters
to old friends and fellow Masons, but not one of which was answered.
26 June 1907
WHALEN SURRENDERS ON LARCENY CHARGE
Matthew S. WHALEN, a saleman living at 125
Schermerhorn street, having seen a newspaper
report that a warrant had been issued for his
arrest, went to Police Headquarters at 9:30
o'clock last night and gave himself up. He was
accompanied by John A. JENNINGS, of 109
Schermerhorn, who prepared to go on WHALEN'S
bond to any amount. Bail was fixed at $2,000 and
soon after giving himself up he was released by
Magistrate DOOLEY.The warrant for WHALEN's
arrest was issued by Magistrate TIGHE and
Detective GOMERINGER was given the warrant
to serve. WHALEN believes that he can vindicate
himself. Gustav BROWN , a dealer in antiques on
Atlantic avenue, alleges that WHALEN obtained
a diamond ring from him on the statement that
he had a purchaser; that he sold the ring for $160
and failed to turn over the money to Brown.
The ring was entrusted to WHALEN, it is alleged,
on April 20 last, and every time a request was made
for an accounting, WHALEN refused either to give up
the ring or the money.There are other dealers in
diamonds who say WHALEN has obtained goods
to sell on commission and failed to turn in the
money. WHALEN came to the Adams street court
before 9 o'clock this morning and Magistrate TIGHE
held him for a hearing. WHALEN says he has not
been out of town, nor has his home been closed,
as reported yesterday.
DR. GUY IN SING SING; DOESN'T APPEAR DEPRESSED
Apparently little depressed in spirits, Dr. Samuel S. GUY,
who was convicted last Saturday night of killing his wife, and
who was sentenced to fifteen years in Sing Sing, left the
Queens County Jail this morning accompanied by Keeper
James O'BRIEN to begin serving his sentence.
He bid goodbye to all the keepers, jailers, and the warden
and thanked each of them for their kind treatment. Then
O'BRIEN put the handcuffs on him and they both walked
to Jackson avenue, where they boarded a trolley car bound
for the Thirty-fourth street ferry. As the car stopped near the
Borough Hall, GUY, was recognized by some men on the
street. They shouted goodbye to him and he smiled and
waved his free hand in return. At the ferry few people
recognized GUY and he passed on to the ferry boat and
into the men's cabin, where he lit a big black cigar and
smoked it on the trip to New York.
Dr. GUY reached Sing Sing prison shortly before noon.
ACKRON WEEPS WHEN SENT TO PENITENTIARY
Charles F. ACKRON, notorious as a divekeeper, was
sentenced to three months in the penitentiary yesterday
by Justice MCKEAN, in Manhatten, on a charge of
conspiracy to defraud the Plymouth Interior Construction
Company out of $5,000 through the medium of a bogus
Norfolk and Western Railroad certificate of stock.
At the time of his conviction ACKRON assaulted one
of his companions who had turned State's evidence.
He was held for trial on that charge, but the charge
was finally withdrawn. ACKRON wept when sentenced.
27 June 1907
WANTED TO PAWN HER SKIRT TO PAY FINE
Fifteen colored women, arrested last night in Navy street, were taken
before Magistrate NAUMER in the Myrtle avenue court to-day on charges of
vagrancy. As each woman came before him the magistrate read an imaginary
note saying that the defendant had been arrested on Navy or some other
street two or three weeks ago. In each instance the defendant said it
had been at a different time, so in this manner, Magistrate NAUMER
learned they had all been arrested before. He fined the women from two to
fifteen dollars each. One of the women, who did not have the money to
pay the fine, asked one of the court officers to pawn her skirt so that
she could be released.
MRS. CLARKE'S BURGLAR IS FOUND GUILTY
A jury in the County Court before Judge FAWCETT,
to-day convicted Michael CALOBRISKIE, 22 years
old, of burglary in the first degree, the minumum
penalty for which is ten years in prison.Early on the
morning of May 23, COLABRISKIE, with Theodore
EMPERT, broke into the home of Mrs. Cecilia F.
CLARKE, of 184 Eagle street, bound and gagged
Mrs. CLARKE and carried off $25 in cash besides
a quantity of silverware, jewelery, etc. COLOBRISKIE
tried to establish an alibi. He also is under an
indictment for grand larceny in the first degree and
assault in the second degree. EMPERT will be tried
next week. COLOBRISKIE will be sentenced next Monday.
WOMAN'S STORY TOUCHES ATTACHES IN COURT
Collection Taken for Miss NEURENBERG and Baby, Both Near Starvation
Adele NEURENBERG, 23 years old, who is at present
living at 154 Lawrence street, went to the Adams street
court to-day with a three weeks' old infant in her arms
to complain against Henry DOELINGER, a lawyer with
offices in Manhatten and living at 426 Gold street. The
young woman said DOELINGER refused to give up her
trunk, which contained clothing for herself and her infant.
DOELINGER, who had been summoned to appear in
court, told Magistrate TIGHE he knew nothing about the
trunk, except that his wife told him an expressman had
called for it in March. The woman, he said, had been a
sevant in his family and quit. Magistrate TIGHE told the
young woman she would have to go to a civil court.
DOELINGER turned to leave. The young woman then
burst into tears and made a more serious charge against
the lawyer. Magistrate TIGHE advised her to make a
complaint to the Charities Department. Clerk DONNELLY
wrote a letter to the Charities Commissioner explaining
the case. On hearing the young woman's story a
collection was made among the clerks and attaches of the
court to assist her temporarily, as she told Magistrate
TIGHE she had been without food for nearly two days, and
the baby could get no nourishment.
FIGHTING ITALIAN HELD FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS
Pasquale RAFIO 18 years old, of Bushman's walk and the
Bowery, Coney Island, was before Magistrate VOORHEES
in the Coney Island court, charged with carrying concealed
weapons, on complaint of Patrolman HASHAGAN, of the
Coney Island Station. According to the Patrolman, RAFIO
was engaged in a fight on the Bowery on Sunday evening
last and when he arrested him he found a razor in the outside
pocket of his coat. RAFIO waived examination and was
held for the court of Special Sessions.
REFEREE FINDS FOR MRS. KENNEDY
Strenous efforts have been made by the parties concerned
to keep secret the suit for divorce brought by Mae KENNEDY,
a daughter of J.A.NUTTING, against her husband, Robert D.
KENNEDY, but the filing of the referee's report before
Supreme Court Justice MADDOX this morning has " let the
cat out of the bag." The suit was brought some months ago
and was sent to Referee Sidney SMITH, who reported to the
court this morning in favor of the plaintiff.
A strong opposition to the confirmation of the report was made
by Lawyer COHEN for the defendant.
The KENNEDYS were married seven years ago. Mr. KENNEDY
is in the clothing business, having his establishment in
Manhatten, while he lives at 450 West End avenue.Justice
MADDOX, himself, evidently was desirous of keeping the suit
from the public, for in the hearing this morning he told counsel
of both sides it was not necessary to mention names in relation
to the facts. Lawyer COHEN said that the complaint was not
sufficiently definite and explicit, as the names of alleged
corespondents were not given; that of the sixteen or seventeen
charges, the plaintiff had to withdraw all but two. He said the
only witness whose testimony was in any way condemnatory
of the conduct of Mr. KENNEDY was a man named CHAPMAN.
Counsel said CHAPMAN admitted he never had seen defendent
do anything improper in his pesence, and that the worst
CHAPMAN could say of the defendent was that he saw
defendent go out of a room with a woman and a dog and when
they came back they said they had been taking the dog for a walk.
Mr. COHEN referred to another witness, a stock broker, whose
memory was weak and vicillating,but whose testimony was
allowed by the referee, and drew conclusions that were against
the defendent. Papers were submitted.
DISBROW ESTATE OF $30,000 GOES TO RELATIVES
By the terms of the will of Henry G. DISBROW, filed to-day,
an estate valued at $30,000 is to be divided among relatives
of the testator. To his niece, Carrie A. GARDNER, he devises
$10,000 and to her brother and two sisters $500 each. To
fourteen other relatives he bequeathes sums of money varying
from $200 to $1,500. The balance of the estate is bequeathed
to Carrie A. GARDNER in trust for her life time and on her death
it is to go to the children of Mary Emily GREENVAULT. The
executors are Carrie A. GARDNER and Samuel M. MEEKER.
MENGIS' SUIT AGAINST FITZGERALD IS SETTLED
The suit of Morris G. MENGIS against Gen. Louis C.FITZGERALD,
which a jury once decided in favor of MENGIS with a $1,000,000
verdict, and which the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court
set aside, has been settled out of court for a sum, said to be $300,000.
The settlement was revealed yesterday when FOSTER and CUNNINGHAM
withdrew a suit in the city court against MENGIS' daughter, Mrs.
Halsey CORWIN, for an unpaid millinery bill amounting to $800.
BATTLE and MARSHALL, attorneys for Mrs. CORWIN, announced
Mrs. CORWIN's willingness to pay the bill in order to avoid the
publicity attached to the suit. Arrangements were made by Mr.
BATTLE by which MENGIS was to take care of the bill outstanding
against his daughter.
HELD FOR BEATING WIFE AND INFANT
According To Mrs. FRAZER,* Husbands Brutality Was Performed Regularly
WOMEN NEED IT, HE SAID
His Manner Different When He Is Haled To Court
A pitiful story of wife-beating was heard in the Fifth avenue court to-day, when
Mrs. Margaret FRASER,* 19 years old, of 435 Seventh avenue, appeared before
Magistrate VOORHEES as complainant against her husband, Robert, 26 years
old, of the same address, who is an oiler on a tugboat.The young woman
carried in her arms a nine-month old baby, who also had bruises about its
tiny limbs and arms, caused so Mrs. FRASER* alleged, by her husband.
She herself showed the effects of the beatings she has received.
Yesterday, when she went to the court and obtained a warrant for the arrest of
her husband, she told Court Officer BOLLE that her husband had told her that
all women ought to be beaten at least once a month. He went by this theory,
she said, and last Saturday night when FRAZER* came home he pulled both her
and the baby out of bed and beat them. Her screams aroused the other tenants
in the house and they threatened to break into the FRAZER* apartments and
take Robert in hand if he did not desist. This morning in court FRAZER* had very
little to say and when asked by the magistrate why her beat his wife mumbled
" Oh, I only slapped her." He was held in $500 bail for the Court of Special
* Surname, spelled both ways in article
29 June 1907
GIRL WHO WOULD ELOPE GIVEN TO AUNT'S CUSTODY
Magistrate HYLAN, in the Gates avenue court, to-day paroled in the
custody of her aunt, Floy LINN, the 20-year-old girl who tried to elope
at 4 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday and was arrested by
Policeman TOMFORD, of the Ralph avenue station.Floy's father
has been written to by both the aunt, Mrs. Mattie MASON, and Mrs.
TIETJEN, the court probationary officer to come on and take his
daughter home, but he has paid no attention to the letters so far.
The girl who has been in the Wayside Home since, was given a severe
lecture by the Magistrate to-day, but only smiled at what was being
said. The aunt was told to come to court and report at the first sign
of disobedience from the girl between now and July 31, when the case
will again come up.
DONNELLY, ACCUSED OF HOMICIDE, FREED BY COURT
Daniel DONNELLY, of 357 Hicks street, who killed Thomas CARMODY in a
Columbia street saloon on June 16 by a blow on the jaw with his fist,
was in the Butler street court yesterday on a charge of homicide
and was discharged by Magistrate TIGHE. It was testified to that
CARMODY had struck the defendant without provocation, and that DONNELLY
hit back in self-defense.
SHOOTS THE FACE OFF BEST FRIEND
Greenwood Guard, Joking With Man Doing Him Favor,
Fatally Wounds Him
SEEMS LIKE AN ACCIDENT
Shooter Overcome by Grief on Appearance in Court
Charged with shooting a man whom he has known for
over twenty years and one of his best friends, John R.
SMITH, 34 years old, of 893 Fourth avenue, special
policeman doing duty in the Greenwood Cemetery,
appeared before Magistrate NAUMER, in the Fifth
avenue court to-day, completely unnerved. The shooting,
from all appearances,was entirely accidental. But it may
result in the death of Andrew HANDLING, proprietor of a
small confectionary and cigar store at 750 Fifth avenue,
who is now lying in the Norwegian Hospital with the side
of his face almost torn off.
SMITH had been connected with the Greenwood Cemetery
as an employee for over fourteen years. Four weeks ago
he obtained a position as a policeman. At night he patrolled
the grounds armed with a Winchester rifle.Last night about
10 o'clock SMITH was walking along the fence inside the
grounds facing Fifth avenue.When he came to Twenty-sixth
street he looked across the avenue and saw lights in
HANDLING'S store. He shouted over and told HANDLING
to bring him over a cigar.According to SMITH, when he saw
HANDLING approaching with the cigars he shouted to him,
"make it two cigars, and make them good ones. If you don't
I blow your head off." As he shouted this he stumbled against
the fence and his rifle was discharged. When he looked up he
saw HANDLING, who had just a moment before come strolling
across the avenue with a smile on his face holding two cigars
in his hand, lying writhing on the ground, the blood pouring
from a ghastly wound in the left side of his face. SMITH
became thoroughly frightened and tried to climb over the high
iron fence to reach his friend, but was so weak from fear he
could not. Then he ran as fast as he could to the building
inside the grounds at Fifth avenue and Thirty-fourth street,
where Capt. HASKELL, chief of the cemetery forces has his
office, where he told the captain all that had happened. The
police at the Fourth avenue station were notified and Sergeant
MCGRATH arrived and took SMITH away as a prisoner.
In the meantime a crowd had collected around the wounded
man and he was carried into his store. Ambulance Surgeon
BAUMGUARD was notified and on his arrival he conveyed
the man to the Norwegian Hospital where it is feared blood
poisoning will set in.The wounded man and SMITH, have been
friends for a number of years and were always joking one
another. HANDLING often worked in the cemetery and they
became acquainted in this manner. SMITH was so affected
in court to-day that his voice was hardly audible and he
trembled from head to foot. He was held in bail for the
examination on July 8.
BIGAMIST REFUSED DIVORCE BY DICKEY
Supreme Court Justice DICKEY to-day refused to
grant a divorce to Augustus THOMPSON from his
wife, Mary THOMPSON, on the ground that the
conduct of the plaintiff was improper. The couple
were married on Dec. 9, 1873. Mr. THOMPSON
brought suit for divorce on statutory grounds,
naming William ZIEGLER and Rena V. HUDSON
as co-respondents. It appeared in the proceedings
that THOMPSON deserted his wife twenty years
ago, and all that time he was living with Mary
RICE,whom he married while his first wife was yet
livng.It was stated that only recently Mary RICE
discovered THOMPSON's first wife was living, and
she brought suit for the annulment of her marriage
to THOMPSON. She won her suit.
SO.Bklyn-MAN HELD IN $1,000 ON GRAND LARCENY CHARGE
Samuel WEISMAN, of 100 Sixth avenue, was arrested
at the Sheepshead Bay race track on a charge of grand
larceny. It is alleged that WEISMAN tried to extract $30
form the coat pocket of Samuel FERGUSON, of 312
West Twenty-ninth street, Manhatten. WEISMAN was
held in $1,000 bail for the Grand Jury in the Coney
CONEY SALOONKEEPER HELD FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS
Harry DAVIS, a saloonkeeper, with a place of business at
2858 West Fifteenth street, was held in $1,000 bail in the
Coney Island court for Special Sessions on a charge of
violating the liquor tax law.
30 June 1907
FIFTY CASES IN COURT AT CONEY
Magistrate Voorhees Sits All Day In Effort to Clear Up the Calendar
NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE
The Coney Island court was the scene of much activity
yesterday. Magistrate VOORHEES was in court at 9
o'clock and heard cases until late in the afternoon.
More than fifty cases, all for minor offences, were on
the calendar, which kept the clerks and court officers
busy throughout the morning. Several of the cases before
the magistrate were those in which Anthony COMSTOCK
was interested. The prisoners had all been arrested last
week on warrants on COMSTOCK's complaint, who alleges
that they were selling obscene pictures.
Morris GRAU and Samuel CRISPAN waived examination and were held
for the court of special sessions. The other prisoners, Henry KAPLAN
and James COSKO, pleaded not guilty and asked for an adjournment, which
Howard H. HAVRON, who was formerly a well-known under-
taker at Coney Island, was before the magistrate on complaint
of his wife Ernestina, on a charge of abandonment. Upon an
application of the defendant, the case was adjourned.
Thomas BRENNEN, John O'NEILL, and Joseph VAN RIPER
were in court on similar charges, preferred by their respective
wives, all of whom allege that their husbands have been
delinquent in paying up the weekly allowances that had been
ordered by the court.
Several cases of violating the Liquor Tax law were on the calendar
for trial. Harry DAVIS, of 2858 West Fifteenth street, was charged
by Detective BAHMAN, of the Coney Island station, with selling
four glasses of beer on Sunday. He pleaded not guilty and was
held in $1,000 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
Benjamin PIER, of Surf avenue, near West Fifteenth street, was
charged with the same class of violation and was discharged for
lack of evidence. Simon PEARLMAN, Henry SMITH, Dominick
BARELLO AND Domino FAGANINI all pleaded not guilty to the
charge and their cases were adjourned.
Chauncey STAPLES, who was charged with felonious assault in
striking John DEMPSEY, of West Fifteenth street, on the head
with a brick during a fight in West Fifteenth street about two weeks
ago, was also in court. The complainant is still confined to the
Kings County Hospital, where he is suffering from a fracture of
the skull. The case was adjourned.
Thomas STALLONE, of West Fourteenth street, was called upon
by the court to answer a charge of assault, preferred by Edward
KROMBERGER, of Stillwell avenue. STALLONE, pleaded not
guilty and on the lack of evidence he was discharged.
For the non-appearance of the complainant, John COSTELLO,
who had been arrested on a charge of assault, preferred by Henry
BOTTEGER, was also discharged.
Walter BRAM, 18 years old, am employee for a contracting concern
on Twelfth avenue and Eighty-sixth street, was held for the Court
of Special Sessions on a charge of operating a boiler without a
license. He was arrested by Detective DE CANTILLON, of the Bath
Beach station, who testified that the defendant was in charge of a
steam boiler, on which was ninety-eight pounds pressure. The
John VANETIA, of 1023 Washington avenue, was charged with
violating the corporation ordinance in peddling in the street and
annoying pedestrians. He pleaded guilty and was fined $2.
On a charge of vagrancy, Patrick O'RYAN, 51 years old, of 41
Bowery, Manhatten, was before the magistrate on complaint
of Detective MAHON, of the Sheepshead Bay station. According
to the officer, O'RYAN was "panhandling" in the vicinity of Brighton
Beach. He pleaded not guilty and was held in bail for examination
on July 5.
Herman ELGELKI, of 321 Bloomfield street, was in court on a charge
of disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty and was fined $5.
On a charge of fighting in the street, Theodore SOULOS, of the
Bowery, Coney Island, and William SPEELER, of West Fifteenth
street, were in court on complaint of Patrolman ATKIS, who charged
them with fighting. Upon examination it was found that SPEELER
was to blame for the trouble, and he was fined $2. SOULAS was
The case of Edward GIGLIO, of Sixth-ninth street and Fifteenth avenue,
charged with abducting Laura DILLON, 15 years old, of Neptune avenue
and East Fifth street, was called, and upon application was adjourned.
GIGLIO was arrested by Patrolman GILMARTIN on Surf avenue in
company with the girl. At the station house the girl was locked up on a
charge of vagrancy. She was taken to the Children's Society.
Adam ADAMS, known about Coney Island as "Tax" was charged with
assault on complaint of Nathan GRAHAM, of West Meadows. Both are
colored. GRAHAM alleged that the defendant struck him on the head
with a stone. When the case was called GRAHAM stated that he was
unable to say whether "Tax" was the man who struck him.The magistrate
dismissed the complaint.
Nellie MCCREADY, of West Twenty-fourth street, was in court to answer
a summons on complaint of Marie HACKETT, who is also an occupant of
the house. Marie complained that the MCCREADY woman made life
miserable for her in the house and for the neighbors as well. She had
several witnesses in court to substantiate her story and all told of the
misdeeds of Nellie. They said she continually bothered them and in many
instances called some of them vile names. Marie wanted a warrant for the
MCCREADY woman's arrest on a charge of assault, alleging that she
struck her and also chased her with an axe. Mrs. MCCREADY denied
the charge and said that the HACKETT woman was to blame for the
whole trouble and claimed that Marie and some of the neighbors broke
into her apartments and beat her. Magistrate VOORHEES, after listening
to both sides, issued a warrant for Mrs. MCCREADY's arrest. she pleaded
not guilty to the charge of assault and the case was adjourned.
Charles ROSE, 15 years old, of West Eighth street and Avenue U, who
was arrested last Wednesday morning charged with burglary on complant
of William CONWAY, of Eighty-third street, was discharged by Magistrate
VOORHEES, as there was no evidence to show that he was implicated
in the robbery.
WANTS ALIMONY IN SUIT AGAINST WIFE
Anton ANSTETT, of 366 Palmetto street, has asked the Supreme Court
in Manhatten to grant him alimony and counsel fees pending the trial of
his sut for annulment of his marrige. ANSTETT asked for an annulment
on the ground that his wife deceived him. Mrs. ANSTETT has a suit
pending against her husband alleging cruel and inhuman treatment.
In his complaint ANSTETT sets forth that when he found that his wife
had deceived him she said:
" I will not ask you about your past life. You must take me as I am,
asking no questions about my past."
ANSTETT says he was a widower before he married the woman he is
now suing. Justice BLANCHARD reserved decision on ANSTETT's application.
THOUGHT INSANE HUSBAND LEGALLY DEAD, WED AGAIN
The former, or perhaps the present, wife of John FREEMAN,
of Brooklyn, a carpenter, was arrested yesterday afternoon
at 242 South street, Jersey City, on a charge of bigamy by
Detective Sergeant William MAXWELL. She was married to
William J.KLINE, a painter, in May last, in Brooklyn, and has
since been living with him at the Jersey City address.
Edwin B. WOODIN, of 220 Broadway, Manhatten, a lawyer,
informed Chief of Police MONAHAN at Jersey City head-
quarters that the arrest of Mrs. KLINE was an outrage, and
that she was willing to waive extradition rights and come
immediately to Brooklyn. FREEMAN was committed to the
Kings County Insane Asylum s** years ago, WOODIN said,
and believed he was legally dead, the woman then married KLINE.
FREEMAN brought a suit for divorce which was not contested,
on his advice, WOODIN said. Chief MONAHAN told WOODIN
and KLINE that unless bail could be given the defendant would
have to stay in the woman's prison until this morning.
Police Judge James J. MCCARTHY, who issued the warrant
on FREEMAN's complaint, could not be found, and Mrs. KLINE
was locked up. FREEMAN charged that she was a fugitive from
justice. WOODIN said there was no grounds for this
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