The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 19, 1900, Page 5, Image 5

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Claim That Thoro Will Be Wo Very
Appreciable Disturbance of Mu
nicipal Affairs I'Jul Hardly Any In
crease In Governmental Expenses,
Director of Public Safety the Only
Addltionarofflcialn of Any Impor
tanceTaxes, They Say, Will Not
Increase City Is Now Second
Class, It Is Held.
Thoso who favor Si'i-nnlon'H transi
tion to the second class luivo donu Homo
fluurhiK as to how the oity will make
the traiiHlt nnd how It will adjust Itself
to the new condition.
Arcoi-dltiK to their flKurlng tha
uIiuiiro will be nccoinpllHhed without
any groat dllllvttlty hrlntf. experienced.
JjoavliiK out of consideration the mat
tur of the time of expanding common
council and electing new officers, which
In till likelihood will call for an adjudi
cation from court, no serious problem
remains to be solved, they rlalm.
,ln the first place, It Is held Ihe
change In the manner of. conduction
departmental work offers nothing In
the way of difllculllcs that cannot be
readily overcome. The department of
charities can-be created, formally, by
the ordinance ndoptlnK the second class
charter, but, as the city has no chari
ties to be regulated, the ollleo need not
be tilled, which omission obtains Im
mediately by neglecting to appropriate
anything for Its maintenance. If In
time the Scrnnton-Dunmoro poor dis
trict Is dissolved, and Scranton conies
into the management of charities, the
appropriation can be made and the of
fice tilled. It Is a surety thut the pres
ent poor board will not be succeeded
by a director of public charities for sev
eral niontht to come, If at all.
The depai tment of public works, It is
figured, can be organized without an
additional dollar of expense. Make
the city engineer the director of public
works, elevate the senior assistant city
engineer to the position of superin
tend of the bureau of engineering and
.surveys, change the title of the street
commissioner to that of superintendent
of the bureau of highways and sewers
and the trick is done. Such bureaus
as that of wharves and landings, pub
lie lighting and public water works and
the like will hardly be necessities in
Scranton for some time to come. It Is
wife to say.
A director of the department of pub
lie safety is the only new official of any
consequence needed, these aforemen
tioned tlgurers contend. Kc will have
to be given a salary of ?:!,CU0 or so. but
this added expense, it Is held, will be
nearly, if not wholly, counter-balanced
by the saving accomplished by group
ing the police, tire, health, building In
Hpection, plumbing inspection and food
inspection under one head, as Is direct
ed by tile second class city laws.
The chief of police can be continued
as superintendent of the bureau of po
lice, the chief of the tire department as
superintendent of the bureau or lire
nnd so on. The board of health, of
course, goes out of existence, and Is
supplanted by a superintendent of the
Iniijeau of health, as Administrator and
councils ns-'legislntors, with an inspec
tor or two to take the place of the
sanitary officer, and u "bureau of
health physician" to succeed to the
office of "health' officer," which latter
succession, ns In similar cases, can be
accomplished by simply changing the
title of the present odlnlnl.
Five assessors are to bo elected to
lake the place of the three now provid
ed for, but these three will be contin
ued In office Until their let tits expire.
Two additional assessors can be elect
ed when the new councils reorganize.
The office of collector of delinquent
taxes Is the only other to be lilted,
That offer1? no difficulties whatever.
Councils select liliu nnd the present
ward collectors nre done away with,
The mayor, controller, trenstiter, solic
itor continue In office.
As to the mutter of tuxes, It Is con
tended that the same Intluenees which
hold the ussesHots from Increasing the
valuations will be at hand In a second
class city, and even though they should
give a real Instead of fictitious "value"
to property, the levy would have to
come down sufficiently to cotmtct bal
ance the Increase In valuation. The
people, It Is urgued, would make such
n howl ngnlnst n raise In taxes on real
estate that no sot of officials would
dare for n moment to attempt It.
Then again, It Is held that the ser-ond-cliiHS
city laws nre no more strin
gent in dtrcctlns' an nctual valuation
of property than are third-class city
laws, and that this provision of the law
can be winked nt under a second-class
charter as readily and securely as It is
now. The classification of property will,
It Is admitted, cause some disturbance
at first, hut as It Is discretional y with
the assessors to list all properties In
two classes ns ut present city and
farm the chances' aie they will adont
this as it means of leaving property
classified Just as It Is at present.
The law says there shall be three
classes, but as "all built up districts"
muy be Included in the first class, the
assessors can, without stretching the
law to the breaking point, include the
whole city In that class, excepting, of
course, the farm lands. This Is, prac
tically, the present system of classifi
cation. To provide for what little additional
expense a second-class government will
entail, and to provide the additional
revenue the city will stand In need of
whatever class It may bo in, the cor
porations holding valuable franchises
should be taxed, it Is argued, at n good
round sum. t'nder a second-class char
ter a city's powers of taxing corpora
tions Is largely extended.
Finally, these pro-transit people
argue, Scranton Is already a city of
the second class nnd no amount of leg-
I Islatlon can constitutionally put it back
Into the third class. The law of lS'J."!,
relating to classification, says that
"whenever It shall appear by any such
census" that a city is entitled to an
advance In classification It shall be the
duty of the governor to certify the same
to councils elc. If a city whose popu
lation entitles It to an advance should
have to wait for the advancement till
the governor should see lit to make the
, prescilbed certification, it would lie
equivalent to uciegating to mm toe
power of legislation, it is held, and such
a delegation of power Is illegal and ,
never contemplated by the act. When I
the certificate comes, so It is claimed,
it will be to the effect that Scranton
has been entitled to n second-class
chin ter since the day the census de
purtment announced Its population.
with tcferehce to the appointment of a
receiver for that association,
ai1gc Lacolnbe, in his opinion hand
ed down the other day In connection
with tho appointment nf a temporary
receiver, Bnld If It becomes necessary
he will appoint n permanent receiver
and would then expect the slate courts
lo titrchargo the two receivers they
have appointed. The men In this city
who arc Interested In tho litigation say
that when the proper lime conies n
permanent receiver will be appointed
by utidge Lnroiulie. Kx-I'ostmuster
(tcnerat Thomas I,. James Is thopresl
d"til of the Anglo-American conipnny.
T!,e IMttsbtirg-Oominerclal (la.etlo
yesterday had the following about pro
ceedings begun In that city:
On Ilic I'tllllon for h rcirlicr for tlir Xiulo.
Al:u i l Mil Sinlnu' unit nmnilnllnii, it (iiillior
iiriitinii'itt un liclit In tlio t'tilfiil Sulci mini,
.Mtcr n linrlng on motion to illw.tta
tin' mse lieir. It M lunln tinclpuiit'il, pcmllng .1
find imliT nf .liiilur l.nt'innlic nf tlio I'nltnl
Slain ilrmlt com I, fir tlio hniitliorn ilMrlit nl
Nov," Vurk, ttlii'ri! u petition .i mule,
Indue I.ikoiiiIic Hint :i tlinrt opinion, S.illir
ilu.v, ilectlnliiK fur the pioni't tu iippolnl a tu
ti'hcr, .is tlir Miim'hic lonrl of NVw York li.i.l
Hi mily .ippcilnliil oi.e. The court ut Now Yoik,
jil, Ixmi'MT, tint If on lii'irlnjr, II lie
emir ncKMniv In appoint n ipiHmt It would
iln 'ii, in wlili li i'4'o, the tpit'lwr :iiiiifiiUil
liy the I'littcil Stales (oiirt wnuM lie p.irnnoiint,
:i the eln lilt court origiuil Jml-illc lien.
Attorney General Hears Both Sides
in the Movement to Annul Speed
way Company's Charter.
The Proceedings in Connection with
the Loan Association.
The persons In this region interested
in the Anglo-American Saving and
Jvcan association are awaiting with In
tel est the further proceedings before
Ui" United States court in New York
The atgunients In the quo war
ranto proceedings brought by the
Scranton Railway company to annul
the charter of the newly organise 1
Connell Parle and Speedway Street
Hallway company were hoard on Mon
day at Harrlsburg by Attorney Gen
eral Klktus.
The Scranton Hallway company
was represented by Major Evrett
Warren, of this city, and M. U3. Olm
stead, of Ilarrlsburg, while the de
fendant company was represented by
City Solicitor A. A. Vosburg, of this
city, and Silas W. Petit, of Philadel
phia. The attorneys for the Scranton Hail
way company offered three separate
and distinct arguments showing caus
why tho charter should bo annulled.
They contended that the Speedway
company proposed to occupy streets
Included In tlio franchises previously
granted to companies now merged i-.tJ
the Scranton Hallway icomimny.
They contended that under the act
of ISM), under which the 3peihvnv
company was chartered, that no street
railway company could be incoipor
nled except to operate a road on the
public streets. In dliect violation ot
this act. they argued, the Speedway
companv intended to tun its road over
pails of the city which wcr not pub
lic streets.
Their third contention wis that the
franchise granted the Speedway com
pany permitted it to run lis tracks
over the Ko.trlng Brook bridge, a.
structure alieady occupied Vy tha
Scranton Railway company's tracks.
They argued that under the law no
otlier company had the right lo a
joint occupancy of a bridge, any more
than It had to the Joint occupancy of
any other public highway.
The attorneys for the Speedway
company in reply argued that all
franchisees lapsed and were fotfellet
If the companies receiving them fall
to complete n road on the streets
mentioned In them within the pie
scrlbed time, which was in this In
stance, two years. They also pointed
fill T fmVVkiTiS9fC C
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The Ilonii; ofMi's. Lizzie 31. Itrcwer, at Westerly, It. 1.
In a letter to Dr. llnrtman concern
ing tho merits of Po-ru-nu, Mrs. Hrew
er writes, among other things:
Westerly, It. t.
"Dear Dr. irartmnn I find Pe-ru-na
sure cure for all catarrhal affections so
common in this part of the country, it
cures a cold at once. There Is no cough
medicine that can at all equal Pe-ru-na.
As for la grippe, there Is no other
remedy that can nt all compare with
Pe-ru-nn, .
"I am among the sick a great deal In
our city and have supplied many In
valids with Pe-ru-nu, simply because I
am enthusiastic In my faith its to Its
results. 1 have never known It to fall
to quickly and permanently remove
demoralized state of the human system
which follows la grippe.
"In all cu'ios of extreme weakness T
use Po-ru-nu with perfect confidence
of a good result, tit cases of weakness
peculiar to my sex I am sure that no
other remedy can approach In good .re
sults the action of Pe-ru-na. It meets
all the bad symptoms to which females
aie subject. The Irregularities and
nervousness, the debility nnd miseries
which nllllct more or less the women
from girlhood to change of life, are one
and all met and overcome by this ex
cellent remedy. 1 wish every young
lady In our city could read your book.
"Mrs. IjIzzIo M. Hrewer."
Pe-ru-na will cure the worst cases of
catarrh. I.a grippe Is acute epidemic
catarrh, for which Pe-ru-na Is a spe
cific. Mrs. ,t. W. Reynolds, New Lisbon,
Ohio, suffered for many years with
chronic cutarrh of tho lungs, head and
throat; continuous cough; many physi
cians fulled to cure. Permanently
cured by Pe-ru-na. Thousands of tes
timonials could be produced. A valua
ble treatise on catarrh sent free by
The Pe-ru-na Medicine Company, Co
lumbus, O.
out thnt the act of ISSfl provides thnt
the roads of all companies Incorpor
ated under It must be completed with
in two years to make their charter
right on the streets valid.
Inasmuch as the Scranton Railway
conipnny has not yet occupied tho
streets over which the Speedway
company proposes to construct a road,
it was contended that Its charter was
Invalid ns far as those streets were
The question ni to whether a street
railway company can construct a road
within a city but not upon its public
streets was contended to be one which
concerns the municipality nlone and
in which the commonwealth was not
interested at all.
A bridge, it wa argued belongs to
the city In which It Is rituated, and
cannot he consideied a public highway
in the sense intended by the net of
ISM) This being true, the city has
the rlirht to authorize a dozen com
punks to run across such nt structure
If It so desires.
The attorney general took the pa
pers In the case and will render an
opinion later.
Ut of liltus iriiijiiilug iino.'ill.'d for at the
S' i.ii, ton pu-toHnc, l,!iiK.n.inn.i county, l'.i., "'.
l'l ll(ii). IVroni iMllins for tliMe lcttcri ".'ill
Uiim' s.iy ailvritkril anil Ke date of Ii t. ISsri
II. Itipple, po-tiiu-ter:
C. Alone, .1. .1. Atkiii-on.
S. II. It.ill, ,1. S. llie-ici ki r, .Too Ilnycr,
& Sluitton Si hoot-,, Ml is Xillie Iltiwno.
Mis. S. A. Cuisliy, A. T. Co & Son, l'rei!
I'omptoii, 11. Connor, John Connolly, Jr., W,
C.nnphell. Miss Kate C.ihill, II. J. Cop.-ianil,
fimiiiu Calllel.
.Miss Nellie Peine, Paul lie Dcschalis, Mks t".
K., K, i:. IJoukI.iss, pliotoraphci ; l'mul;
lltiKlirrty, James Dawson, Miss Xotah Uous'r.w,
11. ! TH-spanl.
Walter l).iM K.iin.
Pull. no I'ltlipiiu.
Main, (iuritim, Ctoixe .1. (iilt'ulcl, Tieil (ill
iik ie.
I.'tnry 1). Hill, I), flyman, John Howclli, Char
lis If.uiipin.iu, Mrs. A. V. lloucr, Ilcrlmar Mniui
fcitiuiiu, coinpany, Andrew Harridan, Joseph
llriiirlgmi. William Holmes, William Hunilcl, .la
eoli Illll, Miss Annie lfl.iml.
A. A. Jones, Louisa Jones, Knicrson Jones,
J.imc.i 1). Johnston, Miss M. A. Jenkins.
Trunk Kearn, Mli Maggie Kelley, Egbert 1.'.
K linl .le.
Mrs A. K. boncy, John K. 11. Lewis, J. Jf.
I.imllle (3), JIKs Jennie Logan, lbs, Llllle
l!i'!io and Maggie Mcdhle, Percy Messitcr, Miss
V.ilu Mjtrs. M. S. Malatil, K. ,1. Miilli, Miss Co'
iielu Mrjtmtf, N'. ' lljcrs, Mrs. Ktliee Martin,
Walter Markov.
Jamei, O'llrien. l'lcrson, Oeorge Tciry, Miss Sue Pjlc,
J. St Pelhain, n. II. Pierce.
I). J. Itowan, II. A. Ilohln.son, Patrick ltutldy,
Mnthias Itlgoni, Tom Itmvley.
Jllss C'anie Simrcll, J. M. Sampson, .Io-(ph
Singer, MNs Jennie Swift, C. M. Smith, IT.
Miss L. n. Transue, .T. A. Tappan.
Me Wcliher, J. II. Wilson, Miss (trace Wells,
James A. Welsh (), Charles Williams, It. It.
Wnrpek, Annie Watteiinan and Xelllo Moran,
Jane ir White, Llrzle Westgate.
Tllini) OLAbS MATTHIl.
Mr-. Kate Ciulo (photo).
llo !Ua, W. Anderson, Mr. Field, Mis. G. W.
Fiaiiklm, P. It. (iendit.
Miss Maud Alger.
Yanei llocanskiem.i. Miss Annie Hany.
Airs. F. J. Farrcll, Mrs. F. J. I'uricll (package).
Ail: m (Irooills.
1)-. William K. Llojtl.
JIr. Llrle Major, Agnieszka Moezkawna.
Jeuy Xouretk.
Mrs. S-'mith, !I14 Scranton street; H. C. Satney,
2.M l-airwcw.
Jliss Leah Taylor, 012 Luzerne.
A twenty acre farm, with good new
house, to rent nt Staten Island, New
York city. One and a half miles from
ferry. Suitable for market garden or
green houses. Only seven miles from
lower Broadway. Address S. Island,
Tribune office.
Scranton Carpet and Furniture Co., Registered.
Scranton Carpet and Furniture Co., Registered.
The Biggest, the Best and the Most Thoroughly Complete Furniture
a f0 Wnff Biff Mr) --
and Carpet House in This Section
The stock is new in its entirety. It represents a collection wisely chosen by men
whose experience teaches what is best and most modern in Home Furnishings. The store
is now at its best. That you may see and appreciate the spirit of this gigantic enterprise,
we invite the public to a
Grand Holiday Display
when the live tloors of the building will reveal to the admirers of the artistic and beautiful
in Furniture, Carpets, and so forth, a stock that has no peer in any city in the state. A
candid statement made without exaggeration.
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Metallic fled-, odd plero. u
Vmiiituie, el".
Display of line I'liriHtiur, Alt
Rric-il-ilMP, etr.
Brussels nnd Ingialu Cupels
uml Iluifs, I'plmlstery, Cur
tain, ete.
Tailor Fuinlliiii', Cumin1,
KJiicy Chairs, MonU I ham,
Lihraiy Tables, Hall IfjiKs,
Siienii, etc,
Onico Dctka, Chairs, Hull
TDpf, Wlmlow Shades, Carpet
U'oikiooms mid Depailuieiit
for Ite-upliolstrrlni; ruinlluro.
The Following Specials. You'll Find Tliem Worlh Coining After:
for $2.25 Rugs These are very nobby patterns in Ax-
ministers Rugs, of rich patterns and new designs. They
are jo in. by do in., fringed at ends, naturally worth $2.25.
We have also an elegant line of Oriental Rugs.
for $1.75 Tabourettes An appropriate holiday gift These
jj come in both solid oak and rich mahogany, of good size,
solidly constructed and sold nowhere less than 1.35.
for $3.oo Sweepers These are the famous Peerless, made
.2,0 by the best factory, cyco bearings, easy running easy to
clean, self adjustable and sold in nil stores at $3.00.
AA for India Stools One of the prettiest and most useful or
UU naments, direct to us from the importers Vantine & Co.
sold by us for just one day at half their actual worth.
& t CA Rockers One of the unusual bargains of the day. A lot
p 1.5U of more than one hundred Rockers of very rich oak finish,
stylishly cut and (Irmly constructed, Neversold in any store for less
than $1,50.
A for $10.00 Couches The biggest bargain ever offered in
P7-5U Scranton. Have solid Oak frames, heavy spiral springs, and
upholstered in finest velour more than 20 patterns. Every couch
guaranteed for live years, and never sold anywhere for less f an $10,00.
i- f.p. fr $S.oo Rugs Want something fine for the home ?
p45-UU These are exquisite patterns in Bigelow, Arlington and
Axministers, 9x12 feet in s'ze. The designs are copies of the oldest
Gobelins, rich in finish and lustre. They have never been sold for less
than $50.00.
Fine Furniture Suitable for Holiday Giving.
Book Cases
Get the case first and the books
come easily, Here they are in large
assortment, both plain and combina
tion writing desk styles, with open
and glass fronts, from 2 feet to 8 feet
wide. Prices that rise by easy
stages from 5 to 50.
Sideboards from $14 to $150
Dining Tables from $4 to $40
Dining Chairs from 65c to $13.50
Bedroom Suits from $15 to 150
Parlor Suits from $20 to $85
Hall Racks from 4.7? to $40
Library Tables from $is to $70
Fine Couches from 6 to 4$
China Closets
China closets are becoming pref
erable to Sideboards in many re
spects. Here are corner and straight
back closets, in both oval and plain
fronts, plain wood and mirror badks.
Big variety of them in prices from
$20 to $37.
ScranfoD Carpet and Ftiroittire Co,,!
FANCY FRAMES-A lot of them in gilt and aluml- 'I
num. verv orettv des cnx are movinc ciu ck at 10c. 1 ;c
and 19c worth a halfjrnore. '
hANDKERCHIFF!-le 25-cent ones seem to be the
most popular because they offer the greatest variety of
styles. Others at every price, In cotton, Swisst linen,
Japonet and pure silk. Choose.
WRITING DESKS A great many styles of them are
being shown in the Furniture Store particularly the
"new ideas' for ladies. Not very high in' price, but
containing delightful gift propensities.
BOOKS The genuine Houghton, Mifflin & Co.
edition of the best poets, including Longfellow, Tenny
son, Whittier, Burns, Saxe, Harte, Mulock and Lowell.
Complete, and but 90 cents while they're here.
BOX PAPER Have you seen the nobby fancy
boxes at 50c? containing more than a pound of paper
and envelopes. Biggest in town for the money.
CALENDARS The College Calendars are 1.25
two dollars in other stores. Very pretty and as novel
as'they are pretty, Others as little in price as 5c. The
Shakespeare Calendar is 1.25.
XMAS CARDS Every style that is pretty or unique,
including the new Christmas Postal Cards. They're 5c.
The others 3c to 25c.
UMBRE HAS Pretty sensible presents, aren't they?
Pick from 98c ones up to $ 1 5 ones and you're sure to
make some one the happier for it.
MEN'S TIES Made from pure silk, very exquisite
patterns at fifty cents. Others up to a dollar. Some at
25c. The gift sorts are exclusive novelties and come in
all the prettiest shades.
MUFFLERS-Many styles of them. Right alongside
are the big quilted scarfs to wear with the dress suits.
Several styles, all little in price.
GLOVES Those at one dollar are the best you'll )
find for the price. Guaranteed, every pair. Doesn't J
that make them worth buying ?
PICTURES Why not? What would remain in re
membrance longer? We've many kinds at many prices.
Don't see the frame you want, we'll frame you one to
SILVERWARE Most everything to help make the
table dressy- Full assortment of Rogers 1847 goods.
You know their worth without our telling you.
TOYS A wealth of them in the basement. You
can't afford to miss this Toy Store. It is going to bring
more Christmas cheer to more homes than any other
store of its kind for a good many miles around.
GROCERIES Holiday things to eat Malaga Grapes,
Nuts, Oranges, Raisins everything. Besides these, a
long list of other things to help brighten the Christmas
Jonas Long's Sods
4" 4s 3r 4 2 4 '&'$"!"&""& fy & $
fO fO ijPR '
ta mtixi'm m w kiiJK. m m mjr-
Cor. Lacka, and Wyoming Aves
x ip i? v3 t t r i cj r yr r fa i i
. 4 4$
$' ?' 'fr tv
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