News and Incidents of a Day in Camden

Philadelphia Inquirer – March 1, 1905

Attacked at Third and Mickle streets, Camden, late Monday night by a man, Mrs. Bessie O. Day, of Seventh and Clinton streets, had her clothing cutt in strips. The man, said to be a male acquaintance, followed Mrs. Day off a ferryboat and attacked her near the P. R. R. Y. M. C. A. A. Building into which the frightened woman ran for protection. He wielded a razor and came within an inch of slashing the woman’s throat. The police were notified and are looking for the man, whose name is known.

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The bodies of two infants were found at Avon and Beckett streets, Camden, yesterday, The first, that of a girl, uncovered from a pile of papers by William Bostick, a rag dealer, while an ash man found the other, a boy, in an ash barrel. The bodies were taken to the morgue and Police Captain Boyle and Detective Hart were detained to make an investigation.

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Henry Purnell, colored, was arrested in a junk shop on Kaighn avenue yesterday after trying to sell some valuable engine appliances. It afterwards developed that the engine room of Samuel Balpatrick, a lime dealer at Twelfth and
Federal streets, Camden, had been entered both Sunday and Monday nights, when the engine had been nearly dismantled. Kilpatrick charged Purnell with being responsible for the disappearance of the material and breaking into his place. The recorder held the man under $1000 bail.

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Edgar Dabley, aged 15 years, charged with being one of a trio of boys who stole fifty-six hood screens from freight cars of the Atlantic City Railroad, Camden, was commanded to the county jail yesterday by Recorder Stackhouse in default of $500 bail. The screens are valued at $65.

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Mayor Ellis, in Camden yesterday, appointed as members of the local police force Samuel Bakley and Edward Laws to fill the vacancies occasioned by the removal of Policeman Alcott. and the resignation of Harry Hope, Cornelius Appley and George Murray were appointed substitute policemen.

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By the decision of the Supreme Court at Trenton Monday Mrs, Samuel C. Smith, of Camden, will get $2000 from the A. O. U. W., of which her husband ws a member. The decision for the amount was given by a Camden jury, but the lodge carried the case to the Supreme Court.

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These concerns were incorporated in Camden yesterday; Dreamland Park Toboggan Company, object, to make, buy and sell toboggans, carrousels [sic], etc, capital $24,000; subscribers R. H. McBroom, Vincent Stevens, J.A. McCready; Long Branch Toboggan Company, capital $19,000; subscribers, F.M. Hartman, R.H. McBroom, G.H. Hartman; Maple Beach Company, object to do a real estate business, capital $125,000; subscribers, Daniel V. Summerill, George H. Elkinton, Joseph M. Cain.

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A steel ocean going tug boat was launched at teh Dialogue ship yard in Camden yesterday. It is 112 feet long, 21 feet beam and 11 feet 6 inches deep and was constructed to make 14 knots an hour. It was christened by Master Jack Toohy, son of one of the owners.

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Joseph Fish, aged 14 years, of 1313 Federal street, had his left hand and arm mangled in machinery at the Keystone Leather Works. He was taken to the Homeopathic Hospital.

At the quarterly conference held at the First M. E. Church Monday night, Rev. Dr. W. A, Hunsberger, who will be assigned elsewhere, was commended for his good work during his pastorate of four years.

The Camden Real Estate Agnets’ Association has appointed a committee to seek legislation to protect the members int eh ejectment of objectionable tenants from properties.

The Commercial Club will meet to-night, when the first of a series of discussions will take place on “What Is the Best To Be Done to Further the Interests of South Camden.”

John C. Brown, of 507 Haddon avenue, son of Professor John Brown, leaves Tuesday for Omaha, Neb. to take a position with the Western Union Telegraph Company.

The Camden Park Commission last night adopted preliminary plans for the laying out of the new park site at Red Hill. The plans provide for drivers, pathways, lawns, and flower beds. On the west side there will be a 100-foot boulevard extending to the property of the land company on Magnolia street. Work will be started at once in laying out the park.

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