With a line up that could not be surpassed by the famous “Broadway Squad” of New York, Camden’s policemen, or most of them, turned out in review yesterday. The military carriage of the men excited much and favorable comment, especially among those who were not aware that the men have been drilled every week for a year past by Colonel D. R. Murphy, of the National Guard of New Jersey. The policemen were followed by an array of firemen and a variety of apparatus that made many of the natives gasp in astonishment. Altogether the procession was a revelation to Camden residents who thought hey were well informed about their city.
Chief of Police John Foster, Captains Stanley, Boyle and Alberts, seventy policemen and Colonel D. B. Murphy, the police drill instructor, marched in a body from the Third Regiment Armory in Camden to Broadway M. E. Church last evening to attend divine service. A number of city firemen, trolley conductors and motormen were also in attendance. The pastor, Rev. James W. Marshall, D. D. preached on “Immortality?
Captain Albert will have charge of the new district – Former Chief Abbott among the Batch of new appointees.
The Camden police yesterday raided the alleged poolroom at 25 South Third street, where Walter H. Keefer, former manager of the Merchantville Light and Power Company, claims he lost $254, belonging to his employers. Seven-men were captured in the raid, including W. Harry Getty and Charles Metz, who were committed in default of $1500 bail each as principals. The others were James Boone, of Fourth and Benson streets; George Armstrong, Charles Loriaux, George Smith and Victor Thompson. Each furnished $300 bail except Thompson, who was unable to get surety up to a late hour.
OVER IN CAMDEN
Articles of incorporation were filed yesterday by the American Metal Edge Box Company.
The police were notified yesterday that William Ilgenfritz, 14 years old, of 1121 Mickle street, was missing.
Jacob N. Wise, 63 years old, fell from a etep at Delaware and Market streets yesterday and
broke his shin. He was takeo to the Cooper Hospital.
A number of church people have filed a remonstrance with the excise Commission against granting a liquor license to Charles Gorden, of Ninth street amd Ferry avenue.
Mrs. Victor Kline, of 526 Vine street. discovered a burglar in the house early Tuesday morning, but the thief fled at her approach, leaving a lot af clothing and silverware which he had bundled up, ready to take away
Charles E. Wilson was committed by Recorder Mowrey [sic] last night, charged with stealing two overcoats trom the Camden Turning Mill, at Front and Arch streets. He was captured at the Federal Street Ferry by Policeman Hartman.
Bessie Hughes was held by Justice Schmits yesterday for further bearing on a charge of
stealing household goods from the boarding house of Mrs. Marshall, at 121 Market Street. Some of the missing goods were found at the defendant’s home.
Among the latest victims of the grip in Camden are Mayor Hatch, Chief of Police Foster, City Clerk Worry Kramer, former City Counsel J. Wiliard Morgan, Charles R. Baron, New
Jersey editor of the Philadelphia Record, and Policemen George Cooper,. Harry Miller. James
Ware and George Anderson.
The police board of Camdem [sic] has concluded the trial of Lieutenants Lee and Foster and Policemen Ralph Bond, William Repley and George Anderson, and found them guilty of insubordination. Their successors were, immediately elected. They are John A. Smith, Lieutenent First district; J. Harry: Neutze; Lieutenant Second district. On motion by Justice Paul Chief Davis was instructed to transfer Caleb Williams from the City Hall to the street.
The year 2013 ended with 58 known homicides in the city of Camden, which perhaps is more a statement of the human condition than anything about the city in particular. One thing that many of us would prefer to deny, is that there are some people who are flat-out evil, and apparently John Hill, the murderer in this instance, was one of them. He had been implicated in the drowning of 14 year-old Perry Jordan in the summer of 1891 and had attempted to kill bar-owner Daniel Hurley three weeks before this shooting.
John Hill unsuccessfully attempted to implicate his employers in this murder. They were acquitted. He was tried, convicted, and hung in April of 1893.