I have transcribed two xeroxes of old newspaper clippings (fragments) pertaining to my great great grandfather, Charles Eba, of Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. He also lived in Bayonne, NJ and is listed on the 1900 census there. He went to Japan and was there in 1909 based on a letter he wrote to his daughter, Mary Theresa "May T" Eba, (which I am in the process of transcribing). Note that I typed the newspaper clippings AS IS.
PRICE ONE CENT
SUING FOR OVERTIME
Men Who Built Submarines in Japan Claim that Wages are Due to Them.
Electric Boat Company Is Defencant (sic) in Circuit Court This Afternoon.
The case of Joseph Strain and Chas. F. Ebbe (sic), both of this city, against the ------ Electric Boat Company, was opened in the Circuit Court this morning before Judge Heisley. The case was adjourned till this afternoon, an amendment being necessary to the pleading.
Strain and Ebbe (sic), who are ship fitters, were employed by the Electric Boat Company through agents to build a number of sub-marine boats for the Japanese government, to be used in the Russian War. The two Elizabeth men went to Japan, where they fulfilled the contract, which provided that they be paid $50 a week and overtime at the rate of time and a half, and double time for Sunday work. It is for the amount due for overtime that the suit is brought. The sum of $100 was sent to the men at the completion of the job, it being offered as a girt rather than in payment for overtime, they say. The plaintiffs refused to accept the money, and have brought suit for an adequate sum in payment for their overtime work.
Strain, in the course of his examination by Mr. Klernan, made it appear that the issue was not such as had been noted in the pleading. Upon demand of the defendant's counsel, Attorney General Robert H. McCarter, a new pleading was ordered filed by 12 o'clock, the case being called for two a'clock (sic) this afternoon. (End of Clipping.)
CHAS. F. EBA BACK FROM DAI NIPPON
Has a Lot of Things to Say About the Little Brown Men
"You seen that I have not yet shed Japan," said Charles F. Eba, pointing to his suit of light tan colored Japanese cloth and to his feet encased in straw sandals, which he called "tobies" to an Evening Journal Reporter who called yesterday at his residence, 294 Avenue D, with intent to interview.
"You would like me to talk? Well, if you do not ask me what route we took to reach Japan, I will tell you anything else you want to (illegible). How long was I in Japan? From last Imperial Navy Yard at Yokosura, (illegible) month, I was sent there by the Holland Torpedo Co., to construct submarine torpedo boats. I was at the Imperial Navy Yard at Yokosura under the command of Admiral Ito. Captain Matsuo is in charge of the yard. Six thousand hands are employed there. During my stay, I saw several cruisers, two battle ships, and torpedo boats fitted out with newly mounted guns. These all took part in the battle when the Baltic Fleet was destroyed. When I started for home two torpedo boats had been constructed and more were underway. I was amazed at the intelligence displayed and ready grasping of the work by the Japanese. If we desired a thing they always got it, never in the least seeming to consider time and trouble. While the ships were in port the men were never idle, they were forever drilling or target shooting.
"These Japs are a wonderful people. They never seem fatigued, discouraged or excited. Such a such a cool race they are; not even the war seems to fluster them. Only on one occasion while I was there did they let themselves go. It was when the official announcement was made of the fall of Port Arthur, and by the way, I have heard that the exact hour when this occurred has not been correctly stated in our newspapers.
Here Mr. Eba produced two Japan gazettes, one printed in Chinese and one in English. Where under the red and white National and war flags was the following:
"It is officially anounced (sic) that the capitulation of Port Arthur was signed at 9:45 p. m. on January 21, (illegible)
"Well," Mr. Eba continued, "As I said then the Japanese let themselves go, and for three whole days celebrated a "bonzai," which is a sort of continuous show in the way of a big parade."
"Do the Japs drink anything stronger than tea?" the reporter asked.
"Not much whiskey and such spirits, but their beer, oh! may, (sic) I wish my Bayonne and Jersey City friends were all taking a glass of it with me this hot day," said Mr. Eba, laughing.
"Their beer is delicious, and the best I ever drank. The Japs as a rule are hospitality itself. I frequently sat cross-legged on their floors and dined with them. They had every sort of vegetable, just as fine as we have them in this country, but rarely meat. I partook of fish ad nauseam, and longed all the while for a slice of good Bayonne beef."
One can see which way the wind (Fragment ends).