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Anderson Explodes a Bombshell in the
Ranks of the Republicans.
HA.YES A MONUMENTAL FRAUD.
The Pirate Sherman Impaled by His
Own Tell Tale Letter.
MATTHEWS AND STOUGHTON
Diiectly Implicated in the Management
and Production of Louisiana
A TALE TO MAKEFREEMENBLUSH
The Guilt Proven and Clinched by Docu
mentary Evidence from Which
There is No Escape.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
WASHINGTON, June 2.The story told by
Anderson before the Potter investigation
comrai83iou yesterday was much stronger
than would have been credited, and was
strongly corroborated by documents filed
before the committee. What Anderson had
to- say is only preliminary to equally
STRONG AND CORROBORATIVE EVIDENCE
to follow. The case aa developed involves
by name the President, Stanley Matthews,
John Sherman and Associate Justice Harlan
of the supreme court. The case as developed
against the President is yet only briefly out
lined. Sherman attaches extraordinary
importance to the evidence of to-day for the
reason that he had his own short-hand re
porter present, with instructions to have the
testimony written out by half past six this
evening. The formidable aray of letters
submitted, the promises of documents to
come, and the certainty of evidence
MUCH STRONGER AND MOBK SWEEPING
have had a very depressing effect upon the
Republican members of the commission.
Gen. Butler occupied a negative position
upon the question of whether a copy of
Sherman's letter should be introduced as
evidence. The Democrats voted aye and
the Republicans, all but Butler, no, and he
refused to vote. There is another thing
winch has had a further effect to demoralize
Republicans. There is not a man among
Ihem but that believes
were perpatrat ed in Louisiana, and they are
discouraged by the secrecy of the Democratic
plans and what is to be developed. There is
also another element which further weak
ens the Republicans, and that is, their in
difference to the efforts of Hayes, or any of
his associates so far as they are peisonally
concerned. Mr. Anderson will be on the
stand for the ne^t day or two. The proba
bility is that it will take two days to com
plete his testimony and cross-examination.
Tt is then proposed by the committee before
calling in further witnesses, to allow the
nnd make such denials or statements as they
may see fit. It is probable that
will be the earliest to seek this opportunity,
as he has in his posse ssion the alleged Nash
agreement. Ho has refused lo be interview
ed by anybody, and will not say anything on
the subject one way or the other. McMahon,
who was assigned the position of leading ex
aminer for the Democrats, is the very best
man upon the committee for the work. .He
is as quick and active as a rat terrier in de
veloping a point, and is a perfect perpent
for judgment. His strong common sens
and clear, rapid style will prevent any old
woman dawdling over unnecessary details.
Tf it depends upon him the record of each
day will be crisp and fresh with story. He
possesses the remarkable talent of knowing
when he has finished a subject with a witness
and there dropping it.
THE FLORIDA SUB-COMMITTEE
is composed of Hunton, Springer and His
cock. They intend to leave for Florida
within the next ten days. The Louisiana
sub-committee will start also at an early
day, but it is not made up.
It wa3 noticed yesterday that Chairman
Potter took little part in the investigation.
He is understood to hold that the office of
chairman ib that of an umpire between the
two contestants represented by the majority
and minority of the commttee.
[Western Associated Press.]
WASHINGTON, June 1.The select committee
of the House of Representatives to investigate
the alleged frauds in Florida and Louisiana, in
the last Presidential election, began its exam
ination of witnesses to-day. There was a large
attendance of newspaper men and others.
Messrs. Wilson and Shellabarger were present
as counsel for Secretary Sherman, and put on
record the fact that their not taking an active
part in the proceedings was in consequence of
the rule adopted by the committee that coun
sel could only put questions to witnesses
through the chairman or some member. The
nub committee to visit Florida was announced
as Hunton, Springer and Hiscock. The com
mittee was in session from 10 until 8 o'clock.
The witness was
JAMES E. ANDEBSON,
and in reply to the nsual question he testified
he was a journalist by profession, and at pres
ent engaged on the Philadelphia North Amcre
citit as night and news editor. His letter to Mr.
Potter offering to testify in regard to the
manipulation of the election returns of the
paiish of East Feliciana, Louisiana was given
to the press by himself. Previous to the last
Presidential election he was a clerk in the cus
tom bouse at New Orleans. At the time of the
election he was supervisor of registration of
East Feliciana, and in that capacity made up
bis statement and sent it with the return of the
commisbioners of election by mail from Baton
Rouge to the secretary of state at New Orleans.
All forms of law were fully complied with on
election day in that parish.
Q. State what took place after you arrived
at New Orleans, whom you met when
you went there, and what was com
municated to yot by different parties in con
nection with returns from East Feliciana?
A. called at the custom house shortly after
^"ttjiig into the city and one of the first men
UMt i met was Marshal Fitkin. He asked what
I had done with reference to the parish, I told
him I had held the election and had made re
turns. He asked me if any protest had accom
panied the returns. I told him no. He
asked me why I had made
no protest. I told him the circumstances did
not warrant it, and that there was no ground
on which to make protest. He said you were
here a few weeks ago, and you then told me
you had been intimidated, and that an attempt
had been made on your life, and that you had
been driven from the parish. I told
him that that was the case, bat
I did not know whether the intimidation
had been practiced by Democrats or Republi
cans and that consequenely I was not prepared
to make any protest. Later in the day he came
again to me and said "Jim, I do not want you
to do anything which your conscience does not
warrant you in doing, but tbeie is a crisis here
and it looks as if the Presidency was
going to hinge on Louisiana and if yon can con
scientiously make a protest against your par
ish I wish you would do it. I told him I did
not see exactly how to do it. He said, can you
not make a statement of what occurred. I said
I could do so. I sat down and drew np a rough
draft of what had occurred in
the parish and of what I was
willing to swear to and I gave the paper
to him and told him I was willing to swear to
that. He had that paper drawn up in legal
form, and I read it and swore to it. It was to
the effect that
NO ACTUAL CASE OF INTIMIDATION
had been witnessed by me that I had heard of
several cases, but that I knew nothing 6f my
own knowledge. Just then Hon1.
Campbell, judge of the fourth district court,
came in, and Pitkin submitted the paper to
him. Campbell read it and said the paper did
not amount to anything in point of law, and he
asked me to make another protest. I told him
he could take the paper which I had sworn to,
and that if he could make anything out of it
that would cover the case and meet the law, I
was willing to swear to it. He took it and
drew up a paper which he submitted to me and
which I refused to sign, much less to swear to.
He asked me what I was willing to swear to,
and I told him I was willing to swear to the facts
as given in my first statement. He then drew
up another protest and submitted it to me.
I read it over. It was partly in blank,
and I asked him if he expected
me to swear to that. He said not necessarily
then, and that perhaps it would not be neces
sary to swear to it at all. I said, "Mr. Camp
bell, I do not know that I can sign that paper,
as there are two or three places in it in blank."
One of the blanks was in reference to the num
ber of voters that had been intimidated in the
parish. He said you had better think over that
matter and compare notes with other parties,
and when you are ready to fill up the blanks
you can come here and we will give you the
paper, and vou can fill it up to suit yourself. I
signed that paper, but I did not swear to it.
The last paragraph in it was that I did not
make the protest at the time, for fear that I
should stand in danger of my life if I did BO,
because if the people of East Feliciana had
thought I was going to cheat them out of the
fruits of their hard earned victory, they would
have swung me higher than Haman, and con
sequently, that statement was correct.
After detailing matter of no special interest
or importance the examination proceeded.
KELLOGG TAKLS A HAND IN.
Q. State what transpired in New Orleans
and whom did you see in relation to this mat
A. I met the Governor there and he asked
me what the matter was. 1 told him there had
been an attempt to assassinate me in the par
ish that I had become thoroughly disgusted in
the matter and that I had cmcludcd that I
would leave and that he could appoint some
other man in my place.
Q. What did he say?
A. He said he was sorrj for that but that he
thought I had left the parish too soon. He
emphasised that I was thoioughly disgusted
with the whole matter and that I thought I
would wash my hands of it and that he had
better send somebody else in there. For a period
of two weeks after that there were various ne
gotiations going on between Kellogg and the
Democrats. A delegation of Democrats came
dqwn from the parish and they said they were
satisfied with my manner of conducting legis
lation that he had no fault to find with me,
and that if Kellogg did not want to
find any other man they were perfectly
willing that I bhould go back.
Republicans had circulated a report that I was
afraid to go back, because of cowaidice, and
when I heard that report 1 told Gov. Kellogg
I would go back and that I was perfectly will
ing to go. The moment the Republicans found
I was willing to go back they manifested a de
sire I should not go and they did not want me
Q.Whom do you mean when you say Re
A.I mean Jewett, who was secretary of 1 he
State Republican committee, and who told
OBJECT WAS TO HOLD NO ELECTION
in five pai ticular parishes, and Weber, who was
mnning for the State Senate in that distiict
and who was brother of the supervisor of West
Feliciana, and L. B. Jenks, whom Gov. Kel
logg had hired to watch me and prevent my
going back to the parish. I had promised Mr.
McVeagh and Mr. Wedge and other Democrats
to leturn. 1 made preparations to go to the
parish Thuisday evening and L. B. Jenks call
ed me one side and said to me: "Anderson. I
thought you understood this thing. I thought
you understood that it was not our intention
that yon should go back.
WE WERE ONLY FOOLING THE DEMOCRATS."
I said, Mr. Jenks, you are at liberty to fool
the Democrats as much as yon please, but I do
not want you to fool them at my expense. He
said, "do you piopose to go back to the
parish." I said "certainly I do." Said he "let
me tell you one thing. If you attempt to leave
the city to-night you will be arrested." Said
I, "on what charge." He said, "There is no
trouble about that. We will find a charge."
Then Thomas H. Jenks, afterwards deputy
marshal of the parish, and cousin of L. B.
Jenks, came to me and told me L. B. Jenks
had been hired by Kellogg and others to watch
me and prevent my leaving the city. I told
him I thought that was hardly possible, be
cause Gov. Kellogg had manifested a good deal
of anxiety for me to go back to East Feliciana.
He said that was all assumed, and he Baid if
yon want me to prove it to you bring L. B.
Jenks, to my house to-night. I will get Mm
under the influence of liquor and Mrs. Jenks
will take him into another room and get all out
of him. I went up that evening to the house
of Thos. H. Jenks, and Mrs. Jenks took L. B.
Jenks into another room and in the course of
the conversation I learned the whole con
spiracy. The object was not to hold an electron
in East Feliciana that the onus would be
thrown upon me, for after the election they
would say I had refused to return and that
consequently they could not get the vote of the
parish, and to use L. B. Jenks* own expression,
"he would be damned but they would stir me
after the election for my course in doing what
I had done." I remained at Jenks' house that
night. In the morning when I got up Thos. H.
Jenks told me his wife had gone down that
morning and called on Mr. Patton, chairman
of the Democratic State central committee,
and told the circumstances to Potter as to Why
I did not return to the parish, and that in the
course of the day Potter would be up there.
II waited bomc time and finally I took a car to
ride down town and I met Patton on the road.
I got into the buggy with him and rode up. On
the way I told him that I was perfectly willing
to go back and hold the election in the parish
of East Feliciana, and I gave him the reasons
why I had not gne back. I told him there
was a bitter feeling among the Democrats there
because they imagined that I was part of a con
spiracy, and I said if he would telegraph to his
friends and guarantee me protection and see I
got safe out of New Orleans I would go to East
Feliciana and hold the election. Patton went
down town, called on the captain of a steamer
and made arrangements for him to stop at Car
rolton, six miles above the city. I rode up to
Carrolton and waited there until the steamer
could come along, when the captain sent a boat
on shore and took me on boanl and then I went
back to the parish.
ATTEMPTED MUBDEB OF ANDEBSON.
Q. State whether you had any particular
difficulty with any leading Republican there
any time prior to the election.
DEFECTIVE PAG E
A. Yes I had difficulty with my clerk, P.
Q. What was his standing as a Republican
in the parish?
A. He did not seen- to have much standing
of any kind, owing to the fact he wao a noto
rious desperadoa man who boasts of having
shot 27 men.
Q. Did he make an assault on yon?
A.Yes, sir he attempted to kill me after
A. You are satisfied now from your recol
lection, that the paper which you signed the
10th of November was the only protest you
A. Yes, sir. That paper I signed on the
afternoon of Nov. 10th, I had signed one in the
morning before Mr. Woolfley, and later in the
afternoon I made a blank protest before Camp
bell which I never swore to.
Q. Was it left in an indefinite shape or were
vou to call at some other day, and fill up the
blank, or what was the understanding?
A.The understanding was this. When we
came to the blank part referring to the num
ber of voters who had been intimidated Camp
bell said to me, "Mr. Anderson, that is a sub
ject which you had better think over carefully
and compare notes with the others.
And when you arrive at any definite
conclusion you can come here and we will fill
in the blanks." About a week after that Don
A. Weber, who was supervisor of West Feliciana
parish, came to me and said he understood I had
made a sweeping protest alleging intimidation,
&c, in the parish of East Feliciana.. I said that
was a mistake. Later on in the day I heard
his brother E. L. Weber make the same re
mark. 1 walked down to Pitkin's office and
said, "Marshal, I want to see the protest
signed here last week." He said, "I've not got
it just now. It is in other hands." Said I,
"where is it? Get it for me." He said he
could not get it. One word led to another.
I finally thought perhaps Pitkins was engaged
in the matter, and 1 said if you are going to
throw out that parish on a forged protest I do
not propose to stand it. I said that in the
presence of half a dozen persons in the next
,By HiscockState who were the half dozen
persons before whom you made that statement
in Marshal Pitkin's office.
A. There were some half a dozen in the
room. I only remember that Weber and Jenks
were there. It was in the ante-room to the
Q. Is that a large public room
A. Yes, it is a dining room. We walked up
to the table where Mr. Sherman was sitting
with some gentlemen who, Weber told me after
wards was Mr. Stoughton, a gentleman with
a remarkable head of white hair. That is the
only thing that I remember about him. Weber
stepped to Mr. Sherman and said: "Mr. Sher
man I believe." Mr. Sherman said "yes."
Webber said, "my name is Weber, and this is
Anderson. We are the supervisors of the Feli
Mr. Sherman said, "I am glad
to see you, gentlemen." He leaned over the
table and said something to Stoughton which I
failed to catch. Stoughton turned his back,
picked up a paper and commenced to read. Mr.
Sherman pulled round his chair, motioned to
Weber and me to sit down, and I sat on his left
hand and Mr. Weber on his right.
Q. State the conversation which took place
A. Mr. Sherman said, I wanted to see
you, gentlemen, as I understood there was some
difficulty in reference to your parishes. Now
there is a crisis in which not only Louisiana,
but the whole country is involved, and it is a
time when we expect and want every Repub
lican and every true patriot to stand by us.
Now I hope you gentlemen are going to do that
thing." "Well, Mr. Sherman," said Weber,
"Mr. Anderson and I have already done more
than the circumstances of the case would war
rant us in doing, and I have done a great deal
more than safety would warrant me in doing."
Said he, "What do you mean by that?"
Weber said, "The people of my parish are con
siderably worked up, and I have made a pro
test which is perhaps more sweeping than it
should have been, and if I go back I will un
doubtedly be in danger of my life.'' Well,"
said Sherman, "what necessity is there for
your going back Weber said, "My family
is there, my wife and children are there, my
whole property is there what have I to do?"
Mr. Sherman said, "You can be
provided for elsewheie." "Well," said
Weber, "Mr. Anderson and myself
on account of the course we have pursued have
incurred the enmity of Mr. Packard and Mr.
Kellogg, and every Republican in the State. If
Packard becomes Governor of Louisiana, we
have no possibility of ever getting anything
under him, and if these men are opposed to us,
we have no possibility of getting anything
under the United States government." Mr.
Sherman interrupted and said, "Gentlemen,
let me tell you one thing. Mr. Packard, as
Governor of the State ot Louisiana, will control
the State. Mr. Hayes, as President of the
United States, will contiol the federal patron
age. It does not follow that Mr. Hayes will
adopt Mr. Packard's suggestions in everything
or in anything. The Republican party has not
been in the habit of forgetting men who stood
by it in the hour of peril, and will not only
uphold you, bat you will be upheld by the
sentiment ot the country." I then remarked,
"Mr. Sherman, the sentiment of the country
may be a very good thing for a man to stand
on, but it will not prevent him being prose
cuted on a charge of perjury, for they are going
to throw out my parish"
ON A FORGED PROTEST.
Mr. Sherman raised his left hand, and said:
"Mr. Anderson, this is a subject which you
and I cannot discuss. That is a question for
your State committees. What I want to say to
you is, that if you gentlemen stand firm in this
matter and let it run along as it is, you will
find no cause to regret it," and then the inter
view ended. That was on Sunday evening, the
Mr. SpencerWhat was it that you should
The witnessWe inferred he meant to let the
matter in leference to the parishes stand as it
The chairmanThat means everything as to
The witnessTo let the protests stand as they
Mr. MorrisonYou have mentioned the pro
test as being formed?
The witnessYes, sir.
By Mr. McMahonDid I understand you
to say the interview euded at that time?
A. At that time.
Q, You have stated substantially all there
was of it?
A. I have stated all that occurred. The in
terview occupied scarcely five minutes.
Q. Was anybody within hearing besides
A. There was nobody within probably 10 or
15 feet. The tables around us were vacant.
The nearest one that was occupied was the one
where Mr. Burke sat on the opposite side of
Q. How about Stoughton?
A. Stoughton did not participate at all. I
doubt if he heard the conversation. It was
carried on in a low tone. He was engaged in
reading a newspaper.
Q. State what took place subsequently, in
regard to that same matter.
A. After leaving the restaurant Weber and
I discussed the matter. I said, "Don, we won't
stand much better than we did before." He
said "I do not think so, What else can we do
in the matter?" We parted that night I went
home and drew up a rough draft of a letter
which I thought we would send to Mr. Sher
Q. Look at this paper (handing a paper to
witness) and state what it is.
A. This is the letter which I wrote the next
moraine- after our interview with Mr. Sherman,
requesting Mr. Weber to come round to my
Q. Is it the original letter, or a copy?
A. It is the original letter which I wrote to
WANTED IT IN BLACK AND WHITE.
The letter was read, and is as follows:
Nov. 20th, 1876. Mi DEAB DONCome
round to my room this morning. I am
not satisfied, and have no more faith in
Sherman, Matthews & Co., than I have in
Pitt Kellogg. Unless w get a written
guarantee that we shall be taken cue of, I am
unwilling to go a Btep further. Come about
ten o'clock, as Todd will be out by that time.
We might see Sherman again, and insist on a
written guarantee. Trnly yours,
ST. PAUL, MONDAY MORNING, JUNE 3, 1878.
quently to that letter on that day or any other
A. Mr. Weber in answer to that note came
to my room that same evening.
Q. What did you and he do?
A. We took this letter which I had drawn
up on the Sunday evening before, made some
few alterations in it, wrote it and addfessed it
to Mr. Sherman, and Mr. Weber took it around
to the St. Charles hotel. I went to the custom
house with the understanding that I" was to
wait for Weber at the corner of Canal and St.
Charles streets. I waited there possibly twenty
minutes when Weber came with an answer
from Sherman. I asked him, "did you see
Sherman." He said, "No, I sent it from the
Cross saloon." Weber brought the answer.
A. Yes, sir.
Q. To whom was it addressed?
A. To D. A. Weber and J. E. Anderson.
Q. Was it opened in your presence?
A. I opened it.
Q, By whom did the letter purport to be
A. It was signed by John Sherman.
Q. Do you know where that original letter
of Mr. Sherman's is?
A. I do not. I have no knowledge of where
the original is.
Q. Look at this paper and see if you re
A. (Examining the paper)I recognize it.
Q. What is it?
A. It is a copy of a letter winch was sent to
Mr. Sherman, with a slight alteration from the
original, that was sent to Mr. Sherman. This
is the copy that I gave Mr- Wber on trrtTrnorn
ing when we sent the letter to Mr. Sherman and
received the answer. This is the copy which I
gave to Mr. Weber. In copying it, Mr. Weber
read the letter over and there were one or two
places where there was some errors of minor
importance which I did not correct, so that is
not quite an exact copy.
By Mr. ButlerIs that the letter which you
prepared at your house?
A.It is a copy of it?
Q. You made the draft the night before you
senc it, and then on the next morning yon
copied the letter for Mr. Sherman, which both
yon and Weber signed.
The chairmanDid Weber take 'it to Mr.
Sherman and did you subsequently meet him
on the street with an answer from Mr. Sher
The chairmanAnd you went back to your
room and opened the answer?
The following is the copy of the letter sent
by Anderson and Weber to Sherman:
"SIB:We have carefully considered the ar
guments advanced by you in our interview.
Your assurance that we shall be taken care of,
is scarcely specific enough. In case we pursue
the course suggested by yon. we would be
obliged to leave the State. Will you. there
fore, Btate in writing who we shall look to for
the fulfillment of these promises. Respect
(Signed.) D. A. WEBEB,
JAMES E. ANDERSON.
To Hon. Jno. Sherman.
Mr. McMahon proposed to put in evidence a
copy of Sherman's letter in reply. After strong
discussion as to whether the copy of Mr. Sher
man's letter could be read and put in evidence,
Mr. Butler offered the following resolution,
which was unanimously adopted:
Jtesolved, That the paper identified by the
witness be read, but not read nor given to the
public until Mr. Secretary Sherman may be
forthwith called and the paper shown and be
asked if he admits it to be a copy of any letter
written by him.
Thereupon the following telegram was sent
by the chairman to the secretary: "Sir: A pa
per purporting to be a copy of a letter written
by you to D. A. Weber and Jas. E. Anderson
has been produced before this committee and
the committee has suspended the reading of it
until yon can have an opportunity to come
here forthwith, see the paper and state whether
it be a copy of any letter written by you, if
you so desire to do."
Secretary Sherman having appeared in re
sponse to the telegram sent to him, was sworn,
when the following proceedings took place:
The chairman to Secretary ShermanJas. E.
Anderson, the witness testifying before the
committee this morning, stated that he had re
ceived from the hands of D. A. Weber a letter
purporting to be signed by you, of which I now
show you a copy. Will yon now state to the
committee whether you ever wrote such a
DENIES AND CONFESSES
The witness after an inspection of the paper
handed him, replied: 1 .can only say this, that
I believe upon my responsibility and the oath
I have taken, I never wrote such a letter. I
have no recollection of ever writing such a let
ter. If this letter was written it must have
been, if 1 am not mistaken about the dates, on
the day when the returning officers first com
menced to open the returns. I think it was on
the 20th. At that time I knew but little about
the transaction. The papers had not been
opened.' I do not believe I ever wrote that let
ter. At the same time there are things 11 this
letter that I would have written to these, or
any other men who were engaged in the per
formance of what I believed to be their duty,
if I had been asked, but do not believe I wrote
After some time witness having apparently
concluded his statement the chairman said that
is all for the present, Mr. Secretary.
Mr. Hiscock renewed his objection to the
copy of Mr. Sherman's letter being put in evi
dence, but the objection was overruled, and the
copy was read and put in evidence, as follows:
NEW ORLEANS, NOV. 20, 1876.-Messrs. D. A.
Weber and James E. Anderson: Gentlemen
Your note of even date has just been received.
Neither Mr. Hayes, myself, the gentlemen who
accompany me, or the country at large can ever
forget the obligations under which you will
have placed us should you stand firm in the
position you have taken. From along and in
timate acquaintance with Gov. Hayes I am
justified in assuming responsibility for the
promises made, and will guarantee yon will be
provided for as soon after the 4th of March as
may be practicable, and in such manner as will
enable you both to leave Louisiana should you
deem it necessary. Very truly yours,
The examination of Anderson wan resumed,
and much correspondence was put in evi
By Mr. McMahonGo on with your state
ment as to what took place between you and
WitnessWeber stated he had made no pro
tests against his parish and he didn't propose
to but he saw they had brought some influ
ence to bear upon him, that they were anxious
to get protests, and that it would be necessary
to throw out his parish and to save East
Feliciana to the Republicans, in order to
Q. Did you and he enter into any arrange
A. We talked the matter over pretty thor
oughly, and finally we concluded that in order
to save the electoral vote of Louisiana for
Hayes he would make a sort of general protest
about his parish, which he could do very safe
ly, because there was intimidation to some ex
tent there, and that I should let my statement
go and be accepted for what it was worth. He
went to the custom house and at my desk wrote
out his protest and swore to it before South
worth, United States commissioner, on the 14th
of November. Then at my desk he drew np a
statement as to what we had done and then wo
went before a notary public and swore to it.
Q. Is this the paper (handing to witness a
copy of it)?
A.Yes, sir. A true copy. I have had the
original. It is still in existence, I presume.
McMahonWe will produce the original.
The paper was then read, and it is as fol
NEW ORLEANS, NOV. 14, 1876.The under
signed, James E. Anderson, supervisor of regis
tration for the parish of East Feliciana, and
D. A. Weber, supervisor of the parish of West
Feliciana, Louisiana, have respectively refused
to sign any protest against counting the vote
of your parishes cast at the election held on
the 7th day of Nov. 1876, for the reason that
the election held on that day was the most
I peaceable and orderly one ever witnessed by
Q. State whether Mr. Weber met you subse-' either, and the large gain made by the Demo-
crats being secured by legimate means, and
was owing in a great measure to the disgust
and hatred with which a large proportion of
the colored people regard the present State
government. But the electoral vote of Louisi
ana being necessary to secure the election of
Hayes and Wheeler, and in order to secure such
vote it being necessary to throw out the parish
of East Feliciana, and enough Democratic
votes in West Feliciana to make the parish
Republican, we have for this reason, and no
other, decided to protest against the counting
of the vote cast, and we have done this at the
instigation and request of S. B. Packard,
candidate on the Republican ticket for gov
ernor, J. R. G. Pitkin, United States marshal,
Wm. P. Kellogg, now governor of the State,
and Charles E. Nash, member of Congress from
the Sixth district, and others.
(Signed,) D. A. WEBEB.
JAS. E. ANDERSON.
This was signed in our presence Nov. 15,1876.
(Signed,) GEO. DICKS,
A. J. WILDER.
Sworn before me this 15th day of November,
1876, by the within named James E. Anderson
and D. A. Weber. i WM. SETMOUB,
The paper was signed Tuesday and part of
the visiting statesmen arrived Wednesday, and
I think they all arrived before Friday. The
copy was made in May, 1877, during the time
that the visiting commission was in New Or
Mr. Hiscock asked Mr. McMahon whether he
expected toJModttueusha4SMtiiia paper.
McMahonI think that when we send for
another witness that witness will have it.
Mr. HiscockThis is a very important mat
ter, and we ought to have the orignal paper.
McMahonWe have no knowledge that the
original is in existence.
WitnessI can prove the original.
ReedWho has the original?
McMahonWe wiU develop that pre eutly.
WitnessI know who has the original. Stan
ley Matthews has the original, at least I gave it
to him. I presume he has it. 1 know he had
it six weeks ago. According to my informa
tion he exhibited it to Mr. Packard six weeks
McMahonAfter the execution of this agree
ment Nov. 15, state wnat took place.
A. We swore to it Wednesday, and on Thurs
day I first learned, or it was intimated, they
had changed my protest. I then went to
Pitkin's office and announced it as a forgery,
to which I did not nropose to submit. On
Friday E. L. Weber came to me and said some
of the visiting committee were in Cochran's
room and they desired to see us. I told Weber
1 had no business with them, and declined to
see them Saturday. D. A. Weber came to me,
and stated Mr. Sherman desired to see us that
was the 18th. We called at the St. Charles
hotel that night, but failed to see him. Don't
recollect whether he was out or not. The next
Sunday evening we started from my room to
the St. Charles hotel again, and going down
Canal street, we passed by Morcau's restaurant.
The upper portion of the door was glass. Mr.
Weber glanced in and said. "There is Sherman,
now." I said, "Don, we may as well see him
here as at any other place," and I said, "you
had better go in by the other door, but I will
go in by this door, lest it might excite suspicion
if we went in together." I pasf ed in by the
lower door and walked into the saloon. E. A.
Burke was sitting at a table talking to a gentle
man, and he called me, and I went over to him.
I then left Burke and walked across the room,
when Weber came in by the other door.
The following letters are among the corres
MATTHEWS TO ANDERSON.
Cincinnati, May 7, 1877.My Dear Sir: I
enclose letter to Gen. Thomas E. Anderson,
asking his influence in favor of your appoint
ment as deputy collector in answer to yours of
the 5th inst., just received. Let us hear from
you as to result. Yours truly,
Jas. E. Anderson, Esq., New Orleans, Louis
Cincinnati, 0., May 7, 1877.My Dear Sir:
The appointment of Mr. James E. Anderson as
one of the three deputy collectors, or other
suitable place satisfactory to him, in the
custom house, New Orleans, I would remark as
in the interest of public service and a deserved
recognition of his services, and a personal favor
to myself. May I venture to ask your personal
influence in its'favor. Yours truly,
Gen. Thomas E. Anderson, New York.
MATTHEWS TO SECRETARY EVABT8.
CINCINNATI, O., May 14, 1877MY DEAR SIR:
The bearer, Mr. J. E. Anderson, of Hew Or
leans, is the gentleman in reference to whom
when last in Washington, I had a private conver
sation with you urging his appointment to a
consulship. Mr. Anderson has had until now a
subordinate clerkship in the custom house,
New Orleans, which has always been unsatis
factory to him, and now his residence there has
become so unpleasant he has abandoned it and
his cleikship. The circumstances in which Mr.
Anderson has been placed and in which he has
been compelled to act a very difficult part are
such as to give him very strong claims upon
the administration in pnblic interests, and I
do most earnestly urge some satisfactory pub
lic employment may be found for him at once.
Very truly, STANLEY MATTHEWS.
MATTHEWS TO ANDEBSON.
CINCINNATI, O., May 25, 1877.My Dear Sir:
I received your telegram to-day and very much
regret you are not satisfied with the appoint
ment tendeied you, and which by the papers
this morning I undersand was the consulate at
at Funchal. I leally am at a loss to know what
further to do. I am quite willing to do any
thing you may suggest that gives promise rea
sonably to Buccess. Did you see Mr. Evarts
personally? Write to me and explain every
thing fully, and let me know what you think I
can further do to serve you. Yours truly,
TELEGRAM FBOM ANDEBSON TO MATTHEWS.
[Half-rate message hy A. &. P. & Franklin Co.l
WASHINGTON, June 7, 1877.Hon. Stanley
Matthews, Cincinnati, O.: The President
elaims to have received no letters. Want no
more correspondence and no more nonsense.
Come here and arrange this affair or you can
all face the music Telegraph me at once.
Care nothing about documents in your pos
LETTERS FBOM ANDEBSON TO WEBEB.
Clinton, La., Sept. 10, 1876.Dear Don: Am
in receipt of your letter. Everything is going
smoothly with me. The Democrats are satisfied
with my official course, more so than the Re
publicans. Payne, my Democratic clerk, is a
well educated gentleman. His selection shows
the Democrats mean nothing more than to have
a fair deal and that I propose to give them. As
for Butler, he is hell on the end of a poker, and
he is more of a mystery to me to-day than
when I first came up. J. W. Harris has been
here looking after Packard's interests. He
says I must return 10,000 majority from this
parish. If you were to rake this parish with a
fine tooth comb, you could not find that many
Republicans, and how they expect me to return
more of a Republican majority than there
are Republican votes is a problem I
have as yet failed to solve. Any
information you can give me on the subject
will be gratefully received. It is simply im
possible to organize our party in this parish.
Power*, DeGray, Butler, Campbell, &c., swear
they will have nothing to do with it unless the
niggers are kept in the back ground, and the
darkies are equally emphatic in asserting that
they will not officiate with the above mention
ed individuals, alleging they are bulldozers,
and so it goes In the meantime the Demo
crats are working like beavers you can say to
E. L., that the majority against him will
be about 1,200. Not very consoling it's true,
but nevertheless it is true. What is the pros
pect in West Feliciana? My impression is that
we will lose the State, bnt Hayes will go
through. I ask nothing more.
(Signed), Yours, J. E. A.
tuated him. Will write you from the city.
Hastily. [Signed] J. E. A.
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 29,1876.MY DEAR SIR:
I am in receipt of yours of the 29th inst.
The whole trouble here is in the fact that there
is a conspiracy, their obiect being to hold no
election in Feliciana and throw the affair on
my shoulders. Kellogg has refused to accept
my resignation, at the same time assuring the
Democrats that he desired my return, and the
whiue Iivered scoundrel has hired J. B. Jenks
to dog my footsteps, and should I attempt to
leave would undoubtedly be arrested on some
trivial pretext. I'll be even with the whole
been seconded by Kellogg, Jewett and others.
They are likely to advocate and carry out any
plan they may see fit, but may the devil take
me if I allow them to saddle the blame on me.
Tom Jenksjand myself will be in .good time.
There will be no Republicans in the field, and
conMajMmfc^inr ,if any B^nnhjkiBi votes
cast. This, think, win be their programme
as it will give them a case. The Democrats
will undoubtedly poll about 1,500 or 1,600 votes
and if, as you can see they carry West Feliciana
by 500 majority, E. L's game is cooked. Of
course he can't overcome such odds in Point
Coupee. When I return I shall stop at my old
place, 144 Custom House street. Come around
as soon as you arrive. Find out who these
damned niggers are that came over from your
parish that night,and whether they were in
sympathy with their leader to kill you. Truly
J. E. A.
ToD. A. W.
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 14th, 1876Dear Don:
Meet me on Royal street at 11 o'clock. Pack
ard is raising hell over your refusal to protest.
Morgan has followed me like a shadow since
my return. Am in doubt as to whether he has
been employed by the Democrats or Republi
cans. I think he is playing into the hands of
both. In case he is with me do not stop, but
go to Crops and I will follow as soon as possi
ble. There is no doubt-but they have changed
my statement so as to make it an intimation
for a test. Pitkins refuses to show it to me.
Make up your mind as to what we had better
do. I am opposed to doing their damned dirty
work, even to save Hayes. If we pull together
and expose the whole thing, Pitt Kellogg, hell
and the returning board combined can never
carry this State for Hayes. Should we go with
the right it will give us a reputation and stand
ing that would otherwise require years to ac
quire. As we are but boys yet, I incline to
what is just in the premises and trust to the
future for our reward. Yours,
(Signed,) J. E. ANDERSON.
The following letters from Stanley MatthewB
were proved by witnesses:
AGREEMENT BETWEEN ANDERSON AND NASH, REP-
RESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS.
New Orleans, Nov. 21, 1876.By an agree
ment entered into this day between Jas. An
derson, supervisor of registration for the parish
of East Felicia, La., and Cbas. E. Nash, mem
ber of Congress from the 6th Congressional
district of Louisiana, it is agreed said Ander
son shall suppress evidence showing that the
said parish of East Feliciana was fairly carried
by the Democratic party at the election held
Nov. 4, 1876, thereby electing the entire Demo
cratic State ticket and Congressmen, in con
sideration of which the said Nash agrees to se
cure to Baid Anderson the position of naval
officer at the port of New Orleans, La.
(Signed) JAS. E. ANDERSON,
The above agreement was signed iu our
presence this 21st day of November, 1876.
(Signed), J. M. TOMBTNSEN,
O. B. MORGAN.
STANLEY MATTHEWS TO ANDEBSON.
Mr. AndersonYou are at liberty to use the
note on the other page as an introduction to
Gen. Harlan, who is one of the commission,
and you can talk to him as freely as to me.
You should say to Nash if inquired of, that I
have the agreement.
(Signed), STANLEY MArxHEWS.
Cincinnati, May 29, 1877.Gen. K. Harlan,
Dear Sir: This will be presented to you by Mr.
J. E. Anderson, who may desire to communi
cate with you confidentially. Yours truly,
WASHINGTON, April 17, 1877.Dear Sir: I had
an interview to-day with the secretary of state
in reference to your appointment as consul at
Callao, the place you desired. ft Unfortunately
the secretary is already under snch commit
ments in reference to that appointment as to
make it impracticable to gratify your present
wishes. 1 have, however, the best reasons for
saying sooner or later, and as soea as practic
able, I shall be able to obtain for you a satis
factory appointment either at home or abroad.
Keep me posted from time to time of what you
may have in respect to places you would like
to have, and feel competent to fill, so I can
better represent your wishes. Yours truly,
To James E Anderson.
CINCINNATI, April 27, 1877.My Dear Sir:
Your favor of the 22d inst. received, and I have
also conferred with Gen. Harlan, having
traveled with him from Philadelphia here, ar
riving last night. The general told me he had
ascertained at the State department that the
consulate at Tientsin had already sometime
since been disposed of. We both concluded it
would be better to wait now until the extra
session of Congress, which will be called to
meet June 4th, when I will be in Washington
Chas. E. Anderson, Esq.,73H street,Washing- regularly, a?d situated so I can give attention
m"1tv to your application which I have promised, ana
when. I do not doubt, I will be able to secure
yourf appointment to some foreign position
Clinton, Oct. 12, 1876. Dear Don: Will
leave on Saturday for New Orleans. Have sent
my resignation to Kellogg. The parties who'
attacked me on Saturday night have carried
their point from the fact that the Democrats
have unwittingly aided them and I shall leave
the parish. Were I backed by more than my
suspicion on this matter I might pursue a
different course. 1 will yet get at the bottom
of the whole matter. I think I know who one
of the assailants was and the motives that ac-
which TiSl be agreeableto you. Yours truly,
Jas. 4nderson, Esq.
THE MONUMENTAL FBAUD.
New Orleans, June 27.My Dear Sir: Gen.
Smith has given me the text of your letter. I
have nothing further to ask at your hands or
of the monumental fraud who occupies the
White House beyond a return of those docu
ments. A refusal on your part to return them
will justify me in publishing, and I will pub
lish, your letters in the statement I propose to
make showing how Louisiana was carried for
Hayes. I shall remain here until Friday next
and if I don't hear from you by that time I
promise you shall hear from me before the
Ohio State election. JAS. E. ANDEBSON.
To Hon. S. Matthews.
ANDERSON TO MATTHEWS.
WASHINGTON, June 19, 1877.My Dear Sir:
When anv ward bummer, shoulder hitter, etc.,
who can fill no other position, must be pro
vided for in a seaport city they are given a po
sition as inspector of customs. The hours
from 6 A. M. till 6 T. M. The duties to stand
under a broiling sun and prevent rascally
sailors from smuggling. The payments from
$1,095 to $1,400 per annum. This is the posu
tion offered me by Gen. Smith. I have told
him politely, of course, he can take the posi
tion and go to the devil. He has no time to
attend to my wants on account of the out
side rush. So I nave withdrawn
from the contest and shall now
proceed to get satisfaction in my own way. If
you denize to return me the document given
you, you can do so. I think you should, as by
doing so it will leave you out of future com
plication. You can use your own judgment,
however. In any event, you shall hear from me
before the October elections. I shall be in
Philadelphia for one week. You can address
me there for that period. Yours truly,
(Signed) JAS. E. ANDERSON,
Care .ft. Sypher, attorney at law. Hon
8TANLEY MATTHEWS TO ANDEBSON.
Personal and confidential: U. 8. Senate
Chamber, Washington, Feb. 12, 1878.My
Dear Sir: I have your note of yesterday, and.
in reply beg to say I do not recollect the sug
gestions heretofore made by yon to which you
refer and which, you think, if adopted, might
still prove advantageous to the public's inter
est, and I would be glad to hear your report. I
have never been subjected to much misrepre-
sentation in regard to anything I have under
taken to do. I do not think it would be wise
for me to go to Philadelphia or Baltimore for
the purpose of meeting you. In case yon
should find it convenient in Washington I
shall. Yours truly, STANLEY MATTHEWS.
Mr. Jas. E. Anderson, Phila., Pa.
More of the Tell Tale Lettert.
WASHINGTON, June 2.The following corres
pondence was also brought out in the course of
the examination of Jas. E. Anderson. The
first letter was sent in July last to the New
crowd yet, damn them. Of course nothing Im York Sun, including copies of the Weber and
can say will convince the Democrats that I am
not in this arrangement, and that I too am to
be made a victim. I think,"however, that on
election day you will find me in East Feliciana
and shall teach Kellogg that there is many
a slip, etc. I am convinced that
Packard has no hand in this affair, but am in
doubt as to E. L. Packard and Campbell. Have
always favored tab organization of our party
in the parish. Have also conceded that the
Democrats would carry it by a heavy majority
and have.sim'ply desired to cut down that ma
jority as much as possible. Dr. ^ray has al
ways opposed this and advocated' no elections
or throwing out the parish and in this he has
Anderson letter to John Sherman, and Sher
man's reply, and six original letters written by
Anderson, five of them to D. A. Weber and
one, the last, to P. C. Butler. The following
is a letter from Jas. E. Anderson under
NEW ORLEANS, July 2, 18Z7.Sir: D. A.
Weber and Jas. E. Anderson were respectively
supervisors in East and West Feliciana parishes
during the last election. Some time during
the past winter I placed a sealed envelope in
the hands of a gentleman of this city for safe
keeping.d This envelope was opened by mis-,
found to contain among other things
the following documents which, taken in
rotation of dates, form an interesting inside
history of the last election in Lonisisna.
Weber was killed in March, and Anderson is
now in Washington. Preserve the letters in
closed, as they may be needed fox future use.
(Signed,) W. B. F.
LETTEB FROM ANDEBSON TO WEBEB.
Nov. 17, 1876.Dear Don: Since answering
P's letter yesterday, giving Burke's proposition,
I have thought that possibly I might have put
my foot in it. It is very possible he may be
shy, or an actor, and his letter a blind. How
ever, 1 said nothing that could criminate either
of us, merely stating that I had given Burke
the information, as he requested, and Burke's
reply. I stated, however, that in case he saw
you to show you my letter and ask your advice
as one here acting in accord. No doubt it will
bring him to the city, and should he call act
carefully. I doubt if he is able to substantiate
his statements and I would not give a conti
nental for them unless he can. Have you
learned anything about the high joints? They
are cursing me heavily and assert that I have
sold out. Am going to Montalda to-night.
Will meet you at 11 sharp if there is anything
new. (Signed) ANDEBSON.
NO FAITH IN SHERMAN.
Nov. 25, 1876My Dear Sir: Come roun^
my house this morning. I am not satisfied,. I
have no more faith in Sherman, Matthews, e.i.,
than I have in Pitt Kellogg. Unless we
i i V**^* ,*-5
0 et a
written guarantee that we shall be taken care
of I am unwilling to go a stop further. Come
about 10 o'clock, as D. will be out by that
time. We ought to see Sherman again, and in
sist on a written agreement. Yours truly,
LETTER FBOM ANDEBSON.
To P. C. Butler, Custom House, New Or
leans, La., Collector's Office, Nov. 16, 1876.
My dear sir: Yours of the 11th, was certainly
a surprise. 1 thought I fully comprehended
the capability of these scoundrels, but your
letter has removed that impression. I have
suspected that yon knew more of certain affairs
than you cared to tell. I made no protest
against the returns, simply a statement of
what real'y occurred and what came under my
observation. The parish will be thrown out
and nothing I could have done or can do will
prevent it. Had you confided in me before we
might together have accomplished something.
As it is, there is no use in putting my head
againBt a stone wall. I disliked the idea of
making overtures to the Democrats and was at
sea as to what action to take in regard
to your request. To-day Major Burke sent for
me and stated they were desirous of saving the
parish and asked what assistance I could give
him, and what I wanted. I repeated your
statement ver batim save as regards Packard,
which is too incredible to make, unless strong
ly corroborated. I did not, however, mention
your name, and left him under the impression
that I would substantiate the'statement made.
He offered ,me $4,000 and $1,800 position
for four years. Your fears that you would be
obliged to leave the State in case you made
the exposure I think are groundless. The people
would overlook your compbeity in their
joy at the result which would
probably follow. But admitting that
you must leave, I think this amount, together
with the position would give you a fair start in
any part of the country. Should you accept
write Burke. Notify me also and I shall ex
plain the matter to him. Had you not better
come to the city. Let me warn you against
one thing, don't make the attempt unless you
have documentary evidence to prove your as
sertions. If you have simply heard Dick in
struct Tom and Harry to perform some piece of
rascality, do not attempt to prove it by the
evidence of the latter. Thev will swear that
nothing of the kind ever occurred, and you
will be regarded as a falsifier. That is where
the Bhoe pinches me. Why, could I prove all I
know, some of these detestable scoundrels
would be enjoying the hospitality of
Baton Rouge penitentiary instead
of running the State government of Louisiana.
Thanks for your kind invitation to come up.
I dont think that the climate would be bene
ficial to me, especially at this period. May the
devil take the day I consented to go to East
Feliciana. Let me hear from you soon. Take
no steps without consulting me. I am anxious
to break down these rascals but there is no use
in breaking oar necks unless we can accomplish
something. Should you call D. A. Weber show
him this letter and consult with him. We are
acting together. Truly yours,
(Signed) JAMES E. ANDEBSON.
An Hereon Monumental
WASHINGTON, June 2.James E. Anderson,
the witness before the Potter investigating com
mittee Saturday, in explanation of some of the
correspondence submitted, related interviews
which he had had with the President and with
Stanley Matthews. He had been offered a con
sulate to Funchal and had declined to accept
it. He then went to the President, and tho
following is his account of the interview:
The President said he had received a letter
from Mr. Matthews requesting him to give me
a place, and he said at the same time he did
not see exactly what he could do. I said:
"Mr. President, I appreciate the difficulties
nnder which you are laboring. I know that if
you give me a placethat is, any prominent
placeit will excite the attention of the
country, and will cause unfavorable comment.
I will make a suggestion, which,
if you will adopt, will relieve
you and everybody else of all
trouble in the matter. If you will appoint
such a man as I shall designate, to one of the
New Orleans appraisorships, now held by Ring
gold who has no political backing except Ex
Senator West, I will withdraw all claims on
your administration." The President ponder
ed on the matter a few minutes and asked me
when I was going to return to New Orleans. I
told him I did not return to New Orleans un
less I bad some definite promise made that I
should be provided for. Then he said, yon go
back home and write me this proposition which
you have made and send it to me under coyer
of Mr. Gurtin, one of my private secretaries,
so that I shall be sure to receive it and I will
attend to it.
Next day I wrote to Mr. Matthews. I thought
the matter over, and wrote him, and told him
that in my telegram I did not mean to threaten
him, because 1 thought be was doing what he
could for me, bnt they bad worried me so in
Washington, and I thought it was about time
something should be done one way or theother.
I wentto Cincinnati on my road toNew Orleans,
and stopped over there and saw Mr. Matthews.
He told me to go back to Washington, and he
would follow me that night. I came baok, and
we both arrived here on the same evening,
Sunday evening, the 10th of June. I saw him
three days after my arriv*h and asked him
what'had been done. He told me he bad not
teen the President, bnt he would see him that
night, Wednesday. I called at his room, at the
Ebbitt house he told me to caUonMeCormiek,
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