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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 27, 1913, Image 24',
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THOMAS J. HAYDEN APPOINTED A SPECIAL
PROSECUTOR IN DIGGS-CAMINETTI CASE
Washington, June 27. Attorney
General McReynolds appointed
Thomas J. Hayden as one of the
special prosecutors of Maury Diggs
and young Caminetti, the two Sacra
mento men charged with white slav
ery, whose case brought on the Cami
It was announced today that sus
pension of Former Judge Herrington
because of his telegram to President
Wilson demanding! the removal of
Attorney General McReynolds was
not by order of the president.
No great amount of attention is
being paid here to Minority Leader
Mann's bitter attack on the president
and attorney general from the floor
of the House. The general comment
is, "Oh, politics."
The House Democrats were entire
ly unprepared for Minority Leader
Mann's bitter attack on President
Wilson, Attorney General McRey
nolds and Commissioner General of
Immigration Caminetti yesterday.
When Mann compared the presi
dent and McReynolds to frightened
rabbits running to cover, practically
accused the president of lying, and
sarcastically said that Caminetti, a
man "who would leave his high office
to go to the side of a 27-year-old son
under trial for a white slave offense,
was a fine man to place in the posi
tion of enforcing the white slave law
among immigrants," a 'startled gasp
went through the House.
"A law must be enforced by the
administrative officers," said Mann.
"When we find the chief law officer
and the chief magistrate of the coun
try have allowed themselves to pre
vent enforcement of a great moral
law like this, we have a right to
"Caminetti and Diggs were charg
ed with a crime that should make
men blush if they are men.
"Yet it was desired that the father
pf Caminetti, a high official of the
government, should be there to aid
in the defense of his son, who only
had seven lawyers to defend him.
"This father is the man who has
the duty of enforcing the white slave
law, a fine man to place in that posi
tion is he who would leave his office
to go to the side of a 27-year-old son
under trial for a white slave offense!
Is he a proper man to have charge
of white slave law enforcement?
"I demand that the explanation
that has been sent either to the de
partment of justice or of labor shall
be made public that the people may
decide if there has been any other
crooked work in the administration,"
of the white slave law.
"To return to this California case:
If it be true that the postponement
was asked only because Commission
er Caminetti wished to go to the aid
of his- son, why then was postpone
ment of the Diggs case also asked?
Diggs and Caminetti were indicted
separately. Was Diggs, also, in need
of Father Caminetti?
"It is not a fact that District Atty.
McNab imputed base motives to the
attorney general, as stated by Presi
dent Wilson in his telegram accepting
McNab's resignation. Instead, Mc
Nab had repeatedly told McReynolds
of efforts to prostitute witnesses
through perjury and subversion. Mc
Nab merely stood on the facts when
he declared to President Wilson that
his office had ceased its usefulness
through the order postponing the
"Now the president and the attor
ney general themselves find the or
der will ruin the usefulness of the- of
fice and so they run to cover. Fright
ened rabbits never got away quicker
than the president and the attorney
general in this case.
"They might have squared them
selves with the world by saying that
the attorney general made a mistake.
We all excuse mistakes; but we hate.
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