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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 13, 1913, Image 32',
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SULZER IMPEACHED AFTER WIFE CLAIMED SHE
USED CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO SPECULATE
Albany, N. Y., Aug 13. Gov. Wil- j
liam Sulzer was impeached early to
day by the assembly for-alleged "high !
crimes and misdemeanors In connec- j
tion with his campaign fund" shortly
after Tammany leaders had quieted
the riot caused by the announcement
that Mrs. Sulzer, the "Governor's
Lady," had made a confession that
it was she who converted part of
Sulzer's campaign fund and specu
lated in the stock market
It was in the very room where last
November a brilliant throng gathered
to see Gov. Sulzer .impressively take
the oath of office' that in the gray
dawn today the- name of the gover-.
nor's wife of five years was injected
into the Sulzer embroglio.
The story as it is told is melodra
matic. It is claimed that Mrs. Sulzer
entered the room -vyhere Senator
Abraham J. Palmer was waiting to
see the governor, and- with tears run
ning down her cheeks, she told the
astounded senator that it was she
and not her husband who had used
a portion of the campaign fund and
speculated in Wall street
She said she had taken over .the
entire charge of herhusband's finan
cial affairs because he was overwork
ed. She deposited the campaign
checks, and admitted that she had
used some of the funds "because the
household was in need of money,"
also that she had invested in some
railroad stocks and used some of the
campaign money in this way.
Sobbing brokenly, she declared
that Gov. Sulzer was telling the truth
when he said the other day that he
had never heard of the brokerage
firms or the stock deals mentioned
in the Frawley committee testimony.
The Tammany assemblymen put
no credence in this story, declaring
it an eleventh-hour attempt of a lov
ing wife to save her husband.
Various attempts were made today
Jy Tammany men to evplain the ac
tion last night of eSnator James J.
Frawley, chairman of the investigat
ing committee. Frawley, looking oVer
"his shoulder to see that he was not
shadowed, called at the governor's
office and was inside ten minutes.
Mrs. Sulzer declares that Matthew
T. Horgan, secretary of the Frawley
committee, was fully aware that she
endorsed the governor's checks and
deposited them, as Horgan and his
wife were at that time practically
members of the Sulzer household and
she asserts that Horgan advised her
in financial matters.
As a climax to her story, Mrs. Sul
zer claims that she and Tier husband
had been under a system of constant
espionage ever since his nomination,
and that her bank books and many
important papers, together with Sul
zer's love letters written to her be
fore their marriage, have been stolen.
Senator Palmer, to whom Mrs Sul
zer made the "confession," today
confirmed the story.
The governor has declared he will'
fight the impeachment and carry the
case to the U. S. Court of Appeals.
Unsettled weather with thunder
showers tonight or Thursday; rising
temperature; moderate easterly
shifting to southerly winds.