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Mrs. Fitzgerald, in investigator, sus
Dended for six days and then dis
harged by Mrs. Rowe.
The money she says she paid to
irs. Rowe was regarded as a loan,
Mrs. Eaton testified. She said she
xpected to get it back from the. city
But the big show came before Mrs.
J3aton took the stand and while the
aldermen were arranging the prelim
laries to the hearing.
Though Capt Coffin of the civil
ervcice commission did not start a
battle with the council committee,
tamely offering to trade witnesses
who appeared before his commission,
several aldermen who are strong sup
porters of the administration be
came belligerent and offers to fight
When the council committee con
vened Aid. McCormick noticed in
front of Aid. De Priest, colored repre
sentative from the second ward, a
letterhead bearing the name of Prd
Lundin, official job dispenser of the
"Does that letter contain your in
structions?" asked McCormick.
De Priest hotly replied that he nev
er received instructions.
"I never make perjury charges
against people hwo talk about me,"
declared De Priest, "but I am able to
obtain personal satisfaction."
McCormick replied that he was
ready to accept an invitation.
Then Aid. Miller got his back up.
He objected to the insinuations that
were made against De Priest, and
added that he, too, was able to do a
bit of fighting if necessary, and could
Despite, these warlike remarks,
there was no battling.
Early in the session administration
aldermen wanted an opinion from the
corporation counsel as to whether the
meeting was legal. By a vote of 6
to 5 they were defeated, whereupon
City Clerk Snnan, under an old law,
was called in to administer oaths to
That was where the civil service
commission- got hit Previously the
commission had declared it was the
only proper inquisitorial body, as the
council committee couldn't adminis
ter an oath.
With this prop knocked out, there
was no way to take witnesses from
the committee, and Capt Coffin sug
gested that when his body finished
with a witness it would be sent to the
council, if the council would recipro
cate. Mrs. Eaton, asked why she did not
pay Mrs. Rowe in currency, said that
Mrs. Rowe had declared she wanted
Aid. DePriest wanted to know what
influence Mrs. Eaton used to get hei
job. She replied that it was a reward,
for her work in the campaign. The
alderman also wanted to know
whether Mrs. Eaton was living with
her husband, but was shut off.
Seymour Stedman, attorney for.
Mrs. Eaton, followed her on the
stand, and made the general" state
ment that the city hall should be
cleared out from top to bottom. He
detailed his conversations with Mrs.
Eaton about the alleged payments to
Mrs. Rowe, and said he learned of
them when the first is alleged to have '
The mayor and Mrs. Thompson did
not appear at either hearing. The
mayor said he might appear later be-
.fore the civil service commission, but
would not notice the council commit
tee. In careful detail, the stiory of how
Mrs. Eaton paid an alleged "rake-off"
to Mrs. Rowe was told by Fulton
Gardner, associate of Seymour Sted
man, before the civil service commis
sion. Gardner is president of the Gard-ner-Stedman
Co., an electrical equip
ment firm. Stedman is secretary.
Gardner first testified that he ac
companied Mrs. Eaton, at the request
of Stedman, on July 12, when the
payroll deal is supposed to have been
pulled. He had never before seen.
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