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VOLUME LXXXYI-XO 103.
DREYFUS IS CONFIDENT OF
SOON GAINING HIS LIBERTY.
Views Vary as to the
Length of Time the
Reconvicted Officer Is
to Serve.
From All Sections of the Civil
ized Come Reports of
Protest Against the Injustice
of the Verdict.
RFNNES, Sept. 10.— Dreyfus has
borne the terrible shock with
marvelous fortitude, one might
almost say with unnatural
calm. Yesterday he seemed
stupefied when M. Labori communicat
ed to him the verdict, but has since ral
lied. He passed a quiet night and rose
when his orderly brought him water at
5 o'clock, this morning just as he did
g the trial when it was necessary.
Mme. Dreyfus and Ma.thieu Drey
fus, his brother, visited him during the
- of the afternoon. His brother
;uently left for Paris. The appli-
D to the Court of Revision was
taken to him at noon by M. Labori's as
t and he signed it.
To-day Dreyfus has spoken but llt
: hough he has seemed in better
spirits than might have been antici-
The meeting with his wife was
naturally very affecting, but both held
up as well as possible. He said to her:
"I am not uneasy regarding ray
- :f. as I shall soon be free, but I think
: and my poor children: they will
be branded as the children of a traitor."
He is convinced that the ten years'
•~ onment to which he is sentenced
•\:ped out by the five years of
- '"lusion he has undergone on
I Islai.d and he expects to be re
i by October 15, which will be five
■ . the date of his former con
nation. He is so sanguine that he
•r.ade an extraordinary request of
fT a novel to be read In the
•ime, explaining that his ml
and weighed down by :
tfl that he needs to divert his
•houghts and to try to get all the recol
last three months out ofj
H»- thinks that readins a
vtli affor sired ment i
• iig. The '
■ ■ ■ ■ '1 Press J
::ne. Dreyfus this after- |
ter her visit with h*-r husband
saw her father. M. Hadamard. who ;
ter was bearing up won-
Uy well, considering th^ circum-
B, but desired to remain undis- !
• -.lay in view of the emotional i
;he interview.
H. Hadamard said that Mme. Drey- ]
. :he family were hopeful and!
I forward to some favorable de
pments.
"The verdict," he added, "Is an infamy. ;
■ Lin Dreyfus is in poor health, as
one knows. He has been extremely
ill from the moment of his arrival in j
France and has been put on a special j
•■. His health has not improved
be nervous effect of yesterday's
.n blow is bound to react on his
r d condition. His suppression of
all outward emotion is due to his al
-• incredible force of will, but it does
• m ply that he is insensible to the
mental and physical torture he has un
dergone. On the contrary, the family
MME. DREYFUS, FAITHFUL WIFE OF THE PRISONER.
♦ ■ ~~
f At a special meeting of the Emanu-El Sisterhood held yesterday aft
♦ ernoon, the council directed the following cablegram to be sent to Mme.
4 Dreyftfc:
♦ v 1p Mme. Lucie Dreyfus. Rennes, France: The Emanu-El Sister
<*> hoo* ■ -. ltB own behalf 3^,3 the Jewish womanhood of San Francisco,
♦ lamelts with you. prays with you. and with you hopes for a final trl-
I umpAnt vindication. BELLA LILIENTHAL, President.
I AIRLINE ROTHSCHILD. Secretary. ..
The San Francisco Call.
' just now see his w^ak state of health
and abnormal impassivity, an ugly sign,
and fear for him more than they care to
express."
The town to-day has been perfectly
calm. There has not been a sign nor a
demonstration nor a cry for or against
Dreyfus. A number of people gathered
to s-^e Mme. Dreyfus visit the prison,
but they were quite respectful.
The troops and masses of gendarmes
who yesterday gave the center of Ren
nes the appearance of a military camp,
have completely vanished. There are
hardly any gendarmes in sight except
near the Dreyfus residence, where a
few are posted. Cavalry officers were
: seen frequenting the cafes this after
i noon, showing that the authorities no
longer fear any trouble here and are
allowing the officers to leave their bar
. racks.
So far as can be ascertained military
men are perfectly satisfied with the
verdict, which they interpret as safe
' guarding the honor of the army and at
! the same time doing an act of mercy to
: Dreyfus, who, they say. sufficiently ex
piated his crime in the awful existence
he passed on Devils Island. They point
out that even if he is sent to Fort Lorte.
it will be to receive henceforth the hu
mane treatment he ha? .-xwrienced
since his return to France.
One Ftrange fact is the extraordi
i nary defense of the opinion respecting
the exact effect of the judgment —
whether he can be degraded again
and whether the five years' solitary
confinement he has undergone will be
regarded as equivalent to the t*»n
years' detention to which he is now
sentenced, and whether he will be re
leased next month. This matter is
quite a^ide from the general impres
sion thai he will be pswloncd in .t
few days by President Loubet. who
will find some ground on which to ex
ercise clemency.
M. Demange thinks the five years
will count for nothing, and that Drey
fus, according to the law, will have to
suffer ten years' detention. Many
others, however, including several law
yers, hold a contrary opinion, and de
clare that he will be released in Oc
tober. This, as already cabled, is the
belief of Dreyfus himself.
The correspondent this* afternoon in
terrogated M. Coupers, the clerk of
! the court-martial, on this point. He
was most emphatic in declaring that
Dreyfus must serve ten years from the
i date of a fresh degradation, the court
-1 martial having considered the ca.se as
beginning when Dreyfus appeared be
fore them, disregarding altogether his
i previous sentence.
ML Coupers said: "I have no doubt
j whatever that according to the mili
tary code Dreyfus must undergo deg
radation again, as he was reinstated
as a captain in the army and he ap-
SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1899.
CAPTAIN DREYFUS' NEW PRISON.
The town and citadel of Corts, Island of Corsica, where it is reported the ex-prisoner of Devil's Island
will spend his newly allotted term of imprisonment.
The town of Corte is situated high up In the mountains, just north of the central part of the island
of Corsica, on the high road from Bastia, on the northeast coast, to Ajaccio, on the southwestern, and thirty
miles from either place. It stands on the banks of the river Tavignano, and near the foot of Mount
Rotondo, shown in the background of the picture, from whose summit, 5609 feet high, can be seen the shores of France
and Italy, from Toulon to Leghorn, as well as nearly all o:' Sardinia, to the south. Corte has a population of 5000
souls, and is the seat of the University of Paoli. It has one of the few daily newspapers on the island, and a statue of
Corsica's famous son, Pasquel Paoli, which stands on the o-ntral plaza of the same name. The citadel, with the at
tached fortifications of later date, which may be Dreyfus' new prison home, is shown on the rising ground in tha
back of the picture, a little to the right of the center.
peared before the court in uniform.
: That he will actually be put through
this cruel ordeal I think doubtful. If
it depended on me I know what I
should do. and the President of the re-
I public may think with me."
Colonel Jouaust also declared that
! Dreyfus must serve ten years, but
1 speaking with friends to-day, he ex
; pressed a conviction that there would
i not be a fresh degradation. This cer
emony requires breaking the prisoner's
sword and tearing off his epaulets.
But Dreyfus never had his sword re
stored to him, and he only wore un
dress uniform without epaulets, so
that it would be impossible to carry
out the regulations for degradation.
This is »'olonel Jouaust's vi«w.
Those who think Dreyfus will be
i released in October because the five
i years on Devils Island will wipe out
i the present sentence saw in the fart
that he was sentenced for exactly ten
i years a confirmation of their view, but
they are mistaken. He was sentenced
to ten years not because that happened
I to double his confinement on Devils
I Island, but because according to mili
] tary code the recording of two votes in
his favor fixes the term of detention at
j ten years. Had the verdict been unan
imous he must have been sentenced to
twenty years.
Those professing to have ascertained
i since the verdict the opinion of the
j judges, declare that the vote of five to
j two was not given by mutual agree
ment, but because the two judges vot
ed in his favor from a conviction of
his innocence.
The present procedure is the appli
j cation for revision, signed by Dreyfus
to-day. It will be sent to Paris. The
! clerk of the court-martial must send a
! complete dossier of the trial, includ
! ing all the documents submitted. A |
\ reporter will be appointed to examine j
:it minutely and ascertain whether
i there be any flaw in the proceedings. >
The result will be submitted to the j
Court of Revision, which will main- j
tain or annull the sentence.
An interesting fact developed to-day |
j is that the police had taken every pre- j
i caution to get Dreyfus safely out of ;
: Rennes in the event of acquittal, in
' which case it was unanimously agreed !
there would have been serious disor- ■
der and probably an attempt upon his ,
i iife. The police had arranged to con- !
■ duct him back to the military prison, j
i after the verdict, with the same pre- i
j cautions as during the trial. He was j
I to have been given civilian attire and j
j a false beard and then to have left the ,
' prison by the small door of th-- re- !
cruiting office leading to the Avenue !
(de la Gare. No one would have ex
: pected him to leave through that
building, which is attached to the mil
itary prison, and, thanks to the dis
guise, the police hoped he would reach
the station safely, where a special train
was waiting to rush him off before the
crowd could have heard of his leav
, ing.
PRESS OF THE WORLD
RINGS WITH EXECRATIONS
LONDON, Sept. 10.— With the excep
i tion of the Jesuit organ in Rome and
the anti-Semite papers, the press of
the whole world is ringing with exe
crations. Even the Russian press joins
in the chorus, although perhaps the
Jews are nowhere more hated than in
Russia. The judges are everywhere
described as criminals, and gloomy
j speculations are indulged in as to
what future is in store for France.
The German press is especially ln-
I dlgnant, the National Zeitung remark
i ing that "even the worst enemy of
j France could not have wjshed what
has happened."
Papers of all nationalities fall in
with the idea of boycotting the exhi
bition.
The Daily Chronicle. says that Mer
cier issues from the case one of the
' blackest scoundrels In history.
The Daily News remarks: "It is no
; longer Dreyfus, but France herself that
1 is on trial."
The Morning Post declares that "the
; mitigation of the sentence will be ln
j terpreted all over the world as cvi
i dence that the judges who condemned
MOODY PRAYS
FOR DREYFUS
NEW YORK, Sept. 10.—
Among Rev. Mr. Moody's con
gregation in Plymouth Church
this morning were several dele
gates from Great Britain to
the International Congregational
Council, which will meet on Sep
tember 19 in Boston. Mr. Moody
asked the prayers of the con
gregation for Dreyfus and his
family and said: "I pity the
mun- or nation thy* .wTlt^ iitfefw:
prejudice to come into their
hearts against God's chosen
people. "We owe a great deal to
the sons of Abraham. All the
blessings we enjoy come through
that line. If any of you have
prejudices against them I be
seech you to tear them out.
From the bottom of my heart
I pity the man who has a preju
dice against another because he
is a Jew."
* Mr. Moody then offered a fer
vent prayer for Dreyfus and his
family. He prayed for such a
manifestation as would show
that there is still a God meting
out justice. Mr. Moody after
ward preached upon the doc
trine of atonement, which he
declared was the one thing
taught "in the Bible from Gene
sis to Revelations.
i Dreyfus really believed him innocent."
The Daily Telegraph says: "This in
; famous judgment disgraces France,
i dishonors her army, insults the Kaiser
i and offends the best principles of hu
manity. There seems nothing left for
1 France but a revolution, and a war
will reduce her to the level of Spain."
The Standard says: "We are watch
ing by the sick bed of a great nation,
none knowing what new and deadly
form the malady may assume."
The Times observes: "We do not
hesitate to pronounce it the greatest
and most appalling prostitution of jus
tice the world has witnessed in mod
ern times. All the outrageous scan
dals which marked the course of the
trial pale into insignificance beside the
crowning scandal of the verdict."
The Daily Mail says: "Rennes is
France's moral Sedan."
The Dally Graphic says: "The
Rennes verdict will live forever as the
supreme effort of human wrong-head
edness."
INDIGNATION OF THE
REVISIONIST PRESS
PARIS, Sept. 10.— The revisionist
press comments upon the verdict with
deepest indignation, declaring that the
battle between the civil and military
courts will continue until the victory
rests with the Court of Cassation.
The Slecle has opened a subscription
to erect an expiatory monument in
front of the Palace of Justice at
Rennes to remind future generations
of this outrage of justice.
The Temps, referring to the rumor
that th« members of the court-martial
signed a recommendation to mercy,
but only as regards the degradation of
the military rank, says the mere men
tion of extenuating circumstances
proves that the judges had a doubt of
which the accused should have received
the benefit, and it urges the revision
ists to remember that, in order to de
mand justice from the country, it Is
necessary first of all to act with calm
ness.
The Gauloia says: "A great move
ment of Rennaissance will spring from
the Dreyfus case."
GREAT INDIGNATION
EXPRESSED IN LONDON
LONDON. Sept. 11.— It would be dif
ficult to describe adequately the indig
nation the verdict of the Dreyfus
court-martial has evoked everywhere
in England. The excitement In the
Jewish quarters of London is only
natural. Special prayers were offered
throughout Saturday In all the syna
gogues on behalf of Dreyfus, and as
soon as the verdict was known. Jews
i and Jewesses were seen at every street
i corner, expressing execration and
i many sobbing bitterly.
At the music halls, especially the
I Palace Theater, where cinematog-aph
pictures of the incidents and leading
actors of the Dreyfus affair were ex
-1 hibited, the news was received with
I groans and hisses. In the French
quarter of London there was much ex
citement, accompanied by street fight
ing. In almost all the places of pub
lice worship pulpit references were
made to the verdict.
Canon Scott-Holland at St. Paul's
Cathedral said: "A nation is on its
trial. France stands at the iudement
bar. All civilization is waiting to know
whether to-morrow's news may add
anything to qualify the naked cruelty
of a bare telegram, anything to relieve
the staggered consciences."
Rev. Hugh Price Hughes, the well
known Wesleyan divine, preached at St.
James Hall. He said: "Five unhappy
Judges have already taken their places
in the judgment of the human race be
side Judas. Pilate. Judge Jeffries and
other creatures. They have sentenced
thHr victim to a decade of imprison
ment, but they have decreed
themselves forever to the scorn, de
rision and execration of the human
race. Unless France shakes off this in
famy, she will be left without an ally
or friend."
Rev. Arthur Robins, chaplain in or
dinary to the Queen, preaching at Holy
Trinity. Windsor, said: "The civilized
world is aghast at this great crime of
five abject judgrs.'
DEMANGE WILL SUBMIT
SOME LEGAL QUESTIONS
PARIS, Sept. 10, 9 p. m.— The day
has been one of absolute quiet, with no
public excitement, even in the Rue de
Chabrol. There was a rainfall this
afternoon, and the streets were practi
j cally deserted.
Slight disturbances occurred yester
day at Marseilles and Belfort after the
verdict of the Dreyfus court-martial
was published. The demonstrators
stoned the residence of Jacques Drey
fus, brother of the condemned, at Bel
fort, breaking the windows and other
wise damaging the structure. Many
persons were arrested at both places.
The Premier, M. "Waldeck-Rousseau,
was visited this morning by most of
j his colleagues. The date of the next
i Cabinet Council has not yet been fixed.
| President Loubet will probably not re
turn from Ramboullet for several days.
To-morrow M. Demange will visit
M. Waldeck-Rousseau and submit
a number of legal questions
arising out of the trial. A
j semi-official note has been issued de
nying the assertion of the morning
papers that the Minister of Foreign
Affairs, M. Delcasse, transmitted to
I Colonel Jouaust, the president of the
court-martial, through M. Paleologue,
Friday, a statement by the Reichsan
zeiger repeating the disavowals of
Count yon Munster and Count yon
Buelow of German relations with Drey
! fus. TV note also denies that M. Del
| casse asked Germany to issue the
I statement. •
m
COURT-MARTIAL JUDGES
MAY PETITION LOUBET
NEW \ORK. Sept. 10.— A World
cable from Rennes says: A well
founded rumor is spreading that the
judges of the court-martial will them
selves sign a petition praying President
Loubet to pardon Dreyfus.
If this be true, this action and the in
explicable clause in the verdict citing
I "extenuating circumstances" clearly
I prove that five officers of the court con
victed Dreyfus while they were fully
convinced of his innocence.
It is almost ridiculous to repeat that
these five officers condemned Dreyfus
to exonerate the generals and to main
tain the prestige of the army. Accord-
Ing to the lights of these officers the
moral effect they desired has bee.n ac
complished by the conviction of Drey
fus. Now they will try to save him
from the ignominy and suffering that
the verdict entails.
VERDICT DESCRIBED AS
COWARDLY AND IMPOLITIC
BERLIN, Sept. 10.— The Dreyfus ver
dict causes a feeeling almost of stupe
flcation in Berlin. It has been hoped
that the statement of the Reich
sanzeiger, as emanating directly from
Emperor Wililara, would have ren
PRISON YAWNS FOR
DISHONEST DIRECTORS
Grand Jury Will Investigate
Gedge and Conlon.
Exposure of Their Crookedness Hurries Them
to Cover While Colleague Kemp Is Driven
to Drink— Williar's Peculiar Action,
ANEW Grand Jury will be im
paneled to-morrow by Judge
Daingerfield, and one of the first
matters that will be brought to
its attention will be the latest j
School Board scandal. The jury will j
have goud material upon which to
work, and, if the duty is faithfully
done, there will be vacancies in the
educational department of the city
; caused by some of the directors in
! voluntarily changing their places of
''■ residence from San Francisco to the
State prison.
According to the admissions of Dr.
H. E. Gedge, he was offered a bribe
to permit the changing of the specifi
cations upon which bids for school
I supplies were based to give a certain
firm a cinch on the contract at figures
that meant the looting of the school
I funds. The School Director made no
I secret of the fact in discussing the
i matter with his friends, that no bribe
was too small for him to grab on to,
and that he was not built on the lines
j of a man who would allow $2000 to slip
through his fingers while he was in the
possession of his proper senses. Direc
tor Gedge has made the statement
j that he had to pay $800 of the bribe
; money to his colleague, J. J. Conlon,
for agreeing to the steal. He also as
serts that Conlon did not refuse the
: money.
Gedge and Conlon, according to the
! former's admissions, took advantage of
their positiuns as members of the com
mittee on supplies to make the deal,
and fixed the whole matter up in se
| cret sessions, of which the third mem-
I ber, William A. Kemp, was either not
i informed or from which he was re-
I quested to stay away by Phil Crim
mins. Kemp was not in the division
of the bribe. The reason is that he did
not know that the twenties were fly
ing about him. If they had been golden
kissing bugs he would have escaped mi
i jury. But this is no fault of his. He
i says himself that he would have liked
i to have been considered in the transac
tion, and feels like being kicked for al
lowing himself to be bunkoed out of the
boodle.
The members of the "push" found lit
tle to console them yesterday morn
ing after reading The Call's expose of
their crookedness. Gedge, who, ac
cording to his own boast, appropriated
the lion's share of the bribe money, hid
j himself during the day. He was n<>t
j proud of the position into which his
I own tongue had forced him and did
[ not frequent the haunts that knew him
j well. Conlon his colleauge, also dis-
I played his modesty by keeping out of
sight.
Kemp, who was left out of the deal,
and was not even given a chance to take
; any bad money, was in evidence early
in the day. When he began to "smell
a mouse" a couple of months ago, he
undertook the gigantic contract of
; drowning his sorrow in liberal potions
of the "real old stuff." Although he
has stayed faithfully with the job. the
contract is by no means fulfilled, so he
resumed operations yesterday morning
as soon as he saw a copy of The Call.
His parade along cocktail row was a
noble effort, but when he counter
marched and broke away from the
stereotyped order of "a little straight,
please," the mixture disagreed with
him and he retired in disorder. But
his sorrow was drowned for the day.
His mind was in such a condition at
the finish that he actually thought that
Gedge and Conlon Wad divided.
Gedge's admissions at this late date
explain the peculiar methods that
were adopted by the School Board at
the time the supplies contracts were
under consideration last June, and
which created considerable comment j
at the time. The opening of the bids j
at the meeting of May 31 was sur- I
rounded by such an air of secrecy and
mystery that suspicion was at once
created that "something was doing."
sjo one was allowed to see the figures
of the bids in the open meeting. Su
perintendent Webster opened them, ex
plained that the necessary certified
check accompanied each, and, under
instructions, gave out no other infor
mation. The reporters were not al- j
1 lowed to inspect the bids.
At the suggestion of the Supplies
j Committee — Conlon, Gedge and Kernp —
the proposals were referred to them. j
They had possession of the documents !
for two weeks. It is not charged that j
they altered any of the figures to suit ;
the favored ones, but they certainly !
had the opportunity, and men who ac- I
cept bribes and boast about it might
have no compunction about a little '
thing like changing the figures in a
bid to the detriment of some honest
bidder. But this was not done, there i
being no necessity for such action, for i
the reason that the specifications had
already been tampered with so that i
no one but the bidder who was to pay I
the bribe could possibly win, and that
was all that Gedge cared about and
all that interested Conlnn.
Kemp, as has been stated, did not '
dered impossible the repetition of
what is described as "one of the
greatest judicial and political crimes
of any age."
It is universally agreed that the
second verdict is a grave political
blunder, a violation of the laws of
civilization, and an act of moral cow
ardice which the world will find it dif
ficult to pardon.
The German press unanimously de
scribes the verdict as cowardly and
impolitic, not to say criminal.
The Cologne Gazette says: "It is a
cowardly verdict, in the barbarous
spirit of the Middle Ages. By this
crime the judges have Imposed a line
o£ demarkation between France and
the rest of the world, which, although
it will not prevent diplomatic inter
course and stay the common exchange
of products, will, according to all the
notions of right, justice, honor, toler
ance and ethics which the civilized
world bears with it in the twentieth
century, form a barrier only to be re-
I moved by time and laborious effort.
PBICE FIVE CENTS.
figure in this, much to his regret, but
he came in heavy at the finish, when
there was an opportunity for a little
grand stand play, and unwittingly
gave the first hint that there was a
scandal of some kind in the ink and
paper contracts.
The committee recommended that the
bid of Payot, Uph&m & Co. for that
class of goods be accepted. Their fig
ures on ink were 15 cents a gallon
higher than those of Brown & Potter,
and on paper 30 cents a ream higher
than the bid of the latter firm.
A man named H. R. Williar had been
called in by (Jedge and Conlon to ex
pert the samples of paper offered, and
he recommended the Golden Gate
brand handled by Payot, Upham &
Co., which was specifically mentioned
in the specifications. This was one of
the changes that barred many bidders.
It developed later that this man Williar
was the representative of the manufac
turers of the Golden Gate paper, which
was handled exclusively by Payot, Up
ham & Co., and it was nothing more
than natural that he, in the capacity
of expert for Gedge and Conlon, should
recommend it, to the exclusion of ail
other brands. These charges concern
ing Williar were set forth in a letter
from the Union Pulp and Paper Com
pany, which Kemp produced at one of
the board meetings he did attend.
Brown & Potter offered a paper made
by the Union Paper Company, from
whom they received figures before they
made their bid. They also offered
Penniwell's ink, a home production,
which previous contractors had substi
tuted for a higher-priced article, speci
fied in their agreement and for which
they were charging. Brown & Potter
offered it at 50 cents a gallon. Payot,
Upham & Co. were awarded the con
tract to furnish Stanford Ink at 65 cents
a gallon. Brown & Potter were anxious
to comply with the specification and
furnished figures on Golden Gate paper,
but Williar, the agent of the manufac
turers, refused to sell them any of it.
Members of the firm of Payot, Up
ham & Co. deny that they or any one
representing them bribed the Supplies
Committee of the Board of Education.
H. R. Williar, who posed as the com
mittee's expert, and whose employers
in the East profited by the award of
the contract to Payton, Upham & Co.,
could not be found yesterday or last
evening, and consequently could
neither deny or affirm any suspicion
that may exist that he is the man who
paid the $2000 to School Director Gedge.
The Call did everything possible
yesterday to give Gedge and Conlon
an opportunity to make whatever
statements or explanations they de
sired in connection with the case.
Neither of the men could be found;
none of their friends or relatives would
acknowledge that they knew their
whereabouts or when they would come
out of hiding. Inquiries at the Gedge
residence, 1162 Jackson street, elicited
the information that the School Di
rector had left home in the morning,
stating that he would not return dur
ing the day or night. No one in the
house knew when he would be back,
if at all. The father of Director Con
lon was seen last evening at the fam
ily residence, 1363 Eddy street. He said
that his son was not at home, and that
he did not know where he was or when
he would return.
HEAD EXPECTED IT.
One Director Not at All Surprised at
The Call's Expose.
SANTA CRUZ, Sept. 10.— Concerning
the charges made against School Director
Gedge in The Call of this morning 1 . School
Director Ed Head has to say the fol
lowing:
"What I and others in a position to
know have expected has come to pass,
as we forecasted Gedge's finish when his
raw work first came into evidence in con
nection with the Ginn contract for copy
books. That contract was considered in
an executive session of the board, and
Gedge's anxiety that it be awarded was
..lent that he was openly flouted by
different members. He buttonholed ev
ery member and nulled every wire he
could get hold of to win it out.
"I was one of the first sacrifices to the
necessity for such a tool as Gedge has
proved to be. He was given his nomina
tion by Crimmins and, Kelly, and it was
offered him by Ed Williams. Chief Clerk
of the Justices' Court, their City Hall
lieutenant. When I was chairman of the
Supplies Committee that combination ap
proached me on different propositions,
and found they cnuld do nothing with me.
They generally came at me through this
man Kemp. He made no direct proposi
tions, but grot at his point clearly enough
to find thee was nothing doing with me.
As a result of it I lost my job as chair
man of the Supplies Committee.
"I can make n*o direct charges against
Gedge; there are other members of the
board who intend to do that. The so
called 'club flush' neglects the business
end of things in their desire 'to improve
educational matters, but they are not
men who will overlook crookedness.
Gedge's work has been so raw that none
of us could help seeing it. and ConJon'e
has been <3n a par with it. but what the
basis of the settlement betvreen them is
I am not prepared to say. The School
Board has its evidence, and this expose
of The Call will doubtless bring It
out."
The other leading journals comment
npon the verdict in similar strains.
DREYFUS CANNOT
ACCEPT THE SWORD
ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 10.— Mrs. Dav
id Reichborg of this city, who re
cently started a movement to raise
a fund among American Jews for the
purpose of presenting a■< handsome
sword to Captain Alfred Dreyfus, re
ceived a letter yesterday from Mme.
Dreyfus, in which she said that the
Captain could not accept a sword from
American people.
m
DEMONSTRATION OF
HAVRE SOCIALISTS
HAVRE, Sept. 10.— Th* socialist and
revoluntionary groups demonstrated
here this afternoon against th« ver
dict. The police dispersed large
crowds and made fifteen arresta.

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