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MR HAS EXPLAINS.
jl,e Viaduct JIatter Discussed in
W HERE THE MOSEY WAS L'SED.
X hat AMieit ofthe Railroad and
flow .llneh was It r reived An
Rock Island, III., April 18 Editor
of The Argcs. Please permit me to
Kake the following explanation through
vour columns la reference to the attack
iuide upon me at a meeting ot the Citi
zens' Improvement association Thursday
evenine, April 9 '
On Wednesday, April 8. I was advised
Vv a friend that an attack was to be made
upon me by some partiei at the meeting
(,': the Citizens' Improvement association
n something or another about the
vinliift. etc. This being the tint intim
!! m thit I bml of the matter, I called im
n. V.intely upon President Jackson. lie
s.aii be nad intended writing me uocn
:b:3 sulject and was glad that I called.
Mr. .UcKson thereupon advised me as to
wbsttie had heard from Mr. Sudlow, etc!
I thereupon invited Mr. Jackson to my
office and showed him the pressed copy of
niT letter of Oct. 14. 1S90. toR. R. Cable,
president of the C, R. I. & P. railway
company, which is as follows, and will
Ko k Island, III., Oct. 14, 1890. R.
R. Cable, Eq.. president C, R. I. & P.
R R. Co., Cnicago, 111. Dear Sir We
l:ve completed the bond protecting the
I'nitfd States government against dam
h.;e from abutting properly holders upon
;i.e erection of the viaduct. Fred Weyer
Liiisir signed in behalf of the railroad
companies and Ben T. Cable in behalf of
the city and vrc now have Henry Curtis
t work preparing and examining every
tLin? in this matter, so that when the pa
pers arrive at the department in Washing
ton ttiey will not coaie back to be changed
or fixed. I have advanced about $325
ia this matter in addition to the $250 ad
vanced by the C, B. & Q railroad com
jiaLy. The 250 that your company gave
was paid for the plans that first went to
Washinnton two years age. I understood
you to say ltst Feb utry that you did not
wish ti advance any more money until
the bill had become a law for the building
t f the viaduct and that you would then
he wiling and ready at that time to share
expenses with the C., B. & Q. railroad
ron.pany that had accrued. I ask noihin?
for my time but think that actual ex
panses should be refunded to me which I
understood you to say was your intention.
I usk you now if I shall also write to t'ue
C B. & Q as to this same matter or
will you fix this matter among yourselycs
and then remit me lie actual amount aj
vanccd by me.
Pletise let nie he ir from you and oblige,
Yours vcrv truly.
I considered at that time when I wrote
faid letter to Mr. Cabie that all prelim
inaries were then completed but I found
soon thereafter that all papers, deeds, ab
urarts, etc., were returned to Mayor Mc
Cniiochie w uh a numerous lot of objec
tions and a part of them of a very serious
n-iture. All papers, deeds, abstracts, etc,,
were then taken back to Henry Curtis'
(dfioc, who sain that he did not have the
necessary time that this viaduct matter
rvipiircd and therefore recommended M.
K Sweeney to do the work. M. E.
Sweeney thereupon started in to rectify
tisd make satisfactory to the government
:I.cse papers that weie turned over to him.
It was fcucd necessary that M. E.
Sweeney had to prepare an entire new
abstract and did prepare all deeds; al
so E D. Sweeney and Oliver Olsen as
sisted days and days in looking over these
papers, Uteds. etc.. correcting them and
they were rewritten. We did work to
gether day after day for some two months
or more until all was finally completed.
At the last examination E. D. Sweeney
did then express himself by saying that
the papers were then as near right as the
city could ever make them, but that be
had grave doubt as to the government
approving them without personal explan
ation. Whereupon Oliver Olsen then
spent weeks in Washington in making
said explanation and did after a very dif
ficult task succeed in having deeds, bond?,
abstracts, etc , approved by the attorney
general for the buiiding of the viaduct.
Sometime thereafter all deeds were re
turned by the government and were re
corded here at the recorder's office. I
thereupon wrote again to Mr.Cable, pres
ident of the C, R. I fc P. railroad com
pany on April 1. the following letter, the
contents of which will explain itself:
Rock Island, 111.. April 1, 1891. R.
R. Cable, Esq., President C, R. I. & P.
R. R. Co.. Chicago, 111. My Dear Sir:
Up to this time I have not received any
reply from you to my letter of Oct. 14,
1390. When I spoke to you about the
matter some time ago in your office, you
asked me to let the matter staLd until all
detail as to the viaduct were completed.
I am now happy to inform you that all
are now completed; that the government
yesterday recorded ad deeds that were
made by the city of Rock Island, C . R.
I. &P. railroad company, C B. & Q
railroad company, Moline & Rock Island
street railway company, and others and
the matter is now in charge of the com
manding officer at the Rock Island ar
senal for the erection of said viaduct and
there is nothing that I or anyone else can
do to further the same, as 1 understand
the commanding officer is now the only
one who has charge of the building of
said viaduct and needs no further asBist
ance. As I stated in my letter of Oct
14 to you that I was Ehort at that time
about 325, and having since advanced
for sundry minor expenses to the amount
of 25, leaving my actual shortage about
$050. and as I have Bald before I do not
want anv compensation for all I have
done in this matter for the last two and
one-half years past, but I think that ac
tual expenses should be made good to me
and, which I understood, that you would
consider fairly when I got through
Kindly give this matter your attention
and let me bear from you upon this sun
iect what I may expect. I haye written
to the C. B. & Q. railroad company in
like manner and I thins it you and Mr.
Merrill will look at this matter n the
right light you will readily see tbst I
m entitled to mv actual expenses. I am
yours verv truly Feed Hass.
The above letter I showed also to Mr.
Jack-sen upon his visit to mv office. Wed
nesday, April 8. whereupon Mr. Jackson
expressed himself that this whole matter
aa of a different ntura from what It
vas made known to nim, and I see by
Vlr. Jackson's letter in last Saturday's
Union, in which he corrects the proceed
ings of the meeting of the Citizens' Im
provement association, and says that he
'was convinced that I had not claimed
:33,500 from the railroad companies." I
;hank Mr. Jackson for the trouble he has
aken in waiting this letter and for his
honorable statement he made therein. I
nl80 return thanks to those gentlemen
present at the last meeting of the Citizens'
Improvement association, protecting my
rights and desiring me to be treated fair
ly. I see that it was claimed at this
:neeting. although the meeting was a very
Hmall one, consisting, as I hate been in
formed, of only from 10 to 12 persons,
:.hat the association had paid for two
'rips for me going to Cbicagoon account
of the viaduct, but if the gentleman who
made this statement will consult the rec
ords of the association he will readily
lind his statement to be untrue and with
out foundation, as these two trips were
made on account of the steel car works
that wanted to locate here.and matters of
another nature altogether than that of
ihe viaduct project. I have never re
ceived nor asked the association for one
dollar on account of any expense that I
nave been put to in the interests of the
viaduct. I have always reported to the
association ana tnrough the columns of
the newspapers as to all progress of the
viaduct, but never reported any expenses
to the association for the reason that no
money has ever been furnished me by
the association in this matter. My states
rnent published in the Union and The
Argcs of Thursday. April 9. shown all
i hat I have received from the railroad
companies, and that I have spent the
ame, and that I furnished, after that the
money that I used mvself, to tne amount
of something like $350, and as I have not
made any demand upon anyone to make
k'ood to me the money I spent ia addition
10 what l have received I do not consider
it necessary to make any report, as long
ns I had spent my own money. I never
made even any demand upon the railroad
companies for the amount short on ac
tual expenses, but left it for them to con
sider. If I am not reimbursed I shall
lind no fault. I have also spent the
money left over from Mr. Carse's trip to
asninsion. it being which Mr.
Carte left with T. J. Medill. and as this
money was collected for tu; use of the
viaduct, and as I had furnished $50 to
Mr. Cars e for his trip to Washington, I
used said $127 in going to Chicago last
t'a l, some three or four times, in the in
terest of.tle viaduct. The first of these
trips was with Mayor McConochie and
All. Schroeder. I procured transporta
tion and paid all their other expenses fo r
.wo or three days while I was at Chicago.
nd s;s very little was accomplished at
vhat time, I had to go some two
o: three times to Chicaco after
'.oat in order to accomplish the
ot-ject for which we went. Besides Mayor
Mayor McConochie and myself wrote
numerous letters on the same matter and
rinally accomplished all that we were after
T see also by the proceedings at the last
meeting of the association that there were
remarks made by a gentleman that I had
made unauthorized levies on the railroads.
According to Mr. Sudlow's claim, and in
answer to this I do say that I have never
made any demand or claim against any
railroad or any person whatsoever. I
had but o.e conversation with Mr. Sud
low as to any matter of this kind and that
was ia front of Baker & Housman s store.
I stoppid and asked Mr. Sudlow if Mr.
Cable was in Chicago; I do not rcmem
!er wb.ett.er he said that Mr. Cable was
in Chicago or in the east. I then asked
him if he 6aw Mr. Cable to kindly call
his attention to the letteis that I bad
written him, giving the amount ttat I
was short on actual expenses on the via
duct project or words to that effect. This
is all the conversation I have had with
Mr. Sudlow on this subject whatsoever.
nnd it was an unexpected surprise to me
when Mr. Jackson informed me of what
he understood from Mr. Sudlow. I sat
right down on last Wednesday and wrote
Vlr. Sudlow a letter: the contents of the
same win explain itself and is as follows:
Rock Islaxd, 111.. April 8. 1891. U
3. Sudlow, Esq., Rock Island Ills Dear
Sir: In conversation with Mr. Jackson
this morning I was informed that he
understood you to say that I had inti
mated to you that my services were worth
$2,500, or some such sum in thi services
that I have rendered in securing the via
duct. In answer to this I wish to say
that there roust be a mistake somewhere.
I haye never intimated or demanded that
I wanted to be paid for services whatso
ever that I have performed in assisting in
the progress of said viaduct . I diu write
to Mr. R. R. Cable on Oct. 14 last that I
was then short $323 on actual expenses
on the viaduct matter, as I thought then
that all preliminaries as to the viaduct
were completed. I wouli not have writ
ten this letter to Mr. Cable had he not
told me when the viaduct bill was first in
troduced, that when all preliminaries
were completed for the building of said
viaduct, that he with the C, B. & Q.
people would consider actual expenses,
and I have again written Mr. Cable on
April 1 bs to the same matter. 1 wrote
this letter to Mr. Cable upon his own re
quest, as Mr. Cable told me some month
or two ago in his office to wait until all
matters pertaining to the viaduct were
completed and that he would then take
the matter up. I have never even de
manded from Mr. Cable the money that I
was short in addition to that I had re
ceived, and onlv left it for his considera
tion according to his own suggestion. I
have no legal claim against the railroad
companies or demanded any expenses
that I may be short nor do I intend to
make any demand. The whole matter is
only left optional with them ana it tney
consider that I shall not be reimbursed
for money that I have expended in addi
tion to what I have received in paying
actual expenses, I shall find no fault.
did not start the viaduct project upon
their suggestion and consequently I have
no legal demand against the railroad com
panies nor any one else. In my letters
to Mr. Cable and Mr. Merrill, I have al
ways stated emphatically that I wanted
no pay for any services that I had ren
dered in bringing the viaduct matter
about, and I do say bo now, that I want
no pay for any services whatsoever that I
have rendered in this matter. I am glad
that we, as citizens of Bock Island, have
been able to bring this matter about so as
THE 'ARGUS, SATURDAY.
to make a success in having said viaduct
built. I am, yours very truly,
I have not since heard from Mr. Sud
low. I consider the assertion made
against me at the last -meeting of the Cit
izens' Improvement association, was un
warranted and without foundation what,
soever. I have taken the pains to ex
plain a very small portion of the work
and trouble that we have done in bring
ing about the building ofthe Rock Island
viaduct, and I am pleased to say that
after having charge of this viaduct mat
ter for two and one-half years or more,
that with the assistance of the progres
sive citizens we have been able to ac
complish such a grand object as to have
this viaduct bui t and maintained by the
government without expense to any one
for the free use ot all in this locality.
The explanation thus made by Mr.
Hass in detail, is certainly very explicit,
and would seem to exonerate him com
pletely from any charges reflecting upon
his motives ia connection with the yia
duct. From the correspondence he has
had with reference to his expenses, and
which ht submits as a part of his com
munirati:n, it does not appear that he
has exacted or requested any unreason
able amount of money from the Rock
Island or any other road, while on the
other hand he has satisfactorily account
ed for all that he has received. The fair
est presumption that can be formed from
Mr. Hass'commuaication and the state
ments made before the Improvement as
sociation is that there has been a very
unfortunate misunderstanding, and unless
there can be produced evidence contra
dictory to what Mr. Hass has stated
above, the association cannot, in justice
to Mr. Hass or itself, fail to exonerate
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