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money from O'Neill. Commissioner Murphy,
with rvvery looking on. said:
"Do you want to tell me his name?"
"No. sir." said O'Neill, firmly and respectfully.
looking straight at the Commissioner. "I don't
think so."
Murphy twisted uneasily. Devery glared
••Well." said Commissioner Murphy, 'what
have you to say?"
• O-Neill threw back his head, looked Devery
In the eye. and. handing his certificate of two
years' honorable service In the United States
Army toward Murphy, said:
"I think. Commissioner, that that will speak
for itself, and show how far 1 may be trusted."
Deputy Commissioner Devery apparently did <
not sleep well on Thursday night. When he
discovered that In his tussle with O'Neill it was
not O'Neill who came out second best, he sum
moned the patrolman to appear before him
••forthwith" at headquarters yesterday morning.
O'Neill reported there in full uniform, and was
perved with a notice to report to Commissioner
Murphy. Half an hour later the newspaper men
discovered O'Neill In Commissioner Murphy's
office with Devery at Murphy's right. Murphy
said to the reporters:
"O'Neill has made a statement, and I am golnE
to make it public. But there are two questions
that I want to ask him now In your hearing,
which won't appear on this paper. You can
hear what he says." Then, turning to O'Neill.
Murphy put the following questions. Deputy
Commissioner Devery. holding both arms of the
chair in which he was seated, leaning forward
so that he could look O'Neill in the eye:
"Have you ever been asked by Deputy Com
missioner Devery for moneys for transfers?"
"No." replied O'Neill.
"Did you ever know or hear of anybody that
I- scry asked for money for making transfers?"
"No," replied O'Neill.
Then Deputy Commissioner Devery took a
hand in the questioning.
"Did you ever hear of me shaking anybody
flown?" he demanded.
O'Neill had answered the Commissioner in a
fubdued manner. He answered the Deputy
Commissioner in about the e«me tone of voice,
but there was a gleam in his eye. the same as
there was when he defied him as trial judge.
"No, but I have had people come to me to
shake me down." he replied.
"Did you ever approach me in any shape or
form?" asked the Deputy Commissioner.
"I came to you and asked you to transfer me,"
relied O'Neill.
"Who is the man who tried to shake you
down?"' demanded Devery.
"He is a police officer."
"Who is heT*
"I won't ten you." retorted O'Neill.
"Do you stand for all the statements that the
k newspapers make this morning about me trying
1 to 6hake you down?" demanded Devery.
* "I can't help what the newspapers say," re
plied O'Neill.
' Have you ever heard that I shook down po
"No, I have never heard that."
"Well, why did you make any such statements
as you did yesterday?"
"Because I was approached and was asked j
for money for a transfer."
"From whom were you approached?" (
"I don't know where it went to."
"I want the press to know that you won't tell
who this man was that approached you. You ,
»re in duty bound to let us know this, and you
O'Neill made no answer to this.
Devery had finished his questioning and Com- j
missioner Murphy made a sign to O'Neill to
leave the room. The commissioner then gave
Dut a copy of the examination of O'Neill, which
he had held in his hand until this time. The
more important questions and answers follow:
Q.— Now. I don't want to know anything you
|sj • want m tell me— needn't say a word if
you don't want to— nor do I want to know what
fou said yesterday to the District Attorney; but I
want you to know that I would not allow any
soldier to I* taken fidvantaße of. Is it true that
you -were asked for money? A.— YeR, sir.
How lone aco"» Two years ago.
Q— Not since my administration? A.— No, sir.
q._Do yon want to make a chars" against the
man who -.-,1 you for the money? -I don't
care la There were only two of us, and his word
is as pood as mine.
Q.— That's the request was made to you? A.—
Yes. sir. For $123. I had some summer clothes
which con $75. that have been kept from me ever
Q.— Another thing I want to know is. were you
. asked for money for the three platoon system?
This statement api>ears In the papers as having
1 .-. ; uttered by you. A.— No. Kir. 1 sever paid a
cent in my life for a transfer or anything else In
that line, but 1 have been asked for money, but
not for toe three platoon system.
Q.— l am very glad to hear you say it. Now I
. war.l to cay this: you Khali not be injured, and
you will not be transferred away from home again,
and if anybody attempts it. let me know, -either in
writing or in person. I may be too busy to see you,
but if I am too busy to see you, you can write me
a Jotter and lay it before me. Now. unless you
have pome s-jj,gestion to make, that Is all I want
to ray to you. a.— You transferred me to Tremont.
Q.— l? 1 transferred you to Tremont? A.— Yes,
Coeeml«stlon*r, at my own request. I came to sou
and asked you to transfer me to that precinct, and
In a very short time I was retransf erred.
Cj — Why did you not come to me the second time?
Q.— «'.!'• Because 1 would have been re
transferretl azain to some other post. Then yes
terday nmrniiiir th»-r«- were chars* s trumped up
against me. and
Q.— Now. why didn't you come to me as you did
yesterday morning, and tittk me to be transferred?
I would hnve done it as ] did then. Didn't you no
¦ on duty In your new post last nijrht? a.— No. sir.
I toured the Twenty-fourth Precinct last night.
Q.— What? You weren't transferred last night?
A.— No. sir.
This surprised Murphy, Inspector Cortright,
when seen, said he had not been ordered to
transfer O'Neill. It seems the order of the trans
far got as far as Devery's office, where it was
AH day long and racking with pain from her head
to her heels. That is what
many a self-supporting girl
must experience. On those
days each month, when in
other circumstances the
would go to bed, she must
still be at the desk or counter
and struggle through the day
as best she may.
Backache, headache, and
other pains caused by wom
anly diseases are perfectly
cured by Dr. Pierre's Favor
ite Prescription. It cures the
cause of these pains. It es
tablishes regularity, dries en
feebling drains, heals inflam
mation and ulceration and
cures female weakness. //
mat' weak women < tying
and sick women well.
••I have take* your mraJds*
with the arsiHrt Mtisfaciion,"
writes Mr*. Geori's Uiehl. of Lock
port Station, WrkttaoreUnd Co.,
renna. "Your •Favorite Preiscrip
tios' iuk cured me of utrrioe
Irou - that I tuflrrrd from for
fifteen yara, and j#»lnful monthly
trouble*. I can honestly »*y 1 can
work • whcl« : flay *nd not get tired. «nd before Uldnr Or.
Fff T^t*™* l -lwB J p> fcU'.tb^d. My pala i* .11 gone
£ .} ' e * l »l ik 'i." new J*T»oii. I .uffrrrd with hra«i«ch* all
tMe t.nae, but b»*e no hptfUche now rfrice tslrinir your med
irin«. I have Wn cured of troubles Out I .uffcrcd from for
11 "' •¦'*¦* «cd the **•' doctor in the Mate could not
cure me." . .^. %_% _
Dr. Pierce Common Sense Medical Adviser, in
paper covers, is sent frt* on receipt of a I one-cent
•tamps to pay expense of mailing only. Address
Dr. R. V. Pierce, Buffalo, N. V.
"fliwed." r>i>v.ry said that he would prefer a
complaint of insubordination against O'Neill.
Disappointed at his attempts to get Justice
from Deputy Police Commissioner York. Captain
Michael P. O'Rourke. who was brutally assaulted
by Patrolman Nicholas F. Callan on the morn-
Ins of March 12, will in all probability take his
case against the policeman into the courts. It
was not until fourteen weeks and two days had
elapsed that Deputy Commissioner York yester
day announced that he had dismissed the
charge against Callan. Some powerful and
hidden influence seemed to have been behind
the accused ofllcer, as he boasted from the first
of his ability to pet an acquittal. Mr. York was
not any too anxious to make known his decision,
as he repeatedly refused to announce it. Yes
terday, when Captain O'Rourke called upon Mr.
York and asked if any judgment had been
reached, the Deputy Commissioner paid curtly:
"I have dismissed the complaint," and then
turned on his heel and walked away.
The story of Callan's assault as told by
O'Rourke shows it to have been one of the moat
outrageous of many police outrages. Callan.
who was formerly a prizefighter, is said to be a
personal friend of Inspector McLaughlin. the
uniformed head of the force in Brooklyn and
Queens. He is connected with the Grand-aye.
On the night of the assault O'Rourke had been
to the theatre, and afterward went to dinner
with several friends in Bedford-aye. About 3
o'clock in the morning he left his friends in
front of the Union League Club. Ten minutes
later, opposite his home. No. J>S7 Bergen-st.,
O'Rourke pasted Callan. The latter was with a
woman, and addressed O'Rourke, paying: "What
in are you looking at?" A moment later
O'Rourke was struck a blow under the Jaw by
the policeman's night stick. This was followed
by a blow on the side of the jaw. The patrol
wagon was called, and O'Rourke was carried to
the station, where a charge of intoxication was
made against him. Sergeant Gregory ordered
him locked up In pplte of his pleas for medical
attendance. At 5 o'clock the sergeant became
alarmed and had the injured man removed to
the Seney Hospital. It was seven weeks before
O'Rourke left the hospital.
Charges were preferred against Callan, and
he was placed on trial on May 21. He admitted
having arrested O'Rourke. who, he uaid, was
Intoxicated. The assault, however, he denied,
and he declared that O'Rourke had been in
jured by falling. Ambulance Surgeon Dancy.
of the Beney Hospital, testified that ORourkes
jaw could not have been broken as it was by
a fall. Two witnesses testified that they saw
the policeman strike O'Rourke.
At the end or a three days' hearing Mr. York
reserved his decision. Six weeks later the de
cision was still reserved. Captain O'Rourke.
who was an orficer in the 47th New-York Vol
unteers and the Hubbell Command of Spanish
War Veterans, asked Mr. York to render a
decision. He continued to hold it up. Mean
while the powerful police influence was working
in Callan's behalf.
Captain O'Rourke 6aid yesterday:
The decision is jus" what I have been expecting
for weeks past. Callan boasted at the outset that
he v-ould never be punished. He knew what he
was talking about; hi- knew his man. York. In
bringing the charge against Callan I Was not
actuated by hatred or a spirit of revenue i
thought it was my duty as a citizen to brim; him to
justice, so as to .1-ter him and other policemen
from repeating hi* brutal action.
An effort ha« been made to make it appear that
I and my friends had brought the Influence of the
Masonic fraternity to bear in hi - case. 1 am a
member of half a dozen organizations", but I never
asked a member of ary of th. in to open his mouth
or write a line nj.-Hi-.-t Callan. I never thought it
was aeceeearjr for en American citizen to exert
fraternal or other outside influence in order to
obtain Justice from a public official, sworn to pro
tect his fellow citizens from injury, personal mil
Callan has admitted to hi« friend* In the Ninth
Ward that he struck me. This i* common talk In
that section. Ever since the trouble began be has
been laughing In his sleeve at the Idee of bring
ing charKes againM him. He knew Mr. York and
the Influences controlling him. Now it is that I
realize my error in brinsrin»r my case before Mr.
York. who apparently cannot rise above the level
of ward politic!". I should have known better th.-m
to trust to mm whose continuance in ofli •¦ is a
menace to the public welfare. This rase la Dot
settled, and will not be until it is settled In accord
ance with the dictates of Justice.
Deputy Commissioner York refused last night
to discuss the case, as he has done repeatedly.
Be said that he had dismissed the charges two
weeks ago, but did not say why he had neglected
to announce his decision.
"Deputy Commissioner York would have dis
missed Callan from the force at once." said a
man familiar with Democratic politics last
night, "if It were not for the fact that he hopes
to run for county judge this fall. He is doing
everything to curry favor with the police in
order to have their support."
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: It is always exasperating to know nil about
a thing anil 10 he unable to prove it. That is the
present situation of the New-York public at this
moment with regard to the police force. There Is
not a man. woman, boy or girl In the five boroughs
of this city to-day who is not morally convinced
that th«? fabric of the Police Department is a mass
of corruption from the ground up. The members
of It who are got d and efficient and untainted lire
few. though they doubtless exist: those who would
like, to be to are doubtless many; tho»e who want
to be corrupt, who expect to make their living by
being corrupt, who are In the department for the
purpose of being corrupt, are enough to give the
character to the whole force. Nobody doubts this;
everybody know* it. The difficulty is to prove it.
Everybody who known the truth "In a manner
acceptable to a court of lav* Is in one way or an
other interested In keeping it a 'secret, or would
place himself In come *ort of danger by telling It.
The men who hold the lowest positions In the force
an used by those who hold the higher ones as
tools for the extortion of money from persons
engaged In fonif- form of law breaking or In the
promotion of some form of vice. None of the ex
tortioners, principals or tools, want to expose the
system on the witness stand, and the victims of it
cannot do so without confessing their own law
breaking. The subordinate extortioners are them-,
pelves the victims of the greed of their superiors,
who compel contributions from them as the price
of the tenure of their places and of Immunity from
punishments for real or pretended offences.
Many of these subordinates— very likely the most
of them— prefer to be. honest and fair In all
their dealings with their superiors and with the
public, but the system m all. around them, their
fellows are practising It and they must practise it
themselves or lose hard won places, run the risk
of difficulties In providing for their families, and
probably 'subject themselves to future persecution
if they dare to remain In New-York City, even If
they Reek livings outside the Police Department.
Patrolman O'X*-1U did not enunciate any great
new truth to th«« citizens of New-York when he
got sick and disheartened with the whole corruption
mill and stood Of on his two feet and denounced
and defied one of its chief operators. The only «ur
prldng thing was that here at last was a man
ready to say what everybody already knew. But
even upon O'Neill the effort will I* made to place
the discrediting stigma of a spite to avenge and a
grudge to serve, and his testimony. It It is unsup
ported, will be but the testimony of one man
against many who will be interested In confusing;
and disestablishing what he says.
What Is needed Is credible witnesses to prove
what all know— who have no vengeance to
lint. lt. of the <1l»i«u rrrii |imt
¦will- li la ravaging; thin city at iire»-
seek, no profit to pursue, no loss to fear. And how
can a policeman be in this position? A policeman
could he Fuch a witness If it were beyond the power
of his superiors ;o harm him. In case they remained
In office, or while they remained in office, an.l he
could be placed beyond their power of harm if pome
few men of means and right desires should choose
to place him so. A few such public spirited men
could easily raise a fund sufficient to guarantee
the Immunity of witnesses and their families, both
materially and legally, in case of any effort to in
jure them on the part of their superiors of the
Police Department.
These witnesses would have no Interest In bearing
false testimony merely for the sake of the support
which they would gain from such a fund, because
they would get no more from it than they now re
ceive as members of th.- police force, and the use
of this means for the payment of private grudges
could be guarded against by insistence on the evl
d'-nce of two witnesses to the same overt act. The
plan would nt least remove one of the worst ob
stacles to any Investigation of police methods, the
positive and often overwhelming danger which
hangs over any one who knows the facts at first
hand and dares to tell them. N. P. C.
New-York, Aug. 30, 1901.
Police Captain Thomas J. Diamond, Serjeant
John H. Shells and Edward O. Glennon and John
Dwyar, wardmen, .'ill pleaded not guilty before Ro
c-order Ooff yesterday to the Indictments severally
charging them with neglect of official duty.
Recorder Uoff upheld the demurrer to «he indlct
mt nt In the case of Captain John D. Herllhy, with
the under.-nandiiip that the ea*e may be resuh
mitted to the grand jury.
In the case of Captain Diamond a demurrer to
the Indictment was .lisaliowed, but a motion to In
spect the minutes of the grand jury was granted.
In the cases of Shells. Glennon and Dwyei a de
murrer to the indictment was disallowed.
Counsel for Captain llerlihy had contended that
the Indictment contained 110 specification? of disor
derly houses, and that If the case waa called for
trial each specification must be proven. It was on
this ground that the demurrer was sustained and
the Indictment dismissed.
In the case of Captain Diamond Recorder Ooff
paid: "I am satisfied thai ;my Justice who stayed
the proceednf,-? did so without Jurisdiction. Justice
Dykman was without power to make that order.
Justice (.Icßerlch has vacated the oriler. and has
left the way open and there Is no obstacle In th"
Way of proceeding with the rase. I deny the mo
tion to illsmiss the imlli-.meni mid grant the motion
to inspect the minutes nf the gran.l Jury. In grant
ing the motion to inspp.-t the minutes of the grand
jury I do so with the under^tandiiiK thut there shall
be no dilatory motion or 'notions following this In
tipectlon " A new demurrer was then interposed,
whi.-h in some respecta was the same as that pre
sented in the case of Captain Herllhy. Recorder
<;off disallowed this. Diamond was then cnllc-d to
the bar. nn.l pleaded not gui'tv.
Deputy Assistant District Attorney O;inc. referring
to the quashing of the Herllhy Indictment, said:
"Of oours.'. it is a prcif disappointment to us to
have thin Indictment dismissed The question with
this onVe is now whether to appeal from the ruling
of the Recorder or to restilimtt the case to the
grand jury. As the dismissal was on purely tech
nical grounds, either course la open to us."
Chicago, Aug. 30— President Llndblom of the
Civil Bar TICS Commission announces that a sweep-
Ing Investigation of the detective bureau will d«
begun about September 13. To-day Detectives John
J. Tracy and John C. Cramer, accused with I.in';
tenant Peter J. Joyce of having collected ITS *) from
the State by mean» of the fraudulent Liirkm ex
pense account, are on trial. To-morrow the decision
in these esses, as well us th* verdict as to the jftillt
or Innocence of Lieutenant Joyce, will l>e announced
by the commission.
In response to an Inquiry President Llndhlorn
said thai these trials are only the first step hi a
thorough inquiry Into the character and efficiency
of the entire detective department.
From The Ptsmlc Dally News
t Th« nn * v - Jam?R Blewett. a chaplain on Ward's
Island, In the Kant Rivi r. where the insane poor of
New-York City are kept, wan In town th« ofrter
day. Mr. lilewett use«l 10 live in Pasaalc, and ha*
•' little property .'•< re which dem.-mdM .i.-raslonal at
tention. He Mi on i:i.ickw«irt( IvMr..!, wherethe
petty prisoner? are kept, for eithtecn years hul
was transferred to Ward's Island recently
Mr. Wewett was miking to his ¦•Id frlen.l < hl»f
of Police Hondry when it "News" reporter hn;<
pened alonff. The ,hl. f was saying thai he a.l
mirei Deputy Commissioner !••¦•,• ¦. for the way
he held up his head when tho toniHh.iwks •*„*/¦ fly
ln«c around him. "If the newspapers pour me
the way the) do Devery' said the rbJef. '1 >l re
>lpn in a week. Do ¦„ -i know Derery?"
"1 have known him fur years." said Mr. lewett.
"I consider him a pentlrmiin. He Is n ourerh jx-Ilce
ofn<er. I live not far away from him In Twentieth
st. He liven In Eighteenth «• lam In the precinct
mre •.. used to !>e wardman snd r..|>f»ir. When
be was wardinnn there used to ho complaint al»out
disorderly house* It -iv block. an<l h<« i«[>. Nt three
nithtK on., In my info wnt'-hitij; n house JuM
nrroMs the ..... looking to :• - what went on there.
When he wn* pi tin he \\:<\- JuM th<» same way,
always on the outlook to gtre the public proper pro.
¦ don."
"Yon don't mean what Is known as 'police pro
tection'?" said the chief.
"That Is something 1 know nothing about. I
have heard .i good many hard things said ntmut
Devery, but, as far as my observation «'»-!«, h#> is
a good ofllcer. Men sometimes are compel lei to ( lo
things which they don't like to da beeau • If they
don't obey orders somebody else will be found who
will. That's something I don't know about But
i.« far «•< I know Devery, be in a Rood officer ami
a gentleman "
This remarkable tribute from a clergyman must
be ranked ns one of the mo.m surprising things
tver said about Devery.
Dallas, Tex., Ant. M. Possei .ire scouring Collln,
Delias. Hunt and Denton countle? for ,
who last Hlghl broke Into the home .
Bhackleford, a wi,n. resident of McKlnnej
a desperate struggle. In whi.-h she was ¦•
r\^ snd bruised. Mrs Hhackl.'f.rd drovi of! her
aseailant. Posses were si once formed to
th»- negro, but *<> far be h.ts evaded hla d
All th. negroes In McKlnney hay, boen ordered to
1.,1-v. town and .t serious conflici 1^ i..m |
Kansas City. Mo., Aug. 30. -At mcd men to-day
renewed the starch, forty miles south of Kansas
City, for "Boasts" Francis, the alleged murderer
of Miss Mary Henderson, of Columbus. Mo. it is
now believed that Francis hns escaped but how
he got away is a matter Of conjecture.
Inv TBuronArit to Tin: tribune.]
New-Orleans, Aug. M. Mrs. Louis A. Adam, who
died In New-Orleans last night, was a duly commis
sioned lieutenant in the Confederate Army, and
since the war had been a prominent figure in all
Confederate movements nnd president of half a
dozen associations and societies for Confederate
memorial work.
Mrs. Adam was born in England, but came to
America in early womanhood and married L a.
Adam in New-Orleans. On the outbreak of the
war Adam entered th* Washington Artillery in
New-Orleans, and Mrs. Adam went Into the tailor
shops to help clothe the soldiers. When General
Butler took charge of New-Orleans Mrs. Adam
was among those expelled because she refused to
swear allegiance to the United States. «nd she
made her way to the centre of the conflict, Rich
mond. There she secured employment In the pass
port department of the Confederate government,
ami was commissioned a lieutenant, with full pay'
and served to the fall of the Confederacy. As soon
as peae* was declared Mis. Adam returned to New-
Orleans, and entered actively into the work of
making clothes to cover the needy ex-Confeder
Stockton. Cal., Aug. 30— special train of about
forty carloads of potatoes will leave here to-day
for the Middle and Southern States. The potatoes
are raised on the river islands west of this city
and towed her« on barges. The demand for pota
toes, onions and cabbages throughout the Middle
States Is large, owing to the drouth, and hundreds
of carloads will be sent there from Stockton this
year. Local dealers are paying from 11 £0 to $1 >,•> a
hundred pounds for potatoes on the river . bank.
To-day's shipment is the largest single consign
ment of potatoes ever sent out of the State.
< ouilniieU from flr»t pnice.
general offices on the anti-Tammany ticket this
fall, are under a solemn pledge of secrecy. This
fact made it difficult yesterday to secure any
corroboration for stories concerning their de
liberations at the Citizens Union headquarters
on Thursday night, when they talked of candi
dates. Prom the best information obtainable
yesterday, the committee of twelve's tentative
Itet for mayoralty candidates is as follows:
Democrat, Brooklyn.
OEOROE L. RIVES, Independent Democrat,
JOHN DR WITT \V\RXER. Independent Dera
ocrnt, Manhatinn.
F. NORTON GODDARD, Independent Repub
lican. Manhattan.
3ETH LOW, Independent Republican, Manhat
P.IHD S. COI.ER. Regular Democrat, Brooklyn.
"It certainly would be highly improper tr> take
the newspapers Into our confidence before we re
ported to the Committee of One Hundred," said
Colonel Willis L. Oprden yesterday, when rr
queated to confirm the list of names submitted
to him hy The Tribune reporter. "We shall do
our best to keep secret the personnel of the list
until the meeting of the Committee of One Hun
dred on the night of Wednecsday, September 4."
An Interesting story was circulated yesterday
concerning tlu- placing of Controller Co'.pr's
name in the list. Mr. Coler tins thr.^e ttdmirer*
In the committee of twelve. They are Samuel
Seahui-y, at J Flaherty and. A. J. Roulton. Mr.
Flaherty said yesterday thHt it had been learned
definitely that Controller Coler would not accept
a Tammany nomination, even If it were ottered
to him without pledges. In connection with this,
it was said last nrfeht that it was nn account of
representations made to the other members of
the committee of twelve that Mr. Coler's name
was Included in the list of six.
In Brooklyn yesterday it was snld that Mr.
Flaherty and his associates had been badly
fooled if they had made any such representa
tions, as Controller Coler's most Intimate polit
ical associates In Brooklyn were' booming him
for the Tammany nomination. This course was
decided on more than a week ago. and waa re
ferred to by The Tribune at the time. The
Brooklyn machine men have every resson iti
the world for wanting; Coler. They are reason
ably Ftire to lose their county ticket In Novem
ber, and that Is a serious matter to them. With
a Brooklyn favorite on the head ol the ticket
they would make a hopeful fight.
The Tilden Club has appointed Henry I>. Hotch
k\*<>, nohert X DowUnß. J.imrs R. Klv. William A
llnrher md ''JeorKe A. lloaney a committee to join
with the other antl-Tammnny ortMniMf lon<: In the
conferences for the selection «>f a union ticket. The
Tlklen Club wag or^anlzfl ahout slx months igo,
snd l« buildlns; a lIMKOOO clubhouse In Broadway,
between Seventy-fourth and S<v»>nty-tifth m'.^.,
which it expects to occupy In the fall.
Spokane, "Wash.. Ant? 'JO. - It Is reported here
that a disastrous wreck occurred to-night on
the Great Northern, forty miles east of Kalis
pell. Mont. Seventeen people are reported
TUT TF!.F';«»ril TO raa TRIDCXCj
P'lffo'.k. Va.. At!*:. ¦¦ The Idea of many mem
bers of tho constitutional convention mintage com
mlttr« in •„ make one his? «»>,t! and then be hon
«*t." naid I»r. Thomas H. R.irnen thin fvenlng. It
Barne* himself Ij> n m«nl<T of th»» committee, nil.!
for pryeral ilayn has been actlnK chairman. Senator
Daniel l-elriK on the floor .-..Mre-slnß th* committee.
The m^intiiK of the remark Is that it ts propose. l
to disfranchise negroes without disturbing tho
White electorate. The knotty question which la de
laying the committee '.+ one r.f detail Senator
Daniel, who Is made more conservative by reason
of bin ofliclHl connection* at Washington and his
doubt about the adoption of the constitution un
lern It be proclaimed, favors the payment of a
<•;.;, lhttlon tax and the. preparation of the elector's
ballot by hlms.Mf as requisites, but favors also ex
• mi. ting soldiers and their sor.s and thoe who
rnme under the "unlerfttandlnsr clause.*' The more
radical faction of the committee advocates in ad
dition to Daniel's restrictions the imposition of a
property qualification, but exempting licensed per-
K.-n.s. skilled lal»or*rs. soldiers and their descend
I>r. Rarnes s=ays there may be two Democratic re
ports and one Republican report from the commit
tee. Senator Daniel believes, in an] event, that the
negro vote will be abridged materially, the extent
depending only upon a question of expediency and
getting the constitution adopted. He fears un
favorable comment from Senate associates and ad
verse Supreme Court decisions.
( hleaßo, Auk. Testimony disclosing an al
leged plot to kill Bishop Anton Koslowskl of the
Independent Polish Catholic Church was Intro
duced to-day in the trial of five of the Bishops
parishioners for alleged conspiracy to defame the
character of the Bishop.
H. ••windowskl. who has been employed as
mart of i !;<¦ iiovi.ii ,i „ .,. „,
Un^ p he n ß^,p d % ff h a aoc^ '-;';•--•'
hospital. He averred 'thai JM «,''>«' '?" t!l "
bonu w wlth^he promise ° m more "*»»*>**
[ "' " the town clock struck 9 last night the
hayseed orchestra In the ballroom of the Victoria
Hotel, at Larchmont-bn-the-Sound, which had been
transformed Into a veritable barn. struck up an
old-fashioned shakedown. Pretty girls hi hayseed
frocks, with ii..,' bib and tucker, odd-shaped bats
and poke bonnets, and their escorts hi Reuben
Jeans and straw In the mouth marched In, and the
much talked of harvest dance was on, Everywhere
about the hots) was the smell of hay and corn
stalks while lbs rustic costumes added to the odd
features of the occasion. The hotel from the out
sioe presented a grotesque appearance, with pump.
kin vines, cornstalks and sheaves of wheat en
twined about the windows and verandas. Then
there were Jack-o'-lanterns and Japanese lights.
Previous to the dance there, were a number of bay
parties, and the merry guests enjoyed the novelty
of riding in a lumber wagon Ailed with straw.
The hay seed costumes of the women were both
pretty and odd. There were milkmaids, country
lassies, farmers In blue Jeans, farmer boys In over
alls and high boots, shepherds anil shepherdesses
The order of dances opened with a "grand hayseed
march," followed by Virginia reels, waltzes, qua
drilles and polkas. The patronesses comprised Mrs.
C. i; Johnson. Mrs. F. V. Alexander, Mrs. H. J.
Rogers, Mrs. I*. L. mil. Mrs. I-. Bauer, Mrs. F. B.
Taylor. Mr?. F. W. Kroehle. Mrs. Edward A.
Ma her, Mrs. F. .i Primrose, Mrs. D. M. Mackaye,
Mrs F. W. Sharp. Mrs. F. Gray. Mrs. George
Beratnan, Mrs. J. H. Duffy. Mrs. J. H. Mannlgan,
Mrs 8 Sterns. Mrs. Albert Freeman. Mrs. Joseph
P I>n«er Mrs. C. A. Becker, Mrs. W. 11. Eaton.
li' 7 Spans. Mrs. M. Marshall. Mrs A. I. Stad
i.r Mrs. S. a. Ortmn, Mrs, D. P. lngraham and
Mrs. W. I*. Lemmon.
The elevntorn for King Edward**
rnlnrr were m«t<l«- I" I 1 ''" •»•>•
I There are other* In me In .\evr
York lion»e» vrhlch equal them.
SEE Till: SUNDAY TlllHl M-: TO
Washington, Aug. Acting Secretary Hackett
to-day made public a letter from Rear-Admiral
Howtsoa denying the authenticity of the interview
attributed to him in which he Is made to comment
adversely on Admiral Schley. The Acting Secretary
has therefore continued Admiral Howlson as a
member of the Schley court of Inquiry. leaving the
court itself to determine any further question as to
his competency. The letter is as follows:
No. "2 Ashburton-ave..
Tonkers. N. V.. August 21. 19"I.
Dear Sir: I have just returned to my home after
a short visit to Saratoga and Lake George. Owing
to my detail as a member of the court of inquiry
ordered to meet on September 12 next. I find that
many newspapers are giving me credit for having
served my country in the United States Navy for
nearly "mir a century with honor. I see also that
I am thought to be objectionable as a member "of
this court of inquiry. it beins stated that I pub
licly expressed opinions on the conduct of the
battle of Santiago while serving as commandant
at the Boston Navy Yard, shortly after the result
of that engagement was known. I believe the ser
vice knows, as I do. that I do not attempt to
make public, speeches, write for magazines or
papers or make public utterances on naval or
other subjects. It has been Impossible for me to
avoid the visits and questions of representatives of
newspapers while serving at important stations and
at times when the navy has been so busily em
ployed. At Mare Inland, during my long service
there, particularly during the great railroad strike,
the papers contained many statements said to
hnve been obtained in my oSlee; most. If not all
of these reports were harmless, readable articles
on the operations of ..the several naval detach
ments serving for . the preservation of law and
I>uring my two years' service at the Boston sta
tion there was seldom a day passed without receiv
ing visits from the representatives of the several
Boston papers, and during the Spanish-American
War the navy yard there was seldom without
newspaper reporters. I found them to he polite
and gentlemanly at all times, and whatever in
formation or news I could reasonably impart I
gave them. I have often interpreted to a number of
them the laws and regulations for the navy, by at
tempting to answer questions relating to the duties
and responsibilities of the several grades of offi
cers throughout a fleet of vessels, from the com
mander-ln-chief to the lowest rate among the crew.
v ...:i the news of our navy's success at Manila
and again at Santiago, reached Boston, the people
there were not behind the rest of the United States
in giving honor and praise to the r.avy and to the
commanders-in-chief of the. fleets. The enthusiasm
or the population in praise and honor for the offi
cers and men engaged at Santiago lasted for some
time, until later, when the troubles began as to
where th.- credit and honors should en for th.'
success of this engagement. It is no news to the
navy to say thai where all do their duties the
first honors for success go to th* officer in chief
commanding. Censure for failure also belongs to
This newspaper cutting in question contains a
statement, In which it is said that I made a com
part? ir. between Bchley ami Sampson unfavorable
to S .:'¦>. The word "respected.* 1 as used by the
reporter. Is seldom or ever employed by navy men
in comparing th. qualities possessed by officers.
and I am sure I could never ha' aid "'his as he
reports, nor said that Srhle) had the reputation of
bring nervous and hotheaded in the Naval Acad
emy. One may say an ofßcer stands higher In his
class, If true; ir:..ih- r may stand higher in scien
tin.- attainments, while another lay le distin
guished for eminent diplomatic and docla', ¦¦¦;ni ••¦¦••
while all )iTid<r discussion are of g**»d standing and
proficient in their necetwary professional calling.
I have no recollection of the gentleman repre
senting "Th« Boston Record." and I do not ap
prove of his public statement as mine. I cannot
say that I have not discussed with acquaintances
mntter--. published in the newspapers relating to
our r. ivy's siteo*??. as we!! as the unfortunate ilis
put* so widely commented on. There are f PW or
no persons In the navy or in our country who have
not dally discussed then« newspaper articles
From the papers II appears that Admin! s
has strong doubts as to mv fitness fairly to judtre
this .is- with Admirals Dewey and Benhaia \-«
It Is a case of i;; i v Import to those concerned
and to the country. I am desirous of giving mv
little help to clear away the troubles. The duties
of members of courts martial and court's of Inquiry
are not sought or desired by i' : ers While I feel
hlchly honor.-; by the department's seWtlnn of
myself for this duty. It is anything hut a pleanant
tnsk to «it |r» Judgment on brother offi - ,- r -i How
ever, the honor of the selection nor the unpleasant
ness of court .luMes do not enter Into the reasons
for my now wrltintr to say to you. personally thre.»
things, v'.z :
First— To reassure you th.nt lam not re-p->nslM«
for it,,) did not (tiro out such an interview as M
nlloKed-ln the dispatches from Boston ami a-« stated
in th-- no whimpers to hive been mentioned by Ad
miral Be hie vln n recent left to th» dr>pirtmenf
Second -If. however, th ilerrirtment feels that
the cause r.f the navy and of justice will be potter
senreo by relieving me from duty on th" court, I
nm llrely ready to »:*hilraw voluntarily, or to
pnr«» th.^ depart ni^n r relieve nT> utinn its own Ini
tin live
Third If on the other h\nd. th.- department.
Vnowlrcr ill the clrenmof.-inco?. rteslres that I
sho'iM perform the duty. ! am entirely r»nilv t>
perform It. and can. upon my conscience and oath.
<1.» mv duty ns i memher of the court "without
pnrtNlltr." as the law requires, yours sincerely
nnd respectfully. HI. HOWISON.
Ri ir \ "Ti'ri' Vnltod States Navy,
Th» Hon. Prank W. Hackett, Washington, D. C.
Acting Secretary Hackett replied t.i this letter as
Washington, Aurusl M MOt
Dear Admiral: Your personal letter of Ctth de
serves in Immediately reply.
You say substantially that there la no foundation
for the statements attributed to you as having
been sef forth hi nn Interxiew afterward published
in 'The Boston Recor.'" ant! lately made th* suh
lecl of a communication fr^m Renr-Admlral Sehley
to the d<*p.nrt menr. You evidently have re->d th«
correspondence between the Admiral an.l the de
partment as published las| week In the newspapers.
The department, lei me assure you. his no pur
pose of relieving you of <' H duty". It has Implicit
confidence In your souse M justice and fairmind
PhotiM the. couisel for Renr-Arimlrn! Bchlrv pro.
...... i in offer to th» court objection to you It will
be for the i-ot:rt itself to rtecM* the question of
your competency to sif ns n member.
Were yon- letter ofn.-i.il. Ins'e.Tl of heine ¦asrer*
personal. I should refer If to the Jurige-e.dvof»t* of
tho court, to be I.iM before the court. T would lik*
to know if ¦¦•¦> have any objection »o mv riving to
the public v<>ur frank nn I manly letter, in th-» event
flint It sh*M «e«»Tn ile-ilr.ible to .'o so.
What you hive (id only confirms me hi the be
lief that the denartment hn< been fortunate in se
leotlnir you i« »he thirl member of the court
Kindly accent the assuranre of my personal es
teem. nnd believe me. «wir* truly.
ri"i r . .\dmlrni H. L. Hrvwlaon. T\ S. N.. Yonkers
S v
Admiral Howlson consented •''it bis personal
letter BhOUld be plven to the puMlc*.
"Washington. Aug. SOi— Commander Richard Waln«
Wright, superintendent of the Naval Academy,
came to Washington from Annapolis ¦ • -d.iv and
spent some lime in conference with Captain
T.emly advocate of the Schley court, in ref
erence to the testimony to be K'v^n hy the com
mander, who is one of the witnesses on the cov
eroment'a list. Captain I.emly has Wen engaged
It! this kind of work for the last week, laying the
basis for the presentation of h!s case.
Nothing has yet been beard by Acting Secretary
Hackett from Captain Porsyth In answer to the
department's letter asking nn explanation of his
alleged Interview In relation to the Schley case.
The Navy Department hn« succeeded by means
of its notice to the press yesterday m finding Gus
taf E. Ctaeson. who was the man at the wheel on
the Texas In the battle of Santiago. Captain
Lssaly to-day received a telephone message from
a resident of this eltv. giving him Claeson's ad
dress in the United States, which, however, was
not made public.
Washington. Aupr. "".—The correspondence be
tween Admiral UowlSOn and Acting Secretary
Hackett was sent to Admiral Bcbley. who discussed
It with his counsel Later the following announce
ment Wai m < le:
Admiral St hley's counsel are entirely dissatisfied
with the position of Admiral Howtson as disclosed
in his letter to Acting Secretary Haehett, made
public to-day.
The lawyers held that it is not a comprehensive
denial of tie statements attributed to Admiral
Will continue io c!o>e their store on Saturdays
in September, as usual, at
12 o'clock, Noon.
On other days, until September 14th, the store
will continue to be opened at 8:30 A. M..
and closed at 5 P. A\.
-on. nor, they -,&;¦„ does it sufficiently omaia»»
' nirals freedom from bias. It i 3i 3 D rnh«i
:h 't T; - v l —t forth these objections in » ut? *
to the Acting Secretary of the Navy " t:e *
Gustaf E. Ciaesen. helmsman of the hatthsaja,
Texas, an important witness for whom the i a J,
advocate In the Schley inquiry has been lookin*
was found in Brooklyn yesterday. '*
Claeaen was 01. the Texas when she helped s'-V
the Spanish fleet in Santiago Bay. He ts about
thirty-five years old, tall and athletic. When
learned that he was wanted he said that he wa
ready to give whatever testimony he had. When
seen by a Tribune reporter last night, he was oar
tlclpatlng in a meeting of Gloucester Command*
Naval Veterans, of which he U a member at BW
217 Court-st ' °-
He said he expected to be called as a witness b«.
fore the court of Inquiry, and firmly declined to
speak of anything that might be the subject of in
qulry before the court. "
He spoke of the movements of the vessels esos.
dally of the Texas, on the day of the battle and
of his own Injuries received on the day preceding
the engagement at Guantanamo. He was to th
pilot house on that .Jay when the port batter!*!
were trained on the fort at Guantanamo. He wa
cut by flying glass and splinters, and the doctors
ordered him below. Claesen thought he would hara
time to reach the lower deck before the starboard
batteries were brought Into action. The starboard
guns were fired, however, before he got off tile
deck, an.l when he w-»s within twelve feet of the
muKle ot the 12-inch gun. The concussion threw
him to the lower deck and ruptured the drum of
his left ear. He gathered himself together and sat
back to his station, where he remained until th«
engagement closed.
Referring to the movements of the squadron is
July 3. Mr. Claesen said:
Commodore Schley hoisted the signal. "Th« enemy
is escaping." As soon as that signal was hauSJ
down another was hoisted on the Brooklyn- *$£
regard all movements of the commander-uV-ch!er- :
distance 9 anSWered by a " the snl P9P 9 within signal
All the ships on the blockading line directed •>»•
course toward the enemy. The Texas, the lowaaM
enemy Ster "*** th<? Sr3t tO ° P^ n « re^
The movements of the ships are now history and
of course. I cannot go into detail as to the move:
ments of the Brooklyn. I have been watt!-" tr
three years lor an opportunity of telling all I know
Washington. Aug. 30.- The naval orders of to-day
contain the names of three persona designated as
witnesses in the Schley inquiry. They are I ton
tenant John Hood, of the Indiana. - UeatSSasw
James G -Doyle, who according to a telesraS "£
cci veil to-day from Admiral Remey at Cavite »m
been detached from the New- York and ordered
home and Chaplain W. T. Helms, now Tt^
Buffalo, whs has been ordered home immediately.
George Bethune Adams was yesterday appoistei
by the President to succeed Justice Addison Brown,
of the United States District Court for the South'
en District of New-York. Justice Brown retires
to-morrow. Last Sunday morning The Tribune an
nounced exclusively that Mr. ,Ms was to be ap
George Bethune Adams is a member of the law
firm of V/llcox. Adams & Green. He was born In
Philadelphia In 1543, and served as a private with
th<> vobinti who responded to President liv-
Appointed Unlti--.'. Btßtea P-.-rr: t ' ourt Jsdae
! coin's first call la MO. Be volunteered again ia
• IM3, and afterward entered th? Quartermaster*
j Department of the army, in which he was ••-
I ployed until I*7l Five years later he began the
• study of law in Philadelphia. He practised there
• from I>*TS until 1983, when he entered the olflca or
' Beet* & Wlleox. an old firm of admiralty lawyer!
:In this city. After the at« of Mr. Bee he the
f firm of WUcox. Adams & Macklin was formed, sad
! subsequent)] Herbert Green took the place «' Mr:
' Macklin in the firm. The firm nukes a specialty o.
, marine law. , __
At a m.ctln* of the admiralty bar in July a reso
i ration was adopted asking the Tresldent to apP«J>
i Mr. Adams. A committee, consisting : of K. V.
Benedict. Henry C. Ward and Everett P. Wliee.er.
presented a memorial to the President. m'ltta<
that at ,i meeting of the counsel practising in tea
' Federal District Court there was unanimous con
; currence in the opinion that Mr. Adams was »
» suitable person to fill the vacancy.
' Mr &dams has always been a Republican, »up
portlnß the regular organisation. He betamj a
member of the Union League Club In MA and la
is:.j be was elected secretary, and was re-electea
In :-:>.--. He has also served In the club on jarloui
committees. He has been a member cf tae i»r
Association since ISS3.
Washington. Aug. 30.-The President to-day
appointed William H. Hunt, of Montana, to M
Governor si Porto Rico, Is succeed Charles H.
Allen. Judpe Hunt has been secretary -of ¦Vorst
Rico, and Acting Governor in the absence «
Governor Allen. It was announced some tuna
ago that he had be*n selected for the office.
Washington. Ass 30.— The War Department has
approved the contract made by the local engineer
at San FranMsco for the construction of the Oak
land Caaal, which is to extend from Oakland Har
bor to Sin Leandro Bay. The contract was made
about four months ago. but was held up until io
day by lesal complications.
Us I llaalSS) Aug. 30.-Blnger Hermann. COSJ
mlssloner of the General Land Office, has com
pleted his annua» report, which shows that la *•
year 1e.58t.7X5 acres of the public domain 2T # **-£I
posed of. and that the receipts of the office i »««
J4dr > The receipts exceeded those o' ,»?*,*;£
by $59- *rj and the land disposals by 2,108.»» acre*.
P. 3Utaum A €o.

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