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Trinity College and Her Work to
Clutch the Coveted Prize.
How They Look and Speoulations
Regarding Their Worth.
Hartford, May 2a, 1874.
IB the year 1848, in accordance with a proposi
tion from tne boating men of Harvard, Trinity
College sent Mr. a A. stedroan, Jr., one of tta stu
dents, as a representative to New Haven, where,
on the 2?th oi May of tDat year, he met in council
delegates from Harvard, Brown and Yale, with tne
view of establishing an intercollegiate regatta,
"at which all the college clubs should be partici
pants, in imitation of the annnal meetings of the
English University eights." This was the 11 rat im
portant step that Trinity ever took towards en
couraging boating Interests in her midst, and, un
fortunately, it was the last of any moment for
some time afterward. It was no doubt the inten
tion of Trinity to compete with her sister seats of
learning in the proposed regatta of that year?set
down lor July 23, at Springfield?and the crew bad
been In training, but tne melancholy accident
which Defell Yale at the urne caused the dts
bandment of Trinity's crew as thoroughly
as It barted all cti&nces of the event
taking place. It will be remembered
by many college oarsmen that nx days belore the
time appointed for the race?on Saturday night,
July 17, 1868?while tne Yale boat was indulging In
a practice pull on the Connecticut at Springfield, a
collision with another craf*. overturned it, and the
stroke oarsman. Geo. E. Dunham, of the class of
>eo, was drowned. This broke up the contest, and
the crews oi Yale and Harvard?those of irlnity
and Brown not having arrived?separated wltnout
making arrangements for future regattas.
On the 29th of February of the following year a
delegate from Trinity attended a meeting oi college
representatives held at Providence, where It was
mntualiy agreed that a regatta should take place on
lake Quinsigamond, July 23, 1859, and though Trin
ity at the time was enthusiastic In the anticiDated
? ua^n, her aquatic ardor was soon dampened, and
> ien the time came around she was not repre
t tited at the lake. It is not easy to give satisfactory
je.'.sons for the "flunking" oi the college on this
/. asinn; but It is best explained, perhaps, by the
ratement that until within the past two or three
years?which huve developed In the college an
atblstie element that would not be contaminated
v th certain customs of the institution?the leisure
i meets of the students were almost wholly
i. ised In the
Everybody knows that beauty and rashion
abound in Hartford, and tne students of Trinity
irom time immemorial h?v:> cultivated both. They
always stood ready for a dance, and a hop was the
delight 01 their lives. Old college customs were
thrown overboard and masquerades substituted
instead. With a dance on hand fbese gallant and
po/ite students were simply ecstatic in their blDs.
Released from professors, freed irom tutors un
bothered by rules, they made every hopic
u.ar arrangement of great eclat so
the years went on and the Faculty,
bless their dear old pictures, sat quiet, smiling and
evidently pleased at the turn matters had taken,
and never once thooght that by extending their
s i-iport to rowing, the man:y aquatic pastime, the
> od o, Trinity's boys would not grow stagnant in
? .r veins, and the Institution might rank along
ctdc of Yaie and harvard in their losterlng efforts
to: iep it alive ano respectable. No, Indeed, not
they. With plenty of money and an official ampll
i - e that dwarfed and shaded everything about
' hem, they let the boating prospects of Trinity be
v>me almost wrecked, still, tetter times how
rsetr'ye'arr!n1M,ift?rre i'0r 11 wa* no'secret j
hMtinf? 5^ ireshman class that an avowed
nsnrnirt l"? 'eininine customs which had /
usurped all others in the college nad broken cut
SD(J soon tn;s hostility assumed organized shaop'
and made itself feu to'a considerable extent The
mndsrhatne,f element Haat0 mak*
oe without a representative crew in the annual
rPlfattiw At once sufficient money was
?'eei the many requisite expenses, mx
men selected for the stern realties ol training and
practice, and the ball was finally opened* but
tted^wnn eolrt ever-vtfllc,r so hampered and
crew m?n , The captain of the
ing^LTead and ? MPh K?aIU look'ojr despond
i? .1. ? and?well, he did as well with them 1
k V 43 he e*P?cted?they didn't obtain
5..? . wasn't disappointed. However
' ^'?bcartening tne effect of such a defeat, Captain
McKeuuan was not the man to sit idly down and
tonw? enflo11' ibnt ,rom the dav taa' lie returned
to the college last tail his mind was Oxed ur>on
2??.'"at tne maiden essay 01 Trinity's ^ix
laborersVmd bS^ri1" He 0JD(J ent"usiastic co
stnrien,; S ')e ore a month passed many of the
. ri? were be,ore fuii Of "leminiuity"
wolne om ?r?m Uf,on the,r ,ewar? hours, by
going out into tne gvmriaelum and tnrowiug aseie
to DhJBtc?i flxa8Lo l.^n I\7 m!?ht P'n themselves
wars r<!oS rf.fni ??I Ik he Practical tests which
4 ? required of all who were aspirants lor seats
la the racing shell 01 '74. The boating lever sure*?
and id every class in college una spring there were
large numbers oi candidates lor aunatic honors
Charter ?,t'soa!'10U8? ^ the Connecticut, b ot'of
Charter Oak avenue, wa-. the s ene o! so m?rh
enthusiasm thut the leaders ol the pastime were
filled win, courage, and went 10 work wm. a xeal
toe'rSut. nUtTi'' 'UtUre D?atlDK recoru up uear
?o!,e*p b?al Cub includes ail the class or
ganizations, and n<.w numbers two-thirds 01 tne
entiie list of students, a tact which alone speaks
, , 7* rapld Pro?fres4 made m this de
partment 0/physical cuirure. The officers 01 the
club are :-Prestueut. James D. Hurd, '74, 01 Brook
>!?' v.\ ? ncp President, Thomas L. Sfeduian,
.4. ofUu, inna 1; Secretary, William K. Curtis. Jr.,
.a, 01 >eo \ork; '1 rea.?urer, Wiiham M. Stark, '75,
of New London ; Captain, J. D. Jdckennan, 'TO, ol
w ashiijtfton. Pa.
lhe property that the c.'ub owns, and which
siow.y accumuiuted in the sever.il seasons that
aVrinui7 bad apaauiodic revivals, is as
I, i'- hree six-oared shells (old), a practice
irihfrtt 1? 7r'ir' '"1(J ,t!u racing shell, nuilt by
J before the regatta last year, 4? leet 0
inches in .engtii and is inches w ide. 1 lieu there
fif i2.?ownei) by Edward 4f. Dicker.-on,
J.??Clarendon c, Buckley, two; and M.
?!7' . be?;uJe- these there i? laid away an I
?nd 7 u a man-oi war's longboat,
^Ji belonging to it taat would make a
ccrd of kiudling wood.
Once the work of the painstaking captain, in the
matter of se.ectiug the six men that would repre
sent tne college in the contest at. i.ake t-aiaoura
was completed, the lucky leilowg went tueging
^'f/uwing weights 11, the guunasium as
if lor dear Hie, and not a day passed but tnat one
?r tnein were there per spiring as ireeiy as
would a Street laborer in a broiling July fUn. At I
the same time toey shortened up a little
?tL "[PbKing, and stopped all excesses in
patter of diet that were known to lie post
meiy detrimental, bo the winter and spr ng
lin'1 Tr,ol^'8 men, with mucn per
r, V7. ^tn 1ulel vlm, tl'cl thetr work, never lor a
?o?e?'J''-'bi8|ght of the iaet. that good, fioip s.
nnf.i 1 r a"7 tau"e are more tnari half the battle,
wh.i. Ji1"!1 tl'e!'e "ten yesterday lounging lor a
Jmolfinox iVJ ?" beauniul campus <tiie college
Ihil'n lif Veina ''emoiMhed to mase way lor
inA ihl 'il'T ,ri I"Okress or construction,
, ? co.leg^ win, in tune, have rtioic magnifi
cent structuiesi; au?l a very satisiaet4 ry 101 tnev
fteem, and diig.i t ready to prove capaijie of pulling
strong and skiliui oars. With one exception they
are yet quite heavy; but luem 1* none 01 the usual
lazy appearance which gene,any clings to men
who are stout and sturdy, a \ rop;,e: provVrbiaTly
has no honor in his own country, otherwise I
1 might say that from the entire number
of crews that will pud up t<? the star'iug
point on Lake Saratoga that Thursday afternoon
In July next of (course, 11 sickness does not over
take Uietu), there will not be auy ol th ? company
who will present a better or more "wiuiiiiig'' an
pearance than Trinity's representatlvt-a. Aa th?y
nave tueir positions in the practising barge?ami
00 donot, will relatively maintain thou in m,'.
racing shell. 1 give tuem, with their ages, heights
aud weights, at follows:?
bow?i.renviife Kane, '76, of Flushing. N. Y.;
age, -JI); height, 5 It. 11 in.; weight, 103 ids.
forf Hirtr?sidnev D. Hooker, '77. of Mutertown,
N. Y,; age, 20: height, fl It.; weight, 158 ibs.
Slartntard 1 s'ain'?John He F. Aickennau, '76, of
V. ashingtou, l'a.; age, 2i; height, 0 It. 2 m.; weight,
IT# lbs.
fort WaMt?Wltliam J. Roberts, '75, of Detroit,
Mich.; ag'. 2a; height, fl ft. I in.; weigiit, l#o ibs.
.narUjai d niroice?llenry M. Hooper, '76, of
criggstowu, N. J.; uge, 24; height, a it.; weight,
rolec?iiepry C. Du I'.ois. '76, of Fnrlbault,
Jlf no.; age, 20; Height, fi fr.; weight, I60 lus.
y'uefi is the University crew 01 irtnltv as they
da. 1, eiup into their barge, sud they have an en
aniing look About them. There Id beef enough
represeu'ed nut 10 be l?tt our in the colli the com
ing struggle. Of toe nu ber, Kane and McKeu
uaii were in last year's crew, but tne balance are
new uieu and never belore were in a race boat of
the shed principle.
Closely scrutinizing these six stalwart specimens
o! utauhood, I was compelled to admit they have
the powerful arms, backed by stout hearts, to per
form great deeds of prowess on the watery ele
ment. With bat one exception, Mr. Kane, there
is a uiassiveness of rib aud beam about them tnat
wou.d incline yon at once to exclaim, "They are
rousers !" Roberts, who pulls the port waist oar.
Is very finely proportioned and the heaviest man
in the crew. He has alwars been a noted athlete,
ami in lus Western home has before pulled a tnerry
oar, but, ol course, lacked the skill which la
esseuital in trus day ol boating progress to
achieve decided results. Captain McKennan,
under whose tutelage the crew has already
made much improvement. Is another Hercules.
He doesn't seem to have nuythiug to spare in his
six leet 'wo inches, but the whole Is one grand,
symme'ncal union, ami will stick ween hard work
comes tone done. Du Hois, though his age ts given
as but twenty, ts the most nia'ure unnor I ever saw.
But then, ; erhaps, his rugged ine in Minnesota
has done much to give him the appearance of
being twenty-six or seven. He has an exceed
ingly good make-up and a lace that denotes
earnestness and determination. Da Bots will not
be lound wanting in staying qualities at the re
quired time. Hooper is another of the giant
kind, and while looking at ait these big men it
struck me as very peculiar that just when re
quired a college of less than too studen's should
possess ttve so compact and muscle-knot
ted individuals as ttiey, and a uke num
ber one would not meet In a day's journey.
Hooker, port bow, is the "farmer boy," big and
willing, and withal quite a good oarsman. Kane,
bow oar, who acquitted himself so creditably last
year, is the lightest ol the crqw, but then he has
i the reputation of being abler to withstand the
terrible wear and tear of a three-miles null, that
will be nip and tack from start to finish. (Iren
, ville hadn't "shed his white shirt" and donned trie
practice blue wnen I last saw him, but no doubt
nis metamorphosis is now complete, as such was
Lis intention yesterday.
In the matter of the all Important point of training.
Captain McKennan has adopted the generous diet
system. He allows tils crew to nave what they desire,
providing ills not injurious?plenty of coarse, plain
food, tie don't make a man eat raw meat, and
gives them ale when tnev wish it, but this ts very
seldom, smoking, of course, is wholly prohibited,
and no pastry ever enters their dining room. The
crew have been boarding together nearly live
I weeks iu College street.
In the barge, with their shirts off, the Trinity
, gentlemen present a very fine picture. It is their
custom to pull every afternoon over a measured
course ou the Connecticut irorn five o'clock to
seven o'clock, and, returning, take a bath and
thorough rubbing. Every morning they indulge
! In an extended but gentle walk, and alter arrival
at their rooms take the ordinary douse. At noou
they visit the gymnasium and row ou the weights,
I practising lor a longer or shorter time, as their
studies and recitations permit. For some time
liasc the Connecticut has been very btgn and com
paratively rough on the Trinity's practising
course; but they have battled against It and not
lost their customary work, save iu one instance,
when the barge was broken slightly lu carelessly
handling it. They pull from thirty to tnirty
four strokes practising, and Captain McKennan
feels jubilant that he has got a crew that can learn
and want to excel. He believes that it is exces
sively rare for a yonng man to be hurt in any way
by boating, if only he exercises a reasonable
amount of self-control and common sense; if he
does not train unless he ts constitutionally capa
ble 01 standing the test, and if, when be has com
menced 'he regimen ol training, he follows it con
scientiously out. " Know thyself" he thinks, should
be the motto, the advice of which all aspirants
should iohow, and if this Is done, the perns of boat
i lng wiu be reduced to & very small minimum. Ana
I imagine that ail sound oarsmen agree with Cap
tain McKennan!
The College wf!l not a nd a Krestiman crew, owing
to tne time and care required lor tbe proper train
ing ot the University six.
The single scull race on the day preceding the
great contest will be witaout a Trinity representa
'ihe Trinity crew will nave as their training
quarters one of the prettiest spots on the lake, the
house oi John Riley, nearly opposite .Snake Hill, on
the eastern shore. It was in this vicinity that the
Mara brothers did their finishing touches to their
training, prior to winning the great international
regatia in 1171.
uie sneil m which the College crew rowed last
year will r>e used in the coming regatta. It is
liked exceedlnglv by the men.
Nome of Trinity's students mav enter for the run
ning and walking prizes offered to the colleges,
but the matter Is still under deliberation.
Bath bas no vapors.
Fire Island is a cool spot.
Rockaway is the child's delight.
Watch Hill is looking out tor guests.
Long Branch already bas many trunk*.
Rye Beach landlords don't make wry laces.
Newport is the horror of "old" wine-bibbers.
The Mott House, Tarrytown, opens on the 20th.
Sarin Rock is what Connecticut pins her ralth to.
Ar the Highlands you'll Never Sink into ob*
Fen wick Hall, near Say brook, Conn., will open
June 27.
Crawford's Notch is not the result of Yankee
City Chamberlain Lane will occupy bis cottage at
Lake Hahopac.
Tne Beach House, Caldwell, N. J.. Is a candidate
for summer favors.
The Harrington House, Demarest Station, N. J.,
bas already opened.
Indian Harbor pats on airs. Tammany braves
used to resort there.
Swampscott is being recanvassed by Boston
papas (or a lolling place.
Newport wants a sight of the "gray" of the
Seventh regiment boys.
The Howiand House, Long Branch, wilt be opened
June S by Howiand A Son.
The Brook tide House, at Hastings, on tbe Hud
son, is now receiving guests.
The Broil.e House, White Mountains, should be
approached from the side view.
The Great Nect House, near sand's Point, L. I.,
bas opened its doors lor visitors.
The south Orange Mountain House, 8. P. Bar
bour, proprietor, will opeu June L
The orange Mountains w.lt parade their beauties
in July. No danger of a riot either.
The Saus Soucl Hot-1, Bai ton Spa, will be
opened May 15 Dy George E. Me i in be r.
Now is the chance lor hotel clerks. The BruQs
wic.v diamonds are in the European market.
Pas^amaqu >ddy House, Maine, being interpreted,
m?aus "Pass-my-to idy." Ihey do it on the sly
The Pcconic House. Greenport, L. L, has been
opened by o. C. Smith, formerly of bavin Rock.
The Pavilion Hotel, Isllp, L. I., offers pleasant
inducements to Bportsmen and lauiilies. It opeus
June IS.
West Enders at Long Branch want to extend it.
They are so stiff there that they use waxeuds for
The Montvert House, Mlddleton Springs, Vt.,
will open June l. It is quite large and the climate
is invigorating.
Lake Waramang, near Preston, Conn,, is said to
be a flue, quiet resort, where no stylo L> affected,
but comiorts had.
Mr. J. L. Bremer and family, of No. 81 East
Thirty-ninth street, will go to the Rockland House,
Nanutket Beach, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor Johnston, No. 8 Filth
avenue, leave town in about ten days for their
country scat in New Jersey.
'J he Mansion House, Rosljn, L. L. has been
opened by J. J. Givens, and is a very pleasant and
convenient spot lor sportsmen to visit.
The Mount Mansheid House, at Stowe, Ft., ex
pects to stow away many guests this season, at
$2 per day, or iroin $11 to $17 60 per week.
Glen hi <ridge, ou the east shore of Lake Seneca,
is a new candidate lor popular lavor. It is taid to
be as extensive a natural wonder as the Watkina
or Hammond glens.
Tbe Towaaend House, Alexandria Bay, near the
Thousand islands of tne St. Lawrence, is a fine
fishery p int. A thirty-five pound maacalonge
was taken last week near there.
T..e overlook Mountain House, Catsklll, will
open June l. it is n.soo leet up, but few will think
the scenery will repay a long stage ride to reach
it, unless the stages are cheaper and mure safe
than those in the White Mountains.
A bright and cheer.ui view < r the prospect of
the Nevport season is taken by the Boston Gazette.
It says the place win be more crowded than ever,
and (figuratively? that "nunureds will be turned
Cblvalrte sets &t from $8 to $100 are
now lu trie market. The first set made
Cost $2,Nik When set up on the lawn the
game presents a fine and striking appearance.
There are balls to be driven by manets, as In
croauet; bu'. in place of hoops, one has to deal
with such high-sounding terms as portle. porte,
throne, castles, garde and bastiles; and. as in
billiards, a certain number of "points" _
game. Two, rour or six persons can play. rne
U plenty of room lor skill In the course of tne
game. which has too many distinctive points to do
Here enumerated, malting It no imitation o
croquet, but a real Yankee Invention, though
dubbed with a French name.
yachting notes.
The first response to the challenge of the Made
lelne to sail any yacht twenty miles to windward
and return, comes from the Tidal Wave and all ar
rangements have now been consummated for a
, J. between ?*?,.. C?l:TM ?
will be sailed ongne 12th of June, the day hl or
the New York Yacht Club regatta, and the course
will be twenty miles to windward and re ,
starting (roin a buoy off sandy Hook. The repota
lion lor speed so well earned by the
last season makes her an antagonist hard w> beat,
and consequently the rebuilt ?wort&y
anxious to win ner laurels from something worthy
of her steei. The lollowlng are the conditions
i 111 Agreement made this llth day of
tween Jacob Yoorhts,. Jr. owner of the mm*?,,,
yacht Madeleine, of the first P M
Vvi::iam Voorhls, owner of the schoouer j?
Tidal Wave, ol ?tie second part lhe^sa^
parties hereto hft eh?.J5iefi ?heir respective
,10 agree to sail arai* ^ d anU retur? m om
boats twenty miles tow ma war tha{ the race
' atttu.aWE?cr&,of me parties are to appoint a Judge
ffit'lnn". judgea are to
witness W. B. Nichols.
| The owners of the racing yachts will also fur
nish a steamer for the use of the judges and in
vited guests,
i The ncSjQOner yacht Jill ?<LS?.T-at polUon
yard receiving iiSfW topmasts. She is looking
very handsome this season, and will do in commis
sion next week, seeking for something to beat in
The schooner yacht Magic (Mr. W. T. Garner,
New York Yacht Club) is once more cruising In
tnese waters. She lays off Mr. Garner's residence
"^'ne^choouer yacht Agnes is looking very fright .
nnri tivelv tuis season. Hie has been out in the
ba? several times curing the past week, and will
show speed when required. Osgood,
iph? fcctiooner yacht Phantom (Mr. "? '
x.*w York Yacht Club) is expected (rom New Lon- j
don every day7 Rumor says the Phantom will
carry her big topmasts in the lront rank this
i ^Tm new schooner yacht Ibis (Mr. John A. Brown. j
\>w York Yaent Club) built last season bj Mr. ;
Lewis Hoau aud, oi New Brunswick, is in coin- |
miSion for the season. She Is in all respects a
oIhsh vessel# Although tUis being trie
vlehtbrought out by the builder, he has intro
duced Into ner model some startling intenuorr,
which will cause her pcnormances to be uwtowiy
watched by the initiated. Uer dimensions are as
miiows- Length on deck, 103 leet; water line, *i
leet ? keel so leet; centre board,20.8 leet; beam,
i m feet- draught, 6.6 feet; depth of hold, s.3 ,eet,
swa&yrww saaawsft
;r? is*!* Sn-Sd r&
meMuremdB , ^ launched too
last vear to enter the tall regatta: but during
a.ciifKJfS'sJmTSWW "???<?
i refe members of the Atlantic Yacht Club open
the season the 80th of this month with a cruise
down^ ba" Commodore Maxwell expects to
lK.ve a mrge fleet out ou that occasion. (
Thp Kohuoimr vacut Columbia, Mi# Lcsici
amusement. A race between the Columbia and I
uldoieins would have more interest to yacht
ing men thai?any match that ha* been sailed since
the memorable rttces ior the queeu s Cuu.
The schooner .vacht. Eva, Oeaeral r.. unra uruoo.
New York uncut Club, la lytug off the i^sldence
ui her owner, on tne Uelaware. Bbs will be
thmotighly overhauled and arrive in New lork
waters iu time lor tne June Regatta. _A.,in<? ar
j here wus a large attendance at the meeting of
the New Yors Yacht Cluo on Thursday evening. ,
but no business of importance was tr* n**ctea.
The schoouer vacnt Mo to, Mr. S. A. Beiing, of too
Brooklyn Yacht Club, is sailing remarkably, and
gives hopes ol being quite as fast as wheu aioop
rlT?ip,1*iollowlne gentlemen have been elected offl
eeri Ol the newly consolidated I'Qion Club, of Jer
m CUy -commodore, John Krej ineyer; Vice oom
mouoreTD. Harrison; Rear Commodore, Joseph
Klswort'b; President, s.C. Bolce: Secetary, Charles
H Wocltie* Treasurer, 8. A. Beimg; sailing Master,
r \? we use h * Treasurer, \Niltiani i.hester, ana
steward Alexander Murray; Finance committee?
jonn Hilton. H. B. Pearson and cuarles A. Bouton;
ltegatta Committee?S. A. Bellng, John Cleary and
C. H. Meusch. The club has already enrolled
eighty members.
Yacht Measurement.
English yachtsmen have of late been dlscauinf
the propriety of havrng a certain board of meM
urers, whose certificates would be accepted at the
regatta of any club. At present considerable in
convenience and confusion often arise by the
varied results that are irequentty obtained In the
measurement of the same yacht by the measurers
of the different yacht cluns. In order to avoid
such errors the following letter has heen sent to
ilie different secretaries of the principal yacut
clubs in the United Kingdom
Dear Sir?The o ramittee of this club. In company
Willi sil persons interested In matcb sailing, have /or a
Ion* tune tell the great Inconvenience and confusion
that the pre-cnt system o! measuring yachts (or racing
purposes occasions, wliicbiuu.it always be tbe case aa
long as each club lor itIOU continues to measure the
vessels about t? contend in its matches by persona who
uot only have ulten 10 p< rtorin ilicir task under very ad
vcr-e circumstances, but who frequently diner consider
ably as to the cauct method of applvlng tile rule, even
? - - iiiticnl In r ~ -
although the rane iiseli i.s ident'etu in its wording. They
have, however, inihorio reirained irom proposing to
rh> ir brother vachtsincn a plan which would seem to
offer an effectual rem dy 1or this evil, and which baa
been already adopted in their own roles, in tbe hope
that one of the older and uioro in.luential clubs would
tune a lead 111 the matter; hut as this fas
not heen the case, and from certain letters and
resolutions in the public papers it appears prob
able a new element ol d:scord is likely to be introaaced
In the shape of an attempted change in the rule of
measurement itaolt, I have la-en directed to address*
le.b r to the secretaries and rtag officers of the principal
yacnt clubs In tne United Kingdom, as well as to the
owners-of the best Known amoug the racing vessa'.s, and
to propose thai a resolution should be pj?-ed in each of
the?e clnbs, previous to ihn corning yachting season
to the effect "I'hat no yachl shall be allowed to enter lor
any prize offered by It without produe ng a certificate of
her exact tonnage, under the rule commonly known as
the Thames rule,' signed by one of five professional
mea iirers. one resident at the port of London, appointed
Jointly bv the Koyal Thames and Koyal London; one at
fortsmotith. appointed by the Royal Yachl squadron.
Royal Victoria and Koval Albert; one at Liverpool, ap
pointed by the Koyal Mersey ;one at Uiasgow, appointed
by the Koyal Northern and t.T.vde, and one at Out),In,
appointed by the Koyal Irish, St. tleorgo and Alfred
Yacht clubs; such meaourer to he authorized to charge
the owner 01 each vessel measured bv him a proper lee,
in proportion to her size, agreed on at Ins appoint
Tnis course, If adopted, wotil I soon remove the cause
of complaint and be acceptable to owners ol rauing
cralt themselves, as the expense would be a uiere anth
ill.', and tne certillcates once obtained woul 1 be evl
, dence ol a vessel's size all round (he coast, and to save
all trouble and annoyance; while in practice a ressei'a
certified size would quickly be generally known, and we
should not see as at present, vesse.s sailing as ol differ
ent tonnage on consecutive days.
1 request that you will bring this letter under the
notice of your committee at Hie earliest convenient date,
and inform 1110 whether a resolution, su- h as proposed,
is likely to be adopted ; o? It two or three of the princi
pal clufis holding regattas Join in the movement tne cer- j
nitrate wilt soon be procured by all vessels, and so lead
to the great object ol "uuiiurmity of measurement for
racing purposes."
Jo prevent anv misconception, f suhioln copies of the
I role as we propose to read It, and ol the certtflcuie Ui be
' given hy the measurers ehoulil a favorable answer be
returned by your committee 1 -hall bo m-m bappv to co
operate with you and other secretaries m carrying out
the details of the plan, and an answer at your earliest
convenience will much oblige, yours. Ac.,
Hon. Fecretsry to the Royal Allred Yacht flub.
lIPxasiioaK i.osn. Dublin.
K H.? Whether "auv traction. 1! part of a ton Is cottn'ed
a ton" or not need be no Par to tbe proposed p.an. as
when the actual measurement is on< 0 an eriaiued each
cluo can treat the iraction as it pl-ases.
Tho length shall be taken on n straight line on deck,
from the ioie part of the stem 10 tne alter pari 01 the
?tcrnpost, trom which, deducting the hreaotn, the re
matnuer shall he esteemed the ,'ust length to find the
tonnage, and the breadth shad be laiu-ti from the
outside, of the oui-ple plank in the broadest
part of the yacht (no allowance being
made lor wales or doublig planks of
anv kind whatever , then multiplying tne lengtu bv the
breadth so taaetl, an I lhat product bit hall the breadih.
and dividing (he whole bv ninety-lour, the quotient
?halt he. deemed the tonnage; provided always that if
any part of the stem or iter 11 post or < ther part 01 (he
veqiel below the load water line, pro e t pevnnd the
length taken as above mentioned sucn pro 'cUon or pro
jections shell for the purpose ot finding the
...... _ lounage be
added to the length taken a- above.
roHii or rxRTiricAT*.
I of .appointed yacht messm-ey for the
* 't?i 'MM
pnrf 0f , certDy luaf I have, on the dny ol
personally and careiuily tnensuied the yacnt,
I owner, tindeT the annexed rule, and that her
length is ieet inches, beam ?? Icel ? inches,
and her exact lonnsgc ?.
tnven under my hand this ? day of ??
Kmc ol irica-iircmnnt as above.
A Fine Contest Between the Boston and
Atlantic Clubs?The Reds Win.
From 800 to l,ooo people assembled on tbe Union
Grounds yesterday afternoon to wttness tbe second
game of tbe championship series between the Bos
ton "Keds" and tho Brooklyn Atlantlcs. Tbe day
was wurm and pleasant, but the high wind prevail
tng made it exceedingly difficult to accurately
judge high balls and to throw properly to tbe
bases. Tbe Atlantlcs played a new man at second
base In tbe person ol West, late ol tbe Nassau
Club, ol Brooklyn, and his magnificent play fully
Justified Ferguson in bis seiectlou.
Tne gams opened at bait past three, with the
At.antics at the bat. The first three strikers were
promptly retired in one-two-three order. The
Bo.-ions got lour men up to tbe bat, but sharp
play on the part 01 the Brooklyn boys prevented
tneir scorlnir a run. In the second Inning West
led off tor tne Atlantics with a sharp taw-foul hit i
lor two bases, and on Ferguson's base hit to left ,
field went to third base and Anally borne on a 1
Cassed ball. Two base hits and a passed .
ail gave the "reds" a run In this
inning too. so honors were still evenly j
baiuuced. Each side received a rnank In the tUlrd
Inning, but in the fourth the "Reds" got In two |
runs off errors by 1'earce and Farrow. Sharp I
fieidiug was shown all along from this inning till 1
the eighth, wiicn Ferguson started the luu by |
muffing & sharp grounder trom o'llourke's bat. |
This, together with an excusable error by Bond
and unother bad play by Ferguson, who threw, the
ball home when he should have passed It to drst
base, gave tne victors three additional runs. In |
tbe last inning Pearce captured the first three j
Bostonlans who toed the plate, he and Dehlman i
retiring the side In short order. As m the second
inning so m the ninth, two base luts and a passed
bail gave the Atlautics a run, bringing their total
sco: e up to two against six for the Bostons.
Ilere are tne figures:?
Players. S.IB.PO.AJS P'ayrs. HAB.POA.B.
Farrow,o 0 J 1 J i O. Wright,*.*. 0 112 1
Bond, p 0 0 2 0 2 White, c 0 15 0 3
Dehlman, lb.. 0 0 13 0 0 Spauldlng, p.. 0 1 0 3 0
West, 2b 113 6 1 McVey, r. f ... 1 2 1 0 01
Pearce. s. s.... 112 6 1 Leonard, 2b... 2 I 3 3 0 i
Ferguson, 3b.. 0 0 1 2 2 u'Rourk", lb.. 1 1 12 0 2
Clack, c. r 0 0 1 0 0 H. Wright, c. I. 0 1 1 0 0
Booth, 1.1 0 2 10 0 Mall, 1.1 1 1 3 0 0'
Bodes, r. f 0 0 110 Scliaffer, 3b.... 10)62
Totals 2 1 27 15 ? Totals.. 6 9 27 11 8
Clubs. isL 24 W. 4fA. 5th. 6th. 7th. 8th. 9th.
Atlantic 0 I 0 0 0 0 U 0 1? 2
Boston 0 1 P 2 0 0 0 3 0? 6
Huns earned?None.
First base by errors of opponents?Atlantlei 5; Boston, A
Time ot game?One hour and torty minutes.
Umpire?Mr. siwonJeU.
Alert vi, (lew York University,
Oil Thursday, the 2lst, the Alerts, ofseton Hall
College, playeJ Jhe New York University nine on
the college grounds. Owing to the storm the game
did not begin until half-past Ulrce: The game was
rather one-sided, the Alerts winning by a score of
42 to 4. On tho University side Funkhauser batted
well, nnd Lee, Conkliu and IVUey played well In
tbe field. On the Alert side Murphy, Lamarcbe
and ishanley led at the bat. while McF.ntee, Mur
phy anu Datkley distinguished themselves in the
Below Is the score :?
pi nycr*. 27.1 B.POA Players. U.IB.POA
I.aniarche, c 6 s I l Lee, 2d o ,0 0 3 0
McLntee, s. s 5 3 3 2 Con kiln, a s 2 I 3 1
Daldey, 2d b. 3 1 3 3 Wiley, 1st b 2 18 0
Ne.ilon, 1st b I 111 0 Douglass, 3d b ... 0 1 2 3
Sh.mlcy, 3d b 6 3 1 4 Edwards, p 0 0 11
McFsddeil, 1.1? 6 3 3 0 Funkhiiuser, c 0 2 7 1
Murphy, r. f 4 5 2 0 Browne, 1. f 0 o 1 0
DoUghertv, c. f... 4 2 0 0 Heckiey, c. f 0 0 0 0
Ferdinand, p 4 10 2 Cook, r. f 0 12 1
Totals 42 23 27 12 Totals 4 6 27 7
Ouhs. 1K. U. 34 tth. bth. 6lh. 7th. 8th. 9th.
Alert. 8 4 14 9 3 2 4 7?42
New YorkUnivcrslty 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0?4
Umpire. T. Mohan, Alert Base Bali dub.
Time of game, two hours and a half.
Baltimore and Harford.
Baltimore, May 22, 1874.
The following Is the score or the base ball match
played here to-day between the Baltimores and
Clubf. 1*. 2d. 3d. 4!A 5IK bth. 71A 8th. 9th.
Ba ti norcs 0 6 0 0 0 1 2 0 0?9
Harucrds 40001002 u?7
Base Ball Vote.
The Nameless or Brooklyn Dlay the Rutgers
Col.epe uine ou the Prospect Park Parado Ground
this afternoon.
Mrs. Collins, youngest daughter or Charles
Dickens ana widow 01 Charles A. Collins, Is about
to be married to Mr. Peruglni.
A Translation of Leopold Von Ranhe's "Eng
llsche Geschic.ote." by resident members of the
University of oxford, is now in the press.
Some Unpublished Letters by Goethe on nat
ural history, entitled "Correspondence on Natural
History," have been brought out by a professor of
the Craconan University.
Dr. Ihglkby has just sent to press his "Preface to
Part L of the Shakespeare Allusion Book," that he
is editing for the New Shakespeare Society.
No Fkwbk Than five different lives oi the late
Charles Surancr are in course of publication.
That by Charles Edwards Lester is already out.
Rev. Ellas Nason's and one by G. and J. D. Chaplin
are nearly ready. The more elaborate memoir by
Mr. Sumner's literary executors is announced, by
Lee A Shepard, but remains to be written.
Mr. Charles Kkadk is engaged in the composi
tion of a work of fiction on the snbject which has
occupied the attention of Mr. Pltmsoli?the send
ing forth or overladen and unseaworthy vessels.
The Rkv. H. R. Waits, who is now pastor of an
American chapel in Rome, Is re-editing his "Car
mina Collegensia," decidedly the best collection of
college songs we have yet had.
J. B. Lippincott A Co., of Philadelphia, will pub
lish "The Story of My Life as a Student and Profes
sor," by Helnrich steffens, translated from the
German by William L. Gage.
A New Monetary Work, intended to show the
Importance of American municipal bonds as in
vestments, is In press in London.
The Rbv. David Hogg Is about to publish a "Life
of Allan Cunningham."
A Work on tub "Relation of Patent Laws to
Modern Industrial, Social and Intellectual Prog
ress" Is promised by Proiessor J. A. Whitney. He
Introduces it by an essay on the history ofinven
tions from the earliest times to the adoption of
patent laws.
The Late Charles Si mner left among his auto
graph treasures the original manuscript of Burns'
"Scots Wna Hae wl' Wallace Bled." But a cor
respondent of the London Athenaum writes to
that Journal:?
1 should nice to know how many original manu
scripts of "Scots Wha Hae" are in existence. I
have seen several.
Mr. 8. Baring Gould has in preparation a work
on the Apochryphal Gospels and the fragments of
other than the canonical Gospels which are to be
round quoted by known writers, to be published
under the title of "Lost and Hidden Gospels."
Messrs. Charpentier are about to publish a
work, of which an English translation will appear
stmuitaneonsly la London, from the pen of M.
Odysse-Barot. It is to be called "A History of
Contemporary Literature in England."
The Unprixtkd Part of '-Pepys' Diary" Is being
deciphered anew, and contains several very in
teresting ptss&ges relating to the theatres of the
old gosslper's time. All this fresh matter will be
contained in the new edition of "Pepys'Diary,"
now contemplated.
A New Edition of Dr. Francis Lleber's greatest
work, his "Political Ethics," revised and edited by
Dr. T. D. Woolser, is in the press of J. B. Ltpptn
cott A Co.
A letter from Stuttgardt, of the 4<h of May, sup
plies the following interesting report of fasUlon
able news from the WurtemDerg Court:?
A concert was given at the palace on Saturday
evening. The Grand Duchess Constantina, tvitn
her two sons, was seated near the King. Alter
the music, winch was extremely flue, the com, any
walked through the sta'e rooms and took tea.
Yesterday evening the royal family and some of
the guests at the palace were present at the per
formance ol "lion Juan."
The gala night at the opera in honor of the Em
peror Alexander is fixed lor Thursday, when hn
lavonto work, Wagner's "Lohengrin," will he
The Grand Duchess Vera, the young betrothed,
Is the niece of the t^ueen, and has'been brought up
irom the age of twelve it tne Court of Wurtemherg.
(she Is said to possess sterling qualities, and to be
very accomplisned; she is loved as a princess,
because aim is good, and as a woman, because
she possesses that sympathetic beauty which at
once attracts, li she had beeu a shepherdess a
King would have married her; of course, I mean
In those Arcadian times when such alliances were
common. At the Court, where the produce of the
Veuve Cilquot is by no means disliked, the young
Princess is described ,as "nionue as champagne."
The bridegroom, Prince Kugdne, is a cousin of the
King, and has passed through lite without being
much talked aooub
An Investigation by the Inspectors
Imperatively Demanded.
Tli? Corruptions of tlie
Contract System.
SiNO Sino, May 22, 1874.
In the past few days mat I have sojourned at
tills quiet village I have learned much that was
new to me regarding prison management. That
thcVe was very much to be learned 1 was not left
to doubt for a moment, but how the laots were to
be ascertained from the great army of nnwllllng
witnesses in the shape of keepers and guards was
the problem which struck me as aitncult to solve.
To be told that tbe prison grounds are not even
enclosed by a fence, and that the saiekeeplng of
the convicts depends as much upon the Inclination
O'f the prisoner as the vigilance of the guards, may
in some small measure serve to allay tbe surprise
at the frequent escapes. I remember to have read
In one of the numerous volumes of reports,
which 1 have looked through "in the past few
days, that "the men in this prison could
not be held for a day did they bat realize
their advantage ana had they a leader who
would risk iile for liberty." This, from no less a
person than an inspector, explains the whole sub
ject of the prison's insecurity. The Warden and
guards, doubtless, do ail that can be expected of
any men striving to secure the natety of convicts
under snch disadvantages. A boy who sailed ont
on a " home run " a few weeks since was shot and
recaptured, but the guard admits that the boy was
such a distance off that he was surprised when he
saw him fall. ,
When it iB known in what manner the contract
system has been abused for years post la this, as
well as most ^tate prisons, both the publje and
inspectors will hasten to pronounce it but a 'web of
chicanery and Imposition upon the Interests of the
State. When it Is capable of the readiest
proof that the physician, just resigned,
has been overbearing, inattentive and in
some lew instances cruel, another canse
will be recognized for growing dissatisfac
tion. When It has become a matter of common
report througnout the prison and the village that
the chaplain is the roclpient of lees from the con
victs for the smallest favors, the Inspectors act
wisely in accepting this, official's resignation, to
take effect next month. When, also, it Is asserted
by men whose oath will stand lu law that certain
keepers have, to their certain knowledge, exacted
perquisites from convicts, in extent from a paper
of tobacco to a percentage ol a prisoner's earn
ings, It is high time for Warden Hubbell to devise
some means to discover and break up this whole
sale system of corruption, so ruinous to prison
discipline. When it is known, also, that the con
tractors under the old rtghne are the most blatant
In denunciation of the new, there will be a better
understanding regarding the indiscriminate abuse
heaped upon the present Waraen, who began bis
work by cutting down all extras and doing away
with many scheming contractors.
The prison is reached, after a few minutes' walk
from the hotel or depot over a rugged road. Pass
ing tbe guardhouses in order as they are reached,
1 visited the Warden's office, and, by bis orders,
was subsequently cooducted over the prison. On
my way through tbe prison grounds I had noticed
the large gangs of men in the qnarrles, and had
observed among other thtngs a machine for grind
ing marble dust. To the keeper who conducted
me over the institution 1 put many Inquiries
regarding thq history of the stone quarries and the
rise oi the marble dust business. I learned nothing
ol importance irom bim. He was either ignorant
j ol tne history ol the stone-cracker or, if Informed,
I considered It to hi# best inteiest. to maintain a
stupid silence. It is certain that regarding tne
inner history of the Westchester Marb,e and Lime
Company, oi which on - Alfred Walker was presi
dent, as well as the "board of directors.'' this
keeper, in common with the majority of tbe de
luded taxpayers, was ignorant, i had beard
enough, however, to awaken my desire to kuow
Beginning with the Warden, I interviewed every
fiersou within the couflucs oi the prison or tbe vil
age who, lrom any cause, could be supposed to
know the tacts. Alter struggling up and down the
lull; streets, making inquiries of street urchins aud
shopkeepeis, 1 at last lound one Anthony ti. Mur
ray. who had some knowledge oi the circum
stances under which the "marble dust contract"
was worked. He was employed in the caoiuet
shop during the tune ol which the keepers
speak as the "Walker regime." Then I
visited, in another part of the village,
at a tune when he was off duty
in the prison, one -McNeil, a guard.
I louud him a blunt, genial sort oi man, who be
lieved in non-committal, and acted on the maxim
that "scli-preservation was the hrst law 01
nature." be evidently desired to be prepared lor
anv sudden revolution oi auairs. i next visited
James Fulton, wbo was superintendent ol the
limekiln uuder cx-Prcsideat Walker's manage
ment as State Agent.
I next drove to ttie little village of Sparta to in
terview a superintendent oi the cooper shop
named Weitzman, but I- arnlng, on Inquiry iroiu
the Warden oi tbe prison, tnat this man was in
disgrace and had bceu discharged under tbe im
putation that he had as.-isted in the e-cape oi a
"twenty years'convict." I did not bnni him np.
I encoun.ercd on ihe road another keeper in the
Institution, out the Inioruiatlon oututued irom him
was but a reiteration oi what was already in my
possession. I then returned to alng Sing, ana,
among oth?rs, saw a doctor ol the village, who is
now visiting rue prison to temporarily supp>y the
place of the regular physician, who lateiy resigned
i also saw a lormer chier clerk ol the institution,
who uow publishes a newspaper In the vpiage.
Finahy, taking the cars, I pro-ceded -town Hie
river io Hastings 10 Una a suo-contractor under
the late .State Agent Walker. There is no end to
(acts and uocumeuts within reach regarding the
history oi toe rise and coup UWiat oi the "West
cnester Marble aud time company." Attend,
then, to this interesting narrative:?
The State Prison was removed irom Sew York
city to Mount Pleasant aoout 1825, and the exten
sive mat hie quarries in the viqunty were pur
chased that the convicts .might be em
ployed o.i iioii-mechaiiicaj, labor. This
move was mainly induced by the demand
from New York mechanics that convict labor
should not be employed in the various branches .
ol skilled competitive industry, l.arge quantities i
oi marble were quarried and several weil-kuown I
public buildings were erected with it. Alter a !
time, however, the quarries ceased to pay, the
stone became of little value tor budding purposes j
and chiefly valuable lonime. The result was thut
the labor (ell iato the hands of contractors, as !
long ago as 1855 one John Muon obtained a liitecn ,
years' contract ana he expended over $10aOG0 iu ,
an effort to successfully work the quarries. His
endeavors resulted in Utter failure aud his enter
prise was abandoned, harden Hnbbeil states toat
"the inarbie quarries are uot in a condition to
yield proflt to tne .state" and mut "the lime burn
ing business is oi lime value." He recommended
that the cutting of stone lor market should be
entirely abandoned and declared tnat tne quarry at
Sing Slug was u constant drain upon tne treasury
Thus condemned, the quarries remained unworked
until February, lhtie.
This date marks the rise of a new era In State
Prison contracts which had Its advent with au
organization consisting of one man and known as
the "Westchester Marble and Lime Compuny."
It was clear that. 11 tnese quarries could oe got
into the control of an unscrupulous contractor,
who, by developing vast imaginary resources,
could make tne property of immense ap
parent vuiiie, he might be able to resell his claim
to toe htute lor a great advance. No scueme
for "salting" a bogus gold, mine was ever moie
cunniuoly conceived, and its execution was rather
more simple. While in the case ot bogus gold
mines sharp financiers, who propose to invest
their own money, have to be deceived, notuing
more critical than a legislative committee was to
be encountered. .Suea a committee was appointed
and a deal oi correspondence ensued. I'ne long
and BUort ol the Whole mauer was that M.ssrs
Haruum, Hammond und ncheu, the Inspectors,
alter the oarage ot an act by the Legislature,
wrote tho President ol the corporation aud
asked to be infonned the price at winch he
would abrogate the contract. Mr. Wa.ker mod
estly replied that "he was directed by the trustees
to say trut the sum oi $l26,00o is the icast we could
agree to take for and contrast-" The value of tho
stock owned by Walker is variously estimated, but
tne affair was regarded as
Iii the inventory oi the stock oi the company
which accompanied the bill oi sale isoc page 75,
Twenty-tirsi Annual Report) 1 flud mention made
ol a steam engine aud plaster mill. Uiesc had
been tne property of Wa.ker and he disposed of
them to tne .state. Tne new prosperity oi tne
quarries was of short duration, under htate man
agement it aoon proved an utter lailure. Mr,
Waiker was then re-engaged to s iperiu
tend tne worn as state Agent, and took
possession of the same property which he bad
disposed of to the State. The stone cracker wai
moved to the north end of the yard and was there
used for grinding marble dust. Within a short
time a Mr. Jayne has purchueed this contract from
Walker, and. as ne avors, has received (Tom the
latter a clear bill of sale lor this very engine, mill
and other tools, once the property of the state.
The matter la so complicated tnat Mr. Jayne pro
poses to resist the payment of a part of his con
tract with Walker until the subject shall have been
thoroughly examined. This question Is making
quite a commotion in sing Sing, and it l? asserted
that Mr. Jayne has lulir awakened to a realization
of the fact that he has been badly victimized.
Several other parties, among whom may be men
tioned the Asphaltum stone Company, at No. 257
Broadway, assert that they have been sold prop
erty by Albert Walker, which they lear will prove
not to have been Ins. Wnether the result of de
1 sign or of a blunder, the matter must come up lor
early Investigation by the Board of Inspectors.
There seems to be little secrecy among the officials
regarding their knowledge of these facts, and every
one of them could doubtless tell a good story If
put on oath. Warden hnnbell pledged himself to
nunt up some missing tackle and tools which dis
appeared, and will soon move energetically In the
I matter.
I have visited the Warden at his home on several
I occasions, and have always found him ooilgtng and
i willing to afford me every possible means of In
formation. When I re.'erred to the Interest likely
i to awaken under an investigation by the lusoect
I ors of this last contract sale to Mr. Jayne he
spoke very earnestly regarding It, ana said he
should do everything in his power to have the
i matter silted to the oottom, "for," said he, 'It is
one of those cases which, although entirely beyond
1 the control of the Warden, bring down so much
I contumely upon him."
| "You once examined this stone quarry question
| thoroughly, did you not t" I asked.
"1 was appotnted on a commission with Profes
! sor Dwight and ex-Comptroller Allen to examine
the means by which that lamous sale was brought
about, and 1 opposed the payment of that $125,000
as firmly as I could. It was an outrngeoua
1 s^iue. pLr ^ ^ Wm?anyjr he was tno
board of directors. Mr. Sands, oi ..... *
terested with him at first, but he soon bought
him out."
"Did not Walker have great trouble getting his
money, even alter it was appropriated f" I In
"I believe he did," said Mr.- Hubbell. "I told
, Comptroller Allen that Walker could not get the
money it he (Allen) would protest. Mr. Allen
said he was convinced that it was a stock Jobntng
scheme and saw he would not pay the money until
j compelled. 1 thought no more ef u uutll about
l three years later I learned that the money had
] been turned over to Walker. 1 have every conh
| deuce in Comptroller Al.en's honor, and as a con
, sequence the Dayment of that money lias always
j been a mystOTy td in4."
j- 4'J his man Walker ts now holding some office lit
1 this county. Is lie not f" I inquired.
| "Yes, Excise Commissioner, 1 believe," replied
Mr. Hubbell.
"Was there au.v reason assigned by the Inspec
tors lor the removal of Dr. Pryne and George H.
Kuyc, the chaplain; specific charges I meant" I
i "The physician was removed on account of gen
eral dlssatisiacrion, and It was thought best that
' the chaplain should go with him," replied the
: Warden. "The Doctor has b"en too long under the
old-time rigime, and cannot treat a man in con
vict's dress as if he were a human being. He can
! not prescribe lor a convict witnout venting bia
spleen upon him, and. by every act in his power,
showing to tne man that there is to l>c very little
sympathy wasted on him. This was regarded aa
I Just the thing under the old ss stern. 1 do not be
lieve in any maudlin sympathy lor a convict just
because he is deprived oi his liberty, but I do be
lieve that as a pure matter of poucy. a<sldo from
the good moral effect which It has upon some few,
the mild and reasonable system oi dealing wub
I convicts is
To be 9ure there are to be toand many among this
crowd ol prisoners wno could only oe held in per
fect subjection by the shadow oi the cat-and
nine-tails,' and with sucn there is constant
trouble; out this does not apply to even a con
siderable minoiltyoi cne convicts now here. If I
could have my way, or make the laws. I should
have a 'Habitual criminals act' passed, deoiar
! ing that the rulrd conviction tor a grave offence
1 should entail punishment by a hie sentence.
With such men there Is no use wasting time or
' money. The Stare must j>ay lor them, and It Is
better to support them all the time than to have
the community snocked by their acts or thecoanty
treasuries 'bied' to 'send them up.' But, to
go back to the Doctor. He grew up under
the old Ideas that as it was necessary to
treat some convicts as If they were wild beasts. It
was proper to treat ail in the same manner. This
Is the sort of logic which would prove that, as
some men are murder.rs, so all men must be. Dr.
Bryne thus acquired a morose disposition, which
made him unfit lor practice in the prison. He
could not discriminate between a boy who was
serving for iarcenv and n fnan who was here lor
the lourth time tor a murderous assault."
I "Was It true that he declined to give any atten
tion to the young fellow who was shot here a abort
ttm - ago f" 1 asked.
"That report was not strictlv true, for the Doctor
did sit up much oi the night with the wounded
iad," replied the Warden.
"Was the Doctor not guilty of many unprofev
sional and unwarrantable ucts during his at of
I "He certainly was guilty of several acta which I
! should not regard a# dignified or gentlemanly.
One or two instances may suffice to show yon
wnat 1 mean. A man had app.led to tne Doctor
several times lor some medicne to relieve a
trilling affection of the lungs or throat. The Doo
tor aid not regard the complaint serious enough
to prescrtbe, and dismissed tne convict without
giving him any attention or medicine. Eituer
bee nse the complaint preyed on tne
leilow's mind or because he wanted to
annoy the physician. the convict re
peated his visits to the Doctor until tnev became
exceedingly annoying. The Doctor said that If the
man came again "he wonld tlx him." Sure
enough when he did come, a dav or two later, the
Doctor rubbed his entire chest and shoulders with
croton oh. .The result was that the skin came off
the man's body and he was terrio.y tormented for
some time alter. This was don-? lor revenge. The
Doctor served another convict in much tne same
wav. He was a German Jew and the Doctor was
, 'down on him' on that and some other accounts."
! "Is there no way of detecting keepers who are
tn the habit oi fliciung .ees from the convicts f"
??1 have tried every means, some successfully.
Borne with uitei laiiure," replied the Warden.
"I am told by a reliable man named A. H. Murray,
lately a skilled empmro In one o! the shops, that
he has seen and heard a keeper who ts now tnyoar
employ, promise to naie a convict changed rroin
one part 01 the vard to the other, charging as a
consideration for his services four papers of chew
ing tobacco. The couviot was placed at the kind
o: work wiuch suited him best?consider
ation. that chewiug tobacco. Mr. Murray,
wnoin I met at Dr. Fisher's, names the man.
Yoo know, of course, better than I, whether to
send lor him or not. From what sources do yoa
obtain correct tniormation regarding such acts f"
1 asked.
"H we wpre to believe every report which
reaches us from convicts regarding Keepers or the
clerks mere would uot tie one of them left tn
twenty-four hours," replied tne Warden. "There
have been some tew men ticre as convicts whom 1
cuuld believe, bu; they can ail be counted on my
figures. 8uen testimony as this you speak of,
however, is worthy of credence. Mr. Murray was
in charge of the cabinet shop lor the contractors,
and was a good workman, f believe 1 snail bring
this to the notice of tne Inspectors."
After much additional conversation, which 1 can
not include in this letter. 1 sai 1 "GoodDy" to tho
Warden and returned to tne village.
To tub Editor or thb Herald:?
Permit me to call your attention to the reply of
I Warden Discomb to a resolution passed by tho
Board of commissioners of Charities ana Correc
tion relative to a boat being DUlit tn the cellar of
Warden Llscomb'a private residence on Black
well's Island. The reply states the porposes in
tended for said boat?namely, to ?e nsed after
hours In the evening tor tne purpose of attending
to private OuBlueaa in the city, and also to convey
his iamily to ckurca or lecture aud the conveyance
: oi relatives or friends to and irotn the island alter
prison Dours. if such be the case (winch 1 doubt
very much), 1 do not see why ne goes to the ex
pense of the material for said boat, as the institu
tion has now in use fonr small guard or picket
boa's, winch are put up at the close o. institution
Uours ana are at his disposal, or h? cou.d coma
anu return bv the Island Hospital boat mos: any
tune during the bight, say between 'he uours of
seven P. M. and three A. M. There is something
wrong. His reply was too long coming, again, I
wouid call jour attention to the several articles
that have appeared In the columns of your valua
ble journal within the past thirty Jays oi tha
) workings of tho several institutions, :n which you
! gave a vert graphic and periect account or tha
expenditure oi the several departments under ths
charge of said Board, anu atso o: toe interview
ol one o; your reporters with the President, Mr.
William LaiLubeer. At that Interview President
Laimbeer (to use his own words) admitted these
| lacts to be "gospel truth." For the President of
such a body tc admit in such vcrny nig words of tho
gross mismanagement aud corruption ot the instl
, tutions under his c.i?;ge, in my opinion, requires
"immediate Investigation or immediate resigna
tion." And further. I would call your attention
, to the economical resolution offered by Uomtnia
stoner Meyer Stem and passed by that Board,
relative to the reduction of salaries oi eighteen
keepers at the Peuitentiury to fi 76 per day.
claiming them them to oc only guards. Sow, sea
how much economy there Is iu tins resolution. On
May, i, isTj, the nnruoer of keepers on Peniten
tiary roster, thirty-one; on May. 1, 1374, the nnru
ber o; keepers on Penitentiary roster, forty-flve.
making an increase oi keepers .'ounce q- Giving
the resolution the benefit oi tne reduced rate tnera
would be an increase oi expenditure oi salaries in
tins Itm tntion ot %u 50 per day, or $S.M2 60 P?r
year, "is tins economy or is it reform _
New York, May u. is;*.

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