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Another Startling; Sensation Before the
Investigating Committee.
flow Important Letters Were Obtained from
liim by the Ex-Speaker.
The Statement Declared a Fancy Sketch
by Mr. Blaine.
WasbixotOb, Job* 1, 1878.
TUe Sub-Judtciary Committee mat again this morning,
aud James Mulligan was recalled. #
The witness? I wish to aak the indulgence of the
committee lor a few momenta to make a personal, aud
to we u paiulul aiatemect. When I tlrsi arrived ta
this city, and wilhlu about II l lee u minutes' alter my
arrival, there came a communication from Mr. Blame
to Mr. Fisher?of oourae 1 wiab U understood that 1 am
stating this under oatfc.
Tue Chairman?We ao underatand it
The wiiues*? There came a communication from Mr.
litaine Inviting Mr. Vicber aaa me up to bin residence.
1 iedmed to go, for tno reason mat 1 did not want
It said thai 1 had gone to see Mr. Blaine. 1 wanted
to oome Into this committee room untrammelled by
auy Influence. Mr. >'isher wcul up to Mr. Blame's
house, or at leant be so reportca to me, aud he told
Mr. Blaine about certain lacta ibat 1 could prove and
curtain letters mat 1 bad got. Mr. Blaine said that
It 1 should publish them, or that 11 this commute*
ibould get hold ot tbem, ihey would rain
biui for llle, and wauled to know If 1
would surrender them. 1 told him uo, and
that I would not give litem to the committee
unless it should turn out thai it Mas necessary lor me
to produce them; after my examination horo yesler
lay Mr. Blaine c.nui' to the Kiggs House and ihoro had
l coolerence with Mr. Alklus, Mr. Fisher and myse.l;
lie wauled to see these letters 1 had: 1 declined to let
Dim aee them; ho prayed, almost, 1 would say, went
3U bis knees and luip.ored mu to think ol his six chil
dren ana his wile, and that il the committee should get
bold ol this communication li would sink him imme
diately and ruin him lorever; 1 loid him I should not
give tbeiu to bim; lie asked mu 11 1 would lei him read
tbem; 1 said 1 would, If he would promise mo on the
word of a gentleman thai ho would return them to me;
1 did let him read them over; he read them over
unco ami called lor iheui again, hud read
thorn over again; lio still Importuned me to
Vive thoAO papurs up; 1 declined to ao it; I retifed to
uiy own rooiu and he followed me up, ana went over
;ne same history about his lamily, a d Implored me to
five ihom up to them, and even contemplated suicide;
lie asked me if 1 wanted to see n's cniluren left in thai
uale, aud ha then asked lue aguiu il I would not let
iiiui look over tbo0e papers consecutively?1 had them
numbered; 1 laid h>iu 1 would il he would return
them to me; ho touk the papers, read litem all
over, and among them 1 had a memorandum that 1
hod uiado by way ol a synopsis ol tue letters aud mar
ring to the uumuera ot tno letters?a synopsis contain
ing the poiuis ol the leltera. 1 had made that memo
randum so ae to bo able to relcr lo il here when ques
tioned. He ssked me to let him read the letters aud 1
ihowed him Ibis statement loo. After he had read
litem ha asked mo what 1 wanted to do with those
japers, it I wanted to use ihcm. I told biui 1 never
wanted to use the papers, nor would I show tbem
>s the committee unless when 1 was called
upon to do so. Then ho asked me If 1
would not give them to hlui; there was one letter in
particular Ibat ho wauled mo lo give him; 1 told biui
itial 1 would uol do it, uud the only reason 1 would uol
do il was becuuso 1 saw it stated hi one ol the evening
papers acre?tbe Star, 1 think?that tho limine pariy
were goiug to completely break down tho testimony
tliat 1 had given yesterday; that they were satislied
about that; 1 said I should not publish these letters un
less my testimouy was impeached or impugued; thai
Mas the only reasou thai 1 wanted to keep tbem; U-ut
1 wanted to keep ihem lor that purpose; these aro tho
(acta, gentlemen, anu 1 leave ihom to you; ir 1 under*
itanu tbo order unuer which this committee has power
lo send lor parsons anu paper*, I waul Ibis committee
lo got lor mo tbose papers; Mr. Blaine has them and
aomu uoi give ibem up 10 me.
Mr Miaiue?I desire to be sworn immediately as to
this point.
Tbe Chairman (to Mr. Mulligan)?la tbla statement
that you have made a statement voluntarily made by
fou without tbo suxgestioa of anybody r Haa any
>ody outside the Blame party requested you to make
?tiu statement, or have any members of the committee
requested you to do Hf A. No, Kir; no living person;
there were ouly those two gentlemen?Mr. lilame and
Ur. Fisher?preseut at me nine, and they ratber pre
vailed upon uu to give up these letters.
By Mr. Lawreuce?Mr Ulaino baa these letters f A.
Yos; ho took them from me last night.
y. Who was present when you surrendered them to
him* A. No person but he and 1; Uu canto Into Mr.
Atkins'room and Air. Fisher's; I had the letters and
siiiil 1 would never glvo them up, bul they prevailed
upou me to give litem up; 1 demuuded of mm to give
me up my own memorandum; he sa;|i ihey were his
etlcrx - written to Mr. Fisher, and 1 said they
?ern given to me by Mr. Fisher; 1 did not
tei theiu surroptitiouaiy; they were given to
no by Mr. Fisher, lor auy purpo>-e that 1 ueemod
>rwper; Mr. Blaiuo furthermore t>uid to mo, when ho
first met me, that some person told uim 1 was coming
on here; 1 say now, under ouili, that I have no uu
triendly leelluns for Mr. Blaine, whatever.
y. (Hy the Chairman.) Has either member of the
rommittoe bad any conversation with you siuce your
sxatmna.iou yesterday r A. Mo, sir.
How many letters did you surrender to Mr.
Blaine * A. t here were fourteen that i bad numbered
sud ther-i were about lour more in another envelope,
limiting eighteen or niuelecn letters, and one statement
sooul the Northern Pacific kailroul
y. Whose statement was that; 1 meau who made it?
A. it csmo iront Mr. Blaine; I hey are ail from Blaine
aud under hia own signaluru.
y. Who wan present when you llrst delivered these
letters to Mr. Blaine to read on tbeproiuiso that he
would return thcmv A. Mr. Atkins, uud 1 think Mr.
Fisher was in the room when 1 Ural gave litem to him
oil the promise that he would return them to me; 1
theu retired Irorn that room, uud be came up to my
room aud asked if 1 would not let hint see thein agulu,
and 1 told him 1 had let bim see thorn ouce, aud there
?us nothing tn them he had not rend; he said he
?ranted lo see them again; I asked him whether upon
the word ut a gentleman lie would give them back to
me and he said he would; lie admitted lo Mr. Fisher
ind Mr. Atkins that the ouly thing that made him not
give up the papers (b u.e ?as my remark thai il any
reports were made where the veracity ol my testimony .
was impugned 1 ahould publish these letters; 1 told Mr.
Fiaber and Mr. Atkins that 1 said thai; I say so now,
By Mr. Ashe.?What became of tlie memoranda that
waa with these lettersf A. He (Mr. Blaiue) ha* them.
By the Chairman?Who was present when you gave
up the letters to Mr. Bfaine the last time!' A No per
sou but he aud I; he lolloweu me up to my own room.
y. What lime was that If A. 1 should say about hve
o'clock in the aiterouuu.
y. Upon what evening did you come to town? A.
Du Tuesday evening 1ml
y. When Mr. iilaiuo wrote to yon or lo Mr. Fisher
asking that yon and he come to his room, you did uot
go? a. No, sir.
y. Did you have any interview with Mr. lilame
l.eiore you were summoned yesterday? A. Yes; he
tame to me when 1 was getting shaved In tbo barber
y. When .- A. Alter lUe messenger went back to say
that 1 would not go up he caiue dowu; 1 was hot in the
hotel probably more iban hall an hour.
y. what occurred between you in that Interview?
A. He shook hand> with mo, and asked mo If I waa
summoned; I told him yes aud showed hlui my sum
mons. and be redd it; h? told ine that he had been ad
Used by parties here that I was coming on irom Bostou.
y. Who heard this testimony between you and Mr.
Bonne? A. Mr. Fisher was sunn}; in the barber a
sbsir; I do not know whether bo heard it or nut; I
iras la one barber's chair and Mr. Fisher was in an- '
?titer, and the barber wss there; we three were as Cvit- j
tiguons nearly as we are now.
y. You were not being shaved at that motueul? A.
No, sir; 1 was waltiuc lor Mr. Fisher lo get through;
Mr. Blaine said he bewrd that I was unirteiidly to hint,
tud I a?ked him if 1 had ever manifested any dispo- '
litiou of that kind, or what tnajle l.im ibiok so; I
vantod him lo give me his informant, bul be would not
lo it; he iben asked me some questions ..bout what I
?nM lestiiv to, and I told him I declined to have any
?enversation with him, and wanted to cninc into this
Mtamtttee room without anything of that kind, aad 1
?egged him aot to ask mo.
y Was tuat your only interview with him prcv.ous
lo your examination ol yesterday v A. Yes.
l^ Old he ?nl Mr. Fisbor have an interview * A. ?
Mr. FMker wee* >. his bonne and he sent Mr. Klsber,
>t lent ? Mr. Fisher resorted to uic, * anting me up
mere. Mr. Fisher wanted me, coming hack twice,
taylag Mr. Blaino wanted me up there, aud to see if be
loaid not get the papers from me.
(J. Mr Flatter reported to you* A. Yes. sir; he
tame down Md reported to roe saying that Mr. Blaiuo
wanted Me ap there.
<1 He came down twice for you* A. Yes.
Mr. Fbys?Tbe witness said in ordos to get those
The WlTMMS?That is what Mr. Fisber reported to
ne, that be Wanted to see me, not to get the paper*,
but to see hint about thoae papers.
y Are you fhmiliar with the contents of the loiter
and the statement which you say you Mtrreudered to
bur. Blaine, and which be relaaed to surrender to yon ?
A. Watt, I tbiak 1 know about the points that were in
;bea, anything that Is material to this matter.
Mr. Blaixr? I shall object to the committee going
fete my private letters aatil my statement about this
Metier is first heard. 1 wish to make my statement
Irat if tbo commute* will bear mc
Tie Cn?insa* -I want yom to Mate anythlag In thoee
leCMta which bean upon your testimony el yeeterdad |
suaiwlia the Little Rack aad Fort Smith Ulltaait |
bond! which you understood ??t into the bands of
the I'd ion 1'aciUc Hail road through Thuiuan A. Hcott
Mr Kkys?I will object 10 itiai. Will yua allow me
to ask him oue or two questions to lay the foundation of
the objection which i uiake 1
The Cmaikmax?State your objection to the question
Ml Frtb?I dctire to show by the witness that those
letters were addressed by Mr. Blaiue to Mr. Flatter;
that they were la a sale occupied by Mr. Fwher; that
this ?line**, having no right whatever to them. they
not being his property at all. took possession ol them
and brought tbeiu tiers to Washington; that there is
nowhere in aav of the letters sny reference whatever
to any bonds that were sold to Caldwell, to Fisher. to
Tom Scott or to the Union .PaciHc Railroad Company.
The Chaikmax?II there Is not Uo will so answer. I
have framed my question with that direct view.
Mr. Blaixr?I wish to ask the committee, before you
go into the dttutcnis ol those letters, to let me make
my statement.
The ('hairxax?We will give you a hearing.
Mr. Blaixk?But I do not think you have a right to
inject anything into tho testimony of the witness at
this polut What I mcau is that this question or the
possession or the letters is one that stands a'une; it Is
entirely independent ol every other matter. Alter you
go Into it, and have disposed ol it, the other matter
can be quite as properly proceeded with; sud bolore
the witness proceeds any iurther 1 should like to make
a statement as to the personal matter which he has
broached in connection with the possession ol these
The Chairuax?We are examining him as to those
letters now. 1 do not think it is best to It^Ject anything
Into the testimony at this point.
Mr. Fryb?The witness made It a matter of privilege
by asking permission to make a separate autemeut In
reference to a matter which bad nothing to do with the
railroad company.
Mr. Blaixb?He has injected his personal statement
and 1 want to make a counter statement.
The Cbaibman?I do not want to do anythiug that
woulu put you at a disadvantage, Mr. Blaiae; but 1 do
not tbinie it would fce regular at this time.
Mr. Blaixb? Are you going to proceed now with the
examination without allowing nny explanation of this
statement thai has been made?
The Cbairmax?That seems to mo to be the regular
course ot proceeding.
Mr. Blaixb?It does not strike me that It is quite
fair play. 1 do not want the impression to ro forth to
the world, in regard to these letters, as this man has
stilted it without my baring an opportunity of making
my own statement.
Tho Chairman?There is uo possiblo chance of its
going forth to the world without your having such op
portunity. Your statemeht, so far as 1 can control it,
will be before the oommittoe in ample time for publica
tion at the samo time as this wituess' statement.
Mr. Fryb? There is this lurtlier objectionTne wit
nets is now asked to testily relative to the contents of
certain letters, not his letters at alL Ho staled in re
plv that be thinks be cuu tell something (hat wan in
them. These letters, il his statement is true, are all in
existence and in the bands of Mr. Blaine. Mr.
Blaine has not declined to furuish them, nor has he
Intimated that he will decline. 1 submit that there ts
no rule of evidence by which you can interrogate tbis
witness rclativo to tho contents of these loiters until
thev are shown to lie beyond the power or tho commit
tee to have tho letters themselves. 1 make that as a
legal objection to asking this witness what is in the let
The Chairman?Your objection wonld, possibly, In a
court ol justice, be wet! taken, but it has been decldod
by the lull committee that this committoo is
not to be governed by the ordinary rules
or law. If the statement or the witness
be trno and Mr. Blaino has the letters, then
the question asked the witness is at once answered by
the production or tho letteis If Mr. Blaine contro
verts the statement ol the witness, and does not pro
duce the letters, we have a right to examine the wit
ness about them lu order to elicit the truth.
Mr. Fmyi?II Mr. Blaine look the letters they are In
existence. They have not been destroyed at all. 11
the witness gives a statement at all as to the contents
of these letters it can only be a garbled statement.
You are searching lor lacts. You do not want garbled
facts provided you can have the real facts. 1 Uo not
mean that this man would garble them any more than
any other man, but any man stating the contents of
letters under suoh circumstances would be unsblo to
stute exactly what they contained. It may be that Mr.
Blaiue woui'd say to you thai there was not a single
word in those letters, from beginning to end, to the
etleci that Mr. Caldwell or Mr. Scott or the Colon Pa
cific Railroad Compauy.ever had anything whatsoever
to ao with any bonds which Mr. Blaine had ot his
railroad in Arkansas. It may bo that ho would say
that there was not the slightest word iu the letter Indi
eating, directly or indirectly, that the bonds which
you are inquiring about, and the transaction
which you are seeking had anyuiing whatever to do
with the bonds which Mr. Blaine bad ol that road.
Tho Chairman?fhe witness has stated that those
letters woro given to Mr. Blaine, under a pledge Irom
Mr. Blaino ttiat iboy should be returned to him. As
suming that Mr. Blanc lias thoee letters, he has vio
lated a promise, and be has not ode red io produce them
to the committee. I Dave asked tl.e witness a question
as to the contents of those letters, so far as they bear
upon the subjoct matter of the resolution. That is per
fectly proper. If Mr. Blnlne is apprehensive that the
witness will give a garbled statement. Inadvertantly or
otherwise, the remedy Is In bis own bands to produce
the letters. If he declines to produce the letters then
this evidence is legitimate.
Mr. Blaixk?1 would prefer making a statement tn
advance, but If the question Is Insisted upon 1 have no
Mr. Kitvs? Mr. Blaine may desire time to consider
whether be will paaa the letters over to the committee
or not.
The Chairman?When Mr. Blaine makes that requosl
from the committee It will be time enough to consider
Mr. Blajxk?That would havo formed part of tbo
statement wbicb I asked permission to make.
Mr. Amhk? 1 would suggest ibis:?Toe witness bss
sworn that Mr. Blaiuo bas a memorandum wbich tbe
witness made ol tlio contents ot each or tbosu letters,
and lie iwiara tbal Mr. Blaine promised to return It to
him, but baa not uone so. II Mr Blaine will prouueo
that mcmormdum to tbe committee tbo committee
wiU ouly examine tbe witness as to such letter* aa tbo
memorandum indicates to liear upon ibe point under
inquiry. Mr. lilaine can then meet witness' answers
by showiug the letter itsoll to tbe committee, wbicb
will not go on tbe record II It is loi<nd that the memo
randum does not correctly state tbe contents of the
letter, und tbe matter will not go any lurib?r.
Mr. Blahck? I think 1 could aimpluy this matter very
much II I could be allowed to luake a statement at this
point. I tbiuk 1 could aid the committee.
The Chairman?Mr. Blaine has bad those letters
since last nishi, and II this witness bas spoken truth
he has got ihetu under circumstances which do not
entitle bim to retain litem. lr the letters do bear upqn
this question we aru entitled to them, attd If wo cannot
get them we bavo a right to provo their contents. But
all this can be obviated by Mr. Blaine producing the
Mr. Lawk!?????Mr. Hlaine's statement might fur
nft a reason which would show the letters were
tt/flTuy Incompetent.
The Cijaikmax?1 do not desire to do anything that
wo have not a clear right to do. Xor do 1 desire to
omit any Hung that we ought to do. But lor my part I
do not iliink wo should change the current ot tbe ex
amination at ibis point.
Mr. Lawrbxcb? I think that any examination as to
the contents of the letters should bo post
poned until after Mr. Blaine shall havo
bad opportunity to reply, so tbat tbe
committee may have an opportunity to determine
whether there is anything in ibem that Is competent
nndcr the rt-soiulion'wbieh authorizes us to Investigate.
The queitiion which bas arisen as to the circumstances
voder which Mr. Blame became possessed of these let
ters Is. as it were, an interlocutory matter, and Mr.
Hlaine's statemont as to it can, wiib entire propriety,
be heard at once, and I think shou'd lie.
It was decided that the examination should now bo
Interrupted, but should proceed upon tbe question last
pat, which wasuow read as follows:?
Q. 1 want you to state anything In those letters
which bears upon your testimony ol yesterday con
| corning Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad bonds
| which yon understand weut into the bands of
the Union I'aciflc Kailroad through Thomas A.
Scott. A. In my testimony yesterday 1 was
asked If I had any other testimony than what
Mr. Atkins bad said ai>oul these bonds and 1 said yes;
that Mr Blaine had acknowledged it himself iu a letter;
Mr. Fisher li?d been writing to Mr. Biamo lor some
time about a settlement, and Mr. Blaine always urged
ai out some back bonds due bim as com.
mi?lens on the sale of bonds, and saying
that he was very short of money and had lost
considerable by this transaction, and tbat be would
have lo take up these bon'ds Irom parties who had
' Hum, or that be hud taken them up, Mr. Fisher wroto
{ him back that be (Mr Hlaine) hail uot lost auy money.
I because be (Mr. Fisher) knew whero be bad sold
\ the bonds aud got ibis largo amount ol money lor
1 them.
t|. What large amounts A. These $44,000; Mr.
Blaine wrote back to Mr. Flslier (I may not give ills
exact words, hut ibis is the purport of tbeui) that that
iniiney that tie bad ubiaiuod be did not have in his
possession (oriy-i-lghl hours; that ho nad not made it
tor turns* f, but thai he had turned it over to tboae
innocent parties (alluding to Maine parties) ; 1 cannot
give the dalo of ibo letter.
You have maiio a memorandum of tbe contents
of those letters* A. Yea, ol lourteeu of them.
y And tbat memorandum Mr. Blame obtained from
you last evening r A. Yes.
(J. And refused lo return it? A. Yea.
q. stale how y<>u got possession ol these letters? A.
1 was Mr. Fisher's coniidenlial clerk; 1 was w lh tbe
Adam Sugar Kellncry, hut was dmug fome private
wrung lor Mr. Fisher; tha Adams Sugar Kednery dis
?<>ived in 1871. and all tbo*# papers were lu Mr Fish
er's nrivale desk; some of them, hos'evcr. were got
atterwsrd; Mr. Fisher and I were toaether in i>oaiie
streei alter we iett the refinery; mere wss nothing
secret iu tbo*e papers as between Mr. Fiabcr and nic;
lie tnhl ine ibal those papers were mine; |
he knew about my bringing them here; he went with
me last Sunday to the ??ic and got the papers oat, and
lold iuu I mill do what I pleased with ihem; he saw
tliem with mo in the hotel here, and read ihem when
hu uas there; I hsve not taken tbem surreptitiously or
otherwiso th.n as I have sta;e?L
y IHd Mr. Kisber demand tbem of yon at any time?
A No. air; he always told me tbat they were at my
disposal at any lime.
I. poo what ground did Mr. Blaine refuso to re*
turn those letters or a memorandum of them? A. He
! asked me lor what purpose 1 wanted the letters; be
?aid he did not want ihem to g?l beiore tbe committee
or tbe world; I told him thai il It waa uot absolutely
uects'sry under my testimony lo produce those letters
to the committee I should not <lo so and I should not
n*e tbem lor any purpose, excepting tbat if my
veracity and my honor were at stake I should
publish them; I sod so in tbe presence of Mr. lllalne
and Mr. Atkias last night, and I say ao now; If t have
i hose letters, and if ray testimony is impugned la any
way, I shall, in vindication of myself, mate them pub
lic; I consider 1 have a perfect right to do ao, they
were given to me voluntarily: Mr. >isber u here pres
ent aod can apeak .or alma*If.
4 What rvasona dil Mr. Blaine give yon for desiring
to suppress tboM letter*' A. That tkey would rata
btin forever; ho>conletuplated suicide and appealed to
n? id every way be could, and be began tbeu to talk
politic* and asked me about hm Domination and about
bt?irlends;l talked I reelv to hint and gave him uy
opiuiou; he asked me ifl liked my present pillion
and I told him no, I did not care about It; he asked me
how I should like a political office and 1 told him 1 did
noi care about one; be asked me if 1 would sot like a
By Mr. ravK?Q. Was any one present at that time?
A. No, sir; I state that upon my own veracity; Mr.
Blaine ts here and Is listening to what 1 say; I consider
my a urd as yood as that of any man that ever lived;
1 tola him there wm no political office that I wanted.
By the Cuimuji-Q. You have come before the
committee auu related these tacts npon your own ino
nou only ? A. Upon my own motlou only.
(j. Without consultation? A. Without consultation
or admonition from any one, and rather against the
otner gentlemen, who advised me uot to do It.
y. What other gentlemen 1 A. Mr. Atkins end Mr.
Fisher. They said they thought I ought not to do It,
and advised me not to do It.
Q. Is there anythiug else in those fourteen letters of
Mr. Blaine to Mr. Fisher which bears upon the subject
matter or this Inquiry, to wit: the Little Rock and Kurt
Smith bonds, which went afterward Into the
bauds of tne Union Pacific Railroad Company? A.
Mind you, sir, I do not km/w about what
particular bonds went into the Union l'aciflc
Kailroad Company; there are bonds that Mr. Hlaiue
got from Mr. Fisher; whether thoae werettiese particu
lar bonds or uot 1 don't kuow; Mr. Blaine himself said,
or I understood from bis lettera that these bonds tbat
wont in there were bonds that came Irsm these parlies
nanfed; whether they were his own bonds that lie got
this commission on I do not kuow; there was one
letter In the packago where ba told Mr. Fisher how
much was duo on tneso bonds; bo told
him he had received $55,000 of Bonds ;rom bit:i aud
$-.>0,000 from Caldwell on an outsido matter, tbat Is
$66,000 ot bonds on Mr. Fisber's account (as per cent
age that be was to get upon those tales or bonds to
which I testilied yeslerduy), and tho $20,000 ot bonds
which he got from Mr. Caldwell.
Q. Two sums, making In the aggregate $76,000 of
bonds? A. Yes.
y. Did he say in that letter that those bonds went
into the hands of the Union l'aclllc Kailroad Company
through Thomas A. Scott 1 A. Not in that letter. He
did not mention Mr. Soott's name in anything, but Mr.
Fisher wroto to bim, telling bun tbat bo (Mr.
Fisher) knew where these bonds went, and
tbat b? (Mr. Blaine) got so much lor thein;
and Mr. Blaine wrote back tbat if Mr, Kisher thought
he (Mr. Blaine) benefited by the transaction lie was
mistaken, and that he nad not had tbo money lorty
elght hours when he passed it over to these parties.
Mr. Blaixs?Wbat were the bonds tbat went to the
Maine parties, what denomination ot bonds, where
they Iknd grant or first mortgage bonds? A. (Kefir
ring to memorandum). 1 can tell you, sir, aud 1 pre
sume you won't dispute it because it Is in your own
handwriting (producing memorandum book labelled
Warren Fisher, Jr., private, which be bauds to the
chairman); there are all tho parties'names; if you
want tbem you can have the whole history now.
Q. (By the Chairman)?In whoee handwriting is this
book* A. James U. Blaine's.
The Chaiiuiax?Now proceed to answer the question.
WiTXHsa? .he $130,000 ol bonds that were hold to
these different parties here were first mortgage bonds.
Mr. Blaisk?l boy wero first mortgage and not land
grant bonds? A. Yes; the next sale was on a different
day Irom the other.
Cuaikmak?Was that to the Maine parties? A. Yes,
and sold on a different basis; one man had $8,000 of
land grant bonds and $10,000 of first mortgage bonds;
tbat was $18,000 lor one man, another man had $0,000
ol land graul bonds and $7,600 ol first mortgage bonds;
another had $6,000 ol land grant bonds and $0,250 ol
first mortgage bonds; another had $0,000 or land grant
and $11,250 of lirst mortgage bonds.
y. Wore all sales that you nave referred to made by
or through Mr. Blaine? A. Yea
y. And in addition to the bonds you have Just
spokon or as coming to these purchasers, what sort of
bonds did Mr. Blaine gel? A. He was to get $l$000
ol land grant bonds and $92,600 of first moitgage
By Mr. Blaikb?You do not testify that I actually
got these? A. No, sir; I say there aro about $36,000
tbat are due you yet.
By the Cuairmak?That is, that he got all except
thirty-six bonds? A. Yea
By Mr. Farti?Do you know whether they were sent
to him or to tbo Maine men ? A. I know that the
Maine men paid their own subscriptions to me, and 1
gavo receipts lor tbem.
Q. But you ao not know that Mr, Blaine got his ?
A. 1 sent the other parties' bonds to them by express,
and Mr. Blaine got his.
By tbe Chairman?You sent by express the bonds to
the Maine parties and delivered to Mr. Blaine his in
persou ? A. No 11 did not deliver them to him in per
i-on, but Mr. Kubcr did so; Mr. Blaine has acknowl
edged that ho got all those; I gave him myself one lot
ol lorty.
Q. lie got all those $180,000 land bonds and $32,500
of first mortgage bonds, except $30.000?that Is to say,
thirty-six bonds? A. Yes.
Tho following shows the subscribers to the Fort
Smith and Little ltock Railroad Company, of Arkansas,
as shown by the witness Mulligan. In each instauce
the subscribers to bonds received an equal amount In
bonds or their cash subscription and of land grant and
first mortgage bonds:? j I
A. and P. Coburn, of Skowbegan, Me., to pay $60,000
and recelva $150,000.
Peter F. Sanborn, of Augusta, Ma, to pay $10,000
and reoeive $30,000.
Ansou P. Morrill, to pay $10,000 and receive $30,000.
Rilph C. Johnston, S. R. Haseltine, C. B. Hasellinu,
N. P. Monroe, A. W. Johnson, H. H. Johnson, Philo
Hersey, all ot Bolfsst, Me., paid $a,000 and recolved
$16,000, with tbe exception or Johnston, who paid
$10,000 and received $30,000; J.ot M. Morrill, ot Au
gusta, paid $6,000 and received $16,000; A. B. Far
well, ot Augusta, and C. M. Bailey, ot Winthrop, paid
$6,000 and received $16,000 each.
At tho coDcluaioa of Mulligan's examination Mr.
Blaine made the following statement under oath:?
Mr. Maine?This witness opened his statement this
morning by detailing some laots In regard to the pos
session by liim of certain letters which came into my
possession. To begltk where he did, I received through
a third party a telegram on Monday, stating that Mr.
Fisher and Mr. Mulligan were on their way as wit
nesses, the latter uniriendly. Just at that lime my
mind was considerably tilled with the story about the
Northern Pacific matter, which hud come out through
the letter of Mr. Aqullla Adams, who was formerly con
nected with Mr. Fisher in business, and when 1 ascer
tained on what train Mr. Fisher was coming I sent a
servant with a note to his howl, saying I would like to
have him and Mulligan call at my house at their leisuro
in relution to the Northern l'acitlc mailer
and Mr. Adams' letter. Mr. Fisher called,
but Mr. Mulligan was not willing to call. I
called at tho Riggs House, and I found
Mulligan sitting in a barber's chair. 1 shook hands
with him. 'We are not new acquaintances. I have
known him twenty-live years, and 1 said, addressing
huu as I had been in the habit of doing:?
'?James, they report that you are here an enemy of
He made some Jocnlar or rathor evasive answer, and
then said that be didn't want to come to my houses
because lie didn't wish to converse with me here In
any way about the matter belore he testified. 1 had a
liulo conversation directly afterward with Mr. Fisher,
In which Mr. Fisher said to ma that Mr. Mulligan had a
good many ol my private letters; that he did not know
or did not think that they bore upon the suiyeci of in
vestigation, but that they embraced a larno portion of
tho business which, lor a number ol years, had bean
going on between Mr. Fisher and mysull. Mr. Fisher
bo* been an intimate acquuintanco ol mine for more
than twenty years. He was tor a considerate pertod
associated with my wife's brother lb business IB
Boston, and Mr. Mailigau was tho confidential clerk
lor msny years ol another brother ol my wife In bust
ness, so that I know the partiea Intimately. Mr.
Fisher intimated that Mulligan had these loners, and,
without distinctly saying so, lie gave me to understand
that be was not tho least reluctant to gel them all out
whether they bore upon the matter umier investigation
i or not. 1 did not couverse with Mulligan at ail until
i yesterday, when I discovered, 1 tin.unlit, a very great
; readiness ?n his part to travel out of tbu record and
tell a great many tilings relating :o my private liusl
1 ness which did not belong at all to the subject of in
vestigation, and seeing thai 1 did not want
I to go into those matters uutil I could huvu a little con
versatiou with him ou the subject I thought It was
highly improper and unjust that he should do so, be
: caus.' It broadened the Held of examination and pre
vented my having n report or verdict upon tho case
particularly on hand. ?o tho committee was adjourned
at J udge Lawrence's request alter 1 bad spoken with
nun. Allor the adjournment I called on the tnrce
gentlemen?Mr. Atkins, Mr. Flslier and Mr. Mulligan?
at the Kiggs House, and iu the parlor of Mr. Aikins I
had some conversation with Mulligan about these let
ters, and asked htm to show them to toe. lie did show
thcin, with some reluctance. 1 said to him:?"Why
you aro not alraid of my keeping them, are you t" and
he said, "No," and liunded thim to me. llooked
them all over, and bo discovered there was onlv one
letter in tho list that at all bore upon the question
belore tho commtitoe, and cveu that only
by a lorcod construction, and not in reality.
1 banded tliem back to him. The conversation then
became somewhat genersl before the lour gentlemen,
luciudlng mvseif, la the room. After a little while |tr.
Mulligan went upstairs to Mr. lisher's room, right
overhead. I was talking with Mr. Alkms and Mr.
Flslier tor a few minutes and then 1 started up to Mr.
Fisher's room and knocked at the door, and wai> ad
mitted, and there I talked with Mr. Mulligan lor somo
lime. 1 may have been there, I think, the better part
ol au hour, but tne form that bo gives the Interview
about iny offering nlm a consulship and about my
being ruined aod ail that sort ol thing was mere fancy.
Nothing ol tho kiud occurred I talked as calmly aa
{ 1 am talking this morning. Very soon 1 ?a.d to him:?
'?I won In like to see one loiter among tho*o."
1 wanted to see tbe etter ou which bp based his tes
timony. He bsnded me the package. I looked ibetu all
over, and I said to htm, ss 1 said allerward In the pres
ence of Mr. Fisherand Mr. Atkins. "Now yon keep that
letter which you think boars on this matter." (That
is tile letter he bas testified to this morning.) aui
perfectly willing you should keep that, hut hero Is a
massoi my private correspondence, covering many
years and detailing matters that bave nothing to do
with iho subject oi the investigation, which it woald
probably lie embarrassing to nic to have published?as
any nni'? privato correspondence would be?and 1
don't waut these letters published. Yon ougbt to give
me tbeso lottersL You bavo no right to them. Tnoro
are only two persons in the world who have a right to
them. One is ibe writer and tbn other tho person to
whom ibey wore written. Now, it you will give these
letters to Mr. Fisher I will be abundantly satisfied.
They will then be la rightful ownership. They will bo
in sale hands,"
Mr. Fisher had before, himaelf, In my prsaenco. re
quested that they should be given to nlm
in the Brat converiallon In the lower
room. Mulligan refaeod. He said ho didn't know
? hat mteht transotre la hia eaomiaatlaa to.dav. aad
! bo Mid with a good many "by <Jod?" that be vn going
lo nolo those leuer* (or hit protection and InsTindtca
j lion.
? I ',on yon through Willi tte exjm.ua
tf' * 'rou *,ve tbein 10 u'? 'ben 1"
n?r.Vl,-!f.*J(li7"<V^0: J' *o)body -impuns' my motlres, (be
. In that way), or in auy way question*
tors. ''**11* P*P?rs, I (ball puoliab these let
n?t "?liiKj would attack you Is the
papers . 1 hero la nothing to uiuko uio attack you in
the papers." *
them." *1"" We,1> " anybody dtd, bo ahouid publish
Ti,?bif^.bt*11 ran",n* ?ver the lettora for some time.
The llrat time when be handed them to me. be had
shown reluctance, and, aa I nave staled, I remarked
? a,ra';' of, keeping ihcm ?" and be
ercu, on, no," and banded them to me without
any assurance at all, or without anything being aaid
i nol<ie'0' llo'?S aoyihiug elM but
'"cm b*clt> unm bo anoouneed bi* purpose
and determination taat. no matter who should question
i lUrt' *?r lu,Peacb or "tmpun" bi* voracity, be
would publish tbe letters."
that'n.urr','^6*0.*r* Pnr?1* letters; these aro letters
mi if i matters that have no more couuection or
the Juhi P W,'. lbe examination now going on be ore
n?i u ?rrr^0,UraU;ee ,h?? ln? moon,
mv nM.- be"r?Mljf uur"r Uial yu should Iroat
to hfm -1 ??rrespondence in that way." I then said
*ei?Twl,rJ?,,?hll,,f tho be" for n ,"frv*nl ?n<? tell him to
u Mi l lM**er UP tba lower room t"
w?h.,i I.'.fndv#rjr ?oon Mr *'??"??? came up, and
Jlr. "J* couvt'r**'|on, in which I repeaJd be
tion op ?i'h !ri?U" *uWgeu h<^ said?hie declara
l,OD-up raihcr tiU in on ace. 1 naiU:?
tTu in very *ro#fi|y unfair, Mr. Kuher."
that 1 would be tt'ad if Mr. Kisber would
i.m letters; that they were rightfully in
,u .,fv ^hM'rfn "r ,r'lt"iiu"y In mine, bqt not
in Mr if,.h * perxoo i. Mulligan repeated again
lrel hif..?i?rfc? ?>?t,eDce hu declaration that be would
1 liberty to publixn those letters at nuy
ht.*!,W " ?"Jhoiiy should provoke Itim auto
wrstn oy any comment on bis lexiimmiv, and owlug
l.?Ji iffe,1'arKe'l facilities ol the American
PiT^f . criticisms upon everybody I :ound
o? hiin^.if>?Val?r corrc,|,on(l?uce hung by tho thread
oLraLr.nh! .1 ?.I,CBC? *' "nv ol u,? thousand aud one
aaidto him ??* m', ,cl uUoat ,n lb" pspors, and I
lettnL?de^VM circumstances I will not glvo these
tin mlaJLordor ho might not
ailed ^ ..t1 10, crouna of my action, I
waiVL ?i;.iA. \,rola th* lowcr for i
ground on wblcb I stood. I
thrill n?l?rc,urn t,)c,c ,e"iTs ?u
threaten to mako a use of tnein which la ille
V r"; t Jrh'Ch un'",r- wh,cb ?* entirely un
jual, and I have no idea ibai any inun xhall take inv
mv*hitcorrespondence and hold it as a menace ov.r
my bead, to be used at hia bock or option lor his own
Hnwn0'I?!.?r Un?tr h0ni?,,od}"'' Jlroctiou." We went
* rcPCN,e<1 ?nt? reamrmed bis state
ment with very great emphasis and I said:?'Very
fnr Tii lh* iolU!rs- " I went homo I
lrlond*r ??e ? member or tbe House ol
F? 11 ** 1111 1 otbor a lawyer In tbls citv
?#Ver? ?J10 of lhose ??*?era before them?
these letters which "would disgrace mo for llle" and
nrfv?Cr1,w.r*n sorrowing to tbe grave" and ? de
prive me of political honors" and all ihat. I sat down
?i ln"m' JQ,t ,n ,he order In whioh
they were tnarkad and numbered by Mutl'gan himself
I thon said to these gentlemen altor consultation
'I am going to submit these letters to two ol the
7. wl i counsel that 1 can find in tbe city
ol Washington, to-morrow (that Is to-day) and I will
bo guiiied entirely by tbem in tbe action I shall take
before the Judiciary Committee. Ii ihey ssy any of
those le ters I should be In duty bound to deliver - if
they Intimate to me that there is anything in 'the
V ?J*'cb>rr* even reruote|y or otherwise upon
the subject of those interviews, those letters shall l>?
delivered, but I aball wait and be guided by their
opioion as to what 1 ought to do in tbe premise*
a. tU*bulkor ?&<>?? letters yon miybt just as well
send to my bouse and take any package from my tiles
n' correspondence lor th( |Mt Qve yeaii aud
put It here as evidence In this investiga
tion. M?B7^of them relate to business trans
actions which aro pained and aeuictl nn
and which I do not want revived, not that there Is
anything In them wblcb is in any degree embarrass"
lug. I have read tbem over ireely to those two
riends, and, as 1 say I will rend them over Ireely to
wifi Vr0.There is nothing in these letters
whjcb I shall have occasion to blush over. The result
Is that I postponed my action until I could have this
conference in regard to It.
There waa another reason whioh made it peculiarly
""P??1!"* tome; that is that in the montn of Sep
tember, 1872, Mr. Fisher and I. alter very long und in
the main very pleasant business relations, exieudini
back to a period when 1 was a very young man, had a
,n wt)lch we exchanged receipts in
lull. 1 think the precise date was September 21 1872.
It was then ssld that ail letters on either side and all
papers snd scrape ol papera should be given up and 1
supposed they were given up. These letters had been
written carelessly, aa bualness letters oltan are. I cot
a groat many letters from him, and I gavo up all that 1
bad. Mr. Mulligan claims that Mr. Fisher gave these
letters to htm, that he has a right to them and that
h' the right lo disposs or that correspondence,
whleb is, all or it, private. Whon I said to htm that
it was all a private correspondence he said:
"The letter of a public man is public."
? ?WM ground he took in conversation, and
especially it a letter was not marked private.
Some or these letters, however, are marked "Private "
some sre marked "Personal" and some are marked
?*ConfldentiaL" 1 Insisted that it was the groeaest
possible outrage I said
"You take these letters before the committee with
out tbe committee designing me any wrong. They so
ont to the world, and then when It is Been they hsve
no possible relevancy all that there is objectionsble In
the publ cation has been acbloved and accomplished
then!" l?? '0T m* l? lDtcrP?Mobjection
In other words, tbe very test ol tbelr admissibility
Involves what I-myself protest against, which is the
use ol entirely private letters which have no relevancy
whatever to the case In hand. I took that
ground and on that grouud I stand now. 1
juatuy my sell for not returning tbe letter*
It was ho that wus In unlswiui possession of those
letters. Ho bad no right to those letters. I take that
ground most distinctly that there are but two men
that can possess a rightful interest in a private cor
rosBocuenw-the writer and the person wruteu to
and on that right I stsnd. Now, I shall produce tbe
letter with great Ireedom on which Mr. Mulligan has
bMedJh,f testimony that I acknowledged having re
ceived the $M,OVO, and I shall show you it has no re
latlon to tut sutyecL
By Mr. Fbtr?g. ?Do not Mne or those letters re
late to matters transpiring loug before you became a
member or Cougros? A.?Yea, loug beioro I became
a member or Congress for the Urst tluie.
Tbe Chairman?As 1 understand you, and as I espe
cially undorstaud from Mr. Mulligan. you bad pos
session or those letters on two occasions?
>lr. Bi.ai.mk?Yes.
The Ciiaikxar?On the Urst occasion you promised to
return them?
Mr. Blainr?ltdld not assume so formal a shape as
a promise. I thought he exuiblted a little hesitancy In
handing them to me, aad 1 said to him. "You don't
think 1 would keep them, do you?" It was rather an
Interjectlonal remark. I do not know whether Mr.
Fisher or Mr. Atkius was in the'room when 1 Urst got
them, but both or them came in wl.ilo 1 was reading
and looking over the letters. 1 banded them back to
Mr. Mulligan.
Tbe Chairman?Why did you have the second Inter
view In Mr. Mulligan's room in the absence oi these
two gentlemen ?
Mr. Blaixr^-U was Mr. Mulligan who had left the
room, not I; 1 wanted to satisfy inyself with respect to
a sfieolOc letter; Oiteen letters malco rather a volumin
ous correspondence to remember all about; 1 went and
told him 1 wanted to see a specific letter and he banded
me tbe package.
The Chairhax?When you got tbe letters the socond
time It waa ycur intention to return them to Mr. Mul
ligan ?
Mr. Blaixr? Yes.
The Ciaimia*? You changed your Intention upon his
declaration that ir bis veracity were assailed he would
publish the letters?
Mr. Blaimi?Yes; that be should attack me If any
body else attacked hnu.
The Cnairmax?1 aslt at your hands the production
of those letters for the perusal ol the committor, not
for publication, that tlie committee may seo for them
selves whether they bear upon the question?
Mr. Blaixr?In private?
The Chaikmax?No, fir, with no privacy; but I cer
tainly will uot make them puUlio unless they bear on
the question.
Mr. Blaixr?1 will take occasion to consult my coun
sel in regard to it.
The Cit Ainu ax?You decline, then, to produce them?
Mr. Blaixr?For the prescut I decline.
Tbo Chairman then asked Mr. Blaine to produao tbe
meuioraudums made by Mr. Mulllgun, containing a
summary or the lettera
Mr. Blainr replied that ir Mulligan had no rlcbt to
the lettera be bad no right to the memoraudums. If
he hud no rtgbt to a private letter he bad uo right to a
copy of It.
Mr. Lawrbxcr?You have said that certain state
ment* ol Mr. Mulligun's were "iancy. "
Mr. Blaixr?Yes; 1 will explain that. The conver
sation waa a long one. 1 have known Mr. Mulligan a
long time, and we bavo had a good deal of conversation
at various Hums. On this occasion we got to talking
about publie matters, aitd he spoke of the miseries or
Eublic lite aad said he aid not see bow anybody could
s induced to enter it. Ho spoke at the same tlmo
?bout going abroad to visit his irlenda I said, I won
der you have not got tired of tbo humdrum ot the
counting room, and I Jokingly remarked whether be
would not bavu like<l to go abroad In some official ca
pacity. As Mr. Mulligan bss presented it here It would
seem that 1 bad asked him to aecept a Consulship.
Tbero was nothing of that whatever.
Mr. Lawrrxck?Was anything said about suicide?
Mr. Blaixr?No: a word in the world.
Mr. Mcluuan asked Mr. Ulatuo whether, on his ostb.
be would soy that be had uot used ibo word "suicide,''
and Mr. Blaine replied, "I do, most decidedly."
Hartford, June 1, 187C.
In tbe Bouse of Representatives to day the proposed
constitutional amendment organising tbo Senatorial
districts was defeated?106 yeas to 120 nays. Tbo
amendment proposed to cquaiiss tbe population ol dis
tricts ss nearly as possible.
The Tammany Several Committee last night, as the
MMlwiM of the speeches of ssvsnl of tbe mere prom
inent members, sdsplsd resolutions ounSsa?sory of
tbo aeUoa of tbs Polios Commissslsssrs M lbs reseat
I Basts* raid.
mrriM and drlkoateh.
A Democratic State Convention, called by tbe green
back agitators, assembled yesterday HQeraiuia Ball to
select delegates for 81. Utu. There vera present about
200 persona The meeting waa called to order by Mr.
Gideon J. Tuckor, who nominated Mr. T. E. Tomliaaon
for chairman, tbe following named gentlemen being
rbuacu a* vice presidents:?Messrs. If. Lalor, Theodore
N. Melvin, J. D. Sullivan, Thomas Flood, James Roach,
Samuel K. Pollett, Jobs flmyles, George Spragtto, and
secretaries, Paul Tucker and Louis Arnbeim.
Mr. Tomilnson then rose and addrasaed tbe Conven"
tlon. 11c Inveighed against present legislation aa ruin
ous. Currency, the circulation of tbe body politic, he
said, was paralyzed. Gold was given a rongh mora!
handltug. Congress baa to determine what shall bo
money. Koference was mido to tbe atility of green
backs during the war. If inflation lessened obligations
contraction ruined the dobtori Tbey wanted to b? let
aiunu. Tbe latter statement. very well summarises tbo
rent of tbe speech. The lolluwing comtnittocs were then
1. Gideon J. Tucker, New York; George Washington
Mellon, New York 2. Edward A. Moore. Richmond;
George W. I.loyd, Westchester. & Jacob P. Miller,
Columbia; Jam's Mtr.ou. Kensselacr. 4. William 11.
King, St. Lawrtuco; D. P. Koelo, Warren. 5. Clinton
Hcckwith, Herkimer; Kut^er B. Miller, Oneida. 6.
Harvey Hunt, Otsego; Ira H. Smith. Delaware 7.
Christopher Aone, Mouroe; T. H. Proctor, Livlngiton.
8. M. N. Cook, Genet-ee; Ell At well, Orloaus.
L Johu W. Crump and Thomas P. Tally, New York.
2. Jacob P. Carl), Queens; Abraham J. Caddc,
Orange. 3. James G. Grace, Rensselaer; H. W.
Cbamplin, Schoharie. 4. Eugene Diileubeck, Mont
ginnery; U. P. Hisscll, Saratoga. 5. Charles E. Van
Eateu. Unondaga; Timothy Couklin, Herkimer. 0.
William S. 0-ilerer, Tompkins; Krerteric Scudilor,
Cortland. 7. William Mclntyre, Ontario; Daniel A.
Kobiusou, Cayuga. 8. John & Adams, Erie; & V.
Nixon, Chautauqua.
1. Marcus Hanlon, Now York. 2- Marccna M.
Dick moon, ltocklaud. & George S. Crawford, Albany.
4. J. 1*. Ferguson. Montgomery. 6. S. D. Keller,
Ououdaga. Charles W. Cooke. Otsego. 7. William
E. Buell. Monroe. 8. Tuoniaa Ingstruin, Cattaraugus.
The Conveution tbeu took a recess.
Tbe Convention re-assembled at eight o'clock. Tbe
Hon. Autbony E. Cuddebacb, as Chairman of the Com
mittee on Credentials, presented bis report and made a
brio! adJrcss, in the course of which he said that be
bad been born and bred a democrat but should not vote
lor Governor Tildeu lor any oltiea. "Where was be In
1861 and 1852?" uskod tbe speaker. "1 caunot answer
that, but I can tell you where be was not. He was
missing from the side ol such men as Lovi 8. Chat Held
and Lieutenant Governor Church, who were fighting
the Canal King before the Legislature. 1 am lor tho
same principles that General Jackson enunciated. As
long as we stand still and see tho money power rule the
government we (ball bo little better than slaves."
Tbe Secretary here announced that tlity out of sixty
two counties lu tbe State were represented, and 120 out
ol 152 Assembly districts
Mr. Marcus Hanlon, of Mew York, Chairman of the
CoinmllUe on Resolutions, read the following resolu
tions, which wore unanimously adopted:?
Whereaa the organisation heretofore known ai the demo
cratic party In tbe State of New York, In it* conventions lu
tbe years 1874, 1875 and 1876. adopted certain resolutions
relating to the lubjeet ol finance, against which we eater
our solemn pretest Tor the following reasous
First?Because such reso.utlons are in conflict wltb the
nrlucinles laid dowu in tbe platform adopted by tbe last
National Democratic Convention, held In the city of New
York in 1MJM, that being the last genuine National Demo
cratic Conventlou held In tblsconutry, tbe Convention held
In Baltimore In 1*72 being only a ratification meet ins for
the nomination* and platform of the Liberal Convention held
lu Clncluuatl in that year. Second?Because tbe men who
secured tbe adopt iou of said offensive resolutions are tbe men
who contributed by voice, money and peraonal influence to
defeat tb ? democratic party In the .-tales that believe with
Thomas Jefferson, "That th? National Bank uoten must lie
suppressed and the circulation restored to the nation, to
whom It belongs." Third-Because the men who now as
sume to lead toe democratic party In this State are aaao
ciated wltb and controlled by Its great moneyed aud corpo
rate Interests, and having no sympathy in common with
the people, and having made corrupt combinations with tbe
republican party, which tbey affected to oppose, are unfitted
to be trusted with the people's welfare.
Therefore, we being the oaty democratic organisation in
harmony with tbe drsires of tbe people throUKbout this
State and with tbe organisations of the democratic party In
tbe Southern au<l Western States which are not controlled
by munoy as tbey have heretofore been iu New York, claim
auiniaatoa for ear delegates to tbe National Convention to
be held la St. Louis on the 27th Inst., as tbe ouly duly
authorised representative* of the democracy of this state.
And recognising the duty of the democratic party as the
time honored champion er the rights of the many against
the agressions of the few. to express Its purposes In the
pending ourroaey conflict without reserve or equivocation,
we declare that we shall urge against. all opposition, come
from what quarter it may, mea*q?ps to effect the following
objects and adopt tbem as
our ruTroii.
first?Unconditional repeal of the republican timi Ht
?u.option act.
Sr-oiul?The substitution of lsgal tenders for national bank
Third? Legal tendon to ba receivable (or all debts pablio
and private and all Uxet and cattoms.
fourth?So torced Inflation, no forced contraction, bat t
circulation equal to the wauts of trade and Industry, to be
regulated In volume and gradually equalised with fold by
appropriate legislation.
/V/7A-Leg! slat ion for the development of the resource!
and wealth of the country by the people to the exclusion of
Sisth?A faithful eomplianoa with the nation's Jn?t obliga
Srrenth?Ko centralisation. Local Mil Kovernment.
Biahth?Vft denounce the present corruption in the a (Fair*
of the federal government, and demand searching investiga
tion and prnm|.t punishment of the guilty, Independent ot
party attdlrressectlve of person*.
Xinth?We oppose the re-eleetlon of every Congressman,
Senator or Assemblyman who has opposed, directly or Indi
rectly. the repeal of the iniquitous Resumption act.
Truth?Our delegates to the St, Louis Convention are In
structed to support ? platlorm In aecordaiice with theae
principles, and to nse all honorable meaus to oOtain the
nomination of a candidate whose act* have already pledged
him to support the policy herein declared?a Western man
aad a democratic platform, with the watchword "money
and labor."
Hcsolved, That the delegation Just appointed b.v this Con
vention to attend the Democratic Convention (Presiden
tial) be Instructed to vote there as a unit, in accordance
with the sentiments of a majority of Its members.
iteaolved. That in the event of the declination of any
Presidential delegate here appointed, or In the event of tho
inability of any to attend the St. Louis Convention, tho
State Committee be empowered to All the vacancy upon the
nomination or the delegates representing his district In tho
State Convention.
The following delegates wore then appointed to at
tend tho St Louis Convention and claim admission on
a greenback platlorm:?
At Large?Gideon J. Tucker, Richard Scholl aad
Tbeo. & Totnllnson, ol Now York; Kutgcr U. Killer, ol
Oneida, and Jeremiah McUulrc, of Chemung.
From tho Congressional districts.?First district?
Daniel C. Birdsali, Jucob P. Caril; Second?Tbeo. N.
Melviu, John P. Cowles; Third?Richard B. Leech,
Chariot* L. Finney; Fourth?John P. Ruuncte, Patrick
Ford; Film?Gideon J. Tucker, Cliarles R. Corn
wall; Sixth? Benjamin M. Medina, Frank Waters;
Seventh?J. W. Crump, Joseph J. Fluncrty; Eighth?
Johns, berry, George W. Dean; Ninth?Jerome Buck,
John B. Dye; Tenth?lohn McCool, Thomas F. Tully;
Klcvouib?Marcus Hanlon, Thomas B. McKellar;
Twelfth?William T, Brown, George W. Lloyd; Thir
teenth, Jack Miller, J. V. W. Doty; Fourteenth?Wil
liam Voorhees, Anthony J. Cutldebach; Fifteenth,
Kd. O'Reilly, WiHard I'. Hasbroaek; Sixteenth?John
Kvcrs, William Brown; Seventeenth?Thomas Flood.
Thomas J. Strong; Eighteenth?D. F. Keefer, Daniel
Ferguson; Nineteenth, J. 8. Tupper. N. Barber;
Twentieth?J. P, Ferguson, Luke Dodge; Twenty
first?Lewis Carmlcnael, A. J. Dibble; Twenty
second?T. B. Saunders, George B. Wilcox;
Twenty-third?Will.am S. Abel, Klchard Sdhrocppel;
Tweuty-iourth?John Sloccin, B. W. Cummings;
Twenty-tilth? oney Sayles, S. V. Keller: Twenty
sixth?Samuel Hay den, Bernard Doberty; Twenty-sev
eutb?O. D. Phelps. Archibald Christie; Twenty
eighth?W. H. Bristol, Jonn J. Van Allen; Twenty
ninth?F. C. Divinney. James E. Jonee; Thirtieth?U.
MacNaughton, W. kmbree; Thlrty-nrst?Alexander
Campbell, George Uoucdlct; Thirty-second?John B.
Aiiains, J. S. Buell; Thirty-third?John B. Smith, 8.
F. Nixon.
Altor the election of delegates, Mr. Miller, editor ot a
nowxpoper devoted to the interests ol tbo greenback
party, made a speech in which he repeated tne argu
ments so olten enunciated by those in sympathy with
him. He was followed by various other speakers who
seemed m aflord tho Convention more amusoment
than information.
York (Pa) Di*i>atch:?"Ur. Manton Marblo has told
out hla Interest In the New York IFoWd to W. H. Hurl
bert, who will assume tbo editorships Mr. Hurlbert is
a brilliant editorial writer."
touisvl.le (Ky.) Sunday Aryut:?"Hr, Marble's
career upon the World has been a very brilliant one.
Ho brought to hts work scholarship, penetration, i a de
pendence and an ardent love for bis profession; and tor
years he baa been in the very Iront rank of American
journalism. His retirement will be universally regretted.
Mr. Hurlbert, bis >ucco*sor, has been U>r fourteen years
connected with tho Worki, and is thoroughly acquainted
with the duties of the position which he has assumed.
The paper will not suflur in his hands."
Cincinnati Snquirer:?"It is duo to the 'Mew York
World to aay that Its conduct under the new rtyttae,
whosoever that may be, la decent and dlgnlOod. Mr.
William Henry Hurlbert Is a gentleman of culture, and
It Is quite apparent that he believes in deceucy in
journalism. A marked change has come over the spirit
of the IForld slnoe he assumed control of Its columns.
The World seems capable of latrness and of discussing
public questions on their merits. It hasn't called the
Ohio democrats 'lunatics,' 'madmen,' 'pickpock
ets,' "fools,' 'loud-mouthed heretics,' for soveral
days, nor has It applied any similar endearing epitbcta
to the Obl<> brethren. This Is gratifying, and It is
something that deserves recognition. We take pleas
ure m cheeriully acknowledging this symptom ol gen
nine Joornalism in the W orld. We have taken ooosslon
in the past to say some rather uncomplimentary things
of the IFerW, lor one part or our religion is to
pester as many people as pester as; and while we do
not recollect that we ever bofan a quarrel wltb any
body, if we have abaadanod oao begaa with us u-tll
the beginner waa sorry It k a circomataaoe which we
exceedingly regret we nave a suspicion that public
questions ana be Meoani la public joaraala oa broad
peblle grenade witaoot ?ling to HM?afll vita.
peration; but If tier* are people that think otbarwlie
tliey c;iu bo accommodated. Under lb* new maneue
meat tbe World has not only omittod personal saw*
from In argument*. but has actually mantfeetod a de
sire to promote harmony In Ibo djmocratle party *,,n"
ont absolutely dictating all the term* of that n?r
mcny.' It uDuouncce tbat It will make *80 war npoa
candidate*,' and it creditably files thin notice.
The Galveston Newt says If Blaine la not nomiasted
on the firat ballot It wlU be becauae sy mpatby la not
potent enough to make a nominee.
The Commonwealth and the ContlUutionalitt, Bourbon
democratic paper*, of Georgia, pronounce la favor of
General A. H. Colquitt, "a second Calhoun," for Gov
ernor of that State. t
General Dick Taylor bellerta tbe Southern delega
tion to 8l Louis should supportTtlden, and for sayiuj
tbla General Dick la being aaarled at and booted at.
South and North.
The Chicago Tribune etprewei Iti dislike for Conk
line by callleg him an exclusive, aelflab New York?r,
who naa been a persistent opponent In the 8eaate of
leglabitioB In the intereat of the West
Tbe Hon. Newton Bateman and the Hon. Jobs W.
FarnawortQ are suggested as democratic candidates los
Governor. The Hon. Sidney Breese Is suggested as a
democratic candidate lor United States Senator.
Milwaukee Commercial Timet:?"Thousands of hard
money democrats would vote a republican ticket tbat
upheld the financial princlplea they have been taught
to worship. At the same time hardly a handful of re
publicans would vote a soft money democratic ticket."
In discussing the democratic aituation the Lockport
(X. Y.) Union says:?"take all the candidates wboae
names may be submitted to the Convention, welgb
them, and nominnte tbe one more nearly balancing the
general interest We believe this Is just what tbe Con
vention will do."
Richmond (Va.) Whig:?"Many papers tbat are now
making soch fierce war upon Governor Tllden, ea>
pecially Virginia papers,- If we are not greatly mistaken
In what the times foreshadow, will be repenting their
course In sackcloth and ashes before they are n month
Scranton (Pa.) Republican??"Each day bnt adds to
th) impression that tho Inflation pill so unceremoni
ously rolled np at Cincinnati will be swallowad at St
Louis without even a grimace. One by one tbe
democratic heroes of tbe metallic currency are letting
themselves down as confidently aa though a greenback
cushion had been one of their life-time luxuriea."
Montgomery (Ala.) Hornet"With regard to tho
delegates to the National Democratic Convention at 81.
Louis we hepe and tract they will go unlnatracted
and unpledged, determined to select the most available
man for the Presidential chair, provided he be a Arm,
unwavering democrat of untarnished record and sound
upon the money queatlon."
Albany (N. Y.) Argut:?"Governor Ttlden Is as strong
to-dsy in New York as the democratic party is strong
A healthy organization exists throughout the entire
State. There Is no opposition to him smong the demo
cratic masses. His party knows him to be faithful IC
Its principles snd Its purposes, glories In his achieve
ments and calls them Its own."
Shelby M. Cullom, tho republican nominee for Gov
ernor of Illinois, was born In Wayne county, Kentucky,
November 22,1829. At the age of nineteen he entered
Mount Morris University. In 1866 he was a President
tial elector upon tbe Fillmore ticket. During tbe sanu
campaign be was elected to tbe State Legislature. It
1894 bo was electod to Congress from the Eighth Illi
nois district, and re-elected in 1888.
Richmond (Va.) Despatch:?"There can be no eom>
promise at St. Louts. There can be nothing bnt a fight,
and either a victory or a defeat lor the democratic
party. Of course, It wero tbe very madneas of tbe
moon to nominate a Sonthorn awn for Froaldeat He
would be inevitably doomed to defeat. To nominate
one would be to betray the democratic party Into the
hands of tbe republicans."
Tbe New Orleans Timet, speaking of Ttlden's ftbanoes,
saya if he, wants to retain any very great influence la
national politics his wisest plan would be to accept the
Naw York Hiram's auggestion, made several weeki
ago, about a "triumvirate," turn over bla influence M
seme one more acceptable aad come In aa a graceful
second, or with tbe promiae, or evea proepect, of the
first Cabinet position.
Buffalo Commercial:? "With inry desire to b* satis
tied with tho nomination of Mr. Brlstow, and to gin
bim a hearty support In case he should be ohoaea m
the republican standard bearer in this campaign, in
must say that his friends are poshing his candidacy in
a way that is both injudicious and unfair. Tho Na
tional Convention is not to bo frightened or eves in
fluenced by 'third party' or any other sort of threats."
Mobile (Ala.) Kegiiter:?"We are no* prophesying]
we recognize sll the chances against it; but we alas
realise the ravenous greed which oo litre Is tho radical
party. What, then, it?amid the distractions and
jealousies that throats* to split tho Convention?some
man rises and cries, 'I save the republican party and
nominate U. S. Giant 1' Stranger things have happened
than that a unanimous vote would record tho triumph
of tho daring trick."
Si Louis Olobt:?"The delegates choseu thus hi
fairly represeat the best strength of the republicai
party, and there Is every reason to believe that thi
Cincinnati Convention will be la every way worthy oi
the high interests confided to Ik But It Is tmpoestbh
not to admit that temptation besets the members si
every step, and that they need every encouragement
to strengthen them In their reslstanos to the iasidioui
snares set be lore them."
Charleston (8. C.) Journal oj Comment:?"Now, It
It not Imperative that all true friends of reform should
unite under the democratic banner in putting a stop
to such monstrous misgovernment as we have suffered
under f All honest men snould unite in one effort to
gain this end. The democratic party desires the ad>
hesion of every man who wishes to aid In the goo4
work of saving the State Irom the Inevitable ruin that
awaits bor if the rule of the last eleven years is oo*
tlnuod under republican auspices."
Albany Argut:?"Blaine must look out for tbs
treacherous undertow 1 The first test vote in the Coa?
vention will come up on the question ?f admitting tho
Alabama delegation. Twenty votes are Involved la
this Issue. If the delegation should be divided tho ro>
suit would be ultimately to give Conkling ten votes sad
Blaine ten. Deducting from Blaine and Brlstow ths
'twenty-flvo machine delegates' from Illinois, with tho
twonty-four machine delegates from Kentucky and tea
of tbe Massachusetts doiegation who caaaot bo tna*
ft rred to Blaine, and tbe flnal ballot would staad ss fo!>
lows:-Conkling, 3?5; Blaine, 36L"
Springfield (Mass.) Republican:?"And yet Mr. Cask*
Hng lias a chance at Cincinnati; a real ohonse, a great
chance, such a chance as ddesa't come to a public ssaa
moro than once In his life tlm* 11 be oaanot captors
the Convention he can lead and control Ik If be oaa
not secure tbe nomlnatloa for himself bo can say
where li shall go. II be cannot be the President Is
can nsme tbe President. Balked oi bis ambition, h*
can turn the tables on bis rivals with a swiftness sad
completeness that will free so tbe sneers on ibeir lip,
and that will give him a new lease of political power
Be has only to load ofl at tbe critical mocseat tor Ml
Adams, of Massachusetts."
[From the Washington (D. C.) Star.]
Last Sunday s young sua from South Carotins, wb?
had recently been travelling m Barope with bis tutor,
was at Willardl Hotel Having on their arrival is
Now York left la tbe Custom Bouse tbere a box con
taining a number of articles, they concluded on Sun.
day to draw no an affidavit to meet the requirements
of the law la withdrawing tbe box. In this they bad
proceeded so Ihr as to write"Washington, May 81,
187ft I (name of affiant) hereby swear that the bos
containing?*? Then, being unable to renumber ne
articles, they concluded to postpone making it, und
tho paper was lelt cardes-dy at the hotel,
abd they proceeded to Baltimore on Mon
day to visit Colonel R M. Johnson. A news
paper rr.au afterward picked up the paper and
coniiuued the writing, adding "the dyaamite fixtures
arranged for tbe purposo ol blowing up tbe present
administration was earetnliy deposited under tha
White House on Sunday night, the 24th. It is so or
ranged that It will explode on the night of the 30th of
Muy. at 11:30 o'clock. Hoping that it will perform its
work successfully, I am yours." itc. He gsve tho paper
to a lrietid wbo sent It to tbe President's house, where
sn inctlecioal search tor tho box was made. Some ol
Smith and Weat's detectives then took the matter la
hand and yesterday traced tbe Mouth Carollniaas to
llarnum's Hotel, Baltimore. Exploaatloas followed;
the discrepancy Iwtweon the bandwrltlag of tbe tutor
snd the suhseouent addition to It wsa pointed oat, sai
tho detectives lelt.
The annual commsncemsnt sasreisss at It Joha*a
College, Fordhaaa, M. Y., will bogut Moadsf, iaaalfr
at a quarter past sac o'eiask la tko aftsmw

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