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Our Lunatic Asylum a Place
to Imprison Disobedient
A Young Man Falls in Love
With the Keeper of a House
of Assignation.
LIXATI C asylum.
Re-arrqst and Re-lmprisonmeqt
As a Lunatic.
At Eis Earnest Solicitations His Wife Leaves
tae City and He Is Again Released.
Return of the "Wife to the City and
? Sudden Death, of the Father.
Herman Albert is an agent of the Germania Fire
Insurance Company. On the 22d of September, 1869,
he insured the furniture of one Marie Deis, who
kept an assignation house at No. 72 Canal street.
During the period of his business visits to the house,
Albert fell violently in love with Miss Deis, and asked
her to become his mistress. She refused, and stated
that she would be no man’s mistress. Albert then
proposed marriage, to which she consented. He de
sired that the marriage should take place immedi
ately. He told her to get a ’minister. Miss Dais at
©nee went to the house of the Reverend Dr. Foesoh,
In Delaney street, and made the arrangement for
' their marriage, Albert, in the meantime, remain
ing at her house. 'Upon her return, the couple ac
companied by a young woman living in the house,
proceeded to the minister’s, and Herman Albert and
Miss Deis were married. The next morning young
Albert told his father, Mr. Charles Albert, of No. 9
Avenue A, who was an officer in the Germania Fire
Insurance Company, of his
The father at once made inquiries in relation to
Jier history, and was greatly shocked to learn the
Character she had previously borne, the occupation
In which she had been engaged, and the irretrieva
ble disgrace in which his son had engulphed him
self. His anger and indignation were torrible. But
One remedy suggested itself to his mind to save the
Social injury to his family which his son had been
the means of causing. That remedy was to have his
Which he immediately proceeded to do, and young
Albert was forcibly torn from his wife by officers,
Bud taken to Blackwell’s Island, and incarcerated in
the Lunatic Asylum. His wife, alarmed at his sum
mary arrest, and the nature of the charge made
Against him by her husband’s father, visited No. 9
jAvenue Ato learn all the facts in the case. The elder
Mr. Albert refused to see her, and drove her away
from his door, threatening to have her arrested if
fehe did not go. “ Getten ous,” said he, “ und coom
bicht mere.”
She then proceeded to the office of George A. Mott,
£sq., and employed him as her counsel. He, for the
purpose of obtaining her husband’s release, applied
to Judge Ingraham for a writ of habeas corpus,
Which was granted, and young Albert was examined
by competent physicians appointed by the court for
the purpose, to ascertain his mental condition, who
Unanimously declared him to be
and at the expiration of three weeks he was discharged
from the Lunatic Asylum. And now comes the most
extraordinary circumstance in this most remarkable
case, a circumstance which, coupled with the fact ot
bis first arrest and confinement, proves gross laxity
of administration and management of the Lunatic
Asylum. Young Albert returned to his wife, to whom
he seemed to be devotedly attached. The father
learning this, had him rearrested the next day after
he was released, and .
That he should have been received by the officers
of the asylum so soon after his examination and dis
charge, passes all comprehension.
It proves how easily any man may be taken from
his wife and family and friends, and subjected to the
horrors of confinement in a lunatic asylum. The
terrible records of similar cases occurring in England
in the past fifty years,as related by Charles Reade, in
•‘Hard Cash,” and by Henry Cockton in his “Valen
tine Vox,” are equalled in the horrible details which
have been brought to light in this case.
One year and a half elapsod before he was again
to walk out of the asylum a free man; his
wife, in the meantime, never having been permitted
to see him. But to return to tha narrative of the
story in the order in which the incidents occurred.
Immediately after the second incarceration of
young Albert, the father commenced
to dissolve the marriage on the ground that he was
b lunatic. In the course of the proceedings before
the Supreme Court, the action was referred to Wesley
S. Yard, Esq. No. 293 Broadway, who decided, as ref
eree, in favor of the dissolution of the marriage.
The defendant’s attorney, Mr. Mott, then moved in
the Supreme Court, before the Hon. Judge Brady, to
eet the report aside, and Judge Brady ordered it to
fce tried before a jury. After the order was entered,
Mrs. Albert received the following letter from her
iiusband in the Asylum:
F y has been to see me to-day,
’I 1 ? keep me .'.era as long as you are
1 bec,g .ed him io lot me out for God’s sake,
end that you would go away. He told me that itißt as
«oon aa he heard that jou nad gone away/he would iret
released Now, Marie, if you love me wife
should love her husband, go away somewhere, so that I
can get out; and as goon as I get out, I will come to you
Write me where you are. Your devoted husband,
Herman Albert.
Upon receiving this letter she Immediately made
preparations and took passage for Havana. Immo
fliately after her arrival she wrote to her husband
and acquainted him with the fact.
He was then discharged from the asylum. She
Waited patiently for some months for him to come to
her; but he did not leave the city. She then, not
feeing able to hear anything from him, returned to
Stew York and at once proceeded to the elder Albert’s
private office, No. 9 Avenue A, and there found both
old man would not allow her to remain, but drove
Iter away from bis office withloud and violent language-
Ec-r .bußbond, who was, doubtless, under his father’s
influence, did not dare interfere to protect her from
insult noi-did ho oak to her. She upbraided him
4.x hia coix'iuct, niitf (Semandsd the return pi bp f
money and jewelry, for it seems, as she alleges, that
after their marriage she placed in her husband’s
hands a large sum of money and diamonds and
jewelry of considerable value for safe keeping. The
money and valuables had never been returned to her,
and she was now destitute, having expended what
money sha had retained and the proceeds of the sale
ot her furniture in her legal proceedings for his re
lease and in her trip to Havana and stay in that city.
After she waa turned away she wont to her counsel
and desired that the case should go on. Mr. Mott,
in compliance with her request, made a motion in
the Supremo Court for alimony and counsel fees.
Two weeks ago th© Court appointed John V. W.
Doty, Esq., as referee.
During the pendency of that motion tho father got
very much oxoited, and in conversation with his son
on the subject he
last Monday, a week ago. He was reported to have
died of disease of the heart. His death
suit in law.
The wife then asked her husband to support her,
which he refused to do. She then went to Mr.
Kalloch, Superintendant of Charities and Corrections,
and stated her case, and he gave her a requisition to
Justice Lcdwith, Essex Market Police Court, who
granted a warrant for the arrest of Herman Albert,
her husband, on the charge of abandonment, and to
compel him to support her.
Ho was arrested and brought before the Court last
Friday week. The case was set down for trial on the
30th inst., (to-morrow) before Justice Ledwith, when
a portion of the above facts will be drawn out.
Efforts for Concert of Action.
Our Detective System Contrasted With
that of Other Countries.
The Good It Might Accomplish.
It has long been a problem how best to obtain har
mony and co-operation between the police of the va
rious cities of tho Union. Heretofore, and up to the
present time, instead of working together in secur
ing the conviction of criminals, the police of our
leading cities have been only too anxious to screen
criminals, and even aid them in escaping. Old and
experienced detectives, after j
to their hiding places, have been repeatedly baffled
by cunning lawyers who have received their first in
timation of their services being needed from those
who should have aided in bringing the culprit to
justice. Professional jealousy and a mean desire to
prevent a brother officer from obtaining a reward for
his services are almost always the incentives for this
course of action.
Several attempts have been made heretofore to
bring about the desired object, but thus far they
have resulted in failure, although ou one 'or two occa
sions they have seemed to promise well for a time.
Chief of Police Matsell, to whom we are indebted
for many good police/rules and regulations still in
existence in our own and other cities, made several
attempts in an informal way to secure co-operation
between his detective forces and that of half a dozen
or more of the leading cities, such as Boston, Al
bany, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chica
go, St. Louis, New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston,
and Richmond. But his efforts came to naught for
the reasons we have assigned.
In July, 1868, immediately after the close of the
Democratic Convention held in this city, Superin
tendent Kennedy and his Inspectors gave a dinner to
the Chiefs of Police of various cities who had come
on here to be present when the Convention was
held. On that occasion a regular
Superin tendon t Kennedy being chosen President,
and Inspector George-W. Dilks, Secretary. A com
mittee, composed of several of the Chiefs of Police,
was appointed, with the understanding that they
were to perfect the organization, and make arrange
ments for a subsequent meeting. This was never
done, because the members of the committee were
so wide apart, and correspondence was tedious and
unsatisfactory. Ultimately, the matter was dropped,
and nothing more was done about it. Of the twenty
five or thirty who took part in that meeting, not one
tenth now hold position.
The project has been again revived. The Chief of
Police of St. Louis, an active, energetic man. and an
enthusiast on the subject of police matters, is the
master spirit on this occasion. He was engaged for
nearly two months last Summer, in traveling from
place to place, interviewing the various Chiefs of
Police, and the result of his labors is the present
composed of representatives of the police of all the
leading cities of the Union, which has been in session
in St Louis for the past week. Inspector George W.
Dilks represents the police of this city. Tho Com
mittee on Order of Business reported the following as
the questions for consideration by the Convention,
and they have accordingly been discussed by this
body, who, one would suppose, should be thoroughly
acquainted with the questions in [all their bearings,
and therefore be able to suggest something practical;
First—For Improving the conditions of tho aban
don ed youth of both sexes.
Second—To provide a systematic plan for trans
mitting detective information throughout the coun
Third—Consideration of the question of the social
Fourth—For a perfect system of- police telegraph
ing throughout the several States.
Fifth—The subject of photographs, and a regular
system for exchange of the same.
Sixth—The subject of reward for extraordinary
The second, fourth, fifth and sixth questions are
the ones that will prove most difficult of solution.
It will be seen that the committee propose to
adopt a plan whereby detective information may be
rapidly and readily transmitted to all the various
chiefs of police, who shall come into the arrange
ment proposed. This we take to moan full descrip
tions of criminals who are wanted for some particu
lar crime that they may have committed, the
amount of reward offered; information that well
known thieves have started for a particular city on
the occasion of a fair, meeting, convention, or other
gathering, where they may prey on the unwary;
the fact that a new and dangerous, because skillful,
thief, burglar, or forger, had suddenly mado his ap
pearance on the criminal horizon, and had thus far
baffled all attempts to capture him; a new species of
thievery, forgery, or swindle—all this, and more, is
included in the informaiion that might be trans
mitted, if a spirit of harmony prevailed.
It will bo observed that exchanging photographs
is one of the objects proposed. By this is meant
tho portraits of notorious thieves and criminals of
all kinds, such, for instance, as Dutch Heinrich, the
bank sneak thief; Col. Cross and Arthur X. Breed,
the accomplished forgers; Mart Allen, the express
robber and burglar; Jack Rand, the bank robber;
Tommy Murphy, Jimmy Eagan, pickpockets, or any
others of the great fraternity of thieves, or “ cross
men,” as they are known among themselves.
As is well known, there has for a long time past
at police headquarters, in this oity, consisting of a
number of albums, wherein may be found the pic
tures of nearly all the thieves who make this city
their headquarters, or are in the habit of visiting it
occasionally each year.
Any one whose pocket may have been lightened
while riding in a car or stage, or while passing
through a crowd, if they have reason to suspect one
or HJPJ9 iu |hc fiirong by reason of certain actions
on the part of the suspected persons, may have his
suspicions verified by visiting Police Headquarters
and looking through the albums devoted to tha rep
resentatives of thiefdom. The pictures contained in
them are duplicated, so that there is a complete set
in every station-house in this city. Every set of pic
tures has a number. Should the victim identify any
one in the books as the person who robbed him or
her, a general alarm is sent to every station house
in the city, to look out for and arrest No. —, by
which, of course, is understood the thief whose por
trait bears that designation. The plan is very sim
ple, and has been found to work excellently well.
It is proposed to extend the workings of the system
to all the cities that will go into the new arrange
We will suppose, for instance, that a burglary or
bank robbery has been committed here, and suspi
cion points to certain well-known thieves as the per
petrators. The detectives have learned that the mon
whom they want left town immediately after tho
time the robbery was committed, and have not since
been seen around their usual haunts. Telegrams
are sent to the police of the various large cities to
arrest Nos. So and So, and that particulars of what
they are wanted for will be forwarded by mail. The
wrong doers, mayhap, are taken into custody so soon
as they arrive at the place whither they are bound,
and most likely with something in their possession
that will lead to their conviction. Possibly the whole
of the stolen property may be found in the posses
sion of the prisoners.
The Police of most of the leading cities of Europe
have long been considered to be near perfection,
notably those of France and Great Britain, although
of late years the German has made great improve
ments. The French has long been deemed the best,
and is probably still so, although the spy system
was discarded in good part when Napoleon 111. was
so unceremoniously removed from the position he
had held for twenty years. The abolition of the pas
port system has also interfered considerably with the
wonderful efficiency of the police.
A friend of ours, a detective, and a good one, too,
as all who [know him will acknowledge, a few years
ago was sent across the ocean with a prisoner, who
had been arrested on his arrival at this port for rob
bing the London firm, in whose employ ha was a s
confidential clerk. After delivering his prisoner
into the hands of the London authorities, our
friend, who had obtained leave of absence for the
purpose, concluded to cross over to Paris, and view
that wonderful city—the Paris of the past, as it was
after Haussman had beautified it, and before the
flames kindled by the Communists had devastated
so much of the fairer portion. He visited the Ex
position, then in the bight of its glory, and all other
points of interest, and admired them, as he was
found to do, having an eye for the beautiful, In
nature or art. One night he had been out quite
late, and after wandering around for a loug time
bound that he had lost his way. Ho was unable to
speak French, and could not therefore inquire the
way to his hotel of those he met. In this dilemma
he bethought him of the police, as waa natural. He
managed, by signs, to make the first policeman be
met understand that he wanted to go to a police
station, and wag conducted to one. The officer in
charge spoke English well. Oar friend explained his
mishap, and added that he oould not remember, the
name even of his hotel. He was told that ibmade
no difference; at the central department they could
find out where he wanted to go. He was taken
thither, a book consulted, and he was then con
ducted straight to his hotel. The matter was easily
explained. His passport had furnished his name and
addross, and in addition he had the consolation of
knowing that he had been under close surveillance,
because, being a stranger,-whose vocation and inten
tions were unknown, he was deemed a suspicious
character. We do not consider this by any means a
system to be copied, but it shows to what perfection
it may be carried.
Throughout Groat Britain the detective service,
though managed in a different manner from that
which in France for so long a time, and
does still in other parts of Europe, is wonderfully
efficient. A crime is committed in London, mayhap,
and the detectives are satisfied that the perpetrator
is endeavoring to leave the country. A full descrip
tion of his personal appearance is at once telegraphed
to all the leading cities and seaport towns. Every
departure by steamer or sailing vessel is closely
scrutinized, and in nineteen cases out of twenty the
criminal is captured before he has had a chance to
leave the country. And even if he does leave, and
succeeds in reaching the Continent or this country,
he is followed by a detective supplied with the neces
sary papers to establish his guilt, and in nearly every
case arrested and taken back, tried, convicted and
sentenced. Compromising crime is something un
known on the other side—in Groat Britain, at'least.
Well-known criminals are not hand and glove with
.the officers of tho law. First-class detective officers,
men of acknowledged ability, and who have been for
years in the service in Great Britain, consider them
selves fortunate if they succeed in amassing a little
competence. They look with amazement at the
“loud” dress and diamonds of the detectives of our
force, and ask what service have these men ren
dered, or what are they now engaged in that should
warrant such an outlay as this style would indicate.
Those t who believe that our detective service is
well done, are wofully wide of the mark. The mur
der of Benjamin Nathan is a case that well illustrates
the manner in which our service is performed. Here
was a well-known, estimable, and wealthy citizen,
murdered in his own house, on one of the most fash
ionable and well-traveled streets in the city, and op.
posite one of our largest hotels. No deed of this
character ever caused greater excitement in our city.
The victim was at the head of several of the leading
Jewish charities, and was considered a representa
tive man of his people. The aggregate rewards of
fered by the city authorities, the associations with
which the deceased was connected, and the relatives,
amounted to $47,000. If ever there was an opportu
nity afforded for the display of executive ability,
there was one.
Clue after clue was taken up and followed without
result, until at length it was definitely ascertained
that one Billy Forrester, a well-known desperado and
thief, was the assassin. To track so well-known a
character would seem to be an easy matter; and he
was tracked from place to place in the West and
South; he was seen at Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis,
and New Orleans, soon after the murder, but was not
arrested. Why? Because the Western and South
ern detectives say that if they had arrested him the
bulk of the large reward offered for his capture
would have been pocketed by the New York detect
ives ; and when several of the latter went on, search
ing for Forrester, the detectives of the various cities
in these localities, not only gave no help, but were
actually a hindrance, and, it is believed, gave For
rester a hint to get out of the way; and the murder
er, profiting by their hints, fled. It is believed by
those interested in his movements, that Forrester is
somewhere in New Mexico or Nevada. A more pitia
ble exhibition of the defects of our detective system
could not be shown than in this instance.
Among the subjects discussed by the Convention
is the regulation of the social evil—in other words,
how best to keep prostitution within decent bounds.
For something over a year past tho police of St.
Louis have had extraordinary powers conferred upon
them with reference to this matter. The houses of
ill frfme have been licensed, and placed entirely
under the supervision of the police. Any robbery or
other infraction of the law occurring in one of these
houses, if not reported at once to the police with all
the information with reference to it that can be
given, calls down on the head of the offender the
direst punishment. The license is at once revoked,
and, if possible, the keeper of tho establish
ment and the inmates held as accessories to
the crime. Thus far the plan has worked
well. There is no doubt but that there have
been »;nor abuses, but on tfjp whole p hew
satisfactory. This has been owing to the fact that
the power has been practically centered in the hands
of one man—the Chief of Police. Whatever abuses
may have been practiced by his subordinates, be has
had the power to correct them, and has done so.
At a recent session of clie Legislature of this State,
a bill was introduced to license houses of ill fame in
this.city. It was urged that, if placed under the
charge of a commission, or of the police, these
houses would be better conducted, and much that is
offensive to tho eye of the public would be done
away with. Prostitutes would not be allowed to
flaunt themselves on our public thoroughfares, and
ply their calling in tho shameless manner they
now do.
On the other hand, it was urged that the scheme
was one for blackmailing purposes—that the keep
ers of the houses of ill-fame would be subjected to
tho attacks of a crowd of hungry politicians. The
keepers of our gaming houses complain that they
have to submit to the extortions of police captains,
detectives, and politicians. How much more would
this be the case if all the palatial mansions of sin up
town were open to their attacks.
If ever a good law oan be devised that will curb
prostitution in our midst, and render it, in a sani
tary point of view, safer, it will receive the support
of the more thoughtful and clear-seeing portion of
the community. But, so long as the r Ing class
here is composed of shoulder-hitters and roughs, it
would be a dangerous power to place in their hands.
Arrest of Dave fiirUirkk, JoeJt Miner,
JacJi Conrad, Ballard, and Btiiela Eva.
OVER §60,000 IX u. QUEER’) BAGGED.
A Factory for Making ttie Fibre
Paper Broken Up.
The operations of the U. S. Secret Service Division
for the suppression of the crime of counterfeiting in
this and other sections of the country, have just cul
minated in a series of successes without a parallel in
its history as a detective institution.
Men whose wealth and high social standing ena
bled them to commit their crimes with impunity,
have been detected and brought to justice, and for
once have found their offers of bribery to fail them
in the hour of need.
On Wednesday night last, tho -office of the Secret
Service Division, at No. 52 Blec.kur street, present
ed an appearance that would hr.re puzzlod a stran
ger. A half dozen men, in ove: ils and blue shirts,
some with picks, spzde?, aim’ C inner pails, were
lounging about the office, as if ’.hoy had j UB t COn
eluded the labors of the day, and were Availing to be
paid off previous to going home., Three others, ap
parently hackmen, were awaiting orders from Col.
Whitley, Chief of Division, and these having been
briefly and quietly given, the entire party entered
the three hacks standing in front of the door, and a
portion of them were conveyed to the vicinity of
Sixty-seventh street and Broadway, while the resi
due were taken to Seventy-first street and Second
These proceedings were in pursuance of plans that
had been many months maturing. For more than a
year Col. Whitley had been laboring.to arrive at the
men in this city who were the head and front ot the
counterfeiting fraternity, and although bis labors
had been rewarded with great success in the capture
and conviction of such men as Bill Gurney, Jim Gard
ner, Dutch Harry, Tom Halo, and many others of
equal note, he was siill far from arriving at the men
who furnished the capital required to carry on the ne
farious business, employed the printers and en
gravers, and furnished the necessary material for
their operations,
He knew the names and location of these impor
tant criminals; that they were men doing a respect
able and honorable business; merchants, tradesmen
and contractors; whose respective positions placed
them above suspicion, and whose characters seem
ingly, were beyond reproach. The principal of the
band was
a heavy contractor under the New York Citv Govern
ment, and to whom, it is claimed, the city is now in
debted in the sum of SIOO,OOO, for services rendered
on the Boulevard and other up town streets. Miner
was a gentleman living in a style of luxury and ele
gance commensurate with hia wealth, and whom it
would not do to proceed against without the most
undeniable proof of his guilt having been first ar
rived at,
Some two months ago information was obtained
by Col. Whitley to the effect that one of the mem
bers of this band, and who enjoyed the partial con.
fidence of the grand heads, was about leaving for
Chicago, having with him a large sum of counterfeit
money. The name of this party is
alias Thomas, alias Moore, a tasty looking gentle
man, with mutton-chop whiskers, and a highly sen
sitive temperament. He fell into the net spread by
the Col., and was captured at the Hudson River
depot with
$5,000 IN QUEER
in his pockets, neatly packed in tin-foil. Upon being
brought to No. 52 Bleecker street, he “ squealed,’’ as
the detectives say, and stated that he obtained his
money from one Steve Payne, alias Karns, with a
dozen other aliases, none of which were his prope r
name, but his location was given, and Kirkbride ex
pressed his willingness to go to the place and make
a deal with him for the “queer” whenever the Col.
desired. Thia was speedily accomplished. The night
selected for the purpose was exceedingly propitious,
being dark and rainy. Two of theOol’s. men were
detailed to guard the rear of the house, and to
enter it through the basement door upon a given sig
nal. To gain this position it was necessary to scale
five fences. A feat which, but for the darkness,
would have been difficult of accomplishment. A
small woodshed formed the rear enclosure of the
yard, and the officers throwing themselves flat upon
the wet ground against this, awaited the signal. Five
minutes afterward Payne sallied from the basement
door of his house, and passing to the rear of the yard
within a few feet of where the men were lying, felt
carefully about on the ground evidently for a mark.
The search seemed to satisfy him, and driving a
spade into the earth he speedily
from which he removed several packages wrapped
in tin-foil. The box was then returned to its rest
ing-place, and the criminal re-entered his house with
out the slightest idea of the exposure ho had uncon
sciously made of his guilt to the detectives who had
watched his operations with bated breath. In a mo
ment afterward the signal was given, and the officers,
entering the house by the back and front, secured
their prisoner.
wore found upon his person, and he was at once
taken to the Bleeoker street office. A brief inter
view with Colonel Whitley served to place Payne on
the stool of repentance; and he made a full‘confes
sion, stating that he obtained the bogus money from
one Harry Cole, who lived on the outskirts of Jersey
City, but who always came to New York to make his
deals. Cole had as an assistant a pretty and accom
plished daughter, known among tho select few who
composed the heads of the counterfeiting frater
nity as
She was a girl of great shrewdness and energy of
character, and far surpassed her father th ingenious
ssode? ol baffling ttiQ officers, By » IYSiJ-fopeerlsd
plan, both she and her father were caught with the
evidences of their guilt on their persons. Both con
fessed to Colonel Whitley that they were great
criminals; and while admitting that they were in
the confidence of the manufacturers of bogus money,
still denied that they had anything to do with getting
up the plates. They stood ready, they said, to do
anything in their power to arrive at the real heads.
Here was the golden opportunity. The door was
opened at last, and showed
It was necessary, however, that still another party
should be detected simultaneously with Miner. 1 his
was one Jack Conrad, a “gentleman” noted tor his
fast horses, his superb diamonds, and general ex
travagance in living. This was the person who
and furnished the bogus fractional currency in lots
of from two to ten or even twenty thousand dollars
each. It was accordingly decided that Eva should
arrange a meeting with Conrad on a fixed night, to
take place, on the east side of the town, while her
father should make an appointment with Miner on
the same night to occur on the west side. Eva was
to buy $3,000 in “queer” fifty-cent stamps, from Con
rad, and her father was to get $5,000 in bogus bank
notes, from Miner. The night selected was Wednes
day last, and, as will be remembered, was exceeding
ly dark and rainy. The place of meeting for Eva and
Conrad, was Seventy-first street and Second avenue;
that of Cole and Miner was to occur on Broadway,
near Sixty-seventh street. It was a task requiring
Eva knew Conrad for a desperate criminal, who
would not hesitate to slay her the moment he sus
pected treachery; but there was much to gain for
herself and her father, and she proved equal to the
emergency. If Conrad had the money in his posess
ion, she was to drop a white handkerchief, then
stoop suddenly and pick it up. The place selected
for the meeting was isolated somewhat, and lonely at
any time, especially on such a night. Conrad arrived
a little in advance of the girl, and seeing no one
about except now and then a “ laborer,” with his
pick on his shoulder and dinner pail in hand, appar
ently proceeding homeward, he felt perfectly secure.
Eva joined him in a few moments, and the twain
passed near enough to one of the aforesaid laborers
for him to overhear the interchange of polite saluta
tions, and Eva’s anxious query, “Are you ready?”
The reply was lost as the couple passed on, but in a
moment more the tell-tale handkerchief dropped and
Conrad was in the hands of the officers. Eva darted
away, and an officer started as if in hot pursuit, but
returned directly, declaring that the woman was too
smart for him, and that he had lost her in the dark
ness. Conrad had upon his person
and could of course make no defense or apology.
He was taken to the Bleecker street office and locked
up. Meantime, there were three or four laborers
straggling along the Boulevard and through Sixty
seventh street, apparently jolly drunk, and belated
in getting home. Such a spectacle was not an un
usual one in the neighborhood, and did not attract
Minor’s attention as he stood waiting for the arrival
of Cole. Owing to the darkness, only one of the
men was near enough to witness the meeting. The
interchange of good money for bad was made. Cole
gave the appointed signal and took his departure,
and the officer sprang upon Miner. The latter is a
man of low stature, but stockily built, and the de
tective is a small man, but fu’«l of pluck. Ho found
he had caught a Tartar, however, and a most
Miner tossed his antagonist, and at the same time
threw the good money ($1,500), which he still had in
his hands, and which he supposed was marked,
over on a pile of rocks. The detective held him
with a bull-dog grip; and brought his foe to the
ground with him. The latter caught the officer’s
thumb in his mouth, and bit it to the bone, and the
officer could only release himself by knocking out
four of his antagonist’s teeth. Both rolled over in
the mud until they were unrecognizable. By this
time help arrived, and the prisoner was securely
handcuffed and removed-to the Bleecker street office.
At the same time, a man who had been standing
about a square away from the scene of the fight, was
taken into custody, and proved to be
and engraver. This man, it subsequently turned
out, was the most important capture of all. It ap
pears that he was waiting to receive from Miner the
ten and two dollar national bank note plates found
on the person of the latter, for the purpose of work
ing off a new edition of the bogus money. Ballard,
upon being closeted with Colonel Whitley, made a
full confession of his guilt, and revealed to the Col
onel the location of his factory in Rivington street,
where be was making the counterfeit money, and
where there were valuable presses, plates and other
machinery, among which was a complete apparatus
recently adopted by the Goveanment as a further
measure of protection to the currency.
Ballard stated that he had expended months of
unceasing labor to arrive at the secret of making this
paper, and that having been successful, lie had com
menced the labor of engraving a SI,OOO counterfeit
note plate on steel, in imitation of the new United
States issue, by which he hoped to gain his fortune.
This plate, partly completed, was found in his
These are by all odds
in the history of the Secret Service Division. Bal
lard says he is confident of being the only man not
in the employ of the government, who understands
the secret of making the fibre paper, and his capture
results in an immense saving to the community.
The following is a complete list of the plates, presses
and other pharaphernalia which are the results of the
raid. It forms a great
One SI,OOO plate, in an unfinished state; one S2O
greenback, fully finished, back and front; one $lO
National Bank (Poughkeepsie Bank) on steel; one
$lO National Bank, not finished, the back only being
engraved; one $2 National Bank, on steel, fully
completed; one full set, “Lincoln Head,” fifty cent
stamp on steel, fully completed; one full set, “ Stan
ton Head,” complete fifty cent on steel for seven
impressions; one full set, “Stanton Head,” on
steel, for ten impressions; one full set, “Stanton
Head,” on copper, for five impressions; ten
transfer rolls (hardened steel) for reproducing du
plicates of all the above except the SI,OOO plate;
ten full sets original bed pieces (hardened
steel) for making the transfer rolls; one transfer
press, costing $10,700, of a kind rarely found outside
of the Treasury Department or bank-note companies;
one transfer press, small pattern, costing $1,200; two
large printing presses for making counterfeit money;
two smaller, for same purposes; a large quantity of
type for altering bank bills to other banks; two full
sets of engravers’ tools, ink rollers, ink and cloths;
a full set of Treasury seals for stamping the red seal
impressions on the notes; $45,000 in counterfeit $2,
$lO, S2O, and SIOO notes; about 150 pounds of the
celebrated fibre paper, and the entire apparatus re
quired to prepare and make the same; one excellent
set of “Lincoln Head” plates, beside those mentioned
Col. Whitley and his officers may well feel proud
of their captures. They have shown a skill, judg
ment, and persistence which could not be surpassed
by the detectives of any country, and have done great
service to the people and the government,
A man in Nebraska has invented a
new powerful double-acting salve, which shows
powers never before exhibited by salves of any
kind. The inventor accidentally cut off the
tail of a tame wolf, and immediately applying
somo of ths salve to ths stump, a new tail
grew out. Then picking up ths old tail, he
applied some of the salve to the raw end of
that, and a wolf grew out; but ho was a wild
wolf, and had to be shot. It would have been
wiser,' we think, had the inventor of tho salvo
or jfto storj Jseen ebot.
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Fancy, Facts, and Figures.
The glories of modern Greek and Ancient Roman
greatness, brought into comparison by my grand
brethren of the Alliance, in the brilliant conception
that Connolly is the “noblest Roman oi them all,” en
titles them to eternal admiration. For it is tho most
convincing proof that the bast of Controllers, whether
for St. Patrick or New York, is Controller Connolly.
And it may be safely asserted, therefore, that the
best of Romes was the Rome of mud huts, where the
node Romans to which our noble of the “Greek
faith” is likened, lived twenty-five hundred years
ago. They were all knaves or bankrupts. He has
contrived to be both within a few years. That is the
merit of the likeness, and the evidence of the genius
of those who made it. Na other period of Boman
history could afford the parallel. For, at no stage of
the decline and fall of the “Seven-hiked City,” was
tiierfe anything to compare to “the ring” or the Con
nolly, No patriot was accused of wasting the public
treasury by the accumulation of offices or unneces
sary contracts, nor of unfitness for his duties.
Yet the mountain is composed of atoms; and a
grain of sand completes tho shore of the everlasting
sea. Little things make up the sum of all things, as
little causes produce great results. Napoleon lost a
decisive battle, and ultimately his empire, in .conse
quence of a bad dinner. Rome ana tho Romans
were made and unmade by apparent trifles. She
owes her name one instant to youthful caprice and
another instant to youthful passion. Her oldest tra
dition has no other foundation than the similarity of
two little words. A goose became of more impor
tance to her than a garrison, at a critical moment.
We have all heard the poet say:
“ One blast upon that bugle-horn
Were worth five thousand men.”
The walls of the ancient citadel crumbled to dust at
a blast from the trumpet of the brave and godiy
Joshua. The band of St. Patrick’s Alliance have sim
ilar trumpets; and if they become bravo and godlike
enough, may produce similar results, and so save the
noble Dick from tho siege he is now undergoing.
But there’s the if, and there’s tho rub; for it is doub -
ful if any other power but the Sr. Patrick’s Alliance
can save him. Still there’s the lesson for little
things, even for such little things as Everett, Tray
ner, O’Connell, and other frauds and whilewasnere.
That little thing
“ The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.
On St. Stephen’s day was caught in the lurch;”
and by attempting to warm their little wings on the
drum-heads of a sleeping army, on a cold night, the
little wrens caused a never-to-be-forgotten disaster
to the hosts of Hibernia’s patriot heroes. And so
little things—as men understand them, though Om
nipotence is mindful of the sparrow’s fall—have fol
lowed the fortunes of Ireland and Irishmen, and all
other lands and men, down to the time waen Con
nolly, no bigger than a flea upon the body politic,
and called “Slippery Dick,” because he partook of
tho nature of that little “insec,” was taken from a
little office in a little bank, at a littlo salary, and
made the great Controller. And what has been the
result ? Even the Committee of Seventy are anxious
ly asking this great question.
One result is that he and all his family have made
millions out of little or nothing—in his case, nothing
—in the last four years; for, as we have before stated,
he was a bankrupt at the commencement ot that pe
riod. And upon this state o*f facts in the life of this
personal and political flea, hinges the most impor
tant results to the welfare of the city and tho nation,
to the cause of Democracy, and therefore to the
cause of Ireland and Irish-Americans. And hence
our first little exposure of some ot his little frauds,
in connection with his political machine known as
St. Patrick’s Alliance, whoso rank and file are honest
men and dopes, and whose chief officers are knaves,
impostors, and traitors, has assumed its present
magnitude and interest.
I perceive that it has become an exceedingly hard
thing for men of good repute to cut'loose from their
evil companionship; and.some of those who are en
gaged in unveiling the mysteries of our municipal
malefactors are complimented for their polite beha
vior toward the thieves they are trying to stop, as if
good manners in a bad cause had not been the devil’s
strong point from the day’s of Christ to this hour.
Lot us have justice first and gentility afterward.
No Democrat and no Irishman can afford to be
dallying with the danger of the hour, or compound
ing with Connolly and the frauds who still cluster
around him. The fable of the stork found in bad
company has lost none of its significance. Yet there
are those who are rejoicing at the smash of the
ring, while they sustain Connolly, the most culpable
uf its members.
Upon personaland general grounds, I have already
had something to say, and have something more to
say, elsewhere in this narrative. But, politically,
and as a Democrat, I also charge that there is but
one possible way of escaping defeat in consequence
of the.gigantic villainy in the conduct of affairs in
this city: and that way is by going outside of those
at present identified with the party for a Presidential
candidate. Perhaps this is the good that; is to coma
of the evil. But it is certain, from the facts and ten
dencies of events up to the time the “Ring” revela
tions commenced, that the prospect for the future
was the reverse of what it is now; when a sufficient
answer to all complaints of Republican rule, North
and South, with all its tyrannies, plunders, frauds,
and violations of the Constitution, is to point the fin
ger to Tammany Hall, and from Tammany to the
“Ring” which controls it, and even carries in its
pocket Tammany Ijapublicans, and all, along with
its millions and theTnillions of the city, and for the
same purpose, viz.: to con irol everything in the State
by corrupting everybody who may bo deemed worth
Now, every one knows that these millions could
not have been had, and this corruption and disgrace
could not have come upon us, if Connolly had even
attempted to do his duty as Controller. Had an hon
est man been in his place, a man capable of doing
the duties of the office, and disposed to do them, like
his predecessor, Matthew T. Brennan, the accounts
of that office would have been published regularly,
as of old, in obedience to law and the public demand;
and those stolen millions, which no mau can yet
number, would have been saved. And the hopes of
the Democracy would have been saved. And the
credit of the city, the credit of Demooratio institu
tions, the good name of Irishmen, and the good
cause of Ireland, would not have fallen as they have.
Fifteen thousand laborers, now in danger of coming
to want in this city, would have work and wages
enough all through the Winter; and the American
metropolis, instead of being utterly bankrupt
through the vi'lainy of an Irishman, and that Irish
man hitherto so small a thing as tho flea-like Slip
pery Dick, surnamed Connolly, would have had some
thing to contribute for the relief of a sister city
whose misfortunes have moved the heart and the
charities of the world; while our misfortunes, too
great to bo overlooked, yet too mean and malevolent
for sympathy, have filled the world with amazement
and scorn, and degraded us as a community in the
estimation of mankind. It will not be for any want
of any good will of mine if the chief instrument of all
these iniquities (Connolly) escapes that justice he
has so long defied.
And here once more I have to step out of line to
speak of myself in reference to the lying authors of
the official reply, who have asserted that I was dis
charged from A. T. Stewart’s and other estabhsh
ments for drunkenness. First of; all, I introduce the
following, which speaks for itself:
Office of Eldridge, Dunham & Co., )
No. 340 Broad way, New York, >
October 6,1871. )
Mr. David J. Tirohey:
Dear Sin: Having seen somo statements made in an
article in the Dispatch, affecting your standing as an
employee in various mercantile houses in tais city, I
take pleasure in saying that those statements must have
been made without the least regard to truth. It is now
nearly twenty years since you brought a letter of intro
duction to ma from my father, who knew all about you
and your family. I was at that time in a prominent po
sition in one of the first mercantile houses in this city
and upon the representations in that letter I gave you a’
situation, which proved to be fully merited. From the
house where I then was (Clapp, Kent & Beckly), you
went to Claflin, Mellen <fc Co., where I know you gave
entire satisfaction; and from that time to the present, I
have baen acquainted with your career, and do not hesi
tate to say tnat the assertion that you were ever dis
charged from A. T. Stewart’s, or elsewhere, for intem
perance, or any other cause, is a falsehood. I congratu
late you upon your record in all respects.
Your fribnd, John R. Browne.
Now as to A. T. Stewart & Co , it is an unalterable
rule oi that establishment to give no letter with
reference to any employee’s character. But I have
various witnesses—among them one of tho most dis
tinguished judges on the bench—to the statement of
Mr. Libby, the manager and a partner in the con
cern, that I was attentive to my business while with
that flrm, and that they were awaro that I only left
them when I could obtain higher salary. I am
authorized to refer all inquirers to them for
the truth of these statements, or tor any other pur
pose affecting my character.
My lying calumniators may call upon H. B. CNaflin
& Co., E. 8. Jaffray & Co., P. Van VolKenburgh &
Co.—all first class importing houses—and they will
find the same willingness to testify to them at all of
these places. ■
I challenge any one to say that I was over yet dis
charged from any establishment where I have been
employedfor intemperance, or any other cause what
soever. I hope that is satisfactory to the wretches
who wrote the official reply. If not, I giva them the
benefit of the following, from a member of one of
the oldest and most respectable families in the
country—Cruger, of “ Cruger’s Station:”
New York, October 4,1871. )
No. 349 West Twenty-seventh street. J
Mv Dear Twohey: I have attentively read two
articles in the Dispatch, pertaining to the St. Patrick’s
Alliance. I do not mean to take up the cudgels either
for or against this society, but in justice to many
persons to whom I have introduced you, as well as to
perform the duty of a friend, I must not omit to pro
nounce my opinion of the personal attacks on you,
which I was surprised to see published in the Dispatch.
I have known you a few months after you came to this
country, in business, society, and politics. I have beon
with you aud watched you closely in all the different
positions a man commonly is in, in active motropolitan
life. And basing my opinion on what I have seen and
learned thereby, 1 plainly say that the statements made
by tho writer oi the article referred to are false. But 1
do not mean to refute thoso charges in detail. It is
enough for me to know them to be a tissue of falsehoods,
and I imagine that candid persons will give but little
credit to one who upholds Richard B. Connolly os a good
and puro example to his fellows. Connolly, whose very
name stinks in the nostrils of honest men of all parties,
‘ Continued, on Seventh Page.J
grilling Stavj.
A JffiMoi ;
Rapidly down tho Avenue do Neuilly drove a
closed carriage.- The blinds were carefully
drawn upon tae windows, and the coachman
wore no livery. There was no other attendant
with the carriage, and it was evident that the
occupant desired to avoid observation. There
was a quiet air of mystery in the very manner
of the driver. From tho Champs Elysee the
carriage turned into one of tho fashionable
squares, and drew ud under the shadow oi
some trees; Tho coachman descended, quietly
opened the carriage door, and a lady, closely
veiled and mantled, alighted.
“ Remain hero until 1 return,” she whispered
to tho man.
He acknowledged tho instruction with a bow,
and the lady hurried away by the side of the
high iron railings, and keeping as much in the
shadow as possible. She walked quickly, and
as she moved onward, she glanced suspiciously
from side to side, as if to make sure that she
was not followed.
Opposite to the Hotel d’Orville she paused.
Then she stepped hastily across to the man
sion, and along to a small side door. She
touched a littlo bell thrice, and presently the
door was noiselessly opened by a servitor
dressed in plain black livery. She entered, and
the door was closed in the same noiseless man
ner m which it was opened. To the servitor
the lady whispered:
“ Take me to the boudoir of Lady Campbell.
I must see her alone and at once.”
The man had apparently recognized tho lady,
and in a quiet, siluni manner he proceeded to
obey her. He led the way along several ele
gantly decorated corridors,* but was apparently
avoiding the principal passages of the man
sion, up a narrow staircase, which conducted
to a private entrance to the boudoir of the
countess. The servitor opened the door, and
tho lady passed into the apartment.
Here, as throughout fhe mansion, there was
a strange, lulling quietude, and an atmos
phere of voluptuous luxury. The sense be
came oppressed with the rich luxuriance of the
place, and that mysterious quietude added to
the oppression.
At the opposite end of the apartment into
which the lady had been ushered was a door
way, concealed by rich purple velvet curtains,
fringed with gold. And upon these curtains
were the eyes of the lady fixed from the mo
ment of her entrance. She did not raise her
vaii or dismantle herself, but stood gazing
earnestly upon these curtains.
She waited, and by and by that oppressive
atmosphere seemed to affect her, for she
stretched out a littlo white hand, and leaned
upon tho back of a chair for support. Just
then the rich purple curtains fluttered, parted,
and a tall, sombre-looking lady appeared. She
was dressed in black, and a circlet of large
diamonds sparkled brilliantly upon her neck.
Sno was a handsome lady, and yet nob one who
would be likely to fire the blood upon a first
meeting. There was something too supremely
haughty in her bearing. As her feet sank into
the soft carpet one might have fancied a queen
trampling upon rebellious serfs. She had dark
hair and deep brown eyes. Her face was vorj
pale and very stern.
Agatha Campbell.
Sno was the sister of the Baronet of Ki Imo
nell. She was reputed to bo possessed of an
immense fortune, entirely in her own right,
and which she expended with a lavish hand,
She was fend of luxury and state, and her for
tune enabled her to gratify tho humor to ita
utmost. The hand of such a lady was. deemed
a prize by men of all conditions, and was fre
quently sought in marriage. But for some
strange reason sbo obstinately refused to
change her maiden name, declaring that under
the protection of ’her brother, who was almost
constantly with her, she enjoyed all tho free
dom of a matron without her thraldom.
Although she was only the sister of a baronet-,
her wealth and grand ways obtained for her,
by universal consent, the title of courtesy of
Lady Campbell.
As she advanced into the chamber her eyes
were fixed searchingly upon the lady who
waited. The latter threw up her vail.
“Helen!” exclaimed the Countess, with the
faintest perceptible start.
Then she calmly seated herself, and coldly
motioned her visitor to a chair. Helen did not
obey, and she seemed to falter in the purpose
which had brought her thither.
Lady Campbell waited, as if expecting her to
speak, and still Helen stood dumbly betoreher.
Her ladyship raised her eyebrows, with a very
slight inclination of surprise.
“Well, child, why do you not speak? Why
are you here now ?”
Helen, as if goaded to desperation, throw
herself upon her knees, holding forth her
hands appealingly. Lady Campbell rose to hex
feet, and gazed down upon her in silent
“Oh, madame,” cried Helen, in th'at low,
sweet voice of hers, which faltered and quiv
ered with a sobbing emotion—“ oh, madame, I
am here to implore your pity; lam here to
cry to you for mercy—only a little, a very little
mercy is all I ask.”
Lady Agatha, with an expression of haughty
surprise upon her cold face, made a motion, as
if about to move away. But Helen caught her
wildly by the skirt.
“No, no—do not go away. Hear me, at
least; else I shall go mad. I feel that lam
mad now and she clutched the dress despe
“What would you have ?” inquired the stern
unyielding voice of Lady Campbell.
”1 would have your pity ; be merciful; do not
drive mo to distraction. My whole life is dedi
cated to your service my every act is yours;
but, oh, madame, I cannot, I cannot bend my
heart to you. But I will hide its aching fol
you, madame ; I will not hope that its yearn
ing may be ever gratified. I will crush out
from it all love, all hope, if you so wish it—l
will tear it from my breast, and trample it un
der foot, but you shall be obeyed—only, only
grant this one poor request.”
The cold, stern eyes of the lady were still
upon her—unmoved, unchanged.
Helen faltered, and trembled in her reply,
for she felt that her prayer found no response.
“I—l have seen him again—unsought,
madame, unsought—and we have not spoken.
I will never, never see him more, if—if you will
but let me speak to him—only to him, madame
—and he will be silent as the tomb—only, only
let me toll him that I am innocent.”
And as she was speaking, she crouched up
close to the feet of Lady Campbell, clasping the
folds of her dress, the while that dwinely
swect face looked up, with a world of misery in
it*s expression.
As she finished Lady Agatha snatched her
skirts from the imploring grasp of the poor
lady at her feet.
“No more,” she said, sternly—“no more.
When you are calm, when you are in your
senses, I will speak with you. You forget,
madame, you are the Lady of Kilmoneli now.
And, haughtily indignant, Lady Campbell left
her. The purple curtains opened and closed
again, and Helen was alone.
Her head had fallen forward toward the
ground, and she crouched there as if stunned,
with hands clasped spasmodically before her,
Thon she raised her head, and her face was
very pale. She glanood, quickly, affrightedly
around, but she made no moan of pain.
She rose slowly, mechanically to her feefc.
She hid the pale, lovely face with her veil.
Then she passed quickly from the apartment,
and as she crossed the threshold, something
like a suppressed sob escaped from between
the tightly closed lips. ~ t
That silent servitor was waiting in the corri
dor, and he conducted her back to the small
door by which she had entered the mansion. •'
Into the street, she crossed quickly to the
dark side again, and on to the spot where the
carriage waited. The driver was on his seat
and tho door was open. She sprang into the
vehicle, and instantly she gave vent to a sup
pressed cry, and would have shrunk back, but
her wrists were firmly grasped by a man whp
was seated in the carriage.,
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