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YOL. X3X-2TO. 179.
WASHTGrTOST, D. C, FRIDAY MOBKCsTa, JUKE 24, 1881.
THREE CEKTS.
The
National
.
'
GEE BRADY READY
TO MEET THE SLANDEROUS CHARGES
Toured Oot Throngh Government Channels Into
tlie Colnmns of the Press His Letter
to His Counsel A Manly Ap
peal for Justice.
On Tuesday General Thomas .T. Brad'
sent a letter to Messrs. Shcllabargc.r and Wilson
and Colonel Enoch Totteu, his counsel, of -which
lhe following is a copy :
Oknts.emen: The following, clipped from this
evening's Star, I assume to be a correct state
ment of the present situation and of the dis
position of the Government in the matter of the
urjeeution of the alleged unlawful practices which
iuau. of the newspapers of the country have dur
ing tin; past two or three months daily charged
we with committing during my recent official
term j-c Second Assistant Postmaster-General:
Tin- postponement of any further action in '.he stnr
rv.ito ci.es. so far as prosecutions are concerned, un
til Sop'ember nest is a settled fact. Last week the
UovTn:nent expected to be able to begin action
in:.n"liateiy. .Evidence upon which indictuients,
aaiu-a the leading members of the ring would un
doubtedly have been found was prepared. It would
hao been laid before the grand juo at the earliest
opportunity. Judjc Cox, however, has decided
tn adjourn the court on July '1 to take hl summer
v.in.:iuu. The grand jury empaneled yestertlay is
r-o.-in-d first to consider the cases of persons who
Iu. o beeu com mined and are unable to obtain bail.
1a -.u-.veol two Sundays there are only seven days
ii. -.lit'-b tlie grand jury can sit before tbe adjonrn-i.-.i:of
the court, and the time occupied with cases
of the class above mentioned necessarily debars the
i.overament from presenting its evidence and secur
ing indictments at tbe present time.
To this disposition of the matter I do most carn
c -lly and energetically protect. If there arc any
charges to be presented against me before a legal
tribunal for alleged misconduct while in oflice
I desire that proceedings be promptly instituted,
in order that 1 may have an opportunity to ap
pear and vindicate myself therefrom.
For many weeks the pres3 of the country has
heen furnished with dispatches and correspond
ence from Washington, to manufacture "common
rumor' to the effect that the Government
-was fully prepared upon the empaneling of a new
grand jury (w hich was completed to-day and the
jurors qualified) to present te-timouy which would
result in an indictment against me, to be followed
by a trial before the petit jury drawn and qualified
at the same time ; and my conviction before the
latter body has been assured as a certain result to
f jliow the presentation of the testimony which,
it has been industriously circulated, the Govern
ment has already accumulated.
I came here anxious to meet these slanderous
charges whenever presented in a court of justice,
conscious that the inevitable conclusion, after an
impartial investigation, will be to forever anni
hilate these base fabrications against my official
conduct and my good name. I am informed, and
be'ice the fact to be, that certain persons of de
praved character arc under jwy from the Govern
ment to procure testimony against me, and
I believe thes-e persons will, to accomplish
their purposes, commit perjury themselves aud
procure other to do so. Knowing my entire in
nocence of the charges which these disreputable
p..r-on-. desire me to be suspected guilty of, I con-iuL-
it mylegalrighttobcspeedilyinvcstigatedby
4 reputable and properly empaneled grand jury.
It i a hardship approaching cruelty and likely
to ji k irreparable injury that the Government
e.t.' horitics shuuld permit threeor four irresponsible
dciccmes who appear to the public as being in
trusted with the procurement of testimony needed
t make a case, to thus, through the medium of press
tl' -.patches and correspondence daily sent out from
the National Capital to all quarters of the country,
lu'lamc public opinion, aud thereby to that de
gree unht the minds of fellow-men for a fair and
impartial trial of the case, if one is to be presented
ajainstme.
A private individual who -would corrupt the
sources of justice by the use of tho press or of
money to convict a citizen of an alleged crime
would render hinielf infamous. This, if being
done by the Government, Is no less base, and cer
tainly more reprehensible. Inasmuch as no person
not officially connected with the prosecution can
possibly know anything of the measure and force
of the testimony accumulated, if any there be,
therefore it appears plausible, at least, that the
newspapers receive their suggestions as to alleged
criminal conductor the persons accused from those
employed by the Go eminent to " work tlie case
up."
With these facts in view I desire you to urge upon
The Government the justice of promptly placing
its case against me, if it has any, before the grand
jury of the District of Columbia, where it maybe
Inquired into under methods recognized as legiti
mate by the law, and if, upon -wholly ex parte testi
mony, however procured, an indictment follows
such 1m estigation, that I be afforded an immediate
opportunity to vindicate myself from the
charges therein made. You, sirs, catinot fail
to discover the reasonableness of this
request. To subject me to the destructive
effects in business and social life of an unwar
ranted procrastination of this matter is as unjust
to me as it is discreditable to tho Government. I
therefore ask of you to urge the trial of this case
if one there is to be at tlie present session of the
court, and dispose of it, and thug terminate this
continued stream of scandal against me which is
being daily set adrift through the press,
furnished by the disreputable detectives
employed by the Government to " work up
a case." I am ready now or at any time. I simply
ti ant au opportunity to meet the charges when
presented in some legitimate form and before a
recognized tribunal, and not be subjected, defense
less, to the steady stream of detraction which is
being poured out daily, through Government
channels, from Washington into the columns of
lhe press. Very respectfully, THOS. J. BRADY.
GIBSON'S PLAN.
Settinc Vj Campaign Material Tor the
Icniocrul!c Party.
In commenting upon the latest phase of
the-star-route case, a prominent politician yester
day expressed the opiniou that Gibson was iu the
secret employ of the Democratic party ; that the
arrangement had been consummated through the
influence of the New York Fun, and that the
preparation of a case of more magnitude than
even the star-route prosecutions was being worked
tip by the famous procurer. This is no less than
an elaboration of the evidence so artlessly put in
his hands by the Attorney-General for the purpose
of using it as campaign material against the Re
publican parry in tbe next presidential election.
With this matter In his hands and subject to his
manipulations, however the coming trials may re
sult, the Democratic leaders believe that such force
can be given to the old charge of Kepublican cor
ruption, backed up in this way. that.it willjanswer
all practical purposes and convert the sentiment
of the public against it. He said, further, that he
believed the prosecution would fail, which would
be all the better for the working of the plan, as it
could then be said that the party has not the
serve to correct itself.
Garfield And (bo Editors.
Long Branch, N. J., June 23. Presi
dent Garfield arrived at the Ocean Hotel and was
accorded a reception by the Pennsylvania editors.
Before attending the reception he reviewed the
Seventh Regiment Veterans. At the reception
President Garfield was introduced by President
Chalfant, of the association, and said that, having
only a few moments to speak on account of pre
vious engagements.it would give him pleasure
to shake hands with all the editors and their
wives. After this wholesale shaking of five hun
dred hands the President left for the Seventh
Regiment Vcteran'6 dinner at the West End.
The JLcbicb University.
Bethlehem, Pa., June 23. The com
mencement exercises of Lehigh University closed
this forenoon. The following degrees were con
ferred : A. C. (analytical chemist), William Simon
Cranz and Charles W. Gray; B. A., Alexander P.
Cnlley and Lewis Stockton; M. E. (mechanical
Cigmecr), Thomas M. Eyron, jr.; E. M. (mining
tjglneer), Benjamin F. Haldeman.
Democratic Ron- iu Haltlruore.
Baltimore, June 23. The Democratic
i-tate Convention of Maryland met in Baltimore
to night to nominate a candidate for State
treasurer at the Masonic Temple. There was a
terrible row, and City Marshal Gray was called in
t'j uicll the disturbance. Thomas J. Keating was
nominated for State comDtroller.
Scred Hint Hzslit.
Baltimore. June 23. John Kissinger,
convicted in the criminal court of this city of an
outrageous assault on a girl underten years of age,
was to-day sentenced by Judge Piukney to twelve
yean iu the penitentiary.
ANOTHER LAUGHING STOCK.
Tbe Star-Bouto Xomi from an Independ
ent and Truthful Journal.
A. K. McClure, the Half-Breed editor of
the Philadelphia Times, is the father-confessor of
Attorney-General Wayne MacVeagh, the naif
Breed politician of Pennsylvania. The following
part of a lying dispatch was telegraphed to that
paper by its Half-Breed correspondent in this city
and appeared in that journal last Wednesday
morning.
The charge of Judge Cox to the grand jury, which
was sworn in to-day. touched but slightly upon the
star-route corruption. What ho said, though, was well
said. The Judge before whom these cases
will como is without fear and without re
proach. So is the grand jury now. Rumor
has it that tho star-route ring will attempt to
corrupt enough of the jurors this summer to prevent
indictments next fall. This is hardly credited, but
every precaution will be taken to prevent its success.
The star-route men nowhere arc pleased with the
postponement of their cases. They pretend
to think that by fall the investigation will have
ceased: that by winter it will have been for
gotten : that they will never bp prosecuted. They arc
impudent cnouKh to claim that the Government can.
not now afford to go before a grand Jury, and bold
enough to claim that it will never take another step
in tbe matter. They'll know better in the fall
Tire Rki-uht-icax, Brady's orzan. will say to-morrow
morning iu savaje tones that MacVeagh has
postponed the trial or tho stnr-route cases until Sep
tember, because he has not evidence to secure in
dictments aud convictions. This is. of coarse, false.
The cases are postponed to suit Judge Cox's con
venience and for no other reason whatever. 3Iac
Viagh is ready to proceed now. He will be so well
pri'pare.1 in the fall that it may lake a shorter time to
land the thieves in the penitentiary than if thoy were
to be hauled up now. The result would be the same
now as then.
NEGLECTING HIS DUTY.
Attorney-General jTaeVeach Hot Earn
ins til Salary Official Grnmblius.
There is a great deal of grumbling
among the bureau officers at the course of Attorney-General
MacVeagh. It is said to he impossi
ble to interview him relative to questions that
arise, and upon which they desire a legal opinion.
He is absent most of the time, it is alleged,
in some Quarters upon his private law busi
ness in connection with the Pennsylvania Rail
way. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue has
been vainly trying to see him with reference to
some very important matters relative to large finan
cial interests of the Government, aud has not, after
an eiTort of over three mouths been able to secure
the interview. The Secretary of the Treasury has
au important case pending for the compromise
of certain of the old whisky ring suits for civil
damages, and the attorney for the defendaut has
ben here nearly four months. The Secretary is
ready to act, but a conference with tho Attorney
General is necessary before action, and he has not
yet succeeded in bringing the matter to a focus,
although he has urgently pressed him from day to
day to set an hour when they should consider the
matter. The Attorney-General has persistently
adhered to the Spanish custom of " to-morrow, to
morrow," until every one concerned is rapidly
losing patience. Xcw York Graphic.
Ttio Sportsmen's Tonrna:acnl.
Brighton Beach, C. I., June 23. The
third day of the tournament of the New York
State Sportsmen's Association began with favor
able weather and a large attendance. The first
feature was the competing for the prize on the
ties remaining from the amateur shooting of yes
terday. Tbe ties of five being first in order, there
were thirty-eight contestants, at .twenty
six yards rise, nineteen of whom made
a full score and were ordered back
to thirty-one yards, where sixteen were
counted out and only three w ere left in the con
test. J. Langcakc, of Long Island, won the first
prize, value S100, and L. A. Cansmillcr. of the
Fountain Gun Club, the second prize, value S75.
On ties of thirty-four there were sixteen men who
stepped to the score, eight of whom went back to
thirty-one yards, where the contest was decided
by C. Lucklow, of Buffalo, winning the first, and
C. Schowercr, of Brooklyn, the second prize.
After this contest, number three for the R. V.
Pearce diamond badge was called.
Tlie Pennsylvania Editors Banquet.
Long jSkancii, N. J., June 23. General
Grant, being indisposed, did not attend thebanquct
of the Pennsylvania editors to-night. Geonjo W.
Childs, of the Philadelphia Jjctr. brought his
regrets. Covers were spread for about four hun
dred. President Chalfant, of tue Editorial Associa
tion, greeted the editors and their guests, and was
followed by Thomas V. Cooper. An address of wel
come to the" Pennsylvania editors and thelrgucsts,
the Tennessee editors," was given by Mr. Childs.
Speech-making, interspersed with music, made
up the rest of the night's entertainment. Secreta
ries Windom and Hunt, Postmaster-General
James, Collector Merritt, and Thomas Murphy
took an excursion this evening from Ocean Pier
on the revenue cutter Chandler, reluming at a late
hour.
Two XesrroeJp Iiynched.
Danville, V.v., June 23. A dispatch
received here states that on Tuesday night Ester
Hairston. a negro, and Lindsay, a negro boy,
were taken from tho jail of Stokes County, North
Carolina, and hanged by lynchers. They were
prisoners awaiting trial for assault upon two white
girls. One of the girls, aged eight years, died last
week from the effects of the injuries received,
which was the exciting cause of the lynching.
Sabsitlizinc tbe Press.
New York, June 23. The steamer
Richaid Stockton, of the Pennsylvania Railroad,
started from this city up the Hudson this morning
with a large party of representatives of the press
of Philadelphia and points between there and
this city, on an excursion tendered them by the
Pennsylvania Railroad.
.1 Fori- Track Railroad.
Jersey City, N. J., June 23. The Penn
sylvania Railroad Company contemplate laying
four tracks upon its New York division, between
Philadelphia and Jersey City. Tho long sidings,
or. as they are called, fourth track, at different
points on the road will be the nuclei of the im
provement. Tbe Tbonsaud-Bollar Badge.
New York, June 23. At Brighton
Beach to-day Dr. William Winn, of the Brooklyn
Gun Club, won the thousand-dollar badge. Cap
tain E. S. Bromc. of the Coney Islaud Gnu and
Rod Club, won tho first prize; A. Paul, of Troy,
second ; F. P. Pike, of Brooklyn, third.
An Invitation to tbo President.
Burlington, Vt., June 23. President
Garfield has accepted an invitation extended by
Hon. W. C. Smith to become the tatter's guest at
Si. Alban? during tho meeting of the teachers' in
stitution. LORNE'S TRAVELS.
What tbe loudon -'Times" Has to Say
Aboat British Possessions.
The London Times says: "Lord Lome's
travels will be watched with interest by the
public, which scarcely as yet understands
the maznificenee of his estate in the regions of
Lake Winnipeg and the Saskatchewan. It would
be dangerous to estimate the financial success of
the Canadian's trsns-continental railway, of its
value politically, and as a means of developing
the potential wealth of the Dominion. There can
be no question that settlers cannot help but follow
in its conrse to land which it will
open up. It grieves the souls of patriotic Cana
dians to behold wealth and human machinery for
the production of wealth passing by their own
fellow-countrymen, and augmenting the strength
who are aliens in allegiance though not in hlood.
Englishmen, who are less directly interested, care
less whether the Dominion or the Union engrosses
the chief benefit derived from emigration so that
the emigrant is planted fairly in a habitation best
adapted to his own wants, and the consequent in
crease of the source of human comfort. To the
ordinary emigrant America is simply America. He
drifts to tho United States from pure unconscious
ness; hut there are two Americas, as different
from each other as the poles, competing
for his notice. When he shall have arrived at an
understanding that there is a Canada as well as a
United States he will yet be far enough from a
proper perception of how much is involved in the
former term itself. The huge expense of the Mani
toba Saskatchewan district comprises a multitude
of diverse soils, circumstances, and even climates,
amid which the new comer may select what is ex
actly adapted to his disposition or precisely in
consistent with it. Lord Lome aud his com
panions may do something toward classifying this
enormous accession to British inheritance
into its characteristics, so that choice will not
have to be made blindly or ignorantly. Going
with no prepossessions or prejudices, they ought
fairly to reflect the view the average Englishman
would take of the country.
TO "EXPEDITE" IT.
GENERAL BRADY'S APPLICATION.
A Demand for Immediate Action on the Star-Route
Cases Before the Grand Jury Interesting
Proceedings In Court Tho Gorern-
racnt Admits a Failure.
Up to a few minutes before the 'con
vening of the Criminal Court yesterday morning
only the usual crowd of loungers, attorneys, and
witnesses had assembled ou the steps of the City
Hall. The appearance of Colonel William A. Cook
upon the portico started a buzz of conjecture
among this crowd of regular attendants, and when
Messrs. Enoch Tottcn and Jeremiah Wilson
disembarked from a passing street-car and passed
into the building, closely followed by District Attor
ney Corkhill, the word flew from man to man
that the "star-route" cases were to be brought
up, and there was a general rush for places in the
court-room. Promptly at ten o'clock Judge Cox
took his scat on the bench, and the crier opened
the court. After the roll of the jury was called,
aud before the regular order of business had been
announced, Euoch Totten, esq., arose and ad
dressed the court as follows :
COLONEL TOTTEX'S OPESINC.
" May it please the court : Before proceeding to
the regular order of business, I desire to bring to
the attention of the court a matter of great impor
tance to my client, General Thomas J. Brady, and
to Mr. Wilson and mysef. It has beeu given out
with a great deal of industry and minute
ness of detail that the grand jury is to be
discharged from duty at a very early
date. Wo represent General Brady, who has
been charged with misbehavior while hold
ing a high position as an officer of the Govern
ment, and we desire to take advantage of what you
said to the grand jury when that body began its
labors, that they might with propriety take notice
of what should be brought before them by public
rumor; and we ask the court now that a matter of
this kind be given to them specially, and that they
be directed to proceed immediately to the consid
eration of what is known as ' the star-route frauds.'
We want this examination to be begun to-day
not to-morrow, not next week, not next month.
If the testimony has been discovered and prepared,
as has been repeatedly asserted by those who rep
resent the Government in this matter.it is emi
nently proper that our client, who seems to have
been singled out for special punishment by the
public press, should be brought to an immediate
account. We say he is not guilty, and stand
ready to proceed with the case. If the Govern
ment has any testimony upon which to rest the
accusations which have been scattered broadcast
over the land, it is but just that that testimony
should be submitted to the grand jury jiotc. We
were told some time ago by the public
press, and indeed all the information
we have in this case appears to be derived from
the newspapers, that this matter had heen brought
to Your Honor's attention, and that it was deemed
inadvisable to present these cases to the late grand
jury; but that it would'be better to wait until a
new and more carefully selected grand jury'
should be biought on. I don't know what that
means, but it seems to me that it is an atrocious
libel upon the administration of justice in this
court. General Brady, for whom we appear, has
for many weeks been subjected to a torrent
of abuse. He is but a simple citizen of the United
States, and has no means of defending himself
from this deluge of slander save au appeal to a
jury of his countrymen, and it is therefore not
proper, and we submit to Your Honor that it is not
right to delay his case a single day. Let this al
leged mass of testimony be brought forward ; let
the writs of this court issue and bring the records
of tho Post-Oflice Department, where we arc told
this evidence as heen found, here and be
submitted for the consideration of the grand
jury. We are anxious to have this examination
go on, and we have come here to ask Your Honor
to direct it to go on. If these frauds are as gigantic
as we have been told, and if evidence has been
accumulated to the extent claimed, it will require
but a few days to complete the work of ferreting
them out. The gentlemen who have been drawn
as grand jurors, whose duty it will be to examine
these cases, are well-known citizens, and we have
every coufidencein them. Letthese cases proceed,
and let a halt bei called In this daily torrent of vili
fication and abuse. It is true that General Brady
does not stand here this morning, and his
name is not upon the records of this court; but
public rumor and the public press have accused
him as the chief offender, and as his cousel we
come here and announce to the court that Gen
eral Brady is ready and anxious to answer any
and every allegation that may be made against
him or his official conduct, and we ask in the
name of justice, in the name of law, that these
proceedings shall be begun at once and carried on
to the end."
COLONEL BILLY COOK'S REPLY.
At the conclusion of this presentation of the
case Colonel William A. Cook, the Acting As
sistant Attorney-General, replied in behalf of the
Government. After stating that he held a special
commission, that was -prcad upon the records of
the court, in regard to what was known as the
" ttar-routc contracts," he said that the applica
tion was one without precedent, and that he or
the District Attorney had received no notification
that it would be made. The District Attorney
here interrupted aud said that he had
been notified. Proceeding, Colonel Cook said tl t
up to this time the court had no
information, direct or indirect, that one General
Brady was suspected of any crime; that it was a
novel position to assume that a court of justice can
be called upon to take cognizance of accusations
made in the public press; that he could state in
behalf of the President, the Attorney-General, the
District Attorney, and himself and the state
ment might be regarded as authoritative
that nothing should be presented to the grand
jury until the most careful and thorough investiga
tion had demonstrated that a crime had probably
been committed ; that, acting upon these authorita
tive principles, he would say there was no case to
present against General Brady, or anybody else ;
that in the investigation now proceeding it would
be necessary to bring witnesses from Texas, New
Moxico.Orcgon, California, and other points, whose
attendance could only be secured by orders of
the court, and weeks would be required to do
this. He denied that any injury would
result to General Brady or any one else through
this delay, which was absolutely necessary to fur
ther the ends of justice. In conclusion he stated
that just so soon as the evidence could be collected
and prepared it would be submitted to the grand
jury under the direction of the court.
THE DISTP.ICT ATTOP.NEY'S STATEMENT.
District-Attorney Corkhill then made the follow
ing statement: "If Your Honor please, I deem it
proper iu this connection to say that this notice
was served on me by Messrs. Totten, Shellabarger,
and Wilson, in which they enclose a letter. I re
ceived that just before I came into court.
The letter I have not seen, but I saw
it contained a reference to these crimes
that might be brought to the attention
of the grand jury, and also that the grand jury
would remain in session but a short time. Tho in
vestigation that is going on with regard to persons
who are charged with these crimes, as alleged,
has novcr reached the portals of the court of
justice, and officially I know nothing about it, nor
does Your Honor. Unformed the Attorney-General
some time ago that the grand jury would not
remain in session longer than the 5th of July.
Your Honor is well aware that I have all the
business that I can do iu that time waiting their
action, and more, too, probably. The necessity
of holding them until after the 4th of July is this :
It is found occasionally that great crimes are com
mitted upon that day, which is made a holiday.
The grand jury is held in session for the investi
gation of these cases. If this were not the
case the grand jury would be adjourned
within a day or two before Y'our Honor ad
journs court, and they would not be called
until September. A great deal, of course,
accumulates during those two months,
where the persons incarcerated under the Consti
tution are entitled to an investigation of the
charges against them. They are deprived of the
other liberties, and I should consider it a griev
ance against helpless citizens charged with crime
if the grand jury were to ignore any attention to
their claims, hut take up great cases that are going
to occupy their time. It is a public matter well
known that Y'our Honor intends to take the usual
holiday recess duringJuly, and Your Honor will be
away during the months of July and August. There
caubcnoiuvestigation,and,sofaraslknow,thcreis
nothing in the world before the court demanding
an investigation. Colonel Cook, who has been
specially appointed with regard to these matters,
is making no investigation in the court and has
made no investigation in the court; he has done
nothing in the court except to present his letter of
authority. His duty is to investigate and present
the testimony. It vaay be a proper
thing for these gentlemen to apply
ji i
to the committee in charge or the in- I
vestigation ; but so far as the court is concerned, j
anu lourtiononsconcerneu, anaiamconcernee
there is nothing before this court aalnsi ny ot
these men. I deem it necessary to say on in the
investigation alluded to the labor ana oi-k has
been placed in other hands at my request and
solicitation. I have the criminal business of two
hundred thousand peoplo to attend, to, which will
require nearly, if not quite, all of my personal at
tention." ME. JEEE3ILUI WILSOS'S ECTA P.E3.
Mr. Jeremiah Wilson, of counsu, for General
Brady, then replied to Colonel Cooi 03 follows .
" I beg the indulgence of the court for two or
three minutes, that I may say a few words in regard
to Uiia matter. If this were an ordinary case, I
should feel it exceedingly out of place to stnnd be
fore Y'our Honor asking what we ask on this occa
sion. But it is not an ordinary case. Some months
ago General Brady, who was a man who perhaps
stood as high as any other man in his
walk of lifo in this country, was re
moved, as it is perfectly notorious to all
the country, from the position of Second Assistant
Postmaster-General, which position he had held
for years, and for the publicly avowed reason that
he had been guilty of gross violations of his official
duty, whereby the Government of the United
States had been defrauded of large sums of
money. Now, if there is anything that has been
conspicuous in this country within.tho last four or
five months, that thing has teen the most
conspicuous of all. But not only that,
Y'our Honor, it was given out, given out
studiously, given out day by day, from the
records of tho Post-Office Department that these
crimes against the law had becry committed by
General Brady. Following upon that, it is an
other notorious fact that the Government of the
United States, the officials doubtless acting ac
cording to their notions of dutT and I do not
impugn their motives upon this occasion, nor do
I propose at any time to do so. have pursued
unusual methods with regard to this matter.
There are men, of whom I shalL not speak more
than to allude to the fact, who. have been
engaged for months, men -who are pretty
well known in this community and elsewhere,
who have been at work preparing these cases,
working up these cases for the purpose of present
ing them to the grand jury. It is a notorious fact
that has been heralded all oyer this country in the
public press that my distinguished friend. Colonel
Cook, the great lawyer of the District of Columbia,
has been employed by the Government and has
been sitting in secret council, holding star
chamber proceedings for the purpose of prepar
ing a case against General Thomas J. Brady.
Now it is idle for Colonel Cook to stand in the
presence of this court and say that there is not any
thing that anybody knows of against General
Brady; that there is no accusation against him. I
say it is idle, in the face of what is known to your
honor; known to the grand jury, whose duty it is
to look into it; known to all men and all
women and all children almost in the United
States. It is idle for him to say that there is no ac
cusation against General Tfeomas J. Brady. Now,
if Your Honor please, that is the talk, and these
arc not 011I3- the reasons why we are here on this
occasion, insisting upon it that the time
shall come, and come speedily, when Thomas J.
Brady can face all his accusers, high and low, in
the presence of a jury of his countrymen and
there be tried according to tho forms and cere
monies of the law. The newspapers, if
they arc to be credited, and I do not
discredit them, have free access to these
records or files in these cass about which
complaints are made. They publish the
names of the cases; they say there are just ninety
three of these cases to which the attention of the
grand jury is to be directed. They give the names
of the contractors; they give tbe amounts of the
original service that was let to be performed; they
show the expedition of that service and what the
result of it was in the way of dollars and cents; they
show the increase of that service and what both
amounted to in dollars and cents, and they hold
that up in the face of this grand jury and say to
the grand jury of the District of Columbia, 'look
at these enormous frauds.' But, Your Honor, they
do not show the real facts of the case. These arc
garbled and perverted statements of these records
and files, and that which would exculpate these
men and my client of these crimes that are
charged against them is kept from the public
gaze.
As I said a moment ago, I do not intend to im
pugn the motives of any officer cf this Govern
ment; not at all. T tato it for granted that the
officers who have this matter in cnarge-arc doing
their whole duly, as they see it to be ; but what I
do complain of here, and I make that complaint
now, is that while these records are
opcu to the press, and column after
column arc put before the public every day,
those records we are denied an inspection of.
We are officially advised that neither Thomas J.
Brady, nor any man who represents him, can have
access to those records. Now, what can my client
do under thoso circumstances ? When he asks me
to look into those records and prepare myself for
any accusation against him, come from whatever
source it may, and I apply to this department for
those records to examine them, I am turned upon
'officially,' and told 'you shall nstlook at them.'
What must my client do? He asks me to appeal
to this court, and I do appeal to the court to sec
whether he cannot be protected by the laws of his
country against this torrent of abuse that is com
ing forth every day from the press by having
speedy investigation of these charges by a grand
jury, and if an indictment is found by an imme
diate trial before a jury. Now, Y'our
Honor, allow me to make another remark.
My worthy friend, the District Attorney,
has spoken of cases which would require
the attention of the grand jury. Any more im
portant than this? Can he conceive of a case
where a citizen is involved that is of more sig
nificance and importance than this case about
which we are now talking? I apprehend not.
Can my learned friend here (referring to Cook),
with his large experience in legal affairs before
the courts of'this country, conceive of a case
of more significance aud importance than
this ? I appreiiend not. Now, they say there is no
case before this court. It is not necessary that
there should be a case beforo this court. Y'our
Honor takes notice of the rumors even in the
country of the commission of crime. Y'our Honor
takes notice of the numerous crimes that have
been committed and the accusations for
crimes that have been committed, and you
say to the grand jury sitting in their box
'these crimes have been committed;' look into it
at once, and if you find that there is any accusa
tion that can be brought against anybody who
has committed a crime, bring him before the court,
that the penalties of the law can be inflicted upon
him. The grand jury has the right, independent of
the court, to proceed with the investigation of the
alleged commission of any crime, and it is its duty
to investigate any case that is brought to its atten
tion. Now there is another reason for this appli
cation to the court in addition to what I have
stated. It will be found in a paragraph in the
Evening Star. I do not know whether my friends
on the other side indorse it or not :
"The postponement of any farther action in the star
route cases, so far as prosecutions are concerned,
until September next, Is a settled fact.
"I take it that it is a settled fact, from the speech
of my learned friend, Colonel Cook, a moment ago :
"Last week the Government expected to be able
to begin action immediately. Evidence upon which
indictments against the leading members of the
ring would undoubtedly have been found, was pre
pared. It wonld have been laid before the grand
jury at the earliest opportunity. Judge Cox, how
ever, has decided to adjourn the court on July 2,
to take his summer vacation. The grand jury em
paneled yesterday is required firct to consider the
cases of persons who have been committed and are
unable to obtain bail. Exclusive of two Sundays,
there are only seven days in which the grand jury
can sit before the adjournment of the court, and the
time occupied with cases of the class above mentioned
necessarily debars the Government from presenting
it? evidence and securing indictments at the present
time.
Now, I want this grand jury, under the instruc
tions of your honor, to send for these gentlemen,
and if they haye any evidence upon which an in
dictment can be found let them produce it to the
grand jury, so U301 we Cln com bete and try any
charge that they may present against my
client. I do not say that this grand jury
shall dispose of this case within a day,
week, month, or a year; but I do insist that
they shall go to work at it, and it is the duty of
the court no, I will not say it is the duty of
the court but it is perfectly proper for the
court now to say to tke grand jury that they
ought to go to work :n this case, and if they
find that the evidence has been prepared that
they shall take cognizance of the case and pro
ceed with it with all possible and reasonable
expedition. We therefore ask your honor to bring
this grand jury in and instruct them as to their duty
in regard to their immediately proceeding to the
examination of this caie, and if it is true that tho
Government has its cse prepared not to have it
delayed for threfr mocths in order that the news
paper abuse may continue for three months lo nger
and that this matter nuy be judically investigated.
JOHMY DAVENPORT
TELLS HIS STORY OF BRIBERY.
flow He Attempted to Secure tho Tote of Senator
Strahan by Promising Him an Office from
tho President's nands The Be-
salt of tho Balloting.
Albany, K Y., June 23. The Bradley
Sessions investigating committee resumed work
this morning. Mr. James Tilllnghast was sworn:
Am employed by the New Y'ork Central end Hud
son River Railroad Company since April 13 as as
sistant to the president On May 21 or 25 Mr
Graves, of this city, had cashed for me
a New Y'ork draft for 20,000; have done
business with the house of Chase & Atkins
and their successors for the past eleven
years ; on May 25, after the draft was cashed, I
went to Buffalo by the midnight train ; told Mr.
Graves I would like to have currency for the
draft to tako to Buffalo with me; took the
money there and put It in my private safe in
Buffalo ; later on it was deposited in the bank :
did not talk with any members of the Legisla
ture the night I received tho money; first met
Mr. Barber a few weeks ago by accident in a
hall or tho Delavan House and was introduced
to him: went to Mr. Richardson's room in the
Delavan House to ask him to telegraph mo from
day to day the progress of the senatorial vote;
never met Mr. Dcpew in Barber's room; the
changing of the draft was simply a matter of my
own; don't know that any member of Kissain,
Whitney t Co.'s banking firm is in any way con
nected with the Central Railroad; don't know
Charley Edwards or Edward Phelps ; that currency
was finally used in Buffalo.
JOHN I. DAVENPORT AS A WITNESS.
John I. Davenport was called and sworn : I saw
in the papers of Saturday last a statement of Sen
ator Strahan's relating to an offer of the marshal
ship of New Y'ork. As the statement reflected on
President Garfield and myself, I communicated
with the President, and received from him a reply
that I might state what took place between us. A
similar request was sent to Postmaster James, ask
ing his permission to state what passed between
them about the marshalship. A similar re
quest was made lo Mr. Knox, and his permis
sion was rcceivedns to the conversation with him.
I went to Washington in May to see about a case,
wherein I had been retained. At the breakfast
table at Willard's Hotel, Washington, the question
of the marshalship was brought up, and the names
of Hugh Gardner and Colonel Erhardt were men
tioned in connectiou therewith. After breakfast I
went to the President's House, the Postmaster
General being present with me. The President
asked me who would be a good man for tlie office
of marshal in New York. I replied I could not
say. He asked, "How about Mr. Knox?" I
said his appointment would be an excellent one.
The President asked mo to sec Mr. Knox at the
Arlington. I did so, and talked an hour with him,
hut Mr. Knox insisted that he did notwaut it; had
no acquaintance with politicians, aud feared it
would interfere with his professional business.
Finding him unwilling to accept it. Judge Gardner's
and Colonel Erhardt's names were again brought
up, followed by my suggesting Senator Strahan's
name; I went back to the White House, and
found the President busily engaged, but he
came out in the library; and after telling him
about tlie refusal of Mr. Knox I mentioned Mr.
Strahan's name, but the President did not
know him. I went back to Mr. Knox, and after
talking a while I sent that telegram to Senator
Strahan, and came on to New York; I met Mr.
Strahan at Union League Club that night, and
asked him if I could use his name for the office
of the marshalship. Mr. Strahan said, " Do you
know whether Conkling and Piatt arc to be
candida'tes?" I answered that I did not He then
asked me, "Where are you in this fight?" I an
swered, " In this issue I am with the President?"
He said, " I don't know whether either gentleman
will be a candidate, but I don't desire to be em
barrassed." He asked if this offer could be held
over till after the settlement of the United States
Senatorsliip. I replied, " No ; I must have au answer
immediately." I told him that of course he would be
expected to vote against Conkling and Piatt ; he
wanted to consult with Judge Gardner that night
and give me an answer in the morning; I agreed
to this, and in the morning he telegraphed that
he would not accept the place; I received, a tele
gram about two o'clock, that morning from Henry
E. Knox, at Washington, asking me to suggest
some name if Senator Strahan would not accept.
Here the committee took a recess till three
o'clock.
DAVENrOP.T'S CROSS-EXAMINATION.
The investigation committee reassembled when
John I. Davenport resumed the stand and said: I
met Senator Strahan at nine o'clock next morning
as agreed, and he told me he thought he could not
accept. Then I telegraphed H. E. Knox that Sen
ator Strahan could not accept, but fearing that the
dispatch would not reach him. I telegraphed him
again, saying that Senator Strahan could not ac
cept. I received a dispatch from Knox, saying
that under the circumstances he would allow his
name to be used ; that was all I had to do with
the matter.
Mr. Bangs You had a conversation with Mr.
Strahan about his appointment as marshal.
Mr. Davenport Y'es sir.
Mr. Bangs Was it by authority of the Presi
dent? Mr. Davenport It was not. It was my owu
opinion that Mr. Strahan could have the office if he
would take it.
Mr. Bangs Are you at liberty to state tlie con
versation you had with the President about the
seatorial contest here?
A. I am.
Q. What was said?
A. Ho simply asked me whether I knew any
thing about whether Conkling or Piatt were to be
candidates.
Q. Did he express a strong desire that they
should be re-elected?
A. He did not. He has expressed no wish or
desire upon this senatorial question. I had no
authority from the President to offer the United
States marshalship to Senator Strahan. I acted in
the matter simply at the request of Mr. Knox. I
believed that Senator Strahan's name would be
confirmed if Knox recommended him.
Q. The President asked who is Strahonwhen
you mentioned his namo?
A. Y'es, sir; he thought I meant Hon. John H.
Starin, of New Y'ork; I had no further conversa
tion with him; he taid "Good-bye" a moment
later, cutting our conversation short, or I would
have toldim that Strahan wa3 a State senator.
Q. Do you remember saying anything to Sena
tor Strahan about his namo being preferred to
others for the office of marshal?
A. I don't remember. Strahan said to mo : "In
case I accept the nomination it will be expected
of mo to support somo parties other than Conk
ling and Piatt?" I answered: "I presume
so;" I did not Buppoaewhen I met him at the
Union League Club rooms that night that he was
friendly to Conkling and Piatt; knew he voted
against the latter in the caucus last winter.
Q Do you remember asking Strathan if Gard
ner was a Conkling man ?
A. I never asked him any such question ; Mr.
Knox is a very warm friend of General Arthur; I
thought from Knox's manner that he desired to
please General Arthur; and further, that the Presi
dent did not desire that any act of his should be
construed as meaning to make war on
Conkling; from the party standing of Gardner
he would have some influence over Strahan.
Don't know as Gardner was mentioned with this
fact in view. I am confident Knox asked me to
seeStrahanand urge this position upon him. I
told Strahan his name had been mentioned for the
position. Strahan asked me if Conkling and Piatt
would be candidates; if I had heard of it in Wash
ington. I told him I had not heard any such
thing, and thought they would not be candidates.
The request to let the matter lie over till morning
came from Strahan solely; it did not come from
me; it was Mr. Strahan who said Mr. Gardner
should be spoken to about the matter; it was my
suggestion that the matter should be kept private. I
am not able to account for the dispatch which
appeared in the "World on this subject; about
three or four lines of the dispatch were correct
that was that he had been offered the place and
declined it; that is to say, by inference. It is true
the fact was he had been asked if he would accept
the place if it were tendered to him.
An Iufant Eaten oy BaU.
Philadelphia, June 23. This morning
Mrs. Fritz, residing on a small street near Third
and Brown streets, started from home for the pur
pose of picking coal on the railroad, leaving her
five-months-old daughter alone in the house.
Two hours later a policeman entered the place
and found that the child had been attacked by
rats, and its nose and part of its face eaten off. Its
arms and hands were also severely lacerated. The
infant died this afternoon.
DECISION OF THE COURT.
Tbo Cose Xot to Be Given to tbo Grand
Jnrj- at Present.
When Attorney "Wilson had finished his
remarks, Colonel Cook arose to correct, ashe stated,
a few misapprehensions of opposing counsel. He
said he desired first of all to state that he had not
furnished the press so much as a single word in
relation to star-route cases. In regard to the
denying of General Brady's counsel access to the
records and files of the Post-Oflice Department, he
said they had their proper remedy in a manda
mus, and just here he would pause to ask counsel
what record in the vast amount In the Department
was wanted. Mr. Wilson, answering this inter
rogatory, said:
."There are in the Department what are called the
records proper and then there arc the file of the
cases; each case. If my friend will allow us to
examine the files of these cases they will do us a
very great service and confer upon us a
favor that ought to be granted. Iu those files there
are a great many things which it is im
possible for any man to carry in his mind, and
which w ill be exceedingly important if my friend
Colonel Cook should succeed iu getting any in
dictments against anybody. These are the
thing3 which we waut to see. They show the
reasons for the expedition of the service. The
reasons for the increase of the service and
many things of that nature which are exceed
ingly important in this case and will require
time to examine them; and while friend Colonel
Cook is engaged in getting up his indictments, if
they will only give us a half chance, a quarter
chance, upon a very few moments' notice of an in
dictment in this court we will go to trial.
. Colonel Cook I have paused for light, but I
have received it not.
Mr. Wilson The light shincth in the darkness,
and the darkness pcrceivcth it not.
Colonel Cook It Ls my brother Wilson who
states that he is in the dark in respect to his cli
ent, and he objects to remaining there any longer.
I am in the light all the time, according to his rep
resentation, and it may be well for him to make a
more appropriate quotation. Now, if Your Honor
please, when I asked what particular paper was
desired, his response was the files and the records.
What files? What records? In connection with
what route? At what period? To develop what
truth or fact? I pause again. Alas, the oracle is
silent,
Mr. Wilson Do you wish me to answer?
Colonel Cook-Iust as you pleac.
Mr. Wilson I am afraid that darkness still pre
vails. In conclusion Colonel Cook said that the Presi
dent and the Attorney-General desired to vindi
cate the regular administration of justice and
to protect the interest and honor of the United
States, and to earnestly was this desired that they
did not wish any of the facts to be presented to
tho grand jury until they were in shape for tran
quil and impartial consideration.
THE COUET'S DECISION
The court then announced its decision as fol
lows :
"It is evident that this subject is one of great
delicacy and difficulty in the investigation of the
proofs touching these wrong-doings. It is attended
witha great dial of labor, and requires special skill.
It is apparent that the grand jury could not make
a step in the investigation without the assistance
of those who have explored the archives of the
Government; and we are officially informed by
the gentleman who is in charge of that duty that
he has no case to present before the grand jury
It would be wrong to instruct the grand jury in
regard to General Brady's alleged complicity in
frauds against the Government. When the
Government is prepared to produce its
proof before the grand jury it will do so. These
newspaper reports complained of are, of course, a
very great evil, and if General Brady has been
wrongly accused a very great wronghas beeu done
him, and he has a remedy in the courts ; but I do
not think it is right to enforce the United States
into an investigation prematurely when the Gov
ernment is not prepared, and still more prematurely
into a trial of a party who is accused by public
rumor of this eviL Therefore I do not see proper
to give the grand jury any more definite charges
than I have already given them."
Colonel Cook I will say that there may be no
difficulty in the future ; we will industriously pre
pare the case, so that wheu Your Honor returns in
September the matter will be placed before the
grand jury in due form.
9
T2io Balloting Yesterday in Detail.
Albany, June 23. The following is the
vote for United States Senator in the place made
vacant by Coukling's resignation, nonute vote
For Wheeler, 10; Potter, 7; Conkling, S; Cornell,
1; Laphara, -1; Taylor 1. Assembly vote For
Wheeler, 10; Potter, 1C; Conkling, 21; Lapham.L!;
George G. Hoskins, 1. Combined vote For
Wheeler, 50; Potter, 53; Conkling, SZ; CorneH, l:
Laphani, 17; Folgcr, 1; Hoskins, 1. No choice.
The vote for Senator to succeed Thom.is V. Piatt
was as follows: Senate vote ForDepew, 14; Ker
nan, 7; Piatt, G; Cornell, 1; Crowley, 2; 1-upham,
1. Assembly vote For Depew, 'SO, Kernau, 10,
Piatt, 21; Cornell, 7; Wheeler, 1: Crowley, 6; Lap
ham, 3; Trcmainc, 1. Combined vote For Depew,
53; Kcrnan, 53: Piatt, 27; Cornell, S; Wheeler, 1
Crowley, S; Lapham, 1 ; Trcmainc, 1. No choice.
Mr. Browne offered a resolution lhatas the party
in the majority cannot agree upon candidates, and
as the people of tho State want Democratic Sena
tors elected, therefore Clarkson N. Potter and
Francis Kemon be elected.
Tlie chair decided that as the election must be
by viva voce vote, the resolution was out of order
Tlie convention then proceeded to another vote,
with the following result: For tho Conkling va
cancy: Senate vote For Wheeler, 10; Potter, 7;
Conkling, S; Lapham, 4; Folger, 1: noskins, I.
Assembly vote For Wheeler, 10; Potter, 10: Conk
ling, 21: Lapham, 13; Hoskins, 1. Combined
vote For Wheeler, 50; Potter, 53; Conkling, 32;
Lapham, 17; Folgcr, 1; Hoskins, 2. No choice.
For the Piatt vacancy tho vote stood as follows
(Mr. Astor leading off with a change from Piatt to
Hoskins) : Senate vote For Dcpew, 13 :Kernan, 7:
Piatt, 6; Hoskins, 4. Assembly vote For Depew,
52; Kernan, 46: Piatt, 21; Cornell, 7; Crowley, 5;
Hoskins, 1 ; Tremaine, 1 ; Lapham, 3. Combined
vote For Dcpew, 52; 'Keman, 10; Piatt, 27; Cor
nell, 7; Crowley, C; Hoskins, 5; Tremaine, 1; Lap
ham, 3. No choice.
On motion of Senator Jacobs.lhe convention ad
journed. CAPITAL JOTTINGS.
Tiiipjd Assistant Postjiaster-General
Hazen ha3 returned from New Y'ork.
The national bank notes received for
redemption yesterday amounted to S1C5.000.
J. Stanley Brown, the President's pri
vate secretary, will return to the city July 1.
The clerks of the Post-Office Depart
ment will cry, " Oh, my eye!" the 1st of July.
Secretary Lincoln is in the city, hav
ing returned from Long Branch yesterday morn
ing. The receipts for the Government yes
terday were: Internal rovenue, $449,73331; cus
toms, S6S1.223.9L
Auditor of Eailroad Accounts French
returned from New York yesterday, but was not
in his office at the Interior Department.
Secretary Kirkwood has appointed
Frank LaFlcsche, a brother of Bright Eyes, of
Ponca fame, to a clerkship in the Indian Bureau.
Judge McFarland, the ' newly-ap-poi
nted Commissioner of the General Land Office
arrived in Washington yesterday, and called at
the Interior Department and paid his respects to
Secretary Kirkwood. He will qualify and enter
upon the duties of his new position to-day.
Mr. C. P. Stetson, a second-class clerk
in the office of the Third Assistant Postmaster
General, has been promoted to a third-class clerk
ship in the office of the Second Assistant Postmaster-General,
and will have charge of the mail
contracts for Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Mr. C. P. Stetson, who was a second
class clerk in tho office of the Third Assistant
Postmaster-General, has beeu transferred to a
third class clerkship in the Second Assistant Postmaster-General's
office, and placed in charge of
the star-route division which embraces the States
of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.
The internal revenue appointments
yesterday were: J. C. Napier, storekeeper and
gauger for the fifth district of Tennessee ; George
A. Ncuman. storekeeper and gauger for the sixth
district of Virginia; J. R. Henderson, storekeeper
and gauger for the sixth district of North Carolina;
Frederick A. O'Connor, storekeeper for the third
district of Massachusetts.
Bids were opened at the Interior De
partment yesterday for supplying the Department
with miscellaneous supplies, such as brooms,
feather dusters, soap, glassware, scrubbing
brushes. &c. There were twenty bidders, as fol
lows: W. J. Davis. Eagle Chemical Company,
Solon Palmer, R. K. nclphenstine, J. L. Savage,
W. B. Moses & Son, Jerome T. Johnson & Co., J. B.
Bailev, C. W. Thorn & Co., John Keyworth. W. T.
Metzgar it Bro., Stott & Cromwell, J. W. Boteler, D.
Shanahan, Z. D. Gilraan. M. W. Beveridgc, J. W.
Drew, C. Witmer, W. D. Wyvill, and Francis Mil
ler. The bids were referred to a committee to
recommend to whom the awards should be made.
E0R C0ALITI0K
WHITE REPUBLICANS OF VIRGINIA
A Strong Fores or the Solid and Sensible Sea or
the Old Dominion in the City The Trao
Plan to Beat the Bourbons in
the Coining Campaign r
The white Republicans of Virginia who
favor coalition were here in strong force yesterday
for the purpose of calling upon the President and
members of the Cabinet to give expression to tho
real sentiments of a large majority of the party in
that State. The fact that the President wotdd not
be in the city wa3 ascertained Wednesday and
telegraphed to all points throughout the State, in,
order to stop as many from coming here as could ba
reached. Notwithstanding this action there were
assembled in the parlors of the Arlington Hotel
abovefiftyrcpresentativeRepublicans.amongwhoin.
were members of the present Legislature, chair
men of Republican county committees, cx-mcra-bers
and late candidates for Congress, judges and.
clerks of courts, sheriffs, merchants, and othen
from all sections of Virginia. The situation in that
State was fully discussed and great indignation
expressed over the action of Wiekham's committee
in removing the Hon. John F. Lewis from the po
sition of chairman of the State Central Committee; '
aud over the call of that committee for a conven
1ion, whereby the effort is made to prohibit fully
nincly percent, of the Rcpublicansof the State from
participating in the election of delegates to a Re
publican convention. It will be observed trom the
resolutions adopted that these Republicans, who
propose to support the Liberal movement in Vir
ginia, are not repudiators, but earnest advocates of
the payment of every dollar of Virginia's just ob
ligations. The following arc the
nnsoumoNs csaximously adopted:
Iiesolvrd, That tbe evident sentiment of a large ma
jority of the Republican party iu the State or Virginia
is in favor of supporting the Liberal ticket nominated
by tbe convention that assembled In the city or Rich
mond on the 2d instant.
Rrsolvai, That we do not recognize the power of
anybody except a regularly constituted eon vention of
t he Republican party to remove tbe Hon. John V.
Lewis from hli position as chairman of the Republi
can State Ceutral Committee, and that until he Is so
removed we fully recognize, him as chairman or said
committer, and expect said committee's recognition
of his position at the meeting to be held on the 2Slh
instant.
Eesolvtd, That, should tlie committee, when it
uievts on the 3Ui instant, determine lo call a State
couventiou, It be retiu-ted to order the delegates
thereto to be elected Iu the usual manner by which
delegates have heretofore been selected, wherein all
duly qualified votersof thePtatewho arc in sympathy
with the National Republican party shall be repre
sented, :-.nd that said convejitiou be held at Rich
mond, it being the mon accessible point.
liesolvtd. That we. In common with all good Re
publicans of our State, ar decidedly In fivvorof pay
ing the entire Just debt of Virginia, and denounce as
talsc all statements made by our opponents that we
are repudiators or that wo ftivor repudiation of any
portion of the houvst debt of our State.
as snowiiiQ tub feeusgs
of these gentlemen, we make a brief summary of
conversations with the more prominent members
of tlm intelligent and very respectable delegation.
Hon. C. U. Bliss, of Farmville, member of the.
Virginia senate, serving his second term, one of
the most influential Republicans in Dr. Jorgensen's
district, states that in the senatorial district com
posed of the counties of Prince Edward, Cumber
land, and Amelia, in which nearly four thousand
Republican votes were cast in the last presidential
election, the Republicans are almost unanimom
for sustaining the Liberal ticket, and that Dr.
Jorgensen.in opposing the movement, knowingly
misrepresents at least eight-tenths of his con
stituents. This statemeut is indorsed by B. S.
Hooper, merchant, and other leading Republicans
of Farmville.
Hon. Samuel F. Maddox, of Chesterfield, for a
number of years secretary of the Republican State
Central and State Executive Committees, cx-mem-ber
of the constitutional convention, of the housa
ot delegates, and of the senate of Virginia, and
the chairman of the Republican committee of
Chesterfield, states that of the l,S0u Republican
voters iu that county he does not kuow of one who
does not indorse the liberal movement. He has
been in communication with Republicans in all
sections of the State, and believes that fully
ninety-five per ceut. of the Republican party will
sustain the liberal movement.
Hon. J. W. Southward, of Henrico County, cx
moniber of the Legislature, and for many years
chairman of the Republican county committee of
Henrico, says that the Republican committee of
that county arc unanimous in support of the Lib
eral ticket, and in this represent the determina
tion of nearly 1,500 votes cast for Garfield in the
late election.
C. Douglas Gray, Esq., of Rockingham County,
lor years chairman of the Republican county com
mittee of that county, states that or the 530 votC3
cast for Garfield in the last election there is not ten
who will not sustain the Liberal ticket, and that
he has every reason to believe that four-fifths of
all tlie Republicans of tlie Seventh Congressional
District will do likewise.
Harry Libby, merchant, of Hampton, secretary
of the Second District Republican congressional
committee (Dezendorfs district), says the Repub
licans of Elizabeth city and county, polling 1,200
votes for Garfield, are unanimous in support of tho
Liberal ticket, and that nearly all the Republican
voters throughout that district are in favor of the
Liberal ticket.
Hon. Jjb Hanxhurst, charman of the Republican
parly of Fairfax County, and ex-member of tho
Legislature, says there were i;iUS votes cast for Gar
field iu that county, and that he does not know of
but four white Republicans, and of no colored Re
publicans in that county, who do not sustain the
Liberal ticket.
This statement was indorsed by Mr. William
Creed aud several other lc-adins Republicans pres
ent from that county.
Hon. James II. Clement3, of Portsmouth, Repub
lican member of the constitutional convention,
and one of the first organizers of the Republican
party in Virginia, says that he is satisfied from ob
servation and correspondence that with an un
trammelcd expression nine-tenths of the Republi
can voters of Portsmouth and Norfolk counties
would favor a support of the Liberal ticket and
oppose a straight-out nomination by the Republi
can party.
Judge Thomas B. Claiborn, of Franklin County,
ex-Republican member or the Legislature, says
the Republicans of his county are solid for the
1 Jberal or Readjuster ticket. Should a " straight
out" ticket be put in the field it would not get a
vote in that county unless purchased, and that ho
believes a straight-out ticket could not get one
hundred votes in his congressional district.
W. A. Pattie, postmaster at Warrenton, for many
years chairman of the Republican committee ot
Fauquier County, havingorganized the party there
states that the Republicans of that county are
unanimous, as far as he can ascertain, in favor of
the Liberal movement and opposed to a conven
tion, but are willing to send representation to the
proposed convention in the interest of harmonis
ing conflicting sentiment that may exist elsewhere.
The Republican vote in his county is about 1,200."2
Colonel H. D. B. Clay, a leading Republican anil
substantial farmer of James City County, states
that a large majority of the Republicans of that
county are In favor of supporting the Liberal
ticket and opposed to a straight-out ticket being
put in the field.
Captain J. M. Sloan, Republican sheriff of Meck
lenburg County, states that he knows of but ono
Republican in his county who is opposed to tho
Liberal ticket; thinks a Republican convention
may accomplish good by indorsing the Liberal
ticket, which he believes can carry his county by
2,500 majority. This statement is fully Indorsed
by R. P. Hughes, recently re-elected clerk of tho
courts of Mecklenburg by the Republican party.
non. Sampson P. Bailey, Republican nominee
for Congress in the Eighth District at the last elec
tion, states that there are eleven counties in said
district, and that a large majority in each of them,
favor the Liberal movement, and that all will
earnestly support that ticket if a convention of
the party shall decide it proper to do so, and that
the Eighth District will send a soliddelegation to
the Republican State convention unanimously in
favor of sustaining the Liberal movement and
ticket.
Hon. George H. Southali, of Nottoway County,
ex-membcref the Virginia Legislature, and for
many yeara chairman of the Republican
county committee of that county, states that
nearly 1,500 votes were cast for Garfield in that
county, and that he knows or no Republi
can, except a lew appointees or Jorgcnsen, who
are not in favor of sustaining the Liberal ticket,
and further, that Dr. Jorgcnsen, in favorinjr R
"straight-out" ticket, misrepresents the Republi
can party in his section of the Fourth District.
Bnse-Uall Games.
At Philadelphia Boston, 6; Athletic, 2.
At New York Metropolitans, 4; Buffalo, 3,
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