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BOMBERGER IS DEAD.]
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The Murderer of the Kreider
SHERIFF M'CUNE'S NEAT JOB.
Bomberger : Speaks Briefly
From the Gallows.
HE EXPRESSES SOME SORROW,
Cut Wants No Preachers on
A LETTER TO THE PUBLIC.
Special to the Globe.
Tan-do, N. 1).. Jan. 19.— -Vlbert F.
Bomberger, murderer of six people for
the purpose of gratifying his lust, was
banged at 1:40 this afternoon. Sheriff
McCune, with two deputies, drove to
the door of the court house a little after
noon, and in a few minutes he, with his
BH IfllS^^ fill'
ALBERT F. BOMBERGER.
Prisoner and deputies, was speeding
towards the scaffold.- a short mile away.
Bomberger looked with interest at the
:rowd gathered, and* also gazed at the
scaffold. As they drew near a hush fell
over the crowd, which numbered fully
300 people,' as the solemn party drove
Sown the incline and stopped at the
floor of the enclosure. Bomberger did
not lose his self-control. The party,
•ascended the steps to the platform
above. As the prisoner walked up the
steps his knees smote together, and for
an instant his wonderful nerve, which
till then had stood by him, seemed, to
waver. The trap had already been put
in position, and everything was ready
for the final act. Sheriff McCune asked
the prisoner if lie wished to make any
remarks. Bomberger then made the
following statement on the gallows:
"Gentlemen, I have . a few words to
say before 1 leave you. I am sorry for
the crimes I have committed, and I
hope none of you will follow in my foot
steps. Furthermore, I wish that no
preacher be on the scaffold. Good-bye,
The deputy then put on the black cap,
the sheriff adjusted the noose and
stepped back to the lever and pulled it,'
and Bomberger, the murderer, was
launched into eternity. The body was
turned over to a couple of his cousins,
the only relatives present. As soon as the
body was cut down the souvenir fiends
went to work at the rope and enclosure.
The day was calm, and everything moved
off without a hitch. The body will be
interred within a quarter of a mile of
the scene of his crime; in fact, the little
girl who rode into town to give the
%'jy/^/^/'jmj^i^?^ »U. ■■
alarm passed over the ground in which
he will lie. . .
Bomberger left the following letter,
written by him yesterday; It is given
B Cando, Jan. 18. 1894.— the Public:
As the last hours' of my lifo arc n earing
an end, and on account of thut l ■•; write
this, my last letter to the pubile, to show,
the way I feel and to correct somo of the
mistakes that have beeu made ip a purq
ber of ways iii statements about me. :
People who have read about the crime
DAILY ST. PAUL GLOBE.
that I committed last July, and espe
cially those living in Dakota, think
hanging is too good for. me. Maybe it
is; it is, I guess, an easy death, but I
was crazy when I did the deed. I drank
heavily on the last 4ih of July, drank
more liquor than I ever drank before in
my life at any one time. I was worry
ing over different matters that it would
do no irood to tell about here.. All day
the 4th, Sth and Gth I was not in my
right mind, as 1 did not know what 1
was doing. I was the same way on the
morning of the 7th when I committed
the murder, and, as I, said before, for
the time being I was a lunatic and not
able to control myself at all. Everybody
has read about my trip to Canada and
the wav I was caught; I knew" 1 would
be when 1 started, but I didn't care; I
was that crazy. - ..V^l-.V. .
1 want to say something about my
actions in the jail here. People think
that 1 haven't any heart, and don't feel
sorry for what I have done. They are
wrong, for 1 do, and I have felt very
sorry that 1 killed Kreider and his wife
aim children, but it is done, and the
only way 1 could see was to face the
music the best way I could instead ot
saving way to my feelings. I was a
brute to do what 1 did, and deserve to
be punished. In going to the gallows I
regret more than anything else the sor
row and discrace 1 have brought upon
ray mother. J."..Vf ~C . Vv
During the time 1 have been in jail
thinking of that has been the hardest
thing 1 have had to bear. • •"/-
I also wish to make known my thanks
to Sheriff Fadden for treating me so'
kindly while I was in the Grand Forks
jail; all that could be done for my com
fort he certainly did.
I would also say that Sheriff McCune,
of Towner county, has also done all in
his power ta make me comfortable, and
he has treated me as well as I could
wish while I was in his care.
1 again say that I am sorry for com
mitting the crime, and that I feel the
disgrace of death by banging, but I
shall take my dose like a man. /"/ :/"
[Signed.] A lbebt F. Bombebgeb.
The Story of the Killing of the
Alfred F. Bomberger. who committed
one of the most horrible and revolting
crimes ' ever known in the history of
this country, was twenty-two years of
age on the 18th day of February, 1593.
His parents and relatives live in and
near Lebanon City, Pa. When seven
teen years of age Bomberger ran away
from home, and worked his way from
place to place, traveling through all the
Western states, until December, 1892,
when he obtained work at the farm of
Daniel Kreider. a well-to-do farmer with
a family of eight children, at Cando,- N.
D. He soon took a fancy to the oldest
girl, Annie Kreider, fifteen years of
age, and upon several occasions made
indecent proposals to her, which were
always scornfully rejected. On July 4
Bomberger had been drinking, and on
the night of July 6, between the hours
of 12 and 1 o'clock, he went to Annie's
bedroom and again tried to accomplish
his vile purpose, but was repulsed, and
when 'she threatened to call ncr parents
he left the room, but only to brood. -In
the morning, while attepding to his
chores, he formed the awful resolve Of
killing the family. Immediately enter
ing the .. house' he,'. procured a double-:
barreled shotgun- and loaded - shells;
Entering Kreiders bedroom, the
man who had befriended him lav peace
fully sleeping, he poured the contents
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Continue-! on Third i'ajfe.
SAINT PAUL WINN., S ATURDA|g** MORNING, : JANUARY 20, 1894.
CANADIANS THE WINNERS.
RECOVER THE WALKER VILLE TANKARD
FROM ST. PAUL. |^^<j
JOBBEBS' UNION NOT LOST.
John McCulloch, of St. Paul, Beats
Payne, the Winnipeg Editor—
;i Dunbar Beats Alex McCulloch
*- \-' v ßad y— Number of Very. Hot
Games Wera Played Yester
The Walkervilie International; trophy [
is to go to the Canadians, this time, the
aggregate score for the Canucks being j
six ahead of the Americans. This was
decided last night when the last end was
played in the Chandler-Cruikshank
came, in which the former beat the
Canadian by four points. The aggre
gate score, up to this, time had been
Canadians 150. Americans 140. In the
last game ks hank, the Morden man,
only scored 11, while Chandler, one of
the Waupaca, Wis., invincibles scored
15, which however, only brought the
total score up to 155, while that of the
Canadas stood at 161. . '; " '^
The value of this trophy is $500. and
there are four watch charms valued at
$100. The tankard was presented to
JOHN M'CULLOCH'S KIJNK.
the Northwestern Curling association
by Hiram Walker & Sons, Walkervilie,
Ont.. for annual competition between
American and Canadian clubs.
The rules which govern the competi
tion for the above are as follows: The
trophy to be played for by Canadian
rinks represented at the annual bon
spiel of the Northwestern Curling asso
ciation and an equal number of Amer
ican rinks, selected by the executive
committee of the Northwestern Curl
ing association, the aggregated score to
If the Canadians ' win the trophy, it
shall be played down - by all Canadian
rinks represented at the-bonsplel; If
won by the Americans, it shall be
played down in like manner. ,'; -
This trophy become the absolute
property of the club -winning it three
The winning rink shall hold the
trophy, and must give the curling asso
ciation a satisfactory bond for its due
production some time prior to next an
Sixteen ends to be played by each
7 f T — " —
THE RINK, FROM WABASHA BRIDGE.
rink after each successive draw until
;-:[ In this competition, which is the first
to be closed up, there were twenty-four
rinks entered, it having happened that
there we're twelve Canadian finks pres
ent at the bonspiel. As this is a pew
feature of St. Paul " bdnapieii), V great
deal of Interest was ? felt . in '■ the result.
Another- thing tbat made the uncer
tainty so great was the fact "that many
of the rinks had been bolstered up by
changing the make-up. This was nee-, i
essary and wise, as /the- St. Paul clnb/
was obliged, to make up four stroiig"
rinks for this competition. ?/ '
The Winnipeg rinks did very little Of I
the "patching" business, as they had a
sufficient number of strong rinks, while
Nettleton found it necessary to have
McCarthy play lead for him so that C.
M. Griggs could make up another rink.
The personnel of all the rinks taking
part in this contest is here given.
the score. " */'r?^g^^^i^^^j
Canadians— -. ..Americana—
Galloper, Judge Cory, . ' : - -
Barrett, - Hiukei.
Lenon, • McMillan. "
J. Shaw, skip— l 2. .C. M. Griggs, skip— ls.
Gilcher. - - ?.* Huff,- V T\
McDermott, -. ; Dunn.
C.W.Hufl'man.Bkip-IC. C.B. Roberts, skip— l6.
Bruce, Schemmell, - -:. *
Adams, Dooley, . ,'
Grnndy# . McCall, /
Sickle. . Lee, v' ;'"•'// } '-■?,
Driver, llollinbeck, .f ;
Holloway, Chandler, - * .!
A.Crulkshank,sklp-ll S.S.Cbandler.skip— ls.
Cowie, Bunker, f\\
Livingston, Graham, .*. i
Wm.Connors.skip— lo J. E. Jones, skip— lo.
Kourke, Smith, J '
Georgeson, S.Hastings. J . -
Tom Kelly, skip— l 2 T. Hastings, skip— lo.
Mather, . McCarthy,
Bridges, Cameron, A.,
Drewry, Cameron. W..
J. Courtney, skip— ls. G.O.Nettleton.skip—
/ply t-gffl* Sv
C. 11. BAKSB.
* DJB. CABSON,
McDonald, ' Murray, ■;•
Patterson. --V Rodger, - ■ *--,;
W. Y. Fraser, skip— 2o. Tom Scott, skip— l 4.
Nicholson, :'-*//• Muir. -• '"■■•
Curbert, Nelson, W.. ; ■■
M. Fortune.skip— l 6. S. Nelson, skip— l 2.
Gait, *' Campbell, • ,y' :
Peters, - Kelly.
Wilson, . 7->* Kibble, ,
F. L. Patton, skip— lo. Geo. Wood, skip— l 3. 4
Mather, G., Smith, *.
McFarlan, . Fullerton, .
Dingle, Hurden, - " V ■
G.W.Murray, skip— 7. McLeod, skip— •
Sutherland, *•*- Fairchild,
Carson, *. . . Hall. *
R.H.Dunbar,skip— A. McCulloch, skip— 7.
Some of the games played in the In
ternational event created a great deal of
excitement, particularly as the result-'
narrowed down to one or two games.
The crowd, however, grew weary, of*
waiting for final ;_ results, and by the
time the Chandler-Cruikshank game
was finished at 1 o'clock this morning
there was a mere handful of men, but
these few were enthusiastic enough 4 for
a multitude. Many of : the -Canadians
talked of going home tonight, but as
they ate to take the International trophy*
.with r. them, they do •-. not ' * care -now*
whether tbey are obliged to stay a week
or two, " v"-v ""'^ : - b-v^lT
v "The other games played last /night
were onfe in tjie Hall competition ami
two In the John Johnson event. * In the
! fortney ffettleton . pe.at Payne, of Witi
[ Continue-* on Fourth Page, f?
Franklin Had It in His In
TOWNLEY' HEN LAYS AN EGG}
The Charges lof the Globe
■*■'} t Fully Substantiated.
RACY BUNCH OF EVIDENCE.
f .: t * , ______
Morris Gives Franklin the
Lie Direct. - -
FRANKLIN CALLS ITA "PRESENT"
j The investigation of the joint commit
tee of the common council into the
charges made relative to ex-Aid. Harry
W. Franklin as to his "receiving a "sti
pend of $15 per month from the em
ployes of the office of the building in
spector has fully sustained the charges
made by the Globe. Mr., Franklin
admitted all that had been charged by
.-.this paper before the committee, but
not until Mr. Morris and the employes
of the office of building inspector ■ had
made statements of the whole matter.
. Mr. Frauklin admitted that he received
$15 per month from July, 1892, until and
including last December. He offered to
return the money to such employes as
wanted it after the matter became
noised abroad, and wanted an affidavit
; from such employes to exonerate him
! from the charge of bribery. He said,
; however, he did not accept it for in-,
fluence, but as a present. He also
j made the countercharge that Mr. Morris
j offered him $750 to vote for. him for
| j building inspector, and that he was of
fered a position at $1,000 a year in the
office of building - inspector, which was
$35 a month more than he earned at his
trade, incase he would vote for Gates
A. Johnson for building inspector.**
' Mr. Morris denied the charge of , offer
ing any money to vote for him for build
-1 ing inspector, aud said that/that must
be a story fixed up for political pur
poses,/'/ '-'*• '■_"'"■■' •/'••■-* '■"'•■' : y': :
The council chamber was ; well filled
with citizens during the investigation, I
aud a number of . people occupied seats'
in the gallery. The -joint J, committee
consists of Aid. Markham, Zimmerman,
Conley, Montgomery Warren, and
Van Slyke and Reardon. All of these
were "present except Air. Warren, who
has been* out of the city for some time.
Mr. Markham acted as chairman
and Mr. Schuette as secretary.;
J. VA. Gardner was selected as
stenographer.. Corporation Attorney
'/'Chamberlain;- with his assistants,
Messrs. Pike and Chapin, were present.
Mr. Franklin and -.J." L. Townley, his
attorney, were also present. The ses
• sion opened shortly after 2 o'clock and
lasted until 6:30, and was. a very busy
and animated • one. -j Mr. . Markham
called the meeting to order and stated
that he would act as chairman, as
J agreed at an informal meeting held the :
night before, unless .objection was
made. -He then stated the object of
the meeting as being that of investigat
ing certain charges . made in a joint
resolution, and read the resolution.
The preliminary meeting was held in a
committee room. Mr. Lightner moved
that the council chamber be used for
the meeting in view of the fact that a
large number of people were present.
Mr. Zimmerman moved for an executive
session. Mr. Conley, Mr. Van Slyke
and Mr. Lightner immediately opposed
a/ secret session. : Mr. Markham then "
announced that the committee would
repair to the council chamber. . In a
few moments the change was made. "
Secretary Schuette then read the min
utes of the meeting of the night be
Chairman Markham then stated that
if there was any one present represent
ing the Daily Globe or the News
tbey would be heard/Secretary Schute-/
te then read a communication from H.
P. Hall, managing editor of the Globe.
• ■ ** ■ . .
THE ( CALL ON THE GLOBE..'//'/
V The following was the/ letter sent to
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. / 19. 1894.—
the Editors and Publishers of the St.
Paul Daily; Globe.*— Gentlemen: The
joint committee of the. common council
which' was appointed to invest' - *' - -"jr
tain charges impugning the * offimai i..-*
tegrity of ex-Aid. Harry Franklin and
■ ex-Building Inspector .Charles A. F.
Morns and the employes engaged In the
office of the, building inspector - er
the administration of said Mc is
Instructed' , me?.'' to notify you I tie. . ,h
; investigation will begin at the /. .cii
' chamber this afternoon at '2\ o'clock.
You are requested to appear before *. the"
committee at the- time named and sub
mit the evidence upon which your
charges in the.- matter are made. Re
spectfully. / H. E. W. Schuette, •
v. -. Secretary.
> / ; BESPONCE OF THE GLOBE. .'.
*l*.Ti r .T .-/• jv, .January 19, 1894.
To the Honorable, Joint Committee
r T : off the Common Couucil of the City of
VT Gentlemen: ..: We : are . in . receipt of
your communication addressed "to the
editors yid \ publishers of /the : St. , Paul *
bAiLYGLOBE.VstatIng that you had been ;
*-appblrited , "toinYestigate certain charges
' impugning the 'official i integrity of ex-
Alderman Harry Franklin and ex-build
ing Inspector, Mr. Chas. A. F. Morris,
and the employes engaged In the office
of the building inspector tinder the
administration of said Morris." You
also add "you (the Globe) are requested '
to appear before the committee at the
time named, and submit the evidence
upon which your charges in the matter
In behalf of the St.Paul Daily Globe.
1 desire to say that we recognize no
authority on the part of your committee -
to call ourselves, or any other persons,
before your honorable body; and, as no
practical results are likely to follow,
from the ; work of a powerless com
mittee, we must decline to be a party to
an investigation foreordained to fail to
find the facts in the premises.. The,
very reading of your notice shows that
the party or parties preparing the basis
for the investigation did not design that
it should meet the actual situation. '/-; /-
The Globe has published no charges
reflecting on the official, integrity of ex-
Building Inspector Charles A. F. Morris
or any of the employes in his office. The
report a.-V published was that ex-Aid.
Franklin was alleged to have used his
official position to make a money levy
upon the building inspector's, office;
and, while the discretion of Mr. Morris
and his employes in submitting to such
an alleged levy may very properly be a
subject jof criticism, the alleged ar
rangement, so far as any charges made
public are coucerned, does not neces
sarily reflect on their official integrity.
That -.*, matter has manifestly been
brought in by ex-Aid. Franklin's 'attor
ney with a view of shielding his client,
and not with a purpose of ascertaining
The Globe has no desire to shield
Mr. Morris or his employes in any
wrong-doing in the premises, but it
does not propose to permit your honor
able body to place it, even by implica
tion,'in a position which it does not, and
has not, occcupied, a condition which,
the reading of your notification evident
ly shows to be the intent of the attorney
for the accused. :
The editors of the Globe stand ready
to appear before any tribunal clothed
with power and intent to ascertain the
facts concerning the charges , made
against ex-Aid. Franklin; and give such
information as they- may possess bear
ing upon the matter, In advance of the
matter being V brought before \ such a
tribunal, we must respectfully decline
to be a party to any movement which
can only develop a portion, if any, of
the facts In the ; premises, and which
was manifestly designed by its origi
nators to acquit prior to some more seri
ous inquiry. Very respectfully sub
mitted; H. P. Hall, ";
Managing Editor Globe.
GETTING BEADY FOB WOBK.
Aid. Conley asked if Mr. Hall, of the
Globe, been sent f0r. ... Mr. Mark
ham .said not otherwise than by the
letter sent to the Globe. ; Mr/Lightuer
asked if -/other,- communications had ;
been received ; if one. bads been received j
from the News, and stated that be saw :
that Mr. Franklin was present.
; Chairman Markham inquired In a
loud voice if • any one f was present to :
represent the News?,. [Pause.] Any per- 1
son present to. represent the Daily-
Globe '. desiring to be heard? J[Pause.]
Auy one representing the Dispatch?
Pioneer Press? I hear no response.
Mr. Lightner — Is . any one present
representing the buildiug inspector's
Some one in the audience responded
that all the buildiug inspector's force
was preseut. s'"^.: -*//.''
| Mr. Van Slyke— l want to kuow what
authority there is to investigate private
citizens by this committee? ."- - *. ;/■//
Chairman Markham said: "This is an
inquiry, to some extent, official in char
acter, to investigate the charges and to
report to the council. Of j course it is
true that the committee has no power to
. compel attendance of witnesses, but I
should think persons would gladly ap
• Mr. Doran— This is to Investigate cer
tain charges made in the papers as to an
officer receiving money. I believe there
are persons present who can say whether
the charges as to taking money from the
building inspector's office for the past
eighteen months are true.- In view of :
the fact that Mr. Franklin is still an
officer of the city, I move that \ the as
sistant building j inspector and ot her
persons In that office be heard.
Corporation /Attorney . Chamberlain
stated that he had a communication
from the county attoruey bearing on
sections of the penal code.and suggested
that the county attorney be sent for be
fore the v motion was put. ; By consent,
the county attorney, was sent for.
THE COUNTY ATTOBNEY. OBJECTS. '
Mr. Butler, after hearing the status
explained, was asked to make a state
ment. • -. '-'■/■"■/
Mr. Lightner objected to hearing the
county attorney unless he desired to be
heard. 'He was not in favor of asking
that he be heard unless . the county at
torney desired to make a statement, but
was opposed to doing anything that
shall prevent 'making au investigation
by the committee. -
Mr. Butler said: "I am not officially
advised as to your - purpose, but if this
is to beau investigation of a citizen on
the question of receiving a bribe, and
the examination of witnesses as to giv
ing a bribe, I, as a public prosecutor,
desire to be heard."
After reading the resolution Mr. But- .
ler said: "I desire to be beard. Ido
not desire to obstruct the committee. It
has come to 'my knowledge, officially,
that at the meeting of the grand v jury
there are certain : citizens who desire to
make charges as to receiving and giving
of a bribe." The section of the penal
code was read by Mr. Butler, reciting
that the investigation would preclude
the iii''"" , stigation by the grand J jury, as
a for: :_; vestigation may be. pleaded
in ex-j'y -^. t v**: bar of the trial -in court.
"If thisTrivestigation is made, and there
be a selecting as to* who shalL be arid
who shall not be taken as witnesses, the
committee assumes *. the province of the
grand jury. 1 desire to call the atten
tion of the committee to that section of
the penal code."
/ Mr. Lightner asked If this investiga
tion 1 would preclude an inquiry by the
grand jury, and if it would be a bar un
der the code; also if this body has power
to compel witnesses to testify. _--\
Mr. Butler— There is no objection to
this committee /taking v unsworn .state- j.
■ ments. -I am* riot clear whether this is
an it) i 'gabion under the s' provisions
of tlie " criminal .; code Voi?. not / I think
there is a question as to whether it is
expedient to make this investigation.
THE INVESTIGATION GOES ON.
Mr. Lightner moved that the commit
tee proceed to take statements . of em
ployes of the building inspector's office,
and that the former building inspector
give the names of the employes. The
motion prevailed, and Mr. Morris, at
request of the chairman, gave the name
of the employes, as follows:
Inspector of buildings, Charles A. F.
Morris; deputy .inspector. John C. Mac-
Carthy; clerk, J. A. Meyer; assistant
Inspectors, George F. Woolsey, Philip
A. Anfang and J. J. Bailey; plumbing
inspector, V William P. O'Brien; ele
vators and fire escapes, T.F. Kelliher.
J. L. Townley. representing Mr.
Franklin, stated that the proceedings
proposed would Jack the dignity of such
inquiry if the parties are not under
oath. "So far as Mr. Franklin was
concerned; he objected to proceeding
without administering an oath. " I con
sider that -Mr. Franklin is the person
chiefly concerned. The charges have
been made by parties not under oath.
It seems that as far as my client is con
cerned that it would not be well to pro
ceed to make an examination now un
less it be under oath. The Globe has
not responded to be questioned as to its
broad statement besmirching the char
acter and reputation of Mr. Franklin.
As far as Mr. Franklin is concerned lie
is ready to-be examined under oath.
We ask that some dignity be given to
this proceeding by imposing an oath.
We stand here ready to give our testi
mony under oath, and refute our ac
cusers tliat are tearing down our in
tegrity and reputation."
Mr. Van Slyke said he desired to re
peat that he could not see the advantage
of proceeding without taking the testi
mony under oath. /;//
Mr. Lightner suggested that the in
vestigation would be- pertinent if the
person to be investigated were a mem
ber of the assembly.
Mr. Van Slyke asked Mr. Lightner if
it were an Investigation of a member of
the assembly would lie not want wit
nesses under oath?
Mr. Lightner said that in this case he
wanted to defer to the wishes of the
county attorney, so as to . not interfere
with the criminal law.
Mr.VauSlyke— This seems like child's*
Mr. Lightner— l don't see how this
can be child's play. Let us proceed
with the investigation, and take the
statements of such as are willing to be
Mr. Lightner— will proceed. Is
there any one/from the building in
spector's office who wants to be heard?
JOHN C. M'CAHTHY'S STOBY.
John C. McCarthy, of the building
inspector's office presented himself to
make a statement.
s Chairman Markham : suggested that
questions be asked. It was suggested
that chairman ask the questions.but
he asked to /: be excused as he had
enough todo. aud by common consent
Mr. .Lightner was chosen as inquisitor.
It was decided no. oath would be
administered. /. ./ "' :
Mr. McCarthy, in answer to a question
by Mr. Lightner. stated 'that he was
'chief deputy in the building inspector's
office from May 24, 1892, until Nov. 1,
1893. He . had heard of the charges
against Mr. Franklin.
After the ordinance passed the board
of aldermen to put Mr. Morris out of
office it went to the assembly where it
was amended. " ; :
"I made it my duty to see some of the
Republicans to see that it was not
passed by the board cf aldermen. I
went to Mr. Jensen and told him it was
bad policy for Republicans to put a man
out of office who was not shown to be
incapable. i first told him that as he
was sick would not bother him. but he
said to go ahead. I told him it
would do the Republican party
-no / good /to turn a man
out unless he was incompetent." He
said he would cut off his right hand
rather than vote for that ordinance.
Mr. Hickman opposed the ordinance
also. Mr. Franklin said he would vote
against it provided it did not become a
party measure. Mr. Franklin was in
our office then, and before he left he
asked as a favor that Mr. Woolsey be
put on the force. This was in June,
1892. In July or August, 1892, we made
up a purse for Mr. Franklin. As he had
been put on certain "committees that
took up his time and was a poor man.
we thought we would make up a
. monthly purse to pay him for his time
for service on committees. 1 am not
certain whether it was iv July or in
August that we" made up a purse, and I
took him down $15. He at first refused
to take it. 1 asked him why, and he said
he considered it a bribe. i I told him it
was not a bribe, but to make up for his
loss of time , as he did not get a chair
manship. He was a poor man, and he
also belonged to my lodge, the Inde
pendent Order of Forresters. I felt
kindly to him. //. -
"Did he take it?"
"How much?" •
\ "Fifteen dollars." .'//,;./■
"Did this occur again?" V .
* "Yes; it continued until I left the
office, Nov. 1, 1893. /.'/
"The last time 1 paid was for October,
. "Where did you get the money
'.'From the boys In the office."
"Who are they?"
The force in the office was then named
and the amounts they gave, as follows:
,"Morris,s4.2s; I gave $2.35; o'Brien,s2;
the balance $1.60 each, except for two
months, when only $1.50 was - given.
Mr. Bailey also paid part of the purse.
'.'This money was paid to me and I
paid it to Mr. Franklin.".;//
"This continued fifteen months?"
"Who originated the plan?"
"I refuse to state."
."Did the people who paid this money
know the purpose for which it was to
"Yes; I told them."
"Was it a bribe?"
Messrs. Woolsy, Morris.O'Brien, Kel
liher and Myers said they did not un
derstand it that way. They did not
know it was a bribe.
"Did all understand who it was to go
to?" '■/ ;..■- - "
V ■ "They all understood it went to Frank- .
lin." /.:/_: / -.- .-.' /;/.' r
* "Did this continue after you . left the
office?'?- '- .-"• '■■,*.• -;■■■■ - -.
"I heard, so." ■'.*_ ... .
/.• Mr. 7 Schuette wanted to know what
chairmanship Mr. Franklin was disap
V: "I think it was on streets and
Mr. Lightner: "The plan did not ori
ginate with Mr. Franklin?"
. jV ; "No." . - . *
Mr. Doran: "Did you receive contribrj
tions for other persons?"
"Not that 1 am aware of."
Mr. Lightner: "Can you state what
was said by any one in the office when
this was suggested?"
"Nothing was said at the time. All
were willing to subscribe. I think Mi
O'Brien objected and said it was bad
business. If it got our, he thought, il
, would be a bad business. I said tbat J
could not see how it would. It was ua
bribe. We could hold our tongues. The
papers need not get hold of it."
Mr. Lightner asked if anything wai
said about refunding the money.
Answer— there were Myers and
Kelliher wanted their money back aftei
the matter got out.*
"Was. Mr. Franklin at the office a
"Was this after the election ol
Mr. Morris spoke up and said it wat
about the Tth of this month.
Witness— Mr. Franklin offered to give
the money back. / -^. '""./:
, Mr. Lightner— How did this hap.
"Mr. Kelliher came to my place and
told me to go to the building inspector's
office. I went up. Mr. Franklin was
there, and wanted to give the money
back. He did not just have the money.
We were all there but Mr. Morris. Mr.
Morris was there, but ieft."
Mr. Morris spoke up and said, "I
passed through the room." )_■'-
Witness — Yes, Mr. Morris passed
through the room.
Question— Mr. Morris said he would
do his part?
"Did Franklin offer a check?"
"I did not see it."
"What was the conversation?"
"1 don't remember tno conversa*
Mr. Townley— Mr. Franklin a
member of any committee In 1892 hay
ing the ordinance iii charge?
. "No, sir." - v/Z
"He said he would not vote against II
if it became a party measure?" ;*•
"Yes, sir." V/v - ; .;
"Your conversation with him war
similar to that, had with other members
of the board of aldermen?"
"Yes, sir." /"*v;:VJ
This ended the examination of Mr.
McCarthy. /"/// >■;•/?-;
Chairman Lightner then asked if
others desired to make a statement. -.•-'-
Mr. Morris, speaking from his seat,
stated that what Mr. McCarthy bad
said was true. He did not, in June,
1892. know Mr/ Frankliu. It . was not
the intention to offer a bribe.
J. A/jMEYEB TESTIFIES.
"J.- A. 'Meyer "then took* the witness
chair and in answer to Mr/Llghtner'a
questions said: *"/; .:- V,..;*;, -■ - --
"I have been in office since' March,
1592. Am there yet. - The first I
knew about it was July 15, 1892,
on pay day. Mr. MacCarthy went
around with a paper saying that he was
making up a fund of $15 a month for
an alderman. . 1 paid $I.GO a month. I
did not know for a few days who the
alderman was. I did not know this pay-'
ment was to be kept up every monthjuntil
the next pay day came arouud and 1 was
asked again, and I paid. I heard a few
days after the first payment that it was
to go to Mr. Franklin, for his influence
as an alderman. It was . kept up until
the 15th of October last. 1 paid $2.40 in
November. The assessments came
higher -as the force in the office de
creased. I did not inquire why 1 bad to
pay them." . ;//' "i////-;;//;
, "Did you tnink you were doing it to
make a present?"
"I am sure I did not hear why it was
"Did you have a conversation with
"Not until the sth of this month. Mr.
Franklin.Mr.Kelliher and I were in the
office at the time. I telephoned from
the county attorney's office for Mr.
Franklin. He made an appointment to
meet us at the office. We met, and Mr.
Franklin wanted to pay the money
back. The object of the meeting was
to put him onto himself. We had an
other meeting the next day. Mr. Wool
sey acted as spokesman, and said Mr.
McCarthy would give a check for the
money paid. Of course, I declined to
accept a check." . .
"Did Mr. Franklin get .this money?
Did he get it at the office?"
"i did not see him at the offi ce when
the it oney was collected. That accounts
for what Mr. McCarthy said about ma
wanting my money back. "l would not
accept a check and sign an affidavit."
"Would you have taken the money
"I certainly would. 1 would not make
the affidavit. The check was to be paid
the following Wednesday. All of the
men in the office were to get their
money back. All in the office knew that
Mr. Franklin was to get 7 the money
when it was collected."
Mr. Chamberlain— What did you un
derstand you were getting for your
"It was talked right along, at least I
thought, and all the boys, that Mr.
Franklin was to stand by us."
"Did Mr. Morris so understand?"
"I don't know."
"Did -others so understand it?"
"Mr. McCarthy said so."
Mr. Townley— What amount was to
be paid back? ..'. *//*-. /v •■"
"The amount paid."
"Was the affidavit shown you?"
"No. Mr. Franklin was to go and see
Mr. Mnnn, and have the affidavit drawn
up." / *;
Mr. McCarthy— I not tel! you that
Mr. Franklin would not vote for that
"Wasn't you aware that Mr. Franklin
voted against it?"
/'Yea.;. He voted against it. We all "
thought lie would be. with lis."
"Was you not aware that Mr. Frank
lin was going to vote against the reso
lution before any money was paid?"
: "No, sir. I was not- aware that Mr.
• Franklin would oppose the resolution."
( To Mr. Lightner the witness said: "I
am sure the first money was. paid the
first pay day in July, 1592. The last
was the pay day in November last. The
money was paid to me for the laat