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TWO YEARS OF J. J. M'GARDY.
The Story of His Administration of His Office Told in
Extracts From the Globe Published During
A Showing of Prejudice, Stubbornness, Heartlessness
and Lawlessness Unsurpassed.
Read This Before You Vote*,
A HUMBUG EXPOSED.
Of all the pretentious humbugs that
ever posed before the public as unap
proachable in zeal and fidelity to the
public interests, Comptroller McCardy
wins easily the prize ribbon. He has
assumed as his own all credit for the
safeguards and economies imposed by
the Bell charter. Because that instru
ment does not permit money belonging
to one fund to be transferred to anoth
er, providing heavy legal penalties for
violations of this section, Mr. McCardy
explqits it as a personal virtue. Be
cause the Bell charter is explicit and
mandatory in most places in tbe intsr
est of honest financing, leaving no
more option to the comptroller than to
LOUIS BETZ,
Democratic Candidate for Member of the Assemblye
any other officer or citizen, Mr. Mc-
Cardy, who happens to have occupied
the comptroller's office during the oper
ation of the charter, calmly assumes
to himself the honor and praise that
belong to the instrument of govern
ment adopted for this especial pur
pose. Yet the fact is that wherever
the charter can be defied without in
viting legal punishment, and it suits
Mr. McCardy to set it aside, he does
not hesitate to do so. We have seen
this in the case of his refusal to audit
the police pay rolls, by which the city
has been mulcted nearly $2,000. We
saw that, ln the case of the Como ave
nue bridge, he did not hesitate to im
pose upon the taxpayers another item
of $6,000. We chronicle this morning
another of his performances which has
thus far escaped the knowledge of the
public, but which exhibits him in his
true light as a careless and pig-headed
official, to put the matter in the mildest
possible language.
It appears from the story told in
another column, which is not any
body's hearsay, but may be verified
from the court records, that the city of
St. Paul owes another neat bill of from
$2,000 to $5,000 to Mr. McCardy's admin
istration of the comptroller's office as
a personal perquisite. It being neces
sary to lay a stone sidewalk on Cen
tral Park some years ago, the work
was let to a company which furnished
artificial stone made by a process that
was claimed to be an infringement of
a certain patent. Mr. McCardy was
notified of this. He was informed, be
fore he had paid the contractor, that
suit would be brought for infringe
ment, and that the city would be made
a party, in order to insure responsibil
ity. This was told him in due sea
son so that he might refuse payment
of the amount claimed by the con
tractor, and save* the city from that
liability. On the contrary, not only
did he pay the contractor, but no ac
tion was ever taken afterward to re
cover for the city on the contractor's
bond, if there is any such document
in existence. The amount paid to the
contractor, for work whose quality was
challenged at the trial afterward
brought by the patentee of the process,
was $2,726.75. The amount collected
from the city by a judgment for in
fringement was $2,243.93. Thus $5,000
was expended in this instance through
what seems to be worse than gross
carelessness, when it is remembered
that Mr. McCardy had warning of
What would happen before the city had
paid for the work. The $2,243 taken
from the treasury under this judgment
the Past Two Years.
was just so much money abstracted
from the pockets of the taxpayers with
out warrant or consideration.
"What may have been Mr. McCardy's
motive we do not know or pretend
to say. But this is an excellent illus
tration of his methods and of the sit
uation of the city's finances under his
care. He is the most expensive luxury
that the citizens of St. Paul now en
joy. He has cost the public more than
the whole salary of his office, in ex
penses that were unnecessary and inex
cusable; and that were incurred be
cause of ignorance, indifference or ob
stinacy on his part. We think that
the people of this city will put an end
to such an administration of the comp-
troller's office, and turn it over to the
charge of a man who possesses all the
good qualities and more than the abil
ity of Mr. McCardy, without those pe
culiarities that are as expensive as
they are disagreeable. As comptroller,
Mr. McCardy is a pretentious humbug.
Those who have discovered that or are
now finding it out will cast their votes
for Mr. J. I. Beaumont next Tuesday.
CHARTER AND COMPTROLLER.
(Prom St. Paul Globe, Oct. 25, 1895.)
A local article this morning exposes
a curious omission from the report of
the city controller to the council, and
the singular interpretation of the char
ter which that official has insisted upon
thus far. The matter immediately in
question is whether there is or is not
money available to pay the arrearages
due to the police and fire departments.
The Globe has no desire either to
confirm or to overthrow the theories of
Mr. McCardy in the matter. In fact
it does not think that Mr. McCardy
or his opinions are as highly impor
tant as he seems to regard them. It
does care a great deal about the car
rying out of the law, whatever that
may be, and about the correctness of
the information which is furnished or
withheld, at the pleasure of the con
troller, and to which the public has a
right. Secure in the intricacies of a
system of complicated municipal ac
counts, an official may rely for a time
upon making the worse appear the
better reason. But the statement which
Mr. McCardy recently furnished to the
council, supplemented by another whish
was published as having been made
by him. raised certain questions as to
the conduct of his office which should
be settled, and which the people will
insist upon settling for themselves, if
need be.
There are arrears of pay due to the
fire and police departments for cer
tain periods in 1893 and 1594 when there
were no funds available. In an offi
cial communication which we publish
this morning, Controller McCardy has
stated that "the theory of our charter
is that each year's expenses of a de
partment shall be paid out of moneys
raised or collected according to law
for that department for said year." If
this is the theory, and if the receipts in
the year 1595 are not applicable to the
payment of obligations incurred fh 1893
or 1894, then it would seem to follow
that receipts from taxes levied in the
years 1893 and 1894 are not applicable
to the expenses of 1895, as long as
there remains an u«paid indebtedness
carried over from those preceding
years. By what right, then, are tax
receipts which have come in from the
levies of those years credited' to police
account in this year? Or how can they
be used to pay current expenses while
there are old unpaid bills outstanding?
It is true that the language of the
charter on this point is somewhat ob- '
THE SAINT PAUL DAILY GLORSt SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 2, 1890.
scure; but the following extract from
section 5 of that portion of the charter
relating to the treasury department is
fairly explicit:
The money received from the sale of cer
tificates of indebtedness based on a tax esti
mate and the money received from the
county treasurer on a tax levy based on
such estimate, shall be used and applied
only to defray the expenditures, together
with the arrearages due and unpaid, for the
specific object or objects for which said esti
mate was made a£d said taxes were levied.
The tax estimates and tax levies for
1893 and 1894 contained a provision for
the support of the fire and police de
partments, naming a given amount.
The sums received during those years
from such taxes were insufficient to
pay the expenses of the departments.
There remained, therefore, "arrearages
due and unpaid." It seems impossible
to read this part of the charter in any
other way than that, when any fur
ther receipts came in from taxes of
those years previously unpaid, such re
ceipts should be applied to the extinc
tion of that Indebtedness, and not to
the expenses of any other year. The
authority by which the controller cred
its receipts based on one year's esti
mates and collected from one year's
tax levies to the account of some other
year, as the published interview with
him says he has done, does not appear
to exhibit that nice conformity to the
exact requirements cf the law which
has constituted his principal working
capital In the professions that he has
made as a public officer.
It is in order also to compare the
treatment by the controller of the ac
counts of the fire and police depart
ments with his management of the city
officers' salary fund; that from which
his own compensation, along with that
of others, is drawn. The charter pro
vides that the tax estimate of any year
may state what proportion of the
money required for these three de
partments shall be raised by tax levy
and what taken from the general fund.
Of the tax levy, only 80 per cent can
be realized by the sale of certificates
of indebtedness. For the balance, it
Is necessary to wait until the taxes are
paid. The general fund represents
ready cash. Therefore it was with a
fine consideration of the interests in
volved that the controller's estimates
directed that the fire and police de
partments' funds should be raised by
taxation, while the entire amount of
city officers' salaries should be taken
from the general fund. They would
get their pay in cash, while the mem
bers of the police force and fire depart
ment must wait, aa they have been
obliged to do, for "the money that
never came."
In this connection there are certain
other matters that need explanation;
and, since Mr. McCardy refuses to fur
nish it, the public has a right to judge
them as they appear. Last year he
made his estimate of $49,780 for city
officers' salaries, and again proposed
that the whole amount be taken from
the general fund, which would secure
payment in cash. The council inter
fered, and ordered that only $9,780
should be taken from the general fund,
and the remaining $40,000 be placed in
the tax estimate. Yet the city treas
urer's books show that $11,780 has been
placed to the credit of this account
from the general fund. Again, in his
report to the council a few days ago,
the controller submitted a table show
ing that, out of tax receipts since Jan.
1, 1895, there had been placed to the
credit of city officers' salaries the sum
of $732.90. On the books of the city
treasurer there appears the entry of
that amount, under the date of Jan.
10; and there also appears a further
credit to that fund, under date of Aug.
3, of $4,484 from tax receipts. This
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Democratic Candidate for Alderman From the Thir^ Ward*
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was not Included in the report to the
council. Nor can- it be claimed that
this was a subsequent Item, because
there is included in the amount distrib
uted to the police department, tax re
ceipts which are-credited at a date lat
er than Aug. 3.+*J?fce omission of this
substantial sum/^rcjm the amount re
ported to the council is one of the
things, perhaps, that Mr. McCardy does
not cafe to discuss, ait is evident that
city officers' salaries are to be paid
in full, whoever *eis| may suffer. But
the Interpretation pt the charter made
by the sole plea^re of the controller,
together with th«|_ discrepancies in his
accounts which we-"have pointed out,
will bear investigation and appear to
need it
DEBTS MUST BE PAID.
(St Paul Globe, Oct 17, 1895.)
The decision of Judge Kerr, that
the city is indebted to the police force
for the amount of their unpaid sala
ries, with interest-since these became
due, is couched iri terms which ex
press the Indignation that all honest
men feel at a refusal to pay for serv
ices faithfully performed. Where men
have been in the employ of the city
at a stipulated salary, where pay rolls
have been passed by the council allow
ing them the money for a number of
months in the year, where the men
have not been discharged, but have
remained in the public service, and
have gone without their money after
ward solely because there were no
funds available, the debt is not can
celed. It remains as a legal as wel* as
a moral obligation. No court could
hold otherwise, and no. right-thinking
citizen desired any other conclusion to
be reached.
The decision confirms the position
taken by the Globe from the begin
ning, and explained at length a few
days ago, that claims for service con
tracted for and duly rendered constit
ute the "arrearages due and unpaid"
which are specifically referred to in the
charter. The pitiful plea that
these men, who had been hired to. do
a certain work, and had done it, could
be chiseled out of their pay by a forced
interpretation of the charter, is exposed
to the public contempt that it merits.
The idea of our comptroller, that de
linquent tax receipts must be credited
to present account only, until a surplus
accumulates, leaving old obligations
dishonored, is swept away by a clean
MURDOCH E. MURRAY,
Democratic Candidate for Alderman From the Fourth Ward.
breath of wholesome common sense
and honesty. Judge Kerr characterizes
it properly when he says that the court
will not encourage an attempt to de
fraud men, by technical quibbling, of
their just dues. We rejoice heartily at
this enforcement of honesty, which
is in no way inconsistent with the
strictest economy. Let us now have
the money collected from taxes levied
to pay these very salaries applied to
the purpose for which it was intended,
and for which the taxpayers contrib
uted it. And let us hope that here
after, in standing for the strict letter
of the law, we 1 may hear no more of
the Idea of keeping men from their
honestly earned wages because a
forced and ridiculous interpretation of
the charter was thought to make it
possible. The court has given us good
riddance of this pretentious humbug
and monstrous injustice.
HE COMES HIGH.
(St Paul Globe.)
The city of St Paul has already paid
out a great many thousand dollars for
the privilege of having Mr. McCardy
in the comptroller's office. Just how
much it has^cost the people to indulge
the taste of this gentleman for run
ning his department to please him
self, and without reference to the re
quirements of the law, we cannot at
present state. The items will be foot
ed up before this campaign is over,
and it will then be seen that the city
treasury has paid an amount fully
equal to Mr. McCardy's salary to
make up for the bad breaks that he
has made as a public official.
The latest of these comes oppor
tunely to crown the pride of the Re
publican nominee for comptroller. In
the decision rendered by Judge Kelly
on Monday, it is announced that the
city of St. Paul will be subjected, at
the lowest estimate, to an expense of
$1,500 iri statutory costs alone for the
conduct of the suits brought by the
police force to recover the salaries
unjustly and arbitrarily withheld from
them by Mr. McCardy for the delecta
tion of his greatness and the magnify
ing of his own glory. There was no
possible reason or excuse for this act.
Mr. McCardy prides himself upon be
ing a stickler for the letter of the law.
Here is an instance ln which the law
is so plain that what we may call the
illegal mind of Mr. McCardy ought to
be able to grasp it. As the judge
points out, the supreme court of the
state has held that the fixing of sal
aries belongs to the council, and the
council in 1892 explicitly assigned to
the police department a schedule of
salaries which were "to be continued
until such time as they may be in
creased or diminished by legal author
ity."
There has been no change made by
the council in the scale of payment.
It has approved, and the comptroller
has audited pay rolls at that amount
regularly until the beginning of the
present year. It was advised and rec
ommended, in the interest of retrench
ment, at that time, that the police
salaries in general should be reduced,
but no action was taken by the coun
cil to that effect. This plainly left the
salaries at the figures originally fixed
until some change should be made by
competent authority. In the meantime,
the policemen were performing their
duties, and their pay was withheld by
Mr. McCardy without the slightest ex
cuse of justice or of law. He acted on
what the court calls "the merest tech
nicality;" and the judge is as severe
as the rules of his official position will
permit him in scoring the recreant of
ficial, who, at the same time, deprived
worthy public servants of their just
dues, and entailed upon the people of
this city an expenditure that will
amount in the end to several thousand
dollars. How long do the people of St.
Paul intend to stand this kind of thing,
and when will they think that they
have paid all that Mr. McCardy Is
worth for the purpose of seeing his
sublime highness seated in the city
hall?
JOSEPH EHRMANNTRAUT.
Present Presiding Officer of the
Board of Aldermen.
Joseph Ehrmanntraut, the present alder
man from the Third ward, is candidate for
re-election, and will undoubtedly be re
turned with a handsome majority. Mr.
Ehrmanntraut was born at Bavaria on the
Rhine forty-two years ago. 'He came to
St.. Paul with his parents when twelve years
old. In 1873 he engaged ln business with
his brother, H. C. Ehrmanntraut.in a butcher
shop on Mississippi street. The business has
grown to be one of the largest ln the city,
and the Arm now have two establishments,one
in lower town and another on the hill. Mr.
Ehrmanntraut is a member of the Druids
and K. P. organizations, and president of the
Butchers' union. Mr. Ehrmanntraut is at
present the presiding officer of the board of
aldermen, and fills the important duties of
that office with entire satisfaction. His op
ponent on the Republican ticket ls Terence
Kenny, who was defeted by Mr. Ehrmann
traut In 1894, and will be again this time.
MURDOCH E. MURRAY.
Long Identified With the Democracy
and With Unionism.
Murdoch E. Murray, candidate lor alder
man in the Fourth ward, is and has been for
years identified with the laboring organiza
tions of this city, and will, in addition to
the regular Democratic vote, receive the sup
port of every wage earner In the ward. Mr.
Murray was born in Nova Scotia thirty years
ago, and came to the United States when
very young. He has been a resident of the
Fourth ward for seven years (just six years
eleven months and ten days longer than his
opponent on the Republican ticket). He has
worked as a barber for years, but on Jan.
1, 1896, opened an establishment for himself.
He has been actively identified with organ
ized labor for the past eleven years, during
■ that time having been president of the trades
' and labor assembly, president of the Minne
sota State Federation of Labor, president of
the Barbers' International Union of America
and president of the Union Card and Label
league. He is an active member of the K.
of P. organisation, betas at the present tiraa
chancellor commander of Champion lodge, this
iity r and "-also a member of tbe St. An
drew's so»*#r> •>
OFFICIAL BALLOT
Below is published a facsimile of the Official Ballot to be used in the elec
tion booths on May 5. The only difference between this and the ballot that
will be furnished in the booths is that the booth ticket will be tinted red. This
ballot is marked for the Eighth ward. That for the other wards will be the
same except the other ward candidates for aldermen will be substituted in th«
proper place.
Democrats desiring to vote the straight ticket should take this ballot into
the booth with them, lay it alongside of the official ballot and place X mark»
opposite the names so marked below.
CITY BALLOT. 1
EIGHTH lA/ARD. j
Put a cross -nark (X) opposite the name of each candidate you V
wish to vote for in the squares indicated by the arrow.
Mayor—FRANK B. DORAN— Republican
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City Comptroller-JOSEPH J. McCARDY- { IXSn! $
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City Comptroller— rj
City Treasurer—CHAßLES L. HORST— Republican
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City Treasurer-JOHN WAGENER- \ ludepeDdout D£mocrat V £
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Member of Assembly—O. H. AROSIN— \
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Member of Assembly-O. B. LEWIS- j prohibition
Mem. of Assembly—TlMOTHY REARDON j Prohibition
Member of Assembly—MlCHAEL J. DALY— j
Member of Assembly—WlLLlAM T. KIRKE— Republican
Mem. of Assembly—EDWAßD G. KRAHMER—Republican
Member of Assembly—EßNEST L. MABON— Republican
Mem. of Assembly—JAMES R. THOMPSON— Republican
Member of Assembly—M. GORDON CRAIG— | p r Xbition
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Mem. of AssembIy—CORNELIUS GUINEY—- \ iud. Demoem Jf
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Mem. Of Assembly—JAMES MELADY — < Independent Democrat ij/
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Member of Assembly—JOHN J. RYDER — \ Independent Democrat Jf
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Mem. of Assembly-HENRY J. STROUSE— \ ™' Democnt %g
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Member of Assembly—LOUlS BETZ— \ 3_f 3
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Mem. of Assembly—WlLLlAM P.CLOUGH--1 ,Ud" Dciuocrat!y
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Mem. of Assembly—JOSEPH HAAG— \ proh,bltlOH *%M
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Mem. of Assembly—WM. W. NICHOLAS— Prohibition
Mem. of Assembly—CHAßLES PHILLIPS— Prohibition
Mem. of Assembly-CHARLES N. WOODWARD-Prohibition
Member of Assembly—GEOßGE L. CONLEY—Prohibition
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Aid.—Eighth Ward—AUGUST KALDUNSKl—Republican
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Alderman- Eighth Ward—LOUIS NASH— Peoples {J
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Ald.-E*ghthWard--GEORGE_ENDWA\-' Denoc , al . clll!Clls X g
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Alderman—Eighth Ward-
Justice of the Peace—HENRY L. MILLS— Republican
Justice of the Peace—JAMES L. JOHNSON— Republican
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Justice of the Peace—FREDERICK NELSON-j In^ e c »^ jf or*
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Constable—WALTEß B. BOYD— Republican
Constable—PETEß J. QUINT— Republican
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