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Official Organ of tli e Republican Barty of Columbia County. CHATHAM, WEDHESBAY, APKIL 17,1895 JOHN STREETER, E ditor . A Mammoth Combine. THE CHATHAM REPUBLICAN, - • $1.00 NEW YORK DAILY PRESS, • $3.00 NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, • - $1.00 Total, - - $5.00 Tie Three Cemlinet for $2.95 AN ODIOUS LAW. A nother “ letter that never came'' — that containing Spain ’ s apology for firing on the Alliance. T he free text-book bill introduced the Legislature last week by Assembly- man J. H. Clark, of Niagara county, ought to become a law. The United States Supreme Court, while not fatal to the obnoxious income tax law as a whole, has “ knocked the stuffing ” out of the measure and will materially reduce the amount of revenue derived from it, while the law has been rendered still more odious than it was in the shape it passed Congress. The law will inev ­ itably be attacked by new suits and in the long run its remaining provisions may meet the same fate as those which pro ­ vided for a tax on rents and on incomes from state and municipal bonds. Meanwhile, the law is destined to be popularly regarded as a public burden, and the fact that it was brought into be ­ ing as a means of raising revenue to make up for the loss occasioned by disastrous tariff tinkering is another reason why the people will find ample cause for condemn­ ing it as a monstrous method of covering up some of the financial shortcomings of an administration that has blundered at every step since it entered upon a career of masterly incompetency. is that there will be an end of it before long. Next fall a Republican- Congress will cause an amelioration of the prevail ­ ing condition and a year later a Republi ­ can president will be elected. — [Albany Express. THE INCOME TAX DECISION. GO SLOW. S ecretary G resham has not yet apolo ­ gized for having in the absence of Mr. Cleveland, demanded that apology from Spain, but nobody is offering odds that he will not. T he Clevelandites are meeting the de ­ mand for a southern inan at the head of the democratic ticket next year with the offer of second place on Grover ’ s ticket to the south. H on . D. B. H ill ’ s endorsement of the suggestion that a southern man be nomi ­ nated next year by the Democrats was merely a grand stand play for Senator Gorman ’ s especial benefit. S omebody wants Henry George to build a new political platform, but those who know Henry, best believe that he will prefer to devote his time to building up his personal bank account. It would not be fair to question the sincerity of many Republican news ­ papers that seem to have been proselyted by specious arguments on the financial question, but sooner or later they will probably discover to their regret and sorrow that they have been unconsciously playing into the hands of the rankest populist in the country. It will be many months before the Re ­ publican party will be called upon to formally declare itself with reference to financial affairs, and meantime it will be the part of wisdom for Republican news ­ papers that may be in doubt, to avoid the flattering temptation to wander away after strange gods. At. the proper time the wisdom of the party will be asserted again on this question, as it has been heretofore, and we are confident that a satisfactory solu­ tion of the problem will be suggested, adopted and carried to a satisfactory con ­ clusion. I sn ’ t it just a trifle inconsistent for the Democratic papers to be pouring their fire upon Hon. Thomas C. Platt as they are doing, if they really believe, as they represent, that he is going to break up the Republican party ? DEMOCRATIC INCONSISTENCY. F alsehood and treachery are despica­ ble, whether in public or private life. No pretense, however blatantly pro ­ nounced can be made to justify them. They are just as reprehensible in a re ­ form Mayor as in any other person. A ccording to the official figures, which are slightly more reliable than Secretary Carlisle ’ s alleged expectations, the average daily receipts of the government a $865,000, and the average daily expendi ­ tures $1,015,000. The same ratio up to June 30, will make the expenditures of the current fiscal year exceed the receipts by $55,000,000. T here is no more talk about an extra session of Congress, and it is well that it is so. The country seems to get along a good deal better in the absence of agita ­ tion, than when a lot of alleged statesmen are making rents in the circumambient air at Washington and proposing experi ­ ments and theories that operate to upset business calculations and congest the channels of trade. -• The Democratic newspapers which are now calling for a repeal of the income tax, in the usual fatuous way of such newspapers, indicate no method by which the gap in the national revenues made by the repeal of the tax is to be filled. If the Republican Congress which is to assemble December should attempt to ra revenue by levying higher duties on im ­ ports they would begin a great tirade against the “ restriction of trade. ” Yet this government must raise money for its support, and we are inclined to believe that the people have come to a realization of the important fact that revenue raised from customs duties is drawn easier from the people than it can be by any o!her method. In discussing the tariff question, the friends of the free trade theory never tell their hearers that $500,000,000 a year must be raised by the people of this country in some manner in order to con ­ duct the affairs of the national govern ­ ment. — [Albany Journal. The Americans love fair play and jus ­ tice, and the law as now remodelled by the courts contains neither. But one com ­ fort remains. ' A Republican Congress will probably repeal the whole folly upon the first opportunity. — [Cincinnati Tri ­ bune. It is admitted by both friends and foes of this particular class of legislation that the decision of the court, as understood, will strike a heavy blow against income tax laws hereafter. — [Boston Transcript. These exceptions take out a good many teeth from the law, but they also aggra ­ vate its inequalities, and will make it still more unpopular both with its op ­ ponents and its advocates. — [Hartford Courant. c It could not be left in a more unfortu ­ nate condition. If the decision had been of a clear and pronounced character, on either one side or the other, it would have been far more satisfactory. — [Boston Post. The result of a month ’ s work of the Supreme Court, and of several months ’ labor on the part of a number of lawyers is — nothing; nothing but a mutilated tax law made so absurdly unjust by the par ­ tial decision of the court that if it is hot speedily declared unconstitutional as- a whole great injustice will be done before Congress has an opportunity to repeal it. — [Chicago Record. CURRENT COMMENT. Mr. Cleveland rather acts like a gentle ­ man who is about to touch us for another loan. — [Cincinnati Tribune. It will be noticed that every reform movement these days takes a heavy fall out of the poor old Democratic party. — [New York Press. HAVOC BY FLOODS. THE NATIONAL DEFICIT. T he reports of the commercial agencies continue to furnish good cheer in the way of demonstrating ,a steady increase in business, and where the people have been afforded an opportunity to express their sentiments at the polls they have mani ­ fested a most praiseworthy desire to restore the country to a new era of pros ­ perity by voting in a manner that leaves no doubt of their intention to keep the Democratic party out of power as long as possible. I t is probable that the war between Japan and China has ended. A telegram from Shanghai, yesterday, announced that the treaty of peace had been signed, and that the terms are: The independence of Corea, Japan ’ s retention of the con ­ quered places and of the territory east of the Liao river, the permanent cession of Formosa, the payment by China of an indemnity of $100,000,000 to Japan, an offensive and defensive alliance between China and Japan. THEIR GOODNESS BLINDS THEM. While Mayor Strong and his kid-gloved friends are doing their level best to dis­ integrate the Republican party on Man­ hattan Island, it is interesting to observe that the Tammany tiger is showing.unmis- takable signs of returning consciousness. The truly good band of mugwumps who officially pronounced the. animal dead sometime ago are so wrapt up in the con­ templation and admiration of their own angelic goodness that they have no time to question the accuracy of their diagnosis. Some people think they don ’ t care to, anyway. IT COVERS THE CASE. We give up considerable space in this issue to the full text of a speech recently delivered in the Senate by Senator John Raines. It is well worth perusal as it presents a full and clear exposition of the matter in dispute between the great body of loyal and practical Republicans of the city and state on the one side and on the other the political eunuch with the little clique of ambitious, malicious, and disap* pointed non-des'cripts who are his political advisers. The decrease of the national revenue consequent upon the mangling of the income tax law, the disappointing re ­ ceipts from the whiskey tax and other circumstances make the outlook for a moderate deficit in the nalional treasury exceedingly dubious. Some time ago Secretary Carlisle in ­ formed Congress, with a great show of confidence, in response to a resolution offered by Senator Gorman, that the de ­ ficiency at the close of the present fiscal year would amount to only $20,000,000. He is now confronted with the certainty of a deficiency of $40,000,000 and .with the possibility that even this amount will be increased by 25 per cent, unless there is an extraordinary improvement in the receipts from whiskey and sugar. The amount in the treasury now avail ­ able for purposes other than the main­ tenance of the gold reserve is a little ever $80,000,000. This looks like a handsome balance, even though it has been obtained by borrowing at an exorbitant rate, but it will not meet all the obligations of the government if they are presented. There is always the danger of a renewal of a drain upon the gold reserve, and in - spite of the assurances of the Rothschilds ’ syndicate the treasury officials are not confident that the reserve will be pro ­ tected until October 1. However serious the condition of the treasury, the administration will resort to every expedient to avoid an extra session of Congress. That is the one thing against which the president has set his mind. There is said to be the highest authority for the assertion that if all the appro priations provided for by Congress were paid, there would be a deficiency of be ­ tween 75,000,000 and $100,000,000. This statement was made by Senator , Gorman during the debate in the Senate in Feb ­ ruary, and it is as true now as it was then. From now' on a policy of niggard ­ liness in disbursements will be pursued and millions of dollars which under ordi nary circumstances would be paid out promptly will, under the new order of things, be held back for months. In no other way can the yawning chasm be ­ tween receipts and expenditures be bridged, until the new Congress meets. The financial incapacity of the Cleveland administration is constantly becoming more glaringly evident. The only con ­ solation which the American people have j to^Europa All New England Is Awash, and Much Dam ­ age Has Been Done. S pringfield , Mass., April . 16. — The Connecticut valley has been the scene of a flood of greater magnitude than has vis ­ ited this section since 1862. The most damage was done at Bellows Falls, Yt., where the Connecticut river is very nar ­ row. An old railroad bridge was swept away, and there has been great damage to the Boston and Maine railroad tunnel, it being flooded and rendered impassable. The mills are all closed. At Brattleboro, Vt., the river is higher than it has been since 1862. N ashua , N. H., April 16. —The Merri- mac river is rising seven inches an hour, and all bridges are in danger. It is're ­ ported here that the Souhegan river bridge at Thornton ’ s Ferry is gone, but the re ­ port cannot be confirmed, as wires are all down. A special train has started for the scene with men to investigate. The Jackson company, whose mills shut down yesterday, reports 200 looms under water. The Concord and Montreal railroad tracks are inundated for three-quarters of a mile between' here and Manchester, so trains are running over the Wilton division of the Boston and Maine. All northward trains on the Concord and Montreal have been canceled. L awrence , Mass., April 16. — A tremen ­ dous freshet is raging in the Merrimac at this point. Eight feet of water is passing over the great dam of the Essex company. Large sections of a bridge came down the river. Many trees have also been swept over the dam. The Everett mills, employ ­ ing between 2,000 and 3,000 hands, have been obliged to shut down. T urner ’ s F alls , Mass., April 16. — Five million feet of logs have broken away above here and will undoubtedly go over the dam, as it is impossible to string a boom. People are going about in boats, and the water is within two inches of the bridge, which will probably be carried away. Encampment Must Be Held. H arrisburg , April 16.— The national guard will encamp this summer unless another change in the programme is made, which cannot well be done without con ­ flicting with the military code of the state. The act of 1887 provides that the annual encampment must be held. This was overlooked at the conference'of last Thurs ­ day night, when it was decided not to hold an encampment this year. Another con ference was held between Governor Hast ­ ings, Adjutant General Stewart, Quarter ­ master General Logan and Brigadier Gen ­ erals Gobin, Wiley and Schall to discuss the time for holding encampments. Bank President Pulled a Gun. J acksonville , Fla., April 16. — An al ­ tercation took place between K. L. Mar ­ vin, president of the Merchants ’ National bank, and J. M. Barrs, city attorney, growing out of political differences. The men clinched. In the scuffle Marvin pull ­ ed a pistol, which was fired twice, but no one was injured. The men were after ­ ward separated by Deputy Sheriff Vinzant. Marvin was arrested. T THE SITUATION IN NEW YORK CITY- American Made Boots In England. L ondon , April 15. —The Leicester cor­ respondent of The Daily News says that a serious feature of the strike of the boot ­ makers is the rapid growth of the Amer ­ ican competition in the trade. Three tons of American boots and shoes have been delivered in a single day to Leicester deal ­ ers at prices cheaper than they could be purchased from Leicester manufacturers. A Murderess Confesses. C hicago , April 16. —Pearl Smith con ­ fessed at the Desplain Street police station to the killing of William Ferguson on Sunday night at 157 West Lake street. Both were colored. His cruel treatment, she said, had led her to commit the deed. She says she held back Ferguson ’ s head as he lay in bed, despite his struggles, and out his throat with a penknife. Boy Shot While Playing Indian. W ilkesbarre , Pa., April 12.— Elmer Mertz, aged 13 years, was fatally shot through the head in Ashley with a revolv ­ er in the hands of a youthful companion. Mertz, with Harry Young and Charles Hargraves, aged respectively 14 and 15 years, was playing Indian when the weap ­ on was discharged. Young and Hargraves fled. _______ ■ _________ _ Bicyclist Zimmerman Married. T roy , N. Y., April 15. — Arthur A. Zimmerman, the world renowned bicy­ clist, was married in this city to Miss Grace Riley, sister of ex-Assemblyman James M. Riley, at the home of the bride ’ s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman left for a southern tour preliminary to a trip A Clear Exposition of it by Senator John Baines — All the Matters in Dispute Forcibly Set Forth — The Political Revolution Which Brought About the Present Situation -Mayor Strong ’ s Be-, markable Course of Action — Inde ­ pendence of Action and General Re ­ form. When the Lexow bills were called up in the Senate on April 3d, Senator John Raines delivered the following speech : M r P resident : The other day in ex ­ plaining my vote on these bills I took occasion to express the thought that it was the duty of the majority at least, to pass such legislation as we might deem best, send it to the mayor for his official action, and if he should not ap ­ prove a measure, then to amend it to conform to his views, provided his rea ­ sons for amending should be satisfactory. I trust that now and in the future such will be our course — rather than the one heretofore followed, of endeavoring to ascertain his views in advance. It is evident that as circumstances changes, measures may necessarily have to be changed to meet the exigency. The suggestion I made seems to have the ap proval of at least one reform organ. The “ Mail and Express ” of March 30th has this editorial : “ Just a word to his honor the mayor Have nothing further to say to these vis iting and inquisitive statesmen from Al ­ bany. The duty is theirs to formulate legislation. Let them pass their police bills in whatever shape they deem best, and then will come your time for making known your opinion of these bills. You can send them back then with your ap ­ proval or disapproval, according to your sense of duty. That will he your time for talking. We may add that it will be the proper occasion, too, for sending a message to Messrs. Murray, Kerwin and Martin that their services as police com missioners will be no longer required. ” This editorial I fear was not read by the senators from the twenty-fourth and thirtieth prior to their visit to Mayor Strong last Saturday, but I hope it was read and pondered by the mayor. I have taken some interest in the fate of the bi-partisan police bill — and in that of the organization bill. The New York “ Tribune ” has stated several times that I suggested the present scheme of the reorganization bill,, and that I as ­ sisted the senator from the sixteenth in preparing the bill, and that I of course, did this at the suggestion ot Mr. Platt. Whatever responsibility may attach to me in the matter I am perfectly willing to assume, but I will say that Mr. Platt in this had no responsibility, and knew nothing about it, nor did I in any way assist the senator from the sixteenth to draw the bill. If the Republican senators approve the measure as have several hieh officials, as well as the mayor of New York, they will carry out the decision of the Republican caucus and pass it, with ­ out regard to who suggested it. And right here let me call attention to another feature of the controversy. These two bills are Republican bills — party measures — made such by caucus action, and as such we believe them to be proper measures, and yet although it is the privi ­ lege and duty of every senator to vote for a good measure, even if he be a Democrat, yet it has been stated that these bills must be passed by Republican votes only; that the vote of a Democratic senator for one of these bills would be such a very bad thing that Republican senators having voted for them, would even change their vote in that event, and defeat them. That is — if some Democrats vote for a good measure, some Republicans will vote with other Democrats to defeat a bill which they, had previously approved. What absolute nonsense this would be — what possible justification can there be for such action ? For myself I canqot believe that there is any Republican senator who would manifest such a degree of idiocy. That would be worse than the stand taken by the senator from the fourteenth the other day when he voted against a bill for the reason that it was a Republican measure — for it would be a Republican voting against a Republican bill — because some Democrat thought it good enough to merit his approval. These two bills are called political bills. Whether they are such or not, it is claimed the nomination of any Republican, and that the Grace, or Sta ’ e, Democracy, nominated Goff. Also, that a sub-com ­ mittee of the executive committee of the noble Seventy — of which Mr. Simon Sterne and a distinguished Hornblower, who was not permitted by Senator Hill to wake the echoes of the-Supreme Court room at Washington, were members — de ­ manded a surrender by the Republicans even of the nomination for the office of mayor. In a moment of weakness every ­ thing was conceded except the one thing which was held to be vital — and that was that the mayor must be a Republican, and even then the influence of these factors in naming a candidate, though in a measure secretly exercised, was, as now appears, somewhat potential. The decision having been made that the mayor should be a Republican, those gentlemen then said, almost in these words: “ You wicked machine Republicans have the mayor and will get all the patronage of that office ; we ‘ goody-goody ’ people of the ‘ Re ­ form ’ (?) element (Reform with a big R) must have all the rest of the places on the ticket, or we won ’ t have anything to do with it, and this town may go right plumb to — Tophet. ” The concession was made. It was a grievous mistake, and grievously must the Republican party answer for it ; yet, God forgive us, it was done in the interest of Reform ! Are kept filled to overflowing With cold tea and — well! And? — Then we ’ ll shout the blooming chorus Which every Mugwump sings — Reformers want no offices, — So bust the wicked rings. ” ARE THESE REFORMERS ? Let us see for a moment what the people secured from the independent, the guerilla end of this Reform which the “ goody- goodies ” buncoed and bulldozed the Re ­ publicans into accepting. One depart ­ ment will be enough. I quote from a New York paper : “ OUR PRECIOUS SHERIFF. ” “ To-day is the thirtieth day in office of Sheriff Edward J H. H. Tamsen, and during these thirty days these are some of the things that have taken place: 1. The appointment of Henry W. Blu- mer to the responsible office of a deputy. He was and is under indictment for the crime of forgery, found November 22, 1893, and upon this he is awaiting trial. 2. The escape from the custody of Vic­ tor Fiedler, a deputy sheriff, speaking English and German, of a prisoner ’ Schuyler C. Fryer by name, the first es­ cape of the kind in this country in twelve years. The fugitive, after a delay of ten days, surrendered himself voluntarily on Tuesday; but Fiedler, who is a member of the German Reform Union', has not been suspended, and he is still on the pay rolls of the county. The reason why he is not removed may be interesting to the public. 3. The appointment • as official auc ­ tioneers of the county of New York, to sell goods under laws established by the Legislature, of font inexperienced and unsophisticated German-American re ­ formers, to the chief of whom August Kleinau by name, a license was refused by Mayor Thomas F. Gilroy in Decem ­ ber, 1894, on the ground of his ignorance of the business. 4. The practical transfer of the power of appointing special deputy sheriffs, who pay a,license fee, the proceeds of which go into the city treasury, from the sheriff ’ s office to the “ Staats-Zeitung ” office, where Mr. Herman Ridder, an un ­ official personage passes upon the qualifi­ cations of applicants. 5. The appointment as “ selling auc ­ tioneers ” of a firm to which Mayor Grant had previously refused a license for reasons which were upheld by the Supreme Court. Judge Andrews and Van Brunt, writing the opinions of the court. ” That is a specimen brick from the Re ­ form edifice. ^ CRITICISM IS NOT TREASON. Some gentlemen under certain or un ­ certain circumstances, deprecate any criticism of officials. But when circum ­ stances change they are the first in the field of criticism and the last to leave it. But really “ what divinity doth hedge a king, ” a good man weighing two hundred and fifty pounds, or even a mayor that nothing but the incense of flattery should be burned in his presence. I may be mis­ taken as to the propriety of any criticism of a mayor. Perhaps it is only Republi ­ cans who have worked early and late for their party who can be criticised without limit, and not only criticised, but ostra ­ cised. Events may give cause for crit ­ icism of an individual, who, before their occurence none named but to praise, and they may also give cause for praise when before there had been heard only condemnation. The denunciations of they will tend to secure better govern- * our governor last summer, in the dog — ----- 4- * __ ________ __ £ -vr -c-r i r?oT7t3 fVid T7£>11rvTi7 rinrr rlotra Ktif/• xy ' zx ment in the city of New York. Whether they are passed by Republican votes or not, it is certain the political majority will be held responsible — not only for the laws, but for their administration — for the reason that the Legislature is Republican, the Governor is Republican, and the Mayor was nominated and elected as a Republican, even if it is a question now as to “ where he is at. ” It may be useful — it will at least be interesting — to review the course of events which has led up to the proposed legislation, that we may understand under what conditious we are acting. HOW THE REFORM TICKET WAS MADE. Through the mistakes and blunders worse than crimes, of a Democratic na ­ tional administration, the outrages perpe ­ trated by a Democratic State administra ­ tion, supplemented also by the revelations concerning the carnival of crime existing in the metropolis — a situation developed last year, which led many men to believe that the time was at hand for a political revolution. Unfortunately the men who saw this most clearly were men who had been political guerillas — hanging on the flanks of both political parties and prey ­ ing on each alike, and whose keen appe ­ tite for plunder and spoils had not been impaired by over-feeding at the public crib. Unfortunately, Republican leaders, even after we had heard the news from Vermont and Maine, could net work them ­ selves up to the point of full confidence that victory for the Republican cause or for good government was a certainty. Hence, when it came time to a!ct in the matter of nominations in the city of New York — the leaders of all the political guerillas united to impress upon Republi ­ cans the idea that the change which was desired in New York city could not be secured without their co-operation. By their persistent clamor they so impressed their views upon, many good men, earnestly desiring reform, that they se­ cured their co-operation in impressing upon Republican leaders the idea that a ticket must be nominated in which all these guerilla organizations should have a part. The Grace Democrats, the O ’ Brien Democrats, the Reform Democrats, the Stecklerites, the German reform element all must be in it, or there could he no reform. It was even demanded that a Democrat should be nominated for mayor. Though we have short memories, it should not be forgotten that about 70 per cent of the Committee of Seventy were against days, the yellow dog days, before his nomination, are now succeeded by ful- soni flattery which fails to neutralize the venom of the tongue which utters it. It deceives nobody and disgusts every ­ body. It is not needed by the sensible, level-headed man who does his duty to the people as he understands it, without fear and without favor. REPUBLICANS DISGUSTED. After the first day of January, 1895, it began to be understood that New York city had a Mayor who had become in some way impressed with the idea tnat he owed his nomination and election to other i ban Republican forces. That though nominated as a Republican and to represent the political faith of more than one hundred thousand Republican voters and with that express understanding on the part of the aggregated political reform machines, he yet felt it his duty to pose as a non-partisan to that extent that he is only saved from falling outside of the Republican breastworks by so slight a force, that it may be termed capillary attraction. It is said that to secure the adhesion and cohesion of the Grace com ­ bine which endorsed him he made pledges which are now being kept. If he is keeping any promises, it must be those made before election, as it is very few that he has kept of those made since. For some time the reform brethren who are supposed to have the Mayor ’ s con ­ science in their keeping, 'were greatly exhilarated, and the hand was giving daily entertainments. Grace led the orchestra, Great Scott played second fid ­ dle, Brother Parkhurst the golden harp — he didn ’ t go put between the acts, either. Reformer Goff played — “ for keeps ” while the Mugwump crowd joined in the song and dance act, with words “ similar to or to this effect: ” \We are the true reformers, Stamped with the official brand, For the offices are ours And we held the winning hand, And so from early morning Until late in dewy eve. We ’ ll shout reform forever, _ We ’ ve four aces up our sleeve 1 and then from the wings could be heard the refrain by voices of the saintly choir from Rhode Island, New Jersey, Ohio and Colorado, imported at vast ex ­ pense for this especial entertainment: ~ v It is nice to he reformers And with reformers stand, With a crown upon our foreheads Stamped with official brand. But provided only always . The cups within our hand On the authority of a reliable news ‘ paper correspondent whose time has been chiefly oecu pied in reporting interviews between Mayor Strong and visiting statesmen from Albany, I may add that the entire outfit have turned to the wall the motto, “ God Bless Our Home,? ’ and instead thereof you may behold one that reads, “ Reform pays — it is a einch. ” The Mayor seems to have adopted the idea tbat to redeem pledges he must rec ­ ognize the guerilla elements, and that the reforms of which he is the exponent, can only be seejired through Democratic agencies. He carries this so far that even the Tribune, which for factional purposes has been endeavoring to foment a Repub ­ lican quarrel, replying editorially on the 14th of March to Mugwump criticism of William Brookfield because that gentleman could not see that it was his duty to appoint any Democrats in his department to fur ­ ther the cause of freedom, so long,- at least, as there were personal friends, of the Republican faith, out in the cold, paid its compliments to Mavor Strong, as follows: “ Mayor Strong, whose mistake, if he makes one, is in the other direction, is criticised because of the character of some of his appointments, which certainly were not made with a view to strengthen his own party. And we feel bound to say tbat some of these can only be justified upon the ground that the organization allied to the Republicans in the recent election practically left him no choice but to make them. There is much more danger to the cause of municipal reform from the mayor ’ s yielding to the some ­ what clamorous demands of anti-Tammany Democrats of various stripes, than from partisan Republican appointments. It is quite possible to have a reform administra ­ tion and at the same time not only save but strengthen the Republican party. It is well to keep that in view. ” We should say so. As yet I have not observed that the expression of these sentiments on the part of the “ Tribune ” has resulted in its indictment for high treason to the cause of reform. And hence I take the chance that I too may escape censure if I commend these senti ­ ments to the prayerful consideratiou of the mayor, as I consider that the “ Tribune ” is for once about right. But why did it feel bound to say that “ the organizations allied to the Republicans in the recent election practically left Mayor Strong no choice but to make tho-e appointments ? Is the “ Tribune ” cognizant of a bargain made befoie election which the mayor has since been carrying out ? Perhaps a porous plaster applied by a grand jury might draw the information. Reliable reporters have told that somebody has been complaining that promises had not been kept. Perhaps the name of the complainant is O ’ Brien. There may have been also a few buncoed Republicans, complaining because promises made since election are not being kept. But that we can get along with. Most of them have become resigned to that situation,, some not resigned, will be removed. Now we are confronted by a condition and not a theory. The situation is this : That a. Republican mayor for whose administra ­ tion the Republican party, not the mayor, will be held responsible, has placed great departments in the hands of Democrats, and under the fostering care of William R. Grace. What wonder that the “ Press ” says: . “ The ‘ Press ’ has so strongly opposed the course of Mayor Strong in heaping honors and powers upon this treacherous- ally who while loaded to the neck with Republican favors, is preparing to take his place at the head of the enemy ’ s forces. What large and lovely gifts he will have to bring forth from the hands of a Repub ­ lican mayor into the council room of Tam ­ many Hall ! A corporation counsel with $300,000 of patronage and Unsurpassed political power; an excise commissioner with a hold on every saloon in the city; the entire civil service commission with full power of certification, and a secretary who managed to work out 90 per cent of favorable results for Tammany Hall, and can do better than that for Grace; an aqueduct commissioner with a hundred appointments; a commissioner of accounts with power to make it hot for everybody who does not go on his knees before the new boss; a police commissioner with all the ti emendous authority of the great office^ these are the superb gifts which, fresh from the hands of a Republican mayor — Mr. Grace will carry with him into Tam ­ many Hall. And this is ‘ non-partisanship, ’ ' is it ? This is what 125,000 Republicans went to the polls for last November ? Not by a long shot. ” But this does not by any means com ­ plete the record. Men have been appoint ­ ed nominally Republicans, but unfortu ­ nately only nominally such. I have been given what purports to be the record-of one such, which may be interest ­ ing as showing the stripe of Republicans^?) who find favor with Mayor Strong. It is barely possible that Mayor Strong has been buncoed in the appointment of Charles H. Woodman as a Republican. THE MAYOR BUNCOED. For many years Mr. Woodman was a literary man. His enterprises failed. Be ­ ing out of employment and living in Brooklyn, his friends secured his appoint ­ ment in the Mayor ’ s office as Warrant Clerk during Mayor Grace ’ s first term, 1881-1882. In this relation Woodman came to occupy terms of intimacy with Mr. Grace. He was nominally a Republican in national maiters, but always a Grace Democrat in local or state matters. After the expira ­ tion of Mayor Grace ’ s first term, Mr. Woodman went down to Pearl street in Mr. Grace ’ s office under his personal em ­ ployment as a bookkeeper for the Export Lumber Co., of which Mr. Grace ’ s firm was the largest stockholder; and also as an accountant of the Evergreen cemetery, of which Mr. Grace ’ s firm was also one of the largest stockholders and Mr. Grace a director. During the latter part of Mr. Grace ’ s first term, Woodman had been appointed by Grace as secretary or chief clerk of the Civil Service Board, and as such con ­ ducted the examinations and made the schedules, and in such manner as best to conform to the requirements of the Grace , Democracy. He, on retirement from that office, invented or discovered Mr. Lee Phillips, who has been able to hold it ever hince, with the exception of a little » time in which Ackerman was there, Phillips being equally satisfactory to all : administrations, and apparently equally satisfactory to Mayor Strong, although wherever there has been a miscarriage in the Civil Service Commission, it has been during the time of Mr. Phillip ’ s secretary ­ ship and with regard to matters over - which Mr. Phillips has had almost com ­ plete control. The complete ■ failure of the Civil Service system was shown : [Continued on Seventh Page.]

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