Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 13, 1876, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 13, 1876 Page 2
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2 grmictimca, sir, and sometimes be bad them him eCg,*—Carried them about? A.—Yes, sir; some times 1 have known him to HAVE THEM IX ms POCKETBOOK. Q,—Keep them in bis pockctbook? A-—*' cu, I don’t know that be kept them there. Q.—'Would be have them sometimes for a con ciderable time? A. —Yes, sir; sometimes. I could cot say whether he had them in his pocketboou. g,—i mean, when he would take a check would tie carry it along sometimes for a week? A. * tar; and longer. . * , , ... o. He would have a number of checks at the same time in bis pocket? A.—l have not seen a cumber. 1 have seen perhaps two or three. n —I want to know whether be was in the Jiabit of earning checks. Didn’t you think that was ir remslar? a.—Well, I thought it was irregular, hut then be told me be bad made arrange ments with these parties to keep the checks until these checks would mature. Sometimes he would leave them with me, and they would be ia my pos session, and as soon as they would mature I would deposit them in the Treasury. Mr. Tuthlll—Did you ever know of any of these checks being transferred to anybody else before they were paid? A.—l don't know, sir. . Q.~Did you ever hear of any such case? A.—No, air. THE FIRST DEFAULT. Q*—How did you first discover, Mr. Dooley, the fact of that default of $30,000, when you came In as cashier? A-—I can’t remember now bow I dis covered it. The Comptroller—Yon didn’t exactly mean to say tt was a default? A.—That it had the appearance of being that much back—a deficiency—and I thoughtbc made it np afterwords. Mr? Tuthlll—l would like to know what the ap pearance was that made you think there was a de fault? A.—l could not tell you now what made me chink there was. , ~ . O.—What led you to think that probably he was o defaulter ia the first place? A.—The first time I thought of Uds $30,000, I think there was a mem orandum—yes. sir, there were due hills of his to that amount of the taxes of IS7I and 1872,1 am not positive which. . , . . q —What do you mean by due hills? A.—He would give me a due bill saying due so much the Treasurer? A. —And it was there in t uj Cm in instead of money? A.—lt was there m the safe. Q.—His own due bills? A-—His own due bills. o.—Where the money ought to have been you would find duc-bilU signed by George Von Hollen? Yes, sir. O.—That was what led you to thins there was a deficit? A.—Yea, sir. I think all those things are In the safe. q, —1 am speaking now about tbe time when you Cm discovered deficits. When you became cashier you found those due bills there at the time ? A. —, j found those due hills there at tbe time. Q.—You think it aggregated probably nearly the *umof $30,000, or about that? A.—About that, I think, air. Q.—-And you gave no information to anybody else—to the Comptroller or anybody else—in refer ence to these due bills? A.—sir. I spoke to tlr. Von Hollcn about it. Q,—You spoke to Mr. VonHollen about it, and tic said be would fix it ? A.—Yes, sir. . Q.—You spoke to nobody else bathimt A- I don't remember, sir, of anybody else. Q.—Your impression is that he Used up those •due-bills? A-—I know that he paid me in money •ftcrwardstobeputtotbecredit of those warrants thatwere back at that lime, lie gave me money. *The Treasurer's receipts are In the safe. Q, —Were there generally, from that lime down sto the present time, due-bills of his there of that **ort? a.—Yes, sir; due-bills of his all the time. Q,—How large an amount at any one time was <here of those dnc-bllls? A.—l could not tell yoa, *«ir. i Q. —Make an estimate; as near as yon can approx imate it? A. —Well, perhaps, $40,000 or $30,000, •and sometimes 560,000 —SCO*OOO, probably, I r«mld not say. . Q, —That has continued right along down to the mresent time? A. —All the time, sir. PRESENT DUB-BILLS. t Q.—There are due-bills of his there now? A.— Yea, air, I think there are la the safe, i Q, —Von don't know whether they are ia the Wfe? A.—l don't know whether they are in the safe, f The you know how many there *re ? A- —I could not tell you, sir. Q. —You could not tell the amount? A.—Xo, 1 could not tell the amount TUB VAULT. i Q. —State who had the combination of the vault. riL—Mr. Von Hollen had it, sir, and 1 bad it. Q. —Who else? A. —Nobody else had it—yes, Icir, Hr. Becker had the combination to the safe 1 when he was in the office. ■ iam talking of the vault, sir. A.—l under stood you the safe. Q„—Ko, the vault. A.—l had the combination •of the vault. Mr. Von Hollen had the combination of the vault. Mr.Heaflord had the combination of the vault, and Hr. Judge that was in with Mr. Evans. At the timo Bvana was there he got the combination, Q.—Did yon always use the same vault? A.— Yes, sir, we always used the same vault. Q.—With the money ia it f A.—A’o, tJr, the safe was inside. The Comptroller—Are those the names of all who fcad the combination of the vault ? A.—Charles J. White had the combination. Q.—That is all that bad the present combination cf the vault ? A.—That is all that 1 know of, sir. Mr. Tuthill—That is during the whole time ho has been Collector? A.—No, sir; it was changed. The combination was changed some time ago. The Comptroller—Bow long since was itchauged? A-—lt was changed, I think, last December. There were too many bad the combination at that time, and the combination was changed about the time that Evans commenced collecting. That was in December last, I think. Mr. Tuthill—By whose direction was it changed? A. —lt was changed by my stating to the Collector (hat I thought it would be better to change that combination because everybody seemed to know it. The Comptroller—You think you have given the names of till who have tha present combination? A.—Tea, air, of all I know. He might have given It to somebody himself. Q,—Now state when the combination of the safe tr&g changed, that Is, inside of the vault? A. —It ’was never changed during my time* Q.—Then the same combination has been used for the last four years? A.—Yes, sir, the same ‘combination with Mr. Brenan as is on the safenow, —the same combination that Brenan had wbcnjbc was cashier. Q. —Who knew that combination at the time that Mr. Brcnan was cashier? A.—l don’t know of any T)ut Mr. Brenan and Mr. Doyle,—James Doyle, Mr. Brenan’a assistant. Q.—Did not Mr. Von Hollen have it at that time. —1 could not tell yon, sir. j —Now, when you became cashier 'ETHO WERE TUB PARTIES THAT n*P THE COMBI | NATION? 1 You didn't hare it when you was bookkeeper? IA-—No. air. Q.—Bnt when you became cashier yon got the •combination of the safe? A.—l got it from Mr. Jlovle. Q.—Who else had it? A.—Mr. Brcnan; that is 1 know of. Q.—Did the present bookkeeper bare it? . A.— fi£Jo. sir. i Q.— He don’t know it now? A.—l don’t think has the combination of the safe unless Mr. Von pollen gave it to him. ’ Q.—Did Von Hollen hare it? A.—Yea, air, Q.—Then all the parties that had the combina tion of the safe are Mr. Brenan, Mr. Doyle, and groarself? A.—Yes, sic, and Mr. Becker. Q,—That is the safe? A.—That is the safe, yes, TON hollen’s condition. Q. —Now, have you noticed anything recently iyeculiar about the conduct of Mi. Vos Hollen? A. • —Yes, sir. I Q.—State what that is? A-—I learned within pthc last week or ten days—lt was the latter part gust the latter part of April. X learned that he Fkus gambling. That was the first intimation Hhat I got ofTt. 1 learned that in the evening. The next day, when he came to the office, I spoke Ho him about it, and I told him there appeared to 3>c a deficiency, and asked him If it was possible ‘that be was gambling with the money. Be said no, ftherc waa nothing at all to it, leaid: “I won’t remain in the office if this is true; I will leave It-'' Says he; 44 Make your mind easy about that; it is mothing at all; there is nothingto it” I asked him •what checks he had—what he had in his possession and be said be had some checks. I tola him that was not the place for them, he should bring them flown and leave them in the office, and I asked him particularly about what accounts they were. I knew that he bad Potter Palmer’s checks. Save he, 4,4 When do you want them?” Says I, 44 1 mast tiave every cent and everything settled by the Ist ofMay; If not I won’t stop here.” Says he, 44 All right you can have it on the Ist” 'On the Ist when he came down in the morning. I asked him, * end be said he forgot to bring them down. Says I, •*I want you to bring this down.” Says I, “! am Afraid about this money.” No, be said he hadn’t lost the money. Q, —When aid yon ssy that waa I A. —The latter imt of April, sir. Q.—Of this present year 7 A.—This last April. Mr. Tuthill—This conversation wa* on the Ist of SMay ? A.—This conversation followed on day after day, that he was to hare all these things down, and civen to me by the Ist of the month. The Comptroller—And this was the latter part of April f A-—Yes, sir. Q. Now, have yon any knowledge at all of wrrg AMOUNT OV HIS PROBABLE DELINQUENCY? A.—Well, I have not a positive knowledge, Mr. Hayes, but I think It would amount to $100,000; X think it will, sir. Mr. Tuthill—lt may amount to more than that ? A,— l am not taking into account those that be re ceived by mall and sent out receipts for. lam not taking those into account at all. There is in this column $5,000 [indicating on paper]. 1 cannot tell bow much more there is. RECEIPTS SENT NOT ENTERED. Mr. Tuthill—State what napera these are here papers]. A.—Tbese were found this inoming on Mr. Von Hollen’s desk, and I took them and pnt them into my pocket, intending to clve them to the Comptroller. 6.—State briefly what they are. In whose hand writing are they? A-—ln Mr. Von Hollen’s hand writing. It «aya “Receipts sent not entered,” and the dates, and the entries, and the amounts. n Then yon understand that he haa collected those amounts? A.—From this I understand he' Jias got thoec checks and given receipts, and given no account of them. ...... a—Those are not credited on the book? A.— 27oTair. Tbeymightbo marked “paid” on the warrant, but thcrcu nothing else. They have not been entered on cash nor on the cash memoran dums. If there is a receipt for them he has given them himself. . . ~ The papers referred to by witness are as follows: • RECEIPTS SENT NOT ENTERED. 3*eb. 5, 1874—Kirby, Carpenter & Co., ch.,5 519 jfch 21, 1874—Spaulding 6 Morack, 249 , South; oto 15 River street, ch 383 Batcheller iSlaght, 29 West; Throopatrect, cb . 216 March 9, Norwell & Co., 240 South; 79 State street, ch SlO March 25, 1874—Warner, Marston & Felix, 295 South, 30 River street, $450; Warner, Marston & Felix, 292 West, S9O *>4o May 4, 1874—Cragin Bros. & Chandler, 140 Lake street, 42 South ••••••• May 7—McKendley, Gilchrist & Co., 3 Slat© street, 20p South 4o ° $3,753 Dec. 29, 1874—H. A. Bopirdus & Co., 1U South Water street, 15 booth .... ......9 wu American Clock Company, IT- State street, 4 South Jan. 5, IS7s— Warner, Wareton As Fein, 36 River street, 323 South.... 45U Jan. 11, 1875— The Kirby Carpenter Com pany. Loomis, south of Twenty-second _ street, 163 Weft.... ■■■■■— •- 078 Jan.-. 13, 1875-A. Ihathom. Agent, oO South Water street, 1. j South.... ........ ISO Jan. 22, 1875—Weed Sewing-Machine Com pany, 132Stateotrect, 331 50uth......... ISO (25) Jan. 25, 1875 —E. £. Salon, 5J State street, 79 South Jan. 28, 1875— JamesS. Kirk & Co., 308 _ North Water street, 81 N0rth,............' 040 AorillT, 1875— Avery, Murphy & Co., Fisk and Twcntv-second streets, 7 West 900 The J. Bridlcr & Brother Lumber Company, 35 West Loomis and Twenty-second street. 900 J Bridlcr, 107 Sangamon, 33 West 541 April 20—Harmon, Merrlraan & Co., 121 South, 52River street 450 McyS, 1875—Mason & Hamlin, 80 Adams street, 193 50uth......... 331 Kimbark Brothers & Co., 101 South 1*350 IN TOE SAFE. Q —What was In tbe safe; what was usually kept in the safe? A.—The daily receipts of money and checks received afterofflee hours: when his business closed up, the money and checks were put In the safe, and the next morning they were taken out and deposited In the Treasury. 6. —Deposited dally in the Treasury? A.—De posited dailv in the Treasury. 6. And these due-bills were kept in the safe? A.—All papers of any value were kept In the safe; the Treasurer’s receipts wore kept in the safe, and also all other papers of any value. q.—Where were those blank receipts kept? A. —They were kept in a drawer in the vault, and sometimes in outside drawers. THE CHECKS. Q.—And where were those receipts given by parties dated ahead—where were they kept? A.— The checks, you mean? Q.—Tbe checks; yes, sir. A.—Sometimes they were kept in an envelope marked “checks,” and sometimes he had them himself. q.—They were kept in the safe? A.—ln the safe, of coarse; yes, sir. q. —How large an amount in checks of that sort did you ever know to be on hand at onetime? A-—About $200,000. n—ijsualiy about how large an araount?,.-,A.— Sometimes SIO,OOO or $20,000/ and sometimes more. Lately there has not boon so much. -- ‘ q._■ When those checks were given by those Sarties you would mark their taxes as paid on the ooks? A.—Yes, sir, generally, unless there were some parties that we had any doubt about their being paid. Tbe Comptroller—Did they generally get a re ceipt? A.—lf we had any doubt about the pay ment of the checks they did not get a receipt. Mr. Tnthill—Did you keep those checks there !n your possession until they were dne? A.—l kept then there. Q,—Sometimes yon deposited them with the Treasurer—the checks? A.—The checks dated iu advance? Q.—Yes, sir. A.—Very rarely, sir. o.—The Kichards Iron-Works gave a check for heir taxes and afterwards refused to pay it? A.— t was deposited as cash. The Comptroller—Deposited after it was due or before? A.—l think It was deposited after. If I had a heavy check due, say, to-morrow. I would bring it in and say to Mr. Brcnan: 44 This Is all right; you can put it in; it will be paid to-mor row.” TAX-BOOKS. The Comptroller—Are all the tax-hooks now in the office? A.—As far as I know, sir. Q. —Are there any parties oat now collecting money with blank receipts, or anything of that kind? A. —The personal property collection-books, —there are some of them in the bands of the men. q.—Give the names. A.—John Gerlock has some, Hubbard his some; I don't know whether IVickliiTc has anv. There Is a memorandum-book out in the cash drawer that will show what are out. Q.—Did those parties have blank receipts? Are they authorised by the clerk to receipt for the taxes? A.—They are authorised by the clerk to receipt for them. Q.— How often do they return and show their hooks? A.—Dally, sir. Q.—Thcn you have a certain check on there every day? A.—Yes, sir; the receipt will show. Q.—You always compare, do yon—compare their returns so as to ascertain whether they are correct or not? A.—Yes, sir, always. Q. —Then you know there is nothing outstanding In the hands of those collectors when it is within a day or so? A.—Yes, sir, unless it is within a day or so. ... Q, When they return the books do they pay over the cash? A.—Yes, sir. Q.— Always? A.—Yes, sir; except in some cafes where they take a check dated perhaps two or three weeks ahead, and that would not be entered up. q, —Would that bo left with them or yon? A.— That would be left with tnc. THE LAST GLIMPSE. o—When did yon see Mr. Von Hollenlaat? A. —Tnesdav afternoon, sir: no, sir. Tuesday noon. Q.—Wasn’t he here Wednesday? A.—l was not here Wednesday. The Comptroller—Where were you? A.—l was home, house-cleaning. Q.—You don’t know his present whereabouts! A.—l don't know anything of him, sir. Q.—Did he say anythin? to yon about making a visit anywhere or go anywhere? A.—No, sir; not a word. n,—What is his residence? What is the number of nis residence? A.—lt Is on Fulton street, near Ann. I could not give you the number. It is a little vest of the corner, on the north side of the street THE LAST TALK. Mr. Tuthill—When did you have the last con versation with Mr. Von Hollen? A. —Tuesday, sir, about noon. Q. —What was it about? About the business of the office. A.—l told him I was going & way. That was about noon. I intended to stop home that morn ing. but I came down and tola him I was going away; that I wanted to do some house-cleaning and painting. He told me before that that I could stop away for a week if I wanted to. Q.—Where was the last time you spoke with him about THIS GAMBLING ? A.—Well, I spoke with him several times between the Ist and the Gth of May—that is, Saturday. Q.—Between thelst andthe GtbofMay? A.— Yes, sir. Q.—Did you continue to hear these reports about him? Is that what made you have this conversa tion about him? A.—Yes, sir. I heard this re ported by two different parties. Q.—That he bad lost large amounts? A.—Yes, sir. That be was losing large amounts of money in gambling. Then I spoke to him. q.—What did he say? A.—lie said It was noth ing. He laughed at it. The Comptroller—Who told yon that he had lost money gambling? A.—The first intimation of it was from Mr. Ileper, his brother-in-law. He was the first that told me about it. He told me that ho had heard it from Henry Grecnebaum, and as soon as Mr. Von Hollen came down I spoke to him about it. In a day or two after that I heard of it from another source. Mr. Tuthill—What was that other source ? A.— Mr. Crawford. q,—What Crawford? A.—John Crawford em ployed hi the office. He told me that he had heard iL 1 again spoke to him about It. THOUGHT nnt SOUND, Q.—l want to ask Mr. Dooley, os cashier of Mr. Von Hollen, what the position was that Mr. Von Hollen assumed to take with you as cashier when yon saw that he had his due-bill in there for $30,- 000 to SOO,OOO did—you suppose that Mr. Yon Hol len was pecuniarily in a situation to be able to re place $30,000? A.—l did,sir. q._You thought he was? A-—I didn't know that he had lost any money. 1 didn’t suspect that he had lost any money. o.—Now, you slated when that first $5,000 was taken It was for a brewery? A.—l thought when he bought the brewery that he had used this money probably. Q,—That is what I understood you to say. That followed up from time to time, and be continued so until you satisfied your.®elf that there was a de ficit in the cash of from $30,000 to SOO,OOO. Now, did Mr. Von Holleu take this position with you when yon spoke to him on the subject, did he ear this: “Mr. Dooley, this is my business, and no’t yours.” A.—Oh, yes, ho did, sir. 6.—Gave you to understand that he had the re sponsibility? A.—He told me quite plainly that he was responsible. Q.—And therefore you were not to Inquire about his business? —Yes, sir; he told me that quite plainly—that it was none of my business. Q. —And you, believing Mr. Von Hollen pos sessed the ability to make good the amount, made no report of it to onvbody? A.—No, sir. 1 be lieved be had it; could famish it at any moment if he waa asked for ic. Q.—The first time that you became alarmed about it waa when youheard he had beengambling? A.—Yes, elc. THAT COMBINATION. The Comptroller—Are there directions In the vault or safe for changing the combination? A-—No, e!r; the combination keys are there, but I don't think anybody understands changing the combina tion. I know myself. Q.—How did you get It changed? A.—l got It done by a man from llerrickTs place. Q.—There is no direction for changing It? A.— There Is no direction for changing it. • Q.—Then that man baa the combination, hasn’t he? A.—No. air; he Just came-there and changed the combination, and gave it to me. He didn’t re member the combination. Mr. TuihilL—Did Mr. Von Hollexr at any tims own any large amount of REAL ESTATE? A.—l don’t think he did, sir. Be owns his house and lot, and I heard that he has two lota, I think, somewhere near HumboldPark. —Not valuable? A-—I don’t think they arc valuable. Q.—That Is all the property you knew of Us owning? A.—Yes, sir, that is all. The Comptroller—Has he any interest in &ny breweries? A- —Yes, sir; I think he has, sir, Mr. Tuthill—Did you consider that interert of anv value? A.—l questioned him about it lately, and he told me it was valued at $50.000 0r560,000 ? Q.—He didn't own the whole of it? A.—l don't know about that. 4 —What led you to think then that he coaid be THIS CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1876-TWELVE PAGES* able to replace this sum of about $30,000 to S6O, - 000? A.— l thought he had it. . q —Had the inonev? A.—Tliat ho had the money or something to show for it, and that he could return it at any time. n —Why did you think so when he bad the due bills in there? A.—From his own statement O —Nothing else? A.—Nothing else. , q —That is the only reason that you had to think he could replace it Y Al—That is the only reason. Q—Because he said he could? A.—He said it was*all right. 1 thought it was all right, that it could be settled up at any moment in three or four davs, or at any time. 6.—Did von know about his bank account? A.— Not sir, I did not know anything about his bank account, I saw him draw checks, and I think he gave me checks once or twice on this German National Bank. Q.—Did you not know that ho was frequently pressed for money, and always anxious to get hold of his salary? A.—No, air, I didn’t notice any thing of the kind. Q.—What part of Germany does his family live in, if you know? A.—l think I heardhim say some time ago in conversation that it was Bremcrhaven —that was where he came from. Q.—Do you know what relatives ho had living there? A.—No, sir; I don’t know. g.—Never heard him say? A.—Never heardhim say. g. —What countryman is he? A. —I cannot Q.—He was a German, wasn’t he? A.—He was a German. THE BOXX) AND THE BONDSMEN. Von Hollen’s bond is $250,000, with the follow ing indorsers; John Faulner, Michael Evans, Clark Lipe, Franz Binz, John Berry, Lotus Sdiultzc. These are said to' be abundantly able to make good the loss of the city. However, these gentlemen claim that Von Hollen was holding over illegally. They only be came his bondsmen until his terra of ofllcc ex pired, >nd they did not go on hie bond to pro tect the city while Von Hollen held over, per haps for life. It is with Von ITollcn as with Colvin. He was holding over, and only waiting •for the Council to sweep him from the board. Air. Heafford, former bookkeeper for George Von Hollen, was also examined by Air. Hayes, but his statement threw no further light on the defalcation. The following is a copy of the PROCEEDINGS OX THE BOND OP TON HOLLEN, in the Council, Dec. 29,1878: By unanimous consent, the Committee on Fi nance, to whom was referred the official bond of George Von Hollen, City Collector, submittedare port recommending that the bond be approved. Aid. Coey and Dixon demanded that the report be laid over and published. . The following is the report: To the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Chi caaOy in Common Council assembled: Your Com mittee on Finance, to whom was referred the offi cial bond of George Von Hollen, having had the same under advisement, respectfully report: That we find, upon examination, that the men who have signed eaio bond arc responsible for the amount of the same, and wc therefore recommend that the said bond be accepted. James J. McGrath, L. SCUAFFNER. M. Heath, Jesse Spalding, Thomas Lynch, Committee on Finance. OFFICIAL BOND, Know all men by these presents that wc, George Von Hollen, John Feulner. Michael Evans, Clark Line. Franzßlnz, John Berry, Jr., and Louis Scliultze, of the County of Cook and Stale of Il linois, and held and firmly bound into the City of Chicago, in the penal sum of $*350,000, lawful money of the United States, for the payment of which sum of money, well and truly to be made, we bind onsclvcs, oar heirs, executors, flbd ad ministrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Scaled with onr seals, and dated this 26th day of November, A. D. 1873. The condition of the above allegation is such, that whereas, the above bounden George Von 110 - Icn was, on the 4tli day of November, 1873, elected to the office of City Collector, in and for the City of Chicago, to hold said officc'for the pe riod of two ysara, and until his successor shall bo duly elected and qualified, or until said office shall be otherwise legally vacated. Now, therefore, if the said George Von Hollen shall well and faithfully perform ana discharge the duties of said office as prescribed as required Bylaw and the orders and ordinances of said city. City Collector, and shall account for and pay over ail moneys received by him as such City Collector, in accordance with law, and in accordance with or ders or ordinances heretofore passed, or hereafter to be passed, by the Common Council of said city, in conformity with law, and deliver all books, pa pers, and all other property belonging to said city, to his successor in office, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and clloct. Geoiige Von Hollen, Jons Fbulnbe, JIICHAEL EVASS, Clark Life, Frasz Bike, Jons Berry, Jn, Louis Sciiultzb. Witness to signature of John Feniner, Franz Binz, and Louis SchnlUe. Jons A. Moody, Deputy City Clerk. Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of— C. T. Hotchkiss, City Clerk. In the proceedings of Jan. 12,1574, the bond iras approved on the motion of Aid. S chaHger. OPINIONS AND THEORIES. In a chat with ez-Ald. Foley, a Tribune re porter was surprised to hear tfrat he (Foley) had suspected that all was not right with Von Hollen for as much as a year hack. He had known that the defaulter was a gambler, and had heard that he always lost heavily; aud, knowing that there was not a fortune to draw on for cash wherewith to continue long in the amusement, he supposed that the city funds were being used. He hud had no positive proof of it, and Knew comparatively little of the un fortunate’s business relations. He had spoken to some of Vou Hollcn’s most intimate friends of the way he was losing money, and, in fact, he had remonstrated with George himself. There are those who know George Von Hollen well, and who assert the belief that he has com mtted suicide. Especially do tbev hold to this belief in view of the fact that they have not heard anything to the effect that ho was seen to leave the city. This ides, however, is prepos terous. It would appear that Yon Hollen CONTEMPLATED TAKING FRENCH LEAVE ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, for he went to a friend in a despondent mood and informed him of his losses, and said he must leave the country to avoid trouble. '■ He was advised to quit gambling, and, on stating tliat he was Severn thousands of dollars behind in his account with the city, was told that his income would soon cover it if he attended strictly to his own and the city’s business. He remained quiet for a while, but the old fever broke out with renewed malignity, and Von Hollen was soon again in the tons oi the cappers and runners who played so im portant a part in his ruin. Von Hollen was noted among the gambling fraternity for his heavy plays at roulette, hav ing lost, it is said, S2,(XX) at one sitting, and sums varying from $lO to that figure. He was kept freely plied with liquor and feasted and toasted by the cappers and keepers of the places he frequented. George Hankins’ place was the one which he generally fetched up at. His losses must have been veiy great at noth faro and roulette, bat by far the largest amount was lost in the latter game. It is reported, on the authority of a leading gambler, that $50,000 was lost by Von Hollen in George Hawkins’ rooms, bnt this sum is thought to be exagger ated. and others, who have heard It stated by gamblers, say that $35,000 is the amount. He rarely left th'e den without getting thoroughly {ducked, and those who have seen him say that ic played recklessly and threw liis money around with a lavish hand. He was generous to the last degree, and gave his money away to his companions in the gambling-houses and to his friends. THE WAT HE WENT. As above stated, Yon Hollen departed, telling his family he was going to Springfield, Wednes day night, having previously cleaned out his ofiicc of all the ready cash available. He left for the East via the Michigan Central Railroad at 9 o’clock, and was at Windsor, Canada, Thursday morning, condoling with the rest of the u crooks.” In regard to Dooley’s statement, &o far as It relates to ME. POTTER PALMER, last evening u Tribute reporter called upon that gentleman, and he stated that he had set tled up his last check with George Von Hollen nearly two months ago. He gave two chocks aggregating $39,000 last fall to George VonHol len, to pay his taxes. The checks were on a bank which afterwards failed, and Mr. Palmer made them good by other checks, pay ing in installments, the amounts being Indorsed on the back of the checks as they were paid from month to month, itr. Palmer has Von Hollen’s full receipts, and he does not owe the dty a cent, and is ready to show Von Hollcn’s vouchers to prove it. Some time ago Mr. Hemp stead, Mr. Palmer’s business manager, called at Von Hollen’s office several times, and did not find him in. The clerks finally told him that Von Hollen would call at the o'fflce of the hotel and get the taxes as they came due. Thus there is SII,BOO accounted for, which Von Hol len has stolen. It will take a long time before the amount of Von Bollcn’s defalcation Is fully known, as it will take an elaborate comparison of receipts and books. The most of the money stolen was from 1874 taxes. Von Hollen left without noti fying Ms family, and they knew nothing of his shortcomings, though his brother-in-law was aware of his deficit. Eds wife has beenp ros trated by the sudden revelation. Von Hollen has four children, the oldest being hut 11 years old. B? 3 CAREER. Von Hollen was born in the Village of Driefthsethe, Hanover-, Germany, March 2, 1534, and is therefore in Ms 42-1 year. Became to this country in 1849, and to Chicago in 1854. He was for a time a grocer -and butcher. From 1863 to 1865 he represented the Eleventh Ward in the Common Council. He was also foreman of the foreign and general de livery departments in the Post-Office for some time. In 1869 he was defeated for City Collect or, and in 1870 was elected a member of the Board of Health, which position he resigned In 1871, when he was first elected City Collector, on the Fire-Proof ticket. Von Hollen also served as a soldier during the War, and after the battle of Perryville, Ky., was taken prisoner by Morgan’s guerrillas. THOMAS BRENAN. A Tribune reporter sought and round.the go nial Thomas Brenan, the cashier of the City- Treasurer’s office, last night, and heard from him what he knew of George Von Hollen’s irreg ularities. Mr. Brenan was from 1871 to 1873 the cashier of Von Hollen’s office. In answer to a question as to whether he knew anything In regard to a deficiency which was said to have existed while he was In that depart ment, ho said that he had dever heard that there was a shortness in the account. Von Hollen used to draw money just when he wanted it, and it was charged up to him, but he Old not know of his taking any great amount, nor did he believe that the de ficiency was caused lu that way. Several times small errors have been discovered in the books, and when Yon Hollen had been spoken to about it, he had said: “ Ob. yes, I have the money for that.” Mr. Brenan here went on to explain how Von Hollen could have stolen certified checks as they came by mail, and he always opened his own mail, lie believed the money was taken in that way, for it would have been impossible in any other without detection. Mr. Brenan had spoken several times to Von Hollcn’s chief clerk—Charles Hepper—who was also on his bond, and told him that he did not like George’s way of drawing money when he chose, and charging it up against his salary. It was not exactly businesslike, and he did not like it. Hepper had spoken to Von Hol- Icn about it, and he nad said that it would all be fixed up soon perfectly square. “I was told,” said Mr. Brenan, “about the time I left the office, that the whole thing was squared and correct. Of course neither 1 nor any on«» else knew* of the large sum that lay back of the small amounts that ho had taken from time to time, and I supposed that it was all right. I knew nothing oi the deficiency.” “Did you know anything about the City-Col lector’s personal habits 1 ” asked the reporter. “I never bad heard anything against his habits till about two months ago. when I was surprised to bear that he gambled. I was afraid, too, for the city’s money.” After a few further remarks on the unfor tunate occurrence, the reporter withdrew. There were rueful faces among the bondsmen of the departed Collector. It is generally con ceded that Lipe and Binz arc the only ones from whom the city can collect anything on a judg ment. Lipe was a good deal flustered, and dis liked interviewing on the subject. Mike Evans, another of the bondsmen, was peculiarly unhappy. His South Town troubles did not seem to vex him half so much as did the Von Hollen business. Mike has made a few thousand dollars out of the South Town Collcctorsliip, and these lie had salted away for a rainy day. However, he says he is willing to pay fiis share of George’s cusscdncss, provided tnfc others do likewise, though he thinks it will financially burst him. It is not likely that a nickel can be had from any of the other bondsmen. It is more than probable that the city will never collect a red cent from the sureties, as it is expected that all will fight to the end!. SPORTING NEWS. THE TUBF, THE LEXINGTON (ET.) RACES. Lexington, Ky., May 13.—The races to-day, though good as far as time is concerned, did not draw out much of a crowd, or afford much in terest. The State breaking races destroy the interest in ordinary good running. The follow ing is the summary: First race, citizens' stakes for 3-year-olds, SSO each, play or pay, S4OO added; Smiles, 7 starters. Green Clav’s Red Coat, by Imp. Australian 1 I). Sv,-men's b. c. Ceylon, by Asteroid 3 A. K. Richards'ch. c. Bullion, by War Dance.... 3 Time—3:34 Bullion was the favorite in the pools. Second race, purse $250, S2OO to the first and SSO to the second: S. J. Talycr's b. c. Bell Brncc, 4 years old, by Enquirer X A, K. Richards' ch. f. Sallie Gardner 3 A. K. Richards’ch. f. Misdeal ...3 • ' Time —1:13£. The third race, 3 miles, purse of S4OO, was a walk over for James A. urimsted’s b. f. Marie Miehon, 3 years old, by Melbourne, Jr., dam Nellie Gray, by Lexington. She only ran a mile and a lialf, but finished the 2 miles in 3:41. The truck was fast, light showers during the day only serving to lay the dust. COMING RACES IS LOUISVILLE. Louisville, Ky., May 12.—The total number of horses now on the Jockey Club ground is 200, a larger assembly than has ever before been on an American course. A delegation of 100 New Yorkers arrived this morning, and people from other points are coming by every tram. ENGLISH RACES. London, May 12. —The great Cheshire aiokca to-day was won by Thunders* the second, and Skatska third. PUGIIiISJI* TOM ALLEN AND JOB OOS3, Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Cincinnati, May 12.—Tom Allen and Joe Goss met to-day in this city and agreed to fight on Thursday, Sept. 7, within 100 miles of this city, for $2,500 a side. They have already put up $1,500 each, and are to put up the additional sl,ooo*cach on the 7th of August. They select ed Blacky Edwards, a well-known sporting man of this city, for stakeholder. They made no fuss over the terms, both seeming bent on a fight. The fact that they agreed on the fol lowing terms, among others, seems to be a proof of this: They farther agree that If, upon meeting on the grounds selected, they shall full, after half an hour’s effort after the ring shall be ready, to agree npon a referee, then the final stakeholder, A. N. Edwards, shall name the referee, and tbcfigbtshntl go on under his decisions. In case of on interfer ence by the authorities that may prevent the battle at the place and time designated, the stake holder shall name the time and place of the next meeting. , THE TRIGGER. FIGEO SJ-S HOOTINQ AT FORT WATHB. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Fort Wayne, Ind., May 12.—There was a grand pigeon-shooting tournament to-day on the grounds of the Indiana Rifle Association, which drew together a large audience. The principal feature was a match between W. W, Stinett, of this city, and William. ‘Hall, of To ledo, for SIOO aside, at fifty birds each, distance 21 yards. The match resulted in a tie, each kill ing forty-two birds. •an extraordinary score. Tfiey shot off at ten birds each, Stinett killing eight and Hall seven, the former thus winning. Nine sweepstake matches took place, in all of which good scores were made. PEBESTRIAKISM. A SHORT RUN FOR 810 MONET. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Minneapolis, Minn., May 12.—'The great run ning race for $1,500 a side took place at the fair grounds in this city this afternoon between Henry Crandall and Ed W. Moulton. The dis tance run was 100 j*ards. The track was in ex cellent condition. Crandall won the race by one stride, or 6 feet. Time, 10 seconds. AQUATIC. THE NORTHWESTERN AMATEURS. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Detroit, Mich., May 12.—The vote of the Northwestern Amateur Boating Association has been taken on the question, and has resulted in changing the time of the Toledo regatta from August to July 4,5, and 6. TELEGRAPHIC NOTES, Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Bloomington, HI., May 12.—The disagree ment in the City Council as to appointments was settled to-night by the resignation of both sets of city officers whose confirmations had not been completed, and subsequently reappoint ment of Marshal A. H. Cook was make. No City-Attorney is yet appointed. Cleveland. 0., May 12.—A Herald Massillon special to-night says the works at the cool shaft at Silver Creek were burned this after noon. The fire was accidental. Loss, $12,000. Insured far $7,000. No trouble with the strikers reported. The prospect of a resumption of work by them is Improving. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. lowa. City, la., Mfly 12.—The proprietors of the lowa City Weekly Republican announce that they will commence the publication of a daOy on the Ist of June. Columbus, 0., May 13.— Three hundred Knights Templar and their families, of this dty, bad made arrangements to attend the Cen tennial, but being unable to obtain a rebate from present railroad rates, have decided to abandon their trip. FOREIGN.., A Very Excited State of Affairs at Constantinople. The lower Classes Armed hy the Enemies of the Sultan. Greeks and Armenians Threatened •with Violent Death, Bismarck, Gortschakoff, and Andrassy in Conference at Berlin. They Will Propose a Programme and Enforce Its Adoption. Death of M. Ricard, French Min ister of the Interior. A Large Vbta in the Spanish Cortes in Favor of Eeligious Toleration* TURKEY. TOE INTERNATIONAL COIfFERENCB. Berlin, May 12.—The first conference of An drassy, GortscbakofT, and Bismarck was held yesterday, at Bismarck’s residence. It is un derstood that Andrassy’s note will form the basis of the conference. WEAKENING. The Turkish Ambassador has been Instructed to express to the representatives of the Great Powers the Porto’s deep regret at the Salonlca outrage, and to give assurances that the guilty persons will be punished. He is also Instructed to declare that the Porte Is willing to meet the wishes of the three Emperors regarding the ex ecution of the programme embodied in An drassy’s note, and will raise no objections to the guarantees which may be required by the Powers. NON-INTERVENTION. It is stated that the three Chancellors yesterday %t their conference decided to abstain, at least for the present, from any military intervention in Turkish troubles, and that Count Andrassy expressed great satisfaction at this decision. TUB FEELING AT CONSTANTINOPLE. Berlin, May 12. —Advices from Constanti nople report that great excitement, prevails there. The ministerial changes, which are un favorable to the old Turkish party, make a good impression here, but the retention of the Minis ter of War occasions comment TUB THREE CHANCELLORS. It Is understood that yesterday's conference at Bismarck's residence resulted in a complete agreement touching the points to be discussed, and no doubt is entertained but that the other powers will accept the principles laid down. It is expected, as a result of the conference, that a note supplementary to Count Andrassy's will bo formulated, defining the guar antees required of Turkey for the execution of the reforms, and reserving the international right to control such execution. Whatever steps be taken, it is believed the three Empires will ask the support of the other treaty powers therein. Russia considers it of importance, in view of the agitated state of Turkey, to demand the adoption of a decisive and energetic course in order to obtain the required guarantees. The Salonica outrage and reports of an excited state of feeling in Constantinople will be con sidered, and probably guarantees will also be de manded fop the security of the Porte's Chris tian subjects and foreigners in his dominions against similar outbreaks of Mohammedan fanaticism. the czar, when he received Count Andrassy yesterday, wore only three orders, viz: The Russian St. George, the Austrian Maria Theresa, and the Prussian Four le Merite. Pointing to them, he said; u Void la Ease de ma politique.” Berlin, May 12—Evening.—The Imperial Chancolors had # second conference to-day. Count Andrassy and Prince Gortschakoff had previously conferred together for four hours. It is stated that Prince Gortschakcff will not ac company the Czar to Eras to-morrow, but is to remain in Berlin a few days longer. Ragusa, May 12.—According to Sclavonic ad vices, the President of the Montenegrin Senate, who recently left Cettinji for Berlin, is charged to protest against the concentration of Turkish troops at Podgaritza, and to demonstrate the necessity Montenegro is under of protecting herself from attack. THE TURKS ARMING. London, May IB—s a. m.—The correspondent of the Times telegraphs from Constantinople that a general panic prevails here. The low classes of Mohammedans arc purchasing dag gers and revolvers with money supplied by per sons who are plotting the overthrow of the Sultan, and the government, and the massacre and plundering of Christians, The Mahommcdans insult and threaten the Greeks and Americans, bidding them prepare for imminent death. Travelers are leaving en masse. European residents are sending away their families. The presence of the European squadrons and organization of volunteer European militia can alone allay the alarm. The Bulgarian insurrection is extending. Disorders are apprehended at Kustlchuk. THE GERMAN FLEET. The Times Berlin dispatch says the German squadron is not yet ordered to Germany will await the result of the Inquiry concerning the Salonica outrages. THE RUSSIAN PROPOSITION. London, May 13—5 a. m. —The Times' Vien na dispatch reports that Russia bos proposed that tho Powers send delegates to Turkey to superintend the execution of the reforms, and that, In order to show due respect to the Otto man sovereignty, the Sultan snould be allowed to appoint delegates from a list of persons pro §ose(l by the Powers. It is said that Count An rassy is not adverse to a mixed Turkish and European Commission. A Times 1 Berlin telegram says advicca from St. Petersburg represent that Russia contem plates by means ot the above Commission to carry out something like the insurgent prop ositions of reform with the assistance of Aus trian or Italian troops, or a combined force of Austrians and Italians. Germany is pretty sure to consent; to any arrangement agreed upon by Russia and Austria. Andrassy will probably not leave Berlin without effecting a compromise with GortschakofL The appointment of a new Minister of War at Constantinople will, it is expected, convince him of the expediency of an agreement. TURKISH BRUTALITY. London, May 13—5 a. m. —A special dispatch from Athens to the Times says a vessel arrived froms Salonica and brings news that the Ameri can Consul was not in Salonica at the time of the murders. The Christians took his carriage, which chanced to be at the railway station, put the girl in It and drove her to the Consulate. The Provincial Council and mob met in the Mosque. The Governor was present when the Consuls were murdered. He merely protested, and treated the matter light ly. The Turks defiled past the corpses and snot upon them. The body of the French Consul had thirty-four wounds. STILL UNBURIED. Berlin, May 12.— A dispatch to the Relc?uan~ zd(jer confirms the report that the bodies of the murdered Consuls at Salonica are still unburied. The excitement is so great that it would be dangerous to attempt a funeral until the arrival of reinforcements of troops and additional for eign men-of-war. MINISTERIAL CHANGES. Constantinople, May 12.—Mehmet Kuchdl Pasha has been appointed Grand Vizier and Hussein Avnir Pasha Minister of War. PBANGE. DEATH 07 RIOABD. Paris, May 12.—Amabelle Rlcard, Minister of the Interior, died last night of heart disease, from which he has been long suffering. Ricard’a death was caused by the rupture of an aneurism. The late Minister was on the point of publishing his long-announced Important change of Prefects and Sub-Prefects. A couudl of Ministers was held at Elysee this morning, but nothing is known about their de liberations. Klcard was the Minister on.whose appointment the organization of the present Republican compromise Cabinet turned. His death is likely to renew the political troubles which resulted from Buffet’s retirement In can sequence of the result of the late elections. BICABD’S SUCCESSOR., Paris, May 12—Evening.—It Is believed in Parliamentary circles that M. Mareere, Under Secretary of State, will succeed the late M. Pic ard as Minister of the Interior. M. Lcnon Re nault and M. Christophle, Republicans, arc also in connection with the plane. M. Dnfanre will take charge of the Interior Department ad interim* , The Legitimist organs in the provinces reject with emphasis the Bonapartist proposal for an alliance against the ‘Government. GREAT BRITAIN". INTERNATIONAL QUESTION. London, May 13.—1 n the House of Commons to-night James Johnston Griess, the Liberal member for Greenock, will ask the Under Secretary for the Foreign Department whether Immediate and searching inquiry is to be made into the alleged capture of the British schooner Clementina by Spanish revenue officials, and the killing of one of her crew, with a view to indemnification by Spain of the owner of the Clementina and the relatives of the unfortunate seamen, to gether with an ample apology to the British Government for repeated insults to her nag by the Guards Costas in the vicinity of Gibraltar. Mr. Bourke, replying to the question, stated that the published accounts of the Clementina affair were substantially correct. Representa tions had been made to Spain, the sale of the vessel stopped, the men taken prisoners on board released on bail, and a searching Inquiry into the affair ordered. WILD NOT COMB. The Oxford University Boat Club have de cided not to send a crew to America. LEGISLATION FOB IRELAND, London, May ra.—The resolution ol R. Smyth, in favor of closing public houses In Ireland throughout Sunday, passed the House of Commons last night—234 to 167. The Govern ment opposed the recolution. The Chief Secre tary for Ireland, Sir Michael Hicks Beach, offered as a compromise to Introduce a. bill during the present session limiting the hours during which the sale of drink is allowable in Ireland on Sun day. Sir Stafford Northcote advocated this com promise. Gladstone, Bright, and Lowe support ed the resolution. The Liberals cheered vocifcrously on the an nouncement of the result of the division. CENTRAL AMERICA. WAR BETWEEN OAUTEMALA AND SAN SALVADOR* New Tore, May 13. —The Panama Star of May 1 says : Fighting has been going on be tween the troops of Guatemala and Salvador, and the loss on both sides Is heavy. The army of Guatemala, under Gen. Barrios, has been successful in every quarter, having driven the Salvadorians before them from every field. The ship-of-war General Barrios had landed a large force in the rear of the City of La Union, which attacked the place, completely rooting the Salvadorians, and planting the flag of Gen. Barrios upon the Custom-House ana public buildings. 'Hie victorious army pushed on to the interior, driving the enemy before them, capturing many prisoners, and causing the utmost demoralization within the ranks of the Salvadorians. At early dawn on the 19th inst., the City of San Miguel was captured, whereupon the President of .Salvador sent a flag of truce, and asked that he be allow* ed to make peace offerings. It is understood that Barrios would not treat with him upon any other terms than unconditional surrender. BAEBADOES. TUB RECENT TROUBLES. Havana, May 12.—Advices from St. Thomas May 7 state that 450 persona were arrested in Barbadoes. The prisons were full. Many per sons had taken refuge on vessels. There was great destruction of property. It is estimated that the damage done is equal to the total value of the provision crop of the island. The recur rence of the riot is feared, If the Government party show the same insensibility as heretofore. The report that ex-President Dominque, of Hayti, died of his wounds is not true. He ar rived at St, Thomas April 21 on a French man of-war. Advices from Port au Prince, May 3, state that perfect tranquility prevailed in Haytt There were two candidates for the Presidency. They are Bolsrond Canal and Louis Tanis. The former will probably have a majority of the votes. CUBA. MORB REBELS. Havana, May 13.—Five hundred more rebels have appeared in the jurisdiction of Colon. Quesida, a Spaniard, has been brought here from Cardens on the charge of smuggling. Sev eral employes at the Custom-House there are implicated'in the affair, and all are to be tried by a court-martial. _ GERILANT. VON ARNIM. Bbblin, May 13.—Count Von Arnlm has ap pealed to the Imperial Disciplinary Court at Leipzig against the decree by which he was dis missed from the public service. Count Von Amim, in a letter to the VosiUche Zeitunff, emphatically denies that he wrote the f>amphlet entitled ‘"‘Pro NihDo,” upon his al egea authorship of which the charge of treason afflinst him is based. SPATN'. TUB NEW CONSTITUTION. Aladbo, May 12.—Congress has passed Clause Hof the Constitution,providing for religious liberty, by a vote of 230 yeas to $4 nays. CRIME. CAUGHT. Special Dispatch to The TrVnxne. East Saginaw, Mich., May 12.—Two year* ago a gang of cattle-thieves who carried on ex tensive operations in Saginaw, - Tuscora, and Midland Counties, were broken up and several ar arrested and sent to State Prison. One ringleader arrested was Joe Chapman, who obtained ban and then fled to Canada. H. Watkins, one of his bondsmen to the extent of S7OO, followed Chap man to Chatham and endeavored to make him pay the amount in w hich he was on the bond, out Chapman scoffed at the propositi cq. Wat kins employed friends to shadow Cbapiu an, and learned the other day that Chapman was about leaving for England. Officers were sent f rom Bay City to Suspension Bridge, and Chapman was arrested at that pointy esterday and brought to Bay City this evening and jailed. BRUTAL assault. Special Dispatch to The Trlintna> Joliet, lU., May 13.—About 10 o’clock yes terday evening a molder named Jacobs, em ployed at the Solar Stove Works in this city, was assaulted by unknown men who were con cealed in an alley near the residence of the Hon. Edwin Porter, on Broadway. The men knocked him down, and one of them fired a shot from a revolver, the bullet grazing Jacobs’ head. He colled lustily for assistance, whereupon his as sailants abandoned the attack and disappeared. Jacobs could not describe the persons who as sailed him, and no arrests have been made. INJURED BY UGHTNINQ. Pittsburg, May 13.—During & severe storm which passed ove r this city this morning*, the house of James Rolston, in the Twenty-first Ward, was struck by lightning, injuring Mr. Rolston seriously, and Mrs. Rolston. it is sup posed, fatally. DOOMED. Special Dispatch to T7is THftun*. Dayton, 0., May 13.—Judge Elliot re fused to grant a new trial to James Murphy, a young man convicted about two weeks ago of mur der in the first degree for killing Cob William Dawson, of this city, last September. He sen tenced him to be hung the 85th of next August. DAB AMDS. Laramib Cmr, Wy., May 13.—The trial of G. W. Ritter, defaulting County Treasurer, termi nated to-day in acquittal on technical grounds. The bodies of Charles Meta and wife, mur dered by Indians, were brought In here to-day. They wul bo boned Sunday afternoon. A Model Committee. Virginia (jfer) Enterprise. ,iwo Uomatockers, members of a certain church in this city, were appointed a committee to collect subscriptions to a certain amount. One of the men, being officially notified of his appointment, hunted up his partner and told him what they were expected to do. This last mentioned half of the Committee stood aghast. “What are we to do about the matter !” said he. “Well, I’ll tell you what I shall do—l shall just go into the bank here and draw a check for ray half of the sum we are expected to raise.” “Good,” said the other, his ooun tenance showing signs of relief. “Goodh I never thought of that I do the same.” The pair went Into the bank and drew their checks for the amount they were exuectod to raise, and the trouble was all over, * SAFE AND SOUND. So Stands the Continental Idle, gj Hartford, as Shown hy Its Lag Statement. It Is One of the Most Economical! jMjjj aged and Most Prosperous Com. panics Extant, As an Illustration of the good results folio* tig economy and conservatism in the manage, meht of an insurance company, we refer our readers to the statement published in another column, of the Continental life Insurance Com. pany, of Hartford, which shows not only the line of caution pursued by the managers ia handling the Company, but also the astonishing success with which their efforts have been crowned. Organized in 1851, the Continental has always had the reputation among insurance men of Doing somewhat slow, but correspond. Ingly sure m its dealings with the publfc. That is to say, while it has always been regarded as one of the most solid of tbs solid companies of the East, there was never any attempt at show and no effort to crowd business for the mere sake of doing busi ness. But all the while the Company has ex perienced a steady growth, and prosperity baa waited on. it from the very start, andinthe statements to which attention Is called the Con tinental shows an increase of business for the year 1875 that must be gratifying to the officers of the Company, and astonishing to the inaur. auce fraternity who were unaware of the firm hold the Company had on the public confident* • This popularity is due largely, we may gay en tirely, to the financial ability and high standing of the officers —such men as James a. Parsons its President; K. E. Beecher, Secretary; ana H. P. Barton, Superintendent of Agencies. * 1 One of the most praiseworthy evidences of the Company’s excellent management h.tsa prudence shown in conducting its affairs—par ticularly the economy with which its finances were managed. We note particularly ia the exhibit of receipts and disbursements from the organization of the Company down to the present time, the large percentage disbursed to policy-holders and reserved under legal re quirements to meet future liabilities, and the very small percentage consumed by expenses of every description, including |he inevitable taxe* and incidentals. But handsome as has been the showing of tb% Company in the past, last year was notable in respect to the large volume of business, and the economy with which it was done. A compari son of statements shows that the Continental Life, of Hartford, has the habit of economy so thoroughly imbued in its nature that last year its ratio of management expenses to income was but 10 8-10 per cent,—the lowest of all the fifty-one companies doing business-in this State, with four exceptions, which exceptions are or companies many years the Continental’s senior. It does not require a severe course of reasoning for the reader to arrive at the dciermi. nation that a company which can maintain so large a business at so low a ratio of expense— the expenditures for losses being at tna same - time kept at less than 90 percent of interest ceipts—is worthy of patronage. The Continental is such a company. While the Continental has been gradually growing in public favor In the East, its Directors have always contemplated its introduction to the people of the West. They were not hasty in doing; this, for it is their policy always to n slow and sure. But sound, substantial, old-lari), ioned Connecticut principles have always been popular in the West, and so when, not long ago. the Northwestern Department was organized with headquarters at Chicago, the new worker in the field, of life-insurance was welcomed by all classes. In no respect is the wise counsel that guides this Company more apparent than in the selection of men to preside over its dee* times. In the choice of Hr. Stewart Marks u Manager of the Northwestern Department, the Directors happily chose a gentleman who com bines all the elements necessary to make tbs undertaking a success. The headquarters of the department are at No. 43 Clark, whlchhai been neatly, but economically, fitted up. Mr. Marks is assisted in the management of the Northwest by the following gentlemen, who have won their laurels by long, successful ser vice in the insurance field: Mr. John W. Godfrey, a veteran iu the ser vice, with headquarters at 18 Insurance Ex change, St. Louis, nas charge of the Department of St. Louis. ‘ Mr. AB. Hard operates in Kansas, haricj his headquarters at Lawrence. Mr. C. r. Cone Is manager of the Southen lowa district, with headquarters at Albia, li. 3lr. A. J-Smith is manager of the Northern lowa district, with headquarters at Davenport Mr. J. Allington, of Milwaukee, is managero! Southern Wisconsin. Mr. John Dickson, operating also from BOP waukee, manages Central Wisconsin. Wisconsin is also operated in by Mr. I*- 8. Tuttle, General Agent, located at Oshkosh; Bailey & Benson, General Agents, Green Bay; George E. Darling, General Agent, Winooime. Messrs. Horton & Dana manage Minnesota, with headquarters at St. Paul. Maj. Rufus Cheney operates at Urge in pointing and superintending agents. Last, but not least, Mr. John B. Starkey, who for many years occupied important positions la the Northwestern Life-Insurance Company, has connected himself with the Department, aw will moke hfs headquarters for the present at Milwaukee. In the City of Chicago the insuring puWh will be weU cared for by Messrs. John W. Tap pan and John Mather, gentlemen of long ate successful experience m the winning wars oi the solicitor. . Mr. E. H. Carmack, late Secretary of the 31a* tual Life, a gentleman of experience and Btp>. rior ability, takes charge of the office details of the Northwestern Department. . There is no more important officer conneow with an insurance company than .its Medical Ex-, aminer. In the selection of Dr. Tnunaa, W. Miller as Medical Director for the Northwestern Department, a thoroughly competent andgre* ful guardian of the Company’s interests hashc® secured. Mr. Lyman C. Clark, who has been for several years prominently connected with the Company! continues in the management of the important Department of Illinois, and is ably seconded oy • Mr. Frank Babcock, who has few if any supe riors in the field. In conclusion, we desire to cth attenum again to the statement published elsewhere m this issue. By it the reader will see ttol P« cent of the annual receipts have been msoorsw to policy-holders, 42 per cent has been rcsenw to meet future liabilities under legal reqowvj' - ments, 15 per cent only being consumed or J“ other expenditures. The economy, the fitapujjg* the prudence, and the wisdom with which tms Company is managed recommends ft to tw patronage of tho public, ana »•••*■* Tbibdnb could point out these ties more conspicuously than It has done in calling attention to the evidences of uj Company’s wise management, as extu{»«“. in its published statement, it would gJJJff do so. It may be of interest to the its®*, to know that 90 per cent of the pany’s loans are invested In Chicago and tw Northwest, which are under the ame ment of Mr, J. O. Pearson, a Director Company, whose extensive experience in in monetary investments makes him coineMV, qualified to attend to this branch ofthehusma#** OBITUARY. Clbvsland, 0., May 13.—George A diet, one of the proprietors of the CieTcUaj* IfondcL, died at his residence in this cttj.t® morning after a protracted illness. Sjxciai Dispatch to The IWH*** . Jackson, Mich., 3lay 12.—The Hon. SaoW Higby, an old and highly-esteemed citizen prominent attorney, died very sudosoy . afternoon, in the County Clerk’s office, of » disease. Me had been troubled for some n®? He came here thirty-eight years agOjWsa ed Judge of the Circuit Court in 1368* 9i f~ «* tignedin 1871. He was Senior Warden » *£> Paul’* Chuitffi, and was 63 years whole city mourns the loss of a good, ap» , s Christian. „ Special Dispatch to Tht Joliet, of the veteran founders and editors Joliet Signal, who was compelled to se>“. « connection with that paper, with which ne f heen associated for more than a quarter , . century, and to which he had devoted UJ* years of his life, several months ago on ■“*, of ill-health, died of cancer, at his res “ L—. on Eastern avenue, at 6 o’clock p- tj day. Mr. Zarley was bom in ___ was about 51 years of age. Ha panied his parents when they 1 ed to Illinois and settled m “g county in 1832, and was, consequently,®“v M the oldest residents of this dty. His at*** mourned by a large drcla of. Wends anu qnaintances, who honored and respeocu when living for his oterhng integrity, swenring consistency, and faithful adhere® 1 * whatever he believed to b. right and just. _ Special IXpxUch U Vu ffury 6band Haves, ifich., May 13.— Cap® Miller, known for forty years «s a the Grand Hirer and Lake Michigan.*® ijjt lighthouse- keeper here, ' «ed night as he was returning from the Gnu*® tagne excursion. Cause, heart disease, flags here are all at half-mast

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