Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, 14 Mayıs 1876, Page 3

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated 14 Mayıs 1876 Page 3
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VON HOLLENt. Ijjanunation of Heafford, the Bookkeeper. £n Account of. the-Way.tha i Office Was Rim. . geafford’s Discoveries, and T What'- Dooley Said: to, Tfim About Tbem. fhe Witness Rather Reflects on , the Cashier’s Qualifications. the EsrCollector Clteaned Out- tho Safe Before He XefU Returned Yesterday by .tlie Grand'Jury. There were no new developments- ln f -thoY6u goilen 'defalcation, yesterday, beyondwhat.apr pearinHcafford’s testimony-given below;. No Receipts were brought In by tax-payers to show that they had paid tho skipping Collector-their Cessment on personal property.' There were offldflls whb thought the shortage would* not gmonnt to over $30,000, while othersplaced .it at SIOO,OOO, and one or two as high as $200,000. Nothings further was devdowed about Von HoUen*s leave-taking beyond that already pub lished. The belief is general that he la now in Windsor or. Toronto, Canada, and -there.. being do extradition treaty to bring him back, he can not be molested by American authority. Mike Evans, one of the unfortunate bondsmen,- was. aboutrthe office In the afternoon, and itated that he was on tho bond for $15,000 or (30 000, and so far as he was. concerned be would not make any efforts to bring. Von Hollen her& BfhuUte, another ot the bondsmen, ..was ilso around, hut bad nothing; to* say. about his Uabflity.inthe premises. MOESIS - DOOLET, the -cashier, was present in. - the afternoon, and Btatcd that. You Bollen assured him, when ho tailed his attention to the tickets placed in the tasbdzswer : against his account, that he bad Dlentrotmoneyin Grecnehaum’sßank to make it good, and without assuming to question his superior further,- allowed . thc.matterto go on for further time, when the same inquiry and inswer would he repeated. He is now--satisfied that there was a shortage of SBO,OOO in Von Hoi* leu’s accounts in 1573, and explained, the man ner in which he collected checks for personal property taxes and rendered returns for the sane, as already given in his testimony. • The Comptroller discharged alt the employes but one yesterday, Charles J. White,, license clerk: not assistant cashier, as has tycen stated, remaining to attend to applicants who require licenses. The Collector’s office wil thus remain dosed, so far as the collection of taxes is con cerned, until the Council "take* action In the matter of an appointment to the Collectorehip. All the old employes in the Collector’s office solemnly affirm that they did not know oL-Yoa. Hollen’? gambling habits until lately, and ex pressed astonishment at his enormous losses. • The investigation into the-affalrs of the office wQI be commenced as soon as. Comptroller Haves can find.time to attend to it. The * books sad papers will be carefully examined,, and an. endeavor made to learn . the exact manner in which Yon Hollen acted, and from-whom be received checks and money. It> is: not likely that-the inquiry will begin before Wednesday. . HEAP FORD. '. Mr. Heafford, the bookkeeper, was examined vesterday forenoon before the Comptroller. His story is as follows: "City Attorney TuthlU—State • your name, age, residence, and occupation f A.—My name-Is w. H. Heafford,.age about,s3 residence 456 West. Jaekson street, occupation nothing atpresent Q.—What has been your general occupation, Mr. Heafford ? A.—l~wasiaflt occupied n* bookkeeper lathe City Collector’s office, up to -the Ist of April. How long ha re you. been employed in the City Collector’s office ? A.—l fMnk it is three yean —just about three years. O.—You came Into the office then. duriugYon. Eallen’a first term t A.—Yes, sir. . ■ Q.—Had you ever had any experience In office •store that time f ’A- —I had not.r Q.—Or. in any such office? A.—Previoufl to that I had been for five or elx years Assessor for West CWcago. ’ Q.—What position did you occupy under Von Bouen? A.—l think from April, 1673, the time I Wentin there, I was Division Clerk up to December of that year.' Them at the time there was a change node there,—the time, that' O’Hara was elected Treasurer,—Tom Brenan went out and left vacan cies to be filled. Mr.' Dooley had been bookkeeper previously, and he was promoted to cashier , and myself to bookkeeper, Hl3 DUTIES. Q.—Whst.wcrc your duties as division clerk? A—My-duties were to receive taxes, make ont hois, and enter the payments. Q.—Did yon, during the time that yon held the Esition there as division clerk, know anything or ve any intimation that there was .any shortage in Von Hcuien’a accounts? A—No, sirs. Q.—What were your duties as bookkeeper?. A.*— Well, sir, in fact 1 had really—the duties were put upon me that belonged.-really to ,three different parties. Q.—Well, what were they?—jnatstate. A —They Ctve me the general supervision of the' warrants lor the , collection of taxes, to see thatAhatwas checked up every might.. That. really. belonged. to the chief clerk. (fc.—But you did it? A—l did it, and then kept an account of all the depositaon • each. day.- Also checked up licenses—kept an account of those. Q-—To whom did those duties properly belong ? A—The bookkeeper generally attended ; to that part—the license Department. We had a license clerk. <£.—Go on and state the rest of the duties.* A.— Then! checked. THE STUBS erery day according to the Blips rendered by the license clerk each"evening. ~ What do yon meanby the stubs? A.—There fa a receipt given by the City Collector for e&chli eeoat. Wehad a regular receipt-book, and the re ceipts were tom off from it the same as on a check" book,: and the stun left. There was an entry on the •tab .-of. - the • name' of - the. • person,: the residence* and the-, amount t -paid" for the license. wo have also: a regular * license cash account that all of those .licenses "were en tered on every dar, and that account is balanced each month—the license account-end a report ren dered to the Comptroller, and tha. license account fa ■balanced every month. - And the. stub ? A.—Yea,- sm. I also kept an account of the den osits accord ing to the receipts, given' by the . City Treasurer. The. cashier makes the deposits... I 'Kept an acr count of the deposits everyday, and during the «tty-aeasan»e,:inadaaTeport to the Comptroller once a week of the business of the When ever we made a report of the business of the office tost was all entered. — whoa?. A-r-Beported-to thc Comptroller... That was all entered upon the. cash book.*'. \ ' SKPOBTS TO TUB COMPTBOLLEH. *■ vt..-rHow.often did you make these reports to the Comptroller?. A. —ln the busy season we didoncea week-revery Monday. What did these report* A.—They •bowed the receipts of the office. ..VryFromthe different sources? A.—Asidefrom j theliccnse; the license report was made'once a month. It was entirely separatev-to show the re- : dOjPfai—for instance for general real estate on ench • day-how much was received on real" estate or 1873 or *74, or whatever it xnlghtbe,' and also, - oi <oa»e,.theproperty, whatever that might bo,: and whatever might be the amount of the special assessments received. We had what "they call a report~ln blank—a'pencil'report, Mr. faooley nmde up the receipts usually, • from the cash-boot, —the different kinds, —that fa, -from the general cash. I always entered those on the gen «mi cash-book, and gave him the balance‘to be •eponted to agree with the report <i.—Did you have anything to do with the ENTERING OF THE RECEIPTS' general taxes on the-cash-book? A.—-No; sir,— when a party.. came In to pay - waa that done? Jnst goon and tell, iw-instance, bow taxes werecollectett-sud what Jndence there was In the office. A.—Well, a man cpmeanpto pay his. taxes, and he gives* descrip of ms properly In the drat place. The amount “staled to him, a bill Is made out for him,thede- Knptioii sited out, the clerk, takes the money— vi---what is there on that -hill that is mane out! •ft®. e . I® a heading on It, dated such a day.- Keceiyed in full general real estate taxes levied ® the City of Chicago lor the year 1874;” . for in*. ***“*» *on the following described property." *»♦ 7’*® 7 0n have it separate- for personal prop »yr A,—Separate blank, except, whenpartlcs .. TAX-BOOKS,. haTe peraonai property, why that eluded In the same receipt- you mesa. by.partia:haTinslnx* *>oka f A-—Well,- they have hooka hound .with “•receipts in them; that is, of their own. v c.r^W. come there and get It receipted ? A.~ f?} their bill* flllcdnp right on the books,-Instead m taking a separate, hill, ao-that they can have it «om year to year. t*.—State what the character of those receipts •[“♦•and the general description of them:: Go on state further about the - manner of.paying lhe ■ . AND HOW IT WAS ENTERED?* money is* received hr-the tienc; hte. aame is attached to the hill a». receiving He also makes a memorandum on the face VthefcQiot thef»Oßfifrof money takcnfroin the party poyJnaflie tax. For instance, suppose your tax- is r 54t»~45. : Tou‘ give* met S6O.- - 'That** amount is entered on*, the- face, .of . the bill as being the amount of. money' paid Then - the bill with the money Is passed to too entry’ clerk.- The/entry clerk,, enters the.description on. the general cashbook—the name of the party and the amount of the tax, and pntsv Ms check mark■ opposite the blank space. left for the Collector to afgni That check mark Indicates that the MU la • being cnteredoivthe cash-book Q. Whatvyaa the check mark V A. It is a mark merely with thp'pen. The Tecdpt is-thcnpasaed' to the cashier. He examlneft-ittoseelf-ltis-eof rect.aafar as.belng.filled up correct and footed up Tight, etc., and that the-amount of themoney ar passed to him agrees with the,* amount - ofthe/icn* : of the.bill by the receiving clerk. He makes the ! change. Signs it* in place ofthe- Collector,-—lf the 1 ! CoUectorianot there himself, r-and then ULs paaued. I out. * ■ Q-—Whoalgns the receipt* A.—Dooley usually slgnedthe the receipt. Q.—Aa cashier f A.—He signed as Deputy. Q.—Signed Von Hollen's name ! At—Signed Vonßollcn’aname, “‘ by Dooley. ” ( Q. —Did any body elec ever sign those receipts! A;—Test sir; I signedia great.many. ' - .Q'-in tllc • «*■>>« way! A_-Whcn.Dooley was abMnt from any cause, I nsnaliy too* his place. Q- Did anybody else besides ,you tndiDoolcvl v'.tT? 8 Bir ', ibere. waa,-Charley- Depper. flo held the position of chief clerk: and also a broth- of! Von Holien’s -by the; name of Julias >w eiaiing. i. <i»—Now, was the personal property-tax.mid \n ■?ae same wav—m the same manner? Al—Yes sir. ’ tHrongfa the-hands the- recelyiog clcrk in the same mannerr, a.—Yeasit,- . • <l-.—Signed byrhlm and passed out to the tax paycref A.—Yes sir. 1 Q-r—Now, stateabont HO V-IBX.TAIBSXrZRE .COLLECTED, S'*}' estaU jAxet i were.all collected-in i the. office. Ittregard to this tax, after a certain length of tfcme there f were certain •names of parties •which taxps were assessed the valuation, and the amount of tax taken off,. on what we called personal property receipt books, for the purpose of collecting outside. Those men who had charge of those books,iof coarse, were author ized to sign \on Batten's name to tho personal property recefpta-all that were .collected outside ( of the office. when they came ln at-nlght.thoy made a- return—handed \ their, books in, first made a list,, what we. call n slate—of tho parties who paid, ’ the page of the book and tho amount paid,, and entered it In alto gether aatholrday’s work, .with their book. Those entries were made by.tho entry clerk on tho gener al and their books checked off,-giving the page and the s number of the cash-book on-, tho .stab left in the receipt book, showing the page and number of the cash-book oif which theentry was made. • • <k— I They had stub receipt-books? A.—Yes, sir/ Q.—Howoftcn did they go,over-theLr beats,. as you may say?' A-—Well, they might go over per haps and get promises to pay on a certain day. They might not collect the money; the first time, andthengo-again.ona certain day. There were always blank spaces leftfomll those memoranda on theatabs—wbea to collect, etc., and when no tices were left, and everything of that kind. Q. —I understand you. to say that these blank re ceipts In those book were filled out with the de . scriptioc of the property and the amount of the tax agamsteachman's name? A.—There is-no de scription of the property, or personal property: onlythe number of the street Q. —lt was; filled out In that way—the man’s name and the-nnmber of. the street?. A.—Yes, sir; the number of. the street the valuation, and the page of the warrant on which the name and tor ap pears for reference, and of,course it was the duty of those collectors to mark everything paid on the warrant when they came in at night that they had collectcdduringtheday. • Q.—Nowabont THESE REAL ESTATE TAXES,’ The receipts for real estate taxes, were tbey taken from stub books also? A.—Real-estate taxes . were not collected outside of the office at alt —They could have been, couldn’t they? A Well,' the only way they could have been,—, if any thlnß was taken outside of . the office; and not marked-paidon the. warrant, of course it was-sold at the general sale. —When did this general sale hffce place. A;— Xhe- lastgcneral saie-:took place on the 24thof August. ■ Q. —Then at the time of these general sales if there had been any taxes collected outside and not credited,— A-—Not> marked paid on the war rant— Q.—And checked—yon wonld have discovered it? A.—Yes, air. Q.—By reason of perrons objecting to the sale? A.—l attended to the < sales myself, and In so ally need to take particular pains to have everything' sold thatwas not marked paid and checked. Q.—Didyou everhave any objection made to a I augment against property on account ofthere having been taxes paid and not credited ? A. —No, Q.—But this might- have taken place since the last sale, and- you would not have discovered it until the next sale took place? For instance, if be tween this time and the last sale there had been any such receipts given outside of the office which were not credited- oathe books, yon Wonld not yet hav^dlscovered It,'and would'not probably have discovered It until the time of the sale in August? A.—After the sale everything is all settled up. For instance v aupposc-now we take the taxes of -1873, we render * an- account* to the Comptroller according to our- warrant—give him- the amount sold for instance—tho total amount sold as appeared from our warrants.. 1 attended • the ealc anal marked'every piece-that was sold in blue' pencil, and when.there was judgment .refused ac cording to the judgment record I marked that, and we gave him also a list for the 1873 taxes with the fall description of all the property on which judg ment waa refused, so that so far as the taxes' of 1873 were concerned, with the exception of a few pieces that were through errors left out of the judgment record, why he gets— - Q.—Now about the taxes of 1874? A.—The taxes 0f.1874 operated In the same manner. Q.—The sale forthatsxes of 1874 was when? A.—August, 1875.’; Q.—How about tho taxes on real estate since that time? A. —We have, takes since that time. —since the sale we have taken,—and; in fact, we did while tho -sale was in progress, quite a large amount of' money on that portion on which judgment was re fused us, and, of course, daring the sale we are entitled to - take money up to the moment before - the sal A There' was a good deal of property on 1 which the tax was paid jest previous to the sale, as It came up from day to day. Qr—Now‘the taxes' of 1876? A.—We have do with the tares of 1875. BOW IT HAPPENED. Q.—Will you please Btate how it could he In your opinion that this'defalcation occurred? A,—l can see not other way except on the personalpropo rty. Thepersonal-proporty warrants frot? 1871, follow ing down,' hare never been balanced, because .we were collecting on them all the time -more’orless. There is a large amount in arrears on the warrants of the different years. After 1 took charge, of the books, In running over some—l think it might be 1871'and ticed some marked paid which wero not checked. q, —Harked paid on what?- A. —Marked ■ paid on the warrant—the personal‘property warrant Q. —Not checked on the cash-book?- A.—Not checkcdon the warrant The check-mark is this.; We usually go through,—take the general cash book,' take the entries made daring the day—— Q.—On the warrant? A. — And- to check off ontnl the warrant the amount as appears on the .cash book. ‘ That is checked In red Ink, —a check-mark made. f There •is an - “E” made : as - being •ntcredy—as found entered on the cash-book, ir is a check mark against the amount, showing that I It is esfcered’on thecash-boot,' and' the amount as - 1 compared-with the-warrant is correct' 1 noticed I there wore some amounts marked paid in that way, I and not checked. I Immediately referred to- the j cash-hack of thht-date and-did not find It In the I cash.-- I - Q.—When was this? A*—This was when I first took charge, of tha-books. It was in December, 1873. Q.—Was that rerfestate or_persomJl : property? A.—Personal-property/ tax. This, of-course, was daring Mr. Dooley’s, while he was bookkeeper this tod' occurred,’ I immediately went to hlm and told-him T foand v 'such and each & thlng, and did net-find them-in the cash; Well, TBS BBTLT THAT 1 GOT was that be knew all hboat that; it was none of mr-buataeas,--anyway. - Q.—State folly: what- said, as near as you cam. A.—Says he: **l know all about that, That is the Collector's matter. You need not botbec your head about that.? Q.—What did you reply? A.—l had nothing to say. It was none of my business anyway.' I merely came .across It accidentally,' and merely wanted to know why Itiwas net checked,- os it was of consid erable amount. ■ Q. —How large an amoontf'A.—One of' them, I think, was in the nelgfabdrhdodof Sl,000orfl;200 somewhere along there. Q.—What-do you think they would aggregate 7 A.—Well, I Could not say. Q,—Welh-tnak# an-estimate If you can. A.—l should think that .perhaps those that Ipicked on at that time might have been $4,000 or $5,000. Weil, I afterwards found some more.- Oh, he fted afterwards-In- explanation that he bad a list of those. I afterwards found somo more, and I asked biin If be bod those. He said: “No.” Be sold: ** You had-betteisiee the Collectpi’and -get a list. ” - Q.-—These last'oncsttfaat yon/have mentioned, had they been collected before you came-in as bookkeeper?' A.—Yes,' sir. He 'soldi bad better get a liit-of-those and take care of them—those that I found in the first place—to prevent anything further being said about it or done about it in any way. ■ It’seemed to be a private "matter between Dooley and Von Hollen. There seemed-to-be an understanding between them -about that matter, Snd-I was supposed to be outside of that matter al together, buL for. my own informal 6n Tf any of'the- clerks- should call- my attention to it,- I'pnt Yon-HoUcn’B. Initials-against those Jleces that I found —*&j ?‘EeceivedV.H,”and, as said before when 1 found some other taxes mark paid in that way on the warrant,* he- said. ; You had better get a list from Von Hollen of' allhehad got, so he gave me a list and I gave IHEXIST J toMr. Dooley. • . o.—Do yon ' remember about- how much there was on that list! A.—No air * you "come within any approximate amountT- Av^-Oh,-1 merely gave him the-names; . Q; —How largo a number ornames were they,'do yon think! A. —Xhero- might. have been perhaps a a dozen.’ q.—WhenwasthlsT A.—This vrssln—yon seel took charge of : - thebootajln-Decemhcr* 1878, so it was during.the year 1874. • Q.~Ybudon*t remember what - time in the year? A.*—Well,- along In Ibe .spring. • ,- Q. —Wheve is-lh.a list now! A.—l suppose Mr. Dooley hafl It.' ... , q.—Well; after you became bookkeeper,* were such entries on tbe books?- A.*—-Idon’t remember whethertherc Is- anything? on tho -1574 warrant dr notnf that character. > Q,—You-wonld 1 hztTe'tnown*of*U*lf"there'had CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SUNDAY, MAY 14, IB7G-SIXTEEN PAGES. the ojsi.r w.iT to discover -0l 7 t |^L t i na 0u,d ,1! c ’ rnn throngh the wmranta.. If yon found anythiaethai was mnrb«l poid and not chocked, of coarse then it wae looked ce^"hSS» o,r f n , t? s y° n ' bal “'* made from your CMh-hooksJ- A —Every time we made a report, that balance was reported. ■ repoiw wc^'ir HOWOftera ' T “ thatf *—Generally <mce a A. Q- vZ? ia rii' P . 0I i 1 T. h “ Ild * a 10 the Comptroller* witl tol?So“ d ° t “’ UBtttlie /X. TT ' ... SALAWCIkg. «f^*^tr £Wcon^y°a -make those, repottir balance when these sums were not credited on the cash rebalanced by thecash-boolc the money received. '*• *r&u . *y° n ;k*d to furnish Treaenrer’a receipts d l ,dn^Toar: A.—Tea*. n °t make them balance with yonr re Jx. It certainly. <&—How so f A-—We would deposit-the* bal- once. — Now, the cash-book would show,' the war rantS'would, show, thatcertain ,buci& had paid? A.—Yes, sir. . would show that there was a aeucu?: Ai—The warraatmay show more than hs« actually ]been entered on the cash-book. S;~Thenho\v could yon inakethe balance? A, —we don't the warrant." Q-~Yoa don’t refer to the warrant in winking m» your balance? • A.—No, sin • * v _ .Q. —Don' t .tako .that into consideration!., A.— isotatall. ,As I said before, the personal-property warrants havenevcrbeenfootedup.sotaras Iknow, —the amounts on each warrant, —since he went into office: Q* ! —Then your balance simply’ stated wbat ap peared to have been paid, on the cash-book? A.— Yes, sir. Q.—And your receipts from the - Treas urer would show simply toe receipts by the- Treas urer of the amounts on the cash-book? A.—Yes, sirr'the amounts reported. * Q. —And- those were always balanced? A.—Ycs,. sir, - . .. r Q.—Thera is -no difference then between the amount stated on the cash-book and the Treasurer’s receipts? A;—ThstT cannot say, because so far as that waa.concemed.the. Cashier* Mr. Dooley, made; out what wc call a pencil-report of-the receipts of the office. He took particular charge of that him self.. He take his amounts , from the. cash-book, whether ho reported all that was received or not, that Is more than I can say, because I was given - to' understand that I had nothing to do withthat part of the business at all. Q* : —He might have reported less than was re ceived? A,—He might Q. —And. turn over that lesser amount to the Treasurer?' A.—Yfes, sir. Q-'r-And nobody, would discover that except they went through the books ? A—No, sir. Q. —How about parties—tax- payers—giving CIIBOKB DATBD AHEAD in payment of these taxes ? Do you know anything about that custom ? A.—They did-doso. • Q.—Was it frequently done.? A.—Yes, sir. Q.—Just state how that was? A.—Parties would sometimes give checks 1 dated ahead, some times a month ahead. Of course, that could not be reported as being actually received. Q.—The parties would have their reeelpta : for it; wouldn't they? A.—-They would. Q.—But It would not be entered on the cash book?. A—Tharwould-notgoJntothe report, but it might ,be entered on the cash-book,, but still it would not be reported. Mr. Dooley, probably, would not keep thatamount back.. As 1 said be fore, he would not report all that appeared on the cash-book on “that day, bccansc'if-he had a check dated a week or ten days ahead ho would not report It until that check matured. Q:—He-would not turn thp check over to the Treasurer OQtUit matured? A.—Ko, sin Q.—Do you know about parties paying, on these checks by installments? A.—There has been one case that l know, of; Q.—Which was that? A.—Potter Palmer. POTTER PALSIEB/ Q.—Tell the.partieolars of .that case as far asyou 1 know. A.—ln regard to this PoUetPalmer check, I know that he gave a check on don’t re member, butl think is was the City National-Bank,, but I-won’t be certain. At any rate, he gave this check only a day ortwo before this bank went un der for rha whole amoost of. his tax. Q.—What was the whole amount of It? A,—Be tween $25.000 and $30,000, I think. Q. —About $35,000 I think Hr. Dorley stated. A.—Well, I don’t remember the amount of course. I didn’t consider that as a part of any business of mine to looklnto itanyway, because-it was ar ranged I understood. S.— Did yon see the cheek? A.—ldid not- I erstood Mr,. Von Hollcn to say that , the ar rangement was made. with the Mayor, that. Mr. Colvin 1 bad made the arrangement- with Potter Palmer in regard to the payment of his taxes, and he was to tat o' his check, and hold it for an In definite period.- Q,—'\V4io was that ? A.—Mr. YonHollexu Q.—Mr. Von HoDen told you so ?’ A.—Yes sir. Q.—That Mr. Colvin tbs arrangement? I A.—Yes, sir.. He said it would bo all right, that I was the amount of It. Well, he bad got' his re : celpt-book for all his taxes, and his check, was de- I posited in the office. Q.—Mr. Palmer had got his receipt-book? A Yes, sir; and they tried to get. his receipt-book back Into the office, but it seems one of the men had given bis receipt-book to one of the county clerks to have his county tax written op in It, ana he would not give it up, and 1 know that there was quite a finny there about getting' the book after this bank hod failed, and they afterwards —Mr.. Von Holies arid Potter J/almer—made some sort of arrangement whereby he was to pay in installments. Be paid along &1,000, $2,000, and $3,000 at a time, and, alonjty in—perhaps it woS December or January It would be—it might have been as late as January, and perhaps Feb ruary, I don’t remember when, but It was about the time tbotthat cloth department of Palmer’s was aboutgoing Into other hands, and there-was a rumor that rotter was going under; and Von Hoi* len faadoit been at the office for. a. day or two, and ,tho first time he came into the office I took him one side and told him what I bad heard about Pot ter Palmer,, and. wanted, if he had all that straightened up yet. I was anxious, for VouBolIcn; aud be said yes, that was all right; he bad gives a check for the balance due, and it had been indorsedby some other parties, so that it was all perfectly straightho said he had been at It for a week, waiting and talking with him, and so on, and he bad finally rmcceeded in gutting it through a day or two before; Q,'—That was about a,week ago, you say?—or when was that? A.—Oh, this was along in, per haps,-January; Do you know anything else about that Potter ? Palmer business T A.—Well,. He kept dragging alonp, I think, in Janua.Ty, and ho paid after the Ist of January some. In rcgard to the warrant of. 1874, there was a discrepancy of some $1; 300 or $1,400 between my account and the . amounts de posited on the XB74.wacrant,and the amount os up-, peared paid by the warrant Itself, and' there was; onthe 29tb day of .April, SII,BOO dua-on. this check of Potter Palmer's. It was then in Mr. Dooley's hands,’—hi his charge.* I suppose it was in the safe. Of 1 course that left our accounts out of. balance some $1,200 or SI,BOO. Q. —Go on how and state about THAT OONVEB8ATIOV• THAT - TOOK FLAGS TES - , A—As I was toralidng.up home with Mr. Perrins, one of the employes of the officer be said that they, were talking In there about whore the deficiency or defalcation could have come in, and he made a rc gark that ft could not have come in on real: estate, because 1573 was,alf balanced up, and. 1874, he said, coaldcotbeout very mnch more than $1,200 or sl, 300, because there was a check—he had heard Mr. Dooley te3l ; me that there was a check for SII,BOO/end Mr/Dooley called hlmon one-side, and told him. Q.—T£i» was yesterday? A.—This was yester day afternoon near 4 o'clock. V.—ln‘the*office? A.—ln the office, and told him that there was no money for that check. Dooley told Penine so? A-—Yes; • (J.—Did be say the check was gone? A.—He dito’t say. I believe he -said there was no money fior the check. He didn’tinqnire ony farther, r be cause he had keen snubbed a good many times i when inquiring about matters * that he was-told did 1 not concern him. The - same thing- occurred with myself' in' regard to these matters I have already related-whcn I found: the warrant marked paid and not checked. Mrv Dooley always said he knew all about it,' and ! need not concern myself-aboat it. Q. —Do yon? know* anything about VonHollen having' DUB BlLLS there In* the safe in place of money—his own.duo bills? A.—They.made a. practice there of ad vancing money during'the montbto all the cm ployesln'lhe office; Ire- man*wantedss : or*slo, he would go to the cashier and. give him bis ticket, or what- they would- caU a-. ticket,, as being good for so much, 'money. Mr. Von Hollcn 'used to do the same way. They all did* Cte ‘same thing, and of coarse tho salaries were all paid In there, fend warrants,: of-course, - on -the Treasurer- turned-over •to the Treasurer and deposited, in - the Treasury,by the cashier the same as money. Q. —The salaries were paid there in the office? A.—Yes, sir. Q.—Tho warrants were turned over to theTreas* | urer as so much money? A.—Yes, sir; warrants on the Treasury the same as all the salary warranty. I Instead of the employes of the office going to the Comptroller and - getting their - warranto- on the Treasurer,, the warrants-.were- all returned to Von Hollen, and- the- salaries- were all paid In there, and all these due-bills of course were taken Into account, and the balance, if any, remaining due was paid to the employe by the cashier. - Hekcptan account of that; Q.—Mr. Dooley stated that sometimes there were due-bills there of Yon Hollcn to the amount of $30,000 to $30,000. A;—l don't know. . Q. —Could that have been possible? A/—I should think not.. Q.—Why not? ‘ A.—i should not have supposed that he would have allowed it; I- certainly, should not If I bad been cashier. - Qi —Wouldn't’* it'-have been impossible :to have made the books balance if the cash bod been taken out, and due-bills put In place 'or it?"A.—Of course. If- that was the: case wby he could not have reported all that was received according to the cash-book. • Q.— Whow-duty was it to compare the cash-book with the accounts turned over to. the Treasurer? A.—That Mr. Dooley took on' himself always as longas be was.cashier. Q.—Then with his knowledge and his consent this might have been done? A—Yes, sir. - Q,— Bight straight along? A.—Yes, sir/ Q.—But not otherwise? A.—Nobody else knew anything about it in the office.* . Q.—AsybabsTC'Btated'.heneednot have turned over all the cash that was. pal on the cash-book? A/—No/ str: Q*—Might have kept thedae-billanf Yon Holies In placeof cash, and not reported it as collected? sin be might have done a& ; Q.—That would bare benrposslble? A—Yesr Birr that.wan the only way it could have been done.' Q.—Do you think that this personal-property tar conld hare been COLLECTED BT VOS HOLLEIT without its being ahortly afterwards discovered by these collectors, that la, In any large amounts? A. —These items, as I stated before, as being mark cd on the warrant and not checked,—if they found anything of that kind, and they came to me about it, or Mr. Dooley, of oonrae the; would not copy those on their colicctloa-books for. outside collec tion. Q.—lf they were all marked paid? A.—lf they, were all marked paid. Q. —Not checked? A—And lf they were not marked paid. Q.—But when they were copied on their books ? A.—When they were copied on their'books, why of course, going to those? parties they would exhibit their receipt. Q.—Did yon ever hear of anything of that kind - being done t A.—l have NOT THIS TEAB. Q.—Did yon ever heat of It before? A.—During the year 1873,. they had a clerk in there who col lected from $1,500 to $2,000 la that way, signed Von Hollers name, and gave parties receipts, which he never turned oven Q. —Who was that? A,—His name was Otto Wieffels. • Hqw was thatarranged? A.—Well, he was arrested, audit was some time before he could get ball, and'l think some of his friends-paid over some-S3OO or SIOO, and then he got. bail and skipped out •Q. —Straw ball? A—Of'Conrse thnlosscameon VonHollen. Mr. Dooley haa a Hat of all those de falcations, because that was during his time as bookkeeper and while I was division clerk. ft;—Then was not there a large amount of un collected taxes of prior years which were not on the.booka, whlehthesecollectors have when they came round collecting.personal property tax? A.—No; because; after!took holdof the books; I had those amounts brought forwardin pencil in each succeeding warrant so that they coaid be entered on the books if collected. * - Q.—When did you first have any knowledge or snspidonjof VON HOLLEN’S • BEING A DEFAULTER I A. —Well, X had no suspicion at all. of his being a defaulter, only in regard to those items,- as x stated before. I supposed that he was using those things temporarily, in anticipation of his salary, and that-they would all be straightened oat I had no idea that he hod appropriated any. large amount. Q.—Did yon know anything obonthla gam bling ? A—l did not; I merely heard, a rumor of it, perhaps two or three weeks ago. That was the first X heard ofit I was very little, outside of the office. I had things to attend to lathe office, and never beard anything of that character. TUB DISCHARGE. Q.—You were discharged from the office, weren't you, Mr. Heafford? A.—Yes. sfr. Q.—Who discharged yon? A.—The final dls-* charge was from Mr. Von Hollen himself- 1 was told by Mr. Hepper and Mr. Dooley both that I would have to leave, but 1 told 1 thorn I should not take any discharge from anybody except from head quarters. ■ ■ Q.‘—What was the ground of your discharge? A. —The ground they stated was that there was no ap propriation for me. Q.—No appropriation foryon? A—Yea,.slr, that was what they slated. Q. —Did they seem to be suspicions of yon' ? A. —Well, I don’t know. I don’t think, that Mr. Ton Hollen had. 1 rather think Mr. Dooley thought that t knew more than perhaps was good for the office. Q.—Ton wore afterwards taken back again tem porarily; weren’t you ? A.—Yes, sir. Q.—Why was that ? A.—Well, I think Mr. Hub bard was appointed bookkeeper in my place imme diately after the Ist of April; andXwaa away a couple of days, and Mr. Von Hollen, or. at-least they undertook, to balance the special assessment warrants. We had some 650, T think special assessments, and at the time I was discharged wo were right in the midst of settling the 1874 business. Of course, when! was- discharged, 1 dropped everything where it; was, and gave Mr. Dooley what information T tboughtwas necessary for him to go on and balance up. I understood,that he waa to do my work, and afterwards I was told that Mr.'Hubbard was ap pointed .bookkeeper. He conldnot take hold of it very well. He didn’t know any thing, about it, and I heard a rumor that my books were in such a mixed, complicated condition that nobody could tell anything about them, so, for the sake of my reputation, I went back to show them the way ont' of the woods. I went hack for a couple of days,, and Mr. Dooley, and Mr. Hubbard, and myself took hold of the special assessment warrant and bal anced them up, and returned them to the Comp troller. Q..— So there has been no defalcation in the special -assessment warrant? A.—No, sir. THE VAULT. Q,—Did you have the combination to the vault? A.—Yes, sin bat not to the safe. Q,—Who e»*e.besldes yourself had the combina tion to the vault? A.—Mr.- Heppdr, and Charley While, and Dooley. Q.—And Mr. VonHollen? A.—The combination, was changed at the time that the Town Collector went in there this last winter, and Mr. VonHollen didn’t have that. Mr. Dooley and ilr. Von Hollen had-tbe combination to the safe, but no one else. Q.— Nbbody'bnt Dooley and Yon Hollen bad the combination to the safe? A.—No sir, not that I know of. I know there were several times that Mr. Dooley was not there, that they wonld hare to wait for Mr. Von Hollen to get the safe open in the morning. Q..—Do you know what there was in the safe? No sir, I do not. Q.—Never examined the contents? A.—No sir. The contents 1 considered—l was given to under stand I had nothing at all to do with. VON HOLL3SN. Q.—When did yon last see Ton Hollenf A.—l saw him about half-past 4 o'clock on Wednesday of this week. Q.—Where was he then? A.—He was in the office. Q,—Did yon notice anything, peculiar abont his manner or appearance? A.—No, sir. I will state though ihatl was in the Comptroller’s office in tho afternoon, and I casually dropped into tho office, and this was about 4 ‘ o’clock or a little after 4 o'clock,-and they were closing up, and I noticed, .that Mr. Charles White was tiring to give him the combination to the vault—writing It outforbim. He wrote it and it didn’t wockr and Bln Hepper. •was there with him, watching' him, and he could not make Itoperate,and-Mr; Hepper came .to mo and says; “yonhave got the.combination to tbe vault,yon know It, don’t youf* Says I • ‘Yes; sir.” I :bad it in writingin mypocket-boofc I looked over ; the one that Mr. White had given him, and I saw ;that there was an error in it, so I gave Mr. Von Hollen one that I had,' andhe-trled Itwith that, and • found it worked all right. In the meantime Dooley ihad been absent two or three days,— a couple of . days then;—and be said that os long asDooley was not there, ho would have to come dawn m.the -morning to open the vault; so I gave him the com bination right there. 1 Q. —He bad tho combination, to. the safe ?. A. — Yes, sir. Q.—Did he have a key to the door of the office*? A—-Yes, sir. Q. —There was nothing to prevent his coming In ttao office at any time niter that and opening; the vault and getting into the sofo? A.—No, sir. Q.—Doyen kuowwhcther there was any money in the safe at that time? A. —Mr. White can tell yonall about that: I only have his word for it I asked him yesterday. Q. —What did he say about U? A*—He said, that Hr. Von Hollen wanted to give him the combina tion of tho safe in' wHting, and he said he would not take it; he would not take the responsibility because he did not know what was in the safe, but he gave the collections of that day to Mr. Von Hol len, and Mr. Von Hollen took them into the vault and ho supposed he put them into the safe ana locked it Q.—How much were. they, do yon- remember? A.—The license collections, I believe, and a little on personal property, SOOO or S7OO ha thought, and the safe bod not been unlocked from,, thattimeto. yesterday morning. Q.—How do you know? A.—Hasays: bo. Q.—White says so? A.—Yes, sir; he-says he knows, because it was not unlocked the day before, —the safe-hadn’t been, I asked White yesterday It his money was in the safe, and he said he did not ace It Q.—Had he been in to look In? A.—l suppose 80. Q.—Where is White now? A.—He Is around here. He is Che license clerks I asked him how much he put in, and he said he didn’t recollect now, bnt he said it was s6oo**or S7OO. What they called the receipt-slip will show how ranch It was,—how much for llosnsee, and how much for the rest. THE INDICTMENT. The Grand Jurvyestcrday. bad its attention called to the Von Hollen master by the appear ance of’the City Comptroller,' City Treasurer, and the defaulter’s cashier/ before- that body. The visit was not uncxpected to the lury, who dropped all else to hear whatever might be pre sented. The examination of the witnesses was brief, and a few: moments (later q true bill was found, drawn, and certified to, as follows: I . State of Ilmkois, ? „ County of Coot j 8 Of the. May term, of the Criminal Court of Cook County in-said county and State, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six.- The Grand Jurors chosen, selected,.and-swom in for the County of Cook, in the State of Illinois, in the name and by the authority of the people of the State of Illinois, upon their oaths present, that George Von Hollen, late of the County of Cook, on the 10th day of Hay, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six, in said County of Cook, in the State of Illinois aforesaid,' was then and there a public officer, to-wit: Collect-' or of .the City of Chicago, and that,w snchnublic officer, he, the said George Van Hollem did'thcn and there unlawfully and feloniously embezzle and fraudulently convert to tfikown use a large sum of current money, to-vrit; the sum'of one hundred tbousand'dollara; belonging to and theproperty of the said City of Chicago, the said City of Chicago being,then and there a municipal corporation, con trary to thOsthtuteand against the peace and-dlg nity of - the.same people of the State of Illinoiss Charles IL Heed, State’s Attorney; The Indictment was returned- into Court at once; and the jury retired for-the transaction of other-business. | MB; JAMBS if. MARSHALL, who wasmcntionedJn the statement of Cashier Dooley as being back in bis taxes, and that Von Hollen had' been carrying his check, yesterday shofred the 1 vouchers to a Tribune reporter, proving that Jie hadpald the money, long-ago, and .that Von Hollen never bad to carry itover. The check was dated Jan: SI, 1873," and was cer tified; It-is for and was paid Feb..s, last, having, passed through, the Clearing- House Feb., 4, .thus showing that Von Hollen stole tfahr money, though' It ■ bears - the-Clty Treasureriff stamp on-the.bftck»- EOISEK6fASP. His Record as a Bing Member of the County Board. What a little Quiet Investigation Has D«relo|>e<J. Ha Em Persistently Supported Every Sing , Measure.. His late Challenge Pretty Thoroughly Answered, To tht Editor of The Tribnne. Chicago, Mayllfc—Some days.ago I noticed io ithe daily papers a card from .Mr. Thomas Lonergan, in which he challenged “Joseph Me ffill,,Wilbur F. Storey, or any other citizen to prove against me (him) a corrupt or dishonor able act before or.since I was elected to the office of County Commissioner.” > The public have nothing to do with the pri vate acts of Mr. Lonergan, but his official acts arc of course< subject to criticism, andf as the gauntlet- was so broadly thrown down, it oc curred. to 'me up the records of the County Board, and below are & few extracts gleaned from three, published volumes of its records. I have not heard it charged that Hr. Bonergau has acted from corrupt motives (he was arlch man before he,went into the Board)) but it is the general belief that for thc-sak? of power he has LENT HIMSELF TO THE BING, audit makes but little difference to the tax* burdened people of Cook County what motive carried him into the Bing; it is enough to know that a man has acted with the M County Board Bing” for three‘years and more. Mr. XiOnergan always appeared as the friend . and champion of Mr. Architect Egan, who rent* cd an office lit his budding, on Clark street. Boring the summer of 1873, the Jail and Crim inal Court Building was being constructed under the immediate direction ofthe architect, Egan, and theßuil ding Commltteeof the County Board, composed of the following gentlemen: TL M. Singer, Chairman, A. J. Calloway, George M. Boguc, Thomaa Lonergan, and John netting. Hr. Singer discovered that the work was being prosecu ted in an unsatisfactory manner, and as the archi tect did not follow ont the directions of the Build ing Committee; it was found necessary to employ a competent superintendent, and the Board-directed, the. Committee to employ a superintendent, and report its action to the Board. A majority of the Committee (Singer, Galloway, and Bogue), agreed upon Mr. H. Morris, a man of large experience in building, and who was recommended very highly by the best architects and builders in Chicago, MU- Toledo; but, as he was a man who could not be managed by Architect Egan in the in terest of Mike Bailey and the other contractors, LONBBGAIT AND HSBTIKO brought in a minority report appointing one. Ed. Gicftson (a family connection of Sir. Loner gan> to the position of Superintendent which, ap pointment was confirmed by the ring members of the Board, and from this time oat Loncrgnn, Egan, and Gleason carried on the building Wholly in the interest of the contractor*. It Is needless to add thatboth.Egan.gxul Gleason are still in the employ of the County. On Dec. 16, 1873, in. the election of county officersy Mr. Lonergan brought out John M. Roundtree *as candidate for County Attorney, and George- 8. Kimberly as candidate for Warden, of Insane Asylum, and Poor-House. In December, 1873, the Committee on Public Chart ties, composed of five members, all Ring members,. Mr. Lonergan, really, the leading member, suddenly found it necessary to find more room forthe County Agent’s office, and succeeded, in getting a resolution passed authorizing the Committee to rent new rooms, notwithstanding the fact that the lease of the rooms- then occupied by the County Agent did not expire until the following May. The Commit tee soon reported that they had rented a store oa Canal street at SIOO per month. It was soon after discovered that, though the lease was made out in another’s name, THB BtnXBDiG BBLOKGBD- TO COSDOSfiIOBBB LONEROAJf, and he has since rented out* the balance'Of hie building, to. the county meat contractor, and others,, which could not be rented for one-half, what the. coontrand the county contractors are paying, bud not, Mr. Lonergan succeeded in. establishing th* CountyAgcnt’sofficein his building. When the contracts for the - annual supplies’ were mode in December, 1873, we find that Mf. Lonergan stood ready to vote for the Ring con tractors as against other competitors and. the. in terests, of the people of Cook. County, as. appears by the following. The for famishing bread (see* page 56 of December session, 1873) were as. follows: . Schwcinforth Bros.Wcst Blvision, j. F. Klcinbaus, North Division.., J. F. Bear, South Division ■. C. L. Woodman, all 219-20 Commissioner Clough (page 50, same report) moved that the contract 1 he awarded to the lowest bidder,, which motion.was defeated, and TUB CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TO THE HIGHER BIDDERS, Hr. Lonergan tooting with the majority, against the lowest bidder. It was believed by some members of the Board tbatlchangcs had been made in the construction of the Jail and Criminal Court building from the plans •and specifications agreed upon, ana in fact commu nications had been sent into the Board complaining of such changer, and. <«Feb. 16,1874, on motion ,of'Mr. Singer, a resolution; was passed instructing the Committee on Public BpiMlngs.tareport to tbs. Board whatever changes, had been made which had not been reported to the Board.' At the next meet ing ofvtbe Board,. Hr. Lonergan. as Chairman, of the Building Committee (which position ha gained in consideration of voting for Bom Ashton* for Chairman of the Board), submitted * comma* Intention from his man and tenant, Architect Egan, (which was not* report, but a;personal attack, on : 'Hr. ginger, and which was a tissue-of falsehoods jfrom'beginnlngto end, and so proved by Commis sioners Clough and Bogne, bat-under the leader ship of Hr. Lonergan the report was adopted by the Board, add the attempt to ascertain the''changes ; which had been made in the construction of the building for the benefit, of Hike Bailey et aL was frustrated.__ On page 58; Marcbseasion, 1874* vre And that Mr. lionergan.. as Chairman of the Bailding.Committce, submitted a report* recommcndinirthat the county pay bis friend rod-tenant* Architect-Egan, the sum: of SO,IBO as * * extra services rendered” In connec tion 'With work on the Jail and Criminal Court building, which Report was. ADOPTED BT A FULL VOTE OF THE BIEO. Cm-page C 6, March session, 1874; Mr. L'oner ' gaiV Chairman of-the Building Committee, sub mitted a report recommending that Hike Bailey and' SweneyA- Bro. be paid $3,303.91 for. “ex tras 1 * on tho Jail and Criminal Court buildings ■which “ extras M had neve* been ordered by the ' Board, TheTeportwda passed. Hr. Lonarganand - the other King members voting yea. The Chicago Time* of April, 25, 1874, contained . a detailed statement as to the qualities of goods famished, to the paupers, stating that they had samples of all the articles referred to; and at the ; sessionof the Board aeid April 27, 1874, the pro ceedings (page 73, March session, 1874). show that Commlsstonerßogue introduced the following: WnznfiAS, The Chicago Tunss in its- issoe of ' April 25,1874, contained serious charges against tho contractor, for furnishing supplies on the , County Agent’s order; therefore, 1 RetolteHy Thata special committee of three he appointed to investigate said statement Xonergan and-Crawford seat the resolution to the Committee on Public Charities and Hospital, with ins traction* to investigate the- character and quality of supplies famished. the committee sever reported, andPeridwt, with the permission of the Blog, and the connivance of the wardens whom, he and the Bing had elected to take charge of the charitable Institutions of the county, continued, to deliver rotten and worthless supplies to the unfortunate poor, whilethe county paidfora good quality. ’ At the meeting of the Bourdon June 15, 1874; the Bing members voted to proceed with thubnild ing of the Court-House, and recommended thatthe be allowed; the architect or arehi tectsabould be • 4 4 4 per cent upon the ccst of (be building, work, materials, and' finish complete. w Commissioner Clough (page 29, June session, 1874) moved to amend by making the compensa tion' 2J4* per cent, instead of 4-per cent, which amendment was lost, Hr. Lonergan and the Bing members voting against It. - ou Aug. 24,1874 (see pages 108 ana 309, Jane session). Commissioner Bogus presented a-tabu lated statement to the Board showing a list of eighty articles famished to the Insane Asylum and Poor-House and County Hospital byFeriolat, giv ing tho prices paid and the contract price, in which the price charged exceeded the contract price from 10 TO-100 PBB.CBOT. Commissioner Clough moved the reference of the paper to **■ a select committee of fire, toeooalstof non-membcrt of the Public Charities and Hospital Committees,” bat the Ring members objected to having their acts investigated by the honest men. bers of the Board,-and soreferredthe.subject mat ter to the Hospital and Public Buildings Commit tees, consisting, with two exceptfonvof the very members who .had previously audited the. bills. The Committee commenced their session by ap pointing one John 3L Rountree as the. person-to condoct the investigation, in- the intemfeof the Bing and to shield the guilty parties, - Rountree was County Attorney of the Bing, ana was the friend and candidate ofHe&iug. He exam ined the witnesses, and. Instead of patting plan straightforward* questions, pat such questions a* would not call out-and develop the facts. HIS OPINIONS WERE ALL lE* THE INTEREST OT THB-RINO, and finally Sir. Commissioner. Bnmilct,. tor the purpose ot ascertaining jnst yhere Rountree' and nis consorts stood, demanded his opinion m writ. Inzonseveral points, and winch was given, ever in the interest of the Ring, but an opinion- which at that time was deridodhy crery respectable and UueUigest Uyjer in thneicy who investigated cb« 'queaHon; and among them Judgr Beckwith, who -gave an opinion in writing. • : £ w o were written, one by the majority, which iounii themaelres and the contractors-inno cent, 3lr. ■ Rountree, the accommodating atlor ney. or three reports which. It* was hoped, Mr. Burdick would sign, but that gentle* man preferred to write his own report, and did not concnr with the majority, most of whom were friends of Perlolat, and of whom they received their family supplies. : At the organisation of the Board In December. 1874. on a vita voce roto for Chairman, Lonereaa voted for John Crawford, Ring member, in oppo sition to Commiisioner Burdick.-who had proved himself to be a faithful public ofilcet. On Dec, 30, 1074. the Board had under consid eration the fixing of salaries for the ensuing year; and we find that Mr. Lonergan steadily voted with the Ring In fixing high salaries. At the samescs sion of the Board he voted to retain in office. Cou nty Attorney Rountree and George S. Kimberly for warden of the Insane Asylnm and Poor-llouse, both of whom bad distinguished themselves as SEBVILB TOOLS OP PESIOLAT AKD THB BIKO. On Jan. 14, 1875 (page CD, December session, 1874), the ’Joint Committee to whom had been referred the report of the Committee on Supplies reported that, at a meeting of said Committee. Commissioner Lonergan moved that the Commit* tee exonerate the Warden. George S. Kimberly, from alt charges preferred against him, when it had been proven by Kimberly's own witnesses that ho had traded oft dry goods for groceries, and It bad also been proveubythc books of the Matron of the Insane Asylnm that a largo portion of the foods, which had been paid for by. the county on Ills certified to by Kimberly in favor of C. P. Perlolat had never been received or used bathe Asylum. On Jam 25,1875 (page 91, December session, 1874), a minority report was made from the Com mittee on Public Charities, stating that Andrew Heggen (aHo« a P. Perlolat) had largblt defbvudbh tot cororrr In his contract to supply goods, and recommended that said Heggen (or PertoTat) be not paid a bill; amounting to $2,118.10. Thi> following is quoted from the minority report, to show why the bill should not have been allowed: Andrew Heggen had the' contract for famish* mg Cook County with any and all dry-goods re quired bylt for the year ending Dec. 31,1874. In December last Just past, on examining the dry goods at the Poor-House and Insane Asylum—(it was found by a special committee of this Board, then investigating the affairs of these two institu tions)—that the dry-goods received at these institu tions were of a verymferiorquallcyfor the prices named in the contract, and many samples were taken by the Committee—indeed a piece of each of the leading articles wero taken to compare with similar goods here—with the view of comparing the prices or the same; and the undersigned, as a member of the Special Committee, went to Messrs. Field, LeitenfeCo., for the purpose of obtaining the real value of the various kinds of goods being received by the county from Andrew Heggen, the contractor for drj-gooos, when it was demonstrat ed that the various articles represent*! by the samples could be purchased from this firm (Field, Letter <b Co.) for 40 per cent, or less, of the amounts actually being paid to the contractor. For instance: ** Paid by the county for Per yard. for Sheeting. $00.12 SO.IO Bleached shirting. 20 .11 Prfnjs .10# .07*4@08f4 Ticking 25 .13 Towelling 24 .13 Drilling 33 .14& Cassimere. 90 .25 Redflannel 47*5 ,30 Cotton-batting. 20 .13 Woolen mitts.-, per doz., 11.00 per doz, 4.50 ‘ 4 That Committee, by actual figures, proved con clusively that the county had -been charged eomi - $5) 000 more than, the same quality of. goods conic have been purchased for In this city. Ahd-theso articles referred' to did not comprise all the goods purchased in that line: and it Is believed that tho percentage on the remaining articles—such as curl ed hair, women's hose. Balmorals; thread, buttons, counterpanes; table-cloths, etc.-—would be even greatertban that enumerated above.' 1 - A motion toadopt the minority report was lost by a vote of 5 yeas to 8 nays, ilr; Lonergan voting with the Bing, members. „ On Feb. 15; 1875 (page 137, December session. 1874), a* minority report was made* recommend ing that Ohe bread contract be awarded to Fred Yoltz, and the following reasons were given why THE lOSOEOT REPORT should be adopted: •* A motion was made-to adopt this minor!ty re port, on which-the vote was as follows; „ ‘‘y««-Baase, Clough, Guenther, Holden, Burdick. * ‘Adys— Lonerrjan, McCaffrey, Russell, Johnson* Carroll, Conly, Crawford, Herting. ” In the letting of contracts for the present year, the-Bing members took good care of their friends at the expense of the tax-payers of the county, as- will be seen by the following extract- from page 137, December session, 1874: “The minority of your Joint .Committee, to whom was referred the proposals for furnishing Cook County with broad, for the year ending Dec. 31, 1875, having- considered the same, beg leave to report that the Committee had- various l proposi tions before them: that the lowest responsible bid was from Fred Voltz, who proposed to furnish aft the bread required by the County Agent for thr year cndingDcc. 31*1878, at the rate of $2.19 for 100 pounds, being at the rate of 210-100 cents per loaf of X pound. The Committee visited the vari ous establishments whose propositions were con sidered favorable. They found the bakery of- Mr. voltz, on Milwaukee avenue, capable of all the bread that might be requlredfor the county's use, the bread of good quality, and proper sized loaves. The. establishment of. Schwelnfurth Brothers was also visited with a similar result. The majority of the Committee favored the propo sition of Schwelnfurth Brothers to furnish the bread required by the County Agent for the year ending-Dec. 31, 1875, at the rate of $2.50 per 100 I pounds; being at the sate of 2& cents per one pound loaf of bread. Last year the county paid for 800,000 pounds of bread for the County Agent’s office, or the sum of $24,000. The propo sition of Schwelnfurth Brothers, allowing the same quantity of- bread-to be consumed tiy* year ns was consumed-lost year, will amount to the sum of $20,000, while that of Fred Volts amounts to the sum of $17?520. This being the case. It would seem, imperative on the Board to give this contract for bread to Fred Voltz, bis hid' being 31 cents: per 100' pounds lower than the Schwelnfurth Brothers, and, in ad dition to the usual bond to comply strictly with*the , terms of the contract, Mr. Voltz proposes to place in.thehands of the County Board, as a further guarantee of ‘ Ms faithful performance of the con tract to the very letter, five SI,OOO Cook: County interest-bearing bonds; and all things being Con sidered, It docs appear that to Mr. Ffed voltz belongs‘the contract, not only for the reason that his contract will save to the county the sum of $2,480, but for the furtherreason that his bid com plies with the requirements of our advertisement calling for proposals, etc., to furnish the county with bread for the year ending Dec. 31; 1875. For the above reasone-the undersigned, a minority of your Joint Committee, would recommend' the a warding; of the con tract for the furnishing of bread to Cook County fortbe year ending Dec. 31, 1875, t 6 Fred Voltz, upon the conditions specified above.**' lb. On page 142, same session, we find- that a mo tion to adopt the minority report was lost by a vote of 5 yeas-to 9 naysr MB. LONjesaiM TOTnr® WITH thb BINS saat- OnJulyS, 187 S, (page 397, June session,lß7s), a majority of the Building Committee reported recommending the rescinding of the action of the Board-had on Nor; 16,1874, which actionwas the election of J. J. Egan as Architect fee the county portion - of the Court-House. Me., ionergan de feated the-proposition In a vote cf 7 yeas to 8 nays, thereby continuing as sole- architect for the con struction of tho building, which was estimated to cost some mlllions-of dollars, hta friend and tenant, James. J. Egan, who by his reported recent testi . mony before the Grand Jury, was paying C. F. Pertolai thousands of dollars for the* purpose of securing his place as architect by buying up a ma jority of the County Board. OnjJuly 12, 1873 (page 405,1874-6 Records), Commissioner Lonergan aided tbe-King members by his vote to carry through the-printing steal, which is costinglbe county thousands -of dollars annually, to have its (the Board’s) proceedings published in-papers which no one reads. SOT THE BUG MOST BAYS JL3S OEOAJT. After the Bing'had forced the Board to commence work on the Court-House fa advance of the city be ing ready, Egan and the contractors fomtd that some-change must be nude, as a majority of the Building Committee* (Messrs. Clough; Gurntber and Bordick) were non-Ring members, so-tbeideue was conceived of adding tha Committee on Pabli. Service to-the Baildmg Committee, which rehiy forced' Messrs- Lonergan and- Schmidt W. the addition of Coaly, McCaffrey, Carroljl and Johnson, and, at their first- mee - ing r in violation of all p&rlimentary usage* they elected Lonergan Chairman of the Joint Com mittee, thereby displacing Commissioner Clongh, a man who enjoyed the foilestconfidonce of all hon est men. The Aral contract let was for the foundation of the new-Conrt-Hoasa. which was-awarded to “Fanner”Harms for $5-4,850, when HcNeal & Son offered to do the same work for $72,075. The contract was awarded -by a vote of 8 yeaa to 6 nays,. MB, LONEBOAJf VOTING WITH ZH3 BCfG MBM> But time nor space will not allow a greater elaboration. The foregoing extracts have ’been given to prove that Mr. Lonergan has not acted honorably, bat rather- dishonorably, and against the interest of the people of Cook County. If one will take the trouble to look through the records of the County Board, he will find that In ninety-nine cases out. of every hundred Mr. Lonergan- has voted with the Bing;' Yours,' InvEsTiGAton, A young printer named David Bell, was arretted Wednesday evening by Officer Cobb at the instance of-Uessra. Hamilton, Rowe & Co., who chared him with- attempting to obtain money from them on a forged check. Since BelTs arrest, the officer has worked up and .exposed a well-devised system of forgery which has been successfully carried out by the prisoner In conjunction with some persons still at large. The plan has been to ascertain with whom certain houses have business con nections, and then- to make a reoaest,- gencrallv on the back. of their cards, asking the victims Co cosh an accompanying check. The firms Who have been victimized hi this manner so far as known at present are' D. B. Fisk & Co., and Mr. Ganbcrt, of the Gardner House. An application for $l5O was made to Hamilton, Rowe Co* in the name of William E. Hale, but the letter’s caution spoiled the little game. Bell, who presented the note, claims that he was inno cent of the i swindle,-and that-he had been charged to deliver It by a' man named •J 1 W,' Wallack, for whom he had-done similar services before.- The 1 blankg- nscd-wero thoflo of the Canadian-Bank of Commerce. The prisoner baa been held-to the Cricffas! Court to ftiumof $1,600, «fe Co. sell BERS. BER 3. POLITICAL. The Third Ward Ciub Meets and Suggests Delegates—The Aldermen Indorsed. The .Republicans of the Thir* teenth Sustain Hoyne—The First Ward Ciab. third ward rfpubmcans. DISCUS3INO THB.SmTATIOS. The Third Ward Republican Club bold a fairly* attended meeting at No. 960 Wabash avenue. Mr. I. W. Knell, In the absence of President Cullerton, waa chosen to preside, and Mr. W. °. °° le “ Secretary. The object of the meeting was the selection of dele gales to the County Convention. The matter bad been referred to a Special Committee, which twenty-sir names, as follows,front which, ten delegates are to bo djoS s°in. Ja ?. es . H. Rees, Benjamin W. Ray |n‘,as i ri. H ss i ?s. E -ss??i V, Fitzpatrick, Dr* F. A* Emmons, Chbrles H. Bom, Myron L. Pearce, Charles M. Cul bertson, C. M. Favorite, ElbHdge G. Keith, A, C« Calkins, N» S, Boston, George SrfinpiA>> John S. Gould, Ferd W. Peck, The report was adopted. Mr, Aldrich wonteohis name withdrawn from the ticket In favor of Aid. Spaulding, as ho bad enough to do in the Aldennanlc matter. Ha haff experienced a good deal of what gentleman must have undergone, and paid him and the mi nority of the Inst Council a compliment for theii extorts in behalf of the people against the enor mous oddsarroyed against, them of a corrupt Mr. Roberts moved that the nmdidifri t* re quested to OXVB THE IB VIEWS AS TO CHOICE FOB GOVSBSOB. Mr. Galloway was willing to trust to the goo* sense of the delegates • who should be sent %9 Springfield. Mr. Roberts 1 motion was lost. Balloting was then gone into, which resulted m follows: George Armour. James H. Bees, Charles M. Culburtaon, E. Q. Keith, 3. A. Irish, r l7ra ’c N -,f: Bonton - -A- C. calkins, E. B. Myers, Jesse Spalding. 1 The Chair then announced the IBthinst asth« date for holding the primaries, from. 4 to 7 o'clock p. m. \ THB AU>HH3t£3N DfDOSSED, theAlderm' 721 : °^ flowing iaregardtz JThbrbas, The Third "Ward Clah feels a tart pride in the action of Its Aldermen in this eventfni period In our city's history, and wish to publicly express the feelings of approbation of its meta hera; therefore, JSMoIMd, That a. Tote of thanks bo tendered Messrs. Aldrich, and Thompson, os well as other! of the present City Council who have stood up M manfully for the rights of the people, and have m successfully carried oat the wishes of the law abiding portion of the commonnity. Mr. Aldrich thougbt-tbe. resolution was tsCbcff premature. * It was unanimously adopted. Me.KirkHawca then moved that the delegate* Chosen te reouested. to - give their views on the Presidential and Gubernatorial question. Tho motion evoked some discussion, i»mi flyiaii* carried. - MB. GEORGE ASHOUR stated that he was not an orator. He would m for the best men only. Ho might go for Hr: Dawes for Governor. [Laughter.] As to Presi dent, he wanted time to consider that question, too, as they hadn-’t got through- investigating the candidates in Washington yet. - * Mr. Irish begged- to oe excused. Mr. Calkins was in the same position as Mr. Armour. He wanted to see the end of the Inves tigations. He was in favor of Mr. Hawes for Gov ernor. [Loud laughter and applause, and “V* for Howes.] ’ MB. &L7RS was ready to give an opinion on any onestloa. They had several fust-class* men *fa the Kepublican party as candidates for Presi dent. He tou in favor of Boscoe Conklins. He was a true man and a patriot, and he atood wSI In Kew York and was popular In this State. Mr. Jesse Spalding had not fnlly Tnprf* np hia mind as to who he’would snpport for Governor 01 President. He thonght delegates should so nnln* strnctcd to the Convention, Mr. Myers had nothing to add to what the other speakers had said..* MB. STRONG did.not f feel like expressing' his views, though ha bad some decided one? on- the - Presidential ones* tion. He thought Coakling a weak man, Tho contest lay equally between two men, but Mr. Blaine stood a head' taller- than any in tbo Republican party. Mr. BriAow was an able and' strong man, and bo would vote for him If nominated. They wanted the man who coaid talk back to the sixty Rebels In Congress,—and that was Hr. Blaine. Ha first choice was Mr. Blaine and second Mr. Brio tow. He thought- that Cnllom would be tbo xCminee for Governor. Mr. Strong waa then quested* to give his views in full at the next ip**** ,ugof the Club. The meeting then adjourned for one insole. OTHER WARDS. THE PIBST. The First Ward Republican ClobmetattheclA room-of th&Sherman House last night to take steps towards the election o t delegates to tba coming County Convention. Mr. I*. L. Coburn caHed the meeting to order. Mr. Simeon Vf, King, at a former meeting a / committee- of - one to waif upon members oCthe other dab qpd’ask them to Join this club, reported that tin bad visited many of tbo members and- thought that a. consolidation would be effected-if another week were al lowed him for further consultation. On motion of Mr. Abner Taylor, the time for the report was extended until the next meeting of th* dub. ' ~ Mr. King moved that a committee of three bo appolntedlo select ten names for delegates to the Cook County- Convention, ta be submitted to the primary, Thursday. Mr. Taylor moved to amend by firing- the number of names attwenty* and that the Com mittee report at a meeting, to- be held Monday night. J Mr. King accepted the amendment, and Dr. Jordan moved-fnrthor to amend by ■afcftyg the other Club to name ten of the delegates. Considerable discussion arose on the question of recognition, and the motion to-appoint a commit* tee to nominate twenty names from which tea delegates shall be selected was carried, with iha understanding that the Committee shall nseeverr effort to secure the co-operatlonof the other dube. The Chair appointed on the Committee Simeon W. King, Abner. Taylor, and Prank B. Tobey. Mr. Taylor asked to be excused, and Mr. John C, Dora was appointed In hisplace. The Chairman attended to tbo location of tb* primary polls pn Van Jhfrcn street, and suggested that something be done towards moving the polls' nearer the centre of the-ward, and to make soma changes in the Judges, as the Club had bat little faith in some of the present appointees. Hr. Aimer Taylor, after speaking: earnestly* against the primary system, moved that a commit tee of three, of which the President shall be one | be appointed to devise ways and-means to abolish' the primary system. The motion was carried, and, • the Chair appointed ha tho other two members Mr Abner Taylor and Hr. John C. Bore. Sir, Jourdan moved that If tho Committee of* Three found that the primary polls coukTnot* be moved to a more central point, and the Indgcs’couM not bo so arranged as to sire at least one' judge to the- Cinb, then.’ that the Club elect ten delegates and send them d*- reef to the Convention, without’ submitting th» ; names Co the primaries. The motion' Hr. King moved that tho next zaeetisg-be TTnlon Hall. Carried. * m Mr- F. A- Brokoald fnUowtw resolution; ■ Shotted, That this Club heartily Indorsee' tho' action of the Common Council of this dty. to- talnlng the Mayor-elect against the r!a<m« fiT pre tensions of a would-be-usurper to the offlde; and, in relation thereto, cordially: approves • of' tha' course pursued, by the Aldermen-elect from thto ‘ ward. resolution was adopted. Dr. Dyer was then called upon for a speech, at- the’ conclusion of-hls remarks, the Club ad-’ loomed until Tuesday nfeht THE TESTS. A meeting of the Republican Club of the Tenth. Ward was- held- at' Ho. 181 Lake: street last evening, C. T. Brown in the chair. The object of the meeting was to recommend names for delegates to the- County.’Convention, to bo' voted for at the primary a week hence. On motion, the following were appointed Vcom mittee to select namesas-delegates; g. E. White C. Bl Matson, H. H. Martin, John GutgeaeU. and A- McKenzie. On motion of C. R. Matson, the Club adjourned mtil Wednesday evening, at the place. THE TECtBTIaCrnE -nia the TUrteenthWa!*. held alirely meeting hut evening in Benn’aHnlJj. Ko. 784 West Lake street Wllinin WnilTms President occupied-the cimlr.AtaS im'S here were present to tldn* to be voted for at the-primary election - * vp TV. Bingham, James Brake,- w<iir> a v* P-Hnniock. On the- motion : of IX 3, GUI th« report m weep tad. "" . . ~ , BIiTiSBTH WABD. -of Den«erats_p>iheredinthrbact- WClybonm svenne hut an^^ e^ia short meeting. ArnoVoespre :th® President of tho Club—Francis E. Hoffman, Jr.—was readasdac cepted, A few remarks were made on the lack of interest shownhy tha officers and members of tha : Club, and by the voters genarally ln -the cause of Democrat, and steps were proposed H' ; wasltopcdtoohtetoalargaistcnannCeftit3eti«k» I In* la the tame room Thursday * 3

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