Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 23, 1873, Page 5

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 23, 1873 Page 5
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BID FOSTER TAKE POISON? The Story That lie Attempted to Commit Suicide Pronounced a Scnsatienal Canard. What the Tombi Prison Officials Say?Interviews with Mrs. Foster, Drs. Nealis and Vanderwater, Keeper Daly, Warden Johnson, Sheriff Brennan, Drs. Tyng and Walker, Coroner Young, Deputy Sheriff* Hanbnry, Dunphy, Daly . and Seebacher?The Inevi table Conclusion that the Story ia a Cruel Hoax. THE ttttAT, FACTS OF THE CASE. A story that William Poster he tyre going on the scaffold bad taken poison to avoid the shame of a public execution was circulated late on Friday afternoon. The Herald was then in possession of the rumor, but, discrediting the report, endeavored to trace it to some reliable source. Failing in this, It preferred not to publish anything about the matter, believing it to be a mere sensational canard. Yesterday, however, the story assumed more im. portance and began to be widely circulated, aad naturally, as in all such cases, lost nothing in its translation from one mouth to another. Hkuald reporters went out and endeavored to trace np the sensation. All the persons who could possibly be connected with the story, all those who passed with Foster the last hours of his life, were scan on the matter, and the affair turned oat to be, as had been originally believed by the Herald, a cruel hoax, without a particle of evidence to make it reliable. It may be readily seen by the perusal of the following statements how the story originated, and how the simple circumstances of Foster's last hours were twisted and exaggerated into the in. lamous story that Foster hail attempted to commit | anicide :? what dr. nealis rays. Dr. Nealis said, in answer to the reporter's questions:?"Every word of this story is true. Yesterday morning 1 was standing outside the prison. A man came running out in breathless haste and said, 'Doctor, you had belter come and see Foster; Foster is sick.' I went Into Foster's cell, and saw that he was exceedingly pale. His eyes were glassy, his face was streaming with perspiration, his pulse was feeble, he was staggering and appeared to be utterly listless. 1 asked him what was the matter with him. lie said, 'I feel so nervous.' 1 went out to see the keeper, Mr. Daly, and asked him whether Foster had taken anything, lie told me that Foster had taken poison. I then ordered him some strong ceiTee. These are all the facts. 1 can't tell exactly what the poison was. J think it was seme narcotic poison? Borne preparaiion of opium or laudanum?1 could not tell exactly what." I don't ^OW how large a quantity lie took; it ?m.).VT>o iutnossiblc foy There will be no investigation of the matter; there's nothing*to I investigate about. 1 think lie must have taken the I poison a short time before the execution. The effect or the poison was to alleviate the terturcs of agony which he must have suffered. He died more easily than if he had not taken the poison. I don't know who gave him the poison." WHAT nits. POSTER, THE MATRON OP THE riHSON, BAYS. Mrs. Foster, the matron of the prison, denied in toto the whole story that Foster had told her he had taken poison. She said there was not a word or truth in It. , The statement on which the whole story was based Rhows it to be an idle boax. what kkbfbr daly says. Keeper Daly was reported to nave said that Foster had told him he had taken poison. He stated to the reporter that Foster had only said "he' had taken a dose at three o'clock." Foster had not said be had taken a dose of poison, but simply a dose. deptjtv sheriff hanbury'8 statement. Depnty Sheriff Hanbary said to the Herald reporter that he went on at the Tombs in company with Deputy Sheriff Seebacher at seven o'clock on Thursday evening. He was present from that time until seven o'clock the next morning in Foster's company. At hair-past eleven Mrs. Foster, his Wife, and his sister and brother-in-law parted | Item him. At the time Foster was suffering from great prostration and was deeply affected. He did not give way, however, but bore up like a man. At half-past twelve, when tbey brought in supper to as, we asked Foster whether be would not eat somethtng, but he refused and Rlmply took a cap of tea. At half-past two he went to bed and was immediately alter asleep. lie slept peacefully and deeply. 1 saw him go to bed and watched him "~WI " ? *"* olnnvi i.vatyi that tlmu fnr. Ill 111 UII bll lie noui W I IVIM VIMV ??uv ?w?ward until seven o'clock m the morning Scebacher i and myself sat outside the cell, with the doer open i and in full view of Foster, We went Into tats cell every fifteen minutes and saw that lie I slept on quietly. There was ne convulsive moving or nervousness about him. He was as peaceful as a child. Had he taken poison he would have showed some symptoms of It. but I know he had not when he went to bed, and from that time forward until I left he did not awake or move. DEPUTY BHEBIFF SKEBACHER'S STATEMENT. Deputy Sheriff Seebacher bore out In all respects the statement of Mr. Hanbury. He was in the lat1 ter's company all night, and when Mrs. Foster and the relatives had their last Interview with Foster he stood close to them and saw and heard everything that passed between them. He corroborates Banbury's statement that Foster slept all night. WHAT DEPUTY SHERIFF DITNPHY BAYS. Deputy Sheriff Dunphy, in company with Daly, relieved Deputies Hanbury and Seebacher at even o'clock on Friday morning. He (Dunphy), when he went Into the prisoners' corridor and looked into Foster's cell, saw httn lying on his side, with his face to the wall, and apparently sleeping. He was perfectly qnlet. He (Dunphy) did not disturb,Foster, but let httn go on sleeping. At halfKst seven be roused himself and got up, and elt on the bed or his own accord. He was evidently praying. After about five minutes of this | Foster sat on the side of the bed and took off his Id woollen sockB and began cleaning his feet, alter which he put on a pair of white socks and clean underltnen. He (Dunphy) asked blm liow be lelt, and Foster answered. "I feel sick and weak." Then Mrs. Foster (the matron) came in and gave a cup of very strong coffee to Foster. He drank It and then threw it up. He stood right over Foster when he did this and smelt no odor ot , laudanum, nor did he hear Foster say he was poisoned to Mrs. Foster. This lady did not rush out in a great hurry, and showed no symptoms of excitement, as It was stated she had done. When Mrs. Foster uad gone Foster said, "These people seem to know my stomach better than I do my en." He reierrcu hi me iwi. uiitk iic ii?u nnm eg did not want his coffee strong, In spite of which they gave It to him so. The stench in the cell was enough anyway to make even a strong man vomit.. Poster then continued dressing himself, and went I through It like a man whe was under great mental and nervons prostration and was stilt doing his nest to act like a man. Dr. Tyng then came In, and he was i left alone with the condemued man. This was the < only moment that Foster was entef his sight. ,/ Then Foster was taken out In the corridor and walked np and down. He was perfectly himself, and walked or his own accord up and down, without any support nnder the arms. When the hour came for the execution be allowed himseli to be quietly pinioned, and said nothing. He walked out i quite erect, ana only bent when be bad to pass < throntrb the door of the cell. During all the time | be showed no weakness. r deputy sheriff dai.y's statement. Mr. Daly upheld what Dnuphy bad said, and only I added that, the weakness of Foster was attributable to the fact that he had not eaten during two days of any account. This very naturally accounted lor the throwing up of his coffee, which was too strong for his stomach. what coroner youno says. On being interrogated about the rumored poisoning of Foster, Coroner Young said to the Herald reporter that he did not attach any Importance whatever to the story. He said that nobody told Dim auyuuug >uuut it nunc uc <T?e iu ?ic and that he had beard nothing of the storv until the next day. If anybody In the Tomb* knew that Foster was poisoned why did he or she not say anything about it to him at the inquest on the body of Foster, so that, he might make a postmortem examination? During the whole time he was In the Tombs he did not hear even a rumor of the poisoning, and all this led him to believe that the story was manufactured out of whole cloth, and did nor possess the least atsm of truth. Coroner Young said he could answer lor one thing?that Foster did not die oi poison. His verdict was "Died of judicial hanging." WI14T SIIHKIFF URENNAN SAYS. Ttc Hkhalp reporter saw Sheriff Brennan, who aaid he beard a rumor yesterday that Foster bad poisoned himselt The first time he went into the Tombs he heard nsthing of it, but when he went in tbe second time some one told him that Foster hud taken poison. Ac went to Foster's cell and saw hun looking very pale and seemingly weak, but he aaw that lie was in (pood condition enough to walk . to the scaffold, ami that satisfied him. Jfe therefore th maile no inquiries about the matter. It was untrue it tnat he gave any orders about supporting Foster to ' Ttbe scaffold because be was so weak. It waa simply when tbe condemned man was going out or the gate of the prison to tbe prison yard that be scorned ja jrfAifiA fcjuue. fijtf jis fiiniht fuiifl si ub in. NEW TOR] the arm and pressed It a moment, and foster was all right again. The Sheriff objected to saying who told him that Poster had tahen poison. Be said that when Foster was still In his cell he was obliged to ask the clergymen to stop their prayers, as they were having a depressing effect upon Foster and he could not have stood them long. Then, again, when Poster was on the scaffold he found that the man was weakening, and this was brought about by the absurdly long prayers of the Kev. l>r. Tyng. The latter had asked him to be allowed to say some prayers on the scaffold, and hi had refused, saying it was against the rules. Dr. Tyng had promised, on his word, to confine himsell to three, or at the outside lour, minutes. When they arrived on the scaffold Dr. Tyng took twelve minutes, and he, finally seeing that it was having a depressing effect upon Poster, shut the Rev. Dr. Tyng off. It was to the length of the prayers, and not to poison, that he attributed the weakness of Foster at the supreme moment. WHAT PR. V ANDBW ATRK SAID. Dr. Vandcwater, who is the District Surgeon, attended Poster, with Nealis, at his last moments. He said that the throwing up the coffee could just as well be attributed to the nervous prostration as to poiBon. Unless he had strong evidence that poison was used he would not believe It judging from Poster's actions. A man who had taken laudanum might possibly act as he had done, but a man who had not would act in the same manner when he was as weak as Poster was from want of food and from nervous prostration. Foster was undoubtedly much affected by the hopes he had indulged in of a commutation, and when all these hopes were at an end a sudden prostatlon came on, which any man, under the same circumstances, would give way to. He (Dr. Vandewater) saw Foster before he went to the scaffold, asd from the way he had acted did not think for a moment that poison had anything to do with it. still, the symptoms of pium poisoning were not sufficiently distinct to be able tell at a casual glance whether a man waB suffering from them or not. Ha only gave a look Into Foster's cell, and judged that he wits strong enough to go to the scaffold. Nobody had mentioned anything to him of the poisoning, and he bod not heard or it until that day. warden johnson's statement. Warden Johnson, of the Tombs, seemed to be very unwilling to say anything about a matter he knew nothing about. When ne left the cell of Poster, at two o'clock on the morning of Friday, the condemned man was all right. He heard nothing of the poisoning until the execution was all over, and did not know whether it was true or not. He did believe that Foster was weaker than he shonld have been under the circumstances and that Ills breaking down was very sudden. warden brown's statement. Warden Brown, or the Centre Street Hospital, who has a great experience in these cases, gave it as his opinion, after seeing Foster going to the scarfold that he showed none of the appearance of a man who had taken poison. It struck him as simple nervous weakness. the rev. dr. tyno'8 statement. The writer called at the Kev. Dr. Tyng's residence, but that gentleman was absent periorming the funeral rites over the last remains of William Foster at Greenwood Cemetery. On calling later, at about half-past four o'clock, the reverend gentleman had returned. The Herald reporter obtained, after some difficulty and delay, the lollowing statement on the poisoning invention rrom the venerable pastor:?"! read that statement you refer to," he said, "in one of the morning papers. It was my wish that it should be contradicted from other sources; but I thought it proper to speak of it at the funeral this morning, ana a certain gentleman was to send my words for publication to the press. It was a most egregious falsehood to say that Foster took, or even contemplated taking, poison immediately previous to bis death. I am certain he did no sucn thing, and I believe it Is sufficient lor me to say that I am certain of it. The Rev. Dr. Walker and I only were with him from a little after eight o'clock until nine, the moment bordering on his death, and no other person remained with htm until the Sheriff entered previous te the execution. It is a falsehood, an outrage and a shame to accuse him of suicide, sir. That is all J have to say or do with {tie matter. I am tired and will beg to be excused from saying anything further, which, of course, would be unnecessary." -? SC THE KJSV. DH. WALKKK'ff OPINION. The reporter then proceeded to interview the Rev. Dr. WgiKef. The. reverend gentleman was found employed diligently id lilS past? ! HcuiC!, ?fv.ug religivm Instruction to a number of pupils. His attention being called by the writer to the object of his visit Dr. walker, In au amiable but rather reserved manner, gave his views on the statement made regarding the taking or poison by Foster previous to his execution. The following is the substance of what he said "1 would wish not to speak at all on the matter, and woRld much prefer you would see only the Kev. Dr. Tyng, as you seem to have a partially correct idea of the matter from what he stated this mornlig; but if I were asked to state on my own responsibility what my opinion of the case is I would pronounce it altogether uncalled for, and do not hesitate to say that from my observation of William Foster's mental and physical condition, as well as his plons and penitent disposition immediately previous to his death, he did appear to me to be tne last man on earth who would contemplate suicide. While the Kev. Dr. Tyng and I were present with him he was calm, resigned, penitent and self-possessed. Nothing transpired during that interval to warrant the least suspicion ol such a design. In conference with Dr. Tyng we both felt satisfied that he was In a perfectly tranquil and happy state of mlad. What might have occurred previous to our being present I could not say, aud wish to say only so much and this with reasonable reluctance." FOSTER'S FUNERAL. The Funeral Obsequies?Dr. Tyng'i Last Words Over tbe Ill-Fated Man?He Mewmtmm tfliuf 1?A?tjiv rnnt#mnlnt?f1 Snlridi*. The remains of William Foster, which, as stated In yesterday's Herald, lay during the whole of Friday up to a quarter to nine o'clock at night in the Tombs prison yard, wire removed precisely at that time to the abode of his wife, in Twenty-fourth street, near Second avenue. The utmost precaution was taken before and since to keep the whereabouts of the body a complete secret, and the efforts of his friends were partially successful. Early on yesterday morning, a few hours previous to the funeral, the corpse was finally prepared JgM transferred to the store of an undertakcr?3pder whose charge the remains were placed ibr a short time and then conveyed to an adjacent chapel, where prayers were read over the body by the Rev. Dr. Tyng and Rev. Dr. Walker. The remains were shortly afterwards retransferred to a hearse and thus carried to Greenwood Cemetery, which was reached about ten o'clock A. M. The bier was uncovered. Home thirty or forty men and Cwo women stood around it. The Rev. Dr. Tyng had already performed the luneral rites at the chapel. After concluding he had made a few bnef remarks relative to tue manner of life of the dead which he thought might have been misunderstood. He believed he died a thoroughly penitent man. During his Imprisonment he showed religious fortitude, and frequently prolessed his hope in the mercy of uod. Tie He*, uocior uien saia:? -ne felt it bin duty to state his belief that the report published In a morning paper of yesterday that roster had taken poison and was dying at the time immediately previous to the execution was both groundless and false; that he and Doctor Walker were alone with Foster three-quarters of an hour previous to kls going to the scaffold: that he seemed in good health and strength and snowed remarkable self-possession of mind, dressed himself with minute care, and with commendable resignation and resolnttca walked firmly to the scafToid. The man's physical condition was good, but the intensity of his feeling overcame nim, yet only for a very short time. He was calm, tranquil and resigned ; he prayed piously and fervently, and showed by every act before bis death and up to the last moment, that he had not only not made an attempt to commit snlclde, but wonld be the last man to even contemplate such a thing." After some furi ther remarks by the reverend gentleman the remains were interred. Thus ended the final and closing scene of this exciting tragedy. THE FUHERAL OF M'ELHAHEY. Boston, Mass., March 22, 1873. The proposed bnrial of McElhaney to-day from the East Cambridge Methodist church was changed by request of his relatives, and the funeral took place at two o'clock from his father's house, on Orove street. Rev. Mr. Hay performed the burial rites In a simple manner. They consisted of a few words to the friends of the deceased, prayer, reading of the Bcripture and singing. Then the funeral cortege wended its way to the Cambridge Cemetery, where the remains were Interred, on tne coflln, which was rosewood, were the words:? "James McElhanty, died March 21,1873, aged 31." SING 8IKQ STRATEGY. A Convict Makti a Futile Attempt to Kstspe bjr the Dummy " Process. Michael Toomey, a convict in Sing Sing Prison, made an unsuccessftil attempt to rfegain his liberty by the old, old plan known as the "dummy" process last Friday, with the aid or a blanket, a couple of sticks and an old suit of prison clothes, Toomey constructed a remarkably iaithfal "counterfeit presentment" of himself; and this he placed Inside of the grated door of his cell, on leaving in the morning, for the purpose of creating the belief that he had not been locked up the previous night, ami by so doing facilitate his escape. Shortly alter leaving the cell, however, he was missed, tout, an examination of the apartment by Warden Hubbel convinced that official that the "stowaway" had occupied it during the night. Accordingly a strict watch was kept up all over the prison grounds, which resulted in the discovery ol Toomey nnoerneath the floor of the shoe shop, and In close proximity to a hot steam pipe, wnere he had lain for hours in a halfsuffocated condition. Toomey, who has only been about three months in the prison, is serving out a term of five year* for assaait with attempt to vloMtfc UfiJl OfWJMfttBK It JKftD.WUlMl Cfcdift. . K. HEKALD, SUNDAY, M THE GOODRICH MYSTERY. % Brooklyn's Latest Sensation?How Did the Man Come by His Death ? The Detectives Hold to the Theory of Suicide? The Coroner Contends That Deceased Was Murdered?What aMedical Men Aty Pro and Con The topic uppermost in the mind of the Brooklyn community yesterday was the unaccountable and mysterious manner of the taking off of Charles Goodrich, the widower, who was tound on Friday morning lying dead, with three bullets in his head, in the front basement of his house, 731 Degraw street, near Filth avenue, Brooklyn! "Was Mr, Goodrich murdered or did he commit suicide ?" was a query propounded on all sides. "If you knew as much about the case as 1 could tell you, were I at liberty to do so," remarked one of the detectives, "you would be satisfied that it is a suicide and not murder." "There was no murder committed at all: I am satisfied on that score," remarked another detective. Coroner Whitehill has the case nnder consideration. He has visited the bouse and examined the body and the premises twice. The Coroner said"1 am of the arm opinion, from what 1 observed and learn thus far, that HE WAS MVUPEKKD IN THAT IIOUSK. What other conclusion can one arrive at when he considers that there were three shots discharged into the man's head? Just imagine for a moment how could he have had the nervous power to lire off the pistol three times and lodge each shot in his head, two of the bullets crossing the brain transversely and the other ball imbedding itBelf j in the skull. The balls were found by the physicians, Drs. ?hepard and Hpeir, who made | the post-mortem examination. My opiniou is that Goodrich heard the noise made by the hrnatlnirnl the roar Imsomniit. window tia.ni' mil upon coming down stairs to sec wliut it meant lie was struck on the forehead, which would account for the wound on the right eyebrow. This blow would have stunned him, and then It would have been an easy matter for the ussassin to have Heized the pistol from his hand and discharged the three bullets wnicta were discovered lu deceased. There were four chambers in all lired off from the pistol. Then the blood could have oeen washed from THE CUT ON THE EOREI1EAD. the body laid on the back, the pistol placed by the right and a semblance of suicide given to the case. The inquest will probably be held about Thursday next, when we will be able to reach the truth." Deputy Coroner Lynch stated that a son of Alderman Richardson had recognized Mr. Charles Goodrich, to whom lie nodded in a friendly manner, about ten o'clock on Thursday night, while a passenger on one of the Fifth avenue cars. The driver of the car also saw deceased, and these witnesses will be forthcoming at the inquest. This is important, us it gives trace of deceased up to within eleven hours ot the discovery of his ghastly remains by his brother, ex-Asqpmblyman \V. \V. Goodrich at nine o'clock on Frldav morning. Though a fe^v Currency stamps were found in the pockets of tie MW ^jvutch.pocketbook and a valuable ring are luissLigT TneBv,a"cr cucnmstances support the robbery theory." "" Chief oi Police. Campbell, when questioned npfitt the subject, rather evaded direct answers to the inqulrt^ He did say, however, that he was in possession ol laCs which, if circumstances would t Warrant his making them known without interfering witli the ends of justice, would be of A STARTLING (in AII ACT EH. The Chief had heard the story glvcno ise to by one of the newspapers, alleging that a woman had recently been heard crying "Murder I" while m dispute with deceased, hut he did not give any credence to it. There were no revelations made yesterday, at all events, which led to the possibility of the arrest of anybody on suspicion of being Implicated in the mnruer or robbery or Charles Goodrich. WUKN DOCTORS DISAGREE. Opinions among medical men us to whether deceased?who was a slight built man, certainly not of strong nervous power?could possibly have shot himself, first iu the left temple, then behind the left car, then behind the right, car, are divided. Snme say it is possible tor a man to retain consciousness and nervous power sufllclent to inflict these wounds, while others scout the idea, aud assert that "the man was unquestionably foully murdered, as either of the two balls which traversed the brain would have deadened all sensibility so effectually as to have obviated the possibility of controlling the nerves so as to inflict the other fatal wound." WAS THERE A WOMAN IN TnE CASE? Rumor has it that up to within a few weeks ago a woman resided near deceased, and that he was upon terms of acquaintanceship with her. Upon one occasion their voices were heard quarrelling loudly, and Bbe, it is said, cried, 'Murder!" but nobody went to see what was the trouble between them. Mrs. Fletcher, a lady who lives on Degruw street, near Filth avenue, ufno in ?lw> hnhii nf vnonitrln.r Intiaeo a/1<lrnuaod tu Charles Goodrich during his absence. These epistles came written in a female style of chirography. On Wednesday last she received such a missive and went with it to Mr. Goodrich. When he replied to her repeated summons at the door he took the letter and remarked, "I am tired of this, and will soon be in some other business." Though, as far as is known among the people living in that sparsely built up locality, he lived alone, there were two beds, both disarranged, in the house, one being in the lrout room above the parlor floor, the other on the third floor, back. No clothing or wearing apparel of any description was found on the premises other than his own however. the funeral. The body of deceased was handsomely cofllncd by an undertaker yesterday and removed to the mansion of Mr. W. W. Goodrich, on Cumberland street, opposite Fort Green. Ilere the funeral services will take place at three o'clock this afternoon. On Monday the remains will be taken to Albany, his former place of residence, where they will be interred in the family burying ground. THE DOVER MURDERER. A New Trial Refused Him?To be Hanged on May Day. Mokristown, N. J., March 22, 1873. judge Dalryntple, in the Morris County Conrt this morning, refused the application for a new trial In the case of Luigie Lusignanl, the Italian whn mnrflnrpfl hid wtfr nt. l)ovpr nnil MPtitpni^d him to be hanged on Thursday, May 1, next. NEW YORK CITY. y The police during the past week arrested 1,<81 persons for various offences. There were 4,590 Homeless persons lodged during the week in our police station Houses. Fire Marshal McSpedon reports <15 'fires for the week, the estimated loss on which is $115,9:15, and the amount of insurance $398,431. The vital statistics for the week ending yesterday at noon were as follows:?Deaths, 570; births, 300; marriages, 132, and still-births, 41. James Donahue, Superintendent of the Free Labor Bureau, Nos. 8 and 10 Clinton places makes the following report of business for the week ending March 22:?Applications lor employment, 761. Ol these there were 140 males and 621 females. Male help repaired, 102; females, 023. Situations procured for sfl males and 633 females. Wnole number of situations procured lor the week, 610. Officer Halpin round the remains or an unknown man lying dead in the stone yard 019 WestTweatysecouu street. Deceased was sixty years of age, five feet nine inches in height, and had gray hair. He wore a gray coat and vest, black pants, white soft hat and laced shoes. In his possession were found rorty-four cents and two pawntickets Irom Simpson's, in the Bowery. The body was sent to the Morgue lor identification, and Coroner ilcrrman called to hold an inquest. At the Essex Market Police Court yesterday George Remington, of No. 186 Chrystie street, was arraigned on complaint of George ttarley, of :m and 367 Third street, on a charge of burglary. It was alleged that Remington and a fellow named John Ueilly, not yet arrested, entered the premises ot the complainant on Friday night and blew open the sale with gunpowder, but before they could succeed in abstracting any of the innds therein contained they were surprised by two employes of the place and ran away. Remington was arrested and Justice Shandley held him to answer. The body of an unknown man, about thlrty-flve years of age, was yesterday round floating In the dock loot of Twenty-fourth street, North River, by William Wiseman, of *8 Tenth avenue, and subsequently sent to the uorgne. Deceased was five feet nine Inches in height, with brown hair and chin whiskers. He wore a black vest and pa?ts, eloth pea jacket, plaid woollen undershirt and black

and white overshlrf, cotton drawers and heavy boots. The body apparently had been a long time In the water. In bis pockets were found twentytwo cent*, a pipe and also a white handkerchief. J Coroner Uerratftn WHUioUfleU. lRCH 23, 1873.?QUADRUP1 PIGEON SHOOTING. Ira A. Paine, of New York, vs. Edward W. Tinker, of Providence. Fifty Birds Each for $500 a Side?Five Traps Used aud Twenty-Five Tarda the Rise?Paine the Victor. The professional marksmen, Ira A. Paine, of New York, nud Edward W. Tinker, of Providence, met yesterday afternoon at Dexter's, near the old Union Course, on Long Island, to decide the first of their home and home matches ol fifty birds each for $900 a side. As the articles of agreement called for five traps placed five yards apart, the rise twenty-five yards and allowing the use of both barrels, more than the usual excitement had been creaieu regarding uic resiui,; uui tne coki, mustering character of the weather caused the attendance to be somewhat limited, although many of those present arc well known in both the business and social circles of New York. Had the day been pleasant the number of spectators would undoubtedly have been very large, as during the Winter just passed there have been bnt few contests of this nature hereabouts either between amateurs or professionals; yet the desire to witness such trials of skill remains as intense as ever. But few on the ground had ever seen a match shot where Ave traps were used, and many questions were answered before the curiosity of such were satisfied. The other essential conditions of the shooting were that they should be geverned by the Rhode Island rules, the boundary being eighty yards and l)i oz. of shot used. At half-past, oue o'clock the principals came upon the held and ull preliminaries were quickly arranged, Mr. (ieorge Lumpkcare being chosen referee, and credit is due him for the satisfactory manner in which the duties or the position were discharged. Paine used a Grant ten central-live breechloader, and Tinker a Parker breechloader, weighing ten and a hall pounds. A colored boy handled the birds, and with bnt few exceptions the marksmen pulled the trap for each other. Throughout the contest the shooting can be pronounced excellent, and no one could even guess the winner until after the fortieth bird had been reached. It did not transpire from where the birds were obtained, but as a lot they were poor, seeming to lack life; yet this, in a measure, may be accounted lor by the chilling nature of the wind and the time some were kept in;certain traps, the indicator used to mark the number of these oltcn noting the same trap several times in succession. Paine proved the victor, scoring 42 birds agnlnsfc his antagonist's 30. l'aine led oil'and knocked the bird over before it had Down a rod. Tinker followed, but it required the contents of both barrels to bring the pigeon down. The.v killed the next two very nicely, but the lourth bird was missed by Paine with the first barrel, yet brought down with the second rapidly. Tinker killed his pigeon the instant that it rose l rrmi the trap. They both then killed slow-moving birds along nicely until the eighth, when both killed with their second barrels, Tinker's bird falling just inside the boundary flag. Paine killed fourteen before lie scored amiss. Tinker's twelfth pigeon was hit hard, but managed, with the aid oi the high wind, to get out or ??un(,s before it fell dead. Tinker's thirteenth bird wZ?arapld'Inver, aud, by flying close to UiC" ground. Jiact TO be hit by both barrels, and foil justinside inc JMW- J^lPS'S P^V1 bird was a rapid, irregular liyer, am. esea*.?41 Ulfl. shot of both barrels, and the gentlemen shooters were tied, each Having killed fourteen out of fifteen. Paine killed the sixteenth bird with his second barrel as soon as It rose; but just at that moment a blinding snow squall enveloped the Held, tinil Tlntrop miugixl flu* Buennd car t ri< lnr*? hpintr defective. Both shooters killed their seventeenth bird, which were very slow In getting away, and both coining in towards the gunners. The eighteenth bird was an easy one for Paine, while Tinker's was a low driver, and It took both barrels to drop him a few feet inside the boundary line. The referee and umpires had to measure the ground closely, so near an escape wus it. Both shooters then killed every bird until their twenty-third, when, both having drivers, they missed with both barrels. Paine's twenty-fourth bird was a hard one to kill. Be bad the feathers knocked out of him by the contents of the first barrel, while the second shot tumbled him over two or three times, but beiorc he touched the ground he recovered and flew out of bounds, to bo killed by one of the "pot-huuters" outside. Tinker also lost his twenty-fourth bird. Paine's twentyfilth bird was an easy one to kill, but Tinker's was a rapid, driving skimmer, that required the greatest skill and two barrels to bring him to a halt. This was the finest shooting, usjt was the most difficult that occurred during the afternoon. Paine killed his twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth birds very prettily, but missed the thirtieth. Tinker missed his thirtieth bird; but after that both shooters killed their birds very skilfully until their fortieth, wtflch they both missed, having rapid drivers, that skimmed just above the ground, ulmost touchiag the hassocks of grass as they passed over them. Tinker lost his forty-first and lorty-second birds, the latter by seeming carelessness, as it appeared a very easy one, quartering on a straight line to the right. Paiae missed his forty-third and forty-fifth birds, both of which were very rapid flyers. Tinker's forty-fifth bird appeared an easy one to hit, but he escaped both barrels. Paine was still two birds rfhead and an offer of loo to 10 on his winning was taken; but when offered again no one responded. Paine UllNBtMl Ills IVlbJ'UIKIltll UIIU HIIU 1111*1:1 II I.-I IUI tjseventh and fiftieth, which made Paine the winner of the match by three birds. The following is the score. Where a star occurs it denotes that the feird was killed by the second barrel. THE SCORE. Paine?1, 1, 1, 1*, 1?, 1, 1?, I*, 1*, 1, 1. 1*, 1, 1, 0, l*, 1. 1, 1, 1, i, i?, ?, 0, l, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, l, 1*, 1, 1, i, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1. i?, 0, i?, 0, 1*, 1*, 0, r?, 1?Killed, 42; missed, 8. Tinker?1*, I, 1, 1, 1*, 1, 1, 1?, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1?, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1?, 1*, 1, 1?, 1, o,-o, 1?, l, 1, 0, l, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, IV1, 1*, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, lw l*, 0, 1?, 0, l?, I*, 0? KlUed, missed, 11. Time of the shooting, lh. .Mm. AQPATIO. Ellis Ward to John Blglln?A Chance for an Interesting Contest. Sing Sing, N. Y., March 10, 1873. To Tits Editor ok the Herald:? I have just noticed an article In the Clipper from Mr. John Btglln, offering to row Oeorge Brown, of Halifax, or any other man in the United States. It will be remembered that I challenged Mr. Higlin some four weeks age, which has never been no tlced by him. Whether Mr. Blglin thinkH my challenge not worth accepting or does not care to row me I do not know; yet I think he should accept my challenge first, an we now stand twa and two and this race will decide who is the better man. Twill row Mr. Blglin at Springfield, Mass., In July next, a five mile race lor $500 a aide; and I wish it distinctly understood that I mean business, and if Mr. Btglin accepts my challenge the match can be made at the office of the Clipper or Turf, Field arul Farm. Yours, respectfully, ELLIS WARD. KILLED BT A RUNAWAY HORSE. The Death of Miss Maxwell?She Was Aunt to Commodore Douglaaa. Coroner Young was yesterday officially notified of the death of Miss Mary Ann Maxwell, who was killed in Fourteenth street, west of Sixth avenue, ou Friday afternoon, by being knocked down and crushed by a runaway horse, belonging to Mr. Reed, of the Hoffman House, notice of which has heretofore appeared in the Hkrai.r. Dr. Marsh gave a certificate In the case, and the relatives of the deceased lady seemed not to attach blame to any one lu the matter, regarding the occurrence as quite accidental. Miss Maxwell was an aunt of Commodore Douglass, of the celebrated yacht Sappho, and was a wealthy lady, fllty years of age, and a native of this city. KILLED ON TOM 800TT'8 RAILROAD, Yesterday afternoon the locomotive of the train which left New York at two o'clock struck a man at Lawrence station, near Trenton, and his skull was frightfully mangled under the wheels. Deceased was an Austrian, named Aaron Lauer, twenty-three years of age, and lived at S3 Ann street, New Yoi* city. He formerly resided at 62 tlreat Newton street, Liverpool, where he dealt in chamois leather and sponges. He was only live months in this country. He was walking from Philadelphia to New York in company with Siegfried wolf, a podlcr. Although quite respectable In appdurance, he had no friends in this country and no money. He was not drunk, out from excessive latlguC it Is supposed he Oceanic absent-minded and did uot hear the train approach. EDUCATIONAL MUNIFICENCE. Commodore Vandcrbilt has given $5oo,0oo for the purpose of erecting a large seminary for females ou the grounds of the Moravian church at New Dorp, to lie built on the same plan as the one at Hctblchcm, Fa., which was also endowed by him. Workmen have already broken ground for the '.orunvatilJiuitUu*. jE sheet. THE TWEED INVESTIGATION. Commencement of the Nrnatc Inquiry? The- Old, Old Htory-Wh?t Mr. Tweed Tiniikx About Andy ttnrvey and the Result of the Investigation. The investigation as to the truth of charges against Mr. W. M. Tweed was commenced yesterday In Mr. Tweed's private rooms, at the Metropolitan Hotel, before the Henate Committee appointed Tor that purpose. Mr. Parsons appeared as counsel for the committee. Mr. Tweed's counsel objected at the outset to the inquiry going on, inasmuch as Mr. Tweed was not a Senator, and there was no proof by any act of Mr. Tweed, subsequent to the election, that Mr. Tweed was the man who was elected. It was evident that Mr. Tweed had abandoned his seat as senator, anu tue committee could nave no control over him until he ha<! taken the oath of office. Mr. Parsons answered these ohfections, and inquired if Mr. Tweed was not the, person elected, why was counsel there to protect Mr. Tweed. Counsel for Mr. Tweed took objection to any inquiry, and, if the inquiry did go on, arircd that it should be confined to such facts only as were necessary to vacate the seat. The Committee, alter a short consultation, overruled objections of counsel and the inquiry proceeded. * Mr. O. S. Cady, of the Department of Finauce, was the first and only witness called, und his examination was a repetition oi the evidence given in the two Tweed trials us to Court House frauds, particularly us to vouchers amounting to $0,312,541 27. Mr. Cady's evidence was entirely lie handed iu, consisting or vouchers, warrants and checks and the genuineness ol Mr. Tweed's signature. At half-pant three o'clock Senator Lewis inquired If Mr. Cody's examination was likely to last much longer, as the committee were anxious to return to their homes that night. % Mr. Parsons replied that Mr. Cady's examination would rest there, Inasmuch as the evidence then given related to county affairs. Mr. Cady would require a little time to arrange his evldeuce in relation to olty frauds, Khd it would he convenient to adjourn then. He urged an adjournment until Monday. Counsel for Mr. Tweed said that he should like to have a few days lor consultation with Mr. Tweed. He now kuew the programme of the committee, and it was substantially the same us that pursued at the two trials of Mr. Tweed. He thought if he hud a little time given liim he should be able to shorten the labors of the committee, and should decide upon taking himself the responsibility of advising Mr. Tweed to adopt a certain course. Senator Lewis said he was very anxious that this inquiry should go 011 in Albany. It would be much more convenient for the committee. In reply to an inquiry Mr. Parsons said that there were five witnesses from Ne\w York to be examined. He urged devoting the whole of Monday to these witnesses iu New York. Counsel to Mr. Tweed said that he had a very vivid remembrance of his cross-examination of Andy fiarvcy, and lie did not wish to have that memory removed if possible. It was 011 that account partly he asked for un adjournment. Two lays had been spent in cross-examining Mr. Carvcy, and he did not want to go over thut again. Mr. Parsons said that he could not conceive of anything iu Mr. Harvey's evidence that would cull tor counsel making a cross-examination lasting two days. Mr. Tweed?It will take more than two years to get Andy Hurvey to speak the truth. The committee consulted as to the adjournment, and Wednesday, at Albany, was mentioned as the time and place lor the adjournment. Mr. Tweed?Well, 1 should think you couldn't begin before; you've got this charter matter on your hands yet. Senator Jqiinsom?VVell. y*u'vc been there Mr. Tweed, and kiiow how It js yourseir. (Laughter.) Senator lewis?Well, how WPUld Wednesday, at bair-payt three, at Albany, do? ;'iiw Mr. TwBfib?wjjat time doe# the train get there? . Senator (JkaiiaM"?Yhu ein leave by half-past tett o'clock here and arrive at Albany at a quartet to two.' Mr. Twsed?That don't leave mnch time to get your room and a dinner. 1 don't see that I'm going to get much out of this, and so I may as well try to get what aomlort I can. Senator Lewis?Well, say four o'clock, at Congress Hall? Mr. TwteED?That will do. We will be there, hag and baggage. It was understood that the committee would sit on that evening until midnight, so as to get all the New York witnesses examined. MUNICIPAL APFAIES. THE SUPERVISORS' CLERK. Yesterday was appointed for commencing the Inquiry into the alleged lrauds committed by Mr. J. B. Young, the Clerk to the Hoard of Supervisors. Supervisors Hillings and Flannigan were the only Supervisors forming the committee in attendance, and after waiting about an honr und noothcr members of the committee appearing, Supervisor Hillings, as chatrmau, announced that the opening of the Inquiry would be adjourned to Suturday next. He saiu that he understood that the other members ol the committee would he unable to be preseut, and he thought It better to defer the inquiry. He desired also to state that if any parties had any information to communicate in rclerence to this charge mat it was desirable they should appear helorc the committee. THE HILSSON HALL COMMITTEE. An adjourned meeting of the committee of the Board of Supervisors was appointed to meet yesterday morning in the chamber of the Board of Aldermen, for the purpose of taking further evidence as to the leasing of Nilsson Hall Tor an armory. It transpired that Sheriff Krennan, who has several subpmnasfor witnesses at his office waiting service, has declined to serve these subpu-nas in consequence of some financial difficulty with uompirouer wrrcu iu icicicui c iu |ianv |>a; uicui for like services. The committee therelore adjourned sine (lie, stating that all parties con- , cerncd would be notified of the uext meeting ei the committee. ' I board of public works. Amount Paid into the Department Since January 1. Commissioner Van Nort, of the Department of Public Works, makes the following statement of public moneys received by his department during j the week ending yesterday (Saturday), and paid j into the city Treasury T THK COLLECTOR Or ASSESSMENTS. For Riverside Park Assessment $8,872 For Hroadway widening 14,724 For other Improvements '64,726 Total assessments $86,321 For (,'roton water rent and penalties M.flStl For vault permit* 1,077 For s. wer permits 300 For vitrifled pipe sold to contractors 919 Total receipts $92,268 The total amounts collected on assessments from January 1 to March 16,1873, Is $2,660,480 13. Comptroller' 8 receipts. j Comptroller Green reports the following receipts yesterday from the different Bureaus of Collection, vis:? RECEIVER Or TAXES. From taxes, Croton water rents sad Interest $8,393 BUREAU or ARREARS. From arrears of taxes, assessment* and interest... 7,410 BUKKAC Or CITV REVENUE. From market rents and fees 2,267 COLLECTOR or ASSESSMENTS. From assessments on street improvement* and openiBRs 38,629 Total $66,691 the doom of the "tombs." Alderman Morris, chairman or the Aldermantc Committee to which was referred a resolution to make a thorough examination into the condition of the "Tombs" and to report whether or not the exigency of the tlmo requires that the city should have a new prison, stated yesterday that the committee would report at the next meeting of the Hoard In lavor of the building ot a new prison. He refused to tell whereabouts, but said It would i>e in the vicinity of the East River, so as to make It con venient ior Transportation 01 prisoners to me Island. It Is proposed also to have all tie criminal Courts except the Court of Oyer and Terminer located In the building. RIOT IN MI880PBI Strikers Organised as a Mob?Two Men Killed. ht. Louis, March 22,1873. Home twenty or thirty men, who a few days ago struck work on the Slough levee works, fifteen miles below Hannibal, Mo., organized into a mob yesterday and attacked Mat Harris, timekeeper, and Thomas stapleton, walking boss of the works, throwing stones and flrlng pistols ut thein. Harris ans Htapleton returned tne fire and killed Pat Vanghn, one of the ringleaders, and mortally wounded Pat McNamara. Harris and Stapletou went to ilannibal, where they were arrested. THE H0R8E8H0EB8' STRIKE. Boston, March 22, 1873. The journeymen horseshoers of Bostou have voted an assessment of $1 each per week and the payment of $10 per week to each man out of employment by the strike at the Metropolitan liarse IjaiUoaUjiftvpfr 5 THE ERIE INVESTIGATION. Testimony of Charles F. South, mayd and Charles Day. The Story of the Heath and Raphael Movement Against Gould and the Old Directors. The Eric Investigating Committee resumed the inquiry yesterday morning at tho Filtn Avenue Hotel. All the members were present, and in addition there were two lawyers?Mr. Ktickney on the part or the committee, and Mr. Macfarland representing the Erie Kallroad. Charles F. Southmayd was the first witness called. He said:?I was counsel for the Erie stockholders in the year 1871; 1 took measures, in conjunction with General Harlow, to compel til- Eric Kailroad managers to make restitution to the stockholders; the law at the time was that suits of this nature were only brought against corporations by the Attorney General; application was made to General Harlow to Institute proceedings OKI,. I.in.l Ui. r.rnxto otirl tnvuoll Ul bllin MUM , 1UI. maun uuu ua j owa were tne persons who called upon him; he assented that, tlie proceedings shonld be carried on, asking that he, as Attorney General, should retain control of the suit; he at the same time stipulated that the state should be lndemnllled lor any expenses that might be incurred; I was in doubt whether the Attorney General was legally entitled to pay for his services; we, of course, would have preferred to pay him. but on looking over the law of the matter he finally came to the conclusion that he would receive no pay, directly or indirectly; General Sickles soon after made another application of the same nature as ours on behalf of another set or stockholders, and the question came up whether there was any inconsistency between us; the parties REPRESENTED BY UEN'EKAI. SICKLES were largely Interested in the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, and we supposed It wus their Intention to make liric subservient to the former; we were somewhat Jealous of them, but finally we concluded to uulte our forces and drive out the common enemy, and men, it a iignt^cimo niter between ourselves, let it come; l'rom the state of the Judiciary in New \ oik.city at the time wo knew it was of no use to apply to courts h"ie, so it waa arranged that the suit should come on in Albany, and lawyers were retained in that city; Mr. Harlow suggested that counsel should be employed who resided there, and Mr. Lyman Tremain, Mr. Smith and Mr. Matthew Hale were retained at a fee of $l,.r>oo each; Mr. Carpenter Was appointed associate counsel in this city; the appointment ol Mr. Henr.v bmith was fully assented to by tne; he was a member ol the Assembly at the time, and lie afterwards became Speaker, bnt this had nothing whatever to do with his selection as one Of the counsel in the suit ; 1 did not know Mr. Smith personally at the time; it was arranged that the preparation lor the hill ol complaint should be in my hands; we decided that we should suuport our allegations against the managcVs by direct evidence, and we thought it better to set some smart lellows to work to Hud out details; some time in March the bill lor the repeal ot the Clussiiication act was reported lavorably in boiii houses; in a few weeks after came the coup (Vitat of General Sickles, 01 which wc knew nothing; the rctninlug l Mr. Smith hud no earthly connection with his BKL0NU1NU TO THE I.KGIS1.A1TKK; I know nothing of money being used to elfect legislation, except $1,000 which was given to Mr. Goodrich, a member, hut this was lor services rendered not in the House; it would he mere child's play to a'lkmpl to bribe legislators against the directors ol the Erie ?*ilrvud; tliU f lo^ovo given to General Harlow was disbursed by lumself; the lor warding of money by the itlschoifsliolm party was voluntary and could not he called illegitimate. UK. C11AU1.ES DAY was the next witness culled. The following is bis story:?1 was not one of the old directors in the Erie Railroad, but I knew of the change which took place before it. occurred; I had frequent conferences with (iencral Sickles oa the subject; 1 have no personal knowledge of the uiiiouiits paid to directors to resign; of that 1 know nothing; 1 know that Mr. Crouch received $50,000 for his services; 1 received ff?,ouo myself In connection with the matter; 1 have no knowledge of any other sums; 1 am not poiiltlve by whom the payments oi the $300,000 named tu previous testimony were made; I nave no knowledge of a further suui of $460,ooo being paid; If It was paid I was In Kuropc at the time; there was souiu discussion last Kali at a meeting ol directors to reiund the sum of $ao,ooo which wan used to rRocriiK i.kuisLation in ai.bany; the New York Central was equally Interested la the bill that was being carried through, and thejr made a claim on Krle to pay its share of the expenses; the claim whs mads in the form ol a written request; there was a good deal of discussion over the matter, but toe final conclusion reached was the passage or a hill appropriating $30,000 to pay the claim; there was opposition made to the payment of the claim on several grounds; one oi them was that inonev should not lie used iu this way for the purpose or iuttaencing legislation; I don't knowwhethcr the New York Central received the money; it was not stated at the lime what branch ol the Legislature had been in Hue need; I returned from Kuropc in time for the eiectiou in July, 187'.'; I don't know oi any money being UBcd at that time lor the purpose oi cll'ectlng u change in tne direction; there was a meeting of the Hoard after I returned prior to the election; there wits no discussion at that meeting relative to the proposed change; I was charged witn no special mission on behalf of the Erie Railroad while 1 was in Europe; while in Europe I saw Mr. Klschoffshelm verv freqneutly; I had some conversation with him relative to the Erie loan which was placed upon the market; there were several conferences held relative to tne loau; except mysell there wait no one KKi'KKSRNTIXtl Kit I p. present, und 1 was not there In au olllclal capacity; at one of the conferences there were three of the directors of the Erie present In au ofllclal capacity, and at that conference the terms ol the contract were arranged between the Brie liailroad and lilscholTshclin: according to the agreement the latter was to be paid one of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds for money advanced by htin; there was some disagreement about the terms which llischorrshcim wanted for negotiating the bonds; one of the directors thought that the commission should he less, but their terms were Dually agreed upon; Bischoirslieitn said that the Erie directors ought not to grumble about such a small matter in consideration of the services which his Drm performed in bringing about the reformation in Erie; flic Hoard of Directors who came in were not particularly In the Interests or the Knglislt stockholders; the sole object of the change was to secure ati honest administration or the alTairs of t he company; 1 don't know at what price the bonds were put upou the London market; there were about $10,000,000 of the consolidated bonds deposited In the Farmers'Trust Company aud about $6,000,000 deposited with J. Morgan k Sons, and out or the sale of the bonds which were placed upou the Ivondon market these parties were to be paid their commission; I know nothing about the claims uiudc by the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company; the commission paid 10 Morgan A Sons was about one per cent; I paid General Sickles' expenses here; Mr. Crouch left New York for London immediately alter the overturn and came back In January, 1872; the services rendered by Mr. Crouch were various; he was well acquainted with the members of the eld Hoard, and wan used as u kind or a go-between; he was in the city all the time; he may have gone to Albany ou^e or twice, but 1 knew nothing about it; I don't know whether that $50,000 paid to Crouch was part of the $300,000 or not; I heard that Mr. o'iioherty was paid $26,000 lor services rendered dv him prevloas to March: I don't think Mr. Cronch had anything to do with the arrangement made by General Sickles with the directors; I made some of the disbursements myself, to which I have referred; I have 110 personal knowledge of the puyinent of the $:jo,ooo lor legislation In Albany; to my knowledge mere was no action takei by the now Hoard of Directors in disbursing money after the old Hoard retired; 1 have no knowledge or any money being used directly or Indirectly to bring about the change front the Dlx to the Watson administration; I have no knowledge of any money being paid to Hlschodhhelm for advances made; the subject of the make-up of the Wataon administration was the subject of a long and earnest cousaltation; ( don't know what balance HlHchoilsholru and Goldschrald returned out ol the sale of the bonds; the Atlantic and Great Western road have made a claim upoa the Ertw road lor $1,200,000, which the Hoard of Directors have refused to par. This concluded the testimony of Mr. Day, Sad as the committee decided to hold no afternoon session, they adjourned until Monday morning, at ten o'clock. SALE OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCO* M0TIVE8. Protest of the Company's Attorneys?The ??w Depot To Be Sold. Albany, March ?2, 1873. The seventeen locomotives belonging to the Ned York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, seized by United States Collector Bailey, were sold to-day, realizing only about seventeen thousand dollars. They were nought by K. I>. Worcester, treasurer of the company. There Is still t+M,ouo due the government. The company's attorney,, previous to the sale, protested against It as illegal, claiming that the tax was illegal and unautliurlaed. It Is suoposed that the uew depot buildings win next be seized to apply in liquidation of

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