# Black River Democrat. (Lowville, N.Y.) 19??-1943, April 17, 1913, Image 1

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;-«S •** ••'*••':'>! *V ,!^ P X 1 ' l,\ : f $» «;s J. 1\ I.'*™ r$tr: Lowville, N. Y., Thursday, April 17, 1913. Wo. 32 SENATE VOTES NOT TO SUSTAIN THE KENDALL CHARGES. •Strilwell Makes Appeal for Himself . jn Which He Declares Himself Ab- solutely Innocent of Charges That ' ' He Solicited :? Money. Albany, April 16.—Stephen J. Still- •well of New York, democratic repre- sentative from 21st senatorial dis- trict, is not guilty of official miscon- . duct, according- to a vote taken last night by his colleagues. By'21 ayes to .28 noes, the senate voted not to sustain, the charges that had been brought by George H. Ken- dall, president of the New York Bank- note Cohipany, that Stillwell had ac- cepted half of a $250\fee paid for the drafting of a bill in which the com- pany was interested and had solicited a$3,500 bribe to advance the 'legisla- tion. The announcement of the . vote marked the climax of a most dramat- ic session. Stillwell Pleads for Himself. After' counsel for both the accuser and accused had summed up at an af- ternoon-session that Tasted: well into , the evening, Stillwell, himself, made a plea- -jn his' own behalf, as soon as the senate reconvened for the night session. He was-haggard and in tears when he concluded. \I know; and my conscience tells me,\ declared the accused senator, facing his feuow senators and the crowded senate chamber, \that I ana innocent The Sod above me knows that I. am innocent. You men may , .convict me; you may expel me from -.this floor, but the Almighty above me khbws-I am as innocent as any man 'sitting.here who is to judge me.\ \ ',:• As -soon as the vote was announced . Senator Stillwell's friends started vo- • 'cife'rous applause which even the con- '•'•'tinUed pounding of Lieut.-G'ov. Glynn's gavel failed to quiet for several sec- • ' orids.. Stillwell Congratulated by Friends. W-h$n order was restored the lieu- • tenant governor ordered the sergeant- '• at-arms to clear the .chamber. Imme- ' r ..diately thereafter .the senate ad- , Mourned. , ' .;,,, Senator Stillwelli who had occupied .his seat in the senate chamber during '. '.. the .ordeal of -the voting, immediately was the center of friends who extend- ed congratulations. As soon as he could make his way .to a telephone booth, he put in,a call for New York ^ {o inform Ms. w^fe.of his-.exoneration. t '/While- Valtihg .for the connection .he was forced to hold another impromptu reception. Vote of the Committee. Ten of the 15 members of the sen- ' ate judiciary committee, which heard the testimony in the case, voted to sustain the charges. They were'Mur- taiigh, Brown, Wagner, Blauvelt, Carswell, Foley, Pollock, Thomas, ^Walters and Velte. The five members of the - committee who voted against sustaining the charges were Griffin, McClelland, Torborg, Coats and Bus- -sey. Forty-nine senators voted, as the vacancy caused by the resignation of - Senator Frankjin D. Roosevelt to be- come assistant secretary of the navy, has not been filled. The vote in de- tail follows: Against sustaining the charges— Senators Boylan, Carroll, Cullen, Du- hamel, Fitzgerald, Frawley, Griffin, .Healey, Hefferman, Herriclc, McClel- land, Malone, O'Keefe, Patten, Peck- ham, Ramsperger, Sanner, Seeley, Sullivan, Torborg, Wende, Democrats; Bussey, Coats, Emerson, Godfrey, Om- rod, Palmer, Republl ans—28. Those Against Stillwell. In favor of sustaining the charges— Senators Blauvelt, Carswell, Foley, McKnight, Murtaugh, Pollock, Velt, Wagner, Wheeler, Democrats; Arget- singer, Brown, Heacock, Hewitt, Sage, Stivers, Thomas, Thompson, Walters, Whitney, Wilson, Republi- cans; Salant, Progressive—21. SMALL POX SCARE. Several Homes to Be Quarantined at Benson Mines and Newton Falls. It is reported that the villages of Benson Mines and Wanakena are fighting an epidemic of small pox in a light form. Five houses in Benson Mines and dwellings in Newton Falls a,re said to have already been quarantined. A store and saloon at the Mines are among the quarantined places. It is claimed that when the disease broke out a few days ago, every one in the two villages thought it was the annual visit of the chicken pox but it is understood that yesterday a health officer visited the two towns and an- nounced that the malady was small- pox; and im'mediately quarantined several houses. According to the statement of a traveling man, nearly everyone in the two villages has been exposed on account of the general be- lief that the disease was only chicken pox. No one is very seriously ill up to this time although it is said that the pox is well pronounced. Wellsland Stock Farm. Among the recent sales from Wells- land Stock Farm, near Glenfield, are two bull calves of more than ordinary breeding. W. C. Hunt, of Fayette- ville has purchased one of the calves for Mr. Walker of California and the other was purchased by Mrs. Flora McPhilmy of Port Leyden. Mr. Wal- ker paid$l,u00 for his calf and as soon as it Is old enough to stand the trip it will be shipped to California. BOOST FOR THE NEW TARIFF. Republican Leader in Indiana Sup- porting'Democratic. Bill. South Bend, Ind., April 16.—Charles A. Carlisle, leader of the Republican party in the northern part of Indiana and defeated candidate for represen- tative in congress at the last election, is lending his support to the Demo- cratic administration in the rebuilding of the tariff. . Mr, Carlisle is a manufacturer and an employer of labor. ,In his candi; dacy he had the support of J. M. Stud- ebaker and other extensive employers of labor and large manufacturers. To a representative of the New York Herald, Mr. Carlisle said: \As a progressive Republican, affil- iated with and believing in the G. 0. P., and one who is interested iii the wage earner and the taxpayer, I be- lieve that every voter, regardless of party affiliations, owes a duty to the present administration—to boost. \Tariff revision is a big problem, and President Wilson and his admin- istraton will not take any great chance at destruction; I believe that business interests everywhere and the wage earner and the taxpayer have much cause for congratulations. \President Wilson has declared for 'constructive efficiency,' and if that is to be watchword of his administration I shall boost and do all. I can to get others to do likewise.\ .. • \ To Enforce Land Reforestry. A bill has just been introduced in the legislature by Assemblyman Jones of Carthage, inserting- in the conser- vation law a new section (88-a) pro- viding that unimproved and non-agri- cultural private lands upon any of the water sheds of the state within state parks, upon which the forestry growth has been destroyed and which are not being operated under Sec. 88, shall be reforested by the owners. If such owners, after due notice from the con- servation commission, shall fail to re- forest their lands, the commission may reforest them and the cost for reforestation shall be a lien on the property. Such cost shall be paid to the commission, with 4 per cent in- terest, after trees have been cut and before their removal. Where there is a default in payment, the lands may be seized, under warrant issued by the commission, and sold as under execu- tion. Looks Like a \Stand Off.\ A peculiar state of affairs exists as a result of the recent village election in Potsdam. A proposition to build a standpipe at a cost of $18,000 was lost by a majority of two. The sec- ond part.pif the sayne general proposi- tion, to authorize the trustees to bond the village for$18,000 for the erection of a standpipe was carried by a ma- jority of five. As a result of this the trustees are authorized to raise $1 000 for the construction of a stand- pipe but have no authority to spend the money. Attorney General Holds That Gov- ernor Is Without Authority to Appoint Warden. Albany, April 16.—Governor Sulzer has no authority to appoint an agent and warden for Auburn prison, he has been informed by Attorney-General Carmody. The governor asked Col- onel Joseph F. Scott, superintendent of state prisons to appoint Charles F. Rattigan of Auburn in place of War- den George W. Benham. Colonel Scott declined to do so, and subsequently was removed from office. 1 Warden Benham wants to leave the state's service to accept a position with the Auburn Trust Company, and has tendered his resignation twice since January 1st. There is no provis- ion of the law, according to the attor- ney-general, which would compel Mr. Benham to remain as warden until his successor is appointed. Under the provisions of the consti- tution and the prison law, says Mr. Carmody, the power of appointment of an agent and warden of a state prison is vested exclusively in the su- perintendent of state prisons, and there being no superintendent at this time, the appointment to the office of agent and warden cannot be made. Should Mr. Benham leave, the attor- ney-general says the governor, in the emergency, may administer the af- fairs of the office of warden under his constitutional powers. The governor sent to the senate more than a month ago the nomination of Judge John B. Riley of Plattsburg as superintendent of state prisons to succeed Colonel Scott, but the senate finance committee, to which it was re- ferred, has taken no action concern- ing it. NO ELECTION BY D. A. R. No Candidate for President-General Receives a Majority. Washington, April 16.—Count to- night on the ballots cast for president- general of the Daughters of American Revolution disclosed that there had been no election. None of the three candidates mustered a majority. Mrs. John Miller Horton of Buffalo got 519, Mrs. William Cummings Story of New York, 556, and Mrs. Charles B. Bryan of Memphis, Tenn., 103. On the face of the ballots cast, 590 votes were necessary to elect. Balloting will be resumed tomorrow. Eagles at Carthage. The state convention of Eagles will be held in Carthage June 10, 11 and 12. It is expected that about 3,000 birds will be in attendance. NO REMOVALS EXCEPT IN CASES OF INEFFICIENCY. Postmaster General Burleson Says* Decision Has Been Reached After Conferences With President.—De- partment Run on Business Lines. Washington, April 16.—Postmaster General Buries n announced yester- day that it was the administration's policy to continue all republican post- masters now in office to the end of their terms provided no charges are sustained against -their efficiency. The policy applies to all classes of post- masters. \My department will be run on bus- iness lines and not by politics,\ said Mr. Burleson in explaining\ the new policy. He declared that there might be some removals but he'believed the majority of the postmasters were effi- cient and Would not be disturbed. \There will have to be '. specific charges of inefficiency,'however,\ he added, \before anyone will be remov- ed.\ ' • Mr. Burleson said the decision had been reached after conferences 'with President Wilson who favors the .mer- it system. At present a plan is be- ing worked out for securing efficiency under the civil service, fourth class postmasters having been placed, un- der that jurisdiction on an executive order by Mr. Taft. NEW CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. PENSIONS FOR OHIO MOTHERS. Governor Considers It One of Import- ant Laws of the Session. Albany, April 16.—A n6w civil rights law went into effect Saturday when Governor Sulzer signed Assemblyman Levy's bill amending the. law of 1909 by making more stringent provisions against discrimination on account of race, creed or color in places of pub- lic resort. The governor considers the bill one of the important laws of the session. The new civil rights bill provides that no owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of a place of public accommodation,. re- sort of amusement shall deny any person such accommodation, or pub- lish, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, no- tice or advertisement, to the effect that any of the accommodations, ad- vantages and privileges of any such place shall be refused or denied to any person on account of race, creed or color, or -that -such..persons ai;e un- welcome: 1- *• -'•' '*' - -•• • •>( •\ V The production of any such written communication, notice or advertise- ment is presumptive evidence in any civil or criminal action that the same was authorized. A place of public accommodation, resort or amusement within the mean- ing of this article shall be deemed to include any inn, tavern or hotel, whether conducted for the entertain- ment of transient guests or the accom- modation of those seeking health, recreation, or rest, and any restau- rant, eating house, public conveyance on land or water, bath house, barber shop, theater and music hall. The provision permitting the denial of such accommodations to any citi- zen except for reasons alike to all citizens of every race, creed or color, and regardless of race, creed or color, is stricken out. Violation of these pro- visions, or the aiding or inciting of such violations shall subject the per- sons above mentioned to a penalty of not less than$100 or more than $500, to be recovered by the persons ag- grieved, or by any resident of the state to whom such cause of action has been assigned, to be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the plaintiff or defendant shall reside. A violation is also a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than$100 or more than $500 or by imprisonment for not less than thirty days or more than ninety days, or by both fine and im- prisonment.$15 a Month for One Child and $7 for Each Additional' One. Columbus, Ohio.—The Ohio House has adopted a bill for the payment of pensions to dependent mothers to en- able them to keep their children at home and care for them. An amend- ment to make the system, optional with counties was rejected. The Senate had previously voted af- firmatively on the bill. Its operation will await the levying of a special tax of not -more than one-hal.f jnill by the county commissioners. :• 'Pensioning mothers isiph'iy otte pro- vision of a child code which was pass- ed. Pensions of$15 a raonth for one child and $7 a month for each addi- tional one will be giv^n' to women who are poor and who. haVe lived in OhioOhio two years; to widows and to women whose husbands,'are physi- cally or mentally disabled for have de- serted them for three.years and who have sons under 15 andsdaiighters un- der 16. These pensions' are\ for six months, but they maSs'-be-. regranted on expiration. ';: .v. The court must Satiny -ilself that the child is living .yftm'Its' mother, that without the .pension;'the home Would be broken up; th^t\ It-is benefi- cial to the child to ''stay with its mother and after . investigation that the home iS; a .proper$0£ t ,. * The code is quite a •l^ot'ji.erly bill- in other respects. It '-«ips,titutes the State Board of Charities'- to supervise every place where chjfflren are' cared for except a family hoi)n<& ' It is given supervision over materhity hospitals and of all public and private institu- tions which receive and care for chil- dren. THREAT HARVESTER TRUST-DISMANTLING BIG MILL AT AUBURN. ' CENTRAL ROADS CONSOLIDATE WHAT BILL ADVOCATED BY SUL- ZER WILL. PROVIDE. Refuses to Deny or Confirm the Re- port That He Has Consent- ed to Accept. A Watertown correspondent writes: John N. Carlisle was in Albany Mon- day and report has it that he has consented to become head of the state highway department. He would neither affirm nor deny the report when the question was asked him today. \You can hear all sorts of re- ports,\ said Mr. Carlisle. \If you were in Albany you could hear a report in every corridor.\ The position of head of the high- way department pays $10,000 and ex- penses. In addition to this he has one of the state's automobiles at his disposal. From a source that is be- lieved to be authorative' it is learned that it is expected that Governor Sul- zer will in the immediate future name him as the head of this important de- partment. Will Teach at Dolgeville. S. J. Neff, former principal of the Port Leyden high school and at pres- ent principal of the Lyons Falls high school, has made a contract with the board of education at Dolgeville to teach in the school at that place the coming year at a salary of$1,500. Navigation Opens. Navigation on the St. Lawrence river between Clayton and Alexandria Bay opened yesterday morning. mblM (until tmk lajv rspa'sfee'd' . ,*. , J,. ,' •• •r Measure Was Agreed \fclpon Saturday at Conference—Su'lier Is to Prove That He Is the Re|| ; Leader of the Democratic Party! >- An Albany dispatch says: Governor Sulzer. spent nearly .'all of Saturday until he left for New. York in the after- noon, c6nsulting with members of his war board in the executive chamber on the details of the State-wide dire.ct primary law, with \which- Governor Sulzer's new political.friends hope to put Charles F. Murphy'out of business as democratic state 'leader. An extra.sessionw^tjie' legislature is .M &e,# \\\ wlm ^' 2 ' ° ev^ry as he ,-wants it, • Governor Sulzer has made it plain to his friends the past week that he has embarked upon a finish fight to dem- onstrate to the people of the state that he- is, in fact as well as name, the democratic state leader while he is governor. The progressives have a few votes in the legislature and they are in fa- vor of the governor's bill, which is be- ing drafted to provide for the direct nomination at the primaries hereafter of all elective state officers. Governor Sulzer expects that those Republicans who desire to reorganize the Republi- can state machine and dethrone Wil- liam Barnes, jr., as chairman of the republican state committee, also will help to put this direct primary law through the legislature. Then the Governor will attempt, through appeals to the people, to get every up-state democratic senator and assemblyman, and perhaps a few from New York and Brooklyn, to join the half dozen progressives and independ- ent republicans in tne legislature in the hope of securing twenty-six of the fifty-one assemblymen which will be needed to secure the passage of the law. Governor ^ylzer and the members of his war bovy£$have agreed that the direct primary bill which is being drafted should embrace the following essentials: 1. Election districts to be made the unit of representation. 2. All designations for public office and party positions to be by petition. 3. No party emblem or circle on primary ballots. 4. Prohibition of the use of party funds at primary ele'ecions. 5. A state committee membership of 150, or one from each assembly district. 6. Reduction of the number of names required on a nominating cer- tificate. 7. Proper limitation and publicity of the amount that may be expended by any candidate for the purpose of securing a nomination. 8. Time for filing independent nom- inations to be lengthened. 9. Approval of office group for can- didates on primary ballots, position to be determined by lot (each candi- date numbered in each group). 10. Only state and county commit- tees to be chosen directly by the vot- ers. 11. Primary districts to be identi- cal with election districts. 12. Party platform to be framed by a party council composed of mem- bers of the state committee, party candidates for state office and party candidates for the senate and the as- sembly. In off years senators and state elective officers who are mem- bers of the party. 13. Committee on filling vacancies on primary ticket to be named in the designating petition. 14. Chairmen of county committees may be elected from outside the com- mittee membership. Strikers Refuse to Return to Work and Machinists Commence Taking Down Machinery Which Will Be Taken to Germany. Auburn, April 16.—The officers of the International Harvester twine mills followed out Monday their ulti- matum made to the demands of the seven hundred employees for less .hours and more pay. This was that if the workers were not back in their places Monday morning the company would order the plant shut down per- manently; would have its machinery immediately dismantled and the entire works moved not only out of Auburn bu>. out of the United States. The mills, it was declared, would go to Germany, to be set up at Neviss and worked with German labor. For the first time since the strike began on March 28, the whistle blew its shrill, prolonged blast summoning the workers to their .places Monday morning. Before the entrance was d'iJawn up Company C of Syracuse and the entire police force of the city. The soldiers formed a lane through which the workers might pass unmolested •over the threshold of the factory if they desired. The police were scat- tered out in the crowd. It is estimated that all of the men, women and children workers -of the establishment were on hand. There were some desirous of returning' to work. But a force of about one hun- \dred enthusiasts moved in the crowd, urging their fellow workers to hold out. Jeered at Call to Work. They jeered at the blowing of the whistle. The factory officials had said that the whistle should be thus blown and that if a sufficient number of the employees did not return to work to enable the factory to resume full oper- ation, that would be the last chance they would ever have t o work in the mills, for the factory would be totally abandoned and the industry moved to Germany. Men in the crowd shouted that the blowing of the whistle was a bluff. They exhorted the wavering to remain firm. In the end, they so far prevail- ed that half an hour after the whistle had sounded only sixty-eight of the' workers had passed through the lane of militiamen and taken their places. Following this situation there came a hurried conference of International Harvester officers. The assistant gen- eral manager, Alexander Legg, B. A. Kennedy, division maifagerfA. F, Ho\ Kinstry, manager of the eastern works, and /^veral local officers dis- cussed the c\ * T about twenty min- utes or half ahCuur. Then came the flat direct order to the machinists of the company to go to work and dismantle the plant, and the announcement was made to the crowd through the police and soldiery that they could go away because the Harvester officers would not treat with them or their representatives and had, in fact, no further use for them be- cause they had decided to close the plant permanently and take the ma- chinery to Germany. The announce- ment was met with jeers and catcalls and shouts of defiance, but gradually the workers dwindled until only a handful here and there remained\in the neighborhood of the factory. Machinists Go on Strike. The machinists in the Harvester Company's employ have never joined in any of the labor troubles. They have never had any grievances to pre- sent, so far as known. But when the order came to dismantle the ma- chinery, the first step in taking away from Auburn an industry that employs 700 persons and pays$365,000 annual- ly in wages, the skilled mechanics conferred at noon and decided to, go on strike, refusing to aid in the re- moval of an industry whose departure would certaimy have such grave con- sequences to the community of Au- burn with its population of 35,000. Public Service Commission Approves Plan of Merging AUSide Lines. Albany, April 16.—The Up-state pub-, lie service commission has approved the application for consolidation of the New York Central, the Rome, Wa- tertown & Ogdensburg and five other railroad companies, which have been integral parts of the New York Cen- tral system. Under the consolidation all the lines will be known as the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad. In announcing the approv- al the commission said: \It does not appear that making the consolidation effective will constitute any invasion of any legal right pos- sessed by the minority stockholders, but that these stockholders may not only absolutely protect their invest- ments, but increase the rate return above that provided in the leases.\ The capital stock of the new corpo- ration is $225,581,100, of the par value of$100. The combined stocks of the consolidated companies amount to $236,153,700. The decrease results from the necessary cancellation of the stocks' now owned by two of the companies, which are parts of the outstanding stock issues of other companies which are parties to the consolidation. Don't trust to luck.; Nine-tenths of the people in the woijld guess wrong. Governor Orders Investigation. Albany, April 16.—After a confer- ence- with. Attorney-General Carmody and John Williams, state commission- er of labor, Governor Stilzer anncwinp- ed today that he would order a public investigation of the strike of the em-, ployees of the International Harves- ter Company at Auburn. The .gover- nor said he had received word from a. representative of the company that further action oh- the part of the com- pany in dismantling the .plant would be held in abeyance in view of pres- ent eiforts to settle the trouble. SM LOSES$5#,f PRISON GRAFT SHOWN BY SUL- ZER'S INVESTIGATION. , | -' ADULTERATED VINEGAR. Superintendent Peck Ordered to Pay Laborers do Cents An Hour Hereafter on Canal Work. Albany, April 16.—\It seems to me that your department would get bet- ter results for the general welfare and be doing simple justice to its laborers if 25 cents an hour were paid for work on the canals,\ says Governor Sulzer in a letter today to Duncan W. Peck, state superintendent of public works. At present they receive $1.76 per day of eight hours. \Contractors for canal work,\ con- tinued the letter, \pay that much to their laborers and laborers on the state highways are also paid 25 cents an hour. Your department ought to pay as much to laborers as other state departments and certainly as much as a private corporation pays for its men for similar work. \You are aware of the increased cost of living, and the high prices that must be paid for the necessaries of life. This affects the laboring men fully as much as it does the clerks, or other better paid employees, and the state which employs them should see to it that they are paid at least a liv- ing wage.\ Road Work Commenced. The machinery for the construc- tion of the state highway between Sheldon's Corners and the Oneida county line is being put in place, pre- paratory to beginning active opera- tions. Large Quantities Discovered by State. Department of Agriciilturei Through the taking of samples of vinegar by the agents of the state de- partment of agriculture, it has been discovered that there is a large quan- tity of spurious and adulterated, vine- gar at present in the hands of retail dealers in certain sections of the state. In many instances this vinegar is believed tcuvfiontain pyrolig- neous, or wood acid. The samples taken by agents of the department are being subjected to chemical analysis, and Commissioner Huson is inaugurating ;a vigorous campaign for the purpose of, driving •UH \-spurlun^-Sma^a^rC^a^ifSfjtijiiaga-r*- from the market. . . . ' Dealers who may have vinegar in stock should he certain it is pure cider vinegar before offering the same for sale, as prosecutions will follow the sale of the spuripu4 v and adulterated article wherever .'fouhd. the & Thinks He Can Market$40,000,000 Canal Issue Without Wall Street. —In Small Denominations. Governor Sulzer has a plan to issue directly to small buyers in 'small de- nominations the whole of the state's next canal bond issue of $40,000,000. The governor thinks that up-state sav- ings banks and private investors would be glad to take up the bulk of the issue. He believes that the entire$40,000,000 lot could be sold without the usual mediation of Wall Street. Governor Suiter sent actinj Comp- troller Walsh down from Albany last week to canvass the bond situation in New York. Mr. Walsh made the rounds of the bond houses and the idea of floating the $40,000,000 issue here was received without sympathy. Friends of the governor interpreted the cold reception of the state bond project as retaliation on Wall Street's part for the governor's stock exchange bills. They advised the governor to go it alone and see what small banks and private investors would do with a state bond issue if they had the as- surance that the bonds could be pick- ed up in small lots. Last week Governor Sulzer had a number of conferences in Albany with state officers and the idea of selling the bonds in small denominations was talked out at length. It was decided that if the New York bond dealers didn't want to take$40,000,000 of ca- nal bonds they would be disposed of to the people. The governor believes that a law exempting the new issue from inher- tance tax would help their sale. State bonds are already exempt from state taxation, and such a law would make them virtually tax free. Under the law bonds of the state of New York cannot be sold for less than par. The new issue will bear 4 per cent. If the state undertakes to market its own bonds they will be sold at denominations of $1,000 and$500, or perhaps lower. Bond houses find good demand for even $100 de- nominations. Odd Fellows Purchase Home. Port Leyden Lodge, No. 849, I. O. O. F., have purchased of C. E. B. Wil- liams, of Oneida, the residence on West Main street, now occupied by L. W. Riggs. The building will be remodeled and fitted up for the use of the lodge. It is a desirable prop- erty and will make a fine home for the local lodge. Don't forget in the time of peace to prepare for war. That's about the only use some of us seem to have for peace. Says State Has Been and Is Being Openly .and Brazenly Robbed— Hints at Collusive Hold-Up and Recommends Work Be Stopped. Albany, April 13.—Charges that the state has lost$500,000 \through care- lessness or graft,\ in the construction of buildings at the new Great -Meadow prison at Oomstock, are made in a report submitted to Governor Sulzer by George W. Blake of New York* Af- ter the Governor had removed Col Joseph F. Scott of Elmira as supeiin- tendent of state prisons, the execu- tive appointed Mr. Blake a special commissioner to investigate state prisons and reformatories. Mr. Blake r&cdmmends that future construction work at the prison \be stopped, if possible; that no more money be paid to contractors; that the contractor, all sub-contractors; and all other persons concerned directly or indirectly in this work be thor- oughly examined, to the end that it might be discovered whether criminal prosecution against some of these should not be instituted.\ State Openly and Brazenly Robbed. \A peduliar feature ofc this situa- tion,\ says the report, \is no at- tempt has been made to conceal the wrong. It is so brazen and cohspic uous that even the most uriobserving vistor to the prison building must ob\ serve it. For more than two years this prison building job has been used to rob the state. \It has been frequently said that there is a 'prison ring,' forged for the purpose of stealing the people's mon- ey. I believe this 'statement to be true, because the dishonesty of -this particular job has io mapy ramifica- tions. The bills for inferior work and work not done at all passed through the hands of the state architect, his representatives at the prison, the comptroller and the superintendent of prisons. ' „'\ \All of these persons -with, the ex- ception of the comptroller must htfTO known that the bills ^vere, dishonest and should not have been paid. Tet they passed smoothly along ansi money found its way.in^G; the''\ of the contractor. A-.e'ar; \ \ gation might ahoW. Mov? ; \i remained there>.j -,:.*'; vj-: Hints at Collusion £ft§.l \This was only ''\ The other parts wSre tl|$j ytorfl^yj^^r^yjlfij ' •material they pleased ference. It'must be plaift'?. .„.. thinking person that a lofI$'sipl bills, practically all of them' d^one could have passed through sOjina hands without detection. . . .-( \This project was conceived ii$graft. The state paid$92,000 for the property. The excuse for this initial crime was the alleged need of a hoa- pital building in the health-giving air of the Adirondack region. Ths wafa a. mere subterfuge. The fact was that the owner of ths property induced his. political friends to help him unload it upon the state at more than threes- times its value. Then the lunacy com- mission decided it did not want this- ' property, thereby threatening to de^ prive the projectors of the scheme of large graft in the erection of build- ings, and it was decided to erect a prison there. The prison officials ' complacently agreeing, the people were cozzened into believing that this outlay of money would be sufficietftry productive to greatly reduce the cost of the maintenance of all the prisons of the state and would have a salut- ary effect upon the physique and mor- als of prisoners serving their first terms and upon those nearing the- time of their discharge. Original Amount Exceeded Five Times \The first appropriation was made in 1909 and was for $350,000. The bill providing for this appropriation made it appear that this sum would be suf- ficient to complete the work but up to the present time more than$1,80.0,-\ 000 has been appronriated, and more money is still deiuanded. Ther'e is at present a demand to get $250;000 more, despite the fact that$750,000 is still available of the previous ap- propriations. From the conception of the scheme until the present time there does not seem to have been any , attempt made to give the people an honest return for this outlay. \Ope wing and a dormitory have ' been completed. The site chosen for these buildings is in a hollow in the land, much of which is quicksand; The great prison building has settled so that cracks appear in the walls, all of the piping is out of alignment, and t is only with, great difficulty that, some of the prison machinery can :b& operated. \The dormitory where the guards sleep and where the administrative work is conducted, is fortified with heavy iron bars at the windows and heavy doors, but the interior walls are fragile and combustible. It is pos- ble to kick holes in them, and a fire once started would find the building an easy prey. The floors are wood instead of concrete. Guards Quarters a Fire Trap. \If a fire should start in the higjht when the guards were sleeping, there would be no chance for them to es- cape. This alone makes the work a crime that the state should immed- iately investigate t o the end that the* criminals guilty of it should ha pun- ished. ) \It Is difficult to find toy explana- tion for the selection of this Site \ehe,ia (Continued on Page 2,) /\ r 'v! \~ '?