Lock Haven Express (Newspaper) - October 27, 1890, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
NINTH YEAR-NO. 204, LOCK HAVEN, PA. MONDAY. OCTOBER 27, 1S90. PRICE-TWO CENTS EVENING EXPRESS KIXSMJK I*KOTUKK3 - INVESTIGATE TBK COI^TV COMM1S-SIOMUtS OFFICE. TUo ExrRESs baa heard rumors of fraud aud corruption for several days pant with reference to tbo building of the Great Ishiud bridges aud has iuvestigated theso rumors far enough to fool conviucod that tho interests of the oounty have not been proporly protected. From the investigations this paper has made thera are evidences of largo sums of money having beon paid to L. H. Panp and E. T. Gallagher, stone contractors, for work done for the county since the first of January, 1890. Mr. Paup received over $14,000 for etone work from January 2d to May 2od on the Island, Westport and Fishing Creek bridges and upwards of $14,000 of this amount was paid for the Island contract alono W. K. llogan, per E. T. Gallagher, re ceived over $26,000 for stone work ou the Island and Wostport bridges from Maroh Oth to May 10th and about $25,000 of this amount was no doubt paid for the It-land work. From tho above figures it appears that the County Commissioners paid at least $-10,000 for stone work on bridges since the first of last January, and bids for none of this ttork teat advertised !�>/ the Commissioner*. This fact alone laid their actions in tho matter open to suspicion and the farther it is probed the worse it appears for tho taxpayers. The matter should be thoroughly investigated aud if the uouuty has been defrauded tho guilty partieH should be brought '.ojustice. We are not prepared to charge that the Commissioners havi bepn corrupted or that they havo benefitted personally to tho extent of a single dollar in giving out these contracts to Messrs. Paup and Gallagher, but the best interests of the county, in our opinion, demanded that the proposed work be publicly advertised and given to the lowest responsible bidder. These Island bridges originally cost ?2S,-000 complete when they were bniJt in 1S54, and why the repairs to them in 1S90 should cost upwards of $40,000 is certainly very auspicious, to'say the least. Investigate the County Commissioners office ! CONGRESSIONAL MATTERS. Some weeks since wo presented the claims of Ciioion ootinty for the nomination of Congressman this year. We now add that in population Clinton and Lycoming returns OS, 911; Tioga and Potter 74,820-a difference of over 24,000 in favor ot Clinton and Lycomiug. In the late Congressional conteet Mr. McCormick received 9,2'JO votes in Putter and Tioga, while Clinton and Lycoming gave h:m 0,903-a difference of over GOO votes in favor of Clinton and Lycoming. Notwithstanding Clinton county's claims are superior to all othere aud that she oou-trol>- six of the twelve conferees, Tioga and Potter continues the deadlock. In the person of Albert C. Ilopkius, Clinton presents the peer of either gentleman named, and if nominated he will carry this county by a handsome majority, with excellent prospects for a majority in every coun:y of tho Sixteenth Congressional District. Mr. Hopkins was born in Chatauqua county, N. Y., Sept. ko, 1S37, and iu Itwo rntcied Alfred College, iu Allegheny, N. Y., where he was the schoolmate of Mortimer F. Elliott and �. U. Scheiffelen, of Welihboro, Pa. Fr^m 1850 he was engaged in teaching echo"!, clerking etc, until 18G1, when be wec� to the Pennsylvania oil regions, where in the short period of one week he lost all the hard-earned savings of the past. In 1802 ho eugaced in the mercantile business at Troy, Pa., with G. D. Long, under tho firm name of Long & Hopkins, and in 1SG7 moved to Lock Haven, where ho engaged in the lumber business. Siuoe that time he has been constantly engaged in that business, having for his associates various gentlemen, residents of Clinton and other counties "of the Btate. His first venture in the lumber business at Lock Haven was with A. H. Best aud P. T. Dickinson as his associates. Mr. George Weymouth, bis present partner, has been conucotod with Air, Hopkins in business for oyer eighteen years-or since 1872. For several years Nelson Byers, of William Bport and E. C. Best, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, were partners* with Hopkins & Weymouth. In 1877 the firm of Hopkins & Weymouth adopted tho system of paying for all labor at the mills in cash, onco a week, and Mr. Hopkins baB continued to do this to the present date, thereby not only gaining tho good will and confidence of bis employes, but wherever ho is known he is strong and popular with tho laboring olasses. His extensive business operations have been conducted in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties, where, in various ways, he has furnished employment annually for from 1,200 to 1,500 men. Ho expects to oon-tinne his business operations and with this prompt pay and fair dealing policy, retain the respect and good will ot his men. A. C. Hopkins was largely interested In tho lumber business with the late General W. D. Irvln, and also in tho purchase and selling of timber lands. The firm name of HopkinB & Irvin was as familar as household words, along tbo Susquehanna, while they were engaged in tho business of manufacturing, buying and Belling square timber. Their trado was the largest of any lumber firm on tho West Branch, as well as tho most successful, and among the river men and raftsmen no name la held in higher esteem to-day than that of A. C Ifopfi ins. Notwithstanding the many losses incurred by lumbermen, on account of Moods and fires. Air. Ilopkius' paper has never been protested, nor has bo dishonored u just debt. Although not a voter at the time, he hnrrabed for General Fremont, and cast bis flrBt vote for Abraham Lincoln. Sinae then be voted for every lie-pub I loan President, and has been an active worker in the Republican ranks. Exirafapce in tie BriHi tie Island Bribes. I of Princely Sums Paid for the Repair-il of the Piers. E.T. GALLAGHER'S BIG HAUL He Receives Over $21000 for Wort on the Island Brite. THE COMMISSIONERS ARE CENSURED Were Thoy in League With, the Contractors in Bridge Building? L. K. PAUP HAS A HAND IN IT Paid Over �14,000 fur Stone Work-T. C. Hippie, Solicitor for the ComiiilMloners, Tenders Hie Resignation-A Spicy Interview With H. T. Harvey Telling How Be Unearthed tho Strange I*ro-peerilngn-Fitcts, Fignre� unci Incldenti That Should bo Promptly itml T-tor-ouKhly Investigated. The Wriliamsport Gazette and Bulletin this morning contained a startling exposure in regard to the building of the Island bridges by tba County Commissioners and boldly charges a big Btoal amount-rag to thousands of dollars. There b&va been ugly rumors atloat for some time in regard to theso bridges and the contemplated building of the South Renovo bridge by the county do doubt precipitated tbo exposure that has excited the whole town. We make the following extracts from tbe Gazette and Bulletin aiticle, which will prove Interesting to the taxpayers : The flood of June I, 1SS9, carried away a very largo number of bridges iu Clinton county, and among tho number wero two which spanned the West Branch of tbe Susquehanna at tbe North and South ends of what is known as Great Island. Theae two bridges belonged trj and wero originally erected by a private corporation. After tho flood the company determined not to rebuild, and in pursuance of the Act of Assembly passed in 18S1, tbo Commissioners of Clinton county took charge and deoided to replace the bridges that had been carried away. The old bridges were wooden ones with stone abutments and one pier In the centre of the river. The Commissioners decided that tbo now ones most be in accordance with modern designs, and of iron, and this idea, perfectly proper in itself, was carriod out, the old abutments and piers, being utilized. THE FUtfT JUG STEAL. For some considerable time rumors have been afloat that these bridges had cost th� county a very largo amount of money, in excess of any reasonable amount which the work could have cost. The stispiaion of crookedness has been growing &trongeT and stronger evory day, until it has ripened into a conviction that Clinton couuty has been robbed out of a vory Urge amount of money-at least in the stonework of theso bridges, and particulary iu the stone work of the bridge constructed by one E. T. Gallagher. This man, who by tho way will figure prominently in th's exposure, being individually irresponsible, bad tbo contract with the commissioners mado in the name of his brother-in-law, W. K. Uogan. It is known that the Commissioners of Cliutou county paid K. T. Gallagher on tho contract made for bis beneGt with W. K. Uogan, $24,000. Out of that sum over $20,000 was stolen from tbe tax payers of Clinton county. Tho Comntissiofierfi and the Arch Conspirator Gallagher, made their first mistake with their first illegal act. Tho work for which Gallagher shared in the distribution of this first pile of boodle, consisted mainly of repairs to the two abutments and one pier of the bridge, at the north end ol Great Island. The work waB commenced in tbe latter part of March or early in April of the present year, but it was not until May that much progress could be made, owing to tbe iuolomaucy of the weather and high water. The work was completed iu June, and iu that short time Gallagher claims to have done stone work on two ordinary abutments and one pier, amounting to $24,000, which amount was paid to him by the Commissioners of Clinton county. \VIIAT THE wohk DID COST. K. II. Welsh, civil engineer, a man of many years experience on the Philadelphia and Erie Division and other branches of tbe Pennsylvania raiiroad, and whoso reputation is second to none in the State, has given his opinion of the actual cost. On Saturday Mr. Welsh was oa tho ground completing his investigation of] the work, lie made measurements and haB carefully computed the result of his labors, in eaoh and every instanco basing his estimate on tbe highest prico. He finds that the work, according to his figures, ought not to have cost over $3,4SS ! Furthermore, Mr. Welsh Bays, if the County Commissioners and Gallagher had gone to work and rebuilt those two abutments and one pier from the foundation up, the total cost would not have exceeded $9,920' This shows that the County Treasury was despoiled of over $20,000 at one dip. he above measurements, as stated, were made by a reputable and experienced engineer. Tho County Commissioners and Gallagher relied on the measurements of a so-called engineer named Ronton, a man who needs uo introduction to tbo people of Lock Haven, and whoso figures would bc doubted under any and all circumstances. THE SECOSD TRANSACTION. A contractor named L. R. Paup, did the stone work for the bridge crossing the river at the South end of Great iBland. For this job tho Commissioners paid Mr. Paup $15,000 in cold cash, scooped out of the county treasury where it had beon placed by a tax hardened people. Did the work warrant this expenditure? Appar-: ently there should be but little ornodif-^ erence in the cost of the stone work for \ the two bridges. At most a few hundred dollars would mako up all the difference. Granting, however, that the work cost 65,000, over $1,500 moro than Gallaher's job was worth, there still remains $10,000 of tho aforesaid tax burdened people's cold cash to be acoounted for. Why there should be this large difference in tho stone work of two ordinary abutments and one pier for eaoh of these bridges, is a question which is juBt now disturbing tbe minds of the people of Clinton county very considerably. Mr. Welsh's measurcmontB for tbe work at the second bridge hare not yet been taken, but in his opinion as an ongineer, the work ought not to have cost any more than tho figures given for tbe first bridge. EVIDENCES OF GUILT. If the County Commissioners had no complicity in tbo perpetration of this outrage on the people of Clinton county their time to take steps to brine; the robbers to justice, it would seem, had arrived. Under these suspicious circumstances what do they do? They were aware that something was wrong. It was being whispered around that a great fraud had been perpetrated upon the county, and the County Commissioners, the trusted servants of the people, sat (juietly and waited for the muttorings of discontent to subside. They made no investigation-they did not even like to talk on the subject, but gave evasive answers when questioned. Tbey did not aeem to care whether tho county was being robbed or not-on tho contrary the suspected robbors, or at least one of them, was their almost constant companion. What did they do? When the storm had blown over, as tbey supposed, they became oven more familiar with Gallagher, and gave him another contract for building wing walls to a bridge at a price which it is claimod is nearly double what tho work is actually worth! It is said on reliable authority that they aro paying him fivo dollars per cubic yard for rough stone work which other masons would do for two dollars aud a half and oousidor themselves woll paid. THE KEATING JiltlDUE. The Commissioners seem to have gotten tbe bridge building bee into their bounot to such an extent that its buzzing is sweet musio to tbtjir earn. It is well kown to a nnmbor of people that, without any action of the Board, two of their number signed contracts for tho building of an iron bridge across tho Simiomahoning creek at Keating, the stono work to be done by this same man, E. T, Gallagher, and the Iron work by the same party who furnished tho iron for tbe other two bridges. Theso men may bo seon any day, and almost any hour of the day, lingering about tho Court House, or in company with ouo or moro of tho Couri� j Cornmissioners. Indeed, ifc not uufrequontly happons that one or the other of ll>?" Mr. Harvey answered as follows: "In tbe latter part of the summer I board from various sources that Mr. E. T. Gallagher bad suddenly became quite wealthy, and aPhiladelphia paper referred to him as a millionaire contractor of Lock Haven. I also understood that Mr. Gallagher's habits of living had very materially changed, and in fact that be was apparently well off in this world's goods. On my way to Harrisburg a few weeks ago, I met a gentleman on the oars who referred to the bridges that had been built in Clinton county, and particularly the bridge at Great Island, tho stone work of wbich bad been built or repaired by Mr. Gallagher. Tbe gentleman referied to is an experienoed stone-mason, and said that in his opinion the work ought not to have ooat much over $3,000. I knew that the Commissioners bad paid very much more than that amount. On my return home I went to the office of the County Treasurer and obtained from nim a statement of the amount with tba day and date of payments made by the County Commissioners on the contract with E. T. Gallagher or rather his brother-in-law W. K,|Hogao. The amount is $23,985. At the same time I ascertained that they had paid L. R. Paup about $15,000 for the atone work on the lower bridge, or nearly $40,000 for re-pairing the stone work to two bridges. It was also surprising that tbey should pay about $9,000 more for the one than the other. I then determined to have the measurements made by a competent engineer of the stone work actually done and a measurement made of tbe sizes of tbe piers and abutments, to ascertain how much it would cost to have built them all new from the foundations. I selected Mr. E. H. Welch, for that purpose. The result you have in his letter, which I have furnished you. The Mr. Worner referred to in his letter, is au old and reliable stone mason who worked for Gallagher at the bridge, and Mr. Welch called on him to obtain information as to what' work was actually done. Mr. Worner having been hart was unable to accompany him to tbe bridge. It having been reported that they intended to build other bridges, some citizens of the county employed General Jesse Merrill and myself to represent them before tbe Commissioners and ask them not to put the county to this additional expense at this time. We also presented numerously signed remonstrances of wbich the following is a oopy: To the Hoard of Gimmissioncrs of Clinton The undersigned, citizens and tax-payers of said county, respectfully represent: That they are advised that an effort is oelng made to Induce your honorable board to erect a bridge, at the expense of the County of Clinton, across the Susquehanna river at Renovo; that the building of said brldce would not be for the benefit and advantage of the citizens generally, but is in the Interest of a few, and especially of a company of individuals known as the South Renovo Laud Company. Your petitioners further represent that the southern terminus of said bridge is within the Borough of South Renovo, and that there Is no public highway on the South side of said river leading to any other point. In view of the fact that the citizens of said county are already heavily burdened with taxes, they respectfully pray your honorable board to refuse to erect said bridge. We appeared before two of the Commissioners, Mess. Grugan and Engleand urged them not to build the Renovo bridge at this time, C. S. MoCormiok.Esq., represented those who wished to build the bridge. After this meeting Mr. Engle told General Merrill and myself that be would not sign a contract at this time. On Saturday I bad an intimation that be had changed his mind and I went to the Commissioners ofiioe to hand him some additional remonstrances I bad received. I fouud Mr. Engle alono in tbe vault of tho Commissioners office with Mr. Gallagher, the door closed. Ho came out at my request and in the intorview which we had, which was somewhat lengthy and animated, be told me that he bad changed his mind and did intend to sign a contract with Gallagher, and that Mr. Grugan would also sign the contract. In this connection I wish to Bay that at no time since this Renovo bridge matter baB been under discussion have I had any reason to suppose that Mr. Kleok-ner, the othor Commissioner, had in any way promised or committed himself to the building of this bridge at Renovo, but that he had at all times insisted that tbe Commissioners^ aBoard should deliberate and act together under the advice of their counsel, and concerning the Island bridge I have no reason to suppose that Mr. Kleck-ner was oorrupted or that any improper influence controlled his action as, and indeed I must say in justice to the other two Commissioners, Messrs. Engle, and Grugan, that I have no evidence that either of them received one dollar oat of the money which was paid for tbe rebuilding of tbe Island bridge. Mr. Welch having furnished me with tho result of his measurements. I concluded to let the public have the benefit of what information I bad. ESTIMATES OF Mil. WELCH. Lock Haven, Oot. 25, 1390. Mu. II. T. Hauvry-Dear Sir:-In accordance with your request 1 called on Mr. Worner and found him entirely unable to go out. He however gave me certain information in reference to the work done on the abutments oand pier of the first Great Island public road bridge below Look Haven. I have made measurements of tbe amount of masonry on the basis of the information received from Mr. Worner and report as follows: (No account has been taken of the wing walls.) Western abutment.........fiO cubic yards Pier.....................247 *' Eastern abutment........-.54 ** " Total...................301 �' " at* 8.00........................$2,888.00 Poiutiug and grouting, estimated 000 00 Total $3,483.00 I also measured as nearly as possible the total amount of masoury, abovu the foundations in the abutments, and pier, exclusive of the wing walls, and find that the entire masonry in the bridge amounts to approximately 1240 cubio yards. This 1240 yards at $8 per yard would amount to $9,920 in case tbe masonry had been bnilt anew from the foundations up. Respectfully yours, Edwin H. Welch, C. E, WHAT GEN. MERRILL SAYS. FIERCE FLAMES AT MOBILE The Cotton Oity Threatened With Destruction and tho Loss Will ba HeOTy. A WIDE TRACK OF BLACKENED RUINS Gonkider. It m Serioa. Matter trad Should Receive a Thorough Iave.tijration. General Jesse Merrill in an interview today with a representative of the ExrRESS made the following statement: All I have to say is that I was retained by some oitizens of Clinton oonnty to urge the Commissioners to refuse to build the Renovo bridge. I afterwards found Mr. Harvey bad been retained by other citizens for the same purpose and we consequently joined bands in the matter. We first asked the Commissioners to appoint a time to hear us. We did this by a letter addressed to them officially; we immediately prepared remonstrances, distributed them throughout the oonnty; they were returned largely signed by citizens. After considerable delay Commissioners Engle and Grugan agreed that they would hear us on the subject, Mr. Grugan saying it wonld be only fair that the other parties should be present and represented at tbo same time. To this, we of course, agreed and the hearing was had in my offioe. Messrs. Grugan and Eoglea of the Commissioners were present, whoreportedtbat1 Mr. Eieokner positively refused, to be present. After tbe bearing,on one occasion at least, Mr. Eagles told me that be would not sign any contraot for the rebuilding of the Renovo bridge. All I know regarding the Great Island bridges is the reports as circulated through tbe community, and tbe faot that I am assured that tbe stone work of those bridges coat between $35,000 and $40,000, wbich was four times what it should have oost. I think tbe matter is serious and should be investigated; the peoples' money has evidently been used, and theyshould know who and for what consideration they got it. The people should move in tbe matter. Death of Sir.. Murkier. Mrs. Carrie Markley, wife of William Markley, died at ber home on East Church street, Sunday morning, at C o'clock, aged thirty years. Funeral services were held at the house this morning, conducted by Rev. G. W. Gerhard, and the remains taken on Day Express to Columbia, Pa., Mrs. Markley'* old home, aocompanied by her mother, Mrs. Goen, her brother-in-law, Mr. John Markley, and her three little children, ber husband being too ill to go. The deceased was a woman who won the hearts of all with whom she came in ooctaot by ber own goodness ot heart. She was a devoted wife and mother, and her husband has the sincere sympathy of many friends. A number of handsome lloral tributes ware presented by sympathizing friends. Among them were a floral anchor from the Knights of Malta, of wbich Mr. Markley is a member, and a beautiful floral design from T. H. Harmon and his employes. The pall bearers were L. Ardner, E. Finney, Charles Sohadt, Mao Seller, E. Nuuemacher and S. MesBerly. Work Interrupted. The flood interfered with the work of making repairs on the piers of the Queen's Run railroad bridge. The temporary railroad used to convoy stone and other material to the pier was carried away by tbe flood, and on tbat account tbe work bad to be suspended until the water falls. Shot Wild Turkej. Baggage Master Keiger and Eogineor Ed Israel wore out on the Bald Eagle Mountain on Saturday hunting for squirrels, when they oame across a wild turkey. Keiger shot at the turkey on the wing and bronght it down. You must laugh at ICindergarden. PERSONAL FKNC1LINGB. Arthur B. Salmon came up from Wilkes barre Saturday night to spend Sunday with bis parents. MrB. Lillie Seitz, of Williamsport, Bpent Sunday in Lock naven as tbegueet of Mrs. M. E.'Henderson. W. W. Ritchie went to Johnsonbnrg this morning to plant GOO Lombardy pop. lnrs jd the streets of that town. Col. E. C. Best and Samuel Workman, of Ronceverte, W. Va., arrived in this oity to-day and report all the Look Haven poo-pie at tbat place as being well and doing well. Col. Cobnrn, of Charleston, W. Va., aooompanled Mr. Best and Mr. Workman, The Fire Originates Among- the . Cotton Ware HonK. and Pre.M�, and Fanned bv a Stiff Rreeze. Sweep. With Irreelat-able Fury Down on the Centre of the City. Moiiilk, Ala., Oct.26.-A fire tbat began near the river front at the.northeast end of the city this evening spread rapidly to tho cotton warehouses and presses, and getting entirely beyond control ot tbe fire department has at th:a writing in iu grasp all the cotton warehouses and press-en ou tho river frout and back to Koyal street from Beauregard street to'St. Louis street. A stiff noitheast wind prevails and fire threatens the entire business portion of tbe oity. Four or. five river steamers, the steamship CaBton, Mobile A Ohio railroad wharf, oil mills and tbe fallowing warehouses and presses have been burned: L, C. Fry, Brown, Goodman, Fitzpatrick and Cooley, and the Gage ib Lyon's ice factory, in faot tbe blocks of buildings bounded by the river from Knox street, tbe northern boundary of tbe oity, to St. Lonia street on the south, Seventh street from the river front to Royal street west, are hopelessly lost. Tbe fire ia moving rapidly southward and since this dispatob was began has crossed St. Louis street on the water front and infiinges on the wholesale business part of the city. '* The buildings oasumed were a shingle mill, three cotton compressors - and five cotton warehouses,1with J.GSO bales of ootton, the Gulf City oil mill; the Mobile ice factory, three steamboats, eleven loaded and rive empty freight cars,- two eoal and wood yards and a freight depot with a Bmall amout of freight and alx wharves. The loss is 8545,000, with about $335,000 HE TWIRLED HIS SHOOTER. A Chicago Drinking Saloon Episode Xead. to Murder.- ' � Chicago, Oct. 26.'-.Ex-Alderman 'William H, Wheian was shot aud mortally wounded early this morning, by George H. Hathaway, a gambler. Tbe tragedy occurred in Mat Hogan's saloon and. restaurant, a rendezvous for sporting elements of both sexes. About midnight the Ex-Alderman In company with Jobn McGinnis, an officer in the employ of the health department, and a friend, were seated at a table drinking, when Hathway came in and stood at the bar for a few minutes to pay a bill. . Wheian aalled him back and asked him U have a drink. At first he protested, but finally sat down, and taking a long range Colt's revolver from his pocket began twirling it around under .the noses of the others. An. altercation iolj lowed during wbich tbe fatal shot was fired. THE FREEDMEN'S AID SOCIETY. Meeting of the Organization at HaniibttrK -The Statistic. HAitniSBCRc, Oct. 20.-The twijnty-fourtb anniversary of the Freedmen's Aid and Southern Education Society ia being celebrated lathis city, and'has brought together many of the most eminent olergy-men in the Methodist Episcopal ohnrcb. At tbe opening session, Rev. Dr. Hartzoll, Corresponding Seoretary, submitted some interesting figures. Since Its organization in 18CG the society has expended; over $2,-800,000 in establishing and maintaining in situation of Christian edacatlbn in' the South among tbe white and colored people. Last year there were maintained forty schools, 315 teachers and 8,330 students. The income for tbe year was (26 008,448, an increase of $40,000 oyer any preceding year. There were more than 2,000students in the various industrial schools last year, and 125 Christian physicians have been graduated from the Nashville Medical school. -,, IGreat Tide on the Budeon. Romdout, N, Y, Out. 26.-Tbe Hudson to-day ahowed the highest tide in forty years. Tbe brick yards suffered enormously. Million of brick were lost; The yards between Koseton and Albany ire submerged. It is estimated that 4^600,000 bricks have been lost in the Kingston district. A much higbor tide is cxpeoted tonight. The Hair Mile Walk Record.. San Fkancisco, Oot. 26.-At the Olympic Club games yesterday, G. D. Byrd, Jr., walked an exhibition half mile in 2 minutes 54 j seconds, beating the world's record of ii minutes 2 2-5 seconds. . . All the members of the "Kindergarden ' company are good singers, and they ijarry a oraak band and orchestra.