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vacant clerksbip of $1,000 a year. When I came to the custom-house, I found Mr. Chadwick performing the same duties that he had always performed, the duties of a clerk, but that his salary of $800 was charged to the warehouse proprietors as that of a storekeeper, when he was performing none of the duties of a storekeeper. In a short time the superintendent of warehouses-who actually was in the plan in the first place-brought in a recommendation to me that Mr. Chadwick’s place as storekeeper be abolished; but, instead of that, I abolished the offiee of storekeeper and asked the department to change Mr. Chadwick's designation from “a storekeeper" to " a clerk," as he was performing the duties of a clerk. That is the explanation as to Mr. Chadwick.
A. That is about iny recollection, but I can give inore of the truth as to that. Mr. Ham was appointed upon the recommendation of Sen. ator Rollins, of New Hampshire, and was a good man. Mr. Chadwick was an old man, and, to be honest about it, was kept in after bis office was abolished, on the special recommendation of General Swift (he was Swift's uncle, I think), and we gave him something that he could do readily and provided a clerk to do that duty.
Q. Do you know about the case of A. R. Storer ?-A. I know A. R. Stover; he was my chum in the Army.
Q. Wbat was his record as a soldier ?--. Very good, as far as I knoir.
Q. Do you know who went into his place ?-A. I do not.
Q. J. J. Clark is said to have gone in in his place ?-A. I dou't know liim.
Q. Do you know wlioin Mr. Storer was for last year, for governor ?A. Yes, sir; he was for General Butler.
Q. The statement in regarı to Mr. Stover is as follows (reading from testimony of A. W. Beard):
We bad not then got to the gubernatorial question. He was removed for inefficiency, and, on the report of Special Agent Brusb, of New York, because of dishonest connection with the sale of old junk.
Q. He, too, was a soldier, was he?-A. I do not know. It made no difference as to his being a soldier, if he was inefficient.
Q. Certainly not. I want to know the fact, though. Who was put in his place ?-A. At that time a wan by the uame of Clark was put in his place.
Q. What was the character of Mr. Storer ?-A. Mr. Brush expressly came to me before I went to Europe, last year, and said something about the junk business, and I supposed that Mr. Stover had nothing to do with it, and was entirely exonerated. I never heard of this be. fore. Mr. Brush, I supposedl, thought he was doing a kindness to me, on account of Stover having been connected with we while in the Arms.
Q. While he was in the employ of the government under your administration, was his record that of an honest man ?-A. Yes, sir; uuques. tionably that of an bonest inan.
Q. For whom was he-for Butler?—A. Yes, sir; he was for Butler.
Q. C. C. Sewall-do you anything about him ?-A. Yes, sir. I appointed him.
Q. What was his record I-A. He was a wonnded soldier.
Q. How long was be in the service !-A. He was three years in the Sineteenth Massachusetts, I think. (Reading: “Soldier in the Nine. teenth Massnobusetts; wounded in the groin; ball remains there."
Q. What were his political proclivities ? -A. I don't know. I didn't see him last year until after his discharge from the custom-house.
Q. What was his affiliation between the two wings of the Republican party here, prior to that?-A. I do not know. Q. Did you ever hear who got his place ?-A. Yes, sir; this Mr. Sew.
all came to me after he was discharged, to have me help bim to get on the police. I then signed some papers for him, and he told me about it Q. (By Mr. PLATT.) Who got his place !-A. Mr. Sidwell.
By the CHAIRMAN : Q. Who was Mr. Sidwell ?-A. He was a former employé in the naval ottice of the custom-house.
Q. What was bis connection, if he had any, with the Republican State committee ?-A. None. His father bas cbarge of the State committee rooms, as, I think, a janitor, or something of that kind. He has had charge of the State committee rooms for some years.
Q. Was Mr. Sidwell in the service ?--A. No, sir; not to my knowl. edge.
Q. Wbat was the record of this young man, Sidwell ? Had he been in tbe custom-house before?—A. Sidwell, when he was there before, was in the habit of drinking a good deal. They made a good deal of noise in the rotunda, and I went to Mr. Harriman some two or three times and stated tbat that sort of business must be stopped, or I must report it to the department. Governor Harriman did not want to discharge hin, but finally told me, I think, that when the offices were abolished, he would let him go. Sidwell's father came to me subsequently (I saw him here to day) and I told him that when any changes occurred I would very gladly take bim into the custom-louse, but I could not take the son back.
Q. Was Sidwell a Butler man ?-A. I do not know. He was a Republican.
Q. What was Mr. Sewall ?-A. What he was last year, I do pot kuow. He bas always been friendly to General Butler, as far as I know.
Q. Do you know Job N. Kaufman (or Coffin)?-A. He was the gor. ernment truckman. They hare one truckman called a district truckman who does all the bonded trucking. He was that man under my administration.
Q. A man named Johnson has been put in his place. Do you kuow who he is ?-A. I do not know the man.
Q. What was the record of Mr. Kaufman (or Coffin, as an officer ? Was he in the service !--A. Yes, sir; he was captain of one of our Mas. sachusetts batteries, I think.
Q. Is his record a good one, so far as you know? Have you a memorandum of it?-A. I have not Mr. Coffin's record. He is a government truckman, and I did not put bim in with the officials, but I happen to know about bim. He is one of our best soldiers, they say; at any rate he served in the Army.
Q. E. K. McMichael, do you know who he is !-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Give his record as a soldier and an officer in the departinent, and his political status.-A. Mr. McMichael was superintendent of warebouses. He was always a friend of General Butler's—I would say as long as General Butler was a candidate-as far as I know. He is ratler an active man in political matters. He was a very good officer during my administration, so much so that at one time when it was said there was to be a change, erery warehouseman in the port with whom he did business waited upon me and used some influence in his behalf. I sup. pose it was necessary to retain bim. What his record was after I left I do not know.
Q. Do you know Major Raymond, who got McMichael's place ! -A. Yes, sir.
Q. Where is le from ?-A. From Worcester.
Q. What is his status -A. He was a soldier, a first-class officer and a good man in every way.
Q. Do you know Hosea Eaton ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. What bare you as his record !-A. [Referring to book. He was in the last service, I do not know in wbat regiment he was. I haven't it down. He was known during my administration as “ the Mexican war
He was in the Mexican war, and served in some position during the last war.
By Mr. PLATT : Q. As provost-marshal of New Hampsbire, was it not ?-A. Something like that, perhaps it was.
By the CHAIRMAN: Q. Do you know of his being in the last war?-A. No, sir; I don't know of it personally.
Q. Do you know wbat his status was in this State, whom he was for!A. In tbis State he was a New Hampshire man.
Q. Was he for Butler or against him 1-A, He bad nothing to do in that way in this State. I knew him personally. Personally be was a friend of General Butler's, but he bad nothing to do with the State at all; he lived, I think, in Portland or Portsmouth.
Q. His office was abolished.-A. I do not know of that fact.
Q. In the custom-house, when you abolished an office in which a competent and faithful officer had been employed and when another employé was needed, was it the custom to dismiss absolutely the officer who had been employed and take on a new man, or put thatofficerin the vacancy ?— A. It depended very much upon how the collector thought.
Q. That was a matter that rested with the collector, was it !-A. Upon his recommendation.
Q. If the collector would recommend the abolition of a given office, although the incumbent of that office was a soldier and a meritorious officer, the creation of another place and the placing in that other place of a civilian, his recommendation would carry it through the department and it would be accomplished, would it ?-A. During my time, it was not customary to state generally whether the officers going in or coming out were civilians or soldiers. It was not the general rule to do that. The department generally, if they had confidence in the collector, took tbe collector's recommendation, no matter what it was. If he recommended a change, the change was made. That was so during my administration, and I presume it has always been so.
Q. Do you kuow John M. Griswold ?-A. Yes, sir. He was a captain in my own regiment.
Q. What were bis qualifications for the place which he occupied in the custom-house ?-A. He was certified by the surveyor to have been a first class officer. I have the surveyor's report at home, I think, to
Ι that effect.
Q. His office was abolishell and Mr. Eaton's was abolished. What became of Mr. Griswold ?--A. It is pretty bard to tell.
Q. Is he living or dead ?-A. He sbot bimself.
Q. How long after bis removal from office !-A. It was within a short time, I think. I do not know how long.
Q. Do you know A. K. Russell ?-A. Yes, sir,
Q. What was his position, qualifications, and character ?-A. He was an inspector. He was certified by the surveyors of the department as being a very good officer. I had trouble enough about him. I ought to remember bim.
Q. Wbat was the trouble?-A. Before I knew anything about bim, when I first went there, I abolished several offices, and among them Russell's; and I bad, I thought, all the Hoar faction that there was in the State on my back in a little while, and he went back very quick.
Q. You put bim back ?-A. I put bim back. I was wrong, and they were rigbt. He was a wounded soldier, and I ougbt not to bave discharged bim; tbere is no doubt about that.
Q. What was the character of his wound ?-A. I think that his leg was off.
Q. Was be a good official ?-A. He was so certified to me.
Q. Do you know whether he is among the employed now or not?A. I do not; I know only from the papers that he is not.
Q. He is a somewbat elderly man. The collector stated that he was over sixty years of age ?-A. I do not know how that is, but I should say that he was about that age.
Q. Do you know his status politically ?-A. I should think, to use the phrase that is used, he was a tolerably good Hoar man. Q. (By Mr. PLATT.) A good what?-A. I mean in a political sense.
By the CITAIRMAN : Q. I find bere the name of C. C. Bumper.-A. It should be Bumpus.
Q. Wbat about him ?-A. I made a mistake once, and removed him, and they bumped bim back very quick.
Q. For the same reason as the other ?-A. No, sir; it was a member of Congress who put bim back.
Q. He is back now ?-A. He is back now. I think that my successor put bim out, and went through the same ceremony that I bad gone through.
Q. Was his record also that of a Massachusetts soldier ?-A. Yes, sir; he was a good soldier, and I guess he was a good officer [reading]: "Served in the Fourth and Thirty second Massachusetts Infantry, aud was a captain."
Q. A man named flada way got his place. Do you kuow wbo Hada. way is ?-A. Yes, sir; be is an old Sunday-school teacher of mine. I know bim very well.
Q. Is be a civilian 1-4. He is a civilian; been there in years before; a good man, an important man; a good politician; against Butler always.
Q. Do you know Andrew Hall ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. What official position did he occups with reference to the Repub. lican organization ?--A. He was chairman of the Republican counmit. tee of Bostou.
Q. Was he in, under you ?-A. No, sir.
Q. J. L. B. Pratt is back in ottice, I believe. What is bis record ?d. I regarded him as one of the best officers that we had.
Q. He was a soldier also ?-A. Yes, sir ; I beliere that he was. [After referring to the book :] He was a private in the Eleventh Massacbusetts Battery.
Q. Is he a politician ?-1. First-class one.
Q. Was he for Butler ?—A. He couldn't have been last year, if he jeally was. He was for " Talbot and reforın."
Q. Wbat do you say as to Silas Sanborn ?-A. I know him very well. Q. What is bis record as an officer ?-A. He bas been regarded for many years as one of the best clerks in the department; so they told me when I was there, and so I found bim.
Q. What was his record in the Army!-A. After referring to book. The regiment in wbich he was is not stated bere. He was in the Army. He belongs to Post 113.
Q. Who got his place ?-A. I don't know.
Q. Collector Beard answered as to Sanborn, that his office had been abolished. He also answered that the offices of one Skinner and one Hamp bad been abolished, and that those were the three last offices abolished. Do you know Mr. Skinner ?-A. Yes, sir; I appointed bim.
Q. What was bis position and what is his record ?-A. He was first a messenger, afterwards a clerk in charge of the stationery, which position, I think, he held when I left. He was appointed for the United States Treasurer, I think.
Q. Do you know a mau named Jernegan !- A. I do not. Q. Was Sanborn reappointed to the custom-house, to your knowledge?-A. I do not know about that, nor whether he is out or not.
Q. Do you know wbat is Sanborn's position politically, or what it was last year:-A. No, sir; other than that I suppose he was a Republican. I don't know about his status.
Q. J. N. Wright, what about him ?-1. I know him. He was a very good officer iu his department; was so certified to me; a rery intelligent man.
Q. The collector states that he was not removed nor reappointed for political cause, and I believe he testified that Wright is in the customhouse now.-A. I do not know. I have not seen him for some time,
for a year.
Q. Do you know anything about a man named Robert Bower?-A. I know him. He is from Lawrence, I think. A soldier, I think, in the Fiftieth Regiment (reading from book :)“ Fiftieth Regiment, private."
Q. Do you know anything of Robert Tarr !-A. Yes, sir; I know him
Q. Is he a Butler man?-A. Always a Butler man.
Q. What was his position in the military service of the United States? -A. I think he was a commander of a guuboat or something of that kind.
Q. Do you know who got his place in the custom-house -A. I do not.
Q. Wbat was the record of Captain Tarr as an officer in the customhouse ?.-A. While I was there, it was very good. He stood in an iso. lated position. By that I mean this, that we have a class of officers, one or two officers, or did have, who are put on the boats running to the Provinces and Portland or which stop at Portland coming back. The purpose of this was to have the officers examine the passengers' baggage on the boats, so as to avoid delay. There was some trouble with the officer in charge, in the year before I left, and I directed the surveyor to select a more prudent man and the best man he bad for that purpose. He selected Mr. Tarr. So I suppose Mr. Tarr must have been a good officer.
Q. While he was in the service did you hear of any complaints in ref. erence to bim ?-A. Nerer, save ovce.
Q. What was that ?-A. That was this: A gentleman came and said that Tarr had bought a barrel of whisky and had not paid for it, but it afterwards turned out that he was the wrong man, but that he bad · gone sponsor for it in some way; but there was no charge directly against him and it was dismissed.