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Q. Is there incapacity on the part of Mr. Hartwell to perfom the du. ties of the office wbich be bolds ?—A. I should consider that, instead of his being incapacitated, he has a capacity for a much more difficult and responsible office than that which he now bolds.
Mr. PLATT. With regard to these other cases, I do not think it worth while, with our limited time, to go over them. I wanted to call your attention to Mr. Hartwell particularly, because I thought it was due to biu and you that I should do so.
CHARLES H. SEARLES sworn and examined.
By the CHAIRMAN :
Q. Have you lived in Sutton ?-A. I always live there previous to 1878.
Q. Were you assessor of that town ?-A. I was.
Q. State wbether you had any conversation with him in regard to the valuation of the Manchaug corporation's property ?-A. I had.
Q. What was it ?-A. We had some conversation in regard to ralua. tion.
Q. When you were both acting as assessors ?-A. Yes, sir. We bad then some conversation in regard to the valuation. He wished to have the assessment reduced, and I thougbt tbat it ought not to be reduced.
Q. What did be say ?-A. It is so lovg ago that I couldu't tell you. Q. Did he not complain of the valuation being too bigh !-A. He did.
Q. Did be not threaten to oppose your re election if you did not agree with him ?-A. We had some pretty warm words, and I so under: stood it.
Q. (By Mr. PLATT.) When was tbail-A. That was in 1874, I think. I bave not been assessor since 1874.
By the CHAIRJAN : Q. You understood bim to say that he would oppose your re-election if you would not agree - with him in the valuation ?-A. I so understood it.
Q. Were you elected again ?-1. I bare never been a candidate since.
By Mr. PLATT: Q. There is a good deal of feeling up there beiween some citizens and the corporation in relation to the taxation of the property of the corpo. ration, is there not ?-A, I think there is.
Q. The company want to get it down as low as thes can, and the citizens want to get it as high as they can, I suppose ?-A. Yes, sir.
By Mr. BLAIR : Q. Were you chairman of the board ?-A. I was chairman of the board of assessors iu 1874.
Q. Mr. Chase was one, who was the other member?--A. Mr. Dodge.
Q. Do you or not think that at that time you made a fair valuation of the property and assessed it as it ought to be assessed ?-A. I took my oath that I had assessed that property at its full and fair valuation according to my best knowledge and belief.
Q. You did not tell a lie, did you !-A. No, sir; I did not intend to.
Q. Reviewing the matter all the way back to 1874, have you any doubt that you made a fair and just valuation ?-A. Jason Waters, a year ago last spring, before I left town, came to me to know if I would allow my Dame to be used as a candidate for the office of assessor. I refused to allow it to be used. He was very anxious to have the valuation of that property raised. I told him, “ Were I assessor, I could not consistently raise the valuation of that property one mill."
Q. Your judgment would not permit it ?-A. No, sir; I am a farmer and do not know the value of manufacturing property, but in 1874 I endearored to obtain information on that point. I then took pains to find out how the mills in Rhode Island, the Albion, Lonsdale, Ashton, and other large mills, were valued in that State. In Massachusetts, I went to the towus of Northbridge, Grafton, and Millbury and obtained from the assessors the valuation of the mills iu those towns, and then referred to the valuation in Manchaug Village.
Q. Of the mill proper ?—A. Yes; of the mill proper. I call that Manchaug Village, for it is essentially the village. The valuation in Manchang stood bigher than the average of the other three towns I have mentioned. It did not stand as high as the mills in Rhode Island; the valuation there averaged $15 per spindle. The valuation in Man. chaug Village stood at $12.74 per spindle, if my memory serves me right. The reason why I thonght that that was a fair valuation was this : The property was situated several miles from a railroad station, and, to start with, I agreed with the other assessors that there should be an allowance made of $2 per spindle for the difference in location. And then there is the capital, to the amount, I believe, of $350,000, or a little more, which we did not take into account in the assessment of the tax or valuation of the property.
By Mr. McDONALD: Q. The point of the controversy between Chase and you was that he wanted it reduced still lower ?-A. Yes, sir; he wanted it reduced still lower. It had not been reduced at that time.
Q. He wanted it put at a still lower figure ?-A. Yes, sir; he wanted it put at $100,000. The valuation was $500,000. We had some sbarp words; both of us got pretty well excitedl, and I believe he told me that I never should hold the otlice of assessor if he could prevent it, and I know that I gave him to understand that I never should assist him to the oflice again; and I believe I never have.
Q. You have both kept your agreement ?-A. I believe we have, but I never allowed my name to be used.
Q. He wanted it at $100,000, and you fixed it at $500,000?-A. We reduced the valuation somewhat that year.
Q. Do you know that the valuation has remained substantially the same ever since ?--A. I do not know wbat the valuation is at present, but I would say this, that Mr. Chase and I agreed, after our sharp words, and after, I am sorry to say, some profane language had been used
Q. He did not swear, did he i-d. I should not want to say that he did not. Some days after the one on which the sharp words occurred, we agreed to leave it to the selectmen as arbitrators, not that I thought it was any of their business, but we so agreed. Mr. Chase was not present at the meeting of the arbitrators, but Mr. Dexter, for the mill, was present, and I was present; he and I making the statement-I for one side and Mr. Dexter for the other.
INTIMIDATION AND FRAUD IN MASSACHUSETTS.
By the CHAIRMAN: Q. At what was it finally fixed ?-A. It was finally fixed, by leaving it to those selectmen to state what it should be, at $ 180,000. Mr. Dexter showed that they had the spindles but they had not the looms, or at least had not all the machinery but only part of the machinery, and therefore we thougbt it but just to take off $20,000 from the valuation.
AMOS BATCHELDER sworn and examined.
By Mr. BLAIR :
Q. State whether or not you have been on the board of assessors of that town; and, if so, for how long.-A. I took Mr. Searle's place, and have been on the board ever since.
Q. What has been the valuation of this mill property in question, from that time, and what is it at present 1-A. It essentially remained the same. Of course the valuation of stock would vary in different years, but essentially the valuation of the mills, the real estate, and that part has remained the same as it was when I came on the board.
Q. Wbat is it now!-A. It is somewhere from $450,000 to $ 180,000.
On motion of Mr. McDonald, tho committee adjourned to meet at the call of the chairman.
Testimony of Henry L. Hallett, chief supervisor of elections...
Joseph M. Wightman, chairman of Boston board of registration..
3 37 55 73 109 92
RELATING TO MANCHAUG CORPORATION, ETC.
Testimony of Eli Thayer.
James H. Mellen
113 116 127 136 150 144 223 151 154 155 159 159 163 178 373 390 402 403 404 406 409 411 440 464 466
RELATING TO H. M. SLATER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, SLATER & SONS MANUFACTUR
ING COMPANY, AND MATTERS IN WEBSTER, WORCESTER COUNTY.
Testimony of Andrew J. Waters..
John J. Love...
166 172 190 192 290 294 296 299 302 306 311 313 320 323 424
RELATING TO DOUGLASS AX-MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND MATTERS IN EAST DOCGLASS, WORCESTER COUNTY.
Page. Testimony of Frank M. Draper
179 Warren Casey.
199 Charles A. Stearns.
203 Burton Goddard
207 Henry F. Dudley
209 Edwin Moore
270 Albert Butler
278 A. J. Thayer
286 William Abbott
287 Aaron F. Jones
RELATING TO BOSTON (M'BIRNEY'S) ELASTIC FABRIC COMPANY.
Testimony of James J. Creed
257 340 438
RELATING TO DISCHARGES AT UNITED STATES POST OFFICE BUILDING IN BOSTOX.
Testimony of James H. Dailey
220 229 233 423 4:25 426 441 442 443 443 445
RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS -DISCHARGES OF MARTIN O'CONNOR AND ROBERT
Testimony of Martin O'Connor..!
Leander C. Lynde (and relating to John C. Bryant)
235 253 256 260 341 341 424 428 438
RELATING TO REMOVALS FOR POLITICAL PREFERENCES, ASSESSMENTS, ETC., IN BOSTON
RELATING TO MANUFACTURERS' MEETING IN WORCESTER, AND OTHER MATTERS IN
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF WORCESTER.
Testimony of John W. Loring, manufacturer...
M.J. McCafferty, attorney at law,
134 177 239 315 364 366 369