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THE OMAHA. BEE.
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Him COUNTRY FJUKNDS we
pl < ued lo hear from , on all ui.itun ConnertnJ
wllh crops , country polltln , ana on ny ub-
wt whatever ol general Interest to the people
ple ol our State. Any Information connect-
ftlwilhthe election , and reUtlngto floodi ,
.fcUenU. c. will be gUdly received. All
uch coniiuunlcaUoni , however , mutt. b
M-iolas osulbla and they must In all case *
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. . contrlbntloni whatever
Wit ! K > Kor.to.lre any
. . ( A lilerarr or poet'cal character ; and we
will nol uuJertatc to jirewrve , or la return
. Onr Stafl
lliosjiion , in nny case whatever.
i . . . ( rti.leiilly larga to more than wpply our
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K. IMMEW'ATKI. . Editor and Publisher , Oraw-
C-AI.I. TOR Kiri'llIll.lCAX STATE
TO KLKOT DKLKOATK8 TO THS BEPOBLICAS
The Republican electors of thestate ol Ne-
bra ka are hereby called to send delegates
from the several counties to meet in btate
Convention at Fremont on Tcesday , the _ 5d
day of May. 187C. at : ? o'clock p. in. , for the
i.urpoce of electing six delegates to the lie-
publican National Convention , to be held at
Cincinnati on the Hth day of June next , to
nominate candidates for President ane
Vice President of the United States and
to transact such other business as may
properly come before it.
The several counties are entitled to repre-
entation in the State Convention as follows
SUUBKB OF DILEO1TB8.
Adam * . 4 Keith -
Antelope' . v 2 Knox
lloone 1 Lancaster.
Ilurt . . - . . . 3 Lincoln ,
liuffalo . . _ _ . _ . . . _ S Madison
Butler. . . . . . 2 Merriek.
Cays. . . . . . . . . . . . n. . . . b Nemaha.- . . 4
Clay 4 Nuckolla 1
Cedar . . 1 Otoe
Colfaz Pawnee . .
Cheyenne. . 1 Platte -
- . _ Kichardson. .
Dakota . . . . 1 Saline . .
_ . 1 Sarpy
Dixon. . _ . I Saunders. . . .
- . 5 Soward. . .
Onuglas . .IfllStanton.
I'llmore. . . 3'Shennan. ' . .
Fmnklin . _ 2Thayer |
( Jatro . . _ . Webster. . .
Hamilton York ' _
Hall 4 Oreeley and'Valley. 1
Hurlan. . . . 4I'help3 | and Gospcr. . 1
Howard 2 Uandy.Chase.IIitch
Jefforson- 4 cock. Frontier and
Johnson 3 Red Willow . }
Kearney 11 Wayne and Pierce-
13y order of the Stale-Opt * ? ! Commit * * * .
CK. . YOST. C. 11. UKK.
LET us rejoice , the country is safe ,
Contingent Congressman Pat. C- .
Hawes will be iu our midst within
a lew days.
THK Black Hilla treaty will now
be taken in hand by General Crook ,
who will exchange compliments o
lln season with the Sioux chiefs.
WIIVTSE , the retired aud disgust
ed editor of the Hitchcock organt
thinks there is music lu the air , and
the BEE iucliues to the same opin
WHAT is Nebraska going ; to do
about the Centennial ? The exhi-
bi.ion is nearly open , and yet we
hear of no preparation or shipment
of any specimen of our products.
What have the Ktate Centennial
commissioners done ? and if not ,
cannot something be done yet to re
deem this Slate from disgrace ?
Among the public men whose
reputation and good name ia dear to
the great mass of tha American
l > eople , none stand more deservedly
high than does the recognized lead
er of the Republican party in ( he
lower House of the National Legis- .
lature. When , a few days ago.grave
charges assailing the personal iuteg-
rity of James Q. Blaiue , were flash
ed across the continent , the Demo
cratic papers , and those who fear
Mr. Blalue'd ascendency within the
Kepublicau party , were very loud
iu their exultations about his
midden aud precipitous downfall.
None appeared more jubilant over
the Indianapolis revelations and
none were more venomous in their
commeuts than the Nebraska or
gan of Tilden , the Omaha ] Herald.
That sheet had Blaiue buried be
yond possible resurrection. Now
that Mr. Dillon , the President of
the Union Pacific , has publicly con
tradicted the slanderous charges
against Mr. Blaine , It is to be hoped
the brass collared organist A'ill have
the decency to retract his defama
tory statements , impartial men who
are conversant with Mr. Elaine's
public career have never doubted
his ability to secure a full vindica
The ground work of the accusa
tions against Mr. Blaiuo was based
ou alleged statements of E. H. Rol
lins , treasurer of the Union Pacific ,
aud upon alleged statements of
Morton , Bliss & Co. , New York
bankers , who , it was claimed , ne
gotiated the $64,000 draft said to
have been given to Mr. Blaine by
the O. P. railroad officials.
These charges are effectually re
futed by Mr. Rollins himself , who
publicly denies that any money
was ever paid to Mr. Blaine , direct
ly or indirectly. Morton , Bliss &
Co. also make public denial of the
statement that they ever handled
either a draft , note , check , or
other evidence of value in
which Mr. Blaiue was known
or supposed to have any interest , CICI
directly or indirectly. In addition CIfs
to this testimony , Mr. Blaine has
also produced statements from I *
Thomas A. Scott , who was president wcr
dent of the Union Pacific at the
time the $64,000 transaction is 'Ipi
alleged to have taken place , and
Mr. Bcott flatly contradicts that
"Mr. Sidney Dillon , now president fe
of the Union Pacific , who was a director feb
rector of that company at the time boc
the alleged transfer of railroad stock
to Mr. Blaiue is taid to have
transpired , has'alao furnished an
absolute denial ot the whole story.
Ia addition to these s-pecifiC - refuta thV
tions , Mr. Blaine has made a public V
statement in the House iu which he sa
iuvites the moat rigid investigation V ;
into his public and private acts. PC
Thus the cock aud bull stories ,
hatched by the leading organ of i Jui
Indiana Democracy , have been
completely exploded , and we ven
ture to predict that even the ex- fir
confed's of the House will not un "sil
dertake the fruitless job of praying sio
i Q' Blame a bribe taker.
The charges preferred against
Yost and Vandervoort"are nowJpr
the first time , before the public.
The testimony produced iu this issue
sue relates almost entirely
dervoorL Although , as ia well
known , the prosecution
der serious disadvantages the con
duct of this investigation , no
body can read that testimony
without coming to the conclusion
that Vandervoort is officially reck
less , incompetent , and unreliable ,
and morally an infamous scoundrel.
The testimony relating to Vander-
voort'a sobriety may appear alto
gether lee voluminous , but inas
much as the.lulea . of the postal
service prodibit the employment of
persons addicted to the use of liquors
it ia very pertinant and proper ,
That Vaudervoort has violated tnis
rule on various occasions is proved
by half a dozen witnesses. The
negative testimony of men whenever
never saw him drunk , ia simply ab
surd. The charge that inexperien
ced parties , not connected with Ihe
postal service and not
have , under hia
been permitted to act as
postal clerka is fully sustained
by responsible witnesses. The
barge that he allowed dead beats
to travel in the mail care is sus
tained. The testimony shows that
Vaudervoort had sent one Ziegler
from Omaha to Ogden in the mail
car , ostensibly for the purpose of
weighing the mails , but iu reality
( o beat hia waj | lhrough.
It waa proved that Zeigler hud uo
tcales M'ith which to weigh the
mails , that he did not weigh any
thing , that he traveled to Ogdeu in
the mail car and remained there.
A few days later Zeigler's trunk was
forwarded in the mail car and de
livered to him without charge at
Ogdeu. Four witnesses swear poa-
lliyely that Zeigler's reputation was
that -of a dead beat and drunkard -
ard ; two ot them swear that
he is & thief ; and thia
is the kind of a man Vaudervoort
employed to handle U. S. mails.
Vanderyoort'd explanation of the
motives for issuing an official order
to the railway clerka in behalf of
Pattee , will hardly clear him from
the suspicion of corruption in the
ejes ; of those who know Pattee's
waysand Vaudervoort's natural in
stincts. Tae most terrible and
crushing testimony against Van
dervoort is , however , the proof of
hia perjury before the Grand Jury
The foreman of the grand jury ,
Mr. St. John Goodrich , solemnly
declares that even if Vandervoort
was his own brother , he would not ,
and could not , believe him under
oath , in view of the teatimouy given
by Vaudervoort before the grand
Mr. J. S. Gibson , another member
of the grand jury , declared his cou-
viction that Vandervoort swore
falaely AVheu he testified before the
grand jury , and ( hia fact ia substan
tially-confirmed by two other mem
bers ot the grand jury.
That this perjured vdaiu indirect
ly encouraged the Curry assahl
there is uo room for doubt. The
fact that he swore to a falsehood iu
order to cover up his consultation
with Miner about Curry's card in
Yost's room and he absolutely de
nied the subsequent talk with James
R Porter in hia own room concern
ing the coming assault , leada to the
natural conclusion that he insti
gated and encouraged it.
Whether these disclosures result
in Mr. Vandervoort's removal , or
whether the department shall see
fit to ignore them and retain him ,
the people of Omaha and Nebraska
must henceforth look upon Paul
Vandervoort as au infamous char
acter , who , if he had his just de-
berts , would wear a zebra suit be-
hiud the bars of the Nebraska peni
A QKEATEK portion of this issue
of the BEE is devoted to the publi
cation of testimony produced during
the postal investigation before spec
ial agent Huutington. Injustice
to all parlies , and in order to ena
ble the public to judge for them
selves how the investigation was
conducted , we publish a verbatim
report of the questions asked , and
answers giveuas well aathe rulings
of the officer charged with the in.
While there is doubtless much
that would be considered irrelevant
in any ordinary court of justice , it
should be borniu mind th HMfeti-
ijaUons by special detectives are
usually informal. The extreme
length of the testimony preveuts its
lublication in one lasue. early
ill the testimony in this issue re-
ates to the charges against Vander-
roort. To-morrow we intend to hi
mblish the concluding portion , la
nainly relating to charges against
EVEN the .Bourdon papers are
tompelled to admit that the Demo-
ratic Congress is an unmitigated w .
allure. The Washington corres- iuof
tondeut of the Boston transcript of
riles : "Yesterday an old Demo-
rat freed his mind in this fashion :
have thought the1 Republican ccCi
arty grossly negligent , and even Cidi
riminal , iu its mismanagement. I diat
bought our party would brinRorder
ut of confusion but I have to -
, cons -
* s that I am disgusted. So far as ktM
id behavior is concerned , the Dam- M
crats see the Republicans and go yc
hem a hundred per cent , better. ' " on
ACCORDING to Somersault Miller ,
Je testimony duringthe postal in- tic
estigation was a farce. We should be
y it wa- ? rather a solemn farce for so i
raudervoort when'four tal
, four uuim-
eacuable witnesses testified that he in i
iminitted perjury before the grand
JONKS delivered the ue ;
ivt section of his speech ou the j
l\vr currency standard at the ses- (
on of the United' States Senate (
' " ' " " " * * * '
isterday. \ ' , Ch
Grave Charges Against Yost niid
Dead-Beats in the Postal Cars.
Mailing Trunks for Bummers.
Smuggling Goods from Japan.
Criminal Collusion With Lottery
[ Reported by John T. Bell. Official Steno
grapher of the Third Judicial District. ]
Charges preferred against Paul Van
dervoort , Chief Head Clerk Rail
way Mail Service :
First Periodical drunkenness
and disreputable debaucheries.
Second Allowing inexperienced
and incompetent persons not con
nected with the postal service ( and
not sworn iu ) to handle the mails.
Third Allowing persona not con
nected with the poslal service to
travel iu railway postal cars for the
purpose of evading payment of
Fourth Forcing mail clerks un-
'der his charge to participate iu lion-
political railroad bond election cou-
tesls , and offering bribes to parties
for voting with the faction in w hose
interest he was working.
Fifth Aiding and abetting a no
torious lottery swindle conducled at
Laramie , Wyoming , by James M.
Sixth Conspiring In and active
ly encouraging a plot for the pur
pose of inducing rowdies to assault
Edsvard Rose water , editoi of the
Omaha BEE , which plot culminated
in a murderous assault upon said
Rosewater , seriously endangering
Charges preferred against Casper E.
Yost , Postmaster at Omaha , Ne
First Employing a habitual
drunkard as chief clerk of ( he Oma
ha postoffice , notwithstanding re
peated publio protests , and causing
confusion and disorder in the distri
bution of the local mails.
Second Actively aidiugand abet
ting in frauds upon the United
Htatea ty furnishing James M. Pat-
tep , a notouous lottery BwihUIer ,
with United Stales mail sacks ,
which , after being filled by said
Patteo with lottery circulars , upon
which the stampa were cancelled m
Pattee's lottery shop , were trans
ferred directly to the U. 8. mail cars
without inspection at the Omaha
postoffice. Many of the stamps
cancelled iu Pattee's lottery shop
had been previously used iu the
transmission of mail matter received
Third Awarding a mail contract
iu consideration of a bribe.
Fourth Smuggling goods from
Japau through ( lie mails.
Fifth Encouraging and partici
pating iu an assault upon Edward
Rosewater , editor of the BEE , in
the Omaha postollice while the said
Rosewater was peaceably seeking t
procure his mail.
Sixth Conspirjnc in and actm-ly
encouraging a plot for ill" purpose
of inducing rowdies to ns-Jault Ed
ward Rosewater , edilor f the BEE4
which culminated in a murderous
assault upon said Rosewater , serious
ly endangering his lifo.
S. A. Orchard , called on the par
of the prosecution , being dulyswori
and examined by Mr. Rosewater
testified as follows :
Q. State your business and how
long you have been in the employ
of tne postofllce department ?
A. Assistant postmaster of the
Omaha postoffice , and have been in
the employ of the postollice four
years next August.
Q. Have you at any time been ab
sent for any period from thia city ,
if so , when and in whose company
you traveled ? Some time last fall
did you travel with Mr. Vander
voort to California ?
A. No , sir ; not last fall.
Q. Itseemait was in March , 1875 ?
A \ ea. sir ; I did.
Q. How long were you traveling
A. About a month , 1 believe.
Q. Did you at that time , during
this trip , see Mr.Vandervoort under
a state of lutoxlcation , or did he
partake freely of liquors on the wav ?
A. 1 have seen him when he had
something to drink.
Q. The question is whether Mr.
Vandervoort , during this time , was
A. WellI , wouldn't call it Intox
icated ; that is , ho wasn't drunk.
He never was bo but what he could
get around anywhere he wanted to
go get mound aud converse with
persons , i never saw him but what
he was around and talking.
Q. Did he show by his talking
that he was drinking ?
A. He showed undoubtedly lhat
he was "drinking some he wa.sn'1
0. During that time in California
did you know of his frequenting any 1
houses ofill-repute ? t
A. The usual way out there in
that country is to "take in the
town. " (
Q. And you took Jlie town in ?
Mr. Vandervoorl We went
through the China to.wu , is what
you mean by that ?
A. Y s , sir.
Mr. Rosewater Did lie go iu
liouses of bad repute ?
A. I don't know.
Q. Was there any difficulty dur-
ng his stay in San Francisco with
adiea where ho was stopping in a
louseof bad repute ?
A. Not that I know of. Si
Q. Have you any nokwledge of
ils offering improper advances to
idles ? .
A. No , s r. I know of bia taking
this China business , but I don't
now as they were houses of ill-
Q Did you go with him ?
A. Yes , sir. I can't tell that they
-ere houses of ill-fame , I had noth-
ng to do with the women there. h
Mr. Vandervoort We took an ti
fflcer with us.
Mr. Rosewaler Were you ac- 01fa
uainted with Mr. Alexander , faI
onnected with the postal service in I
laliforuia , and do you know of any. 01
ifficulty between Mr. Alexander
nd Mr Vandervrort there ?
A. Nothing particular , I believe I
-nothing I know of myself ; I don't dl
now about thatat all.
Q. Duringyouracmfaintancewith ai
Ir Vandervoort iu this city , havn aiui
ou ever seen him under the iuflu- ui
nce of liquor ? f
A. I have seen him just the same 1"
I have seen olher men. I have CO
ten him take a drink. se
Mr. Huntington The real ques-
on here is , has Mr. Vandervoort load
en under the influence of liquor ad
as to bring scandal upon the pns- dcki
service ? ki
A. No , air. I never seen him so th
Air. Rosewaler Have you ever I
en him associate with disreputa- vo
characters , and conduct himself nil
a boisterous and scandalous man- ch
rin any way ? coital
A. No , sir I never did.v
Cross-examinatiou by Mr. Van- i
rvoort : tal
Q. When Jwe went through that
linatowu we went through under tal
the guidance of a policeman detail
ed by the chief of police ?
A. Yes , sir.
Mr. Huntington Who was this
chief of police in what town ?
Mr. Vandervoort San Francisco.
( To the witness ) Didn'Jt ' you under-
Btoii.1 that was the custom that
every person going to San Francis
co took in Chinatown ?
A. YeSj sir.
Q Didnt you understand that
when Senator , Cameron was-there
Le aud hii party went through Chi
A. Yes , sir.
Q. Were we invited by the post
master there to go through the
A. I don't know personally about
that.Q. Were not-Air. Alexander aud I
ou good terms all the time from the
time we went there until we lelt ,
and are we not on good terms to
A. While lie was there you seem
ed to be on good teriUH.
Q. He was here fitter our trip
over there ?
A. Yes , .sir. In my first exami
nation 1 wisti to correct part of what
I said ; we did go into a house of ill
Mr. Rosewater Were they white
A. Yes , sir.
Mr. Vandervoort We were ac
companied by a policeman ?
A. xes , sir.
Mr. Yost You went where the
policeman took you ?
A. Yes , sir.
Mr. Rosewater Did you ask the
policeman to take you there ?
A No , sir ; we didn't know
where they were taking us we just
John R. Manchester , called on
the part of the prosecution , being
duly sworn and examined by Mr.
Rosewaler , testified : u follows :
Q. What is your business ?
A. Deputy county clerk.
Q , Are you acquainted with Mr.
A. Yes sir.
Q , Did you at any time see Mr.
Vaudervoort intoxicated ? If so
when and where ?
A. I saw him under the influence
Q. Did he give miflieicnt signs so
yon could nee ho wasn't all straight ?
A. I will state the case and where
I saw him : I win going to DCS
Moines last fall ou business on the
afternoon train ; I was in the first-
class passenger coach , and I saw
Mr. Vandervoort in the coach a
little ahead of me ou the other
side , with a party ot gentlemen ; I
didn't know who they were ; iu
the course of the evening he saw me
aud called me over and offered me
something to drink ; he had a bottle
tle with him in his pocket , and he
took it out aud offered me some
thing to drink ; I believe I took a
drink with him ; I stayed , and
talked a little while aud went back
to my seat again ; I saw him during
the trip over there , and he seemed
to be having a pretty jolly good
time ; that is all 1 know iibont it.
Mr. Huntington. Did he mani
fest any boisterous demonstrations
during the trip ?
A. I don't know ; there was a
good deal of loud talking ; they
seemed to be having a good time
generally ; there was several if
them together ; the gentleman sit
ting ahead of me , a banker from
Red Oak , asked me who the parly
Mr. Rosewater-Did Mr. Van-
dcryoort , during that trip , act in a
manner as if he was intoxicated ?
A. Well , I should have said ho
was pretty full ; yes , before we got
through to DCS Moines.
Q. Did you ever see him in the
company of disreputable charac
ters , conducting himself in a hois-
tentus manner ? Did you know
anything of that kind ?
A. I tin uot.
Cross-examination by Mr. Van
Q. Did you kuow any of the par
ties with me on that occasion ?
A. I don't think I did. 1 think
they were all fttrangers let me.
Q. Was not one of Ihe gentleman
with me on that occasion the con
ductor of the train ?
A. 1 HIIW the conductor of the
train sitting down with you occas
Q Was it a demijohn or a bottle
of whisky I had with me on lhat
A. It was what I call a small bottle
tle a pint bottle , I believe It was
not a demijohn.
Q. Did 1 interfere with anybody
ou the train ? Wasn't you the only
party I invited to parlake ?
A. I believe so. Tliat is all I
Mr. Yost Did you partake ?
A. I believe I did.
Mr. Vaudervoort Were you a
candidate for the position of chair
man of the county central commit
tee last fall ?
A. I was nominated , sir.
Q Were you defeated by "tho
subscriber ? "
A. I was , 1 believe , on au aflirnia-
live | proposition.
Edward O'bullivau , called on the
part of the prosecution , being duly
sworn ami examined by Mr. Rosewater -
water ' , testified as follows :
Mr. Huntingtoa What is your
first name ? J
A. Edward O'Sullivan. 1
Q. What is your business ? I
A. Constable in Douglas county.
Mr.Rosewater Are you acquainted - 1
ed with Mr. Vandervoort ? i
.A. Yes , sir.
Q. Have you ever seen him nn- I
der the influence of intoxicating
liquors that is , in a condition of
A. Yes , sir.
Q. How many times have you
jeeu him in that way ?
A. Twice , particularly , that I can
lay he was. A great many men
.vould he under the influence of
iquor and you can't notice it. It
ion't affect their business any.
Q Wasn't he under the influence
f liquor when you saw him , so that
le couldn't do his'business ?
A. Yes , sir. tl
Q. When did that occur that you
lave recollection of ? The particular
A. As near as I can judge it waa a
ni the eve of the election last
all ; that was the first time ; [
he next time was up at iny
wn house , after the election last
nil ; I believe two or three nights ft
fter.i. . fttl
( i. How do you know he was tl
A. I had conversation with him , sc
nd when I get in couversation with in
man 1 can tell whether he is
nder the influence of liquor. I
Q. Have you known , of your own tlj
ersonal enowledge , any parties not
ounected with the railway mail
srvice , traveling iu the mail cars ? IS
A. I have been on this road for a
tug time since Mr. Vandervoort's 18
rlmiuistration "on this road and I
on't know , of my own personal SK
uowledge , of any person riding in
le oars without any authority ,
lough I have heard a good deal. ic :
Cross examined by Mr. Vauder-
oort : Q , . Ton allude to the eve- th
ing just before the election of ca
mirman of the county central caD I
tmmittee ? D (
A. Yes , sir.
Q Wasn't I jible to walk and an
A. You were able to walk and en
Q. Are you willing to testify uii-
der oath , regarding an oath as you
do , that I was intoxicated at all ?
A. I have been sworn , and I am
positive when you came up to my
house apd I met you at the fence
surrounding the house I lived in at
the lime , when you came to me and
beeged me to do all that lay in my
power to have you elected chair
man of the county central commit
tee , that you were considerably un-
der.the influence ofliquor.- *
Q. Did you do all that lay in your
power ? *
A. I did sir. You made a special
request of me ; you told me these
words ; you came up to , me in this
way ; you wasn't able-to stand up ,
and you leaned right over the fence
and said , "Ed. Sullivan Ihere is a
difficulty between you and I ; there
is a wide gap open , but that gap can
bo closed if you will use your intlu
ence with Michael Meaney , a dele-
gale to the county convention to
help elect me chairman of the coun
ty central committee " Says 1 ,
"Mr. Vandervoort I can't ' do much
for you , " and he says , "your influ
ence will defeat or elect me , " and I
says , "Mr. Vandervoort then you
are elected. "
Q. And I was ejepted ?
A. Ye * * , sir.
Q. If you were ever removed from
the railway mail service state when.
A. I received my discharge on
the 9th of January , 187G.
Q. Haven't you stated repeatedly
that my treatment of you officially
was kind , and that you received as
many favors as anybody ?
A. I have. I have elated fre
quently that while I was m tap ser
vice you treated me the same as
any other man in the service. I
have made that remark quite fre
Mr. Rosewater During the elec
tion I haye brought charge against
Mr. Vandervoort of forcing clerks
in his employ to vote at a nonpolitical
litical election. Were you employ
ed on the road at that time ?
A. Yes , sir.
A. Did Mr. Vandervoort use any
threat to get you or force you to sup
port the party that way lighting
these bonds ?
A. No , sir ; I had not spoken to
Mr. Vandervoort for two days be
fore the elect'on , and on the election
day Mr. Vandervoort didn't speak
Mr. Vandervoort Did I try to m-
llueuce you in any way ?
A. No , sir , not at that election ,
and I don't'know ' that you have on
any previous occasion , to the best of
C. C. Sperry , called on the part
of the prosecution and examined by
Air. Rosewater , testified as follows :
Mr , Huntingtou What is your
A. q. C Sperry.
Q. What is your business ?
A. I am deputy sheriff.
Mr. Roscwater Have you known
Mr. Vaudervoort since his residence
in Omaha , and if so , have you over
known him to be under the influ
ence of liquor intoxicated , ! mean ?
A. Yest I have known him , I
guess , ever since he came here.
Q. Have you seen him under the
influence of liquor at any time , and
if so , when ?
A. I have seen him two or three
times pretty well under the influ
ence of liquor one time in particu
lar , one election night ; .1 guess you
was along witli me that night , down
here at the restaurant.
Q. Wasjie so intoxicated it waa
noticed generally ? Was he boister
A. Yessir ; he was pretty full
Q. What demonstrations , if any ,
did he make there ?
A. I guess you and I went in
Ihere together ; there Wits three or
four -of us together. The first I
noticed I heard some loua talk from
him to you , some threats to thresh
you if you mentioned his name in
the paper any more. He was
threatening to thresh you , or wear
you out , or something like that.
( i. How did the conversation
A He ( limed and said something
to lue about the election , and I gave
him a short answer , and ho turned
ouo way and I turned the other.
Q. You are sure , from your recol
lection , that he was intoxicated
A. Oh , yes. I guess he won't de
ny that , or anybody else.
Q. Have you any recollection of
any other tinier ?
A. I seen him over here to the
corner saloon once ; over to McCaf
frey's , over here. The boys were
having some fun abaut it. They
thought Van was pretty full. I saw
him there then , and ( he boys were
making fun of him.
Q. Did you know this man Ziegler -
ler that used to live here ; and if to ,
what general reputation did he have
in town ?
A. Yes , i knew him. He didn't
have much of a reputation at all ,
only as a bummer.
Q , . Stale whether you are acquain
ted with the chief clerk of the
Omaha ' postollice , and whelher you
from I your own personal knowledge
know 1 he is a habilual drunkard ?
A. I don't Know who is chief
Q. Jim Allan ?
A Yes. 1 lould say , from what
I have known of liim for the Iii-it
live years , lhat ho is drunk more of
tiie time than he waa sober.
Mr. Huntiugton What reason
have you to know he was drunk
more times than ho was sober ?
A There was a good deal of the
lime I have seen him a good deal i
of the time in the cilice , and around , i
CVoss-examiuutiou by Mr. Van
dervoort. Are you willing to swear
that 1 " " drunkard
am a "periodical" ?
A. I uou't know. I would have
to get at the definition of that , Van ,
Q. Was there anything more of
that time you spoke of than that I
ivas with the boys .and was rejoic
ing over the election ?
A. Well , you was pretty full ,
Q. Had I been drinking anymore
ban you had ?
A. Ves , I guess you had.
1 was able to walk ?
A. Yes ; I didu't see you down
Q. How long have you been ac-
uumted with Mr. Rosewater ?
A. About six years , I guess.
Q. jou have always Dean bosom
fiends aud political associates ?
e always belonged to 8
he Republican party. 8ii
Q. Did you ever have any per- ii
oual diflicuity with Mr. Rosewater iifi
the postofllce here ? fif
Yes sir ; we had a little diflicuity.
don't know lhat that has auy- lu
uiug 10 do with this matter. luV
Mr. Yost When was that ? ti
A. About the last of December , . tiw
871 or 1872. ol f
Mr. Rosnwaler It was January , oldi
Mr. Vaudervoort Q. Do you con- btai
der me an habitual drunkard ? aim
A. Well , I don't know. IK
Q. Do consider " IKw
you me a "period- w
sal" drinkard ? Ik
A. Will , 1 will have to look lo
le deliuiUoii of that word Before 1
in ai awe : that.
Q. Who was 1 with thatm'aht ? dc
o you remember ?
A. I thiuk Sweezy was along ye
id Ben Barrows. I don't know tr <
nether you .was with the Jacobs fit
owd or not. I thiuk you were
st getting up from the table when
we went in. There was quite a
crowd there. I know Jacobs didn't
come out with you.
Mr. Vandervoort I know we had
some champaign at the table. I
took two glasses.
Mr. xost-If the same provoca
tion occurred again as that which
caused your difficulty with Rosewater -
water , you would do the same thing
again , would you not ?
A. Yes , sirIwould.
Mr. Rosewater But if there was
not more pro vocation than there was
for Yost to partlcipat
The witness. In regard to Vest
participating , he never had no
more to do with it than the man in
the moon. >
Q. He instigated it , tho-igh ,
didn't he ?
A.-Well , I don't know that he
Mr. Huntinglon. Did Mr. Yost
assist you In any way ?
A. I don't thiuk he did.
Mr. llosewaler. Why did he
plead guilty in the police court
Mr. Yost. That is one very r'ool-
ish thing that I did , and I have al
ways regretted it.
Mr. Rosewater. At this time Mr.
Yost was assistant postmaster , and
he went outside of the delivery box
es to assist in the assault.
Mr. Huntington. What was the
provocation for this whipping ?
The witness. It was a general
running assault upon the postofllce
lhat come out in the UKE , and
also charging me with being a gam
bler. Yost want connected with it
in any way.
R. Patch , called , on the partol
the defense , being duly sworn and
examined by ftlr. Vauderyoort , tes
tified as follows :
Mr. Huntington "What is your
business , Mr. Patch ?
A. Conductor on the Chicago &
Rock 11:111(1 railroad.
Mr. Vandervoirt Did you. ever
see mo Intoxicated rr boisterous on
your train ?
A. I never paw you on my trainer
or anywhere else under the intlu
ence of liquor. I never saw you in
toxicated on my train or any\vh.ere
Hugh McCallerty , called ou the
the part of the defense , being duly
sworn and examined by Mr. Vau
dervoort , testified as follows :
Mr. Huntinctou What is your
first name ?
Mr. Vandervoort Since you have
been in that store haven't I been in
the habit of buying cigars and deal
ing with you all the time ?
A. VPS , sir.
Q. Have you ever seen me under
the influence of intoxicating liquors
in yoursaloon.or around your saloon ,
in any way ? .
'A. Since I have been over there ,
I never saw under the influence of
liquor. Before that I was not ac
quainted with you.
Q. For the last six or eight months
have 1 taken any drinks in your
place at all ?
A. I don't think you have ; you
always got cigars.
Mr Rosewater How long have
you kept that place ?
A. A year ago the last 20th of
Q' Have you attended the bar
there all the time ?
A. Not all the time ; my brother
is there when I am not. Until tiie
beginuingof this spring I have been
there nearly all the time.
Mr. Vandervoort Do you consid
er me a periodical or habitual drunk
ard , or any drunkard at all ?
A No , sir ; I do not. I was as-
tonibhed when I heard of it. I do
not consider you any drunkard at
Morris Sullivan recalled by the
defense and examined by Mr. Van
dervoort , testified us follows :
Q. Are you acquainted with Ed
ward O. Sullivan , formerly em ploy
ed ou the Union Pacific road ?
A. Yes , sir.
Q. State your opinion as to his
truth and veracity ?
A. According to his every day
doings , I wouldn't believe him un
der oath ; 1 have got good reasons for
saying so , too.
Cross-examination by Mr. Rose-
Q. Are you not somewhat under
instructions in this matter ?
A. JNo , sir , I am not ; I can give
you very good reasons for what I
swear to now. Ed. O'Sullivau ac
cused me of telling stories about
him. That was when Lew Hiii-
niau was chief clerk. I told him I
would bet him $50 he couldn't
produce witnesses. He told me he
was too poor to bet $50 , and I told
him 1 would jjive him $50 to pro
duce witnesses. He reported to
Sickles that I was trading on the
road , and I told him to produce
witnesses then and he refused to do
Q. You never know Mr. O'Sulli
van to teslity falsely , to your own
A. No ; but I know where he was
told lies right aloug.
Q. Was he under oalh at the
A. No , sir.
Qus. Watson called on the part of
the defense , beiug duly sworn and
examined by Mr. Vaudervoort , les-
liiied as follows :
Mr. Huntingtou What is your
A. Qus Watson.
Q What is your" business ?
A. Postal clerk on the Union Pa-
Mr. Vandervoort Are you ac
quainted with Ed. O'Sullivan , for
merly postal clerk on the U. P.
A. J am. ,
Q. lu case Mr. O'Sullivan was
prejudiced against a party , or di
rectly interested in damage to a
party , would you believe his testi
A. I wouldn't like to.
Q. Is not his reputation among ,
his acquaintances rather bad for
truth and veracity ?
A. Where he has got an ax to
grind , or where it would be a bene i
fit to him to tell a falsehood , I think
he would do it.
Q. Do you thiuk if he had a spile
to wreak on anybody because of hia
removal , he would hesitate to ( ell a
A. No , sir , I do not. t
Mr. Rosewater Did you ever
know of his giving any testimony
jnderoalh ? ,
A. No , sir ; 1 never knew him to
iwear at all.
Elward Rosewater , the plaint'it ta
n the case , beau : duly sworn , testi- si
ied in behalf of the prosecution as 01
illows : in
gLjst ( all , I thiuk it was after the _
ocal county election , 1 met Mr.
/andervoort , with some other par
ies. I think he addressed me. He th
ras considerably under the influence thfi
liquor in ltct : , he was * almost fi
ruuk , though not quite enough to
e flat. He acted quite boisterous , pi :
ud tried to pick up a quarrel with
le at the time. I told him I did
ot want lo get into a controversy
rith a man under the influence of an
quor ; that when he got sober I ioi
rould perhaps respond to his ques-
on.Crossexamination by Mr. Van- it
Q. Do you claim to have told me to i
ou didn't want to get into a con- toha
oversy with a man under the in- ha
uence of liquor ?
A. Yes , sir. I mem to. u
Q. 1 am very certain you said
nothing of the kind ?
Mr. test Who was in the party ?
A. Mr. Sweesy and some otucrs.
Mr. Vandervoort. I claim that
you never told me anything of that
kind. I state emphatically there
was nothing of that occurred. He
never _ said anything to me at all
about being under the influence of
liquor or about not talking with me
because I was.
Mr. Rosewater. I wish to state
I had -nothing' rte drink that day.
In fact I never was drunk iu my
John S. Halbert , called ou the
part of the prosecution , being duly
sworn and examined by Mr. Rosewater -
water , testified as follow ? :
Mr. Huntiugtou What is your
A. John S. Halbert.
Q What is your business ?
A. Postal clerk on Ihe Union Pa-
Mr. Rosewater -How long have
you been in service ou the Union
A. I came here a year ago last
New Year's day
Q. During your service onihe line
of the Union Pacific , do you know
of any instance where parties not
employed in ( he regular mail ser
vice were put in charge or allowed
to handle mail matter on ( he train ?
A. I never knew any one put in
charge of mail matter.
Q. I mean allowed in the mail
cars any persons traveling in the
mail cars ?
A. No , sir ; I psn't tell about that.
Q. Do you know of any persons
not connected with the mail ser
vice regularly , who participated in
handling mail matter ° the' trains ?
A. t think I took an uncle with
me once as assistant. . He took the
place of my partner , who was East.
Mr. Huntiugton. Was he sworn
A. Yes sir.
Mr. Rosttwater Any one else ?
A. That is the only party 1 took
with me on the train.
Q. Were you on the Irajn any
time last fall when roan named
Zeigler , not connected with the
service In any way , waa traveling
ou the mall car ?
A. 1 was at the depot and heard
a conversation between him and
Mr. Lewis about lusgoiug. I don't
know that he went out. T hgre was
talk of his going tu weigh mails I
saw him in the c > ir , but I didn't
stay until the train Ittt , and 1
couldn't swear any further than
Mr. Huutiugton It frequently
happens , Mr. Rosewaler , lhat we
have to employ inexperienced per
sons lo assist with the mail matter
iu the cars , because of persons be
iug sck | or ou leave ot absence , or
something of that kind.
Mr. Rosewater You never knew
of persons going through with mail
matter inexperienced persons ex
cept the case you have spoken of ?
A. No , sir ; I knew only that one
time my uncle went with me. My
partner's wife was sick and lie was
at the hospital with her , and I took
my uncle , to save his salary for
him I hail charge of the car , and
what he didn't do I did ; I remem
ber that very well , ior it neurly
used me up.
Mr Huutingtou What was your
partner's name ?
A. J M. Goodwin was my regu
Cross-examination by Mr. Vau
Q. You kuow of no one not sworn
going out ?
A. No , sir ; I have no means of
knowing whether they are sworn or
Q. Is it not a rule in my office
that n.o one- goes out who is not
sworn , and ( hat no one who is in
experienced is allowed to look over
the mnil , except what he known V
A. Yes , sir. When we send out
a sub.situe ( we always take help
enough to throw the mail.
Q. Is it not true that tliis sending
out men ia done to save the clerk's
salaries where they are poor men ?
A. lessir. Iu this case it waste
to save thesalaiy of Mr. Uoodwip ,
a po > r man , whose wife was at
Rome having au operation perform
ed for cancer. Mr. Uoodwiu was
away a month , nearly , and we only
made ( he expenses to him five or
six dollars for the whole month.
Paul Vaudervoort , the defendant
iu the case , being duly sworn and
examined by Mr. Rosewater , testi
fied as follows :
Q. State if you acknowledge this
order to be yours , ( banding witness
a paper ) ?
A. I do.
Q. Was that order ever counter
A. It was countermanded after
the necessity for it had ceased.
Mr. Huntington 1 really don't
see the point of this , Mr. Rosewaler.
Where there is no law against lot
teries , men engaged in that busi
ness can use the mails and you can't
help it. 1 tried that at Leaven-
worth. You may us well try to slop
the Missouri river , as to stop Pal Ice
getting hiy mail. There ia no law
against him in Wyoming , and he
left Nebraska because there was a
law against lotteries here.
Mr. Rosewater I would like to
have the order taken down by the
Mr. Huutiugton reads the order
iu question , as follows :
OMAHA , January 19 , 187(5. (
Clerk , Omaha and Ogden :
GENTL.KMKN : You will keep a
strict count of the number of letters
you receive and deliver to Ihe Laramie -
mie post ollco ! for J. M. Pattee. |
You will put a note Ju the _ "Go
Back'Vdlrected to Puttee , uiarkTiip- : .
the envelope "Private , " stating the "
number of letters. |
Very respectfully' ,
PAUL VAUDEKVOOUT ,
C. H. C.
Mr. Huntingtou Now , Air. Vau-
lervoort , wo will have your state
A. J. M. Pattee came to me and
old me that he suspected there was
collusion between the clerks in
lia office and those in the Laramie
lost office to rifle letters directed to
lim. I referred him to special
igenLs Furay and Sey bolt. I found
hey were both out of town , where-
ipou I issued that order , thinking
waa the only way to detect fraud , !
ind referred the matter to the
pecial agents afterwards , and my
ctiou was approved by them.
Q. What special agents ?
A. To special agent Soy bolt , cer-
aiu , and I think to Furay , ( oo. I
bowed Seybolt a copy of the order En
n the book. I believe thttt is all vel
regard to that. icr
Mr. Rose water Was the order
A. The order was revoked after
ic occasion was at an end.
Q. Did Patlee ask you to discor-
ue t'lis ?
A. No. He asked me in the fir t
lace to issue it.
Q. How did you know the occa-
m was passed ?
A. I had it on the books am uith ,
id I never keep an order in force
nger thau that. a
Q. Did you i.Hsue au order o' that
inn for any other party in this
A. No , sir. ; I never had occasion
for any. other party.
M. Yost If you had jou would
ive i--uedit ?
A. Moat certainly , and had it kept
the same way that was.
( Continued on 4th pcgc. )
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