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It ank and Pile of liepublicnus
THEY REMEMBER GARFIELD, j
Governor Hastings Sonnds the Key- 1
note of the Campaign,
The (iovernoi* Goes Throueh All tho i
l.tbelou* und Scandalous Churces of 1
the Knemlesoft lie Republican Party
nuil Exposes Their Weakness.
Philadelphia. Oct. IS.—The Republl- ;
can meeting at the Academy of Music
at which Governor Daniel H. Hastings
was the principal speaker was the !
event of last week. It marked there- I
viva! of stalwartism. The sort of Re
publicans who stood by Grant In '72,
who had stood by Lincoln, and who
stood by Blaine, were brought tore- ;
allze that the same old agencies were |
making another endeavor to bring trl- '
umph to tho Democratic party by '•
vicious and unscrupulous personal as- :
saults on Senator Quay and those who (
are known to be his friends.
When Governor Hastings appeared
he was greeted with an ovation, and
spoke In part as follows:
"One of the candidates for governor
in February last year charged in a
religious newspaper, of which he was
editor, that new metal furnishings
have been paid for by the state, but
old oni:s in rise by the state carried into
the state house cellar, cleaned and re
turned wore made 10 personate the
new ones paid for.'
" 'That in the purchase of material and i
labor for making additions, alterations,
repairs and furnishings, the capitol \
buildings, and cellars anil grounds, also :
for the executive mansion and now for ;
Grace church, the stale has lost many j
thousands of dollars as the result of an !
unfair system of competitive bidding. I
in othei words, that the cost, to the I
state has been two. three, four, as high |
as eight times, in some instances, as '
much as it should have been, and that
not all of this money went to the per- j
sons furnishing the materials and la- i
bor, and further that at least some of j
the board of public grounds and build- 1
ings custodians have guilty knowledge •
of this excessive cost.' These charges J
if true, should have made it impossible J
for me to appear before this audience '
or to hold the office of governor lor an- !
"Let me tell you what followed the t
publication which I have just read to i
you. Its author was immediately at - - i
rested 011 the charge of criminal libel. '
He was taken into the criminal court.
He was tried 1 y a. jury of his peers
and was convicted. The verdict of the
jury was 'guilty.' He applied for a new
trial. It was refused, and the trial
judge, in his opinion refusing a. new
trial, inter alia, said: 'The indictment
alleged that these paragraphs (the
quotations just read) were published of
and concerning the members and su
perintendent of the board of public
grounds and buildings, and that the
meaning of the paragraphs was to
charge them with knowingly and
corruptly and fraudulently cheating
and defrauding the commonwealth, and
with fraudulently and corruptly mis
using and misappropriating to them
selves and to others the public moneys
of the commonwealth.'
"Defendant admitted the publication,
but denied that he Intended it to refer
to the board or its members, or that
it in fact charges them with the of
fenses alleged in the indictment.
"The burden was of course on the
commonwealth to prove that these
paragraphs would be understood by the
public, to charge the members and su
perintendent of the board or some of
them, as alleged in the indictment, and
the jury was instructed that if the
commonwealth failed In this proof de
fendant could not be convicted. In
view of the verdict we must assume
the jury found with the commonwealth
011 these points.
"To establish the defense that the
publication had not been maliciously or
malignantly made, defendant testified
at length, giving in detail all the facts
claimed to be within his own knowl
edge, and all the information that he
had received which led him to make
the publication: and nothing of this
kind, however remote, was excluded.
"Since then the convicted editor has
mercilessly abused the trial judge, the
jury, the opposing lawyers and the
state, reiterating the same charges,par
ticularly about Grace church. Who
would not commend at least his misdi
rected energy? His defense must have
been well prepared. He was indefat
igable. lie left no stone unturned. He
was several times at my stable cross
examining my hostler and the cook in
our kitchen to find out something in
the garbage or the manure pile to in
jure me or my family.
"11. Again this candidate in the same
paper charged 'That articles have been
furnished for the soldiers orphans'
schools that cost the state eight fold
more than reliable bidders were will
ing to furnish the same articles for.'
"The soldiers orphans' schools com- •
mission immediately held a meeting in
the executive chamber, its members
consisting of General Gobin. Senator
Mitchell, Captain William F. Stewart,
Hon. Ira F. Mansfield. Hon. ttobert M.
Foster, Colonel Ezra If. Hippie and
Captain George W. Skinner. The mem
bers of the commission tit once resolved
to arrest him and the warrant was
served. When he faced the jury his
principal defense, was that there was 110
malice Intended. This was the first
case tried, and the jury leniently found
him "not guilty, but pay the costs.' It
was in efTect notice to him that we will
let you off this time, but pay the casts
and don't do it again.
"I am sure you will admire his mod- j
tsty when I tell you that he shortly !
afterward wrote me a letter—here it js. j
1 hold it in my hands—asking me to
donate him some money to help pav I
these very costs. This is the letter:
" 'HarrUburg, Fa.. Nov. 16, 1x97.
* 'Governor Daniel H. Hastings:
" 'My Dear Sir: The suit against me I
«>ti the charge of having libeled the j
lommlssion of soldiers orphans' schools.
c<f vhlch you are a member, should
never have been brought, as I am now
] prepared to demonstrate to the satls
| Taction of all concerned, including the
' taxpayers of the state.
"'The $66(1 bill of coutt expenses, in
cluding' the names of witnesses whi
were never subpoenaed, should not have
i>oen incurred, or at least should not
lave been placed on me.
" 'The bill of expenses, ov rand
above JfillO. and which I was compelled
to incur in my defense, including my
witnesses, my time, my lawyers' fees
If.nd Incidental expenses, amounting- in
all to $1,250, is a burden I should not
and will not be compelled to bear un
" 'ln view of all the circumstances, ;
the commission should, and can well
, afford to. pay both of these bills, ag- ,
. gregating $1,910, or less than $175 for
: each of the 11 commissioners. This
i should be attended to by or before Dec.
" 'Yours truly,
" S. C. SWALLOW.'
"111. The same candidate has charged
repeatedly on the stump and in the
newspapers 'that the sum of $8,330.01
1 was paid for carpenter work on the rose
propagating house, which the state au
! (horities admitted was worth, includ
j ing material and labor, not more than
j "The rose propagating house referred
! tc was built under an act of the leg
islature of the session of 1595, in which .
| in the general appropriation bill the 1
sum of SI.SOO was appropriated. The
; language used in the act is as follows:
I"For the payment of the erection, con
j struetion. completion and furnishing of
a rose propagating house, the sum of
j one thousand eight hundred dollars, or
so much thereof as may be necessary.'
Under this act a house was built, to
gether with all the excavation, mason
ry, carpenter work, glass, iron, paint
ing and material of every kind, finished
j complete for use, for the sum of SI,BOO,
: the amount appropriated, built by-
Charles H. Miller, who took the bid.
"I have these figures taken from the
record of the auditor general of the
state. The statement, therefore, that
j this building cost over SB,OOO is utterly
and unqualifiedly false, and I challenge
-111 > practical builder, who understands
the value of material and labor, to
; construct a duplicate of this building
| for any smaller sum than was paid for
! this lose propagating house by the
I board of public buildings and grounds ,
I of the commonwealth, and I also chal
• lenge any man to show that the build -
'ing in question cost more than M.Sllo.
"IV. At the trial in the Dauphin cuuu
i ty court, above referred to.the candi
-1 date, in his defense, brought out. of
j course, everything Ue could to justify
1 his charges in regard to the fitting out
| of Grace church, and inasmuch as ho |
j was found guilty of criminal libel, after
producing all the testimony within his ;
! reach, it is hardly worth the time of
! this audience to make any further ref- j
erence to it. As a matter of fact, the 1
| church was fitted up for the occupancy
| of the legislature in four days and
I four nights I took personal charge of
112 the work myself, and if the Dauphin
county jury had brought in a verdict of
acquittal there might l>e some ground I
on which the defendant might rest his
allegations. It was necessary to fit ui>
rooms for the senate and house of rep
resentatives. The cellar was utilized
for committee rooms. There were re
quired new boilers, partitions, windows,
electric light, steam heat, plumbing, j
retiring rooms, desks, chairs, tables,
carpets and whatever else was neces
sary to make the church habitable by
the legislature, its officers and em
ployes. Every bidder who had obtain- i
ed, after competitive bidding, the year- j
ly contra-ct for furnishing the supplies
to the state government, was summon- i
ed and directed to do his part of the I
work by the following Monday night.
' "The fire occurred on Tuesday. The I
contractors went to work on Wednes- |
day, and although the church was not ;
completed, the church was habitable j
for the legislature,'and the two houses \
met on Monday evening, according to
my promise to them. There was a dis
position among the members of the gen
eral assembly to take a recess of 30
"I was opposed to the recess, and it
was only when I give tlicni my person
al word that the bttiding would be
ready for their occv _ncy on the fol
lowing Monday night, "that they'acced
ed to my wishes. A deiay of 30 clays
would have cost the state, at a conserv
ative estimate, between $20,000 and $30,-
000, perhaps more than the latter fig
ure. The old Capitol building was com
pletely destroyed by fire. Nothing but
a. small amount of furniture was saved.
Mark you. every contractor was re
quired to furnish his material and do
the work, under his contract price for
the year, after the competitive bidding
and letting on the previous first of
June. Two sets and sometimes three !
sets of workmen worked alternately
through 24 hours of each day. Th.
desks, chairs, tables, bookcases and pa -
per files comprised a large part of the
expense, amounting to $16,531.68. The 1
lumber used was measured after It was j
put In place, and paid for on thai
measurement. I am informed the d, -
fendant himself had It measured, at
least he had the opportunity to have it
measured for use in his trial, and still
the jury found him guilty. Since his
conviction he has been as assiduous in
repeating his charges as he was before
This must convince the people of the
state the kind of r< gard he has for
laws and courts—as after his conviction
he continues to repeat the crime for
which he was convicted.
"It may be proper for me to say
that the present law providing for the :
purchase of supplies for the state gov
ernment is modeled alter that In force
by the Federal government at Wash
ington. By our law and the constitu- ,
tiori there is a maximum price fixed
for each article, and the commission
is required to give contracts to the low- !
est responsible bidders, each bidder be -
ing required to bid such percentage as
lie may desire off the maximum fig
ure. The law requires that each item
|:iust be advertised for bids in 12 news
papers of the state, anil that not more
than three of the 12 shall be in the same
county. Any person desiring to bid on
any articles can apply to the board of
! public grounds and buildings through
| its representative, who furnishes the
j schedule of maximum prices, lie can
make out his bid and hold it until the
I day of the letting, which ts public, and
in the executive . hamber. where all
bids are opened. The contracts are by
i law required to be awarded to the low
| est responsible bidder, who must fur
j nish a bond for the faithful perform
ance of his contract. All parties have a
right to be present, and the awards are
made publicly, sind each and every bid
der has the opportunity to' sop and ex
amine the hlils of his rivals for the con
tracts. 1 ii.isiiiuili n.-- ilio material fur-
IIISIHMI ;IMI work done it l'or Tlie state
tin l rivalry for t |j.• cupirin'is is always
"On Ins.. Saturday nlfclu in this hall,
anil standing on litis platform. this
saint* candiiiatc mad • t'.ie following
" In (jrai'c church lln-y bought 1(6.-
000 feet of lunilx'r when only fiG.OOO
feet were used. Tho.se familiar with
their methods say that the> had the
lumber carried in by the front door,
I charged to the state, and then removed
half of it by a back window, but I do
not vouch for this. But that 146,000
were charged to the state while the i
amount used was 66,000 I do vouch for.
The bills were regularly O. K.. and
would have been paid had we not ar
"The answer to the assertion is that
it is not true. The state did not buy 1
146,000 feet of lumber, as alleged: neith
er did the slate buy 66.000 feet of lum
ber, as stated by the candidate. It did
buy exactly 115.232 feet of lumber and
paid for il the sum of Jti.S»lo.o4. The
total cost of the lumber that went into
the church repairing was $:!.910.04, and
the total cost of the planing mill and
carpenter work was $2,382.51. making
i a total cost nf the lumber and the labor
! upon it of $5,292.55. Here are the bill
and the voucher for it over the hand
and seal of the auditor general of
"Again, this candidate for governor
has declared in his newspaper and on
the stump that the burning of the state
1 capitol building was by design and that
it was done for the purpose of burning
up public documents which might be
used as testimony against certain mem
bers of the Republican party; and tha
'further, there Is convicting evidence of
criminal carelessness and neglect on
the part of the state house custodians.'
"The last sentence, quoted from his
newspaper, contains a serious charge in
no ambiguous terms. After this state
ment he was called upon to testify be
fore the joint committees of the two
branches of the general assembly on
public grounds and buildings. He was
sworn to tell the truth, and then under
oath he did not in any way. either di
rectly or indirectly, indicate that he j
bad at any time regarded the building :
as having been set on fire by design. He !
could give no names of the guilty: he
could furnish no witnesses; he could
give no data: he could do nothing, not
even repeat the assertion made In his
paper, and so at last h" declared under
oath: 'I have already testified to all
the facts within my personal knowledge
in relation to the capitol building, and
so far as 1 ran recall them. Any furth
er testimony would lie hearsay evi- '
dence. as T have heard nothing from
! anyone responsible for the care of the l
building burned.' This testimony is j
contained in the Legislative Record,
pages 72:! and 72S inclusive, and there
is not a scintilla of evidence given by
him or anyone else to support his ,
charge of carelessness or neglect.
I "At a later date, in nn article pub- i
llshed in the Pennsylvania Methodist,
of Feb. 11. isos. he intimated that the
! building was burned in order that val
uable papers and documents relating
to the treasury investigation might be
destroyed When called upon the wit
; ness stand he admitted writing the arti
cle and said that when he wrote it h>
bad in view statement which he had
j seen in the Philadelphia newspapers
bearing on the subject and averred that
; it was made "on the statement of gen-
I tlemcn who profess to know of what
they were talking.' lie refused to giv
i the names of the gentlemen who had
! given him the information, and has not
yet done so. although a year and a half
i has elapsed since the investigation was
i held. Everybody at all familiar with
I the facts knows that there was not a
| record relating to the treasury or any j
; other department on tile in the building !
"A citizen of this commonwealth, who j
Is a candidate for the highest office
within the gift of the people, who with
holds information from the public,
which he av>-rs is 'convicting evidence'
| of the destruction of the capitol build
' ing of our commonwealth for the pur
pose of destroying valuable papers and
documents relating to the investigation
' of the state treasury, then being made,
charges an awful crime, and in with
holding the evidence, if It exists, com
mits himself a stealer crime against
the people. He is constantly repeat
ing the charge, but he steadfastly with
holds the proof of guilt which he avers
he possesses. No citizen need be told
that if he is telling the truth it is his
solemn duty togo to the nearest mag
istrate and make his information and
furnish the names of the witnesses. If
he fails to do his duty in this regard he
I Is worse than an assassin.
"He has latterly in his public utter
ances been declaring that he has the
advice of able counsel to the effect that,
under the law. the attorney general is
j the only citizen of the state who has the
power nnd whose duty it is to prosecute
those whom he alleges to be guilty, and |
he has. just as often, in his newspaper ;
end on the stump, called upon the at
torney general to institute proceedings |
of this character.
' I do not know who his attorney is or
where he gets his advice. The attorney
general has. however, addressed to me
a communication on the subject, which
1 will now read to you. It is as fol- j
" 'Oflice of the Attorney General.
" 'Harrisburg, Oct. 10, IS9B.
"'Daniel H. Hastings, Governor:
"'Sir—lt has been charged by one of
the candidates for governor of this
commonwealth that sundry public of- !
ficials have been guilty of wrongdoing,
and that under the law the attorney '
general only is clothed with the duty !
1 and the power to prosecute. Tn ati- i
rwer to your inquiry as to whether
25c sOfc DRUGGISTS
suc.i is or is not tne case, I respect
fully submit that there Is not only no
such duty imposed upon the attorney i
general in bis official capacity, but that
it is the light of any citizen, having
knowledge of the facts, to make in
lormation before any aldern'an or lus
tlce of the peat ■ in the commonwealth. •
cause a warrant to be issued, and th.
person charged with the offense duly
tried, whether he be a public official or
n priva'e individual.
" 'The same candidate for governor
has on repeated occasions stated to his ;
audiences that he lias called upon the
attorney general to institute proceed
ings of this character. I believe it to ,
be due to you and to the public, as
well as to myself to say that the can
didate referred to has never, directly or
ndlrectly, mentioned the subject to me.
and, of course, has furnished not a
syllable of evidence to sustain any
charge that he has made; nor has he,
in any of his public utterances, shown
that he possessed any evidence that
would be admissible in any court lit 1
any civilized country in the world.
" 'Very respectfully,
" 'Henry C. McCormick,
" 'Attorney General.*
"As Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of
a candidate, once said, 'lf the people
like this kind of a man, this is a very
good man for the people to like.' If the ,
people of this state want this kind of j
a man for governor to enforce the laws, i
to do justice to all and wrong to none,
to safeguard their lives, their property i
and their character, if they want such
a man.this is a very good man for
them to vote for."
Governor Hastings also took Or. Swal
low to task for his charges that the
state had been paying exorbitant prices
for its supplies. On this point the gov
ernor said he instructed James Camp
bell. the factory inspector, to send to
Dr. Swallow's own bookstore in Har
risburg and purchase similar articles
to those used by the state. In every
case it was found that the prices
charged by Dr. Swallow and paid for |
by the state were procured at prices
ranging from 10 per cent to "86 per cent
above the regular prices paid by the
commonwealth. He reail a number of
the ligures showing the comparison of
prices; among them;
One ream of Mt. Holly Crown
linen, 16 lbs. to ream $2.32 $3.30 i
One box, of 100 sheets W. S.
B. Canton paper. No. 1,
black 8-3 3.08 4.00
1000 circulars 71 J. 50
These were but sample figures of a '
long list which he exhibited.
The governor closed with a defense ,
of liis administration from criticisms of ;
increased expenditures and a reference
to the objectionable bills passed by the j
i last legislature and which were vetoed |
i by him.
He said that he had no regrets for j
1 those vetoes and that he would not ask
the people to return to the legislative !
j halls those who betrayed the trust re- ;
posed in them by their constituents who :
In conclusion he said:
"Prudent bankers do not go out of i
business because they discover the I
peculations of a dishonest teller.
"The thrifty farmer who discovers his i
barn infested with vermin will not burn !
down the building filled with the j
year's crops only for the purpose of rid
ding himself of the pests.
"Our victorious hosts at Santiago did
not thrown down their arms and sur- j
render to the enemy because some
quarter master failed in his duty, or the j
commissary neglected to bring forward
the rations or the hospitals were remiss
in caring for sick and wounded. No.
they scaled the heights of El Caney j
and planted the flag" on the summit
and looked after the maligner after the
battle was won.
"Neither will the Kepublican party,
with all its glorious history and all its j
achievements for humanity: with all its j
| victories in peace and in war; with all \
its accomplishments for mankind and !
for civilization and all its brightening
prospects for the future, now standing
in the sunlight of its noblest achieve- :
ments, break ranks and disintegrate
because of the wrongdoing of a few ,
men who wear its uniform."
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.late lor Congress, l>v election to] member
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