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Hard- In to eargo it to ctmplfti North pub- th» The Custom-House Matter. - Tk» InTertJ»»MfrB Closed. Gen. Slelds Glre« Hl« Bt«t«m«mt. Th«». ' A Uttle rfoliaem Tlcff: 1 '''' ' Political muddles are iu order now, for there teems to b* » current imprenion among good party people -that they muit stir up things ones in a while, to make the bosses ttink-lhey are at work. The Republicans of , GalveBtpn want to hold up thiir' end of the " »Uck. La the -words of one of them, with whom a reporter conversed, they think " the time has come to take stock of the officeholders." officeholders." Whit ret( ier determine. this means let each From what a reporter during^the BrwigV at abont which «T«I one election to Alder- register St. James the fine int- money high by; was an3 G the 61. _ . cruise of started S. E., .different' aigns of ^a pencil, name of on Tre- "and ia. in the ie- re- San where of the by telegraph, in"dieted back by the assaulting assanlt- and charged cork evening night meritorious songs, feature by Mr. his particularly of a rery well ; and Messrs. is only in the. evening the could learn, there are some folks who want something that some one else pos^ ·eases, and oiherj-who smell a viperous little crieature of .the insect order, under a mysteriously constructed rug. The Custom · House investigation, which closeti Thursday night, after a sitting o* thirteen hours that d_ay, in the prominent feature in the discussion! OF LOCAL POL1TICIASS. Some Some think -it genuine fun for, not being particularly interested ons way or another, they want a new drawing, as It were, thinking, perhapc, they may hold a lucky ticket. ------ ·· - · · · VA VA reporter diculated' freely with leaders leaders of all " wings " yesterday, and heard tale* that to unfold would cause a first class sensation ; but being in' search o'f the most reliable information, he sought Mr. T. J. KiDlwlla, who/, having completed completed his labors, was about leaving for New Orleans. He wi« found on the Morgan steamer Josephine. 'The reporter reporter was courteously met .by Mr. Kinsella, when the following conversation ensued : Beporter -- I understand, Mr; Kinsel'ta, that you have finished' your investigation. investigation. Will you favor the NEWS with the result? ,', ,. ' Mr. K. -- I am sorry my position precludes precludes me from' making anything public concerning the Custom-house matter. For my part I would willingly give yon the information Bought, but you can Bee iny "position. ' R. -- I have what I consider reliable information about the proceedings of your investigation, but prefer, of course, your word-in the matter. Mr:K. -- Wh^n the report I have written written and die testimony 1-have taken, goes to Washington to the Secretary, it can be obtained, I presume. The reporter withdrew TO THE CUSTOM-HOTJ8E, aodtwas courteously shown to the private private office of the Collector. He was reclining reclining on his lounge reading a newspaper, newspaper, bat reseat the approach of .the reporter, reporter, who asked him, after the usual civiHtira, to set him right concerning the investigation.* GES. SHIELDS rNTfiSVIEWED. Gen. Shields-- I dislike to ventilate thia matter through the press. Reporter -- But- I - have called to get your statement in preference to publish* publish* ~ ing hearsay, though"'what.2 have learned I consider tolerably reliable/ ·*, Gen. S.--The charges against me aro manufactured and false. R;--I would like you to give 'them so that I may compare "with -"what I have heard. * , Gen. Gen. S.--II I had the letterrfriitten by Johnson Reed and aliened by him as chairman of the Republican Executive Committee, I would road it to yon. It is at this moment in the hands ot Mr. Bella. In it are the charges made to thft TreaBnrv.Departme'nt: they are substantially substantially th'at J. C. Ogle ostensibly" loaned $1700 to me soon after 1 made him inspector in consideration ol the appointment appointment ; that Ogle was trying to vrorkioto power through the Custom-house ; that I would virtually give the charge of the custom-house.over to Ogle; that being myself an old vaccillating inan, Ogle would manipulate me, appoint his own inspectors, get control * of thje department and inaiitute a grand scheme of. smugirlinfr, and thus defraud the » * . . . . - .. ,. ehou party ; that this office was not conducted in the interests of Uncle Bam; that Democrats were appointed, while GOOD HETUBLICJCS'S were left out in the cold.. A copy of letter of charges was Bent me by the Secretary of tlie Treasury. He wrote me feat I could explain or make ftuch as I desired, and I replied at length. Subsequently Mr. Kinsefla, who waa here on his usual round of Cnstomi examinations, examinations, had finished and left for Indianola. Daring his absence at Indianola I telegraphed telegraphed to the Secretary, asking him to instruct Mr. Kinsella to examine Reed's charges. [Gen. Shields here showed the reporter a. copy of the telegram, and a .copy ol the answer of the Secretary, instructing instructing Mr. Kinselia to comply · with Gen. Shields's request.] Mr. Kinselia investigated the charges thoroughly. 1 am fully satisfied with Kamblen .. moat at gorgeous establishments articles nated ornamented to atreet countless, gay advantage grade, bonnets, family semitropical book periodicals; both talking struck or oyster Ing portrait all ornament On House, performances', manners of the agreeably Near mostly in A their above through lighted glass ia a notice right nor In Houa* etc., social quiet, crowd. street Market over City. and the these of in government; that the Colledtor uld be a man of undoubted fealty to city, at ALDERMAN. Courthouse, o'clock, of the Mr. E. club, was of the a candidate Ward, City Hon. J. P. majority .of a im- some other other declared order, Mr. Seabrook MaBon was name, of Mr. John nominations, Wakelee tolleis the polls counting the Mttson, Sydnor was · · none who Ward, there were and and for confer upon I assure being to gentle- Hon. bat a word if elected you have I ain a» i'do But is good in support, oppose require terrible poiuta re- word, I whole I am city. I any position to elect nave _ what uphold name, to bosor GeitiemeB, me -ixt · the Investigation, and am confident that all parties will receive justice. As to the loan of $1700, it is utterly falee, I had a note about to fall due. It was endorsed endorsed by Judge Morrill, and he did not arrive UBtil aftar it fell due. In speaking of the fact in Mr. Ogle's presence, he fered to indorse^ the. note. Bat before the note was renewed with hie name icnrit;, Judge Morrill arrived AND RENEWED IKS EIDOIISEMEST of . the cote. I received a loan of $250 from-Mr. Ogle for a few days pay the curtailment on the note, 1 borrowed borrowed it on the 15th and returned it the 20th of October, in the form of own acceptance for that amount, able on the first of November, an was paid on that day. ' -The reporter -withdrew at this point. Before leaving the Custom-house he learned that Mr. Paschal was counsel for Gen. Shields only during the investigation. investigation. ^ AIR. AIR. 31LT73IENXHON INTERVIEWED. The reporter hearing through the day that Mr. Blumenkron, of the Tremont Restaurant, was called as a witneBS'in the investigation, to state what he knew of Custom-house matter?, ftad that he told the story of his appointment as .Chief Inspector with the sequel, called on that gentleman to get the facts. Reporter--Mr. Blumenkron, I was'not aware of Ihe fact that you were an plrant for federal office, but I understand .you were promised the Chief Inspector- ship, la it BO? Mr. B.--I don't fancy going into print, but I will give yon a plain statement what passed between Gen. Shields and myself. Wednesday, two weeks ago, he CALLED AT MY HOUSE at D o'clock at night and asked to see privately. I invited him into a room, when he stated that there was a vacancy at the Custom-house to be filled November November 1--the chief inspectorship--and of. fered me the position. I accepted, and after a few moments he withdrew. Thnrpdsy passed, and Friday I went around to the Custom-house to report to General Shields, as I considered I was to go into office. He "stated to'nie then that be regretted that he had to change bis mind, but he would have to ask be relieved from his promise. R.--What was his reason?;. ; Mr. Mr. B.--He said h had concluded it best to appqtntr-Mr. L. WvStevenaon to the positlon^a^-he was -'an'.-old Federal ·ojldier, and he could not overlook his claims, 3.wa» angry, anil · · · · · BECAME OEBATLT EXCITED, for I considered myself imposed on. H.--Had you Bought the office ? Mr. B.--Never dreamed of it. I had told Gen. Shields that if he could give me something to do I would accept, bad not tpecified any choice of position.. Trie report that unpleasant words passed between Gen. Shields and myself is nn- trae, for I lefc abruptly, so an not to into a broil. Thafa all, air. . R.--Who was present when you testl- fiear Mr. B.--Tha.counsel employed on both sidea of the" InTesfigatlon and Johnson Seed. . The reporter left Mr. Blumenkron smoking his little pipe. SOMETTUSO AHOCT THE TESTIMONY. Among the witnesses examined was Major PiumljTW-ho made a ast speech of some twe»ty minutes, reviewing' the "situation," aid tailing something of. what he knew of" GalveatonTJepubncari politics. J. C. Ogle was a witness, and spoke ao felicitously that the grave court of investigation found relief in laughter. Mr. Kinsella went to the nick bedeide Mr. Allen to take his testimony, and what could be learned the; agent of Treasury left no atone unturned. John- aoxt Reed, who forwarded the charges to Washington, WM represented in the investigation by dounael. Jt«eor4«T'v Court* go BRIEF The bar aides the There neatness, way of. the bow, the been the send one wit on laughter The the due or by of by of the but fine e of the is to a. and in the is it

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 13 Nov 1875, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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