Michael Tuite, operator of saloon, NYC, 24 Jul 1896 New York Times
COM STOCK GIVES THE LlE LAWYER YOC2VGS DCUAXUI EE. TR ACTIO !f AID GETS EXCITED. LI rely I" Joslloe la cram's Cenrt. Ui lilnnd CI(t-Cm CI(t-Cm CI(t-Cm ilwk Apologises -to -to the Cenrt Exaatlaalloa . of Sneezers, . - Sheet Writers." and Other Racing; Racing; Geatry Cob tl a aed Detective Loi Thru Times and Wen Oaoe. Justice InjTa.ni of Long Island City had a busy day yesterday. After disposing of the usual number of offenders charted with various offenses,, he listened to the examination examination of. the second batch of defendants who wete g-athered g-athered g-athered Into Anthony Co Hillock's Hillock's dragnet when the poolrooms of Long Island City were raided on July 8. It was a tiresome task, but' the Justice, wearing a comfortable, oft-bosomed oft-bosomed oft-bosomed negligee shirt, and with a smile of compassion for the contending counsel, sat through the - four hours', ordeal without a murmur. : He was .calm even when -Anthony -Anthony Comstock gave the lie to Mr. Youngs and Mr. Youngs demanded demanded a retraction and became excited. ir one should walk along the streets of Long Island City with Justice Ingram, as a reporter for Tbi New-York New-York New-York Times did yesterday during the noon recess of the court, he would notice that every other person greeted him with the salutation; salutation; "Hello. Jimmy!" Everybody knows him. and all who have seen him In court must admire his, apparent desire to act lm-psrtlally. lm-psrtlally. lm-psrtlally. , Counsel for both sides agreed as to this, and even the alleged ' sheet writers." writers." " backers. and blackboard men bad no objections to offer to his rulings. Long Island City has Its smells, and a number of them were In Justice Ingram's dingy little courtroom on Fifth Street when the cases were called.' Mayor Gieason was not present. He had driven over the city early In the -morning -morning to see If It was all there, and he told the reporter that nothing could keep him In town the rest of the day but a wedding at which be would be allowed to kiss the bride. Anthcny Comstock came into court on time with his" witnesses and with hie customary customary bundle of legal papers. District Attorney Attorney Noble was not far behind.' and he looked confident. Ills hair was freshly clipped, and as he settled Into his chair beside beside Mr. Comstock he cast a scornful glance at the array of counsel for the defendants, and said he was ready. Before he had his hair cut, people said he was handsome, but now he presents a visiting card when he goes home. Outside the courtroom he Is' plain " Dan. and ho Is engaged nowadays In - demonstrating that he Is as, much at home at a firemen's tournament or a Hibernian Hibernian picnic as he Is In the courtroom. He 1 a candidate for re-election re-election re-election this Fall. The first case called was the people against James Brown. Henry Van Buren. Oeorge Myers, and William Smith, who are charged with having operated a poolroom at .' Greepolnt Avenue. Van Vechten, Youngs Mc Lelavan appeared for the defendants. defendants. The Rev. Mr. Parks, the head of the Law and Order Society of Long Island City, was among the spectators, and when Justice Ingram ordered the courtroom courtroom cleared he pleaded with Mr. Youngs, who Is an old college friend; but he was obliged to go along with the time-worn time-worn time-worn ' sports " and the regular hangers-on. hangers-on. hangers-on. Then Mr. Youngs noticed that Mr.- Mr.- Corn-Stock Corn-Stock Corn-Stock was "still presiding within the precincts precincts of the courtroom.'.'. And he asked to have him removed. - He objected toTtavtrtg the witnesses under the eye of Mr. Corn-stock, Corn-stock, Corn-stock, and further contended that this was not a case in which Mr. Comstock or the Society for the Suppression of Vice was the complainant, but the) people of the State of New-York, New-York, New-York, which was much larger than either. Mr. Comstock maintained .that he was the complaining witness, and he remained. ' '.. James House, the detective who secured the evidence, -was -was first called to the stand. He told of his visit to the poolroom in the rear of Michael Tune's saloon, at 60 Greenwich Greenwich Avenue, on: the afternoon of June . with his assistant. William F. Hennessy. He toid of the arrangement of blackboards containing the names of horses to run at Latonla and St. Louis, and said there were between fifty and seventy-five seventy-five seventy-five persons in the room. Van Buren waa at the black- black- board, changing the- the- odds as they were called out by a man behind a modern partition. partition. The witness had Just Identified Van Buren as one of the defendants when an exciting Incident occurred, and for a time It looked1' as though It would be necessary to take an adjournment to allow Mr. Comstock and Lawyer Youngs to settle an affair of honor. Mr. Comstock was nodding assent to the manner in which District Attorney Noble was conducting the examination of the witness, and Mr. Youngs, who was w(c Ing every opportunity for an obleetlo'n. shouted: I object to Mr. Comstock s winking winking end nodding to the witness."- witness."- - That's a lie. said Mr. Comstock. Do you mean that? " shouted Lawyer Youngs. . . " I do." " Then I object to such language and de-: de-: Jmand the protection of the Court. " When I am deliberately lied about. 1 must protect myself." retorted Mr. Corn-stock. Corn-stock. Corn-stock. By this time Mr. Youngs was very red' In the face. and. advancing toward Mr.. Comstock in a threatening manner, be fairly yelled: I am a reputable lawyer at .this bar. and I will not submit to such language. language. I ask that Mr. Comstock be removed removed from the room unless he apologizes apologizes to me for this Insult." Mr. Comstock was net calm and undisturbed. undisturbed. He was white with rage, but said: " Stung by the falsehood. I. perhaps, said what I should not have said. I am willing .to apologise to the Court for my remark." The Court acknowledged that It had not heart the remark, but accepted the apology. While Mr. Youngs said that he considered the apology worse than the Insult. Then the examination continued. The witness told how the results of a race at Latonla were announced, and how people who held winning tickets went to a window in the partition and receiveJ money. He bought a ticket on Mattie Belle, and Kid $1 to the defendant, baif.li. Then be ught a three-horse three-horse three-horse combination, paying 1 to Smith, who marked down tee odds. 10 to 1, if the three horses ramd were winners In their races. He aUo bought of Smith a ticket on a horse named Dulciana, for which the odds were a to X Alter tne race he saw Brown, pay mone$. to tne winners. ' When Mri Youngs began his cross-examination, cross-examination, cross-examination, cross-examination, there was a long squaobie as to how the witness learned the names ot the defendants. He replied that he Ud learned them Xrou Mr. Comstock. - Do you mean to say that these men walked up to Mr. Comstock and deliberately deliberately told their names?" asked Mr. Youngs. " I mean to say that Mr. Comstock deliberately went to them and a.ked their names." replied the witness, and everybody smiied. " Who gave you the money to squander In this way?" was asked. "That's a good wurd squander in this case." quietly remarked the Uiatrtct Attor- Attor- The witness replied tat he had received the money from Mr. Comstock. . "Did you win?" asked Mr. Youngs. " No. Si.." Neither crack?" - No." The witness told how he had retained the features of the employes of th room in hi mind, and was able to identify them on the day of the raid. He was asked why the telegraph operator had not been arrested, and he replied that be had not seen him commit an overt act. " Weil., then. If Van Buren was only at the blackboard, what overt act did he commit?" commit?" queried Mr. Youngs. He was working in a poolroom,", was the answer, and that was evidently what the District Attorney wanted him to say. Van Buren was placed on the stand to prove an alibi. He said he was in New-York New-York New-York ail day cn June -J. -J. and stu?k to It under cross-examination. cross-examination. cross-examination. William F. Holiness Holiness y was called, and he Identified Van Buren as the one who was at tne board cn the day of the raid. Then Van Buren was recalled. He Acknowledged that he had been at SO Greenpoint Avenue previous to the raid, but refused to give a description of the room, under advice of bis counsel, on the grounds that it would tend to criminate him. The motion for his discharge was denied. denied. This completed the evidence, ar.d the rase against " Cariey Bee." Michael Blake. Charles Aams. and Richard K. Kane was takn up. They were charged with running running a poolroom at 7 Gale Street, in the rear of dale's saloon. William F. Hennessy was the witness for the prosecution. He visited the place several several times prior to July 1. and on each visit saw large crowds of men there. Adams waj at the blackboard. He heard a race called off from behind a partition and saw Biake standing alongside the cashier's window examining examining the tickets when the winners went up to collect. He made a bet on a horse named Patrol, giving the money to " Car-ley Car-ley Car-ley Bee." He never saw the money again. On July 1 be saw Kane in the room and overhearo a conversation between Kane and Patrick J. Murphy, the alleged owner ot the room. Kane said: "There's going to be trouble. I not It straight. What are we going to Murphy replied: "Don't you worry. I've, got things fixed. If there is going to be any trouble. I'll know It in -time." -time." On June 20, Hennessy played a three-horse three-horse three-horse combination, and It won. When he went to cash his ticket, some technicality was brought up. and he received only Si. He protested, but the cashier told him he was lucky to get that. Mr. Comstock has the two-dollar two-dollar two-dollar bill, which Hennessy won. On the cross-examination cross-examination cross-examination there was a long wrangle about. the means of identifying identifying the defendants, but the wltne- wltne- said he had seen " Cariey Bee." Blake, and Adams on several occasions in two different different poolrooms, and could not be mistaken. mistaken. Hennessy testified that Kane's name was over the door of the saloon, but that the tax certificate In the window was not in his name. However, he had seen Kane about the saloon, sometimes behind the bar serving drinks, and in every way acting as the proprietor of the place. However, Mr. Youngs moved for Kane's discharge on the ground that nothing had been Introduced Introduced to show that he was the proprietor of the place, or anything more than a bartender. bartender. The District Attorney contended that It was not necessarv to show that Kane was the owner -of -of the place. : that it was 'only necessary to show, that he was the occupant. occupant. Decision Was reserved until .next ThoTsdayvwhetl counsel win argue -for -for the discbarge of all the defendants; basing their ' arguments upon . the ' legal questions presented. On the same date the examination of Thomas Brown. Michael Tuite. and Patrick J. Murphy, the remaining defendants, now under arrest, will be held. FOR PAYINO CP-TOWS' CP-TOWS' CP-TOWS' STREETS. Aspbnlt Getting? Cheaper The Bids That Were Submitted. Public Works Commissioner Collls opened bids yesterday for the paving with asphalt and granite of sixteen up-town up-town up-town streets, the totals being 12.395 square yards of arphalt and CC73 square yards of granite block. Gen. Collls says that the bids show that asphalt has (.gradually . cheapened, until It now approximates the lowest price It has ever reached. The bids were as follows, the figures being, being, respectively, for asphalt and granite: Barber Company. fcl and $350; California California Asphalt Company. tES and 1300: Fruin Barr. brick, (.15 and S330: Sicilian Company, $305 and 4.V; Warren. Scharp-A Scharp-A Scharp-A Co.. gJSS and S33U. The contract will be awarded next week. Mississippi Rtyer Improvements. Washington. July 23. The annua! report of the Mississippi River Commission, which reached the War Department to-day. to-day. to-day. shows that the progressive general survey of the river during the year everd 101 square miles, extending along 73 miles of the main river in addition to a special low water survey below Vlcksburg. 274 roUee. The levee, dredging, and other work of Improvement baa continued steadily during the year along the same lines that bava been pursued for years past. Identifier Sasnaer .rrested. Detective Sergeants Cuff and McXaught of the District Attorney's office yesterday arrests i Per-rln Per-rln Per-rln II. Sumner, who waa Indicted last week on a e?iarge of swindling Charles H. Goodwin ot Haverhill. Mass.. out ot S2.1O0. The detectives learned that be waa In an office at 237 Broadway Broadway and arrested him there. He wss arraigned before Recorder Goff, In Part L. General Sessions, Sessions, and admitted to Si. 000 balL Be Is charged with Inducing Goodwin to buy worthless lands In New-Jersey. New-Jersey. New-Jersey.