Brooklyn Daily Eagle 15 Apr 1862 - elected secy & speaks in behalf of union of 2 halves of Dem Party

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 - - THE DEMOCRACY IN COUNCIL. Meeting of the...
- THE DEMOCRACY IN COUNCIL. Meeting of the "Harmonizing" Committee. A QUIET MEETING AND HOPEFUL PROSPECTS. The delegates aoDolnted in thA w - .'wti nr ui vi a and towns at the meeting held last week for the purpose or taKiog measures to organize a Central Associations for the purpose of uniting both wings of th Democratic party in this county, xuoi iaai evening in tne "aenato." There was a larce crowd of linmnnntu oix. ent who watched the proceedings of the commit tee wiia eager lnterem. The hour named for the convention to meet was half paBt seven, but it was nearly 8 o'clock before a sufficient - number of delegates had arrived to form a quorum. Mr. O'Donaghue moved that Mr. James Sharkey of the 8th Ward be appointed chairman Carried. Mr. O'Donaghue, 13th Ward, and Mr. Henry McCloskey, 10th Ward, were anpointed to act as secretaries. Mr. Shirkey, on taking the chair, remarked that he supposed the object of the present meeting was well understood. It was called for the purpose of organizing a Central Association which should eive character and tone to the Democratic party during the coming canvass and he hoped that its efforts would be successful in influencing the Democratic party to sucha course t f s clion a.s would make it stand in the future as iihnB always stood in the past a great party They had a great work before them. The Republican pariy was endeavoring to strike away all ileiigMs guaranteed to the people under the constitution, and if the Democrats were only united, he thought the prospect of their triumph In the State at the coming fill election, a good one. If Kings CouDty at least did its duty there was no doubt as to the result. Mr, Luke Rogers moved that the chairman appoint a Sergeant - at - arms, so that none but the numbers ol the committee should be present, at the meeting. Mr. Parks thought there was no necessity for such an Cfiieer. There was a great many good Democrats in the room, who even if they were not members of the committee, might help the undertaking by their presence. Mr. "White, (15th ward) also opposed tb.3 motion and it was withdrawn. A Mr. Hennessy who claimed to be a delegate representing a portion of the Democracy of the 15ih ward, rose to protest against the delegates who had been appointed by the chairman of the former committee, one of the gentlemen who had been appointed to represent that ward. Mr. White was a traitor at heart, and did not wish for the unity of the party. That gentleman had got himself appointed a delegate without consulting the wishes of the democrats in the ward. He suggested that Mr. G. B. Biker of the 15lh ward should be substituted for that of Mr. White. The chairman stated that he had no power In the matter ot appointing delegates, unless changes were ordered by the committee. Mr. Luke Rogers suggested as a matter of justice to the 15th ward, and to promote the harmony ot the parly, i.hat if there were any differences between the Democrais of that ward, that Mr. Whlteand Mr. Hennessy should endeavor to come to some sort of an understanding which would reconcile them. Mr. White considered the proceedings an Insult to the democracy of the 15th Ward, that the voice ot an outsider should be heard in the Committee. Mr. Hennessy did not mean what he said, nor say "bat he meant, and he (Mr. White) for one, could not listen to such talk in the Committee. Mr. Hennessy was not a member of the Committee and he (Mr. White) would claima right asa member ot the Committee to put him down, because he only represented a faction in the Ward that had no desire to harmonize. Mr. Luke Rogers remarked that he did not care it every Democrat in the city were present, but, when he made the motion to appoint a Sergeant at arms It was in view of such a case as thl present Mr. White had opposed it and he had been the first sufferer. Mr. Shields, another contestant from the loth Waid, wanted to speak, when the chairman interposed, remarking that the present was a meet.ino - fn ; h'"1 - - - f - uiJuoco auuue auouiu notauosv anv but delegates to speak. Mr. Ward, of the 6th Ward, moved that no persons except delegates be allowed in thp mom Carried. The room was then cleared and the roll called by the Secretary when the following delegates answered to their names : First Ward Second Ward Michael Kennedy. Third "Ward N. M. Parks and T. E. Talmage Fourth - Ward - Hugh McLaughlin and Luke Kogers. Fifth W ard Jas. Lynch and T. A. Gardner. Sixth "Ward Farrell "Ward. Beventh "Ward . Eighth "W ard James Sharkey. Klnih "Ward James Boyle and James Campbell. Clcskey Coraellu8 J - straSue and Henry Mc - Eleventh "Ward Twelfth Ward Thirteenth Ward John J. O'Donaghue and Georfce Thompson. Fourteenth Ward - Joseph Smith and John Linskey. Jifteenth Ward - John While and Joseph Hanley. Sixteenth Ward - Jobft K. Furgeuis and James Camp - Seventeenth Ward W. Farehalt. Eighieeiitli Ward Daniel Leysierand Thos. Grifflin. nineteenth Ward Adolphus Crack. doew Uuecht - TeuuK G. Bergen and Lawrence Cou - Neiv Lotts C. A. B. Bergman. Mr. Murphy, of the 6th ward, was appointed Senrgtut - ai - arms. Mr. Linskey moved that a committee be ap - Pte(l to i raw up a plan of organizition. TheCrjairman remarked that one committee would tot be sufficient to do the work properly and be suggested that there should oe two or thiee, say one on organization, one on nonilna - tion of efheere, &c. .i?IrvHl'ih MtL:lngblin moved that Mr. Wilson, the chairman oft.be previous meeting, be invited into the room. Carried. Mr. Luke R - gers remarked that the only difficulty the committee had met with so far was in relation to the 15th wtsrd. He moved that Mr. White and the other delegate from that ward should make an arrangement as to which o I them should go out and allow a delegate to come in from the other party in that ward. Mr. White stood upon his rights as a member of the committee, and held that the committ je had no right to change the delegutes appointed by tfie Chairman of the previous meeting. He would be willing to retign if Mr. Rogers would propose a man from the other rartv WhO Wilts in tairr. t - - - t ii iaui VI barmcny. PaitrikRKeeerfe7Thenl PrPSe f Mr" Unfon M?eWi" yU gUaraDtee at Mr Rogers replied that he would, but pending she further consideration of the matter, Mr; White moved to lay the matter on the table, which was adopted. "me, Tne Secretary read a communication from a number of Democrats in New Lotts protesting against the appointment of Mr. J. H. Sackman whom they averred had not been a member of the Democratic party for tli 0t Do ?L" 1 tuo r j - - - w fuuu cticu years as & .delegate to the committee lrom New Lotts. The 17k V Clc"e4 to 1Wir - wirson, the chairman of ihe former meeting, to fill the vacancy Mr. Campbell, 9th ward, moved that a committee on pei manent organization be appointed Ihe chairman understood that the present committee was a committee on organization Ihe question, as he understood it, was on the appointment of sub - committees. Mr. McCloskey, Tenth ward, moved that a committee of five be appointed to draft a eon - Btitutiou and by - laws for the guidance of the Central Association. Mr. Bergen did not think that the committee had power to fully organize without reporting first to the meeting by which they had been appointed. v Mr. Tallmage understood the object of the meetirrr to be. to lav rlnwn cnr - li ,.i..r c principles as wonld be perfectly satisfactory to the Democrats both in the city and in the State. They had met with a view to the most perfect harmony and he thought that the committee should also be instructed to prepare an address to the Democracy, such as none cuuhl gainsay. Mr. Linsky was also in favor of having a platform of principles prepared by the committee to be submitted to the Democrats of the city and state. He could see no good that the club could effect unless some such system wore adopted in re. aid to the members of the committee, representing the two different organizations of the Democratic party. If the by - lnws or constitution made by the present organization should come in conflict with the other committees, their labor would be all lost. There wus no use in endeavoring to effect an organization of the party unleas some means could be be adopted, by which the conflicting elements ia jl could be made to agree. Mr. Hugh McLaughlin said that there wero members of both the Democratic Committees present, and if thpy i - liould go on to adopt a constitution and by - laws it would be a step towards harmony. Mr. McCloskey thought that in the present p - - 6Uion of affairs the adoption of a platform mint do moie harm than good, and it would be in butter searon alter the club had been properly or - gat izi d. He did not think there was a necessity for any publication of the principles of the Democratic party they Were well understood, at least, be (Mr. MtC.) never bad any difficulty in ascertaining what they were. Mr. Hnuh McLmghlin moved as an amendment that a committee of seven be appointed to prepare a c ns;Itulion and by - laws. The resolution as amended was adopted. Mr. Talmace moved that a committee be appointed to nominate officers for the Central A3 - scclation. Mr. Sharkey moved to lay the matter on the table. Carried. After Bome further debate a resolution was adopted directing that the matter of nominating officers be referred to the committee on constitution and by - laws, and the committee aojourned for two weeks. TIIE LATE DISASTROUS EXPLOSION Conclusion of the Coroner's Investigation, and Verdict of the Jury. The jury in the case of the disaster at the establishment of Mr. D. 0. Ketchum on Thursday afternoon last, which resulted in the death of three men, and to the serious injury of another, re - assembled in the County Judges Chamber yesterday afternoon, and concluded their labors. Only two additional witnesses were examined, Messrs. D. O. Ketchum, the proprietor of the establishment, and John Cook, the Superintendent, were re - called and corroborated former testimony. Professor D. G. Eaton and A. K. Eaton were examined as to the theory of explosions, when Coroner Norris delivered the following charge to the jury : Gentlemen All the testimony that It was In my power to lay before you touching this melancholy catastro pbe is now in, and Utile remains for me to do except to recapitulate some of the moat Important points elicited from the witnesses. It appears that Mr. Daniel O. Ket - cbum was distilling a material known as coal tar, for the purpose of obtaining therefrom common black var - nifh. The modus operandi was this. A furnace made of brick, on which was placed a CBSt iron still about one and balf Inches thick. This still was capable of holding 2000 gallons. At its apex there were two openings, one for the introduction of oils and was covered by an Iron oap; the other was an accommodation for attaching a goose neck. To ihis neck a worm or condenser was attached made of copper. This worm was about Ave Inches in diameter at its junction with the goose neck and decreased in diameter to its termination, where it was about, two and a half inches. There was no steam used in this process. The still has been In use about fonr years, ana is made in three sections the bottom, the body, End the goose neck, Joined together by bands made tight with what Ib known as the iron rust joint. These Joints are made by packing with iron filings or borings, which Is mixedw ith Salamoniac.and is considered the most thorough mode of securing the sections. In this still there was placed about 30 barrels of coal tar, and Are was started in the furnace on Wednesday morning, the 9th instant between 9 and 10 o'clock, and the testimony of Mr. Ketchum and Mr. Cook, who were in charge of the still, goes to show that ihere was not an extraordinary degree of heat applied to the still. Though Mr. Ketcnum flays that he does not know what, amount of heat is necessary to vaporize coal tar, and also that he is not familiar with the mode of distillation, but says that it is possible that if too much heat was applied, foaming might take place and the worm become choked up. There was, he says' ample provision made for the escapement of gas. He say s that the only way that he can account for the explosion ie, that the condenser became choked up by the boiling over of the tar in the still. But he again says that his experience is that a still that has been so long running nr'Ver foams after its begins to still, and in this caseithad been discharging about 24 hours, and eight barrels of the fluid had cume over during that time, so that we find in these two statements an inconsistency. He f lso says that he noticed the process a few minuteB before the accident, and that distillation was going on at that time. John Cook, who had charge of the operation on that fatal Cay, testified that the Are was not too great for the purpose for which it was used; he saw it a short time before the accident; he is a distiller of oils; he tells us that the coal tar is put into the still as the raw material, just as they get it from t.b o bonjw - too ia applied; w i.iuc, me lightest principle of the tar is first given off, next the ammonia water, next the naptba, and. lastly a substance called dead oil, which is less explosive than the other elements; at the llm of the explosion the mnct voiatuo portion ol the fluid had passed off the process of distillation was goingon all day, he says, and no perceivable obstruction was present; he examined the Are and worm before he left the factory, which was about five o'c'ock P. M., and says there was but an ordinary amouDt of heat, and he is quite conAdent that there was no choking up of the worm; water boils at 212 decrees of heat, but it seems that this tar only begins to evolve vapor at that point, and requires 650 to cjmplete distilla - tioii; but in Ihis instance it appears there was only 450 degrees at the time of the explosion. This tar, it seems wtighB about 12 pounds to the gallon, and Mr. Cook says tbui no degree of heat that could be applied can bring it tv a boiling point sufficiently active to "have the thick portion of the materials reach the cooling chamber" - iberc was, he says, about three barrels more of the moat volatile elements to come off before the portion which was likely to congeal was reached; thus In. his onioion there could have been no choking up of the condensine channel. 8 Mr. Joseph K. Brick, who ia an experienced engineer but has no experience In the distillation of coal tar savs that he knows the elements of this tar, which he says requires only a low degree of heat to volatilize, say about tbree or four hundred. The packing of this still appeared, as far as he could see, to be perfect enough, and does not ihtnk that the cause of the explosion existed at the goose - neek of the still; but the force must have been Sireateatat its largest diameter; still he is utterly unable to assign a cause for it. Gas c .uld not exist in any great ouantitics at the temperature reached, and if 450 decrees was the maximum ihen none could exist, and if Mr Cook is correct in his siutemeut the explosion was not occasioned by ihe pressure of vapor in the still. Gentlemen a Coroner's investigation amounts to uotl.iDg in cases of this kind if it results in merely discovering iht cause, except perhaps to science. Too jury sbMild accompany Iheir verdict wilh some advice lor the pre.vrnriuii ot their repetition. This occurrence has deprived three families of their means of support Three widows and several orphans are made without a mo - meiu's warning. How is this V Ii is certain that there can be no effect without a cause, aud that the cause of ibis explosion must have existed in some part of the working of this distilling process. Was it caused by the application ofioomuch heat, thereby producinan action io the tar called foaming?wnich would be followed by a choking up of ihe condenser, preventing the escape of vapor; that vapor collecting in too great quantities within the still and causing the explosion 1 Against this theory we have the evidence of Ur. Cook and Mr. Ketcham himself. Mr. Cook Bays t.iat the fluid was running freely from the extremity of the worm when he left the works which was about halt an hour before the accident. Mr Ketchum saw it running a few minutes before the accident. This then precludes the probability of a stonninir up ol the worm. Was it caused simply by the generation or gas produced by too high temperature . '.'IS "Ualned No' because gas could not be generated at 450 degrees. V, hut then caused this fearful explosion the force of which lifted a still of such mighty dimen - oiyiio auu lorcw 11. oucu a uisbance irom its nxeu location ? Let us examine the attachments of this still. A body attached to a bottom Joined by a cement almost as solid as the iron itself, a goose neck set in a collar cemented in like manner : thus Jar all appeared secure But near this goose neck we discovered a small let ot hollow pipe entering the still, and plugged up with what seemed to be charcoal, a piece of stick readily passing through it. This pipe is about J$ an inch in diameter, and its office was to carry back from the goose neck into the still any material which could not pass off freely into the worm. A flaw of nearly two thirds of the diameter of this pipe has been discovered at its junction with the still. Now what connection can be traced between the explosion and this pipe 1 It seems that to complete distillation a temperature of 650 degrees must be reached, snd no doubt that amount of heat, or somethiug near it was attained some time during that day. As we And that distillation - n? v... far advanced when Mr. Cook left that fatal afternoon. At that temperature, what was the volume of vapor within the still? It is evident that no vacuum could exist. But now, the Are is allowed to go down, aud wilh it down goes the temperature to 450 degrees; condensation of the vapor within the still at once eommeuced and atmospheric air is rapidly drawn in through the imperfect tube to which I referred, and an explosive mixture is formed. Now the question arises, could an explosion occur without the direct application of fire? It not, then, let us see how Are came in contact with the mixture within the still - During thehigh temperature vapor escaped through Use rupture in this pipe condensing on the outside of the still, running down through the brick work, comiti" in contact wilh theAames from the furnace, and thus a train leading to the opening in the pipe was formed, and aa condensation went on within the still, this flame was drawn in with the air, and in this way may this iremend - uous explosion be explained. So says Professors D Q and D. Y. Eaton in their testimony. In the absence of any moru positive in.ormation this theory seems probable and the jury should give it great weight iu their deliberations. Iu regard to the prooa bility of choking at the worm, the jury will bear in. m;nd that the still was running off within a very short time of Hie accident, and that, if the worm bad choked uo after a much longer timu would have elapsed before vanor could collect in suflicient force to have occasioned the ex plooion. If, however, the Jury are aatislle - d that the fault existed at the worm, they may say so, and also how the worm became choked and what precaution was necessary to have prevented such choking. Geulluueu, it is proper that I should advise you lo take some notice ot the lrequent occurrences ol such accidents us these The community will expect from it body of intoiii.n.rit aud and practical men like yourselves, some recommendation ot a means ol future prevention of them. Not only aro these distilleries dangerous to tho workmen employed in them, but to tho people In the nei"h - borhood in which they are located, and the paBsers"ty. Our gallant Artnieu men ol well known intrepidity, who ure nlwuja rendy and willing to brave danger to savo life and properly, should not be so unnecessarily exposed to those dangers incident to explosions of this kind. Human lite, gentlemen, is too precious to bo placed in such jeopardy, and I hope, ia rendering your verdict you will permit no personal lutercst or friend ship for the manufacturer, nor an undue prejudice against bim, to influence your minds. It is u so within your pro I

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