2 April 1913 SF Chronicle

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ilw UlKWiVlBirllIHIHllrAKA lS esHKijBt 1 I llll IrVIIlll II I Hill n P urr iini m flm ames Guthrie and Joseph P Dolari Face Accusers atihe Custom - House Hearing TESTIMONY OF WITNESSES Northwestern Pacific Officials Uphold Conduct of Local Federal Employes Supervising - Inspector of Hulls and Boilers J K Bulger conducted a hear - Itig at the Custom - house yesterday aft ernoon during which testimony was taken In the cases against Local Steam hip Inspectors James Guthrie and JO aeph P Dolan who are charred with discourtesy and abuse by C P Qrlffln attorney for H B Lister Yesterdays hearing was the result of an investigation which followed state menu recently made by - Lister before the Railroad Commission Id which he assarted that the ferries of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad are unaea - worthy and a menaoe to the lives ot the thousands of passengers carried Supervising Inspector Bulger was In Washington D C when reports of these statements came to him and Immediately he telegraphed the local Inspectors to accompany Lister on a tour of examination that he might point out to tnem the delects which he claimed existed The Inspection took place March 4th Lister was accompanied by C P Qrlffln as attorney who claims that neither he nor Lister was granted common courtesy Griffin says he was repeatedly ordered to shut up when attempting to shield his client from Irrelevant and humiliating questions and that finally he was told that If bs continued he would be thrown off the vessel REPEATS HIS CHARGES These charges he reiterated before yesterdays tribunal Introducing a transcript of what occkrrej on the trip as evidence Both of the accused Inspectors were present and each testified In his own behalf GrlfTln was first called to give his story of what transpired on the Inspection trip He simply stated that he was not treated courteously by the Inspectors being threatened with being forcibly ejected from the vessel and advised to keep still thus preventing him from acting In the capacity of attorney for Lister at whose request he had accompanied the party Listers testimony was rather of a negative nature His memory seemed to fall him He knew that some sort of a row occurred but asserted that Vie kept out of It himself and while he believed that Qrlffln had been abused did not aav riflnltAlw 1na wht lh abuse consisted of General Managar W Palmer and Superintendent of Steamers J K Bras - sll ot the Northwestern Pacific testified that although they were present on board the steamer James M Donahue during the Inspection of that ferry they had not heard either of the Inspectors use abusive or threatening language to either Qrlffln or Lister GRIFFINS CHARCS DENIED On the contrary they stated that Qrlffln far exceeded his authority as attorney and several times Interrupted kroceedlngs evidently with the vlsw sV preventing his client from answering questions aakedjtby the lBiectofi J J Wasser engineer of the Tlburon also said that he had heard nothing which In his sstlmatlon Justified the charges made against Dolan and Quthrle Local Inspector Quthrle was exam lned by Supervising Inspector Bulger and cross - examined by Qrlffln Quthrle did not deny asking the attorney to remain quiet but said that he was forced to do so by uncalled - for and repeated interruptions uoian me other inspector concurred In the testimony of his colleague and further stated that Qrlffln on one occasion had sworn at him over the telephone and told him that he would make things so uncomfortable for him that he would sweat Mood This Qrlffln unequivocally denied The case was closed after the statement of Quthrle and Dolan A transcript of the proceedings together with the opinion of Supervising Inspector Muiger win De forwarded to Inspector - General Uhl at Washington for ratification e

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 02 Apr 1913, Wed,
  3. Page 10

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