1878-12-03 James A McManus - Democrat HQ
THE THIRD DISTRICT REPUBLICANS EXPEL A MEMBER OP THEIR ASSOCIATION. A large gang of roughs. led by a fellow named James A- McManut, last- evening foreed their way into the head-quarters of tbe Third Assembly District Republican Association, at No. 205 Grand-street, and for com time succeeded In preventing the members of the association from transacting the business of its monthly meeting. McManus is th man who. previous to the late election, swore to an affidavit before Mr. John L Davenport alleging that William Taite, Thomas F. Dalton, James Coleman. Miehael McGnlre, and J. E. Mnllanc whose names had been submitted as Repnblicaa Supervisors of Election in tb district, wer not Republican, and therefore not eligible to art. At th last monthly meeting, Edward Hayes and Jame Cv'eman presented written charges against MeManns, In wbieh they aa-serted that th statements in hi affidavit war false and malicious, and made with intent to lniur the association. A committee of three, wnleh wa appointed to investigate the charges, cubquntly met and examined several persons. Including the men said to hare been falsely accused by MeManns. The Utter was also summoned before th committee, bat be refused to answer any of the questions put to him. and vowed vengeane against th committee In the event of their sustaining th charge against him. Th committee barlna completed th investigation sev. eral day ago. it wa generally understood yesterday that the result would be reported at the meeting la tb evening. Fearing that th ebsnces would be sustained, and that his expulsion from tbe association would follow, McManus was earlv iu attendance, accompanied by about a dozen roughs from Motl-treet and th neighborhood. Mr. Thomas H. K'.ley. tbe President, called the meeting to order. A member moved that th calling of the roll be dispensed with. MeManua. impatient to begin hostilities. Jamped to hi feet, aad moved a aa amendment that the calling of tbe roll be proceeded with. Mr. Rney pat tbe amendment, and. hearing a majority of Bays, declared it lost. He waa about to pat tb original motion, wbea UeManoa and several of bis frieada rushed front the rear of tbe room, and applying tb moat offensive epithets to th Presideat, threatened to throw him down sta rs. Tb tie use a I at-Arms, who attempted to eject on of tbe feUosr. waa violently thrust aud by one, while another struck aa inoffensive member clausing blow in tb fee. A scene of th wild confusion thea cwned, tb regular membera ef tbe aesneiartcw sttesapting to drive tb riotoea outsiders from the rooaaa. Thro of McManus' ruffianly friends drew revolver and threatened to shoot those wbo would dare to eject them. At thi irnetur the Chairman aad other officers Mt the buiidixu. aad returned la a few "nt with three police me from tbe rrrsrtssata Precinct, wbo waeiled tbe disturbs nee. x rooga named Cornell waa arrested aad locked an, and several others wer aacoreosonioasly noartw id to th street. After order had beaa restored Mr. Riley again took the chair, alter which tk report ol the Investigating Ooeaasit-tee was preaeated by Mr. W. H. Walters. It wa to th effect that the affidavit of McManus was mall-tonaly false, aad concluded with a reeoennseadmtiow that he be expelled froea th eaeoeiatioa. After th reading of tb report. MeMaaaa aad hi fneada renewed their twrbwteat eoadart. Owe innated that the committee had ssst heard all the evldeeee fat the eaee. aad awotb- at da that the tavesucauoa bad been ae-ide4 Urowgh-oot. Th report was Anally adopted. Before th adjoornsacntof th sasrig the anrirtoa adopted swaotwttowa eeograrulating tbo Repebtteaw oa their reeeat victor aad eeaspliaseBtiac Tkb Time "for Its apvignt aad hoaea advocacy ef tee wriaerele ef tae party."