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WARD 25.- Republican supervisors.
Precinct 1. Samuel Keene, 50 State street.
WARD 25.– Democratic superrisors.
Precioct 1. John E. Bristow, corner Lincoln and Market streets.
List of supervisors of election appointed for the different roting precincts in the city of Low
ell for the election held on the day of November, A. D. 1878.
WARD 1.- Republican supervisor.
J. W. B. Shaw, 156 Worthen street.
WARD 1. Democratic superrisor.
Joseph M. Ambrose, 12 Lagrange street.
WARD 2.- Republican supervisor.
Charles H. Robbins, 196 Bridge street.
WARD 2.-Democratic supervisor.
William F. Courtney, 60 River street.
WARD 3.—Republican superrisor. Jos. S. Grash, 76 Hall street.
WARD 3.- Democratic supervisor. Joseph Casey, 3 Kinsman street.
Ward 4.- Republican supervisor.
Diogenes E. Trask, Walker street.
Ward 4.- Democratic supervisor.
Oliver A. Libby, Robbins street.
WARD 5.— Republican supervisor. Frederick Holton, 78 Pawtucket street. :
WARD 5.-Democratic supervisor.
James Warren, 31 Clark street.
WARD 6.- Republican supervisor.
John Stott, 76 High street.
WARD 6.- Democratic supervisor.
Lawrence J. Smith, 4 Keelan's Court.
List of supervisors of election appointed for the different voting precincts in the city of
Cambridge for the election held on the day of November . D. 1878.
WARD 1.- Republican superrisor.
Archibald M. Howe, 4 Garden street.
WARD 1.- Democratic supervisor. Denpis J. Crowley, 2 South street.
. WARD 2.- Republican supervisor. Charles E. Pierce, 342 Broadway.
Ward 2.—Democratic superrisor. Frank F. Nesdel, 17 Washington street.
Ward 3.- Republican supervisor. William W. Winward, 1:35 Otis street.
WARD 3.—Democratic supervisor. Jobn Coffey, 54 North street.
WARD 4.- Republican supervisor. George L. Cade, 464 Main street.
WARD 4.-Democratic supervisor. John F. McCarthy, 15 Clark street.
WARD 5.— Republican supervisor. James M. Ramsay, 5 Shepard street.
WARD 5.– Democratic supervisor. John McCarthy, 72 Spruce street.
By the CHAIRMAN : Q. Can you tabulate the returns which you had made to you by the supervisors, showing the reasons why persous offering to vote, if any, were not permitted to vote; why their right was in any way scru. tinized; why they were arrested, and who such persons were ?-A. I did not understand that that was one of the matters which the committee desired to have, and consequently bare not prepared any paper containing that information. I have here a list of all warrants issued by me as chief supervisor or as United States commissioner connected with frauds in registration or in voting. The paper is not in a shape to be presented to the comunittee, having been made merely with a view to enabling me to answer questions. The summons of the committee was received by me only on the day before yesterday, and I really have not known exactly what it was in the way of information that the committee wanted. I will be prepared, however, without delay, to furnish auy information in my possession that you may desire.
Q. Wbat we want is knowledge as to the cases of men whose names, under the law of Massachusetts, appeared upon the registry-list, who were challenged under the Federal law, with the causes of challenge; the reasons why they were not permitted to vote, if not permitted; the facts of their arrest and discharge, if arrested and discharged, and all
subsequent acts in regard to them.-A. I suppose I could answer that question by giving a brief statement of what was done by the supervisors.
Q. Proceed, then, if such action was taken under your direction, stat. ing first whether instructions were sent out by you.-A. Instructions were sent out by me. After the appointment of supervisors I issued a form of instructions to control their proceedings relative to the examination of the registration. That which I now present is a copy of such instructions for registration.
[Tbe paper here presented is as follows:]
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS,
140 TREMONT STREET,
Boston, October 14, 1878. To the United States Supervisors of Election for the city of Boston :
In addition to tbe special instructions given you individually from time to time, relative to your duties, you are required to carefully observe the following general instructions respecting the verification of the registry-list:
First. The right to vote of every person upon the lists is to be ascertained. Those persons known to be qualified voters and properly registered, having been noted, you are required to verify the names of all others by personal investigation. In so doing, the law directs you to make "proper inquiry and examination at the respective places by them assigned as their residences," and you will also consult all other available sources of information.
Second. The dame of no person should be on the registry-list who is not possessed of the following qualifications:
He must be twenty-one years of age and upwards.
He must bave resided in the State for one year, and in the city of Boston for six months next preceding the day of election (November 5).
He must have paid, by himself, his parent, master or guardian, a State or county tax assessed upon him in this State within two years next preceding such election.
And if he was not a legal voter prior to 1858, he must be able to read the Constitution in the English language, and write his name, unless prevented by physical disability.
Third. The law makes it obligatory upon every one to correctly answer your inquiries.
The statote is as follows:
** SECTIOX 5523. Every person who, during the progress of any verification of any list of the persons who may bave registered or voted, which is bad or made under any of the provisions of the title, · The Elective Franchise,' refuses to answer, or refrains from answering, or answering, knowingly gives false information in respect to any inquiry lawfully made, shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or by both, and shall pay the costs of the prosecution."
Fourth. The law (sec. 5522) also makes it an offense to obstruct, binder, or interfere with you when discharging your duties, and requires every person to aid you in the performance of your duties, when such assistance is necessary.
Fifth. In making your inquiries, you should bear in mind that the propriety of such inquiry, or your right so make the same, may not at once be understood by the person whom you are questioning; you are, therefore, particularly instructed to perform such duty in a courteous, gentlemanly manner, and to exercise patience, as well as diligence, and earnestness in your work. Offensive conduct on yonr part will not be excused.
When you meet with an unwillingness to furnish you with correct information, call the attention of the person to the provisions of the law above quoted, and explain the liability of non-compliance. It is believed that, if your investigaton be properly conducted, you will bave little difficulty in obtaining ibe information desired.
Sixth. Whenever any information is obtained which indicates irregularity or fraud, or which may be of service to this office in any way, you will note in the book given you (opposite to the name on the registry-list), the name of the person from whom you receive such information, and all the particulars communicated to you, and report tbe same at once to this oftice, in writing, giving name, street, number, evidence obtained, names of witnesses, etc.
Seventh. Your attention is particularly called to the following provisions of the
" SECTIOX 5521. If any person be appointed a supervisor of election, or a special depoty marsha), under the provisions of title “The Elective Franchise,' and has taken tbe oath of office as such supervisor of election, or such special deputy warsbal, and thereafter neglects or refuses, withont good and lawful excuse, to perform and discharge fully the duties, obligations, and requirements of such office, until the expiration of the term for which he was appointed, he shall not only be subject to removal from office, with loss of pay or emoluments, but shall be punished by imprisonment, for not less than six months, por more than one year, or by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars, and not more than five hundred dollars, or by both fine and imprisonment, and shall pay the onsts of prosecution."
Eighth. As soon as you have verified each and every name on the list in the book handed you, you will at once return the same to this office, with a written report signed by you as supervisor, of the number of false or suspected registrations you may bave discovered and reported, during the process of verification, with a list of the same. If no instances of false registration bas been discovered by you, you will so state, and add such other information that you have, which may be of service to this offics.
HENRY L. HALLETT, Crief Supervisor of Elections, for the District of Massachusetts. The WITNESS. Upon my appointment as supervisor I found in exist. ence a list of registered voters for the city of Boston. Subsequently, a petition having been presented for the appointment of supervisors for the city, two supervisors—one a Democrat, the other a Republicanwere appointed for each voting precinct. There are 106 roting precincts in the city of Boston. The list of registered voters, under my direc. tion, was scanned and scrutinized by the supervisors. I prepared for each precinct two books exactly similar, like that which I now hold in my hand-one for the Democratic supervisor and ove for the Republi. can supervisor-each containing a copy of the registry list. My in. structions to the supervisors were to verify every name in the books thus furnished, and, if they were not satisfied in any other way, to go to the place of residence stated as tbat of the voter and to satisfy themselves that every name upon that list of voters was properly there. By this process of verification some thirteen hundred names, I think, were reported to me by different supervisors as those of persons concerning whose right to vote there was some question. To facilitate the work of the supervisors in reporting any irregularities, I prepared and furnisbed to the supervisors a form of report of which tbat which I now exhibit to the committee is a copy. [The form is as follows :)
- 1878. To Henry L. HALLETT, Chief Supervisor :
SIR: I desire to report that, from investigations made by me, and from what I have heard from others, I am of the opinion that the following persons wbo have registered are not entitled to vote at the coining election :
(Se..d this at once by mail to 140 Tremont street.)
Supervisor of Elections for Ward —, Precinct
The Witxess. The number of names reported to me upon papers of the character of this one was between twelve and thirteen hundred. So far as was possible during the short time I had for the purpose, all those names were investigated.
Q. Hare you here a copy of any instructions that were sent to the marshals to make such investigations ?-A. My instructions to the marshals were verbal, and were to find out the facts. Where, for instance, the supervisor bad reported, “ Jobu Smith, ward one, precinct one, not naturalized," I would depute to some deputy marshal, to be selected, to go and see whether Job Smith, thus indicated, had been naturalized. He would report to me the result of bis inquiry. A great deal of tbat was verbal, and minutes were made by me upon slips of paper; but I preserved no record of each individual case, as such a record would bave been too voluminous for convenient preservation. Each of those names was reported to me, and where I found that the name was improperly upon the list-that the man was not entitled to vote, and had satisfied myself of that I sent for the man, and questioned bim personalls with regard to it.
Q. You sent for the voter ?-A. I sent for the voter, and, if I found he was not so entitled, I cautioned him not to vote. In many instances, also, where the parties refused to answer the questions which were put to them by the deputy marsbals, I issued warrants for the arrest of those parties. They were brought before ine, and then, if they answered satisfactorily and cleared themselves of any suspicion of contempt of court or of the law, they were discbarged.
Q. How mans warrants did you issue in all !--A. I issued 169 war. rants in all. One of these was for the arrest of a man for personating another in obtaining naturalization papers. That hardly came within my province, but that was the allegation upon which one of the warrants issued. For illegal registration, I issued 145 warrants. For refusing to answer questions of the deputy marshals and supervisors who went around, I issued eighteen warrants. For illegal voting, I issued five warrants. The arrests made by me from October 16 to the day of the election numbered thirty. On the day of the election twenty arrests were made, five for illegal voting and fifteen for false registration ; these being those of persons who voted who were not entitled to vote and whose names were not upon the voting list. Several of those had been warned by me that they would be arrested if they voted
Q. Were all the warrants which were issued executed before the elec. tion day !-A. About 130 of these warrants were not issued until the election day, and were for false registration. In that connection let me say this. Owing to the imperfect character of the registration, the fact being that of those upon the Bostou voting list not entitled to vote many were men who had done nothing of their own volition to procure the placing of their names upon the voting-list, I did not feel author. ized, after consultation with the district attorney, to cause the arrest of these parties unless they consummated the purpose of the false registration by voting. These warrants were placed in the hands of the supervisors on the night before the election and were in a sealed envelope, eacti supervisor receiving the warrants for the precinct to wbich he bad been assigned, with instructions not to open them until they arrived at the polls, so tbat no one should know, in advance of the election, for whom warrants had been issued. My instructions to each supervisor were to pnt these warrants into the bands of the deputy marsbal for service, if the party in any instauce attempted to vote. Of the parties named in