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pelled to remove myself unless the nuisance is removed. I have been frequently made sick by the stench arising from the deposits of offal, &c., so that I have vomited several times, and I have known others to be similarly affected in consequence; I have frequently observed the carts conveying the offal to the place, and it was then in a putrid state. I have seen the steamboat come to the pier at about six o'clock in the evening, when they began to load the vessel with offal, &c., she would remain all night, and I have seen her continue there as late as 11 o'clock the next day, with dead carcasses exposed on the the deck; the smell from them was very offensive; I have frequently gone round the block to avoid the stench; one great cause of the nuisance is, that the boats remain so long with the offal and carcasses on board without going immediately off as soon as it is delivered. The way in which this business is conducted is a very great nuisance, and injurious to the health and interests of the occupants and property holders in the neighborhood. The neigh. bors have been in the habit of going down in the night, at different hours, to see if the boat still lay there, because the stench was so great it was unendurable, and they have found her there, and found her still there in the morning; when I said that I have known her there as late as 11 o'clock in the day, I do not mean that she went away at that hour; I meant that I saw her at that hour lying at the dock, how much longer she remained I do not know. The animals were then remaining on the deck exposed to the sun, this was on Wednesday last, the 29th June.
MERWIN N. WHITNEY. Sworn before me this 1st ? day of July, 1853.
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 15.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, SS:-Uel Reynolds being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows: I reside No. 122 Second Street; I have been a builder for the last two years. I own some houses and lots in company with my partner, Gideon Fountain, on the First avenue, from Thirty-second to Thirty-third street, and on Thirty-third street west of the First avenue. The pier at which dead animals and offal is brought, is at the foot of Thirty-fourth street, East river, about 300 fect from my property; dead animals are brought to that pier in carts and wagons, and the offal and blood is brought in boxes or barrels; the dead animals are placed on the deck of the vessels and when the wind is in our direction the effluvia arising from them is very offensive; the workmen in the neighborhood have often complained of the offensiveness created by the dead animals and offal being allowed to remain there. - The manner in which this business is managed is a very great nuisance to the neighborhood, and highly prejudicial to the health of the inhabitants, especially in warm weather. I have frequently observed when the carts were passing with the offal, that the smell was very offensive, and the offal could not have been taken fresh from the slaughter-houses.
UEL REYNOLDS. .
Sworn before me, this 29th
day of June, 1853.
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 16.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ss.-Jacob Miller, being duly sworn deposes and says as follows: I reside at No. 301 Fifth street; I am a lumber merchant; I have a partner, and we have two lumber yards in the city; one of them is on Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth streets, commencing one hundred feet from First avenue. The pier at which the dead animals and offal are received, is at the foot of Thirty-fourth street, a little north. East river runs about four hundred feet from our yard. Dead animals are brought to the foot of that pier on carts and wagons, and butchers' offal and blood in boxes. The dead animals are put in vessels, but are suffered to remain there certainly for one or two days, and perhaps more. They are in a bad state when they come there, and become much more so from remaining until the whole atmosphere is affected by the effluvia, and becomes offensive and dangerous to health. The smell can be perceived for blocks around; I have seen the boxes containing offal and blood standing there continually, and sometimes open. I saw there this morning as many, I think as thirty or forty, and I have scen the same number almost continually there. The smell from them is very offensive. Up to about two weeks ago, there was an old scow there, in which the animals and offal were deposited. She remained there, and the contents were transferred to a steamer which carried them away. The steamer would remain for one or two days or more until she would have a sufficient load. For the last two weeks the scow has been taken away, and the dead animals are now put directly on board the steamer or schooner. What becomes of the boxes and their contents I don't know, as they appear to me to remain there the
whole time, as the elluvia continues to remain the whole time. The steamer or schooner will often remain for one or two days, receiving the animals as they are brought there, and until their load is completed, and whilst remaining there, the effluvia from them is very offensive. The way in which the business is conducted, makes it a nuisance of an aggrarated character, and unless changed, will hare the tendency to drive all business from that neighborhood, as well as being injurious to the public health. The offa!s when first brought down are in an offensive state, and could not bave been taken fresh from the slaughter houses; and the dead animals are often in a state of putrefaction when first brought to the pier.
JACOB MILLER. Sworn before me this 28th day of June, 1853.
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 17.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, SS:- Thomas Miller, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows: I reside on the corner of Thirty-fifth street and Eleventh avenue; I am a contractor for streets and avenues. From early in the year 1852 to the early part of the present year, I bare been in the daily habit of being in the neighborhood of the foot of Thirty-ninth street, where the boat for the re ception of offal, &c., lay. My business (the horse and manure business) required my presence at the depot for the manure, situated between Thirty-ninth and Fortieth streets, and between Elerenth and Twelfth avenues. I was there many days from morning till night, and at other times would be there off and on most of the day. My attention was called to the offal boat by Mr. McClelland,
who resides very near the place where she lay, who told me the boat had never been a hundred feet from the dock, except when she was removed to the foot of Fortieth street. After this I paid more attention to it, and I never saw any steamboat or other boat come to where she lay to remove any thing from her; and never saw the boat itself taken off by any other boat. She could not be taken away except by being towed. If any steamboat or other boat had come along side to remove the boat itself or its contents I must have known it, either from personal observation or from conversations in the neighborhood, as it was the subject of much conversation. After I was subpænacd to appear here, I mentioned the fact to Thomas Harper, who resides on the Eleventh avenuc, between Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh streets, west side. He asked me what it related to, and I told him I supposed it was about the offal contract. He then said, has it any thing to do with the old boat lying at the foot of Fortieth street? He said that about this time last year, whilst he was taking up some timber near where the boat lay, the offal floating about there caused such a stench that he was hardly able to stay there, and that they had a false bottom to the boat. I asked him if he saw it; he said, yes; the Dutchman who has charge of the boat appeared to pull a string, or move something, then something gave way, and the offal slushed right out into the river.
THOMAS MILLER. Sworn before me this 21st day of June, 1853.
R. F. Tillou, Recorder.