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boxes now give him more work to do; I have seen the offals dumped in the river, in the way I have described, in the presence of the Dutchman, many a time, and he made no objections. I have, for the last two months, seen Mr. Riddle very little there, but during the last summer I have seen him there very frequently; he would come and stay a little while, and then go away. The way in which the depositing of the offal is managed, is a great nuisance to the neighborhood, rendering it almost impossible to live there; we have been compelled, very often, to take poles and push the floating offals away, so that they might be carried away with the tide. I have never seen any dead animals delivered there.
THOMAS MCCLELLAND. Sworn before me, this 17th day of June, 1853.
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 20.). CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ss.—John J. Duryee, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows:
I reside in Fiftieth street, between Broadway and the Eighth avenue. I was engaged in the stage business, and am now engaged in the manure business, and for upward of a year past I have observed the dock, at the foot of Fortieth street, built about the line of the Twelfth ave. nue, North river. The land on each side of the street, which has been recently filled in, is mostly covered with water to the Eleventh avenue. The water reaching on the
north side nearly to the Eleventh avenue, and the south side nearly half way, and knowing that the wharf was advertised to be leased, and that it was very little used, I applied to the Comptroller to lease it. Upon my second application to the Comptroller, which was some time in May last, I was informed that the wharf had been set apart as a place at which the blood, offal and dead animals of the city were to be discharged. For upward of a year past I have been in the habit of being in the vicinity of that wharf, where I could sce it nearly all the time, and I was frequently on it. During the whole of that time, I never saw any dead animals brought there. I have seen butchers go there, or persons I supposed to be such, and back thcir carts up to the string piece, on the opposite side of the dock to where the boat lay, and dump the contents of the barrels on their carts, into the river, which I believe to be offal, from the fact, that I have crossed the river and have seen the offal floating about there, and have seen the string piece, on the dock, stained with blood. I have seen the Dutchman, whose name I have understood to be Smith, who was in charge of the boat lying there, leave the boat, go to the cart, and aid the persons to discharge their contents into the river. I have seen James Riddle, who told me he was interested in the Reynolds' contract, pay the Dutchman money for his services, alleging that he was in his employ. Tbe boat in the fall of 1852, and I think in September, was sunk along side of the dock, and lay so for a long time; I should think a month. She was afterward towed up to Forty-cighth street to be repaired. She was absent some time, and was brought back again. The same boat, about a fortnight since, I saw lying sunk there, and believe her to be so now. During the whole period I have named, I have never seen any offal, blood, or animals placed or put on board of her. I have never seen any steam or other boat come there to remove her or take any thing away from it. Riddle told me at one time that he was interested in the Reynolds' contract, and that he had sold it out, and had made fifteen or twenty thousand dollars. I never saw any man acting at the dock as inspector, and never saw Mr. Riddle there more than three times, and one of those times he told me he was waiting for some slabs which he intended to take down to Barren Island to build some hog pens there. One load of slabs came while I was there; on another one of the occasions he told me he came there to see about the sunken boat.
JOHN J. DURYEE.
Sworn before me this 15th day of June, 1853.
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 21.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ss.-James Price, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows:
I reside in this city, corner of Fortieth street and Eleventh avenue. I am employed by George W. Quimby, at the corner of Thirty-ninth street and Eleventh avenue, as foreman to see to his business, which is the hide and fat business. I know there was a boat intended for the reception of offal, &c., as I supposed, lying at the foot of For. tieth street, North river, and the boat was also, at one time, at the foot of Thirty-ninth street. I have never seen any offals deposited on the said boat; this I once did see, while the boat lay at the foot of Thirty-ninth street, a dead horse on the boat. Mr. Quimby has a slaughterhouse next to the place where he keeps the hides and fat, and I have charge of that also. The offal from said slaughter-house has never been called for or taken away by any person in the employment of the Corporation but has been carted by me, or some one employed by me, to a place where the boat lay, sometimes to Thirty-ninth street, and sometimes to the foot of Fortieth street, and generally finding no person there to receive it, I have dumped it in the river, along the side of the dock. I have occasionally seen the old man in charge of the boat who has loaned me a bucket to wash out the cart after I have dumped the offals in the river in his presence. No objections were ever made to my dumping the offal in the river, or any request that I would put it in the boat. Had I been asked to put it in the boat, I should certainly have done it.
JAMES PRICE. Sworn before me, this 16th day of June1853.
F. R.TILLOU, Recorder.
(No. 22. ) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, $8.-Charles Cooper, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows: I reside at No. 36 Sixth street; I am a butcher in Fulton market; my slaughter-house is Nos. 202 and 204 Eldridge street. I have been twenty-two years engaged in the business in this city. The blood of slaughtered animals is valuable in its crude state; I have been in the habit of collecting it
from various slaughter-houses, when fresh, and paying for it various prices, averaging from a shilling to eighteen cents a barrel. Mr. Reynolds, when he first obtained the contract from the city, sent two or three times, to the best of my recollection, for the offal at my slaughter-house, which was delivered; but for upward of a year past, has not applied for it to my knowledge; it is now removed by other parties; the blood I use myself; I use the blood, I should suppose, from about two-thirds of the slaughter. houses in the city for manufacturing purposes. Some person in the employment of Mr. Reynolds, about the early part of his contract, applied to me, at the market, and asked me if I was not going to let him have the bones; I told him no, that I thought I had the right to sell my property to whom I pleased; he replied that he would not take offal if I did not, or something to that import. I suppose he meant to pay some price for the bones, though I don't recollect that he mentioned any thing about it. About the same time the application was made to me for bones, as above, I saw Francis Munret, who was in the employ of Henry Adair, arrested by an officer, for buying bones in the market. I was present in the market, and saw Joseph Gilbertson, also in the employ of Henry Adair, arrested for buying bones. The offal from slaughterhouses, if removed fresh, with proper diligence, could be done without proving offensive, or being a nuisance, but if allowed to remain on the premises over evening, in warm weather, it becomes offensive.
CHARLES COOPER. Sworn before me, this 6th day of July, 1853. $
F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.