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(No. 25.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, $8: Thomas E. Broadway, being duly sworn, deposes and says, as follows: -I reside in this city, No. 290 Hudson street; I am a butcher; have a stall, No. 1 Clinton market, which I have occupied for twenty-four years. Before the contract with William B. Reynolds with the city, for removing offal, &c., was made, the butchers used to remove it themselves, which was done regularly every night, and the slaughterhouses cleaned; such was my practice at least, and I believe it was the practice generally; if the offal remains over night, it becomes very offensive by morning; since the Corporation have undertaken its removal, the carts are very negligent in calling for it, and I have been compelled, in self-defence, to have it carted myself, and dumped in the dock.

THOMAS. E. BROADWAY. Sworn, before me, this 16th day of June, 1853.

F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.

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(No. 26.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, SS:—Isaac Valentine, being duly sworn, deposes and says, as follows:-I reside No. 405 First avenue; I am a butcher; my stall is No. 17 Clinton market; my slaughter-house is in Twenty-fourth street, between First avenue and Avenue A; a boy comes for the offal at my slaughter-house every night, and the blood is taken by Mr. Cooper, who takes it to a sugar refinery; my offals are never taken from my place by the carts of the Corporation, or of Mr. Reynolds; nor have they ever called or applied for them; the offals are taken up town, I believe, to fat hogs; if I depended upon the Cor

poration carts to take the offal no person would be able to live in the neighborhood; it should be removed every night, or they become very offensive.

ISAAC VALENTINE. Sworn, before, me, this 17th

F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.

(No. 27.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ss:-Roger Clancy, being duly sworn, deposes and says, as follows:--I reside on Fifty-eighth street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues; I am not at present engaged in any particular business; in 1852, from first July about, until first May, 1853, I was Health Inspector of the Nineteenth Ward; I received my appointment from the Board of Health; during that period I saw, within my district, lying in open lots and in the streets, at different times, about five or ten dead horses, and over a hundred dead hogs and pigs; upon discover. ing these dead animals, I made a complaint to the City Inspector, Dr. White; this was in August, September and October, 1852; he told me he would not recognize me, and would not receive my complaint; finding he would give no attention to the removal of these dead animals, and the persons in the neighborhood where they lay, complaining to me about it, because they were offensive, I took them away and had them buried on vacant ground, distant from any dwellings, at my own expense, and which has not been reimbursed to me, it amounting to nearly one hundred dollars; I have seen dead animals lying about, of which I have complained at the Station house; and after the complaint, they would be allowed to remain for two or three days before they would be removed.

ROGER CLANCY. Sworn, before me, this 28th das of June, 1853.

F. R. Tillor, Recorder.

(No.28.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, $8:-Oscar W.Stur terant, being duly sworn, deposes and says, as follows:-I was Alderman of the Third Ward, from first January, 1551. to first January, 1854; I was Assistant Alderman of said Ward from Jay, 1819, to first of June, 1851; whilst I was Assistant Alderman, in 1850, I was appointed as Chairman of a Special Committee, to investigate and report, as to the propriety of recommending an ordinance to prohibit the business of bone-boiling and horse-skinning on this island. We did investigate it, and such an ordinance was subsequently passed; I then became a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1851, and was again elected for 1852 and 1353; I think it was in the early part of 1852, that a Committee of the Board of Aldermen, of which I was a member, had in charge the question of awarding the contract for the removal of the offal, dead animals, &c., from the city. That Committee had several meetings before, which I think Mr. Menck, Mr. Green and many others appeared, but that no distinct propositions for said work was made by either of said individuals; but that a good deal of conversation was had between the Committee and those persons: from which it appeared to the Committee, that there was no settled course of action, and no

sufficiently definite knowledge of the business on the part of those persons, and the Committee was satisfied that they were not sincere in their statements; but I am not aware that any promise was given to any persons that they should be heard before the Committee, or that the Committee would meet again after its last meeting, when the investigation was closed. The Committee deemed the investigation and its determination thereon to be of the utmost importance, and should be closed as speedily as the public interests would warrant; and thereupon it was closed, and its determination reported to the Board. was not the Chairman of the Committee, and did not prepare the report or present the same, and my impressions are, that the report was not presented to the Board the same day the Committee closed its labors. So far as it relates to the sale of the Fort Gansevoort property, the only thing I had to do with it was, that I offered a resolution in the Board of Aldermen authorizing the sale of that property by the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, to D. Randolph Martin, which resolution was referred to the Committee of Finance, who, after some delay, reported in favor of the same; which was afterward amended in the said Board, authorizing the sale of that property to Mr. Martin or other applicants. Except that I have had neither part nor lot in that transaction, and had no interest in it directly or indirectly. I had no part in the transactions before the Commissioners in regard to the sale of that property, and no interest in it directly or indirectly; I had nothing to do with it whatever. In relation to the grant of the ferry to John J. Hicks, from Catharine street to Williamsburgh, I had no knowledge or connection, directly or indirectly, with that grant, or of any proceedings in rela

tion to it until the report came into the Board of Aldermen, the action thereupon, except voting upon the report. Except the above, I had neither part nor lot in the transaction, and I had no interest in it directly or indirectly. As regards all other ferries passed during my official service, I had neither part nor lot in any proceedings in relation thereto, except only voting on the reports when they came in; and I had no interest directly or indirectly in any of those grants. In regard to the various railroad grants made by the Common Council, from time to time, in this city, I have never had, and have not now, in any or either of them, any interest whatever, directly or indirectly. In all the votes that I have given for railroads since I have been a member of the Common Council, hare been given from a sincere conviction and belief that they were intended, and would be, for the public benefit. I have no knowl. edge, directly or indirectly, of any of the members of the Common Council having received, directly, or indirectly, any money, promise, or thing whatever, to influence his vote upon the subject of any grant or proceeding before the Common Council during my term of service.


Sworn, before me, this 5th

day of January, 1854.

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F. R. TILLOU, Recorder.

(No. 29.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, SS Gaspar Goldstein, a German, who does not understand English, being daly sworn, through an interpreter, viz: John W. Herbst,

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