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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 offala 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 slaughter. house next to the place where he keeps the hides and fat, and I have charge of that also. The offal from said slaugbter-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 June, 1853.
F. R.TILLOU, Recorder.
( No. 22. ) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, SS.-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.
(No. 23.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ss.-William H. McCreery, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows: I reside in this city, corner of Eleventh avenue and Thirty-sixth street. I am a butcher; my place of business is Eighth arenue, near Twenty-sixth street. Where I kill is at a slaughter-house on Tenth avenue, near Thirty-sixth strect. I have been in the habit of taking offal down to the foot of Fortieth street, North rirer, during the summer season, for the two past years at that point, and at the foot of Forty-third street, North river, where a receiving boat, part of the time, lay. During the winter season generally, persons would come to the slaughterhouse and take away the offal, and sometimes in the sum'mer season the offal would be so taken away. Offal went from this slaughter-house in the summer season pretty much every afternoon, except Sundays; it was sometimes taken by a boy, and sometimes I took it myself; the oial consisted of the blood of the animals and the intestines; the blood was taken in one barrel and the intestines in another; the blood was always thrown overboard; they refused to take it on board the boat; the intestines were sometimes refused, and that was likewise thrown oret. board. During the whole of this time I never saw this boat go away from the places where it was fastened for the reception of this offal, nor have I ever seen any steam. boat or other boat come to this boat for the purpose of removing the offal depo:ited there. I have no knowledge that any of the offal has ever been removed from the boat, por do I know what disposition was made of it, not having seen any means for removing it from that boat, I came to the conclusion, in my own mind, that it was thrown over.
board at night. The boat was in charge of a Dutchman, whose name I don': know. There are from twelve to fif. teen slaughter-houses in that neighborhood.
WILLIAM H. McCREERY. Sworn before me, this 15th day of June, 1853.
R. F. Tillou, Recorder.
(No. 24.) CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK, $s: --E. Harrison, Reed, being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows: I reside at No. 415 Tenth avenue; I am a butcher; my slaughter-house is on the rear of my lot above. I was always in the habit, since I have been engaged in business, of having the blood and offal from my slaughter-house dumped into the river, at the place or places designated by the Corporation, until meeting Mr. Reynolds last summer or fall, I told him I understood it was his duty to remove the offal, &c., from slaughter-houses, and requested him to have mine attended to; he promised to do so, and for some months it was removed by his carts. He has ceascd sending for it for three or four months. It is now remored by my boys every afternoon, and taken, as they inform me, to the foot of Thirty-ninth or Fortieth strect, wherever the boat lays, and the boat being sunk, they are compelled to empty it into the dock. One of the boys is still with me; his name is George Howard.
E. HARRISON REED. Sworn before me, this 21st? day of June, 1853.
R. F. TILLOU, Recorder.