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l'ioin the Wiishtenaw Times. Prof. E. F. Johnson returned! from & trip up north this morning. On nis return he stopped at Lansing, and while there met several of the gentlemen who are testifying before the grand jury. Among others he met Pastmaster Healey, of Ironwood, who altered the Gogebic county returns. Mr. Healey explained the matter to Mr. Johnson substantially as follows: In April, 1891, he came -to Lansing tO see Gov. Winans about the appointment of a circuit judge in the new district which had been created by the legislature. Soon after he arrived he met Ellis, who said to him that he was just the man he wanted to see. Bilis ' then explained to him that There appeared to be a denial error in the returns from Gogebic county, and that he was just about to send them back for correction. As Healey was chairman of the board of canvassers he could make the changes there and it would save 'time and trouble. Mr. Healey met Mr. Ellis afterwards by appointment and Ellis showed him the sheet on which the figures appearéd as 1,358 and 1,318, and where as wriiten out they appeared three hundred 1 ftyeight and three hundred eighteen. Eliis said this must have been a purely c'erical error and could be corrected in Lansing as well as at Ironwood. At first Mr. Healey objected. to inaking the change, but after Ellis had shown him, as he thought, conclusively, that it could have been only a clerical error, he made the change and thought no more about it. The. day that the frauds were firsc made public by Gov. Rich and any word had reached Ironwood, Rii'. Ellis made his appearance at that pia ■ ind at once sought Healey. He told Healey that some question had been raised about the returns and that there was likely to be some trouble. He wanted Healey to make an affidavit that he had changed the returns and that would make it all right. Healey saw nothing wrong about making an affldavit that he had changed the returns and Ellis produced an affidavit which he had prepared. On reading it Healey saw that it stated that the change had been made at Ironwood. Healsy objected to making sueh an affldavit, but Ellis explained to him that it was a technicality only and that by making an affidavit that the changes were made at Ironwood the whole affair would be legalized. After considerable argument Mr. Healey consented to make the affidavit. It. was but a short time after he had sisrned this affidavit that news reached Ironwood of the frauds which had been perpetrated on the canvass of the salaries amendment and Mr. Healey saw at once the predicament in which he had been placed. The evidence of'Gov. Winans' secretary yesterday that Mr. Ellis had borrowed the returns about the time that Healey was in Lansing goes to corrobórate Healey's story. Mr. Johnson says that Gov. Rich told him that he was determmed, that the investigation should not stop until all guilty parties had been convicted. He feit it as a matter of conscience that such practices should tfe condsnined in the strongest way possible. Gov. Rich's counsel, Harrison Geer, says that some of the state officials have been stealing regularly from the state. One instance Mr. Geer gave was a recent trip to Minneapolis to inspect an electric light plant for which the state was charged in the matter of expenses $101. Other things of a similar nature were spoken of by Mr. Geer, who says that the rascáis have got to go.


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