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New Yokk, Dec. 7.- Xext to Superintendent Byrafes Inspector AlexanderWUljams is tooked upon by tho residente of this city as the man who knows evcry detail in connecüon wit h the pólice departinent in New 'York, and there was a lm-go audiencc in the Lexow committec room to hear what tho inspector had to say. J-iawyers, doctors, bankers, brokers, and men bout town scrambled for seats to hear the fanious "Knlght of the Club" and Inquisitor Goff cross foils in a wordy foncing match. Durin tho early part of tho proceedings farmer Wardinan Shalvey, who was Policeman Hassey's ipartner in the twelfth precinct, was examined, and he told about his collections of bribe money from saloonkoepors, proprietors of houses of ill fanie, and policy shops. Inspector Williams Face Goff. Ho acoused Captains Webb (rotired), Doherty, Eakins and Sohultz of receiving the bribes. During Schultz' regime he said that the price on policy shops was raised 10 per cent. and that in nino months hv. paid over to Schultz bout $4,500. Detective Sergeants Phil ïtiley and "Jako" Von Grischten werecalledafterrecess and they said they attended the races at Saratoga during their vacations and that they received money from the owners of the track for keeping "crooked persons" away from it, but denied ever having divided money they got with any of the police officials in New York. Inspector Williams was then clled and every one was on toe of expectations. He was dressed in full uniform, and seemed to be as unconcerned as if he wete going to testify against an ordinary "drunk and disorderly." Denounces Schmittberger as a Liar. In reply to Goff he said that he learned the trade of ship carpenter, and previous to 18Ö6, wlien he joined the force, he had charge of shipyards in China and Japan. When he left there he was worth from 16,000 to $20,000, and had property in Japan. He accountod for his transactions in real estáte and swore positively that he was never directly or indirectly connected with the sale of Hollywood whisky. The inspector had freqently been accused of having an interest in the company which handled this brand of liquor, and it was stated that by displaying the company's sign in a prominent place the proprietors of saloons were protected from arrest or annoyance for violation of the excise laws. Williams denounced Schmittberger as a liar, and said he was promptcd to lie by a promise of immunity given by the Lexow committee. "Tougliest" Witness Yet Hearcl. He met GoS's attacks stubbornly and frequently nroused morrLment by hls answers to several questions. After seventy minutes of fencing Goff asked for an adjournment until this morning, and the majority of the spectators said that Williams was the 'toughest" witness that the investigator had met as yet. When the inspector took the witness stand he let his eyes roam around the room and finally fixed them on Goff. Then he told of his property holdings when he joined the force, of his doek yard business and his questioner seemed a good deal interested in what property he had in 1866 (when he joined the foirce) and what he did with it.


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