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Startling Disclosures

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Day
10
Month
March
Year
1876
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Public Domain
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St. Louis, Maroli 6. The Times of this city, in its isaue of jeeterday morning, took the putilicoompletcly by surpriHe by publiishing the charges made against Edwafdo Pierfcpont, Attornej'-General of the United Staten, Otl ths aïithority of Oen. John B, llenderson, late speciai touasel ín the whisky cases, and the District-Attorney, Col. D. P. Dyer. The charges are very explicit, and j given iu detail. According to the statements of Dyer and ílenderson, the flret evidenoe of the Attorney-Oeneral's intention to nee the power of his oftice for tlie salvatiou of Babcock occurred iu Oetober, a short time previous to the McDonald trial. The newepapers had ufelislied aonie very strong cu'cumstaaoee tending to entftblish BaVcock'a complicity, and had also annoünoea that ihe grand iury a8 seriously iuvestigating ,jhis testimouy, witli th6 view of i indicting tlie President'e Private Secretary: In Oetober, and while Gen. Hendèrson ttn'd Col. ■ Dyer were busily eugaged in arguing the marrers to the indictments against the ring I leadeli?, Pierrepont telegraphed Dyer a j tory order to come to Washington. Gen. i ílenderson aavlsed Col. Dver to rerjlv that I B6 coiüd hot leave jiiet then, but the latter deemed it best to compiy with the Attorney-General'a order, and consequently he went to Washington, It was then that Pierrepont ñrst maüifested a diaposition to iuterfero with the proeecution here. He succeeded iu obtaininsr from Dyer á statement of tüe testimony that had been laid before the girand jury against Babcock. He tben pronounced the evidence insuöieient to warrant the indictment of a man bo nearly related to the President, and waa efcroest, in faot dictatorial, in bis opposition to the courae then being pursued by the Government counBel hcre. Col. Dyer, however, matead of suspeeting the Attorney-General of unwarranted interest and interference in behalf of Babcock, attribnted his conducted to a sincero desire to have no person indicted who could not be convicted on the evidence. Col. Dyer differed with Pierrepont, and ej"pre.ssed hip views very poaitively, whereupon the Jatter abandoned hia commanding air and assumed an argumentatiTe tone. lie took paina to caution Dyer in regard to hia assiatanta, and especially Gen. Henderson ; said he had learued from the President himself that Henderaon was unfriendly to Grant and his adminbtration, and wonld no doubt endeavor to procure Babcock's indictment in order to gratify hia personal malice by thus fixing a stigma upon the fame of the President. Mr. Fierrepont went further. and eaid the President had requeated him to thua caution Col. Dyer. The Attorney-General then requeeted Col. Dyer to have all the testimony addnced in the grand j jury room against Sabcoök taken by an rate short-hand reporter, clearly transcribed, and forwarded to his ofScein WashirJgtoh. He ' said thia waa nocessary, as he wished to keep thoronghly posted in regard to the matter, and in order that he might decide whether the evidence was strong euough to warrant an indictment. Col. Dyer at first demurred to thia, aaying he thought it would be safe to intrust I the whole matter to the proaecution in St. i Louis, but after further discússion he partially i assented. Pien'epont cautioned Dyer againat ' informing Henderson of what had transpired I between them, and espeoially charged him j not to 'et Henderson know that any statement of the evidence was to be forwarded to j Dirton. Mr. Bnatow. learninc of Pierrepont's attempt to get poBaeaaion of the evidence, opposed it, and advised Dyer not to comply with the request. Upon hia return to St. Louia Col. Dyer informed Gen. Henderson of everything that had occurred during hia rieit to Washington, and the latter very emphatically opposed furnishing Mr. Pierrepont with any information concerning the Babcock case. Some correspondenoe enaued, in which Gen. Hendereon's opinión on the mattor waa f ully stated. He reaented any and all attempts of the authorities at Washington to interfere in the prosecutiona in St. Louia, and very pointedly aaid if the Department of Justice did not have sufficient confldence in the Government counsel here to leave their cases in their hands let tbem be removed ; that while he was connectcd with the proeeoution he did not intend to be gorerned by officials iu Washington who knew nothing about the cases. ín January Col. Dyer visited Washington, having been summoned thither by Pierrepont. The trial of McKee was set for Jan. 20th, and that of Babcock wae to follow soou after. Gen. Henderson went to Washington at the same time for the purpose of making some j rangements to colleet the money due him by the Government for nis services. He called I upon Secretary Bristow, and from him j tained the real faots m regard to his removal. as detailed above. Secretary Bristow also formed Gen. Henderson that Pierrepont had succeeded in extracting from Dyer copies of all the documentary evidence in hiB possession, and detailed statements of all oral testiniony against Babcock ; that the Attorney-General had cajoled Dyer into tho commission of this unfortnnate indiscretion by the practico of the grossest and moat inexcusable hypocrisy. He liad pretended to feel the greatest degree of interest in the success of these prosecutions, especially in the case of Babcock. He expressed the utmost confidenco in the prosecution, and assured Dyer tbat both himself and the President desired that I "no guilty man should escape," no matter how high bis poBition or what was his influence. He had authority to demand of Dyer the evidence, bui he was afraid to exereiso that, leat some of it might be concealed from him. He I convinced Dyer that it was neceesary for him to see all the testimony and bo thoroughly familiar with it, in order to give him the proper asfaistanco and support. He called Dyer to Washington and had him detail the whole plan of the prosecution, what he expected to prove by eacli witness, the order in wuich he intended to pr3ent the evidence, etc. Secretary Bristow lnformed Gen. Hendersou that Pierrepont had dehberately set to work procuring this evidence for the uee of Babcock' s counsel; that he combined with Babcock to use the power of bis ponition to dofeat the prosecution, and this Was done with the President' knowledge and consent. Storrs, senior counsel for Babcock, remained in Washington, and whenever Pierrepont ob tained from Dyer additional information in regard to the case, he first repeated it to the President and after consultation with him would give Storrs the benefit of all he had learned. Mr. Bristow declared that the Attorney-General's private office was the place where plans to defeat the Government iu its caso against Babcock were matured ; that every night preceding the time set for B&beock's trial, Storrs, Babcock, aud Gen. Horace Porter met Pierrepont in his office and together they closely studied every pomt contained in the evidouce for the Government, aud prepared to overeóme it. Mr. Bribtow stated that these meetings in the Attorney-General's office wero a part of the organi.ed plan entered into by the Attorney-General, at the wish of the President, to defeat the proseoution. Gen. Babcook was admitted to the conferences between the President aud Pierrepont wheu the plan was flrst arranged, and as soon as Dyer irausmitted his evidence to Washington, Storrs was Bent for. From that time uutil the plan of dofeuee was matured, Storrs was as familiar with everything pertaining to tho AttuncyGeneral's oftice as Pierrepont himself . All the evidenee aud plans of Üie prosecution were spread before him at the night meetings referred to above, and every letter from Dyer to the Attorney-Genoral in regard to the Babcock case was pai-sed to Mr. Storrs to aid him in defeating juHtice. (ren. Honderaon remained in Washington several days, uttemptiug to arrive at some patisfactory adjut-tmeut of hiö claim against the Goernment. Bof ore returning to St. Louis he learned from Secretary Bristow and Solicitar Wilson that on the very evening of the day Dyer eommunicated the facts of his interview with Eveie:t to Pierrepont, Storrs, Babcock, and Gen. I'orter were in the AttorueyGeneral's olïico, and Pierrepont, after detailiñg to them all he had earuod of Everest's arrival and statement to Dyer, joined with them iu Oíuifcspiriug to overthrow that testimony. Mr. Storra was the cliief counterplotter againat Dyer. All doferred to his superior tact and iugenuitv. Pierrepont's duty to the defense was to obtain tho testimony "and plans of the proseeution. One of the plans arrauged to deHtroy the effect of Everest' iesiimony dopen led upou manufactured evidence. A man wan proeured and drilled to swoar that he was prebeut when Babcock received the envelope addre-ned by Joyce and mailed by Everest, and that it contained iwply a piece of b'ank paper. The newspaper correHjwndcuta at Washington, before the close of the Babcoek trial, exponed the fact that suoh a witness had Deen held in reaüinesa, but could not explain how the defense had beconie posKefjsed of a knowledg of Everest's testimony in time to prepare tbia witness before the trial opened. This secret is fally explained in the fact of those nightly meetiugs at Pierrepont'u office That witneas was not requirod. The defense fouud an ally in St. Louíb who obyiated the neeessity of bringing a witnesa from Washington to awear down' Everest. The Postofiice authoritios in this pily were ready to unpply any number of witneasea !o swear to anythiog Mr. Storrs deêmed necesaary to the salvation of Babcock. Magill, the letter-carrier, waa i'ut.on the Btaud and filled the bill. 8ecretary Bristow, ín hs cateraenta to Gen. Hendoraou charging Piefrepolit wilh conspiririg to Erevcnt Babcock's conviction, usec! ptitive mguage and spoke what he knew. In reduced form these are the charges which Heuderaon and Dyer make against the Attorney-Oeneral. They have been held back eeverál daj1, untilit was uuderatood that Briatow's consent to tliïrt p!an of fovcing the fight could be obtained. Yesteida?, r.'ght on the heela of the Uelknap expoaure, it wae dêcided by ali the partieB to withhold the statements no longer.

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