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Tilden And Tammany

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A reporter of tho New York TctyïM has interviewed ex-Lieut. Gov. Allen O. Heach relativo to the charge that Gov. Tildeu connivod witk Tweed and Tammany in the frauda perpetratod duïiug the uupremacy of the latter in New York politics. "OhargeB havo been modo by certain RelicanB," said tho reporter, "that Gov. Tilden ïb I a-sham reformer, that he was formerly in fellownhip witli Tweed during hls aacondancy. Have you any personal kuowledgo ou thoao subjects ?' "I oertainly have," replied Mr. Boach. " I'rom the i oar 1367, whon Tweed was rising into power, I havo asmnch knowledgeon these matter afl any other man in tho Stato. Tweed first took his seat in the Sonato in January, 18G8. Xn March of tho samo yoar I began to assist Mr. Tilden to organizo the Democratie party of the State, and continuod to irork with him for the next six yeara. He was Chairman of the State Gomm ttfo, and most of the timo I wan CUairmau of the Exccutivc Committee. It was well linown that Mr. Tilden accepted tho Chairraanship of tho Stato Committco in 1866 for tho purpoto of kcoping ont of the control of the State organizatiou the men who afterward grow to bo callcd tho ' nog.' From 1868 Mr. Tilden was alwaya in n stato oí antagoi'ium to Twocd, growiup out of the distrust he feit even when thero was no proof againat t!io Tammauy boes and bof ore tho deprodations began upou.tho treasury of the city of New York. Tweed had nhortly oefofe obtainoA inflnonce over tho patrouagö of tlio stroot dopartmont as Doputy Street Couimtesioner, under an arrangomeut uiatlo with Mayor Opdyke, a Ropublican, by whom the (Jommissioner waa appointed, who Uien selected Tweed for Doputy. "In tho fall of 1868 a eontost took placo in the ö Convention. My namo was prosentod as a candidato for the ollico of Lieutenant Govornor. The Tamm&iiy dulogatiou, oxeopt tivo, opposed mo, with all tho power they coald miHiouco. Mr. Tilden inado a einare insuo witn them and succoeflod. In tho winter of lHfiü Tammiuiy organiïcd a movemont to deposo Mr. Tilden from tho oliairmanship of tho Stato Committoe. He accoptcd the ímbuo. The State Convontiou outside of tho city was ho unanimouifor Jlr. Tilden that the Taminmij üclo!;itio:i witbdrow from tho content. In the samo oar ho openly donounced tho abiiHOH and wrongs committed by tho JuflgOH nndor tlic Tammany inüuouco. Ho aitl to me, that iL v:íh nqt safo for a man to livo in New 7ork, ami Mtill more uiieafe to (lio thero. In tho legislativo TOH-ioH of 1870, whlle I was IiiMiti n mt Govornor, a eoutroverey in ropect to Üio city charter took placo. Aftcr mauy slmggie the Tweed dynasty got np a charter which vinuaJly put Ulo whóle power Of the city fiovornment for yoars in their pobhohbíoii wittiont iny rosponsibility lo popular elcotlous, and repoaling tho power of tho flovernor to remoro tho Mayor and ovorybndy's power to hold tho public 'olücials to Beooööt. Twee.-!, flndin;; liimBclf nnable tocarry the moasnro by Domocratic votes, had arrangèd to obtain, aid did obtalD, iliiü i-l tho entire líepublican voto of both Hpijaea of tko I.egilature. "Mr. Tildeu came up to Albany while tho bilí waii pending mul mado a speech lioforo tho commitico of the Scuiito, of which Tvrced was ehainnan, cïposing and dcnonnciiig tho bill. Sofii nftor tlie pflnn;e of tho bill, Tweed, who wan a member of the Souato of whicli I was presjiding olHcor, said that they woulíl remaba Tilden from the ehairmanühip oT tlio 8tato Connuitteo. I auswoved that thcy could not do it - tho country wa too st.ron{ for thom. Ho said they could doit. I told hitn ho had bettor try and aeo how ho would come out. In thps content tho wholo Ropublicau Jiarty went in favdr of Tweed and against Mr. Tilden. They were sii)portod by tho citizen'a aaacxiiatioit. Tho reu!t was claiin. d ns a victory from prt 'judiced quarlcira, altiaough it wn8 idroitted thut división of oiiRcefl nnd bnbor}' had bcon employod. It w h Huid tho day beforo Mr. Tilden made hit; bpueou ((iov. JSöach boro emoted from a wlip in hU hand) that ' thoro wiirt somothing to bo bought and .lenty of monoy to buy it.1 It was nlío said, 'liy habit and eincation the stroug mon of tho ring worked habituully in that wny. They ;iro sagacious, energetic, and manifestly bol ovo thoy aro jtiatiliod in the adoption of oxtraordinary mcans to gain the oud of a protnicted term of power.' " This extract is from an editorial in one of the city papors ñftoíi monuUruterwaiü! Tliero wero a few lndigjuuit proteste agflluflt tho Hchemo uLterod y nuch !iigh-tonod Doramal- i). Har.mel J, Tildn and ethers of hia charactor. Bilt Ihey wcro without cfTcct, !. T'wnod and Swceny Lad tho vote iilroady bought up. üf all tlio ftepublican Senator, 3oufttor Thaycr alona i on ret'ord x vutii.f,' !i;;ainnt it. And yot a wook af ter the pawsago of tlie new charter thn (ame pajierhailod Twood a a roformor, and saifl (ayaiu roferring toa slip): 'Tl8 paaaago of the ncw charter im.l ;t tho olection law- tlio latter by far tho most subslanttal reform of tho two- could not havp lioeu achipvcd witliont tlio help of tlio Ilopublicans in tho Legislatura, and heno tho crodit. is nu much thoirs as it is of tho Tweed lemocracy.' It waa aftcrwsrd revcaled that at this vcry time the frauds of Tivecd Sí Co. wem going )i. and witliiu a month happoned the división of i6,0íO,n0O, wlucii is tho foundation of tho actiouH brought by O'Couür and his anociatos. Such wero tlio fruits of tho reforms whk-!i Hintio of the iïopublican papors thon BDIMiortod and Mr. Tilden oppowil. ■VUat I havo justtolil you is from nclnal porsoiml knowledgo. I will now ooncludc my auty nvimmary of tliia matter, lu tha BpiW of 1871 Mn ïijilen alao opouly rioiinced tlio bilí got np by the ring giring the Judgoa extraordintiry powora aa to contempts by the presa in eertain oases, and in the Humlaev of that year oponed the oontest which romiltod iu thodofoat of Uie ring at tlie November election. I wfts preoont iu tho State Convention. The frieudH of the ring objccted to dio na Chairman of the conventiou ou tho piotmcl of my sympathy witli llr. Tildón in hiw niovhient. I'hcord liiin declaro ou tho (loor of tho convention tlat ho Wonld not support the Tammany nominco for tho Sonate and AasemWy, and if hia rof;uál to do 60 wero dccniod a breach of party diity he would rcBign iiH ('liairmau of the State Comnúttoe, aud go among bis plundered píople and help thetn to work out their delivorauco. It i, therofore, not only amusing, bnt ridiculoua, to read in tho Iiepublic&n papers that Mr. Tilden did not üght Tweed flarly enough and often, considering that iu all the earlior part of the contesta thoy were on the aide of Tweed."


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