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The Chicago Collectorship

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[From thé Chicago Journal.] A reporter called upon Hou. J. Riusell Jones to interview liim relativo to the report that he ad been suspended from the office of Ooilector of the Port, and that Mr. William Henry Sniith had been appointed to the place. Mr. Jones stated that he liad no iniormation on the subject other than appeared in the papers. The flrst official knowledge he had that a change was contemplated was a letter from Secretary herman tating : I direeted by the President to writo to you that, after eareful coneideration, he thinks t would beljest, and ho wishes me to ask you o rpsigö yonr offico aa Collector of Customs of :,he Port of Chicago, at a timo and in a modo hat will lic ugrcoalilü to you. In a subsequent note from the Sccre,nry, said Mr. Jones, he indicated a dosire that my resignation should not take lae later than the lOth of September. ïo this request 1 replied as follows : SiR : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your lettor infomnug rae that you aro direoted by the President to write me that. alter caróful considcration, he thinks it would bc jest, and he. wishes mu to ask you to resign the iffejê of Collector of Customs of the Port of Chicago, iit a time and in a mode Uiat will be ngreoable to me. The President, m bis letter of aeceptance, said " the founders of ; the Government meant .hat public ofticers should be aecured in thoir tenuri; as long as their )iersonal character remaincd untarnished and the performance of heir duties was satisfaetory. If electrd, I shall conduct the adminiütraliou of the Govirnment upon thoso principies, and all conti;utional powors vested ia the Executive will e employed to establish this reform," and in bis inaugural he reasserted tbo same principies. He bas niñee repoatedly said that with oftieers whose connniions had not expired and who were in the faithful discharge of their duties changos would not be made. In tho absence of any iutimation to the conrary I am warranted" in asserting that no charge has been made against me that I have ailed faithfully, efficiently and economically to liscliarge my duty. Jly commission has not 'et expired. An ofttcer of yoxir department has witbin the asiiuonth made a thorough examinatioji of this ol'liee, and he iuformed me that he fouud evcrylhing pertaining to the conduct of the illiee in a satisfaetory ciindition. Tbc only ciiticism he made was that in examining the record of the expenses of the office he dincovered that tliere were a hnmber of inspectors employed at $1 per diem, but I iuformed hini hat, although the inspectors who have been in he service at this port for years, expenenced nen, upon whose Bhoulders the hulli of inspecors' duties are laid, were paid but S3 per diem, thoso to whom he called my attention vere men sent here by you, with orders to astign them to duty at éi per diem. The oflicer referred to has undoubtedly recommended that the men sent by you hall ïot receive greater compensation than is paid o men occupying the Bame position who have jeen in the service a number of years. The records of your department show that .he expenses of this office have been redueed ince my appointment (a period of less tian wo years) in the aggregate $37,000. In view of these f acts my self-respeet impela me to decline compliance with the President's equest through you for my roaignation. Your obedielit servant, J. B. Jones. Hon. John Sherman, Secretary óf the Trea iry, "Washington.


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