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Dakin On Trial

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The hall of the house of representativos was crowded the other morning on the opening of the trial of leiresentative Laklti of Sa;iniiw ïor maifea-ance and misfenanre. vfnul nnd corrupt oondnct In office, in. 80' icit ing and extorting money lor irocurins; the p.isgage of the Sagi naw City charter bill. Thé proeeedings we-e opened as usual witb prayer, after which the iri '1 proper befran. Speaker Markey presldlng. The artiele tigainst liira were re id, then a revi-inn of tbem was offqred whl h diilere.l fro'n the original only in tlie omission of the wor-l uiilawfully" in .cliarartori.intc -Mr. Dakin 8 actions. Afler tne reuding of ihn chargés, tho Bergeant-at-arma summoned tho ncc:isi:d to om trom his seat nnd t-ake a pl-ice before the bar of the hona Mr. l u'iti came íorwnrd mdtook a seat besid his counsel, ,ludi;e Van Zile of Charlotte. Judge lio'dcn of Haginaw, and l-'rank C. iJoiige of Lan-inpr. A s r.ggle anionj; the lawyerscomnienccd at on' e. Judje Holden rejue ted a till of par i ulars, gvin : the s]iecitic time, amount and place where the alle-red solioitation for moii'-v took i lace. After much sparrinK tlie re'quest fr particular was Toieddown by a large majority, showing tlie dij o iti u of the houso to st 'er clear oí lroo-ciad rules. Mr. Goodrich of Ottawa opened the casewith ; n outline of whiit the prosecution expe t d to prove. Witli much feeling he s:iid that, altliongli he mourned ihe fact, the prosee ution would e tablish hat I 'akin h:ul oomm tt d a mUfoasance and milfeasance in office. Thev w( ultl slinw not only that lMi;inhad said hii colleagues were corrnptlble, and had soliclted money witli whicb to buy thcin. bnt that he had lied In attemptlng to shiold hiuiself. He had lalmed that he wantc.i t iiis na nev to fo:ist his 'Ollei:' ii is, 1 ut it would be bhown that he ntendcl (o put the money in his own p; cket Tiiis action had displaced the h'ju-e and p ,it a stain on it which years alone could wipe out. in roply to the opening address of Mr. (ioodrich the defense put in a general (lenialof 1 he charges when l'rederkk L Katon who tiled the charges a.'nin3t Uakin, took tl.e stand, and testified tiiat he me Uakin in thee rridorof the capital. who told hiin that money had to be ris H to pat the Sajinaw bilí throuph: that the coinmittee was all right luit tiiat ome of the lud to be bought. and that siich proceedings were all riht. He met Dakin a short time after, incompany with Representativos l'ellows and Crowley. As to the c 'iiversation at thls meeting Mr. Eaton siid: 1 .aid, "Kow teil me exact y what i w nted, Mr. Dakin, to secure the passage ofourbiU." Heanswered. "As I told VOU bef oYe w must have money. I asked, K ■ n you, then, get n favoral.le report f rom thö comn itt e" ;Yes ' ho nid, 'it1 w hjivfl 4'iinn h ït nnfiT.' Hfl continïiod. 'We were out Usí. nigbt with soven óf the bovsandwe gotfourof themsolid.' Then Fellowa spoke up and Raid he had nover promised auy money. He h d oit 1 ome with Í32,andlt was usedu]. Kinally I nsked Dal in hovv much money was nooded, and he answere 1 that he would havo to 111 - ;o a can va s of the uiembers. Ho said, 'Tí we go to a meinier and promi e him monev, and then don't have it with us to pay him at once, we won't he likely to get him.' 1 asked, 'Is tuis prudent ' 'Oh, yes,' he said: 'you need not be known; you give the money 1o Fellowi, and l'll manage the rest..' Dakin went on to expliin that there were 34 (i. A. K. members, He would see a certiin number of them and arrange the amou'it of parchase, and then Kellows vouM see them. I asked. 'Is it nsnal to buy these members?' and he answered, 'Of couige it U.' 'Who are those men?' I asked He two members whose names I h i e forotten; then I tliought of n roll ruil in niv pocket, and said, 'Here mark off iremlers that you say will hae to be seen.' He tooK the roll cali and marked off the names and amounts on that lKt which I sent to the ftpodker with the chareres.'1 With the great st detail Mr. Eaton told the manner in which D.ikin had checked off the names of the members to be purchaseii. ]akin hnd first checked off name without putting down tho amount of mon' y, hiit on further requo-t he put figures. The total amounted to $125. Wlun Knmsey's name was re iched Dakin -ail: "Iherc'sa man that l'll have to give t26to'1 CrowlyBftid: "i've met Hunisev, and he is a very able man." The restaurant (linnur bell founded then. and we turned to go. Dakin put the roll cali in his pocket, but I said. "Iet me see that roll again." He hamled it to me and I put it in my poeket. 'While we were talklug 1 took a drink of whi-ky and Dakin took some sour wine. Crowley and Feilows each drank whisky. The cross examination of Eaton was 1VUK 4(IV4 HÍH1U 'IO. I41K4 OVV1IIVV4 UV' OUI V UK purpusefnrtherthan tostrenathen the w tness' testimony. He swore that he had Leen a member of the New Hampsh ro e Ulature. 'lhe luwyers for Dakin then mulo a soiuewhat viin attempt to show thnt Katon was inilueiu-o I by polili.-ai animogity. Kepre entntive Rumsey of Ingham was the nxt witnoss enlled. He was prefont in the spca er's room on the 2Oth of April, with a numbërof gentleinrn. Mr. Dakin waksent for an:.l made certaiii statements which we re ta';en down in writing. Mr. Rumsoy said the mumbers in the Spenker's room lelt s m vh it indignnnt, hutex).]■■■-( d i:o eilti inst Uakin.or itthey did it was ia u quiet and subdued way. Alter same desultor.v talk amone the lawyefs the investiation was eonrluded lor the lirst day, at li o'clock. altlioush an attemi t was madeto havethenconriniied in the eveuin.. Judsing by the s!ow progresa m:ide on the first day it will take several days 10 close thü case. The r ill to increase the lifo insnrance reserve fund from tour and one ha f to a four per cent. basis is gtül liei'ore the senate ctmniittee. The insuranou men will liave a hearing on the bilí llaj' 4. The fol owing figiiies ure uiven with roforonce to new insuran e written in Michigan in l - ■ by iife instirnnce compauiog, viz: CEtna, $331.293; Herkhire, $;.(i(i,.";,. ; Connectiont Mutual, 243,lt5; Equltabla, Sl,26,557; Germ:inia. $BS,üü2; Home, i413,889; Imperia1, $1.545,5011; John Hancock. $107,3U0: Manhattan, Í-7.1K!; M ssachnsetts Mutual. $.:l.5i.i: Metropolitan, $5.(KW; Michigan Mutual, tl,Ü54,t'4l; Mutual Bmetit, s i-. 164: New York Mutual. $01.375: Wrmont National, $7,500; New Knglend Mutual, $10,2iU: New Vork, S71,989; .Northwe-torn, 11,88,878; l'enn-ylvania Mutua), $ -.o ii i ; Phanix Mutual, #L4,8)7; Provident Savings, ÍS44.000; State Mutual, 5-U2.HI : Traveler's Life, {213,316: Union Centrl, 94.000; l'nion Mutual, $236,706: 1 n te I States, $li 5,260; Washington, tülü,Oi.o. The bill of Mr. Houk of Oceana to provid ajf passenger and -leeping cars wilh a triple set of g a-s fire grenades has l the house committee of the wholo. Tha bill of Mr. Banmgardiier of Mani tec, inoliibitiiig the use of stovos in jiasenger or sleeping cara, ( x opt to such as are proyiile 1 witn devices to extinguish the fire if the stove is up et or a oar is overturned: also to proliibit the use of lamps iu r nlror.d cara except tu.'h as are selfextmguishing. has had uil alter the enactinfi chtuse struck out. The bill amending the law po that when thedraincommissionersfrom two counties iiitt-riti'd cannot agrej upon the asessmeiils on o:ic!i county, they may caü in a comra ssioner l'rom some other rouuty as arbitrator, has passed the house. Tho bill providing for a report by tho Inbor bureau ol t:ie nmount of rnortgages on S iohigan lands was defeated in tha houe. It will rust $6,000 a year to pay the five cent fee for each instrument portod, ana economy won tüe day. Gov. Luce has apiiointed Col. Daniel B. Aingor of Charlotte ad,, utant general, vice Col. Kobertson. de ea-ed. The sonate at once eonfiruied th nomiuation. Col. Ainger is well known in Michigan. Durine the war uu was nu otlic or in Uen. Hnyes' regiment. 'When Hayos tiecame prusiaeut he appointed Ainger iwho was tit that time conducting tho Charlotte Htmil 1 o tmaster at Washington. Vhon his ;uccesor was api oiit:ed Ainger returned to Michigan mul rosumed diiection of tho li'e.nlltcan and has lince made it an Influential nnd surcess nl newspaper. As an i4d (rand Army man Col. Ainger will Ie e :eptable to the veterans, and '.iaving been on? of (Jov. Alger's uumerous nides a ul-o an BC u lintnnce witb the stita ti oops and wil! no doubt malee an ettl iint ofíicer. Gov. Luce tuinks thr looatiou of Col. Ainger an especial reconimendation, aside froin his otuer qnaliucationa for tUe place of adj utant general.


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