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"'It's all a scheme of some Demoorats to get a little political capital, and it is a dirty, mean piece of business," said H. D. Platt, the state oil inspector, when approached concerning the charges made against Mr. McDowell who has just left the county house as keeper. Last Saturday Mr. McDowell oame to Ann Arbor to meet the board of auperintendents, and the conference was held in Prosecuting Attorney Norris's office. It was given out that the prosecuting attorney sent for him to answer charges ; but it was the board who asked him to come, and he carne without clearly understanding what was wanted. The Reoistïb asked Mr. Norris for the notes which he says he took of Mr. McDoirell's confessions, but he declined to show them; but he kept on making verbal assertions against Mr. McDowell which are damaging, and in a way that evinces a desire to make political capital out of the afiair. "The Free Press has a scandalously false article from Ann Arbor about this," said Mr. Platt yesterday. ''It says that Mr. McDowell admitted takinff th dishsa and offered to return them and other articles. I have talked with Mr. McDowell about this whole affair and all the charges that are in circulation of which we have heard, and can explain them to the satisfaction of every reasonable person. Mr. McDowell didn't offer to return the goods which he took away from the county house. "It can be proved that when Mr. and Mrs. McDowell went to the houae, there was nothing in the keeper's apartments exeepting two carpets and a bed frame. Mr. McDowell's friends drew five loads of his household goods there, and the county team drew some. Tbey were all his. Mrs. McCormick went to the county house some time ago, and Mrs. McDowell j took her over the lower part of the house indieating what belonged to the county." "How about that cow, of which 80 much is said ?" "Well, Lorenzo Davis gave Mr. J Dowell'a granddaughter a calf, and it became a heifer on the county farm and lts mük was used for the countv. The hrmrH thought they were keeping too much I stock, and this heifer, being the only one fat that could be sold, was sold for $39, which, as the books show, were handed over to the county. To replace that heifer, Mr. MoDowell took a heifer away I which will not sell for $25. "And as for the dishes, when the family went there, they found that there were not enough dishes to set the table, and so they put their own in. Iu the course of time, there were a number of breakages, of course, and when they left they merely took what would reimburse theni. in the matter of canned fruit, they took away only half of the amount they took there. Of dried fruit they carried a large amount to the county house, and reoeived nothing for it. öreat many of these things were understood by Messrs. Aprill and Greene last fall when Mr. McDowell told them that he would leave this spring. "There are a number of other similar cases," said Mr. Platt. "There is something said about hams. Mr. McDowell bought a hog for himself and paid for it. The hams and shoulders he kept, but the parts which could not be preservad very I well were used for the conntt and tr reimburse himself, he took s coup Ie of hams which had been paid for by the county, and which were worth less than the meat he had given. "Mr. McDowell courts an inve9tigation, and either there must be an investigaron, or some of those fellows must stop their j Blanders. I'm getting mad in this business, and will spend time and money myself to eee it straightened."


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