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Mr. REED. Officially, I say once more.
This ended the testimony of the witness.
Mr. REED. Now, Mr. Chairman, there are twenty minutes remaining under your expression of an intention to adjourn at 7 o'clock. We have summoned Dr. McCollum as our next witness, as we have intended to take this thing chronologically and logically. Dr. McCollum cannot be here until 7 o'clock. He is at present engaged in his official duties, which are upon him by reason of the prevalence of diphtheria in the city. I summoned him last night, and he came here at 7 o'clock thinking there was to be an evening session, and it is absolutely impossible for us to get him here before seven. We have telephoned him that he need not come this evening because he understood the committee were to adjourn at seven, with the privilege of putting him on the stand when he comes, no matter whether we had another witness there at the time or not, with the privilege of taking the witness off and putting the doctor on, I will be willing to call another witness
Mr. BRANDEIS.I would be entirely agreeable to that. Dr. McCollum ought to have all the time allowed in preference to everybody else.
Mr. RILEY. - He ought to have it, but they refused it to a sick man, Dr. Chas. J. Prescott.
- But I should think it should be allowed to
The Chair thinks, in view of the short time
we have, we had better adjourn now.
The hearing was declared adjourned at 6.44 P.M. to Friday, November 23, at 4 o'clock P.M.
HOME FOR PAUPERS, LONG AND RAINSFORD ISLANDS.
Rules and Regulations. All persons permitted to come to the Institution are requiredt o have a bath and change their citizen's clothes for a full outfit of Institution clothes. All money or other valuables to be given to the Superintendent for safe-keeping.
Each person will receive from the officer in charge a ticket bearing the number of the Dormitory in which they are assigned a bed. The following day they must report to the Doctor for examination.
All employees of the Institution, and all inmates, shall rise at the ringing of the bell at 5.15 A.M., and all inmates will retire at the ringing of the bell, at 8 P.M. - Breakfast, 6 A.M.; dinner, 11.30 A.M.; supper, 4.30 P.M. Doctor's Call. - 8.30 A.M.
Visiting Day. First Wednesday of each month.
Leave of Absence. Males, Monday and Thursday; Females, Wednesday. Required. Prompt and cheerful obedience to rules and orders; good order; manly deportment; to be cleanly; to be tidy in person; to be shaved and bathed weekly; to attend religious service on the Sabbath, and maintain perfect order while doing so; to be diligent and faithful at labor; to treat all with civility and politeness.
Disorderly and insubordinate conduct; profane, obscene, and impertinent language; loud and boisterous noise; talking or disturbance of any kind in the dormitories after retiring; talking at meals; wilful or heedless destruction of property; quarrelling or fighting; cutting or tearing of clothing or bedding of any kind: annoying, troubling, or bothering cranky" or feeble-minded inmates.
September 1, 1892.
JOHN GALVIN, Supt.
CITY OF BOSTON.
HOME FOR PAUPERS, RAINSFORD ISLAND.
BOSTON HARBOR, Nov. 19, 1894.
The undersigned, inmates of the institution at Rainsford Island, consider it their duty to respond to the charges made by Mrs. Alice Lincoln, viz.: That the food was insufficient, that the soup was of inferior quality, and that the institution was in a filthy condition. We desire to state that we have always received a plenteous supply of food, and that the soup has always been excellent. Also, that under the care of the present superintendent, cleanliness in all the departments of the institution, and in the clothing and persons of the inmates has been the unvarying rule.
Ellen X Sheehy,
Eliza X Reagan,
Elizabeth A. X Roach,
Mary A. X Reagan,
Catherine X Hamilton,
John T. Cluney,
Margaret X Lynch,
Margaret McFarland, Ann X Fallon,
Catherine X McGonagle,
FRIDAY, November 23, 1894.
The hearing was resumed at 4 o'clock P.M., Chairman HALLSTRAM presiding.
A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE.
Mr. BRANDEis. Mr. Chairman, before we proceed to the testimony of the case I want to rise on Mrs. Lincoln's behalf, to what you gentlemen would call a question of privilege, and I think Mr. Reed will be glad to have me do so. Mr. Reed has, made in his opening statement certain remarks which I think were made by him under a misapprehension, and as they do not bear upon the important questions in dispute, I think it is best to call your attention to them now. stated in his opening:
be landed on
It was during his term speaking of John Galvin "as superintendent at Long Island that, on a certain day in March, 1893, as Mrs. Lincoln says, two patients, both helplessly ill, are to Long Island. The weather is stormy, blowing a gale. No ambulance is ready to meet the boat. The unfortunate women have to remain on board while it goes to Rainsford Island and returns to Long Island, because of the delay in preparing the ambulance. A little foresight, a little consideration, would have apprised the authorities that two sick and helpless patients were expected." That is her statement, and that her criticism. Both are unfair and unjust. Mrs. Lincoln, and Mrs. Lincoln alone, was responsible for that occurrence. She took those women to Long Island on that stormy day."
The necessary impression made upon you gentlemen and the public, to whom that statement was circulated, was that Mrs. Lincoln had taken those two women to Long Island on this stormy day. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Lincoln merely by chance met them on the boat. They came over from the Boston City Hospital, and they were sent over by Dr. Rowe. And I have here a letter from Dr. Rowe in which he states the fact, and which I am sure Brother Reed will be glad to hear, so that a misapprehension in regard to these facts may not have emanated from him.
Mr. REED. — I don't object to any proper evidence being offered at the proper time before this committee. I made certain statements in my opening here the other day which I shall support by evidence. It is not for me to pass upon that evidence it is for the committee. It is not for Brother Brandeis to pass upon that evidence. I made the statement that Brother Brandeis has read. I have offered some evidence in support of that statement.
Mr. BRANDEis. You have?
Mr. REED. — I have.
Mr. BRANDEIS. - Mr. Galvin makes no such statement at all.
Mr. REED. Mr. Galvin did make such a statement on the witnessstand, and I refer to the minutes of the stenographer. Now, that isn't all the evidence I have on that matter, and to rebut any part of our case now is certainly improper.
Mr. BRANDEIS. You desire to have it go forth as against Dr. Rowe's statement in writing, that Mrs. Lincoln brought those women to Long Island on that stormy day?
Mr. REED. No, sir; but I desire to stand here and urge that this case be tried properly and in order, that is all. If you wish to contradict that evidence in rebuttal that is the proper time.
Mr. BRANDEIS. It is not a question of the evidence, it is a question of the propriety of making statements which are known or are pointed Here is a statement that Dr. out to you to be without foundation.
Rowe states positively is not so.
Mr. PROCTOR. — There can be one word said in regard to Brother Brandeis' conduct that it is grossly improper.
Mr. BRANDEIS. I suppose I shall have to be put under examination now; as well as Mrs. Lincoln.
Mr. PROCTOR. — Possibly. Possibly. If you put yourself in that position you will be.
Mr. BRANDEIS. please.
Well, sir, I put myself in any position here that I
Mr. PROCtor. Then either that which my Brother Brandeis is attempting to put in is evidence or it is not. If it is not, it is perfectly plain that it cannot be put into this case. If it is evidence, it is evidence to rebut evidence which the defence is about to offer. Brother Reed has already stated that he has other evidence to offer as applying to that portion of his opening, and nothing can be clearer than that the prosecution cannot interpolate evidence while the defence is going on. It seems not to be sufficient to restrict the defence to a month or six weeks where the prosecution has had since March, but we are not even to be allowed to put in our case without the prosecution putting in evidence meanwhile. There is no prosecution, and you ought to know it. No, it is persecution.
- You probably will think so before we get through with
Yes, we think so now.
Mr. PROCTOR. Your fangs are all drawn, Brother Riley. You are perfectly harmless now.
The CHAIRMAN.- Are you through, Mr. Proctor?
Mr. PROCTOR. Through upon this point. I asked to have the Chair rule upon whether Brother Brandeis shall at this time read this letter.
before he rules.
And 1 will ask the Chair to hear me a moment
Mr. REED. — Mr. Chairman, we have been waiting here half an hour.
Mr. BRANDeis. For you and for your witnesses.
Mr. REED. — And now I am ready and claim the right to go on. I have a witness here to go on the stand, and I say it is the proper time for us to proceed. I have a gentleman here who has come at great inconvenience to himself.
Mr. BRANDEIS. And I think inconvenience to the committee should also be considered.
The CHAIRMAN. The Chair is ready and the committee is ready to hear any argument that either of the counsel may make at any time, and will endeavor, so far as lies in his power, not to prevent either of the counsel from making any request, whether of the Chair or of the committee. Mr. Brandeis, if you have anything to say to the committee on the question as to whether that letter should be read, you may say it.
Mr. BRANDEIS. I realize perfectly, Mr. Chairman, that this is no time to put in evidence for us. On the other hand, I fully believe that Mr. Reed would not wish to have anything come from him which would clearly lead to a misrepresentation of facts; and I, therefore, on that account, as well as on a certain other to which I will call your attention