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PUBLIC DOCUMENT. No. 12. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



ATTOENET- GEJSrEE AL 



YEAR 1886 



BOSTON : 

WEIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 
18 Post Okkice Square. 

1887. 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT. No. 12. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



'"""attoenet- general 



YEAR 1886 



BOSTON : 

WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 
18 Post Office Square. 

1887. 



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CommonrDealtl) of Jtlassactjusettg. 



Attoenet-General's De'partment, Commonwealth Building, 

Boston, Jan. 20, 1887. 

To Ihe Hono7'able Speaker of the House of Representatives : 

In accordance with section 9 of chapter 17 of the Public 
Statutes, I have the honor to submit to the general court the 
annual report of this department. 

The total number of cases that have required the attention 
of the department is 388. The following table is a classifica- 
tion thereof: — 



Indictments for murder, .... 
Exceptions and reports in criminal cases, 
Infoi'mation upon relation ol' public officers, 
Information upon relation of private persons 

Miscellaneous, 

Civil suits, 

Total, 



16 


23 


92 


104 


46 


129 


18 


11 


93 


13 


- 


8 



265 



388 



I have attended to the disposition of the following cases in 
the Supreme Judicial Court, in which the prisoners were 
charged with the crime of murder : — 

In the County of Middlesex. 

On February 1, at East Cambridge, Charles Hayes, a colored 
man, for the murder of Mrs. Matilda Robinson, also colored, 
by cutting her throat with a razor, on September 3, 1885. 
The case was tried before elustices Devens and Holmes. E. 
G. Walker and Peter Casey, esqs., were counsel for prisoner. 



4 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

The trial occupied two days, and the prisoner was convicted of 
murder in the second degree, and subsequently sentenced to 
State prison for life. 

Also at East Cambridge, on December 13, 1886, George 
Francis Baker and Mary Ann Jane Baker, his wife, for the 
murder at Groton of Mrs. Susannah Prescott, on November 
11, 1885. Mrs. Prescott was a woman over eighty-eight years 
of age, who owned a life estate in the house in which she lived. 
Both Mr. and Mrs. Baker lived in the same house with Mrs. 
Prescott and looked after and took care of her, besides paying 
her fifty dollars per year for rent. 

On the morning of November 11, Mrs. Prescott was found 
in her kitchen lying in a pool of blood, partly undressed and 
covered by an old mat. She was not then dead ; she subse- 
quently died. Both Mr. and Mrs. Baker were indicted for 
the murder and tried together, before Justices Devens and 
Holmes, with F. T. Greenhalge, and W. H. Attwood, esqs., 
as counsel. Mr. Baker was acquitted. Mrs. Baker was con- 
victed of murder in the second degree, and sentenced to the 
house of correction at East Cambridge for life. 

In the County of Plymouth. 

The most important murder trial of the year was that of 
Samuel F. Besse of Wareham, Plymouth County, for the mur- 
der of Richard M. Lawton, — a murder of the most daring, 
brutal and cold-blooded character. The evidence in this case 
was mainly circumstantial, but of such a character and so well 
connected that the chain of evidence became complete and left 
no doubt as to the guilt of the prisoner. The trial began on 
May 18, 1886, and occupied three days. Chief Justice Morton 
and Associate Justice Holmes presiding. 

The victim of the tragedy was but twenty-eight years of 
age, a young man of excellent habits and exemplary character, 
residing with his father in the town of Westport. His occu- 
pation was that of buying eggs for the market, or running an 
egg route, as it is termed. 

On the morning of December 23, 1885, persons passing on 
the Plainville road in Acushnet discovered, at a point 100 yards 
east from the Plainville hotel, a horse attached to an express 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 5 

wagon. The animal was in a jaded condition, and had every 
indication of having been driven for a long distance. Upon 
the wagon were numerous bloody marks, and inside, nearly 
concealed from view by egg boxes, — only the feet being visible, 
— was the body of him who was afterwards identified as Rich- 
ard N. Lawton. The body was badly mutilated. Five large 
wounds were found on the left side of the body, and over the 
chin and face were scattered between thirty and forty small 
wounds. Four buckshot were found in the head, two in the 
throat ; the skull was fractured and a part of it driven into the 
brain. From the fact that the pocketbook of Lawton, known to 
have contained something over one hundred dollars, was miss- 
ing, it was evident that robbery had been the motive for the 
crime. Lawton was last seen alive at ten o'clock on the day of 
the murder at the house of one Handy, on Fearing Hill, which 
he left to go to the house of another customer about two miles 
distant. To this place he never came ; and from this fact it 
was supposed that the murder was committed between the two 
places, and particularly so, as between them is a long strip of 
woods. Near the road, about midway in these woods, was dis- 
covered evidence of a team having run into the woods, of a 
quantity of leaves such as Lawton used in packing of the eggs, 
of a wagon cushion saturated with blood, also shavings in a sim- 
ilar condition, and in a tree near by several buckshot were 
found embedded. The next morning several persons said that 
they saw a man driving a wagon of the same kind as Lawton's, 
and that that man was Besse. Besse was also seen in the woods 
by one Westgate, who heard the report of a gun, and then 
some one call " whoa." Westgate spoke to Besse, who said he 
had shot a rabbit, and that his dog had gone on, and would he 
(Westgate) not send him back. 

These, with other facts, led to the arrest of Besse, which was 
accomplished with some difficulty, first, because he could not be 
found, and second, when found, fought before he could be 
captured. He attempted to account for his whereabouts during 
the time in which the crime was committed, but unsuccessfully. 
There was subsequently found a bag of shot corresponding with 
those found in the tree and in the head of Lawton in the 
house of Besse's father ; also a comparatively good pair of 
pants stained with blood and from which a piece, near the 



6 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

knee, had been recently cut. Besse was known to be poor 
and rarely to have any money. The same day of and the day 
after the murder it was proven that he expended over fifty dol- 
lars in money of the same general kind known to have been in 
the possession of Lawtou, both in Wareham and New Bedford. 
These facts, together with much other testimony, which came out 
at the trial, constituted an unbroken chain of evidence which the 
able counsel — Hosea Kingman, esq., now District Attorney, 
and John C. Sullivan, esq. — for the prisoner failed to break. 
The trial lasted three days, and resulted in a verdict of murder 
in the first degree. The counsel for the prisoner took excep- 
tions to several rulings of the court at the trial, and these 
were argued before the Supreme Judicial Court for the Com- 
monwealth at the November sitting. In January the same 
were overruled, and subsequently the prisoner was sentenced 
to be hung in March next. District Attorney Bumpus assisted 
me, and he and the oflScers who prepared the case for trial 
deserve much credit. 

The indictment pending at the time of my last report 
against Charles Johnson, for murder, with a razor, of James 
Burns of Swanzey, Bristol County, May 9, 1885, was disposed 
of by defendant pleading guilty to the charge of manslaughter, 
and receiving sentence of twenty years in the State prison. 

The indictment pending at the time of my last report against 
Timothy and John Coflfee of Boston, Sufl^blk County, for the 
murder, with a knife, of John Cullen, has been disposed of. 
John Coflfee died. Timothy Coflfee was tried and convicted of 
manslaughter, receiving a sentence of ten years in the State 
prison. 

The case of Frank Mitchell, charged with the murder of 
Ellen Mitchell, on July 20, 1885, by choking, which has been 
pending in Suflfolk County since my last report, has been dis- 
posed of by the discharge of the prisoner on his own recognizance. 

The case of Charles W. Cobleigh for the murder of Etta A. 
Cobleigh, at Templeton, Worcester County, on June 20, 188G, 
by shooting, is still pending ; the defendant being sent to the 
lunatic hospital to await the further order of the court. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 7 

The case of William A. Lyons of Foxborough, Norfolk 
County, for the murder of Elizabeth Arrington of said Fox- 
borough, was disposed of by the defendant being discharged 
on his own recognizance. 

The following indictments for murder are now pending : — 

Herbert I. Hoxie, of New Bedford, Bristol County, for the 
murder of Herbert L. Woodward, otherwise Herbert L. Hoxie, 
by pushing him into the Acushnet River, on August 9, 1885, 
whereby he was drowned. 

Sarah J. Robinson, Charles C. Beers and Thomas R. Smith, 
of Somerville, Middlesex County, for the murder of Lizzie A. 
Robinson, by poison, on February 1, 1886. 

Sarah J. Robinson, Charles C. Beers and Thomas R. Smith, 
of Somerville, Middlesex County, for the murder of William 
J. Robinson, by poison, on August 9, 1886. 

Patrick McDonald of Athol, Worcester County, for the 
murder of his wife, Margaret McDonald, with an axe, on Au- 
gust 18, 1886. 

Abram J. Lamb, alias Sarah B. Wheaton, and Mary B. 
Elliot, all of Boston, Suffolk County, for the murder of Abram 
J. Lamb, alias the younger of that name, by poison, on Octo- 
ber 16, 1886. 

Emil F. Kempf of Boston, Suffolk County, for the murder 
of George F. Emmons, with a knife, November 25, 1886. 

AVilliam B. O'Connor, otherwise Jockey Connor, of Law- 
rence, Essex County, for the murder of Hannah Langan, with 
an axe, July 25, 1886. 

The case of The Attorney-General, ex rel. Civil Service 
Commissioners, v. The Mayor and Aldermen of Northampton 
is one of some general public interest, and of particular inter- 
est to all believers in the civil service law. The case is an 
information by the Attorney-General, asking that a writ of cer- 
tiorari issue to compel the appointment of certain persons 
certified as qualified by the Civil Service Commissioners, by 
the Mayor and Aldermen aforesaid. The facts are as follows : 
Upon a requisition from the authorities of the city of North- 
ampton, the Civil Service Examiner held an examination to 
secure a suitable person to be appointed on the police force of 



8 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

the city. In accordance with the legal rules of the Civil Ser- 
vice Commissioners, three persons were certified as eligible. 
One of these three was designated as a veteran. It also hap- 
pened that he had the highest per cent, in the competitive exami- 
nation. The Mayor and Aldermen of the said city refused to 
appoint this man, but did appoint another, basing the action 
upon their supposed discretionary right of selection from the 
three persons certified as eligible. This discretionary right, it 
was claimed by the Civil Service Commissioners, did not exist. 
It was contended that, by the terms of the Civil Service Act, 
section 14, clause 6, chapter 320, Acts 1884, an absolute prefer- 
ence was provided for the veteran whose other qualifications 
were equal, — a state of fticts existing in this particular case. 
The authorities of the city refused to accept this construction 
of the statute, and, there being several other similar cases, the 
above-mentioned proceedings were instituted. The case has 
been argued but not yet decided. 

The civil case of much importance known as the " bay-win- 
dow case," — The Attorney General, ex. rel. Harbor and Land 
Commissioners, v. Henry Bigelow Williams, — which was re- 
ferred to at some length in my last report, was not, as was sup- 
posed at that time, finall}^ disposed of. The case had passed 
through all possible stages in the Supreme Judicial Court for 
the Commonwealth, and a final decree ordering the removal of 
the projections was made by the full court. The defendant then 
entered into an absolute agreement with the Harbor and Land 
Commissioners to remove the same on or before a certain time. 
After he had begun to remove the same, Mr. W. W. Bailey, — 
a citizen of New Hampshire, — to whom the defendant had 
mortgaged the whole property in question, filed a petition in 
the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Mas- 
sachusetts, asking that the defendant might be restrained from re- 
moving the bay-windows upon the ground that the value of the 
property was very materially decreased thereby. After several 
hearings, the United States Court refused to interfere with the 
decree of the State Court, and the petition of Bailey was re- 
fused. The defendant Williams removed the windows in ac- 
cordance with his agreement. In accordance with the decree 
of the State Court he also paid the costs in full. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 9 

Two cases, — Wesson v. Coramonwealth and the Town of 
Milford I". Commonwealth, — both referred to in my last report, 
are of considerable interest, inasmuch as in their decision an 
interpretation, as to effect and limitation, of chapter 195 of the 
Public Statutes will be necessary. The facts of the first case 
are as follows : Martin Wesson, with whom the Board of Trus- 
tees of the State Workhouse at Bridgewater made a contract 
for the employment of the inmates thereof, made a claim 
against the Commonwealth, by petition to the Superior Court, 
as provided in said chapter 195, for, as he says, the breach of 
said contract at the time of the burning of the buildings of the 
institution. The case was tried before Judges Pitman, Mason 
and Barker, sitting together, as provided in said chapter. The 
claim of the petitioner was disallowed, and the case was taken, 
on report, to the Supreme Judicial Court, where it has just 
been argued. 

The second case was a suit by the town of Milford to re- 
cover certain sums of money paid for the support of a State 
pauper. It was tried before Judges Knowlton, MaSon and 
Barker, who ruled that the case was not one coming within 
their jurisdiction under said chapter 195, — the claim not being 
one " founded on contract for the payment of money," as pro- 
vided by section 1 of said chapter. This case was also taken, 
on exceptions, to the Supreme Judicial Court, where it has just 
been argued. 

In obedience to the resolve of the Legislature of 1884, 
chapter 61, I commenced bills in equity against the Boston & 
Albany Railroad, in the Supreme Judicial Court in Suffolk 
County ; the same were heard before a single justice, and the 
demurrers of the defendant were sustained. The cases were 
then reserved at the request of the parties, and were argued 
before the full bench at the last January sitting. In both cases 
the bills were dismissed. Reported in 1^2 Mass. 146. 

A case of considerable interest, — that of the Commonwealth 
V. Frank Dextra, — involving what is generally termed the 
" Sunday laws," was tried. The defendant was a barber in the 
city of Worcester, and was complained of for keeping open his 
shop to do his usual and ordinary business on Sunda3^ His 



10 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

defence was that shaving beards and cutting hair were works of 
necessity, and that hence he had a right to do them. The full 
court decided, upon exceptions, that the keeping open by the 
defendant of his shop to do his ordinary business with any one 
who might enter was in itself in violation of the statutes ; and that 
the question of whether shaving beards and cutting hair was a mat- 
ter of necessity was not involved, and overruled the exceptions. 

The collections of this year are much larger in amount than 
for many years. This is owing to the corporation and in- 
surance agents' taxes that have been received, some of which 
date back to the years of 1881 and 1882. The total collections 
of the year (for a more particular description of which see 
pp. 27-29 of this report) amount to $22,717.19. Of this 
amount, $16,653.17 was received from corporations for taxes; 
$1,097.21 from insurance agents, and the balance, $4,966.81, 
from various sources. See page 28. 

The department has been called upon to advise with the 
heads of other departments of the State government much 
more than in years past. The business coming from those 
sources has been very materially increased. 

The usual number of papers in requisition cases have been 
examined and forwarded to His Excellency the Governor with 
appropriate recommendations. 

In accordance with the authority given me by chapter 214 of 
the Acts of 1886, for the publication of reports in capital 
trials, I have had prepared the proceedings in the trial of 
Thomas VV. Piper for the murder of Mabel H. Young, the 
same being now in the hands of the State printers. 

Harvey N. Shepard, esq., has continued in the office of 
Assistant Attorney-General, and has rendered faithful service. 
In accordance with the* authority given me by chapter 216 of 
the Acts of 1886, I appointed Henry A. Wyman, esq., as an 
assistant in the department, who, in addition to the valuable 
service rendered in the preparation of briefs in criminal cases, 
etc., has had charge, and is entitled to the credit of, the col- 
lections which have been made by the department. I annex 
details of the work of the department, with tables. 

EDGAR J. SHERMAN, 

Attorney- General. 



1887.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 



11 



TABLE 



Shoiving the Number of Criminal Cases pending on Questions of Laio 
in the Supreme Judicial Court during the Year ending Jan. 20, 
1887, and the Disposition thereof by Counties. 



COUNTIES. 




Decided for 

the 

Commonwealth. 


to .C 

C ^ 

:5 = 

•§ a 
■3 a 

o 5 


o 

c 

<1 


c 
•5 


Berkshire, 

Bristol, . 

Essex, . 

Hampden, 

Hampshire, 

Middlesex, 

Norfolk, 

Plymouth, 

Suffolk, 

Worcester, 














• 


1 

8 

7 

2 

3 

22 

5 

5 

29 

22 


1 

6 

4 

2 

3 

12 

3 

4 

24 

17 


2 
1 

1 

1 
3 
4 


1 
1 


2 

8 
2 

2 


Totals, 


104 


76 


12 


9 


14 



12 



ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Jan. 



TABLE 

Showing the Number and Character of Criminal Gases pending on 
Questions of Law in the Supreme Judicial Court during the Year 
ending Jan. 20^ Z<9(97, and the Disposition thereof. 







J5 




o 

c 










'3 S 






OFFENCES. 




Is 5 


•S5 5 




ij} 




oi 


S a 


.'2 a 


3 -C 


P 




00 


Q a 


s a 


a" 


a 




OJ 


o 


« 5 


-<! 


s. 


Adulterated milk, possession of, . 


6 


5 


_ 


_ 


1 


Adulterated milk, sale of, . 




1 


- 


1 


- 


- 


Adultery, 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Assault, 




4 


3 


- 


- 


1 


Assault with dangerous weapon, 




3 


1 


2 


- 


- 


Breaking and entering, 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Burning a building, 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Conspiracy, 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Embezzlement, .... 




1 


1 


— 


- 


- 


False pretences, .... 




6 


5 


1 


- 


- 


Fraudulent voting. 




1 


- 


- 


1 


- 


Gaming implements, possession of. 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Gambling, ..... 




1 


1 


- 


- 


— 


Houses of ill-fame. 




2 


2 


- 


-• 


- 


Idle and disorderly persons. 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Illegal fishing 




1 


- 


1 


- 


- 


Innholder without license, . 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Interfering with Assistant Milk Inspector, 


1 


- 


1 


- 


- 


Keeping a billiard table without license, . 


1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Larceny, 


1 


1 


- 


— 


- 


Liquor, illegal keeping of, . 




14 


10 


- 


1 


3 


Liquor, illegal sale of, . 




16 


11 


3 


- 


2 


Liquor, illegal transportation of, 




3 


- 


1 


- 


2 


Liquor nuisance, .... 




17 


13 


1 


- 


3 


Lobsters, illegal sale of, 




1 


- 


- 


- 


1 


Nuisance, 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Night walking, , . . , 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Obstructing highway, . 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Polygamy, 




2 


- 


1 


- 


1 


Present at unlawful game, . 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Violation of municipal ordinance. 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Violation of recognizance, . 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Violations of the Lord's day act. 




2 


2 


- 


- 


- 


Venire, exceptions to, . 




1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


Total 




104 


76 


12 


2 


14 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 13 



CASES 

Argued and conducted h>j the Attorney-General, during the Year 
ending Jan. 20, 1887. 



Barnstable CouNTr. 

West Parish in Barnstable et al. v. The Inhabitants of the Town of 
Barnstable et al. and Attorne} -General. S. J. C. Execution of 
school trtisi. Pending. 

Berkshire County. 

Commonwealth v. Henry C. Jones. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Violation of scliool-house law. Report. Judgment on the ver- 
dict. 

Bristol County. ' 

Commonwealth v. Patrick O'Leaiy. S. J. C. Illegal sale of intox- 
icating liquor to a minor. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Charles E. Carr. S. J. C. Obstructing a pw&Zic 
highivay. Exceptions S. C. Overruled, 

Commonwealth v. William Wallace. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Violation of Sunday law and maintaining disorderly house. 
Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. William N. Alden. S. .J. C. Recovery of for- 
feiture under chap. 80, § 21, Public Statutes. Public nuisance. 
Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Michael F. Kane, S. J. C. Maintaining liquor 
nuisance. Violation of screen lavh Exceptions S. C. Over- 
ruled. 

Commonwealth v. James F. Moore. S. J. C. Maintaining liqicor 
nuisance. Exceptions to members of Law and Order League 
serving as jurymen, said league, through its agents, having made 
the complaint. Exceptions S. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. Horace A. Woodward. S. J. C, Keeping and ex- 
posing for sale intoxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Waived. 



14 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

CominonwealUi v. Saiuuel P. Lee. S. J. C. Pohjijainij. Excep- 
tions 8. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. Charles Johnson. S. J. C. Murder. Plea of 
manslaughter accepted. 

Commonwealth v. Herbert I. Hoxie. S. J. C. Murder. Pending. 

p]ssEx County. 

Commonwealth v. Moses Lufkin. S. J. C. Keephuj intoxicating 
liquors. Exceptions S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Laura A. Sargent. S. J. C. Nuisance. House 
of ill-fame. iLeeping intoxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C. 
Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Albert C. Andrews. S. J. C. Illegal keeping 
intoxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Daniel Callahan, 8. J. C. Illegal transportation 
of intoxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C Pending. 

Commonwealth v. John H. Cille}^ and Asa M. Levering. 8. J. C. 
Liquor nuisance., illegal sale of. Exceptions 8. C. Pending. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick Carbin. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxicat- 
ing liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. -John G. Cheney, Jr. S. J. C. Assault loith dan- 
gerous roeapon. Exceptions 8. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. William Russell. 8. J. C. Murder. Defendant 
committed to the Taunton Lunatic Asylum to await the further 
order of the court. 

Commonwealth c. William B. O'Conner. 8. J. C. Murder. Not 
yet tried. 

Hampden County. 

Commonwealth v. Frank E. Stevens. S. J. C. Illegal sale of intox- 
icating liquors. P^xceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Timothy O'Grady. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxi- 
cating liquors. P^xceptions S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. John Kemmler. 8* J. C. Murder. Defendant 
in Worcester Hospital. 



Hampshire County. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick Hall, S, J, C. Assault. Exceptions 
8, C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Clarence C. L3'nes, 8. J, C, Adultery. Excep- 
tions S, C. Overruled. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 12. 15 

Common wealth o. William H. Alden. S. J. C. Burning a building. 
Exceptions S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Benjamin Eastman. S. J. C. Murder. Defend- 
ant in Worcester Hospital. 

Middlesex County. 

Commonwealth v. Matty Hallahan. 8. J. C, Flaying cards on the 
Lord's day. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Remi Gauvin. 8. J. C. Burning a building. 
Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth vj. George E. Howe. 8. J. C. Fraudulent voting. 
Exceptions S. C. Argued but not decided. 

Commonwealth v. Pxlward Raftery. 8. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Violation of screen knv. Exce[)tions S. C. Defaulted. 

Commonwealth v. John McCart3\ 8. J. C. IJquor nuisance. 
Illegal sale of. Exceptions 8. C. Defaulted. 

Commonwealth v. William M. Devlin. 8. J. C. False pretences. 
Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Henry W. Colson. 8. .1. C. Conspiracy. P^x- 
ceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Timothy Desmond. S. J. C. Assaidt with intent 
to Idll. Assault. P^xceptions 8. C. Judgment on the verdict. 

Commonwealth v. George M. 8awtelle. 8. J. C. Embezzlement 
and larceny. P^xceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. John Rourke. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxicat- 
ing liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick Dorney. 8. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. George F. Colton. 8. J. C. Liquor nuisayice. 
Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Loami G. Richardson. 8. J. C. Illegal fishing in 
a great pond. P^xceptions S. C. 8ustained. 

Commonwealth v. Thomas F. Kenney. 8. J. C. Obtaining money 
under false pretences. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Attorney-General ex rel. 8amuel Patch and William Guinan v. Henry 
P. 8herman and Henry W. Howe, Conamissioners of Public 
Buildings. Quo warranto to try title of. Pending. 

The Attorney-General hy information v. Rufus H. Brigham, executor, 
et als. Report. Information dismissed. 

Commonwealth v. John 8. Keefe. 8. J. C. illegal transportation 
of intoxicating liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Not yet heard. 



16 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

Commonwealth v. Owen Ludd3\ S. J. C. Illegal sale of liquors to 
be drunk on premises. Exceptions S. C. Not yet heard. 

Commonwealth v. Alvorus Hersey. S. J. C. Illegal keeping intoxir- 
cating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. Alvorus Hersey. S. J. C. Illegal keeping intoxi- 
cating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. Alvorus Hersey. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Excei)tions 8. C. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. Daniel 1). Sheehan. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Exceptions S. C. Not 3'ct tried. 

Commonwealth v. James K. Jardine. S. J. C. Assault and battery. 
Exceptions S. C. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. Charles W. Lockhardt. S. J. C. Possession with 
intent to sell adulterated milk. Exceptions S. C. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. George Francis Baker and Mary Ann .Jane Baker. 
Murder. Not guilty as to George Francis, and guilty of mur- 
der in the second degree as to Mary Ann Jane Baker. 

Commonwealth v. Sarah J. Robinson, Charles C. Beers, Thomas R. 
Smith. Murder^ Lizzie A. Robinson. Not yet heard. 

Commonwealth v. Same. Murder, William J. Robinson. Not yet 
heard . 

Commonwealth v. Mortimer Johnson and Sarah A. Johnson. S. J. 
C. Murder. Mortimer escaped from prison and is at large ; 
Sarah released on her own recognizance. 

Commonwealth v. Joseph Sullivan. Murder. Defendant in Taun- 
ton Lunatic Hospital. 

Commonwealth v. Charles Hayes. S. J. C. Murder. Convicted of 
murder in the second degree. 



Norfolk County. 

Commonwealth v. Catherine T. Tripp. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance; 
sale on Stmday. Exception S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Michael Kerrissey. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
P^xception S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Edward McCart3\ S. J. C. Keeping a billiard 
hall without license. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Edward H. Galligan and James Galligan. S. J. C. 
Liquor ntusance. Exceptions S. C. Not yet heard. 

Commonwealth v. James A. Warren. S. J. C. Polygamy. Excep- 
tions S. C. Not yet heard. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 17 

Commonwealth v. Dennis Carney. Murder. Defendant in 8toughton 
Almshouse. 

Commonwealth v. David Scannel. Murder. Defendant in Taunton 
Hospital. 

Commonwealth /'. William A. I^yons. Murder. Defendant dis- 
charged on his own recognizance. 



Pi>YMOLiTH County. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel F. Besse. S. J. C. Exceptions to venire 
in murder trial. S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel F. Besse. S. J. C. Murder. C'onvicted 
of murder in the first degree and sentenced to be hung. 

Commonwealth v. John H. Welch. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Exception 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth ?;. Michael Rooney. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. Ex- 
ceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. James Keenan. S. J. C. Larceny. P^xceptions 
S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. William J. Fole}^ and Thomas ¥. Slattery. S. J. 
C. Assault with dangerous wea2>on. Exception S. C. Nol 
pros' d. 

Worcester County. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel H. Wood. S. J. C. Obtaining money 
under false pretences. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel H. Wood. S. J. C. Same. Exceptions 
S. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel H. Wood. vS. J. C. Same. Exceptions 
S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Otis F. Hoyle. S. J. C. Keeping house of ill- 
fame. Exceptions S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. James Nineen. S. J. C. Illegal keeping of in- 
toxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Carl Roosnell. S. J. C. (two cases). Criminrd. 
assault of girl under ten year's of age. Exceptions S. C. Over- 
ruled . 

Commonwealth v. Briant orO'Brine. S. J. C. Illegal sale of liquor. 
Acts of agent. Exceptions S. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. James Stevenson. S. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxi- 
cating liquors. Acts of agent. Exceptions S. C. Sustained. 

Commonwealth v. Moaise Chapdalaine. S. J. C. Illegal transporta- 
tion of intoxicating liquors. Exceptions 8. C Sustained. 



18 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

Commonwealth v. Napoleon Manderville. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of 
info.ricatlng Wjhots. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Comujonvvealth i>. Miles Durkin. 8. J. C. Unlawfally Jceejnny intoxi- 
cating liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. William O'Toole. 8. J. C. Breaking and entering. 
Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick C. McHugh. v8. J. C. Keepi/ng liquors 
ivith intent to sell. J^xceptions 8. C Argued but not yet 
decided. 

Commonwealth v. Robert Kelley. 8. J. C. Keeping intoxicating 
liquors tvith intent to sell. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Napoleon Haven. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxi- 
cating liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Frank Dextra. 8. J. C. Keeping open shop on 
the Lord's day. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Leon N. Moreau. 8. J. C. Presuming to he an 
innholder, having no liceyise. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Leon N. Moreau and James Dineen. 8. J. C. 
Liquor nuisance. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Chester A. 8awyer et al. Assault upon an officer. 
8. J. C. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. John Molter. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxicating 
liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Samuel Chadwick. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxi- 
cating liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Intoxicating Liquors, Thomas Kelley, claimant. 
8. J. C. Illegal keeping of intoxicating liquors. Exceptions 8. C, 
Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick McDonald. 8. J. C. Murder. Not yet 
heard. 

Commonwealth v. Charles W. Cobleigh. 8. J. C. Murder. 8ent 
to insane hospital to await the further order of court. 



Suffolk County, Criminal. 

Commonwealtli v. Benjamin F. Holt. 8. J. C. Possession of adul- 
terated milk. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. James Magee. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. Ex- 
ceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Karl Wachendorf. 8. J. C. Illegal sale ofliqxior. 
Exceptions 8. C. Sustained. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 19 

Coiniuonweulth v. Minnie Brown. S. J. C. Idle and disorderly 
person. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Anson P. Rowe. 8. J. C. Violation of mtmicijKil 
ordinance. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Clarence A. 8mith. 8. J. C. Interfering with 
assistant of milk inspector. Exceptions 8. C. 8ustained. 

Commonwealth v. Joseph Lagorio. 8. J. C. Violation of municipal 
ordinance. P^xceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Jane A.Cameron. 8. J. C. Liquor nuisance. 
Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth tJ. John J. Teevens. 8. J. C. Report. Suit against 
sureties on a recognizance. Report discharged. 

Commonwealth V. Albert Tobias. 8. J. C. Sale of adidterated milk. 
Exceptions 8. C. 8ustained. 

Commonwealth v. Wm. Hogarty. 8. J. C. Being present at an 
tinlawful game. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Charles L. Blood and John H. Evans. 8. J. C. 
Obtaining money under false pretences. Exceptions 8. C. 
Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Daniel O. Hanson. 8. J. C. Possession^ with 
intent to sell, adulterated milk. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Charles Hale3\ 8. J. C. Illegal keeping intoxi- 
cating liquors. Exceptions 8. C. Defaulted. 

Commonwealth v. Certain Gaming Implements, William P. Higgins, 
claimant. Unlawfully keeping gaming implements. Exceptions 
8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Webster 8niith. 8. J. C. Possession^ with intent 
to sell, adulterated milk. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Frank Melrose. 8. J. C. Idle and disorderly con- 
duct. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. John GXennow etal. 8. J. C. Breaking and enter- 
ing. Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Oscar Julius. 8. J. C. Illegal sale of intoxicating 
liquors, sale to intoxicated person. Exceptions 8. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Amada Long. 8. J. C. Keejring house of ill-fame. 
Exceptions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. Alice Haskell. 8. J. C. Nightwalking . Excep- 
tions 8. C. Waived. 

Commonwealth v. J. J. Teevaus. 8. J. C. Report on recognizance. 
Second time before 8. J. C. Judgment for the Commonwealth. 



20 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

Commonwealth v. Frank W. Spear. S. J. C. Possession, with intent 
to sell, adulterated milk. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Charles R. Moody. S. J. C. Gambling. Juris- 
diction of Municipal Court. Exceptions 8. C. Judgment for 
the Commonwealth. 

Commonwealth v. John H. Kenneson. S. J. C. Possession, tvith 
intent to sell, adulterated milk. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. James O'Donnell. S. J. C. Unlawfidly keeping 
intoxicating liquors. Exceptions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Charles H. Trider. S. J. C. Adidtery. Excep- 
tions S. C. Overruled. 

Commonwealth v. Patrick J. Murray. S.J. C. Illegal keeping intox- 
icatimj liquors. Jurisdiction Municipal Court. Exceptions 
8. C' Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth v. William A. Barber. 8. J. C. Possession, with 
intent to sell, of lobsters less than ten and one-half inches long. 
Exceptions 8. C. Not yet heard. 

Commonwealth v. Abram J. Lamb alias, et at. Mxirder. Not yet 
tried. 

Commonwealth v. Emil F. Kempf. Murder. Not yet tried. 

Commonwealth 0. Thomas Brennan. S. J. C. Murder. Defendant 
escaped from Taunton Lunatic Hospital, April 30, 1880. 

Commonwealth v. Frank Mitchell. 8. J. C. Murder. Prisoner dis- 
charged on his own recognizance. 

Commonwealth v. Timoth}' Coffee and John Coffee. Murder. John 
Coffee died ; Timothy Coffee tried and convicted of manslaughter 
and sentenced : seven vears. 



Suffolk County, Civil. 

Commonwealth, by Board of Commmissioners of Savings Banks, v. 
North Bridgewater Savings Bank. 

Same v. Sandwich Savings Bank. 

Same v. Reading Savings Bank. 

Same v. Scituate Savings Bank. 

Same v. Lancaster Savings Bank. 8. J. C. Petitions for injunctions 
and winding up of affairs. Affairs in the hands of receivers. 

Francis J. Stratton et al. v. The Attornej'-General. S. J. C. Chari- 
table trust. Pending. 

The Attorne^'-General u. Proprietors Rowe's Wharf. 8. ,T. C. Tnfor- 
mation for an injunction. Not yet heard. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. ^1 

In re Estate of William Hale. Probate Court. Claim of next of kin. 
Pending. 

Commonwealth v. Boston & Albany Railroad Company. S. J. C. 
Information to restrain the payment of dividends. Demurrer 
sustained. Case reported to the full court. Information dis- 
missed. 

Commonwealth v. Boston &, Albany Railroad Company. 8. J. C. 
Information to restrain the issue of 6,527 shares. Demurrer sus- 
tained. Case reported to the full court. Information dismissed. 

Tlie Attorney-General ex rel. A. W. Locke, Manager Troy & Green- 
field Railroad and Hoosac Tunnel, v. FitChburg Railroad. S.J. 
C. Complaint to enforce compliance with rule of manager. Infor- 
mation dismissed. 

The Attorne3'-General ex rel. Railroad Commissioners and Selectmen 
of the Town of Wareham v. Onset Bay Grove Association and 
E. Gerry Brown. S. J. C. Injunction to restrain the operation 
of railroad. Pending. 

Attorney-General ex rel. William R. Mann and others, Committee of 
Inhabitants of the Town of Sharon, v. Revere Copper Company'. 
S. J. C. Information for inj^inction against drawing water from 
Massapoag Pond. Pending. 

Mary J. Moore, Mary B. Thompson and Belinda A. Dolan, peti- 
tioners, V. Commonwealth. S. J. C. Damages for flats takenhy 
Harbor and Land Commissioners. Not yet heard. 

Richard T. Parker et al.. Trustee, v. City of Gloucester. S. J. C. 
Petition to covfirm sale of land. Final decree entered. 

George White, Executor, v. City of Boston et al. S. J. C. Pending. 

Commonwealth, by Insurance Commissioners, v. New England Marine 
Insurance Company. 

Same v. Conway Mutual Fire Insurance Company. S. J. C. Peti- 
tions for injunctions and winding up of affairs. Affairs in the 
hands of receivers. 

Commonwealth, by Deputy Insurance Commissioner, v. Neptune 
Insurance Company. S.J. C. Petit ion for injunction and toind- 
ing up of affairs. In the hands of a receiver. 

Petition of Trustees of Hawes Fund in Boston for instructions under 
will. S. J. C. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Deputy Tax Commissioner v. Serson 
Kauffer Electric Battery Compan3\ Petition for dissolution. 
Decreed. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Civil Service Commissioners v. The 
Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Northampton. Writ of 
certiorari to compel appointment of veterans under chapter 320, 
Acts 1884. Argued, not yet decided. 



22 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Western Union Telegraph 
Compan3^ Injunction for non-payment of taxes for the year 1885. 
Defendant transfers the case to United States Court, which see. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. The Midland Improvement 
and Construction Company. Suit for taxes of 1882. Pending. 

The Attorne3^-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Standard Paper Bag- 
Company. Suit for taxes 1882. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Standard Pipe Company. 
Suit for taxes 1883. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Union Furnace Compan}'. 
Suit for taxes 1883. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Duplex Tag Compan}'. 
Suit for taxes 1884, 1885. Pending. 

The Attorne^'-General ex rel. Treasurer ^'. Hall P^levator Safety 
Attachment Compan}'. Suit for taxes 1884, 1885. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Sunapee Saw Mills. Suit 
for taxes 1884. Discharged in insolvency. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Lighthall Cable Tramway 
Company. Siiit for taxes 1885. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Town of Peru. Suit for 
board of pauper. Pending. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporations v. 
Haverhilll Steamboat Express Company. Failure to Jile certificate 
of condition under chapter 106, section 54. Complied. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Secretarj' of State v. George Robinson, 

Standing Justice District Court, Eastern Hampden. Failure to 

make returns under chapter 16, section 72, Public Statutes, for 

• 1884 and 1885. Made for 1885. Pending as to 1884. 

Referred to District Attorney. 

The Attorne3^-General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporations v. The 
Palace Marine Berth Company. Faihire to comply with chapter 
330, Acts of 1 884 . Complied . 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Gas Commissioners v. Citizens' Steam 
and Gas Light Compan}' of L3'nn. Failure to make returns under 
chapter 314, section 7, Acts 1885, and chapiter 346, section 2, Acts 
1886. Complied. 

The Attorne3--General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporations v. Huston 
Ship Berth Compan}'. Failure to file certificate of condition. 
Public Statutes, chapter 106, sections 54, 81. Complied. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporations v. Dudley 
Hosier}' Mills. Faihire to file certificate of condition. Public 
Statutes, chapter 106, sections 54, 81. Complied. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 23 

The Attonie.y-General ex rel. Secretary of Commonwealth v. I. N. 
Luce, Trial Justice, Cottage City. Failure to make return 
required by chapter 169, Acts 1886, for the year 1886. Complied. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Secretary of the Commonwealth v. 
George Robinson, Standing Justice. Failure to make return re- 
(paredhy chapter 169, Acts 1886, for the year 1886. Pending. 
Referred to District Attorney. 

The Attorney-General 'ex rel. Commissioner of Corpoi'ations v. E. B. 
D. N3T and John H. Shelburne. Failure to comply ivith chapter 
13, section 7, Public Statutes. Complied. 

The Attorney-General ,ex rel. Secretary of State v. Assessors Town 
of Colrain. Failure to dejyosit copy of valuation book. Pro- 
ceedings stayed ; book had been received. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Gas Commissioner v. Holyoke Water 
Power Company'. 'Failure to make rettirn, chapter 314, section 7, 
Acts 1885. Proceedings stayed. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Gas Commissioners v. Miller's River 
Gas Light Company. Complaint for violation of chapter 61, 
section 14, Public Statutes. Proceedings stayed. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Harbor and Land Commissioners v. 
Marcellus S. Ayer et al. and Spiritual Fraternity. S. J. C. 
Information for the violation of condition iyi the deed from the 
Commonwealth. Argued, and reserved for consideration by full 
court. Not yet decided. 

The Town of Milford v. Commonwealth. Suit for recovery of 
$1,479.50 for board of pauper. Court of Claims. Verdict for 
Commonwealth. Petition denied. 

The Town of Milford, petitioner, v. Commonwealth. S. J. C. Suit 
for recovery of price for board of pauper. Exceptions. Argued, 
but not decided. 

Martin Wesson, petitioner, v. Commonwealth. S. J. C. Exceptions 
to decision of Court of Claims against petition. Argued, but not 
decided. 

The Boston Manufacturing Company v. Commonwealth. Petition for 
abatement and repayment of tax. Not 3^et heard. 

Petition, habeas corpus. Mrs. Hyman Louis Schnitzer. Refusal to 
testify before fire marshal, city of Boston, who committed her for 
contempt. Petition allowed. 

The Attorney-General by information v. Hoosac Valley Street Rail- 
way Company and Selectmen of North Adams. Information to 
anmd location of railioay . Information dismissed. 

Petition, Michael Clark, for writ of habeas corpus. Petition denied. 



$54 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Deputy Tax Commissioner versus — 

A. Storrs & Bement Company. 

Adams Gas Light Company. 

American Cultivator Publishing Company. 

Andover Review Compan}-. 

Barnes Manufacturing Company. 

Bee Newspaper Company. 

Berkshire Woolen Company. 

Boston Daily Advertiser. 

Boston District Telegraph Compan3\ 

Boston Gas Liiprovement Company. 

Boston Net and Twine Compan}'. 

Brockton and Abington Street Railway Company. 

Budget Publishing Company'. 

Chicopee Folding Box Company. 

Cochran Hill Mining Company. 

Crown Hill Phosphate Company. 

District Telegraph Company. 

Dunbar Company. 

Dwight & Hoyt Construction Company. 

P^lectric Storage and Light Company. 

Elsey School Furniture Company. 

Equitable Water Meter Company. 

Florence Machine Compau}-. 

Goulding Mills. 

Hampden Cotton Mills. 

Hampden Watch Gompanj'. 

Haverhill Co-operative Association. 

HoUiston Water Company. 

J. R. Nichols Corporation. 

Knights of Labor Co-operative lioot and Shoe Compan}-. 

Knitted Mattress Company. 

L. L. Brown Paper Company. 

Lancaster Water Company. 

Laskey Manufacturing Compan}'. 

Lechemere Rendering Com[)any. 

Linwood Woolen Compan}'. 

Lowell Spool and Bobbin Company. 

Manufacturing Gazette Publishing Company. 

Massasoit Packing Company. 

Mayall Patent Company. 

Mayo Electric Manufacturing Company. 

Meigs Elevated Railway Coast. 



1887.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 12. 25 

Milton Manufacturing Company. 
Morgan Silver Company. 
Mutual News Company. 
Nantasket Beach Hotel Compan3^ 
New England Iron Company. 
North Star Manufacturing Company. 
Peoples' Gas Compan3^ 
Perennial Garden Company of Boston. 
Pittsfield Street Railway Company. 
Plymouth Cordage Compan}'. 
Raymond Skate Company. 
Southern Berkshire Cheese Company. 
Springfield Bic3'cle Manufacturing Company. 
Standard Envelope Compan}'. 
Standard File Company. 
Stevens Furnace Company. 
Suffolk Bottling Companj^ 
Suffolk Iron Works. 
Tripp Metallic Packing Company. 
Turner's Falls Lumber Company. 
Union Co-operative Canadienne de Lowell. 
United Lines Telegraph Company. 
United States AVatch Company. 
Vogel Power Compensator Compau}'. 
Wansesit Power Company. 
Wilder Manufacturing Company. 
Wool son Machine Compan}'. 
Worcester Elevator Company. 
Failure to make returns under cJiapter 13, section 38 of the Public Stat- 
utes, for the year 1886. Complied with. No injunctions filed. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Deputy Tax Commissioner versus — 
Boston Exhaust Ventilator Company. 
Duplex Tag Compan3\ 
Ladd Gimlet Screw Compan3^ 
Lighthall Cable Tramway Company of Boston. 
Massachusetts Rolling Stock Company. 
Standard Pipe Compan3^ 
Sun Electric and Illuminating Company. 
Sunapee Saw Mill Compan3'. 
Union Chemical Compan3^ 

Failure to make returns under chapter 13, section 88 of the Public 
Statutes, for the year 1886. Pending. 



26 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 

The Attorney-General e.x rel. Treasurer versus — 

American Cultivator Publishing Compan}'. 
American Oil Stove Company. 

American Rapid Telegraph Company of Massachusetts. 
Bagnall and Loud Block Company. 

Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Company of Massachu- 
setts. 
Boston and Hingham Steamboat Company. 
Boston Clock Compan3^ 
Budget Publishing Company. 
Butcher Polish Company., 
Cape Ann Granite Company'. 
Charles River Street Railway Company. 
Childs and Kent Express Companj'. 
Consumers' Gas Company of Boston. 
Crystal Emer}' Wheel Compan3\ 
Educational Supply- Company. 
Fall River Merino Company. 
Goulding Mills. 

Hamilton Vo^alion Organ Manufacturing Company. 
Hero Cough S^'rup Company. 
L. A. May Company. 
Lancaster Water Company. 
Lewis Engraving Company'. 
Lockwood Manufacturing Company. 
Manufacturers' Gazette Publishing Company. 
]\[arlborough Schuyler Electric Light Company. 
Mayall's Patents Company. 
Mutual News Company. 
Mj'stic Rubber Company. 
Nantucket R. R. Company'. 
National Color Printing Company. 
Phoenix Brewing Compan}'. 
Riverside Lumber Company. 
Snow Paper Company. , 
South Boston Iron Works Company. 
Telegram Publishing Conpan3'. 
Vendome Cigar Manufacturing Company. 
Western Union Telegraph Compan}'. 
Acushnet Street Railway Companj'. 
Boston Wall Paper Com pan}-. 

Suits for non-payment of taxes for 1S86. Pending. (Received Jan- 
uary 4.) 



1887.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 



27 



The Attorney-General ex rel Treasurer versus — 

Loring Paper and Twine Company, corp. tax, 1882, . . $76 40 

Standard Manufaeturino: Company, corp. tax, 1882, '83, '84, 89 60 

Crystal Emery Wheel Company, coi*p. tax, 1883, 1884, . 677 03 

Hovey Publishing Company, corp. tax, 1883, . . . 341 54 

Lechemere Rendering Company, corp. tax, 1883, . . 27 33 

Rayer & Lincoln Seaming Machine Company, corp. tax, 1883, 9 35 
Rhode Island & Massachusetts Railroad Company, corp. tax, 

1883, 1,276 11 

American Cultivator Publishing Company, corp. tax, 1884, 

1885, 319 14 

Annisquam Mills Company, corjj. tax, 1884, .... 1,380 87 

Budget Publishing Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885, . . 304 94 

Butcher Polish Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885, ... 143 28 

Chicopee Folding Box Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885, . 236 87 

Electric Storage and Light Company, corp. tax, 1884, . . 171 54 

Lockwood Manufacturing Company, corp. tax, 1884, . . 3,330 00 
Magnesco Calcite Fire Proof Company, corp. tax, 1884, 

1885, 351 61 

Manufacturers' Gazette Publishing Comjjauy, corp. tax, 

1884, 1885, 173 95 

Nemossct Company, corp. tax, 1884, 92 01 

Newburyport Quai'ry Company, corp. tax, 1884, . . . 172 13 

Oriental Coal Oil Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885, . . 220 19 

People's Ice Company, corp. tax, 1884, 273 46 

People's Lines Company, corp. tax, 1884, .... 172 13 

Security Associates, corp. tax, 1884, .... 428 72 

Springfield Blanket Company, corp. tax, 1884, . . . 482 33 

Suffolk Ii-on Works, corp. tax, 1884, 303 55 

Union Stone Company, corp. tax, 1884, 595 37 

United Manufacturing Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885,. . 437 63 

Walter Heywood Chair Company, corp. tax, 1884, . 1,096 65 

Boston and Hingham Steamboat Company, corp. tax, 1885, 619 57 
Brockton and South Abington Street Railroad Company, 

corp. tax, 1885, 42 42 

Chas. F. Bates Manufacturing Company, corp. tax, 1885, . 50 00 

Charlestown Enterprise Company, corp. tax, 1885, . . 31 11 

Currier Telephone Bell Company, corp. tax, 1885, . . 57 67 

Eliott Paper Box Company, corp. tax, 1885, .... 63 63 
Knights of Labor Co-operative Publishing Company, corp. 

tax, 1885, 18 10 

Mayall Patent Company, corp. tax, 1885, .... 9 05 

Merrimac River Towing Company, corp. tax, 1884, 1885, . 632 38 

Mutual News Company, corp. tax, 1885, .... 72 30 

National Color Printing Company, corp. tax, 1885, . . 435 23 

S. K. Smith Silk Manufacturing Comimny, corp. tax, 1885, . 227 75 

S. L. Wiley Construction Company, corp. tax, 1885, . . 707 00 

The L. A. May Company, corp. tax, 1885, .... 503 23 



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[Jan. 



The Attornej'-General ex rel. Treasiu'er versus — 
Bartlett, D. L. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1881, . 
Cutler, N. S. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1882, .... 
Slade, A. K., Jr. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1883, 
Bennett, D. F. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 1885, 
Bush, A. L. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 1885, 
Denfield, L. E. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 
Morrisse}', H. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, . . . . 
Morrissey, J., and Son (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, . 
Cardell, E. L. & Company (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 
Goodwin, F. J. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 1885, 
Wait, A. W. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 1885, . 
Jackson, E. T. & Company (Insurance Agent), tax, 1884, 
Rowland, S. D. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1885, 
Judd, F. A. (Insurance Agent), tax, 1885, .... 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer Danvers Lunatic Hospital 
versus — 

Gardiner, Eliza G., for board, 

Colburn, Ellen A., for board, 

Burt, Rowena D., for board, 

Wilson, Lizzie, for board, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Ford and Skinner, in- 
dorsed note, town of Stow, . 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Citizens' Steam Gas 
Light Company, of Lynn, proportion of expense of Gas 
Commissioners, . 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporations v. 
Butcher Cyclometer Company, failure to pay fee Pub. 
Stat., chap. 106, sect. 84, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v, Lowell Spool and 
Bobbin Company, claim for taxes, proved in Insolvent Court, . 

The Attoi'nej'-General ex rel. Gas Commissioners v. Miller's River 
(ias Light Company, violation of Pub. Stat., chap. 61, sect. 14 : 
line $100; paid over, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Commissioner of Corporaljions v. 
Atlantic and Gulf Stream Transportation Company, failure to 
pay fee. Pub. Stat., chap 106, sect. 84. Received June 15, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. James A. Howai'd, 
guardian, board of insane pauper, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. T. J. Dacey, guardian, 
board of insane pauper, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer x\ John A. Coffee, guar- 
dian, board of insane pauper (pending), 



$0 56 

1 10 

81 04 

38 79 

97 14 

80 

27 98 

16 15 

81 12 

27 00 

23 87 

18 72 

198 31 

484 63 



40 00 

20 00 

5 00 

197 66 



1,500 00 

4 64 

5 00 
125 61 

100 00 

5 00 

1,025 61 

859 61 

100 00 



1887.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 12. 



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The Attoruey-General ex rel. Insm-ance Commissioner v. 
Fidelity and Casualty Insurance Company of New York, 
penalty for the violation of sects. 227, 228, 229 of chap. 119 
of the Pub. Stat. Fine received, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer v. Hecla Cord and 
Paper Company, claim in insolvency for unpaid taxes, 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Harbor and Land Commission- 
ers V. Henry Bigelow Williams, costs in same received, 



Total coWections, 



$500 00 

407 77 

70 91 



$22,717 19 



United States Circuit Court. 

William W. Bailey v. Attorney-General ex rel. Harbor and Land 
Commissioners. Complaint for injunction to prevent removal of 
bay windoivs on the property of Henry Bigeloio Williams., in accord- 
ance with the decree of the S. J. C. of the Commonwealth. In- 
junction refused. Judgment for Commonwealth. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. Treasurer of the Commonwealth v. 
Western Union Telegraph Company. Injunction, non-payment 
of tax. From State Court. Pending. 

Hannah B. Hall, administratrix estate George M. Hall, v. A. W. 
Locke et al.. Manager Troy & Greenfield Raih'oad and Hoosac 
Tunnel. Suit Jbr injuries received on defendant's road. Not 
3'et tried. 

Hannah B. Hall, administratrix estate Agnes M. Hall, v. Augustus 
W. Locke et al, Manager, etc. Same. Not 3'et heard. 



30 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Jan. 



CASES 

Requiring the Attoi'ney- General's Supervision during the Year, though 
not cmiducted by him. 



Attorney-General ex rel. v. James O. Parker. S. J. C. Trust. 
Pending. 

Attorney-General ex rel. v. William B. Washburn et al. Charitable 
Trust. 

Attorney-General ex rel. B. H. and H. P. Nash v. City of Boston 
et al. S. J. C. Injunction to restrain the removal of sidewalk 
on Boylston Street, Boston. Information dismissed. 

Attorney-General ex rel. Bay State Gas Compan}^ quo warranto. 
Demurrer sustained. 

Bullard et al. v. Chandler et al. S. J. C. Construction of a will. 
Pending. 

The Attorne3^-General ex rel. Hawes Place Congregational Church 
and the Second Hawes Congregational Society v. Trustees of the 
Hawes Fund of Boston. S. J. C. Not yet heard. 

Holmes et al. v. Coates et al. S. J. C. Construction of a will. 
Pending. 



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HEARINGS. 



The Attorney-General ex rel. Robert Davis and other taxpayers of 
Lunenburgh -y. The Town of Luenburgh and Charles A. Goodrich, 
James L. Harrington and Horace Parker. Petition for use of 
Attoryiey- General's name in information to restrain use of school- 
house for other than school pv/qjoses. Hearing. Petition denied. 

The Attorney-General ex rel. City of Chelsea v. Boston & Lowell 
Railroad Company and the Ocean Terminal Railroad Company. 
Petition for rise of Attorney- General's name in information against 
laying tracks across Chelsea hriiige. Hearing had and continued. 

Petition, Boston Blower Company v. National Color Printing Com- 
pany. Non-payment in of capital stock. Hearing had and con- 
tinued. 

Petition of Rufus S. Pickering of Woburn v. Boston & Lowell Rail- 
road Company. Refusal to stop trains at Cross Street, Woburn, 
as heretofore. Hearing had. Matter adjusted by parties inter- 
ested. 

Application of the Selectmen of the Town of Abington for informa- 
tion V. Henr}' G. Crossle}" of Abington for removal of nuisance 
in obstructing town toay. Hearing had. Application dismissed. 

Allen Coffin, for certain citizens of Nantucket, v. The Assessors of said 
town. Permission to bring writ of mandamus in Attorney-Gen- 
eral's name. Refused. 



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