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469 COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE May 2/84 Ordered that the Council stand now adjourned until Wednesday May 7, 1884 at 8 O'Clock P.M. Attest: E. S Osborne Clerk Approved U M Rasin acting Mayor On this 2d day of May 1884 immediately after adjournment as above the Council meets pursuant to call of His Honor the Mayor Present: His Honor the Mayor H. G. Struve & Councilmen Thos Clancy, B. F. Day, Geo. W. Harris, Chas McDonald, B. L. Northrup, Otto Ranke, U. M. Rasin & F. W. Wusthoff And now the Council proceeds to open & consider the bids for the construction of a Sewer in Washington Street, which bids read as follows, to wit: S. G. Simpson per foot $4.10 footings per M.B. M.[Thousand Board Foot] $17.50 Wm Harkins per foot $4.20 footing per M.B. M.[Thousand Board Foot] $19.00 Ordered that the contract be awarded to S. G. Simpson upon his executing a bond in the sum of $2500.00 And now the Council proceeds to open & consider the bids for the construction of Sewers in Mill & James Streets, which bids read as follows, to wit: Wm Harkins $3300 S. G. Simpson $3445 Ordered that the contract be awarded to Wm Harkins upon his executing a bond in the sum of $2000.00 Ordered that the Council stand now adjourned Attest: E. S Osborne Clerk Approved U M Rasin acting Mayor

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470 JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE May 7/84 Be it remembered that on this the 7th day of May 1884 the Common Council of the City of Seattle meets in its Council Chamber pursuant to adjournment. The following Officers are present, towit: [strikethrough] His Honor the Mayor H. G. Struve and [/strikethrough] Councilmen Thos Clancy, B. F. Day, Geo W. Harris, John Keenen, Charles McDonald, B. L. Northrup, Otto Ranke, U. M. Rasin & F. W. Wusthoff By reason of the absence from the City of His Honor the Mayor H. G. Struve Councilman U M. Rasin is appointed Acting Mayor to serve during such absence Thereupon the following proceedings are had: Report Rec'd From Clerk reporting the election of Gardner Kellogg as Chief of the Fire Department. Adopted & said Gardner Kellogg is hereby duly declared elected to the Office of Chief of the Fire Department from June 1, 1884 & for the term provided by law From Clerk reporting that no objections had been filed to the proposed grading at Bell Street from Front St to 5th St. Adopted From Surveyor recommending the grading of the petition of O. C. Shorey for the raising of [strikethrough] the gra [/strikethrough] the sidewalk fronting his property on 3rd Street. Adopted. Committee Reports Rec'd From Judiciary Comtee] approving Attys report. Adopted From Judiciary Comtee reporting the selection of J. C. Harris Esq. as associate Counsel with City Atty in case of Walter Collins-v-City. Adopted From Finance Comtee rejecting the application of Wm Harkins for an allowance on a/c of 4th Street Grade. Rejected A Motion made to allow the claim of Wm Harkins on a/c of 4th Street Grade is lost. From Finance Comtee rejecting the petition of Robt Abrams et al for correction of certain errors on a/c Battery Street Grade. Adopted From Finance Comtee rejecting claim of Jonah E. Leaman in the sum of $250.00 for loss of horse, Adopted From Special Comtee recommending the acceptance of the [p?] of [?] [?] Fire Engine Co to furnish Engine [?] [C?] [?] communicate [di?] [in?] [?]

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471 COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE May 7/84 From Special Comtee recommending the adoption of the Survey made by City Surveyor on matter of [strikethrough] Jackson [/strikethrough] Madison Street Extension. Adoption From Special Comtee to whom was referred the matter of certain statements alleged to have been made publicly by Councilman Wusthoff [strikethrough] which [/strikethrough] submitting the following report, tonit: Seattle May 7, 1884 To the Honorable the Mayor & Common Council of the City of Seattle Gentlemen: Your Committee to whom was referred the matter of F. W. Wusthoff, a member of this Council, making certain grave charges against the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Seattle, beg leave to report. First, That Mr Wusthoff does not deny having made the charges as published, except so far as the Mayor is concerned. Second. That your Committee have demanded proof of the charges according to instructions received, but no proof has been furnished and Your Committee further reports that Mr Wusthoff states that owing to the great length of the fire Ordinance, and to the fact that some of its provisions as reported on by him as Chairman of the Fire Committee were omitted when the Ordinance was placed upon its passages, he, F W Wusthoff, supposed the changes were made after the passages of the Ordinance, hence his statement, not that the Mayor had changed the Ordinance after its passage, but that the changes had been made in the Office of the Mayor. Your Committee finds, therefore, that Mr Wusthoff desires to withdraw this charge In regard to the statement "That Mr Wusthoff knows of several corruptions that have recently come to light" Your Committee asked the gentleman as to whether such statement referred to this Council, but he declined to answer. Your Committee therefore recommend that Mr Wusthoff be directed by this Council to furnish proof of said alleged corruptions or make some satisfactory explanation. All of which is respectfully submitted B. L. Northrup Chas McDonald } Committee Thos Clancy

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472 JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE May 7/84 And now Councilman Wusthoff files his written answers to said report, which are as follows, to wit: In the matter of the accusation of the Honorable U. M. Rasin against F. W. Wusthoff member of the Common Council of the City of Seattle Said F. W. Wusthoff comes by his Attorneys Jacobs & Jenner and for answer to the accusations made against him and which were referred to this Honorable Committee for examination and report, says: First. That the first and second accusations contain no matter or charges which can subject this defendant to examination by a Committee of the Common Council. Secondly. That they are privileged communications and that he violated no law, ordinance or usage of the Common Council of the City of Seattle in making the same. Thirdly. He denies the right of the City Council or a Committee of the came to call him to an account for such declarations as are contained in the first and second accusations made against him. As to the Third accusation he answers. First. That on the occasion referred to in the accusation he did not mention the Mayor personally by name or officially by the term - describing his Office. Secondly. What he did say was founded on a misapprehension of the facts of the case - in this to wit: The original draft of the Ordinance which was shown to him and which he supposed passed the Council had certain pencil interlineations regarding salaries to which he was unalterably opposed, and which were left out of the Ordinance as published and as he honestly supposed from the information furnished him under a misapprehension of dates, was changed in the meeting on Sunday in the Mayors Office And Thirdly. Believing that the Mayor had no right to make such changes - and from the information he had - honestly believing that such changes had been made on said consulting Sunday, without mentioning the Mayor by name or by his title he denounced the principle as improper and dangerous. He is happy to know that he misapprehended the information conveyed to him and which he at the [?] deemed reliable, and that our honored Mayor did not attempt to do or do anything that he denounced

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473 COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE May 7/84 Fourthly. - His views of the office and duties of Mayor is this - the Mayor has the right and duty to veto all ordinances coming in conflict with the Organic Act of the Territory or the laws thereof, but that he has no control over any question of policy or expediency except the right to vote in case of a tie - but that the duty and responsibility of all such questions is devolved on the members of the Common Council, and that it is an usurpation of power on his part to attempt to pass on the policy or expediency of any Ordinance passed by the Common Council. Having such views he looked upon the meeting in the Mayor's office for consultation over the provisions of the Ordinance in question as doubtful in policy and dangerous in its tendency. He has no doubt that the object of the Mayor was to subserve the best interests of the City - but he certainly will not blaim him for his somewhat positive opinion of the wisdom or policy of such a consultation especially when it was only attended by the friends and promoters of the ordinance in question. Fifthly. - He respectfully denies the right of any Councilman to make accusations against him for remarks made not in the Council Room, but in a public meeting, solely affecting the supposed conduct of the Mayor who is but the presiding and executive Officer of this body and City In answer to the Fourth accusation this defendant says that it contains a mere expression of opinion and he is not answerable to the Common Council of the City of Seattle or to a Committee thereof for his opinions as to the intent of any Ordinance expressed or unexpressed. This defendant in answer to the Fifth accusation made against him, says that the charge is too general and indefinite to warrant an investigation of the Common Council or any Committee thereof. He says the accusation reaches every department of the government and every operation of human society and it is nowhere alleged that the declarations were made of or concerning the Common Council, or any of its members and this Defendant respectfully declines to answer an accusation so general and indefinite In answer to the Sixth accusation made against him he says [?]

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