Grand Rapids Herald

February 26, 1901

Page Four


Are in Favor of Grand Jury

What Business Men Say.

A meeting of the executive committee of the Civic club was held in W. W. Hyde's office yesterday afternoon, called in reference to the Salsbury scandal. It was decided that the public authorities were perfectly able to deal with this matter, and the new organization will lend its support along the line of such findings.

The Salsbury case was the burden of conversation among bankers and business men yesterday, and the opinions given were usually of a very decided nature. Bankers are conservative, and occasionally one was found who did not wish to discuss the matter for publication.

Clay H. Hollister favored the calling of a grand jury as soon as possible, if subsequent relations did not put a new face on affairs. "This will delay the securing of a pure water supply, probably, but the city is likely to have an honest contract now, when one is made."

"He lied good and strong, didn't he, and on Washington's birthday, too?" said General Cutcheon. "Perhaps it would not be well to call a grand jury investigation till the smoke has cleared away a little."

"It looks scandalous," said Charles W. Garfield. "I have always opposed Lake Michigan as a water supply, on the ground that it has never been shown that Grand river water is not better than Chicago's water."

"Call a grand jury by all means," said H. D. Brown of the Grand Rapids Brick association, "and probe this thing to the bottom."

Wesley W. Hyde, president of the Civic club, favored calling a grand jury to investigate the Salsbury matter and others as well. He stated that Grand Rapids was acquiring an unpleasant notoriety that would not be forgotten soon.