Minnesota Tales

The Minneapolis Journal, January 3, 1891, p. 1


Dr. Kilvington Meets the Latest Charges with an Explicit Statement.

Dr. Kilvington's political opponents this morning sprung a new charge against him of the following nature:

Some two years ago, they say, Dr. Kilvington presented a report to the council stating that 2,400 dead horses had been disposed of under his direction, and a contract was let to the Carlson Brothers, on his recommendation, awarding them $2,400 for hauling away dead horses. Now it is alleged that there were only between 800 and 900 animals handled last year, including horses, dogs and cats, and some of the alderman entertained a suspicion that the record two years ago was padded. Furthermore, it is alleged that the health department compelled owners to attend to many removals at their own expense.

To this the head of the health department replies today with evidence to prove the falsity of the charges. Says he:

"The statement in this morning's Tribune emanating from Dr. R. O. Beard is false. First, it is said that 2,400 dead horses were disposed of a year ago, whereas my report shows 24 horses killed and one mule, and shows the total number of horses removed from the city as 469; dogs, cats, etc., 1,509: mules, 65: cows and calves, 73. He also states that there were only between 800 and 900 animals removed this year, as shown by the records. In view of the fact that the city has made an ironclad contract with the scavengers, and that there was no object to be gained in a corrected record, we have simply kept a record of the cases killed, or ordered killed, which shows 69 killed for glanders. It has been customary for the scavenger to call at the office in the morning for his orders, but very frequently animals would be reported during the day by telephone, requiring immediate removal, of which no record has been kept. And, in view of the fact that we had a contract, we aided the S. P. C. A. by removing all cases up to date reported by them. The comptroller's report shows that I asked only $2,000 to do this work, but I was nevertheless compelled to make a contract compelling me to carry the stuff seven miles into the country at an additional expense, or $4,000 in all. The year before it cost us $3,000 for that work."

In justice to Dr. Kilvington it must be said that his contract with the Carlson Bros. fully corroborates his statement. As to the charge that many persons were compelled to remove the dead animals at their own expense, the city's contract with the scavengers specifically says that is shall not be construed to include the removal of dead animals whose owners are able to pay for their removal. Both the contract and bond are exceptionally strong documents.

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