SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6.-- Warrants were issued yesterday for the arrest of Isaac Slaven, the Pacific coast agent of H.B. Slaven of Panama Canal dredging fame, charging him with attempted bribery. It is alleged that in November, 1890, he promised to reward munificently certain persons to procure false testimony in the suit of Charles Hansen vs. H.B. Slaven of the American Contracting and Dredging Company of New York.
The complaint charges that Isaac Slaven sought to bribe John Doe Mattingly to testify "that he had heard said Hanson say in conversation that he refused to pay any money on account of the purchase of any shares or stock in the American Contracting and Dredging Company. Said Hansen, therefore, purchased of said Slaven or to advance moneys to said Henry B. Slaven on account of any business of said Henry B. Slaven."
Isaac Slaven is a nephew of H.B. Slaven, who, with M.A. Slaven, opened Baldwin’s drug store, and thence branched into Panama canal-dredging business through the influence of Prosper Huerne, who was a college friend of de Lesseps. The Slavens have made somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000,000 out of tbeir contract, but Prosper Huerne, through whom the matter was arranged, died here not long ago comparatively poor.
New York (New York) Times, January 7, 1893.
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