In a dispatch from San Francisco, published on Saturday, it was said that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Isaac Slaven, "coast agent of H.B. Slaven of New York, of Panama Canal dredging fame." Attempted bribery was given as the charge, it being alleged that in 1890 Isaac Slaven tried to procure false testimony, on promise of reward, in the case of Charles Hanson against the American Contracting and Dredging Company, of which H.B. Slaven was president.
H.B. Slaven was seen at his office in this city yesterday. He said there was no foundation for the San Francisco story, except that it was part of a plan to injure him and possibly extort money from him. "This man Isaac Slaven, whom I have seen but once or twice," he said, "was not my coast agent nor was he employed by the company in any capacity. There can be no truth, whatever, of existing ground upon which to rest a suit.
"Charles Hanson, who supplied us with timber, was offered an option upon a number of shares in the company and he refused to take them up. We are inclined to believe any of these recent steps against the company are a part of a blackmailing scheme to get money. The suits Mr. Hanson brought have never come to trial, the lower court holding that there was no ground for action. Appeals were taken and now the question is pending in the Supreme Court. Steps of the Isaac Slaven kind are simply intended to do us injury."
New York (New York) Times, January 10, 1893.