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ST. PAUL, FRIEAY, FEBRUA11Y 1, 1878.
PULL the African out of that Statute wood
FABLW&LL Inebriate Asylum class legisla
I MB. INDIAN BULL
That's the question.
sitting or moving?
THE people want a new constitution. Then
let the people make it.
THE houoiary commissioner to Paris has
AXIO M: Ther is nothing that it is safe
to legislate concerning for fifteen years in
A NEW YO KK paper says there is a danger
that the silver bill will become a law. Well,
really we should say so.
BEECHEB said last Sunday in his remarks
to reporters: "I don't profess to represent
any school of theology." That's Tilton's
IT is said Mr. Hayes thinks he ought to be
allowed the largest liberty in removals from
office. We have no objections. Remove
THEY say now the game was to make Conk
ling President of the Senate, and President
until the new election, provided Louisiana
had been thrown out.
THE petitions which are being piesented
to the Legislature in opposition to the school
text book law, do not look as though the act
was held to be such a priceless boon after
SKCBETABY SCHUBZ should not notice J. Q.
Smith, ex-Indian Commissioner, &c, nor his
white-washers The President should revoke
his commission as consul to Montreal and
let him howl.
If the school text-book law stands, chil
dren born ten years hence will have to use
books which the Legislature of 1878 is pro
viding. Does this Legislature feel prepared
to say what will be best for children who
will not arrive for ten years to come?
IF the school text book law is not absolute
ly repealed, it should be made entirely op
tional with each school district, whether it
will accept the law or not. If it is such a
valuable plan, all might accept it, of course.
If it involves using unfit books, loss, &c., the
district should not be compelled to enjoy its
THE petition of Selah Chamberlain, (the
largest owner of the old railroad bonds) pre
sented to the Legislature yesterday, ought to
command careful consideration by the Leg
islature. He asks the State to make hima
proposition for settlement. This, surely, is
as little as the State can do in the matter.
and it ought to make a proposition without
THE Chamber of Commerce retrenchment
committee will meet again this evening,
This committee should give especial atten
tion to the expenses of criminal business. If
they will secure a law granting the cleik and
sheriff one hundred dollars each for each
term of court, and make that sum cover all
criminal business, the summoning of
juries, witnesses, etc., they will find
a great leak stopped. If they will also
cut off the clerk's three dollars per diem for
attendance upon the court, they will also
plug another hole. When the three Judges
are holding sessions, the clerk receives nine
dollars per day besides all the extra fees for
Berving papers. These fees are ample with
out the per diem, and they are also largely
increased when the per diem is increased.
SENATOB EDGEBTON has introduced a bill
restoring the former method of foreclosing
mortgages by advertisement. It will be
very singular if this measure does not pass.
When the present law was adopted every
one who had a mortgage in shape for fore
closure, rushed it forward before the new
law went into effect, there being a few
weeks intervening between its pass
age and going into force. Mortgages
which would have lain dormant for some
time, and perhaps have been settled without
foreclosure, were crowded forward while it
was possible t foreclose on the old plan. Ev
er since the adoption of the new law, parties
have been delaying foreclosure, hoping fo?
the restoration of the old, simple, and com
paratively inexpensive method. There seems
to be no one in favor of the present law,
save lawyers, and they arevery much divided
in their opinions.
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A STANDING LEECH ON THE STATE.
There is a firm in this city styled West &
Co., law book publishers, which appears to
think that the chief end of the Legislature
is to appropriate money for their benefit.
We submit a few points to the members of
Two years ago they induced the Legisla
ture to give them twenty-five hundred dol
lars for an entirely worthless publication
known as "Shaw's Digest." The entire issue
for the State and outsiders cost them about
nine hundred dollars, and they accordingly
received from the State some sixteen hun
dred dollars profit, besides their sales of the
work outside of those taken by the State.
Last winter they bamboozled the Legisla
ture into authorizing them to issue eleven
volumes of Supreme Court reports, the State
agreeing to take annually two sets of two
hundred copies of each volume. The State
pays five dollars per volume, and hence two
hundred copies costs the State $1,000. We
believe the edition issued is one thousand
copies and the sum which the State pays for
two hundred copies covers the cost of the
entire 1,000 copies, leaving West & Co., with
their work paid for and eight hundred vol
umes on hand for clear profit. The law
making the State pay this outrageous subsidy
also provided that the State should not pay
over $ 1,500 per annum. Now these cheeky
publishers come in and ask to have one-half
of the eleven volumes paid for this year, and
the other half next year. In other words,
instead of drawing their eleven thousand#
dollars out of the State treasury in five or
years, they wish to- obtain it in two.
This, in addition to the profit on the surplus
eight hundred copies which the State pays
for, but does not get.
As if this was not sufficient, tins firm
camesup smiling with still another job in the
shape of a bill offered in the House (the oth
er is in the Senate) providing for a codifica
tion of the statutes. This bill authorizes
them to issue the laws and employ Judge
Young to codify them, but expressly provides
that the State shall incur no expense in the
matter. Why do West & Co. ask permission
of the Legislature to employ Judge Young
to codify the laws if they do not
mean to saddle an expense on the State?
How much ia their pledge, that it will not
cost the State anything, good for in face of
their attempted supplementary legislation
upon the Supreme Court matter? What is
to prevent their coming in with a bill next
winter to sell the State one or two thousand
It seems as if this firm, during its brief
existence, has made enough out of the State
to warrant the continuing of business on its
own account. It is time for the Legislature
to cease pensioning them at public expense
and leave them to do business on their own.
merits. They exceed any leeches which
have heretofore come to the suiface in this
OR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
In the presence of the general desire of
the people to have a revision of the consti
tution of the State at as early a period as
practicable, various plans have been suggest
ed to do away with an assemblage of the
people, and to substitute a commission to be
composed of a certain number of lawyers,
or of the Supreme and District Judges, to
prepare a constitution to be submitted to the
Legislature, and by the Legislature submit
ted to the people. We suppose the commis
mission would be appointed by the Governor
or the Legislature, or by both.
We are opposed to all this new fangled
plan. The constitution never contemplated
any such proceeding. All power is in the
people, and the people should frame the or
ganic law. We are willing to trust the peo
ple. It is far safer than to delegate author
ity to a packed commission. The word
"commission" has gotten to be synonymous
with fraud, and after the Electoral affair, the
name should be blotted out of the language.
We are opposed to all departures from
methods and proceedures contemplated
by the constitution, tried by experience and
hallowed by precedents. Let us get back to
Democratic government instead of imitating
As to a commission composed of the Suno
preme and District Judges, it is all trans
parent nonsense. It is the business of
Judges to administer the law, not to make it.
These Judges would have to decide and con
strue the law of their own creation.
If we are to have a Convention at all, let
it be a Convention of the people. If the peo
ple cannot be trusted with these matters, it
is time to shut up shop and quit. The Con
vention should be as numerous as the House
of Representatives, at least, and all interests
in the State fully represented, and then there
will be no danger of enacting the farce of
submitting a cut and dried mummy, a half
dozen times, to the people for their latifi
cation. RECIPROCITY TREATY WITH CANADA
A committee of Boston merchants and
business men have gone to Washington to
urge on Congress some modification of the
existing tariff regulations with Canada in
other words, to adopt, in a modified form,
the reciprocity treaty advocated a few years
ago. They find that under the policy of
buying nothing from the Canadians, they
are unable to sell anything that the
heavy import duties and protective
exclusiveness are swords with both
edges sharpened cutting both ways. The
Canadians, unable to pay these duties, and
consequently unable to sell their own pro
ducts, and to exchange them for American
goods and wares, are establishing mills and
manufactories and supplying themselves,
The New England manufacturers find this
a losing business, and many of them now
favor the reciprocity treaty. As we stated,
the other day, what this country needs
is an enlarged market for manufac
turers as well as farmers. The New
England manufacturers of calicos, cotton
cloths, boots and shoes, hardware, sewing
machines, and many other articles can com
pete with the world why then should they
want and ask for protection? It is simply
cutting their own throats, as they are finding
out in their trade with Canada. It is pro
posed to reduce the duty on lumber and also
on cotton and other articles. Take off every
dune for protection, that is the doctrine.
We do not favor any radical
changes in the tariff, an/., abrupt
legislation that wonld disorganize what little
business there is, but we do favor the aboli
tion of all duties imposed in the way of
clas3 legislation to protect favored monopo
lists We advocate this measure because
not a farthing is received as revenue, but it
all goes into the pockets of monopolists and
is a tax on the people, increasing the cost of
THE ST. PAUL DAILY
We hope that the Boston delegation may be
successful, and that we shall have a wiser
more righteous, and a more reciprocal treaty
with our neighbors of the Dominion.
A RAILROAD TO THE BLACK HILLf.
A bill has been introduced in Congress for
a land grant of the usual five alternate sec
tions of land, excluding mineral, to aid in
building a railroad from Bismarck to the
Black Hills. The bill comes from Dakota
Territory, but it is of supreme importance
to Minnesota. __ The richness of the
Black Hills in gold and sil
ver, and the fertility of the
valleys and much of the intervening
country are now conceded beyond all man
ner of doubt. The tide of emigration is
pouring along this future highway of travel
and traffic. The settlements need order and
law, and protection.
Lawlessness is one of the features of min
ing districts, and there is almost as much
need of a military Governor in the Black
Hills as there was in California immediately
after its cession to the United States. As
we suggested the other day, the Indian title
should be extinguished and a military fort
built, and a couple of companies stationed
there to protect the settlements. What is
the government for?
This is a digression, however, from the
subject of a railroad. Let us by all means
have the railroad. The means of transporte
tion are now taxed beyond their capacity,
and there would not be a more profitable
line, for years to come, than the oneentitles
from Bismarck to the Hills. We
hope that our Representatives in
Congress however they may be interested
and mixed up in other companies, will give
to this bill all the aid in their power. And,
as a stimulant and requirement, the Legisla
ture should at once instruct them to this
end. The proposed road would secure to
Minnesota a monopoly of the nourishing
and profitable trade with the yet unexplored
gold fields and fertile valleys of the Black
A BIG .JOB$11,000.
The Legislature last year passed an act
providing for the republication of the first
eleven volumes of the Minnesota Supreme
Court Reports, and agreeing to take 200
copies of each volume at $5 a copyag
gregating the sum of $11,000. The stereo
type plates of these first eleven volumes
were destroyed, it is said, and we know noth
ing to the contrary, by the Chicago fire. The
legislative act, however, had this reservation,
that the State should not be called upon to
take more than two sets per annum and only
to pay seventy-five per cent, of their cost
that is, $1,500 per year. Members of the
Legislature say, but for this proviso the bill
could never have been passed.
But the publishers have a fat job. They
have already delivered two volumes, and
they are before the Legislature again, asking
to have the law amended so that the State
will take half of the books this year, and
the other half next year, or in other words,
they want an appropriation of $11,000 at
once. This thing has gone far enough. It
is time to down with the brakes.
The State is paying too much
for the worktaking into account the
amount these same publishers will lealize
out of the remainder of the edition. Sup
pose they issue an edition of 1000 of each
volume, at $5 per volume. There are 11
volumes. This would give a sum total of
$55,000. The State should hold these par
ties to the stiict letter of the law.
A year or two ago $2,500 or $3,000 were
appropriated for* the same parties to
publish "Shaw's Digest," a perfectly worth
less book, and prior to that a large appro
priation to some one else to buy ''Bissell's
Statutes," and to recognize them as authori
ty. And now the publishers of the Supreme
Court Reports are urging on the Legislature
a bill to codify the laws again. The result
will be to t\row aside "Bissell" and take up
"West & Brother," or some one else's
Statutes. The Legislature should uncere
moniously smash all this expensive nonsense.
We don't want the laws in the hands or in
the name of private individuals. There is
necessity of any further codification of
the Statutes, nor of any legislation on the
subject until a constitutional convention
shall be held and anew constitution adopted.
The Oddites in New York Making a Little
Unnecessary Disturbance AT#out Them.
NEW YOBK, Jan. 13.Postmaster James
has addressed the following telegram to
Postmaster General Key: "The Assistant
Treasurer of the United States, at New York,
refuses to receive trade dollars on deposit
from this office, and I am therefore com
pelled to refuse them from the public, which
causes serious annoyance and complaint.
Please instruct me in regard to the matter.
The Assistant Treasurer here, says the rea
son why he refuses to receive the trade dol
lar, is because it is not legalized, and that
were he to be succeeded, and his accounts
cleared up, his successor would unquestionar.
bly refuse to countenance the trade dollars
he had accepted.
Improvement of the Mississipp
ST. LOUIS. Jan. 31.Capt. J. B. Eads de
livered quite an elaborate address on the
scientific featmes of his plan to improve the
Mississippi river from St. Louis to the Delta
to merchants and citizens generally at the
close of 'Change hour to-day, and was lis
tened to with close attention. The plan of
Capt. Eads contemplates a permanent chan
nel depth between Cairo and New Orleans of
20 feet in low water, sufficient to float the
largest vessels navigating the river at all
seasons of the year. After the speech a res
olution was unanimously adopted thanking
Capt. Eads for what he has done for thesaid
Hvmg and. beggaring the laboring classes. SSS^SStaS.
Gay Doctor Arrested for Bigamy.
[Special telegram to the GLOBE
WINONA, Jan 217 p. m.Dr. Charles H.
Boomer, who disappeared from this city
about three months ago taking a large sum
of money belonging to his wife, formerly
Mrs. Artz, a rich widow of this city whom
he married in March last, returned this
morning and was arrested on a charge of
bigamy, he having, it is said, another wife
in Wisconsin. He gave bail in the sum of
$1,000. He has been in Germany. It is
rumored that the gay doctor has three or
four wives now living in different parts of
The Scottish Hierarchy.
KOME, Jan. 31.The Pope has ratified the
plans for the reconstruction of the Scottish
hierarchy, appointed two archbishops and
four suffragans, and will hold a consistory
shortly to give ^he palliums to the arch
bishops. It is thought the ultramontane
cardinals are trying to bring about such bafd
relations between the Vatican*and Italian
SENATE BRIEF AND HOUSE LONG.
Memorial from Selah" Chamberlain the
Bond QuestionHe Asks the Legislature
to Make a PropositionNumerous Text
Book PetitionsSenator Lienan's Resolu
tion to Buy a BailroadPetitions Defend
ing Judge PageGrasshopper Bill Rec
ommended to PassPeculiar Resolution
on the Old Bond Question.
w~ ?&,#- Senate.
ThiBbody was unusually dull yesterday.
The Legislative visit to the University was
gsrierally taken advantage of, so that barely
enough Senators were left behind for a
quorum. Business was inaugurated by the
presentation of several petitions for the re
peal of the school text-book law, and though
in the presentation of one Senator Doran
announced that he would at the proper^ime
have something to say of the means re
sorted to by the agents of the book men to
secure signatures, the announcement created
no excitement. *5
S o, too, was it with the long memorial of
Selah Chamberlain, a document that, what
ever may be said of the merits of the old
bond question, in its simple presentation of
his claims, with the reference to the vig
orous manhood now giving place to the in
firmities of old age and his desire not to be
obliged to leave as a legacy to his heirs an
unsettled claim against a sovereign State,
his prayer to that careful considera
tion KO earnestly urged
Senator Lienau, it will be observed, has
assumed the piternity of another prop
soition, which still more firmly at
taches to him the title of "th
sensational Senator." His proposition that
the State shall become a railroad manager is
rather startling, but he is not alone in think
ing that an occasion might arise when the
assumption of such a position might be a
necessity. The same idea has incubated
in some of the best minds in the State,
and its introduction into the Legislative
arena, shows that the idea is growing apace.
I the meantime, the possible calamity to
the people of the State, hinted at in the res-
olution of Senator Lienau, should not es-
cape careful consideration.
The Senate, by ife passage of1
it can The following is the
ST. PAU L. Jan. 31, 1878.Senator Wheat pre
sented a petition of citizens* of Fillmore county
for the amendment of the Merrill text book
law, to provide for the sale of books direct to
the schools, or that the law be repealed, and
demanded that it be read, as a right due the
Senator Doran also presented a similar peti
tion, and said that at the proper time he would
shw how the petition was circulated and
Senator Waldron also presented a similar
Senator Lienau presented a petition of citi
zens of Carver county against any legislation
upon the text book law tending to impair its
efficiency, and that Mr. Burt be asked to re
Senator Armstrong, amending the law re
lating to salaries by fixing of the land clerk at
Senator Bonniwell, to allow towns in
McLeod, Wright, Carver and McLeoM to vote
bonds in aid of the Minneapolis and North
Senator Hersey, relating to the sheriff of
Washington county. Devolves upon him the
duty of serving writs.
Senator Morton, to fund certain bonds
issued by West St. Paul.
Senator Waite, to amend the statutes in
relation to judgments against real property.
Senator Lienau, amending the act relat
ing to the election of the county commission
ers of Carver county.
Senator C. Gilfillan, amending the
statutes relating to minors and guardians: re
lating to executions and satisfaction of judg
ments also authorizing the common council
of St. Paul_ by a three-fourths vote to issue
bonds not exceeding $10,000, or appropriate
the same, for the improvement of roads lead
ing out of the city.
Senator Waite, making two years' wilful
dasertion a cause for divorce.
Senator Lienauamending the charter of
Watertown. Carver county.
MESSAGE FBOM THE GOVERNOR.
The Governor transmitted to the Senate the
majority report of the school text book com
mission, and on motion of Senator Donnelly it
was ordered printed as a part of the journal.
Also the report of the special commission to
visit patients of the hospital for insane with a
view of the return to the counties from which
received, of such patients as are improperly sent
to such institution. Ordeied printed.
Also, announcing that he had signed the me
morial to Congress for an extension of time to
the Northern Pacific railroad.
SEXATE BILLS PASSED.
Appropriating $3,000 for the support of sol
Amending the game law. [Senator Pinseth's
For lowering lakes in Kandiyohi county.
Changing the time of school election in the
St. Charles school district
Amending the charter of the city of Roches
Reducing the fees of sheriffs, on selling lands
Amending the ehaiter the village of
Allowing the State Auditor to abate taxes on
State lands of grasshoppers sufferers.
OLD RAILROAD BONDS.
The President had read a communication
from Selah Chamberlain, praying for an adjust
ment of the old railroad bonds held by him.
The communcation appears in full in another
ST. PAUL & DCLUTH RAILROAD.
Senator Lienan offered the following resolu
tion, which was adopted:
WHEREAS, Th competition created by the
completion and operation of the St. Paul &.
Duluth railroad between the different lines of
transportation has added millions to the value
of the products of our State, and saved hun
dreds of thousands to our merchants and man
WHEREA S, There is danger that sooner or la
ter some of the other railroad corporations may
find it to their interest to obtain control of said
road, and estop the same from being thereafter
a competing hne and
WHEREAS, Th only sure way of preventing
such a calamity would be the purchasing of
road by the State, thereby placing the State
in a position to prevent the extortion of exces
sive rates of freight therefore, be it
Resolved, That a special committee of five
Senators be appointed to consider the expedi
ency of the State's engaging in the project of
purchasing and controlling the operations of
said Saint Paul* Duluth railroad, and to ascer
tain, if possible, the amount said railroad may
be purchased for, with a view that the whole
question may be submitted to a vote of the
VISITING THE STATE PRISON.
Senator Waldron presented an invitation for
a visit to the State prison to-morrow, and anu
nouncing that the train would leave the St.
Paul & Pacific depot at 1:30 p. m. Adjourned.
rr ,fe**#&3 House.
Having donned the harness, the lower
House of the Minnesota Legislature has set
tled down to hard work, and yesterday put
in a full, square day. The influx of petitions
was unusually large, and of a varied charac
ter. About the first to enter the field in the
way of memorials was Mr. Selah Chamber
lain, who comes forward and asks the House
to adjust the old railroad bonds which have
so long been outstanding, and a source of
vexation and discomfort to the pesple and
the holders. -y iif""3
The next sensation was the pltition^nbe
tudfof Judge Page, the reading of which
FRIDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 1, 1878.
the bill al-
lowing the auditor to abate the taxes of
grasshopper sufferers on State lands, may be
accepted as an indication that this body is
to give those unfortunates all the assistance
created quite an excitement, and was listened
to with undivided attention.
In offering the petitions Mr. Purdie stated
that Freeborn county wanted the Legislature
to understand that she took no stock
in the charges made against the Judge,
and that he wanted it to go on
record as the sentiment of his people,
that there and in all the other counties of
his district, except Mower county where he
was opposed by a ring, Judge Page was re
garded as honest, incorruptible and entirely
competent for the high position Ije held.
The GLOBE has already alluded to the
effort being made to detach the western por
tion of Renville county west of range 36 and
attach the same to Yellow Medicine. To
day Mr. Bowler sent up two more petitions
praying for the submission of the question
to the people.
Upon the question of employing a steno
grapher for reporting in full the testimony
in the Page impeachment proceedings, the
House came very near stranding itself on
the shoals and sticking there the balance of
of the day. After considerable discussion a
vote was reached on an amendment offered
by Mr. Feller, of Wabashaw, authorizing
the committee to employ a competent steno
grapher, and the proposition was sustained
by a small majority.
This was certainly the only sensible and
feasible way out of the difficulty. Anything
like a connected and complete report of the
testimony in the case would otherwise have
been wholly out of the question, and as
argued by Col. Fuller, the House could hard
ly act intelligently and understandingly
without access to all the testimony, diiect or
indirect important or unimportant,
in the case before the committee.
The afternoon session was spirited and
kept the House busy. Mr. Hyslop offered a
resolution, which, however, went over under
notice of debate, instructing the committee
on Public Lands, to which was referred Mr.
Hind's bill relating to the lecovery and
destruction of the old railroad bonds to so
amend it as to provide for the pay
ment of debts incurred by contractors
for labor and supplies famished.
A large number of bills were introduced
mostly, however, of a local character. One,
perhaps, was an exception to the rulethat
relating to the protection of the people
against the taxation, pauperism and crime
resulting from the manufacture and sale of
intoxicating liquors. The bill was prepared
by the Temperance Union, and differs
in some respects from that introduced and
voted down last year. Its friends, of course,
claim that it is a decided improvement upon
last year, but it is doubtful whether it will
be awarded a different fate from that of its
In committee of the whole, the grasshop
per bill, unaltered and unchanged, was re
commended for passage. The House evi
dently feared to allow the pruning knife to
be once inserted into it although a strenuous
effort was made so to do by several of the
The Hastings & Dakota bill was made the
special order for 10 o'clock this morning.
The following are the
S T. PAU L, Jan. 31.A constant stream of
petitions and other communications poured in
this morning. Among them was a memorial
from Selah Chamberlain in reference to the ad
justment of the old State lailroad bonds, which
was refoned to the committee on public lands.
PETITIONS DEFENDING JUDGE PAGE.
Mr. Purdie, of Freeborn, presented three pe
titions defending Judge Page from the charges
preferred against him Tw of the petitions
were from Mower County, and were the same
in language. Th Mower County petitions
were signed by 357 persons, and the Freeland
County petition by 389. I presentine them
Mr. Purdy said that he wanted it understood
by the House that his County (Freeborn) took
no stock in the charges made against Judg
Page, and that they believed them to be the
result of bitter partisan feeling.
The following are the petitions:
To the House of Representatives of the State of
The undersigned, citizens of the State of
Minnesota, residing in the county of Mower,
respectfully petition your honorable body and
earnestly solicit your careful consideration of
the following facts:
It appears from the published proceedings of
your body that on the 22d day of January
1878, a petition signed by P. Mclhtyre and
twenty-iour other persons was presented to
vou, charging the Honorable Sherman Page
Judge of the Tenth Judicial District, with of
ficial misconduct and asking that he be im
Judge Page has been a resident of this county
for a period of more than twelve years, and has
always been known as an earnest advocate of
the strictest integrity in the management of
public offices. For some years prior to his
election to the office which he now holds, he
was prominent and active as a citizen in'ex
posing and bringing to justice a number of
men in Mower county, the recoid of whose
official corruption has already become a part
of the history of this State. This independent
and honorable course has been the cause of bitter
enmity against him and his enemies have never
lost an opportunity to misrepresent his conduct
and his motives. We believe he has always
sought by the use of proper means throughout
his entire district to correct the abuses that
have crept into ou? system of county govern
ment. Every effort in this direction in Mower
county has been met by the most determined
opposition the most extraordinary efforts have
been made to influence and prejudice the pub
he mind against Judge Page by misrepresenta
tion, and we believe the present movement to
have been inaugurated more to gratify per
sonal and political hostility than to subserve
These charges having been spread before the
world in an unprecadented manner, by their
introduction before your honorable body in
stead of by the usual resolution of inquiry in
such cases. Simple justice would seem to re
quire that a lull and complete investigation of
these charges be made in the first instance.
Having entire confidence in the integrity of
Judge Page and his ability to successfully re
fute every allegation of misconduct, we re
spectfully request that the fullest inquiry be
made into his official acts, and that he be given
the fullest opportunity which he may desire to
show the origin and purposes of the prosecu
tion against him and the falsity of the charges
To the Honorable the House of Representatives
of the State of Minnesota:
We, the undersigned petitioners, residents of
Freeborn county, have heard with deep regret
the charges presented to your Honorable body
against the Hon. Sherman Page, Judge of the
Tenth Judicial District, and we, your petition
ers, from our knowledge of Judg Page, de
rived from acquaintance of his manner of con
ducting business on the bench in our county,do
not hesitate to declare that notwithstanding
such charges, which proceed from only one coun
of said district, that our confidence in the
purity, integrity and impartiality of our Judg
remains unshaken and we know, too, that in
the locality where these charges originated
there has for the last twelve years, (and lon
before Judg Page went upon the bench,) been
a bitter personal and political warfare made
pon him, occasioned by his firm and unyield
ing adherence to principle, and his firm opposi
tion to official corruption, and we believe that
these charges originated in the malice rather
than a sense of injured justice, and
we feel that Judg Page has un
justly suffered during the last year
from causeless vituperation and abuse and
would most respectfully petition your honora
ble body to accord to Judg Page a full, fair
and thorough investigation of the full merits
of these charges. That since these charges have
been made apart of the record of your honora
ble body, Judge Page may be accorded a fu
and ample opportunity to vindicate himself
before your body, and that you hear Judge
Pag and his witnesses, should he desi to pre
sent them, as an act of simple justice to one of
the Judges of the State and the law-abiding
citizens of his district, before imposing upon
him the natural aspersions, or the burdens that
must follow from the preferment of charges*
On motion of Mr. Ladd, the Senate bill ap-
propriating money for the deficiency of 1877 in
the support of the Hospital for the Insane was
taken up under suspension of the rules and
passed ayes 92, nays none.
Mr. Miller 'offered the following, which was
Resolved, That there shall not be paid to any
clerk employed by any committee of the House
of Representatives, a sum exceeding five dol
lars per day during this session, nor for a long
er period than the time they were necessarily
The question of employing a stenographer
for taking the testimony in the impeachment
proceedings against Judge Page before judiciary
committee then came up and considerable dis
cussion ensued which was finally closed by the
adoption of an amendment offered by Mr. Fel
ler of Wabashaw, authorizing the eommittee to
employ a stenographer.
The following resolution, offered by Mr.chance
Campbell, was then adopted:
Resolved, That the judiciary committee be
and are hereby required to cause the testimony
taken before them in the investigation of the
eharges against Sherman Page to be returned to
this House with their report.
Recess to 2:30.
Mr. Hyslop offered the following, which went
over under notice of debate by Mr. Rice:
WHEREAS, A bill has been introduced forth
recovery and destruction of the so-called State
Railroad Bonds and
WHEREAS, Said bonds were issued at the rate
of $10,000 per mile forth grading done on the
land grant railroads (the light grading only, in
detached portions being done) and
WHEREAS, Th inhabitants living along the
lines did the work by labor, including team
work, furnishing supplies and materials to the
contractors doing such grading and
WHEREAS, Such laboi, supplies and material
have never been paid for.
Rcmlred, That the committee on public lands
to whom was referred the above entitled bill,
be instructed to so*amend it as to make provis
ion forth payment of those debts, as they are
the only debts contracted for which the State
received any actual \alue.
Mr. Bowler offered the following which,
under notice of debate by Mi. Purdie, went
over under the rules*
Rtwlved, That the judiciary committee be
instructed to report from day to day, as speed
ily as practicable, the evidence in the Page im
peachment case, and that such reports be
printed and laid upon the desks of members.
By Mr. BrandtProhibiting catching of fish
in Sleepy E Lake.
Mr. Campbell, W. M.To enlarge bounda
ncs of Independent School No. 14, in the county
Mr. McCreaTo change name of town of
Partridge in Clay county, to Highland Grove.
By Mr. PutnamTo protect the people of
Minnesota against the taxation, pauperism and
crime resulting from the manufacture of intox
Mr. BohanAppropriating S2,50 for re
pair of Normal school building at Mankato.
By Mr. BowlerAmending school laws, au
thorizing board of trustees to purchase neces
sary apparatusglobes, maps, c, far the use
ef their districts.
Mr. PernnAmending laws relating to
incorporating of the village of Lake Crjstal.
By Mr. BrainerdTo provide for the election
of County Superintendent of schools in Ram
By Mr. WilejTo locate a road around Lake
Mr. ChandlerAppropriating $1,000 for
building a bridge across the outlet of Lake
Elysian near Janesville.
By Mr. EdsonAuthorizing McLeod county
to issue bonds to the amount of $3,000 to de
fray expenses, &c.
Mr. EdsonLegalizing action of Couuty
Commissioners of McLeod county in issuing
Mr. EmmonsAmending the public
school laws of 1877.
By Mr. MeadAmending the act of 1876 re
lating to the building of a bridge across the
Mississippi at Fort Snelling.
sameA bill in relation to the grading of
Sycamore and Acker streets, in St. Paul.
Mr. HindsAmending the General Stat
utes relating to bills of exchange and promis
Mr. DenisonChanging boundaries of
school district in Rice county.
Mr. DennisonAuthorizing the county
of Rice to convey certain real estate in that
Mr. Clarke Changing name of female
By Mr. WilliamsAppropriating money for
building bridge in Yellow Medicine county.
HOUSE BILLS PASSED.
Detaching certain school district territory
in Watonwan county.
Prohibiting the running at large of domestic
animals in Clay county.
Prohibiting the running at large of domestic
animals in Chippewa county.
IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE,
the bill forth distribution and furnishing of
grain to grasshopper bufifeiers was up and con
sidered by sections. After considerable discus
sion, the bill was finally recommended for pas
sage, unaltered and unchanged.
The next bill taken up was the Hastings &
Dakota. Mr. Edson was the first speaker.
gave a detailed history of the road from its
inception, and of the difficulties under which
it had labored and struggled. exhibited a
map showing the lands of the company's grant,
and the amount of land already secured.
contended that the people favored the passage
of the bill reported by the special committee
the representatives of that section directly
interested in the road.
After further discussion, the committee rose
and the House adjourned to 9 o'clock to-day,
after having made the Hastings & Dakota bill
the special,order for to-day at 10 o'clock, and
also having accepted an invitation from the
Fish Commissioners to visit the hatching at
Willow Brook at 3 o'clock to-morrow.
THE GENTLE SNO If.
The Middle States Receiving: a Generous
SupplyKail road Trains Delayed.
CLEVELAND, O., Jan. 30.One of the heav
iest snow storms known in this vicinity for
years, began here at 2 o'clock this morning.
Trains on all the railroads running into the
city are somewhat delayed, and during the
morning general business in the city was
almost entirely suspended.
DETBOIT, Jan. 31.A snow storm prevails
generally throughout the lower peninsula of
Michigan. to noon about six inches
have fallen, and there are no indications of
cessation or abatement.
NEW YOB K, Jan. 31.A snow storm has
prevailed here since early this morning, and
communication by telegraph with the south is
A Thin Prosecution.
It is an interesting question, in view of the
action of the Grand Jury, whether Jerry Mc
Carthy's influence in electing Donnelly was as
legitimate as that exercised to secure his nomi
nation at Farmington.Pioneer Pi est
If every vote of our majority in the Sixth
ward of St. Paul was thrown out as fraudu
lent we would still be elected by a consider
able majority in Dakota county. We are in
clined to think that our good friend Jerry is
the victim of political persecution. What
are the charges against him? That he went
out occasionally and got a glass of beer dur
ing the electionhorrible offence That he
canvassed the voters while he was thus out
side in favor of his friends. Could anything
be more terrible! And, finally, that when
they were counting the votes at the close of
the election nineteen votes were found on
the table near Jerry's elbow, which it was
suspected Jerry intended to slurce off the table
with said elbow!!.'
During the French revolution they were
in the habit of chopping off the heads of
wealthy gentlemen on the ground that they
were "suspected of being sMpicioug." But
we never before heard of indicting a man
for a crime which he might have intended to
intend to commit.
l Cleopatra Obelisk.
LONDON, Jan. 31.A site has been chosen
for the Cleopatra obelisk on the Thames em
bankment at the top of the Adelphi steps,
between Charing Cross and Waterloo bridge!
Business is reviving a Uttle, as the farmers
and others who were waiting for snow have
despaired of seeing that desirable substance
in available quantities HUB winter, and have
begun to do their hauling on wagons.
Little Falls Transcript.
The Czar's army was the first Christian force
seen in Sophia since 1434.
Secret societies are on the increase. Funerals
are already too expensive.
Senator Lamar's speech has been published
in full by all the goldite organs East.
The French Academy of Sciences has awarded
the Lalande prize of Astronomy to Prof. Hall,
the American discoverer of the satellite of Mars.
Dr. Topai, one of the Pope's physicians, two
weeks ago thought that in a little while bis pa
tient would be able to walk with the aid of
Postmaster General Kej has about as much
of being Governor of Tennessee as of
being translated to Heaven in the chariot of
Extract from a new book of biographj "M
Carl Schurz i a one of the popular 'lecturers' of
the United States. is quoted at 6200 (1,000
francs) an evening."
A writer in the Household of the Punier,
/Vis discusses stone soup during the "grass
hopper plague." A excellent dish for the
next message, stone soup.
A sample of Russian army bread recenth
analyzed in Bulgaria was found to contain 19
per cent, of sawdust and 14 per cent, of sa"nto.
Haven't some of our army contractors of the
war gone over there?
Mr. Bowles' farewell words to Senator Dawes
are likelj to be remembered. '"Drop on jour
knees, Dawes, and thank God jou have done a
little good in this world, and ask His forgive
ness that ou have done no more."
Interesting announcement in the New York
World: "Ihe storj of Mme Modjeska's
crueltj to a canarj- bird is set at rest by the
statement that she opened the door and let the
bird escape before tohsing the cage out of the
The famous "Harry Hill." of New York, of
praj er meeting notoriety, experienced lateh
his first airest and lmprirenment. I tellin'
his audience in his own theatre the incidents'!
he wished promotion to the police who arrested
It wa reported in New York last week that
Mr. Thomi's, Lord, husband of Mrs. Hukh that
was, had compromised with his children
suirendenng a part of his propeitj But thosa
who know the old man best gi\e no credente to
Harrison's gra\e at Chnes,. Ohio, is suriouml
edbj shadj trees that make it a favorite resoit
for lovers, while the horizontal *la of the ik
cajing sarcophagus is frequently made to er\e
as the table upon which the fast joung men ot
the town pkj poker and other interesting
The bodj of a woman a crouching position,
in full dress and with rings in its ears, was re
cently found in a cargo of soda brought the
ship Irving from Peru to Rotherhitbc. it is in
a good state of preservation, and it is supposed
to be that of a victim of an earthquake hi
occurred manj hundied years ago.
The funeral of Mrs. Frost Thorne, Fmnj
Davenport's sister, was not attended 1 an
member of her husband's fauulv, who ha\
never "recognized" her. Sh had just mado
an engagement in San Francisco, where the i-h-
mate was better suited to her delicate hedtli,
when death intervened.
Sutter, the original discoverer gold in Cal
ifornia, has a claim before Congress foi land
that was granted to him bj the Mexican gov
ernment before California was acquired b% the
United States. The committee of the last Con
gress reported favorably upon the claim, giving
him $50,000 in lieu of the lands, but the matter
was not considered either branch.
Mr. Colfax arrived at an inn Warren. HI.,
the other night at a late hour, and as hp was to
take an early tram, he told the landlord thut
he would not go to bed. Th landlord, there
fore, who did not know his guest, ai-ked him to
act as clerk during the night, keep the hrcs
going and wake the porter in the morning.
That appears to have been the landloid's opin
ion of a man with a chronic smile.
Donald G. Mitchell (Ik Marvel) is a well pre
served little gentleman of nftj-nvc, with a
thoroughly New England head and face, and
perfect breeding of manner. But for hm
sparkling eloquent eves Mr. Mitchell might be
taken for a Boston State street banker, or a
college president, or almost anv thing save the
writer of romance and ideal tenemental ism.
Speaking of the passage of the anti-siibsidv
resolution, a Washington correspondent sajs
"The flat negative which it earned to the pro
posal to extend the Northern Pacific land grant
drew some votes to the minontj who would not
otherwise have been seen there. Frje, of
Maine Sanders, of Connecticut and Rice and
Morse, of Massachusetts, all voted in the nega
tive upon this account."
Lengthy desc nptions of the arduous and per
ilous marcnes of the Russians through the snow
and ice-bound defiles of the Balkan mountains
are being copied into Eastern journals. Oar ac
count of the experiences of Com pan F, First
Infantry, on its recent march to Standirg Rotk
is not so elaborate, but is enough to show that
the hardships of service on our Indian border
are as great as men can endure.
William Henrj Smith, Collector of the port
of Chicago, sajs the Secretary of the Treaburv
has issued a new set of regulations for the Cus
tom house in New York, and is reorganising
the force of employes in such a manner as that
thej will operate as checks upon each other, so
that if an importer desires to bnbe them into
assisting in a fraud, he will be obliged to bribe
so many that his profits will fade before the
There is some talk in St. Louis of a scandal
about Ben Bar's will, his widow declaring
that a power of attorney signing away her right
of dower in a valuable property was a forgen.
executed by borne one hired to personate her.
The lawyers ridicule the storj. and contend
that the estate is far from being so valuable as
she claims, and that after the debts are paid
little or nothing will be coming to Mrs
"He Was a Careful Man," "Now We're Busv
"Thej All It, "A Sound Affair.'" "Just
Fancy You've Ha I Before," '"When the Pigs
Begin to Flj," "Take tin., Sausage to
Mother," "Whoa, Emma.1"
"Britannia's Go the Needle," and "There'
Somebody Minding the Shop." are among the
latest musical idiocies in England. Th last
named is a patriotic song, the chorus of whuh
is as follows:
"So. although we are rich, and their fingers ma
On the gold and silver to crop,
Let them come when they will, there's monev in
But there's somebody minding the hop."
Mr. William Wheeler Hubbell. the inventor
of goloid, has had some of his proposed dollars
struck off at the mint. The new coin is about
as large as a silver half-dollar and contains one
twenty-fifth gold it weighs 258 grains. It
polish and brightness are remarkable. The in
ventor claims that the coin is more durable
than either silver or gold, and will not xidize,
which, on a coinage of .*100,000, reprebents an
annual saving of $500,000. besides a profit on
coinage, with silver at 54 pence, of $5,000,000.
Goloid has the dense ring of gold, not the light
jingle of silver, is the densest of metals except
gold and platina, polishes and wears brightly
by use, and feels clean to the touch. Gold coin
is easily counterfeited in color by metallic al
loys of copper. It is more difficult to counter
feit goloid on account of its density, color
cleanliness, and resistence to wear and ordin
ary oxidizing elements incident to use in these
particulars combined it can not be counter