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"Report of Committee.
Testimony in Detail.
An Excited Debate.
Contempt and Censure.
Kesolution for To-Day.
The mammoth comesthe foe
Tho monster Brandt.
Girtr'i'l'' of Wj/ominff.
Of all the days of the Twentieth Session
of tho Minnesota Legislature, yesterday,
taken all in all, is entitled to hear the palm.
From the beginning to close, the interest in
the proceedings continued unabated and at
intervals rose to fever heat both in the
House and in the crowded lobby.
"With the opening of the session the lob-
bies both above and below were filled up to
moie than a comfoitable jam, which by
noon had increased almost to the point of
About 11 o'clock the investigating com-
mittee which had been engaged in its labors
in the committee room up to that hour enter-
ed the House and in a short time thereafter,
Chairman Bice rose, and addressing the
Speaker, sent up the report of the commit-
tee and the evidence taken before it.
The Speaker asked if there was any objec
tion to receiving the report at that time, and
none being heard, ordered the chief clerk to
proceed with the leading. The report, when
the fact that it made no recommend
ation became known, excited but little
interest, and as soon as its reading was
finished, Mr. Vv. M. Campbell called
tor the reading of the testimony. At this
point every nei vo was strained to catch e\ ery
word that was uttered, and during the entire
reading the profoundest silence reigned su
preme. When thib had been concluded, Mr.
Bowler opened tho ball by questioning the
thoroughness of the inquisition, when Judge
Campbell got in a telling retort which for
tho time attracted undivided attention. That
CheSterfield of legislator-), in whom there is
guile, Mr. Kice, followed his
uiid gw most interesting
of the '-true inwardness"
committee's doings. .Next,
Goodhue w.ir-horso gave a
then there ir-iv music
and by the time he
account ot the
in the ail
pitched into the "gentleman fiom Carver,"'
things had come to fever lier.t. This reached
its climax when Mead demanded the judg
ment of the House upon "this man. Hall."
as he phrased it. Then came the judiciary
chairman, with one of his most seductive
speeches, and when he has a mind to, he can
make them seductive enough to almost
"raisa a mortal to the skies, or draw an angel
down.'' disclaimed any disposition to
whitewash, and on the contrary, was willing,
if tho House said so, to employ detectives
and attorneys, and gather in from the high
ways and by-ways every possible scintilla of
Aftei recess the fight reopened, and though
under the flimsy guise of a different name,
raged as fiercely and furiously as during the
morning. Every turn in the deadly struggle
is noted in the legislative report on the sec
ond page, as the two matters, the text book
and the bubery, giadually became inter"
woven and hopelessly intermixed. Through
out, the session was both intensely inter est
hig and exciting. Amid tho typical three
bushels of chaff, the observant listener could
now and then detect the three grains of
wheat. The struggle may not be renewed
for a day or two, but when the West resolu
tion of contempt against Liberty Hall comes
up this morning, it will again appear in all
its fury. The House proceedings in the
bribery report proper, appear below.
School Book Jiriberif,
Mr. Rice, fiom the alleged biibery investiga
tion, biibmitted the following report:
Your committee appointed to investigate
into the truth of charges of bribery
and corruption connected with the Mer
ril school text-book bill respectfully lepoit
that they have been engaged in said investi
gation at different times since their appoint
ment, with a view of ascertaining the tiuth of
such charges, and for that purpose
have called upon all persons who
claimed to know or believe that corrupt means
have been used to defeat said bill, to furnish
said committee with the names of witnesses,
and such other evidence as they might have
knowledge of, and in every instance caused such
witnesses to come before them.
That the testimony so taken is herewith sub
mitted. As to the effect of baid testimony or
the bearing theieof, your committee do not feel
called upon to express an opinion, as the testi
mony is very short and easily comprehended by
All of which is refepectfully submitted,
L. H. BISHOP.
S. L. CAMPBELL.
Mr. W. M. Campbell called for the reading
of the testimony, which wab then read by the
chief clerk, as follows:
Chas. C. Brandt, Sworn.
On Friday theie seemed to be a rumor afloat
that money was being used in connection with
the school text book bill. Geib, Klossner and
myself room together at the International.
We retired about ten. After we had been in
bed a shoi time, perbons rapped at the door
and called Geib. He got up to let the person
in. I discovered it to be Anderbon, a member
of the House. He stated his desire to speak to
Geib outside the room. Geib and Anderson
left the room. Some time thereafter Geib re
turned. He seemed excited and said the
rumor afloat that money was used on the text
book bill was not all false. He had been
offered money for his vote. Said he had been
at the Merchants Hotel and had been offered
$100 for his vote. That money was not ten-'and
dered him, but the party took a piece of paper,
and saw it marked 100, and said if the measure
carried, then it was marked 200. Did not state
name of man, but was given to understand
the offer would be open until morning.
Geib seemed indignant, that money should be
offered him. I felt indignant and| took it very
seriously. I went to bed and nothing more was
said or done about it. After I went to bed I
began to think the matter over, and concluded
it was my dnty to get further proof if I could.
The idea never entered my head that 1 would
change my vote on any matters. My Bole ob
ject was to get hold of money BO as to expose
the fact that money was being used.
Next morning the same subject came up. I
concluded to get hold of money to expose the
matter if Geib would go with me as a witness.
After breakfast Geib and myself went down
street to the Merchants Hotel. I thought it
must be done before the bill came up for decis
ion. I asked Geib if I could depend on him.
Geib said, "You can depend on me all the
Geib went up stairs with a man and soon
came down, and motioned for me to come. We
walked up staira. Geib said he had not taken
money. We went to the room. Geib intro
duced me to Liberty Hall. Geib left the room.
I sat down.
Hall asked me what I thought of the text
book bill. I said I thought it was a good bill
and ought to pass. He said he thought not.
We had some more general conversation, and
he asked me what I thought of the amend
ments. I said the friends of the measure were
not in favor of amendments. He thought it
ought to be amended. He asked what I thought
of an amendment to make it optional with the
districts whether they took books or not. I
said I could vote for it conscientiously, as it
would not affect my district. Then he asked
if he could talk business. I said he might.
He then said he would give me $50 if I would
vote for the amenament.
He then took from his pocket a bill. It was
$50. I put it in ray pocket. Then be says,
"will you vote for that amendment?1'
swered, as I said before, "I can conscientiously."
1 then rose to leave the loom, having all I was
afterthe evidence to prove that money was
being used, and was now prepared to lay the
money before the House. Hall asked me if
1 would vote for other amendments that might
come up. I made no reply. I baid to Hall I
wasanxioub to get to the capitol by nine o'clock
and made no answer to his questions,and imme
diately left the room and found Geib in the
general office, waiting for me, and we left for
the capitol. After we left the hotel I showed
the bill to Geib, and told him to take particu
lar notice of the number. I told my story to
Col. Pfaender and showed him the bill. I then
went to the House and the committee knows
what 1 did then. I sent the same bill to the
cleik's desk. 1 asked Geib, on my way to the
capitol, why he left the room, and he said Hall
tola him to do so.
John Geib Sworn.
Fiiday evening last I was in lied. Anderson
came and said a man at the Merchants wanted
to see me. I went and met Liberty Hall. He
tried to get me to vote on the other bide of the
bill. From the conversation I thought money
could be got. When 1 got back Klossner said,
"I suppose ou are bought.' I told them a
man that would vote for the amendment could
be bought. Then Brandt said, I don't think
any thing of that kind is going on." Nothing
more was done that night.
Sat in daj morning, after breakfast, Brandt
came to me and said, I would like to be intro
duced to that man." We then went to the
Merchants Hotel and 1 introduced him to
Liberty Hall. After 1 introduced him 1 left
and know nothing that took place.
After Braudt came down he was awfully ex
cited he asked me if I had taken any money
1 told him 1 had not. After we left the hotel
Biandt pulled out a $50 bill and showed it to
me and said. I have the proof on 'cm here now.
That is all that took place between him and
Question by Mr. Fellei. Did Mr. Anderson
make any improper suggestion to you?
A. He did not.
Q. Did you see Hall Friday evening
A. I did at the Meichantb hotel, in the office.
Q. Did he bay anything to you about the
A. He did not, but 1 inferred from what he
said, money could be got.
Q. Did "you take the number ol the bill
shown you by Brandt?
A. 1 did not. I did not look at the bill.
Biandt told me after he bent the bill to the
Clerk'b desk that it was No. 2670, to the best of
Q. Tell us what part Mr. Anderson took.
A. He only told me a tiiend of mine wanted
to sec me. We went on foot.
Q. Did Liberty Hall put any figures on a
card or papei
A. He did not. 1 only inferred from what
he said that money might be had. I cannot
recollect what he said. It was only my in
ference. He had a card in his hand and held it
up, but made no remaiks.
1 did say to Brandt that 1 saw figures on a
card. Thare were figures on the card do not
recollect what they were: think there was 100
and 200: no dollais maiked. I now do recol
When went to Hall he baid he wished to
talk with Brandt alone and wished me to re
Q. By Mr. Richardbon:
Did Brandt tell you from horn he I eceived
A. He said he got it of Liberty Hall said
he promised to vote for amendment to text
book bill consideration of the money.
Q. Do you know anything that you have not
told in reference to bribery or money being
used on the school book bill or inducement to
have men change their votes?
A. 1 know nothing more.
RecalledI did not tell Klossner that if I
would send men down they could get $100 or
$200, or any words to that effect. Hall nor any
one else ever told me that if I would send men
down that would vote on the amendments they
could get $100 or $200. We joked consideiably,
Klossner and myself, and if anything of that
kind wab said, it was a joke.
Jac ob Klos&ner Sworn.
Knew Mr. Brandt. Saw him last Friday
evening. After we retired a gentleman called
for Mr. Geib. Geib went off, and when he re
turned he claimed that he had been offered, in
an indirect way, as he thought, money that
is, he saw a card with $100 marked on it, and
was told, so he said, if he would send down one
or two members wbo could be made use of. he
might do so, and the amount would be doubled.
That is all of that evening. Next morning,
while we were dressing, Geib and Brandt in a
joking way, thought it would be a good plan to
go down and get some money, and then explain
it in the House. 1 remarked that I didn't want
any of that money. Then after breakfast
Brandt put on his overcoat and stood talking
to a man. 1 did not know the man. When I
turned around Brandt and Geib were gone. I
never saw them again uutil I Baw them at the
capitol. I was the first man in the capitol. I
did not know that Brandt and Geib went to
the Merchants. First I knew about it Brandt
made the announcement in the House. The
man who came after Geib I think was Ander
son, though it was dark.
Samuel G. Anderson, Sworn.
1 called at the Commercial hotel, Friday
evening, to see John Geib, my colleague, to try
and induce him to fight the Merrill text-book
bill. I told him that Col. Edson and myself
were opposing the bill, and asked him why he
could not join us. and then wc would be a
on the question. Said he would be* glad to do
so, only he had petitions from his constituents
asking him to support the measure. I told
him if that was the case. I did not want him to
do anything to hurt him at home. Did not go
for him to go to the Merchants, only to see him
myself. We walked along till we got to the
Merchants. Nothing more said about the Mer
rill law. We talked about farming, and we sat
talked a short time at the Merchants, and
Hall came along. 1 did not expect to see Hall.
This conversation about the text-book bill took
place on the street. 1 wanted to see him alone,
and did not like to talk in the presence of
Brandt as I knew he was on the other Bide. I
would like to say right here, as my name has
appeared in the Minneapolis paper, that no one
has offered me money to influence my vote or
action in any manner, since I came here, and I
know of no one who has offered or tried to in
fluence any member of this House with money
or other pecuniary offers.
Mr. Anderson returns before the committee,
February 21, and states further, at his own re
quest: I told Trewe, at the Merchants' hotel,
that I would regard it as a great favor if he
would support the amendment to the Merrill
text book bill, which would make it optional
with the districts to take or reject the books.
I told him that I was satisfied that it would be
to his interest to support the amendment.
W. Stills, Sworn.
Q.You stated on the floor of the House,
that men had been taken up out of their bed
and offered money.
A. All the information I have is, that parties
were taken from their beds on Friday night,
from the International to the Merchants. Mr.
Geib said they came after him after he was in
bed, and took him to the Merchants in a car
riage. He said some offers had been made,
which he was ready to state when called on.
This was Saturday morning. In regaid to
Hyland it was mere rumor I heard it at the
Windsor cannot tell who told me.
Question by chairman:Do you know of any
attempts to influence votes against the text
book bill by money or other pecuniary consid
A.I know of one case but decline to tell I
do not know of the effect of declining to an
swer your question.
Q.Are you aware that by so doing you are
in contempt of the House.
A.1 am not. I think the answer would tend
to disgrace me but not criminate me.
MILL'S SECOND APPEABANCE.
Wednesday, Feb. 20.Mr. Mills appears be
fore the committee and states that on reflection
he knows of nothing that would implicate any
person as trying to influence votes for or against
the so-called text book bill in any corrupt man
nei, and so desires to answer the question pro
posed to him by the chairman and wishes to
have the testimony stricken out after that in
reference to Hyland.
THIRD DAY, FEB. 21.
Ole O. Lien. Sworn.
I do not know of any money being used by
any person on the Merrill text book bill. I
have never been approached by any person, or
tried to influence any one with money in any
.1. W. Williams, Sworn.
I have never been offered money, nor offered
money, and know of no one using money to
influence votes on the so-called Merrill text
E. Hyland, Sworn.
I have never been offered money, or any val
uable consideration, to vote tor the so-called
Merrill text book bill, and know of none being
Jac ob Trewe, Sworn.
1 was told I could get 30 if I would vote for
the amendments. Andej-son came to me at the
Merchants, and said he could do me a great
favor, if would vote for the amendments. I
then left with Mr. Null, and Mr. Null said, if I
would go to Mr. Barthel and tell him
so that each could get $50, if we would vote for
the amendment. I told him, "No." said,
"Go along with us. and ou can get $50 now
or in the morning." That is all that wa.i said.
Wc did not go anywhere. Did not tell me
wheie I could get the $50.
Edward Null Swoin.
1 do not know of any member of the House
being offered any money or valuable considei
ation for the purpose of inducing them to vote
for or against the so-called Merrill school text
book bill, or for amendments to be offered to
the same, hic'i bill is now pending in the
House. 1 nevei-
told any member of the House
that he could get $50 for voting either for or
against amendments to said bill. I had a con
versation with Mr. Tiewe, and only gave him
my opinion as to the meritb of the bill. Think
1 talked to him about the reports that were
contained in the Dhpahh about money being
used to bribe membeis, but did not bay to him
that he could get $50, if he would go and set
liberty Hall Sworn.
Question by chaiiman. Have you ofteied
money oi any othei valuable consideration to
any member of the Legislature, as an induce
ment foi him to vote against tho so-called sup
plemental text book bill, or hi favor of any
pending or proposed amendments offered
Answer. I have not and do not know of any
money being offered for that purpose.
Q. Are you in the employ of any publishing
A. Yes: the house of A. S. Barnes & Co., and
Q. Have ou, as such, endeavored to defeat
A. I have. I have conversed with different
members of the House and Senate.
Q. Have you talked with Mr. Brandt, of the
A. I did.
Q. State briefly the ircunjsteneeb,. and
what was said and done.
A.Satuiday morning Mr. Brandt came to
room 21 in the Merchants hotel with Mr. Geib.
Geib introduced him to me when Brandt
stepped into the room. The first I recollect
that was said was by Brandt, that he called to
talk about the text book bill. Said he should
support the amendment to the text book bill
making it optional with the districts to take
books or not, and he said he intended to do so.
We talked for several minutes. I gave him
my reasons for opposing the bill. Asked me
what I thought of the amendment including
cities. I replied that I did not consider it
essential, and did not think it right that cities
or towns should be compelled to use the books
that it seemed to me the best way to get along
was to leave it optional with the districts.
Brandt said he thought BO too and intended to
vote for the amendment making it optional.
That was all that was said about the text book
bill. Then talked on other subjects about
the grasshopper troubles said his county suf
fered, and he had Buffered, and was hard up.
Nothing more had been said as to how he in
tended to vote on the text book bill. Mr.
Brandt is in my congressional district. I never
met him before this time. I did not procure
the appointment for him to come to my room,
and did not know that he was coming. I took
him to be an influential man in his communi
ty. When Brand't got up to leave the room I
gave him fifty dollars. It was my own money,
and not given with any idea of procuring his
vote on that amendment, as he had stated un
qualifiedly that he was a friend of the amend
ment. The point I had in my mind was to
secure him as a friend in case I wanted his
assistance in political matters in the future.
Q.Did you converse with Geib the night
before at the Merchants?
Q.What was the conversation?
A.It was brief cannot haidly tell but the
substance wascan't you give me a lift on this
bill. He told me he could not, and that was
about all he Baid his constituents were in favor
of the bill, and that ended the conversation as
far as I know,
Q.Did you intimate to him that parties
that would vote for the bill could get $100, or
A.I did not. I had an envelope in my
hand did not show it to him, to my knowl
edge. What was in the envelope I do not know.
This was in the office or saloon of the hotel. I
am not positive whether I asked him if he
could not get another member. If I did, I
have forgotten it. I did not send anyone to
bring Geib to the hotel.
Q.Have you paid out any money for, or
belonging to "any parties in order to defeat this
Merrill text book bill?
A.Not to any member of the Legislature,
but have employed one or two to help defeat
the bill for a short time not connected with the
Legislature. I did not see Geib, to my knowl-
edge, on the morning that Brandt came to my
room until he brought Brandt. He came to
the door and introduced Brandt, and left im
Col. Pfeender, Sworn.
Saturday morning last Brandt came to my
office and showed me a fifty dollar bill said he
had found out there was money being used to
defeat the text book bill said the bill had
been tendered to him as bribe to vote for the
amendment to the text book bill, and he had
determined to expose it, and asked me to take
the number of the bill I did so it was No.
2670, Government No. V, 129144, $50.
Question. Have you any knowledge of money
being offered to any member of the Legislature
to induce him to vote on the text book bill, or
any other question coming before the Legisla
A. I have not. s*
Mr. Bowler was disposed to question the
thoroughness of some of the questions put by
Judge Campbell retorted that the very ques
tions Bent in by the gentleman himself to be
propounded to Mr. Lien were put an answered, ,3,*
andwereembodiediny^report-i^am^tthel identical language used by the gentleman, Mr.
Mr. Rice further explained that the examina
tion was made as thorough as possible, and that
every question bearing on the matter had been
Mr. Lien demanded that Mr. Bowler cross
examine him. I
Mr. Colvill said the evidence exposed a most
disgraceful transaction, and that some action
should be taken by the House. The transac
tion was a devious and questionable one. He
wanted to know if this transaction of L' berty
Hall, who wanted political support, was a speci
men of civil service reform. The transaction
should be stamped as it deserves. He was, sur
prised at one transactionthat the gentleman
from Carver, who proclaimed his knowledge of
the transaction, should, when he went before
the committee, decline to state anything about
Mr. Mills put in a disclaimer, and Mr. Col
vill said Mills had said he (Mills) knew of one
case, and yet he declined to answer.
Mr. Mills said the offer had nothing in it
about money r other valuable consideration,
and that he declined disclosing on the ground
of personal relations.
Mr. Colvill said he had understood the reabon
for the gentleman's refusal to answer was that
it had connection with some secret society. He
wanted the views of the House on that. He
was glad Brandt's evidence showed that he
could conscientiously vote for the amendment.
Mr. Mead hoped that the House, if it meant
to take any action with this man Hall, who he
had no doubt had committed bribery as well as
perj ury, would do so immediately, before the
close of the present term of the criminal courts
of Ramsey county.
Mr. McCrea said he believed the committee
had done their duty.
Mr. S. L. Campbell said he had called upon
the leaders of the text book bill and every one
of them said he knew nothing but rumors. He
said to the author ot the bill, feend an attorney
in to cross-examine the witnesses and give us
their names and they will be summoned. The
insinuation was that they wanted to whitewabh.
That was not the case, the committee did not
ask to be discharged. Bend them back and
employ attorneys and detectiveb to bring e\ery
particle of evidence they could gather. No
one had been before them who was unwilling to
answer all questions of the House right here.
He could get nothing but
umors. He had no
disposition to whitewash.
Mr. Bowler insisted upon hib original state
ment. He wanted to throw out no insinuation
against the committee, but he would like to
ask whether any lawyer would have been satis
tied with such an examination.
On motion of Mr. Purdie, the Hoube took a
recess to 2:30.
Mr.W.M.Campbell said the report of the com
mittee had been sufficiently thorough,and for his
part he was glad no more disgraceful matters had
been developed. He moved to accept the re
port of the committee.
Mr. Williams was willing to be cross-ex am
ined by any one who was not satibfied with his
examination before the committee.
Mr. McDermott was dibsatisfied with the ac
tion of the investigating committee. He was
proceeding to speak of the matter, when Mr.
Drcsbach of Winona made the point that the
gentleman was out of order.
The point was sustained, and Mr. Campbell'h
motion was carried almost unanimoubly.
Mr. Morse, who had voted in the negative,
thought the renoit should be recommitted
to the committee with instiuctions to report
their conclusions of fact.
Mr. W. M. Camnbell hoped the House would
do no such thing. If any one was in contempt
of the House for refusing to answer questions
proposed by the committee, that was a separ
ate mattei and had nothing to do with this re
Mr. Robinson moved the report be recommit
ted, with instructions to report the conclusions
of the committee. He appealed to the House
to bring out all the facts and to allow
no one to be screened, no matter who may be
Mr. Campbell was willing to have the com
mittee investigate Mills' case and would vote
to instruct the committee to do so. He offeted
an amendment to that effect.
Mr. Rice contended that the committee had
not been instructed to report their conclusions
but only the facts.
Mr. J. P. West offered the following, which
after some discussion, went over under notice
of debate by Mr. Buffum:
WHEREAS, The report of the committee of
this House, appointed to investigate into the
matter of the alleged" bribery of Hon. Charles
Brandt, a member of the House of Representa
tives, discloses the fact that Liberty Hall, on
the 16th day of February, A. D., 1878, at the
city of St. Paul, in this State, did wilfully and
corruptly give one fifty-dollar bill, of the value
of fifty dollars, to the Hon. Charles Brandt,
then and there a member of this House, for
the purpose of corruptly tempting and compen
sating said Hon. Charles Brandt to vote cor
ruptly and under restraint for certain amend
ments to be proposed to the Merrill text book
bill, then pending before the House and that
said Hon. Charles Brandt did receive said fifty
dollar bill therefore,
JResobvi, That Liberty Hall be, and hereby
is in contempt of this House of Representa
tives for his wilful and corrupt conduct in
bribing, or attempting to bribe said Hon.
Charles Brandt, one of its members, while the
House of Representatives was in session and
that the said House of Representatives hereby
directs its honorable Speaker to cause the
sergeant-at-arms of the House to forthwith
arret said Liberty Hall, and biing him before
the body of the house to receive its censure,
and to abide its future action in the premises.
Mr. Buffum gave notice of debate.
Mr. Purdie moved to suspend the rules.
Mr. Sabiu inquired what authority thisHonse
had over the person of Mr, Hall?
Mr. Purdie's motion was then put, and, on
division, resultedayes 41. Lost.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21.The House committee
on elections to-day, 6 against 5, agreed that
Benj. Dean, Democrat, wa9 elected from the 3d
Massachusetts congressional district, and that
Walbridge C. Field, Republican, wasn't entitled
to his seat. The vote is as follows: In favor of
Dean, Harris, Springer, Tumey, Cobb. Williams,
and Ellis in favor of Field, Candler. Demo
crat, Wait, Thornburgh, Price, Hiscock. Re
publicans. The case will be called up Wednes
day next, and a minority report will be pre
sented by Candler.
The committee to-day unanimously concurred
in the report made by the sub-committee on the
Frest-Metcalf Missouri case, that no additional
time for hearing of testimony be granted.
Cardinal Antonelll's Love Case,
LONDON. Feb. 21.A Roman correspondent
says in the Antpnnelli will case the court de
cided that the plaintiff, Countess Lambertine,
the deceased cardinal's alleged daughter,
should be permitted to introduce evidence in
support of her case, and condemned the defend
ant, Count Autonelli, to pay the coats of the
first stage of the proceedings. -K 4 a
ST. PAUL, FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 22, 1878. NUMBER 39.
EUUom TROUBL E
.1 FRESH WAR EXCITEMENT IX EN6-
Effect of Bismarck's Speeck on tlie Pow-
ersRussian Army MovementsTurkish
Mission to tlie Czar Seeking for Better
Peaee Terms--Servia Dissatisfied With
LONDON, Feb. 21.A Vienna correspondent
says: If the impression produced by Prince
Bismarck's speech in the German Reichstag,
Tuesday, be a mingled one. the declarations of
Herr Benningsen, and the warmly sympathetic
way in which they were received by the House,
have here produced unalloyed satisfaction,
proving, aB they do. that the thoughtful min
ister, in his responsible position, must endeavor,
in the German Parliamentm to hold the balance
evenly between^ Austria and Russia. Neverthe-
the former, and the great value of this is fully
A St. Petersburg correspondent bays Bis
marck's speech produced no impression what
ever in official circles, being precisely what
was anticipated several days ago. Indeed, its
general scope and tone were confidently pre
dicted by people whose prophetic inspiration
was probably derived trum official somces.
A Paris correspondent says the chief thing
remarked here is Prince Bismarck's de
sire to absolve Germany from all responsibility
and to maintain a just equilibrium between
Rubbia and Austria. After this speech people
are more than ever drscusbiug the policy of
EXCITEMENT IN LONDON.
LONDON, Feb. 21, 2.30 p. m.It is reported a
cabinet council was hastily summoned thib
morning. Lord Cairns, lord high chancellor,
being called from the healing of a case in the
House of Lords. The stock market is very dull
and heavy in consequence of this report, and
Russian securities are one per cent, lower than
RUSSIA AND SERVIA.
BELGRADE, Feb. 21.Negotiations between
Rubsia and Servia continue. The Russians
have waived the incorporation of Nisch with
the new pro\ince of Bulgaria, but insibt upon
the Servians relinquishrng Perd and Okpollan
ka. This caubes much indignation in Servia.
TREATY OF PEACE.
CoNsrANTiNOPLE. Feb. 21.It is said Russia
btipulates for a date by which the treaty of
peace must be signed at Constantinople. Theie
are 20,000 Russians at Tchatalda, but they are
not advancing beyond that place. The Rus
sians are fortifying Rodosto.
A PEACE STIPULATION.
An Adrinople correspondent says the peace
negotiations pioposed will be made to have a
tribute of money to be reserved from Bulgaria
paid into the Impeiial Ottoman bank fur the
benefit of Turkish bondholders.
RUSSIAN ARMY MOVEMENTS.
A special from Belgiade sayb six thousand
Russians aie expected to occupy the Pabhaleck
of Nisch shortlv.
THE CONFERENCE MEEriNG.
LONDON, Feb. 21.In the Hoube of LordB
this afternoon Lord Derby btated the difficulty
as to a place for the meeting of the conference
had been removed, and that Baden Baden had
been chosen. Austria proposed the meeting
should take place the first week in March, but
this government objects to the shortness of
time asked, and will not deviate from the
usual course ot sending an ambassador.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Feb. 21.It isrepoited that
the Governor of Erzeioum hab telegraphed the
Porte that the evacuation of that place is im
possible, as owing to the interruption of COTI
munieationb by snow the troops could not
obtain biipplies outside of the city.
BETTER UIMES WANTED.
PERA, Feb. 21.Naruyk Pasha's mission to St.
Petersbuig is to endeavor to obtain from the
Czar a modification of the terms of peace,
especially those touching the withdrawal of
Mussulmans fiom Bulgaria, and the limits of
the new principality, which rt btated the
Russians now insibt on bringing within a few
miles of Constantinople.
Sr. PETERSBURG. Feb. 21.It is generally
felt that Russia's present relatronh with Rou
mania are extremely awkward, but the the gov
ernment shows no signs of relinquishing its
demands for the retrocession of Bessarabia.
ENGLISH WAR NOTES.
An officer of the horse guards arrived at Bris
tol yesterday accompanied by a veterinary sur
geon to purchase five thousand horses for the
war office. The officer states this is a pait of a
purchase of twenty-one thousand horses which
have been ordered.
The government has purchased another iron
clad built for Turkey. It mounts ten twelve
The suspicion is widespread that the govern
ment intends dissolving Parliament about
A conviction prevails in Berlin that the mili
tary and court parties at Vienna will induce
the Emperor to settle amicably with Russia
notwithstanding the prepossessions of the Hun
The Australian colonies are considering
measures to be adopted for the defense of the
coasts in the event of Great Britain engaging
A considerable number of Russian troops are
concentrating beyond Adrianople.
The foreign office has given notice to Lloyd's
that the prohibition of the export of grain and
other products from Black Sea ports has been
raised, but that the torpedoes have not yet
LONDON, Feb. 22.The war office has invited
tenders for supplying 150,000 Henry rifles.
LOXDON, Feb. 22.It is stated positively in
the'lobbies of Parliament that the government
has received private infoimation that the
Turkish fleet is to be surrendered to Rucsia,
and that part of it has already been surren
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 21.The Aqence Sussf
says "Together with the whole Russian press
we unresnredly approve of Prince Bismarck's
speech. The Agcnrc declares that England's
armaments are ill calculated to inaugurate
A Private Insane Asylum and Four In
mates Perish in the FlamesChicago
Beef Packing House Burned.
CHICAGO, Feb. 26.Indirect report has reach
ed here that Tuesday evening the insane asy
lum at Winosky, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin,
was totally destroyed by fire, and that four in
mates, Lucretia Toothaker, Mrs. McDonald.
August Aithrop, and Billy Dolan, an Indian,
perished in the flames. For some reason no
attempt has been made to remove their bodies,
and they still lie in the smouldering ruins,
the property loss is only S4,000 to ?5,000, with
no insuiance. G. S. Jewitt, the keeper, owned
the building. A defective flue is the cause.
Early this morning the beef-packing house
of Nelson Morris, at the Union stock yards,
the largest in the country, was entirely de
stroyed bv fire. 1.200 carcasses of beef, 1.200
hides, 1.000 banels of tallow, and two dogs,
valued at $100 each, were In the building. The
firm estimate their loss at 8120,000 to $150,000.
The only known insurance was $10,000 on the
building and fixtures. The contents were un
British steamship Stowford from Liverpool
for Portland, Me., is bo long overdue that fears
are entertained for her safety. She is an iron
screw steamer, 1485 tons, and owned in North
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THETEXT BOOK JOB.
What a leading Educational 1'aprr Says.
[Boston National Journal of Education.]
Educational affairs in this Northwestern
State are receiving a great ileal of attention.
A bill passed thejiegislatore of last winter,
under which the State made a contract with
a certain party for aU the text-books for her
common schools. The bill was in no sense
representative of the opinions of the educa
tional men of the State. I was a piece of
robbery from the beginning, and was pushed
through by the efforts of the fanatics and
demagogues of the legislature. I was ex
pected that a mammoth printing establish
ment would be set at the capital, and
that the profits would be large and certain,
as the State herself would be the sole pur
chaser. But grave defects in the daw ap
peared. All efforts on the part of the con
tractor to get the' machinery in motion were
futile. I the first place, it turned out that
there was no intention on his part of manu
facturing a book. On the contrary, he at
once sought to enlist some established pub
lishing-house in his scheme. This plan did
not meet with success. The law itself was
so loose in its phraseology, and the payment
on the part of the State so uncertain, that
publishers declided to have any thing to do
with the scheme.
Finally, however, late in the fall, the con
tractor succeeded in obtaining a series of
books, which were presented to the commis
sioners appointed under the law to examine
the books, and were accepted by a majority
of their number,the State superintendent
voting in the negative.. Th series is one
which never met with success. It consists
of books made to order by one of the ma
chines kept by publishers for that purpose.
Teachers did not want them, agents could
not sell them, and the publishers grasped at
the contractor's scheme for forcing them up
on the schooh of the State as being an easy
way of selling their unpopular books. But
they are likely to fall short of their expecta
tions. Public sentiment has been aroused
by the imposition, and the legislature now
sitting has been overwhelmed with petitions
for the modification or unconditional repeal
of the law. Superintendent Burt, in his re
port, sets forth his reasons for voting against
the books. This drew replies from other
members of the commission, from the author
of the books, and from the contractor. To
these Mr. Burt gave decided treatment.
substantiates his position by direct proof,
and by the confirming testimony of the lead
ing educational men of the State.
Meanwhile legislators began to see that
they must heed the strong and growing wave
of public opinion against the measure. It is
still undecided, but the prospects are bright
ening, The leading papers which have been
silent, or cautiously favoring the contractor,
are beginning to see where they must plant
their feet. It is regretted by all that so little
opposition was offered to the project last
year. I Wisconsin a similar measure was
killed by the prompt and fearless course of
Superintendent Searing. I was the same
story of the printers and jobbers at the
capital, longing for the fat of a huge State
establishment. Had Mr. Burt set his heel
upon the matter in its intancv, as did Mr.
Searing, Minnesota would not have been dis
graced by the law and its consequences.
But, considering the gallant fight which he
is now making, the people are disposed to
overlook the delinquencies of last year.
The latest develoyment is a proposition
from all the leading publishing houses to
bond themselves to furnish any or all of
their books to the districts of the State at
prices as low, or lower, than those named by
the contract under this law. This is a power
ful argument against tho law.
Finulli/ Itrouyht That "Unwritten Story
N EW YORK, Feb. 10, 1878.To (fit Editor
of the SunSIR: I view of the gravity of
the statement published in iha Snn of to-day,
declared to have been transmitted by your
Washington correspondent, whom I take to
be Mr. A. M. Gibson, I lose not a moment in
correcting the errors into which he has fal
len. and the most serious deductions of the
editorial article which comments upon this
statement. I the course of the debate on
Wednesday last. Mr. Tucker sent no page or
message of any kind to me, but, on the con
trary, just as I was about to begin the state
ment which I was unexpectedly called upon
to make to the House. I found that I could
not rememlier the name of Mr. Pickett, and,
seeing Mr. Tucker in his seat, I walked over
to it and asked him to gne the name, be
cause he had been on the committee before
whom Pickett was a witness. Curiously
enough, he could not recall the name, but
just then I rembered it my* elf. and I re
turned at once to my place on the floor.
There was no consultation with Mr. Tucker,
nor Mr. Kandall Gibson, on any subject
whatever, and if Mr, Gibson was there. I do
not remember having seen him.
Now as to the statement in regard to what
took place at my house on Sunday, Dej. 3,
1870. O that day I had an interview with
President Grant, who, among other things,
declared his belief in the right and duty of
the President of the Senate to count and de
clare the electoral votes. This statement I
communicated on the same afternoon in con
fidence to several gentlemen with whom I
felt it to be my duty to consult as to the
policy to be pursued by the Democratic
members of Congress. Mr. Tucker. Mr.
Lamar and Mr. Kandall Gibson were pres
ent at that conference, but neither then nor
at any later time, did either of these gentle
men make tom any declaration of their
views as to the right of the President of the
Senate to count and dec are the electoral
votes. The subject was talked over in a gen
eral way by those present, but no one. as far
as I can remember, announced any deter
mination as to his action.
Last summer, however, in Paris, in the
course of a conversation with Mr. Randall
Gibson, he told me that Mr. Lamar and Mr.
Tucker had expressed the opinion to him at
the meeting at my house that the constitu
tion was capable of the construction given by
Gen. Grant, and that they rather inclined to
view that he was right.
Mr. Gibson stated that he never concurred
in this view, and only mentioned it to me as
a curious evidence as to how little that im
portant question had then been studied e\en
bv able constitutional lawyers. enjoined
gard to their action during the Presidential
count, which, so far as my observation went,
was eminently wise and patriotic. Your
obedient servant. AUB^.M 8 HEWITT.
JOHN SHERJUVS FRIENDS.
Vain Attempt,* to Saee Anderson from Con'
[New Orleans Democrat.]
On Monday evening Attorney General
Ogden was visited by one of the talesmen in
the returning board case now being tried in
the superior riminal court, who informed
him that a person had called at his place of
business for the purpose of offering him a
bribe to stand by Tom Anderson, in case
he was accepted as a juror on the trial of the
Mr. Frederick Hollander is the juror who
was sought to be purchased. Mr. Hollander
is a merchant of this city, where he has been
doing business for many years as a dealer in
lager beer, ales, &c. Mr. Hollander said
that it must have been at dinner time
about 3 o'clockon Monday afternoon, while
he was absent from his store, that an in
dividual called there and, not finding him in,
ventured to propose to his brother-in-law
(who is bookkeeper) that if Mr. Hollander
should be accepted as a juror he would be
paid 1.000 to acquit Tom Anderson that if
that sum were not sufficient, it would be in
creased to 2.000. In fact, that Mr. Hol
lander might name his price.
i^On returning to his store after dinner the
fact was communicated to him by his broth
er-in-law, who was instructed by Mr. Hol
lander to say to the individual who had pr o
posed the bribe that if he, Mr. Hollander,
found the evidence to be against Anderson he
would vote to convict him: otherwise he
would vote for his acquital, but that there
was no money in New Orleans to purchase
'Then the proposition was not made to
yon directly V" we asked.
Mr. HollanderNo, sir. I would 6pit in
the face of any man who attempted to offer
me a bribe.
'Do yon know the man Mr. Hollander?"
Mr. HollanderOh, yes I know him when
I see him, but I do not know his name.
"Can you describe him?"
Mr. Holland -rWell, not exactly. I know
him when I see him. is a tall man, about
six feet high, and walks quite erect.
wears some reddish whiskers.
'Do you know his occupation?"
Mr. Hollander I think be is a commis
sioner of claims in this citv.
II hat Will lie Done Under the lilantl Bill.
Dr. Linderman, director of the United
States mints, has been questioned by a re
porter in regard to the capacity of the mints
to fulfill the requirements of the Bland silver
bill. He thought there was little doubt the
bill would become a law, and said he had
consequently been taking measures in ex
pectation of its enactments. Th three
mints of the United States, he said, at
Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson
City, would probably be able to run out
$1,"H)0,00 in the new'coius during the first
month after the" passage of the bill. I the
second month the number of dollars coined
would probably be increased to #2,000,000
while thereafter a maximum rate of coinage
of %:},000,000 a month would probably be
During the first year $:i0,000,000 of the
new dollars could be coined. The necessary
amount of gold coinage could be combined,
and the subsidiary silver coins also be got
out as rapidly asjhitherto. Between $5,000,-
000 and $0,000,000 in subsidiary Bilver coins
are still to be producad under the order is
snedby the secretary of the treasury during
Tw designs have already been made for
the new dollar. Both are very pretty, and
the few coins that have been struck in the
mint for the Inmefit of the Congressional
committees are exceedingly attractive in ap
pearance. Tho obverse of one of the de
signs, which, with a few alterations, will
probably be accepted, has a beautiful head of
liberty, a firm and expressive profile, with
luxuriant hair crowned with the traditional
cap and coronet, with shafts of wheat.
Above the head is the motto: E Pluribus
Unum." Below is the date. "1878." O
the reverse is an eagle with uplifted wings,
two stars, in a semi-circle the words "United
States of America," and beneath them, "In
God We Trust." The other design is simi
lar, but less artistic.
The mints, if the Bland bill becomes a law,
will still produce trade-dollars for the
AM. AKUVSIt THE GLOBE.
Edward L. Goodwin, city clerk of New Brit
ain, Ct., and formerly police court clerk there,
was arrested last night on the charge of a mis
appropriation of $6,500 while police clerk.
Walter Donaldson & Co., of New York, coal
agents, failed yesterday. Liabilities, $100,000.
The Governor of New York has recommended
to the Senate the removal of John F. Smyth,
superintendent of insurance. The Senate will
consider the charges of Controller Olcott
against the superintendent on and after March
The Sherman Hand mantel company, ex
tensive marble manufacturers of Chicago,
filed a petition in bankruptcy yesterday morn
ing. Secured debts, $34,000, with securities
worth SoO.OOO. Unsecured debts, $85,000 as
sets, in lands, open accounts and choses in ac
An Ottawa telegram says: In the House of
Commons Hon. Vr. Smith, minister of marine
and fisheries, said the government did not,
during tlie present session, contemplate making
any change in the coasting laws and regulations
A London telegram says the backbone of the
Kaffir insurrection is broken.
Charles Francais D'Aubegny, a noted French
painter and engraver, is dead.
Expedition Around the World.
W\SIONNGTON, D. February 21,The
Senate committee on commerce to-day,
agreed to report the following substitute for
the House bill concerning the Woodruff expe
dition. The secretary of the treasury is hereby
authorized to grant a register to foreign built
steamships for the sole purpose of the use of
the same by the owner thereof, for a scientific
expedition around the world, provided James
6. Woodruff shall within four month* after the
passage of this act, purchase the Bteamer, and
confidence on me, but I do not know that obtain from the secretary of the treasury a cer-
I should evei have remembered and repeated
his remark if it had not been recalled to me
in the course of a conversation with your
correspondent, Mr. A. M. Gilbert on the sub
ject of the difficulties with which I had to
contend, and in which many other matters
were referred to.
My relations with Mr. A. M. Gilon dur
ing the campaign had been very intimate,
and I had repeatedly discussed matters with
him to which I had no idea public reference
would be made. While I am surprised that
he has referred to this matter, I do not re
member that I enjoined confidence, as. in
deed, such an injunction was not necessary:
but he has evidently confused the dates, and
given a construction to the conversation I
did not intend, and which does such great
injustice to Messrs. Lamar, Tucker and Gib
son, that I hasten to relieve them from the
conclusions which you have reached in re-
tificate that the same is, in his opinion, suita
ble in all respects for such an expedition.
More Rewards for Informat on.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21.A revised circular,
just issued by the commissioner of internal
revenue, suspends offers of rewards for infor
mation as to illicit distillation in the States of
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Ala
bama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mis
souri, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia,
an more effective methods for the suppression
of illicit distillation in those localities is now
being put into operation.
Hendricks for President.
[In New York Legislature.]
Mr. Nelson, Democrat, made a speech, in
which he predicted the nomination and elec
tion of Hendricks as President in 1880, and
the wiping ojit,pJ the Ittden Democrats.