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ST. PAUL, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1878.
TALK about Brandt's honor! Pali!
Foo ts rush in where angels fear to
tread." Perhaps this accounts for Brandt.
A EBAN(D)T on a wild goose chase was seen
Hying over the city yesterday with his bill
MiLiiS said it was nothing criminal, but it
might tend to disgrace him. And then the
committee wouldn't let him expunge it.
I Brandt had only thought about it he
might have "avoided the technical violation
of the constitution by calling it a loan." Eh,
BOARDS OF TKADE observed Washington's
birthday and hence we have no telegraphic
market reports this morning. THE GLOBE,
however, revolves as usual.
THK Southern Minnesota and Southwest
ern railroad fight has been compromised.
That is what they call it, though the com
promise seems to be a substantial victory
for the Southern Minnesota's interest.
BU.VN(D)T are exposed for sale in the public
markets of St. Paul, but, as they are not
there at their own suggestion, it is presum
able no reflection is intended upon the gen
tleman from Brown county.
THERE should be no unfair discrimina
tion. There is no equity in making Liberty
Hall a scapegoat, and allowing Brandt to
escape. Every day that Brandt is allowed
to retain his seat in the Legislature adds to
the disgrace brought upon the State.
"VVM. S. KING'S sudden departure for the
East while the State Fair question was hang
ing in the balance is accounted for. He was
wanted in Washington to respond to the in
dictment found in the Pacific Mail matter.
The District Attorney nollied the indict
ment on the 20th and William can breathe
freely again. We hope he will make his
Minneapolis fair a great success.
IN all this school text book fight, let if be
remembered that the friends of the Merrill
Appleton bill, while professing to be labor
ing solely in behalf of the people, persist
ently oppose all efforts to allow the people
to decide whether they wish the benefits of
the law or not. That ought to open the eyes
of those who imagine that the Merrill-Apple
ton bill is not a private job, as well as an
A MOKE careful perusal of the testimony
in the bribery case, renders it apparent that
we did injustice to Mr. Geib yesterday, and
as THE GLOBE wishes to treat all men fairly,
a correction is due. It is proven that Mr.
Geib was not a partner in the plot of the
immaculate Brandt, but only accompanied
him to the Merchants Hotel at his (Brandt's)
request. To Brandt alone belongs all the
honor and glory. Mr. Geib's course
throughout has been fair and honorable.
THE ways of the present Minnesota Legis
lature are past finding out. West & Co.'s
little job, which will ultimately cost the
State fifteen or twenty thousand dollars,
went through in fine style, while the bill
appropriating $5,000 for immigration was
killed in the Senate yesterday. That bill, on a
small calculation, was worth a million dol
lars to the State, but it has gone to the tomb
of the capulets, and
Of all sad words by tongue or pen
The saddest are theseit might have been.
JUDGE PAGE 'S friends are making a most
serious mistake in endeavoring to prevent
his trial by the Senate. If he is a martyr,
he should rejoice at an opportunity for a
fair and open acquittal. If the people of
Mower county have been persecuted as they
claim, they should have an opportunity to
make good their charges. A fair and
squaro trial giving both sides justice is what
the public at this stage of the proceedings
demand, and what both parties to the con
troversy should unite in securing. No man
who has a good case need fear a fair trial.
THE Washington correspondent of the
Why Gov. Pennington, after only one most
acceptable term, plastered over with high
recommendations, should have been left out in
the cold, is a mystery to civil service reformers,
and why W. E. Howard, after six or eight years
in Congress, with half a million in his pocket
and 70 years on his head, should totter on his
staff to the frontier at Yankton is another mys
tery but so it is.
THE GLOBE has already explained this.
Howard wag chairman of the Michigan dele
gation in the Cincinnati convention in 1876,
and at the critical time he changed the vote
to Hayes. Under our model civil service re
form he had to bo taken care of.
REPUBLICAN ESTIMATE OF WELLS
Wells and Anderson were investigated in
1875. Hoar, (Senator) Wheeler, Vice Presi
dent, Foster, Phelps, Porter and Marshall,
comprised the Congressional committee
Five were Republicans and two Democrats.
They went to New Orleans and investigated
the business of the lteturning Board, and
the character of the wretches who controlled
the State government. Every one will re
member Vice President Wheeler's candid
and truthful report to Congress, endorsed
and signed by the committee. The report
We are constrained to declare that the action
of the returning board on the whole was arbi
trary, unjust, and in our opinion illegal, and
that this arbitrary, unjust and illegal action
alone prevented the return by the board of a
majority of conservative members of the lower
In 18C7, General Sheridan, in repeated re
ports, not only declared Wells to be corrupt
and dishonest, but went further and said
that he did not have an honest man for his
friend in Louisiana.
A Republican House of Representatives in
1875, declared as follows:
That it is recommended to the House of Rep
resentatives of Louisiana to take immediate
steps to remedy said injustice, and to place the
persons rightfully entitled in their seats.
All the proceedings in Louisiana in elec
tions, in the conduct of the State govern
ment, in legislation and in finance, were
rotten with corruption. The committee
found that Wells had thrown out legally
elected members of tho Legislature on
his own affidavit. From 1865, and prior to
that time, to 1877, these rascals and thieves,
by perjury and bribery, robbed the people
of the right to vote, and robbed and op
pressed without mercy.
These are the men, or the brutes rather,
the "visiting statesmen" now come forward
to defend. These are the characters in whose
behalf John Sherman and Mathews, and
Garfield, are trying to induce the President
to interpose the authority of the govern
mentmen who officially appear on the rec
ords of Congress as knaves, perjurers and
forgers. There is but one conclusion and it
is this: John Sherman is afraid for himself
and associates, and he does not hesitate to
drag the President into the rum threatening
himself. There is no evidence yet that he
will succeed, and for the welfare of the peo
ple and the honor of the government, already
so seriously impaired, it is hoped that Mr.
Hayes may cut loose from all the confeder
ates of Wells and Anderson, whom his own
party have found guilty of injustice, dis
honesty and corruption.
MOSESTHE EX-REPUBLICAN PET
OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Who does not remember Moses? Not
Moses the law-giver of Israel, but Moses, at
one time, governor of South Carolina, the
friend of Grant and the idol of the carpet
baggers. What an honorablo fellow Moses
was, to be sure. Moses was a luxurious in
dividual, fond of good living, and extrava
gant in style. It required considerable
money to support this sort of a thing, and
Moses was altogether indifferent as to the
source whence it came, or the means by
Moses rather preferred stealing to honesty,
being by nature a thief. He consorted with
carper baggers, because they were thieves
like himself, and between them, they robbed
and plundered the people of South Carolina,
until their condition became so deplorable as
to excite universal sympathy. During all
this time, Moses was defended and upheld
by the Republican politicians in Congress
and out of Congress, and by the radical
newspapers all over the country as a pure
patriot, a loyal governor, as the defender of
the negroes and union men. In vain the
beggared people appealed for relief, in vain
the Democratic and conservative press de
nounced the scoundrel, in vain good men
everywhere demanded his removal. He was
sustained by Grant and the Republican party,
until his crimes became so outrageous that
the most conservative Republicans of the
State united with Democrats to elect Cham
berlain. Even after that, Moses had him
self declared judge of the Charleston dis
trict, and was supported by the radical poli
ticians and Christian statesmen." But he
did not succeed
This is in part the public record of the
robber Moses. Now what is the sequel?
Who was right, the Democrats or Repub
licans? Where is Moses now? A few weeks
ago he stole his wife's jewels, fled to New
York, was followed there by a detective
police officer, and arrested for stealing from
his own wife. Is it necessary to add a word?
We place this on record that it may be read
and studied by Republican politicians! Mur
der will out. Hypocrisy can not always win,
and one by one, the former idols of the Re
publican party fall to pieces in their own
MILL THERE BE A VETO
Will the President veto the will of the
people? That is the question. It resolves
itself into the proposition, whether an agent
has the power to thwart and defeat the prin
cipal. This is all there is of it. The veto
power was introduced into our system of
government as a check on the Legislature,
which had been omnipotent in England.
It never was intended to defeat the will of
the people, but, on the contrary, to execute
that will, and to prevent the Legislature
from enacting laws subversive of the in
structions of the people. This is the essence
and quintessencethe very corner stone and
foundation of our system of government.
One may read the history of the veto
power, study it in all its bearings,
its origin, its exercise not only in America,
but in all countries'where the people strug
gled up to put the bit in the jaws of despot
ism. Read the Federalist, the papers of
Hamilton for centralization, or monarchy,
and, on the other side, the immortal essays
of Madison for the people, and later, the
terrible invectives of Clay and the calm, icy
reasoning of Calhoun, and all were pro
fessedly and really, let us say, for the gen
The bill remonetizing silver and wiping
out the secret fraud of 1873, goes to Presi
dent Hayes for his approval with three
fourths of the people demanding, nay more,
with the American people back of it. Wall
street and foreign bondholders, and wicked
speculators and goldites are opposed to
the people President Hayes can not afford
to veto that bill. It would be the death knell
of this country for four years. Why? Gold
in New York is quoted to-day, under the
thunders of this financial earthquake, at
l%tbs. This is the answer to the whole ques
But, apart from this practical illus
tration of the wisdom of making
silver a legal tender the will
of the people has been expressed in the
South, West and North. Even Conkling,
the aristocratic representative of money and
of Belmont, dared not openly in a speech re
sist so plain, so honest, so necessary an effort
to restore prosperity to the people.
No one can deny, finally, but that remone
tizationof silver is the demand of the people,
and when the government ceases to reflect
that will, the experiment for one hundred
years, in America becomes and is an absolute
Is it not about time for the Legislature to
cease having so much secret work. We
have just had two secret committee investi
gations, and now the House itself has un
dertaken to perform its duties in secret.
This mode of procedure is all wrong. No
public exigency demands it. No witnesses
are going to escape by reason of knowing what
evidence has been taken, and no guilty par
ties are likely to flee.
It is a bit of unpardonable presumption
for the House to set itself up above the
people who give it being. Do these invest
igating committees imagine that the evidence
is taken for their especial benefit What"
object is there in having investigations
save to obtain facts and present them to the
public The secret session of the House
yesterday was even more uncalled for.
Practically, the House is putting Page on
trial in secret. He is pub
licly charged with certain offences
and star chamber proceedings are manifestly
improper. The public are entitled to know
what their servants are doing, and it is an
arbitrary stretch of power to close the doors.
There is still another investigation pend
ing, which, above all others should be open
and public. We refer to the Insane Asylum
matter. It is to be hoped that the Senate
will directly instruct the committee to make
their investigation open. Let this secresy
in public affairs be stopped.
IS ISRANJiT CORRUPT.
The sage of the Red Wing Republican
Some newspapers, as well as some legislators,
we notice, condemn Mr. Brandt for exposing
the bribery of the school book ring. If they
were in favor of the corrupt use of money by
lobbyists, their position would be entirely log
ical. They cannot believe Mr. Brandt a cor
The argument will not bear the test. THE
GLOBE is frank to state that it does regard
Mr. Brandt as a corrupt man. If Liberty
Hall had approached him and sought to buy
his vote the situation would have been dif
ferent. Mr. Hall did nothing of the
kind. He neither sought Brandt or at
tempted to buy his vote, but
Brandt this honorable man asked
a fellow member to' introduce him, that he
might offer his vote for sale. No one but a
corrupt man would make such overtures,
and whatever opinion may be entertained of
the matter, no distortion can disguise the
fact that the disreputable Brandt advertised
himself for sale and invited a purchaser.
Not only this, he publicly announced on the
floor of the House that he had sold himself,
and proposed to carry out his
bargain in good faith. It was not
until his friends surrounded him
with arguments which, perhaps, amounted to
more than fifty dollars, that he was induced
to repudiate his sale.
If this does not stamp him as a base, cor
rupt man, it would be difficult to determine
what more is necessary.
It is those who defend Brandt who apolo
gize for bribery, not those who denounce
HOW IS IT WITH THE HOSPITAL FOR
We had hoped, amid the avalanche of
charges against Insane Hospital manage
ment, all over the country, that the good
name of Minnesota would escape. Every
year for many years past, has witnessed dis
closures embracing every species of cruelty,
all kinds of maltreatment from
starvation to murder, conspiracies
and collusions to secure false imprisonment,
and the unnatural acts of relatives to rid
themselves of supporting imbecile and needy
members of their family. The history of
these things are blacker than helja was ever
Only a few days ago, a young lady en
titled to a large estate was rescued from
Bloomingdale, in New York, where she had
been imprisoned for seven years, by
her unatural sister, aided and abetted
by the examining doctors and by the keepers
of the mad-house. Judge Brady pronounced
the woman perfectly sane. This was the
case of Susan Dickie, whose name has be
come familiar to every one.
We have no means of knowing the truth
or falsity of the charges sent to the Legisla
ture. They are made by former employes,
and dissatisfied parties, but they are such
as to justify a most thorough investigation,
which the officers themselves will doubtless
demand. The State has been more than
generous to this public charity. It has cost
and is costing a vast amount of money, but
the hospital has always been crowded beyond
its capacity and it has taxed the utmost
efforts of the superintendent to care for the
unfortunate. We shall be glad for the sake
of humanity and for the credit of the State
if the charges can be disproved but as
ugly, though unauthentic rumors have for
some time been afloat, it is gratifying to have
an official and thorough examination ordered.
A Disgraceful Squabble.
The people are becoming thoroughly dis
gusted with the "school text book" farce, that
our Legislature has been forced to enact this
winter. Uniformty of school text books is
desirable, but the disgraceful squabble that
our Legislature has been crowded into is not.
A Fifteen Year Burden.
If the Legislature insists upon imposing
this fifteen year monopoly, of Merrill's
school book swindle upon the people of this
State, let a Republican Legislature, with all
its assembled wisdom, bear the consequences
but even that will not relieve the people of
the fifteen year burden which they must
t$t Business Governor.
We elected a "business man" Governor of
Ohio last fall. Indeed, he is all business. A
friend showed UB a commission this morning
issued to a notary public in this city, which is
signed "Richard M. Bishop & Co., Gover-
nor." "Uncle Dick" is so accustomed to
signing the "f Co." to his letters that he un
consciously added it to the commission.
[Wright County Times.]
John Sherman is building a long row of ten
ement houses in Washington. Where did he
get the money? Selah!St. Paid Globe.
Hall has started a daily paper in St.
Paul. Where did I get the monev? Ah
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THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, SATTODAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 23, 1878.
INTERESTING BUT NOT EVENTFUL
The Senate Pays its Respects to the Tax
Law-The Exemption Bill Makes a Lively
Debate-Everythlng for Jobs bat not
One Dollar for ImmigrationThe Page
Impeachment Business Engrosses the
House-Secret Sessions all Day and Even
ing, Which are Fully Reported Below.
This body showed its appreciation of the
character of the Father of his Country, by
doing a large amount of business, good, bad
and indifferent for the State yesterday. Of
the measures coming under the first named
head, was the instructions given the special
committee for that purpose to make its in
vestigation into the management of the in
sane hospital as thorough as possible, au
thorizing it to sit after the adjournment for
that purpose, with power to send for persons
Consideration of the general tax bill,
restoring in its essential features
the law of 1874, was completed and
recommended to pass. The most
exciting contest occurred over the section
fixing the compensation for publishing the
delinquent tax list, which, evidently by a
misapprehension of the facts, had been
placed at 8 cents. The injustice of the State
thus compelling the publishers (one of its
most important factors in the education and
development of the State to perform a ser
vice, upon which necessarily hinges the le
gality of enforced tax collections, was so ap
parent when pointed out that the price was
raised from 8 to 12 cents.
Minnesota does not want immigration, or
at least it does not need, in the opinion of
the Senate, to make any effort to that end,
and the bill providing for a board of immi
gration, the members to serve without com
pensation, with an appropriation of the in
significant sum of $5,000 for furnishing in
formation as to soil, resources, etc., is indefi
nitely postponed. In the meantime, Nebras
ka, Iowa, Kansas, and other Western States,
will keep up their bureaus, endowed with
liberal appropriations,and, as a natural conse
quence, get the great bulk of the immigra
tion, while Minnesota will earn the reputa
tion of being penny wise and pound fool
The most interesting debate of the day oc
curred over the bill to limit exemption to a
specified amount instead of having it based
on area, as now. At first the debate was
earnestly argumentative, the different speak
ers advancing essentially the same argu
ments pro and con made in the debate en
the same subject a few days since, as report
ed in THE GLOBE. Toward the last
the character of the debate was ehanged
to more of a personal character
and hits were given and taken with a free
dom truly refreshing. Mr. Donnelly, of
course, bore a prominent part in the debate,
both in its grave and personal phases in the
latter, acquitting himself most admirably, as
was manifest by the applause and laughter of
the spectators and members. In his opposi
tion to the measure, Mr. Donnelly laid par
ticular stress upon the point that there was
no demand fov the change proposed from
the agricultural districts. But, while he
should oppose any such change, so
far as this class was concerned,
he was willing, he said, to
let the cities have such a law if they
wanted it. He would, to aocommodate the
Minneapolis gentleman who introduced the
bill, go farther so far as that place was con
cerned, and vote to give them a law to sell a
man for debt, at public auction, and said he,
"if such a law had been in force, two-thirds
of the business men of the place would have
been auctioned off before this." The thrust
put the laugh on Minneapolis, but the bill
was recommended to pass all the sam. Its
passage is another thing, however. The
following is the
ST. PAUL, Feb. 22, 1878.By Senator Good-
richTwo bills amending the general laws of
1876 relating to challenge by juries in civil ac
By Senator PillsburyAmending the general
laws of 1870 relating to fees for conveying
convicts to the State prison. Also, to
provide for the publication of the proceedings
of county commissioners of Hennepin county.
By Senator WaldronTo drain a lake in
INSANE ASYLUM INVESTIGATION.
A resolution by Senator Deuel was adopted,
instructing the special committee authorized to
inquire into the charges made against the man
agement of the insane asylum at St. Peter to
extend its investigation into athorough exam
ination of all matters connect*! witlithe man
agement of the same, and to that end giving
the committee authority to sit after the ad
journment of the Legislature, with power to
send for persons and papers, and employ an
accountant if necessary, and report to the Gov
SENATE PILLS PASSED.
For the removal of the county seat of Lin
coln county from Marshfield to Morse.
HOUSE BILLS PASSED.
Amending the charter of Watervile, Carver
Memorial to Congress for an extension of
time to the St. Paul and Pacific railroad com
pany, for the completion of its extension line.
To authorize the county of Blue Earth to
construct a free wagon bridge across the Min
nesota river opposite Mankato.
SENATE BILLS PASSED.
Authorizing the city of St. Paul to improve
roads leading into the city.
Authorizing the board of education of St.
Paul to loan its funds, and requiring monthly
statements of the condition of the same.
Relating to suits in civil cases.
Relating to the independent school district
of Pleasant Grove, Olmsted county.
To amend the charter of the city of Man
To incorporate the Minnesota & Iowa railroad
Relating to service of process in railroad
Appropriating $20,000 for the enlargement
of the State University grounds. Senators
Ahrens, Bailey, Clough, Deuel, Doran, Lienau,
Morehouse and Shaleen in the negative.
Regulating the practice of medicine.
HOUSE BILLS PASSED.
Relating to the obstruction of public high
Amending the general laws relating to cor
Amending the general statutes relating to
Relating to civil actions.
GENERAL TAX LAW.
The Senate then resolved itself into commit
tee of the whole, and resumed consideration of
the general tax bill, which was completed and
recommended for passage, when the eommittee
rce and a recess.was taken to 3:30 p. m.
Upon reassembling in the afternoon, the
speeial order bill for a constitutional conven
tion was postponed to Tuesday next at 2
clock p. m., and the Senate resolved itself in
to committee of the whole with thirty-six bills
on general orders. :i
This bill being read and explained by Senator
Lienau, Senat Henry said he was opposed to
any more bureaus in the present low financial
condition of the State. The measure at this
time, as it appeared to him, was premature.
The State was now driven to its last extremity
in caring for the poor now in our midst, and
no further expense, in his opinion, should be
incurred than is demanded by the regular ex
penses of the State government.
Senator Nelson, with all due defference to the
committee, said the same singular luxury
had before been indulged in by this and other
States, and his experience was that they were
mere sinecures for the benefit of a few
printers and one or two individuals
who were thereby provided with comfortable
berths in which to pass away their time. He
did not believe in this hot-house system of
Legislature. Immigration would come to the
State naturally, and any attempt to force it,
was in his opinion, a mere waste of money.
Mr. Nelson also called attention to the fact that
the public lands were genearlly taken up, the
lands now remaining for settlement belonging
mainly to the railroad companies, or were held
in trust for them by the State, and the railroad
companies were perfectly competent to do then
Senator Lienau said when he drafted the bill
he had an impression it would be love's labor
lost, and that the specious cry of economy
would be raised to defeat the bilL His friend,
Nelson, this morning voted $20,000 for the en
largement of the University grounds, for which
there is no pressing necessity, and yet when
it came to advertising the resources of the
State for the purpose of encouraging immigra
tion, he choked at the insignificant appropria
tion of $50,000. Other western States were
making appropriations for such purposes, and
they found that it paid.
Senator Langdon of the committee had read
the paragraph of the Governor's message earn
estly urging such action.
Senator Drew, replying to the remark about
economy, said he voted for the 20,000 univer
sity appropriation for the reason stated, that the
lands sought to be purchased were rapidly rising
in value, and he would vote for this if he could
be convinced that emigrants were going to ad
vance in price.
Senator C. D. Gilfillan, in answer to the ex
tract from the Governor's message read,sent up
and had read that portion of the message urg
ing economy and reform in expenditures.
Senator LienauCould not economy be prac
ticed in cutting off some of the expenses of the
reform schoolsay 5,000?
Senator C, D, GilfillanYes you might cut
off all the appropriation.
Senator Langdon moved the bill be engrossed
for a third reading.
Senatea Henry moved to amend to indefinite
ly postpone, which motion prevailed by a two
The bill proposing a change in the homestead
exemption act from an area stipulation to a
limit of 3,000, within an amendment making
the limit $4,000 was advocated bv Senators
Henry, Pillsbury and Hall, and opposed by
Senators Waite, Drew and Donnellv. Amend
ments substituting $6,000 for 84,000, limiting
the act to cities of eight thousand population
and over, and another to forty thousand and
over, when the bill was recommended to pass
yeas 18, nays 12.
All the remaining bills were considered fa
vorably including that,for a settlement of the
old railroad bonds, when the committee rose,
and the report of the committee was adopted.
ST. PAUL & DULUTH RAILROAD.
The special committee to which was referred
the resolution of Senator Lienau for an in
quiry into the expediency of the purchase by
the State of the St. Paul & Duluth railroad
reported the resolution adopted at the meet
ing held Thursday evening, which resolution
was published in THE GLOBE yesterday morn
SENATE BILL PASSED.
To legalize the St. Paul and Hastings river
By Senator DonnellyAuthorizing the pur
chase of land by the State for an experimental
By Senator MacdonaldTo legalize an over
issue of bonds by the St. Cloud independent
school district. Rules suspended and bill
To distrain the cattle from running at large
in the town of ltavenna, Dakota county.
Adjourned to Monday evening at 7:30.
Whether as a judgment upon the House
or not, for its wilful violation of the sanctity
of the birthday of "The Father of his
country," or because of its other transgres
sions, if indeed such a pious body, as a
body, can be said to transgress, THE GLOBE
will not undertake to decide, but certain it is
that, judged by net results, yesterday's ses
sion of the House was a woeful failure, and
lame and impotent in its conclusions.
Its first error was its resolving itself into a
star chamber. The representative of the
will of the people of Minnesota and
their agent and servant, it ignored
its constituency adhering to prece
dents better suited to the dark ages than
to the 19th century and American traditions,
and seeking to conceal its action from the
people whom they were sent to serve and to
whom they were responsible. The only pos
sible excuse for secresy was the alleged de
sire to keep secret the testimony taken be
fore the committee, which testimony, or the
gist of it appeared from day to day in the
newspapers, and even before was known to
every one familiar with the Mower county
quarrel. Under this flimsy pretext the rep
resentatives of the press and all outsiders
were excluded, and to carry out the spirit of
their autocratic and imperial will and in ac
cordance with the eternal fitness of their
much vaunted precedents, one might have
predicted that before the declining sun set in
the West, Page would be drawn, quar
tered and hung, or at best sent to the Senate
and^hat body instructed to carry out its
sovereign will to that effect. But what a
fall was there, my countrymen Instead of
doing and daring, nothing but empty wind
is the vain, inglorious result.
The first squabble arose on the testimony.
Bowler wanted it printed and wouldn't vote
for impeachment merely upon the report of
the committee. Mead didn't want to hear
any testimonyhad heard enough of itand
wanted the House to vote impeachment
on the strength of the committee's
recommendation, and for his pains, was
called a "paid attorney of a newspaper con-
cern," by Col. Colville, who, in a gall and
wormwood speech, sailed into the camp of
the impeachers, and mussed up things gen
erally. Bohan made the best effort he has
made during the session, and he too yearned
for a dose of that interesting testimony, (and
he got it too.) But the Warwick of the
Pageites was the St. Peter delegate, Ladd.
Nothing less than than the entire budget
would satisfy the "craving maw" of this
gentleman, and Mr. Purdie, his efficient
"ancient," ably championed and seconded
the demands of the St. Peter representative.
So did a host of "lesser lights."
On the other hand, the attacking squad
ron led by Mead, the two Campbells, Hicks
and others, had no especial relish for that
kind of "light literature." It soon soured
on their delicate stomachs and under the in
fluence of the balmy attmosphere surround
ing them, they made strenuous efforts to
throw the whole budget "bike physic to the
So waged the war which the enterprise of
THE GLO BE reporter, (no thanks, however, to
the House,) this morning lays before an ad
miring world. But notice is hereby given
that unless the House to-day exhibits a more
friendly and less seclusive spirit, its doings
are liable never to see the bight, and to go
down "unhonored and unsung." And this
would be sad indeed.
ST. PAUL, Feb. 22,On motion of Mr. Bice,
the rules were suspended and a memorial to
Congress asking an extension of time to the St.
Paul & Pacific railroad introduced, read a sec
ond and third time and passed.
Mr. Campbell's resolution for the impeach-
ment of Judge Page being the special order for
to-day at 11 o'clock, Judge Campbell arose and
said he had examined the precedents and had
found that the reading of the testimony taken
before the committee was had in secret session
with closed doors. He accordingly made a mo
tion to that effect, which being put, was de
clared carried and the House went into secret
IN SECRET SESSION.
Upon the adoption in open session of the
resolution for a secret session, as elsewhere
noticed, everybody except members and officers
were excluded, and the doors closed.
As soon as this had been done, Speaker Gil
man rapped to order, and. in a few moments
thereafter Mr. S. L. Campbell called up the
resolution submitted by him on Tuesday last
for the impeachment of Judge Page also for
the appointment of a committee to prepare
articles of impeachment. A lengthy and ex
citing debate followed, which was par
ticipated in by Colvill, Ladd, and others
who denounced the summary character of the
proceeding, and demanded the reading of the
testimony to the end that the House might
know what it was voting upon, and act intel
ligently thereon. On the other side, Messrs.
Mead, Campbell, S. L., Campbell, W. M., Fel
ler, and others, who urged that the call for the
reading of the testimony was simply to delav
action, and Messrs. W. M. Campbell and Fel
ler both forcibly and strenuously alluded to
the impropriety of trying Judge Page for two
or three weeks in the committee room, and
again upon the floor of the House, and winding
up with a third trial in the Senate. They took
the position, and very ably enforced it, that it
was simply the duty of the House to ascertain
whether there was probable cause of Page's
being guilty of the charges alleged
against him, and that if there
was probable cause, he should be put on his
trial at once. If there was not probable cause,
the proceedings now pending should be dis
continued without further delay. The House
was not there to pass upon Page's guilt but
only to find out if he had probably committed
an offence for which he should be impeached.
The debate continued for some time when Mr.
Bowler offered a resolution for the printing of
the testimony and laying it on tho members'
To this, Mr. W. M. Campbell offered a sub
stitute, providing for the reading of the testi
mony whenever called for by any member of
the House, with a proviso, however, that the
House by a vote of the majority should at any
time decide whether the reading was material
or should be discontinued.
After some further debate, Mr.
Campbell's substitute was adopted an
the reading of the testimony commenced. The
Stenographer read from his notes whenever
called upon, and rattled it off with railway
speed. The first testimony read was that of
Lafayette French. Then came Davidson and
Basford's, which was followed bv Hon. Gordon
E. Gole's, and F. A. Elder's.
About this time Mr. Mead rose in his place,
and offered a resolution declaring in effect, that
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the side of the prosecution, should be discon
tinued, and cited numerous precedents in sup
port of his motion, and to the effect that the
present mode of procedure was an unheard of
Mr. Ladd followed on the other side, but ad
mitted that the weight of the precedents was
in favor of Mead's proposition.
Mr. Colvill was the next sneaker, and his re-
personal nature especially that portion
which he spoke of a certain gentleman as the
paid attorney of a certain newspaper concern
of St. Paul.
Mr. Ladd offered a substitute for Mr. Mead's
resolution, but as both w^ere tabled no further
notice was taken of them, and the reading of
the testimony was proceeded with. About this
time a general feeling of drowsiness began to
pervade the whole House. The zealous ser
geant-at-arms had closed every chink and
cranny in door and window, and fearing that
the stray ghost of a reporter might be hovering
in the cock-loft around the opening of the vei
tilator, kept that also closed as tight as a bottle.
Consequently the naturally ill-ventilated apart
ment speedily became almost suffocating,
and in that condition remained through
the entire day. Here and there the drowsy.
God claimed for his own some tired-out and
disgusted member, who rested his head upon
his desk, and calmly dozed away. Still the
monotonous sing-song of the stenegrapher beat
the poisoned air of the chamber, when Mr.
Wiley, of Ramsey, arose and moved that the
reading of any more testimony on either side
be dispensed with. The motion, however, was
lost by a decided majority.
Just before six o'clock Mr. Hicks offered a
resolution in favor of the admission of report
ers, when a spirited discussion followed. Some
of the speakers opposed it outright, while others
were disposed to favor it, upon the condition
that the papers refrained from editorial com
ments, and printed proceedings only. Still
others favored it, and they were the wise men
of the House, upon the ground that the
papers would get their proceedings any
how, and that it was only kicking
against the pricks to try- to stop it.
One gentleman, in speaking of"the folly of try
ing to keep the matter secret, said it was little
use to keep the doors closed and go through the
forms of secrecy in the chamber, when, once
outside, every mother's son of them would talk
freely and tell all he knew, and more besides,
to any one who would listen or to the first one
he met, whether reporter or not.
At this stage, Mr. Giles moved to amend bv
admitting the lobby, saying it was too much
like Sunday around there and that the House
needed a little livening up.
The chair, Sabin of Stillwater, decided that
the motion could not be made without a sus
pension of the rules which, he ruled, could not
be done by less than a two-thirds vote.
Mr. Robinson, of Winona, moved the previous
question, which in the prevailing confusion, the
chair declared not ordered, after whieli the
House took a recess to 7:30 o'clock. Previous
to the recess, a motion was made that when the
House adjourn, it adjourn to Monday next, but
the motion was not pressed.
At the evening session, Mr. Ladd called for
the reading of E. O. Wheelers testimonv, and
again the stenographer stepped forth and com
menced to read. After this had been conclud
ed, another chunk of Lafayette French's evi
dence was called for and read. By this time
the entire House was in a state of pretty thor
ough somnolence, even that left optic of Speak
er Gilman having begun to blink, when a mo
tion to adjourn to this morning at 8 o'clock
was made and carried.
Thus closed the session for the day. The re
sults of three sessions are outlined "above, but
as will readily be seen, are not encouraging for
a speedy conclusion of the proceedings. Very
little headway was made, and if fortune or
good luck does not come to its rescue to-day
the House will then become so thoroughly dis
juess what it will do or what will be the. out
comn of the affair.
John Sherman Not Insane.
Even the New York Herald thinks John
Sherman is insane. Sherman's alleged in
sanity has been partaken of by many a
criminal who is afraid to face the conse
quences of his crime. John Sherman is by
no means insane.
.'v.V :t.:/jC The New Society
The society for the cremation of women
has been started by an ea&nsiaatic son-in
iaw Cincinnati. ?ssSii*#x 'L
Hon. M. S. Wilkinson will deliver the an
nual address before the coming reunion of
the famous Minnesota First regiment, to be
held at Mankato next summer.
John Morrissev has entirely regained his
The latest from ex-Senator Wade is that he is
still very low.
The exact terms of the Lord family's com
promise have not been made public.
The automaton chess player is in Chicago and
wins five games out of siffgainst the best plav
Hell is still a topic .f discussion in Eastern
pnlpite, but the sensational preachers are look
ing around for a fresh subject.
Carlotta Patti has recovered from an opera
tion to which she recently submitted for tho
removal of a tumor from her hip
The late William Welsh, of Philadelphia,
philanthropist and friend of the Chippewas of
Minnesota, left all his property to his wife.
The most eloquent speaker in the Virginia
Senate is a colored man. an ex-slave, hut a
graduate of two colleges. His name is W. N.
Adjutant General Townsend concedes that
eight out of eleven officers of the United States
army might be dispensed with without injury
to the army.
An English war vessel will probably be sta
tioned on the Newfoundland banks to protect
the rights of American fishermen there 3gainst
the natives of the coast.
Twenty-one new subordinate lodges of Odd
Fellows were instituted in Michigan last year.
The total membership in the State is 13.222. a
decrease of 253 in tho year.
Pennsylvania is full of fight against the pr.j
posed reduction of the tariff. The party which
elects the next President will have to count
Pennsylvania on the other side
A former citizen of Montreal named Valient,
who died recently in New Orleans, is said to
have left a fortune of 15,000^00, which i
claimed by a cousin in trade atwmitrenl.
Salmon are being sold at the Memphis mr
of a few hundredt thousandn being planted
by a citizen of Memphis a few years ago.
The insurgents in Cuba may have made peace
with the Spaniards, but their brave compatriots
in New York will never lay down their arms
unless the Spaniards should come to New
time, decide wliof.hfir th rPHilinrr wnc mfitnnn w.*-i m_a.i u\
gusted that it would be rashness to attempt to ment that Lincoln insisted upon th advance
guess what it will door v.- i, a tk, upon am ante
The Franking Privilege Restored',
The Senate has at last fully restored the
franking.privilege and if the House concurs,
as it probably will, the old plan will be fuUy
in force again. The argument was that
under existing laws those engaged in the ex
ecutive department here can transmit their ^XtouTe
correspondence free of postage, while Con
gressmen have to pay large sums for stamps
that it has never been demonstrated that the
repeal of the franking privilege made any
reduction in the cost of transporting the
mails. Since the franking privilege was re
pealed in 1873, every session there has been
some bill restoring some feature of it. First
came stamps to the departments, then public
documents, and now correspondence of Con
gressmen. The provision adopted to-day,
although in effect a complete restoration of
the franking privilege for everything under
two ounces, is really only a completion of
the work which has been ging on unnoticed
since the privilege was abolished.
Private Corbett. of the Fort Wadsworth gar
rison. who was locked up in the guard house
for flirting with a wealthy man's daughter, has
testimony except on sued his commanding omcer for libe! and false
The free academy of Rochester. N. Y.. has
been practically abolished by reducing it to th"
grade of a grammar school. Cause, the unpop
ularity of high grade schoolr,. supported from
the public funds.
marks were decidedly acrid and of a somewhat ,u i
personal nature, esneciallv that .rt.i,l to the palace ot lehm
said to he still confined
igan. while his reigning
brother is accused by the fanatics among the
Mnsselmcn of having been bribed by the Rus
sians to betray their country.
Mackey, the California gold-bug. after cut
ting a great splurge" in Paris, has bought
Baron Albert Grant's painfull mansion in Lon
don and is going to show the Londoners how
California gold-bugs scatter their dust.
The Bavarian recently arrested at Lanesbor.i,
Minn., on suspicion of being the Karl Klusty
who murdered Alfred Anglen at Towanda, 111.,
on his arrival at Bloomington, lib, proved not
to be the murderer and was discharged,
The supreme court of Massachusetts has
placed three savings banks in charge of receiv
ers within a few weeks past. The main trouble
with each was Ions of public confidence, and
next came the shrinkage of real estate values.
The fixing of the ratio for the double stand
ard of money is purely a legislative function.
Why, then, should Congress leave to the gold
bugs' executive the selection of a commissioner
to agree with other countries upon a common
The ship Supply at New York, and the Con
stitution at Philadelphia, are loading with
United States exhibits for the Paris Exposition.
They are to be followed by the Wyoming, which
will take goods from both New York and Phila
The first bond of L). A. (tage as city treasur
er of Chicago, appears to have been \mi or
stolen. The city attorneys, however, do not
think the loss is materialperhaps because it
is not intended to collect the balance claimed
Wm. S. B. Curtis, the well-known athlete,
has sued the members of the Chicago Rowing
Club, now the Chicago Athletic Club, to com
pel them to pay ruin the indebtedness of
the club, about 1,000. of which about 81.400
is due to him.
The people of Washington, Pa., are so
shocked by the stoicism of Mr. Benn Pitman,
as shown at the cremation of his wife, and
disgusted by the scientific hardness of Dr.
LeMoyne, that they threaten to put powder
under his bakc-oven, as they irreverently call
his crematory, ami blow it up.
The first grand jury called in Leuance coun
ty, Mich., for twenty years, has been summoned
to meet in Adrian to investigate irregularities
in the Lake Shore freight department in that
city, whereby it is claimed grain shippers and
others have been mulcted out of many
thousands of dollars within the past ten years.
After long delay the suit against David A.
Gage, the defaulting -ity treasurer of Chicago,
and his bondsmen, to recover about 500,000,
has been brought to trial. One of the bonds
men, meantime, has died another has gone
through bankruptcy and the rest will resist
to the utmost the effort to hold them for Gage's
misappropriation of the city funds.
Grant has been given as the author of a stall
overland towards Richmond, for political rea
sons and was thereby responsible for the useless
and wholesale slaughter of the Wilderness cam
paign. But a lately published paper by Gideon
Welles attributes to Grant himself the" respon
sibility for that murderous policy.
The: Cattellsn who were Robeson's partners and
agentts_ thSeOswindling naval contracts of the
nave failed, and the head
Cattell, ex-United States
Senator, bosom friend and entertainer of Grant
and Robeson, is an inmate of an insane asylum,
on account of business and political troubles!
Little sympathy is expressed for them, the com
mon ctpinion being that it is an instance of just
punishment without the intervention of human
The creditors of the late Hiram Cranston, of
New York, who was a hotel proprietor, objected
to his wife acting as the executor of the estate
because of her extravagance, and in proof of
her being extravagant adduced the fact that
she purchased of one shoemaker eight or ten
rairs of shoes and slippers iu less than one
year. Mrs, Cranston finally compromised by
consenting to the appointment of a disinterest
ed person as executor. The estate amounts to
An army officer at Chicago who has been six
years in the Indian country says that religion.-,
influences arc responsible, in a great measure,
for the prevailing discontent among the Sioux
and Cheyennes at the agencies and in Sitting
Bull's little principality. He declares that the
competition going on in the soul-saving busi
ness is only equalled by the rivalry between
railroad agents in the grabbing of freight. It
is Catholic arrayed against Protestant. Sitting
BaU and his hand are all Catholics, and all the
Indians who prefer tket religion over the other
schemes of salvation are making for Sitting
Bull's camp as rapidly JK possible. The red
skint, who prefer tt remain the agencies, al
most without exception, are Piotestants,