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Specially Reported for the Daily Globe.
The Business Office of the Minneapolis end
of the DAILY GLOBE will, from and after this
date, be found at No. 213 Hennepin avenue, up
stairs, where all friends are cordially invited to
call and eee us. Don't mistake the number
213 Hennepin avenue, up stairs.
About 100 persons attend the Opera House
saloon revival meetings every evening.
Harmonia Hall was yesterday decorated in
mourning, owing to the death of Anton
A number of Minneapoli'tans contemplate
attending the Mardi-gtas festival at Mem
phis and New Orleans.
Wm. H. Monib \wis betoio the district
couit yesterday, charged with larceny, and
entered a plea of -'not guilty."
Two trains are being built at the car shops
in this city for the through St. Louis route
via the C. M. & St. P. railroad.
The Mutual Benefit Building and Loan
association v, ill hold its regular meeting at
the new board of trade rooms this evening.
A thoroughly enjoyable class festival and
social was held at the residence of Profi
Winchell. in the Enst Division, last eve
Mi-. E. T.ddj has left on another trip
thiougli Illinois for the purpose of purchasing
horses tor the Bismaick and Black Hills
The condition ol the outraged daughter of
Mr. Olson was somewhat improved yester
day, and hopes are entertained of her ulti
Two young ladie-J were pro\cn guilty of
the larceny of two rings at the W) cent store
yesterday, but upon delivering up the ai tides
vere allowed to depart.
The masque ball given by the Minneapo
lis Turn-veiein, ai Pence opera houee, last
evening, was a perfect success, and was
thoroughly enjoyed by the large number in
Yestelday was observed as a legal holiday
in this city by the banks, telegraph office,
post otlice, municipal court, and several
business houses. Flags floated from nu
Col. King, writing from Illinois and Iowa,
states that several eminent stock-breeders
have promised to be in attendance at the
Minneapolis fair, to be held during the first
Week in September.
The overcoat stolen, from Mr. liobedeau
Some time sinco, was recoveied by Detective
Hoy esterday, and good evidence procuied
that it was taken by Miller, the coat thief,
now under airest.
Another individual in the city too mean to
live. He recently sawed off four very fine
maple shade trees on the corner of Monroe
find Sumner street,. East Division. The
trees were the piopeity of Mr. John Calla
Wm. 1'a-ut, the boy-beater ol Maple
Grove, has to be locked in a cell by himself,
to preserve him from punishment tiom the
hands of his follow prisoners. He is the
only man in the Hennepin county jail mean
enough lo pound a helpless oiphan boy until
he could not bo recognized by his friends.
A number of the membeis of the Scandi
navian Sunday school of Plymouth church,
propose to give a concert at Association hall
Wednesday evening next, the funds to be
uevoted to the benefit of an unfortunate one
of their number. The sei vices of Mrs.
DeWitt and Miss Floience Bar Ion have
already been secured, and, as tho object is a
worthy one, it is to be hoped that it will be a
Tho ball given last evening at Brackett's
Hall was even more than tho success antici
pated. The "Gen. O'Neil Skirmishers''
showed themselves to be good managers,
and the entertainment provided a very re
spectable fund to be sent to the mother
country. Speeches and lecitations added
greatly to the programme, and the dancing
was onteied into with a peculiar zest, in
spired by the excellent music.
Judge E. B. Ames, County Auditor Black,
Absessor S* W. Case, Alderman J. H. Con
key, S. W. Parnham, K. Russell and Col.
J. H. Stevens, together with their respective
wives, formed a pleasant little party which
assembled at the residence of Capt. Black
night before last. A peculiarity of the gath
ering was the fact that all of the gentlemen
were pioneers and old settlers of Hennepin
county and were all born in the year 1820.
A pleasant ceremony took place at the
residence of Mr. N. L. Nichols, on Hennepin
avenue night before last, it being the occa
sion of the union in mariiage of Mr. Harry
Hyatt, of the North Star boot and shoe
company, and Miss Eva Nichols. About 50
friends of the contracting parties were pres
ent, and, after the mutual congratulations
following the ceremony had been extended,
the festivities were pleasantly continued by a
general participation in somo of the more
recent and pogular dances.
THE GLOBE would like to know why it is
that Minnneapolis is left in total darkness
so far as street lamps aie concerned, long be
fore the hour of midnight. Night before
last for instance, not a street light was burn
ing on Nicollet, Washington or Hennepin
avenues, and several hundied pedestrians
were plunging about in total darkness, utter
ly unable to distinguish the dry spots on ex
ceedingly muddy crossings. It is an utter
disgrace to the city, and beneath the proper
management of a first-class village. Is the
city too stingy to pay for gas, or is the gas
company negligent in their duty.
The sad announcement was yesterday
morning made of the death of Mrs. W. E.
Burwell which occuried between 8 and 9
o'clock of the evening previous. Her con
dition had been very low for several ^days.
yet the blow, partially expected, falls with
terrible foico upon a large circle of friends
and acquaintances. Mrs. Burwell was the
daughter of W. C. Baker and but for little
moie than year the wife of Mr. W. E.
Burwell of tho First National Bank. The
Funeral is to take place from the residence
of her brother-in-law, Dr. A. Dnnsmoor,
corner 10th street and 1st avenue south, this
afternoon at 2 m.
The following is the progiamme for the
Dime concert to bo given at Association
Hall this evening. Remember it is the last
for a month:
CONCE RT PROGRAME E.
1. CherUreStradella Flotow
SongThe Watcher Geibel
Miss Libbie Whitney.
Miss L. Hewson.
Concert ArieClarinet Solo. Neibirg
S. P. Robinson and Orchestra.
Miss Libbie Whitney.
Blocking Bird, with variations, arranged and
played by Mr. J. A. McEenzia upon his ne~
Patent Piano Harp.
7. H. 9.
In the District court, yesterday morning,
the first case called was that of Patrick
Cavanaugh vs. R. J. Mendenhall and R. J.
Baldwin, partners, as State Savings''Associa
tion. The jury returned a verdict for
Ammiel Pease vs. Keuben Davis and J.
P. Nelson. Tried by the court, and judg
ment for the plaintiff given in the sum of
$100, with interest at 12 per cent, from date
of the note.
The divorce case of Anthony Yerger vs.
Eleonora Yerger was on trial during the
The calendar of cases for to-day is as fol
The case of Ovid Pinney vs. Jane Brock
way,et al.. was tried and submitted.
Margaret E. Chase vs. George Campbell.
Judgment for foreclosure rendered.
The case of Seiforth vs. Seiforth, not on
the calendar, was commenced, and evidence
taken in part. The case was continued for
the purpose of procuring additional testi
19L. H. Moulton, respondent, vs. W. H.
92Michael Callaghan vs. R. G. Menden
hall and R. J. Baldwin, late partners of the
State Savings Association.
[Before Judge Yanderburg.]
The court cases set for trial before Judge
Vanderburg to-day are
7Olive Waton vs. Harriet Murphy.
09The Merchant's National Bank of
Minneapolis vs. John Thielen, Thos. Lowry,
Emily Campbell, and R. S. Campbell.
74The Merchant's National Bank vs.
Emma R. Travis, Charles L. Travis, Thomas
Lowry, Charles J. Bartleson, George W.
Hale and Valentine G. Hush.
114William Horton vs. Solomon Gray.
115Mary A. Horton vs. Solomon Gray.
The Municipal Court was closed during the
afternoon of yesterday, but during the fore
noon the following cases were disposed of:
Two fellows brought in from Wayzata,
charged with stealing hoop poles were dis
charged for want of evidence.
The case of Philip Hartman for keeping
his saloon open on Sunday was set for trial
on Monday next at 9 o'clock.
Le May, the alleged coat thief, was dis
missed, the evidenced to covict him not
being at hand.
Tin- Arrest of the 1'erson Who Out rayed
Miss Emma Olson Trobably Only a Mat
ter of Time.
Yesterday forenoon a clue was found which
it is believed will ultimately lead to the ar
lest of the villain who recently committed
the biutal outrage upon the person of Miss
Em ma Olson.
It will be remembered that Miss Olson has
been positive from the first that she could
identify the brute, and although many have
been arrested on suspicion and presented to
her. she has failed to recognize them.
It however entered the minds of some of
the friends of Mr. Olson yesterday th at a
certain individual, who had recently osten
sibly kept a boarding house oh Twelfth
avenue south, between Fifth and Sixth streets,
bore a very striking resemblance to the man
described. The police were notified, and upon
going to the house found that the man had
left for the vicnity of Long Lake
the day following that upon which
the outrage was committed. A photo
giaph of tho pei son was secured,
as well as several letters he had written.
The girl at once positively identified the
photograph shown her as being that of her
assailant, and officers were at once des
patched for the arrest of the man if ho can
be found. The letters give evidence of his
being something of a scholar and a man of
no little culture. The house that he has
kept has had a bad character, it being be
lieved, though not known, that it was re
sorted to for purposes of pros
titution. The circumstantial evidence
against him if caught, will certainly be quite
strong and positive proof may be found.
At the close of THE GLOBE lepoit, nothing
had been heard from the officers in pursuit.
The Insane Asylum Outrages,
To the Editor of THE GLOB E.
In this era of reform it seems that con
tinuing developments demonstrate that there
is much devilment to reform. The horrible
thunderclap pealing so recently from our
public charities, from that branch having the
highest claim to the tenderest sympathies of
humanity, may well startle the public sense,
and demands the most searching and severe
inquiry. Let us hope that partisan interests
and influence will not be invoked nor em
ployed to screen the guilty fiends who may
be found capable of such devilish atrocities,
if the late arraignment in the Legislature
should prove well founded. While I do not
condemn any one unheard, or without oppor
tunity for self vindication, I also reprobate
the readiness often evinced to screen the
most guilty, or those most responsible for
grave abuses. The principalsjof our public
charitable institutions should know the qual
ity of service rendered by their subordinates,
and held severely responsible for grave
abuses. All the villainous arts, combinations
aud schemes for plundering the public, pale
into comparative innocence before the black
enormity of the horrid fiendishness lately
charged upon those administering our chari
ties in the hospital at St. Peter. These
charges, in the manner made, require an
earnest, honest investigation, if it requires
an inquisition specially constituted for the
purpose, and with unlimited power to render
it efficient. The Legislature should not hes
itate, on any account, to authorize and pro
vide for the proper inquiry, and no senseless
partisan sparring should be indulged, in re
gard to it.
Minneapolis, Feb. 21.
N. T. HUJSEB.
Henry Wick is able to bit up and will be
out in a few days.
O. A. Ricker and daughter Jhave gone on
a visit to his old home, Waterboro, Maine.
They will remain some three months.
Sam Judd, of Marine, was in the city yes
About thirty Masons, accompanied by the
Stillwater cornet band, went to Marine,
Thursday, to assist in the burial ceremonies
of their departed brother, Duane Gaskell.
The children attending school on the
south hill, marched to the new school yes
terday in a body, most of them carrying
flags, arriving there they engaged in singing
the national hymns, songs, in speaking, and
otherwise celebrated George's birthday,
which the older persons all over this country
did not. to their shame.
Why Didn't He Tell If.'
Return boarding Wells has it published by
way of Cincinnati, on the authority of a let
ter from a personal friend, that he was
offered $200,000 by Pelton to count Louisi
ana for Tilden, but wouldn't do it. If
Wells had any such story to tell, would he
have been silent on the subject when im
prisoned by the Democratic House last win
ter? He could have been a "peer" instead
of a "vassal'' in an instant if he had
possessed such goods to trade on with his
THE TEXT BOOK JOB
ABLE SPEECH BY BON.
JT. M. COLE
Points Out the Iniquitous and Danger
ous Features of the Pending JobAn
Argument th at Ought to Defeat the Bill.
While the supplementary text book bill
was under consideration yesterday, Hon.
J. M. Cole of Winona made the follow
I opposed the passage of the Merrill text
book law last winter, because it was unjust
to the public schools. I am opposed to this
bill, supplementary to it, because it is adding
insult to injury. My motives are to defend
the rights of the people I here represent.
To guard the interests of the people of the
State in tho popular education. To prevent
if possible, the machinery of our public
school system from being the means to ad
vance the private interests of "individuals or
localities, against the public good. To pre
vent the entangling of our school affairs
with the commercial pursuits, which this
bill, with the text-book law, make para
mount to popular education or to the rights
of the people.
The people I here represent are strongly
opposed to the Merrill text-book law.
If this law is to be made operative by the
passage of this bill now under consideration,
I am anxious to have their school advanta
ges secured to them and their rights respect
Section 8, of this bill .now provides that
the StatG text-book contractor shall have the
right to accept or reject this supplementary
amendment to the Merrill text-book law.
My object in presenting this amendment
to section 8, for your adoption, is to give the
people the bame opportunities. This amend
ment will permit them to decide whether
the State text-books shall be adopted, or
whether they will reject them and adopt
It this bill should pass the House as it
came from the Senate, if it should be ap
proved and duly signed by the Governor, it
will not become an operative law until the
State text-book contractor affixes his signa
ture to his written acceptance of the same
and files it with the secretary of State.
The friends of this bill are making ex
citedly anxious efforts to pass it without
If it is for the benefit of tho people and
for the advantage of popular education, why
should we hesitate to fully consider and re
spect the sovereign rights of the people of
this State before we humiliate them by mak
ing their laws dependent on the sovereign
nod of the State text-book contractor.
NO KLGARD lOK TOE TEOPLE.
I have stated that this Merrill text book
law, or in this bill under consideration, the
rights of the people are not respected. Ex
amine the law or the bill and you will find
that wherever the law may appear to their
advantage it is only so far as may be neces
sary for the success of the scheme.
There is not a single line in the bill that is
designed for the special benefit of the peo
ple of the State of Minnesota.
There is but one line of this Merrill text
book law of which a very large majority of
the people of the State have any knowledge,
or are in the least familiar with, and that is
TUE GKEAT ILLUSIONIST.
In the early part of the session of the
Legislatuie last winter, a bill, S. No. 6,
was introduced in the Senate by a well
known introducer of executive bills. It was
rumored and was no doubt true, that one of
the originators of the bill was the great
illusionist of the Senate. No danger, how
ever, was apprehended from it at that time.
S. No. proposed '"to provide uniform
and cheap text books for the public schools
of our State," by establishing and maintain
ing, at the expense of the State, a publish
ing house for the purpose of furnishing all
the public schools in tho State with text
books at cost with a small per cent, commis
sion for handling.
This bill was referred to a committee, who,
whilo considering the same, consulted the
book dealers, among others Daniel D. Mer
rill, who is a man of great experience in the
business of selling school books, and who
has probably sold more high priced school
books than any unscrupulous book boiler in
Mr. Merrill, being a sharp business man,
saw a "job" in this visionary bill. St. Paul
had no objections to a large publishing
house being located in this city at the ex
pense of the State, for the printing, binding
and general publishing of all the school
books used in the public schools. Con
sequently negotiations with Mr. Merrill re
sulted in changes being made in the bill.
One month after the introduction of this
bill, the introducer of eccentric and visionary
bills, introduced in the Senate S. No. 183,
a substitute for S. No. 6.
The originators of this bill successfully
engineered it into this act. which is known
as the Merrill text-book law, the act to which
this bill is supplementary.
When this act passed last winter, it was
supposed by some that a publishing house
would soon be added to the business of St.
Paul. A failure only to secure the proper
State funds, has delayed the enterprise.
THE MTJBTHTITI CONTRACT.
Mr. Merrill has a contract with the State,
which is drawn according to the specifications
of this law, and it was supposed that his
personal advantages were guarded at every
point. This failure to secure the State funds
had the effect to make this law inoperative.
Mr. Merrill now asks for funds to carry on
his commercial affairs under that contract.
It is not this contract we are now consid
ering. The question is. will we put our
necks under the yoke voluntarily, and give
to him the right of using our school funds,
which are raised by taxation for the support
of our public schools, without giving the
people the right to reject this proposition?
If the originators of this bill had been
friends of our common school system, had
not in fact been enemies of popular educa
tion, they would have provided a special tax
for Mr. Merrill, instead of deranging our
school system, and diverting the teacher's
wages, and funds raised by tax for special
purposes, to benefit the commercial affairs
of Mr. Merrill.
I protest against this injustice and ask for
the people the right to approve or reject
this disgraceful proposition, while we are
legislating for the benefit of
Daniel D. Merrill or. his assigns.
Monopolies have controlled the prices of our
school books temporarily, but will not for
the term of fifteen years, even though our
State laws may provide for its protection
during that period of time. Such laws will
not be observed.
CANNOT E ENPOBCXD.
Such laws cannot be enforced which com
pels the people to pay for books they do not
If the Merrill text books are the best and
cheapest a law will not prevent the people
from getting them. Neither will a law com
pelling them to adopt these books against
their wishes be observed.
Such laws are not in accordance with our
American institutions. The adoption of this
amendment to this bill will remove the ob
jection to compulsion.
Compulsory enforcement of this law with
amendments or supplementary acts, can not
/*tl vj ~J^A
THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 23, 1878.
be of advantage to our State. A law in
which personal benefits are made paramount
to the public good will not be willingly
A law in which individual advantages are
made paramount to the cause of popular
education and the general interest of those
it purports to benefit through our educational
system is a disgrace to the State of Min
EDUCATIONAL MEN Of&OSE IT.
If this Merrill text-book law was designed
for the good of our public schools, the edu
cational men of our State have not so in
terpreted it. The educators and managers
of our free gchooldjfe convention assembled,
modestly, but distinctly, pronounced this law
a mistake in legislation.
For this moderate declaration of opposi
tion, these educational men have been de
nounced as opposers of law, obstructors of
its operations, and for this they have been
charged with having been bought up by the
"school book ring." If any school book
ring can buy the educational men of our
State, they will acquire a truly valuable
This text book law was deliberately pre
pared. The scheme was carefully matured,
but it was hastily passed last winter. If it
is a mistake in legislation, it is one of those
kinds of mistakes which inexperienced law
makers sometimes make, when honesty of
purpose and careless indifference have been
captured and utilized by the more design
ing. It has proved to be a mistake which
disgraces the educational system of our
State, and is a libel on the intelligence of the
people we here represent.
It matters not whether this law was passed
by honest, over-zealous economists, believ
ers in the omnipotent power of a
State Legislature, to correct by en
actment all fancied wiongs and dis
abilities of the people they represent,
or whether this became a law through the
efforts of political aspirants, lobbied by
scheming speculators the representatives of
the people were assembled, more through un
accountable influencessome mistaken ideas
of retrenchment and reform, induced to en
act a law which lowers the standard of edu
cation, and which has made the people of
our state dupes of a most ingenious swindle.
This may be considered a very grave as
sertion. It is indeed a very serious question
to be considered.
The educational men of our State have
shown to us that the effects"* which will fol
low the enforcement of this law will be to
wrong the children of our public schools out
of a part of the educational advantages
which they have possessed, and which right
fully belong to them. Are we not censurable
if we refuse to correct these mistakes of
hasty, credulous legislation?
Is not the State made a party, through
this contract, with Daniel D. Merrill, in
wronging,[(swindling is not too strong an ex
pression,) swindling its people financially
and educationolly, when we attempt to com
pel the people, by enforcement of that law,
through the enactment of this supplemen
tary bill, to pay tribute to this broker or
contractor, Merrill, for text-books which are
not wanted in our public schools when, un
der the pretense of economy, we compel the
officers of State, county and district, who
are part of the machinery of our public
school system, to perform the duties of re
tailers of school books, while all the profits
arising from these sales for the next fifteen
years, are exclusively appropriated to the
individual benefit of Daniel D. Merrill, his
personal representatives or assigns?
During the same period of time, all the
losses and expense arising from these sales
to the public schools, are to be assumed by
the State, are to be taken from our State
and county treasuries, aie to be paid by the
people of tho State through direct taxation.
The educational standard of the books
supplied by the contractor was provided for
by the originators of this law, was furnished
by Mr. Merrill with a view to individual in
terest, and not for the educational advant
ages they possess.
The merits of these text-books have been
quite extensively discussed by the State su-,
perintendent of public instruction and the
educatoi3 of our State who without a doubt,
are better qualified to judge of their educa
tional value than we are.
They almost unanimously pronounce the
State text-books inferior to the school books
now in common use in our State that their
value will not increase by fifteen years con
tinuence, that they are not equal to the
standard provided in this law.
THE WAE ON BUBT.
Tho State superintendent of public
instruction, in his annual report, has ex
pressed an opposition to the effects of this
law upon the public schools of our State.
The efforts of the friends of this text
book scheme to crush him, to injure his
reputation and influence, because of his un
flinching stand in opposition to an unlawful
use of our public school system, for the per
sonal advantages of the contractor, through
this defective and, at present, inoperative
law, will, in the not distant future, be con
demned by every friend of popular educa
Those who had been long familiar with his
honesty of purpose, and his earnast zeal in
the cause of popular education, are not sur
prised that he manfully and boldly, in his
public duties and in his private capacity, de
fends his charge resists the oppression and
injustice this law inflicts on the schools
which are to him a sacred trust, and which
he would at some risk save from the threat
Much as the friends of our state superin
tendent admire and appreciate the strong
mental powers he possesses, they are not wil
ling to natter him with the compliment that
by his wi% alone, he has defeated the opera
tions of this law, or that the county super
intendents and educators of our State schools
are controlled by his dictation in making
out their annual reports in which opinions
are expressed objectionable to this law.
This annual report of our State Superin
tendent should have been thoroughly ex
amined by every member of the House before
taking action on this bill under considera
tion, in order that we might have the opin
ions of those whose experience in school
books are of greater value than the decisions
of an interested contractor, or the partial
friends of his scheme.
This House recently appropriated a sum,
estimated at not less than $500, for the
printing of 15,000 copies of the report of
the text book commission, which encumbers
our desks, and is of little value to us in con
sidering this question.
We each have motives which govern our
action on this subject, and in considering a
question so important to the future success
of our public schools, we should carefully re
view these motives before deciding to in
flict so great a wrong upon our State free
school system, without allowing the people
of our State to approve or reject these pr op
ositions which so seriously affect their school
The question of locality controls our in
dividual action to a great extent,but in
our action for the general good of the State,
we should be tolerant of the opinions of
other localities. Many of the members of
the Houce support this supplemental
amendment to the text book law because
the people they specially represent desire to
have the law made operative.
By uniting on this amendmend. and
adopting it, tie people throughout the State
will be empowered to act in the matter for
I shall Vote for this amendmend.
Flattened at the Foils.
[St. Charles Union.]
Unless the St. Paul GLO BE changes its er
ratic course in the political heavens it will be
completely flattened at the polls! Neverthe
less, it's a good newspaper, ^/ff' 2*
A WOMAN OF HIST0EY,
WHO BROKE UP JACKSON'S CABINET.
An Interview with Mrs. Gen. John H. Eaton
Her Becollections of Old Hickory, Cal
houn and the Men of Their TimesHer
Domestic Life and VicissitudesRemem
brances of Happy Days.
I wish to see Mrs. Secretary Eaton." said
the Post, standing at the opened street door
of a wide, old-fashioned Pennsylvania avenue
residence near the Capitol.
"Dunno sich a lady," said the colored girl.'
'She must live hereMrs. Secretary John
H. Eaton," persisted the Post.
'Deed, sir, no sich pusson in dis house,"
repeated the colored maid.
"Mrs. Eaton certainly lives here this is
the place and the house. Please call the
"Oh, Mrs. Eaton. Yes, sir sJie lives here:
walk in sir."
Up a dark pair of stairs and down a long
hall, jostling against a number of boarders
on their way to the dining hall, (for this is a
crowded Washington boarding-house,) we
pass along to the door of a small room and
are ushered in.
Mrs. Eaton rises with the grace of a thor
ough-bred lady, and bows with old-time cour
tesy, as we announce our name. The meet
ing has been arranged by a lady friend, and
the reception is cordial but not effusive.
Mrs. Eaton does not "interview.'* During
the last dozen years reporters in search of
attractive metal have repeatedly, under in
genious devices, gained access to her, only to
find her dumb as an offended oracle.
Mr. Parton, when he was writing the life
of Andrew Jackson, attempted to gain access
to her for his purposes, but failed to do so.
The result was a most unveracious account
of the Eaton war, which subverted a cabinet
and agitated Washington society to its foun
dation forty or fifty years ago. This is truly
Mrs. Gen. John H. Eaton, or "Lady Eaton,"
as she was called in the days when Jackson's
handsome compeers and his elegant secre
tary of war walked the stately measures of
the "minuet*' with her, and Sir Charles
Vaughan and other aristocratic diplomats
were proud to ride by her side, as with her
erect and supple form and glowing beauty
she sat her spirited horse with the ease of a
Penthesilea, galloping over the roads about
the capital, much less smooth than now.
1'ROM SH4DOW LAND.
This lady who sits so erect, so firm in
form, who moves around the little room with
so much vigor and grace, who converses with
so much animation and ready command of
language, was born when George III. was on
his throne, when Bonaparte was a Consul
and fighting at Acre, and Mrs. President
Adams had not transferred the Republican
court assemblies from Philadelphia to the
new White House. Although eighty years
qld. she bears notable stamps of the great
beauty which once gave her so much power,
and in its embers yet asserts itself so vividiy
as to invest her presence everywhere with
uncommon interest. Her form, of medium
height, straight and delicate, and of perfect
proportions, has never bent to time nor sick
ness, nor curved itself to the weight of mis
fortunes. She has been a rare example of
that Irish beauty, which, marked by good
blood, so suggest both the Gieek and Span
iaid, and yet, at times, present* a combina
tion which transcends both. 1 he hair, once
so rich in its fine abundance and waves of
darkest shade, is now almost white, but yet
abundant and soft in the curls clustering
about her broad, full, expressive forehead:
her dark violet eyes shine with the wit and
spirit which still characterize her conversa
tion and the perfect nose, ol almost Giecian
proportions, and finely-curved mouth, with
the firm, round chin, complete a profile of
WHO SHE WAS.
"Peggy O'Neal"' was the name Parton as
signed her, as having been her's in her
youth, and he calls her the "daughter of an
Irish boarding-house keeper." Were some
other Parton, a hundred peara hence, to re
late the story of the present Parton's marital
union with his step-daughter with imitative
profligacy, in disregard of truth, not even
Baron Munchausen could be compared with
him in wild imagination.
Mrs. Eaton's name was Margaret O'Neal,
not Peggy, and her father was American
born, though, as his name implies, of Irish
descent. He was a famous builder in his
day, and his wife was the daughter of Gov.
Howell, of New Jersey. They were propri
etors of the chief public house in Washing
ton, and its hospitalities were sought by such
men as Jackson, Eaton, Calhoun, Berrien,
Van Buren, Livingston, and Cass, for many
years. To a reference on tho part of the
Post to Mrs. Eaton's long acquaintance with
the history of Washington, she replied: "Ah,
yes, my dear sir my father brought my
mother here when there were but two brick
houses in this city. They made a tedious
journey from Trenton, New Jersey, where
my father was born. Father then owned
much property here, and he built several fine
houses and improved the streets. Ah, my
father was a good man and a gentleman,
greatly beloved by the distinguished men
who so long had their homes with him."
The property to which Mrs. Eate alluded
is that long designated as the 'Seven Build-
ings," yet numbered among the best of that
section, between Twentieth and Twenty-first
streets, upon I street. They were and are
large, commodious and well-finished houses.
So beautiful and happy was Mrs. Eaton's
youth that there were plenty of eligible suit
ors to struggle for her hand. John B. Tim
berlake, a young gentleman of fine appear
ance and excellent fortune, a purser in the
navy, became her husband.
WHO HEB DESCENDANTS ABE.
I was but sixteen years old,'' she said.
'when my first son was born, and not much
over fifteen when I was married to Purser
Timberlake. My father gave me a grand
wedding. My wedding dress was of white
satin with an over-dress of rich Brussells lace
seamless, and made to order and measure.
I lived with my parents for a long time, in
deed, I was not much separated from them
when in this country. I had two daughters
who lived, Virginia and Margaret. Virginia
married in Paris when we were abroad, after
my second marriage, Mons. Sampayo, for
merly an attache of the French legation in
Washington. She still lives in Paris, a wid
ow, her daughter being married to a distin
guished French gentleman. Margaret mar
ried John Randolph, of the Roanoke family,
and grandson of the well-known Dr. Brock
enbrough, of Richmond, Va. Her early
death has ever been a source of poignant
grief to me. I adopted her four children as
my own, and two of these now living are my
support and solace."
"Your first marriage was happy, was it not,
"A perfectly harmonious union, I assure
you I had all that heart could wish. Purser
Timberlake had an income of $20,000 a
year, and in his early death his last thoughts
were mine. died at Port Mahon, in
1828. of acute asthma, which gave him great
sufferings. addressed to me, just before
his death, a long letter commencing with his
favorite name for me, "Bonnie Maggie Lan-
der." died with our minatures pressed
to his breast, and bequeathed to his friend
General Eaton his watch and ring. lies
buried beneath the fine monument which his
brother officers erected to his memory."
"Then Mr. Timberlake and General Eaton
were friends, were they not?"
Warm friends. The General brought me
the intelligence of his death."
"How long after the death of Purser Tim
berlake did vou become the wife of General
"About eighteen months. The General
was a noble man and the kindest of hus
bands, and a father to my children. The
morning after our marriage he sent to my
room an immense basket filled with magnifi
cent dishes of various kindsof solid gold
and silver. Ah, I was fortunate. I had all
that heart could wish. We lived in the large
house on the corner, which I built after I
was Widow Timberlake."
OLD HTCKOBY SWEABS.
''Were President Jackson and General
Eaton old friends at the time of the election
of the former to the Presidency?"
"We were all old friends. While Jackson
was Senator he was one of my father's board
ers, and h and his wife were close friends of
my mother and my own."
"Was Mrs. Jackson a womon of deficient
qualifications for a wife of the President?"
"Indeed she was a lady, an elegant and
agreeable lady, and General Jackson loved
her as he did his life. It was the knowledge
of the close and warm friendship existing
mutually among us, which, after the appoint
ment of General Eaton to the cabinet as Sec
retary of War, began to militate against our
peace on account of General Eaton's well
known and firm opposition to Calhoun's
nullification' theories. Mr. Calhoun knew
that General Eaton had great influence with
Jackson, and that that action would be ex
erted to oppose his plans and political
schemes therefore he became, as was proven
afterwards, with his adherents in the cabinet
the unscrupulous foe of General Eaton and
myself, and there is no room for doubt that
this political intrigue was the cause of one of
the most crual and unfounded cases of slan
der and persecution on record."
To see Mrs. Eaton's eyes dart unfaded
fires, and hear her strong speech when de
scribing her course of tracing out and de
fying these slanders and their originators,
with her vivacious narration of details, was
to be convicted of the entire truth of her
statement. Time and justice having long
since exonerated her and brought retribu
tion to her enemies. Jackson was, in the
depth of his stern soul, her friend, and he
accepted the resignation of his cabinet with
one of his memorable speeches.
"The President," Mrs. Eaton said, "had
felt the poison of the slander in his own
home, and believed his wife's life shortened
by its effects hence his determination to fol
low to the end the evil traducers of my
"And after the resignation of the cabinet,
you went to Spain with General Eaton?"
GOVEBNOB OF FLORIDA.
"Oh, you must remember that the gener
al was appointed, first, governor of Florida,
and we lived two pleasant years in Pensacola
before his appointment to Spain. In 1836
General Eaton was made minister plenipo
tentiary to Madrid, and with our daughters
we sailed for Spain from New York. The
sailing packets of those days did not equal
the steamships of to-day. and we were some
weeks upon the journey* which nearly ended
in shipwreck in the atmosphere that, black
as Erebus, welcomed us into the Bay of
Biscay. In Cadiz we stopped for five weeks
making preparations for the journey to
Madrid, dangerous on account of the hordes
of robbers which infested the mountains
around the city. The queen regent sent us
an escort of soldiers to convoy us the last
hundred miles on the road to Madrid, and
we could see as we rode along the robbers
rushing down tho mountains on their An
dalusian horses with their red coats and
Mrs. Eaton's narrative of her life Spam
of five years, during the regency of Queen
Christina and while tho young inheriting
Queen Isabella, since so famous, was a young
girl in her teens, was extremely interesting,
but need not be transcribed.
A GBAND DINNEE.
I will tell you,", she said with a bright
smile, "of the grandest dinner party of my
life, which I attended at the palace, given
by Queen Christina to the Espartero. 1 re
member that my dress was from Paris, and
of blue velvet, embroidered with silver and
a full set of diamonds. The preparations
were literally gorgeous. Fountains of per
fumed waters played while myriads of bright
hued birds floated about. Places of honor
were accoided us. The linen shone like
silver, and the menu was engraved in gold
on white satin. The table service was en
tirely of solid gold, with collections of pre
cious stones upon each cover to serve as
handles. After the most elaborate courses,
coffee, made in our presence, was served in
a grand gold service. We visited the jewel
room, where were thousands of set and un
cut stones of great value. From the music
room we were ushered in to see the greatest
wonder of all. In a large apartment many
thousand cart loads of earth had been piled
up, and laid out in beds and walks, made
bright with rarest exotics and leautifu
plants and shrubs in bloom, while upon the
walls were carved representations of scenes
in and around Seville, the figures being
made life-size, and by a touch upon invisi
ble machinery made to move in a natural
way: the milkmaids milking their cows, and
genuine milk falling in their pails. I re
memember I fainted, and was, in spite of
the gold locks and gold keys, taken out of
the palace by General Eaton. Ah! those
were happy days!"
"How did you like Queen Christina and her
THE SPANISH QUEENS.
"Oh, Christina was a sweet and lovely
cieature, amiable and courteous. She was a
person of great size, but had a face of ex
treme beauty, and a skin like cream. With
all her moral faults she was much beloved
for her generosity and suavity towards all.
Isabella was a repulsive girl, exhibiting the
personal courseness, the offensive hateur
and aiTOgance which have marked her ma
ture reputation. Every line of distinction
between the plebs and royalty was enforced
by her. and not a smile nor bow would she
give the people as whose ruler she was being
educated. She was a victim of scrofula and
paste was always inserted into the cicatrices
of her neck that her diamonds might cover
a smooth surface. The little Infanta Louisa
was a beautiful child. She married the
Duko De Montpensier, son of Louis Phll
lippe, of France. When we left Christina
gave me a white Spanish poodle, and to Vir
ginia she presented a black King Charles
spaniel. These dogs were treasured memen
toes for several years. They would cry and
whine when we spoke of Spain as though
homesick. We wore thick veils over our
faces and common garments to deceive the
robbers when we left, but reached the coast
'When did Jackson die?"
"Within three years after our return to
Washington. We were with him to close
his eyes at the Hermitage, as I had been
with Mrs. Jackson."
Among many other men and women of
her time, Mrs. Eaton referred to old Anne
Royal. ''She was a strange little woman,
so eccentric a short, wiry woman, with a
face as yellow as parchment. She did queer
thingsshe and her eccentric old servant
but she was an honest lady at heart,after all."
An omnium gatherum in Mrs. Eaton's
mind of reminiscences and pictures, and like
a scroll her memory contains layer upon
layer, line upon line, stratum upon stratum
of rich and varied views of a long and
changeful life, whose conflicts have been met
with undaunted courage. Extremes of hu
man fate meet in her life with all the bur
den of their ''mysterious use but with all
the philosophy of the Christian, joined to a
spirit naive, bright, easy and free, have sus
tained her. Great honors and great wealth
have been hers, with all the possessions the
one brings and all the privileges the other
confers, and the reverses which have shad
owed her later fortunes have been the pure
results of a generous heart's unlimited con
fidence in the unworthy,, the crafty, and the
It is announced from Washington that
Vice President Wheeler and Speaker Ean
dall are strictly enforcing the bill prohibit
ing the sale of liquors, including lager, beer,
in the Capitol.
Upright Legislator to one of Merrill's
school-book b'hoys"What, sir"! Ton take
me for one who can be bribed? Yo insult
my sense of honorbut in case I really were
such a man, how much would yon give m&V
St. Paul Bailroad. Time Tables.
Main Line twin, for
1 wi5 1
Delano, Litchfield, Wfllmar, Benson, Morris, Qtm-^v
don, Fisher's Landing and Winnipeg.
S Paul. 8:10 a. m. I St. PauL^lO p. a
MkmeapoUs. 8:56 a. m. Minneapolis 5:33 at
Branch Lin train for Anoka, St. Cloud, Mefroit
Sauk KapidB, Brainerd, Buunarck and DeadwoodT^
St. Paul. 7:30 a. m. St. Paul 7:00 p. m.
Mtoneapqlis.... 7:55 a. m. Mlnneapoh. 6:44 m.
St. Paul and Minneapolis trains.
St. Paul 8:10 a. m.
St. Paul 10:00 a. m.
St. Paul 12:30 p. m.
St. Paul 2:50 p. m.
St. Paul 6:10 p.m.
Minneapolis 7:55 a.m.
Minneapolis 11:00 a. m.
Minneapolis 1:50 p. m.
Minneapolis 3:52 p. m.
Minneapolis 5:33 p.m.
TheN. W. E S. & T. Co.'a four-horse coachea
connect with trains at Fisher's Landing for Winni
peg and intermediate points.
MmneapoUa 8:66 a.m.
Minneapolis 1:03 p. m.
Minneapolis 3:36 p. m.
MmneapoUa 8:44 p.ic:
SUPauf.... 8:36 ,m.
SUPaul.... 235 p.nu
8t.Paul.... 438 p.m.
St. Paul 6:10 p. m.
St. Paul & Duluth Railroad.
Trains- (Leave for.'Arrive from.
Duluth Hinckley. v'8:00a.m.
Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis Line
Comprising the West Wisconsin and Chi
sago and Northwestern Railways.
Depot foot of Sibley street. Ticket and Freight
office, northwest corner Third and Jackson streets.
Charles H. Petsch, Ticket Agent.
Trams Leave. Arrive.
Through Chicago and I |*11:25 a. m.i 7:00 a.m.
Eastern Express... 7:30 p. m.| *3:05 p. m.
Hudson Accommodation 5:50 p. m. *10:1S a. m.
Connections made at Camp Douglas for Milwaukee.
Sundays excepted. tSaturdaya excepted. IMon
Northern Pacific Railroad.
Depoftoot of Sibley street. Ticket and Freight
oflice, No. 43 Jackson Htreet.
Trains. Westward. Eastward.
Minneapolis Sank Bapids
Brainerd.. Glyndon Moorhead Fargo Fargo Bismarck
Duluth N. P. Junction
Le. Le. Le. Le. Ar. *Le. Ar.
7:30 a.m. Ar.
7:40 a. m. Ar.
11:30 a. m. Ar.
10:20 p. mJLe.
7:00 a. m. Ar.
7:00 p. m. *Le.
4:00 a. m. Ar.
5:50 a. m. Ar.
7:00 p. m.
6:60 p. m.
Trains via tho Brainerd Branch leave St. Paul
daily, except Sunday, making a day run of thirteen
hoars to Fargo, arriving at Bismarck the following
evening, saving nearly 90 miles in distance over the
old route via N. P. Junction. Connection made at
Bismarck with stages for Deadwood and all points in
the Black Hills. *Pas8engers for Bismarck and
Jamestown should leave St. Paul Mondays, Wednes
days and Fridays. Returning, leave Bismarck Mon
days, Wednesdays and Fridays. tPasaengers for
Aiken and points east of Brainerd should leave St.
Paul Tuesdays, Thnrsdays and Saturdays. Return
ing, leave Duluth Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Connects at St. Paul with trains to all poiuts Eaa
and South. In effect February 17,1878.
H. E. SABGEXT, General Manager
G. G. SAireoBy. Gen. Passenger Agent.
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway.
Passenger Depot foot of Jackson street Ticket and
Freight Office Southeast Corner of Tlilrd and Jack
son streets. Charles Thompson, Ticket Agent, St.
Through Chicago & East-! I
ern Express *11:22 am'
Through Chicago & East
ern Express f!:it)
Iowa and Minnesota Di
Prairie du Chien, Milwau
kee aud Chicago Expreps *G:50 a
Owittoima Passenger *4:50 in
Sioux City, Council Bluflsl
& Omaha ExprebB
St. James Acconimodat'n.l
3:00 JO:10 a
St. Paul and Minneapolis trains via Fort Snelling
L\e. St. Paul J6:20 a m'Arr.MinneapoUs +7:10 a
l():05am 10:53 am
L\e. Minuedpoli8 8:15am Arr. St. Paul 9:00a
10:25 a ml *11:16 am
1:25 pin 2:10
.1:10 piu 4:00
+6:45 pm| +7:35
tSaturdays excepted. $Mon-
St. Paul & bioux City and Sioux City and St.
Depot foot of Jackson street.
All trains daily, except Sunday.
11:10 a re
St. Paul, -Stillwater, Taylor's Falls, and North
SI. Paul & Stillwater trains:
Stillwater.. 11:40 am
HtilU^lcr., St. Paul
North Wisconsin Trains and for Dalles of ttt."^|feix.
SLPaul 10:25 a mISt. Paul ..3:35
Southern Mimicbotii Railway, Connecting a i
Ramsey with C. M. & bt, 1'. Trains North
a nd .South.
At Wells with Central Railroad of Minnesota, and
at L& Crosse with C. M. & bt. P. Railway for all
Going WestTrains leave La Crosse 7:57 am
Trains pass Iiamsey.. 2:42
Ooing EastTrains pass Ramsey 10:45 an*
Arrive at La Crosse 6:25
Minneapolis Hail road Time Table.
Iowa RouteMinneapolis & St. Louis and
Rurlington, Ced ar Rapids & Northern
Railway*. Minneapolis, St. Paul and bt. Louis Express,
sleeping cars and luxurious day coaches, with no
change of cars between Minneapolis and Burlington
via Albert Lea. Passengers from St. Paul take the
St. P. S. C. train at 3:15 p. m., connecting at Mer
riani Junction with this tram going South.
SOUTH' D. NOBTHW'D
Le. daily, I Ar. Dally,
3:45 m' 1:30
Mixed, Mum. & Albert Lea.. 6:50 am 6:50
Mixed Minneapolis and Mer
riam Junction I 7:30 11:20 am
Mixed, Minneapolis & White
Bear, Duluth 4: Stillwater. 7:10 am
Omaha Ex., for all points on
St. P. & 8. C. R'y., Omaha,
San Francisco, &c. 3:45
Trains arrive and depart from St. P.'
Union depot, where tickets are for sale and berths in
sleeping cars can bo secured, and at the S Paul
office, 116 East Third street, Fire and Marine build-
ngGEO. H. HAZZARD, Agent. H. L. MORRILL,
A. H. BODE, Gen. Pass. Ag't. Snpt.
Jan. 6, 1878.
& P. K'y
OTICE TO CREDITORSHEAEINO
In the matter of the estate of Margaretha Krass,
deceased: Notice is hereby given, that the undersigned have
been appointed by the Judge of the Probate Court of
the county of Ramsey, State of Minnesota, commis
sioners in the matter of said estate, to receive, ex
amine and adjust all claims and demands of all per
sons against said Margaretha Krass, late of said
county, deceased that six months from February
1st, 1878, have been limited and allowed by said court
to creditors to present their claims to us as afore
said and that we will, on the second Monday of
every month for the next six months, (beginning on
Monday, the 11th day of February, 1878,) at the office
of Pierce, Stephenson k. Mainzer, attorneys, 33 Wab
ashaw street, in Saint Paul, in said county, meet to
receive, examine and adjust claims and demands
against said dr^^sed as aforesaid
8. L. PIERCE,
Commissioners of the estate of Margaretha Erase,
D. A. KOBERTSON,
Law and Heal Estate Office.
REAL ESTATE CASES, INVESTIGATION AND
CURING OF DEFECT8 IN TITLE.
Room No. 3, Rogers Tax Titles, &c.,*a specialty.
Block, Third street, St. Paul.
Is prepared to do carriage repairing and painting on
short notice and in No. 1 shape, at much LOWEB
FIGURES than can be done elsewhere. Has also a
LIVERY, SALE AND BOARDING STABLE
in connection with his repairing shops. Give him a
call. Exchange street, betwen 4th and 7th, 34-4p