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Page Be Tried.
Long House Debate
Vote at Midnight!
71 to 30 The Eesult!
Ready for Trial Now!
So far as the House is concerned the crisis
has been reached in the matter of the
charges against Judge Sherman Page of the
Tenth Judicial District. After nearly six
weeks consideration by the committee and
House combined, a vote was reached at mid-
night last night and impeachment was or-
dered by the decisive ballot of 71 to 30. The
report below gives the House proceedings
yeHterday on this subject and also a brief in-
terview with Judge Page at an early hour
this morning. He expresses himself ready
for immediate trial.
It being 3:30 o'clock, half an houii after
the time for the special order, Mr. ChnsTenson
moved that when the Hoube proceed to the con
sideration of the Page impeachment, it be with
Mr. Fiddes gave notice of debate.
Mr. Bowler moved to suspend the mlei.
Mr. Man opposed the motion. They had
started out to keep the testimony secret, and
he saw no reason for breaking the rule.
Mr. W. M. Campbell moved to lay the whole
matter on the table. Carried.
Mr. Edson moved that debate be limited to
fifteen minutes, and that no one be allowed to
speak more than once.
Mr. Purdie said there were some present who
didn't want to have any remarks, and these
were the same who didn't want to hear any
testimony. He was opposed to any gag law or
any cutting off of debate.
Mr. Hinds favored allowing any one who
wished to speak to have all the time ho wanted.
Mr. W. M. Campbell moved to amend* by
allowing the members of the judiciary com
mittee what time they wanted and giving the
members ten minutes each, not more than
Mr. Purdie said that didn't help the case.
There were members who didn't belong to any
committee, who wanted to speak, and these
were the veiy ones he wanted to have that
Mr. Bowler moved to lay the motion on the
After some further wrangling, Mr. Camp
bell's motion was adopted, and Mr. JLadd pro
ceeded to hnish his leniaiks begun last
evening. He said he might have made
some exaggerated statements last evening, but
if so they had been made in the heat of debate.
Mr. Ladd then enteied upon a review of certain
portions of the testimony, dwelling at consid
erable length and with great minuteness of de
tail, upon the charge and conduct of Judge
Page to the grand jur3r.
In conclusion he said
he did not think Judge Page a perfect man.
He admitted Page had done things he ought
not to have done, but he still did not believe
he had done anything to warrant impeach
Mr. Mead addiessed himself more particular
ly to the last two charges, the testimony of
which had not been lead to the House. He
then related two conversations between Page
and Sheriff Hall, in reference to the appoint
ment of Stimson as deputy, in which Page
sought first to dissuade him from making the
appointment, and subsequently asked Hall if
he dared to appoint that man deputy These
feelings of bitterness had actuated Page in his
subsequent treatment of Stimson, under the
pretense that he had taken illegal fees. Was
buch a man fit for judge? Two months after
court had adjourned Page had Stimson arrested
for contempt in ciieulating petitions sibking
him to resign, and that too without warrant,
and after keeping him under bonds for twenty
days, had discharged him without having been
able to find any thing on which to hold him.
He said the committee had made the report
mild and toned it down by degrees in order
that it might be signed by all. The powers of
a judge were practically unlimited. No civil
or criminal action can be sustained against
him. He then read a list of causes for which
men had been impeached and removed from
office. Page had not regarded his oath of office
and had abused his high prerogatives. A judge
has no right to abuse the discretionary power of
his office, and in bis conduct towards that young
man Stimson, the deputy sheriff, he had
certainly violated his oath of office, and proved
himself unfit for the high position he holds.
All right minded men would see that
enough had been brought to light
to show there was probable cause for action.
Mr. Bice said the evidence satisfied him that
Judge Page, who should have been a conserva
tor of the peace in virtue of his high office, has
stirred up strife, fear, terror, hatred and mal
ice that his acts have been acts of terrorism
and bullyism and that although he has judicial
learning befitting his office and is not corrupt
a pecuniary sense, he is by temperament un
fit for the office, and that his offenses amount
to crimes and misdemeanors and corruption in
office, and that his conduct has been more
prejudicial to the peace and good oider of so
ciety than if he were incompetent and pecu
niarily dishonest, and therefore he should be
Mr. Feller moved that all who desired to
speak should do so now, and that the chairman
of the judiciary committee shall have the
privilege of closing the debate, after which no
further debate should be allowed.
Mr. Ladd said in criminal prosecutions the
defense had the right to the close.
Mr. West asked who was the defense here.
Mr. Ladd retorted by asking who was the
Mr. Bowler opposed the lesolution. He did
not believe any one should be choked off, but
that all should have the right to speak who de
sired so to do.
Mr. Feller denied the imputation of wishing
to choke off anybody, and to test the sense of
the House, moved the previous question on his
resolution, which was ordered.
Mr. Hicks said the question was one of the
highest importance. The House had had pre
bented to it a series of 20
charges, and the judiciary com
mittee had reported the facts
as found by them. In entering upon the in
vestigation, he had done so without bias. Ei
ther of the twenty charges were sufficient to
send the case to the Senate. He then took up
the charges seriatim, and noted the action of
lignity upon that man's face was enough to
discredit his testimony unless substantiated
from other sources, which, it is also admitted,
was not the case. A fund had been raised in
Mower county to impeach Judge Page. This
was enough to show the character of these- pro-
ceedings. Upon a calm review of the testimo
ny, he could not vote to send the case to the
Mr. Hicks, throughout his remarks, was most
earnest and impressive, and presented his
points with remarkable force and clearness. Dur
ing its delivery he was listened to with unabated
interest, and particularly by those who in the
earlier stage of the proceedings were somewhat
conspicuous for inattention and carelessness.
The voice of the speaker is clear, resonant and
well-toned, and his manner and action decided
ly impressive and convincing. His earnest and
emphatic enunciation of his belief in the utter
insufficiency of the charges against Jndge Page
to warrant impeachment, produced a marked
effect upon the House, and no doubt largely
contributed to the vote of the anti-impeachers.
Altogether, the speech of Mr. Hicks was one of
the most impressive and best considered efforts
of the session, and one which stamped him un
questionably as one of the most logical, ornate
and effective speakers of the House.
Mr. McDermott moved to take a recess to 8
o'clock, which motion prevailed.
Mr. Bichardson moved a call of the House,
which was ordered.
During the intermission the speaker sug
gested that if anyone felt disposed to-speak, he
could do so now, although not strictly in order.
Further proceedings were then dispensed with,
when Mr. Colvill proceeded to address the
House. He said he had not intended making
any speech. The House was there in the ca
pacity of jurors. He considered a great many
things had been proved on the accused which
were worthy of reprobation. He could not
say Judge Page, however, was corrupt in
his motives, although many of his
acts could not be justified. He said Ingmund
son had very favorably impressed the com
mittee as an honorable, upright man. He re
ferred at length to Ingmundson's case and paid
a high compliment to his integrity both as a
citizen and an officer. The judge had no right
to require the grand jury to bring in a state
ment of facts any more than he had to instruct
them to bring in an indictment. The real facts
of the case were that the judge thought Ing
mundson corrupt, and when the grand jury re
fused to bring in an indictment against him,
imagined they were also corrupt and determin
ed to shield an offender against the law. His
interference into the functions of the grand jury
was undoubtedly wrong, but this does not justify
the presentation of articles of impeachment.
In this case the House showed strong proof of
a malicious intent. That Judge Page had
strong prejudices does not prove any guilty in
tent, and believing this he should vote against
Mr. Purdie said the House was getting tired
of this matter, and he would be brief. He had
heard of charges against Judge Page in a cer
tain newspaper, and also of the meeting of the
bar of the district, and their almost unanimous
exculpation of the judge. That was all he
knew of this matter, and when those charges
were brought here, anu the investigation or
dered, he believed they would find a Jefiries
here in Minnesota.
Yet the committee had found nothing of the
sort. Some gentlemen had said they must
send the case to the Senate in order to get rid
of that Austin lobby. That was one of the
arguments used here to compass the impeach
ment of Judge Page. The speaker then pro
ceeded to review the testimon in reference to
the town order of the town of Clayton, and
claimed that Judge Page had only done his
duty in seeking an investigation of the facts
of the case. On motion, Mi. Purdie's time was
extended, when he contended that the matter
grew out of personal hatred. The committee
did not accuse Judge Page of any crime. He
treated his friends and ememies impartially.
No higher encomium could be passed upon any
judge in this State or elsewhere. Everybody
outside of Austin is satisfied with Judge Page.
This local ring at Austin were as anxious to
get Judge Page elected five years ago as they
are now to get rid of him. He hoped the
House would not be influenced by any of these
flimsy charges against Page.
Mr. Sanborn said nine-tenths of the people
of Mower had become convinced that Judge
Page had outlived his usefulness and de
stroyed his efficiency. They believed he had
used his position to gratify his personal enmity
and ill-feeling towards those whom he regarded
as his enemies.
Mr. Colby had attended Judge Page court
as witness and juror, and had never seen him
do a single act either meddlesome or arbitrary.
He had instituted inquiries, and yet he had
never found a man who had been interfered
with. He respected Judge Page as a man of
integrity and capacity.
Mr. Bahilly felt inclined to be charitable,
and to give the accused the benefit of the
doubt. Were he a judge, he would prefer im
prisonment for twenty years to impeachment.
He had not the slightest idea the case could be
sustained in the Senate. Every county in the
State had its court house ring, and experience
led him to say woe unto him who undertakes
to fight them. He should vote against im
Mr. West did not understand that because he
felt friendly towards Judge Page, it was any
reason why he should not be impeached. He
would be pleased to see him acquitted, and he
believed it would be a good investment for the
State to have the character of one of her judges
vindicated. The misconduct of Judge Page
had been confined to Mower county, but the
fact that his conduct elsewhere had been
blameless, does not help him. If he could act
with decency in other counties, it only makes
it worse for him that he did not so act in Mow
er county. The fact that money had been
raised and an attorney secured to prosecute this
case against Judge Page ought not to weigh a
featherin fact has uothing to do with the case.
The grand jury found there was no irregu
larity in the county treasurer's office, and
Judge Page had no right to question their find
ing. The speaker then alluded at length to
the Stimson case, and charged that Judge Page
had given him no opportunity to be heard in
his defense, and that Page's general conduct
towaids him had been simply outrageous, es
pecially in the instance where he had him ar
rested for circulating a petition asking him to
resign, and where Page had played the role of
judge, prosecuting attorney and witness all in
one. This too, two months after the alleged
misconduct of Stimson.
Mr. Purdie called Mr. West's attention to the
report in which it is stated that Judge Page
had acted without malice.
Mr. West rejoined that the report had
been made to consolidate the divergent views
of the committee, and that it did not reflect
his views, in this particular, when it was stated
that Page'6 conduct was arbitrary and oppres
sive, and still that he had acted without malice.
The thing was absolutely impossible. Malice
must accompany such arbitrary and oppres
sive conduct. He wished Judge Prge no harm,
yet he believed the evidence was sufficient to
send the case to the Senate.
Mr. Miller said when he came to this House
he was unacquainted with this case. He had
tried to look at the case impartially, and he did
not believe he would be justified in placing a
man on trial for high crimes and misdemean
ors, when there was no reasonable hope of con
viction. The committee in three instancs only
had found bis (Page's) conduct censurable
and those not cases which would subject him
to a criminal prosecution. It was a personal,
local or family quarrel, which should not have
been brought here. He could see nothing that
would justify him in placing Judge Page on
his trial, and he should therefore record his
vote in the negative.
Mr. Feller said he supposed the finding of
any one of the charges would justify the
House in sending Judge Page to the Senate.
Page's admission to Stimson, after keeping him
in duress for three weeks, that he, Stimson, was
not the man he was afterthat she was after
others, and would not rest until he had them
behind prison bars, was enough to stamp Page
as wholly unfit for the position he held, and
deservina impeachment. He then gave a de- the committee thereon. When he reached the
fourth specification, relating to the Davidson & I tailed statement of Judge Page's conduct in
Bassford libel case, he spoke of the malignity the grand jury case, and concluded by saying
of the prosecutors, and instanced their speak
ing of the judge of the 10th judicial district as
"said Page." This feeling towards Judge Page
cropped out in every line of the petition. He
did not believe Judge Page was actuated by
malice in his official conduct. The worst evi
dence against Judge Page was that of Lafayette
Frenob, and it was conceded by all that tfce ma-
he considered his behaviour arbitrary and op
pressive, and shojild receive the disapprobation
of this House.
Mr. McDermott was no admirer of Judge
Page. He adverted in strong terms of censure
and closed by saying he should favor impeach
ment. It was easy to see how a judge could
abuse his position, and he felt inclined to be-
lieve that the evidence in this case laid the
foundation for the belief that a wrong had
Mr. Hinds said he presumed every member
will concede that the committee endeavored to
be fair to Judge Page and just to the people.
The report of the committee had been toned
down that all might sign it. One paragraph of
the report had been alluded to frequently this
evening. He read the closing paragraph of the
report, and explained it to mean that Judge
Page's conduct had been fair and impartial
save and except in the instances reprehended.
It seemed to be conceded the House will not go
behind the committee's report and look into
the 15 charges with which no fault is found.
The House is acting in the capacity of a grand
jury to determine whether there is probable
cause for sending him to the Senate. The ques
tion of guilty intent was not before the House
that was for the Senate. The committee had
given Judge Page every latitude, and had heard
him long and patiently. In the five
matters in which his conduct had been
found reprehensible, the committee
had reached their conclusion mainly from the
testimony of Page's own witnesses. The
speaker then entered upon a review of the five
charges upon which the committee had based
their report, and throughout his remarks main
tained a very clear, impartial and forcible
analysis of the facts of the case and their legal
effect thereon. His review of the case was
damaging^in the extreme to the cause of Judge
Page, and no doubt carried great weight among
his auditors, who paid strict attention through
out, even during the reading of a portion of the
committee's report. He closed by saying the
committee would have been gratified if no
eause of complaint had been found against
Judge Page, but nevertheless there were five
instances in which his conduct had been arbi
trary and oppressive.
Mr. Bichardson said the question had been
thoroughly discussed, and he would not take up
the time of the House, If the question were
one of theology, he might feel more disposed to
give the House the benefit of his vast store of
Mr. Campbell said he would give a few
reasons why he should recoid his vote in favor
of the impeaenment of Judge Page. He wonId
not detain them long, and he supposed the
House would listen to him with the greater
pleasure as they knew it was to be the last
speech on the subject. The matter was a seri
ous one. Every privilege had been accorded to
the accused. Tbe committee had no disposi
tion to do injustice to Judge Page,
and it was with regret that he had reached the
conclusion that he was no longer fit to wear the
judicial robes. Outside of the specifications
charged, the committee had given him the bene
fit of every doubt, but in those in which the
committee have found his conduct reprehensi
ble, the conclusion has been reached from over
whelming evidence. Mr. Campbell then al
luded to his conduct in the Davidson & Bass
ford libel suit and to the pretense that Judge
Page could not get a judge to sit in the case.
Page could not try them, but he still usurped
the power to say to them they could go free.
He could not try the case yet he could dis
Mr. Campbell then entered into a close and
logical review of the facts of tbe case,
which he said no lawyer could sum up
and do justice to in two hours. He dwelt upon
Page's refusal to pay Manderville the small
pittance due him for his services as deputy
sheriff, and characterized it simply as an exhi
bition of petty malice unworthy of a judge
and an honorable gentleman. He next took up
Page's conduct in the grand jury case, and his
efforts to induce them to indict Ingmundson,
and asked if that was the conduct of an upright,
honorable and impartial judge? He closed by
saying he was satisfied Judge Page had been
meddlesome, and had stirred up dissensions
among the people, and ought to be impeached.
A prima facia case had been made out, and
Judge Page ought to be impeached.
Mr. Rice asked what was tb/ business before
The Speaker stated it to be the pdoption of
the resolution of impeachment.
Mr. Hicks called foi the rcaJng of tbe reso
lution of impeachment.
The Speaker read the resolution as follows:
Resolved, That Hon, Sherman Pa?e judsje of
the tenth judicial district, of the State of Min
nesota, be impeached foi corrupt conduct in
office, and for crimes and misdemeanors.
Mr. McDermott moved a call of tho House,
which was ordered.
Mr. Sanborn moved the previous question,
which was ordered.
The question being, shall the main question
be now put, Mr. Bohan made the following re
"I request to be excused from voting for the
reason that the majority of this House has re
fused to allow all the evidence given on the
principal charges to be read before the House,
and for the further reason that the majority of
this House has by a temporary rule given the
supporters of the resolution (to impeach) an
undue advantage in this debate."
Mr. W. M. Campbell moved to indefinitely
postpone the request, which motion prevailed.
The question was then taken on the adop
tion of the resolution, and resulted, ayes 71,
nays 30, not voting 5, as follows:
Campbell, 8. L.Holton,
Dresbach, M. B. McDeimott,
Putnam, Rawson, Reaney,
Rice, Richter, Richardson,
Trewe, Warner, West, J. P.
West, S. M.
Wiley, Mr. Speaker
Absent and not voting,
Dresbach, G. B., Giles and Valstad,
THE FORMAL IMPEACHMENT,
Mr. West. J. P., offered the following reso
lution which was adopted:
Resolved, That a committee of five be ap
pointed by the Speaker to go to the Senate and
at the bar thereof, in the name of the House of
Representatives and of all the people of the
State of Minnesota, to impeach Sherman Page,
judge of the tenth judicial district, State of
Minnesota, of corrupt conduct and of crimes
and misdemeanors in office, and acquaint the
Senate that the House of Representatives will
in due time, exhibit particular articles of im
peachment against him and make good the
same, and that the committee do demand that
the Senate take order for the appearance of
said Sherman Page to answer said impeach
Mr. Bowler gave notice of debate, but the
notice came too late, as the Speaker had al
ready declared the resolution adopted.
Mr. Edson moved that the House adjourn.
The motion prevailed, and the House adjourned
just as the midnight bells were tolling.
Lutz, Miller, Muir, Null, Purdie, Rahilly,
Stacy, Tompkins, Thompson, J.
Interview ivtth Judge Page.
ST. PAUL, THURSDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 28, 1878.
peared thereat en deshabille, and with this inter
rogation on his lips, in a somewhat querulous
tone: 'What do you want
B.I suppose you have heard of the decision
of the House last night?
B.Well, I wish to inquire relative to the
impeachment matter. What attorneys will you
employ in your defense?
Judge P., hesitatinglyI am not sure.
B.When will you be ready for trial?
Judge P., very emphaticallyI am ready
B.Are there any other circumstances about
the approaching impeachment trial that you
would like to communicate?
Judge P., resuming his previous rather
mournful hesitancyNo, I think not.
The reporter then withdrew from the door
behind which the Judge had all the while
sheltered himself, and the interview terminated.
Throughout, the emotion in the judge's
voice and his very evident reluctance in speak
ing, betrayed the depth of his feelings and the
surprise which the action of the House had oc
casioned, and the wound was. too recent and
painful for the reporter to attempt to probe
the matter further.
It is most likely that Hon. E. C, Stacy and
J. A. Lovely, Esq., who have conducted the de
fense so far, will be retained in tf*e same be
half before the Senate, when the trial comes
United States Currency.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.The following is a
statemement of the United States currency out
standing at this date:
Old demand notes $ 62,402
Legal tenders, all issues 438,618,024
One year notes of 1863 53,245
Two year notes of 1863 15,900
Two year coupon notes of 1863 23,950
Compound interest notes 283,720
Fractional currency, all issues 17,190.698
The treasurer destroyed yesterday 9492,400 of
greenbacks on account, and $615,5000 addition
al national bank currency issued the present
month, leaving the outstanding legal tender
The bill reported by Bepresentative Egan
from the committee of commerce for the regu
lation of inter State commerce, and to prevent
unjust discriminations as to freight charges
and facilities by railroads and other common
carriers is accompanied by an elaborate report
in favor of its passage. The committee quote
authority to show that Congress has the power
to enact such a law as they propose, and argue
that as Congress only can furnish a remedy for
the evils cited, the time has come when this
duty should be performed.
The Treasury Note Scheme.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.The House banking
and currency committee has decided to recom
mend the insertion of an additional provision
in the bill for substitution of treasury notes
for national bank notes. The new feature pro
vides that the treasury notes shall be receivable
for one-third of any one payment of customs
duties, the remaining two-thirds to be paid in
gold or the new silver dollars. These treasury
notes are also to be made interchangeable with
4 per cent, bonds at par.
The Silver Sill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.There are intimations
to-day, in a quarter entitled to credit, that
if the President does not veto the silver bill,
he will assuredly accompany his approval with
a message requesting supplemental legislation.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.The Senate commit
tee on claims to-day decided by a majority of one
to report a bill providing for the payment of
$159,000 to the book agency of the Methodist
Epieoaal church south for the occupation of
its building at Nashville during the war. The
claim called for about $450,000.
The committee on ways and means to-day
acted finally on the sugar schedule of the tariff
bill. To-morrow the committtee will consider
silk and silk goods. The President has ap
proved the House bill entitled an act for the
relief of the Eagle & Phoenix Manufacturing
company at Columbus, Ga.
Marshal H. Twitchell, of Lousiaaa, who was
wounded in the affair at Coushatta and lost
both of his arms, will be appointed consul to
Legislative Dead Lock and Ministerial
CrisisLong Continued DrouthVeglta
tion Drying Up, and Cattle Dying for
Want ot Food.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27.News from Australia
is very meagre. The dead lock in the Victorian
Legislature continues, the council refusing to
pass the appropriation bills, insisting the pay
ment of members should be provided for in a
separate bill, while the government insists on
the bill in the present shape. The council has
memoralized the government on the crisis, and
some rioting has occurred in Melbourne, the
populace supporting the assembly and govern
ment in favor of the bill. A ministerial crisis
has occurred in New South Wales, and Sir
Henry Parker has undertaken the formation of
a new ministry.
Tho drouth has been very severe in some por
tions of the country, and parts of Queensland
has been without rain for eighteen months.
In New Zealand, Sir George Grey, premier,
has had an interview with Tawhaid Maori, the
King, which is expected to result in the open
ing of the King's country to settlement.
The drouth is causing alarm in the Hawaiian
Islands. The cane crop is partially destioyed
on the island of Mani, and stock is dying for
want of food.
The 'Wisconsin Lecislature.
[Special Telegram to THE GLOBE.]
MADISON, Wis., Feb. 27.In the Assembly
to-day bills were passed authorizing exchanges
between the State Historical society and the
State University relating to opening streets
and aUeys in La Crosse for the preservation of
brook trout in the waters of the St. Croix to
legalize proceedings of supervisors of Chip
In the Senate bills were concurred in fixing
the time for holding terms of court in the 4th
judicial district amending the revised stat
utes relating to trials of criminol cases amend
ing the law creating a municipal court in Chip
Passed: bills amending the law relative to
vital statistics amending the charter of Chip
pewa Falls relative to representation of cities
and incorporated villages in county boards of
supervisors to remedy the evils consequent
upon the destruction of any pnblic records by
fire or otherwise.
Under suspension of the rules a resolution
prohibiting smoking in the Senate chamber
during sessions was adopted.
At one o'clock this morning a GLOBE pleni
potentiary was dispatched upon tho hunt for denTHay^s says'the Natio^^frfto^dewras
Judge Page, who was found in room number Germany's sincere thanks.
four of the Windsor, sleeping the sleep of the 7"7
Escapes Punishment by Telling on Mis
COLUMBIA, 8. Feb. 27.N. G. Parker, ex
State treasurer, has been released from jail on
his own recognizance. He has given evidence
inculpating his former associates in office, and
surrendered documentary proof against them.
In consideration of such testimony he is ac
cepted as States witness in future prosecutions,
just and the unjust. The reporter .tapped
moderately at the door, as became the lateness,
or rather earliness, of the hour, and was an
swered in a few moments by a voice from with
in calling out, "Who there?
B.I am a GLOBE reporter, and wish to speak
with you a few moments, if you are Judge
The door was then opened and the judge ap- and allowed his freedom,*J 5**6
Cordial Endorsement of Bayard's Appoint
BERLIN, Feb. 27.The National Zeilung cor
dially welcomes Bayard Taylor's appointment
as United States minister to Germany, as one
conferring honor on Germany and America
alike, and calculated to strengthen the already
strong ties between the two countries. Presi-
LIVELY DISCUSSIONINBOTH BOUSES
Blaine, Conkling, et aL, Attack the Presi
dent for the New York Pension Office Ap-
pointmentThe Democrats and Moderates
to His RescueHouse Considers the Pen
sion Bill Without ActionThe Treasury
Mote SchemeImportant Bill for Regula
ting Inter-State CommerceU. S. Currency
WASHINGTON', Feb. 27.Senator Hoar pre
sented a petition of citizens of Cape Cod, re
monstrating against the passage of Sargent's
bill, to organize a coast guard and life saving
Senator Sargent said the reports of the life
saving service, emanating from the treasury
department, showed a disgraceful state of inef
ficiency in the service. It was well known that
in some instances where officers and men of
the life saving service were in sight of vessels
needing relief, they were afraid to man the
boats, and other persons had come forward and
performed the service. Persons were appointed
now to please political friends, and not on
account of their fitness for tbe work. He
thought sailors accustomed to the sea and used
to military discipline, would improve the ser-
Senator Allison introduced a bill to provide
for the entry of lands by Indians under the
homestead law. Referred.
Senator Mackey introduced a bill to establish
the rank ot Senior General of the United States
Senator Dawes, from the committee on public
buildings and grounds, reported a bill for con
tinuing the work of improving the capitol
grounds and asked for its present consideration.
It led to some discussion, during which Senator
Conkling spoke of the repeated changes made
in improving the capitol grounds and said if
the late board of public works in Washington,
that stalking horse for vituperation,
which he had heard denounced often, had done
what he had seen done in the vicinity of this
building, his impression was the country wonld
not be big enough to hold the noise.
After Senator Conklin's remarks on improve
ment of the capitol grounds, the bill passed.
The chair laid before the Senate the House
bill to amend section 4,778 of the revised stat
utes, which provides that whenever there shall
be a vacancy in the office of the pension agent
by death, resignation, or delay in qualifying
after appointment, the President may, if he
deems it necessary, appoint some person to
perform the duties of the pension agent for a
period not to exceed sixty days or until the
vacancy can be filled in the regnlar way.
In explanation, Senator Ingalls said the pen
sion agency at New York city became vacant
by the resignation of Col. Howe. Gen. Coster
has been appointed, but failed to give the re
quired bond of $250,000. The payment of
Sensions at New York should begin on Mon
ay next, and the object of the bill was to
allow a temporary appointment for the pay
ments to be made then.
Senators Conkling and Edmunds objected to
the passage of the bill on the ground that it
would virtually place in the hands of the
President the appointment of pension agents
throughout the country, without the advice
and consent of the Senate. After some, discus
sion the bill was laid aside for the present, and
consideration was then resumed, of the unfin
ished business, the bill to authorize a long
bond for investment of savings.
Senator Wallace explained the provisions of
the bill at length. He said there are two pur
poses in the bill, one to provide a fund for the
investment of earningb of the poorer classes.
The argument for this is the insolvency of sav
ings banks so recent and so widespread. The
remedy seems in a wise use of our public debt
as a fund tor that purpose. The other purpose
is to initiate a policy of diffusion of the public
debt among our own people by a popular loan
at a low rate of interest, to run 50 years, to
ease the burden of our taxation and keep our
surplus earnings at home. It antagonizes syn
dicates and appeals to our own people. It
looks beyond national banks and funds, an
anchor for the public faith with the people
Pending discusssion the bill was laid aside
temporarily, and the Senate resumed consider
ation of the bill considered in the morning in
regard to the payment of pensions in New York
Senator Ingalls said to obviate the objections
made by the Senator from Vermont (Edmunds)
and others, he offered the following as a substi
tute for the House bill: That whenever, during
a sesbion of the Senate, a vacancy shall occur
in the office of a pension agent by reason of the
resignation, death, removal, or expiration of
the term of office, or whenever buch agent, law
fully appointed, shall have failed to qualify
and assume the duties of such office, the Presi
dent may. when the public exigency requires
it, designate any officer of the United States to
perform the duties of said office, but such des
ignation shall not be made for longer than
twenty days. Any such officer so designated,
shall give bond if required by the President,
for the faithful discharge of said duties. The
foregoing provisions shall apply to any vacan
cies now existing.
Senator Sargent submitted the following as
And the secretary of the interior shall allow
in the settlement of the accounts of such officer,
the necessary expenses incurred by him in the
discharge of his duties under this act.
After a sowewhat lengthy discussion as to the
legal bearings of the proposed measure, Secre
tary Ingalls said he understood the animus of
all this discussion. Had he been resident of
the United States, and a pension agent had
failed to give bonds for a period of three weeks,
he would have concluded that he could not give
the bond, and would have nominated some
other person for the position.
Senator Blaine said this bill was an attempt
to cover up, by a general statute, a specific
failure of an officer to put in his bond when he
had every opportunity to do so. It was to give
him a longer time to fill his bonds. No such
case had ever occurred before, when a pension
agent was ready to perform his duty.
Senator Ingalls said there was a case in New
Orleans wheie the pension agent in the midst
of a payment of pensions.
Senator BlaineHow were the pensions paid
Senator IngallsI do not know.
Senator BlaineThen the Senator only
knows half of the case.
Senator IngallsThat is more than you
Senator Blaine continuing his remarks said
there were more than twenty Senators on this
floor who could name men in the city, of either
party,who could have given the required bond
within twenty-four hours. There was a pen
sion agent appointed under the highest possible
standard of civil service reform, who had'been
walking around New York city for months and
could not give his bond. Now the Senator
from Kansas came in with a bill for his relief.
He objected to any special legislation to give
an officer more time to file his bond.
Senator Kernan appealed to the Senators to
pass the bill. He did not want these poor pen
sioners to go hungry.
Senator BlaineOn whose steps would that
Senator ShermanNot on mine.
Senator Hoar spoke in favor of passing the
bill, and argued that it was the only thing that
could be done, as anew pension agent conld
not be appointed, confirmed, and give bonds
before Monday next.
Senator Eaton said the President of the
United States had a duty to perform. He could
name a dozen men of New York city, Demo
crats and Republicans, who could have given
bonds in the sum of $250,000 in an hour. If the
President of the United States would do his
duty the Senate would do its duty, and a pen
sion agent could be nominated and confirmed
before the end of the present week.
Senator Withers said, 9a the President had
been castigated enough, he hoped the Senate'
would now pass the bill, as he desired to have
the pensioners paid next week, when their pen
sions became due.
Senator Counting said nothing could be more
pleasing than the alacrity with which the
honorable senator (Wither*) rushed to the de
fense of the President and the poor pensioners.
He had noticed the alacrity displayed on that
Bide of the chamber in defending the President
and the interest and regard manifested for the
prompt payment of those who love the scars of
their country's battles. If this was not the
Senate chamber he would say it was arrant
humbug to talk about the poor pensioners as
an excuse for panning this bill. These pay
ments were to begin on the 4th of March. If,
perchance, there should be a postponement
of the payment for twenty-four hours
would there be such an extreme wringing of
hearts? Certainly, violence ought not to be
done to law by passing this bill. Let
the secretary of the interior summon General
Costar to him and tell him to make good his
bond at once or his successor wonld be ap
pointed. He, Conkling, knew the relationship
of Gen. Costar well enough to know that his
bond could be forthcoming in twenty-four
hours just as well as in a year. He wanted no
more time to perfect his bond than was neces
sary to transact the formalities of the business.
He had not arraigned the President. He
thought there was something higher than ar
raigning the President: He had not intended
to do it either openly or in disguise. On every
occasion when he deemed it tone bis duty to
arraign the President he would do it
openly so that the Senators would not think he
was skulking behind any particular measure. He
had not intended to arraign the President or
either of his official chiefs, DutTHe" must insist
to the last that this bill was an infraction of
the system which had worked well for two
generations, and now the Senate was appealed
to to imprudently, unwisely, and exception
ally legislate, and he wonld resist, for reasons
of Bound discretion and common sense, that
this legiblation should not be made.
Senator Ingalls said the Senator from New
York with something of extraordinary super
ciliousness in his demeanor, remarked that if
this was not the Senate chamber he would say
it was arrant humbug to talk about poor pen
sioners as an excuse for passing the bill. He,
(Ingalls). would say if this was not the Senate
chamber he should regard that remark as ap
plied to him as very offensive and unwarranted.
The partiality of the Senate had confided a
trust by making him chairman of the committee
on pensions, and he did not propose to betray that
trust. The interests of pensioners were to some
extent entrusted to him and he would attend to
them. There were but three days between now
and the 4th of March and anew pension agent
could not be appointed in that time. In urging
this matter upon the Senate he had acted in the
interest of pensioners.
Senator Withers said he was a member of the
committee on pensions and he had tried to dis
charge his duty, and notwithstanding the sneers
of Senators from New York, he proposed to
continue to discharge it faithfully. Whether
he (Withers} had rushed with hot haste to the
relief of the President was a matter of too lit
tle importance for the Senate to bother about.
He did not allude to the Senator from New
York (Conkling) when he spoke of the Presi
dent having been castigated because the feel
ings of that Senator towards the President were
The amendment of Sargent was agreed to,
and the bill read a third time and passed jeas
48, nays 8, as follows:
Barnum, Bayard, Beck, Booth, Camcron,(Wis.jKernan, Christiancy, Eustes, Ferry, Garland, Gordon, Grover, Harris, Hereford,
Hill, Hoar, Howe,
Morgan, Morrill, Paddock,
McDonald, McMillan, McPherson,
House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.The Senate bill pro
viding for the publication of anew edition of
the revised statutes was taken from the speak
er's table and passed.
Mr. Crittenden offered a resolution directing
the judiciary committee to inquire whether the
Union Pacific railroad company has invested its
funds in stock, bonds or other evidences of
debt of any other corporation, and, if so,1in
corporation, and whether said Union Pacific
has violated its charter by so doing. Referred.
Mr. Banning, chairman of the committee on
military affairs, reported a bill authorizing the
secretary of war to sell the following ordnance
establishments: Waterville arsenal, N. Y.
Washington arsenal, District of Columbia Alle
gheny arsenal, Pennsylvania Pikesville, Mary
land, and Watertown arsenals, Mississippi. Re
The bill granting the use of ammunition,
tents, etc., to the soldiers reunion at Marietta,
The bill issuing arms and ammunition to the
Territory of Idaho passed.
The bill authorizing the President to review
the court martial proceedings of 1864 in the
case of ex-Surgeon General Hammond, and to
annul the same and place Dr. Hammond on the
retired list as surgeon general, but without
giving him any right to past, present, or future
pay or allowances, passed without debate.
The bill pensioning soldiers of the Mexican
war was then taken up.
Messrs. Bragden and Davis, of North Caro
lina, advocated the bill, and Lamar denied the
bill would place the name of Jeff Davis on the
Mr. Scales criticised the speech made last
Monday by Mr. Joyce, and declared himself re
joiced that such sentiments did not come from
a native born son of America.
Mr. Sinnickson opposed the bill. He was in
favor of pensions to invalid soldiers, for those
were debts of honor, bnttoall others it would
be an insult to offer $8 a month for having
fought for their country. If this bill were to
pass he would offer an amendment so as to
make no discrimination between the soldiers of
Mr. Burchard opposed the bill, not because
the men who had been disloyal during the late
war would receive tbe benefits of the bill, but
because he did not think that in the present
condition of the country Congress should grant
pensions to persons who did not need aid from
the government. Later on, when the veterans
would be too old to support themselves, such a
bill might be right, but not now.
Mr. Townsend, N. Y., opposed the bill be
cause it would be impossible for the country to
pay the pension claims that would cost seven
million dollars annually, and the country knew
that the revenue for the coming year
was already more than seven million
dollars short of the wants of the gov
ernment. Where was the money to come
from. Was whisky to be taxed any higher in
order to raise the money to pay those pensions.
The gentlemen were told they must not say
anything about the late rebellion. That rebel
lion had fixed on the country an enormous
debt, but for that it wonld be possible to pass
the bill. As it was. the country was so poor
that at least two committees were sitting np
late at night and up early in the morning to
try to deprive the brave officers of our
army of their means of support.
This terrible anxiety in the interest of economy
vanished in a moment, when it was possible to
pension a rebel. He did not undertake to say
that the majority of the veterans of the Mex
ican war had become rebels, but there was a
limberness and softness on the other side of the
House towards soldiers who had fought for
their country that was very suspicious, very. The
bill was a blow calculated to strike the vitals of
the people, and hence he opposed it.
Mr. McGowan made a speech against the bill,
and then without action the committee rose
and the house adjourned.
Qrnacnr, 111., Feb. 27.In the convention of
the new diocese in Quincy, the Bev. Dr. Burg
less, of Springfield, Mass., was elected on th
forty-fourth ballot by seven votes to three fo
Bev. Cyrus F. Knight, of Lebanon, Penn., and
two for Bev. Courtland Whitehead, of Bethle
hem, Penn. The lay vote confirmed the vote
by ten to five, ri &>
Judge Blodgett Decides that they Cover tho
Bondsmen as Well as Principal-An Ap
peal to be Taken.
CHICAGO, Feb. 27.Two weeks ago the case
of the suit against ex-Gauger Cullerton's bond,
brought by the government to recover amount
of damages caused by irregularities on the part
of Cullerton, a ganger, Judge Blodgett dicided
that the presidential pardon of Cullerton cov
ered this case, and that the bonds
men were not liable. This was at
variance with Jndge Drummond's rulings on a
similar point, and as the question involved the
cases of ex-Gaugers Hildreth and Watermantthe
United States district attorney laid the matter
before Attorney General Devens. Instruc
tions were received to-day that the case will be
appealed from Jndge Blodgett to the United
States supreme court, and District Attorney
Bangs will accordingly carry it up. The gov
ernment regards these cases as very important
not only in point of money but in point of
An Amended Allegation Charginc Undue
Influence by Others than. William Be
ceived by tho Court.
NEW YOBS, Feb. 27.In the Vanderbilt will
case to-day a motion was made to amend the
original allegation of tine oantestant, Mrs.
Lebau, that said pretended win and codial"
were procured by undue influence on the part
of Wm. H. Vanderbilt and others. She says
that from motives of delicacy she did not wish
to bring in the names of Mrs.
Frank A. Vanderbilt and Mrs. M. A. Crawford,
as having exercised undue influence on the
deceased, but she has since obtained sufficient
proof of it, and now desires leave to allege un
due influence by them. Mr. Clinton put in a
verified answer that the allegation of undue in
fluence is unqualifiedly false. The answer was
accompanied by affidavits from Mrs. F. A. Van
derbilt and Mrs Crawford, also absolutely de
nying that they had exercised undue influences.
The motion to amend was granted.
The Record of Ruin for the Day to be
Credited to Secretary Sherman.
NEW YORK Feb. 27.J. C. Clinton & Co.,
proprietors of a blackboard office or bucket
shop, have suspended. None of the firm has
been at the office to-day. This is one of the
numerous concerns for the transacting of stock
speculation on the French pool system, allow
ing investments of $5 or upwards, on a margin
of one per cent.
LONDON, Feb. 27.Edward Shaw & Co., yarn
merchants and spinners, Belfast and Elbridge,
Ireland, have failed. Liabilities tsSOO.OOO.^
William H. Lyons & Co., butter merchants
and exporters, and Sutton & Co., shipping mer
chants of Cork, have failed. Liabilities re
spectively $40,000 and $80,000.
ITHICA, N. Y., Feb. 27.Andrus McChain &
Co. booksellers, paper makers and printers,
have assigned. Liabilities about $75,000.
Honors to Bayard Taylor.
KENNETT SQUARE, PA., Feb. 27.Bavaid
Taylor, the newly appointed minister to Ger
many, arrived here this evening with his wife
and daughter, on a visit to his parents. At the
station he was met by a committee, who invit
ed him to a welcome in Boxaugh Hall, which
was filled to overflowing with people of the
surrounding country. The hall was hung
with flags and wreaths, and a bust of Taylor
was placed on the platform. After a most
hearty speech of welcome and congratulations,
to which Taylor responded, there was a ban
Suicide of an Insurance Agent.
ST. Loins, Feb. 27.Arthur Noyes commit
ted suicide some time last night by hanging
himself to abed post in his room at tbe Star
hotel. His body was not discovered until to
night. Noyes has been connected with several
insurance companies here and in the East. His
home is at Albany, N. Y. His self destruction
is attributed to liquor.
Down an Embankment.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 27.The east bound train on
the Indianapolis & St. Louis railroad last night
struck a broken rail near Hillsboro, Ills., throw
ing the sleeper from the track, and rolling it
down an embankment. The passengers were
badly shaken and bruised, and the conductor,
Orlcff, received painful injuries.
Auction Coal Sales.
NEW YORK, Feh. 27.The Delaware, Lacka
wanna ic Western railroad company sold 50,000
tons of Scranton coal at auction to-day as fol
lows: Steamer $email@example.com. grate $S.07
egg $firstname.lastname@example.org^ chestnut $3.00 stone
$3.55 pea $2.12J.
EVANSVILLE, Ind., Feb. 27.Commodore D.
Curtis, a farmer 50 years old, was shot through
the head and killed at his house near Mount
Vernon, Indiana, yesterday, by his step-son,
aged 13. Curtis was trying to murder his wife
in a drunken spree and tbe boy got a gun and
ALI ABOUND TiiE WOULD.
The loss by fire in Cameron & Ambnrg's es
tablishment, Chicago, Tuesday night, will not
be far from $50,000.
Josiah C. Nicodemeus, wholesale provision
dealer of Baltimore, died yesterday morning in
his bath room.
The Globe cotton mills'of Remos R. Clark k,
Co., Augusta, Ga., has been burned. Loss
$20,000 insurance $6,000.
It is stated from Rome that France will recall
Baron Rude, her ambassador at the Vatican,
who is a partisan of the Jesuits.
Jean Pierre Alexandre Antigua, the French
painter, is dead.
The head house and machinery at number
two slope, of the Susquehanna coal com pan},
burned yesterday morning. The miners were
rescued through an outlet only completed last
Larz Anderson, a prominent capitalist of
Cincinnati, brother of Major Anderson of Fort
Bumpter fame, died yesterday morning. In
1834 be married Catherine, daughter of the late
The court of appeals at Frankfort, Ky., yes
tesday sustained the legality of the Frankfort
lottery of Kentacky, deciding the franchise a
legal one. The case has caused much comment
The Inman line steamship City of New York,
which arrived at Queenstown yesterday from
Liverpool, collided with and sank the brig
Lauret off Tuscan Bock light Wednesday. One
person drowned. The plates of the New York's
port bow were damaged.
A New Orleans telegram says that James A.
Lee will be btronglj urged for collector of tho
John G. Davidson, engaged in printing felt
skirts, Brooklyn, was arrested yesterday morn
ing on suspicion of setting fire to the premises,
causing a loss to several occupants of $25,000.
A Little Putt.
HE GLOBE gave, a few days ago, an article
from the Boston Journal of Education, and
the following qualification from a later issue
is given as a matter of fairness. It does not
affect the strong points made against the
Merrill law by the article which it qual
As a letter in regard to tbe condition of
affairs in Minnesota, under the new law, crept
inadvertently into our editorial columns last
week, it is no more than just for us, without
taking any part in the school book controversy
of that State, to correct some errors that it
contained. The series of text books adopted
under the law have been very favorably known
throughout the counu-y. Their sales to-day
are hardly eqauled by any similar books, and
they are considered by many educators as
.among the best before the pnbbc. The authors
are men of ability and experience in school
work, and are well and favorably known in ed
ucational circles. On the whole, if there is to
be a-State adoption we congratulate the State
on istlaining so good books, r^s