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Choking a Patient.
He Dies in 5 Minutes
TheMurderer Says 15
Parboiling a Woman.
Linseed Oil No Help.
Served up for Dessert.
Bartlett on His Knees
Abject Letter Apology
Our Noble! Charity!!
[Special Telegram to THE GLOBE.]
ST. PETER, March 23, 1878.The committee
of investigation, with the exception of Senator
Doran and the secretary, proceeded to the asy
lum last evening, as reported in yesterday's
dispatches, and were met there by Dr. Bartlett,
Mr. Fletcher and Rev. Mr. Kerr. They were
cordially received and invited into the chapel,
where were assembled some three hundred per
sons. The liev. Blr. Kerr rose and said:
"Friends, we are met here for a variety of
amusements we will have a little singing and
prayer and hear some remarks from these gen
tlemen." He then read to the patients tho
decalogue from the 20th chapter of Exodus.
Mr. Drew was then calle-I on to speak, which
that gentleman did, very briefly.
Senator Morton, when called upon, said that
he could not refrain from telling a little joke
npon his friend Senator Drew. He and the
Speaker were out in the afternoon during the
recess taken by the committee, wh. they
came upon a number ot the patients of the
hospital. Wishing to have & closer view of
them, he drew up nearer to them, when one
fierce looking fellow advanced and said: "Are
any of you gentlemen from Winona?" "Yes,"
said I, "there is Senator Drew." "Tell him,"
said the man, "I voted for him last November,
and they sent me here the next day." "1 am
not surprised," said I, looking upon the poor
deluded man with pity. "Remember! remem-
ber," said the deluded, tragically, as he passed
Senator Rice was the next speaker. He
doubted whether there had not been some
mistake made by the people of Winona, and
as investigation was the order of the day, he
would suggest that the doctors make a rigid
examination of the patient referred to by Mr.
Morton and the Senator from Winona, and de
termine whether the Winona patient and the
Winona Senator had not changed places.
There was some very good music provided,
both vocal and instrumental, by some of the
employes and citizens of St. Peter. It appears
to be the custom every Friday evening to have
these pleasant meetings in the chapel which are
very much enjoyed by the majority of the pa
tients. After the entertainment, one of the in
mates, a Mrs. Thompson, from Winona, wished
to speak to Mr. Drew. She told that gentleman
that she had been divorced from her husband,
and immediately after she had been sent here.
She said she would rather be here than at home,
for she was restrained more there than here.
She hoped some day Dr. Bartlett would make
her superintendentit had always been her
ambition to rule a large institution, and she
had commenced by ruling her own home when
she was there.
The gentlemen returned well pleased with
BOTTOM FACTS WANTED.
Your correspondent conversed with several
persons, early this morning, upon the general
topic of the daythe investigation. It is
stated that the committee, while they are here,
should settle up, once for all, the ohurch ques
tionto ascertain whether there is any truth
in the allegation that the material for the
church came down from the hospital, and if
the church actually cost the congregation no
more than $6,000. Another matter is the find
ing of a child in a satchel on the bridge, which,
it is stated, can be traced back to the asylum.
One rule, they say, is that no employe
can receive presents from outsiders, and the
cook was made the recipient, of a very hand
some one from the butcher Davis last Christ
mas. No doubt these matters will be fully
looked into by the committee and a clear,
thorough investigation wilTbe made. There is
one thing certain, the committee show no dis
position to gloss over anything, and they act
with the utmost fairness to all parties.
The committee assembled again this morn
ing, when Andrew Herberg was called. He is
an intelligent looking man, and gave his evi
dence in a straight-forward way. He was sub
jected to a close questioning by the committee,
and was confronted by Mr. Betts, who had the
privilege of asking him what questions he
ANDREW HERBERG SWOBN.
I live at St. Peter am 87 years old am a far
mer was employed at the branch hospital from
April, 1877, to February, 1878, was attendant
knew a patient named McDonald know John
Betts, the supervisor McDonald jumped out of
a window twenty feet high on to a shed and
rolled from there to the platform was carried
in considerably bruised but recovered he used
to refuse to take food I would coax him and
sometimes he would eat he would take one
meal a day had to coax him to eat the other
meals at last he refused to eat I would then
feed him I told the doctor Betts came and fed
him by putting a plug between the teeth and
pouring Boup down I fed him so but found the
plug hurt him and tne soup would not go, and
so I would have nothing to do with it the doc-
tor then came and fed him with a stomach
pump that did not seem to hurt him, but
when the pipe was taken out of his throat he
would throw up blood the doctor fed him so
for a few days after that Betts fed him with a
plug in the dining room Betts filled the pa
tient's mouth with victuals and pushed it
down with the handle of a knife while a man
held him down after that they gave np feed
ing with the plug and I took him into the din
ing room to see if he would eat for three days
he took no food I reported to Betts each
day on the third day he commenced
feeding again with the ping and soup
He did this every day after dinner, The pa
tient would run away yelling, saying they
wanted to kill him Betts told us to hold him
and lay him on a bench I held him by his
hands and sat across his body Mr. Betts and
a patient named Drew, helped hold him
O'Connor held the soup Betts plugged his
mouth, the plug slipped out Betts was excit
ed, and thrust the plug down his throat, and
held him so fast he couldn't move anything I
could see down his throat he told O'Connor
to pour in the soup I could hear his breath
gurgle as the soup was going into the wind
pipe I felt his strength was going I said in
a whisper, Mr. Betts, he will die he said he
is only choked the same moment I let go his
hand, lifted him up, and shook him, he gasped
for breath, and died in five minutes Mr.
Betts ran for a doctor he looked at him and
sent for a bottle, and held it under his nose,
but he did not revive he was well, and ran about
the hall yelling before we held him down to
feed him we had all we could do to hold him
O'Connor told Dr. Bowers the man died of
strangulation the doctor did not reply Betts
told me to keep O'Connor shut up, 6o that he
might not talk about this kept him in tho
house a day, when the doctor took him to the
other hospital I did not complain, because it
was no use, 1 knew I should be discharged.
CBOSS-EXAMINED BY MB. BETTS.
The soup was poured in with a pitcher, not
with a spoon he died within five minutes of
the time he was fed he was laying down, and
not standing up Bet^s told O'Conner to pour
down the soup.
Ques. by Betts.Did 1 raise up the patient
and shake him
Ans.No we shook him.
BettsDid I run the handle of a knife down
Ans.Yes you did.
BettsHave you seen ma misuse any other
Ans.Yes I have.
BettsWho were those patients
Ans.P. Sondine, who died there.
Ans.By that plugyou set that plug down
his ihroat, and it was covered with blood you
bore on him with all your might, and was mad.
BettsAny other patients
Ans.Yes John Mullen.
BettsWith a plug?
Ans.Yes you left it in his. mouth till he
was black in the face.
BettsDid you ever see me misuse any other
Ans.No not in my hall.
BettsDid you ever hear me abuse any
Ans.Once in awhile did not see you strike
BettsDid I abuse you?
Ans.You were insulting, with stinging
BettsWhat were those words?
Ans.You wanted to be so much of a man,
and was always complainingmean in your
talking you offered me medicine, and said it
was good for my disease.
BettsDid jou see me neglect the patients,
not to feed them, or give them medicida when
I ought? Ans.Once you fell and spilled the medicine
and gave the empty bottles.
BettsDid you see any food not good?
Ans.Yes some meat had hair and manure in
it the patients came up and showed me this
1 had to cut the meat it was mostly tough
when we saw this we were eating this meat
with manure was on the plates of Johnson and
Whitcomb we did not eat any more, and sent
the meat into the kitchen I mean we were dis
gusted with the dinner and quit eating we did
not eat meat after that for fourteen days we
did noi complain to you because we knew it
was no use, you were so intimate with the girls:
I did not say Katie was going to poison us with
the tea but we could not tell what the tea was
made of by its smell.
By Mr. RiceI left the hospital because we
could not agree with Betts he was always quar
reling with me my partner told me he had
Been Katie Shanks in Betts room, I have seen
her there too, I said I was talking to Hannah
Levin and asked her if she saw Betts have any
thing to do with Katie ShankB she told Betts
he came up and made trouble with us we got
tired of his tyranny, and we got np the petition
but no notice was taken of it Bowers told us
it would save us trouble if we would go they
could get twenty men to take our places if we
go we should get no pay, but if we
stop one month we would get our wage*.
they discharged that day Turner and Swensen.
We complained to Dr. Bartlett of Betts, and
said either he must go or we must go it was
Kate Shank I saw in Betts' room cannot say
wkat she was doing Betts was there after
Betts heard what I saw he was troublesome
with everybody he treats some patients better
MB. BETTS SWOBN.
Resides in St. Peter: am 30 years old have
been here nearly seven years am supervisor at
the branch hospital have been there six years,
three years supervisor and three years tiight
watchman. Have two men's work give out
clothing food, medicine and see the patients
taken care of have to see the food is properly
cooked some rooms have one patient, some six
we have some lying on the floors I have $30 a
month and board have 101 patients and at
tendants in the stone buildings we have three
attendants in the frame building we have four
attendants we haven't got one who stays in
bed all the time, but we have some who want
considerable attention I have found some
trouble with attendants from want of atten
tion to duties attendants are furnished with a
copy of the rules and are told to keep them I
do not think I am a man to scold much, but
have to tell them, often that they neglect duty
the attendants are down on me because I do my
duty, just because I report them to Dr. Bower.
Dr. Bartlett don't come down very often I
think he does come once a week I see him go
through oftener than once a month I inspect
the meat always before it is cooked they know
more about cooking in the kitchen than I do
we have a dining room to ourselvesthe farmer,
the laundry woman and cooks. As a general
thing, our meats have been good sometimes it
has been tough have had no complaint lately
of meat. One Sunday they complained that
they had not quite enough beef. Mr. Dwyer
has the weighing out of the meat I give out a
week's rations of groceries to each building.
One morning the boys did make complaint
of the coffee and tea, but we get the same and
it has always been good. My attention has not
been drawn to the bad quality of the meat and
coffee and tea within the month.
THE MURDERED MAN.
Witness was requested to tell about Mc
Donnell" He said: He was in the hospital
from March to August has been a wild man
from the first, imagining all kinds of things
dreaming one night about his wife he jumped
up, lifted up the window, jumped out and hurt
himself badly this wa^ two or three months
before he died he was able to get about again
I had to give him food by force he wanted to
die meat he thought was human flesh, soup he
thought was poison he would cling round my
neck and say, "Oh Mr. Betts, Mr. Betts, what
shall I do, I shall die and go to hell I would
sit by the hour and coax him we could not
get him to take anything. But, gentlemen,
you know if yon try to force food his gums
will bleed: I have always been kind and gentle
to him and all patients there and always will
as long as I am permitted to be there I have
fed him with soup and opened his mouth with
a stick no one would put their finger into bis
mouth to have it bit off, I would not the pa
tient was getting weaker ever since he fell
from the building the last morning lie was as
weak as he could be we had been looking 'for
his death every day I said to Helberg and
O'Connor: I have some soup and meat, give
him some we seated him down on a seatnot
laid down opened his month with a stick
O'Connor gave him two or three spoonsful
at the third he seemed faint we raised him up
but that did not help him I said take him into
another room we carried him in and laid him
on abed and went for the doctor, who stayed
with him till he died, which was about fifteen
minutes I said if that strangled him, a glass
of water would strangle me.
CBOS8 QUESTIONS BY MB. DOBAN.
We did not have help enough, so got the pa
tient, O'Connor I said this O'Connor might
set it ronnd that I or you (Helberg), caused his
death I did not say O'Connor had got talking
so much I had to remove him I did not say
McDonnell was strangled by O'Connor pouring
the soup too fast I did not say I was afraid
McDonnell's son would come and make trouble
don't know how long O'Connor had been down
at the temporary hospital I can't remember
minutes and hours he was sent back within a
week after don't think it was next day don't
know when I had administered food to him be
fore am not positive whether there were three
or four to hold him I take care of Dr. Kerr's
church I get a small salary, which, I think.
iB a benefit to the State I get six and a half
dollars a month in the summer and eight and
a half in the winter have to make fires and
keep the church clean don't have to saw the"the
wood have to ring the bell sometimes I take
the patients never had them to saw the wood
sometimes I sent them down town patients
sometimes go out alone I have asked them to
go to the church, and have sent them up there
By Mr. RiceHad no trouble in the bouse
with Helberg, but he used to talk about me
outside the house I don't know if it is a rule
of the house that no one is to speak of what
occurs in the house to any on outside it is a
rule that no one shall receive presents from any
patients or their friends I might, in a joke,
have said that it would be best to smother the
patients, as in England.
Mr. DoranThat would be a serious joke to
make to the attendants.
I am positive I did not say that I feared Mc
Donnell's son would come and make trouble.
A. J. LAMBEBTON SWOBN.
Am a merchant in St. Peter know Helberg
he is a very reliable, truthful man. I believe
he would not say anything he did not believe.
I believe the same of Mr. Betts.
The committee then adjourned till 2 o'clock.
[Special telegram to THE GLOBE.}
ST. PETEB. March 23.Some more spicy cor
respondence took place to-day, and I append it
in full, as follows:
MINNESOTA HOSPITAL FOB INSANE,
ST. PETEB, March 23.
To Hon. M. Doran, Chairman Senate Committee
DEAB SIB: My attention has been called to a
communication of yours of the 23d, through
me to Dr. Bartlett, in which your committee
seem aggrieved at the appearance of nis reply
to your communication, "and that his course
seemed to be to forestall public opinion," etc.
I desire to say that Dr. Bartlatt was in no way
responsible for the appearance of the reply re
ferred to in the press, as he had no knowledge
of it whatever, until after it was sent. I
will personally take the entire
responsibility, and will give you
my reasons why it was sent. I wabatthe tele
graph office in the evening, at the time your
communication to me in which Dr. Bartlett's
position was referred to, was being telegraphed
to the press, and I desired that his reply should
appear at the same time. I went for the copy
in the hands of Secretary Kerf, and requseted
it in order to send it down BO that it might ap
pear at the same time, as I supposed your com
munication would appear the next morning.
Not until after Dr. Bartlett's letter had been
telegraphed did he know it was done. Thus
the responsibility of sending it rests with me.
(Signed) Yours, etc., L. FLETCHER.
BARTLETT TO THE COMMITTEE.
ST. PETEB, MINN., March 23.
To the Hon. M. Doran, Chairman of the Senate
Committee of Investigation of the Hospital
DEAB SIB: Your communication of March
22d, 1878, in relation to my action at the hos
pital and before the committee at the Nicollet
House, is at hand. In reply, I desire to call
your attention to certain matters referred to in
such communication. It is claimed that I
attempted to forestall public opinion by
sending to the press a copy of my letter of ex
planation. I desire to say in reference to this
matter, that after addressing such communica
tion to you I left the original draft of such let
ter in the hands of Mr. Kerr, the secretary of
the board of trustees that I gave no direc
tion to send Buch communication to the press,
and had no knowledge or intimation that the
same had been sent till after the dispatch was
forwarded, hence I am not responsible for its
In relation to my action at the hospital, I was
instructed by the chairman of the board of
trustees, several days before the arrival of your
committee, that when your committee came to
the hospital for the purpose of investigating
its affairs, that I should immediately notify the
local committee of tho board of trustees, so
that they might meet your committee before
you commenced the investigation, and ascertain
your lineof prooeedure, and in what manner you
proposed to conduct such inveatigatiotLand what
privileges would be accorded to suchlocalcom
mittee by your committee. That when your
committee appeared at the hospital on the*20th
inst., I informed you of such instructions, and
requested you to delay the examination until
the local committee conld be sent for that I
would send for them immediately, ind that I
thought such committee would be'present in
about ten minutes. I then left you for the pur
pose of sending a telegram to such committee,
and on my return, and without any Jntimation
from you of such intention, I fount! that you
had taken your departure.
I had no conversation prior to your visit with
either Mr. Schimmel or Mr. Kerr, .relative to
the matter, and from my instructions from the
chairman of the board of trustees, inferred
tnat it was my duty to ask your committee to
delay investigation until the arrival of the
local committee, so that such committee conld
in conference with your committee settle all
preliminary questions in reference to your ex
In reference to your information that you
were to be denied admittance, I have to say that
no such information wa3 received through me
and that I am not at all responsible for rumors
to that effect.
In relation to the conversation at the Nicollet
house, it seems that the committee must have
understood and misinterpreted my meaning, as
I had no intention of denying the right of the
Legislature to investigate any State institu
tion, or the right or authority of your com
mittee to make such investigation. I might as
well have denied the right of the Legislature to
create an asylum as to deny that it had the
right to investigate such institution after it
had been created by that body.
After the adjournment of the meeting be
tween your committee and the trustees at the
Nicollet House, and in a general and desultory
ST. PAUL, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1878.
'^W'BMiUlWwiL.i imS -m t~w**a* -*-1
conversation with some of the members of the
committee in a discussion in relation to the
rights and powers of the Governor and Legis
lature, and concerning their legal authority to
enter the institution at any time of day or
night, without knowledge or consent of the
trustees or officers, I did state that it was my
private opinion, based on the constitution and
the organic act establishing the hospital, that
the Governor had no authority to allow any
person to visit the hospital without the consent
of the trustees, and I illustrated the point by
saying that if at any time I should find a per
son drank and disorderly in any ward of the
institution, and that in attempting to eject
him he should show an order from the Gov
ernor allowing him admittance, that I should
consider that I had full authority to put him
out, and that if I did not have such authority I
would resign my position.
certainly did not mean to accuse your com
mittee with being drunk and disorderly, and
had no intention of denying your right to visit
the institution, and if in the heat of a ram
bling conversation following a prolonged and
rather exciting discussion, where extreme prop
ositions were used for illustrations, I said
anything to lead your committee to believe
that I took the position claimed, 1 can only say
that I did not intend to convey any such im
pression, and certainly did not allude to your
committee as being drunk and disorderly.
In relation to the matter of denying the com
mittee admission to the hospital, in reply to a
question of Senator Rice whether or not if the
committee should appear at the hospital the
following day and demand admittance
they would be refused, I answered
that I would refer the matter to the
trustees, some of whom were present, and that
personally I had no objection. Mr. Kerr then
stated on behalf of the trustees that you could
have admittance at any time, and I considered
matter suited them. I would also say that
the question of integrity and honor depends
npon the proper construction of language and
position. I need scarcely add that I much re
gret that any misunderstanding between us
has arisen. Respectfully yours,
[Signed] C. K. BAKTLETT.
In reference to those letters it should be
stated that Dr. Bartlett's letter was telegraphed
to the press before the letter of Hon. M. Doran
was drawn up, and the committee knew of its
being so sent before their letter was written,
at least your correspondent is so informed by
the members of the committee.
[Special Telegram to THE GLOBE.1
MANKATO, March 23.During the day the
trustees have had several conferences with their
legal adviser, County Attorney Ives. The sub
stance of Hon. Doran's letter to Dr. Bart
lett has been one of the topi of the conven
tion. The result of the deliberation was the
letters telegraphed to you from St. Peter.
Finding it impossible to get any longer com
munication through from St. Peter, I was
compelled to take the train here in order that
you might get the following testimony
DR. BOWERS SWORN.
The first witness examined this P. M. was Dr.
Bowers, who, being subpeened, attended. The
secretary read to him the testimony of Helberg.
He was then sworn and said in regard to Mc
Donald: He regretted he did not bring down
the record with him, but the books will show
it. He was admitted from Dakota county,
March 20, 1877 had been formerly in
temperate had made a trade which
so unsettled him that he became melancholy
was said to be violent at home ran away from
home aud made an attempt to commit suicide
with a hay knife brought to the hospital with
a wound in his throat always depressed im
agined he was going to be killed refused to
take food hadtobe coaxed a man, sometimes
two, had to lead him to the table by Betts or
myself urging, he could be persuaded to take
bread, but no meat, because he imagined it to
be human fle?h on the 19th of May he jumped
lrom the third story window, twenty-five or
thirty feet his hip was injured, shoulder and
face bruised this was before my return in the
spring was transferred to the frame house on
the 3d of July I took charge of him would
not eat always asked how much he
had eaten when reported he had taken
enough, i would not feed him
when he had not taken enough I would go and
coax him to take a little got worse till he
would take nothing ordered him to be led
daily to the table, but that did not avail I fed
him then with a stomach tube this would take
a few seconds he would then try to throw up
by putting his fingers down his throat thought
he was going to be poisoned for seven weeks
he look nothing voluntarily became weak, but
in his frenzy he showed strength would not
stay in bed was fed with a tube for two weeks
this became impossible the plug was then
tried he would shut his mouth tight as a vice
every time fftpd was mentioned he would
scream with tright and say "Oh, doctor,
you are going to poison me."
This was every time he was fed sometimes
it was impossible to give him anything this
last day Belts went over to assist theattendant
O'Connor, a countryman of his, called some
times to persuade him they laid him on a
bench and held him down with his head on the
arm of the bench I did not see this but was
told I heard him making the noise when Betts
came in and saw McDonald had fainted. 1
took carborate of ammonia as a stimulant
they had carried him to bed he was uncon
scious, breathing heavily and slowly like per
sons suffering from apoplexy if strangled he
would have the same appearance could not re
vive him died within a half hour, but beyond
a quatrer of an hour have seen Betts
in his duties think he acted
with prudence and skill telegraphed to his son
who came two days after and took away the
O'Connor was sent back to the upper asylum
a week after for the comfort of O'Connor no
effort was made to keep the cause of his death
from the public. I stated the case to his son
I never heaid any complaints against Betts
never before they made the petition the
complaints were made because he would insist
upon their doing their duty always consider
ed him a reliable man knew nothing of com
plaints of food till this time think the food
as good as private citizens have.
He was asked by Hon. A. J. Egerton to give
any statement he wished, assuring the doctor
that the court wished to have a full investiga
tion, not a one-sided one.
He said there had been complaints about the
tea and coffee.
Questioned by Mr. DoranExpect to give
them tea and coffee as good as usual families
get the steward sees to this have bad com
plaints about tea and coffee 10 days ago the
cook say8 there was a disarrangment of the
range last Sunday had a complaint that there
was not enough meat norther complaints but
these since July last ge my rounds every
morning and see the sick 3 or 4 times a day I
get one hundred dollars a month I board at
the steward's at the expense of the State keep
a horse the State feeds it was necessary for
me to have a horse to go to and fro to the other
Referring to the horse killed, he said the
horse was a runaway there was a breakout of
small-pox I was called out to Ottowa to vac
cinate the school children the horse was ner
vous Cutter struck a snag and horse ran away,
broke his leg and had to be killed.
The patients have sufficient food, as much as
What was the cause of the death of McDonald?
I thought it might be from exhaustion, or
apoplectic eruptio i in the head, or it was pos
sible that he had inhaled some of the soup into
his lungs the patients speak kindly of Mr.
Betts the son showed a hard nature and un
feeling disposition to his father the doctor
said the antipathy was tt\n be discharged
his duty by reporting them.
He described in detail the facts connected
with the strike among the attendant*, which
differed materially with the statements already
published. They said they would have Betts
out if it cost all they had.
By Mr. DoranBetts attended the chureh as
sexton, by permission of the officers of the
asylum he takes the patients with him, with
their consent, because they enjoy it and it is a
By Mr. BiceI see two deaths in the report
of the asylum, by strangulation. What do
they refer to? One was a man, a determined
suicide, who tore off the hem of the sheet and
tied it so tightly around his neck when in bed,
as to strangle himself. The other was a
woman who hung herself.
By Mr. DoranWe sometimes dissect patients,
but only when the friends consent and there is
doubt or mystery about their death we had a
post mortem on a patient of the name of
Morton I elucidated a former sickness he had.
MBS. MTKBS SWOBN.
Am an attendant at the upper hospital have
been there two years remember Nancy Kidney
being scalded in a bath tub she was a cripple
she was in my ward I took charge of that
ward the 7th of July the accident happened
the 5th of August, 1876 always prepared
the bath myself a patient assisted
me she was quiet we carried Mrs. K. into the
bath I heard another was eating herself Iran
to her I was gone a few, not five miutes the
hot water was running in some one had turned
it on she was very delicate and tender she
was screaming she was in the habit of scream
ing and swearing I took Mrs. K. out of the
bath called the doctor everything was done
to relieve her pain she died that night the
skin peeled from the lower part of the body
Doctor Barnes came the water was tepid when
I put her in do not know who turned on the
water had 27 patients at the time when
placed in bed I got a wet sheet and wrapped
around her, and then the doctor came and
wrapped her in oil and gave her medicine.
By Mr. RiceAfter that got strict orders not
to leave the bathroom while a patient was in
By Mr. DoranShe died that night she had
been in the hospital a number of years did not
know if she had friends.
MB. BOWEBS RECALLED,
Said Mrs. Kidney was treated in a profes
sional way, wrapping her in linseed oil, admin
istering anodynes to alleviate pain.
Mr. RiceI have no doubt everything was
done to relieve the patient, but how will jon
explain the catastrophe? Dr. Bowers: Only by
its being a pure accident she wss always a
screaming, swearing, noisy woman, and when
the atteneant wax called away and when she
screamed the attendant thought it was only her
Senators Rice and Edgerton thought there
should be fastenings to the hot water faucets.
By Mr. DoranHeard two stories about Betts
and the woman Shank. Betts told him she only
came to his room with a letter for him to ad
dress at another time Herberg said the story
was gotted up as a joke I have no reason to
suspect anything wrong.
BETTS WAS RECALLED.
Asked to explain the general question, he
said: One time Katie Shanks came to my
room and asked me to direct a letter for her.
McMullen came came by and saw her there and
reported it to Herberg, and he told the scandal
around town Herberg saw her there once, but
my wife was there Katie Shank may have been
there to ask for butter or something.
Dr. Bowers produced the hospital record and
read the history of the case of Mrs. Kidney.
MB. DWYER SWOBN.
Said he has been connected with the hospital
II years am steward have to supply provis
ions and all stores see the meat before and
after it is cooked it is gooduniformly good
cooking I see it every day coffee is good in
quality.and sufficient in quantity occasionally
have heard complaints always attended to
these complaints Mr. Betts has always been
prompt and faithful in the discharge of his
duties Davis furnishes the beef had it since
1874 Hildebrandt and Westfall had a contract
Davis' was the lowest bid the following year
Davis' meat is better than Hildebrant's.
By Mr. DoranThe amount of meat is five
hundred pounds a day. averaging three-quarter
pounds per capita coffee, now, 120 pounds
roasted per week for 680 people had sometimes
to return meat to Mr. Hildebrant the same
He here contradicted Mr. Davis, showing he
was not supplying meat accoraing to specifica
The committee here adjourned till Monday
morning. During the afternoon session there
were some fifteen or twenty spectators at the
inquiry. The committee do not hold secret
sessions, but only reserve the right to ask any
officer or director of the institution investigated
to withdraw if they think it necessary at any
time the press, too, has been at times exclud
ed, hut I do not think this will again occur
during the remainder of the investigation.
Hon. E. W. Durant, of Stillwater, was in the
Capt. RuBbell Blakely returned yesterday
fo rr a an extended visit to Washington.
The friends of C. C. Mills will find him at
Uppolt & Graham's, having charge of the paint
B. G. Robinson, Esq., of Pine City, came
down last evening and is stopping at the Mer
chants. "Uncle Dick" will, of course, attend
church this morning.
Among other arrivals at the Merchants yes
terday were D. H. Hersey, of Stillwater, W. H.
McDermott, of New York, and W. N. Madden,
Hank O. Fifield, with the Polk county, Wis.,
Press, has laid aside his pencil and "stick,"
and has come over to spend the Sabbath and
take in a little of metropolitan life. Welcome,
Mrs. L. F. Whitbeckcame up yesterday from
Chicago, to join her husband, the well known
and popular Black Hills correspondent, who
has been spending a week or two in St. Paul,
preparatory to returning to Deadwood.
Senator James MeHench of Wabashaw came
up early yesterday morning and took the even
ing train for Fisher's Landing. The Senator
has caught the Western fever and is anxious to
invest in lands in that section while any re
main to be purchased.
At the urgent special request of many promi
nent citizens, Mile. lima de Murska, the world
renowned Hungarian cantatrice and former as
sociate of Madame Lucca, has been induced to
appear next Monday evening in a grand con
cert, to be given in the Opera House.
This announcement will be hailed with un
mitigated pleasure by the music-loving people
of St. Paul, who will undoubtedly turn out en
masse upon the occasion. Naturally endowed
with a miraculous voice, which has been assidu
ously and judiciously cultivated under the best
masters, a method has been secured which as
near perfection as can well be imagined, while
the fair artiste presents a stage presence which
is seldom, if ever equaled.
On Monday evening, M'lle de Murska will be
assisted by her husband, who ranks high as a
violinist, and by Mr. A. Makin, a deservedly
popular and celebrated baritone. Mr. Frank
Wood wiU preside at the piano. The programme
can be seen in the advertising columns.
The handkerchiefs uow worn arethe hand
somest wehave seen for years. They are
scalloped on the edge, and elaborately em
broidered in gay colors.
THE BRIDGE QUESTION.
A MEETING LAST NIGHT IN TAVOK
OJF THIS MONDS^
Clear Statement of the Reasons Wh
Will Pay Ramsey County to Tale Next
Tuesday to Issue the Bridge Bones.
A mass meeting in favor of voting the Port
SneUing bridge bonds was held in Knauffs
Hall last evening.
William Lindeke, Esq., was called to the
chair, and on taking his seat announced the
following speakersr Hon. James Smith, Jr., D.
W. IngersoU, J. W. McClung and S. H. Fair
child, Esqs., and Hon. W. I*. Banning.
Hon. James Smith said the question waa.
one of considerable importance to the
prosperity of St. Paul, but be
should be consumed in discussing it
For twenty years he had been of opinion a
bridge should be built at Fort 8nelUng. but
from various causes the matter had-been post
poned from time to time. Two years ago he
had introduced a bill providing for locatine a
bridge near Fort Snelling, and appointing a
commission for that purpose, and also for Uy
ung out roads leading thereto. We have now
all the machinery to make the bridge available.
Ihis legislation was secured not without oppo
sition from a certain quarter.
It is said the construction of the bridge, and
the roads leading to it, will not contribute very
largely to S Paul. The persons making such
an assertion do not understand the matter.
He instanced the building of the Wabashaw
street bridge and its effect upon the trade of
the city, not of Third street only, but of the
entire city. If this bridge be built, a large
number of farmers will come here to trade for
the reason that they can get more fox their pro
duce here than they can get elsewhere. They
can get three or four cents more per bushel for
their wheat by hauling it here. It appeared to
him a self-evident fact that St. Paul will gain
largely from the construction of this bridge.
He spoke of the unity of action shown by Min
neapolis when anything to promote her inter
ests was in contemplation. The building of
the bridge will involve the payment
of a tax of twenty-five cents on a
thousand dollars. Tho opposition cornea
from a few men who own property in
the neighborhood of the Meeker waterpower.
Selfish interest was at the bottom of it, and
the parties are those who indulged the Utopian
idea of improving that property and buildirg
the capital half way between the two cities,
and removing the cities there. If by building
the bridge we can increase our population, and
bring business to the city, there is no man
within its limits who is not benefited thereby.
Every stranger that passes Fort Snelling has
expressed his surprise that St. Paul has not
built a bridge there to bring itself trade.
Something has been done in tho way of im
proving the roads down the river, and the
consequence is we are drawing grain from tho
neighborhood of Langdon and that whole sec
tion of country. People had said the building
of the bridge would enable^the citizens of Ram
sey county to go to Minneapolis. If anybody
wanted to go there let them go, but those who
talk this kind of talk know there's nothing, in
it. It had been said it would benefit upper
town, but if it benefitted upper town it would
also benefit lower town. The farmer would
purchase at the place where he could get the
best bargains, regardless of the fact of iba- be-
ing upper or lower town.
Mr. Ingersoll was the next speaker. Ho said
it was hardly credible that St. Paul should so
long have placed herself in the attitude of levy
ing a tax npon those who come here to trade.
But such was the fact. When the elevator
was talked of, there were some who. said St.
Paul was no wheat market 'and could not be
made one. He had told them this would be
the case so long as they levied atoll of fifty
cents for crossing the bridge. St. Paul now
attracts wheat by team from 5 to 40 miles.
If this improvement had been made 15 years
ago, our population would have been a quarter
larger. We had barred out the farmers, and he
did not believe the people would be so unwise
as to vote down this proposition. Look at tho
amount spent on our streets what goodwill
they do us if we can't bring bussness to the
Mr. Banning supposed those who opposed the
measure, did so on the ground that the taxes
were high and our debt was large. The ability
to pay our obligations was the proper test of
this. This ability could only be secured by
business and the development of business in
terests. He told an anecdote of his early days
in Pennsylvania, of a country school house,
which had no spring nearer than
half a mile. The consequence waa one
half the boys were always absent getting
water for the other half. An enter
prising patron conceived the idea of digging
a well and putting in a pump at the cost of
some $15, which scheme was sanctioned by the
trustees. A fellow who thought this too great
an innovation and too great an outlay of money
traveled over the district and worked up such
a counter feeling that the action of the trus
tedt was annuled, and the project killed so
dead that it rested for twelve years. After the
expiration of this time a change of popular
sentiment prevailed, the well was dug, water
was struck at the depth of thirteen feet and the
whole improvement made at a cost of 915.50.
So it was with the men who are opposing this
Such are the changes which time
brings forth. A new era and
one of prosperity was about to dawn upon us.
The ruin and devastation now prevalent in the
East must conduce to our benefit, and we
should prepare for the great growth which is
evidently to be thrust npon us. Mr. Banning
continued at considerable length, and said
those who opposed the bridge were not the en
terprising business men of the city. Brush
aside these men of narrow views and vote for
the bonds next Tuesday.
Hon. F. R. Delano next addressed the meet
ing. He said he did not suppose there was any
opposition to the bridge. It was a simple,
plain, business proposition, which meant the
drawing of a large trade to
the city. He instanced the Wa
bashaw street bridge and its great benefit
to the city, despite the toll system which had
so long proved a barrier and bad detracted from
its advantages. That barrier had at last been
removed, and yet there was not a man in St.
Paul who felt the loss of the toil derived from
that bridge. That bridge had since been re
paired and a single span had cost $50,000, yet
you cannot find a man who will get up and say
his taxes have been increased thereby. He
hoped when the polls closed next Tuesday there
would not be found 300 men in all the city who
voted against the issuing of the bonds.
Mr. H. S. Fairchild was the last speaker, and
made some earnest and enthusiastic remarks in
favor of voting the bonds.
At the conclusion of Mr. Fairchild's remarks,
Mr. McClung moved that the sense of the
meeting be declared to be in favor of the
bridge, and on the question being pnt by the
chairman, the motion was carried unanimously.
The meeting then adjourned.
Stock of Carpets and House-Furnishing Goods
of every variety and description at
John Mathise' is now complete
all departments, and' is undoubtedly
most carefully selected and finest
sortment of this class of goods ever brought to
this city. The latest styteaoau always be found,
at this old and reliable, establishment.