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Who Seeks to Swindle his Way into
31EMBKRSH IP I N THE RING
C. early Shown in Spite of Hi False
Denials and Dodges.
MORE EVIDENCE PRESENTED
Showing How Washburn's Ring Cheats
HIS OPERATIONS A ANOKA,
Where Owns a Mill Alone, Amount
to Sanjeaa Highway Bobbery.^
THE STRIT3WRT O CORRUPTION.
How Some of the Mom-y Which
Washburn has Fobbed is Going.
TODD COUNTY I S PLETHORIC
With Greenbacks Made by Swindli ng
Creditors, Plundering Pine and
Robbing the Kaimers.
NOW JOIN I N THE REFRAIN,
Down with Washburn and the Swin
dling Bras*? Kettles.
One of tbo chief cries of Washburn and
his gang has bo?n that he is not a member
of the Millers' Association. The GI*OBE has
impaled this lie very frequently. He is rep
resented by Jiia partners in the association,
each mill having but one member. "Wash
burn not only enjoys the stealings, but is a
leading spirit in the management of the As-,lTl-gorfen
socialion. At Anoka he ow a mill ex
clusively ami his swindles there
are perfectly appalling. His agent
at Anoka buys wheat in the name of
the Millers' Association everyday and ships
cir after car addressed to W. D. Washburn
& Co., Minneapolis. That, is the way he is
r.ot a member of the rinjr.
The swindling brass kettles which have
been in use for years have been changed at
certain points in the district where it was
deemed beet to make a show of decency, and
a new swindling kettla pat in their place.
The only real difference is thai to manipulate
the lead in the cube on the old kettle yon had
to remove the screw, raid on the new one two
Kcrows have to be taken out. The claim
that the brass kettles weigh accurately is not
the point at issue. It i.s that the buyer can
manipulate thom and steal a grade from the
farmer at win. If Washburn was not in the
ring docs any one suppose he could have se
cured even at mposary change in the swin
dling brass kettles in order to make political
How Washburn Hobs the Farmers.
Washburn owns a flouring mill at Anoka
in which he has no partner. has full
and absolute control therein, and cannot
dodge the responsibility. Andrew J. Smith,
of Ramsey township, took a load of wheat to
Washburn's mill, and, nnder the manipula
tion of Washburn's expert, the swindling
brass kettle recorded it as rejected. Wash
barn's offered the man forty-three cents per
bushel. This generous offer was de
clined, and Mr. Smith sold it elsewhere
as No. 2 and received eighty cents per
bushel. He has since been offered eighty
fivo cents for the remainder of his wheat.
A sample of this wheat which Washburn's
swindling brass kettle makes "rejected," has
been left at the Gions office, and was on yes
terday shown to several experts, all of whom
pronounce it oxcellont No. 2, and with a
trifle of cleaning it would go No. 1.
That is the way this fraud robs the farmer
and nses the money to buy votes for Con
More, of the Jiina Swindles.
Last Thursday Wm. McPhorson went to
the elevator at Morris, on the St. Paul & Pa
cific railroad, with a load of wheat. As it
came fromtke machine it was 57J^ pounds,
whioh is always scant weight. The ring
agent at Morris put it through the swindling
bra3S kettle and called it No. 3, and offered
him but 43 cents. Mr. McPherson
would not sell, but he took two
measured bushels and putting them on the
scales they weighed one hundred and twenty
nine and a half pounds.
Jack Morris, son of C. A. F. Morris, of
this city, is out buying wheat for the Archi
bald mill of St. Paul. When he went to
Morris, the pi ice being paid was from, 54 to
fi6 cents, but tho ring ran tho price up to 61
cents, and threatened to put it at one dollar
if he did not leave. Dr. Heenan, of Phila
delphia, who with a partner owns five sec
tions of land, with 1,300 nnder cultivation,
was one who profited by this rise. He was
selling wheat graded No. 3 at 43 cents per
bushel when this competition gave him 61
cents. He would prefer an honest price and
honest grade rather than a temporary ad
vantage. When they announced the price
they advanced tho grade, also making it No.
2 instead of No. 3.
Mr. Berkley, living on the edge of Frog
Lake, had wheat which went 57 pounds ma
chine measure. He look it to Morris and
with the manipulation of the brass swindler
it only went No. 3. He was a pronounced
Donnelly man and the ring agent offered to
make his wheat No. 2 instead of No. 3 if
he would come out and vote for Washburn.
It seems scarcely necessary to add details
of these swindles. They are all of the same
character, and fully prove the unreliability
of the brass swindle. Washburn and the
swindling brass kettles must go.
Waahburn Vses His It ail road to Swindle.
[Correspondence of the Globe. 1
CABVEB, Oct. 20th, 1878.We have two
elevators in this p'ace. During the year
1876, the Milters' association of Minneapo
lis succeeded in getting control of them
heat fell from 10 to 15 cents per bnehel in
Carver. Or in other words, we farmers, be
ing fully aware of their designs,
went across the river to Jordan, Scott
county, and although that fclaee
is a quarter of a mile further. From Minne
apolis, we were Well paid foi the trip, by tho
price cur wheat brought, even taking into
consideration that we had to pay 50 cents
eich way for ferry fare across the river. In
1876, Mr. Mills was elected to the House
of Representatives. He proved a good and
trustworthy servant of the people.
He did not allow himself to be made a tool
by the Washburn ring while in the legisla
ture, aud was discharged from his position
as depot agent at this place. Mr. Washburn
was president of the Minneapolis & St. Louis
railroad at that time.
Mr. Mills, seeing the/farmers were imposed
upon, when soiling their wheat, and
being discharged from his position, be went
to work to buy wheat himself, and paid from
15 to 20 cents more per bushel than the
ring paid.. Learning this,v Mr. Washburn
made arrangements with the Minneapolis &
St. Louis road to prevent Mr. Mills from
shipping his wheat by that line he was suc
In consequence Mr.Mills was compelled to
make arrangements to ship his wheat by the
river. This caused delay and annoyance and
deprived us of half the revenue we would
havo obtained, had Mr. Washburn's Minne
apolis & St. Louis road given us
the same fair dealing and inducements
extended to the Minneapolis ring. There
are many other similar instances which could
be mentioned and verified. We have seen
so much fraud and imposition by Wash
burn and his associates that we can
no longer keep still. I am not a citizen
of the Second district, but in view of the
facts known to me, I deem it a duty to warn
all good citizens and farmers not to vote for
W. D. Washburn. Itespectfully, etc.,
'*y. C. A. JOHNSON.
The Strumpet of Corruption.
Here is a sample of the way Washburn's
money is being used:
I Little Falls Transcript.
EDITOR TKAxecRiPT: Allow me to inform
the public through yonr paper how the Wash
burn men propose to elect him, basing my
opinion on the way it is done in Todd county.
The county officials receive ?500 each. I hap
pen to know something about this, for Mr.
Buss, treasurer of Todd county, offered me $50
to support Washburn. MILO POBTEB.
Little Falls, Minn.
J. V. Brower, a St. Clond land officer, has
been sent to Long Prairie, Todd county, to
inducn Democrats to support Washburn.
Brower hns also been making his purchases
at Aldrich, Verndale, Wadena, Two Rivers,
and Rich Prairie, in Morrison county. He
is making good times with Washburn's
money, and we hope friends will give us the
names" of aDy Democrats who may thus sell
out. Brower is evidently first-class cor
rcptiunist, as he holds a roving commission
to disburse swag.
Geo. W. Benedict, deputy revenue collec
tor, is also a Washburn agent, who is seek
ing to corrupt voters in Benton and Morri
son counties. He should be spotted.
McClure, of St. Cloud, was down to see
Washburn last week and he carried back five
hundred dollars to buy votes in Stearns
Under such circumstances it is very
important that we should have the
names of Democrats who sell themselves.
Will right thinking men, who have any
regard for the sanctity and purity of tho
ballot box, voto for such a corruptionist as
W. D. Washburn.
A vote was taken on the St. Paul & Sioux
City road yesterday morning, and it resulted
in Poehler receiving 18, Strait, 6 Donnelly
25, Washburn 19 Dunnell 2, Meighen 1.
On the main line of tho St. Paul & Pacific
road a vote was taken yesterday, resulting in
Donnelly receiving 31, and Washburn 15.
One of Mr. Washburn's engineers aided in
taking the vote, so it can be relied upon as
THE SECRET OUT.
The Ituse bu Vliioh the Society Ladies of
St. Louis Drew a Crowd and Compro
mised 1'oor Uncle Sammy.
[St. Louis Special to Chicago Times.]
St. Louis has enjoyed a society sensation of
no mean magnitude the past week. Ladies
representing the first circles were in one of
their periodical flutters over a grand charita
ble entertainment, the principal feature of
which was the production of "The Mistletoe
Bough." These ladies had shown great in
genuity in interesting tho public through the
newspapers in their performance, and on the
day before the opening brought into use their
brightest stratagem. The society reporter of
a morning paper was sent for, and was given
to understand that a local beauty, Miss Nel
lie Hazleton, who was to sustain the princi
pal role, that of the bride in
"THE MISTLETOE BOuori"
had become the betrothed of Samuel J.
Tilden, and he might announce it if he
pleased. Tho deceived reporter did an
announce it in good faith with no end oi
fine adjectives, and, what is more, he gave
the item away to the agent of the Associated
Press, and it was sent forth to vex the soul
of the old gentleman at Gramercy. The
morning that the item appeared an intima
tion was conveyed to the society, reporter
of an evening paper that Miss Hazleton
wished to see him, and he hurried off to
the West end and found an interview al
ready in shape. Miss Hazleton not only de
nied the engagement, but said she had
NKVEB MET MB. TILDEN,
and then artfully introduced a magnificent
paff for "The Mistletoe Bough" perform
ance, and told of the part she was to take in
the drama. TLo stratagem of the ladies
worked successfully, save that none of them
had taken into account the possibility of the
society item being telegraphed, or of it
going beyond St. Louis readers. The de
nial, however, came vory promptly
next day from Now York, and said that "Mr.
Tilden was not acquainted with any Buch
lady." The society reporter who had spread
the news abroad was naturally very indig
nant, and in self-defense let out the source
of his information, thereby rovealing the
ruse of the aristocratic ladies to tho whole
The hoax has been the talk of the town,
and this evening'
REV. JOHN SNYDEB,
who deals out spiritual pabulum to one of
the largest and most aristocratio congrega-
^SIS&VA isj\ y*j~ h^.t.fr
The GLOBE artist has had another vision,
and this time the distinguished titxnan of
the Washburn family, in the garb of a god
of the Ringof all the ringsof the pine
land ring, of the bankrupt ring, of the wheat
ring appears. The artist has taken him
on the fly. He appears with an emblematic
pine tree in his handemblematic of the
forty thousand acro3 of pine whioh his or
gan, the Press, says ho gobbled while Sur
veyor General. He naturally "damns that
fellow Schurz," as Schurz is opposed to steal
ing pine and wants to prosecute the thieves.
tions of the city, the Church of the Trinity,
took the matter for a text, and based upon it
a severe denunciation cf those ladies who
encourage and stimulate the publication of
society news. In the course of his remarks
he said: "I take up the daily newspapers
and run my eyes over that column of taste
leas and wishy-washy stuff, and I am utterly
amazed at the willingness of some young
women I know and really esteem, and that
highly, to allow themselves to be
PHOTOGBAPHED IN PBINTEB'S INK
by the silly pen-drivers who usnally have
charge of that business. It would seem as
if some of our 'society girl3,' so-called, as if
they belonged to another species of human
ity, were moving constantly before the face
of a camera and their slightest movements
photographed for the city's inspection.
they visit, if they call, if they give a parly or
appear at the opera, if they dress in white,
black, blue or green, wear diamonds or flow
ers, this relentless paragraphic detective is
upon their track, and everything is reported,
from(the dressing of gtheir back hair to the
exact hour of their engagement. Nothing
in life seems to have about it
THE SANCTITY. OP SECLUSION.
The reporter, like another Peeping Tom O'
Covenry, penetrates the secrecy of the young
girl's domestic life and her inner affection,
and parades his knowledge of his semi
ignorance before a gaping, unsym
pathetic body of strangers. Young
ladies with those slender pretensions to
personal beauty are heartlessly dragged into
print as 'belles of St. Louis' and tho 'observ
ed of all observers' at Niagara Falls and Sar
atoga. In many cases very many cases, the
young ladies are not te blame'for
THESE SILLY BEFOBTS.
They are to be put to the credit of the indel-
icacy of the daily press. But in scores of are at hand,
instances they themselves stand ready to fur
nish the information needed, and feel a
slight if they are not paraded in publio print.
The papers have full encouragement and
applause, or else they would soon abandon a
practice so revolting to anv refined sensibil
The reverend gentleman created a pro
found sensation among his fair audience,
there were strong symptoms of applause
The army of deer hunters is moving. The
Sauk Rapids, Benton county, Press says the
squads of deer-hunters from Southern Min
nesota and neighboring States have com
menced to arrive on nearly every train, and
a number pass through town daily on the
ST. PAUL, WEDNESDAY MORNING^OCTOBER 3a, 1878.
PLIGHT OF ^HE GOD OF-THE RIHG.
The distinguished assignees who closed up
his swindling failure certify that he bagged
three hundred thousand dollars as the net
proceeds of that operation. They claim that
he paid his laborers in full, while it is a no
torious fact that many wore induced by
friends of Washburn to sell their claims for
sixty cents on the dollar, and being needy,
they did so. Parties in the ring bought them
up and the laborers were swindled. Mr. W.
T. Lambert and James Muncy,
working men at Little Falls, declare
that Washburn swindled them out
I^own "With Washburn and the Swinlding Brass Kettles
A JOSS-HOUSE I N NE W YORK.
Row Our Chinese ltesidents Spend the
New York Star.J
Very few persons who walk along Mott
street on Sunday imagine that almost every
house from Chatham square to Pell street
represents the abode of some particular vice,
or a promiscuous clustering of many. Nor
would the idea be likely to suggest itself that
the sleek looking Chinamen who may be
seen lounging about the street, are, with
hardly an exception, habitues of gambling
hells or brothels. Yesterday a reporter, filled
with a desire to observe the manner in
which the "day of re3t" is spent by the
"moon-eyed lepers," made a tour of the
quarters, accompanied by a police officer.
The blue uniform of the policeman carried a
great amonnt of respect, for the Chinese
gamblers, who are not always such fools as
they look, recognize the importance, of
"standing in" with the police.
The first house visited was the basement
of No. 34 Mottan establishment kept by
one Mingoe, an Americanized Chinese. It
would be almost impossible to describe the
picture of squalid misery that presented it
self on entering. The middle of tho room
was occupied by a large table, around which
sat fifteen or twenty Chinamen, gambling.
Little heaps of money are in front of each
player. At the rear end of tne room was the
Chinese altar, which consisted of a small,
framed sheet of canvas, bearing a number of
hieroglyphic characters. Above this, and
pendant from the wall, was a curiously
wrought piece of ornamentation, resembling
the tawdry head-dress of an Indian chief. This
article is the object of worship when no idols
Standing in front of this place
was a number of seedy-looking gentry, who
occasionally clasped their hands and gave
vent to incoherent mutterings.
The entrance of a policeman into this den
did not seem, to startle the inmates, and Tj^-m^A I /m
least of all the proprietor, who merely nodded ^SS^
and said, "How you do, Coopy?" The game
in progress was p'ayed with narrow strips of
cardboard, about two inches long. On
being asked by the reporter what the name
of the gams was, Mingoe answered, "Oh,
allee same like Melican euchrce bully
"The trouble is," said the officer, "that wo
don't know the nature of the games or we
would soon put a stop to their little racket.
A short time ago we raided this place, but
were compelled to release our prisoners, as
we could no* lodge a complaint for playing
a game we did not understand." Just then
cars bound for happy hunting grounds far
ther north. It is likely there will be two
hunters to every deer. The sportsmen now one of the worshippers, who had taken a I Dr. Mayo's drug store, and without waiting
in this upper country would make a big 1 hand in a game of dominoes, was observed for any apology, gave him a sound thresh-
army. to quietly drop one of the blocks behind his ing. General verdictserved him right.
of 40 per cent, of their dues and numerous
others rise up to curse him. A3 he sails
away on his palatial European tour with his
$300,000 a crowd of clamorous creditors
reach out in vain to seize him. Widows and
orphans stand in sorrowful desolation while
the $300,000 ringster luxuriates on the fat
of the land. It is a portion of the money
wrung from his creditors and still later stol
en from the farmers by his swindling wheat
dealings whioh enables this god of the Ring
to spend fifty thousand dollars to bay a seat
chair. The ofScer called Mingoe's atten
tion to this, and a ludicrous scene occurred,
all hands joining in the row and calling each
other unpronounceable names that would
have confounded Dennis Kearney had he
been present. Finally order was restored,
and the reporter and his companion passed
into the opium-room, in the rear, where a
number of elderly parsons were smoking.
While in this house, the reporter had a
view of the only Chinese female resident of
New York, and the impressions formed by
the sight were not the most favorable. The
woman was dressed in an ordinary but very
dirty dress, and her hair was "banged" in a
manner that would make a Yankee girl burn
with envy. A long needle or skewer was
run through the waterfall or "what-do-you-
call-it," just as the tea-store chromos repre
"How do the police manage to get along
in such a quarter as this?" asked the re
"Oh, very nicely, considering tho reputa
tion of the place. The Chinese are pot a
dangerous class of .people if let alone.' They
lie and steal and cheat, but these are not
the worst crimes committed. The great
trouble of the Chinese is that hoodlums are
being crested by their presence. Every few
days my attention is called to a gang of
roughs who infest a haunt that lays claim to
the cheerful sonbriquet of 'Happy Alley.'
These loafers make it a point of conscience
to attack any Chinaman who is unfortunate
enough to venture near their 'hang-out.'
There area number of Christian Chinese,
and these attend the Roman Catholic church
of the Transfiguration.
The new free bridge at Sauk Rapids is
rapidly approaching completion. The last
pier has been completed, and it is believed
it will be ready for use by the last of No
Diphtheria has made its appearance in
tr i _.. _J_ no cases are reported in the village. Pour
of F. Hoesing's children were sick with it
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A prairie fire ran through Nelson town
ship, Watonwan county, visiting with de
struction almost everything combustible be
longing to Andrew Knudson. Thomas
Thompson was also a severe loser.
Sauk "Recife Press: A heartless wretch
shot a dog belonging to John Quinn right
on the public street, Broadway. Mr. Quinn
shortly after the occurrence met the perpe
trator of the cowardly deed in front of
Will Dr. Stewart's Frieads Li Tamely
Down Like Whipped Core and
Vote for Washbu rn
A GROSS FRAUD PERPETRATED,
W..ich Robbed Stewart of the Noin'nm-
tion to Which Was
MARSHALL'S HEATED PROTEST,
Wherein Declares That N Repnb-
lican is Bound to Support
FRAUD VITIATES THE CONTRACT.
Dr. Stewart Declares That Was De-
feated by Political Harlots.
HIS APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE.
Wi ll They Endorse That Sort of War-
fare Upon a Faithful Public
Will Dr. Stewart's friends aid in the elec-
tion of W. Washburn? That is a ques-
tion which they can best answer at tho polls.
Dr. Stewart's official duties have, unfortu-
nately, called him to California, and he will
not return until the canvass is completed,
but he fortunately left his sentiments behind
in the shape of an opinion expressed last
July. Here are his sentiments:
"On my return home a few weeks [ago I in
cidentally visited a few counties and learned
from the lips of personal friends the truth of
the charges I now make. I also learned that
his tactics had proved successful, and that the
POLITICAL HARLOTS AD ADVENTURERS
had come to the front in sufficient numbers to
defeat me and nominate him. Therefore, I de
termined to withdraw my name from before a
PACKED CONVENTION. I Bhall cot bind
myself to abide by its action by appeal
ing for justice to a set of men who are
packed in the interest of a man whose family
history is written in selfish greed for office
a family v?ho hang to the teats of office like o]X)s-
sums, and when danger approaches, like the
same animals, hide themselves within the belly
of a department or a foreign court.
I HAVE BEEN ABUSED, INSULTED AND
SLANDERED. I am not of the temperment
and make np which LIES DOWN WHEN
KICKED AND I SHALL ASK THE PEOPLE
OF THE THIRD DISTRICT IF THEY EN-
DORSE THAT SORT OF WARFARE UPON
A FAITHFUL PUBLIC SERVANT."
There is no party obligation resting en
the friends of Dr. Stewart, and they will be
'the veriest cravens if they do not avenge the
insult offered to him and every friend of his
by the greedy titnnn of the Washburn
Ex-Gov. Marshall, in the following letter
to the P. P. of .May 20th, demonstrates that
no party obligation requires a Republican to
vote for Washburn:
Marshall's Blast at Washburn.
To the Editor of the Pioneer Press:
I notice in your paper of this morning two
letters, one from Dr. Keith and the other from
Mr. Lorin Fletcher, of Minneapolis, defending
the recent action of the district committee,
which seem to demand a reply from me. Dr.
Keith sa y:
litmtial vote is certainly (lie fairest
possible test of the true political views of tlu peo
ple, and it was so considered by Oov. Marshall
till he found tltat some other vote toould be a little
more favorable to his county.'1''
Mr. Fletcher, in his letter referring to the
resolution offered by Mr. McCann fixing the
basis of representation on tbe vote two years
*v.- (W ^nt county), bat
1 1- -~i W.'I I'i 'jjCiMj,
ofdissent, no intimation of anything
wrong or unfair was suggested by any member of
These statements are unqualifiedly false.
Of course, fully known to be so by Mr. Fletch
er, aud in Dr. Keith's case there can be no
excuse, for he had read the report in the Pio
neer Press, where it is fully stated that I did
object at the outset to this basis, going back
two years, when we had a general election last
year. My objection was discussed and argued
against by Mr. Fletcher, Mr. McCann and Mr.
Webster. Mr. Searles, also, I think, taking
part in the discussion and favoring my view*
I suspected there was an unfair advantage
Bought by the resolution, in departing from
what I believed to be the usage, and to test the
matter I asked Mr. Fletcher if he had com
pared the votes of 1876 and 1877, to see
what difference there was. He said he had
not, and didn't know that it would make any
difference, (except as to general fullness of
vote,) I innocently believed him and then
said I would waive the objection. Afterward,
daring the proceedings, the legislative manual
was produced from Mr. Fletcher's drawer, and
upon glancing at the votes of 1876 and 1877,1,
saw that to depart from usage and 20 back two
years, Hennepin county wonld have twelve
more votes in convention than Ramsey county
while to take the vote for Governor last year,
Hennepin wonld have but six more delegates.
Then, in the light of what had transpired, I
knew the value of Mr. Fletcher's denial that he
had made any examination or comparison of
the votes, nor was informed of the difference
and I moved a reconsideration.
Moreover, the resolution offered by Mr. Mc
Cann was not drafted by himit wan not in his
handwriting. It was prepared beforehand.
When Mr. Fletcher proposed that the basis of
representation, etc., be first acted upon, Mr.
McCann fumbled in his pockets and produced
this resolution. (The secretary afterwards in
formed me that the resolution wa3 in Mr.
Every other member of the committee will
sustain me in the fact that I positively and
strenuously oppored the basis adopted at the
THE SECRET COMMITTEE CALL.
Now, as to the notice I received from Mr.
Fletcher it was not addressed to me as a mem
ber of tho committee it was not signed by
Mr. Fletcher as chairman of the committee it
did not Bay there was to be a meeting of the
committee, it did not mention the committee.
I never before knew or heard of a notice for
the meeting of a State or district committee of
this kind that did not in some way indicate its
official character certainly I was misled, and
thought it was a meeting of prominent Re
publicans to consider the questions in the in
terest of harmony. I did not recall that Mr.
Fletcher was chairman of tho district commit
tee I set out to ascertain whether Sam. Nich
ols, Gen. McLaren, Capt. Blakely or other Re
publican! bad been invited. No one knew any
thing about it Gen. McLaren was the first to
suggest that it was a meeting of the
"J fire the Farmer the Lowest Grade kit
sack contains, and submit that it is jut what
he is entitled to.MLeonard
for WaiNntm UinMopoUt MiUs, in a mi fetib
Pioneer Prew, Oct, 18.
committee. When I told Mr. Fletche^
the character of the notice I had received, he
affected astonishment, and said that "A must
be crazy that the great fire had deranged him."
Like Hamlet, there was a method in his mad
ness. In his open letter to the Pioneer Press
he doesn't put in the plea of insanity, as he
did to me before the other members of the com
mittee, bat said, with what I must think char
acteristic regard for truth, that he '"always
gave snch notices." [He reminds me of tho
tipsy fellow who fell down stairs, and scorn
fully rejected offers of assistance, saying he
"alios came down stairs that wav.**'] This
meeting was surrounded with secrecyl At Min
neapolis I found no one that knew of the meet
ing. The newspapers made no mention of it.
Leandcr Gorton, late member of the legisla
ture, who was on the train, knew nothing of it.
It has always been the usage of a committee
_in St. Paul to have a general mcetinjj, embrac
ing leading Republicans outside the commit
tee, to advise in regard to time, etc.. of hold
ing the convention.
PACKING THE COMMITTEE.
It was manifest thai the absence and pret
ence of members, the proxy, etc., were] delib
erately planned to pack the committee. Mr
Campbell was an ardent supporter of Dr.
Stewart in the convention that nominated*hin*,
and was put on the committee as a friend of
Dr. Stewart in making the committee to en:
brace different personal and local interests
within the party. He came into the meeting
while wc were in session. He spoke of having
to leave the city at 3:15 r. M. The committee
was through with its business at that hour. If
an earlier hour would have suited
him, it could have been arranged.
No he teas got out of the icay to fir.d
some one more serviceable. Mr. Slet
ton should at least have sent a proxy to some
independent and fair-minded Republican, Mr.
Sabin, of Stillwater, for instance, ao as to have
made more nearly a full committee. That waa
not desirable for Mr. Fletcher's purpose. The
conveniently small number of three would not
have been a majority. The death of Mr. Bra
den had reduced the committee to six. No
meeting should have been held withont this
number in perpon or by proxy.
NO REPUBLICAN BOUSD BY IT.
It is the most familiar maxim of law that
FRAUD VITIATES ANY TRANSACTION. I
egard the secrecy which surrounded this move
ment, the character of the- notice I received,
the maiifest PACKING OF THE COMMIT-
TEE, the gross injustice of the action taken, the
whole, AS A FRAUD ON THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY of the district and that NO ONE IS
BOUND BY IT.
Dr. Stewart stands not in his own right and
interest in this matter bufros representing the
party, its purity and tho fairness of dealing
with it. THERE ARE WORSE THINGS
THAN DEFEAT EITHER OF PERSON OR
PARTY. EVIL PRACTICES, CORRUPTION,
PUSILLANIMITY AND TAMELY SUBMIT-
TING TO WRONG, A HE GREATER EVILS. 1
do not believe in submitting to such chicanery.
am not the adviser of Dr. Stewart I havo
never sustained any intimate relations with
him I have had no communication with him
whatever since he has been in Washington. All
I ask for him is fair play and honorable dealing.
If Mr. Washburn is the first choice of a major
ity of the Republicans of this district, I went
him to have the nomination. But the partici
pant in the fruits of fraud Is 03 bad on the
perpetrator. If Mr. Washburn accepts and
profits by this chicanery, he is not entitled to the
vote of a Republican in the district. I will not
believe him capable of it. He will not sully
the fair name he bears by enjoying any of tho
fruit of this petty rascality.
The game of politic*, at bent, is not tbe
most pure and elevated BUT IT WILL
HARDLY DO TO LET IT SINK TO THE
LEVEL OF BUNKO AND THREE-CARD
Ifeel justly iudignant and outraged by the
effort to make me a PARTY TO THIS FRAUD
by the reiterated and CUMULATIVE FALSE
HOOD, which seeks to make the committee as
a whole responsible for the CHICANERY of
Witness this from Mr. Fletcher's letter, refer
ring to himself as "being only one of the five
who so unanimously recommended the action
taken." When there waa no one thing in the
action of the committee that waa unanimous.
(The vote on the McCann resolution cannot be
called Eo, for I dissented and only yielded to
move a reconsideration, when I saw that it was
a part of a general scheme of unfairness). On
every other question the vote was two to three.
If the committee was so unanimous, why
the effort to suppress publication of the pro
Mr. Fletcher requested Mr. Searles, the sec
retary, after I had left the room, to not give
publicity to the proceedings.
I have spoken plainly. It is a case calling
for utter plainness of speech and directness of
statement. W. It. MAHSTTAT.T,.
A CONVICT'S STRANGE STORY.
Charles Gilbert, a Convicted Murderer, De
clares That His Father and Another Man
Committed the Deed for Which Wo Ua*
Been Imprisoned Thirteen Tears.
(Hartford Special to New York Times.]
The Hartford Times to night publishes a
sensational statement by Charles Gilbert, a
life prisoner in the State prison, who was
sentenced in 1865 for tho murder of Henry
Cadwell, of New Britain, in which he alleges
that he is entirely innocent of the crime, and
that the murder was committed by his father
and Charles Farssns, both of whom were
arrested at the time of his own arrest, but
were not indicted. Both the elder Gilbert
and Parsons are dead, and it is claimed by
Gilbert that his father having recently
died, he feels free to tell the story
as his father told it to him, and
a3 he repeated it to his counsel when
he was convicted. Gilbert has once escaped
from State prison, and was caught in West
ern New York. Later on he was judged to
be insane, and was sent to the State hospital
at Middletown, but was not a subject for that
institnt on, and was taken back to prison.
Gilbert says he kept the secret to save his
father, though, unfortunately, when the old
gentleman died he did not seem disposed to
unload his mind and help the son out of the
scrape. The statement is considered a safe
one to make, now that all the witnesses of
the tragedy are dead. The next step proba
bly will be to petition the legislature for Gil
bert's release, on the strength of his declara
tion. His admission that he told his lawyer
all about the real criminals thirteen yr ars
ago, shows that an attorney can keep a secret
even to allowing his innocent client to suf
fer. The attorney in this case was S. F.
Jones, who defended Hey. Mr. Hayden, at
Plamview Neics: Some stacks beloneire
to Charles Safford, on Geo. Farrar's farm
took fire from Mr. Town's steam engino
while he was engaged in threshing there.
No sooner was the fire discovered than it had
spread with lightning-like rapidity over the
entire setting of stacks,and before any action
could bo taken to rescue the separator it was
enveloped in flames, and in a very few min
utes was a smouldering mass of ruins. A
strong wind was blowing from the south,
which made it utterly impossible to stop the
fury of the flames, until all had been con
sumed that came within their reach. It is
rumored that the loss of grain will be at
least $300. The separator was a good one,
and comparatively new.