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ST. PAUL, THURSDAY, MARCH 1. IfcB3.
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The legislature seem? inclined to pa
some kind of a high license law. and it no
remains to be seen whether both branches
can agree on the same bill.
One of the best bills passed at the pres
ent session of the legislature is that which
received the approval of the senate yester
lord:.;' to prevent the adulteration of food
and drugs. The bill should become a la**
as soon as possible, and when it is a law it
should be rigorously enforced.
No bills can be passed after midnight
to-night. Tho indications are that a great
many bills will be lost for lack of time,
By a sort of legislative fiction midnight
is postponed and the session is continues
through the night. This is when the emer
gency demands it. It looks as though the
emergency would exist to-night,
Theee was a marked contrast between
Senator bin's leave taking and that ci
ex-Senator" Windom. The new lenatoi
was fairly overwhelmed by the cordiality
of friends and very happily reciprocated.
It arts a public levee instead of a private
sneaking oat of town. Tho contrast marks
the characteristics of the two men.
The legislature of the rotten borough of
Nevada is a modest body. A memorial
from it was yesterday presented to the
house at Washington asking an appropri
ation of a quarter of a million dollars
to dig artesian wells in the state. If
congress could move that state into the
middle of the Pacific ocean and drop it
there for the amount of money asked, the
expenditure would be a wise one.
The banquet given by tho Chamber oi
Commerce last night to the State officers
and Legislature was a fine affair.which was
only marred by the near approach of the
end of the session, which caused some ab
senteeism. It was a regular social occa
sion and will give our citizens pleasant
recollections of the legislature, and it is tc
be hoped will cause tbe Twenty-third Leg
islature to long remember with favor th
capital city of the State.
Tna gamblers move in a mysterious wa*
their wonders to perform. The other da
a bill declaring their business a felony an
prescribing the penitentiary as punishmen
for persuing it, was mended fo
passage by the house in committee of th
whole, without a dissenting voice. Yoster
day, when the bill came up for final actioi
it was defeated by a substantial majority
and not a word was spoken. There at
some Joey Bagstocks among the gamblers
apparently. ¥ _
Mi ekick called Ingersoll a puppy yes
terday in the star route court, and Ingor
soil retorted by speaking of Merrick as I
dirty dog. Merrick afterwards took i
back, but Ingersoll refused to do likewise
and indulged in so lie remarks more thai
usually blasphemous in their character
The judge ought to have sent therm both
to jail for contempt. Instead of doing so
however, he tried to pour oil upon th(
troubled waters, finally succeeding ii
quieting the storm.
The exigency contemplated by us rela
tive to the conference committee on th;
tax and tariff bill when the article on the
subject elsewhere printed was penned
arose at a late hour la.-i night, when Sen
ators Bayard and Beck withdrew from the
conference, followed soon afterwards bj
Representative Carlisle. This leaves the
committee a protective committee entirely,
and dissipates even the remotest hope that
anything will emanate from the committee
that will afford even the slightest relief to
the tax ridden people.
The report of the Milwaukee grand
jury, on the Newhall house disaster is one
of the most extraordinary documents on
record. It condemns and applauds the
lessee of the house almost in the same
breath, and while it admits that the calami
ty was due to inefficiency, carelessness and
penuriousness. it concludes that no one
was responsible. The only wonder is that
the jury did not pass a vote cf censure
upon the victims for being so foolish as to
be roasted alive. The fool-killer is greatly
needed in the vicinity of Milwaukee.
The hasty summoning of Senator Sabin
to Washington is taken as an indication
that there is some prospect of an extra
session of the senate being called. The
news from Washington is not of a nature
to sustain this supposition. There is little
danger of the failure of any of the appro
priation bills, and the President is rushinj
his appointments before the senate wit!
great expedition. • The President may.
however, consider the question of taxation
as of sufficient importance to warrant hi:
calling both houses together immediately.
He will be warranted in doing so if there i
even a reasonable prospect of an agree
ment upon a measure to reduce the bur
dens of taxation.
HIGH LIQUOR LICENSES.
It appears to be the sentimeut of boti
branches of the legislature, that some
action on the liquor question is imp are
tively necessary, both for the good of the
state aud to put a stop to the agitation ol
the question that is deranging business tt
a great extent and consuming the time o
the legislature to the exclusion of othei
equally important matters. The mem
bers have therefore come to the conclu
sion that an increase of the license fees fa
the best remedy for many of the evil'
complained'of, and so believing, each house
passed bills increasing licenses, especially
in the larger cities of the state. The bil
passed by '-he house is in many respects the
best of : . ; two. It does not change the
preeen Law in any essential particulai
save as to licenses, and does not necessitate
any cujuueroi-. mach"u;er/ other than thai
now in existence. It is to be ho, el thai
tho senato will to-day concur in this bill.
That the governorjwill approve it if passed
there is happily no doubt.
Experience has demonstrated that where
a large licence fee is required there is far
less liquor drank.and far less drunkenness.
It has the effect of killing off the low sa
loons that thrive on the patronage of
tramps and vagabonds and sell cheap and
adulterated goods, while it exercises a re
straining influence upon the saloons of the
becter class. None of these will hazard
the loss of their" licenses if they have to
pay five hundred dollars or more for the
privilege of selling liquor, and all will use
their best endeavors to obey the law.
There will be no selling of liquor to minors,
insane persons or habitual drunkards or to
persons who are on the verge of intoxica
tion, for the paltry profits of a tew drinks
will weigh nothing as against the possi
bility of losing the license to sell and be
ing compelled to go out of business. This
would conduce to good order, for unless
men bought liquor by the quantity they
would seldom if ever be able to obtain
more than they could stand.
There are scores of reasons for be
lieving that an increase in the price of li
censes will prove beneficial not only to the
public morals but to the treasuries of mu
nicipulitios. The increased revenues from
licenses would be no slight consideration.
It is to bo hoped that tho legislature will
not adjourn to-day until it shall have acted
favorably upon this important question.
KILLING THE TAN AND TARIFF DILL.
The slaughter of the senate tax and tariff
bill is being conducted with much system
and adroitness, and it is now safe to say
that if it ever emerges from the confer
ence committee it will be in such shape as
to insure its defeat in one house or the
other. In the house yesterday Mr. Ran
dall declined to serve on the conference
committee for reasons which he stated, and
for the further reason that he is a candi
date for the speakership of the next house
and wishes to dodge all entangling al
liances that might jeopardize his success.
Messrs. Morrison and Tucker successively
declined service on the committee, and the
speaker took the matter under advisement,
thus delaying the completion of the com
mittee at a time when hours are worth
more than weeks at the beginning of the
In the senate action was taken that may
lead to the entire abandonment of the
conference. It will bo remembered that
in ordering a conference the house in
structed its conferrees to inquire whether
the senate, in framing the bill, had not
transcended its constitutional powers by
presuming to originate a bill affecting the
; revenues. The quarrel is one of long
[ standing between the two houses, and
\ comes up in one form or another at each
! session. Yesterday Senator Garland called
attention to the 'house resolution, and
: stated that if he had known of it the pre
, vious day he would have voted against a
conference, as he believed the resolution
an insult to the dignity of the senate.
j Many other senators agreed with him, and
after a long debate the senate conferrees
; were instructed to demand a full and free
j conference, arid if this was denied them,
jor if the senate's rights were in
, any way infringed, they should
■ withdraw from the conference and make
I report of the facts.
i These instructions are almost certain
;to cause trouble. The house is jealous of
'. its constitutional prerogative to originate
all measures affecting the revenue, and on
. more than one occasion in the past there
• has been warfare in consequence of the
| trenching of the senate upon this right.
j On the other hand the senate is consumed
f with its own importance and dignity. It
I regards itself as the representative of the
I aristocracy of the country, and looks upon
j the house as plebeian in the last degree—
ajgood enough school of instruction in
I legislation, perhaps, but devoid of that
wisdom and statesmanship which are in
herent in tho senate. If there is even an
intimation that the senate has exceeded its
j power —and there will be more than that
I of the house conferrees follow their instruc
! tions—there will be a row of large dimen
: sions and possibly an end to all efforts to
| effect an agreement.
'Phis result would not be mourned by the
protectionists, who appear to have con
congress by tho throat. They are well
satisfied with as tariff as it stands. The
only possibility of saving the bill will be
a combined effort on the part of those in
favor of a reduction of internal revenue
taxation. There is great need of this, and
there are some powerful influences at work
in that direction. There is, however,
greater probability of the passage of an
independent measure of revenue reduction
than of any redaction that is coupled with
tariff revision in any form.
One thing can be said: Those engaged
in the slaughtering of the pending
measure are consummate artists, and
undsrstand how to accomplish their pur
poses without seeming to be driving in
They Nominate Candidates for Minor
State Ottiee-:, Dodge the Temperance
Ouestion, and lireak I7p in a How.
East Saginaw, Mich., Feb. 28.—The Re
publican state convention convened at 11
o'clock this morning at the Academy of
Music, and was called to order by William
Livingston, "Jr., of Wayne. W* K. Gibson
of Jackson was elected temporary chair
man, and S. S. Olds, of Ottawa, secretary.
A committee on credentials and resolutions
was appointed, and the convention
took a recess until 2 p. m.
On reassembling John S. Newberry, of
Wayne, was made permanent chairman.
and E. T. Bennett, of Bay City, secretary.
The committee on credentials submitted a
report, which was adopted, and a resolu
tion adopted instructing the committee on
resolutions to prepare a report and pre
sent it to the convention. This led to some
turbulence, as the charge was made that
the committee intended to dodge the olat
form, in order to prevent a clash on" the
temperance issue. For justice of the su
preme court, long term, Austin Blair was
nominated on the third ballot, receiving
346 votes; Chas. Upson, of Branch. 25;
Fred A. Hooker, 1. For justice
of the supreme court. for
the short term, Thos. J. O'Brien, of Kent,
received 322 votes; Judge Howell, of Adri
an, 47; George S. Clapp, of Berrian. 52;
Edward Faggert, of Kent, 72; Judge D. J.
Arnold, of Allegan, 27; T. J. Ramsdell, of
Manistee, 52; Chas. Upson, 12. For re
gent of the university, full term, H. B.
Hutchins was nominated on the first bal
lot, receiving 318. votes; J. E. White, of
Oceana, 222; Theo. M. Nelson, of Gratiot.
7; J. C. Jones, 2. For regent, short term,
Jos. C. Jones, of Saginaw, received on the
first ballot 333 votes; -J. E. White, of Oce
ana, 173. The motion to adjourn was
voted down by a decided majority, but wis
declared carried and the convention broke
up amidst confusion.
THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, THURSDAY MOItNISG^ItAECH 1.18?3.
No Special Excitement on the Chicago
Hoard at the Close of the Month.
PRICES REMAIN QUITE STEADY.
Wheat ami Corn Fluctuate Within a
Narrow Range anil Close Firm.
PORK AKD LARD A PEG HIGHER.
Stocks iv New York More Active, With
a General Downward Tendency.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.!
Chicago, Feb. —Although the opening
quotations on 'change this forenoon were
considerably lower on almost every specu
lative option, a strong feeling seemed to
rule I most throughout the entire session.
Car lots were considerably less, especially
corn. Provisions opened at nearly the
closing price* of yesterday.; Inside of the
first hour of the session, wheat, for future
delivery especially, advanced a cent above
the opening, but the advance was not sus
tained and the market closed at about the
opening quotations. Corn and oats ad
vanced with less fluctuation than wheat.
Provisions ruled strong and closed with an
advance on pork and lard. Reports were
freely circulated that large Louisville spec
ulators and other large country holders
were short on May corn at 55@5Cc and that
it ■iaimed by the shorts here that this
rumor had the effect to keep up the price
of corn, and that corn was bolstering the
wheat. It had been quite generally
thought that wheat would sell off to-day.
and the strength shown for a time was
greater than expected.
In the market on the board an active
speculative demand existed, and the feel
ing was somewhat unsettled. At the opening
the market was weak under free offering-,
influenced, evidently, by the fine weather
and other speculative influences. Trie
market opened about J^c lower, and de
clined an additional I4C. Later a better
feeling was developed under a sharp de
mand from speculators, a good many buy
ing orders, supposed to be on eastern ac
count, being received. This turn of the
market, together with tho fact that some
prominent houses were buying liberally
caused a good deal of easiness on the part
of the shorts, who begin to buy in, and
under the demand May, which was ths
leading option, sold up irregularly about
1! ,;C. eased %c, then fluctuated slightly
and at the close February was the same as
at 1 o'clock yesterday, seller April J3C
lower and May I4C lower. Spring wheat
was in good demand and firmer. Winter
was higher early, bat lost its apprecia
Flour continues quiet and slow, and
trading to day was more than usually
\lghi, with a fair call from the home trade,
but with shippers and exporters out of the
trade most entirely and having prices
above their limits. The feeding was one
of weakness, and some dealers were will
ing 0 allow a reduction when by so doing
sales could be made. Bran and all mill
stuffs were in light supply and doing
There was a fair business in corn. The
trading was largely of a local character
and prices underwent considerable fluctu
ation, but were generally higher and at the
close cash or February was about Ifc bet
ter than it closed at 1 o'clock yesterday,
March ] j; c higher and May %c higher.
The market weakened early and sold :' : c
less than it closed yesterday at 1 o'clock,
bat the decline brought oat a fair line of
buying orders, and several strong local op
erators also took hold, which started the
tailers in the same direction, and also de
veloped a sham demand from the shorts.
Under the competitions prices advanced.
March selling up 1 cent and May a c. then
eased off some and closed steady. Car
lots of No. 2 sold at 57@57^ for receipts
dated the "20 th and since. Price of the
low grades were influenced mostly by lo
location. The receipts were fair. For
eign advices quoted a quiet and steady
feeling, No. 2 and high mixed in good re
quest and round lots of regular sold the
same as February.
Oats were more active and for the early
part of the day a heavy advance war* ob
tained, particularly for cash and the near
by deliveries, with the bullish tendency of
the grain markets bringing free buyers to
this market and a go6d appreciation. No.
2 cash was about -10'^c early, to closing
at 4l}gc, and more sales were noted than
usual. Samples were in light supply and
going out quite steadily and well, with
higher prices paid for all quotations, par
ticularly for the better cars of white.
Future deliveries were active and decided
ly stronger, with all options sought after
and at a substantial advance, but quieting
off somewhat toward the close.
Rye was slow and little disposition was
shown to trade, cash bringing the same
price and futures held steady. But few
were willing to operate. The futures were
steady but nothing was doing.
Barley was still quiet, and very little
trading was done. Still, firm prices were
ruling. There has been more of a clear
ing up of the samples on sale than expect
ed, and a steadier tone was noticeable for
the whole trade. Samples sold more freely,
and the feeling at the close was better.
The demand for hog products was quite
active on speculative account, and the of
ferings were liberal. The market exhibit
ed considerable strength, and prices ruled
higher on all the leading articles, and the
improvement was well maintained. Ship
ping demand moderate. Foreign advices
showed no material change, and the East
ern markets were steadier. The receipts
of product were moderate, and the ship
ments quite liberal.
The demand for mess pork was fairly ac
tive; the offerings free. Prices ruled
stronger and were advanced 10@20c, and
closed comparatively steady. Cash quiet
and steady. May was quite actively called
for and closed steady.
The offerings of lard were rather free
and the demand quite active. Prices ruled
steadier and were advanced 2l£@sc per
100 pounds and closed steady.
On the afternoon call board the nearer
cash options on corn and oats were }£@,
■jc and mess pork 5c lower than at the
close of the regular board. Owing to the
i nxiety of holders to realize future options
were a trifle stronger in everything. An
attempt was made to have the
selling price of overplus February
lard made $11.47}£ instead of $11.45, the
closing price at 1 o'clock, but " it
was defeated by a large majority. Wheat
was offered freely, and although in good
demand ranged a trifle weaker. Prices of
hogs to-day were a shade lower and con
siderable activity was shown. The re
ceipts were 18,000.
Resolutions of respect regarding the life
and tragic death of Albert J. Howell, who
committed suicide, and expressing sympa
thy for the be-eaved friends, were passed
in foil session of the board to-day. The
resolutions were ordered printed and a
copy presented to the immediate relatives
of the deceased.
The case of the people against W. S.
Gage for alleged aiding of the firm of
Fleming & Co., with fraudulent design,
came up before Justice Brown. The testi
mony had been previously taken and the
afternoon was consumed in the arguments
of the attorneys. At the close of the
speechifying the justice dismissed the car-«
and discharged the prisoner.
New Yoke, Feb. 2S. —There were indica
tions at the opening this morning that the
improvement noticed yesterday would be
followed up to-day by a still farther ad
vance, but after a little spurt,'in Illinois
Central and a few oilier properties, the
market "became exceedingly dull, and
dropped. The bears circulated various
rumors during the day. calculated to help
their side of the case, but with slight
effect, as stocks showed a disposition ta
vary but little either way.
The leading bear in the- street is reported
as contented, and expecting lower figures,
while on the other hand Mr. Sage and his
friends are looking for better thing. A
frightening of the shorts is liable to occur at
any time. Confidence seems to be gradu
ally gaining ground, and at the end there
was a fair demand for stocks. The Chicago
£ Alton business continues to show gains.
This road seems to have had a good time
right through all the troubles. Chicago,
Burlington «i, Quincy is quoted ex dividend
of 2 per cent. Money continues easy.
Wabash earnings offered a surprise to the
friends of the property. The floods were
expected to cause considerable decrease.
On the contrary, tho report showed an in
crease of $37,000 over the same week la.-:
year. The Northwestern advance was in
duced by the Holland party,
and ■ rumor was circulated
of an important meeting of the
directors of the company. Vice Pies
ident Sykes said that no meet
ing had been held or was likely to be. He
reported the road open and all rolling
stock fully employed.
The general manager of the St. Paul
company telegraphed that the St. Paul
line was open except the Southern
Minnesota division, which would be open
The Osborn-Smilh party has k«pt St.
Paul strong. The rise in Manitoba was
effected by a Williams street house, the
supposed object being to squeeze a short
interest. Very little stock is in the street,
and insiders have little difficulty in com
pelling shorts to cover whenever the short
interest reaches any magnitude. Tho
hammering has not seemed to be as
effective as it was la^t weak. There is a
iu::;-.r of a new ball combination in the
8-reet; some of tho leading traders believe
Btoek3 low enough to buy for a turn.
The balance of trade continues to show
in favor of this country.
The Northwestern roads are reported
open again, and earnings increasing.
These and other arguments were
advanced to-day by many.
THE NEWHALL FIRE.
The Grand Jury 1 *>-.! gate the Matter,
Had Make Even » 21->rc« Curous Report
on the Disaster Than the Coroner's Jury
I*erjietr:iteit—An A*jsre*j;\tion of Contra
Milwaukee, Feb. 28.— grand jury
in the Newhall disaster brought in a final
report this afternoon. , The documant
cites that the fire originated at or near the
base of the elevator. The dense, suffocat
ing smoke and heat, having no outlet, in
the elevator shaft, filled the corridors and
made escape impossible. All the lives
were lost within thirty minutes after the
discovery of the fire. They find that the
Newhall was constructed in as substantial
a manner as such buildings generally are,
and that there was scarcely a hotel in the
country as easy of egress as the Newhall.
The owners had done all that was
reasonable for the protection and escape
in case of accident. They find that Landlord
Antisdel was extremely solicitous for the
welfare of the guests: that, however, he
did not employ sufficient men or means to
alarm the guests; but say in extenuation
that he adopted the same precautions an in
the hotels of like sizo, and call attention
to the unparalled rapidity of the smoke
and flames. He was at fault in not in
structing help as to the duties in case of
fire and not giving sufficient attention to
the barroom after knowing the habits of
his tenant. They find that of all the help
at the hotel at the time of the fire, Line
han, the engineer, alone mads proper exer
tion to save life. It commends the police
and fire departments, and recommend the
enlargement of the latter; censure the
coroner for the manner the morgue was
kept, and find that the laws regulating
modes of egress from buildings are defec
[Special Telegram to tho Globe.]
New Yoke, Feb. 28. —A syndicate of
Brooklyn Republicans will take the Union-
Argus, recently bought by Messrs. Kinseila
& Hester, and make a Republican organ of
it. Kinseila & Hester paid $100,000, and
assumed mortgages for half that amount.
They give up the concern for the same fig
ures, and a stock company, with a capital
of §150,000, will be formed. John Ford,
the editor of the Times, has been asked to
take control. His acceptance is doubtful.
Notes from Mexico.'
Mexico. Feb. 2S.—Jules Mammeledorff,
general manager of the Mexican National
bank, retires, and Gustave Strack, mer
chant, temporarily succeeds.
The settlement of the Mexican debt to
the English bondholders is again rumored.
The official organ states that the president
does not think the time for settlement has
arrived. No official negotiations are on
foot. . *" '
Nail Factories to be ."shut Down.
Pittsbubo, Pa., Feb. 28.— Western
Nail association met to-day. and finally
decided to close its factories for two weeks
more, commencing next-Monday. Trade
was reported quiet, stocks are light, and
the demand, as usual at this season, small,
but the outlook for spring trade is very
encouraging. No change was made in
THEY ARE CONGRESSMEN.
HENCE ESTER T'S SCENES IN THE
WASHINGTON SENATE AND HOUSE.
A Good Portion of the Day Spent In iilll
busteiin;-'--I, of the Amended Pen
• sir.n Dill—The Sundry Civil Hill Re
porter! to the Senate with the Pre-emption
Hill Special Clause Stricken Out—The
□Proceedings in Detail.
Washington, Feb. 28.— Edmunds
from the committee on judiciary, reported
adversely the house bill to provide for the
restoration of citizenship of such citizens
of the United States as have become natur
alized citizens of Great Britain.
Mr. Tabor offered a joint resolution pro
viding for participation by the government
in the national mining and industrial ex
position, to be held at Denver.
A message was received announcing the
names of the house conferrees on the in
ternal revenue and tariff bill.
At Mr. Garland's request the message
Mr. Garland asked to have read from the
Congressional Record the resolution of tho
house instructing its conferrees to consider
fully the constitutional objections to the
internal revenue bill as amended by the
senate and to bring the same, together
with the opinion of the house in regard
thereto, before the coommittee of confer
ence, etc., and moved to reconsider the
motion by which the senate had agreed to
Mr. Ingalls raised the point of order
that it was not in order to read or refer to
particular words or acts of the other house
upon the pending measure.
Mr. Garland said his motion to recon
sider was made in good faith. Ho had
voted for the conference yesterday in the
belief that the senate was in possession of
all that the house had done in this matter,
but now it turned out from the official
record that practically a fraud had
been committed upon the senate, and
there could not have been a full and
free conferencelunder the conditions by the
action of the house. His vote and proba
bly the votes of other senators upon agree
ing to a conference would have been differ
ent if he had known ihe full action of the
house, and if the motion to reconsider
should prevail, he intended to take the
position that the senate could not confer
under such conditions.
Mr. Edmunds moved to lay Mr. Gar
land's motion on the table. Lost—yeas,
24; nays, 20.
Anthony, Harrison, Miller (N. Y.i,
A Id rich, Haw-ley, Morrill,
Blair, Hill, Piatt,
Cameron (Wis. (Hoar, llollins,
Conger, Ingallw, Sawyer,
Dawes, Kellogg, Sewell,
Edmunds, Lapham, Sherman,
1 rye, McMillan, Tibet
Par-row, Gorman, Pendleton,
Bayard, Groome, Pugh,
Craven, drover, Saul-bury,
Call, Hampton, Slater,
Camden, Harris, Vance,
Cockrill, Jackson, Voorhees,
("ok*. Jones, Walker,
Garland, Maxey, Williams—26.
The president having finally ruled it was
not in order to read the action of the house
from the Record, as Mr. Garland had pro
posed, Mr. G-irlaud appealed from the
After the question had been debated on
for some time, Mr. Ingalls offered a reso
lution declaring it to bo the opinion of the
senate that tho conference be full and free,
and instructing the senate ocnferrees if
they found any limitation was placed by
the house on the action of its committee
to retire and report that fact to the senate
for its consideration.
Mr. Sherman at first objected to the
resolution, but withdrew his objection
later, and the resolution was agreed to
Mr. Garland then withdrew his appeal,
and the senate resumed consideration of
the bill to give increased pensions to one
armed and one-legged soldiers.
The pending question was on the motion
of Mr. Vest to ,stiike out the words, "or
shall have suffered disability equal there
Mr. Mitchell said that when the bill
passed the house the statement was made
that it would involve the increased ex
penditure of $1,500,000, but it had been
ascertained that it would require $2,000,-
COO to carry out the provisions of the bill.
Mr. Vcorhees declared in favor of the
bill, and called attention to some figures
showing that in 1870 the number of sol
diers who had suffered amputation was
less than 15.000, and one-half those were
how dead and buried. The vital statistics
on this subject were appalling. They
showed beyond question an average dura
tion of life by those losing a leg or an
arm was fifteen years.
Mr. Van Wyck said it was the desire of
the senate to defeat the bill. There was
one real thing that increasing the pension
should be given those suffering special
disabilities. There was no class more in
need or deserving of such recognition than
the class proposed to be struck out by Mr.
Mr. Piatt said it would be a great injus
tice to adopt Mr. Vest's amendment.
Mr. Harris said the majority of the com
mittee on pensions had reported in favor
of postponing this bill, and in deference
to that report he would move the indefinite
postponement of the bill.
Mr. Saulsbury supported the motion.
Mr. Van Wyck said that when the nation
called these soldiers to its defense, it
pledged its faith that the maimed and
wounded, the widows and orphans, should
be cared for, and that the pledge should be
held at least as sacred as the
promise to pay tho national debt, incurred
in the same great struggle. Addressing
some of the senators on the other side of
the chamber, he said that if the confed
eracy had conquered, they would never
have forgotten their soldiers, widows or or
phans, or allowed them to suffer want. Its
postponement meant its defeat. The men
applying for increase of pensions were en
titled to a fair hearing before the senate of
the United States, and if the pending bill
was defective, the proper thing was not to
postpone, but to amend and pass it. The
highest pensions granted, or to be granted,
would not compensate these soldiers
for their sufferings, and the complaints
sometimes heard about the taxation of the
people to pay pensions originated, not'
among the people at their homes, but with
members of congress.
Mr. Vest said if the confederacy had tri
umphed he would have voted its last dol
lar and last acre of land, if necessary, to
provide, for its soldiers andjthe people of
the United States, to whom the victory was
given, had such a duty imposed upon
them. Recognizing this, and believing
that the nation that would not reward its
soldiers should be blotted from the map of
Christendom, he. as a citizen of the
United States, would vote for the largest
public pensions for the men who on the
battle field had preserved the nation's ex
istence, but he had moved to strike out
this "equivalent disability," because he
believed it would open the way for
Mr. Karris was not willing his motion
to indefinitely postpone the bill be con
strued into evidence that he opposed
reasonable and just pensions. During
his six years in the senate he vote
rov every pension bill that bore
an ordinary resemblance of fairness, but
as to this bill, taken up in the last
hours of a congress and in respect to which
no one could tell whether it would take
five, ten or a hundred millions from the
treasury, he thought it should be indefi
nitely postponed, leaving claims of the
classes whose pensions it proposed to in
crease, to be passed upon at the next ses
sion of congress wh6n the subject could be
considered deliberately and with judg
Mr. Butler was in favor of giving $40 a
month to soldiers who lost an arm or leg,
but was opposed to the equivalent disa
Mr. Sherman favored an increase of pen
sion to soldiers who lost an arm or leg in
the service, or to those suffering equal dis
ability from any actual wound received
in the service, and would vote for the
"equivalent disability" provision if it could
be made certain in its operation, but he
thought that the present form was vague
and liable to lead to abuse.
A motion to indefinitely postpone was
lost by the following vote:
Barrow, George, Morgan,
Bayard, Gorman, Push,
ail, Hampton, Saulsbury,
Coke, Harris, Slater,
Davis, W. Va., Jackson, Vance,
Garland, Jonas, Walker—-19.
Aldrich, Edmunds, Miller, N. V., '
Allison, Frye, Pendleton,
Anthony, Harrison, Piatt,
Blair, Haw Plumb,
Brown, Hill, ' Bollins,
Butler, Hoar, Sawyer,
Cameron, Wis., Ingalls, . Sowed,
Cockrill, Lapham, Sherman,
Conger, Logan, VanWyck,
Davis, 111., .McMillan, Vest,
Dawes, Man erne, Voorhees—34.
Mr. Vest's amendment striking out, "the
equivalent disability" clause was lost.
Ayes, 20; noes, 27.
Mr. Piatt offered a substitute, of which
he gave notice some days since, and it was
adopted—ayes 31, noes 7.
The amendment providing for pensions
of survivors of the American and Indian
wars was lost.
Mr. Williams made a speech in favor of
pensioning the Mexican veterans, and in
cidentally expressed the opinion that the
increase of pensions would take $(10,000,
-000 from the treasury the first year.
The bill was reported to the senate, and
the amendments made in committee of
the whole were concurred iv, and the bill
as amended was passed—27 to 14.
The bill as passed is in the following
language: "That from and after the pas
sage of this act all persons on the pension
rolls, and all persons hereafter granted a
pension, who. while in the military or na
val service of the United States," and in
line of duty, shall have lost one hand or
one foot, or been totally or permanently
disabled so as to render their incapacity to
perform manual labor equivalent to the
loss of the hand or foot, shall receive
a pension of $24 per month. That all per
sons now on the pension roll, and all per
sons hereafter granted a pension, who, in
like manner shall have lost either an arm
at or above the elbow, or a leg at or above
the knee, or shall have been otherwise so
disibled as to be incapaciatedfor perform
ing any manual labor, but not so much as
to require regular personal aid
and attendance, shall receive a pension
of $30 per month; provided, that nothing
contained in this act shall bo construed to
repeal section 4,699 of the revised statutes,
or to change the rate of $18 per month
therein mentioned to be proportionately
divided for any agreed disability estab
lished, for which section 4,o'j;) makes no
Mr. Allison reported the sundry civil
bill, and said he would call it up to
After executive session the senate ad
Washington, Feb. 28.—Immediately af
ter the reading of the journal Mr. Randall
rose and-said: "Mr. Speaker:— I had
followed my impulses on the moment of
the announcement of the conferoers
on the part of the house, on the differences
between the houses in reference to the tax
and tariff legislation, I would have then
and there declined service, but I preferred
to act after reflection and deliberation,
and thus avoid the semblance of what
might be thought hasty action. Seldom, if
ever, during my service in this house
have I avoided duty or re
sponsibility, but in this instance
I feel I can better serve the interests of
my state by the relinquishment of tho
labor assigned to mo. I leave
behind me on the committee
of conference a member represent
ing my own state, and in fact my own
city, one who has devoted a lifetime to the
subject in controversy. Whatever report
may come as a result of this action of the
house when it is presented, I shall be more
at liberty to pursue such a course on its
consideration as will enable me to best
promote tho great industrial interests of
the country as to rates and within proper
limitation. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I ask
to be relieved from the services you were
kind enough to assign me to.
Mr. Anderson sarcastically suggested
that Russell Erret be appointed to fill the
The Speaker—The gentleman'will be re
lieved, and the chair appoints Mr. Mor
rison of Illinois.
"I respectfully decline to serve," said
The Speaker—The chair will appoint to
fill the vacancy occasioned by the declina
tion, the gentleman from Virginia as the
Said Mr. Tucker. "I decline to serve."
The Speaker—The chair will take the
matter under consideration.
The house then went into committee of
the whole on the state of the Union, and
after a contest in regard to respective
claims for precedence of th; deficiency
and river and harbor bills, consideration
of the latter measure was resumed.
Before it was finally taken up, Mr.
Springer made the point of order that the
tariff bill was first in order. The friends
of that measure, it seems, had left it in
committee to die, but he thought its con
sideration should be proceeded with. The
chair, however, ruled otherwise, and the
river and harbor bill was taken up.
Mr. McLane spoke in support of the
Representative Cassidy presented a
memorial from the legislature of Nevada
asking an appropriation of $25,000 for
sinking artesian wells in that state.
Commenting on last year's veto message
Mr. McLean expressed his opinion that it
was inexcusable in a high executive officer
to speak in terms of disrespect of a legis
lature which he was advising. The im
propriety became much more offensive
when accompanied with great display of
ignorance. He had never known the exec
utive to be so grossly misled and mistaken.
Not only was great injustice done the leg
islature but every little penny a-liner had
high authority for denouncing it. He cared
not what the newspapers said about this
bill. They had fallen into a loose style
and editors daily called each other
liars and thieves and vagabonds. He
was not indifferent to what
was said on this floor, and would never
permit a man to denounce a vote of his as
unworthy of respect without calling upon
him to prove it;; nd he thanked God he
could brand such|a man, if not as a calum
mator, as a man ignorant of the facts.
Mr. Burrows, chairman of the select
committee on the improvement of the
Mississippi river, quoted from the report
of the committee and defended it.
Mr. Robinson of Mississippi thought the
bill should bo guarded so th it the commis
sion could not expend another dollar for
the repair of levees.
Mr. Thomas, of Illinois, a member of
the select committee, asserted that the
Mississippi commission had in no wise ex
ceeded its authority, and placed himself
on record here and now in favor of the •
commission, and that, too, including the
levee. Eight members of the *,' after
floating down the Mississippi by night and
fog on a freight bout laden with kerosene
barrels and agricultural implements, came
here, and, in the face of all the experience
of the best scientists, said, "you shall not
use money far this or that purpose, be
cause, forsooth, we have been down the
Mississippi river and know more about it
than you or the commission." The friends of
pooling companies of railroads proposed
to limit this groat national work, and
strangle it to death. .
Mr. Butterworth expressed his belief in
the idea that the waters of the Mississippi
could not be confined within mud walls
without a compromise with mush-rats or
a truce with moles. He had no hostility
to the levee system, but did not think there
should be any large expenditures of money
for the construction of levees until further
experiments were ma ' He defended the
general plan of appropriating money for
river and harbor improvements, and as
serted that th man from the West who
voted against such appropriations would
have so few votes at the * next election
that it would not pay him to count them.
Let not New York, who had sucked the
orange and now wanted to chew the pulp,
forget that westward the star of empire took
its course, and in the course of that em
pire necessary improvements would fol
Mr. Ellis spoke in. favor of the levee
Mr. White opposed the passage of the
river and harbor bill this session.
The bill was then road by paragraphs
for amendments. Amendment increasing
the appropriation for Charleston, S.
C, harbor, was lost. At . this
point the committee rose informally, and
after the appointment by the speaker of
Mr. Spoor, of Georgia, as a conferreo on
the tax bill, to fill the vacancy occasioned
by Randall's declination, resumed its ses
On motion of Mr. Aidrich an item was
inserted appropriating $35,000 for the im- •
provement of Calumet river.
Mr. Davis, of Illinois, moved to increase
the appropriation for tho harbor of Chica
go from $70,000 to $125,000. Lost.
Mr. Van Voorhees offered a provise cov
ering into the treasury all unexpended
moneys appropriated by former river and
harbor bills. Lost.
Mr. Burrows, of Michigan, offered an
amendment appropriating $150,000 for
the improvement of the St. Joseph, Mich.,
harbor and the channel leading to Benton
The committee then rose and Mr. Page
said ho won ask tho house to sit the bill
Mr. Bingham, chairman of the com
mittee on postoflices and post roads, offerd
a bill to adjust the salaries of postmasters.
At the evening session the senate bill
passed appropriating $100,000 for the
erection of a public building in Jefferson
A bill passed for the reappraisement of
tho transport ''Planter" captured by Rob
The house then resumed, in committee
of the whole, consideration of Iheriv. and
A motion to strike out tho appro
tions for Cheerequakes creek, Mattawan
creek and English river was lost, but gave
rise to a running debate, which continued
for half an hour, and as the house was in
excellent humor aud applauded
and laughed at the speakers, encouraging
them with cries of "go ahead!" or discour
aging them with advice to "sit down!'' or
with shouts of "vote!" there was much con
fusion in the chamber. From B*3o till 11
o'clock but little progress was made on the
bill, and no amendments were adopted,
but every small item . proved a stumbling
block, for opponents of the bill took ad
vantage of it to make a motion to strike
out, followed by a demand for a quorum
in each case, as there was barely a quorum
present, much time was lost and consider
ation of the bill was further delayed by the
great disorder which characterized the
deliberations of the committee. On mo
tion of Mr. More;, the amendment was
adopted providing that no more than
$400,000 of the amount appropriated for
the improvement of the Ohio river shall be
expended on the Davis island dam.
At this point the committee found itself
without a quorum and rose, and the house
NEW YORK'SISTATE PRISONS.
The Investigations Into the Shi - Sing Man
agement.—Tho ..ate Revolt.
Albany, N. V., Feb. 2S. —At the inquiry
into the state prison management, the
foreman of the stove foundry at Sing Sing
testified thftt convicts do about half a days'
work of honest workmen. If a convict
does not finish his allotted task one day,
the uncompleted portion goes into the
next day's work, and so on until he per
forms his proportion of labor. Two men
are now working unable to perform their
tasks. The foreman favored paying con
victs for over work. The molder and
foundry keeper at Sing Sing and Auburn
saidthe prison contracts wiped out the
hollow ware trade and crippled
the stove trade. They testified also that
the profits on boots and shoes had fallen
off 15 per cent, owing to prison work.
Superintendent Baker visited the state
prison to-day, and informed those lately
in revolt that they would have an oppor
tunity to re-establish themselves in the
confidence of the prison officers. He ad
vised cheerful compliance with the regu
lations, saying it was for themselves to
make life burdensome or comparatively
comfortable. The law sent them here
and said they should labor. He was war
ranted in saying that the governor would
withhold commutations from insubordi
Louisville's Coming Exposition.
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 28. —Three-fourths,
of the grading of the new exposition site is
completed, and the laying of the founda
tion will begin to-morrow for an immense
exposition building covering fifteen acres.
The building will be completed in July. It
has been decided to have botanical and art
annexes. Greenhouses will be at once
constructed on a large scale, while John E.
Green, president of the board of trade,
will proceed to New York
and other Eastern cities to
arrange for the exhibition, the most noted
paintings and statuary that can be pro
cured. The managers of the American
National Agricultral association are in
correspondence with the officers of the Cot
ton exposition with a view of holding their
annual meeting here during the exposition
and in connection therewith, which ar
rangement will doubtless be consummat
ed. . Applications for space are being made
in large numbers.
Roller Skating Rink.