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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURltii^
PRICE TWO CENTS.
A Sensational Abduction At
tempted on Hennepin.
BIG MAN GRABS A GIRL
And Carries Her Two Blocks in His
ALARM GIVEN AND HE ESCAPES
Alice Smith, the Victim, <-"an Give
but Little D?N<-rii>tiou
An abduction case rivalling in its bold
ness the reoeiu Cudahy case occurred in
Minneapolis at 6 o'clock this morning on
Hennepin avenue and Fifth street.
Miss Alice Smith, the prettiest little
waitress in the Merchants' cafe, 246 Heu
nepin avenue, while on her way to the
restaurant this morning, was picked up
at Hennepin avenue and Fifth street and
carried bodily by an unknown man for
two blocks. Because of her fright she
was at flrsc unable to make any outcry.
As soon as she regained her presence of
mind, however, and could find her voice,
she creamed loudly and her abductor
hastily placed her on the ground and
Miss Smith declares that the man came
up behind her. She did not hear him ap
proach nor did she see the man before he
seized her. The first thing of which she
was aware was that she was suddenly
taken off her feet by two strong arms and
carried down the avenue.
The young lady is very slight and her
abductor had no difficulty in carrying her.
As they were reaching Third street a
man approached from the opposite di
rection. Miss Smith by this time was
screaming for help at the top of her
voice, and the man seeing that something
was wrong hurried toward them. When
about twenty feet away the rescuer
grasped the situation and joined in the
outcry. The abductor up to this time, it
seems, had not noticed the approach of
this second man. The moment he saw him,
however, he at once dropped Miss Smith
and fled south on Third street.
Miss Smith was so overcome that when
she reached the restaurant a few steps
away she could scarcely speak. She is
unable to give an accurate description of
When she was released the fellow ran in
the opposite direction with such haste that
she was unable to caieh but a fleeting
Miss Smith lives on Second avenue S be
tween Fourth and Fifth streets. Her par
ents and an older brother live in the coun
try and Miss Smith is fearful that when
this incident comes to their ears they will
be terrified and at once call her home from
the wicked <■ 'ty.
Aside from her fright, the young lady
was in no way injured.
BLOOD THIRSTY FILIPINOS
General MarArthor't Comment on a
Washington, Jan. 14. —Copies of general
orders from the Philippines received here
show that a large number of native Fil
ipinos have been convicted of murder and
other crimes and sentenced to be hanged
or to long terms of imprisonment. In one
case the accused belonged to an organ
ized band which, under the name of Cuar
dia de Honor, had for its declared object
the murder of peaceful and unoffending
victims, if found necessary to gratify
either a desire for revenge or a feeling
of envy against the rich.
"These inhuman methods," says General
Mac Arthur. "remove all the participants,
whether chief, or willing followers of the
bands, from the pale of the law and place
them among that class of cowardly and
secret assassins which all civilized men
the world over hold to be enemies of man
Manila, Jan. 14.—General Grant, who is
endeavoring to finish the latest insurrec
tion in his district has reported that he
had encountered a number of bands south
of Buloc mountain, all of which retired
up the hills.
In the opinion of General Grant, his
district is now fairly pacified with the
exception /of the locality south of Buloc
mountain, and the province of Pampanga
is ready for civil government. It is ex
pected that Pampanga will be the first
irovince to which provincial government
will be applied.
BUNCO THE KLONDIKER
Sew lork Sharper*- Get Peter Han
yetc Tork San Special Serrlc*
New York, Jan. 14.—Peter Hansen, the Dan
ish miner who sold a mining claim in the
Klondike and recently came here with the
proceeds, was robbed of $10,000 by bunco men
under Brooklyn bridge. He carried his gold
<".ust In a leather belt and some nuggets in a
tatchel. He was clothed in fur. and his hair,
bushy and long, singled him out for an easy
The bunco men. after several rounds of
drinks, invited Hansen to show his glittering
nuggets. They said they were going to Den
mark also, and he deposited his gold in tbeir
strong oak chest for safe-keeping.
B. T. FEDERATION
Uniform Wages. \\ orkini; Hoars and
Cincinnati, Jan. 14.—The fourth annual
convention of the National Building
Trades Council began here to-day and
will continue during the week. There are
300 delegates, representing an affiliated
membership of over 100,000. One of the
principal subjects is the federation of all
the unions in the building industry. A
uniform scale of wages will be consid
ered a3 well as working hours and a sys
tem, of arbitration.
PROMISE NOT TO SWEAR
Albany (hnroli Society Hold** an
JVetc York Sun Special Service
Albany, X. V., Jan. 14.—The Holy Name
Society of St. John's church last night held
a monster anti-swearing demonstration at
Harmanus Blecker hall. About 2,000 people
■were present. Resolutions condemning swear
ing were adopted and the majority of the
audience agreed to refrain from the prac
tice. This is the third demonstration of the
kind held by this society.
Lincoln, Neb.—W. J. Bryan has announced
that the first issue of his oaper, The Com
moner, would appear Wednesday, .lan. z£
Mr. Bryan said the circulation, which was
quite satisfactory, would be announced with
the first issue.
Is About to Open Up in
HE'S AFTER ThE DEMS
Expecting That a Caucus, if Held,
Will Be Indecisive.
CAUCUS AGREEMENT TO-MORROW
Tunis lll\li> Having; a Hard Time
< orrullliiii tlie Third
Question —How will Lowry begin work
on the legislature?
Answer—He will begin on the demo
This conies from one of Mr. Lowry's
supporters. The street car man probably
has seven or eight republican votes al
ready spoken for. But he is not expect
ing to be able to show strength of any
consequence in the republican caucus. His
plan is to round up as many as possible
of the forty-two democratic members of
the legislature. If he can do that, and
the caucus adjourns without making a
nomination, he figures that with his
scattering republican support to begin
with, plus the democratic members, he
will have enough votes to put him on a
par with Evans and Clapp on the first
ballot in the legislature.
It is positively known that Mr. Lowry
and his representatives are already in
touch with many of the democratic legis
Saturday night Mr. Lowry sent tele
grams to his friends all over the state
urging them to appear in St. Paul and get
to work for him as soon as possible.
Lowry headquarters, the most gorgeous
in the lot up-to-date, were opened in the
Windsor Hotel this morning. They con
sist of the Parlor A suite, and they wili
be fitted up to make a comfortable rest
ing place for the weary. At present Mr.
Lowry's campaign seems to be chiefly in
the hands of M. D. Munn of St. Paul, gen
eral counsel of the Twin City Rapid Tran
sit company, with Cal Goodrich in the
background as confidential adviser. Mr.
Lowry will also have rooms at the Mer
chants Hotel, and his friends say he is go
ing to make a spurt alter votes that will
open the eyes of the most blase.
General Clapp thinks he has as much
of a claim upon the democratic votes, if
not more, than Mr. Lowry. Judge Baxter
came down from Fergus Falls the other
day and advised Mr. Clapp to keep out of
the caucus as he thought he could deliver
thirty of the democratic votes.
The (him-us Question.
The caucus question is still up- in the
air. Senator Benedict of Mankato, drew
up an agreement this morning, providing
for a caucus Thursday night, to be signed
by the managers of the various candi
dates; but it is not probable that an
agreement will be reached until Mr. Taw
ney returns from Washington to-morrow
morning. The opinion is growing that
while the caucus will probably be held it
will not result in a nomination, thus
throwing the choice of the senator into
The joint caucus committee will prob
ably meet to-night.
Tains After the Third.
Tarns Bixby is hard at work trying to
corral a majority of the third district
delegation so as to start his senatorial
candidacy with proper eclat. A confer
ence of the delegation has been called by
Chairman Sid Barteau, to meet at the
Merchants' Hotel at 4 o'clock to-morrow
afternoon. From what can be learned
from different members of the delegation
it is doubtful whether Mr. Bixby will bo
able to secure the coveted indorsement.
Mr. Heatwole's friends seem to be very
backward about doing anything to make
Bixby a formidable candidate, and do not
deny that Joel P. is working the wires
from Washington td blight Mr. Bixby's
ambition. The chairman of the republi
can state central committee has not the
enthusiastic backing in his own county
that he would like to have. A part of it,
at least, being conditional, with a very
Evans' Phalanx Unbroken.
"Notwithstanding the outrageously false
reports in the St. Paul papers of Satur
day and Sunday to the effect that Mr.
Evans' friends have lost hope and are con
sidering the advisability of withdrawing
him, and also that the Hennepin delega
tion has broken, the Evans' phalanx re
sents a strong and uncompromising front
to-day. The adjournment of the legisla
ture from Thursday until to-night is be
lieved to have had an excellent effect on
Mr. Evans' prospects. Public sentiment
in the country is so strong for him, taking
the state as a whole, that some members
of the legislature are more firmly attached
to Mr. Evans now than before they went
home. It is even hinted that the adjourn
ment for so long a period was actually
worked up by the Evans leaders.
While letters from business men in
various parts of the state advocating the
election of J. J. Hill as United States sen
ator, have given rise to a good deal of
talk, it is not considered within the range
of the possible for Mr. Hill to be a candi
date. Republican leaders say that the
legislature would not dare to elect a demo
crat, even a man who has risen so high
above carty lines as Mr. Hill.
It was hinted in St. Paul this morning
that ex-Governor W. R. Merriam had
sniffed the battle from afar once too often
to be able to work down the temptation,
and would arrive in St. Paul to-day or to
morrow to take a hand in the game, but
(vhether on his own account or some one's
else, nobody was willing to say.
—Theodore M. Knappen.
WHERE IS MERKIAHI
Left Washington Intending to Get
Into the Senatorial Game.
Special to The Journal.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 14.—Census Di
rector W. R. Merriam left Washington
very quietly Saturday night. His secre
tary refuses to tell me where he has gone.
Governor Merriam told a friend he was
going to St. Paul to get into the senatorial
game by helping Mr. Lowry's candidacy.
—W. W. Jermane.
WEALTHY PIOXEER DEAD.
Special to The Journal.
Mankato, Minn., Jan. 14.—George Peter
Herr, a wealthy pioneer capitalist, died sud
denly yesterday of pneumonia, ageti 70 yeart.
He was a director of the First National* bank
and is reported to have been worth $200,000.
MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 14, 1901. .
) ( ) N *W. .
NINE FOR M CKINLEY
Minnesota's Electoral Vote Is Cast
for the President.
ELECTORS FAVOR A CHANGE
Would Amend I-aw So as to Pre
vent a Split in Electoral
Minnesota held her presidential elec
tion this mcrning in the Governor's
chamber at the state capitol. The state's
republican electors, nine all told, were
present. When it came to balloting un
der the direction of the chairman, W. E.
Lee, each elector inscribed the name of his
choice upon a blank slip of paper and
then signed his own beneath, with the
title "elector" appended.
"Mr. President, nine votes are cast for
William McKinley for president of these
Vnited States," said John S. Dodge, one
of the two tellers appointed. Tiiat formal
ity being over, the secretary, John L. Ges
sell, made a note of the fact, and the
nine representatives of Minnesota pro
ceeded to ballot for vice president. Theo
dore Roosevelt was declared in the same
formal manner to have received all the
votes cast, and McKinley and Roosevelt
were thereupon declared duly elected as
president and vice-president, so far as
the action of Minnesota could contribute
to that end.
A Posslbio Anomaly.
In scrutinizing the number of votes cast
for the electors nominated by the various
parties, there was discovered this morn
ing a condition >vhicn might easily have
become anomalous; that is is say, there
might have been a failure faithfully to
execute the popular will, had circumstan
ces been a lime different. William E.
Lee, the republican elector with the
largest rjimber o( votes, led H. W. Stone,
the republican e.<jctor at the foot of the
ticket, by 10,000, Rudolph Schiffman, the
first democrat on the list was but 6,000
ahead of T. C. Hodgson, last of the demo
cratic nominees. The members of the
electoral college this morning proceeded
upon the assu-Ui>tion that at some future
time in this slate the vote on the national
ticket might be close, reached the con
clusion that while the state itself might
go republican, democratic nominees might
find their way into the electoral college,
through the failure of republicans to vote
the entire ticket. In other words, repub
lican electors might be defeated by that
discrepancy which always is met where
there are two or more candidates for an
office. Mr. Lee recalled that California
had lost a republican elector in tfce very
manner described, and that the prevailing
party in Kentucky had also given Bryan
a vote in 1896. It was therefore decided
to urge an amendment to the law pro
viding for a blanket ballot of the presi
dential electors, one vote answering for
the entire s&t of nine. This was referred
to the attorney general's effice and pro
nounced not only practicable but legal.
The electors adopted the following res
olution and sent it to the governor:
Whereas, the results of the last general
election show that William E. Lee received
190,461 votes; that H. W. £tone received 180,
--466 votes, and that the other seven repub
lican presidential electors received each, a dif
ferent number of votes ranging between these
two extremes; that on the democratic ticket
Rudolph Schiflman received 112,901 votes,
and T. C. Hodgson received 106,020 votes, and
that the other seven electors received each
a different number of votes, ranging between
these two extremes; that this result shows
the voter did not in all cases express his
full vote for either presidential candidate;
Whereas, in case of a close vote in the
state this discrepancy would result in elect
ing some of the presidential electors for one
candidate and some for another; and
Whereas, the vote for electors Is imper
sonal, the intention being to vote for a
regularly nominated candidate for president
and vice president; therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the opinion of the
electoral college of this state the law should
be so amended that the marking of the bal
lot in but one place should be counted for
the whole electoral ticket of that body.
Lee Will Go to Washington.
It required two ballots to name the mes
senger to carry the returns to Washing
ton. The chairman, W. E. Lee, won out
on the second round.
The electors present were: W. E. Lee,
John L. Gessell. Edwin Dunn, J. C. Dono
van, O. K. Nasseth, Carl Wirth, John S.
Dodge, George A. Whitney and H. W.
Giving U S the Grip.
DON'T LIKE TREATY
But the English Are Thought Like
ly to Agree to It.
CANAL WILL HELP COMMERCE
So It Is* Thought They Will Swal
low Their Pride and Try tv
Mmw York Sun Spoclal Sorvlco
Chicago, Jan. 14.—A Washington special
to the Chicago Record says:
We have official information that the
British authorities have the amendments
to the Hay-Pauncefote treaty under con
sideration and the guessing is all in favor
of their acceptance, noc because our Eng
lish cousins like the amendments them
selves or the way the senate handled the
treaty, but because Lord Salisbury and his
advisers are familiar with the temper of
the senate and the American people.
They are aware that the Clayton-Bulwer
treaty is offensive to a large part of our
population and that its entire repeal would
be popular. They know, too, that there
is a determination among our people to
build the canal and own it and control it,
and the advantage to British commerce of
such a waterway would be so great that
they can afford to sacrifice their pride.
The indications are. therefore, that the
British government will swallow the medi
cine and look as pleasant as possible.
VERY CLOSE FOR QUAY
CHAHCES SEF.M IX HIS FAVOR
But Sickness May Iveep Some of
the Members From Voting
Harrisburg, Pa., Jan, —The illness of
members of the legislature has intensi
fied the feeling of uncertainty as to the
result of the contest for United States
senator. Neither side can tell with cer
tainty how many of its followers will be
absent when the senate and house vote
separately at neon to-morrow.
John K. Thompson, a Center county
member who was unable to be present
on account of illness when the legisla
ture organized, was brought here to-day
on a special car. Both sides are claiming
him, but he carefully avoids making any
Everybody admits that the fight is very
close with the chances in Colonel Quay's
favor, but that he cannot afford to lose
many votes by the absence of his follow
ers. He needs 127 votes, four more than
were cast for. him in the joint republican
A joint caucus of the house and senate
democrats will be held at 10 o'clock to
night to nominate a candidate for sena
tor, and the indications are that Colonel
James A. Cuffey of Pittsbufg will be the
A caucus of the anti-Quay republicans
will be held at 5 o'clock this afternoon
to determine upon whom they may unite.
The probabilities are they will distribute
their votes among a number of "favor
ite sons," Just as they did during the
protracted deadlock in 1899.
BACK ON THE THRONE
King: Oscar Will Retniue the Gov-
eminent January SI.
Stockholm, Sweden, Jan, 14.—King Oscar
has recovered his health and will resume
the reins of government Jan. 21.
NO PRIZE FIGHTS IN MINN.
Governor Van Sant Issues His Platform on Pu-
Governor Van Sant will not permit the Jeffries-Ruhlin prize nght to be brought oft
in Minnesota. The Cincinnati Post telegraphed him this morning asking whether the
prize fight would be permitted in Minnesota in the event of its being forbidden in
Cincinnati. The governor replied as follows:
Jeffries and Ruhlin will not be allowed to fight in Minnesota. No prize
fights in this state while I am governor.
LESS SECOND CLASS
Unanimous Report of the Postal
NO BOUND OR UNBOUND BOOKS
Report Opposes Lower Letter ■ Post- j
age and System of Par
Washington, Jan. 14. —The postal com
mission of the house and senate, which
has been investigating postal matters for
two years unanimously reports in favor
of excluding from the second-class mail
rates books whether bound or unbound,
newspapers and periodicals unsold sent by
a news agent to another news agent or
returned to the publisher, and sample
copies of newspapers above a certain small
proportion of the circulation.
The commission also unanimously re
ports against the continuance of the sys
tem of transmitting mails in the pneu
matic tubes under present conditions.
The commission unanimously reports
that neither change in letter postage nor
the establishment of a system of parcels
post is practicable under existing condi
tions of receipts and expenditure, even if
Upon the question of railway mail pay
there are five reports. Senators Wolcott
and Allison declare that the present rate
of railway mail pay Is not excessive. Mr.
Loud recommends payments in accordance
with space occupied. Mr. Fleming thinks
there should be some reduction in the
present rate, either by a 5 pe.r cent re
duction generally and a still further re
duction on the foutes where the volume
of traffic is greatest or by a change in the
special pay for postal cars.
FAVORS WADSWORTH BILL
Secretary Gage at the Oleomargar
Washington, Jan. 14. —Secretary Gage
was before the senate committee on agri
culture to-day to answer inquiries concern
ing the oleomargarine bill. He said the
bill as a revenue producer was not needed.
If It was not a revenue bill it was a mis
nomer and thus objectionable. The reve
nue under the present law was well col
lected, although there were some lasses.
Many of the inspectors were not experts
and could not detect oleomargarine with
out analysis. The force was not adequate.
There were 4,000 dealers in Chicago and it
was impossible to watch them all. The
collection of the revenue was the main ob
ject of the desartment.
Mr. Gage spoke of the Wadsworth bill as
offering an .almost effective method of
stopping the sale of oleomargarine fraudu
lently. Evasion under the present law
was much easier than it would be if the
package was stamped with the word "oleo
SCHOOLS IN CUBA
Former Superintendent Frye Says
There Has Been Great Progreu.
New York. Jan. 14.—A. E. Frye of High
land, Cal., who returned yesterday from
Havana, where he spent two years as su
perintendent of schools in Cuba, said:
There has been a great improvement in the
condition of the schools in Cuba. While
there were not more than 10,000 pupils in
1897. there were 142,000 in ' May, 1900. The
highest number ever registered before the
war was 34,000, and the attendance never ex
ceeded 17,000. There were no public schools.
In reality, under Spanish rule, and the school
property had little or no value.
Mr. Frye says that the Cuban children
are very apt pupils and learn with great
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Supreme Court Decision on
FORMEE POSTAL AGENT
Decision Declares That Cuba Is
WAR WAS SIMPLY TO FREE CUBANS
Extradition Act of June O, 1!)OO, I»
Washington, Jan. 14.—The United
States supreme court to-day announced
its decision in the case of C. F. W. Neely,
charged with embezzlement of the public
funds of Cuba while acting as financial
agent of the department of posts "of that
island, holding that Neely is subject to
extradition. Justice Harlan read the de
cision, whttch was unanimous, and imme
diately an order was issued requiring that
the mandate in the case be issued at
The opinion quoted the act of June 6,
1900, extending the provisions of section
5,270, of the revised statutes to foreign
countries, "occupied by or under the con
trol of the United States," so as to make
the law cover embezzlement* in such coun
tries, and cited that Xeely appealed on
the ground that the act was unconstitu
Justice Harlan said that there was no
dispute that on "the 6th of June, 1900,
when the act became a law, Cuba "was
"under the control of the United States,"
and "occupied by this government," but it
was held that Cuba was in no sense a part
of the United States.
Take Xeely Back.
Steps will be taken at once to secure
Neely's removal to Havana for trial. He
is now in the Ludlow street jail on charge
of having brought stolen goods into Xew
WOMEN WOULD DIE
Those in Peking Were Prepared to
MISS CONDIT SMITH'S STORY
Once They Were Actually Lined Ip
Before the Men, Ready to
• Be Shot.
Mew York Sun Special Service
New York, Jan. 14. —The thrilling ex
periences of Miss Mary Condit Smith,
sister-in-law of Major General Wood, and
the other women who were shut in the
British legation at Peking during the
siege, were kept in a diary by Miss Smith,
who has sold the diary to New York pub
lishers for $10,000 for reproduction in
book form. Miss Smith tells a remarkable
story of the doings in the legation during
the siege. She says:
We grew to be horribly expert in pistol
practice. Every woman in the legation was
provided with a pistol, and the vital spots,
where a well directed bullet would kill in
stantly, were pointed out to her. Every day
we practiced target shooting, and firing, most
horrible of all, with blank cartridges at our
selves, to stead}' our nerves and accustom
us to the sound of a pistol.
At sight "of the first Boxer scaling the wall
or forcing the gates of the legation, we were
to place the muzzle of the pistol in the
mouth and blow off the top of the head.
Should any woman's courage fail her, the
men of the legation, down to the lowest, were
pledged to instantly shoot the women, until
not one should be left alive when the Boxers
took possession of the place.
For days and nights together not a soul
in the legation dared to sleep, but stood
ready at any moment to use the pistols in
their hands, which, tired as they were, never
once relaxed their held upon the weapon
On one never-to-be-forgotten occasion we
were actually lined up with the men in a
solid line in front of us, for it was momen
tarily expected that the Boxers would gain
possession. Had they done so at that time
not one woman would have been alive, for
at a given signal from those on the watch
the men were to turn and shoot us down as
The indescribable horror of that time will
never be effaced from my mind. Night after
night since then have I lain awake, going all
over it again, or aink into sleep only to fee
tortured with dreams as harrowing as the
FAVORS RELIGIOUS TEACHING
Philippine Commission Thinks Suc
cess of the Schools Demand* It.
Manila, Jan. 14. —Representatives of the
central Catholics at a meeting here spoke
on religion in the schools, and urged
the employment of native and Catholic
teachers and permitting religious teaching
in the schools. They argued that native
teachers could achieve better results than
Judge Taft announced that the commis
sion under its instructions could not pos
sibly adopt the amendments suggested by
the Central Catholics. The commission
ers are unanimous in the belief that a
great majority of the people desire re
ligious teaching in the schools. They hold
that the purpose of the bill for public
education will be partially defeated un
less the children of Catholics are per
mitted to attend the public schools.
DUKE PLEADS "INFANCY"
Manchester May Change the Plea
When He Returns to England.
London, Jan. 14. —The bankruptcy of the
Duke of Manchester was again aired in the
courts to-day. An appeal was lodged
against the plea of "infancy,'.' in respect
to a claim of £859 for jewelry. The ap
pellants submitted that in view of the
duke's position jewelry was necessary,
though "an infant.'" The hearing was
adjourned to see if the duke on his re
turn from America desires to maintain the
plea of "infancy."
Samuel Lewis, the Famous Money
Lender, I* Dead. .
Nate York Sun Special Strvieo ■ .
London, Jan. 14.—Samuel Lewis, the . no
torious money lender, died at his fashionable
residence, 23 Grosvenor square. He was pre
eminently an accommodater. of the aristoc
racy, : transacting :no business with ordinary
persons. It was • said that he, had "so ■ much
money he did not know what .to do * with ' it.'
He lived in grand style and entertained lav
ishly.' He visited .. Monte,;. Carlo to i unload
some of his superfluous • money,', but ihe com
plained that he was so unlucky that he made
more ' than }he : lost. He ; once ; broke the , bank
and > distributed * half of his winnings among
the . poor of = Marseilles. He was f rather proud
of * his I munificence \ to : the * poor, , but ■ gloated
when plucking spendthrift ; worldlings. ~ !
Appropriations for Rivers and
MR., MORRIS' DEFENSE
He Replies to the Attacks Made on
ITEMS FOR MICHIGAN AND OHIO
He Says They Are in the Interest of
Cheaper Freight on Products
From the West.
From The Journal Bureau, Boom 4Jt, .Pert
' Washington, Jan. 14.—Representative
Morris to-day replied to Representative
Cushman's charge of '. discrimination. In
the preparation of the river and harbor
bill.. He analyzed the appropriations for
Ohio and Michigan. He stated that of
$6,000,000 charged to Ohio by Cushman,
more than $2,000,000 is for the Ohio river,
which will benefit all the states along that
and the lower Mississippi river. " Regard
ing the appropriation of $7,000,000 for
Michigan, he showed that more than
$6,000,000' is for St. Mary's 'and St. Clair *
flats canal and 'the Detroit river, on the
direct commercial highway from Duluih
All the improvements, says Morris, were
in the interest of cheaper freight rates
for the products of the west and not local.
Mr. Morris quoted figures to show that
the tonnage of all the ports for which ap
propriations were made justified the ex
penditure authorized by the committee.
Representative Morris these days is rt
ceiving the congratulations of members of
the house and senate who have followed
the Porto Rican tariff matter from its in
ception to its trial in t3e" supreme court.
When the bill was considered in the house
a year ago Jujge Morris made a speech
that was read with much interest by con
stitutional lawyers in and out of congress.
He was complimented then by Senator*
Davis, Foraker and others who had studied
the constitutional question involved, one
of his now prized possessions being a let
ter from Senator Davis congratulating him
upon the soundness of his argument and
the depth of research shown in the speech.
The renewal of the encomiums has come
since the briefs of Attorney General Griggs
and Solicitor General Richards in the
Porto Rican and Philippine cases were
filed in the supreme court. They were ia
great demand in both houses of congress.
When they had completed the reading they
found they had read practically the sam»
thing last winter in Judge Morris' speech.
Hence the congratulations.
"One of the slickest pieces of work for
his constituents was performed by Con
gressman Spalding of North Dakota last
winter," said Delegate Dennis Flynn of
It was during the trying days just preced
ing the passage of the free homes bill, when
Eddy, myself and others were leading the
strenuous life and fearing our bill would not
Spalding was with us all right, but he
didn't say a word to us about a little bill he
wanted passed. He played his own hand
there and won out. It provided for the open
ing of the Fort Buford military reservation,
with a free-home provision. He had that
bill considered and reported from the pub
lic lands committee without making the free
homes part of it too prominent.
One day he was recognized by the speaker
and asked unanimous consent for the consid
eration of a bill. It was the Fort Bufonl
bill. Nobody paid any attention to the read
ing of the measure and it was passed. I
was sitting with Mcßae of Arkansas while
the thing was being done. He had been
listening to me with one ear and to the clerk
without apparently absorbing any informa
tion on either side. Suddenly he jumped as
if he had been shot.
'Well, I'm jiggered," he said. "If that
man Spalding hasn't passed a free-homes bill
under our noses, and here we are, breaking
our necks to get our bill considered."
And that's the way that Spalding got free
hoint3 for some of his North Dakota con
stituents under our very noses.
Senator Nelson probably spends more
time at the capitol each day than any oth
er member of either house. He comes to
his committee room in the morning before
9 o'clock and does not go home until 6 in
the evening. Frequently he works until
10, 11 and 12 o'clock at night. Since the
death of Senator Davis his routine work —
and this is the work which eats up time— >
has almost doubled, and he will be glad
enough when the legislature of Minnesota
selects somebody to come down here per
manently to take his share of the work.
Senator Towne is very busy with depart
mental routine, but it Is work which comes
to him largely because of his politics, and
will stop as soon as he does. His presence
in Washington, therefore, does not do
much to relieve Mr. Nelson.
"The only rest I get during the day is
when the senate is In session," said Sen
ator Nelson to me recently. "On days
when I have no personal interest in pend
ing measures and am not thinking of ad
dressing myself to them, I come into the
senate chamber after the session has be
gun and, taking my seat, indulge in a
genuine rest. Outside of the senate lam
very busy from morning till night, and
sometimes far Into the night."
The elevator man on the senate side of
the capitol the other day corroborated
what I have said about Senator Nelson's
long hours. I got into the elevator at 10
o'clock in the morning, intending to go
down to the floor of the Nelson committee
room, providing the senator was there.
"Have you taken Senator Nelson down
this morning?'" I asked; and the elevator
man replied, scornfully, as If to imply that
I ought to know better than to ask such *
"Why, of course I have. I always take
him down long before this time—usually
before 9 o'clock. He always comes in by
that time. Nobody spends as much time
in the capitol as he does. Didn't you know
Controller of the Currency Dawes has
informed the Young Men's Republican
club of Minneapolis that owing to the
pressure of public business he will be un
able to deliver an address at the club ban
quet on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12.
Since his return to Washington Repre
sentative Burke has been active in urging
the payment of $150,000 to the Sisseton
Indians as requested by the entire South
Dakota delegation more than a year ago.
There was excellent prospect that the
money would be sent to the reservation
shortly after the first of January, but
Senator Pettlgrew ha 3 delayed it for some
time by the introdctlon of a resolution
calling for an investigation regarding
former payments. Mr. Burke says the
payment will be made eventually but Mr.
Pettlgrew's course will necessarily delay
Regarding the story printed in Washing
ton papers that Senator Hanna bad prom-