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MINNEAPOLIS STORMS AND TAKES THE STATE FAIR TO-DAY
NOW IT IS ALL
Railroads of the Northwest Parceled Out Among
the Various "Interests" —Harriman
to Get the St. Louis.
Special to The Journal.
New York, Sept. 3.—Reports coming
here from Chicago indicate that the time
is near when announcement will b* made
of combinations of western roads that are
highly interesting. The plan is said to
be as follows:
The Minneapolis & St. Louis is to be a
Harritnfn road and be operated as a link
in the Harriman group, as part of the
Illinois Central. The lowa Central is
to be another link in the same group, but
will be .operated aa part of the Chicago
Rural Free Delivery Combine
A REOPENING COMING
Postmaster General Will Probably
Appoint Another Committee.
CONGRESS MAY INVESTIGATE
Uarj l»nder» Bring Very I nfabor
nt>l« Hriiurtt From Cape
Frnm The Journal Bureau. Rootn *C, J'oM
Washington, Sept. 3.—The rural free de
livery boxmakers' trust seems on the
I>oint of being knocked to pieces. An offi
cial of the postoffice department said to
day that, in all probability, Postmaster
General Smith would soon appoint another
committee to select additional boxes to
be used oo rural free-delivery routes. The
committee appointed last winter examined
fifty-six boxes, all but about a dozen of
which came clearly within the specifica
tions of the department; but it arbitra
rily selected fourteen of the boxes as
proper for rural free delivery use and
discarded all of the rest. Since May 1
last the department has forbidden the de
livery of mail to any person on a rural
route who was not provided with one of
the fourteen selected boxes; provided, j
however, such delivery might be made In
cases where the irregular box was con
tracted for prior to May 1.
This action of the department has en
abled the favored fourteen manufacturers
to clear many thousands of dollars, and
it has been openly charged that the post
master general and Chief Ma^hen of the
rural free delivery service are responsible
for the formation of what, to all intents
and purposes, is a boxmakers' trust.
Great pressure has been brought to bear
by senators and members of congress for
the appointment of another committee
that would recommend the adoption of all
boxes coming well within the require
ments of the department, and several con
gressmen, among them Mr. Eddy of Min
nesota, have served notice that unless
something of that kind is done they will
have congress investigate the boxmakers'
trust at the session next winter, with a
view to having all facts in connection
with the selection of the fourteen boxes
made public. What effect these threats
have had it is difficult to say; but it is
a fact, as already state, that the depart
ment is on the eve of reopening the box
question by naming a new committee.
The Journal has a rural free de
livery box which Is admittedly superior
to practically every one of the fourteen
boxes selected, and yet that box cannot
be used in rural routes in the northwest
because it is not one of the arbitrarily
selected fourteen boxes. When the new
committee is appointed there will be a
f TO-MORROW'S EVENTS AT THE FAIR I
■I. State and Territorial Pioneers' Day t
<i> Morning—lo a. m.—Auction sale of Hereford cattle. <§>
<$> Afternoon— Band concert. Aerlalistic exhibition by the Bickett family. Bal- <$>
V loon ascension. Lionel Legare, spiral globe exhibition. 2p. m.—Matched 1 <$>
♦ roadster team (stallions barred), exhibition on half-mile track. Appoint- <$>
• <?> - - ment turnouts, on half-mile track. 2:30 p. m.—Harness horses, American <%>
♦ . or foreign bred, to be judged on half-mile track. Running race, one-half <«•>
<S> •, mile; purse, $200. 2:22 class pacing; purse, $1,000; thirteen entries; 2:35 <?>
•$> class trotting; purse, $1,000; fourteen entries. * <«,
♦ • Evening—Running race, half-mile heats. Band concert. Running race, one- <$>
♦.' mile dash.- Lionel Legare, spiral globe exhibition. Changes in Tolbert <$>
' <$> '"■ ( running combination. : Pain's brilliant spectacular pyrotechnic" exhibition <$>
<§> "The Last Days of Pompeii." ' <S>
ll> ' *; IX MIXXEAPOLIS ♦
<$> Afternoon— ; ;C^*, <$,
♦ ..'„'. 2:15 p. m.—Banda Rossa Concert at the Exposition— Thursday <$>
<8> Musicale <§>
♦ 2:15 p. m.—Haverly's Minstrels at the Metropolitan. <$,
, ♦ : , ; 2:15 p. m.—Mathews & Bulger at the Bijou. ■ / * <§>
% ..&. 8:15 p. m.—Banda Rossa concert at the : Exposition—"Wagner night." <§>
'.'*'£&■* i 8:15 p. m.—Haverly's Minstrels «t the Metropolitan. <§>
'; 3" 8:15 p.: Mathews & Bulger at the Bijou. = : '•' <$>
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& Alton. The Wisconsin Central is to be
absorbed by the Harriman syndicate. The
Chicago Great Western is to come under
the wing of the Hill-Morgan combination
like the Burlington, though approximately
at A. B. Stickney's price. The Omaha,
part of the North-Western system, in time
to be embodied in it, is to be operated
more directly under Vanderbilt's super
vision. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul is to remain independent, but it is
to have sufficient representation in the
other large interests on its board to as
sure absolute co-operation.
chance for The Journal box to be
submitted in the regular way, and there
is no question but it will be adopted, as
will all boxes which come up to the re
quirements of the postofflce department.
GIVE CAPE Marylanders returni n g
from Alaska give Cape i
NOME A Nome a very bad name. A j
party of a dozen men liv- |
BAD NAME, ing in Garrett county, re
turned home the other
day after two years spent at Xorae, and
have filled the state papers with their in
terviews. Lawrence E. Compton of Oak
land, Md., one of them, says that the
exodus from Nome has assumed the pro
portions of a stampede. Of a former pop
ulation of 40,000 probably not 1,000 people j
will winter there. Real estate has !
dropped, the cost of living is low, and
there are about 40 applicants for every j
job. A Maryland woman, he says, who !
once was offered $20,000 for a lot would i
now be glad to get one-fiftieth of that j
amount. The summer has not been adapted j
to the wants of the miners. The beach j
and gravel along the creeks remained
frozen, and one of the claims fifty miles
from Nome was covered with ten feet of
ice. Thousands of miners have washed
every particle of gold out of the beach,
and It is no longer a source of revenue.
Some o* the mining companies have been j
fairly successful on Anvil creek and its
tributaries, but the export of gold from i
Nome will be a mere bagatelle compared j
with that of the two previous years. Said i
Thus far in the Klondike region and in
Nome only free gold has been discovered, and
the mining is purely of a placer character.
It is fully agreed that lode* of quartz are to
be found, and a search is being made for
them. While we are not overburdened with
wealth as the result of our Journey, we return
rich with experience.
LOWER CABLE Consul General W. A.
Rublee, of Hong Kong, has
RATES made an interesting re
port to the state depart-
COMIXG ment concerning the pro
posed cable from the
United States to Manila, via Hong Kong.
The people of that city and of the Philip
pines are very anxious for its early con
struction, as v relief from the prevailing j
exorbitant charges of the cable companies |
now in 'he field and will bring all possi- j
ble pressure to bear in thie country. The
present cable tariff to the United States
from Hong Kong w. $1.75 per word, an] it
is belie/el that the new cable will cut this
down to at least il. Such a reduction
would, Mr. Unblee fays, greatly ln<v«&se
the trade between Chinese and Philippine
ports and this country.
— XV . \V. Jer;r.ane.
The Sawmills of Armstrong-
Thielman Co. at Han
Special to The Journal.
Houghton, Mich., Sept. 3.—Fire at 10
o'clock this morning totally destroyed the
Hancock saw mills of the >Armstrong-
Thlelman Lumber company. The build
ings including the mill, offices, warehouses,
residences and also the entire summer's
cut of hardwood, pine and finished lumber
are a total loss. The loss is estimated at
$100,000, only partly insured. The water
supply was inadequate and the combined
efforts of both the Hancock and Houghton
lire departments were fruitless.
The product of the first month of opera
tion of the Mass mill was i 75 tons of
mineral, of which sixty-six were mass
copper. In all 9.500 tons of rock were
stamped with only one head in commis
The controller of the currency to-day de
clared a first dividend of 23 per cent in favor
of the creditors of the Le Mars, lowa Na
tional bank on claims amounting to $111,171
TUESDAY EVENING, SEfijFEMBER 3, 1901.
TO OLD VETS
Col. Roosevelt's Talk to the
HE EXALTS THEIR DEEDS
And Makes an Emphatic Hit by
THE AFTERNOON RECEPTION
Commercial Club Thronged With
Citixeng Anxious to Grasp
Colonel Roosevelt has put in no pleas
anter hour during his vist to Minneapolis,
nor made no more notable hit with an as
semblage than on the occasion of his
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greeting to the Union Veterans League at
the fourth ward wigwam this morning. It
was an informal affair all through, not un
necessarily drawn out, and full of meat
from start to finish. The body of the hall
was crowded to the doors with veterans
and their wives, members of the Relief
Corps and veterans of the Spanish war.
The general public filled the gallery, and
then jammed the aisles.
C. W. Curtis, commander of Gettysburg
post of the Union Veterans' League, pre
sided. On the platform were General
L. A. Grant, Perry Starkweather, John F.
Perry, Captain E. B. Wood, of Long Prai
rie, former commander of the state de
partment, G. A. R., Jarces Compton, com
mandant at the Soldiers' Home, P. D.
Boutelle, Herman Vogt, W. H. Adams,
W. F. Alee, A. H. Runge, A. L. Jones,
B. F. Ward, J. Colfax Grant and Chief
of Police Ames.
Colonel Roosevelt appeared on the scene
a little before 11 o'clock, escorted by
Thomas H. Shevlln and Congressman
Fletcher. The crowd was In very demon
strative humor and gave him a "strenu
ous" welcome. All on the' platform were
immediately presented. Miss Mabel
Runge then sang, and without further
preliminaries Chairman Curtis introduced
the honored guest of the day.
Colonel Rosevelt was attired in the
frock coat and roomy trousers that he is
making to do universal duty during his
trip to the state, and looked the part of
the rought and ready fighter to perfection.
He spoke only briefly, perhaps a quarter
of an hour at the most, and took his text
largely from the lessons furnished by the
courage and fortitude and patriotism of
the men before him in the hour of the
nation's peril, at times, however, falling
into reminiscences of his own brief but
eventful experience in war. He was fre
quently interrupted by vociferous ap
plause.. He said in part:
Col. Roosevelt* Talk.
"In a sense I can call you comrades, al
though ours was only a skirmish compared
with what you did. Yet it gave me a
chance to appreciate the measure of your
great deeds. I am pleased with the op
portunity to greet the people of this city;
and the state and the northwest. lam '
glad to meet and greet them all. And
above all other citizens of the republic, I
feel honored to meet men of the Grand
Army of the Republic, who in the times
that tried men's souls proved the faith
that was in them by their works. They
not only talked patriotism, but they acted
and died patriotism.
"The work of Washington and his fel-
Coutlnued on Second Page.
BIG COAL DEAL
Pocahontas Syndicate Ac
quires Some 1,500 Dis
Special to The Journal.
New York, Sept. 3.—lt is officially an
nounced to-day that the Pocahontas Coal
Syndicate, which will embrace vast tracts
of coal lands in Virginia and West Vir
ginia, will be launched within a very
short time. The new concern will have a
capital stock of between $50,000,000 and
$75,000,000. Practically all of the stock
has been underwritten. A memiber of the
syndicate to-day said that more than 300,
--000 acres of coal lands in the two states
mentioned had been acquired. In the
neighborhood of 1,500 distinct properties
have been bought outright or options se
cured thereon. Judge Gary, chairman of
the United States Steel corporation, is
chairman of the underwriting syndicate,
which will be financed by J. p. Morgan
Postmaster of Carver Mur
derously Assaulted by
j Special to The Journal.
Carver, Minn., Sept. 3.—An attempted
murder occurred here at 11:30 last night.
Postmaster J. S. Nelson was returning
home and was assaulted by his stepfather,
j Swan Holm, and narrowly escaped death.
By reason of a bridge being out Nelson
was compelled to enter his residence
through an alley. Holm, masked and oth
erwise disguised, was secreted in a dark
spot and when Kelson appeared, he struck
him with a large bar of iron, inflicting an
ugly wound on the scalp over the brain.
Nelson's cries brought the watchman
| and Holm was taken at once to the county
! jail at Chaska.
Nelson and his stepfather have not been
!on good terms for years. The latter has
i not been living with his wife for some
time and has been away a good deal and
was not known to be here until he made
the murderous assault last night on his
wife's son. His wife has made her home
with her son and a daughter. It is sup
posed that Holm and his wife could not
agree and that Nelson, naturally taking
the part of his mother, has incurred the
iil will of the old man. The family has
suceeded in keeping its affairs pretty
well from the public, but it is known
i that Holm was a 'disturbing factor and
; that the difficulty has been of long stand-
Boiler Explosion in Mills at
Special to The Journal.
Clinton, lowa, Sept. 3.—Two boilers In
the Musser lumber mills at Muscatine ex
ploded this morning. Three men were
severely hurt and may die.
The mill is a total wreck and other boil
ers were thrown off their foundations. An
hour later the mill would have been filled
witb workmen. The cause of the explosion
This the Fortune of Crops the
RAINS RETARD WORK
Improvement in Corn Offsets These
THRESHING OF SPRING WHEAT
Plowing and Seeding Well Advanced
for Which Soil Conditions
Washington, Sept. 3.—The weather bu
reau's general summary of crop condi
tions is as follows:
While the weather conditions of the
week ending Sept. 3, 1901, have been gen
erally favorable in a majority of dis
tricts, heavy rains have injured crops
and retarded work in portions of the
south Atlantic and gulf states, and dry,
hot weather has been unfavorable In the
Missouri and upper Mississippi valleys
and on the north Pacific coast. Extreme
hsat and drought !n localities of Okla
homa and Texas have also been detri
mental to crops.
Late corn continues to show improve
ment, although it was injured by drought
3nd heat in portions of Kansas, has suf
fered further decline in Missouri and
needs rain in Nebraska.
: In lowa corn Is maturing rap- :
: Idly and tlie cutting of early :
: planted is general in all sections :
: of this state and Missouri, and :
: the more northerly sections and ;
: is progressing rapidly in Kan- :
: sas. •
Further improvement in late corn is
reported from the Ohio valley, but it has
suffered injury by flood on low lands in
Tennessee. Reports indicate that the bulk
of the late corn will be safe from injury
from frost by Sept. 15 to 20, but that
borne very late fields will require until
Oct. 1 to fully mature the crop.
? Spring wheat threshing con- :
: tinues with generally satisfac- :
: tory yields, except in North Da- :
: kota. where they are light and of :
: poor quality. ;
It was another generally unfavorable
week for cotton. The average condition
Aug. 24 was 71.4, as compared with 77.2
on the 25th of the preceding month, and
a ten-year average of 74.9.
Very favorable reports concerning to
bacco are received from all sections ex
cept Maryland, where it is not curing
satisfactorily. Cutting is general and the
bulk of the crop is in shed in Wisconsin.
The condition of apples continues un
promising in nearly all sections.
Sell conditions are favorable for plow
ing and seeding, which are in progress
and well advanced in all districts except
in Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma,
where the work has been retarded by
"Why Is Rudgley trying to break the
record in his trip around the worltf "
"His wife is after him,"
16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
A TIDE OF PEOPLE
It Inundates the State Fair and Flows Into
Every Nook and Corner of the
More Records Are Broken—The Legislature
Meets and Pronounces the Fair
Minneapolis Day at the state fair has
always been a winner, and this afternoon
all signs pointed to something new in the
way of Minneapolis Day records, despite
the fact that this is only the second day
of the great fair.
The fair management said shortly after
noon to-day that there was no longer any
doubt but that this would be a record
breaking Tuesday—the turnstiles already
gave assurance of that.
At noon the turnstile records showed
5,000 more paid admissions than were
shown at the same hour Tuesday of last
Last year Minneapolis Day came Thurs
day. As the outside attendance at the
fair is always larger the latter part of the
week, and as yesterday drew a very large
crowd owing to the presence of Mr. Roose
velt, some surprise was felt by the man
agement that the attendance was 30 large
to-day with the promise of going clear
past the record of Tuesday a year ago and
possibly of Thursday.
Minneapolis Day a year ago showed
42,284 paid admissions. The management
believes that the record for to-day when
all are in will equal or paes that figure.
Secretary Randall says that if the day's
figures do go past those of a year ago, the
record will be a wonderful one and will
make it hard for any other day to come
up to It. The turnstiles kept up their
merry click all afternoon and the pleas
ant weather, it was felt sure, would at
tract an immense crowd for the evening'a
program, which is an unusually fine one.
The Weather Ideal.
Minneapolis Day at the fair was never
favored with better weather or a better
program than to-day. It has been an
ideal day, perfect for the enjoyment of
all of the sights and perfect for sports.
The attendance during the morning was
slightly under that of yesterday morning,
but the afternoon brought big crowds.
The afternoon program included an exhi
bition of saddle horses on the half-mile
track and an exhibition of harness horses
an hour later. The exhibition of light
carriage teams was begun at 3:30.
The big event of the day was the 2.21
pace for the purse of $5,000 offered by
Minneapolis business men. The field of
starters was large. The grand stand was
packed with an enthusiastic audience,
which cheered the winners. The 2:17 pace
closed the racing program of the after
The Evening I'ruttiinu.
This evening the program will be as
Three reces by Tolbert running com
Running race, one-half mile heats.
Lionel Legare spiral exhibition.
Running race, one-mile dash.
Pain's Last Days of Pompeii.
State and Territorial Day.
To-morrow is state and territorial day.
The racing program will include a '2:22
pace and 2:35 trot. Purse in both events,
i $1,000. Also a one-half mile running race.
i The evening program will be similar to
that of this evening.
The Journal Newsboys' band a was one
of the big attractions to-day.
Fair Gets It at Meeting of Lefflsla
tori on the Grounds.
Members of the state legislature gath
ered in Institute hall at 10 o'clock this
morning and in a short session declared
the state fair a success and the appro
priations made by the legislature well
spent. Lieutenant Governor Lyndon A.
Smith called the meeting to order. Rep
resentative James A. Larson, of Walnut
Grove, was elected chairman and Julius
Schmahl, chief clerk of the house, was
made secretary. Short speeches were
called for. Chairman Larson led off with
his thanks to the members present for
the honor conferred upon him.
Secretary E. W. Randall called upon for
remarks. He told the members he wae
glai to see them at the fair and hoped
they would enjoy the show. He called at
tention to the new agricultural hall for
I GUESTS AT JOURNAL BUILDING |
<v The Journal building receives compliments on every side. It is voted one <$>
<§> of the neatest structures on the grounds. Hundreds throng it daily, asking <&
■••> questions on the art of printing and the work of getting up a daily news-* <♦>
♦ paper. Many never saw a linotype machine before, and the smooth work- <&
# Ing Mergenthaler linotype in The Journal building is a wonder. The antique <$>
<$> press, two centuries old, is a great curiosity. <$>
<§> . Among the callers yesterday were several pioneers who have been in the <§>
<$> state for a great many years. Two of them have taken The Journal for .<&
<§> twenty years. They say its growth into a great metropolitan daily has par- , V
<$> alleled the development of Minnesota Into the great state ■ that she is to-day. ♦
<♦> These old-timers, loyal to the state, regard The Journal as one of the-: <•>
<Q> northwest's greatest institutions. Several of them relate with what .great <S>
<$► interest, their 1 grandchildren and great grand children look forward to the ♦
■v coming of the Journal Junior each week.
which appropriation was made at the last
session of the legislature. He said that
the fire protection given by the new hy
drant system had been succeesfully tested
twice this week. By sales of thorough
bred stock now in progress, the associa
tion hoped to add largely to the stock in
terests of the state and thereby increase
its prosperity. Mr. Randall toldthe mem
bers that the fair was now on basis where
it could grow in good shape. The man
agement hoped to make money this year
as a result of the fine weather and com
plete show. Some improvements were
needed. Among these was a larger grand
stand and an electric light plant. Ho
wanted the members to investigate both
Talks by Solon*.
Lieutenant Governor Smith excused
himself when called upon for a speech by
saying that an extra session was in pros
pect and all of his eloquence would be
Senator E. T. Young said that the fair
management was in good hands, and that
the legislature was friendly to the insti
Senator Tim Sheehan made several lines
of characteristic remarks. To his mind
the present gathering was not called to
discuss the fair or to felicitate generally.
It was for the discussion of the question
of an extra session. The desire for an
extra session was not to discuss the ques
tion of taxation so much as to do Justice
to certain measures that went down to
inglorious defeat on the last day of the
session. Among these was the appro
priations for the newspapers.
Attorney General Douglass made a
shr>rt talk in which he recommended that
all future buildings of the state fair as
-1 sociation should be fire proof.
Other speakers were W. P. Boberts,
W. B. Anderson of Winona and George
J. Mallory of Duluth. Frank Forbes, a
former reading clerk, was asked to sing,
but declined. He made a ahort talk, Im
pressing upon members the value of the
stae fair sessions of the legislature.
The following members and officers of
the legislature were present:
Senators—Lieutenant Governor Smith,
Montevideo; E. T. Young, Appleton; R. E.
Thompson, Preston; O. H. Myron, Ada; Bam
vel Swennlngson, Austin; T. D. Sheehan, St.
Paul; G. D. McArthur, Blue Earth City; A.
W. Stockton, Faribault; W. W. Slvright,
Glencoe; Charles Halvorson, Dawson.
Representatives—Charles G. Rapp, St. HH
laire; W. H. Noyes, Barnum; Peter J.
Schwarg, Dodge Center; George J. Mallory,
Duluth; William P. Roberta, Minneapolis:
John Tl Lommen, Comstock; G. B. Ward,
Alexandria: James A. Larson, Walnut Grove;
Rukard Hurd, Minneapolis; W. A. Nolan.
Grand Meadow; W. B. Ander«on, Wlnona; P.
A. Gandrud, Sundberg; J. H. O'Nell, Park
Rapids; J. H. Schutz. Marshal; J. B. B«an,
Nicollet; Thomas ""Orson, St. James; J. B.
Bosworth, Money Creek; J. O. Haugland,
Montevideo; L. C. Stevenson, Minneapolis;
Carl Wallace, Minneapolis; Gunerius Peter
son, Hector; W. W. Rich, New Brighton;
Charles Fust, Minneapolis; G. W. W. Har
den, Leroy; P. C. Demlug, Minneapolis; C.
W. Armstrong, Minneapolis; C. 8. Sherman,
Officers—William D. Smith, Winnebago City,
second assistant secretary of senate; Julius
A. Schinahl, Redwood Falls, chief clerk of
the house; S. A. Langum, secretary of sen
ate; S. W. Melendy, Minneapolis, postmas
ter; Edwin Johnpon, Norway Lake, housa
file clerk. '
Some Eye-Openers for Folk From
'.. the South.
One of the interesting items among th»
county exhibits is the alfalfa shown by
Beltrami county. Beltraml surprises th»
people Irom the southern counties with
what it can raise in the way of grains,
grasses and vegetable*. C. L. Smith la
charge of the exhibit claims the best sam
ple of wheat on the grounds.
Dakota county has had trouble in get
ting its exhibit in place. It's manager
says that the delay in getting the display
here is due to the mistakes of the Milwau
kee road. It makes a strong display of
flax and corn as well as other farm prod
Charles A. Cooper of the Cooper Land
company of St. Cloud is in charge of th»
Steams county exhibit. St. Cloud polished
granite is one of the attractive parts of
the display. Large muskmelona and
watermelons are prominent.
Stevens county shows corn, grains and
potatoes in a complete way in addition to
a multiplicity of other products.
Mrs. J. A. Howard, of Zumbro, in the
Wabasha county display has an exhibit
of honey bees which attracts much atten
tion. Added to this is a very fine display
of honey. Wabasha county also exhibits
ginseng root, watermelons, peaches and
figs in addition to the regular northwest
ern farm products, Aitkin county, Good
hue, Olmsted, Blue Earth, Houston, and