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An Honored Life, Loh** in Years and
Pull of Good Deeds, C6h£s Peace
fully to Its Close.
Thrice Governor, Broad Philanthro
pist and Master of Business, He i
Is Universally Mourned.
The body of Gov. Pillsbury will lie
in state on Sunday from 10:30 a. m. to
12 m., at the First Congregational
Church, Fifth St. and Eighth Aye BE.
The funeral services will be held at 2
p. m., at the church and will be public.
Friends are requested not to send flow
ers. The interment will be at Lakewood.
As a mark of respect to distinguished dead, the
football game scheduled for tomorrow between
Minnesota and Grinnell has been cancelled.
John S. Pillsbury is dead.
The end came at seventeen minutes be
fore three o'clock this morning, the gov
ernor never regaining consciousness.
Around his bedside were all the members
of his Immediate family, but he knew
them not. Even the presence of his wife
failed to awaken him from the coma into
which he fell ten days ago, and from
■which he never recovered.
The last person to whom Governor Pills
bury spoke was his son, Alfred, who had
come hurrying back from Europe, advised
by. cable of his father's serious illness.
Their greeting was affectionate, but
brit 1 The governor welcomed his son,
and grasped him by the hand. Then he
again relapsed into unconsciousness; and
after that never spoke an intelligible
He had been confined to his bed since
September 20, but it was not until yester
day morning that all hope of his recovery
was abandoned. The turn for the worse
developed Wednesday night and from that
time on the governor sank steadily.
Thursday morning Dr. W. A. Jones, the
attending physician, told the family that
he could no longer extend any hopes of his
distinguished patient's recovery.
Up to that time Mrs. Pillsbury had clung
to her belief that her husband would get
well. He had been very low before and
tad rallied, and she hoped that he would
do so again. That hope, however, was
destined never to be realized. The gov
•nor became weaker and weaker and
finally passed into that last sleep from
which there is no awakening in this world.
At no time did the governor realize that
his condition was serious. The immedi
ate cause of his death was the enlarge
ment of a vein in the head, and its pres
sure upon the brain. This served to cloud
Born at Sutton, New Hampshire, July 29, 1828.
Educated in the common schools of his native town.
Started to learn the printers' trade but abandoned it to ac
cept a clerkship in a country store, and when twenty-one
years of age engaged in business on his own account.
After four year§ he removed to Concord, N. H,, and en
gaged in th« tailoring business.
Settled in Minneapolis in 1853, and engaged in the hard
ware business, subsequently taking up flour milling.
Elected member of the city council of St. Anthony in
1856; served six years.
Elected to the state senate in 1863; served several years.
Appointed a member of the state board of university re
gents in 1863.
Elected governor in 1875; re-elected in 1877 and 1879,
serving three terms.
In 1900 Pillsbury statue in bronze erected on the state
university campus, the gift of the alumni of the university.
1889. Built and gtve to the University the magnificent
science hall, at an expense of $150,000.
1892. Built and presented a town hall to his native town,
Sutton, N. H., as a memorial to his parents.
1898. Established an endowment fund in conjunction
with his wife, in the sum of $100,000, for the erection of a
home for childran and aged women.
1900. Erected a home for working girls, in conjunction
with his wife, at a cost of $25,000.
1901. Donated $75,000 for the erection of a library for the
benefit of the East Side.
that brilliant intellect which had made
Governor Pillsbury one of the foremost
citizens of Minnesota; and during the past
two weeks, even while temporarily con
scious, the governor failed to realize the
seriousness of his illness.
Governor Pillsbury's death was, in re
ality, the result of a combination of dis
eases. The trouble began with an attack
of whooping cough fbout a month ago.
During a severe spell of coughing, one
of the veins of his head was strained. It
became enlarged and a clot of blood
formed. Then Bright's disease, from
which the governor had been a sufferer for
years, became aggravated, and these two
causes, coupled with a weakened heart
action, due largely to the extreme age
of the sick man, finally proved too much
for him to throw off.
The Bright's disease was a trouble of
long standing. It first became serious
five years ago, when the governor was so
ill at one time that his recovery was
doubted. He rallied, however, and recov
ered from the attack; but was never again
entirely well; although, up to a month
ago, he was apparently in better health
than he had been for several years.
Mrs. Pillsbury is bearing up wonderful
ly well under the shock of her husband's
death. The news that he could not re
cover was broken to her as gently as
possible yesterday morning, and conse
quently she was prepared, in a measure,
for the end. She herself has been far from
well, however, the weak action of her
heart having excited the gravest appre
The immediate members of the .govern
or's family are all in the city. They are
his wife, Mahala Pillsbury; his daughter,
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John S. Pillsbury—An Appreciation
For him "all mutation over," Governor John S. Pillsbury is henceforth to
be numbered among the dwellers in that "denoted city of the dead." No
preacher, no obituary writer will lack for the material of praise when he writes
■of this good man. It requires ability to appreciate goodness combined with
j greatness, wealth united to simplicity; and fine mastery of words to do justice
ito him who is no more. As page after page of the biography of this sturdy
J man is turned the wonder and admiration of the reader grow and he realizes,
perhaps, all too late, that there has dwelt here among us a man who was the
very embodiment and ideal of the true citizen of the republic. Good deeds,
i public and private, he heaped upon those already done until his life, -as we
! look back over its fair record, seems like a massive pyramid, each course
| worthy of the one below and all of truest workmanship.
John S. Pillsbury was above all else a true and honest man. Throughout
j his life a sensitive conscience and unerring judgment set his course truly and
unfalteringly. He was always right on every question that involved honor,
state or private. Sometimes in a weak minority, sometimes supported by the
loud voice of the people—always he strove to do the right. In early manhood,
overcome by adverse fortune, he failed, lost all and was confronted by formid
able debts. What he then did showed the man that was in him. Setting
j aside for himself and wife the cost of barest living he strove against those
debts for six years. Little by little the debts were paid and John Pillsbury
came out of the battle with them a stronger man than ever; his credit better
with his very debtors than before his failure.
. Some years later the state of Minnesota confessed its debts and would
not pay them. Seeing no analogy between public and private bond the great
majority of the people of the state—most of them good men—clamored for
repudiation of bonds which had never brought the state the promised benefits.
But John Pillsbury knew that a debt was a debt, and he as governor of the
young state determined that her honor should not be stained. Inch by inch,
point by point he won his way and the debt was paid. To him the people
later said in thought if not in words that they had sinned, that he was wiser
than they, that he had chosen the straight and narrow way and led them
through it.
John Pillsbury loved his fellow men. He was a man of the people.
Hence his great and beneficent public works: savior and father of the univer
sity, friend and patron of the people of the state in the dire days of grass
hoppers and famines and desolation; actual builder of a capitol wing w,hile
governor; advancing on several occasions from his private funds money to
tide the state through emergencies; donor of a handsome building to the
state university, builder of a library for his neighbors, builder of a home for
working girls, builder of a library for his native town; endower of a home for
aged women, friend and substantial helper of scores of poor young men who
have sturdily fought their way through the university, supported in the hour
of despair by his words—and his checks. He was a man of a thousand private
charities and helpful personal loans, and a liberal giver to deserving public
charities and enterprises.
He was a man molded for huge enterprises. In his long and Jausy career
they flocked in upon him and always found him ready. He knew how to do
things and he had the will to do them. While doing for the state a work
that gave him first rank as a statesman he yet laid the foundations of, and
upreared, an immense private fortune, a superb business success. The flour
mills of Minneapolis tell the story. Out of the wreck of his first business
enterprise rose one of those mammoth industries that are the marvel of the
age. By virtue of his industrial achievements John Pillsbury takes rank
among those great-brained men, well-beloved of all Americans, who advanc
ing steadily year by year have replaced poverty with affluence, obscurity "with
renown, humble beginnings with magnificent consummations.
But of all his many and noble works his monument is and will remain the
University of Minnesota. The story of the struggle to save that institution
when other men would have sacrificed it for the pottage of a little debt cleared
away will be remembered and told, again and again so long as one stone re
mains upon another in the west's greatest educational institution. The story
of that colossal task well done is an epic. Then, how admirable the years of
toil and thought and self-sacrifice for the institution rescued. And as his
handiwork has prospered and grown and extended its influence and its field
of work he has ever been at its side, ready with money and untiring efforts
to do what must be done if the university were to triumph over all and be
come worthy of the northwest's empire state. The good governor's heart was
in that. work. Tears would come to his eyes when it was mentioned to him.
And every alumnus of the university is profoundly glad to-day that the gov
ernor lived long enough to see and fully feel that his work was appreciated
and that he was in very fact held by thousands to be, as he was, the father
of the university.
He had other plans for it had he lived longer; doubtless he had yet more
to do for it. Had he known that death was impending he would have said, "Not
yet my soul, these friendly fields desert." The soul did not desert. At its
task it stood when death the dread summons gave. John Pillsbury needed no
time to prepare for death, however much he might have wished to give life's
»-ork some finishing touches. John Pillsbury's whole life was a preparation
for death —the kind of preparation that makes noble living. j
State Given a Judgment of $7,395—
Examination of .Juror* for
Tapper Murder Trial.
Special to The Journal.
Chaska, Minn., Oct. 18.—The jury in
the case of the state asainst the bonds
men of Bongard, the defaulting county
treasurer, who Is now serving a term In
the penitentiary at Stillwater, returned
a judgment for the plaintiff of $7,395.20.
The suit was hard fought and consumed
much time.
In the case of the state vs. Holm, the
defendant was convicted of assault
in the second degree and fined |50 ana"
directed to furnish a $300 bond to keep
the peace hereafter. Holm viciously as
saulted his stepson, Postmaster Nelson
of Carver.
The Andrew Tapper murder trial was
entered upon this morning and three
jurors have been selected. A special
cenire for jurors has been issued and ft
Is thought twelve men will be chosen
some time to-morrow. Tapper has an at
torney and will make the best defense he
can. He was indicted for the brutal mur
der of Rosa Mixa, employsd in a hotel
at Carver.
Unknown Number of Workmen Lose
Their LiTest.
New York, Oct. 18.—Fifty tons of rock
caved in the rapid transit .tunnel at
One Hundred and Sixty-seventh street and
Broadway, to-day, carrying death to an
undetermined number of men who were at
work below the surface. The known dead
Peter O'Hara, aged 65; Daniel Kelle
her, aged 60; Lugi Dahise, aged^lfc; Pat
rick Madden, foreman. w^
Foreman Madden was found pinned
down by tons of broken rock, only the
feet being clear of the mass of debris.
Many of the other workmen were im
prisoned in a small chamber of .the exca
vation and their fate will not be known
until the rescuers, who are digging toward
them, reach the point where they are en
tombed. They are 110 feet under ground.
It was estimated by some of the engineers
,that there was air enough in the cave to
keep the imprisoned men alive for several
hours. The engineers decided that the
only way to get to the cave-in was to tun
nel around the rock which had fallen.
Bride Came From Switzenland to
Marry an OshJcosh Man.
Special to The Journal.
Menominee, Mich., Oct. 18.—Justice Op
sahl to-day married Oscar Knettle of
Oshkosh and Josephine Dithelm of Swit
zerland. Knettle came to this country
from Switzerland some time ago to make
a fortune. Aa soon as he had saved
enough money he seat for his sweetheart
in the old country and they were married
immediteJy upon her arrival. The bride
is a beautiful Swiss girl. The'bridegroom
is in the butcher business In Oshkosh
where the couple will live.
Vermont Man to Be A»*lstant Secre
tary of the Navy.
Washington, Oct. 18.—Frank W. Hack
ett, assistant secretary of the navy, will
retire shortly from that office. He will
be succeeded by Charles H. Darling, of
Bennington, Vt., whom the president h»s
decided to appoint.
Five Hundred Bolomen Attack Amer-
icans and Are Repulsed, Over
100 of Them Being Killed.
Engagement Begins With an Attack
Upon 46 Ninth Infantry Men
, by 500 Bolomen.
Manila, Oct. 18.—Five hundred bolomen
attacked a detachment of forty-six men of
the Ninth infantry at Bangajon, on the
Gandara river, island of Samar, to-day,
killing ten and wounding six.
The remainder of the company arrived
on the scene in time to prevent further
slaughter and routed the enemy, killing
over a hundred of them. It is believed
the enemy only retired for reinforce
As soon as the news was received at
Catbalogan two gunboats were dispatched,
General Smith going in person to the
Heaviest Itlons Seem to Fall Upon
the Ninth Infantry.
Washington, Oct. 18.—The war depart
ment officials were somewhat dismayed
at the press report of the new set-back in
Samar. They had no confirmation from
official sources of the report, but this was
true of the last affair of the kind which
happened at Balangiga. The Ninth in
fantry, which suffered there, was the same
organization that engaged in the latest
fight at Bangajon, though in this case the
company attacked is not known. i
President Criticized for Din
ing With Prof. Washington
Possible Political Effect of This
Crossing of the Color Line.
Plan* for the Entertainment of the
President in the South Carolina
City May Be Changed.
From The Journal Bureau. Xoowi 4M, T—i
Building, Washington.
Washington, Oct. 18. —Whether the
president's dinner for Booker T. Wash
ington will have any effect on the south
remains to be seen, but it is very ap
parent from the vicious and cutting utter
ances of representative southern news
paper this morning that the old-time
prejudice against the negro is still run
ning at full tide, and that Roosevelt has
mortally offended many influential south
ern people who have been saying they
were ready to lend him cordial aid in his
work of conciliation. The president be
lieves that the storm will blow over in a*
day, and he may be right, but he has
touched the pride of the south at its ten
derest point, and it is not strange there
is squirming. '
In Washington it Is believed that only
southern radicals are taking part in the
denunciation of the president, and that
as the sign of this element is on the de
cline, the agitation will be shortlived and
that the Booker Washington dinner will
have a good effect in the south rather
than a bad one. There are scores of
widely differing opinions regarding the
matter. Every southern man in this city,
more or less vigorously condemned the
presid«nt's at..; every northern man in
dorses it, and many of the latter demo
If the incident is to have a practical
political bearing it may be shrewdly
guessed that the negro vote in the north
will be more reliably republican than ever
before. There was no practical politics
in the dinner, however. The president
simply exercised his rights as an Ameri
can citizen and regarding the table at the
White House as his own, invited accord
ingly. It is said that Booker T. Wash-
I Governor Van Sant Issues a Proclamation I
§> It becomes my sad duty to announce to the people of Minnesota the death <$
§> of Hon. John S. Pillsbury, one of our most illustrious and honored citizens. <$>
§> The conspicuous part taken by Governor Pillsbury in the material growth and <$>
§> development of Minnesota, his patriotic and distinguished services in important <$
$> official positions, his generous and unselfish interest in the welfare of our <$>|,
♦> state and especially in her educational institutions, his pure life and exalted <$>j
$> character, have brought to him the love, esteem and reverence of every citizen <^'
$> within our borders. It is hence especially flttlng-that expression of our devo- <£
$>tion to the memory of , our distinguished fellow-citizen, and our deep sense <$■
♦> of loss at his death, be publicly manifested, and to that end I direct that the <§>
♦• flags upon all state buildings be placed at half mast for a period of thirty days, <$>
;•• and that all public business be suspended on the funeral day. <$>
& Given under my hand and the great seal of the state this eighteenth day of ♦
$>, October, A.,D., 1901. ;." V . '\'i':S ♦
$> By the Governor: <§>
$>I . s .S. R. Van Sant. '<$>,
S> Attest: P. E.Hanson, . " ', <$►
$•,■;■■• „(£,.,:,/.,. ", Tr- Secretary of State. ; . - : , ..; ;r ; : ■• .;: -„ .'".-. „&
An inspection of the dispositions made
of the troops in Samar shows thai before
the Balangiga fight there were no lets
than thirty-eight separate posts. These
were so disposed that supplies could be
conveyed to the troops by water. Gen
eral Hughes has left Samar and gone to
the island dT Cebu to recuperate, which
accounts for the assumption of the com
mand on Samar by General Smith. Gen
eral Hughes was worn out and suffered
from the effects of a severe fall received
while chasing insurrectionists In the
mountains of Samar.
One Man That Objected to the Oath
of Allegiance.
Manila, Oct. 18.—Fiske Warren, the first
man to take the oath- of allegiance re
quired under the recent act of the Phil
ippine commission of all suspects attempt
ing to land, has been closely identified
with Sixto Lopez. Many treasonable and
inflammatory proclamations were found in
his baggage. Regarding these he said he
held only one copy of each, having re
tained these as souvenirs. It is known
also that he was intimate with the mem
bers of the junta in Hong Kong. He at
first objected to taking the oath, saying
that he was a loyal citizen, but he signed
it when notified that under no other con
dition woula be allowed to land-
ington has been a Roosevelt table guest
at Oyster Bay and in New York city on
several occasions. It is the president's
way of doing things. He is deeply inter
ested in Booker T. Washington's work and
believes in him as a man. It is hinted
that this incident may put a quietus on
numerous plans that have been under Way
iv the south -recently- fon inviting the
president to be the guest of leading citi
zens. He ia expected to attend the
Charleston exposition this winter, al
though no promises have yet been made,
and elaborate plans have been under dis
cussion for entertaining him at the most
aristocratic homes of the city. Already
there is a faint indication that the Booker
Washington affair may call for a radical
revision of these plans.
Washington is said to be the first col
ored person entertained at the White
House with the possible exception of the
late Senator Bruce of Mississippi. The
latter was often at the White House with
his wife during the winter season, but it
is said he was never at a large public din
ner, although he may have been asked to
dine quietly with the President. Fred
erick Douglass often called at the Whit*
House to see the president, but no at
tache of the mansion recalls that he was
ever dined there. Douglass was taken to
his mission of Haiti by a United States
warship sailing from Hampton Roads, and
the officers then on the vessel have not
recovered yet from the shock they felt
when hearing of the detail and the service
the ship was put to. Mr. Blame was re
sponsible for the order.
HOLDSSENA- The way that President
Roosevelt talks to some of
TORS RE- the senators about the fed
eral appointments makes
SPONSIBLE. them gasp. To one who
was lately given what he
asked, Mr. Roosevelt said:
I am making this appointment on your rec-
ommendaUon. I take your word for it, «en
ator, that this Is a good man. I shall keep
my eye on the man and the plaCe, and se«
how it is filled. If this appointee fails to
come up to the measure of your recommenda-
tions, you will find that in future they are at
a discount. Good morning, »ir.
As compared with McKlnley, Roosevelt
is a babbling brook. As compared with
Roosevelt, McKinley was a sphinx. Roose
velt is a talker. He thinks aloud. If he
were less honest and straightforward he
would get himself into hot water every
ten minutes. The president thinks out
his policies on horseback. Almost every
day he goes riding and there 4s always
someone with him to whom he can talk.
And he talks all the way. With one hand
he holds the reins and the other is busy
gesturing. His voice is clear and strong
and he can be heard for rods. He does all
the talking, and his companion, whoever
it may be, does all the listening. It is
edifying and not unlike a course on po
litical economy applied.
—W. W. Jermane.
Washington Small Talk.
Minnesota postmasters appointed to-day:
Star Lake, Otter Tail county, A. L. Vogel.
The president has appointed the follow
ing postmasters: Frank W. Swanton at Nome,
Alaska; Ella A. Wado, Mullan, Idaho; CharW*
Hidden, Sun Prairie, Wls.
In the Refugee Camps.
London, Oct. 18.—Returns from the refugee
camps in South Africa for September show a
total white population of 109,418; deaths
among the whites, 2,411, of which 1,984 were
children. The colored population Is shown
to be 38,549, among whom were 301 daattia
during the montb.

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