THE MINNEAPOLIS JOUfefAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
New Chairman of Agricul
tural Committee Wanted
WORK ON HENDERSON
apeaker Probably Will Not Gratify
Friends of Grout Bill.
Vacant federal judgeship
FrMldent Tired of Waiting for In
illuutt Politician* to Asteu
U. I'pun an Anpuiiiter.
Worn The Jottrnal BMr*au. Boom AS, Pom
Washington, Oct. 21.—The agricultural
Interests of the country are trying to pw
euade General Henderson, who will again
Le speaker of the house, to appoint a new
man as chairman of the commitee on ag
riculture in place of J. W. Wadsworth of
Now York. They claim he is not a
friend of the Grout bill to tax oleomarga
rln and to forbid the use of coiling mat
ter in its manufacture. Tho dairy inter
ests feel that the defeat of the Grout bill
at the last session was largely due tv
Wadsworth. They are afraid that if he
is again chairman their bill will get but
a poor show. The fight against Wads
worth is being led by agricultural papers
like th» Rural New Yorker, one of the
oldest of such publications, the Country
Gentleman, of Albany, and the Ohio
General Henderson is supposed to be
very friendly to the dairying interests,
but it is doubtful if he will consider their
demand to displace Wadsworth. In be
ing re-elected speaker he will be expected
to reappoint the committees as they stood
congress. Any exception would open the
■way to others, and to a general over
turning and revolution. Moreover, to dis
place Wadsworth would show a marked
preference in favor of the Grout bill as
against the oleo interests, which would
hardly become him in his office of speaker.
Ex-Representative William Lorimer oi
Chicago has for years been the champion
of the oleo interests, and led the fight for
them last session. He was chairman of
a sub-committee of the agricultural com
mittee which had charge of the Grout
bill. Now that he has been defeated the
butterlne makers will have to look around
for another man to handle their case.
CAN'T AGREE is getting tired of the
delay of the Indiana
UPON" politicians in agree
ing on some person
JUDGE. to fill the l eral
judgeship vacancy in
the seventh district, comprising Wiscon
sin, Illinois and Indiana. The place be
came vacant several months ago through
death, and there has been a struggle be
tween hoosiers ever since as to who
should be called to fill it. President Me-
Kinley agreed that the new man should
come from Indiana and President Roose
velt is entirely willing that this should
be the case, but he wants the senators
to get together and name their man. It
is said by Colonel John C. New of Indian
apolis, who was in Washington recently,
that every member of the Indiana dele
ga! OL, c iate and house, has a candidate,
and that the list of those anxious to secure
ihe place numbers hundreds of names. On
Saturday of last week President Roosevelt
did some pretty straight talking to a
prominent Indiana politician who had
called to see him regarding the appoint
"I am tired of the delay and of the
purposeless wrangle that has been going
on for several months," he said, "and
don't propose to let it go on much longer.
If Indiana canot agree as to who shall
have the place, it is my plan to give it to
some good man from Illinois or Wiscon
sin. There has already been too long a
delay in filling the vacancy."
The man to whom these words were
epoken left the White House in a hurry
find put himself in wire communication
with Senators Fairbanks and Beveridge
and with the house delegation. It is ex
pected that there will be a speedy agree
ment now that the prsident has put his
PRESIDENT The Roosevelt Marching
club, of Minneapolis, paid
AND its respects to President
Roosevelt to-day in the
MINN'EAPOL- person of Congressman
Fletcher's secretary, who
ITAXS. presented the club's hand
somely engraved and em
bossed letter to the president expressive
of its confidence in and affection for him.
The letter was signed George K. Belden,
president; Charles S. Gale, secretary, and
Sewell A. Andrews, Charles S. Pillsbury
and W. W. Heffelflnger. The president
expressed the liveliest kind of interest In
the letter and spoke enthusiastically of
the several occasions when the club had
come under his notice, notably at the in
auguration last March and at the state
fair last month. He remembers Heffel
finger very well as a college athlete and
said to-day that It always did his heart
good when he witnessed a game in which
"Pudge" was playing.
"I was delighted when I saw him coming
down the line." said the president, "for
I knew that something was going to hap
pen which would be of general interest."
It may be stated on high authority that
the president has no plans for a trip to
the northwest next year. Congress will
not adjourn earlier than July and after
that the camcaign will be under way, and
it is suggested that a trip made at that
time might be misinterpreted and given a
RUSHING A treasury warrant for
some $14,000 was to-day
MONEY TO mailed to Captain Mercer
and the money will be
INDIANS paid the Indians at Red
Lake for logs cut on the
unceded portion of their reservation. This
money would have been sent in due
course of time, but it was hastened by a
telegram from Mercer stating that the In
dians were restless because the money was
not forthcoming at once. The Indian bu
reau is surprised that the Indians should
be so insistent, but says that the money
can be as well sent now as later.
—W. W. Jermane.
C. B. Lix-knoml of the Gllchrist Fleet
In a Dnimci'finn Situation.
Milwaukee, Oct. 21.—The steamer C. B.
Lockwood of the Gilchrist fleet is aground
on North Point reef, several miles north
of Milwaukee, with a large hole in her
bottom near the keel. She filled with
water and up to noon to-day tugs were
unable to release her. The lake is quiet
and an effort will be made to release her
before a gale springs up. She is in com
mand of Captain Dobson.
Men in Six Other Trades
100 MEN OUT SO FAR
Only Buildings Being Plumbed by
BOTH SIDES SEEM CONFIDENT
Alau Each Side A««ert» That It Has
ItfiiMi.a for liivhtiuit
to the End.
About 100 men, members of half a dozen
of the building trades affiliated with the
bulldiug trades council, took up the cause
of the plumbers" union this morning by
I going out on a iiympatltctic strike.
Soul after 8 o'clock officials from the
I council began vis: ing the jobs where
ether the Kelly or the Wilkins company
has the plumbing contract, and at noon It
wns reported at labor headquarters that
every man of the affiliated trades had gone
out on the following contracts:
McKnlght building, Heauepin avenue, just
above Sixth street.
Moon building on Sixth street, between
Nicollet and Heunepin.
McDonald flats ou Blaisdell avenue, above
Mrs. Benton's residence on Blaisdell ave
Harvard Chambers on Tenth street.
New city hall.
At the Armour and Swift buildings on
Third street X the work was being
done by day labor, and it was reported
that here the owners cut In and settled the
trouble by abrogating their contracts with
Mr. Wilkins arid agreeing to put the
plumbing work in the hands of a member
of the Master Plumbers' association.
There are at present no plumbers em
ployed at the new chamber of commerce
or the Times building, but the building
trades council officials declere that just
as soon as a plumber in the employ of the
offending firm enters the premises the
other trades will be called off. It is not
the present intention of the labor officials
to call off men on buildings in process of
j erection where the plumbers are not at
I work. Later, however, this may be done,
in which event the strike will be ex
Six Trades Oat.
The 100 men out to-day Include carpen
ters, bricklayers, steam fitters, painters,
tile workers and plasterers' helpers. The
plasterers withdrew from the building
trades council about a year ago and are
under no obligations to obey the orders
of the council. Their helpers went out,
however, and work in the plastering line
on the buildings involved is therefore at a
standstill for the present. The marble
setters are also not affiliated with the
council and the few men employed in that
line at the new city hall are still at work.
The contracting firms involved in the
trouble so far as it has extended to-day
are Pike & Cook, Haglin & Co., T. P.
Healy and McMullen & Cheny.
Messrs. Kelly and Wilkins say they have
the sympathy of all the contractors and
so long as their co-operation can be of any
avail they expect to be able to command
it. There is no talk as yet of any official
action by the Master Builders association.
No meeting has been called and so far as
known there is no intention on the part
of the association to take sides in the con
troversy, unless events should so shape
themselves as to make it necessary in pro
tection of their own interests.
Both Sides Talk.
Both sides to the trouble declare their
intention to continue the fight and consid
er no compromise.
Says Phil Carlin, secretary of the Build
ing Trades council:
We are going to fight this thing out with !
the offending employers If It takes all sum- '
mer. They have repeatedly broken faith with j
us, and patience bas ceased to be a virtue.
The two concerns against which we have a
particular grievance promised us that when
the plumbers abrogated the agreement to
work for none but master plumbers that they
would put all of th° union men to work and j
let the nonunion imported men go. They |
have utterly failed to live up to the agree- '
ment, after we had made the desired conces
sion, and now we are going to Insist on fair
play. The men of the different allied trades
have acted with gratifying unanimity. They
walked out to a man this morning In no
case was there the slightest Indication of dis
Said Mr. Kelly:
As we stated in our communication to the
Building trades Council last Thursday, we
are not opposed in any way to the Plumbers'
and Gas Fitters' local union, but we do not
believe that men outside of the union should
receive different treatment from what they
would expect themselves. We offered the
members of the local unjon $4.50 per day, or
GO cents more a day than was being paid
elsewhere. This would cost us at least $2,500
a year. However, we were willing to do this
rather than to have a strike, as all strikes
are expensive to both parties, as well as a
big drawback to other mechanics In the city.
They refused this proposition from us, and
consequently the only course left was to get
men elsewhere. We have paid railroad fares
and other expenses, and the loss to our busi
ness has been in thr neighborhood of $3,000.
We have done everything in our power to
make settlements during the summer, and
have made propositions to both them and the
Building Trades Council, and if the local
union plumbers had broken their agreement
at. the proper time we could have adjusted
matters with our men: but they said they
would never give in until they had forced
us back to the organization or until the
expiration of the time of the agreement,which
is May 1, 1902. That was all very well when
they had plenty of work, but now that the
winter Is approaching and some of the men,
as we understand, are idle, they break the
agreement because they find they are to be
the losers. They want us to entirely ignore
the rights of the men who helped us out
during our trouble. The mechanics on the
different buildings who were obliged to leave
their work to-day have but the one thing
to state, namely, that it is a most unjustifiable
A special meeting of the board of court
house and city hall commissioners has
been called for to-morrow afternoon to
consider ways and means of dealing with
the situation at the new city building.
BOER LEADERS BANISHED.
Pretoria, Oct. 21. —Twelve more Boer
leaders, including Commandant Scheepers,
whose capture was announced Oct. 12,
have been permanently banished from
MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 21, 1901.
THE BIG CENTER STILL IN THE GAME.
Hanna—Me out of the game? Me resign? Well hardly I
National Supreme Court De
cides Against the Govern
ment in War Reve
Front 37i« Journal Bureau. Boom dS, PoH
Washington, Oct. 21.—The supreme court
to-day denied the government's motion for
a rehearing In the case of Fairbank vs.
the United States, involving the consti
tutionality of that section of the war rev
enue act relating to the tax on export bills
Fairbank, the Minneapolis agent of the
Northern Pacific, refused to affix the
stamp required by that act to an export
bill of lading for a consignment of flour
and was arrested and fined. He appealed
the case to tho supreme court, which held
that the clause of the act to be unconsti
tutional. Refusal to rehear the case
makes that decision permanent.
The commissioner of international rev
enue has claims for the return of thou
sands of dollars paid by Minneapolis mill
ers and others under this act which he
must now refund.
The court to-day refused to advance for
early hearing the case of William E. Hale,
receiver, vs. Edward P. Allison and oth
ers, which was brought upon appeal from
Philadelphia, but involves complications
arising out of the insolvency of the
Northwestern Guaranty Loan company of
The court also denied the petition for a
certiorari in the case of Charles Mayer vs.
Oliver C. Fuller, trustee, involving the
construction of the bankruptcy act by the
circuit court of appeals for the seventh
circuit. This ca^e arose in Milwaukee
and related to the setting aside of cer
tain real estate.
The alleged bankrupt case of Rublee A.
€ale vs. F. S. Gartland and the Bank of
Hamilton, Canada, involving the posses
sion of certain lumber belonging to Cole
in Prince county, Wisconsin, was dis
missed for. want of jurisdiction.
—W\ W. Jermane.
BY TROLLEY TO WINONA
SEW ELECTRIC LINE SURVEYED
Dispatches Say 'Twill IConnect With
T. C. R. T. Lines—Goodrich
Vice President C. G. Goodrich and Gen
eral Manager W. J. Heild of the Twin
City Rapid Transit company deny that the
survey which has recently been made be
tween Winona and the twin cities was in
the interest of their company.
It has been stated with much positive
ness that the survey which was supposed
to have been made for either the Chicago
Great Western or the Chicago, Milwau
kee & St. Paul railway was in reality
made for men interested in an electric
line which would connect Winona and j
the twin cities. Work on the new road !
was to oommence next spring.
The story was to the effect that the I
money for the enterprise was to be fur
nished by Chicago and Philadelphia cap
italists, and that its chief promoters were
Minneapolis and St. Paul men. The pro
posed line was to touch the cities of Wa
basha, Zumbrota, Hastings and Red Wing,
connection beins made with the electric
lines "of the Rapid Transit company of
both cities. The new line was to do a
purely passenger business.
The route indicated for the electric line
would parallel the tracks of the Milwau
kee road which does a large business be
tween the soints named and Minneapolis
and St. Paul.
Mr. Goodrich asserts that his company
has no intention of building south of the
twin cities. The Chicago dispatch does
not credit the Twin City Rapid Transit
company with the survey but says the new
line is to be operated in connection with
the electric lines in Minneapolis and St.
The latest census bulletin shows that
Chicago outclasses all the other large
cities in the number of deaths from rail
To-day's Scope of Inquiry in
the Schley Court.
Trying to Settle How Dispatches
WERE SIGNALS MISUNDERSTOOD?
Ineffectual Effort of Capt. Lemly to
- Corner the Mechinist of
Washington, Oct. 21—After two days'
rest the Schley court of inquiry resumed
its session at 11 o'clock to-day. Lieut.
W. B. Wells. Jr., secretary to Commodore
Schley during the Cuban campaign, re
sumed his testimony. Other witnesses
were Edward Graham, the Associated
Press correspondent, who was with Com
modore Schley on the Brooklyn, Lieut.
Edward Simpson, who served on the
Brooklyn, and Dennis J. Cronin.
Captain Francis A. Cook, who command
ed the Brooklyn, returned to the stand
to explain his former testimony regard
ing the boilers of the Oregon. Captain
Cook made the following statement:
In my testimony 1 stated that the Oregon
on the morning of July 3 was under all boil
ers. This was from hearsay and I presumed
it correct. 1 find that she had not shifted
boilers that morning, but hart steamed all
her boilers at all times while in the Santiago
Did He Misunderstand Signals?
J. L. Hunley, the chief machinist on the
Texas, who last week testified that on July
3 he was at the throttle of the port englno
of the Texas, was asked by Judge Advocate
Lemly as to what other machinist as
sisted in the port engine room on the day
of the battle. Witness replied that as soon
as general quarters sounded he relieved
Machinist Hill. He stated that Claxton,
who had testified that he was at the port
engine on that day and that the engine
was reversed, was stationed at the air
pumps, back of the engine. Hunley said
he kept his hand on the throttle most of
the time and did not think it possible that
the signal to stop or back could have been
given wihout his knowledge.
Captain Lemly asked witness If he had
been on the Texas when that vessel ran
aground at Newport. Mr. Rayner objected
Captain Lemly stated that he desired to
show that the witness had misunderstood
signals then and it was possible he might
I have been mistaken on the day of the bat
tle. The court held the question not ad
Lieutenant B. W. Wells, Jr., was re
called. A number of dispatches were
j shown and he was asked as to their re
| ceipt by Commodore Schley. One was
from Secretary Long to the American con
sul at Kingston, dated Washington, May
j 28, saying it must be delivered to Schley
| at once and informing him (Schley) that
| unless unsafe for his squadron the de
partment wished him to remain off San
! tiago and asking him if he could not take
possesion of Guantanamo as a coaling
station; also a dispatch from Secretary
Long to Captain Cotton of the Harvard,
dated Washington. May 29, enclosing a
dispatch to Commodore Schley telling him
to hold on at all hazards, that the New
York, Oregon and New Orleans were on
the way; also two dispatches from Sec
retary Long to the dispatch boat Harvard,
dated Washington, May 30, one informing
him that the commander-in-chief had
started to join him, and the other telling
him that Sagua, twenty-five miles east of
Santiago, had been reported-as a good
place to land from which it would be easy
to reach the rear of Santiago.
Discovery of the Colon.
Regarding the cablegram from Washing
ton May 26 to the cable office at Mole
St. Nicholas, which was ordered delivered
to the first American warship approaching
and which said to the admiral that the
most important information at present de
sired was the position of the Spanish fleet,
witness said it had been received on the
morning of May 31. The Colon had been
discovered in the harbor of Santiago by
Commodore Schley on the morning of May
Mr. Rayner exhibited a chart upon
which there were notations regarding the
soundings in the vicinity of Santiago har
bor and the strength of the batteries
there, this information being given' as
date April 15, 1898.
"Now give me the date the navy de
partment issued the order which had been
referred to in this case about not crip
pling ships by the ahore batteries," said
"April 6, 1898," was the response.
Mr. Rayner asked witness if he had any
information in reference to the batteries
at Santaiago except that given on the day
referred to. He stated the commodore had
received a memorandum of information
from the bureau of naval intelligence,
embodying about the same facts as con
tained on the chart.
Mr. Rayner—Did you see Commodore Schley
during any of the bombardments?
Witness—l saw him during one of them.
Exactly which one I cannot distinctly recol
Mr. Rayner—What was his general bearing
on any day In which there was a battle?
Witness—Thoroughly fearless and self-pos
sessed on all occasions.
Mr. Rayner—Was he within any time dur
ing your knowledge laboring under excite
No. 7 Dispatch.
Mr. Hanna exhibited a letter dated May
SO, 1898, written by Commodore Schley
which contained a reference to the dis
patches brought by the Dupont and sought
to show that the No. 7 dispatch known as
the "Dear Schley" letter was received on
the 22d of May and not the 23d. Witness
'The conjunction of this letter and the
changed indorsement in lead pencil on tho
back of one of the dispatches would seem
to Indicate that the dispatch might have
been received on the 22d."
Mr. Rayner addressed the court as fol
'May It please the court, we admit that
we got No. 7 by the Dupont (which joined
the flying squadron off Cienfuegos on May
22, 1898), and we admit that we got No. 8
by the Hawk and the Marblehead. Now
the trouble is about the other No. 7.
Where did the duplicate of No. 7 go? We
cannot admit we got it by the lowa, but
we agree upon three propositions: The
Dupont carried No. 7, the Hawk No. 8 and
the Marblehead No. 8. We admit the re
ceipt of this memorandum from Captain
McCalla by the Hawk, but what we have
not been able to find out and cannot admit
is that the lowa carried No. 7."
Mr. Rayner turned to Admiral Schley
and asked: "You admit that, don't you
To which the admiral replied: "Cer
tainly, we admit that."
HANNA STAYS IN
Says He Has No Idea of Retiring
Delaware, Ohio., Oct. 21.—A feature of
the opening of the republican state cam
paign here was a speech by Senator
Hanna, in which he said:
Following that terrible tragedy from which
thie country will not recover in months or
years, there came an awfully solemn moment
to every thinking man in the United States,
and when President Roosevelt uttered these
words to the American which have been re
peated here to-day, he did It with the most
| serious intent to serve the best interests of
his country and to insure and guarantee a
continuation of thie confidence among the
people; and he meant every word of it. He
meant every word of it, and as a guarantee
of l.is Intentions and purposes, and gave the
further assurance to the people by inviting
| the cabinet of President McKinley to be his
i advisers. Let no yellow journals or blatant
j demagogues shake your faith in the condi
\ tions of the country to-day as affecting those
i who have the responsibility. lam not going
Ito retire from polities or public duty. I have
no intention of resigning my chairmanship
of tbe national committee.
Stay Asked by Bondholder)* of V. S.
Milling' Company Denied.
Milwaukee, Oct. 21. —Judge Jenkins in
the United States court to-day., denied the
petition of the minority bondholders of
the defunct United States Milling company
asking for .a stay of proceedings and that
the sale of the properties be made in
separate parcels. The sale of the various
properties will be made in about six
weeks, acocrding to the original decision.
REBELS LOSE HEAVILY
A Clash Coming; That Will Settle
Things in Colombia.
Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 21.—Letters
received here from Panama say the
Colombian rebels lost heavily in battle
near there last Tuesday. The rebels are
concentrating in a camp in the neighbor
hood and both sides are preparing for a
clash which, it is said, will largely de
termine the fate of the revolution.
12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
GET A FORTUNE
IN POSTAGE STAMPS
Ingenious Robbers Impoverish Chi
cago Postoffice to the Extent
Entrance to the Vault Obtained Only
After Many Days of Patient
Chicago, Oct. 21.—A sensational robbery,
which netted the perpetrators $74,610 in
stamps, was discovered here this morning
when the wholesale stamp department of
the postoffice was opened for business.
A rapid investigation developed that the
burglars had crawled under the flooring
for about 300 feet, bored a hole in the
bottom of the vault, secured the stamps
and escaped, carrying their booty in a
The work of forming an entrance to the
vault had evidently been going forward
with the greatest patience for many days.
It is believed, however, that the intention
of the thieves had been to enter the
cashier's vault, in which there was $35,000
in money and stamps valued at hundreds
of .thousands of dollars. The bottom of
the vault is of steel, half an inch thick.
In this ninety-seven holes were bored,
until a space eighteen inches square—just
enough to allow the entrance of a man's
body—had been so weakened that it was
possible to take out the whole plate with
little difficulty. A dry goods box stood
over the hole thus made and concealed
the work of the robbers, while it was in
progress. When discovered to-day the
fingermarks of one of the burglars were
still discernible on the dust of .the box
which he had pushed aside.
So carefully had the job been planned
that men working in other parts of the
building had not the slightest inkling of
the daring robbery being worked almost
under their noses. The robbers drove up
to the southeast corner of the postoffice
building in a wagon, the tracks of which
could be seen plainly to-day. The building
is a temporary affair, and the men had
only to open a little door to admit them
selves under the flooring. To reach the
vault it was necessary ,to crawl about 300
feet over the odds and ends of boards
which littered the way. The route evi
dently had been carefully studied, for a
detective who went under to-day without
knowledge of locations, became lost and
was nearly overcome by the foul orods
before assistance reached him. Having
secured their plunder, the robbers loaded
it into the wagon, drove across a vacant
"BROTHERHOOD OF AMERICA"
Pipestone a Candidate for Head-
quartres—A Lodge Trial.
Special to The Journal.
Sioux City, lowa, Oct. 21.—Twenty-six
men wearing twenty-six badges with the
words "Pipestone for head offices M. B.
A." arrived from Minnesota this morning
to attend the grand lodge meeting of the
Modern Brotherhood of America. The or
der's counsel has said it would be illegal
to take the headquarters out of lowa, but
Attorney P. A. Bwart of Pipestone, who is
leading her candidacy, denies this and has
secured a committee on law to decide. The
headquarters will go to Pipestone, Sioux
City, Council Bluffs or Marshalltown.
Charges of incubordination and misman
agement are preferred against Secretary
A. C. Elliott of Tipton, and if he does not
resign the lodge meeting to-morrow will
resolve into a court to try him with re
moval for the penalty. One hundred and
fifty delegates from nine states are al
STOLEN FUNDS RETURNED
Lowell, Maas., Banlt Deficiency Foots
Up ? 115,000.
Lowell, Mass., Oct. 21.—1t is believed
that the money and securities taken from
the vault of the Merchants National bank
by Teller A. G. Smith and Bookkeeper L.
K. Swift, before they disappeared last
Thursday night, has been returned for at
2 a. m. a number of bags, apparently con
taining money and bundles of bonds and
securities were delivered to the Merchants
National bank by three lawyers, under
stood to represent the absent bank men.
As the men cleaned out the bank vault be
fore they left so as to compel the officials
to promise Immunity, it is considered
probable that the men have reached an
understanding with the bank. A bank
examiner from Washington began work
on the books yesterday. The doors opened
as usual to-day.
; The directors have announced that the
! deficiency is $115,000.
AGENCY STORE BURNED
Drunken Indians at Leech Lake May
Have Started the Fire.
Special to The Journal.
Walker, Minn., Oct. 21.—The store of
G. R. Clark, Indian trader at the new
Leech Lake agency, was burned early yes
terday morning. Loss, $5,000; insurance
$4,500. The cause of the fire is unknown,
but it was probably started by drunken
New Sound Transmitter
St. Petersburg, Oct. 21.—A member of the faculty of Moscow Imperial technical
school recently discovered that a microphone attached to an electric arc lamp by wire
will transmit sounds through the medium of another electric arc lamp. Repeated
experiments were made in which the two lamps were separated by a thick wall. Th#
inventor read in a low voice a lecture on his discovery and his words, spoken iuto Urn
microphone, were comfortably audible in the next room.
lot and turned into Wabash avenue la
front of the art building.
Of the $74,610 in stamps taken, $4,712
were in "postage due" stamps and $2,060
in special delivery stamps, so the con
vertible stamps amounted to $67,828; but
of these $4,828 were Pan-American stampa
of 8 and 10 cent denominations.
Largest Robbery of Its Kind.
Postofflce Inspector Sturat said:
It was the largest stamp robbery ever
known in the history of the postal service in
this country. To get to the vault the men
entered through a trap door. A few feet in
they encountered a brick wall which they
dug through rather than prowl around look
ing for a clearer route. The wall, like oth
ers under the building, is of flimsy construc
tion, and it could not have taken them long
to pick their way through it. A hundred feet
or so further on they ran against another
wall and this also they dug through. On
the way they also encountered a numfcer of
pipes, and as the floor is but two feeiVjhigh
in some places three feet above the ground,
they tunneled under the pipes. Their whole
course is plainly marked in this way. Tho
wholesale s'.amp vault, like the cashier's vault
and the money order vault, is supported by
a brick wall. It forms a square and before
the robbery was air tight. In this the rob
| bers broke two holes, possibly to secure more
| air, for the place undoubtedly was very
foul, or to have an extra place of egress in
case of a discovery. For light they used
dry batteries, one of which they left be
hind. This battery one of my men discov
ered. It and the wagon tracks are the only
clews we have at present.
The space under the vault is large enough to
allow a man to stand upright and their work
must have been comparatively easy with
the drills and steel saws which they used.
The stamps were arranged in twenty-pound
bundles, and the weight of the load they car
ried off must have been :Vri pounds. Evidently
one man handled the packages down to others
waiting below. As their progress must have
been slow carrying even one bundle through
all these tunnels, crawling on all fours, I
judge they worked for hours getting their
booty to the wagon. Evidently they felt per
fectly secure, though somewhat disappointed
at missing the cashier's vault, where there
was $35,000 in cash and a great quantity of
stamps. 1 cannot tell now how many men
worked at the job.
Postmaster Frederick E. Coyne is in
Washington. He is responsible for the
loss till an act of congress frees him from
it. For amounts up to $2,000 the post
master general has authority to relieve
postmasters. Of the stamps stolen 1,776,
--000 were one cent and 1,662,900 two cent
stamps. They got 150 $1, 307 $2, and 105
$5 stamps also, but Inspector Stuart said
he thought they would have difficulty in
disposing of the larger denominations.
Will Not Take Their Annu
ities Unless Paid Log
Special to The Journal.
Solway, Minn., Oct. 21. —A. L. Kaiser, of
the Bank of Fosston, and T. Burke, of th«
Solway Mercantile company arrived this
afternoon from the Red Lake agency with
dispatches from Agent Mercer to the In
dian commissioner at Washington.
The Indians refuse to accent the annu
ity payment unless the amount of money
due from logging operations last winter
is also paid at this time, as they claim it
was promised them by the department.
The excitement at the agency is intense,
horses and riders are in readiness there
and a relay was sent to Clearwater lake
to carry the answers to Captain Mercer'i
messages as soon as received.
Paris Papers Insist That Santoi-Do*
ntont la Entitled to tlie Prise.
Paris, Oct. 21.—The question whether
Santos-Dumont technically won the
Deutsch priza. arouses the keenest Interest
in sporting circles and is editorially dis
cussed to-day by the leading newspapers.
With the exception of the Matin, which
supports the contention of the Marquis
de Dion that Santos-Dumont did not ac
complish the course within the time limit
of thirty minutes, all the papers, including
Figaro, the Gaulois, the Temps, the De
bats and the Sieckle, hold that Santos-
Dumont won within the time limit pre
scribed by the conditions. This is also
the opinion of Baron de Zuylen, the presi
dent of the automobile club, who is recog
nized as an unquestionable authority on
Lsuch matters. Popular feeling is running
high in favor of Santos-Dumont and con
siderable indignation is expressed against
the members of the technical committee
who are accused of quibbling to debar an
enthusiastic amateur balloonist, who, al
though by no means a millionaire, has ex
pended 400,000 francs and risked his life
twenty-five times to win the Deutsch priie.
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