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Expect Republican Congress
men to Furnish Them.
CONGRESS IN DANGER
Republicans May Lose Seats in Nine
PENALTY OF UNREVISED TARIFF
With a Reunited Party the Demo
cratH Expect to Win the Cam
paign of 1902.
From The Journal Bureau. Room 4&, Pott
Washington, Nov. 18. —Assuming that
congress will fail to do anything substan
tial in the way of ratifying reciprocity
treaties and will ignore tariff revision,
the question naturally arises, will the re
publicans or the democrats carry the
fifty-eighth congress, which will be
elected next November?
To begin with, the democrats, now with
out issues or leaders, are depending on
the congress now about to convene to fur
nish them with plenty of both. They think
that with free silver and expansion out
of the way, the democracy will naturally
go back to the tariff issues of the Cleve
land days. Reciprocity is so intimately
related to the tariff as to stand with It
ju the democratic mind; and should con
gress fall to meet the popular demand,
the way would at once be opened for a
reorganization of the democratic party
without friction, on the Cleveland lines,
which would restore harmony between the
free silver and gold factions, and, of
course, remove from leadership all men
such as Bryan.
What is stated in the foregoing para
graph explains the recrudescence of such
old-time democrats as Arthur Pue Gor
man. Under a reorganization of the char
acter referred to, the gold democracy
would expect to have a full share of the
leadership and to contribute the candi
date for the presidency, unless, as may
happen, the nomination should go to Ad
With a reunited party, the democrats
would go into the congressional campaign
of 1902 expecting to win. They would
have a fighting chance, and under condi
tions which possibly may prevail, but
which cannot be forecast at present,
might control the new house of repre
sentatives. This of itself would not be
important, for the senate will be repub
lican for a good many years to come, and
no democratic, tariff measures could be en
acted into law; but indirectly such a re
fcult might have an important influence on
the 1904 presidential campaign, and it is
xhis which may make the failure of con
gress to act this winter a serious politi
President Roosevelt has gone over this
whole question with great care, consult
ing the ultra protectionist leaders of the
east and men from the middle west who
differ from them. He is in touch with
republican sentiment and regrets to learn
that it is divided. The eastern men tell
him that the division will not be se
rious and will not unfavorably affect the
campaign next year; the western men
tell him that it will be serious and that in
practically every state of the Mississippi
valley the republicans will lose congress
men. The president feels that under the
circumstances he cannot say things in his
message about the tariff and about reci
procity which phould be said if he is to
Continued on Second Page.
Denied That That Region Will
Be Injured by the
Fr»m The J»urnol £ur<«u, Jtofrin 48, T~*
Washington, Nov. 18.—The announce
ment is ma-d-e that the isthmian canal
commission -will devote a long chapter on
its forthcoming report to Puget sound.
Repeatedly the point has been made that
the sound country would be injured by the
building of the canal, but the commission
does not think that this is true. The
sound, will always be the western outlet
for the great middle west, Including states
as far east as Minnesota and Wisconsin,
and south as lowa. This middle west ter
ritory is developing rapidly, and each year
its resources and wealth are increasing.
There would be no object, it is said, in
sending wheat and flour from the Dakotes
or Minnesota to Asia by way of the new
canal when a more direct route Is offered
over the northern railway lines direct to
Puget sound ports. The sound cities, once
the canal is in operation, would lose a
good deal of through business from the
eastern states, but that Is a class of
business which does not add to the wealth
j or importance of the transfer points, and
its importance as a commercial factor
has teen greatly exagggerated. In the
Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana,
Idaho, Wyoming and other states there is
a rapidly growing interest jn Puget sound,
and the western trade of these states is
naturally sent either to Tacoma, Seattle
or Portland, and much of it stops there.
The export trade of this large section
also finds its natural outlet by way of the
sound. On the whole, therefore, the com
mission will argue that the sound cities
have nothing to fear commercially from
the building of the canal.
—W. W. Jermane.
Hill and Son Elected Direc
tors, the Meeting Being
New York, Nov. 18.—The following di
rectors of the Chicago, Surlington &
Quincy Railroad company were elected to
day: James J. Hill, J. N. Hill, Norman
B. Ream, Robert Bacon, E. H. Harriman,
Jacob H. Schiff, George J. Gould, H. McK.
Twombley, Charles E. Perkins, Francis W.
Hunnewell and J. Malcolm Forbes.
The officers chosen by the board are:
Chairman, Francis W. Hunnewell; presi
dent, George B. Harris; first vice presi
dent and treasurer, James C. Peasley; sec
retary and clerk of board, T. S. Howland.
The directors and officers were elected
at a meeting at the New York office of the
Northern Pacific Railroad company. The
meeting was a surprise, as it had been
announced that the election of the di
rectors would take place in Chicago next
Thursday. Three of the directors—
Messrs Schiff, Harriman and Gould—are
Union Pacific representatives and mem
bers of its executive committee; three—
J. J. Hill and his son, J. N. Hill, with N.
B. Ream of Chicago—are Hill's directors,
and Bacon represents J .P. Mor
gan "& Co. Mr. Twombley i 3 a director
of the Chicago & North-Western railroad.
The retiring directors are C. J. Paine, T.
J. Coolidge, W. M. Endicott, Richard 01
--ney, E. W. Hooper, J. H. Smith, G. P.
Gardiner and Nathaniel Thayer.
The officers are the same as before the
Burlington was acquired by the Great
Northern and Northern Pacific.
PRIEST'S NEW FIELD
Father Hnente Pastor of a Church in
Special to The Journal.
New Haven, Nov. 18.—Rev. Father
Clement Huente, the new pastor of St.
Mary's Roman Catholic church, b-egan hiß
services on Sunday. He was born in lowa
and comes here from a mission tour in the
northwest, >aving conducted domiean
missions in Wisconsin, lowa, Minnesota
MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18, 1901.
SLAUGHTER GOES ON
William Shaffer Killed for a Deer
Near Boyd, Wis.
CORPSE FRIGHTENS AN OLD MAN
Who Dropped Dead at the First
Glimpse—West Superior Alan
Special to The Journal.
Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 18.—William
Kampf of this city mistook William
Shaffer for a deer yesterday and shot him
dead. The affair happened near Boyd in
an open field. The bullet struck Shaffer
ia the abdomen. The body was carried to
a near-by house. An old man named
White took one glimpse of the corpse and
then fell dead, presumably of heart
Nutes Spurrier, a resident of Ferm, was
shot by some unknown person while hunt
ing in the woods near his home yesterday
It seems that a party of four went out
together; Spurrier shot a deer and stood
over it when the fatal bullet entered his
breast. He lived about two hours. He
leaves a wife and three children.
Joseph Johnson of this city while ex
aming a revolver, accidentally shot him
self in the leg, in one of the Arpin camps
near Bruce, yesterday. It is believed he
will lose his leg.
KILLED BY HIS FRIEND
Ball Intended for Deer Ia Stopped by
West Superior, Wis., Nov. 18.—The body
of G. A. Larkin was brought to the city
yesterday from .the vicinity of Black River
Falls, where he was hunting deer. It
seems that Larkin was accidentally shot
by William Kirk of this city.
They were both tracking a deer when
they caught sight of it ahead of them but
as Kirk had. the better shot, he called
to Larkin to remain at one side of the
trail while he fired.
Evidently Larkin did not hear him for
just as Kirk pulled the trigger he stepped
in front of the gun, and received the
bullet in the side.
Before dying Larkin wrote the follow
ing on a scrap of paper: "Kirk did not
kill me intentionally," and signed it
Slayer of Brits Can't Be Found.
Special to The Journal.
Negaunee, Mich., Nov. 18.—George Mill
er, the lad who killed Matt Britz at
Lathrop, mistaking him for a deer dis
appeared immediately after the shooting
A party of Lathrop men searched the
woods yesterday and to-day, but Miller
could not be found. His footprints were
traced from the scene of the fatality to
a road leading to ,the town. It ia be
lieved he has left the place, fearing vio
lent treatment at the bands of towns
His Gun Exploded.
Excelsior, Minn., Nov. 18.—A. J Mel
vin was severely injured on Saturday aft
ernoon by the explosion of his gun while
he was hunting. Splinters, and also part
of the shell, it is thought, struck him In
the face and he may lose the sight of
one eye. He was captain of the steamer
Frolic during the summer.
BUTTE HOLDS BACK
Guaranty for International Mining
Congress Is Lagging.
Special to The Journal.
Butte, Mont., Nov. 18.—Citizens are experi
encing much difficulty in raising the $10,000
guaranty necessary for the annual meeting of
the international mining congress, scheduled
to be held here next year, and the prediction
is made that the congress may have to be
held elsewhere. The county commissioners
and city council have refused to appropriate
any money for the expense of the congress
! while the citizens do not take readily to the
j proposition of making subscriptions.
Lrfirry Stack Dismembered by His
Train at Oyens Junction.
Special to The Journal.
Sioux City, lowa, Nov. 18.—Larry Stack
aged 35, conductor of freight No. 163 on
the Illinois; Central, was killed at Oyens
Junction, above LeMars, this morning.
He and two brakemen were pushing a car
on a sidetrack when the engine backed
up, cutting off his arms and legs and
frightfully crushing his body. He had
been ten years with the company and
leaves a wife and child at Fort Dodge.
What the Full Text of the
OPEN TO ALL NATIONS
No Act of Belligerency to Be Al-
IT IS NEVER TO BE BLOCKADED
So Troops or Minittiou* of War to
Be Embarked or Diaem
London, Nov. 18. —The text of the new
Nicaragua canal treaty shows that it is
agreed that the canal may be constructed
under the auspices of the government of
the United States, either directly at its
own cost or by gift or loan of money to
individuals or corporations or through
subscription to or purchase of stock or
shares, and that, subject to the provi
sions of the present convention, the said
government shall have and enjoy all the
rights incident to such construction as
well es the exclusive right of providing
for the regulation and management of the
canal. Other provisions follow:
First—The canal shall be free and open to
vessels of commerce and of war of all na
tions, observing these rules on terms of entire
equality, so that there shall be no discrimina
tion against any such nation or its citizens
or subjects in respect of the conditions or
charges of traffic or otherwise.
I Second—The cnDal shall never be blockaded,
i nor shall any right of war be exercised nor
j any act of hostility be committed within it.
I Third—Vessels of war of a belligerent shall
' not revictual nor take any stores in the ca
i nal except so far as may be strictly neces
j sary; and the transit of such vessels through
J the canal shall be effected with the least pos
j sible delay In accordance with' the regulations
in force and with only such intermission as
may result from the necessities of the service.
Prizes shall be in all cases subject to the same
rules as vessels of war of the belligerents.
Fourth —No belligerent shall embark or dis
ehbark their troops, munitions of war or war
like materials in the canal except in case of
accidental hindrance of the transit, and in
such case the transit shall be resumed with
all possible dispatch.
Fifth —The provisions of this article shall
apply to waters adjacent to the canal within
three marine miles of either end. Vessels of
war of a belligerent shall not remain in such
waters longer than twenty-four hours at any
one time except in case of distress, and in
such case shall depart as soon as possible;
but a vessel of war of one belligerent shall
not depart within twenty-four hour from the
departure of a vessel of war of the other bel
Sixth—The plant, establishments, buildings
and all works necessary to the construction,
maintenance and operation, of the canal shall
be deemed to be part thereof for the purposes
of this convention, anc! in time of war as in
time of peace shall enjoy Sfcpleta immunity
from attack or injury oy belligerents and
from acts calculated to impair their useful
ness as part of the canal.
the: two ca-v tai3
Revised Report of the Commission
in Favor of the Vicaranna.
Washington, Nov. 18.—The Isthmian
canal commission has signed its re
port, and it will be handed to Presi
dent Roosevelt this week.
It will follow the same lines as the pre«
liminary report of last winter, but with
important changes in the estimates. *
The estimated cost of the Nicaragua
canal in the preliminary report was $200,
The final report shows a saving of about
The site of the big dam has been
changed from San Carlos to Conchuda,
and in this item alone there Is a saving
of between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000.
The middle or Silico lake terminal route
nearest GreytGwn is selected as better
than the Menocal or Lull surveys, north
and south of Greytown respectively.
The final report emphatically indorses
the Nicaragua route as preferable to the
one at Panama.
This selection is made for two general
The physical condition and geographical
position of the Nicaragua route are re
garded as superior.
The lack of a definite proposition and
legal and diplomatic difficulties in the
way of the transfer of the Panama scheme
to the United States are considered insur
A full investigation of both the Nica
ragua and Panama routes will be shown.
Long correspondence between the com
mission and Panama men will be given in
full, and estimates of the cost of buying
the Panama property rights are made
from a long statement furnished by M.
Hutln as to the Panama company's esti
mates of the value of its property.
This correspondence will show the Pan
ama men never made a definite proposi
tion, and will sustain the contention that
their sole object apparently was to gain
time by delaying final action by the United
States upon the canal question.
As to the value of what the Panama
company has in the way of work done,
machinery and material on hand and con
cessions held, the only estimate the com
mission has been able to get is that of
The cost of completing the Panama
canal is put at $144,000,000.
This makes a total for the Panama ditch
of $253,000,000, or $64,000,000 in favor of
the Nicaragua route.
The Panama interests have abandoned
all hope of any assistance from the com
mission's report, and will now concen
trate their efforts upon congress through
a powerful lobby.
Their object will be to delay ratification
of the treaty with England, block the
progress of the canal bill and finally in
fluence Nicaragua and Costa Rica to ob
struct the building of the canal by de
manding unreasonable terma and conces
IRISH FOR AN HOUR
President Receives the Visiting Par-
Washington, Nov. 18.—The Irish parlia
mentary leaders who are touring this
country agitating the Irish cause, were
given a special audience by President
Roosevelt to-day. The party consisted of
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Redmond, P. A.
McHugh, Thomas O'Donnell, Miss Dalton
of Australia, a sister of Mrs. Redmond,
and Mr. and Mrs. St. John Oaffney of
New York. The president received them
with cordiality in the reception room ad
joining the cabinet room. He astonished
his visitors by the intimate knowledge
of the Irish situation which he displayed.
After greetings had been exchanged on
both sides and the president and Mr. Red
mond had held a brief private conversa
tion, the president requested the party to
go Into the red parlor down stairs in or
der that he might present Mrs. Roosevelt.
This was done and ten minuter were spent
in the red parlor. The party was in high
spirits when It loft the White House.
Twenty-five Japanese Re
ported Killed in a Mon
Extra Freight Running 25
Miles an Hour Meets a
Special to The Journal.
Helena, Mont., Nov. 18. —Reports have
been received here of a disastrous freight
wreck on the Great Northern near Cul
bertson station in the northeastern part
of the state.
An east-bound extra freight, in charge
of Conductor Charles Bach and Engineer
Roy Pierce, collided with a work train
at Japanese and twenty-five Japs are re
ported to have been killed.
The extra freight was running twenty
five miles en hour around a sharp curve in
the track at the time of the accident.
So far as can be learned, the Asiatics
were the only ones injured.
Secretary Hay and Lord
Pauncefote Attach Their
Names to New Treaty.
Washington, Nov. 18.—The new Hay-
Pauncefote treaty was signed to-day at
12:05 toy Secretary Hay for the United
States and Lord 'Pauncefote, the British
ambassador, for Great Britain.
This treaty is intended to replace the
first Hay-Pauncefote treaty. That con
vention was amended so extensively by
the United States senate at its last ses
siou that the British government declined
to ratify it. Within a few weeks negotia
tions began afresh between Secretary Hay
and Lord Pauncefote which have just re
sulted in the signing of the new treaty,
drawn 'with special reference to the ob
jections found by the senate with the first
From a due sense of the courtesy which
must be observed towards the United
States senate wherever a treaty Is con
cerned, the state department is estopped
from making public the text of the new
convention and that will remain secret
until the senate itself shall break the seal
of confidence. It Is said at the state de
partment that the various publications
which have been made of the alleged text
of the treaty are all erroneous and con
jectural, though, in view of the rather
■free admissions that have been made of
the purposes of the negotiators, it has
been possible by the use of the text of
the first treaty to construct one similar
on general terms to the new convention,
of which the principal point of difference
between the new and the failed treaty is
the withdrawal of Great Britain from the
joint guaranty of the neutrality of the
canal, thus leaving the United States the
The excision of the old provision re
specting the right to fortify the canal
leaves that right by inference optional
with the United States. All commerce of
whatever nationality passing through the
canal will fare, alike. There will be no
discrimination in favor of United States
shipping. Otherwise the new treaty is in
scope similar to last year's treaty. It
replaces technically the Clayton-Bulwer
treaty, concluded April 19, 1850. By the
terms of that old convention the United
States and Great Britain agreed that
neither should seek any advantage in
rights of transportation across the
isthmus. By the new convention Great
Britain yialds her right in favor of the
United States, which is thus at liberty to
construct a canal.
If the treaty should be ratified, the state
department will proceed immediately to
negotiate the treaties with Costa Rica
and Nicaragua for which it already has ar
ranged in protocols pending before the
senate, which will permit the canal to be
constructed and prescribe the terms upon
which the consent of Nicaragua and Costa
Rica is given. It was in anticipation of
this action, it is presumed, that the Nica
raguan government only recently de
nounced the treaty of trade and commerce
with the United States. This treaty con
tained sections conveying rights as to
canal construction which are to be re
placed by more modern provisions.
London Papers Diionsi the Canal
and the Treaty.
London, Nov. 18. —The Westminster
Gazette this afternoon publishes an article
contending that even from a British view
point it is desirable that the United States
should build exclusively and guarantee the
neutrality of the Isthmian canal, and that
if Lord Lansdowne obtained full com
mercial privileges in the canal for Great
Britain, the treaty will not be wholly one
sided. The article concludes with advis
ing the public to expect and be prepared to
accept a settlement which will "substanti
ally give us all we want, but which out
wardly will not appear to be a triumph
of diplomacy." It adds:
By the blundering of American statesmen
we were put In an embarrassing position last
year, and we will show some magnanimity If,
for the sake of p«ace and good will, we ap
proach the new settlement without a recollec
tion of that event. Let us remember that we
have had some success in recent dealings
with America. The Bering aea award and
Venezuela treaty were both substantially In
our favor, and If w« get open water In the
canal we shall be the gainers by the loss ot
the Clayton-Bulwer treaty.
The Pall Mall Gazette takes a similar
view of the matter and says:
We are surrendering a right we would never
seriously think of exercising, but which might
be infringed at any moment to the serious
detriment of British dignity. On the other
hand, it is understood that compensation will
be found In the absence of a heavy toll or
tariff restriction*. The canal is expected to i
be thrown open to the world, and the opening
of that door will be the price paid to tbe
British government for the abandonment of
the Clayton-Bulwer treaty.
The St. James Gazette says:
We have confidence that the American peo
ple will recognize in the abandonment of the
Clayton-Bulwer treaty a further sign of the
value we set on their good will and the earn
estness of our desire to help forward their
aspirations after greatness. Hearty relations
between mother and daughter are more to us
than academic treaty rights.
BAGGED AN INDIAN
White Hunter May Be the Cause of
tin I prisfnu.
Special to The Journal.
(jj Menomlnee, Mich., Nov. 18.—Indians are on
the war path around the headwaters of Eagle
river. 5 They' say one iof ; their number . was
shot by a white hunter.
12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
What Will the Convention
Openfng To-morrow Do?
LUMBERMEN ON HAND
Shevlin and McKnight to Fight the
MANY NEW ENGLAND ABSENTEES
Senator Hale Refers to Commissioner
Kasson as ti "Vagrant
From 1%« Journal Bureau. Room* 4S, Tom
Washington, Nov. 18.—Thomas H. Shev
lin and S. T. McKnight, two of Minneso
ta's delegates to the reciprocity conven
tion, which opens to-morrow, are in
town, stopping at the Arlington. It will
be their aim to represent .the lumber in
terests of the northwest and convince the
convention that the $2 tariff on pine
should not be reduced. In this work they
probably will have able assistance from
all of the border states from Maine to
So far as sentiment has developed it is
hostile to reciprocity with Canada on the
ground that Canada, would probably de
cline to consider an arrangement which
did not place lumber practically on the
free list. The convention will confine it
self to a full discussion of the reciprocity
question and the adoption of resolutions
which will too addressed to the president.
These resolutions will be important, be
cause if the purpose of the convention is
attained they will express the deliberate
judgment of the business interests of the
country on one of the most interesting
questions that will come before congress
Wnieh. Will Control?
It is too early to know whether the con
vention will be controlled by reciprocity
advocates or by ultra-protectionists. It
is hoped by friends of reciprocity that
neither will control it in the sense of
forcing its views to adoption in the face
of protest. The ultra-protection eastern
ers for several weeks have been preparing
to attend the convention in force, but
recent developments seem to indicate
that the interest of this section in the
convention is waning. Several prominent
protectionists, originally on the list of
those .to be present have announced that
they will not be there, and in making the
announcement they have said that the
convention would be controlled by "free
traders," as the tariff revisionists and
advocates of reciprocity are derisively
This statement shows there is an ele
ment of bitterness in the feeling of New
England and that any men who may at
tend the convention as representatives
of its interests, will, if they reflect home
sentiment, strongly oppose anything
which will be hostile to New England
manufacturers. There is a possibility that
the convention may be so one-sided in its
makeup as to break the force of any con
clusions it may reach.
Minnesota is especially interested in
Canadian trade. It indorses the work of
Commissioner Kasson and would like to
see congress adopt the more important
of the impending reciprocity treaties.
Bitter Words from Hale.
Maine is also a border state, and Eu
gene Hale, one of its senators, in addi
tion to he known as a personal friend
of Blame, is recognized as one of the
strongest and most forceful characters in
the upper house. He was interviewed to
day and spoke very slightingly of Kas
son, whom he called a "vagrant negotia
tor." He is opposed to reciprocity with
Canada and to reciprocity with any coun
try save on the old-time basis of taking
all we can get and giving nothing in re
turn. He accurately reflects New Eng
land sentiment, and New England is so
strong in congress as effectually to bar
any legislation or treaties which may be
offensive to its people. Here is what
Mr. Hale says to-day:
I do not believe in commissioning vagrant
negotiators to hunt up reciprocity treaties,
and I do not believe that congress will be
much troubled by such treaties. I am not
for "the kind of reciprocity sought for by
free traders and by our foreign rivals who
affected unfavorably the Dingley law. I be
lieve in Mr. Blame's kind of reciprocity,
which encourages interchange of our own
products that other countries do not produce
for such of their products as we do not pro
duce. I am against any reciprocity which
seeks to cut down the duty on Canadian or
French and British West Indian products and
manufactures which would compete directly
with our own.
We have already gained nearly all of. the
trade of the civilized world that is worth
having, and I am not in favor of imperiling
our preset^ condition of prosperity by a wild
hunt for new markets which never had any
trade or commerce comparable with our
own. I am not a dreamer over what is called
the trade of the orient. Aside from trade with
Japan, in which we are already fully estab
lished, the orient cuts no figure in compari
son with the trade of the civilized world, ex
cept in the imagination.
—W. W. Jermane.
Delegation Favoring Reci
procity Presents Its Views
to the President.
Washington, Nov. 18.—The president's
time to-day was occupied largely in the
discussion of reciprocity. Senator Cul
lom of Illinois and Representative Dal
zell of Pennsylvania had something to say
•to him upon that subject, and a delegation
of agricultural implement manufacturers,
consisting of James Deering of Chicago,
A. B. Farquhar of York, Pa., and W. C\
Parker of New York, who are here to at
tend the reciprocity convention, which
meets to-morrow, presented a memorial
strongly urging that something be done.
The delegation told .the president that,
in its opinion, the time for action had
come. Reciprocity had been talked and
preached about for years, and unless a
decisive step was taken now which would
effect something the whole subject might
as well be abandoned. The members of
the delegation said they had no particular
interest in any of the treaties, but thought
that the French treaty more nearly rep
resented the best possibilities In the way
of reciprocity and that if It could be rati
fied a distinct victory would be won.
genator Cullom, after his interview
■with the president, talked in the same
vein. His attitude is considered impor
tant, as it is now practically settled that
he will be at the head of the foreign re
TO THE R.R.'S
Van Sant's Action a Smooth
Piece of Strategy.
That's What the Notice c Action
by the State Means
HOW THE TROUBLE STARTED
Hull mails VotiHeU the Governor That
Kxtra Session Meant Opposition
From Them Hereafter.
Governor Van Sant's declaration of war
against .the Northern Securities company
is a smooth piece of strategy. It is givea
out at this time for the purpose of block
ing the contemplated bond Issue, If po»
Wall street is extremely sensitive to ru
mor, and the report of state interference
has already shaken faith in the new enter
prise. The wires were kept hot this morn
ing with messages from New York to the
governor. The executive refused to make
public the contents of any of them, or the
names of the senders, but it is certain
that they came from various Wall street
interests anxious to verify the governor*
It looks like a forlorn hose, but grant
ing that there is a shadow of a chance to
prevent the consummation of the great
deal, a declartion at this time may block
the sale of the bonds indefinitely. Mean
while the legislature might pass addi
Attorney General Douglas is not ex
pected to return for a week or ten days.
When he left, his health was poor and h«
was much run down. He is away from
human kind and knows nothing of what is
going on. He will stay in the woods
as long as he is enjoying himself. Mean
while there is nothing to do, and the
governor's statement can have had no
other object than to throw a block in the
way and scare Wall street.
The governor 6aid to The Journal
I cannot tell what will be done till I see
the attorney general. When he has exam
ined the matter and reported to me I will
know whether anything can be done.
Heretofore this consolidation has been pre
vented by legislative enactment and the rul
ings of our courts. Now, if they can get to
gether and organize under the lax laws of
the state of New Jersey and thwart the will
of the people of Minnesota, the sooner w«
know it the better.
Deep Political Significance.
There is deep political significance ia
the governor's action. It means that he
has gone into the ring prepared for bat
tle with the principal railroad interest*
of the state.
The railroads usually try to back a win
ner. Had they been sure of Governor
Van Sant's re-election, they would have
stuck by him through thick and thin. But,
as usual, when the outcome is doubtful,
they have been playing both sides. They
did so last summer.
The extra session matter started an
open breach. The railroads served notice
on the governor that if he called the extra
session this winter he might look for
their unqualified opposition.
The Winona interview is his reply. It is
a case of meeting bluff with bluff, and
time will tell which holds the better hand.
The governor has announced to the people
that Tie and James J. Hill are out, and
that he expects the people to side with
him as against Hill.
J. P. Morgan <fc Co.'m Representative
DiscuNseg the MoineiitoiiH Deal.
New York, Nov. 18.—The Evening Post
to-day printed the following interview
with Charles Steele. of J. P. Morgan &
The legal aspects of the deposit of North
ern Pacific and Great Northern stocks with
the Northern Securities company were looked
into very carefully before the corporation
was established. The transaction ia not an
illegal one. There is nothing in the plan
for the deport and exchange of stocks cofc
trary to state or federal statute or court
law. You may safely say also that It was
not the intention or purpose of anyone con
nected with the company to do anything con
trar to any law. There is no intention to
consolidate these railways. They will be run
as before. The Northern Securities company
will not be an injury, but a benefit to the
people of the states through which its rail
"How is the scheme to be beneficial to
the patrons of the railway?" was asked.
"It will give them better facilities, bet
ter service and more stable rates."
"Are you sure they will not have to pay
"Certainly. They will not have to pay
higher rates. That is not part of the
plan, and besides the people would not
Btand increased charges."
will TAKE more: time:
Montana* i:\eoutlve Hot Ready to
' '^ ■■•"" Be Quoted.
Special to The Journal. ,
Helena, Mont., Nor. —Governor 5
Toole, when asked for his opinion of the
railroad consolidation, said he had not j
formed a definite conclusion and did not j
care to be quoted. He Is considering the \
matter and will have something to say in j
a few days. .
FOUND DEAD IN BED
K. O. Jertle, Madison, Sflar 5 invjcr
K. 0. Jerde, a lawyer of Madison. Minu.,
' died suddenly at the Tremont hotel, Sixth
avenue S and Fourth street, about 8
1 o'clock this morning. A post mortem ex
amination was held this afternoon. Mr.
Jerde came to Minneapolis about a month
ago to arrange for several suits pending.
Friday he went to the Tremont and com
plained of feeling ill. He had a bad
bruise on his arm, caused, he said, by a
runaway accident. He left his room at
5:30 a. in. and walked down to the office.
He returned half an hour later, and when
he failed .to respond to an 8 o'clock call,
which he left at the office, his room was
entered and the body found on the be*.
Heart failure is believed to have been
the cause. The remains -were removed to
the morgue. Mr. Jerde has a wif« aa*
five children at MadUoo, Minn.