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Three Minnesota Congress
men Opposed to the
Why Messrs. Heatwole, Stev
ens and Eddy Stand
From The Journal Jiwreau, Jiooin 4.V, lost
Washington, Dec. 18. —Three members of
the Minnesota delegation — Heatwole, [
Stevens and Eddy —are expected to vote
against the Philippine tarilt bill to-day if
in their seats at roll call. They object to
the double taxation provided by the bill
and think if the Philippines are part of;
the United Slates, congress should treat'
them generously, instead of applying to.
them a system of studied discrimination.
Public clamor has arisen over this bill,
bat it is sai.l to be net unlike the Porto
Rican tariff bill so far as its essential:
features are concerned. No attempt hasl
been made by the republican house lead- j
ers to line up the recalcitrant members, j
because the bill will surely pass and it i
will have more than enough democratic
votes to offset republican defection.
—W. \V. Jermane.
Washington, Dec. IS. —The "whips" on
both sides of the house were actively at
work to-day preparing for the vote on the
Philippine tariff bill which is set for 4
p. m. This will be the first division of
any importance since the new membership
of the house assembled. The republican
majority at present is 37, as against 14
in the last house. Representative Tawney,
the republican "whip," said of the proba
ble result of the vote:
The bill will pass by a liberal majority,
although there will be borne breaks on both
sid-.-s. On the republican side we will not
lose to exceed eight votes. This loss 1 will be
partially compensated by the gain of the
Louisiana delegation of six votes. The net
result shows that the bill will pass without
The republican members who have de
flared opposition to the bill ere Repre
sentatives* HcCaU (Mass.); Littlefieid
i.Maine) and rrumipacker i.lnd.) The lat
ter is absent and will be paired against
the bill if possible, although democratic
members ere refusing to be paired with
him, owing to his attitude on southern
elections. Representative Warner (Illi
nois) and three republican members of the
Minnesota delegation are among the other
republicans whose votes are doubtful and
may be cast against the bill.
In the house to-day Mr. Hepburn (Iowa)
supported the bill. He said the democrats
offered nothing in the way of a bill to
improve the present measure. He de
clared the Filipinos were incapable of
.self-government and in reply to a ques
tion by Mr. Shafroth as to the capability
of the Cubans, said they also were not
tH for self-government. He said the
democratic party forced the administra
tion into a position where it was com
pelled to declare for the independence of
Cuba. This was greeted with democratic
•You may applaud," said Mr. Hepburn,
"but the time is not distant when you will
acknowledge the unwisdom of giving Cuba
independence." (Republican applause.)
Special to The Journal.
Philadelphia, Dec. 18.—After an estrangement of years Senator Sewell who is
dying at his home in Camden, effected a reconcilatioo yesterday with his daughter
Mrs. Courtlander of Baltimore. Mrs. Courtlander is a child of Senator Sewell's
first marriage, and yesterday met the brothers and sisters she had not seen since
they were babies. It was the wish of the dying senator that brought her from
The estrangement resulted from her opposition to her father's second mar
riage. Since her bitter opposition to her father's act not one of the family had
6poken to her, and her name was not even mentioned in the home through the
years. The reconciliation is complete. Mrs. Courtlander will remain until h«r
latber dies, an event that may occur at any moment.
STIRRING UP TROUBLE.
G. O. P.—lf you insist on that I must hold my nose.
Senator Nelson Introduces a
Bill Appropriating Mil
lions of Dollars.
From Thr, Journal Bureau, Jioont. +5, Port
Buiiainy, Washington.' fs .■■■ ' '
Washington, Deo. IS.—Senator Nelson
to-day introduced two bills providing for
industrial education in the United States
and insular possessions. The first pro
vides for an appropriation of undeter
mined millions to afl various states and
possessions to establish primary indus
trial schools, to be distributed by the
; president. No state shall share in the ap
i propriation until it shall have passed laws
for the establishment of these schools.
Other conditions regarding population are
The second bill appropriates $15,000,000
for providing primary industrial educa
tion for youth from 13 to 18 years of age
who shall be taught Agriculture and given
military training by officers of the regu
Bnlicook Very Rns>.
Representative Babcock said to-day that
he would spend the entire holiday recess
in drafting his tariff bill. He hopes to
have it ready when congress reconvenes,
Jan. 6. The public has no idea of the
immense amount of work Mr. Babcock
has cut out for himself in pre
paring his bill. He has had several
stenographers and tariff experts busy
since congress met, examining schedules
and making digests of existing laws. On
one occasion he ran up against a con
dition which annoyed him and had to
make a special trip to Pittsbuxg to get
detailed information. At other times he
has gone to Philadelphia, New York and
Boston. This work has taken much time
and the actual work of drafting the bill
will not comence until about Jan. 1. It
will not commence until about Jan. 1. It
Babcock intends to put a lot of schedules
into the bill and so perfect it as to meet
all the honest criticism he has so far en
"The bill,' he said to The Journal
man to-day, "will indorse the repub
lican policy of protection to American in
dustries, but. will aiao reach the end
which I have had in view since last con
gress, namely, reaching American cor
porations which no longer need protec
tion." —w. W. Jermane.
Washington Small Talk.
Senator Gamble called at the war depart
ment to-day and secured the appointment of
Anton .lureek, ot Lead, S. D., as second lieu
tenant in the regular army. He was recom
mended for the appointment more than a year
Senators Gamble and iKttreijge saw Secre
tary Hitchcock to-day and arranged for a
hearing to be given Major Harding, former
Indian agent at Yankton, soon after the holi
Postmasters appointed to-day: Montana-
Sandstone, Custer county, John H. Hasby
! North Dakota—Pleasant, Ward count.y Haiis
jO. Johnson. South Dakota—Alpena, Jerauld
county, Robert E. Dye. Wisconsin Mills,
Washburn county, Joseph Johnson; Trout,
Lincoln county, C. B, Moore.
For This Reason <liarle« Anderson
Taken His Own Life.
Special to The Journal.
Brainerd, Minn., Dec. 18.—Word was re
ceived here this morning from Pequest
that the body of Charles Anderson was
found in the woods a short distance from
that village. He is supposed to have
committed suicide. Anderson was 57
years of age. He leaves a wife and sev
eral small children. Financial em
barrassment is supposed to have been the
cause of his deed.
WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 18, 1901.
Bill Consolidating All Pend
ing Measures on the
Washington, Dec. 18. —Chairman Ray of
the house committee on judiciary to-day
introduced an anti-anarchy measure
which probably will be the basis of legis
lation on that subject in the house. The
measure brings together features of the
many propositions made for dealing with
the subject. It provides the death penalty
for assaults on the president or other ex
ecutive officers. It is made a felony to
advise or teach the overthrow of the gov
ernment or any interference with gov
ernment officers. The death penalty also
is provided for conspiracies in this coun
try leading to the killing of a foreign
Robber Could Make No Head
way With This
Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. IS.—A stranger
i entered the office of Justice Webb this
j morning and, finding his clerk. Miss
! Clementine Hamilton, alone, demanded
| that she open the safe, which contained
• $2,000. Upon her refusal, he attempted to
' strangle her, saying: "If you don't open
j the safe I'll kill you."
Miss Hamilton broke away and, securing
a revolver, fired at the fellow. He es
Western Union Said to Be in
Favor of the Pacific
Mbw rork Sun Saaalal Sarvtcm
Washington, Dec. IS. —The house com
mittee -on interstate and foreign com
merce has voted to report the Corliss bill,
which provides for the construction,
operation and maintenance of a cable be
tween the United States and Hawaii,
Guam and the Philippine islands' by the
government. This is the bill which was
defeated in the interstate and foreign
commerce committee during the fifty
sixth congress. The failure to report it
was due to corporate influences which ob
jected to the government constructing
and owning a cable. Now the same in
fluence, said to be the Western Union
Telegraph company, is reported to be re
sponsible for this action because John
W. Mackey, who controls a rival tele
graph company, has taken steps to build
a cable on his own account.. The bill will
undoubtedly meet with fierce oppoeition
in the house and senate.
HELD FOR STREET MURDER
Ex-Convict Bound Over on Circitm-
Special to The Journal.
Lincoln. Neb., Dec. 18. —C. E. Hayward
was bound over to district court for the
murder of John J. Gillilan last August.
The murdered man was a prominent real
estate dealer, and was killed on a public
street at 10 o'clock at night. The evi
dence against Hayward is all circumstan
tial. He is a burglar and ex-convict.
FIRE QUENCHER BURNED
Village of HalMtad 1. «»««■«< It* Fire
V |t|in rat iim.
Special to The Journal.
Halstad, Minn-., Dec. 18.—Yesterday aft
ernoon the village hall and fire appara
tus were burned. The fire is supposed to
have started from a stove in the room
where the chimicals were kept. Loss,
*4.uOUi insurance, $1,500.
Cabinet Place as Reward for
. Political Services.
President Is Not Playing Politics in
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McKINLEY FRIENDLY TO PAYNE
Roosevelt's Only Thought Was That
Payne Was a Fit Man (or
Front Tl\* Journal Bureau, Room AS, Pott
Washington, Dec. 18. —President Roose
velt's friends deny that he was playing
politics in the appointment of Henry C.
Payne to the cabinet. He was not seek
ing a political manager in the middle west
nor trying to do something to strengthen
the bonds between himself and Senator
Hanna. Payne may easily develop Into !
such a middle west manager, but he goes
into the cabinet primarily as a reward for
services rendered the republican party in
two important presidential campaigns.
The president, being convinced of his fit- |
ness, had no other thought in Appointing
him. There have ben no strained rela
tions between Roosevelt and Hanna, so
the Payne appointment means nothing
along that line. , h
After the 1896 election, Payne wanted
a cabinet position, but McKinley could
not make a place for him. ~ He was agin
a candidate after the election of 1900,
; but McKinley told him he was compelled
to keep his old cabinet. In 1896 the na
tional committee indorsed Payne's ambi
i tion in a rather perfunctory way. Mc
! Kinley found out at too late a day the
; debt the republican party owed to Payne,
but finding it out he wanted to give him
another appointment and a foreign am
bassadorship was talked of. Payne did
not want a place of this sort and so the
matter was dropped. After the election
of* 1900 the national committee indorsed
Payne in a very earnest way, but McKin
ley of course could not ask any of his old
cabinet to resign. It was the understand
ing, however, that when a vacancy came,
Payne was to have it.
Arrangement Carried Out.
Now that Postmaster General Smith, of
his own accord and in pursuance of ; a
policy determined on before McKinley's
death, leaves the cabinet, Roosevelt very
promptly carries <jutr the arrangement
made by the Da.iOnal committee with
McKinley, and thai is all there is of the
Next to Hanna, the • republican party !
owes more to Payne than to any other
man of the national committee. Payne
was- Hanna's close confidant and adviser
in the committee and assumed the respon
sibility for executing Hanna's plans. The
strain was tremendous, but the work was
done perfectly. Several times during tne
last campaign, Payne had to go home for
a short rest, his physician telling, him
that unless he did he would not be re
sponsible for the results; but Payne, with
a rest here and there of a few days, man
aged to stick the campaign through. No
body knows his # worth to the party as
Hanna knows it and that is why the na
tional committee has wanted Payne's am
bition for a cabinet appointment gratified.
It is the only reward he ever has asked
for Services Tendered the party. Inci
dentally he will make a fine postmaster
general and, incidentally, too, as was
said before, he will be in a position to
look after Roosevelt's fences in the mid
dle west should there be need for it; but
he would have done that whether he came
into the cabinet at this time or not.
—W. W. Jermane.
i President Roosevelt Loth to Part
M i(li Mr. Smith.
Washington, Dec. 18.—Charles Emory
Smith, of Philadelphia, has tendered to
the president his formal resignation as
postmaster general, to take effect early
next month, and Henry C. Payne, of Wis
consin, vice chairman of the republican
national committee, has accepted the ten
der of the office, to which he will be nom
inated immediately after the holiday re
cess. (This was announced- by The
Journa 1 yesterday.) Mr. Smith has
agreed to remain until Jan. 15, if neces
sary, but he will return immediately
thereafter to Philadelphia to resume the
editorship of the Philadelphia Press. The
president said that he had sought to per
suade Mr. Smith to alter his determina
tion and to remain in the cabinet, but
without success. .-:'.: ; i;;-'
Mr. Smith first announced to the presi
dent the latter part of last month that he
had decided to return to his editorial du
ties. The president at that time urged
him to remain.
Mr. Smith, however, had been frequent
ly reminded by his business associates of
the duties devolving upon him, and he was
anxious to return then. He had several
talks with President Roosevelt on the
subject and finally on Saturday last form
ally tendered to the president the follow
ing letter of resignation:
Following my verbal statement some timo
ago I beg to tender my resignation as post
master general, to take effect at your ear
liest convenience on the appointment and
qualification of my successor. My step is
taken in fulfillment of a plan long sin^e
formed for purely personal reasons, the exe
cution of which has been delayed until it
could be carried out without embarrassing
your declared policy and until department
measures in which I am deeply interested
could be satisfactorily advanced and assured.
In laying down the trust committed to ny
hands, I want to thank you most sincerely
for the confidence you have reposed in me
and for the great pleasure I have found in
an association which has deepened my es
teem for you personally and my admiration
for the spirit and aims of your administra
tion. With my best wishes that you may
have the largest measure of success, I re
Mr. Smith delayed the formal tender un
til the president had chosen his successor.
Mr. Payne is now at his home in Wiscon
sin. His name will go into the senate
for confirmation the first week of January.
It is stated that no other changes in the
cabinet are at present contemplated.
Mr. Smith has been postmaster general
since April 21, 18%. succeeding James A.
Gary, of Maryland, virtually at the outset
of the Spanish war. Henry C. Payne has
been a citizen of Milwaukee for many
years and has been prominent in political
circles in Wisconsin for over twenty-five
years. For several years past he has
been republican national committeeman
from Wisconsin and during the last two
national campaigns he was vice chairman
of the republican national committee. Mr.
Continued on Second Pane.
Says He Was Entitled to the
Credit at Santiago.
COMMANDER OF COLON
Capt. Moren on the Work of tha
Brooklyn and Oregon.
DEWEY'S MINORITY FINDINGS
Protest Afcainst Them Being Formu
lated by Counsel for Admiral
■ .. Sampson.
Madrid, Dec. 18.—Captain Diaz Moren,
who commanded the Colon at the battle
of Santiago, says that Admiral Sampson
! could take no active part in the fight be
cause his ship was twelve miles to the
east of Santiago harbor when the Span
ish squadron appeared, while Admiral
Schley, .with the Brooklyn flying his pen
nant, land the lowa were close to the
mouth of the harbor. Said Captain
Moren: • ' - .
I ' Both warships fought the Maria Teresa,
which seven minutes afterwards was afire.
My ship, the Colon, appeared then, firing her
larboard artillery against the 'lowa, which,
not moving quickly enough, wouli have been
sunk by the Colon's pushing had not the
Brooklyn fought an hour and a half with
the Colon. Evidently the credit of the first
part of the battle, during which the Maria
Terest and the Vizcaya were placed bors dv
combat, belong to Schley, as well as the sec
! ond part, during which the Colon fought
| alone against the Brooklyn and the Oregon.
| She was finally vanquished by the superior
artillery of the Brooklyn and the faster speed
of the Oregon. I think Admiral Dewey's
praise to Schley is just. It does not diminish
Admiral Sampson's glory, to whom, as su
perior commander, was due the positions of
the ships In the line of blockade, and with
out whose instructions the result might bo
seen in another light.
Sampson's Lawyers Drawing Up a
Protest Against It.
New York, Dec. 18.—Slayton and Camp
bell, attorneys for Rear Admiral Samp
son, are drawing up a formal protest
against the minority finding of Admiral
Dewey in the Schley court of inquiry
Mr. Campbell said to-day:
We are preparing a brief, and have until
Thursday afternoon to file it. It is based
upon the record of the court. Three times, in
behalf of admiral Sampson, there was a ten
der of evidence to show who was in command
at the battle of Santiago. The court ruled
that such testimony was inadmissable, and
the question was not gone into.
< The question of command at Santiago has
already been passed upon by the court of
claims, which awarded that honor to Rear
Sampson Critically 111.
Washington, Dec. 18.—Admiral William T.
Sampson is critically ill and probably will
never again leave his | house. He has not
been cognizant of the various features of the
so-called Sampson-Schley controversy for a
year or more. Until recently he has known
in a general way what has been going on
but he has taken no personal interest in the
case, not even while the court of inquiry
w.as in session. He has displayed no interest
whatever in the findings.
Details of the Deal Whereby
the Bell Gets the
Erie. • ■
Special to The Journal.
Boston, Dec. While no circular has
been issued announcing the terms upon
which the Erie Telegraph and Telephone
company is to be organized prior to its
absorption by the Bell company, it is
stated by an apparently reliable au
thority that the value of the new Erie
preferred stock will be placed at 85. Each
holder of four shares of Erie stock wdll
be Required to take one. share at par,
making the assessment loss $3.75 peri,
share. The price of common stock under
\ the new issue would be about 31%. Four
shares of Erie at 20, the present price,
would amount to 80, which, with the loss
on the preferred, would make 95. Dividing
this by three, as three shares of the new
I will take the place of four of the old, and
the price of the common would be between
31 and 32. The Bell people are doing
nothing in the reorganization, as that is
entirely within the hands of the Erie
board, 'but as soon as the property is ;
placed on.- a satisfactory basis, as indi
cated-above, steps will be taken by the
Bel lcompany to effect the mercer of the
The control of the Erie by the Bell
interests places the latter in command of
the telephone situation, which was some
what complicated by the fact that the
j Erie managers were buying up small in
dependent companies in their own interest
while comprising one-sixth of the Bell
company. Five subsidiary companies,
owning 300,000 miles, of wire in eight
states and connecting with 16,000 subscrib
ers, thus come under the Bell control.
It is reported here that General John L.
Sabin, who is president of the Chicago &
Central Union Telphone company of Chi
cago, will be the new president of the
Erie company and that the newly acquired
j properties will be managed from .an
j operating standpoint in Chicago under the
direction of the Boston interests in con
trol. A director of the Erie company,
j when asked about the report this after
: noon, would not affirm or deny it, but said
I that the property could be most economi
cally managed from Chicago on account
of its proximity to the Chicago and Cen
tral Union telephone properties.
M. P. SENTENCED
I Irishman Punlniied for Making In
Castle Bear, Ireland, Dec. 18.—The hear
ing of the charges of holding meetings
| and delivering j intimidating speeches in
defiance of the police brought against
I Conor O'Kelly, M. P., chairman of the
Mayo county council, and several other
officials of Mayo county, was concluded to
day. Mr. O'Kelly was sentenced to two
months' imprisonment, and four other de- i
fendants were sentenced to terms of im
prisonment ranging from a fortnight to a
I month. 0* fi' s
HEATING CONTRACT AWARDED.
Special to The Journal. .■•...
--■ . Foley, Minn., Dee. 18.— O. F. Doyle of St.
Cloud was awarded the contract for the
heating plant for the new courthouse. Hi*
bid was $1,200 and there were five others.. ,
16 PAGES-FIVE OCLOCK.
MAY CUT RATE TO
The Benevolent Old Merger Credited
With Having a Grand Coup
First Definite Information Secured Re
garding the Exact Line of the
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<$> THE STATE'S LINE OF ACTION <$>
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■$> A special dispatch to The Journal from Washington says that At- £
<$> torney General Douglas will bring his suit against the Northern Securities <$>
<«> Company in the supreme court of the United States. The reason for the <?>
<$> present delay is that the court has adjourned for the holidays. <•>
<«> It will reconvene Jan. 6. The papers are practically finished, ana will be <v
<$> filed as soon as court is open to receive them. ■•>
<$> - The proceedings will be in the nature of a bill of equity, seeking an in- <$>
<$> junction against the officers and directors of the Northern Securities com- <$>
<§> pany. .It will state that they are conspiring to violate the laws and injure <s>
<§> the commerce of the state of Minnesota. <$>
.<s> The greatest secrecy is maintained at the capitol, and only the attorney <3>
<$> general's office and the governor have known what plan was to be pursued. • <$>
<$> No one outside the secret has imagined a suit being brought direct in the <§>
<?> highest court of the land. * <§>
.<s> The counsel for the state are confident of victory. Following the ruling <£
<$ of the supreme court in the Pearsall case, that tribunal is expected to hold ■§>
<?> that the purchase of stock by the Northern Securities Company, is.an attempt <*>
<«> to consolidate by indirection, and a violation of the Minnesota law. <§>
<$> ; ' . .: . <$>
Master minds behind the great rail
road merger are said to be preparing a
, master stroke to influence public senti
ment. It is reported upon what seems
to be excellent authority that the present
plan is to file new tariff sheets, with the
railroad and warehouse commission cov
ering the Great Northern and the North
ern Pacific. There is proposed a general
recasting of rates between the twin cities
and points north and west. Rate clerks,
under orders from the traffic heads, are
said to be working night and day in prep
aration of the tariffs, which are to be put
out aa soon as possible. Without doubt
they will be seen before the exira ses
sion of the legislature, and for obvious
reasons that would be a good time to
bring them out.
On their face, the new tariffs will show
a reduction ia freight rates. Just how
great is not known, but they will be so
devised as to make the reduction ap
James J. Hill and his lieutenants real
ize that the masses of the people are
against them, that their consolidation
scheme is almost universally condemned,
and that an outraged public sentiment will
find a vent in hostile legislation if it is
not checked. The rate, changes will be a
daring bid for popular favor. The merger
ites will say:
"Didn't we tell you this would be a
good thing for the people? We are sav
ing money by this consolidation, but we
will not take it all ourselves. We are
letting you shippers and consumers have
part of the benefit. We are letting you
in on our good thing. Don't you see how
foolish you would be to stop us?"
Hardly Pure Philanthropy.
Thi3 concession will be discounted for
two reasons. In the first place, it will
be only to evident that the reduction only
comes as a result of the agitation started
by Governor Van Sant.
Then again, it will be well to reserve
decision until the new rates have been
' figured out. The intricacies of a rate
sheet are so many that a layman is easily
deceived. It takes an expert to figure out
their true meaning. For instance, it will
not profit the shipper if the rate on his
class ie lowered and his commodity is at
the same time advanced to a class above,
which takes a higher rate. There are
various ways of reducing rates without
cutting profits. Shippers will reserve
Judgment until they have made use of
the new rates, and know exactly what
they mean. They will say "thank you,"
to the gift horse, and then examine his
Even bona fide, reductions will not satis
fy the shipper. As Senator Jones, of
Morris, expressed it yesterday, under the
consolidation individual dealers will be at
the mercy of the railroad companies, who
can make or break a man. Many are
afraid now to come out in the open and
express their real feelings. With all the
lines under one head they would not dare
say a. word. A too outspoken shipper
might want a car ever so badly, and "un
avoidable delays" would detain it for
weeks, until it would have to be handled
at a loss.
A general reduction of rates cannot be
expected. Under the tremendous cap
italization of the Northern Securities
company the railroads cannot make any
substantial reduction in charges and pay
the promised dividends.
The U. \. Well Watered.
That immense increase of Great North
ern stock has opened the eyes of the
people. In two years' time the stock has
increased from $25,000,000 to $125,000,000,
Just five fold. It must still pay divi
dends. The face value of the railroad
has increased five times, and who has cre
ated it? The people who ship their grain
and receive the necessities of life over the
line know that it is their money which
has swelled the fortunes of Mr. Hill and
his friends. They will demand more than
a crust. They will demand that Mr.
Hill, instead of "cutting another melon"
for the private refection of his coterie,
pass it around generously to the people
who helped him grow it.
Chance (or Railway < ommliioneri,
Rate reduction is bound to come as a
result of the enormous increase in the
paying power of the railroads. Members
of the railroad and warehouse commission
are debating an important step, nothing
less than a general investigation of freight
rates in Minnesota, in the light of the
present values of railroad stock. It may
never be attempted by the present com
mission, but they have it in mind, realiz
ing that it would meet a popular demand.
It is up to the commissioners to re
trieve their falling fortunes in some way.
They have fallen way in the rear of the
procession, and will have to take long
strides to catch up. Already there in talk
of legislating them out of office, and
there could be no better way to meet the
cry than to start a genuine move in the
interests of the people.
If the commission does not inaugurate
such a move, there will be rate legisla
tion. There will hardly be time for it at
the special session this winter, but there
| would be time to create a special com
! mission to investigate the reasonableness
of freight rates in Minnesota, and.report
to the next regular session. Without
doubt the next legislature, which will be
new in both branches, will be pledged to
I enact legislation that will give relief to
the people of the state.
The State Must Take Time.
Some impatience is manifested over the
delay in [commencement of the suit
against the Northern Securities company.
This impatience is natural, but as one
state official expresses it, ■ the railroad
people have had several months to work
out their scheme, and to find ways of
evading the laws of the state. It is only
reasonable to give the attorney general
five or six weeks to confound their plots.
He is working hard, and has good reasons
for taking plenty of time. There will be
no "lying down." He is as deeply in
earnest as the governor, or any citizen of
the state, and will make that apparent in
due course of time. Much accurate In
formation about the plan of the Northern
Securities company has been obtained,
through confidential agents in New York
city, and the statement in the state's com
plaint will be sufficient to convince any
one of the arbitrary and despotic charac
ter of the trust.
>EW YORK LITIGATION
ltd HusiK Pointed Out—The llurliutf
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. 18.—The move of local
shareholders of the Northern Pacific pre
ferred for an injunction to prevent the
retirement of that issue at par Jan. Ist,
was apparently unexpected, notwithstand
ing recent murmurs of gathering opposi
tion. The basis of this litigation appears
to be that the charter of the company
provides that after dividends of 4 per
cent per annum have been paid on each
class of stock both stocks are to share
equally in further distribution, the con
tention being that preferred stock has
been discriminated against in that it has
no subscription rights to stock of the
Northern Securities company. •"'--.
As a partial offset to this disturbing
litigation is the news that the financial
interests back of the Northern Securities
have virtually completed the organization
of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy.
This action is construed as indicating that
the threatened opposition to the deal by
western states or at Washington will not
lead to serious delay in the efforts to
complete consolidation. That Hill is
dominant in the management of the Bur
lington system is indicated by | the elec
tion of Miller as vice president of the
Burlington in charge of traffic. There
has been considerable objection to this
arrangement by the Union Pacific inter
ests, but it apaprently has been over
come. The executive committee is com
posed of George W. Perkins of J. P.
Morgan & Co., James J. Hill, E. H. Har
rtman, W. P. Clough and M. L. Sohiff.
This gives two representatives each to the
Union Pacific and Hill interests, with a
partner of J. Pierpont Morgan holding the
balance of power. *
ST. PAI I. "AIVT SAYIXG M FFIX' '»
Hill Announces Extensive Improve*
in cuts In Ilia St. Paul Simp*.
"He certainly is good to me," St. Paul
sings of James J. Hill, and with that mod
ern siren's song St. Paul business men
justify their acquiescence in the Great
Northern's great railway swallowing act.
The railroad king has made his St. Paul
friends a handsome Christmas present. It
has been heralded em the ■ newspapers ■of
,the capital city for th© past week that