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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
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' ANOTHER INDORSEMENT. 1
The Don—There's the fellow that licked me. r - ' |
* Uncle Sam—He ought ter know.
Capt. Mercer's Successor to
Reach Leech Lake in
from The Journal Bureau, liooni *S, Post
Jiuilflitty, Wa*hit.'jti,)i. .
Washington, Dec. 19. —Indian Commis- I
sioner Jones to-day received a letter
from Major Scott at Fort Sill, Okla., say
ing that he would reach Leech Lake
agency to relieve Captain Mercer about |
the first of the month. He did not indi
cate that he would come to Washington
before going to Minnesota, and Commis
sioner Jones believes he will go direct
from Fort Sill to Leech Lake.
There has been informal talk of send
ing a delegation of congressmen to King
Edward's coronation next June, and any
such delegation would probably be made
of members of the foreign affairs com
mittee. Heatvvole of Minnesota is on this
committee, and his'friends are wonder
ing how he would look in court dress—
knee breeches, silk stockings, pumps and
possibly a wig. There is a good deal of
good-natured chaffing over the prospec
tive junket, but the committee on for
eign affairs stands it pretty well.
—W. W. Jermane.
Washington Small Talk.
Representative Stevens of Minnesota is in
terested in the veterans of the Spanish war
■who saw service in Cubs, Porto Rico and tne
Philippines. One of his bills provides that
the homestead rights now enjoyed by the
veterans of the civil war be extended to them.
The bill to increase from $225,000 to $51K>,
--000 the cost of the federal building at Butte
has been introduced by Senator Clark of
Colonel George H. Higbee of Burlington,
lowa, has paid $80,000 for a plot of Washing
ton real estate at Connecticut avenue -and L.
street, In the heart of the fashionable quar
ter. A large apartment house will probably
be erected. .
The controller of the currency has aproved
the application of Charles H. Hose of Minne
apolis, Archibald A. Crane. Hiram H. Thayer,
Edward W. Decker and James W. Raymond
lor authority to organize the First National
Bank of Courtenay, N. D., with a capital of
$25,000. The controller has approved the X.i- !
tional Bank of Commerce of Minneapolis as
a reserve agent for the First National Bank
of Stevens Point, Wia.
Postmasters appointed to-day: Minnesota—
Scuth Branch, Watonwan county, T. C. L.
Rathke. lowa — Ctlca, Van Huron county, W.
H. Leal. North Dakota—Courtney. Stut3man
county, Charles Schumacher. Wisconsin —
Henrietta, Richland county, M. J. Wells;
West. Lima, Richland county, C. P. Tilson.
Senator iKttredge to-day presented resolu
tions of the South Dakota legislature favoring
an increased allowance for the education of
Indian children in that state. Representative
Burke presented the same resolution.
Representative Jenkins to-day introduced a
bill for the relief of settlers within the limits
of the forfeited Omaha railroad grant in Wis
consin. -: : .-. .
Representative Mp.rtin to-day secured an or-
Loser in Copper a Suicide
\ London, Dec. 19.—Hugh Kekewich of the firm of Morrison, Kekewich & Co.,
a leading member of the metal exchange, died suddenly this morning. It is said he
committed suicide. The belief prevails that Mr. Kekewich recently suffered heavy
losses in copper. He had suffered from insomnia.
COST OF SIBERIAN ROAD
Plow York Sun Spools! Serviaa
Odessa, Dec. 18.—The Novosti states that the Siberian railway, which at the
beginning it was estimated would cost 350,000,000 roubles, had cost a year ago 780,
--000,000 roubles. The final total is likely to exceed 1,000,000,000 roubles..
lowa Farmer Surprised His Wife
Special to The Journal.
Dike, lowa, Dec. 19.—A well known farmer of Lincoln township in an unguarded
moment did a very foolish thing. He promised his good wife he would work a sur
prise on himself for Christmas by buying a. new suit of clothes. He made the pur
chase and started home with the clothes in his wagon, promising himself that he
/ - would turn the surprise on his wife and walk in with the new suit on. He drove into
a thicket near the creek that crosses his 'farm and there in the wagon, although it
was cold, he disrobed and threw his old suit into the creek. He reached for the
new clothes to find them gone. They had jostled from the wagon. He was but a few
rods. from home and for that place he/went off on a, trot. It took some minutes to
v convince his wife that he was clothed in his right mind.
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The Don—There's the fellow that licked me.
I ncle Sam—He ought ter know.
del- from the postoffu c department for the es
tablishment of a free delivery service at Lad,
to beg-in July 1. ~
Big Company Organizing With Brit
A*e<u> York Sun Special Service
Austin, Texas, Dec. 19. — was stated
here to-day by business associates of
Former Governor J. S. Hogg that the lat
ter would leave for England in a few days
to close negotiations with British capi
talists for the organization of a gigantic
oil company, which is to operate in the
Beaumont fields. This British syndicate,
in which Mr. Hogg will be a heavy stock
holder, will have a capital stock of $25,
--000,000 to $50,000,000, and its purpose will
be to acquire the holdings of a number of
smaller independent oil producing con
; cerns, build end operate pipe lines and
I establish a fleet of oil vessels to ply be
tween Port Arthur, Texas, and the Euro
Twent.v-flve-Mlle Tramp and Wolves
Howling in Nearby Woods.
Special to The Journal.
Duluth, Minn., Dec. 19. —The county can- j
vassing board met here this morning. '
Brick Erickson, of New Independence is
a member of the board and got up at 2
o'clock this morning and walked to the
city to attend the meeting. The ther
mometer was 20 degrees below zero and
a high wind was raging during the whole
walk of twenty-five miles. Erickson was
not attacked by wolves, but for miles he
heard them howling through the woods on
both sides of the road.
ENGINEER ROWE IS DEAD
Remains Taken to Hist Home In St.
Paul for Burial.
Special to The Journal.
Oelwein, lowa, Dec. 19. — Engineer
Chauncey Rowe, of St. Paul, who , was
injured in the wreck a few days ago, !
died her last night. His wife and two
children were with him when he died and
took the remains to St. Paul for burial
TREE FELL UPON HIM
William Ehrke, Jr., Killed \>ar
Special to The Journal.
Winona, Minn., Dec. 19.—William Ehrke,
Jr., residing near Minnesota City, was
killed by being crushed beneath a falling
tree. He was 25 and unmarried.
STARVING IN THE WOODS.
Special to The Journal. \-; '
Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 19.—Lumbermen tell
of a colored man who is starving in the woods
near here without shelted and nothing but a
shirt and pair of overalls to cover him. He
has a fire and lies in hot ashes to keep from
freezing. Eqorts, without avail have been
made to get him into the city.
GIVES THE COUNTRY A CHANCE.
Washington, Dec. 19.—Congress to-day ad
journed until Monday, Jan. 6.
THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 19, 1901.
Trains on Lines in Wyoming
and Nebraska Fast
Cheyenne, ,Wyo., Dec. 19. —The Union
Pacific, Colorado & Southern, north, and
the Burlington, east, are practically at
a standstill as a result of the recent storm
in Wyoming and Nebraska. All trains on
the Union Pacific are compelled to spend
hours in snowdrifts waiting for the rotary
plows to make openings so they can pass
through, and to make matters worse a
Union Pacific rotary plow, pushed by two
big compound engines, slashed its way
to the rear of a train of deadhead tourist
sleepers near Sherman. The wreckage
I caught fire and a caboose and nine tourist
j cars were completely destroyed. The
! work of clearing the track is slow and
the blockade may last for an indefinite
A blockade at Ramsey, forty miles east
of Rawlins, has stopped the passage of
trains into Laramie from the west and
the one at Sherman blocks traffic west
On the Colorado & Southern twenty-one
miles north of here, a passenger train
was derailed. The accident has tied up
traffic on that branch.
No trains have come in over the Bur- j
lington branch from Holdredge for two '
days. A drift derailed an engine about j
100 miles east of Cheyenne and the wreck- !
ers have not yet succeeded in getting it
back upon the track. In addition, the
branch is snowbound for a stretch of
more than fifty miles.
THE WORST OVER
Both Passenger and Freight Trains
Will Be Moving This Evening. ,
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 19.—'Union Pacific of
ficials this morning said that all the pas
senger trains which have been tied up
at Sheridan and Solon, Wyo., by wrecks
at those places, were relieved last night
or early to-day. No. 5, which was de
railed at Ramsay yesterday, got started
at midnight. Several freight trains are.
still tied uj> on sidings, where they have
been placed to clear the main line for
the delayed passenger trains. Rotary
snow pl6\ws were put to work on the
Wyoming and Western Nebraska divisions
after yesterday's snow storms and all the
cuts have been cleared.
At the office of the superintendent of
transportation telegrams were received
which indicate that both passenger and
freight trains will be moving satisfac
torily before the close of the day.
NAMED BY ROOSEVELT \
Postmasters for Numerous Xorth-
Yrestern Towns Nominated. '
Washington, Dec. 19.—The president to
day nominated the following as post
Wisconsin—S. F. Fifield, Ashland; R. A.
McDonald, Centralia; W. B. Tscharner, La
Crosse; C. R. Henderson, Mayimlle; C. N.
Johnson, : Merrill; B. R. Evans, Phillips;
George Graham, Toman; A. W. Trevitt, Wau
j North Dakota—M. N. Chamberlin, Oakes.
i lowa—Kate C. Warner, Dayton; J. B. Hun
j gerford, Carroll; S. D. Henry, Coon Rapids;
F. W. Meyers, Denison; W. F. Atkinson,
ens: T. F. Armstrong, Lenox; A. C.: Ingram,
Mount Ayr: William Bindlinger, Waterloo.
Furniture Department Store Dc
strii>«-d-L<|»!t In $10,000.
Special to The Journal.
Fairmont, Minn., Dec. 19.—The Furni
ture department store was totally de
stroyed by fire early this morning. The
loss is about $10,000. Insurance is about
$4,000. The fire is supposed to have
started in a barber shop adjoining the
furniture store. .>* '_
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WYOMING NOMINATIONS. : :'
Washington, Dee. 19.—The president to-day
sent the following nominations to the senate:
Fred W. Daniels, register of the land office at
Buffalo, Wyo.; Eugene, B. Mather,' Wyoming,
receiver of public moneys at Buffalo, Wye.
PENSION FOR MRS. McKINLEY.
. Washington, Dec. 19. — Senator Hanua to
day introduced a bill granting a pension of
$5,000 a year to Mrs. McKinley, widow of the j
Dramatic Fatality in a Fur
nace at Pittsburg.
I A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION
', Nine Men Killed and Seme of the
Wounded Will Die.
! UNFORTUNATES FALL 85 FEET
Every Bone in Their BodteM Broken
in U Drop to the Hoof of
Pittsburg, Dee. 19. —By an explosion of
gas in the Soho furnace of Jones & Laugh
lin, near Brady street, this city, at 6:20
o'clock this morning, nine men were
burned to death, three injured so badly
! that they are not expected to live, and
two others dangerously hurt. The bodies
of the victims were terribly mangled and
burned. Those identified thus far are:
Three of the injured are not expected to
The damage to the plant will amount to
$20,000. The explosion occurred in one of
the big blast furnaces. The men were at
work at the top of the furnace over 120'
feet from the ground. They were em
ployed as fillers and were just getting
ready to quit work, being members of the
, j night crew, when the gas which accumu
'! lated in the furnace, exploded and tons
• of molten metal, cinders and slag were
' thrown over the men on top of the struc
When the gas let go a panic ensued on
the small platform about the top. The
men made a rush for the elevator, tout it
had gone down and there was no escape.
To jump meant death and to remain on
the platform was just as certain doom.
Every Bone Broken.
The tons of molten metal and flames fell
that are still living. The others hung on
death. Their bodies dropped to the roof
of the mill, eighty-five feet below, every
bone broken and an unrecognizable mass
of human flesh.
Thomas Jones and Arthur Young, man
agers of the plant, have given out a
statement that nine men were killed and
flv<; Injured. They say that ordinarily
only three men worked on top of the
furnace, but this morning one of the
heavy iron wagons used in taking up the
ore to the furnace 4 •.' ? ack on the sum
mit of the structure ; aqd the three men
! sent for assistance. • few men went up,
i but they could not move the wagon and
j more went up until the number feached
1 fourteen. It was while they were tryjng
to get the wagon released that the fatal
explosion took place. All the men were
Slavs and Poles.
Eye witnesses say It was the most hor
rible sight they ever witnessed. They
say that when the explosion took place
there was a loud report and the murky
sky was illuminated with a great sheet
of flame, showing the men on top of the
furnace running about, gesticulating wild
Blown Off the Furnace.
Five of the men were blown off the top
of the furnace and these are the ones
upon tben 1 and burned ton men to
the railing, until . their clothing was
burned off. Two of the victims hanging
on the outside held on and remained
clinging to the railing until their fingers
were burned off. They then fell to the
roof of the mill dead. Seven of the vic
tims were found dead on the platform of
Hundreds of pedestrians on Second ave
nue had narrow escapes from instant
death when the explosion occurred. Tons
of ore, coke and hot cinders, some pieces
weighing almoat three pounds rained
down on Second avenue and many had to
run into houses for protection.
A later report says the explosion was
caused by a slip in the furnace.
Costly Failure of a Train to Wait at
San Lucas, Cala., De. I!).—The north and
south bound Southern Pacific Sunset lim
ited trains came together in head-on col- !
lision at Uplands this morning and two
men—the fireman and baggageman—were
killed. Four Italians who were in the
smoking car of the north-bound train were
bruised and scalded, but not fatally.
Both engines were demolished and the
baggage, smoking and chair cars on the
north-bound train were burned. None
of the cars on the south-bound train were
injured and none of the passengers hurt.
The killed were: Fireman Gerber and
Baggageman Garland. The cause of the
accident was the failure of the south
bound train to wait at a siding at Uplands
Half a mile bewond the siding it crashed
into the north-bound train from Los
San Jose, Cala., Dec. 19.—The following
report of killed and injured in the South
ern Pacific wreck near Uplands has been
received at the railroad office here:
Killed: Mr. Garland, fireman; Wells-
Fargo messenger, name unknown.
Twenty-six passengers are reported in
jured, but none fatally.
REJOICE OVER "ROSY"
( nii<l»ii«ll-HiiniiiT:i,:ih Is Practically
Asked to Retire.
London, Dec. 19.—The Midlothian Lib
erak^3oaciation of which both the late Mr.
Gla<mtcfflte and Lord Roseberry have been
presiwat, and which has frequently led
liberal, ( evolutions, publishes a resolution
which /iis regarded in some quarters as
tantamount to an invitation to Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman to retire from the
liberal leadership of the house of com
mons. The resolution acknowledges the
great service of Sir Henry, but in the next,
sentence welcomes with the greatest sat
isfaction the return of Lord Rosebery to
active political life and profoundly trusts
his gifts and statesmanship will again
be placed at the disposal of the party.
Methodists of Marxhfleld Were to
Have Dedlated It on Sunday.
Special to The Journal.
Marshfield. Wis., Dec. 19.—Fire this
morning gutted the new M. E. Church in
this city, making it almost useless. The
dedication services were to have taken
place next Sunday. The building was
In 1574 a road club, for the improve
ment of country roads in England, was
established by a society of persons in
terested in coaching.
Ambassador to Italy, Not
Secretary of the
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Dec. 19.—-A Washington special
to the Tribune says: There is no authority
for the report that Myron T. Herjick of
Cleveland will be appointed secretary of
the treasury in place of Lyman J. Gage,
who, it is said will resign. Mr. Herrick is
to be appointed ambassador to Italy after
awhile in place of George V. L. Meyers
of Massachusetts, who was recently ap
pointed as the successor to General W.
J. Draper. It was understood at the time
the appointment was made that Professor
Meyers would not hold the office long.and
it was President McKinley's intention,
which will be carried out by President
Roosevelt, to appoint Mr. Herrick to suc
Amalgamated Is, Cut to i per
Cent by the Direc
New York, Dec. 19.—The directors of
the Amalgamated Copper company de
clared a quarterly dividend of 1 per cent
to-day. The last quarterly dividend de
clared in September was 1% per cent.
RACEDIO SERVE PAPERS
OFFICER'S TEAM FAGGED OUT
Otherwise He Would Have Won—
Property at Neinart, Mont.,
Special to The Journal.
Helena,' Mont., Dec. 19.—Deputy United
States Marshal Will and Deputy Sheriff
Leadbeter of Cascade county had an ex
citing chase through four feet of snow
for a distance of twelve miles to see
which could reach the town of Neihart,.
in the Belt mountains- first and post at
tachment papers upon the property of the
Diamond Mining company.
C. D. McClure of St. Louis, a million
aire, commenced an attachment suit in
the federal court in Helena against the
mining company to recover $85,000 on
notes. Deputy Marshal Will started for
Neihart to have notices posted upon the j
building of the company and served upon
the officers, and when he arrived at Great
Falls a bank of that city heard of the
attachment and commenced a suit in state
court to secure the company's indebted
ness to the bank.
The deputy sheriff started for Neihart
with papers ahead of the deputy marshal.
Twelve miles from Neihart both the offi
cers left the train, which was delayed,
and, procuring teams,, began a twelve
mile race through four feet of snow at
an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea leval
and in bitter cold. The deputy sheriff
led most of the way, but on the outskirts
of Noihart his team gave out and the fed
eral officer passed him and nailed up his
attachment notices first.
Objections to Dewey's Finding Will
Be Filed To-morrow.
Washington, Dec. 19.—Mr. Theall, act
ing for Mr. StaytoH, counsel for Admiral
W. T. Sampson, to-day called at the navy
department to see Judge Advocate General
Lemley. Mr. Theall stated that the ob
jections to the findings of Admiral Dewey
will be filed with Secretary Long to-mor
j row morning. The statement will object
to Admiral Dewey's finding that Admiral
Schley was in absolute command at the
battle of Santiaga bay, on the ground that
testimony touching this point was not
admitted during the sessions of the court
The bill of exceptions filed by counsel
for Admiral Schley with Secretary Long
yesterday, and the accompanying letter of
; Mr. Rayner, have been referred to Judge
! Advocate General Lemley, who is pre
i paring a reply.
Admiral Sampson's Condition.
Washington, Dec. 19.—At Admiral Sampson's j
residence to-day, the statement was made that
the admiral's condition remains unchanged.
It was emphatically denied that his illness
! is such as to give rise to any feeling of im
mediate alarm. He is not confined to his
bed, but moves around the house at will.
Reviving Vice Admiral Grade. .
Washington, Dec. 19.—A bill was introduced
in the senate to-day by Mr.. Penrose reviving
tile grade of vice admiral of the navy and
j promoting Admirals Sampson and Schley and
i Captain Ciark to that rank.
Private Secretary and Clerks of the
Special to The Journal.
- Dcs Moines, lowa, Dec. 19. —Governor-
elect Cummins announced to-day the fol
lowing appointments for the executive
office: John Briar of Dcs Moines, private
j secretary; B. W. Garret of Leon, pardon
secretary; E. W. Patterson, Greenfield,
parole clerk; Major S. H_,Carper of Dcs
Moines, general clerk; Rufus Harvey of
Dcs Moines, requisition clerk; Isabelle
Wilson of Centerville, stenographer; Wil
liam Coalson, Dcs Moines, usher.
WILL NOT SERVE
Ohio's Governor Withdraws From
3! <■ Kin ley- Monument Committee.
Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 19—Governor Nash,
chairman of the subcommittee appointed to
canvass the state departments for funds for
then local McKinley monument fund', has de
clined to serve. This action, as well as the
fact that other state officials, attorneys and
prominent business men have not contributed
to the fund, is being commented on by mem
bers of the Board of Trade having the mat
ter in charge. The explanation is that the
state officials will assist the national move
OCEAN VESSELS. , '
New York—Arrived: Germanic, from Liver
pool. \::■ ;■..-,'',••■-;£-; '
"Naples—Arrived: Aller, from New York for
Hamburg—Arrived: Deutschland, from New
FOREST RESERVE RECOMMENDED^
Washington, Dec. 19.—President Roosevelt
to-day sent to congress a letter strongly com
mending the plan for a national forest reserv
ation in the Southern Apalachian region.
CHILE-ARGENTINE PEACE. .'*-«•■
Buenos Aires', Dec. 19.— Senor Concha Su
beraazaux, the Chilean minister here, has
reiterated, to a friend his assurance that the
dispute between Chile and Argentina will be
DEATH IN A LUMBER CAMP.
Special to The Journal. -:^J- ■■■'
Chippewa Falls, Wis., Dec. 19.—Louis Jean
. erett of this city died suddenly from hsart
; trouble in J Joseph, Dernier's camp | yesterday.
. He was one of the oldest camp cooks on the
Chippewa river. J
16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
A RATE REDUCTION
ADMITTED BY HILL
Northern Securities President Admitted Re
vision of Rates, But Said it
Wasn't for Effect.
A Genuine Reduction Might Interfere With
Guaranteed Dividends on "Poor
Rate reduction on the Great Northern;
and Northern Pacific is coming. The!
Journal yesterday predicted it, and j
to-day the prediction received confirma
tion, "strong as proofs of holy writ."
A prominent Minnesotan, who was in
New York two weeks ago, isTheJour
n a 1 ' s informant. - He had a long talk
with James J. Hill. The Great Northern
president was visibly stirred and ag
grieved over the agitation started in Min
nesota.. He said:
: Railroad consolidation means ad- :
: vance in rates. This deal is not a :
: consolidation, as 1 the people will soon :
: see. We are going to make sub- :
: stantial reductions in rates about the :
: holidays. They were determined on :
: before Governor Van Sant made his :
: attack on us, and they are not for :
: effect. We can afford to reduce rates. :
: There will be a general reduction :
: about Jan. 1 on all but grain rates. :
: Those will follow next summer, in :
: time to benefit the farmer to move :
: next year's crop. They would do him :
: no good this winter. :
The Journal's informant said:
"Now I have confidence that Mr. Hill was
telling me the truth, and those reductions
will take place. 1 don't see how you got
i hold of the facts, but your story is right
|in that. Ido not believe it is being done
for effect, though."
Mr. Hill further said:
"Why didn't the Minnesota governor
and newspapers that are fighting me take
some notice last summer when the Union
Pacific people tried to get control of the
Northern Pacific. They nearly succeeded,
and if they had the Northern Pacific
would have been an adjunct to the Union
Pacific. It would have been very detri
mental to Minnesota. I prevented it. I
live in Minnesota. I made my money
there, and I have the interests of the
state at heart. Why are they always after
Gen. Donglas Remain* Silent.
Attorney General Douglas still refuses
to affirm or deny the Washington story
in yesterday's Journal stating that
his action against the merger would be
brought in the United States supreme
court. He refuses to confirm it, and says
he is aot in a position to discuss the
It is evident that the story is, in the
main, correct. The rush of work has
ceased in the attorney general's office, a
sign that the papers are practically com
pleted. Attorneys generally agree that,
if the supreme court of the United States
will assume jurisdiction, there is the
place to go. To reach the Northern Secu
rities company it seems the only feasible
It is possible that proceedings against
the Great Northern company may also
be investigated in the state courts.
NO TERHITOKIAL INVASIONS
Hill and Harrimnn Interests A»ree
on a Trnee.
New York, Dec. 19.—The Morgan-Hill
and the Harriman railroad interests in
the northwestern and western territory
have agreed to abstain from building rail
road extensions into each other's terri
tory. These interests have also agreed
to maintain tariff rates in their respec
tive territories. No consideration has yet
been given to any provisions for an in
terchange of traffic.
The extension of the Burlington syndi
cate was definitely announced to-day. It
was to expire by limitation on Jan. 1,
but has been extended for six months.
It has been generally understood that
this syndicate was called upon to furnish
most of the $50,000,000 in cash to be used
in paying off Burlington shareholders
who have agreed to take cash instead of
bonds to be isued jointly by the Great
Northern and Northern Pacific "railroads
to secure the interest on Burlington
bonds of new issue. Most of these bonds
have been isued, and the life of the syn
ci^j^te lias been extended to finish the*
HERREID IN LINK
Interests of Sontli Dakota Will Be
Special to The Journal.
Sioux Palls, S. D., Dec. 19—Governor
Herreid, true to the straightforward
methods which have won him the Triend
ship of the vast majority of South Da
kota people, has declared clearly his opin
ions regarding the proposed merger of
some of the northwestern railroad, lines.
At a meeting of the state board of rail
road commissioners, held in this city a
short time ago, a resolution was adopted
calling upon Attorney General Pyle for an
opinion as to the power of the board in
the premises. A copy of the resolution
was also forwarded to the governor. Late
yesterday afternoon Secretary Stanley, of
the railroad commission, received the fol
lowing characteristic letter from the gov
Eureka, S. U., Dec. 16 —The interests of the
state and its people should be carefully
guarded, and It is my purpose to take such
oourso as will be most likely to secure that
result. t>f course, our state is much less
affected by the proposed combination than is
Minnesota, where the Great Northern and the
Northern Pacific are, and have been for years,
competing lines. Our situation, fortunately,
Is quite different. The Northern Pacific has
ao line in this state, while the Great North-
j em, although not having an extensive mile
age, is in active competition" with the Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul, the Chicago & North-
Western, and to some extent with the Soo
Una. The Burlington has no mileage except
in the Black Hills country, and is in active
competition in that region with the lines. of
the Fremont, . Elkhorn & Missouri' Valley,
which is a part of the Chicago & North-West
ern railway system. .
• From Governor Van Santa letter to me, I
learn that it is his Intention to call, at an
early day, a meeting of the governors of all
the states affected by the proposed control of
the three railroad companies involved by the
Northern Securities company, and it. is my
intention to attend said meeting. Looking
first to the interests of South Dakota, I shall
endeavor to take such steps as, in my best
judgment under the advice of the attorney
general, will protect those Interests. The
initiative having been taken by Governor Van
Sant, it seems v roper that South Dakota
should wait the action of Minnesota, and the j
result of the conference oi governors soon to
be held. Nothing has occurred as yet, and
probably nothing' can occur, at least for some
time, that will in any respect affect or disturb
the rates and facilities enjoyed by the public J
In the state of South Dakota.
MERGER'S LOAD IS HEAVY
A Genuine Rate Reduction Might In
terfere With Dividends. \.
"How can they do it?" is the comment <;
of railroad men on the story in yester
day's Journal, forecasting reductions
in freight rates by the Great Northern
and Northern Pacific in the near future. "
Men familiar with the conditions are in
clined to be credulous. Said a well in
formed traffic man on another system to
The Journal to-day:
I cannot believe that there is going to be
any material reduction in freight rates by the
merger roads. Mr. Hill has undertaken an
enormous task. Besides paying dividends on
the tremenedous capitalization of the two
transcontinental lines, he is guaranteeing 8
per cent dividends on Burlington, which
means the distribution of $9,000,000 of profits
each year. The Burlington did not make that
much last year, and may never do it. The
difference has to be made up by the trans
continental lines. .'
I can see that it would be a good move in
the controversy to reduce rates, and they
may tile some new tariffs and concede some
thing to the shippers. It will not do the ship
pers any good in the long run, though.
I know they are up to something. Rate
clerks on both roads are working hard get
ting up comparative tables of rates, for some
purpose or others. Those are going to the
bosses when finished, and I do not believe ■
any one knows what, they are going to do
with them. They have some deep-laid scheme
in their heads. I am.sure of that.
ST. PAIL, STOCK
Attempt to Get at the Cause of the
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. 19.—The strength of St.
Paul stock is not explained by any special
developments in the near future. It i»
attributed by some to operations by west
ern interests which caused an advance to
174 in the early fall and by others to pur
chases of a semi-investment character
Jgy large capitalists already identified: with
"the property. There are those who think
the stockholders will receive more sub
scription "rights" this fiscal year and
that it will be the policy of the company
to make this kind of distribution from
time. to time rather than to increase the
dividend rate'from its present level of
6 per cent. This is not officially admitted
to be the policy of the company, but it it
a policy that has ben tried with success
in other cases. As for the talk that the
next dividend) will be at the 7 per cent
rate, it is declared that as the meeting
to act on dividend will not be held until
March, It is too early to discuss the mat
Extension of Syndicate Due to lu
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. —The extension of
the Burlington joint fours syndicate till
July 1, next, was due to the fact that
owing to a succession of unfavorable cir
cumstances during the fall the bond mar
ket was unfavorable to the winding up f
of syndicate operations, and it was
thought better to keep things intact
rather than distribute holdings. The
bonds have not been slow of movement by
reason of anything affecting \ their mdi- «
vidual merits, but merely as a result of J
general causes. A good many blocks have
been taken by ban and other institu
tions for permanent investment. Interest
is. due Jan. 1, so that the present price Is * "
equal to about 96 and interest—a pretty
low price for bonds of this class. .:•••'.«
Seems to Think Everything Is Com
ing His Way. .*:
Special to The Journal.
New x York, Dec. —Before leaving for
the west last night James J. V Hill ex- .-.,
pressed very optimistic views on the gen
eral situation and especially the north- -
western position.- He said the railroads
were doing splendidly and felt confident
that the threatened litigations would not
interfere with his plans. Some of them
might blow over. The enormous earnings
of the Northern Pacific seem to satisfy
Hill's sanguine views. •
Representative Jenkins After a Con
stitutional Amendment. ~
from- The Journal Rurnni, Itoom •*&, foal
Building, Washington. ■
«;2 Washington, Dec. 19. —Representative
Jenkins introduced a resolution provid
ing for an amendment to the constitution
which will give the federal govern^ssi
control of interstate commerce and infeC: ~:
state corporations.: :,. j;
*;:'.- , —W. W. Jermene. •
CHASING THE SOUTH POLE.
Buenos Aires, Dec. 19.—The Swedish Ant- s,
arctic expedition under Dr. Otto Nordenskjol
has arrived at this'port. Dr. Nordenskjoi **•
pects to return to Sweden in May,' 19U&