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Excitement Among .Medics— A small
blaze In the wardroom of the medical build
ing, at the university yesterday, caused some
excitement The fire was extinguished with
little, If any, loss.
Llent. Mnnro Here—Lieutenant J. N.
Munro, of the regular army, who is away
from his regiment on furlough, is at the
Hotel Nicollet and will spend the holidays in
Minneapolis, his home city. Lieutenant
Munro belongs to the cavalry arm of the
service and his regiment Is now (stationed at
Fort Riley, Kan.
Corner in Broom Corn — The two
thirds crop of broom corn is reported cor
nered by the Union Broom Supply company,
which will force prices above the high rate
of 7 cents a pound prevailing at present. If
the company can "make good" it may force
prices to 12 or 16 cents. Brooms retail at
from 20 to 35 cents apiece, but the price
may be raised from 5 to 10 cents per broom.
C. W. Bibb of the Bibb Broom company says
that if wholesale rates do not drop the in
crease will surely follow.
Detention Room Provided— On order
of Mayor Ames, the room at the nordh end
of the city hall was yesterday afternoon
cleared of Its desks and will hereafter b.>
used as a detention rooan for smallpox sus
pects. Tills quick action was brought, about
through the protects of Alderman I'eter Nel
son yesterday. On the top floor iie almost
bumped into* a smallpox patient on his way
to the health department, while Alderman
Lane oiily escaped by Blde-siepyh'K deftly.
Alderman Nelson then waited on the mayor
and insisted that something be done.
A Girl Held Minnie Zimmerman,
tho 16-year-old daughter of Samuel Zimmer
man, employed in the federal building, was
hold up at 5:30 p. m. yesterday a few feet
from the Washington avenue stairway lead
ing to the flats along the river. The thug ob
tained nothing and escaped. Minnie lives at
240 Twenty-second avenue S, and had been
making purchases up town. Sho was attacked
by an unknown man whom she cannot de
scribe minutely, and beaten unmercifully
about the head and shoulders. Although the
jam's hand covered her mouth she was able
to cry out' before ho could seize her pocket
Boiler Insurance Bill — Seven tax
payers have protested against the all6wan"o
of the |165 bill of tho Northwestern Insur
ance agency for boiler Insurance on the court
house boilers. County Attorney Boardman
has, accordingly, appealed the matter to the
district court. The protest is signed by Gus
Kees, H. D. Eaton. Paul "Waidt, Julius Rees,
H. H. Krrger, John Burns and JullU3 J.
Flneman. (Jus Reos is the insurance agent
■who says that he offered to write the boiler
insurance in the sum of $25,000 for $125. or $30
less than the sum allowed. The county com
missioners claim that his offer as not made
until the policy had been accepted.
I,out—A Warm "Wave—Observer Out
ram is totally unable to account for the mys
terious disappearance of the -warm -*vave
which was due. in this city yesterday. Word
•was received too late to revlso The Jour
ii a ! prediction of yesterday. Instead of
uloppy weather this morning, the thermoine
rer registered IS degrees below zero, and at
1 o'clock this afternoon registered no higher
than —12. At present the prospect is one or
cold weather for tho next thirty-sis, hours.
All the areas which showed high temperatures
yesterday are now in the cold column and the
only advance is In Wisconsin and the gulf
Biate, where an ascending temperature is
MARIE PELTIER, aged 81, wife of J
Euslbo Peltier, died Tuesday. Beside her
husband, ebe leaves two sons, John G. and
Kdward. Funeral to-morrow at S a. m. from
the residence, 2017 Crystal Lake avenue, and I
Ste. Anne's church. Mrs. Peltier had been
a resident of Minneapolis for twenty-three
BELLS ARE LACKING
The Silent Sleigh Has Already Scored
There is at least one ordinance of the
city of Minneapolis that i% being daily
violated by many otherwise law-abiding j
citizens. While it may seem a trifling in
fringement of the law to some, and is
entirely the result of thoughtlessness with
others, it none the less seriously en
dangers the lift* and limbs of the pedes-
The ordinance providing for the use of
sleigh bells, "to be used in connection
with the running of sleighs, sleds and
other vehicles drawn on runners" ,is be
ing violated to a great extent thus far
this winter. Instances are being fre
quently reported where pedestrians have
been run down by reckless drivers or
have managed to get out of the way only
by the liveliest kind of sprinting. Only
yesterday an old man, whose hearing was
perhaps none too good, who might yet
have been forewarned by sleigh bells, was
struck by a horse near the union station
and jammed between the thill and wheel,
being dragged some distance before being
rescued. But for the timely assistance
of Rev. G. L. Morri.ll he might have been
badly hurt. He was released from his
perilous position only after being pain
The penalty for violating the sleighbell
ordinance is $20 fine or imprisonment not
to exceed sixty days.
MILWAUKEE REVISES TIME
It Meets It* Competitor!* on Chicago
The Chicago roads are preparing new
schedules according to the time agree
ment recently entered into by the roads j
at the Chicago meeting. The North- i
Western announced its changes a few days
sgo and the Milwaukee has issued a formal
notice that its Chicago schedule will be I
changed Dec. 22. The new Milwaukee |
time card will probably be issued Sat- '<
urdey. The Pioneer Limited, which leaves j
Minneapolis now at 7:30 p. m. and ar
rives in Chi p. ago at 9:30 the next morn
ing, -will leave under the new time at
7:65 p. m., and arrive In Chicago at
ihKO the next morning.
West-bound the Limited will leave Chi
cago a-t 6:30 p. m. and arrive in Minne
apolis at 8 the next morning. Chicago
leaving time is the same as under tho
present schedule. The train arrives at
Minneapolis twenty-live minutes earlier.
The fast mail train will be stripped of
Blcepsrs and cos^hes both east and west
In order to give Minneapolis people an
opportunity to mak; the earliest connec
tions in tho morninj at Chicago, the Mil
waukee has shortened the- time of train
No. 2 materially. This train'now leaves
Minneapolis at 3 in the afternoon and ar
rives at. Chicago at 7 the next morning.
The new leaving time for this train will
b* 5:25 p. m. and will arrive in Chicago
at the same tlir.o as now. This train will
serve the local passenger business which
The limited skips. Returning, No. 2 will
leave Chicago at 10:3 Cm the evening and
arrive at Minneapolis at noon the follow
No othor changes ie Milwaukee service
•will bo made.
HE TRIED TO ESCAPE
A Small lioi Suspect Attempted to Go
to St. Paul.
Harry Plantz, a St. Paul boy, employed J
in a down town Minneapolis establish- j
meat, plainly in the first stages of small- j
pox, was taken in hand by officials of the
health department early yesterday and
put in the new smallpox room on the
ground floor of the city hall to await the
arrival of the ambulance. He was left 1
alcna for a few moments, and when the
officials returned the boy was gone. A de
tail of officers was sent out post haste,
and after two hours' search Plantz was
caught as he was boarding an interurban
car for St. Paul. He will be sent to the
quarantine hospital. ; ".: ." V
NAMED BY ROOSEVELT
Postmaster* for Numerous North
western Town* Nominated.
I Washington, Dec. 20.—The president has
nominated the- following as postmasters-
Wisconsin— S. F. Fifleld, Ashland; R. A.
McDonald, Centralia; W. B. Tscharner, La
Crosse; C. R. Henderson, Maysville; C. N.
Johnson, Merrill; B. R. Evans, Phillips;
George Graham. Toman; A. W. Trevitt, Wau
North Dakota—M. N. Cbamberlin, Oakes.
lowa—Kate C. Warner, Dayton ;^J. B. Hun
gorford, Carroll; S. D. Henry, Coon Rapids;
F. W. Meyers, Denison; W. F. Atkinson,
«as; T. F. Armstrong, Lenox; A. C. Ingram,
Mount Ayr; William Blndlinger, Waterloo.
A REPLY TO CRITICS
City Engineer's Office Explains
Increased Cost of Paving.
ALDERMEN TO BLAME IN PART
' Circumstances Were All Against Do
' ins the Work, at Low ■
Officials of the city engineer's depart
ment do not rest easy under the criti
cisms of certain aldermen relative to the
cost of paving this year. The paving has
cost more than usual, they admit, but they
declare this was due to conditions quite
bej-ond the control of the city engineer
and that the responsibility should not be
laid vi his door.
At the outset of the season, the brick
contract was repudiated, causing delay
and expense. Then the paving committee
made repeated changes of program, ne
cessitating additional delay. Then it was
difficult to get material, and men and
teams wheu wanted and to keep skilled
men. Besides, the summer was exces
sively hot, and finally notably higher
prices had to be paid for all materials
entering into paving construction. These
are a tew of the reasons given for the fact
that paving costs more than in former
Another fact bearing on the situation,
j they Bay, is the department's painful lack
! of adequate equipment for doing paving
| work, a situation due entirely to the neg
: ligence of the aldermen and not in any
way to the city engineer. As an example,
it is sajd three stone crushers were used
in getting out the stone for the Washing
i ton avenue N macadam pavement and not
one of them was up to standard, the three
doing no more work than one good ma
chine could have done, while the expense
of operation was three times as great,
without taking into account the delays
and lost time due to the necessity of mak
ing frequent repairs.
Again the city engineer recommended
j to the city council last spring to buy two
lots on Fortieth avenue N underlaid with
stono. They were offered for $350 each.
i The council referred .the matter to some
committee and it has slumbered there
ever since. The only course left, says the
; city engineer, was to buy the stoaie on
the lots as used. This he did, aiid the
cost this year for the stone in one lot
alone has been more than $600, and It is
i probable that the city will have to spend
\ as much more in filling the excavation.
At the same rate the two lots will cost
! the city for Btone alone $l,uoo and, If
| forced to fill the lots to grade again, about
as much more.
It "Was Made by Spencer, but Not
Z. H. Austin, who was Governor Lind's
deputy insurance- commissioner, was the
chief figure in the Spencer perjury trial
at the courthouse yesterday. Austin was a
splendid witness for the defense under the
; skilful guidance of Governor Lind and ren
dered yeoman service for Mr. Spencer.
Mr. Austin in brief stated that he was
quite aware of the condition of the Min
neapolis Fire and Marine Mutual Insur
ance company and stated further that Mr.
Spencer had acted under his direction.
Another report as to the condition of the
insurance company has appeared. It is
quite like the one introduced by the state,
but Is essentially different In that it is
not sworn to.
Leonard Paulle, formerly treasurer of
the company, testified regarding certain
transactions and funds.
W. S. Dwinnell, one of the receivers of
the insurance company, testified to hav
ing received a block of notes, which had
not et first appeared among the assets.
(These are not the notes given by the di
rectors, however. Messrs. Dwinnell and
•Sweet are very anxious to have these lat
Yesterday afternoon Mr. Lind made a
motion for a dismissal of the ease against
ppencer after the state had rested. He
argued the matter at some length, but
Judge Elliott denied the motion.
COMPLAINT AGAIXST DICKEY
Said to Be Guilty of Vonfcasnuce in
Formal complaint was lodged yesterday
afternoon with Deputy Public Examiner
Koerner against certain practices in the
office of the clerk of the district court,
which are alleged to constitute non-feas
ance on the part of Mr. Dickey. It is re
ported that he has failed to collect fees
for making partial copies of judgments,
which he furnishes to abstract offices and
| mercantile agencies. The claim is made
I that the law prescribes a charge per folio
! for supplying .these partial copies and |
that the fee would be 25 cents for each j
copy or $1 for each judgment, as four con- j
cerns get the reports. According to Mr.
Koerner's informant the county should be
entitled to $1,800 a year as revenue from
Clerk Dickey says that the complaint is
mere rubbish. Every point raised has
been fully argued in the suit brought by
the county commissioners to recover cer
tain fees, which case was decided in favor
of the clerk by Judge Elliott. The fees
to be charged by his office are fixed by
statute and are invariably charged ir
respective of person. What he does out
side of his office the county has no claim
Mr. Koerner says that he has made no
investigation but evidently he is not much
li. S. BUFFIXGTON'S ASSETS
F. B. Hart Charßea That Some Have
Francis B. Hart, a creditor, has filed
In the federal court objections to the dis
charge of Leroy S. Buffington from his
debts in the bankruptcy court. He bases
his objections on four claims. He al
leges a false and fraudulent claim against
the estate in the sum of nearly $40,000 in
favor of Mary E. Buftu,gton; that the
bankrupt has concealed valuable assets
and failed to report as part of the estate,
consisting in part of stock in the Buf
fington High Building company fradu
lent.ly transferred to his wife without
consideration; that there was a conceal
ment and failure to report credits due on
contract, among others the sum of $5
from one Mills, and to report valuable
patents in the United States and foreign
countries; finally, that he failed to report
valuable asests which cannot be deter
mined until various books, papers and
vouchers now withheld are produced.
TO RECOVER HER DAUGHTER
Ilx*. Mary MieHsen Makes Attempt in
Probate Court. »
Mrs. Mary Miessen made an attempt
this morning to obtain possession of her
daughter Margaret Miessen. now one of
the iDmates of the state public school at
Owatonna, to which she was committed by
Judge Harvey. A motion for the vacation
of the order committing the girl was de
nied. Under the showing made at the
former hearing it would be cruel to force
the girl to go home, as sho grows frantic
over the very thought of it.
The motion for a vacation of the order
was based on the affidavits of Mrs. Mies
sen's daughter and attorney, alleging that
Margaret had been abducted by Mrs. A. K.
Skaro and Mrs. J. C. Stangland, and that
everything had been done to estrange her
from all home ties.
THE PRACTICE MARCH
It May Supersede the National Guard
The annual meeting of the Minnesota
National Guard Association will be held
in St. Paul Dec. 28. Among the ques
tions for .consideration will be an amend
ment of the infantry encampment and the
substitution of practice marches.
A. A. Sacwell was to-day commissioned
first lieutenant of Company B, Third reg
iment, Anoka. He has recently removed
from Princeton, where he was captain of
, Company G. j
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
HARVEY W. BROWN IS ILL
WORST THOUGHT TO BE OVER
Or. Hall Babcock, the Noted Blind
Specialist, Called lntu
< UII Nil It lit 1O It.
Harvey W. Brown, president of the Min
neapolis Gas company, and prominent In
business circles, is at his home on Clifton
avenue, seriously ill with heart trouble.
Mr. Brown has been ailing only a few
days, but Tuesday his condition was so
serious that Dr. George P. Roberts, who
is in attendance, called into consultation
Dr. Robert Hall Babeock, the famous blind
physician, of-Chicago, and one of the fore
most heart specialists in the country.
Dr. Babcock reached Minneapolis yes
terday and left for home again last night.
He visited, his patient yesterday morning
and. although the result of the consulta
tion was not made known,, the physicians
have by no means given up hope.
Yesterday Mr. Brown was reported
to have improved slightly. He passed a
fairly comfortable night, and was some
what stronger to-day than yesterday.
However, he is still dangerously ill.
A I uiqiic FiKurr,
Dr. Babcock, the Mind physician, is one '
of the most remarkable men iv his profes
sion. His blindness resulted from an ac
cident which occurred when he was only
13 years of age, but notwithstanding this
handicap, he determined to study medi
cine. With the help of his mother, who
read his text books to him. Dr. Babcock
was graduated from the preparatory de
partment of Olivet college and then
entered the Western Reserve university.
Later he went to Ann Arbor, and In 1878
took his M. D. degree at the Chicago
Medical college. The next year he entered
the College of Physicians and Surgeons at
Nevv York, andi was one of the ten. honor ,
men In his class.
The ensuing three years were spent in !
study in Germany, end in 1883 Dr. Babcock '
entered upon the practice of medicine in
Chicago. Totally blind, but with his
sense of hearing acutely developed, he
decided to become a heart and lung
specialist, and in that work he has made a
name for himself that is known all over
the country. Physicians generally admit
him to bo one of the best masters of diag- !
nosis in his line. At present he is profes- i
sor of clinical medicine for diseases of;
the chest and physical diagnosis, at the '
Chicago College of 'Physicians and Sur
He is a man of striking appearance,
with piercing black eyes that give no hint
of his infirmity. So familiar Is he with
his office and so acute Is his hearing that
he has frequently diagnoses cases brought
to him by other physicians without the
patient being aware that the man who
made so skilful an examination was en
tirely blind. His income from his profes
sion is said to be between $10,000 and $15,
Amalgamated Is Cut to i per
Cent by the Direc
New York, Dec. 20.—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.
Temporary Quartern If Necessary for
School to Start on Time.
Special to The Journal.
Aberdeen, S. D., Dec. 19.—Nothing but part
of the south wall and chimney remains of the
new, Northern Normal and Industrial School
above the basement. The fire did its work
completely. The loss to Contractor Fransen
of St. Paul is $20,000, except what he saved of
the basement walls. The state had paid him
only $11,000 on his contract and he had only
$5,000 insurance, which runs to the state.
Fransen says he will rebuild, but in any
event the state cannot lose, as the insurance
and basement are good for the amount paid,
besides the recourse on the contractor's
bondsmen. Twelve carpenters lose tools val
ued at from S2W) to $250 each.
The building was almost completed and all
interior finisalngs and glass were stored un
der the main roof and was destroyed. The
fire srtarted in a workroom on the first floor
in the absence of the watchman.
Should the work of rebuilding delay the
opening of the school beyond the commence
ment of the next school year, Sept. 1, Aber
deen will furnish temporary quarters so that
I the progress of students will not be inter
| fered with. The city and surrounding coun
try feel the loss keenly.
Bill for Complete Civil Government
Washington, Dec. 20.—Secretary Root
and Representative Cooper of Wisconsin,
of the house committee of insular affairs'
were in conference to-day and as a result
of this and further conferences to be held
during the holidays, an important legisla
tive measure is to be drafted for a com
plete civil government for the Philip
The bill covers the question of mining
and forestry, with a view of developing
the industries, at the same time regulat
ing the acquisition of mining and timber
lands; the disposition of the lands of
the friars: the regulation of franchises;
the establishment of banking facilities;
the enactment of coinage and currency
provisions requisite for the peculiar con
ditions there existing.
The regulation of* ranches is considered
of prime importance, the idea being to so
frame this branch of legislation as to en
courage the investment of capital in the
Philippines, giving the Filipinos oppor
tunities to work and thus allay their
The general purpose of the measure is
to bring about self-government among the
natives at the earliest practicable date,
and this is to be accomplished largely by
giving stability and system to the civil
izing agencies of commerce, etc.
WILL NOT SERVE
Ohio's Governor Withdraws From
McKinley Monument Committee.
Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 20.—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
ENGINEER ROWE IS DEAD
Remains Taken to His Home in St.
Paul for Ilnriul.
Special to The Journal.
Oelwein, lowa, Dec. 20. — Engineer
Ohauncey 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
Reviving Vice Admiral Grade.
Washington, Dec. 20.—A bill was introduced
in the senate by Mr. Penrose reviving
the grade of vice admiral of the navy and
promoting Admirals Sampson and Schley and
Captain Clark to that rank.
Buenoa Aires, Dec. 20. —Senor Concha Su
bercazaux, the Chilean minister here, has
reiterated to a friend his assurance that the
dispute between Chile and Argentina will be
AN OFFICIAL CLASH
The Coroniffßuns Bump Up Against
OVER A QUESTION OF AUTHORITY
An Amazing; Complication That Did
Not Happen, Itetiulting From a
Combination of Offices. °
Coroner U. G. Williams walked into the
office of Sheriff U/ G. Williams this
morning and placed the coroner's hat on
the sheriff's desk. He then threw the
sheriff's coat over the back of a con
venient chair, drew a cigar from the cor
oniff's vest pocket, lighted it with a
match belonging to the sheroner, and
placed it In his mouth. What is more,
after it was all over, he didn't appear to
consider that he had done anything at
A white chalk line was drawn down the
SHERONER U. G. WILLIAMS OF HENNE
center of the desk. On one side stood
the coroniff's telephone, on the other,
the telephone of the sheroner. He reached
into a drawer on the left and drew from
it a pair of handcuffs and a loaded re
volver. Next, from a drawer on the right
he produced a tiny model of a new
fangled coffin. As he sat there the sun
light, streaming through an eastern win
dow, cast a reflection of the chalk line
upon his person, the line apearing to
divide him midway from head to foot.
Throwing back his coat he revealed a
sheri-ff's badge on the upper left hand
corner of his vest. From a pocket on
the right protruded a bit of a surgical
bandage. Deputy coroniffs and deputy
sheroners crowded around for instructions,
but the versatile official sat there un
heeding. Finally he threw the coroner'a
right leg over the left limb of the sheriff,
and wheeling around in his chair, spoke.
The deputies listened with awe.
"Boys," said he, "I don't like this
business worth a continental. Just at
present the sheriff and the coroner of
this county are on good terms. I have a
high esteemjfor the sheriff and I regard
the coroner as a most estimable gentle
man. But suppose the two officials should
clash. That would be awful. I can see
from here that this problem will have to
be handled with the utmost delicacy. You
see the relationship is somewhat pe
"If the sheriff eats ■ a Welsh rare
bit, late at night, and it happens to dis
agree with the coroner, that will mean
trouble. It is a cinch that it would pro
duce ill feeling between the two officials,
and I want to avoid that if possible. I
trust you will see the delicacy of my
Just then the sheriff's telephone bell
rang and the deputy sheroner in charge
of the jail reported to his chief that a
man confined in cell number 13 had died
"All right, jailor," called the sheriff
you'll have to report it to the coroner
I suppose. Better call him up right away
before he leaves the office."
A moment later the coroner's bell rang
and Deputy Coroniff Alexander reported
that a man confined in the county jail
had died suddenly from some unknown
"I'll came right up there," replied Cor
oner Williams. "Suppose I'd better hold
"I scarcely think that is necessary."
replied Sheroner Alexander. "The fel
low's only a tramp. I don't believe the
sheriff would want an inquest held. It
would only be a nuisance up here and we
like to keep the jail quiet.
"I guess I know my own business " re
torted Coroner Williams with acerbity.
"At any rate I don't want any interfer
ence from you. If the man's dead I'll
hold an inquest over the remains, and if
tne sheriff don't like it the sheriff can
do the other thing." Then he hung up
the receiver and started for the door
Before he reached it, however the bell
on the sheriff's telephone rang sharply
and Sheriff Williams returned to find out
what was wanted.
"This Is Jailor Alexander," came a
voice from the other end of the wire "
I reported that death to the coroner and
the meddlesome old busybody wants to
hold an inquest."
He does, does he? Well, we'll have no
nonsense about this jail while I am run
nmsr it," retorted Sheriff Williams. "Does
he suppose the man was foully dealt with
while he was in my charge? The cor
oner's a fool. There's no need of an in
quest, and we ain't going to have any
If he come 3 nosing around the jail vdu
look him up and keep him locked up un
™\J,. tell you to relea*e him. Inquest!
Again the coroner started for the door
only to be called back by the ringing of
"This is Deputy Coroniff Alexander"
came a voice. "Sheroner Alexander just
told me that he had instructions to arrest
you if you entered' the jail without the
sheriff's pprmission, and he'll do it too I
thought I'd let you know about it "
The coroner looked ans?ry. He called a
messenger and sent him post haste for his
attorneys, Messrs Kingman and Wallace
The sheriff pondered. Finally he mut
tered: "I wonder if the coroner is in tho
right on this thing? Bright, send for
Bob Penney. I guess we'll look into the
legal aspects of the case before we go any
Then Sheriff Williams and Coroner Wil
liams sat down to await developments
A few minutes later Mr. Wallace entered
"Good morning, Mr. Coroner." he said.
"What can I do for you this morning?"
"How are you, Wallace? Sit down.
I'm afraid I'm going to have trouble with
the sheriff. A man died very suddenly in
the jail this morning, and when I proposed
Hovey Clarke's Thrilling Ride
Mr. and Mrs. Hovey C. Clarke had an
exciting experience in New York yester
day. Their train was delayed three hours,
and on their arrival Mr. Clarke signalled
a handsom and ordered the driver to take
him and Mrs. Clarke to their hotel.
On Broadway the horse became fright
ened and shied violently, the sudden
swerve hurling the driver from his seat.
The animal then started on a mad gallop
down the avenue, the hansom narrowly
to hold an inquest, he gave orders to ar
rest me if I tried it."
"Do you suspect foul play?"
"Why, certainly. The poor fellow may
have been starved to death for all I know.
I'll bet a green cat he didn't die of over
"In that case, go ahead. You clearly
have the law on your side, and if the
sheriff interferes to restrain you In tho
performance of your official duties, I'll
have him up before Judge McGce so quick
that his head'U swim. The judge isn't
particularly fond of Sheriff Williams, you
will remember"; and Mr. Wallace smiled
confidently. Then he took his hat and
As he passed out of the door Mr. Pen
ney entered it.
"Hullo, Mr. Sheriff, 1' he called.
"Hullo, Bob, come in and sit down.
Have c cigar. I've got into a mess with
that, old granny of a coroner again. A
man died up in the jail this morning; and
Williams wants to sit ori* the corpse."
"Any suspicious circumstances?"queried
"Of course not. The hobo just quit
quit breathing. That's all. How could
thore be an suspicious circumstances?
The man was under my care, wasn't he?
Now, I don't want a lot of tom-fool red
tape in this matter, and I don't want Wil
liams nosing around my jail."
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CORONIFF U. G. WILLIAMS OF HENNE
"You're right, sheriff. If he bothers you
pinch him. There's no reason why he
should hold an inquest on that case. No
reason in the world, and the law won't
help him, either."
Mr. Penney left; and Coroner Williams
walked out and took the jail elevator.
"Where's that dead man?" he demanded
of Sheroner Alexander.
"Now, look here, Mr. Coroner," repliled
that official. "I've got orders not to let
you see him, and I'm going to obey them.
The sheriff don't want you fussing around
here, and if you don't leave I'll have to
lock you up."
Coroner U. G. Willilams stood his
ground. So did Sheroner Alexander, and
a few minuteß later the coroner was occu
pying cell No. 27 and wondering how it
had all happened. He sent for his attor
ney, and when Mr. Wallace arrived he
suggested a compromise.
"Let's have Sheriff Williams' lawyer
here," he suggested, "and talk matters
Mr. Penney was sent for, and he, too,
advocated peace. Then the sheriff and the
coroner got together and both admitted
they had acted foolishly. After that the
entente cordiale was; soon re-established
and Sheriff Williams ordered Coroner
Williams released from custody. After
that the two officials and their attorneys
lunched together; and save for the attor
neys' bills, which will be presented later,
the incident was declared closed..
Capt. Mercer's Successor to
Reach Leech Lake in
From The Journal Bureau, lloom US, Post
Washington, Dec. 20.—Indian Commis
sioner Jones to-day received a letter
from Major Scott at Port 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. Heatwole 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.
GOVERN MEAT CONTROL,
Representative Jenkins After a Con
From The Journal Bureau, Room 4,5, J'ott
Washington, Dec. 20.—Representative
Jenkins introduced a resolution provid
ing for an amendment to the constitution
which will give the federal government
control of interstate commerce and inter
—W. W. Jermane.
Company to Handle Product on the
Michigan Side of the Lake*.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 20.— At a meet
ing here this morning, representative Michi
gan hardwood lumbermen practically complet
ed plans for the incorporation of a $250,000
company to protect their interests in buying
and selling. The company will handle the
products of all the mills on the Michigan side
of the Great L#akes.
GEDDES' NEW SCHOOL
Burned To-dny at a Loss of $3,000
With Xo Insurance.
Special to The Journal.
Armour, S. D., Dec. 20.—The new school
house at Geddes is burning. The loss
will be $3,000; no insurance. The flre
originated from the furnace.
escaping collision with several passing
As soon as he realized what had hap
pened Mr. Clarke smashed the glass in
the front of the cab, reaching through,
seized the lines. His position made It
impossible for him to bring the frightened
animal to a stop without resorting to
drastic methods, and he consequently ran
him into a street car.
The animal was badly injured in the
collision, but both Mr. and Mrs. Clark*
escaped without a bruise.
FKIDAY EVENING, DECEMBEE 20, 1901.
We wish to call the at
tention of Christmas
shoppers to our very re
cent importation of Gen-:
tlcmcn's wear, possess
ing all those qualities
sought by people of re
Smoking Jackets Pajamas
Bath Robes Night Shirts
House Robes Underwear
Canes . Scarf Pins
Neckwear Shirt Studs
Mufflers Sleeve Buttons
———^ Gloves Garters
"If it came from n osierj Full Dress Shields
Bam aby *S Suspenders Steamer Rugs
he will know it is good." Handkerchiefs Opera Hats
_ _J Shins Hats, Caps
One of the most important points regarding the management
of a life insurance company is the rules regarding the use of
proxies. Life insurance companies are supposed to be controlled
by the policy holders but obviously nearly all policy holders must
vote by proxy. Therefore If the officers are permitted to use
proxies indefinitely, especially permanent proxies, then the com
pany becomes practically the property of the officers.
The Massachusetts insurance law makes the proper provision
upon this point. A proxy is valid for only three months, only
twenty votes may be cast by one person, and the officers can
not either solicit or use a proxy at all. These simple but radical
provisions make the officers responsible to the policy holders and
furnish a practical guarantee of good management which is not
equaled outside of Massachusetts.
Your age and address to either of the undersigned will secure
a specimen policy in the old STATE MUTUAL LIFE of
WORCESTER, MASS., with full particulars.
C. W. VAN TUYL. GENERAL AGENT, 505-9 Lumber Exchange.
AUGUSTUS WARREN, GEORGE B. GRAVES,
GEO. A. AINSWORTH, ALLEN R. BEACH.
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A PLAY IN YIDDISH
Jewiik Actors Soon to Appear at
Minneapolitans may, if they choose, en
joy a new sensation and one which has
been much appreciated by the Jaded
tastes of the big cities. These cities
either have Jewish theaters or have fre
quent performances in Yiddish of charac
teristic plays. These are much frequented
by people who. never heard a word of
Yiddish in their lives.
On Sunday, night at Century hall, Min
neapolis is to have a dramatic perform
ance in Yiddish by a company chiefly of
New York players, with a few players
i from Minneapolis end St. Paul. The com
! pany is managed by Karp & Wasserstrorn,
j and the stage manager is H. Litinsky. The
I play is now being rehearsed and will be
I given in St. Paul and Duluth, and should
the patronage warrant will be repeated
here in the near future.
The play, which is called "Chiletze,"
takes its name from a peculiar Jewish
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marriage custom, and is a romance in
four acts whose scene is southern Rus
sia. Yiddish has such a strong admix
ture of German that German students
should be able to follow the lines.
POWERS WON'T GIVE IN
Is Going to Push Fight for Cheaper'
Alderman Powers is not going to allow
his scheme for trying to play the gas
light company against the General Elec
tric company in the interests of lower
lighting bids to die in committee. He an
nounces that he will bring in a minority
report to the council to-morrow night
calling for readvertising for bids in the
manner suggested in his recommendation
to the committee. In the case of the Gas
company, the council has power to order
in whatever lights It sees fit and the com
pany must obey, so that.it is possible to
displace many electric lights for gas lights
at the pleasure of the council and force
the gas company to enter the General
Electric company's field.