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HE'LL BE THEIR VALENTINE.
There's room for every Cupids' dart
In Uncle Sam's expansive heart.
Story That Marshall Field
and Carnegie Interests
Wall Street Gossip on Ru
mored Additional West
WAR IN ERIN
Assertion That the Policy of
Kindness Has Not Been
ALL BUTON E
Five Members of an Iowa
Family Have Died of
London, Feb. 8.A dispatch to the Pall
Mall Gazette from Dublin declares that
the "firmly rooted belief in" influential. , . . . . . . , -
circles is that nothing short of a revolu-
l a s
Kustoner, aged 6 years,
Special to The Journal.
Waterloof , Iowa. Feb. 8. rBy th e deat h
Special to The Journal.
New York, Feb. 8.A story is cur
rent that the recnt activity and
advance in Chicago & North - West
ern was caused by quiet buying
of stock in the interest of Marshal
Feld of Chicago. Field and his associates
are said to have combined with the
Carnegie interests and jointly obtained a
dominating influence in the company's af
W h a t A b o u t St. P a u l ?
The Journal of Commerce says:
There have been murmurs for several days
that important developments were pending
in the northwest. The street was, however,
disposed to discredit the. story of the con
solidation of three Independent granger lines.
The conspicuous strength, of St. Paul yester
day, however, gave the report more promi
nence than would otherwise have been the
case. The fact that St. Paul stockholders
only about a year ago declined a very flat
tering offer to dispose of their property tu
the present owners of the Burlington has en
couraged the belief that it is the fixed policy
of the St. Paul system to retain its inde
pendence. It would be easy to invent reasons
why Rock Island and St. Paul should unite,
particularly in view of the great consolida
tions which have recently been effected both
on the north and south of these systems. The
most reliable sources of information, how
ever, fail to bring confirmation of this report.
The advance in Illinois Central, which a
one time exceeded 3 points, was not satisfac
torily explained. Rumors that the Illinois
Central is negotiating for the Iowa Central
might easily explain the strength of the
latter, but they would hardly account for
the still greater rise in Illinois Central stock
R o c k e f e l l e r H o l d i n g s I n c r e n e d .
Stock exchange operators say the
Rockefeller holdings in St. Paul have been
largely increased the past few months.
Changes in the board of directors are
probable. Brokers handling Iowa Central
declare the advance in that stock is due
wholly to the good financial condition of
the property and not to any prospect of a
change in control.
tion is meant by the United Irish League,
and that the advocates of constitutional
methods are slowly but surely giving way
to the strong physical force section."
According to the correspondent, "Lord
Salisbury's speech of Wednesday last,
before the Junior Constitutional club,
leads people to hope that the government
has at last learned) the lesson that home
rule cannot be killed with kindness and
that the ministry has become aware of the
terrible havoc being worked by the league
throughout Ireland." The correspondent
Irishmen who have just returned from the
United States aver that no support will be
given to the disloyal cause unless the discus
sions and scenes in parliament give place to
something more active in Ireland itself. The
American end of the campaign is being run
by men who are all of the same stamp as
Flnerty, who recommends dynamite and rifles.
Young Ireland is being taught to believe in
the coming storm and to openly speak there
of with enthusiasm. The policy of kindness
has convinced the peasantry that the reign
of the British is almost at an end, and, in
truth, the British statute book is already
suspended and the court of the league is su
the fifth victim of the fire here, occa
sioned by the overturning of a lamp in
the Kushnfer home Tuesday night, is
claimed. Of the entire family only an
18-months-old babv survives.
Traction Interests of Five
Great Cities in One
DIED OF MEASLES
E p i d e m i c In a n I o w a T o w n K i l l s
F o u r C h i l d r e n .
Special to The Journal.
Marshalltown, Iowa, Feb. 8.An epi
demic of measles in its most malignant
form is raging in the town of Ren wick.
Four children died with the disease this
week. Almost all the children in the
place have the disease and the schools
have been closed.
Rio Janeiro, Feb. 8.A waterspout has
wrecked a station on the Jeronimo Mez
zuita Central railway, causing many
deaths and great damage on plantations. -
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Feb. 8.Negotiations are now
in progress in this city and New York
for the consolidation of the principal
traction interests of this citypossibly
the elevated roads as wellinto one large
company, which will control the local
transportation field. Furthermore, i is
probable that this is the preliminary step
to merging the local 'traction lines into a
giant c6mbination with a capital of at
least one-third of a billion dollars, which
is to control the transportation companies
in five or more of the principal cities of
the United States.
The local combination and the national
concern are being planned by the Whit
GET A DRAWBACK
Millers Will Find No Legal
Obstacle to Grinding
If the local flour mills decide to begin
grinding Manitoba wheat, as intimated in
T h e J o u r n a l yesterday, it will not
be the first time it has been done. Away
back in the late seventies, when the mill
ing industry was yet in its infancy, the
experiment was tried. One of the Chris
tians, pioneer millers of the city, brought
some wheat grown across the line, over
into Minnesota and it was ground into
flour here. The experiment was suc
cessful in the one instance, in so far as
it showed that the wheat could be used.
It was more a test of quality than any
thing else. But it was not shown that
there were any special advantages to be
gained, and, indeed, a comparison of the
product only served to prove the super
iority of the choice Red River valley
wheat over any other/ Conditions, of
course, in the milling trade and in regard
to wheat growing in Manitoba were so
different that no comparison with the
present time can be of value, but it is
interesting to note that with sufficient
difference in price it might be possible
for the local millers to go after the
Xo L e g a l O b s t a c l e s .
A special dispatch from T h e J o u r -
n a l ' s Washington bureau quotes treas
ury department officials as saying that
there is ample authority in law for grind
ing Manitoba wheat in^ond in Minneapo
lis and exporting it when made into flour.
There are two laws covering this point
One was enacted in 1883, and provided
for grinding Canadian wheat in the
United States which is brought in wagons
or other ordinary road vehicles. No duty
is to be paid on this wheat except for
Washington, Feb. 8.The exact purpose
of Representative Babcock's bill for a re
duction of the tariff on steel and-iron pro
ducts, which as been the subject of so
much discusston in and out of congress,
is to afford scientific protection to these
products without giving the steel trust
any leeway for discrimination in price in
favor of foreign buyers or for paying divi
dends on watered stock. This is all Mr.
Babcock claims for it.
In drafting the bill he had the assist
ance and advice of steel manufacturers in
all parts of the country, and'of those who
are familiar with the manufacture of steel
and iron and its cost in foreign countries.
The schedules themselves were drawn by
a treasury official who prepared similar
schedules in the Dirigley bill and,who is
thoroughly familiar with the subject Bab
cock found, when he investigated.the sub
ject, that the trust ws "charging domestic
consumers of its product more than for
eign buyers were paying for the same arti
cles. Its output in 1901 was 15,000,000
tons of rails and structural iron and steel.
The average profit was $14 a ton. A
profit of ?8 a ton is sufficient to produce
a five per cent dividend on steel and iron
manufacturers, counting the cost of ma
terial labor, plant and necessary repairs.
He thus figured that the trust was reap
ing a profit of $6 a ton as the result of
the high protection afforded by the Ding
ley law. The trust output in 1901 was
15,000,0u0 tons, making a total of excess
profit $90,000,000, all of which was taken
from the pockets of domestic consumer's.
The output is reckoned on the basis of the
amount of pig iron used in the inanufac
turer of rails and of structural material.
Babcock found that in trust mills mod
ern methods enable .the manufacturers to
reduce iron ore, to make steel and to
bring out finished articles, rails and
structural material by a continuous pro
cess, doing away with the remelting of
pig iron. These improvements have
cheapened .the process to such an extent
that there is no foreign competition and
no revenue accrues on certain articles.
They have, therefore, open placed on the
free list. They are it|ai.and steel in
slabs, blooms, , loops^pS^ams, girders,
joists and. all s[tru(itv.*fel.,iroii and (steel
boiler and ship plates* steel rails, steel
ingots, biljets and bars. On other prod
ucts the schedules have been rearranged
so that the protection afforded is just
enough .to equalize the difference in the
cost of manufacture-' here and abroad,
leaving the foreigner to pay the co3t of
transportation and insurance in order to
sell his product in this country.
Much .criticism has been heartl because
the Babcock bill leaves the diJty. on pig
iron. The trust does not produce that,
but other and smaller manufacturers do.
Mr. Babcock has left the protective duty
on pig iron for the benefit of the latter,
who need encouragement. The retention
of the duty on ore has also been con
demned, but that schedule was retained
to afford protection against Canadian
ores. The average rate of protection
provided in the Babcock bill is 60 per cent
of the Dingley rates. The adoption of th
amended schedules would permit the
manufacture of all iron and steel products
at a fair profit without danger of foreign
Under the Babcock bill, should it be
come a law, the steel trust, if it attempts
to raise its prices on any of its products,
will invite competition from foreign man
ufacturers. This is what Babcock aims
atto prevent ,the trust from maintaining
such absolute control of the domestic
market as to be able to gouge domestic
consumers out of enormous sums and so
increase its profits.
MORE MONEY The house committee
on Indian affairs to
FOR INDIANS, day decided to restore
the appropriations for
the Sisseton and Yankton agencies in
South Dakota, which were stricken out
of the appropriation bill by the subcom
mittee that framed that measure. Ah
appropriation of $3,500 for a new agent's
dwelling at White Earth was also put
into the bill on recommendation of Rep
resentative Eddy. A provision was also
inserted to make available an unexpended
balance of this year's appropriation for
the subsistence of the Sioux, so that it
may be expended next year. It amounts
to $6,000. W. W. Jermane.
FRIARS AND THEIR HOLDINGS
S o m e P o p u l a r I m p r e s s i o n s A r e Said
b y tlie G o v e r n o r t o B e
E r r o n e o u s .
Washington, . Feb. 8.Continuing his
narrative before the senate committee on
the Philippines, Governor Taft to-day re
verted to his testimony of yesterday for
the purpose of introducing a cablegram
he had received from Acting Governor
Wright urging a reduction in the tariff
on Philippine articles imported into the
United .States from the Philippines. He
said this cablegram was in response to an
inquiry from himself as to the effect of
a reduction of 50 per cent. The reply of
the acting governor is:
The sugar and tobacco interests favor a
reduction of at least 75 per cent: A reduc
tion of 50 per cent leaves the tariff almost
prohibitive. The sugar nrice is now very'
low. The European market is very dull on
account of overproduction and low prices.
Beet sugar planters here have lost heavily
by carabates, machinery and otherwise. Su
gar cultivation is in a bad condition. Memo
rials received from the Sugar Growers'" asso
ciation of Negroa and Panay ask for free
trade for this reason. I think a reduction of
75 per cent on sugar and tobacco would be
a measure of relief and have excellent polit
T h e F r i a r s .
Senator Rawlins questioned Governor
Taft concerning the holdings of the
friars. The governor said he thought the
general opinion as to the wealth and
holdings of the friars had been greatly
exaggerated? He did not believe, for in
stance, that they had three-fourths of
the property owned in the cities. That,
however, the religious orders have ready
cash was true, as was evidenced by the
fact that they make loans. He instanced
a case in which the friars had advanced
money to promote a corner in hemp which
had afterwards failed because of irregu
larities on the part of the manager.
Governor Taft said that the Philippine
government is desirous of purchasing the
Manila property held by the friars and
that it would be desirable also to secure
their holdings of agricultural lands.. He
There were some grants of land to the
church, but as a rule the friars acquired
their holdings by purchase. The charge has
been made that much of their land has come
to them by-^death and by conveyances, but
this charge ia' not borne .out by a tracing of
the title'. T i e truth iS-tlie friars' have' the
best title in the islands, and even where
there have been irregularities the statute of
limitations would protect the title.
According to the charges one method of ex
tending the holdings of the orders had been
by extending thefr irrigation systems over ad
^Something after our own method of
watering stock?" queried Senator Proc
tor, referring to irrigation encroachments.
-Senator Proctor also asked where the
friars had secured money with which to
purchase their lands and this inquiry led
Governor Taft to say that the fees for
marriages, births and christening had
been so high as to be complained of.
These charges for marriages had led many
couples to live together illicitly, but in
most cases the obligations thus taken
President Abandons Charles
ton Trip Because of
KILLED O N KAff
ney-Elkins-Wldener-Ryan syndicate of such portion as is retained by the miller
New York and Philadelphia capitalists,
with the aid of J. Pierpont Morgan, E.
H. Gary is believed to have charge of'the
local deal. Other negotiations looking to
the preparation of the "New York field for
entrance into the national combination
are believed to be taking place in New
York, it being reported that a local secu
rities company with a capital of $30,000,-
000 or $50,000,000 is being formed there
to unite the New York traction interests.
The national company will doubtless
take over the lines in the following cities,
all of which are now controlled wholly or
in part by the Whitney-Elkins-Widener
interests: New York, Philadelphia, Cin
cinnati, Chicago and Pittsburg.
Supreme Bench for Griggs
New Brunswick, N. J., Feb. 8.It was said here to-day 'by a gentleman close to
a United States senator from New Jersey, that ex-Governor and ex-Attorney General
J. W. Griggs is to be appointed to the supreme court of the United States by President
Roosevelt, upon the retirement of Justice Shiras. It is said that Senators Kean and
Dryden are favorable to the appointment. '
From The Journal Bureau,, Sooin 4u, Pott
Washington Feb. 8.Justice Shiras of the supreme court reached the retiring
age, 70 years, last month, and it is rumored that he will leave the bench during
the present year. Afc-eady there is heard gossip regarding his successor, and the
names of former Attorney General Griggs and Judge J. Hay Bro,wn of the Pennsyl-
vania supreme court are mentioned. It is conceded that Justice Shiras' successor
-will"come from the .third district, embracing Pennsylvania, Delaware and New
Jersey. _-w. w. Jermane.
as toll for grinding. The other law pro
vides for a drawback of the duty paid on
raw material imported from Canada or
other foreign country manufactured here
and exported. One per cent of this duty
is retained by the government for admin
istration expenses. Regulations pre
pared by the department to carry out this
law provide that importers shall certify
at the port of entry that such wheat is
imported for manufacture and export.
When the manufactured product.is ex
ported, the importer certifies to the facts
and a rebate of 99 per cent of the duty is
It is probable that if Minneapolis mill
ers decide to grind Manitoba wheat for
export,-the drawback law will be held to
apply. The question has not been pre
ented to the department and no official
opinion will be given until one is asked
by the collector of customs at Minneapolis
or St. Paul.
W a s h i n g t o n S m a l l Talk:.
Secretary Shaw to-day seilt to the house a
recommendation for an appropriation of $14 000
for the establishment of a lighthouse de'not
Superintendent Machen, of the free deliv
ery service, has directed a special agent to
go into Representative*Jenkins' district, in
Wisconsin, to lay out rural free. delivery
routes. Mr. Jenkins has filed applications
for many routes in his district and expects
to have them started next summer.
Senator Nelson will be one of the speakers
at the Lincoln's birthday celebration at Kala
mazoo, Mich, Wednesday.
Postmasters appointed to-day: Minnesota
Benedict, Scott county, Clara Schmitz. Mon-
tanaAbsarokee, Carbon county, Thomas
Ross. South DakotaFairburn, Custer coun
ty, John Eastman Manchester, Kingsbury
county, L. B. Wigton.
Woman Says She Witnessed
a MurderMore Than
Washington, Feb. 8.The following
statement was issued at the White House
The condition of the president's son is
favorable. The doctors say that the president
should not go to Charleston as at any time
within six days the disease may take a
sudden turn for the worse. The president also
is asked not to go to Groton, as his visit
might excite the boy, who is not in imme
diate danger. Owing to the request of the
doctors, the president has abandoned his trip
to Charleston. Should a turn for the worse
occur the president is prepared to leave at
a moment's notice on a special train.
, Groton, Mass., Feb. 8.Mrs. Roosevelt
and maid reached here to-day. Rev. Mr.
Billings, assistant to President Peabody
of the Groton school, was waiting with a
carriage. The c'rive of three miles to
the school took an hour. At the school
Mrs. Roosevelt wa? received 'by President
Peabedy and a few moments later was at
her boy's ftedside. Subsequently an at
tempt was made to obtain from Mrs.
Roosevelt a statement for publication, but
she declined to depart from the course
approved by President Roosevelt. Ac
cording to this plan, all necessary in
formation -will be transmitted to Presi
dent. Roosevelt, who will determine what
news shall be given to the public.
Bill for a Constitutional Convention
Introduced by Rep. Sherman
Smith of Hennepin.:
Mr. Jacobson Favors ItThe House
Asks Tax Commissioners to
There is once more hope of getting a
constitutional convention in Minnesota.
Representative Sherman Smith of Min
neapolis introduced H. F. No. i2 this
morning, submitting the question of a
constitutional convention to the people at
the next general election.
The bill provides in simple terms, that
at the next general election the proposition
"Shall there be a convention to revise the
constitution?" shall be submitted to the
electors. If a majority shall vote "yes,"
the legislature shall at the next session
provide for calling the convention.
Mr. Johnson, also of Minneapolis, took
a strong stand for the bill, and tried to
get it passed under suspension of the
rules. This nearly took away the speak
er's breath, and the house did not re
cover from the shock in time to vote. On
a viva voce vote the motion was lost.
Mr. Johnson then moved that the bill
be given its second reading and placed
upon general orders. He said: "If this
house is honest, and members both for
and against this bill are sincere in what
they say, this bill ought to pass. It
should have passed last winter."
J a c o b s o n F a v o r s It.
Mr. Jacobson said: "This bill relates
to taxation and is entitled to reception
as much as the tax code. It may be that
we cannot get the remedy wanted without
a constitutional convention. I am glad
to see that some of the interests which
have fought-It -ia *he'.pat have-come to
look? on. $t favorably. Jit...maybe a solu
tion of the question." '- " ]''
This from an ardent friend of the tax
bill was rather a surprise, and Mr. Burns
of Fillmore sounded a warning. He said:
"I have no objection to this bill, but this
is the wrong time to bring it up. It will
be used as a club to defeat the tax bill.
The author is on record against the tax
measure. The gentleman from Lac qui
Parle is falling into line with the men. he
had on the gridiron yesterday."
Mr. Jacobson replied that he was only
calling atetntion to the rule, which would
permit the reception of the bill.
Mr. Smith, author of the bill, said: "I
introduced this bill after a careful con
sideration of the problems involved. We
are working in Minneapolis under an an
tiquated charter, similar to that of a
village. We cannot get a new charter
without a special election, and the coun
cil refuses to call one. No matter how
much taxes we raise, we have to stick
to our antiquated system of disburse
ments. We could save $500,000 a year by
a new charter. A constitutional conven
tion and a new constitution would enable
us to get one. I am opposed to the dras
tic features of the tax bill, but I would
vote for it with certain amendments. I
am in earnest about this bill, and if you
don't pass it, you will have a fight on
Mr. Wallace, also of Hennepin, said:
"This is a more important measure than
the tax bill. It passed this house three
years ago and a year ago, and was killed
in the senate. There is no time like the
present. I am willing to pass it to-day,
under suspension of the rules."
Mr. Roberts feared that the bill would
interfere with a fair consideration of the
Between those naturally opposed to a
constitutional convention and those sus
picious of the bill's object, it failed to
secure a suspension of the rules. At the
request of its author it was referred to
the committee on judiciary, which now
has the constitutional amendments in Its
hands. The prospect for passage of the
bill are considered bright.
WILL, H E A R BOTH SIDES
Kansas City, Feb. 8.Rhoda Taylor
made a written confession to the police
to-day that Noah Long, an aged stone
mason who disappeared mysteriously from
his home at Argentine, a Kansas City
suburb, had been robbed and his body
thrown into the Kaw river. Long had
drawn $210 pension money from the bank
on Thursday last.
According to the woman's confession,
Henry Donohue and James Goff were with
her and Long at Donohue's house on the
night that Long disappeared. Donohue,
who was infatuated with the woman, had,
she asserts, taunted her with not being
able to secure the money from Long.
During the evening the men robbed the
old man and then compelled her to start
with him across a bridge over the Kaw.
While in the middle of the. bridge, the
men, she asserts, caught up with them,
held Long and ordered her to hurry on
and not turn back. A moment later she
heard a splash, and knew that th4y had
thrown Long into the water. Donohue,
Dave Moran, a * nephew of the missing
man, and the Taylor woman were arrested
Tuesday and Goff was taken up to-day.
Last night Moran attempted suicide by
cutting an artery In his wrist. The na
ture of the charge against him Is not
On the day before Long disappeared
Thomas Carroll* 65 years old, was found
dead in his house, where he had lived
alone for years. Te was known to have
considerable money, and wounds* on his
head made it appear that he had been
murdered bjj robbers.
AS T O M ES
All-Day Hearing and the End
to Come in a Week
Washington, Feb. 8.Attorney General
Knox to-day gave an all-day hearing in
the case of Judge Noyes of Alaska, con
victed of contempt by the United States
circuit court of appeals at San Francisco.
Judge Noyes was represented by Mr. Mc
Laughlin of St. Paul and Mr. Henly of
San Francisco. The complainants were
represented by Charles D. Lane and the
Wild Goose Mining company by Mr. Ral
ston and Mr. Brewster. This mining com
pany was the defendant in the Anvil Creek
claims, out of which most of the litigation
in the Noyes case arose.
The object of" the hearing is to deter
mine the propriety of removing Judge
Noyes from the Nome district judgeship,
and is in no sense a review of the action
of the San Francisco court. Counsel rep
resenting the interests opposed to Judge
Noyes ask for his removal upon the
ground of incompetency and injudicial
conduct. The attorney general's findings
probably^ will be submitted to the presi
dent within the next week or two.
T h e H o u s e W i l l A s k T a x C o m m l i -
Mloners to T a l k .
"Sankey, the Second," a colored gen
tlemen with a swett barytone voice, fur
nished a diversion this morning when the
house was called to order, singing "I've
Anchored My Soul" and "The Wedding
Ring." Sankey II. proved to be Professor
C. A. Heath of Philadelphia.
Mr. Sweet called up his resolution in
viting the tax commission to attend the
hearing on the tax bill. He called at
tention to the, statement in the gover
nor's message that members of the tax
commission were at the service of the
legislature. He could not understand the
opposition of the gentleman from St.
Louis (Mr. Laybourn) to such a simple
resolution. All interests should be heard
The only ones so far heard were opposed
to the bill. As a jury the house should
hear both sides, and by all means should
have the benefit of the experience of the
The tax bill had three features, con
tinued Mr. Sweet, to which no one had
objected, and if nothing more could be
done, these should be added to the laws
of the state. These were the new sys
tem of assessing and collecting real estate
taxes, tho permanent tax. commission and
the taxation of franchises.
Mr. Smith asked whether the tax com
mission would come without expense to
the state. Mr. Sweet replied that- in his
understanding they would do BO, but he
believed the state should pay them for
Mr. Laybourn, on whose objection the
resolution was laid over yesterday, said
the gentl*ian practically admitted that
the tax commission was still under pay.
All interests were invited to appear, and
the tax commission would be welcome.
They wou'd not be subjected to a rude
cross-examination by those opposed to
L a y b o v r n A d v o c a t e * I n d e p e n d e n c e .
"We can do one of three things," said
Mr. Laybourn. "We can defeat the bill,
we can amend and pass lt or we can pass constitutional convention. Judiciary.
it as it stands. W e should not dodge the
issue. We should not evade the responsi
bility. We should not put ourselves un
der the advice of the commission, buft
stand for ourselves."
Mr. Burns said there was no tax com
mission at this time, but he could see
no harm in inviting the individuals whoi
composed i t to attend the hearing. The
house had a right ot hear them.
"We hear a good deal about leadership!
in this house," he said, "that Mr. Jacob
son is the leader of t i e friends of this
bill, and Mr. Laybotrn is leading the op
position. I want to say for myself that.
I recognize no leader. I have not ex
pressed my views on this bill. I recog
nize no leadership, and allow no one ta .
form my opinions for me."
Mr. Smith did not favor asking the a t -
tendance of the commission, if it was pro
posed to pay them anything.
Mr. Larson said: "I am surprised thai
any one should oppose this resolution.
It does not contemplate any pay. The%e
gentlemen have volunteered their serv
ices. We should ihave the benefit of their
experience. I want to see this tax. bill
passed, in some form, and we need ail
the help we can get."
Mr. Jacobson said he was surprised at
the arguments used by Mr. Laybourn. , '
"The report of the commission," ha
said, "is the harsh language of the law.
Much of the opposition is based on mis
representation. The sections most com
plained of are the same as the old law.
"The gentleman from St. Louis the
other day pleaded for a full hearing. He
is willing to sit here day after day and
listen to objections, but he does not want
to hear from these gentlemen who
trained the bill. These gentlemen will
not ask you for a cent, but they will- no^
appear without ah invitation, and I aril
ashamed of the gentleman from St. Louis,
for the.:position le^Jias t&kan here, this
morning, and the slurs he has cast upon
the gentlemen of the tax commission. The
gentleman Is not afraid of spending the
money, he is afraid we might get some
real light upon this subject. -I, for one,
would be very glad to hear from the mem-'
bers of the tax commission, if the gentle
man from St. Louis will permit."
Mr. Dunn said he had advocated the bill
taking its regular course, In order to hear
all interests. "Ordinarily, all interested
should appear without invitation," he said
"but these gentlemen are placed in a pe
culiar position. I for one want them ta
appear, and want especially to ask them
some question about the constitutional
amendments. I am very sorry to see
feeling crop out at this stage. Wecan
not get at this thing by firing off sky
rockets. I hope this squabbling will
Mr. Wallace said: "Speaking for the
tax commission, I want to say that they}
well realize that their labors as a commis
sion are over, and no suggestion of com
pensation will come from them."
Mr. Dobbin wanted to have the commis
sion present. He did not understand many
things In the tax bill, and wanted an op
portunity to ask questions and get light.
He wanted to ask them if it would noti
be better policy to pass the constitutional
amendments and defer consideration of
Mr. Laybourn disclaimed any Intention*
to pass as a leader of the interests op
posed to the (bill. He was willing ta
hear from the tax commission and any]
other person in favor of the bill.
Mr. Roberts offered an amendment td
the resolution, inserting the.names of thai
commissioners, and it was accepted by the
T h e I n v i t a t i o n E x t e n d e d .
The resolution then passed in the fol*
lowing form, viva voce:
Whereas, in his message, the governor hat
advised the legislature that the tax commis
sion, if desired, will at all times during the
session be ready and willing to report to
our call and give whatever assistance and
information we may require, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the clerk of the house be
instructed to invite Hon. Gideon S. Ives, Hon.'
Henry W. Chllds and Hon. W. J. Hahn, tha
members of the tax commission, to be pres
ent at the public hearings which are daily
being held by the tax committee for the
purpose of giving the committee and mem
bers information concerning the proposed ta
T o M a k e Oiling: I c e I l l e g a l . ' -
Mr. Smith, of Hennepin, also intro
duced Wa bill making it a misdemeanor*
to oil ice and it was referred to the)
steering committee, which is still to bo
appointed. Speaker Dowling says there
is a sudden change of sentiment amon^
members and they all want to get on this
S. F. 4, a memorial to congress asking
for the passage of the pending bill Ins
congress by which the state will receive
$495,000 in back claims from the United!
States, passed under suspension of the
Mr. Plowman, pcpulist, of Otter Tall,
has requested an opportunity to address
the committee Monday afternoon from,
the standpoint of the farmer, and othera
may be heard on that day. Tuesday a
delegation of country bankers will ap
pear. Later on, State Auditor Dunn will
address the committee.
One Objector H e a r d .
On adjournment of the house, the tax
committee met for hearing objectors to
the bill. The only one to present him
self was County Auditor J. C. Spemer, ot
Roseau. He asked that the section lim
iting the bonded indebtedness of counties
be changed, making the minimum limit of
valuation coming under the 5 per cent rule
$2,000,000 instead of $1,000,000 as at pres
The committee then adjourned until 2
p. m., Monday, when any who appear will
be heard. The members of the tax com
mission'will probably attend this session,
N e w H o u s e Bill*.
Two bills were introduced this morning!
as follows: . . __
H. F. 11, SmithTo prevent persona from
scattering unwholesome substance on ice or
waters in this state, and making la a misde
meanor. Referred to committee on recaption
H. F. 12, SmithProviding for calling a.
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