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HE SCORED LINDTO
PRO VE DUNN HONEST
\James A. Peterson Adopts Remarkable Line oj
Argument Defending Dunn in Joint De-
i bate With LindLatter Pre
sents Strong Indictment.
QUESTIONS BY MR. LIND.
FirstWhy does Mr. Dunn claim
credit for compromise of Little Falls
& Dakota grant, giving railroad 35,-
000 acres of land not earned?
SecondWhy were certain of these
lands Immediately conveyed by the
railroad company to clerks In the
ThirdWhy did Mr. Dunn cancel
the old Blermann deed to the Great
Northern and Issue a new one, reliev
ing the railroad company of thousands
of dollars already due in taxes?
FourthDid Mr. Dunn receive a
large fee for adjusting this matter, as
he told Alvah Eastman of St. Cloud?
FifthWhy did he allow the mis
take to occur In the Duluth & Iron
Range decree, resulting In a compro
mise unfortunate to the state?
SixthWhy did Mr. Dunn refuse a
mineral lease to Pearl H. Smith on a
tract to which the state had not re
ceived title, and give a lease a few
days later on the same tract, under
the same conditions, to Mabel Evans,
a sister of one of his land clerks?
SeventhWhy did Mr. Dunn permit
his clerks to secure valuable lends and
leases, to the exclusion of the general
The great Lind-Peterson debate is
Before a noisy, exuberant houBefull
of partizang the two champions met last
night at the International Auditorium
and debated'' for two hours and a
John Lind was "loaded for bear"
with some new facts of the most dam
aging character. He dealt some sledge
hammer blows at the record of E. C.
Dunn as state auditor. The time limit
cut him off before he reached the ques
tion of timber trespass, and he only
covered the questions of the railroad
land grants and the mineral leases.
While discussing these subjects,
if Mr Lind handed out some authentic
information from public letters
and documents,, throwing- tire linie
light onto a system of- favoritism
iii fcVic on-to ttudittfr'n officer, by
which Mr. Dunn's clerks were per
mitted to conduct a regular busi
ness in state lands and mineral
Mr. Llnd wanted to know what the
audience called that sort of thing. A
hundred voices answered in chorus
It was a climax of dramatic intensity,
and the impression sunk deep in the
minds of every one there.
When Mr. Peterson arose to reply,
there was the greatest curiosity to see
how he would meet this appalling series
of charges. In one sentence Mr.
Dunn's champion made his defense.
He laid the whole thing on the clerks,
Flinn and Patterson. Flinn, who had
come to the meeting as Mr. Dunn's per
sonal representative, and sat on the
stage at Peterson's side to coach him
in the debate, was made a scapegoat.
Dunn himself, who had signed all the
deeds and made the deals complained
of, was relieved of all responsibility.
It sounded like one of those pleas for
Dr. Ames, in which counsel say that ho
was innocent, and the offenses were
committed by wicked men around him.
No Defense of Dunn.
Then Mr. Peterson came to his main
Argument. Just as the tip was given
out before the debate, he started out to
hammer Lind. It was not a defense of
Dunn, but an attack on Lind's official
record. With great dramatic effect
and abundant sarcasm, he read from the
records to show that at state land sales
in Kanabec county, in 1899 and 1900.
Governor Lind bought some tracts or
state land. This, according to Mr. Pet
erson, was just as much a violation of
law as the mineral lease deals of Flinn
and Patterson. To make this point he
misstated the law, declaring it to pro
hibit state officers from buying lands.
The law as read by Mr. Lind prohibits
officials who are concerned in making
contracts from having an interest in
them. Mr. Lind had bought the land at
a public sale from Mr. Dunn, who
should not have accepted his bids if
there was anything wrong. He him
self had nothing to do with selling the
land, and the whole thing was done in
public and commented on by the news
papers. It was not legally or morally
wrong. It was not like the mineral
lease deals, where the clerks who made
out the leases took the leases them
selves, on the quiet, when others were
trying to get them, and the facts did
not leak out for years afterward.
Mr. Peterson did not make these dis
tinctions. Next he took up the Duluth
& Iron Eange grant, and spent the
greater part of his allotted time in de
tending Dunn's course and in charging
that Lind had blundered in conducting
the case. This charge Mr. Lind dis
posed of in about one minute when it
came f his rebuttal.
Ignored the Question.
Meanwhil^ the audience was getting
restive. It wanted to hear an answer
to the charges against Dunn. Mr. Pe
terson was frequently interrupted with
calls of "talk about Dunn." Ignor
ing the fact that the interrupters were
republicans, Mr. Peterson ''rubbed it
in" from time to time, telling them
that it was hard for democrats to
l\ listen to ouch hot stuff, but they would
have to take it. The audience began
to get hostile under this treatment and
soon every interruption was a signal
for a cheer.
Once more Mr. Peterson dragged in
their scapegoats, Flinn and Patterson,
and paraded i hom before the public
view to the horror of the Dunn men
in the audience. Telling how the steel
trust officials, itfter returning the state
institutions iftnd, immediately took out
five mineralsenses on valuable tracts,
1 wonde Tyher Flinn and Patter-
REPLIES BY MR. PETERSON.
FirstDunn didn't make the com
promise. It was made by Chllds and
(Dunn sayo he did. What becomes
of his boast?)
SecondNo answer, except that Mr.
Llnd while governor bought some
6tate l?nd at public sale.
FifthGovernor Llnd was as much
to blame for the mistake as Dunn
(QueryWhere does the credit
SeventhMr. Dunn's clerks are not
running for governor.
son were when these leases were given
Every man in the audience held his
breath at the audacity, not to say stu
pidityt of this remark, calling renewed
attention to things the speaker would
not and could not explain. The ques
tion was a natural one for Lind to
ask. but why should Peterson ask it?
Mr. Peterson then led up to his cli
max, comparing the political record of
Dunn and John A. Johnson. He told
how. in 1892, Dunn had voted for the
peerless statesman, James G. Blaine.
"Hurrah for Blaine," called a voice,
and the republicans of the audience
relieved their pent-up feelings by a
long cheer for the long-lost plumed
Then came the eulogy of Dunn, which
amo49*n. climax when Mr. Peterson
declared him, the Roosevelt- of Mi*
lesota." 'Twr answer to this wan* a
groan, loud and Jonjrrfrom hundreds of
Roosevelt? men in the audience, who
could no|f sit still and hear the presi
dent coupled up in such a connection.
John Lind's close was brief and dra
matic. He punctured the only points
made on the Duluth & Iron Range case
and proudly pleaded guilty to having
bought state lands ''at public sale"
and paying for them. He was not on
trial, he said, and was not called on
to defend himself. He smiled one of
his occasional smiles as he said it and
the audience smiled audibly.
His final sentence was in studied con
trast to Peterson 's plea for Dunn votes.
I care not whether you elect Rob
ert C. Dunn or John A. Johnson gov
ernor," he Baid.
I have done my dutyyou do
And he stalked back to his seat.
Mr. Peterson rose to say something,
but the audience had started en masse
for the door and he made no attempt
to stop them.
Doors Closed on Crowd.
The doors were opened at 7:15, and
the hall was nearly full fifteen minutes
later. Before 8 o'clock the available
space was taken, and the doors had to
Shortly before 8 John Lind came on
the stage, attended by Frank A. Day,
chairman of the democratic state com
mittee, Orville Rinehart, Michael
Breslauer and W. H. Williams. The
Lind adherents cheered wildly for sev
eral minutes. Immediately after James
A. Peterson stepped lightly into the
ring, attended by John C. Sweet and
George A. Flynn.
Professor Conway McMillan of the
state university was chairman of the
evening. He rapped for order at 8,
and stated briefly that the subject for
discussion was the public record of Mr.
Dunn. He asked for each speaker a
courteous hearing, saying that he knew
them both to be honest and sincere, be
lieving what they said,t and entitled to
attention. He then introduced Mr.
Lind for the opening speech of one
Lind Sticks to Records.
Mr. Lind apologized for hoarseness,
which made it difficult for him to be
understood. He said that he and Mr.
Peterson both felt pleased at the large
audience, not as a compliment to them,
but showing the public interest in the
duty of citizens.
Mr. Lind said he would confine him
self to the question. He had_ no per
sonal or political feeling against Mr.
Dunn. He had exchanged many cour
tesies with Mr. Dunn. He would offer
no apology for criticizing the public
record of Mr. Dunn a right and
privilege of every citizen. He would
confine himself to Mr. Dunn's utter
ances and official acts.
Mr. Lind took for his text the pamph
let issued by the Dunn club, claiming
for him many deeds of merit as state
The first point was the Little Falls
& Dakota land grant. Mr. Dunn
claimed that in settling this grant he
had saved the state 70,000 acres of
land, worth $400,000. Mr. Lind read
from the auditor's report for 1896,
claiming that the last section of the
road not being completed, the grant had
not been earned, and the state was en
titled to recover 13,000 acres of land
already deeded. The legislature ap
propriated $10,000 to carry on the liti
gation. In the 189S report he an
nounced that the suit had been brought.
The state's counsel, General Childs, W.
P. Warner of St. Paul and Judge H.
C. Belden of Minneapolis, concurred in
an opinion that the grantee was not'
entitled to the land conveyed. In the
1900 report the suit was stated to be
still pending. In 1899 the officials of
Continued on Fifth Page,
Aeronaut Sails California Airship
Over World's Pair, Steering
VESUVIUS AGAIN ACTIVE.
New Yorlr, Nov. 1.Mount Vesuvius has again
been giving signs of activity, cables the Herald's
Naples correspondent. Tlie cratar Is noiselessly
emitting dense columns of dust, which the wind
carries westward in such quantities that at Torre
and Portica umbrellas are necessary.
GREAT BRITAIN RENEWS
BREACH BY RUSSIA PRECIPITATES NEW CRISIS
PETERSON DEFENDING DUNN
BY SHUDDERING AT JOHN LIND
NAVIGATES AIR IN PRESIDENT CALLS
TEETH OF WIND FOR THANKSGIVING
New York Sun Speoial Service.
St. Louis, Nov. 1.A. Roy Knaben
shue of Toledo, Ohio, has again sailed
over the world's fair in the Baldwin
airship, steering the craft at will and
returning to the starting point within
The test was a complete success.
Knabenshue was in the air twenty
eight minutes, rising to a height of
2,000 feet and steering his craft at
pleasure with and against a brisk wind
or tacking or cutting across the cur
rent. He described circles and cut in
tricate figures in the air. The
aeronaut's mother witnessed the test.
After the return of the ship Mr.
Baldwin 'announced that he would
enter the Arrow in the $100,000 prize
competition and try to attain the re
quired speed of twenty miles an hour.
"It's great sportthis sailing an
airship. I hope the wealthy men of the
country will take it up. It is better
sport and less dangerous than auto
mobiling. The engine and all the
mechanism worked perfectly. I had
one-third of my gasoline left when I
finished the flight?'
The huge vessel in its flight back to
the landing place came to and landed
so lightly that there was not a jolt.
AN INTERESTING SPECTACLE AT THE INTERNATIONAL AUDITORIUM LAST NIGHT.
Issues Proclamation Setting Aside
Thursday, Nov. 24 as Day
Washington, Nov.'l.The president
today issued the Thanksgiving Day
proclamation, setting aside Thursday,
Nov. 24, ''to be observed as a day of
festival and thanksgiving by all tho
people of the United States at home
and abroad." i'-
The proclamation' was^ issued from
the state department this afternoon by
Secretary Hay. 'Jt ..acknowledges the
debt of the iAmerjcajat. people to jGod
for the blessing up0n the nation during
the past yeari invwJilfch,.,''reward has?
on the nation dd^ontlyJ
DODGING THE FLYING MACHINE-NO" REST FOR THE WEARY.
The Highflyers are urged to adopt the flying machine
here below, if they would.
unto AlmiglityW^&||^./the benefltff-he
fc^is,cdnfejjr^d'j and as a/na^pS' ai4 to beseeeh him
that in the future his tlivine favor may
be continued tons."
DEATH LIKE BURGEAR'S
IS PROMINENT MAN'S
Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 1.-The body
of James Hen'd-ricks, aged 22, one of the
-most prominent young men in Mont
gomery, was found on a shed over the
American National bank today. Beside
him were burglar tools and a stick of
dynamite. In his pocket was a pistol,
lie was killed apparently while -trying
to cut an electric wire that ran into the
bank, as the flesh had been burned by
the current. Much mystery surrounds
ON THE MESABA
Prospecting Languishes Only Be
cause of Lessened Demand by
Special to The Journal.
Duluth, Minn., Nov. 1.Facts are
lacking to bear out a New York dis
patch in morning twin city papers that
steel manufacturers are alarmed be
cause of no new ore discoveries on the
Mesaba range in Minnesota and have
decided to confine prospecting to Utah
Eastern steel menj of course, 'know
that not much drilling work is being
done on northern ranges, but they also
know that th|s is due to a lessened de
mand for ore'-properties caused in its
turn by the duHiiess. in: the steel" mar
kets ,of i the' world/aiders of mineral
ideafees 4n*X own'eisa &|! ^opettip^f laekt
ing the chief incentive for explorationy
have simply been waiting ''for the
clouds to roll by." When that time
comes there will be plenty of work and
abundant results on the Mesaba.
It will take fifty years or more to ex
haust the. ore in sight today on the
Mesaba. Shipments are only in the
neighborhood of 12,000,000 tons a year,
while there are individual mines that
have four or five times that amount of
ore in sight.
Besides, all ,the western end of the
range has not been touched and is be
lieved to be rich in ore. Vast tracts
around Hibbing await exploration and
every well-posted man is satisfied what
the result will be there, for all the ore
indications are first-class.
When a stiff demand comes again
there will be renewed and successful
TO KNIFE CLAPP
Verity Says that Was True Be
fore the State Conven-
He Says Dunn Is On Record in
PORTE BLOCKS BIBLE'S
PROGRESS IN TURKEY
Speoial to The Journal.
Constantinople, Nov. 1.Serious dif
ferences have arisen between the Ameri
can legation and the Porte, over the pro
mulgation of. an order prohibiting the
work of the American Bible, society
Charge 'affaires Jay of the American
legation had several interviews with the
grand vizer on the subject, and the lat
ter promised satisfaction, which, how
ever, has not been forthcoming.
Meanwhile, the society's agents are
unable to sell a single Bible in Turkey.
Their agent at Trebizonde attempted to
peddle his Bibles in the street, out was
threatened with arrest. Mr. Bowens,
the society's agent at Constantinople,
will go to Washington to induce Presi
dent Eoosevelt to take energetic action.
COST BOY HIS LIFE
New York Sun Special Service.
Westfield, Nov. .1.Harold Wilcox,
secretary of the Aeolian company, Far
wood, one mile from here, shot and
killed Jack Darling, a 15-year-old son of
N. P. Darling. With other boys Dar
ling was playing Halloween pranks
about town and had visited the hand
some home of Wilcox on Westfield ave
nue, where they attached a tick-tack on
a window. Wilcox stepped to the front
porch and ordered the boys away. Not
leaving as fast as he thought they
should, Wilcox fired a revolver and
young Darling dropped to the ground.
He died in two minutes. The dead
boy's father left home three days ago
on a business trip to South Africa, and
is now on the ocean. He is a New
York banker. Wilcox was arrested.
WATERYILLE MAN SHOT
Special to The Journal.
Waterville, Minn., Nov. 1.Bert Pet
erson, a married man, was shot in the
thigh this morning at 3 o'clock by
some person in a Halloween crowd. The
bullet has not been located and his con
dition is critical.
50,000 MINERS ARE IDLE
Less than a Third of Illinois Miners
St. Louis, Nov. 1.Specials to the
Post-Dispatch from Hlinois points in
dicate that less, than one hundred of
the three hundred coal mines in this
state are hoisting coal today, aB a re
sult of the strike of engineers which
went into effect at midnight. The to
tal number of operators who deserted
their posts of duty is about eight JJun-
as a Tesult.':
London Bewildered by Reports
of ActivityRussian Fleet
Departure of Baltic Squadron
Taken as Cause of New
It's up to Dunn.
W. E. Verity, former secretary of the
republican state committee, declares
that before the state convention the
present candidate for governor .made
an agreement- in writing, promising
that, when elected governor, he would
throw his support and the support of
the state administration to, Joel P.
Heatwole as a candidate, for the United
States senate against Moses E. Clapp.
If Mr. Verity is bluffing, it is easy
to call his bluff. It is not likely that
the bluff will be called, for Mr. Verity
declares his willingness to produce the
proofs if called on.
So the cat is out of the bag at last.
This preconvention agreement between
Dunn and Heatwole was known to com
mon rumor, but emphatically denied by Buckingham Palace and spent nearly^
both the principals. Heatwole denied half an hour with the king. Later ii
it less strenuously than Dunn, and did
not conceal his opposition to Clapp,
which aroused the suspicion of Clapp's
friends. After the convention Dunn
found this a handicap and made terms
with Senator Clapp.
The famous new deal forced the res
ignation of Verity as secretary of the
committee for the stated reason that
he was Heatwole's representative.
Heatwole was thus given to understand
that he was not wanted and he went
Whatever information the North
field man possessed he kept to himself.
He has not made it public but the
statement made by his friend Verity
may lead to a demand for the proofs,
in which case it is believed that Heat
wole is the man who will be called on
If the agreement, which Verity says
exists, is made public, it will be a pub
lic indictment of duplicity and double
dealing which will place Mr. Dunn in
a more unfavorable light than ever.
M*. Verity said:
assert, -without fear of success
ful contradiction, that' there was. a
precowveTititB'^agreement, by tha terms
of which' E. 'iDu'rin promised to throw
his support and the Support of jthe state
administration, when governor* to Joel
P. Heatwole for United States senator.
This agreement was antagonistic to
Senator Oiapp in terms by no means
complimentary to the -junior senator. It
was in black and white.
"I am not throwing bricks, but nei
ther am I shielding anybody. If my
statement is disputed, all I want. is an
opportunity to produce the proofs. I
don't want anybody to be misled into
construing this statement as a cam
London, Nov. 1.London has te%
bewildered all day long by alarming
reports indicating a renewal of the
Anglo-Russian crisis and showing that
the utmost activity is prevailing art I
The first news received, announcing)
the sailing of the Russian squadron
from Vigo, leaving only four subor
dinate officers to give evidence at St.
Petersburg and then testify before the I
international commission, is considered^ I
here a breach of the agreement, and||l
the interchange of visits between Am-jyl
bassador Benkendorff and Lord Lara-**!
downe followed,, the foreign secretary
subsequently seeing various members
of the cabinet.
Count Benkendorff at 1 p.m. "went tq,
the afternoon the ambassador again vis-j
ited Lord Lansdowne, who also re*
ceived Lord. Selborne, first lord of thft'i
admiralty Premier Balfour, Captain,:^i
Prince Louis of Battenberg, the direc--*]
tor of naval intelligence, and Admiral,
Sir John Fisher, senior lord of thd
All this renewal of activity created fa
apprehension in the public mind, ancl ft
late this afternoon the press associaV,!!
tion issued the following: -T
"The press asociation has reason to
believe that the action of the Russiaii-!
admiral has again brought the Anglo
Bussian crisis' dangerously close to aft"
acute stage. Count Benkendorff ar
rived late this afternoon to see Lord
Lansdowne. Mr. Balfour, who had al
ready seen tjue first lord of the admir
alty earlier in the day, has just received
a visit from Lord Selborne, who was
accompanied by Admiral Sir Johrf
A dispatch to a news agency from
Aldershot Camp says orders have been
issued for strong drafts of all branched
of the" royal engineers to be in readi
ness to Jearers,fjpjfr Gibraltar^afc suo*!/!
\notice ^^S^^ ^Mfr-,-^
AOTOTiY AT GIBRALTAR
Suddenly Bristles with Guns,
Fleet Heady to Tight.
Gibraltar, Nov. 1.The garrison has
been mobilized and the artillerymen
have been ordered to take up their po
sitions at the different batteries of the
The channel squadron has been or
dered to be in readiness at an hour'g
Vice Admiral Beresford's flagship,
the battleship Caesar, has .-just fired a
gun recalling all the officers of the
channel squadron on board their respec
tive ships. All the ships are cleared for
British warships strictly patrolled
the straits all night. They interceptecl
a collier, the London Bridge, bound*
from Barry for Port Said, and brought
The military preparations oa,use dis-'J
quietude, as the regular mobilization
terminated Oct. 30.
All the quick-firing batteries have
been manned this afternoon -and ,~Vle-'
tachments of infantry have been de
tailed for duty on the commercial Tiid
The searchlight station 4B being1
The departure of the royal garrison
artillery, which had been ordered |o
start for Sierra Leone Nov. 9, has been.*
All the British ships are now lyirig
at anchor, but they are all ready \a
Vigo, Spain, Nov. 1.All the
warships left here at 8 o'clock
The Russian squadron was followed
by the Spanish cruiser Extremadura.
Heavy firing was heard in the offing,
this morning. It was artillery &&-
Russian Snips' Departure and Deten^
tion of Officers.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 1.It was pubi
licly announced here yesterday
officer from each of the four
wa%ships which participated in the filg
ing in the North sea during the nigbs
of Oct. 21 would be detained to' i
pear before the international corarai*
sion and that the squadron would pri
ceed. They are the watch officers w&
were on duty at the time the affair
occurred. Their names are not din
closed. Of course, Admiral Rojestv^ij*
sky is not among them. They are r$p
turning at once to St. Petersburg.
It is said that private information
received here confirms the Vigo repoHj
that the Russian cruiser Aurora wt
struck by missiles from the other BuS
sian. ships and that her chaplain's arm
was shattered by a shot. The* admiral
ty, however, declares it has. not vm$
confirmation of the report.
New York Sun Speoial Servioe.
GIRL, THEN ESCAPES
York, Pa., Nov. 1.Blinded and
the flesh burned from her face i&H
breast by a largo quantity of vitrwi
dashed in her face by an unidentilfiHi
assailant, Miss Nannie Kalb of this, cfij^
was found lying on the side-yralk 3*$l
her home, screaming from pain,' fajgfj
evening. An ambulance was -^nrrieowf
summoned, and she was taken toJ tip
After her wounds had beefc dresserl
Miss Kalb said she was attempting to
shut the alley gate of her home when
the vitriol was thrown into Jier fac&
She could gi*W no clew to thf
or sex of her assailant.