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—Gen. James H. Baker has pub
lished a lengthy defense of his con
duct in the Blakely-Sweet black
mailing transaction, and reiterates
that his conduct towards Miss Sweet
was prompted by gallantry! We
have no doubt of this. Gen. Jim is
a gallant gentleman, as every body
knows. His recent separation from
his wife, as reported in the St. Paul
papers, is a positive demonstration
of this. We think we have heard
of similar gallants. Have read of
them in police reports. Of men
who would allow a woman to sup
port them wholly, in order that they
might have leisure to devote their
whole time to her. But to an or
dinary man it does seem that it
would have been greater gallantry
on Jim's part, if he had relieved
Miss Sweet from responsibility for
Dave Blakely's defalcations, which
he knew that she had been led to
assume through the false represen
tations of Blakely. It was an easy
matter, at the time, for him to do
this, and thus, while protecting her,
compel Blakely to make good his
deficit or suffer the consequences.
This plea of gallantry comes with a
bad grace from Jim Baker, especial
ly at this time. Twe such gigantic
acts of devoted gallantly are too
much for any one man's reputation.
But Jim hascertainly recovered from
his gallantry, for in his defence he
endeavors to lay the whole blame
on Miss Sweet and save Dave and
—Mr. T. M. Lowater, whom we
announced as having arrived here
last week from Morris, on a "busi
ness" visit, gave us a glowing de
scription of the progress of tree
planting in Stevens county and the
counties further west on the line of
the St. Paul and Pacific railroad.
Mr. Leonard B. Hodges, who is fur
nishing "cuttings" for nearly all that
region, told Mr. Lowater that he
had sold this season over 300,000
cuttings to parties living west of
Willmar, and had set out on Mr.
Geo. L. Becker's farm 60,000 trees.
All that have been set out are re
ported to be doing well. The prac
tice is to put out soft wood trees
first, as these are the more rapid
growers, then follow in subsequent
seasons with sugar-maple, ash, wal
nut, butternut and some other vari
eties. The walnuts are grown from
the seed and, perhaps, some other
varieties. The hard maples are
transplanted, and the cottonwoods,
willows, soft maples, basswoods, &c,
are produced from cuttings.
Mr. Lowater says that farming is
progressing rapidly in Stevens conn-
ty. A large area of new ground is
being put in wheat. Mr. Robert
Deakin has put in 200 acres, and
Geo. L. Becker 700 acres. Morris
is said to be growing rapidly. It
now has seven stores, two black
smith shops, and one repair shop
and the establishment of a wagon
-shop is expected in a few days.
—The latest alleged exposure at
Washington is that of Mr. Kerr,
speaker of the house of representa
tives. One Lawrence Harney swore
positively in Mr. Kerr's presence,
that he paid Mr. Kerr $450 in 1866
for his aid in procuring the appoint
ment of A. P. Green to a lieuten
ancy in the army. The records of
the war department show that Green
was appointed at Kerr's request,
and, as Green is from New York
while Kerr is from Indiana, and as
the parties did not know each other
even at the time the appointment
was obtained, the circumstances
certainly tend to confirm Harney's
statement. Kerr positively denies
the accusation under oath, but does
not say what prompted him to ask
Green's appointment. To say the
least,,it looks badly for Mr. Kerr.
—The partizan papers are felici
tating themselves that the third par
ty movement is dead. They remind
us of the old story about two sons,
who were brothers, and one, who
was their half-brother, of a wealthy
gentleman of olden times. The old
gentleman was near death's door and
the two sons, in order to save the
entire estate to themselvs, hired a
ruffian to decoy their half brother
into a swamp and murder him. The
fellow did the job, as he supposed,
and his conscience troubled him so
greatly that he peached, and the
three were hung together mean
while the old man got well and the
half-brother, recovering form his in
juries and regaining his reason, be
came heir to the entire estate.
—To those gentlemen in New
York, Boston and Washington who
are kindly furnishing us editorial
articles lauding their respective can
didates for the presidency, we take
this occasion to return our sincere
thanks. We are now amply supplied
with articles commendatory of
Messrs. Blaine, Conkling, Morton,
Bristow, Hendricks, Tilden and
Hays, and, also, with articles abus
ing each and all of these gentlemen
and if our friends shall think it worth
while to favor us with a continu
ance of their effusions, we would
suggest that they turn their atten
tion to Gen. Hancock, Mr. Wash
burn, Gen. Butler and some other
less noted aspirants. We shall not,
however, publish any of these arti
cles, as it is not our custom to deal
in second-hand goods.
—An Omaha dispatch dated May
12th says that on the night of the
19th the Indians attacked Custer
City and burned the ammunition
house in the centre of the city. The
explosion of the powder killed sev
eral white men. On the 17th the
miners' camp at Rosebud, between
Custer and Deadwood, was "wiped
out" by Indians and all the inmates
killed. No man in the Black Hills
is safe, and every one who separates
himself even a short distance from
his companions is killed and scalped.
Quite a number of dead bodies are
reported to have been found, and
the murders are charged to the In
dians. The white people are leav
ing the hills in large numbers.
—Mr. Chas. W. Nash, of St. Paul,
has been appointed clerk to the
committee having in charge the in
vestigation of the alleged Pine land
frauds of this State. We presume
that Charlie will remember those of
his old friends who called him a
dead-beat, and if he can show them
any favors he will not be likely to
restrain himself. They have not
been slow to abuse him unmercifully,
and if he strikes back they will have
to grin and bear it.
IN UNION STRENGTH--IN KNOWLEDGE POWER.
RED WING, MINN., WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1876.
—The New York World is labor
ing to prevent Gov. tilden's nomi
nation for the presidency, because
he don't suit August Belmont and
Gus. Schell. T'he Gov. is not ex
actly a greenback advocate, but he
is not in favor wholly with the exist
ing banking system. He has sense
enough to perceive that the finan
cial system now in vogue is neither
right nor popular.
—Decoration day seems to have
been very generally observed
throughout the country yesterday.
Financial and Commercial.
In a recent number of the New York
Sun is an editorial on the financial sit
uation of the country, which surprised
ns. The writer undertook to account for
the fact that plenty of money is offering
on call loans at 2@2} per cent., that
the banks are full to repletion, and
that capitalists are anxious to invest.
In the mean time labor is cheap and a
large proportiou of it unemployed. In
all the large cities thousands of able
bodied laborers are idle and themselves
and families forced to depend upon
charity, but they cannot find employ
ment at any price. The Sun writer
proceeds to say that ordinarily such a
combination of circumstances could not
exist. That capitalists and business
men would take advantage of the cheap
labor offering and make improvements
in real estate, and build mills, factories,
railroads, etc. but they avoid such
enterprises now because of the unsettled
values of property and uncertain pros
pects. He attributes this want of
stability in values and favorable pros
pects of the future to the overtrading,
extravagance and excessive production
of the past, but does not attempt to
specify what he means by such accusa
He evidently perceives that the true
cause of the trouble is our absurd finan
cial system, but being an advocate of
the national banks and specie basis
theory dares not extend his line of ar
gument to its natural conclusion. He
says, however, that although there is
plenty of money to be had on availa
ble collaterals, such as government
bonds and other saleable securities, bus
iness men cannot borrow, even on
mortgages on city property, at such
rates as will justify them in using bor
rowed capital in their business and
even western lands are not regarded by
capitalists generally as safe securities
for more than one-third or one-fourth of
their present valuation. The reason is
clear to every intelligent man who will
fhink the matter over. If the specie
ROSEBOON & SHELDON,
SUCCESSORS TO E. P. LOWATER, DEALERS IN
Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Books, Stationery, &c,
Will sell for the next 30 days,
W A A E
Wall Paper, Wall Paper, Wall Paper,
WALL PAPER, WALL PAPER, WALL PAPER,
At Greatl Reduce
33*»3 Lowater's Old Stand, Red Wing, Minn.
resumption act of last congress is per
sisted in a ruinous contraction of values
must result, and other securities than
bonds will hardly be saleable at any
price. Already the actual contraction
of circulating medium is fairly choking
the lif jasW^f all kinds of business and
there can be no change for the better
until the law is repealed, or after the
ruin has occurred and been recovered
from. Nearly $300,000,000 of our
present volume of currency is now ly
ing idle in the vaults of banks and is
practically out ofcirculation.
On the 29th gold was quoted in New
York at |email@example.com. Government
bonds firm at former figures. All other
securities dull and declining. Call
loans 23i@3 per cent.
Wheat has been tolerably steady dur
ing the week in American and foreign
markets, the demand being equal to the
supply, and alterations in quotations
have been very slight. The fluctua
tions reported in Liverpool are as fol
May 23, No. 2 to No. 1—8s 3d@9s lOd
24, 8s 3d@9s lOd
In Milwaukee the week's quotations
have varied as follows:
May 23, No. 2, $firstname.lastname@example.org'
29, 1.08 @1.07%
The latest Milwaukee dispatch dated
10 a. m. this (Wednesday) morning
gives the quotations as follows: No. 1
at $1.13J£ extra $1.14^ nurd $1.19.
No. 2 at $1.05% cash $1.05^ June
delivery and $1.06% for July. No. 3
at 95c. Receipts large and the tendency
In Red Wing market prices have
been steady during the past week at
former quotations with some sales at
slightly higher rates, and at noon to-day
we continue to quote No. 1 at 95c, No.
2 at 90c, and No. 3 at 80@85c, with a
strong probability of a decline before the
close of the day. The receipts have
been very large during the week, and
included a considerable proportion of
damaged wheat, which sold away down
below quotations—as low, we are told,
in some instances, as 45c. per bushel.
Reports from Northfield state that
buyers there are paying $1.03for No. 1,
and at Cannon Falls $1.00 is said to be
the figure. Hastings and Lake City
prices are said to have been lower than
Red Wing during the week.
Butter and Eggs have declined since
our last, the former to 14@20c, and
the latter to 8@10c, with fair receipts.
-per lb. live
weight sheep 7c, hogs, dressed, 5c.
Mess Pork is $24@25 per bbl.
Potatoes 20@25c. per bus.
Corn 45@50c, per bus.
Business more active, but far less
active than it should be at this season.
Ladies' and Misses' Kid, Goat
and Serge button boots.
Ladies', Misses', and Children's
slippers boots in great variety.
Children's shoes, in black and col
ors—in quality good—in style the
Men's summer Shoes, to suit every
one— even the most fastidious.
Men's and Boy's Kip and Calf
boots and shoes, from the best custom
made, to the comoner grades.
Give us a trial.
HEFFELPINGER, HOWELL & CO.
31tf No 85 Main St.
MCDONALD & KELLOGG,
Successors to E. K. Sparrell,
Dealers in all kinds of
FURNITURE, FINE CHAMBER
SUITS, PARLOR SUITS,
MARBLE and WOOD TOP
A full line of Cane and Wood Seat
WOVEN WIRE MATTRESSES,
Sole agents for the S Spring Beds,
Extension Sc Breakfast
Hair, Palm, Sea-grass and Husk
LIVE GEESE FEATHERS,
Also a full line of
Wood Coffins, Metallic Burial Cask ts,
and Undertakers' Supplies
At prices that defy Competition.
30m3 No. 76 Main at. Red Wing, Minn.
30 Valuable Eeadence Lots!
Oak Grove Addition
Tfill be sold at Medium Prices and no mon
ey required when parties will make respect
able improvements, This is the only
That can be had at reasonable prices witbin
the city limits. Apply to
J. S. HOARD or
P. W. HOYT.
26tf Office over First National Bank,
A NEW STORE
If you wieh to buy your
Or anything else in the
Call at thej
In the Old Post Office Building,
Bed Wing. 32m3
P. J. LISXE GTTS. LII.I.YBLAD.
F. J. LINNE to CO.,
Plum st., opposite old Central House,
A full line of
TOBACCO & CIGARS,
FLOUR and FEED!
We do our own work our expenses are
light we 6ell for CASH, and will give
you more for a dollar than you can get
elsewhere. Goods delivered to any
part of the city. 33m3
"Wagons, Spring Wag
ons, Carriages, dec.
Repairing done Promptly.
Third street near Plum,
27yl RED WING, MINN.
Builder, Manufacturer aud Dealer in
SASH, DOORS AND RLINDS,
DOOR AND WINDOW FRAMES, MOULD
INGS, CORNICES, BRACKETS,
Aluminous B*His«wg Pa
Turning, Plaining. Sawing, done to
Cor.Main and Bluff Sts. REDWING,MINN
Daniels 6 Simmons.
On Corner of
4th St, and West Avenue.
ORDERS PROMPTLY FILLED
THE IMPROVED HOWE SCALE
U. S. Standard
The only Scale with pro
Examine their Many Improvements^
Kept in Stock and for Sale by
NELSOIT it PETERSON
Bush street, near Main,
Also a good assortment of
AT CHEAP PRICES. 6t