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Important Work or the Ssnsts
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St. Paul, March 10.—The legislature
was not strong in the matter of work
yesterday, neither branch meeting uh
til afternoon. In the senate the at
tendance was so light that senators did.
not dare risk any action on their bills
lest they should be lost. No attempt
was made to do anything but consider
a few bills in committee of the whole,
and on these "progress" was simply
reported. The senate committee on
printing, which has been investigating
the cost of printing, had its report
ready, but will not offer it until today.
The report finds that the large de
ficiencies in the state printing fund are
chiefly due to the fact that the legisla
ture made appropriations known to be
inadequate in order to keep down the
gross amount of the appropriations.
They recommend that a sufficient sum
be appropriated at this session to cover
the printing, and thus avoid paying 7
per cent interest on deficiency war
rants. They also state that there is a
great deal of useless printing in some
of the department reports, and recom
mend that they be not priuted. State
Printer Whitney is commended and the
statement is made that the committee
will report a bill simplifying the whole
Tramp, tramp, tramp, the tramps
are marching. That pretty much tells
the story of the proceedings in the
house yesterday afternoon. A law
regulating tramps, declaring them va
grants and subject to imprisonment,
was debated for three hours. Repre
sentatives Johns, Fosness, Shell and
Feig favored the bill, and Donnelly,
Grondahl and Martin opposed it, suc
ceeding in putting on an amendment
that a man honestly seeking work
should not be brought under its pro
visions because unable to find employ
in out. As originally presented, the
bill did not discriminate, and anyone
out of work was liable to be sent to
jail. The bill was still held in com
mittee of the whole for further debate.
No other bill of importance was con
St. Paul, March 17.—Pass one more
day up in the senate to the credit of
the fourth insane asylnm imbroglio.
At the session yesterday Senator Mil
ler called up bis resolution for the ap
pointment of a committee of seven to
ascertain whether the present asylums
cannot be enlarged sufficiently to meet
the public demands, and thus postpone
the fourth asylum for a time. Of
course, the friends of Hastings were
up in arms in opposition, while the
Anoka contingent, feeling that any
turn of the wheel could make it no
worse for them, favored the scheme.
The upshot of a lengthy debate was
that the resolution was passed, but the
work was assigned to the regular com
mittee on insane asylums, instead of to
a special committee. This was done
by a vote of 23 to 21, which indicates
that Hastings' strength has been re
One of the bills introduced provides
for the repeal of the law requiring fees
to be paid for the filing of articles of
incorporation. When the senate ad
journed there was an open meeting in
the chamber of the judiciary committee
to hear newspaper representatives rel
ative to the proposed repeal of the libel
law of 1887, The Publishers' Associa
tion of the Twin Cities and the State
Editorial association were represented
by several speakers in opposition to
the proposed repeal.
The contention in the house yester
day was relative to the disposition of
the road and bridge fund. Bill after
bill has been introduced making ap
propriations for roads and bridges, to
an amount which cannot be provided
for in the next four years. There is
only $39,000 in the fund, and more than
twice that amount is called for by the
bills now pending. In consequence, a
resolution was offered apportioning
the sections of the state where the
funds available shall be expended, and
also the amount which each section
shall have. After debating nearly all
the forenoon on this topic the resolu
tion was withdrawn, and the house
found itself emerging from the same
hole it went in at. One important item
of business accomplished was the pas
sage of a resolution forbidding the fur
ther use of the house for lectures on
The farmers were brought to the
front in the house by a bill imposing
a fine of from $10 to $50 for selling un
wholesome milk. For falsely brand
ing cheese a fine of from $25 to 950 is
The senate passed three bills, and in
troduced ten. The bouse passe# four
bills, killed three and introduced
St. Paul, March 18.—To scale or not
scale. That was the question which
agitated the senate yesterday. The
scale in question is known as the San
Jose, Cal., product and the bill in ques
tion is to prevent its introduction and
spread in Minnesota. In California the
scale insect is one ot the greatest draw
backs which confronts fruit growers.
The opponents of the bill claimed it
was merely in the interest of nursery
men. After two hours' debate it was
recommended to pass by 19 to 12, but
that is 9 votes short of passage.
Several quite important bills came
'into the senate. One increases the tax
on the gross earnings of insurance
-companies doing business in the state
from 3 to 4 per cent. Another taxes
sleeping and drawing room cars 4 per
cent on their gross earnings. The
teachers' pension bill was a third meas
ure which will attract a good deal of
attention. The fund is to be created
by a-tax of 1 per rent per annum on
the salaries of teachers. To obtain a
pension a teacher must have served SO
years, and 13 years of that time the
place where the pension is to be paid.
The highest pension allowed Is $500
A new state printtng law was also
brought in. It abolishes the present
classes nnder which the printing is
done and leaves the commissioners to
make the specifications and advertise
for bids. Among the bills passed was
the one appropriating $5,000 for the
dedication of the Gettysburg monu
ment to the First Minnesota.
The honse showed its good will for
Speaker Jones by presenting him with
a large oil painting of himself. He ac
cepted with thanks.
The traveling library bill lacked two
•otes of passing in the house. It has
been one of the most agitated -bills of
the session and has been killed and
resurrected several times. It looks as
though it would stay dead now. The
bill extending the terms of county
auditors to four years produced a long
debate, and while it was allowed to go
to the calendar for passage or rejec
tion, it only developed a strength of 50
votes, which is eight minus of passage.
Three bills were passed by the house,
the one of importance providing for
free text books in the schools.
St. Paul, March, 19—The bill regulat
ing the state board of equalization was
the subject of a sharp debate, in the
senate yesterday. The bill authorizes
the board to increase, but not to de
crease the assessments made by the
county officers. A strong1 effort was
made to allow them to decrease an
assessment as well, but it failed and
the bill was recommended to pass with
a proviso that a party should have a
hearing before his assessment was
raised. Senator Knatvold endeavored
t3 resurrect his bill making village
license $1,000, but failed. The bill was
put on the table very hard.
The judiciary committee gave a hear
ing in the open senate to a large num
ber of merchants from the leading
cities in the state who appeared in op
position to the proposed anti-trust law.
They claimed it would not reach the
trusts, but would destroy mercantile
business in the state. Nothwithstand
St. Panl and Minneapolis united in
favor of allowing the capital commis
sion to issue $500,000 in certificates of
indebtedness, the bill was laid over for
further consideration. As far as the
senate committee on insane hospitals
has gotten, the evidence is that a fourth
asylum is necessary.
The Twin City Jockey club, having
expended $60,000 in building a grand
stand at the state fair grounds, thought
it was hardly fair when the legislature
two years ago passed a lavy forbidding
pool selling.* A bill was accordingly
introduced in the house repealing the
prohibitory law of 1895, and it was
recommended 'to pass, but the house
reconsidered the recommendation yes
terday, and now the bill is likely to be
bill permitting labor or
ganizations to co-operate to maintain
wages caused quite a stir in the house.
Representative Johns claimed that
threats were being used of political
death to intimidate members to vote
for the bill. In spite of the heated de
bate, the bill was recommended *to
pass. The bill allowing organized
clnbs to conduct glove contests, which
is designed to allow prize fighting in
Minnesota, was indefinitely postponed
by the house.
Though Saturday is the last day for
introducing bills, only thirteen were
offered in both branches yesterday.
Altogether, there have been 1,338 bills
introduced, and before the limitation
expires the number will exceed 1,500.
It will require pretty industrious work
the remaining month of the session to
give proper consideration to the meas
ures still in the hands of the commit
St. Paul, March 20.—The legislative
storm center was in the house yester
day very decidedly. It continued over
from the day before in the Bhape of the
bill taxing the output of the iron
mines 8 cents per ton, and the mines
not worked on the supposed valuation
of the ore in the ground. The bill was
th6 special order and all other business
was sidetracked. A call of the house
was ordered and continued throughout
the day. The friends of the measure
were divided as to whether the tax
should be 5 or 8 cents but finally
amended the bill to make it 5 cents per
ton and the fight raged all up and down
the line. More oratory was developed
than on any other measure this ses
sion. As the members were confined
in the hall owing to the call they
flocked to the cloak rooms, to escape
the speeches but the orators made a
fair sized audience of themselves and
out of courtesy they remained to hear
each other. It was nearly 5 p. m.
when a vote was reached and the bill
was lost by 56 yeas to 50 nays—it re
quiring 58 votes to pass a bill. Before
the vote was announced Mr. Staples
changed his vote to nay for the purpose
of moving a reconsideration, so that the
official record stood 55 yeas to 51 nays.
There were seven absentees, and if
every member had been present the
bill would have passed. As it is, the
friends of the bill are very confident
t'iey can get the requisite 58 votes
when the bill is
the vote being reached the house im
The senate also indulged in an elab
orate debate, though not of so exciting
a character. The contest was over the
honse bill providing for the organiza
tion of the unorganized counties of
Cass and Beltrami. The bill was fin
ally recommended to pass, although
there were 23 votes in favor olf indefi
A bill was passed for a constitutional
amendment giving women the right to
vote at municipal elections for officers
of library boards. They already have
the right to vote for schtolfboafd offi
cers. A bill was also passed forbid
ding companies being organised-to deal
exclusively in tax titles, and another
authorizing the organization of insur
ance companies to insure against loss
by burglars and robbers.
St. Paul, March 23.—Saturday was
not a strong day in the senate for ac
complishing results. Two bills were
passed of general interest—one allow
ing newspapers to charge for publish
ing the heading arid foot of tax lists,
which heretofore have been printed
freehand one allowing the state board
of equalization to increase but forbid
ding tbeip to decMaseastiessments.
Property owners who want their as
sessment reduced can no longer appeal
to the state board, if this bill goes
through the house and becomes a law,
but must abide by the decision of the
county officers. The bill providing for
a state highway commission with a
view of improving the roads elicited a
long debate, but no result was reached
Four bills were introduced, one of
which authorizes the use of automatic
voting machines at elections. It will
he a case, if adopted, where the voter
will touch the button and the machine
will do the rest.
Anyone who was in the house Satur
day forenoon was made fully aware
that the bill imposing a 5 cent tonnage
tax on the output of iron mines was
not dead, nor even sleeping. A call of
the house was ordered as soon as it
was called to order, and over an hour
was spent in bringing in absentees.
When all that could be found were
present, Mr. Staples moved to recon
sider the bill which had been lost the
day before, and the motion was carried
by 58 to 43. It requires 58 to pass a
bill, but as some opponents of the
measure voted to reconsider, its friends
did not dare to put it on its passage.. It
was made the special order for tomor
row afternoon. Both friends and op
ponents are straining every nerve on
this measure and the closeness of the
fight intensifies the interest. On the
surface the leaders on both sides pro
fess confidence of success but in reality
both are greatly alarmed. No one can
tell until the next roll call what will
happen. It is claimed that one vote
was wrongly recorded nay on Friday
when the man voted yea, and if this is
true it had 57 votes, only one less than
is necessary to pass it while seven
were absent, two of whom are sure
friends of the bill. It is the first real,
good entertaining fight of the session.
The peculiarities of legislation have
an illustration in the case of W. M.
Jones, who rendered legal services to
the state. Two years ago a bill passed
appropriating $1,000 to pay him but
through an error of the enrolling clerk
failed to become a law. This year a
bill was introduced in the house giving
him the same sum and was promptly
rejected. In the senate it was intro
duced and passed. Saturday the sen
ate bill reached a vote in the house
and the bill was cut to $250, and passed.
So Jones must lose $750 because a clerk
made a mistake.
One of the bills introduced in the
house forbids any lcinetoscope^ or vero
scope of a prize fight in Minnesota. If
this passes the Corbett-Fitzsimmons
debate will not be seen here. A long
list of bills were reported from com
mittees and a good many debated in
committee of the whole, but no bills
were passed by the house.
Was Much Married.
Mrs, Henrietta Schmclzer was con
victed, in the district court of St. Paul,
of assault upon the person of Lizzie
Schmelzer, her stepdaughter. While
on the stand the defendant testified
that she had been an inmate of the
state's prison for polygamy, having
been married to at least seven men.
She served 18 months at hard labor.
Brief Minnesota Items.
Rev. J. M. Reick, assistant pastor of
St. Martin's Lutheran church at Wi
nona is deposed from the ministry.
This announcement was made to the
congregation by Rev. Philip von Rohr,
the pastor, who said that Reicks con
duct had been a disgrace to the profes
Insurance Commissioner Dearth has
written to the insurance commissioner
of Iowa, informing him that assess
ment, life and casualty companies of
that state will not be permitted to do
business in this state after the expira
tion of their present licenses.
Hie reports sent to the postoffice de
partment show that the receipts of the
Minneapolis offioe for February of this
year $40,284, a decrease of 4.8 per cent
from the same mouth in 1896. The re
ceipts for the St. Paul office were $31,
034, a decrease of 9.9 per cent from
A warrant was issued for the arrest
of E. W. Davis, the Detroit, Minn.,
game dealer, on a charge of criminal
libel. The complainant is E. O. Stev
ens, the warden, upon whom charges
of bribery made by Stevens have seri
ously reflected. Stevens denies the
statements made by Mr. Davis.
The miscellaneous cash earnings of
the prison for the month of February
amounted to $11,156.43, of which
amount $5,097.77 was for binder twine
and $3,310,32 was for convict labor.
Permission has been asked to place a
9-foot bronze monument of Ole Bull in
Loring Park, Minneapolis.
The Roesssner Manufacturing com
pany has incorporated at Winona, to
make shoe polish, with $10,000 capital
A freight train on the Great North
ern, road, with four cars of stock, was
stalled at Evansville by the storm and
10 cattle and several hogs died from
Adjutant General Muelilberg is the
recipient of a splendid gift in the form
of a sword. The presentation was
made at His home in St. Paul, and the
donors were members of the govern
or's staff, state officers and military
The state board of pardons commuted
the 'sentences of Joseph Soular and
William Merrill, the Duluth murderers,
from death to life imprisonment. The
reason assigned is their youth, both of
them being about 18 years of age alnr»
that of Edmund J. Morrill, the Minne
apolis Dry Goods, company's cashier,
who was sentenced on Feb. W-toa
term in the state reformatory.
A number of St. Cloud business men
have been prospecting aronnd Royal
ton, and, from reports, they have
struck something rich. They have se
cured an option on Mr. Lambert's for
one year, and if it pans out, ther are to
pay off the $900 mortgage on the place
and Mr. Lambert is to transfer to them
the land next to the river, the "mine,"
The trustees of'thp Winona General
Hospital association have decided to
take immediate steps towards the erec
tion of a new building.
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URGED TO ACT.
President MoKinley Makes an Ap*
peal to Congresa
of Tariff Law to Increase
Gosntrr'i Revenues Declared to
Be the Imperative De
mand of the Hoar*
Washington, March 16.—The presi
dent Monday sent the following mes
sage to congress:
"To the Congress of the United States:
"Regretting the necessity which has re
quired me to call you together, I feel that
your, assembling in extraordinary session
is indispensable because of the condition
In which we And the revenues of the gov
ernment. It is conceded that its current
expenditures are greater than its receipts,
ana that such a*condition has existed for
now more than three years. With unlimit
ed means at our command, we are pre
tenting the remarkable spectacle of in
creasing our public debt tty borrowing
money to meet the ordinary outlays inci
dent upon teven an economical and pru
qent- administration of the government.
An examination of the subject discloses
this fact in every detail and leads In
evitably to the conclusion that the con
dition of the revenue which allows it is
unjustifiable and should be corrected.
"We And by the reports .of the secretary
of the treasury that the revenues for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1892, from all
sources, were $425,868,260.22, the ex
penditures for all purposes were $415,953,
806.56, leaving an excess of receipts oyer ex
penditures of $9,914,453.66. During that fiscal
yeari $40,570j467.98 were1paid upon thet public
debt, which had been reduced since March
1, 1889, $259,076,690, and the annual Interest
charge decreased $11,634,576.60. The receipts
of the government from all sources dur
ing the fiscal year ending June 30, 189S.
amounted to $461,716,561.94, and its expend
itures to $459,374,857.65, showing an excess of
receipts over expenditures of $2,341,674.29.
"Since that time the receipts of no fiscal
Fear, and with but few exceptions of no
month of any fiscal year, have exceeded
the expenditures. The receipts of the gov
ernment, from all sources, during the fls
sal year ending June 30, 1894, were $372,
$02,498.29, and its expenditures $442,605,758.
87, leaving a deficit, the* first since the re
sumption of specie payments, of $69^803,240.53.
Notwithstanding there was a decrease of
$16,769,128.78 in the ordinary expenses of the
government, as compared with the previ
ous fiscal year, its income was still not
sufficient to provide for its daily necessi
ties, and the gold reserve in the treasury for
the redemption of greenbacks was drawn
upon to meet them. But this did not suffice,
and the government then resorted to loans
to replenish the reserve.
"In February, 1894, $50,000,000 In bonds
were issued, and in November following a
second issue of $50,000,000 was deemed neces
sary. The sum of $117,171,795 was realised
by the sale of these bonds, but the reserve
was steadily decreased until, on February
B, 1895, a third s*le of $62,315,400 In bonds for
$60,116,244 was announced to congress.
The Yearly Deficits.
"The receipts of the government for .the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1895, were $390,
373,203.30, and the expenditures $433,178,
426.48, showing a deficit of $42,805,223.13. A
further loan of $100,000,000 was negotiated
by the government )n February. 1896, the
sale netting $111,166,240, and swelling the
aggregate of bonds issued within three
years to $262,315,400. For the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1896, the revenues of the
government from all sources amounted to
$409,475,408.78, while its expenditures were
1434,678,654.48, or an excess of expenditures
over receipts of $25,203,245.70. In other
words, the total receipts for the three
fiscal years ending June 30, 1896, were In
sufficient by $137,811,729.46 to meet the total
"Nor has this condition since improved.
For the first half of the present fiscal year
the receipts of the government, exclusive
of postal revenues, were $157,507,603.76, and
its expenditures, exclusive of postal serv
ice. $195,410,000.22, or an excess of expendi
tures over receipts of $37,902,396.46. In Jan
uary of this year the receipts exclusive of
postal revenues were $24,316,994.05, and the
expenditures exclusive of postal service
$30,269,389.29, a deficit of $5,952,395.24 for the
The Total Deficit.
In February of this year the receipts, ex
clusive of postal revenue, were $24,400,
997.38, and expenditures exclusive of pos
tal service $28,796,056.66, a deficit of $4,395,
059.28: or a total deficiency of $186,061,580.44
for the three years and eight months end
ing March 1, 1897. Not only are we with
out a surplus in the treasury, but with an
increase in the public debt thjgre has been
a corresponding increase In the annual in
terest charge from $22,893,883.20 in 1892, the
lowest of any year since 1862, to $34,387,
287.60 in 1896, or an increase of $11,493,414.40.
"It may be urged that even if the rev
enues of the government had been suffi
cient to meet all its ordinary expenses dur
ing the past three years, the gold reserve
would still have been insufficient to meet
the demands upon it, and that bonds would
necessarily have been Issued for its reple
tion. Be this as it may, it is clearly mani
fest, without denying or affirming the
correctness of such a conclusion, that the
detjt would have been decreased in at least
the amount of the deficiency, and business
confidence immeasurably strengthened
throughout the country.
Should De Promptly Corrected.
"Congress should promptlycorrect the
existing condition. Ample revenues must
be supplied i&ot only for the ordinary ex
penses of the government, but for the
prompt payment of liberal pensions and
the liquidation of the principal and inter
est of the public debt. In raising rev
enues duties should be so levied upon for
eign products as to preserve the home mar
ket, so far as possible, to our own pro
ducers to revive and Increase manufac
tures to relieve and encourage agricul
ture to increase our domestic and for
eign commerce to aid and develop mining
and building, and to render to labor in
every field of useful occupation the lib
eral wages and adequate rewards to which
skill and industry are justly entitled. The
necessity of the passage of a tariff law
which shall provide ample revenue need
not be further urged. The imperative de
mand of the hour is the prompt enactment
of such a measure and to this object 1
earnestly recommend that congress shall
make every endeavor. Before other busi
ness is transacted, let us first provide suf
ficient revenue to faithfully administer the
government without the contracting of
further debt, or the continued disturbance
of our finances. (Signed)
Executive Mansion, March 15, 1897.
One Taken, the Other
Bath, N. Y., March 16.—A buggy in
which was seated Sanford Gardiner
and Mrs. Charles Fenton, was struck by
a train on the Erie railroad while cross
ing the tracks of that road in this vil
lage. Mrs. Fenton was killed. Mr.
Gardiner escaped unhurt.
Sentenced tOj Bf 'BlcctrocDted.
Auburn, N. Y., March 16. Frank
Sheldon, a well-known cattle dealer
Cayhuga county, was convicted of mur
dering his wife and sentenced to be elec
trocuted duriug the week beginning
April 25. The murder was committed
April 30, 1896. The verdict was a sur
prise, to all who have followed the case.
The jury was out for 84ft hours.
St. Louis, March 16.-—Louis Harry,
bookkeeper for McLain & Alcorn, com
mission merchants, was arrested Mon-:
day for embezzling $800 of his em
pl6yers':taioney. He admitted his guilfc
Briefly Showing Bills .Introduced and Busi
St. Panl, March 16.—The senate held
a short session yesterday afternoon.
One local bill was passed.
The house had only one session. The
following bills were introduced:
Amending law relating to elections.
To reimburse McLeod county for the
capture and trial of Musgrave and
Cingmars for the murder of Sheriff
Legalizing certain incorporations of
To prohibit the taxing of fish in
streams in incorporated cities and vil
lages at certain seasons.
St. Paul, March 17.—In the senate
yesterday the following bills were
Designating place of taxation of grain
in grain elevators.
Providing for the dedication of the
monument erected by the state of Min
nesota on the battlefield of Gettysburg.
To provide for a second examination
of all persons committed to the Minne
sota state hospital for the insane, by
the probate courts or court commision
To amend the supplement' chapter 196
of the general laws of 1895, being "An
act for the preservation of forest of
this state and for the prevention and
and suppression of forest and prairie
fires." Approved April 18, 1895.
To amend section 4. and 8, chapter
376, General Laws 18$, relating to
Pottgieser. To prohibit certain
city and county officers from holding
any other office.
To provide against the manufactures,
adulteration oi* sale of spices and con
diments. to prevent fraud and preserve
the public health.
To amend the amendment to chapter
15, Genaral Laws 1872, relating to the
state board of health.
To provide for attaching territory to
independent or special school district.
In the house the following bills were
Providing a system of taxing sleep
ing, drawing room and parlor car com
panies based upon gross earnings.
Providing for taxation of insurance
Amending law relating to adulter
ated or unhealthy milk and cheese.
To legalize and regulate cremation
of human bodies after death.
To amend' section 2, chapter 254,
general laws 1895, relating to sureties
upon bonds of contractors for public
To amend section 09, chapter 11, gen
eral statute 1878, relating to penalty
upon delinquent taxes.
To repeal section 406, general
statutes 1894, relating to the collection
of agricultural statistics.
To amend chapter 253, general laws
18S9, relating to steam boiler and in
To amend section 2907, general
statutes 1894, relating to cooperative
St. Paul, March -18.—In the senate
yesterday the following bills were in
troduced: To provide for the retire
ment of teachers in cities.
To enforce payment of taxes which
became delinquent prior to Jan. 1,1897.
To provide for a 4 per cent tax on
gross earnings of sleeping car com
To tax insurance companies* 4 per
cent of gross earning
To provide for payment of interest
on state training school bonds.
Amending laws relating to highways
and bridges in villages.
In the house Gear's traveling library
bill was defeated. Bills were intro
duced to provide for taxation of express
companies, and one to provide against
the adulteration of cider. The follow
ing were passed:
To appropriate $1,000 for the pre
servation of the grounds of the battle
site of Fort Ridgely.
To repeal law relating to the county
commissioners of Winona county.
To establish a system of free text
St. Paul, March 19.—In the senate the
Thorpe bill granting additional powers
to the'state board of equalization was
recommended to pass. The following
bills were introduced:
Relating to ownerships of real es
tate by corporations, making a limit of
5,000 acreii/except in case of railroads.
To provide for taking testimony in
Providing for highway commissioner.
Making legitimate the children of
marriages proving to be illegal, but
entered into in good faith.
For relief of Henry Villery.
To provide for the abatement of taxes
when property has depreciated in value
b0 per cent.
To prevent the sale of cigars,
cigarets and tobacco to minors attend
ing public schools.
ing that half of the fee shall be paid
into the county treasurer by the cities
To amend the grain and warehouse
law, providing for a system of bonds to
be given by elevator companies and
grain warehouse men.
To enforce payment of taxes which
became delinquent ^before the .-first
Monday of January, 1897, and provides
for a system of extension under cer
tain cases taxes and t&x laws.
To require county attorneys to
examine titles and records of certain
real estate without the payment. of
taxes and assessments thereon.
St. Pan!, March 30.—In the senate
yesterday, the following 'bills were
iiroaucea: 7 V.
Amending section 9, chapter 10, laws
1887, relating to railroad commis
Repealing an act to perpetuate cer
tain section corners of government sur
Amending corrupt practices act sec
ond heading and placed on general or
(Bv request)—Appealing laws cheat
ing St. Paul police pension fund.
Repealing police pension fund.
Amending laws of 189S relating to
actions against state insane hospital
Relating to town funds where terri
tory is detached for* village organize
tion passed under suspension of the *.'1^
Providing certain officers with a di- 'W
gest of the Minnesota supreme court jf"
Relating to general elections.
The house 6pent the entire day in
consideration of the Reeves bill taxing
ore ootputs. Jacobson's amendment
placing the tax at 5 cents per ton was,
St. P&dl, March 22.—The senate the
20th passed the following bills:
Relating to the letting of advertising
of the delinquent tax list.
Relating to village assessment dis
Granting additional powers to to the
state board of equalization.
Legalizing deeds and mortgages and
all other instruments conveying any in
terest in or creating any lien upon real
estate in this state.
To legalize levies and sales on exe
cution and the foreclosure of mort
To validate and confirm deeds and
mortgages made by any married woman
and her attorney where her husband
has not joined in the power of attorney.
To authorize boards of supervisors of
towns to license, regulate and control
the use of billiard and pool tables
within such town.
To give additional time to certain
persons to make application to be en
titled to registration as pharmacists.
Requiring annuity, safe deposit and
trust companies to pay a fee for de
posit of securities with state auditor.
Relating to claims against counties
and appeals therein.
To legalize certain deeds heretofore
made by corporations and officers
thereof and on behalf of corporations.
Procuring mortgage foreclosure by
advertisement wherein the notice of
sale is defective.
To legalize the action of county com
missioners in certain cases.
Relating to the dissolution of inde
pendent school districts.
Relating to tax settlements.
In the house the following bills wero
Relating to foreign building and loan
associations which have become in
Providing for the issuance and sale
of bonds by popular subscription.
Providing for the assessment of taxes.
in cases where false reports or no re
ports have been made.
Repealing sections 18 and 19, chapter
1, general laws 1878, relating to taxes.
To make eight hours a legal day's
work upon any work done for or by
Requiring that property pledged and
sold for non-payment of debts to be
sold the same as property taken upon
Making it unlawful to exhibit by
kinetoscope or otherwise any prize
fight or cock fight, etc.
Amending subdivision 10, section
1,512, general statutes 1894, relating to
property exempt from taxation.
To re-enact the game and fish com
mission act with amendments.
To authorize the governor to direct,^
county attorneys to proceed against*
county officers accused of receiving
Some one has made snow figures as
follows: Three-fourths of Minnesota
has a depth of 30 inches of snow, one
eighth of the state has at least 25
inches and the other eighth is covered
with an average of 22 inches of the
sparkling whiteness. In the whole
state there are 72,911,084,762 wagon
loads of snow, and if any farmer de
sired to remove the cause of a flood on
his lands it would take 1,504 trips with
a wagon for each acre, on an average,
to accomplish this object, so far as the
snow is concerned. Some of the farm
ers, however, would be obliged to make
as many as 2,500 trips for each acre, or
in the case of a small farm of 180 acres
he would haul away 450,000 loads,
which at the rate of 10 loads per day
would keep him busy every day for 124
years, providing no more snow fell in
all that time.
A Lucky Guess.
Barney Johnson, a lad who works in
a Minneapolis grocery store, gets $500
for a lucky and shrewd guess. During
the recent political campaign he picked
a card from a package of spice, On
which was an offer of a prize for guess
ing the name of the next president and
nearest to the vote he would receive.
j. Barney guessed "William McRinley,"
In the house the following bills were and placed his total vote at 7,194,608.
He now receives notice that his guess
wins the prize, and asking whether he
will accept a draft on New York, or
whether he wants the pure gold. The
offer was for gold, but then there was
some idea that gold would be above
par after the election. Barney says he
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To amend liquor license laws,-provift- will take the draft, and is the happiest
cr t.hnt half thp fpn shall Ka nniH in +iA nifw
boy in the city.
Burned to Death.
Mary Kobik, of Minneapolis, aged
10 years, was burned to death. The
accident happened while the mother
was away from the house on an errand.
The little girl was endeavoring to light
a bundle of kindling wood which she
had placed in the stove, and in some
way her skirts caught fire. Enveloped
in flames, she rushed from the house,
'calling wildly for help. Her screams
attracted the attention of some of the
neighbors, by whom the flames were
extinguished, but not until she had
been terribly burned about the body.
The trial of Chas. F. Haney, ex-city
•S 1887, relating to railroad commis- °.£ bribery, resulted in his acquittal.
being unable to prove the
Minneapolis, upon the charge
charge. During: the trial Alderman
G. Drew testified to finding 8300 in cur
rency in one of his books, but did not
know how the money came there. This
money he kept and spent. Immediately
after the trial Drew was arrested upon
the charge of perjury.
It will cost 85,000 to get the dogs to
getber that will attract public atten-
Legalizing "villages heretofore organ- tion at the first annual bench show of
*w tha Minneapolis Kennel club.