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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 1901
The most picturesque figure in Min
nesota politics for the last forty years
has passed away. Ignatius Donnelly,
the Sage of Nininger, died at Minne
apolis Jan. 1, from a sudden attack: of
Ignatius Donnelly was born in Phil
adelphia Nov. 5, 1830. He was edu
cated in the public schools and after
wards studied law. In 1857 he was
admitted to the bar, but he soon aban
doned that profession for the field of
and politics. He removed
to Nininger, Dakota county. Minn.,
in 1857, and established a weekly
paper. At the first state election in
Minnesota Donnelly was elected lieut
enant governor, and was re-elected in
1861. In 1863 he was elected to con
gress. Having incurred the lasting
enmitv of Wheelock and Washburn,
he was relegated to private life at the
end of his third term. Since that time
he has served eight years in the state
senate and four in the house of repre
sentatives of the legislature. He has
twice been candidate for congressman,
but the same potent influences that de
feated him in 1865 again were too
much for him.
Donnelly was one of the leaders in
the a movement of the early
'70's and of the Alliance movement in
the 'bO's. Tn 1892 he was the peoples
party candidate for governor, but was
During the intervals in his work as
politician Donnelly found time to do
some literary woik, which shows the
wonderful genius of the man and will
endure when his political work shall
have been forgotten. His most im
portant works are "Ragnarok," "At
lantis, ""The Great Cryptogram" and
"Dr. Huguet." Besides these he has
written several political works neces
sarily of an ephemeral character
While there are many erratic and ap
parent]y wild theories propounded in
his books they display a brilliant ge
nius, deep researches and a wotd*r
ful command of language. His
"Great Cryptogram" may not have
proved that there was a Baconian
cypher in the Shakespeare plays, but
it did prove that the mind that could
read that cypher into the plays, if it
did not exist, or work it out if it was
there, was a wonderful one.
There is an old adage that we should
say nothing but good of the dead.
That is a fooush and even harmful
saying. Whatever we say can neither
harm nor please the dead. But eyery
life conveys some great lesson if right
fully studied, and the greater the man
the more important the lesson. In or
der to learn that lesson it is necessary
to tell the truth. Gifted as be was so
far beyond the ordinary mortal, why
did not Donnelly leave more of an im
pression on the political world? He
had a command of language une
qualled by any other public man of
his day: logical, quiet to see a point
and press it home witty, and ever
ready a remarkable memory an un
tiring energy for delving into abstruse
subjects and a physical constitution
that enabled him to do an immense
amount of mental work. His whole
heart and soul was in his political
work. Literature was only his relax
ation. Yet if he lives at all in the
minds of coming generations it will be
for his literary work. Why did. he
not become a great national leader?
Ah, there was one great flaw in that
otherwise great character It was his
intense egotism. He loved humanity
in general and dreamed great dreams
of reforming the social conditions and
making future generations happier
than those of the present and the
past. Seated in his library and
dreaming these dreams, there was no
more altruistic person than Donnelly.
But in all these reforms there was to
be one central figure—Ignatius Don
nelly. He was to do the work, and
reap the glory. When the Granger
ane Alliance movements were organ
ized they were to him the means for
executing the plans of Ignatius Don
nelly. The peoples party was in his
eyes another more promising tool for
the same purpose. And whenever an
organization refused to lend itself to
such use he was ready to destroy it.
His genius made him a splendid agi
tator and organizer of reform forces
his egotism made him a disorganize^
dangerous to any cause he espoused.
His egotism made him intensely jeal
ous of other leaders in the party. His
dictatorial style made him enemies.in
side of the party as wellt as outside
In private life he was
Um on lUJWunt ~'iML-
companion, loved by aft ^he^ame in
contact with, for bi^ genius made his
companions admire WMCaocT there
Was nothing to ruffle him. In public
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Donnelly been able to forget himself
the people woald have remembered
him better. His dangerous gift of
satire made him many enemies, and as
disappointment soured his naturally
genial temperament that -satirical
leaning became more and more promi
nent, and finally degenerated into bil
lingsgate abuse. When he had
reached that stage he had lost his
power, for few people enjoy such lan
guage and have.any faitji in fjhe high,
motives of the man that uses ft.
"He that humbleth himself shall be
exalted." Had Donnelly been able to
learn that lesson he might have lived
in the annals of history as one of the
master minds and greatest reformers
of the 19th century. What a pity that
one fault, uncurbed and therefore
growing year by year, should spoil
such a glorious possibility. That is
the lesson of Ignatius Donnelly's life.
He who would know Donnelly at his
best as an altruist, an advocate of
justice and equality, a champion of
the lowly, and an eloquent and power
ful orator, should not turn to the files
of the Representative, but read "Dr.
Huguet." He who would learn to ap
preciate the logical force, the deep re
searches, the complete grasp of almost
every department of human knowledge
that characterized the "Sage of Ninin
ger" should read "Ragnarok," "At
lantis" and "The Great Crytogram."
In these works Donnelly forgot him
self, and therefore his brilliant genius
was unfettered and showed itself as it
THE MARCH OF "PROGRESS."
CHICAGO, Dec. 25 —According to
Capt. S. E. Smiley of the Fifteenth
United States infantry, who passed
through Chicago yesterday on his way
to Washington, the phonograph
played an important part in the nego
tiations which preceded the signing of
the treaty between this country and the
sultan of the Sulu archipelago.
Capt. Smiley was a member of Gen.
Bates' staff, military commander of
the department of Southern Luzon,
and accompanied that official on the
tour of the islands under the jurisdic
tion of the sultan, which resulted in
the execution of the celebrated treaty.
"We made the trip from Manila to
the islands on the cruiser Charleston,
which has since been lost," said Capt.
Smiley. "It happened that we had a
phonograph along. It was more a
matter of chance than anything else
that it was taken, but it came in useful
before we got through with our work.
When we reached the home of the sul
tan we invited him to come aboard
our ship and sent a cutter and guard
to escort him. He accepted the invi
tation, and after everybody had taken
their positions on deck under a cool
awning, Gen. Bates stated the object
of the conference, and the formal ne
gotiations were begun. I shall never
forget the picturesque sight presented
by the sultan and his court. Their at
tire consisted chiefly of bracelets,
feathers, and ivory ornaments, but as
the day was warm the garb seemed
pecu larly appropriate. We succeeded
in making the sultan understand our
mission in a measure through the ser
vices of an interpreter, but he seemed
suspicious and acted as if he wanted
us to do something to convince him of
"After the treaty bad been drafted
we tried all kinds of schemes to get
the sultan to sign it, so as to conclude
the negotiations, but without success.
He seemed friendly enough through
out our talk, but he adopted a dila
tory policy for some reason or other.
Finally somebody thought of the
phonograph which was stowed away
in the cabin of the ship, and it was
brought on deck. It was set in posi
tion, the big funnel adjusted, the cyl
inder made to revolve. In a moment
all thoughts of diplomatic matters
"The strains of "All Coons Look
Alike to Me" and rag-time dit
ties rolled out of the fnnnel attached
to the instrument and were wafted sea
ward. Tbe effect of the music on the
sultan was magical. He was surprised
beyond expression. The music caused
a panic among the members of histo
party, who thought the instrument a
device of the devil, and threw them
selves on the deck and prayed loudly
all the while the concert was in prog
ress. The sultan made a careful exa
mination of the instrument and shook
his head in astonishment. Finally he
was allowed to talk into the machine
in his native tongue, and his surprise
was even more pronounced when a
moment later the words he had spoken
were repeated through the funnel, to
tbe consternation of his court.
"This pleased the sultan greatly
and he asked if he could send a mes
sage to the governor of one of his is
lands 200 miles away. W told him
he could and he spoke a series of or
ders into the machine. He signed the
treaty before we left him and we bad
no end of dmusement later exhibiting
the machine, with the sultan's speech
to the different governors and subor
dinate officials. They recognized his
voice in an instant and were thrown
into a state of terror every time we set
the machine working."
THAT IS WHY.
Chairman Rosing, in stating the fact
that the democrats wouli rot contest
Van Sant's election, let himself down
as easily as possible by stating his be
lief that Lind was elected. If so, why
not contest? This will be the question
that will rise to everybody's lips.—
Why not contest?! Because a con
test under our laws would cost between
twenty-five and fifty thousand dollars,
and Gov, Lind is a poor man because
a contest\would h&ve to be begun and
prosecuted by the republican attorney
fenjral^wlid to if 1 likely* to
tight the case yery vigorously because
require ehjht or ^tt month*
to ti* fUMtton bepAUM John
LinC does notljsare to be governor, es
pecially when a thousand republican
sleuth-hounds are dogging his steps,
misrepresenting and slandering him
and placing every obstacle possible in
his way to prevent his bringing the
rascals to time and making them pay
their taxes. No one who has investi
gated the matter doubts for a moment
that Gov. Lind is honestly re-elected
or that a contest wtfuld not give him a
seat/1 ffiut ^under "the circumstances
the game" is not worth the
John P. Altgeld, the Illinois patriot,
says: "In regard to the future we
must trust to the ultimate triumph of
justice. We do not want to win if the
democratic party must be mortgaged
to Wall street, as it was each tune we
elected Cleveland. If the government
must be run by corrupt Hamiltonian
ism we want the republicans to do it.
The democratic party must stand for
equality and justice, or else it has no
mission. It is far more glorious to
fight for these eternal principles and
go down than to betray them and win.
Further, in the end these principles
will triumph. A for Mr Bryan, he
has made the greatest fight for the
cause of humanity ever made on this
continent, and is still the idol of thetoo
people. He is 2,000,000 votes stronger
than any other man in our party. A
a rule, the men who talk about reor
ganizing the democratic party are
mere corporation creatures who sup
ported McKinley because they were
not permitted to run the democratic
Already, before any appointments
have been announced by Gov. Van
Sant, the republican papers are talk
ing of "sore spots that will be hard to
heal." The governor has stated that
the number of applications received to
date number in the vicinity of 15,000
That seems incredible, but it was so
stated in an eyening paper. If that is
true, then Kandiyohi county's pro
rata share would be about 180
Strange, isn't it, to find so many self
sacrificing patriots among the repub
licans. Times are always so good
during republican rule, dontcher
know, that there is no money in hold
ing office. It is sad to think of theone
large number of applicants who will
be forced to continue to make more
money than they would if their pro
posals had been accepted.
Here are some facts for those inter
ested in free delivery mail routes:
There are fifty-one rural free deliv
ery routes in Minnesota. There are
sixty-three applications for routes on
file at the post-office department at
Washington. Twenty-six routes have
been established in the state during
the year. Thirty-one postoffices have
discontinued by the establishing of
this service. Nearly two million dol
lars will be spent during 901 jn estab
lishing this service throughout the
Today Van Sant drops into the seat
that John Lind has filled during the
last two years. Van will rattle around
considerably but the politicians have
so many strings on him that there is
no danger of his getting lost.
On the third page of this issue will
be found a complete chronological rec
ord of the important events of the past
year. It is a good thing to file away
for future reference.
A Letter from St. Paul.
S T. A Minn. Jan. 7, 1901.
The all-absorbing topic of discussion
here is the senatorial situation. Bo
Evans has lost strength the last two
days to both Tawney and Clapp. N
one thinks Tawney stands any show,
but he will hold his vote to deliver it
to some one else when the proper time
comes. It looks like Clapp now, but
there are rumors that Tom Lowry will
enter the race. An employe of the G.
N., and one who is close to J. J. 11,
stated that J. Pierpont Morgan has
induced Hill to pull off his fight on
Lowry. If that is true Tom is likely
capture the prize if he enters the
Henry Feig is here and has been for
the past week. He is said to be look
ing for a place on the Board of Ap
peals, and is likely to land it.
Other parties from Willmar who were
much in evidence at the Windsor were
J. A. Wharton, L. O. Thorpe, Alton
Crosby, Dave Tallman, Eddie Boyd,
Will Markhus and P. A. Gandrud.
Tributes to the Departed Donnelly.
The death of no public man in Min
nesota has received more general no
tice than that of Ignatius Donnelly.
We give herewith a few opinions
culled from our exchanges:
Ignatius Donnelly is dead. In the
literary world he was noted as Minne
sota's most conspicuous figure. It
was as a politician, lecturer and orator
that he was best known to the people
of the state. He was a brainy man.—
While he regarded politics and con
troversy as diversions merely, and con
sidered his literary works as his best
claim to enduring fame, he will doubt
less be remembered longest for hisE.
ability as a stump speaker, his Irish
wit and quickness at repartee, in which
he was excelled by no man in America.
One of the brainiest men that ever
claimed Minnesota for his home. W
will attempt no obituary. He who would
essay the task must be a word painter
par excellence. The4est description
we can think of for Donnelly is a sane
Don Quixote with the intellectual
power Of Daniel Webster.—Brecken
He was a remarkable man, Whether
in the fie'ld of literature, science or
politics, he Was equally startling and
became equally famous for his noveT
ina.^r*8f a.rjpe sehol
fj^atag, and a
The death of Ignatius Donnelly
closes the career of one of the most
talented and most erratic men of the
century. In the literary world he had
but few equals among his contemporar
ies. His Caesar's Column," pub
lished in 1890, created a genuine sen
sation. The author hid his identity
behind a uom de plume until he had
drawn the criticism of the most emi
nent men of the country to his work
free from any personal prejudice they
might have against himself.—Nation
candle 1 Probably few have even dipped
into more fields of research, and few
have come to more original conclu
sions. He was an industrious man
and he wa9""a serious man. He had
many friends and many enemies, and
usually his friends were as close as
his enemies were bitter. Winona
His volatile temperament prevented
him from taking places in affairs of
state which less brainy men have
filled, but few Minnesota men will be
longer remembered than Ignatius Don
A man of strong convictions as to
his duty, and never swerved from what
he thought was right even at the ex
pense of losing prestige and financial
In the death of Ignatius Donnelly
the world of letters loses a good man.
Ma. Donnelly made a mistake when he
entered politics. He was not adapted
to that kind of work. His mind was
broad and cultured to engage in
the work of petty wire pulling and pe
culiar conniving of modern politi
cians. Mr. Donnelly was an earnest,
honest, conscientious worker.—Man
Wherever placed he was a man of
mark, whose influence and genius was
felt He was an orator of exceptional
ability and a student and writer of
established reputation. Willmar
He was rather a man of theory than
of practice and though his books had
a great sale he never managed to
make much money from them and died
a poor man. He was one of those
men whose works are not fully appre
ciated until after his death.—New Lon
Intellectually Mr Donnelly had
great strength and, but for his hatred
of riyals and jealousies, could have
been an irresistible leader-—National
Mr. Donnelly was a man of rare in
tellectuality and perhaps more widely
known than any other man in Minne
sota. Personally Mr Donnelly was a
cultured, refined gentlemaD, of winning
disposition and will he remembered as
of the brightest intellects the state
produced.—St. Peter Free Press.
Without doubt Ignatius Donnelly
was one of the greatest literary genii
the world has ever known. "A pro
phet is not without honor save in his
own country" and so it was with Don
nelly. Politics was his undoing. The
memory of Donnelly the politician will
die, but that of Donnelly, the author,
will go down in history as one of the
most famous figures in literature. For
Donnelly, the author, we weep.—Peo
ple's Press, Crookston.
BOEN'S TRIBUTE TO DONNELLY.
He was permitted to see the first day
of the Twentieth century and at mid
night, at the end of that day his earth
ly career ended.
Ignatius Donnelly was a mental me
teor, who, as he swept over the intel
lectual heavens, held the attention of
He was the brightest man in the
brightest race on earth.
According to the notions of the av
erage man Donnelly had many faults:
according to nis own ideas of it he
had few, if any.
Early in his political career he ob
jected strongly to the prevalent plun
dering of tbe national treasury, and
that brought down upon bim the united
opposition of the politicians. From
that time on his life's work was a con
tinuous battle against official corrup
tion of all kinds
In 1888 Donnelly accepted the Union
Labor Party's nomination for govern
or. Soon after that he stumped the
state for William A Merriam for gov
ernor, and that sealed his political
Now that Donnelly is dead the peo
ple look justly upon him as the most
conspicuous man the state ever had.
And those wbo were BO fortunate as to
know him intimately will never forget
rhe kindly nature and the matchless
ability of Ignatius Donnelly —Fergus
Hia fame will rest upon his books,
and these are characteristic of the man
—able, iconoclastic and more or less
absurd. Perhaps the unborn sons will
discover in him a prophet little under
stood by his generation, and will
place the wreath of fame upon his
memory. Who knows? To his elo
quence, his wit, his genial qualities
his contemporaries will gladly pay
tribute, while lamenting that his other
qualities seemingly robbed him of the
success that should have been his due.
—St Cloud Journal-Press.
He was one of the greatest men of
his time, and his death has caused a
vacancy that cannot be filled, and will
be universally regretted.—St. Paul
It was not Ignatius Donnelly, lect
urer and author, who was unpopular
in this state. It was only Ignatius
Donnelly, politician, agairst whom
shafts of criticism have been aimed
But take him all in all, he was a won
ierful man, and one the like of whom
the state will not again see.—Benson
His death and that of Senator Davis
amoves two of the most distinguished
men of our state within the brief peri
od of a few weeks. The name of Igna
tius Donnelly was synonymous with
that of the state of Minnesota/—in fact
he was in many places better known
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