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ST. PAUL NEWS.
Ihe Grand Encampment of Min
nesota in Session Yesterday.
Eighteen of the Twenty-six Encamp
The Order Showing a Large Increase During
the Past Year.
A Most Harmonious and Pleasant Meeting,
with Much Work Done.
The grand encampment of the Independ
ent Order of Oddfellows assembled yester
day in Oddfellows' hall, corner Wabashaw
and Fifth streets, in annual session. The
following delegates were present, represent
ing three several encampments, besides a
large number of visitors:
A. T. Bolton, Minnesota No. 1, St. Panl.
John \V. Erenstein, Rochester No. 2, Roches
H. C. Niller, Nicollet No. 3, St. Peter.
W. H. Reynolds, Central No. 4, Owatonna.
Geo. Loeffert, Schiller No. 5, Minneapolis.
Theodore Woodward, Stron? No. G, Hastings.
John A Jackson, Mount Zion No. 7, Lake City.
W. D. Tompkins, Blue Earth No. 8, Mankato.
T. J. Clark, Red Wing No. 9, Red Wing.
U. C. Furhmann, Winona No. 10, Winona.
J. G. Paschke, Hope No. 12, Winnebago City.
Jos. Minges, Golden Rule No. 13, Waseca.
C. W. Smith, Union No. 14, Minneapolis.
James G. Greer, Preston No. 15, Pr<iston.
P. R. Wilkins, Rushworth No. 19, Brainerd.
Wm. Allen, Ridgely No. 22, Minneapolis.
Hermann Oswald, Oriental No. 24, Wabasha.
W. G. Dye, Fidelity No. 2G, Winona.
THE GRAND PATRIARCH'S ADDRESS.
At the morning session the grand patri
arch presented his address, which was a re
sume of the work done by him for the year
as well as the workings of the different en
campments in the state, the decisions made,
and other interesting facts in relation to the
order. The conclusion of the address is
given in full, and is well worthy of perusal,
and is as follows:
"Now, dear patriarchs, my labors, as your
chief, are about to end, but I hope yet to live
long to labor with you in a more humble
capacity. With a light heart I step back into
ihe, ranks and with willing hands put on the
uniform of a private.
When the call to arms is sounded. I shall
be there; and when the long roll is called
you will hear the answer. Here am I.
I have delighted to labor in such an ever
green vineyard, and what I have found to do
I have done with all my might. No doubt I
have made mistakes; for these I crave your
pity, for they have been made from a weak
ness of the head rather than from the wilful
designs of the heart.
I anticipate a great future for Oddfellow
ship, and without strained vision, I think I
can see the order clothed in royal purple sit
ting on earth's highest throne, and every na
tion, kindred and tongue paying homage to
the grandest moral superstructure everreared
by mortal man.
What we want now and hereafter, is true
Oddfellows, fearless to do good and just as
fearless to put down all that is wrong in the
order and in society.
We want members with hearts full of love
and charity, who delight to save fallen man.
Members who in all their outward lives will
endeavor, by example, to give the Order an
honored name in every community. Mem
bers who, if necessary, will unsheath the
sword in defence of a slandered brother. In
fact we want members who are ever looking
for opportunities to do that good unto others
they would that others should do unto them.
Give us such a membership, and we shall
hasten on "to that golden age when the fet
ters of prejudice shall be broken, and the
shackles of mental and moral bondage fall
off, and man redeemed and disenthralled
from the slavish life of passion, shall assert
his high birthright and own the ties which
bind man to man in one universal brother
hood." Then shall "Peace on earth and
good will to man " be emblazoned high upon
every temple, and the songs of gladness be
sung, throughout all lands, by every tongue.
Finally, my brothers, "let Friendship,
Love and Truth, Faith, Hope and Charity
prevail until the last tear of distress is wiped
away, and the lodge below be absolved by the
glory and grandeur of the Grand lodge above.
D. C. Estes, Grand Patriarch.
THE GRAND SCRIBE'S REPORT.
The affable grand scribe, J. Fletcher Will
iams, is one just fitted for his position, and
as a proof of his popularity among the
brethren of the order, the present report is
his tenth, showing that his services are ap
preciated. From the tables reported the
following synopsis is culled:
Number of encampments 24
Number of members as per last report.767
Number initiated during 1883 205
Number admitted' by card 1883 29
Number reinstated 13
Withdrawn by card during 1883 27
Total in membership Jan. 1, 1884. 913
Number of patriarchs relieved .... 31
Number of patriarchs buried 7
Paid for relief of patriarchs $350 57
Paid for burying dead "... 83 15
Total relief granted 433 65
Total receipts of all encampments. .$5, 377 82
The annual returns next December will
undoubtedly show us with over 1,000 mem
bers. We will then be entitled to two grand
representatives in the sovereign grand lodge.
The report of the Grand representative,
C. W. Smith, was occupied with the general
prosperity of the supreme grand encamp
ment and of the order. The following will
show their prosperity:
BETURNS TEAR ENDING DEC. 31, 1882. INCREASE.
Grand Lodges / 50
Grand Encampments. 41
Snbord. Lodges 7,514 206
Subord. Encampments 1,864 26
Lodge initiations 47,549 989
Lodge members 493,997 18.050
Encampm't initiations 10,044 3,414
Encampment members 85,110 4,467
Total relief $1,882,443 88 $51,272 50
Total revenue 5,245,946 00 391,068 83
The above figures are certainly very grati
fying. We have made a gain in membership
the past year of 146, while the total receipts
of all encampments are 1,919 larger than
during 1883, an increase of 50 per cent.
From the foregoing table, it will be seen
that the Patriarchal Order in this state, has
made some advance since last year. I infer
from such correspondence as has been had
with them, that they all feel much encour
aged. Some of them have had quite a strug
gle to maintain their position, but feel now
that the worst is over. One or two are quite
feeble in numbers, however, in fact one re
porting only eleven members, with annual
receipts of nine dollars. Certainly the eleven
patriarchs who "hold the fort" in the face of
such circumstances, are men of real grit and
resolution. They deserve better success,
and we hope will win it.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
At the evening session, Minneapofis was
selected as the place of meeting in 1885, and
the following officers were elected:
Grand Patriarch—Thomas Riley, St. Paul.
Grand High Priest—W. K. Read, Lanesboro.
Grand Senior Warden—E. R. French, Brain
Grand Junior Warden—J. Minges, Wilton.
Grand Secretary and Treasurer— J.lF. Williams
Grand Inside Sentinel—A. G. Long, St. Paul.
Grand Representative—C. W. Smith, of Minne
apolis, elected 1883, for two years.
A Small Fire.
About 10 o'clock last night an alarm of
fire came in from box 13, located at Seven
corners. On reaching the spot the fire de
partment found an old rough board barn, in
the rear of the St. Paul hotel, thoroughly on
fire. The fire apparently was well communi
cated below co that though the department
reached the 6pot very quickly the flames were
all through the building and were coming
out all over it through the wide
cracks between toe boards, and the hay and
all else inside the barn appeared to be thor
oughly on fire. The firemen got to work
very quickly, and as *he burning building
was located in the midst of other structures,
some of which were valuable, they 9aw the
necessity of doing a good deal of quick work.
As soon aS they got the streams on they
moved them right into the old shell, and by
playing all over the inside held
the fire right where it was, and ultimately ex
tinguished it. It was a good, sharp piece of
work on the part of the firemen, put through
with vim and energy and the utmost cool
ness. The loss was not very large except in
consequence of the destruction of three cows
that could not be got out. The barn was a
very cheap one, and some hay was burned.
Aside from the cows, the loss could not have
been more than $100 or so. The barn is
owned by Mrs. Phillips, and was rented by
John Till, who had just taken possession of
the premises and owned the contents.
The engagement of "McSorley's In fiation"
company closed at the Grand last night, the
performance being witnessed by a fair sized
audience. The attendance at the matinee
was only fair, but on each occasion the high
ly entertaining performance was richly en
Sam 1 of Posen.
The engagement of the M. B. Curtis
"Sam'l of Posen," opens at the Grand to
night, and judging from the immense popu
larity of this play there should be a packed
The Brooklyn Eagle speaks of the per
formance as follows:
There can be no doubt of the place which
"Sam'l of Posen" holds in the estimation of
the play goers of Brooklyn in the light of the
welcome accorded Mr. M. B. Curtis last
night at Havcrly's theatre. This was shown
not alone by the character and extent of the
audience, but by the hearty applause which
greeted that admirable actor on his entrance
upon the stage, and the tributes of apprecia
tion which were accorded his efforts through
out the progress of the play. Sam'l of Posen
has come to be looked upon as an old friend
—a friend who is always welcome. The play
is familiar, and need not therefore be re
ferred to in detail. There is perceptible
here and there a slight change in the
lines and the introductions of some new
business —alterations which tend to the in
creasing of the effectiveness of the ensemble
Sam'l is still the same bright young drum
mer of old, shrewd, pushing and energetic,
intent upon the gathering in of a "helfa dol
lar," on every possible occasion, and pursu
ing his business occupations and his love
making with the pretty Rebecca with irresis.
tible persistency. Roars of laughter followed
his quaint sayings and the words of wisdom
which he let fall, the house being kept in a
continual state of merriment from the open
ing to the close of the piece. The support is
excellent, and the stage setting, especially
that of the scene in the jeweler's emporium,
luxuriously elegant. Next to the Sam'l of
Mr. Curtis the Mile Celeste of Miss Albina
DeMer claims principal attention, the French
woman of that bright little lady being a veri
table picture from the life, and adds grace
and force to the performance.
The sale of seats for the engagement of the
Frank Mayo "Davy Crockett," company
opens on Saturday morning. The first per
formance is given at the Grand on Monday
Of the play an exchange says:
Mr. Frank Mayo opened a season last even
ing with "Davy Crockett" to a full audience,
and he cast the spell of his magnetic method
over the audience in his good old style. No
stage character draws nearer nature, in its
freshness and simplicity, than Frank Mayo's
Davy Crockett. It appeals to the best senti
ments and emotions of humanity like a real
ity, and the illusion is as perfect as the gla
mour of a dream. The performance was
warmly received and hartily enjoyed. The
drama was well set in scenery as well as
played by the company.
Mr. Alfred Bouvier, business manager for
the Henrietta Vades "Sea of Ice," company,
is in the city, looking after the interest of his
show, which opens here on the 28th inst.
As becomes a metropolitan city like St.
Paul, and our esteemed and public spirited
citizen, Commodore W. F. Davidson, his
new Grand Opera house was brilliantly illum
inated last night, and at the matinee to-day,
with 270 U. S. electric light Co's Maxim In
candescent electric lights, their pure, white
and exceedingly steady rays producing a
must charming and pleasing effect, greatly in
contrast with the yellow, dull and flickering
These little lights burn in a small glass
sphere, about two inches in diameter, from
which the air has been exhausted, and are
arranged upon the gas fixtures in a very ar
tistic manner, adding very greatly to their
Thoughout the performances it was very
plainly noticeable that the air was free from
the noxious and stupifying gases given
off by burning gas, and that
the temperature was not perceptibly in
creased, which result arises from the fact
that these lights burn in a vacuum and do
not in the least vitiate the air, and emit little
or no perceptible heat, while the gas in the
same room will raise the temperature from
fifteen to twenty degress in less than an
hour, rendering the house almost untenable
in warm weather, and its noxious vapors
very soon tarnishes and injures the decora
tions. The lights are so arranged that the
centre, border, foot and house lights could be
turned off or on, dim or bright, as desired,
independent.of each other and all controlled
on the stage.
The Weston dynamos are in the engine
room in the basement, driven by an Ide au
tomatic cUt off-engine of a new type, and
perfect in construction, speed and setting.
W. H. Tucker has been the
electrical engineer in charge and
the engine work was under the
supervision of J. H. Woolsey, A. W. Mor
rell and A. H. Gibbon. Every part of the
work shows master skill, and but few little
wires are visible. Miner's theatre in New
York, and the Buckingham, in Louisville,
Ky., are lighted in the same manner, and
give unqualified satisfaction, and ere long
our churches, counting rooms and homes
will be lighted in the same way. The public
will universally rejoice that it is such a grand
success, and special thanks are due Commo
dore W. F. Davidson for his public spirited
interest in the comfort of his patrons.
Real Estate and Building.
Nine transfers of real estate were filed for
record with the register of deeds yesterday,
the aggregate considerations amounting to
$98,425. Following are the transfers.
Chas B Wright to Charles R Strong, lot 20,
block 19, Anna E Ramsey's addition, $400.
Chas B Wright to Kate T W Tittlemann, lot 23,
block 19, Anna E Ramsey's addition, $400.
Chas B Wright to Elizabeth G Sibley, lot 22,
block 17, Anna E. Ramsey's addition, $400.
W. F. Fisher to E A Chrest, lots 26 and 28,
block 16, Stinson's subdivision, $2,500.
A B Merrit to Edward Langevin, lot C, block
20, Robert & Randall's addition, $1,900.
J J McCardy to Matttie Snow, lots 20, 21, 22,
23 and 24, Block 1, Terry's addition, $1,875.
James Stinson to Wm Vanderlinde, lot 37, block
25, Stinson, Brown & Ramsey's addition, $550.
Robert P Lewis to Soren Hansen, lot. 1, block
14, Lewis' second addition, $400.
Chas B Wright, Jr.,to Charles BWright, blocks
1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 24 and
25, of Anna E Ramsey's addition, $90,000.
Broke His Leg.
Officer George Dufour, while making hi s
way to the depot at Minneapolis yesterday
morning from attendance upon the police
man's ball at that city, slipped and fell upon
the ice, breaking his leg just above the ankle.
He was cared for by several others of the
force of this city, who were with him and
taken to his home in West St. Paul, where he
is as comfortable as could be expected.
Weighing over 225 pounds when George came
to earth, he came with a pretty heavy thud.
St. Paul Postofflce.
St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 20, 1884.—0n
Friday, the postofflce will open at 7 o'clock
and close at 10 o'clock a. m. for the day.
The carriers will make one delivery at 9
o'clock in all two, three and four trip dis
tricts. The registry and money order divi
sions will not open. All morning mails will
close at 10. a. m. D. Day, P. M.
THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, THURSDAY MOENIKG, FEBRUARY 21, 1884.
THE STATE VS. HARRISON.
Long and Tedions Investigation' Co
The case of the state against M. Harrison,
charged with the larceny of Capt. Bresette's
horse, came up for examination in the po
lice court yesterday afternoon. It will be re
membered that Harrison was arrested on the
strength of a confession made by James
Saxby, particulars of the latter's story, the
recovery of the mare, and the arrest of both
Saxby and Harrison having already appeared
in the Globe. The interest In the case was
manifested by the large number of spectators
who assembled in the court room to hear the
Just before the case was called
an exciting scenej occurred in the
corridor leading to the court room. It
appeared that Harrison entered one of the
ante-rooms where Capt. Bresette had his
witnesses. Bresette objected, when a wordy
conflict took place, the impending row being
stopped by Judge Burr.
The case was called at 2 o'clock, when
Capt. Bresette entered the court room with
Saxby, Geo. W. Woolsey. the wives of the
latter and Mrs. Bresette. The appearance of
Woolsey and his wife occasioned great sur
Ex-Eeputy Sheriff Harrison, the defen
dant appeared accompanied by his counsel,
Mr. W. W, Erwin, County Attorney Egan
and Mr. John D. O'Brien appearing for the
The prosecution called Saxby to the stand,
and the investigation was about to proceed
when Mr. Erwin addressed the court with
reference to the statute of limitations; counsel
cited- from section 316 of the criminal
practice, and argued that in cases of the kind
the state had passed an act' of amnesty and
that no indictment could be found after three
years had expired from the time of the com
mission of the alleged offense.
County Attorney Egan combatted the plea
of counsel, saying that he was dumfounded
at the position taken; the counsel wanted the
state to commence at the tail end of the case.
After further remarks the court was address
ed by Mr. O'Brien who said the argument of
the defense was merely an attempt to stifle
the investigation and that it had nothing to
recommend it but its boldness. Counsel
then gave an able exposition of the statute
Further arguments were made by Mr. Er
in in, who said that the prosicution was back
ed by a conspiracy, which, while it could do
no ultimate ham to the persons alleged to be
interested, it would engendef a feud that
migbi result in creating a hostile and bitter
feeling in the community.
The court said it would not
be proper to interfere with
the order of proof, when the
examination of Saxby was proceeded with.
The latter related substantially the same story
as at the time of his arrest, as hitherto fully
published. The examination and cross-ex
amination of the witness Saxby, occupied
the entire afternoon. At 5:30 o'clock his
examination not being concluded, an ad
journment was taken until 9:30 o'clock this
morning. With regard to the altercation In
the hallway Mr. Erwin stated last
evening that the room where
the prisoners were held is
a public office and that when Harrison under
took to enter it as such, Capt. Bresette struck
at him with a billy.
On the other hand Capt. Bresette states
that he was protecting the rights of both him
self and his witnesses.
In speaking of the encounter last night,
Capt. Bresette said that he had asked per
mission of Judge Burr to use the room for
his witnesses; that Harrison had made a
break to get in the room and that he had put
him out for the reason that he didn't propose
to have his witnesses bulldozed or intimi
A MILD DAY.
The Offenders Few and the Penalties
In the gloaming language of the peet,Robt.
Bond might justly exclaim that it is hard to
love, for but few men ever meet wjtlvJJte
rocky experience fate held in store for him.
It is bad enough to be in love, worse to have
a rival and harder still to have the latter
walk in on you, trample on your affec
tions and get away with your girl. Robert
was arraigned yesterday on the charge of
assaulting a young blade named Hatton. It
was shown that the latter had walked out
with Bond's girl and thinking that the rival
was getting the inside track of him, they
met when the stars were shining and Hat
ton had a head put on him. Bond is now
in bondage for the rash act
and he will languish in jail for ten days.
John and Thomas Kelley were up on the
charge of making a meal off of James Ma
guire's nose. The scrap took place at the
Monte Christo palace, and during the row
some one tackled Maguire and chawed off a
section of his nose. There was no evidence
against the boys and they were discharged.
Maguire is a poor old fellow and more to give
him a place to stop until his nose heals up
than anything else, he was sent up for ten
Louis Rawlen got hungry and sought to
appease the gnawings of the inner man by
stealing a crock of boarding-house butter
from a Seventh street commission store. He
was sent to the joint for sixty days.
Wm. Graves, a dirty little man of the
tramp persuasion, was charged with stealing
a pair of shoes from a man who did not look
much cleaner. The court said he would
send him to a place where the walking was
not good, and where it made no difference
whether he wore shoes or not, so he went out
with the wagon to remain thirty days.
Some funny things happen on the street.
ears. A St. Anthony Hill car was bowling
up town the other day at the rate of three
knots an hour, the passengers being a very
stout old party, who resembled for all the
world Puck's cartoon of Ben Butler; a thin,
weazen man with a hooked nose, small, sharp
eyes, and a very small boy with a prodigious
sized basket. The fat man sat near the fare
box and he was absorbed in reading a paper,
the thin party occupying a seat opposite,
while the small boy stood on the platform.
When the car reached Seventh street there
entered a fashionably dressed young lady,
who minced forward and deposited her nickel
in the box. Just as she did so her handker
chief dropped from her girdle and fell on the
seat between the fat party's chubby legs
which looked as though they had
been sawed off and hammered down with a
pile driver. Then the lady minced back to
the entrance end of the car, both she and
the fat man being ignorant of what had hap
pened. But the sharp eyes of the little
weazen man opposite, had taken in the situ
ation, and then commenced the picnic. The
old party continued to read his paper, while
the thin man commenced to poke his finger
at him, pointing in the direction of his abdo
men. All in ignorance the fat man read on,
while the thin man got more and more ex
cited, his gyrations and contortions finally
attracting the attention of the young lady,
who tumbled to the situation
at once and commenced to blush.
Finally the weazen party could stand it no
longer, being ready to burst from excite
ment, while the snowy and harmless cause
of all the trouble lay there as peacefully as a
bird in its nest. Taking his cane he reached
over and nudged the fat man, who looked up
and then cast his eyes on the seat. To have
seen his expression at that moment was
worth half a life time.
Quick as a flash, supposing that it was the
neither end of one of his garments, he seized
the signal of distress and hastily tucked it
where it was supposed to belong. The con
sternation of the passengers can be better
imagined than described.
Articles of Incorporation.
Articles of incorporation were filed with
the secretary of state yesterday of the Minne
sota Pressed Brick and Terra Cotta company
of Minneapolis, for the manufacture and sale
of brick and terra cotta. The company com
mences business March 1, 1884, with a capi
tal stock of 830,000, divided into 300 shares
of $100 each, and its highest allowed amount
of indebtedness is $10,000. The incorpora
tors are James A. Boyd, Alexander F. Hil
gedick and Edward L. Hilgedick, of Minne
apolis, who are the company's farst board of
Articles of Incorporation of the Church of
St. Peter, of Mendota, in the county of Dako
ta, were filed with the secretary of state yes
terday by Bishou Thomas Grace, associated
with Vicar General Augustine Ravoux; Rev.
Louis Cornells and Laymen Charles Small
and Dolite Auger.
An Important Decision.
Following is a copy of an important opin
ion by Judge Nelson, of the United States
circuit court, denying the motion to dissolve
the attachment in the case of Peter Lapp et
al., against A. B. Van Norman & Bro:
Peter Lapp et al., vs. Axel B. Van Norman &
Opinion—The defendants made an assign
ment to one, Bennett, in pursuance of the
provisions of section "1" of the insolvency
law of the state of Minnesota, approved
March 7, 1881.
While the debtor's property in store was in
the possession of a deputy sheriff of Henne
pin county, Minnesota, the United States
marshal attempted to take the same by virtue
of a writ of attachment issued out of the
United States circuit court for this district.
The deputy sheriff, after this attempted levy,
on demand of the assignee, surrendered the
possession of the property to him, which was
immediately taken by the marshal and the
assignee ejected from the building. A motion
is made by the assignee to intervene in this
suit and to dissolve the writ of attachment
issued out of this court.
Merrick & Merrick, attorneys for Bennett,
O'Brien & Wilson, contra.
It is not necessary to decide on this motion
whether the assignment is fraudulent on the
face. True, theassignors have expressly re
served an interest to themselves and author
ized the assignee to pay over to them any
surplus that may remain, to the exclusion of
those creditors who do not file a release and
participate in the assets of the estates.
It is doubtful whether such a provision is in
harmony with the law, but in the view taken
by the court, this question will not be con
sidered. The affidavits introduced by the
assignee at the hearing show that the sheriff
of Hennepin county was in possession of
and legally controlled the store and stock
when a demand was made by virtue of the
assignment and the possession of the prop
erty surrendered by the deputy.
The United States marshal of this district
had attempted to make a levy after the
sheriff had taken possession, but he should
not rightfully interfere with that officer, and
there was no voluntary surrender to him of
the property seized. It also fairly appears by
the affidavits of Bennett, the assignee, A. B.
Van Norman, Peterson, deputy sheriff, and
A. N. Merrick, that after the sheriff or his
deputy had surrendered the possession on de
mand of the assignee and released the prop
erty, the United States marshal immediately
took the same by virtue of a writ of attach
ment issued out of the circuit court of the
United States for the district of Minnesota.
It is by virtue of this seizure that the marshal
holds the property. On this statement of the
facts I shall not decide on this motion who
has the better title and right to the possession
of the property taken.
Mather vs. Nesbit (13 Feb. R. 372) has no
application to the facts here. The writ of at
tachment properly issued in the suit against
the debtor and if the marshal has seized the
property which belonged to Bennett, he is
certainly liable in an action of trespass for
the damages thereby sustained.
It is claimed that the property in the
possession of the assignee is "in eustodia
legis," and not subject to seizure by writ of
attachment. Ido not agree to this.
The statute of Minnesota, March, 1881, did
not validate all assignments purporting to be
made in pursuance thereof and forbid a judi
cial investigation; and while I concede that
an attachment would not hold the property
unless the assignment is fraudulent and void
against the plaintiffs, yet under the law the
property in the possession of the assignee is
not "in eustodia legis," so as to exempt it
from seizure if the assignment is void. This
instrument is the source of title to the
assignee, and its execution is the voluntary
act of the debtors and not a proceeding in
stituted by law against them.
The object of section flj" as well said by
the court in Rhode Island, where a similar
section is contained in the insolvency law of
•that state, "is to take advantage of the dis
pleasure which a debtor naturally feels when
?his property is attached or to hold out an in
ducement to him to make an assignment,"
(l.'i R. 1., page 100.) •
■-. The defendants have joined issued in the
action brought by the plaintiffs, and if the
assignee desires to defend he can become a
- The motion to dissolve the attachment,how
evor, is denied, and it is-so ordered.
[Before Judge Wilkin.] '
[ Julia B. Oa'tes vs. The City of St. Paul; on
motion of the defendant the judge charged
the jury to br.ng in. a verdict of $1,000 dam
ages for the defendant, on which they re
tired and obeyed instructions.
Wm. Defranchy vs. Anna M. Rice; action
for damages caused by excavation; on trial.
NEW SUITS AXD PAPERS FILED.
Jane E. Tucker et al. vs. Orlando B. Tur
ret! etal.; suit for freedom of mortgage.
Singleton Bros. & Co. vs. Thomas McEn
tee; suit for $50 for goods sold.
Northwestern Manufacturing & Car com
pany vs. Charles Pailike and Charles Corn
stock; suit for §340 on promissory note.
J. Lafontisee vs. C. T. Meyer, in the mat
ter of the order for Sheriff O'Gorman to show
cause why a sale or execution was not made;
decision sustaining the sheriff.
[Before Judge McGrorty.]
Insanity of Thos. J. Walton; partially ex
amined and continued till Saturday.
[Before Judge Burr.J
R. Bond, assault; committed for ten day 6.
S. Wisnom, disorderly; dismissed.
J. Danbro, drunkenness; committed for
L. Rowlen, larceny; committed for sixty
Jas. Maguire, drunkenness; committed
for ten days.
J. and Thos. Kelly, assault; discharged.
Wm. Graves, larceny; committed for thirty
The Bids Opened.
Yesterday afternoon the building commit
tee of the chamber of commerce held a meet
ing for the purpose of considering the bids
received for the construction of the new
chamber of commerce building on the cor
ner of Sixth and Robert streets. After a full
examination of all the bids for the work and
material the committee concluded that the
following are the lowest and best bids
therefor. As some of the parties who put in
bids not included "in' the following list,
claimed that their bids were lower than sim
lar bids to be found below, the committee
decided not to make the awards but to have
what the committee regarded as the lowest
bids published, so that all may have an op
portunity to see them, and then hold another
meeting, so as to give all bidders who claim
they have in lower bids than any included in
those that have been selected as the lowest, a
chance to come before the members of the
committee, and point out and expl in how
and wherein they are lower. This meeting
will be held at 3 o'clock next Monday af
ternoon, at the architect's office in the Man
LIST OF BIDS.
The following is the list referred to as hav
ing been selected for the reason that they are
the lowest and best bids:
Excavating and masonry—Lauerßros, $10,495.
Cut stone work—Frpntenac Stone Co., §7,000.
Brick work—Lucien Warner, $20,975.
Terra cotta—lndianapolis Terra Cotta Com
pany, $1,500. . .
Iron work—Wrought and cast-iron stairs and
prismatic lights, $14,820.64.
Wire work—E. T. Barnum & Co., $760.
Carpentry—Wilcken & Romer, $14,040.
Plastering—Jas. Cnllen, $4,000.
Painting and glazing—Beck & Rank, $3,100.
Plumbing and gas fitting—Graham & Ward,
Hardware—F. G. Draper & Co., $1,398.
Galvanized iron work a»d slating—Scrfbner &
Co., $2,048. • '
Mantels and grates, $500.
Steam heating—Rogers & Davis, $7,300.
Steam elevators, $4,335.
Total, $93,985.04 $.
Railway Conductor's Ball.
The first annual ball of the order of Rail
way Conductors, St. Paul Division, No. 40,
at Sherman hall, last evening, was an emi
nent success, both socially and in point of
attendance. The music was furnished by
the First Regiment band, and guests were
present from all parts of the state. The re
ception committee was composed of J. E.
Kinchboom, W. J. Flynn, A. L. Cox, S. L.
Banoey, J. B. Jordan", Wm. Doyle. S. C. Dow
and Geo. Penock, and the floor committee of
N. Boose, F. L. Chase, R. L. Willard, Jno.
Leonard, P. J. Horgan, C. L. Conklin and J.
Manager Barnes, of the St. Paul Athletic
club, is out in a programme announcing a
grand athletic exhibition to be given at the
gymnascum next Saturday evening. The
exercises will include a tug of war exhibition
between six picked men of the police force
and six men from the Athletic club, a juven
ile exhibition with clubs, rings, and tug of
war, horizontal bar exercises, combination
club swinging, feats of strength, boxing,
pair rings, wrestling, jumping, etc. It is the
best programme of the kind ever gotten up
in this city, and it should draw out a large
Merchants' Hotel Bal Masque.
Arrangements are fully perfected for the
fourth annual masquerade ball of the Merch
ants' hotel employees, to be given at Market
hall to-morrow evening. The scale of mag
nificence and grandeur on which the previ
ous balls under the same auspices have been
given, together with the liberal offerings in
the way of prizes, should not only insure a
big attendance, but make this the most suc
cessful affair of the kind ever given in this
THE TEMPERANCE QUESTION.
An Interesting Meeting, Addressed by
Gordon E. Cole, Rev. Hr. Thom
as, and Others.
Last evening the Church Semperance so
ciety held the second diocesan temperance
meeting ever held In this city, at St. Paul's
church. The Rev. Dr. Thomas, rector of St.
Paul's parish and vice president of the so
ciety, presided. The sacred edifice was well
filled, and among the congregation were a
great number who were not parishoners,
and some who were not Episcopal
ians, attracted no drubt by the
anticipation of some good, sound, sensible
speaking upon the question which is to-day
engrossing the public mind more than any
other, and in this respect they were not dis
appointed. In the congregation was noticed
the rabbi of Zion temple. The full choir of
the church was present, and lent its potent
aid in rendering the meeting a pleasurable
and devotional one.
The first speaker was the Rev. M. N. Gil
bert, rector of Christ church, who spoke on
the resolution embodying the thought that it
is the duty of all churchmen to support the
society in its efforts in this redeeming and
saving work. His address was earnest and
argumentative, giving sound and substantial
reasons in support of the resolution, among
which he advanced this: That the association,
being organized under the control and in
fluence of the church, had more
power for good and was more
certain of success than other
similar organizations. It had the support of
the great Church of England and America to
support it. Other societies had been formed
and failed because they were outside the pale
of the church. The last fifty years were
strewn with the wrecks of temperance socie
ties organized no doubt by good, earnest and
devoted people, but they had been of mush
room growth because they were not con
trolled by conservative influences. He
doubted if such associations did any good; he
rather thought these ephemeral societies did
mischief and were often the cause of Intem
perance spreading. It was the same
with them as with amusements
So soon as they were divorced from the
church they failed or became a source of evil.
The church was not fanatic,, but conserva
tive and practical. It was temperance the
church advocated, not total abstinence. The
reverend gentleman spoke at some length
and most eloquently and earnestly on the
duty of churchmen in this matter. Theirs
should be no passive acquiescing approval,
but an active supporting one.
Rev. H. W. Kittson, of St. John's parish,
also spoke in support of the resolution. He
introduced his speech by alluding to the
usefulness of the church, many members
of which he feared would hardly be able to
answer the question, what use is it and why
does it exist to-day, telling the humorous an
ecdote of the canon of old Winchester who
impressed upon a lady the importance and
usefulness of canons by holding up to her
gaze a well filled purse and saying, I pay
periodical visits to the treasurer and get this
filled with gold; don't say again that canon?
are of no use. He thought there were too
many church people who looked upon the
church as a very nice place with its beautiful
decorations, good singing and soft
seats and that the Episcopal service was a
nice kind of religion which only exacted at
tendance regularly atthe services in a com
fortable and beautifully decorated church.
These too selfish, too self.satisfied and com
fortable minded people often looked upon
those outside the church with disdain, but
this was not the opinion of the mager-born
founder and the grand apostles. The church
was a responsible church with great duties
to perform and this temperance cause
was one of the most important
and momentous. The church must be con
tented to descend from its high stilts and en
ter into the work with earnestness. He al
luded to the action of the bishops and clergy
in England in the temperance cause and
mentioned the fact that the queen herself
had signed her money as a patroness of the
church temperance society.' Fourteen thou
sand clergymen of the English church he
said had pledged themselves to do all in their
power to further the temperance movement.
What had been done in England he contend
ed could be better and more easily accom
plished here where society usages were not so
strong a barrier. He, in conclusion, urged
upon those who had been baptised and made
members of Christ, children of God, and in
heritors of the kingdom of heaven, to do
their duty in supporting the church temper
Gordon E. Cole, of Faribault, was next in
troduced, who moved the resolution that it is
the duty of the citizens to aid in the restric
tion of the liquor traffic, and help the author
ities in carrying out restrictive measures.
Mr. Cole, lawyer like, read from his brief a
long essay upon restrictive legislation, pre
facing it with the remark that the community
which is least governed is the best governed.
The object of his essay was to prove that no
further. legislation is required; that the
present laws are sufficiently restrictive, if
strictly carried out. He showed that pro
hibition had proved a wretched failure where
ever it had been tried. He ad
vised the temperance advocates to lay
on one side their fanatical and
insane desire for legislation, and work zeal
ously in the path marked out by Dr. Crosby.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas next read the follow
ing letters, which explain themselves, after
which Rev. W. Cox Pope, of the Church of
the Good Shepherd, pronounced the benedic
tion and the congregation dispersed.
The following letter was received from
Bishop Ireland, who had been Invited to ad
dress the meeting:
Rev. E. S. Thomas, Dear Sir; I thank you
very sincerely for the honor which you intended
to confer upon me by inviting me to address a
meeting of your chnrch temperance society. I
beg.however, to say that I cannot accept the in
vitation on religious gronnds. I am very glad
that the Episcopal church has entered into the
warfare against intemperance. The action of its
members will go far towards leavening in the
proper direction public opinion. I have read
with much interest the reports of the church
temperance society of New York, and I conld not
be but in full accord with all its principles.
Wishing you every success which the work de
serves, I remain very sincerely,
Regrets for inability to aitend were also re
ceived from Mr. D. A. Dickenson.
Consolidation in Prospect.
A subscriber at Canton, Tex., writes us
that there is a widower in that town who has
nineteen children and is anxious to wed the
Alabama widow with twenty-one children,
mention of whom was made inarecent issue
of that paper. The Alabama widow can take
notice and govern herself accordingly.
• A Philosophical Vieic.
Well, this is a wicked world; but there is
one comfort—it has got to be burned up.
The House Decides to get all the
Special Reports of the Star
A Part of the Circulation of the National
Bank .Notes Bills Passed.
Washington, Feb. 20.—The senate took
up and passed without debate, the bill in
creasingthe annual amount to provide arms
and equipments for the militia, from $20,000
The following resolution was agreed'to:
Resolved, That the secretary of the Inter
ior inform the senate where and how many
acres of indemnity lands were certified or
patented to railroad corporations in lowa, to
whom the grants of public lands were do
nated: also, whether any such roads are now
claiming more indemnity in lands, and what
On motion of Senator Allison, the senate
passed a bill fixing the time for holding the
terms of circuit and district courts of the United
States in the northern district of lowa. It
fixes the time for the terms as follows: At
Dubuque on the first Tuesday of April and
the third Tuesday of November in each year.
At Fort Dodge on the third Tuesdays in Jan
uary and June, and at Sioux City on the sec
ond Tuesday in May and the first Tuesday In
Senator Sewell's bill, appropriating $600,
-000 per annum for the militia, was passed.
The senate then took up the bill to pro
vide for the circulation of the national
An amendment was proposed by Senator
Pugh to the amendment of Plumb and ac
cepted by the latter, which would permit the
issue of treasury notes, provided for in Sen
ator Plumb's amendment in case the banks
deposited legal tender notes for the redemp
tion of their circulation.
Another amendment of Senator Pugh's
was accepted by Senator Plumb, to take the
place of the clause yesterday withdrawn by
the latter. The clause yesterday withdrawn
defined the true intent and meaning of the
section to be, that the volumes of paper
money outstanding, exclusive of gold and
silver certificates, should remain as now
existing. Pugh's amendment, which
wa« accepted by Plumb, declared
the true intent and meaning to be that such
volume should not be diminished, and also
excepted the principal and interest of the pub
lic debt from the obligations to the United
States which might be paid by such treasury
notes. The debate was participated in by
Hugh, Plumb, McPherson and Morgan.
Plumb's amendment was rejected, yeas 15;
nays 35. Morrill's amendment was rejected.
yeas 20; nays 36. Morrill moved separately
his amendments relating to what is termed
the "Gold banks." The amendment was
disagreed to. The amendment in separate
form was agreed to.
Senator Morgan then introduced the
amendment suggested by him some days
ago, and then the senate went into executive
session and soon adjourned.
Tlie House of Keprvsentat i res.
Washington, Feb. 20.—The report agreed
to, by 148 to 106, calling on the postmaster
general to transmit to the house tha reports
made by the special agents of the postoffice
department, having reference to the star route
investigation has not heretofore been made
public. An effort was made to show that it
would be detrimental to the public interest in
the prosecution of the star route cases if the
information asked for were made public,
but the resolution passed as above stated.
Reports were submitted as follows: From
the public lands committee, a bill to declare
forfeited the land grantto the Oregon Central
Railroad company. From foreign affairs, a
resolution that the president, be requested
to prevent the delivery of Senor Carlos
Angero now in Key West, Fla., and held for
extradition on the demand of the govern
ment of Spain, until it be ascertained if the
charges against him arc true, and that he is
not held for political purposes, and that the
president be requested to direct the attorney
general to have an investigation of the case
Mr. Ryan, from the committee on appro
priations, called up the joint resolution ap
propriating $150,000, to be expended among
the Indians for educational purposes.
On motion of Mr. Keifer the military
academy appropriation bill was taken up and
after a discussion the bouse adjourned.
MONTRAL SEEN BY A NEW YORKER,
Glimpses of Old-World Customs^ca Short
Distance Away—Hou< an Almost Acetic
Wintei\ls Enjoyed—Funerals on Runners.
[Montreal Cor. N. Y. Sun 15th.]
It is said that Liverpool is hardly more un-
American than Montreal. Wherever a
stranger from the United States turns his
eyes, he sees old reminders that he is in a
foreign country. Over all and above every
thing the consequences of a frigid winter ob-
trude themselves upon the eye. If a New
Yorker will imagine the entire city, streets,
roofs, and sheds, all covered with snow as
deep as it is sometimes seen piled along the
New York gutters after the one specially
heavy snow storm of each winter, he will get
an idea how Montreal looks out of doors at
least five months in the year. The cold i«
steady and intense. It makes a stranger's
head and feet ache, his cheeks tingle, and
his fingers all turn to thumbs, yet it is so dry
an atmosphere that 1" degrees below zero is
endurable, if one is clad for it: Dressing
is the whole secret of life in Montreal, and
the local costumes are such as to make a New
Yorker conscious that every one knows he Is
a stranger. In the first place, he wears a
silk hat or a Derby, whereas everpbody else
has on a cap, either a round fur cap or au
Astrakhan, creased In the top. The only
variety in headgear is the occassional worsted
tuque of the Canadian peasant, which is sim
ply a long, big stocking, ending in a cord
and ball. It is usually white or blue, with a
gay border on the bottom. This border is
rolled up above the forehead, the stocking
end falls jauntily over in a point, and the
cord and tassel swing at the wearer's left
shoulder. These tuques are worn with the
blanket suits of the snow shoers both by men
and women. They pull down over the ears,
but are seldom used in that way. When it is
very cold or snows hard the girls pull up the
baglike hood of their blanket sacques and
thus doubly protect their heads.
Then, again, the New Yorkers wear an
overcoat of cloth, and usually of thinner
make than the Montrealers'. The latter are
much given to fur coats, and huge garments
of heavy fur can be rented at 50 cents a day
by strangers at any'clothing store. Furs are
as common in Montreal as telegraph poles in
New York. There appear to be so many that
the people don't know what to do with them.
Consequently the carter in a common hack
sleigh not only draws a robe over his knees,
but has an extra one dangling behind him
from his high perch, and his passenger, cod
dled up in a blanket, and with a big bear
skin over that, knows that from behind his
seat there floats in the wind another robe of
buffalo or bear or other skins serving no pur
pose except that of an ornament.
But to get back to the clothes. The one
idea of the Canadians is to keep off the cold,
and the first garment next to his or her skin
is a woolen shirt that positively feels as heavy
as a blanket, and much softer than any but
the best blankets one sees in the States.
The drawers match the shirt, and the stock
ing! arc either of wool or knit worsted. No
body ventures out without either articles,
rubbers, or moccasins, because they have a
national proverb that a cold foot leads to the
grave. They sell umbrellas in the stores,
but you never see one carried in the streets.
A man under an umbrella is considered a
proper subject for ridicule. With a fur cap,
a fur or double cloth great coat, thick under
clothes, and rubber-coated feet, what can
rain or cold avail? A tumble out of a sleigh
or a fall on the ice hurts nobody, for even
the priests, the nuns, and the women and
babies are clad in the same way.
The city is practically all limestone. It is
a city of fine '"buildings. You read the signs
"Second-hand goods" or rags and bottles"
on a massive limestone house that looks
like one of the old granite mansions near the
Bowling Green." This limestone not oi.ly
gives the place a solid and grand appearance,
but it suggests age, and. indeed, there are
whole streets full of houses one hundred
years old, besides the many occasional struct
ures that are almost double that age. The
public buildings are all as fine as any in New-
York and, nearly all are bigger than any
thing we have got except the postofflce. Just
as more than one-half the population i»
French, so the great majority of the street
signs arej French. The French seem to
care very little about learning English, and
the English trample over French with their
tongues,|and are content, in the great ma
jority of cases, not to speak it any better
than will serve their purpo9eof gettingalong.
The wealth and enterprise here If more with
the Scotch than the English, and broad
Scotch is oftener heard than English. The
French excite sympafhv. Monteal was
theirs originally, "and they outnumber the
Britons, but they are crowded to one side.
They are the carters, servants. small I
keepers, private in the militia clerks and la
borers. Of course many are rfcta, but they
are the exceptions. The' post office corner
street lamp bears the word* •Bureau de
Poste.'' Our distinguished countrvwnman
of practical celebrity shows her fcceon all the
walls over the words -Madame Pinkham.'*
Every window in Montreal la double. The
true windows are set inside the embansorea.
The winter windows each in one >ash. tit
outside, even with the exterior of the walls.
This keeyg the cold out pretty effectually, but
stores in the rooms are not deemed sufficient
You frequently find them In the ha
well. The beds arc hillcocks of warm ma
material. The humblest house has its doub
le windows, and the same is true of tne great
The cathedrals, the Post Office, City Hall,
and splendid banks, churches, club houses,
and halls all are doubly glazed. One pane
in each extra window swings upon hinges,
to permit ventilation. Every here and there
the stramger sees a pair of snowshoes cross
ed and resting on end between these double
sashes. Snowihoes are pretty things. They
are the shape of a spoon, with the bowl flat
tened and the broad end of the handle cut
off. The frame is of white wood and the
bowl of the spoon is covered with an orna
mental network of dser gut. Shoes for sport
are less than a foot wide: those used by sur
veyors are two feet wide. The wider they
are the less they sink into loose snow. Snow
shoes cost from $1,50 t054,50 ■ pair. They
are made by the Indians. Even now in the
back country the mails are delivered on
them and village life depends upon them.
The shoes are not put in the city window*
for display or ornament, or as many suppose
to show that a snowshoer lives within. They
are put there to keep cool and they are kept
cool in order that the gut network "shall not
sag or slack.
Everything goes on runners. If a strung
er to Canadian life will simply imagine
everything in the New York streets gliding
about on runners—the big express wagons,
the mail wagons, the hacks, the phaetons,
the little package hand carts the baby car
riages, and the hearses all rid of wheels and
slipping ahead on bands of polished steal
he will get yet another idea of the strange
ness Of the scene out Of door-. The hearses
and grand sleighs with black bodies and cry
stal sides, the roofs being most ornately top
ped by black crowns black carved torches
and black angels of almost human size. As
the horse car tracks are tour feet out of sight
box sleighs run over the routes, and the con
ductors in big fur coats, each present a
leather teapot, with a slit where the lid ought.
to b«, wh«n they collect their half dimes.
The steam tire engines and the hook and
ladder trucks glide to their work on runners.
The horses are nearly all smuller than
ours. They are the famous Cauadtan ponies
tough wiry little beasts that seem to need
no more urging than a locomotive but rush
like mad along the street-.
Except in carnival week it costs but a
quarter for a twenty minutes' ride, during
which dne can glide from one end of town to
the other, and the cab stands are so admira
bly scattered that one never need walk more
than a block, or three blocks at the outside,
while at night it is only necessary to go to
the street door and yell "Carter!" once or
twice in order to have a flock of them around
you. Hot Scotch and Canada rye whiskey
are the national tipples. Gin mills are dis
tinguished by little white boards iuj>crtbcd in
.-mall black letters:
Licensed to retail spirituous liquor*.
A drink in about half the stores cost five
cents. At the most stylish hotel bar- II
ten cents. An order frequently given in
barrooms is for "a split." A "whisky split
means two glasses of rye and a bottle of gin
ger ale divided between two drinkers. Bran
dy splits arc oftenest completed with soda
water. The police are blue-coated, br.i
buttoned chaps, mainly French, wearing tall
conical fur hats with big brass numbers
sewed on the fur. They are polite and oblig
ing, but seem to lose their heads when there
is a crowd or a row. It depends upon who
you are as to how you are treated if you 11 ve
in Montreal. Caste and aristocracy are not
empty words here. One of the newspapers
here said this morning that the price ot
tickets to a concert had "been put high in
order to keep the mob away."
There is not one smooth male face in one
hundred in the streets, among the boy*.
The old men let their beards grow all over
their faces, and the young men wear side
whiskers and moustaches. The Canadians
say they can tell a New Yorker by his
smooth face, his round hat, and his fat and
well-fed appearance. It certainly is a fact
that the Canadians are spare as a rule.
ffklnderson vs. Sleinderaon.
[San Francisco Evening Post. I
The other morning a volcanic looking mt
tron appeared in Judge Lawler's court and
demanded to be informed as to the very ear
liest moment a divorce could be granted to
a cash customer.
"Have you a complaint, madam?" said
the judge, soothingly.
"I should say, I had, Judge," snapped the
applicant. "I'll just tell what that brute
Skinderson—l'm Mrs.Skindrson, more'sthe
pity—what that brute Skindei^on's been do
ing. Flesh and blood can't stand it.
"Did he beat you:" Inquired his honor.
I should like to see him try it," said Mrs.
S. with an indignant sniff. "It's aheap
worse. This morning I was taken with the
aggravating thing for over two hours—just
arguing with him, mind you, about a new
paper for the parlor—when what do you
sujrpose he did'
"Tried to shoot himself," hazarded th«
"I just wish the mean brute had. No sir
the mean wretch rang for a district telegraph
messenger boy, and when he came Skinder
son lay down' on the lounge, and says, with
one of those coid, tantalizing smiles of his'n
'Martha, I'm worn out now, and I'm going
to take a nap. Just wrangle with this boy
for an hour or two, and when I wake up I'll
relieve him. "If he gives out meanwhile, just
ring up another."
"I'm afraid you couldn't get a divorce on
that." said the court reflectively.
••Couldn't eh:" cried the victim of domes
tic infelicity in a rage "All right; I'll go
straight home and if Skindcrson hasn't
woke up, yet. I'll dump some ashes on his
head: I'll fix Mm yet!" with which consoling
anticipation she sailed out.
A (ol<l Itnif for the Geese.
Yesterday morning Hy Downs, the tunnel
tender of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad
near Washoe Lake, went out about 5 o'clock
to shoot geese. He soon discovered a flock
on the ice in the lake, and crawled on his
bands and knees on the ice, through the
.wles, to get a shot. Downs is a thorough
sportsman, and never takes advantage of a
goose that is not on the wing. Coming with
in shooting distance, he rose up and expect
ed to see the birds fly, but they did not.
Then he waved his hat, and a few of the
geese flapped their wings, but did not budge
an inch. He then walked up, and there, to
his astonishment, found 12S birds froaeu
fast to the ice and helpless. It appeared
that they had surrounded an air hole for
water the night before, and had been waddling
about In the overflow and slu3h until the
cold wave came up toward evening, and be
fore they knew it their feet had become fast
in the ice. Some were dead, but the majori
ty were living. Later in the day he went
down with a cart and bagged the entire lot.
On the whole the stalwart administration
is not getting along very smoothly with the
A pretty new walking hat of fine MiUu
straw is called the 7—2o—Jj.