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P. F. Lyons, Local Forecast Official.
"WHAT WANTED FOR.
In spite of the demands in certain
quarters, there is not likely to he any
. further letter publishing at present by
Mr. Blame in reference to the use of
his name for the Minneapolis nomina
tion. His attention is largely taken tin
with an issue of a more social and do
mestic character. Those who have tried
to extract from his letter a gleam of
hope that he will not be unkindly per
sistent In refusing to be the party
Moses are just now clutching at a straw
thrown out at Dcs Moines. The Regis
ter, the leading Republican paper
of the state, in an elaborate ar
ticle this week, insists that lowa
must instruct for Blame, with
110 consideration to his letter
of withdrawal. The attention given
this demand is due to the impression
that Chairman Clarkson, of the Re
publican national committee, is still in
terested lifer inspires the utterances of
that paper, and it is therefore the result
of a recent change in the mind of Mr.
Blame. But the Register has often
denied that the other Clarkson has
retained the least : interest in the
papery or = .even ; dictates V.i tat, opinions. '
This is /evidently the fact.' "The reason
for the. demand I for Blame is clearly
indicated in the article. It has no refer
ence to: the ambitions- or wishes of Mr.
Blame. - The Register ' is frantic over
the prospects'- 'of continued .defeat
in lowa, and of : failure in the
national: ; -contest. - Harrison", it says,
has made, the party weaker than
he found jit.-^- Only two presidents have
been ? re-elected In forty years, and
llaurisoN is not a Lincoln - or Grant.
The lowa, organ fancies that Blame
can poll 10,000 more votes than any
other Republican in that state, with
about the same ratio in other states.
This is the difference between at least a
chance for success and an overwhelm
ing defeat. This is the only significance
there is in the call ' for Blame. It has
the tone of desperation in it. The com- ;
mon solace that the Democrats will do
the had kari act for their benefit does
not do full service at times. Blame is
wanted to, pull the party through, and
it matters little to the lowa men and
others like them whether tho effort
kills him after the election or not.
The extension of postal free delivery
to the country districts has warm
friends in the house. It was recom
mended by the postmaster general, and
a plausible effort made to meet the ob
jection of increased expense. If this
were near the figures readily imagined
at the first dance, it would be a very
serious obstacle, as the lavish expendi
tures of the last congress have made it
necessary to reduce the drains upon j
the treasury. But the assurances are ;
that the increased revenues will largely
compensate for .the added cost. No.
matter if it does draw somewhat on
the treasury. The people who live
in the country are not get
• ting a fair share of the advantages of
Ithe postal service, and this convenience
is due them so far as it is practicable.
It is a good subject for the farmers to
take into consideration,' and when they
fully realize that it is possible and a
need, they should so indicate it to their
representatives at Washington. This
country delivery is not a new thing
sprung on this side of the water. It has
been in operation for years in Great
Britain and -on the continent, and the
experience is greatly in its favor. It
must be gradual in its extension, but it
will _row in popularity as the people
become sensible of its advantages.
PLEASES THE PUBLIC.
It is to be regretted for many-reasons
that the Blaine-Nevins controversy
has takeh the shape it has, drawing in
the parents^ or kindred of both parties.
Out of deference to people of unusual
standing and note before the country,
the proprieties require deprecation of
the parade of the skeleton in public,
but the public is quite willing to endure
it. There is not much current history
given in the papers that is more ea
gerly read. Should the lady with the
divorce fill the promise of the publica
tion of the love letters entire, the inter
est in the case will perhaps reach its
climax. The demand for genuine and
flavored literature of that sort from
persona widely seen is not easily sat
isfied. It is presumed that the
purpose is to give the effusions of both
of the youthful lovers. The lady shows
in the publication given out yesterday
that she wields a sprightly pen. If she
has the correspondence on both sides
carefully preserved, it may indicate a
suspicion that the letters might in time
be useful. Possibly, however, it is be- I
coming the habit of - lovers to -cherish
such evidences of , youthful 'sentiment
and emotions. If in this case they sus
tain the theory that Blame Sr. has
used misleading extracts, and that the
young man was impetuous and impera
tive, the excuse for the parade of them
will seem tenable. At any event, the
protesting public will reach out an
eager hand for them, and' not- grieve
greatly if the elder Blame did blunder
in taking any public notice of the mat
A BAD PRACTICE.
There is one feature of the contro
versy between Mr. Blame and his
daughter-in-law which is a legitimate
subject of newspaper comment. Mr.
ink's unwise and unnecessary let
ter would probably never have been
written had it not been for the attack
made on his wife by the. judge at Dead
wood before whom the divorce case was
tried. Young Mrs. Blame - very sen
sibly and reasonably disclaims responsi
bility for this, and it seemed .needlessly
cruel that she should be the. target for
the retaliatory blows it has elicited.
But, in general, some one is sure to suf
fer in a* greater or less degree when" a
court goes out of its way to preach
moral lessons or to express opinions on
the motives of litigants, or on their com
parative claims to the respect. of their
Judge Thomas, of Deadwood, is
highly spoken of by people who know
him, and no doubt is a capable and
courteous officer. But he has been
guilty on this occasion of an . error
which is all too common at the preseut
day. The cause before him was a sim
ple one, in which a woman asked for a
decree of divorce because her husband
had deserted her. It had no sensational
aspects except such as trrew out of the
prominence of the people involved. It
was Ins duty to listen to the witnesses,
and if they sustained the allegations of
the complaint to say so and order judg
ment to be entered accordingly. In
stead of doing this, the court wrote a
long review of the evidence, eulogizing
the plaintiff and castigating with se
verest language, not only the conduct
of the defendant, but also that of his
mother, who was not a party to the suit
This was all wrong, from whatever
point of view it is regarded. Legally a
judge, under the prevailing code, should
make his findings of fact the simplest
statement of his deductions from the
testimony which has been offered. They
should not recite the evidence nor dis
cuss it in any way. Judge Thomas'
course was therefore a departure from
the well-settled and time-honored prac
tice. But, apart from this, it was pure
impertinence for him to either pay com
pliments or express criticisms. The re
lations between the elder and the
younger Mrs. Blame were none of his
business except in as : far as a knowl
edge of this was essential to his reach
ing a decision. Having reached a de
cision, he ought to have "dismissed all
that led up to it from his mind. IT
would be as justifiable for a doctor to
administer a public lecture to a patient
as for a judge to act as this South Da
kota magistrate has felt called on to do.
Trial judges frequently file memo
randa with their findings, justifying
themselves, or explaining the steps by
which they arrived at their conclusions.
These are usually interesting and help
ful to attorneys. But not even they are
necessary. Judge Wilkin overthrew
the infamous lien law of 1887 with not a
word of explanation or elaboration, and
what he did affords a safe example for
others to follow. But while there are
no objections to the accompanying mem
oranda, as memoranda, to use them as a
vehicle for assaults of any sort is a per
nicious and outrageous custom. Judges
sometimes have their heads turned
by the high seats' on which they
sit and conceive of themselves
as the anointed ; censors of con
temporary society. They rebuke
lawyers practicing before them with an
affectation of superior virtue, and de
clare their hysterical sympathy with
one side of a case and their horror at
the depravity or shamelessness of the
other. When they do any of these
things. they step outside of their sphere
and begin to encroach on the bailiwick
of the priests and police officers, who,
according to our system, have a monop
oly of the moral culture of the com
munity. Like everybody who tries to
do something he is not trained for, they
cause a good deal of trouble by their
interference, sometimes to themselves,*,
and sometimes, as in the instance under
consideration, to innocent people, who
are wounded by this animadversiveness
on their conduct. Ililll
NOMINATE GOOD MEN.
The Globe is interested in noticing
the number and the quality of congres
sional candidates who are being pressed
for consideration in all quarters of .the
state. The Sixth district, which v in-
cludes the boomful town of Duluth, is
displaying especial activity in this re
spect. On the Democratic side half a
dozen have earnest friends. There is
the Democratic mayor of the Zenith
city, Mr. D'Autremont; Mr. Stivers,
of Brainerd; the ejaculatory Kellar,
of Sauk Center: and from St. Cloud the
eloquent Calhoun, and Theodore
Bkukner, who is at once a good
fellow and an able lawyer. Mr.
SuTrniN, Mr. Hartley, Judge
Steams and no end of others from Du
luth have been mentioned for the''Re
publican nomination, and besides them.
Gov. Barto, the ponderous and genial,
and Judge Searle, of St. Cloud. Any
one of these would make an influential
and capable representative, and that is
what is wanted. If we can have good
Democrats in congress from Minnesota,
it is much to be desired. But if we can- '.
not, let us have good Republicans. . The
Globe would like to see each side put
forward its best men in every district.
Then, whatever happens, we shall have
a strong delegation, capable of accom
plishing important results for their con
A NEW PARTY SCHEME.
The Republicans have assumed that
to hold the soldier vote they must be
constantly devising new financial com
pensation for the veterans. Enlarge
ment of the pension outlay has been the
main direction of their efforts. Since
the passage of the last measure, with its
rapidly growing and robust demands,
the disposition of the leaders has been
to call a halt, while .an element that
seeks popularity in • that quarter is as
importunate as ever for further, pen
sions. .. 77'-'- : V-'<l
Were it true that any great part of
the soldier vote hinged on this action,
which is not conceded, the new parly is
pulling the trumps out of its sleeves,
it were, in the game against the Repub
lican party. It goes past the chronic
pension device, and proposes to make
up to the soldiers the difference be
tween the greenbacks they were paid in
and the gold of the war period. This
has been . broached before, but the Re
publicans have shrunk from putting it
in their platform when they began to
figure out the totals. None can ques
tion that the men who did honest service
in the army during the war were mea
gerly requited, if it is possible to put
mere dollars in the scale against patriot
ism and sacrifice. But it is not proposed
THE FAIOT PAUL TaILY GLOBE: IBCI-fSDAY MOKNISG. MAR Cli 3. ; ~1F~?>.
to make up the difference in cold. That
; would .be impracticable. It, is to ;be
paid in greenbacks as their payments in
the :atmy ; were made. This would
require an - issue computed at .from
$1-300,000,000 to $2,000,000,000, or,' approx
imately, the expenditures of the last
Republican conirress. : Such *an enor
mous increase of 'paper would make a
new chasm between gold and paper, and,
in the same spirit of fairness, this should
be also 'provided for, with perhaps $800,
--000,000 more currency. - An -issue, of
some $2,500,000,030 in Irredeemable pa
per would certainly make that kind of
money as cheap and plenty as the most
ardent advocates of expansion . could
desire. / ' -
IGNATIUS IN IT.
. Donnelly's denial that his ambition
is driving him to seek the Omaha can
didacy for president must be taken in a
Pickwickian sense. Or it may be but
a shrewd device to disarm opposition.
An observer on the ground where the
convention-is to be held is able to see.
that "Gen. Weaver, of lowa, and Ig
natius Donnelly, of Minnesota, are
the most prominent candidates for, the
People's party nomination for the presi
dency, with the cryptogram man- only
two lengths behind the great lowa
Greenbacker." This is '-- encouraging,',
more so, .in fact, than would be the
statement that the two racers are pre
cisely even, for Weaver had the early
lead largely, and Donneelly is gain
ing.on him. His present pace will send
him under the Omaha wire several
lengths ahead of Weaver.
A man in Indiana recently had been
given up by the doctors, and his friends
feared it would not be so pleasant for
him over the river unless he was im
mersed. He was lifted from the bed
into the cold tank, and at once began to
feel well. Yet, as a rule, Indiana peo
ple are familiar with water. ..
An lowa jury admitted recently in a
burglary case that they became - so
fuddled over the evidence that they
drew lots for their verdict.: Some are
mean enough to think that might be an
improvement on the average work of
, The tin plate liar has had a. vacation,
but the sight of some of the recent ship
loads of tin plate brought from Wales
has started him up. He will be active
in 1 his mind for some time in building
tin works for the campaign.
If Mr. Blame had trained that boy
to tell the truth about his age, some
trouble would have been switched off,
and the reputation of the young fellow
for "truth and veracity" would be
easier to establish.
Yankton feels greatly encouraged at
its prospects of a share in the South
Dakota divorce industry. It took in
seven cases from abroad the past week,
some of them high life parties, promising
Son Russell has been pretty suc
cessfully muzzled for some time past,"
but his ' Helena paper heads a recent
editorial "About our Dam." Possibly
it had no reference to the paternal head
of the family.
There is no grievance with the su
preme court, if it does think that Reed
was right in filling his quorum with
perverse mutes. The Globe insisted
at the time that it could be dove.- ;\
A bill in the New Jersey legislature
proposes for street cars no seat, no fare.
That might be the rule for long distance
lines, like the Interurban, but usually it
; Just one year from tomorrow the
Democratic president is to be inaugu
rated, barring accidents, of course. His
name is reserved, as the fact is more
Other states may find a useful object
lessen in the quarrel among the Demo
crats in New York. It is a good year to
pull together. " ''-;,' " *
Nebraska celebrated its twenty-fifth
birthday as a state on the first of the
month. It is doing well for its age.- ';
Tea Was Ordered for Five.
His Wife— will be home this even
ing for tea at 5, John?
L Him— Yes.
"At 5 for sure?"
"No later than 5, now I"
"No; no later."
"You'll be prompt now, won't you?"
"Very well, then, you won't keep us
waiting, that's a good boy, will you?" «
"Not if 1 can help it."
"You won't disappoint me?"
The Front Door— Bang! ! !
His Wife— Well, good-bye, then! You
must keep your word now !
How a Spaniard Smokes.
El Paso Tribune.
The Spaniards are the most expert
smokers in the world. A Spaniard
takes a heavy pull at his cigarette, in
hales it, takes up a" wine skin or
wine bottle, pours .a . half Dint down
his throat, holding the vessel a foot
from his mouth and not spilling: a drop,
and then, with a sigh of satisfaction,
closes his eyes and exhales the smoke
from his nose and mouth in clouds. He
will also inhale the smoke, converse for
a few minutes in a natural manner and
then blow out the smoke. -
. '.- At Cross Purposes. ~
Lord de Void— you ever been
presented at court, Mrs. Lakeside?
Mrs. Lakeside— Oh, lots of times!
There isn't a judge in Chicago that
doesn't know me. I've been divorced -
three times, you know. ,'•
The Head Cutters on the Go.
Paris' chief executioner has cut off
200 heads and will retetire. President
Harrison has beheaded more people and
will probably do likewise, according to
Don't Worry About Tammany.
St. Louis Republic. .
Mr. Brice's committee should be care
ful not to : distribute too many Demo
cratic convention tickets in Chicago, or
there may not be enough left for Tam
many. ■ ::_ -.. '■..•■'- ': i,. •*:",■ : -
In Arcadie (so it is said),
■ here dwell all lovers true.
i The paths within the woodland shade i
For lovers' wanderings are made -
■ Just wide enough for two.
I long have tried the golden gates
That shut out Arcadie.
But he who at the portal waits,
Obedient to higher Fates,
Is blind— or claims to be.
He cannot see a single soul:
Yet wheu a maid and youth - :;-x. in
come by the great gates open roll, '*'- .
And Eros as a passing toll
: Claims but one word of truth. .
What that word is I cannot tell—
-.Yet think that I can guess:
No other word holds such a spell,
No other word would do as well.
It surely must be "Yes." •',■"' /V%- "'-.:;
My lady, will you come with me? ? • "
--■ One whispered word from you
Unlocks the gates of Arcadie, -: - ..
.', Where care and sorrow may not be,
. £.: And paths are made for two. : ~
Fiavel Scott Mines iv Harper's Weekly.
The skirt dancer's skirt comes high.but she
must have —Editor Carter H. Harrison in
the Chicago Times. ■-
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Senior— What do .you think is the mattei
with'our new. bookiseepfir.? ; ".;:_ r ;„I.V . r '
Junior— He lives too ; fast.v. "Tr
Senior— That "cannot be 'the trouble; he Is
never around On time, i -r>' - ':":.--"-
While deciding that ; the McKinley law is
constitutional, the federal supreme ' court is 1
omniously silent on the question whether of '
no it is a tax. ';-: <'- "'.';->--;. "j- :'■'' ■■'- --•■'■- '• "'•
* - 4, *
.■ Jaggles— What do you think of - congress,
bow? .-..'_ .■ \ ■'.'"■' ■■ ■>:
Joggles— Just now it is decidedly woolly. "- 1 "
* I » --»
The combined military forces of the United
States and Mexico •; have = succeeded in [ cap
turing Garza's father-in-law. ~ But up to the
hour of going to press Garza and his mother
iu-law have .'shrewdly : evaded i both army
It is understood - that- Pat Egan will be re
called—whenever he is needed ; - to " stiffen up
B. Harrison's second term boom. . ."" ■"-"?
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'; : Jason Jackson, Cooii Creek: Yes, base ball
will be : ; numerously played this season and
salaries :. promise to be high. As a species of
consolation, however, ocean steamship rates'
to Europe bid fair to be correspondingly low.
* * *
The logic of events demands the nomina
tion of Senator Her as presidential can-'
didate of the third party. He is a more irides
cent fantastic than either Donnelly or Simp
son. ' - - '. " :'.;• -". '■■'.;
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; Jim Blame must admit that reciprocity Is
a failure when applied to his son's marital
relations. ' ■■- '■ "■ " ' ; ' -
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If free 'binding, twine would be good for
those • who - use ■ a great . deal of j twine, : free
lumber would be beneficial to those who use
large quantifies of lumber. If free salt would
materially reduce taxation for those who use
.alt, so tree wool would be a "great saving to
any. one who buys clothing. -It is idle, yes
childish, to divide and quibble on such arti
cles. To do so is to say, logically" that Gen.
Hancock was right, and - that the quest
lion of ; r tariff- is purely ■ "a local
issue." . The " American congress is '; not
called to legislate for individuals or special
localities, but for the country at large." The
country at large is taxed to pay the salaries
of members and the running expenses of
congress. Therefore only the greatest good
for the greatest number should be sought by
congressional -legislation. Whenever con
gress turns aside to . perpetrate class legisla
tion at the 'expense of taxpayers II is false to
the trust reposed gin -. it by the voters who
made ' it .possible for them to wear swallow
tail coats at presidential receptions. " '
■» . » *
The St. Louis Republic Is a Democratic pa
per sound on - Democratic issues and not
afraid to say so. Incidentally/ the Republic
holds that personal _ politics should always
take aback seat in presence of party princi
ples. This is a great, white truth, and the
Democratic party would do well to make [ a
note of it. It won a 140 majority in the pres-'
ent-cougress on the single issue of ; tariff" re
form, and now is not the time to be led away
from that issue by the tinsel glitter of per
sonal ambitiou. '.
» . » ■ *
, John D. Rockefeller's gift of §1,000,000 to
the Chicago university is; accounted for at
last. A chair of journalism is to be attache d
to the institution. .■'.', '-'•'
* :-» '»
We have it on the word of Ignatius Don
nelly that the People's party will carry every
Southern state except Texas. The force of
this statement is somewhat weakened, how
ever, by the fact that it is uttered by the same ;
man who wrote "The Great Cryptogram" and
the St. Louis platform..'..;. ;'; ',-.,, '■ ..
* ■<«■ »
The Kuute Nelson .boom ; appears to be in
need of a spring tonic. ,;u;
*-. — * 14 ,. j ...
If you see it in the Dulutn Tribune you may
know it is original with some other paper. ■' •'■
"r Gov. Merriam's vice presidential boom is
running a neck-and-neck race with Stanford
-Newel's mayoralty boom. -** Quicker action, ,
- however, *is , likely ■to be ' secured on Mr.
: Newel's candidacy. : " '".''/'.'•!"... ' '''■. ;
* • *
S Chauncey M. Depew recently "delivered a'
"post-prandial, oration at the annual dinner
of the New York Press club. From this it is
judged that Mr. Depew has staggered out
from under the heavy blow of Ward Mc-
Allister in excluding him/from New York's
expurgated 159. .:-.'.. .'-:.-..<H' '•• .*•.?,"*
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Mr. Hotchkiss, a Connecticut inventor, has
introduced a specially :■ constructed bicycle
for riding on a fence. : If Mr. Hotchkiss eau
also; construct.* a culinary utensil to aid in
eating crow his twin inventions possess
political significance.' -.:•::•-:
s. * *
..-. Perhaps Jim Blame could prevail upon B.
Harrison to issue an ultimatum to Mrs. Marie
Kevins-Blame. There | would - be , no great
danger in this, as the lady is in delicate
health. ... '..-:.- _■'.- -.■■-.■ . ,;^v:
A SIGNIFICANT FACT. ■'"-'.
Annexation Sentiment Growing in
Toronto, Out., March 2.— S. White,
of Essex, who is a i member of the local
legislature, , during recess openly
advocated annexation -to the United
States as the best policy for Can
ada. It was fully expected ; that .
when the legislature reconvened a reso
lution would be introduced; expressing
loyalty to Great Britain as an implied
censure on Mr. White, but when
the. whips took a private can
vass of the members on : both
sides of the house it was found that the
motion would have been carried by such]
a narrow, majority, if at all, that it was
decided not to evoke a vote on the sub
ject. This is very significant, as it has
been generally supposed -that the On
tario representatives would vote solid
for British connections.
Great On Mule Trades.
"Can 1 get shelter here for the night?"
asked the candidate for coroner as he
kicked the oak log in the fireplace and
sent the sparks flying up the clay chim
ney, says the Atlanta Constitution.
"1 reckon so." -.
"Feed my horse?"
"I reckon so."
"I'll just stay here by the fireplace?"
"1 reckon so." - "
'-' "Been long in these parts?"
"1 reckon so." "'"
"Seem to have a very large family
around you?" . ; .
"1 reckon so." '•""••.-''
'"Bout twenty in all, ant they?"
"I reckon so."
"Farmer, arn't you?"
* "I reckon so." -
"My friend," said the 'exasperated
candidate,. "may 1 ask if there is 'any
thing in this world you don't reckon?"
"Yes, 1 reckon so. ; I never wuz much
good at figgers, but I'm h—l on a mule
trade. Is yore horse a mule?", \
New York, March : 2.— No 4 sailing
.vessels of auy description arrived •in
port this morning .and only
a •-;•."■ few of the .extensive;- fleet
of i:' belated ; steamships - came v in.
The storm is still raging on the New
Jersey coast, and f much damage has
been done to 4 the beaches : and the
croups : of cottages which extend along
the coast ; between the ; > Highlands and
Long. Branch, as well as farther ".south.
Vienna, March The famine in the
country '; of •; Aravia .In ; Hungary is be- :
' coming t more .intense. *) Many children
have died of hunger in the Namsezto
districts. V- Seventy-five * ■' deaths ■'•■ from
starvation ; have ■; been 'reported in two
: i_onths.'"- ; -w.:*^ ---■-.-"; ?.;i:--i-;- •'-.-" ■:■"••"■''
:"-■■:--'.--'.: — ", am '' . *.
To Force a Crisis.
I, London, March 2.— The Times' cor
'■. respondent at Paris says he has a rumor
■ to the effect that there % is ah % intention '
\ to overturn the new cabinet aud force a
presidency crisis. ;"..- .•;.... -
'.;. THE BLAINE IMBROGLIO. ,?
•! :.s ;■■•<. -.it .'.<: - ■---..• •.. , . ;
'r Jaties-G. Blame is wasting his splen
did anilities in attempting to f defend v a
son ; such - as James : G. Blame Jr. has
proven himself ,to i ; be.— Chicago • Even
ing Post. ',; r . : Vr.
r-;. James G. Blame has written an open
letter, in which he attempts to defend
the conduct of .the son • who bears '% hi*
illustrious name. It is a cleverly con
' trived ; ; and . ; ingenious . 'defense, -.; quite
worthy of the distinguished \ secretary
'of state, but not even the appeal of such
, a brilliant advocate- can palliate the
'offense of the unworthy son.—
*) A man of Mr. Blame's temperament
could not endure such an affront offered
to a defenseless woman, and so lie chiv
alrously came to the rescue of his wife
against these charges made by a judge
,iii; open : court, aud spread broadcast
Ipijei the country to be distorted and ex
aggerated by his malicious 'partisan
enemies.— Chicago Tribune.
n Secretary Blame's . "personal state
, meu't" is primarily a defense of his wife
against the charges .of the Deadwood
' judge before whom the younger Mrs.
j Blame related her woes. That is : . well
; enough. the attempt to get young
I Jim out of an ugly fix is not very grace
ful. it would. have been better to' let
the boy bear the blame that is -his due.
I Surely the girl and the priest who mar
.ried'the silly pair. should not •• bear all
the blame.— Chicago News. "'-..'. -
7: But -when the jud_e ot the divorce
court reflected needlessly on the char
acter of his wife thesecretary of- state
penned his "personal" statement." : It is
an absolute vindication of the elder
Mrs. Blame from all charges of ' inter
ference with the marriage relatians '• of
her boyish son. There is a chivalry in
the secretary's defense of his wfe that
will endear him still more to the plain
common people of America.— Chicago
Inter Ocean. .
.. It was hardly worth while for James
G. Blame to publish the letter iv regard
to his son's marriage which he has writ
ten, for close and judicious observers
have been able to guess from the career
of the divorced wife some such state ol
facts as he details. -The silly statement
of the Deadwood Dogberry who pro
nounced the decree of divorce, and the
foolish comments of certain journals,
did not represent public opinion on the
subject.— Rochester Post-Express. '
;■' James G. Blame -will- "not* be judged
j harshly i by any one: who reads his de
fense of his wife against the record as
it was made in the South Dakota courts
on the evidence of Mrs. James G. Blame
Jr. The position of. the elder. Blame as
a husband and father ; whose wife and
son' were thus simultaneously attacked
was a trying one, and it is easy to ex
cuse his appeal to the . public :in their
behalf. . Nevertheless, it is true in such
cases that "silence is best and noblest
in the end."— St. Louis Republic.
; Now, however, that the decree of
divorce has been granted, the charges
of young Mrs. Blame having been sus
tained in every detail, the father of the
defendant brings his son before the bar
of public opinion, and sets up for him a
defense out of court.- This great man
invokes his power jas the chief of the
state department of the federal govern
ment, his prestige as the plumed knight
of his party, his position as the head of
a family distinguished in the most ex
clusive social circles, to give character
and effect to a "personal: statem-Mit" of
a matter already judicially determined.
—Chicago Herald. _-. . " . ;
THE RAIN FRAUD.
Gen. Dyrenforth reports on artificial
rain- experiments that they have not
furnished sufficient data' to warrant the
upholding or condemnation of the* the
ory. 'We are disposed to believe that the
scheme is not a. success.— Cincinnati
Commercial Gazette.- ;;
Gen. Dyrenforth has submitted to the
senate. through Secretary Rusk, a re
port of his experiments in artificial rain
lmtking. f The report does not indicate
that any rain was ''•produced, but the
treasury was compelled to "come down"
: with 817,500 to foot the.bills.—New York
Advertiser^ :- : ■ v\ : ":.' "■
' Gen ' : Dyrenforth has' made a report in
which he declares his rainmaking ex
periments with explosives last .summer
were entirely successful. ": There were \
rains after some of the general's dyna
miting of the upper atmosphere, bun no
body can say that they were caused by.'
the explosions.— Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Gen. Dyrenforth, w_b has been in
charge, admits that the experiments for
artificial . " production of rain do not
furnish sufficient evidence upon which
to uphold or condemn the theory. He
only knows that he had lo s of fun firing
pyrotechnics at the unresponsive firma
ment, and hopes he may be permitted to
resume the innocent but. expensive
pastime.— Louisville Times.
Gen. Dyrenforth admits that his can
nonading and balloon-bursting experi
ments accomplished ; nothing decisive,
but he thinks the experiments should be
continued. That is just what was pre
dicted at the time the explosions were
being made. -Instead of bringing down
rain they, were : expected to bring fur
ther appropriations.- We suspect a fail
ure in both respects.— Cleveland Plain
Dealer. . -, : ■'■
; The wftig shot ought to be a bang-up
marksman.— Binghamton Republican.
The chorus I girl .who is pretty but
can't sing must pass at her face valuo.
\ The dexterous wrestler gets down to
business "when he drops on his friends.
- Jagson says that the mail who claims
that lectures aren't what they used to
be must be a widower.— Elmira Gazette.
: Those who are in the habit of looking
at the future through a glass are apt, to
have bad reflections left with them.—
Columbus Post.^Yv?*' * . /_,
Marriage may not be a failure, but
when you see :a - man with seventeen
children you are apt to think it ; would
better if it — Binghamton Leader.
' "Three hundred young ladies in one
of the normal schools have turned their
backs on the ; corset." If this is true
there will be just 300 misfits.— Lowell
Courier. . '
■'. Indulgent Aunty (after stuffing little
nephew. with doughnuts and fruit cake)
—What does your mamma give you be
tween meals? Little Nephew—
not to eat.— Good News.
Oscar's Bad Break.
New York Advertiser.
.'"•- Oscar Wilde, now posing as a play
wright in London, appeared ; before the
curtain l_ of "the f St. James theater one
f night last week, in response to a call,
. with. a filthy cigarette in his paw. -He
[made a driveling speech, "meantime
• whiffing his cigarette.;- If . an American
l backwoodsman had been guilty of this
ineffable piece of coarseness in London
the high society over > there would have
(attributed it to our vulgar civilization.
■, As Mr. Wilde '; has just _ introduced in
London a new style of buttonhole flower
: for i"cads,'' which sells for two shillings,
> his performance with the stinkweed in
St. 'James' theater will probably be for
given. ■ -■; _ L ... .
»■' .- , ''. Short on Rustle.
Chicago Times. . l^^^^^^^^^^^a^
J Rjussell Harrison ;13 going to abandon
the newspaper business. He has not
/made a : glowing success of it, ;as there
"was too much. Harrison and too little
rustle iv his business. |K«gßj|pp||'||
.'. How to Arrive.
Williamsport (Pa.) Sun. v
\" If you pay as you go and are able to r
go as you pay, you will get there. l
■_'! . In the Museum.
Rochester ! -i__Mß^_^Ml^fp
The Snake— Come over here and see
my box. ..' ,:.'. : .'.;;,
The Dove— I'm sure. .
""; ; A Literary (suggestion.
Washington Post. ■..''■: '._ ;
Perhaps Cleveland and Hill can be in
duced to collaborate on a letter ef - with
drawal. -• •
SAGE STRIKES BACK,
Donnelly Gives the First of
His Counter Attacks
The Lance of Ridicule Essayed
Before the Shaft of
Tables Turned on the Votes
Upon Adjournments and .
Fact, Record and Shake
Used by the Sa^e.
: The scripture advises the ..man whoso
right cheek is smitten to present the
left oue tor simiiar : treatment; but that
doctrine would never be subscribed to
by- Ignatius Donnelly. His motto is
when a man strikes his right cheek to
smite him back on both cheeks. This is
the medicine; 1 he has prescribed for
John B. Hompe, and "the first install
ment has just been given out. It is in
chapters," and the first one rushes into
the subject as follows:
"I am an exceedingly busy man, and my
time is of considerable value to me— if to no
one else. It has therefore been with . great
regret that I have seen John B. Hompe, of
Otter Tail county, my associate in the state
senate, devoting columns.' week after week,
iv an obscure paper in his own county to
personal denunciation of my record and my
self, fi If he had rested satisfied with the cir
culation which his own paper could give
these ; attacks : I should not have noticed
them; but he has furnished advance sheets
of his diatribes to the state Democratic or
gan, the St. Paul Globe, which has published
them with'delieht as evidence, however
slight, of a break in the otherwise solid ranks
of the Alliance and the People's party.
It has puzzled me a great deal to determine
what could be the motive for these attacks.
If they bad been put forth before the recent
session of the State Alliance I could have
believed that they were made to affect the
action of that body. But there is no conven
tion now pending; lam not a candidate for
any office; I do not live in Mr. Hompe's
county, or congressional district; I do not
stand iv his way in any manner.
There is only one method by which I can
explain these laborious, untimely and unpro
voked assaults. ; -f_HMI_B_SI
The Usury Question.
Mr. Hompe and I differed widely In the
last sessiou of the senate upon certain im
portant public questions— the usury
law. He claimed that he represented the Al
liance in the position he took. I claimed
that, as their president, elected by an over
whelming vote, carrying on a large official
correspondence with the Alliance of all parts
of the state, I kuew better than he just what
the farmers of Minnesota really wanted.
And so we locked horns. I had no antago
nism to Mr. Hompe personally. This was
shown by the fact that I mad* three speeches
in the Alliance-Democratic caucus of sena
tors, to have him appointed chairman of the
committee on finance, the most important
committee of the senate; and succeeded, very
much against the grain of the Democrats,
who had selected a gentleman for the place
from their own ranks. At the end of the
session (although he had treated me shame
fully in the meantime) I nominated him for
temporary president of the senate. It was a
sickening dose to take, but he had beeu
nominated by an Alliance caucus,- and I
swallowed it, "for the sake of peace in our
ranks. Fortunately he was not elected.
Some of the Democratic members of the sen
atorial combine would not support him.
I knew, recently, that Mr. Hompe was as
piring to go 'to congress from the Seventh
district; that he had legislated Kittel Halvor
sou out of the district so as to have a clear
field for himself, but I did not raise voice or
hand against him. I was content that he
should "paddle his own canoe." 1 hoped
that generosity and magnanimity on mv part
might awaken somewhere inhis coarse na
ture a kindred spark, and ihafwe might act
together for the good of " those we both rep
resented. I therefore contented myself with
voting against the unjust congressional ap
portionment act. But I am reminded of
what Prospero says, in the "Tempest," about
Caliban:: ' .-;
! . 'A devil, a born devil, on whose nature ;
Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost;
And as with age his body uglier grows.
So his mind cankers." •-
During that battle last winter in the senate
I appealed to the Alliance of the state to de
cide between Hompe and invself on the
usury question; I did not visit them, or cau
cus with them: I stated the whole question
fairly, in a letter in the Great West, without
any abuse of those who differed from me,
and I asked the local Alliances to come to
gether and instruct their senator* what to
do. The response was so overwhelmingly
against Hompe's position that he was forced
to abandon his course, on the repeal of the
forfeiture clause of the usury law. and, at
the eleventh hour, he voted for tbe bill
which I supported. I had no feeling in this
matter— not even one of exultation. I had
simply done my duty. But the , farmers
throughout the state . believed that Hompe
had tried to betray them te the money-lend
ers. They did not tnink he had been misled.
They respected his intelligence at the ex
pense of his character for honesty.
The Last State Alliance """lectins.
This feeling of the Alliance members man
ifested itself in most unequivocal manner
at our last annual meeting. Hompe bad
come down from Deer Creek to that conven
tion with a great sounding of cymbals, blow
ing of trumpets and .beating of drums He
was going to assail me and blot me out of ex
istence! He was to be- elected .president of
the Alliance I There was an endless amount
of conspiring and wire-pulling going ou, but
when the convention met— of the largest
and most enthusiastic ever held in the state
—Hompe. to use the vernacular,. was ••not in
it." He had the field of plotting and schem
ing all to himself, • for a domestic
affliction called me away during three
days from the convention city. While
acting as president the duties of my office
prevented me from canvassing any one, or
doing any work in my own behalf: but the
feeling of that convention of honorable. gen
tlemen from all parts of this state was so
strongly against Hompe that, as the saying is.
he "retreated into his hole and drew the hole
in after him." One year before he was a star
of the first magnitude iv our councils. In
our last convention he hud shrunken to au
orb of the twenty-fifth magnitude. One year
from now it will require. I think, the most
powerful leus in the Lick observatory to de
termine whether he is a'satellite of Hoskins,
or a fragment of meteoric protoplasm ejected
into space from the abyss of nothingness.
The Voice of Doom.
'-' The mention of his name in the state Alli
ance, by some jester, called out jeers and
laughter, which spread like a great wave all
over that vast audience. Hompe heard it. It
was the voice of doom. He saw that he was
found out. He Degau to perceive that a man
cannot: serve- Mammon and expect the ap
proval of God. He saw that he could not run
with the hare and hunt with the hounds aud
•be equally esteemed by both. He understood
that if a man serves bankers, monopolists
and railroad kings he must be content with
such consolations as : they can afford him.
and not look to the people he has betrayed
for:- popularity.-- The giant, therefore, who
bad advanced upon the convention, breath
ing blue flames and destruction, squatted
down on . bis hams, and became the most
gentle, harmless and obscure of all that great
host. .. /
Hompe did not dare to permit hisvirn
name to go before that convention for paesi
dent, or anything else; but— determined to
be vicious and- ugly to the . bitter end— he got
his lunatic lieutenant to present the name of
Charles Brandborg for the office of president
without the slightest authority, lam told,
from that gentleman. - Mr. Braudborg is not
' especially a friend jof mine— l . am sorry to
say it— he is an able and honest man; but
he had fallen under a | great misfortune, the
greatest which can happen to any man. in
uocenior guilty, (and I believe him to have
been innocent of' wrong intent): he had
committed Cain's offense; he had stained
his hands with the blood: of. a fellow
being. In such a case the living is almost
as much to be commiserated as the dead, (or
he can never shut out from his soul the piti
ful memories of the past. And yet Hompe,
afraid to face the State Alliance— afraid to
present his own capacious extremity : to the
duck shot of the indignant agriculturists
dragged poor Mr. Braudborg's. name for
ward (Mr. B. was not ; present).' with -' his
great calamity still hanging around him. like
a garment, and set him up to be shot down:
to be • slaughtered by receiving 49 ' votes
against 472 for myself: and to be unjustly ex
posed to the laughter aud ridicule of a whole
state. I can Imagine nothing meaner or
baser than this treatment of a faithful
friend. : *~ _; . :-'!______
-.-.; Now I had nothing to do with this abase
ment and ruin of IJOmpe. I hod tried to save
him, in the senator by kind treatment and
wise counsels... I had not attacked him. He
.i.-.id ruined himself. But . his rage was uu
j?overuabla.~ He sought for a victim. : He de
termined to destroy my usefulness. jHe
thought by doing, so he could rehabilitate
himself." He did not stop to consider the ef
fects of such a course upon our noble organ- c
ization. | Our great enemy, the Pioneer Press,
in its local columns .of Feb. 11. speaking of
Otter > Tail county, says; "It (Hompe's
course) baa done more to disrupt the "Alli
ance party than ; anything else which has oc
curred in the last two years." It may be that
these result* were- contemplate*! by Hompe,
and were an incentive to his action. They
are certainly grateful to the railroad kings
and rings. - . ..
But how was he to destroy me? The Wash
burn family had attempted it vain. The
Pioneer Press has made the same assault, and
it came limping off. And; now I say to
Homne. in the words of Brutus: .
"You have done that you should be sorry for.
There is no terror. Cassius. In your threats;
For 1 am armed so strong in honesty,
That they pass by me as the idle wind.
Which 1 respect not." .
My friends say to me tint his attacks are
such a mess of ridiculous trash that I should
not dignify them >by replying to them. If I
was alone concerned I should follow this ad
vice. But -I ■ believe these assaults are in
tended to injure the Alliance, and will injure
it. and, in justice to that great organization,
I have concluded to answer them.
Never In the history of politics have there
been such frivolous "charges. He asks the
people "to go back and thresh over the old
musty straw of a legislative journal to find
how I voted on questions of adjournment!
Artemus Ward " tells us that when a fellow
whom he did not approve came to court his
"darter," he got clear of him by getting his
father-in-law, who . was seventy-five years
old, had lost his front teeth, and had a very
monotonous voice, to read to him, out of the
proceedings of the legislature of the state of
Maine, the debate upon an appropriation to
build a bridge, twenty years before, in a re
mote part of the state. The lover stood it for
two nights and then fled the field. Hompe
would have finished him lv one night.
Tithe of .flint and Cummin.
It is a very customary thing, if a man has
determined to sellout the people on great
things, to be very particular to vote with
them on little things. The Master pointed
out this trait of human nature eighteen cen
turies ago, when He said :
"Woe unto ye. Scribes and Pharisees—hyp
ocrites!—Ye pay tithe of mint, and anise and
cummin, and have omitted the weightier
matters of the law,— judgment, mercy and
faith. Ye blind guides which strain at a gnat
and swallow a camel. Ye make clean the
ouside of the cup and the platter, but within
they are full of extortion and excess."
; I never knew a rogue yet that was not
ready to vote, In the legislature, ac all times
against an adjournment. The man who will
put 83.000 into his pocket, as the price of a
whole people's pro-perity, will "tear a pas
sion to tatters, to very rags," and "tickle the
ear of groundlings," by righting a little ap
propriation ot $10. j That's human nature.
The "Mighty Question of Adjourn
Hompe charges that at noon, Friday. Jan.
16. I actually voted to adjourn over until the
following Monday. Horrible, most horrible!
He omits to mention that there had just
been a motion made to adjourn till Tuesday,
and that I had voted no (Senate Journal, p.
I 51). He gives me no credit for this vote.
There had then been a motion made to
simply adjourn, which mean to adjourn till
the next day, Saturday, and this was also
voted down, the nays . and yeas not being
called. It was therefore evident, as the sen
ate would neither adjourn to Saturday nor
Tuesday, that it must adjourn to Monday,
and Iso voted. The vote stood 30 to 17. If I
cost the state $;i,ooo,as Hompe says, by voting
to adjourn to Monday, I helped to save the
state $15,000 by refusing to adjourn to Tues
day, and so the state is $1,000 ahead. But
Hompe did not state tha^l had so voted. He
concealed that fact. v
And observe his dishonesty. He says that
adjournment cost the state. $3,000. The only
statutory day lost was Saturday, and the cost
of the whole legislature, house aud senate, is
but $1,6'J0 a day. Now, the senate consists of
fifty-five members, who receive $.*" per day.
This amounts to $2?'> Instead of $3,000, and
all the clerks and officers wonid bring it up
to about $381. Now Hompe knew this per
fectly well. He knew we had no control, as
senators, over ihe adjournment of the house
and yet he i'$ m wmfs£Soß& ! &&fi.
Saddles the Senate
—or rather me alone— with the cost of run
ning both houses, aud calls one day two
days, aud $384 $3,C00, all to make it point
against a man whose sole offense is that lie
stood by his pledges to the people while
Hompe had betrayed them. Hompe's mode
of computing the'time is line that of the fel
low who got out of bed in the morning and
began growling at his wife, 'Hurry up tbe
breakfast,' he cried, 'I haven't had a thing to
eat since yesterday, and tomorrow will be
three days!' Whether the senate adjourned
for one day or two days, at that time, is a
matter of very little moment. Honest and
decent men desire to go homo occasionally
to visit their families. 1 have heard
of fellows who were governed by no
such feeling, but whose broad lib
erality, like the constitution of. the United
1 Stutes. recognized uo distinction iof "race,
color or previous condition of servitude."
My own belief is that occasional adjourn
ments to permit the legislators to get clear of
the fetid and corrupt atmosphere of the cap
ital city, and breathe the. pure air of their
own homes, and recleve, new inspiration
from their constituents, would be worth
more to the people than all It could possibly
cost. If I had my way 1 should have the leg
islature assemble on Dec. 1, sit for a month,
then take a holiday of a week or two; then
sit for auother mouth, and then take another
holiday, their play to be discontinued while
nt home. If we had had such a law as that
last winter, Hompe might today be an hon
ored light of the Alliauce, instead of being a
blasted ana ruined num.
"Enough, on '-'"lis Line."
Ilompegives one other case of adjournment
over one day, Jan. '.'4. and adds "I think this
is enough on this line." Knowing the subtle
and deceitful character of the many.and that
his every word has a trick In it. I thought i
would myself see what was beyond "on that
line." Audio! what did I find? Why that
this heroic reformer of little things— this
statesman of adjournments— was himself a
squanderer of the people's money, by bis
own showing. I found, on page 410 of the
Senate Journal, that Hompe, Friday. March
0, voted to adjourn over Saturday until Mon
day! The vote stood yeas 8, nays 33. Think
of it! Only eight out of forty willing to waste
a whole legislative day, and Hompe one of
them ! Audi voted no! No wonder Hompe
stopped short and said, "I think this is
enough on this lino !"
And what else did I find going forward
"on this line?" Why, that after March 9
the senate refused to adjourn over, and sat
in continuous session, except Sundays, until
the end of the session. And Horace says,
speaking of the Republicans, "there seemed
to be a concert of action among them to de
lay legislation by long adjournments.'' "It is
a foul bird that dirties its own nest." This
is the reward the Republicans get for cod
-ling Hompe and making him temporary pres
ident. Now the fact is that, that senate, He
publicans, Democrats and Alliance, was tho
most intensely industrious body of men that
ever met in this state. Look at the Senate
Journal pages of closely printed pro
ceedings in eighty-one days! Six hundred and
sixty-one pages of continuous record ' with
out an adjournment over o single day ! Aud
vet, Hompe would besmirch all these bard
working men, of all parties, to make a little
cheap glory for himself, around the classic
purlieus of Deer Creek.
But, says Hompe, I secured places for 11.
Giliett. D. P. Akin, H. V. Poore and It. 11.
McGee. What of it? These men were all
good Alliance men. Some one bad to till
these offices. Why not they? But Senator
Borcbert presented the name of Mr. Poore;
and Mr, McGee assured me that Senator De
don desired him appointed. Ho may have
misrepresented the tact, but that was notmv
fault. Poore and McGee were members of
the Alliance legislative committee, appointed
by the Alliance to attend upon the legislature
and report to tbe State Alliance the votes of
members, and the state executive committee
bad instructed me to secure places for them,
if possible, that would pay their ex
penses, as the Alliance was too poor to do
so." Hompe knew all this, and Hompe voted
to elect Giliett. Poore and McGee ! These
officers were all necessary, but there were
others more questionable. Hompe voted to
make John Schafer sergeant at arm? of the
cloak rooms, George Gregorson assistant
doorkeeper, D. W. Ahem assistant engross
ing clerk, A. P. Swaustiom second assistant
secretary, and John Brown doorkeeper to aid
the sergeant at arms. Ido not say that these
officers were not needed; I voted for most of
them; but I claim that if Hompe could vote
for them he has no right to complain about
the appointment of Poore, Giliett and Mc-
Gee. Gillett's office, sergeant at arms, is
provided for by statute, and if we failed to
put some one in that position we would not
only have only violated the law, but 'have
made ourselves the laughing stock of this
Then Hompe voted (page 46) to give . two
additional pages §:.'. per day; and he voted
that all clerks should draw pay (see page 04)
per day. This is a reformer, inaeed.
lie complains now that 'unnecessary clerks
were appointed. Let us see how honest he
is in this pretense. On Jan. 9 Senator Cran
dall moved (see page . 23) that the assistant
enrolling clerk and the assistant engrossing
clerk should not draw pay until Feb. J. This
would have saved the slate £i7O. and Hompe,
the minute economist, voted no! And now
he fights extravagance! Away with these
frauds that are ready to move their platoons
into the field of action a year after the battle
is fought and the dead buried. •■■-_.-■■
.But the cheekiest thing of all the cheeky
things of this colossal fraud is found in the
following. Hompe says: ■.-.;--..
* ."The railroad committee, of which Don
nelly was chairman, did not ne;d a clerk;
they held but five or -ix meetlugs during
tbe winter, but the state paid $5,000 to pro
vide a place for one of the friends of Hie
- If the reader will turn to page 56* of the
Senate Journal. Jan. 20, 1891, he will be
startled to find this record:'
~ "Mr. Hompe offered the following resolu
tion: ' - * • - -
"Kesolved. That tho chairman of the
finance committee" twho was Hompe), "ana
the chairman of the railroad committee"
(who was Donnelly), "be authorized clerks
for their respective committees."
The vote stood yeas _'*', nays 2— Hotupe
And now he has the unblushing Imptidenco
to declare that my committee did not need a
clerk, and to attack me for appointing a clerk
on his own motion. He assails me for doing
-what he got the senate to direct me to do!
"Can any face of brass hold longer out ?"
I appointed a worthy farmer and ex-sena
tor. a faithful Alliance man. who had his
whole crop and outbuildings destroyed by
fire the fall before. Hompe appointed a man
who— if the Minneapolis papers speak the
truth— denounced the members of the last
Alliance state convention as "vermin." "Like
master, like man."
And Hompe. as usual, misrepresents the
facts as to the business of the railroad com
mittee. The truth is not iv him. Or. if it is,
it Is because none of it has ever come out of
But enough for this sitting.
Congressman Hall Sums Up the
Attitude of the Northwest.
Washington Correspondence N. Y. Times.
"What line of legislation do the farm
ers of the Northwest favor particularly
at this time?" Representative Hall
(Democrat, Minnesota} was asked today.
"The Northwest insists upon a reduc
tion of the tariff taxes. It regards a tax
levied upon things imported into this
country as, in effect, a tax upon out
products exported to purchase those
things. Upon this question we are in
earnest. We seek to increase the pur
chasing power of our agricultural prod
ucts by reducing the tax upon the things
purchased with those products. Upon
this issue, in my judgment, the battle
will be fought in the Northwest."
"Will the farmers of that section in
dorse the proposed reduction in the tar
iff on wool."
"Yes, on wool and on woolen goods.
The two things are inseparable. Wo
use a great deal more wool than wo
raise. Woolens are a necessity in the
keen and cold regious of the Northwest,
and the cheaper we can get them tho
better it is for us all."
"Are the Democrats of Minnesota and
the Dakota- In favor of a free coinage
"No. Free coinage is not an issue
with us. and outside of the extreme Al
liance ranks has few supporters. We
sell our products at gold prices for
"How do Western Democrats regard
the early convention in New York?''
"It is ait exposure of Mr, Hill', actual
weakness in that state. ,'l'he fact that
his necessities compelled him to sum
mon the convention at an unusually
early date, with an unusually short no
tice, and that he absented himself from
the senate for every hour of the time in
tervening between the call ana the con
vention, and has been compelled togivo
his personal attention to the manage
ment of the caucuses and the conven
tion, is almost proof positive that lie
dared not leave his candidacy to the
free choice of the Democracy of New
York, and that he had but little confi
dence in the fidelity or ability of his
friends. This is the first instance in
our history that an avowed candidate
for the presidency baa shown so little
regard for the dignity of the great office
to which he aspires as to devote his
personal attention to the running of tho
primary caucuses in his own state. The
idea is unwholesome, and the people
will not take kindly to it.
"Mr. Hill is either desperate or very
unwise. The New York delegation is a
machine-made delegation. It Is the
product of Tammany's power and Hill's
methods. The politicians have spoken,
but the voice of the Democracy of Now
York has not yet been heard. 1 regard
Hill as less formidable now than at any
time since his candidacy has been prom
inent. His nomination would he a fatal
mistake. It would, in the present state
of feeling, practically disrupt and disin
tegrate the Democracy of the North
west. The regular Democrats, tin'
Bourbons, would, of course, support
him. But the Bourbons are small in
numbers, and without influence on elec
"More than one-half of the men who, 1
in the North, have voted the Demo
cratic ticket' for Hie past twelve years
are former Republicans. They have
come over to the Democracy upon the
tariff reform and similar issues. To
them the 'I am a Democrat' argument
is an absurdity and without force. The
Independence which led them to aban
don the Republican party will lead them
to abandon the Democratic party just as
readily, when it appears that it repre
sents nothing but a greed for spoils.
Mr. Hill represents this and nothing
more. He can poll the Bourbon vole
of the country, but the Bourbons are
too few in number to electa president.*
Washburn in Karncst.
CHICAGO, March 2.— Mayor Wash
burn this afternoon instructed the com
missioner of public works to notify the
Economic Gas company that, acting un
der the orders of the city council, in
forfeiting its franchise, the city lias
taken possession of the thirty or forty
miles of gas mains of the company uovr
laid in the streets.
Fearful Gas plosion.
Chicago, March 2.— William Schol
droff was killed and five persons injured
by a, eas explosion tonight in McCor
mick's dye house, No. 77.i West Madi
son street. The injured are Hannah
Haegerly, A. K. Andrus and 11. Hall,
wire and child. The last three named
A Child'- Suicide.
I'i;r.i:roui. Pa., March 2.— Charles
Keppler. aged eleven, son of Peter K_|>
pler, committed suicide here last even
ing by hanging himself In his father's
barn. The boy had done something,
and his father had c. proved and threat
ened to whip him if lie did so again.
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