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1 — Mankato Free Press, jff) 7OL XLIV. MANKATO, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1900. NUMBER 30 — You Get All the News in the Free Fress.--SI.OO a Year. SEE DIFFERENTLY. Property Owners Not All of One Mind. Those on Second Street Divided Over the Manner of improving that Thoroughfare A meeting of the property owners along that part of Second street which it is proposed to improve was held at the office of Dr. J. W. Andrews Friday evening, members of the council com mittee on streets also being present. The manner of improving the street was talked over, some of the property owners favoring a layer of broken stone covered with gravel, and others preferring gravel alone. Those who wanted broken stone used said that the best quality of lime stone should be taken. Their idea was that the gravel and lime stone would weld into a solid pavement. Some of the property owners favor a narrow roadway, but this point will not be pressed, and the present width of the roadway will be retained. Engineer Thompson was seen Friday and stated to the Free Press that it would be thoroughly impractical to ex pect to make a good street out of broken stone covered with gravel. He states that the gravel will soon work down between the stone and the latter will be on top. The improve ment must be made with broken stone alone or else with gravel alone. Mr. Thompson favors making the improvement with broken lime stone, a half inch of gravel to be placed on top to fill in the spaces between the stone. He would roll the stone dotvn and wet the gravel and roll it in. This is the kind of roadway that Hickory street has between Front and Second. As a second plan, Mr. Thompson favors putting down two inches of river gravel and rolling it to a hard surface, as was done with South Broad street and West Fourth street. In the spring he would put on a little more of this wherever a depression showed itself. This would make a fairly good roadbed for light traffic and would be cheap. ■ The river gravel he considers about equal to the Indian Lake gravel, which contains much dirt. A local contractor states that he will put four inches of broken stone on the street, roll it down, and put two inches of Indian Lake gravel on this and roll it down, for S2O per lot. This would cover the present width of the roadway. Sweeps Over the North Pacific Ocean, Doing Much Damage to Shipping. Tacoma. Dec. 21. —Tne hurricane which has been blowing over the north Pacific ocean for weeks past is the most severe known in years. Captains of incoming -vessels report that they have never before experienced such long continued gales. Several vessels have arrived with their sails blown to shreds. At Neah and Clallambays, just in side Cape Flattery, are more than a dozen stormbound vessels, awaiting for the winds to moderate before they venture out. Several of those are col liers carrying coal from Tacoma to ' San Francisco and Honolulu, where a coal famine is already imminent. The steamship Elihu Thompson ar rived today from Honolulu after a severe experience of eleven days with gales and squalls. The steamer Centennial, just arrived from San Francisco, went through the worst storms off Cape Nome in the Bering sea, during September and Oc tober. Her officers report that they were mere gusts compared to the gales now raging. The steamship Willamette, from San Francisco, had a similar experience. Mountainous seas washed over her decks, demolish ing the lifeboats, while at times rain fell with such force as to flood the galley and forecastle. The tug Rainer started for San Francisco several days ago with the lumber ship General Frisbie in tow. They encontered winds of sixty to eighty miles an hour, which rolled up tremendous seas against which no headway could be made. The Fris bie’s sails were torn to pieces, and as a precautionary measure both vessels turned about and returned 200 miles to port. Marine men expect to hear of numerous wrecks after the storm sub sides. —4. , - 1 The Modern Woodmen of America camp has selected Frank Skouse, Al bert Shippie and T. J. Jones and two others to be named later a building committee. The camp proposes to erect a building of its own sometime in the future. The committee will endeavor to obtain a suitable location, to be reported to the camp, and is now looking around. J The United States senate has con firmed the apointment of J. D. Price as postmaster at Lake Crystal. SEVERE STURM WANTS A LOCATION- WILL NOT CONTEST. Gov. Lind will not Disturb Capt. Van Sant’s Gubernatorial Right. The Minneapolis Times Friday morn ing says : “Tonight the members of the Demo cratic state executive campaign com mittee will meet in the Merchants hotel in St. Paul. At this meeting Chairman Rosing will announce that the state canvassing board has com pleted its labors and that S. R. Van Sant still appears the winner in the gubernatorial election, and then the aforesaid members will seriously give out to the public that all intention of contesting the election of Governor elect Van Sant has been abandoned. “Chairman Rosing has not yet ad mitted that there will be no contest, but with all due regard for the silence of the governor’s private secretary, the jact remains that Governor Lind still does not yearn for a contest, and as the governor has the say in this case, it is practically certain that the executive committee will se. st the easy route in landing and agree with the governor that there is no particu lar, desire for a contest. “The general opinion is that the meeting of the committee is to be held simply to let the following know that the idea of a contest has been offi cially abandoned. “There is not the slightest possi bility that the committee will agree that the governor should contest the election, and if this should be agreed upon it is the understanding that the agreement will be reached simply to show the governor that the leaders think him in the wrong in protesting against a contest. “If a contest is agreed upon, the governor will be formally notified of the opinion of the executive commit tee, but even with all this the mem bers of the committee do not hope to see the governor looking over the elec tion contest laws. ’’ A HEALTHFUL DECEMBER. A leading physician stated today that he had never known a December with as little sickness as the present one. The weather has been favorable for contracting colds, but the people keep well in sptie of it. The under takers are also remarking on the lack of business. Two class of people have at last bee n found that prosperity has not struck. DETERMINED TO WIN. G. Gerstenhauer has received a letter from James McWeeny, dated at South Bend, Ind., Dec. 19th, in which he says: “I am in training and will keep it up until you say come. My wind is good. I just finished a ten mile spin on my wheel as your letter arrived this morning. As we are having ex aminations I have four hours to spend in class, then my brother and I go for five miles, I on foot and he setting the pace on a wheel. My hand is en tirely well and am feeling fine. I will be at my best Jan. 22d and if Ido not win I will take off my hat to Mr. Rooney. I feel as though I could not lose. I will beat him or Mankato will see the toughest match ever pulled off in the state of Minnesota. Its a case of I must with me this trip. ” NEW SUPERINTENDENT CHOSEN. The Presbyterian Sunday school held its election of officers Thursday eve ning W. D. Willard having served as superintendent for six years past, was not a candidate for re-election. The following officers were chosen: Superintendent —H. A. Patterson. First assistant —Mrs. J. H James. Second assistant —E. C. Willard.- The following officers of the primary department were chosen: Superintendent—Mrs. W. M. Taylor. Secretary and treasurer —Geo. Rod man. Assistant —Will Funk. Librarian —Chas. K. Willard. Organist—Miss Edith Bowen. TAKEN BY SURPRISE. A Happy Little Happening Across the Slough This Morning. Mrs. Geo. R. Hair was given a se vere nervous shock at her home in Ogle & Davis’ addition Friday, when a party composed of Judge Ogle, Chief Bowen, Chief Phillips, Attorney H. L. Schmitt, S. H. Grannis, F. W. Hunt and A. M. Clements drove up and alighted. She knew that she had done no wrong, but was unable to ac count for a visit from so imposing a body of city officers. Her mind was soon put at ease, however, when Judge Ogle, after all had been seated in the parlor, produced an envelope with con siderable weight to it and in a few well chosen words presented it to her as a Christmas present and token of esteem, saying that it contained $25 in gold. Mrs. Hair was scarcely able to re spond, so taken by surprise was she, but expressed her thanks. The party then left, wishing her many happy returns of the holiday season. Mrs. Hair is beloved in the community, where her husband, Elder Hair, labor ed so long and well. < POULTRY SHOW. Opens With 500 Entries and More Expected. Exhibitors Are on Hsud From Many Different Towns, a:id Some Prize Winniog Fowls are Entered. The poultry show opened Monday in the Meagher building next to the Gas and Electric Light Co. ’s office and will continue for four more days. The time today was mostly taken up in getting the exhibits in order. The show is sure to be a great success if the number of entries has anything to do with it. There is poultry of all kinds entered, including biddies of every variety, ducks, geese, Guinea fouls, pigeons, etc. Thirty or forty varieties in all are entered. The exhibitors present are from Fargo, N. D., Kasson, Winona, Albert Lea, Wells, Hutchinson, Faribault, Luverne, Nerstrand and many other plaecs. The total nuber of fowls en tered thus far is 500 , and 200 of these are from Mankato. This number is ex pected to be increased by 200. Among the fowls are a number of prize win ners in other poultry shows, including those at La Crosse, W is., and Luverne, Minn. The building is well filled with the best of their breed of all the varieties of fowls, and it will be worth the while of everybody to visit the show. The Mankato fowls show up creditably beside those from abroad. Within the last few years this city has grown to be a center for the raising of thorough bred poultry, and almost every day shipments are made by express to various parts of the country. This is a growing industry and helps to swell the business interests of Man kato. A REMARKABLE RECORD. Over Four Hundred Patients Treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital the First Year. Probably but few of our citizens know the good work that is being done in St. Joseph’s hospital, as the physicians who do most of the work there do not advertise their work. St. Joseph hospital has been 6pened now a little more than one year. Dur ing that time 443 patients have been treated. Many of these have been sur gical cases, major operations, as they are called by the physicians. There have been more than forty operations for appendicitis, with only one death. There have been several operations for gall stones with no deaths, and three very serious brain operations with one death. This was the case of a patient who was very seriously injured by being run into by a train. Patients have come to our hospital from most parts of Southwestern Min nesota and South Dakota, two from North Dakota, and two from Wiscon sin, and one from Illinois. From the large number of surgical operations there have been five deaths only. Three of these latter were operated up on for the purpose of giving relief only, not with the expectation of cure. The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother have built and elegantly equipped St. Joseph’s hospital at an expense of more than $50,000. They annually spend large sums of money with our druggists, grocers and other business men. The hospital indirectly brings the people here that patronize our hotels, and often our merchants. We have physicians that stand high in the medical profession and have spent much time and money to qualify them selves, and are as skillful and success ful as one will find anywhere. They are men that spend their money at home, and are helping to develop Man kato, and it is but just and right that our people should give their support and influence toward the continued success of St. Joseph’s hospital. The Sisters turn no one away who needs hospital treatment. More than half the deaths in our hospital the past year have been old people who have been brought there with some incurable disease, not with the expec tation of getting well, but of having the best possible care in their dying hours. This fact should not operate to the prejudice of an instituti on where so much good is accomplished. TAKEN BY SURPRISE. Faculty of the Commercial College Re* membered by Their Students. A very pleasant event happened at the Commercial college when school convened Friday afternoon. The members of the faculty were all pre sent, and one of the students, Albert Renner, arose and in a neat speech presented Profs. Brandrup and Nettle ton each with a fine oak reclining chair, and each of other members of the faculty with a handsome gold pen. The teachers responded in appropriate terms, and the affair was greatly en joyed by -all. It was a complete sur prise upon the teachers. The public schools closed today for two weeks. Special exercises were held in all of the grade schools. Some very handsome Christmas trees were had. with darkened rooms. THE PRISON TWINE. Wm. Lenz Seeks to Correct Some Erron eous Beliefs About It. While in the city last week, Wm. Lenz made the statement that the large excess of hemp for binding twine at the state prison was ordered byWarden Wolfer, and that when it was purchas ed there was every prospect that it would all be needed. In the early sea son it looked as though Minnesota was going to have a bumper wheat crop and the farmers placed big orders. The twine department ran at full force and hardly expected to be able to-fill or ders. Then the backset in the grain crop came and tho farmers counter manded part of their orders. They had named days when they wanted their orders filled, and these were early in the summer, so as to be sure of getting their twine on time. When the countermanding orders came in, the manufacture of twine was cut down and this left a lot of- hemp on hand. In regard to the quailty of the twine, Mr. Lenz stated that the endeavor had always been made to have it excel that from other factories, samples of which were kept on hand. It was possible that now and then a flaw crept in and that an occasional ball of twine would not be what it ought to be. If such a ball fell into th e hands of a farmer was a profes sional kicker he made use of it for political effect. » GOLD BEDS LN NICARAGUA Flattering Reports < f the Country Made By Charles Lohner Just Returned. “The gold fields of Nicaragua are just as rich as those of the Klondike, and when more is known of the riches of the Central American country the rush to the Nicaragua gold fields will be as great as it ever was to Cali fornia or the Black Hills. ’ ’ This is the statement made by Charles Lob ner, of Cape Gracias, Nicaragua, the other day at the Leland hotel, Chicago. With a gold nugget weighing 6% ounces and worth in the neighborhood of $l2O, in his pocket, Mr. Lobner came to Chicago to look after machin ery for some mine 'owners of that country. He is an American, has lived in Nicaragua ten years, and is enthusiastic over the climate and the possibilities of the country. In speaking of the prospects, Mr. Lobner said that with the building of the Nicaragua canal an era of prosperity unprecedented in the history of the country would set in. The Nicara guans, both in private and in official life, are anxious for the construction by the United States of the inter oceanic waterway, and the foreingers will welcome the day when the first shovelful of earth is turned in the com mencement of the work. “With the construction and opera tion of the canal by the United States,” said Mr. Lobner. “will come an era of peace and good times that the country has never hitherto enjoyed. Political difficulties and devastating rebellions and Central American wars would be done away with to a great extent by reason of the United States’ influence. ” Contrary to the general belief, Mr. Lobner asserts that Nicaragua is one of the most healthful countries on the globe. Fevers practically are un known, and malaria is the only ail ment that is at all prevalent. DIVORCE CASE TRIAL. Lewis Williams Denies that He Was Naughty to His Wife. The divorce suit of Miry Williams vs. Lewis Williams is on trial before Judge Cray Friday. The parties reside in Judson, and cruel and inhuman treatment is alleged by the "plaintiff and denied by the defendant. Thos. Hughes is attorney for the plaintiff and Wm. F. Hughes repreients the de" fendant. The witnesses for the plain tiff, besides herself, were Mrs. Mar garet Jones, Leonard Bulk, Margaret Daikens and Chas. Johnso*. The de fendant’s witnesses up to 3 p. m. were Lewis Williams, Geo. Owen and Wm, James. The suit of John Magiey vs. Elias Cook and many others was tried yes terday, Thos. Hughes appearing for the plaintiff and W. R Geddes for Josie E. Sutherland. Tke action is brought for the purpose of securing the patition of fifty-three acret of land. It has been found necessary to make new citations in most of the forty-one personal property tax cases. WILL INCORPORATE. A. J. Busch & Co., the wholesale grocers, have decided to incorporate and have sent the articles of incorpora tion to be filed with the secretary of state. The company will retain its present name and its capital stock will be placed at SIOO,OOO, mostly paid up. Thos. J. Connell, clerk of the Metro pole, Fargo, N. D., arrived in the city today to remain over Sunday. He was Your Good. Health depends upon the food you eat. Dr. Price’s Cream Baking Pow der adds to the healthfulness of all risen flour-foods. Not only this, it makes the food lighter, sweeter, finer-flavored, more delicious* It is worth while to exercise care in pur chasing baking powder to see that you get the kind that makes the food' more whole some and at the same time more palatable. PRICE BAKING POWDER CO., SIX MILLION DOLLARS. Cost of Duluth, St. Cloud, Glencoe & Mankato Line. The prospectus of the Duluth & St. Cloud, Glencoe & Mankato railway, which is being promoted by Capt A. H. Reed, E. A. Child, G. K. Gilbert and H. Wadsworth of Glencoe, and W. K. Vanderbilt of New York, has been issued from the press. The principal place of business of the company will be at Glencoe, and the nature of its business, as set forth in the prospectus, will be to construct lines of road, to commence at Duluth, or at a point on some line of railway running to Lake Superior; thence southwesterly to St. Cloud; thence south, via. Glencoe to Mankato; thence southeasterly via. Albert Lea to or near the southern boundary of the state, at or near Lyle, in Mower county. Also a branch line from St. Cloud, running north on the west side of the Mississippi river via. Red Lake and through the counties of Beltrami and Rosseau to the north line of the state and the British posses sions, ar some point west of the Lake of the Woods. The total length of the line from Albert Lea to Duluth is 287 miles, and the approximate cost is placed at $6,050,340.50, for which a capital of $3,000,000 have been pro vided, divided into 30,000 shares of sloo'each. The limit of indebtedness or liability is placed at $7,500,000. Society.... Under pretense of stringing corn for the Christmas tree, the officers and teachers of the Congregational Sunday school to the number of about twenty gathered at the home of Rev. and Mrs. T. M. Edmands Friday evening. After awhile Thomas Hughes arose 1 and with a complimentary little talk presented Mr. Edmands with a book and Mrs. Edmands with some beauti ful china dishes, on behalf of the party. Mr. Edmands, although taken completely by surprise, responded feel ingly. The visitors had brought with them a supply of rerfeshments. These were produced at the right time, and the evening was passed most pleas antly. Mr. Chas. E. Coldwell, of Garden City, today took out a license to wed Miss Clara E. Piper, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. C. H. Piper, of this city. Both are highly respected and have numerous friends. At the meeting of the committees from the different fire companies last evening it was decided to hold one general fire department dance this win ter, and not any for the separate com panies. It was decided to have it Jan. 29th at the A. O. U. W. hall, and to charge 50 cents for members of the de patement and 75 cents for others. It is expected that the Concordia orchestra will furnish the music. Ed. Schu macher, W. Youst and Gus Eichstad were appointed a committee on hall, and A. D. Beach, L. Lamm and Henry Fricke a committee on music. The joint committee will meet Thurs day evening, Jan, 3d, when the annual meeting of the Firemen’s Relief as sociation will be held. REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. Warranty deeds filed: Benedict Truwe to Frank W. White, five acres in nwj(, nw%, sec. 22, Shelby, for SIOO. CHICAGO. NAMES SELECTED. From Which Judge Cray Can Choose The aidermen today selected the fol lowing list of names in response to Judge Cray’s invitation, from which to select members of the new charter .commission: First ward—Philip Hodapp, S. B. M artin. Second ward, —H. L. Schmitt, Ed. Schumacher, J. C. Thro. Third Ward —F. M. Currier, Geo. M Phillips, H. Himmelman Jr. Fourth ward —W. L. Comstock, W. M. Farr, M. J. Severance. Fifth ward —Prof. C. F. Koehler, A. S. Salisbury, J. E. Reynolds. Sixth ward—J. B. Ogle, P. H. Jor dan. The board of trade will make its selection Monday morning. The following is the former charter commission, appointed June 18th, 1898: A. R. Pfau, Lorin Cray, John C,. Wise, L. P. Hunt, J.E . Porter, O. O. Pitcher, L. A. Linder, Clark Keysor, H. Himmelman Jr., Jno. C. Thro, Nick Peterson, Oscar Bierbauer, J. H. Ray, Fred Kron, J. G. Fowler. EXPENDITURES REDUCED. Waterworks Pay Roll Cut Down Thirty, four Per Cent in Two Years. The waterworks pay roll for 1900 has been sl,lOl, compared with $1,221 in 1899, and $1,668 an 1898. During the past year $492 was expended for material in the waterworks depart ment, $865 in 1899, and $651 in 1898. This is a total saving in this one de partment of $726 the past year as compared with the last year of the last administration. The saving in the pay roll is thirty-four per cent, which is highly creditable to the Currier ad ministration. TO ENFORCE A CONTRACT. Papers were served Thursday in an action brought by Frank J. Finnegan against Frederick Hilke, who has a farm near Good Thunder. The suit is brought to enforce the performance of an alleged contract, whereby Hilke was to trade his 158 acre farm for 320 acres in Chippewa county. Judge Buck, of this city, and Mr. Cahaley, of Minneapolis, are attorneys for the plaintiff. The action involves pro perty worth several thousand dollars. NAMED IT “IDLEWOOD.” The purchasers of H. P. Christen sen’s Fair Point property at Madison Lake held a meeting last evening and after many ballots decided upon “Idle wood” as the new name for the point. The choice lay principally between “Idlewild” and “Idlewood, ” and the latter carried. The name selected is a pretty and expressive one.- Several of the new owners will erect cottages there the coming season. A well has already been put down. Invitations have been received by friends in this city to attend the fif tieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Moore, Jan. Istat Bp. m. at their residence at Los Angeles, Cal. This couple formerly resided at Note. —There are many mixtures, made in imitation of baking powder, which it is prudent to avoid. They are lower in price than pure powders, but they are made from alum. Alum in food is poisonous. Charter Commission. STREET RAILWAY. The Prospect for One is Getting Brighter. Deal on Foot for Transferring the Fran* cbise from the Local Company to Eastern Capitalists. There has been a deal on foot for some time that may lead to Mankato securing an electric street railway Jand a new commercial lighting plant during the coming year. This is the reason why the officers of the Man kato Electric Street Railway, Light and Power Co. last night asked and secured a year’s extension of their franchise. This company will not co nstruct the plant or have anything to do with it. It has about succeeded in disposing of the franchise to eastern capitalists, who will go ahead with the project at once. An eastern banker of wealth and standing is acting as promoter, and according to the story afloat today the capitalists will pay SIO,OOO for the franchise, $7,000 of which goes to the promoters, who as sume all liabilities. The local company will receive $3,000, which will come some S7OO short of paying its expenses up to date. The city line is all that is expected at present, but an expension through St. Clair is expected later. Competi tion in lighting is one of the more im mediate results expected. The promoter was in the city a few weeks ago and looked over the ground. If the deal goes through it will be within fifteen days. NO CONTEST. Gov. Lind and Fusionists Will not Dis* turb Gov. Yan Sant’s Right to Gov* crnorship. Minneapolis Times: It was formally decided at a meeting of the executive committee of the Democratic party of Minnesota, last night, that there will be no contest of the vote for governor. This action was taken after the most careful con sideration of the entire subject, and but a short time was consumed at last night’s meeting at the Merchants in arriving at the final decision “That,” said Chairman Rosing, “is final; it means just what it says : that there will be no contest. ” The contest would have entailed a financial burden of something like $25,000 or $35,000, and perhaps more. At least six months’ time would be required to settle such a controversy and various other tedious obstacles would have presented themselves. TREE BOUNTIES. State Auditor Dunn has issued war rants for the payment of tree bounties for the current year. The warrants go to 2,625 persons located in 37 counties, mostly in the southern portion of the state. The total acreage is 7,728 11- 24-X.The amount paid per acre this year is $2.40, the total amount reach ing $18,572.20. Blue Earth county is credited with 83% acres and receives $2Ol therefore. Nicollet county re ports 42 acres for which SIOO.BO is paid. Faribault county 160% acres, and the bounty thereon is $384.70. Watonwan is credited with 88% acres, nd the bounty amounts to $211.80.