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stairs. tions and private enterprises.
Office, 21i Hennepin avenue, up
SCHENOK, ex-Mmister to England, is tak-
ing a hand in "Washington.
The State should avoid private specula-
LET the "elder" and the offending Joseph
settle their vulgar squabbles private.
SENAT OR Howe puts himseli on lecoid ior
the people's money. Windom. the tnmmer,
is silent. THERE are 57 professors at West Point, 1
to every 5 students, llefoini is necessary
at West Point.
SING-SING prison New Yoik cleaied
16,000 for January. How much did the
Stillwater run in debt?
LAWYE RS are paid to look in to the statutes,
and judges should know them. The people
don't want a "compilation."'
THE morning organ trots out the republi-
can congressional candidates. I it possible
that Strait wants to be re-elected.
JUDGE Co decides that pistols and guns
are exemptthe constitution guaranteeing
to every man the right to bear arms.
AND last but not least, Fouse Heishberger
As Co's. mercantile agency has collapsed.
They say they had 4,000 lawyers in their em-
ploy. That's enoughstand aside.
I is now said that Gen. Sherman was too
full of the subject and of other interesting
'matter" to remember exactly what he said
about the army bill and Congiess. Does old
Tecumseh drin k? Too bad.
HON. SAMUEL MAYALL, now in Washing-
ton, signed the statement that he was not
interested in any legislation pending in Con
gress, and he thereupon received the privil-
ege of the floor. Mr. Mayall is an ex-M'.
SOME local ring of contractois on the Up
per Missouri, thinking they may profit by it,
are beginning, through newspaper correspon-
dence, to agitate for the establishment of a
new army department for the Yellowsto ne
and Upper Missouri, for which Fort Lincoln
would naturally be the outfitting and supply
pos t, making Bismarck, across the river, the
natural roost for contractors, and a conven-
ient place for negotiatio ns with the parties
who sometimes have to seen when fat
contracts are let. The insincerity of these
scheme rs is to be seen in their talking of
Miles, a colonel, and outranked by nine
other Colonels of infantry, for commander
of their proposed department. Their mis-
chievous disposition is manifested in repre-
sentations that Gen. Miles, and Gen. Terry,
his department commander, do not harmon-
ize that Miles himself, believes he ought to
be in command and that
was commander of this department, and that
he subordinates in it would get along better
if they obey ed orders. I is evident that a
new department would be a good thing for
he contractors "and sich," but the gover n-
ment's interests would seem to require that
its business should not be transacted in out
of the way places.
better security of depositors in savings
banks. Heretofore they have had no securi-
tyneither here nor in New York, nor among
freedmen especially. The New Yo rk law
unless as proposed to amend, was a dead-fall
to catch innocent victims. Witness the sav
ings bank failures within the last five years,
and the robbery and beggary of the po or de
positors. The law should exact absolute se
curitynot partial or speculative, but abso
lute security for every dime deposited.
ag o, sent a dispatch to Miles, saying that he property holder, of all laws, should be the
W are glad to see a bill introduced for the
I addition to this, the severest penalty
known to the law, except capital punishment,
and this species of robbery, is often the star
vation, ruin, nay murder, of whole families,
should be provided in the law for defaulting
trustees and officers of savings bank s. W
have no Botany Bay nor African penal colo-
nies as England and France, but we have
penitentiaries, and are likely to have a suffi
cient number of them, and every bank officer
who steals the hard earnings of the poor,
should be sent there without benefit of the
a or the clergy.
The State Agricultural Society concluded a
very successful annual meeting yesterda y.
The attendan ce was large, the feeling good,
and a determinati on manifested to make the
next State Fair a success. A committee
was appoint ed to fix the time and place of
the next fair.
From the temper displayed we feel justi
fied in saying that St Paul can secure the
next State Fair if she makes an effort. The
feeling was very favorable and if we go to
wo rk we have the power to secure the exhi
fft, \,SjJ*"-.'
There is great danger of overdoing this
matter. Discriminati on and good judgment
are necessary, and unless these are exercised
he reform measure, with he best intention s,
will defeat itself. The reduction of salaries
of county officials proposed by the commit-
tee of the Chamber of Commerce is in some
respects, objeetionable, and will give rise to
serious opposition in the Legislature. The
true and only rule is to pay for value re
ceived the compensation should be accord-
ing to the services required and rendered.
Officers requiring skill and knowledge, edu-
cation and learning, or any qualification not
possessed by the day laborer, or clerk in a
store, should have a salary attached in pr o-
Adopting the above rule, where fees can
be allowed, it is better to allow an officer in
the real value of the service. I it is
worth one dollar to saw a cord of wood, pay
the dollar. If it is worth seven ty cents to
serve a subpoena, pay seventy cents. If it is
worth ten cents a folio to record an instru-
ment, pay ten cents. Pay for the value
of he work no more and no less. The office
of cle ik of court, register of deeds, and sher-
iff, should be fee offices, exce pt for criminal
business, which should be a stipulated
amoun t, and the fees reduced to the lowest
value of the work. If this were done, the
county would lose nothing, the tax paye rs
would not have to pay in the tax list, and
neither would the offices yield a cabinet min-
ister's salary.
As to judg es of courts, whether of the
probate couit or municipal, they should be
paid salaries, and no one who knows any-
thing about the busine ss of either but must
know that $2,000 is not too much. These
courts should be allowed clerks who should
leceive the fees, or living salaries. The
public should not speculate in the labor of
any one, no run courts to make money. If
the clerk earns $1,000 a year in work, why
should the court take half of it These are
suggestions it will be well enough to con-
sider. For instance, the bill proposed pays
the Probate Judge of Itamsey county less
than any Judge of Proba te in the State re
ceives under the geneial law This is not
just. The bill should be carefully consid-
ered and digested before being presented to
tho Legislature.
It is undoubtedly for the benefit of all,
that the taxes should be paid promptl y. A
**e, vxmy, the same time the tax law, concerning every
simplest, plainest, most intelligible and least
expensive. Tax laws proceed upon the**prin-
ciple that, in case of delinquent taxes, the
State has the right to ta ke the property for
security, and to ho ld it as such security for
he payment of the taxes. I the taxes are
not paid, and the piopeity redeemed, then
he State becomes the absolute owner in fee
The present law is complicated, scattered all
over creation, and requires a life time to
understand its interminable provisions.
One great objection to the law of 1874 is
that the owner of the property is never in
court, the proceedings in rem. and ex parte
witho ut proper notice to the owner, and
without a judicial finding on the facts. A
prese nt the clerk enters up judgment with-
out the interposition of the Court, and with
out notice. This is considered by many law-
yers unconstitutional. The law should be
amended in this respect, the time extended
to redeem, the penalties and costs reduced,
notice required to be served on the
owner, a judgment of the court required
to divest the title, and the next
law not liable to the objection, that the
Chief Justice of the State was one of the
compilers of it While the prese nt law is
mistrusted, there is no doubt but what it
was intended to be iron-clad, and most law
yers hesitate to test the matter und er the
The Senate debated the most of yesterday
on the supplemental bill which gives
Applet on & Co.. of New York, two hundred
thousand dollars of capital from the State
treasury to carry on the business of printing
school book s. That is peculiar statesman-
ship. Give a man a contract to furnish all
the school books for the State for fifteen
years, and then follow it up the next year
with a bill giving him the way to execute
his contract, and compelling every one to
buy the book s. I ought to be enough
to-have he contractor work in acccordance
with the law as it existed when the contract
was made. What business has the Legisla-
ture got to interfere with, the law in order to
rjw it--
Duiing the Ievolutionary eia, he names
Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and other illus-
trious citizens dignified and adorned the di
plomatic service of the colonies and of the
United States. Have we improved since?
Periodically, at intervals and with few ex-
ceptio ns up to 1861, so long as the Demo-
cratic party was in power, statesmen and
gentlemen and honest men represented the
country at forei gn courts. Since then, we
have had brothers-in-law. and third cousins,
and poor relations, pok er players and pot-
house politicians, a disgrace to any people
and of no earthly use except to disgust
sensible perso ns abroad with their low vul-
garisms, and with aping the manneis and
assuming the airs of the foreign aristocracy.
If this thing is to continu e, it might be as
well to abolish the diplomatic service alto-
gether, cut off all foreign relations and shut
ourselves up in -Chinese exclusiveness. Con-
suls should be able to pay their ex-
penses, having been allowed an out-
fit and an office and so on. I
we are to have ministers at forei gn courts
they should be paid a sufficient salary to a
pear respectable, to maintain the dignity
and honor of the country, and protect its
interests. They should not be sent, nor ap-
pear there as beggars, nor clowns. They
should be educated men, men who under-
stand national law, and who have some e-
finement of learning and of manners. The
diplomatic service, as at present represented,
is a disgrace and a shame. Gra nt stuck all
over Europe, Asia and Africa, his own and
his wife's relations, and then sent Parson
Newman around to pray with them. W
have had enough of all this thing. The
United States navy, for ten years, has been
converted in to pleasure yachts and junket-
ing parties. Congress should withhold every
dollar of appropriation until this thing is
Don't, however, send officials abroad to
appear as beggars, but give them dece nt
salaries, in proporti on to the digni ty of their
position, and to their surroundings.
enable the contractor to execute bis con
The friends of the measure had their eyes
opened yesterday -when the vote In* commit
tee of the whole showed but 16 to IS in favor
of the bill. This is because the discussion
of the subject is opening the eyes of the
public. It is even doubtful whether the con
stitutional majority can be obtained to pass
the bill in the Senate. It ought to die a very
ignominious death, with great speed.
If any one doubts the game West & Co.
have on fo ot in asking authority to compile
he stautes, he should recall the dodge of he
publisher of Bissell's statutes a year or two
ago. After issuing the statutes, "without
expense to the State," as West & Co. propose,
the publisher of the Bissell fraud came in
and asked for a law authorizi ng the State to
buy a copy for each justice of the peace.
not only ask ed for such a law, but he se
cured its passage in both houses. I was
only stopped by the following timely veto
announced by Gov. C. K. Davis:
Senate File No. 241, "An act to provide jus
tices of the peace with copies of the statutes
at large of Minnesota."
I decline to approve an act entitled An act
to provide justices of the peace with statutes
at large of Minnesota," passed March 4, 1875.
The Secretary of State is required by this bill
to purchase a sufficient number of Bissell's
Revision of the statutes of Minnesota, to sup
ply one set thereof to each of the justices in
the organized counties of this State. Th
price to be not less than four dollars a volume,
and as a set of this work is composed of
wo volumes, the price of each set
would be eight dollars. There are over
eight hundred organized townships in this
State, and the statutes require that two justices
shall be elected in each election district. Th
number of magistrates, therefore, whom it is
contemplated to supply with these volumes to
over sixteen hundred, at a cost of not less than
thirteen thousand dollars.
I cannot believe that the Legislature was
fully apprised of the magnitude of the expense
to which this measure -will subject the State.
Whether this is so or not, the appropriations
made during the last session are so large
caused by extraordinary exigencies, such as the
necessity for frontier relief, and the duty im
posed by the constitution to provide for taking
the censusthat it is clearly prudent to pre
vent any expenditures which ay as well be
postponed. West & Co. will try to foist upon the State
next year, if they can get the ir compilation
bill through the present session. W have
not placed it above 1,000 copies, but he re it
appeals that 1,600 copies are need ed for
Justices of the Peace alone. This Bissell
statute steal actually passed both Houses, and
the treasury would have been plundered but
for Governor Davis' veto.
I is to guard against just such a plunder
ing scheme that THE GLOBE has urged the
Legislature to refuse to countenance this
private job in any manner.
The Governor of California is paid $9,000 a
year, the highest salary of any State Governor.
Silver has been discovered in Maine. I wid
shortly be discovered in every State of the
Union in the shape of dollars.
friendly agreement of all concerned, the
reading of the Bible has been dispensed with
in the public schools of Naugatuck, Conn.
The Massachusetts' detectives, who told of
their experiences among tramps, according to
the Springfield Rpulhcan, told a prodigious
Frank King, husband of Julia Rive-King,
has buried the slanderous reports of his being
a bigamist and wise deserter, under a mountain
of affidavits.
The managers of Sing Sing prison report
profits of last month amounting to $6,000,
which moves the Ne York Herald to remark':
"It is a satisfaction to know business is good
The government has a second mortgage lien
on the Kansas Pacific railroad for about $11,-
000,000, and is in danger of losing it by a fore
closure of the first mortgage.
The pipe system of transportation is to be
applied in Louisiana by laying pipes from the
different sugar plantations, through which to
pump syrup to control factoiies.
A practical young wom an of Wisconsin^e
clined an offer of marriage from an impecuni
ous youth on the ground that her father was
not able"jto support's, larger family.
The movement for the union of the provinces
of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince
Edward Island, which has been some time in
progress, is likely soon to succeed.
Mr. Beecher, as the Chaplain of a Ne Yoik
regiment, will be required to do nothing unbe
coming a disciple of peace. I other words he
will shoot off nothing but his mouth.
The Danube and its tiibutaries drain an area
of 300,000 square miles. Th main river is
1,820 miles long, but its sources are in direct
line from its mouths only 1,000 miles. A one
point, opposite the small village of Gicheriztha,
the Danube is compressed by mountains (which
lise almost sheer 3,000 feet above the river)
from the width of a mile to about 180 yards
and, as far as can be ascertained from the vio
lence of the current, from 800 to 1,000 fathoms
The counterpart of Oakes-Ames' memoran
dum-book is the short-hand note book in which
Woodruff, the former Republican clerk of the
South Carolina Senate kept full record of every
criminal transaction in which he was engaged,
which he turned over to the legislative investi
gating committee, and which furnished the
evidence on which the negro Congressman
Sma^s was convicted and on which Cardozo is
held imprisonment, Woodruff and his
friend Jones, clerk of the House, were the pro
prietors and representatives of the Republi
can printing company, for whieh lavish appro
priations were made and which flourished by
wholesale bribery of the Republican
tor's and executive officers.
Lengthy Debate on the Supplementary
.School Text-Book BlU~It Is Recommend
to Pass by the Close Vote of 1G to 13
The Seed Wheat Bill Through Both
Houses-A Dull Day in the House, hut
Many Bills Introduced.
For he first time during the session, the
Senate yesterday, the last day of the first
half of he constitutional limit, held two ses-
sions. A good portion of the morning ses
sion and all the afternoon was devoted to a
discussion of the supplementary text book
bill, resulting finally in its being recom
mended to pass by the small majority of
three. The fact that many Senators were
absent on a visit to the reform school, sever
al of whom have not yet defined their posi-
tion, still surrounds the bill with sufficient
uncertainty to keep up the interest in it until
finally disposed of.
The first oft he grasshopper lelief biUs,that
of Representative McCrea, after having the
provision directed to be put upon it provid
in for a cla im upon the counties of the
State, stricken off, was passed. The follow
ing is he
Routine Report.
S T. PAU L, Feb. 6, 1878.A petition was pre
sented from Amanda M. Hannah, of South Ad
ams, Mich., praying forth payment of certain
railroad bonds*held by her.
The usual batch of petitions forth repeal or
amendment of the text book law were presen-
Senator Morrison presented a petition for
amending the herd law.
Senator McClureTo amend the statutes
relating to evidence and argument also, amend
ing the statutes relating to the order of argu
ment trials of indictment.
Senator ArmstrongTo legalize the articles
ot incorporation of the Farmer Association of
Freeborn county. [Rules suspended and bill
Senator WaldronAmending the statutes
relating to attorneys and counsellors.
By Senator McDonaldTo provide orthe con
solidation of the counties of Stearns and
(Signed.) K. DAVI S.
It will be seen that the GLOBE has
under-estimated the number of statutes
Senator Lamar and Jeffeison Davis are back
ing Mmoi, a Mississppi negro and a graduate
of Oberlin, against a couple of white appli
cants for the presidency of a Texas college.
London i tmnhWl -W+ legislature, ana iouna a large majoritv to the
l.onaon is tionbled about the "stain of retention of
blood on Stanley, the Afiican explorer. If it ""A
wasn't for the ruddy color the ministry is giv
ing to English prospects, London would be
ready to have Stanley punished for defending
the lives of himself and party against the Afii
can savages.
The Chicago Unbune says of the woman who
was acquitted on the charge of murder in kill
ing a constable who invaded her house at the in
stance of a persecuting creditor: "Miss McKee
has every reason to be gratified. She escaped a
reprimand for not shooting the other constables
who accompanied McElligott."
At Cincinnati on the 4t inst., Miss Sallie
Porter, aged 18, while in the delireum of a
fever, escaped from her room and house shoit
ly after midnight, wandered a couple of squares
barefooted, clad only in a night dress, and
died. She was not missed until three, when a
search was instituted and her body found.
Five-frank pieces circulate freely in Paris
and are sought after in the manufacturing disl
tricts of France, and gold is not at a premium
there, though the Bank of France holds 700,000,-
OOOf. in silver. S say Messrs. Merquerdt,
Andre & Co., bankers at Paris, under date of
Jan. 17, to Messrs. Gilmore & Co., bankers at
be known as the county of Stearns.Ben-
Senator NelsonFixing the ti me for hold
ing the district couit in Douglas county.
By Senator MealeyFor incorporating the
village of Cokato.
Senator LangdonTo authoiize the Min
neapolis gas light company to issue $125,000
of bonds.
Senator DonnellyPetition accompanied
by bill making owners of horses and cattle in
any town in Dakota county liable for damages.
The bill of Representative McCrea for relief
of grasshopper sufferers being reported back
!!?1 judiciarj-committee with the amend-
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claim upon the counties for the amount of the
loan made, without recommendation, Senator
Nelson spoke against it, claiming that chanty
having been voted other sections of the State
ravaged by grasshoppers, i*- was unjust and in
vidious to attack the prov^ion proposed at this
Senator Edgerton sustained the policy of the
proposed amendment as a matter of justice to
the people of other sections of the State.
A vote was then taken and the amendment
lost, yeas 9, nays 26. Th yea vote was Sen
ators Armstrong, Deuel, Donnelly, Doran,
Edgerton, Finseth, Gilfillan, C. Gilfillaii
J. B. and McNelly.
The Senate then resolved itself into commit
the of the whole to consider the text book bill
and amendments by Senator Hall, and Senator
Donnelly proceeded to speak to it. said
this school book legislation had been pending
in the Legislature for lour years. The school
book ring had defeated two bills prepared to
accomplish the same object, but last ear the
so-called Merrill law had passed by a large ma
jority. The provisions of that bill contained
its own justification embalmed for posterity.
It grew out of "a great necessity. There
had been formed at the East a mammoth
book publishing ling. This combination en
tered into bonds with each other to force the
people to pay high prices for the books re
quired for the use of the schools. For years
the people stood powerless in the hands of this
ring. At last the State broke through this
powerful ring, by the legislation of last winter,
and it was broken to pieceB. The ring.thus bro
ken has taken millions of dollars from the pock
ets of the people of Minnesota alone. Now the
ring was coalescing again to break down the
Minnesota law, and if successful, the old
abuses, with high prices, etc., would be restored.
Mr. Donnelly then read from the law the con
tract made with Mr. Merrill, on the part of the
State. Under it Mr. Merrill had gone on and
furnished the books provided for. had
thus secured his equities against the State.
Minnesota, he regretted to say, stood disgraced
before the world for its repudiation of the old
railroad bonds, and he did not believe it pre
pared to repeal that action.
Mr. Donnelly, continuing, claimed that there
was no demand fiom the people, living under
the operation of the law for its repeal or for
any action that would in the least cripple its
execution. The contraiy was the fact, and,
notwithstanding the bitter opposition the law
encountered, the head centre of which was in
this very building, the books had been intro
duced into every county in the State, the peo
ple in many counties being forced by the oppo
sition to go outside the law and secure the
books direct from Mi Meirill instead of
through the commission as provided in the law.
But what is the last move of the old book
ring? Ha\ing canvassed both houses of the
Legislature and found a large majorit for the
retention of the bill they now come forward
and propose to furnish books, not lower, but at
as favorable terms as those named in the Merrill
law. could conceive of mighty mean lepis
tion, if anything could be made by it, but not
in a case like this where theie was
nothing to be made, but simply the
ruin of the man who had stepped in
and saved to the State hundreds of thousands
of dollars. With this ring it was anything to
get the Merrill law out of the way. That ac
complished, the small forfeit it had been pro
posed to put up could be forfeited, the old com
bination re-formed and the prices put up, by
which not only the forfeit, but upwards of a
hundred thousand dollors profit, wuld be re
turned to th em in one year's time. ap
pealed to the Senators to look these facts squaie
in the face and act forth interests of their
constituents, and not listen to the special pleas
of the agents of the old ring now swarming in
the hotels and public places of the city. Gi\
the law a fair trial. I it had imperfections
correct them, and if after a trial it was found
unwise then repeal it.
Senator Wheat explained his opposition to
the measure. The bill requires county treas
urers to retain-money in their possession, raised
for a specific purpose, and appropriate the same
to another purpose. Money raised for a speci
fic purpose cannot be legally diverted to another
purpose. I was claimed that this objection
was not in the pending amendmen by provid
ing for raising the money by direct taxation,
was not this, he asked, a violation of the consti
tution, which provides that private money can
not be taken for the benefit of another private
individual. Then: points he argued at some
length, claiming that they presented objections
to the law worthy the serious consideration of
the Legislature.
Continuing, Senator Wheat said he considered
the law arbitrary in assuming a guardianship
over the people inconsistent with the spirit and
the laws of our form of government. The peo
ple had no voice in the matter except to pay
for the books. I was also arbitrary in that it
bound the State for the term of fifteen years.
In conclusion Mr. Wheat claimed, that the op
sition being shown to the bill, came direct
from the people, as witnessed by the petitions
crowding in upon this body by the action of
county boards, educational conventions, &c.
Crushed now it would rise to-morrow and con
tinue until the objectionable law was re
At this point the committee rose and the
Senate took a recess to 2:30.
'-'Si i
The grasshopper relief seed wheat bill was
passed atthe opening of he session.
The Senate then we nt iu to committee of the
whole and resumed consideration of the text
book bill.
Seaator Hall moved to amentttbat wherever
the-words "State school tax fund'' or "funds"
occur they shall be held to mean and apply to
school funds arising from taxation.
The amendment was adopted.
Senator Nelson moved to amend section 1
by adding a proviso that no Bchoel district
clerk shall apply for such text books unless he
legal voters of such district at an annual meet
ing in September, shall so vete, and that in no
casei shall an estimate be made for the books
until the estimate has been submitted to a vote
of the people.
Senator Donnelly said the effect of the
amendment would be to kill the bill.
Senator Nelson had not intended to say any
thing in reference to this bill, but after the
remarks of Senator Donnelly he could not sit
stilL Under the Merrill law the State was
bound hand and foot. Further, there was no
thing in the law of last winter to authorize the
Governor to make the contract he did. Under
a fair construction, at the best, all the law
granted was the right of Mr. Merrill to furnish
such books, leaving to the people themselves
the right to take such books or not. The prin
ciple claimed in this law had just been decided
as beyond the province of the Governor in the
suit against the State prison contractors. I
the law was subject to the construction given
by the friends of the bill, the law was null and
void because it clothed the Governor with a
power he could not have under the constitu
Continuing, he said the pending amendment
was sknply to bind the State while Mr. Merrill
reaped his harvest. must be provided for
even if the teachers of the schools, or whatever
the puipose for which money is needed, had to
give way. spoke at some length in support
of his position, concluding with a statement
that its most serious objection to him was that
it violated the very spirit of our free institu
tions. I was a revival of the old paternal
government, under which it was proposed to
foist upon the people, whether or no, a certain
class of books. IB object was not to repeal
the law, but simply to comfine im to certain
limits. Let im have his pound of flesh now,
and then got work and undo as quickly as
possible the error made. I is not the bill its
self, but the principle that he opposed.
closed by moving the indefinite postponement
of the bill.
In answer to Senator C. Gilfillan, Mr. Nel
son Baid that if St. Paul and other large cities
had not been excluded from the provision of
the bill, it would not have been passed last
winter, and now having seen the bill become a
law, they proposed to unite in forcing down
the throats of the grasshopper districts the
dish they refused themselves.
Senator Donnelly leplied to Mr. Nelson,
stating the provision of the bill, and advancing
the usual line of argument in support of its
Senator Nelson withdrew his motion to in
definitely postpone, and called for a vote on
his amendment.
Senator Henry said he had intended to offei
a similar amendment. voted forth orig
inal bill in good faith, because he thought it
would place cheap books in the hands the
children of the State. Th operation of the
law had defects which it was necessaiy to rem
edy, and as the friends of the law had come
and asked amendments to the bill, he thought
now was the time to perfect it
Senator Hall briefly spoke in opposition to
the amendment, and in favor of the bill, claim
ing that the bili was offered in themteiebt of
the people, and not of Mr. Merrill.
A taken upon the
it was lost, '20 to 11.
Senator Nelson offered an amendment, pio
viding that the provisions of
thee billnshalil
a PP ^voteowasl al independent school districts
lua be
i provisions or Di sna
Senato- McClure moved to amend the amend
ment by excepting Goodhue county from the
operations of the bill. Lost.
Senator J. Gilfillan moved to amend by a
proviso that the provisions of the bill shall
not be construed to apply to or be binding up
on boards of education acting under special
The substitute was adopted by 18 to 11.
Senator Henry offered an amendment to sec
tion 2, relieving school districts from the use of
said text books upon petitioning to that effect.
Baid the amendment was founded upon
constitutional rights, and he hoped it would be
adopted, believing that its adoption would re
move one of the principal objections to the
Senator C. Gilfillan said it would lie just
as proper for a school district operating under
the common school law to get together and re
fuse to pay a school tax. as to do as proposed
by the amendment.
Senator Henry said that he had alwajs been
a friend of the school system. Hi object was
not to cripple that system, but rather to give
the people freedom or death. [Hearty laugh-
Senator Hulton moved to amend that tin 63-
quarters of the people petitioning should ex
9mpt such school district.
Senator Hemy accepted the amendment. Th
amendment was lost, 16 to 13.
Senator McNelly offered a resolution that ii win f T
when the committee rise the bill be referred to
the judiciary committee for an amendment re
quiring the contractor to furnish the books to
his agents, to be sold by them alone, and re
lieving auditors and district clerks from acting
in the sale of the books.
Senator Donnelly said the amendment would
kill the bill and he hoped it would not prevail.
The amendment was lost.
Senator Donnelly moved that when the com
mittee rise the bill be recommended for
Senator Gilfillan said he could not give
his approval to the bill. I also seemed to him
that the bill had been framed with a purpose
of dodging these provisions of the constitution
creating a perpetual school fund for the State,
which provides that such fund shall be kept
inviolate, the interest alone being devoted to
the maintenance of public sohools, under the
sj stem then in vogue. The fund thus provided
is the one this bill proposes to divert, which
he held could not be done. For these reasons
he should be obliged to vote against the bill.
Senator Donnelly briefly replied to the con
stitutional questions raised by Mr. Gilfillan,
basing his argument on the words of the act
making the grant to the territory "for the use
of the schools," holding that the language
made the fund raised from such land ap
plicable to any school property, not simply to
the hiring of teachers, buying fuel, light, Lc
Senator Mealey thought theie should be some
provision in the bill for compensation for
books now in the possession of children.
the bill it was estimated that $150,000 worth of
books was to be wiped out of existence in one
year. That seemed a hardship to im and he
thought theie ought to be some provision made
to cover this point.
Senator Lemau called attention to the opera
tion of the old law. which left a change of
books optioual with district officers, and it was
well known that frequent changes were made
Under the present law, only one change could
be made, so the hardships made were less than
The bill was then recommended to pass, eas
1G najs 13. The report of the committee was
adopted and the Senate adjourned.
Mr. Null, of Houston county, piesented a
petition in favor of according Judge Page a
fair trial and the privilege of being heard
with witness es summoned in his behalf, the
petition being signed by some two hundred
or more persons. Mr Fiddes presented a
petition of citizens of Jackson in favor of
he repeal or modification of
the text book law of the
last session, which was in a measure, offset
by one sent up by Mr. Geib, on behalf of
citizens of Sibley county, praying the
Legislature '-to take no action upon the law
which shall impair its force or operation to
the full extent designated in said law."
The question of the removal of the
county seat of Scott county, came
up again jesterd ay morning. and
a slig ht preliminary tilt ensued
between the two representatives of that di
trict, which, however, resulted in favor of
the "Jordan party.'' The committee on
anjy recommendation.. A Hiigut squabble
duced a general bill on the subject of county
seat renwmdsthe main idea of which
appears to be the vesting in the
county commissioners the right of sub
mitting such questio ns to a vote of the peo
ple. The bill may be a good one, but the
chances of its favorable reception by the
present House are decidedly remot e.
Mr. Hicks, of Hennepin, did a good thing
when he introduced a resolution for the
printing of a calendar of all bills on third
reading, to be print ed daily and laid on
members' desks. This will prove a great
convenience to members and should have
been adopted early in the session. The same
gentleman also introduced a bill for compul
sory vaccination of all children in the Stat e,
which Mr. Stewart, in a spirit of jocoseness,
moved to refer to committee on Indian
affairs. This motion was, however, subse
quently withdrawn, and the bill referred to a
special committee, consisting of Messrs. Mil
ler, West and Dennison.
S T. PAU L, Feb. 6.Mr. Da introduced a res
olution that the committee on pnntm be
directed to have ten thousand copies of the re
port on the school text-book commission
printed for the UBG of the members.
Mr. Reaney moved to amend making the
number 15 000, which was accepted Mr.
Mr. Feller mo\ed to amend inserting five
Various suggestions and motions were made
when Mr. Hicks moved to lay it on the table.
This was voted down and the matter finally
went over under notice of debate by Mr. Morse".
Mi. Mills offered the following which went
over under notice of debate by Mr. Mead:
Itcvolvetl, That Drs. Bartlett, Matthews and
Hand be and are respectfully invited to address
the Legislature on the subject of locating,
erecting and constructing a second hospital for
the insane and that the hall of House of Rep
resentatives be granted them for that purpose
on any evening they may choose.
Mr. Campbell, S. L., moved to reconsider
the vote accepting the report of the committee
recommending the indefinite postponement of
Senate file No. 47, relating to bonds in crimi
nal actions, and that the "bill be re-committed
to the committee on judiciary, which motion
Mr. Colvill offered the following.
Ittsob'i-d, That all that part of the Governors
message relating to the Minnesota State rail
road bonds, and all memorials and petitions
relating to such bonds be and tlie same are
hereby leferred to a committee to consider and
report upon tho same.
Mr. Purdie ga*e notice of debate and the
matter went over under the rules.
B\ Mr. PinneyIncorporating the village of
Cordova in Le Sueur count}.
By Mr. LaddAppiopriating monev for de
ficiencies in the year 1877.
By Mr. HicksTo provide for vaccination of
all children in the State. Refened to Messrs.
Miller, West and Dennison.
By. Mr. HicksAmending general statutes
relating to mechanic hens.
Mr. HicksChanging name of individual.
Mr. S. M. WestProhibiting domestic an
imals from ruuning at large in this State.
By Mr. BurnapAmending special laws of
1875 incorporating the village of E ota.
Mr. RiceGrantiug right of way to lail
roads over school or agricultural lands belong
ing to the State.
By Mi BrownAmending the acts consoli
dating St. Anthony and Minneapolis and in
corporating the same as Minneapolis.
Mr. SanbornIncorporating the village
of Taopi in Mower county.
Mr. McCreaAmending tho laws relating
to holding terms of district court in Todd
Mr. HindsAmending the laws relating
to counties and county officers.
Mr. ReaneyAmending the statutes of
1866 relating to the deaf, dumb and blind in
By Mr. EdsonAmending the acts relating
to employment of stenographic leporters in
the sourts of this State.
Authorizing the lowering of the waters of
Lake Henry, in the town of HasRan, Hennepin
Wati Hamlet Mad:'
The Nashville (Tenn..d) Banner prints the
,x CII u, jj.umcr UIUU me
_ i.- 1. Blaine dined at the White House Tuesdav
towns and counties had been unable to agree evening, but that fact does not alter toS
and had reported Mr. Giles'bill back without
.wv^iuvuuuuuu a. bquaoDie
arose as to what disposition should be made
of it.. Mr Hin d,s made
take of moving to
postpone, which was negativ ed by
an emphatic majority.. Mr Giles then
ended the chapter for the day, but the cur-
rent of feeling was altogether too one-sided
to allow of much comfo rt being extracted
therefrom by the opponents of the removal
to Jordan. Subsequently, Mr. Hinds intro-
foUovnn i
Ewin Booth in reply
to a question sent by a legal gentleman of
DEAK SIB:The subject to which you le
fer is as you well know, one of endless con
troversy among he learned heads, and I dare
say they will "war'' over it '"till ti me fades
into eternity." I think I am asked the same
question nearly 36 5 times a year, and I usu
ally find it safest to side with both parties
in dispute, being one of those, perhaps, re
ferred to in the last line of the following
Genius, the thian of the Beautiful,
Leaves her large truths a riddle to the dull
From ej es profane a veil the Isis screens,
And fools on fools still ask what Hamlet means.
Yet, I will confess that I do not consider
Hamlet madexcept in "craft." opin
ion may be of little value, but 'tis the" result
of many weary walks with him "for hours
together, here in the lobby." Truly yours,
Indian Aijeut'n House at Red liff ltux in
fUuluth Tribune.]
W 1 egret to hear that Dr Mahan's house
at Bed Cliff was totally destroyed by fire on
Tuesday night last.and that he and his wife
lost their entire household effectsembi ac
ing a fine piano, a large supply of furnitme,
Clothing, library, &c., &c., to the value of at
least $2,000, and that he only had an in
surance of about $750. The building be
longed to the government, but the Doct or
had it very handsomely fitted up. I has
been occupied since the Doctor left Bed
Cliff, by his biothei-in-law, Mr. Clements.
A Hog Associating Hh If oh v.
I Fergus Falls Journal.]
Mr. Putnam, of Maine township, has a
large sheperd dog which shows a disposition
to relapse into barbarism. For companion
ship he has joined the wolves. A year ago
he used to figlit the wolv es that frequented
his range, and had some fierce encounters.
This winter the tracks of large timber wolves
are close about the door and the absence
from home of the dog for days at a time
could not be fully explained until Mr Put
nam one day saw the dog and some wolves
together, all in good fellowship.
A Patent Ballot HOJ-.
[Hartford Times.J
Mr. Van Alstyne, of Sharon, has in
vented a pate nt ballot-box. The box tender
is to push a lever when an elector offers his
vote. This opens a slide and admits the
ballot, and a bell rings as he draws the lever
back at the same time a roll with 2,000
numbers on it turns enough to show one
number, each movement of the lever show
ing, of course, the number next highest on
the roll, thus marking the number of ballots
in the box
Ho They l'ay for Their Meals':
[New York Graphic]
.-i nf TT,..., lunch at the White House. Gail Hamilton
was a gue sti au th state dinner but did not
the mis-
a -i. 1 guvoo e OWUJ IU.LU1C1,, UUl
^definite ly eg^ Secretary Schurz to the table.
j.,, Marie Wainwright, the actress, and gran d-
sought to have it placed on general orders daughter of Bishop Wainwright, has lived
for Friday next, but finally consented to its apart from her husband since the publ ic
being placed there for Tuesday next. Thus quarrel in Boston. She has sued for divorce
Specially Reported for tlie Daily l.lohc.
-The White Slave."
Flour has declined 2o cents on a Hack in
the city. Baron Proctor says so. consequent
ly it must be so
The next meeting of the Stillwater Grange
will be he ld at the Master's office, on Satur
day, the 9t day of February, at 10 o'clock
Mr. Detlof Wolf, an old settltr this
county, was stricken with paralvsis a few
days ago on bis farm, about three miles
north of this city.
Judd. Orff, our popular liveryman, has or
dered a new hearse, said to cost the sum of
$1,500. Accompanying it will )e emblems
for most all secret societies. Who,will have
the first funeral?
Mr. Thomas Ferguson, for some \euispast
salesman at Rees's popular clothing house,
has severed his connection therewith, and
will hereafter be found at Levj's One Price
clothing store in St Paul.
Hon. Cope, the distinguish ed dramatic
reader, will appear in Opera Hall on Mon
day evening. Feb. 11. und er the auspices of
Stillwater Lodge Knights of Pythias, and
will render the whole of the five act tragedy
of Damon and Pvthia s.
'^Judg Gregory, who, the way, is al- a
success as an auctioneer, yesterday sold 1M)
acies of good farming land belonging to the
Waite estate to John Collopy, for six thous
and, nine hundred and be\enU-ri\e dollars,
or at the rate of 4.5.," per acie.
Th at russet colored horse belonging to
Morris Kreteau. living near the Boom
House, was, cousideiably aunojed at the bv
whistle at Horsey. Beaii & Blown'-, mill and
concluded to go home, tu.d at a 2 gait,
too. went, after teeuti'lL deniohshiii"
the wagon to which he was hitched.
O Tuesday e\enmg. Ftbiuarj ll'tli the
lodge of Good Tenipla is in this cm. will
give an entertainment Opeia Hall. Thev
wilipiesentthe thuc act drama entitled
"Enlisted for the-M.-r." and tlie .puklm
comedy, called "1 i) n't Care it I Vi
The following ladin and gentlemen will take
part in the pli\s Mts Powell, ili-se,
Came and Buu.til. Messrs. C. A. Bennett. C.
E. Norgord, .1. lihode s, Ji i:. Stanley
and otheis. and see them.
Wtetiun of tin lilij Von mil.
The City Council held a le^ular meeting
Tuesday evening.
A amendment to the city chaitei in leier
ence to fast dnving on the bridge was adopt-
ed, and the clerk ordeied to forward a copy
of the same to Hon. Sabin. oui lepre-
sentative th LegidUuic with mstiucuon
to urge its passage.
A letter trom John I.awki wa-, roeeivtd.
asking that the time for the completion of
he bridge be extended to Maich 1st. I he
clerk was msliucted to communic.de t' Mi.
Lawi er that such extension should
The city sin\e\oi was liistiucted to p-e
p?ie a map of the piopeity of Mi. Wolf,
which was taken by the cornmissiont i foi
the prison extension. This is for the pui
pose of show ing the amount of damage to
the piopeity. Same to be submitted to the
Legislatuie foi final adjustment,
Receipts and disbursements we ie ns tol
Licenses December^ January y JM) 00
Bilhauls tit 70 (jo,
Tneatres and shows.. iU 00
Fne Department 57 .^.j
Bridge, Jf. 15
Municipal Court 2W
Street work 1 10
Current expenses jy (jo
Total ~fl,741
liom municipal couit lebruarj.
Fire D( purnnent, December & Jan
Budge Muni* ipal jourt
Cuirtiit lund
Lasmenespring,- th dav after hi attack th south- "iB anauH on soutn administration.oB laietoo
tne_ ground of cruelty. says that she
has behaved scandalously since she has been
on the stage, indulging in rides and private
suppers with her admirers, and that once,
while disguised as a coachman, he watched
er and Louis James, the actor.
W 84
i 1.0.7) -11
221) H:J
2,70 5 04
.*4 3% 2
Jtanh Heresy.
UN. Y. Htrald.l
Dr. Howaid Crosby is certainly heictical
on the question of marriage has had the
assurance to say that young gnK ohght to
study the mysteries of housekeeping, and be
prepared to make a home comfortable and
happy when they get one. W might foigive
this as the error of a great mind, and p..-, it
over in excusing silence, but when he
further and tells us that "germans." and the
various other methods of what is called so-
ciety,*' are not essential elements of a young
lady's life, and that possibly bhe might not
lose her chance at a good catch if she ab
stained from these things, we are reluctantly
compelled to believe that his nmid is
in a condition of -unstable'* iq,uhl
lium." Society and the germ an constitute
he stronghold of eligible matches. 'i'L-v ai
the open market in which we put ou i daugh
ter for sale. Abolish them, and you do
away with the possibility of getting up a
corner"'on matrimony: you do away with
all those velvet strategies which beg in with
a great wedding and end with a divoicc.
short, if the doctor's advice were to be foi
lowed, the femini ne mmd wonld lose its op
portunity to sharp observation and sinewd
action. No, we are willing to enter into am
reasonable refoim, but we ought not to bo
asked to overturn the very foundations of
our civilization.
A nil rt it- Jaehson's Iiautjlitei.
[Nashville American.]
Last evening a number of friendb of the
parties assembled at the Hermitage and cele
brated the twenty-fhth anniversary of the
mairiage of Dr John Lawience and
Bachael Jackso n, only daughtei of Sarah and
Andrew Jackson (adopted son of Gen
Andiew Jackson). The biidal piir were at
tired precisely as on their wedding daym
the same cotumes. Their nine children
were presentfive sons and four daughtei
acting as attendants. Their iuiin.^tei. the
Itev. C. Ewmg. after making a few re
marks, concluded the service with prpyer.
A hour was spent in social converv% aft
which all partook of a good. old-fasLioned.
substantial repast. W had the great pleas
ure of meeting once more Mrs. Andrev Jack
so n, the beloved daughter and companion of
the old hero, from the time he occupied the
Presidential chair until his death, and
ministered unto him in the evening of his
life and smoothed his dying pillow. Hei
only surviving son. Col. Andrew Jaek^on. is
now her sole companion in the old mansion
the Hermitag e.
farm HooK-Kepint/.
[Rome Sentinel.]
Last week we gave the annual accounts of
a farmer who keeps book s. There was
nothing particular remarkable alou the
figures. They showed a safe, comfortable
business, but not much piofits that would at
tract much attention. The item ow ed its
interest to the fact that it gave, with some
approach to accuracy, the business transac
tions of a yar on a farm. The simple fact
that it did command attention is lamentable
evidence that it is an uncommon thmr* to
find a farmer who keeps books accurately
enough so that he can determine his profits
or his losses at the end of the year.
A uiTtE MHL can wash with the bcienuh,
Washer. Come and see it at 54 Wabasuavv
street, opposite the post office.

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