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Office, 21!$ Hennepin avenue, up
A change of State government is necessary.
Is lelonu necessary in the Insane Asjlum?
One hundred thousand dollars for the Foil
Knelling bridge. I that reform?
Ten thousand dollars for county load s, to
he Ti.iid the city. I that reform?
Six thousand eight hundred dollais per
annum lor City Engineer la that reform?
T\, hundred thousand dollars for
Merrill text-book job I that reform?
Investigations are on the increase, lie-
publnMii rascality everywhere is coming to
the front.
E\LJ.\piopeit holder along the propos ed
lmc ot the St. Peter street sewer has pro-
1 un City Engineer has some friends in
the Eetoini Club. is allowed $0,800 a
\car. For what?
[istead annual legislative sessions, we
aie likely, at the present rate, to have bi
ennial !-ossions lasting two years.
From May 1875, to date, the Erie railway
company have paid to lawyers $ 100.000
enough to bankrupt any compam.
THE Ramsey county delegation should see
tha' no measure passes the Legislatu re au
thorizing the city of St. Paul, or Ramsey
county to issue bonds without first submit
ting the questions to the people.
"WHAT has become of Brandt's conscience?
When he swung high his fifty dollar bill in
air last Saturday, he declared th at he had
sold himself to vote for an amendment to
the Text Book bill, and his conscience com-
pelled him to carry out the trade. testi-
lied that when seeking the bribe, he said he
could conscientiously vote for an amend-
ment. And still he voted against Hicks'
amendment yesterday. Has he leceived a
fifty dollar bill from the other side wkich he
has concluted not to send to the Speaker?
If there was anything necessary to show
that the Merrill bill is simply a publisher's
job for inaugurating a fifteen year monopoly
it is to be found in the efforts to prevent
local option in the matter. The friends of
the bill are urging its passage, on the
ground that they are laboring for
the people. and still th ey re-
ga rd it as a fatal defect to allow the
people to decide whether they wish its
wonderful benefits or not If it is the good
thing which it is claimed, the people will
vote it unanimously and Merrill and Appl e-
ton will secure the trade. The cloven foot is
apparent in the effort to bind the people
hand and foot and compel them to buy
the books nolens roli'/ix. while authority is
also granted to deplete the public treasury
(I libit iihi.
The report of the investigating committee
appointed to ascertain the alleged attempt at
bribery, is given elsewhere, with the testi
mony in full. While it proves little in com
parison with the loud-mouthed assertions
which have been current for several days,
it places four menC. C. Brandt. John
Geib, W. H. Mills and Liberty Hall in an
unenviable light. Brandt shines forth
as a disroputable sneak, who. while
pretending honor and virtue, is destitute
of both a man who offers to sell his honor
indention sly," and declares that he con
summated the trade. His own testimony
degrades him to a level below which no criti
cism can place him, and we leave him to the
contempt which he evidently courts and
richly deserves.
The action of Liberty Hall cannot prop
erly be excused or defended. While his tes
timony relieves him of criminal intent, it
does not justify his conduct. In fact, it
would be difficult to excuse any one for hav
ing anything to do with such a fellow as
Brandt. While without in any degree de
fending Mr. Hall, we confess so profound a
contempt for his tempter, as to regard his
sin with leniency.
Mr. Geib's career as stool pigeon for
Brandt is aptly told in his own words, and
Mr. Mills's lofty virtue appears in his sworn
statement that he knew of one case of at
tempted bribery, but preferred to place him
self in contempt rather than give details
which would tend to disgrace himself.
Altogether the mess is a disgraceful and
unsavory one, but as the Lord is supposed,
at times, to make use of mighty mean
agencies to accomplish good, some benefit
may result even from the creature Brandt.
If it has a tendency to prevent the jobbery
and trading in legislation, which is nothing
more nor less than direct bribery, something
will have been gained.
For many years a local controversy has
existed in Mower county in this State which
has permeated every avenue in that com-
munity. It has extended to political, busi-
nes s, social and religious circles. Every
thing in heaven abo ve and on the earth be
low, so far as Mower county is concerned,
has hinged upon some tu rn in this great
While it was purely a local affair the
publ ic at large could look on as spectators
merely leaving the combatants to wrestle
with each other unmoleste d. Recent events
have placed this contestjjeyond the limits of
Mower county, and without being partisa ns
of either side, other parties must necessarily
enter as actors upon the scene.
Judge Sherman Page has been the central
figure of the local contest on one side.
Whether or not the contest should ha ve
been renewed beyond the local arena of its
origin is not pertinent to the prese nt situa
tion. The opponents of Judge Page have
piesented their case to the Legislature and
after a long investigation, during which testi-
mony on both sides was taken, the Judiciary
Committee ha ve unanimously sustain ed a
considerable portion of the case against him
and a majority of th at committee recom
mended to the House his impeachment.
This action necessarily takes the matter
beyond the precincts of Mower county. The
question is now to be consider ed by the
Representatives of the State. Practically,
Judge Page, by the action of the Judiciary
Committee stan ds indicted and he is entitled
and should have a speedy trial upon the
meri ts of the case. The House, properly,
has no alternative save to order the impeach-
ment trial to proceed, and the friends of Judge
Page will make a great mistake if they do
not to-day urge that a prompt and immedi
ate trial be granted. The House, canno t, of
course, consider the question upon the evi
dence, as that is too voluminous for such a
body to digest, and if th ey do not propose to
be guid ed by the recommendation of the
committee, they should never have entered
upon the matter. I would have, perhaps,
been the wise and proper course, for the
Legislature to ha ve ignored the matter at the
outset, but having given it consideration,
the rest of the work is clear. It is a matter
which ought not to have been placed upon
the State, but all that is too late to talk about
now. The matter of expense, which is much
mooted, should ha ve been thought of when
the House had und er consideration the ques-
tion of referring the matter to the Judiciary
Committee. Then the objecti on would have
been valid, and if properly presented,
it would probably ha ve defeated
action. After indictments are found, trials
cannot be postponed, on account of expense,
and it is due the accused more than any one
elbe to have an early hearing. Judge Page
ought to ur ge upon his friends to insist upon
the trial without delay. The case has been
gone over so thorough ly by the Judiciary
Committee, that the trial could be quite
speedy, and of short duration. The whole
rumpus is fast becoming a stench
in tho nostrils of the people, and
there ought to be an end of it one way
or the other, immediately. Judge Page
either is or is not a proper person to sit
upon the bench. was placed there orig
inally in violation of the Constitution, but
th at is not at issue now, but his fitness to re
main there is raised in such a manner that it
can on ly be determined by a trial, and in be
half of that portion of the public which
wishes to see this interminable con-
troversy taken out of State affairs,
THE GLOBE urges the Legislatu re to pro-
ceed at on ce to complete the work which,
having begun, can have but one prop er con
clusionnamely, a hearing before the Sen-
ate. Both sides ought to] agree upon this
course, even though it should be their last
agreement for all eternity.
It is some time since the Senate, with but
one dissenting vote, passed a bill to convert
the Inebriate Asylum into a second hospital
for the insane. It is to be hoped the House
will take equally favorable and prompt
action. It was a grievous outrage to place
such class legislation as created the Inebriate
Asylum on the statute books, and it
should "be wiped out without delay.
It is not only dangerous but positively wick
ed legislation. What justice is there in leg
islation which tends to rum private
business interests. Fanatics may clam
or for such a measure, but all
right-thinking men, regardless of temper
ance or anti-temperance proclivities, concede
the injustice of the Inebriate Asylum act.
As the State imperatively demands a new
Insane Asylum, economy as well as justice
demands the passage of the Senate bill.
Resolutions are pending in the House to
bring Liberty Hall to the bar for contempt
and censure. When these resolutions are
carried to-day, let the members have suffi
cient self respect to remember that one C. C,
Brandt has not yet resigned or been ex
pelled. If the House is aggrieved
by the conduct of an outsider,
how much more keenly should it feel
the disgrace brought upon it by one of its
own members. If Liberty Hall is to be pun
ished, as the blatant Mead proposes, let the
creature Brandt receive his deserts also.
There should be no such thing as discrimi
nation, especially in behalf of Brandt.
Pope Leo XIII.
ROME, Feb, 21.Pope Leo XHI held
congregation of cardinals to-day. an
nounced that the encyctlcal to the Catholic
world would be dispatched to-day announcing
his accession to the pontifical. I has been
decided the Pope shall not for the present leave
the Vatican. I is said the Pope wiU continue
thei policy oi his predecessor. The coronotion
of Leo XIII, which will be private, will take
place in the Sistine chapel Sunday next.
There will be no ceremony at St. John Lateran.
TeDeumswill be sung in the churches to
Xot by Adoration After All.
ROME, Feb. 21,On good authority it is
stated Pope Leo XIII. was not chosen by
adoration, but by the requisite majority of
votes of the conclave that Cardinal Bilio
having declined to be a candidate his parti
sans numbering nine cardinals, gave their
votes to Cardinal Pecci that when the votes
were counted all the cardinals knelt at the
feet of the Pope and this act has been mis
construed as an election by adoration.
Chicago Tax Suits.
CHICAGO, Feb. 21.In the suits known as the
South Town tax cases, an injunction was
granted this morning restraining the South
Town tax collector from collecting the addi
tional twenty per cent*, tax which the county
board added to the original assessment. This
decision, if not overruled, will materially di
minish the county's revenue.
'Sot Much Amusement in the Senate, but
a Mlplity Lively Time in the House
Bribery and the Text Book Bill Divide
the HonorsThe Merrill Bill Gets an
Amendment which Appletou Don't Like,
hut which Possibly May Help the People
I the .Job Must Stand.
While this body had nothing before it
yesterday to excite the attenti on of specta-
tors, as was the case in the House, the busi-
ness transacted was especially important'.
commence with, after the introducti on
of a few bills, and hearing reports of com-
mittees, the calendar with three important
bills upon it, was taken up. The first was
the proposed constitutional amendment to
allow women to vote upon the question of
license, the same propositi on rejected by the
people at the last election, which was lost,
lacki ng one of the requisite votes to pa ss it.
The fact th at the people had only so re-
cently rejected the propositio n, undoubtedly
caused its defeat at this time, at least one
vote, th at of Senator Nelson, who voted for
the proposition a year ago being cast against
it for that reason.
The bill creating the new office of Public
Examiner, with a salary of $3,500 a year,
and a contingent fund of $1,000, passed
with on ly ten dissenting vote s. Three Dem-
ocrats voted for the bill, five against it. and
three were absent.
Senator Waite's common carrier bill did
not meet with Senatorial favor, there being
but ten votes in its favor when it came up
for passage.
I committee of the whole the bill of Sen
ator Goodrich, for an amendment to the con
stitution giving judges the right to accept
the finding of nine or more jurors as a ver
dict, was buried und er a vote to indefinitely
But the greater portion of the day was
spe nt in considering the bill to restore the
stringe nt tax law of 1874 all but four sec
tions of the bill being affirmatively acted
upon. There seems to be no- objection to
the bill among Senators, the only desire ap
parently is to perfect the law of 1874 in the
points where experience showed it to be im
perfect. The bill will be completed to-day,
and probably passed, ready for transmission
to the House.
The following is the
Routine Report.
S T. PAU L, FEB. 21.The Senate, by resolu
tion, decided not to observe the anniversary of
Washington's birthday to-morrow, as a holiday,
but will meet at the usual hour and go forward
with its business.
By Senator HallTo amend section 2, chap
ter 5, school code of 1857.
Senator GoodrichAmending the general
laws relating to jurors.
Senator FinsethTo authorize towns to
establish cemeteries.
Senator J. GilfillanTo appropriate
the interest in the State to certain lands to aid
in the construction of the Anoka and Prince
ton railroad.
To amend the charter of the city of Waba
Amending the charter of Northfield to allow
the people to vote upon the question of license.
The bill proposing a constitutional amend
ment allowing women to vote upon the license
question, put upon its passage, was lost by the
following vote:
YeasArmstrong, Clement, Clough, Deuel,
Drew, Edgerton, Edwards, Gilfillan, J. B.,
Goodrich, Hall, Hersey, McClure, McHench,
McNelly, Morrison, Page, Pillsbury, Remore,
Smith, Wheat20.
NaysAhrens, Bailey, Bonniwel, Doran, Fi n
seth, Henry, Moulton, Lienau, Macdonald,
Mealey, Morton, Nelson, Rice, Shaleen, Swan
strom, Waite, Waldron17.
Senator Nelson, in explaining his vote, said
that last winter he voted for the proposition,
but the people having rejected it at the last
election, he should now vote against the bill.
Senator Doran moved to reconsider.
Senator Nelson moved to amend to lay on the
table, which motion was lost. The motion to
reconsider was th en adopted, and a vote being
taken on the bill it was again lost by the same
vote as above.
The bill creating the office of Public Exam
iner, the duty of which officer shall be to ma ke
periodical examinations of the books and ac
counts of State and county officers and of the
public institutions, was put upon its passage
and it passedyeas 25, nays 10as follows:
YeasAhrens, Armstrong, Bailey, Clement,
Clough, Edgerton, Edwards, Finseth, Gilfillan,
John B., Goodrich, Hall, Henry, Hersey, Houl
ton, Macdonald, McClnre, McHench, McNelly,
Mealey, Nelson, Page, Pillsbury, Rice, Shaleen,
NaysDeuel, Doran, Drew, Langdon, Lienau,
Morton, Remore, Smith, White, Waldron10.
Senators Bonniwell, Donnelly, Gilfillan, C.
D,, Morehouse, Morrison and Swanstrom did
uot vote.
Senator Waite's bill relating to comm on car
riers, coming up for passage, Senator Morton
spoke against it as one that, he believed would
prove a source of injury to the people in neces
sitating increased charges by the railroads.
After a call of the Senate the roll was called on
the bill and it was lost, yeas 8, nays 26, the af
firmative votes being Senators Deuel, Donnelly
Henry, Houlton, McClure, McHench, Nelson
and Waite.
On Senator Doran's motion the vote was re
considered and the bill laid on the table.
At 11:30, in committee of the whole, the" Sen
ate took up the general tax bill, essentially
restoring the law of 1874, which was considered
section by section, until about two-thirds of
the bill had been passed, when a recess was
taken to 2:30.
Upon reassembling in the afternoon, consid
eration of the general tax bill was resumed
and the bill gone through with, with the excep
tion of four sections, which were laid aside.
Up on the committee rising the bill was ma de
the special order for 11 a. m. to-morrow.
The bill proposing a constitutional conven
tion was made the special order for 2:30 p.m.
The Senate then resolved itself into commit
tee of the whole, thirty-five bills on general or
ders. Among the most important considered
was that proposing a constitutional amend
me nt allowing juries of nine or more members
in certain cases to return a verdict, which was
indefinitely postponed.
Senator Wheat's bill, prohibiting other than
medical college graduates from practicing
medicine, was, after discussion, recommended
to pass. A number of other bills of a local
character were favorably considered, and others
referred back to committees -for amendment,
when the committee rose and the Senate ad
"Chin music" was tlie order of the day in
the House yesterday. The subject on which
all the talking members of that body, and
they were the major portion of the House,
took a hand, was that fruitful and apparently
exhaustless onethe Merrill text book bill.
Full-fledged orators were as "thick as black
berries," and nothing short of a Moffett
register could have kept a record of the
number of times each particular champion
rose in his place and shook the air with the
thunder tones of his peculiar style of decla-,
Before the text book bill was reached
the House had fully warmed up to the
work in hand over that I" kindred
topic the bribery investigation which is ful
ly recorded elsewhere, but which, with a
facility peculiar toBanquo's ghost, was con-
tinually rising and cropping out at every
junction in the text book debate.
At the outset, it was apparent that a deadly
struggle was at hand. To the
disinerested spectator not the least
interesting feature was the very
pardonable cariosity manifested on all
sides, to note the effect upon
the ranks of the combatants of
the testimony taken by the investigating com
mittee. Speculation was rife as to its effect
upon the fate of the contestants. Rumor
had it that the Merrillites would gain heavily,
but this prediction was not sustained by the
test vote that followed. The very first set-to re
sulted in their discomfiture, and a very de
cided victory for the opponents of the bill.
On Saturday, the leading tenet of the tactics
of the friends of the bill was the necessity
of defeating all amendments of
whatsoever kind in order to
avert the necessity of the bill's
again running the gauntlet of the Senate.
The first blood was. therefore, for the ene
mies of the measure. In the subsequent
votes taken, the result showed nothing more
than the relative strength of Saturday last
no accretion and as little diminution. The
situation may therefore be said to have re
mained unchanged except in the advantages
secured, as above noted, to the anti-text
book crowd.
Throughout the entire afternoon the fight
continued with unabated zeal. a3 fully
shown in the routine report below, with lit
tle of practical*results to either side. At
nearly seven o'clock a desperate effort was
made to order the bill to a third reading, but
this failed, and the House adjourned without
even making it the special order for another
day as propoeed by Mr. J. P. West, who is
the generalissimo of the Merrill forces in
the House.
Routine Rijtort.
S T. PAU L, Feb. 21.Mr. Klossner offered the
following resolution, which went over under
notice of debate by Mr. Hinds:
Resolved, That no member of this House be
allowed to speak longer than ten minutes at a
time, and no more than twice on any one sub
ject in the session of the House, and in the
committee of the whole.
By Mr. LaddAuthorizing the borrowing of
$100,000 for purchasing seed grain.
Mr. RichardsonRelating to rights of
property of women.
By Mr. WarnerAllowing the draining of
Lake Mary, in Wright county.
Mr. HollandIncorporating Pine Island,
in Goodhue county.
By Mr. DresbackAuthorizing comity com
missioners to convey certain land to the River
side cemeteiy association.
Mr. HazeltonAmending the act incor
porating Northfield.
By Mr. PinneyAuthorizing establishing of
a ferry across the Minnesota river at Ottawa.
Mr. ColeBy request, appropriating $1,
050 for portraits of the Governors.
Mr. RawsonRelating to the incorpora
tioifof Delano, Wright county.
By Mr. StoneAuthorizing Stevens county
to issue bonds for a court house.
Mr. HallRelating to appeal of supervis
ors of the town of Beaver, Fillmore county.
Mr. HylandEstablishing school district
in town of Lakeview, Dakota couuty.
Authorizing Lyon county to issue bonds.
Relating to venue on civil actions.
Relating to the construction of a bridge at
Relating to the charter of the village of
Waterville. Le Sueur county.
[The remainder of the morning sebsion was
devoted to the report of the committee ap
pointed to investigate the alleged attempt to
bribe a member on the school book bill, These
proceedings appear on the first page.ED.
The text book bill was taken up after the
bribery matter was disposed of, as noticed
elsewhere and the question being on Hicks'
amendment, it was withdrawn.
Mr. Cole offered the following:
That section eight be amended by striking out
all after the word "that," at the beginning of
the second line, and substitute the following:
"This act shall not take effect in any school
district of this State until it has been decided
by a majority of the voters in the district, at
a regular meeting, or by a special meeting call
ed for that purpose, to accept all the provisions
of this act and the act to which this is supple
Provided further, that at any annual meet
ing of the district thereafter," the use of the
State text books may be discontinued by vote
of a majority of the voters in the district."
At this point the Speaker sent up and had
read a communication from four of the leading
publishers in Cincinnati, New York, and other
cities, offering to supply text books upon cer
tain terms.
Mr. Bowler objected to further reading after
the clerk had gotten about half through.
Mr. Rice read a shirt advertisement, and con
tended that that had as much to do with the
matter before the House as what the clerk was
then reading.
Mr. Feller said it was plain to be seen why
the friends of the bill did not want to have
such a communication read. If we were to
have cheap books let us have them as cheap as
Mr. Colvill took the same view and enforced
it in a very cogent and able argument.
Mr. Bowler made a lengthy speech in behalf
of the text-book bill. The amendment leaving
the matter optional with the districts would
defeat the intent of the law.
Mr. Dresbach, of Winona, took the opposite
view and made one of his ablest arguments in
opposition to the bill. We live in a fast age,
and a very corrupt age, but he desired no im
putation upon his fair name or that of the
House. had not been approached, but he
favored the ullest,freest investigation, believing
that the dignity of the House and its self-re
spect demanded it. For this reason, he opposed
hasty action by the House, and regretted much
the disposition shown to press the bill through
without deliberate consideration. then ad
dressed himself to the consideration of the bill,
and contended that under the guise of breaking
down the "book ring." it was sought to estab
lish a far more grinding monopoly, and one
which it would in the end be more difficult to
rid the State of. The law was not in the in
terest of the people, it was only in the interest
and for the benefit of Merrill, or rather
Appleton &Co. The people who have ac
knowledge of the law are disgusted with it.
Mr. Cole rose and read a very earnest, forci
ble and well considered argument against the
Merrill bill, which he claimed had come from a
"well known introducer of eccentric bills,"
and was in the interest of the man who had
sold more high-priced text books than am
other man in the State.
Mr. Hicks thought the proposition leaving
the matter to a vote of the people eminently
wise and democratic. spoke of the revolv
ing fund which scoops out $50,000 every year
from the State treasury into the pocket of
D. Merrill. moved the oUowing as a sub
stitute for section 8 of the printed bill:
"At the general election of the year 1885 the
question of the continuance of the text book
contract, provided for in this act and the act to
which this is supplementary, shall be submi t
ted to a vote of the legal voters of the State,
and if two-thirds of those voting upon that
question shall vote against the continuance of
said contract in the manner provided in this
section, th en and in that case the said contract
shall cease to be in force as soon as the result of
said vote "Shall be determined and an
nounced by the canvassers of votes for State
officers, whose duty it shall be to canvass the
vote herein provided, and to announce the re
sult at the time and in the manner observed in
canvassing and announcing the result as to
election of State officers. At the polls in each
voting precinct a separate ballot box shall be
provided by the proper officers the vote here
in provided for shall be upon a separate ticket
and voters favoring a continuance of said
contract, have written or printed, or partly
written andpartly printed on their tickets the
words, "For book contract," and voters oppos
ing such continuance shall have upon their
tickets in the same manner the words, "Against
book contract.'"
The vote was about being taken when Mr.
Hicks took the floor and twitted the Ramsey
delegates wi th seeking to impose upon the
country districts what they had discarded
Mr. Colvill alluded to West and Mills press
ing the vote upon the bill and then went on
to speak of the dark and devious course of the
latter gentleman upon Saturday when th ey at
tempted to rush the matter through under the
prevailing excitement. said that in a few
minutes after Brandt made his revelation Mills
had sent up a communication to the Speaker in
which he gave the exact number of the bill.
Why, Mr. Speaker, the member from Renville
county who said he had been a soldier, had
submitted [to the investigating com
mittee, certain names by whom
he thought he could prove something.
These men who were named by him.were sent
and examined, and knew nothing, absolutely
nothing. What was the gentleman's object in
bringing those men before the committee?
Simply, because these men were known to enter
tain certain views upon the pending amend
ments to this billin fact he knew they were
inclined to vote for them. This man knowing
the feelings of these parties had deliberately
put them under the cloud of suspicion. That's
the kind of tactics they have employed to pre
vent the bill being amended. The question
now was, ought this bill to be submitt ed to the
people. The contract wi th Merrill was made
under the law of last winter, and if he had an
elephant on his hands, it was his own act and
no fault of the Legislature. They talk
here about breaking our contract with Merrill.
All such statements were foolish and frivolous.
If he accepts the bill he must accept it subject
to the conditions imposed. would vote
here on this bill without fear. He despised the
insinuation coming from the other side of the
House. Was it right that this bill should be
forced on the people? With what decency
could any man oppose this amendment?
and his friends would not be deterred from
doing right by any such base insinuations of
being corrupt as had been used to frighten
members from voting for the amendments.
Mr. Bowler said he had endeavored to be fair
both in the discussion of the bill and in inter
course with gentlemen on the other side of the
House. denied emphatically that he had
employed any such tactics as "those ascribed
to him by the gentleman. explained his
motives in sending a note to the committee
with the names of gentlemen who, he had
heard it said, knew something about the mat
ter before the committee. When the Legisla
ture convened, this bill had a large
majority of this House in its
favor. had seen this ma
jority gradually melt away and
he felt that something should \e done to pre
vent its disappearing altogether. With this view
he had done as he did.
Mr. Colvill? said the argument of the gentle
man and his friends to this House as, vote for
the amendments if ou dare.
Mr. Bowler denied it, and appealed to the
House to say if be had said or intimated any
such thing. If he said so, he didn't mean it.
He had been approached by the book ring, and
the more he was talked to the less was he con
verted. had no fear of his motives being
impugned. If any gentleman here had any
such fear, he couldn't help it. His course had
been as honorable as that of any gentleman on
this floor, and he spurned the thought of do
ing an unworthy act, even to secure the passage
of this bill.
Mr. Mills said the gentleman (Mr. Colvill)
had said that within five minutes after Brandt
had made his revelations, he (Mills) had sent
up to the clerk's desk a paper containing the
exact number of that bill. The facts were
that he did not send up the paper until the af
ternoon session, and had in the meantime seen
Brandt and got the number from him. ap
pealed to the chief clerk to bear him out
The chief clerk substantiate 1 Mr. Mill's state
Mr. W. M. Campbell denied that the friends
of the bill had had any disposition to force the
consideration of the bill on Saturday.
Mr. Morse, who had taken the chair, btated
the question before the House to be on Mr.
Hick's amendment to the amendment offeied
by Mr. Cole.
Mr. Bohan adverted to the importance of the
measure and urged its full consideration. The
whole bill was an extraordinary piece of legis
lation of which the people would speedily tire.
The members on the floor should guard their
honor as tenderly as a maiden should her vir
Mr. C. A. Gilman was a friend of the bill last
winter and was so to-day. But he did not be
lieve in his right to force upon other communi
ties a measure which would last for years
come. thought the amendment which gave
the people, at some future time, the option of
saying whether they should continue the bill,
was right, and as a friend of the bill he should
support such a proposition. alluded to the
prevailing discontent among the people with
the bill, and said the contest would have to be
fought over here, year after year, and now
when an opportunity is offered of referring the
matter to the people, it should be availed of.
He should vote for both of the proposed amend
Mr. Stanley endorsed the views of his col
league, Speaker Gilman.
Some misunderstanding here occurred as to
the character of the amendments and which of
the two distinct propositions was before the
Mr. Bishop called for the reading of both
propositions. One was read, when Mr. Bowler
appealed from the decision of the chair de
ciding that Mr. Hicks' amendment should be
first voted on.
Mr. Cole withdrew his amendment, when Mi.
Bowler objected.
The chair sustained the right of Mr. Cole to
withdraw the amendment.
Mr. Bowler entered into an argument with
the chair, when he was interiuptcd by the lat
ter, and ordered to take his seat, Mr. Morse
remarking that in the discusbion of points of
order, the chair should have the preference.
The vote was then taken ayes 57. nays 44
as follows:
Allred, Anderson.
Bishop. Bohan. Brown, Buffum, Bar nap.
Bye, Campbell, S.
Edson, Emmel,
Emmons, Evenson,
Fanning, Feller.
13. McBroom, McCrea, McDermott, Miller, Morse,
Mosher, Muir,
Perrin. Purdie,
Robinson, Stacv,
Thompson, J.W
Mr. Speaker.
Christopherson Harvey,
Clark, Colby. Cole, Colvill, Crandall, Currie, Cowing,
Johnson, Langemo, Lien,
Bow lei.
Brainerd, Brandt, Campbell, W
Dav, Dilley, Dennison, Dresbach, M.
Fowler, Fulton, Ghostlev,
Gilman, Hall.
Hinds. Huntlev. Hvland.
Klossner, Ladd,
Mills, Peterson. Pinnev,
Richter. Sabin. Tompkins.
Thompson. J.
West, J. P.
West, S. M.
Wickev, Wiley.
Mr. Rice offered the following piotest. in
which Mr. Hinds subsequently joined:
The pending amendment is clearly uncon
stitutional, for the reason th at at the end
of the five years it delegates the power of con
tinuing a contract to the people, or making a
law for the people, which power can only be
exercised by the legislature.
Mr. McCrea proposed an amendment, but
subsequently withdrew it.
The question reenrring upon the adoption of
Mr. Cole's amendment, the yeas and nays were
ordered and recorded, ayes 44. nays 55, as fol
Allred, Anderson, Brown,
Edson, Emmel,
Fanning, Feller,
Campbell, S. L.Gunval&on,
Chandler, Harvey,
Colby, Holland,
Cole, Holton,
Colvill, Johnson,
Currie, Langemo.
Cowing, Lien,
Dresbach. G. B.Lutz,
McBroom, McCrea,
McDermott, Morse,
Mosher, Muir, Perrin,
Stanlev, Valstad, Mr. Speaker.
Bohan. Geib,
Bowler, Gilman.
Brainerd, Hall,
Brandt, Haselton,
Button, Hinds,
Campbell, W.M. Hyland,
Christensen, Hyslop,
Clark, Keenan,
Crandall, Klossner,
Day, Ladd,
Dilley, Lange,
Denison, Larkin,
Dresbach, 51. R, Lewis,
Evenson, Fiddes,
Fulton, Ghostley, Giles,
Rawson. Reaney,
Tompkins, Thompson, J.
West, J. P.
West, 8. M.
Mr. West moved that the bill be read a third
time and put upon ita final passage,
Mr. McCrea offered an amendment, which
was subsequently withdrawn.
Mr. Gilman, C. A., moved to amend by strik
ing out "two-tbirde," and inserting "one
Mr. Ladd said the amendment was wrong,
and that the matter ought to decided by a
majority vote. Tliat was the Democratic prin
ciple. I was right, and fchould prevail here.
The vote was then taken on Mr. McCrea's
amendment, and resulted, ayes 30, nays CC.
Mr. C. A. Gilman offered another amend
ment, as follows: Provided the legal voters of
any school district.may, at any annual election,
vote to relieve themselves from the operati ,a.
of this act, by voting thereon in a manner to
be hereafter prescribed by law. and, in case
two-thirds of said voters, voting as aforesaid,
shall vote against said act, such district shall be
relieved from the operation thereof.
Mr. Mead hoped the time would come when
the Normal schools would cease having a finger
in the affairs of the legislation of this State.
Here were Winona, Mankato and St. Cloud
leagued together to kill this bill.
Mr. Campbell, S.L. did not intend taking
any part in the argument. had not pio
ceeded far when he was interrupted bv Mr.
Bowler, when Mr. Campbell alluded to Bowler
as being to much in love with the Merrill bill
that he was willing to take the books and leave
the school ma'ams to him (Campbell). [Shouts
of laughter. The speaker continued in this
strain for some time and then spoke of the bill
as being sugar-coated for the county district".
The bill had now been amended and further
amendments would not hurt its chances in the
Let us go to work and put on the amend
ment proposed the other day, that the wages
of the teacher should not be subordinated to
the payment for Merrill's books.
Mr. Bowler replied at length to the last
speaker, defending his advocacy of the bill, on
the ground that hia people and the people ot
the State wanted it.
Mr. Ladd thought if the proposed amend
ment was adopted, the supreme court would
declare it unconstitutional. argued that
giving the right to the people to decide whether
they should have the books, conflicted with
that constitutional provision which required
uniformity of text books.
Mr. Colville urged that the supreme con it
had decided the constitutionality of the local
option law, and the principle in'both was the
same. Uniformity has never existed and nev
er will. The bill had to go to the Senate, and
they might as well consider all amendments on
their merits.
Mr. Bowler .said if that amendment were in
corporated in the bill, the Merrill bill might ah
well be repealed.
Mr. Ladd undertook to show the fallacy of
Mr. Colv ill's argument, and said the constitu
tion required a uniformity of schools, and did
not require a unformity of temperance.
Mr. Hicks reminded Mr. L-idd that the con
stitution said schools not school books. The}
might as well require uniformity of desks, of
clothing. ic
Mr. Bowler asked if books were rot a pait of
a uniform system of education':
Mr. HicksNo more than the hat is pait of
the bov. Laughter.]
Mr. Hinds made a length} and dispassionate
speech. He thought the people could live un
der this law for five years. Uniformity of
books was a most essential requisite. The mobt
serious objection to the bill was that it did not
require a uniformity of bookb. as a large por
tion of the State was exempted from the oper
ation of this law. He would certainly vote to
make the law operative over the entire State.
The amendment was again read, and the
clerk being about to call the roll, a demand wah
made for a call of the House. The demand
not being sustained, the yeas and nays were
demanded and resultedayes 44, najs 51
Allied, Ander&on. Bishop,
Brown, Buffum, Bye,
Emmel. Emmons,
Campbell.S.L., Harvey,
Chandler, Hicks,
Christopherson, Holland.
Cole,' Colvill, Currie.
Cowing. Dresbach,G.B.
McDermott. Morse, Mosher, Muir. Perkin. Purdie, Richardson. Rieland, Robinson,
Stanley, Tompkiiib, Thompson,J.W. Mr. Speaker 44
Keenan, Langemo, Lien,
N IV?.
Bohan, Geib. Putnam,
Bowler, Gilman, Rahilly,
Brainerd, Hall. Rawson.
Brandt, Hindh, Reaney,
Button. Huntley. Rice,
Campbell,W.M. H} land, Ric hter,
Christensen, Hjslop, Sabin,
Clark, Klossner, Sanboin,
Crandall, Ladd. Stone,
Day, *r Lange, Thompson. J..
Deniton, Larkin, Trewe.
Dresbach, M. R. Lewis. Valstad,
Fiddes, Mead. Warner.
Fowler, Miller. West, J. P..
Fulton, Mills. Wickey,
Ghostley, Peterson. Winant.
Giles, Pinnc Wile}54.
Mr. Colville moved to adjourn and the loll
was called, with the following lesult: Yeas 4H.
nays 41). So the House refused to adjourn.
Mr. Hicks moved to amend by striking out
lines 7 and 8 of section 3 of printed bill, and
adding: Whenever the words State school text
book fund or funds occur in the act to which
this act is supplementary, they shall be con
strued to mean and apply to school funds aris
ing from taxation.
Sir. Hicks said if this" amendment were al
lowed, he would certainly vote for the bill on
its final passage.
A long and exciting squabble ensued, motions
and various suggestions follow ing each other in
rapid succession. Several attempts were made,
but failed to agiee upon some compromise,
when an effort was made to foice a lote by
means of the previous questions. The Speaker,
Mr. Morse. ha\ing leeognized the sonorous voice
of Mr. Hicks, who had risen with another
amendment, and had addressed the chair, and
first attracted attention, the demand for the
previous question could not be put. and
the determination of the opponents of
the bill to contest desperately every inch
of giou nd becoming every mome nt more ob
servable, all hope of forcing a vote v. as fore
gone. Accordingly Mr. West moved that the
bill be again made the special order for 2.30
this afternoon. This motion however, failed,
and the House adjourned after probably the
most exciting day of the session, that memora
ble Saturday, the 16th, always excepted.
Too Patriotic to Work To-MorrowLarge
Amount of Miscellaneous Uusiness.
[Special Telegram to THE GLOBK.J
MADISOX, Wis., Feb. 21.The Senate com
mittee on finance, banks and insurance intro
duced a bill providing for the establishmont of
a bureau of insurance, with a commissioner of
the same. A memorial to Congress for an in
come tax on over two thouaand dollars, was
ordered to a third reading. Some discussion
was had on a bill limiting the rate of interest to
six per cent., and the bill was finally postponed
till Wednesday.
In the Assembly near the whole session was
occupied discussing the old claim of M.
Martin, which was finally killed bv a vote of
16 to 73.
The State bar association adjourned v, ithout
endorsing the nomination of either supreme
judges, some discussions having arisen among
the members.
Both houses will adjourn to-morrow morn
ing in honor of Washington's birthday.
In the evening session of the Assembh Mr.
Keogh offered a resolution for a salute to-mor
row morning in honor of George Washington
and his birthda}. Carried.
The bill passed providing for loans by the
city of LaCrosse and the county of Winnebago.
A communication was read from the revisers
of the statutes tendering parts three, four and
five of the new revision.
Senate bills appropriating to the State Agri
cultural society $1,000: to the Northern Wis
consin Agricultural and Mechanical association
1,000, ond *36,000 to the Waukesha Industrial
school for boys, were concurred in.
Bills for the improvement of streets in the
second ward of the city of Milwaukee to pro
hibit the employment of children in factories
to levy a special tax in the twelfth ward of Mil
waukee repealing the dog tax law of 1871 to
distribute supreme court reports to district
attorneys to extend the time for the construc
tion of the North Wisconsin railway, were
The Assembly judiciary committee held a
special session in the assembly
chamber on the Senate bill relating
to tho publication of the supreme court reports.
Geo. B. Smith, addressed the committee in
favor of Callaghan & Co., and the Carter bill.
J. C. Sloan represented the interests of Banks
& Co., and Welch bill. Mr. Consule addressed
the committee briefly independent of either
M^*? Wl^'
Gor. Williams of Indiana has sunk his indi
viduality in a broadcloth snit.
The New Orleans Picayune explains that by
cremation Mr. Benn. Pittman intended to give
his wife a short-hand-burial."
The receiver of the State Savings Institution
of Chicago thinks the concern will eventually
Pay 25 per cent, of its indebtedness.
The Philadelphia managers of th": tres have
reduced prices, and are taking in at least fifty
percent, more money than before the reduction.
The Eastern States will not secede on account
of the silver bill, but look out for something
like secession when a revenue tariff is enacted.
Nine thousand persons in Fort Wavne. Ind.,
have signed the pledge since the temperance re
form movement was started there about six
months ago.
The South rn.SUttt*. a newspaper of Okolona,
Misb., remarks: "'Tis thought that little sil
ver bill will settle Bennie Hill, and likewise
Lucius A. Kill."
There is a mountain in Carbon unt\ Pa.,
which, for nearly a qnarter of a mile, is not
over five feet wide at the top, and in some
places not over two or three inches.
"Standing." says the Cincinnati Ehunh-f,
"on one plank alonethe repeal of the resump
tion actthe Democracy can sweep the couutrv
from the Hudson to the Rio Grande."
A man in Los Angeles. Cal., has trained a
tomato vine twent}-five feet high, against the
sunny side of his house, and gathers ripe
tomatoes tiom it at the top of a twentv-feet
If the English practice ruled in this coimtrj
the enactment of the silver bill would be the
signal for .Secretary Sherman and Director of
the Mints Lmderman retiring from the offices
they hold.
Thomas B. Browning, of Dundas. Canada,
has sued the town for ^.t-OO damages because
his name was accid-utall} omitted from the
assesment rolls. IL j.l,v..L that his cicdit was
injuied thereb}.
One thing which tends ti make cremation
popular and at the same Ume inclines people to
hope that there it, a place of red-hot punish
ment, is the ahoniin ibh high prices the under
takers charge for mllina.
A bill h.is passed ,,ne branch of the Legisla
ture of Wiseon-m for taxing tire insurance
companies for the snppoit of fire depaitments.
In effect such a bill would tax insured persons
only for the benefit of the wholecommumt}.
Clevel-md, Ohio, has Mn a delegation to
Washington in the interest of a protective tariff
on iion and steel, to oppose the pending tariff
bill. The delegation includes e\-Congreb!-man
Pa} ne. and all its members are largeh inter
ested iron and steel.
A delegation of preferred stockholders of the
Northern Pacific railroad com pan} is said to be
lobb} ing this week at Washington in favor of
building the road from Oregon east instead ol
from both directions as is, proponed h\ the
managing officers of the company.
The Westminster aquarium. London, ib said
to possess the largest plate glass tank in the
world, one having been lately erected 150 feet
long, '20 feet wide, and proportionately high.
It will permit the displa} offish of the largest
size procurable in Biitish waters.
Rev. Mi. Goodell. journalist and retormci. a
man of note among the eaily anti-shivery agi
tators and also among the temperance agitatois
of late }cais. died at Janesville. Wis., aged 85
vears. He began his career as a journalist with
the P, ,ri't( ,m {li. 1.) u, \n ig20.
The iron inlctests of Pennsylvania have a
large lobb} Washington instructed to pic
cure a modification of Wood's tariff bill fa
vor of smelters anil lolling mill propiletois. oi
else to defeat the bill. N'o loblnist repres* nt
cousumeib ha*? }et put in an appearance.
A correspondent of the Cincinnati A'I//I//-.
is writing the horrors of the Ohio peniten-
tial}-. He tells of punishment by the -ilent
systemoverwoik, starvation, exposuie, and
cruel tortures, and as being gagged, tied up by
the thumbs, put into a sweat box, plunged
naked and manai led into an ice-cold bath, or
chaiiud all night in a standingposition.
"Old Si" accounts for jioverty among the
lutes in the South by explaining that before
the war the white folks rose in the
when the heard the roosters crow. I ut now.
with so many loose negroes in the land. ioost
eis are scarce, and the white man resting undci
the delusion that the dav doesn't break till
something crowb is liable to lose the ttn o'clock
train every day.
If Prince Gort,chakoff did suggest tli.it the
United States, .-s a great maratime power,
should be invited to participate in the Kuro
pcpn conference on the Eastern question, Eng
land might well respond with a suggestion that
Greece should also be invited. Thanks to Re
publican legislation and protective taiiffi-. the
United States is about as much a mar.itime
power as is Greece.
Ex-Sheriff Jimmv O'Brien of New York, in
one recent sitting lost 24.000 at poker. The
winners were two Republican politicians of the
Philadelphia ring, an ex-city treasurer and an
ex-recorder ol wills, who in the halcvon d:.}
of Republican stealing in Philadelphia made
those offices each worth, to them, .*30.0X to
H0.000 a jear and compared with whom at the
American game. Poker Schenck is as a child.
It ha. been the custom to ask Representatives
and Henatois to nominate postmasters for the
small offices, but Mr. Ke.v. with the approval of
Mr. Hayes, has concluded that when vacancies
of this kind aiv to be filled, the postmaster of
the largest neighboring city shall be required
to recommend the persons to fill them, the de
partment passing upon Buch recommendation
and holding the larger postmasters responsible,
where their selections are confirmed bv the
Postmaster General.
Seven hundred deputy United States mar
shals were appointed in the third congression
al dibtrict of Missouri during the campaign of
last year at a cost to the government of over
20.000. and }e Metcalf, the Repulican laim
ant of the congressional beat, can claim only
twenty majorit}. although these seven hundred
were authorized and instructed to arn-ht Dein
oerats to keep them from voting, and a number
ot them, claiming to be Democrats, were com
missioned on condition of voting for Metcalf.
Gen. Frost, the Democratic candidate, will
doubtless be seated.
Virginia Legislation as to Taxation
the State Debt.
RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 20.The Senate, by
a vote of 3 to 1G, passed the Barbour bill
from the Honse, with an amendment which
provides that l." cents of the assessed
on each $100 of property, together with all
license and liquor taxes, except 7."..000.
which oes to the governmental expense
fund, shall lie devoted to the payment of
interest on the publ ic debt, and tha the bill
is not intended to interfere wi th any legal
rights of bondholders or be considered a
compelling a compromise of the debt. The
House will probably concur in this amend
ment. A bill refunding the debt in three or
four per cent, registered bonds is now con-"
templating by the House finance committee.
i'lres in New York Last Year.
NEW YOR K, Feb. 20.The annual report
of the fixe departme nt shows that in the
past year there were 1,450 fires in this city,
causing a loss on buildings of $ 1,008,446
and damage to property, '2.202,249. In
surance on buildings, $5,298,980 on prop
erty, $7,209,647: uninsur ed loss, f!25,685.
an increase of fires over the previous
The Newport Savings Bank, at Newport
Maine, has suspended.

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