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Minneapolis Office, 213 Hennepin avenue, up
THE State constitution should be renewed.
Frequent amendments have made it a sorry
piece of patchwork.
O UB Minneapolis department contains an,
important announcement relative to the new
railroad route opened from St. Paul and
Minneapolis to St. Louis.
As THERE seems to be a desire to learn
what is thought of Brandt by taking a vote,
we give a collection of ballots elsewhere.
They ought to make him happy.
FERRY had but one majority ^Tuesday
for Pwsident of the Senate, over Thurman.
This narrow margin must have reminded the
Michigan Senator of the steady decline of
hiB party in the Senate, smco ho was first
elected to the same position. Then, Senator
Thurman could hardly obtain a respectable
hearing on the floor.
SENATOR DORAN made a mistake in tactics
yesterday when he said that the business
men of St. Paul and Minneapolis favored an
appropriation for immigration. That in itself
was enough to defeat the measure. Ha it
been to impose additional taxation upon
these cities for the benefit of some frontier
locality, the result would have been different,
as these cities named pay three-fourths of
the taxes of the State.
SUPPOSING that the Senate bill limiting
homestead exemptions should become a law,
would it take effect against the "vested
rights" of a man who has already cheated
his creditors out of a fifty thousand dollar
residence? Furthermore, would it not have
a tendency to give the women the advantage
they had in Minnesota along about 1857,
when they owned most of the property in
*he State, while their husbands owed most
of the debts?
THE House committee on Public Ac
counts and Expenditures, in a report sub
mitted yesterday, told just enough to make
the people curious to hear more. Fo in
stance, it would be nice to have more de
tails relative to the fine china and furniture
of the Insane Asylum. Also some informa
tion concerning the salaries of the Fish Com
mission who are working gratuitously. Evi
dently there is a great deal the committee
did not find out or else the members did not
want to tell.
At midnight the House, by a vote of 71
to 30, voted to impeach Judge Page, and
articles of impeachment will probably be
prepared to-day. This result is one which
should gratify JudgejPage more than any one
else. If falsely accused he now has an op
portunity to vindicate himself. The charges
were too serious to be ignored without a
On Tuesday when the amended Merrill
Appleton bill leached the Senate from the
House, Mr. Donnelly was anxious to concur.
was so zealous that he transgressed the
bounds of propriety by declaring that he
saw the lobby full of members of the book
ring and he desired to have the matter closed
before they (the book ring) had a chance to
get at the Senators. This was the reverse of
complimentary to the friends of the bill, and
was really insulting.
Yesterday when the bill came up as the
special order Mr. Donnelly changed front
entirely and asked a postponement until to
day. He intimated that the Merrill-Apple
ton crowd were contemplating abandoning
the contract and they wanted time to con
sider. seemed to desire to secure time
for "the other book ring" to do some mis
sionary labor.
All day long the Donnellyites were at
tempting to create sympathy and bulldoze by
declaring that the contract would be aban
doned, if the Feller amendment prevailed.
They talked about the damages the State
would have to pay, apparently imagining
that that would be a bugbear to frighten the
timid. As a matter of fact, Mr. Merrill
stands as well to-day as ever. entered
into a contract under the law of last winter
and has no claim for further legislation. The
legislation now asked for is to secure money
from the State to execute the contract made
last year, and while the pending law gives
him the money he asks, he groans because
it also allows three fourths of the voters of a
county to decline to take his books. Such
cheek is unparalleled.
The game being played is simply to wipe
out the amendment entirely, not giving
the people even the trifling voice
which is proposed. I interferes with
the job to have the people who
are to furnish Merrill and Appleton 200,000
per annum have anything to say on the sub
ject. The amendment ought to be changed
to allow a majority vote to control, and if
ounelly is sincere in his lamentations
he will now urge that it be made as popular
as possible. If he regards the bill as ruined,
if he is not playing a game, he will not care
if it is ruined a little more. should be
put to the test on this game to-day.
As Mr. Merrill has, by the grace of the
State of Minnesota, sixty days to determine
whether he will accept the $200,000 tendered
him at the expense of the tax payers, we do
not see why he should ask any delay save
for the execution of the trick mentioned.
The present law of foreclosure amounts
simply to the robbery of the debtor, and to
his bankruptcy and ruin. I organizes a
conspiracy of highway bandits, composed of
shrivelled and unrelenting shylocks demand
ing their pound of flesh, merciless sheriffs
and officers and grasping attorneys united to
rob the unfortunate debtor of all his pro
perty, to cut off the power to redeem by
piling up usury upon usury mountain high,
with costs and penalties and attorneys' fees.
It is ruinous alike to the honest creditor
and to the unfortunate debtor. I takes
away from the one the possibility of col
lecting his debt promptly, and from the oth
er the means of payment. I introduces
expensive and complicated machinery be
tween the creditor and the debtor, robbing
both alike.
Take an illustration: Here is the proof.
A man borrows on his homestead worth
$3,000. say, $ 1,200 at 12 per cent, per an
num, for one year. Suppose the mortgage
foreclosed by action under the present law.
This will be a low estimate. Look at these
Insurance $ 30 00
Taxes 60 10
Sheriffs feestotal 25 00
Clerk's fees 9 00
Mortgagee's attorneys' fees 75 00
Printers' bill 10 00
Interest 1 year 144 00
Mortgagor's attorney 25 00
Total swindle $378 00
The loan will cost him in the end on an
average, 40 per cent, per annum, and some
times much more, for very often te get the
loan, he has to pay a brokerage of one to
two per cent. We do not profess to give the
exact figures. That would be impossible,
each single case possessing its well defined
and own peculiar robbery.
There is no compromise with such a stat
ute as this. I should be wiped out from
beginning to end. Abolish it in toto. That
is the only doctoring the infamous blotch
needs. Th Legislature should restore the
foreclosure by advertisement, forbid all con
tracts to pay mortgagee's attorney, and com
pel them to pay themselves, reduce the
sheriff's and clerk's fees, so that the whole
expense would not exceed $5 That is
enough and more than enough.
The law should be general, and
no county left out of its
provisions. Th custom of having
Ramsey and other counties excepted from
general laws, in nine cases out of ten, is a
fraud. If we use the word, it is because no
other word will do. The people of Ramsey
county do not ask an exception to the oper
ation of general laws. Th people are all
opposed to the present law. Abolish it, and
cut off all costs and penalties under the
present scheme of bankruptcy, and here
after let the lenders pay their own attorneys.
Thompson, who represents the West, and
Key who represents the South, are for silver,
Deven expounds Massachusetts money and
Boston aristocracy, and Carl Schurz,
as a matter of course, represents
the bonds held in Europe. I is
unfortunate that people begin to think
that the Hon Carl Schurz is susceptible
to the influence of money. Whether this
public estimate of Mr. Schurz's character
be true or false, Mr. Schurz had probably
better stick to his original character of a
refugee, for the sake of liberty, an exile of
Secretary Evarts, who is really the ablest
man of the cabinet, in public
opinion, and Jo hn Sherman, who
is the meanest, have not en
lightened the country, as to their views about
the veto. Secretary Evarts regards his great
legal reputation, let us hope, too highly to
justify the exercise of the veto power in this
case. As to Sherman, he is too corrupt to
be worthy of comment. As we have re
peatedly said, the personal and private opin
ions of President Hayes are well known.
He is opposed to the silver bill, and in favor
of specie payments, without the gold on
hand or not. Th President, whether de
facto or de jure, is absolutely committed
against a second term, and so he can afford
to let loose of the would-be aristocracy of
money, and by an unswerving defense of the
people cause even history to forget the elec
toral commission.
The atmosphere of Washington city has
always been fatal to newspapers. Hereto
fore they have either died out, or rotted out
There have been two or three exceptions to
this general rule of decay. The old national
Intelligencer died in dotage, after its name
had become the spelling puzzle in all the
schools, and "Father" Ritchie exchanged the
thunderbolt of the Richmond Enquirer
for old Priam's impotent dart in the Wash
ington Union. There have always been
two or three local papers of some merit re
cording the gossip and scandal of this mon
grel cityinteresting to none bn to those
who live on social and political putrefac
It is surprising that a metropolitan,
national journal of ability and dig
nity, reflecting somewhat the higher
nationality of the country, can not be
established and maintained at Washington.
I all other countries the leading journal of
the country is published at the capital. I
Washington city, the air is too corrupt for
any honest enterprise to enjoy good health.
The Smithsonian Institute/ the greatest
honor to the government, was located in a
swamp to kill it, and the unfinished monu
ment to Washington built to serve as a
tombstone over its grave. Th air is un
healthy and greatly needs disinfectants.
A Righteous Veto.
RICHMOND, VA., Feb. 27.Gov. Holliday has
vetoed the Barbour bill, which embodied the
scheme of the anti-debt payers in the Virginia
Legislature. The veto created great excitement
and a boisterous attempt was made in the
House to prevent its reading being heard. The
bill it ia said cannot be passed over the veto,
and will occasion an extra session of the Legis
All told the taxes of New Jersey, last year,
State and county, amounted to $4,000,000. I
is proposed to make a 1 eduction of 25 percent,
this year.
Friends of the Merrill Bill Stave Off Action
Until To-daj--Immigration Bill Killed
AgainThe House Reach the Pa ge Im
peachment Question and Vote It
Those persons visiting the Senate chamber
yesterday forenoon with the expectation of
witnessing another contest over the text book
bill were disappointed. The actual proceed
ings had in reference to the matter are given
below. What it portends we will not at
tempt to conjecture, but certain it is that the
opponents of the measure accept it as a
virtual defeat, not only of the supplementary
bill, but of the entire scheme. Whether this
expectation shall be realized will probably be
developed to-day, as it comes up again as a
special order at 11 a. m.
The opposition to anything thought likely
in the least to inure to the benefit
of St. Paul, as frequently manifested in
the past by members of the Legislature, but
which it was hoped had very generally ceas
edto exist, found an exponent yesterday in
the person of Mr. A. E Rice, of Kandiyohi.
The House bill for the extension of the wes
tern wing of the capitol, read the first time,
this gentleman perpetrated the practical joke
of referring it to the committee of retrench
ment and reform, and neither of the Sena
tors from St. Paul being in their place, and
only a small minority of Senators present,
many of them engaged in looking after other
matters, the reference was made. Ha Mr.
Rice moved its reference with any purpose of
giving the bill that consideration its import
ance deserves, there could be no objection,
but when it is remembered that the com
mittee is but little if anything more than a
figure head, and that about the only matter
before them this session has been a petition
of ladies, respectfully addressed to the Senate
on a subject in which they were
deeply interested, referred to
it on the petition of the joking
Senator aforesaid, the animus of the refer
ence in the case of the extension bill is easily
understood. I is possible, however, that a
majority of the Senators will not look upon
this matter as a joke, or join with Mr. Rice
in his attempt to prevent a consideration of
the bill on its merits. The city of St. Paul
has no greater interest in this matter than
ought to be felt by Representatives from all
sections of the State. I is well known
that the present assembly chamber
is much too small for the accommodation
of that body retarding them in
the performance of their legislative duties
and endangering their health. I is also
known that the valuable library of the State
Historical Society, is, of necessity, in an ex
posed condition. I is further known that
the present capitol building, with such im
provements as the Legislature may direct,
must satisfy the State for yeais, and true
economy and reform must suggest that when
utility, convenience, safety of property and
health can be attained by so small an expen
diture, as is proposed in the bill, the Legisla
ture should seriously consider the matter,
and not allow the measure to be referred to
a figure-head committee by a joking
Senator, for the purpose of killing it.
It appears that the Southern Minnesota
extension company is not to be allowed to
knock down the land grant persimmon for a
railroad west from Winnebago City to the
boundary of the State without opposition.
The House bill giving the lands to the exten
sion company reached the Senate this morn
ing, and a motion to refer it immediately to
the committee of the whole was amended, on
motion of Senator Goodrich, to refer it to
the railroad committee, where his bill giving
the lands to the Southwestern company has
been slumbering for some time past, and the
two will come before the Senate together. I
is also reported that the Sioux City
company propose to build a branch
to which a large slice of the lands will ap
pertain, and that when the bills come up for
action that such a proposition will be urged
upon the attention of the Senate, with con
siderable show of success.
I committee of the whole, Senator
Mealey's bill for the encouragement of
higher education, by an appropriation of
$400 to graded schools adopting a course of
study to fit pupils for admission to the State
University, the aggregate of such appropri
ations not to exceed 9,000, was recom
mended to pass.
Two trials to have the State give a little
aid to immigration, resulted in indefinite
postponement, making four times the propo
sition has been rejected by the Senateand
all for economy's sakethat economy
which saves at the spigot and wastes at the
bung hole. The following is the
Routine Report.
ST. PAUL, Feb. 27, 1878.By Senator J. B.
GilfillanTo provide for the dissemination of
information relating to insects, and appropria
ting $300 therefor. Also, relating to the State
historical society. Also, making the. publica
tion of the laws in the Legal Reporter, St.
Paul, a legal publication. Also, transferring
the pupils of the soldiers' orphans home
to the care of the regents of the State Uni
By Senator HenryChanging school districts
boundaries in Scott county. Rules suspended
and bills passed.
By Senator SwanstromTo re-district the
commissioner districts of St. Louis county.
By Senator SmithTo authorize Rock
county to fund its floating indebtedness.
By Senator WaiteRelating to deputy county
By Senator McClureFor a commission of
three, to re-district the judicial districts of the
State, and appropriating $500 therefor, to re
port to the next Legislature.
By Senator WaiteRelating to recording tax
By Senator DrewTo authorize the city of
Winona to issue bonds.
By Senator LienauFor the expenditure of
money received for liquor licenses in Carver
and Renville counties. Passed.
By Senator ClementIncorporating tha vil
lage of Dundas.
Also, amending the general laws relating to
mortgage liens.
Also, to amend the charter of the city of
Senator Waite's bill providing for a consti
tutional convention, being put upon its pas
sage, was lost, yeas 23, nays 15, not two-thirds
in the affirmative. The vote was reconsidered
and the bill laid on the table.
At the hour of 11 a. m. the President an
nounced the special order, the text book bill.
Senator Donnelly said that his statement
made yesterday that Mr. Merrill was willing to
accept the House amendments, was without au
thority, that gentleman holding that the second
amendment nullified the provisions of the bill.
He therefore moved that the bill be made the
special order at 11 a. m. to-morrow, to give the
friends of the measure time to consult as to
what they would do.
Senator Nelson was glad the Senator had seen
the force of the objections made to action on
the bill yesterday. There had then been noth
ing received from Mr. Merrill to signify his
willingness to accept the provisions attached by
the House, and it became a grave question
whether their incorporation did not give Mr.
Merrill a claim against the State for damages.
Senator DonnellyIs the Senator glad to
know that the action of the other House has
prevented the people of the State from getting
cheap text books an provided for in the con
tract of the State with Mr. Merrill
Senator NelsonDoes the Senator pretend to
say the State made any such contract with Mr.
Merrill as contained in Mr. Hall's supplement
ary bill.
Senator DonnellyNo but it did make a
contract with him to furnish all the text books
of the State for a specified time. That con
tract was as strong and binding in its terms as
the English language could make it, and it was
the duty of the Legislature to make all neces
sarv provisions for carrying the contract into
effect. This Legislature had virtually refused,
for which ref twal those responsible would have
to account to their constituents, whose interests
they had betrayed.
Senator Nelson was glad the Senator now
saw the wisdom of the action of those who op
posed the immediate action of yesterday.
Some further discussion followed, and Mr.
Donnelly's motion was adopted.
Amending the charter of the city of Red
Wing amending the charter of Lake City
village of Waseca to issue bonds Le Sueur
county to sell poor farm changing school dis
tricts in Le Sueur county.
Drain a lake in Meeker county amending
charter of Anoka.
A recess was then taken.
By Senator HoltonTo provide for an ad
justment of the land grant for the Brainerd
branch of the St. Paul & Pacific railroad com
pany and to protect homestead and pre-emption
settlers thereon.
By Senator GoodrichAppropriating $300
annually for the payment of expressage and
postage for books, etc., sent to other States in
return for like documents from such States.
The Senate then went into committee of the
whole, with Senator Hall in the chair, and con
sidered some thirty odd binsall favorably but
that creating a board of immigration, which
was again recommended for indefinite post
ponementthe most important of which are
mentioned elsewhere. PROMOTING IMMIGRATION.
The bill providing for a board of immigra
tion and appropriating 65,000 therefor, tailed
to be recommr- ended to pass, when Senator
McNelly moved to indefinitely postpone. Sen
ators Doran and Donnelly spoke in favor of the
bill and Senator Henry against, when Senator
Lienau offered a substitute, the principal
change in the bill being that the president of
the board should act also as commissioner of
Senator Nelson thought the principal feature
of the substitute was to legislate a recent ap
pointee of the secretary of State out of office.
While he would not say that Mr. Jacobson was
as good a selection as could have been made
for that office, he submitted that it was
unfair to Mr. Jacobson and to Secretary
Irgens to do what the bill proposed. When
the bill was up the other day he opposed it, be
lieving the money would be wasted as it had
been in the nast. Since then he had talked with
persons interested in the measure, and he be
lieved they meant business, and he should
therefore support the measure for immigration
if left to stand on its merits, and not coupled
with the proposition to legislate Mr. Jacobson
out of office, but if that clause was retained he
should vote against it.
Senator Lienau said he had no such inten
tion in offering his substitue, and ns it was
thought capable of such an understanding, he
would withdraw it.
Senator Donnelly moved that the bill be re
commended to pass.
Senator Henry moved to amend that it be in
definitely postponed, and his motion prevailed,
fourteen to sixteen.
A House bill appropriating $12,500 for the
insane asylum coming up, Senator Nelson called
for an explanation, which Senator Pills bury
of the finance committee undertook to explain,
which was in effect that the institution had run
out of money since November last, when the
appropriation last year of $100,000 had been
expended, and that wood and other necessary
supplies had been purchased, for which the
institution was owing, the sum recommended
being to pay these men and carry the institu
tion along until the annual appropriation was
Senator Drew thought the bill ought to pass,
and the amount taken from the annual appro
priation, and it was so recommended.
The committee rose and the Senator not
having any business before it, adjourned.
The morning proceedings of the House
furnished some important committee re
ports, the chief of which in importance, was
on the immigration question. Th report
was accompanied by a bill naming an immi
gration commission and providing for the
issue of an immigration pamphlet. A reso
lusion endorsing Brandt went over under
debate, and that distinguished personage
must wait still longer for consolation.
Soon after the meeting in the afternoon
the Page impeachment matter was taken up
with the understanding that members of the
Judiciary Committee could each speak at
length and other members could speak ten
minutes. The consideration of the matter
continued until a recess was taken and the
same matter was resumed at the evening ses
sion. I was emphatically the topic of the
Routine Report.
Sr. PAUL, Feb. 27.On motion of Mr. S. L.
Campbell, the rules were suspended, and the
joint resolution passed, providing for the pur
chase of seed grain for sufferers from grasshop
per ravages.
The rules were also suspended, and the bill
changing the name of certain parties, passed.
The bill consolidates all the various bills intro
duced during the session for a change of names,
into one.
Also the bill constituting certain parties
heirs-at-law of the parties therein named,
which bill is the incorporation of all the bills
introduced for that purpose during the Bession.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, the special order,
the Page impeachment, was postponed until 3
o'clock this afternoon.
Mr. Ladd, from the committee on immigia
tion, reported back a substitute for House file
261, an act to appropriate money to encourage
Section 1 of the substitute creates a board of
immigration, consisting of the Governor, G. W.
Anderson, and Hon. J. S. Irgens, whose duties
are, by the second section, to "do everything
which may enhance and encourage immigra-
Section 3 makes it the duty of the board to
publish 30,000 copies of an immigration pamph
let of at least 20 pages.
Section 4 authorizes the board to "invite
and solicit contributions from corporations,
manufacturers, merchants, &c, which fund
shall be known as an "immigration fund?'
Section 5 authorizes the board to secure a
discount from the lowest rates of the leading
lines, and to publish the same in the pamphlet
for the guidance of immigration.
Section 6 appropriates $1,500 to Baid board
for the promotion of immigration.
The substitute, with the original bill, goes to
the committee of the whole.
The committee on State prison reported back
the bill introduced by Mr. Hinds some weeks
ago appointing a commission therein named to
select a location for a second prison somewhere
in the 1st or 2d congressional districts, with a
recommendation that it be indefinitely post
The same committee also reported favorably
upon the Senate bill authoring appointment by
the Governor of a commission of six for that
purpose, of which the Governor ex offieio shall
be a member.
Mr. Hinds said the Governor was already
committed to a certain locality and that if the
commission were appointed by him the third
district would not only have greater represen
tation but would be certain to secure the prize.
He moved that both bills be sent to the com
mittee of the whole.
Mr. Fulton explained the reasons of the com
mittee making the recommendation it did.
He said the Senate bill was the most meri
torious, as it provides for the appointment by
the Governor of a commission which would rep
resent all of the Congressional districts, and
whose duty it would be to select the most desir
able site that could be found within the
boundary of the whole State. Mr. Hinds' bill,
on the contrary, selects a commission' of seven
ersons named therein, who are nearly all resi
of the Second Congressional district, and
are confined in their selection of a site for the
new prison to the limits of the first and second
districts. Mr. Hinds, when before the commit
tee, had admitted that his bill was introduced
merely for the purpese of offsetting the recom
mendation made by the Governor in his mes
sage, and therefore the committee had recom
mended its indefinite postponement. If, how
ever, the gentleman wanted the bill to go to
the committee of the whole for further consid
eration, he himself had no objections to offer.
Mr. Edson hoped Mr. Hind's motion would
not prevail. He was satisfied with the action
of the committee and believed that the Senate
bill would answer the purpose designated.
Mr. Muir objected to the report of the com
mittee. This bill of Mr. Hinds had been in the
hands of the committee for five weeks, and
nothing had been done with it, but the Senate
bill had been reported back in a very few days.
He didn't think the latter bill fair to the tax
payers and people of the State, whose money
was used for the building of these institutions.
The Governor had prejudged the action of
the committe in hiB annual message. He claim
ed that it was wrong for the House to appoint
any commission to select the location of a
State prison, the chairman of which had pre
judged and predetermined the matter in con
Mr. Stone was opposed to both bills. He
preferred in some respects the Hind's bill, but
wanted the whole State thrown open to the
competition of the whole State. He favored
sending the bill to the committee of the whole.
Mr. Hinds was perfectly satisfed with Mr.
Stone's suggestion. I naming the commis
sioners at that time, he had endeavored to se
lect them from what are understood to be com
piling. He wanted the commission named by
the Legislature and not by the Governor. This
he considered was essential to securing a fair
hearing for the various parts of the State which
might desire to compete for the location.
Both bills were, after further discussion, re
ferred to the committee of the whole.
Mr. Mead, from the committee on public ac
counts and expenditures, submitted a long re
port upon their examination of the accounts
and vouchers ot the several State institutions.
On motion of Mr. Stacey the rules were sus
pended and the bill relating to amending the
charter of the city of Rochester was taken up
and passed.
The committee on printing reported back the
bill relating to the publication of the laws in
newspapers, with the recommendation that it
be indefinitely postponed.
Mr. Mills moved that the bill be refei red to
the committee of the whole.
Mr. Ohnstenson said the bill was neither just
to the newspapers nor to the State at large in
naming the sum of $50 to each without refer
ence to number or other circumstances. The
bill should be indefinitely postponed, and the
committee were unanimous in making tha?
The bill was finally sent to the committee of
the whole.
Mr. Rice, from the Ramsey county delega
tion reported back the bill relating to the com
pensation of county attorney of said county,
with a recommendation that it pass.
The bill fixes the salary at $1,800, which is a
reduction of ten per cent, upon the piesent
compensation$2,000and is also intended to
be made applicable to other county officers.
Mr. W. M. Campbell offered the following
JiiHolvcd, That the conduct of the Hon. C. C.
Brandt, in detecting and exposing the efforts
to bribe members of the House in regard to
their action on the text-book bill and amend
ments, meets with the approval of the House,
and that, in the judgment of the House, the
same was praiseworthy in the citizen and hon
orable to him as a legislator.
Mr. Campbell said he had intended to offer
this resolution several days ago, but the legu
lar order of business not having been followed,
he had been unable to find an opportunity to
do so until then. He did not wish to take the
time of the House to make any extended re
marks at that time, but he thought that it will
be apparent to this House that it is but justice
to Mr. Brandt that he should be exonerated by
this House at once. There is no doubt but
he has incurred the displeasure of those affected
by the exposure, and it is due to this House
and to the State that we should express our
approbation of the conduct of Mr. B. in en
deavoring to expose the corrupt conduct of
those parties who were attempting to operate
on members of this House, and he hoped no
gentleman would make any objection to the
consideration of the Resolution at this time.
Mr. Feller gave notice of debate and the res
olution went over undei the rules.
Recess to 2:30.
At the opening of the afternoon session
bills weie intioduced as follows
By Mr. ReaneyProviding for the construc
tion of a branch line of ^railroad.
By Mr. RichardsonRelating to fees of Pro
bate judge.
By SameLegalizing acts of town Supervi
sors of town of Langola, Benton county.
By sameAmending special laws of 1876,
chapter 19, relating to justices' dockets.
By sameAmending general laws of 1873, re
lating to registers of deeds.
By sameAmending the special laws of
1877, relating to fishing in Sherburne county.
By Mr. BuffumExtending the limits of
By Mr. LangemoAmending general statutes
relating to duties of town supervisors.
By sameAmending the general laws of
1873, relating to highway labor.
By Mr. McDermottAmending the act to
provide for the collection of statistics.
By Mr. FowlerAmending laws relating to
county auditor making the annual statement
of the county commissioners.
By Mr. WickeyAmending the general laws
relating to township organization.
By Mr. PinneyLegalizing the incorporation
of the Le Sueur mill company, and all the acts
By Mr. Gilman, C. A.Amending the acts
relating to the St. Paul & Pacific extension
By Mr. RichardsonTo provide for the ad
justment of the land grant on the Brainerd
branch of the St. Paul & Pacific railroad.
[The Page impeachment matter occupied the
attention of the House from 3:30 p. m. until
midnight, at which time a vote was reached,
impeachment being sustained by 71 to 30. The
full report appears on the first page.REr.
Scott Huffer, who was so severely injured a
few weeks ago at Staples' mill, is rapidlj recov
Col. Ed. Folsom will entertain a fei.r
queraders at his residence on next Friday even
The building on the corner of Mam and
Chestnut streets, owned by Joe Wolf and occu
pied by Fred Marcelle as a saloon, is being
painted a light drab color, a big improvement.
Charlie McComb, who has been attending the
medical school at Chicago the past year, re
turned home this week.
The new agricultural warehouse of Ira Wad
leigh is now running full blast. The outside
is being ornamented with a coat of red paint.
Wild hay in our market is taken quickly at
$9 per ton, owing to the almost impassable
condition of the roads.
1'ire at the Penitentiary.
The alarm of fire on Tuesday evening proved
to be a chimney burning out in the wash house
of the prison, it was extinguished before the
firemen with their apparatus got in sight.
We would say right here that unless that city
team has more training for the work that they
were bought for, there will be some property
lost. Hauling sand in the day time at an ox
team gait is not like running to a fire at night
at a full jump, and it will be found out some
day when we shall need the engine pretty quick
and can't get it.
Knows it but Won't Tell.
[Brainerd Tribune.]
We were led into the secrect of Hall's re
ports of secret sessions while in St. Paul the
other day. Wouldn't the Pioneer Press and
Dispatch like to buy that secret, though?
Onlike Brandt, however, we are not for sale.
What no Fellah Can Find Out.
[Austin Republican.]
How came the GLO BE in possession of the
findings of the committee before they were
officially made public?
The Routine Report of the U&ual Commit
teeThe Woodchuck of the Fish Com-
miesionersEverything lovely Every
where, Though the Insane Asylum Has
A !Little too Nice FurnitureThe Usual
Brickbat Shied at the Newspapers.
The committee on public accounts and ex
penditures submittod the following on Wed
The corumitteo on public accounts and ex
penditures have examined the vouchers of
the several State institutions, and beg leave
to report as follows:
The State fish commissioners' annual
report shows a balance from last
report T2 Go
Receipts from State treasurer during
the year
The expenses, as per report, tor the
year, have been 4,958 66
Balance on hand 113 'J'j
Making a total of $1,227 60
For incidental and traveling expenses,
with no items or vouchers to support the
same, and your committee is informed that
said charges are made up, principally, of
day's services of the commissioners, charged
for at the rate of $ 5 per day.
Your committee are of opinion that the
present appropriation of $5,000 per year for
experimanting in the propagation of fish, is
too large, and that the commissioners should
not be allowed to charge for services to an
unlimited extent, and that whatever com
pensation is allowed should be fixed by law,
and be paid to regular employes.
The committee have also examined the
accounts and vouchers[of the "board of tius
tees of the soldiers orphans,'' and find the
same correct as reported.
The committee have also examined the
accounts of the Board of Managers of the
State Iteform School," and find the vouchers
to a~ree with the report, but the committee
are of opinion that greater care and economy
should be practiced in purchasing supplies
for this institution, and would recommend,
in relation to this, and all other State msti
tutions, that fuel and supplies, as far as
practicable, should be furnished in bulk, on
bids, properly advertised for, and not pur
chased in small quantities, at retail prices, as
many of the vouchers seem to mdidate has
been done.
The committee have also examined the ac
counts and vouchers of the several State
normal schools, and find the same correct as
The committee have also examined the ac
counts and vouchers of the Inspectors and
Warden of the State Prison,'* and find the
same correct as reported.
The committee have also examined the
accounts and vouchers of the board of re
gents'of the State university, and find the
balances correct as reported.
Your committee would recommend that the
treasurer of said board be required in future
to report the entire receipts and expenditures
on account of the university, and not the
balances merely, which, although correct, do
not show the entiie receipts and expenditures
by nearly $3,000. The committee have also
examined the accounts and vouchers of the
"trustees of the hospital for the insane," and
find the vouchers to agree with the report.
We find that one voucher for .f23.50 was
paid twice by the treasurer, which he ex
explains by stating that a check was issued
by him for the amount, payable to bearer,
which the payee afterwaids claimed to have
lost, whereupon he issued a second check,
which was cashed at the bank in St. Peter,
upon which it was drawn, after which, the
original check was sent for collection from a
bank in Mankato, and was paid, and
charged to the Stato.
We also find that the treasurer had in his
hands at the date of his report for 1876, the
sum of 769.G belonging to the building
fund of said institution, which, by error, was
not reported, and for which, by direction of
the House of Representatives at its last ses
sion, he deposited with the State treasurer a
receipt or certificate for said sum of $769.64,
which sum was to be deducted from the $5,-
292.78 appropriated at said session to meet
deficiency in hospital building fund of pre
vious year, which snm was not so deducted,
making the amount drawn in account of said
building fund greater by said sum than it
should have been.
The committee are of opinion that greater
economy should be practiced in the expendi
tures for this institution.
Consideiable sums have been expended in
the purchase of costly furniture, china and
glass ware, toilet sets, and other articles,
which, in the opinion of your committee,
could be dispensed with at a large saving of
expense to the State.
Deposited as follows:
In First National Bank, St. Paul... ..$35,981 20
In Second National Bank, St. Paul.. 15,089 43
In Merchants' National Bank, St.
Paul 18,588 30
In German American Bank. St. Paul 18,311 60
j^f^^V|. *-pff r^u
$887,970 53
Your committtee take pleasure in ex
pressing their satisfaction with the correct
and efficient manner in which the affairs cf
this office are conducted, and would recom
mend that a more secure place be provided
in which to keep the bonds and valuable
papers belonging to the State,which are now
kept in an old and insecure safe.
In conclusion, your committee recom
mend the strictest economy on the part of
all institutions supported by State aid, and
the lowest possible appropriations therefor.
Trustees and managing boards are apt to an
ticipate legislation and incur expenses be
yond appropriations, trusting to future legis
lation to pass any deficiency bills that may
be asked for. The State treasury, during
the past year, according to the report of the
w&3Jk$~t& t"~
auditor of state, has been well nigh bank
The publication of the laws has. hereto
fore, in the opinion of your committee, cost
the State too much, and legislation in rch
tion thereto is recommended.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
G. W. PuTXAlT,
One of the
$5,072 65
Of the above sum of $4,958 66
Vouchers were filed for 2.624 61
Leaving the snm of 2,334 05
for which no vouchers are furnished.
The committee have also examined the
accounts and vouchers of the "Board of
Directors of the State Inebriate Asylum,"
and find the same to agree with the report.
The committee have also examined the
accounts and vouchers of the "Directors of
the Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and
Blind," and find the same correct as re
The committee have also examined the ac
counts of the "State Treasurer'' for the fis
cal year ending November 30tb. and find the
same correct as reported.
We find the bonds belonging to the sever
al funds, in the tieasury of the State, as re
We find that since the date of the annunl
report, bonds have been purchased for the
several funds as follows:
For permanent school fund, Missouri
six percent bonds f'19,000 00
For internal improvement land fund,
United States six per cent, curren
cy bonds 5,000 00
Missouri six per cent, bonds belong
ing to the permanent school fund
have been redeemed to the amount of 8,000 00
Which funds have been reinvested in the new
bonds purchased.
We find the cash balance on hand at
the close of business Feb. 18, 1878.f87,!)7'J 53
We find that while the commissioners
claim to be serving the State without pay:
Mr. Sweeney has charged the snm of $ 687 60
Mr. Golcher has charged the sum of.. 490 00
Mr. Buit has charged the sum of.... 60 00
0/ MlH-
Hoitrmhnnj Toirnt
[Correspondence of THL GLOBE.]
JORDAN, Feb. 27.This flourishing town
situated in the Minnesota Valley. Scott conn
ty, jest thirty-nine miles from St. Paul, de
serves more than a parang notice. It is
easily accessible from all parts of the State
hy the Minneapolis and St. Louis and St.
Paul and Sioux City railroads. Geograph
ically, it is within four miles of the centre of
Scott county, which is traversed from North
to South by the first, and from Northeast ti
to Southwest by the latter of these two prtat
lines of railway. The town site occupies a
pleasant alley environed bj hills, and
easily approached In .om six or eight good
wagon roads frui-i as mam different direc
tions, connecting the town with the fine
farming lands which sunoundit. A refer
ence to the the shipping booko of the two
raihoads above mentioned shows an anioui
of business not exceeded MI\ othei L-,u
the Minnesota alley, sa-\ Manh.ito, aid
prepares one for the*life and stir which tu
town exhibits. Among the businc n -r-
pnses desei\ing special attention. 1 W and
foremost are the .Sic hn and the Pi s.-, B--os..
Wells & Co. Merchant Mills, thi former of
eight and the th L-ttci of six
of buns. finished nud famished
throughout in t'10 most peiftc niaiiu'-r and
excelled by none in the Stat-. Both nulls
are furnished with steam as well as wptcr
power and consume anuuall\ o\ei itio.oou
bushels of wheat 111 the manufacture i-f tlu
celebrate'd patent pioscess Miu.ne-.ot 1 tloiu.
This large amount of oui great stapk em
braces only about one-half ot the quanliU
annuaily recehed heiefiom farmers' wagons.
Connecteel with this immense delnen of
wheat a large ieti. tiade exists as a n.attei
of comse, but one is scaicely prepared to see
the mammoth business house of Frank
Nicolin, which is fanly metiopolitan in ex
tent. Thf Nicobn block of brick- l.")t by
66 feet and two stones in height, occupied
below by Mr. N as a geneial meiehandise
store and abo\e as a hall, which scats o\ei
1,000 peoph and the magnificent and col
lossal proportions of which inspiits the be
holder with amazement. This ball, we aie
informed, is quite fiequently well fillid on
occasions of public entertainments.
In addition to the mammoth establish
ment of Mr. Nicolin, Messrs. Smith
Schrivei. Seifert, .Shaftr, Sandahl and
otheis are also en^ajjjeel 111 geneial rehau
dising, in lar,-e and commodious stores,
while other brandies of trade are quite well
Besides the manufactories of fiom there
are two large blewenes, a fine brick yaid
which makes a en am brick of excellent qual
ity. much of which is exported: wagon
shops, pump and fnnning-mill lactones,
cigar manufactoij and other mn.eir indus
tries, which all tend to build up a lliming
and prospeious eiU. Of public buildings.
Jordan has five clmiciies. twograde*el schooK
a Masonic hall, and last, bnt not least, got ei
hotels. A fine ejuahtx of building stone
close at hand, with lumber and brie-1, in 111-
exhaustable quantities, lendeis building
cheap and easy. Jordan was platted
in the jear 18VJ but ne\er aequireel
any considerable amount of im
provement till :.tter the coming
of the railroael and nioie especially within
the past three or four \ears when it has faii
ly rushed ahexid. Nor has foreign capital
aided to any extent to ele\elop this thriving
town. Every elullai, so te) peak. lmesteil
heie was the rev.aid ot hoie- business and
the result of a legation central to a huge
area of the choicest of farming lands. Its
present population is oxer thirteen bundled
(1,300), and with a class of leliable, enei
getic and public-spirited citizens and busi
ness men ahx'e to its inteie.sts, Jorelan has
certainly a brilliant future befoie it. B.
Jill. lYN't.S KhTIKKllhXT,
A Hint Tlutt the Vt-m ralttr I'uitoi- loo/,
from the Captain of a Sti ams'.iip.
[New loik Sun. 22.J
'It is one of the follies of the age,"' tl
venerable Dr. T\ng said yesterday, "this
thing of old men clinging to places that be
long to youngei men. Oa young men of
great ability and eneigy are kept back 1A
old men who occupy the best places. In mv
own youth I took this view of the matter, i
have the same feeling now. At this time I
prefer not to discuss all the leasons that 1 el
me to elecide upon letin.ig fiom the pnlpit.
I saw the way xvas ope'ii for me auel I de
cided to go.
'I suppose I bhall continue woik of some
kind in a smaller field after the first of May.
I have planned to elo two things in my ie
tirement. I have promised my children to
write my autobiogiaphy, and my parishion
ers want me to write a history of St.Ceoige\
parish. The latter work xwll be a small
octavo volume giving a histoiy of .St.
George's from its foundation. I pewmally
knew every pastoi the chuich lias hail. On
the last Sunday in Apnl I shall pieach my
farewell sermon, in which I propose to i.ai
rate briefly the histoiy of my pastoi ate and
the growth and changes I have witnessed 111
the church."
Referring to the feebng of his chuich in
regard to his retiiement, Dr. Tying sa^d.
"Theie are differences of course. I have
some opposition. I have always had it. A
man would not be of much force if he did
not ha\'e it. I this country a man needs it
to develop him. Once, when crossing the
Atlantic, I condoled with the captain on our
encountering a head wind. -I like it,' the
captain said:'it makes our furnaces diaw."
I applied the lesson."
Goimj to Meet Senator .Jon
[New York Tribune.]
Bismarck is said to be entangled in pecu
niary embarrassments. He bought Yai^in
and the adjoining estates after the-war of
1866, and it wa.- generally asserted that the
purchase money far execded the real worth
of the land. I order to obtain an interest
corresponding to the funds invested, he di
vided the estate into xarious small parts,
which he let out to farmais, and furthermore
plunged vn speculative enterprises. was
instrumental in starting a joint stock com
pany for the erection of a largo paper-mill,
to which he exclusively furnished wood and
other necessary matena's. This company
failed about a year ago. inflicting a serious
loss on Bismaick, who, besidi holding a
greater part of the shares, was one of the
largest creditors, owing to the non-payment
of his claims for some time previously. Ab
his Lauenburg estates, presented to him
acknowledgement of hi great services after
the late war against France, despite their im
mense value only yield a comparatively small
interest, his pecuniary embarrassments are
now quite enough to aecount for his increas
ing imtability.
The Tuo Judges.
[Lake City Sentinel.]
While Judge Page weeA s, Cox
smiles again."
s,smiles and
tWSti ).^?i"jjfri*iti ~4~

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