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Tax Dodging Made Easy
Another decision in line with that at
Mankato about the redemption of land
Bold for delinquent taxes comes- from
Judge Lewis of the Ramsey county district
court. Judge Lewis holds that land sold
under the delinquent tax law may be re
deemed by the original owner within sixty
<iays by the tender to the purchaser of the
amount paid by t!he purchaser with Inter
est on that amount from the date of de
linquent sale. This sale wipes out all
claim of the state, the court says, to all
back taxes, penalties and interest and
vests the title in the purchaser, but the
owner within sixty days may redeem by
paying to the purchaser the amount he
paid with Interest, although It may be
only a fraction of the state's claim for un
paid taxes, penalties, etc.
This is no doubt good law, but it looks
as if it were an easier way for the evasion
of the payment of taxes on unprofitable
property than the state Intended to create.
Under this condition of things there is
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for taxes, etc., and then buy back the
property from the purchaser, who may
have been a confederate in the deal.
It is understood that the matter will
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fect in the law which seems to offer a
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profitable property is concerned.
The Consul-General at Shanghai
John Goodnow, consul general of the
United States at Shanghai, is to be ban
queted at the West Hotel to-night. Citi
*ens of Minnesota and of Minneapolis, the
governor, president of the state university,
the mayor of the city and many others
prominent in official and private life, will
give Mr. Goodnow welcome, in recognition
of the admirable manner in which he has
discharged the duties of his responsible
Mr. Goodnow has certainly acquitted
himself with great credit. He has occu
pied a position which has come to be one
of large responsibility and has required
the exercise of tact and courage of a
higher order than has ever been called for
in that place before, on account of the
disturbed conditions in China. In fact,
Mr. Goodnow has had the confidence of
and has been the dependence of his gov
ernment to a very large degree during the
entire Boxer trouble.
He came to sustain this relationship to
the government, however, not by accident
but by reason of the efficient manner in
whicih he had discharged his duties before
the outbreak began. He had already
shown himself a man alive to the possi
bilities of the situation and the oppor
tunities to serve the interests of his coun
try, and he employed them to the utmost.
We say this the more freely, in view of
the fact that, for reasons which seemed
sufficient at the time. The Journal
and others here at borne opposed his ap
pointment, but none have desired or
sought to rob him of the credit for his
excellent -work, done in Shanghai, or de-
tract from the enviable reputation he has
made in diplomatic circles.
Mr. Goodnow has been engaged in his
present position for three and one-halt
years. It is the testimony of people in
official position, people in the commercial
world, of newspaper correspondents, trav
elers, missionaries, end all who have come
in contact with him, that he has been the
right man in the right place. So satis
factory has his performance been to the
state department and the president, and
so generous have been their expressions of
approval, that It has been intimated that
higher honors in the orient may be in
store for Mr. Goodnow; that, indeed, the
position of minister to China may yet be
his. There may be no grounds upon
which to predict a vacancy there, f6r it is
well known that Mr. Goodnow has paid a
generous tribute of praise to Mr. Con
ger, and has not been regarded as a rival
in that respect. Yet, it is certainly
significant that he should be looked upon
as peculiarly qualified for that position
at a time when the appointment as minis
ter to China, In view of all the circum
stances, from the standpoints of grave re
sponsibility peculiar requirements and fu
ture consequences, must be regarded as
second to none in our whole diplomatic
Towne's Worse Than Wasted
Ex-Senator Towne reached the summit
of his ambition yesterday when he de
livered his first and only speech in the
United States senate—aside from the
Davis funeral tribute—while Moses Clapp
was waiting patiently to step into his
seat. It was a great occasion for Mr.
Towne, and he made the most of it. The
fact that he would speak was advertised
in advance, and the floor of the senate
was crowded with visitors and others
permitted to enter that sacred precinct,
while the galleries were filled with a curl
ous, not to say admiring, throng. To this
notable audience Mr. Towne rolled out
in thunderous rhetoric, with obligatos of
vicious lightning, his wrath and indigna
tion against the president, the army and
the navy, and the party in power, and
freely and dramatically predicted the ruin
of our country—such red ruin as befell
Venice and Rome-—and which, in his opin
ion, "will work the destruction of Eng
Surprising as it may seem, Mr. Towne
modified the frequent declaration of his
antiadministration brethren by saying
that this awful calamity will not over
take our republic at "one fell swoop."
There is to be no blind Samson pulling
down all the pillars at once, although
they will come down, if he is correct.
It is impossible to listen to the dramatic
utterances of Mr. Towne and his periods
of denunciation and warning, together
with his remarkable ascriptions of virtue
to Agulnaldo without feeling regret that
abilities so considerable should have been
employed in this conspicuous manner, and
in the making of a permanent record,
reiterating exploded charges of bad faith
on the part of our government, and re
peating the utterly discredited and base
less claims of a mercenary and merciless
dictator upon the confidence and sym
pathy of the civilized world.
Mr. Towne produces no new testimony
and presents no new considerations. He
threshes only old straw. All that he did
was to claim in his graceful language,
and present with his effective oratory,
the same old plea for Aguinaldo, and re
peat the same old charges against the rep
resentatives of the United States govern
ment from the president down. Mr. Towne
has shown himself more ready to believe
the words of a corrupt and conscienceless
scoundrel like Aguinaldo, a proven bribe
taker and a traitor to his own country,
than the testimony of men of the highest
reputation in our army and the represen
tatives of the president sent into the
Philippines to prepare the way for the
establishment of civil government. Mr.
Towne, in effect, says that Aguinaldo is
truthful, honorable and worthy of belief
and confidence; that all these other men
who stand for our own government are
not to be believed, but that their testi
mony is to be rejected at every point.
This is the proposition which, in the
form of imperialism or anti-imperialism,
consent of the governed, Flipino indepen
dence, etc., was passed upon by the peo
ple of this country at the last election,
and by an increased popular vote, Mr.
Towne's side of it was rejected and the
opposition sustained. Mr. TOwne Is out
of-date. The question of American sov
ereignty in the Philippines is not now a
The War Against Divorce
The national league for the protection of
the family, in annual session at Boston,
has received from the commissions of
thirty-four states and Arizona territory
the draft of a bill providing for uniform
divorce proceedings to prevent or at least
minimize the evils attending the adminis
tration of conflicting state laws.
The movement to remove the shameful
and degrading operation of the divorce
laws of many states, which only stimulate
immoralilty of the kind which Dr. Wool
sey once called "consecutive polygamy,"
is gathering strength. Public sentiment
is asserting itself and the judiciary be
gin to realize that a quickened public
conscience is against easy and quick di
vorce, such as has for years ravaged the
defense of morality in Chicago.
It is noticeable that In Minneapolis only
eighteen out of fifty-nine applications to
the court in the January term were
favored. The same minimizing tendency
is noticeable elsewhere. In Ohio recently,
Judge Collins, of the seventh judicial dis
trict, refused five of seven petitions for
divorce, saying that public morals are en
dangered by resort to legal separation as
the cure for hasty and ill-considered mar
riages, and that it is not a legitimate
province of the court to remove the bur
dens of marital bad bargains except for
the weightiest reasons.
Judge Newman of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
recently declared that every divorce law
ougtht to be stricken from the statute
books. The divorce courts in many states
deliberately encourage men who are tired
of their wives to come and have the frail
bond severed, through the application of
the law, which names a number of trifling
causes for which a divorce may be esked.
Women, weary of their husbands, find no
difficulty in getting rid of them, and they
then proceed to marry other men, some
times within a few hours of the decree of
Divorce on any other grounds than
adultery should be conditioned upon the
separated parties living unmarried so long
as both are living. Marriage could then
be again undertaken by the survivor.
This is the rational and moral view of the
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOUENAL.
subject. Otherwise confusion and de
moralization follow. The extent to
which they follow in this country under
our loose system of divorce is a menace
Professor Hatfield of
Afot a De/en*Northwe3tern University has
der of the explained his offensive posl
p. tion regarding the cigarette.
cigarette. some of the Chicago papers
stated that the professor had
defended the use of the little white stick that
smells like a burning overshoe in n back
alley, stating that he had said to his classes
that he had experienced mental stimulus and
profit from the use of the nail In moderation.
Coming from a professor in a Methodist
institution of learning this teaching excited
much unfavorable comment and a desirs
widely expressed to throw, the professor out
of the sanctuary. Dr. Hatfleld explains his
position, however, in a most satisfactory
manner. He says:
I gave my students an exhortation against
the use of strong coffee, cigarettes and opium.
Believing that truth will make the strongest
conviction if the point of view of its oppo
nents be fairly stated, 1 presented the argu
ments in defense of these practices as can
didly as possible, and then demolished them.
Some bright string fiend heard the first
part of the argument and hurried away to
write It up before the professor had reached
"secondly," in which he showed that the
cigarette was an invention of the adversary.
Some of the youth at our higher institutions
of learning need a few lessons in fairness
In reporting as well as instruction in the
foolishness of driving away their vitality
and personal friends by burning punk as a
means of intellectual stimulation. We call
particular attention to this principle in re
porttng for the special benefit of our new
school of journalism 'n the University of
We were just going "to
Mr. Towne'ionv doom," as a nation,
Farewell. yesterday (see Senator
Towne's speech), when
Moses Clapp was sworn in and the country
seems to be quite stable and safe again, up
to this noon.
The whole proceeding is an illustration of
the good sense of not being too much in a
hurry to reach a conclusion. While reading
Mr. Towne's speech in proof, -we were in
despair of the nation, but when the news
came hurtling over the wire that Moses Clapp
was in his seat and that Mr. Towne had
just taken down his coat and started for
Duluth, where the ice comes from, a great
weight was lifted from the national conscious
Mr. Towne is a good man but he does not
weigh 200 pounds. He will resume his law
practice under the happiest auspices, for
duty done is the soul's fireside, and if ever
a fireside was heeded anywhere it is in Du
luth, where the winter starts in first and
leaves off last.
Meeker, Col., Jan. 28.—While fishing in Red
Creek last evening. Colonel Roosevelt hooked
a fine young whale —but it got away. The
colonel said it looked to him "as big as a
small summer house." He played it'a few
moments but as he had no landing net he
lost it. Much regret is expressed by the
local camera fiends.
It is said that the mother of Mrs. Carrie
Nation died in an insane asylum. That will
help to explain it.—Kansas City Journal.
Carrie Nation's mother's daughter has
nearly driven the Kansas jointists to that
quiet retreat already yet.
The policemen in Kansas City, who told the
police board where the protected gambling
resorts were, were discharged from the force.
We are a self-restrained people that we do
not arise and slay more often than we do.
Mrs. Nation told the governor of Kansas
yesterday that he was a blot on the fa<:e 01
civilization and a pimple on Che neck of the
universe. That's the way to make friends.
People who dhase around for years after a
job finally end up in the papers by "accept
ing a position." The Rushville, 111., Times
tells of a man who "has accepted a chair in
Glossop's barber shop."
A Racine lady wants a part of the queen's
estate on the ground of relationship. All of
our "ffrst families" trace back to the royal
Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt is credited with
the the remark that "woman is still under
the heel of man.'' Wouldn't that give you
Colonel Roosevelt will be much surprised
when he gets out of tbe wilderness and
finds what the string fiends have had him
Mr. Bryan is a journalist. He is sitting in
the library, leaving his paper "in the hands
of competent newspaper men."
If Aguinaldo rises from the dead he is
likely to find the civil government in the
Philippines rather uncivil.
What paper contains the most local and
home goss-ip? The Chatty-nooga News, of
Mrs. Nation has been reading our popular
young vice president-elect's strenuous life
A WORD PAINTER
In that altogether delightful and charming
new romance, "Alice of Old Vincennes," the
author, Maurice Thompson, has gathered to
gether some of the most unusual words and
phrases that ever appeared in a modern work.
It would not be fair to say the words are
not apropos, for they have that quality at
ail points, but their unusualness is very
marked. The rare literary flavor of the
essays, sketches, and charming dissertations'
on nature which readers of Mr. Thompson
have so long enjoyed one would expect to
see produced in a romance, or in whatever
he should appoint his pen to do; but it would
hardly be expected that in a story of the
swiftness of action of "Alice of Old Vin
cennes" the author would have found time
for the study of, or space for the recording
of, such curious expressions as the ones
These are selected as examples, illustrating
what a resourceful writer may do in the way
of oddities when his vocabulary is as rich and
picturesque as that of Mr. Thompson:
"A gang of dad blasted jabbering French
good-for-nothings, off high-gannicking around
"He saw a little pale flare shoot across her
"A certain adumbration of patrician sensi
"Dogs whined at the doors until the mensal
fragments ware tossed out to them."
"Never was a soldier • * • more love
"His thin, curly beard crinkled over his
strongly turned cheeks."
"You've eaten my pie and swigged my
"It made him 111 of nostalgia."
"Trying to grabble cherries out of the
"His flamboyant stream of words."
"The thread squeaked as they drew it
through the cloth."
"He gawped intently."
"The crepuscular dimness did not seem to
hinder his sight."
"His rudimentary ramrod."
"The skinless, cicatrized spot where his
scalp had once nourished."
"A love story told scrappily."
"The man stood up in his skittish pirogue."
"The maddening honey of sophistication."
"A mischievous smile-glint."
"The outward badges of abject rusticity."
"Her rimpled hair."
"An impress that exhales a fragrance and
Irradiates a glory."
"The resilience of a youthful and powerful
"The queachy edge of the prairie."
"Her voice palpitated with a touching
plangency that s-hook the man's heart."
•The slender blades, becoming mere glints
of acicular steel, split the moonlight."
"Her riant health was unalterable."
"The rapiers sang a strange song above
the sleeping girl, a lullaby with coruscations
of death in every keen note."
Perhaps these are enough to indicate the
curious pigments into which Mr. Thompson
dips his brush when he wishes to give us a
particularly vivid scene.
Incidentally, the unanimous re-election of
Senator Ben Tlllman illustrates the eolidaess
of things down in South Carolina. * (
"The Sig-n of the Croai*" at the Met
"The Sign of the Cross," wayworn and
"The Sign of the Ctouh" at the Met
"The Sign of the Cross," wayworn and
travel-stained though it be, still has attrac
tions as a play for a segment of the public
that rarely frequents the playhouses. Like
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," "The Old Homestead"
and "Shore Acres," its popularity seems per
ennial. Doubtless, the religious motif of the
play Is largely responsible for this appeal to
a non-theater-going clientage. For many
persons who do not approve of playgoing as
a practice, it furnishes at once the excuse
and the reason for attendance. Nevertheless,
the treatment of the theme Is esentially theat
ric rather than didactic.
While the early trials of Christianity dur
ing the Neronic regime have a peculiarly ap
pellant interest for moderns whose forbears
suffered untold agonies and death that the
new religion might live and grow, it i 3
worthy of note that "The Sign of the Cross"
has succeeded principally because it is a play.
Its situations are dramatic and its telling
contrasts between wanton pagan and mar
tyred Christian are of the effective kind that
real playwrights know how to use. Its prin
cipal theme simply stated is the magic power
of purity to transform mere sexual passion
into ethereal love. The unthinking may
ascribe the final conversion and martyrdom of
Marcus Superbus to the power of Christianity,
but In the final analysis it is the white purity
of Mercia's soul shining out through the
murk ofpagan, passionate, lustful Rome that
draws Marcus on to share death with her. ' In
short, he becomes a martyr not for theologi
cal reasons, but for love's sake. There have
been many such martyrs in the world's his
tory, and playwrights have ever chosen their
tragic storie3 for recounting on the stage. In
this case the steadfastness and the fate of
the Christian fathers furnish the background
for the story, just as in other instances war
has been used as the background for the love
The present production of Wilson Barrett's
play shows marked deterioration from the
standard set up iv the original productions.
This is perhaps inevitable, since freshness
and spirit are qualities difficult to maintain in
an attraction so long before the public as
this. The principal roles are acted by artists
who have done nothing else for several sea
sons. In spite of themselves they have lost
interest. The applause of the audience, that
elixir which keeps many an actor alive and
interested In his work in spite of monotonous
repetition, has lost its power to keep these
players keyed up to the required pitch in so
strenuous a play. Charles Dalton'a well re
membered virility and vigor in the role of
Marcus have sadly degenerated and the faults
of his reading have become accentuated until
his lines at times sound like a series of vocal
explosions with Inarticulate sounds between.
The Mereia of Llllle Thurlow i» still a com
mendable performance, although the role is
not one making great demands on her ability.
The Bereniß of Agnes Scott is still an excel
lent characterization, lacking if anywhere in
conviction. Maud Warrilow as the boy Ste
phanus still has excellent control of that
blood-curdling scream in the torture cham
ber. W. E. Bonney's picture of Nero has not
gained in interest; it Is still a somewhat
overdone but yet effective portrait of the
weak and cruel monster. T. A. Shannon's
Tigellinug is very bad, but the Licinius of
Courtland Auburn is several shades worse.
Henry N. Wentnan as the convivial Glabrio
furnishes a touch of comedy in the sombre
picture, but misses some of the unction that
marked the work of his predecessor in the
role. Melita Brice quite fails to give a clear
idea of the Empress Poppaea, being success
ful neither as queen nor wanton. J. Howard
and Harry Brandeth are excellent in the roles
of the Christian fathers.
The choruses are well sun« and the scenic
investiture is as effective as ever.
-W. B. C.
"A Hole in the Ground" at the Bijou.
"A Hole in the Ground," one of the early
successes of the gifted Hoyt, is at the Bijou
for a week's run. This clever satire, which
is in the dramatist's best vein, has still a
great hold on the amusement loving public,
for its humor is of the living kind that blos
soms naturally on the stem. It is not like
artificial nosegays tied on with a string in
clumsy fashion. There are enough honest
jokes in "A Hole In the Ground" to save a
half dozen modern farce comedies from putre
faction, If their «a!t was properly applied.
Clean, wholesome humor, not dependent upon
either ostentation or vulgarity to give It
point, distinguishes this homely but true sat
ire of a great playwright.
If it were not going too far afield it might
be profitable to speculate on the remarkable
changes that have come about in dramaturgy
since this sterling old favorite was written.
Without getting in over one's head. It is only
necessary to point to entertainments like that
offered by the Rogers Brothers. So far as
their play proper is concerned it amounts to
nothing. It might have been written by a
shoemaker's apprentice, who could have made
but one mistake, that of getting it too long.
As a play, or vehicle, the stuff presented by
the Rogers was puerile In the extreme. The
fine entertainment offered in their bill was
made up of taking specialties and nothing
more. All the catchy music, the glorious riot
of form and color, of paralyzing jokes, were
all detachable, and could without injury be
inserted in any similar hodge-podge. The
play is no longer the thing, and has not been
for several seasons. The people, the scenery,
the costumes, the vaudeville business is the
thing, the craze that must finally subside or
at least •'fall somewhat into a slower meth
od." The time must come again when a real
comedy can hold the attention of an American
audience, and when it does the American pub
lic will place a fresh wreath upon the grave
of the author of "A Midnight Bell," "A Texas
Steer," 4'A Parlor Match" and "A Hole in
To get back to "A Hole in the Ground,"
with its dear, meddlesome old "stranger," its
saucy lunch counter girl who "is going home
to dinner," its tramp baseball umpire, its
boy who wants to be a railroad man, its coun
try girls enamored of drummers, how many
deft touches do these characters betray of
the master hand. Who can forget the spring
chicken which the stranger vainly tries to
bite and in which the tramp sticks a red flag,
the danger signal. Who has forgotten the
brat of a boy who aunoye the stranger and
when asked by the agent how old he is, re
plies, "Do you mean at home or on the cars?"
Who does not recall the disgust of the agent
when he sees the boy who is taking to follow
in his footsteps gently hanming a trunk.
How the agent picks it up, throws it ten feet
in the air, smashing it to pieces, and re
marks: "That's the way to handle a trunk.
You'll never make a railroad man."
Charles Cowlea, the original stranger, is
still two-thirds of the show. Mr. Cowles
sings his old song about the railroads, ad
journs to the swearing-room and acts
throughout with commendable naturalness.
Miss Nettle De Coursey, the lunch counter
girl, Is a talented young woman -with an ex
cellent voioe. She must drop down an octave
or so in her speaking voice, however, or she
will have no singing voice left. Barry Max
well, as the baseball umpire, is as funny as
ever, albeit he did not make a sandwich of
the 6ole of his shoe last night. Frank C.
Young and Bessie De Vole do an exceedingly
difficult and pretty dance. The company id
satisfactory. —W. A. D.
The Metropolitan's attraction for the first
half of next week is Harry Corson Clarke in
his new comedy, "What Did Tomkinsi Do?"
Mr. Clarke is one of the most versatile among
the leading comedians on the stage to-day,
and is an artist in whatever character he as
sumes. He is said to be giving a most com
plete production of his new play, and not the
least attractive feature of the evening's en-
tertainment is the specialty which Mr. Clarke
himself introduce*, in which he gives life
like imitations of John McCullough, Frank
Mayo and Sir Henry Irving. -
The Boston Advertiser, speaking of Dan'l
Sully's new play, "The Parish Priest." which
will be seen at the Metropolitan the last half
of next week, says: "It is a capital play, with
bright dialogue and a genuine heart interest.
The audience remained standing in the aisles
to encore the curtain up /several times at the
close of the play."
Harry Corson Clarke, who Is a member of
the local lodge of Elks, will receive a royal
welcome at their hands next Monday night,
as arrangements have been made by No. 44
to attend the Monday night performance of
"What Did Tomkkis Do?" Jn a body and give
Mr. Clarke a rousing reception on this, his
initial appearance in Minneapolis as a start.
One of the best companies ever seen in
"M'Hss" is said to be presenting the revival
tills season. For some years thia popular play
has been shelved, but the present manage
ment not only engaged an especially strong
organization, but have given the revival as
handsome a stage setting as can be obtained.
"M'llss" is played by Nellie McHenry, a most
charming and talented actress, and Yuba Bill
by Joseph Brennan, who Is counted among
the best of the leading fimi. The coming en
gagement of "M'llse" should prove an inter
New York Daily Letter.
BUREAU OF THE JOURNAL,
No. 21 Park Row.
Important to Bmiiieu Men.*
Jan. 29.—Now that all prejudice against
typewritten business letters has disappeared,
and Httle of it is left even against personal
communications put on paper in the same
eye and labor-saving way, it behooves every
correspondent to perform the one task for
which the antique pen is still always util
ized, the signing of his name, with special
care. In the -old days the reading of writ
ten proper names was always harder than
that of the rest of the letter, where the con
text gave assistance; but one could usually
puzzle them out, after a greater or less ex
penditure of time and temper, by comparing
their hints at letters with similar signs In
the known words that appeared above. In
the case of the typewritten and hand-signed
epistle resort to this expedient cannot be
had, and the result is that, oftener than now
and then, the recipient of a delightfully legi
ble communication cannot even guess from
whom it comes. This makes patience-wreck
ing trouble. The difficulty could be very
easily remedied, even by those who are un
able or unwilling to write their names plain
ly. All they need to do is to typewrite, or
have typewritten, the signature in the proper
place and then to make under it, for pur
poses of authentication, the blind maze of
lawless line 3 which suggests a name, if the
reader knows what the name is. This Is a
little matter, but an important one, some
times, and the considerate, that is the cour
teous correspondent, will bear it in mind,
particularly as it imposes no extra labor on
himself and takes a lot of it away from those
to whom he writes.
Four New Ocean Liners.
Four new ocean liners have been ordered
by the Atlantic Transport company, the con
tract being awarded to the New York Ship
building company of Camden, N. J. These
new steamers are to be for the freight and
passenger traffic and will ply between New
York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and London.
The contract is the largest one ever awarded
a Delaware river flrm at one time. It ia
alto significant that heretofore that Atlantic
Transport company has always used for
eign built steamers. President Baker of the
company says that his people have deter
mined to have, in the future, their steamers
constructed 'on this side, being confident that
it can be done as cheaply as in Great Britain,
while many outside advantages will accrue
to the line from the change. Two of the new
steamers are to be COO feet long, while the
other two will be slightly shorter. All will
be among the finest and fastest ships in the
transatlantic trade. The two larger will be
each of 12,000 tons' carrying capacity, the
other two running about 10,000 tons each.
Triple expansion engines and boilers of the
Scotch type, capable of standing the highest
sieam pressure, will be features of each ship.
All will be of steel throughout and built to
exceed all underwriters' requirements. About
$5,000,000 is given as the total cost of the
four steamers. Although the Atlantic Trans
port company is controlled by American capi
tal and has its main office in Baltimore, its
vessels fly the British flag.
The New Woman Again.
A distinguished example of the new woman
is presented in Mrs. Franklin Pierce, whose
husband has just been appointed an assist
ant district attorney of this county. Mrs.
Pierce, who is herself an attorney and coun
selor at law, is now carrying on the practice
of Mr. Pierce, while the latter does duty
in the office of District Attorney Philbin.
This is an example of the enlargement of
Woman's sphere with a vengeance, for, al
though Mrs. Pierce declares that she will
not appear in court to plead cases under any
circumstances, she has taken charge of all
the office work, will act as counselor and pre
pare all briefs. Mrs. Pierce, who is a wom
an of many attractions, is one of the regu
lar lecturers of the 'New York University
law school, being graduated as an attorney in
1596. She took up the study of law at the
suggestion of her husband, who, at the time,
bad no idea that she would succeed to his
private practice. After being admitted to the
bar she became so much interested in the
profession that when Mr. Pierce was offered
the position of assistant district attorney,
and was in a quandary what to do with his
private practice, his wife came forward and
the arrangement was made whereby he took
the proffered position and she assumed his
Says the Kaiser Will Come.
David T. Barry, Sir Thomas Lipton's rep
resentative in America, said, upon landing
from the Oceanic to-day, that Emperor Wil
liam of Germany would, in all probability,
come over to witness the yacht races next
summer. "Great influence has been brought
to bear on the kaiser," said Mr. Barry, "and
it is almost certain that he will come. The
kaiser has never been In America, and wishes
very much to pay a visit." Mr. Barry gave
some interesting information regarding the
new Shamrock. All the sails are cut and
the hull nearly completed.
Used the Electric Battery.
Xew devices for separating Reuben from
his hard-earned cash are constantly appear
ing on the Bowery. It is no longer consid
ered good taste to knock a man down and
take it away from him, if you can do the
trick in any other way. The latest appli
ance found successful in that region of crime
is a powerful electric battery. One victim
drifted into Mulberry street station to-day
with a testimonial as to the efficiency of the
electric treatment that made the police offi
cials laugh heartily. "Paris by Gas Light"
Is one of the Bowry attractions calculated to
entrap the unwary. Into this place, with its
mechanical piano and lurid posters in the
lobby, the victim wandered. He was led
through a succession of bare rooms and final
ly halted against an electric battery. The
capper invited him to "see what he could
lift." Next moment the victim was jerking
and twisting under the fuil force of the cur
rent while the capper, with deftness and
great precision, went through his pockets.
So busy was the victim that he could hot
even concentrate his thoughts on the word
"police." After a thorough "shake-down" he
was turned loose, minus even carfare.
A PROPHECY BY NAPOLEON
Organization in France of the La Fayette
Society of Sons of the American Revolution
recalls a timely Illustration of the prophetic
mind of Kapoleon. When thinking of ceding
Louisiana to the United States, he said:
"To deliver the nations from the commer
cial tyranny of England, we must balance
her by a maritime power which will one day
become her rival; this is the United States."
The period of rivalry has passed. The pri
macy of the commercial world is now ours.
The uniform selfishness which characterized
England's dealings with her American colo
nies, her heartlessness in sweeping our mer
chant marine off the seas during the civil
war to preserve her supremacy through her
coal and our cotton has caught up at last
with its deserts. Both the cotton and the
coal of the world are ours and the cotton
manufacture in which* she has so long led
without question will not be of paramount
Importance to her foreign trade after her
coals are exhausted.
The genius of Napoleon was often pro
phetic, never more clearly or consciously than
in helping to build up American power. He
lost to England in war. Time has won for
his purposes with the agencies of peace.
Art for Art* Sake.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
It must be something to be able, like Sa
rah Bernbardt, to look back over the expanse
of years that separates her from girlhood
and note the conquests that art has achieved
over time. They say she is looking as well
as she looked forty years ago, though a trifle
A rug merchant has become a bankrupt,
with Itablllities np into the thousands, but
people who have been buying ruga cannot
understand how it happened.
TUESDAY EVENING, JANUAKY 29, 1901.
Why the Plot Failed
BY D. A. CHAUNCEY. .- . .. _' '
Copyright, 1901, by Authors' Syndicate." : * ; v : -
The faces of the four men about . the ' tables testified that the conference wm «i
the most • important nature, and that the situation was far from satisfactory. Th«,
tali, raw-boned man, with the eyes which seemed to turn Inwards, Jammed r himself
still deeper - into the easy chair in which he sat, bit off a mouthful of plug tobacco
and, turning to the slender man to his right with the piercing black eyes and the
prematurely gray head, asked: /
"Brooks, are you sure these, are all the votes we can get?" f
"Dead sure," was the reply. "There isn't a single other fellow who is evea
The tall man turned to the handsome, dapper, well-groomed, middle-aged man:
on his left.
"Are you sure we can depend absolutely on all of these, Murray?" he asked.
"Every one," replied Murray. "At least for to-morrow's ballot." '
"We"re only one shy," remarked the tall/ man, ; turning his eyes inwards again
and speaking with great deliberation. "I wouldn't care so much about shutting off
the graft for: the boys—although it would make it a dry session; but I am afraid
that it will give the other fellows control of the organization. That's what Hatfield is
figuring on. He wants to be governor." '
There was a murmur of surprise. Brooks whistled and ; said softly:
"It's more important than I thought. Why, Hatfleld is impossible. If he were
to be elected we might as well get off the earth. Are you sure, Joe?"
"Dead sure," was the reply. "And this Is his opportunity. If they beat us to
morrow, it will be heralded all over the- state as a victory over the 'boodle gang,' and
Hatfleld will get the credit for it. Then look out for the band, wagon fellows. They
will Jump to get next to the other crowd, and we will be unable to figure on anybody j
—hey, Murray?" : ' ■-■■.: : ,■'■'■' ,: . .- i ".;-■• : s ■-, ,\. -.
"Exactly," replied Murray, gravely. "It's a very devil of a situation. Can't W
postpone the vote and take the lead in passing the confounded bill. Better let the
graft go than to lose the organization."
"No," replied the tall man, setting his heavy Jaw and knitting his bushy brows.
"The trick would be too cheap and transparent. . I wish to heaven we had never
started to fight the infernal thing, but we can't back out now." ■•' .'-'.-'..
There was a silence of some minutes, when suddenly the leader arose with reso
lution written all over his lanky frame. He strode across the room and pushed a
"Find Billy O'Connor, and tell him I want to see him," he said to the bell boy.
"How much money can be used?" he asked the short, stocky man with the gray
side whiskers. ■
"We've spent a lot, you know," replied Lester. ; "Still, we must not lose con
trol. How much must we have?"
"Ten thousand; maybe fifteen."
"Whew!" whistled Lester, arching his eyebrows.
"The situation is desperate," said the leader. "We must resort to desperate
action." ~ i :i"*.-y,'f.i, .v"
"I'll get the money," replied Lester, after a moment's pause. "What's the game,
Joe? There's positively not another fellow who can be touched with money."
The leader's eyes became dull and expressionless as he remarked:
"I have an idea that Hatfleld may not be present to vote to-morrow." v'Vjlj
"Hatfleld!" exclaimed the three in unison. "You. wouldn't offer him money?"
"Certainly not," replied the leader; 'but I have a presentiment that he may be*
111 to-morrow." ':'... -\ . ■ '- ".'-
Just then the door opened, and a short, thick-set man, with a heavy black mus
tache and rather a low forehead, bustled in, evidently greatly puffed up at being sum
moned to the inner councils of the party leaders.
"Can you. trust this woman you spoke of the other —the one you got to pump
Tolman while he was drunk?" asked the leader.
"Sure," replied O'Connor. | ' \ •
"Has she nerve? Wig she do some strong work for big money?"
"She's out for the dough, and she's dead game," replied O'Connor.
"O'Connor," said the leader, eyeing the man sharply, "if the Trillyn bill passes
to-morrow there is no more graft from the railroads for years to come. More than
that. we will find ourselves outside the breastworks. They have one vote the best of
it. You will have this woman get a room, and to-morrow early write a note, a copy
of which I will give you. It will be an appeal. to Hatfield to come to her at once
and help her in a case of dire necessity. He Is always doing those kind of fool things
She must use her wits to get him to take a drink of something—water, tea, beer,
anything with 'dope' in it. Immediately after the Tote Is taken Bhe will be given
$10,000 if Hatfield does not answer to his name. The vote comes at 12 o'clock. She
can take a train and be safe out of reach before anything happens." . ' '
"That's pretty strong, colonel," remarked O'Connor. "It's the .'pen' for anybody
who gets pinched." .j> :'?X''yJd/if
"She must leave the state the Instant the vote is taken," replied the leader. "She
won't sign the letter with her own name. Anyway, it's the only way to save the day.
The beauty of it is that it will not only defeat the bill but keep Hatfleld explaining
why he failed to show up at the critical moment. We will manage to have the papers
hint at boodle and all —and it may prove awkward for him to explain why he wa»
in the woman's room drugged—or drunk, at such an hour." < ,
"All right," replied O'Connor. "But I've got to be protected if there's trouble."
"Did you ever know us to leave a friend in the lurch?" replied the leader. "And,
O'Connor, if $10,000 won't do it, more can be had. Fix it to-night, and let me hear
from you before you go to bed." . -
Senator Thomas Hatfleld found himself climbing the stairs of a questionable
hotel at 9:30 o'clock the next morning. He had been annoyed at the call because he
needed all his time and energies to complete the victory he had in his grasp. But
the note was so pleading and the necessity apparently so urgent and the story of
persecution so strong that he had determined to give a brief quarter of an hour before
the session began to the case. J.v. * \
The game worked only too easily. He had walked rapidly and was perspiring and
thirsty. She offered him a glass of water. [ He took it. and before she bad fairly
started to tell her story his head had sunk on his breast." As she partly rolled, partly
lifted, him onto a lounge a letter fell from his pocket. He had Just written it and
put it into his pocket to mail. The address on the envelope caught her eye. She
started and trembled like a leaf. It was the name of her daughter, the daughter who
had never known her and believed her mother dead, the daughter she had plaoed with
strangers in a distant city that she might grow up without a knowledge of her
mother's shame. '.* ■■)■:/'?S/.'"V
She took out the letter and read it. It was full of manly tenderness and affection.
It spoke of the coming marriage, and of his high hopes of making her mistress of the
The woman fell on her knee* in an agony of remorse. Here she had contrived to
cast the blighting shadow of her life of sin onto the person she wanted most to
guard; to blot the one little corner in her life where the heart beats were pure and
true. It was her hand that had done the fell work that was to prevent her daughter
—the only person on earth for whom she had an honest affection—from being the
wife of , a governor. And the horror nearly overcame her when it swept through
her mind that he would be found there la her room in that hotel, apparently drunk.
His character would be besmirched. The girl would hear of It and suffer all the
With a wild cry she sprang to the couch and fiercely shook the unconscious man.
But it was in vain. Presently she forced herself to be calm and think. She hur
ried to a drug store and secured some remedies to neutralize the drug. Then she
went back and went to work patiently and intelligently, with anxious eyes on the
The senate was In an uproar. When the session opened there was surprise at
Hatfleld's absence. He was to have made the closing speech for the bill. ■ Messengers
went post haste. to his hotel and to all his haunts, but he could not be found. An
other senator had to make the closing speech.
The hour of 12 arrived and the vote was demanded. The roll call began. When
Hatfleld's name was called there was no response. The adherents of the bill were
furious. The others were no less surprised, with the exception of five, and these five
wore faces that were inscrutable. --,.■■
. The roll call was finished and as the lieutenant governor arose to announce the
result a voice rang high above the tumult in the chamber, calling for a verification of
the vote. Every head was turned to behold Hatfield, with heavy eyes and disheveled
hair, stagger into the chamber and demand to be recorded "aye."
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The wedding was celebrated after he was inaugurated as governor, and as the
bridal party emerged from the church, a woman, painted and bedizened, broke through
the cordon of police and snatched a- rose from the bouquet carried by the bride. They
hustled her to the station, but not before she had hidden the rose in her bosom.
Red River valley wants drainage. Every
man who comes to the twin cities from with
in the boundaries of the seventh district is
preaching it with emphasis. The press
of that section of the state is eloquent in
its demands and appeals. The Warren
"Let us secure, If possible, an appropria
tion from the legislature to dig more ditches
In this part of the state before asking for
anything else. The question of reducing
freight rates and the pro rata distribution of
the gross earnings tax can wait until the
drainage matter is off the boards. How to
let the water off Is the all important question
just vow. There was more grain destroyed
last fall by overflow water than would pay
for digging all the ditches necessary to carry
The appointment of E. A. Nelson of Hal
lock as state librarian, does not strike the
Fergus Falls Journal as being first-class
politics. The Journal notes that Goodhue
county rolled up a big republican majority,
and that Nelson could have been taken care
of nicely with the appointment of assistant
superintendent, wJiieh would have given
Grondahl the- place of librarian and Goodhue
county proper recognition. The Re 4 Wing
Republican reviews the history of Goodhue
county's troubles in attempting to land a
good appointment of some kind, notes that
Major Seebach gets a $1,200 position in the
office of the adjutant general and concludes
that Goodbue, with addition of a place in the
dairy department and another on the board
of appeals, will have to be satisfied—like
Minneapolis—with minor positions. And that
on top of the fact that Goodhue is the banner
republican county in Minnesota.
Echoes of the senatorial fight are still rat
tling around the walls of country newspaper
offices. The Sleepy Eye Herald tells of the
blank petitions sent out by the Tawney man
agers to creamery owners and muttermakers,
but notwithstanding his activity for the Grout
bill, the agriculturalists failed to heed the
congressman's call to arms.
Some of the big counties in Minnesota are
discussing county division. Polk county has
bad a long siege of it. Red Lake Palls and
j some of the towns In the western section of
the county finally succeeded in having Red
Lake county carved out of the original Polk,
East Grand Forks and Mclntosh are also am
bitious to be county seats and succeed la
keeping the discussion alive. Otter Tail coun
ty people are also in the throes of county
division argument. Perham, Pelican Rapids
and Henning are the towns which want court
houses of their own. Fergus Falls is natural*
ly against division.
Rukhard Hurd's bill to cut off the oil in
spector's fat fees finds a champion in the
St. Peter Free Press, which emphatically de
clares that $3,500 per year is a sufficient salary
and that the salary plan means more efficient
Governor Van Sant is warmly defended by
the Wlnnebago Free Press for the appoint
ment of McConnell as state dairy and food
commissioner. The Free Press adds that "the
hand organ crowd are discovering that the
governor has some ideas of his own an 4
the nerve to put them in force."
In the name of education the Albert Lea
Tribune approves of the new departure at th»
university whereby the students are given
the opportunity of receiving instruction la
boxing from a real professor of the art. Th»
Tribune makes a proposal to adorn the halls
of the ''gym" with a statue of John L#. Sul
The Duluth Herald has finally tumbled to
the fact that the nomination of Clapp was
as much of a surprise to his friends as to
hia opponents. The press of the state is
beginning to realize that the "field" trained
the gajs.3 so fine that It got away from
them, all of which Is bad for Tim Sheahan's
winks of wisdom.
Representative Noyes is reminded by tIM
Aitkin Republican that he promised hie con
stituents a few weeks ago in the Barnum
Gazette that the St. Paul politicians "could
not pull the wool over his eyes." Xoye»
voted for Tawuey In the first caucus and for
Clapp in the second. According to the Re
publican the district was divided Id senti
ment between Clapp and Evans but had no
thoughts of Tawney. Noyes' vote for Taw
ney, the Republican claims, is something
that will be difficult for him to explain.
Haldor E. Boen, in his Fergus Falls Globe,
makes the guess that the legislature will not
cut down the fees of the oil Inspector or make
It a salaried office.
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