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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAIi
PRICE TWO CENTS. CRISIS WILL COME TONIGHT Forty-four Builders Give Car penters an Ultimatum. NO UNION LABEL GOES Carpenters, Builders Say, Must Ac cept Material Without Question. EMERGENCY MEET ON WEDNESDAY Builders Want to Face Uttne— Hall the Carpenter* Would Yield. There Is a crisis at hand in Minneapolis labor circles,, the statements and pro testations of the labor officials to the con trary notwithstanding. At 6 o'clock to-night every one of the forty-four contractors comprising the membership of the Minneapolis Builders' association will call their men together and give them the option of continuing in their service of the distinct understand ing that they handle any material that may come to them or quitting on the spot. In effect it is a "lock-out." The Builders' association took this ac tion at an emergency meeting Wednesday evening. It was the wellnigh unanimous sentiment that they had dodged the issue too long already and that for security and peace of mind they must meet it now and make it a fight to a finish. They in formed the officers of the carpenters' union of their action and a special meet ing of that organization has been called for to-night. The Builders' association said they would be glad to meet with a committee from the union for a conference, and pre sumably the two organizations will, get together to-morrow and see if they can find common ground. The liilon Label. The union label is at the bottom of the trouble. The members of the builders' association have decided that they will submit to "dictation" from labor sources in thlß connection no longer. They will insist hereafter upon the right to tf?"T their material in any market and the men in their employ must put it in place, whether it bears the union label or not, or look for work elsewhere. The action was taken with the object of forcing the issus before the season was any further ad vanced. Incidentally this will encourage the sash and door manufacturers to make a stand against the demand of the wood workers' union when the time comes for them to sign the new scale. May 1. Carpenter*' Attitude. It Is said that about one-half of the members of the carpenters' union favor yielding the union label point, seeing a big ?eason ahead in their trade, and being anxious to do nothing that will injure their own prospects. It is the belief of the builders that most of their men will choose to remain at work. Bur whatever the proposition is, they will use them to continue the work and trust to the fu ture for more. The carpenters' union recently voted to waive the union label clause in their de mands for this season, but it is probable that the Building Trades council will take up the fight, and. in case of necessity, call all hands out on a general strike. This is tn danger now, and it can only be averted, it is thought, by careful man agement on both aides, and some conces sions all around. Beginning of the Trouble. The trouble between the contractors and carpenters began about ten days ago, when two carpenters in the employ of F. G. McMillan refused to handle some non union material and were discharged. The walking delegate immediately waited upon Mr. McMillan and demanded that the men be reinstated. He refused. The trouble then spread to half a dozen others, all small contractors. Most of their union men quit and they have had to employ non-union carpenters to continue their work. Still others of the smaller contract ors have long been restive under the union label requirements and they appealed for help to the larger concerns, which have been left thus far to do as they pleased in the matter of choice of material. The latter took the view that the situation was such as to portend serious trouble all along the line sooner or later, and they agreed to come together and help their smaller brethren out by joining cause with them and making the issue at dnce. The Minneapolis Builders' association comprises forty-four firms, including all the largest concerns in the city. There are perhaps as many more contracting firms doing considerable business, and it is said that fully one-half of them are in active sympathy with the lock-out movement and will join it. Carlin Denies. Philip Carlin, president of the Building Trades council, when asked for a state ment this afternoon said, as he has pre viousJy, that he knew of no trouble be tween the master builders and the men; that the men were all at work, there had been no complaints, and if there was trouble in sight he would surely know something about it. The Woodworkers, At the meeting of the woodworkers' union, last night in Alexander's hall, it was decided that a special meeting should be held Saturday night to entertain a delegation representing the sash and door manufacturers, and consider the matter of appointing a committee, with full powers, to confer with a similar committee from the manufacturers with a view to settling The difficulties. CHAIRMAN WALKER DEAD OFFICER OF THE SANTA FE ROAD He Had Been a. Member of the In terutnte Commerce Com mission. New York, April 12.—Chairman Walker of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail road died suddenly to-day at his home in this city. He had not been feeling well for two •weeks, but was not so ill as to create any concern. He was to have sailed for Europe to-day. Mr. Walker leaves a widow and two children. Aldace F. Walker was born in West Rutland, Vt., in 1842. In 1882 he was elected a state senator in Vermont, and from 1887 to 1889 he served as a member of the interstate commerce commission. Then he became chairman of the Western Traffic association. His connection with the Atchlson, Topeka & Santa Fe rail road began In 1894, when he was ap pointed receiver of the company's prop erty. After the reorganization Mr. Walker was made chairman of the board of directors. Pretoria, April 12.—A civil administration has been established under a ' proclamation by.Sir Alfred Milner. The military tribunals at Johannesburg and Pretoria are abolished. The -Transvaal law* of procedur cis main tained, but pleadings must be conducted, in English. GOOD SENSE ■ IS TO UN Wisconsin Central Terminal Ordinance Will Pass. BUTLER-RYAN'S WORK The Firm Has Done Much for the Company. '-\V IT HAS ONLY BOOM ISLAND PART Howard Morri*, General Counsel, Make* a. Statement— Not a Great Northern Move. :;'' 7~~ An unfavorable complication entered into the Wisconsin Central matter in the last twenty-four hours, but at that, thanks to changed opinions among some of.the aldermen : who have hitherto been in opposition, the vacating ordinance is pretty sure to go through at to-night's meeting of the council. • ' f Yesterday afternoon it came to the ears of some of the aldermen that the Wiscon sin Central officials had already made a contract with a St. Paul contracting firm, the Butler-Ryan company, for all the work in connection with the terminal im provements planned in Minneapolis and that ftork had already been begun on the Boom island end of the job. Later, upon investigation, it appeared that there was some basis for the report, and thereupon one or two of the hither to stanchest advocates of the passage of the ordinance went up into the air and declared that under such conditions they could not vote for the ordinance. They took the ground that Minneapolis con tractors and Minneapolis labor should be given the preference, or, at any rate, given a chance to bid for the work. It was not a friendly act on the part of the railway company, they said, and did not denote the same interest in Minne apolis that the city council and the busi ness interests here had shown for the company. It seemed to some of them also to indicate that J. J. Hill had an absorb ing interest in the matter, and that he, rather than the Wisconsin Central, would reap the chief benefits of the concession. A Different Aspect. This morning General Counsel Morris of the Wisconsin Central met with some of the aldermen and put before them docu ments showing the actual situation, and affairs then took on quite a changed as pect. It looks now as if the ordinance would go through to-night. Conditions are not all favorable, however; Colonel Adams is too sick to appear. Aderman Chatfield is delayed in the east. Both are in favor of the ordinance. On the other hand, some of those talking most strongly in opposition are coming over to a more reasonable view of the situation. Alderman Foell will present several amendments calculated to assure the car rying out of the company's plans, and he saj's that if they are accepted he sees no reason why he cannot vote for the ordin ance. It is now believed that Aldermen McCoy and Larson of the ninth ward will also be in line, and possibly even one or two more hitherto hostile. Xo Great .Northern Deal. It has been suggested that the Wiscon sin Central ordinance was really intro duced and is now urged in the interests of J. J. Hill and the Great Northern railway. The records of the register of deeds of Hennepin county contain ample evidence to the contrary. Howard Morris of Milwaukee, general counsel of the Wisconsin Central Rail way, said to-day: The property which we propose to improve and utilize for our Minneapolis terminals was bought of the Minneapolis Trust company in part, the Minneapolis Northern Railway com pany in part, and the Minneapolis Union Railway company in part. In all of these •companies J. J. Hill owned a controlling in terest, and the property was bought in pursu ance of negotiations had by our company with James J. Hill or his son-in-law, Samuel Hill. The deeds of all of our proposed termi nals were recorded in the Henuepin county registry of deeds in the spring of 1900, and the property was acquired by a purchase money mortgage covering the property, secur ing bonds of the Wisconsin Central railway. The Wisconsin Central is owner of a con tract with the Great Northern securing the right to use for ninety-nine years from Jan. 1, 1900, the union, station facilities of the Great Northern in St. Paul and Minneapolis and its freight and passenger tracks between the cities. This contract enables the Wiscon sin Central to locate its main western termi nal in Minneapolis. Within the past three months a contract has been made with the Minneapolis & St. Louis by which the Wis consin Central is enabled to construct a cross-over track from the Great Northern tracks over the Minneapolis & St. Louis tracks into, the proposed Hennepln avenue freight terminals of the Wisconsin Central. Any of these contracts is open to inspection by parties interested. We are entirely independent of the Great Northern in reference to the use of these ter minals, beyond the control the owner of premises naturally retains In reference to the every-day repair of the premises used jointly. The Matter of Contracts. In regard to the matter of the contracts and the hiring of labor Mr. Morris said: For many years past the contractors now associated as the Butler-Ryan company have had extensive business relations with our company. When the board authorized the ex ecutive officers of the company to proceed vigorously with the proposed Minneapolis im provements, an informal arrangement was made with the Butler-Ryan company to con struct certain inexpensive bridges affording connection between the Great Northern rail way freight tracks and our proposed yard on Boom island, so that the work might progress as far as possible without delay. In confer ence with the officer of the Butler-Ryan com pany who lives in this city, I ascertain that they propose to employ in the near future about 150 men and fifty teams in the Boom island work, and that all of these men are Minneapolis citizens. Mr. Butler also informs me that his company will use only Minneapo lis labor on whatever work his -company se cures from the Wisconsin Central in Minne apolis. The objection raised against passage of the Wisconsin Central ordinance now pending in the city council, growing out of the claim that all the work has already been contracted for to the prejudice of Minneapolis interests is dealt with in an official statement which will be presented to the council to-night. ■ Statement to the Council. The first part of this statement to the counsel is signed by Walter Butler, president of the Butler-Ryan company. He rehearses the fact that his company has done some preliminary work for the Wisconsin Central in the line of the pro posed improvements upon the Boom island yard; that the prosecution of the work will require about 150 men and 50 teams and the construction of the buildings on the islend will involve the employment of masons, carpenters, bridge builders, etc., to a considerable number. It is further added that no contract I has been made directly or indirectly by the Wisconsin Central with them concern ing the improvements contemplated in the Hennepin avenue terminal. The state ment continues: In the event that the city council of MIS- j FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 12, 1901. ]//7/|i777^ ' ; : _______ ... . ■■•••.....,. NEXT MORNING. The Torture to Which Aggy Is Keally Being Subjected. neapolis shall grant the application of the Wisconsin Central for the vacation of por tions of certain streets and an alley, in ac cordance with the ordinance now pending be fore your honorable body, so that said com pany shall be able to carry out the plans con templated by It for the construction of its j Hennepin avenue freight terminal, the under ! signed will make bids on such portions of I the work as the Wisconsin Central shall con i elude to let out on contract. This state j ment !s made at the suggestion of the friends ; of the pending measure. Mr. Morris' Statement. To this is appended a statement signed by Howard Morris for the Wisconsin Central: | Referring to the foregoing statement of j the Butler-Ryan company, I hereby, in behalf lof the Wisconsin Central, confirm the same las tiue to the best of my knowledge and be lief, and do further undertake in behalf of the Wisconsin Central that said company shall use its best efforts to adopt measures which will insure to the citizens of Minneapolis op portunity to secure employment upon the proposed improvements of said company in ! the city of Minneapolis at going wages, in j preference to citizens of any other locality; | it being the intent of the company that the i citizens of Minneapolis shall have the prefer j ence in the premises. I further undertake in behalf of the rail way company that in respect of all such | work in connection with the Hennepin avenue I freight terminal of said company wiiich said j company shall not do under its own au- I spices and by its own men, but which shall be let on contract, bids for such work shall be invited by public notice and an oppor tunity be afforded to contractors located and doing business in Minneapolis to bid upon such work upon equal terms under the usual and proper restrictions for the protec tion of the company. NOT LIKE A MADMAN Military Men Are Skeptical About De Wet's Insanity. BOTHA REPORT NOT CONFIRMED A Paris Story Says King: Edward " Urge* Peace—Plan to Stop Surrenders. I '-. . .■..■••''•;■- Hew York Sun Special Service .' I London, April 12. —A fresh series of dispatches and editorial reflections upon a revival of negotiations between Kitch ener and Botha lacks the flavor of novelty. There is too much method in De Wet's madness to convince military men that he has become demented or irresponsible. Inquiries in official quarters fail to elicit the smallest confirmation -of the \ report regarding the resumption of peace nego tiations in South Africa. The Times says there is no foundation for the Cape Town story regarding General Botha, or appar ently for any other circumstantial state ments of his alleged acts or intentions. There is a strong probability, according, to the Times, that the telegrams were nothing more than reproductions of local gossip. " • .■; > ':•:■■ .. ;,. The dissatisfaction over the frequency of surrenders and similar "regrettable in cidents" is now met by the issue of a special army order directing that any offi cer or soldier, who, in the presence of the enemy, displays a white flag or other token of surrender, ehall be tried by a general court martial. KING WANTS PEACE Paris Story That Edward Gave Or- ders to His Ministeife. Ifete York Sun Special Sirvlc* Paris, April 12.—The report that Gen eral Botha is taking steps to reopen ne gotlans with the British commander-in chief in South Africa, while regarded here with suspicion, revives the rumor that King Edward is anxious that the South African trouble should be settled as soon as possible. This time the story comes from an intimate friend of Lord Carring ton, the special ambassador, who came to France to announce the accession of King Edward VIII. to the Britißh throne. He says: King Edward recently summoned Mr. Chamberlain, colonial secretary, and St. John Broderick, secretary of state for war, to his presence to express to them his displeasure at the unsatisfactory outcome of the Botha- Kitohener negotiations, which, the king said, had been conducted in too peremptory a man ner. , Subsequently the king made known to them his desire that the war in South Africa should come to an end, and by his ; express with in structions ■ have been' sent \tQj, Lord Kitetienf r to find a basis for reopening 'the negotiations with General Botha. • REPLY FROM ■ NOTES SOON Charges Have Been Mailed to the Judge. GO IN ON 800- SLEDGES His Answer Expected to Leave Nome on the First Steamer. McKENZIE'S FRIENDS STILL BUSY President Probably Will Act on the Pardon Application Before Ht l,**a>tk Washington. From The Journal Bureau. Room 4S, Tot* Building, Washington. •'. . .-:"'- Washington, April 12.—The president continues to hear from Alexander Mc- Kenzie's friends. Ever since the move ment was started to have the North Da kotan pardoned, telegrams and letters have come from North Dakota, Minnesota and other northwestern and Pacific coast states, urgently pressing favorable action on the petition. A large number of tele grams was received to-day. They are filed away for consideration when the San Francisco judges have submitted their views on the application. The president hopes to be- able to dispose of the case before he starts on his trip to the coast. Attorney General Knox has not yet had any official connection with either the McKenzie or the Noyes case. Before he left office Attorney General Griggs pre pared a statement of all the charges against Judge Noyes by newspaper- ex tracts and from oral statements made to him, and transmitted them to Nome by mail. There the matter has rested so far as the department of justice is concerned, ant Attorney General Knox wil proably know nothing about the case until Judge Noyes' reply is, received. It is expected that he will receive the Griggs' communi cation before any of the merchant vessels reach Nome, as mail is sent into the coun try on dog sledges, and that his answer will be ready by the time the first vessel is ready to leave that place. A protest was received at the war de partment to-day against a part of the plan for a rearrangement of the harbor lines at St. Paul. It came from river men, who say that it will be difficult for vessels to pass through the draw of the bridge if the banks are filled in as proposed by the engineers. The department officials say that the plans themselves have not yet reached the department and therefore no action can be taken for some time. Notwithstanding the president's de termination not to go to Minnesota on his trip invitations continue to reach the White House to visit cities in the state. One was delivered to him to-day from Mayor Smith and officials and commercial bodies of St. Paul to make an extended stop in that city. It will necessarily be declined with thanks. —H. C. Stevens. Washington Small Talk. The First National Bank of Corwith, lowa, has been authorized to begin business with a capital of $25,W0. Thomas A, Wany, presi dent; H. E. Paul, cashier. Four additional rural free delivery routes have been ordered established, at L.c Mars, Plymouth county, lowa, May 15, with 91, J. Blxley, J. Betsworth, J- F. Kogere and N. G. Nelson as carriers. Service has also been ordered established at Merrimar. Sauk coun ty, Wis., with J. H. Craig as carrrier. CHARGED WITH HORSE THEFT. Special to The Journal. Winona, Minn., April 12.—L. B. Lafluer was arrested at Minnesota City early this morning on a charge of taking and disposing of a horse belonging to H. S. Bolcom of Wi uona and also appropriating money FORCE THE TREATY Russia, It Is Said, Will Adopt Pol icy of Terrorization. JAPAN WILL PROTEST AGAIN Report That She In Waiting for the • • .„_•, Chinese Court to Return to Peking. Simw Tark Bun Sttmoimt Sorrtom London, April 12. —Japan's attitude with regard to the Chinese situation is now more clearly defined. When the Chinese court returns to Peking, another protest, it is said, will be sent to Russia against the occupation of Manchuria. The Russian minister in Peking is re ported to have been instructed to adopt a policy of terrorization toward China in the hope of compelling the imperial court to agree to the Manchurian treaty. Meanwhile from Shanghai comes a ~ru rumor that the emperor has decided to leave Singan-fu for Peking May 7. DEPENDS RISSIA Business Man Says She Does Not Want Manchuria. New York, April 12.—A recent arrival from China is Ralph James, who for near ly fifteen years has been engaged in min ing at Kalgan, near Peking, in Siberia, He has placed orders for machinery to cost nearly $400,000. He said: It is my opinion that Russia will never take Manchuria or permit others to seize it. Russi^ and the Russians are misun derstood. British factories have lost the trade with Russia, and America has gained it. During the troubles last summer over $30,000,000 damage was done the Russian railroad by the Boxers. To save her property Russia sent 125,000 soldiers along the road. The men in that Manchurian army are of the farming class of Siberia, and it is the emperor's wish to have his army sent home, where they are needed to prepare for the season's crops. Srill, Russian property must be protected, and with such purpose in view Russia tried gradually to withdraw from Manchuria, making terms with Chinese officials to protect the railroad. The cabinet officers can be^seen any day riding along the Nevsky Frospekt, and are seen of an evening at the hotels and restaurants." BOXERS STILL. ACTIVE - They Are Preparing to Renew At tacks on Foreigners. New York Sitn Special Servie* ■ Peking, April' 12.—Word has been re ceived from , Choctow, forty miles south west of . Peking, which was formerly the chief center: of Boxerism, that 'the' move ment has not been completely suppressed, and that Boxers still commit depreda tions. A number of fires are credited to j them. It is stated that they are awaiting an opportunity to renew their attacks on Christians. Missionary. Ament's efforts to secure justice there 4 were . only ■ partially. successful. WAR RISK Higher Insurance, on Vessel h for Chi nese and Japanese Ports. San Francisco, April 12.—Vessels bound from this coast to Chinese; and Japanese ports must carry extra insurance, v says the Examiner, and have been put on a "war risk" basis, because of the strained relations between Japan and Russia. ' Germany", Wants .It All. Washington, April 12.— Information received at the state department shows a decided dis inclination cm the part of some of the powers to accept the suggestion ■of -.this government that they materially reduce their claims for indemnity against ' China. Germany an nounces her purpose to require the payment of every ounce she has demanded. It, there fore, will be. necessary for" Mr. Rockhill to form/a • diplomatic combination >. against her in the hope that she may abandon the ex treme position she has taken. ■ BRESL.A CAPTURED Col. Monroe's Column Gets the Boer .-..-. Commandant. . . -;•'-' London, April 12.—A dispatch from Gen eral : Kitchener \ from \ Pretoria, dated April 11, says I- Colonel Monroe's mounted in fantry, after two ? hours' > bard •* fighting,' captured eighty prisoners, ", including j Com mandant Fresla, at . L>iefiadeyou, near :De Wetadorp. 20 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. HEAVY DEALS IN DOWN-TOWN REALTY Sumner T. McKnight Buys $200,000 Bunch of Business Property in N. Y. Life Corner, at First Ay. S. and Fifth St., Brings $100,000™ Bankers' Bld& Projected. Samuel T. McKnight, retired lumber man and capitalist, has just broken all records for heavy investments in Minne apolis realty. Within the past few days Mr. McKnight has purchased unimproved property In the heart of the business dis trict amounting to $200,000, as follows: Corner of First avenue S. and Fifth street, in the same block with the New York Life build ing $100,000 The northwest corner of Second avenueS. and Sixth street, known as the "Brockett corner" 50,000 Corner of Second avenue and Sev- enth street, in rear of Brackett corner 28,500 Nos. 311 and 315 Sixth street 5... 9,000 Vacant lot on Sixth street between Fourth and Fifth avenues 5.... 3,300 Total $190,800 Mr. McKnight's purchase of the corner at First avenue S and Fifth street is most significant, as it insures the adornment of the property with a mignificent struc ture that will match the splendid New York Life building. Indeed, the property was purchased of the New York Life peo ple with the understanding that when it was improved it would be on a scale com mensurate with that of its neighbor. Long before the insurance people erected their building, they bought the full half block of 330 feet on Fifth street, ex pressly to protect themselves from hav ing a cheap building erected alongside. The corner is at present covered with unsightly wooden shacks, which are now destined to give way to a. modern structure that will be a credit to the city. It is well known that the New York Life repeatedly refused offers for tbe First avenue corner from parties who would not give substantial guaranties that they in tended to erect a building in harmony with its surroundings. A Uanki-nt' Building- Probable, The corner has 99 feet on First avenue EMPLOYMENT FOR 5,000 The Northern Pacific Plans to Spend $10,250,000--Vast Improve- ments to Be Made. President C. S. Mellen to-day authorized The Journal to make the first an- nouncement as to enormous expenditures which the Northern Pacific will make the coming season. The expenditures will aggregate $10, --250,000. It sounds almost inconceivable, but the sum of $5,250,000 will be spent for rolling stock and similar equipment alone. It is .the largest equipment order placed by a railroad company west of the Mississippi, and few eastern roads can duplicate it. The other five millions will be spent in permanently improving the roadbed from St. Paul to Portland, in order that the line from end to end may be in perfect condition to bear the heavy strain of an ever-increasing volume of business. These expenditures are the logical re sult of the rapid development of the northwest and the coast country. The business of all the northwestern railroads has developed to such an extent, and the future shows such large increase in sight, that the Northern Pacific feels that only by making such extraordinary additions to its equipment can» it keep pace with the times. The expenditure of so much money on rolling stock is not looked upon In the nature of a risk. The business to keep the new equipment in active service is actually in sight, if not waiting. Xew Car* and Engine*. The first item in the new equipment budget is sixty new cars for the various branches of passenger service. These cars will be built by the Pullman Co. The additional freight equipment will MUST GDESS AGAIN Sandico, Chosen by the Filipinos to Succeed Aguinaldo, Has Already Surrendered to the Americans. Paris, April 12.—Agoncillo, the agent of Agulnaldo in Paris, received a cable gram this morning announcing that the Filipino General Sandico has been elected to succeed Aguinaldo as commanding general of the Filipino forces, as well as dictay>r during the insurrection. Sandico belongs to a distinguished family at Pandakan, near Manila. He is a man of energy and is well educated, speaking several European languages. As announced by the Associated Press Monday, April 8, In a dispatch from Manila, General Sandico surrendered to the American authorities at Cabanatuan, in the province of New Ecija, island of Lut on. It is added that Sandico had a bad record and might be tried. Five Lots. and 165 feet on Fifth street. It has long been regarded as an ideal location for a bankers' building, and there are excellent reasons for believing that when a building is finally erected, it will be to accommo date at least one of the largest banks in the city. The fact that the New York Life people consented to make the sale is proof positive that a handsome building" will adorn the corner, although the im provement may not be made this year. As the corner is a short two blocks from the West hotel and the postofflce, there can be no question of Mr. McKnight'a in tention to improve it soon. The corner of Second avenue S and Sixth street, tne "Brackett corner," 99x165 feet, for which Mr. McKnight paid $50,000, may not be improved for some time. The other pieces were also bought as speculative ventures. The utmost secrecy has been maintained regarding Mr. .McKnight'a purchases owing to the effect their announcement would have on other property in the neighborhood. Several days ago The Journal's New York correspondent learned of the New York Life sale, and wired the "tip" to his paper. Since then an effort has been made to prevent the publication of the news. The Jour nal kept still until it was no longer safe to "be good," and as the news of Mr. McKnight's big transactions were being freely discussed in realty circles to-day, it was not possible for an enterprising newspaper to withhold the ne-we any longer. Other deals of equal magnitude in the same vicinity are expected daily, and it is believed that one of the larg» local banks Is behind these transactions which will probably be consummated next week. Mr. McKnight's splendid purchases fur nish convincing proof of his faith in Min neapolis, and their effect will not be con fined to this city alone. Capitalists and financial institutions all over the east are looking with covetous eyes towarda Minneapolis as offering the best field for investments of any city in the land. Many details regarding Mr. McKnight's transactions are withheld, but it is known that S. S. Thorpe of Thorpe Brothers and Edmund G. Walton have bsen prominently identified with them. consist of 5,000 cars. They will be built by the American Car and Foundry com pany, in St. Louis and eDtroit, Mich. Two large steam shovels of the modern design will also be purchased, also two rapid ballast unloaders. The heaviest single item In the long list is that of new locomotives. Seventy-five locomotives will be built, a contract hav ing just been closed with the Schenectady Locomotive works. It is the largest sin-* gle locomotive order ever placed by a western road. The item of 450 ooal cars will arouse especial Interest as it wenotes that the Northern Pacific has determined to de-< velop its coal fields in Montana and Wash ington, not only for the purpose of sup plying coal for its own consumption, but for commercial uses. The Northern Pacific will also buy six complete new wrecking outfits, of the' most: modern type. The outfits, which include the most powerful steam lifting cranes, etc., will be made by a Bay City, Mich., concern. Employment for Thousands. The magnitude of the above order, coy-» ing a million and a quarter dollars, can. be realized wh*n it Is stated that it will furnish employment for over 5,000 men iifc various parts of the country for a period of six months. The Northern Pacific wil lnot undertake any extraordinary pieces of construction. in the way of new lines. The five mil lions wil be used almost entirely for im provements to the permanent wa. When asked to-day if the Northern Pa* cific intended proceeding with the con struction of the Clear Water cutoff in Idaho, Mr. Mellen replied: "The Northern Pacific will engage in no construction in the Clear Water country this year."