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Forty-four Builders Give Car
penters an Ultimatum.
Carpenters, Builders Say, Must Ac
cept Material Without Question.
Builders Want to Face Uttne— Hall
the Carpenter* Would
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
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.
He Had Been a. Member of the In
terutnte Commerce Com
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
Wisconsin Central Terminal
Ordinance Will Pass.
The Firm Has Done Much for the
Company. '-\V
Howard Morri*, General Counsel,
Make* a. Statement— Not a
Great Northern Move.
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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
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
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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
| 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.
Military Men Are Skeptical About
De Wet's Insanity.
A Paris Story Says King: Edward
" Urge* Peace—Plan to Stop
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.
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
, 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. •
Charges Have Been Mailed
to the Judge.
His Answer Expected to Leave
Nome on the First Steamer.
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.
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
Russia, It Is Said, Will Adopt Pol
icy of Terrorization.
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.
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."
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.
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. ■
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
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
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,
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
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
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.,
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."

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