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PRICE TWO CENTS. TRAIN HELD DP IN ARKANSAS Porter Shot and Messenger Assaulted. FIGHT ON A PLATFORM Messenger Is Confronted by Four Men as He Opens the Door. THROUGH SAFE IS BLOWN OPEN -. ■■ ■...».- Slobber* Get About $3,000— Porter. la In a Critical ■ Condition. Little Rock. Ask., April 23.—1t is stated that over $3,000 was secured in the hold tip of the Choetaw, Oklahoma & Gulf pas senger train at midnight near Iron Moun tain crossing, 4^ miles west of Memphis. The train reached Little Rock half-an hour late, at 6 a. m. Sidney Drew, the negro porter, who was ehot by the bandits, was taken to St. Vincent's hospital. His condition is criti cal. C. T. Meader, the express messenger, was badly beaten over the head and ehoulders with a pistol, but he was able to continue his run. The passengers were not molested. Six masked men boarded the train, •which left Memphis at 11:40 last night, when it made the usual stop at Bridge Junction. Ark., after crossing the Missis sippi river bridge. Half-a-mile west of Iron Mountain crossing Messenger Meader started to pass from the first car to the eecond, where the express safes were. With (ions and PUtols. As he opened the door he was confronted by four men with two revolvers and two ehotguhs. One of the gang grappled with Meader and secured the pistol he carried in a belt around his waist. The train began to slow up and soon came to a full Btop. Then shooting began. The two men on the rear of the second car captured Sidney Drew, the train por ter, and made him uncouple the cars. Un der orders from two of the men who had mounted the cab. Engineer Johnson pulled the two baggage and express cars about haif-a-mile away from the rest of the train to a dense canebrake ten or fifteen miles from any habitation. When the engine stopped, George Ward, a boy who had been riding on the blind baggage car, sprang off and started into the woods. A shot brought him back to the train. 'Open the local safe or we will kill you," shouted the leader of the gans to the messenger. The messenger obeyed, and one of the men placed the contents •f the safe in a sack. Beat the MemienKer. "Now, you and the kid get into the car ahead," was the next order. Meader did not eeem to move fast enough to suit the bandit, and he fell upon Meader with the butt of a revolver, with which the messenger was severely beaten over the head and back. The boy cowered in a corner of the car and was Dot attacked. Safe Blown Open. Meanwhile four of the gang were at Work on the through safe in the second car. About a pint of nitro-glycerine was ■ poured into the edges of the door. A fuse was lighted, and all left the car. The door of the safe was blown off and hurled through the side of the car, strik ing a tree twenty yards away. It was the work of a few moments to transfer tha contents of the safe to the sack. Everything was taken. The robbers then jumped off, and, with a few parting shots, disappeared into the canebrakes. Bloodhound* on the Track. Engineer Johnson ran back to the rest of the train and as soon as the coupling •was made pulled away for Edmonson. the nearest telegraph, twelve miles distant. The affair was reported to Superintendent Harris, who immediately secured a pack of bloodhounds and hurried to the scene. Retailed to I nconple. Sidney Drew, the negro porter, refused to uncouple the train when first com manded, and one of the robbers fired at him. A LINE TO OMAHA The Milwaukee Considering Build- ing the First Link. IT WOULD TAP MANKATO FIRST The Mendota Route Said to Be in Favor, ThuuKh Another May Be Chosen. The Milwaukee Railway company has tad under consideration for several weeks a plan to build a new line running toward /the southwest from the twin cities. The line will not only open up a very valuable territory, but eventually give that road a short line to Omaha. The first part of the line would extend from Mendota to Mankato, passing through Le Sueur Center, seat of Lp Sueur county, now without a railroad. If the line is buili to Mendota, St. Paul will naturally be the chief city to gain by it. Some Minneapolis people are said to be trying to induce the Milwaukee to build the new line from Mankato via Benton Junction, which would make the mill city the chief gainer. HUNDREDS DROWNED Kltfbt Adds to the Horror of the Wreck of a Tnrkiih Ship. Constantinople, April 23.—The latest re sorts show that from 180 to 200 men were lrowned or killed in the wreck of the Turkish transport Asian near Yembo. There was savage fighting between the joldlers and sailors for possession of the Jew boats of the transport. The captain and a portion of the crew, a survivor says, seized the boats and abandoned the ship, stabbing and belabor ing with bludgeons the soldiers and pil grims who tried to enter the boats. . Th« • display *of storm warnings on Lake Pepin for the season was commenced yester day. The signals will be displayed on Lake Superior as soon as the locks at the' Soo tre opened. PETTIGREW IS IN THE RACE He Wants to Go Back to the Senate. LAYING WIRES ALREADY Babcock Says He Will Push His Free List Bill. REPLY ON McKENZIE PARDON President Ua> Heard From the Judjif* at San FraucUco •—Action Soon. From The Journal Bureau. Boom 4t5, Tot* Building, Wathlnutun. Washington, April 23.--Senator Kyle announces in Washington that ex-Senator Pettigrew will be a candidate for return to the senate next year, and he says Pet tigrew is already busy perfecting an or ganization in South Dakota, and in due time will openly come into the field. Kyle, of course, will be a candidate as a straight republican, and predicts he will win. Pettigrew has not been in Washington since congress adjourned. He went to New York and has been there since, it is said. Kyle has also been there, as have Hansbrough and McCumber. Congre s s m a n BABCOCK'S Babcock, of Wis consin, has re- REMEDY FOR turned to Wash ington for a short TRUSTS. visit. While in the west he talked with leading men regarding his bill to abolish the tariff on articles controlled by trusts. He says he purposes next winter to reintroduce his bill putting steel on the free list, and he will add plate and glass. He says the biggest men in the west heartily support him, among them James J. Hill. "I am more determined than ever to make the fight," said Mr. Babcock. President McKin- JUDGES REPLY ley has received re plies from the fed- ON M'KEXZIE eral judges at San Francisco to the ap- PARDOX. peal for the pardon of Alexander Mc- Kenzie. It is stated at the White Hous« that the president -will take up the case immediately and will announce whether or not he will grant the pardon before he starts west next Mon day. As the papers came from Califor nia directly to him, it Is impossible to get any information whether the judges still insist that the sentence imposed upon McKenzie was fair or whether they have relented and recommended execu tive clemency. —W. W. Jermane. Washington Small Talk. Mrs. Hearst is to leave in a few days for her home in California. She will stop on her way at Lead City, S. D., to inspect her free library ' and kindergarten, established mainly for the miners and their children. Two additional rural free delivery routes have j been ordered established at Jackson, Jackson county, Minn., June 1. with Peter T. Wick and Ed Smith as carriers. The routes will cover an area of eighty-three square miles and 1,098 people will be served. Postmasters' appointed to-day: Minnesota- Barrett, Grant county, J. G. Peterson; Che ney, Dodge county, J. D. Franklin; Holden, i Goodhue county, J. E. Widmey. lowa— Cleve, Marshall county, B. T. Midhous. Wis [ consin—Edgar, Marathon county, A. C. Wag ner. THE STATE IS LIABLE FOR EXTRADITION EXPENSES — But the Practice Has Been for Conn tie* to Pay —Attorney .. .... General Douglas' Killing. The last legisuature left at least one thing undone. It failed to act on an important recomemndation in the re report of ■ Attorney-General Douglas, and an - awkward condition of affairs results. Under the law, the state is bound to pay the fees and expenses of officers who go outside the state with extradition papers for criminals. For years, how ever, the counties have paid those bills, and the legislature has only allowed the governor $1,000 a year as a fund for "bounties and extradition," which has all been used In the payment of bounties. Three applications for funds were made last year by counties, but there were none available, and in his; biennial report the attorney-general advised that the legisla- i ture j either make a suitable appropria- \ tion, or else repeal the law and make counties liable. Neither course was fol lowed, however. Recently the attorney-general was called on again for an opinion, which he furnished the governor to-day. He holds that the state is liable for payment, and that under the law counties cannot be held. He finds, however, that for fifteen years or more counties have recognized the liability, also that there is not suffl cient money in the governor's fund to pay such claims. He suggests that as a mat ter of public policy the old construction of the law be followed until the legisla ture provides a remedy.- Mr. Douglas said this morning: In the long run it makes no difference to the taxpayer which pays the expense, whether state or county. In my judgment it would be better, however, to repeal the law and have payment made by counties. More care will be taken by officials in running up such bills if the county has to pay them. Attorney General Douglas' opinion also touches on the amount of fees. They are not prescribed by statute, and the attor ney general holds that the acts simply as the agent of the state. He has no author ity to draw mileage, but only actual ex penses and a reasonable fee for his serv ices. The question was raised -in Hennepin county last year, when the county com missioners refused to pay $500 for the ex penses of Detectives Howard and Murphy, incurred in bringing two forgers back from California. The*ir action was taken on the advice of Al J. Smith, assistant county attorney, who held that the county was not liable. The detectives are still unpaid. Ah to Wolf Bounties. The legislature appropriated $25,000 to pay wolf bounty claims already filed, and that sum will be sufficient, in the opinion of the state auditor, to pay claims up to July 31. No provision was made for claims in excess and the auditor has instructed county audi tors not to send in claims after Aug. 1. Whatever clams the counties pay after that time will have to wait until the next legis lature provides funds. TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 23, 1901. sir ' i Vw/ • ■ ■ i -_■-■' ■ % " " ..■*'■_ " * HOUSE AT THE HEAD He Succeeds to Places Vacated by Greatsinger and Olcott. NEW MEN FOR THE TRUST NAMED Appointments as They Affect Min neaota-Some I'neailneii lit Two Harbor*. Special to The Journal. Duluthft April 23.—The changes in man agement of the mines and fleets of the allied interests connected with the United States Steel corporation have now been settled, and so far as they affect Minne sota are as follows: T. F. Cole will have charge of the mines of the company on the Vermil llon range, and has already purchased a residence at Duluth and moved there from Michigan; W. J. Olcott of the Consoli dated mines and road will have charge of mines and explorations on the Mesaba range, and will give over the charge of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern road, which is not so congenial an occupation for him as the mining work; E. F. House, manager of the Plttsburg, Bessemer & Lake Erie road, will take the place of manager of the two roads, Duluth, Mia sabe & Northern and Duluth & Iron Range, and will move to Duluth from Pittsburg at once. He takes the place made vacant by the removal to New York of J. L. Greatsinger and the withdrawal to the mining field of W. J. Olcott. Mr. House is very highly spoken of and his advent here is looked upon as im portant. Dr. N. P. Hulst will remain in general charge of the technical and scientific work of the mining corporations, as he has been of the Oliver Iron Mining company. A. B. Wolvln of Duluth has been manager of the allied fleets, now numbering 112 ships of the largest size and all of steel of a capacity for moving in the short lake season about 10,000,000 tons of freight. He will be located at Duluth, where the fleet headquarters will be. Edwin S. Mills, Cleveland agent for the Pittsburg (Carnegie) Steamship com pany since its formation, will be the as sistant general manager with head quarters at Cleveland and will have charge of the distribution of ore from ships, a by no means small or unim portant task. J. B. Cotton, wto has been counsel for the Consolidated Mines at Duluth, will remain with the new company as general western legal repre sentative, a situation for which he is pe culiarly weil fitted, both by education, ability and tastes. It is notable that these places are filled, with the exception of that of manager of the steamship company, by men who have been identified with the Carnegie and Rockefeller branches of the com pany, and Mr. Wolvin's selection is but natural in this same connection. WANTED A LOCAL. MAX Some Disappointment Felt Among; Two Harbor Employe*. Special to The Journal. Two Harbors, Minn., April 23.—The an nouncement that E. F. House, present general manager of the Bessemer & Lake Erie railway, is to be the new general manager of the Duluth & Iron Range and Duluth, Missabe & Northern railways, is a disappointment to those who had hoped the plum would be handed out to some one nearer home. The under-officials at this point are decidedly uneasy, lest their heads may be in danger, and several resignations are said to be imminent, among them that of H. S. Bryan, master mechanic, who has served the company many years. It is said that the steel combine can, when it gets down to business, dispense with some 1,000 clerks and many higher officials, by reason of the centralization of the authority in the east in the hands of a .comparative few. It is hardly likely, however, that many sweeping changes will be made at present, a-8 such a policy would be wholly contrary to any precedent of the past; the em ployes of the road having always been treated as well, and perhaps better, than anywhere else in the country. RED WING CITY ELECTION. Special to The Journal. Red Wing, Minn., April 23.—The city election yesterday resulted: Mayor, J. H. Rich, (rep.-dem.); treasurer, L. C. Strom berg, (dein.); alderman, at large, Ed Johnson; first ward, C. E. Friedrich'; sec ond, S. H. Haynes; third, F, W. Reipert; fourth, A. R. Brink; board of education, at large, C. H. Meyer; first ward, C. D. Williston; justices of the peace, G. H. Diepenbrock and I. S. Kellogg. ANOTHER OHIO FLOOD. Tom Johnson—Well, it's subsiding and I'm glad of it. FIGHT FOR PROSPERITY Expansion the Nevf Issue in the South. POSITION OF^UUBIN Old Democracy Has Handicapped Southern Progress. FIRST BATTLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA Senator la Still a Democrat, He Will Preach Expansion to His People. Umw York Sun Somctal Servica* Washington, April . 23.—Senator Mc- Laurin of South Carolina is here, fresh from his controversy with his vitriolic colleague, Senator Tillman. There is no idea of taking the back track in the new 'south movement so far as Senator Mc-r Laurin is concerned. During the whole of the campaign he purposes to force the fighting on the expansion issue. He will declare himself as much of a democrat as ever, but openly will take the ground that the old traditionary democracy, which in volves opposition to every policy initiated by republicans, is at the bottom of the comparative lack of prosperity of the south. Senator McLaurin says lie will not de fend his support of the expansion policy of the administration, but rather will ad vocate expansion as meaning the best pos sible thing commercially for the south. He says he is quite willing to sink or swim on this issue. He believes the cot ton growing south is the greatest gainer by extending the sphere of American trade to the Philippines, and China, where the people use cotton garments almost to the exclusion of everything else. This campaign cry of expansion as the best thing for the south is to be the cen tral issue in the South Carolina cam paign. In spite of rumors afloat, Senator McLaurin believes that President McKin- ley's administration, so far as its tariff and expansion features are concerned, has benefited the south, and he believes the people of South Carolina are ready to see this. NO VOTE ON FRANCHISES senate: kills lenroot's bill An»embly Committee Still Silent as to the Primary Election .Measure. Special to The Journal. Madison, Wis., April 23. —The assembly spent two hours to-day in disqussing the railway taxation bill, increasing the rate from 4 to 5% per cent for the big roads, and finally took a recess to 3 o'clock with out coming to a vote. The bill was re ported for immediate postponement by- a committee majority of five to four. The Lenroot franchise bill, providing that franchises granted by cities must be submitted to a vote of the people upon pe tition, passed by the assembly after a long struggle, was killed by the senate to-day by a vote of 16 to 13. The bill appropriating $20,000 to strengthen the Wisconsin river levee at Portage brought out some opposition in the senate on constitutional grounds, but was concurred in—24 to 5. The resolution fixing the date for final adjournment was laid over by the senate, but after the session the republican sen ators held a caucus and agreed to make the date May 11. There is no report yet on the primary election bill from the assembly committee. A caucus of friends of the Stevens bill was held before the session, but nothing was accomplished. DANGER ABOUT.OVER Ohio River Will Not Rise as High as Expected. SITUATION TO-DAY IN CINCINNATI Some Towns Are Still Under Water and Without Light and Heat. Cincinnati, April 23.—Although thei Ohio is still rising and the backwaters of the Little Miami and Mill creek sur round the city, there is no longer any alarm here on account of the flood, as it is confidently predicted the river will not reach as high a stage as expected. Thes tage of the Ohio showed 55.8 feet at 9a. m. It is believed the maximum will be reached in less thap twenty-four hours and that it will not exceed 58 feet, or within 14 feet of the record. All driven from their homes here and elsewhere have been well cared for. The Central Union passenger station was abandoned to-day because the injury to cars and engines is too great. Freight depots reached by crossings over the tracks now submerged, were abandoned. The stage at Cincinnati at noon was 54.3. Towns in Darkness. At Gallup, Ky., on the Big Sandy, a washout broke the natural gas main, leav ing the city last night without fuel and in darkness. Steel plants and other fac tories at Ashland, Ky., and elsewhere along its line were closed. At Middle Fork, Ky., Jacob Tussey was drowned while rafting logs. At Portsmouth the river is 55 feet 5 inches and not likely to rise much more. All homeless families have been cared for. At Ironton, Ohio, the river is 56 feet 9 inches, and rising one inch per hour. West Ironton and all the territory in the lowlands along the creeks are inun dated, making hundreds of families home less. The natural gas supply has been cut off by a landslide from all cities and towns along the Ohio between Ironton and Huntington. Industries are suspended and railroad and street railway traffic has stopped. The destitute are quartered in public buildings. HILLS 111 WING AGAIN Boards of Health Take Step* to Pre- vent Disease, Pittsburg, April 23.—The officials of the Allegheny Bureau of health have- com menced : a thorough .inspection of the flooded districts. Houses that were in undated will be cleansed and disinfected to prevent disease. A similar inspection will be made in this city. Work was resumed to-day at many mills along the' river fronts and within forty-eight hours all the plants will be in operation. .. • . - The rivers continue to recede here and at the headwaters. At 1:30 o'clock the stage of water in the Monongahela river was 17 feet 3 inches. IP TO SECOND STORIES Flood Sufferer* Are Sheltered in School Houses. Gallipolis, Ohio, April 23.—Point Pleas ant has seven feet of water in its busi ness houses, and in the lower portion of the town the water is creeping into the second stories. Many families are cared for in schoolhouses and by neighbors. The depots at Middleport and Pomeroy are under water. \ Five thousand barrels of salt were al most given away to save it at the Pom eroy mills. A coal famine is imminent. From Parkersburg down, the river is still rising, but it probably will commence falling by nightfall. BORN DURING QUARANTINE Bodies of Dead Twin!) Burled In a Back; Yard.' Special to The Journal. Council Bluffs, lowa, April 23.—A sad story has been brought to light by the release from smallpox quarantine of Mrs. Charles of 320 East Broadway. Dur ing the period of quarantine she gave birth to twin babies. The babies died and were buried ia the yard back of the residence. When she was released from quarantine she broke down with grief and asked permission to have the remains re moved. The board of supervisors au thorized an undertaker to give the twins a decent burial. - Albany, :' N. ■» V. —The » state tax rate for the next \ fiscal : year : has . been fixed .at i 1.21' mills, the lowest in forty year*. 12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. LIGHT ON INDIAN TIMBER CUTTING Secretary Hitchcock Praises The Journal's In vestigation of Lumbering on the Reservations. He Advocates Changes in the Law to Prevent Collusion, to Sell by Scale and to Sell the Land. « From The Journal Bureau, Room AS, J*o«l Building, Wathinyton. Washington, April 23.—Secretary Hitch cock read with much interest the article in last Saturday's Journal relating to the cutting of green timber on the Leech Lake and other reservations by dead and down contractors. He was specially pleased at the fair treatment accorded every one con nected with the case and the evident im partiality of the statements made. He said: I must thank The Journal for having made this investigation. it shows conclu sively that the paper is not prepared to in dorse all the wild statements made in connec tion with the cutting of dead and down tim ber, and at the same time it desires to shield no one" who has violated or apparently has violated contracts, nor any official of the de partment who might have connived at green timber cutting. TheJournai has gone further into this question than I have. My reports, received by way of the Indian office, are yet incomplete and do not show the amount of timber cut nor the percentage of green in the total cut. The Journal's statement gives facts and figures, 1 am pleased to note, and does not Indulge in speculation. As soon as the reports are all in I shall determine whether further proceedings can be had against the contractors who cut green timber under cover of dead ahd down con tracts. If there is any law that will reach them I shall certainly set it in operation and shall punish offenders to the- limit. One effect of The Jo vm a l's exposure will be fully to impress every one with the absolute necessity for the amendment of the present law. That fact was impressed upon me at the outset of the investigation. What the department wants is not a new law, but simply such changes in the present statute as will enable us to get a fair estimate of the timber on the land, to prevent collusion among purchasers of the timber to sell it when cut according to scale, to let the land which has been cut over revert to the govern ment for disposal as agricultural land, thus netting the Indians an additional $1.25 an acre, which will be deposited in tribal funds, or will be used to defray the expense of dis posing of the timber. With such modifica tions 1 feel sure that there will be no more scandals in connection with the disposal of this land, such as have agitated that country for the past seven or eight years. I notice that The Journal absolves Captain Mercer from any blame for green timber cutting. I am satisfied that he has administered the law as strictly as possible. That is evidenced by his having secured about $100,000 for green timber at prices as good as could have been obtained for timber in the open market. Such reports as we have, had from Captain Mercer show that he was deter mined to hold the contractors to the strict letter of their contracts, and every step he took to prevent violations was approved by me. I knew it was physically impossible for him personally to supervise the cutting in all the camps, and I am surprised that he has done as well as he has. I sincerely hope that at the next session of congress we will get authority to dispose "FIFTY OR SO" WIVES Count Leopold de Melville Is Accused of De serting the Daughter of a Grand Rapids Clergyman. Chicago, April 23.—1n the arrest of Count Leopold de Melville, otherwise known a3 Leo Fralquini, who is held by the New York police on a charge of bigamy, sworn, to by a brother of one of the Chicago wives, there was brought to light in this city a romance whose unfolding reveals the count as the hero of more than one hundred love affairs, says the Chronicle. He is declared to be the husband of an assort ment of wives, whose number a recently deserted wife in Chicago estimates at not lfcss than "fifty or so." As a duelist in Europe the count became celebrated nearly a generation ago. Hia duels were always fought for love, and the wounds h© bears proudly. He at last broke with his father, a nobleman high in the court and councils of the King of Belgium, and came to this country. Such was the narrative detailed at her home in this city by Mrs. Hannah Hen son de Melville, who married Count de Melville in this city Aug. 21, 1900, and lived with him as his "countess" until about three weeks ago. A few days before April 1 of this year the count is said to have eloped with a young woman from River dale, whom, it is alleged, he married in this state and took with him to New York. When she learned of the other wife she returned to Chicago. When arrested in New York, the count is reported to have told Detective Burke he had so many wives that he was unable to keep track ofeven their names and could form no idea as to their real number. The deserted countess is the sister of Rev. John Henson, pastor of a church at Grand Rapids, Mich. She came to Chicago to visit the world's fair and met the count. She returned to her brother's home and did not see the count again until last fall when she married him. The count will be brought to Chicago. New York, April 23.—Count Leo de Melville, the New York police say, was em ployed here as a waiter under the name of Talquin. END THE LAKE STRIKE Steel Trout Likely to Accept Amend- Ed Wage Schedule. Cleveland, Ohio, April 23.—A revised wage schedule was submitted to the offi cials of the United States Steel corpora tion vessel Interests to-day by the ex ecutive committee of the • Marine En gineers' association. It is believed it will be accepted, which would result, it is said, in a settlement of the engineers' strike. DEATH OF DR. CLEMMER. Special to The Journal. Cresco, lowa, April 23.—Dr. .1. J. Clemmer died last night of apoplexy. He came here In 1856 and was a druggist and prominent breeder of black polled cattle. Count Tolstoi Expelled From Russia ".".■... ■ .*,"," ■ '- ■■■.-■■■■■-■■■■■.■:■■ : : ■ ■ ■■,■■. London, April 23.—A special dispatch from .Vienna, says ; the czar has signed a decree expelling Count Tolstoi from Russia, and teat the decree ■ lias beta serve* 1 'iInBHBHHBHBBSSBHffi^^^^^'' -; ' >T :SSS^ of the lands in accordance with the plan 1 have outlined. —W. W. Jermane. AX OBVIOUS ERROR Thirty-nine Sections Instead of Three—Typographical Mistake. In The Journal's story Saturday of illegal green pine cutting on the Min nesota Indian reservations it was said as an evidence of the discrimination exer cised by a lumber company that it had "tapped three sections to secure the 13, --000,000 feet of dead and down timber con tracted for." It should have read thirty nine sections instead of three. The error occurred in a mistake in composition. Another accidental slip was the state ment that the contractor makes the dif ference between the cost to him of land ing the logs and the purchase price. The difference between what the contractor is paid for delivering the logs and what the purchasers pay for them goes to the In dian fund,—substantially all of it. The contractor makes the difference between his expenses and the contract price. WM. JBOXGA WRITES Appeals to Senator Nelson for As- distance. A characteristic Indian plaint regarding the cutting of pine on the reservation is found In a letter from William Bonga at Leech Lake to Senator Nelson. The quaint letter follows: My Friend—l ask you why Agent Mercer gives white men contracts to cut pine on our land and refuses to give Indians a chance to log? The law and only authority to cut dead pine is in the Indian bill of 1897. This you know better than I says to give Indians work, not white men contracts to cut green pine. More than ever was done before. Never were Indians robbed as now. Soon the logs wtll be down the river or sawed into boards. What will you. Senator Clapp or committee see next summer when mosquitoes bite? Nothing. What will you see" then? Green, pine? No. Maybe ride on Agent Mercer's pleasure boat. \ Did not Mr. Rice come to Indians and make contract and agreement how all busi ness be done by commission for Minnesota Chippewag? Indian commission, President Harrison and all signed this contract for Nelson law. What has beea done? All time* they have broken the law, broken faith every way with these Indians. These Indiana are for peace, have always been or they would rise up and die to the last man the way they have been treated. There may be some things about the Nel son law we don't like, but it ia the beat of fered. It is a solemn, binding contract and it is the law and 1 ask who has a right to overturn or change any part of that contract without even consulting the parties making the agreement. Who has any right to stop all work under the Nelson law and start up other for which no word in the contract was spoken? I could ask you much more, but will wait. Our people are anxious and restless. Notice my words. Send honest men to look at the green pine at once. Your friend, —William Bonga. INDICTMENT FOR PATRICK FOR THE MURDER OF W. M. RICH Short and Meyer Are to Be Indicted. on a Charge of Forgery. New York, April 23.—1t is said an order has been given by the grand Jury for an indictment against Albert T. Patrick on the charge that he caused William M. Rice's death and against David L. Short, and Morris Meyer on charges of forgery In having signed as witnesses a forged Rice will.