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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
KICE TWO CENTS. PRESIDENT McKINLEY DECLARES HE WONT STAND FOR THIRD TERM NORTHCOTT'S OVERRIDDEN Woodmen's National Conven tion Opens Aggressively. NEW RITUAL INCIDENT Head Consul Wished His Work Re viewed by Outsiders. DELEGATES OBJECTED AT ONCE They Insist That a Delegate Com mittee Shall Do the Work. The twelfth biennial session of the head -.amp, Modern Woodmen of America, opened this morning in the St. Paul audi torium, with the full complement of 629 delegates present. The morning was taken up with addresses of welcome and preliminary business, the reports of offi- cers being presented this afternoon. The only ripple of interest this morn ing came when Head Consul Northcott announced that his revision of the ritual was ready to submit. He asked that a committee be created to consider it and report. As part of the cut and dried program. Delegate Swanson of Missouri, presented a resolution creating a commit tee of ten, to be selected from members of the order outside the delegates, who should receive the same pay as delegates. The head camp was in no humor for this. The head consul's "cinch" campaign for re-election has assured him his posi tion for another two years, but it ha 3 stirred up some feeling against him. There was a chorus of protests against this resolution, and a delegate from Illi- ncis moved to lay it on the table. A viva voce vote plainly carried the motion, but the head consul called for a rising vote. The resolution to lay on the table was carried. Later, after a howl from Nebraska, which had elected another del egate, and wanted him seated. Edgar Howard, the Indian statesman, moved the appointment of a committee on ritual, to consist of ten delegates. An amendment to include two outsiders on the committee •was lost, and Howard's resolution was carried with a cheer. It was a distinct turn-down for the head consul. OpenlnK Delayed. The delegates were a little slow in ar riving at the hall. While they were col lect intj about their state banners on the main floor of the auditorium, the For esters' band of Minneapolis and the Girls' band of Went worth, Kan., poured forth stirring strains from the gallery back of the stage. Head Consul Xorthcott rapped the head camp to order at 10:30, and declared its twelfth ennunal session officially opened. Rev. James L. Churm of Waupun, Wis., head chaplain, then invoked 'the divine blessing on the session. The Woodmen's quartet of Shelbyville. Ind., sang, and Governor Van Sant was introduced to ex tend the welcome of the state of Minne sota. He said: Van Sant Speaks. Head consul and neighbors, bctli royal and common, I greet you on behalf of the great commonwealth of Minnesota, with a welcome as broad as the state. Illinois, the banner state of the order, gave to the union three of its noblest men, Lincoln, Grant and Logan, and gave 150,000 men to the union army. But Minnesota is far greater in area, and will eventually sustain a greater population. Our broad acres raise wheat to feed the world, but the output of our dairies last year ex ceeded In value the wheat crop, so that we are now entitled to be called the bread-and butter state. We rival Pennsylvania in our iron product, and can keep it up for 100 years. We have broad rivers and 7,000 sylvan lakes. I belong to this magnificent order and am proud of my membership. In behalf of 50,000 Woodmen of Minnesota I give you a neigh borly welcome. Patriotism is the need of the hour, and It ■Will always be to the credit of this order that when the Spanish war broke out, the young men were told that if they enlisted, their policies would bs paid in case they were killed in battle. In conclusion the governor welcomed the ladies and said he was only sorry that his arms were not long enough to em brace them all in his welcome. Northcott's Speech. Mayor Robert A. Smith extended the welcome of St. Paul, and after another song by the quartet. Head Consul Xorth cott replied to the address with a high tribute to Minnesota and the twin cities, concluding by extolling the order and its cardinal principle of brotherly love. He declared the order the greatest fra ternal beneficiary order in the world. The order comes with no question about its finances, and no question about its growth, when it adds 12,000 members to its ranks every month. Xeither is there any serious question about the adminis tration of the order. It is a representa tive government, and in the end every thing is determined by the votes of its members. It is the right kind of gov ernment, but its members must learn to abide by it. He continued significantly: If you" are ambitious of distinction, go at it openly, like a man. Be fair, honest and upright. Go out and hustle for what you want. You have a right to do it, but do It cpenly and above ooard. AH is well in our head camp, and during its sessions we will be guided by the fraternal epirit. On resolution of Frink of lowa, the head consul was authorized to appoint the fol lowing committees, of ten delegates each: Resolutions, rules, order of business, sala ries and compensation, head officers' re ports, and elections. Tom Williamson, of Urbana. 111., the reading clerk, announced the committees as follows: The Committees. Order of Business—B. M. Chipferf.eld.chair man, Illinois; E. C. H. Squires, Missouri; J. J. Stewart, Iowa: S. C. Rea, Minnesota; E. A. Walrath, Nebraska; I. H. L. Dodd, Michigan; A. B. Spickler, Illinois, F. A. Duxbury, Min nesota, T. J. Mathews, Wisconsin, Dr. J. O. Chambers, Kansas. Rules—J. H. Mitchell, ehfinran, Missouri; Dr. W. J. Truitt, Illinois; H. H. Fellows, Iowa; J. W. Baruett, Nebraska: L. C. Bree den, Kansas; E. H. Swascy, Iowa; A. J. An derson, Illinois; W. T. Sprake, Xorth Da kota; J. A. Marehatd, Ohio; R. A. Martin, Missouri. Resolutions—George W. Clark, cbairman, Kansas; J. J. Thompson, Illinois; F. B. In galls, Iowa; G. C. Whitman, Missouri; W. E. Wire, Illinois; C. L. Reed, Nebraska: W. F. Parish, Michigan; Z. T. Dungan, Indiana; F. B. Wickersham, Pennsylvania; A. Pierce Tomkins, Wisconsin. Head Officers' Reports—Frank E. Scott, chairman, Iowa; W. A. Panneck, Illicois; C. Continued on Second Page. CONFERENCE TAKES ACTION Trinity Tsked to Investigate Gjertsen's Case. STRONG APPEALS MADE No Dissenting Voice Heard in the Conference's Vote. WHAT REV. MR. GJERTSEN SAYS Conference la Without Authority in | the Premise* mid Is a "Non descript Body." Special to The Journal. Willmar, Minn., June 11. —The matter of Trinity church of Minneapolis and Rev. M. Falk Gjertsen, was disposed of last evening as far as the Free church con ference is concerned. The resolution be fore referred beck to the committee was returned by the committee in a some i what altered Torm, but practically con ! taining the sentiments of the resolution iof last week. The resolution, adopted without a dissenting vote, contains a re quest from the conference to Trinity church of Minneapolis to cause an investi gation of the serious charges made against its pastor, to be made as soon as possible I and to take action in the matter in the spirit of brotherly love and God's word. The resolution further solemnly asks Rev. M. Falk Gjertsen to facilitate, rather than oppose, Buch investigation ,in order that the suspicion cast on pastorand church by the charges made and by the refusal to investigate, and which has alao reflected unfavorably on sister churches, may be removed. The resolution found very little opposi tion this time. The pressure brought to bear upon the meeting by the Christian sentiment removed whatever doubt there may have been in the minds of many as to the wisdom of interfering in the affairs of «. local church. Rev. Messrs. O. Paulson, E. E. Gynild and J. S. Strand made strong appeals to the meeting to redeem itself from the charges of looseness and moral imbicillty that were sure to be made if this matter was dropped, having once been taken in hand by the conference. Not one of the many members of the minority of Trinity church present took any part in the debate at any time. The whole matter was managed by members outside of Minneapolis and intimate friends of Rev. Mr. Gjertsen. Rev. Mr. Gynild declared that Mr. Gjertsen had been a deer friend to htm, but that could not deter him from exercising proper dis cipline. Free Church and AugHbarg. The question of the relation between the Free church and Augsburg seminary caused a little flurry in the proceedings. Rev. X. Halvorson of Wanamingo, Minn., moved that the board of trustees of Augs burg seminary be asked^ to allow the an nual conference to elect'new professors at the seminary in the future, the board af terwards sanctioning su*h election. Pro fessor Ofstedal said that such requests were "boyish," asking when the Free church had ever suggested anything which the board had not always recognized. He declared that the board was ready to do anything the conference asked, but it could not change the laws of the state and give the election of teachers into the hands of the conference. Yet the board would always be willing to act on suggestions and nominations made by the conference. This seemed to be satisfactory, and the conference voted to appoint a committee of three to meet with the board next year to discues plans for establishing perma nent relations between the church and the seminary. This disposes of the matter until the next conference, when this com mittee will report. A sum o£ $4,200 was raised yesterday afternoon for the building fund of the seminary. Professors J. H. Blegen, H. N. Hendrickson, J. L. Nydahl, Wilhelm Pet tersen and H. A. Urseth were elected to spend their vacation in soliciting funds for the same purpose and to represent the seminary among the churches. The action of the Lutheran board of missions of the Free church was approved in sending P. Wien and two deaconesses to the mission field in Madagascar. Mr. Wien was educated at Augsburg seminary, the university of Louisiana and the Tuske gee Institute. He will attempt agricul tural beginnings according to civilized methods among the Christian natives. The two deaconesses will do hospital work. Papers and Discussions. Most of the time to-day has been de voted to doctrinal discussions relating to article 3 in tne apostles' creed. In thin discussion Professor G. Sverdrup of Augs burg seminary led with an able paper on "The Huly Spirit." In the afternoon Rev. G. Oftedal of Buxton, N. D., read a pa per on "The Holy Christian Church," and Professor S. Oftedal on "The Communion of Saints." Among those who took part in the discussion of the morning were Rev. Messrs. O. Paulson of Blanchard ville, Wis.; J. H. Brono of Fargo, X. D.; P. Xilsen of Minneapolis, H. J. Villesoik of lronwood, Mich.; 0. O. Wold of Fer tile, B. J. Land of Hallock, Minn.; M. S. Qanbeck of Aneta, N. D., and G. Bles sum of Clarissa, Minn. Rev. S. E. Kjelaas of Thorson, S. D., led the devotional ex ercises in the morning. The conference will close this evening. The conference has requested the home missionary committee to take up at new fields at St. Thomas, N. D.. and vicinity, Decorah, Iowa; Ishpeming, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Wis., aud vicinity; Grantsburg, Wis., and vicinity; and Marshall, Ros seau and Beltrami counties, Minnesota. The sending of a missionary preacher to the Norwegian colonists in Natal, South Africa, was postponed owing to the dis turbances of the Boer war. The confer ence decided to elect a superintendent of home missions with a salary of $800 and expenses. Rev. P. Xilsen of Minneapolis has been suggested as well fitted for the place and may be elected. The commit tee of home missions will spend $6,500 in the work during the year. WHAT GJEHTSEJi SAYS Denies the Authority of the Confer- ence to Interfere. Rev. if. Falk Gjertsen, says the Trin ity church of which he is the pastor, has never allied itself to the Norwegian Free church end that its conference now meet ing in Willinar has no more authority to interfere with the affairs of the Trinity church than with those of the Westmin ster or Plymouth churches. He further more characterizes the Free church as a nondescript body. It is unique he says and has never had its counterpart since the days of the apostles. A member of any church organization by signing the article of faith may have a vote at the TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 11/1901. Would Not Accept a Nomin&tion if Offered Him—Desires Only to Serve Out His Second Term Acceptably, Washington, June 11.—The following statement has been given out at the white house: I regret that the suggestion of a third term has beea made. I doubt whether lam called upon to give it notice. But there are now questions of the gravest importance before the administration and the country and their just consideration should not be prejudiced in the public mind by even the suspicion of the thought of a third term. In view, therefore, of the reiteration of the suggestion of it, I will say now, once for all, express ing a long settled conviction that I not only am not and will not be a candidate for a third term, but would not accept a nomination for it if it were tendered me. My only ambition is to serve through my second term to the acceptance of my countrymen, whose, generous confidence I so deeply appreciate, and then with them to do my duty in the ranks of private citizenship. WILLIAM McKINLEY. CANVASSING CANDIDATES Fairbanks' Boom the Most Business like of Any. jf*rotn Tit* Journal Bureau, Room 48, Post Building, Waanint/ton. Washington, June 11.—The announce ment that President McKinley will not be a candidate for a third term took Wash ington by surprise to-day. No one was expecting it. The boom had been put under way by Senator Depew, Representa tive Grosvenor and other stalwart repub licans, and many good people were begin ning to think McKinley was party to what was going on. At any rate, it is hardly expected that he would put a quietus upon it in such summary fashion. It is now known that last night's mys terious cabinet meeting wa3 called ex pressly that the president might get views of his advisers as to whether he should notice the third term gossip to the ex tent of denying it. Evidenly the cabinet advised the president to make the denial, for it was Issued before noon to-day and the cabinet officers seem to indorse it most cordially. Immediately rumor began to busy her self with the prominent names men tioned for the succession and for the next few days little else will be be talked by the politicians. Among those named are Vice President Roosevelt and Governor Odell of New York, Senator Fairbanks of Indiana, Senator Lodge of Massachusetts, Senator Spooner of Wisconsin, Senators Foraker and Hanna of Ohio, Senator Cul lom of Illinois and Judge Taft of Ohio. In spite of the advantage of geographi cal position and of the booming of Sena tor Mason, the name of Senator Cullom is not considered seriously. Cullom is 72. If elected he would be close to 80 when he closed his term. The friends of Vice President Roosevelt do not seem to be active. The leaders figure that the war spirit which made Teddy a hero will have so subsided by 1904 that Roosevelt will not have great strength. The boom of Senator Lodge is traceable directly to the ambitions of the Massachusetts sena- annual conference and the who*le congre gation of Willmar may vote in the confer ence. Mr. Gjertsen says that he is aware that the Augsburg party has sent a represent ative to Norway to investigate the now celebrated case, but declares that he is rather more pleased than disturbed, as he hopes that it will result in something being done GRANT IS REPAIRED United States Revenue Cutter Is Again in < 0111 mission. Seattle, Wash., June 11. —The revenue cut ter Grant, which met with an accident two weeks ago while bound for southeastern Alaska, having to return to Esquimau, B. C, for repairs, has arrived from Victoria. Sh» at once began taking on supplies and will sail again to-day, stopping at Port Townsend for an inspection of the fish canneries. The treasury department has selected the Churchill site for the public building at Eau Claire at a cost of $10,000. It Is located at Barstow and Jones streets. MRS. BOTHA AND HER BIRD CAGE. John Bull—l wonder; is it a dove of peace or a war eagle? Executive Mansion, Washington, D. C, June 10, 1901. tor. Outside the small circle of his ad mirers, Lodge sentiment lacks warmth. The most tangible and business-like boom is that of Senator Fairbanks. Its chief trouble so far has been danger that it would get loose and run away. Th« senator's, friends have been spending their energies holding back well-meaning but indiscreet partizans anxious to get up and whoop, thus drawing the fire of the enemy unnecessarily and prematurely. There is still talk of Hanna. Perry Heath, secretary of the republican nation al committee, refuses to retract, though he denies any intention to start a boom for his chief. It is noted that Heath, though an Indiana man, does not have anything good to say about Fairbanks' boom, and some people have settled upon this fact as justifying the conclusion that Chairman Hanna will oppose Fairbanks. However, this conclusion is premature. The few democrats in Washington heard to-day's announcement with disappoint ment. Senator Cockrell, Dick Bright and others have openly expressed hope that McKinley would be nominated. They re lied on their ability ot arouse the country with the cry of imperialism and to win vic tory for some democrat. One reason the announcement was made to-day was a fear lest the discussion of a third term cause j>arty dissension. Mc- Kinley hoj>es to leave the organization strong and compact, so that he may be followed by a republican who will carry out his policies and not bring discredit on him and his administration. —W. W. Jermane. CONSULTED THE CABINET All the Members Thought Such Ac tion Wuuld Be Just the Thing-. Washington, June 11.—President Mc- Kinley's official announcement disposing of the third-term idea, suggested by some of his admirers, created no great surprise among his friends who have known of his deep convictions. When Senator Depew's suggestion that the president should be elected for a third term began to be seri- MRS. KENNEDY'S DEFENSE HER BROTHER PRINCE TESTIFIES Prisoner Knocked In the Head of Her Husband as He Lay Dead. Kansas City, June 11.—The defense to day opened its side of the cases of Lulu Prince-Kennedy, on trial for the rnurde.* of Philip Kennedy, her hu«band. Tile prisoner had taken particular care in making her toilet and scanned each wit ness critically, listening intently to the testimony. Will Prince, the prisoner's brother, who is charged with being the principal character in the alleged con spiracy to kill Kennedy, was brought from his cell and placed on the stand. Thomas H. Ridge, the first witness, told of the scene in the Ridge building at the time of the murder. He had come upon the scene soon after a policeman arrived. ously discussed and when several of the president's friends felt called upon to in dorse the idea the president decided that the public mind should be instantly cleared of even the suspicion that he was seeking to break down the precedents of the past by becoming a candidate for an other term. He broached the subject to Secretary Long yesterday afternoon. He told him he believed that an announcement at the very inception of the discussion would be wise, and last night officially informed the members of the cabinet, who had been informally calle dtogether, of his decision. It met with hearty apporval. There was unanimous concurrence in the belief that public discussion, if allowed to go on, would not only place the president in -. false light before the country, but would arouse antagonism and seriously embar rass the administration in the solution of the great questions before it. The brief announcement which the president had prepared was given out by Secretary Cortelyou at noon to-day. HANNA HEARS OP IT But Mark Is Not Emphatic Against a Third Term. Cleveland, Ohio, June 11.—"It is just what I expected the president would say if he said anything at all on the sub ject," was the comment of Senator Hanna to-day. I bave never exchanged one word with the president concerning the matter, and have considered all the talk bearing on the subject as premature. According to my judgment it is too early to discuss presidential candidates for the- next term. Asked if he was in favor of maintaining the precedent established by President Washington in reference to the number of years the chief executive should hold of fic, Mr. Hanna said: I don't think the precedent set by Wash ington has a great deal to do with the mat ter, but there is undoubtedly a strong senti ment among the people against such a propo sition. Mrs. Kennedy had requested the officer to loose her hands. The doctor had said Kennedy was dead and then Mrs. Ken nedy, stepping to the prostrate form, had knocked in tne side of the head and re marked: "You'll never seduce another girl." Then Will Prince took the stand. Prince, according to a theory o£ the prose cution, was a professional mesmerist, and in nerving her up to commit the murder of Kennedy, exercised his hypnotic power over Mrs. Kennedy. Prince denied that he was a mesmerist or that he ever mesmerized a person, and said he had never been a prize fighter, as had been alleged. Prince detailed his whereabouts on the day of the murder. He denied having accompanied Mrs. Ken nedy to town a few hours before the mur der, when she was supposed to have been en route to Kennedy's office. The state tried to show that Prince left home with his sister on the afternoon of the mur der, furnishing her with a revolver en route and instructing her in what she should do when she went to her husband's office. 12 PAGES-^FIVE O'CLOCK. FIERCE TORNADO STRIKES ADRIAN Business Houses and Residences Wrecked, but No Lives Lost—Season's First Dam aging Storm. Special to The Journal. Adrian, Minn., June 11.—At about 1 o'clock this morning this village was struck by one of the heaviest tornadoes that has ever visited southwestern Minnesota. The storm commenced with a light thunder storm, increasing in force until the twister developed which did the damage. The first evidences of its' work are in the west part of town, and it went directly through the center of the city, taking a strip about 3,000 feet wide. Charles Abbott's house, the first in the western limits, was cmpletely turned around. From there to the Jones residence, about 300 feet, the wind took all the fences and sidewalks and carried them for blocks. The cupola on the Jones residence was torn off, the roof partly carried away and the-barns and outbuildings all blown to pieces. At William Marr's, the house was completely unsided and unroofed and his barns rurned upside down. Sam Jones' barn was blown over, killing his valuable horse and demolishing his new buggies. From there the storm took all the barns and sheds with it until it reached Mahi street, among them being the barns of Faragher Brothers, W. Kilpatrick and W. H. Prideaux and all other outbuildings. The big Klondike barn, 30x150 feet, was moved about three inches on its foundation. On Main street the storm first struck the furniture store of George Legros and the restaurant of Mrs. Peterson, tearing both fronts completely out and wrecking the buildings. It then took the hardware store of C. A. Sands, located across the street, and completely mashed it to pieces. It blew in the fronts of the Esser meat market and Roerig's jewelry store. Prom there to the east part of town the damage to houses, barns and other buildings is extensive, and the town presents a sorry looking sight this morning. The storm seems to have gone in sections, as at the elevators parts of roofs were carried away, and at A. S. Meachams, a half-mile north of Main street, the barn was blown into the creek. Telephone and electric light wires are scattered promis cuously over the streets and hundreds of big, fine shade trees are prostrate. This is Adrian's first experience with a tornado, and although no deaths resulted, there was at least $25,000 worth of damage done. The town is thronged with sight seers from the adjacent country, and all is excitement. KAIN AND HAIL. Perturbation of the Elements ut Other .Northwestern Points. Specials to The Journal. New Richmond, Wis., June 11. —A very heavy rainstorm, which was badly needed by the growing crops, passed over this re gion early this morning. Lightning did much damage, every manufacturing insti tution in the city, save the saw mill, now being s-hut down owing to no power. Ev ery plant in the city save the saw mill is dependent for power upon the electric plant at Somerset, eight miles west. That plant Js out of service on account of light ning, and it is impossible, to reach it by telephone to ascertain the extent of the damage. Transformers were burned out and fires SALOON MEN BARRED Labor Federation Turns Down the Liquor Men Again. BUSY SESSION AT MANKATO Boycotts of Various Kinds Declared and Lifted—Sympathy for Strikers. Special to The Journal. Mankato, Minn., June 11.—The state fed eration of labor took up reports this morning and voted that hereafter officers should furnish bonds, also that it was not advisable to put organizers in the field at this time. An address was given by G. L. Rockwell, secretary of the su preme grand lodge of the Eight-Hour-Day League of America. It was resolved to extend all assistance possible to the bag factory employes of the state in their efforts to establish their la bel on flour sacks. The union stamp of the Boot and Shoe Workers Union was in dorsed and a call made upon federation members to demand it at all times. The boycott on the Marshall-Wells Hardware company of Duluth was indorsed. Union No. 20 of Theatrical Stage Em ployes of St. Paul made a formal protest against the management of the Grand opera-house and asked the convention to assist it to make an effective boycott. The matter was referred to the federation council which will co-operate with the trade and labor assemblies of the twin cities to effect an adjustment of the trouble if possible. The Eight-Hour-Day League of America was indorsed, and a resolution of sym pathy for the striking machinists was passed. The Union Advocate was indorsed as the official paper, and encouragement was given the Union of Minneapolis and the Labor World of Duluth. Pour Minneapolis firms, manufacturers of show window sashes, were taken off the unfair list, all differences having been adjusted. A resolution was adopted de ploring the cause that led to the down fall of the label of the Woodworkers' Union of Minneapolis and pledging moral support to have it recognized by the af filiated unions of the state. The state fair board was requested to fix new dates for the annual fair so they would not con flict with Labor Day, and a committee of three will be appointed to lay the mat ter before the board. The decision of the supreme court in the case of the St. Paul Hack and Cab Drivers" union against the union station company was declared to be unjust and partial to the corporations. Laundrymen were urged to organize and the support of the federation pledged to them. A com pulsory educational law resolution was Most Critical in Algeria Mmw York Sun Spaclm! Smrvlca Paris, June 11.—Another serious disturbance Is reported from Algeria where a courier plying between St. Charles and Jemmapes was attacked by a band of natives nine miles from Jemmapes. The conductor of the cars was dangerously wounded and the natives then fired on the passengers, among whom were Father Fleohoran and his mother. As soon as the attack became known M. Julienne, the sousprefect of the district, called out the troops to search the neighborhood. The French government has seized 930 kilograms of powder and many weapons destined for the Arabs at Constantine. The Algerian situation causes the govern ment the deepest concern, and General Caze, the new commander of the French troops in Algeria, has received orders to use the severest measures if necessary. Express Companies to Consolidate ttaiw York Sun Special Servtcm New York, June 11.—Despite official denials It is: believed that what will amount to a consolidation of all express companies in the east is being planned. It is said in Wall street that the plan is to merge the American Express company, the Adams Ex press company and the United > States' Express company,- into one -company, tot which Senator Thomas C. Platt will be president. George Gould, it is said, intends/to; bring his Pacific Express company to the east with his transcontinental line and the tore* companies .will combine to meet the competition o£ the new company. i started in both the elevator and mill of the New Richmond Roller Mills company by lightning, but the blaze was promptly extinguished before much damage was done. Lightning struck in many other places. Worthington, Minn., June 11.—A heavy rain and wind storm swept this place at 1 o'clock this morning. Hail as large as hens' eggs broke windows in nearly every house in town. Several store fronts were damaged. Crocs were too small to be injured. Hampton, Minn., June 11.—A heavy hail storm struck this place at 1:30 this morn ing, doing much damage to windows and crops. Hail atones from seven to nine inches in circumference were the average. Plate glass fronts were broken. also passed. The board of control will be asked to have all prison goods marked "prison made." The fight of the previous .session was over a resolution to seat retail liquor dealers association men as delegates in the convention. The committee was opposed to an innovation of this kind, and after a warm debate its .position was indorsed by the convention. Officers will be elected and adjournment taken late this afternoon. Earlier Proceedings. The credentials committee reported in favor of admitting two representative* from Minneapolis of the retail dealers a« sociation only as fraternal delegates with out votes. The recommendation was sus tained. President Neary in his annual report said that the past year, In membership, new councils organized and financially, has been the best since the federation was started. Minnesota, he said, is classed as one of the best organized states in the Union and has a membership of nearly 30.000. He suggested that organizers be appointed through the state, recommended that an arbitration law be enacted at the next session of the legislature and spoke favorably of the Johnson arbitration bill. He complimented the work of the com mittee on legislation and gave Labor Commissioner O'Donnell credit in assisting to secure the passage of the eight-hour law, which though not what was expected, is a good start. The Eight-hour League was commended for Its good work. Since the prison has been placed under the con trol of the state board. President Neary recommends that the federation request that board to label all goods made in the penitentiary as "prison made." Secretary Treasurer Mcßwen of Duluth. made a long report Since his last report eighteen unions have become affiliated with the federation of labor. He recom mended that a committee be appointed to draft by-laws and constitution for feder ation unions in smaller citio::. Th© union label came in for good Torls, A mass meeting was held at the opera house last night and was addressed by several prominent labor officials and citi-, zens of Mankato, the purpose being to ex plain the true aims of organized labor. Labor Commissioner O'Donnell said It v.'as the intention of the bureau of labor in the near future to make extensive investiga tions as to the gonerai conditions sur rounding employes—the number of hours worked, amount of wagea received, or the amount earned each day, if on piece work. He said: "I can assure you that it is the intention of every man connected with the bureau to bring It as near the standard of perfection ac possible, and to do every thing in his power to make the next bien nial report truthful and honest in all of its departments, and one that will appeal to all classes of our citizens. I hoj>e and trust the time is not far distant when all the labor unions of the state will take an active interest in the affairs of the feder ation, from the fact that they will all be a part of it. Much good has resulted from the efforts of this body. Much more can be accomplished."