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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
FRENCH AND TURKS
SEVER RELATIONS
French Ambassador Charges a Double Breach
of Faith, Accusing the Sultan
Personally.
If the Porte Doesn't Come to Time Soon the
Turkish Ambassador at Paris Will Be
Given His Passports.
Constantinople, Aug. 21.—The French
ambassador, M. Constans, has notified the
sultan's first secretary that all diplomatic
relationn between France and Turkey are
broken off and that the ambassador has
informed his government to this effect.
M. Constans communicated direct with
the aultan because the latest negotiations
were transacted with the sultan personal
ly. The ambassador justifies his action on
the ground that the sultan broke his di
rect, personal promise, given to M. Con
stans at an audience In the Yildiz Palace,
Thursday, regarding the purchase of the
quays and the settlement of the disputed
French claims. The foreign minister also
gave formal assurance that the agree
ment would be carried out; so in view of
this double breach of faith, M. Constans
holds that It is impossible for France to
continue diplomatic relations with Turkey.
Paris. Aug. 21.—A high official of the
foreign office said to-day that the exact
situation at Constantinople is as follows:
The sultan, at the last audience to M.
Constans, agreed to send to the latter the
same or the following day a document
giving complete satisfaction to France re
garding the claims of French citizens end
in the matter of the quays, in accordance
with the terms arranged between the sul
tan and M. Constans verbally. Instead of
doin& this the sultan waited until yester-
Death Rate Lower,
Average Age Higher
Washington, Aug. 21.—The census bureau to-day issued a bulletin eivlne the
mortality statistics during the census year in the states and territories and Se
? P«« C ff reglStration Cities" The total ™ber ot deaths reported for the ye ar was
1.039,094. as against 841.419 for- 1890. Perhaps the most important feature of the re
sults presented is found in the decrease in the general death rate in the registration
area of 1.8 per 1.000 of population, a decrease of nearly 10 per cent The avS«T«e
at death in 1890 was 31.1 year*; in 1900 it was 35.2 year. average age
TWO POLICEMEN LET OUT
SUELLEY A>D BURLI "RESIGX"
i
Stavlo and Ward Are Promoted to
Fill the Vacancies Thus
Created.
Lieutenant Ole M. Shelley and Sergeant
Gus Burli, of the South Side police station,
tendered their resignations tjbls afternoon
on request of the mayor. They were ac
cused of drunkenness and brutality to the
men under them.
Shelley and Burli have served on the
force since 1882, having been appointed by
Mayor Ames during his second adminis
tration. Burli was removed by Mayor
Pillsbury in 1884 but was reinstated when
Dr. Ames went into office again two years
later. Shelley has served continuously.
Until January of this year, when they were
promoted, they walked "beats" in down
town districts.
Stavlo and Ward Promoted.
The lieutenancy and sergeancy thus made
vacant were promptly given to John Stav
lo and John Ward.
ANCIENT SPANISH MINE
Old Indian's Secret May Enrich
Some Texas Men.
.V«*» Torlc Sun Sptciai Service
El Paso, Texas, Aug. 21.—Considerable
excitement prevails here over the discov
ery of an abandoned shaft of an ancient
Spanish mine, a few miles from this city,
in the Franklin mountains. At a depth of
125 feet the shaft was found to be closed
by a solid wall of masonry. It was found
by J. C. Criss by means of ancient charts
and descriptions furnished him by an aged
Indian who was once a resident of the
border. He told Criss that before aban
doning the mine and walling it up, the
Spanish priests stored all the costly gold
and silver images from their churches.
A local stock company was formed to-day
to explore the shaft for the hidden wealth.
SMALLPOX STATISTICS
Minnesota Hat the Misfortune to
Head the List.
Washington, Aug. 21.—The public health
report just issued by the marine hospital
service shows the existence of 8,258 cases
of smallpox in the United States against
. 3,342 at the same time last year. Minne
sota had the largest number of cases—
1,152.
Mighty Underground l^ivcr
- Bmw York Sun SomnlolSstfvtam
Marion, Ohio, Aug. Roaring wells In widely separated parts of the state
Indicate; the existence of a mighty subterranean" river that flows across the state at
.%■ depth of comparatively few feet below the surface, at least at certain places The
. latest .of the roaring wells is at Chardon, a suburb of Cleveland. • The men have
refused to work In it and plans are being made to dynamite it, ; The phenomena are
1 exactly the same. as those noticed in a well on the farm of Mrs. Amanda Ensminger
i near here: When this well had been dug to a ; depth of about fifty feet the roaring
; noise became alarming, and during the night the bottom fell out ; and left an opening
- into a subterranean stream that was so swift that it was ; impossible to sound it. The
well*' at ? Chardon ; are .; evidently on ; the same underground . river, for :■ the phenomena
. are . Identical and . indicate that the mighty unseen extends across the state from
north to south. -."•",• .•-. , .. ■. , „ --„■-',.-.:■■■■•.,:.
day, when he sent M. Constans a docu
ment, the terms of which differed essen
tially from those arranged.
Thereupon M. Constans declined to ne
gotiate any further or to hold other com
munications with the porte and referred
the matter to the French foreign office.
His dispatch arrived last night. As the
matter stands relations between M. Con
stans and the porte are broken off, but
France and Turkey are still in diplomatic
relations through the Turkish ambassador
at Paris.
"If the sultan does not keep his prom
ises," continued the informant, "we will
have to recall M. Constans and send the
Turkish ambassador his passports. A so
lution is probable within the next two
days.
'.'No naval action on the part of France
has yet been decided upon. The stories
in the papers to the effect that French
warships are under orders to be in readi
ness to proceed to the- Bosphorus have
no foundation in fact. Such a measure
might, of course, become necessary, but
that eventuality has not yet been consid
ered by the French government."
London, Aug. 21.—Diplomatic opinion in
London generally approves of the French
action toward Turkey. It appears that the
chancellors of Europe have been consider
ably annoyed by the sultan's recent efforts
to reassert himself and to shake off the
limited control exercised by Europe over
certain parts of his administration. The
sultan's dispatch of a mission to the far
cast also was displeasing to the great pow
ers. The latter, therefore, are expected
generally to welcome France's rebuff of
the sultan.
A NEW PROFESSOR
General Assembly Adds One to New
L'lm Seminary Faculty.
Special to The Journal.
Mankato, Minn., Aug. 21.—Before ad
journing yesterday afternoon the general
assembly of the German Lutheran church
concluded to add one more professor to
the faculty of the seminary at New Ulm
and drop the present business department
Rev. K. F. Schulze of Mankato, was
chesen general superintendent of home
missions. Rev. O. Koch of Columbus
Us., and Rev. C. Dowidat of Oskosh' '
YVis. were re-elected members of the i
Doard of Indian missions, and Rev W !
F. Bergeman of Fond dv Lac Wis and i
E Weger of Milwaukee were elected to
the same board.
Dr. Xotz of Northwestern university
was made chronologist and Rev \ E
Toepel of Iron Ridge, Wis., statistician'
A proposition to convene the synod
every three years instead of bi-ennially as
heretofore was adopted, provided that it i
is ratified by three districts. Messrs
Naerenberg and Weinsheimer of Milwau
kee, were chosen trustees.
EPILEPTIC PARASITE
Illinois Doctor (hums to Have Made
'a Great Discovery.
2T*e York Sun .Special Servia*
r^t rb6« da& UlC' Au§- 21.-Professor
George H. French, curator of the Normal
University museum, has cured Mrs R N
Crane of Tamaroa of epilepsy, after three
weeks treatment. Professor French a
year ago/announced that he had discov
ered a new parasite, which, he claimed
produced epilepsy. Since then he ha 3
continued his investigations, treating
patients in all sections of the country
TWO EMPERORS
"No Political Significance" to Meet.
ins of Ciar and Kaiser.
Berlin, Aug. 21.-lt is learned from the
best possible source that neither Count
yon Buelow nor Count Lamsdorf will be
present at the meeting of the czar and
German emperor, and that the meeting
2,HM Urei l 7 Personal aflair «d has no
political significance.
PETITION FOR INTERVENTION
Brussels. Aug. 21.-A committee of prom
inent pro-Boers is organizing a petition in
favor of intervention in South Africa. The
petition will be presented to the czar yn the
occasion of his visit to France.
WEDNESDAY ICVENIN& AUGUST 21, 1901.
GOLD MEN
IN SADDLE
lowa Silver Men Get a Sur
prise.
COMMITTEE STANDS 6-5
Reaffirmation Given a Preliminary
Blow at Dcs Moines.
NO CANDIDATE IN SIGHT YET
lowa Democrat* Hard Preiied for a
Candidate to Go Againat
Cnmmlni,
Special to The Jeurnal.
Dcs Moinea, lowa, Aug. 81.— issue
in the district caucuses this raocaiug was
affirmation of the Kansas City platform or
NO POLITICS IN THEIR MEETING.
The Kaiser—Now Nick, what I really want to know is: how do you make your whiskers so nice and smooth.
silence thereon in the state platform. The
! anti-silver men showed unexpected
: strength in selecting members of the com
! mittee on resolutions. Cato Sells was
\ beaten in the fifth district for the resolu
i tions committee by Monrce Jackson of
! Tipton, a gold man. In the third district,
i the state leader of the silver forces who
; suported J. D. Denison of Wright county
| was turned down and William Higbee of
jlndependence was chosen.
All the caucuses were marked by bit
ter fights. In the second, third, fourth,
fifth and eleventh districts the anti
reafflrmation men gained full control. In
| the tenth, J. L. Powers of Carroll, a gold
> man, was selected over W. I. Branlgan of
! Palo Alto, a silver man, by 64% to 62%.
The . district indorsed reaffirmation, but
Powers was left unuinstructed. ..In the
ninth, there were no instructions and W.
F. Cleveland of Shelby, a gold man of
Burlington, was chosen for the resolu
tions committee. He was bound by in
structions to reaffirmatlon. In the sixth,
a gold man was chosen, but instructions
for reafflrmation given. But two genuine
silver men were selected. -. : V. .
The following constitute the resolutions
committee: First, J. J. Seerley of Burl
ington; second N. D. Ely „of 'Davenport;
third William Higbee of Independence;
fourth Senator A. C. "Bishop of Elkader;
fifth, Monroe Jackson of Tipton; sixth, D.
Hamilton of Sigourney; seventh, Walter
H. Butler of Dcs Moines; eighth, Claude
Porter of Centerville; ninth, W. F. Cleve
land of Shelby; tenth, J. L. Powers of Car
roll; eleventh, E. C. Herrick of Cherokee.
Another Anti-Silver Victory. ;: ;
The convention opened at 9:45. The
address of Temporary Chairman E. M.
; Sharon, of Davenport, contained no refer
ence to the Kansas City platform or to
Bryan. It dwelt. strongly on state is
sues, particularly equitable railroad taxa
tion. The convention applauded - Mr.
Sharon's declaration that the contest be
tween Cummlngs and Blythe and Hubbard
was a fight between rival railroads.
The anti-silver men won in the commit
tee on permanent organization by select
ing ex-Mayor John Redmond, of Cedar
Rapids ■ for permanent chairman • against
Judge W. A. Spurrier, of Dcs ; Moines, a
silver republican. ...
.; ' CAN'T FIND A MAN--'."- : ~- ■
Another Appeal to Cato Sells—Rou
tine Proceedings. ■' .
Dcs Moines, lowa, Aug. —The demo
crats of lowa met her: to-day to nominate
a full ticket to oppose that put Yin the
field a week ago by the republicans at Ce
dar Rapids. :■■■'' >
„ There _were 500 , delegates in attendance
when; State ; Chairman Huffman called the
convention ito : order. .-'•.-. He presented i, the
temporary/officers as follows: Temporary
chairman/ E. M. Sharon,; of Scott; tempo-;,
rary secretary, H. A. Nash, of Dallas;
clerk, J. H. Glllespie.
Chairman Sharon addressed the con
vention briefly, committees were appoint
ed and the convention took a recess until
afternoon.
At Sea for a Candidate.
So far the man to be selected for the
head of the ticket Is entirely problemat
ical. Absolute withdrawal by Cato Sells
left half a dozen candidates with only lo
cal strength, none of whom seems to be
satisfactory to the leaders. Delegations
called on Mr. Sells early to-day and
pleaded for him to reconsider. However,
he again refused to permit the use of his
name. Gossip then veered to Mayor Phil
lips, of Ottumwa.
District caucuses held before the con
vention came to order developed nothing
tangible. Another conference was called
during the recess in the hope of evolving
a solution.
Diverge Elements.
Both sides will be heard before the com
mittee on resolutions and it appears prob
able that the question of reaffirming the
Kansas City platform will be fought over
on the floor of the convention.
The silver men, led by J. S. Murphy, de
mand that the convention in specific terms
approve the silver plank of the Kansas
City platform, while ttie gold standard
men maintain that the resolution of re
affirmation should read: "Resolve that
"we indorse the time-honored principles of
the democratic party" and that no other
mention be made of previous platforms.
What Sharon Said.
Chairman Sharon, in accepting the gavel
as temporary chairman, spoke in part as
follows:
The democratic party must not be a nega
tive party—a party of mere opposition. ... It
cannot be a party of calamity which draws
vitality and success from industrial or finan
cial depression. It will merit success" be
cause it grapples the problems of the present
and brings to their solution wise statesman-;
ship, the wisdom that comes from ■lemocratic |
principles, because it is guided by the com
pass of the constitution, ever pointing to the
great declaration of human rights which the
fathers proclaimed at the beginning and fixed
in the firmament of our national life. From
that guide and that object we get our cardinal
principles of equality of all men—natural and
corporate—to : enjoy the right* and bear the
burdens of government. .'
While it remedies the wrongs of special
legislation for favored classes, it will labor
for the upbuilding of right industrial and
commercial progress," for real expansion from
within that will'make our country the great
political and commercial power of the world,
while all of our people will share in its pros
perity while they enjoy the blessings of free
government and the noblest citizenship. We
are facing to-day conditions that are moment
ous, destructive to our industries, our com
merce and the welfare of our —condi-
tions that have been created by the republican
party in violation of the democratic doctrine
of equal rights to all and special privileges to
none— it was the destiny of the United
States to be the great American power, the
dominent power of the western hemisphere.
Imperialism and Trust*.
- Imperialism and trusts are the two great
dominant evils of our national life. ':.'.They,
produce the two great issues which the demo-'
cratic party must meet. r The colonial policy
of the administration had its inspiration and
its demandj' from place j hunters, g concession
grabbers, from those who have or seek special
privileges in our I acquired \ possessions. plf
the administration had said to those who
sought concessions in Havana and . Manila
that its policy ; was equal j rights to .' all - and
special privileges to none, we would have- had
no war in the Philippines 'and our army of
occupation would long age have left Cuba.
There can be no solution of the trust prob
lem there can be :no breaking , down >of
monopoly until government favor is 1 with
drawn from them.. Destroy monopoly',and
special t class j privileges j and ■ you.; kill the
trusts? Commence in the patent office,. the
fountainhead 'of legalized monopoly. < '
If the ■> government : at : Washington ; would
, demand that the stock of every corporation
licensed by it represents money or property
at its actual worth—if it will see that it gets
no undue advantage from \ the transportation
companies—that it uses jno ; unfair means to
destroy legitimate. competition—that '. it \ sells
its products for a fair price—that it treats its
employes honestly and j pays fair wages for, a
fair day's work —if It will oblige it to pay an
income tax upon its possible; earnings, we
would find a great many Napoleons of finance
losing interest in what are now the vast
monopolies and trusts jof * the • world, ,' and
honest business i men could ■ use their methods
of operation for the benefit of -.. our in
dustries. '.':•■ ■':.- '.•■■• ;>',".;.■" '■'•'/'■■.':
Duty of the State*. ""
. If congress persists in refusing to submit
necessary amendments ■to the constitution |of
the United States it is the duty of the states
to call ai' convention i for that -purpose and
revise f the " constitution^ by adding^ to; it , the
grants necessary .to enable congress Ito con
trol 3. the ■ trusts, destroy .". monopoly,' provide
for :an " lacuna 5 tax .on persons v and i corpora- 1
Contlmied on Second Page.- ■' ,
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ANTI-TRUST
CHALLENGE
Speedy Reply to the Letter
of Atty. Gen. Knox.
EVASION IS CHARGED
Admission of Connection With
Trust's Progenitor Pointed Out.
ASKED TO SECURE TESTIMONY
Will Knox Offer a Reward for Evi
dence of Violation of Fed
eral Statute*.
Washington, Aug. 21.— H. P. Martin,
chairman of the joint committee of the
American Anti-Trust League and District
Assembly 66, Knights of Labor, has made
reply to tt»o letter of Attorney-General
Knox, sent to the committee yesterday.
He says in part:
We were not aware that there was any im
propriety in a citizen or body of citizens
publicly addressing the chief prosecuting offi
cer of the United States in reference to grave
violations of law that were being commuted
to the great injury of the people of the United
States. Attorney General Knox says
"Neither at the time of the formation of the
United States Steel corporation, nor at any
time, was I officially connected with the
Carnegie Steel company." This looks like a
very sweeping denial on the part of the at
torney general aa to many charges that have
been made in the public press to the effect
that he was formerly connected with the
Carnegie company, or the steel trust.
But the force and effect of this denial are
entirely destroyed by the remarkable admis
sion which the attorney general makes in the
next sentence when he says: "I was form
erly one of '4m legal advisers in tho conduct
of its manufacturing business."
This language of. the attorney general cer
tainly looks evasive in view of the fact that
it is currently believed that the mem
; bers of the steel combine selected one
of their former attorneys for attorney general
In order that they might have a friend at
court in time of ropul&r clamor for the en
forcement of the law against trusts.
We will give him an opportunity now to
reassure the people as to his desire and in
terest to enforce the law against trusts. Will
Attorney General Knox offer a reward for
the production of the Incriminating evidence
against these trusts for which we asked and
which he snys he dots net possess? Wtll be
announce to-morrow that the department of
justice of the United States will pay a sub
stantial reward to any person or persons
who will produce evidence' that will lead to
the arrest and conviction of any person or
corporation guilty of. violating the federal
statutes against trusts? Let him do this and
institute vigorous proceedings against trust
law-breakers and the people will no longer
have doubts as to his faithfulness to his
oath of office and he will no longer be the
target for criticism, innuendo and invective
on the part of the press because of the fact
that, while the trusts ride rough shod over
the people, the attorney general, who is tho
sole officer under the federal law who is
vested with authority to prosecute them, re
fuses to take any action.
,
KNOX PLEADS IGNORANCE:
Attorney General Knows Nothing
About the Steel Trust.
Washington, Aug. 21.—Attorney Gen
eral Knox has sent the following let
ter to the joint commission of the Amer
ican Anti-Trust league and district as
sembly 66, Knights of Labor, in reply
to one from the committee requesting
information from Mr. Knox regarding the
United States Steel corporation:
H. B. Martin, Chairman Joint Committee of
| American Antitrust League-
Sir: I have the honor to acknowl
edge the receipt or your letter of Aug. 19.
1901, in which you request me to obtain for
you certain information with reference to cer
tain alleged "agreement or agreements" be
tween the constituent companies and indi
viduals who organized the United States
Steel corporation.
Primarily, permit me to say that your re
quest is founded upon an erroneous assump
tion. 1 do not know who the individuals are
12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
WHAT IS LEFT FOR
SHIPPERS TO DO?
Geo. H. Partridge Shows That They Exhausted
Conciliatory Measures Before Assuming
Their Present Attitude.
He Believes the "Omaha" Road Is Holding Out
to Keep Minneapolis Interests Dis
organized.
It was not until the ordinary methods of negotiation had been exhausted by the
Commercial Club freight committee that the Minneapolis city council was asked to
hold up the desired street vacations pending concessions from the Omaha road. ThU
much was made clear this morning by George H. Partridge, of the club's freight com
mittee. A recent editorial in the Commercial West alluded to the method of handling
the Omaha matter as a mistake, an allusion which Mr. Partridge believed indicates a
lack of information regarding the history of the controversy with the Omaha. In
reference to the general status of the controversy Mr. Partridge's statement will do
much to clear away any possible misunderstanding as to the reasonableness of the
Commercial Club even after the concessions, asked privately, had been refused and
the opposition to the street vacations desired by the Omaha became the only recourse,
A REVIEW OP THE CONTROVERSY
Mr. Partridge said:
"While there are some features of the case that have not before been published,
the committee of aldermen, and all others who have inquired, have known that the
Commercial Club did not propose to oppose vacating the streets unless all their Re
quests were granted, and the committee, or at least the majority of the committee, did
not expect a favorable answer to all the demands, and pains was taken to notify the
Omaha officials that a compromise proposition would be favorably considered. In
view of the criticism which has been made, and the efforts put forth by some ot
the Omaha people to create sympathy and enlist assistance, I should like to review
the situation.
"Some have criticised us because we did not take the matter up with the railway
before appearing before the council. This was done. A month before the committee
asked the council to delay vacating the streets, our committee called on Messrs.
Scott, Clark and Pierce requesting that they run their southwest trains from Mer
riam Junction over their leased line through Minneapolis to St. Paul, in consideration
of our co-operation in getting the streets vacated. No request for removal of shops
or headquarters was then made.
"The request was very promptly and unqualifiedly turned down.
"No fair-minded man can question, that in view of the fact that we furnish the
Omaha over twice the business of St. Paul, and get practically no return for this
favor, and the further 1 fact that there would be little or no additional expense to the
road by this arrangement, that this request was entirely reasonable.
A COMPROMISE "WAS OFFERED
"Of course, the business men of St. Paul would most vigorously oppose this or
any other change that is not to their advantage. Knowing their -watchfulness, and the
success that has always attended their efforts in any attempt on our part to get a
fair and equitable division of benefits from the railroads, our committee deemed it
advisable, in making the>r public demands before the council, to incorporate some
requests, which, while faft from the standpoint of an equitable division of favors on
the basis of the relative value of the two cities to the Omaha road, would not be
granted, but the refusal at which and the granting of others, In the light of our merits,
I would engender no ill feeling in St. Paul against the road, which would most cer
tainly have been the case had not a trading proposition been submitted. While the
Omaha people were not advised of our line of reasoning, they wer"e advised that a
compromise proposition would be entertained, and that we considered the question
of their agreeing to assist us in obtaining better rates in and out of the twin oitiea
the most vital question, and others secondary.
probable: reasons for repisal
"Public and quasi public corporations, as a rule, discourage organiza
tions similar to the Commercial Club. They prefer to be let alone, and it
has occurred to me that as this is about the first attempt made in years by
any organization of business men, in this city, to obtain consideration from
a corporation of this character, it was deemed advisable to sit on the
proposition vigorously, in the hopes of killing off at once an organization
that might otherwise grow into a strong influence in the community.
"Furthermore, you may remember that just prior to the time we made our 1 de
mands before the city council, the St. Paul council had declined a request of tho
Omaha for a track on the west side, by the public bathhouses on Ohage Island. At
the very next meeting of their council, this decision was reconsidered, and the Re
quest granted without a dissenting vote, although I believe Dr. Ohag© did grunt
a feeble 'No.'
"It is not necessary for Omaha officials to tell me that this sudden change of
heart was brought about by a promise to turn down each and all of the requests
made by Minneapolis. A careful reader of the editorials of St. Paul papers at that
time will convince any 'Doubting Thomas,' if the course of events fails to do so.
CONCILIATORY METHODS HAVE FAILED
"A recommendation comes from one source that we grant the favors asked and
request the railroad to give consideration to our requests later. Have we not had a
sufficient experience in this method of doing business with railroads? After they
have everything they want is it reasonable to suppose they will sacrifice money iv
the way of freight rates, or subject themselves to temporary inconvenience in tie
movement of trains? Giving something for nothing is not human nature, certainly
not railroad nature.
"We surely have tried persuasion. You will remember we sent a committee of
very prominent men to Chicago this spring to try to persuade the Chicago, Milwaukee
& St. Paul railroad officials to build their Mankato extension via Benton Junction, and
cort-ect the injustice we suffered under because of their method of running trains on
the lowa & Minnesota division. They failed on the first proposition, but were assured
fair treatment and a correction of abuses in regard to the running of trains and
transfers at Mendota. Has the promise been carried out? * No, sir. On two of their
daily trains arriving here, passengers are notified just before reaching Mendot*
that a certain car in the train will be switched off at that point and go to Minne
apolis, the balance of the train to St. Paul, and the other train runs direct to St.
Paul, and then back to Minneapolis, giving an hour more time in St. Paul tbaa
Minneapolis.
THE SHIPPERS' RECOURSE
"It seems to me it is about time our shippers said to the railroads that
do not show proper appreciation of our business, and do what they can
reasonably be asked to do to advance our interests, 'We shall adopt the
same course you do; business that can be as well handled by roads friendly
to our city, and doing all they can to assist us in the flight with Chicago
and St. Louis, as well as in the convenient running of their trains, shall
have the preference.' This method would not cost the shipper a cent, and
I am very sure our importance to these two roads, we being second in value
to Chicago only, would soon bring them to a realizing sense of the ad
visability of treating us fairly, and with the consideration our prominence
merits.
"If this should not serve the purpose I think it about time we served notice on
all the railroads that if rates in and out of the twin cities are not adjusted on a fair
basis, we will see what can be accomplished by a distance tariff, similar to that in
lowa, which would mean a reduction in rates from 25 to 50 per cent. While it may
seem that such a reduction would be ruinous to railroad properties, we know that
the rate on farm products to this city and the distributing rate out is such as to
enable two of our roads, now under the control of one of the most successful railroad
men of the times, not only to declare dividends on their stock, and in the case of one
of the roads, at least, that stock has been so watered as doubtless to efface the orig
inal color, but also lead him to guarantee from the income of these two roads a deficit
this year of two million in the earnings of a would-be competitor, who has now been
brought into the pool.
"I would not advocate legislation as a correction of wrongs until all other means
for the correction of abuses had been exhausted, but it certainly is time that the
business men of this city realized what they are entitled to, and adopted such
measures as will bring results."
Bryan Follows Towne's Lead
Special to The Journal., . ' '! : *._ . ■'. .'.■-•; .•■*
: : Evanston, Wyo., Aug. 21.—William J. Bryan, who is spending a month.with his
family on a vacation trip In southern Wyoming, has taken a deep interest In : the re
cent discoveries of oil in this section and to-day purchased a controlling interest in
a tract of oil lands embracing several hundred acres near Spring Valley In this county.
Mr. Bryan announces ; that he will push ; the work with drills now : on the ground »ad
secure more machinery at once. Ha i* confident of opanta* several jpishawu
The Journal's "Limited Excursion" next Satl^J, i^u Fepin and Mississippi to Winona is tne uraiidest, ttteapesi inp 01 me season/ Keal aPiinf on page X

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