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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS. BLOCKING THE BALL. COLON TAKEN BY • REVOLUTIONISTS Unexpected and Completely Success ful Attack Is Made Upon the Colombian City. It Is Surmised That the Revolution- ists Are Engaged in an Attack Upon Panama. Colon, Colombia, Nov. 20.—The liberals made an unexpected attack on Colon at 8 o'clock last night. The government was not prepared and there was little resist ance. After some fighting in front of the Cuartel and in certain streets for an hour and a half the liberals gained possession of all the public offices and the town of Colon. The prefect, Guardia. is a pris oner. Over twelve men were killed and about thirty were wounded. The United States gunboat Maehias, now here, took no part in the proceedings. There has been no telegraphic communication with Panama since last evening and it is surmised here that Panama is now being attacked. RW9 CONFIRMED American Marines Take ( hargc of the Railway Station. Washington, Nov. 20. —The state depart men has received official confirmation of the capture of Colon by the liberals. Transit was interrupted for a brief period, but is now restored. Captain Perry ot lowa, the senior naval officer at Panama, has been instructed to land marines, if necessary, to maintain transit across the isthmus. A dispatch ha 3 been received at the navy department from Commander Mc- Crea saying that 100 blue jackets had been landed from the. Machias at Colon end had taken charge of the railway station. This wa3 not done because of any further dis turbances, but as a matter of precaution This was the first time since 1885, when Admiral Joust opened up transit across the I6thmus of Panama, that communica tion had actually been stopped in such fashion as to seem to require the inter ference of the United States naval forces. The first news of the trouble at Colon came from United States Consul General Gudger at Panama. He telegraphed the state department that a considerable num ber of liberals had taken passage on the railroad (he did not indicate where) and arriving at a certain point had cut the telegraph wires and taken up a rail, thus breaking communication. Later there came a second message fr",m Consul General Gudger announcing that Colon had been taken. This was con firmed more explicitely d.v United States Remorse Unfounded but Fatal Chicago, Nov. 20.-Believing that he had mortally wounded his wife while shootin* at •fancied burglar, William D. Brockman, a linotype operator living in Austin turned his revolver upon himself and committed suicide. As a precaution against burglars Brockman always slept with a revolver under his pillow. Early this morn ing, imagining he saw an intruder at the window opposite his bed he fired The bullot passed through the pillow close beside his wife's head. Frantically he asked her if be bad killed her. She replied sleepily that he had not, but too late to save bis lit: BLOCKING THE BALL. Consul Malmros, stationed at Colon. The latter official said that Colon was taken by the rebels last night. While all busi nesß is suspended transit is not inter rupted and American life and property are safe and not likely to be in danger. Taken altogether, these dispatches were regarded by the officials here as indicat ing a lack of purpose on the part of the liberals to interfere with transit across the isthmus. It was felt that the brief in terruptions caused by the taking up of the rail and the cutting of the telegraphic wires was nothing more than a move to prevent the government from hurryiug reinforcements by rail to Colon. The offi cials find support for this belief in the fact that communication was reopened across the isthmus the moment Colon was captured. Still, it was resolved to take no chances of an infringement of the treaty rights oi the United States. Therefore Secre tary Hill cabled Consul General Gudger a direction to notify all parties who art engaged in molesting or interfering with free transits across the isthmus that such Interference must cease. The text of Commander McCrea's dispatch is as follows: United States Ship Machias, Colon Nov 20.-Secretary Navy, Washington: The insur gents have possession of the city. At the request of the proper authorities I have landed force for the protection of the property of the railroad. MIXIMIZIXG THE CAPTURE Colombian Claim That Colon Doesn't Amount to Much, Anyhow. New York, Nov. 20.—Arturo de Brigard consul general of Colombia, to-day said that the taking of Colon does not amount to much, as it is not a fortified place and that General Carlos Alban, who is gov ernor of the department of Panama is now in the city of Panama with 1,100 trained troops. He said when General Alban returned to Colon the liberals would run away. The consul general said General Alban expected to give battle to day to the liberal forces on the Pacific side of Panama, at Chorrera. After the battle the consul said the general would go to Colon. General Alban has ample ammunition for all purposes. Mr Bri gard said that when General Alban left Colon he took all the available troops leaving the town In charge of fifty po licemen. WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 20, 1901. LYING LOW Northern Securities Co. Will Not Announce Terms of Stock Exchange. New York, Nov. 20.—The Evening Post says: In view of the threatened legisla tive hostility to .the formation of the Northern Securities company, a statement made to-day by one of the officers that no formal announcement of the terms of stock exchanges will be made, has special interest. One of the company's officers, answering a Question to-day as to when a formal statement will be made of the terms un der which the Northern Pacific and Great Northern shares will be turned over, said: I hardly think the public need expect any official statement on this point. There is no necessity for it. Official announcement has been made of the retirement of Northern Pa cific preferred shares at par because in this stock there is a large outstanding public in terest. In the case of the Great Northern preferred and Northern Pacific common shares we can reach the holders directly without any difficulty and this we are doing. For this reason I do not expect that any statement which can properly be termed offi cial will be made in connection with the transfer of these shares to the Northern Securities company. OUSTED Kentucky Court Turns the Democratic Attorney General Out. Fpankfort, Ky., Nov. 20.—-'The court of appeals to-day reversed the judgment of the Franklin circuit court, which sus tained the decision of the state contest board in giving the office of attorney gen eral to Judge Robert J. Breckinridge. and holds that Clifton J. Pratt, the republi can nominee, is the legal officer. The decision of the court is final and directs that Breckinridge retire imme diately from office. Breckinridge was on the democratic ticket headed by William Goebel for governor two years ago, and Pratt was on the republican ticket headed by W. S. Taylor for governor that year. Justice Guffy delivered the opinion of the court and Judges Burnard, Dureele and O'Rear, republicans, concurred with Guffy. Judges Hobson, Paynter and White, democrats, dissented from this de cision. Judge Breckinridge has said recently that if removed he would become a can didate for the democratic nomination for governor two years hence. He is a broth er of Former Congressman Brecklnridge. NO, SAYS SCHLEY Cannot Accept Offer of Sub scriptions From the Public. Knoxville, Term., Nov. 20.—Following the report that the court of inquiry would cost Admiral Schley $20,000, the Knoxville Sentinel, Nov. 18 sent him a dispatch asking if he would consent to public subscriptions to pay the cost of the same To-day the Sentinel received a personal letter from Admiral Schley, the purport of which was that he cannot accept the offer. He says the report as to the cost is a mistake, as the amount is not as great as reported. He suggests that the matter is "too delicate to discuss " and trusts that his friends will "appreciate bia position and respect it." THIRD LINE TO ST. PIE Thomas Lowry Says Work Will Soon Begin. PROBABLY BY LAKE ST. Only a Three Mile Gap Between the Systems There. A LINK IN THE MINNETONKA LINE The Extension Up Lake St. Would Ainu Ultimately Give a CroMH Town Line. Thomas Lowiy, president of .the Twin City Rapid Transit company, has finally admitted that work will be begun upon a third interurban line either this winter or next spring. Heretofore Mr. Lowry has contented himself with the state ment that the line would be built as soon as the traffic seemed to warrant it, but yesterday, to a party of New York capi talists, he said that the time had now ar rived for the company to increase its interurban facilities, and added that work would begin shortly. Moreover, although he declined to dis cuss the matter of route, he admitted that the additional track to be constructed was only about three miles in length; and that means one of two things. It means either an extension of the Prior avenue line in St. Paul, or an extension to the present Grand avenue line. A Start on the 'Tonka Line. In all probability the former route will be the one utilized, as it would send the cars into Minneapolis over Lake street, thus forming the first link in a through line from St. Paul to Minnetonka, a plan which the company has had under con sideration for some ,time. The extension, then, will probably con tinue out Marshall avenue to the river, cross the Lake street bridge, and continue on Lake street to Minnehaha avenue, where the Minnehaha tracks will be used to Washington, and .the Washington tracks into the central districts of Minne apolis. This means a route considerably shorter than the present Como interurban, and will permit at least as fast .time as is now possible over the University line. The connecting link covers a distance of about three miles, and thus comes within Mr. Lowry's statement. Ultimately the plan contemplates an extension of the line along Lake street to St. Louis Park ai&jL'Qenoe to Hopkins, over the present tracks. From there a lino will be built to Minnetonka, striking tho lake somewhere near Hotel St. Louis, and probably continuing on to Excelsior. White Bear llesuKK lOttvuurag'iujc. It is said that the company's deter mination to begin work at once upon this extension was reached after a careful con sideration of the returns from the through Minneapolis-White Bear service last sum mer. It was argued that If Minneapolis residents were willing to make the long trip to White Bear via street cars, they < would patronize a Minnetonka line in large numbers, and that the St. Paul business might also amount to consid erably more than had been expected. Naturally the first step in the construc tion of such a line was the building of tracks between Selby avenue and Minne haha avenue In this city, and in all prob ability that much will be accomplished before next fall. ' There appears to be only one difficulty in the way of the plan, and that can be obviated by utilizing the present Merriam Park extension, which runs from Marshall avenue to University, as a spur track, with transfers from the main line, good anywhere in the Merriam Park district. In addition to other advantages to be secured through the construction of a through St. Paul-Minnetonka line, there has long been a need of a cross-town line in Minneapolis, and this need would be supplied by the Lake street route. The earnings of the Twin City Rapid Transit company have shown a steady in crease during the past few years, and for that reason the officials of the company feel that they are warranted in extending the service. The much-discussed Fort Snelling route is believed to be too roundabout to be of any value as a means of travel be tween the two cities, and what is more, would traverse a district only sparsely) settled. The Grand avenue line is open to the same objections, and consequently it seems almost certain that the Lake street route will be the one selected. SUGGESTS PEACE Portuguese Named Hague to Be Min ister to the United States. '■ . . . 2feu> York Sun Special Service Lisbon, Nov. 20.Senhor Sellr Hague will succeed Viscount De Santo-Thyrso as Portuguese minister at Washington. "Jrg^\X HARRIET ~<J\ I JROBABtE L SELBY AYE- .> iT^A^ V- \V$$ V) —Q^ NP AVg- — vy//C^ \ HOME. \\ Jf SNELUH&- \__— s^ MAP SHOWING THE TWO PRESENT INTE RURBAN ELECTRIC LINES AND THE PROBABLS KOUTK OF THE THIRD. PIPERS ON ■ RECIPROCITY These Consume To-day's Time in the Convention. HIGH TARIFF'S SWAY Convention Is Captured by the Pro- tection Element. NOTHING DEFINITE IN SIGHT Cincinnati Tanner Protests Agaiuit tlit- Attitude of the Ultra. Protectionists. Trmm The Jom-nat Bw**u. Moon* 45, T—t Building, Wfuihingtmn. Washington, Nov. 20.—The reciprocity convention to-day is devoting its time to listening to papers by delegates. A dele gate gets up, says he favors reciprocity and proceeds to read a paper. Another one then gets up, says he is not enthusi astic on the reciprocity question and then he reads a paper. The principal* interest in the convention now centers in the work of the resolutions committee, which may present a rough draft of its work this afternoon. The convention seems to have been captured by the protection element and so nothing definite is looked for in the reso lutions. At five this afternoon the delegates who are here representing the flour milling in terests of the northwest and west will meet to decide what stand they shall take regarding Canadian reciprocity, which is the subject for discusison at to-night's session. Understands His Own Business Only. The aspect of the convention which oc casions most remark is the failure thus far of facts to clash squarely with, facts as to special customs duties. The oppo nents of the Kasson treaties, particularly the cotton knit good men, come forward with definite assertions as to the disas trous effects on their business of any lowering whatever of the tariff. The friends of the treaties answer with an equally definite showing that this is such a duty as could safely be lowered. Per haps this is because one man does not understand another's business. It is also a good argument for tariff commission authorized to delve into the facts. Owen Osborn, of Philadelphia, for ex ample, made a presentation to-day of the cotton knit goods situation just as Mr. Bigney, of Masachusetts, did last evening, on interests as affected by the proposed French tariff. He cited the wages paid to various grades of operatives here and in Germany, and said competition was more difficult now than when the Dingley law was passed, on account of the rise in wages, and that it was only by practicing the strictest economy and accepting small profits that the industry maintained its place here. He also alleged that Amer ican consumers were getting more for their money to-day in cotton knit good« than consumers in Europe, as he had as certained by comparisons in English re tall shops. A system which was thus beneficial to laborer, manufacturer and consumer, he thought, should not be changed. Worried About Stockings. A speaker who followed, discussing the same industry, said the advocates of reci procity seemed to be worrying about the disposal !of surplus products; what he was worrying about was the $5,000,000 worth of stockings now annually imported and to check that should be the first aim of legislation. The friends of reciprocity answer as did F. B. Thurber, who avowed himself a strong protectionist, by saying that he does not want to see the protective dam maintained against such a current that it will eventually break, carrying ruin in its path. He saw ominous signs of retali atory action abroad which would cut off our markets and he favored, to avert such a calamity, some reasonable concessions now. William C. Barker of New York, who took the same view, brought out fig ures differing from those quoted yesterday to show .that our reciprocity treaties had been successful and had resulted in great er increase of exports than of imports. He quoted Benjamin Harrison on the ef fects of South American reciprocity, and the Northwestern Millers' association on Brazilian reciprocity, and in general warmly supported the Kasson .treaties. He showed that our exports of manu factured goods had fallen off $20,000,000 in nine months of this year by comparison with the corresponding period of last year, and boldly predicted that they would fall off another $20,000,000 next year unless some concessions were made. This was answered by a Pennsylvania delegate, who said the falling- off had been due ,to the lowering of the price of three great arti cles and not to the decline in the volume of exports. This lowering of price was largely due to industrial depression in Germany which had affected the foreign markets. —W. W. Jermane, | MAJIV MINDS Synopsis of Points Made by Delegate Orators. Washington, Nov. 20.—At the forenoon session of the National Reciprocity con vention to-day, James F. Taylor, a Cin cinnati tanner, was the first speaker. He protesed strongly against the attitude of the ultra-protectionists. He said that the existing evils might not be entirely ameliorated by either tariff revision or reciprocal trade conventions with other nations, but each remedy might work to Continued on Second Page. 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. PLANS TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE Gov. Van Sant Proposes a Combine of Governors to Oppose Pro jected Railroad Merger. 1 Former Senator Washburn Says the People Must Act With Vigor to Avert Commercial Slavery. •; Combine against combine! In his campaign to circumvent the Northern Securities plan for a practical con solidation of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific, Governor Van Sant will seek co-operation from governors of other western states. To-day the following state ment was issued from the governor's office: <$> Owing to the great interest of the people of the states west of us and the <S> <$> great desire to see the attempt to consolidate the Great Northern and North- <$ <«> crn Pacific lines resisted, Governor Van Sant has concluded to invite all the <J> <6> governors of the states having similar laws to those of Minnesota to join in a <S» <$> united effort to fight the great railway trust. <$ It is known that many of the governors are already investigating the status of the Securities company with a view to applying whatever laws may be effective in heading off the consolidation. There is no doubt that the exchange of opinions and a. discussion of plans will be welcomed by all and it is not improbable that a confer ence may be held. J. J. HILL FMNALL.Y SPEAKS Mr. Hill has not been discussing Governor Van Salt's unfriendly attitude for pub lication but this afternoon at New York he finally consented to talk briefly. He said to The Journal correspondent: <$> Those who have formed the company have not violated any law, are not <$> <$> violating it now and will not in the future. They would not countenance such <£ <§• a thing. No merger of the roads involved is contemplated; they will be <•> <«> perated ■• as heretofore. If Governor Van Sant should-look back a year from <$( <$> now he will probably see he was unduly frightened, if not silly. There is <& <$> no occasion for his action. <$> ♦ ' - - .« <§> REMEDY RESTS WITH STATES <£ Special to The Journal. <S> Washington, No«\ 20.—Solicitor General Richards said to-day he had received <♦ <s> no Information regarding the formation of the Northern Securities company, •& <$> but had no doubt that the United States district attorneys in districts affected $» <§> would watch the matter closely and report: <§> "If lam advised that there is any violation of the antitrust law," declared the -§> <§> solicitor general, "I will at once begin prosecution. It is a question whether <§> <§> or not a corporation has the right to own two competing lines of railroad. <£ <t> The remedy apparently rests with the states in the present case. It is <?> <§> always a hard matter to show that an interstate agreement has been made <$» 3> and the individual states affected could proably reach the matter more <§> <§> quickly than the federal authorities." <3> BENEVOLENT MR. MORGAN He Says the Merger Will Benefit Northwestern People. Special to The Journal. New York, Nov. 20. —Pierpont Morgan is to-day quoted as saying "The Northern Securities Stock has been well received. It will have a large International market from the outset. Great Northern is held abroad and the exchange will result in transferring securities stock to foreign holders. There may be some legal ques tions raised, but they are not likely to in terfere with plans which will work to the advantage of the people of the northwest as well as to the holders of stock." J. J. Hill has adopted the policy of say ing as little as possible regarding the ac tion of Governor Van Sant and other northwestern executives. Generally speaking, insiders seem confi dent that nothing can happen seriously- to check the consummation of the deal. yWO BIG QUESTIONS Is Merger Legal? How Can It Be ■ . . ; Reached - . • The best-Informed attorneys -Absolutely refuse to express an opinion as to the merits of the state's controversy with the Northern Securities company. So many difficult questions are involved that no one is willing to form a judgment until after a thorough investigation. There are two main questions. First, is the acquirement of stock in the two sys tems a "consolidation," within the mean ing of the state law? Second, if it is a consolidation, how is the New Jersey cor poration to be reached by the state of Minnesota? Apparently the only way to get hold of such a corporation is in the federal courts. The matter is a controversy between -a state and citizens of another state, and as such comes under the jurisdiction of the federal courts. It can be brought by the attorney general in the United States district court. The action might be an in junction to restrain President Hill from acting as president of the Northern Se curities company, or it might be to re strain the company from acquiring the stock of two parallel and competing lines. W. J. Donahower, assistant attorney general, has been industriously looking up the questions involved, in order to assist the attorney general on his return. Mr. Donahower said yesterday that he could give no intimation of what course would be followed. He believed, however, that the matter would get into court, In one way or another. A Stormy Extra Session. The extra session of the legislature this winter will be one' of the most momen tous in the history of the state. Speaker Dowling, who is in St. Paul to-day, says: o o : If the governor, in calling this extra : : session, requests us to do something : : regarding this consolidation matter, : : we will have the stormiest session in : : the history of the state. : o o There is no getting around the fact that Governor Van Sant is terribly in earnest. It is darkly hinted about the capitol that something more is likely to drop in a few days. Certainly the governor will leave no stone unturned to accomplish his pur pose. Great Northern Counsel. The Btory that M. D. Grovsr advised J. J. Hill agaiuat the deal is purely im-1 aginative. Mr. Grover will not talk for publication, but in private conversation he has made light of the governor's atti tude. He says there is nothing to pre vent any man from buying $100 worth of stock iv both companies, and why not millions? RALLYING 'ROUND VAN SANT Mlnnesotans In Washington Say Ha Has Gained Strength. _•**•?* Tha Smnrnml Bureau, jDio+m *», JT—t Building, Washington. Washington, Nov. 20.—"Minnesotans in Washington are to-day revising their yes terday's estimate of the significance and possible results of Governor Van Sant's hostile attitude toward the Northern Se curities company. The disposition yes terday was to feel that the governor was > playing to the galleries - and would not approach the subject in a way to command public confidence. To-day's dispatches from the northwest, however, seem to show that the governor means business. Without an exception it is held here that Van Sant will next year be elected 'by the largest majority ever given a gov ernor in the state's history, provided he can make any substantial headway in hi 3 fight. It is a master stroke politically. This can be true without assuming that the governor has had politics in mind. Several well known Minnesotans in this city, who have been actively anti-Van Sant, tell me to-day that if the governor can do anything to interfere with the Great Northern and Northern Pacific con solidation, he will be re-elected by 50,000 majority and perhaps by 75,000. These men indorse the governor's course but frankly say they did not look for such a move on his part, so it will be seen that the politiciaas are following the govern or's policy with great interest. The char acter of the next campaign in Minnesota will probably be determined by the events of the next few weeks. —W. W. Jermane. NEBRASKA IS IX LINE Governor Savage Will Act If Effec tive Law* Exist. Special to The Journal. Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 20.—Governor Sav age of Nebraska may take aotton against the proposed western railroad consolida tion. To-day he said: "I shall confer with Attorney General Prout to-morrow and urge him to make a full investigation of the proposed merger. The Nebraska constitution in plain terms prohibits the consolidation of parallel railroad lines. At present I have no au thentic information of such consolidation, but if any violation does occur the law will be enforced as fully against a power ful corporation as a private individual. I shall place the matter in the attorney general's hands and expect him to investi gate, act, aiding him in any manner in my power." SEN. WASHBIRiVS STRONG WORDS He Condemn* the Consolidation. In No Mild Terms. Former Senator W. D. Washburn takes a determined stand against the Northern Securities company and any organization that seeks to eliminate competition. He. says that the people of this country have usually found way to right any great wrong and he believes: It will be done in this case. He says it seems a little short of cowardice for the people of this section of the ; country' to assume anything eis*.