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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
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
Cannot Accept Offer of Sub
scriptions From the
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."
Thomas Lowry Says Work
Will Soon Begin.
Only a Three Mile Gap Between the
Systems There.
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
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.
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.
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These Consume To-day's
Time in the Convention.
Convention Is Captured by the Pro-
tection Element.
Cincinnati Tanner Protests Agaiuit
tlit- Attitude of the Ultra.
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
The convention seems to have been
captured by the protection element and so
nothing definite is looked for in the reso
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
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
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 $20,000,000 next year unless
some concessions were made. This was
answered by a Pennsylvania delegate, who
said the falling- off had been due ,to the
lowering of the price of three great arti
cles and not to the decline in the volume
of exports. This lowering of price was
largely due to industrial depression in
Germany which had affected the foreign
—W. W. Jermane,
Synopsis of Points Made by Delegate
Washington, Nov. 20.—At the forenoon
session of the National Reciprocity con
vention to-day, James F. Taylor, a Cin
cinnati tanner, was the first speaker. He
protesed strongly against the attitude of
the ultra-protectionists. He said that the
existing evils might not be entirely
ameliorated by either tariff revision or
reciprocal trade conventions with other
nations, but each remedy might work to
Continued on Second Page.
Gov. Van Sant Proposes a Combine
of Governors to Oppose Pro
jected Railroad Merger.
Former Senator Washburn Says the
People Must Act With Vigor to
Avert Commercial Slavery. •;
Combine against combine!
In his campaign to circumvent the Northern Securities plan for a practical con
solidation of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific, Governor Van Sant will seek
co-operation from governors of other western states. To-day the following state
ment was issued from the governor's office:
<$> 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.
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. <$>
♦ ' - - .« <§>
<£ Special to The Journal.
<S> Washington, No«\ 20.—Solicitor General Richards said to-day he had received <♦
<s> no Information regarding the formation of the Northern Securities company, •&
<$> 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>
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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."
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*.

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