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THE JOURNAL LUCIAN IWLFT, | J. S. McLAIN, ; MANAGER. : EDITOR. SUBSCRIPTION TERMS Payable to The Journal Printing Co. -'•' Delivered by Mail. One copy,: one m0nth.......... .$0.35 One copy, three m0nth5........ 1.00 One copy, six months 2.00 One copy, one year 4.00 Saturday Eve. edition, 20 to 26 pages.. 1-60 Delivered by carrier One copy, one week 8 cents One copy, one month ...35 cents Single copy 2 cents CONTINUED ~~ All papers are continued until an ex plicit order is received for discontinuance, and until all arrearages are paid. CIRCULATION OF THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL Average for XI XX A October 3133 V Nov. 1 51,905 Nov. 2 53.002 Nov. 4 52,052 Nov. 5 51,214 Nov. 6 ~ 51,484 Nov. 7 51,220 Nov. 8 51,242 Nov. 9 52,887 Nov. 11 51,268 Nov. 12 51,318 Nov. 13 51,381 Nov. 14...... 51,160 Nov. 15 51,511 Nov. 16 54,438 Nov. 18.. 51,242 Nov. 19. 51,154 Nov. 20 51,172 Nov. 21.. 51,372 Nov. 22 51,690 Nov. 23 54,380 N0v.25 51,210 Nov. 26... 51,078 Nov. 27.... 51,202 The above is a true and correct statement of the circulation of The Minneapolis Journal for dates mentioned. KINGSLEY T. BOARDMAN, Manager Circulation. Sworn and subscribed to before me this 88th day of November, 1901. C. A. TULLER, Notary Public, Hennepin County. ■X The Insulted Commissioners The county commissioners have been in sulted. A few days ago a petition signed by W. G. Nye, C. ' W. Gardner, S. H. Hall, E. F. Smith, H. A. Marshall. Charles S. Cairns, P. Keutzbach, Jr., George P. Wilson, S. G. Palmer, J. P. Thompson, E. L. Estabrook, F. B. Lathrop, Walter L. Badger, Thomas F. Wallace, Jr., James Paige, W. L. Bige low, T. N. Marston, F. J. Janney, H. G. Hicks, A. Euland, A. F. Gale, J. R. King man, L. R. Larson, J. M. Norris,- A. H. Young and S. H. Chase, was presented to the board suggesting the propriety of de parting from the custom too long honored ln the observance and adopting the plan of advertising for bids for county printing. They asked that . the blank books which the county Is about .to order for use in 1302 be ordered from the lowest respon sible bidder, and that, in order to make sure of getting the most favorable terms, bids be advertised for and opened in pub lic at a stated time. This, according to a local item ln .this Issue, was where the Insult comes ln. We are very certain that none of the gentle men whose names are appended to this petition have any wish to insult the com missioners, but they do wish to have this public work done In a businesslike manner and as economically as possible. ~ They offered this petition first, because there is evidence to show that favoritism has been displayed heretofore in awarding these printing.contracts; that a few print ers have been getting the lion's share of the work. Last year the county expended $32,829.50 for ; blank books and printing, which included the newspaper publication of proceedings, the tax lists, etc., and, Including the newspapers, $28,933.09 went to seven firms, leaving about $3,000 to be distributed among all the others. That rather unequal distribution of public work, would not, however, be of great im portance, since it can be easily understood bow seven firms might make the lowest bids and get all the work, if it were not for the fact that the tax payers' league recently secured bids on a. number of principal items of supplies included in that $32,229.50, .taking care to require the same grade of material, workmanship, etc., and received bids from responsible firms which averaged from 25 to 50 per cent less than the county bad paid for the same goods. One printer, according to statements of the Tax Payers' league, admitted that he had received $21 per book for certain books used by the county for which be would be glad to get $15 from private in dividuals. • Having these facts before them the peti tioners very mildly, suggested to the com missioners the propriety of advertising for bids and opening them ln the public so .that the transactions migh ultimately be liable to no criticism whatever. But this is where the commissioners took offense. Instead of adopting the suggestion, in stead of conceding the propriety of doing business in that way, a way which is more likely to protect them from criticism of their official acts, they have chosen to say that .'they will ignore the petition of the tax payers and petitioners and pursue the same course they have followed hereto fore. It will be noticed that among the peo ple who signed this petition are the names of men active in politics in this county. Some of them are what are known as workers in the trenches politically. Pos sibly the . commissioners think they can afford to ignore a reasonable request of this kind, but It is dead certain that every repeated Instance of this sort of thing is tying millstones to the neck of the repub lican, party in Hennepin. The petitioners asked nothing unreasonable, on the con trary what they ask is so reasonable and proper that it ought never to have been necessary 'to request it at all, and the commissioners will excite no sympathy for themselves by their pretense of wounded honor. The general public is much more interested in having the public business - done in a businesslike way than It Is In the assumed indignation of the commis sioners on account of this petition. The rural carrier who has feared that the extension of the classified civil serv ice to Include him will make it necessary for him to pass an examination in Latin, chlrography, spelling, geography and transportation methods may now rest in peace. It Is announced that the carriers will be chosen for manifest fitness for the work from the vicinage of the route he is to serve. As the democrats of Minnesota are no toriously in favor of the trusts, the at titude of the St. Paul Globe on the rail way merger will at once restore that pa per to the good graces of the people it has so many times disappointed. Thanksgiving Day If we were all only parts of a mechanism moved by blind and unintelligent forces, and a personal God were eliminated en tirely from the universe, humanity being a development out of a thing entirely un known, the Idea of thanksgiving and rec ognition of a God would be incongruous. That Is what the so-called highest science of the century, recently closed, offered to humanity as the solution of the prob lems of life- Humanity has refused to accept theories of absolute fatalism and of blind mechanics and continues to seek after a more rational solution, and finds It in the Father God, a reality, a provider, responsive to the cries and needs of his children. The term Thanksgiving Day Implies home and good cheer and emphatically the rendering of thanks to the Almighty Father. It has become with us a national holiday. The president, in his proclama tion, exhorts the people to assemble in their places of worship and return thanks to the good God who has again crowned the year with blessing. The threatened drought was shorn of its severest menace and throughout the length and breadth of the land, even in the drought belt, there is enough and to spare. The head of the nation was stricken down by the bloody hand of anarchy and the nation has been plunged in grief, but the foul spirit which rose and slew that lllus trous man was stayed from plunging the country into a scene of wholesale mas sacre. The one victim died vicariously. The nation was spared and warned. How many more warnings will be neces sary to keep this nation within the sav ing and beneficent plan of God? This is a day, the day, for beneficence, — the kind which the Persian proverb says "when it takes root, it sends forth branches beyond the sky." It is a day for the actualization of that altruism of which old Omar Khayyam sang: Know well that a hundred holy temples of Mecca have not the value of a heart: Leave there thy Kaaba with Its holy stone from Paradise, and go thou rather to find a heart. The entire world shall be populous with the benefits of that action of thine which saves one soul from despair. A thousand chains broken by thee are less than to have chained to thee by sweetness the heart of a free man. And .we may even charge our hearts to remember the Turkish saying: "Do good and throw it into the sea; though the fishes may not know it, God will." So shall the day return benlsons to our own hearts. There is duty, nay, priv ilege, first, and then the light of the true Joy of the day will rejoice our eyes and make our hearts glad. We shall drink to the radiant eyes of those we love best and feel the brimming happiness of our souls, if we shall do somewhat to have the needy lie down in safety and the poorest feed on the bounty of nature. Now that Police Lieutenant- Krumweide has defined his position, ladies who at tend balls and parties will be careful to return to their homes before "after hours." Megaarden's Downfall Rarely has a public official received such j an excoriation as that Deputy Public Ex aminer Koerner administers to Sheriff Phil Megaarden of Hennepin county in summing up the results of his investiga tion of the bad state of affairs prevailing in the sheriff's office. The worst of it is that the sheriff seems to deserve all that he gets. It is with mingled feelings of sorrow and indignation that we peruse this convincing evidence of betrayal of public trust. Phil Megaarden has many friends in this community who would have risked much on his reputation for honesty and faithful public service, but the office that has in one way or another ruined so many of his predecessors proved too great a temptation for him. There is no other course 'for the govern or to pursue than immediately to take steps toward Megaarden's removal from office. It remains for the courts to de cide whether Mr. Megaarden is criminally guilty. There can no longer be any doubt of his unfitness for the office. - This sad downfall should be a lesson to other officeholders and should lead to the immediate abolition of that fatally fasci nating temptationthe system of paying the sheriff by fees. The fees should all go to the county, and. the sheriff should re ceive a regular salary. It is estimated that during the present open season 2,000; deer and 200 moose have been killed in Minnesota. As this is rather less than more than the number killed in other years we are reminded that the northern forests must shelter an immense number of deer and moose. Disobeyed Orders The collision of two trains on the Wa bash road last night near Seneca produced a most horrible spectacle when the day dawned this morning. (Burning cars, loco motives twisted out of shape and hissing a horrible .requiem over the dead and wounded and mangled who lay in great groups along the track; groans and shrieks of the tortured ones and a throng of silent rescuers seeking to save any who might survive the awful cataclysm. The collision took place on a straight track where each engineer ought to have been able to see the other for some dis tance. The first reports give the fright ful mortality of one hundred persons, and fifty wounded. It is to be hoped these figures will be greatly reduced. What was the matter? It is pretty clearly stated that the horror was due to the neglect of the crew of the express train to stop at the usual meeting point, according to orders. Disobedience of or ders was, therefore, the cause of the catastrophe. It was preventable. There have been cases where such collisions have occurred through the fault of the train dispatcher, who has made a mistake. A train dispatcher's mistake, It must be admitted, Is often made because he is *THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL? required to work, too many hours , out of the twenty-four and becomes physically exhausted. He is often - taxed beyond human endurance. The employing com pany, under such conditions, is to blame. There does not appear to have been any train dispatcher's mistake ln the ; Wabash "accident." It was a case of, negligence of orders, pure and simple. Disobedience to orders, to put It more correctly. Dis obedience to orders is getting to be alto gether too frequent in these days, not only on railways but in every department of human activity. Disobedience seems especially harmful on a railway, be cause the consequences, generally tragi cal, are immediate and terrible. But dis obedience to orders is harmful under any circumstances in the ultimate results. The citizens of every community are un der orders which they are expected to Obey and obey promptly, without shirking or evasion. Every Individual is bound to obey 'the laws, local, state and national. Disobedience is undeniably demoraliz ing and injurious to the individual dis obeying and to the community whose well-being depends upon the obedience to the laws. Defiant disobedience works catastrophe to communities and disasters are entailed upon a community as fearful, morally speaking, as a head-on collision on a railway due to disobedience of or ders. If there was more obedience to orders in this country, beginning in the home where parental authority is so often despised and ignored in these days, there would be less lawlessness in every community. There would be fewer head-on collisions, morally speaking. It' Is time for the United States to in tervene In •Colombia. Troops of the con tending factions have so far forgotten the rules of South American warfare that they have taken to killing and wounding each other in battle. Governors and the Merger; Tooles' Strong Position If Governor Toole of Montana is as good in act as in his written opinion of the great railway merger,' Governor Van Sant has at least one vigorous guberna torial ally in his battle against the dan gerous and unlawful consolidation. In his reply to Governor Van Sant's invita tion to co-operate and confer regarding the course to be pursued Governor Toole does not devote space to saying nothing. He does not use words to conceal thoughts. Governor Toole does not allow himself to be diverted by a discussion of the probable good or bad results of the consolidation. He stands on the consti tution and the laws of Montana, which he is sworn to uphold. They prohibit the consolidation of competing or parallel lines of railroad. Moreover, the laws of Montana are more sweeping on this sub ject than are those of Minnesota, and Governor Toole boldly points to them, saying: But, aside from prohibiting the consolida tion of parallel or competing lines, our statute provides that every person, corporation, stock company or association of persons In this state, who directly or Indirectly combine or: form what is known as a trust, or tend to create a monopoly in the manufacture, sale or transportation of any articles. Is punish able by Imprisonment in the state prison for not exceeding five years, or by a fine not ex ceeding $10,000, or both. Every corporation violating the provision of this section forfeits to the state all Its property and franchises, and in the case of a foreign corporation, It Is prohibited, from carrying on business in the state.. ■ ■.:>•:, ' - -'v If the merger can somehow wriggle by the spirit of the Minnesota law and the Montana constitution, how can it hope to surmount this triple-plated Montana law If Governor Toole and Attorney General Donovan stand by their guns, as the governor says they will? Fines, imprisonment and forfeiture Of franchises are the grim penalties Mon tana corporations must face if they choose to disobey the law, and foreign corpora tions who violate it are prohibited from carrying on business in the state. Railway presidents who know of this law may well confer as to how they can effect consolidation without violating state laws. Railway employes are loyal, but the service of the two great trans continental railroads through Montana would soon be reduced to chaos if the Montana authorities took to arresting officials of the consolidated roads. Governor Toole's letter contains in struction for some of Governor Van Sant's critics who have been telling him that the Northern Securities company has evaded the law successfully and that he is wasting time in quarreling with it. Says the governor of Montana: It may be claimed by counsel representing the Northern Securities company that the scheme embodied in its organization is a suc cessful evasion of our constitution and laws, but until the court of last resort has sanc tioned such a combination and Its purpose, no euch contingency ought to be accepted for a moment. That is precisely Governor Van Sant's position. Governor Geer of Oregon deals in gen eralities in his reply, shows that his state is railroad ridden and says that he Is not sure that the consolidation is not a good thing. He does not decline to at tend a conference, but says It must be on the Pacific coast. Governor White -of North Dakota is somewhat stronger in his statements, but his letter Is not of the ringing kind the governor of that state might be expected to write. Teachers' Club and Entertain ment Course The Minneapolis Teachers' Club has for four years offered to the public each sea son an entertainment course that . has been notable for the high quality, variety and atractlveness of its numbers. This year's course has already begun, Lorado Taft, the sculptor, having opened it on Nov. 18, with a lecture entitled "A Glimpse of a Sculptor's Studio," and on Nov. 22. H. Whitney Tew gave a song re cital. There remain nine numbers in the course. Mrs. Fannie Bloomfleld Zeisler gives a piano recital on the evening of Dec. 4, and after her come lectures by Sir Robert Ball, the great English as tronomer, John Henry Barrows, president of Oberlin university, and Professor George H. Vincent of Chicago university; Mrs. Bertha Kunz Baker, the dramatic re citer; the Kneisel quartet of the Boston symphony orcestra, and Madam Schumann- Heink. The club uses the Lyceum the ater for its entertainments. The course is bo intrinsically good that It is sure of generous patronage, but the patrons will find an additional pleasure, in their knowledge that the proceeds are de voted to the most worthy and helpful pur pose. They are used to support hospital privileges for the exclusive use of seri ously sick teachers. Last year 1767.90 was spent in this work. Ther is almost at-. ways one, and 'sometimes* there are sev eral sick teachers at the' hospital. v The privilege thus opened to the sick is of the greatest value. Only those who have been sick away from home or in such* a place that the right kind of care is impossible, can appreciate what it means. -;'- i The club could not carry on this grand work were it not for the profits of the entertainment" course; its dues of $1 a year, from its 600 odd members, barely sufficing for the expense of some of its other activities. ' The club holds bi monthly meetings for the " discussion of subjects of interest to teachers; it main tains a public affairs committee which acts in conjunction with a similar committee from the Commercial Club, and it cor dially welcomes new teachers by means of annual receptions. The club has been an important social factor in more ways than one. It has cre ated an esprit de corps among the teach ers and has been the means of benefiting them in a number of ways. It was at this club's request that the board of education instituted the teachers' pension fund, and the entertainment course. It gives each year is a public benefactor in that it brings to the city distinguished lecturers^ musicians and other celebrities who might not otherwise appear here. Moreover, admittance to these lectures Is so rea sonable that persons of limited means are able to attend the whole course. The "Journal takes pleasure in commending the Teachers' Club for its public and philanthropic work, for its benefits to its members and for its serv ices in providing so excellent an enter tainment course. ' ••- -; The Nonpareil Man Little Side Issues. De Saulles, the Yale quarterback who has been lying In the Massachusetts General hos pital, between the doctors and the concus sion of the brain, is better, and it is thought that he will pull through all right if they do not tell him the. score. . 1 .. - Kansas City grated so on one individual that he hired a hypnotist to put him asleep for six days. Yale bet 25 cents on her eleven, and now wants her damaged quarterback. Mr. Kruger, now of Amsterd—n, has made another of those unpleasant, . harsh remarks, viz., that "the struggle in South Africa has Just begun." When Mr. Chamberlain read It he threw his monocle. Is the small boy afraid of the Turkey? Gnaw!! -' •'•'•": This is a pretty good time of year to insult the poor widow by sending around a ton of coal and a turkey. ■'■■•' > Overparticular people complain of having to ride on the brake beams of the Como-Har riet cars at 5 p. m. There is a pretty good sidewalk out that wav, too. - : The Holland submarine boat stayed under water fifteen hours without casualty. Now let's anchor Addlcks and Quay down there for a similar time and note results. -. General Wood has just bought, for the United States, the San Juan battlefield, Includ ing the blockhouse, San Juan hill and the Bloody Bend. He paid $15,000 for it, which Is much cheaper than It was when Teddy Roose velt rushed up and took It in the very eyes of The astonished Spanish army. .:'' The bombardments of Colon and of Itasca county, Minn., are the .principal war features of the year. ;.-.,'; ; : uc\ \,'"'" "" ""* Mr. Morgan has bought the $25,000 psalter printed by Faust and #c*oeffor in 1459.-There Is only one more valuable book in the world, Mr. Morgan's bank book.' Trouble in' the ) Exchange Room. The Leisure Hour Club was holding a. ses sion in the ' exchange-room the other after noon, considering the tariff as an issue, .when the Peewee Protective Association tried to holl its general meeting. The reports of the officers of the association were. of a gloomy character Hardly had the body organized, said the secretary,- before a Peewee with long flowing Yale locks came down the hall, drag ging nearly three yards of pootry on the' floor behind him. He seemed to feel that It was somebody's, duty to read this, and the secre tary, who had it ln hand, looked like a man who was carrying a weight. The harsh, unfeeling laughter of the Leisure Hour Club at this" juncture caused some diffi culty, which might have grown acute had not the janitor, noting > that: the tempera ture was low, opened all the windows to wash them, thus letting in about four barrels of climate that had just dropped into town from Hudson's bay. General Interest in this new brand of weather checked the growing trou ble. ■ ,:••: The Peewee treasurer reported that he had been called on to negotiate a loan of 32 cents to a Peewee not a member of the association who wanted to buy stamps to send his manu script to New York again. The applicant com plained that the. manuscript had been nearly worn out In the United States mails and he wanted a resolution passed by the association addressed to the United States government, complaining of the wear and tear of manu script in the mails. Seventeen Peewees, who had never done anything vicious themselves, but who had aunts or other relatives who had had poems in Godey's Lady's Book in 1843, called in to Jolly the association along and to laugh about It and ask Peewee questions that filled the board of control with gloomy forebodings. A Peewee known as "The Baltimore Oriole" because she had an aunt living in Maryland, wanted to recite her "pieces" aloud before the society, and nearly caused a split in the organization. At this point the Leisure Hour Club broke I out with recitations beginning "Kee-ur-few shahll not-ter R-r-r-eeng to-night" and "Me 60s, R-r-r-oger!" And In the riot that en sued the exchange-room was cleared by the police. Intervention. O'er the bloody field at Colon The fight raged to and fro; .... The casualties were fearful.... For a man had stubbed his toe. And the busy army surgeons His left leg cut from him, AUd found too late the casualty Was on his starboard limb. Then the wily Uncle Samuel Took part in that fierce fray, And all the Caribbean islands He towed up north a way. . /- - —A. J. Russell. STRONG WORDS THESE i ! "Dally Drift" in Lincoln, Neb., Journal. ! Next to Irl M. Hicks' "Word and Works," the biggest fool publication in this country is the Metaphysical Magazine, edited by j Leander Edmund Whipple. The November number contains an astrological forecast of national events by an ass who signs himself Julius Erlckson, and who cUlms to have pre dicted the assassination of President McKin ley; from studying the stars. Ac.coiding to Erlckson the administration of President Roosevelt will be marked by the rule of Saturn as overseer of the Job, Uranus coming In a close second. Mars exhiojts a ■ promi nence which Indicates a vigorous foreign pol icy and a disposition on the part of the president to keep the guns of the nation from getting rusty. And so, from the various posi tions of the planets at the time the president took the oath of office. Inference after infer ence is drawn, all of which Indicate that the; best thing to be done with Julius Erlckson is to lock him up before he becomes violent/. Indemnity From the Starving:. • -•;•• Cleveland Leader. ; Nine hundred thousand persons are on the verge of starvation in two provinces of China. And yet the civilised powers of the world in sisted upon the payment of en' Indemnity which is certain to be wrung from the pocs people, .•"■'. j"''Tf4 "V^ '""'. "''" ."V1 MINNESOTA POLITICS Many best laid plans were made to "gang agley" by Governor Van Sant's recent bound Into popular favor. :lr: i' --' ;. * One of them, I am r^llaoly Informed, had to do with the ever vaulting ambition of • the present mayor. of Minneapolis. The doctor has always wanted to be governor of Minne sota. He loves the glitter of state office, nnd his highest ambition is to be surrounded with a be-gilded staff. Since his famous race against McGill, he has looked with, longing eye on the state house. He realized that there was strong opposition to Van Sant in many quarters, and ln common with several other gentlemen in various parts of the state, hoped to be the beneficiary of this feeling. He was laying his plans to capture Hennepin county's delegation by a still hunt, when the gov ernor electrified the country by his attack on the railway consolidation. This at once put the Winona man at top of the heap. There Is no longer any talk of retiring Van Sant. If the governor steers his course straight he will not encounter even a ripple. Mayor Ames has political sense enough to realize this .fact. He had been outwardly a candidate for congress, for various reasons. One was his bitter hostility to Fletcher, and another was his ambition to represent Minne apolis at the nation's capitol, which he has cherished as an alternative to running for governor. Knowing that all was not lovely between the Fletcher people and the state administration, he hoped by running for con gress a while to club Fletcher into supporting him for governor. That dream is over, and for the present, at least, the mayor Is a bona fide candidate for congress. Many jof his henchmen refuse to believe this. Some of. them, members of the police department and other dependents, are spread ing the story that he Intends to be a candidate for mayor again. Perhaps he will, a few months hence, but that is not his mind to day. His followers want him to run for mayor, and they will leave no stone unturnel to change his determination. If he does not run, their goose is cooked, and they know it. The doctor would; like to oblige them, but just now he is bent on "beating old Fletch," I as he tastefully puts it. Senator Clapp ■ left for Washington last evening, where he will enter upon his du ties at once. He takes with him as his pri vate ' secretary, Chauncey E. Richardson of Duluth, a well known young, republican who j has been city clerk, and Mayor Hugo's private secretary. —C. B. C. X. W. PRESS AND THE GREAT MERGER j Hlllsboro, N. D., Times—The public will heartily approve the purpose of Governor Van Sant of Minnesota to fight to the last ditch against the endeavor of the Northern Securities company v to consolidate the con trol of the Great Northern and Northern Pa cific railroads in the northwest. Langdon, N. D., Republican—Jim Hill may be a great financier and a power in the finan cial world, but .when the people take a no tion to go after 'him he won't be half so big when they get through. Bismarck Palladium—Governor Van Sant of Minnesota is tackling a big job when he goes after the big railroad combination and his , end will probably be like that of Attorney General Monnet of Ohio, who went after the Standard Oil combine. The combine still ex ists, but the attorney general has passed into history. ." Verndale Sun—Governor Van Sant ; has shown himself to be a fearless governor. He proposes to stop the consolidation of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads in Minnesota, to the detriment of the people, if it takes an extra session of the legislature to help do it.. Winona Independent— seems to be appar ent, to most observers that the state of Min nesota does not know what kind of a fight it will have to make, if any, or whether the alleged railroad combine will show fight or expose' itself to legal attack ln any way. Litchfield Independent The governor says that he will leave nothing undone that is within his power, to prevent the consumma tion of this scheme of consolidation. May he be successful. • Starbuck Times—Governor . Van Sant, by his prompt and energetic action in opposing the projected consolidation of certain parallel and competing, lines of railroads in this state, during the past week, has done more to pop ularize and " make himself solid " with the masses than all he has accomplished other than this during his present term of office to date. " -. : : Hawley Herald—The governor is on his right mettle, and we hope to see him come out victorious. It is about time these con solidations, combinations,' trusts, gambling fraternities, or whatever you feel like nam ing them, received a frost. 'Bralnerd Tribune Governor Van Want's bold stand against the big railroad octopus sent a cold shiver among the money kings of Wall street, and has electrified the entire north west. Governor Van Sant has a big fight on his.hands, but he is a good fighter, and the people are with him to the finish. Moorhead Independent—Governor Van Sant has taken the initiative in the matter and has the support of nine-tenths of the people of Minnesota in his efforts to protect their rights.- He will be supported by the legisla ture and the legal fight will be conducted by Attorney General Douglas. Hinckley —Governor Van Sant has struck a gait in the railway consolidation matter which, if kept up, will land him in the gubernatorial chair for a second term. If tho governor is in earnest he will have the united support of the people regardless of politics. . Lakeside Press— railroad Interests of Minnesota exert an Influence politically by no means to be despised, and In his flat footed, unequivocal attitude of opposition to these Interests; Governor Van Sant shows himself. possessed of a spirit which will be remembered by the people of Minnesota whether or not he is able to checkmate James J. Hill and his associates. Albert Lea Tribune—Governor Van Sant has set the whole financial world to wagging by the promptness with which he made prepara tions for contesting the consolidation of the two great transcontinental railway lines that traverse this state, and if the law is ade quate, he will stop the move, and in doing so, he will be acting strictly according to the interests of the state. Crookston Times (dem.) — number of Journals throughout the state who have with held their support from Governor Van Sant In the stand which he has taken as to the new railway combine Is very small, for which the people of the state need not wait till Thurs day to give thanks: The governor has taken the only position possible to a man who in tends to conserve the interests of the people of the state. Northfield Notwithstanding all the carping criticism that has been showered on Governor Van Sant, and we admit that some of it was deserved, when the crisis comes that threatens the prosperity of the state, he has proved the friend of the people. He has boldly declared that he will fight the pro- i posed consolidation of the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific by every means in his power, and if the "present laws are not adequate, will convene the legislature to enact new ones. . Fergus Falls Journal— seems to be the impression that the Northern Securities com pany has a perfect right to hold stock in as many roads as it sees fit to buy. It Is cited that the big life insurance companies own large blocks of stock in competing and par allel lines, and If they have a right to do so, the Northern Securities company has the same right. . »' .. -i AMUSEMENTS Foyer' Chat. A packed house greeted the performance of "Way Down East" at the Metropolitan this afternoon, and the indications are good for a complete sell out for to-night's performance. There .will be but three more performances after to-night,. including the matinee Satur day. "Sweet Clover" will bloom for those who like the quiet, homely drama at the Metro politan the first half of next week, with Ade laide Thurston, a Minnesota girl, as the bright particular blossom. As the sweet clo ver has rescued many a barren spot of land, so this jj"Sweet Clover" is said to have res cued the drama from a barrenness of conven tionality. . "-■'.'. „->', -v." :"- '-■•'- -• The Nordica sale has been on at the Lyceum to-day and the take has been unusually large, all indications pointing to a complete sell-out for this 'engagement, and those who wish to secure good seats for Monday evening should reserve them to-day. Something unique.. Is the great oak swinging seat used in.'the first act of "Her Lord and, THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 28, 1901. AFTEKTHE CUIRTAIM gELia •*• •BY CfcJLIN S • CfcJLXXWS Copyright, 1901, by A. S. Richardson. If Bradley Evans had not been so deeply In love, he would certainly have been angry. The curtain had just fallen on the Thanks giving matinee, and the stage' hands were al ready clearing the stage for the feast which Manager Evans had ordered for his company. That astute gentleman had personally su perintended the preparations and arranged every detail. The stage was to be set with a dull oak Interior, ablaze with electricity overhead, in the flies and at the footlights, with the front of the house In darkness to heighten the bril liancy of the improved dining room. Gor geous chrysanthemums he had ordered from New York for the centerpiece, and the menu was the very best that the leading caterer of the small New England city could furnish. Evans had just stepped Into the leading man's dressing room for the assurance that his personal appearance was in keeping with the festal occasion before presenting himself to the young woman in whose honor the din ner was being given, Miss Ella Ransom. He had meant to be careful as to speech before that dinner, and afterward, when the com pany was trying to amuse itself until the evening performance and to forget the folks gathered round home firesides, -he would have a. little chat with her. alone in her dressing room and put the momentous question. Surely this little act of thoughtfulDess would pave the way. He knew in a general way that she was a New England girl and that Thanks giving day was to such as she the all im portant festival. The theatrical Instinct in Evans was so strong that even his own love story had to be worked up to the proper cli max. But Miss Ransom with true womanly contrariety set all his fine plans at naught. When he entered the star's dressing room in response to a muffled "Come," instead of facing a handsomely gowned and smiling girl, as he had anticipated, he saw a forlorn figure curled up on the sofa. Miss Ransom still wore the frock used in the last act, and as she straightened up she made a futile effort to hido her grief with a lace trimmed bit of cambric. All the graceful little speeches which Evans had been conning for hours failed him at this critical moment. He forgot, the flower decked table on the stage and the actors who by this time must be hurrying from their dressing rooms to the scene of the festivities. He knew only that Ella was in trouble and —he loved her. "My dear girl, what has happened?" "Alas for the cleverly worded proposal that was never to be spoken! The tone, the ges ture and the love light in his eyes told their own tale, and Miss Ransom understood. That Is why a few mjnutes later she was sobbing out her little heartache in his arms and in coherently pouring the cause thereof Into his ear. "Oh, it was lovely of you, perfectly dear, to think of this plan for.my Thanksgiving! But you did not know how close you were bringing me to-day to my old home. It's just ten miles from here, Upper Daltcu, and I haven't seen it for five years." "Why didn't you tell me this, and instead of the dinuer we'd have ridden there between the matinee and night performance?" asked Evans, gently, smoothing the golden head resting on his shoulder. It was nature's own tint. There was something genuine and wo manly about Ella Ransom. He had recog nized this from the first. "Oh, you see, 1 wouldn't—bewelcome there." The sweet lips quivered again, and Evans felt in duty bound to do what he Daily New York Letter The Boer Concentration Cnmps. Nov. 28.—Rev. Herman D. Van Br.oeckhuy sen, a "Boer preacher, in addressing a meeting of sympathizers here, declared the Boers would never surrender, and then devoted most of the remainder of his talk to a description of the concentration camps. He said: "There are thirty-four of these camps along the line of the railroad. They are sur rounded with barbed wire fences ten feet "high, and outside of those fences armed Brit ish .soldiers are on guard. The women and children sleep on the bare ground, in tents or open barracks. They are allowed one-half pound of meat, one-quarter of an ounce of coffee, two ounces of sugar and a little salt every day. They are practically living skele tons. "In England and Wales the average death rate is 18 in 1,000. In these camps in South Africa.the death rate was 264 in 1,000, while the death rate among the children was 433 in 1,000. Unless some remedy is effected there will be no children left." The Institutional Church. - Rev. Dr. Ralnsford of St. George's church, writes to the Tribune to deny that there has been a falling off in the attendance, at the services of his church, which is one of the most notable of the free and "Institutional" churches in this city. There is a slight de cline In attendance, at the evening services, but an increase at the morning services. "I admit, sorrowfully," he says, "that the so called 'Institutional' church, is not reaching the people as the people ought to be reached, but there Is no comparison whatever between Its success of the old time pew owned church among the working classes of the poor. I do not hesitate to say that all who are in touch with the lives of the plain people in our cities will support my contention here. Multi tudes of men, both poor and rich, are falling away from attendance on all churches, and we will not fit ourselves to win them back by ignoring this significant fact. Where we fall," he adds, "the blame is not to be placed on the so-called 'institutional' church. That method of church life Is only an effort to take the starch out of organization, and to bring men who believe In God and each other to gether." Sad Fate of Agnet Galambes. "When he begged me with words of love I left my employment and went with him. I don't care now what becomes of me." These words had been wrung from the lips of a beautiful girl—little more than a child In the detention penitentiary at Ellis Island. Her raven tresses, flashing black eyes and I olive complexion betrayed her gypsy blood. According to her own story she is a cousin of Rigo, the violinist with whom the Princess Chimay, formerly Clara Ward of Detroit, eloped. The girl Is Agnes Galambes of Munkacs, Hungary. She arrived here on Tuesday on the Zeeland with Joseph Aros, who, by his own admission and that of the girl, is a de faulter from the savings bank of Munkacs for more than $4,000. Both are waiting to be returned to their native land when the Zee land sails next week, for, having surrendered ' the money taken from the bank, the board of inquiry decided that the.two were liable to become charges on the public. Last month the- authorities were asked. to look out for Aros. John Ordoni, a first-class passenger, corresponded to the description of the defaulter, and he and Agnes, who was traveling as Mrs. Ordoni, were taken to Ellis island to be examined. . The man could show no passports. Both suspects, however, stoutly maintained their innocence, and after being separated they were allowed a night in which Master," the new play which Kelcey and Shannon are to present at the Metropolitan the last half of next week. This seat hangs from the celling by chains fastened to invisi ble beams, the mechanism being the invention of Stage Manager Charles W. Robinson. Clyde Pitch's great play-, "Barbara Frlet chle," at the Bijou this week, Is evidently pleasing theater goers, judging by the at tendance. The engagement, of this play the current week at the Bijou marks Its Initial presentation in this city, and being produced at popular, prices by an excellent company and with the original New York scenic equip ment, it affords an unusual opportunity to witness a play , which ran with Buccess one whole season ln New York city. It Is said to be a remarkably handsome pro- could to put a stop to that pathetic expres sion. Then Miss Ransom continued: , "I—l ran away to *° on the stage, and father said he'd never forgive me, whether I became famous or not, and he always keeps his word. And, oh, I would like to see mother when I am so near to her!" "Never mind, dearest," said Evans "I'll try to take the place of parents and husband to you. And now we're making an awful stage wait." He bent over for final kiss, and when Ella removed the make-up she succeeded also In hiding almost every trace of her recent grief It was a smiling young woman whom he finally led to the head of the great table After all, he decided, as he glanced from one cheerful face to another, he would announce their engagement at the close of the dinner and the company should drink their health) and it would not be such a bad climax. But again were the plans of Manager Evans set at naught. With the salad course came an urgent summons from the box office. Ev ans rose with mutterings that did not portend happily for the sender of the message. When he came back, however, the expres sion ou his face had undergone a change. He was smiling in a nervous fashion. No one noticed two figures which stopped in the shadow of the wines. "Ladies and gentlemen," said Evans Im pressively, "it gives me pleasure to Introduce two unexpected but most welcome guests to this board, the father and mother of our lead ing lady, Mr. and Mrs. Ransom." A girlish cry that would have brought tho house to her feet could Ella Ransom have given it on the stage, and then she. too, was in the wings with her mother's arms about her. When order had been restored and the feast had progressed to the coffes, old Mr. Ransom rose and unflinchingly faced the merry crew. "I ain't much at speechmaklng, but I want to Bay right now that I've made a mistake. My forefathers were of old Puritan stock, and I cant' get over the idea that the stage in a bad place,' but I gues there's other business in the world that's worse. Anyhow, it's no cause for a father to turn against his child, and I've lost five good years by keeping up this ill feeling toward my girl. I want to thank you for the kind way you've treated her when she's needed the comfort of mother and father, and if you're round this neighbor hood next Thanksgiving come out to th.- farm and have dinner with us. My wife's a master hand at making pumpkin pies. I guess that's about all." When the daughter and handclapping which followed this speech had subsided, Manager Evans took the floor, and in words not half so eloquent as he had rehearsed in private, but softened by the happy family reunion, he announced his engagement to Miss Ransom. While the members of the company had been making some pretty shrewd guesses on the subject, they were properly surprised end congratulatory, and before Deacon Ransom realized what had happened he was standing ! with the rest drinking champagne to the ! health cf his daughter and his son-in-law to i be. When the great day was over and Manager I Evans had tucked the robes around Deacon | and Mrs. Ransom for their homeward ride and I he had taken a last kiss from Ella's happy lips, he murmured to himself: "We'll, the stage business worked out rather I different from the way I had planned it, but the climax and the picture were not half bad I after all." to think the matter over. The girl to-day admitted that her compan ion was Aros. She had been living with him i for more than a year, she said, he having j enticed her away from a band in which she [ was then .playing the cymbal. A child was born and died. • "I am a cousin of Rigo, the violinist," said the girl, "he who eloped with the Princess Chimay. When I was only a child I played in his orchestra. 'I played the violin and th© cymbals. Then Rigo went away and I Joined another band. It was then I met Aros. It is i all over now and I am sorry. Send me back I home." Then, sobbing violently, the child produced j from the bosom of her dress $2,000 which she said Arcs had given her and turned It over to the immigrant officer. Aros, sullen and defiant at first, broke down -when told that his companion had confessed. After admitting his identity he turned over to the authorities nearly $2,000 more of the bank's funds. Aros and Agnes were not taken Into custody. They will be sent back merely as undesirable immigrants who are liable to become public charges. The More Liberal Sunday. The agitation for a more liberal Sunday law Is causing divisions and separations among people who have formerly worked together. Here, for instance, Is Bishop Doane of Al bany, who resigns as chairman of the Church Temperance Society, because he is unable to endorse the action of the society In opposing the Sunday sale of liquor. The bishop recognizes the two sideness of the question. He is still as jealous as ever ln guarding the sacredness of the Lord's day, and still questions the propriety of giving extra privil eges to people who sell the most dangerous article of trade. But he says: "It is to be conceded (1) that the absolute prohibition of Sunday sale cannot be put Into execution; (2) that it leads to underhandedness and the corruption of the police; (3) that it is really no protection to the sacredness of the Lord's day, and (4) that the operation of the Raines law at present is accompanied with evils more serious than those which it Is intended to prevent." The advocates of a more liberal Sunday law on the part of religious people, like Bishop Doane, are forced to their posi tion as the result of a choice of evils. The present agitation of this difficult question promises to Involve not a little bitterness and misunderstanding. Dr. Barren's Sermons. • One of the publishing houses is issuing regularly these days the sermons of Dr. Bur rell, formerly of Westminster church in Min neapolis. The sermons are coming out In book form, have been, in fact for several years, and they are forming a notable addi tion to the literature of the American pulpit. Dr. Burrell Is occupying a foremost place ln New York. His evening congregations ln the staid old Reformed church at the corner of Twenty-ninth and Fifth avenue are larger than ever beforepacked to the very doors with standing room only as the usual order. Dr. Burrell changes but little. He Is older than when he preached in Minneapolis, but It is only shown in non-essentials—he Is the same eloquent, active, powerful man, his personality, in and out of the pulpit. just as winning, his forcefulness Just as pronounced, his like and abiding Interest in the events of the day Just as marked. One of the most loy al and devoted members of Dr. Burrell's church Is President Roosevelt, and whenever he listens ln strenuous silence to hi* pastor, he listens to a man who has always been In the strongest and best sense a . strenuous straightforward exponent of the best things of modern American life. duction which Messrs. Spencer and Abern are using this season in their revival of the suc cessful play, "M'llss." The company is re ported to be one of unusual excellence. It Is headed by Nellie McHenry, a comedienne who ranks high in her own line of work. Others in the cast are H. B. Bradley, Frank Dayton, Ida Rock, Lottie Burke, F. A. Yelvinfton, L. J, Lorfng, H. B. Barnum and J. D. Crow ley. . "Mliss is to be presented at the Bijou next week. , A Political Question. • Indianapolis Journal. In spite of Mr. Bryan's criticism of Gov ernor Durbls for not surrendering Governor Taylor, It may be doubted if even he would be . willing to ,be tried for a . political offense by a jury composed of twelve republicans.