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'■' ' .' ■ - . ■ . -'" ■ * '.""- " . < , '•'■ " ■■■'" • " ' ' ■ .-■••.. '■ =:- -. ■■'■■ •'. ■ . J ." •.'' -.' • .. •'. rS-i'V-.t ... J! PRICE TWO CENTS. BABCOCK IS NOT YIELDING Congressman Stands by His Tariff-Revision Guns. WILL INTRODUCE BILL Responsibility for Failure to Act Will Rest With the House. SUCH A BILL WON'T BE REPORTED A Pair of Conundrums Confronting Those Who Will Debate the Tariff. From The Journal Bureau, Boom AS, Post Building, Washington. Washington, Nov. 30. —The abuse of Mr. Babcock continues, and some of it has been reflected in the northwest. This abuse ls entirely gratuitous, for it is founded on nothing tangible. In discuss ing Babcock it would be well for the northwest to bear in mind that it prob ably is not the Intention of congress, un less conditions radically change, to enact any tariff legislation; indeed, the repub lican ultra protectionists from the east are even anxious to prevent the subject coming before congress ln any definitf or serious way. In the senate it is prob ably the intention to kill the reciprocity treaties. In the house, it is expected that an effort will be made, should the situation become too warm, to refer the question of tariff revision to a commis sion, along with reciprocity. The ways and means committee. it may be put down as settled, will not favorably report any tariff bill. Mr. Babcock's bill will share the same fate as the others, and nothing that he can do, even were he to become a political renegade, which the situation does not demand, will secure for his bill any high standing. He appreciates this fact and very property does not propose to put his head against a stone wall. His bill will be Introduced, and he will do all that any man can do to secure favorable action; and after haying done this, the responsibility for failure will be on the house as a whole, and more particularly on the republican members of the ways and means committee. I am authorized by his friends to say that the beer tax reduction has nothing whatever to do with the case. It is not influencing his action, even remotely. In the last congress he did what he could to secure a reduction of that tax, and it was finally reduced 60 per cent. Any fur ther reduction will be determined, not by anything Mr. Babcock may or may not do with his tariff bill, but by the needs of th© government after It shall have been learned Just how much of an increase in expenses will be entailed by the several new schemes which congress will consider this winter. Congress will not reduce the government's income further .until it knows what the expenditures are to be for Isthmian canal, Pacific cable, irriga- ! tion, rural free delivery, etc. To-day I talked with Mr. Babcock, who said: My position is unchanged. I shall introduce my bill and do what I can to have it favor ably considered. Nothing has happened to change my mind. On the contrary, I am daily more strongly convinced that my posi tion Is sound. I have collected a great deal of information and am still collecting it. This is to go to the ways and means committee for the strengthening of my position. TWO TARIFF It is very probable that any tariff discussion which CONUN- ■ may be indulged in at .» - the approaching session of DRUMS. congress will be academic. Few well Informed per sons expect to see anything important done, but many interesting questions will be raised, the raising of which will largely be for fture reference. For example, here are two congressional conundrums, to which the guessing skill of members will be Invited: One Is: Why should the United States A MESSAGE FOR EACH OF THEM. have a duty on tin plate, when at the same time the transportation charge on that article from Swansea, in Wales, to Chicago, 111., is less than the published rate between Pittsburg and Chicago? The supreme court has decided that lower rates for the longer haul are not forbid den where there is an ocean attachment either in export or import. This situation applies to many articles and is one of the phases of academic discussion of the Cul lom bill that may occasion interest. The other conundrum is this: Since the prosperity of the United States depends so largely on its export market for ce reals, why should we sell steel rails to Russia to open up her wheat-producing areas to compete with our own, at a lower cost than our own people can buy the same rails? In other words, we pay Rus sia a bonus to enlarge the sphere of her competitive rivalry. This situation will come up under the Babcock bill. , HOXIE'S Major Hoxie, govern ment engineer in charge MISSION at St. Paul, is on his way j to Washington. Officials | of the war department and engineer bu- j reau say that Major Hoxie has not been j ordered to Washington on anything per- j taining to government work at present in ! his charge. He is coming here to con- i suit with officials of the department of justice about damage cases arising from j an accident during the improvement of the harbor at Portland, Me., where he was In charge before going to the northwest. —W. W. Jermane. WHEAT TO GERMANY Kansas Farmers Ship Direct and Get a Higher Price. Sow York Sun Sneolal Sorvlom Solomon, Kan., Nov. 30.—The farmers of this county have made arrangements to ship all the wheat which they do not sell directly to American mills to co-operative associations in Germany. The wheat is billed direct from Solomon to Berlin, and it is therefore direct from the producer to the consumer without passing through the hands of a single middleman. It goes by rail from Solomon to New York, where it goes through an elevator which has been leased by the German associations, and it then is shipped by steamer to Ber lin. During the entire summer the asso ciation has paid its members an average of 3 cents a bushel more for wheat than the regular dealers have been offering in Solomon, but this exporting arrangement enables it to pay still more for all that it can export. BUYING ST. PAUL Wall Street Speculating on a Deal of Some Sort. Special to The Journal. New York, Nov. 30.—The Wall Street | Journal says: "Quite a quantity of St. Par' stock appears to be on the street at present. Among commission houses and in I many quarters there is a lingering belief I that some kind of a deal is to be made I before long. Many people are more or j less under the impression that in some I way the stock is to be taken in by some body, probably the Northern Securities company, and that it's good for 200. the same as Burlington. There is, however, some evidence that a considerable line of long St. Paul stock has been unloaded by somebody above 170. There is very con vincing evidence that no deal whatever Involving the company is under considera tion at this time, so far as any other road is concerned. St. Paul people themselves I say they are satisfied with the way things are going and don't expect to make his tory just now." '-;■:.; Notwithstanding this statement, influ ential market factors like Morgan, the \ Vanderbilt, Standard Oil and Gould inter ests were conspicuous purchasers of St. Paul stock yesterday, while the market was depressed by the slump in Amalga mated Copper. — A WORD OF WARNING. Baltimore Sun. "Now, Ham," said Noah, in kind but firm tones, as he noted the approach of Thanksgiving, "I want you to bear in mind that I have but two turkeys.on the ark, and that you will have to curb your instincts for the present." ..._,-; SATURDAY EVENING; NOVEMBER 30, 1901. FT. SNELLING Minnesota Delegation Will Persist, Despite Secre tary Root's Attitude. From The Journal Bureau, lloom AS, Post Building, Washington. Washington, Nov. —The Minnesota congressional delegation will not be satis fied with the announced intention of Sec retary Root not to consider the claims of Fort Snelling to be one of the four army posts where state and federal troops are 'to be drilled every summer. The dele gation's plans are not yet laid, but it will be seen that the secretary's announce ment does not close the case when it is said that congress will be called upon to ratify his recommendations and appro priate money to make them effective. After the matter gets into congress' hands the time for the delegation to act will have arrived. It is probable the selection will not be finally made until next sum mer, so there is plenty of time in which to work. —W. W. Jermane. FIGHT EXCLUSION Chinese the Country Over Are Being Assessed a Dollar Each. San Francisco, Nov. 30.The Chinese are prepared to make a vigorous fight against the re-enactment of .the Geary ex clusion law. A proclamation has been is sued by the Chinese Six companies re quiring every Chinaman in the United States to contribute at once $1. The fund thus raised will be used in the effort to defeat exclusion. In order to compel the payment of the assessment, the procla mation states that if payment is not made within one month the amount exacted will be doubled, and delinquents who fail to pay within two months will have their assessment doubled once more. Lest some should still seek to evade the en forced contribution, the proclamation adds that Chinese desiring to return to China will be compelled to exhibit a receipt showing that they have made payment and, in default of such receipt, they will be fined $10. The proclamation has been posted in Chinatown and is to be distrib uted all over the country. MESSAGE FOR SALE Government Printing Office Attache Thought to Have Stolen a Copy. Mow York Sun S.portal Sorvlom Washington, Nov. 30.—Some consterna tion was caused at the White House by the unpleasant discovery that a printed copy of the president's message had been hawked about Wall street for sale to the highest bidder. So far as can be learned no one cared to buy, the houses ap proached saying they were well satisfied the message contained no surprises. By President Roosevelt's order the message was printed earlier than usual this year, and it is supposed that some printer or pressman at the government . printing office has purloined a copy and endeavored to sell It. There is a fear that the mes sage may find its way into some newspa per in advance of Us delivery to congress. The message is not quite as long as it was reported. A few days ago a seeming ly authentic report gave it the extraor dinary length of 30,000 words. In fact it contains 22,000 words. The document has not been cut down since the president finished it a week ago. SMART LONDON FUNCTION. < London. Nov. 30.—The wedding of Baron Tweedmouth's son, Dudley Churchill Mar- Jorits, and Marie, daughter of the war fiec retary, Mr. Brodrick, at St. George's church, Hanover Square this afternoon was a smart society function. There were seven bridesmaids, including Muriel White, daughter of the United States charge d'affaires, Mr. White. The pres ents included gifts from King Edward and Queen Alexandra. DEMOCRATIC MOSES IS HE Struts Upon tie Stage for One Brief Hour. BURLESON'S AMBITION. Young Texas Congressman as Men tor to His Party. SAYS "PIE, PLUNDER AND PELF" Ue Will - Make an Effort to Tear Things Up ln tUe Democrat ic Caucus. Now York Sun Special Service Washington, Nov. 30.Time was when hustle, bustle and excitement marked the canvass for the speakership nominations of the two great parties in the house of representatives. In recent years, how ever, speakership caucuses have come to be tame affairs, the outcome having been decided upon months in advance, and so it is that in Washington there are few, if any, indications that the opposing teams of the fifty-seventh congress are lining up for play. Everybody knows that David Bremner Henderson of lowa will be the republican candidate '■> and James Daniel Richardson of Tennessee the candidate of the democrats. The pres ent antecaucus situation Is prosaic in the extreme. The only bit of color in it is the self suggested offer of a young democratic member from the lone star state, who has stepped lightly into the arena, and with out antagonizing any of the captains, dares to criticize them generally and to offer himself as the proper one to lead his party out of the wilderness and restore them to the proud place they once held as real flesh and blood opponents of the republican party. This would-be Moses is Representative Albert Sydney Burleson of Austin, Texas. He is hot nearly so old as President Roosevelt, having been born in 1863, but has already served one term in congress and thinks he knows just what is the matter with the democratic party. He boldly says: Xo Democratic Unity. There is' no unity of mind or purpose on the' part of the men calling themselves demo- I crats. The party stands for one thing in j Maine, another in Texas and still another in the middle west. In fact, there is no demo cratic party. I am heartily sick and tired of entering a caucus with men professing to be democrats who represent populistic, so cialistic and semirepublican . ideas. If the democratic party should be called into power to-morrow there would be grave debates throughout the country whether the populistic ideas of Kansas and Nebraska, the socialistic ideas of Ohio an,dTllim\£o." the semirepub lican ideas of New York and Louisiana" would control the particular representative of the party who might be In authority. To Show the faith that is in him, Mr. Burleson will present the following reso lution at to-morrow's caucus so that the country can see that the democrats are earnest men, devoted to certain noble and well defined principles: "Resolved, That every representative in congress participating in this caucus shall be governed by the action of said caucus where the same does not conflict with the declaration of principles .and policies set forth in the last platform adopted by the democratic party in na tional convention assembled. Then, after the fate of that little reso lution is decided upon, the enthusiastic young Texan will introduce this one: ! Resolved, That the best interests of the | democratic party will be subserved by the membership of said party in congress re fraining from soliciting patronage at the j hands of the administration. "Pie, Plunder and Pelf." The meaning of this resolution is plain, but in order that there may be no mis understanding as to its full intent and purpose Mr. Burleson describes it as a resolution to prevent the improper dis charge of democratic duty because of the abandonment of the party's traditions by democratic members in return for repub lican pie. According to this democratic Moses, the republicans constitute a party of pie, plunder and pelf. When a republican, he says, is not cutting pie, grabbing for plun der or snatching pelf, he ceases to be a republican. To-day this young Texan warrior will not, perhaps, cease to be a democrat, but he will cease to be a Mo ses just as sure as the democratic caucus meets. He will be laid on the coM mar ble shelf of the caucus room and in his place will be raised the attenuated frame of James Daniel Richardson of Tennessee. Burleson is only 38 years of age while Richardson is 58; and while youth, am bition and high purpose are qualifications that enable the character of any man, especially when fortified by a hatred of "pie, plunder and pelf," the democratic veteran from Tennessee possesses a knowledge of political affairs and an ex perience in legislation that places him upon a pinnacle on the minority side of the house of representatives that no otfcer aspiring advocate of democratic princi ples may hope to reach, at least not yet. CUT AND DRIED irdion Nominated for Speaker —No Declaration of Policy, j Washington, Nov. 30. — democratic members of the house of representatives met in caucus in the hall of the house shortly after 11 o'clock this forenoon and at once nominated James D. Rich ardson of Tennessee for speaker. All the former democratic nominees for offices also were renominated. Several resolu tions were introduced, defining the demo cratic policy during the coming sessions and were discussed. There is a strong sentiment against taking any action at this time. The resolutions were referred to a special committee to be appointed ,by the chairman of the caucus, Mr. Hay of Virginia. The caucus then adjourned. The nominations were: Speaker, Mr. Richardson, Tennesse; clerk, ex-Representative James Kerr, Pennsylvania; sergeant-at-arms, Representative E.V. Brook shire, Indiana: doorkeeper, Charles Edwards, Texas; postmaster, James K. Jackson, Ala bama. The selection of Mr. Richardson as can didate for speaker clothes. him officially with the minority leadership. The four places on the house roll allowed the minority will be filled by Isaac Hill of Ohio, ,-assistant sergeant-at-arms, and James F. English, California; Felton B. Knight, Georgia, and Ewing Bland, son of "Silver Dick" Bland, special employes. "Representative McClelland of New York, at the direction of the democratic mem bers of the house delegation who had met just prior to the assembling of the cau cus, offered the following resolution as an expression of the sense of the caucus: Resolved, That we shall promote to the utmost of our power the removal of the op- Continued on Second Page. WHYW.B.DEAN LEFT THE SOO Northern Securities Roads to Have Exclusive Directors TWO SOO VACANCIES They Will Be Filled by Special . -..-- . . . .. ,- Election Monday. SOO'S RELATIONS TO THE MERGER Hill Credited With a Desire to Se cure a. Pledge of Neu trality. - W. B. Dean, of St. Paul, who was re cently elected a director of the Great Northern railway company, to succeed Jacob H. Schiff of New York, has filed his resignation as a director of the Soo road. Mr. Schiff, who Is a director in the North ern Pacific, resigned in accordance with the policy adopted by the financiers in terested in the Northern Securities merger, who seek to have the directorate of each road free of men who may be serving on the directorates of parallel or competing lines. It is known that Presi dent Hill has for some time been anxious to bring Mr. Dean into closer association with his interests and especially with the Great Northern. Through that he becomes one of the northwestern business men in terested in the big merger. The reasons offered for his resignation from the Soo are practically to the same as the ex planations offered for the withdrawal of Schiff from the Great Northern. A Special Soo election. On his return home yesterday President Lowry, of the Soo, after a conference with General Manager Pennington, decided to call a special meeting of the board of di rectors for next Monday. At this meet ! ing two directors, to succeed Mr. Dean and | the late Governor Plllsbury, will be elect | cd. The present members of the board are: Thomas Lowry, John Martin, W. D. Washburn, C. H. Pettit, F. H. Peavey and E. Pennington of Minneapolis. The Cana dian Pacific interests are represented on the board by Sir William Van Home, President Shaughnessy and R. B. Angus of Montreal. President Lowry makes a correction in his interview of yesterday in which the newspaper men misunderstood his atti- tude toward the general proposition -of railway combinations. He says that as a general principle he is not opposed to railway combinations. But the uniting of the Soo road with a combination of north western roads would, he believes, be det rimental to the Interests of .the north west. • - ;--.. Will the Soo "Be Good?" The opinion is general that Mr. Hill is planning to bring influence to bear upon the Canadian Pacific at least to persuade It to use its influence for peace in north western traffic affairs. The Soo is the big question mark to Hill's big plans of per fect railroad co-operation and harmony in the northwest. Reports from New York indicate that President Stlckney of the Great Western has given assurances that his system will not be a trouble maker. To complete the program some such as surance is wanted from the Canadian Pa cific and the Soo. The argument that Morgan, Hill and Harriman will be unable to incorporate the Canadian Pacific into their big scheme because public senti ment in Canada and England would be so strenuously opposed to it, is not taken as final. If the merger can be made a suc cess on the American side of the line, there would be no trouble in extending its operations to Canadian roads. The stock of the Canadian Pacific is scattered through Germany, England, Canada and the United States. It could be purchased and a Canadian Pacific alliance with the community of Interest arrangement could be obtained by furnishing the funds and starting a quiet campaign for the stock. Shippers Vitally Interested. Since the further progress of community of interest plans through the organiza tion of the Northern Securities company and other details connected with the Northern Pacific settlement, shippers and business men generally in Minneapolis and throughout the northwest have -been able to see much hope in the situation as long as the Soo remained an independ ent road free from the influence of Mor gan, Hill and Harriman. Many of the large shippers have expressed the opinion that as long as the plans of the big trium virate did not reach the Canadian Pacific and the Soo, those systems would furnish enough competition aided by the competi tive influences of the markets of the country and the world to keep rates in the northwest within satisfactory limits. The declaration by Mr. Lowry that he is opposed to any move toward placing the Soo under the influence df the persons interested in the northwestern railway combination, together with the known an tagonism of other northwestern owners of Soo stock, who have been identified with the Soo since its organization has had a reassuring effect. The Canadian Pacific owns 51 per cent of the Soo stock and with the Soo inter ests in the northwest lined up against an alliance with the "community" party, in terest turns to the probable action of the triumvirate toward the Canadian Pacific, While in Minneapolis recently, President Shaughnessy plainly said that he did not agree with Mr. Hill's ideas in some de partments of railroading; but the banker management of American railways as typified in Morgan, Harriman and Hill, has sprung so many surprises, in big deals that prominent railway men and financiers would not be surprised to hear that the Canadian Pacific had been drawn into the triumvirate's plans, although opposed by men prominent in the operation of the property. . < _; A remarkable old horse has just, been turned out to grass In Newark, N. J. He has been used for producing antitoxin for diphtheria. . He cost $15 originally, and has produced $9,000 worth of the antitoxin. 28 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. Crowded Cars MORE CARS Vice Pres. Goodrich Promises an Immediate Improve ment of Service. Small Cars Will Be Used if People Will Patronize Them. Yesterday The Journal began the publication of facts bearing upon the present and lone suffered overcrowding of the street cars at certain hours of the day. To-day C. G. Goodrich, vice president of the stret railway company, came to Th c Journal office to say that the street railway company were aware of the fact that the demand upon their present equip ment were very heavy but that they were trying to the best of their ability to meet it. There are, he said, about sixty large cars under way at the shops at Thirty first street for the Twin City system which will go. into service between now and spring. In the meantime the com pany, Mr. Goodrich says, will undertake to furnish additional accommodations dur ing the crowded hours of the day by put ting on more of the old. smaller cars. Their experience, however, has been that the people are so fond of the large new cars that they choose to stand in them rather than to sit down in the smaller ones. More Smaller Cars. However, more of the smaller cars, he said, would be added to the crowded lines during the busiest hours of the day, and he asked The Journal to call the at tention of the public to the fact that these cars would be offered as the best the company could do now to meet the heavy demand upon their equipment. This company, he claimed, is furnish ing in its new equipment the best accom modations afforded anywhere in the coun try. There are no cars finer than these, and few, Mr. Goodrich says, to compare with them. But the company is not yet fully equipped with them, and he attrib utes the crowding of these cars in part to the fact that they are so popular that the smal cars are hot used as much as they might be. % He thinks that a mistake may have been made in trying to distribute this equip ment over so many lines before there were enough built to supply every line in full; that if the larger cars had been confined to such lines as-they.. were able to equip fully in that way, and the old cars had been run until the company was able to equip a particular . line in full with the new cars, the present dissatisfaction might have been averted in a measure. The Public Must Help. Mr. Goodrich insists,-however, that the solution of the problem is largely in the hands of the public; that their prefer ence for the larger cars, and their disin clination to ride in the smaller ones ex plains the crowding, and the only way to remedy that for the present is for the public to accept the service which the company promises to furnish in the way of more small cars until such time as the company can build enough of the big cars thoroughly to equip the entire twin city system. Unnecessary Loss of Time. In this connection, reference was made to the loss of time in the large cars, when crowded, due to the failure of passengers to leave and enter the cars promptly. The deliberate manner in which Minne apolis people get off the street cars is the subject of comment among visitors, and much time is lost owing to this lei surely habit. The acquirement of that habit may be attributed in part to the use of gates And the character of the entrance (to the cars. But the street railway com pany are reluctant to do anything to se cure greater celerity in filling or empty ing the cars lest sensitive people take offense and resent any suggestion from the conductors that they should hurry up. It it no doubt true that many would take ex ception to suggestions of that kind, but they submit to suggestions to "crowd up in front, please," and certainly, it would be greatly to the advantage of the public generally if the habit of sitting still in front seats until the cars stop, with no effort to reach the rear of the car, were less frequently indulged in, and pas sengers had sufficient regard for the con venience and interests of their fellow pas sengers to betake themselvs to the door by the time the crossing is reached at which they wish to alight. RICH BOOTBLACK " Scrip*' Proves to Be Shares in a Paying South Af rican Mine. New York, Nov. 30. —Word has reached Newark, N. J., that William Y. Jones, who, .when a boy, blacked boots and sold papers at the Lackawanna railroad sta tion in that city, had died in South Africa recently, and left to his sister, Mrs. Henry McCann, a fortune in mining inter ests and other properties. Jones many years ago located near Johannesburg, and worked as a cook on .the Rand for a time, and later started a restaurant. Many of the miners patronized his place, and often he accepted In payment for meals "scrip" which stood for interest in some of what were considered useless mines. A lot of this "scrip" later proved to be shares in a mine which suddenly became a paying one. There was a rush for stock, and Jones became wealthy. Russia Appropriating Armenians Paris, Nov. 30.—Dr. Alexandre Ular, a well known authority on Russian mat-* ters, writes: "*.. V;•. *• -. *'.'■'• Russia considers the Armenian question from a different point of view than the western powers. Ignoring. the condition of the Armenians in Constantinople and Asia Minor, her attention Is always given to Armenia itself. The possession of the Armenian districts will give Rus . sia control of the Euphrates. Russia intervened to prevent France from -VV\ compelling Turkey to execute reforms in Armenia. Russia is taking steps to make Russian subjects of all the Armenian refugees in the trans-Caucasian districts, who are estimated to number 40,000. It is ( expected to be of great use to Russia to have that many more Russians V r in trans-Caucasia where there are forests to be reclaimed and immense :'."-}' tracts of land to be cultivated. . /'I . ■r*'- 3 Relief Promised BAD SQUEEZE A Sample Trip on the Como- Harriet Street Car Line. Passengers Were Standing Till the Car Passed 26th Street. • A trip on a crowded Harriet cap from the business district of Minneapolis ,to the southwestern section of the city would be an experience long to be remem bered were it not such a common occur rence for the many patrons of the line. - A representative of The Journal, who ordinarily mixes in the rough and tumble of a Sixth avenue N car at sup per time, varied the monotony last even ing by taking passage on one of the big cars which run half way across St. Paul and completely traverse Minneapolis from east to west. The capacity of these cars is well taxed at any hour of the day, but around 6 o'clock there is certainly "something doing." It very often hap pens that .these cars are well filled in St. Paul by through • passengers, many of whom hold down their seats until they get well into the eighth ward of Minne apolis. The result is that the people who begin to get aboard the cars in Southeast Minneapolis have a long, wearisome stand in prospect, and it is almost a certainty that the unfortunates who are shoved up in front when the car reaches the buslnes« district, will find no seats to drop into until they have reached or nearly reached their destination. As a rule the people who are forced to stand pay little heed to the conductor's constant Injunction to "crowd up .♦._• aisle." The result is that they insist on bunching on the rear platform and as near the door as possible inside. A Sample Car Observed. This was the case with Como-Interur ban car, No. 776, leaving transfer at Hen nepin and Washington avenues, which the Journal man boarded shortly before 6 o'clock last evening. The register, showed that the conductor had rung up 128 fares. There were about 100 people on, the car at that time. The seating ca pacity of these cars is 52, so that there were nearly as many people standing as sitting when the car got fairly started out Hennepin avenue. As those standing insisted on crowding toward the rear to avoid being carried beyond their streets, the car seemed much more congested than it really was. " In consequence, they were packed in so tight that the pasengers on the rear platform had to back off to let people out. When' the car started, women threw their arm around men standing next to them to keep from falling, the passengers were thrown violently against their neighbors and forced to sidestep rapidly to keep their, feet. At Groveland avenue an elderly gentle* man gravely inquired of a friend with whom he kept up a desultory conversation between jerks, if he were hanging on by his eyebrows. "Yes, and I've scratched all the skin off my teeth holding onto the roof," was the reply. Shoppers Buck the Line. A sudden stop at the next corner pre* cipitated a frail, scared-looking young woman through the crowd in the door and onto the rear platform, much as a player might go through the line in a football game. After making a touchdown at tha gates her parcels, which narrowly missed being lost in the shuffle, were pitched over to her "catch-as-catch-can." At Twenty-fourth street a portly gentle man, who looked as though he could afford a carriage, remaked: "We'll have to get a different alderman before we can get better service from tha street railway company." The crowd had thinned out so by the time that every one bound for the Lake stret district was able to find a seat. The experience of the passengers on car 776 was but an ordinary Incident in th» lives of Como-Harriet patrons. And there are other lines. Conditions Not Temporary. On the evening of Nov. 25, the weather being pleasant, Como-Harrlet car No. 774, west-bound, arriving at the transfer point at Washington avenue, at 5:18, brought twelve passengers who were compelled to stand; and by the time Seventh street was reached the number had Increased .to thirty-one, despite the general exodus at Washington. On the same evening the Como-Harriet car, No. 764, west-bound, reaching Wash ington avenue at 5:44, carried thirty-sir passengers who were unable to secure seats after it left Sixth street. On otjjer cars the number was about th« same, ranging from thirty up; and after 6 o'clock there were invariably as many people clinging to straps, as were seated. GLASS BLOCK CLOSES EARL.' Done Solely to Enable Employes to • Catch Cars. L. S. Donaldson^ one of the best known retail merchants of the city, and a man whose Judgment carries great weight, ex pressed himself, this morning, as highly pleased with the stand taken by Th c Journal with regard to crowded street cars. Said he: "This overcrowding of street cars has gone so far that it has begun to hurt business. Because of it we have been compelled to close our snore 10 minutes earlier so that our employes can get to their homes without being compelled to wait n a street corner half or three quar ters of an hour for a car. This, of course means a diect loss to the business; and