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Congressman Stands by His
Tariff-Revision Guns.
Responsibility for Failure to Act
Will Rest With the House.
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
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.
Kansas Farmers Ship Direct
and Get a Higher
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.
Wall Street Speculating on a
Deal of Some
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. —
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." ..._,-;
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.
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.
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.
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.
Struts Upon tie Stage for
One Brief Hour.
Young Texas Congressman as Men
tor to His Party.
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.
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
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.
Northern Securities Roads to
Have Exclusive Directors
They Will Be Filled by Special
. -..-- . . . .. ,-
Election Monday.
Hill Credited With a Desire to Se
cure a. Pledge of Neu
- 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.
Crowded Cars
Vice Pres. Goodrich Promises
an Immediate Improve
ment of Service.
Small Cars Will Be Used if
People Will Patronize
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
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
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.
" 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
A Sample Trip on the Como-
Harriet Street Car
Passengers Were Standing
Till the Car Passed 26th
• 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,
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
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.
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

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