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THE MINNEAPOLIS JQSRNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS. I Stllk If I^IIIt/l///BiiSltl litt iff' llW^^^Vk \ WILL FIGHT IRRIGATION Hostile Attitude of Eastern Congressmen. WESTERN MEN UNITE' Trans-Mississippi Members to Hold Caucus To-morrow. WILL WIN.BACKED BY PRESIDENT Autl-Xoyes Senators and Represen tative* Have MyateriuuN Sour ces of Information. from Th» Journal Bureau, Room 45, Post UuilUinu, Washington. Washington, Dec. 4.—Eastern members of both houses of congress dislike the president's strong recommendation of the adoption of an irrigation policy. They have no arid land and they want their share every year of money gathered in the west from the sale of these lands. The money goes into a general fund and is spent for rivers and harbors, public build ings end for other purposes. It begins to look as if vigorous eastern opposition to irrigation would develop, and that the west may be forced to unite in order successfully to meet it. Already there is some sign of a getting together of western members. To-morrow night a caucus of members from states beyond the Mississippi will be held to talk irriga tion and agree on a plan of procedure in congress. At that meeting notice will be taken of the opposition of the east, and some preliminary discussion of ways and means of meeting it may be had. With the president's recommendations behind It, the west will be very strong, and if it should unite to compel the sub mission of the east such a step would have western indorsement. There will possibly be a hard tight, but irrigation is now destined to become an accomplished fact. As already stated in these dis patches, the Hansbrough bill is the bill which will pass the senate. In the house last year more than a dozen different irri gation schemes were outlined in bills by members from western states. Several of these bills adopted the basic principle of the Hansbrough bill, namely, the crea tion of a fund by setting aside the pro ceeds of sales of public lands An arid and semiarld states. It is largely for the purpose of harmonizing these conflicting western views that to-morrow night's caucus will be held. It is probable that something very similar to the Hansbrough bill will finally be agreed to. Should the house, however, :idopt a different bill, there may be trouble in getting the speak er to permit it to,reach a vote. The speaker is said to feel favorable to the Hansbrough idea. FIGHT It is amazing to note the full and complete in- OVER formation which anti- Noyes senators and repre- NOYES sentatives Jiave concern ing what fs being done la San Francisco by the federal court of appeals regarding the Judge Noyes con tempt case. So full and complete is this information that one is tempted to believe there is some grapevine communication between San Francisco and Washington over which direct news comes of all fed eral court of appeals is doing. For in stance, yesterday two well-known sena tors, both against Noyea, were in the sen ate lobby discussing the case. One was heard to say to the other: "It will be a Jail sentence, for I have been so advised from San Francisco." A prominent representative was sure that Noyeß was to have come up for sen tence this week Monday and does not yet understand how the program came to be changed. Another representative, Mr. Brick of Indiana, says that his informa tion is of a character that convinces him Continued on Second Pave. A REMEDY FOR TRUSTS. ANOTHER WRECK Steamship Clara Brown Lost in the Waters of Piiget Sound. Seattle, Wash., Dec. 4.—The steamship CLara Brown was wrecked on Al-Ki point, near this port, during the storm last night. Steamers were unable to respond to her signals of distress last night, but tugs have gone to her assistance to-day and word is anxiously awaited. The Clara Brown is a Sound steamer about the size of the wrecked Skagit Chief. WITH SWORDS Queen Wilhelmina's Husband Gets the Better of Two Antagonists. Amsterdam, Dec. 4.—ln spite of official denials, investigations show there is sub stantial foundation for the story of a duel having been fought between Prince Henry of the Netherlands, husband of Queen Wilhelmina, and Major Van Tets, the queen's aide de camp. It appears that at a dniner at Het-Loo her majesty was hurt by some Inattention on the part of the prince and spoke to him sharply. Prince Henry retored offensively, whereup Major Van Tets made a remark regarding the impropriety of the prince consort's con duct. A quarrel followed between the aide-de-camp and the prince, who had been drinking freely, and a duel with swords was fought after dinner. Van Tets was wounded. He has since been re moved to Utrecht to be operated upon. The same incident gave rise to another duel between Prince Henry and a gentle man of the court. Tlie latter was slight ly wounded. HITTING THE SOUTH I Resolution Looking to Re duction in Representa tion. Mow York Sun Zaeotml Smfv/om Washington, Dec. 4. —A vigorous cam paign to cut down the representation of | the southern states in the house has been I inaugurated by Moody's resolution to in- I I vestigate the right of Louisiana's delega ! tlon in the house to retain seats therein. j The resolution provides for the appoint ment of a select committee of eleven members to make the fullest possible in vestigation. It commands the committee j to ascertain "whether the right of any of the male inhabitants of Louisiana, being 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States, to vote at said election, was by the constitution and laws of Louisiana I denied or In any way abridged contrary to I the legislation of the United States." Louisiana is to be made the subject of ' this particular investigation because it is j the first southern state to send a dele ! gation to congress under an amended con j stitution that practically denies the right j of suffrage to negro voters. Judge Crumpacker of Indiana will this week introduce a bill amending the ap pointment law which was passed at the last session . making considerable reduc tions in southern representation. Judge Crurnpacker will support the Moody reso lution. So will Mr. Olmstead of Pennsyl vania and . many influential republican members. The sentiment of the republi can majority appears to be in favor of cutting down southern representation. Bat Laughter Imu'i Denial. Special to The Journal. New York, Dec. 4. —Reports of a dis agreement between Morgan and Hill over the legality of the Northern Securities were laughed at to-day by those con nected with both men as too absurd to dignify with denial. , ... . • WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, 1901. HE BRIBED City Attorney Salsbury of Grand Rapids, Mich., Is Convicted. Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 4.—The supe rior jury in the bribery case against City Attorney Lant K. Salsbury returned a ver dict of guilty to-day, after deliberating all night. Salsbury was indicted by the grand jury last summer on the charge of accepting a bribe of $75,000 for his as sistance in pushing through a deal by which the city of Grand Rapids was to award to eastern capitalists a $4,000,000 contract for furnishing the city with water from Lake Michigan. One of the trial's sensational features was the charge of the prosecution that State Senator George Nichols, one of Salsbury's attor neys, had attempted to bribe the people's principal witness. Indicted with Salsbury were Henry A. Taylor, a young New York millionaire; Attorney Thomas McGarry and Stilson V. McLeod. Judge Newnham of the superior court to-day denied the motion to quash the contempt proceedings against Senator Nichols. He ordered these proceedings stayed and directed the prosecuting at torney to proceed against Mr. Nichols on the charge of subornation of perjury. TAXING OLEO Senator Spooner to Employ- Strategy in Support of the Bill. From The Journal Bwreau, lioom 45. I'att Building, Washington. Washington, Dec. 4.— The butter peo ple in both houses of congress are rapidly organizing to secure the passage this session of an oleo bill. The house will act first and the bill may pass there early in the new year. In the senate one of its leading friends will be Spooner, of Wisconsin, who is said to be a candidate for re-election. If he can induce the senate to pass an oleomar garin bill his return to that body will be sure. It is said to be his plan as soon as the bill reaches the senate to adopt a policy of obstruction and delay until such time as the members oposed to the bill see fit to withdraw that opposition. Spooner is the ablest master of parlla | mentary weapons and the readiest debater i in the senate, and his active friendship for ! the oleo bill will mean much in its be j half. So many important measures will be pending this session that his policy, if successfully carried out, will probably win. —W. W. Jerinane. SPAULDING^OFFER Golfers Will Meet in Minneapolis to <'oitHlder It. Special to The Journal. Winona, Minn., Dec. 4.-^President J. R. Marfleld of the Minnesota Golf association has called a meeting of the directors for the near future in Minneapolis to act on i the proposition of Spaulding & Company j to give $150 trophy loving cup as a prize to be contested for annually at the state j tournament by teams of five members j from clubs belonging to the state associa tion, the winnir^ team to be one making the best record against the bogy score of the course. RIVER PILOTS Joseph Bulsson of Wabanha Elected President. La Cross©, Wis., Dec. 4.—The Upper Mississippi River Pilots' assocfatlon closed its annual meeting here to-day after a two days' session. The following officers ■were elected for the coming year: Pre-sident, Joseph Buisson, Wabasha, Minn.; vice presidents, George Winans', Waukesha, Wis.; A. H. Mitchell, Clinton, Iowa; David Upton, Davenport, Iowa; sec retary and treasurer, A. 0. Day, Daven port, lowa. La Crosse was selected as the , next meeting place. , THE STORY OF A TRAGEDY State Witnesses Testify in Pickett Murder Case. NONE SAWMURDERDQNE The Case Appears to Rest Upon Cir cumstantial Evidence. SOUNDS OF A STRUGGLE HEARD Mrs. Nelson, a. Neighbor, Tell* the Circumstance* of the Fatal Fire. The taking of evidence In th» Pickett murder case began this morning, County Attorney Boardman having opened the case for the state late yesterday after noon. There is little public interest in the case. Outside of the witnesses and others having business in the court room thero were not over fifty people pres i ent. Reuben C. Pickett, the prisoner, a man | of quiet and even impassive demeanor, I was surrounded by a bevy of feminine i relatives this morning, among them being I his wife, mother, sister and mother-in law. On the opposite side of the table were seated a group of woolen summoned as witnesses for the state. Most of them occupied the same flat building as the | Pieketts at the time of the fire in which Mrs. Pickett lost her life. The Indictment Attacked. The first witness sworn was \V. E. Stoopes, assistant county surveyor, w"ho has prepared a diagram or plan of the premises at 816 Eighth avenue S where _.-■■ „ -yz^.-. ~~^~~~™ -~*~-~ ——■■.(■—■.—, ' ' ",^-r "^ -""—"'- ''" J _ n-M, *,„ -" mi ' ~~_ T " Mis. Augusta Pick?tt lost her life four teen months ago. Howard B. Chamber lain, counsel for Pickett, objected to the introduction of any evidence in the case. He contended that the indictment did not state facts sufficient to constitute a pub lic offense, in that it did not state the manner nor the cause of death. It was further argued that the prisoner was en titled to know on what charge he would be compelled to defend himself. The ob jection was overruled by Judge Elliott, Mr. Stoopes testified as to the dimen sions of the rooms and their relative loca tion. The Picketts occupied three rooms in the rear of the hat. Opposite the door to their quarters was a bathroom in which the body of Mrs. Pickett was found by the firemen. This bathroom is across the hall from the rooms where the Picketts dwelt. It is a small room about B%xß feet, the floor space between the bath tub and the opposite wall being about four feet by eight feet long. A Startling Story Told. Following Mr. Stoopes, the state intro duced Mrs. Mary Nelson, the most im portant witness for the prosecution. The witness was very sure on matters of trifling importance, but apparently was trying to tell what she conceived was the truth. She testified that she and her sister occupied three rooms in front, and the Pickptts had three rooms in the rear !l|i||||/ |i!/Jjj||//T]| ** iiiii dUDQE ELLIOTT j| til 3 p f] n n n n ri t of the building. There was a door con necting the two suites, but this was always locked. Mrs. Nelson and her sis ters were engaged in dressmaking. nO the night Mrs. Pickett was burned, Mrs. Nelson was awakened by a noise and heard scuffling and sounds of choWng and gurgling in the Pickett flat. Later she heard a moan. Her sister, who was awake, asked: "Do you hear that noise?" "Yes. I have heard it for a long time," replied Mrs. Nelson. The witness thought that burglars were in the house and that they were killing Mrs. Pickett. Both sißters were much frightened, but the witness thought the noise and scuffling continued for ten minutes. The sister wanted to open the hall door, but Mrs. Nelson objected and suggested instead that they look over the transom or open the front windows and scream for help. The sister, however, went to the kitchen and opened the door. Hearing the door creak, Mrs. Nelson hurried out and went Into the kitchen and then into the hall. Pickett came down the hall to ward her, pushing the children. He was partly undressed. He said: "For God's sake, save my children." The witness Bald: "I asked 'What's the matter?' Then I ran to the bathroom. The door was closed, but I opened it by turning the handle. There was no lock on the door, but there was a latch on the inside. Mrs. Pickett was lying on the floor near the head of the bathtub. There were flames around her, but her night gown was not burned. Her hands covered the upper part of her head and her eyes were closed." Saw l'lukett Close the Door. Mrs. Nelson said she then ran back screaming "flre," and told her sister that Mrs. Pickett was dead and was burning up in the bathroom. She and her sister ran to save their things and went out into the main hall off from the private hallway. Her sister ran back to get her pet kittens. Hearing a noise down the hnllway, she looked down and saw Pickett closing the door to the bathroom. On cross-examination by Mr. Chamber lain, the witness described the first Mrs. Pickett as a woman about her own height, possibly about 5 feet 4 inches, and rather slender. She testified further, that when she opened the bathroom door she pushed it fully three-quarters open. She stepped partly in and the flames rushed over her head, singing her eyebrows. Turning back, she met her sister and cried, "My God, Mrs. Pickett is dead and is burning up in the bathroom!" She made no at tempt :o save the Piekett children, but told them to hurry out as the house was on fire. When she came back into the hall there was considerable smoke in their hallway. She did not try to save Mrs. Pickett and was positive that she was already dead. They looked down the hall on hearing a noise. The door to the bathroom was partly o^en and Mr. Pickett reached into the room and pulled the door shut. A boiler fell down or was pulled out by Mr. Pickett. Family Relations Pleasant. So far as the witness knew, the rela tions between Mr. and Mrs. Pickett were pleasant. She had never heard any quarreling in the Pickett flat and thought she would have heard any such quarrel, especially if the voices were loud. She was quite positive that she could dis tinguish between a choking or gurgling sound and the noise of vomiting in the Pickett flat even if the door was closed. The witness was certain that although there were flames about Mrs. Pickett her night gown had not yet caught fire when she looked in. There wes no gasolene or kerosen stored in the bathroom. Just before adjourning for noon Judge Elliott asked the witness: "How long was It after the noise ceased that you saw Mr. Pickett in the hall?" ■■About two minutes,'- answered the wit ness. A SHORT, BUSY MEET That's the Plan for the Extra Leg islative Session. GOVERNOR TO MAKE UP PROGRAM The Idea Is to Restrict Business to Tax Report and Matters He Requests. Within the past few days a number of senators and representathres have found time to run in from the country for a day or so. St. Paul hotels have resembled the days of a legislative session, and con ferences by twos and threes have done much toward shaping sentiment. All deny that the influx Is preconcerted, or for any special purpose except to get in touch with the situation. They have conferred with the governor and ascer tained his attitude first hand. They have assured themselves that there will be an extra session. The governor has impressed all mem bers who have called on him with the importance of a short session. As a re sult, most of the conferences between members have discussed ways and means of expediting business. They have re sulted in a pretty well understood agree ment. A caucus of republican members of the house and senate will be called probably lor the evening before the session opens. Every effort will be made to get a full attendance. This caucus will agree on a resolution limiting the work of the ses sion to the report of the tax commission, «md such other matters as the governor may request. This resolution will be introduced In both houses the first clay of the session, and passed under suspension of the rules. It is f«lt that any delay would be dan gerous, as it would permit the introduc tion of bills of a general character. Once on the calendar, they would have to be disposed of, and those whd had not had time for consideration of their pet measures would insist on it. This would protract the session to a ruinous length. Without doubt the only things the gov ernor will bring before the legislature are the tax code and a request for an ap propriation to defray the expenses of the state's legal fight with the railroad com bination. Without exception the members who have visited St. Paul heartily indorse the governor, and report that the feeling of their constitueuts is enthusiastic and unanimous. Senator Stockton of Parl bault and Senator Lord of Kasson were callers to-day. VERDICT FORJ.ANESBORO Money Paid Wnterworks Contractors Must Be Returned. Special to The Journal. Winona, Minn., Dec. 4.—ln the United States district court this morning Judge Lochren directed a verdict for the plaint iff for $4,760 in the suit of the village of Lanesboro against Sheely & Oshee, of Lincoln, Neb., to collect $12,750 for fail ure to complete the watrworks system ac cording to contract. The amount awarded is the sum paid by the village to the con tractors. J 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUSTS ■ President's Candor of Speech and Directness of Action Come Into Play If It Is Necessary, What the Attorney General Will Do in Case Proceedings Are Brought Against Securities Co. From The Journal Jttvraau., ICoom AS. .Port Building, WamMngton. Washington, Dec. 4.—The president's public attitude on the trust question as it is reflected in his message, throws light 'on the probable policy of his administra tion towards the Northern Securities company and similar organizations. The president's position i* that the legitimate interests of the government in private business matters of this sort lies in a de mand for publicity and protection of the public from fraud. Trade combinations which do not plainly violate any law of the United States witt not be pursued simply because they are combinations; but congress will b<» urged to make it easier to reach thos« who do violate the law or ignore good morals. : If, at the present time, any citl- : : zen or group of citizens have a : : reasonable complaint to make of : : wrong suffered at the hands of the : : Northern Securities company, it : : will undoubtedly be entertained : : and considered at the department : : of Justice; but the department is : : not beating the bushes in search : : of trouble, or playing the volun- : : teer detective, or otherwise mak- : : ing an effort to bring a suit for : : the sake of its dramatic effect, : : and regardless of the question of : : whether the result will be a vindi- : : cation of the soundness of the : : present law, or a humiliating : : proof of its weakness when con- : : fronted with real conditions. : Corporate and Personal. At first glance, for example, several questions would arise in connection with the proceeding against the Northern Se curities company, chief among which, per haps, is whether this company is engaged in interstate commerce. On its face, the company seems simply to have substitut ed corporate for private investment cap ital, and to have procured controlling in terests in several carrying corporations. It is very doubtful, in the opinion of good lawyers in government employ, whether the court would consent to discriminate between the corporate and a personal shareholder, and If Mr. Vanderbilt, or Mr. Morgan, or Mr. Hill were, out of his own purse, to buy the majority of stock In three different railroads, it is extremely doubtful whether there is any law against combinations which oould be stretched to the point of arbitrarily saying that the purchaser must make his choice of one of his interests and dispose of the other two. Until some other party's rights were in vaded by a person absorbing all this prop erty, it* is not to be assumed that the. government would turn its enginery of Justice against him. President Will Pear Away. The greater probability is that, in the trusts matter, the president will press upon congress persistently the ideas set forth In his mesage, till that body either produces such legislation as will satisfy his demands, or gives the country suf ficient excuse for not doing so. If, mean while aggrieved parties can make out what seems to be a fair case against any industrial combination under the existing law, the attorney general will proceed against the alleged offenders. o o : If it shall appear later that the : : trusts have been tampering in any : : improper way with the legislative : : machinery, they will hear from the : : president with some of his old- : : fashioned ndor of speech and di- : : rectness i . action. Contingencies : : are possible in which he might : : even "call names out in meeting." : o o It. is said that the emissaries of trusts who came here to try to head off any re flections on their affairs in the message or departmental reports got cold comfort for their pains. They are likely to get something worse if they presume that, because it has refused to be goaded into indiscriminate assaults upon combina tions, good and bad, the administration has issued insurance policies to any of them. To Allow Pooling:. There is practically a confirmation of the report circulated several days ago that cougress, on recommendation of the inter state commerce commission, may pass a law permitting railways to enter pooling arrangements, these arrangements to be under the supervision of the commission, which will also have control over freight rates. The president's message takes up the long-debated question of the relation between the interstate commission and railways very much along these lines. The paragraphs on the subject are explic itly in favor of amendments to the pres ent law giving the commission-greater I power as to the supervision of rates on interstate commerce and making it pos sible to enforce its rulings in the courts If necessary. There is no direct recom mendation in favor of allowing railways to enter pools for the fixing and main tenance of uniform rates, but authorities on the subject state that the intimation of favor toward the plan Is so sufficiently clear as not to be capable of any other in terpretation. On good authority, it Is said that the opir lons of the president and the opinions c\' the commission, which is now framing its annual report, agree. The report, as usual, will plead for enlarged powers, and the president's attitude will give the plea more force than it hitherto has had. Th« commission in its .report, it is said, will be explicit regarding pooling and say that ling agreements are necessary for the maintenance. of non-discriminating rates. The bill, which will be introduced early la the new year, will represent harmony, be tween the commission «nd the railways. The struggle on the part of the com mission for more power and, on the part of th;- railways for pooling rights has been going on for a number of years. Each party has been unwilling to con cede , the right of the other and working against each other, they have been able to bring enough influence to bear on con gress to prevent the passage of any law- ~~" whatever up. to the present time. Should the forthcoming bill represent a compro mise agreement between the railways and commission, the president indorsing it, it will probably become a law. Such an agreement might exert an influence in the direction of quieting the popular clamor against railway trusts. —W. W. Jermane. MORGAN HAS MISGIVINGS ♦Not Sure That Northern Securities Company la Legal. 2V»«- York Sun Special Sorvio* ' New York; Dec. 4.—ln organizing th« Northern Securities company so that no laws of the western states would be en croached upon, Mr. Morgan reluctantly left all of the arrangements to Mr. Hill, who promised great things. But since the western governors have got their axes and the congressmen from Nebraska have as- i serted their ability to knock out the joint : ownership of the Burlington by the Union Pacific, Northern Pacific and Great North ern, if not to have the Northern Securi ties company declared void, Mr. Morgan is said to have had misgivings about the strict legality of the scheme; at any rate. he feels that, it will be some time before it will be definitely known how Northern Securities shares stand as an Investment which will appeal to the public. At the conferences which are said to have been held to-day and yesterday' by the attorneys for Messrs. Morgan. and Hill the representatives of the latter, it is re ported, were asked why they had not car ried out Mr. Hill's promises to make everything iron-clad, and why the finan ciers are now placed in the predicament of. having to fix up their fences, or, per haps, break down. The answer was. it .is reported, that the.Northern Securities is perfectly legal since it is merely a stockholding concern and does not pretend to operate rail roads. An interesting development of the day was the news from Washington that the department of justioe had directed the dis trict attorneys in Nebraska, Minnesota and other western states to look into th» states' antitrust laws and the- bearing oC the interstate commerce law on the rail road commission. This is regarded as th« first step in a test case in court. It was admitted in well-informed quar ters that there would be numerous resig nations in the near future from the sev eral boards of directors of the western roads, so as to remedy objections that might be raised in regard to duplications. WORK OF 1 SPECULATORS Securities Co. Said to Be In Mttla Danger of Proiecuciuii. Special to The Journal. New York. Dec. 4.—The Post's Wash ington special saya: "The Northern Secu rities company, if it behaves decently, stands in no present danger of prosecu tion by the federal government as a vica rious sacrifice to the popular clamor against trusts. The revival of such a ru mor from time to time is without any basis more substantial than somebody's desire to make a speculative turn on a sag in the stock market." Michigan Central New Deal. Detroit, Mich., Dec. 4.—At a meeting of stockholders of the Michigan Central railroad here to-day it was decided to give up the road's special charter oa Dec. 30 and to operate after that data under the general railroad laws of Michi gan, which means a rate of 2 cents per mile on the main line of the road. SAFE IN A MONASTERY MISS STONE IS LOCATED AGAIN Russian Diplomatic A sent Sneers at Our Own Mr. Dick - ; inson. ■ Aw York Sun Spaclaf. Serviv Paris, Dec. 4. —A Sofia dispatch say* that. Miss Stone and.Mine. Tsilka are safe in the Rilo monastery, awaiting the final act of the ransom negotiations. The mon astry la on Bulgarian territory, bordering on Turkey. The Bulgarian government j had the mpnastry searched recently In the hope of finding brigands lurking there, where hospitality is always extended to them without asking any questions. Since the rumors of Miss Stone's death were rife, criticisms of Consul General Dickinson's conduct in the negotiations with the brigands have been bitter. Th« Russian diplomatic agent, Bakhmeteff, de clares that had he had control of the money entrusted to Mr. . Dickinson the captives would have been released lone ago. Still Another Prison. ■• Washington, Dec. 4.—The! state department to-day received a cablegram from Spencer Eddy, ■ United , States charge of legation at Constantinople, reporting that Miss Stone and her companion, Mine. Tsilka, are held prison ers at a place called Gultepe,. oa the «out& I side of the mountains.