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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PKICE TWO CENTS. > " H (L_—fe'lx* j| fI N DIN Q o F*rnf c 0 uR T "h ' ANOTHER INDORSEMENT. 1 The Don—There's the fellow that licked me. r - ' | * Uncle Sam—He ought ter know. SCOTT STARTING Capt. Mercer's Successor to Reach Leech Lake in Ten Days. from The Journal Bureau, liooni *S, Post Jiuilflitty, Wa*hit.'jti,)i. . Washington, Dec. 19. —Indian Commis- I sioner Jones to-day received a letter from Major Scott at Fort Sill, Okla., say ing that he would reach Leech Lake agency to relieve Captain Mercer about | the first of the month. He did not indi cate that he would come to Washington before going to Minnesota, and Commis sioner Jones believes he will go direct from Fort Sill to Leech Lake. •'Joshing-" Henttvole. There has been informal talk of send ing a delegation of congressmen to King Edward's coronation next June, and any such delegation would probably be made of members of the foreign affairs com mittee. Heatvvole of Minnesota is on this committee, and his'friends are wonder ing how he would look in court dress— knee breeches, silk stockings, pumps and possibly a wig. There is a good deal of good-natured chaffing over the prospec tive junket, but the committee on for eign affairs stands it pretty well. —W. W. Jermane. Washington Small Talk. Representative Stevens of Minnesota is in terested in the veterans of the Spanish war ■who saw service in Cubs, Porto Rico and tne Philippines. One of his bills provides that the homestead rights now enjoyed by the veterans of the civil war be extended to them. The bill to increase from $225,000 to $51K>, --000 the cost of the federal building at Butte has been introduced by Senator Clark of Montana. Colonel George H. Higbee of Burlington, lowa, has paid $80,000 for a plot of Washing ton real estate at Connecticut avenue -and L. street, In the heart of the fashionable quar ter. A large apartment house will probably be erected. . The controller of the currency has aproved the application of Charles H. Hose of Minne apolis, Archibald A. Crane. Hiram H. Thayer, Edward W. Decker and James W. Raymond lor authority to organize the First National Bank of Courtenay, N. D., with a capital of $25,000. The controller has approved the X.i- ! tional Bank of Commerce of Minneapolis as a reserve agent for the First National Bank of Stevens Point, Wia. Postmasters appointed to-day: Minnesota— Scuth Branch, Watonwan county, T. C. L. Rathke. lowa — Ctlca, Van Huron county, W. H. Leal. North Dakota—Courtney. Stut3man county, Charles Schumacher. Wisconsin — Henrietta, Richland county, M. J. Wells; West. Lima, Richland county, C. P. Tilson. Senator iKttredge to-day presented resolu tions of the South Dakota legislature favoring an increased allowance for the education of Indian children in that state. Representative Burke presented the same resolution. Representative Jenkins to-day introduced a bill for the relief of settlers within the limits of the forfeited Omaha railroad grant in Wis consin. -: : .-. . Representative Mp.rtin to-day secured an or- Loser in Copper a Suicide : " \ London, Dec. 19.—Hugh Kekewich of the firm of Morrison, Kekewich & Co., a leading member of the metal exchange, died suddenly this morning. It is said he committed suicide. The belief prevails that Mr. Kekewich recently suffered heavy losses in copper. He had suffered from insomnia. COST OF SIBERIAN ROAD Plow York Sun Spools! Serviaa Odessa, Dec. 18.—The Novosti states that the Siberian railway, which at the beginning it was estimated would cost 350,000,000 roubles, had cost a year ago 780, --000,000 roubles. The final total is likely to exceed 1,000,000,000 roubles.. lowa Farmer Surprised His Wife Special to The Journal. Dike, lowa, Dec. 19.—A well known farmer of Lincoln township in an unguarded moment did a very foolish thing. He promised his good wife he would work a sur prise on himself for Christmas by buying a. new suit of clothes. He made the pur chase and started home with the clothes in his wagon, promising himself that he / - would turn the surprise on his wife and walk in with the new suit on. He drove into a thicket near the creek that crosses his 'farm and there in the wagon, although it was cold, he disrobed and threw his old suit into the creek. He reached for the new clothes to find them gone. They had jostled from the wagon. He was but a few rods. from home and for that place he/went off on a, trot. It took some minutes to v convince his wife that he was clothed in his right mind. •/.- " • ■ ANOTHER INDORSEMENT. The Don—There's the fellow that licked me. I ncle Sam—He ought ter know. del- from the postoffu c department for the es tablishment of a free delivery service at Lad, to beg-in July 1. ~ TEXAS OIL Big Company Organizing With Brit ish Capital. A*e<u> York Sun Special Service Austin, Texas, Dec. 19. — was stated here to-day by business associates of Former Governor J. S. Hogg that the lat ter would leave for England in a few days to close negotiations with British capi talists for the organization of a gigantic oil company, which is to operate in the Beaumont fields. This British syndicate, in which Mr. Hogg will be a heavy stock holder, will have a capital stock of $25, --000,000 to $50,000,000, and its purpose will be to acquire the holdings of a number of smaller independent oil producing con ; cerns, build end operate pipe lines and I establish a fleet of oil vessels to ply be tween Port Arthur, Texas, and the Euro pean markets. MORNING WALK Twent.v-flve-Mlle Tramp and Wolves Howling in Nearby Woods. Special to The Journal. Duluth, Minn., Dec. 19. —The county can- j vassing board met here this morning. ' Brick Erickson, of New Independence is a member of the board and got up at 2 o'clock this morning and walked to the city to attend the meeting. The ther mometer was 20 degrees below zero and a high wind was raging during the whole walk of twenty-five miles. Erickson was not attacked by wolves, but for miles he heard them howling through the woods on both sides of the road. ENGINEER ROWE IS DEAD Remains Taken to Hist Home In St. Paul for Burial. Special to The Journal. Oelwein, lowa, Dec. 19. — Engineer Chauncey Rowe, of St. Paul, who , was injured in the wreck a few days ago, ! died her last night. His wife and two children were with him when he died and took the remains to St. Paul for burial ,to-day. TREE FELL UPON HIM William Ehrke, Jr., Killed \>ar Minnesota City. Special to The Journal. Winona, Minn., Dec. 19.—William Ehrke, Jr., residing near Minnesota City, was killed by being crushed beneath a falling tree. He was 25 and unmarried. STARVING IN THE WOODS. Special to The Journal. \-; ' Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 19.—Lumbermen tell of a colored man who is starving in the woods near here without shelted and nothing but a shirt and pair of overalls to cover him. He has a fire and lies in hot ashes to keep from freezing. Eqorts, without avail have been made to get him into the city. GIVES THE COUNTRY A CHANCE. Washington, Dec. 19.—Congress to-day ad journed until Monday, Jan. 6. THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 19, 1901. SNOWBOUND Trains on Lines in Wyoming and Nebraska Fast in Drifts. Cheyenne, ,Wyo., Dec. 19. —The Union Pacific, Colorado & Southern, north, and the Burlington, east, are practically at a standstill as a result of the recent storm in Wyoming and Nebraska. All trains on the Union Pacific are compelled to spend hours in snowdrifts waiting for the rotary plows to make openings so they can pass through, and to make matters worse a Union Pacific rotary plow, pushed by two big compound engines, slashed its way to the rear of a train of deadhead tourist sleepers near Sherman. The wreckage I caught fire and a caboose and nine tourist j cars were completely destroyed. The ! work of clearing the track is slow and the blockade may last for an indefinite period. A blockade at Ramsey, forty miles east of Rawlins, has stopped the passage of trains into Laramie from the west and the one at Sherman blocks traffic west bound. On the Colorado & Southern twenty-one miles north of here, a passenger train was derailed. The accident has tied up traffic on that branch. No trains have come in over the Bur- j lington branch from Holdredge for two ' days. A drift derailed an engine about j 100 miles east of Cheyenne and the wreck- ! ers have not yet succeeded in getting it back upon the track. In addition, the branch is snowbound for a stretch of more than fifty miles. THE WORST OVER Both Passenger and Freight Trains Will Be Moving This Evening. , Omaha, Neb., Dec. 19.—'Union Pacific of ficials this morning said that all the pas senger trains which have been tied up at Sheridan and Solon, Wyo., by wrecks at those places, were relieved last night or early to-day. No. 5, which was de railed at Ramsay yesterday, got started at midnight. Several freight trains are. still tied uj> on sidings, where they have been placed to clear the main line for the delayed passenger trains. Rotary snow pl6\ws were put to work on the Wyoming and Western Nebraska divisions after yesterday's snow storms and all the cuts have been cleared. At the office of the superintendent of transportation telegrams were received which indicate that both passenger and freight trains will be moving satisfac torily before the close of the day. NAMED BY ROOSEVELT \ Postmasters for Numerous Xorth- Yrestern Towns Nominated. ' Washington, Dec. 19.—The president to day nominated the following as post masters: Wisconsin—S. F. Fifield, Ashland; R. A. McDonald, Centralia; W. B. Tscharner, La Crosse; C. R. Henderson, Mayimlle; C. N. Johnson, : Merrill; B. R. Evans, Phillips; George Graham, Toman; A. W. Trevitt, Wau sau. j North Dakota—M. N. Chamberlin, Oakes. i lowa—Kate C. Warner, Dayton; J. B. Hun j gerford, Carroll; S. D. Henry, Coon Rapids; F. W. Meyers, Denison; W. F. Atkinson, ens: T. F. Armstrong, Lenox; A. C.: Ingram, Mount Ayr: William Bindlinger, Waterloo. fairmontjas^aTire Furniture Department Store Dc strii>«-d-L<|»!t In $10,000. Special to The Journal. Fairmont, Minn., Dec. 19.—The Furni ture department store was totally de stroyed by fire early this morning. The loss is about $10,000. Insurance is about $4,000. The fire is supposed to have started in a barber shop adjoining the furniture store. .>* '_ .. ——— . - i WYOMING NOMINATIONS. : :' Washington, Dee. 19.—The president to-day sent the following nominations to the senate: Fred W. Daniels, register of the land office at Buffalo, Wyo.; Eugene, B. Mather,' Wyoming, receiver of public moneys at Buffalo, Wye. PENSION FOR MRS. McKINLEY. . Washington, Dec. 19. — Senator Hanua to day introduced a bill granting a pension of $5,000 a year to Mrs. McKinley, widow of the j president. , FIND DEATH INFLAMES Dramatic Fatality in a Fur nace at Pittsburg. I A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION ', Nine Men Killed and Seme of the Wounded Will Die. ! UNFORTUNATES FALL 85 FEET Every Bone in Their BodteM Broken in U Drop to the Hoof of the Mill. Pittsburg, Dee. 19. —By an explosion of gas in the Soho furnace of Jones & Laugh lin, near Brady street, this city, at 6:20 o'clock this morning, nine men were burned to death, three injured so badly ! that they are not expected to live, and two others dangerously hurt. The bodies of the victims were terribly mangled and burned. Those identified thus far are: JOSEPH FRANKOVITCH. JOSEPH SISUL. MICHAEL GASDOVICZ. ANDREW SUCS. MICHAEL MEZO. JOHN KOCHANKO. GEORGE SZRENKO. Three of the injured are not expected to live. The damage to the plant will amount to $20,000. The explosion occurred in one of the big blast furnaces. The men were at work at the top of the furnace over 120' feet from the ground. They were em ployed as fillers and were just getting ready to quit work, being members of the , j night crew, when the gas which accumu '! lated in the furnace, exploded and tons • of molten metal, cinders and slag were ' thrown over the men on top of the struc • ture. When the gas let go a panic ensued on the small platform about the top. The men made a rush for the elevator, tout it had gone down and there was no escape. To jump meant death and to remain on the platform was just as certain doom. Every Bone Broken. The tons of molten metal and flames fell that are still living. The others hung on death. Their bodies dropped to the roof of the mill, eighty-five feet below, every bone broken and an unrecognizable mass of human flesh. Thomas Jones and Arthur Young, man agers of the plant, have given out a statement that nine men were killed and flv<; Injured. They say that ordinarily only three men worked on top of the furnace, but this morning one of the heavy iron wagons used in taking up the ore to the furnace 4 •.' ? ack on the sum mit of the structure ; aqd the three men ! sent for assistance. • few men went up, i but they could not move the wagon and j more went up until the number feached 1 fourteen. It was while they were tryjng to get the wagon released that the fatal explosion took place. All the men were Slavs and Poles. Eye witnesses say It was the most hor rible sight they ever witnessed. They say that when the explosion took place there was a loud report and the murky sky was illuminated with a great sheet of flame, showing the men on top of the furnace running about, gesticulating wild ly. Blown Off the Furnace. Five of the men were blown off the top of the furnace and these are the ones upon tben 1 and burned ton men to the railing, until . their clothing was burned off. Two of the victims hanging on the outside held on and remained clinging to the railing until their fingers were burned off. They then fell to the roof of the mill dead. Seven of the vic tims were found dead on the platform of the cupola. Hundreds of pedestrians on Second ave nue had narrow escapes from instant death when the explosion occurred. Tons of ore, coke and hot cinders, some pieces weighing almoat three pounds rained down on Second avenue and many had to run into houses for protection. A later report says the explosion was caused by a slip in the furnace. TRAIN WHECKED Costly Failure of a Train to Wait at a Hiding-. San Lucas, Cala., De. I!).—The north and south bound Southern Pacific Sunset lim ited trains came together in head-on col- ! lision at Uplands this morning and two men—the fireman and baggageman—were killed. Four Italians who were in the smoking car of the north-bound train were bruised and scalded, but not fatally. Both engines were demolished and the baggage, smoking and chair cars on the north-bound train were burned. None of the cars on the south-bound train were injured and none of the passengers hurt. The killed were: Fireman Gerber and Baggageman Garland. The cause of the accident was the failure of the south bound train to wait at a siding at Uplands Half a mile bewond the siding it crashed into the north-bound train from Los Angeles. San Jose, Cala., Dec. 19.—The following report of killed and injured in the South ern Pacific wreck near Uplands has been received at the railroad office here: Killed: Mr. Garland, fireman; Wells- Fargo messenger, name unknown. Twenty-six passengers are reported in jured, but none fatally. REJOICE OVER "ROSY" ( nii<l»ii«ll-HiiniiiT:i,:ih Is Practically Asked to Retire. London, Dec. 19.—The Midlothian Lib erak^3oaciation of which both the late Mr. Gla<mtcfflte and Lord Roseberry have been presiwat, and which has frequently led liberal, ( evolutions, publishes a resolution which /iis regarded in some quarters as tantamount to an invitation to Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to retire from the liberal leadership of the house of com mons. The resolution acknowledges the great service of Sir Henry, but in the next, sentence welcomes with the greatest sat isfaction the return of Lord Rosebery to active political life and profoundly trusts his gifts and statesmanship will again be placed at the disposal of the party. NEW CHURCTbURNED Methodists of Marxhfleld Were to Have Dedlated It on Sunday. Special to The Journal. Marshfield. Wis., Dec. 19.—Fire this morning gutted the new M. E. Church in this city, making it almost useless. The dedication services were to have taken place next Sunday. The building was fully insured. In 1574 a road club, for the improve ment of country roads in England, was established by a society of persons in terested in coaching. FOR HERRIGK - Ambassador to Italy, Not Secretary of the Treasury. Special to The Journal. Chicago, Dec. 19.—-A Washington special to the Tribune says: There is no authority for the report that Myron T. Herjick of Cleveland will be appointed secretary of the treasury in place of Lyman J. Gage, who, it is said will resign. Mr. Herrick is to be appointed ambassador to Italy after awhile in place of George V. L. Meyers of Massachusetts, who was recently ap pointed as the successor to General W. J. Draper. It was understood at the time the appointment was made that Professor Meyers would not hold the office long.and it was President McKinley's intention, which will be carried out by President Roosevelt, to appoint Mr. Herrick to suc ceed him. COPPIOiYiDEND Amalgamated Is, Cut to i per Cent by the Direc tors. New York, Dec. 19.—The directors of the Amalgamated Copper company de clared a quarterly dividend of 1 per cent to-day. The last quarterly dividend de clared in September was 1% per cent. RACEDIO SERVE PAPERS OFFICER'S TEAM FAGGED OUT Otherwise He Would Have Won— Property at Neinart, Mont., Attached. Special to The Journal. Helena,' Mont., Dec. 19.—Deputy United States Marshal Will and Deputy Sheriff Leadbeter of Cascade county had an ex citing chase through four feet of snow for a distance of twelve miles to see which could reach the town of Neihart,. in the Belt mountains- first and post at tachment papers upon the property of the Diamond Mining company. C. D. McClure of St. Louis, a million aire, commenced an attachment suit in the federal court in Helena against the mining company to recover $85,000 on notes. Deputy Marshal Will started for Neihart to have notices posted upon the j building of the company and served upon the officers, and when he arrived at Great Falls a bank of that city heard of the attachment and commenced a suit in state court to secure the company's indebted ness to the bank. The deputy sheriff started for Neihart with papers ahead of the deputy marshal. Twelve miles from Neihart both the offi cers left the train, which was delayed, and, procuring teams,, began a twelve mile race through four feet of snow at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea leval and in bitter cold. The deputy sheriff led most of the way, but on the outskirts of Noihart his team gave out and the fed eral officer passed him and nailed up his attachment notices first. SAMPSON'S INNING Objections to Dewey's Finding Will Be Filed To-morrow. Washington, Dec. 19.—Mr. Theall, act ing for Mr. StaytoH, counsel for Admiral W. T. Sampson, to-day called at the navy department to see Judge Advocate General Lemley. Mr. Theall stated that the ob jections to the findings of Admiral Dewey will be filed with Secretary Long to-mor j row morning. The statement will object to Admiral Dewey's finding that Admiral Schley was in absolute command at the battle of Santiaga bay, on the ground that testimony touching this point was not admitted during the sessions of the court of inquiry. The bill of exceptions filed by counsel for Admiral Schley with Secretary Long yesterday, and the accompanying letter of ; Mr. Rayner, have been referred to Judge ! Advocate General Lemley, who is pre i paring a reply. Admiral Sampson's Condition. Washington, Dec. 19.—At Admiral Sampson's j residence to-day, the statement was made that the admiral's condition remains unchanged. It was emphatically denied that his illness ! is such as to give rise to any feeling of im mediate alarm. He is not confined to his bed, but moves around the house at will. Reviving Vice Admiral Grade. . Washington, Dec. 19.—A bill was introduced in the senate to-day by Mr.. Penrose reviving tile grade of vice admiral of the navy and j promoting Admirals Sampson and Schley and i Captain Ciark to that rank. CUMMINS APPOINTS Private Secretary and Clerks of the Executive Office. Special to The Journal. - Dcs Moines, lowa, Dec. 19. —Governor- elect Cummins announced to-day the fol lowing appointments for the executive office: John Briar of Dcs Moines, private j secretary; B. W. Garret of Leon, pardon secretary; E. W. Patterson, Greenfield, parole clerk; Major S. H_,Carper of Dcs Moines, general clerk; Rufus Harvey of Dcs Moines, requisition clerk; Isabelle Wilson of Centerville, stenographer; Wil liam Coalson, Dcs Moines, usher. WILL NOT SERVE Ohio's Governor Withdraws From 3! <■ Kin ley- Monument Committee. Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 19—Governor Nash, chairman of the subcommittee appointed to canvass the state departments for funds for then local McKinley monument fund', has de clined to serve. This action, as well as the fact that other state officials, attorneys and prominent business men have not contributed to the fund, is being commented on by mem bers of the Board of Trade having the mat ter in charge. The explanation is that the state officials will assist the national move ment. \ OCEAN VESSELS. , ' New York—Arrived: Germanic, from Liver pool. \::■ ;■..-,'',••■-;£-; ' "Naples—Arrived: Aller, from New York for Genoa. Hamburg—Arrived: Deutschland, from New York. „; FOREST RESERVE RECOMMENDED^ Washington, Dec. 19.—President Roosevelt to-day sent to congress a letter strongly com mending the plan for a national forest reserv ation in the Southern Apalachian region. CHILE-ARGENTINE PEACE. .'*-«•■ Buenos Aires', Dec. 19.— Senor Concha Su beraazaux, the Chilean minister here, has reiterated, to a friend his assurance that the dispute between Chile and Argentina will be settled peaceably. DEATH IN A LUMBER CAMP. Special to The Journal. -:^J- ■■■' Chippewa Falls, Wis., Dec. 19.—Louis Jean . erett of this city died suddenly from hsart ; trouble in J Joseph, Dernier's camp | yesterday. . He was one of the oldest camp cooks on the Chippewa river. J 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. A RATE REDUCTION ADMITTED BY HILL Northern Securities President Admitted Re vision of Rates, But Said it Wasn't for Effect. A Genuine Reduction Might Interfere With Guaranteed Dividends on "Poor Relation" Roads. Rate reduction on the Great Northern; and Northern Pacific is coming. The! Journal yesterday predicted it, and j to-day the prediction received confirma tion, "strong as proofs of holy writ." A prominent Minnesotan, who was in New York two weeks ago, isTheJour n a 1 ' s informant. - He had a long talk with James J. Hill. The Great Northern president was visibly stirred and ag grieved over the agitation started in Min nesota.. He said: o o : Railroad consolidation means ad- : : vance in rates. This deal is not a : : consolidation, as 1 the people will soon : : see. We are going to make sub- : : stantial reductions in rates about the : : holidays. They were determined on : : before Governor Van Sant made his : : attack on us, and they are not for : : effect. We can afford to reduce rates. : : There will be a general reduction : : about Jan. 1 on all but grain rates. : : Those will follow next summer, in : : time to benefit the farmer to move : : next year's crop. They would do him : : no good this winter. : o o The Journal's informant said: "Now I have confidence that Mr. Hill was telling me the truth, and those reductions will take place. 1 don't see how you got i hold of the facts, but your story is right |in that. Ido not believe it is being done for effect, though." Mr. Hill further said: "Why didn't the Minnesota governor and newspapers that are fighting me take some notice last summer when the Union Pacific people tried to get control of the Northern Pacific. They nearly succeeded, and if they had the Northern Pacific would have been an adjunct to the Union Pacific. It would have been very detri mental to Minnesota. I prevented it. I live in Minnesota. I made my money there, and I have the interests of the state at heart. Why are they always after me?" Gen. Donglas Remain* Silent. Attorney General Douglas still refuses to affirm or deny the Washington story in yesterday's Journal stating that his action against the merger would be brought in the United States supreme court. He refuses to confirm it, and says he is aot in a position to discuss the matter. It is evident that the story is, in the main, correct. The rush of work has ceased in the attorney general's office, a sign that the papers are practically com pleted. Attorneys generally agree that, if the supreme court of the United States will assume jurisdiction, there is the place to go. To reach the Northern Secu rities company it seems the only feasible process. It is possible that proceedings against the Great Northern company may also be investigated in the state courts. NO TERHITOKIAL INVASIONS Hill and Harrimnn Interests A»ree on a Trnee. New York, Dec. 19.—The Morgan-Hill and the Harriman railroad interests in the northwestern and western territory have agreed to abstain from building rail road extensions into each other's terri tory. These interests have also agreed to maintain tariff rates in their respec tive territories. No consideration has yet been given to any provisions for an in terchange of traffic. The Burlington The extension of the Burlington syndi cate was definitely announced to-day. It was to expire by limitation on Jan. 1, but has been extended for six months. It has been generally understood that this syndicate was called upon to furnish most of the $50,000,000 in cash to be used in paying off Burlington shareholders who have agreed to take cash instead of bonds to be isued jointly by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific "railroads to secure the interest on Burlington bonds of new issue. Most of these bonds have been isued, and the life of the syn ci^j^te lias been extended to finish the* matter. HERREID IN LINK Interests of Sontli Dakota Will Be (lonely Guarded. Special to The Journal. Sioux Palls, S. D., Dec. 19—Governor Herreid, true to the straightforward methods which have won him the Triend ship of the vast majority of South Da kota people, has declared clearly his opin ions regarding the proposed merger of some of the northwestern railroad, lines. At a meeting of the state board of rail road commissioners, held in this city a short time ago, a resolution was adopted calling upon Attorney General Pyle for an opinion as to the power of the board in the premises. A copy of the resolution was also forwarded to the governor. Late yesterday afternoon Secretary Stanley, of the railroad commission, received the fol lowing characteristic letter from the gov ernor: Eureka, S. U., Dec. 16 —The interests of the state and its people should be carefully guarded, and It is my purpose to take such oourso as will be most likely to secure that result. t>f course, our state is much less affected by the proposed combination than is Minnesota, where the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific are, and have been for years, competing lines. Our situation, fortunately, Is quite different. The Northern Pacific has ao line in this state, while the Great North- j em, although not having an extensive mile age, is in active competition" with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, the Chicago & North- Western, and to some extent with the Soo Una. The Burlington has no mileage except in the Black Hills country, and is in active competition in that region with the lines. of the Fremont, . Elkhorn & Missouri' Valley, which is a part of the Chicago & North-West ern railway system. . • From Governor Van Santa letter to me, I learn that it is his Intention to call, at an early day, a meeting of the governors of all the states affected by the proposed control of the three railroad companies involved by the Northern Securities company, and it. is my intention to attend said meeting. Looking first to the interests of South Dakota, I shall endeavor to take such steps as, in my best judgment under the advice of the attorney general, will protect those Interests. The initiative having been taken by Governor Van Sant, it seems v roper that South Dakota should wait the action of Minnesota, and the j result of the conference oi governors soon to be held. Nothing has occurred as yet, and probably nothing' can occur, at least for some time, that will in any respect affect or disturb the rates and facilities enjoyed by the public J In the state of South Dakota. MERGER'S LOAD IS HEAVY A Genuine Rate Reduction Might In terfere With Dividends. \. "How can they do it?" is the comment <; of railroad men on the story in yester day's Journal, forecasting reductions in freight rates by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific in the near future. " Men familiar with the conditions are in clined to be credulous. Said a well in formed traffic man on another system to The Journal to-day: I cannot believe that there is going to be any material reduction in freight rates by the merger roads. Mr. Hill has undertaken an enormous task. Besides paying dividends on the tremenedous capitalization of the two transcontinental lines, he is guaranteeing 8 per cent dividends on Burlington, which means the distribution of $9,000,000 of profits each year. The Burlington did not make that much last year, and may never do it. The difference has to be made up by the trans continental lines. .' I can see that it would be a good move in the controversy to reduce rates, and they may tile some new tariffs and concede some thing to the shippers. It will not do the ship pers any good in the long run, though. I know they are up to something. Rate clerks on both roads are working hard get ting up comparative tables of rates, for some purpose or others. Those are going to the bosses when finished, and I do not believe ■ any one knows what, they are going to do with them. They have some deep-laid scheme in their heads. I am.sure of that. ST. PAIL, STOCK Attempt to Get at the Cause of the Increased Strength. Special to The Journal. New York, Dec. 19.—The strength of St. Paul stock is not explained by any special developments in the near future. It i» attributed by some to operations by west ern interests which caused an advance to 174 in the early fall and by others to pur chases of a semi-investment character Jgy large capitalists already identified: with "the property. There are those who think the stockholders will receive more sub scription "rights" this fiscal year and that it will be the policy of the company to make this kind of distribution from time. to time rather than to increase the dividend rate'from its present level of 6 per cent. This is not officially admitted to be the policy of the company, but it it a policy that has ben tried with success in other cases. As for the talk that the next dividend) will be at the 7 per cent rate, it is declared that as the meeting to act on dividend will not be held until March, It is too early to discuss the mat ter. - BURLINGTON BONDS Extension of Syndicate Due to lu favorable Circumstances. Special to The Journal. New York, Dec. —The extension of the Burlington joint fours syndicate till July 1, next, was due to the fact that owing to a succession of unfavorable cir cumstances during the fall the bond mar ket was unfavorable to the winding up f of syndicate operations, and it was thought better to keep things intact rather than distribute holdings. The bonds have not been slow of movement by reason of anything affecting \ their mdi- « vidual merits, but merely as a result of J general causes. A good many blocks have been taken by ban and other institu tions for permanent investment. Interest is. due Jan. 1, so that the present price Is * " equal to about 96 and interest—a pretty low price for bonds of this class. .:•••'.« HILL OPTIMISTIC Seems to Think Everything Is Com ing His Way. .*: Special to The Journal. New x York, Dec. —Before leaving for the west last night James J. V Hill ex- .-., pressed very optimistic views on the gen eral situation and especially the north- - western position.- He said the railroads were doing splendidly and felt confident that the threatened litigations would not interfere with his plans. Some of them might blow over. The enormous earnings of the Northern Pacific seem to satisfy Hill's sanguine views. • GOVERNMENT CONTROL Representative Jenkins After a Con stitutional Amendment. ~ from- The Journal Rurnni, Itoom •*&, foal Building, Washington. ■ «;2 Washington, Dec. 19. —Representative Jenkins introduced a resolution provid ing for an amendment to the constitution which will give the federal govern^ssi control of interstate commerce and infeC: ~: state corporations.: :,. j; *;:'.- , —W. W. Jermene. • CHASING THE SOUTH POLE. Buenos Aires, Dec. 19.—The Swedish Ant- s, arctic expedition under Dr. Otto Nordenskjol has arrived at this'port. Dr. Nordenskjoi **• pects to return to Sweden in May,' 19U&