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PRICE TWO CENTS.
STUDY OF THE
MERGER CASE
Did the Decision Come Too Late to
Prevent "A Coalition of Two
Northern Lines V*
Officials at Washington Busily En
gaged in Going Over the Doc- ^
ument Line by Line.
An Alleged Request to Have the De
cision Modified Refused by
Mr. Knox, -
Now York Sum Special Service.
Washington, April 15.Ever since the
dcr-ision in the Northern Securities case
tho officials of the department of justice,
the interstate commerce commission, the
treasury department and the new depart
ment of commerce have been busily en
gaged in going over the decision para
graph by paragraph to find out how much
it does now, and how much it will do in
the future.
No ono believos that such a decision
by a subordinate court is of itself suffi
cient to cause any vast disturbance in
the financial situation. There will be
plenty of time to discount the effect of the
merger decision before it is finally ren
dered by the United States supreme court.
"Trusts" Not Attacked.
In tho opinion of expert officials of the
treasury there is not the slightest ne
cessity for any extraordinary excitement
in Wall street at the present time.
& ___ $
The merger decision does not attack
trusts as such at all. It concerns
merely the question of the combina
tion of competing and practically
parallel railroads. It does not af
I feet the combination of lines of rail
I road which aro not distinctly com-
| petitivc.
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Had It Outlived Its Mission?
Furthermore, it is understood here that
the merger decision came top late by
some months to prevent the actual coali
tion of two northern lines of trans-con
tinental railroads. It is no news to the
people on the insido in Wall street and
elsewhere that tho Northern Securities
company practically outlived its useful
ness some time ago and its affairs can be
wound up without in any way disturbing
the actual ownership of the Great North
ern, Northern Pacific and Burlington
railroads.
No Further Move at Present.
There is believed to be no intention on
the part of the department of justice to
Institute early proceedings against com
mon carriers who are, as some persons
believe, directly affected by the decision
of the sixth circuit court in the Northern
Securities case. Many inquiries have been
made at the department with a view to
learning what the attorney general will
do as a result of this decision, but the
questioners have obtained little satisfac
tion. There is an organization known us
the Anti-Trust league, whose membership
is composed largely of agitators and whose
leading officers live in Washington. This
organization is clamoring for a prosecu
tion of the anthracite coal carriers and
other railroad companies, which are con
ceived by some authorities to ocupy a re
lation to the Sherman law similar to that
of tho Northern Securities company as
held by the circuit court at St. Paul.
It is certain, however, that whatever
the officers of the department of justice
may think of this proposition, there is no
purpose to begin new prosecutions in the
n^ar future. In the case of the coal car
riers, it is known that the department has
examined to some extent into the combina
tion that is alleged by some persons to ex
ist, but there has been nothing like a sys
tematic, exhaustive examination.
For all that anybody knows, Attorney
General Knox may be satisfied in his
own mind that tho coal roads are violat
ing none of the present statutes.
MR. KNOX SAID "NO'
He Refused Overtures of Mr. Griggs for
a Truce.
Chicago. April 16.Walter Wellman in
a Washington special to the Record-Her
ald says: Overtures for a truce to the
government by representatives of the
Northern Securities company have been
rejected by Attorney General Knox. For
mer Attorney General Griggs, chief Coun
sel for the Morgan-Hill combination, came
to Washington and held a conference with
Attorney General Knox. Mr. Griggs pro
posed that the government permit the ex
isting status of tho companies and their
securities to remain undisturbed pending
the final decision of the appeal in the su
preme court of the United States. Mr.
- Griggs was particularly anxious to con
clude an arrangement by which the ocm
bination represented by him could re
main in statu quo without the danger of
having contempt proceedings instituted
by the department of justice. The at
torneys for Messrs. Morgan and Hill ar
gued that it was no more than fair and
reasonable that the Corporations should
he permitted to go on as they now are
conducting the business of the railroads
and paying dividends on the stocks of the
holding or merger company pending the
appeal.
Mr. Knox's reply was a firm "No." The
law as interpreted by the circuit court
must be enforced. He declined to give any
pledge that the government would refrain
from contempt proceedings in case the
defendants failed to conform in every
particular to the decision of the circuit
court. Much disappointed at the failure
of his mission Mr. Griggs returned to New
York yesterday.
THE STEEL MERGERS
'Attempts of the Big Corporation to Get
Out of Danger.
Pittsburg, April 15.The Post says:
Further mergers of the various subsid
iary companies of the United States Steel
corporation are still being considered in
the general offices, but revent events may
tend to hasten the original plan of the
executive boards to bring about the great
est merger of all. This Is with the idea
of merging the United States Steel cor
poration, the opei-ating as well a3 the
owning corporation of the entire proper
ties represented in the accumulated char
tered concerns.
Reports in financial circles are that on
account of the decision rendered in the
Northern Securities case the general of
ficers of the United States Steel corpora
tion have decided to hasten the greater
merger of all the iron ore mines, steel
mills, furnaces, coke ovens, steamships,
coal mines and everything now operated
under individual charters into the single
ownership and operation of the parent
corporation.
It is claimed that this plan will place
the corporation, as a whole, out of the
reach of any possible clause of the law
under which the Northern Securities cor
poratian was attacked.
SITUATION NOT SO BAD
Extravagant Ideas Are Being Somewhat
Modified. *
New York, April 15.The extravagant
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ideas which have prevailed with regard
to further probable action of the federal
authorities against large combinations of
capital seem to be very much modified,
and there is a disposition evident to re
gard the Securities decision with less
uneasiness.
One sensation yesterday was that the
Securities people would not appeal to
the supreme court. This was denied.
. Another report stated that some of the
largest bankers interested in the enter
prise would go to Washington and try
their ease before Attorney General Knox
and arrange, if possible, with him a
Status for the securities involved, which
would be entirely in conformance with
the law. This was also denied.
"IT'S ESSENTIAL
VOLGARITY"
The London Daily Mail Speaks of
the Attractions of the Van
derbilt Wedding.
It Is as Distasteful to the Mass of
American Citizens as to the
English.
New York Sun Special Service.
London, April 15.Exhaustive accounts
of the Vanderbilt-Neilson wedding at
Newport, which was cabled to London,
giving the most detailed description of the
ceremony, gifts and incidents, have been
too much for the Daily Mall, which, under
the caption of "Vulgarity and Wealth,"
deals with the matter in the following
manner:
"Circumstances attending the marriage
of Reginald Vanderbilt at Newport,
whether they be regarded as admirable or
deplorable, are remarkable enough to be
worthy of passing comment.
"A thoro understanding of their sig
nificance is, perhaps, impossible unless
one is born an American and a millionaire,
but people who possess neither of these
advantages may find a little that is in
teresting in contemplation of this surpris
ing effort at ostentation and disploy.
"Extravagances of taste, the essential
vulgarity of the idea which seeks to make
of an intimate family festival a show for
the whole world, a strange perversion that
makes the office of the priest sxibservient
to that of the dressmaker, and requires a
dress rehearsal for religious ceremony
these are in themselves merely the symp
toms of a state of affairs that is expressed
in many other ways. Its basis is a very
old and simple one, inseparable from any
state of society in which wealth is un
evenly distributed. It is a constant fever
to escape from equality and it is a marked
characteristic of democratic communities.
"Ther eis, theoretically, no social dis
tinction of birth in America but social dis
tinction is sought and found by the expen
diture of money In all kinds of fantastic
ways. With a little ingenuity, much
money, and an absence of shame, the
social ladder may be scaled in America,
so that the host who invites his friends
to meet a monkey at dinner may super
sede him who could think of nothing bet
ter than a picnic in gilded traction." en
gines.
"The one thing is to escape from the
commonplace, usual, conceivable, always
to be a length ahead always, in native
expression, to "go you one better.*
"Enormous material wealth which Is
central in this group of American society,
renders competitions of fashion extreme
and fantastic, and it is remarkable that
those millionaires who have put forth the
most convulsive efforts to attract atten
tion and to outdo their neighbors in these
orgies of vulgarity have been among the
loudest in complaining that American
newspapers have robbed them of their
privacy.
"Carloads of flowers, fountains of
scent, opposing armies of thieves and de
tectives, ranks of policemen guarding the
treasure, while equal treasure is being
profusely wasted, are merely somewhat
sordid incidents in the struggle to spend
as much money as possible.
"To sensible people it is not an at
tractive picture, and it is with
gratification that we remember that it
is a picture distasteful to the mass
of plain American citizens, in whose
minds it excites the same sense of
reprobation as in our own."
Q-
THREE TRUNK LINES
Missouri Pacific Railroad System
Will Do Some Extensive Build
ing in Nebraska.
One Line to Go Due West to Denver
Beatrice an Important
Junction Point.
Beatrice, Neb., April 15.The boldest
stroke in railroad construction in this ter
ritory has just been decided upon by the
Gould interests, as represented in the
Missouri Pacific railroad system. The plan
is the construction of three trunk lines
in as many different directions across the
state of Nebraska.
The starting-point will be Virginia, Neb.,
a town of 150 inhabitants, on the prai
ries in the southeastern part of the state,
and one of the present terminals of the
Misouri Pacific. The construction of a
line from Virginia to Beatrice is now un
der way.
The title of the road as incorporated
under the laws of Nebraska is the Kan
sas City, Beatrice & Northwestern. Bea
trice is the first junction point of the new
trunk lines. One line will be built due
west to Denver.
After Dakota Wheat.
The northwest branches will be built
from Beatrice. A junction is to be made
at a new town near Plato, in Saline coun
ty. Frim the new town the site of which
has not yet been selected, one branch will
go north into the northern Nebraska and
Dakota wheat fields.
The other branch will go northwest,
either thru Grand Island or Prosser, Neb.
The Denver branch will be built thru the
larger towns of southern Nebraska.
O. J. Coleman of Beatrice, one of the
officials of the Kansas Ctty & North-,
western road, says: "The objective point
of.the road is the wheat fields of North
Dakota and the two branches will in
vade these territories.
One branch will go to Geneva and Grand
Island, and by a direct route to the Black
Hills. The other will pass thru York and
Central City and north by west to the
wheat fields of North Dakota.
One of the main objects is to reach the
wheat fields of Dakota and. the other to
connect Black Hills territory with the
southern division."
CHILDREN'S HOME ANNUAL.
The annual meeting of the Children's Home
Society of Minnesota Tcill be held at the Y. M.
C. A. rooms, 03 W Fifth street, St. Paul, at
4 o'clock p. to morrow. All are
1 dially inritedm. . . . " ^
THIS IS THE
RIGHT MR. WRIGHT
He Says Some Sensible Things on
the Labor Problem to the Man
ufacturers To-day.
Place of the Strike in the Evolu
tion of Labor Intelli-
gence.
Report of the Resolutions Commit
tee of the Convention Not
Ready Yet.
New Orleans, April 15.Interest in to
day's session of the National Association
of Manufacturers centered in the report
of the resolutions committee which was
expected to result in a definite under
standing as to the attitutde the associa
tion will take towards organized labor.
The committee held three short sessions
last night and began its labors again
early this morning but the announcement
was made that it would be unable to com-
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plete its report at the agreed hour, 11
a. m., and the chairman expressed the
belief that the report could not be made
until late in the afternoon.
When the forenoon session was called
to order by President Parry Carroll D.
Wright was introduced and was given a
hearty reception.
President Roosevelt had been invited to
attend the convention and in declining
named Mr* Wright to represent him. Mr.
Wright said:
Labor and Capital "Combines."
"The new combination of to-day has
in it all the elements of the corporation,
for it is simply an enlarged corporation,
embracing more elements, more factors,
and, therefore, it is more powerful for
good or evil than the corporation of a
quarter of a century ago. Its evils are
those of management and not of constitu
tion. These evils may be handled by law
and by society, and we need not fear .them.
'Conversely, the single workingman,
by the side of his employer, was his em
ployer's personal associate, but as the em
ployer developed into the firm, and. the
firm into the corporation, and the corpo
ration into the combination, the single
workingman has developed along similar
lines. Now he is grouped as the fellow
employe of thousands and thousands un
der the great combination, where he is
still farther removed in personal way from
his employer.
"On the whole, the remuneration to cap
ital is constantly decreasing and that to
labor constantly increasing. This is the
result so far as capital is concerned, of
the accumulation of wealth which may be
turned into active and productive capaci
ty, and, so far as wages is concerned, to
tho increased standard of living resulting
from education and the culture which fol
ows it.
The History of the Strike.
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WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 15, 1903. 20 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
John BullAll That Wealth at a Wedding and Not a Cent of It Coming to England.
They Must Get Together.
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They must get on together. That
is the necessity of the time, and it is
to the intelligence of the leaders of
both interests that society at large
looks for the development of indus
trv on a basis of social progress.
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cor-
The workingman has risen from ig
norance to intelligence, and as he has
reached intelligence he has become
more or less a greater complication in
industrial affairs. In his ignorance he
did not strike in his intelligence he
does strike. The next step in the de
velopment of his intelligence will be
that he will not strike that he will
be able to accommodate himself to
conditions because he will know them
and understand them better.
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"Some of the methods of the labor union
are to be condemned. So are some of
the methods of the capitalistic organiza
tion to be condemned but because they
cannot get on together, it does not mean
that either or botn should be destroyed.
-
At noon the resolutions committee an
nounced its report ready. The labor ques
tion immediately came to the front in
the shape of a resolution embodying a
declaration of principles against boycotts
and. lockouts, recognizing the right of la
bor to organize, but ''without interfer
ence with the liberty of employers or em
ploye," denying the right of unions to fix
wages ajid pledging the association to op
pose all legislation not vin accord with the
foregoing principles.
A motion to adopt the resolutions
brought a protest from James F. Tater
of Cincinnati who demanded that the
resolution be printed and held over until
to-morrow. Mr. Tater was supported by
Mayor Jones of Toledo, and a rising vote
was demanded. The motion to defer ac
tion was lost by a tieavy vote and the
resolutions were adopted as follows:
Declaration of Principles.
"We, the members of the National As
sociation of Manufacturers, United States
of America, in convention assembled at
New Orleans, do hereby declare the fol
lowing principles which shall govern this
association in its work in. connection with
problems of labor.
"FirstFair dealing is.the fundamental
and basic principle on which relations
between employes and employers should
rest.
"SecondThe National Association of
Manufacturers is not opposed to organ
izations of labor as such but it is un
alterably opposed to boycotts, blacklists
and other illegal acts of interference with
the personal liberty of employer and em
ploye.
"ThirdNo person should be refused
employment or in any way discriminated
against on account of membership or
non-membership in any labor organiza
tion and there should be no discrimination
NO WONDER JOHN IS EXCITED
against or interference with any employe
who is not a member of a labor organ
ization by members of such organizations.
"FourthWith due regard to contracts,
it is the right of the employei to leave
hi3 employment whenever he sees fit and
it is the right of the employer to discharge
any employe when he sees fit.
"FifthEmployers must be free to em
ploy their work people at wages mutually
satisfactory without interference or dic
tation on the part of the individuals of
organizations not dh*ectly parties to such
contracts.
"SixthEmployes must be unmolested
and unhampered in the management of
their business and in the use of any
methods or systems of pay which are just
and equitable .
"SeventhNo limitation should be
placed upon the opportunities of any
person to learn any trade to which he
or she may be adapted.
EighthThis association disapproves ab
solutely of strikes and lockouts and favors
an equitable adjustment of all differences
between employers and employees.
NinthThe National Association of
Manufacturers pledges itself to oppose any
and all legislation not in accord with the
foregoing declarations.
THE! WODLD BE BOUGHT
Ratification of the Colombian-Pana
ma Canal Treaty Is Called
Doubtful.
London, April 15.A private cable dis
patch from Bogota, Colombia, says that
the ratification of the United States-Col
ombian Panama canal treaty is extremely
doubtful.
PRESIDENT'S OUTING
He Expects to Reach Port Yellow
stone To-morrow.
Cinnabar, Mont., April 15.President
Roosevelt broke camp Monday and is
slowly working his way to Major Pitch
er's headquarters at Fort Yellowstone. He
is expected to reach the fort some time
Thursday. He will remain there one day,
and will then start for Norris. There is
a good deal of snow between the fort
and Norris, and the engineer corps open
ing the road. Word from the president
was to the effct that he is in the best of
health, and Ihoroly enjoying his outing.
In addition to horseback riding he takes
long walks over the mountain trails.
The president has not fired a shot at
mountain lion, and has no intention of do
ing so. There are "'BOO of these animals
in the park and they are killing many
deer and elk. A determined effort is be
ing made to exterminate them, and "Buf
falo Jones," the game warden, with his
scouts, is slaying them on every possible
occasion. Jones has offered to round up
a lion or two for the president to shoot at,
but the later has decUnedL
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"PUBLIC HEALTH
SOCIETY" IN MO.
How It Was Worked as a Lobby in
the Baking Powder Leg
islation.
How Ex-Gov. Stone Looked After
the "Literary End of the
Deal."
While Kelly Did the "Strong Arm"
ActInteresting Story From
St. Louis.
New York Sun Special Service.
St. Louis, April 15.More than one of
the state legislators who accepted bribes
for voting for the elum baking powder
law have made full confession to the St.
Louis grand jury investigating boodling in
the Missouri assembly and have implicated
those who were with them in this dis
graceful deal. *
Those state senators who already have
, ,.
sworn before the Cole county and St,
Louis grand jury that they did not ac
cept bribes for their votes and knew noth
ing of bribes being offered for votes
against the repeal of the alum law will
be indicted for perjury as well as brib
ery.
The boodle investigation has already as
sumed that wide scope which was pre
dicted. Not alone the alum affair, the
text book and the race track deal will be
probed every important piece of legisla
tion enacted or defeated by the last as
sembly will be made the subject of search
ing inquiry. Competent witnesses have
declared that boodle was used in every
single one of them.
Former Governor, now senator, William
J. Stone, appeared before the St. Louis
grand jury yesterday to testify concern
ing the alum legislation with which he
has been intimately associated. Stone
was closeted for a long time. Why Mr.
Stone was wanted may.be surmised from
the following facts established to the sat
isfaction of Circuit Attorney Folk and At
torney General Crow.
William J. Stone was employed in the
latter part of 1896 as attorney for the
baking powder trust by D. J. Kelly of
New York who is charged by Lieutenant
Governor John A. Lee with attempting to
bribe him to defeat the alum repeal.. Stone
and Kelly acted together to bring about
the defeat of the alum repeal bill at the
1901 session. Kelly put tip the boodle
while Stone looked after the literary and
political ends of the deal.
The literary feature included the crea
tion of a mythical organization to be
known as the Missouri Public Health So
ciety with its charter members "repre
senting the best men and women in the
state."
The headquarters of the society were
in Stone's law office. The circuit attor
ney and attorney general wish to learn
the name of the man who was responsible
for the introduction of the "pure food
bill* at the 1899 session. The alum bill.
Which was enacted into law, represented
the expression of this popular sentiment
in favor of the pure food as expounded
by ex-Governor Stone, representing the
society he himself created and constituted.
Stone has never made any defense of his
action in this matter. Nothing criminal
has been charged against him but he is
accused of acting as a true lobbyist and
legislative agent and using subterfuges to
deceive legislators and the. people of the
state concerning his connection with the
matter.
Jefferson City, Mo., April 15.Lieuten-
ant Governor John A. Lee, the star wit-,
ness in the legislative boodle inquiry, is
ill and wHl be unable to go before the
Cole county grand jury to-day. This was
the information Attorney General Crow
received from a message from the lieuten
ant governor this morning.
Lieutenant Governor Lee and Attorney
General Crow held a long conference last
night at the latter's office in the supreme
court building. It was past midnight
when they separated. The nervous strain
consequent upon this examination is
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thought to have brought about the lieu- J unknown. It is probably a secret society
tenant governor's indisposition. ... _ , . ijnurdeft
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$800,000 FIRE
OH SPINDLETOP
Over 265 Derricks Are Lost in a
Terrific Blaze This
Morning.
Beaumont, Texas, April 15.A fire on
Spindletop which started early to-day did
damage estimated at from $800,000 to
$1,000,000. Two hundred and sixty-five
derricks were lost. Two hundred rigs
were on the producing wells.
The fire started from a lantern at the
Caldwell Oil company's well. The fly
wheel of the engine struck' the lantern
and ignited the derrick and the flames
spread with tremendous rapidity, three
blocks, numbers 36, 37 and 38 being in
ashes toy 3 o'clock. No effort was made
to extinguish the fire, for it was impos
sible to get within a hundred feet of
the flames. No one was injured. It is
estimated that two-thirds of the com
panies in the burned district will be un
able to recover from the damage done by
the fire.
ATROCITIES
IN THE BALKANS
They Makd a Peaceful Solution of
the Trouble More Remote
Than Ever.
Eussian Demand for the Death of
St. Cherbina's Murderer
Acceded To.
Constantinople, April 15.The Albanian
soldier who shot M. Stchebina, the Rus
sian, consul at Mitrovitza inflicting a
wound from which the latter subsequently
died, has been sentenced to death, the
Russian embassy here having demanded
a revision of the previous sentence of fif
teen years' imprisonment.
Atrocities Reported.
Information from Monastir shows that
the situation is most deplorable. Murders,
pillage, incendiarism and atrocities of ev
ery description are of daily occurrence,
and are committed alike by soldiers, Al
banians, Turks and Bulgarians^ The la
test Bulgarian achievement was the total
destruction of a small village with an ex-,
clusively Mussulman population of 105
men, Women and children,' all of whom,
with the exception of a very few. who'fled,,
were massacred in cold blood. Alt preg4
nant women were disembowled. Their
corpses* with those of their, unborn child
ren, were scattered in the ruins of the
village,
SEARCHING FOBDEADBODY
Omaha Police Believe. They Have
Evidence to Convict Knight
pf Wife Murder,
Omaha, April 15.Chief of Police Dona
hue has received information from Chey
enne that Frank E. Knight, wanted here
in connection with the mysterious dis
appearance of his wife, was seen in that
cityv
Chief Donahue stated to-day that Mrs.
Stiles and her sop, Malvin Dusenberry,
who were placed in the "sweat box" again
have made confessions which are suffic
ient to convict Knight should he be cap
tured.
Chief Donahue learned last night that a
wagon was seen Saturday night in the
vicinity of some vacant property in the
vicinity of Florence lake, where Knight
lived about a year ago. The locality is
also familiar to Dusenberry, and the po
lice are now making a thoro search of the
premises, which contain about twenty
acres, with the hope of finding the body
of the missing woman.
A special from Cheyenne, Wyo., states
that Jennie Dusenberry has been arrested
there on suspicion of being in some way
connected with the murder of Mrs. Knight.
FOUND IN A BARBEL
Secret Society Italian Murder in
New York.
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New York, April 15.A body found in
a barrel In East Eleventh street yesterday
was to-day identified as that of a man
named Quatrocchl, who had come to New
York from Barcelona. The identification
was made by Guiseppi Bonjiorno, a Sicil
ian, who said he had often seen the man
in a barber shop in First avenue. Qua
trocchl was married, Bonjiorno said, and
had been a member of some secret society.
While the police were trying to confirm
Bonjiorno's identification, Quatrocchl
walked into the morgue. He was almost
an exact counterpart of the murdered
man
The identity'of the dead man is again
MINNESOTA
m I HISTORICAL *
Two-thirds of the Companies Burned
Out Will Not Be Able to
Recover.
ISTORIC/
SOCIETY.
Hllmi Is Optimistic.
ttiimi Pasha, the Turkish inspector gen
eral at TJskub, says that the Albanian
question has been settled and that the
porta, has no further anxiety concerning
it. The disturbance was caused by a
small and important faction, and the re
volt has been in no way general. The
20,000 troops now massed around Mitro
vitza would in any case overawe the mal
contents. Hilmi Pasha added that he
expected serious difficulties with the Bul
garian bands, whose activity was being
only temporarily checked by the recent
bad weather, but the Turks were quite
ready to receive them.
Hilmi Pasha was diffident about dis
cussing the Austrian and Russian reforms,
but said they were progressing. He hoped
to be able to give proof of this in three
months.
Local opinion In diplomatio and other
circles does not bear out the statements
of Hilmi Pasha, who is regarded as ca
pable and well-meaning, but as being iar
too optimistic.
The Albanians Form a "Mlssa."
The Albanians are reported to have
formed a "missa," that is, to have tem
porarily abandoned, aU vendettas and in
tertribal quarrels, for the purpose of re
sisting the reform program. The sultan's
peace mission la a farce, and the only
possible solution of the trouble is com
plete disarmament and the military occu
pation of Albania. The weather is now
fine and warm and the Bulgarian bands
are expected to recommence active opera
tions.
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jUlR TO-NIGHT AND THTJESDAT
CHARGED WITH \ t
BRUTAL MURDER
Three Owatonna Boys Arrested Here
Suspected of Killing
Henry Krier.
One of the Prisoners Said to Have
Confessed and Implicated
Others.
Says They Tried to Hold Up Krier
and Shot When He
' Ban.
Charles Nelson, Henry Nelson and Wil
liam Sutton, three Owatonna boys, were
arrested this morning by Detective
Charles D. Brown on Washington avenue
S upon suspicion of being connected with
the murder of H. H. Krier, the Owatonna
saloonkeeper, who was found dead on the
railroad track in that city Monday night.
The boys were taken to police headquar
ters where they were "sweated." Tho
officers say that Sutton broke down and
confessed the affair, but that the Nelson
brothers maintained a sullen silence.
The prisoners, who will undoubtedly be
compelled to face a charge of murder in
the first degree, appear to be mere boys.
Charles Nelson says he is 21 years old and
his brother is only 20. Sutton is 17 years
old.. They boys say their parents live
in Owatonna, but men from that city sax
they have known the boys only a year.
The story told by young Sutton, as re
lated by the officers to The Journal,
shows that the Krier hold-up was delib
erately planned. They knew Krier was
going to pass along the railroad track on
his way to the residence of Jacob Glazier,
to whom he owed a rent bill, and they
deliberately planned to rob him. When
he ran away they pursued him and shot
him in the head, killing him instantly.
Sutton's Story.
Sutton's story is substantially as fol
lows:
"We were in Krier's saloon when we*
heard him remark to his bartender that
he was going out to Glazier's to pay his
rent. We winked at cue another and left
the saloon. We reached the railroad first,
tied handkerchiefs over our faces and
waited.
"We had not been there long when
Krier came along. We ran down the
bank, and, pointing our revolvers at him,
told him to throw up his hands. He did
not do it, but started to run away. "We
fololwed and, as he tried to climb over
the railroad fence, caught him. Henry
Nelson grabbed him by the collar and tore
it off him. Charles Nelson then placed his
revolver at Krier's temple and fired. Tho
shot killed him instantly and we robbed
him. We took the bundle he was carry
ing and hid it about a mile up the railroad
track from where Krier was killed. We
found $76 in his pocket and we divided it
among us. Charle and Henry Nelson each
got $30 and 1 got $16. Henry and I threw
our revolvers down by the body, but
Charles kept his gun and has it yet.
"As sbon as jye had got all that Krier
had in his pockets, we ran away thru a
grove. We then started for Faribault and
walked to that town where we staid all
night, and yesterday. We left there last
night on a Milwaukee freight train and
got to Mendota about 12 o'clock. We
walked to St. Paul this morning and at
once took a street car for Minneapolis. We
got here a short time before we were ar
rested.
TO ORGANIZE ORIENTALS
Western Federation of Miners Con
templating a New and In-
: /
Nelson Boys Silent.
Both of the Nelson boys were taken
into the sweat-box, but they said they had
had nothing whatever to dow ith the mur
der. The police think, however, that Sut
ton's story is straight, as it is substan
tiated by clues that developed before the
boys were arrested. A revolver, with an
empty chamber in it was found on Charles
Nelson and a bottle of whisky which had
been purchased in Krier's saloon was also
taken from the Nelsons.
When Krier's dead body was found!
early yesterday morning and it was
learned that the Nelson boys and young
Sutton, who worked in a bowling alley
over the saloon, had failed to report for
work, suspicion at once pointed to them.
It was learned that they had not been
seen after leaving Krier's saloon at 4
o'clock Monday morning. The officers
at once supposed that they had gone to
Minneapolis or St. Paul and the polica
of both cities were notified. Alderman
A. J. Lippert and William Ganser, both
of Owatonna, came to Minneapolis this
morning and were with Detective Brown
when he saw the boys on the street
near the Milwaukee station.
Their Photos Taken.
All three b oys were photographecl tot
the rogues' gallery and then locked up at
the Central police station. They were
taken to Owatonna on the afternoon Mil
waukee train and will probably be ar
raigned upon the charge of murder to
morrow.
Detective Brown will go to Owatonna"
to aid in searching for the ebundle which
Sutton says was "planted" a mile north
of the scene. He will also assist in se
curing evidence against the prisoners*
Denver, April 15.The News to-day
says: The Western Federation of Miners
is contemplating a movement quite new
in the way of labor unions. They may
organize the hosts of Chinese and Japan
ese employed in the mines and smelters
of the northwest and British Columbia.
W. D. Haywood, secretary of the fed
eration, says they are willing to become. XJ '
organized and affiliated with the federa- \|!
tion and that the American miners, who,
he says, refuse to work with non-union A|
men of their own nationality, have con
eluded that there is no reason why they ,J
should forego their principles in the case "Jji
of the Chinese and Japanese. *l|
Secretary Haywood says these foreign
ers have frequently shown themselves to j
be in sympathy with unionism and have ,
sacrificed their own interests in aid of a '
cause where there was nothing to influ
ence them other than their sympathy. i
teresting Plan, [
BESTTLT OF A FIGHT. ^
George Fountain, aged IT years, is lyin* in *
critical condition at the borne of his stepmother,
174 La Fond street, St. Paul, as the result of
a flght Monday evening. He was struck in the
hack of the head and fell to the sidewalk, caus
ing concussion of the brain. Two companions
carried him to a street car and took him home*
His assailant has not been arrested, but th*
police know who he is.
WRONG NEGRO KILLED.
Xew Orleaus, April 15.The Times-Democrat's
Snrcveport upecial says: It has been estab
lished beyond doubt that the negro who wan
killed Saturday, and whose body^was burned
early Sundav morning, as the muflfcrer of Mrs,
Alice Matthews, was ivpoveut of J V crime,
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