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"PROMOTION SYNDICATE" How It Did Its Work Among the New York Postoffice Em ployes. Over 1,000 Men Were "Milked" on Promise of Doing Something for Them. Postoffice Inspectors Are Busily En gaged in New York Getting the Facts. New York, April 17.Three postoffice Inspectors from western divisions have been busily engaged in the fedei-al build ing: here examining employes regarding the alleged promotion syndicate.' More than a dozen clerks in the general post office, -were called before the inspectors and questioned closely. What answers the men made cannot be learned. It is evident that all have been cautioned against talking. While none of the postal officials will admit it. it is learned from a reliable authority that the method of the syndicate was as follows: One of two or three men in the general postoffice in this city would approach a clerk who was on the list recommended for promotion. This clern would be informed that it was known he. was not on the list of 1,616 men recom mended by Postmaster Van Cott, the pro motions to take effect on July 1. The agent would say that thru certain Wash ington connections, he was able to prom ise that the clerk would be placed on the list. Usually, unless the clerk was satisfied his record was so good that his promo tion practically was assured, an agree ment was entered into whereby money was paid to the agent, the understanding being that if promotion was not made the money was to be refunded. It was evident that the "syndicate" had access to the list as recommended by the postmaster and sent to the division of salaries and allowances, for a comparison is said to have been made between this _. . . list and that of men employed in the Ratsey the sailmaker and Colonel Shar postoffice. All of the men whose names really had ben left off the list were ap proached and informed they had not been recommended for promotion but "it could be fixed." This was accomplished, it is said, by dropping some of the men recom mended by the postmaster. It is understood also that the list as recommended by the Washington depart ment differed in many respects from that sent In by the postmaster. The amount paid to the agents is said to have been from $25 to $50 a man. To keep the men from talking to one another about the scheme it is said the agents represented to the employe ap proached that his friend in Washington who "had the pull" could get only one or two men on the list. The "friend" was represented as occupying a position so close to the chief officials that the addi tion of one or two names would be made a personal favor. Bach clerk was. cau tioned he must not say anything or the plan would get to other ears and the clerks in Washington would be over whelmed with applications from Ne w York friends to get them on the list of recommended employes, the result being that none of them would get an advance. It is said nearly a thousand clerks paid their money to the agent of the syndicate In New York. In addition to the three inspectors at work examining clerks, six others are known to be in the city, detailed on other ends of the scandal. Mr. Wynne's Easy Thing. Special to The Journal. Chicago, April 17.Walter Wellman in a Washington special to the Record-Herald says: The war of mud-throwing continues at the postoffice department. Now it is First Assistant Postmaster General Wynne's turn to take a seat in the grid iron. On account of Mr. Wynne's zeal as a reformer of other divisions of the department his enemies have been looking into his affairs. They find, first, that the original salary of $4,000 a year was not enough for Mr. Wynne, and he had it in creased in the postoffice appropriation bill to $5,000, or $500 a year more than any other assistant postmaster general gets. Then Tie contrived to get an allowance of $000 a year for a carriage, andstrange to say$200 a year for "traveling expenses in the District of Columbia," as if this were not enough, he put his son, an 18- year-old boy, in as his private secretary at $2,000 a year, "which is not so slow for a reformer," say the enemies of Mr. Wynne. Abner McKlnley Intercedes. Washington, April 17.Abner McKinley, brother of the late President McKinley, to day came to the rescue of A. W. Machen, superintendent of free delivery- Mr. Mc Kinley arrived in Washington yesterday afternoon and went at once to the post office department, where he was closeted for an hour with Postmaster General Payne. H e made a forcible presentation of Machen's case. This was not the first time Abner McKinley has come to the front for Machen. In 1897, when Perry S. Heath, then first assistant postmaster gen eral, alled for Machen's resignation, Ab ner McKinley Interceded in Machen's be half. U. S. ME AT CROP 670,063,000 BU. Department of Agriculture's State ment Shows a World's Crop U 3,124,422,000 Bu. % In the iDistribution Europe Is Given - ^ as Having TTsed 1,798,963,000 v^: ii Bushels. 8 ! 1 M Washington. April 17.The department of agriculture has issued a comparative statement of the wheat crop of the world, showing that the total of 3,124,422,000 bushels in 1902 was distributed as follows: North America South America JS'JSt'SS! Europe 1.788.963.000 Asia .. -..- 376,428,000 Africa Australia 43,927,000 The crop in the United States was 670,- 063.000. ^ STE1KE ON THE MANHATTAN. Now York. April 17.The employes of. the Manhattan Elevated railway lines exclusive of the motormen, voied In favor of a strike for a nine-hour dny. In all. 2,967 votes were cast, and only niueteen ^vere recorded against the strike.- Even though a strike has been voted there is still a possibility of a compromise. The strike, to be Tegnlir, mnst be sanctioned by the executive comralttccof the national organization ! that will cause some delav. THE CHALLENGER IS DISMASTED Sharmrock III. Struck a Sudden Squall of Wind To-day and Dismasted. S*i Thomas Lipton Knocked Down a Hatchway but Not Badly Hurt. One Man DrownedBut the Sham rock Will Be Ready for the Race. "Weymouth, Eng., April 17.-r-Sir Thomas Lipton informed the correspondent of the Associated Press that he expects to be ready to fulfil his engagement off Sandy Hook, Aug. 20. Weymouth. Eng., April 17.Sir Thomas Lipton's new challenger for the America's cup was dismasted in a squall to-day shortly after leaving this harbor prepara tory to another trial spin with Sham rock I. Her mast, as it fell over the side, car ried several of the crew and all the gear and canvas overboard. One man was drowned and several per sons, including Sir Thomas, who was knocked down a hatchway, were bruised or otherwise injured. The man who was drowned was a brother-in-law of Captain Wringe. H e was handing a binocular glass to Sir Thomas at the time he was swept overboard. One of Sir Thomas's hands was injured, but not seroiiisly". The yachts were maneuvering in the roadstead under mainsails, jibs, foresails and gaff topsails prior to the start. A strong northeast breeze was blowing but it was not of the nature of a gale. The boat seemed to carry the sails well, as they fetched out from the shelter of the breakwater, Shamrock III. leading on a tack out seaward, apparently with the intention of testing the strength of the wind outside. The breeze had just weight enough to keep her lee rail tipping. Before the start, Sir Thomas Lipton, man Crawford, vice-commodore of the Royal Ulster Yacht club, boarded the chal lenger. She made a magnificent picture as, under her cloud of canvas, she drove past Nothead. A Sudden Squall of Wind. The Erin had taken up a position to send the boats away, round a triangular course, and everything seemed to promise a fine race. The Shamrock JII. then made a short run on the port tack dragging through a heavy squall with her lee decks awash. At about 10:40 a. m., when nearly a mile off shore, she went about on the star board tack to stand up to cross the line when a sudden gust of wind sweeping out of Weymouth bay struck the yacht and completely dismantled her. The weather rigging screws of her main shrouds were carried away, and with the spar sails and gearing fell in a confused mass of wreck age. The yacht's decks were crowded with Sir Thomas Lipton's guests, officers and men and it seemed impossible that the disaster was not attended by serious loss of life. Deprived of its chief support the im mense steel, tubular mast swayed for a fraction of a second and went overboard, creating general havoc as it fell. Man Named Collier Drowned. So sudden was the calamity that the yacht lay wrecked and helpless before those on board of her well realized what had happened. Fortunately most of the tremendous weight of the gear fell clear of the deck as otherwise the disaster must have been multipled threefold. A s it was only one life was lost, that of a member of the crew named Collier, a brother-in law of Captain Wringe. 7S'1S?'22R' Collier at the moment of the accident was handing a binocular glass to Sir Thomas Liptcn and still had the glass in his hand when he was struck by some of the tumbling gear and knocked overboard. The rattle of blocks and wire rope on the metal deck of the boat drowned all other sounds for the time. The lull which followed was broken by a sharp or der from Captain Wringe to get away a boat. The captain's self possession spur red the crew to instant action and a boat was shot overboard, manned and started to search for Collier. Boats were also dropped from the Shamrock I. and Erin and in a couple of minutes these were all heading for the scene of the accident. Collier, however, never reappeared. Clearing away the wreckage was quite a difficult task owing to the nature of the spars and gear. The Erin passed a line to the wrecked yacht and steadied her to give all the aid necessary. Sir Thomas, who was ex tremely distressed by the fatality and the injury to the yacht, said in an interview that the accident occurred absolutely without warning and much more quickly than when the Shamrock 33. was similarly dismantled in the Solent. Just as a race between the Shamrock II. and the Shamrock I. and the Sybarita was being started in the Solent off South ampton, England, May 22, 1901, a sudden squall struck the yachts broadside on. The topmast of the Shamrock II. was car ried away and then her mainmast went by the board, carrying all her sails with it and leaving her practically a. wreck. The Shamrock I. was also considerably dam aged. N o one was Injured on board either of the yachts, but King Edward, who was on the Shamrock II., had a narrow escape. The Hull Not Damaged. The hull of the Shamrock in. was not damaged. The mast when it went over board went solid. There was at that time only one break which was about seven feet above the deck. A s the big spar with its weight of canvas became heavier owing to the water in it the mast again buckled its head going down till it rested on the bottom. I t is believed it will be comparatively easy to repair the mast, but a whole suit of canvas is ir retrievably ruined. Barges with a crane were soon on the spot to raise the broken mast after which the Shamrock III. will be taken to her moorings inside the breakwater. Sir Thomas had a narrow escape. H e was thrown down the hatchway with a sailor and fell with such force as to break the board flooring covering the "tank. SHE "GOT HIM'1 Laura Leroux's Capture of the Only Negro in Montreal. New York Sun Special Service. Denver, Col.. April 17.Laura Leroux, the daughter-of Zotique Leroux, a wealthy contractor of Montreal, was arrested here last evening with W. F . Blackburn, a negro, with whom she had eloped from home three weeks ago. Blackburn de serted a wife and two children, meeting the Leroux girl at Chicago and going from there to St. Louis. Finding them selves pursued, they came here. Black burne was without money and had com pelled the girl to go out looking for work. "There was only one colored man in Montreal, and I got him," is the way the J girl expresses her sentiments.,, - ^ *J," 48,000,000 "BAD TRUSTS" GIVEN TIME The Government Will Not Try to Hurry Them Into Getting Into Line. But It Is Not Expected to Yield Any of the Advantage of the Se curities Decision. Special to The Journal. New York, April 17.Evidence accumu lates that it is not the purpose of the government to proceed with a whoop on a crusade of trust bursting. Intimations have been received in Wall street that the program will be to give the "bad trusts," or those formed with the intent to restrain trade or having power to restrain trade, time to adjust themselves and "get on all fours" with the law as interpreted by the courts in the Securities case. This is good news to the street and tends to allay nervousness in that quarter lest the government tempestuously follow up its advantage and at once smash the an thracite coal trust, the general electric I The PresidentWhat a Fine View We Are Having of the Mountain SheepI've Watched Those Fellows a Full Quarter of an Hour The SheepIts Only Once in a Lifetime That You Get So Good a Chance to See the President Without a Gun. trust, the beef trust and several railroad mergers. A t the same time it is evidently not the intention of the department just yet to yield any advantages gained in the Securities litigation. There is a wholesome fear now of any action that may be taken by the govern ment in financial circles. HERE IS AN IDEA How to Carry Out the Co-operative Scheme Thru the Burlington. Washington, April 17.The reports to Washington concerning the northwestern railroad situation are to the effect that the Burlington is being considered as the con trolling factor. When the Northern Securities company is abandoned the shares cjf the interested railroads will pass to men who have been influential in the big holding company. This will not concentrate the manage ment. It will be nothing more than a gen tlemen's agreement.. The charter of the Burlington road is such that it has more power to control the transportation situation than any other. There is not a scratch of the pen, so far as known, which unites the nine coal carrying roads of the anthracite region, but their affairs are so managed that not a pound of coal is mined, shipped or sold which is not absolutely controlled by the trust. . . - If the government should deside that these roads should be proceeded against and that the verbal agreement is in re straint of trade, it would make the Burl ington proposition almost impossible. Time will be given for the government to make its next move. ON THE UNION PACIFIC The President ,Begrets to Have to Turn Down Bequest of Labor Men* . Cincinnabar, Mont., April 17.Presi- dent Roosevelt left the quarters of Ma jor Pitcher at Fort Yellowstone this morn ing for Norris, where he will spend .most of the remainder of his stay in the.park. The geysers are in the neighborhood of Norris. If he has time re will-visit the Falls of the Yellowstone. & ^ - & The president'has decided that he cannot accede to the request of the labor organizations to refrain from riding on the Union Pacific road be cause of a strike on that line. Hi s itinerary was arranged months ago, and much as he would desire to fa for the union men, he cannot dis appoint thousands of people by chang ing his plans at this late day. FRIDAY 1 EVENING, .APRIL 17, 1903: PATRICK Ftnr AKD SHHL1LAH They Make a Bifc HitJ at the Con vention of the United Irish League. - But Mr. O'Brien's More Moderate Counsels PrevailHome Rule ^ Still Demanded. ,' 7 ' XSSeSiy'^ ftr.**S' '.-, * To Prevent Misunderstanding a Res olution to This Effect Is .-... Adopted, r Dublin April. 17.The national conven tion called by the United Irish league to consider the new land hill reconvened ear ly to-day in the round room of the man sion house in this city., There was a smaller attendance. l,\% Home Rule Still Demanded.'.'" In view of a misunderstanding in the MHUMHMIIIWH t WW W case of certain English papers, John Red mond, the chairman, introduced a strong home-rule resolution, declaring that the Irish nation would never be satisfied until it obtained a full measure of self-govern ment. "No substitute," said Mr. Red mond, "can or will be accepted." Michael Davitt briefly seconded the res olution, saying irishmen would be neg lecting their sacred duty to the cause if they did not send such a message to their race thru out the world. Mr. Redmond's recommendation was carried by acclama tion. William O'Brien then proceeded to ex plain the various suggested amendments to the land bill. An amendment of Mr. O'Brien's provid ing for extending financial assistance to the evicted tenants was welcomed, but many of the delegates wished it to go further. l ( OBSERVATIONS Mr. Flynn Makes a Hit. Patrick Flynn of the Cork branch of the United Irish league, a man of great girth, with a shillelah in one hand and a broad-brimmed hat in the other, then mounted the platform. His appearance created laughter. - "I did not," said Mr. Flynn, 'travel. 150 miles to be laughed at." ' .- . A few* seconds later Mr. Flynn held the convention spellbound by the extraordi nary eloquence with which he insisted that the present occupiers of holdings which formerly belonged to evicted peasants should themselves be evicted. This peas ant orator worked up a storm against "grabbers," but Mr. O'Brien's more mod erate counsels prevailed. Thruout the-morning peasant speakers discussed the details of the bill with in telligent rhetoric. , - Mr. O'Brien's suggestions, as a rule, were passed without a division. Landlord-Tenant Meeting. John Hedmond and Lord Dunraven had an informal meeting: this morning and de cided to postpone the sitting of the land lords and tenants' conference, which will probably be held In London next week. Passenger Train, and Freight on the N. P. in Collision Near Dickinson. * Butte Mont., April 17.A report has reached here that passenger, train No. A on the Northern Pacific smashed into a freight train near Dickinson, N . D. this morning with heavy casualties. ^ ,_ All the doctors in Dickinson have been summoned to the wreck. $ HEW POSTMASTERS. - -'" * Washington, April 17.Postmasters were ap pointed-to-day as foltows: MontanaMammoth, Madison county. Lewis E. Scheytt. IowaCamp bell, rolls ccunty, Lewis Jlylandr ^ V .~?^ ' "/'"*, MR. GOURLEY , BREAKS OUT Conservative Canadian Member Is "Ready to Die in the Trenches" Again. Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt's At- , titude Cause, He Thinks, for Parliamentary Action. Special to The Journal. Ottawa, Ont., April 17.Seymour Gour ley, the conservative member for Col chester, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian parliament, who last session delivered a bellicose speech in parliament, saying he was ready to die in the trenches to resist American aggression against Canada, an nounces that he will demand of the Ca nadian government what steps it is go ing to take to offset the recent utter ances of President Roosevelt concerning the Monroe doctrine. -To The Journal representative Mr. Gourley declared in strong terms that it is absolutely necessary that Can- ada repudiate the pretensions of the United States to an overlordship on this continent whenever they are asserted. Ife compares the assertion of the Monroe doctrine by the United States to Britain's assertion of suzerainty over the Trans vaal, and sees for Canada the same fate as the South African republic if this pretension is acquiesced in. Canada, he declares, must make the statesmen of Great Britain wake up to the danger of supinely conceding the claims of the United States to be the paramount power of this continent. If Britain recognizes this claim in re gard to South American republics, she will soon, Mr. Gourley contends, find it associated over her own possessions in this continent. Therefore he mill move the Canadian parliament to repudiate vigorously the Monroe doctrine. He contends Canada is more likely to secure the respect and friendship of the United States by manfully standing up against American aggression than by tamely submitting to it. BRYAN LUNCHES WITH THE ENEMY Our Gallant Young Leader Breaks Bread With Gold Democrats :f?- He Is the Guest of Melville E. In galls, President of the "Big Four." .Cincinnati, April 17.Considerable stlr was caused in local political circles to - day by Colonel William Jennings Bryan being the guest of Melville E. Ingalls, president of the Big Four railroad, at the Queen City. club. President Ingalls was one of the most prominent of the so-called "gold demo crats'' in both-of the Bryan presidential campaigns, and many of the Bryan dem ocrats are reported as not supporting In galls here for mayor last week. While Colonel Bryan is here to fill a lecture engagement, his luncheon with President Ingalls and meeting other so - called . "gold democrats," was the feature of the 'day.- 0* j: -. t ' "- at Cincinnati. ""'""' A HOHITOE ON THE OHIO. - - s UvansTiUe, Ind., April 17.The United States monitor Arkansas ended a two days' visit at this poet to-day and then resumed its journey down the Ohio en route to St. Louis. Several steamboats -ana barges followed tbe war vessel to Henderson in Order to handle the crowds there.. FLOUR MILLS CLOS E J FOR RATE ADJUSTMENT Minnesota Millers Prefer to Shut Down Their Plants Pending an Adjustment , of Flour Rates. Discrimination Against Plour in Favor of Wheat Reaches a Point Where the Millers Acted as a Unit in Stopping Their Produc- tionA Lake Contract at 2 Cents a Bushel to Buffalo Precipitates the ActionFlour Margins Are Narrow at Best and Millers Pre- ferred to Shut Down Till Conditions Changed. & Rate on wheat, Duluth to Buffalo, 2c per bushel of 60 lbs, equal to .'..., Rate on flour, Duluth to Buffalo 9c per 100 lbs Differential in favor of eastern millers as against Minneap olis millers ,. g . Discrimination against the great Min neapolis milling industry on the part of the transportation companies has had its effect at last, and this morning all the flour mills in the city are idle. The Pillsbury-Washburn company, Washburn-Crosby company and Consoli dated Milling company closed their groups of mils last night, and the smaller companies, the Barber Milling company, the Phoenix Mill company, the National Milling company and the George C. Christian company have either closed down or will close shortly. The mills thruout the northewest are similarly af fected. - Pulling the Wheat East. The trouble lies in the fact that the foreign millers, and the New York and New England millers are coming out here to Duluth and other points and are buy ing great quantities of wheat and are taking it to their plants to make it into flour. They can do this and sell the flour produced more cheaply than the Minne apolis mills can sell their flour in compe tition, fqr the reason that under existing discriminations in rates they can get the wheat to their plants for much less than the Minneapolis millers, can get their flour to the competing points. More than two thousand men directly connected with the mills are out of em ployment and many others employed in the cooper shops, bag factories and in the railroad yards will be affected. WHY THE MILLS CLOSED DOWN Effect Far-Reaching. The closing of these great plants hits the employes first, entails great loss upon the millers and Will affect the rail roads and the city of Minneapolis gener ally. .But conditions had reached appoint where it was' In^possibTe for miHers to continue "operating without serious losses and there was no alternative. Hence the sfiut-down pending a readjustments \ of rates. ... _ '-'iW&'^i A. Gross DlifcrlmTnatioTU "'*=* - i The ' crux of the trouble lies in the statement that the transportation com panies have for years discriminated against, flour in favor of wheat. It costs to -day 9 cents per 100 pounds to get a barrel of flour from Duluth to Buffalo. It costs 2 cents a bushel, or 3 1-3 cents per 100 pounds to carry wheat to the same point. Duluth Deal Brought Crisis. The action of the millers was. sudden and unexpected and was prompted by de velopments at the head of the lakes. At 4 o'clock yesterday the head of a local milling firm received a long-distance tele phone message from Duluth stating that a deal had just been closed for the car rying of 450,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth to Buffalo at 2c a bushel. With the existing rate of 9c per 100 lbs for flour this put the miller out of it. Word was sent about and a meeting of the heads of the various miling companies called. .It was decided to close the mills at 7 o'clock. * Past and Present Rates. The history of discrimination against flour in favor of wheat by the transpor tation companies goes baek several years. The Minneapolis mills were established and grew to their present mammoth pro portions on a 7%c rate from Minneapolis to Chicago. To-day the rate is 10c and the proportion of the through rate 9.2c. For many years the rate on flour from Minneapolis to New York averaged 18c per 100 lbs, while to-day the rate is 25%c per 100 lbs, or an advance of about 15c in the cost of getting a barrel of flour to the east. In the meantime rates on wheat have remained stationary. One reason for this is that there is greater competition in , the movement of wheat than in the movement of flour. The result of this gradual widening of the dif ference between rates on wheat and on flour has been to put the Minneapolis millers at times at a disadvantage. They have managed to stand it, but have made great and persistent efforts to have rates readjusted. Export Trade Affected. As an illustration of present conditions, the business done in Duluth to-day may be taken. A local firm made inquiry as to the volume of trade, and'was advised that about 100,000 bushels of wheat had been sold this morning to go to London. This wheat can move from *Duluth via Montreal and Quebec at a rate of 11 cents per bushel, which is equal to 18 3-10 cents per 100 pounds. The lowest possible rate obtainable on flour from Duluth to Lon don is .25% cents per 100 pounds. Natur ally there is demand for wheat and little demand for flour, and in consequence about 600,000 bushels of wheat is reported to have been taken from Duluth within three days, which goes abroad for the most part. The Minneapolis millers will work for a rate which will enable them to compete on better terms with the flour made abroad from this wheat. Flour Prices Harden. , The effect of the closing of the mills was to cause a general advance in flour, prices. Locally there was a moderate ad vance of 10 cents a barrel, and in Chicago the prices of Minneapolis brands were ad vanced 10 to 15 cents, other millers com ing into line as well. If the mills reopen shortly, no material advances may be ex pected, but any long closing would mean considerably higher prices. There is another feature to the situa tion. The grain trade is wondering whether the closing of the Minneapolis mills will cause any change in the plans of the Chicago manipulators who have been working for advances In wheat prices. Some time ago a bull campaign in wheat began, which carried^the price of July up 8% cents, and has advanced May about 5 cents. It has been current gossip in grain trade circles that Armour has con trol of all the wheat that can be deliv ered on May and July contracts, and that he is out to corner these options. It is possible the closing of the mills may alter his plans. The Minneapolis millers have been grinding heavily and, besides tak- . i . . ^ ing the milling wheat that comes in daily, have been drawing on local stocks at a heavy rate. T o yesterday the withdrawals from Minneapolis elevators for grinding amounted to 938,000 bushels, and for the full week the decrease in local stocks would have been over 1,000,000 bushels. But if the mills lie idle for a couple of weeks there is likely to be an increase in local elevator stocks rather than a decrease of 2,000,000. Whether or not the changing of what has been a strength ening feature to prices into a feature for weakness will put a halt to the progress of the bulls is the question. Charles C. Bovey, of the Washburn Crosby company, said: "For a long time we have been handicapped by a succes sion of unfavorable happenings that have made it very hard for us to keep our plants going at any profit. Thru it all there has been the great handicap of the discriminating rates in favor of wheat as against flour. What we have stood up under in the way of c ompetitlon, of in ternal labor troubles, of the fuel ques tion and of the lack of sufficient cars to move out our product, the public si per- . haps familiar with. This last matter, the car shortage, was very serious but we looked forward to the opening of naviga tion for relief. No w we find the old mat ter of discrimination in favor of wheat pressing us harder than ever. It is the culmination. W e cannot operate the mills profitably under present conditions. "You have already reported in the columns of The Journal special tariffs from the . southwestern roads, no less than five being issued*in one day by. the. Rock Island system, covering special contracts on wheat and flour.* What rail r'oad-runnin tempted to relieve the riiillers by any, special rates to meet tbe competition set up By tlte low wheafcrai.es onJ referred to ROADS LOSE BUSINESS Transportatlon Men Are HitCan't Pre dict the Result. Eastbound railroad traffic out of Minne-* apolis is hard hit by the shut down. The transportation lines are cut out of 5% per cent of the traffic from Minneapolis. For the first fifteen days of April 4,338 carloads of flour were shipped out of this city and as late as April 15 368 carloads went out. The closing down of the mills means the loss of all this business. Traffic men intimately connected with ,-J the flour transportation business are en- L tirely in the dark as.to the outcome of \ this difficulty. They 'are absolutely un- -*\ able to form opinions, and they are very ^ careful about expressing themselves at all, , ^ because they aver that some one's toes , \ are to be trod on, no matter what the solution. This is because three Interests t are affected by whatever decision may be ^ , reached: The carying interests, the mill- ^ ing interests and the grain interests. ' * Either is affected by any change.in freight *T rates on grain and flour. ^ Representatives of lake and rail lines | who could be found to-day had received \ 1 no orders and were apparently in the f j dark as to what action would be taken by , ^ their superiors. They believed it too ear- . - ly to call a 1 ocal meeting of freight Js lines to consider the question. One of the freight line agents reported that his com- /5jj pany had already wired Its eastern con- W nection to forward no more empties from ' T Chicago intended for flour shipments. ^ 3 1-3c per 100 lbs .. ..52-3c per 100 lbs A Growing Handicap. outjpf Minneapolis has at- :al^ove?* "The-flour sttttatioii has been had for some ^nibftthsj Feed has' fallen- 15,0.0' per-,- ton. TlliS means ah added cost to flour* of about 20c per barrel. The flour buyers do not seem to realize this added cost and want to buy at old figures. "I cannot say how long~ the mills will remain closed. W e will operate them when we can do so without loss to oui - selves and not before then. The matter now is in indefinite shape and Vncan while the mills wil relmain closed." A. C. L.oring, president of the Consoli dated Milling company, said: "We have had to close down because we were losing money. All the milling companies would have been better off had the mills been closed several weeks ago. It was simply business jealousy which kept them in operation, each company feeling that it must run as long as the others did. It is impossible to say how long the mills will remain closed^ but it is safe to say. that it will be for some time." * - The Problem a Big One. ^jj It is the belief of railroad men who /*% have expressed themselves that the situ- -|S ation must be wisely handled. They say _'.|J the controversy is an old one. It involves -*&N the entire question of comparative rates on raw and finished products. Transpor tation experts believe that the rate on grain should be less than that on flour in that there are no claims against wheat shipments as there are against flour. Grain is a bulk shipment and does not ^ have to be handled as does flour which is -^ a package freight. Under the present conditions the boats are glad to take grain to load back at whatever they can get for it. "- \ SHORTSIGHTED AND' UNJUST '.. W. D. Washburn Has Never Known Such" Conditions Here Before. General W . D . Washburn, connected with milling Interests and with the Soo road, a flour, but not a grain exporting line, believes rate discrimination'against flour to be an outrage. H e spoke ill strong terms this morning. H e said: "It is shortsightedness on the part of the transportation lines and a great In justice to the milling Interests. It should be to the interest of every transportation line leading out of Minneapolis to give as low rates to the manufacturing interests as on the raw material and not to destroy manufacturing. The manufacturing of wheat affords employment to a vast army of men, and of course, the railroads are interes'ted^in this population, so that the policy of discriminating against it Is very narrow'one.",''i ^-^^ " H -s - v the lakes %h t fr'^j