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EDITOR ASD PROPRIETOR, IGNATIUS DONNELLY. The Anti-Monopolist is published every Thursday for circulation by newsmen and snail. Single subscription, One Year $2.00 Single subscription, Six Months 1.00 Single subscription, Three Months 5O In Clubs of live or more to one address it will be furnished at $1,50 per year; or SI.OO lor six months. Address, THE ANTI-MONOPOLIST, No. 17 Wabashaw St., St. Paul THURSDAY, DEC 3, 1874. wanted: A first elass, energetic business man who will canvass for advertisements for the Anti-Monopolist on a liberal com mission. References required. NOTICE. Subscribers to the Anti-Monopolist wiil please remit with their subscrip tions Twenty Cents for a year’s postage after the Ist of January next, or ten cents for six months, or five cents for three months. All subscribers, whose subscription expires the early part of 1875, will please remit before the Ist of January next, for after that period all postage on newspapers must be pre-paid. The subscriber will not pay any more postage than he does now, but be will pay to us, instead of at his local post office. THE NALITAHT EFFECTS OF THE LATE ELECTION. These are shown in the remarks of the Rev. F. K. Roberts, of Minneapolis, who the other day delivered what the 3Jai7 calls “ a financial sermon.” We quote: The idea of public corruption was here amplified, tin’ speaker saying that he be lieved the time Lad come to administer a atom rebuke to salary grabs, credit mobil ier->, kc., &c., at the polls. Well done ! But why didn’t he talk that way before the election ? Why wait until the polls are closed before he advises the people to administer “ a stern rebuke at the polls.” Is it the province of the Church to wait until reforms are effected and then join in the hurrahs? But even for this little we are thank ful. Yet, in Minneapolis, business and religion, Christianity and sawdust, Jerusalem and Bangor, are so mixed up together in inextricable confusion that it seems not inappropriate to dis cuss the questions of legal tenders and metallic currency in the church of God. The Rev. Roberts says : One of the chief abuses of credit was bor rowing money. This is worthy of being recorded among the maxims of Adam Smith ; for it is evident there would be no borrow- ing of money if there was no credit; — and it is also probable that there could be no credit if there was no borrowing. He then described the man who makes a “false show of wealth’" thus: He get* Jesjierate, makes ambiguous state lueut*, contract* with looj>-Uole* in them, arrangement.' with secret avenues ol escape; lie will cheat the widow of her mites, the orphan girl ol her patrimony, and when the crisis comes he conveys it fraudulently to another, and exemplifies the dishonesty which the system forces upon him. We arr villainously infested with legal rats, who commit flagrant dishonesey under the cover of’ law. Now who does the reverend gentle- | man re ter to in this parable ? Who j arc the ‘'legal rats" who have eaten ] holes in the pc >r man’s cheese, and j broken into the rich man's granary ; And who arc the wealthy fellows who | “bust up" and cheat the widow and the orphan girl ?] Corae, give us their j saintly names. And then another reverend gentle- j man, on the same day in the same oity. i the Rev. W. Stimson, said: The election of men for offic? who are . known to be unscrupulous in principle ; and corrupt in character, is a terrible blow i to the aaletv of the community. This evidently meant Bill King. And j Mr. Stimson. we are told, closed by ap - j pealing to his hearers in the most earn est manner to do their whole duty as citizens; to shirk no privilege o, an elector; to be bold and vigilant in in specting the characters of the men for whom they voted; to combine and or ganize for the rescue ef the Republic from the hand of rapacity and venal greed. llow much better had it been if these utterances had been made iff on the election* A few such sermons as that would have defeated Bill King. What is the use of locking the stable door af ter the horse is gone? We would be willing to bet, if we were a betting mr.u, a considerable sum. that these reverend gentlemen will not dart to continue to talk in that way un til the next election. They will com- pound with sin, they will worship some golden calf, stuffed full of the plunder of widows and orphans, they will not dare to shriek out the protest of Christ in the face of guilty Mammon. The true preacher of to-day is the stump speaker, who, amid abuse and denunciation, goes around preaching the truth to the multidude, as Paul did of old, and “fighting with wild beasts at Ephesus, after the manner of men.” And then comes the sleek and graceful minister, to take up the raveled threads of the argument and weave them into a silken garment of harmless beauty. Come to the front, gentlemen of the gospel. If the preservation of society from the universal contagion of corrup tion concerns the cause of virtue and religion, let your denunciations play around the guilty like the lightnings of God around the brow of Ararat. Spit the saw dust out of your mouths, and tell the people their duty as voters before, the election, not after it. It is pitiful to see cowardice even in a politician, yet there is some excuse for him; his trade is policy ; but in the servants of God, who speak from the highest plane of the visible world, to truckle and crawl and cringe before successful knavery and villainy, is a sight to make both God and man weep. But too often the church illus trates the splendid language of the poet ; “Plate sin with gold And the strong arm of justice hurtless falls ; Clothe it in rags, a pigmy’s straw can pierce it.” THE MEANING OF WTNDOM’S TRICK. A story is told of two boys who, dur-’ ing a thunder storm, took refuge under a tree. A flash of lightning struck a tree a few feet from them. “Tom,’ | said one of the youngsters, “do you i know how to pray?” “No,” said the other. Another flash and crash follow ed. “Tom,” again, “can you sing a hymn?” “No,” was the reply, “why?” “Well, Tom, something has got to be done, and mighty d——d quick too! This is Windom’s feeling. He has heard the roar of the Reform thunder', he has seen the bolts descend. He has seen the majorities of the State, on the largest vote ever polled, reduced fifteen \ thousand in two years. In two years ! more he comes up for re-election t» the United States Senate. Something | has got to be done, and “mighty d d J quick, too.” What shall it be? It must be something to please the Grangers. He has not originality or power enough to strike out a line of action for himself; —but in a large orchestra he has the capacity to play second fiddle with the best of them. And so he seizes hold of an old thread bare scheme, the Fox and Wisconsin river improvement,and proposes to get a million or two appropriated for that purpose. He may succeed. Wisconsin will of course be delighted to have any amount of government money spent along her water courses, and she will clamor for it. lowa may join in the de mand; and if Minnesota unites with them large appropriations may be ob | tained. The work cannot be finished for years to come, and, in the meantime, Windom will insist in 1876 that when it ».« finished it will increase the price of ; wheat ten cents per bushel in Minneso ta. and oh this pretence he may go back to the Senate. T hat is the entire programme. What does Windom care about the farmers? He lias been an office-holder ever since he came to the State, and he does not know the difference between wheat and outs growing. And now, forsooth, be proposes to lead the farmers into the promised land. H will tight the rail- j roads, and that too after having made a fortune off the Northern Pacific road! i What docs he care, provided he gets j back into the Senate, whether a single j bushel of Minnesota wheat is ever dragged over the sandy and shifting bed of the Wisconsin river ? And Abernethy, publishing Bill King’s Agricultural Organ, seconds the motion, and is flooding the State with petitions and memorials. Who pays ! f or these ? Either Windom or Bill ; King or the Ring in Wisconsin that has been receiving lands or money out of the people for the past twenty years for their canal. Farmers,— we say to you that this is a tricka base tnck to sell you out. For if the assistance which the nation may be now disposed to give is diverted to impracticable objects, it will be al most impossible for you to obtain re lief for many years to come. You will be, as the lawyers say, estopped by your own folly. . Do not sign a single petition until this matter is thoroughly discussed among yourselves- Why should Bill Windom and Abernthy do your think ing ? Think for yourselves. Their in terests are not your interests: neither of them is a farmer and never will be. Why not wait and talk this whole matter over at the State Grange meet ing at Mankato? The [a few words on a delicate The Chicago Industrial Age, than which no paper in the Northwewt is better entitled to speak authoritatively in the name of Reform, says, in its last issue: j The returns as classified by the St. | Paul Dispatch, indicate a clear opposi- | tion to the return of Alex. Ramsey to j the United States Senate. This being i conceded, it next becomes the duty of . that opposition to concentrate its j strength on a good man, and haring so ; concontrated, fight it out to the bitter | end. The California legislature, which elected Governor Booth, was constitut ed about as is reported of the Minneso ta Legisiature, yet the Independents were triumphant, and their victory met the hearty approval of the Opposition throughout the land. Who is the best man in Minnesota ? The Age would rejoice in the triumph of its co-laborer and able reformer, Ig natius Donnelly. In the United States Senate, Donnelly would be as influen tial as perhaps Governor Booth. But whether Minnesota Independents will rally to the support of Mr. Donnelly or not, is in doubt. * * * * Let the Minnesota Independents at once fuse into a solid mass, which shall interpose a solid obstacle to the farther advance of such sinister tricksters as Alex. Ramsey. Let the country have Davis or Donnelly, and the latter, if it it possible to elect him. For the kind opinions of our cotemporary we are sincerely grateful. He flatters us over much. But we would say that we are not, in the strict sense of the word, a can didate. We have packed no caucuses or conventions; we have not asked or received any pledges from candi dates ; we have resorted to none of the ordinary tricks of aspirants. If by any hap or chance the Legislature should see fit t» elevate us to the United States Senate, —and of that we have little expectation —we should sim ply consider that great office a great opportunity to work into laws the doc trines we have preached in these pages. We should not say even thus much, but that it would be an affectation of modesty to ignore the many references which are being made to us in connec tion with that position. It is certainly in the power of the Opposition, with the aid of those liber al-minded Republicans who are really with us at heart, to unite and elect some man who will represent the spirit of Reform; and who will labor for the reduction of the tariff; the opening of cheap water-ways for the world’s com merce, and to lift *rom the shoulders of labor the great burdens which now op press them. THE CAICES. One reason why the St. Paul Press is in favor of a Republi can caucus is this, the caucus is something not recog nized by the law, a mere political con trivance, and if a member of the Leg islature sells his vote in the caucus he cannot be punished for bribery. But if Ramsey spends 832,000 this time, and has to buy men to vote for him di rectly in the Legislature , then both he and the men so bought will run great risk of the penitentiary. Since the Pomeroy exposure the use of money will be attended with great risk : no man knows where another York may arise; men who give or take bribes will be followed up; there is a feeling abroad that will not bear trifling with. Moreover in all Republican caucuses they vote by ballot; in the Legislature they respond to their names and state what candidate they vote for. In the caucus a corrupt man can secretly sell out his constituents, and then claim that he was obliged by party discipline to vote in the Legislature for the choice of the caucus. “JI STICE IIS HlSTOEr.’’ Last winter, in the Senate, we took the ground that the United States was the owner of the fee of all Indiau Res ervations, and that the Irdians had on ly the right to use the same without committing waste thereon ; and hence that the Chinpeway Indians had no right to sell the pine timber an the Leech Lake and Red Lake Reserva tions ; bat that the same, with the soil on which it grew, belonged to the Na tion ; and that the Nation had donated one-sixteenth of it to the State for school purposes, and that said pretend ed sales of pine timber were in viola tion of the rights of the State and the school-fund. The lawyers of the Sen | ate were surprised to hear a man who depended for his livelihood on raising \ crops of wheat, oats, corn, Ac.; talk ing about questions of constitutional law; and some took direct issue with ns, with not a little superb contempt 1 expressed on lip and brow. They could not believe it possible that a man who couldn’t tax a bill of costa, should pretend to know anything upon any * subject, much less the Constitution of j the United States; and many a stormy 1 discussion we had upon this nice point. ' But “there is justice in history,” and ias Shakespeare says “the end tries the man/’ and we would now call the at tention of our Senatorial brethren to a recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States which clearly af firms every position we took in those debates, and which wipes out all those pretended contracts for the sale of tim ber on Indian Reservations. Now if W 3 bad an “organ,” like Ram sey; or half-a-dozen piebald ones, like Bill King, we should have had the fore going point duly presented in an imper sonal and genteel manner; but having nothing of the sort, we are constrained to blurt it out ourself, conscious that if we did not call attention to our own merits in this particular, no one else would; and hence our Senatorial bretheren might continue to underrate us and overrate themselves, and thus the true balance and equilibrium of na : ture suffer. THE CASH ST STEM. We need the cash system of trade, for farmers, merchants, and everybody. That is the sine qua non. But how are we to reach it ? Stop the robber ies. How ! By agitation and the bal lot box ? Is there any other way ? Yes ; starve and economize and suffer and be degraded. The Russian boor has reached the cash system from his basis. He was a philosopher who ob served that, “peaches at a cent a-pieco were cheap, provided you had the cent; but if you hadn't the cent, they were dear.” The cash system is what' we all want —provided we have got the cash. But if a man is “behind,” and the railroads rob him, and the man ufacturers rob him,and the government robs him, when is he to catch up ? He is like the darkey in the song, who tried to ascend the stairs, and “as he went up one step he came down two.” Agitate, agitate; and, when the time comes, vote. THE 911LLERS. The millers laughed while the far mer’s cried. Now their turn has some. The railroads have raised the rate on flour so high that they contemplate shutting up their mills, and they howl pitifully. Wouldn't it be well, gentlemen, to join the clod-hoppers and the dema gogues and try to regulate railroad charges ? Wouldn t you like a little “communism” in yours? Hey? “It is ill supping with the devil with out a long spoon'” The railroad cor porations care no more for you than they do for the farmers, however much your vanity inclined you to think other wise. Your spoon isn’t long enough. You will yet learn that the interests of the despised men in buffalo coats and snow-packs is the interest of the whole people, and that none but fools doubt it. THE POOR RAILROADS. Our esteemed correspondent, Hon. Geo. C. Chamberlain, Master of the Northfield Council of Patrons of Hus bandry, informs us that on the 11th of November, their Council ordered three car loads of apples from Michigan to Northfield.for the use of their members. The charges on the transportation of those apples was five hundred and TWENTY-NINE DOLLARS AND NINETY-THREE CENTS! The poor railroads! And now these cruel millionaires of Grangers think that those helpless railroad corpora tions ought to be regulated. Is there no limit to the perversity of the human mind and the cruelty of the human heart ? A TEJIPEBANCE VIEW Of IX. Our old friend, Asa Hut.hin.son, —for whom we have always a warm corner in our heart, —spoke the other day at Rochester thus ; “Hia folks had defeated a Republican can iidate for Representative and elected a Dem oentt in his stead. He did not know as they had done quite right in this ; and yet it might be better to have a Democratic Legislature so that they could elect some clod-hopper of a fanner to the united States Senate, rather than either of the two prominent Republican candidates, neither of whom was entirely sound and reliable on the temperance question He was no Demo crat, atill he was rather dad that the Repub lican party had met with defeat. Now, Asa, is it fair to say that Gov. Ramsey » net “reliable on the tempe rance question ! ’ D#a t you know where to find hi m every tune ! A little darkey in the South was charged with stealing his master's on ions, and whipped for it repeatedly, de spite his prosestaiions of innocence. One day he rushed into the drawing room with a skunk in his arms. “Massa, massa,” he cried, “here s de tief what steal yer on runs —smell him bref.” If Asa Ramsey isn t reliable on the temperance question, then— “smell him href." Alt ITEH. The other day Dr. Murphy removed an immense tumor from W. H. H. H. Taylor, of Brooklyn, Hennepin county, and carried it to St. Paul. The neigh bors begged him to leave the tumor and take W. H. H- H. T. THE CANAVi TV CAKE SUPERIOR. . The Stillwater Monger (Republi can) has the following excellent edito rial in its last issue : The editor of the Fanners’ Union of Min neapolis, with commendaWe zeal but little discretion, is sending meroMFials _to every postoffice in Minnesota, soliciting signatures, petitioning Congress to aid in the improve ment ol tue Fox and Wisconsin rivers, malriiig a ship canal from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan by way of Green Bay. But there are better routes, nearer home, and it is the interest ol every Mmnesotiau not ts oppose the Fox and Wisoonsia route, tut to endeavor to secure the opening oi one or more canals tnrough our own State, if such projects are feasible. Bet wean the liaad waters of the St. Croix river and Lake Superior, but about twenty miles intervene. Several surveyors of this city have been over the proposed route and their testimony is that a (anal can be constructed at _ a som paratively trifling erpense, which will con nect the waters oi Lake St. Croix and tire Mississippi with Lake Superior. The eleva tion at the dividing ridge is inconsiderable, and free from rocks. This route would cause a saving of near 200 miles in the trans portation of Minnesota wheat, as compared with the Fox and Wisconsin route. A saving of millions of dollars to Minne sota in decreasing the cost of transporting wheat will not be the only benefit to be de rived by this State by the successful consummation of this project. Freights coming to this State will be pro portionally reduced Manufactories, which Minnesota needs as much as almost any taing else, will be built up in consequence. Iron ore can be brought over this canal at a very trifling cost. Coal suitable for smelt ing or tor use iu rolling mills, can be laid down in this city for /our dollars per ton, and even less when large quantities are ordered. Iron can then be manu factured in Minnesota as cheap as in Penn sylvania or Missouri. With the introduction of iron manuf actories, other manufacturing enterprises will follow, and instead of our people paying tribute to other States tor manufactured goods, it will be found that States east and south of Minnesota, and Ter ritories west of us, will send to us for articles now exclusively manufactured in the East ern States. Though Stillwater will be greatly benefit ted by the opening of the proposed route the benefit will be univeisal throughout the State. Every bushel of wheat raised in Minnesota can pass over this route at a small er cost, than by any other route that can be named. The manuiacturing interests of every town and city in the State will share alike in the benefits. Hon. W. H. C. Folsom, of Taylor’s Falls, is a candidate for the U. S. Sen ate, and is being quite prominently mentioned. Mr. Folsom is an old and influential resident of the St. Croix Talley and would serve the State with ability and integrity in the Senate. While nearly every portion of the State has been favored, the St. Croix Valley has never received any consider ation at the hands of politicians. The M. C.’s, Governor, and State officers generally have come from other localities, and though the St. Croix val ley contains a sufficient degree of talent it has never been recognized. We un derstand that the St. Croix valley will urge Mr. Folsom for Senator Ramsey’s successor, with a united front,and if the contest between Ramsey and Davis is thrown into open Legislature, as it will be if no caucus is held, the selection of Mr. Folsom is a very probable conting ency. He is an old settler and fully identified with the State and its interests He is both able and honest and withal a staunch Republican, so that in his se lection there would be no lowering of the party standard. — St. Paul Dis patch. ____________ THE UcIUUTH CASE Judge Hall Renders HtaDeddmui the Demurrer ta the Indictment. Our readers will recollect that a num ber of demurrers to the indictments found bv the last Grand Jury against Mr. Mcllrath, ex-State Auditor, were interposed by that gentleman’s counsel. On these demurrer’s Judge Hall yester day afternoon filed his decision. The demurrers to the indictments for a violation of the statutes in granting permits for the cutting of pine on the pine schoo aud» of the State were all overruled. The demurrer to the indictment for entering upon the duties of State Audi tor and not giving bonds, Ac., was sus tained. There were two indictments for en tering upon the duties of State Auditor without giving a b«rd. The demurrer to this was that the indictments were not filed in court within three years after the commission of the alleged of fense In reference to these indictments the judge quotes from various authori ties bearing on the subject, that mdict ments for murder may be found at any time after the death of the person killed and in all other cases indictment should be found and filed in the probate court within three rears after the commis sion of the offense. Tberfore, under the provisions of the statute, in connec tion with these views the prosecution is I barred as to those indictments. —Two men named Dranger and Myer have absconded from London, OnL,with about 8100,000 worth of jewelry, kid gloves, etc., for which they neglected to pay. They are supposed to have gone to New Orleans and L. S. ! officers are chasing them because they didn't pay customs dues enough at De troit. —The Japanese are preparing for a war with China with enthusiastic loy alty. The Mikado and members of the imperial family have renounced part of their incomes: numerous government employees have asked for a reduction of their salaries; scholars in national academies have requested that their al lowances be cut down; and the govern ment is overwhelmed with offers of money and soldiers. UNITED STATES SEHATORSHIP, •Father*. The St. Cloud Journal dees not share the apprehension of the S*. Paul postmaster relative to a Democrat being elected to the Senate if is de - termined in open Legislature instead of caucus. One thing is certain, there are. a great many Republicans —as true, loyal and long-serving Republicans as the- editor of the Press— who are op posed to a Legislative caaicus for tbw election of a United States Senator- They know what that caucus means. It means an up-stairs parlor, reached through winding and devious ways, where a big fat spider sits waiting to take-iwthe little Legislative flies. It means the use of the same means which in two previous caueusses, secured the nomination of the present' incumbent by a majority of one vote. The people are tired of this style of dark-lantern management, and are- not sufficiently impressed with the desirability of long third terms- or with the indispensable importance of any individual's- services to be willing: to perpetuate it- They demand that their Senators and Repre sentatives shall come oat in open Leg islature and vote for a United States Senator, that they may know whether the men whom-they have ohosen hon estly represent their wishes. They do not propose to give them the edict of a secret party caucus to shield them selves behind. Let the election be open and above board. Let it be done in the clear day-light, and let every man go on the record on his individual responsibility. The Chaska Valley Herald/ has un dertaken as difficult a task as-a search for the “Lost Arts.” It wants to find the “principles of Republicanism” and says: When one-third of the members of the Legislature elect a Senator or make laws, where are the principles of Re publicanism except as manifested in the party which has assumed the name of Republican. Instead of allowing the majority to decide those matters King Caucus-says; a majority of my party wiU do'ft. The Fergus Falls Journal says Messrs. Page and Nelson from the northern part of the State are Republi cans, but they were elected in the face of “the determined opposition of the party machinery, and that of Senator Ramsey’s appointees scattered through out this upper country, and the Saint Paul Press particularly.” The Journal thinks it safe to say that they wiU not be decoyed into a Ramsey caucus and declares further that “there are enough just such men elected! to the next Legislature to hold the bal ance of power.” RariM RmiueM at Duluth, tor IST*. The Duluth Minne»otian of the 28th ult. gives a detailed statement of the ma rine business of that port for 1874, and a comparison with former years, from which we extract the main points. The first boat to arrive at Duluth this sea son was the propeller City of Fremont from Portage May 13, and the last to depart for the lower lakes, the Prop. St. Paul, Saturday,. Nov. 28th.. The number of arrivals during the season were: American vessels from American ports —Steamers 48, propellers 136 and 46 sailing vessels, with a total tonnage of 122,812 and 4,262 men. Foreign vessels from foreign ports: Steamers 36 and 17 Propellers, with a tonnage of 27,080 and 1784 men. American vessels from foreign porta : Steamers 2 and 3 sailing vessels with a tonnage of 441 and 32 men. A total of 288 arrivals with a ton nage of 150,333 and 6,078 men. Last year the arrivals were 281 with a ton nage of 150,567. and 5,522 men. The customs collections for tho sea son amounted to 8500.07 against 85,- 507.50 in 1873 and 8253,088.78 in 1872. Personal. Hon. W. G. Ward, the able and in defatigable Senator from Waseca the past two years, is in the city. SneiCea Stand U. [From the New York Sun.] The Wasington Capital makes the following allegations respecting Presi dent Grant: The President assisted in a private box at Toole’s performance last Thursday night, and the opinion prevailed among the disin terested o? the orchestra chairs that, judging from appearances, he would not be troubled with the third term His Excellency, we are pained to write, is not in the beet of health, and, although pomeaning an iron, constitution, if aot more caretul of himself, he will not he about much longer to troi \- ble the politiciane. Of late wc learn tf<ai he has been extreme!y careless of hie health. This means in plain language, t hat the President was conspicuously drank at the theatre, and has of late been frequently seen in that condition, and we dare say it is true. But the idea that his health is undermined by such practices is a great mistake. He is a man of extraordinary strength and en durance, and although be is in. danger of becoming a confirmed drunkard again, as he was when he w'es obliged to resign from the army iu California in 1854, there is no probability that his life will be seriously abbreviated by that cause. Such is the quality of his nervous system that be, can get drank pretty often and como fresher out of it thsp any other man, and so it will prob ably be to the end.