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.4 stroii" Indictment oS Worthy
blaster Parsons.
Editor Anti-Monopolist:
.lust at this time when a body is
about to assemble that by its selection
of offi M rs will determine the success or
failure of the Order in the State, I
would like to indulge in a little plain
talk on the subject.
A State Master is, to a great extent,
responsible for the condition of the Or
der in his jurisdiction. lie organizes
Granges, and should see that they arc
correctly started. He appoints Depu
ties, and should e lect the right men.
He interprets law, and should have the
ability to do it correctly, and the in
tegrity to do it without prejudice. The
government of the Granges is in his
hands, end should be administered with
equal is. ti to all. In short he should
he an upright, fearless, able man, with
the ability to rightly interpret the
lav, tie fidelity to willingly eb y it,
and tb backbone to manfully enforce
Our present Master is so manifestly
lacking in these qualifications that I
should take it for granted he would
pas.-, oil' the stage and out of notice at
the expiration of his term ; had 1 not
just learned from a private but reliable
source, that he is a candidate for re
election. This of course gives us the
privilege, which we might not otherwise
have, of speaking freely of his official
blun L vs end malfeasance, in order that
the calamity ol his re-election may be
Lest i should he thought guilty of
trying to injure him. by making reck
less charges in a general way, I will
cite a few cases showing the utter ah
sence of that ability, stability, and re:-
titude which should characterize a man
in his position.
Ist. In organizing a Grange in this
vicinity, after swearing the initiates to
uphold and obey the law, he told them
how they could evade it as oth rs did.
2<l. Ho afterwards published a man
ifesto, saying that any failure to obey
the law in that sumo respect would be
visited with severe penalties.
3d. Still later when the same law
was being so commonly and flagrantly
violated as to cause the publication of
a letter from the National Master say
ing it was his duty on learning of such
case, to apply the proper corrective, he
boastingiy proclaimed that he had done
so m the past and should do so in the
future, when the truth is he had not
then and has not yet done anything of
the kind ; but, on the contrary, had
given express permission to violate the
same law, and had told at least one
Grange, in writing, how to do it.
4th. On being told that that Grange
was still working on his suggestion and
with his treasonable permission, he
said that on being “officially” notified,
he would “apply the proper corrective.”
And on being “officially” notified he
responded that a formal charge with
specification .was necessary; and that
when received he would lay it b t'ore
th fdr rulii" Commitl, • ' So much
for the degree fee question.
Again certain members of a certain
Grange that he organized, acting under
his advice, rejected a certain candidate.
The candidate immediately applied to
another Grange and was accepted and
initiated, whereupon he ruled that he
was not eligible to membership. He
subsequently ruled that the same man
jr, ■ a Patron and could not be expelled
op those grounds. The National Mas
ter then ruled that he was
»<•' a Patron and directed the
Mate Treasurer to see that he was
pU tsi outside the gales ; but instead of
doing so he told the offending Grange
how t. i'- ido the order and retain the
member by getting consent, which he
had already said in writing it would be
••inconsistent and ausurd for another
Gran ge to gr. f.
lie help to elect, and accepted the
cburiuiusbip f a lobbying committee,
in d.rect Tiolvt.on of th- expressed will
the P *o-.s ,n the 1 .c. ,uUJNtasgjfeb
v>. is. for u.iUkMMMH
lies-. ■■.■;>» cut c-f in > _* -4M»P*y{
* - ' • *
the P
- :e r s. for
lies.-. '•
:'t Out cf L.
fi. ,t he had met w:
“ speak to tiie diilciren. of Israel tliat Tliey Go Forward."
islature but once, and then the subject
of legislation was not mentioned!
He helped to elect the committee to
investigate the Farmers’ Insurance
Company, and aftewaris styled them
“self-appointed and without authority,”
and when his ridiculous position was
shown to him, he could only confess
that he was a tool in the hands of his
associates and had authorized his sig
nature to be appended to anything thej r
might choose to say and publish to the
lie united with the Executive Com
mittee in issuing an order to the Mas
ters to cut -down the representation to
the State Grange —the very thing,
which the State Grange, at its last ses
sion, decidedly refused to do —but it
would have made it easier for the Mas
ter and Committee to secure a re-elec
tion ; and when he saw the storm of in
dignation which the order aroused, and
the expressions of contempt it drew
forth, both for the Master and the Com
mittee, he submissively said it was only
a recommendation, and of course any
Master could go if he wanted to, the ef
fect of which will he to create confusion
throughout the State, giving those coun
ties that arc hold and manful enough
to hurl the order hack in their faces,
five timer, as many representatives as
those that quietly submit to such an
He rose in the State Grange and him
self nominated the men he wanted
elected on the Executive Committee.
They were nil elected, and owe the
honor of their positions to him.
In his last address to the State
Grange he took the responsibility of
saying he hoped no change would be
made either in the plan of the Purchas
ing Agency or the man to carry it out
—a piece of electioneering which, to say
the least, was very unbecoming in a man
in his position; and both he and his .
Executive Committee have ever since i
whitewashed and bolstered up, at the
expense of the Order, a man who has
accomplished nothing but to bring the
Agency, and with it the Order, into
ridicule and contempt by his ignorance
of inen, business and manners; his
illiterate expressions and his intemper
ate abuse of all wiio do not worship at
his shrine.
All those charges and many others
are susceptible of proof, which will be
produced at the State Grange if any of
the accused will take the trouble to ask
for it.
j Masters, have wc not had this state j
af things long enough ? 1 pray you, bli
the sake of the Order, to rise up and
1 free yourselves and u.-, from the burden
<>f a Iling which has demonstrated no
ability or disposition to further the in- !
t tcrests of the Order, but only »o keep j
themselves in power, and u-e that
power lor selfi->h purposes. Let every 1
Master in the State be at Mankato uii
the loth, prepared to claim his rights
and discharge his duties fearlessly and
without favor. Satisfy your own con
-1 consciences and you will earn the ap
proval of the Order. rAribai ir.
t’anionS Uv-clection a (Utlmuil) in
llio Order— A Kcligiou* View of It.
Gi.kncoe, Mirm., Dec. 4. L-74.
Kditor Anti Mono{>olL't:
j Dear Sir: 1 read an article in votir
i paper of the 2d inst. in regard to our
present Master cf the State Grange,
Mr. Parsons.
A man that woubt use such language
as Mr. Parsons did. when he said lie
j would vote for Belzebub if he was a
1 Republican, rather than the Savior »f
j Man if he belonged to the opposite par
ty. is not a fit mar. to hold the office of
‘ State Master, and if retained there he
' will prove a groat hindrance to the
1 cause. May we be able to elect a man
that wili work for the interest-; of the
| people.
The Grangers in this vicinity are in
good spirits and hopeful of better t ; mo.
j Yours. A Christian Patron.
V II «nt ,tdt kc la Gntucero.
li liter Ar.ti-Mouopoiist:
The members of this Order of p. of
11. have a right fo presume that the ■
i < fficcrs of the National Granc • will n--t l
for the best interests cf the Order. ,
.Just so th-‘ people of the nat >a have
expect th; t the President ~
MHtjqSfeg! govern :ne nt tin ers i. i act;
Ht* r s?ts-f the natt-m. A !
-unt of mo*:ey in ih- Nation »1 ;
|HHH Tre .s.r . . :,.y o
Myifeba: mtt ■ s', rf -.p t r:.r The ;
$ art a : t-vq. ti. cs i.e |
members, and should be reduced at
least one-half.
1 hope every sub-Grange will pass
resolutions in regaid to this matter.
Yours, G. Jackins.
Z. T. Xewsham, of Viola Grange,
Olmsted county, the other day pre
sented the following for the considera
tion of the Grange:
The Raisin, Mich., Grange, one of the
largest of Lenawee county, recently adopted
the following recommendations of a commit
tee which had lieen appointed to consider
the subject of errors and abuses in the Order
of Patrons of Husbandry which need re
forming :
1. That any fourth degree member in good
standing, shall be eligible to any position in
the Order.
2 That the Stale Granges shall be com
posed ot representatives elected by subordi -
nate Granges.
3. That the National Grange shall be
composed of at least two representatives
elected by the State Granges.
4. That the dispensation fee be reduced
trom sls to io, arid that the fund in the Na
tional Grunge be returned to the State
Granges, pro rata, except what is needed to
defray necessary expenses.
5. "'(’bat all"degrees aliove the fourth de
gree be aliolished.
(J. That tiie annual ice from each member
be reduced to five cents.
7. That each subordinate Grange be al
lowed to regulate their own admission lee.
, 8. That the representatives receive no pay
except actual expenses.
9. That dues to the State Grange from
| members be reduced to twenty-live cents for
I males and ten cents tor females.
10. That we submit for the careful oon
.sideration of Patrons throughout the country
the above prepared amendment.
Most of these recommendations art.-
good. We need more practical results
and less flummery. The initiation fees
are now too large. No man should be
debarred from joining in these hard
times by an excessive fee. We do not
need a select, aristocratic circle, but a
great organization embracing all agri
cm KT.
[Special Dispatch to the Chicago Tribuue.]
Washington, D. C., Dee. I.—There are
now pending in the Supreme Court of tiie
United States, three cists known as the
Granger cases. These suits were In ought to
test Ute right of State Legislatures to enact
restrictive legislation with respect to rail
road monopolies. The case which conies up
from Minnesota, which is considered as one
of the ue st important, will, it is expected,
lie argued earlv in February. William M.
Evartsand E. \V. Stoughton, of New York,
wlli represent the railroad.-, in all these
w ho, on th.- part of the people, will
meet these great lawyers, Evarts and
Stoughton? Will Gov. Davis sec that
the great issue is not decided upon a
“put up job;” with the people, who arc
the stake played for, unrepresented ?
Tf we understand it right, the first
ease is one wherein Charles Mcllrath is
defendant, as Receiver of the S. M. R.
Itofcoliitioiik of the Fit rilmu It Count)
Kd Anti-M >nopo!ist:
At a meeting of the above Council,
held at 1 >luc Earth City to day, the
following resolutions were unanimously
adopted and ordered published in your
Resolved, That in attempting to cut
down the representation to the State
Grange, the State Master and Executive
Committee not only transcended their
authority, but as in other eases, delib
erately violated the known will of the
body that created them bv such action,
W c regard their course highly cen'ura
ble. and their motives at !ea>t question
Resale iL That we ro'etiimuml the
Masters of the State to disregard the
order of the* Committee, and urge upon
them the importance of being present
at the State Grange, and of putting
forth their utmost endeavors to break
the ring that seems to surround the
head of our State affairs by electing
other, abler and more faithful oificer
Respectfully and Fraternally Yours,
11. E. Mayuew, Se.;*y.
Del a van. Dec. 1, I>*74.
{We opine that the whole blame,
when traced out. will be found to rest
on that tricky gentleman. Mister Per
sons.— Em A. M.j
The littery H»i—t Cood Idr&.
{Emm the HoosH* Patron, ImJ )
In our Grange we introduced the.
“Vuery Box” at the last meeting.
Some very important questions were,
written on a slip of paper and when th -
Secretary passed the box they -w;r
dropj* d into it. and one at a time wu.
rcai by him and discussed by any m m
b r who could give any exp ritnee or
any nrw idea on the subject. An h* r
ard a half was spent ir. a must instr .
t - and rat renting manner.
7’? s£ato salooi-s are being : ns
rlice* cf re ig’onsworsh p. A nmil
cf r.arlic-d power j-oc.-r.-g.
I ounril.
Just as we go to press we see, in the
Pioneer, Master Parsons" denial, that
he said “he would vote for the devil if
he ran on the Republican ticket—
but he admits that he said that “he
would not vote for an angel from heaven
if he ran on the Democratic ticket."
This is a distinction with very little
difference —for the devil is simply a
fallen angel.
We reiterate, —that he said “he would
not vote for Jesus Chiist if he
was nominated on the L>em
ocratic ticket,” and we would
refer him to any of the leading Repub
licans of Winona county who heard
his speech. If he produces one witness
who supports his statement, we will call
upon the stand a gentleman whose tes
timony will be received as unassailable
by the whole State.
Some Wise Reflections.
As a rule, the price of agricultural
products in Europe determines the price
in America. Hitherto the cost of labor
here has been double and treble what it
was ir, Europe. Our products had to
compete with the products of this cheap
labor, and pay freights orer long dis
tances into the bargain. We have been
able to compete, because we Hved eco
nomically and worked hard, and because
our land was cheap and comparatively
rich in what l have called “natural
manure.” Wo have grown cheap wheat
and corn on our new land, because we
nave to pay no “rent,” and because
every bushel of wheat we have grown
has found an amount of manure in the
soii. which would have cost the English
farmer at least 50 cents. We are
now getting less and less of this natural
manure. We find an increasing neces
sity for furnishing manure to our land.
We should now find it a hard matter to
compete with the English and European
farmers, if they could get labor at the
old rates. But fortunately for us, and
fortunately, as I think, for them and all
concerned, labor is now nearly or quite
as high there as here. This places
American fanners on a far better foot
ing than ever before. Owning instead
of renting our land, with a favorable
climate, a rapidly increasing population,
improved implements, and comparative
ly intelligent and skilled labor, we have
good reason to take courage and push
ahead with our improvements.— New
York Am ytcan Agriculturist.
i ,
State Taxes.
The Pontiac Free Trader suggests
that the Legislature at its next sitting
provide some different method of taxa
tion, so that the seller and producer
both do not pay taxes on the same
property. Why not have the people of
Illinois try the Pennsylvania system
and relieve real estate from taxation
altogether! They have tried it in
Pennsylvania for some years, and it has
worked most satisfactorily. It takes
the taxes front real estate, which has
paid twice its share, and places them on
the property and classes where they be
long. Think of it. good friends.
And. upr-n the same important ques
tion,we find the following in the Indus
trial Pr s$ cf Galena, 111.:
Our attention has been called to a
paper purporting to be a classified state
ment showing the receipts at the State
Treasury of Pennsylvania from the
st veral sources of revenue during the
fiscal year ending November 20th,
ls7-‘k from which it appears that 54.-
7c7,352. L s is derived Irom the different
clashes of tax on corporations. Sl.Vld,-
127.07. from miscellaneous taxes, which
include licenses, privilege taxes. a
well as direct tax on pcrsonal property.
These with collections on outstanding
indebtedness, foot up for that year
57,077.073.40, no tax on real estate
being included in the stat ment.
From this it will be seen that farmers
in Penn>yh nnia have an equal showing
with other classes in the rate <f taxa
tion. and further that Corporation-; pay
nearly two thirds of all the revenue
and more than two-third' of the tax
collected: while little over half a mil
lion dollars or about one thirteenth of
the revenue is from direct taxation of
personal property, the farmer-’ pay mg
their properti- nate share of thaf. in
stead of paving n a rly three-fourths of
the taxes a- in this Mate. This is a
strong argon..-nt in favor of abolishing
the land ta: and raising the revenue n
the basis adopted in Pennsylvania. We
knew there arc difficulties ;n the way
of finiing a purely equitable basis, out
surely our present basis is most inequit
able and unjust.
Austin & Worden's flouring mill at
Minnesota Fails was stopped one day
last week bv a gorge of fish, in the
lltiro .• leading to the wheeL The ag
gregate weig :of fi'h removed before
the rdM could be started was estima
ted a* f- nr to:.'.
th.:.n raisin? wheat it 70 cent,
n- r b.i.-'h“i wa- on. c r i.e-stm? exp *-
rt-mce of Mbch • 1 Ryan id Meckt
-x i,nt. ID -pee red mr-- otter ana
■■-"licht oae r.a.’c -x-i tv retf-ire musk
rats :a ha trap*.
f§fm’M ff-epfis.
St. Paul Wholesale ITlarlcets, Bee. 9.
Wheat nominally 75 to 78c
Corn scarce, in active demand, aud
firm at 60 to 65c on track, and 65 to
70c in store.
Oats in active request and firm ; 49
to 51c on track, and 50 to 53c in store.
Ground feed firm at S2B to S3O per
ton. Shorts sl4 to $lB. Bran on
track sl2 to sl3; in store sl3 to sl4.
Flour active at $4.50 to $5.00 for
xxxx; $4.00 to $4.25 for xxx; $2.50 to
$3.00 for xx. Rye flour $2.75 to $3.00
per sack. Buckwheat 4to 5c per
pound. Corn meal $2.00 to $2.25.
Pork in good demand and firm at S2O
to s2l. Hams 13 to 14c. Lard 13 to
15c. Bacon 14 to 14 1 2:.
Apples $2.50 to $3.00
Pure apple cider SB.OO to $9.00 per
Cranberries $2.50 to $3.25.
Butter is in good supply and dull;
25 to 28c for choice table ; 18 to 20c for
inferior grades.
Fresh eggs in active request at 23 to
Beans $1.50 to $2.00. Peas $2.00 to
A better feeling is noted for dressed
fowl. Clean dressed, fresh chickens
now command from 7 to 8c anil turkeys
from Bto 10c. Geese and ducks are in
active request at 7 to Bc.
Venison is in active demand at 10 to
11c. While on this point it is well to
remark that the time for killing expires
on the 15tli inst., and that all stocks in
hand of dealers must be closed out by
the Ist of January.
Pork is arriving a little more freely,
though the offerings are still below the
wants of packers and shippers. Prices
o-day also show a slight advance,
packers paying $6.75 to $6.90, with the
market closing firu’.
An improvement is noted in the mar
ket for dressed beef. Nearly all old
stock in the hands of dealers has been
closed out. ami new offerings find a
ready market at 3 1-2 to 4 l-2c with an
upward tendency.
Dressed mutton 6 to 70.
Green frozen hides firm at 8c ; dry
flint 17 to 18c.
i.ondou and Paris Muiiciary Be-
Loa'ooa. Doc. 9.—The rate of discount in
ojion muiKet tor three months Dills- is s},
jjer oent, being }, below the Bank ot Eng
latid rate. Erie Railway shares 24 y, <<*-24 %.
Paris. Dee. 9.— Rente- 02 irancs, 70 een
Chicafto Produce Board. Dec. 9.
9:2.7 a. M.— Wheat heavy lor Jan
9:60 a. m. --Wheat steady at for Jan
uary and 90,\c tor February. Corn dull; ot
,vrt-d at 76 -, i for December. Oats nominally
64c lor January.
1u:!0a. m.~ Wheat quiet at 89 Jfc for Jan
uary and 91-/.91 % <■ for February.
H>:o.6 a. m.—C. m dull at 75J* c lor Deecm
i* r and 7- *, c 6 ■ .May. <ULi dull at 6 1., c
t-a.li or 1) -i rmly r; 0! lor January. Whis
ky quiet; nominally 97c.
*ll a. m. —Car lota—Wheat 108; Corn 72;
Oats 15 ; iiye none ; Barley 24.
11:16 a. m.—Wheat steady and moderately
active at 90c 1 r January and 11 .‘fVd * c for
February ; S9g e bid tor car lots.
11:35 X ii.—Corn quiet and steady at 75 gc
for ltecenn* r ; 72 \ .{73e lor May ; new .No.
2. 67c pjjot. oit*-r*-d at •>> lor January. Cats
dull and easier at 55 J,c cash. De.-eir.tx-r or
January. Kye dull, nominally 94c.
11:46 A. ii—PorK irregular, but tinner
and aruve at r19.9065fa0 for February;
520 20 lor March, and 5i9.3-1 -• udi ; s aie.-
about 16, <1(0. Gird steadier and lairly active
at 13.1 C: for February; 13,* c for March, and
12.55-* for December. Meats dull; and
pi kiei ham* at 11 oil green hand sold
at lOr. 14llis-. average: drv salted loose
shoulders noirJr ally b-,c; s&ort ribs Oxf'l
12 x.— Flour dull and unchanged ; ship
ping extra.- *4 ‘-6 >t* 4.50. Barley irr'-gniar
and dni! at Z: 25*;$i 26 for January ; oirered
at $1.25 lor <a.-di Choke California sold at
il .46 Wi-i .ky quiet at 97c. Bran quiet at
sit 16.25 Itf-o ipto ol hogs, 2,925; sah-s
moderate; more on hand than wanted;
about 45,009 on'.'i!e ; sal' s at f for
- tiippers to extra choice light; paefc'-ra hu_v -
.'ig at tb 6' *V7 ; shippers paying f7f*f17.40
:or choice heavy lot-.
12.4.5 p. ii.—Com dull and weak at 74 er
ror December, and 72 v for May ; atw N .
2 66gc cash, and 67 ye ie- Jan tary. Oat
«iuli at &3*>*/53\c c--L or December, and
53 fcc lor January. Whisky steady with lair
demand ; sales at 97c g n-:.
12:55 p x.— Ail nil' freights archange i.
Rye quiet .ind firm at 9? {94 r. Barley dull
a; *1.25 or Decern ler. an-1 f! 1 26 v
for January.
1:20 r x —Wheat inn at 96i*c for Jau
uarv. Corn duii at 74 \ df7so i>r Deoemlx-r
aixf 72k--for May. Pork at*-idy atsit».S->t
5i9.90 for February L.ri 3riner 13 29
or Fei.ru.iry.
ored i.i- mbrr of order of Odd Fel
low?, by whom the funeral serv:e f.
liltranker Proiace Hour;!. Dtf. U. .'i,, h « ur ; f : ; *- < ■
iU A. K ■!. i lit ‘ ‘i f I)*' f*o ~j? fr , -*'
bard; 91*c lor No. 1 : vfcr r N<«. 2; *~;J
:-t-or Ji: *av /*--•- ~ ' Ihb lhratoa~ ,f ie
; - - • -■
„?:4£ l. m- AJ c'.osfc af *Ja s-.ra *-j _ia n'.
! board wheat is irregular; No. 1 at 91 ?;c; i.o.
2 BSk'c; December 88 January 89 Jfc.
*.12:20 P. M.— Wheat unsettled at 93 % u tor
hard, 92c for No. 1, v? He for No. 2 cash and
December, 89lor January ana 9le lor
February. Bariev $1.28 cash and $1.29 (or
1 January 'and firm. Live hogs [email protected] Me; ex
-1 tra 6c;"dressed hogs i>-i (?»jt)*ic.
1 P „ —Wheat unsettled at 93 ?;c lor hard,
! 92c for No. 1, 83?„c for No. 2 cash and De
j cember, S 9 c lor January and 91 a c lor r efc
Xew Vorli Produce Board. Dec. If.
2 p. m —Flour dull at $4.90(5 s? 5.1(). Wheat
steady; held without business at 81.16®
$1.16 for Milwaukee. Corn, eld, 93c in store
and 95c ailoat. Oats 69Kc bid.
A Man Enters tlie House of Another
and,'Without a Word, Proceeds to
Kill Iliui.
Chicago, Dec. 9. —The Evening'
Journal's Quincy, 111., special, says :
This morning John Joyce en
tered the saloon of James
McGuire and without a word, began a
murderous assault upon him with a
knife, inflictiug several wounds, from
one of which, in the left arm, McGuire
bled to death. The only reason given
by the murderer is that McGuire some
time ago accused him of being a bank
The Pioneer regret.- the opposition mani
fested in the Chamber ot Commerce to the
completion of the Fox and Wisconsin water
improvement. The scheme is entirely prac
ticable.— Pioneer thin morning.
Of course Bill King and Bill Windom’s
newsnaper "regrets opposition. It
always will "regret" opposition to a
steal*. The statement however, that
the scheme is “entirely practicable is
wholly untrue. One of the most
competent civil engineers in
the Northwest called at the
Dispatch office yesterday to say that
he had made a personal examination of
the proposed route, and that it was ut
terly impracticable to convert those
streams into a highway. The streams
are exceedingly crooked, variable in
width, with almost an innumerable sup
ply of shifting sand-bars. Freshets
swell the streams to unmanageable pro
portions, and drouths render them use
less. This gentleman declares that it
will require from ten to llfteen million
dollars to carry out the projected im
provement, and that it will then be
worthless. — St. Dispatch.
i'arming Income*.
A farmer's income to be sure, sub
stantial, ami satisfactory, must be very
largely in other things than money.
An improved home, richer land, more
convenient buildings, and more care
fully bred and reared stock —these ar>
within his reach without the outlay
much ready money. Home and
the capabilities of the farm, <vill supply
them if properly directly, and if pa
tiently waited for, without the hiring
or buying of outside helps. The ten
dency to measure prosperity by the
amount of money that a farmer has in
outside investments, or that he is able
to spend for his pleasure, is giving a
wrong tendency to our whole system.
Fanners can not hope to compete in
this respect with merchants and manu
facturers, whose business is much more
speculative and full of risks, and who
too often give a fictitious evidence of
wealth, by spending the money which
they hope to earn, and which is not sel
dom lost by farmers and other produc
ers who have trusted them.- American
.% Sad Tragedy at Winona.
An unfortunate affair, that culmi
nated iu the death of Mathew’ Hamil
ton, a respectable citizen of Winona for
the past ten years, occurred Tuesday
night. Hamilton was the night-watch
and special policeman at the depot of
the W mona and Ht. Peter road. About
12 o’clock Tuesday night he went into
the waiting room at the depot, where
he found an intoxicated Polander asleep
on one of the seats. Hamilton aroused
the stupefied rnan, and after a time, thc-
Polander refusing to leave, he called
officer Miller and a German in the bag
gage room to assist in putting him out.
In the melee the Polander seized Ham
ilton by the throat, in which position
they fell jpon the platform. The Po
lander retimed his hold upon Hamil
ton's throat, until ollicer Miller was
forced to u-e his club. When released,
Hamilton raised upon his feet and said:
“I’m gone. Miller ; 1 can't do any more
to help you; get me home if you can.
I'm dying,’’ and commenced spitting
blood. He was at once conveyed to
his home, and while attendants were
fixing pillows under his head he died.
Mr. Hamilton had been affected for
■orae time with heart disease, and the
testimony before the coroner's inquevt
sustains the belief that this was the
real eau«e ofl.i-> death, aggravated and
hastened by his over exerting- himself
in the scuffle. Hamilton wss an hor.-

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