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Measure approveo by wilson
>*nalty for Restraint of Commerce,
Unfair Business and Interlocking
Directorate* Ample Provision*
Made for JCrade Commission.
Washington. Jan 23.—The adminis
tration's trust bills, embodying the
program laid down by the president in
his recnt message, have been present
ed to congress.
I he bills hav& received the approval
of Mr. Wilson and the Democratic
leaders of both houses of congress.
With little modification they will be
enacted into U.w. Their purposes are:
1- Definition of unlawful monop
oly or restraints of trade.
2. Prohibition of unfair trade
3. Creation of an interstate
trade commission.
4. Regulation of corporation dl
dectorates and prohibition of in
terlocking directorates.
Unlawful Monopoly Defined.
Unlawful monopoly is defined as
any combination or agreement be
tween corporations, firms, or persons
destgaed for the following purposes:
1. To create or carry out re
strictions in trade or to acquire a
monopoly in any interstate trade,
business, or commerce.
2. To limit or reduce the pro
duction or increase the price of
merchandise or of any commodity.
3. To prevent competition in
manufacturing, making, transport
ing, selling, or purchasing of mer
chandise produce, or any com
4. To make any agreement, en
teu into any arrangement, or ar
rive at any understanding by
which they, directly or indirectly,
undertake to prevent a free anil
unrestricted competition among
themselves or among any pur
chasers or consumers in the sale,
production, or transportation of
any product, ertlcle, or comntod
The penalty for violation of the law
is fired at not more than $5,000 or im
prisonment for one year or both.
Guilt is made personal through a
section that whenever a corporation
shall be guilty of the violu.ion of the
law the offense shall be deemed to
cover the Individual directors, officers,
and agents of such corporation, as
authorizing, ordering, or doing the
prohibited acts, and they shall be pun
ished as prescribed above.
A paragraph prohibiting holding
companies is to be added to this meas
Covers Unfair Trade Practices.
The bill forbidding unfair trade
practices declares that to discriminate
in price, between different purchasers
of commodities, with the purpose or
intent to injure or destroy a competi
tor. either of the purchaser or of the
seller, shall be deemed an attempt to
monopolize interstate commerce.
It is specifically declared that the
law is not intended to prevent dis
crimination in price between purchas
ers of commodities "on account of
difference in the grade, quality, or
quantity of the commodity sold, or
ithat makes only due allowance for
difference in the cost of transporta
Further, it Is prescribed that noth
ing contained in the act shall prevent
persons from selecting their own cus
tomers, “but this provision shall not
authorize the owner or operator of
any mine engaged in selling its prod
uct in interstate or foreign commerce
to refuse arbitrarily to sell the same
to a responsible person, firm, or cor
poration, who applies to purchase."
An attempt at mouopolv also is de
clared to exist for any person to make
a sale of goods, wares, or merchandise
or fix a price charged therefor, or dis
count from or rebate upon such price,
ou the condition or understanding
that the purchaser thereof shall not
deal in the goods, wares, or merchan
dise of a competitor or competitors of
the seller.
Deale With Damage Suits.
A judgment against any defendant
in a suit brought under the anti trust
law the bill provides shall constitute
as against such defendant conclusive
evidence of the same facts and be
conclusive as to the same issues of
law in favor of any other party in any
other proceeding brought under and
involving the provisions of the law.
For the benefit of parties injured in
their business or property, by any per
son or corporation found guilty of vio
lating tit law the statute of limita
tions applicable to such cases shall be
Injunctive relief is accorded against
threatened loss or damage by a viola
tion of the act under the same condi
tions and principles that injunctive re
lief against threatened conduct which
will cause loss or damage is granted
by courts of equity.
It. is required that a proper bond
shall be executed against damages for
an injunction iinprovidentty granted,
and it must be showu that the danger
of irreparable loss or damage is im
Hits Interlocking Directorates.
Concerning directorates, the bill on
that subject, which is to become ef-
Their Difference.
‘Women don't understand men.
They are always sympathising with
you or praising you. They think that
is what men like, but it only means
.hat it is what they would lik*. Men
like to be left alone." A. C. Benson.
Reason He Jokes.
When a man jokes about his wife
being jealous you may depend upon It
his wite has not a jealous boue in her
body. Men with jealous wives do not
joke about it.—Atchison Globe.
Nature's Wisdom in the Flower.
The candy factory in the heart of a
flower is te attract the bees and but
terflies. which come with the pollen
of other flowers upon their hair and
leave it sticking to the pistil, whence
it goes down to fertilize the waiting
All Faiths Sincere.
No one can understand those of an
other faith who does not start with the
conviction that they are as true of
heart, as desirous for good, as sineer*
In conviction as he is himself
fective two years from date of ap
proval of the act. provides:
“No person engaged as an iati virt
ual or as a member of a partnership
or as a director or other officer of a
corporation in the business of selling
railroad cais or locomotives, or rail
road rails or structural steel, or min
ing or selling coal, or conducting: a
bank or trust company, shall act as a
director or other officer or employe of
any railroad or other public service
corporation w'hi -h conducts an lr ter
state business.
‘ No person shad at the same time
be a director or otner officer or em
ploye in two or more federal reserve
banks, national banks, or banking as
sociations. or other banks or trust
companies which are members of any
reserve bank; and a private barker
and a person who is a director in any
state bank or trust company not oper
ating under the provisions of the re
cent currency law shall not be eligible
tc serve as a director in any bank or
banking association or trust company
operating under the provisions of the
Violation of these sections is made
punishable by a fine of SIOO a day or
by imprisonment not exceeding ;>ne
year, o- both
I? any two or more corporations
have common director or directors,
the fact shall be conclusive evidence
that, there exists a real competition
between such corporation and such
elimination of competition shall be
construed as a restraint of interstate
trade and be treated accordingly.
The trade commission bill provides
for commission of five members, with
the commissioner of corporations as
chairman, and transfers all the ex st
ing powers of the bureau of corpora
tions to the commission.
The principal and most important
duty the commission besides conduct
ing investigations will be to aid the
courts when requested in the forma
tion of decrees of dissolution.
With this in view, the bill empow
ers he court to refer any part of pend
ing litigation to the commission, in
cluding the proposed decree, Tor her
niation and advice.
Much Criticism for Bills.
The trust bills as framed will be
the subject of sharp criticism on the
part of progressives of all parties who
claim they do not go far enough. It
will be declared that the definition of
monopoly remains inadequate that (he
prohibition of unfair trade practice
does not cover this evil in our econ
omic life that interlocking stock con
trol is not covered and that the pow
ers of the proposed trade commission
are insufficient.
It is interesting to note that ihe
proposal io place the burden of proof
upon a combination believed to be vio
lating the law has been omitted. So
attempt is made to prevent or destroy
monopoly based on patents. The great
est difficulty exerienced In the effect
ive enforcement of the law has been
found to be in the unwillingness of
the courts to impose jail penalty. It
remains optional under the proposed
measures wiht the courts to fine or
Trade Board May Disappoint.
In connection with the trade com
mission President Wilson declared ii
his message that the country ‘‘de
mands such a commission only a an
indispensable instrument of informa
tion and publicity as a clearing house
for the facts by which both the p ib
lic mind and the managers of great
business undertakings should be
The hill prescribes that the cQiniris
sion arts are to constitute a "public
record” but the body is authorized
to make public the information "in
such form and to such extent as may
be necessary” or “by direction of the
attorney general.”
It Is apparent that the public mind
canuoi be guided unless it lias the
facts, and then it will not get unless
the commisston or the attorney gen
eral deems it politic.
In other words, public hearings will
not be held as they are held by the
Interstate commerce commission.
Settlement of Difference*.
The most important feature of the
bill is that whicli legalizes the pol cy
of the administration of terminating
an unlawful condition by agreement
between the combination attacked and
the attorney general.
This feature Is comprehended uniter
a section which requires the cotnn is
sion, upon the request of the attorrev
general or any corporation affected,
to investigate whether a combination
is violating the law. In case the cem
mission should find the violation to
exist it must report to the attorrev
general a statement of the objection
able acts and transactions and the
readjustments necessary for tbe of
fending combination to conform to
the law.
These conclusions are to be "ad
vlsory to the attorney general in ter
minating by agreement with the cor
poration affected or by suing the s.tid
unlawful conduct or condition."
In other words, whatever may be
the agreement made by the attorney
general with the combination investi
gated. it will give the reorganized
combination legal standing, so long as
it conforms to the term of the agree
Thus it is proposed to place by law
a tremendous power in the hands of
the attorney general. This power lias
been assumed to attorneys general,
and particularly so by Mr. Mcßey
Will Give Courts Advice.
In a statement accompanying he
bill made by Congressman ClaytJn.
chairman of the house judiciary com
mittee. it is said that the principal
and most important duty of the com
mission, besides conducting investiga
tions. will be to aid the courts, when
requested, in the formation of decrees
of dissolution
Shark Easily Scared.
The fiercest shark w ill get out of
the sea-way in a very great hurry if
the swimmer, noticing its approach,
sets up a noisy splashing A shark is
in deadly fear of any sort of liv:ng
thing that splashes in the water.
Danger in Piano Study.
A medical expert contends that jut
of 1.000 girls studying the piano be
fore the age of twelve, about six hun
dred are afflicted with nervous trou
bles in later life.
“Safety Pin” Long Known.
Pins fashioned almost exactly like
those of the sort known today as “safe
ty pins" have been found in Etruscan
and Roman tombs, and the date of
these has in some instances, been as
signed to a period prior to the Christi
an era.
True Judgment of Action.
Good impulses and good inttntiyr.-
do not make action right or safe. In
the long run, aeubn Is tested not by
its motives but bv its results.—David
Starr Jordan.
GOVERNMENT is not entering
Attorney General Wants It Understood
That in Dealing With Corporations
His Department Is Not Yield
ing Any Just Claims
Washington. Anti-trust legislation
Is the great absorbing topic at pres
ent in the capital and from letters
which come in from the country it
seems to be holding the attention of
business and professional men every
where. It is being discussed in news
paper correspondence dally, and in
this corresjiondence also It lias been
bolding place, because of the manifest
interest and in some cases th? appre
hension which has been shown con
cerning it.
Close advisers to tbe president have
expressed a pleased assent to the use
of the word peace which has appeared
so prominently tecently in the head
lines of Mr. Wilson's anti-trust plans.
The Democrats, however, seem to be
fearful leat the j>eople may be led to
believe that peace means compromise.
Compromise is a word objectionable
to Attorney General Mcßeynolds, who j
has said that when a compromise is
entered into each party to it gives up
something for which it has contended
as its right. It is becoming a little evi
dent in Washington that some of the
Democratic leaders fear the change
from a virulent policy against big
business to one less aggressive will
lead men to suppose that the party has
weakened in its purpose to make the
big corporations behave themselves.
The Democrats explain that Mr. Wil- I
son’s peaceful words of the last few
weeks, and their acquiescence n what j
the administration has said, should
not be taken to mean that big corpo
rations are to be allowed in any re
spect to continue to break the law.
No Compromise With Wrong.
Mr. Mcßeynolds apparently wants
it definitely understood that, the gov
ernment does not intend to surrender
a thing for which it has contended. He
glad apparently that there is an op
portunity to settle out of rourt many
of the cases aguinst The trusts, but
he is determined, it is said, that no
one shall think his department or the
administration la yielding one thing
which it does net believe it ‘s right
to yield. It is held by the department
of jus.ioe officials that in all of the
agreements with big corporations thus
far reached the department has ob
tained all things which if has demand
ed. The attorney general lias let It
be known that h is hts intention to
be guided hv no other policy in any
case. Briefly, corporations to escape
prosecution must “conJe to Washing
ton to agree to proposed terms.”
Irt the case of the American Tele
phone and Telegraph Company a direct
question was put to the attorney gen
eral: “On what terms can we square
ourselves?” Mr. Mcßeynolds took .a
Joog time thinking on this < use and
then he told the officials exactly what
they would have to do to make their
operations comply with the law
against the trusts. Jt is said that the
company officials sought a compro
mise, being unwilliug to give over
certain profitable things which they
thought under certain constructions
might be considered to be within the
law. Finally the terms fixed by the
attorney general were -ccepted in
every detail and the telephone and
telegraph people were not particularly
sour-faced ovr the surrender situa
What happened in the telephone and
telegraph case has happened In the
New Haven railioad case. ft. is pos
sible of course that In some of the
details of the arrangement between
the government and the corporations
there may be found things which have
the appearance of compromise from
the government end, but the depart
ment of justice seemingly Is willing
to challenge anyone to produce ade
quate proof that, there has been any
giving where giving was not right.
Adopting Progressive Idea.
Some days before President Wil
son completed his message on
anti trust legislation it became known
and was published throughout the
country that he intended to
recommend tbe creation of an in'
terstate business board to look after
big commercial affairs in some
what the same manner as tln* inter
state commerce commission looks
after the affairs of the railroads, but
with powers more limited than those
given to the railroad supervising body.
In these dispatches some time ago
the exclusive information was given
that President Wilson intended to bor
row h part of the plan of the new Pro
gressive party intended to regulate
business. It is believed in Washing
ton that there seemingly Is basis for
tho belief to be found in :’ae talk of
the Democratic leaders, that before
the end of the present congress In
March. 1915, the powers of the board
which the president wants to have ap
pointed will be largely increased and
that ultimately it. will have a standing
equal to that of the interstate com
merce commission.
The administration apparently has
felt that the Progressives of the coun
try, led by Theodore Roosevelt, would
say it had become a convert to their
views if it should recommend the es
tablishment of such a board as Colo
\ nel Roosevelt and other Progressive
All Except Orta
The old man had been away to the
pasture, counting his pigs, cf which
he had a good many. He was not, as
every one who knew him said, "a
smart man: ' but it was of course sup
posed that he was irtelligent enough
to count the number of things—and
be had not very many—la his posses
A neighbor asked him. “Well. Mr
Wray how many pigs have you?"
Wal. I duano. prezactly,” he re
plied. "I counted 'em all except one
little runt, and hit kep' runnin' round
so l couldn't count hit. " Youth's Com
Sra;n Exercise.
There has been serious trouble in a
certain schoci One of the teachers
said h? was no be! ever in the old
hackneyed system of teaching.
'that is wanted,” said ho, ”i
something which will make the chil
dren think and reason for themselves
Mere addition and subtraction are too
In accordance with his ideas he
gave Ilia pupils one hundred ques-
leaders have advocated from the first.
It is thought here that the Democrats
believe they can develop this Progres
sive plan so slowly as to take axyay
whatever capital the Progressives
may try to make out of the admin s
tration's apparent conversion to one of
their ixdicies. Already the Progres
sives of the country are saying that
President Wilson has begun to steal
some of their thunder.
Making the Guilt Personal.
Today the leaders In congress are
still conferring on the matter of
strengthening anti-trust legislation ;o
as to make it certain that guilt can
be made personal. When Theodore
Roosevelt v as president of the United
States he wu credited with saying
that dozens of managers, superintend
ents, head bookkeepers and other jun
iors in big corporations could be put
into jail for violation of the anti trust
laws, hut that it would be little less
than criminal to put the little fellows
in jail and to let the big fellows es
Investigations by the attorney gen
eral's department in the Roosevelt
and Taft days showed that the heads
of great corporations which were be
lieved to be conducting business in
violation of the law had so covered
up their personal tracks that they
could not be followed by the law and
reached by its hand. One of the wortt
features of the whole situation was
the willingness of the big men so to
arrange things that the responsibility
should fall on their subordinates, who
would have to go to prison If any
body w’ent.
Now what the Democrats are trying
to do is to make (he law so strong
that there will be a certainty whet
there are law violations that the hi.;
fellows can be arrested, after assur
ance thal the evidence is right to put
them behind the bars. Admittedly,
one of the hardest tasks which the
Democrats have is the framing of n
law that will produce this result. Time
and again the guilt of the big men has
been known positively and yet it has
not been susceptible of proof.
Colombian Treaty Not Liked.
Day by day tbe belief is grow
ing stronger iri Washington that
the United States senate will refuse
to ratify the treaty with the Co
lombian government that the state
department has prepared containing
a provision for the payment to th;
Colombians of $25,000,000 for their
loss of Panama and also containing a
paragraph of apology from this gov
ernment for having recognized the in
dependence of Panama “over night.”
It. will be remembered by most peo
ple that during the Roosevelt admit-
Istratiou, when we were trying to se
cure a right of way across the isthrnu >
for the great interoceanic canal, th-;
people of the state of Panama, which
was a part of the country of Colom
bia, declared their independence,
whic-h was instantly recognized by th;
United States. Some people have hel l
that the revolt of the Panamanian}
from Colombian rule and our instant
recognition of their status as an it -
dependent government were part of l
put up job and that consequently ws
owed the Colombian government not
only money, but an apology because
we made the Panamanians' indepenc
enee certain by our a;t of recognition,
Hannis Taylor, who is acting a*
counsel for the Colombian govern
ment, is urging that the Unite 1
States not only shall agree to pay tnt;
the treasury of the South American
country the sum of $25,000,000 for the
Panama strip, but shall further sooth;
its wounded feelings by humble apo -
ogy for an act of the Roosevelt ad
ministration. Indorsed later by tne
Taft administration and which many
senators and representatives seetn
fully to believe has been indorsed by
a majority of red-blooded citizens cf
the United States.
Balk Especially at Apology.
There are Republicans and Demo
crats in the senate whose personal
and political relations with Theodore
Roosevelt are not warmed by the fires
of affection. It will take a lot if
pleading, however, to get these men
to vote a gift of $25,000,000 to the
Colombian people as payment fer
something which many Americans
think did not belong to them. It can
b* said that from all appearances the
suggestion of an apology is more re
pugnant to the majority of men in con
gress. irrespective of party affilia
tions than is the thought of the pay
ment of money.
Men here who have known William
Jennings Bryan personally always
have maintained that his standards of
morality were untouched by hipo.t
risy. Mr. Bryan, however, may have
had his own angle of vision when he
contemplated this Colombian indem
nity matter. Men who have made a
i study of the whole matter, and some
i of them are Democrats and senators,
; think chat if the United States com
mitted an immoral act in recognizing
! the independence of Panama, the act
was morality itself when set by tie
side of the actions of the Colombiats
: when Uncle Sam was trying to get
| them to grant canal concessions.
Why Is the senate of the United
j States likely to refuse to apologise
! In the name of this country to tie
| Colombians? There are plenty of
j Democrats In the senate who wou and
I like to join with Mr. Bryan and Mr
Hannis Taylor in making an apology,
; were It not for the fact that evo r
j since this government recognized the
j independence of Fanaraa and “thereby
j offended the Colombians,” Democra s
] in congress have been voting for le.g
--! islation based on the very act of rec
ognition. The majority in congress
seemingly would make scores of its
members ridiculous if it should vole
to give the Colombians a cent and
they might stultify themselves if they
should vote to tender an apology.
tions, of which the following is a
What is it that can go up a spent
down, hut cannot go down a spoit
The brain fever hospitals there
abouts were full of children for wee.tr
afterwards, and the teacher was ands
missed without a character, yet the
answer to the riddle was very simpl?
An umbrella. **
Studying Agriculture.
“Where’s your son. Miram**"
“Going to an agricultural college.'
I've hoard them colleges ain't prt<o
“You heard wrong. They put
right out in the field. My boy writei
that next year they’re going to !•*
him take care of center field.”
Interesting Relic.
"Why are you gazing at that pic
ture of Santa Claus?”
"It is & landmark." replied *.h
statesman. "It is the last trace c £ ii
once general tradition that large whls
kers signify great wisdom and bene ,f ©
Clothing Ignited in Some Way By Cias
Stove—Girl Found Unconscious
With All Her Clothing
Burned Away.
Kenosha. —Lillian Casey, aged ”,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ca
sey, was burned to death at the fam
ily residence here.
The details of the accident will
probably never be know r n. The moth
er had left the little girl and a small
er child ia thu kitchen of the house
while she went to one of the upstairs
roc iits. A flame was burning in a gas
stove on which dinner for the family
was being prepared and in some man
ner the flames from the stove were
communicated to the clothing of the
liU'e girl. She made no outcry, but
ran through the rooms of the house.
The mother, smelling the smoke, went:
downstairs and found the charred
body of the unconscious child in a hall
at the front of the house. She died
an hour later without recovering con
Every stitch of clothing had been
burned from the child, and her entire
body was a mass of burns.
Founder and First Secretary of Wis
consin Free Library Commission
Dies at Age of 63.
Madison.—Frank Avery Hutchins,
founder and first secretary of the Wis
consin free library commission and
one of the leading educators of the
;;tate, died at his home here after a
long illness. A paralytic stroke, de
veloping from an accident, which he
incurred several years ago, caused his
death. Born in Norwalk, 0.. in 1651,
Mr. Hutchins came to Wisconsin with
his parents when he was 2 years of
age and resided in the state until his
He came into prominence in 1895,
when he drafted the free library com
mission bill, which was passed by the
legislature that year. For two years
he served on the commission without
compensation, and was then made sec
retary. He was also the first secre
tary of the Wisconsin Anti-Tubercul
osis association, and was one of the
prime movers in the advocacy of an
association for the safeguard of public
Deaf Mute Loses All His Finge s
While Experimenting With In
vention for Flashlight.
La Crosse. —E. J. Fitzpatrick, deaf
and dumb artist, was fatally hurt
when he was blown tip in his study
while making an experiment with
flashlights. The Majestic building,
one of the largest office buildings iu
the city, was badly damaged by tbe
explosion. Fitzpatrick’s lingers were
picked up all about the place. Unable
to cry out. he staggered to an office
nearby and fell unconscious on the
Buys Gas Works.
Antigo.—W. C. Maxey of Oshkosh
purchased the plant of the Antigo Gas
company, sold under foreclosure for
$21,000, the exact amount of the mort
gage on the property. One of the
mortgages, for $20,000, was held by
R. H. Hackett of Oshkosh and the
other by the Ontro State bank. The
present indebtedness of the company
and the amount necessary to pay re
ceivers’ certificates and expenses of
foreclosure and sale will amount to
Drastic Orders fo r Dodgeville.
Madison.—Failure of the Dodge
ville Electric Light company to com
ply with orders of the railroad com
mission for improving service result
ed today in a supplementary order
directing overhauling of the entire
system and the immediate employ
ment of an engineer to take charge
of the plant.
Southern Teachers Meet.
Madison.—Some of the strongest
available talent has been secured for
the Southern Wisconsin Teachers’ as
sociation meeting, which will be held
here Feb. 13 and 14 at the high
school building, and a record attend
ance is looked for.
Sheboygan Girl Workers Strike.
Sheboygan.—Thirty-five girls em
ployed in the Ross-Tellinger glove
factory went on strike, claiming they
have beep working on piece wo*k
earning $1 a day and were given
work by which they could earn only
72 cents a day.
Glertwojd City Justice Dies.
Glenwood City.—William Lour!?,
one of the earliest settlers of tie
town of Emerald, and for many years
iustice of the peace. Is dPttd.
Officers Are Elected.
Cedarourg. —At the annual meet
ing of the Ozaukee County Fair as
sociation the following officers were
elected: President. Char’es Dinc: n :
secretary, A. W Horn, and vice-pres
idents, Thomas Halpir and George
Thought to Te Centenarian.
Stevens Point.— Valentine NarLoek.
who died here, is thought to have been
over one hundred years of age. He
was only about four feet high.
Will Hold Poultry Show.
Marion. —The first annual poultry
show of the Marion Poultry associa
tion will be held here from Feb. 3 to
6. inclusive. The officers of the as
sociation are: President, William
Fuchs; secretary, L. W Llewellyn,
and treasurer. John Manel.
Hunter Is Shot.
Chippewa Fails. —Fred Rodeger, 20
years old. was accidentally shot ir the
groin by a companion while hunting
Say* He Was Not Warned of Open
ing of Gates—Flood Washes
Out Mill Dam.
-Madison. —Attorney General W. C.
Owen and Assistant Attorney General
J E. Messerschmidt are at Waukesha
to represent the state in the suit
brought by George Appelbacher
against the state and Ephriam Huai
phrey of Ocononiowoc for $20,000 dam
ages for the loss of his dam in Bark
river. Waukesha county, which was
washed out on May 27, 1/12. because
Humphrey opened the gates of his
dam. a short distance above it. with
out notice, it is claimed, in order to
save his property and that of the state
fish hatchery near Ocononiowoc which
was being threatened by high water.
Appelbacher used his water power to
run a grist mill, which lias been lying
idle since the dam went out as it
' would not pay to run it by other pow
er. Appelbacher petitioned the legis
lature to reimburse him for his loss,
but that body would not do so. It,
however, passed a law authorizing him j
to bring suit against the state, and j
if his claim was meritorious he could I
recover. According to the complaint :
iii the suit bi ought by Appelbacher, !
the state had a contract with Hum- j
pi rev. owner of the upper dam, *o
maintain a certain level of water in j
his dam for the benefit of the state |
fish hatchery near Ocononiowoc.
Joker Rudely Interrupts Beloit Fire
Fighters Annual Dance—Hunt Mis
creant with Bloodhounds.
Beloit. While Beloit firemen were j
tripping the tango, arrayed in boiled
shirts and Sunday best, at their bril- j
liant annual ball, some practical joker j
turned in a false tire alarm from a :
remote part of the city. For a time I
the ball was broken up. Firemen, in- i
censed by the unsympathetic act.
caused police bloodhounds to be put ]
on the trail, resolving to inttiet pain- ]
ful punishment if the fellow should \
be caught. The dogs, recently ac
quired for the purpose of tracking ]
criminals, took the scent at the fire j
alarm box and chased, howling, from
the spot, but lost the scent at the \
street car tracks, where it is supposed !
the miscreant boarded a car. After
hours of search, however, a posse that ,
kept up the hunt rather than return |
to the dance, declared they had lo
cated their man. No arrest was made.
Couple Wedded 60 Years.
Janesville. —-Mr. and Mrs. George
W. Crossman celebrated their six
tieth wedding anniversary at the ;
home of their son, G. A. Crossman. j
Mr. Crossman was born near Utica.
Oneida county, X. Y., Nov. 29. 1831.
He came to Wisconsin in 1844, set- i
tling at Southpart, which is now Ke
nosha. The family moved into Rock
county, March 3, 1848. He has re- \
sided in the county since. Mrs.
Crossman, whose maiden name was |
Philena C. Baldwin, was born in Be
son, Vt., on Dec. 25, 183 4, and came
with her parents ten years later to
Wisconsin, settling at Johnstown. Mr.
land Mrs. Crossman were married in
! 1854 by the Rev. John Chamber
lain. They have one son, G. A.
Crossman of Janesville.
Rebecca Members to Meet.
Green Bay.—The quarterly meeting
of tiie district No. 16 of the Rebekah
lodges of the state will be held in this
city on Feb. 2. Mrs. Bertha Noble,
Stevens Point, president trf the state
Rebekali assembly, will be present at
this time. The district includes the
cities of Depere. Kaukauna. Appleton.
| Sturgeon Bay, Hortonville, Menasha,
| Kewaunee, Peshtigo, Oconto and
! Green Bay.

New Land Mortgage Body.
Madison.—Commissioner of Bank-
I ing Kuolt issued a certificate author
! izing the First Wisconsin Land Mort
! gage association of Wait Claire with
Ia capital of SIO,OOO. The officers
I of the association are: President, B.
F. Faast: vice-president, J. A Pla.v
ter; secretary and treasurer, John
Bauman: trustees, T. B. Keith, W.
K. Coffin. C. W. Dinger, John Bau
man, Frank Conrath, B. F. Faast and
J. A. Playter.
But One Candidate Left.
Appleton. -August Knuppel will
be the only candidate whose name
will be printed on the ticket at the
election for mayor of Appleton on
Feb. 3. Former Assemblyman Fred
Peterson, second choice at Tuesday’s
i primary election, having withdrawn
from the field. Knuppel received
j twice 3s many votes as Peterson and
Westphal together.
Plan Dynamite Factory.
Marsh field.--Eastern promoters are
| endeavoring to interest local capital in
Ia dynamite factory to be located near
I this city, the idea being to furnish dy-
I namite at low prices to farmers for
clearing land.
Marquette Tax Returns Early.
i Madison.—State Treasurer John*
: son toda. received from Marquette
county SB,OOO as part payment of
! the state tax. This is the first pay
! ment by any county this year.
Pickpockets at Racine.
Racine. —Pickpockets plied their
: t > ade at the C'oulon-Slnnett tight. W.
I F. Scheekler of Ives losing his purse
I with s3ft and a commutation ticket,
| while Clarence Walker of Chicago
lost $8.50 and his-return ticket.
Drives Bull tr> Scfiv-al.
Neenali- —Jay Sturgis of the town
! of Neenali daily drives a big red bull
i hitched to a road cart into this city
where he is a student at Kimberly
i High school.
Officers Are Elected.
Green Bay.—The Badger Casualty
company, in annual meeting here,
elected George D. Nan of Greeu Bay,
president: E. S. Cos. Iron River.
Mich., re-elected vice president; Jo
seph J- Helby, secretary and general
manager, and John M. Boland, treas
Engineer Hurt in Explosion.
Racine -Nick Mark, an engineer.
was badly scalded when a blowpipe
exploded and enveloped him in steam.
Millionaire Laughs at Missive. But
Turns It Over to Police to In
Was Typewritten.
Appleton.—Albert W. Priest, mill
ionaire paper and pulp manufacturer
ot the Fox River valley, has been
picked by blackmailers, from whom uc
received & typewritten letter demand
ing SS,UOC or his life. Mr. Priest
laughed when he received the threat
ening epistle and turned it over to the
The letter follows:
Mr. A. W. Priest: We demand that
you place $5,000 in a certain place or
you will be shot. We have worked
out tills plot for some time and if you
think more of your $5,000 than you
do of your life, you wil have to die.
We are going to get the *63*00 or your
life. Don't think this is a joke, but
act quick Have your money ready
ami we will send another letter as to
where you must leave it.
“li you report one word of this your
life is ours." The letter as signed
“Money or Life."
Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 Dates for This
Year’s Exhibition—s4,7so In
Purses for Races.
Beaver Dam. The stockholders of
the Dodge County Fair association
at their annual meeting decided to
held their annual t'air in Beaver Dam
from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. The sal
ary of the secretary, \Y. Harvey,
was raised from SBOO to SI,OOO. Of
ficers were elected as follows: Presi
dent, S. It Webster, Danville; vice
president, J. E, Malotv, Beaver
Dam; secretary, C. W. Harvey, Beav
er Dam; treasurer, H. B. Drake,
Beaver Dam. Directors: One year,
E. Smith, Randolph; Byron Bar
wig. Mayvllle; O. R. Jones, Calamus
Two years. S. Porter, Fox Lake;
Charles Hawks, Horlcon; F. Soper,
Ripon. Three years, B. E. Sampson,
Brownsville; 0. J. Sc.hoenfeld, Tren
ton; 11. W. Schellpfeft'er, Mayville.
It was decided to build a large sheep
and swine exhibition barn at the fail
grounds. The purses for harness
ho’-se races will be $4,750.
Piles for Building on Main Street
Bridge Are All Removed De
spite Owners' Protests.
Janesville. -Despite the protest,
of the owners of the lots located it
Rock river, where the stores which
were destroyed last April were lora
ted, the city has completed the work
of pulling out the pilings upon which
they were built. In some cases they
had been reinforced by concrete cas
ings aud these were dynamited. The
work will clear the river of all ob
struction below the new bridgr
which will be formally opened soon
The action of the city in this direc
tion may establish its right to keej
the river open at this point, despite
the decision of the supreme court,
which granted the abutting property
owners the right to bijild over tin
Claim Big Savina Is Made.
Madison. Reductions in the rate?
of three street car and interurban
companies by the railroad commission
give evidence of saving the oatroniz
ing public nearly $300,000 annually.
The reductions ordered in the case of
the Duluth Street railway company ef
fects a saving of $15,000. In the
case of The Milwaukee Electric Rail
way and Light company, the commis
sion directed the‘giving of thirteen
tickets for 50 cents. The saving from
this source amounts to $280,000. In
ordering a readjustment of the fares
of the Rockford and Interurban rail
road company, the commission’s sav
ings for the ast year reach $500,000
Coro Damages Refuted.
La Crosse. -In Circuit court a jury
refused to award L. L. Brown, route
agent for an express company. $2,000
damages for the loss of his pet corn.
Brown allowed a barber shop chirop
odist to remove the corn, which hud
been hit constant companion for ten
years, but afterward was dissatisfied
w ith the job and sought to collect dam
ages from the proprietor of tbf "hop.
The Jury relumed a verdiel ot no
cause, for action.
Plan Annual Session.
Waukesha. The executive commit
tee of the Waukesha Wisconsin Hol
stein Breeder*' association met in this
city to plan for the annual state con
vention, which will be held here on
March 4,
Will Vote on Commission.
Autig.t. Mayor Louis Freilburger
lias issued a call-for a special election
on Feb. 3 on the adoption of the com
mission form of government for this
Captured Men Escape.
Racin'- -After a running fight in
wh.Ha> ten shots were fired by tlie two
Racine detectives, F. Schultz, 21 years
old. ana Ed. Williams. 22 years old,
escaped. The po'ice had the young
men m tow, but tlmy broke from the
officers’ grasp and fled.
Chicken Breeders Ask Sipport.
Racine. —Chicken breeders of Ra
cine will petition the county board for
an appropriation in support of the an
nual poultry show.
Extend Taxpaying Time.
Racine. —The time limit, for the col
lection ol taxes will be extended to
Feb. 28. City Treasurer Klaenhut re
ceived a derision from 'die attorney
general that the extension is permit
ted. The council will grant the ex
tension. Less than one-tujid of the
local taxe3 have been paid.
Elect Rev. A. J. Buxton.
Racine.—'The Rev. Albert J. Buxtcu
was elected head o? the Racine MiaU
i ter s’ union for 1>
Practical Fashion:!
The front of this pretty frock Is fill
ed In with a vest in the new sty'.a
the ends extending below the fcirill*.
The low drop shoulder has plan
sleeves inserted into It, aud the round
neck is trimmed with a soft collar.
The four gore skirt has a narrow
panel in front and is attached to tb
blouse with high or normal waiatllnr
These frocks are made of serge, cher
iot. camel’s hair, wool, eponge, etc.
The pattern (6474) is cut in slr.es 14,
16. 18 and 20 years. Medium sire re
quires 3 ,-, s yards of 44 inch mafe
To procure th's pattern send 10 ren
to "Pattern Department,'’ of this* paper.
Write name and address plainly, and l*
sure to give sue and number of putteris.
NO. 6474. SIZE
TOWN ...
Quite in line with the present dtH
mands Tor style la this smart frock*
with pla'n blouse trimmed with, m
wide collar plain full length, or short*
er sleeves and a two piece skirt maxtet
without fullness. The handsome pla c*
cheviots, the brighter colors In serge,
velveteen, eponge and wash fabric*
are suitable for this dress.
The pattern (6481) Is cut lit sizes
6,8, 10. 12 and 14 years. Medium
size requires 2 yards of 44 inch nia
To procure thi* pattern send M cents
to "Pattern Department,’' of this paper
Write name and add res* plainly, ami l>a
sure to give size and number of pattern.
NO. 6481. SIZE
Awful Come Down.
William Draycotr, playing In ‘L’nd.r
Cover,” is a Scotchman. Out- time,
while under the Williamson manage
ment, lie played the title role in “The
Duke of Kllliecraukie” In New Zea
land. In one scene be wore kilts such
as the Clan Gordon uses. A Scotch
man in the audience sought him oit
after the first performance aud ex
pressed great pleasure a seeing a
Scotch actor in kilts.
“Oh. it’s fine,” said 'he newcomer.
“You’re C. sight to the eye*.”
He hung around Draycott evei-y
night. Finally, one evening, the actor
told him thrs bill was to be changed
‘And what are you going to play
now?” asked the other
"I’m to appear In a playlet called
Madame Butterfly. " said Draycott.
“And what pari will you fake?’’
“I’ll be a lieutenant in the United
States navy.”
“Huh!” came from the ScoL “Ain't
it awful coive down f’r you?”
German Firm Wins Content.
After a most exhaustive search, cov
ering a period of several years, beth
In this country and Europe, the Amer
ican Iron and Steel Mlmuffcturiag
company bas awarded to a German
lirm the contract for th* largest sin
gle electric steel fumaf" for the r*
fining of steel ever built in me world
It will bo installed at Lebanon, Pa.,
and will have a refining capacity l
from 400 to 80ft tons daily. Th
product will be rolled into billets on
the new mill now in course of con
structlon for use in the manufactnr*
of bars, nuts and bolts, spikes, and
other products of the compary' fac
Handy Boxes.
Every living room or library ought
to have somewhere in it a handy to*
or drawer In it should bo wrapping
paper, string stick/*-*, clip*, raueilag*
or paste, tags and ’be thousand and
one little things that one :s likely tr,
want frequently and is inconvenienced
by not having if they are haidy in a
known place time is sa-ed over again.
Have Faith.
Nur tr your mind with great
thought* To believe in the Iterate
makes heroes. —Disraeli.

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