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PAGES' 9 to 12. REPUBLICAN, ESTABLISHED SEPT. 5, 1878. Law Will Do 'Away With "Thresher S Under general orders H. B. 56, by Mr. Freeman, created a brief discus sion and it turned out that the major ity of the members,, a few over a quo ruin, were adverse to giving the lab oring man, who is so useful at harvest time, any protection against that class of threshing machine operators who were referred to by those who advo cated the passage of the bill as "thresher sharks." Mr. Freeman's measure sought to define who are pub lic threshermen, and to provide secur ity for the payment of operating ex penses—the laborer's wages especially. There were two committee reports, the majority reporting its indefinite post ponement. Mr. Freeman, urging the passage of the bill, declared that there were liente for almost every purpose, but there lacked one for the laborers, the class who come to the state to save and har vest the crops. He told of the buying of threshers on the earnings plan, a vicioifs one, because it afforded so many loopholes for the trickster, if he got into financial difficulties, to filch the innocent, many of whom were new settlers who were ignorant of con ditions and supposed they were work ing for honest men or firms. The bill provided that thresher operators give a bond and the one required was not excessive. He denied that the bill would materially help in the building UP of a thresher monopoly, or that threshermen would be at the mercy of their help. Mr. Twichell with emphasis stated that the bill was a decidedly meritor ious one, and such a law was neces •nry. It would do one thing, it would 1011 off a lot of incompetents and irre ^jonsibles who launch into the thresh er business and frequently are a men ace to the general interests of the Progressive and business like farmer. 4f' class of men who boost wages with out any warranty for the action, and Offer to pay prices which they never Ultend to meet. They buy old worth less machines which no one else will fcuy and as a matter of fact intend at the. right time to fly by night and leave all they can in the lurch—their laborers especially. Mr. Twichell cit ed cases of point, blank and intended fraud. Mr. Stevens favored the bill. ^He ^Itnew of many who have been out and out defrauded out of their hard iftrned wages, and had no means to collect—he, like Lincoln, was arrayed n -i*' J- Heated Discussion, in the House Saturday O^r Bill for Protection of Threshers—New Bills Still Dropping Into the Senate and House. Bismarck, N. D., Feb. 25.—The house on the side of securing protection for devoted itself to routine work which consumed morning and afternoon ses sions on Saturday, and It may be said that they were featureless and only in a limited matter did the talkers have any chance at debate or talk. Jtir House bills Nos. IS and 154 were recommended for passage under gen eral orders. Senate Bills Referred in House. During the morning session in the house Saturday, the following senate bills were read first and second times: Nos. 162, 176, 152, 163, 234, 16, 211, 278, 255, 225, 194, 301, 183, 86, 67, House and Senate Bills Reported. H. B. 87, introduced by the commit tee oa game and fish, with amend ments,, was recommended that Jt do pass. It is understood that the dif ferent interests of the state have be come agreed on the varied propositions which have been under rather lively discussion in the lobbies and the bill in its present shape will be favored by the house. S. B.'s 1, 160, 151, 114, were recom mended that they do pass. H. B. 294, relating to the fees of sheriffs transporting prisoners and "pa tients, was indefinitely postponed. H. B. 295, providing for per diem foi trustees of institutions, was indefi nitely postponed. H. B. 272, authorizing, mechanics, watchmakers, and repairers generally to sell articles and implements to re imburse for labor and materials ex pended and to regulate such sales— indefinitely postponed. H. B. 72, amending section 814, re lating to paying out school funds— indefinitely postponed. House bills recommended for pas sage. NO®. 169, 183, 94, 220, 242, 252 227, 159, lot, 259. H. B. 50. amending section 94o5 of the present game law indefinitely postponed as provisions are covered in another" general game law. H. B. 174, relating to state board of equalization, making present person nel and in addition #one member from each judicial district Indefinitely' postponed. H. B. 256, an act creating new ga'me TT*- 11 **1, of men. The defrauded come back to the state, that class men don't and they tell of their plight to others —the proposed law would end to lessen wages at harvest time it would be fotind that there would be hundreds of men applicants for the certain dol lar. J. A. Sorley urged the passage of the bill and cited instances that had conie to his attention. He thought/ however, that individual bonds would be rather difficult for some men to gut, but that would right itself. Two or three members opposed the bill very strongly and thought such a. bill was wholly unnecessary. The motion to indefinitely postpone wa.fc carried, *but a little argument that there were mrtny members absent and the bill might fare better with a ful house, so final action was deferred.un til next Tuesday. Mrs. Charles J.ffolmsui |t£& THAW VISITING HER HUSBAND AT THE TOMBS AND HEB MOTHER. ICRS CHARLES warden districts—indefinitely postpon ed. H. fi. 2S0, the Hankinson fame law —Indefinitely postponed. New Bills Introduced. H. B. 315, Sorley—Act creating park districts and f^r the governor thereof creating a board Of park commission ers. H. B. 316, Grant-1—Act designating the time of commencement of term of office of register of deeds, first Monday H. B. 317, Tofsrud (by ^-equestjk Relating to redemption from sale of real estate for taxes, time payment of •fcubsetjuent taxes and rate of interest, may be redeemed In three years at '5, per cent interest. |80 H. B. 318, O. J. Sorlle (by request) the Bacon law. H. B. 275? Introduced by special committee on weights and measures, was recalled from general orders and placed on its third reading and final assage. On roll call the bill passed, VI, voting in the affirmative, 1 in he negative and 37 absent and not /oting. The bill provides for a bettes nethocl of inspecting elevator scales ind for their inspection when It is mown that there is anything wrong. rt is alleged that in the past buyers mvo conspired together to "plug" the veights of competitors in order to iring about fraudulent weights and ihua bring so-called unfriendly com petition into disrepute. The house adopted the concurrent resolution transmit ted ^from the senate Friday which related to the false, misleading and grossly exaggerated reports which have been published in Ihe eastern press regarding the cli natic conditions and alleged loss of *ife resulting therefrom in this state. The- resolution authorized the prest lent of the senate to appoint a com mittee,to act in conjunction with four nembers of the house to investigate the actual conditions that prevailed luring the past two months in ill parts of the state, and determine he truth or falsity of the reports. The receiving of the report, from the railroad commissioners under the res •lution of Mr. Ciarden asking for cer tain information and also to hear from ^he commissioners in person, sugges ions as to the legislation necessary to empower the boawt to carry on their »vork, was put over until Monday, and :he chairman of the committee was so informed. The house adjourned until 10 o'clock Monday morning. The Senate. The session of the senate was noith long nor of particular importance. After the reports of committees had fecn received^ and a number of senate jlllfc passed "on *thiril reading, during which Senator Simpson entered an in quiry as to what had become of his valued policy insurance bill#- which might h^Ve been interesting if a re cess hud not been taken that prevented further developments, Senator La Moure moyed that the senate take a recess until 10 o'clock Monday morn ing. He said he did this for the rea son that the committee on appropria tions had nearly prepai^Q its report on the measures before it and desired to consider- the completed reports before presenting them to the senate, which would be done Monday morning. Senator Simpson's insurance bill A N A I Y E U I A N .mm FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 25, 1907. presented the 6nly Interest of the ses sion. The Stark county senator said in some manner his bill had been taken from Its order, it having been on the third reading list on Thursday. He wanted to know what had become of the bill and why it was not in its placet Senator Young said it had been placed on the list by mistake, as It had not been reported as correctly engrossed. Senator Simpson wanted to know whei e of^ March next succeeding his election. ^-emed the wn to and as no one know. he demanded an in- qu,ry by the senatc ln sh0w A"y t*le recef*s —Act to grant to i^rban electric rail- Billa Reported* ways all privileges and power granted following senate bills were re to steam railways. k H. B. 314, O. P. N. Anderson Act Verified, accounts against the state to amend section 605, 1905, relating to notice of election to vote bonds the qualifications of electors repeals,"7^ right of way of railroads 199, 202, where the bU1 was ,ast and why 11 waa not forth* bloodshed was spared by and ln thc hands of the t,mt the avo*ded- proved to be engrossing clerk, promised sensation was ported: 289, bonds of abstracters 293, organization of counties 253, valida tion of acknowledgements. The following house bills were re ported: 120, better enforcement of the prohibition law. S. B. 256, exemptions, was indefin itely postponed. The senate concurred In the house resolution calling upon congress to propose and adopt a constitutional amo,nr$rient opposing polygamy. The governor sent in a sealed com munication, ^consideration of which the senate left over till Monday. Senate Bills Passed. The following senate bills were passed: 274, dates for fair associations 226,1 parole of inmates of reform school 210, taxation of grain in ele vators at fixed rate 215, inventory of property of state institutions 269, annexing additional lots to villages 159, course of study of Industrial school 262, license of transient mer chants 124, affidavits of debt in jus tice court 125, conduct, of elections. New Bills. vTljjte following senate billa were in troduced S. B. No. 311, Koflfel—To prohibit discrimination in sale of products and unfair competition. S. B. No. 312, Purcell—Annual re ports of county fair associations. S. B. No. 312, Kelly—Capital stock of corporations. S. B. No. 314, Simpson—Appropriat ing $'30,000 for the payment of ex penses for whatever litigation may be necessary to defend or enforce such legislation as may be enacted govern ing freight or passenger rates. S. B. No. 315, Pierce—Power of gov ernor- to remove county officers for cause. Senate Bill No. 316. Johnson of Mc Lean—Provides for two judges of the district court in the Sixth judicial dis trict B. No. 817, Johnson of McLean— (by request). Terms of district court in the Sixth district. S. B. No. 318, Spoonheim—Duty of superintendent of poor farm. S. B. No. 319, Turner—Prohibiting blacklisting and coercion of employes. S. B. No. 320, Young—Normal schooi board of management and trustees. S. B. No. 321, Simpson—Providing for changing of lines of .organized counties to include unorganized terri tory. PRESIDENT'S TRAIN LATfi. It Arrived This Morning in Philadel phia from New England. Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 25.—The train to which President Roosevelt's car Is attached arrived here at 8:20 a. m. to day from New England more than two hours late. After the change of loco motives, the train left at S: 40 o'clock. The president's trip from Massa chusetts was uneventful. The train was delayed by heavy snow. RECORD CAR ORDERS N#w Yrk Central Orders $160,000,000 Worth of Steel Cars. Pittsburg, Feb. 25.—Not including the New York Central order, placed today, orders for steel cars aggregat ing more than $16«,0Q0,000 are mw in he hands of the steel companies here. lOxeluslve of the present orders, it is certain that during the coming month further orders to the extent of $30, 000,000 or more will be received. It is thought that owing to the difficulty railroads have in borrowing money, their orders for cars are not as large as they otherwise would have been still, the enormity of the work to be turned out has startled Pittsburg. All furnaces are working full time, as the orders on hand at present will keep all plants running up to the end of the current year. The Standard Car Co. is duplicating, at Hammond, Ind., at a cost of $3,000,000, its Buller plant, and increase in car shop capacity is in ordor. everywhere. BURGLAR'S COLD HANlX Robber's Attemot to Take Baby's Bracelet Spoils oh. Rapid City, S. D., Feb. 25.—'"Papa, uhat makes your hand so cold and big?" The words, spoken by the little daughter of George P. Bennett of the United States land office at Rapid City, aroused Mr. Bennett, who, upon rushing into the room of his daughter, i aught a glimpse of a burglar who was just making his cscape from the Ben nett home. A hasty examination of the differ ent rooms revealed that drawers and cupboards had been hastily ransacked by the intruder, but nothing of any great value was found to be missing. The burglar appeared to have designs on a gold bracelet which encircled the wrist of Miss Bennett, but the touch of his cold hand awakened her. After making a hasty retreat from the Bennett home, it afterward was discovered that the robber visited nine other dwelling houses in succession, in none of which, so far as could be as certained, was he able to secure any thing of value. S. t. North, director of the census has submitted his report regarding the number of blind people in the United States at the time the census of 1900 was taken. This special work was done under the direction of Dr. Alex ander Graham Bell. The difficulty of securing complete returns is outlined In the introduction to the report. Many census enumer ators were not careful to secure all the details needed and ln many instances afflicted persons refused to give the required information. The summary of the results show that in 1900 there were 64,763 blind people in the United States. Of this number 37,054 or 57.2 per cent were males and 27,709, or 42.8 per cent were females. There are 85.2 blind people to every 100,000 population. Of the number of blind 55 per cent were totally blind and 45 per cent par tially. Of the totally blind 56.5 per cent were males and of the partially blind 58.1 per cent were males. There was a smaller percentage of totally blind among the males than among the females, the percentages being 54.4 and 55.9 though both In total and partial blindness more males, proportionately, are affected than females. The total number of white persons whose eyesight is affected is 56,535, while the number of colored blind is 8,228. This includes Negros, Indians. Chinese and Japs. The percentage of totally blind among colored people is greater than among whites. Of the 56,535 blind whites, 45,479 are native born, the percentage of totally blind among native born being less than among foreigners. Under twenty years of age the num ber of totally blind Is almost as great as the partially blind, but as the age advances the percentage of partially blind rapidly increases. Of the total number of blind whites 8,166 were either blind from birth or lost their sight before the age of two years. In classifying the causes of blindness the report notes under "Opacity of the Mye," have been classed all diseases of the cornea, granulated lids, all dis eases from measles, scarlet fever, scrofula, smallpox, sore or inflamed eyes. Other causes of blindness are I, SOCIETY TO GEIMATE TODAY THE NINTIETH ANNI VERSARY OF THE 80CIETY. Letters Have Been Sent Out to 50,000 Protestant Ministers Throughout the Country Asking Churehet to Cele brate Bible Day. New York, Feb. 2S.--Today Is the nlntleth anniversary of tfie American Bible society and while the society's officials decided to have no general celebration of the event they sent out letters to 50,000 Protestant minister*, of all* bodies, asking that a date be observed in their churches as Bible Day, and that in the services the work of the society ln printing and distrib uting the scriptures for nearly a cen tury be referred to. A further request is made that on this anniversary day the offerings be devoted to the work of the society, in an effort to relieve the organization from some part of its present financial burdens. Regular receipts of the Bible society have fall en off in the past year or two, so that its reserve resources have been used up in order that retrenchment of work might not be necessary. Now the re serve is gone, and the society, is, for the first time In twenty-five years In debt. An effort Is being made to se cure $50,000 in addition to the usual receipts and it is hoped that ail of this amount, of which some $15,000 has already been contributed, may be forthcoming as a result of the offer ings at the anniversary services. The fiscal year of the society ends on May 1, and the fund must then be in hand, according to the society's officers, or serious retrenchment must be made in its work. The Bible society Is also working to secure an endowment fund of $5,000,000. This fund was to have commemorated the nintieth annivers ary, but the more pressing Immed iate financial needs have been receiv ing more attention than the endow ment. The joclety's receipts for the first eight months 'of the fiscal year were about $10,000 less than for the corresponding period of last year. This falling off was caused entirely by a decrease in the amount of legacies. MONTANA CATTLE PERISH. Thousands of Cattle Have Periahed in the Recent Blixzard. Vlrgina City, Mont., Feb. 25.— Thousands &t cattle have perished dur ing the recent blizzard in the northern part of this state. Of a herd of 1,500 belonging to J. C. Fields of Great Falls, not one escaped. The losses are enormous. FORUM ESTABLISHED NOV. 17, 189L North Dakota Had 198 Blind People in 1900 S. D. North, Director of the Census Issues Report on the Blind People of United States Total Number Is 64,763. THE PEOPLE'S PAPER. venereal diseases, exposure to heat Of cold, rheumatism, etc., as well as affec lions of the nervous apparatus, strained eyes, errors of refraction,, meningitis, and diseases of the brain. About 65 per cent of the blindness In the United States was caused by the classified causes, the rest being due to colds, accidents, grips and hereditary causes. More causes of blindness are due to cataract than from any other cause. The disease of glaucoma, which causes so much blindness among the Italians, Irish, Jews and Russians, la almost unknown among the negros. Of the 64,763 blind, 22,120 are single, 24,559 married, 17,333 widowed, 379 di vorced and the marital status of 872 unknown. The percentage of totally blind is much greater among the single of course, than among the married people. Relationship of the parents was re ported in 56,507 cases of the 64,763 cases, making consanguinity an in portant factor. About 37.9 per cent of the bHud have had educational advantages. Of the 62,456 blind over ten years of age 20 per c^nt of them were engaged in renumerative occupations. The same percentage of employed who could me at the same age was 60 per cent. Of the total number of blind persons 2,772 were also found to be deaf, there being 153 cases in which persons lost both sight and hearing before the age of five. Of the 64,763 blind people In the United States in 1900 North Dakota had 168. Of these 94 were totally blind, $4 partially blind, the number being 52.6 persons for every 100,000. In this state 129 were white and 38 were colored. The percentage of blind whites for 100,000 was only 41.4 while that of the colored blind was 524.6. There were 32 blind under twenty years of age, 134 over that age with the age of two unknown. Of the 94 totally blind In this state 15 are under twenty and 77 over that age, 34 are native bom. Of the 74 partially blind 17 were under twenty and 5f over that age, 25 were native born. ARE IPORTM JAPANESE COAL LARGE CARGO OF FUEL HAS AR RIVED ON PUGET SOUND. Shortage of Coa! en the West Coast Has Affected Traffic and Shipping, Necessitating Importing From Japan and Australia. Tacomft, Wash., ^eb. 25.—A- Jap anese steamer Is discharging a large cargo of coal here and other steamers are now on their way across the P*» cifle with supplies to relieve the great shortage on the west coast. The scar city of coal has greatly affected the traffic and, shipping on Puget sound, as the tugs cannot bring In vessels now lying outside, without coal. As Japa|l is not prepared to export any consid erable quantity of coal tq this country, the present importation will only afford temporary relief, so the outlook is any thing but bright. Besides the ear shortage, the coal famine on the Pa cific coast is also due to the inability of the American mines to produce sup plies fast enough to meet the growing demand. Though the country's an nual output has increased 130 per cent during the past ten years, the demand is always far ahead of the supply. Ar rangements are now being made for large shipments from Australia. UNKNOWN MAN KILLKIX Two Freights Collide Near Stanley*** Wreck at Rugby. Minot, N. D., Feb. 25.—Two freights on the Great Northern collided fl& Stanley late Saturday, killing one mail, whose name is unknown. One of the fraight trains, consisting of severs! cars, was standing at the depot when the other appeared at tlife top of the grade. The engineer on the train which was coming down the grade ap plied the air, but it did not work and the two trains collided. The engines played leap frog, one trying to vault the other. A man who was riding oq the freight was ground to pieces and the train was badly smashed. Tito trains were full of grain. Another slight wreck occurred near Rugby about the same time, in which Victor Braughton, an engineer on the Great Northern, was badly injured about the legs. The crew was work ing on the snow plow and while direct* ing the work there was a collision aad Braughton was caught and had his legs and back injured. The injurjqs ft re slight and he will be confined to hJUl home for only a short time.