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General Freight Agent Moore Tells Why Northern Pacific Business Holds Up. Large Number of Settlers and Develop ment of Resources Along Line of Road. Comparative Statements of Shipping From the West Influence of Prosperity. "Kmiurntly of l:itu 1 have been asked the cau.se of our large freight i,aniiiiK-'i in view of tin? drouth last season," said C'.eneral Freight Agent Moore the Northern Pacific to the Pioneer Press, "and consequent reduc tion in the average bushels of wheat per acre, and will tell you some of the reasvjti-s. "We have today over three-quarters of a million more people along our line between St. Paul and Puget Sound than we had a few years ago. These people are consumers, and require provisions, clothing, and mining and farm machinery for mining and agri cultural purposes. This increased trade creates increased freight earn ings. These newcomers are also de veloping many of the resources of our vast western country, furnishing us extra freight earnings for carrying wheat, barley, tlax. fruit, fish, lumber and ores. "The increase in acreage seeded to wheat. Ilax. etc.. last season was over l.IIIMI.IMKI acres, as compared with the previous season. Now if these new farm lands yielded only an average of eight bushels per acre, we would have .v.nnii.iHiii bushels to help offset the shortage by drouth. Part of this new acreage yielded from fifteen to twenty bushels per acre. On one of our branches the new acreage plowed up and seeded last season was just double the acreage of 1 si til an increase of Miiit,iimi acres. "The census now being completed by Commissioner Merria.m shows a gain of ii:!,niiii in the population of Ore gon. A large percentage of this in crease is tributary to the Northern Pa cilic. the principal gain being in the northern part of that state. The gain in Washington was 108,ooo men, women and children. Our system reaches almost every point in that state. Idaho's, gain in population was over "T.oiMI people. A great portion of this gain consisted of settlers for the ncithern part of the state, which tributary to the Northern Pacific. North Dakota increased her popula tion t:.!t ,ooo and the middle and north ern part of our own state of Minnesota excelled any one of the other states mentioned, showing increase of from •Jiiii.ooo to 2."o,ooo people. The total increase in population in Minnesota during the past ten years, according to the recent census, was 44iV'0'.t, near ly half a million souls. "These figures will be especially in teresting to the jobbers of the Twin cities, who serve the people between here and Puget Sound with the sup plies manufactured and handled in the Twin cities. "All are familiar with the conditions at the time of and following the last census, the shrinkage in the west by the great exodus of people following the depression, and the standstill per iod for several years thereafter, so that we may estimate that this in crease in the population between Lake Superior and Puget Sound occurred during the past few year^. The fact is that a large percentage of these new settlers located last year and the year previous. The increase in the num ber of people in Alaska will augment the total considerably, making an in crease of fully 800,000 people tributary to our line who emigrated from other sections. "The influx of settlers into these young western states during the next few years will be great, and our earn ings will continue to increase as rap idly as in the past. New lands will be broken, the number of farms in creased, forest and timber lands will be cleared, and new mines opened. From these prospects an idea can be formed of the splendid opportunities of the i'win cities for new trade. "I will give you an example to indi cate what causes increased freight earnings. Mr. Annin, a ranchman near Columbus, Mont., plowed up six acres of what is commonly called Mon tana waste or desert land last year, and supplied it with water. This is what he raised on the six acres and marketed along the Northern Pacific railway: 0,000 lbs. of onions $ 700 1,300 boxes of tomatoes ....... 780 7,000 melons 500 15,000 lbs. of squash ISO Total $ 2,190 "The amounts shown in the right band column .represent what Mr. An nin received in cash for his produce. The Northern Pacific railway and the Northern Pacific Express companies received benefits in handling the pro duce to the consumers. "This is only one of the great many instances, and there is room in the Montana valleys for more such settlers. There is a station on the Northern Pacific railway in Montana called Plains, which would indicate that this is not a good place for produce, yet some of the best apples to be had are raised there. 1 do not think finer baking or cooking apples could be found anywhere. I also had splendid large, fresh strawberries from Plains, Mont., on my table as late as the lat ter part of September. "There is one ranch in Montana that in the course of a couple of years will furnish us not less than 100,000 boxes apples each season. "We have handled twice as many apples this year as we did last year, principally from Washington and Idaho, being largely from local points on the line of the Northern Pacific railway. "There were also forwarded from points near Plains, Mont., this season more than !on carloads of horses, for sale at South St. Paul and other points. The war in Africa caused a great shortage of horses in the east, and large shipments from the west during the present year. We anticipate that when the present season closes we will have shipped about 7-*»,on0 head of these horses. "The Northern Pacific management has spared no pains to increase the business at local points along our -line during the past seven or eight years, and are now receiving in freight earn ings some of the benefits resulting from these efforts. It is safe to say that during the past year or two not a single passenger train has been sent out for the west from the union depot over the Northern Pacific which did not contain 'a number of emigrants, same trains having fifteen, twenty or thirty, and some trains full carloads. These settlers, or immigrants, are going west to take up and improve new lands, or launch into some enterprise. Our tonnage and earnings must there fore increase." NO BLUFF GOES. ALEX M'KENZIE DECLINES TO BE BLUFFED BY C. D. LANE. Seattle, Wash., Nov. 8.—Voyageurs from Cape Nome tell interesting tales of the bearing of Alex McKenzie dur ing the crisis over the receivership. When it became known that McKen zie would not obey the order of the court, it was rumored that the de fendants would seize the gold dust lying in safe deposit boxes rented by the receiver at the Alaska bank. It happened that on the same day Mc Kenzie went to the bank for the pur pose of withdrawing some dust that he was storing for a friend. A crowd of men, including the original stakers of the Anvil Creek disputed claims, and headed by a son of Charles D. Lane, were in front of the bank door when McKenzie started to leave the building. When he reached the door young Lane stepped forward, shoved a revolver in vhe receiver's face and said: "If you come outside the door you are a dead man." McKenzie looked at the young man over the barrel of the six-shooter. "I .am an American citizen and a free man," he said. "I go where I please." And. with no sign of excitement, he walked out and passed up the street before the eyes of the uggliest-looking assemblage that has been seen in Alaska this year. Young Lane didn't shoot. Later in the day McKenzie met some members of the crowd that had tried to intimidate him. He was warned not to go to the bank where the Anvil treasure was stored, under penalty of death. He visited the bank three times that day. "Not that I had any business there," he has explained, "but just for the deviltry of it" And now the inhabitants are won dering what will be the outcome of the stubborn stand taken by McKenzie and the Anvi'l Creek jumpers. RECALLED OLD TIMES. GUN PLAY AT THE SHERIDAN SEVERAL YEARS AGO IS RE CALLED. Speaking of the attempt to bluff Alex McKenzie with a gun at Cape Nome, the Jamestown Alert says: The above incident calls up another of a similar kind that happened in March, 18!Kl, at the Sheridan house in Bis marck. It was during the excitement of the last days of the legislature. Conde Hamlin, now editor of the Pio neer Press, had been sent to the state to roast the members of the legisla ture who had endeavored to pass the old lottery bill. .The paper had been savagely attacking many of the lead ing men in the state and had printed sensational reports about bribery of members, etc. Hamlin, a slight built man, was about to take the train for St. Paul, having just emerged from hiding. He was standing at the Sher idan bouse bar taking a drink, when 6 BISMARCK WEEKLY TRIBUNE: FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 1900. Alex McKenzie stepped up and placing a hand on his shoulder said he would like to speak with him. Hamlin, turn ing quickly around, pulled a revolver without warning, and attempted to Are it in McKenzie's face. The weapon was struck upwards by a bystander, and McKenzie seized the barrel with one hand and held the pistol still in Hamlin's hand, pointing to the ceil ing. The crowd became enraged at the effort to kill the big Scotchman, and would have made short work of Hamlin had not McKenzie saved his life. McKenzie forced Hamlin in a corner of the room, handed him back the pistol and throwing back the lapels of his coat exclaimed: "You are a coward. You would kill me for doing nothing to you. I am a man shoot me now." Hamlin weakened and wanted to shake hands. McKenzie refused but escorted him to the train nd kept back a dangerous and excited crowd, who, in the turmoil and passion of the moment would have undoubted ly made short work of the Pioneer Pre man. The scene was witnessed by a great many who will never forget the magnanimity and courage shown by McKenzie. AT FRISCO. ALEX M'KENZIE ARRIVES AT FRISCO BUT IS NOT TALKING ANY. Tacoma, Wash., Nov. 8.—Receiver McKenzie has arrived in San Francis co in charge of deputy marshals who brought him a prisoner from Nome. When he passed through Tacoma, Mr. McKenzie refused to be inter viewed. other than to deny that he is .••-10,000 short in his accounts, as charged. He was forbidden access to the deposit vaults, and gold received from the claims had to be deposited elsewhere, and thus escaped seizure. Every cent will be accounted for, all payments having been made by check and double series of vouchers. His case has been ordered before the supreme court of the United States for a hearing on Dec. 7 on a writ of certiorari. Thus the tables are turned on the court at San Francisco, as it turned the tables on Judge Noyes' court. The contestants have sold out their claims to C. D. Lane, so that the legal ity of the receivership is all that is now to be decided. Ex-§enator Gearey, author of the Gearey expulsion act, is McKenzie's attorney and expects to win his case. McKenzie read with great interest the account of Senator Nelson refusal to speak in North Dakota, and his scoring of Senator Hansbrough, but refused to make any comments. The Seattle Times says: Steamship Senator from Nome with federal offi cers and the famous gold mine re ceiver, Alexander McKenzie, aboard, arrived in port today. McKenzie came nominally a prisoner in charge of the officers. The Senator brought down pas sengers and possibly $500,000 in treas ure. She left the north on the even ing of Oct. 21, shortly after the Ohio, which arrived some time ago. The voyage down to Dutch Harbor proved to be a succession of violent gales. At times the steamer under full steam was steadily blown backward. From Dutch Harbor, where the Charles Nel son was coaling the voyage was un eventful. Among the Senator's passenger's is Receiver Alexander McKenzie, un der arrest and in charge of Marshals Shelby Monketon and George Burn ham, of San Francisco. As is already known, he is under arrest for alleged contempt of an order issued by the cir cuit court of appeals of San Francisco. It is reported that McKenzie means to fight the case to a finish. An appeal, it is declared, will be taken to the su preme court of the United States and it will then go to Washington. Mc Kenzie will be taken to San Francisco on the train leaving this evening. There were two large treasure hold ers among the Senator's passengers. The Sullivan party had in their pos session over $100,000 and G. H. Burn ham had $270,000. In the purser's safe was $00,000, passengers' treasure in addition to about $150,000 company gold. Of this $48,000 was consigned to the National Bank of Commerce, $48,000 to the Bank of British Colum bia and $38,000 to E. W. Backus. Steamship Roanoke was still at Nome when the Senator left The Nome City had sailed previously for this city. Both the Oregon and the John S. Kimball were in pprt. The Senator brought advices of a story concerning a terrible tragedy and H. H. Melvin, who arrived at Nome on Oct. 17, on the Dora, are authority for the tales. They had been left on Nelson Island, at Cape Vancouver from the schooner Casper early in Sep* tember. The Casper was to call again for the men, but the rescued men claim that the captain abandoned them there. The party soon fell in with a band of Nuavak Indians and ascertained that they were to be killed. This was bc-cause they had found the Indians rifling seven dead bodies, white men, on the beach. They 'had evidently been washed up during a fierce storm and it was impossible to ascertain from what ship they had come. Afterwards Javerson ascertained that they had been shipwrecked in a small boat and that the Indians had murdered them, destroyed the small boat and burning up. The three men were rescued, but while escaping from the Indians under went terrible hardships. The rumor regarding the probable wreck is, according to passengers on the Senator, without any foundation. Steamers Charles Nelson and Nome City had both sailed for this city, and steamers Oregon and Kimball were in port at Nome. The Oregon was to have sailed the day the Senator left The Roanoke was at St. Michael when the Senator left and was ,)i ob ably iV'ali.oc" there through stress of weather. Diligent search for. McKenzie and the officers after they left the dock and went up town in a carriage failed to locate them. It was suspected that they had immediately taken the train for San Francisco, but if so they went away incognito. No tickets were sold to them at the depot. TRY TO KILL ALL. BUT SUCCEEDS ONLY IN BLOWING HIMSELF OUT OF EXISTENCE. Elmira, N. Y„ Nov. 12—Ac 2 o'clock this morning a terrible explosion snook buildings miles around McLean. Investigation showed the dead body of Dr. L. Gleason in front of the house of his son-in-law. Frank Trapp, while the interior of i.ie building was wrecked. Other structures were dam aged. None in the house were hurt but Gleason. His body was terribly mangled. There was a misunder standing between the son-in-law and Gleason and it is supposed the latter attempted to blow all to atoms but succeeded only in killing himself. THE NOME CASE. CHARGES AND COUNTER CHARGES MADE IN THE RE CEIVERSHIP CASE. Tacoma, Wash., Nov. 12.—In the hearing of the cpntempt proceedings against Alex McKenzie at San Fran cisco, Kenneth Jackson presented tes timony regarding conditions in Nome tending to show the participation of ex-Judge Johnson in the cases. Jack son denied that he paid Johnson a re tainer of $25 previous to his refusal to appoint a receiver. While Metson was testifying regard ing the recovery of gold dust he said Receiver McKenzie ref&sed to deliver, Attorney Pillsbury declared that he wanted to show a conspiracy between McKenzie, United States Attorney Woods and Judge Noyes. The case went over. ROW IS ON. CONFLICT BETWEEN THE IRISH LEAGUE AND THE GOVERN MENT. Dublin, Nov. 12.—The first conflict between the Irish league and the gov ernment under Secretary Charles Wyndham took place today at Balin darrig, county Wicklow, where a meet ing was prohibited. John Redmond and Jchn DIIIc prsvlously had spoken in Wicklow denouncing the tyranny of the government. Redmond led the crowu to Ballindarrig, where there was a strong police force. A row ensued and severai were injured by police batons. TOOK PRISONERS. METHUEN SURPRISES BOER COMMANDER AND CAPTURES PRISONERS. London, Nov. 12.—Lord Roberts re ports that Methuett surprised Boer Cominandants Sny.mans and Bemass yesterday and took 30 prisoners. He captured many wagons. Command ants Prinsloo and Fourie are both re ported killed. Prinsloo is a relative of the general who recently surren dered. HAS A NEW SHOW. PETER SELLS HAS A LITTLE DO MESTIC SIDE SHOW ON. Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 12.—The di vorce suit of Peter Sells, the veteran showman, against his wife Mary, which was held in abeyance while compromise negotiations were on, be gan this morning. Both sides allege statutory acts and the case promises to be sensational. VILLARD IS NO MORE Passing of Henry Villard, One of the Conspicuous Figures of the Early W est. Remarkable Career of the Former Rail Road Builder and Financier* Who Died Today. Apoplexy Ends the Life of a Man Whose Career Was That of a Napoleon of Railroads. New York, Nov. 12.—Henry Villard, railroad magnate, financier and gen ius, died at New York this morning of apoplex the stroke coming upon him at midnight. Villard died a wealthy man, notwithstanding his many losses, his genius for finance enabling him to recoup. The name of Villard is one well known through the northwest and prominently identified with the North ern Pacific road. His life was tinged with financial romance. He was born in Bavaria, his father sitting upon the supreme bench of that kingdom. He came to the United States, settled in Illinois and though educated in the law, took up journalism. Some of his first work was the reporting of the Lincoln-Douglass debates. Then he went to Colorado to report gold dis coveries there for the Cincinnati Com mercial. Afterward he was a politi cal and war correspondent for the New York Herald. In 1874 while in Germany he became the representative of German bond holders of American railroads, which had defaulted in interest, and came to Ameriea again to look after their in terests. In these financial transac tions connected with the Kansas Pa cific he met and encountered Jay Gould. Subsequently he went around the Horn to Oregon, to look after the interests of some friends in railroad building in that region. He mastered the detail of navigation and transpor tation on the Pacific coast and after ward became president of railway and navigation companies on the Pa cific coast where he made both repu tation and money. His success brought capitalists to him and he encountered the Northern Pacific road which was entering the coast territory. The Northern Pacific purposed to. build into Portland and crowd out Villard's company. He or ganized the celebrated blind pool, one of the most remarkable transactions in finance, in which his friends put more than eight million dollars, with out receipt, to be used as he directed. Before the managers of Northern Pa cific stock knew what was being done the majority of the stock was in the hands of Villard and his friends. The directory of the N. P., alarmed at this prospect, determined to issue eighteen millions of old stock to the original purchasers to retain their supremacy. Villard brought suit to restrain the is suance of the additional stock, and as a result, Billings resigned the presi dency and at the annual election Vil lard becanje president of the Northern Pacific. With Villard as president was Thos. F. Oakes as vice president. Oakes was a railroad building genius, a man of much energy, and was the first ex ecutive officer of the road who made a complete overland trip of the line. With the energy of these two men and the resources of the Oregon and coast companies they were enabled to make the Northern Pacific project a reality. Branches were built, towns sprung up —among them Brainerd, Fargo, Bis marck and the large number of thriv ing towns along the road in half a dozen states—and the immense project of half a dozen dreams—the comple tion of the Northern Pacific was car ried out under Villard's genius and en ergy. He was~in Bismarck when the golden spike was driven, and nine spe cial trains in the city brought here at one time the most distinguished gath ering of statesmen, business men, fin anciers and diplomats perhaps ever assembled at one place and one time. Grand Forks Herald: Joseph For tin, Who has for the past 25 years been employed as blacksmith on the Great Northern boats in the Red River at a point opposite the site of the old saw mill in the northern part of the city about 2'o'clock Sunday morning. The Grand Forks had returned from a trip north Saturday evening and Fortiu with a companion had proceeded to his home a few miles up the river. On their return their boat is supposed to have collided with one of the barges and was overturned. Portin was un able to save himself and his com panion would have lost his life 'had it not been for the prompt action of one of the watchmen who rescued him. Fortin came to the surface twice and then disappeared for good. The river was dragged for the body yester day and once it was found and brought to the surface, but before it could be' secured went down again and the searchers have since been unable to locate it. The deceased had a wife and several children who resided on his farm a few ,miles up the river on Minnesota Point He was a man held in high esteem by all who knew him and had been a familiar figure in Grand Forks since the early days. His family has the sincere sympathy of a very large circle of friends. NO CHANGE REPUBLICANS CONCEDE BECK HAM'S ELECTION AND WILL NOT CONTEST. Louisville, Nov. 12.-^-The republi can state committee this afternoon is sued a statement conceding Beckham's, election and announces no contest. ONLY FOUR ESCAPED. LARGE NUMBER OF BODIES RE COVERED FROM ILL-FATED VESSEL. Halifax, N. S., Nov. 12.—Twenty-six bodies of thirty-five persons who lost their lives on the City of Monticello, were recovered up to this morning. They are frightfully battered. So far as known but four people on the vessel escaped with their lives. KRUGER SOON TO LAND AT MARSELLES AND WILL GET A PROPER WEL COME. Maiseilles, Nov. 12.—Kruger is ex pected to land here at 8 on the morn ing of the 17th. A grand stand has: been erected on the quay for speech making, when Dr. Leyds will reply on •behalf of Kruger to the address of welcome. Kruger will spend one night at Dijon en route to Paris. BECKHAM. OFFICIAL RETURNS SHOW NO CHANGE—BECKHAM ELECTED. I Louisville, Nov. 12.—The official re turns are coming slowly but show no change. Beckham's plurality remains about 3,."i00. at DISCHARGED. FRANK CARMODY, WANTED IN MEXICO, IS DISCHARGED AT FARGO. Fargo, Nov. O.-Pursuant to adjourn-' ment the case of Frank E. Carmody was taken up at 2 o'clock this after noon before Commissioner Montgom eiy of the United States district court. Commissioner Montgomery an nounced that the motion of the de fendant for a dismissal of the case on the grounds that the evidence was in sufficient was granted and that the prisoner was discharged. Carmody was arrested several weeks ago by the federal authorities for the Mexican government, the claim being made that he was implicated in the robbery of the safe of the Mexican General Electric Co. of the city of Mexico last March. The government was looked after by District Attorney Rourke and Mr. Carmody was represented by W Barnett. Fiank Carmody was employed at the time of his arrest by the Fargo dison Co. as an electrician and will at once resume his position with that company. THE LAST DAY. Paris, Nov. 12.-This is the last day 0 the exposition and tickets sell at 1 cent. The demolition of buildings has begun. IS NOT ILL. Bombay, Nov. 12.-Reports of the health of Lady Curzon, wife of the viceroy, are declared to be false. AT THE CAPITOL. New York, Nov. 12.-Gov. Roose velt took the early train this morning for Albany and will be at his office to day for the first time in several month. ASHORE. Hull, Nov. 12.—The Wilson line steamer Christiana is ashore at With erensea in a bad position. Tugs have gone to her assistance. Eighty-four of the Christiana's pas sengers were landed later by means of a rocket line apparatus. BULLER CHEERED. London, Nov. 12.-General Buller arrived at London from Aldershot this morning, and was wildly cheered as he was driven to the war office. Cupld waa thwarted in Fessenden last week. Alex Warner, a young man of that place, and Miss Minnie Mc Quay of Cass county had decided to marry without the consent of the young lady's guardian. When Mr Warner arrived in Fessenden with his bride-elect he was met by the sheriff who broke up the match. The young lady was returned to the home of her guardian. Warner and his intended have agreed to wait until the latter "ached the age required by law.