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Abstract"of the Proceedings otthe
Senate and
The senate rommittees, as foreshadowed,
were announced. Then came a flood of bills.
The total number of bills and joint resolu
tions was 594, a larger number than vvero
ever before introduced in the senate in one
Bills for the admission of Dakota and
Washington Territory were included in the
Senator Best offered a bill to place the
entne park in Wyoming, and to ettect nu
merous changes in administration.
Senator Hale offered a preamble and res
olution reciting the provision of the civil
service law which prohibits government
officials from offensive partisanship and
the letters of the president and of Com
missioner Oberly on the subject
and providing for the appoint
ment of a select committee of seven to ex
amine fully into the present condition of
the ci\il service in all its branches to as
certain whether appointments have been
based on merit and qualifications, or dis
tributed as partisan favois, and as to the
participation of governmeni 'officials in
political conventions and elections.
Speaker Carlisle, having called upon Mr.
Criso to preside, stepped down upon the
floor and addressed the chair asyfollows:
I la ell known that there is a contest
pending which makes it improper forme,
as presiding officer of the house, to ap
point the committee on elections. I have
left the chair, therefore, for the purpose
of a3king the house to excuse me
from the performance of that duty, and
take such proceedings in this matter as its
judgment may dictate. I have no sugges
tion to make except to sav that the forma
tion of the other committees of the house
will be facilitated by having this matter
disposed of at the earliest day that will
3int the convenience of members.
Mr Holman offered a resolution that
the house will at 1 o'clock to-morrow pro
ceed to elect fifteen mem bers who will consti
tute the committee on elections for the pres
ent session. Adopted. The following were
chosen as members of the committee by
RepublicanRowell, Houk, Cooper, Ly
man of Iowa, Johnson of Indiana and
DemocraticCrisp, chairman Outh
waito, Barry, O'Ferrall, Marsh, O'Neill of
Indiana, Moore, Johnson of North Caro
lina, -and Heard.
The senate committee on privileges
and elections devoted several hours to
a consideration of the West Virginia con
tested election case. Both the contestants
addressed the committee, and both sub
mitted printed briefs. There is no disa
greement as to the facts.
The committee discussed the matter and
determined unanimously to report in fa
vor of Mr Faulkner's title to the seat.
Senator Jones of Arkansas introduced
in the senate A bill to divide the great
Siou\ reservation in Dakota and Nebraska,
secure to the Indians the title in fee simple
to lands in severalty, to open a portion to
actual settlement, and to provide for the
better education and civilization of the
Sioux Indiana. The bill is one compiled
by Delegate Gifford au Hon John King
of Rapid City, Dak., who are here to push
the bill.
Senator Cullom introduced his postal
telegram bill. The bill establishes the
"United States Postal Telegraph" as a
part of the postal s\ stem of the United
States and for the purpose of inaugurating
""the system.
Senator Davis presented in the senate
bills granting the right to Duluth, Rainy
Lake' & Soul hwestern railroad to con
struct a bridge across the Red River of the
North, to place Capt. Wheeler, of the regu
lar aimy, who has had forty years ol ser
vice, upon the retired list with the rank of
major, and two private pension bills.
A petition of the council and the house
of representatives of Montana was pre
sented the senate, in favor of an amend
ment of the alien land law, so as to ex
clude mineral lands in the territory from
its operations.
A bill passed the senate which appro
priates a sufficient amount to refund to
the states the direct taxes imposed by the
act of 18G1.
Delegate Giffoid presented to the house
a petition from the people of Mandan,
Dak., asking the government to construct
a levee along the banks of the Hart and
Missouri rivers, to protect the town from
The house declared appointed the com
mittee on elections as selected by the cau
cuses and adjourned for several days.
A bill was introduced by Senator Spooner
for the relief of purchasers of overflowed
land3. I is the bill reported by the com
mittee on public lands during the last ses
sion, directing that states be given credit
for the amount of purchase money re
ceived by the United States from the sale
of lands that were included in any grant
of swamp lands to the state I is
provided that the acceptance of indemnity
for these lands shall constitute a relin
quishment of title to the land and be a con
firmation of the title of the grantees of the
United States.
Thp senate adopted the report of the
^elections committee, which recommended
that Charles Faulkner was entitled to a
seat as senator from West Virginia. Mr.
Taulkner took the oath and was assigned
to the committee on claims. District of
Columbia, mines and mining and pensions.
A bill was introduced by Senator Reagan
-to regulate immigration.
The senator, explaining his bill, said
Its main object was to have the character
of foreign immigrants examined fir3t by
the United States consul at the ports of
departure, instead of by state commission
ers at the ports of arrival. The foreign
idea, he said, was that the United States
invited immigration regardless of
the character of the immigrants but
the American idea was that it was not of
fering an asylum to convicts, to irrecon
cilable enemies of the law and order, or
the occupants of the Old World's insane
asylums and workhouses. The doors were
left open only to persons of good moral char
acter. Sev enty per cent of the population of
Boston was composed of persons ol foreign
birth and foreign parentage, SO per cent of
the population of New York,and 9 1 per cent
of the population of Chicago and these
figures might be aggravated by future im
migration. There is in this country a for
sign population of 19,340,000 or nearly
one third of the entire population.
Not in session.
Senator Butler has introduced a bill to
Jllcense i ailway conductors engaged in in
terstate commerce. I provides that no
railroad shall employ any person as a
railway conductor upon any tra in engaged
In interstate commerce unless the person
is licensed as provided by this act.
A bill was introduced by Senator Coke
to limit the jurisdiction, of United States
courts. I provides that the circuit and
district courts of the United States shall
not take original cognizance of any suit
of a civil nature between a corporation
organized under the laws of any state an
a citizen of any state in which the corpo
ration at the time of action may hav
boen carrying on any business, except in
cases arising under the patent or copyright
laws. i
Senator Spooner has introduced in thi
senate a bill to help out the act passej
la te last session, donating 15,000 to the
states for the establishment of experi
mental agricultural stations, which act
failetLof its purpose by reason of the fail
ure tSWongress to make the necessary ap
Sei^feor Palmer has introduced a bijl to
incrjp^ to $2,000,000 the limit &f the
"Pl/Pipriation for a public building at De
troit, Mich.
The bill introduced by Senator George
to protect employes and servants engaged
in foreign and interstate commerce, de
clares that they shall be entitled to re
cover damages for any injury sustained
through the careless, negligent or unskilful
act or omission of their employers or
masters, or of their fellow servants en
gaged on the same service.
Senator' Hale introduced a bill to pro
vide that any officer placed on the retired
list after 2 0 years service by reason of a
physical defect, which was not a disquali
fication at the time his original entry into
the service, shall be held to be retired for
disability incident to the service.
Not in session.
Conkling Tells A Story.
From the New, York Sun.
Roscoe Conklmg sat in the theater
the other evening. A hand was laid
on his shoulder from behind. It be
longed to a certain highly fashionable
matron of his acquaintance, but it
was a large organ, notwithstanding
that it had never done any labor.
"Yes, sir," said Conkling, mistaking
it for the hand of a man. Then his
eyes fell on the feminine sleeve attach
ed to it, and he confusedly murmur
ed, "I beg your pardon."
"Oh, no offense, I assure you," the
lady good humoredly responded.
Mr. Conkling then said. "This re
minds me of an actual case in which
a mistake in the gender of a hand
brought about a divorce suit. A
wife had a large hand, and it happen
ed one evening that she sat with her
husband and several others on a ru
ral veranda. The husband was smok
ing a cigarette, and, as it was very
dark indeed, the wife took it from
him for a surreptitious whiff. Now,
right alongside the couple sat a flirta
tious girl. She and the man were on
sentimental terms, but until ntfw
quite unknown to the woman. The
well developed hand of the wife, with
the cigarette, chanced to swing in con
tact with that of the girl, who took*
hold of it, thought from its size that
it was the husband's, felt convinced
of it by the cigarette, and thereupon
pressed it to her lips, rapturously be
lieving that she was taking a safe op
portunity of the darkness. The eyes
of the wife were opened, metaphoric
ally if not physically she watched
the pair for a few days, and an action
for divorce was soon instituted.
Cowboys Lassoing the Ballet.
From the Kansas City Star.
One of the variety theatres at Dodge
City had for an attraction a com
pany composed of gaudy-stockiuged
blondes. The performance was awful
in its wretchedness, and in no time the
boys got uneasy and the whiskey in
them began to call for fun. Joe Hooke
rose gravely, called the performance
to a halt, and asked for the manager.
That impressive gentleman came into
sight on the stage and asked what
was wanted. Joe told him that a
show, to be a success, should be plen
tifully sprinkled with local talent.
The manager haughtily declined Joe's
offer "to speak a piece," but his indig
nation was soon cut short by the
whizzing ot a lariat and a stern re
minder that any kicking would speedi
ly be followed by strangulation.'
Joe mounted the stage and ordered
the orchestra to play somethin' right
sneaky like, and began a long piece
to the effect that:
In de days of old
We'uns all lied golu
In fact till quite recen'ly
When vv e' uns held a wake
On New York Jak e,
But cudn't bury 'ira decen'ly.
After that the performance proceed
ed until one of the boys, taking it into
his head that the big fiddle was a nui
sance, threw a las&o over the neck of
it, and started for the door. The in
strument was a complete wreck in a
minute. The boys then began to las
so the girls on the stage, who were en
gaged in an Amazon march, and, in
less time than it taks to tell' it, there
was not a light burning in the house.
One Stepmother Who
A recent Chinese Emperor, in an
nouncing the demise of his stepmoth
er sent the following communication
to his ministers: '-We have attend
ed to her Majesty since we received
the tnrone, and have cherished her
for twenty-nine years. We have seen
that in her declining days that she
had every comfort, and that she had
passed the age of 80, for which our
heart was happy and calm, and we
encouraged ourself that she would
happily add one year to another un
til she enjoyed the felicity of seeing a
century. Lately, on the 19th day of
the moon, she took an airing in the
garden and returned to her palace.
We daily went to inquire concerning
her health. But, contrary to all an
ticipations, her ailments daily increas
ed in violence, and the 24th, in the
middle of the afternoon, 'she drove
the fairy chariot and went the long
journey.' Our grief broke out in l&fig
lamentations, for we are greatly* af
flicted. We humbly brought to mind
that since the Holy Empress. 'Filial
Pure Bright' (his own mother) 'left
the world to take the upward jour-
ney,' we have been greatly indebted
to her Imperial Majesty Tahing for
her abounding kindness and overshad
owing favor* We have been made
happy while attending to her be
hests, as men are rejoiced by the sun
which prolongs their lives but now
we can never again look upon fcerr ai
xectionate countenance. Oar grie!
oannot easily be assuaged."
List of Republican and Damocratlo
Membership of Committees.
The folk)wing is the full list of the Re
publican membership of the committees
as arranged:
Agriculture and ForestryPalmer, Blair, Sa
bin, Plumb, Haddock.
AppropriationsAllison, Dawes, Plumb, Hale,
Contingent ExpensesJones (Nevada), Pad
CensusHale, Morrill, "Wilson (Iowa), Btocfc
bndge, Davis.
District of ColombiaIngalls, Spooner, Chace,
Biddleberger, Farwell.
Education and LaborBlair, Bowen, Palmer,
Sawyer, Wilson.
Engrossed BillsDemocratic chairman, Alli
Enrolled BillsBowen. Sabin.
Civil Service and Retrenchment Chace,
Dawes, Manderson, Stanford, Stewart.
ClaimsSpooner, Hoar, Mitchell, Stewart,
Coast DefensesDolph, Cameron, Hawley,
CommerceFrve, Jne of Nevada, Dolph,
Cameron. Savwer, Cullom, Palmer.
Epidemic DiseasesDemocratic chairman,
Stanford* Chandler, Stockbrldge.
To Examine the Branches of the Civil Service
Quav, Aldrich, Allison.
Expenditures of Public MoneyFarwell,
Plumb, Pratt, Sherman, Frye.
FinanceMorrill, Jones of Nevada, Alison,
Aldrich, Hiscock.
FisheriesStockbrlrKe, Dawe*?, Stanford.
Foreign RelationsSherman, Edmunds, Frye,
Evarts, Dolph.
Improvement Mississippi IliverPaddock,
Chandler, Frirwell, Hawley.
Indian AffairsDawes, Bowen, Sabin, Piatt,
JudiciaryEdmunds, Ingalls, Hoar, Wilson,
LibraryEvarts. Hoar.
ManufacturesRiddleberger. Sabin, Qnav.
Military AftairHaw ley, Cameron, Mander
son, Stewart, Davis.
Mines and MiningStewart, Jones of Nevada,
Mitcnell, Teller
Naval AffairsCameron, Hale, Biddleberger,
Stanford, Chandler.
PatentsTeller, Chace, Piatt Hiscock.
PensionsDavis, Blair, Sawyer, Paddock, Quay.
Postoffices and Poscro.ic?sSawyer, Chace,
Bowen, Mitchell, Quay.
PrintingManderson. Hawlev.
Private Land ClaimsDemocratic chairman*
Edmunds, Stewart
Privileges and ElectionsHoar,. Frye,. Teller,.
Evarte, Spooner.
Public Buildings and Grounds Stanford*
Morrill, Spooner, Quav
Public LandsPlumb, Blair, Dolph* Teller,
RailroadsSabin, Sawyer, Hawley, Mitchell,
Chandler, S ock bridge.
Revision of the LawsWilson {Iowa}, Hale,
Revolutionary ClaimsDemocratic chairman,
Cbace, Morrill,
RulesAldrich, Sherman, In sails'.
TerritoriesPiatt, Cullom. Manderson, Stew
art, Davis.
Transportation Routes to the Seaboard
Mitchell, Plumb, Cu.lom, Dawes, Aldrich
To Investigate the Condition of the Potomac
FrontDemocratic chairman, Manderson, Rid
dleberger, Spooner
Nicarauga Claims Democratic chairman.
Hoar, Cameron.
Woman SuffrageDemocratic chairman, Blair.
Palmer, Chace, Brown.
Additional Accommodations to the Library
Democratic chairman, Morull, Chandler
Centennial of Constitution and Discovery of
AmericaHiscock, hheimau, Ho
Indian TradersChandlei, Piatt. Cullom.
The following is a correct list of the sena
tors who will repiesent the Democratic
party on the committees named, except
that one or two changes may be made in
committees of minor importance, such as
revision of the laws.
AppropriationsLcck, Cockrell, Call and Gor
AgricultureGeorge. Gibson and Jones, the
old members, with Senator Bate of Tennessee
as a probability
To Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses
of the SenateVa ice.
Civil Service and RetrenchmentNo change:
Voorhees, Walthall, "Wilson and Berry.
CommerceNo change: Ransom. Gorman,
Kenna, Gibson.
Education and LaborNo change' Call, Pugh.
Pavne, Walthall.
Committee on Engrossed BillsSaulsbury,
chairman CJII.
Enrolled Bill*No change: Colquitt.
To Examine the Seveial Branches of the Civil
ServiceNo change: Hampton, Gray.
Epidemic DiseasesNo change: Harris.
Hampton. Eusti. Berry
FinanceNo change Vooihees, Beck, Mc
Pi.erson, Harris, Vance.
JudiciaryNo change: Pugh, Coke, Vest,
LibraryNo change: Voorhees.
Military AffairsCockiell, Hampton, Walthall,
the old membeis, with probably Senator Bate as
a new member.
Naval AffairsMcPherson, Butler and Black
burn, the old members, with Senator Gray as a
probable new membei
Pnveleges and ElectionsNo change: Sauls
bury, Vance, Pugh, Eustis.
Public LandsNo change: Morgan, Cockrell.
Walthall. Berry.
Revision of the LawsNo change: Kenna,
RailroadsProbablv no chance: Brown.
Kenna, George, Blackburn.
RulesNo change: Harris, Blackburn.
Revolutionary ClaimsCoke, chairman.
Select CommitteesAdditional accommoda
tions for the library: Voorhees, chairman But
ler and Gibson, the old members.
To Inquire Into Claims of Citizens Against
McaraueuaMoigan, chairman Wilson and
some new man.
River Front of WashingtonMcPherson,
chairman Ransom and some new member.
Woman SuffrageCockrell, chairman, with
Brown and a new member.
Centennial of the Constitution and Discovery
of AmericaVoorhees, Gorman and Eustis.
John Arensdorf Acquitted of the
Murder of Mr. Haddock, Thus
Disposing of the Case.
Sioux City, Special Telegram, Dec. 9.The
atrial of John Arensdorf for the murder of
Rev. George C. Haddock came to a sudden
close at 9 o'clock this evening. At 6 o'clock
the case was finally submitted to the jury,
the whole day having been occupied by
Hon. M. D. O'Connell of Fort Dodge, who
closed the final argument for the state.
He said:
I was the duty of every man to obey
the law. A jury haB no right to deal out
wisdom to the lawmakers. referred to
Erwm as the gceat classic pine tree of the
North. denounced Attorney Tread
well as the leading spirit in the conspiracy
which 'killed Haddock. Treadwell ma de a
speech at the saloonkeepers' meeting of
an incendiary nature. Arensdorf was the
leader of the- saloon men. They obeyed
him because the others lacked courage to
carry out their plans. He did not. Arens*
dorl fired the shot which killed Haddock
while the rest of the crowd halted.
At a few minutes before 9 o'clock the
jur came-in and announced a verdict of
not guilty. The court had been summoned
a few .minutes before, and the defendant
and his attorneys and the atto r
neys for the state were present.
The court room was about half filled
with a crowd, which had swiftly gathered
as the news of the agreement of the jury
spread. There was a slight demonstration
in the court room, but four or five of th
spectators refused to join in it. As soon as
the verdict was announced Arensdorf's
counsel moved' for his discharge and the
motion was granted. Th defendant's
counsel graspei his hand, but^S
istfc otttw
am consciouB
august moment I
kings." For near,
eulogized American ,._..
:$g sounded the key-no
away to thank the raembers^of the jury,
who had been dismissed by the court. I
is safe to say that this verdict finally and
forever disposes of the Haddock murder
case, and'thatj, the man who actually fired
the shot will never be punished.
The Sioux City Journal gives a brief sum
mary of W, W. Erwin's speech in the Arens
dorf trail, from which the following is tak
en as showing that the address briBtled
with sayings that are distinctly character-
5 ^%-wawr-
the inalienable right- of Americans^ Wrfrfk
what they please. "Christ, the first great
lawbreaker," employing Mr. Erwin's ex
pression, "overturned the bigotry of Mos
es, and from that time, .little by little, the op
pression of fanatics nas been lossened on
the souls of mem" proceeded to attack
Gov. Larrabee, the "privateprosecutors,"
shall extend our trade and commerce to
every land and clime, and shall properly
support the dignity of the nat ion, and the
promoti on of friendly and harmonious re
lations and intercourse between all the
states, are cordially invited to unite under
this call in tho formation of a national
ticket. Each state will be entitled to four
delegates at large, and for each representa
tive at large.two delegates, and each congres
sional district, each territory and ihe Dis
trict of Columbia, to two delegates.
The delegates at large shall be chosen by
popular state conventions called on not
less than twenty days published notice
and not less than thirty days before the
meeting of the national convention. The
congressional district delegates shall be
chosen in the same manner as the nomina
tion of a member of congress is made in
said districts. The territorial delegates
shall be chosen in the same manner as the
nomination of delegates in congress is
made. The delegates from the District of
Columbia shall be chosen at a convention
constituted of members elected in primary
district assemblies held under the call and
direction of the. Republican central
committee of said district. An
alternate delegate for each delegate
in the national convention, to
act in case of the absence or the delegate,
shall be elected in the same manner and
at the same time as the delegate is elected.
All notices of contests must be filed .vith
the national committee in writing, ac
companied by printed statements of the
grounds of contest, which shall be made
public. Preference in the order of hearing
and determining contests will be given by
the convention in accordance with the
dates of filing of such notices and state
ments with the national committ ee
Jo\'E5 Chairman.
To Make New Classifications.
The following circular was sent to the
general freight agents of the railroad* cen
tering in St. Paul by the secretary of the
state railroad commission.
Referring to you rs of Nov. 18, concerning
the probability of" a change in
the present classification of "small
parcels" by the joint co-operation
of all the railway companies doing busi
ness in the Btate, we have to say that it
would give the commission a great pleas
ure if what is to them a very troublesome
subieet should be disposed of in that.man
ner. But feeling that a result (if ever ob
tained) depending upon the co-operation
of so many companies will consume a
great deal of time, and being thor
oughly convinced that *the present
pystem is unjuBt and burdensome to many
Bmall shippers we feel it our duty to say
to all the roads interested that it is our
purpose to recast the schedules of the va
rious companies touching the classification
of small parcels by the commencement of
the new year, should not they in the mean
time valuntarily ma ke the change required.
By the commission.
as he sneeringly termed the gentlemen at
the state's table, and the press as "con
spirators." Familiar words on the speak
er's lips were "Th Gentle Jesus" and.
"Christ," but always coupled with unfa*
vorable comparisons of Iowa Christians'
work and the Divine Master's. Dr. Had
dock came in for his share of con
demnation. was-denounced as-"a. cra
zy fanatic," "a armed, disguised, prowl
mg, midnight spy and informer." The
name of "martyr" was indignantly denied
him, as he had- ''sought the fate that befell1
him." "Haddock drummed upon theLaz*
a house and Leavitt came out and slew
him." Th oharge was repeatedly made.
Leavitt was oalled "th murderer from
first to last." 'The brut al fanaticism ol
Haddock walked up to the portals of your
temple of justice and profaned this forum,"
saidErwin. spoke of "fanatical pray
er meetings," and said the time had come
for a revolt against this tyranny of the
church. "The sacrament of the lord's Hupper
could not be observed without a permit
from the board of supervisors," he said.
"There is a rotten canker of fanatical
spite threatening the-liberties, of the peo^
pie." Mr. Epwin's- peroration contained1
an allusion to the statue of justice above
the court house. said if Arensdori
-were convicted the jury should ask the
board of supervisor* to remove the mock
ery. I ao happens that the cheap figure
lost its scales in a high wind a year ago.
Mr. Erwin's recommeudationthat there be
placed in it stead a wanton blinking its
eye beneath a bandage, put on by the
hands of fanatical conspirators," may or
may not be kindly received by the people
he-has grossly insulted.
Tho Republican National Commit
tee Issues the Call for the Con
vention in June.
the Republican Electors of the United
States: I accordance with usage, and
obedient to the instructions of the Repub
lican national convention of 1884 a na
tional convention of delegated representa
tives of the Republican party will be held
at the city ot Chicago, 111., on Tuesday,
Ju ne 19, 1888, at noon, forth purpose of
nominating candidates for president
and vice president to be sup
ported at the next national election,
and for the transaction of such other
business as may be there presented. Re
publican electors in the several states, and
voters without iegrd to past political
aflilation or differences, who believe in the
American principle of a protective tariff,
for the defense and development of home
industries and the elevation of home la
bor, who would reduce the national taxes
anu prevent the accumulation of the sur
plus in the treasury in harmo ny with this
principle, who are opposed to the attempt
now more openly avowed than ever before,
to establish a policy which would strike
down American labor to the level of the
underpaid and oppressed workers of
foreign lands ho favor a svstem of
naval and coast defenses which w'dl enable
the United States to conduct its interna
tional negotaticns with self respect, who
gratefully cherish the defendeisof the coun
try, who condemn and resent the continu
ed and unjust exclusion of rapidly growing
territories which have an indisputable title
to admission into the sisterhood of states
who are in favor of free schools and popu
lar education, a free and honest ballot and
a fair count, the protection of everv citizen ri
ot the United States in his legal rignts at Brown,
home and abroad, a foreign policy that
E S. WAKNER, Secretary. i&
A Chicago, John, Samuel and James
Littlejohn, three farmers from Gladstone,
Dak., were tricked out ot $600 by a shrewd
and unknown.Western confidence man who
traveled with them from Minneapolis. I
was the old game of cashing a worthless
bon d.
At :Eau Claire, Wis., John McCabe, aged
fourteen, snot himself in the mouth with a
revolver while playing robber. His teeth
broke the force o! the bullet. swallowed
it and may recover.
60Nf EHTIONi McBride
A Memorial to Congress Praying for
Undivided and Immediate Admis-'iHo
sion Adopted, u*^
ABEBDEEN, Special Telegram, Dec. 15.
The morning trains brought in the re
mainder of the North Dakota contingent
headed by Maj. Edwards, Territorial Veter
inarian Allawav, ex-Capital Commissioner
Spaulding/'Budd Beesa of Traill, J. E.
Greene, W. H. Becker of Fjirgo, P. J. Mc
Cumber, member of last council f$pm Rich
land Editor Garred, Wahpeton Timeseach
laden with proxies from their respective
countiea The forenoon was devoted to
caucusing for the temporary organization,
and a discussion of the proposed memorial
to congress. Some extreme delegates wanted
an allusion to the hopelessness of division
but the conservative elements opposed
this and insisted on a plain state
hood of Dakota's desire for ad
mission. The convention assembled at 12.30
in the opera house, which was decorated
with bunting and the legends, "In union
there is strength," "1861 "Liberty and
union, one and inseperable, now and for-
ever." L. G. Johnson, chairman of the ex
ecutive committee, called the convention to
order. The formal call was read by secre
tary Braden. was signed by citizens of
seventy-seven counties. A count of the
convention showed sixty-one counties rep
resented by an aggregate of 200 delegates
in person. The temporary organization was
effected as follows: Chairman, H. C. Pres
ton, Mitchell secretaries, B. F. Spalding,
Fargo F. H. Burdick, Vermillion W. W.
Goddard, Minnehaha W. E. Kellogg. James
town. Mr. Preston toot the chair and made
a strong speech, setting forth the principal
arguments in favor of one state. was
enthusiastically applauded. His sentiments
had especial significance from the fact that
Mr. Preston had been until recently a Re
publican divlsionist.
Mr. Wilson of Pembina was appointed
chairman of the committee on credentials,
which was constituted as follows:
WUson, Pembina: Van Eps, Minnehaha: Mc
Chesnev, Brown: Bhoupe, Bon Homme: Purcell,
Richland: Alloway, Grand Forks Burdick, Clay
Arnold, Edmunds House, Grant Moses, San
born Harrington, Dickey Ross, Sargent: Ed
wards, Cass Wilson, Faulk.
The committee reported as 4ndicated, a
large number of proxies being represented
A letter was read from Granville Bennett of
Black Hdi8 endorsing the movement, and
the convention voted that ex Gov Benning
ton of Yankton be authorized to cast the
vote of Lawrence county. A committee on
organization was made up as follows.
Dodge, Cass county McCumler, Richland
Grant, Douglas East, Yankton Huntincton,
Day Gale, Lincoln Russel, Barnes: Ronayne,
Aurora Fav. Mcintosh Alien, Hutchinson:
Tnompson, Burleigh Lallv, Hamlin: Wilkin
son, La Moure Grav, Hand Girffy, Walworth.
They lenorted permanent officers as fol
lows: Chairman, George Bice, Moody sec
retaries, Spalding, Kellogsr. Goddard, Nash,
Williamson. Mr. Bice, in taking the chair',
reviewed the history of the division more
ment to the present time, and designated
this as the most important gathering in the
history of Dakota. A committee on the me
morial was appointed, as foliow^:
Pennington of Yanktop Reese, Traill "Wrijrht,
Minnehaha Becker, Cass Goodykoontz, Da
vison Nash. Lincoln Van Bus kirk, jCodina
ton Frve, Stutsman Smith, Faulk Keiser,
Spink Gerreid. Richland: Cromwall, McPher
son Newman, Sargent Mallony, Dickey Luce,
A lively discussion here followed on the
appointment of a committee to present the
memorial at Washing fcoa A vote on the
manner of appointment resulted in a victory
for a prearranged programma A commit
tee of fifteen was appointed, as follows:
Greene, Cass Sheldon, Day: Lawler, Davison:
Dobbins,Barnes: Sheridan, Pennington Lauder,
Richland Stiles, Minnehaha Runkle, Sar{i3nf
Moore, Brown Allen, Stutsman Hameister.
Yankton: Jewell, Burleigh: Hawes, Hanson
Wdson, Pembina Alloway, Grand Forks.
Those two committees retired and the fol
lowing letter was read from Congressman
Springer to L. G. Johnson, arousing great
This is the first concerted movement on the
part of the people of Dakota for sintcle statehood
which has come to my knowledge. Heretofore
the organized efforts of your people have been
in the direction of the division of the territory,
while individuals, certain localities and news
papers in the territory have opposed such ef
forts. These contending factions among your
own people have had the result of preventinu
anv affirmative action whatever by -congress.
Some of your citizens entertain the idea that
the question of division of the territory is a
purely local one, concerning only the people of
Dakota. The people of every state in the Union
are equally interested in this question.
Mr. Springer continues at some length to
show why division is out of the question.
He says he is Btill and will be unalterably
opposed to the dismemberment of Dakota,
though he heartily favors her admission as a
whole. The convention took*a recess until
7*30 m., when reports were to be pre
sented. The first business after supper was
the admission of representatives from Lake
and Polette countiea A resolution was in
troduced to incorporate the petition for
opening the Sioux reservation in the
memorial but after a short discussion it was
laid on the table. The memorial to congress
was presented and adopted by unanimous
rising vote. I was followed by an energetic
speech from Qov. Pennington which
was warm'y applauded. The ex-governor
was rapidly becoming {he central figure In
the convention owing to his former stand as
a divisionist and his conversion to the one
state idea.
The memorial is as follows:
To the Congress of the United States: The
people of Dakota Territory assembled hi a dele
gate convention respectfully represent that
they are desirous of the admission of the Terri
tory of Dakota as a st&te into the federal Union.
We are possessed of the requisite population to
entitle Dakota to representation in. the house of
representatives in case of admission. We there
fore earnestly petition for the passage by con
gress of an enablins act authorizing the election
of delegates to a convention for the purpose of
preparing a constitution republican in form to
the end that the constitution so framed may be
submitted to a vote of the people of said terri
tory at the next general election for ratification,
and, if ratified, that Dakota Territory be admit
ted into the Union as the State of Dakota. Sub
mitted herewith is the proceedings of the con
vention of the people of Dakota, held at the city
of Aberdeen, Dak., Dec. 15. A D. 1887. to all
of which we earnestly invite your attention and
pray for favorable consideration. [Signed]
Chairman Memorial Committee.
Secretary Memorial Committee^
The first music of the convention began
when the committee on the Washington del
egation reported. Wnght of Sioux Falls ob
jected to the delegation as made up on the
ground that North Dakota had more than
her'shar e. especially objected to the
na me of ILL McCormack A hot discussion
followed, with ex Gov. Pennington a the
chair, but the usual harmony prevailed and
the report was adopted as follows: j*?\
At large, L. G. Johnson. M. L. McCormackTW
B. Dodge first judicial district
C. Lee? sixth*
A ^committee to
membnai .wa a appor^qe^/J^o^mveiBlejnal
vote of xnan^ks was extended to
and the conventiOB adj#nxued fine\
Map-Edwards left'f).^osnje' toaag]
gusted, with ^the result He said to,Jthe Pio.
KERB PBESg reporter: "I'll bet $10ofcanga
Washington and beat any dv^d cewbuttea
they can send there."" Itjrfus the opinion
of a number of delegates that the
whole business was prearranged in the-in
terest of certain individuals and feertain
localities. Harmony was the prevailing
sentiment of to-day, but it was^ qort of
harmony that is produced
1 with a club.
Every objection to the programme laid out*
as voted down in the interest ot harmony,
untd the term became a veritable "chest-
"nut," and provoked laughter at every refer
ence to it Marshal Maratta was oh. the
ground all day as a- member of the Cass
county delegation.^ The speech of Temporary
Chairman Preston was one of the best things
of the convention,, being clear, concise
and withal from a true Republican
standpoint The convention was not
as largely attended as its projectors
had hoped but men present ^were enthuaf-^
astic. What it will accomplish at Washing
ton remains to be seen. Springer's letter la
considered by many to be a strong indication
of the purpose of Democrats, though some
regard it as equivocal and in no sense bind-'
ing on his party. Th Washington delega--^,.,
tion is more or less criticized on account of
two or three objectionable men, who have
been too prominent in past factional qnar-||^
rels to properly represent a movement such- sj|\.
as this is alleged to be. The divisionistap^
ptesent feel that the result of the conven -M
tion, will not prove a formidable obstacle in
the consideration of their claims at Wash*
ington, and propose to meet all argument* |h*
Ex-Gpv. Pennington's action in refusing'
call of the roll on the question of adopting
the report of the committee on delegates la
the result of much unfavorable comment
among delegates and spectators. He was!
called to the chair by Mr. Bice, who. took his I
place with the Moody county delegation, aa
a motion had been ma de to place him upon
the delegation^ im place of Secretary Boy n.
ton The governor convulsed the house by'
his rulin&TB on several questions,, and then in*
tensified this by declaring that a minority S^-
had no right to demand the call of the roll. W
After adjournment, many of those who as- j#~
sented to the decision admitted that it was mjw
unfortunate. Charitably disposed people afaJlL
tribute it to the governor's passion tor banT
monr. After the closing of the convention
your correspondent interviewed Mr. Wright Sft
of Minnehaha relative to his opposition to if I
the members at large on the the committee p* I
to present the memorial to congress.
Why, there was nothing personal in it. It was.
not $hose men I was after. Capt. McCormack is 2
a personal friend of mine. I made the ebjection W
simply to please some members of tho Minne
haha delegation who opposed other members on iur
the committee. Of the district members. Win- js
sor is popular with some, but Gale is not ass5|
popular as he ongnt to ba To tell you the truth, A
it was simply a local point I wished to gain, ,-x
The discussion may have seemed to indicate a
bad ieeling avainst McCormack, but I assure r
you thero was none. I would prefer that gen- Mm.
tleman to almost any other. I am no kicker and
want it understood that I am satisfied and will *J
work as hard as anybody to the end desired. I 7g*
will be in Washington myself this winter and P* T&
assist in every wav I can. I am aitistled
the result. I didn't make the point I was after.
but it's all right.
25 fc!r
Ike Weir easily fought all arou nd Tonv
my Warren, but the referee calls it a draw.
The additional particulars of the fire at
Wessmgton, Dak., by which the wife and
six children of Michael Harris, were burn
ed to death, are very shocking. Seeing the
peril that all were in Mr. Harris jumped
from a second story window and called to
Parr, a brother of Mrs. Harri s, to thrr
the children out to him. A this moment
Mrs. Harris tossed the baby to her hus
band who caught and saved it Simultane
ously Parr jumped out was also fol
lowed by the oldest son Mrs. Harris
then turned away a moment to get anoth
er chiid to throw to he husband, bat at
that moment the house fell in, and buried
he.r and the six children a fiery tomb.
Nothing could be done to rescue them.
The lire canght in the lower part of the
lidnse, burned away the timbers and let
the npper story, with the roof, fall on the
heads of the mother and six children. Th
father and the others who had escaped
could distinctly hear the shrieks of those
in the ruins, yet wire powerless to give re)?*
lief. dT
Warren an
At Hartford,. Robe rt E Beecher, secre
tary ot the Continental Life Insurance
company, and Isaac W Hakes, chief clerk
of the company were arrested for making
Con. gea on Pensions. ^AKH
Gen. John'_
the Grand Arr
the Pacific
considerable! over the repc
of a pension i
eral public
Was as&erted that the^jjws^cj oit&te^le-
pendent peairiqn bill b^Jthe Grancf
Array of the Republic ^eansMpension'to
every man who ,s^je in the
Union army, no 'mtttCewLwhether
he needed it or was
Rea, commander-in-chief of it
iy of the Republic, wh is a Js/
ago, expressed himself with rrr
ling to a Tribune reporter tU&&
that he was an advocate
vice bill* said the gen
^Bd serious mistako when it
e'rrwfted to
it. "Th class of men I thinkought to
have pensions," said Gen, "ar toa& who
are sick and poverty-stricken, with the
doors of the poorhouae staringlBfcbem in
the face, and who are brought nearyieath's
door because of exposure in the neVvico of,
the United States. Myself and otb\rs are
supporting a man who fought all tflrough
the war, and when be came out he had
quite a fortune left him from business, that
ho gave up to enter the service.
He began to sicken after the war /ras
over, his money dwindled away to meet
the expenses -of the disease, inflamma
tory rheumatism, that had set its seal up^.
on him, until he is now helpless, poor and
deserted but for old soldier friends. That
man can't get a pension because he was
never in the army hospital and nowhere
appears on the hospital rolls, yet he is
clsarly entitled to it if any man ever was,
because those who know him are satisfied
he contracted the seeds of the dieeaBe he is
suffering from while serving his country.
There are thousands like him. No old soldier
shall got the poorhouse while I have a dol
lar if he is deserving, and there are thou
sands of Grand Army boys who draw from
their small earnings money to help their un
fortunate comrades live, but it is wrong to
expect us to shoulder the burdens of these
men. I hate this talk of paying soldiers
this everlasting talk about the money that
is being expended to support men on the
pension rolls. I is a duty the government
owes them,now that they "are eking out an
existence through the charity of friends be
cause they are worn out and unfitted for
work. I know that there are many men
drawing pensions according to existing
laws that don't deserve government aid,
but because a man suffering fror* disease
contracted in the service is not borne on
the hospital rolls is no reason why a laV
should not be passed providing for
case and thousands like it." Gen. Ilea has
returned to Minnesota^
lar fight to a "draw
falseretWf^^^Wfe^iOWknee companies.

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