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Wlllmar Tribune, •y Tm Tnnum Paums* On, WILLI!AB. MINX SUMMARY OF A WEEK'S EVENTS MOST IMPORTANT HAPPENINGS AT HOME TOLD IN CON DENSED FORM. LATE FOREIGN DISPATCHES Interesting Items of News Gathered from All Fails of the Globe and Outlined in the Briefest Manner Possible. THE RUSSIAN REVOLT. The uprising in Moscow has been crushed, the last of the revolutionists surrendering, and peace is restored in the city. Workmen started a bloody revolt in Bakhmut, Russia, and were caught in a trap by troops and 300 slain. The reactionary cabal is ready to force Witte's downfall and make Dur novo the Russian premier. The czar has ordered the loyal troops to sweep through the rebellious Baltic provinces with fire and sword, making war against all age3 and sexes. Count Witte may prevail on the czar to seize the present moment to promul gate a constitution. The czar has begun a vigorous war on the revolutionists. The prisons are filled to overflowing and hundreds of arrests are being made daily. A collision involving two Russian military trains occurred between Sna menka and Dnieperovsk. Twenty sol diers were killed. The casualties in Moscow as a re sult of ten days' revolt may reach iiiree hundred workmen attacked a detachment of dragoons in Riga, kill ing 11 and wounding 14. Terrorists began war in Russia by shooting the governor of Ufa and as sassinating the prefect of police at Pa biance. Thirty revolutionary leaders at Moscow have been executed. MISCELLANEOUS. New York legislators opened their fight to unseat United States Senator Depew, State Senator Brackett intro ducing a resolution calling upon him to resign forthwith. This was with drawn, after a hot debate, with the understanding that it is to be intro duced again later in the session. In an interview Senator Depew declared he would not resign. John A. McCall resigned as president of the New York Life Insurance com pany. The resignation was accepted by the board of trustees and Alex ander E. Orr was elected to the presi dency of the company. Mr, Orr's sal ary was fixed at $50,000. A tox*nado swept the town of Albany, Ga. Several persons were killed. Dam age to property will exceed $150,000. Gov. rianly, of Indiana, after a con ference with Attorney General Miller and several attorneys at Indianapolis, announced that proceedings would be commenced in the circuit court to oust Secretary of State Storms, who has re fused to resign at the request of the governor. France will send ships to take part in the opening exercises of the James town exposition. Admiral Rojestvensky accuses the British of intention to destroy his fleet if the Japanese failed and the British envoy promptly asks an explanation oi. Russia. Representatives of foreign govern ments offer Chicago packers new loca tions and immunity from prosecution. A representative gathering of Greeks In Chicago asked for a fairer and more friendly recognition from the people of the United States. Mrs. William Ballinger, a prominent musician of Wheaton, 111., killed her self with a shotgun. One man was killed, several hurt and much property damaged by a 60 mile gale that swept Chicago. Germany's reply to the military prep arations of France is a rush order for $50,000,000 worth of cars to carry the kaiser's army to the frontier in case the Moroccan conference ends in a threat of war. Gen. Rodriguez attacked Puerto Pla ta, Santo Domingo. Twenty-five were killed and some wounded. President Roosevelt is much dis turbed by the revolution in San Do mingo, and it is reported that he is seriously considering the advisability of intervening and landing troops to put an end to the revolt. Charles A. Edwards, a New York millionaire, was murdered in bed while asleep in the home of his brother-in law, a judge, in New Haven, Conn., after having had a dispute with his brother-in-law, according *to reports, over an estate. Retaliatory measures against the railroads in revenge for the cutting off of passes are planned by the Pennsyl vania legislators and may cost the roads many million dollars. The treasury department has ex pended $60,000,000 in the last ten years for public buildings. David B. Hill begged for an oppor tunity to explain his Equitable re tainer to the Armstrong committee. He was too late, as the sessions were finally ended. Fire at Chariton, la., destroyed the post office and six business blocks, causing a loss of $100,000. Walter Wellman has been commis sioned by the Record-Herald to build an airship, the largest ever construct ed, and to sail in it for the north pole. The progress of the quest will be re ported by means of wireless telegraph apparatus earned on the airship, which will transport five men. A Chinese commission is coming to the United States to study political, commercial, financial and educational methods. Two sluggers and five union men who hired them were found guilty in the Gilbooley case at Chicago, with prison terms as the punishment. Jweph Stang, of Menominee, Mich., has received from Emperor William of Germany, a silver medal bearing the emperor's likeness, in recognition of an act of heroism in saving the lives of an old man and his daughter a num ber of years ago when Stang was a sol dier in Germany. Infatuated with Pearl Wheaton, who refused to marry him, Matthew Styer broke into her home in Caledonia, Minn., killed her and fatally wounded her mother and sister. He then shot himself, dying later. The monthly statement of the public debt shows that at the close of busi ness December 30, 1905, the total debt, less cash in the treasury, amounted to $^94,869,718, which is a decrease as compared with December 1, 1905 ,of $4,883,113. The issuance of temporary restrain ing orders on ex parte statements, which virtually results in government by injunction, has been given a severe blow by Judge Joseph V. Quarles, of the United States district court for the eastern district of Wisconsin, who rules that hereafter he will issue no such orders until both sides to the controversies have been heard in court. Dr. S. M. King, a prominent physi cian of Akron, O., committed suicide while lying in bed by shooting himself through the head. Thousands are starving in north Ja pan on account of the famine there, according to advices brought by the steamer Empress of Japan. By the explosion of ten sticks of dy namite in the home of August W. Schroeder, in Groves, near Menominee, Mich., Gertrude, his two-year-old daughter, was killed, and Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder seriously injured. Capt. Sidney Bowers, of the fire de partment, was killed, and Frank L. Hines, a fireman, was seriously injured in an incendiary fire which completely destroyed the Highland Baptist church at Springfield, Mass. Alice Roosevelt divided honors with the president at the New Year's re ception at the White House. The affair was the most brilliant ever known in Washington. Over 9,000 persons at tended. There is a report that John A. McCall has resigned as president cf the New York Life. The payment of the $235,000 Hamilton graft is rumored. The grand jury at Baltimore, Md., which has been investigating the af fairs of the Maryland Trust company under the old regime, returned pre sentments against three of the former officials. The appeal of Charles L~ Tucker, convicted nearly a year ago of the murder of Miss Mabel Page, at Wes ton, Mass., has been denied by the Massachusetts supreme judicial court. Huntington Wilson, of Illinois, now first secretary of the legation at To kio, has been decided upon as the suc cessor to Mr. Peirce, third assistant secretary of state. After 12 hours of steady snowfall one of the heaviest snows for many years covered the whole of New Mex ico. Gen. Francis Fessenden, aged 66, one of Maine's most distinguished sol diers of the civil war and a former mayor of Portland, Me., is dead. The American Institute of Archi tects will bold its thirty-ninth annual convention in Washington on January 8, 9. 10 and 11. An agreement to abolish rebating on premiums has been entered into by the New York Life Insurance com pany, the Equitable Life Assurance so ciety and the Mutual Life Insurance company. Grover Cleveland has been appointed referee to decide all ques tions that may arise in such matters and his salary will be 312,000 per an num. Judge Thomas H. Paynter was nom inated for United States senator from Kentucky to succeed J. C. S. Black burn, in the joint caucus of the demo crats of the state legislature. The nomination is equivalent to an elec tion. Charles T. Yerkes, street railway magnate and financier, died at the Waldorf-Astoria, in New York, leav ing his Fifth avenue mansion and its treasures of art to that city. The mag nate's wife, from whom he had been estranged for years, was reconciled to him on his deathbed. The funeral of Charles T. Yerkes, the late traction promoter, took place from his home in New York city. The services were conducted by a Quaker minister. They were simple. The body was placed in the Yerkes mau soleum in Greenwood cemetery. In a fit of despondency Clarence Barnum, a farmer living near Roches ter, Mich., murdered his wife, son and daughter with an ax, and blew out his brains with a shotgun. Count von Moltke, a nephew of the great general, has been placed in com mand of the German army. The shipwrecked crew of an Amer ican ship was refused a landing in England through the alien immigra tion act. Former Gov. Odell received a crush ing defeat in New York when young Wadsworth, President Roosevelt's can didate, was nominated by republicans for speaker of the house. Five cities in Austria were visited by an earthquake, which damaged buildings and scared the people. The factory of the Pittsburg Glass & Plaster company at Venice, 111., was destroyed by fire, entailing a loss of over $50,000. Louis Erb, in a fit of jealousy, shot and killed his wife and himself at *Lake Geneva, Wis. A tournament for the world's bil liard championship will be played at New York beginning April 8. Tortured by fear, hunger and thirst, Joseph Davis wandered for nine days in the abandoned corridors of a mine at Wilkesbarre, Pa., and when finally rescued ate so ravenously that his life almost paid the penalty. Mayor McClellan, of New York, se lected Gen. Theodore A. Bingham, U. S. A., retired, to succeed McAdoo as police commissioner of New York city. A verdict of $94,500 was returned at Millsville, N. J., against the West Jersey ft Seashore railroad, it being held that a spark from one of the com pany's locomotives caused the fire which destroyed a glass factory. The Boston brokerage firm of H. R. Leighton ft Co., was crushed to the wall by a rise in copper. An unusual expansion in trade dur ing the year was reported, by Dun's review. Charles T. Yerks, after makint lib" eral provision for his wife and chil dren as long-as they live, and a few minor bequests to friends and rela tives, left practically all of his great estate to the public, $100,000 going to the University of Chicago, $750,000 and the mansion to an art museum and the remainder to build and endow a hospital., America Will reenforce Philippine troops, so as to be ready to throw a large armed force into China in case of an uprising. The squadron is to be increased. The public debt was reduced almost $5,000,000 during the year 1905. James H. Howard, charged with helping murder Gov. Goebel, of Ken tucky, must undergo life imprison ment, according to a decision by the United States supreme court The retail jewelry firm of Herbert L. Joseph & Co., of Chicago, failed/ with liabilities estimated at nearly $200,000. Postmaster General Cortelyou says Chicago's new post office is inadequate and officials believe congress in the near future will authorize a new build ing. A new alien law has gone into effect in England and immigrants are re fused permission to land. Aroused by the success of convicted cattle barons in escaping the law's penalty the government officials will soon bring more cases in Nebraska. The printers' fight for the eight-hour day has become general throughout the United States. Mayor McClellan began his second term as ma or of New York city with an address to his heads of departments, in which ho told them they will be held strictly to account and will be re moved if they fail in their duties. Manning C. Palmer was convicted of misappropriating the funds of the failed American Exchange National bank, of Syracuse, N. Y., and sentenced to five years in prison. Thousands of negroes paraded at Sa vannah, Ga., in honor of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. The parade was marked by the great est disorder. William Randolph Hearst, with the aid of the republican and municipal ownership aldermen in New York city, is contesting the seat of the president of the board, with the aim of forcing Tammany to go to the courts, thus bringing a recount of the votes cast in the recent municipal elections. In attempting to quell a New Year's riotous celebration in his saloon at Belleville, 111., William Tannehill shot and dangerously wounded Fred Hop wood. James Kittredge, who was a patient in the private sanitarium of Dr. Wil liam Pickett in Philadelphia, jumped from a second-story window of the in stitution and was instantly killed. Gov. James O. Davidson was sworn in as governor of Wisconsin to serve the unexpired term of Gov. Robert M. La Follette. Frank Phiscator, a millionaire Alas kan miner, ended his life in his apart ments at a San Francisco hotel by cutting his throat with a razor. Phis cator is said to have been one of the pioneers of the Klondike and was at Forty-Mile at the time of the great discoveries. Paul Sovdell, aged 40, a familiar character of the red light district of Cleveland, O., for the past several years, shot and killed Jessie Smith, aged 23, in a resort, and then commit ted suicide. The average price of commodities is higher than in 22 years, according to Dun's review of trade. Comparative death rates for 1905 show Chicago to be the healthiest city in the United States. Tne seventy-seventh general assem bly of Ohio convened at Columbus, the house being organized by the republi cans, who have 62 votes against 59 for the democrats, and the senate being organized by the democrats, who have 19 votes. At Duke, Okla., W. Goodnight shot and killed his wife and then himself. He was jealous. Mrs. Goodnight was 16 years old. They had been married but a few days. Secretary Root and British Ambas sador Durand are to-sign an agree ment for the preservation of the great lakes' fish. Customs receipts at the port of Chi cago during 1905 show an increase of nearly $1,400,000 over those of the previous year. John Ellis, an ex-banker of Beatrice, Neb., and ex-county treasurer of Gage county, despondent over financial af fairs, committed suicide by taking car bolic acid. MISS Barbara Toxer shot and killed F. C. Clayton, a business man of Okla homa City. The woman asserts that Clayton attempted to assault her and that she shot in self-defense. Frank Steunenberg, former governor of Idaho, was murdered by a bomb at his home in a suburb of Boise. His fearless prosecution of the Coeur d'Alene gang directs suspicion that way. Safeblowers opened the safe of Stick ley, Wray & Co.'s bank at Iroquois, 111., and got away with $1,400 in cash. The American Shipbuilding com pany's plant at Bay City, Mich., was burned. Loss, $250,000. *ue' American Association for the Advancement of Science at New Or leans adopted a resolution asking con gress to immediately take steps to preserve Niagara falls. engineer Frederick Barlow, Fire man T. Erwin and Brakeman Edward Gosslin were killed in a collision on the Great Northern road at Granville, N. D. Several passengers were in jured, none seriously. Claude A. Bagby, of Durango, Col., was shot and killed at Notre Dame, Ind., by Louis Roquels, of South Amer ica, whom Bagby and a number of oth er students tried to hold up as a joke. Dr. Oliver B. Hart, of Chicago, who entered a plea of guilty cf murder in the case of Irene Kiowkow, ten years old, was sentenced by Judge Barnes to 45 years in the penitentiary. District Attorney Jerome, in open court, declared that the gambling houses and pool rooms are as numer ous as ever and scored the police for failing to suppress them. The federal grand jury at Chicago returned an indictment against the Chicago, Burlington ft Quincy railroad and two of its officials on charges of violating the Elklns law in regard tm rebates. &.<* V:,/*4:"1^, I SERIOUS III BALTIC PROVINCES TROUBLE STILL GIVEN THE EM PEROR'S TROOP3. Peasants are Silled Without Warn ing. Street of Capital in Pit iful Condition. St. Petersburg, Jan. 5.- -The Associ ated Press has been permitted to in spect a report prepared for the em peror regarding the situation in ,the Baltic provinces. \, The report declares that though op« en revolt has been crushed in many parts of the provinces and though the local authorities, who were disposed by the revolutionists, are resuming the reins of the government under the protection of the troops, the situation is still a very serious one. In the district of Dorpal and Teu rena, in western Livonia, the troops are unable to move except in heavy force. \, A body of cavalry which made a forced light march from Walk,, sur prised an insurgent band at Rueu, but the peasants resisted until their ranks had been torn and shattered, when they surrendered their arms and their leaders. There is a strong concentration of insurgents in the villages of Meizekul and Lemcal, further to the westward, which must be attacked and broken. A band of insurgents attacked Gen. Orloff and- his escort of a squadron of cavalry near Marienburg, but the at tack was repulsed and the leaders cap tured. The latter were immediately tried by a drumhead court martial and shot. The advices received by the govern ment report the capture of an import ant arsenal of the revolutionists at Temernik, in southern Russia, in which were found not only rifles, bombs and explosives, but also a small field piece. Another arsenal near Natchekhevan caught fire and the explosion follow ing resulted in the killing of twelve persons and the wounding of nine. The streets of the capital ive put on a pitiful semblance of holiday attire, but none of the heavy buying characteristic of the prodigal Russians in former days is in evidence, while in the industrial sections the workmen exhausted by a long series of strikes, are without money for the Christmas trees. The-green trees and gewgaws were brought into the city by the country people, but the trees remain .ubought in the streets. DRAINAGE BILL. Halvor Steenerson Introduces Bill For Reclamation of Min nesota Lands. Washington, Jan. 6.—A bill propos ing appropriate the receipts from tne sale of public lands in Minneso-.a. to reclamation of swamp and overfli^ved lands in the state was presented in .the house by Representative Halvor Steen erson. Concerning the purpose of the measure Mr. Steenerson said: "The bill propose to devote the pro ceeds of the public lands (exclusive of ceded Indian lands) to reclamation tf swamp and overflowed land oh the public domain or on ceded Indian lands. "There are millions of acres in North ern .Minnesota of such lands which will remain worlh'ess until the state and federal authorities take hold of the matter and furnish drainage outlets. It is just as meritorious to reclaim swamp and overflowed lands and make them productive drainage as it is to re claim arid lands and male 2 them pro ductive by irrigation. "The proceeds of public lands in so called arid and semi-arid states-—Ari-' zonna, California, Colo.'ada, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska. Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota. Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, ah, Washing ton and Wyoming—are devo ed to re clamation by irrigation, andtli pro posed act will place Minnesota 0:1 an equal footing with those states. ''It is not fair to put the prosceds of the public lands in Minnesota into the treasury of the United States to be de voted to general expenditures, when the proceeds of the public lands in the states named are devoted to reclama tion of their arid lands While the bill applies only to Minne sota, it is akin to numerous others of a similar nature that have been intro duced. Timely Arrival. Winona, Minn., Jan. 6.—J. A. Zabo rowski, a mail irrter of this city, was the means of saving a life. While de livering mail he called at 760 East Broadway. Getting no response to his knock, he opened the door to throw in the mail and found a strong smell of burning wood. Inside was a little girl trying to stamp out flames which were burning on the heavily oiled floor. A piece of burning stovewood had fallen on the floor. The little girl had been lelt alone with a baby brother. .. Still Cutting Logs.- Minneapolis, Jan. 6.—The report of F. O. Winston, surveyor general of logs and lumber for the second district, which comprises the Mississippi river territory, has been filed with the gov ernor. During the year he scaled 5,372,693 logs, or 437,907,490 feet of logs. The mills in that district sawed 486.066,760 feet of logs, representing 621,671,924 feet of lumber, 34,587,250 shingles and 110,072,000 lath. There were 125,714,000 feet of logs carried over. The largest volume of business was at Minneapolis. Civil Service Jobs. ,St Paul, Jan. 6 —Several civil service examinations will be held in St. Paul this month. One will be held Jan. 24 for the position of electrical engineer and instructor in the engineer school at Washington Barracks, D. C, at a salary of 81,500 a year, and similar va cancies as they may occur. The age limit is twenty-one to thirty-five years. An examination will be held Jan. 31 for the position of constable in the Indian service to fill two vacancies, at $720 a year, at the Osage agency, Oklahoma, and other vacancies. GOPHER GOSSIP. St. PauL—The Sons of the American Revolution hold their annual banquet and election at the Commercial club. St Paul.—William S. Thorn, assist ant general passenger agent of the Soo line, died at his home on Dayton av enue. St Paul.—The annual meeting of the Minnesota Educational association opens with a large attendance. St. Paul.—F. A. Miller loses his bride while dodging rice at the union depot, and she star*.,. on bridal tour alone. St. Paul.—The assistant corporation attorney says, the city is not liable for injuries sustained at the public play grounds. Delano, Minn.—Delano high school basketball team defeated the South high team by a score of 28 to 11 in a game played here. St. Paul.—Gov. Johnson returns from a trip to the coast and says he is dis appointed with California. Winona.—The parties to the contest of the will of the late Mrs. Amanda C. Hayden, by which an estate valued at about $100,000, was bequeathed to a sister of the decedent have come to a settlement. Two Harbors.—Oliver Wendell Holmes, .who was so seriously burned on his face and body, as a result of an explosion of the gas light plant in his cigar and confectionery store, is dead. He was one of the most prominent men in social and business circles. Minneapolis.—George A. Ralph, state drainage engineer, has filed with the drainage board his report on the sur vey of 800,000 acres of swamp land in Aitkin, Cass, Hubbard, Wadena, Marshall, Kittson and Roseau counties. It includes field notes and all levels taken. Minneapolis.—Annie Weiss, the 4 year-old daughter of Peter Weiss, 259 Sixth avenue north, swallowed several poisonous pills and died almost instant ly. Duluth.—There is a well-defined sus picion in railroad circles that a number of secret service men have been at work in the Northwestern field for sev eral weeks looking up violations of the Elkins law. Fergus Falls.—The coroner was called to New York Mills to investigate the sudden death of Mrs. David John~ son. He found no suspicious circum stances, but the case was an unusually sad one. Minneapolis.—James B. Irsfield, for mer halfback of the Minnesota univer sity football team, has brought suit in the Hennepin county district court against Collier's Weekly, demanding damages of $1,900 for alleged defam atory statements published about him in Collier's of Dec. 2. St. Cloud.—As a result of the recent revival here a meeting was held in the Metnodist church and plans were for mulated for the erection of a Y. M. C. A. building to cost $10,000. St. Cloud.—Mrs. Michael Schultz of Paynesville, the woman who bravely saved her stepson from death by fire by rolling him in a snowdrift, died from the effects of the burns she received. Hastings.—At the meeting of the county commissioners the register of deeds was authorized to transcribe all abstract books of unplatted property in Dakota county for the sum of 5% cents per folio, to be paid upon accept ance of the work. Washington.—Congressman Halvor Steenerson is receiving so many re quests for copies of his speech against federal control of insurance that he has ordered 10,000 copies. Mankato.—Frank Lee Richardson, the 12-year-old son of Frank W. Rich ardson, a well-known Garden City farmer, was kicked by a horse in his father's barn. His skull was fractured and he died in a few hours without re gaining consciousness. Duluth.—James A. Pratt, forty years old, ol Flushing, L. I., one of the four heirs to more than $1,000,000, and who disappeared from his home on Easter Sunday, leaving a wife and five chil dren, is believed to be somewhere in Northern Minnesota, but so far the police of the state have been unable to locate him. St. Paul.—Gov. John A. Johnson an nounced that the state would give a reward of $500 for the arrest and con viction of the murderers of Charles O. Bader of Minneapolis, who was shot and killed by robbers in his saloon, 216 Second avenue south. Mayor Jones for the city of Minneapolis has of fered the same amount. Red Wing.—Granville Pearson, one of the pioneer residents of Goodhue county, died at his home in Vasa. He settled in this county in 1855. He was sixty-seven years old. He served sev eral terms in the state legislature and was prominent, particularly in Swedish circles. He leaves a son who is a pro fessor at Yale. Minneapolis.—Two of Japan's most prominent merchant importers, Fu'sa jiro Nakamura and Goro Nakayama of Yokohama, are Minneapolis visitors. They arrived from the Pacific coast, registered at the West hotel and then visited the Pillsbury and the Wash burn-Crosby flourmills. La Crosse.—A runaway team at Houston, Minn., near here, dashed into a switch stand, turning the track just as a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul passenger train was passing, and caus ing the rear coach to be overturned In the ditch. Three people were seri ously injured and seventeen others Slightly hurt. Bruno.—Sandy Bean, 20 years old, was accidentally shot in the hand while hunting with friends near here, and was brought to St. Barnabas hospital, Minneapolis, where one of his fingers was amputated. Bean was drinking from a spring while his friend, H. V. Machel, was breaking a hole in the ice with his /gun.. .The gun was discharged and the load struck Bean in the hand. Minneapolis.—A 12-year-old girl liv ing on:Twenty-fifth avenue south near Twenty-fourth street, was brutally as saulted and robbed of a purse contain ing $1.75, near Minnehaha avenue and Twenty-fourth street. Champlin.—Mr. and Mrs. George Curtis of this town celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their wed ding. The couple entertained a large number of friends and relatives. Winona.—-Mrs. Josephine Bruskf, aged 85 years, dropped dead on the street while on her way to assist in the celebration of the mass at St. Stan islaus' Polish Catholic church. Heart failure was the cause of her death. Duluth.—A thief threw a heavy stone through one of the windows of the Palace Jewelry company at 324 West Superior street, seized a diamond case, watch and a tray of gold brooches, and fled to Fourth avenue, and then ran Into the Northern Pacific railroad yards. The value of the stolen goods is $150. The street was brilliantly lighted and crowded with people. At least twenty people were in the jewelry •tore. Stillwater—Timothy J. Kilty, a farmer living near Cornelian lake, was held up and robbed while driving home from a meat market where he had sold aome hogs. His wife was with aim. HEW S 8 Is Constitutional St Paul.—The inneritanca tax law, as passed by the last legislature, is held to be constitutional in a decision handed down by the supreme court The opinion means to the state about 9600,000 in back taxes. The opinion resulted from the re fusal of Probate Judge Bazille to ap point appraisers to ascertain the value of legacies and devises made by Paul D. Ferguson. Judge Bazille refused to comply with the request and the case was carried into the Ramsey county district court There an application for a writ of mandamus was denied on the grounds that the law was uncon stitutional. The tax is \\i p3r cent on legacies of more than $10,000 or under $50,000, 3 per cent on legacies of $53,000 to $100, 000 and 5 per cant on legacies of more than $100,000. There are seventeen large estates that are liable and the taxes accruing to the state will be about $000,000. State Agricultural Society. Minneapolis, Jan. 3 -The annual meeting of the Minnesota State Agri cultural society will be held on Tues day, Wednesdav and Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 and 11 in A. O U. W. hall, Seventh street, near Hennepin avenue, in this city. Under the state law these an nual meetings alternate between St. Paul and Minneapolis. The business of the session will include the election of a president, two vice-presidents and two members of the board of mana gers—to succeed respectively, C. N. Cosgrove of LeSueur, B. F. Nelson of Minneapolis, C. M. Griggs of St. Paul, J. M. Underwood of Lake City and L. D. Baird of Austin. There will be a very interesting pro gram which will inciude addresses by Assistant Secretary of Agriculture W. M. Hays, Prof. II. Bolly of the North Dakota agricultural school, M. T. Grattan of Preston and other weil known speakers. The meetiugs of the breeders and live stock associations of the state will be held at the same time. Did Not Enow Santa. Minneapolis.—A bullterrior who did not like the looks of Santa Claus came near spoiling a Christmas celebration at the home of E. Cambell. As it was he. chased the jolly saint out of doors, seizad him by the seat of the trousers and was only persuaded to let go when the old fellow through off his false whiskers and called the do* by name. There is a little Miss at the Cambell residence and it is the custom to.have a celebration for her every New Year's eve. This year one of the big brothers in-law consented to act the part of San ta and dress up in the most aproved fashion with whiskers, gorgeous pad ded clothes, fur, bells and a big sack of toys. But Mr. Bull Terrior had never heard of Santa Claus. To him the weird stranger looked more like a burglar than anything else and with a bound and a growl he rushed at the supposed intruder. Santa turned and flsd, but not before the dog had fast ened his teeth in the padded trousers. Many Old Timers. St. Paul.—The state census report just issued gives some interesting fig ures on the movement of population to and from the state and betwesn differ ent parts of the state. There are 31, 949 persons enumerated who have lived in the state forty-sev^n years, or since its admission to th» Union. As the territorial c:nsus of 1857 gave a popu lation of 151,037, it will be seen that one-fifth of them are still living in the state. Of these old settlers, Hennepin county has 4,431, Ramsey 3.179, Fil more, 1,363 and Goodhue 1,2J8. News Notes. Excelsior—David Granbrill, a Min netonka resident, narrowly escaped death while driving over tne iOc road from Tonka Bay to Excelsior. T&e ice gave away where the water :~as fif teen feet deep, and Granbrill managed to escape. The horse went down and was drowned and the wagon could not be recovered. St Panl—Jo'in F. Flannigan, a bar tender who died at the city hospital, had two broken ribs and a badly bruised side when brought to the hos pital, and the coroner's jury is unde cided as to whether or not the injuries contributed to his death. St.Paul The Minnesota National Guard assosiatisn begins "its 'twenty sixth annual convention at the armory. Wilinar—The Great Northern rail way will soon begin the erection of a transfer elevator to bs losated in the west end of the city. Winona—While on his way home at night, Ernest Nichols, a farmer living near 1'ekin a dozan miles west of Wi nona, met with an accident that re suited in his death. Uemidji—A. Rutledge, state game warden, arrested Albert Martin and George Bess at Wilton, a small station west of here, on a charge of having venison in their possession in the closed season. Both men asked for a continuance in their cases. llainline—Frank Reed has been re elected manager of athletics at the uni versity and the coming season will mark bis third year as athletic mana gers. St. Taul—The state is making a fight for title to 151,000 acres of swamp lauds in the northern part of the state. St. Peter—Quite a snurrlittle fortune has just been received by Thomas Han nigan, an influential farmer of Cleve land township. The money, $3,000, was his share of the estate of his sis ter, llosanna Hannigan of Providence, R. I and in a fashion it came to him most unexpectedly. St Paul—Notice has been filed with Governor Johnson of the conviction of Henry Prolow, found guilty in Good hue county of murder in the first de gree for killing Henry F. Zemke in a saloon row at Goodhue. Sentence has not been passed, and the judge may give him life imprisonment If not the governor will soon have to set the date for another hanging. Mankato—The independent oil com panies have scored another point in their campaign for better freight rates on oil in barrel shipments, putting them on a more even basis as competi tors of the Stan dard. •••••eee»eeee»eee»eee»»»»» I Gossip From Scandinavia. I 4 Principal Events That Have Oc 2 curred in the Old Countries Within a Week or So. The St. Paul'-Pioneer" Press paid the following tribute to the natives of the Scandinavian peninsula in its New Year's edition: Outside of.Russia and Japan the event of the year was the separation of Norway and Sweden, an episode important, not only because it meant the creation of a new and in dependent nation in Europe but be cause of the manner in which it was effected. That an event of the kind should have taken place without the shedding of a single drop of blood, without recourse to force on either side, was an object lesson for the world from which it ought to profit. Both Sweden and Norway won by their self-restraint a«d patience, and by their refusal to regard false notions of national honor, the respect of the world in a measure that the longest war and the most brilliant demonstra tion of military skill would not have won for them. The executive committee of the Danish peace society has resolved to send an address of thanks to King Os car for his conciliatory and chivalrous conduct during the Union conflict. It will be stated in the address that a similar conflict between other nations would not have been apt to terminate so peacefully. The hope is finally ex pressed, that the three Scandinavian kingdoms will co-operate in the interr est of peace and justice. The address will be handed to the Swedish ambass ador in Copenhagen. The Norwegian consuls at Archangel. Rio de Janeiro, Bilbao and Cardiff have been authorized by the foreign depart ment of the Norwegian government to transact consular business for the Swedes at those points. SWEDEN A chair of statistics is to be estab lished at the Stockholm high school, and Gustav Sundbarg, who is already connected with the school, will be the first "professor statistics." The Stockholm academy of music re elected Crown Prince Gustaf as pres ident. The torpedo cruiser Psilander made a trip to St. Petersburg a few days be fore Christmas. The aim of the Skane butter export union is to control the butter export from southern Sweden in order to pre vent the exportation of butter of in ferior quality. The local unions are rushing into it in such great numbers that the organizers will no doubt car ry their point. The Swedish government sent two steamers to Riga, Russia, to give aid to the Swedes residing there. About 30 out of the 150 Swedish residents of the city returned to Sweden on ac count of the disturbances in the Bal tic provinces. The special tariff commission will soon resume its negotiations with Ger man representatives with the view of agreeing on a commercial treaty be tween the two countries. The nego tiations are secret, and all that is known is that the commissioners have a very delicate task to perform. A telegram dated Teheran, Persia, Dec. 14, says: Sven Hedin has arrived here. He told a journalist that he went from Constantinople to Batoom. He was compelled to remain at that place for twelve days on account of the rail way strike in Caucasus. He next went to Trebizond, whence he made an inter esting trip to Erzeroom and Tabris. It is his intention to leave this city in two weeks to explore the deserts of eastern Persia. He expects to reach Cuetta by way of Siestan and Mush ki in about three months, so that he may be at Simla in April. Prof. Robert Koch of Berlin will de vote his Nobel prize^ of $40,000 to the publication of his vvrltings on medi cine. Albert Bonnier, the Stockholm pub lisher has distributed $2,000 as gifts among eight young authors. In a fire at Kristdala, near Oscars haum, a woman named Lovisa Berg strom was burned to death. Two horses which were a part of the load of a ferry going from Froso island to the shore, hear Ostersund, slipped on the icy deck, and their weight was thrown to one side. The ferry was upset, and four out of the seven per sons on board the ferry were drowned. The Swedish authors* union peti tioned King Oscar to ask the riksdag to make an appropriation of $2,700 to be distributed among the most dis tinguished writers of Sweden. The king consulted the Swedish academy, and this august body gave an answer that was bound to attract general at tention. Since 1863 the academy has awarded those prizes. Now the acad emy argues at some length to show that some other authority ought to act as judges of awards in this case. The academy has always done its bes,t, and its awards have always been criticized, so that it would be glad to be relieved of the duty and the honor of distribut ing the prizes. The academy finally says that it desires to have the matter settled in a manner which will be sat isfactory to the authors who are vir tually entitled to prizes. The national board of health propos es the establishment of a hospital for lepers at Mora. The board mentions $15,000 as the probable cost of the hos pital. For the third time the English No bel committee has unanimously pro posed that the literary Nobel prize be given to A. C. Swinburne, who is looked upon as England's greatest living poet. Swinburne was born in 1837. His friends hope that he will get the prize to be awarded Dec. 10, 1906. Immense quantities of herrings were caught along the west coast of Sweden during the latter part of December. A large part of the fish was immediately exported to Germany. A fire in J. V. Svensson's automobile factory at Angustendal, near Stock holm, threw 200 out of its SOO employes out of work. Skane has again furnished thousands of Christmas trees for the large cities. Theoretically, the trees are to be cut where the forests need to be thinned out. But when a tree which is ten or twelve years old brings from 15 to 50 cents the temptation to "thin out" a little too fast is great. In some places the ground was swept clean just before Christmas, to the dismay of those who are interested in preserving the forests of Sweden. A recent election proved that the Social Democrats have been gaining ground in Helslngborg. They elected their candidate for the riksdag by 1, 647 votes, his Conservative opponent A poor tenant farmer in Skllltnge. Skane, has a cat which catches rab bits, partridges and other game and carries them home In such condition that they may be used for the table. That cat is a very popular "pussy." Shoes are sold at public auctions so frequently and in such quantities in the city of Malmo that the regular shoe dealers complain that they are subjected to undue competition. The shoe dealers, have petitioned the au thorities to provide that each article shall be paid for as soon as it is knock ed down to the highest bidder. The farmers of Malmo are making efforts to raise the grade of their but ter so that it may command a higher price on the English market. A sword-blade of bronze from the early iron age was found at Dagstorp, and a farmer named Jons Jonsson bought it for 14 cents. A man repre senting the historical museum of Swe den heard of the find and paid Jonsson $21.60 for the sword. A steamship company in Gothenburg has established a new steamship line between Gothenburg and Scotland. Miss Emilie Landgren of Gothen burg has donated $8,000 to a number of charitable concerns. Four women's organizations sent deputations to the premier with peti tions asking that woman's suffrage be included in the general suffrage bill which the government is preparing. The premier frankly admitted that he could not comply with the request of the petitioners because it would im peril the whole bill in the riksdag. DENMARK. At the New Year's reception King Christian asked the American minister, Thomas J. O'Brien to convey his kind sentiments to President Roosevelt. The Crown Prince Frederick also asked the minister to convey his congratulations to Miss Roo.sevelt on her engagement. Denmark has concluded a treaty oi arbitration with Italy. Both powers pledge themselves to submit possible controversies to the Hague tribunal. The treaty is important because it has been concluded between a small coun try and a great power. The American Brewing Institute o» New York has asked Prof. N. Hjalmar Nilsson of Svalof to come to America to lecture on the growing of grain for malting purposes. The city council of Randers has voted $400,000 for improving the har bor and increasing its depth to 18 feet. Natural gas has been struck at Hor netorp, Hirtshals. At one place gas has been flowing out of a hole in the ground for two months. Georg Brandes, the great interna tional literary critic and apostle of fair play, was asked in an open letter why he never espoused the cause of the Jews, his countryman, Mr. Brandes, being of Jewish descent. To this he made a lengthy reply which contains many interesting points. He makes, the preliminary remark that he is asked so many questions that it takes three months of the year to answer them. In the different countries of Europe he seems to be looked upon as a free bureau of information on general af fairs. Besides a host of people who have their own personal axes to grind there are many who try to make out that it is his duty to champion some cause which they have at heart, and they are generally much surprised when it takes some time before they receive an answer. In one instance a prominent lady asked him to write, an essay on international peace to be read at a peace congress in Rome. "When he suggested that she better get Kaiser Wilhelm to write such an essay the lady was greatiy offended. During the conflict between Sweden and Norway the Norwegian repub licans made a passionate appeal to him to wage a newspaper war in favor of a Norwegian republic, and from Sweden he was entreated to plead the just cause of Sweden before Europe. The Italians and the Polanders want him to secure Nobel prizes for some of their worthy countrymen. As to the Jews, he says, he has found it difficult to strike hard blows for their cause because the great Jewish news papers will not publish his expres sions on that subject. Brandes says that he is strongly opposed to the plan of making Palestine the future home of the Jewish race, and he thinks the Jews made a mistake in declining the offer of England to permit them to settle in Uganda, Africa. He looks upon Max Nordan, the present leader of the Zionist movement, as an incom petent person. Brandes finally speaka favorably about the movement among the Russian Jews and about revolu tionary tactics, which, he says, in a few years will be the means of giving the Russian Jews the same rights as other inhabitants of Russia. NORWAY About the middle of December it rained so persistently in the country around Levanger that the roads were made "almost bottomless." The city of Elverum wants to con struct waterworks at a cost of $50, 000. The city council of Stavanger, by a vote of 9 to S, defeated a proposition to supply the public schools with free writing materials at a cost of $2,600. The old ice-breaking steamer Mjol ner in Kristiania is offered for sale at one-half of the original cost of $50,-» 000. The British government may buy the hotel in which the Norwegian ministers resided while staying in Stockholm. The government has decided to have the king and the queen crowned in Trondhjem June 24. About 50 clergymen of Kristiania were received in audience by the king and the queen Dec. 14. It is estimated that the waterfalls of Glommen could furnish 300,000 horse power. But on account of the unsat isfactory manner in which its water is regulated at the outlet of Lake Mjo sen, only two waterfalls have been util ized to the extent of 40,000 horsepower. The Norwegians residing in London and neighboring cities gave a ban quet Dec. 15 in honor of the ascension of King Haakon and Queen Maud to the throne of Norway. The Kristiania Seventeenth of May committee had a handsome surplus at the end of the old year, and $270 was set aside as a contribution to the Eids vold monument fund. A number of ministers and philan thropists have started a~ regular cru sade against the low dives and saloons in Vaterland, a certain portion of Kristiania. The Norwegian coat of arms has been decided upon by a royal decree. It is a red triangular shield, in the middle of which is a golden lion with a crown on its head and an ax in its fore paws. The design was made by Eilif Peterssen. Prof. Fridtjof Nansen has given a lecture on Amundsen's voyage through, the Northwest passage. The speaker said that Amundsen will always rank among the great explorers of the 1. IT Su.