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ST. PAUL NEWS. THE ODDFELLOWS. Ihe Grand Encampment of Min nesota in Session Yesterday. Eighteen of the Twenty-six Encamp ments Represented. The Order Showing a Large Increase During the Past Year. A Most Harmonious and Pleasant Meeting, with Much Work Done. The grand encampment of the Independ ent Order of Oddfellows assembled yester day in Oddfellows' hall, corner Wabashaw and Fifth streets, in annual session. The following delegates were present, represent ing three several encampments, besides a large number of visitors: A. T. Bolton, Minnesota No. 1, St. Panl. John \V. Erenstein, Rochester No. 2, Roches ter. H. C. Niller, Nicollet No. 3, St. Peter. W. H. Reynolds, Central No. 4, Owatonna. Geo. Loeffert, Schiller No. 5, Minneapolis. Theodore Woodward, Stron? No. G, Hastings. John A Jackson, Mount Zion No. 7, Lake City. W. D. Tompkins, Blue Earth No. 8, Mankato. T. J. Clark, Red Wing No. 9, Red Wing. U. C. Furhmann, Winona No. 10, Winona. J. G. Paschke, Hope No. 12, Winnebago City. Jos. Minges, Golden Rule No. 13, Waseca. C. W. Smith, Union No. 14, Minneapolis. James G. Greer, Preston No. 15, Pr<iston. P. R. Wilkins, Rushworth No. 19, Brainerd. Wm. Allen, Ridgely No. 22, Minneapolis. Hermann Oswald, Oriental No. 24, Wabasha. W. G. Dye, Fidelity No. 2G, Winona. THE GRAND PATRIARCH'S ADDRESS. At the morning session the grand patri arch presented his address, which was a re sume of the work done by him for the year as well as the workings of the different en campments in the state, the decisions made, and other interesting facts in relation to the order. The conclusion of the address is given in full, and is well worthy of perusal, and is as follows: "Now, dear patriarchs, my labors, as your chief, are about to end, but I hope yet to live long to labor with you in a more humble capacity. With a light heart I step back into ihe, ranks and with willing hands put on the uniform of a private. When the call to arms is sounded. I shall be there; and when the long roll is called you will hear the answer. Here am I. I have delighted to labor in such an ever green vineyard, and what I have found to do I have done with all my might. No doubt I have made mistakes; for these I crave your pity, for they have been made from a weak ness of the head rather than from the wilful designs of the heart. I anticipate a great future for Oddfellow ship, and without strained vision, I think I can see the order clothed in royal purple sit ting on earth's highest throne, and every na tion, kindred and tongue paying homage to the grandest moral superstructure everreared by mortal man. What we want now and hereafter, is true Oddfellows, fearless to do good and just as fearless to put down all that is wrong in the order and in society. We want members with hearts full of love and charity, who delight to save fallen man. Members who in all their outward lives will endeavor, by example, to give the Order an honored name in every community. Mem bers who, if necessary, will unsheath the sword in defence of a slandered brother. In fact we want members who are ever looking for opportunities to do that good unto others they would that others should do unto them. Give us such a membership, and we shall hasten on "to that golden age when the fet ters of prejudice shall be broken, and the shackles of mental and moral bondage fall off, and man redeemed and disenthralled from the slavish life of passion, shall assert his high birthright and own the ties which bind man to man in one universal brother hood." Then shall "Peace on earth and good will to man " be emblazoned high upon every temple, and the songs of gladness be sung, throughout all lands, by every tongue. Finally, my brothers, "let Friendship, Love and Truth, Faith, Hope and Charity prevail until the last tear of distress is wiped away, and the lodge below be absolved by the glory and grandeur of the Grand lodge above. D. C. Estes, Grand Patriarch. THE GRAND SCRIBE'S REPORT. The affable grand scribe, J. Fletcher Will iams, is one just fitted for his position, and as a proof of his popularity among the brethren of the order, the present report is his tenth, showing that his services are ap preciated. From the tables reported the following synopsis is culled: Number of encampments 24 Number of members as per last report.767 Number initiated during 1883 205 Number admitted' by card 1883 29 Number reinstated 13 Total 1,014 Withdrawn by card during 1883 27 Suspended 66 Expelled 1 Diod 1 Total in membership Jan. 1, 1884. 913 Number of patriarchs relieved .... 31 Number of patriarchs buried 7 Paid for relief of patriarchs $350 57 Paid for burying dead "... 83 15 Total relief granted 433 65 Total receipts of all encampments. .$5, 377 82 The annual returns next December will undoubtedly show us with over 1,000 mem bers. We will then be entitled to two grand representatives in the sovereign grand lodge. The report of the Grand representative, C. W. Smith, was occupied with the general prosperity of the supreme grand encamp ment and of the order. The following will show their prosperity: BETURNS TEAR ENDING DEC. 31, 1882. INCREASE. Grand Lodges / 50 Grand Encampments. 41 Snbord. Lodges 7,514 206 Subord. Encampments 1,864 26 Lodge initiations 47,549 989 Lodge members 493,997 18.050 Encampm't initiations 10,044 3,414 Encampment members 85,110 4,467 Total relief $1,882,443 88 $51,272 50 Total revenue 5,245,946 00 391,068 83 The above figures are certainly very grati fying. We have made a gain in membership the past year of 146, while the total receipts of all encampments are 1,919 larger than during 1883, an increase of 50 per cent. From the foregoing table, it will be seen that the Patriarchal Order in this state, has made some advance since last year. I infer from such correspondence as has been had with them, that they all feel much encour aged. Some of them have had quite a strug gle to maintain their position, but feel now that the worst is over. One or two are quite feeble in numbers, however, in fact one re porting only eleven members, with annual receipts of nine dollars. Certainly the eleven patriarchs who "hold the fort" in the face of such circumstances, are men of real grit and resolution. They deserve better success, and we hope will win it. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. At the evening session, Minneapofis was selected as the place of meeting in 1885, and the following officers were elected: Grand Patriarch—Thomas Riley, St. Paul. Grand High Priest—W. K. Read, Lanesboro. Grand Senior Warden—E. R. French, Brain eid. Grand Junior Warden—J. Minges, Wilton. Grand Secretary and Treasurer— J.lF. Williams St. Paul, Grand Inside Sentinel—A. G. Long, St. Paul. Grand Representative—C. W. Smith, of Minne apolis, elected 1883, for two years. A Small Fire. About 10 o'clock last night an alarm of fire came in from box 13, located at Seven corners. On reaching the spot the fire de partment found an old rough board barn, in the rear of the St. Paul hotel, thoroughly on fire. The fire apparently was well communi cated below co that though the department reached the 6pot very quickly the flames were all through the building and were coming out all over it through the wide cracks between toe boards, and the hay and all else inside the barn appeared to be thor oughly on fire. The firemen got to work very quickly, and as *he burning building was located in the midst of other structures, some of which were valuable, they 9aw the necessity of doing a good deal of quick work. As soon aS they got the streams on they moved them right into the old shell, and by playing all over the inside held the fire right where it was, and ultimately ex tinguished it. It was a good, sharp piece of work on the part of the firemen, put through with vim and energy and the utmost cool ness. The loss was not very large except in consequence of the destruction of three cows that could not be got out. The barn was a very cheap one, and some hay was burned. Aside from the cows, the loss could not have been more than $100 or so. The barn is owned by Mrs. Phillips, and was rented by John Till, who had just taken possession of the premises and owned the contents. AMUSEMENTS. MeSorleys's Inflation. The engagement of "McSorley's In fiation" company closed at the Grand last night, the performance being witnessed by a fair sized audience. The attendance at the matinee was only fair, but on each occasion the high ly entertaining performance was richly en joyed. Sam 1 of Posen. The engagement of the M. B. Curtis "Sam'l of Posen," opens at the Grand to night, and judging from the immense popu larity of this play there should be a packed house. The Brooklyn Eagle speaks of the per formance as follows: There can be no doubt of the place which "Sam'l of Posen" holds in the estimation of the play goers of Brooklyn in the light of the welcome accorded Mr. M. B. Curtis last night at Havcrly's theatre. This was shown not alone by the character and extent of the audience, but by the hearty applause which greeted that admirable actor on his entrance upon the stage, and the tributes of apprecia tion which were accorded his efforts through out the progress of the play. Sam'l of Posen has come to be looked upon as an old friend —a friend who is always welcome. The play is familiar, and need not therefore be re ferred to in detail. There is perceptible here and there a slight change in the lines and the introductions of some new business —alterations which tend to the in creasing of the effectiveness of the ensemble Sam'l is still the same bright young drum mer of old, shrewd, pushing and energetic, intent upon the gathering in of a "helfa dol lar," on every possible occasion, and pursu ing his business occupations and his love making with the pretty Rebecca with irresis. tible persistency. Roars of laughter followed his quaint sayings and the words of wisdom which he let fall, the house being kept in a continual state of merriment from the open ing to the close of the piece. The support is excellent, and the stage setting, especially that of the scene in the jeweler's emporium, luxuriously elegant. Next to the Sam'l of Mr. Curtis the Mile Celeste of Miss Albina DeMer claims principal attention, the French woman of that bright little lady being a veri table picture from the life, and adds grace and force to the performance. Davy Crockett. The sale of seats for the engagement of the Frank Mayo "Davy Crockett," company opens on Saturday morning. The first per formance is given at the Grand on Monday evening. Of the play an exchange says: Mr. Frank Mayo opened a season last even ing with "Davy Crockett" to a full audience, and he cast the spell of his magnetic method over the audience in his good old style. No stage character draws nearer nature, in its freshness and simplicity, than Frank Mayo's Davy Crockett. It appeals to the best senti ments and emotions of humanity like a real ity, and the illusion is as perfect as the gla mour of a dream. The performance was warmly received and hartily enjoyed. The drama was well set in scenery as well as played by the company. Mr. Alfred Bouvier, business manager for the Henrietta Vades "Sea of Ice," company, is in the city, looking after the interest of his show, which opens here on the 28th inst. Electric Lights. As becomes a metropolitan city like St. Paul, and our esteemed and public spirited citizen, Commodore W. F. Davidson, his new Grand Opera house was brilliantly illum inated last night, and at the matinee to-day, with 270 U. S. electric light Co's Maxim In candescent electric lights, their pure, white and exceedingly steady rays producing a must charming and pleasing effect, greatly in contrast with the yellow, dull and flickering gas. These little lights burn in a small glass sphere, about two inches in diameter, from which the air has been exhausted, and are arranged upon the gas fixtures in a very ar tistic manner, adding very greatly to their beauty. Thoughout the performances it was very plainly noticeable that the air was free from the noxious and stupifying gases given off by burning gas, and that the temperature was not perceptibly in creased, which result arises from the fact that these lights burn in a vacuum and do not in the least vitiate the air, and emit little or no perceptible heat, while the gas in the same room will raise the temperature from fifteen to twenty degress in less than an hour, rendering the house almost untenable in warm weather, and its noxious vapors very soon tarnishes and injures the decora tions. The lights are so arranged that the centre, border, foot and house lights could be turned off or on, dim or bright, as desired, independent.of each other and all controlled on the stage. The Weston dynamos are in the engine room in the basement, driven by an Ide au tomatic cUt off-engine of a new type, and perfect in construction, speed and setting. W. H. Tucker has been the electrical engineer in charge and the engine work was under the supervision of J. H. Woolsey, A. W. Mor rell and A. H. Gibbon. Every part of the work shows master skill, and but few little wires are visible. Miner's theatre in New York, and the Buckingham, in Louisville, Ky., are lighted in the same manner, and give unqualified satisfaction, and ere long our churches, counting rooms and homes will be lighted in the same way. The public will universally rejoice that it is such a grand success, and special thanks are due Commo dore W. F. Davidson for his public spirited interest in the comfort of his patrons. Real Estate and Building. Nine transfers of real estate were filed for record with the register of deeds yesterday, the aggregate considerations amounting to $98,425. Following are the transfers. Chas B Wright to Charles R Strong, lot 20, block 19, Anna E Ramsey's addition, $400. Chas B Wright to Kate T W Tittlemann, lot 23, block 19, Anna E Ramsey's addition, $400. Chas B Wright to Elizabeth G Sibley, lot 22, block 17, Anna E. Ramsey's addition, $400. W. F. Fisher to E A Chrest, lots 26 and 28, block 16, Stinson's subdivision, $2,500. A B Merrit to Edward Langevin, lot C, block 20, Robert & Randall's addition, $1,900. J J McCardy to Matttie Snow, lots 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, Block 1, Terry's addition, $1,875. James Stinson to Wm Vanderlinde, lot 37, block 25, Stinson, Brown & Ramsey's addition, $550. Robert P Lewis to Soren Hansen, lot. 1, block 14, Lewis' second addition, $400. Chas B Wright, Jr.,to Charles BWright, blocks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 24 and 25, of Anna E Ramsey's addition, $90,000. Broke His Leg. Officer George Dufour, while making hi s way to the depot at Minneapolis yesterday morning from attendance upon the police man's ball at that city, slipped and fell upon the ice, breaking his leg just above the ankle. He was cared for by several others of the force of this city, who were with him and taken to his home in West St. Paul, where he is as comfortable as could be expected. Weighing over 225 pounds when George came to earth, he came with a pretty heavy thud. St. Paul Postofflce. St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 20, 1884.—0n Friday, the postofflce will open at 7 o'clock and close at 10 o'clock a. m. for the day. The carriers will make one delivery at 9 o'clock in all two, three and four trip dis tricts. The registry and money order divi sions will not open. All morning mails will close at 10. a. m. D. Day, P. M. THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, THURSDAY MOENIKG, FEBRUARY 21, 1884. THE STATE VS. HARRISON. Long and Tedions Investigation' Co ncluded. The case of the state against M. Harrison, charged with the larceny of Capt. Bresette's horse, came up for examination in the po lice court yesterday afternoon. It will be re membered that Harrison was arrested on the strength of a confession made by James Saxby, particulars of the latter's story, the recovery of the mare, and the arrest of both Saxby and Harrison having already appeared in the Globe. The interest In the case was manifested by the large number of spectators who assembled in the court room to hear the testimony. Just before the case was called an exciting scenej occurred in the corridor leading to the court room. It appeared that Harrison entered one of the ante-rooms where Capt. Bresette had his witnesses. Bresette objected, when a wordy conflict took place, the impending row being stopped by Judge Burr. The case was called at 2 o'clock, when Capt. Bresette entered the court room with Saxby, Geo. W. Woolsey. the wives of the latter and Mrs. Bresette. The appearance of Woolsey and his wife occasioned great sur prise. Ex-Eeputy Sheriff Harrison, the defen dant appeared accompanied by his counsel, Mr. W. W, Erwin, County Attorney Egan and Mr. John D. O'Brien appearing for the state The prosecution called Saxby to the stand, and the investigation was about to proceed when Mr. Erwin addressed the court with reference to the statute of limitations; counsel cited- from section 316 of the criminal practice, and argued that in cases of the kind the state had passed an act' of amnesty and that no indictment could be found after three years had expired from the time of the com mission of the alleged offense. County Attorney Egan combatted the plea of counsel, saying that he was dumfounded at the position taken; the counsel wanted the state to commence at the tail end of the case. After further remarks the court was address ed by Mr. O'Brien who said the argument of the defense was merely an attempt to stifle the investigation and that it had nothing to recommend it but its boldness. Counsel then gave an able exposition of the statute in question. Further arguments were made by Mr. Er in in, who said that the prosicution was back ed by a conspiracy, which, while it could do no ultimate ham to the persons alleged to be interested, it would engendef a feud that migbi result in creating a hostile and bitter feeling in the community. The court said it would not be proper to interfere with the order of proof, when the examination of Saxby was proceeded with. The latter related substantially the same story as at the time of his arrest, as hitherto fully published. The examination and cross-ex amination of the witness Saxby, occupied the entire afternoon. At 5:30 o'clock his examination not being concluded, an ad journment was taken until 9:30 o'clock this morning. With regard to the altercation In the hallway Mr. Erwin stated last evening that the room where the prisoners were held is a public office and that when Harrison under took to enter it as such, Capt. Bresette struck at him with a billy. On the other hand Capt. Bresette states that he was protecting the rights of both him self and his witnesses. In speaking of the encounter last night, Capt. Bresette said that he had asked per mission of Judge Burr to use the room for his witnesses; that Harrison had made a break to get in the room and that he had put him out for the reason that he didn't propose to have his witnesses bulldozed or intimi dated. A MILD DAY. The Offenders Few and the Penalties Humane. In the gloaming language of the peet,Robt. Bond might justly exclaim that it is hard to love, for but few men ever meet wjtlvJJte rocky experience fate held in store for him. It is bad enough to be in love, worse to have a rival and harder still to have the latter walk in on you, trample on your affec tions and get away with your girl. Robert was arraigned yesterday on the charge of assaulting a young blade named Hatton. It was shown that the latter had walked out with Bond's girl and thinking that the rival was getting the inside track of him, they met when the stars were shining and Hat ton had a head put on him. Bond is now in bondage for the rash act and he will languish in jail for ten days. John and Thomas Kelley were up on the charge of making a meal off of James Ma guire's nose. The scrap took place at the Monte Christo palace, and during the row some one tackled Maguire and chawed off a section of his nose. There was no evidence against the boys and they were discharged. Maguire is a poor old fellow and more to give him a place to stop until his nose heals up than anything else, he was sent up for ten days. Louis Rawlen got hungry and sought to appease the gnawings of the inner man by stealing a crock of boarding-house butter from a Seventh street commission store. He was sent to the joint for sixty days. Wm. Graves, a dirty little man of the tramp persuasion, was charged with stealing a pair of shoes from a man who did not look much cleaner. The court said he would send him to a place where the walking was not good, and where it made no difference whether he wore shoes or not, so he went out with the wagon to remain thirty days. An Adventnre. Some funny things happen on the street. ears. A St. Anthony Hill car was bowling up town the other day at the rate of three knots an hour, the passengers being a very stout old party, who resembled for all the world Puck's cartoon of Ben Butler; a thin, weazen man with a hooked nose, small, sharp eyes, and a very small boy with a prodigious sized basket. The fat man sat near the fare box and he was absorbed in reading a paper, the thin party occupying a seat opposite, while the small boy stood on the platform. When the car reached Seventh street there entered a fashionably dressed young lady, who minced forward and deposited her nickel in the box. Just as she did so her handker chief dropped from her girdle and fell on the seat between the fat party's chubby legs which looked as though they had been sawed off and hammered down with a pile driver. Then the lady minced back to the entrance end of the car, both she and the fat man being ignorant of what had hap pened. But the sharp eyes of the little weazen man opposite, had taken in the situ ation, and then commenced the picnic. The old party continued to read his paper, while the thin man commenced to poke his finger at him, pointing in the direction of his abdo men. All in ignorance the fat man read on, while the thin man got more and more ex cited, his gyrations and contortions finally attracting the attention of the young lady, who tumbled to the situation at once and commenced to blush. Finally the weazen party could stand it no longer, being ready to burst from excite ment, while the snowy and harmless cause of all the trouble lay there as peacefully as a bird in its nest. Taking his cane he reached over and nudged the fat man, who looked up and then cast his eyes on the seat. To have seen his expression at that moment was worth half a life time. Quick as a flash, supposing that it was the neither end of one of his garments, he seized the signal of distress and hastily tucked it where it was supposed to belong. The con sternation of the passengers can be better imagined than described. Articles of Incorporation. Articles of incorporation were filed with the secretary of state yesterday of the Minne sota Pressed Brick and Terra Cotta company of Minneapolis, for the manufacture and sale of brick and terra cotta. The company com mences business March 1, 1884, with a capi tal stock of 830,000, divided into 300 shares of $100 each, and its highest allowed amount of indebtedness is $10,000. The incorpora tors are James A. Boyd, Alexander F. Hil gedick and Edward L. Hilgedick, of Minne apolis, who are the company's farst board of directors. Articles of Incorporation of the Church of St. Peter, of Mendota, in the county of Dako ta, were filed with the secretary of state yes terday by Bishou Thomas Grace, associated with Vicar General Augustine Ravoux; Rev. Louis Cornells and Laymen Charles Small and Dolite Auger. An Important Decision. Following is a copy of an important opin ion by Judge Nelson, of the United States circuit court, denying the motion to dissolve the attachment in the case of Peter Lapp et al., against A. B. Van Norman & Bro: Peter Lapp et al., vs. Axel B. Van Norman & Bro. Opinion—The defendants made an assign ment to one, Bennett, in pursuance of the provisions of section "1" of the insolvency law of the state of Minnesota, approved March 7, 1881. While the debtor's property in store was in the possession of a deputy sheriff of Henne pin county, Minnesota, the United States marshal attempted to take the same by virtue of a writ of attachment issued out of the United States circuit court for this district. The deputy sheriff, after this attempted levy, on demand of the assignee, surrendered the possession of the property to him, which was immediately taken by the marshal and the assignee ejected from the building. A motion is made by the assignee to intervene in this suit and to dissolve the writ of attachment issued out of this court. Merrick & Merrick, attorneys for Bennett, assignee. O'Brien & Wilson, contra. Nelson*, J. It is not necessary to decide on this motion whether the assignment is fraudulent on the face. True, theassignors have expressly re served an interest to themselves and author ized the assignee to pay over to them any surplus that may remain, to the exclusion of those creditors who do not file a release and participate in the assets of the estates. It is doubtful whether such a provision is in harmony with the law, but in the view taken by the court, this question will not be con sidered. The affidavits introduced by the assignee at the hearing show that the sheriff of Hennepin county was in possession of and legally controlled the store and stock when a demand was made by virtue of the assignment and the possession of the prop erty surrendered by the deputy. The United States marshal of this district had attempted to make a levy after the sheriff had taken possession, but he should not rightfully interfere with that officer, and there was no voluntary surrender to him of the property seized. It also fairly appears by the affidavits of Bennett, the assignee, A. B. Van Norman, Peterson, deputy sheriff, and A. N. Merrick, that after the sheriff or his deputy had surrendered the possession on de mand of the assignee and released the prop erty, the United States marshal immediately took the same by virtue of a writ of attach ment issued out of the circuit court of the United States for the district of Minnesota. It is by virtue of this seizure that the marshal holds the property. On this statement of the facts I shall not decide on this motion who has the better title and right to the possession of the property taken. Mather vs. Nesbit (13 Feb. R. 372) has no application to the facts here. The writ of at tachment properly issued in the suit against the debtor and if the marshal has seized the property which belonged to Bennett, he is certainly liable in an action of trespass for the damages thereby sustained. It is claimed that the property in the possession of the assignee is "in eustodia legis," and not subject to seizure by writ of attachment. Ido not agree to this. The statute of Minnesota, March, 1881, did not validate all assignments purporting to be made in pursuance thereof and forbid a judi cial investigation; and while I concede that an attachment would not hold the property unless the assignment is fraudulent and void against the plaintiffs, yet under the law the property in the possession of the assignee is not "in eustodia legis," so as to exempt it from seizure if the assignment is void. This instrument is the source of title to the assignee, and its execution is the voluntary act of the debtors and not a proceeding in stituted by law against them. The object of section flj" as well said by the court in Rhode Island, where a similar section is contained in the insolvency law of •that state, "is to take advantage of the dis pleasure which a debtor naturally feels when ?his property is attached or to hold out an in ducement to him to make an assignment," (l.'i R. 1., page 100.) • ■-. The defendants have joined issued in the action brought by the plaintiffs, and if the assignee desires to defend he can become a party thereto. - The motion to dissolve the attachment,how evor, is denied, and it is-so ordered. THE COURTS. J>i\strict Court. JUKY OASES. [Before Judge Wilkin.] ' [ Julia B. Oa'tes vs. The City of St. Paul; on motion of the defendant the judge charged the jury to br.ng in. a verdict of $1,000 dam ages for the defendant, on which they re tired and obeyed instructions. Wm. Defranchy vs. Anna M. Rice; action for damages caused by excavation; on trial. NEW SUITS AXD PAPERS FILED. Jane E. Tucker et al. vs. Orlando B. Tur ret! etal.; suit for freedom of mortgage. Singleton Bros. & Co. vs. Thomas McEn tee; suit for $50 for goods sold. Northwestern Manufacturing & Car com pany vs. Charles Pailike and Charles Corn stock; suit for §340 on promissory note. J. Lafontisee vs. C. T. Meyer, in the mat ter of the order for Sheriff O'Gorman to show cause why a sale or execution was not made; decision sustaining the sheriff. Probate Court. [Before Judge McGrorty.] Insanity of Thos. J. Walton; partially ex amined and continued till Saturday. Municipal Court. [Before Judge Burr.J R. Bond, assault; committed for ten day 6. S. Wisnom, disorderly; dismissed. J. Danbro, drunkenness; committed for five days. L. Rowlen, larceny; committed for sixty days. Jas. Maguire, drunkenness; committed for ten days. J. and Thos. Kelly, assault; discharged. Wm. Graves, larceny; committed for thirty days. The Bids Opened. Yesterday afternoon the building commit tee of the chamber of commerce held a meet ing for the purpose of considering the bids received for the construction of the new chamber of commerce building on the cor ner of Sixth and Robert streets. After a full examination of all the bids for the work and material the committee concluded that the following are the lowest and best bids therefor. As some of the parties who put in bids not included "in' the following list, claimed that their bids were lower than sim lar bids to be found below, the committee decided not to make the awards but to have what the committee regarded as the lowest bids published, so that all may have an op portunity to see them, and then hold another meeting, so as to give all bidders who claim they have in lower bids than any included in those that have been selected as the lowest, a chance to come before the members of the committee, and point out and expl in how and wherein they are lower. This meeting will be held at 3 o'clock next Monday af ternoon, at the architect's office in the Man heimer block. LIST OF BIDS. The following is the list referred to as hav ing been selected for the reason that they are the lowest and best bids: Excavating and masonry—Lauerßros, $10,495. Cut stone work—Frpntenac Stone Co., §7,000. Brick work—Lucien Warner, $20,975. Terra cotta—lndianapolis Terra Cotta Com pany, $1,500. . . Iron work—Wrought and cast-iron stairs and prismatic lights, $14,820.64. Wire work—E. T. Barnum & Co., $760. Carpentry—Wilcken & Romer, $14,040. Plastering—Jas. Cnllen, $4,000. Painting and glazing—Beck & Rank, $3,100. Plumbing and gas fitting—Graham & Ward, $1,708. Hardware—F. G. Draper & Co., $1,398. Galvanized iron work a»d slating—Scrfbner & Co., $2,048. • ' Mantels and grates, $500. Steam heating—Rogers & Davis, $7,300. Steam elevators, $4,335. Total, $93,985.04 $. Railway Conductor's Ball. The first annual ball of the order of Rail way Conductors, St. Paul Division, No. 40, at Sherman hall, last evening, was an emi nent success, both socially and in point of attendance. The music was furnished by the First Regiment band, and guests were present from all parts of the state. The re ception committee was composed of J. E. Kinchboom, W. J. Flynn, A. L. Cox, S. L. Banoey, J. B. Jordan", Wm. Doyle. S. C. Dow and Geo. Penock, and the floor committee of N. Boose, F. L. Chase, R. L. Willard, Jno. Leonard, P. J. Horgan, C. L. Conklin and J. T. Fredericks. Muscular Pastimes. Manager Barnes, of the St. Paul Athletic club, is out in a programme announcing a grand athletic exhibition to be given at the gymnascum next Saturday evening. The exercises will include a tug of war exhibition between six picked men of the police force and six men from the Athletic club, a juven ile exhibition with clubs, rings, and tug of war, horizontal bar exercises, combination club swinging, feats of strength, boxing, pair rings, wrestling, jumping, etc. It is the best programme of the kind ever gotten up in this city, and it should draw out a large crowd. Merchants' Hotel Bal Masque. Arrangements are fully perfected for the fourth annual masquerade ball of the Merch ants' hotel employees, to be given at Market hall to-morrow evening. The scale of mag nificence and grandeur on which the previ ous balls under the same auspices have been given, together with the liberal offerings in the way of prizes, should not only insure a big attendance, but make this the most suc cessful affair of the kind ever given in this city. * THE TEMPERANCE QUESTION. An Interesting Meeting, Addressed by Gordon E. Cole, Rev. Hr. Thom as, and Others. Last evening the Church Semperance so ciety held the second diocesan temperance meeting ever held In this city, at St. Paul's church. The Rev. Dr. Thomas, rector of St. Paul's parish and vice president of the so ciety, presided. The sacred edifice was well filled, and among the congregation were a great number who were not parishoners, and some who were not Episcopal ians, attracted no drubt by the anticipation of some good, sound, sensible speaking upon the question which is to-day engrossing the public mind more than any other, and in this respect they were not dis appointed. In the congregation was noticed the rabbi of Zion temple. The full choir of the church was present, and lent its potent aid in rendering the meeting a pleasurable and devotional one. The first speaker was the Rev. M. N. Gil bert, rector of Christ church, who spoke on the resolution embodying the thought that it is the duty of all churchmen to support the society in its efforts in this redeeming and saving work. His address was earnest and argumentative, giving sound and substantial reasons in support of the resolution, among which he advanced this: That the association, being organized under the control and in fluence of the church, had more power for good and was more certain of success than other similar organizations. It had the support of the great Church of England and America to support it. Other societies had been formed and failed because they were outside the pale of the church. The last fifty years were strewn with the wrecks of temperance socie ties organized no doubt by good, earnest and devoted people, but they had been of mush room growth because they were not con trolled by conservative influences. He doubted if such associations did any good; he rather thought these ephemeral societies did mischief and were often the cause of Intem perance spreading. It was the same with them as with amusements So soon as they were divorced from the church they failed or became a source of evil. The church was not fanatic,, but conserva tive and practical. It was temperance the church advocated, not total abstinence. The reverend gentleman spoke at some length and most eloquently and earnestly on the duty of churchmen in this matter. Theirs should be no passive acquiescing approval, but an active supporting one. Rev. H. W. Kittson, of St. John's parish, also spoke in support of the resolution. He introduced his speech by alluding to the usefulness of the church, many members of which he feared would hardly be able to answer the question, what use is it and why does it exist to-day, telling the humorous an ecdote of the canon of old Winchester who impressed upon a lady the importance and usefulness of canons by holding up to her gaze a well filled purse and saying, I pay periodical visits to the treasurer and get this filled with gold; don't say again that canon? are of no use. He thought there were too many church people who looked upon the church as a very nice place with its beautiful decorations, good singing and soft seats and that the Episcopal service was a nice kind of religion which only exacted at tendance regularly atthe services in a com fortable and beautifully decorated church. These too selfish, too self.satisfied and com fortable minded people often looked upon those outside the church with disdain, but this was not the opinion of the mager-born founder and the grand apostles. The church was a responsible church with great duties to perform and this temperance cause was one of the most important and momentous. The church must be con tented to descend from its high stilts and en ter into the work with earnestness. He al luded to the action of the bishops and clergy in England in the temperance cause and mentioned the fact that the queen herself had signed her money as a patroness of the church temperance society.' Fourteen thou sand clergymen of the English church he said had pledged themselves to do all in their power to further the temperance movement. What had been done in England he contend ed could be better and more easily accom plished here where society usages were not so strong a barrier. He, in conclusion, urged upon those who had been baptised and made members of Christ, children of God, and in heritors of the kingdom of heaven, to do their duty in supporting the church temper ance society. Gordon E. Cole, of Faribault, was next in troduced, who moved the resolution that it is the duty of the citizens to aid in the restric tion of the liquor traffic, and help the author ities in carrying out restrictive measures. Mr. Cole, lawyer like, read from his brief a long essay upon restrictive legislation, pre facing it with the remark that the community which is least governed is the best governed. The object of his essay was to prove that no further. legislation is required; that the present laws are sufficiently restrictive, if strictly carried out. He showed that pro hibition had proved a wretched failure where ever it had been tried. He ad vised the temperance advocates to lay on one side their fanatical and insane desire for legislation, and work zeal ously in the path marked out by Dr. Crosby. The Rev. Dr. Thomas next read the follow ing letters, which explain themselves, after which Rev. W. Cox Pope, of the Church of the Good Shepherd, pronounced the benedic tion and the congregation dispersed. The following letter was received from Bishop Ireland, who had been Invited to ad dress the meeting: Rev. E. S. Thomas, Dear Sir; I thank you very sincerely for the honor which you intended to confer upon me by inviting me to address a meeting of your chnrch temperance society. I beg.however, to say that I cannot accept the in vitation on religious gronnds. I am very glad that the Episcopal church has entered into the warfare against intemperance. The action of its members will go far towards leavening in the proper direction public opinion. I have read with much interest the reports of the church temperance society of New York, and I conld not be but in full accord with all its principles. Wishing you every success which the work de serves, I remain very sincerely, Jons Ireland Regrets for inability to aitend were also re ceived from Mr. D. A. Dickenson. Consolidation in Prospect. Cnmmings Clarion. A subscriber at Canton, Tex., writes us that there is a widower in that town who has nineteen children and is anxious to wed the Alabama widow with twenty-one children, mention of whom was made inarecent issue of that paper. The Alabama widow can take notice and govern herself accordingly. • A Philosophical Vieic. Bath Times. Well, this is a wicked world; but there is one comfort—it has got to be burned up. CONGRESSIONAL The House Decides to get all the Special Reports of the Star Route Investigation. A Part of the Circulation of the National Bank .Notes Bills Passed. The Senate. Washington, Feb. 20.—The senate took up and passed without debate, the bill in creasingthe annual amount to provide arms and equipments for the militia, from $20,000 to $50,000. The following resolution was agreed'to: Resolved, That the secretary of the Inter ior inform the senate where and how many acres of indemnity lands were certified or patented to railroad corporations in lowa, to whom the grants of public lands were do nated: also, whether any such roads are now claiming more indemnity in lands, and what quantities. On motion of Senator Allison, the senate passed a bill fixing the time for holding the terms of circuit and district courts of the United States in the northern district of lowa. It fixes the time for the terms as follows: At Dubuque on the first Tuesday of April and the third Tuesday of November in each year. At Fort Dodge on the third Tuesdays in Jan uary and June, and at Sioux City on the sec ond Tuesday in May and the first Tuesday In October. Senator Sewell's bill, appropriating $600, -000 per annum for the militia, was passed. The senate then took up the bill to pro vide for the circulation of the national banks. An amendment was proposed by Senator Pugh to the amendment of Plumb and ac cepted by the latter, which would permit the issue of treasury notes, provided for in Sen ator Plumb's amendment in case the banks deposited legal tender notes for the redemp tion of their circulation. Another amendment of Senator Pugh's was accepted by Senator Plumb, to take the place of the clause yesterday withdrawn by the latter. The clause yesterday withdrawn defined the true intent and meaning of the section to be, that the volumes of paper money outstanding, exclusive of gold and silver certificates, should remain as now existing. Pugh's amendment, which wa« accepted by Plumb, declared the true intent and meaning to be that such volume should not be diminished, and also excepted the principal and interest of the pub lic debt from the obligations to the United States which might be paid by such treasury notes. The debate was participated in by Hugh, Plumb, McPherson and Morgan. Plumb's amendment was rejected, yeas 15; nays 35. Morrill's amendment was rejected. yeas 20; nays 36. Morrill moved separately his amendments relating to what is termed the "Gold banks." The amendment was disagreed to. The amendment in separate form was agreed to. Senator Morgan then introduced the amendment suggested by him some days ago, and then the senate went into executive session and soon adjourned. Tlie House of Keprvsentat i res. Washington, Feb. 20.—The report agreed to, by 148 to 106, calling on the postmaster general to transmit to the house tha reports made by the special agents of the postoffice department, having reference to the star route investigation has not heretofore been made public. An effort was made to show that it would be detrimental to the public interest in the prosecution of the star route cases if the information asked for were made public, but the resolution passed as above stated. Reports were submitted as follows: From the public lands committee, a bill to declare forfeited the land grantto the Oregon Central Railroad company. From foreign affairs, a resolution that the president, be requested to prevent the delivery of Senor Carlos Angero now in Key West, Fla., and held for extradition on the demand of the govern ment of Spain, until it be ascertained if the charges against him arc true, and that he is not held for political purposes, and that the president be requested to direct the attorney general to have an investigation of the case made. Mr. Ryan, from the committee on appro priations, called up the joint resolution ap propriating $150,000, to be expended among the Indians for educational purposes. Passed. On motion of Mr. Keifer the military academy appropriation bill was taken up and after a discussion the bouse adjourned. MONTRAL SEEN BY A NEW YORKER, Glimpses of Old-World Customs^ca Short Distance Away—Hou< an Almost Acetic Wintei\ls Enjoyed—Funerals on Runners. [Montreal Cor. N. Y. Sun 15th.] It is said that Liverpool is hardly more un- American than Montreal. Wherever a stranger from the United States turns his eyes, he sees old reminders that he is in a foreign country. Over all and above every thing the consequences of a frigid winter ob- trude themselves upon the eye. If a New Yorker will imagine the entire city, streets, roofs, and sheds, all covered with snow as deep as it is sometimes seen piled along the New York gutters after the one specially heavy snow storm of each winter, he will get an idea how Montreal looks out of doors at least five months in the year. The cold i« steady and intense. It makes a stranger's head and feet ache, his cheeks tingle, and his fingers all turn to thumbs, yet it is so dry an atmosphere that 1" degrees below zero is endurable, if one is clad for it: Dressing is the whole secret of life in Montreal, and the local costumes are such as to make a New Yorker conscious that every one knows he Is a stranger. In the first place, he wears a silk hat or a Derby, whereas everpbody else has on a cap, either a round fur cap or au Astrakhan, creased In the top. The only variety in headgear is the occassional worsted tuque of the Canadian peasant, which is sim ply a long, big stocking, ending in a cord and ball. It is usually white or blue, with a gay border on the bottom. This border is rolled up above the forehead, the stocking end falls jauntily over in a point, and the cord and tassel swing at the wearer's left shoulder. These tuques are worn with the blanket suits of the snow shoers both by men and women. They pull down over the ears, but are seldom used in that way. When it is very cold or snows hard the girls pull up the baglike hood of their blanket sacques and thus doubly protect their heads. Then, again, the New Yorkers wear an overcoat of cloth, and usually of thinner make than the Montrealers'. The latter are much given to fur coats, and huge garments of heavy fur can be rented at 50 cents a day by strangers at any'clothing store. Furs are as common in Montreal as telegraph poles in New York. There appear to be so many that the people don't know what to do with them. Consequently the carter in a common hack sleigh not only draws a robe over his knees, but has an extra one dangling behind him from his high perch, and his passenger, cod dled up in a blanket, and with a big bear skin over that, knows that from behind his seat there floats in the wind another robe of buffalo or bear or other skins serving no pur pose except that of an ornament. But to get back to the clothes. The one idea of the Canadians is to keep off the cold, and the first garment next to his or her skin is a woolen shirt that positively feels as heavy as a blanket, and much softer than any but the best blankets one sees in the States. The drawers match the shirt, and the stock ing! arc either of wool or knit worsted. No body ventures out without either articles, rubbers, or moccasins, because they have a national proverb that a cold foot leads to the grave. They sell umbrellas in the stores, but you never see one carried in the streets. A man under an umbrella is considered a proper subject for ridicule. With a fur cap, a fur or double cloth great coat, thick under clothes, and rubber-coated feet, what can rain or cold avail? A tumble out of a sleigh or a fall on the ice hurts nobody, for even the priests, the nuns, and the women and babies are clad in the same way. The city is practically all limestone. It is a city of fine '"buildings. You read the signs "Second-hand goods" or rags and bottles" on a massive limestone house that looks like one of the old granite mansions near the Bowling Green." This limestone not oi.ly gives the place a solid and grand appearance, but it suggests age, and. indeed, there are whole streets full of houses one hundred years old, besides the many occasional struct ures that are almost double that age. The public buildings are all as fine as any in New- York and, nearly all are bigger than any thing we have got except the postofflce. Just as more than one-half the population i» French, so the great majority of the street signs arej French. The French seem to care very little about learning English, and the English trample over French with their tongues,|and are content, in the great ma jority of cases, not to speak it any better than will serve their purpo9eof gettingalong. The wealth and enterprise here If more with the Scotch than the English, and broad Scotch is oftener heard than English. The French excite sympafhv. Monteal was theirs originally, "and they outnumber the Britons, but they are crowded to one side. They are the carters, servants. small I keepers, private in the militia clerks and la borers. Of course many are rfcta, but they are the exceptions. The' post office corner street lamp bears the word* •Bureau de Poste.'' Our distinguished countrvwnman of practical celebrity shows her fcceon all the walls over the words -Madame Pinkham.'* Every window in Montreal la double. The true windows are set inside the embansorea. The winter windows each in one >ash. tit outside, even with the exterior of the walls. This keeyg the cold out pretty effectually, but stores in the rooms are not deemed sufficient You frequently find them In the ha well. The beds arc hillcocks of warm ma material. The humblest house has its doub le windows, and the same is true of tne great buildings. The cathedrals, the Post Office, City Hall, and splendid banks, churches, club houses, and halls all are doubly glazed. One pane in each extra window swings upon hinges, to permit ventilation. Every here and there the stramger sees a pair of snowshoes cross ed and resting on end between these double sashes. Snowihoes are pretty things. They are the shape of a spoon, with the bowl flat tened and the broad end of the handle cut off. The frame is of white wood and the bowl of the spoon is covered with an orna mental network of dser gut. Shoes for sport are less than a foot wide: those used by sur veyors are two feet wide. The wider they are the less they sink into loose snow. Snow shoes cost from $1,50 t054,50 ■ pair. They are made by the Indians. Even now in the back country the mails are delivered on them and village life depends upon them. The shoes are not put in the city window* for display or ornament, or as many suppose to show that a snowshoer lives within. They are put there to keep cool and they are kept cool in order that the gut network "shall not sag or slack. Everything goes on runners. If a strung er to Canadian life will simply imagine everything in the New York streets gliding about on runners—the big express wagons, the mail wagons, the hacks, the phaetons, the little package hand carts the baby car riages, and the hearses all rid of wheels and slipping ahead on bands of polished steal he will get yet another idea of the strange ness Of the scene out Of door-. The hearses and grand sleighs with black bodies and cry stal sides, the roofs being most ornately top ped by black crowns black carved torches and black angels of almost human size. As the horse car tracks are tour feet out of sight box sleighs run over the routes, and the con ductors in big fur coats, each present a leather teapot, with a slit where the lid ought. to b«, wh«n they collect their half dimes. The steam tire engines and the hook and ladder trucks glide to their work on runners. The horses are nearly all smuller than ours. They are the famous Cauadtan ponies tough wiry little beasts that seem to need no more urging than a locomotive but rush like mad along the street-. Except in carnival week it costs but a quarter for a twenty minutes' ride, during which dne can glide from one end of town to the other, and the cab stands are so admira bly scattered that one never need walk more than a block, or three blocks at the outside, while at night it is only necessary to go to the street door and yell "Carter!" once or twice in order to have a flock of them around you. Hot Scotch and Canada rye whiskey are the national tipples. Gin mills are dis tinguished by little white boards iuj>crtbcd in .-mall black letters: Licensed to retail spirituous liquor*. A drink in about half the stores cost five cents. At the most stylish hotel bar- II ten cents. An order frequently given in barrooms is for "a split." A "whisky split means two glasses of rye and a bottle of gin ger ale divided between two drinkers. Bran dy splits arc oftenest completed with soda water. The police are blue-coated, br.i buttoned chaps, mainly French, wearing tall conical fur hats with big brass numbers sewed on the fur. They are polite and oblig ing, but seem to lose their heads when there is a crowd or a row. It depends upon who you are as to how you are treated if you 11 ve in Montreal. Caste and aristocracy are not empty words here. One of the newspapers here said this morning that the price ot tickets to a concert had "been put high in order to keep the mob away." There is not one smooth male face in one hundred in the streets, among the boy*. The old men let their beards grow all over their faces, and the young men wear side whiskers and moustaches. The Canadians say they can tell a New Yorker by his smooth face, his round hat, and his fat and well-fed appearance. It certainly is a fact that the Canadians are spare as a rule. ffklnderson vs. Sleinderaon. [San Francisco Evening Post. I The other morning a volcanic looking mt tron appeared in Judge Lawler's court and demanded to be informed as to the very ear liest moment a divorce could be granted to a cash customer. "Have you a complaint, madam?" said the judge, soothingly. "I should say, I had, Judge," snapped the applicant. "I'll just tell what that brute Skinderson—l'm Mrs.Skindrson, more'sthe pity—what that brute Skindei^on's been do ing. Flesh and blood can't stand it. "Did he beat you:" Inquired his honor. I should like to see him try it," said Mrs. S. with an indignant sniff. "It's aheap worse. This morning I was taken with the aggravating thing for over two hours—just arguing with him, mind you, about a new paper for the parlor—when what do you sujrpose he did' "Tried to shoot himself," hazarded th« judge. "I just wish the mean brute had. No sir the mean wretch rang for a district telegraph messenger boy, and when he came Skinder son lay down' on the lounge, and says, with one of those coid, tantalizing smiles of his'n 'Martha, I'm worn out now, and I'm going to take a nap. Just wrangle with this boy for an hour or two, and when I wake up I'll relieve him. "If he gives out meanwhile, just ring up another." "I'm afraid you couldn't get a divorce on that." said the court reflectively. ••Couldn't eh:" cried the victim of domes tic infelicity in a rage "All right; I'll go straight home and if Skindcrson hasn't woke up, yet. I'll dump some ashes on his head: I'll fix Mm yet!" with which consoling anticipation she sailed out. A (ol<l Itnif for the Geese. (arson Appeal. Yesterday morning Hy Downs, the tunnel tender of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad near Washoe Lake, went out about 5 o'clock to shoot geese. He soon discovered a flock on the ice in the lake, and crawled on his bands and knees on the ice, through the .wles, to get a shot. Downs is a thorough sportsman, and never takes advantage of a goose that is not on the wing. Coming with in shooting distance, he rose up and expect ed to see the birds fly, but they did not. Then he waved his hat, and a few of the geese flapped their wings, but did not budge an inch. He then walked up, and there, to his astonishment, found 12S birds froaeu fast to the ice and helpless. It appeared that they had surrounded an air hole for water the night before, and had been waddling about In the overflow and slu3h until the cold wave came up toward evening, and be fore they knew it their feet had become fast in the ice. Some were dead, but the majori ty were living. Later in the day he went down with a cart and bagged the entire lot. Trouble, Trouble. Washington Post. On the whole the stalwart administration is not getting along very smoothly with the Republican senate. A pretty new walking hat of fine MiUu straw is called the 7—2o—Jj.