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That's What the Executive of Min
nesota Made at the Opera
Caustic Criticism of Gov. McGill
and the High License Mass
Senator Ward and Representative
Eogers Especially Severe in
Their Comment.
The Entire Legislature, Regardless of
Politics, Stirred tip Oyer
the Insult.
Governor McGill Has No Defenders in
the House and But Pew in
the Senate.
A Caucus of Republican Members Indorses
the Prosser-Daniels High Li
cense Bill.
A Long and Acrimonious Wrangle
Over tiie Bill to Tax .Notes and.
Mortgages. .
Gregory, of Washington, lias a Novel
Plan to Compel Kail roads to
Issue Passes.
Rev. Dr. Smitli Refuses to Take Wai
ter, and Is Anxious lor a Full
Goodricli Introduces a Prohibitory
Amendment—Keller Gets wis
Ranking Bill Through.
Gov. McGill made the first bad break of
his administration when he consented to
appear at the opera house and preside over
the high license meeting. He has gotten
himself into hot water and will be beset
with stormy seas hereafter. His ill-ad
vised attack upon the opponents of high
license and his reckless charge in relation
to bribery and corruption of members of
the legislature is certain to act like a
boomerang, and Mr. McGill will find that
he has committed a very bad political
blunder, even if it does not develop into
something worse than that. The boom
erang started on its return trip yesterday
and created considerable havoc. It is
likely to tear things to pieces worse than a
cyclone, before it finally completes the trip
and knocks Mr. McGill out by a direct
blow in the abdomen. The peculiar and
striking feature of the matter is that the
first blow given McGill comes from his own
party ranks, and there can be no charge of
a partisan assault on the executive. .Rep
resentative Rogers took occasion— yes
terday's session of the houseto pay his
respects to Gov. McGill (and incidentally to
his attorney general, Clapp) in a manner
that caused some surprise and admitted of
no misconstruction of his meaning. Mr.
Rogers made a clean-cut issue with the
governor, and left it in such shape that the
latter will find it exceedingly difficult to
clear his skirts of the stigma that attaches
to.them. Mr. Rogers was very much in
earnest, too, and lie asserted that Gov. Mc-
Gill had no right to act and talk as he did
kt that meeting. The chief executive of
the state exceeded his prerogatives when
he presided at a meeting which had for its
object the influencing of legislative votes
in favor of any measure, and he resented
as an insult the assertion by the governor
that members of the legislature had been
bribed and that detectives had been set to
dog the tracks of all of them. It was an
outrage that such slurs should be cast upon
the legislature—and more especially so
when the chief executive of the state him
self was the guilty party. Mr. Rogers de
clared that ii the Republicans expected to
make high license a party issue and force
the Republican members to support it by
such measures, it would soon be found out
that a mistake had been made. Republi
cans wouid
He said Gov. McGill did not dare take
such a position before the election, and lie
resented with indignation the aspersions
cast upon the members of the legislature by
the governor. Mr. Rogers' effort was strong
and he did not hesitate to express his opin
ions boldly.g_AVhen he concluded it was ex
pected that some Republican member would
come to the defense of McGill and resent
the reflections made upon the governor, but
no one made a sign or opened his mouth,
and the inference was inevitable that the
governor had no friends in the house who
cared to defend his course. The . perform
ance began soon after tiie roll had been
called, under the head of motions and reso
lutions. Mr. Rogers arose from his seat
and held aloft in his hand a paper which
he sint to the clerk's desk to be read. It
was plain from Mr. Rogers' manner that
something out of the ordinary course was
to happen, and all eyes were turned toward
him. The clerk read the paper, which was
a resolution, as follows:
Resolved, That the speaker appoint at once
a committee of live to investigate and ascer
tain what, if any, corrupt influences, either
monetary or otherwise, are being used to in
fluence the votes of members of this house
on any measure now tiding before it, or
likely to be brought before it, and as to
whether detectives have been,or are now.em
ployed to watch the members of this house,
with power to s'-nd for persons or papers.
Which was afterwards amended by Mr.
Potter as follows:
And. also, if there is any truth iv the asser
tion that large sums of money have been
raised for the purpose of defeating any
measure before this house.
Mr. Rogers then came down to the re
porters' desk and drank a glass of water,
and it was more evident than before that he
meant business. Holding a copy of the
Globe in his hand he read extracts of the
report of the high license meeting held at
the. opera house and proceeded to comment
thereon. His manner was excited and his
voice loud and ringing, indicative of sup
pressed indignation. He was not at all
delicate in expressing his opinions, and his
strong language in referring to Gov. McGill
made a marked impression. Mr. Rogers
It is well known that there is a measure
pending before the house commonly known
as the high license bill. It is well known that
to some of the peculiar features of this bill
many members, who don't allow other mem
bers to arrogate to themselves all of the vir
tue in this bouse, are opposed. A public
meeting was called in this; city at the opera
bouse last evening, to create public opinion
in favor of a particular bill. Gentlemen, that
was well enough. I do not object to men
meeting together for the purpose of urging
the passage of any bill. But when the gov
ernor and attorney general of this state pre
sumed to appear at a public meeting and sub
stantially charged the members of a co-ordi
nate branch of this government with being
bribed, then I say it is time to call a halt upon
that governor and that attorney general and
pive them an opportunity to make good the
charges which they there made. Let us see
whether this is right. If there are on the floor
of this bouse, or in the lobby of this house,
*a_*ents of the whisky ring with large sums of
money to buy up members of this legislature,
let it he known aud reported to tne house by
a proper committee appointed by the speaker.
There ore men in this house who will not
urobably support this measure. This meeting
was not" aimed at Democrats, because they
are known on party lines to be opposed to
this measure. But it was meant to whip in
•Republicans who might not be in favor of
♦his particular measure which this meeting
favored. Let us see what this governor says
Daily Globe
to us. I read what purports to be, what is '
claimed to be, what is asserted to be, a fail
report of the speech of the governor of this .
state. He says:
"This meeting was called for the purpose of
holding up the hinds of those men in the leg- '
islature who were leading in the high license !
movement and encouraging the friends of i
the cause in that body. Wher. the legislature j
first convened high license was considered an \
assured fact, but there has been an apparent
changeperhaps more apparent than real.
The liquor interests are splendidly organized,
aud are really in that respect a worthy ex
ample to the law and order people of this
state. They have been at work in the legisla- i
ture, and have accomplished results which i
have alarmed the friends of high license."
Gentlemen, what doas that mean? It |
means that the governor substantially ;
charges, upon the members of this house, j
corruption and bribery. I don't propose |
taineh' to submit to such talk from the gov
ernor of this state unless he bas the proof to
present of its absolute correctness. I pro
pose to give him an opportunity to prove it.
The attorney general re-echoes those charges, i
Who made this puny gentleman from Fergus j
Falls, who was elected to his office by a politi- j
cal deal—who is a recent importation from |
Wisconsin —the keeper of the consciences of j
the Republican members of this house? There I
is something more to call your attention to. j
A leading Republican paper In this state says \
in its Saturday's issue that the high license
people have employed skilled detectives to •
dosr the heels of the members of this house, !
Why should this be so? Let me road to yon:, j
"The same desperate assault is again to be j
made upon the integrity of the members of {
the legislature. A much larger sum has been j
raised for the purpose than was raised two j
years ago, and one of the first steps was to ■
employ a corps of skilled detectives to watch i
every movement that may be madeso thor
oughly have they done their work," etc.
Now, gentlemen, if it is true—which I deny
—the insolent st-itement that any man can be
purchased in this house—if it is true that.
this has been attempted, let us investigate it.
Let us go to the bottom of those charges. Let
us see upon what authority it is that the
governor of this state charges corruption
upon a co-ordinate branch of the government
of this state —upon what authority the attor
ney general of this state impliedly charges it
upon his legal superiors. There are many
men who will not support the plan of sad
dling SI,OOU license upon those cities. We
propose when wo do cast our votes that they
shall not be under the imputation made by
the governor and attorney general and other
distinguished citizens that they are corruptly
given. Rev. Dr. Smith, tor instance, charges,
in words, that you aro being bribed.
That is not so important, as that
gentleman does not hold any ' pub
lic office. But the Republican partyif you
put it on that basiscannot afford that such
statements shall bo made with impunity. I
could tell the governor of this state some
things if he sat here in my presouce. Has
the governor advocated this measure? Did ho
advocate it on the stump? He lienor opened
his head about it on tho stump. Gentlemen
of this house are being bribed! If they are
let it be known; if they are not let it be
known. But don't let such infamous charges
be made unless they are substantiated. For
myself, I repel this insolent charge with in
dignant scorn. I tell tne governor of this
state that it is wrong: that he cannot indulge
in such language with impunity,aud I tell tae
attorney general that he cannot make use of
any such language and go free from criti
cism. If either of these gentlemen have
facts or figures let him go before the commit
tee of this house. If we do not take that
position we are slaves. [Applause.]
By the time Mr. Rogers had concluded
the house was pretty .well stirred up, and
when he took his seat it was evident that a
profound impression had been made. The
galleries were packed and the members had
come in and filled the seats. It looked as
if a storm was brewing, and there was dis
appointment manifest when no friend of
MeGilPs got up to resent the attack that
had been made upon him. There was a
long silence, and then Mr. Donnelly arose.
The interest was intensified at once. Mr.
Donnelly had not taken any part in the dis
cussion on; temperance legislation before,
and there has been a general desire to know
just where he stood. It was not long be
fore this desire was gratified. Mr. Don-.
nelly said it was a lamentable condition of
affairs when the Independent party had to
arise to keep peace within the ranks of the
Republican party. He would cheerfully
support the resolution. He did not believe
the liquor men had enough money to buy
Rogers or llendrickson. There should be
the widest toleration. He did not believe
that the present legislature was like
Caesar's wife—above suspicion. There
were rumors afloat that the last legislature
was more or less corrupt, and this one
might fall into bad ways, too. If among
the chosen twelve of the Savior one bad
man was found, could the people expect to
elect 100 members of the legislature and
not have one bad one among them? If
any one had fallen and disgraced himself.
ferrit it out and expose him. He was not |
an extremist on this license question. He
was sent to represent issues more important.
Liquor license was a side issue with him.
But he was a high licence man, and in
tended to vote for a high license bill. He
favored an investigation and punishment of
the guilty if any should be found.
Mr. Keves said he was surprised to see
the governor of the state, before an audience
of 2,000. advertise the legislature as a
boodle legislature. The charge was made
deliberately by McGill, and was equivalent
to saying that the members were candidates
for the state prison. The members had
some reputation at home for integrity, but
as soon as they land in St. Paul they are
branded as a venal set of men to be bought
and sold like cattle. If any member has
taken a bribe, though, cast him out. If
not. the imputation of dishonesty should be
removed from the members. Every man
who lias made these assertions and charges
should be made to come before the house
and substantiate them. If it has come to
such a pass that the governor of the state
makes such reckless charges, the legislature
had as well adjourn sine die and go home.
The matter should be probed to the bottom.
Mr. llendrickson said it was no use for
the Democrats to resent any of the imputa
tions that had been made, as the Democrats
were not concerned. They were not
pledged to force any SI.OOO or $500 license,
or to high or low license. The pressure
was all on the Republicans, to force them
to support this issue. He objected to the
members from the country coming in and
voting to put a SI,OOO license on the cities
of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The same
high license question was before the legisla.
ture two years ago, and he did not believe
any one would have the temerity to assert
that the liquor men tried to corrupt the
members at that time by the use of money.
The members here now are competent to
follow the dictates of their own consciences,
and no one need expect them to fail in
under the party lash. The question to . de
cide is, what is high license? It is not that
the country should place a tax of only §500
on themselves and impose 81,000 on St.
Paul and Minneapolis. This was unjust
and unfair.
Mr. Lucas said it was hard to decide what
was high license. He would vote for Si,ooo
if the patrol limits were abolished, but not
if the patrol limits were maintained. He
did not believe in prohibitory high license.
Mr. Mattson said the Republican mem
bers had not been elected on a 81,000 and
§500 license. The members from the Fifth
district owed mighty little to the temperance
I plank in the Republican state platform. He
had given a pledge that no man or set of
men could put a yoke about his neck, and
that was the only pledge he had made.
Mr. Barker, of Isanti, said he went to
the meeting at the opera house to find out
the sentiment of the people of St. Paul on
the high license bill. He believed the
meeting was called for an honorable pur
pose and not to whip in anybody. Some of
the speakers had said things they ought not
! to have said, but he did not believe the
j meeting was called for anything but an
j honorable purpose.
Mr. Pro.-s thought that, in view of the
j assertions that had been made and the
j shape which the matter had assumed; an
investigation ought to be made. It should
' be entrusted to the hands of men who
■ would probe it to the bottom.
Messrs. Xewell and Costello made brief
remarks and Mr. Rogers took occasion to
say that he took the governor by what he
said and didn't take back anything. He
asserted again that lie doubted'the right of
the governor to influence votes and charge
bribery. *
The Rogers resolution providing for the
appointment of a committee of five to in
vestigate the matter was then passed un
animously, and the speaker appointed
Messrs. Rogers. Prosser. Barker, Snider
and Wilson as the committee.
A lively row occurred when the Williams
bill relating to the taxation of notes and
mortgages was reached. Messrs. Hendrick
son and Rogers led the opposition to it and
the feeling became intense, and some acri
mony was developed during.the hour and a
half that the debate raged. Speeches
were made by Messrs. nendrickson. Rog
ers. -Donnelly. Lucas. Plowman. Snider.
Emery, Williams, Millar, Keys, Furlong
and Lee. The latter opposed "it. Rogers
and Donnelly at one time became excited
and indulged in a little side-show of their
own. but it led to no unpleasant results,
llendrickson submitted an amendment pro
viding that Ramsey and Hennepin counties
be exempted from the provisions of the bill.
Motions to the same effect were made to
include Washington, Houston, Dodge, Chi
sago. Pine and Kanabec counties. Then
there was a long wrangle, Rogers contend
ing that it would not be constitutional to
pass such legislation, and asserting that the
members were elected to legislate for the
people and not for any special class. Mr.
Donnelly and most of tlie other speakers
argued in favor of the passage of the bill as
one that would force the rich men to pay
their taxes instead of evading them as now.
After the subject and the members were
exhausted the bill, with Jorge's bill for the
assessment and taxation of personal prop
erty, was referred to Messrs. Williams and
Bjorge for correction and revision.
Reese's bill providing for the mortgaging
of crops was, af ten some discussion, recom
mended to pass, as was E wing's bill, relat
ing to insurance.
The Keyes bill, providing tor the revision
of the probate laws, was considered. It
stipulates that the aggregate expenditures
shall not exceed 53.000, aud the commission
shall consist of H. C. Eller, of St. Paul;
W. C. Williston, of Red Wing, and Judge
M. 11. Sullivan, of Dakota. Mr. Gregory,
of Washington, offered an amendment that
'the appropriation be made $10,000 and that
the commission revise all the laws of the
state.. The matter was laid over.
Mr. Keyes bill, relating to the regulation
of railroad companies, was recommended
for third reading.
The next order waa the consideration of
Mr. Donnelly's bill to prevent the corrup
tion of public officers by railroad
corporations through tho issuing
of railroad passes, but Mr. Donnelly
consented to its postponement in order that
an amendment proposed by Mr. Gregory,
of Washington, should be considered. Mr.
Gregory's amendment is just the reverse of
what Mr. Donnelly proposes, and it is quite
unioue and certainly original. Mr. Don
nelly seeks to prevent the issuance of passes
by railroads to public officials, while Mr.
Gregory's bill forces them to issue passes.
Mr. Gregory claims that this will solve the
whole problem. If the railroads are forced
to issue these passes by law they cannot ex
act any courtesies in . return. The public
official, knowing that the pass must be
issued to him. will feel under no obligations
to the railroads, and the latter will there
fore have no lever upon him. Mr. Gregory
contends that the railroads owe all their
valuable franchises and privileges to the
state, and the state can compel the roads to
issue the passes as a partial recompense.
Mr. Donnelly says such a law would cer
tainly be effective. The point, however, is
a new and novel one, and he was not pre
pared to express an opinion . regarding it.
lie was a, little bit doubtful, though, whether
the railroad companies could be forced \to
Issue the passes. . . ..'. ._,.___._ i^:'.
•v, Mr..Gregory's bill, if effective, would save
the mileage vtb tlie state that the members
always draw. r
The Upper House Also WantsaCom
luittee to Investigate the In-ii;na-
It was a little less than a half hour before
noon when Senator Pope, of Mankato,
moved a recess until 3p. in. Senator
Durant asked him io withdraw his motion
until Mr. Durant could introduce a resolu
tion. The motion was withdrawn, and the
senate was quietly surprised by this little
Whereas, At a public meeting held at the
Grand opera house in the city of St. Paul on
Sunday evening, Jan. 30, 1887, uo intimation
was given to the people of the state of Min
nesota by the speakers who addressed said
meeting, that the members of the state legis
lature now In session, and members of
the legislaturcof ISBS, had been influenced by
mercenary motives in their votes and actions
relating to the question of high or low license;
therefore, be It
Resolved, That it is the duty of this senate
to order the appointment of a committee of
the members of this senate to make a full and
complete investigation of the charges that
affect our positions as public officers and
private citizens: and, be it further
Resolved, That the president of the senate
appoint a committee of five senators, whose
duty in shall be to fully examine into and
investigate the imputations cast upon the
members of this senate.
Every senator was interestedly attentive,
and while some were quite surprised,others
wore a knowing look as if "they had antici
pated something of the kind from what had
taken place in the house. The high license
men squirmed in their seats, and looked as
if they felt that the opera house meeting
had placed them in a tight box. The in
sinuation that any member of the legisla
ture .Vifjf:;-:, _pW
.'•''.' )r?Z-'O^OULI) BE PURCHASED
on one hand,-and the presumed jeopardy of
the high license interests on the other by
any reference to the meeting made their
position quite embarrassing. Mr. Durant
followed up his resolution by saying:
Mr. President: 1 move the adoption of
that resolution. 1 was present at that meet
ing held in the Grand opera house last night,
and occupied a conspicuous position in a box
there, and I heard the remarks made, chiefly
by officers of this state, and the words
"bribery" and "boodle" were uttered very
frequently. Now, Mr. President, I was a
member of the house in 1885, and I have the
honor of being a member of this senate now,
and I question, the propriety and deny the
right of any public officer to circulate abroad
over this great commonwealth that men are a
purchasable .'commodity. We know what
an oath is and we knew what we ware doing
when we took that oath, and we knew that
we must be true to that oath. Now would we
be true to ourselves as servants of the people
under oath, if we did not investigate the im
putations made by the speakers at that meet
ing last night in the presence of 1,800 people.
Let me read a few extracts from one of the
morning papers containing a report of the
meeting. [Here the senator read from the
Globe the pointed allusions and insinuations
made by Gov. McGill. Gen. Nettleton, Attor
ney General Clapp, Rev. S. G. Smith, Senator
M. J. Daniels and A.J. Blethen, of the Min
neapolis Tribune.] Mr. President. I hold
that it becomes us to uphold oar position as
public servants, and to investigate whether
such charges and imputations are true or
false, and I would ask that Senator Daniels be
made chairman of that committee.
Senator Crandall, of Steele county, offered
the following amendment:
' Resolved,-That the parties who have made
charges or insinuations involving the integ
rity of members of this body, be especially in
vited to appear before said committee and
there give any and all information relating to
any supposed use of money or other improper
means to influence votes.
Senator Durant—With the consent of the
I gentleman who seconded my motion, I accept
i the amendment.
Then up arose, Senator Ward, with slow
j movement, but with a spark of indignation
I in each eye. and < his great countenance'set
i hard with. determination. He; commenced
! speaking while, his body yet stooped. He
said: ,;."•'.■-••.
'-. I second the, amendment and the resolution,
and hope it will be adopted.-When I heard
in the afternoon'.;that there was to be a tem
perance meeting at tho Grand opera housa in
the j evening, lor - the purpose |of influencing
Continued on _ our!ln age. •
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The Husband of a Trail Woman Makes it
Lively for the Destroyer of
His Home. -'••
He Soundly Thrashes the Lothario, and
Drags Him About Town at a
Rope's End.
Gov. Pierce Turns Over the Adminis
tration of Dakota to a
• Democrat.'.
Doings in the Bismarck Legislature
--Suicides at Panora and Red
Special to the Globe.
Sakgent, Dak., Jan. -Bert 'Warren
caught D. E. Jones in flagrante delicto with
his wife this evening, and, after beating'
him unmercifully, tied his hands behind
him and led him through the streets with a
rope around his neck, flourishing a knife
, all the time and exhibiting him at the vari
; ous business places'/in town. .He then
compelled Jones to give the woman what
money he had and sent her to her folks.
This, with an elopement, of a married
woman with a single man only • a few days
ago, has served to keep the town worked
up to a fever heat. .. :':or-V/-.'-
He Designates a Dt.-niocrat as Acting
Executive of Dakota and Leaves
Special to the Globe.
Bismarck, Dak., Jan. 31.—Gov. Pierce
walked into Secretary McCormack's office
at 4 o'clock this afternoon and authorized
him to fill the gubernatorial chair, as he
intended to leave the city. . Conseq tiently
this afternoon Mr. McCormack was exer
cising the powers of governor and secretary
of the territory of Dakota, To-morrow he
moves into the governors office, while the
details of the business in the secretary's
department will be looked-after by affable
Harvey .Wilson. Gov. Pierce told me to
day that his leaving the oftice might be
permanent and it might not last beyond five
days. He said he should go to St. Paul
and perhaps farther east. % When asked if
his permanent absence from the office de
pended solely on the confirmation of Judge
Church's appointment, he said no; it also
depended on private business matters. So
the governor left to-night for St. Paul. His
movements are a little strange, and ' there
are a large number of his friends here who
think he has
of the office for all tim_. 'From conversa
tion with Secretary McCormack it would
seem that he was under that impression.
Auditor Caldwell is said to be highly effer
vescing. If Gov. Pierce has left office per
manently the appointive powers are placed
in tlie hands of Acting Governor McCor
mack, who is a square-shouldered Demo
crat, and if he is obliged to make appoint
ments in lieu of a full-fledged governor there
is not a reasonable doubt but that he will stay
by his party. It is told in Van undertone
that this movement on the part of Gov.
Pierce was made to escape the great pres
sure that helms been under during the past
few weeks to make appointments. In
leaving he has placed the . power in the
hands of a Democrat, where it would be if
the senate should confirm the appointment
of Judge Church. Stalwart Republicans,
who look out from under their hat brims
and whisper secrets among themselves, are
to-night keeping up a lively guessing.
The Usual Grist of Mills—A Court
...... Coalition Surmised. -
Special to the Globe. ir^.'/VtiVv--
Bismarck, Dak., Jan. 31.—This 1 has
been one of the dullest days yet passed in
the house since it convened. There were
no red-hot discussions, nor interesting
crossing of swords with sufficient energy to
raise sparks. The . bill repealing the Jaw
making the collection ot usury a criminal
offense aroused two or three members from
lethargy,;but the discussion was not flavored
with the wild and '. untamed features that
make law-making a vocation to be enjoyed
by the man outside the fence. The bill
passed the house by a good round majority.
A petition from the Cass county farmers
praying that the maximum; rate of interest
be fixed at 10 per cent, was read. When
the introduction of bills was called for. a
half dozen slim white legal ghosts gathered
at the clerk's table. Among them was a
bill introduced by J. H. Fletcher, of Brown
county, and if it passes, the blessings of
every disabled and scarred veteran of the
late trouble in the Middle and Gulf states
will be
It provides that in every public depart
ment and upon the public works of the ter
ritory of Dakota and of the cities, towns and
villages thereof, honorably discharged
Union soldiers and sailors of the late war
shall be preferred' for appointment.; Age,
loss of limb and other physical impairment
which does not in lact incapacitate, shall
not be deemed sufficient to disqualify them,
provided they possess the requisite qualifi
cations and business capacity necessary to
the discharge of the duties of the position.
Next came a bill introduced by E. W. Ter
rill, fixing the salaries of county treasurers
and register of deeds. The figures Mr.
Terrill wants these officials paid are flatter
ing, especially in the larger counties. The
bill provides that the county register and
county treasurer of counties having less
than 3,000 inhabitants shall be given a salary
of SOOO, and in counties having more than
3,000 and less than 0,000 inhabitants,Si,ooo;
in counties having more than 6,000 aud less
than 9,000 inhabitants, 51.500, aud in
counties of more than 9,000 or less than
12,000 inhabitants, the sum of Si, 800. The
pleuro-pneumonia question is attracting
considerable attention, and Wilson, of Wise,
introduced a voluminous bill for the pre
vention of the spread of contagious diseases
among cattle, and to create the office of
cattle commissioner with a salary of §3,000
a year, with a secretary as assistant on a
salary of 52,000 per year, these offices to be
filled with appointees by the governor. In
the council-
was created by the introduction by Mr.
Grigsby of a bill providing for the removal
of the supreme court from Deadwood to
Sioux Falls. The introduction of the bill,
it is said, at this time will tend to pass the
house bill providing for the removal of the
United States courts from Yankton, which
is now in the hands of the council judiciary
committee. It was , feared that the Mitch
ell bill, which easily passed the house,
would lie in the council, but the introduc
tion of Grigsby's bill gives the impression
that pledges have been made between the
Sioux Falls and Mitchell factions to stand
by these bills in the different houses. It is
claimed that the North will stand by the
Black Hills people, and help to retain their
court. It opens up what promises to be a
very merry fight before .the last drop of
blood is shed. Dr. Collins'"body snatch
ing" bill, that provides for the protection of
physicians and surgeons who may be found
with dead bodies in - their- possession, Was
too cold blooded for tlie majority of '.. the
lawmakers, and it was indefinitely post
poned, which means that it. is buried for
this session at least. Council bill 95, which
provides that a person suing for a divorce
must prove residence in the territory for
one year, kicked up a cloud of dust, ; a few
wanting to amend it by making it two
years, but it finally passed in its original
form. In the house Col. Price, of J Water
town, a cattle expert, was granted the priv
ileges of the floor during the session, and
will probably, address that body on pleuro
pneumonia to- morrowvv^^
Driven to Suicide.
Special to the Globe. ..., v -„-.
•?. Dcs Moines, la.. Jan. 31.—A dispatch
1 from Panora says: Phil D. Miller lies dead
Iby his own hand, and another sickening
chapter is added to the story of Panora's
scandal and .; shame. Miller took morphine
Saturday morning, shottly before 9 o'clock,
at his house on his farm/two miles from
Panora. Doctors arrived in time to remove •
the drug with a stomach pump, but the
brain was paralyzed by the deadly potion,
and, although he lived until 11 o'clock Sun
day morning, he never recovered conscious
ness. He left on a desk by his bedside a
letter addressed to "My "friends," dated
Jan. 22, 1887, in which he said nothing j
about his intended suicide, but recounted ;
the wrongs over which he has been brood
ing. He wrote that he lost §50,000 by a
Colorado man, and that a Chicago ,
man had robbed him of S3.000; recounted
the story of the Yale family and the slan
ders attending his separation from his wife;
declared that the publication of bis name as
"•Phil Dead Beat Miller" by the late Lew
Apple had destroyed his credit at home and
abroad, and that the people had Tost confi
dence in him. Miller was an eccentric
character who raised and dealt in fine stock
and poultry. He was a frequent visitor at
Dcs Moines, and was well known to all the
newspaper men and state fair officials. Lew,
Apple, the editor of the Vedette, alluded to
in the letter, himself committed suicide in a
lumber yard at Panora several months ago
by shooting himself through the head. The
tragedy caused a great deal of excitement.
Miller was once amongst the wealthiest citi
zens of Guthrie county.
Application to Continue the Case—
I coking for the Murderer. .
Special to the Globe.
Hastings, Minn., Jan. 31.— the dis
trict court to-day the following cases were
disposed of: W. E. Van Auken vs. The
Teutonia society, action to recover damages
for use of piano; jury trial, with verdict of
555 for plaintiff. State of Minnesota vs. Mi
chael Downs, indecent exposure; the for
feiture of the recognizance heretofore en
tered was removed and the defendant
pleaded guilty and was fined SIOO. The
petit jurors were excused to-day until fur
ther notice. H. L. Williams, of St. Paul,
counsel for the alleged West St. Paul mur
derers, appeared before the court and pre
sented an application by affidavit to have
the case continued until the June term.
The court finally continued the case until
April 12, with the understanding that it
the defense were not then ready for trial
further continuance could, be taken until
the June term. In alluding to the continu
ance of the West St. Paul murder case, a
reliable party told your reporter that in an
interview with defendants' counsel, H. L.
Williams, of St. Paul, he stated that among
the reasons he had the case continued until
April 12 next, was that he is now prosecut
ing a search for the man who killed George
Morrow at the stock yards, West St. Paul,
and has his name, but would not divulge it
at present in the interest of justice. And
furthermore, has him partially located and
hopes to secure him before the case is
called, and if he is found the three men,
Peter Johnson, Nels Swanson and Knute
Anderson, now in jail, will be witnesses
for the state and their innocence of the
crime idly established.
B. F. Allen's Latest Failure.
Special to the Globe.
Dcs Moines, la., Jan. 31.—The failure
of the Monarch Insurance company, of this
city, occurred this morning, B. F. Allen be
ing appointed receiver. The liabilities are
504.C59.79. The assets are as follows:
Premium notes, S14,000; balance due from
agents, 544.000; cash on hand, S1,000;
office furniture, S300: real estate in Boon
county, 53,000. The failure has been ex
pected for some time, as the methods of
the company have been reckless and the
agents have done some heavy cutting. It
recently insured a whole town near East
port, and ...'heavy fire there resulted in a
lossy.of'/SIG,OOO. .Representatives of the
company said that until Friday they knew
nothing of the impending crash. At that
time a rumor was started, . the effect of
which was to cut off the company's cash re
mittances from brokers all over the coun
try. The books were then thrown open to
a committee of policy holders, and it is be
lieved that the company will be able to pay
all existing claims and will soon right mat
ters. B. F. Allen, who was appointed re
ceiver, is. the president of the company,
and the same party who, ten years ago, be
came so widely known as the president of
the Cook County National bank, of Chi
Numerous Bills Introduced—The
Chances for Appropriations.
Special to the Globe.
Madison, Wis., Jan. 21.—Both houses
of the legislature convened to-night, after a
recess ot three days. Bills were introduced
in the senate:
By Ginty. to confer corporate powers.privi
leges and immunities upon corporations for
purposes of discount and deposit: by Cooper,
to provide for the formation and government
of mutual reciprocal or co-operative associa
tions wishing to engage in the manufacture
or distribution of products or the transactions
of general business, requiring that no person
shall bold more than one office iv such asso
ciation at a time, that no person hold more
than twenty -live shares, and that persons
vote instead of shares; by James, to appro
priate $4,000 to the State Dairymen's associa
tion; by Fritz, to prevent judges from im
posing fines for contempt of court in the
matter of statements made regarding him in
newspapers; by Fritz, to prevent the employ
ment of Pinkerton's armed detectives in this
state, and to make the penalty for so doing
from four to eight years in state prison for
both employer and employes.
bills were presented:
By Powell, to amend the revised statutes
so that grand and petit jurors should receive
£2.50 per day for each day's aciual attend
ance at court, and allowing 6 cents per mile
for mileage; by Challoner, to provide for ex
emption from poll tax all honorably dis
charged soldiers and sailors: by Lamure, to
punish poachers on enclosed lands; by Miller,
to allow sheriffs to offer rewards for the ap
prehension of persons committing felonies;
by Miller, to require the state agent for pen
sions to make a biennial report to the gover
nor: by Garside, to provide for the weekly
payment of wages to employes by corpora
tions; by Miller, to establish a Wisconsin
agricultural school, and appropriating there
for the sum of $100,000, the government ol
the school to be vested in a board consisting
of eleven resents appointed by the governor.
A resolution was introduced in the senate
for the purchase of 100,000 copies of the
list of soldiers and sailors of the late war,
the same to be distributed to Grand Army
commanders throughout the state. In the
assembly a resolution was presented pro
viding that no new business be introduced
after Feb. 10. It is the general opinion
that there will be sad havoc made with a
large number of appropriation bills during
the present session." No less than 51,000.000
will be asked for in one way and another;
SIOO,OOO will be asked for by the state agri
cultural 'society to purchase grounds in
Milwaukee. This bill will be killed, as
will also the one providing for a state agri
cultural-school. The bill appropriating
5200.000 for the state University building
will probably go through with some slight
modifications. '
..';>':.-!; ■-.'.' Found Dead.
Special to the lobe.
Fakgo, Dak., Jan. 31. —An Argus spe
cial from. Sheldon reports that the dead
1 body of Mr. Cole, a farmer, was found
I near his residence about • 11 o'clock last
I night. He went out about. 6 o'clock, as
I supposed, to a neighbor's, but not return
| ing in the usual time, search was made and
j the body found. He is supposed to have
j died of heart disease.
An Indignant Protest.
Special to the Globe. ,
Moorhead. Minn., Jan. 31.—The News
this evening boils over in double-leaded in
. dignation ac {the demand of the Pioneer
i Press that the legislature shall not make an
appropriation to drain : the land of the Red;
Biver valley, and • calls upon the members' |
from the country districts to stand by the
measme. The News concludes:
The six counties referred to have a legal
rig-lit to the appropriation, ' and we demand f
that the legislature shall rocognize it. The I
Pioneer Press kindly informs the t people of
the Red River valley that they have the right,
aud may exercise it, of draining
these lands at their own expense, and,
if they ask for the ; privilege. the
legislature will, with the considerate consent
of the Pioneer Press, grant its authority to
borrow money on the lands for that purpose.
Thank you. We are not quite as ignorant of
our rights as the Pioneer Press assumes, and
the fact that we do live 250 miles northwest
of St. Paul has not made blank ools of us,
although we must admit our previous con
duct and cowardice in not asserting our rights
may have given pretty good grounds for
such a supposition.
The Blizzard.
Milwaukee. Wis., Jan. 31.— bliz
zard which started on Saturday night con
tinues to-day, although the temperature has
moderated considerably. At noon the mer
cury regestired 4° above zero. The most
remarkable record of the season was made
between 3 p. m. Saturday and 4 a. m. Sun
day. During the\>eriod of eighteen hours
the temperature ' fell 51°. Between
8:30 and 9 p. in. there . was a
decline of 10°, or 1° every three
minutes. A special from Marquette,Mich.,
says a man named James Kane was caught
in the blizzard while hshing on the Ice about
twenty miles up Lake Superior. A
searching party has started out to look for
him, but it is thought he cannot be alive, as
the thermometer marked about 20 ° below
zero throughout the day. Kane's com
panion, named Aleck Grant, managed to
reach Marquette.
Dissatisfied With .HcGill.
Special to the Globe.
Red Wing, Jan. 31.Whatever may be
said by newspapers in endeavoring to calm
the troubled waters here on account of the
effectual snubbing Goodhue county has re
ceived from Gov. McGill, It nevertheless
remains a fact that there is a general dissat
isfaction with the action of the governor.
The Zumbrota Independent, a Republican
sheet, comes out and strongly opposes the
statements made by the other Republican
papers to the effect that Goodhue is satis
fied with the governor's action. What the
effect of this action on the part of a Repub
lican paper will be remains to be seen. • r>'! •"•
Destroyed by Fire.
Special to the Globe.
Black River Falls, Wis., Jan. 31.—
About 9:30 o'clock last evening fire broke
out in a tenement house owned by John
Broderick, located in the Fourth ward and
occupied by W. W. Smith as a dwelling
house. The city fire department were
quickly on the spot, but finding the building
too far gone, devoted their time to saving
the household furniture. Broderiek's loss
on the house is about §800; fully insured.
Smith's loss is small. '.:"-..};.
Horribly Slashed.
Special to the Globe.
Dcs Moines, la., Jan. William 01
--verton, a farmer living several miles south
of Winterset, and William Weeb, an em
ploye at the Madison county poor farm,
quarreled Saturday, and went three-quart
ers of a mile north of town to settle it by
lighting. After they had drawn their coats
Olverton drew out a dirk and horribly cut
Weed, inflicting one wound two feet long,
severing the ear and extending down the
breast, another eighteen inches long and
others in the back, breast, side and. knee.
He then coolly got into the wagon and
drove home. Weeb's companions took
him to the poor farm near by, where he is
in a critical condition. Olverton was ar
rested and jailed.
'A Bad Snow Blockade.
Special to the Globe. .;, ! :;.
• Winnipeg, Jan.*3l.—There Is a bad
snow blockade on the western division of.
the Canadian Pacific railway. There have
been no through trains from British Colum
bia siuce Friday. There was a terrible
blizzard along the line on Saturday. A
number of men were badly frozen at
Tired of Life.
Special to the Globe.
Winnipeg, Man., Jan. 31.—John
Hhschberg, proprietor of the Leland hotel
at Vancouver, B. C, committed suicide
to-day with laudanum, g He had failed the
week before and was consequently despond
ent. He was formerly a hotelkeeper here
and was at one time a merchant in Minne
sota. He was aged about 50.
The Portland Defaulter.
Special to the Globe.
Winnipeg, Jan. 31.The case against
Blackstone, alias Cox, the defaulting Port
land bank clerk, was continued to-day be
fore Chief Justice Wallbridge. . The crime
for which extradition is demanded .is forg
ery. Witnesses from Portland were exam
ined, and incriminating letters from Black
stone were read. The case was adjourned.
Ex-Senator Officer Dead.
Special to the Globe.
Austin, Minn., Jan. 31.Ex-Senator
W. H. Officer died at his home this morn
ing after a brief illness. The deceased was
about 65 years old, and had many friends
in this county. He was the owner of Offi
cer's flour mill in this county. He leaves a
wife and two sons, both of whom are mar
ried. Our people are indignant at the
course pursued by Representative Furlong
in the Snider-Gross contest. His > excuse
for signing the report of the committee
through courtesy to the other member s is
simply ridiculous.
The Almquist Assignment.
Special to the Globe.
Red Wing, Minn., Jan. Judge
Crosby has filed an order in the matter of
the assignment of John A. Almquist, of
Cannon Falls, that the proceeds of said as
signment be distributed pro rata among
such creditors as shall file releases, as pro
vided by law, before Feb. 18.
Club Election.
Special to the Globe.
Red Wing, Jan. 31.—At the annual
meeting of the Salmagundi club the follow
ing officers were elected for the ensuing
year: President, E. H. Blodgett; first vice
president. A. P. Pierce; second vice presi
dent, F. T. Kingman; secretary, Tarns
Bixby; treasurer, A. H. Boxrud.
Talking to the Knights.
Special to the Globe.
Mankato. Minn., Jan. 31.Prof. A.
R. Conwell delivered a lecture before the
Knights of Labor this evening. This is the
first of a series to be given by the knights.
Judge Severance, Rev G. R. Hair and
others will follow shortly. - )/4^/. ..
Handed Herself. • - .
Special to the Globe. *$/?/&)--s■'■'■'
Red Wing, Minn., Jan. 31. —Anna
Swenson. 47 years of age, residing in Vasa,
and employed at Lars Anderson's house,
while temporarily deranged, hanged her
self to a tree Saturday night. Coroner
Magelssen went out to-day, and decided to
hold no inquest.
Sioux City's New Paper.
Special to the Globe.
Sioux City, la., Jan. 31.1t is cur
rently rumored here to-day that the new
Democratic morning daily is to be edited by
Col. Keatley, of Council Bluffs.: It is
understood the first". issue of the paper will
appear about Feb. 15.
Fergus Falls.
Special to the G10be..,:
Fergus Falls, Minn., Jan. .31.—Mrs..
A. H. Cole and Mrs. A. E Weatherston left
for Faribault Sunday evening, summoned
there by the death of their :• mother,' Mrs," |
Sibbald. ;,. I
NO. 3 a
Congress Getting Quite Stirred Up Oyer
Great Britain's Course on the
Fisheries Question.
Sig nificant Resolutions Introduced in tho
House of Representatives by •
Lawler, of Illinois.
Further Blaster From Canada Be*
{.ardins Preparations for
Next Season.
Singular Disappearance of the -forth-*
em Pacific Forfeiture Bill—
The Public Debt.
Washington, Jan. 31.1n the senate
Mr. Hoar presented the resolutions of the
Massachusetts legislature concerning the
treatment of American fishing vessels in
Canadian waters, declaring itself in favor
of retaliation to the extent of denying to
Canadian vessels in American ports the
right to purchase supplies, and the eventual
exclusion of all Canadian products by land
or sea, until the offensive legislation and
action of the Canadian authorities are dis
continued. Referred.
offered the following preamble and resolu
tions in the house to-day:
Whereas, The belligerant tone or the
Canadian press and the announcement that
Great Britain will shortly dispatch a fleet of
war ships to cruise in the vicinity- of our
northeastern coast line, indicate hostility
toward the United States growing out of our
position on the fisheries question; and,
Whereas, Admiral Porter has directed at
tention to the fact that twenty-seven of our
Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific harbors are abso
lutely defenseless, and eleven of them,to-wlt:
New York, San Francisco, Boston, the lake
ports, Hampton roads, New Orleans. Phila
delphia, Baltimore, Portland, Me., and the
Rhode Island ports of Narragansett bay, are
in urgent need of immediate defense; and.
Whereas, It is alleged that Great Britain
and Canada are in possession of charts and
exemplifications of > all our harbors and coast
defenses; therefore,
Resolved, That the president bo requested,
as commander-in-chief of the army and navy,
to inform the house jf representatives at an
early da. what steps, if any, are necessary in
his judgment to provide for this emer
The resolution was referred.
By Mr, Boutelle, of Maine, a resolution
directing the committee on foreign affairs
to report back forthwith the senate retalia
tion bill.
By Mr. Levering, of Massachusetts, the
resolutions of the Massachusetts legislature
in favor of ihe retaliation bill.
The naval sub-committee on construction
has reached an agreement which will doubt
less receive the approval of the
full committee, looking to an
appropriation for the construction
of two 4,000 ton cruisers of the Newark
type, five 700 ton gunboats, and three sea
going torpedo boats. There is an inten
tion on the part of the several members of
the committee when the construction bill
is reached in the house to move an increase
of the. appropriation so as to provide for
the construction of at least three vessels in
addition to those already discussed.
Ottawa, Ont., Jan. 31.Yesterday th«
announcement was made that the imperial
government had concluded to send men-of
war out next season to assist In the pro
tection of the Canadian fisheries. To the
people of the United States, doubtless,
this will be anything but ; palatable
information, But. as a matter ,of
fact, it is simply following a precedent estab- .
lished before the Washington treaty came
into operation. A prominent official on being
Interrogated as to the correctness of the
report, said:
It is true that the imperial authorities have
consented to send out one or two gunboats
next spring to assist the marine police in the
enforcement of fishery rights. Some time
was arrived at with the home authorities that
the usual assistance should be given. The
reason why aid was hot rendered last season
was due to the long correspondence which
bad taken place between Canada and England
and to the fact that by the time the imperial
authorities had settled on their policy the
fishing season had nearly expired.
1 pointed out to this gentlemen the spe
cial cable appearing in the Toronto Mail in
which the under secretary had been made
to say that the Canadian cabinet had made
a proposition which, from the liberality of
its character, is likely to contribute to a
settlement of the difficulty. If from this
the inference is to be drawn that the Do
minion government has receded from the
position it has taken all along as to its
rights based on the treaty of 1818 there is a
mistake somewhere. I have it on good au
thority that the government still adheres to
the policy it has frequently announced,
and it is reported that no offer of the kind
the cable speaks of has been made.
Although the secretary of state has not
yet announced that the British schooners
captured by the revenue steamejj Coiwin in
Alaskan waters were
and held, it is learned on very good author
ity that that will be the outcome of the
whole matter, and that proper damages
will be paid by this government for the
losses by detention. It is understood that
this is in accordance with an opinion of the
attorney general after carefully considering
all the court proceedings, which showed
that the vessels were catching seals outside
the three-mile line, and were, therefore,
well within their rights, according to the
construction this government has always
insisted upon. The action taken by Messrs.
Belmont, Clements and Rice, the sub-com
mittee of the committee on foreign affairs
on the fisheries question, is understood to
be as follows:
A majority of the sub-committee felt that
whatever course was taken by the house
should be had in view of the gravity of the
case involved, not only with the knowledge,
but with the full assent and active concur
rence of tbo administration. They, therefore,
determined+o '7,•-.
of the Edmunds joint resolution as passed by
the senate, the Gorman retaliatory bill, as
introduced into tbe senate, and tbe Belmont
retaliatory bill.as sent in by the foreign affairs
committee, to both Secretary Bayard and Sec
retary Manning. Secretary Manning is
specifically asked for an expression
of his views and preferences on the
bills submitted, as bearing upon the interests
committed by law to his supervision; and
both the secretary of the treasury and the .
secretary of state are askeu to suggest any
modifications which may seem to them desira
ble in either of the measures. The earliest
possible reply is solicited.
There is an unauthorized whisper to the
effect that the reason for this course is that
the action of the senate on certain privi
leged questions ha 3 been resented by the
administration as having been taken in vio
lation of long established usage as to con
sultation with the state department, and
the house committee determined to stand
right on the record in this regard.
An Important Bill Lost.
Washington, Jan. 31.At the last
session of congress the conferees on the bill
declaring a forfeiture of the lands granted
to the Northern Pacific Railway company
decided to" report back a disagreement to
their respective houses, but up- to this date
no report'has been made._lt is now learned
that the conference committee $3 is not able
to make its report, owing to the fact that
the bill, which, when last seen, was! in the'
possession of the house conferees, has been
lost or misplaced. Search for . the bill has
been going on for a month. If it does not
, turn up soon, ; steps will _be\.taken to get a
fresh copy from - the senate, to which the
house can reattach its amendment* i

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