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That's What the Executive of Min
nesota Made at the Opera
Caustic Criticism of Gov. MoGill
and the High License Mass
Senator Ward and Representative
Eogers Especially Severe in
Their Comment.
The Entire Legislature, Regardless of
Politics, Stirred Up Over
the Insult.
Governor McGill Has Ho 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 tlie Hill to Tax JS"otes and
Mortgages. .
Gregory, of Washington, lias a Novel
Plan to Compel Railroads to
Issue Passes.
Rev. Dr. Smith Refuses to Take Wa
ter, and is Anxious for a Full
Goodrich Introduces a Prohibitory
Amendment—Keller Gets .lis
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 Irish 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 lind 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 conies from his own
party ranks, and there can be no charge of
a partisan assault on the executive. Rep
resentative Rogers took occasion—at 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 lie 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 if 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 would
He said Gov. McGill did not dare take
such a position before the election, and he
resented with indignation the aspersions
cast upon trie members of the legislature by
the governor. Mr. Rogers' effort was strong
and lie did not hesitate to express his opin
ions boldly.J-gWhen 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,
ami 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 the roll had been
called, under the head of motions and reso
lutions. Mr. Rogers arose from his seat
and held aloft in his band a paper which
he sant 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 mid 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 pending 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<md for porsons or papers.
Which was afterwards amended by Mr.
Potter as follows:
And. also, if there is any truth In 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 bis 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. lie 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 1 before the house commonly known
as the high license bill. it is well known that
to some of the peculiar features of this bIU
many members, who don't allow other mem
bers to arrogate to themselves all of the vir
tue In this house, are opposed. A public
meeting was called in this, city at the opera
house last evening, to create public opinion
in favor of a particular bill. Gentlemeu, that
was well enough. I do not object to men '
meeting together for the purpose of urging
the passage of any bill. Hut 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 j
that governor mid that attorney general and
give 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 house, or in the lobby of this house,
"acents of the whisky ring with large sums of j
money to buy up members of this legislature,
let it be known aud reported to the house by I
a proper committee appointed by the speaker. j
There are men in this house who will not |
probably support this measure. This meeting j
was not aimed at Democrats, because they
are known on party lines to bo opposed to
this measure. But it was meant to whip in
•Republicans who might not be in favor of
This 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 he, a fair
report of the speech of the governor of this
state. He says:
"This meeting was called for the purpose of
holding up the lauds of those men in the leg
islature who were leading In the high license
movement anil encouraging the friends of
the cause in that body. When the legislature
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
ture, and have accomplished results which
have alarmed the friends of hisrh license."
Gentlemen, what does that mean? It
means that the governor substantially
charges, upon the members of this house,
corruption and bribery. I don't propose
tamely' to submit to such talk from the gov
ernor of this state unless he has 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.
Who made this puny gentleman from Fergus
Falls, who was elected to his oSice by a politi
cal deal— is a recent importation from
Wisconsin the keeper of the consciences of
the Republican members of this house? There
is something more to call your attention to.
A leading Republican paper in this state says
in its Saturday's issue that the high license
people have employed skilled detectives to
dour the heels of the members of this house.
Why should this be so? Let me road to you:
"The same desperate assault is again to be
made upon the integrity of the members of
the legislature. A much larger sura has been
raised for the purpose than was raised two
years ago, and one of the Hrst steps was to
employ a corps of skilled detectives to watch
every movement that may be made—so thor
oughly have they done their work," etc.
Now, gentlemen, if it is true—which I deny
the insolent statement that any man can be
purchased in this house— 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 Sl,Out) license upon those cities. We
propose when we 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 are being bribe d.
That is not so important, as that
gentleman does not hold any pub
lic cilice. But the Republican party—if you
put it on that basis—cannot afford that such
statements shall he made with impunity. I
could tell the governor of this state some
things if he sat hero in my presence. Has
the governor advocated this measure? Did ho
advocate it on the stump? He never 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. Hut don't let such infamous charges
be made unless they are substantiated. For
myself, I repel this insoient 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,and I tell the
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 bouse. if we do not take that
position we are slaves. [Applause.]
By the time Mr. Rogers bad concluded
the house was pretty .well stirred up, and
when lie 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
McGill's 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,
mil 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
ill airs when the Independent party had to
wise 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 Hendricksou. There should be |
the widest toleration. He did not believe
that the present legislature was like
Ciesar's wffe —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
uot 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 quest-ion. lie
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, lie
favored an investigation and punishment of
the guilty it any should be found.
Mr. Kcyes 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 has 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.
Tin; matter should be probed to the bottom.
Mr. Hendricksou 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 81.000 or 8500 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 81,000 license on the cities
of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The same
high license question was before the legisla
tare two years ago, and be did not believe
anyone 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 fall 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 8500
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 81,000
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
8500 license. The members from the Fifth
district owed mighty little to the temperance
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 rind 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.
meeting was called for anything hut an
honorable purpose.
Mr. Pro.-S'r thought that, in view of the
assertions that had been made and the
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 lie took the governor by what he
said and didn't take back anything. He
asserted again that he doubted the right of
the governor to influence votes and charge
! bribery.
The Rogers resolution providing for the
j appointment of a committee of live to mi
i 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
j mortgages was reached. Messrs. Hendrick
j sou and Rogers led the opposition to it and
j the feeling became intense, and some acri
! mony was developed during the hour and a
j half that the debate raged. Speeches
j were made by Messrs. Hendricksou. Rog-
I ers. Donnelly. Lucas, Plowman. Snider.
Emery, Williams, Millar, Keys, Furlong
and Lee. The latter opposed "it. Rogers
, aud Donnelly at one time became excited
1 and indulged in a little side-show of their
own, but it led to no unpleasant results.
! Hendricksou submitted an amendment pro
j viding that Ramsey and Hennepin counties
i 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
i there was a long wrangle, Rogers contend
i ing that it would not be constitutional to
i pass such legislation, and asserting that the
members were elected to legislate for the
j people and not for any special class. Mr.
i Donnelly and most of the 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 Bjorge'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, afte» some discussion, recom
mended to pass, as was Ewing's bill, relat
ing to. insurance.
The Eeyes bill, providing tor the revision
of the probate laws, was considered. It
stipulates that the aggregate expenditures
shall not exceed 8:3.000, aocl the commission
shall consist of 11. 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 810.000 and that
the commission revise all the laws of the
state. The matter was laid over.
Mr. Keyes biil. 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 thy 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
unique and certainly original. Mr. Don
nelly seeks to prevent the issuance of passes
by railroads to public oflicials, 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.
He was a little bit doubtful, though, whether
the railroad companies could be forced to
issue the passes. •.'.
-v Mr-Gregory's bill, if effective, would save
the mileage "to the state that the members
always draw. r%_
The Upper House Also Wants a Com
mittee to Investigate the Insinua
It was a little less than a half hour before
noon when Senator Pope, of Mankato,
moved a recess until '2 p. m. 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 meetintr held at the
Grand opera house in the city of St. Paul on
Sunday evening, Jan. 30, 1887, an intimation
was Riven to the people of the state of Mm- ,
nesota by the speakers who addressed said
meeting, that the members of the state legis
lature now in session, and members" of
the legislature of 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 charjres 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 seuators, 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 ;; .
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, aud 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 were doing
when we took that oath, and we know 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 hist 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
Glove 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 our 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 beforo 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
! 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
; in each eye. and his great countenance'set
j hard with determination. He commenced
| speaking while his body yet stooped. He
said: 7? '■-
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 the Graud opera house in
the evening, for the purpose of influencing
Continued on fourth aire.
9 - -
The Husband of a Frail 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
Doings in the Bismarck legislature
--Suicides at Panora and Red
] Special to the Globe.
Sargent, Dak., Jan. 31.— Bert Warren
caught D. E. Jones in flagrante delicti! 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.
He Designates a Democrat as Acting
Executive oS Dako'» and Leaves
Special to the Globe.
Bismarck, Dak., Jan. 31.—Gov. Pierce
walked into Secretary McCormack's oflice
at 4 o'clock this afternoon and authorized
him to fill the gubernatorial chair, as he
intended to leave the city. Consequently
this afternoon Mr. McCoriuack was exer
cising the powers of governor and secretary
of the territory of Dakota. To-morrow he
moves into the governor's oflice. while the
details of the business in the secretary's
department will be looked after by affable
Harvey Wilson. Gov. Pierce fold me to
day that his leaving the oflice 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 oflice 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 largo number of his friends here who
think he has
of the oflice for all tim^. From conversa
tion with Secretary McCorma'ck it would
seem that he was under that impression.
Auditor Caldwell is said to be highly effer
vescing, If Gov. Pierce has left oflice per
manently the appointive powers are placed
in the 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 an undertone
that this movement on the part of Gov.
Pierce was made to escape the great pres
sure that he has 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 liepublicans,
who look out from under their hat brims
and whisper secrets among themselves, are
to-night keeping up a lively guessing.
Flic Usual Grist oil Wills--A Court
.. Coalition Surmised. -
Special to the Globe. «•■-//-•;- -
Bishabok, Dak., Jan. 31.— 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. 11. 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 Ace,
loss of limb and other physical impairment
which does not in fact 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. i
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 8600, and in counties having more than
3,000 and less than 0,000 iuhabitants,Sl,ooo;
in counties having more than 6.000 aud less
than 9,000 inhabitants, 81,500, and in
counties of more than 9,000 or less than
12,000 inhabitants, the sum of 51,800. The
pleuro-pneumonia question is attracting
considerable attention, aud 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 82,000 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
j 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
pnysicians and surgeons who may be found
with dead bodies in their possession, was
too cold blooded for the majority of . the
law makers, and it was indefinitely post
poned, which means that it is buried for i
this session at least. Council bill 95, which j
provides that a person suing for a divorce j
must prove residence in the territory for
one year, kicked tip 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 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-morrow.
Driven to Suicide.
Special to the Globe. 'A \AA.A-
Dcs Moines,- la.. Jan. 31.—A dispatch
I from Panora says: Phil D, Miller lies dead
by his own hand, and another sickening
chapter is added to the story of Panora's
scandal and shame. Miller took morphine
Saturday morning, shoitly 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, ISS7, in which he said nothing
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 $3,000: recounted
the story of the Yale, family and the slan
ders attending his separation from his wife;
declared that the publication of his name as
-Phil Dead Beat Miller by the late Lew
Apple had destroyed his credit at home and
abroad, and that the people had lost 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, anil 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 tho 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
$55 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 $100. 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, 11. 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 fully established.
B. F. Allen's Latest Failure.
Special to the Globe.
Dcs Moines, la., Jan. 31.— failure
of the Monarch Insurance company, of this
city, occurred this morning, B. F. Allen be
ing appointed receiver. The liabilities are
564,689.79. The assets are as follows:
Premium notes, $44,000; balance due from
agents, $44,000; cash on hand, 000;
office furniture, $300; real estate in Boon
county, $3,000. 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 a heavy fire there resulted in a
loss;.of\s 10,000. 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 Kills 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 tor
purposes of discount aud 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 hold more than one office in 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 54,000 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 Pinkcrtou'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 actual attend
ance at court, and allowing 0 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 5100,000, the government ol
the school to bo vested in a board consisting
of eleven regents 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 $1,000,000
will be asked for in one way and another;
$100,000 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
$200,000 for the state University building i
will probably go through with some slight
Found Dead.
Special to the Globe.
Fakgo, Dak., Jan. 31. —An Argus spe
cial from Sheldon reports that the dead
body of Mr. Cole, a farmer, was found
near his residence about 11 o'clock last
night. He went out about 6 o'clock, as
supposed, to a neighbors, but not return
ing in the usual time, search was made and
the body found. He is supposed to have
died of heart disease.
An Indignant Protest.
Special to the Globe.
Mookheai). Minn., Jan. 31.—The News
this evening boils over in double-leaded in
dignation ac the demand of the Pioneer
Press that the legislature shall not make an
appropriation to drain the laud of the Red
River valley, and calls upon the members
from the country districts to stand by the
meastue. The News concludes:
The six counties referred to have a legal
right to the appropriation, and we demand
that the legislature shall recognize it. The
Pioneer Press kindly informs the people of
the Red River valler that they have the right,
and 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 as»ertingour 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 c 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. m. 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 fishing 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 McGill.
Special to the Globe.
Red Wing, Jan. Sl.—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
lied 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.
Destroyed by Fire.
Special to the Globe.
Black Rivep. 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. Broderick'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. 31.—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
fighting. 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.'si.—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 since Friday. There was a terrible
blizzard along the line on Saturday. A
number of men were badly frozen at
Begin a.
Tired of Life*
Special to the Globe.
Winnipeg, Man., Jan. 31.—John
Hiischberg, proprietor of the Leland hotel
at Vancouver, B. C, committed suicide
to-day with laudanum. 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
3er'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
Cor signing the report of the committee
through courtesy to the other member s is
nniply 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
Gannon Falls, that the proceeds of said as
signment be distributed pro rata among
,uch creditors as shall file releases, as pro
vided by law, before Feb. 18.
Club election.
Special to the Globe.
Red Wing, Jan. 31.— the annual
neeting of the Salmagundi club the follow
ng officers were elected for the ensuing
,'ear: President, E. H. Blodgett; first vice
president. A. P. Pierce; second vice presi
lent, F. T. Kingman; secretary, Tarns
Jixby; treasurer, A. H. Boxrud.
Talking to the Knights.
Special to the Globe.
Mankato. Minn., Jan. 31.—Prof. A.
S. Conwell delivered a lecture before the
knights of Labor this evening. . This is the
irst of a series to be given by the knights.
radge Severance, Rev G. R. Hair and
ithers will follow shortly. ■ '-y:A-_.A
Slanged Herself./-.,A.-.-,- r
-special to the Globe. 'vA/:f^YA:.
Red Wing, Minn., Jan. 31.—Anna \
Jwenson. 47 years of age, residing in Vasa,
md employed at Lars Anderson's house,
vhile temporarily deranged, hanged ''her
self to a tree Saturday night. Coroner
Vlagelssen went out to-day, and decided to
mid no inquest.
Sioux City's Sew Paper.
Special to the Globe.
Sioux City, la., Jan. 31.—1t is enr
•ently rumored here to-day that, the new
Democratic morning daily is to be edited by
:01. Keatley, of Council Bluffs. It is
mderstood the first issue of the paper will
ippear about Feb. 15.
Fergus Falls.
Special to the Globe.
Fergus Falls, Minn., Jan. 31.Mrs.
A.. H. Cole and Mrs. A. E Weatherston left
[or Faribault Sunday evening," summoned
there by the death of their mother, Mrs.
sibbakl. i~maaßSßasßS«sai^Bßsas
NO. 3 2
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I Congress Getting: Quite Stirred Up Over
Great Britain's Course on the
Fisheries Question.
Significant Eesolutions Introduced in th.9
House of Representatives by
Lawler, of Illinois.
Further Bluster From Canada Re*
carding Preparations for
Xext Season.
Singular Disappearance of the Xorth*
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 of 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 tho 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-wit:
New York, San Francisco, Boston, the lake
ports, Hampton roads, New Orleans, Phila
delphia, Baltimore. Portland, Me., and the
llhode 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 ail 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 of 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. Lovering. of Massachusetts, the
resolutions of the Massachusetts legislature
in favor of the 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 TOO 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 ia
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 not rendered last season
was due to the long correspondence which,
had taken place between Canada and England
and to the fact that by the time the imperial
authorities had settled on their policy tho
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 181S 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 steamer, Corvvin 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 the administration. They, therefore,
determined to
of the Edmunds joint resolution as passed by
the senate, the Gorman retaliatory bill, as
introduced into the senate, and the Belmont
retaliatory bil!,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 askefk 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 has 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 f,o*t.
Washington, Jan. 31.— 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. It is now learned
that the conference committee v '•'■ 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. ;

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