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The Saintly City at the Mercy of Canadian Foes—
Tne Gallantry of Our Troops Under
Heavy Fire.
Gen. Thompson Takes Quarters on the Roof of the
West Hotel and Orders the Minnesota
Club to Be Spared.
Bravery of Maj. Newport-Short Line Fares Re
duced-Loss of the People's Church
-Wall's Climb.
Burning of the Wholesale District— Sentry Flour
noy and His Bandana— The Fall and Death
of Capt. Bean.
Headquarters or the ARM V OF,:
Is OKI UWE--T, Chris i mas, l'.'lKl.'' ;i
Gen. Lend, Command)
Special to Hi. Globe from our own Wa
1 DA i melius, j ester
day morning thai hap
pened which we hav<
so long feared and vain
]• contested the Can
ad i an forces, augment
ed by reinforcement
from " Manitoba, sue
eeed.*d iii completel;
surrounding St. Pan
and cutting off all com
munication with tin
'outside world. Incredi
hie as it may seem, tin
enemy have control 01 tin* river norm
and south of the city. Their command
ing general, George F. Thompson, of
lee palace fame, has his headquarters
mi tin- roof of the West hotel, Minne
apolis. Stillwater is under their con
trol, and the intermediate country be
tween it and st. Paul covered with
their scouts, while Hastings. Prescott,
l'l.-eiiimtnt and Hamilton are at this
moment under the Haps of the British
flair. We still hold Mendota, Fort
Snelling and the right bank of the Mis
issippi; also the West .St. Paul bluffs,
Merriam, Lookout and the Arlington
bluffs, with strong batteries on Day
ton's bluff; but for how long, no one
will pretend to say. Col. Jack Parker,
when he learned the news that 1 have
Just chronicled, turned to mc, with
tears in his eye . and exclaimed:
"Mrs. Lang try cannot play here
this season."
There was a suspicions lump in my
own throat, but 1 gulped it down and
"If you fall, colonel, remember Lena
I>i spard anil keep your legs down."
lie grasped my hand and pressed it
warmly. As soon as I was convinced
that we were besieged on all -ides and
that grim war was at last a guest at our
hearthstones, 1 attempted to telephone
you of the fact, but found that the
wires had been cut by some traitor and
connections made with the Canadian
headquarters. Fortunately before the
enemy discovered who 1 was I over
heard Gen. Thompson give an order
that in the bombardment of St. I'aul
special pains were to be taken in sparing
the Mimic sota club quarters.
"Shoot the Globe lower," be roared,
"but spare the club!"
1 forwarded this information to Stan
ford Newel, at once, and 1 notice this
morning that .Joseph Wheelock has
an editorial on the subject, praising the
enemy's magnanimity.
first GUNS.
The batteries of tin* St. Paul Lite
guard are located on the bluffs above
Mendota. Capt. Oscar Hillis i*- in
command. 1 stood on the temporary
works thrown up there yesteiday morn
ing, and with mv field glass swept tin*
cart, 1111.1.r.*.
valley of the Minnesota. 1 could see
that on the plateau of Fort Snelling all ■.
was activity, and a gleam of scarlet
from the direction of Minnehaha told
only too well that the enemy were at
the laughing waters. The sound of
sharp firing in the direction of Hamil
ton indicated their presence on the
south. The morning air was keen:
heavy mists rose from the Mississippi
and Minnesota— both still free from ice.
The sun, just risen over the hills, shed
friendly beams upon the scarlet and
blue alike; cut the mists and made the
frost-girdled trees gleam in silver and
gold: reflected back from gleaming
guns to the steel blue of the sky and
back trom that to the gray-black of the
plowed fields. Bad the scene been one
of peace and not war. lam sure Lab-
Pcs teub, who was sketching near me,
would have liked it better.
"Dame." he exclaimed. "I would
rather paint Normandy cows than mus
kets." ' j
•'ot. Luke's charity ball was for us I
this year?" queried "Hillis, and when 1 , i
answered that it was he looked at the 1
patches in his uniform and looked i
thankful. Leslie Richardson, who I '
chrSmaslsunday" issue.
lis with the battery, t*ro"*e out into a
song just then to cnase tin* blues away.
Lone lies 11 soldier's grave.
Willi bloom the flowers there.
Death will not flaunt tin- brave
Hark to the trumpets biuret
Sins low, my heart,
Mow we must part;
Weep -..it. my heart
Love, lit.- Thou art.
"Spoons!" shouted Hillis. "That's
as doleful as the custom house ever
Sc-r-r-r-r-e-e-e-ch ! Every man of the
guards was on his stomach, head buried
in the louse ground as deep as possible.
Van Humphrey disappeared in an
empty pork barrel, from which, after
tin; shell bad gone over us, singing and
moaning, he inquired:
"Did it have a permit from the In
Twelve hours later 1 stood in the
i union station yards and heard Charley
Britnson say, as he looked at a short
line train and its passengers which that
shell had destroyed;
"The first reduction in short line fares
in the history of St. Paul."
Fight o'clock came, and the signal
flags flying from every hill crest
told us, who stood at " Mendota,
that the enemy were contracting
their lines, preparatory to forcing our
line, then stationed at Farmington,
Red Wing, Stillwater, Minneapolis and
Hamilton, to retire. Col. Stanley
l'l'.oi mi r, in command at Hamilton,
was already hotly engaged, and when
our glasses showed him in full retreat
the Mendota battery opened in a futile
attempt to click the enemy. Col.
Proudfit passed me at a "cut rate"
ami was soon lost to view. But for the
unfortunate circumstances that Private
M. F. Kain stood in front of .1 -300-pound
Parrott just as it was discharged, the
Life guards would have suffered no loss
of lite during their gallant light against
fearful odds. Nothing but the presence
of mind of Corporal Hamm, as it was,
saved them from annihilation. The
Canadian infantry, ltd by Major An
drew Call, were on "the point of
storming the bluff. when Corporal Hamm
suggested that a wagon load of Pilsener,
just arrived, be dumped and rolled
down toward the advancing foe.
It was done. The tide turned. As
the smoke lifted and want sailing off
on tin; winds, we saw the enemy halt,
waver, then retreat and fall back to the
level, daunted by this new opponent to
their valor. For the day, at least, ail
danger iv that quarter had ceased.
His Charge Upon the Foe at Min
Early in tin* morning the Third cav
alry, United States army, led by Maj.
Luther Newport, and having in its
ranks the flower of St. Paul society,
made a gallant attempt ,to dislodge the
813 th Toronto Invaders from Minne
haha, where, for the first time in
months, they were enjoying a bath.
Calling Ids favorite dog* to his side,
Maj. Newport, pointing in the direc
tion of the enemy, said:
* Sic 'em. Tig**!*'
Tige wouldn't "sic."- and the cavalry
men tremoled lest their mascot fail
"Sic 'em. Tine!"
A field mouse passed across the road:
Tice saw and "sie'd," while after him
thundered the horses. To the left of
Maj. Newport rode Capt. "Cobdy"
Sevebance. As we dashed into the
long, dusty road that winds down to
the falls, 1 asked him of the situation.
"Just as it was in -SS," he replied,
"when 1 was under Merriam. Hell
fire all around us, but we got there just
the same."
Another moment and we were on to
the Britons. While I sought shelter in
the woods, our troopers went on to the
edge of the ravine where a masked bat-
"SIC 'EM TlGEß?'*
tery out them to pieces and sent a sad
remnant flying back.
As Severance passed me. he waved
aloft a photograph and pointed to a
hole through his coat and over his
"It was In my pocket." he shouted,
"the ball struck the forehead glanced
off -Frank Kellogg gave it tome."
On the return of the Third, Gen.
Frank Clark ordered the surviving
members to be presented with a com
plete toboggan outfit of the order St.
George, which was done amidst the
plaudits of the spectators. Cavalryman
Will Bickel asked me, as I started to
return to the city, to have his seat in
btckel's aim.
the legislature kept green, which I ]
promised to do.
It would surprise you to see how ac
tive Dr. Murphy remains, even at his
advanced age. He is in his element.
"Fourteen cases this morning, my
boy," he exclaimed, cheerily, "and by
night 1 shall have my hands full. It's
worse than a railroad accident."
Henry F. HoYT,of the medical corps,
was not so gay.
"The death rate of St. Paul will throw
discredit on the health department this
year. Zymotic diseases on Dayton's
bhitl* don't compare with this carnage."
Assistant Hendrickson, sitting on a
stump, was leisurely engaged in writ
ing. A glance over his shoulder re
vealed notes being taken on "Thoughts'
Suggested on a Battlefields as to Why
Politics and Sanitary department's
Should Be Divorced."
Near the Fort Snelling bridge I met
Will Farnham wincing under a dis
located shoulder. His musket .had
"kicked" and disabled him.
"The blamed thing." he explained,
"was like a beard of public works order
loaded at both ends."
John Caulfield was at the bridge
also, with an immense number of six
teen-inch water mains, which he in
tended to tender to Gen. Clark for
conversion into suiooth-ijure guns, Me !
suggested that id case of the worst hap- i
pening, upon the payment of an annual !
: tax per head, the water board would
| permit the won. and childree to seek
! a place of refuge in the sand rock tun
! pels underneath St. Paul.
Dan Moon drove on in a -jig "to
! find out what all the noise was about."
I He had the coolness to stop a staff ofh*
cer who was riding at a full gallop and
ask him:
"\\ hat Is the difference between a
militia company and a scarecrow?''
The officer swore savagely, and urg
ing his horse on. muttered something
upon "foreign sympathizers." at which '
Mr. Moon laughed, and wanted to;
know if the enemy was in the rear of
the angry soldier, else why his haste?
The desertion of John W. Willis to
the enemy last night has been the occa
sion of much comment. It is now
known that bis reasons for -forsaking
our cause was the discovery made by
him that the Canadians were free
traders. Should he be captured, it is
the intention of Gen. Clark to punish
him by compelling him to read the ora
tions of R. I*. Evans delivered iv 1888,
and entitled "Why the Country is Go
ing to Ruin."
Lieut. Rantoul was shot last night
while on picket duty. His wound is
not dangerous, owing to the thickness
of the checkbook through which the
ball passed before reaching the flesh.
He has announced his intention of lin
ing bis clothing with bauk bills as soon
as in service again.
A Scene of Terror, and a lleigii of
Fire anil Blood.
At noon the bombardment began.
The first gun was tired from the Con- 1
cord Street bluffs, to which the enemy j
had advanced during the morning. It j
j was followed by one from the Arling
ton bluffs, where the foe had been lo-
eating their batteries during the morn
ing under heavy fire. At the same time
the shelling of Fort Snelling com
"j raenced, and flotillas which had moved
up the river from Hastings opened on
[Dayton's bluff. In less than two min
[ utes a thousand dogs of war were bark
! in --, while a terrific storm of lead and
, steel rained down upon the city. Al
I'Flournoy. who was doing guard duty
j At the Robert street bridge, hauled out
I a bandana, hung it on his bayonet as
; a signal of distress, and doubled up.
: ducking every time that the air above
I him was cut by shot or shtll.
Services were *H*ing held in the new
People's church on Pleasant avenue,
nnd Dr. Smith had just announced the
Doxology when a • shell came hissing,
.creaming through one of tlie windows.
* '•That's' what; I get for going -to
church." W. H. Dixon growled, as,
shaking a few beams ■ and timbers off,
he crawled out of the ruins. W. D.
CouNisn.who had dropped in out of curi
osity and had fallen into a reverie over
the conundrum."Would the enemy con
sider the term 'shyster' libelous or
not?" was completely buried and only
rescued with difficulty. Judge Bris
bin retained sufficient presence of
mind to rise up above the ruin with the
■'-.- "This reminds me of a story of "
'_ At which Judge D. A. J. Baker
chugged him with a piece of plaster,
and he sat down to ponder over what
bit him.
• The Grand opera house was quickly
in flames, and although L. N. Scott
announced reduced prices of admission
the play was to empty seats. L- W.
Walker had taken the precaution to
cover the People's with a ca^t-iron shield
and "Our Foreign Enemy" held the
boards, without" interruption. J. I.
Beaumont ran wildly about be
wailing the fall in "prices of suburban
property, while Tom Fauntleroy
watcjied the German-American topple
over ana knew that "befoh the wah"
had taken on a new meaning for him.
Capt. Chantleb, who was in com
i mand of the city forces, paralyzed Private
j Whitney Wall by ordering him to
, climb the tower of the First Methodist
i church and signal the direction of the
i flying missiles. Lou Wilkes rushed
up at that moment, and on tendering
Private Wall a full-blown life Insur
ance policy the latter consented to un
dertake the perilous task. •
The Citizens' Defense corps, organ
ized for the protection of public prop
erty, had located a battery upon the
roof of the New York Life, and which
was in charge, of Feed Richter. But
when the ninth story began to tremble
and the telephone girls deserted their
post, Richter, attaching himself to a
parachute, gracefully descended to the
ground, where Charley Dana, doing
guard duty at the Ryan, placed him
under arrest for not waiting until the
thirteenth story came down.
Clouds of smoke here; sheets of
flame there; the screams of terrified
women; the groans of the dying and
wail of the children went to make up a
spectacle of awful woe and destruction.
From one of the lofty chimneys of the
Gcrmania Life building Fire Warden
Delaney was hurled by a round shot
to the pavement below. ''Died in the
discharge or his duty" was written
on a slip of i.aper and pinned to his
bosom. .1. .1. II i.l had bis art gallery
cleared of its ;r asures and removed to
Carver's cave, where they will be on
exhibition after the return of peace. A.
B. Stickney escaped the terrors of the
day- by securing passage through the
enemy's lines. He was enabled to do
this through his intimate. financial rela
tions with the English. It is currently
reported that he donated twenty-five
feet of the West St. Paul levee to the
i Canadians for stable ground for their
I horses. -- -V -";
Looking from the Globe lower to all
points of the compass at 3 o'clock iv the
afternoon, there could nothing be seen
in the basin but the smoking ruins of
the palaces of business. It was one of
the passing wonders that the Globe cdi
: fice escaped with no damage but a
" broken pane of glass, and that was
i caused by En Davidson's groan as tne
- Union block fell in, carrying with it
; a double-leaded editorial of M. J. Cos
" tello's on the "irish Question ' and a
- six-months bill of an ice company.
; The cable cars stopped running at the
: very start, and Col. Bark very kindly
: tendered the cable conduit to such citi
' zens as preferred to be under ground
: during the disturbance. He also read a
* telegram from J. Creighton Webb,
: offering the freedom of New York city
*: to such citizens as escaped. *
: Manly Cubby was explaining to
: Judge Wood, for the five hundredth
: time, how he conducted "the cam-paign
: of '88," and with what dreadful "execu
tion" among the able-bodied inhabitants
: of Kandiyohi county, when a time shell
• fell in front of them. Without the
: slightest courtesy the judge found it
; necessary to co to St. Anthony hill,
while Curry descended a manhole and
: waited for the clouds to roil by.
Col. Allen*, a trifle grayer for his
added twelve years, stood with tears in
his eyes before the ruins of the market
"My idol," he murmured, and turned
away with scorn from a delegation of
citizens passing, who bore iv their
hands a resolution of thanks to the
enemy for this deed.
At the state capitol all was confusion.
Governor HEATWOLE, busy at his desk
inditing a letter to the foe declining
any office which they might tender him,
had just reached the sentence:
"I never have sought any office — "
When a shell blew the blind Justice
on the dome into Washington county,
and another,enteringthe supreme court
chambers, scattered the justices to
happier climes and precipitated
part of the roof into the ofllce of
Attorney General Pattee. Governor
lleatwole took in the situ
ation at a glance. He at once
wrote out a proclamation denouncing
the Canadians for their cruelty and
then retired to the basement. Gen. C.
C. Andrews, who had succeeded J.
Fletcher Williams as librarian of
the historical society, was more calm.
It will pass into history that he wrote
the fortieth chapter of his "Rio Janeiro
as 1 Saw It" amidst the most terrific
portion of the bombardment, and that,
as he finished it, he mildly inquired as
to the state of the weather.
Dennis Ryan protected his hotel
from serious danger by hanging the
mattresses of the beds on the outer
walls. The guests of the house found
it quite amusing to sit in their rooms
and count the "chugs" as the balls
buried themselves in the protectors. J.
11. Hanson, who suggested that they
were "bed ticks," would have been ex
pelled from the place but for his ex
planation that he was a cousin of Joe
Henshaw's and couldn't help it. A
large sum of money was won by
Geokoe Hayes on the wager that he
dared not sit on the roof for ten con
secutive minutes. His heirs will re
ceive the sum, as at the expiration of
the ten minutes nothing was found of
him but his card case and a shoe but
Night came on with hastening steps,
and in her train filed the long proces
sions of ambulances bearing the
wounded. The screech and scieam of
mortar and cannon were silenced: a
friendly moon cast a soft light upon the
ruins, and made the broken walls and
piles of iron and stone look less hideous.
To-morrow— well. Gen. Clark says to
me as 1 pen these lines, "We will wait
until to-morrow comes."
Gen. Bonn and Gen. MacCartiiy
Satisfy Their Honor.
. "B'lud!" roared Gen. Bend, and with
a sweep of his magnificent arm brought
COL. BEND'S "b'lud!"
his sword "down fiat upon the rear of ah
army mule.
-: "B'lud!" roared Gen. MacCarthy,
and spat thrice upon the wheel of an
ambulance. ,
It was one of the notable incidents of
the day— this encounter between two of
the most prominent officers of our side.
.1 need not quote ancient history to
call up in your mind a recollection of
the fourtee'n-years feud that has existed
between these two gallant officers, nor
of the memorable occurrences in the
time of Gov. Hubbard, who is now
president of the Bed Wing, Shakopee.
Big Stone, Fargo, Pembina & North
Pole railroad, change cars but once go-
ing north. V - .
In their _ official relations since the
war began each officer has studiously
avoided all but the most formal contact
with the other, and had it not been for
an obstreperous government mule no
outbreak would have occurred to-day.
It was just noon when Gen. Bend,
aware that the enemy intended to bom
bard the city, massed his batteries on
Dayton's bluff, overlooking the river,
with the intention of crippling the op
posing guns as far as possible. - At the
instant that the signal was given to
Capt. Gates Johnson, of Battery A. to
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NO. 35
open fire. Gen. MacCartiiy. astride of
a fine XXX mule, rode in ranee across
the plateau, all unconscious of his dan
ger, lie was reconnoitering with a
view to locating the whereabouts of
Lieut. Blair, who had abstracted his
lunch basket from his tent, and gone
down the river to fish.
But Gen. MacCabtiiy's mule saw
the danger, and, with the true instinct
of his breed, halted just where the fire
would be certain to annihilate.
The gunners hesitated. Every mo
ment was precious. Gen.BExn sent Alde
de-Camp Cass Gilbert flying to Gen.
MacCartiiy. and with his compliments
begged to know if his location h*»*l been
taken intentionally, and, if so. and he de
sired to commit suicide, would it not ba
more convenient for him to throw him
self over the bluff and permit the bat
teries to commence work.
"S' death," replied Gen. MacCartiiy,
"By my bones, if I am fired upon I shall
appeal to the supreme court. Gen. Bend
shall hear from me at once."
Firm stood the mule, watchful of the
gunners; calm, Gen. MacCarthy bo
strode his back and swept the river
front with his glass. Gen. Bend re
ceived his reply. Hastily bestriding his
horse.he called Maj. Markoe to his side,
and together they bore down upon the
sturdy offender.
Horse eyed mule, mule eyed horse.
Each general saluted.
"The sand of Pig's Eye bar is fair to
fight upon," said Gen. Bend. Gen.
MacCartiiy bowed, they dismounted,
and in a few moments were on the bar.
Gen. MacCartiiy disdained the aid of
a second or the presence of a surgeon.
The two antagonists confronted each
other, aid Maj. Markoe gave the
word, with his back turned to them.
"One— Two— Three— Fire!"
On each side of the bar there was the
sound ot a loud splash. Ma*. Maiikok
looked around. .Neither of the princi
pals were in sight. Lieut. Blair sat on
the bank pulling in a iish line.
'The honor of both is satisfied." said
Maj. Markoe. "They are obliter
When he had left. Gen. Bend peeped
over one side of th • bar, as Gen. Mac-
Cartiiy did over the other.
"It is deuced cold, Mac said he.
"Yes. Bill," replied the latter.
Tuey solemnly crawled out, shook
the water from their clothes, and
grasped hands, and then went over and
held a court martial on Blair until he
revealed the whereabouts of the lunch
Meantime tho batteries above had
blown the mule into Dakota county,
where Call Jitdson confiscated him as
an illegitimate product of the dairy.
Paymaster Quinn Pursued by
Hush whackersCapt.lJci-drlck
son Saves Him.
Yesterday morning Chief Paymaster
John Roche, who still holds the office
of city comptroller despite the "man
damn-us" .secured by Color Bearer J. J.
McCardy for him to show cause why
ho should not resign, ordered Payma*-
EH-_____^___B-__-: : •_
ter Quinn. who resigned the office oft
coroner in favor of Dr. Mabkob, to
proceed to the south angle of Concord
street, near the residence of -Quarter
master Li una u, and pay off the Union
Stockyards Life Preservers, commanded
by Col. U. M. Thomas. Paymaster
Quinn obeyed, but had no sooner
reached the locality before bushwhack
ers, who had captured the Thomas
command, opened fire upon him.
The escort gallantly returned the fire,
but the enemy were overwhelming in
numbers," and it looked as if our little
force would be annihilated. Paymas
ter QtJINN, his canteen in one hand and
a roll of bank bills in the other, led a
charge. The attacking party appeared
to waver. '-Victory I" shouted John
Jackson, and hurled a shoe at a halt
ing redcoat.
Just then Capt. Eugene Hendrick
son rode into our ranks, waving aloft a
large ice palace banner. Paymaster
Quinn halted. Capt. Hendrickson
whispered to him: rZs7*
"For God's sake come back. Markoe
has begun a contest."
"Contest for what?" snapped the puis
sant otlicer.
"A contest for fees— tbe office is busted
since the. war began." replied Capt.
Hendrickson. and laughed a wild.gilt-
Coat uiued 011 the Fourlh I'agc,

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