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Den. Snowden Enters the Now
Noted Town of Home
stead, Pa.,
With the Ultimatum That He
Will Not Co-operate With
The Company Once Mora Se
cures Possession of Its
Entire Works.
Everything Peaceful, and No
Further Trouble Is Now
Homestead, July 12.— "The troops
are comimr," gasped a picket at the
fctrike headquarters at sharp 9 o'clock
this morning, when he hail run all the
way from the outpost at Munhall to the
rooms of the committee. .Five minutes
later the glitter of .Capt. W. W. Awl's
line coming forward as skirmishers was
at the east end of the lons Carnegie
fence. This company, F. of the Eight
eenth, came rapidly into the town, and
seized the causeway on the hill, which
dominates the works. The men, some
fifty-two in number, were scattered out
in a long line, to the amazement of the
strikers, some ot whom, were
rather rudely pushed . aside as
tho company was taking position.
Ko sooner had the hill been secured
than the troops began to come in from
Munhall. The Eighteenth, Fifteenth,
Fifth and Sixteenth regiments marched
to the high ground and stood finally in
a lons line, battalion after battalion,
from the very crest of the siding down
nearly to the street level. The position
was an excellent one from : a strategic
point of view. The hill, rises south
of the Carnegie mill, and stretches
back half a mile into _ a wide plateau
.where the tents are spread. A couple
of batteries on the crest could do as
they pleased with the territory for two
miies around. The people took the
coming of the troops in sullen silence at
first. But the drums soon beat
Everybody Into Good Humor,
and as the later reeiments wheeled
away towards the high ground th**y
•were very heartily cheered. On the
oilier side of the river, the meantime.
Gen. Snowden had pushed the Four
teenth and Tenth regiments with the
batteries into the hills across from the
works, where the guns commanded the
whole water front ot Homestead. This
movement had been executed so secretly
that the men and cannon had been in
position fully an hour before their pres
ence was discovered by the town. As
soon as the soldiers came in theae was a
complete surrender of the town. The
strikers circulated on the streets
calling upon the people to
receive the militia , cordially, and
with some difficulty the command
was obeyed. The strike pickets were
withdrawn from about the mill and in a
few minutes the streets about it were,
occupied by - a professional guard.
"Without any ceremony whatever Otis
Guilds, of the Carnegie company, went
through the Eighth avenue irate and.
opened the office. Sheriff McCleary was
present, but neither said nor did any
tiling. There was no declaration of any
kind", but simply a going in. . Some of
the men who were on Eichth avenue
looked on in . silence, and when the
gates clanged shut after Childs' entry
they went back to headquarters ; to ;. re
port. When everybody had come to re
alize the next order of things a commit
tee from the advisory committee,consist
ing of Q'Donnell, Coon, Chapman. Clif
ford and others, went to Gen. Wiley, of
the Second brigade, and tendered- the
surrender of the town. Wiley stopped
the spokesman, Coon, and told him
that he would have to see Gen. Snow
den, who had arrived and tatcen up his
Headquarters in the school house. The
committee tramped across the ravine,
and finally found itself in the presence
of the general commanding, lie re
ceived his visitors Braß
Politely, but Coldly,
and after Coon had delivered his mes
sage, in which he proposed that the ad-,
visory committee would co-operate with
the troops in preserving order, the gen
eral said:
••We do not need either co-operation
or assistance from anybody. The only
way in which we can accept co-opera
tion is for every man to go peaceably
about his business."
Coon said: "The citizens wish to
know at what time they may give you a
public reception."
Snowden replied: "I can accept no
reception, sir; it would be most im
proper. 1 thank you for^our courtesy,
but a formal welcome is not needed. It
would be an amazing, thing if the ha- i
tlonai guard of Pennsylvania was not
welcome in any part of " Pennsylvania/
•Mr. O'Donnell here took up the con
versation and began: "On the part of
the Amalgamated association,! wish to
say that after suffering an attack from
illegal authority, we are glad to have
the legal authority of the state here." -
"1 do not "recognize your association,"
Gen. Snowden replied."- "J recognize no
one but the citizens of this city. ■ We
have come here to restore law and or
der, and they are already restored."
"But we wish to submit " O'Don
nell began, when the general cut him
short, saying:
"Then, sir. submit to the gentleman
behind >ou."
O'Donnell wheeled around and saw
Sheriff McCleary standing in the group.
•*1 do submit to him," he said; "we
INGOTS & SHaEsfe||g|| J 1
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have never questioned the sheriff's '
o rder."
The general smiled rather saicas tic
ally, and said:
"1 am glad to hear it. But you must
understand our position. We are here
to preserve the peace. We represent
the executive arm of the state of Penn
sylvania, and 1 have nothine to say to
further than that the sheriff must be
"But we have obeyed the sheriff,"
O'Donnell said. "Haven't we, Mr. Mc-
"Ko, you have not," said the sheriff;
"you retused to let my deputies enter
the works."
There was some further talk of this
sort, in which Snowden took no part,
and the conference ended in an awk
ward silence, which was finally broken
by O'Donnell. who said:
"Well, I believe that we have nothing
further lo say."
The general bowed in silence and the
committee departed for the headquar
ters, where a very stormy discussion
followed on the 'ground taken by the
authorities. (Jen. Snowben said, after
the committee had left, that there was
to be no such thing as taking formal
possession of the works or the town.
"As soon as we came into the town
we were in possession, and law and
order is restored; that is all there is of
it. lam not going to have any recep
tion or any ceremonies of any sort. The
mill property is already in the hands
of the Carnegie company. I understand
Mr. Cbilds is now in the works. But
with all that we have nothing to de.
We are here to supprt the sheriff in the
execution of his duties, and the pres
ence of the troops was enough to settle
the whole question. We will be here
for severaj days, and will take advan
tage of the occasion to have the annual
"How many troops have you here?"
"Five thousand two hundred and fifty
at the present time. We will have some
more before night, but we have plenty
as it is."
The strikers' guards have been with
drawn from about the mill. Their
places are being taken by the provost
patrol, which guards all the streets lead
ing to the mill and about it. The rep
resentatives of the company, led by Otis
Childs, took possession about 10 o'clock,
but so quietly that their presence was
not suspected until afternoon. The
Greatly Crestfallen,
returned to headquarters, where an
acrid discussion of the situation fol
lowed. Gen. Snowden's reception of
the gentlemen was a bitter pill. That
the general meant business, however,
was now thoroughly understood. A
waiting campaign was decided upon as
being the only possible policy which
could be pursued. The patrols of the
strikers outside the town and the rail
way depot will be continued, and every
effort will be made to keep Pinkerton
watchmen and non-union workingmen
out of the town.
"We are not going to commit sui
cide," said Mr. O'Donnell, "and, con
sequently, we bow to the inevitable.
The troops will be here for about ten
days. It is said they are maintained at
aii expense of C 23.000 a day. How long
will the taxpayers stand that, and when
the troops go away, as eventually they
must, how will" the situation be
Mr. O'Donnell and other members of
the advisory committee are of the opin
ion that the works will be at once filled
up with non-union men, but tiiey de
cline to discuss how they will meet and
solve the luoblem. J
"We will not be beaten," O'Donnell
remarked confidentially, "and the result
will prove it. Now we wiil take a much- i
needed rest and wait for the next chap
ter in the story."
Otis Childs utterly refused to say any
thine about his presence In the mill.
"Mr. Loyejoy, in lMttsburg,will make [
such statement as may be necessary,"
he said, "but I can say nothing."
"Still you are in possession of the
Carnegie property?"
"1 have not said so."
"Gen. Snowden says so."
"Then you must say it on Gen. Snow
den's authority. 1 have nothing to say
about, anything."
No rations had been provided for the I
soldiers, and accordingly they were per
mitted to go into the town as they
pleased to get their meals. The result
was that everybody, soldiers and I
strikers, did a great deal too
much drinking. Every saloon was
crowded to its full capacity and every- I
body was crowding himself to his full
est capacity. The result was that more
drunken men were to be seen on the
streets than were visible altogether in
the past week. The crowds and soldiers
fraternized, and beer went on both j
sides. Some of the soldiers rather |
loudly declared that, they would stack
their arms it they were called upon to
protect the Pinkertons or non-union
men, and this spirit is by no means con
fined to a few sporadic cases. The talk
is common on the streets, and the re
sult has been a great increase of friend- j
liness between the troops and the strik
Expected From the Mill Men at I
Homestead, Pa., July 12.— 1 ta- j
pears that the three or four thousand
troops that are now at Homestead are
all that will be ordered directly to the
scene of the iabor troubles. The re
maining three or four thousand of the
national guard will encamp at Mount
Gretna and various other points, and
from time to time will relieve by de
tachments the militia now stationed at
Homestead. In this way the health of
8,000 troops will be preserved by half
of the time being spent in a mount
ain atmosphere much more salu
brious than the air of Homestead.
The militia express great gratification
at the peaceful reception which they
have received, and are free in stating
that to the harmonious mass meeting is
dne the fact that half the national guard
was ordered to Homestead. It is mani
fest to all that- there will be no disturb
ance ot the peace, and the only reason
for ordering out the entire national
guard is believed to be that it is intend
ed to combine the annual encampment
with the preservation of public peade
at Homestead. The impression is there
fore prevalent that the militia are to
stay. Three or four weeks at
least will elapse before they take
their departure, and the battle
between the strike! s and mill owners is
of endurance. It is not thought the Car
negie company has yet made any ex-
I tensive arrangements for the employ
■ ment of non-union labor or that they
! are contemplating such a move in the
j immediate future. Some repairs to the
I mills are necessary before work is to be
resumed, and the published statements
of Secretary Love joy yesterday show
that he expects that many of the strik.
ers will conclude to return to their worK
I when they see that t^ie presence of the
| military " renders it impossible for
them to make any resistance, to
the employment of non-union la
bor should' the company conclude
to bring in outsiders. The men
still maintain that the works will re
main idle all summer before the men
will return, but it is quite evident on
all sides that a feeling of dejection has
taken possession of the majority of the
men since the appearance of the militia
has swept away their last hope of keep
ing the company out of the possession
of its works.
Strikers Capture Wardner,
Idaho, After a Bloody
Reported That One Hundred
Persons or More Were
Bunker Hill Miners Issue an
Order to Mine Own
Troops Ordered to the Scene
to Kelp Preserve the
SpeciJT to the Globe.
Cceuu i>'Ai,exe v Idaho, July 12.— A
report at 9 o'clock tonight says that
the striking miners have captured
the town of Wardner, and that
about 100 people were killed
in the fight. The report is not con
firmed, owing to the difficulty in getting
definite news. But it is probably
true, as the strikers, flushed with
their success over yesterday, are very
bold and determined to fight it out.
What effect the arrival of the troops
will have in quieting them is not known.
It is said that 300 miners are on the
way to meet the boatload of troops who
left here this evening at the mission,
and will attempt to prevent their land
ing. Should they do so, a bloody conflict
will take place there. Everything is
excitement, and many rumors are in
circulation, most of them without found
ation, but the situation is very critical,
and it is the general opinion
that real trouble has only commenced,
as the strikers are a determined body of
man and failure means the death of the
union in the Coeur d'Aleuc mining dis
Their Ultimatum.
Wakdxkh, Idaho, .luly 12. — The
nnipn men and owners of the Bunker
Hill and Sullivan mines held a meeting
tonight. O'Brien, president of the
union, gave his ultimatum to the
mine owners as follows: "Ali non-union
men must leave the state at once, or the
mine will be blown np, and an
attack upon the miners commenced."
The mine owners agreed to discharge
all non-union men within forty-eight
hours. The situation is serious. The
non-union miners in Bunker lliil and
Sullivan have not yet come out. Pri
vate information states the union men
have 300 pounds of giant powder with a
fuse attached and will set it off if the
non-unionists do not come down.
Strikers Will Have Uncle Sam's
Men to Contend With.
Washington, July 12.— Troops were
today ordered to the scene of the Idaho
riots by means of the following dis
Saratoga. ST. V., July 12.— T0 the Secre
tary of War, Washingtou. D. C. : 'the gov
eriibr of the state of Idaho has called upon
me. uuder sectiou 4 of the constitution, for
assistance in suppressing a domestic dis
turbance which the state authorities are un
able to control. You will at ouce send to
the scene of disorder an adequate force of
trooi>s from the nearest station under au offi
cer of rank and discretion, with orders to co
operate with the civil authorities In preserv
ing the peace and protecting life and prop
erty. I will reach Washington tonight.
Benjamin Harrison.
Gen. Scliofield, who, in addition to
being the major general commanding,
is acting as secretary of war. sent a
telegram to the governor of Idaho in
forming him that troops have been or
dered to the scene of the disturbance
from Forts Sherman and Missoula. Gen.
Schdfield also telegraphed Gen. Merritt
and Gen. Kuger, instructing them to
forward all the infantry that can be
spared to the Idaho mining district
where the. trouble exists. The military
will concentrate at Wardner.
The Sheriff Practically Powerless
Waixace, Idaho, July 12. — The
sheriff last night made an effort to collect
a posse and go to Wardner on a
special train. He served all citi
zens known to be in active
sympathy with the mine own
ers to report at 10 o'clock, but when
the sheriff started only one citizen re
ported. Armed bodies of miners went
from Wallace all the evening. About <J
o'clock a large crowd proceeded to the
Union Pacific yards below town, took a
flat car, put it on the main track and
started for Wardner. Being all down
grade, no trouble was experienced. The
mill of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan
company is located on the Union Pacific
track two miles from Wardner. The
miners took possession of this during
the night, and sent word up to the mine
that unless the "scabs" would surrender
before 9 o'clock this morning the mill
would be blown up. Large bodies of
armed miners went up to Wardner
proper and toward the mine to await
The Regulars on Their Way to the
Gem Mine.
Special to the Globe.
Cceurp' Alene, Idaho. July 12.—
This city, although not in the heart of
the mining district, was the scene of
much excitement today over the strike
in the mines. Gen. Carlin, commander
at Fort Sherman, received orders to pro
ceed immediately to the mines, and has
just left on a large lake steamer with
four companies of the United States
Fourth infantry. The troops take Avtth
them rations for two weeks and com
plete camp equipage, and are fully
prepared for field service. Six
companies of state militia will ar
rive . here in the morning and
leave for the scene of the
trouble. Many wild rumors are
afloat. It is reported on good
authority that the striking miners have
captured several of the. prominent mine
owners, among them Frank Moore and
Charles Sweeney, of Spokane, and are
holding them prisoners with the deter
mination of shooting them in ease there
is more bloodshed between the uuion
i miners and scabs. The blowing up of
i the Gem mine yesterday and the killing
. of several persons is an indication of
the policy to be pursued from this on by
. the strikers, and they are ready to blow
up the Bunkerhill and Sullivan, the
largest mine in the district, at any mo
ment. All the largest steamboats on
the lake are held under orders. The
remaining troops at Fort Sherman arfc
expecting orders to follow. Trouble i»
feared upon the arrival of the troops,
and if it should occur there will be &
terrible slaughter, as the strikers are
well armed with Winchesters.
Homestead, Pa., July 12. —The con
gressional committee, under the leader
ship of Mr. Oates, the chairman, ar
rived in Homestead in the middle of
the excitement over the reception ot
the troops. The party came in a
special car which was side-tracked at
Munhall, just above the Carnegie mill.
As soon as it was known that the party
was in the city, which was not until
after they had been here for some time,
a delegation from the locked-out work
men visited them and tendered the hos
pitalities of the city. Mr.Oates and the
other members of the committee had
an informal laik with Hugh O'Donneli,
who was specially requested to be pres
ent at the Investigation in Pittsburg.
Several other of the strikers were ques
tioned, and in a roush way the c?ise of
the men, particularly in regard to the
battle with the Pinkertons, was blocked
out. Mr. Child also had an in
formal talk with the congressmen, bnt
he pleaded to them as to the news
paper men, that he had |uo information
to tnve and the officers of the company
at Pittsbnrs would eive every facility
to the committee. No real attempt
was made to examine any wit
nesses. The congressmen then ex
pressed a desire to view the scene of
the late engagement, and quite
a lar&e party made up of strikers.volun
teers, clergymen, newspaper men and
soldiers started to the works. There
was quite a parley at the gate, Mr.
Childs not wishing to admit some of the
party. One of the policemen, who have
come out of their hotels since the mili
tary took possession of the town, sug
"The party would not be too big, Mr.
Childs, it we just turned these reporters
Mr. Childs, however, admitted every
body, and a long walk through the
grounds followed. The battle ground
on the river bank was pointed out and
the position of the Pinkerton barges in
dicated, the bullet marks still in evi
dence were examined, and a good mental
knowledge of the engagement was cer
tainly secured by each of the inquisi
tors. The committee was escorted back
to the train, leaving in time to reach
Pittsburg for supper.
Pittsburo, Pa., July 12.— The com
mittee got back from Homestead at (3
o'clock, and it was two hours later be
fore the investigation began. Conspic
uous among those present were 11. C.
Frick and Supt. Patten, of the Carnegie
company.and President William Weilie,
Vice President Roberts, David Lynch
and Oliver Searight, of the association.
Chairman Oates swore Mr. FYiek, and
conducted the direct examination. Mr.
Friek said the company was not a cor
poration; it was formed under the iitn
ited partnership laws ot" Pennsylvania.
"What business is the association engaged
"They are owners of the Edgar Thomson,
Bessemer. Homestead and Dnqnesne &(eel
works, Lucy Furnace, the Keystone Bridge
works, the I'nper and Lower mills. Beaver
Falls mills, Scotia ore mines, Larimer and
Yoiifrhio-rheny coke works. We employ iv
the several establishments about lIt.OOO men."
"How many meu do you employ p.t Home
"About 3,800. The concern was engaged in
the manufacture or armor plate for the gov
ernment. The contract culls for aDout 0,000
tons of Dlates ranging in thickness from Tour
to twenty inches."
"Will you now state the different classes of
workmen employed in your llamestead plant
and the wages paid each class/"
"Yes, 1 can. Do you desire those only af
fected by the proposed new scale?"
Mr. Oates— We preler you to btate all the
classes of men employed aud the wages paid
each class.
Mr. Frick here produced the pay roll of
the 119-inch mill for the month of May last,
which contained the name ot every man and
boy employed in that department, the num
ber of days lie worked and the amount
he received The wages ranged all the
way from §40 to §275 per month. The wages
of the rollers were the highest. These aver
aged from $.'SO to S.JTS for the month, the heat
ers from Slß.*> to SIOJ. heaters" helpers about
Sltfj; the rail meu from $:)7 to $1-0; head
shearer 3, §100; shearers' helpers, §y.~>; gaug
ers, S~">. and a variety of other men averag
ing about 575. The total amount paid in
wages lo this department for the month of
Alav was S-J0.202.ai.
Mr. Oates— How many departments are
ihcie in your Homestead mill?
Mr. Frick— l think twelve. The witness
explained the numerous departments aud
the number of men employed in each.
Mr. Oates— Now, Mr. Frick, you have
spoken of the earnings of several skilled
workmen. Upou what basis are these men
Mr. Frick— Upon the basis of a contract
made July 1. 18K1, which was to ran for three
years, expiring July 1. 1802. It is known as
the sliding scale system. The rates when
agreed to were to run for three months, de
termined upon the average selling price of
steel billets, and the average price of oue
term to be the basis for the next three
months, the standard grade 4x4 billets to be
the basis of price.
Mr. Oates— What is the cost of produclioa
per ton ?
Mr. Frick— l don't think that is a fair ques
tion. I don't think that you should ask that.
Mr. Taylor— Would you object to telling
the cost of a ton of steel, includiug every
Mr. Fries— Yes, sir; I would have the same
Mr. Boatner — You don't propose to give
away any of the secrets of the trade?
Mr. Frick — No. sir, not yei.
Mr. Oates^Will you state the labor cost
Mr. Frick— That would be equivalent to
stating the whole cost.
Mr. Oates— ln consequence of all these dis
agreements which resulted?
In answer to the question Mr. Frick read
his interview given to George McCain the day
following the Homesteaa riot, which was ad
mitted as evidence.
Mr. Oates— Y*ou state that after the sheriff
failed you employed the Pinkertons. Did
you appeal to the governor?
Mr. Krick— No, sir. The experience of
past years was that the sheriff was powerless.
We concluded to employ our own watch
men, put them on" our owu prop
erty and haye them stay there to pro
tect it. We hired them and agreed
to pay them 85 per day, and we secured 308
of them on July 24. We concluded it would
be necessary to protect our own property
and employ new men.
Mr. Boatuer— Non-union men?
Mr. Frick— We did not care whether they
were union or non-union— so on June 25 w«r
wrote the following letter 10 the Pinkeiton
agency in Xew York:
The' Carnegie Steel Company, Pittsburg,
Jane 25, IS92— Dear Sir: lam in receipt Of
yout favor of the 22(1. We will need 308
guards for service at our Homestead mills as
a measure of precaution against inter
ference with onr plans to start op
eration of the works July (i, 1892.
The only trouble we anticipate Is
that an attempt will be made to prevent such
of our men with whom we will by that time
have made satisfactory arrangemeuts from
going to work, and possibly Eome demonstra
tion of violence on the part of those whose
places have been filled, or most likely by an
element which -usually is attracted to -such
scenes for the purpose of stirring up trouble.
At this juncture Mr. Frick read« copy of
the letter which he had written to Sheriff
McCleary. calling upon him to firoteet the
company's property at Homestead:
Mr. Bcatuer asked why the Pinkertons
were sought before it became apparent the
sheriff had exhausted his resources.
Mr. Frick replied by citing the disarming
and routing of 100 P.inkertons at the com
]>any"B Duquesne works three years aeo. -Sir*
Frick was satisfied that the sheriff' was will
ing and anxious to secure the requisite num
ber of men. Mr. Frick said Ibe large num*
her of "port holes" in the high feiice around
the works were "for the purpose of lookiYip;
out to see who might be on. the outside.'' '
Mr. Frick stated tliat he refused to send
the Pinkertons to Homestead without the
consene of the sheriff. The sheriiF sent his
chief deputy to Bellevue, where tlte Pinker
tons embarked. Thi* deputy accompanied
the Pinkertons to their destination. Th :
testimony closed and the committee ad
journed till oa. m. tomorrow. - «
All Ready for the Gathering 1
of the Populist Conven
tion Today.
Donnelly's Friends and Ene
mies and Talk of Other
Some Things That Are Likely
to Occur at the Big-
The Democratic Conventions
Called in Several of the
A. D. Stewart, of Redwood county,
will be the temporary chairman of the
People's party convention, which will
be called to order in Market hall this
morning. For several days the Sage
and all his councilors have been search
ing for a man to fill this position, and
feel greatly relieved by its settlement.
Mr. Stewart is a youug man, with a
voice like a foghorn and muscles like
iron. He is as strong in body as he is
in voice, and if tho occasion arises, he
will be able to knock down and
drag- out all unruly members of the
convention. His tame has not jet
spread to the cities, but in the back dis
tricts he is known as an orator, and al
ways introduced as one of the rising
young statesmen of the movement. He
is an admirer and follower of the Sage,
and it would make no difference what
path be was oblieed to take to keep in
line with the Dakota county statesmen.
His knowledge of parliamentary iaw
may not be very great, but he has the
bulldog tenacity that so often carries a
presiding officer through.
Donnelly will be nominated for gov
ernor, in all probability, although there
is opposition, anil there will be at least
four or five names presented to the con
vention for the honor. The opposition
to the Sage is stronger in the hotel
lobbies than it will be on the floor of the
convention hall. This is because of the
fact that the People's party'in many
sections of the state has a majority,
and, therefore, offices to bestown upon
favorites. The power of Donnelly is
very great in nearly every strong Peo
ple's party county, and no man who
opposes him can hope to receive a nom
ination lor a county ofnea or the legis
lature, and the loaves and fishes have
become very dear to the hearts of many
of ihe leaders of the new movement
since the tidal wave of two years ago.
Whether the opposition to Mr. Don
nelly will be able to concentrate upon
any man is doubtful, and there is
scarcely any probability that it will be
large enojgh to prevent the Sage's nom
ination on the lirst ballot. The names
of men who will have friends and sup
porters in the convention are numerous,
although not one of them has been con
sulted in regard to the action proposed.
The boon? in behaif of Congressman
Kittel Halvorsen. of Steams county,
seemed to be growing last evening, and
i \ %f: f£i\
| ir> W \LI
his supporters were predicting his
nomination. The central part of the
state has a favorite son who hails from
McLeod county, and is really a
very excellent and strong man,
a farmer and a man who, as a
Republican, was one of the. prominent
party leaders in his district in times
past". This man is Hon. C. N. Perkins,
ot St. Cloud. The delegation from
Kandiyohi and Swift counties are back
ing Mr. Perkins, and claim that he will
have nearly all the votes in that vicin
ity. To suggestions of this nature Mr.
Perkins shakes his head, but does not
. declare that he will not accept.
The arrival of ex-Speaker E. T.
Champlin, of Blue. Earth, last evening,
put a damper on his boom, the popular
Ver«on Center farmer declaring that lie
is not a candidate for the position. His
friends are leeion. however, and his
i name will certainly be placed before
tne convention, probably by the Blue
| Earth delegation, and seconded by sev
eral of the labor delegates. From the
southwest comes a boom for Hon. Daniel
Buck, of Mankato, aud the Sage is de
clared to prefer him to any other man
who has"been mentioned, in case he de
cides to drop out himself.
But, while this contest for first place
■ ou the ticket is bound to come there
■ will be but one man in the race at the
1 end, and this will be Donnelly. The
1 fact that the majority of the delegates
I are for him has discouraged the opposi
tion and will make it weaker than it
would be had the anti-Donnelly men a
: chance to win.
Unless the morning trains today bring
i many more delegates than they can
reasonably be expected to carry the con
vention Will not have above COO dele
gates instead of twice the number, as
was expected. The delegations from
the west and the southwest are very
large, but they are small from
I counties like Scott, Carver, Le
Sueur, Sibley, Nicoller, Waseca,
Steele, Rice. Wabasha, Olmsted", Wi
nona, Houston, Fillmore, Goodhue and
Brown. In fact, there is a considerable
dropping off in nearly every one of
these counties since the Owen conven
ttou of 181K). It will be noted that In the
counties named the old Alliance did not
I elect the county officers to any extent;
wherever thd- £lliance*couuty tickets
wou in VS9O larga, delegations have been
sent to this convention, illustrating that
tho new p^rty has made great progress
in tl\e science of practical politics, for
the reform of which it sprang.into life.
Many new faces will appear in the
convention today, men who have taken
the places of the leaders of two years
ago. There are more practical farmers
titan there were two years ago, but this
J3 ! duc to the tact that the convention
will' be larger. Of the Alliance meui
.^■if^Y^^r)/ /tW -^T" W'ft V 'I' '/%)"'■
V yg^ fcfliLr- ~-s£m~
bers of the last senate, Donnelly, Mott
and Borchert are the only ones who
will be on hand. These were all good
strong Donnelly men during the
last session. Senators Ilompe, Lom
men, Probstfield, Nelson, Erick-
Bon. Grafe, Wood and De
don, who occasionally strayed away
from tl;e Sage, bavts not yet appeared,
and several of them are known to be.
doing penance for their insubsordina
tion. Senator Ilompe boldly kicked out
of the traces, and the able and fearless
Loinmen, of Poikjias been turned down
for the congressional nomination in the
Seventh district by friends of Mr. Don
Of the thirty-three Alliance- members
of the house of 1889 more will be in the
convention. Those already in the city
are: McGuire, of Lac gui Parle; Abf
noss, of Brown; Bjorge, of Otter Tail:
Chesley, of Norman; Moore, of Becker:
Gildea. of Rock; Currier and Knudsoii,
of Blue Earth; Koehnen, of Carver;
Peterson, of Renville; and Nelson, of
Fillmore. All of the People's party
nominees for congress are on hand:
Yenniiyea. of the First; Long, of the
Second; Uorchort, of the Third, and
Boen, of the Seventh. The venerable
Senator Pace, of Olmsted, is trying to
act as a peacemaker between the Alli
ance and the People's parties, but is
finding but little encouragement.
As a matter of fact, neither side has
any idea that any compromise can be
effected, and it is not at all certain that
either desires success. The People's
party convention is going to be a good
deal like an old-fashioned camp meet
ing, where enthusiasm counts for rea
son, and a few hallelujahs are taken as
proof positive that success is certain. The
snbtreasury plan is regarded as the first
section of the creed of the People's
party, and the delegates will be hardly
likely to give even the eloquent Erwin
a respectful hearing when he appears
before them and suggests that the great
wheat problem be put forward in this
state campaign. The financial and
transportation and a few dozen other
ills must be corrected nil at once, say
the People's party leaders, while the
Alliance leaders are inclined to tackle
one big problem at a time. Nothing
will come of the conference. .
Demands of the Alliance Confer
ence Committee.
Inasmuch as one of the principal
points of difference between the Alli
ance aud People's party is found in the
matter of platform, the Globe this
morning reprints the platform adopted
at the Alliance convention last Thurs
day. At a meeting ot the Alliance con
ference committee, held in the parlors
of the Merchants' last evening, it was
decided that the duty of presenting the
Alliance side of the case to the People's
convention be delegated to W. W.
Erwin, who will ask thai? the People's
party appoint a committee as laree as the
Alliance committee to confer with the
latter. The Alliance members have de
cided to insist that the main issue of the
state fight be the wheat question, and
that the platform which is given below
be used as the basis. Gen. Baker pre
sided, and among those present were:
E. J. Moore, D. W. Hixon, Charles Can-
lfv\\ T
"we want no ai/liaxce in orES,"
ning, S. U. Harrison, O. H. Page, A. L.
Gardner, Albert Warren, A. L. Foster,
Frank Hoskins and several others. The
platform reprinted at the request of the
meeting follows:
On Till* They Stand.
The Alliance party of Minnesota, in con
vention assembled, reaffirms faith in the
platform of IS'JO. These principles give us
the unparalleled success of that year, and to
discard or substitute ill-advised measures in
their place weakens our cause and alienates
our people. We, therefore, declare our faith
in the following propositions:
First— We.arrlrm our hostility to every spe
cies of class legislation, and demand that
such as now exists shall be swept from the
statutes Equal justice' to every citizen and
special privileges to none should control the
letter and spirit of regulation.
Second— We denounce the present cun
ningly devised scheme of a protective tariff
as the* most vicious f orm of class legislation,
wilh a sole purpose in its use to build up
some one interest at the expense of all the
others, ami therefore we insist on a radical
reduction of tariff taxation.
Third— We demand a gradual increase of
the uationai money for Hie people to the
minftnum of §50 per capita; and. as a part of
this increase, we favor the Issuance of legal
tender treasury notes iv sufficient volume to
transact the growing business of this coun
try on a cabU basis, without damage or ad
vantage to any class: such notes to be a legal
tender in payment of all debts, and to bo
paid out by the government for all purposes
and to all classes of the people; aua we in
sist that silver shall have r. 11 the rights in
coinage and the qualities of legal tender
which gold possesses, as our fathers did be
fore us.
Fourth— The wheat question is the para
mount issue in the state, and by its import
ance overshadowing all other interests. We
cnll especial attention to the minority- report
made by B. J. Moore, of the committee ap
pointed* br the last legislature to investigate
the public elevators of this state. The evi
dence is sufficient to convince unprejudiced
minds that the price of wheat is arbitrarily
fixed each day and sent to producing points
throughout the Northwes* : also that tins
powerful combination embraces ;l>is entire
continent, reaching to Liverpool, and from
thence to continental Europe; to meet this
gigantic trust the efforts of individual enter
prise are futile. All the natural laws of
supply and demand are ignored. There
fore we invoke the power of the state
and ask our next legislature to make
sufficient appropriation for the erection of
elevators at deep water on Lake Superior
where grain can be stored unmixed at a
nominal cost, by individual producers,
awaiting sale and shipment to the markets of
the world. We call attention to the report of
the chief inspector, which shows that over
S6-J,oOj of h surplus has accumulated from
the weighing and inspection of grain. We
ask that this fund be applied to this purpose.
We also ask thiU whatever change is made in
the grain laws, that the inspecting and
weighing of grain by the state shall not be
extended to the country stations. It is of the
utmost importance to the wheat producers of
this stato that all persons have equal facili
ties for reaching the tracks of railroads
iat country stations, and that a law
be passed, making it the duty absolute of
every railway t orporation, company or asso
ciation now or at any future time operating a
railroad or acting asn common carrier to fur
nish side track facilities for erection of pri
vate elevators or warehouses of a capacity of
not less than 5.000 bushels each, for the stor
age of grain awaiting shipment, on such line
of railway, and to permit ana allow such ele
vators to be erected and controlled by any
person.associiition or corporation desiring to
erect, maintain, control and operate the same
for said purposes, and further, making it the
duty of such railway to receive, transport
and* carry over its lines promptly all grains
offered for shipment in car lots without
previous storage and as offered.
Fifth— We insist that all forms of discrim
ination by railroad corporations, including
free passes, transit rates, and terminal
i charges, shall cease; and we demand such a
schedule of charges as shall be based on
actual cost, with • necessary expenses, aud
not on watered stock: and* we i.elieve that
uoth the state and nation should control
such corporations with renewed vigor and
Sixth— We demand a radical reform in the
present unequal syst^i of taxation; that
hidden property be mife to pay equal taxes
with visible property ; that mortgage indebt
i edncss be deducted from the tax on renity ;
that an equitable system of graduated tax on
incomes shall be established, and also a res
iduary tax upon great estates.
Seventh— we favor a material reduction of
interest, and demand that severe penalties
be attached to the practice of usury.
Eighth— We ask ot congress the passage of
I laws prohibiting tho alien ownership of
lauds, and, if possible, to reclaim all so held
by alien and foreign syndicates, and all held
by railroad corporations in excess ot that
absolutely necessary, and these and all other
lauds be held for actual settlers only, aud we
favor protection to our forests.
>."iuth--\\e believe that the government
i should own and operate the telegraph nnd
telephone lines as part of the postal system.
Tenth — We favor laws for the suppression
of option gambling and trie abolition of all
forms of trusts and combines.
Eleventh— We demand the repeal of ail
laws wh-ich place capital above lubor: and
| we favor an equitable lien law, a. better con
vict labor luw, ft factory inspection law, an*
employers" liability act, the prohibiting the
employment of children under fit teen years
of age. free text books for public schools,
and the eight-hour workday on all national,
state or municipal work.
Twelfth— Regarding life as more sacred
than property, we hold that neither corpora
tions nor private persons shall be permitted
i to retain in their employ armed bodies of
I men to take life for the sake of defending
Thirteenth — We demand a more vigorous
immigration policy,to the end that European
paupers, criminals and vicious clashes shall
not be permitted to enter this republic; and
that protected interests shall be prohibited
from importing labor to compete with free
American labor.
Fourteenth— We insist that all great officers
of the government, whose duties directly
affect the interests of the people, shall be
made elective by the popular vote, and the
jjresident and vice president ot the United
States should not be eligible to a second
Fifteenth— As the improvement of the pub
lic highways is of the most vital importance
to all the people of the state, we therefore de
mand an immediate revision of our road law;
and as an aid to such improvement without
increasing the farmers' taxes, we favor the
| appropriation of one-half of all moneys from
the sale of liquor licenses so long as such
laws exist aud a state tax on inheritance for
the benefit of the fund for the betterment of
the public roads.
Sixteenth— We hold the war for the Union
j to be closed and its issues adjusted: there
fore we oppose force bills and all measures
calculated to reopen the fountains of bitter
ness or renew fraternal strife.
Seventeenth— We do not believe that the
Union soldier should receive all reward in
| gratitude, but that he richly deserves liberal
pensions aud tender care for his illustrious
Eighteenth -We favor the nationalization
of theliauor traffic. We favor the co-oper
ative union of all agricultural and laboring
classes in this state aud nation for the pur
pose of carrying into effect these principles,
i and we call upon every thoughtful and con
! servative member ot the Alliance in Minne
! sota to assert his manhood and preserve his
I consistency in standing by the old and ap
proved principles foi which he has hitherto
so nobly contended, and thus again secure
success and save the Alliance from destruc
tion by internal foes.
Some of Ihe Men Who Are Talked
Offer Nominations.
The state officers outside of governor
have so far received but little attention,
I and, wit'o the exception of one or two
[ gentlemen who have been suggested
for the nominations for attorney gen
' oral and judges of the supreme court.
Continued on Fifth Page.
Sad Ending- to a Pleasuro
Party on Lake Peoria,
A Number Find a Watery
Grave by a Boat Cap
A Sicilian City Entirely Da*
stroyed by a Heavy
Mount iEtna in an Alarming
State of Violent Erup
Peoria. 111., July 12. — The cruet
waves of the Illinois tonight bore down
to death a score of persons who were
enjoying themselves. The Frnnkie Fol
som, a Pekin boat, started out this
evening with forty passengers aooard.
A landing was made and two or three
couples joined the party. There were
also fifteen who got on the boa
at the park, so that the passenger lis
reached fully sixty. As the boat cam*
out of the landing and started down to
the city, she was struck by a cyclone
and turned over. She was about mid
way hi the river and sank rapidly.
Owing to the how! ing tempest the cries
of the passengers could not be
heard. The Longfellow, witli seventy
five passengers from Kingston, passed
her and ran to the foot of tLe next
street. Word was conveyed to the po
lice station, and Mayor Warner ordered
every man to the scene of the disaster.
The ltock Island sent a special train ta
the scene of the disaster, and small
boats were put off to the Folsom, the
hull of which could ue seen when
the lake was illuminated by the
vivid lightning. Four persons were
taken off at a time. It .is known that
there are a dozen in the cabin of the ill
fated steamer. When the boat careered
over, her cargo rushed to the sinking
side, and many were washed
overboard. A man who has just
been brought off said he saw several
women carried down and they were
cooked to death by steam. Every time
the boat rocked the poor unfortunates
clinging to the side would release their
hold and disappear iv tlie waves.
The rescuers saw several bodies float
ing away which they could not reach.
So far Mrs. Duisdeckor. and two girl
companions, names unknown; Miss
Cora Fisher, Mrs. Fred Fisher, Miss
Mary Flath, John Aherns, Mary Paebel
Annie Paebel are the known dead. The
bodies of the two unknown were floated
out of the cabin. Mrs. William Willis,
William Kipdeiger are known to be in
the cabin. All of these people were
from Pekin. Thrilling stories are told
by the men who hate been brougiitotf in
the boats. Sam button missed his wife
when the cyclone struck the boat, and
lie heard her calling for him as the cab
in filled with water. He dived into the
hold to what seemed certain death and
managed to bring her to the surface.
For an hour they "clung to the rail and
were both saved. William Hart also
went into the cabin and brought up the
unconscious form of his wife. It is
thought she will live. The great
est fears are entertained concern
ing the fate of over a hundred persons
who were out in small boats. It is cer
tain that eight lives have been lost ill
this manner.
At this hour the ri#r bank is lined
witl: crazy friends and relatives of those
who have been lost. There are eighteen
dead in the Folsom, according to
the count just made. Only about
half of these will be found in the
cabin of the boat for the others were
swept off the boat. Two bodies have
been sighted floating through the lower
bridge, nearly two miles from the
scene. Whether these are from tlie Fol
som or bodies of persons from over
turned boats cannot be stated. It is
thought every house in the vicinity has
been thrown open to the victims of
the disaster, and the work of rescue
is going on rapidly. Those brought
ashore say there are some on the boat
whose strength, will hardly last till they
are taken off. Their cries are getting
fainter and fainter.
A Sicilian Town Destroyed by an
Rome, July 12.— The eruption of
Mount /Etna is rapidly increasing in
violence. The fires in the craters show
great activity. Loud explosions are con
tinually taking place. A severe earth
shock occurred this mornimr, which
reduced to ruins the village of Giaare.
on the coast of Sicily, five hours' jour
ney from the crater of Mount
The population of Giarre is about
18,000. It is feared here that many
must have perished. The whole coun
try suffered severely from the
shock. Engineers have been sent t
threatened points to prevent the lava
from entering the wells from which the
population obtains water. The steam
generated would destroy the wells. The
people in the vicinity of the mountain
are calm, and betray no sign whatever
of a panic.
Three Boys Drowned.
Detroit, July 12.— A special from
Au Sable, Mich., says that three boys,
all aged about eleven, were drowned in
Lake Huron this afternoon while in
bathing. One of the boys had got
beyond his depth when his two com
panions swam out to rescue him and all
three drowned together.
Another Man Gone Wronjc.
Detroit, July 12.— A sensation was
caused by the meeting of the council
this evening when the controller's re
port was read showing ex-City Treas
urer Tuite to be short in his ac
counts. Tuite's defalcation is placed
at ?21,865. His term of office expired
the last day of June and the report of
his shortage has created much surprise
among his friends, as he was very pop
ular and highly esteemed. Tuite was
elected on the Republican ticket.

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