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Gives an overwhelming Dem
ocratic majority.
Writes a ringing: letter in
favor of Cleveland.
Ramsey County Democrats
Turn Out a Full County
Haas, Butler, Nelson, Olivier
and Curtice Have no
Dr. Whitcomb, for Coroner
and Miesen, for Sheriff,
Get There.
John W. Willis' Party Services
Get Their Fitting" Recog
Ulany Splendid Nominations
to Command General
Any Weak Spot Is More Than
Balanced by the En
Register of Deeds CHARLES L. HAAS
Auditor JAMES 11. BURNS
Abstract Clerk.... E. C. IVES
Treasurer A. N. NELSON
Coroner. DR. E. 11. WHITCOMB
Judge of Probate JOHN B. OLIVIER
Sheriff A. MIESEN
Surveyor D. L. CUKTICE
Superintendent of Schools.JOHN A. HOBAN
Judge ol District Court... .JOHN W. WILLIS
Court Commissioner BENN DAVIS.
The Democratic county convention
was the center of interest yesterday.
As a rule, county conventions in St.
Paul excite little interest, and an audi
ence of a hundred or less has been the
rule; but yesterday old Market liaii. big
as it is, was not large enough to accom
modate the crowds which sought ad
mission. The number of deiegates was
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larger than usual; but the convention
was quiet and orderly, even during the
hardest fights, and there were several
encounters that wore calculated to raise
the temperature as well as the roof.
Tbbre was an absence of such well
known leaders as K. T. O'Connor, P. T.
Kavanagh. William Ilamm, Hon. O. O.
Cullen, lion. C. J). O'Brien, Aid. Con
ley, J. G. Donnelly and many others
who have usually figured in Democratic
conventions. None of these men de-
Bired to take part in the convention, and
during all the talk and preliminary
work beirged to be excused. This fact
removes the great bug-bear of certain
Republican organs that will in this cam
paign be compelled, though sadly and
reluctantly, to omit their very frequent
mentions of the "fine Italian hand of
the city hall gang." The term "city
hall gang" is hereafter very likely to be
used in speaking of the outfit that fell
into the city ball last spring. Of course,
this is really too bad, and it was posi
tively unkind for these gentlemen to
treat the Republican organs in this way.
The selection of Judge Flandran for
presiding officer of the convention was
most happy, and the veteran leader
kept the delegates in good humor at
the most critical periods. His earnest
ness in urging the selection and nomi
nation of good men had a great effect on
the subsequent action ol the convention.
There were several contests that
brought out a considerable amount
Df oratory that would have done
credit to a state or national convention.
Many of the speeches were made by
young men who are just entering poli
tics, and give great promise for the fut-
Idfe I. L I rs &TZ7J OPPos£'
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ure. The cold, calm logic of Cy Well
ington, the flowery convincing argu
ments of F. W. M. Cutcheon, and the
vigorous oratory of Thcinas D. O'Brien
weie the features of the day. The in
tense earnestness of Alf E. Boyesen
made his remarks especially effective.
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In many respects yesterday's conven
tion was a most remarkable one.
As to the ticket. As a whole, it is a
good one. If any mistakes were made
in certain cases, they are balanced by
the excellence of the great majority of
those named for places on the county
ticket. Charles L. liass. the nominee
for register of deeds; A. N. Nelson, for
county treasurer; Judge Olivier, for
probate judge; Superintendent of
Schools Hoban and Surveyor Curtice
have all made jrood records in the offices
for which they were again nom
inated, and have earned the
indorsement so handsomely eiv
en. Pierce Butler, the nominee
for county attorney, is thoroughly fa
miliar with the duties of that office,
having served as deputy during the
past two years. He is a fine lawyer, a
successful prosecutor, and will make a
first-class ufficer.
The abstract office is an important
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one, and E. C. Ives, the nominee for
clerk, will prove a competent, pains
taking and honest official. He is a
young man of high character and great
popularity. Dr. E. li. Whitcomb, the
next coroner, is too well known to need
any introduction to the people of this
county. He will make a first-class cor
oner. Anton Miesen is a plain man of the
people who never fails in what he un
dertakes. He will administer the office
of sheriff as it should be. Those who
know Benn Davis have no doubt as to
f .he fact that he will make a first-class
court commissioner. He will not have
much to do in that office, but what falls
to him will be executed with fidelity
and care.
Of Hon. John W. Willis, the nominee
for judge of the district court, the
Democracy of Ramsey county not only
have a right to, but they do feel prou.i.
Re is a man of rare attainments, a pol
ished, scholarly gentleman, and a good
loyal, hard-working Democrat. He
will make a judge of whom the whole
state will be proud.
Opening Hours Quiet— Hans and
Bntler Have No Opposition.
It was nearly a half-hour after the
time fixed in the call when County
Chairman Fuller stepped upon the plat
form and began reading the manifesto
calling the delegates together. This
over, James Kins, of the Seventh ward,
named Judge C. E. Flandrau for tem
porary chairman. This was seconded
by Alfred E. Boyesen, the eloquent at
torney, in a strong speech. Mr. Boyesen
urged the election of Judge Flandrau
on the ground that it would demonstrate
that the Democracy of Ramsey county
is free and unlrammeled.
Frank Battleyon behalf of the Eighth
ward presented the name of J. J.Ryder,
and W. Joyce promptly seconded* this
nomination. Mr. Ryder declined to be
a caudidate, and moved the election of
Judge Flandrau by a rising vote. This
was done with cheers. The saviour of
New Ulm, whose Democracy is of that
quality that improves with years,
stepped upon the platform, and in a
brief speech took charge of the conven
tion. He unred the selection of a strong
ticket, the best being demanded to aid
in the election of Grover Cleveland and
Dan W. Lawler.
Two candidates were presented for
temporary secretary, A. L. Graves, of
the Sixth ward, and George H. Allen, of
the Eighth. Mr. Allen was chosen, and
James. P. Healy. of the Third, was made
his assistant. The usual committee on
credentials was dispensed with, there
being no contests. Several proxies were
presented, but the delegates were in the
main as reported at the primaries and
in the Globe yesterday.
Upon motion of Thomas D. O'Brien
the temporary organization was made
permanent. William Campbell moved
that the convention proceed to nom
inate candidates for county offices in
the order named in the call. The mo
tion prevailed, and nominations for
register of deeds were called.
Thomas D. O'Brien, in nominating
Charles L. Haas for register of deeds,
took occasion to remark that he did not
recognize that isuch a thing as "a city
hall gang" ever existed. He said that
he did not present Mr. Haas as the
candidate of any particular cliqua or
faction, but as an individual Democrat
who had demonstrated his fitness for
the office which he held for several
Cyrus Wellington seconded the nom
ination, and Mr. Holcomb moved that
the secretary cast the ballot of the con
vention for Mr. Haas. The motion was
carried with great enthusiasm.
E. J. Darragh, a brilliant representa
tive of the youuj? Democracy of the
county, made an eloquent speech in
placing Pierce Butler in nomination
for county attorney. He expatiated
upon Mr. Butler's experience as assist
ant county attorney and showed that he
would be an able and fitting successor
to his chief.
L. J. Dobner, on behalf of the friends
of O. E. llolman. seconded the nomina
tion of Mr. Butler, and announced that
Mr. liolman desired his friends to vote
for Butler. This precluded the possi
bility of a contest, and, on motion of W.
M. Campbell, the rules were suspended
and Mr. Butler waa nominated by ac
Mr. Butler was loudly called for and
was escorted to the stage by a commit
tee consisting of Messrs. iiolman and
Campbell. lie made a neat speech of
acceptance, which was greeted with
Comes Over the Auditor — Antis
Carry Two Important Points.
The first excitement of the conven
tion came when nominations for auditor
were declared in order. In one of his
characteristic, fiery speeches Frank
Battley presented the name of James
EL Burns, which was greeted with en
thusiastic yells. A. E. Boyeson intro
duced the dark horse by naming C. F.
Sibley, and was loudly applauded by
the anti-Burns men. Mr. Scannell, of
the Second ward, seconded the nomina
tion of Mr. Burns, and Cy Wellington
and F. P. Xuzuin made good speeches
for Mr. Sibley. J. E. Stryker, of the
Seventh ward, sprung another dark
horse in the person of Horace G.
J. A. Nowell moved that an informal
ballot be taken for auditor, and a
a standing vote was taken on the mo
tion. Secretary Allen counted the
heads, and the chairman announced the
vote as 67 to 02 against the motion. Mr.
Wellington challenged the vote on the
ground that the rule previously adopted,
providing for a call of wards on all
questions, and the announcement of the
vote by the various ward chairmen had
not been followed. Chairniau Flandrau
sustained the point raised by Mr. Well
ington, and the roll of wards was called
for another vote upon the question.
The motion for an informal ballot was
carried by a majority of one, and the
convention then proceeded to vote in
formally for candidates for auditor.
The result of the informal ballot fol
lows :
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V. ■ c <T so Can <B
3 «> «■•■ = <b z 3
f ? ? % ?"? f
First ward '10 1 :
Second ward .. 15 ... '.'.','.
Third ward .... 2 4.. 4...
Fourth ward...... 2 16
Fifth ward 18 1.... ••• ....""
Sixth ward 7 10
Seventh ward ......;.: ■$:... 2. i
Eighth ward ...■. -:7 14...
Ninth ward .-.. 14 . 2 ..: ..'.'.
Tenth ward ... 2 1 .'.
Eleventh ward.... . 2 1 .... '. ...'
Mound's View .... ..' 1 "..
Rose Town .... l ." .... '[[]
New Canada 1 ...
White Bear town.. 1 ....
White Bear Village .... 1
North St. Paul 3. ..*"
New Brighton 2 .-. ...'.
T0ta15......... J"&g 47 15 2 4 1
It was nearly noon when the result of
the informal ballot was announced, and
\i* y •
the anti-Burns men moved for a recess
to 2 o'clock. In speakin.tr to the motion
for a recess F. W. McCutcheon and Cy
Wellington endeavored to impress upon
the minds of the delegates the impor
tance of conservative action in the mat
ter of nominating a candidate for aud
itor. Personal favoritism, they argued,
should not sway the convention, nor
should a ballot be taken while excite
ment ran high. The naming of a man
for this important office should be done
deliberately and after the delegates had
weighed well the points raised for and
against the different candidates. Ru
mors were in circulation that reflected
discreditably upon the character of one
of the candidates, and the Democracy
could not, at this critical time, afford to
load the ticket yith any man against
whose character there was the slightest
suspicion. After an argument that
lasted nearly an hour, the motion for a
recess was carried.
Burns Has a Majority on the First
It was a quarter after 2 o'clock when
Chairman Flandrau called the afternoon
session to order. Mr. Slryker announced
the withdrawal of UoraceDuune in favor
of Mr. Sibley, and the convention im
mediately proceeded to a formal ballot
for auditor. The ballot, which nomi
nated Mr. Burns, is appended:
Sib- McNa-Mar-
Burns. ley. mcc. tin
First ward 7 4 ....
Second 15
Third 2 2 5"
Fourth 4 14 .. *;
Fifth 18 1
5ixth...."....."..."" 9 8 .' "
Seventh 5 1 *i
Eighth 12 6 "* 2
Minth 14 .. 2 "
Tenth 2 1..
Eleventh 2 1 '.'.'.
Mounds View .;-
Rose town i # . [[
New Canada 1 ...
White Bear 1
White Bear village 1
North St. Paul ..... 3
New Brighton 2 .. .. "*
Totals 92 44 *10 ~1
P. L. Scannel, of the Second' ward,
moved that Messrs. Wellington and
Cutcheon be appointed a committee to
escort Mr. Burns to the platform. This
was "rubbing it in" a little too hard,
and Mr. Wellington demurred by stat
ing that he never acted as an escort in.
his life except to women and provision
wagons. However, the motion pre
vailed, and Messrs. Wellington and
Cutcheou smilingly led Burns to the
platform. Mr. Burns muttered some
thing about "appreciating the honor,"
and wound up by saying: g
"If this campaign is to be fought on
either political or personal grounds, I'll
be in it either way."
WBB — "
. ■
He Is Named for Abstractor on
One Ballot.
After Burns had been given a cheer
ing, and as the smoke of the auditorial
Continued on Eighllt Page.
The Democratic Legislative
and Commissioner Ticket
Will Win.
Out of That Lively and Vig
orous Convention Came
Fine Results.
Legislative Timber to Build
a Solid House of Repre
Commissioners in Whose
Keeping the County Affairs
Will Be Safe.
A Red-Hot Time Over the Tri
angular Ninth Ward Con
While the Sixth Looms Up
With a Little Scrap
Second ward P. 11. KELLY
Fifth ward JOHN H. IVE9
Sixth ward JOHN V. I. DODD
St Tenth ward Nomination deferred
Ninth ward RICHARD A. * ALSH
Tenth and Eleventh wards and country
Country ( DAVID HANNA.
Not often in the political history of
Ramsey county has a legislative con
vention acquitted itself with such dis
tinctive credit. Not often has any
political party placed before the citizens
and asked for the suffrages of fair
minded and thinking citizens a ticket
that must command such universal ad
miration, and challeuge adverse criti
cism withal, as did the Democratic
legislative convention held in Turner
hall yesterday.
It is a matter of congratulation all
around. The nominations must mure
to the strength of the national and state
tickets in an important degree. The
candidates are reputable and prominent
citizens, who enjoy the respect and con
fidence of the people. It is unequivo
cally the best day's work that has been
effected for a long, long time in political
affairs. The large majority of the nomi
nees are tried servants of the people.
They have done yeoman's service tor
their constituents in certain capacities,
and it was unquestionably because of
the very fact that they have been tried
and have been found honest and true
that they were selected.
The friends of the national and the
state ticKets had adjured the delegates
to this legislative convention to place in
nomination the foremost and best cit
izens for legislative positions, and pos
sibly it was because this convention
was actuated by the common desire to
add to the strength of tlie other tickets
ttiat the nominations were made. The
ticket commends itself. No words of
praise are needed, for every man placed
on the ticket has a record above re
proach, and a record that compels ad
The end was not reached without a
struggle, However, and the end is no re
proach to certain defeated aspirants.
In any emergency the nomination would
have Deen strong, strange to relate.
There were, to particularize, two
excellent candidates who met with
defeat, namely, Samuel Deering,
of the Sixth ward, and Charley
Petsch, of the Ninth. But there can
■ — ■
be no question that the convention act
ed upon best "information and belief,"
to borrow a legal phrase.' As is invari
ably the case in holding: the primary
elections, over-zealous partisans of as
pirants to political preferment are prone:
to overstep the bounds and commit
errors. This is due to their enthusiasm
and their burning desire to encompass
their ends. This was the case in the
Ninth ward, but the same cannot be
honestly related of the trouble in the ;
The committee on credentials had a
siege that each member would have
much preferred to have avoided. The :
three contesting delegations from the
Ninth ward made an interesting, or,
rather, exciting time In the little ladies'
waiting room for upwards of two hours.
These delegations appeared in the inter
ests of Petsch, Walsh and McLellan, and
the committee finally refused to assume
the responsibilities of the case,' and re
ported in favor of a compromise. They
suggested the novel procedure of seat
ing five delegates from among the sup
porters ot each candidate, but the con
vention rejected the proposition, and ;
the Issue was forced to a final solution
on the floor. It is agreed by {he great
majority of the delegates in the conven
tion that the course finally taken was '
the wisest, and that it will tend to eon- ,
6erve the best interests of the party.
The issue was squarely noet,' and the
credentials certified to by the regularly-,
constituted primary judges were re
ceived, and this action seated the R. A.'
Walsh delegation. The manner of ac-
complishing the work is recited in the
story of the convention subjoined.
There was an incipient "struggle in
the admission of the Sixth ward delega
tion, but the trouble was easily bridged
over, and the convention ended its work
in harmony that must inspire a feeling
of confidence that will prove a patent
element in the final struggle. F. F.
Wilde, of the Sixth, felt that he had a
grievience, and he was entertained by
the credential committee. He com
plained that the polls had beeu closed
by the judges in one of the district a
few minutes before 1 o'clock, and that
thereby a number of voters were de
prived ot their rights. The judges dis
puted the claim, and as there was no
further substantiation the certifi
cates of the judges were ac
cepted as final. But when it came
in the regular course of business, to the
nomination of a candidate for the house
of representatives from that ward, a
departure from the custom was made by
the minority of the deietration Diopos-
,; v/</f +'Jh.A/tWCr.
ii g the first nom
inee. This hap
pened to be
Hon. Samuel
Dearing, who
served the city
with credit iv
the last session
of the legislat
ure. While it
was more than
evident that Mr.
Dearing had the
sympathy of a
great number of
the delegates in
the convention,
for he is highly
esteemed by everybody that knows him,
he was not the choice of the majority of
his delegation, and following the time
honored precedent, that almost invari
ably governs Democratic procedure,
John V. I. Dodd, who had eleven out
of the seventeen votes in the delega
tion, was nominated in the convention.
This tells the story of the strifes of the
congress. All the other candidates
were placed in nomination with a de
gree of unanimity and with amenities
that do not usually characterize a gath
ering of strong," active anil earneßt
Vmiii of tlie Convention.
It was 10:30 when Chairman H. H.
Fuller called the convention to order.
The call was read in form, and then
Hon. O. O. CulitMi was elected tempo-
rary chairman
upon the nomina
tion of Paul A.
Lavalle. The an
nouncement of
the choice was re
ceived with a
'burst of applause,
which was a cer
tain and reliable
indication of the
feeling of enthusi
asm that perme
ated the air. W.
M. C arson was
elected secretary
'after the name of
John 11. Ives had
been withdrawn
by Hon. C. D.
■ • •■ •'• p -/•
0.0. --CuWeiv.
O'Brien, on the score that Mr. Ives was
scarcely eligible because of the fact
■that his name was to be presented to
the convention as the unanimous choice
of the Fifth ward as a candidate for the
11. U. Fuller, now taking the floor,
moved the appointment of a committee
on credentials, to be composed of one
from each ward and one from the coun
try. The chair na'iied:
First ward, James A. Walsh: Second wnrd.
J. C. Casev; Third wnrd. S. Marks; Fourth
wnril, 11. U. Fuller; Fifth ward, H. S. Schade:
Sixth ward. John Weigel; Seventh ward,
Crawford Livingston; Eighth ward. George
J. .Mitsch: Ninth wnrd, no appointment;
Tenth ward, s. K. Grace; Eleventh ward,
«*John IJinkel: country, A. P. Hendrickson.
. Chairman Callen explained that in
view of the anticipated contest in the
Ninth ward he had deemed it wisest not
to pi .cc any delegate from that ward on
the committee. He did this because
three sets of delegates were to be pre
sented, and he was unable to decide
among them. This position received
the apparent indorsement of the con
vention, and without protest of any
sort the convention took an adjourn
ment for fifteen minutes for this com
mittee to fix up its report and to ad
judicate between the disputants. There
were delegates who maintained that it
would have been a better way to have
adjourned until after dinner, for it was
patent that the committee could not
arrive at conclusions in the time allot
ted, even were there no contests. As it
was. both the Sixth and Ninth wards
challenged some attention, and the lattei
would doubtless consume upwards of
an hour. However, the fifteen-minute
recess obtained, but after waiting an
hour, the convention reassembled and
took a further recess until 2 o'clock.
The Ninth Ward Flgbt.
There was a weary wait before the
convention was able to resume work.
The committee on credentials had
labored until 2 o'clock listening to the
contestants from the Ninth ward. Each
party— the friends of Walsh. Petsch and
McLellan, was given a hearing, three
for each canaidate. On the face of the
returns the Walsh delegation was en
titled to a seat, but the Petsch people
claimed that their returns for the third
precinct were the only returns that
were entitled to consideration. They
claimed that the regularly appointed
judges had failed to open the polls at
the hour designated by the call, and
that in consequence three judges had
been selected by voters present, and
that these judges had returned Petsch
The Walsh contingent told quite a
different story. One of the regularly
appointed judges had been dilatory, ft
was confessed, but it was stoutly main
tained, on the other hand, that the'other
judges were promptly at their post of
duty, and that alter waiting a reasona
ble length of time, a third man was
elected by these two, and the polls were
regularly opened for the voters. More
over, it was claimed that J. Pottgieser,
in the interest of Mr. Petsch, had mean
while opened polls on the outside,
claiming that his was the only regular
institution, and that a large number' of.
votes were tuken in this manner.; It
was furthermore alleged, that the Pott
giesev polls were conducted on the
street, and thai no record : was kept,
whereas the name of every citizen vot
ing at the polling place inside the build
ing was registered.
The McLellan element claimed that
fair play had been denied them, but
their story was of a general lather than
a specific character.
in view of all these facts the commit
tee, in reporting the names of all the
other delegates entitled to seats, rec
ommended that, while the Ninth ward
is entitled to sixteen votes, five from
each contesting delegation be seated.
Scuffle in the Sixth.
However, this portion of the report
was not reached until after an inci
dental contest in the Sixth ward had
been amicably settled. When the list
of deleeates were read by the secretary.
A. Pouponey took the floor in the or
chestra to enter a solemn protest against
the admission of Frank Baer on a proxy
for Mr. Pluppen. who had. he ex
plained, surrendered a proxy given him
by J. B. Downs to Baer. He moved
that J. Ungaretti be eriven the proxy,
and this proposition stirred up consid
erable feeling.
John Weitel was instantly on his
feet. He fought the project of making
such a departure from Democratic cus
tom with spirit and determination. He
suppopted Mr. Baer and antagonized
the assumption that an entire outsider
could be substituted for a man who
comes into the convention fortified by
a regularly executed proxy. He de
clared that Mr. Paupency had boasted
that he had only lived in the Sixth
fe £g^ Mm
ward one month, and he challenged the
right of a new comer to assume dicta
torship over old residents of the ward.
"My friend here says I am new in the
ward," retorted Mr. Paupeney, "but I
am old in the businesss, as I will teach
him before 1 am done with him."
Frank Baer felt called upon for an
explanation, and he asserted that lie
was in the convention for harmony as
well as fair play. The convention on a
vote then admitted Baer.
This. %vas the only ripple that disturbed
the placid waters until the Ninth ward
was reached. The committee report, as
above told, was read, and it brought
John Rush to his feet in an excited
frame. As a Democrat, he demanded
that the credentials of the regularly con
stituted judges of the caucuses be ac
"Who are the judges?" queried Craw
ford Livingston. "There were two sets
of judges signing the two sets of cre
dentials, respectively, and the commit
tee is unable to distinguish between
them. There is no valid evidence to
show which set is entitled to credence."
"The regular judges were appointed
by the Democratic committee," re
turned Kusn, with vehemence, "and
their report should be accepted."
John Weigel, of the Sixth ward, here
moved to adopt the report of the com
mittee on credentials, and C. D. O'Brien
poured oil on *the troubled waters by
moving to postpone action upon the
contest until the Tenth and Eleventh
wards and the country had been acted
upon. This prevailed, and the trouble
was again opened up. A delegate in
the center of the hall moved the adop
tion of the report of the committee as
submitted, and John Alaher made a
warm response. He moved to amend
by seating the delegates certified to by
the regularly appointed judges.
"1 say the report of the judges shall
be accepted," shouted John Rush with
heat. "No committee has a right to
keep 'em out of this convention."
Took Chin ITlHBic.
C. D. O'Brien professed that he knew
nothins about the technical conditiou of
the affairs in the Ninth ward. He
knew, however, that there had been
troubles in the Ninth ward at different
times, but he felt that the convention
was equal to the task, and that all dif
ferences could be adjusted without
prejudice by the convention. He did
not claim to know which or the three
J** s * 0/»- I
mk s§£-
-9~ "fr<<djl"'rQb
that were
claiming ad
mission were
the legitimate
delegation, but
he suggested
that some one
on the floor
might be able to
give the desired
iufor in a t i o n.
and relieve the<
doubt. T h c
comiLittee on
he did not de
. sire to criticise
its action in the
least, had brought in a report to seat
five from eacli contesting delegation.
He submitted that this method could
never solve the problem. It would only
result in a tie. for it was only fair, he
pursued, to give each set of delegates
credit for loyalty to the candidate in
whose interest they appeared for ad mis
"The report," he explained, "is not
satisfactory. It is not right. At best
it can only be one-third right, while it
is two-thirds wrong. Either the dele
gation returned by the regular judges
is the regular delegatiou or it has no
rights on the floor. The adoption of
the report can only result in a further
complication of affairs and it must en
gender hard feelings that will work
harm to the legislative ticket."
This frank declaration was greeted
with enthusiastic applause.
"I want to stand by the Democratic
party," asserted John Maher, "and all
we ask is fair play. Our judges were
appointed by the central committee and
we were regularly elected."
J. Pottgeiser now felt impelled to
make a declaration. He was on the
Petsch delegatiou. He urged the adop
tion of the report of the committee mak
ing the division. Mr. O'Brien again
counselled a peaceful and cool settle
ment of the differences. While the
committee had been unable to deter
mine the merits qt the case, he felt' a
confidence 111 the" convention to cope
with the problem.
Mr. Hendrickson, from the committee
on credentials, ttirSw a ray of light
upon the recondite matter by explain
ing that on the face of the returns the
Walsh delegation from the third pre-
Contiuucd on Eighth Page.
Hon. S. M. Owen Expresses
Himself Regarding the
Wheat Combine.
The Evidence Completely
Verifies His Prediction of
Several Years Ago.
Charges Made and Proven
That Will Appall the
Whole World.
Impossible to Reconcile the
Arnold and Stuart Let
ters of Pillsbury.
How the Work of Defraudin g
the Wheat Grower Is
Carried On.
The Convincing Report Made
_byJHon. E. J. Moore to theQ
Is the great British milling syndicate,
with headquarters in London, flour
mills at Minneapolis and elevators all
over the Northwest, to be allowed to
gain absolute control of the wheat mar
ket of Minnesota?
This is the great, the overpowering
state issue of the present campaign iv
Minnesota, ami tlie squirming of the
Republican leaders and the managers
of that party's machine has only em
phasized the fact that the success of
Knute Nelson means that the old sys
tem of robbery of the farmers by the
elevator and railroad combine shall con
tinue. Bad as it has been in the past,
it may be worse in the future unless
the people of the stato rise in their
might and declare that the wheat-grow
ers shall have a free market.
One of the most remarkable facts in
this warfare against the greatest out
rage ever inflicted on a free people is
the fact that out.side the cities scarcely
any defenders, of the combine can be
found. As a prominent farmer, who
resides in Kenville coufity, expressed it
the other day:
"A fanner who has been robbed can
not be persuaded that the robbers and
their defenders ore quite the proper
men to intrust with the government of
their state."
"The, old, old stories of the robbery of
"Northwestern wheat growers retold,and
the truth confirmed," is the heading
upon which Hon. S. M. Owens, the can
didate two years aao of the Alliance
party for governor of Minnesota, writes
several columns in a late issue of Farm,
Stock and Home.
This article is a strong arraignment
of the combine and follows:
During the past five or six years
Farm, Stock and Home has repeatedly
made this assertion: "Jfthe true story
of the buying and transporting of wheat,
and the manipulation of wheat markets
in the Northwest is ever told it will ap
pall the world." Some of the story has
now been told, and the recital proves
that this journal's estimate of its char
acter was amply justified by the facts.
The opinion quoted herewith was based
upon facts that have been published from
time to time in these columns, and upon
circumstantial evidence quite as con
vincing ns positive. The recital re
ferred to is contained in a Damphlet of
nearly 100 pages, large editions of which
are now being published, and will be
distributed all over the Northwest. A
few days prior to its publication the
Chicago Herald and St. Paul Globe
each published a lengthy resume ot the
book, and those publications inspire
this article. The inference is that the
papers truthfully stated what the book
contains; an inference easily drawn,
for nearly all the matter quoted is but
confirmatory of facts and suspicions
long since Known and held by thousands
of sufferers in the region named.
'I'll at Minoi i<y Report.
The minority report of the late leeis
lative investigation of wheat buying and
transporting methods in Minnesota is
quite lanrely used in the book in ques
tion." That report, though signed by
only one man, Hon. E. J.Moore, all
honor to his name, is so clear, so ex
plicit, quotes so fully the testimony
upon which its findings are based, that
it forces a conviction of Its truth and
justice upon the mind of every careful
reader, a conviction wholly wanting in
the majority report, though signed by
all the rest of the committee. The lat
ter report was entirely ex uarte, quoted
not one line of evidence upon which its
findings were based. The minority re
port has been reviewed and commended
in these columns heretofore, and we are
highly pleased to see so much promi
nence given in the publication under re
Some New Evidence.
Among the facts not hitherto pub
lished are some fac-siimle letters, that
will certainly produce a profound sen
sation when read by the wheat growers
of the Northwest. The first is from
CreditLyonuaise.a great banking Estab
lishment of Paris, France, under date
of April 3, '89. This is to C. A. Pills
bury & Co.. asking "in confidence"
about the responsibility, prosperity and
future prospects "of a few of the'lead
ing elevator companies in your region,"
and asking if money can safely be
loaned to them. In answer to this,
dated April 23, '89,. C. A. Pillsbury &
Co. wrote as follows. (In the book, be
it remembered, the letters are eiven in
fac-simile, so there can be no doubt of
their genuineness.)
Minneapolis, Minn., April 23, 1889. (
"Referring to your favor of the 'M hist.,
would say that we have been delayed several
days endeavoring to obtain more informa
tion for you, but find it very hard work to
get full information from all the companies,
as it is not customary to published statements
of this kind in this country. But we will
give you what we have that is reliable.
•'The largest elevator company in the
Northwest is the Minneapolis & Northern,
with a capital stock of $8:io,003, which would
probably sell for 50 per rent premium. It
has averaged during the past six years a little
over 30 per cent dividend. We are very
large stockholders in this company. —3
"The leading company on the .Milwaukee
& St. Paul railroad system is the Empire Ele
vator company, formerly Pratt & Porter. - We
own half the stock ; of this company, and it
has averaged • for several . years past 40 per
cent dividends. ' :
"The Northern Pacific Elevator company
is a very large eomDany. and Is the leading
line on the Northern Pacific system of rail
roads. We think it has averaged 30 or 40
per cent dividends.
"The Northwestern Elevator company is.
next . to the . Minneapolis & Northern, the
largest company on " the Manitoba railway
system. It has capital stock of $700, and
has averaged 22 per cent divideuds for the
past five years. ,
**C. W. Van Dusen <k Co., own the largest
For Minnesota, fair: winds
shifting to south; warmer.
I* not expected to live more
than a few hours.
NO. 279
line of elevators on the Northwestern H'y
system iv Minnesota and Dakota. We cnn
not get any reliable information as to whal
they have paid, but would not be surprised
if they had made larger profits than auy
other elevator company in the Northwest.
"The Red River Valley Elevator com pany.
the Minnesota & Dafcota, the North Dakota
Elevator coinpauy. Brooks Bros., are all first
class companies and have all paid very well,
and we have no hesitation iv buying their re
ceipts or in advancing money o'u them, but
have no inside, reliable information as to
their profits.
"If there is any more information we can
give you we shall be glad to do so."
Yours truly, «
C- A. P. ' C. A. PILI.SBUBT & CO.
Less than two months after the fore*
going was written, June 13, '89, this <
same firm, by the hand of the saraa
writer, "C. A. P.." wrote to a Mr. Ar
nold, Larimore, N. D., who had asked
Mr. P.— who had always posed as the
"farmer's friend," and "who had always
been so lavish in his advice to farmers
about the proper time to sell or hold
their wheat— to advise the farmers of
his section coucernin-r the buiidine of a
farmers' elevator. The coveted advica
is given herewith:
Strangely Contradictory.
Minneapolis, Minn., June 18, 1881,
Mr. H. F. Arnold, Larimore. Dak.—
Dear Sir: In answer to your question c?
the 17th, would say that our elevators havi
not paid at all v.ell lately, simply becausj
there have been too many elevators and toi
little wheat. Even on a big crop the elevntol
business has been overdone in your section
and more elevatois have been built than ca<
be profitably run. We think you can buyelo
vators to better advantage than to build them/
It is a very risky business. The loss dunnl
the last year has been fearful, and wheat wa|
graded one or two grades higher in the coun
try than it would pass inMinneapolis andDu
luth. Yours truly,
It is safe to assert that in all com<
mercial history such a radical revolu<
tion in the affairs of a great businesi
interest in so short a time was neve]
before recorded. In April it could b«
said that for years the elevator business
in the Northwest had been profitable t<*
a bewildering degree; and its futud
was assured by a firm that was "a verj
large stockholder" In it; yet "in tw«
little mouths, yea, uot so much," th«
bottom had dropped out of the wholf
Huare Profits Had Shrunk
to infinitesimal proportions, yet the
country heard nothing of it; that great
est of all commercial interests in this
region had collapsed, was a hopeless
wreck on the rocks of adversity, and
the world knew it not! Or shall the
momentous importance of this unpar
alleled event be dwarfed by admitting
that Mr. Pillsbury lied! Perish the
thought! Unfortunately, however, a
large number of letters are published
from leading elevator mid mill men con
firming Mr. Pillsbury's figures regard
ing the enormous profits of the rine
elevators. In his evidence before the
legislative committee Mr. Pillsbury tes
tified substantially as stated in his let
ter to Mr. Arnold.
Methods Employed.
The book devotes considerable space
to the various methods employed thai
enable the elevator combines to make
the immense profits admitted. Among
them are the systems of grading and
docking, by which botu the quality and
price of wheat is reduced at country
elevators; tricks of various kinds that
enable buyers to gtr<rdtshmiest weights
and yet escape detection by their vict
tims; but more important than all the
rest is that of price, that is ao manipu
lated that during the past ten yean
farmers of this state alone have "been
swindled out of enormous sums of
How Prices Are Made.
Regarding this matter, the minority
report heretofore referred to is largely
drawn upon. The investigation of the
legislative committee revealed the fact'
that the price of wheat at Duluth and
Minneapolis is based upon the Chicago
prices, less freight from Duluth or Min
neapolis to Chicairo, 6j£ cents a bushe*,
while, as a matter of fact, none of the
wheat goes to Chicairo, but all that is
exported goes to the seaboard direct,*
and at the same or less rate than from
Chicago to the sea. It follows, then,
that this fiction alone, persisted In un
til it has become a fixed and un
alterable habit that no one thfnks of de
parting from, costs the \\heat growers
634 cents on every bushel of graiu sold!'
It is asserted, from fa.cts heretofore
published in these columns, that rail
roads are parties to the schemes of 1
despoliation. They discourage compe
tition in wheat buying at primary
points; do their utmost to confine all:
buyers to the "list price." made daily j
in Minneapolis, and in every way
seek to maintain equal prices at
points on the various lines of
road that are equally distant from
terniinals, to the end that the territory
assigned to each load may not be Invaded
by another, and so make rate-cutting
probable, with consequent loss of inter
est on their hundreds of millions of
fictitious capitalization. There are
many other charges and specifications,
and much other evidence presented in
this book, but space will not permit a
more extended review of those matters
at this time; more may be said of them,
hereafter; besides, an opportunity wilf
undoubtedly be given many of our read'
ers to get a copy of the book, aud read
of the whole matter in detail.
The Wheat Ring and the Repnb
lican Party on Trial Together.
Although the managersof the Repub
lican party in Minnesota Insist that the
exposure^of the robbery practiced in
that state by the elevator combine has
nothing to do with politics, the farmers
who have been robbed are not to be de
ceived by any such claim. The farm*
ers know that all their complaints of
the thievery to which they were sub
jected and all their appeals for relief
went unheeded so long as the Repub
licans controlled the legislature in thai
state. Not until the Democrats and
Alliance members secured a majontj
in the legislature iv 18'Jl was there eveu
a pretense made at investigating the
infamous doings of the wheat combine.
In point of fact, as he Herald has be
fore stated, the Republican party in
Minnesota has occupied precisely tha
same position toward the elevatos
thieves that the national Republican
party occupies toward the tariff thieves,
i he operators of the wheat ring hay«
dictated Republican nominations iv
Minnesota; they have subsidized legis
latures and newspapers, and have fur«
nished a part of their stealings to carry
the elections and to keep the Republi
can party in power. In the present
campaign they are doinn all they cau ta
help the Republican ticket, state and
national, and are being defended on the
charges brought against them through
The Herald by every Republican news
paper and every Republican orator iv
the state.
It is not the elevator combine alone
which is on trial before the people of
the Northwest. Its confederate in
crime, the Republican organization in
that state, is also before the bar of pub
he opiuion. The charges against both
are well defined and clearly proved.
Indeed, they have not been denied. The
people's verdict will be returned in No
vember, and. if it is what it should be
the Republican party will be driven out
of power. With the overthrow of that
party will coino the relief which the
farmers demand from the thieving of
the elevator combine.— Chicago Herald.

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