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THE DAILY GLOBE OFFICIAL PAPEjtt OV THIS CITY J I BLISHED EVERY DAY - C •:_ AT TUB GLOBK miMMNO, ( wISXEB li-OCUTH AXP CEDAR STKEKT3. BT- PAUL GLOBE SUBSCRIPT KATE Daily I Not Including Sunday.) 1 vr in advaiicc.gS 00 I 3 m in advaiice.S2.oo tin in advance. 4 00 | U weeks in adv. 100 One month 700. IkS JUII.Y AND SUNDAY. ]yr In advanee.SK> oo j 3 rr.os. in adv.. s2 >0 « t.j in advance. 500 I 5 weeks in adv. 100 One month *-i>c. HMIAY AJ.ONK. 1 vrin advances* 00 1 3 mos. In adv.. ..50c ( m.in advance.. 1 M> I 1 m. In advance. 2oc li.i-Vekki.y- (Daily- -Monday, Wednesday and Friday.) ■jrin ndvnr.ee. .?-l 00 | U mo?. inndv..s-W t> months in advance — SI 00. WXXELT 81. PADI. GXOBB. Iwe s car $1 i fcix mo., BSc | Three mo., 3oC rejected communications cannot l>e pre imed Aodictß all letters nr.rt telegrams to 'j ll F GLOBE, St. Paul, Minn.. taslcrn Advertising Office- Room 76, Trilmie Building, New York. Complete filesof the GLonEalwnvsltepton liiind for reference. Patrons and friends are ci rdially Invited to visit mid avail themselves ol the fftcUiließ.of our Eastern Ottice while in Is ew York. TODAY'S WEATHER. Wabhikotou, Dec 2o.— For Minnesdta and the Dakotas: Generally fair: variable winds, mostly north; slightly colder in the Daicotas. For Wisconsin: Generally fair; variable winds; BlighUy warmer. For lowa: Light local buows; variable winds, mostly north east. For .Montana: Snow; north to oast winds; colder in eastern portion. GENERAL OBSEIIVATION9. United St ltks Department of Aobicui.t rnp. Weatubh Bureau. Washington-. Dec. !i 1:48 p. m. Local Time, p. m. 7. th Merid ian Time.— Observations taken at the same nomenl of lime at all stations. ■ iil! i ill feo-g sfgo Pinoe of g" => j£ ■ Place of g- % S Observation. B o s c- (Observation, ss.J ' : : 71 " - - ■ t M. haul 30.22 10| ! Havre 30.20 4 Duiutb in.i'j 2 Miles City... 30.08 10 La Crosse... 30.26 C 'Helens 30.24 8 Huron 10.18 10 j Calgary... .30.51 —4 JMerre 30.20 14 : jMed'eHat..; -KUtS 'i Jloorhead... 30.30 0 JQu'Appelle. 30.10 —6 liisniarck. :J0. 14 6 hSw'tUur'ent 30.22 - Vt. lii.tunl.. :t- j. 10 (ij jWiimit-eK ■■ 40. '-JO —10 — liekiw zero. P.P. lvroNs. t.oc.al Forecast Ofllclal. THE CRISIS IN PRANCE. The crisis in France is assuming an importance which at first was hardly expected. The overthrow of a ministry Is an event of too frequent'occurrence In France to excite any apprehension of Berioud difiiculties for the republic, but in this case the downfall of the ministry appears to have been but an incident in the crisis instead of its conclusion. The situation assumes a graver aspect daily, mid the resignation of President CABNOT Is one of the least serious of the con sequences that threaten. If Caunot resigns, M. Constans will unques tionably be chosen his successor; but It is exceedingly doubtful if Mr. CoBT BTA.NS could succeed any better than can Cau.vot in calling to his ai*l a min istry which would command the sup port of the chamber of deputies and the confidence of the country. The Panama scandal has so besmirched the leaders of the Republican faction in France that a popular revulsion against the existing form of government is imminent. Cox kians is an honest man. but he does not possess the magnetic qualities which are essential to. ascendency over the hero worshiping Preuch populace.-vlf Boc i.an'c.ek were alive, he would have his opportunity ' today. But Bou lanoeb lies, in a suicide's grave, and there is none to take his ' place. In this consists the safety of the republic. The republican leaders are discredited mid despised, but there is no popular idol to take advantage of the popular tiiscontent. If among the BoußßOXs.the Orleanists or Bonapartes tbere were one man capable of inspiring the mer curial French temperament with en thusiasm in his own behalf, the repub lic would probably succumb to the de mand for a new order of things. But there is no such man, so far as is at present discernible ; and unless one is developed out of the situation, the French republic will emerge from its present difliculties a trille disfigured, but still alive and vigorous. LOOSEN THE PURSE STRINGS. This is the time of the year when we hear more or less about "Christmas ex travagance." OlTicious moralists take it upon themselves to lecturo a weak and misguided world on the sinfulness of excessive generosity. "Don't be led away by the temptation of the hour," they say. "Cc just before you are gen- I'ious. Don't f i 11 the children's stocK li.gs until the month's rent is paid and Hie coal bill is settled."' A truce to such rigid and frigid mor nlizing. We recognize its justice, but we deny its humanity. The landlord and the coal baron have rights which we are bound to respect, but so have the little ones at home. Bills should be paid, but by some hook or crook Christinas should be made a happy day for our loved ones. There is no form of extrava gance so justifiable as a little loosening nil the purse-strings on Christmas. Many a niiiii who thinks he cannot af ford the cost of a merry Christmas for his family will squander twice the amount in a Christmas eve celebration with '"the boys." That is the only form ot Christmas extravagance which the Ulobk is inclined to censure; but, in such a case, our censure is strong enough to recognize the merits of a coat uf tar and leathers. VESTED RIGHTS. It is a familiar principle of our com mon law that when rights have become vested the beneficiaries shall not be divested without their consent. The constitutional inhibition of laws Im pairing the obligations of contracts fol lows this principle. Properly applied, the rule is a just one and a necessary Due, if we are to have commercial sta bility. That it has been improperly ap plied, and that courts and legislatures have been trying to avoid the prece dents established, every lawyer knows. Even its proper application is made to shelter fraud and corruption. A corpo ration buys franchises trom a council or legislature involving a suriender of public rights or property, and when a remedy by repeal is sought, it finds safety behind the plea of vested rights or that of the inviolability of contracts. But it is left for t lie discomfited pa ternaUats to reduce ihe rule to an ab surdity by claiming that they have vested rights in the legislation of the protectionists. A bounty is voted a steam ship line, an J the proposal to repeal Ihe act is met with the claim that the bounty was a contract. It is gravely argued that the various industries bene fited by the McKini.ky act, havlug ad justed their business to it, are entitled to its continuance ou the principle of v.'sic 1 rights. With equal audacity one Oxnaim), who has gone into the beet* Bugannakuig in Nebraska, insists that iiih federal government must continue pay i UK lii'ii two cents for eace pound of sugar he makes because a congress promised it, and he has embarked iv the business upon the strength of it. Rea soning the same way. and with equal if not greater plausibility, officers have objected to a reduction of their salaries during the term for wiiich they.were elected because they had a vested right to the salary during their term. But courts have made short work of that plea, and there is no doubt that they will make as summary disposal of the claim of the bounty-fed industries.shoulU they sue tor the'u stipend after the next con gress shall have sent the acts giving them bounty to the museum for the preservation of the relics of the reign of paternalism. KXIT MR. FKIG. The state canvassing board yesterday canvassed the votes of the Seventh con gressional district and directed a certifi cate to issue to H. E. Bock, tlie Topulist candidate. Mr. Fi;m; was present at the canvass with his attorney, and objected to the votes of Marshall county being counted for Mr. BoKN, on the ground that on the ballots used in that county his name was 11. E. Boen while in all the other counties it was Haldob E. Boen. Mr. Feio evidently relied on the partisan relations of the major part of the board to give him the certilicate on this threadbare technicality, and must have been deeply grieved at the contemptuous manner in which their honors brushed aside his cobwebs. Mr. Feio did not, of course, expect to hold the seat thus obtained. He knew, if he is capable of knowing so much, that the house of representatives would make very short work of his case. But Mr. FEIO had heard somewhere, possibly had read somewhere, of men who had received certificates which the house had refused to recognize, and that the ousted member had been allowed a liberal stun for his expenses, beside tiie .salary lie might draw pending the de cision. To Mr. Feio, who, we believe, when he is not in pursuit of political place, makes his livelihood by cultivat ing a small farm up in Kaudiyohi coun ty, this prospect was very alluring, and was no doubt the controlling motive in this attempt to get Mr. Boen's seat on the flimsiest of pretexts. Mr. Feig can now retire to the county with the music al name and muse on the utility of tricks in the game of politics; unless, indeed, he should think his services to the party demanded recognition in some position in the legislature- say door keeper to a cloak room, for instance. PROHIBITION BY DETAIL. Tne Prohibitionists, having failed of success by direct assault, are sapping and mining. They are now busily en gaged in gathering their forces for the first line of approach, and will present and try to force through a bill extending local option to the counties. Two years ago they were foiled in their efforts ni this direction by the Democrats of the house, but they evidently regard the presence ot a Republican majority as favoring them. They do not build with out reason. Wherever prohibition has obtained a footing it was through that party. And very properly. There is no difference, save in degree, between the spirit which wouldlmake men sober by legislation and that which would make wealth by the same means. Prohibition is only the sentimental side of protec tion, and paternalism is their common mother. It is not probable that their effort will he crowned with success. The Democrats will oppose it on principle. Not that they oppose sobriety, nor that they favor drunkenness, but because they do not believe it a proper function of government; because they believe it an unwarranted interference with the freedom of the citizen; because it be longs to the field of moral suasion and because coercion is useless and futile. On the other hand, the Republicans will light shy of iti They will see in it but a step towards state prohibition, and the result in those states where their party has committed Uself to that cause is not such as to commend it as a strengthening plaster for its weakening back. Tne Populists will be divided, but there are not enough of them to make it of much importance what they will or will not do. So the Globe be lieves, as it hopes, that county option will be but an iridescent dream. TUE SPRINGER BILL. The Chicago Tribune comments fa vorably on the bill ot Mr. Spbingeb for electoral representation of the minority parties in a state, but it differs ma terially from the Globe in its concep tion of the use to be made of the frac tions, minor or major, over the electoral quota. Illustrating the operation of the bill by the recent vote of that state, it finds that the unit of representation in the electoral vote is o(i,400. the total vote being 873,000. Dividing HARRI SON'S vote by the unit would give him 10 electoral votes, with a remainder of 35,288. Cleveland would set n votes, with a remainder of 25,841. Weaver's vote was 25,870, and BIDWELL's 22,247. '•Therefore," the Tribune concludes, "the board would have certified that Illinois had cast 12 votes for Cleve land, 11 for Harrison and 1 for Weaver." Just on what principle the Tribune fig ures that Weavei: with 25.000 votes and Cleveland with a_ similar remainder get one electoral vote each, while Bid- WELL with 23,000 gets none, is hard to perceive. On that of the use of major fractions all candidates would get one each, which would bring the total above the state's quota. Bidwell's major fraction is just as much entitled to rep resentation as is either of the others, if justice is the purpose of the Mil, and just as much as WEAVER is entitled to one. The plan suggested by the (tLobe is more equitable. By it each would get that fractional part of an electoral vote resulting from the division of his re mainder by the electoral unit. Mr. Weaver would have .7 of a vote and Mr. Bidwell .0. Thus each candidate would receive exactly the part of the electoral vote of the state to which he was entitled, and the minorities would all have their proper representa tion. RLAIN WORDS, BUT TRUE. The Chicago Herald has scant regard for the Eastern Democrats, or for any of them anywhere, who yet tremble and shiver at the thought of free trade. It says, with the pomtedness of a cam bric needle, "if avowed protection is a fraud and a cheat, then incidental pro tection is an incidental fraud and cheat." Minnesota Democrats have been talking that way for a number of years, but it will fall harshly on the ears of those Eastern doughfaces who want just a trifle less protection than the Republicans do. The fact is that Democratic arguments have educated the mnss of the party to think: just as the Herald does. The result of our ar guments against protection parallel that of the Republicans' against slav ery. Jusi as thes^' latter ran on logical lines to the abolition of slavery, so ours run to the abolition of tariffs. When the time tomes to put on the brakes and slow the movement of tin: party down to a stop at the tariff station, it will be found that the headway is too great, and it will run rcsistlessly to the last THE SAINT PAUL DAILF GLOBE: WEDNESDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 21, 5892. station. The people have been taught that any taritf is a tax on what men eat and wear, and that wealth escapes, and we will find that they have learned too much to stop short of the logical end. Col. Shepabd, of the Mail and Express, rises to ask '-when will New York city shake off the incubus of 10,00J gin mills?" It has recently transpired that a Single gin mill oc casionally gives the pious colonel more of an incubus than he can conveniently carry, bo we fully understand his solicitude for Gotham staggering under its 10,000-niiUs load. The Hepublicaa convention of '88 de clared iv good, round terms that, rather than abate one jot or tittle of their protective sys tem, they would abolish the whole internal revenue system. The movement of the Dem ocrats to conserve and increase the internal tax on spirits while abolishing protection is the logical antithesis. m The momentous question now up for dis (Mission is whether .Miss Helen Gould or Miss Gahkktt, of Baltimore, is the richest unmarried woman in this country. It's enough to make Jay turn over m his grave to hear those brash Baitimoreaus talk up their candidate. The senatorial situation in Xorth Dakota is getting in a very demoralized condition. It was bad, has been getting worse for some time, and now looks as it it were going from worse to SV'obst. When the enterprising actress isn"t acting, She loves to pose for statues nowadays; Taking one consideration with another, Stage advertising has its wily ways. By the time the women who didn't pose for it get throngh with th*r criticisms of that Montana statue it will wish it had uever been cast. With the approach of the holidays the air hole in the pond prepares to get iv Us work on the American small boy and his first pair of skate. If Biuu(;s had been a heretic two hundred years two his case would not have dragged so. It would have had a red-hot finish iv short order. Mb. Davis will start for home Thursday evening. He kuows better than to tempt fate by starling on his senatorial cruise on Friday. Asthe Panama canal scandal continues to exuand we wonder more than ever how -Mars manages to worry along wilh all its canals. Talk is usually cheap, but the market is being siill further btared by Republican ex plaimtious of what hit them. SLEEPYTOWN ITEMS. New York Herald. ,-r Passenger— Will you wake me up in • Philadelphia, porter? Porter— Not allowed to wake anybody there, sir. . He Migrht Hi^ve Known. Detroit Free Press. "I've seen slow messengers boys be fore," said Buntiusr, angrily, to the little fellow who had taken hour to go two squares, "but you are the slow est of Hie sluw. Where on earth were you raised. "In Philadelphia, sir," replied the boy. A Killing Item. Good News. New York Boy— Bet you ain't got any tliing in Philadephia we haven't Philadelphia Boy— Bet we have, too. New York Boy— What Philadelphia Suicide clubs. Regular Record- Breakers. New York Weekly. Miss Gotham— That talk about Phila delphia being so very, very slow is merely a newspaper joke, isn't it ? Visiting Minister— Certainly it is. You just ought to se« .a. Philadelphia congregation leavine church. __ — o '■ JOCULAR JIN GLSS.-_ < Sneeze, sneeze, sneeze. There is no way to help it, you see. . For."grip\' lias landed oncu more Iv tiie home of the brave mid the free. — Chicago Inter Ocean. \ ' —: : .Knocked. Ont at Last. ' tstop, traveler! beneath this mound ■■: There lies a fistic star; He had the best of ever, rouud,' Except those at the bar. —New York Sun. The Coniins; of Christmas. Behold the roan with ihe wrinkled brow! Such circums&ncea try him. Himself he stinteth nobly now That he will Day, he bath vow. if'or gifts his wife shall buy him. - • ;.-„':; :, — Washington Star. It's Here Ajiain. . Now, mournful feelings to provoke ' ' Against all humau nature. We resurrect the ancient joke I'pon the legislature. And ere the members take their seats, Or at their desks can turn, The editor that cry repeats: "Oh, when will they adjourn?'' — Atlanta Constitution. A Maiden's Way. i In summer she refused the roses | . He sent her, bade him cease ' To send her flowers, she takes them now From him with unruffled brow. Because they cost him, she supposes, ■ - Today, a dollar apiece. — New York Press. ; ROYAL GRAXDMAMA'S GIFT The Sweet Little Pony Is a Be loved Playmate for the Little Battenhergs. Little Princess Victoria, one of the queen of England's favorite grandchil dren, .has a "dear little pony," which I know every one of you would just "love to have." The queen, for whom this little granddaughter is named, is a most loving and indulgent grandma, it seems, and loves to give the little ones jolly surprises every once and a while. For some years the children of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught (the duke is one of the queen's younger sons) spent much time with the queen during their parent's absence In India, while the Duchess of Albany's boy and girl are constantly at court. But her majesty's most frequent companions are the lit tle Prince and Princees of Battenberg, as they are the children of the daughter who has scarcely been parted from the queen throughout life. Her majesty delights in iriving chil dren's parties, and her latest gift to the juvenile Battenbergs has been a pretty colored pony. The children were driviug in Windsor one day recently when they met Messrs. Saneers' circus passine through the town. Charmed >.with the show, they gave an animated description to the queen, who imme diately requested the circus to parade in the royal grounds for the little folks' amusement. . One of the animals in the collection so pleased the children tnat she pur chased the cream-colored .pony, which the little princess always delighted; to ' ride. The creature is a great pet. and when the royal party was at Osborne one of the children rode the pony every morning. . ' ' -'_ " "-".-. ;■ AN ENGAGEMENT. She does not wear my little riug Upon her hand, 1 wonder why? It is because it tells something, The simple band. And she is shy? Yet one could see a ribbon peep Above the lace— (If one should try) About her throat; but let it keep It's hiding place From every eye. The secret is too new, too dear. No one must know, No one must spy; • It is so sweet to be so near, She wants it so: And I, and I. — Exchange. RESULTS DECLARED. The State Canvassing Board Partially Announces Offi cial Results. Everything Complete bugr Electors and Supreme ,| Court Judges. No Change in Official Majori ties From Figures Al ready Given. Boen Knocks Out Feig',s Claims and Get? His Car tificate. The votes cast in Minnesota on Nov. 8 were yesterday canvassed by the state canvassing board, all of the footings bavins buen completed last night, suve those of the votes cast for presidential electors and judges of the supreme court. The board is composed of two su preme court and two district judges and Secretary of State Brown. The su preme court. judges are (Jillillan and Collins, and. the district Kelly, of St. Paul, and Lochren, of Minneapolis. The clerks are Matt Jensen, assistant state treasurer; A. 11. Bertram, secretary of the state dairy commission: D. C.