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CLOSED IN QUIETNESS
One More Legislative Week Gone into History With out a Fuss. Very Utile Outside of Rou tine Work in the House Saturday. Boms Interesting Debates Ahead in Committee of the Whole. General Orders Sheet Fast Growing to a Discourag ing Length. ' So far as the house of representatives Is concerned, the legislative week ended very mildly. There was not a ripple of excitement raised by anything done or said yesterday. The members there fore went to their various homes in good humor, with no rankling echo of a harsh or unkind word to plague their minds this Sabbath morning. Such may not be the case later on in theses sion, and the resting legislators no doubt will be duly thankful for present peace of mind. The coming week will no doubt be given over to hard work. As the com mittees have begun to get action on the hundreds ot bills before them, general orders are becoming rather overloaded. Even thus early in the game there are more measures listed for action than can be very easily disposed of before an equally heavy grist conies in from the committee Hoppers. While some of the bills on the list will cause little or no discussion, there are others which will offer occasion forargument and oratory. Fourth ou the general orders in Mrs. Horton's bill to provide 400 overcoats and 1,500 blankets for the state militia. This bill would have been resisted under any circumstances by many rep resentatives who are practical hard headed men, believing little in fuss and leathers and having no faith holiday soldiering. Events in Kansas have caused others to halt in their intention of voting tor tne bill. Then, too, the trades and labor assemblies of the state have gone on record against appropria tions for such a purpose. And they have taken pains to let the representatives from their districts know their position in the matter. There will be. an. inter esting debate when 11. F. 167 is taken up. H. F. 108 is a bill appropriating money to erect monuments to the memory of the Minnesota troops on the battle fields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. It will no doubt pass the house, but it is safe to say some very good speeches Will be made by interested members. Many other bills which are on general orders give rise to more or less de bate; and when the time consumed In roll call-to which some members pay no attention— is considered, very few can be acted on in the two or three hours given to work in committee of the whole. As ill previous sessions when the wind-up comes, many a bill will be lying in an open grave on gen ial orders. An Vtilntrrestiaig Day. ln the house yesterday little of real work was done. Talk on lie anti secret session resolution consumed much lime and the rest was given over to reading of petitions and committee reports. So few members showed up j at the afternoon session that considera tion of general orders was not even begun, though the list is stringing out to respectable dimensions. When the regular routine business, receiving petitions; reports of standing committees, etc., had been disphsed of in the morning session, Mr. Young called up his resolution to prohibit ex ecutive sessions of committees of the house and moved its adoption. Mr. Fleming was opposed to the reso lution, as he thought' it would establish a bad rule, which would work an Injury and injustice to committees at times when they needed immunity from in terruption by interested parties. Mr. Greer ottered an amendment which would make the rule exclude everybody but members of either house and representatives of the press. This'met with general favor, and Mr. Young said, as amended, the resolution would be broad enough to meet all re quirements of publicity. Messrs. Maguireand Abbott expressed themselves as absolutely opposed to anything even approaching a "star chamber" session. They wanted every body admitted to committee rooms at all times. Numerous speeches for and against, some of them very long, were made, alter which the amendment was adopt ed, and then the resolution, as amended, was adopted on a standing vote. Mr. Sails called up his resolution pro viding that no bill should be eligible for action after Feb. 2" unless it had been considered at a committee meeting regu larly called and announced from the clerk's desk while the house was in ses sion. Mr. Sails made an explanation of the intention of his resolution, which was simply to give a lair and open chance to every member of every committee to know of and attend committee meet ings, '1 he resolution was adopted. The house adopted a concurrent reso lution offered by Mr. Vansant, of Wi nona, tendering the thanks or the legis lators to the citizens of St. I'aui for the reception and banquet tendered Thurs day evening at the Kyan. A recess was then taken to 2:30. Nineteen New Kill*. Although the attendance was very slim and no one evinced a disposition lor work alter lunch. Speaker Lee went ahead with the regular order, and the following bills were introduced and re ferred: 11. F. 594. by Mr. Vansant— To pro tect the prople of Minnesota against in fectious diseases by interstate transpor tation. Committee on Immigration. 11. F.'s'._s, by Mr. Rodger- To regu late the adjust ment of losses underin surance policies, and providing for a board of three adjusters in each county. Com mi on insurance. li. F. 590, by W. L. Comstock— To emend section 1, chapter 60, General Laws 1889, relating to change of venue. Committee on judiciary. 11. F. 597, by Mr. Relating to mill dams. Committee on judiciary. ft 11. F. 598, by Mr. Cole— 'l o amend sec tions 3 and 6, of chapter 68, Genera! Laws 1579, relating to interest and usury limiting interest io 10 cent. Committee on banks am! banning. 11. F. .".00, by Mr. Leonard— To amend section 1, chapter 00. General Laws ISbO. Committee on judiciary. H. F. 600, by F. M. Wilson— amend the act establishing a state board of health; making commissioners' terms 1. The only Pure Cream of Tartar Powder.— No Ammonia; No Alum. _ Used in Million of Homes— 40 Years tie Standard," 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. years. .' Committee on health and sanitation. - H. F. 601, by F. M. Wilson— To amend General Statutes of ; 1378, relating to election of town supervisors and other officers. Committee on elections. H. F. 602, by Mr. McEwen— To legal ize the acts of village councils in grant ing franchises to telephone companies. Committee on corporations. H. F. 003, by Mr. Markham— To pro vide for election of an assessor in coun ties not organized into towns. Commit tee on taxes and tax laws. 11. F. 604, by F. M. Wilson— To amend section 2'J, chapter 132, General Laws Ibf relating to boards of health. Com mittee on health and sanitation. ■ .^3B 11: F. (505, by Mr. Poach— To authorize corporations to exchange bonds or stocks with any other corporations or ganized for pecuniary profit. Commit tee on corporations. 11. F. GOG. by Mr. Fleming— To author ize village councils to change their name by village ordinance. Committee on towns and counties. 11. F. 007. by Mr. Staples— To amend the acts providing for organization of school districts.Committee on judiciary. 11. F. 6UB, by Committee on Judiciary —To tax sleeping, parlor and drawing room cars. To go on general orders with a similar measure already in. 1!. F. COO, by Mr. Fletcher— To repeal General Laws of 1889 requiring payment of fees into state treasury by corpora tions. Committee on corporations. 11. F. 610, by Mr. Wyman— make certificates of United States offices prima facie evidence in certain cases. Com mittee on ludiciary. 11. F. 611, by Mr. Moore— amend laws relating to taxation on real estate and delinquencies thereon. Committee on taxes and tax laws. 11. F. 012, by Mr. Howard— provide for a state inspector of illuminating oils. Committee on judiciary. The Merely Routine. Gov. Nelson transmitted a letter from the state librarian requesting that he be allowed an assistant, that additional shelves be put in, that an appropriation be made for binding the books in the library and for tne purchase of a few needed books. The letters were sent to the committee on public library. The committee on dairy and food sup plies recommended 11. F. 452, to pro hibit the sale of adulterated honey, to pass. The railroad committee recommended that H.F. 255, providing for examina tion ot telegraphers and telegraph in struments, be indefinitely postponed, and 11. F. 310, defining the duties and extending the powers of the railroad and warehouse commissioners, to pass. The committee on education recom mended for passage the substitute tor t.ie free text book bills heretofore con sidered. The committee on taxes and tax laws recommended indefinite postponement of 11. F. 306, exempting public highways from taxation; the passage of 11. F. 411, providing for the refunding of taxes in certain cases; 11. F. 336, relating, to the United States land grant; and the in definite postponement of H. F. 43. The recommendations for indefinite post ponement were adopted. Mr. Fletcher, from the committee on judiciary, reported a substitute for 11. F. 129, providing for writs of attach ment in certain cases. 11. F. 138, relat ing to changes in the boundaries of in dependent school districts, was recom mended to pass. H. F. 169, to regulate the appointment of state officers,, was recommended for indefinite postpone ment. Adopted. 11. F.l 14, to tax in heritances, was reported without recom mendation. '■■ ffifi-fififfifi-fififf The committee on appropriations re ferred a number of road and bridge bills back to the committee on roads and bridges. 11. F. 357 was recommended to pass, with the appropriation for the Birch Coolev monument cut from s2s,ooo to 62,500. * The senate bill to authorize county surveyors to establish boundary lines, the house bill relating to the issuance of school bonds, and 11. F. 165, relating to employment agencies, were recom mended to pass. 11. F. 233, providing ior the appointment of an agent to pros ecute state claims against the federal government, was recommended for in definite postponement. Adopted. .' "f LEGISLATIVE NOTES. Senator Dean's anti-pool selling law was yesterday read a first time in the house and referred to the committee on judiciary. When the house met after recess yes terday, Speaker Leo announced "a quorum present," and never cracked a smile, ne evidently knew his gait all right, for before the first bill" was read through a quorum was present. Numerous legislators took trains for home immediately after dinner yester day, figuring there would be little busi ness transacted. That-good old Democratic war. horse of Le Sueur county. Tousley, spent an hour visiting with fiiends on the lloor of the house yesterday. Though one of the '•old-timers," Mr. Tousley is as alert, vigorous and useful as any of the younger generation of Democrats iv his county. Representative Jacobson was called home Friday by news of the arrival of s permanent visitor at his house. John Maguire expresses some alarm for Democratic chances in Lac gui Parle county, if this sort of thing continues. The judiciary committee of the house is not likely to let much time intervene before reporting back Senator Dean's bill to prohibit book making and pool selling. Its provisions have been gone over before practically as they now stand. Dishonest Examinations. Puincktox, N. J.,Feb. 18.— The com mittee appointed to investigate the dis honesty during the recent examina tions has drawn up a report declaring that four men had been proven guilty, and had been dealt with in accordance with the sentiment expressed by the recent mass meeting. The offenders were given the alternative of applying to their several professors for re-exam ination or of having their names rec ommended for expulsion from the col lege. _■' ' The Winona Bank Wins. Sriecinl to the Globe. Winona, Minn., Feb. 18. — Today Judge Start filed his findings in the suit brought by the First National Bank of Winona to recover from the stockhold ers of the Winona Plow company some $18,000 due the bank by the Flow com pany. The decision was in favor of the bank. The court holds that by its articles of incorporation the Plow company was not an exclusively manufacturing con cern, and as it was not its stockholders are liable for double the amount of their stock. Minnesota Patents. Special to the Globe. •£'; Washington. D. C, Feb. 18. -The following Minnesota inventors received patents this week, as reported by James F. Williamson, patent attorney, 929-933 Guaranty Loan building, Minneapolis, 412 Pioneer Press building, St. Paul, and 93l_JF street. Washington: B. D. Adams, Minneapolis, lawn mower; Carlton W. Cantield, Winthrop, sliding friction tonics; William J. Fletcher. Minneapolis, liquid- cooler; Theodor Henninger. St. Paul, mouthpiece for musical instruments: Lewis A. Kygg, St. Paul, mechanical horse. - fif^ff,. THE SAINT PAUL DAILY GLOBE: SUNDAY MORNING, -FEBRUARY 19, IBP3 —SIXTEEN PAGES. SENATE WORKS HARD. Yesterday Resulted in the Completion of a Great - Raft of Business. The Bill to Prevent Cities From Granting Free Franchises. Measure to Protect Motoneers in the Fierce Winter Weather. - Insurance Companies Must Pay Policy Faces for Total Losses. There is said to obtain, among the unsophisticated, a sneaking idea that a legislative session is a long holiday and one continual round of pleasure. That is to say, some people suppose that the members have little or nothing to do but draw their per diem. Had those who incline to this fallacious fancy been guests of the senate yesterday their minds would have been thoroughly disabused of the idea. It was a day of hard and earnest work. The attendance was not very large, but this condition was not by any means unexpected, how ever. It was Saturday, and as it will be remembered the senate has been hold ing Saturday sessions of late, so that the members have neither had the oppor tunity to visit their families nor their constituents, a good many went home for this very purpose on Friday even ing, lt is considered of no little im portance to the members who care to temper their course in the legislature according to the desires of the people that they represent, to occasionally con sult with them concerning measures of unusual importance. But, as indicated, it was a very pro ductive session yesterday. The vast volume of business transacted is re corded in the reports below. The more important measures that are recom mended to pass are the bill forbidding a city from granting free franchises; the bill compelling the street railway com pany to enclose the front platform of their cars in the winter time; the bill requiring the fire insurance companies to pay the full face amount of policies issued in case of total loss by fire, and the bill providing that five-sixths of a jury may return a verdict in civil eases after having been out six hours. FRANCHISE GRATUITIES. Senator McMillan's Bill Given a Thorough Discussion. Senator McMillan's bill, forbidding city or village councils from granting free franchises to corporations or per sons for any purpose whatever, was the first measure taken up by the senate in the committee of the whole yesterday, with Senator Hompe in the chair. The author moved to recommend the pas sage of the measure, and thereupon Senator J. D. Smith explained that the judiciary committee had recommended the indefinite postponement of the measure, aud asked the author to pre sent some reason for the bill's passage. Senator McMillan replied that it was a copy of a bill that passed the senate two years ago. The judiciary commit tee reported favorably and not a mem ber ot that committee voted against it. "1 would like to know the motive of the judidiary committee in making this surprising reversal of its precedent,'', urged Senator McMillan. "It is not a question, sir, as to what tliere is in a bill that is not objectiona ble," replied Senator Smith tartly, "but a question of what there is good in it. We are too apt to pass Taws here that aie useless. lam opposed to such leg islation." Senator Tawney explained the pur pose of the act, and insisted that it is a meritorious measure, and will have the effect to contribute a revenue to the fund of the city or village. Senator Stevens held that the principle involved in the bill is one of the most important that has yet been before the senate, lie saw in it a step towards, the people ultimately exercising their inherent rights to control the great industries that they support. Senator Donnelly sent up an amend ment so that a right is vested in the city or village councils to amend and alter the fees charged the owner or owners of franchise grants under the act. He sub mitted it primarily because of the ten dency of cities to establish these enter prises themselves. Senator Sanborn had voted to indefinitely postpone in the judiciary committee, but he felt constrained "that abstractly the bill is sound. His reason for approving the bill was the fact that St. Paul has exer cised the privilege for forty years, and that it has been found unavoidable in securing improvement and entei prises. New villages and cities will find that the provisions will work positive hard ships. Senator .Lineau wanted the bill amended so that it will not interrupt the St.Paul council from granting a right-of-way on the levee to railway companies, and Senator Morse was con stitutionally opposed to the proposition of any city being allowed to go into the telephone, street railway, gas or other business of the sort that really does not relate to the administration of munici pal affairs. Senator Lineau introduced an amendment covering the point that he raised, and after a further discus sion progress was reported. FOR HUMANITY'S SAKE. Tho Bill Enclosing Front Street Gar Plat tonus Indorsed. Senator Tawney's bill to protect street railway employes was discussed in the senate committee of the whole. It pro vides that during the winter months the street railway company shall provide lor enclosures on the front platform of all cars to protect the driver from the severity of the Minnesota climate. Sen ator March claimed that he had made inquiry, and that lie had been informed by motoneers that ' there is really no need of the act. The driver is imiured to the weather, ana is , satisfied with his situation. He doubted if the company would be held liable for damages in cases of serious accidents because of the fact that these enclosures obstruct to some degree the opportunities of keeping a vigilant outlook, and it may obstruct to a large extent. ~ Senator Tawney gave recitals of in stances the d resent winter In which motoneers and gripmen have suffered from frozen faces and imperilled their health. He argued with no little force and eloquence that the operator of the car is more apt to keep an effective lookout if he is comfortable physically, and his face is not covered to protect Irom freezing. The senator urged that.it ;is no experiment. It has been found a success on the iiiterurban line, where a greater rate of speed is reached than on any other line in the Twin Cities. The author amended so as to except trailers, and Senator Morse amended so that the enclosure shall be so con structed as not to obstruct the view of the operator. Senator J. D. Smith insisted that the measure will" necessitate the recon struction of all the cars in the system, but Senator Tawney stated that toe ex pense would not be over $10 or $15 for each car. After some further discus sion the measure was recommended "to . pass. When 7 the. committee arose aud the. Fourth, Fifth and St. Peter Streets, St. Paul. Japanese Qept. A Teapot Free With every pound of Tea for 2 days. There is nothing so refreshing as a good cup of tea, but most people think it a very difficult r thing to make good tea. This is a mistaken idea, if you buy good tea and not willow leaves, or what is known in Japan as "waste" tea; of course, willow leaves and "waste" sell at very low prices, but it is not tea — that is, it is not good, genuine tea, such as j we sell. Our pure teas are j_>f a very delicious flavor, and are selected with the greatest care for family, use. They are bas ket-picked (as per trademark), thus avoiding the breaking of the leaf;- are all put up in Japan in metal- lined, air-tight pound and half-pound packages, thus preserving the delicate, rich flavor so often lost in transit by evaporation. Our packages are warranted to contain a pound (or half-pound) net weight, to be absolutely free from chemicals or other dele terious substances. We carry it in ' ■■'■■-■ Japan, Oolong, Mixed and English Breakfast And sell it at * . 50c Pound, For two days we will give a nice Teapot with, every pound purchased. All New York tea 1 drinkers know • the "Stork" brand of tea, introduced : 20 years ago by one of the earliest Japanese importers, and always up to grade. Try it ! : r -'■-'.- ° - ;■.■■■:-.:.. ,-r-p report was adopted, a recess was taken until 2:30 in the afternoon. FIRE INSURANCE* Companies to Pay the Face of • Policies in Case of Firs. Judging from the arguments pro and con in the senate committee of the whole in the afternoon upon Senator O'Brien's Senate File 28, one cannot help thinking it a decidedly paradoxical measure in its effects and results, lt is an act to compel the Insurance com panies to pay the full face of the policy issued in the event of- a total loss by conflagration. Opinion was arrayed against opinion with emphasis. Senator John Day Smith opposed the measure with spirit. He argued that it would be paying a premium on incendi arism. It would offer an inducement to unscrupulous property owners to secure insurance for the full value of the prop erty and the property burnt, and then the full amount has to be paid. Another objection, contended the senator from Hennepin, is the fact that it will greatly increase the cost of policies. Insurance agents will have to employ a corps of experts to inspect property before writ ing a policy, and the public must bear this expense. Senator O'Brien replied that if there is force in the arguments adduced against his measure, it goes to show that the public is dishonest and that the insurance companies are paragons of excellence and honor. "if you own a house worth $3,000," pursued the author warmly, "you can readily secure insurance for $4,000. The companies will gladly accept the' pre miums, for they know that if the house burns they will only have to pay $2,000." Senator Tawney argued against the measure substantially upon the ground set forth by Senator Smith, and Senator Morse favored the bill. He thought it unusually meritorious. "Insure the property for more than it is worth," said "he, "and let hard times come on and . the property cease to be cume a source of revenue. Then the property naturally becomes exceedingly combustible. We have had enough of incendiarism." '■ Senator O'Brien had moved, it should be related, to report in favor of passage, and at this juncture Senator Smith moved an amendment for indefinite postponement. The amendment was lost and the original motion was adopted. When the committee arose Senator Stevens moved to except the bill from the report, but the roll cajije veloped the fact that there was not a quorum present, and the senate ad journed, fi'fi'fi- JURY TRIALS. Five-Sixths to Render a Verdict in Civil Cases. : Senator Moech moved in the commit tee of the whole to recommend his bill providing that five-sixths of a jury may render a verdict, after haying been out six hours, in civil cases, to . pass. He argued that one recalcitrant juryman may hold a jury, out for an indefinite length of time. Sena or Tawney made a i powerful address of soma . length against the measure. He argued that it has been held by courts in every state in the Union that a jury verdict from' less than twelve men is no verdict at all. Tt is nothing less than a sort of arbitration. ....:-. - Senator J. D. Smith supported ■ the -measure, lie had sounded public opin ion ami lie made a strong: argument in the facts this inquisition had presented to him. A ; gentleman- of wide experi ence and unusual intelligence hat! com mended the measure upon the ground that in tne : event of a litigation a 'large I corporation, usually gets one or two men ■on tins jury who will give a verdict against the corporation. The result is no verdict ' can tie arrived at. Senator. Sanborn opposed -the lull, upon ahe .theory iiKSI U ■•• state had go. ten afivi ~ very comioi lubly under the piWivui a^e Building to Be Torn Down May Ist. "WE MUST GET OUT. r IN 60 DAYS. Everything Sacrificed, Regardless of Cost To facilitate purchases and quicken sales the Closing-Out Prices will be plainly marked in Red Figures on every article, as soon as possible, thus enabling each purchaser to figure the exact, amount saved on each purchase. -Housekeepers, or those intending to become such, take advantage of this sale to purchase your CHINA, GLASS, LAMPS, SILVERWARE, Etc., At less than factory cost. Do you buy euchre prizes? Do you read books? Do you write letters? Do you use Perfumes or Toilet Articles of any description? Do you like Pictures? Do you want a Clock or a Watch? Have you use for any of the ,ten thousand articles in our immense stock? If so, then buy of us, and SAVE FROM 25 TO 50 PER CENJ I ; v: Our goods are all First Quality; our Regular Prices as low as the lowest; our Closing-Out Prices are plainly marked underneath the regular prices. Take ad vantage of this Bona Fide sale to, purchase your necessities at lower prices than mer chants pay for same. §^»No Goods Exchanged! Sales for Gash Only !*Hm tern; but the motion of the author pre-, j vailed. - - i-'fiff :.}■- . fi-. SENATE ROUTINE. A Blr Day's Work In the Commit tee of the Whole. The senate reconvened promptly at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but the attend ance was very light. The body resolved itself into the committee of the whole, with Senator Day in the chair, and took up general orders. When the commit tee arose it reported recommendations; that the following bills pass: S. F. 247, amending the penal code. . S. F. 160, introduced by John Day Smith.declaring the state weighma3ter's certificates shall be prima facie evi dence, Instead of conclusive evidence, as at the present. [ S. F. 188, Grafe's bill relating to the relief of the poor— compelling counties to provide for non-resident indigents, amended to except counties having a board of public control operating uuder acts now in force and effect. 3S&BQ S. F. 40,Seuator O'Neill's bill to make insurance valid whether premium notes or not, amended to apply only to writ ten contracts and then pass. S. F. 278. J. D. Smith's bill requiring the attorney geueral to set forth in his annual report opinions of. general in terest. _2S._____e3e32Sl.2e S. F. 279, J. D. Smith's bill amending the marriage law. S. F. 3, providing for the incorpora tion of clearing house associations. S. F. 310. Senator Da Due's bill re lating to the powers of village councils. S. F. 189, Senator McHale's bill relat ing to the erection of buildings upon poor farms. S. F. 194, relating to bonds of county officers. S. F. 252, Senator Probstfield's bill re leasing school district treasurers from liability in case of bank failure. - H. F. 59, legalizing official certifi- H. F. 36, Representative Walsh's bill protecting the rights of citizenship of employes. ._ - H. F. 77, relating to change of venue in civil actions. H.F. 9, establishing boundary lines. S. F. 88, Senator McMillan's bill re lating to mortgages and personal prop erty. , fffifffi- f. ■ >"'' In the Forenoon. ; V. During the forenoon session the com mittee of the wholo did the following busines: ti. F. 121, John Day Smith's bill relat ing to cruelty to animals; recommended to pass. ~ _ '■- S. F. 230, -Dedon's bill relating to state lands; to pass. .« S. F. 231, . Dedon's bill prescribing terms of payment lor state lands; prog ress reported. i S. F. 199, Morse's bill requiring coun ty officers to make annual report of fees received; to pass. ; H. F. 52, Representative McE wen's 'bill legalizing the /issue of bonds for building town halls; to pass. '. H.F. No. 37, Blecker's bill relating to "evidence in civil actions: to pass. S. F. No. 41, Morse's bill, creating the office of elevator inspector; to pass. .;.; S. F. No. 30, Tawney's bill relating to local improvements; to be indefinitely positioned. . ; S.'F. No. 118, Phillips' bill to bring city and county officials . and employes under the garnishment law; to pass. S. F. 100, S. D. Peterson's bill requir ing railroad companies to grade their crossings of. highways the full width of the street; to pass. ,S. F. No. 190, LommeTs long and short haul clause bill; progress reported. S. P. No. 72. % S. F. -No. 1 17. S. F. No.' 21 S. i:'. 'N0. :i,7 and S. P. No. 2.JS; prog ress IVJJ U'LeU. :-_■- - .-■_; '. • S. F. No. 2i0, , Cleg's bill ansemrlng the swamp iactt law; to pass. ._.'. . h. F.'-;No."2', Dee em's bill fixing "weights nl a.; .i ___i>,...l prouucLs; : lo ' S. F. No. i'.'Zi. i ZZ.;'. i. - 'ill to permit couniy c7)ium.ss;o.,eis i> am i-on'my 005 -01.N.0 . i.iii ex.em m not mii.o loan ffi'fiiii'Zi 'S.. -fifi- fifif 'fiff- .-ff '■ffilfKo. —J, S. 1). Vciui sou's; Llil lo latihg to the duties of court reporters; to pass. - S. F. No. 253, Dean's bill to prohibit the circulation Jof obscene literature, was made more stringent by amendment and recommended to pass. S. F. 310, La Due's bill relating to the powers of village councils; recommend ed lo pass. The committee rose and the report was adopted. Senator O'Brien offered a resolution thanking the Duluth road for the train to Stillwater. New Bills Introduced. By Senator Davis, S. F. No. 332— Amending the military code, consoli dating the three regiments into two and abolishing the brigade formation; to the committee on military affairs. By Senator Keller. S. F. No. 333— cation of streets and highways; to the committee on municipal corporation. By Senator Keller, S. F. No. 334— T0 i define the ownership of streets and j highway when vacated; to the commit tee on municipal corporations. By Senator Sanborn, S. F. No. 335— Amending law relating to conveyances of real estate; to the committee on ju diciary. By Senator Sanborn. S. F. No. 336— Prohibiting officers of state institutions from being interested in contracts for such Institutions, providing removal from office for penalty for violation; to the committee on judiciary. By Senator Tawney, S. F. No. 337— Amending the law relating to civil ac tions; to the committee on judiciary. By Senator Tawney, 3. F. No. 338— Amending the law relating to boards of health; to the committee on sanitary . By -Senator Tawney. S. F. No. 339— Amending the law relating to appeals in civil actions; to the committee on ju diciary. By Senator Tawney, S. F. No. 340— Making loitering in railroad yards a misdemeanor,' punishable by fine aud imprisonment; to the committee on ju diciary. ' By Senator. McHale, S. F. No. 341— Authorizing cities to refund bonds; to the committee on municipal corpora tions. Sfe§|s_BSS':-. f;3B_6 By Senator March. S. F. No. 312 -To compel manufacturers and dealers in naphtha and gasoline to label the qual ity; to the committee on illuminating oil. By Senator Allen, S.F. 343—Provid ing for the organization of counties; to the committee on towns and counties. PNEUMATIC MAIL, TUBES. Successful Test of the System in Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia, Feb. 18. -In the pres ence of 100 distinguished persons the first official trial of the, pneumatic lube for mail transit in America was success fully given in the Philadelphia post office ' yesterday. The tube runs from the subpostoffice, 232 Chestnut street, to Ninth and Chestnut streets, a distance of a little over half _ a mile/ Postmaster General _ Wanamaker, after declaring that the system meant rapid communi cation between;-" cities all over the world, himself sent through a Bible. wrapped in an : American - flag, and a message which he composed. , It reached the substation in one minute and three, seconds, or at the rate of forty-six feet per second, with | a pres sure of six pounds to the square "inch. A package of local newspapers .was then sent through. From the substation came a pair of shoes, a loaf- of bread and a shirt.',-' As a special test of the safety of the an be,. President W. M. Kelly, of the Electric, Pneumatic Tran sit company, sent his gold watch in a shoj to the substation, and the time piece was returned in good shape. "This result particularly pleased the postmas ter general. In ; every respect test was a success, and at its conclusion Mr. Wanamaker had nothing but. words -of praise tor the new system., '■:- M.eK.«*e !t:inkia's i .ship Conies In. D:_t::o:t, Feb. 18. —The Journal an .i ..)•.•,:■, •<•> ihir McKee _Rai Kin, whose compaii j la - ptuyuig " i\;e Dauitea" a ; the Lyceum theater in this city, will re tire from the stage. His company will disband tonight, and the members will be sent home at his expense. The rea son Riven fortius is that McKee Ran kin's father, who is dying in a hospital at Windsor, Ont, has turned overall his property, worth $200,000. to his son, who will hereafter look after it to the exclusion of his theatrical business. Railroaders Federate. Louisville, Feb. 18.— The engineers SOLID GOLO RINGS, Embracing many different kinds of settings, ranging in price from $1.50 to $20. . See $1.00 Gold Souvenir Rings. In Plain Rings we can give you any size and weight desired. Leading Jeweler, Diamond Merchant, ffiiffifii Grand Watch Depot. LOWEST-PRICED HOUSE IN AMERICA FOR- FINE GOODS. Corner Seventh and Jackson. - © ——OPEN EVENINO3. » "5, _ SYDNEY RINGED, Professor c. tosdicine at. University College, London, i Author of tho Standard -'.'Handoook of Theraoeuiics," actually writes as follows: i "Prom the. careful analyses- of ■■ Prof. Attfiexd and others. lam satisfied that ! r MAM HOUTEK'S . -©OC©A £ : is in no way injurious to and that it is decidedly, more nutritious than ether Cocoas^-Itis certainly "Pure" and highly digestible-l'lio quotations in cer i rain advertisements (from Trade rivals) front my book on Therapeutics are Quite 5 misleading, and cannot possibl y apply to Van Houten s Cocoa. ■-•-.. ■ false reflection on Tan Houten's Cocoa ts thus effectually repelled and tfte very 'fi. fi i! hor dy cited to injure it. is thereby prompted lo gire if a very handsome testimonial. r> / HOUSE-FURNISHING DEPARTMENT. ; . 9 Rolls Toilet Paper, 25 C. 9 Packages Toilet Paper, 25c. Ladies best French . Oiline Shoe Dressing, worth 15c; our closing-out price, 7c Bottle. 1 dozen papers of 6, 8 or 10 --oz. Carpet Tacks only 10c per dozen. Can Openers, adjustable, made to fit any size can, cheap at 10c; we will sell them at 5c each. Cedar ~ Water Pails, ; with three brass hoops, worth SOc; closing-out price, 25c. -v Tripod Folding Wash Bench, made to fit any size tub, worth 35c; to close out, only IBc EACH. American Washing Compound, only 2c A PACKAGE. 10 dozen Clothes Pins, best, only SC. We have a lot of De Spain's Furniture Polish, price 25c a bottle, we will sell while it lasts for 10c Per Bottle. Rice Root Scrubbing Brush es, worth 10c; our closing-out price, sc. Lunch Baskets, price from 18c to 30c; your choice, 5 c each. Towel Rollers, finished in cherry, ash and walnut; our : low prices on these are 25c, 35c and 39c; we will close them out at EACH. - White Porcelain Patent Cooking Crocks, worth 75c; to close them out will sell them at half-price, 33c. I fiff fifi ... I and firemen on the Louisville division j of the Pennsylvania system have fed } crated with the Order .of Railroad i Telegraphers, and the fight which the j Pennsylvan'a has been waging on their i operators and removing them because I they are members of the O. R. T. is i likely to ass ime a different phase within a few days. It is stated a demand will be made of Train Dispatcher Eggieston to reinstate certain operation, and if he ignores the request, trouble will follow.