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VOL. XVII.—PRICE TWO CEN.TS-_{ »°,?2Vi?t*.}
tt Was Not, That Which Was
Defeated in Tuesday's
Diicusses With Calmness and
Ability the Causes of
Much More to Blame Than
the Rank and File of .
New York, Nov. 11.— In a letter to
Jhe Press from Washington. Hon. Will
iam L. Wilson, of West Virginia, chair
man of the committee on ways and
means, gives tiis views of the causes of
Democratic defeat in the recent elec
tion. After declaring that it is neither
a discreet nor a dignified thing for
member of a defeated party to attempt
to explain his own or his party's defeat,
he said:
"None the less, however, it is the
duty of the Democratic party, after
such a reverse, to make a de
liberate, honest and unsparing scru
tiny into the causes and forces
which wrought Us overthrow, and
into the condition on which it may gain
its ascendency with the American peo
ple. Undoubtedly there were local in
fluences, as there were individual can
didacies and factional tights, that con
tributed to and emphasized the general
result, but it must be admitted that
there were strong forces everywhere
operative that really shaped and
brought about that result. And the
greatest o these forces was the severe
industrial depression that for a year or
more past has hardened the. lot and
made anxious the lives of a large sec
tion of our people.
Hard Times
is an enemy before which no political
party iii America has ever been able to
make a successful stand when In power.
This is. and perhaps always will be a
weak point in popular government.
When labor is out of employment,wnen
farm preduets are low. when our
financial system is disorganized, the
wisest administration of government
and the most wholesome laws do not
avail to save a party from temporary
and disastrous overthrow. Aloreover.the
whole teaching of the protective system
trains men to depend, not on individual
effort, the plain virtues of.industry,
thrift and temperance, for business
prosperity and material comtort,
but on government aid and % laws
of conzress. Let me add, * also,
that we, together with all our progress
ive nation, are now passing through an
era of change, of unrest aud of some
what tumultuous agitation. The rapid
adoption of the great instruments of
modern industry and trade, the com
plete revolution which these are bring
ine about in production and distribu
tion, the steady obliteration of imme
morial handicrafts, the dislocation of
many industries—all these, together
with the unsettled relations between
labor and capital, have swept us into
En era where for some years it may be
increasingly difficult for any one party
to hold on to the federal government
for any long time. Without attempting
to apportion
The Responsibility
for the 'hard times' between the two
parties, and stoutly disclaiming any
large share of it for the Democratic
party, I pass«from these generalizations
to the second point, and that is 'the de
feat of tariff reform.'
'•1 do Dot believe the people have re
buked or discarded tariff reform in their
action last Tuesday, for when 1 look
over the whole country Ido not nnd
that to have been the common ground
of their action. No question was ever
bo well and so thoroughly fought out in
popular discussion before them, as the
question of reforming and reducing the
taiiif. In every campaign from tuat of
1886 to that of 1802 it had been the
great issue, and in every cam
paign except that of ISSS the' Demo
cratic party has won a decided victory
on that issue. To contend, therefore,
that the people have now chastised the
Democratic party for doing what they
put into their power to do, is to ques
tion their honesty and intelligence. If
they have inflicted chastisement be
cause of its dealings with the tariff it
has been rather because the party did
not carry out with sufficient prompt
ness and thoroughness the work tftey
committed to it, and because they have
lieid the whole party responsible for
the action of a few of its representa
tives in thwarting and delaying" this
great work. The ions and
Indefensible Delay
In the senate, the sinister suspicions
that gathered around certain schedules
a:. duties as they are framed—no
where more vigorously denounced than
In the Democratic press of the entire
country—kindled a disappointment and
disgust among the rank and rile of the
party that led to the apathy and even
misjuged hostility in- the recent elec
"It is hazardous, of course, to indulge
in hypothetic?, but 1 have no doubt that
had the bill which passed the house on
the first day of February passed the
senate as early as April or May in sub
stantially its original shape, the.result
in Missouri and In many other sections
of the country would have been re
versed, and the Democratic party might
even have weathered the Industrial
storm with credit if not with success.
".Not only.did this long delay and the
mutilation of the house bill chill and
ani?er tiie Democrats, but it kept the
business of the country in the torture
c: suspense and uncertainty, thus hard
ening and exasperating tho crisis, and
storing up wrath agaiust the whole
p.trty lor the actions of a small number
•' its public servants. The* bill as
liually passed, though 'a vast improve
meat'on the McKinley bill, was still so
obnoxious in some of its features that
the presidem allowed it to become a
Without Hi- Signature,
and it had been in operation too short a
time before the elections for the people
to appreciate its benefits.
"Again, 1 do not accept the view that
tariff reform has suffered a defeat, be
cause I nave not anywhere found Re
publican candidates advocating a re
peal of the law. They have denounced
it in general, are declaiming against
some rates which they deemed locally
objectionable, but nowhere presented
an affirmative platform demanding its
repeal and a return to prior conditions.
In tariff reform, as in reforms gener
ally, it is the first step that is the
hardest, and 1 have always contended
in congress that if we could once Bake
a substantial breach in the protection
system, the first reform and its visible
benefits would carry to a gradual
overthrow of the entire system without
any genera! agitation, such as must pre
cede and mark a first victory, and with
out the turmoil and uncertainty which
array against such a movement on the
part of the business community, which
dreads nothing so much as change.
"By 1890 let us nope the present
clouds, already breaking, will have
vanished from our skies. The new bill
will then have shown its merits, the
temporary scare and resep* Meut against
if.will have spent their force, and I do
not believe the Republican programme
will call for its repeal and a relapse to
Mi Kinleyism and 'mad protection.'
Every one knows that such reaction
would not mean peace, but a fierce and
unrelenting renewal of the old strug
Chairman Wilson stopped over in
Washington today and left tonight for
New England, where he delivers three
lectures. He denied a published report
that lie was to succeed Attorney General
Olney in the cabinet." Nothing has been
sai.l to me on that subject, nor is there
likely to be. for Mr. Oluey is a better
attorney treueral than 1 would be."
Additional Returns From Minne
sota Counties.
Special to the Globe.
RoCHEfiTEK,Minm, Nov. 11.—Follow
ing are the official election returns for
Oimsted county:
Governor, Nelson 2.526, Becker
1,375, Owen 563, Hilleboe 108; lieu
tenant governor, Clough 2.495, Ludwig
1.542. Lorn men 371, Way 139; secretary
of state, Berg 2,522, llaines 1,574,
Seberger 274, Winder 135; state
auditor, Dunn 2.48?, Biermaun
1,678, Stromberg 231, Johnson 128;
state treasurer, Koerner 2.521, Lambert
1,002, Borchert 346, Hampson 132: at
torney general. Chi Ids 2.306, Bracken
ridse, 1,883, Keyes 224, Childs 120; clerk
supreme court, Reese 2,535, Kurtz
1.5'J0, Johnson 203; supreme court.
Start 3,106. Smith 1.182, l.add 202;
associate justice supreme court. Collins
2,068. Willis 1.378: congressman, Taw
r.ey 2,618, Uoosan 1,479, Meighen 288.
Orcutt 107; senator. Stebbins 2.324. Uys
lop 1,003, Morrison 1,101: representa
tive, Underleak 2,572, Kendall 1,820.
Richardson 1,278, Bowers 934. Talbot
140, Rockwell 251, Zimmerman 202.
Special to tbe Globe.
Aitkix, Minn., Nov. 11.—The -com
plete returns for Aitkin county follow:
Governor, Neison (W4, Becker 118. Owen
249. Hilleboe L 2; lieutenant governor.
dough 727, Ludwig 16>. Lommen 142,
Way 12; secretary of siate, Berg 755,
Haines loS, Seberger 110. Winger 20;
state auditor, Dunn 730. Biennami
I*3. Strom berg 111, Johnson 22;
state treasurer, Koeruer 817, Lambert
J(3O. Borchert 124. Hampson 17; at
torney general, Chilas 727, Braeken
ridge 15»;. Keyes 130. Child lt»; cierk
of supreme court, Rt-ese 728, Kurtz
154. johifcson 14b; chiet justice supreme
court. Start 74u, Smith 164. Ladd 127;
asM ciate. Coiiins 758. Willis 240;
amendment to constitution, yes 403,
They Will Use Ballots Instead of
Chicago, Nov. 11. — West Twelfth
Street Turner hall was crowded this
afternoon with socialists who had gath
ered to attend the commemoration exer
cises of the anniversary of the hanging
of the anarchists. The meeting was
held under the auspices of the Social
istic Labor party oiChicago. The stage
was decorated with" flags and red bunt
ing, and a life-size portrait of August
Spies, heavily draped with red bunting,
was supemied from the stag*. The
meeting was called to order by Bernard
Berlyn. He said:
"We are not here to commemorate
the tragedy which occurred seven years
ago today, but to express our views, and
also to express oar.sympathy for the
departed." He said that the meeting
was the first which had been held since
the hanging: of the anarchists, which
was composed entirely of socialists,
with not a mingling, of anarchists. Jes
sie Cox was the next speaker. Duriug
the course of his remarks he said it was
not the purpose of toe socialists of Chi
cago and the worid to gain their point
by using force, but it was their object
to gain a 6tri»ug foothold by having a
complete organization, and then to win
out by ballots, and not dyuamite. T. J.
Morgan was loudly applauded when h«
appeared to make his address.
"J anr. not an anarchist," lie com
menced, "but I am a socialist, and still
we are here to pay tribute to those men
that the respectable citizens of Chicago
murdered. I have waited ever since
the hanging of our friends to attend a
rueetiug of socialists freed from an
archists, ami at last it has materialized."
Mr. Morgan dwelt at great length
upoa the organization of socialists. He
said that without organization the so
cialistic party could never gain its point.
Julius Valteych spoke iv German. He
said ttmt the time would come when the
hanging of the anarchists would be
aver.geu. ••They were not haDged,"
he said, "because, they dared to express
their opinions, "but becaus* they were
enemits to capitalists."
Mr. Valteych did not believe that
dynamite would win the cause at which
the socialists of the world were aiming,
but appealed to his hearers to put their
explicit confidence in the ballot box.
Chicago Greeks Dedicate.
Chicago, Nov. 11.—The Greek com
munity dedicated Its' new church at
Nos. 189 and 101 Kinzie street this after
noon, and in conjunction with the cele
bration, held memorial service for the
repose of tzar Alexander of Russia.
The latter service succeeded the dedi
catory exercises, both of which were
conducted by Father P. Flambolis, pas
tor of the church. He was assisted by
Eev. Ambrose Vmta, of the Russian
church. There was a. iarpe congrega
tion present* w«lch included Greeks
from all parts of the city.
Although His Party Was
Licked, He Says It Has a
Bright Future.
Mr. Stewart Talks About the
Balance of Power in the
Will Join No Party That
Does Not Favor Free
Washington, Not. 12.—Senator Pef
fer has arrived from Kansas. Dis
cussing the result of the recent election,
he said the Populists had no reasou to
feel discouraged.
"What we ' ive lost in congressmen,"
he said, "we .lave more than made up
In votes. The reports eenerally pub
lished woul , lead people to suppose
that we had suffered a material loss in
all respects in Kansas. Such is not the
case. In 1890 we hsd about 105,000 voles
in that state: in 1892 about 113,000, and
iv.the late election from 120,000 to 125,
--000, in the face of the fact that about
•20.000 of our voters iiad ieft the state on
account of the drouth. We failed in
the election of officers because we were
not paired with the Democrats, but we
have every reason to feel encouraged
for the future, lv the country at large
1 feel confident that when the returns
are footed up. they will show our total
vote to be little less than 2.ooo.ooo,which
is about twice the Populist vote of two
years ago."
Asked if he believed Gov. Tillman
would co-operate with the Populists if
lie should be elected to the senate, Mr.
Peffer replied that he could not say, as
Gov. Tillman had never outlined his iu
tentions iv that respect. He called at
tention to the fact that Mr. lrby, who
supposedly shares the political views of
Gov. Tillmau, had remained iv the
Democratic ranks. "Still," he added,
"the time must come when all Demo
crats believing as lrby and Tilluan do,
must ally themselves openly with the
Populist party. The Eastern Demo
crats are to all intents and purposes
Republicans, and Democrats of the
Tillmau-lrby stripe cannot long remain
in the same party organization with
'f ha senator declined to discuss the
question of the probable organization
of the senate after the 4th of March by
the Republicans with the aid of such
Populists like himself, as had affiliated
with the Republican party before he
became a Populist, further than to say
that the time was too far distant to
speculate upon, and in a general way to
remark that if the time should come
when the Populists should bold the
the balance of power in the senate, he
had no doubt "they would exercise
that power continuously and wisely."
Senator Stewart, of Nevada, was less
guarded than Senator Peffer in speak
ing of the assumption that certain of
the i'opulist senators would aid the Re
publicans in the organization of the
senate. He says emphatically that, so
far as he is concerned, he will enter
into no coalition with either of the old
parties to secure the organization. "I
don't care," he said, "which of the gold
parties controls the machinery of the
senate. There is no advantage to us to
be joined by a combination with either
he Republicans or the Cleveland Dem
ocrats. We do not care for the few
paltry offices there are to be bestowed,
and could not afford to sacrifice our in
dependent interests as a party for them.
So far as I am personally concerned, I
do not care whether they put me on any
committee or what they cio with me as
long as 1 am entitled to my seat in the
senate a*nd can get into the chamber.
In fact," he added, growing emphatic,
"1 can raise more hell when entirely
free from such obligations than when
bound by them."
The senator says that he thinks the
Populists will be able to exercise a
more potent influence by keeping en
tirely aioot from entering into entan
gling alliances with either of the old
parties, aud it is his opinion that this is
the policy which will be pursued by the
third party in the senate, and that he
will advise that this policy be pursued.
He thinks there is no doubt that when
the test comes Senator Jones will be
found acting in full harmony with the
Populist senators, and that if Gov. Till
mau should be chosen to succeed Sena
tor Butler he will also be found in the
Populisl column, as will also the two
senators to be chosen from North Caro
lina. This would give the Populists
8 senators, as against 42 Republicans
and 38 Democrats after the 4th of
"The only ground," he said in con
clusion, "on which 1 should be willing
to unite with the Republicans would be
on a platform pledging that party to a
free silver policy. 1 do not wain any
half-way measure, such as the coinage
of the American product, as I should
know that whatevtr was promised
would be nothing but a trap. 1 do not
propose to be caught with anythiue less
than a compliance with our complete
All But One Democrats.
Galvestox, Tex., Nov. 11.—Late re
turns show the Democratic congression
al candidates still in the lead in every
district except the Thirteenth, where
the election of Noonan, Reo., is con
ceded. It iH not expected that the ofli
cial returns will chauge the present
Oklahoma Republican.
Guthkik, O. 1., Nov. 11.—So far
official returns sliow the next lecjsla
ture stands: House, 19 Rppublicans, 3
Populists; council, 9 Republicans; 3
Bu'hi still Leading.
San Fi:A>ri>co, Nov. 11.—There is
liitlfi change in the gubernatorial con
test iv California. Returns have been
receiyed from few additional precinct?
today. Budd. Dem., is still leadine by
about TOO votes, with 159 precincts to
hear from. 01 these missing precincts
103 are located in counties which, as
far as the returns have been received,
have given E*tee, the Republican can
didate, pluralities.
Bob Lincoln for Senator.
Chicago, Nov. 11.— Times will
say in the morning: "At the proper
time and at the proper place a sena
torial boom will be started for "Bob"
Lincoln, which, by those interested in
the proposed coup d'etat is expected to
land the son of Abraham Lincoln in the
United Stales senate as the successor of
Senator Cullom."
Orientals Buy lieef and Cast Iron
Tacoma. Wash., Nov. 11.—William
G. Norris, who went to Japan a year
ago to represent a syndicate of Chicago
merchants, has secured two of tlie larg
est contracts ever awarded American
firms. One goes to Armour & Co.. and
is for canned corn beef to be supplied
the Japanese army. The other is a
$370,000 contract for cast iron pipe to be
used in extending the Tokio water
works. The pipe will be made in Ala
bama and sent here for shipment, the
American firm having met the compe
tition of English, French and Belgian
bidders. The Chicago syndicate which
Mr. Norris represents was organized
just after the world's fair as a result of
the expressed desire of the Japanese
commissioner to stimulate trade with
America. The United .States imports
goods worth $25,000,000 from Japan
annually, and exports to that country
goods amounting to £5,000,000. It is be
lieved by those interested that trade
can be evened up.
'- 1 I
His Remarks Not So Ineendiaij
as on Several Former Oc- ] i
Chicago, Nov. 11.—Twelve hundred
people were present at Waldneim to>
day to celebrate the deaths of Hie six
anarchists executed for panicipatiug iv
the Hay market riot. The exercises were
of the usual character. Herr Most was
there and made a long speech in Ger
man. His presence had the effect of
keeping away the more conservative of
the socialistic elemeut. In fact,
most of the old-timers were con
spicuous by their absence, and
oiily a few, amoug whom w; .*
Fielding and Greif, were &ecu there.
Owing to au accident to the Wisconsin
Central, svhich delayed the crowd, it
was not until after 3 o'clock that the
speechmaking began. It did not, as on
previous occasions, take place at the
monument erected over the grave of the
anarchists, but iv a vacant plot east of
the shaft. R. Steiner, of the Pioneer
Aid and Support association, under
whose aupices the ceiebratiou was held,
presided. When the main body arrived
two red silk colors were placed at each
end of the platform.
Mr. Steiner announced that T. P.
Quinn, of New York, would address
tne assemblage. Quinn's speech was
short, and in the course of it he said
that the occasion was being celebrated
all over the world. When Herr Most
was introduced he was received with
cheers and cries of approval. His
speech was tame compared with those
he used to give. Among other things
he said: "We meet at the foot of mis
monument to hold high the banner in
whose shadow those who rest here
fought, and to which they remained
true unto death. And in unfurling the
red flag at this grave we a^aiu proclaim
to all the world that gospel of poverty
and misery which *our rive' understood
so well and for which they had to die.
"We did not meet here—and unnum
bered hosts of workingineu of all coun
tries are with us here in the spirit—to
declare that we will rtmain solitary
with the murdered men—that we feel
bound to continue the work begun by
them untii it is crowned with success,
until victory is obtained."
Most continued at length reviewing
the labor troubles leading up to the
Haymarket massacre, denouncing cap
italists, the pulioe and existing institu
tions generally. He condemned the trial
of the anarchistsas & farce never before
equaled, and dwelt minutely on
the imprisonment, the last moments
and execution of the men. He iTaistd
Gov. Aitgeld for pardoning those who
were sent to pri«on and denounced
Judge Gary for his part in the trial, la
closing he called upon his hearers to
emulate those whoa* death they were
commemorating, and said:
"Thus we will contribute our share
to atone for the death of these, and all
other martyrs of the proletariat aud to
realize their ideals—anarchism and
When he concluded the members
sang aud the crowd dispersed. The
anarchist monunctent was decorated
with green wreatlisaud floral pi«ces.
A Row Over the Leading Cereal
in Manitoba.
Special to the Globe.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 11.— Grain
dealers and grain growers in this prov
ince are greatly disturbed over the
charge of Eastern Ontario people that
Manitoba No. 1 hard wheat is beine
adulterated at Fort William and Port
Arthur by the Manitoba shippers. A
large deputation of Montreal and To
ronto grain dealers has waited upon ti.e
Dominion government and entered &
protest against the practice, asserting
that it was ruining the reputation artl
lowering the price of Manitoba No. 1
hard. The American system of inspec
tion was recommended. Tbe govern
ment officials promised to look into th#
matter. This action on the part of the
Eastern dealers has aroused the ire of
the members of the Winnipeg Grain
exchaujje. who, at a meeting yesterday,
passed resolutions which practically sa;<J
"Mind your own business." It Is prob
able the federal government will ap
point a commission to look into the
Beaten to Death. .
Booxß, lo M Nov. 11.—A party of
tramps camping on the edge of t!>«
town had a row las-t night, and one of
their number, supposed to be a marble
cutter uamed Ueudrjcks, was beateu to
death with acoupliug phi, and l.is body
thrown into the fire. The police nave
captured six of the gang.
One of St. Paul's Millionaires
and Most Worthy Citizens
No More.
He Was One of the Great De
velopers of the North
west Country.
One of the Great Promoters
of the Growth of St. Paul
and Minnesota.
Hon. A. H. Wilder, one of St. Paul's
millionaires and best-known citizens,
died at 4:45 yesterday afternoon. This
will be surprising information to the
public, since the real condition of Mr.
Wilder durinz his iilness of several
weeks past has been kept practically a
secret. For the past three years Mr.
Wilder has been in ili health. He was
an incessant worker in his business af
fairs, aud overwork is ascribed as the
cause for his failing health.
It was not until about two month!
ago that Mr. Wilder's condition be
came serious. Then he was requirec
by his physicians to r?maiu most of hi:
time in quietude at his home. Drs
Flagg and Senkler were his constant
attendants. Mrs. Speucer, his sister
in-law, and her son, Charles L. Spencer
were constantly at the bedside of tin
afflicted man. But no medicine or at
tentkm could prove of any avail, for il
was a case of Bright's disease of the
For the past we»k Mr. Wilder was ir
a state of coma, only occasionally stein
ing to have the slightest cansciousues:
of his surroundings. Saturday night b<
was very restless. At 9 o'clock yester
day morning, as Dr. Flagg entered hi;
room, he said "Good morning." This
was the first indication of consciousness
that had been seen for more than a
week. At 11:31) following he made a
remark that uo one really understood,
but that indicated consciousness. Thai
wa3 bis last utterance. He then sank
into sleep, from which he never awoke,
and at 4:45 he passed away, death be
ing painless and peaceful.
Mr. Wilder and family were for years
devoted attendants of St. Paul's Epis
copal chuich. But after they moved tc
their new home on Summit avenue,
they waDdered about among different
churches. For a while they attended
the People's church. Then, when Dr.
Egbert became pastor of the House ol
Hope, they attended this church much
of the time. Latterly they attended St.
John's Episcopal eburch, on St. An
thony hill. The funeral arrangement!
are not yet perfected. The body is in
charge of Darnpler. It is probable,
however, as stated by members of the
fawily, that the funeral will be held
from the Summit avenue residence
Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Mor*
Kan, of St. Joan's Episcopal church,
The Doctor's Statement*.
Dr. Flag? was seen, and said that Mr.
Wilder had been an invalid for more
than three years, during all of which
time his health varied a great deal. De
ceased had been under his professional
care since October of ISDI, and during
that time various health resorts were
visited by him. The two and a half
days previous to his death Mr. Wilder
was unconscious and delirious.
Career of the Deceased.
Amherst Holcomb Wilder for the
past thirty- years resided in this
city. During that time his life has been
that of a very active Western business
man, having aa extraordinary -energy
and being possessed of rare ability,
which he used in the upbuilding of a
now magnificent. Northwest. His life
has been filled with j generous deeds, as
well as marked by excellent business
traits. For several years bis beautiful
home on Summit avenue, near
Selby, has been one of the ob
jects of _; interest to visitors.
For long years he has been known to
the men of business aria finance as a
person of good judgment and sterling
Integrity. No one ever regretted taking
'.his advic* on a business proposition,
and no appeal was made to his benevo
lent heart in vain, The development
of tu,is city, as well as of this aid suf»
rourjuftig Htates, haj In its history '
frequent mamfon and evidence of his
handiwork. lie has always been ready
to contribute liberally to worthy od
jects and to enterprises looking to the
bylfdHng up, the prosperity arid the ad
vaac«ru«ut of St. r«ul, 111* butiuess
career began here before the War of
the Rebellion, and has been one of
marked advancement. Through busi
ness tact and good judgment be ac
quired large wealth, and his late years
have been devoted to a careful husband
ing of his means, while investing them
in such enterprises as would best pro
mote the general good of the country,
lie has not hoarded up his resources or
made investments with a view of bring
ing lanre returns without labor and
care, but has trusted much to good
fortune la taking risks in the future
prosperity of the country. In the death
of such a iT»ai» the community at large
will mourn the loss of a benefactor aud
active business man.
The deceased is of English descent.
His grandfather, Amherst Wilder, was
a resident of Vermont, but in IS2I settled
in Lewis, Essex county, N. Y. His
father was Alanson Wilder, who, beside
the subject of this sketch, had but oife
other child, now the wife of Col. John
L. Merriam. of this city. Mr. Wilder
was born on the homestead of his grand
father la Essex county. New York,
July 7, 1828, and at the time of his de
cease was in his sixty-seventh year.
His Education
was obtained in the schools of Lewis
and at West Poultney academy. Ver
mont. At the age of twenty lie began
the business education which after
wards made him the successful man of
affairs. With his father, at Lewis.
N. V., he engaged in the manu
facture o! iron and in mercantile
pursuits. For eleven years he was
under the business tutelage of his
father, and in 1980, being then thirty
one years old, came to St. Paul aud en
gaged in business with the firm of J. C.
& H. C. Burbank & Co. This firm
was en^agfd in general merchandising,
commission, storage and forwarding.
The house pushed business extensively,
! and spread it over a wide territory with
J remarkable enterprise. The first line
|of steamers ,on the Red River of the
North was placed there by Ibis com
pany. Mr. Wilder remained with the
Burbank company for seven years, and
. afterwards was with Chanuing Seabury
iv tlie vyholesale grocery business for a
year. Since then he has been conduct
ing business on bis own account, but
has been associated with various men of
prominent business ability and with
various corporations in various enter
prises. For the last quarter of a cen
tury, he has had as his chief associate
in business, Col. John L. Mer
: riara. For many years they were
j engaged together in government con
! trading and transportation. Mr. Wil
! der, in connection with John U.Charles,
of Sioux City, 10., placed a live of steam
ers on,the Missouri and Yellowstone
j rivers. He was largely interested as
; a post trader at Forts Keogh and Custer
for years. He had large interests in
merchandising and outfitting houses at
Miles City, in Montana. At the time of
! his death he had large holdings in sev
i eral banks, insurance companies, trust
! companies and manufacturing interests
in this city and elsewhere. He had a
large amount of stock in the Montana
National bank, at Helena. While he
had large holdings in a number of other
banks, he gave much of his time to his
interests in the Merchants' National
j and the First National banks, of this
| cily. He had large land and cattle in
terests in Montana aud also heavy rail
road interests.
As a Railroad Builder.
Mr. Wilder was prominent iv the con
struction of several railroads. He took
a very active interest in building the
Sioux City & St. Paul road, which is
now psrt of the Omaha system; also the
St. Paul, Stillwater & Taylor's Falls
road, and the Hudson & River Fails
road. Associated with him in building
the Sioux City & St. Paul road were
Col. John R. Merriam, E. F. Drake, J.
C. Burbank, Capt. Russell Blakely,Hor
ace and J. E. Thompson, Gen. H. H.
Sibley, C. H. Bigelow, Senator W. O.
Washburn and the Harrisons— the three
later belne Minneapolis men, and the
others beine: St. Paul men. Mr. Wilder
was vice president of this road before it
became a part of the Omaha system,and
after a company had been formed, con
solidating the old Sioux City & St. Paul
road that ran from Letuars to St. James
and which had a least* of the Illinois
Central from Sioux City to Lemars, and
a branch from Heron Lake to Wood
stock. Then there was also taken into
the system the Worthington. & Sioux
Falls road, running between those two
cities, which incUded a brauch from
Sioux Fails to Salem, Luverne and
Doon. Thtold Sioux City & St. Paul
road extended from St. Paul to St.
James, and all of these roads were com
bined under the new cohipany, of which
Mr. Wilder was vice preside The
consolidation ; was made Oct. 3, 1879.
The new company purchased the St.
Paul, Still water & Taylor's Falls road,
whicii Mr. Wilder helped to build.
This latter company had," in a«d)tion to
the line from St. Paul to S'tifiwater,
a bfaneh extending from Stillwater,
connecting with the main line at the
drawbridge over the St. Croix river by
way of South Stiflwater, and another
branch line from Stillwater junction to
the St. Croix fiver. The purchase of
this Utter acquisition was made March
1, is*). Th«. cerapaujr in the same year
made another purchase, this time it
being the narrow gauge road from Cov
lngton, opposite Sioux City, running to
Ponca, Neb. This road was converted
to a standard gauge road, which was
opened for traffic in September, 1880.
The next move was to make an exten
sion from Coburu junction to Oakland,
contacting with the Omaha & Northern
Nebraska road, and which became part
of the system this same year.
This company, of which Mr. Wilder
was a valued member, completed the
system of roads extending through br.
Paul from Sioux City to Omaha. This
system was sold to the -Omaha'' system
June 1. 1881, and has since been know:]
as part of the Chicago, St. Paul, Min
neapolis & Omaha railway system. To
Business llannsement
and faith in the development of the
country, possessed by Mr. Wilder, a
large amount of creditis due, fur buiU
iug ud this net work of railroads which
gave the great wheat and farm lands of
the Northwest access to the markets of
the world and made it possible for the
states of Minnesota and t!.e Dakotas to
rapidly fill up with prosperous tillers of
the soil. When it is remembered that
the line from St. James to Sioux City
was built twenty-two years ago, souid
idea may be had of the enterprise of
Mr. Wilder and his associates in push
ing out into the then wilds of the
Work on the old St. Paul & Sioux
City road, then the Minnesota Valley
railroad, began in 1857. In that and the
next year a tew miles weie graded, ex
tending from Mendota to Shakopee.
Nothing further was done until 1804.
when Mr. Wilder and his associates
took hold of the scheme with character
istic energy, and by Nov. 1. 1870. had
completed a line to St. James. The
original cost of this work was 54,000.f00.
After that the work went on well under
the management of Mr. Wilder and the
gentlemen already mentioned, so that
in 1372 the road was extended from
St. James to Sioux City.
He Wa* Public Spirited
The name of Mr. Wilder will not live
alone in railroad circles of this state,
but in her banking, manufacturing and
other interests as well. He lias en
couraged, by liberal contributions, most
ot tile manufacturing concerns of this
city, doing it more from a pride in the
city of his residence than from a Dros
pect of receiving profits, because in
many instances his encouragement has
been in the nature of donations. Be
sides the foregoing and banning inter
ests, he has also large holdings in real
estate in the city and has erected a
number of buildings. He has interests
in West Superior and Duluth. having
helped those thriving: twins on the road
to prosperity by making investments
in their public works, and thus
establishing their credit in the financial
world. For many years it has been a
help to institutions or enterprises to
have the name of Mr. Wilder as one of
their creditors, because the mention of
the fact gave confidence to other men
of means. His investments, universally,
turned out well and resulted in the ac
cumulation of i large wealth. lie i.as
succeeded better than most Western
men because of his foresight and
- : His Family.
Mr. Wilder.leaves a widow and one
child, a daughter, Cornelia Day Wilder,
born at St. Paul. June 24, 1563. 'Fanny
Spencer Wilder, the widow. is the
daughter of the late Hon. Joshua A.
Spencer, of Utica. N. V.. a gentleman
of extensive reputation in the legal pro
fession. Mrs. Wilder is a sister of
Hon. William A. Spencer, who for over
thirty years has been clerk of the
United States district court for the dis
tiict of Minnesota, and residing in this
city. Ex-Got. William R. Merriam was
the son of John L. Merriam's first wife,
but stood in the relation of nephew to
the deceased, and has of late years been
associated with him in various business
His.reputation was that of being one
of the most generous men in the city.
No one whoever went to him in the in
terest of charity or benevolence was
turned away empty-handed. His gen
erosity was proverbial. The establish
ment of St. Luke's hospital a couple ot
years ago was largely aided by him. He
endowed the institution by a liberal do
nation, establishing a room there lor
the care of the poor in the name of his
little namesake, Amherst Wilder Mer
riam, a young son of Hon. William R.
Mr. Wilder passed an active business
life. He was pleasant in his bearing
and regular in business habits. lie was
a man of fine presence and his face was
a picture of integrity and honesty. He
of of late years maintained an office In
the Merchants' National bank building,
where he, through a forre of clerks,
directed his extensive business Inter
ests. He was at his oftice as usual untii
h« was taken ill. It was his intention
to go to Washington city to live during
the winter, but his sickness prevented
his leaving home. For a year or two his
hralth has been impaired, a result of
close application to business. He was a
man or strom: constitution. He led an
abstemious life, was honored among
men who knew him and he nau an ex
tensive Acquaintance in thu business
and financial world as well as at home.
There is nothing In his life that is not
commendable, ami those who mourn his
death will make up a great multitude.
This the Talk in a United Labor
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 11.—At the
meeting of the United Labor league
today the recent letter of Attorney Gen
eral Gluey to Judge Dallas, of the
United States circuit court, on the rela
tion of the Philadelphia & Reading
railroad to the Brotherhood Railway
Trainmen was the subject of much dis
cussion. J. W. Bisbee, of Cigarmakers'
No. 100, who presided, moved that m
view of the hostility of the officials
of the road to the trainmen md
organized labor in general, tho United
Labor League invoke the assistance of
all labor organizations in the state to
wards instituting a vigorous boycott
against the Reading company. After
discussion, the matter was laid over un
til Judge Dallas hands down his decis
ion, and should it be unfavorable to the
train men tfce boycott question will be
taken up again.
Father English Makes an Attack
on Bonacuin.
Omaita, Neb., Nov. 11.— troub
iv the Lincoln diocese of Bishop Bona
cum has broken out afrash. He has
suspended Kt. Rev, Father English,
of David City, and ordered him before
the diocesan court. This is on the
allegation that- English took church
property and failed to return it. To
day English published a long reply and
attacks the bishop. The old case
against Bishop Bonacu Is not lied,
according to a statement published
here. Action on the charges is merely
deferred tor the reason, it Is said, that
Mgr. Satolll's powers an insufiiclent to
deal with the case, it is stated that
documents enlarging his authority are
believed to be on their way from Rome
and, after their arrival, the complaining
priests are codiid«ct of being vindicated.
A Dozen Men Are Ready to
Step Into Mr. Washburn's
Let the Office Go to the
Yourger Element in the
George Thompson op Joseph
Wheelock Would Popular-
ize the Senate.
Those astute Republicans, who have
made a study of the situation in thla
state, will readily concede that the elec
tion of* a successor to Senator Wash
: burn will be attended with more stirring
i scenes than thpse of six years ago, when
. he secured his election to that office.
i The fact cannot be concealed that Mm
I neapolis is not a unit for Mr.Washburn,
i aitnougn. he has served the state wellj
an 1 worked earnestly iv the interest of
a certain class of Flour City constitu
ents. Aside from the fact that there
i are other interests in his city that may
Dot follow in the channel of the legis
lative work done by the »enator, there
are several gentlemen, even in that
| city, who would like to do some work
j tnat would give them future advantages
j in personal aspiratious for some oiher
: place, especially for governor. Then,
; too,:i;ere ara even men who would like to
j be the Minneapolis senator. This may
work a dunge in the sentiment lor Mr.
Wssbborn aud, possibly, bring some of
the Minneapolis delegation out for some
man from the country. The three prom
inent candidates for governor two years
hence in the Republican party will be
Joel Heatwole. of Northfield; Robert
j G. Evans, of Minneapolis, and William
Henry Eustis, the present mayor of the
city up the river.
Mr. Evans is a representative of the
populace and is a hail fellow well met,
| besides being a brainy man. Major
j Eustis Lai made a great record a? an
executive and his fame has spread
abroad. Joel Heatwole is a genial «en
tietoau, and nas an enviable record
throughout the state, it may be well to
have hhn shelved before the next elec
tion. This could be done v-ry grace
fully by electing him Uuited States sea
The country will figure in the contest
to the extent that it is no longer wiilinc
to let the Twin Cities keep both sena
torship«. There is where the bigvegt
fight against Mr. Wasuburn will be
made from. There will be more tban a
half-dozen candidates for Mr. Wash
bum's shoes. Ex-Senator Sabin is al<
ready out with paint and ftethers, anc
several others have their lightning rods
up. tSoiomon G. Comstock will be
strong before the caucus. Then there
are Congressmen Tawney, McCleary,
Towne. Mr. J md, and a number of
others who will be iv the contest.
Hcatwole a Candidate.
Joel Heatwole seems to be a ver
likeiv man for the Dlace. He has made
a marvelous success in defeating the
brainiest Democrat in the state, Hon. O.
M. Hali. for congress by an overwhelm
ing majority in a Democratic district.
He has been mentioned for governor
and is very popular. He has many
friends wiio will stand by him to the
last, and he will gain strength as the
time for election draws near.
GL S. lyes. formerly lieutenant gov*
ernor, will have a number of friends.
F. M. Eddy, the congressman elect
from the Seventh district, will not Der
mit his friends to vote for him, as ha
would prefer to make his mark iv Wash
ington. *
.Judge C. M. Start, of Rochester, the
chief justice elect, would make a very
desiraOle senator, and it would be
creditable to his party to give him this
honor, lie has friends who would like
to push him for election.
Moses E. Clapp, the brainy lawyer
who made an excellent attorney ct-n
--era}, is popular, and would fill the
place with credit. Donald Grant would
also fit the place.
A. M. Miller, of Duluth, would like to
work the SttDhen B. Eikins game. He
has ability, of the kind common in the
senate, and has a large purse that would
enable him to entertain well iv th«
national capitol.
. If the country is not to carry off th«
prize for some one of the many able
men who might be selected ami the
place is to be Riven to Minneapolis
attain; there are plenty of citizens wh?
would like to see
Sam Hill ( bovoiL
Mr. Hill is a cultured gentleman and
is a lino business man. He is a man ot
means as well as of brains. He has a
coilesiate education, is a linguist and
was educated for the bar. His knowl
edge of public affairs is extensive, and
be would be a credit to the state.
There is noJaek of eood candidates and
none of them have a cinch. At present
the race is almost even between several
persons mentioned. notwithstanding the
fact t.iat Senator Washburn tia3 been
an able senator and has made a good
reputation As time goes on there may
be more candidates mentioned, but it
will narrow down to half a dozen before
the day or election conies. When it is
remembered that Senator VVindom was
turned down in the height of his fame
i; is easily demonstrated that it is any
body's fight at present.
There is one chance to do something
out of the ordinary and send a man to
the United States senate from this state
who would make a hit by advocating
conservative measures and populariz
ing the branch of congress which has
become too dictatorial of late. A mm
from this state who would openly con
tend for the election of senators by a
vote of the people and a dropping "or
some of its shoddy aristocratic manure
would make a national reputation.
George Thompson, of the Dispatch,
would bo such a man, or so would Jos
\Y heelock. of tha Pioneer Press. .They
both possess much of the Western style
of equality among men. Mr. Thomp
son has pushed his paper to the trout as
an organ tor the common people, and
he certainly has made friends enough
in the state to warrant the Republican
party conferring thu senatorial toga
uaou him, tfkM

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