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Patrons and friends are cordially invited to visit and avail them selves of the facilities of our Eastern othce 15 when in New York and Washington. TOO AY'S WKATHKK. Washington. Dec. 20.—Indications: For Minnesota: Threatening weather, with rain or snow; decidedly colder; high south winds, becoming northwest. for Wisconsin: Increasing cloudiness, with showers; colder iv western poitious: increasing sou;winds. For [owa: Threatening weather, wita nhowen; colder in western portion; high south wintle becoming northwest. For Montana: Snow; decidedly colder; northerly winds. For .North l):iko::t: Rain or snow: aecid sdly colder: northerly wiiuls. For South Dakota: Tbreateniag weather, i with ran or snow; decidedly colder; high , north winds. i.KNKHaI. observation's. IMieii matks Depaktmkxt of Aguicult t ke, Weather Bubbad, Washington, Dec. 60, t" :4S p. m. Local Time. 6p.m. 7."th Meridian Observations taken at the same mo ment of time at nil stations. Place. Bar.|Tr.|j Place. Isnr. i"r. St: Paul.... 29.72 ii Mtd'e Hat... 30.10 '.'2 Duluth 20.V01 12 9w't Cur'ent 2t> La Crosse 2U.54 50 Qu'Appelle 29.82 26 Huron '.".«.;■«) 521 Minnedosa.. -'.'.•">* 3.' Pierre -J'.i. ft) 54 1 Winnipeg. . 29.50 34 Moorhead..'&.46l ■»:: Port Arthur. 29.78| Hi St.Vincent. h».50 38|| Bismarck.:. 42 521 Boston 3S-44 Wi!listoii...j2i».T4 36 Buffalo 42-44 Iltivre. . . H>.OU 3t Chicago 50-.")(> Miles City.. 1^9.961 40|[Cheyenne.:. IC-56 Helena j:W.Oe 3r; Ciueiiiu.iti.. 4-J-J4 Edmonton. 6 I Montreal 34-10 B&ttleford.. 3CMS 10 iNew Orleans 56-fW : Pr. Albert .':. .1:. si New York... 44-50 Calgary |3').lt> ie Pittsburg.. ■■ 44-;V2 P. F. Lyoms, Local Forecast Otlicial. Extka postage should be charged for sending; kisses by mail. i Sknatob Tim.man* is not hunting ducks with Mr. Cleveland. * — m» Itis pleasing to note that the Bank of England still has a reserve. «•« "I beg to staie thac there is still nothing to arbitrate." — Emperor of Japan. 11 — They have betruu to patch Currency Reform Dill's clothes .already. Heaven save the boy!j . • Is it too late to suggest that we have a Christmas excursion on the river? Tne old Mississippi is wide open. SiiATTUck school, Faribault, Kets_a_ very substantial Christmas "presont, 125.000 troin the Fayerwealher estate. —Mi*. - Shades of nineteenth century rela tives of Ananias! Senator Chandler de livering an oration upon Daniel Web ster. John Bubxs is .iot coming to Minne sota. Perhaps it is well. He might find another "Pocket Edition of Hell"' within ten miles of St. Paul. Somebody ought to catch and be head some of those Chinese fakirs. Yo Ha Na La. the young wife of the em peror ot China, has not committed sui cide. . Get those gcod resolutions ready now, practice on them for ten days, and. if you find them satisfactory, you will find them much easier to keep after the first of January, And now "Tim Keardon has been roasted by the joint garbage committee. It Is so near Christmas the committee might have waited and put this last "roast" in Tim's stocking. There is a spirited debate on in Min neapolis as to which is the greater liar, the "murder" reporter of the Journal or Claus A. Bllxt. The Journal reporter scored the last touch-down. -«*. . I "JhiiTiAi. misfit" v what the Min neapolis Times calls matrimonial in felicity ending in a suit for divorce.- That ia, presumedly, that the parties have their fighting clothes on. Not so bad. . . m Sfnatoe Pekfeu jesterday present ed a petition from certain sorghum manufacturers in Kansas. If some body would pour sorghum ib the sena tor's seat he would stick to it better, facilitate business and please the peo ple. Atlantic seaboard capitalists havcV had their eyes opened on California realty airain. A Bakersfieid correspond ent gleefully dashed off the following yesterday: "Out on the bleak desert, far from habitation.and even from the haunt of the coyote, lies the site ot Concord, the cacti-strewn town which is still creating some excitement amojjg gullible Eastern people. There is no more uninviting spot on earth." Mr. John Burns, here is another chance . for an epigram. Committing on the feature of Secre tary Carlisle's plan which provides that any bauk may make its notes re deemable In gold coin, the Chicago Inter Oetan says that the "hoofs and boms of the Satan which demonetized Oliver In 1873 by indirection are plainly discernible in this gold clause." The Vi "r, ign or an t of ourselves, Vfi, purchase our own injuries. " MAIL POUCH, PURE, % Nicotine, HARMLESS, the Active Principle, SATISFYING. -^ Neutralized An Odorless Chew. A Fragrant Smoke. }0D NEED NOT BEWARE, i^CSED ONCE YOC BETECT IMITATIONS. Inter Ocean is a stalwart Republican \ organ, and the stiffestof the advocates j for the restoration of MeKinleyism. It speaks of the demonetization act of 1971 in terms that we have been accustomed J to hear from the most advanced and j ramnanti Populists and silverihs. The ■ fracture evident in the Republican party since the election is thus evidently tending to divide that party on tin* lines of ultra-proieetion and free coinage. MUNICIPAIi UOYKKNMBNT. Through all of the various sugges tions touching upon the organization of city governments run two different and radically antagonistic ideas. Theaa are the opposite ajid eonliictinsr conceptions of government, whether national, stato or local, which lie at the base ot politi cal parties in all countries, but are no where as sharply defined as in our own. need to their iast tenns.lho one idea conceives of government as a divine in stitution and the other as a purely hu man creation. The one rests upon the assumption ot the incapacity of people for self-government— the necessity of their being guided, directed, cared for and protected by a superior wisdom, of which the government is the repository; while the other regards the government as being merely a matter of couvenience ior tlia better regulation of those things which concern all. and iv the adminis tration of which all have au equal right and au equal voice. In questions of municipal organiza tion, the first idea finds expression in an insistence upon a removal from the people of as large a measure of partici pation in uublic affairs as possible. Its advocates would center power and responsibility in one head, whose choice they accord to the people, and would leave to him the largest possible meas ure of direction of affairs. Without avowing it in terms, they would, in etfect, have the mayor of the city vir tually an autocrat,with veto power over the acts of the representatives in the councils and with a practically un checked direction of the business affairs of the municipality through the various departments. This is the paternal idea, and natur ally we find those noiding that view of government, whether national or state, applying it to the government of our cities It springs naturally out of the idea that the state is the source of all power, and that city government is but a delegation of the power ot the state, the grant of which is to be strictly con-* stroed, and no powers are to be taken by implication. This has led to the multiplicity of charters, with all of their diversities and incongruities. The under!} ing idea, as well as all of its ramifications, ia antagonistic to the basic idea of our government, that the people are capable of self government, that they alone are th« ruler*, that they are the source of all power, that they must be trusted to the fullest to govern themselves. It is on this idea that the universal suffrage is based. The right of evert man to vote rests on the theory of self-government. Every denial of the fullest participation of the people in the government of themselves is a denial of the soundness of the basic principle of our institutions, its gen eral acceptance would be the admission that republican institutions have broken down. The effort to get a strong central head of city government, removing as far as possible from thw people the elec tion of their officers, is not only an ad mission of the failure of republicanism, but is a step in the direction ot the only other alternative, a government by oli garchy. We stand, by virtue of our grant of universal suffrage, committed to the doctrine ot a government for the people and by the people. Whatever ideas may be entertained as to the wisdom of this course, it is too late to change it or modify it. We have taken our course, and have gone too far now to turn back or to change it, and the only possible way is to proceed directly on it. Grant it to be true that a large portion ot the people are not sufficiently informed to act wisely, the fact remains that they have the power to act and will act and must be trusted to act. If they are not informed, will they gain information by being relieved of duties ftSiefe require them to gain it? Are men qualified tor responsibility by having responsibility removed from them? Will men traiu a larger sense of their responsibility as citizens by having the measure of that responsibil ity diminished? Are not the faults of our municipal administration now largely due to the fact that the state as sumes so much care and throws upon the citizen so little? Is it not better for the present,and better iv the long view, to accept logically trie consequences of the theory of our government and con form to it in all public concerns? And, after all, will not the idea of a central responsible head, clothed with great powers, result in pre cisely the same conditions as its opponents seek to remedy? Will it eliminate the human factor from the problem? Will the people take more care or exercise greater wisdom in se lecting the one man than they will in solectine the many? If, under the im pulse of great excitement, stirred by the discovery of municipal corruption, the better element in i community has exerted itself to sele;t a good executive, have not these men been succeeded by incapable and Inefficient ones when the excitement had subsided? Tweed went down before an aroused popular opin ion, but was the cLange permanent? Is there not greater danger to a com munity in the exertion of a large power by a bad man than in the diffusion of power among many? These are ques tions to be seriously considered in any plan of municipal reform; and as we answer them, each for himself, will we support or oppose the proposition of the strong, central, responsible execu tive head. THKCIIYWAKI) DRIFT. A very able and well-written article is the report of George W. Bell, our consul at Sydney, New South Wales, on the Australian panic of last year and the analysis made of the causes which led up to the crash. The report covers too extensive an area to be even sum marized in an editorial, but there is one feature of it which is interesting in con nection with the recent address of Mr. Stickney on the tendency to overpopu lation of cities in this country. This tendency is shown here in a very mild form as compared with Australia, but here as well as there it is producing the same result, the creation of that THE SAINT PAUL DAILY GLOBE: FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 2!, 189*. large, absolutely dependent class for whom there is no possibility of rising out of their eoudilion. The connection In EiiKlaud of. land with rank and wealth and aristocracy led to the creation of vast estates by those going to that country with means which enabled them to take advantage of the extremely low price of public lands. The extent to which this has ■MM on in the absorption of vast areas by individuals Is shown by the figures he gives of New South Wales, wherf one-half of all the alienated land is owned by 677 persons, whose. average holding is 33.000 acras each, while the same proportion of land in New Zealand s owned by 337 persons, with au aver* age holding of 25.000 acres each. Ono person in New South Wales owns over 2,000,000 acres, on which he has but little less than half a million sheep. Numerous other instances ure given of individual holdings of from 200,000 up to 2,000,000 acres or laud. The inevitable result of this absorb ing of laud by the few, with its accom panying denial of access to it by the nmuy, is the congestion of population in tlie cities for which no country fur nishes a parallel. In New South Wales, with its population of 1,193.000, 411,000 live iv Sydney, and 50,000 iv Newcastle, and one-halt of the popaltition live in nine cities and towns. Victoria, with I population of 1,107.000, has 598,450 in its cities. The proportion is nearly the same in (Queensland and South Aus tralia. As Mr. Bell says, the results are that iv most ot the districts there is a small number of very rich and powerful stock owners, a large, yet two small a number of independent farmers who live by their own toil, and au abnormal ly large number of dependents. In the large cities there are the same results from the same causes, a tew enormously rich, a larger class of busi ness men with moderate means, and an enormously dispioportiouate number ot the very poor and destitute. Combine with this the prevalence of the pater nalistic idea of government, a franchise which is pretty i,early universal,and you have the ideai seedbed of socialism. No countries are more prolitic in schemes for the utilization of the power of the government for the benfit of all than are the provinces of Australia, and un der these conditions, Mr. Bell observes, unusual events should surprise no one. The Cleveland family has been grossly insulted because an Olio town marshal was refused free adnusiou to a minstrel show. For this breach of etiquette Minstrel W. 8. Cleveland was hand cuffed, thrown into jail and refused bail at Bellefontaine. It may as well be stated rightjhere that this incident may prevent McKinley from being nominated for president. FROM MANY SOURCES. "The large number of sudden es trangements in social circles is mani fested by the small attendance of lov ing couples at tbe theaters," said an actor yesterday. "What causes the estrangements?" asked a friend. "Christmas," was the auswer." They'll all aiake up after New Year's." The joker who suggested Halvor Steenersou as a successor to Washburu has not been seen since he made the suggestion. * "Say," said a gruff-speaking fellow yesterday, "if I'm on uiy uppers and hain't eot a cent an' you come along iv the nick o' time an' say, 'Here, Bill, 's a couple of dollars,' you know darn well that I'll say, "Thankee, old boy, an' more power to ye.' It ain't in me to say, 'Now lookee here, yo ain't doiu' this thing right. 1 want ye to take off yer hat when ye hand me 5-2.' Wouldn't be grateful, eh? No, I should say not, but that's jest what some of the people of Hinckley are doin' after all the kind ness that has been shown 'em. It aiu't right, ye know." Not only will the policemen have no money for Christmas but they will on that great day work harder than ever to protect the municipality which re fuses them their hard earned wages. Who wouldn't be a policemau? Little Eddie Hinebdugh was seeu on the streets yesterday with a grip. It wasn't the one he lost either. Fitzgerald,the Long-Haired Chieftain, is busy "getting next to his job," and outliniog work for Ed Bean aud Jim King's son. AT THE THEATERS. The St. Paul ideals have made a rep utation for local minstrels which has never been equaled in St. Paul. They used to fill the old Graud of former day?, and have now been revived under the auspices of the St. Paul Lodge of Elks, No. 59. The entire company had an orchestra rehearsal with Seibert's orchestra yesterday afternoon, and an otnei today. The rehearsals indicate that the performance will be fully up to ths standard of the old Ideals. The musical numbers are especially fine, and there will be many new and novel features, among which will be a few minutes ot sketching by H. G. Conner, the artist of the Morning Call, find a monologue entertainment by C. C. Fair child. In the private rehearsal last evening Mr. Fairchild thoroughly dem onstrated that this feature of the en tertainment would be beyond question oue of the best of its kind ever heard in St. Paul. Mr. Fairchild has an excel lent reputation, but he has never dona anything before a St.Paul audience that will prove so acceptable as the novelty he has prepared for this event. One of the best of the musical features will be the introduction of a chorus of a dozen boys, who have been well trained and'whose singing will be a feature entirely new in minstrelsy. Owing to the illness of Phil Schaub, John Merrill has been substituted in the sonic of "Be Sure and Write to Me." Some of the vocal numbers are: "Little Alabama (Joou," winter lullaby, . by A. P. Quesnel; "Swim Out, O'Grady," by Assemblyman Robb: "True as Steel," by A. D. 3. Johnson; "Honey, Don't .Sigh," by F. H. Tenuey; "Rogue's Re venge," by P. B. Churchill. Franklyn W. Lee. Al Flournoy, George Magee, Charles Shibley and a host of other en tertainine; performers will contribute during the performance, and judging from the advance sale will hi! the Met ropolitan to the doors tonight aud to morrow night. At noon today they will give a street parade, and on Satur day they will parade at 4 o'clock, on which occasion they will be joined by other members of ths St. Paul lodge of Elks. The New York and Chicago sensation, "The Passing Show," will be seen for the first time in this city next Sunday night, interpreted by Canary & i,eder er's company of 1.10 people, including such well-known entertainers as John )C. Ilenshaw, Charles J. Ross, George A. Schiller, William Cameron, (ius Pixley, E. S. Tarr, V rernona Jarbeau, Lucy Daly and Sylvina Thorn. The ballets in the piece are novel, graceful and beautiful, and the scenery is par ticularly handsome. One of the fun nieit hits In this jproteau entertainment is a dance of pickaninnies, execute;! by Miss Lucy Daly and Canary & Leder er's original band of 'vvay-down-South darkies. Matinees will be given Tues day tCiuisimas day), Wednesday and Saturday. The sale of seats for "The Passing Show" has been the largest of the present season at the Metropolitan. The (isand opera house presents for a week's engagement, beginning Sunday night, the comedy novelty "Yon Yon son," which returns to St. Paul after a tour of the South that surpassed ail ex pectations. Jacob Litt's company of comedians have won the highest uraise for their artistic work, and Mr. Heege, in the leading role, was compared to such artists as Jefferson and Goodwill. "A Summer Blizzard" will be seen at the Grand but three morn times-to night, tomorrow matinee aud tomorrow night. UPHOLDS THE COMMISSION, Anderson Says He Will Vote to Reimburse Keller Outlays. Hon. August J. Anderson, of Tay lor's Falls, called at Secretary Hart's office at the capitol yesterday. Mr. Anderson stated that the statement made by a Rush City paper recently that he was hostiie to the state relief commission was entirely false. He said that he knew of nothing whatever that waa wrong, as the paper stated in regard to tho work of the commission, and further he said emphatically that he would support the proposition to reim burse Ihe members for the expense that they had sustained in attending to the work. ITALIANS DEALT WITH. FINES AND tVOKKHODSB SlilV ; TKNCKS FOIC THEM. Harry Holcoinb Accused of Suatohinic a Pouket book. The five Italians who became involved in a cutting scrape on the upper levee the other night were disposed of yester •iay. It proved impossible to get any evidence out of them so long as they stood charged with "assault with a dan gerous weapon"-a grand jury offense. So the complaint was altered to "disor derly conduct." Then they tesUried glibly. As a result, Kaffaele di Muccio will spend the coming sixty days at the workhouse and Joseph di Fabbia and Aiitouio Palombo were fined $25 each., with the alternative uf thirty days. They managed to raise the amount of their lines, but Di Muccio cculd not produce the necessary $50 required to save him from going to Como. Dommico Palombo and Michael Riaolo were discharged, as it was shown they were not the ag gressors, but acted as peacemakers. Snatched a Purse. Harry Holcomb, who is entered on the central poiice station tab as a "thief," was arrested on the charge, of snatching a purse from a lady Wednes day eveniug just in front of the Peo ple's church. The young woman is employed by Field & Mahler, and was on her way home from work wh#n robbed. As Holcomb grabbed the pocketbook the lady resisted, whereup on he struck her on the shoulder and escaped. Fortunately the purse con tained but a trifling amount of money. Stole Wheat. Louis Poundiger, Philip Dzminsky and George Nowak, a trio of fifteeii year old boys, were arraigned in the po lice court yesterday,charged with steal ing wheat from a freight car. They ad mitted their guilt, but said that a man from whom they had taken some pigeons promised them that if they, would steal Uie wheat he would let them off for taking the pigeons. The matter will be heard tomorrow morning and the man who induced the boys to steal the wheat will be arrwsted and taken before the court. Girl Ran Over. Grace Demarest, a thirteen-year-old girl living at 154 Pieasant avenue, was knocked down and run over yesterday afternoon at the comer of Seventh and Minnesota streets by a horse and coal wagon belong! y.g to the Pioneer Fuel company. Although one ot the wheels passed over her legs, the glri was uot seriously injured, She was taken to her home. H. G. Seiby was driving the wagon. WHITE i»l Kiivr.iisi WKAKKN. Prospects of Arbitration in New Orleans Troubles. New Oklkans, La., Dec. 20.—The members of the board held an informal meeting in the Cotton Exchange build ing today, Col. H. G. Hester presiding. Mr. Foster, the fifth member of the board, being absent* a telegram was sent requesting his presenae. lv view or the present labor troubles it was deemed advisable that the board should be prepared to act upon any question that may be submitted to it. There was a conference this afternoon between the representatives of the white and colored handlers, and the indications are that the white organizations will consent to divide the work with the colored labor ers. The position taken by the steamship agents and stevedores that they would employ negroes entirely unless the white men returned to work, and the pronr.se of Mayor Fitzpatrick that ade quate protection would" be furnished to all who desired to work backed up by a strong show of police force on the levee has had a salutary effect apparently upon the white laborers, causing them to recede from the position taken by them some days ago, that they would not load any vessels employing "colored longshoremen, and that they would not load any yessal of the West Indian or Harrison lines unless they w^re given all the work on the steamers of these lines. In other words the negroes who have been workiugon the levee all their lives were to be driven off. The strike was settled late tonight the white and colored organizations agreeing to divide the work and restore rates, the ship agents concurring in the re-establishment of peace and prices. John L>. on the Warpath. St. Mary's. 0., Dec. 20.—John L. Sullivan landed heie tonight loaded. Members of his company groomed him all they could before his appearance tonight, after which he cut loose again. While waiting on the depot piatf orm at Liiaa today Sullivan assaulted Officer Wsnrate and Express Agent Devoe. The latter ran into his office for his gun, whep members of Sullivan's company hustled the pugilist into the car and were soon off. Sullivan started on hi* spree at Dayton early in the week, and has been uncoutlrolable today. Oil on the Itiae. Toledo, 0., Dec. 20.—The Buckeye Tipe Line company (the Standard) ad vanced the price of Lima crude oil again today, making South Luna 50 cents per barrel and North Lima 54 cents per barrel. This is the secend advance withjn the week, and the highest price in the history of oil in Obio. Lavlgne's Case Go«s Over. New Obi.eaxs, Dec. 20.—The case of Lavicoe and others, held for the Killing of Andy Bowen, was called today be fore *ludge Auorn, but owing to the ab sence of oiaterial witnesses the case went over until Jan. 4. Ashinger Still Gaining. Philadelphia, Dec. 20.—The scoro at midnight iv the bicycle tournamett w»m Ashlager, 1,054| Foskr, 950; Ganao*. 6tt> : -'r COMSTOCK IN FOR 11. Has Shied His Beaver Into the United States Senator ial Ring*. HE IS FOXf IN HIS TALK. His Friends Express Consid erable Confidence in His Chances. GOSSIP ON SPEAKERSHIP. Grier Says St. Paul Republican Papers Are Hurting the City. Hon. Solomon G. Comstock, of Moor head, came to the city yesterday to at tend a meeting of the normal school board. He put iv the day at work in the ofljeeof the superintendent of public instruction and last night went to Min neapolis, but will ba in the city today to remain a few daya. Mr. Comstock was reminded that a number of the country papers, as well as aome of the Twin City dailies, had mentioned him as a possible successor to Senator Wash burn and that some of Ins friends had declared that they would vote for him. This waaprelimiuary to asking his po sition in the matter. Mr. Comstock replied that he lived over 300 miles from the capitol and has not yet beeo able to learn the seotirnent of the members of the legislature on the senatorial matter. He was then asked what he had to say relative to the reports that he would ba a candidate for the position, and gave an answer that waa ingenu ous. Said lie: "I am very thankful to my friends and the newspapers that have been so kind to me. I am not fully iuforuied on the situation. I will look tho field over. It is yet time enough to make a declaration on the subject." The popular statesman smiled good-naturedly in discussing the matter, and inquired in his shrewd way as to what opposition his caudi dacy had met with. The reporter left him with the impression that he wot.ld not chide his friends for the kindly men tion of his name in connection with the United States senate. Several friends of the ex-congress man said that he will develop unex pected strength as the time for select ing a senator approaches, and it will not be surprising if he should capture the plum. The fact that he is from the northern part of the state and lias had two tenus in congress gives Mr. Coui siock strength. His ability is asserted by his friends to be greater than most of those mentioned for the place. One admirer said: "He is six times aa strong a man as Gen.VVashburn for the place." Views of C'rook&ton .lien. John Cromb, of Crcokston, was in the city attending the meeting of the nor mal school board. He is a banker in his city. Speaking on the senatorial question, he took the view that the field has a good show againat Wasiiburn. He thinks if the opposition can unite on some m&n thero will be no doubt of de feating the Fiour City man. He said that S. <J. Comstock is a avowed candi date, and will come to the city with the suppoit of the delegation in his part of the state. Mr. Cromb says that the Red river valley people will want another appro priation for drainage. He believes U profitable, and thinks also that the Great Northern road uught to heip bear the expense. Alex McKinnon. of Crookston, is a prominent Democrat who is in the city. He says that the Red river valley would like to have a man in tbe United States senate. He says there is a strong op position among people of. all parties against the ?ities running the state. Ho declares that a rebellion is brewing against the Twin Cities and Winona taking all the important offices. He believes, from the talk in the country, that Mr. Comstock will develop into a formidable candidate for the senate. CJreer Talk* Some. Hon. Allen J. Greer, of Lake City, is at thp Windsor. He says that there is too much domination by the cities in the legislature and elsewhere. He spoke particularly of municipal chatter legislation. He thinks the republican papers ot St. Paul have done the city much injuiy by abusing the adminis tration of affairs in St. Paul and by acitatiuK charter revision. This dis cussion, he says, has led the country people aud also those trom abroad to think that there is something wrong in the past administration of the city, and consequently has hurt the financial standing of the place. He says I hat the people in the country are not in favor of a gen eral charter bill. They don't want new charters forced upon them. They have many special features that are as varied as the cities of the state almost. A now general charter Irw would cut off features that have been euerafted upon charters of numbers ot cities and would destroy tha whole machinery of many of the small cities. He thinks it would be better for St. Paul to try to live under Its present charter thau to lose some features that could not be em bodied in auy bill that could be passed by the legislature. Hon. C. N. Bell was sitting by, and added that it seemed that a certain morning paper is trying to force a new charter upon the city. He thinks it uuwise and uudesira'Me. Dunn Obligated to tilbb*. Robert C. Dunn, of Princeton, came to the city yesterday, anci held a con sultation with Sam lverson, his coming chief deputy, over the details of enter inc upon the duties of stato auditor. Mr. Dunn said that the Quttl had done him an injustice in saying that he participated in the deal by which the Sixth district declared for Van Sant for speaker, lie said that he had taken no part in the tight; but, on the contrary, was under obligations to Mr. Gibbs for support In the state convention from the start. Mr. Dunn will decide upon the re mainlny two appointees in his office today and announce their name<y lie has offered ex-Senator W. S. Dedbn. of Taylor's Falls, the position of land in spector, aud he has accepted the posi tioo. This is a compliment to the hard work done by Mr. Dedon in the pine land investigation. £Mc Dunn said that no onl haa requeued the appointment, but he had made it because he hud great confidence In the ability and luteiaity of Senator Dedou. Hon. J. C. Brainard, of Blooming Pratrie, le at the Merchants'. He says tk*t both Vm Sant aud Glbbs bar* friends in his neighborhood. II« will vote for Mr. Uibba for speaker because he is a neighbor, and because he Is an able and competent man for the place. H« said that he was sorry that Minne apolis had taken such a stand on the speakership. It was a surprise to tho members in his part of the state. Their impression had been that it was better to leave the in at tar to individual action and not to make tho matter sectional by adopt ing the unit rule by congressional dis tricts. That course he thought unwise. His thought was that it seem«d as though Minneapolis was dragging the senatorial fight into that for speaker, and while there had been a sentiment among some In his pnrt of the stale favorublu to Washburn, this action might result in opposition to Minneap olis. His view on tho senatorship is that a strong man would stir up* consid erable opposition to W'ashburu. Speajt? r»>liil> <»o«»lp. The speakership fight went along smoothly yesterday. There were no new developments. Capt. Van Sant said that he was working away and felt satisfied with his chances. He added: "I am working in ways that most peo ple know nothing about." He was not ready, lie said, to give figures as to his strength. Col. (iibbssaid last niirht that ho had nothing additional to say. "Wait until tomorrow and 1 will tell you something new," lie said. Dan Shell, of Worthhigto!:, is ex* pected in the city tomorrow. What turn this will make" in the speakership no one is willing to state at present. SenatoaA. fi. Cole, of Perxufl Falls, stayed over until today to meet the dele gation from the Seventh congressional district, which is expected to reach here today for a conference. Senator J. H. Smith, of Detroit, is at the Clarendon. lie has a contest on his hands. Senator i'robstfield. the Popu list, who served the past tour years iv the senate, is contesting his seat. Mr. Smith has eleven majority on the face of the returns. He is said to have se cured the votes of the Indians at the White Earth agency. The board of county commissioners has re fused to pay the expenses of the district at White Earth. If this precinct should be thrown out, it is as serted that Mr. Smith will lose seventy more votes than Mr. Probsttield, and this will elect the latter. It is said that the Washburn managers have begun the contest to use it as a threat over Senator Smith. Ho Is wanted to use his influence for Washlnirn Mr. Smith has beeu sheriff of iiecker county two terms, and has considerable influence in his part of the state. If he will get O ut and hustle for the Minneapolis senator the contest will be withdrawn, but he is said to be made of too stern stuff to be forced into line in this way. Political Points. K. W. Bondy, of Battle Lake, denies the statement that the people of his sec tion of the state are for Washburn. He finds that they are opposed to a miller or railroad man or money king from the cities; that the country wants in the United States senate an hon«st. go ahead man from the country who has brains enough to represent the interests of a great and growing state. His peo ple think that Representative. E. A. Bickford ought to know that his people think that ooth Wasiiburn and Sabin have be«n in ths senate long enough. C. A. Money, of Winona. one of th» candidates for the Third district bench, to succeed Judge Start, is at tiie Wind sor today. He is attending the meeting: of the state normal school board, of which he is a member. S. A. Langum, of Preston, acondidate for secretary of the senate, is at the Windsor today. Mr. Langum has the backing of the senators from his con gressional district. KVENT AT ST. MARY'S. Apron Sale a Financial and So- csal Success. The young people of St. Mary's church gave the first of a series of so cials and apron sales in their hall, cor ner East Ninth and Locust streets, last evening, with most gratifying results, both as regards sociability and the charitable purposes of the parish. These apron sales and socials given by the young foiks of the parish are at all times grand affairs, but the one of last eveiling was beyond all expectations. The large hali was crowded, and the apron sale booth was the cynosure of all eyes, the lovely specimens of dainty work exhibited being marvelous. An excellent programme of musical num bers was capitally rendered, consisting of selections by Pliiluannonica quar tette; a bass *010 by Hon. J.August Niltsoo; violin solo by Miss Mary Keough: soprano solo by Miss Alice Whitaker; piano solo by Miss Godfrey, and a tenor solo by G. C. Zcuzuis. The vocal and musical selections were ap preciatively applauded. A tempting lunch was served under the auspices of the Young People's So ciety of St. Mary's Church. No admission fee is charged to these socials, and the lunch is served gratui tously. An offertory basket at the en trance receives the contributions of those inclined to help the poor, and this object is especially deserving. The contributions will be used for the char itable purposes of St. Mary's parish. NORMAL BOARD JVUISDS Considered by the Board—More Money Wanted. The state normal board was in session at the capitol all day yesterday.consid ering the needs of the state normal schools and the amount of the appro priation which they will aak from the legislature. The members in attend ance were President Pnttee, Superin tendent Pendergast. John Cromb, of Crookston; William E. Lee, of the state reformatory; A. K. Engstrom, of Can non Falls; George 11. Clark, of Man kato; S. G. Comstock. of Moorhead, the newly elected member; C. A. Morey, of Wiuoaa, and W. B. Mitchell, of Si. Cloud. The needs of the different schools were fully discussed at the meeting, and it was concluded that an appropriation much smaller than the one asked from the last legis lature would oe solicited. The reason for this is that two years ago the schools at Wiuona aud Maukato were both in need of large appropriations for new additions, and the demand this year is not nearly as great. The St.* Cloud school wants an addition, but outside of this there is but little building contem plated. The amount asked for two years aeo was. in ro«**« numbers, something likcA? 60,000, but the board did not cet the niil amount. The mem bers are of the opinion that 100.000 wiii answer for all purposes for the next two years. I OHKI Aim;Kß KKCALLhD. Miss Welch's Lecture Tatrfotic and A bio. A small audince greeted Miss Welch, of New York city, at l'arfc Coagrega tional church last evening. The si:u ject of her lecture was "The Making of Our Constitution." Miss Welch is au exceptionally pleasing-looking woman of about twenlj-tive, yrars. with large black eyes nnu dark iiarr, and has a powerful command of the English lan guage, her vocabulary being excep tionally good. The church was beauti fully decorated with the stars and stripes. Her lecture was a clear and able talk on the foundation of our gov ernment from m 77 to til* present time, with euloglSa ©T Such men as Washing ton, Benjamin Franklin, John Dickin son, James Madison, "the father of our constitution," and many Oihers. Dur mst her ramarks she said that as far back as 1756 women formed patriotic and economical leagues at Hartrord.and contended that political union id always preceded by uadtj alliaaeea. A RESPONSIBLE HEAD, Senator Stevens Would Have the Mayor's Appoint ments Final. FAVORS A GENERAL LAW. Senator Ozmun Wants a Measure for Paying 1 Sal aries Promptly. PLEAS TO ABOLISH FEES. Appointment of a Charter Commission Generally Favored. The meeting at the chamber of com merce yesterday afternoon was signifi cant as a movement in the interest of taxpayers, by advising legislation both as to municipal and county affairs tliat will cut down some of the burdens of the fee system. There were present members of the legislative delegation, former members and representatives of the commercial bodies. Hon Hiram F. Stevens presided and E. H. Ozmun acted as secretary. Both are members of the senate. Senator Stevens asked for an expression of views. He is on record as favoring economy in the conduct of the city and county affairs. He believes in making the mayor of the city the responsible party iv managing its financial "affairs and imposing upon him the appointment of heads of de partments and the application of civil service rules to minor positions in both city and county. He opposes the ap. poiutment of a commission to draft a city charter, as suggested by some of the business men of the city. He favors the passage of a general bili, leaving such features as the dual council to L>e adopted by a vote of the people. Those present being asked for an ex pression of views Senator Ozmun called attention to the action of the Commer cial club looking to an economy in mu nicipal government, by a return to the salary basis of two years ago and an abolition of the present fee system in offices. He also offered a resolution, which was debated and adopted, provid ing for a committee to inquire into the police and tire departments-end suggest what should be done to provide for pay ing them promptly. Gen. John B. Sanborn reiterated his views of the period when he served in the senate,namely,the return to a salary basis in city and county offices, or a pro vision to turn ovei part of the fees to the city or county. He named the of fices of sheriff, clerk of courts and reg« ister of deeds as ones that should come under the rule. He thought this could be Reached by a General Law. He believed tiie great majority or the counties would favor such a measure, and that the few cities interested in the tee system could be covered by provis ions differing from other couiuies under a dual fe&eral classification. He also took Kiudly to the suggestion of Senator Stevens to make the mayor responsible for the administration of city af fairs through heads of departments. Under such a law the people could maKe changes after two years iv case a mayor did not prove equal to the task. He believed such a course would result in the selection of business men for chief executive of a city. He fa vored the idea of the delegation draft ing a charter and proposed laws, in place of leaving the matter to a com mission. He thought a man like Sen ator Stevens,with a stenographer, could frame a charter in a short time thac would embrace the provisions desired. \V. 11. Lightner spoke in favor of thu commission idea. He believed that time and care in framing a charter should be employed, and have the pro posed measure ready for the session of the legislature two years henc«. He thought that the great cities of the state should be represented on the com mission and prepare a bill that would be satisfactory to all. He contended for a few changes in tha Bell charter, but wanted some of its feature? pre served as a protection to the city inter ests. lion. Henry Johns took much the same, view as did Mr. Ligbtner. He sugKested that men versed in the mu nicipal charter workiugs be selected in place of the members of the delegation. Such names as C N. Bell, William Bickel. (). O Cullen and C. L. Horst, he thouuht, would be desirable in this con nection. The defecation could then re view the work of the commission. Ex-! Senator Dean introduced the reso lutions of the chamber ot commerce, which he advocate*!, and are as follows: Chamber Ko*oliuioii*. Resolved, by the chamber of com merce of St. PBul. That the senators and members from Katnsey county, in the legislature of IStt j-0, be" and hereby are requested and instructed to use all honorable means to pass a proper Keu eral law for the government of the cities of the state, containing amonc others a provision that in all cities where the population exceeds 20,000 the legislative pmrnimm mm i mmmv immrag 1 IfIPORTANT SALE! 1 •^ OF —— . PI RQ AT AIirTIAM 3 £ FURiJ nl nUullUli 3 ?r j —«< •22 j • *~ -^-« e*^- Mr. Merrell Ryder, of 65 East Seventh «22 Street, having concluded to retire from busi- ~—« g^: ness, will offer his entire stock of Fur Goods J^ S^ at Auction, commencing on FRIDAY, DBC. -^5 : j£: 21st, at 2p. m. and at 7:30 p. m. Thfs stock ~*3 ZZZ has been well known for years, and consists 3^5 g~~ of a full line of Ladies' and Gentlemen's •"^— g^: Coats, Capes, Seal Caps,' Bear Robes, Lap —* e*^ Robes, etc. Those goods .arG all in good frr condition and worthy of your attention. --* IE .. v wO ©*»—■ I ——*^^.. • ... ■_. , Kavanagh & Johnson, Auctioneers' 5f SmiUiUUiiii maim \ mi uumuM power granted by the act shall be exer cised by a council composed of two bodies, viz.: A board of aldermen aud a common council, with such reshic lloos as to the exercise of their powers as shall seen c tbe greatest amount ol deliberation, fairness and public knowl edge upon ail matters receiving its ac« lion. Kesolved, second. That if the mem bers and senators aforesaid are uiiablq to securo the passage of a general la\i containing the above provisions, thai they oe requested ana instructed to support a general law containing In their judgment the larerest number 6t souud ami beneficial provisions that can be passed, accompanied by a pror yiso that such law snail not be amica ble to any city until the elector* thSre oi, at a general election, have adopted th« same in preference to their existing charter, and tile notiej of such adoption with the secretary or state in the man ner provided in said law. Hesolved, third, That, In the opinion of the chamber or commerce, it ia inex« pedient and unwise, and perilous to tha best interests of this city to refer the matter of preparing such -general law to a commission to be provided for by the legislature to report to a future seaaiou or the legislature, which, in the ordinary course, will be composed largely of different members from those who pass the law providing for such a commission, and that the legislature should act unhesitatingly and vigor ously upon all questions involved in a general law for the government of cities. More I>i*eus»ioii Continuing his discussion of these resolutions, Mr. Dean tavorud the idea of dividing the cities into classes with different provisions as to charter. Ha thinks the present charter too expen sive, ile wants heads of departments, such as cutting the board of public works down to one man. £. V. Smalley wanted some means devised to cut down the expense of Mm city government. Assemblyman Parker spoke or the inability of the common council to cut down large salaries. He advocated a measure that would give the council power to regulate large as well as small salaries. William Pitt Murray wanted the dele gation to act in the matter at once, and not leave the matter to a commission that would delay a needed saving in expense at once. He said that St. Paul j is paying the highest salaries to some i officers of any city in th« Union, and no delay should be Had in a needed reform. # The resolution of Senator Ozmun to appoint a committee to confer with the Minneapolis delegation was car ried. TWOMBLY IS TOUCHED, 340 TAKEN FKIUI HIS SALOON, BUT IS 2t\i;i>. Rumor That an Unsuccessful EIV fort Was Made to Blow Hfts Safe. Twombly's. saloon at Wabasha and I Fourth streets was "touched" early yes j terday morning for $40. Who did the j work Mr. Twombly declined to say, j inasmuch as lie afterwards recovered the money. The job was evidently ! performed by somebody familiar with ; the saloon. No doors were broken ia, j which is accounted for by the fact t!:at ! the back door was left unlocked, save i for the turn of a key easily duplicated. i Exactly when the money was taken ! does not appear, but the robbery was | planned cleverly. While the bartender's attention was distracled one of the thieves removed the wooden bar pro tecting the back door leading to the Fourth street hallway. This back door j had been locked for the niiTlit, as is the j custom with the saloon, the front aoor j beiug locked iast. It is the supposition I that the thieves returned after the j place had been closed, and entered : through the rear door by means of a skeieton key and took the $40 lying on the shelf bacK of the bar. Others think that . the crooks took the money while the bartender was in \\ back room. Whichever- theory lis correct. 3ir. Twombly got his nionev back yesterday forenoon, minus only S3. It was returned to him by one of the guilty parties, with the explana tion that they were only playing a prac tical joke upon him. Stiii another story is that the men in tendeu to blow the safe, but found the job too much for them. BUSY POSTAL CLEUKS. Christmas Presents by the Million to Bo Handled The week before Christmas is always a busy time for the employes of the postofflct, and this year is no exception. All day yesterday.from 9 a. m. to 5 p.m., the stamp window was literally crowd ed with purchasers of stamps, ranging from a cent to 10 cents, and the two gentlemen engaged in disposing of tha "stiukers"' of Uncle Sam were kept un | comfortably busy. The two employes I stationed at the package-receiving win- I dow were compelled to work as dili- I gently as their brethren at the stamp window, for the packages they handled ran up in the thousands. And the weighing clerk! If he didn't answer more questions than any man in Si Paul yesterday, he did not answer otiei Women with packages, men, boys mid girls kept pouring iuto the postoltice all day. and. after convening witli the clerk of the scales as to the cost of sending each package, threw their bur« dens at the package receivers. Today and Saturday, no dou'ot, wiH be as busy as yesterday for the reoeiv inir clerks, am! Monday the city de* livery forc«'3 innings will beui;>.