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VOL. XIX.—NO. 137.
Weather lor Today-
Fair; Southerly Winds.
_fhnke-I:p in the School Board.
Teacher* for Next Year Xamed.
Opeuing of Red Lake Reservation.
Forty Killed in a Cyclone.
Judge Nelson Resigns.
Lochren to Succeed Nelson.
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Sensational Double Elopement.
Streets Electric Lighted.
News of Minneapolis.
RallingtOn Booth Coming;.
Senate Unseats Dnpout,
New York Delegate for McKinley.
Xo Bishops Yet Chosen.
Apostles Shut Out Gold Bun*-:.
Millers Unkind to the Tigers.
Colonels Defeat the Phillies Again.
Field Day for Central High.
Spain Losing in Cuba.
X. P. Building to Be Enlarged
Great Western Makes a Cut.
Weekly Commercial Review*.
Bar Silver, 68c.-
Cash Wheat in Chicago, <51 fl-Me.
Europe Makes a Raid oh Stocks.
Official City Xoticcs.
Globe's Popular Want*.
Ei-M. P. Criticises Salisbury.
Maj. Cooley Promoted.
Met—Ladies' Orchestra, 2..W>, 5.15.
Grand— Perry, Hypnotist, 2..10, 8.15.
Aurora Park—Base Ball, 3.30.
NEW YORK, May 15.—Arrived: Campania,
Liverpool; Island, from Copenhagen; Greta
Holme, Palermo; Michigan, London; Au
gusta Victoria. Hamburg; St. Paul, South
ampton. Sailed: Bonn, Bremen; State of
California, Glasgow; Patria, Marseilles. '
QUEENSTOWN—Arrived: Lucania, New
York, for Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL—Arrived: Corinthla, Boston;
Lucania, New York; Nomadic, New York.
Sailed, Cevic, New York; Scythia, Boston.
YOKOHAMA—SaiIed: Victoria, Tacoma.
BREMEN—SaiIed: Stuttgart, New York.
SOUTHAMPTON—SaiIed: Fuerst Bismark,
New York.
HAMBURG—Arrived: Palatia, New York.
The Turkish minister is willing to
talk on anything except Turkey.
Excitement keeps up at Chicago.
There was a double hanging there yes
Colorado held a Republican conven
tion Thurrday, and the next day it
The Germans appear to be taking an
interest in our gold that is not exactly
Grand Rapids might kill the goose
which lays the sequential but inconse
quential eggs.
Judge Nelson's initial letters, R. R.,
do not indicate that he was railroaded
out of his job.
The largest watermelon of the sea
eon will be cut at St. Louis the third
week in June.
One of the prize Delaware peaches
in the St. Louis convention will be J.
Edward Addicks.
Cushman K. Davis' birthday is just
a month away, and William McKinley
doesn't care if it ls.
A Texas farmer unearthed 30,000
Mexican dollars while plowing. He
will go right on plowing.
Enlightenment is stealing into Mex
ico slowly. It has abolished all taxes
on commerce between the states.
The man who has put out '-.is flow
ers for the summer is liao'e to bo put
out about his flowers by Tack Frost.
Even now Cushman K. Davis isn't
able to see how the St. Louis c men
tion is to be celebr-ued as a birthday
It was a sort of Hibernian trick that
the Michigan university freshmen
played on a sophomore when they
painted him green.
It is already pleasingly evident that
the* free silverites are not going; to
have a majority in the Chicago Demo
cratic national convention.
Mr. Piatt still has a card up his
sleeve, but he won't be likely to be
able to do anybody any harm with it,
at least for a month or tso.
Indiana has so many decisions on
Its legislative apportionment acts that
it is doubtful if it can elect a legislat
ure under any of them this fall.
Drinks must go with the position of
license inspector. Fifty young men
have asked Mr. Doran for the position,
and the returns are not half in yet.
An evening paper has discovered art
empty house full of people out at the
base ball park. And yet one hears
occasionally that there is nothing new
under the sun.
Possibly the Fifty-fourth congress
could have'been a little more extrav
agant than it has, but it is diffi:ult to
see how it could have been much more
careless of the people's money.
The base hit by whicu Mr. Cleveland
batted Judge Lochren cut of .ie pen
sion office into the United States dis
trict court was pleasing to the presi
dent," the pension chief and the public.
A. M. Daw ton, one of the leaders of
the A. P. A. in St. Paul, must have
waived his right to a place at the
head of the police or detective forces,
as he is in Washington trying to sound
the Minnesota delegation in congress.
At Howe Eight Were Killed and It
Ia Rumored Forty Are Dead
Near Sherman.
SHERMAN, Tex., May 15.—A disastrous cy
clone struck Sherman at 4:30 this afternoon,
wiping out the entire western end of the
town. The loss of life is appalling. The dead
are conservatively estimated at between thirty
and forty. Many more are fatally or seriously
injured. At 6 o'clock this evening twelve
bodies are lying cold In death in the county
court house, and as many more are scattered
about across the desolated west end of the
city. No accurate estimate can as yet be
placed on the loss of life and property.
The work of rescue and starch for the miss
ing goes on. The business part of town is de
serted, and the greatest excitement prevails.
The Western Union office is overflowed with
anxious ones sending messages and inquiring
the fate of other towns. Every available
wagon, buggy and horse is in use by searchers
and workers on the field of death. As time
grows, later reports of greater loss of life and
property arrive. Many stories of miraculous
escapes are told.
The Sherman court house is insufficient to
hold the dead and wounded, and a vacant
building on the South square was utilized at
6 o'clock, fifteen colored people, dead or dying,
being placed there. Express drays, baggage
wagons and all kinds of vehicles continue to
come in with dead bodies. Around the Im
provised morgue great excitement prevails,
and much difficulty is experienced in getting
the names of the Victims and accurate re
The storm struck the town without warning
on the southwest corner of the city and
cleared a path 100 yards wide along the west
end of the town. Houses, trees, fences and
everything went before the terrible force of
the cyclone. The negro part of the town suf
fered the most severely. There are probably
thirty negroes killed. Ten bodies have been
picked up in Post Oak creek.
The flood of rain which attended the storm
was severe. The town is a mass of mud and
floating debris. There is much difficulty in
finding the dead and Injured. Capt. T. F.
Ely's house was demolished and his wife and
two children had miraculous escapes. Capt.
B. Berges' residence was also leveled to the
ground, but fortunately the family was away
from home. Frank Ryan, manager of the
Sherman base ball team, had his house blown
from Its foundation and completely turned
around. His wife and two children escaped
serious Injury.
Late tonight it Is reported that forty people
have been killed south of town, In addition
to the city's list of dead. Wagons are un
loading the dead and injured every moment.
The list of killed, as far as reported by the
authorities at 10 p. m., ls as follows:
JIM ENGLISH, colored.
KATY KING, colored.
MRS. OTTO BALDINGER and two children.
MRS. I. L. BURNS and Two children, John
nie, aged 3, and Grover, aged 10.
JOHN AMES and Wife and two children.
dren; another is missing.
D. L. PIERCE and son, Tom, aged 14.
MRS. DAVE HERRING and two children.
An unknown lady and two little white
children, about 4 and 6 years of age, have
not been identified and are being held ln
the morgue for Identification.
The list of colored people killed, so far as
learned up to 10 p. m., Is as follows:
James Walker, Mrs. Nora Nicholson and
two children, Lucy Ballinger and daughter,
Charley Cox, son of Eliza Cox; Mary Lake
and three children, Letitla, John and Fatus.
An Incomplete list of the wounded follows:
Tom Jenkins, his wife and five children.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller and two children.
A heavy sliver of wood was driven through
the thigh of Granville Jenkins. Mr. and Mrs.
Ed. Halsell and little son, with B. F. Wood
ard, were in the cellar at the former's
residence, and were covered with debris. Mr.
and Mrs. Hasell, both painfully bruised about
the thighs, supposed to have been blown
through a window. Eliza Cox, hurt in the
breast. Harriet Lake, colored, cut and
bruised about the head. Ben Cephus, colored,
his wife and son, Clarence, all have limbs
broken, and are in precarious condition. Let
tie and Lummie Burns badly hurt. Mrs. and
Mr. Jesse Brown badly bruised. Mr. Brown's
arm broken. Ike Shearer, son of Rev Shear
er, who was killed, is badly bruised.
The greatest number of fatalities are re
ported from the colored settlement, along
Post Oak and Lincoln streets.
The number of missing Is large, and In
cludes a great many children, and it is quite
probable, that the most of them are dead. It
is very conservative to estimate that the list
of fatalities will reach sixty, while the in
jured will reach at least 100. Most of the
wrecked houses are small cottages.
F. W. Bostwick said: "I was at John Ir
vine's house when I heard the noise of the
approaching storm. Just as I looked out
I saw Capt. Berges' house blown into the
air and then Mr. Shearer's bouse. The air
was filled with great trees and timbers and
e\ery conceivable kind of articles. I was
fascinated, petrified, for I saw it was com
ing directly upon us, and'that it could not
be long in reaching us. It was a black,
serpentine cloud, twisting, writhing in the
center, but at the bottom it seemed to be
moving steadily. I awoke from my slumber
and called out to the family who were In
the house "and asked them not to run out.
I feared we would all be struck by flying
timbers. Then came an awful crash, a
sense of suffocation, and when It was over
the house was gone, and myself and family
were scattered about the yard and under the
debris. It was over in such a short time
I cannot give you an idea of how long it
Every moment brings new victims. The
victims are horribly mangled, almost in ev
ery instance. •
Tonight, at the court house, a public meet
ing raised about $3,000 for the immediate re
lief of the sufferers, and the permanent re
lief committee, consisting of C. H. Smith, C.
B. Randall, C. B. Dorchester and Col. George
Murphy will take donations. Denison "has
responded nobly and nurses and.physicians
from that city are here rendering great as
sistance. All railroads running into the
city placed special trains at the disposal
Df the local authorities and brought help from
all neighboring cities.
Reports are that the storm killed many
persons in the county west of Howe. A large
number of police and searching parties are
looking for missing people.
An unknown woman*, at the morgue has
been identified as Mrs. I. L. Buries. Another
Infant of the Baidinger family has been found
dead. Charles Wcddle, of Fairview, is dead,
with a piece of"tfmber driven through his
bedy. The family of John Hamilton have
been discovered, all badly injured. One of
the Hamilton boys, aged twenty years, will
die. Two girls, one aged fifteen and one nine,
were fatally Injured, and another girl, aged
eleven, injured internally. It is impossible to
get a correct list of all the missing, but some
member of nearly every family in the district
is missing.
It Is safe to assume that at least one-fourth
of the number of injured will die in the next
twenty-four hours. A storm of a similar
nature passed about six miles west of tbe
city at about the same hour. Several houses
were blown down and many persons injured.
Their names cannot be obtained. At Carpen
ter's Bluff, on Red fiver, it Is reported that
six persons were hurt, five seriously. Build
ings and other structures in the way were
HOWE, Texas, May 15.—Today's terrible
cyclone struck this town, leaving death and
ruin in Its wake, the path of the storm be
ing a quarter a mile wide. Ten farm
houses and as many barns were wrecked.
Eight persons were killed outright and many
injured. Bark was ripped from trees and
much stock was killed.
JUSTIN, Tex., May 15.—A cyclone struck
the town of Justin today at 2:20 p. m., blow
ing twelve houses down, killing one man
named W. J. Evans, of Kellar, Tex., and
badly injuring seventeen others. The cyclone
also did much damage north of here.
Two Are Dead and Five Will Proba
bly Die.
M'DONALD, Pa., May 15.—A lire, entailing
the loss of two lives and the probable fatal
j burning of five children, occurred today. A
: large, two-story dwelling was totally^ de
stroyed, and Mrs. James Cadamire and her
infant child were burned to death. Five other
small children, who were in the house at the
time, ran to aid their mother, and were all
so badly burned that but little hope Is en
tertained for their recovery. The cause of
ihe sad tragedy was the mother trying to use
! oil to hasten the fire In the kitchen stove.
Six Persons Injured, One of Them
NEWTON, Tex., May 15.—Six persons were
injured, one of them fatally, by a small cy
clone, which passed near Mound Ridge, a sta
tion of the Missouri Pacific, twelve miles
north of here, this morning. A stretch of
country about eight miles in length and a
j hundred yards in width was devastated. Sam-
I uel Bass, a farmer, was fatally injured and
I his house demolished. Five others, whose
j names are unknown, were more or less seri
ously injured.
Serious Wind Storm.
PITTSBURG, Pa., May 15.—Smlthton, a
mining town about forty miles east of here,
was visited by a wind storm and cloud burst
yesterday afternoon. The mines of the Waver
ly Coal company were badly flooded. One
hundred miners who were -working ln the
mines were compelled to flee for their lives.
The loss is estimated at between $50,000 and
$75,000. _
The American Liner Came West in a
NEW YORK, May 15.—The American line
steamer St. Paul, which arrived here to
night, broke her own record from Southamp
ton to New York, and almost equaled the one
made by the steamer New York, of the same
line, on Sepi. i 4, 1894. The time of the
St. Paul's trip was six days nine hours and
five minutes for 3,112.2 knots, an average of
20.34 knots an hour. The New York made
the passage ln six days seven hours and four
teen minutes over the shorter course of 3,047
knots, her average speed being 20.15 knots an
hour. The best day's run made by the New
York was 515 knots, and now the St. Paul
beats that by making 522 knots up to noon
today. The remarkable part of the St. Paul's
performance was that she was obliged to run
at reduced speed, on account ot^fog, for a
portion of the last three days.
■ i
Organization Effected and New Of
ficers Chosen.
ST. CLOUD, Minn., May 15.—The present
immigration convention for the central part
of the state is one of the most successful that
has been held. The convention organized with
C. F. Hendryx, of Sauk Center, as president,
and A. G. Whitney, of this city as secretary,
and the following vice presidents, being one
from each county represented ln the conven
tion: John Cooper, Steams; C. A. Hoges,
Morrison; S. E. Meagher, Benton; W. H.
Houlton, Sherburne; T. G. Mealey, Wright;
E. P. Peterson, Meeker; John M. Splcer, Kan
diyohi; A. L. Sunderland, Pope; John A. Mill
er, Douglas; W. J. Sarf, Todd. The conven
tion also appointed a committee of one dele
gate from each county to report a plan of
procedure for the convention, to induce im
migration and the advisability of organizing
a premanent association. At the meeting last
evening a motion was unanimously adopted
reciting the fact that Inasmuch as Minnesota
contained within its borders granite, sand
stone and limestone, the equal if not the su
perior of any In the country, that the capitol
commission use only Minnesota stone ln its
construction. It was claimed that ef
forts are being made to use outside stone in
the building.
Stabbed His Eye.
Special to the Globe.
GRAND FORKS, N. D., May 15.—C. J.
Rose's little son had the misfortune to stick
the points of a pair of scissors in his eye to
day and will probably lose the sight of It.
The points struck squarely In the pupil.
Ended His Pains.
Special to the Globe.
GRAND FORKS, N. D., May 15.— J. H. Sem
mer, aged forty years, was found on the farm
of his sister, near Mekinock, this morning
hanging from a beam, dead. He tried first
to cut his throat, and then stood upright and
tied the rope, falling into a sitting posture
and strangling to death. He had complained
for several days of having severe pains in the
head. An inquest will be held tomorrow.
Escapes the Charg-e of Desertion,
Special to the Globe.
HASTINGS, Minn., May 15.— W. H. Hast
ings, the alleged deserter from Fort Snelling,
was released last evening by Chief Shepherd
upon a notification that he had not been
absent from the fort ten days without leave,
and was not therefore a deserter under the
rules. He enlisted in Chicago about Dine
months ago.
Americans on Hand to "Witness the
MOSCOW, May 15.—Gen. A. McCook, Mrs.
McCook and Capt. Scrlven arrived here this
morning to witness the fetes attending the
coronation of the czar. Gen. McCook will
represent the president of the United
States at the coronation ceremonies.
Admiral Salfredge, United States navy, and
his staff, consisting of five officers,' Lieut.
Commander R. P. Rogers, the United States
naval attache at St. Petersburg, ■ and Mr.
Craighton Webb are expected here on Mon
day or Tuesday.
Yale Downed in Debate.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 15.—Harvard won
another battle tonight when their freshman
orators downed Yale on the debating platform.
At the close of the speaking, the Judges, Prof.
J. Churchill, of Andover; President Capen, of
Tufts, and Henry Clapp, of Boston, declared
themselves in favor of the crimson. Seldom
has a debating victory at Harvard caused
more enthusiasm than the freshmen showed
tonight. j
Moved to Mercy.
PRETORIA. May 15.—The executive council
today resolved to take into favorable consider
ation the petition of the reform prisoners ask
ing for a mitigation of their sentences.
r —society. —-j ■
jimmi^ I '
Official*. Surprised "When Judge Nel
son Stated He Was Preeidinsr
for the, Last Time.
WASHINGTON, May 16.—United States
judge R. R. Nelson, of Minnesota, has re
signed, and the president, as a result, today
sent to the senate the following nominations:
William Lochren, of Minnesota, to be United
States district judge for the district of Min
nesota, vice R. R. Nelson, resigned; Dominlck
I. Murphy, of Pennsylvania, now first deputy
commissioner of pensions, to be commissioner
of pensions, vice William Lochren, resigned;
Napoleon J. T. Dana, of New Hampshire, to
be first deputy commissioner of pensions, vice
Dominlck I. Murphy, nominated for commis
sioner of pensions.
Judge Lochren, who was nominated to suc
ceed Judge Nelson, was appointed commis
sioner of' pensions at the beginning of the
present administration. He was then a dis
trict judge in Minnesota. "Judge Nelson,whom
he succeeds, was appointed ln 1858, by Presi-
Nominated to Sncceed Judge R. R. Nelson on the Federal Bench.
dent Buchanan, and had been the longest In
service of any Judge in the United States
courts. Ever since Judge Lochren's appoint
ment as commissioner of pensions" it has~been
the desire of his friends to promote him to
the bench, in case Judge Nelson should re
! sign. It has been known that his preference
has been for the bench, rather than an ex
ecutive position", and the leading lawyers ln
Minnesota have petitioned for his appoint
ment as United-States judge. Mr. Lochren
was indorsed by the Minnesota legislature
unanimously for the position he now holds.
The successor to Mr. Lochren, Mr. Murphy,
was chief clerk of the pension office during
the first administration of Mr. Cleveland. To
him has largely been entrusted the details of
the office and many of the executive duties.
He was first deputy when Judge Lochren was
appointed, and was active in the reorganiza
tion of the office. The appointment of Gen.
Dana is a promotion. He is now a chief of
division ln the office. He Is a graduate of
West Point, and obtained the rank of general
ln the volunteer service. He is now on the
retired list of the army, with the rank of
Judge Nelson was born in Cooperstown, N.
V., seventy years ago, and came West to
make his fortune when he had fitted himself
for the practice of the law. In the year 1858
President Buchanan appointed him to the
bench of the district court, the state having
been made a district on Its admission to the
Union, and since that time the judge has
ably and continuously served on the bench.
Of all those who have borne their part ln the
burden and heat of the day ln this Northwest
ern country, no one ls more respected, no one
better known than Judge Nelson.
Announced to the Court Officials at
DULUTH, Minn.,- May 15.—Promptly at noon
today Judge R. R. Nelson, of the United
States district court for Minnesota, adjourned
court till June 16, and created a sensation by
making a brief speech, in which he an
nounced to the court officials and spectators
that he had tendered his resignation, to take
effect Immediately. He said he had passed the
time* allotted to man, referring to his seven
tieth birthday, which occurred last Tuesday,
and had been on the bench thirty-nine years,
and he thought the proper thing to do was
to devote the remainder of his life to rest.
He knew some would think It ill-advised, but
he had not taken the step without careful con
Nobody had the least intimation that he
would resign until one hour before noon,
when he told one of the court officials that he
would not be a judge after 12 o'clock. Word
was telephoned to the county court house.
Quite a delegation of attorneys went down to
see the judge close his official career. Later
the Judge, ln conversation with friends, said
he would not have resigned if he had had an
associate with him to divide the work, but he
had got tired of living in boxes, referring to
his constant flitting about the state. His
resignation ls now in the hands of the presi
dent, and takes effect tomorrow noon. He will
continue to draw full pay of $5,000 a year.
After the adjournment the court officials pre
sented him with a gold match safe. He
leaves for Ashland this afternoon and St.
Paul tomorrow.
Ties on the Track and Three Men
MILWAUKEE, Wis.. May 15.—Ties piled on
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway at
Waldo, a few miles north of this city, derail
ed a southbound freight train tonight. Three
men" were killed and two injured. The dead
are: Engineer John O'Connor, Green Bay;
Brakeman Emll Caspalr, of Milwaukee, John
Miller, at tramp. The Injured are:
Louis Tennis, fireman, hands and arms
scalded and crushed. Ben Turbln, a tramp,
leg broken. The engine and ■.even cars were
PRICE TWO CEXTS— j, IV ■ }•*»;
Two Men Said to Have Been killed
in a \\ -ir Over a Town
Special to the Globe.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., May 15.—
The sun came out bright and clear this morn
ing, and before 7 o'clock the line began form
ing In front of the United States court com
missioner's office here. When filings were ac
cepted, nine attorneys and others doubted the
legality of such proceedings and wired the
Crookston land office for information. Regis
ter Dunlava replied that there was only one
land office ln the district and filings would
date from the time received at the Crookston
office. This foreshadowed some complications
and claimants took the first train for Crooks
ton. The reports from the lands opened are
to the effect that considerable excitement at
the line was witnessed this morning at the
opening hour. About 500 started in the race,
despite the continued rain of yesterday and
last night. It ls also reported that more
difficulty was had between settlers on the
same land. Two men are reported dead and
another dying from bullet wounds. Those re
ports have not been fully verified. Rains
have rendered roads almost Impassible and it
is difficult to ascertain any correct facts.
A long string of teams left here about 1
o'clock this morning, loaded with lumber
and provisions, expecting to reach the line
at the opening hour. The success of the
Crookston people to convince home seekers
that first filing would prevail over first set
tlement had the effect to keep large crowds
at the land office. After the rush there will
be plenty of good land left and a constant in
flux of settlers is expected during the coming
summer and fall.
First Filer Went la hy Way ot the
Special to the Globe.
CROOKSTON, Minn., May 15.—The rush at
the land office today, while large, did not
meet expectations. Many stood in line, and
when they reached the plat books found their
claim had been taken. Some of the more
valuable one 3 had been asked for by as high
a number as ten applicants. Many times no
second choice had been made; only one. set
of papers were ready for the offering. The
result was that the number ln line was far
in excess of the number of filings. The tran
som was used as a means of ingress for the
first in line. He had been superceded by a
woman. Thirty seconds before the hour of 9
he flung himself over, only to And that his
watch, like himself, was several minutes too
pievious. It was with difficulty that he held
his place In line after that. The crowd was
very orderly, and only one man tried to ad
vantage himself at the expense of those who
kept in file. He, like the transom hero, was
fired bodily. Five women held their place to
the end, and were each rewarded by finding
the plat blank where their claims were locat
ed. One hundred and forty claims were filed,
and it is believed that the coming week will
see several days when a larger number will
be offered by those who thought best to trust
to priority of settlement.
But one effort was made to break In ahead
of the line, and the offender's filing was re
fused, and he went to the foot of the line.
There were four women in the line this morn
ing. A second had crowded in by an iron
clad exhibition of nerve, and the other two
supplanted two men who had held places for
them during the past three days. The excel
lent police regulations- prevented any serious
disturbance anywhere In the corridors or on
the streets, where the crowds had gathered.
Fully 2,000 people were present, either aa
claimants or through curiosity. The line, if
It had not wound through corridors and the
lobby, would have been two blocks long and
cc-ntained not less than 400 claimants. Besides
these there were many others, who saw that
it would be impossible te receive and record
Continued on Sixth Pnge,
Ten Pages.||
Friends of Prof. Smith, of the Cen.
tral High. Secure a Postpone
ment of Action.
| President DR. E. J. ABBOTT
I Vice PreMldent . . . . H. t. M>NAIIt
j Secretary. . . . JAMES P. IIKALEV
Attaint. Secretary . THOS. MIM.WK
Su_»t. Coniitructiou. . GEO. GERLAt U
Officers elected by the board of school in
spectors yesterday arc named above. The of
! flee of secretary was the only one on which
j a contest was made. James F. Angeli, tho
present secretary, and James P. Healy, sec
, retcry-elect, ran a very close heat for sev
! era! ballots.^ but on ihe final ballot Healey
received six" votes to one for Angeli. The
election was secret, and the inspectors' stand
ing as between the two candidates cannot be
given. Messrs. Mullane and Gerlach wero
also elected in secret session. Dr. Abbott
was unanimously chosen president In open
session, and Vice President McNair was ac
corded the same honor. Inspector Wilkes
was nominated for president and vice presi
dent, but declined ln both Instances. Inspec
tor S.holle also declined a nomination for
vice president.
When the board convened at 3 p. m., with
all the members present. President Abbott
called for the reports of committees. Before
the secretary could begin reading. Inspector
Scholle said:
"Mold on; I move to proceed to the election
of a superintendent first."
Inspector Yoerg—Th at cannot be done until
■ tlie first meeting In June.
Immediately everybody turned to the law
I goierning the board. There it was found that
j the term is limited to two years, but the lan
guage is ambiguous, except that it fixed a
date for the first election under It, In June of
Inspector Scholle. after reading the sec
tion relating to superintendent, still con
tended that Inspector Yoerg was mistaken.
President Abbott—lt seems to me the law
Is very plain. While I believe the superin
tendent should be elected before teachers are
chosen, yet we must follow the law.
Inspector McNair agreed with the president,
but Inspectors Scholle and May held the terms
of the law left the board free to act at thia
time. Inspector May said rather pointedly
that inspector McNair was hardly competent
to interpret the law.
. Inspector McNair—Why spring this now and
' Insist on It?
j Inspector Scholle had gone into the other
I rccm to consult Assemblyman Lewis, who
Hfheld Scholle's view of the law. Again Mr.
May supported Mr. Scholle.
President Abbott—l shall rule that the elec
tion of a superintendent is not proper at this
time. You can take an appeal it you de
Inspector Scholle—Then we had better drop
the matter.
Supt. Gilbert sat at one end of the table,
apparently an uninterested observer.
The reading of the report from the special
; committee on appointment of teachers waa
I then proceeded with. It Is herewith given:
I To the Board of School Inspectors.
Gentlemen: Your committee to whom was
referred the appointment of teachers for the
ensuing school year, the consolidation of high
j schools and such other matters as pertain to
I retrenchment of the teach;ng force wherever
practicable witkout serious impairment to the
service, submit for your consideration the
: following propositions:
We recommend that the Mechanic Arts high
school be merged Into and combined with tne
I Central high, the combined school to be corf
i ducted under the name of the St. Paul Cen
| tral high school, of which George Weltbrecht
i shall be principal.
We recommend that the teachers' training
I school be moved from the Maxfleld building
to the Jefferson, Principal H. S. Maker, of
the Jefferson, to be appo.nted principal of the
j Franklin and Washington schools by reason
of said change.
We recommend that the positions of super
i visor of Intermediate and grammar grades,
] special teacher of music, special teacher of
physical culture, one special assistant teacher
j of manual training In the grades, one special
' teacher of draw'ng be abolished.
We recommend the following transfers of
j principals: K. G. Whitman from the princi
palship of the Douglas to princlpalsnip of
I Maxfleld. F. Amery from principalship of
Drew to prindpalship of Douglas. H. G. 14c-
Gee from principalship of Smith to principal
ship of Drew. Miss Margaret Corcoran from
principal teacher of Franklin to principal
j teacher of Smith.
We recommend that all principal, and
i principal teachers ln charge of buildings of
i nine rooms and under be required to teach
• a room.
We recommend that the Tildcn school be
i closed.
We recommend the retention of the kinder
garten department with such rearrang* ment
of teachers, salary schedules and combina
tions of S'-hools as will materially redur-e the
per capita expense of this department. We
recommend the following kindergarten com
binations, namely that each respective
directress and assistant shall
the work In two schools, the morning
session In one and the afternoon session in
the other. Grant and Hawthorne, Garfield
and Douglas, Maxfleld and Smith, Ha:
and Murray.
We recommend the appointment of thi- fol
lowing corps of teachers at the schedule
salaries, provided that the acceptance by all
teachers of the appointments assigned them
shall be subject to any changes ln salary
schedules which may be made necessary by
action of the common council on the recom
mended school board budget for the ensuing
year. (The list of teachers Is given below.)
Inspector Wilkes moved that the report be
considered and voted on section by section.
! The motion was adopted, after being amended
j by Mr. Scholle to the effect, that the j.rlvilege
j of the floor be granted to any one who de
sired it.
It was then that a delegation filed in, made
| up of the gentlemen appointed at a meeting
ln the chamber of commerce Thursday after
noon. When the committee had taken seats
the secretary read the first recommendation
In the report.
Inspector McNamee at once moved an
amendment that the Mechanic Arts High
school be abolished altogether. Inspector
Yoerg supported the amendment, but, on be
ing put to a vote. It was lost, 5 to 2.
On the motion to adopt the recommenda
tion, Assemblyman Lewis was given the floor.
He asked for a delay of two or three days
before action is taken on the dismissal of
Principal Smith. He said the committee was
not there particularly In favor of Smith,
! Weltbrecht, or the bringing in of a new man.
| He thought It wise to take early action, so
i that any teacher not re-engaged could have
i time to secure a new position; but It could
! prejudice no one's cause to allow two or three
j days for hearing of citizens.
President Abbott replied that when the re-
I trenchment and reform committee was in ses-
I slon the school board had been hauled before
! it, and the committee insisted the expense of
' conducting the schools was too great and must
' be cut down. He had promised the conference
1 committee that the board would consolidate as
: much as possible. Committees had been at
! work in that -*fTort for some time. No teacher
I had been dropped for incompetency, but some
i one had to be dropped. The only question
was, who shall It bet "Now you come tn and

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