OCR Interpretation

The Saint Paul globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, October 18, 1896, Image 1

Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059523/1896-10-18/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

PUSS 1 10 12.
VOL. XIX.— NO. 292.
THE ST. PflrUl^ Gl^Oß^.
Weallier for Today —
Fair and Warmer.
I'AGE 1.
.VolirtiKka n Close State.
Wheat Gill Skyrocketing;.
IlniMKey County Sised I"i>.
GuesNlnK' at Election Result*.
Ramsey Democrats May Win.
The \u000da Clan to Dittbnnd.
(uinnlinn for Sayre Children.
Transfer Co. Must Pay Taxes.
Bryan's Sweep Through Mtoiifjctn.
liumenMe fronds Jiear McKinley.
PAGE f).
Altgeld Talks in lew Yorlt.
Robert Lincoln's t onilng Speech.
British Lords in Trade.
Brutal German Army Officers.
I uin I tie Threatens India.
Railroad Money Demonstration.
SnloontM Charged With Assault.
The Savings Bank of St. Paul.
Retail a Prophet of Doom.
News of Minneapolis.
PAGE 10.
The Wheel in Politics.
Wheelmen Act on Good Roads.
In the Whist World.
Jones— Puts his faith in Bryan.
PAGE 11.
j) Hißlil>iij<U'i-H Again Active.
The Minneapolis Ball Team.
Minnrxota ShutH Out Purdue.
PAGE 12.
In tke World of Music.
Today in St. Panl Churches.
PAGE 13.
DuaIKCHS Man's Announcement.
PAGE 14.
Hooks of the Hour.
The Dent of Dv Maurier.
The Trip of lan Maclarcn.
PAGE 18.
niiwinesK Man's Announcement.
PAGE 10.
Suburban Social Sew».
PAGE 17.
In St. Panl Society.
PAGE 18.
Fashion* of the Fall.
The Xevreut Things for Women,
Braiding Is Very Fashionable.
PAGE 10.
Qneer Facts About Gold.
In St. Paul Labor Circles.
PAGE 20.
In the Desert Region.
Fair Lake Chelan.
PAGE 21.
Experiences of Lord Syfret.
Sherburn Fame's Latest Pet.
PAGE 22.
In St. P» tecret Societies.
y Cash Wheat In Chicago 74 7-Be.
Stocks Rather Quiet.
PAGE 23.
Wants of the People.
PAGE 24.
The Week at the Theaters.
y Met —Old Homestead, 8.15.
Grand— Old Kentucky, 8.15.
NEW YORK, Oct. 17.— Sailed: La Tour
• inc. Havre: Kaiser W-ilhelm 11., Naples;
Mobile, London; Schiedam. Amsterdam; Al
ler, Bremen: Umbria, Liverpool; Rotterdam,
Kotterdam; Anchoria. Glasgow.
LIVERPOOL— Arrived: Sylvania. Boston;
Explorer. Galveston; Campania, New York.
Bailed: Etruria, New York.
John P. Altgeld spoke in New York
last night. He gave Tammany a cold
It was hot in the wheat pit In Chica
go yesterday, and yet the bears shiv
ered iij overcoats.
And then, on the other hand, per
haps Mr. Butler could not read Mr.
Watson's penmanship.
Wheat Is preparing to break the
tj jumping record. It jumped over three
■>' cents yesterday, and the December op
tion is now above 75 cents.
Evidence is accumulating that the
Fast Indians do not want Queen Vic
toria for empress any longer. A bucket
cf tar was poured over the statute of
the queen at Bombay Friday night.
_ o
Maj. McKiuley and Col. Bryan are
running a very close speech-making
race. Mr. Bryan spoke to a crowd at
Muskegon before breakfast Friday
morning, and -Saturday morning Mr.
\y,c-K.inley spoke to a Michigan crowd
from his porch before breakfast.
If Thitt OMy Given McKinley S.OOO
Plurality, He May Get Nrbrii«ku'a
Eigrht Votes.
Special to the Globe.
OMAHA, Oct. 17.— Bryan's tour of the
East has intensified the interest of
Eastern people in the outcome of the
election in Nebraska. The fact that
Nebraska has but eight electoral votes
does not in the least lessen the appar
ent anxiety to know the exact situation
in the state where Bryan resides — a
state which has always given good
majorities for Republican presidential
electors ever since admission to state
hood in 1867. Certain Eastern papers
have attempted to meet the demand
for reliable information concerning the
campaign in Nebraska by sending spe
cial representatives here to feel the
public pulse. They have talked with
leading partisans on all phases of the
situation, but they only took account
of the out-croppings and Could not get
Ward Heeler— Bets his money on McKinley.
below the surface. There can be no
doubt of a desire upon the part of the
Eastern press to tell the whole truth
with respect to the situation in Ne
braska. It cannot, however, be ac
quired in a visit of short duration.
There is a gloomy prospect ahead of
Republicans In this state. There is
consternation in the councils of the
leaders amounting to demoralization.
In the first place a grave blunder was
made in picking men for the state cen
tral committee. For the most part
they are regarded among many party
leaders as not only Incompetent for the
duties of
but are personally offensive to the
voters at large because of the records
made by them in the past. The strong
men of the party have been fenced
out, and they view the situation in ut
ter hopelessness. A few days ago,
however, an attempt was made to in
jc-ct new blood Into the committee, and
Brad Slaughter, an old campaigner,
was quietly put in actual control of the
working forces. This gave some degree
•of confidence to the party leaders
throughout the state, and more effi
cient work is being done, .but the fear
is entertained that the change was
made too late to enable Republicans
to recover lost ground. Fifteen days
ago a poll was taken by the Republi
can committee which showed that Bry
an had a majority of at least 15,000
votes. This information leaked to the
opposition camp, and, in fact, the
Demo-Populist leaders are now in pos
session of the poll made by the Re
publicans, covering a considerable
portion of the state. The result of
such a disclosure can readily be imag
ined. In less than twelve hours the in
telligence was flashed all over the
state. Hundreds of voters who act
upon expediency rather than principle
got off the fence and are now march
ing with the army which they believe
will win the fight in this state. The
rank and file of Republicans have not
yet recovered from the shock which the
announcement of the result of the
poll gave them. The enemy has put
them in confusion. A few of McKin
ley's intimate friends, realizing the
danger threatened, lost no time in ac
quainting him with the facts. These
letters were promptly returned to the
Chicago office of the national commit
tee, and the committeemen replied to
them in an indifferent, non-committal
way. Last week a confidential agent
of the national committee came into
the- state and interviewed some of the
leaders at the
He was told that the Republican
state committee Is powerless to stem
the tide of free silver among the farm
ers. Heretofore Republicans have been
strong in the country towns and have
exerted great Influence upon the farm
er vote; but this year, prices being so
low, and the nominee being a Ne
braskan, the country merchant could
make no converts, and as a matter of
fact feeling runs so high In the country
towns that farmers boycott merchants
who declare for the Republican plat
form. In previous years Nebraska has
been safely Republican, and the party
leaders paid little or no attention to
the farmer vote; and now, when they
are in sore need of that element, it Is
far beyond reach. Money can not ln-
fluence it. The confidential agent was
also told of the utter incompetency of
the state committee, which as a matter
of fact has hindered rather than pro
moted the campaign from a Republican
standpoint. He was told that the com
mittee has been surrounded by a horde
of discredited camp followers obnox
ious not only to the respectable element
of the party, but to voters generally,
and that if the Republican national
committee expected to win for McKin
ley the fight must be made under new
commanders. He was told further
that the committee had sent only $2,500
into this state, which was but a drop
in the bucket. A heavy assessment
had been levied upon the candidates
and the money thus derived had been
spent in getting a poll and to pay sal
aries of the droves who put in their
time around committee headquarters.
The upshot of it all was that the na
tional committee became fully aware
of the situation in Nebraska, and Re
publican leaders began throwing
There was a panic in party circles in
Omaha. Leading business men and
capitalists met in secret meetings to
formulate plans for saving the state
for McKinley and sound money. In
these conferences the fact was devel
oped that no dependence could be
placed upon the state committee, and,
that being true, any funds contributed
by Omaha capitalists must be dis
bursed by others. Meanwhile frantic
appeals were sent to the national com
mittee for help, but so far the com
mittee has done nothing but steer a
few big speakers this way. There is
an indefinite promise of money and the
latest rumer is that Senator Thurston
will from this time on stay at home
and direct the fight; that the national
committee will deal solely with the
senator in all efforts in. behalf of the
Republican electoral ticket. The sen
ator said to a party worker recently
that he had grave doubts of the suc
cess of the Republican ticket in Ne
braska. Everybody hopes the national
committee will storm the state and
make a hand-to-hand contest, but
Silver Mtner— Puts his money into the oam
paign fund.
there is little confidence that this will
be done. Nebraska has but eight votes
in the electoral college, while other
states have many.
Under such conditions no wonder
the nominees on the Republican state
ticket are in a cold sweat. While }t Is
possible for Bryan electors to win and,
at the same time for the Republican
state ticket to pull through, there is
little or no hope in Republican circles
for the success of the latter. The sen
timent now pervades the state house
that with the end of 1896 will come th"c
downfall of the Republican regime
which has ruled for more than a quar
ter of a century- The nominees met
in Omaha a week ago last evening.
The purpose of the conference was
to devise some means by which Omaha
can be made to give a heavy vote for
the Republican ticket. The local cam
paign was put in charge of Mayor Wil
liam J. Broatch, an adroit politician,
and $8,200 were subscribed and put into
the hands of Milton Barlow for the
purposes of the campaign in Omaha.
In other words, the state committee
and will depend solely upon the citi
zens emergency committee for big ma
jorities here. This is the only encour
aging feature of the local situation.
Omaha is safely Republican, but the
statisticians say this city must give
at least 5,000 for McKinley, and that
Lincoln must give 1,500 or all is lost.
A careful house to house canvass, just
finished here, gives every reason to
hope for a majority of 5,000. Republi
can mathmeticlans say that Bryan and
McKinley will come down to Omaha
neck to neck and that Omaha's vote
will be the measure of the majority,
but the extent of the Demo-Pop fu
sion ground swell is greater than the
Republican weather prophets care to
admit. In fact, the Bryanites are con
fidently claiming the state by 25,000
and the alarm and dismay manifested
In the Republican camp give color to
the Pop prediction.
A Republican returned today from
the northern tier of counties traversed
by the Elkhtwn road. He went to take
! a survey of the field in the interest of
I a candidate on the state ticket. He
comes back convinced that the fusion
Btate ticket will sweep the Northern
' portion of the state, which includes the
[ Third and Sixth congressional districts,
long since conceded to the Populists.
His view is only corroborative of many
[ other reports from that section.
J. H. Mac Coll is the Republican
. nominee for governor and Gov. Silas
j A. Holcomb was renominated. The lat
j ter defeated Tom Majors two years ago.
! Mac Coll was defeated by Majors in
convention and the latter charges Mac-
Coll with perfidy. Majors has had a
knife ready for Mac Coll ever since,
and his friends are reported to be do
j Ing their utmost to slay Mac Coll in
the house of his friends. On the other
hand, Populists, Silver Democrats and
Silver Republicans are fighting des
perately for Holcomb. Were the elec
tion to be held tomorrow, the fuaiondsts
would win hands down; whether Re
publicans can regain their lost position
remains to be seen.
-»- ; — —
It Was Very Heavy as Was That of
NEW YORK, Oct. 17.— Registration closed
in New York at 10 o'clock tonight with 331 180
voters qualifying in the four days as against
309.681 in 1892,; 808,692 in 1894 and 281007 In
1595. Today's registration was 49,435" as
against 47,176 the last day in 1895 and t" 402
in 1892.
The total registration in Brooklyn is 207 -
333. This Is far In advance of any previous
registration. In 1895 there were 183,824- in
1894, 192,506; in 1893, 194.129; In 1892 192' 054
The registration in Brooklyn, the fourth and
last day was 29,601. Advices from the state
show an increased registration at almost
every point.
-^~ _ —
The Cuahier Has the Coin.
AUGUSTA, Ga.. Oct. 17.— Cashier J. D
Walker, of the Port Royal, S. C, bank ab
sconded today with* $10,000 in cash. His books
show that he is short $30,000. The town is
STeatly excited. Walker left during the night
and there ia no clue to his whereabouts.
Heavy Shipment* Ordered at San
■ Francisco and the Price Went
to DO teats There.
While the farmers of the Northwest
were sleeping Friday n%ht, the price
of wheat went skyward to the extent
of 2% cents, Duluth price, which means
that the farmers of the states of Minne
sota and North Dakota, added exactly
$1,900,000 to their assets—^and that with
out an effort on their part nor any
attempt on the part of board of trade
speculators to fix a fictitious price for
the cereal, only to the end that they
might enrich themaplv^g. There are
very nearly eighty millions of bushels
of wheat in these two states still, and
if the farmers in $1,900,000 of
"unearned increment," while they
slept Friday night, they nearly did
quite as well while they worked yester
day, for the price kept on moving up
until the Minneapolis 'market showed
Li Hung Change }f 7 ? ?.
• ' y.'-\ ■ ... .
a net grain over Friday's close of 4%
cents— which is not bad for one Say.
The advance was -made on apparent
ly strictly legitimate grounds. The
manipulators apparently had no hand
iv the matter and it was brought about
by the law of supply and demand. The
principal factor in the raise in price
was the continuation *of reports of
shortage in India — and what is more to
the point, actual buying and ship
ping to India. There can no longer be
any sort of doubt that the people of
the Asian peninsula are threatened
with famine, and that their crops
amount to practically nothing at all.
The greater part of the bread-stuffs
to be consumed in that country must
be bought, and no otli|r country than
the United States ha* any grain to
sell. . It has been clearly "demonstrated
that the crop is short In all of the
countries of Europe and particularly
in Russia, the single rival of the
United States in wheat raising, among
the European nations. - The conditions
are such that there is a disposition on
all sides to turn one's eyes to that
Mecca of the Northwestern farmer —
the dollar mark for wheat. If the pres-
ent conditions hold it hi likely to ma
teralize, and while no' one can guess
with certainty on the future price of
wheat there 1b every reason to suppose
that it will go much higher than it is
now. The one factor that, cannot be
reckoned with is Argentine. Nothing
definite has been repotted "from that
country ydt and it la quite possible
that it may have a hundred million
bushels to export— it would not be the
first time.
But the great deman* in TEurop" for
the grain of the United States. ' *ich
yesterday went so far as the al ite
purchase an<f arranging for the trans
shipment of nearly two millions, argues
that the demand Is beyond question bo
far as the people who deal directly with
the foreign consumers are concerned.
During all of the trading hours yes
terday there were takers for every
bushel of wheat offered at anything like
the reigning price, and the only breaks
made were due to the sharp realizing
of room traders. These sales were not
material and cut little figure with the
market. They were made by men who
had bought a few thousand bushels the
day before and who got rich enough.
There is a great deal of this small
trading here in St. Paul, and in Minne
apolis fortunes have been made by per
sistent bulls who have been on the
losing side for years.
The high mark yesterday at Chi
cago was 76% cents. When the market
closed it was quoted below that figure
slightly, but after noon the report from
the Pacific coast would have sent the
price to the top notch had there been
any trading. But a very small propor
tion of the crop of the Northwest has
yet left the fanners' hands and the ad
vance already means millions of money.
Mucli Excitement and December
Selling Up to s>O Cent* a Ilnsliel,
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Oct. 17.—Excite
ment in the local grain circles, especially
wheat, runs high. The markets throughout
were active end booming, and the local mar
ket Is keeping up its end in good style. In
the local speculative markets today the high
est point during the present excitement was
reached when December sold for $1.50 pert
cental, against $1.42V2, as the best price paid
yesterday. The opening figures this morn
ing were $1.41%, &n advance over yesterday's
opening of 9c. The lowest point reached to
day for December was $1.46 1 /a, while yester
day's lowest figure for the same option was
$1.48. After the $1.50 mark was reached
today December gradually weakened until
at the close it had reached a figure below the
opening, $1.46%. May wheat took practically
the same course as December, opening at
$1.50, an advance of 9c, then going to $1.61%
and receding to $1.48%, with which figure it
Tom Watson — Hears what the wild waves are saying.
closed. Tha total sales for the day footed up
202.000 centals, of- which 110,000 were Decem
ber, and the balance May- Prices on spot
wheat are based on a call board basis, and
are purely nominal. Each succeeding day
for the past week has shown improved prices
until today spot wheat is held for $1.40(g>
1.42% for No. 1 lote, and as high as $1.45 is
asked for choice milling purposes.
Prices Went Up Rapidly and the
Trades Reached 9,780,000 Dn.
NEW YORK, Oct. 17.— The bull campaign
In wheat was r.uiked today by another'sen
rational advance in prices and a heavy trada
Total transactions in futures aggregAted
9.780,000 bushels. The dealings were largely
among room traders, and on professional
orders from the West, although there was un
mistakable evidence of a broadening outs'.do
trade. Prices started up l%@2c above last
night, and during the ression were elevated
a cent more. May showed the most strength,
touching 87% c. As fast as one set of trad
ers cold out their wheat a new set would
take their places, thus maintaining a constant
demand, which prevented any burdensome
accumulation. Cables were exceedingly string,
and acted as the. mainspring of the adva.nca.
Today upward of 200;000 bushels were taken
by foreign houses. The corn and oats mar
kets, were both stimulated to unusual aciTv
ity by the jump in wheat, and showed good
Combined With Politics Brought
Fprniem to Town.
DASSEL, Minn., Oct 17.— 1t has been
the custom of this village each y«ar to
hold an annual fair day la the month
of October, In addition to the regular
fair day which occurs on the third Sat
urday of each month. Yesterday was
the occasion of the second annual
October fair day and though no par
ticular attractions were offered, a large
crowd waa present from all parts of
the county. It was also politicians day
and the county Republican candidates
and Joel B. Heatwole, candidate for
congress were present. A great deal
of stock and merchandise was bought
and sold during the day and thousands
of bushels of wheat were marketed at
the three elevators. The price paid
waa 57 cents per bush*!.
Secma to Stand a Good Show of
Being Elected— Where Ita
Strength Comes,
If the sound money people of St. Paul
hope to bring about such- a result at the
polls in the coming election as they
expected to do six weeks ago it is
necessary for them to redouble their
efforts along that line. The sentiment
is not as strong today as it was at that
time or in fact as it was three weeks
ago. This will not be pleasant news
for those who are not already aware
of the fact, but it is the case never
theless so far as the Globe is able to
learn. If the election were tomorrow a
conservative estimate would not give
McKinley Ramsey county by more
than 1,700 votes, while six weeks ago it
was believed he would roll up any
kind of a majority from 3,000 up. That
was the kind of a majority the op
ponents of Bryan hoped for and may
yet be able to secure, but it is going to
take a lot of hard work to obtain it.
The Bryan people are making extrava-
gant claims and the McKinley people
are giving out figures that do not seem
to be warranted by any calculations
that are based on the opinions of dis
interested persons. Leaving out all
consideration of the claims of either
committee the Globe finds about as
It is conceded that the biggest vote
in the history of the city will be
polled. The registration indicates that
and the county eommitteemen and can
didates will see to it the stay-nt-homes
this fall are reduced to the minimum.
More than 30,000 names will be on the
registration books before th'i day of
election. Thirty thousand voters will
exercise their rig-ht on Nov. 3. The
Republicans cast 6,000 votes more than
the Democrats at the last city elec
tion, when 23,500 persons weit to the
polls. Will the Republicans or will the
Democrats profit most by the increased
vote that will be cast in November?
The First ward has been considered
a Republican stronghold in all previous
elections. The voting pop illation is
estimated at 4,000, of which more than
one-half is Scandinavian. In 1894 Nel
son received 1,900 of the 3,200 ballots
cast. If this vote can be held in line
for the Republicans, the ward will
give at least as many votes for Mc-
Kinley this year, especially ,n view of
the increased registration. But Lind
will attract many of the Scandinavian
votes and free silver has attracted
others. There are several Biyan and
Lind clubs in the ward, and meetings
are held almost nightly. Fr<;e silver
orators have been sent into the ward
to talk to the Scandinavians and they
doubtlfss have made some converts.
The Republicans acknowledge a heavy
loss among them, but express the
opinion that it is Lind and not Bryan
that is the cause of the defection. If
McKinley has 700 majority in the First
ward, he will get all the best posted
observers allow him.
Nelson polled forty per cent of the
Second ward vote two years ago. The
Democrats have k»t by removal and
otherwise many of their strongest ad
herents since thet time. People who
watch the drift" of affairs In the ward,
Gay the Republicans have made a gain
because the sound money Democrats
number at least twenty per cent of the !
estimated fusion strength. If this be
true, McKinley will carry the ward by
200. The ward has always been close, j
Even so popular a man as P. H. Kelly '
wa3 elected to the legislature two years
ago with only 145 votes to spare. Ger- i
mans, who are numerous in the ward,
are strong for sound money, and the
Scandinavians are also to be reckoned
with. The Irish vote, which may go
to Bryan, is not so strong as it once
was. There are lacking this year the
leaders that once polled the full
strength of the ward, and the result
may be put down for McKinley by a
small majority.
If McKinley carries the Third ward
It will surprise the Republicans. The '■
tesue is so clearly defined that it will j
be a contest of gold and silver alone. <
There are no local conditions to in- I
fiuence the vote. The Germans have
a county candidate In the person of E.
G. Krahmer, but these same Germane
have also a free silver candidate for |
sheriff, who will run ahead of his ticket
in the ward. It is likely that the Ger
man vote will go to McKinley almost
solidly; if so, as f surface indications
now show, the Republican electors will
have a majority of 200.
The Fourth ward is liable to be !
ag-ainst the Democratic candidate. In i
this ward lie the business and" com
mercial interests of the city and these
influences are potent in determining
the vote of the district. There is less ;
free silver sentiment relatively in the
ward almost than in any other. The
Republican vote is about one-half the '
voting population and the gold Demo
crats have a dominating influence. The
Republicans stand to carry the ward
by a small majority.
The Fifth ward is worse than a j
Chinese puzzle. In fact, ail the wards
where there is organized labor to
reckon upon, are doubtful quantities.
There are 3,600 votere who will be
heard from in November. Sixty-five
per cent of these are workingmen.
Normally these votes belong to the
Democrats. If the attendance at politi
cal meetings, and the opinions of close
observers be of any value, less than
fifty per cent of the labor vote will be
cast for Bryan. The Poles are almost
solid for the Republicans; the Ger
mans, of whom there are many in the
ward, are practically united for sound
money. Other elements to be reckoned
with are for Bryan. A conservative
estimate of the result would be 300 for
The Sixth ward is another of those
places that it is difficult to rightly
estimate. The ward is normally good
for 500 Democratic majority. But
sound money sentiment is strong across
the river this fall. The sound money
leaders are in the ascendant so far as
influence in concerned, and there has
been little apparent Interest in the
cause of Bryan. Many influences are
at work for the sound money cause
and labor's voice has thus far been
weak. But this is no indication of
what labor will do at the polls. On
the surface the ward Is certain to go
for McKinley; but a fair estimate will
place it in the Democratic column with
200 majority.
The Seventh ward is the one that
will roll up a majority for the sound
money cause. Two years ago Nelson's
majority was over 1,000 votes. This
year there are more votes and allow
ing that they are almost evenly divided
McKinley's majority would be as large
as that of Nelson in '94. But if the
surface indications can be considered
the vote for sound money will be con
siderably greater than the vote cast for
Nelson. Out of this, figuring that 2,800
votes are cast and that Bryan gets 700,
it may be expected that McKinley's
plurality will reach 1,200.
The Eighth it is thought will give a
majority for Bryan. Just how large Is
a matter of conjecture. There are
many Populists in the Eighth and they
will all vote for Bryan. That will off
set the German vote that will go to
McKinley. With this change and con
sidering the usual result in the ward it
is considered a good guess that the
ward will give Bryan a majority of
perhaps 600.
The Ninth ward is for Bryan. The
majority may be small, but it will cer
tainly be on the Bryan side, unless a
lot of work is done there. There are
more free silver Republicans there than
Quay— Gives everything to McKinley.
I In almost any other ward. Timothy
Reardon has done considerable mis
sionary work for the Bryanites. While
| there has been much apparent interest
I at the sound money meetings. It Is
j claimed that a majority of the work
ingmen of the ward have been In
fluenced more by free silver oratory or
have not been drawn away from the
Popocratic ticket by the sound money
The Tenth and Eleventh wards are in
the Republican column to stay. The
two wards will cast a combined ma
jority vote of 350 for McKinley. The
reasons for the result are not hard to
find. The wards have always been
Republican, and will continue to vote
that way this year.
The country will be in line for Mc-
Kinley by a small majority. Farmers
may be Populists in far distant parts
of the state, and in the wilds of Dakota
county, but few of them are willing to
turn the reins of government over to
the Democrats this year. A chat with
thf- farmers about the market places
will convince the most skeptical that
the rural voters are for sound money.
New Brighton, Mounds View and
"White Bear Town are liable to be found
on the side of Bryan, but when the
country returns are aP in and counted,
McKinley's majority may be figured up
at 200.
If these estimates be correct, and they
have been secured not from politicians
or the friends of candidates, but from
observant individuals who are familiar
with the relative voting strength of
their precincts and the apparent senti
ment of the voters, then McKinley will
carry the city by a small majority. Th«
figures are as folows:
Wards. McKinley. Bryan
First 600
Second aoo
Third 200 ""
Fourth 9#o
Fifth ;; jr, *s6o
sixth ;; jjJJJj
Seventh i 006
Elghrth a*.
Ninth 2CO
Tenth and Eleventh 350
Country , 200 '.'
Totals 2,950 I^3oo
McKinley's majority, 1,650.
Now take the situation as seen
through party spectacles.
• * •
Taking the most conservative esti
mates of Ramsey county Democrats<
and Republicans, there's a difference
of 6,000 votes between them. McKinley,
say the Reublicans, will carry the
county by at least 4,000; Bryan, say
the Democrats will have certainly 2,000
votes to the good. Partisans of both
parties will present good arguments
and any amount of confidence to back
up their claims. Some Republicans in
sist, even, that McKinley's majority
will be 10,000, so enthusiastic are they.
• • *
The first day of registration indi
oates an unusual degree of interest
Republicans claim this Increased in
terest comes from the friends of their
candidate, and that it presages a tre
mendous vote for him. Further, they
argue that Ramsey county may now be
closed as safely Republican, and that
a heavy vote means an Increased Re
publican majority. In the last two
elections the county was carried by the
Republicans, and it is argued a large
defection of sound money Democrats
will join the ranks of McKinley this
year. No figures are given, but it is
claimed that the leading Democrats of
the party, professional and business
men, have deserted the free silver
standard and will this fall vote straight
the Republican ticket. Labor's vote is
also claimed. The campaign managers
assert that laboring men are almost
solid for sound money, and deny there
has been any serious breach in their
party ranks by deserters to free silver
• * *
Two years ago the Republican can
didates were victorious by large fig
ures, with Democratic and Populist
candidates in the field. It Is admitted
that the accessions to Populist ranks
has been almost entirely from the
Democratic party. Two years ago
there were several factions of the Dem
ocrats and many stay-at-home voters.
This year the Republicans are arrayed
against the combined vote of Demo
crats and Populists. Had these parties

xml | txt