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person. She wanted the witness to I
■earch Hull but Hull would not submit.
After the question had been asked in
several forms, and each time with
strenuous objections by Mr. Pierce,
witness said that to the best of hid
knowledge and belief Mrs. Hull was
suffering from arsenical poisoning, aud
that the doses had been administered
in sCfch quantities as to endanger her
This testimony on the part of Dr.
Hawkins Game as a shock to Hull, and j
evidently his wife, who was prepared j
for the blunt answer to the question, ,
showed signs of breaking down. Mr. j
Pierce dallied a moment with some pa
pers, and every one seemed relieved
when the court ordered an adjourn
ment until afternoon. Mr. Hull was
restless and paced up and down in
the limited space near the attorneys' |
table and was impatient of the delay I
that attended the opening of the after- |
noon session. Mr. Pierce finally began j
his cross-examination of the. witness. !
Dr. Hawkins said that he had prepared |
many prescriptions for Mrs. Hull, j
While there was no organic trouble, she
seemed to suffer from a weakness of >
the heart: ■ He was shown a prescrip- j
tion he had written for the relief of ■:
Mrs. Hull's kidney trouble. It con- j
tamed strychnia, buchu, digitlais and j
other ingredients. Witness said strych- I
nia and digitalis were poisonous in
large doses. The bitter taste of the i
medicine came from the strychnia and j
the buchu. Mr. Pierce examined the 1
witness at length on the effects of the j
poison on the system and the disposi- j
tion of the system to throw it off. I
Finally Mr. Pierce picked up a pre
scription from the table and remarked
that no one but a druggist could de
cipher It.
"Any one can read a prescription."
Interrupted the court.
Quick as a flash Mr. Pierce retorted.
"Judge, I will give you a quarter if
you'll read that," handing the bit of
paper to the court.
Judge Egan reached for the paper,
Ed justed his glasses and very promptly
read: "Rx — everybody knows that;
there's digitalis — that's foxglove; and
there's buchu — and the court remarked
that it was easy enough. He had won
his quarter, but Mr. Pierce did not
|oin in the laughter that followed.
There was some difficulty in identi
fying another prescription. Dr. Hawk
ins said it was difficult for him to keep
track of the dates on which he had
written prescriptions for Mrs. Hull as
he had never made any charge for his
Bt-rvices and had no record to go by.
Counsel for the defense and prosecu
tion expressed sympathy with the "no
charge" feature, as each claimed to
have had considerable experience with
the temerity and regularity of doctor's
bills. The witness thought that at
gome time he
for Mr. Hull. She had shown depres
sion and her condition indicated need
tor a stimulant. Arsenic was a tonic
but not a stimulant. It was in the
■winter of 1894-95 that he had prescribed
arsenic and iron for her. Of the arsenic
there was one-fortieth of a grain in
each dose.
William F. Peet was called to relate
the conversation between himself and
Mr. Hull concerning the lapsed insur
ance policy taken out in a company
represented by Mr. Peet. Nothing of
importance was brought out in the
questioning and the defense did not
Mrs. Hull was recaled and denied
that she had ever said to her husband
that she thought Dr. Hawkins was
trying to poison her. The poisons in
evidence, she said, she did not know
•were about the house. She had never
bought or procured arsenic except in
the form of the prescription given her
by her physician, and she had never
asked any one else to get poison of any
sort for her.
Mr. Pierce in a brief cross examin
ation sought to show that Mrs. Hull
had said to her husband that "You ;
ought to hang," referring to the girl
Bertha, and that she also said, threat
ening him, "I'll make you suffer for it."
But Mrs. Hull denied using such lan
guage with a show of indignation.
Mr. Butler for the state then an
nounced that he had one more witness,
but that she was absent. It was Bertha.
Mr. Butler had information that the
young woman would be in the city on
the 5 o'clock train, and that she would
bo placed on the stand this morning.
For the present the state would rest.
Mr. Pierce demurred to proceeding with j
the defense until the state had pre- |
scnted all of its testimony. He was j
not sustained by the count in this de
murrer, however, and after ascertain- I
ing that there was nothing for the j
state to present while waiting the ar- !
rival of the one witness, Mr. Pieroe
•was instructed to proceed with the
presentation of his case. After a brief
recess, Mr. Pierce addressed the jury in
a brief and thoughtfully worded plea.
He realized that he was defending a
desperate cause. His speech was slow
and his words well chosen. The mem
bers of the jury were thoughtful and
attentive, the audience gave the closest '
attention to his words. Even the j
women in the gallery seemed for the j
moment to be touched by the earnest- :
ness of the old lawyer's appeal. His j
reference to the admitted weakness of
the accused brought tears to the eyes
of Mrs. Hull, and Mr. Hull himself
seemed for the moment overcome with
emotion. Strong, earnest, and force
ful, the appeal was the best argument
that has been made in behalf of the
accused. Mr. Pierces remarks were
partially as follows :
The county attorney has produced evidence
that is exceedingly strong against the ac
cused. But the presumption of innocence of \
the prisoner exists until your verdict, if It
should be guilty, is reached. You must, re
member the tremendous importance of the
verdict not only to the defendant, but to his
Eamlly and the community. As it is possible
for the human judgment to err, It is better
that nine and ninety guilty escape than one
innocent perish. This thought has become
a maxim in all civilized communities, that
the common as well as the civil law recog
nizes the importance of shielding the person
on trial because of the liability of human
judgment to form erroneous impressions.
If this prisoner were not on trial to es
cape prison, 1 should say his testimony is
more credible than that of his wife. There
is a temptation on his part to testify falsely
to avoid punishment. He labors under this
unfortunate disadvantage. In this case Mr.
Hull is the principle witness, iv fact, I may
cay, the only witness we have. We have only
his word to combat the testimony of Mrs.
Hull, when she declared she did not procure
these poisons found la the house. If the
Jury is able to place implicit confidence in
her testimony, then there is no way for the
Jury but. to think Mr. Hull is guilty. No
hypothetical theory will answer for the ac
cused. Our defense will assert that Mr. Hull
found those poisons in the house and con
realecl thorn to prevent his wife using them.
We shall show to you how on the Bth of Au
gust Mr. Hull intended to explain to Dr.
Hawkins the fact that his wife Is a mono
maniac on the snbject ot poisons. Further,
her conviction that h« had been untrue to
his marital vows, had so sharpened her men
tal infirmity — an infirmity inherited from her
motb*r — that sho had become morbid and her
■unbalanced mind led her to believe that her
husband was seeking to take her life. This
morbid condition sometimes clothes the vic
tim with cunning and treachery. By ap
jfaring as a trembling vicilin she is seeking
revenge for some fancied injury.
You remember when the doctor and
>.!r. Hull were equally accused by
Igrs. Hull of try'ng to poinon her.
On Wednesday, Aug. 5, whtu Mr. Hull and his
•wife were in the house a)o-n«. she accused
him of attempting to poison her. Hull
cr.nld then have gone to the trunk ar<l re
moved that poison; she was not physically
tWc- to prevent him. It was in his power to
liavo removed every evidence if he had
supposed he was in danger from her charges.
Instead, lie called in his (laughter and a&kod
fc*r to go for the doctoT. But finally he
•wont for the doctor and found Blanche in
the house on his return. In her presence,
avM -.vi'hoiu hesitation, ho opened the trunk.
The question now arises. Why did he give
ti.e 3&U£lttef a harmless article and conceal
Che poison? It was because he wished to con
' real lils family trouble from h's child. Real
izing that his -wife was not acting in a sane
manner, he sought to remove al! the evi
dences of the family skeleton from his
daughter':; ey«g. It wa.s this fe«ltng which
ulso prompted him to remove' the bottle con
taining kidney medicine pri conceal U with
the package of ersonic wttUh he found on
the pantry shelf. Fis Inteixtion was to take
tir.se unifies to the doctor's cfflct, and lie
«Sf in the act of going In the direction of
that office when his wife seized him. Instead
at exercising his stroiigth to break away and
liide tIMM 1 itilwcin of what tho prosecu
tfjn call? -gtrtlt. hn subm't T ed and returned
to the li'"!«i'i and avalt»Kl tlva **»fning of the
doctor. Tou remember the »«Bt!monj of Ray.
Avison, wHo said Mr. Hull referred to the
insanity of his wife, and then said, "I will
allow you, Dr. Hawkins, to search me and
tako these articles, if you wish." He was
willing that Dr. Hawktn* should be In
formed of the circumstances an* act upon
them. His action was the reverse of that of
a guilty m&n. <&_
We shall show the unsound mental condi
tion of Mrs. Hull— an inherited weakness from
a mother whose weakness led her at times to
violence. In. Mrs. Hull the form of insanity
Is chronic; It has taken the form of melan
choly, of hatred ol her husband, .feelings she
has entertained ever since the very day of
their marriage. I will go furtheF-and show
that she Is malignant; that she has pre
varicated under circumstances which lead me
to doubt whether she is mentally capable
of making these accusations. Through her
mental weakness all the beauties of a do
mestic circle have been destroyed_and unless
you Intervene she will accomplish her pur
pose — send the father of her cHUflren to a
prison merely to gratify her personal prej
An unfortunate feature is the m-troduction
of this girl Bertha Matthews into,_.this case.
It Is pitiful that the good name of a young
woman should be brought Into this,, trial. It
was not necessary to blast her husband's I
good name that the reputation of her own 1
niece should be ruined. What couTJf be more j
hearties?, more fiendish? It la a_ead reflec- ■
t!on that, while a man may be "ST minister j
of the Gospel, he still remains a man. There
were surroundings, conditions in "" this un
happy family, that perhaps were the cause
of Mr. Hull's downfall. But that question 1
I will not dwell u,pon. If Mr. Hull is to be
weighed by that circumstance, let me call
to your minds the instance of the woman
who was brought before the Savior,' and who
paid: "Let the man without guilt cast the
first stone." If necessary, we shall admit
that Mr. Hull was human, therefore he erred. |
But we shall show to you that Mr. Hull
did care for his family; that he did every
thing he could for them; that there was no
reason for her to bring forth these charges,
except hatred and malice toward her hus
During Mr. Pierces address- Mr. Hull
sat with bowed head, the picture of
despair. At times a tear rolled down
his cheek, which he wiped away with
the handkerchief he held crushed in his
right hand. But when he was called
to the witness stand he rose promptly
and walked erect and with steady step !
to the place of torture. Nothing in his
features suggested the terrible strain
he was undergoing or the humiliation
of his situation. Throughout he proved
a willing witness. Counsel .had fre
quent tilts and Mr. Pierce was mani- !
festly indignant at times at the ruling j
of the court. It was sought to prove j
that Mr. Hull had concealed the true
facts concerning his wife's mental con
dition, and that he had intended to
warn Dr. Hawkins of the trueXacts in
regard to her case. For that reason
he had offered to give Dr. Hawkins the
poison he had in his possession and
which he had taken out of his trunk.
Mr. Butler continually objected to the
form of the testimony offered" by Mr.
Hull and which Mr. Pierce sought to
get before the jury. The court ruled
that Mr. Hull was too communicative,
that he was bent on telling morethan he
was asked. He warned Mr. Hull several
times that his testimony must be re
sponsive, and with this continual in
terruption and objections and Mr.
Pierces remonstrances, comparatively
little progress was made with the wit
ness during the time he was on the
"I never procured any poison for
my wife," said Mr. Hull, in response
to the question. "This particular bottle
of the Warner medicine had been pro
cured for her July 28 at her own re
quest. We were both taking it. I took
but two doses daily, while she took
i*lx. The second day I noticed that the
remedy tasted queer and took no more.
I thought my wife had put something
in it."
"I object, as the witness is telling
what he thought and not what he
knows," interrupted Mr. Butler. The
court sustained the objection.
The witness began to narrate his tes
timony as asked by counsel, but Mr.
Butler insisted that he should reply
only to categorical questions. There
was argument between counsel and the
court on the question, and finally the
court allowed the witness to proceed.
"I put this bottle of Warner medicine
on the top shelf of the pantry out of
the reach of the .children," said Mr,
Hull, "and it was then that I discover
ed this package of arsenic— though I
did not then know it was arsenic — and
this vial filled with the white liquid,
which I recognized as a bottle which
had contained medicine of another
color and which I had emptied for my
wife's use some six "weeks earlier.
Suspecting the nature of the contents
of package /and vial, I put them in my
trunk. The intention was to take them
to Dr. Hawkins and tell him my sus
picions that my wife was harboring
these poisons for a purpose." The fore
going was brought out under the most
strenuous protests of Mr. Butler and
the Insistent urgings of Mr. Pierce.
Finally the court, after a moment's si
lence, said to Mr. Pierce, "Now ask
another question."
• "But I have, your honor, and you
will not allow the witness to answer."
"Ask another question, and let the
witness confine his answer to that
question," repeated the court.
Mr. Pierce then asked the witness
concerning his wife's last illness just
before his arrest. "It was on Friday
that Mrs. Hull was taken sick and on
Saturday she grew worse. I got the
Warner medicine at her request and
gave her some, pouring out the medi
cine in her presence. It was the only
time I gave her any of it. I did not put
poison or any other substance in the
bottle. On Saturday she grew worse
and I spoke of going for the doctor.
She thought it best to wait until the
following day and see if she would not
get better. On Sunday I went to Dr.
Hawkins and told him her symptoms
I and he gave me a prescription for
! strychnia, buchu and digitalis. I gave
her some of that medicine, but her ill
ness continued; she had vomiting
spells. The doctor came on Monday,
but did not leave any more medicine.
I think Mrs. Hull had one of the mor
phine pills that she occasionally took
Ito secure rest. She slept well that
j night. Mrs. Quayle was with her. In
I the morning my wife asked for a cup
of coffee. I was making it when Mrs.
Quayle came in to the kitchen. I put
j nothing in the coffee but cream. She
I said nothing to me of the queer taste
of the coffee. On Tuesday she was still
j ill and asked for the medicine the doc
i tor had prescribed. She complained
that it was bitter and I diluted it with
some water from the pitcher that stood
by her bedside."
The court interrupted with an admo
nition to the witness not to tell what
he thought or what his impressions
were. Mr. Pierce was on his feet and
demanded of the court what rights he
had. "I want to know your ruling on
this form of testimony and the right's
of my client and I am not going any
farther in this case until I do find out,"
he declared.
"One moment." said the court in a
conciliating manner, "let us not an
tagonize each other." Then turning to
the witness he said: "You must be
cautious. Confine your answers to the
logical sequence of the question. Do
not by inference allow your opinions to
enter into your replies."
Mr. Pierce gave an angry shrug- and
sat down, telling the witness to pro
ceed. "I did not see Mrs. Hull take
any medicine that evening," said Mr.
Hull. "It was alter 6 o'clock when I
; stepped to her bedroom door and asked
! her if she wanted anything. She asked
j for a glass of lemonade. I had a re
ceipt in my hand — "
"Objected to," spoke up Mr. Butler.
! Then there was more argument In
j which Mr. Pierce said that it was pro
posed to show that the receipt had
been received at that moment for some
work done on the house and that the
witness went to the trunk for the sole
purpose of putting the bit of paper
away, and not for poison, as Mrs. Hull
charges. After a while the court final
ly admitted the receipt might be all
right and the evidence might also be
proper, and Mr. Hull continued:
"I then went to the trunk and put
the receipt in it Then I took a lemon,
cut it in half, made a lemonade wltli
one portion of it and took it to my wife.
She asked me why I went to the trunk.
1 did not tell her because she would not
credit what I said. She refused to
drink the lemonade and I took it into
the kitchen, drank It, rinsed the sugar
n.n/1 seada fora the glass, and when she
*«E SAirey^Pi^'-GLOlftfe? -frirtffesffAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1898.
again called for a* lemonade took' tlie
other half of the lethbn, made the drink
and placed It on the stand by her bed.
She then wanted me to go for the doc
tor. I called Blanche and went to find
Dr. Hawkins, and told him that my
wife thought he was in collusion with
me in trying- to poison her. I then
hurried home to get the poison in the
trunk, which I intended to take back
to the doctor. As I entered the house
from the rear and went to the trunk
to get the poison, my wife came into
the room and springing, at me caught'
me by the coat."
"Explain how she caught you," said
Air. Pierce. . .
"Well, it will be fifteen we.?k3 to
morrow since the event occurred and I
cannot be explicit. But I do know that
it was a very vigorous taking hold,"
said the witness. "I tried to get loose
from her grasp and she, still hanging
on to me, followed me into the yard.
She began to scream for help and I
saw several of the neighbors were at
tracted by her cries. I did not wish the
humiliation that the publicity of my
family troubles would give, and went
back into the house. I then went to the
front door and started out that way,
but was met by my little child, the
youngest, who shook her little fist at
me. I felt like stopping then and tak
ing her in my arms. I couldn't endure
that the little one should turn against
me," here the witness gave evidence
of his emotion, but hastily controlled
himself and continued, "I went back
into the kitchen while Blanche went for
some neighbors. After Mr. Anderson
had arrived I went into my wife's bed
room and sat there until the doctor
The story of Mr. Hull's refusal to be
searched by his wife or the doctor in
the presence of his wife wap then re
hearsed. "Why did you not permit her
to make the examination of your pock
ets?" asked Mr. Pierce.
"I knew that she had me in a trap,'
said the witness. "It was not that I
cared for the humiliation of the search,
though I know of no law, human or
Divine, that compels a man to submit
to such a search, even by his wife's
physician; but I did know that if the
contents of my pocl^ts were found
she would have the evidence that she
was in search of. She had seen me
take the poison from the trunk, and
she knew that it was in the trunk. She
also knew that I had had ample op
portunity to dispose of it if I had
wished to do so, or if I had believed
that I was in any danger from its pres
ence in the house."
"Why did you say that you would
give the doctor the contents of your
pockets if you could have a conversa
tion with him alone in the presence
of your wife?" asked Mr. Pierce.
"I did not wish to hurt her feelings
by referring to her mental condition
except in the presence of Dr. Hawkins.
But all my propositions were rejected
by Mrs. Hull, who was sharp enough to
see that she had me at a disadvantage.
I could have explained to Dr. Hawkins
what I meant by the words that In
order to tell him all I would have to go
back into the history of the last fifteen
"You would have had to tell him of
your wife's mental condition and other
unpleasant matters that related to your
married life, you mean?" asked Mr.
Then ensued another of those con
troversies between counsel and the
court finally made a ruling that was
displeasing to Mr. Pierce, who com
mented on the contrary* attitude of the
court in ruling on a similar point
some time before.
"Well, you don't claim to be infalli
ble, do you?" demanded the court. "I
Mr. Hull then attempted to tell what
he would have said to Dr. Hawkins,
but was met with a prompt and vigor
ous objection from Mr. Butler, and the
court sustained the objection.
Then Mr. Pierce was on his feet in a
white heat. "They didn't want to hear
his defense and now the court will not
hear him. Between you the accused
will be sent to prison without a hear
Then Mr. Pierce asked that the case
be adjourned until today, and began
walking up and down fretting with
"Go on," said the court, "I will hear
you. Go on."
"No, I wont go on," said Mr. Pierce
with decision. "I have had enough for
"Go on," said the court again, "I'll
sustain your objection to my ruling
and allow your witness more latitude."'
"No, I won't go on. I'm sick. I will
not proceed with the case farther, to
day," said Mr. Pierce from the othe*
side of the court room, where his ex
cited feelings had led him.
"Well, that's the first time I knew
you were sick. Mr. Sheriff, adjourn
this court until tomorrow morning."
And with that Judge Egan left the
bench and the attorneys were not slow
to follow. The atmosphere was charg
ed with all kinds of electricity that
threatened an outburst of some sort,
and every one was glad that the strain
was ended.
Annual Entertainment of the Wood*
men of the North.
Prosperity Camp No. 2, Woodmen of
the World, held its sixth annual enter
tainment and ball at Odd Fellows' hall
last night. The affair was a financial
and artistic success, and reflected great
credit upon those in charge. The en
tertainment programme consisted of
twelve numbers, all of which deserved
special mention. The duet by Misses
McCarthy and Broderick was rendered
j in a most excellent manner, as was
also the solo and recitation of Mr,
Jacques. Other features of the pro
gramme were the piano solos by Miss
Mabel Silbert and Miss Louise Christ. ;
The recitation by Mrs. Helen Robinson
was well rendered. The hit of the
evening was the song of little Miss Mc-
Carthy, entitled "W r hat Will You Take
for Me, Papa." After the close of
tha entertainment the floor was cleared
and dancing was commenced and con
tinued until 1 a. m. Council Com
mander Hubbell, Lieut. T. J. Wilson
and Master of Ceremonies John Silbert
are entitled to the credit of the manner
in which the programme was carried
I.iist Year's Specifications to he Em
ployed This Year,
The specifications governing the gar
bage contract for the year 1897 will
be submitted by the corporation attor
ney at the regular meeting of the as
sembly tonight. They will be sub
stantially the same as the specifications
under which the present garbage con
tractors are working. They will re
quire the contractor to haul all gar
bage and dead animals out into the
country a distance of at least ten miles
from the city limits, and will forbid
the transfer of any garbage from wag
ons to railroad cars at any place with
in the city limits. The usual clause
providing for forfeiture of the contract
for non-performance of its require
ments and conditions, will be included
in the specifications.
Huford and Miller Make the High
Buford and Miller won the high-score
badge in the ninth game of the dupli
cate whist tourney played last night.
Following were the scores:
North and South—
Whipple and Genwnel 135
Whitney and Chapin 130
Piske and Howes "..145
Vogel and Johnson 150
Sperry and Whitman ..149
Buford and Miller 162
Erwin and Brlggs, O. H 151
Gordon and Briggs, J. H "..151
Average, 146%.
East and West-
Patterson and Armstrong 158
C*T6on and Harris 173
Btxby and Agnew 166
Morgan and Ringgold 158
Ward and Wheelams 159
Zenzius and Sanders 162
Bunn and Fetter 175
Metcalf and Sargent 172
Average, 165%.
TEE TO IMiavil'Ol.lS,
Which Must Be 'lH>ne In the Way
of Preparing for the
F. I. Whitney, chairman of the.Com
mercial clubs committee that went to
Indianapolis to secure the Farmers'
National congress for St. Paul in 1897,
has submitted the following report to
the board of directors of the Commerc
ial club:
Of the number appointed by his ex
cellency, Hon. David M. dough, as
delegates to the Farmers' National
congress, E. A. Webb, F. I. Whitney,
P. B. Groat, George Hazzard, J. Adam
Bede, W. M. Hayes, B. W. Randall, J.
Quirk, J. A. Hunter, H. S. Judaon, Mr.
Trowbrldge, Thomas Owen, C. J. Wing,
Rev. W. C. Rice, P. E. Furber, J.
Llloyd, Julius Schroer and P. V. Col
lins, and others from various portions
of the state attended the recent meet
ing- at Indianapolis, Ind., and presented
to the congress the invitation issued
by the governor, the mayor, the Com
mercial club and the chamber of com
merce to hold the next meeting of the
congress in "St. 'Paul. Other prominent
cities also issues invitations, among
them Detroit, Baltimore, Nashville and
Dallas, -but, after carefully considering
the claims and advantages of each of
these places, St. Paul was unanimously
chosen as the next place of meeting.
The Minnesota delegation made two
distinct pledges on behalf of the Com
mercial club. First, a suitable and
convenient assembly hall; second, the
sum of $500 in cash for the purpose of
defraying the expenses of the prelim
inary work of the congress in prepar
ing for the St. PaAil meeting. In order
that these pledges may be fully met
and that the preliminary work neces
sary for a large and successful meet
ing be fully carried out, we respect
fully recommend the appointment of
the following committees:
First — A finance committee, whose
duty it shall be_ to xaise the amount
guaranteed. The delegation further
recommends that' an additional amount
of $500 be raised for the purpose of In
creasing the attendance at the meet
ing; this amount *to be expended In
such advertising as will create an in
terest in the congress on the part of
the farmers In adjoining states.
Second — An executive committee to
work in conjunction with the officers
of the Farmers' National congress in
doing the preliminary work necessary
to a large and successful meeting.
Third — A programme committee, to
work in conjunction with the Farmers'
National congress to prepare a list of
subjects for discussion relating to the
great agricultural interests of the
country and to secure speakers com
petent to discuss them. In fine, to
prepare a strong programme, one that
shall be worthy the occasion.
We recommend in the appointment
of the above committtees that the
chamber of commerce and other organ
izations of the city be recognized,
thereby inviting their co-operation
in this important work.
We recommend further that the of
ficers of the-Commercial club open cor
respondence immediately with the of
ficers of the Farmers' National con
gress to the end that interest in the
next congress may be created and
The congress is composed of two
delegates at large and one from each
congressional district in each of the
states of the Union, the governor in
each case making the appointments.
Officers of experimental stations,
schools of agriculture, state agricul
tural societies and kindred state or
ganizations are members of the con
gress by virtue of the positions they
hold. It is, therefore, apparent that
with proper effort this congress may
be made to represent adequately all of
the important agricultural interests of
the country. We are satisfied that not
less than 1,500 delegates will attend
the St. Paul meeting, all of whom will
be representative; influential people.
Plans* for the Structure— Will the
M il \viiuk.«M> ISuf Ie! ?
The city of St. Paiil will soon ascer
tain whether it will'be necessary for
it to resort to the* courts to compel the
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail
way company to construct a st«el
bridge over its rairroad tracks, where
they cross Summit avenue.
As long ago aS : last' April, the com
mon council adopted' a resolution or
dering the Milwaukee'^Railroad compa
ny to construct a suitable steel bridge
over its right of 'wayHwhere it crosses
Summit avenue, to the full width of
the avenue, as it existed at the time the
said railroad company acquired its
right of way across Summit avenue,
and to the full width of said avenue aa
it existed prior to July 12, ISB6. The
same resolution also directed the city
engineer to prepare plans and specifi
cations for such a bridge in place of
the present inadequate wooden bridge
on Summit avenue.
Representatives of the Milwaukee '!
road who attended the committee meet
ings prior to the adoption of the res
olution, declared at the time that the
company would not consent to build
such a bridge as the city desired.
The matter was permitted to lapse
until last September, when the new
council adopted the following resolu
tion, which was approved Sept. 10:
Resolved, That the city engineer be, and
he is hereby directed to prepare detail plans
and specifications for the construction of a
steel bridge along the line of Summit avenue
and across the right of way of the Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway company, the
plans so to be prepared to be for a bridge
along tbe line of said Summit avenue, in
the city of St. Paul, to th« full width of said
avenue, as the said avenue existed at the
time of said company's acquiring its right
of way across said avenue, and to the full
width of said avenue as the said avenue ex
isted prior to July 12, 1«8G, -and to submit the
same to the common council for approval.
Resolved, further,, That the Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. Paul. Railway company be,
and is hereby required and ordered to con
struct a suitable bridge over its right o£
way where it crosses Summit avenue In the
city of St. Paul, in accordance with the plans
and specifications so to be prepared.
Resolved, further. That in case of a fail
ure on the part of the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul Railway company to proceed imme
diately to construct said bridge upon the ap
proval of said plan^ and specifications, the
corporation attorney be and he is hereby di- .
rected to take such legal steps in the name
of the city of St. Paul aa may be necessary
and proper to compel the construction of such
bridge by such company.
In accordance with, this resolution,
the city engineer ,fcas just submitted to
the council his and specifica
tions for the bridge^ and they have
been referred to-- the committee on
streets. The plans call for a steel
bridge, 60 feet long and 100 feet in
width, there being a 70-foot roadway,
and two sidewalks, each 15 feet wide.
The city engineer estimates that the
bridge will cost $28,500.
As soon as the council approves the
plans and specifications, which it will
doubtless do, at the regular meetings
on Dec. 1 and 3, it will be the duty of
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Railway company "to proceed immedi
ately to construct" the bridge unless it
proposes to fight the city. It is the
opinion of the corporation attorney's
office that the railroad company Is
legally bound to build a suitable bridge
to replace the present -wooden struc
ture, inasmuch as it acquired its right
of way subsequently to the opening
and widening of Summit avenue.
Will On !ui» s Hla Former Pulpit on
Sunday Next.
Rev. S. M. Crouthers, for several
years pastor of Unity church, and for
the past three years pastor of First
Parish church, Cambridge, Mass., Is
the guest of C. W. Ames and family
for a few days. Rev. Mr. Crouthers
will occupy the pulpit of Unity church
Thisi is the first visit of the reverend
gentleman to St. Paul for some time.
He came West with Rev. George
Batchelor, secretary of the American
Unitarian association, and Rev. Mr.
Horton, of Boston, to visit the confer
ences of lowa, Indiana, Minnesota and
"I find the work of the church in a
very satisfactory condition in the
West," said Rev. Mr. Crouthers last
evening. "I visited a number of the
conferences and was impressed with
the progress which has been made dur
ing the past few years. lam very
fond of my work in the East, but re
member my connection with the St.
Paul church with the utmost pleasure.
For some time I have been preaching
in Harvard university pulpits, and am
now regularly in my own pulpit. Tho
First Parish church, of Cambridge,
was the original church of that city,
and was founded in 1636. The church
has many leading college men connect
ed with it, among them being Presi
dent Eliot and others."
Bill That Will Draw a Crowd on Its
The programme for the Elks' benefit
Friday afternoon at the Metropolitan
has been completed. It is one of the
best that has been presented by the
lodge In its numerous entertainments
given under Its auspices. For variety
and general excellence it cannot be
beaten. The sale of seats for the ben
efit has been very satisfactory. A
large audience is assured. Here is the
programme in full:
Edward P. Mawson Recitation
Chas. Ledegar Contortion Act
The St. Paul Slks' Banjo Club Selections
T. L. Snyder, Director; W. J. Tompkins,
Instrumentation— Banjorlnes, Messrs. Snyder
Tompkins. Roberts; banjo, Geo. W. Peter';
piccolo banjo, E. Pardee; flute, Wm. Nelson;
violin, Ira Donnelly; guitars, Messrs. Rob
inson. La Chapelle, Peterson.
Edwin Thanhouser— Recitation Thackery
"The White Squall" (A Word Picture).
Mr. Gus Heege, of "A Yenuine Yentleman
Company," in a farrago of nonsense, gar
' nished with Swedish dialect.
Charles F. Lorraine Ballads
The distinguished basso-contata of a "Yen
uine Yentleman Company."
William Norris Dialect Recitation
The Two Original Cliffords, refined comedy
sketch artists, and their funny burlesaue,
"Military Drill."
Counselor Brooks, a New York lawyer...
Mr. McKee Rankln
Kitty Smith, a tough girl.. Miss Nance O'Neil
Nancy, a itenographer Miss Mary Saunders
Herschal May all Recitation
"The Conversazzhony," by Eugene Field.
Duffy and Shelton Irish Sketches, Etc.
Jno. B. Ince Humorous Stories, Etc.
Phil Clifford in his new and original act,
entitled "The Young Irish Swell," in
troducing character changes, neat songs
- and dances, Lancashire and American
clog dancing.
H. M. Pitt Recitation
Miss St. George Hussey, of "A Yenuine
Yentleman Company," in her celebrated
Irish specialty.
The performance to conclude with an ex
hibition of the Animatograph.
Mercury Falling Slowly, but Surely,
Throughout the Northwest.
The cold wave predicted by tho
weather bureau has arrived, and from
present indications tha mercury will
continue to hover about the zero mark
for a sufficient length of time to give
the local populace a taste of genuine
winter weather. The wave which has
made good the prognostications of the
wc-ather man is not an area of severe
cold which has swept down from the
North., but is more in the nature of a
forerunner of winter. St. Paul began
to feel the changed conditions early
Wednesday morning, since when it ha 3
grown steadily colder. The mercury
does not register as low as tne cold
wind would indicate, but, locally, is
about stationary at 14 degrees above
zero. Throughout the Northwest the
conditions are in some instances re
versed both ways, though the cold
wave is general in its extension. At
Huron the thermometer registers zero,
and at Helena, Mont., it has reaehe-l
the same point. At intermediate sta
tions the temperature is as high as
8 above zero, ranging as low as 16 de
grees below, but at Winnipeg it has
fallen two degrees lower than in St.
Paul. The present conditions are ex
pected to continue for the next twenty
four hours.
Latest Instrument for Pliotograph
ing Moving Pictures.
The American biograph is the latest
machine that enchains living pictures
while in motion. Tho marvelous ad
vance in science which enables the
transfer of the beauties and wonders
of living photography to the confines
of a, picture is a recent discovery, and
it is claimed by the inventors that the
American biograph contains all the
perfections of previous instruments as
well as the perfection of many new
features. This wonderful machine will
be on exhibition at the Grand next
Sunday night. The inventor of th<?
biograph is an American, and it is pro
posed to display by means of it a col
lection of pictures that will astonish
every one by the perfection of the pho
tographs and the subjects thereof as
well as the development of this branch
of the photographic art. From 2,400 to
3,000 separate pictures will pass in re
view of the audience each moment cf
Went at It Wrong,
P. H. Moon«y, agent for the American
Wringer company, will have a hearing before
Judge Orr this morning on a charge of im-
I personating an officer. Laura Crwaman made
j the complaint, and alleges that MoonejT'claim
j ing to be an officer, visited her ho use "and car
! ried off two glass jars and a leather lunch
box. Mooney claims that the articles were
purchased from the company for which he
works and that there was a balance due.
The complaining witness claims to own the
articles for the reason that the amount due
her for care and storage exceeded their
Robert Bader and Dolly Collins paid flnes
of $15 each in the police cmtrt yesterday.
I The twain were arrested at a resort on Jack
son street Sunday morning chorged with dis
orderly conduct.
• 1 -= =•
We are always on tne lootout for nov
elties and Improvements in musical in
struments. You ought to see and hear
j the
Ludwig Pianos
With Harp
The most beautifur musical effects in
ft most beautiful Piano! It has no equal
at tne price and terms we can Rive yon,
Don't fall to see and hear this latest im
provement in Pianos.
t W. J. Dyer & Bro.
XI and X3 W. Fifth St.
& Co.
Saeaessor* to Field, Mahler * 00.
A Great Clearing Sale of
For the Next Three Days.
We told you about our recent
purchase of 1,000 New Jackets at
a big- discount from regular
prices. This compels us to
a big- lot of our former stock to
compete with the new purchases.
This involves quite a loss, but we
are determined to close out about
600 garments in the next three
150 Tailor-Made Jackets of all-wool
materials, some silk lined through
out, others trimmed with fur; all this
season's styles; formerly sold from
$6.50 to $9.00. Choice for
135 Strictly New Tailor-Made Jack
ets, guaranteed up to date in every
particular, some handsomely braided,
others silk lined throughput, equal
in fit, style and workmanship to our
best g-arments, formerly sold for $9.50
and $11.50. Choice for
200 Tailor-Made Jackets— not one of
them in the store long-er than two
weeks — E nglish Kerseys, Irish
Friezes and Illuminated Boucles,
lined throughout with Fancy
Taffeta, the best $11.50; $12.50 and
$14.50 Jackets in America. Choice for
In addition to the above we
will sell 175 higest grade New
Jackets that sell for $20.00 and
$22. SO in other stores, for
each today only. This price is
for one day — Thursday only.
The Silk Sale.
The great Sale of Silks from
the greatest silk manufacturers
in this country is surpassing- our
most sang-uine expectations.
Hig-h Novelty Silks made by:
Cheney Brothers,
Hamil & Booth,
Schwartzenbach, Huber & Co.
Novelty Silks that always sold
for $1.75, $2.00 and $2.50,
hundreds of styles, choice for
97 Gents
a yard. They're worth coming
a hundred miles to see.
Imported China Silks, in black,
white and 30 coloring-s, advertised
elsewhere worth 48c, our price, only
24 Gents
a yard.
$1.00 Plaid Taffetas for 65 cents.
$1.25 Figured Taffetas for 65 cents.
Handsome Silks for the Charity
Bail, 75 cents to $3. 00.
New Dress Goods.
Hundreds of pieces of New
Dress Goods have been opened
this week. Prices are from 20 to
35 per cent less than early
seasons' price. % And the styles
are different from anything
shown two weeks ago.
50-inch English Check Suit- QT
ing-s, usually sold for $1.00 and QrfQ
$1.25, today
Plain Colored Canvas Cloths- the
newest weaves of the season, in the
newest colors, including- rt»| <JP
"Plum" shades, 50 inches $| # £^)
50-inch Silk Knot Suit- d»| fl
ings, a late novelty in new A| #^J)
50-inch Silk and Wool d»| AA
Electric Suiting-s, in the J)| # ||||
newest colorings
50-inch All-wool Tweed Suit- *7P
ingfs, in mixed colors, wonder- §tfQ
ful values at
More than 100 pieces of strictly All-
Wool Novelty Suitings, 40 inches wide,
in the best qualities we ever offered at
50 Cents
a 3'ard.
rough Suiting-s, 38 inches wide. Ex
tra special sale at
40 Cents
a yard today,
Winter Underwear.
Two cases of Ladies'
Natural Gray Fleeced
Vests and Pants, 00 per
cent wool, never before
sold for less than 65c, for j
39 Cents I
each. Vests have silk
fronts, silk trimmings and ;
satin ribbon at neck,
drawers open at sides, :
have sateen bands and
draw strings.
Ladies' Heavy Black Ribbed Wool
Plated Tights, ankle lengths, *]Q
closed; sold all this season for ifSC
$1.00. Today IW |
Boy* Heavy Black Wool Hose,
spaced feet and knees, <**
our regular 25c kinds, |Ur
today £ 17v
Kid Gloves, worth 91.25,
$1.50, $1.75 and even $2.00,
95 Cents
a pair today.
Another sale that will delig-ht
a thousand buyers:
These are the kinds:
Genuine French Glace, 8-button
Mousquetaire Gloves in all the popular
3 and 4 button Dressed Kids in a
great variety of colors.
8-button Suede Mousquetaires —
every pair made in France— in all the
popular colors for calling.
All of these for
95 Gents
a pair today. They are worth $1 25
$1.50, $1.75 and $2.00.
i 100 dozen strictly pure Irish L,inea
| Hemstitched Handkerchiefs, for
5 Gents
each by the piece or dozen.
Winter Underwear
at Half-Price.
Heavy Natural Gray Rib
bed Shirts and Drawers
manuf actu rers' "seconds"
three-quarters woo!, reg
ular $1.00 kinds, for
50 Cents
Each, Shirts have pearl
buttons, satin front and
are silk bound and trim
Successors to Held, Mahler * Cc.
Guaranteed to Pit tf Proper Slse la
We have made arrangements with
one of the oldest and most reliable
Paper Pattern houses in New York,
which enable us to offer our readers
standard and perfect-flttingr patterns
of the very latest and newest designs.
These patterns are retailed in stores
at from 20 to 40 cents. We have made
arrangements whereby we can offer
them at the extremely low price of 10
A paper pattern of any size of this
illustration may be obtained by send
ing your name and address, number
and size of pattern desired, together
with 10 cents for each pattern, to th»
Pattern Department of
St. Paul, Minnesota.
For Waists: Measure around fullest
part of bust, close under arms, raise
slightly in the back, draw moderately
For Skirts: Measure around the
waist, over the belt; draw moderately
Printed directions accompany each
pattern, showing how the garment is
to be made.
When ordering patterns for children,
please also state age of child.
c 20676 * 20652 *
2CHJ7G— 2OG.I2.
Lady's Costume — Rough novelty
gnods, in a black and dark red effect
was used to make this handsome toi
lette. The bodice is tight-fitting, and
vtry becoming to the figure. It is cut
with a seamless front, shaped by biases
and buttons or hooks invisibly at the
left under arm and shoulder seams. The
back is cut in one piece, and stretched
over the lining to fit the figure. The
6ne-piece leg o' mutton sleeves are
made up over fitted linings, and possess
just the right amount of fullness do
mo nded by the latest mode. A red
taffeta ribbon collar, finishes the neck,
while a fancy jet garniture forms a
stylish yoke effect. The bottom of the
waist is cut in a slight point, both
back and front, and completed by a rib
bon belt, matching- the collar. The plain
skirt is made five gores, and has its
two back gores gathered. Cheviot,
tweed, boucle, serge, canvas cloth, etc.,
can be used for this design.
20676 — Lady's basque waist (closed at
the side, with seamless front and back,
and one-piece, medium size leg o' mut
ton sleeves) requires, for medium nze.
5 yards of material 22 inches wide, 34
yards 3C inches wide, or 2% yards 41
inches wide. Lining required, 1% yards;
buttons represented, 12. Cut in five
sizes, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 inches, bust
20632— Lady's five-gored Bkirt (hav
ing its two back gores gathered) re
quires, for medium size. 7% y>ards of
material 22 Inches wide, 5\ yards SS
inches wide, or 5 yards 44 Incites "tfide.
Lining required, 7 yards. Length of
skirt in front, 41 inches; width around
bottom, 5 yards. Cut in six sizes, 22,
24, 26, 28, 30 and 32 inches, waist meas

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