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VOL. XX.— NO. 65.
Tft^ ST. PflrUL GLOB^.
Weather for Today —
Fair and Colder.
Hustings (Jets the Hospital.
McKlnlcj'N Cabinet Confirmed.
Serious Floods in Five States.
Raid on a SnolUnn Poker Club.
Levee Matter Still IJndecidcd.
Day's Swlnl Kxentft.
Minneapolis Matters.
Grand Jury's Final Report.
Drew Trial Delayed Until Today.
Dakota Legislatures Adjourn.
• Stlllvrater Affairs.
Davis in Sherman's Shoes.
MeKinley's Experience as President.
Senate Hn« a Butty Day.
Legislative Work.
Bar Silver, «le.
Ciinli Whont in Chicago, 75 5-Sc.
Stocks Firm in Undertone.
Increased Confidence in Trade,
Corbett Resumes Training:.
Sporting Gossip of a Day.
AVnnts of the People.
Mnmlnmns Against Express Couipany
Newi of the Courts.
Snelling l'ost master Explain*.
I'ardoiix for Four.
Met— Half a Kin*?, 2..'i0, 8.15.
Grand-War of Wealth, 2.30, 8.15.
NEW YORK— Arrived: Alier, Bremen;
Mobile, London. Sailed: Karlsruhe, Bremen, j
QUEENSTOWN— SaiIed: Ce-phalonia, Liv- |
erpool, for Boston. Arrived: L,ucania, New
Where is Canton, anyway?
m , — -
The inauguration is over. On to
The next big storm will strike Wash
ington about March 15.
Gage was the finest looking man in
the cabinet until Bliss was named.
Letters intended for Adlal E. Steven
son should be sent to Bloomington, 111.
Now, Gov. Bradley, put the Ken
tucky legislature up where we can see
There is no objection now to Chi
cago's proceeding with the election of
a mayor.

Gov. Bradley Is to be congratulated
for giving Dictator Hanna a stinging
blow in the ear.
Now that the cabinet is confirmed,
its members can proceed to talk right
through their millinery.
Senator Joseph Benson Foraker has !
a knife in his boot and his eye on I
Mark Antony Hanna.
It seems strange that Mr. Fitzsim- |
mons should have to deny every day j
that he has been drinking.
Mark Hanna has been sworn in. The
rest of the country will be swearing
before the end of a month.
The St. Paul Dispatch indorses the
Chicago Inter Ocean's cartoons by
copying them without credit.
A merry wink goes round as Mc-
Kinley declares he will crush the trusts
but protect the manufacturers.

What if the new administration
should conclude to let Cuba and the
New York Sun fight Cuba's battles?
Mr. Fitzsimmons reports that he is
Very much annoyed by strong winds.
Is Mr. Corbett talking again?
It is stated that every third man in
Washington is from Ohio. And the
snowball season in Washington is near
ly over.
John J. Ingalls says Grover Cleve
land is fitted for a czar. We hereby
nominate Mr. Cleveland for czar of
Most of the horde of officeseekers
In Washington, including our own Lem
■^l P. Hunt, will fall outside of the
What has become of the Texas pe
tition with 50.000 names on it asking
that a Texas man receive a place in
the cabinet?
, — .
The ducks should not jump to the
" conclusion that because Mr. Cleveland
is out of office he can't shoot as
straight as formerly.
In the meantime it may be stated
that the insane people of Minnesota
do not care whether they are sent to
Hastings or Anoka,
How blue Mr. Parkhurst and Mr.
Roosevelt must feel. It is generally ad
mitted that New York's reform police
fire as bad as the Tummany police who
preceded them.
Minneapolis was considered a pretty
bad city, the worst west of Chicago,
but nobody suspected until the grand
Jury made its report yesterday that it
was guilty of "gross nepotism."
That the trusts are not afraid of Mc-
Kinley is shown in the fact that on the
6th of March all the bourbon whisky
makers in the country entered into a
combination with a capital of $30,000,
At any rate, It may be frankly stated
that th? ladies of the outgoing admin
istration are much better looking than
those of the incoming administration.
..* This is another way of saying that a
Democrat can pick a pretty woman for
• wife of*.ener than a Republican.
The Decision of Greece to Defy the Powers Con-
Intervention by England
Would Mean Conflict.
Even the Most Sanguine Admit That the Cretan
Situation Is Critical in the
LONDON, March s.— lt is generally
believed here that a war between
Greece and Turkey is imminent. The
decision of Greece to defy the powers
is confirmd on all sides. It is generally
felt in England that the dispatch, sign
ed by a hundred Liberal and Irish Na
tional members of the house of com
mons, which was sent last evening to
the king of Greece, expressing sym
pathy with his efforts and the efforts
of the Greek nation and government in
behalf of Crete, was a great mistake and
that it will only mislead the king and
nation into the belief that Great Brit
ain will not join the other powers in
coercive measures.
The Westminster Gazette, Liberal,
says: "When the king receives this
sympathetic message he will do w^ell
to observe that the government has a
majority of 150 in the house of com
mons. If he understands the bearing
of this, and if he knows that the British
government can only be diverted from
its decision by an adverse vote of the
house of commons, which there is ap
parently not the slightest chance of ob
taining, he will better understand the
value of this message."
The Daily News expresses itself in
a similar tone and says: "Armed in
tervention by Great Britain in behalf
of Greece would simply mean war to
enforce the difference between absolute
autonomy in Crete and its incorpora
tion with Greece."
The attitude of the Greek officials
in London is most determined. The
consul general for Greece, M. Leon
Messlnesi, in an interview with a rep
resentative of the Associated Press to
day, said there was not the least prob
ability of Greece yielding to the de
mands of the powers. He added that
the fact that another 40.000 men of the
reserves were called out yesterday
shows that Greece means to end the
present situation. Greece has recently
spent large sums on her frontier de
fenses, which are now in good order.
Another official of the Greek consul
ate remarked that if the powers carry
out their threat to try and dislodge the
Greek troops in Crete they will have
to land 5,000 men to do so. He added:
"Even then our troops will fight for
every inch of ground. We have stood
this as long as possible. In spite of
the Halepa pact and other schemes
the situation in Crete is worse than
ever. If Greece is bankrupt it is be
cause she has had to support the fugi
tive Cretans. The powers cannot- starve
out the Greeks in Crete, as the coast
Is too extensive for an effective block
ade, and small vessels will be able to
run the blockade. In any case, the
Greeks have enough food for a month,
and we won't be called cowards even
if we are obliterated from the map of
Europe. We are prepared to shed the
last drop of our blood before allowing
our troops to vacate Crete and leave
the Cretans to the mercies of the Turk
ish policy."
Constantinople, March s.— The Turk
ish government has called the atten
tion of the ambassadors of the powers
to two declarations contained in their
note, to the effect that Crete will not
be annexed to Greece "at the present
juncture," and that an "autonomous
regime" will be conferred upon the
island. The Turkish ministers wish
for further explanation of the words
"present juncture" and "autonomous
regime." They want precise definitions
of the terms.
The Italian embassy has demanded
formal satisfaction for the firing of a
shot across the bows of an Italian
mail steamer while passing through
the straits of the Dardanelles on Tues-
WASHINGTON, March s.— The pres
ident's cabinet appointments were all
confirmed by the senate today and
practically without opposition. There
was for a time a threat of opposition
to Mr. Gage, as secretary of the treas
ury, because of his financial views and
because he is a banker, but there was
more of this among senators in the
cloak rooms than, in the senate. The
list submitted officially to the senate
does not differ from that already given.
It is as follows:
Secretary of State — John Sherman, of Ohio.
Secretary of the Treasury— Lyman J. Gage,
of Illinois.
Secretary of War— Russell A. Alger, ni
Attorney General— Joseph MeKenna, of Cal
Postmaster General— James A. Gary, of
Secretary »f the Nayy — John D. Long, of
Secretary of the Interior— Cornelius N.
Bliss, of New York.
Secretary of Agriculture — James D. Wilson,
of lowa.
The senate went into executive ses
sion promptly upon the receipt of the
nominations and as soon as the an
nouncement was made of the appoint
ment of Senator Sherman, whose name
headed the list, he was confirmed. It
is the practice to refer all nominations
to committee, but it was the desire of
Mr. Sherman's friends to signalize their
regard for him by immediate action.
There was more form than reality in
the referMWe of the other nominations
to committee. Not one of the commit
tees held a formal meeting, they being
polled on the floor of the senate in ev
ery instance. No objection was made
in committee to confirmation.
While the polling was being made.
the appointment of Mr. Bliss as secre
tary of the interloi", occupied attention
from Senators Teller and Stewart, who
stated that while they had no inten
tion to make any effort to balk the
president in his selection of his cabinet,
they felt constrained to point out the
livadvisabHlty of selecting a man who
was not a lawyer for a position which
requires th/e exercise of so much legal
Mr. Teller said that Mr. Bliss was
--> »^tlmfl'?ile man au4 cne who would
firmed on All Sides.
day evening by one of the Turkish forta
ashore, although the vessel displayed
j the usual signals and had obtained
It i.s stated by the Hon. George Cur
! zon, under secretary of state for the
foreign office, that H. M. S. Dryad left
Canea March 2, escorting a Turkish
steamer carrying provisions for the
besieged Turks at Selimo, whom the
British admiral has been instructed
to do his utmost to relieve. H. M. S.
Rodney, with the British consul, and
three foreign warships, sailed for
Selino last evening to relieve the place.
ATHENS, March 5.— A statement
made by King George in the course of
an interview today is probably a fore
cast of the reply Greece will make to
the identical notes of the pow r ers insist
ing upon the withdrawal of the Greek
fleet and troops from Crete within the
six clays from noon on Monday last,
the time the notes were delivered. His
majesty paid:
The Greek nation is unable to bear any
longer the strain and excitement caused by
constant revolutions, and our finances will
not permit us to support the refugees who
now number 17,000. Nothing will prosper in
Greece until the question is definitely settled.
The autonomy of Crete is out of the ques
t'on, because the Cretans reject it, and have I
k.st faith in the promises of the powers.
They prefer to die in their own defense
rather than be slaughtered like the Arme
nians. The recall of the Greek troops from
Crete would mean the signal for new massa
cres on a large scale, owing to the fierce
fanaticism of the Mussulmans, who see they
have the support of the great powers, since
the latter covered the Turkish attack on the
Christians and shelled the victorious Cre
tans who were fighting for freedom, and a
moment when the Turks were compelled to
Feverish activity continues through
out the whole country. Large quan
tities of arms, ammunition, provisions
and military stores are being conveyed
by transports to Thessady. The mass
ing of troops on the frontier is proceed
ing with the utmost speed and public
feeling is at the high pitch of excite
ment. Ttiose taking the coolest view
no longer conceal their opinion that
in the event of coercion by Europe the
center of interest will be transferred
to the Turkish frontier, where the most
serious events may be expected. Many
foreign correspondents have already
started for Thessaly. The Greek fleet
has been divided into four squadrons.
The Eastern squadron, comnxised of the
ironclads Ppai-a and Spelza.l. the cruiser
NararchoFmraulip. the armored cor
vette P-asiieusereorgrios and the dispatch
vessel Paralos, undeir the command of
Commodore AT>o<?to]is. will cruise in the
Sporades islands. The Western squad
ron, composed of four armored and
four unarmored gunboats, under Com
morlore Onmbiazlo. will cruise in the
Gulf of Arta.
AgrniiiNt tlie Silence of the Admirals
at Canen.
ATHENS. March s.— The Greek gov
ernment has protested against the sil
ence of the admirals in command of the
foreign fleets in Cretan waters with
reference to the deir-and of the Greek
commodore. SaChtouris, that he be al
lowed to communicate the orders of
King George to Col. Vassos, and re
questing that he be allowed to go to
t^e assistance of the besieged Turks at
Candamo. The government has pent
a dispatch to its representatives aboar-1
communicating the above facts to them
p.nd adding that tihe Greek cabinet be
lieves that since the admirals and the
cnrsuls bave witnessed the failure of
their efforts to raise the siege, it is
their desire to place every obstacle in
the way of the Greek efforts to do so,
so that in the event of a massacre, they
will be able to throw the responsibility
upon the shoulders of the Greeks.
have filled other positions with credit,
but because he was not a lawyer he
did not consider him qualified in all
respects for the head of the Interior
department. This, he said, was a posi
tion which was of vast importance, as
cases were decided by the secretaiy
of the interior involving greater prop
erty rights than was decided by the
United States supreme court.
Senator Hoar, of Massachusetts, paid
a higli tribute to Mr. Bliss, pointing out
that many of the questions decided by
the secretary of the Interior were pre
pared by law clerks. He argued that
no matter how good a lawyer a man
might be he could not investigate all
the matters that came before Mm as
the head of a department of this gov
ernment. For that reason a law force
had been provided to assist the secre
tary in his work. He said that the
business ability of Mr. Bliss was un
Senators Lodge and Chandler fol
lcwed in much the same strain, calling
attention to the fact that Zaehariah
Chandler had made an acceptable sec
retary of this department, notwith
standing that he was not a member of
the bar. Mr. Lodge suggested that
possibly there was some feeling that
this office should go to the West.
Senators Teller and Stewart both de
clared that the location of a man's
residence would not count with them,
provided he was familiar with the
questions which would require his at
The reference to Mr. Gago was main
ly on account of what was termed his
gold standard views, and it was esti
mated that as secretary of the treasury
he would maintain the gold standard
notwithstanding the promises of the
administration to promote bimetallism.
One objection would have been suf
ficient to send any of the nominations
over the day. but the senators who had
raised the point against Mr. Bliss said
they had no desire In any way to
hamper the president. Hence they
would content themselves with point
ing out this defect In one of the selec
tions. When the list had been con
flrnred In the order of aoptrfntment th^
semate adjourned until Monday.
One Tariff Change.
WASHINGTON, March 6.— The "president
before noon today signed the bill amending
the tariff act to v to authorize the tale
of forfeited domectlo smoking opium.
CHICAGO, March s. —The storm
which raged throughout the middle
West on Thursday night stands un
paralleled, not only for the great ex
tent of territory over which it ranged,
but for the amount of water precipi
tated. At Cincinnati the rainfall re
ported by the weather bureau officials
amounted to 5.38 inches, and floods are
reported from almost every telegraphic
station from Pittsburg on the East to
Kansas City on the West, and from
the lakes to the Northern boundary of
In some instances the win^ reached
the velocity of a hurricane and much
damage to dwellings, bara#, fences, or
chards and forests hafc been reported
from various points throughout the dis
trict. At Cairo, 111., several buildings
were unroofeV* and one dwelling- wUs
blown down causing the death of an
infant inmate. Throughout Southern
Illinois, Indiana and Ohio the damage
to railroad property in- the form of
washouts, making traffic impossible,
and in the wrecks caused by the soften
ing of the roaidbeds. is immense.
A not inconsiderable Jobs to the peo
ple, as a whole, will be caused by the
washing away of bridges and road
ways, which have been built up in the
rural districts at a cost of millions of
dollars, and which in many cases have
been totally destroyed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 5.-The
Post has the following specials report
ing accidents by a cyclon* which swept
through this state yesterday, coming
from the southwest:
Winchester, Ky.— A terrific wind
storm struck here at neon. The track
of the twister was about half a mile
wide and came from the southwest.
William Clayton's house was demol
ished, a business house at the corner
of Maple and Washington street was
torn apart, and along May street chim
neys and shutters flew, before the gale.
The greatest damage was done in the
vicinity of the C. & O. depot. Unveri
fied reports from the country indicate
considerable damage and probable hss
of life.
At Mpunt Sterling the Mcßriar dis
tillery building was entirely unroofed,
and great damage was done. A negro
suburban town to the southeast was in
the path of the twister, and several
houses were blown away.
At Hopkinsville, a barn on the place
of S. R. Cook, four iriiles east of the
city, was blown down, .killing one
negro who was stripping tobacco and
perhaps fatally injuring three others.
At Rowland, Ky., the storm blew
down the engine house of the Louisville
& Nashville railroad and did much
damage to private property.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Marph 5 — The heavy
rains of yesterday and last night have
greatly delayed all trains. Nearly ev
ery train that pulled hato the union
station this morning wsys from two to
four hours late. Several trains did not
get in at all. The Missouri Pacific end
Iron Mountain suffered most. The
tracks of both systems lie along river
Two suburbs were practically Inun
dated this morning b-y the severe floods.
Acres of ground were submerged,
houses undermined, property destroy
ed and residents placed in temporary
fear of their lives. Frojna. the north to
the south across the city limits
the waters covered t}4 lowlands. In
many instances famiije,s found them
selves hemmed in so^that it was nec
essary to wait rescue. iPolice released
many from the wate/bbund prisons.
Great damage waa-°done to railway
property and the p,|&ritß of the fire
brick companies in t«e {southwest por
tions of the city, whiyeiacres of water
stretched in every direction. The sec
tions lying around I?afe and Yernon
avenues and Marcus^i&d. Walter ave
nues suffered most Sfe^erly, while on
the south every acre of low groand
around Cheltenham, Clifton Heights,
Edgebrook and Brentwxxi was covered
■with water.
Specials were received by the Post
Dispatch from the following places to
Vandalla, 111.— The v orst rain storm
for years prevailed last night.
Over -six inches p£ water fell in less
than six -hours. All .the streams are
out-©f-t*eir banks tend many bridges
are washed away. AH trains are de
layed. The Okaw bottoms, south an i
east of the city, are a sea of water.
Many families residing in this district
were rescued in boats. Considerable
live stock perished and hundreds of
rods of fence were washed away.
Lawrenceville, 111.— The heaviest
rain known in this county fell last
night. The Embarrass river rose elev
en feet in ten hours, and the latest re
ports say Sumner, Bridgeport, Pink ■
staff and Bierd's are under water.
Trains on both the Baltimore and
Southwestern are waterbound and
many bridges and culverts are washe.l
out. There is a great deal of uneasi
ness for the people living in the bot
tom lands, as it is feared there is great
damage done with possible loss of life.
Rescuing parties have started to look
after stock and people living in th.^
bottoms. At Richmond, Ind., the paper
mill is flooded and the electric light
power house is threatened. Reports
from the country are to the effect that
much damage has been done.
Jefferson City, Mo.— The heavy rain
fall throughout the Osage valley has
swelled this stream to enormous pro
portions, and heavy damage from th.»
overflow is anticipated. Traffic on the
Missouri Pacific road is almost en
tirely paralyzed by washouts.
Ca-rlisle, 111. —Five and one-hal?
inches of rain fell here last night. The
Okaw river is rising rapidly. Wash
outs have tied up the Baltimore & Ohio
Southwestern railway. No trains have
arrived here for fourteen hours.
Benton, 111.— All the streams are out
of their banks and all the big mudd/
bottom lands are flooded. Chicago &.
Eastern Illinois trains are from one to
six hours behind time.
Clay City, 111.— Fully six inches of
rain fell in this vicinity, doing immense
damage to roads, bridges and fences.
The Little Wabash river is rising rap
idly and bids fair to be higher than
at any time in the last ten years. Tw.i
washouts occurred on the Baltimore &
Ohio near here which will delay trains
from ten to twelve hours.
I'nnnnnl Kulnfnll In the Vicinity of
CINCINNATI, 0., March 0.-Five Inches of
rainfall In eighteen hours preceding noon
; today, Is the unprecedented record made to
-1 day. It requires but little computation to
: show what such a downfall would do in pro-
I during sudden freshets. The marvelous sight
; of floods on high grounds mot the astonished
: gaze of early risers this morning in many
| places. Three-fifths or the rain had fallen
j before 7 a. m., and the result was a rising of
! waters in all the little streams never before
; witnessed. All the roads coming into the
city found their lines paralyzed today by
washouts or overflows except the Louisville
I & Nashville. Queen and Crescent and the
Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern. At Love
land, the track was four feet under water
something never known before. By night'
however, there was a perceptible fall and
soon all the streams will run down.
Cairo in the Way of a Small Tor
CAIRO, 111., March 5.—A h?aw tMinder
storm with rair. and wind Ftruck this section
at 5:30 a. m. today. Roofs were torn off,
j plate glass windows smashed, a frame church
under construction was destroyed, and one
house blown down and the wreckage burned.
I Eight persons were injured, with one of the
j inmates killed and buried in the ruins.
The storm struck Cairo from the South
west, accompanied by rain and heavy thun
der with continuous flashes of vivid' light
ning. The residence of James Darnell, in the i
I track of the storm, was entirely demolished, '
| and all the occupants were more nr less '
hurt. The ruins caught fire, but the fire
companies and heavy rain prevenred the fire
spreading to other buildings. The badly
wounded were: Mrs. James Darnell, back
| broken; Mrs. Cary, injured internally, will
probably die. Rob Bettis' child bu: : r.e3 to
death. Others in the house ercaped with
slight injuries. •
These were all th» casualties. A great deal
of damage accrued through roofs and sky
lights being blown off.
Destruction Left In the Path of the
HtNTINGTON, W. Va., March 5.— A hurri
cane lasting four minutes visited this section
of the state at 2 o'clock this afternoon leav
ing destruction in its path. Dozens of in
dustries here suffered enormous lor.s, while
churches, schools and other buildings were
badly wrecked. Adjacent Ohio town 3 ail
Buffered heavy loss.
Cflnton Drenched.
CANTON, 0., March s.— The heaviest" rain j
in years fell here last night and today. The i
Scioto river overflowed its banks and "several
bridges have be«>n washed away in this coun
ty. The bridge on tho Chicago & Erie rail- :
road gave way and 14 cars fell to the bottom ;
of the creek. AH trains are compelled to
run over the Toledo & Ohio Central and tho
Pennsylvania lines. The water is the high
est in years.
A report from St. Mary's Bays: Last night's
heavy rainfall and a break In the canal bank
of the- twenty-mile level have caused the
greatest flood seen in this section for years.
The low lands are completely under water,
the river Campos and canal flowing as one
PRJCE TWO CEXTS— j F fgg»ggß~
Dakota County Capital Had an Easy Victory in
That Legislative Branch.
With an Appropriation,
As Well as the Report,
This Throws the Fight Back Into the Senate,
Where It May Come Up
Next Week.
Great minds to madness nearly are allied.
A thin partition doth the twain divide.
In this pat couplet Representative
Henry Johns, of Ramsey, summed up
the proximity which will exist between
the fourth insane hospital at Hastings
and Ignatius Donnelly, who W the
forces which brought about the selec
tion of the Dakota county municipal
ity. The house of representatives last
night, after an all day session, voted
to revoke the selection of
to name Hastings as thjß nnal
location and to pass the bill appropri
ating money for the land and buildings
at that place. It was a battle royal
fought out as a special order with Rep
resentative Fred Snyder, of Hennepin,
in the chair, and, with the exception of
one or two personalities, which might
just as well have been omitted and
which were apologized fir after le
ing uttered, the struggle was at once
cleanly and briskly carried on. When
the test vote on the motion to take
back the decision in favor of Anoka
was announced the tension was gieat,
and it kept increasing until the final
passage of the bill left no obstacle to
the pent-up glee of the Hastings co
Before this step had been taken, Mr.
Meyers, of Hennepin, moved as a sub
j stltute that the bill be placed on gen
eral orders, so it might there be dis
cussed and some plan devised by which
the state might save the $15,000 al
| ready invested at Anoka, but his mo
! tion was not popular and was opposed
I by a member of his own delegation,
i Mr. Dahl. Mr. Jones, with a modicum
of humor in his tone, said: "I know
when I am licked, and I feel that way
now, and I want to say that I hope
nothing which has been said today
will leave anything but the best feel
ing with any member of the t?uufc. I
i think we had better settle the matter
j here and now by passing the bill." Mr.
Hicks, of Hennepin, concurred in this,
and the vote was taken, resulting in
67 ayes and 39 nays, so the bill was
declared passed amid much enthusiasm.
Mr. Donnelly had led the battle to a
victorious conclusion, and had been
ably -assisted by the members from
(Ramsey and the southern part of the
! state.
When the voting was begun upon
I the motion of Judge Hicks, the ques-
I tion was divided: First, the revoking of
the selection of Anoka, and secondly,
; the naming of Hasting?. The final
i vote was on the passage of the bill
[ mentioned.
It was shortly after 10 when the
; house adjourned until Monday morn-
I ing at 10 o'clock.
The bill will be reported to the sen
ate in the usual order Monday after
i noon, and some of the Hastings peop'e
', said last night that the issue would be
I forced in that body at once. If they
! can pass the bill, and they think they
can, it makes no difference whether
I or not the committee report, which was
j tied up Thursday night, is adopted.
j The bill will go in the natural order
to the committee on finance, and un
j der the rule adopted at the opening
I of the session that committee must re
j port it one way or the other within
ten days. If a truce is not patched up
: before that time, the Hastings people
| boast that they can pass the bill any
It was charged that the parliament
; ary tangle in which the Hennepin peo
'■ pie snarled the proposition up Thurs-
I day night was but a makesnift to gain
i lime in which to put up a job with
i Chaska, or some other of the sites
i which had been offered, and propose
| that as a compromise that site be se
j lected.
A day later than the senate, and
with the advantage of being able to
view the position taken by that body
on the question, the house took up.
I almost the first thing yesterday morn
ing, the struggle over the location of
the fourth hospital for the insane,
Hastings vs. Anoka. It was taken up
as a special order, and the Hastings
people took the initiative. Inasmuch
as the report of the majority and th-*
minority had been printed and laid on
the members' desks, their reading was
passed over. Hasting-s fired the first
gun in the motion by Mr. Staples for
the passage of the bill to locate the
asylum at Hastings. This action way
immediately recognized by Mr. Dare,
one of Anoka's champions, as a decided
t crimination against the up river
n, and he asked whether or not
question could then be divided,
a reason for this, he explained that
re might be those who were not in
favor of Anoka as a site for the hos
pital, and yet might be equally opposed !
to Hastings.
This gave rise to a brief parliamentary
tangle which stood out agair.pt tin
immediate consideration of the bill, an.]
gave rise to a demand for the consider
ation of the majority and minority re- j
ports upon the action of the commis- j
s'.on to locate, acquire land and prepare \
plans for the fourth hospital for the I
insane. Speaker Jones called Mr. Sny
der. of Hennepin, to the chair, ami from
the floor pointed out that it v/ould bp
impossible to fairly consider the sub-
Sas a special order if the house
rlooked the majority and minority
3rts, and simply considered the
Hastings bill. The chair decided that
the reports must first be considered an<l
the regular., course of th? special order
was taken up. The Hastings people
i met with a slight repulse at the out-
set, but the matter came squarely be
fore the house.
Mr. Stockwell, of Hennepin, moved to
to adopt the minority report favoring
Anoka, whereupon Mr. Fieg moved as
a substitute, that the majority report
be adopted favoring Hastings. This
opened the discussion. Owing to th->
indisposition of Mr. Staples, of Dakota
county, Judge Littleton, of Dodge, after
explaining that he, himself, was slight
ly indisposed, reviewed briefly the his
tory of the location, first at Hastings:
the subsequent meetings at St. Peter
and Rochester, and then the famous
meeting at Fergus Falls, when the ac
tion locating at Hastings was recon
sidered, and changed to Anoka.
The principle points in his speech,
were an exposition of the decision and
memoranda of the judges of the
Ramsey county district court, in which,
while technically deciding in favor of
the Anoka location, they say that tho
action of the commission is one which
demands legislative Investigation.
Judge Littleton, in plain language,
charged the commission with
"which smells to heaven," and sup
ported this at some length by the dis
senting opinion of Judge Kelly, of St.
Mr. Hoper, whose changed vote
altered the commission's decision, was
also specifically charged with giving
a different reason upon four occasions
for his change of front, Indicating
something dark and underhanded. In.
view of these facts, and the further
fact that the Hastings site was the
best, for many reasons, he urged the
adoption of the majority report on the
Hastings site.
Representative Schmidt, of Duluth,
was the next speaker, and discussed
fhe action of the commission and the
decisions of the courts in regard to the
location and held that the action of
the court and of the commission in
dicated that the location was properiy
made. He went into the merits of the
proposition holding that, as Anoka ha.l
as good a location as Hastings in most
respects, and as the train service anJ
geographical location were in favor
of Acoka, he uvged, the confirmation of
the Anoka site.,
Representative Douglas, of Clay
county, favored Hastings. He hal
signed the majority' report, but saij
that he believed that the Anoka site
was perhaps more desirable; considered
from a georgraphical standpoint, but
that on the other hand, the plentiful
water-power and the ample supply of
servicable stone to be used for founda
tion and trimming, also the advantagG
of sewage, and unusual natural seen •
ry, induced him to decide in favor of
Hastings as against Anoka. The action
of Mr. Hoper he considered as indicat
ing a vacillating disposition, and in
his opinion, was entirely without war
When Mr. Dare had answered the
| argument about the value of the build
j ing stone upon the Hastings site by
calling the attention of the house to
the brick clay at Anoka, Mr. Stock
well, who said that Anoka was his
native town, took up the cudgels in de
fense of his own town, he insisted that
his feeling could be nostronger than that
of the Dakota representatives in favor
of Hastings. He was born and had
lived in Anoka and enjoyed the inti
mate knowledge of the conditions sur
rounding the site. Among other points,
he cited the fact that the water-power
at Hastings was not now used by the
mills, steam being used instead; that
the building stone was not needed, be
cause under the cottage plan, brick
would be used; that the sewerage was
a little more costly at Anoka than at
Hastings, but that there would be a
saving of coal shipped from Duluth,
of 75 cents a ton.
Mr. Stockwell alluded to the Harper
matter, and believed that Mr. Hoper
had been influenced tc vote for Hast
ings by his old soldier friend, Mr. Bush,
which was as open to question as any
suspicion cast by the change of front;
besides, Mr. Stockwell said, the major
ity report was specific in its statement
that there was found no ground for thi
charge of fraud. This warranted him
in the view that the location having
been fixed and the land paid for, Anoka
should be decided the proper site.
When the discussion was taken up in
the afternoon, Mr. Stockwell ro=e to a
question of personal privilege to ex
plain that his reference of the morning
was in no wise intended as an asper
?ion upon the honor or character of
Mr. Bush. Mr. Hopcr*a friend. Mr.
Abbott touched on the actim of Mr.
Hcper in changing the vote and could
not conscientiously hold LJm guilty of
any questionable act. He was rK>t
lacking in backbone, as Mr. Douglas
suggested, but was posseted of un
usual nerve to take the action which he
must have known would bring down
the criticism of (-very qpan in the state.
Mr. Abbott believed tha>t the m^m^ers
of the commission went to Fergus
Falls for tnat meeting with th.? full
krowlcdce that he was to be their
victim. The speaker at some length,
went into tho questions ani answers
regarding the changed vote and argued
that Hoper was consistent, although
rot too wise. There were so many in
ctrrt-riatencies attending the Introduction
of the resolution at Fergus Falls, that
he wa«i In doubt as to what opinion to
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