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United States Department of Agriculture. Weather Bureau, Washington, Dec. 7, 6:48 p. m. Local Time, 8 p. m. 75th Meridian Time.— Observations taken at the same mo ment of time at all stations. TEMPERATURES. Place. Tern., Place. Tern. St Paul 28 Winnipeg 23 Pulut.h 24 Huron ..M Buffalo 34-38 Bismarck 42 Boston 32-34 Willlston 40 Cheyenne 44-48 Havre 48 Chicago 32-33 Helena 44 Cincinnati 42-44 Edmonton 20 -Montreal 2fi-30 Battleford 24 Nrw Orlwms ....G2-72 Swift Current 34 New York 40-46 | Qu'Appelle 26 Pittsburg 40-42 Minnedosa 22 ■ DAILY MEANS. Barometer. 29.92; mean temperature, 18; relative humidity, 82; wind at 8 p. m., south east; weather, partly cloudy; maximum tem perature, 28; minimum temperature, 8; daily range, 20; amount of precipitation in last twenty-four hours, 0. Note— Barometer corrected for temperature and elevation. —P. F. Lyons, Observer. MR, «VGE RECOMMENDS. "The recommendations I make must be construed not as being in them selves final measures, but rather as tentative steps in a direction which, consistently pursued, will lead to con ditions ultimately desirable." In these words Secretary Gage himself passes sentence upon his own work. He can not expect that the critics of his meas rure will be more enthusiastic than its lauthor. And, in truth, the plan that he outlines in his report to congress seems to us to be one of those unhappy compromises whose worst effect is not That they fail to please, but that, by public opinion and neglecting v .:o crystallize issues, they lead directly *co stagnation and inaction. The only portion of the report which we shall need to consider is that deal- Ing with the note issues of the gov ernment and the banks. As to the greenbacks, the secretary suggests an Issue and redemption division of the treasury department, to which matters relating to the note circulation shall be referred. There are to be collected J200. 000,000 of the legal tenders, to be paid out only in exchange for gold. The treasury is to be authorized to issue re funding bonds, bearing 2V 2 per cent in terest and payable in gold, which shall be substituted for other bonds out- Etanding. He advises, as the president's message suggests, that national banks be authorized to issue notes to the face value of bonds deposited, that the tax on circulation be reduced to % per cent and that new banks be authorized to begin business with a capital of $25,000 in places having 2,000 population or less. He would then allow national banks to deposit paper money, green backs, treasury notes and silver cer tificates to the amount of $200,000,000 with the treasury; this money to be exchanged later for the refunding bonds mentioned above. Against this amount national bank notes would be issued. When any bank had deposited in this way cash to the amount of 50 per cent of its capital, it would be al lowed to issue notes not only against that, but also unsecured notes against 25 per cent of its capital additional. The government would guarantee all no>ts, Rnd a tax of 2 per cent on this extra circulation would be held, as a guar antee fund to redeem t_e notes of sus pended banks. This, in brief, is the plan, for the d* tails and discussion of which the deader is referred to the re port..itself. "The errors which Mr. Gage makes K-om to us to be grave. They are so both from the practical and the theo retical side. The first is the suggestion of new bonds payable specifically in gold. Practically, congress will never consent to this. Theoretically, it should not. We have had enough trouble maintaining the "parity" of our money, without introducing a new parity of securities. To create a distinction by legislation, as this would do, between gold bonds and coin bonds would in crease distrust and throw suspicion upon the vast mass of obligations now outstanding. We can scarcely think of a more unwise measure than this; and congress will not and ought not to listen to it. Again, the plainly Implied principle accepted by Mr. Gage, that silver dol lars and silver certificates must be re deemed by the treasury in gold on de mand, is an evil admission; and one which, if accepted, would make the maintenance of the gold standard actu ally impossible. We are no longer coin ing silver dollars. Therefore the amount does not increase. A fixed amount can be kept in circulai^cn at par. If we once propose to redeem silver certificates or dollars in gold, the endless chain lengthens out immeas urably. The mere suggestion that to the body of the greenbacks must be added the whole volume of silver in existence as a possible drain upon the gold reserve Is unfortunate. Mr. Gage 6o c :s not advocate the retirement of the greenback. He do< s advocate that the silver certificate stand beside it es ;: mnnai c to t' <;• p.otioral credit. Such i ;. ii alone makes his efiort to solve the resulting situation abor tive. Coming to the question of note issues, again he sees the danger and the need, without daring to go the length of cut ting out one or satisfying the other. He presents forcibly the inadequacy of a federal currency to meet commercial demands. He is not ready to advocate free banking. Between the two he stumbles to a compromise which, once more, is practically useless because congress will not listen to it, and theoretically valueless because congress ought not to listen to it. He would re tain and increase the national bank currency, founded on bond issues. That admits an unsound principle at the outset. To accommodate remoter sec tions and secure a certain measure of elasticity, he would permit banks, un der the conditions mentioned above, to issue notes to the amount of 25 per cent of their capital against their as sets, but otherwise unsecured. How would this give elasticity? As far as he explains his plan, the 2 per cent tax for a guarantee fund is not an annual levy, but is collected only on notes once issued. What motive, then, would ever exist for the retirement of notes; for the contraction of issues, which is just as necessary at one season of the year as expansion is at another? Notes issued on a bond deposit do slowly disappear when times are dull and interest rates low. A bank can not afford to tie up its capital in 4 per ct.nt bonds, bought at a high premium, when the notes issued upon them lie idle in its vaults or are loaned at a small profit. It retires the notes and sells the bonds. But every bank in the country would rush to come in on the new plan. Any banker would be will ing to put up his share of the $200,000, --000 in government paper money, be cause he would receive in exchange national bank notes, dollar for dollar. One would be as valuable to him as the other. Then, if he had depos ited an amount equal to 50 per cent of his capital, he could get notes to the extent of 25 per cent mere for the asking. Would not every dollar of this be taken out and stay out? For, if none of it were loaned, it would cost nothing to let it lie idle. The gain on any part of this circulation would be pure profit. Mr. Gage has simply made over some of the ideas contain ed in the Baltimore plan and in the system recommended by Secretary Car lisle; but he has superimposed them upon an existing system, and produced a garment so patched and pieced that it does not promise either shelter or warmth to the nation's treasury. It is unfortunate that, in an emergency like this, a man whom we desire to be lieve sincere should show himself at once so limited and so impracticable in ideas. -^»- ■ ■ FOLLOWING THE BLAZED WAY. A sense of duty having constrained us to criticise with mild acidity those acts and policies of the present admin istration which shocked our convicN tions of a properly conducted govern ment, the same sense of duty compeki to an enumeration of those acts, pol icies and purposes which, being in ac cord with the similar acts and so forth of the preceding administration, com mend themselves to us as being emi nently legitimate and proper. We do this with the greater pleasure that it puts us now in harmony with our Re publican "molders of opinion," who were so fierce in their criticisms oi, these acts and policies when Mr. Cleve land did or pursued them and are now so profuse In their laudations that Mr. McKinley adopts them. In the first place we find the present president criticising the endless chain quite as vigorously as did his prede cessor, and quite as stoutly as he de claring that he will issue bonds to re plenish the gold reserve whenever the danger line is reached. When we re call the raving at Mr. Cleveland fo:t issuing bonds, we cannot prevent the pleasure that Mr. McKinley's vindi cation of his action affords us. We trust he will never have occasion to buy gold with bonds, but his willing ness to do so In an emergency is com mendable. Next in rank as to impor tance comes his ratification of the pol icy his predecessor pursued in the mat ter of the Cuban insurrection. We can hear yet the reviling of Mr. Cleveland, indulged in by the whole chorus of Re publican papers and spouters, and their moanings over the disgrace in which it involved this land of the free and home of the brave still rumble in memory. The world was begged to hold itself until their party got Into power, whei| a vigorous foreign policy would speed ily be begun that would enroll Cuba among the other dynamite republics of this hemisphere. We have waited in vain for that policy, and now we have the same assurance from this president that his predecessor communicated to congress a year ago. The time maj) come when something will be done, but that time is not yet. Descending to minor matters, we have a semi-official announcement that the present commissioner of pensions has made the discovery that there are actually such things as frauds on the pension rolls and that drastic measures will be taken to weed them out. Hero again we see the administration worthily treading in the path blazed out by the one it superseded, and again we seem to hear the uproar, the in dignation, the vituperation hurled at Mr. Cleveland and his commissioner oJ pensions when they announced that they, too, found the coffee-coolers and malingerers on the roll and were going to hunt them out. The inspectors sent out were branded as "spies;" the frauds were paraded as honorable old soldiers whom this "soldier-hating" ad ministration was hounding to their death; depriving them of the pittance that kept them from the poorhouse. Like tow the heart of the vo ciferous professional old soldier fired up at the enormity. How frantic posts adopted denuciatory resolutions, and editorial columns blazed with fiery invective. We have noted recently that some of these papers have changed their tune, and we expect now to hear a chorus of ap- THE SAINT PAUL, GI,OB3: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1897 proval of this purging of the rolls go ringing down the whole newspaper line that denied so scornfully a year or two ago that any purging was needed. Then there is the matter of the con solidation of the little postoffices that cluster about the larger cities which Mr. Wilson began when he was postmaster general and against which there was such protest. So grave an infraction of the rights of man was this regarded that that good, loyal deputy Republi can, Mr. Gorman, introduced and con gress enacted a bill preventing further consolidations. Now, however, we have Assistant Heath, in whose division these offices belong, urging the repeal of that law, so he can take up the work where Mr. Wilson dropped it and go on with it, and we hope he may succeed. It is with sincere pleasure that we make note of these continua tions of the good policies of the Cleve land administration, but we feel sorry for our fellow workers in the opposi tion who will now have to pronounce good that which they declared was out rageous, foolish, inhuman, destructive only a year or two ago. THEY ARE MARKED MEN. Public opinion and personal shame proved less efficacious last night, at the meeting of the board of aldermen, and other motives proved more potent than our citizens had been willing to believe. The street railway company, which smilingly asserts its ownership of St. Paul, and appears to have the title deeds ready for examination when required, won without an effort on the first round. On motion of Aid. Shep ar( j_ one of the gentlemen whom the public will probably not forget— the resolution declaring the company's franchise for the Fourth street cable line forfeited was referred to commit tee. This was the first show of hands, but the end is not yet. There was, of course, no more reason for referring this matter to a commit tee than there would be to refuse to adjourn until the committee on garbage should approve such action; a great deal less, in fact, since there would be a certain fitness about the latter. The controversy with the street railway company and the merits of it are fa miliar to the most ignorant person in St. Paul. The trouble with the board of aldermen, however, is not ignorance. This resolution had passed the assem bly by a unanimous vote. It is de manded by every consideration of duty to the people of St. Paul; by every I feeling of faithfulness to a public trust. There is no mystery, no secret about it. Its purport is carried on its face; and there is not an alderman who is not as ready to vote on it now, and as well informed, as he will ever be; unless he contemplates interviews and informa tion which the public is not to share. It is important that this action should be taken without delay or hesi tation. The action of the board is equivalent to an announced intention to indefinitely postpone. But it will have to go on record individually. If this shameful thing is true, if the street railway company can count in fallibly on enough servants in the councli to. defeat the people's will and surrender the people's interests, we shall know who they are, and the black list will be kept well before the pub lic eye. Last night gave some infor mation. There will be more. The men who were elected to serve the interests of St. Paul, and find their occupation in doing the pleasure of the street rail way company and assisting it in its war upon our rights, our comfort and our welfare, will be marked and re membered. Let them count the cost before it is still too late. They have lain in ambush a long time. Now they will have to come into the open. With out prying too closely into their rea sons, we do ask them, when every thing is summed up on both sides, Will it pay? For, if we mistake not, this is one form of treason that the voters of this city will not forget or forgive. ITS ANNUAL ELECTION Now Absorbs the Interest of Com mercial Club Members. The interest of the members of the Com mercial club Is centered on the coming election, which occurs next Tuesday. The voting wiil be by ballot and the polls will be open from 9 a. m. to 7 p. m. The clmb will elect a president, two vice presidents and thirteen directors, and for the first named' office there will probably be no opposition to Conde Hamlin. For the vice presidents the nominating committee has placed three names in nomination, Ben Somers, J. C. Michael and Frank Schliek Jr. This ticket will doubtless win by a practically unanimous vote. With the board of directors, however, it Is different. The "committee selected twenty-six names, of which but half that number Is to be selected, and it is on this contest that the interest is manifested, Following the election, the new board of di reotors will map out a line of work for the coming year, and will also select a secretary. D. R. McGinnis, who filled that office for three years in the past, has been spoken of as a possible candidate for the position, but <Mr. McGinnis authorizes the Globe to deny the report authoritatively. So far as known this leaves no opposition to the present incumbent, C. P. Stine. Tuesday evening, after the election, a smoke social and entertainment will be held, and the entertainment committee is arranging a unique programme. This includes the "High Court of Memus Mumm," of which J. J. McOafferty will be the chief justice, assisted by eight associate justices, Cap!. Ed Bean will be «ourt crier, J. Adam Bede court jester and Chief Goss court bailiff. Music, speaking and refreshments will complete the evening's entertainment. The last meeting of the present board of di rectors of the club was held yesterday, as which the market house projects were dis cussed at some length and the committee on city development was Instructed to confer with tho chamber of commerce, committee in regard to the matter, A committee of five, Theodore L. gchurmeier, C. B. Bowlby, H. A. Boardman, D. R. McGinnis and C. P. Stlne, was appointed to represent the club on the council of arrangements of the American Stock Feeders' and Breeders' convention to be held here Jan. 11 and 12. The long dis tance telephone franchise matter went over for action at the first meeting of the new board of directors. Three new members were admitted, John O'Brien, of Still'water, H. C. Johnson and J. V. I. Dodd. USED THE HOWARD CHARTER. Assemblyman Reunion's Blaff About Compelling Witnesses to* Talk. When the assembly committee on flre de partment, now engaged in holding an investi gation as to the cause of the burning of the Schutte block, in December last, adjourned Monday night, it was decided that a reso lution directing the joint committees on fire department to proceed would be asked for. >,'o such resolution was presented to the beard of aldermen last evening, and it Is like ly that the investigation will be dropped. Mr, Reardon had the clerk read, at the meeting Monday night, a section from the general laws of 1895, which empowered common coun cils and committees from them to send for witnesses and compel them to appear. It developed yesterday that the section read was from the Howard charter and therefore of no effect, as far as present councils are con cerned. Mr. Reardon, seen yesterday, said he was not prepared to say whether the inves i legation would be continued or not. HARDWOOD GRADES THEIR DEFINITION PUZZLED THE NORTHWESTERN DEALERS IN THAT CLASS OF LIMBER, REFERRED TO A COMMITTEE TO MAKE A ' STANDARD OF UNI FORMITY AND ESTABLISH IT IN TRADE. OFFICERS WERE SELECTED, o r And a Banquet and Theater Party Clotted an Interesting: Annual Association' Meeting The annual meeting of the North western Hardwood Lumbermen's as sociation was held in the parlors of the Commercial club yesterday afternoon, with a large attendance, Including rep resentative hardwood manufacturers and users of Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. The president, Marshall H. Ccolidge, of Minneapolis, presided. The principal item of business to come before the convention was the question of changes in the manner of grading lumber. D. F. Clark, tho chairman of the board of arbitration, reported that the inspectors appointed by the board were called upon to in spect four carg of hardwood lumber during the year and had done so satis factorily to all parties concerned, but the difference in their respective de terminations of grades showed that some radical changes were needed in the grading rules — whereupon three members of the board submitted rec ommendations for such changes. The difficulty remained, however, that their recommendations were dissimilar, and there then ensued a lively, though en tirely goodnatured discussion of several hours' duration. Nearly all present agreed that some changes were neces sary, but that the fewer grades made the better. It .was, finally decided to submit the majtter to a committee of five, representing the manufacturers of lumber, sash arid rl*>or manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, wholesale and retail lumber dealers, and the chair accordingly appointed C. H. Stein, Geb hardt Bohn, J. ,H. Hiscock, D. F. Clark and W. C. Bailey, as representatives of those lines, Vespej'ctively. They are to complete tfceir .report by Feb. 1, and any rules -which may be adopted by this committee .by a vote of four of the five arei to govern the associa tion. There have teen t 'very bitter differ ences between >the retail lumber deal ers of the Northwest and the whole salers, represented by the Northwestern Lumbermen's association and the Mis sissippi Valley Lumbermen's associa tion, and an effort is now being made to patch up a truce and settle all grievances. To this end a board of ap peals, consiting of three representatives from each association, is proposed, and at the request of the wholesalers, the president, secretary and treasurer of the hardwood association were d^legit ed to act as mediators to this dtsired end. In the election of officers, all tho former ofilcers were re-elect£d with the exception of vice president, as follows: President— 'Marshall Coc-I'dge, cf Minne apolis. Vice President— Henry E. Ctegocd, of St. Paul. Secretary — J. Newton Nind, of Minneapolis. Treasurer — Charles F. Osborne, of Minne apolis. Heard of Directors— B. F. Clark, S. C. Robinson, P. H. Lewis. W, C. Stanton, H. G. Sutter, J. H. Hiscock and B. Villaume. The board then held a meeting and appointed the following as inspectors: Gusi Bodin, Peter Bell, Frank Osborne and Olaf Opprund, of Minneapolis, and August Palmquist and Richard G&ssert, of St. Paul. It is intended having the inspectors hold meetings at intervals during the year for instruction in grad ing rules. The next convention will be held in Minneapolis. Following the business session, the members partook of supper served in the dining halUof the club, and in the evening witnessed "The Prisoner of Zcr.da." The following were the mem bers present: Minneapolis— Marshall 11. Coolidge, S. C. Robinson, F. H. Lewis, .0. W. Firkms. D. F. Clark, J. N. Nind. J. F. Hayden. M. O. Nel son, J. H. Hiscock, C* F. Osborne, C. N. Robinson, B. X. ..Thompson, H. B. Squires, O. Lunn. C. E. Thomipson. John F. McDon ald, William C. .Bailey. Charles Oliver, A. Y. Fenton, A. HHr. r Barnard, H. M. Lyon and N. C. Bennett. St. Paul— A. Moorman, Albert G. Mossbrug ger, H. K. Broqks, J. P. Keyes, Gebhard Bohn, H. E. Osgood, H. C. Stanton, John Luger, A. E. Peterson* E. C. Munch and F. A. Nolan. Ironwood, Mich.— W. H. Sill. Glenwood, Wls.— P. A. Cleveland and C. H. Stein. .' Plum City, Wls.— W. M. Lantz and T. Sttter. In an interview with a Globe re porter, President Coolidge reported that the hardwood lumber cut this wintor would be the heaviest for years, as there is a great scarcity of this lum ber in the market. According to him, the hardwood is becoming very scarce I in the Northwest, and especially is thl.s true of white oak, of which, he says, there will be but little left in five years more. MAY RESTRICT CHILDREN. Juvenile Book Destroyers Cost the Library Board Heavily. The question of restricting the use of the public library to children over the age of twelve years was brought up at the regular monthly meeting of the library board yesterday afterrfjon. Dr. Bean said he had been consider ing the matter for several months, and he was urged to bring it up at this time, owing to the fact that about $2,000 had been expended this year for rebinding books. The greater part of this sum, he was informed, had been paid out for rebinding books in the juvenile department of the library. Something, he thought, should be dolie to save money. No new books had been ordered in two months for the library, for the reason that there were no funds. The juvenile department was a great expense, and particularly in the book-destroying line. He sug gested that the age at which chil dren be allowed to, take books from the library be put at ten or twelve years, and that the issuance of books be restricted to every other day, or twice a weelq The plan or practice of children under twelve years of age to visit the library- one day secure a book and return thie next day to get another was, in his opinion, detri mental to th« children and a great expense to tl^e library board. If .the board had plenty qf funds at. its dis posal, It would be a much different thing, but there was a necessity to reduce expenses, and this was the place where the reduction might com mence. D. A. Monfort did not agree with Dr. Bean, and was of the opinion that, if the board was short of money, which was undoubtedly, true, it would be unwise to commence at the expense of the juvenile branch of the library. The department, he said, since its opening had been of great benefit to the young, and he was in favor of maintaining it without any restric tions as to age. He was opposed to any hasty action in the. matter, and! asked that it be laid over. Dr. Bean said he did not ask for any hasty action and brought the question up in order that it might be discussed. B. P. Wright did not favor restricting the use of the library to children. In the East the plan seemed to be in op eration, but in the West. the tendency was the other way. He was of the opinion it would be a step backward. The question, as well as that advanced by Mr. Monfort of having the juve niles drawing books wear buttons, which would be furnished free by the librarian, was postponed until the next meeting of the board. The report of the librarian for No vember gave the following figures: Books issued for home use, 23,031, di vided as follows: History and biog raphy, 2,205; voyages and travels, 715; poetry and drama, 442; arts and sci ences, 1,308; language and literature, 645; law and medicine, 103; religion, 206; miscellaneous, 76; prose fiction, 7,012; juvenile literature, 5,220; books in foreign literature, 135; reference room on week days, 4,740; reference room on Sundays, 220. The visitors to the reading room on Sundays numbered 610, and the refer ence room on Sunday, 138. The registration previously report ed was 11,927; cancelled during the month, 625; new registrations, males, 278, females, 251; whole number en titled to draw books, 11,831. The amount received for fines during No vember was $87.98, and for thirty-one books lost during the year, $38.82. FUNCTIONS OF TUESDAY. Events of the Day in St. Paul So ciety. Mrs. J. W. Bishop and Mrs. H. C. Johnstone gave a reception yesterday afternoon, from 3 to 5 o'clock, the guests assembling at the home of Mrs. Bishop, on Mackubin street. The fra grance and beauty of the flowers, gen erously supplied and artistically ar ranged, the toning of the large palms and graceful ferns, and the rich char acter of the gowns of guests and hos tesses, made a truly pleasing picture. Special interest was also added to the occasion by a variation in the usual afternoon reception constituency, since a number of gentlemen were among the invited guests, presenting them selves during the last half-hour of the function. Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. John stone greeted their guests in the re- MISS BRADLEY WILL CHRISTEN THE BATTLE SHIP, / ' & WASHINGTON, Pec. 7.— The difficulty that had arisen in relation to the christening of the battleship Kentucky has been settled, as indicated by the following letter: Hon. John I). Long. Secretary of the Navy — My Dear Sir: Kentucky, the "first born of the union," is justly proud of the distinc tion preferred in Riving her name to the magnificent battleship soon to bo launnh"d at Newport News. It may not be inappro priate or vain to say that the valiant record ecption room, where well-developed palms and American beauty roses gave the color tone. Ferns, pink chrysan themums and palms were clustered with taste in the drawing room. Cali fornia laurel, white chrysanthemums and handsome ferns prevailed in the dining room, a centerpiece of white ehrysantheumums and ferns adorning the table. In this room Mrs. Dudley W. Rhodes and Mrs. Denis Follett seived the refreshments. The library was arranged in yellow and green — the prettily decorated punch table having as a back ground a bank of palms. Miss Kate Humbird served the eruests here with frozen eggnog. The hostesses were assisted also by Mrs. Ansel Oppen heim, Mrs. Denis Follett, Mrs. Dudley W. Rhodes, Mrs. E. H. Bailey, Mrs. R. P. Lewis, Mrs. Maurice Edwards, Mrs. Harvey Officer, Mrs. John A. Humbird, Mrs. F. A. Fogg, Mrs. M. L. Saunders, Miss Fannie M. Lyon, and the Misses Humbird. Those who were introduced as guests of honor were: Mrs. Richard Marvin, Mrs. D. C. Lyon and Mrs. Charlotte O. Van Cleve, of Minneapolis. Miss Hopkins, of Leavenworth, was the honored guest at a reception given yester day afternoon by Mrs. B. 11. Evans, of Ash land avenue. The hostess was assisted in welcoming the guests by Mrs. C. Schune man and Mrs. H. T. Black. In the reception room, where they stocd. generous knots of chrysanthemums and stately palms were in evidence. Mrs. W. A. Topliff, Mrs. A. 11. Stem, Mrs. George Thompson and Mrs. Nor val Marchand assisted In the function, stand ing in the drawing room, where pink roses, palms and fr-rns were nature's contribution. White and groen prevailed In the dining roo'j, the center-piece being constructed of carna tions and maiden hair ferns. Streainera of white satin ribbon ran from th* center to the corners of the table, wb^re they were caught with dainty knots of asparagus fern and white roses. The other decorative fea tures of the room were the mantel banked with green and white and the cluster of Easter lilies on the sideboard. The- table was presided over by Mrs. Albert Schuneman, Mrs. James Weirick, Mrs. Francis Ford and Mrs. M. Fayetto Patterson. The decorations in the library, where Mrs. C. E. Dlckennan and Mrs. P. W. Owens poured coffee, were red and green, effected with American Beauty roses, ferns, palms and smilax. The punch was served in the drawing room by Mrs. Charles Clark and Mrs. George Ranney. The young ladies who assisted the hostess were: Miss Cecil White, Miss Kate Chittenden, Miss MessneT, Miss Florence Messner, Miss Grace FloweT, Miss Harriet Johnson and Miss Leila Marchand. Miss Farrington, of the Aberdeen, will give a tea this afternoon for Miss Carey. Mrs. Darling will entertain at whist Friday. Miss Batterman, of Chicago, is the guest of Miss Johnson, of Western avenue. Mrs. Dyer and Miss Dyer, of Grand avenue, will give a reception Thursday. Mrs. Senkler, of the Aberdeen, entertained at luncheon yesterday for the Misses Bab cock, of Neenah. The Ladles' Aid Society of the First TJni versallst Church met yesterday with Mrs. H. E. Lamb, on Laurel avenue. The missions class met yesterday after noon In the gui!d house of Christ church. The subject under discussion was "The Later His tory of English Missions In Melanaala," and the programme was in charge of the ladies of the Good Shepherd parish. The Sewing Circle of the People's Church held a meeting yesterday at the home of Mrs. G. F. Warner, of Western avenue. A meeting of the Audubon society will oc cur this afternoon at 2:30 in the parlors of the Dayton Avenue Presbyterian church. The Sodfr^ of Colonial Wars will hold a special court tft-iae R yan Saturday evening. Dec. 18, to commemorate the great Swamp Fight. A business meeting will be held at 7 o'clock and dinner will be served at 7:45. Mrs. King, of 669 East Third street, will open her home this afternoon at 3 o'clock to a meeting of the Woman's Suffrage association. Mrs. Robertson, of Hague avenue, enter tained the Alert Euchre club yesterday. The Algonquin club will give a dancing party in Litt'a hall Friday evening. The Colonnade Dancing club gave a danc ing party last evening in Oxford hall. The Young Men's Cinch club will meet this evening with George Johnson, of Western ave nue. MAX BENDIX THE STAR. Musical Kvent* of Last Evening in St. Paul. The third concert of the St. Paul Musical club occurred last night in Park Congrega tional church. Mr. Max BentfTx was the star of the evening, but was well supported by Mrs. Alma Johnson Porteous, of Minneap olis; Mrs. J. A. Detzer, pianlste; Miss Mar shall and W. W. Cross, accompanists. On the programme seven numbers were listed, but nearly twice that number were given. The initial performance was Saint Saens' "Allegro Appassionato," op. 70, which was played by Mrs. Detzer with strength and deri/iiteness of interpretation as well as with a fine finish. Mr. Bendix chose for his first appearance Hubay's "Carmen Fantalsle," and gave it a satisfying expression that ful filled the expectations of the audience. In parts his execution was brilliant. The regu lar number was followed by a pleasing en core. Mrs. Porteous has a contralto voice, which is very pleasing save for a lack of uniformity In its quality. Her rendition of the aria, "My Heart Is Weary," from Goring Thomas, was well done, and won for her a round of applause. Her response was a selection of a good standard. Mr. Bendix presented next a bracket of two numbers, one a nocturne by Chopin, and the other the "Elfentanz," by Papper. The nocturne was given with a sympathy and faithfulness to the spirit of the selection that rendered the performance very impressive. The life and spirited execution of the dance of the elves was a pleasing contrast to the somber noc turne. The bracket was followed by an en core. The last three numbers were: A polon aise, op. 53, from Chopin, by Mrs. Detzer: a bracket of vocal solos— Massenet's "Pensee d'Automne," and Spickler's "Love's Bllas," by Mrs. Porteous, and "Rondo Capriccloso," from Saint Saens. by Mr. Bendix. The con cert was well attended, nearly every seat in the house being occupied. The next enter tainment will occur Tuesday evening, Jan. 25, and the artist will be William H. Sher wood, pianist. Miss Louisa Christ, of 278 Winifred street, made by her sons on land and sea entitles her to the compliment. Kindly accept my sincere thanks for the honor with which y<lii have clothed an unpretentious but ardent Kentucky girl who loves her state second only to her country. It will give me much pleasure to assist in the ceremonies of the occasion, which should serve if possible to bind the sympathies of every citizen of Ken tucky more closely to the nation. I have the honor to be —Christine Bradley. gave a parlor muslcalp at the home of Judge O. D. Lewis, on Winslow avenue, last even ing, for tho benefit of the Chun-h of the As cension. The decorations were very tasteful, the ef fect having been produced with smllax in tho front, parlor, and white chrysanthemums Ing tho back parlor. Tho programme as car ried out was: Piano Duet— "La Chatelaine" Leduco Misses Alice and Nellie Carpenter. Violin Solo Selected Ira Donnelly. I!ar;tone Solo — "Alone on the Raft." • 'has. Gray. Recitation Selected Mlsa Ilerma Gregory. Gramaphone Selections — Contralto Svlo — (a) "Why. My Soul, Art The-u so Heavy With Grief." (b) "Little Boy Blue." D'Hardelot Mrs. Clayton. Piano Solo— "La Plleuse" Raff Mlsa E. McKnight. Bass Solo— "Mighty Dfep" Jude Jno. Woeh. Piano Duet — Overture to "Semlramlde" — RosslQl Misses McKnight and L. H. Chryet. . --• Prof. J. Fenwlck, of this olty, h^j been for some time organizing clubs Known as the Fenwick Musical Societies. Tnere are at present four very prosperous clubs, one In Winnipeg, Man., of about o^e hundred mem bers; one In Eden Vallwf, of about ninety five members. The lJ*i£eapolis club has a membership of one/hundred. The St. Paul club is the younp'st. being only a week old and having thlKy-flve members. At a meet ing which w held at the Portland on Broad way last >*ght, twenty applications for mem bership. Vere received. The Idea of the or ganU'.cion is to furnish high class music free 0^ charge so that those may receive its bene fits who would otherwise be deprived of them. A meeting to lay plans for the season's work will be held the latter part of this month. 9t. Paul's Episcopal church was crowded to the doors last night by the people who gathered" to hear the second rendition of Dr. Garrott's church cantata, "The Two Ad vents," by the vested choir. The beautiful cantata was g'lven under the musical direc tion of Choirmaster Thomas Yapp, the solo parts being taken by Masters Arndt Liljen gren, soprano; Fred Grahamo, alto, and Messrs. G. C. Zenzius, tenor, and Frank Wil son, bass. Directly preceding the cantata George H. Normington, choirmaster of St. John's church, played a recital on the great organ, which Included well given numbers. The choir entered the church and took places in the stalls to the strains of the pro cessional "Lo, He Comes With Clouds De cending." The singing of the cantata showed the result of intelligent rehearsing. The solo part 3 were well taken, and the auditors -were treated to an evening of excellent music. Frank Wilson, the bass, took the offertory solo "The Golden Threshold" at short notice, and acquitted himself creditably. The choir numbered nearly seventy voices. Dr. John "Wright officiated. NEW BARRACKS DEDICATED. There were no especially impressire cere monies attending the opening of the new Sal vation Army barracks, at 305 Wabasha street, last evening, but with music of drum and jingling cf tambourine, with singing and prayer, with exhortation and hallelujahs, the new place at worship was dedicated in char acteristic manner. The old barracks were too small and not central enough, but In Its new home the post has commodious and cosy quarters. The hall was well filled and the services were unusually Interesting. Among those on the platform was a delegation of officers from Minneapolis, Capts. Connell. Mitchell, Jamca and Simpson and Ensign Miller. Personal Injury Suit ou Trial. The personal injury suit of Patrick Bren nan against Allan Black is on trial before Judge Otis and a jury. The plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a laborer and while engaged in removing a boiler from freight cars his leg was broken by reason, so he alleges, of a defective lever he was obliged to use. He suea for |7,u00 damages. J PP ]IO ESTIPTE FIRE COMMISSIOXKIIS THIS YEAR HAVE PREPARED M> STATE MENT OF NEEDS. DISCUSSED IT THOROUGHLY. REftI'IREMEXTS OF THIS BRANCH CAREFILLY CONSIDERED BY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. HAVE ALLOWED $200,000 A YEAR. Expected the Same Amount Will Be Set Aalde for the l'»e of the Department in '08. The fire department has a balance on hand of approximately $12,000 for the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 1897. The present Indications are that the de partment will have an opportunity to expend some $10,000 of this surplus in installing the proposed Improved fire alarm system. The board of aldermen approved last night the contract for putting in the new system, and its ac tion will become effective. Chief Jackson, when seen last night, said that the financial condition of the fire department was never in better shape. If the new alarm system was adopted, it had money on hand to in stall It, without in any way impairing the efficiency of the department, pro vided, of course, that the usual am lunt is appropriated for maintenance. "In past years," said Chief Jackson, "the fire board has invariably prepared an estimate of the amount needed for the ensuing year, down to the minutest detail. This year the board did not submit an estimate, although the needs of the department have been thorough ly discussed by the members of tho board. The fact is that the require ments of the fire department are. like those of other branches of the city government, carefully considered by the conference committee when the city comptroller submits his tax estimate. The charter limits the appropriation to $215,000. Last year we were allowed $200,000, and the year previous the same sum. and it is quite likely that this ap propriation will not be cut down ip the tax estimate for 1898." FAMILY LITIGATION. The Vincents of New Canada Airing Their Troubles. Brothers and sisters aro Involved In the district court. Tho trouble la among the members of tho Vincent family of Now Can! f; n H Th » >" w s" 11 »■ brought by Napoleon S. and Norbort J. Vincent against their brothers and sisters to quiet title to Si homestead property In Xew Canada to which SK2BJ an<l Norbert clalm «>•' exclusive The defendants In tho suit aro Modest J Joseph. Theophlle and Alphonao Vincent Mnry ( apistrant, Julio I'lanus, Amelia U> - n ners, Alphinsine Gervals and Philomena Renard and their respective wives und hus bands. N'orbert and Napolron Vtacent havo a deed to the property in dispute, signed by their father and mother. Ml, had and Sophia Vin cent, Who have both rtepartol thin llf» H lnr<i November. 1893, when they executed thi Tho consideration of the deed was that tha two young men should provide food nheltrr and raiment for their parents, and pay them ♦MX) cash a year for the balance of their nat ural lives. To secure the fulfillment of this promise, Norbert and Napoleon executed v mortgage on the premises to the old folks in the sum of (2.000, the mortgage, to bo null and void In rase they carried nut their agreement, but otherwine to b« in full and effect. In 1894 Michael Vincent died und during the following year his wife followed him. The defendants now claim title to the prop erty. They assert, first, that the deed to N'orbert and Napoleon Is void, in that fcha old folks were subjected by the pluintlffa tn undue Influence in Mining it. They further declare that the mortgage to td-ir father and mother is in full force and effect !><■ cauce Norbert and Napoleon did not live up to their agreement to properly care for their parents. They charge the plaintiffs with neg lecting their parents, with allowing them to suffer from cold and hunger, refusing to provide them with sufficient clothing and fail ing to pay them the $i*> a year promised. Norbert and Napoleon deny thesf charges, except as to tb.- annual payments of £100. They admit that they did not mako any specific payments of that amount, but allego that they nave their father und mother all the '-ash they needed from time to time, of which no account was kept, and took good care of them, according to the agreement The trial will tie resumed today. BOMB SNELLING SHIPPINGS. Tho troops at the fort were paid on Mon day by Maj. Wbipple, paymaster, t . s. •■nay, and tho boys In blue will havi money for a few days. The monthly stipend Of a private ■* In Mir army seems rath I h any miser. KSf-opie; but It Increases with i>»ch en listment, and his savings ir f bis discharge ilf he ; iitlon, or endowed with go - ! ]udgn iuit:<rr of "copperlni [uently way up in the bund . nt, recently discharged upon expiration of his term of service, cashed hl.s "flnaJ statements" to tho tuno of $^, -• i our soldiers an- ex cellently lodged, well fed, amply provide with clothing i the chothing allowanoo b' Ing bo Pirge that a man rarely lues it. and tha Jf.ont'y value accrues to him) and have abso lutely no- living expenses OttUMe <<f laundry and repairs. They have th* very best oi medical and surgical attendance free, and their pay goes on whether they be whII or 111. It has been estimated that a soldlor of our army receives the equivalent of about $60 a month. He Is the best paid a".d best cared for lighting man in tho world, and th« result is seen In the superior class ol mon now tn our service. Tho details for Monday were: Capt Philta Reade for ofllcorof-the-day and Sec >nd 1.1 ut. H. A. Smith for ofllcer-of-the-guard. For Tuesday: Offlwr-of-thc-day, (.'apt. L. \V. Cooks, and ofneer-of-the-ffuard, first LlouL W. E. P. French. Twenty-five men are on guard dally at the post, sony» as main guard; •OHM as provost guard; the latter having charge of th» working parties of the twelve military con victs and eight garrison prisoners. n<iw in the guard house. It is arduous duty these cold nights and days. The Officers' Iy-ceum held Its first meeting this season on Friday at 11:00 a. m., and Lieut. Harold E. t'lok«\ Thtrd Infantry, de livered an excellent essay on "The Military State," touching upon the nation's some what defenseless cXdltion in Uh> -vent <>t war with a foreign power, and pointing out what the great powers of Europe have done and are doing in tho lino of defense. Tho lyceum will meet on Mondays and Fridays for four months, and, ns every Officer will prepare a paper, some interesting and valu able information upon military matters may be gleaned. GIVEN ANOTHER TILT. Judge Lewis) Put* One More $1,000 on Bell's Ball. Robert Bell's bail received a third and last tilt yesterday afternoon from $2, --500 SS.sOO. After the adjournment of the Bickel trlai. Judge Lewie an nounced his decision of the assistant county attorney's motion to increase the ball from $2,500 to $5,000. The court fixed the ball at $3,500 and declared it would not be made any greater. W. H. McDonald, as attorney for Bell, took exception to the action of the court. Ha then announced that Harry Burn 3, who was indicted Jointly with Bell on the charge of perjury, and who, when ar raigned on Monday pleaded not guilty, would withdraw his plea and interpose a demurrer to tha Indictment. SIXTY DAYS FOR TWO. Joseph Shue was sentenced to the workhouse for sixty days yesterday, on the charge of maintaining a disorderly house on FrankMn street. Daniel Sweeney, arrested in the piaoe, also received a sixty-day sentence. John McCorm'ck and Mr?. Nellie Murphy were also caught in the police raid, but had their cases continued until to day.