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BULLETIN OF THE; ST. PftUl^ Gl^O ß___i FRIDAY, DEC. 17, ISOT. "Weather for Today- Fair and Warmer. PAGB 1. Prison Investigation. Prl - ileues of Pooling Dlsenased. May Wheat *l.r»<> Predicted. .punish Court Panic-Stricken. English Actor Assassinated. Beware «>f the Handshake. PAGE 2. South St. Paul Man Frozen. Cause of ..levator Accident. Ketail Liquor Dealers Meet. PAGE 3. _I i n ii. upol i_ Matters. Libel Case A_ninnt the Times, .chin-/. Criticises Kepuhlicuns. Gufje'M Currency Plan. PAGE 4. Editorial. Committee DlseuasinK Briiljifes. Day's Social Events. PAGE 6. D-vyer Defeats Schott. McKciina for Judge. PAGE 6. Ili_.li Hates for Money. Ilur Sliver, R5 :»-4c. Cash Wheut lv Chicago, SI.OO 1-2. World's Markets Reviewed. PAGE 7. Good llnihriiy Reports. House and Senate Proceedings. Two Sides iol Wheat Corner. Wants of the Peoiple. PAGE 8. Visitor.* From Japan. Prison Investigation Continued. EVENTS TODAY. Met— Heart of Maryland, 8.115. Grand— Piney Hidgc, 8.13. MOVEMENT OF STEAMSHIPS. NEW YORK— Arrived: Kaiser Wilhi'lm 11. from Naples; Ethiopia, Glasgow; Oufic, Liver pool; Alesia, Marseilles; Saale, Bremen. HAMBURG— Arrived: Patria, New York. HOTTBRDAM— SaiIed: o__am. New York. LIVERPOOL— Arrived: Waesland, Phila delphia. QIEENSTOWN— SaiIed: Majestic, New York. LlS ßON— Arrived: Peninsular. New York. NAPLES— Arrived: Fulda, New York. HAVRE— Sailed: Sicily, New York. CENO A— Sailed: Werra, New York. illEßßOl'RG— Sailed: Wilhelm der Orose. New York. __^_ Anyhow. Gen. Blanco Isn't so handy with the telegraph wire as Gen. Wey- I ler. Lockport, N. T., has a woman eight feet tall. Her place Is on the police force. It is amazing how many dollars you I can spend on things that cost less than a dollar. «-»-- I Water massage Is the latest lnven ti>m. Nobody has thought to try it on a tramp. _«_, _Ir. Fleischmann may be said to have purchased the biggest Hamburg steak . on record. -* The bustle Is back again, but not In nil its ancient hideousness. It is only half size. A Cincinnati society of collegians had n banquet in the cellar of a brewery. Guess what they had to drink. Senator Gorman denies that he Is to move to New York and become a mem ber of Tammany. Tammany Is also ready to deny It. m Joseph Leiter now has more wheat than the Dalrymples, of North Dakota, raised and the boys are still pouring it i in on him by the 10,000 bushels. Nansen was always a great lover of skating. Had there been a solid sheet ot ice he would have skated from Norway to the North pole long before this. m Charles G. Dawes, of Illinois, has I Li en nominated and confirmed as comptroller of the currency. He is likely to chuck around a good deal in | the shoes of Mr. Eckels. Mayor Doran has selected the Christ mas presents for Mr. Corning and Mr. Miller, the two young men who make l up the beauty show in his front office. T ■ey will each get a pair of eight ounce gloves. In spite of his "soreness" over the failure of his man Diment to get a gov ernment snap, it is presumed Mr. Taw ney will remain a Republican as long a. the First district will continue to fend him to congress. It is announced from Bangor that Maine* is tired of prohibition. Maine always was "tired of prohibition," but while Neal Dow was alive it didn't feel it was courtesy to him to take a drink except behind a tree. The motor carriage doesn't, like the horse, shy at things at the roadside. , but it runs away Just the same. A horseless carriage ran away with a bridal couple ln New York city and almost scared them to death. m Tom Piatt, Russell Sage and Richard Pioker are going to join hands this winter in an effort to suppress news paper cartoons by means of legislation. Of course they won't succeed, and the whole country will laugh at them. A long distance telephone line Is to be put in between Seattle and Dawson City. Next summer every time a Klon dlker takes out a nugget worth over $6 he can run to the transmitter and telephone Horace Dunne, ln Seattle, about it. -__»» A Missouri man has Just come to 1 the front with a story that he and I some friends charmed 10,000 wild geese with a brass band and captured half i of them. As soon as the lowa man , K< ts his breath he will tell a story that i will beat this. It is stated that a man named Peter son is to be appointed collector of cus toms at St. Paul, and that a man named Steenerscn Is to be named as • United States district attorney for Minnesota. A senator from this state named Nelson appears to be looking 1 after his friends fairly well. THE SAINT PAUL GLOBE. CLINICS ON CONVICTS. Diversion of Stillwater Medics to Experiment on Warden Wolfer's Wards. STORY OF THE DEAD M' DONALD, Who Is Given Ether By Force and Carved Against His Will. FEVERISH PATIENTS HALF=STARVED. Secrets of the Solitary, Now Revealed, Show Horrors Exceeding the Worst Yet Charged. Deputy Warden Lemon's Defense Nothing More Nor Less Than a Specific Denial of Every Damaging Allegation. Testimony in the Inquiry Closed Ln. t Evening— Number of Prison Officials Were Examined at the Three Sessions in Behalf of the Defense— Dr. Mer rill. Prison Physician, Warden WoJfer and Deputy Warden Lemon the Most Prominent — Commission Adjourned to Jan. 1.1. Horrors were piled on horrors yes terday in the testimony of the closing day of the prison investigation, and that, too, from the mouths of prison officers themselves. The clubbing and bruising of con victs for slight misdemeanors does not appeal strongly to the popular mind as a tribute to the valor of the guards, but it certainly has something to be said in its favor as against the opera tions of surgeons, who, in spite of pa tients' protests, administer anaesthet ics to them by brute force, and then perform maiming operations, not to re move disease or injured members, but to experiment on apparent Insanity where the patient has been brooding over a chronic trouble. "We did it primarily to relieve the patient's pathological mental state," was Dr. Merrill' s explanation which followed an especially graphic account of a serious surgical operation. Small consolation to the bereaved relatives. The unsuspecting public has sup posed that the insane experimentation ln the state was to be done by the ex pert corps of physicians at the regular ly established insane hospitals, with whose equipments the solitary hospital at the Stillwater prison compares about as a pint of alcohol and a bottle of tooth powder would to a metropol itan pharmacy. It has been supposed that the med ical colleges of the university could give the young doctors good clinics in surgery without performing vivisec tion on helpless convicts against their will. It was shown in the prison records yesterday that patients were left in the solitary cells on a bread and water diet, with pulse above 130 and tmeper ature far above the century mark. What wonder that Dr. Hedbeck wor ried about Ryan when he saw the mercury bound from the bulb far into fever stages that Sunday night! And little wonder that Ryan was nursed back to strength on bread and milk when the terrible condition of the convict was revealed to the outside world. Where Is cruelty more to be con demned than when men who have taken up the vocation of Aesculapius, and joined ln the work for the uplift ing of men and the protection of the race from insidious disease, prove faithless and assist the work of disso lution, almost to the brink of death's irredeemable gulf? Dr. Merrill's testimony brought out In bold relief these two sensations of the day, with others lesser. He, with Deputy Warden Lemon himself, were the star witnesses of the day. At least they were so billed. But Deputy Warden Lemon's testi mony, covering three hours or nearly so, when simmered down in the warm sunlight of open day, amounts to noth ing more nor less than a consecutive, concise, but not remarkably ingenious nor difficult denial of each and every allegation which reflected in any sense upon his treatment of convicts. TALES OF THE FINAL DAY. Dr. Merrill nnd Lemon Himself — De fense's Stnr Witnesses. When the morning session opened Mr. Penny asked leave to call a new found witness, an ex-convict who served a sentence from Jackson coun ty. This man testified to seeing Colli gan hit a man with a cane, knocking him down. One Sunday a fellow in a cell near him was making a noise with the dishes when Lemon came up and witness could hear the sound of heavy blows. Seemed to be a cane falling on a man. Lemon and the prisoner, ac companied by a big dog, afterward passed his cell. He was put in the dungeon once because another convict hit him. A scar on his head he explained, was received in an assault in the dining room when a crazy man struck him. "Dr." Frank Hall, formerly hospital steward, testified to a conversation with Convict Lawton the night before the old man killed himself. He said Lawton was despondent because his application for a pardon had not been granted. Lawton had never com plained to him of guards abusing him. Witness knew Heen. Never saw any signs of violence upon Heen's body. Witness testified that Heen died of typhoid fever. Witness helped Dr. Merrill in reducing a dislocation of Warden Lemon's shoulder. Hall, on cross-examination, said Heen was frequently at the hospital for treatment. Heen had high tem perature and rapid pulse when he came the last time, and died in six days of typhoid fever. On redirect, witness said he had never seen any vio lence used toward prisoners, but on re-cross-examination he admitted hav ing seen convicts with their heads cut. Rev. S. G. Smith, who was on the state board of corrections and chari ties, said he had visited the Institu tion frequently and had"" -talked with convicts freely and privately. Had FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1897. never heard any complaints of mal treatment. Mr. Connolly, the Union Shoe and Leather company's general foreman, said that Deputy Lemon was always gentlemanly in his treatment of the convicts. Assistant Deputy Colligan he believed qualified for his position. He related an Incident of a convict in the shop who was holding two guards at bay with an armful of the dies used in cutting heels. They sent for the deputy warden, and Mr. Lemon walked to the man at what witness considered serious personal risk and took the fellow out. Dr. Merrill was recalled and asked about a convict named Ryan. He had made a memorandum of the prison records in that case. These records show that Ryan was left in the solitary till his temperature reached 102 4-5 and his pulse 116. Witness had thoroughly examined Ryan several times, as he complained that the prison work was injuring him. Witness could not find any signs of any physical ailment, and believed he was trying to shirk. Ryan had a swollen knee joint, Dr. Merrill said he did not make a change in diet, he thought, until Monday, although the man was taken out of the solitary cell and put to bed on account of his con dition. He did not prescribe the milk until he learned from Ryan that he had once had rheumatism. The autopsy on Dunn, who died sud denly one Labor day, showed that he had died from chronic valvular dis ease of the heart. Prior to that time the prison had not made the thorousrh physical examination now had. This, he thought, was one of the incidents which had led to this reform. McDon ald, who, it had been claimed, had been kicked by Deputy Lemon, Dr. Merrill had examined. He said that McDonald had an inflammation which made him insane, and the operation was performed to relieve his mental condition, although McDonald had, when still sane, refused to submit to the operation. He protested even when the operation was made, although Mc- Donald's father consented thereto .The operation relieved the convict's "path ological mental state," but he after wards developed pulmonary tuberculo sis. On cross-examination it developed that ether was administered to Mc- Donald by force. Dr. Merrill strenu ously denied that the inflammation in dicated any violence such as kicking. Dr. .Merrill knew Heen and had treated him with some difficulty on account of his in ability to talk English. Dr. Merrill read the transcript of the hospital records in lieen's case. Heen had not be«n reported sick for two weeks before June 20, when his tempera ture was 103 and his pulse 120. He died Sept. 26. at 2.30 a. m. Previous to that time, Heen had been treated for urinary trouble and was reported when ho entered the hospital for diarrhoea. Case was dagnosed afterward as typhoid fever. Dr. MrTiell was then asked about John Reed, the convict with the broken finger. He did not remember having asked Reed how the finger was broken. Only the little finger was broken. He could not give an idea how. Fing.r was in a splint. It was contused and bruised. Bone was broken oft clean indicat ing either a severe violent blow or that it had been possibly jammed ln something and broken off. Reed had never told him that Continued On Kiybth I'aae. Meat of the Gage Currency Measure. FITIBT, to commit the country more thoroughly to the gold standard, and remove, so far as possible, doubts and fear, on that point and thus strengthen the credit of the United States both at home and abroad. Second, to itrengthen the treasury in relation to Its demand liabilities, in which aire Included greenbacks, treasury notes and the lnoldental obli gation to maintain on a parity, through lnterchangeabillty wirth gold, so far as may be necessary, the present large volume of silver certlfloates and silver dollars. Third, to do this ln such a way as not to contract the volume of circula tion ln the hands of the people. » Fourth, to take an initial step toward a system of bank note issues with out the conditional deposit of public bonds as security therefor. SPANISH COURT IN TERROR. LONDON, Dec. 16.— According to the St. James Gazette, private letters re ceived here from Madrid, say that Gen. Weyler's reception there was most sig nificant and that the government is so alarmed by the menacing attitude of the populace that artillery has been stationed at concealed points com manding the main thoroughfares. The gunners, however, cannot be relied upon. The wildest rumors are current, say the letters in question, with report that preparations are being made for the flight of the members of the royal family to France at the first sign of a revolution. LONDON, Dec. 16.— The Madrid cor respondent of the Daily Mail says: The city is decorated and Illumined in joy over the peace concluded in the Phil ippines. The Carllst conferences here between Marquis Cerralbo. Count Cas sola and the Carlist deputies have de cided that no present action is possi ble, owing to the failure to get money for revolutionary purposes, either in Europe or America. Therefore, though the agitation will be kept alive and In readiness, should it by any turn in BEWARE OF THE ANNEXATION HAND- SHAKE! With ItH Accompanying Transfer of Bacilli. WILLIrYIW TERRISS STUBBED LONDON, Dec. 16.— William Terriss, the well-known actor, was assassinat ed, being stabbed with a knife as he was entering the stage door of the Adelphia theater tonight. He has been playing in London in the English ver sion of William Gillette's American drama, "Secret Service." Terriss' as sailant is supposed to be a former su per. The murderer rushed at the ac tor as he was stepping across the pave ment from his cab and stabbed him just below the heart. As the actor fell his murderer was seized by people who were outside the theater. The wound ed man was carried into the theater and doctors were called from the Char ing Cross hospital. Terriss fell, shouting: "My God, he's stabbed me. Don't let him escape." The assassin withdrew the dagger and made a second plunge at his vic tim, but he wus seized by the specta tors, of whom there is always a crowd about the stage entrance to witness the arrival of the actors. Mr. Terriss was placed on the landing of the stairway just inside the theater, where he lay groaning loudly. Once or twice he at tempted to speak, but It was impossi ble. He quickly succumbed, while sur rounded by the theater staff. The murderer was taken to the Bow street police station, followed by an angry crowd. His name was given as Archer. It is said that he had been a "super" at the Adelphia theater sev eral years ago, and for some days past he has haunted the theater. The mo tive of the crime is not yet known. A large audience had already assembled for the evening performance; and the manager came to the footlights and announced that as Mr. Terriss had met with an accident no performance would be given tonight. It appears that the assassin last evening asked the keeper of the stage entrance as to the where abouts of Mr. Terriss; and his behavior was then so obnoxious that Harry Nichols, one of the principal col leagues of Mr. Terriss, was obliged to remonstrate and to order him to leave the premises. The scene along the Strand at the Queen Regent Ready to Fly to France at the First Signs of An Uprising. events be given an opportunity, all idea of the rising for the present is abandoned. MADRID, Dec. 16.— An extraordinary number of the Gazette issued today publishes dispatches received from Ma nilla, capital of the Philippine islands, saying that the insurgent chief, Agui naldo, has ordered all his followers to submit and that he and his entire in surgent government will be allowed to go to Hong Kong. BAD BLAZE IN IOWA. Loan at Marshallto wn of More Than 9150,000. MARSHALLTOWN, 10., Dec. 16.— A fire this afternoon destroyed the three story building occupied by the whole sale grocery establishment of the Letts-Fletcher store. Loss on stock, $150,000; Insurance. $85,000; loss on building, $22,000; Insurance. $8,000. The Odeon theater and the postoflice building, adjoining the grocery house, caught fire several times, but were saved. One of the Most Prominent of English Actors Killed at the Stage Door of His Theater. time when the theater closed tonight was remarkable. By that time the spe cial additions of the evening papers were out and the newsboys were shout ing around the theater exists that Mr. Terriss had been murdered. At first the people refused to place any cre dence in the report, but when they found it was true, horror and indigna tion were generally expressed. When rcher arrived at the police sta tion he still held the weapon, apparent ly a big butcher knife, concealed be neath his cape. On being charged with murder he is reported to have replied: "He's done me out of the benevolent fund this morning and I am out of it for life." The murderer was placed in a cell and is under a special watch for the night. According to later accounts Mr. Ter riss had alighted from a cab at the stage door in Maiden lane, used only by himself and the principal members of the company. Glibert Tate the the atrical agent, met him at the door. The two were standing and in conver sation, and Mr. Terriss was just taking the door key from his pocket when his assailant darted from the shade of the neighboring shop and plunged the knife into his breast, almost bearing him to the ground with the force of the blow. Mr. Terriss dropped his glove and tried to seize his assailant, who then dealt two more stabs before the by standers had time to interfere. The murderer gives the name of Richard Arthur Prince. but he Is known at the theater as Archer. Since he left the Adelphi, Archer has several times begged aid from the different theatrical funds, of whose committees Mr. Terriss was a member. Archer, it appears, who is well educated and a good singer, has been living in mean lodgings in the neighborhood of Buck ingham palace. He had often been assisted financially by Terriss and oth er members of the Adelphi company, but of late he had become so impor tunate that Mr. Terriss had referred him to the Actors' Benevolent fund. All the morning papers contain edi torials expressing the deepest sympa thy, abhorrence of the outrage and eu logizing the talents of the deceased actor. They print columns of memoirs, reminiscences and critical reviews of his work. The utmost gloom filled all the theatrical clubs and resorts on the arrival of the sad newi late tonight. PRJCB TWO CENTS— | SVKSVS. PRIVILEGE OF POOLING Recommended Do tne Commerce Commission and .tie National Board of Trade. SECTIONAL CONTEST. East and West Divided Sharply oq the Question. National Board of Trade and the Interstate Com merce Commission Take lp the Question of Pool- Ing, the Anti-Scalper Law and the Need of Addi tional Le Klslntlon That Will Give the Commission Power Over Interstate Commerce to Counteract Recent Judicial Decisions. WASHINGTON, Dec 16.— The annual report of the Interstate commerce com- I mission was made public today. In a j considerable measure It Is devoted to I legal decisions of the past year that have affected the powers of the com mission and to new legislation where it is regarded as advisable. Mention Is made of the effect of the Import rate decision of the supreme court, requir ing that competition arising in foreign I countries or on foreign seas must be j considered and given proper weight in J determining the proper relations of j rates on import and domestic traffic carried between the same points in this country. The commission is unable to recommend any practical rule or addi- j tional legislation other than that im port traflic shall not be carried within the United States at other than the in- j land tariff governing other freights, and congress is again appealed to for appropriate legislation. Discussing the supreme court decis ion denying power ln the commisasion to prescribe maximum rates, tlie report states that it Is perhaps th. most Im- I portant since the act was passed. Car- i riers may now establish their own rates and judge fur themselves what are reasonable and just, independent of any regulating authority. The power of the commission over future discrimi nations and preferences is also affected, j Without authority to make the first three sections of the law effective in the future, practically all the commis sion can do, it is urged, Is to inquire into wrongs done in the past and re port the result to itself. A suit to re cover excess over reasonable rates is not an adequate or equitable remedy. Prevention by fixing and establishing reasonable rates In advance is suggest ed as the only practical legal remedy for extortionate and unjust charges, and the law should be made so plain that neither the commission nor the courts can misconstrue or misinterpret its meaning. POOLING LAW. As to the wisdom of pooling legisla tion the commis_ion is not agreed. By legalizing pooling the public loses the only protection it now has against the unreasonable exactions of transporta tion agencies Still, in view of the whole situation, a majority of the com mission would be inclined to recom mend that the expedient be tried if suitable safeguards are provided In ad vance. The members of the commis sion say, however, in the strongest pos sible terms that they are unanimous In the opinion that to overturn the trans- Missouri decision, to repeal the fifth section of the interstate commerce act and enact in its place a pooling bill, thereby permitting and inviting unlim ited combination between carriers, wculd be little better than a crime against tbe people of the United States, unless this tribunal, or some other tribunal, is at the same time invested with adequate pow< rs of control. The report Includes railway statistics for the year ending June 30, 18.6, an abstract of which has heretofore been published. Advance figures from th. preliminary report on the income ac count of railways for the year ending June 30, 1887, prepared in the statis tician's office, are also given, which show that the gross earnings of 748 railways, representing on June 30, 1897, an operated mileage of 180,127.65 mile*, were $1,116,635,999. The operating ex penses were $747,589,370. leaving net earnings of $369,046,629. The railways also received $34,166,656 from sources other than operation, so that the total income for the year was $403,213,285. The total deductions from Income, in cluding in the term interest, rents of leased lines, taxes and other charges against income, were $347,335,105. The dividends declared amounted to $57, --290,579. The deficit from the opera tions of the year as reported was $1, --412,399. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS. To make the act operative, in ac cordance with Its generally accepted objects and purposes, and to give prac tical eff. ct to its first, second and third sections which declare unjust and un reasonable rates and charges to be unlawful, arid which in terms forbid unjust discriminations and undue pref- I erences, the commission submits and recommends amendments to sections 6, i 1 5 aid 16 of the act. These relate to the preparation, filing and publication ! of tariffs, powers of the commission over rates, and procedure ln the courts. : Amendments are also proposed for sec tion 4, the long and short haul clause; i section 20. covering the filing of an i nual reports; section 3. as to through i routes and through rates, and section ■ 10 the penal section. An amendment requiring import and : domestic traffic to be carried at the j same rates is suggested, but if congress shall deem it wise to justify higher charges on domestic than on imported : traffic, then it submitted that some i provision of law be enacted under i which it will be practicable to deter - i mine the extent to which discrimlna tons through lower rates shall be made , in favor of freights coming from for eign countries. Attention is called to other leglsla- I tion recommended in the body of th. report including pending bills provid ! ing for uniform classification and pro hibiting ticket brokerage. COLOR LINE IN LABOR. Spirited Dlnruiwlon by the Delegate* at Nashville. NASHVILLE. Dec. 16.— The negro question occupied the major portion of the session of the Federation of Labor this afterno.n, and a heated discus ion was brought on by a resolution intro duced by Henry Lloyd, reaffirming the declarations of the federation that all labor, without regard to color, is wel come to its ranks — denouncing as un true, ln fact, the reported statements of Booker T. Washington that the trades unions were placing obstacles in the way of the material advancement fir LIMITING CONDITION. /..solute Control of Such fl-^reerrients Necessary. WASHINGTON, Dec. -The Na- I tional board of trade today adjourned ' after a three days' session. The most important action of today's session was the indorsement of a pooling measure which would place this question under the supervision of the interstate com merce commission. There was a strong sectional division on the question, with the East for and the West against the measure. Mr. Thurber, of New York, presented the report upon railroad transportation I and kindred subjects which contained the following resolution: i That the national board of trade earnestly ! advocate* legislation by congress tv amend i tho Interstate commerce tan m ai to ; ! pooling by railroads under the Bup.Tvl.ioa j and control of the Interstate commerce cotn : mission, to the end that unjust discrimina tions may be prevented and reasonable, unl- I form and stable rates be established. A minority report on this resolution was presented by Mr. Valandingham, of St. Louis, on behalf of four numbers I of the committee, strongly opposing the I pooling proposition. The resolution I precipitated a discussion which lasted : an hour or more, under the ten-minute rule, Mr. Valandingham and others , from the West taking strong grounds . against it. The advocates of the pool , Ing proposition were practically unanl ! mous in favor of it only when placed i under absolute control of the Inter state commerce commission. It was I also developed that the members of j the board, almost without exception, ! were agreed that the present arrange < ment Is altogether unsatisfactory and | the Interstate commerce act shall be ! amended ln important particulars. The resolution favoring pooling, as submitted by Mr. Thurber, of New i York, was finally adopted by a two | thirds vote. The remaining resolu ! tion by Mr. Thurber were also adopt ed as follows: That as a step towards Justice In transpor tation rates, greater uniform!.. In the classi fication of freight is necessary; and should ! the railroad companies fail to formulate and put Into effect a uniform classification of freight within a reasonable time, that tho ; Interstate commerce commission .hould ba j empowered to formulate and make effective B_c_ a classification. That the national board of trade deprecate all movements looking to the government ownership of railway lines; but advocates a ' wise, firm and continuous supervision over ; the operation and management of these great i agencies ln all matters affecting their rela ! tlona with the public In the conduct of Intor -1 state commerce. That the national board of trade reaffirms , Its approval of the bill known as the anti scalper bill, now pending In congress de signed to protect both travelers and carriers against fraudulent and Irregular practices ln passenger traffic. That as the decisions of the United States supreme court have so weakened the power of the interstate commerce commlssh n to perform the duties originally oulined for it. That we petition congress to so amend tho Interstate commerce laws as to clothe the commission with power to carry iut th< orig inal Intentions of the act. At 2:30 the board, by Invitation, made a call on the president. ANTI-S CALPI--I- HKAHI .<_, Hill Opposed Before the Senate < om meree Committee. WASHINGTON. Dec. i ..— The senate committee on Interstate commerce held a meeting today at which a hearing was had on the anti-scalping Mil. Qeorge M. McKenzie, representing the' ; ticket brokers, made a statement n. Opposition to the bill. He said It., per c< nt of the business of the brokers was ' dene with the companies. Mr. Mc ! Kenzle said there were many roads I that did not want the bill. Senator Elkins — What railroads are opposing it? McKenzie — I do not want to embar rass the roads by naming them. If I j did they would suffer for it. I know personally that they are opposing this bill, but I cannot name them. I am aware that my statement cannot k» | for anything under these circum stances. Senator Chandler — Do not these small railroad linos sell to the l-rokers? Mr. McKenzie — Yes. Asked how the ticket brokers made their business pay, Mr. McKenzie said the profit came in the way of a rebate which went to the broker and not io the traveler. The members expressed great sur prise at the statement that the tickets were generally secured from the rail roads themselves, but Mr. McKenzie ; maintained the truth of the statement. saying that it was especially true with the two ticket brokers' associations. Continuing. Mr. McKenzie said three of the railroad lines to St. Paul were practically supported by the scalpers. "Two of them." he said, "were not abe to run through trains without the aid of the brokers." He took up the question of dividends upi n the capital invested In railroad*, contending that where so much of the railroad stock was watered it was dif ficult to find a proper basis of return. It is prof-able that there will be no further meeting of the committee un til after the holiday recess, when the friends of the Mil say they will refute the statements made by Mr. McKenzie today. of the negro, and appealing to the records of the federation conventions as complete answ.is to such false as sertions. This resolution caused much spirited discussion, but was finally adopted. -_ «_- G. A. R. ENCAMPMENT. Dates for the National Catherine at Cineiliiiatl l-'l.ecl. CINCINNATI. 0., Dec. 16.— Tho date of the national encampment. <',rand Army of the Republic, has been fixed for Sept. 6 to 10.