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THE PflllY GLOBE IS PUBLISHED EVERY DAY AT NEWSPAPER ROW, COR. FOURTH AND MINNESOTA STS. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. Payable in Advance. Dally nnd Sunday, Per Montti X»0 Dally and Sunday, Six Months 92.75 Dally and Sunday, One Year- $_.0_ Dally Only. Per Montli - • 40 Dally Only, Six Month* $2-23 Daily Only, One Year --#4.00 Sunday Only, One Year $1.50 Weekly, One Year -------- $1.00 Address all communications and make all remit lances payable to THe GLOBE CO., St. Paul. Minn. Complete flics ot the Globe always kept ou hand for reference. WEATHER FOR TODAY. WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.— Forecast for Sat urday For .Minnesota. Xorth Dakota, South Dakota and lowa— Fair; warmer Saturday night; variable winds. Wisconsin— Fair; brisk westerly winds, dl minlsl-lng. , , , . Montana— Generally fair; slowly rising temperature; easterly winds. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS. United .States Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau, Washington, Dec. 17, 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. pi__e_ Tem.j Place. Tern St. Paul — 4 Qu'Appells .. ..—» Duluth — 8 Minnedosa — 1» Huron — 4j Winnipeg —16 Bismarrk — 16 — ~ ' Williston -U'lioston «-« Havre —18, Cheyenne — 8-lj> Helena 8 Chicago 4-Li Edmonton — 28-jU Battleford — 24] Montreal 28-JJ Prince Albert — 22JNew Orleans .... 4G-o2 Calgary 12 New York 44-o0 Medicine Hat .. . .—2O Pittsburg 18-_- Swift Current .. ..— 14 1 p ~-^Below zero. DAILY MEANS. Barometer, 30.47; mean temperature, —2; relative humidity, 65; wind at 8 p. m., north west; weather, clear; maximum temperature, 8; minimum temperature, —6; daily range, 9; amount of precipitation in last twenty-four hours, 0. Note — Barometer corrected for temperature and elevation. — P. F. Lyons, Observer. ANOTHER UNFIT NO M I NATION. The president has sent the name of Joseph McKenna, his present attorney general, to the senate for its confirma tion of his nomination of that gentle man as an associate justice of the supreme court to fill the vacancy caus ed by the resignation of Justice Field. This appointment has been foreshad owed for some time. The custom of the senate to confirm immediately the ap pointment of a cabinet officer when transferred to some other position has been, in this case, suspended, and the nomination goes to the Judiciary com n ittee with the statement that it will I■ t bi ..ported back until after the loliday iff i f_. T!;is, it is said in ex plar.sticr., is Lccause nominations to tbe supreme bench need more careful investigation than do others. There is good reason in this case for the .i.. pension and for unusual in vestigation. There are, in fact, two gocd reasons. The first is the remark able course of the nominee as attor ney general in his official treatment of the notorious section 22 of the Ding ley act. We have shown heretofore how, within a month, he completely reversed himself in his official inter pretation of this provision. On Aug. II he approved of the opinion of his subordinate that the act covered and subjected to the additional 10 per cent duty ... O.OGO worth of diamonds import ed from Europe through Canada; and, a month later, Sept. 21, he held that the act did not apply to goods so imported. The first opinion was a clearly reasoned, logical construction of the law; the latter, written by him self, was so involved and confused as to call down upon him the criticism even of organs of his party. The El kins trick of interpolation had put the party in a hole, and the attorney gen eral was charged with the task of ex tricating it. He showed himself capa ble of twisting, distorting, concealing, sophisticating, making a plain provi sion meaningless, construing a law to mean its own negation, solely because a party emergency seemed to demand that the law should be nullified. No man, no lawyer, no attorney general capable of such seif-stultification is a fit man to sit upon the bench of the court of last resort in this country. Another reason, secondary, and Im portant only as it confirms the first. Is the protest sent to the president from the Tacific coast against the nom ination of Mr. McKenna. Whatever may be the personal motives inspiring it, whether, as Mr. McKenna says, it is because of unpleasant personal re lations with the protesters' or, as Is Intimated, because he is a Roman Catholic, and the attack is inspired by the A. P. A., it is remarkable ln the character of the men making it. The protest is signed by Judge Gil bert, of the United States circuit court of appeals, and Judge Bellinger, of the district court, the former a mem ber of the bench of that court with Mr. McKenna when the latter was ap pointed to the cabinet, together with judges of the state courts of the coast and a large number of attorneys. After stating their conception of the Importance of the office to which they understood the president intended ap pointing his attorney general, the qualifications needed for it, the pe culiar facilities a lawyer's associates have for determining his qualities, the fact that leadership at the bar Is won only by merit, they protest that Mr. McKenna is fitted for a place on the supreme bench or for any judicial po sition neither by "natural gifts, ac quired learning nor decision of char acter." This is a remarkable arraign ment. It took rare courage to make it, for, if It failed of its purpose, it an tagonized a man who would be in position to make it very unpleasant, to Bay the least, for the protesters. The compulsion of duty must have been very strong to induce his associates on the bench to violate the canons of ju flicial courtesy. But Mr. McKenna, in the section 22 case, has furnished the strongest corroboration of their judg ment of his qualifications. It showed his lack of "decision of character;" it revealed a lack of clearness of mind, and it betrayed a willingness to bend the Judicial function to partisan ne cessities that unfitted him for the posi tion of law adviser, to say nothing of a judicial place. We r had, in the in come tax case, one instance of this pliability of a justice of that court, and he should not be reinforced by another equally lacking in decision of character. Of his confirmation, how ever, there seems to be little doubt. The popular respect for that bench will not be heightened by the acces sion of Mr. McKenna. A SINGULAR PREDICAMENT. Directly In line with the investigation the Globe has been making into the startling increase in the expense of our state institutions, and confirmatory of its prediction that the next legislature will have to face deficits ln their ap propriations, comes the meeting of the trustees of the insane hospitals to solve the puzzle set before them by Secretary Hart of how to avoid a deficit that, on the present scale of expenditures, he says, will amount to $130,000. The fiscal year of our state begins on Aug. 1. We have the extraordinary spectacle of the trustees of the hospitals meet ing at the opening of the second quar ter of that year to devise ways and means for preventing a deficiency of $130,000 during the remaining three quarters. This condition supplements and harmonizes with the condition of the revenue fund of the treasury', which showed a deficiency of $53,000 at the end of the first quarter of the year. Since the fiscal year we have had re ports of the investigation being made under the law of 1897, into the number of inmates of these hospitals who are not properly chargeable upon the stats. We have been told of the number that have been found who belonged to and were sent to other states and of the reduction of expense thus brought about. And yet the appropriations for this fiscal year are less than the ex penses, by what we may accept as an under rather than an over-estimate, ln the sum of $130,000. The appropriation for each of the years 1808-99, for the support of the hospitals, exclusive of buildings, repairs and Improvement!., is $516,400. If this sum is insufficient by the amount estimated by Secretary- Hart, the cost of support for the fiscal year 1898 will be $646,400. or $103,000 more than ln 1896, which, as we show ed, was twice the average for the pre ceding fifteen years. It is claimed that the legislature did not allow for the increase, which is said to be 7 per cent compounded an nually. The number of inmates report ed ln the three hospitals on Sept. 30, this year. Is 3,071. At the stated aver age cost of $3.25 per week or, say $170 a year, their support would cost $522, --000 or 56.CC0 more than the appropria tion, leaving $124,000 of this deficit to be otherwise explained. Aga!;: it is ex plained that the appropriation was based on an estimate of 2,900 inmates, } but the appropriation for 1898, $516,000, at $170 a year per inmate, will support for a year 3,035 inmates or thirty-six less than were cared for on Sept. 30. The support of these thirty-six will hardly account for the anticipated de ficiency." There is a provision in the law permitting appropriations for one" fund to be transferred to another; has any of the fund for support been transferred to the building or the re pairs and improvement funds? CAMPAIGN EXPENSES AND FAIL URES. To tho Editor of the Globe. A number of the scholars of the Rochester Industrial school would like for you to answer the following questions through your paper, If it will not be too much trouble to you: First— Approximate cost of presidential cam paigns. Second— Number of business failure* in the years 1893 and ISD6, and cause of such failures. Please answer and oblige. —The Rochester Industrial School. Rochester, Dec. 8. 1. This Is incapable of being estimat ed with anything at all approaching even probability. The defeated party usually attributes its defeat to the im mense sums of money used by the vic tors, and there was some basis for this last year in the business habits and ideas of Mr. Hanna. If large interests, deriving profits from government poli cies, are threatened by the party's pro posed policy, they usually contribute to the campaign fund of the opposing party. But It is safe to say that these contributions are always very much exaggerated. A guess, more than an estimate, at the expenses of meetings, bands, uniforms of clubs, speakers, "literature," conventions, polls or can vasses, and all the usual and legiti mate expenses of a campaign would put the amount between three and five mil lion dollars for all parties In the field. And then It would be but a guess. 2. The number of business failures In the United States ln 1593 was 15, --242, with total liabilities of $346,779,889, and ln 1896 there were 15,088 with lia bilities of $226,096,534. The causes range, ln the order of their results, from in experience, with its mismanagement, down through bad management, acci dent and several minor causes, to fraud. "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL." The Milwaukee Sentinel refuses to "call old notions fudge," and bend Its conscience to its party's dealings at the beck of the administration of Its party. Under the caption of "The Wishes of Hawaii," it says: If it be true that a majority of the popu lation of Hawaii Is opposed to annexation, the annexationists ought to abandon their cause. They ought to do this, even If the better educated inhabitants of tho Islands, Europeans and Americans, wish to be an nexed. To allow the fate of a country to be determined by the wishes of a minority of Its inhabitants, even if this minority has nearly all the education and most of the money, Is not the American way of doing things. Even our annexationists will hardly maintain that we want islands whose Inhabi tants mostly prefer to be left to their own devices. It is at present impossible to know whether a majority of the inhabitants of Hawaii Is op posed to annexation. Such evidence as has been given— like the petition against annex ation presented by Mr. Hoar in the senate indicates that there is such a majority. Tha evidence is at least strong enough to make one thing plain, namely, that It is not yet certain that there is in Hawaii a majority favorable to annexation. Until this Is cer tain no step toward annexation should be taken. This much will hardly be denied by the annexadenists. When senators are being whipped into line to support the annexation scheme, called by a severe stretch of truth a "treaty," because it is "an ad- THE SAINT PAtrt, GLOB 3: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1897. ministration measure," and when the bulk of the party, press Is putting out specious and conscienceless reasons for consummating the steal of a peo ple, it is refreshing to find one paper more loyal to Its conscience than to Its party leaders, standing by the tra ditions and principles of the republic when its party is abjuring them. It is cheering that not all "sons sit silent when base deeds are done." The shortstop editor of the St Paul Globe calls Prosperity "her" and he seems to think he would know "her" If he should meet "her." We would like to inqulre l for information, when "it" got to ba a "her?" — Faribault Journal. The cornucopia contains prosperity; always it Is a fair damsel who gives the cornucopia the tip that scatters its contents over a smiling land. Consequently It Is polite, as well as accurate, to refer to prosperity a3 "her." That is the real, genuine prosperity; not the kind that bears the Hanna bureau brand. We would not refer to that as even "It;" we would style it "nit." If it is really Intended to send a solid gold statue of President McKinley to the Paris exposition wo shall have to insist that it be mounted on a silver platform, just to pre serve the unities and carry out tho idea of bimetallism. And then they might put a lit tle greenback fringe on it, Just to make old man Weaver feel good.— Princeton Union. And then, to preserve the eternal verities, have that St. Louis money plank engraved on the pedestal. -••». The old saying that "Great minds flow to gether" was never more clearly exemplified than ln the editorial (?) features of the New Prague Times, Belle Plaine Reporter and Montgomery Messenger, published on th_ same day, last week, each had five editorials (?) that were exactly the same, word for word and letter for letter. Where Is the machine?— Jordan Independent. Tha machine is in Room 1, Glover Building, Washington, D. C. Tho price of sugar stock la tumbling. Why don't the opposition shout, "it is tho Dingley law." — Fairmont News. Because they are not chumpe. They know that tho Dingley act sent the stocks up, and they know that the fall is only one of the old tricks of shearing the lambs who bought on the crest. -^__- The 2d district editors ought to get to gether at some central point early in the spring and unite in demanding what they are entitled to in state politics. "In unity is strength" and without it we are liable to get small recognition.— Echo Enterprise. An enumeraton of what they think they are "entitled" to, the form it should take, the size of it and their reasons for demanding would be interesting reading. ELECTION JUDGES GUILTY. Small-Sized -.lot ln a Chicago Court Room. CHICAGO, Dec. 17.— John J. Hanra han and Patrick Ferris, judges of elec tion In the Seventeenth ward at the last municipal election, were today convicted of falsifying the election re turns and sentenced to the peniten tiary. Albert J. Purvis, an election clerk who was on trial with them, was acquitted. Both Hanrahan and Fer ris had many friends in the court room, and when the verdict was announced there was almost a riot. Mrs. Hanra han, wife of the convicted man, be came hysterical, and her female friends added their vocal powers to hers as she sent up shriek after shriek. The male friends of Hanrahan and Ferris eurped the jury vigorously and made vicious threats against" Assistant S t.itc's Attorney Barnes, who had prosecuted the case. BANDITS UNSUCCESSFUL Attempt Made to Wreck a Fait Mall Train, CHICAGO, Dec. 17.— An unsuccessful attempt to wreck the fast mail train from New Orleans to Chicago on the Illinois Central was made last night near Alma, 233 miles from Chicago. Six pieces of fish plate iron, four feet long, were placed across the track at a place where the embankment was very steep. The train struck them while running at a rate of fifty-five miles an hour, one of the plates being cut completely in two. Fortunately the engine did not leave the track. The motive was pre sumably robbery. CHINA BOWS DOWN. -Willing to Concede Kiao-Chon Bay to the Kaiser. LONDON, Dec. 17.— A special dis patch from Shanghai asserts that China will acquiesce in Germany's re tention of Kiao-Chou. Russia and France are Irritated at Germany's pre cipitancy In thus prematurely disclos ing her plans to England and Japan ln a manner likely, says the dispatch, to defeat the objects in view. a Til! .ill BOSS TOO YOUNG. Hundred Cigarette Girls at New York Go on a Strike. NEW YORK, Dec. 17.— About one hundred cigarette girls struck today in Seldenberg, Stiefel & Co.'s factory because Foreman Hen ry Ganz waa too young. Ganz Is aged twen ty-two and the girls said he was too boyish and frivolous for a boss. They also charged that he employed his brother and sister, giv ing them the best work. Some of the men went on a strike in sympathy with the girls, but the friends of Ganz say they did so be cause thoy aro Jealous because so young a man was placed in authority over them. During the forenoon pickets were posted at the factory to dissuade girls from taking the places of the strikers. Latex it was stated that the foreman had been removed, but the girls then discovered that they had a new grievance and would not return to work. CHARLES G. DAWES. (New Comptroller of the Currency.) _s__- Consolidation Delayed. CLEVELAND. 0., Dec. 17.— 1t will be at least three months before the next step can be taken in forming the big wire nail combin ation. The date to which It is now under stood that the options extend for the sale of properties for the consolidation is March SJ. ■•__. Postmasters Appointed. WASHINGTON, Dec 17.— Postmasters were appointed today as follows: Minnesota— Clear Lake, Sherburn county, Edgard White, vice Leland Coates, removed; Crow Wing, Crow Wing county, William W. Hutching, vice H. H. Poole, resigned. North Dakota— Adler, Nelson county, E. B. Harrison; Grtswold, La. moure county, Edward Smith. South Dakota —Hartford, Minnehaha county, Peter Meat__ Wisconsin— Buckeye, Sarah C Bowers. BY EASY PAYPHTS CHARTER COMMISSION TALK OVER THE INSTALLMENT PLAN OF TAYING ASSESSMENTS FOR LOCgJ IMPROVEMENTS. MATTER RHP £• RED BACK TO AS CERTAIJ^Ira . HANGE CAN BE MADI LEGALLY, AND TO SLBMIf A FEASIBLE PLAN. Sections Relatla % to the Board of Public Work • and Engineer Are Adopted. The charter commission devoted the greater part of last evening to discuss ing the so-called installment plan of collecting special assessments for local improvements. No definite action re sulted, the whole matter being referred back to the committee, with instruc tions that the committee ascertain whether any change can legally be made ln chapter 7 of the present charter, and If so, report If feasible, a plan for paying assessments by In stallments, such plan, however, not to Involve any pledge of the general credit of the city. The matter came before the commis sion ln the shape of a partial report from the committee appointed to draft chapter 7, relating to local Improve ments and special assessments. Mr. Horn is the chairman of the commit tee. The committee announced at the out set that it desired instruction upon the question of adopting th. installment plan of paying special assessments, which appeared to be favored by the chamber of commerce and a number of citizens. The report says: The Indiana system in use In Indianapolis, under the general law of 1891, has received considerable attention as a precedent In street improvements the assessment of the expenses, with exception of street intersec tions, etc., is assessed upon the lots abutting on the Improvement, according to their front age, and the city Is liable to the contractor to the extent of the money actually received from the assessment. Under the foregoing system it Is pro vided that the assessment for the im provement of any street or alley may, at the option of each property holder, be payable irt ten annual installments, whoever desires to exercise such privi lege of payment by Installment shall, at any time before expiration of thirty days after the allowance of the final estimate, enter into a written agree ment that, In consideration of such privilege, he will make no objection to any Illegality or irregularity with re gard to the assessment against his prcperty and will pay the same as re quired by law with the specified inter est. Other provisions are made for fore closing such assessments by a lien holder by action in court, under which a decree of sale Is rendered and the property of the delinquent owner sold subject to one year's redemption. Sec tion 82 of the Indiana law reads: "Failure to pay any installment of principal or interest when the same is due shall bring all Installments of principal yet unpaid forthwith due and payable." In lowa there is a similar system, under the general law, which ■provides-" for ' seven installments. . A practical difficulty is to be considered in this connection ln 'making-provision for payment to the contractor, as these assessments do not make the city lia ble except for the fund collected. In Indiana, probably to obviate this diffi culty, there Is a provision In their law under which bonds may be issued, payable out of the fund collected and bearing interest, which may be either sold or paid to the contractor. In conclusion the report stated: We enclose one of the form of certiflcates of the Btate of lowa, and also their form of contrast One of the difficulties in our own system, outside the question of payment of assessments to be made in installments, is the feature substantially similar ln Indiana and lowa, and perhaps other cities, whereby the city Is not liable to the contractor except for the fund collected. The contracts in use in this providing substantially that the con tractor Is to receive his payment out of the proceeds of the assessment. This provision, no doubt, has gone far to prevent competition in bidding for work, and haa a tendency of greatly Increasing the price at which con tractors are wiillng^to do such wcrk owing to the uncertainty of prompt payment and the difficulty Eom-time it disposing of their cer tificate or claims, as well as the necessity of resorting to borrowing money to enable them to proceed with their work. The prompt taxpayer pays for this addition to the market price for such work to the same extent aa tha delinquent. Whether the other difficulty in furnishing' funds to pay the contractor under the installment system would be obviat ed by such provisiqns as are found in tha law or Indian* and lowa, and perhaps other states, is a itfattef' to be considered. Chapter 255 of thti Laws cf 1897 of our own statutes, provides a. follows: '•That the .erttflcates of indebtedness Is sued for the creation and maintenance of a permanent improvement revolving fund shall not be considered as portion of the indebted ness of the city for the purpose of this sec tion," referring to certain limitations as to power of city to borrow money, etc., (sec tion 10). This provision should be carefully scrutinized with the constitutional amend ment, and may afford the means whereby the city may safely issue certificates of in debtedness ln anticipation of collections from assessments at a low rate of interest, so aa to mako up to a reasonable extent deficits in collection from the assessments, and pro vide a fund for paying the contractor aa his claims or estimates fall due punctually ln cash. Th 9 amount of such certificates of In debtedness outstanding at any one time might be limited to a certain fixed sum. Mr. Lightner, in opening the discus sion,' remarked that the privilege granted by the existing charter al lowing property owners to pay their special assessments ln five equal In stallments was not taken advantage of to any noticeable extent. But, If the proposed Installment plan was adopted, the difficulty would be that the city could not get the money with which to pay its contractors. In Du luth the certificates Issued for assess ments for local improvements were backed with the credit of the city. Mr. Lightner thought that, if the commis sion was ln favor of the Installment plan, the committee should report to the commission such Installment plan as It approved. Mr. Lightner thereupon put his suggestion In the form of a motion. Judge Lusk thought that the Install ment plan was indirectly an effort to shift off on the city the burden of pay ing assessments on property the own ers of which neglected to pay their as sessments. It was whipping the devil around a stump. The result of the plan would be that the property own ers will quit paying for the Improve ments, and the city will have to bear the burden. Judge Lusk deemed it the natural and legal duty of the own er of a lot to take care of his prop erty to the middle of the street, to maintain it ln proper order and condi tion. It was to the interest of the own er of the property to keep It and the street in an improved condition. This squirming around of property owners to make some one else pay the expenss of taking care oflt had been going on since the ddya of Adam. Judge Lusk cited the conditio^ of things ln Omaha in support qf his (assertion that the In stallment plan wua a failure. The judgment docket books there proved it Mr. Lightner said he agreed with al most all that Judge Lusk had said, and he didn't think it would be wise to pledge the credit of the city for the payment of these certificates, but It didn't follow that when, an Improve ment is made, that a man ought to be obliged to pay fof & heavy Improve ment at once, such for instance as pav ing a street -with asphalt, or cuttine; a street through a hllL la such cases the owners couldn't borrow any more money on their property and they fre quently lost it in consequence. Some times the cost of the improvement was more than the lot was worth. Mr. Lightner wished It understood that he was not advocating the On tario, or installment, plan, but he want ed to speak in behalf of those people who are suffering under the present system of levying and collecting assess ments, and he thought the installment plan ought to be looked Into and con sidered. If the city was going to allow property owners to pay in install ments, wouldn't it be wise to provide that the application for judgment be postponed until the property owner is in default. Mr. Lightner suggested that the city might assign its lien on the property instead of selling the ce_ tlficate of assessment, and so the peo ple could avail themselves of this privilege. Judge Clark wondered if anybody un der such an agreement would touch the city certificates with a ten-foot pole. Mr. Lightner thought that the pur chaser of the city's lien might fore close it- Col. Clough at this point suggested, that the committee on chapter VII. be requested to formulate a plan and sub mit it to the commission. Col. Clough here referred to a provision ln the con stitution of Minnesota — Article 9, sec tion 1, which says that all taxes shall be as nearly equal as can be, etc. This article has been amended so as to per mit the legislature to authorize muni cipal corporations to levy assessments. The constitutional provision was not self-operative, for the legislature must pass a specific act authorizing such as sessment to be levied and prescribing the mode of levying it. Such an act had been passed. Col. Clough there fore held that the present charter must be followed ln this matter or else the city must fall back on tho general law. If the city Is to be governed by the existing charter in the matter of assessments, were there any other leg islative acts to be observed? CoL Clough said he would be afraid to Ig nore any legislative provisions on the subject of assessments, and would like to have the committee ascertain if the commission was not restricted to the present charter, and also Investigate with a view of learning whether some installment plan could be Inserted be tween the clauses providing for the judgment against and the sale of the property. Col. Clough added that the committee would be wasting Its time if it reported any plan that contem plated the city's assuming any liability. Mr. Lightner thereupon amended his motion that the committee be request ed to submit an installment plan by adding a proviso that the plan shall not Involve the pledging of the city's credit for the payment of the assess ment or the contractor for the doing of the work, but should involve the proper provisions for the payment of the contractor. Mr. Lindeke predicted that, if any installment plan was adopted, the city would be saddled with an additional indebtedness of $3,000,000 or $4,000,000, unless the city was guarded against being made liable to pay the assess ment. Mr. Lightner then submitted ln placa of his first motion the following reso lution: "That tho committee on chapter 7 exam ine and ascertain whether In their Judgment, under article 9 of the constitution, any change can be made in the provisions of chapter 7, and if so report, If feasible, a plan for for paying assessments ln Installments, such plan not to involve any pledge of the general credit of the city, but to provide for means for pay ing contractors." The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote. Col. Clough then moved that the commission adjourn over the holidays until the first Monday In January, and that thereafter the commission meet on Monday and Friday evenings of each week. The motion prevailed. It was also understood that all commit tees be ready to report at the next meeting. During the earlier portion of the ses sion, the commission disposed of the sections in chapters 6 and 8. that were referred back to be redrafted. Chapter 6, establishing and govern ing the board of public works, which was thoroughly discussed at the meet ing of Dec. 3, and which was referred back to the committee to be redrafted in accordance with the instructions then decided upon, was submitted by the committee as redrafted, and for mally adopted section by section. The principle changes are: First, that the city engineer shall be elected by the mayor, president of the board of public works, president of the water board and president of the park board; sec ond, the mayor shall designate one of the four members of the board of public works as the presi dent thereof, and he .hail d»\-ito his whole time to the duties of the of fice and receive a salary commensu rate with his services, while the re maining three members shall receive nominal salaries. The half dozen sections of chapter 8, governing the health department, which were referred back to the com mittee at the last meeting, were also submitted as drafted and adopted. THEY LACK EMPLOYMENT. .Ins.. Meeting of Would-Be Workers Yesterday Afternoon. The organized unemployed held a mass meeting yesterday afternoon to listen to addresses delivered by A. Par* adls and F. R. Hays. Mr. Hays, th© first speaker, urged his listeners to or ganize co-operative banks, claiming that a number of prominent citizens promised their moral and financial sup port to such an Institution. He said: "Labor Is the basis of capital. You can destroy all our large banks and the people will not starve; on the con trary, they may receive a more Just compensation for their services than under the present banking system, which enriches the rich at the expense of the poor." Mr. Paradls said: "When congress convened, the eyes of the nation were turned toward Washington, hoping to see the wheels of industry restored to their former activity. The half famished citizens expected bread and work, but received a volley of bullets fired from the muskets of irresponsi ble bullies, who were ever ready to do the behests of corporate power." Con gress, he asserted, cost the people $100,000 a day to discuss the Dingley bill, which had for Its object the fur ther enrichment of the wealthy, and making the poor poorer. The Republi can party had played its last card. The people cannot expect relief from that party, dominated, as it is, by trusts and corporations. "Private charity," continued the speaker, "crushes out manhood and only makes slaves and not good citi zens. In Mr. Morgan private charity is exemplified, when he compels men to saw fifteen to thirty sticks of wood for a bowl of thin soup. What the people want," he asserted, "Is not charity, but an opportunity to work, and to that end the organized unemployed would lend Its best effort." After the speaking, the following permanent officers were elected: A. Paradls, president; F. R. Hays, secre tary. An organization committee of nine was also elected consisting of T. H. McMahon, S. Feehon, C. D. Peppard, F. X. Prevost, John McCarthy, Henry Dammar., Mark Bishop, John Flaherty and L. A. St. George. A constitution and by-laws were also adopted. The organization committee will meet at 103 East Fourth street next Monday evening at 7:3 a A mass meeting will be held again next Wednesday at Labor ball at 8 o'clock. THREE MONTHS TO REFORM. Mary Blooming Will Be Given That Chance. Maxy Blooming was befors Judge __wohy yesterday charged with "va grancy. The youn_r woman admitted that she had left her home in the southern part of the state some months ago, and had been wandering about since. She was sentenced to thirty days ln the workhouse but D. T. Wel lington asked that she be allowed to be taken to the Rescue home, and the court agreed to this disposition. The court tab shows that the case was con tinued to St, Patrick's day at 9 o'clock. IN CHRISTMAS VINES Are the Decorations at Current Event, la Local Society. Miss Alness, of 463 Ashland avenue, gave a dancing party last evening for her sister, Miss Dora Alness. The de corations was entirely of holly Christ mas green and handsome palms. Miss Alness was assisted by Mrs. O. O. Searle, Miss H. Holman, Miss Richard son, Misses Boeckmann. Miss E. Hall berg and Miss May Alness. The pro gramme consisted of ten regular num bers. At the conclusion of the first part of the programme the young people formed into a grand march line and, to the strains of music, were lead by Miss Dora Alness and Mr. Elbert Young up stairs, where refreshents were served. The members of Lodge 59. B. P. 0. 8., who are fond of social diversion gathered la_tt night in their b.au_lf ul hall, and, with their wives and sweethearts and friends, made the third social event of the season, to which the members of the gentler sex are bidden, by far the most successful of the series. The Twin City Mandolin cluh furnished musio for a score of numbers, most of which were round dances, the floor was waxed to a point of perfection and the dancers put ln the time to good advantage until 11, when light refreshments wers served. Some punch waa brewed and dispensed during the even ing, and the pleasure and comfort of the Elks and their guests were looked after by the committee consisting of Messrs. Harry Hardick, Adolph Mlcbaud and Charles Lie brock. Miss Barry's dancing classes had an lafor mal hop l_3t evening at the Aberdeen. This evening they will give a german at the same place. Miss Hallberg will entertain at a dancing party Wednesday evening, Dec. 29. Mrs, L. L. C. Brooks, of Western avenue, gave a series of cinch parties Thursday and Friday evenings. There were seven tables each evening company. The decorations were palms and American Beauty roses. Mrs. W. D. George, of Dayton avenue, gave the second of a series of progressive euchre parties yesterday afternoon. Thore were six tables. The rooms were prettily decorated with roses and carnations for the function, at which Mrs. C. A Davis and Miss Miriam Sproat assisted. Miss Lyon, of St Catherine's school, will entertain at tea Monday afternoon. Miss Elsie Constats will give a dancing party Thursday evening, Dec. 30. Mr. and Mrs. William Topllff left last even ing for Boston, where they will take up their residence for the future. Mrs. Russell R. Dorr will take Mrs. Topliff's place as organist In the First M. E. church. The second regular afternoon musical of the Schubert club will occur Wednesday, at 3:30 o'clock, ln Cambridge hall, Ryan annex. The second division will have charge of the pro gramme, the instrumental phase of which -will be arranged by Miss Annie Wilson, and the vocal by Miss Grace Morehouse. They will be assisted by Mrs. Vina Avery Smith and Mr. D. F. Colvllle. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hayes will entertaln Mrs. Hayes' Sunday school class this even ing. Charles Hodum, of Genesee street, will leave soon for his future home at Mena, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. S. 3. Kirk, of Laurel avenue, have returned from the East Augustus Clapp, of Portland avenue, will return from Yale for the holidays. Miss Georgia Grant, who Is now at Vassar, will spend the holidays with the family of Col. Jones, ln Baltimore. Mrs. W. H. Dixon, of Ashland avenue, will leave early in January for California. Mrs. O. D. Brown and Miss Edna Brown will ieave Wednesday to spend the winter ln Rlverßtde. Cal. Mrs. Shurrick and Mrs. A. P. Moss of the Dacotah flats, are entertaining Mrs. Louise Rial, of the "Piney Ridge" company, during her stay ln the city. Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll and Miss Driscoll have returned from the East Miss Moses, who has been visiting friends in the city, has returned to Trenton, N. J. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson, of Sum mit avenue, have gone to Thomasville, Ga., for the remainder ot the winter. Mrs. John Silver, of Lincoln avenue, ts entertaining Mrs. David Rice, ot Preecott Wis. Mr. and Mrs. James J. Dartmouth, of Den ver, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clark, of Holly avenue. PUPILS OF MISS RICHARDS. Recital of Programme — Well Select ed and Carefully Rendered. The pupll3" recital, given under the di rection of Miss Richards. In Dyer's hall, Inst evening, was well attended and gave evi dence of the careful work of the instructor. It is much more Just to speak of such a concert as a whole than to estimate the In dividual work, as the pupils aro not sup posed to have attained as yet the dash and brilliancy, the Independence and interpretive power of mature artists. There was. how ever, much evidence of artistic possibilities. The programme was well selected and care fully rendered, some of the numbers de manding more than ordinary skill for their interpretation. Following are the selections given: Concerto, O major, flrst movement. .Mozart Miss Elizabeth Burbank. (a) "Allemand" from trio No. 5 Haydn (b) "Berceuse," op. 60, No. 17 Strelezkl (c) "Curious Story" Heller Miss Mercla Russell. Polonaise — "Posthumes" Chopin Miss Nellie Starkweather. Concerto, G minor andante, presto, al legro, • Vivace Mendessohn Miss Edith McMillan. (a) "Barcarolle," op. 30, No. 1 Rubinstein (b) "Maedchen's Wunsch" Chopin Liszt Miss Ella Funk. (a) "Impromptu," op. 142 Schubert (b) "Aufschwung" Schumann Miss Rose Nabersberg. (a) "Dv blst die Ruh" Schubert-Liszt (b) "Impromptu." op. 29 Chopin F. W. Krieger. RECEPTION FOR TEACHERS. President of Federated Clubs Com plete the Arrangement.. The pres" dents of the Feleri. Ed 'lubs of Mln neapc'll] and St. Paul had a m eting yesterday morning at the West hotel to plan for the general reception which Is to be tendered the Minnesota Teachers' association in Its con vention the las. week ln December. The reception will be given Wednesday evening, Dec. 29, In Central Park Presbyterian church. St Paul. Arrangements were. completed and the general reception committee will include the presidents of the Federated clubs, presi dents of the Minneapolis and St. Paul school boards, members or the federation commit tees and regents of the St. Paul chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution. The guests will be presented to Miss Evans, president of the federation, by Dr. D. L. Kiehle, president of the Teachers' associa tion. A short programme will be rendered In which Miss Evans will speak the welcome, and Miss Sanford will respond for the teach ers. President Northrop, Dr. Helen Blseell and J. G. Pyle will make short addresses. RELIGIOUS LIBRARY. Two Meetings Called to Consider the Subject. A project for the foramatlon of a Library as-C-datlon, having for lita object the col lection c_ books, pamphlets and periodicals. pertaining to religious questions and work, which maiy be loaned to those desiring them in any part of the state, mention of which was made ln last Saturday's Globe, has met with much favor among clergymen and laymen of all denc-nin_.tl.ns, and by re quest of a number of the clergy, two general meetings will be held to consider the advis ability of undertaking the project. The move ment Is strictly pan-denomtnatlonal. All Inter ested, both clergy and laymen, are invited to attend one of these general meetings. Tha flrst, for convlenence of those In or near St Paul, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at . p. m>, fen the Y. M. C. A. rooms. St. Paul; and the Eeoond, for conveniens of those In or near Minneapolis, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 4 p. m., ln the Y. M. C. A lecture room, Minneapolis. Held to the Grand .Tory. John Hansen, wko several weeks ago, ln a friendly discussion with W. Sampson, broke that gentleman's Jaw with a blow of hl3 fist was held to await the action of the grand Jury, yesterday ln the police court Bicycle Makers Win. The Jury In the case of the March-Davis Cycle Manufacturing company against F. M. Smith m\ Brcs, ant action to recover for goods sold and delivered, returned a verdict la Judge Bunn's court yesterday for .!,._).<.- ia favor of the plaintiff. CALLED T_o> CI^EVEL WD. S. V. HnrriN C.oen Hastily to M.-et His Mother. S. V. Harris, chief clerk of the Ryan hotel, was called East suddenly Thurs day night. A telegram from Cleveland, 0.. explains the hasty sui: Is as follows: S. V. Harris, of St. Paul, will arrive hero tonight to meet his mother. _ : as no: seen in many years. She la Mrs. Sarah C. Wilson, and her home is ln Buffalo. Yes terday morning, sho was picked up by tho police, while wandering around tho street j apparently lost. She was taken to b olico headquarters, and later to the city hospital. She could give no explanation of herself, but from cards found in her possession and letters found, her identity was revealed. Sho Is highly educated, but is nearly eighty years old, and is feeble. She can hardly walk. Ono card, dated years ago, gavo tho namo of Harris, her son, and the authorities tele graphed to him. An answer waa received last night from him stating that ho would take tho first train, and arrive hero Friday night or Saturday morning. The mother la on her way to California to see another son, but she became lost in Cleveland, and could not find her way. She had tickets to tho coast. Sho said she had not seen her son in St. Paul for years, and did not know whether ho was alive or not. and it was only an ac cident that his card was found among har effects. There will be a happy reunion at tho city hospital when they meet. Horse Was Killed. A horse, attached to ono of tho street rail way company's derrick wagons, was killed last night about 6:30 o'clock, In a collision with an interurban car at Kent street The front ot the car was badly smashed and the passengers wer 0 locked ln by the disablement of tho levers operating the gates. No ono was hurt. Thought to Be Burglars. J. H. Scott and Thomas F. McDonald were arraigned ln tho pollco court yesterday, charged with burglary. Tho police claim that tho two youths ara tho ones who entered Donahue's grocery store, on Selby avenue, last Saturday night and carried off tan boxes of cigars and $11 in cash. Tho defendants will bo given a preliminary hearing thia morning. Suit Against the City. J Tho Scandinavian-American banlc has sued tho city of St. Paul. John McCulloch and Frederick Weyerhaeuser for an accounting ot sprinkling contracts with Thomas Hellly. NAVAL PROGRAMME. Increase In the Sea Fighting Force Dlscnni-cd at Madrid. MADRID, Dec. 17.— 1t Is understood that the cabinet at Its meeting today discussed the proposition to Increase the strength of the navy and how to meet the expense of such a step which the Imparcial estimates at 50,000,000 pesatas. HAVANA, Dec. 17.— The Araplles batalllon, It was announced officially today, has surprised the Insurgent forces under Napoles, at the Manqullo farm In the province of Santa Clara. The Insurgents, It Is added, left twenty five men killed on ihe field and the Spanish troops captured three prison ers, twenty-six rifles, some ammuni* tion and a number of document's. The reunited central committee of the Re* formlst party has approved of the ac tion taken by the commission In ac cepting the Autonomist propositions. The Reformists will publish a mani festo early next week, and electoral commissions will be appointed before Dec. 24. The reunited Autonomist cen tral committee has approved the acts of the commission, which has been ne gotiating with the Reformists. I.x- Minister Canalejas went to M.itanzaa today. After the removal of the ob stacles ln the river Canto, the troops and gunboats commanded by <!■>'_. Pan do have been enabled to push on to wards Cauto landing plac. . On Mon day last, It is stated in further ad vices from the province of Santiago de Cuba, Gen. Segura, with the S .imora. Colon Alcantara and the Vlzzaya batal llcns, consisting of 4,000 men, with four guns, left Manzanillo to execute an im portant move against tin- Insurgent*. The Insurgent leader, Betanicourt, In the province of Bfatansas, ha., hanged Manuel Argudin, a well-known inhabi tant of Havana. TRIAL GOBS o.V. Jnry Once Mot. Secured In Hie I t. Rprt Case. CHICAGO. Dec. 17.— Once more twelve men sit ln the box to hear the evidence tending to show the guilt or Innocence of Adolph T.. T.uetgert, al leged wife murderer. Tlie man who will lake the place of Henry Boasberg, dls miFsed yesterday because he Is alleged to have remarked that it would please him to plaoe a rope around the Lake View sausage maker's n<»ck, Is Robert Ann.r. . a shoemaker, forty-five years old. Three (.insulations were held be fore Anr.ers Was chosen. At the end of the last one It was announced by tha lawyers that they would like further time to make up their minds. Judge Gary refused, saying: '"You've con sumed too much time in this case al ready." Without further parley, the man was accepted by both sides. To clear Luetgert his attorn, ys will, ln the trial now commenced, introduce a new line of defense. In maintaining the theory that Mrs. Luetgert Is still alive, her acquaintance with Robert Davey, an Englishman with engaging manners who is blamed by Luetgert for his business troubles, will be brought out in court and the fact dwelt upon that Davey, who conducted tha negotiations with Luetgert for the In corporation and enlargement of his business, was very polite to Mrs. Luet gert, spending almost the entire day with her in the house from which the state maintains her husband lured her* to her death in the b3..»ment of the ad-1 Joining sausage factory. Davey left! Chicago last January ostensibly to get the money for the sale of Luetgert'l j sausage manufactory to a Dutch syn dicate. Mrs. Luetgert disappeared on the night of May 1. Whether the two corresponded ln the meantime cannot be learned, but that the pair were greatly Interested In each other will be alleged and upon this line the accused will base his defense. CUBAN <U_-STION. Time Devoted to It by the Federa tions of Labor. NASHVILLE. Term., Dec. 17— The Cuban question took up a gr»od portion of the time of the American Federation of Labor today. At the morning session a resolution was Introduced declaring that the United States should r nize the Independence of the island, and a substitute was offered. Then a motion was made to lay the whole matter on the table, and a vote on this was taken just before the noon ad journment. The vote, when the dele gates reassembled, was announced aa 8..4 for and 1,394 against laying the Cuban matter on the table. The ques tion of the substitute offeree) by Mr. Tobln, declaring that Cuba "should have Industrial freedom from which it will receive political freedom." was then called for and brought before the convention. The vote was taken, and the substitute was lost. G. H. Warner made a motion reiterating the position taken at Cincinnati, which was voted on and carried, and the Cuban matter ended. The federation adopted a resolution demanding an amendment to tbe con stitution of the United States depriving the supreme court of the United States and supreme courts of states of power to set aside laws made by the people. TROOPS FOR CHINA. Departing Soldier., (liccrcil by an Until -.i.-iUst le Crowd. W ILHELMSHA \ TEN, Dee. 17. -The North German Llyod steamer Darm stadt, having on board a detachment of troops for China, sailed from here today. She was cheered by larye crowds cf people.