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VOL. XXI.— NO. 57.
WILL BEING A TEST CASE BT. PAUL SCHOOL TEACHERS WANT THEIR BACK SALARIES Action Determined tpon at a Meet- Ins of th'- Association That Wan Full of Ginger Will Find Ont Whether Their Contract* lleally Mean Anything or Xot. The teachers of St. Paul will imme diately institute legal proceedings to recover back salary due them. This ac tion was decided upon at the meeting of the St. Paul Teachers' association yes terday afternoon, in the assembly hall of the high school. It was not, however, without opposi tion that this line of action was decided upon. It was only after about fifteen ept-eches on one side and two or three opposing, that the matter was disposed of. When the final vote was taken there was an overwhelming majority, favor ing the action. The action, however, •was made unanimous, amid a storm of applause from the 300 or more teachers present. The matter was brought before the meeting by the report of the committee recently appointed to look up the salary question and report to the School Teachers' association. The report after citing the grlevences of the teachers, and the circumstances which led up to the appointment of the committee, made a very simple yet emphatic recommendation that legal proceedings be at once instituted against the city of St. Paul for back salary due all the teachers of St. Paul. The report also gave It as the opinion of the committee that the claim of th teachers was a legal one, and one which would command the consideration of the courts. D. Langre, chairman, read the report of the committee. Immediately after the reading of the report and the explanation of the chair man of its Import and tho facts which the committee had taken into consider ation in making the report. Principal A. J. Smith, of the high school, led the charge of the light brigade in opposi tion to it. Prof. Smith thought they had no grtunds whatever for the contest. He also thought they should hesitate be fore assailing the city of St. Paul, ■which they served, and, as he put it, ■which also served them. Prof. Smith asserted that he did not feel in a posi tion to advise, but he could not let the opportunity pass without raising his voice in the matter. The effort, he HARMONY WILL REIGN THE D. A. R. FACTIONAL FIGHT CLOSED WITH THE ELECTION Mrs. Page Morris Received More Than a Majority of the Vote* fast for Vice Prenldent General, l»nt .lust Failed of an Election The Day's Session. WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.— There wap a feeling of satisfaction and relief among the Daughters of the American Revolution today that the exciting scenes of election were over. Mrs. Rose Brackett, the first vice president general, presided, the audience sang | "America," Mrs. Stakely, the chaplain general, offered prayer, and Mrs. C. W. Kress, of Lock Haven, Pa., ren dered the "Star Spangled Banner." Mrs. Mary V. Cabell was elected hon orary vice president general, and Mrs. Stevenson, the retiring president gen eraJ, was elected honorary president general. The result of the counting of the bal lots cast for vice presidents general was not completed until 3 o'clock this j morning, showing the following ladies to have been elected to that office: ' Mrs. R. A. Alger, Michigan; Mrs. Sper- j ry, Connecticut; Mrs. John M. Thurs- ; ton, Nebraska; Mrs. Toplin, District of Columbia; Mrs. Mark Hanna, Ohio; Mrs. Shippen. New Jersey; Mrs. Frye, Maine; Mis. Jewett, Illinois; Mrs. How ard, Virginia; Mrs. Anita McGee, Dis- ! trict of Columbia; Mrs. Colton, Cali- ! fornia; Miss Temple. Tennessee; Mr?. Fairbanks, Indiana; Miss Porayth, New Tork; Mrs. Abner Hooper, District of Columbia; Mrs. O'Neill, District of Co lumbia; Miss Benning, District of Co lumbia: Mrs. Goodloe. District of Co lumbia: Mrs. Maine, District of Colum bia, and Mrs. Angus Cameron, Penn sylvania. Mrs. Wai worth read the report of the convention on the national univer sity, the proposed founding of which was suggested by George Washington, and considerable time was consumed in a discussion of its consideration. The niprht session was taken up prin cipally witb the discussion of amend ments to the constitution. An amend ment was passed providing that the election of officers take place every two years, instead of annually. The fight between opposing factions of the Minnesota delegation was closed by the announcement of the result of the election. Notwithstanding the fact i that Mrs. Page Morris had a majority ! of tho more than 300 votes cast for the position of vice president general, it was found that she was twenty-first on j the list of candidates, and, as there are j only twenty vice presidents general I elected, she cannot serve. It was thought for a time that she was within the limit, and Mrs. Morris was over whelmed with congratulations. There was some talk of a motion to reconsider Mrs. Torrence's election as stute regent, because she opposed Mrs. Morris, but it is quite likely that har mony will reign among the Daughters now. TESTING THE COLLINS BOOM. Republican Politician* Visit the Zenith City and Feel the Public Pulse. Special to The St. Paul Globe. DULUTH, Minn., Feb. 25— The local politicians have been in close confer ence all day today with L. W. Collins, of St. Cloud, judge of the supreme court; State Auditor Dunn, E. N. Dare, editor of the E!k Rive News, and Al vah Eastman, of St. Cloud. It is said that Judge Collins and the gentlemen with him came to Duluth to test the foeling in this section as to his candidacy for the position of gov ernor. Whether there was any practical out come to the conference could not be learned, but tonlg'ht Judge Collins held a public reception in the parlors of th? St. Louis hotel, and was visited by many of the prominent Republican pol iticians of the city. After the recep tion the entire party left on the late train for St. Paul. Sylvester M. Cary. of St. Paul, a mi nority stockholder in the Duluth Gas and Water company, began suit in the district court today against the Hart mans, of Duluth, the holders of a ma jority of the stock, to compel an ac counting. It is alleged that the Hart mans, under an agreement with E. H. Gay, Mho effected the sale of the plant, aie to receive $20,000, and it is not their Intention to divide tlrs money among all the stockholders. Cary asks the court to direct that the money be paid to the company direct in order that all may share alike, THE ST. PAUL GLOBE thought, would be fruitless of any good and was wfcnout any legal status. Prof. Smith went into the question of contracts which the city had with all the teachers. He thought the board of education had acted in good faith, in the apportionment of the school funds, and that they acted for the best inter ests of all. It was the council,* he thought, which was to blame, if any blame could be attached. After Mr. Smith had taken his seat there was a season of lively talks. Whenever a speech in favor of the adoption of the report was made, a thundering burst of applause came from the audience, while the speeches on the negative side of the question were followed by an tey silence. Mr. Bond though the teachers should be paid their back salary, but he was afraid that legal proceedings on their part would antagonize the city council and prejudice on the part of the coun cil would complicate matters even more. Prof. Congdon remarked: "If the city council does not provide for an appro priation large enough to maintain the public schools of St. Paul it will pred judice the people against the council." Prof. Caldwell thought that if they brought action against the city they would recover, and that it would never go to the jury. Prof. Farnsworth was heartily in fa vor of bringing action against the city, if for nothing more than to determine the validity of teachers' contracts with the city. If they were valid they could collect the full amount due, if not, they, as teachers, wanted to know It. It was simply a question of the validity of the contracts between the city and the teachers. Mr. Donnelly thought that action should be deferred, and moved that action on the report be postponed. The proposition did not meet with favor, as it was the sense of the meeting that the matter should be disposed of then and there. Inspector Anthony Yoerg was In the back part of the room and was request ed to address the meeting 1 . Mr. Yoerg established himself well in the estimation of the teachers by encouraging them in their efforts to secure the salary due them. They were, he said, justly entitled to what was due them, and although he would not recommend them to begin legal proceedings against the city, he could not blame them for wanting what was rightly theirs. Th» report of the committee was adopted. Following the address a motion was passed appointing a teacher from each school, to constitute a committee on legislation. A fee of $1 will be collected from each teacher to defray the ex penses of one action, which will be a test case. VIZCAYA SAILS AWAY. Spiiiiish Cruiser Leaves Xew York and Will lie Heard From Next at Havana. NEW YORK Feb. 25.— The Spanish truiser Vizcaya, after spending a week in this port on a friendly visit to the United States, got up anchor at 1:40 o'clock this afternoon and started to sea. Her destination is Havana. Thore were no ceremonies or incident of any kind connected with the vessel's do parture. The naval tug Nina and the police boat patrol accompanied the ship as far as Fort Wadsworth, when they sa luted and went about. The loud and deep steam whistle of the Vizcaya gave I them three long blasts — the marine farewell. Forts Tompkins and Wadsworth wera soon left astern, and then the ship en tered the tortuous main channel — at times at full speed. then at half-speed, and again stopping. Pilot Lockman took no chances. He keenly felt his re sponsibility. When the vessel left her anchorage her flags were at half-mast for the Maine, and a guard of marines was i drawn up in double files aft. They I were in full service uniform. Once j well outride the Hook, more than a ma rine league from shore, the flags were I hoisted home. But the guard stood i steady. Four miles outside the Hook the pilot ] boat dropped away from the Spanish ■ vessel, and, after an exchange of sa i lutes had been whistled, she started for i New York. Then the Vizcaya got under way. i She rounded the Hook, taking a south erly course. For a time her yellow fun nels were visible, then they became lost to view. Later a mere pencil of smoke on the horizon was seen. The report that the Vizcaya will stop at a Southern port is inaccurate. She will proceed to Havana, and expects to roach there Tuesday next. From Ha vana she may proceed to Spain. TWIN BATTLESHIPS. Within a Month the Kentucky and Kearsarge Will He launched n( Newport News. RICHMOND, Feb. 25.— The officers of the Newport News shipyard announce that the double launching of the bat ! tleships Kentucky and Kearsarge will i take place March 24, and will be the j first double launching of first-class bat i tleships in the world. Gov. Bradley and staff will come from ! Kentucky and Miss Christine Bradley, I his daughter, will christen the Ken | tucky with a bottle of water taken I from the spring from which Abraham Lincoln drank when a boy, while Mrs. Winslow, wife of Lieut. Winslow, U. S. N., will stand sponsor for the Kear sarge. The ships could be put in commission in six months if necessary, but the contractors have received no hurry or ders. The Illinois, the third big battle ship building at Newport News, is only a month or two behind her sister shipß. AN INFLOW OF GOLD. Tiki Million Dollars RiiKaprcd in the Money Centers of Karone for Import. NEW YORK. Feb. i>s.— Heidelhach, Ickelheimer & Co. have engaged $700, --000 in gold for shipment from France tomorrow to the United States. L. Yon Hoffman & Co. will import J750.G00 in gold, partly from France and partly from England, on steamers leaving tomorrow and the next day. The National City bank has engaged j $. r »00.000 in gold for shipment from Eng land tomorrow. Other banking houses have gold imports in prospect. Kuhn. Loeb & Co. announced later that they would import $250,000 in gold to be shipped tomorrow. This makes the total engagements made today for shipment tomorrow or next week, both from Paris and London, $2,200,000. Mulier, Schail <Sr Co. a'so have 3,000,003 francs in gold on the way to them, but this is in transit and will not remain in this country. Mexico Excited. CITY OF MEXICO, Feb. 25.— Intense ex citement prevails over the possibility of a rupture between the United S!atrs and Spain. In rase of a war the police would have their hardis full in preventing collisions as there art- many Spanish and American residents here some of whom are likely to pick a quarrel. Wrecking Tn» Sails. BOSTON. Mass., Feb. 2f..— The wrecking tug Underwriter left for Now Yo:k and Ha vana tonight. Diver Michael Sullivan left on tin- tujr. The tug els? took out two powerful wrecking pumps and two boilers. SATURDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 26, 1898. FIEE FATAL FOR MANY NINE LIVES LOST IN A TENEMENT BLAZE AT CHARLESTON People on the Third Floor Cut Off by the Flames Which Started Lower Down, and Were Unable to Encane Several of the Victims Were Women. CHARLESTON, S. C, Feb. 26.— Nine lives were lost In a fearful fire which rag-ed for a short while in Church street this morning. At 2:10 a police- j man on duty noticed big- sparks flying ' from the tenement house at No. 160 Church street. The officer found that a blaze was Issuing from one of the | windows on the first floor. The doors I were broken open, and the family on j that floor were rushed out without any damage. Somebody yelled that a family of women were Bleeping on the third floor. The police rushed up-stairs and when they reached the top story the life sav ing work was stopped by the flames which seemed to be playing over the entire building. Screams from dying 1 women were heard, and Officer Bag-by rushed In and pulled out three charred bodies. The quick work of the fire department chocked the fire, and It was soon under control, but not until nine lives on the third story had been lost. The dead are: MRS. REBKCCA KNICKMEYER. ALBERT O'NEAL. JOSEPHINE KNICKMEYER, seven years of age. KATIE KNICKMEYER. sixteen years. LEONORA KNICKMEYER, nine years. PRANCES KNICKMEYE'K. 6 years. L.ILL.IE KNICKMEYER, 3 years. A HABY OF MRS. KNICKMEYER, one month old. MRS. KNICKMEYER, the wife of Theo dore E. Knlckmeyer, a carpenter. COMPANYTAT CHICAGO. Crack Military Organization of Min nesota i in- Gneiti of "Sntl?,or'» liifllaiiM." CHICAGO, Feb. 25.— Company D, of the First regiment, Minnesota national guard, one of the crack military or ganizations of the country, and under the command of Capt. Edward Bean, arrived here from St. Paul today over the Wisconsin Central, and for two days will be the guests of "Switzer's Jndians," the famous Company M, of the First regiment, Illinois national guard. The Minnesota boys were met at the station by Company M and a bugle corps, and were escorted to the First regiment armory on Michigan avenue. Until the nature of their visit was known the appearance of the militia on the streets caused some excitement on account of the rumors of pending movement of national troops. A formal reception to the Minnesota company was held this evening at the First regiment armory. Exhibition drills will be given by both the home and visiting companies, and the affair ! will end with a ball. Tomorrow a ban- j quet will be given the visiting troops at the Leland hotel. CENTRAL AMERICAN CLOUD. Hostilities Between f'nNta nirn and Nlearaarna Arc Expected to iin-nu Ont Very Soon. NEW YORK, Feb. 25.— A dispatch from Panama says advices received to day from Costa Rica state that at a banquet fdvon Sunday night President Igtesias, in a speech, said that the sit uation between Costa Rica and Nica ragua was such now that war is in evitable. Further advices from Costa Rica say that on the night of Feb. 20 there was a largo popular demonstration. More than 5,000 persons showed their ap proval of the attitude of the govern ment toward Nicaragua, and more troops were sent on the 20th to the. frontier. Hostilities with Nicaragua are expected at any moment. Many prominent members of the American colony have offered to nid the government with men and monoy. The French colony has also promised to take up arms in defense of Costa Rica in the event of war. WANTS TO PROVE HER LOVE. Mr». Sharp Thrown Acid on the BSyea of I. H. Lynch, of Oconto, "Wisconsin. CHICAGO. Feb. 25.— Special to the Tribune from Oconto, Wls. : There was a decided sensation when the case against Mrs. Sharp for throwing acid in the eyes' of P. H. Lynch, a promi nent attorney, was heard. Rev. Father Lochman testified that he had warned Lynch of possible danger. Attorney Lynch took the stand then, and testified tfiat Mrs. Sharp told him that he was the only man she loved, and that it hurt her very much to see him associate with other girls. Upon her making that statement he discon tinued his business and social relations with her— ln fact, told her that he was engaged to marry a girl outside of Oconto, and gave her name and postof fice address. He said that Mrs. Sharp had done all the law printing and publishing for his firm. Morrow & Lynch, but as soon as he discovered that she was in love with him the business was turned over to another house. Dick raid the Mills. COLUMBUS. 0.. Feb. 25.— The Ohio Eonate bribery Investigation committee met toduy and examined Manager Ross, of the 10.-al telephone company. The only new develop ment was that Maj. Dick Bottled the tele phone bills. A waiting; Orders. NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 25.— The monitor Ter ror remains at anchor at Hampton Roads. RTie Is constantly under steam, expecting orders to leave. It. is said Uiat ammunition has been shipped tc Port Washington from the Fort Monroe arsenal. AMERICAN SOIL INVADED THE BRITISH FLAG PLANTED THIS SIDE OF THE BOUNDARY Reports From AlaaUa That the EnsliHh Have Seized Summit Lake, Only Twelve Miles From SkaK'uay Einht People Frozen lo Death on the Klondike Trail. SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 25.— The steamer schooner Noyo, which arrived here today from Skaguay, Alaska, brings news which, if true, will prob ably cause international complications. Parties arriving at Skaguay before the Noyo left circulated the report" fnat the Canadian mounted police had raised the British flag at Summit lake, which is twelve miles from Skaguay and fourteen miles inside of the Ameri can boundary, as at present denned. Capt. Lindquist, of the Noyo, says the report had not been verified when he left Skaguay, and that he placed but little credence In It. The Noyo also brings news of many deaths on the White pass, resulting from cold and exposure. On Tuesday, LA CHAMPAGNE SIGHTED. Ship Believed to Be the Missing Liner Seen at Sea by a Dntch Steamer. NEW YORK. Feb. 25.— The Dutch tank steamer Bremerhaven, which ar rived today from Antwerp, reports that on Feb. 19, in latitude 43, longitude 44, she passed a steamer, apparently a Frenchman. She was almost stopped, and was heading northeast. She had tv/o masts and two funnels. Regula tion lights were burning, but no sig nals were displayed. Capt. Ninnes, when informed that La Champagne was overdue, said that there was no doubt in his mind as to the Identity or the vessel. Mr. Rocande, the New York agent of the French line, said the description of the steamer seen by Capt. Ninnes fitted that of the La Champagne pre cisely. He looked much pleased and relieved, and said that he had not the slightest doubt of her identity. More over, It seemed to him she was in a very good position, being only about 1,150 miles away and right in the track of ocean liners. He was of the opin ion, from the fact that no signal for assistance was shown, that whatever breakdown was sustained by her was not of a serious character. COMMODORES WIffPIELD S. SfHI.KY, Who Will Succeed Admiral Sicard In Command of the North Atlantic Squadron. MAYOR DORAN DROPS IN VISITS THE VARIETY THEATERS AND THE BEER GARDENS Caused a Flutter at the Olympic Gives Tli em Time 1o (lean Out "the Klondike," nud Then Goes Under the stuK<* fc'bvnd Every* tliinK Al>. hi I hs He Suspected. Mayor Doran may not, as he said to a reporter for The St. Paul Globe at 5 (''(lock yesterday afternoon, have read the report of the Christian Citizenship league published yesterday, but he started out last night and made the rounds of the resorts mentioned in the up. it in one, two, three order. The mayor" was accompanied by Pa trolman Miller, who acts as private messenger in his office, and a man who, one of the waiters at the Olympic said, v.as a. "sky pilot," Judging from his maneuvers. The trio dropped into the Palm gar den about 9:30 o'clock, and must have enjoyed the performance, as they re mained for nearly an. hpur. It was 10:30 when tlie party reached thi- Olympic theater, and as soon as the word was passed along that the mayor was in the house theae was a scurrying on the part of the m&jiagenient to have things arranged in ship-shape order. The "Klondike," as that portion of the- resort in the basement is called, was cleared of its occupants and then the investigating party was invited to inspect the entire building. This was done to the satisfaction of the mayor, seemingly, for after mak ing a tour of the p&cej the parly set tled themselves in the rear of the theater and watched the performance. It was after 11 o'clock v.htn the mayor and his friends IHt the Olympic and proceeded to some of the other places up town. HAVES' HOMESTEAD SEIZED. Residence of the Once President Levied I'pon by the Sheriff of the County. FREMONT, 0., Feb. 25.— The home stead of the late President R. B. Hayes. known as Spiegel Grove, was levied upon by the county sheriff today to satisfy a judgment obtained in com mon pleas court for $5,000 damages awarded Mrs. Addle M. Smith, of this city. Mrs. Smith was given a Judgment for injuries received in a runaway caused by a dog owned by the Hayes estate. The costs amount to $1,095. Victory for Suite rior. MILWAUKEE. Wls., Feb. 25.— Judge Bunn, et Madison, today refused to grant the mo tion of the Endion Improvement company in the city of Superior refunding case. The original order, which provide-s for the re funding of ?2f.0,P00 of bonds, will stand. This is a verdict for Superior in its endeavor to refund J1.0u0.000 of indebtedness. Feb. 15, the bodies of five men who had died on the trail, were brought into Skaguay. It was impossible to learn the names of any of them. All died from what is called c-erebro-spinal men ingitis, which is quite prevalent on Skaguay and along the trail. It has its origin in exposure and a lack of suffi cient clothing to withstand the severe cola. The Noyo had as passengers three Dawson'tes who stopped at Juneau. They were James Brownell, Frank La Roy and T. R. Flint. They are report ed to have brought out about $60,000 worth of gold dust and drafts from the interior. Stormy weather was encountered by the Noyo. Thirty-one vessels were passed bound for the north. PORTLAND, Or., Feb. 25.— The sec ond detachment of troops from the Fourteenth infantry, under command of Col. T. M. Anderson, left here this afternoon for Seattle, where they will take a steamer for Southeastern Alas ka. The command consists of Companies B. and H. It is believed that one of the detachments Is ordered to locate an all-American route to the Yukon, probably by way of Copper river. FE\EK OF EXPECTANCY THE MANIA FOR WAR BREAKS OUT AFRESH AT WASHINGTON Fact Settled In the Popnlar Mind That the Maine Was Destroyed by Design Congress Ready to Act the Moment the President Shows the White Feather. Washington Bureau St. Paul Globe, \ Corcoran Building. J Special to The St. Paul Globe. WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.— The war mania has broken out afresh, and Washington tonight Is in a fever of expectancy. It is pretty well settled that the naval experts have found that the Maine was not destroyed by any acci dental cause. What will be the next move? President McKinley is aguinst war. He realizes all the terrible consequen ces that will follow a declaration of hostilities. But he knows, too, that the temper of the American people, at this time, is not of such character that it will suffer any indignity. And when It has once been determined that the battleship which entered Havana har bor on a friendly visit was blown to atoms by some outside Interference, congress is not going to await any in ternational investigation or consent to any legal inquiries as to who is re sponsible. Indemnity will be demanded by the president within a week after the re port of the naval board 143 laid before him. Spain, it is believed, will undertake a further inquiry. The Spanish gov ernment will propose an international court to decide whether or not the present authorities in Havana are re sponsible for the catastrophe. McKlnley, v.h<> is pacific by nature and is controlled by interests that are against war in any event, would be willing to listen to Spain's proposals, but it is certain that he will place the entire matter in the hands of congress. He will go as far as possible to pre vent war, but knows the moment he shows a sign of weakening congress would take the initiative. Events here are rapidly nearin? a crisis, and congress is prepared to meet the exigency next week. \o credible: evidence:. (old Water Caul on the Sensational Storle* Prom Havana. By Associated Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.— 1n spite of stories that come from unofficial Bources m Havana, as t<> sensational developments in connection with the work of the divers in the Maine's hull, the administration remains firm in its statement that there is no credible evi d( nee, one way or the other, as to the cause of the disaster, and holds to its purpose to wait the conclusion of the investigation now being made by the court of Inquiry. This position was emphasised at to day's cabinet meeting. People who looked for some startling announce ment were disappointed, as the mem bers, without reservation, frankly ad mitted that the subject of the lohp of the Maine had been diseussr-d, but said that the government had re ceived no information from Havana since yesterday, and had no intention of changing its policy until there was something of substance to warrant it. The Spanish legation was equally in the dark as to any of the discov eries reported from sources that are not credited. Secretary Long has been under a heavy and almost constant strain ever since he was awakenfd in the middle of the night, a week ago last Thurs day, by the news of the loss of the Maine, and. now that matters are, at least for the time being, In a quieter state, he has withdrawn from the navy department and gone away for a few days' rest, leaving Assistant Secretary Roosevelt to manage thr> department. The latter has been thoroughly ad vised at every step of the secretary's policy of treatment of the Maine affair, so that there is not likely to be any change In that respect. Montgomery Sails. Just before the department closed, Mr. Roosevelt had word of the sailing of the cruiser Montgomery from Tam pa for Key West. Up to that time the vessel had been given no orders, so that the date of her departure for Ha vana, if she is to go at all, is conjectu ral. The ship went to Tampa Instead of Key West on her return from Kan Do mingo, in order to facilitate the speedy return to his duties in Washington of Capt. Crownlnshield, the chief of the navigation bureau, who saved a full day by the movement. The Castine, the second of the Unit ed States warships on the South At lantic station, arrived today at Bar badces, where she joined the Cincin nati. It may be that the Castine will go to Martinique to be docked, as she is in need of cleaning after her trop ical service. Since so much depends upon the re port of the court of inquiry, it may be interesting to note that, so far, Sec retary Long himself does not know when to expect this important docu ment, he having, up to this time, heard nothing from any of the members on this point. He rather expected that the court, which has complete power Continued on Third Page. PRTCB TWO CBKTa-iSf^gg.^ The Globe's Bulletin SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1898. Fair, Warmer— See Page 4. 001. 1. Page 1. Teachers "Will Sue for Salaries. Harmony in D. A. R. Again. British Invade American Soil. War Talk Renewed. Doran Slumming:. War With Spain in Sight. Minnesota's National Guard. Holocaust at Charleston. Pasc S. Primaries to Be April 8. Clergy Criticise City Government. Elks' Benefit. Cremation at Forest Cemetery. I'age 3. Sports. Yacht Club Meeting Tonight. Western League Schedule Fixed. Ryan Defeats Green. Board's Verdict Fixed. Progress of Maine Inquiry. Page 4. Editorial. Klondike. War Talk Has No Effect on Trade. Patfc O. Northwest. Specials From Surrounding Cities. Favoritism Charged in Harbor Bill. Argument in Traffic Case Closed. Pnse 6. Markets. Gold Tide Setting In. Bar Silver, 55^>o. Chicago Cash Wheat, Jl.OS l^. Fa«e 7. Twin City Items. Minneapolis. Fiance Makes a Grab in China- Marriages, Births and Deaths. Wants. rase S. Courts. Appeal From Salary Case Decision. Charter Commission's Work. Long and Short Haul Suspended. TO-DAY. Metropolitan— La Uoheme, 2:30; Elks, 8:15. Urand— Under the Polar Star, 2:30, 8:15. ATLANTIC LUfBRS. LIVERPOOL — Arrived: Britannic, New York. NEW YOUK- Arrived: Brcmerhaven, Ant. werp. LONDON— Arrived: Mississippi, Xew York MOVIL.LE— Sailed: Ethiopia, Xew York HAM HlHG— Arrived: Palatla, New York. ROTTERDAM — Arrived: Spaarndani, New SPANISH WAR IN SIGHT OFFICIALS MAKING EVERY PREPARA TION FOR HOSTILITIES Three Hundred Thonaand Tana or Coal for the I« e or American Cmlaera and Battlesnlna Ordered for Immediate Delivery at Polnta Along the Coast. riTTSm-RG, Pa., Ftb. 25.-The Post tomorrow will say: Tfcat the United States government Is preparing to meet any exigency that may arise, by reason of the. investiga tion of the .Maine disaster, is beyond dispute, and the fact that the proper authorities have jim placed contracts for the (1. -livery of 300,000 tona of coal ;a the different coa ing Btationa for war vessels of this country, in the West Indies and along th • Florida and (Julf coasts, is further evidence that the Washington authorities have trouble with Spain in siulit and are getting itady to meet the Issue squari ly. It was learned today in Plttsburg, through an officer of one of the largest - oal corporations doing business In this district, that the navy department had closed contracts with Castner, Curran & Bulllt, of Philadelphia, for the de livery at Key West, Sand Keys, Dry Tortugas, Savannah, Charlestown and I'oitr. Sb Monroe, of 250,000 tons of Pocahcntas coal, and with the Rh ■: . X- Beidler Coal company, of ('lev. -land, for the delivery of 50,000 tons of the <; sin ii coal of that company. The stipulations of the contracts jusi placed are that the coal shall be de livered at the designated coaling sta tt< iik as Boon as possible, and that the utmost secrecy be observed about the matter. In carrying out these contracts th.- railroads play a most prominent part, and the government, it is understood, agreed to pay a bonus to both th. coal miners and the railroads if the 300,000 tons were delivered within a specified time. EAST RIVER INVULNERABLE;. SklrniMi Line or Torpedoes Extends Front Shore to Shore. NEW YORK, Feb. 25.— The Brooklyn Eagle says: "At Willets Point precau tion is being taken to make the East river entrance to New York invulner able. A so-called skinr.irh line of t»r --i edoes i* projected from the Willets Point shore across the channel to Port Schuyler. The torpedoes will be anchor* d bo close together that it may be made impossible for a Inutile . to cross the line without being blown up. The torpedoes will be connected with electric wires, and to make doubly sure that their plans cannot be frustrated, tin engineers have arranged to have batteries located at each end of the line 80 that in c;:se an apparatus is urf d by the enemy to sever the connect ing wires and break the circuit, the tor pedoes Htill could be exploded from either end of the line. Th* 3 channel is already protected from the Willets Point shore to the center of the channel by two groups of .sub marine mines. TRENTON, N. .1., Fob. 25.— Men have been put to work placing the sea bat teries at Seaght in order for service. At the quartermaster's office it was denied, however, that this had any significance, as this work is usual at this time of year. Capt. Armstrong, the chief clerk of this department, says that no orders have been received asking the national guard to be put In readiness for mili tary service. MOBILIZATION EXPECTED. Military Authorities* of Wisconsin Are M»kiiiK l'reiuirationii. MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 25.— Prominent officers of Wisconsin nation al guard apprehend that the guard may receive orders from the war department at any moment to join national guards of other states in a mobilization of the entire forces of the country at the sea board. It is said that Wisconsin military au thorities are quietly making prepara tions to effect a quick movement of their troops at short notice. The order ior mobilization of troops may not come, but if it does it will find the national guard of this state prepared. MINNESOTA BLUECOATS COULD BE READY FOR THE FIELD IN A TWINKLING The National <;.iar«l of <n«> Sorta Stnr State The \,,,, r„, M( . n It lids Ready for Set- vice n..d Their Kituipm.iit The Two llat terle» of Artillery. The dispatch yesterday from Madrid flouncing that, In the event of war, Spain wished to be th ■ first to strike a decisive Mew, set a good many peo ple thinking, including several mem bers of the Minnesota militia. They wondered if the Spanish goven could summon troopa to a central p pint faster than Uncle Sam or fight better when once on the field of bati What is the strength of the Minn national guard? Where is It I How soon could it be brought to a cen- \ l ' a l stated point, and how soon could It be hurried away in defense of the old flag? • T Jj? wearers » °f the government blue in Minnesota are all Included under one head, the First brigade, un.l, r com- n l a " d °' Brig, c-,,.,1 w. B. Bend, of St. Paul, in this brigade are the mist. Second and Third regiments of militia and Batteries A and H First battalion of artillery. The whole bri gade aggregates 2.U14 officers and men The Firpt infantry, c.nip s-.d with the exception of Company G, of Red Wing and Company X, of Stillwater, of St! Paul and Minneapolis companies is in command of Col. Charles McC. Reeve, of Minneapolis. Th.- ten companies <>f the Second infantry. Col. Joseph Boble ter, of New Dim, commanding, are all located In the southern part of the state, Albert Lea I>> ing the farthest removed from St. Paul. Col. Charles A. Van Duzee, of St. Paul, Is in com mand of the Third infantry, two of the companies of which are located at Ini- Juth, a third at Merrlam Park and two others at West Duluth. This regiment only has eight companies. A full Minnesota regiment of troops is cemposed of 760 men, ten companies of seventy-six men each. Very feu of the companies, however, run the full seventy-six men. In the First regi ment, for instance, there :<v<- several companies that have only from lifty four to sixty men. The First battalion of artillery lias about iL'ri men and is equipped with four six-pounders and two Gat lings. The battalion is commanded by MaJ. E. D. Libbey, of St, Paul, and Is made up of Batteries A. of St. Paul, and B, Of Minneapolis. The Infantry companies are fully uni fr.rmed and armed with Springfield rifles. An order to the twenty-eight com panies of the militia at noon today to assemble with all possible speed In St. Paul would bring every company to this point i>v noon on Sunday, and they could be placed at the disposal of the government at Washington by nightfall of that day. Spain siriki- a decisive blow while we are sleeping? Hardly: A $350,000 SMOKE. I'lnut of the Tobacco Trail ut l.onin vilie Burned and Ttvo People J'niniiy Injured. LQUISVIIaLE, Ky., Feb. 25 Th« mammoth plant of the Louisville branch of the American Tobacco com pany wai destroyed by tire today, en tailing a loss of over $:::<'>.():»(., fully cover* d by insurance. It was the most disastrous conflagra tion that has visited the Palls City in years, The plant occupli d half a squaie, and at the time tie 1i : • broke out contained an army of employes who rushed frantically from the build ing. Many made their way via th.- fire escapes, hut Beveral on the upp 1 floors who had no means of efccape, in their excitement leaped from the windows, two sustaining probably fatal injuries. The injured are: George Tysspudorff, bark Injured and *e vere Injuries about the heu<J and chest; will i>p bablj ill". William Scmple, skull fractured; will prob&ly die. John Rackman, both !<■!;* broken. The fire gained rapid headway and the fire department was hindered to a great degree bj a lack of water. Pall ing walls added to the dani f the work ti 1 1 < i the escape of son f the firemen wag all but miraculo After a hard fight, lasting tour hours, the flames were finally conquered, W. I). Duke, president of the Ameri can Tobacco company, witnessed the destruction of his property. He >-:>id that it w"u!'i be at once rebuilt. The origin of the fire is unknown. Fourteen hundred men, women and cMldron ure thrown out of emploj ment. NO MINES IN HAVANA HARBOR. Senor tin Base Offlclall) DenleN the .Story \llolli Which liiter<-Ml Hum Centered. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2~>. In view of th>' widely published report thai th» harbor of Havana contains a system of submarine mines, a statement around which has centered the chief public interests in connection with t he disaster to the battleship Maine, g dv Rose. Spanish charge d'affaires at Washington, tonight made to the a f-ociated Pp ss th<- following statement which, coming from such authority, may be considered as an official de nial: "I wish to state, on my own 1 knowledge, that 1:0 mine exists inside or outside of Havana harbor; nor 1h there any submarine defense of any kind. The report is so absolutely falsa and ridiculous that it could only have originated in the minds of those per sona anxious to incite the • vii pai of both nations for their own miserable ends. I consider the very suggestion of such a thins an insult t*. Spain." TRANSPORTATION OF TROOPS. Plant Line Im Ready to Land Sol fi 1 «-!•■» nt Havana, TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 25. — Although the o'llcials of the company havt not bo stut'-d publicly, pretty much everybody here understands that the Plum bj has completed arrangements f<<r the transportation of troops and munitions of war to Havana on short notJ All of their ships have i>- en plac< d in condition for cmi rgencies. Should v.ar be declared, they have p< (d plans to land a large body of I in Havana within thirty-six hours from their arrival at this place. Trooi be transported from Washlngtoi Si w York to this port In from twenty four to thirty hours. The comp my has also m ide arrange nit nts, it Is understood, to land prompt lj men and arms al Key We r and a.l strategic points on the coasts of ! and at Mobile. Robbed tie Mint. SAX FRANCISCO. IM). 25.— William I". Clarkson, foreman >< Urn rolling r oai L'niud ■:"ii mint In this ty, ha 3 -; gold bullion and is held in 16.000 bill. Itutti-i iiiaUi-rH Ail Jo 11 m. TOPKKA, Kan . Kfb. ■■", ,'lonal Creamery Butetenaakera' aaaoclation . f was largi ly Of ( and • m-i-tiiig was ltll to tiM executive coniuii'.u;e.