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VOL. XXI.— NO. 208.
Spain, After Waging a Losing War for Three Months, Sues for Peace
Through the French Ambassador, M. Cambon
WASHINGTON, July 26.— The Spanish government has sued for peace, not indirectly, through the great powers of Europe, but by a direct appeal to Presi
dent McKinley. The proposition was formally submitted to the president at 3 o'clock this afternoon, by the French Ambassador, M. Jules Cambon, who had received
instructions from the foreign office, at Paris, to deliver to the government the tender of peace formulated by the Spanish ministry. At the conclusion of the conference
between the president and the French ambassador, the following official statement was issued from the White house : "The French ambassador on behalf of the gov
ernment of Spain, and by direction of the Spanish minister of foreign affairs, presented to the president this afternoon at the White house a message from the Spanish
government looking to the termination of the war and the settlement of the terms of peace." This was the only official statement made public, but it sufficed to nut at
" rest all conjecture and to make clear and definite that at last Spain had taken the initiative toward peace. Although peace rumors have been current almost daily here
tofore since the war began, not one of them had the shadow of foundation, and until the French ambassador received instructions from Paris, late last ni^ht no overture 3
of any kind had been received. Shortly before midnight last night a dispatch to the French embassy made it known to the embassy that the ambassador would be
- charged with the important mission of opening peace negotiations in behalf of Spain. The complete instructions, including an official letter from Duke Almodevar de Rio
Spanish minister of foreign affairs, were received this morning. Thereupon M. Thiebeaut, first secretary of the embassy, called at the state department and asked that an
Preparations Completed for an Event Which Will Live in the History
of the Great North Star State
When, ln the year 3998. the savant
from Borneo stands on the crumbling
ruins of what was once the state cap
ltol of Minnesota, and, with his alpen
stock pokes about in the crumbling
stone, he will find that which will en
rich his store of knowledge of the fad
ed past. He will be provided for today.
The day has been set apart as a his
trry-maker. The people of the state
have made provision for enriching the
historical knowledge of nations yet to
Incidentally, the day will not be
without local and present interest. In
deed, it is doubtful if, in the history
of the state so far, there has been one
single day that so distinctly marks an
epoch as this day of our Lord will.
Great things being altogether depend
ent on things over which man has no
Control, the weather will have to be
taken into consideration. The weather
observer has guaranteed his end of it,
and he had better see to lt that he
keeps the engagement he has made
for plenty of sunshine. That is all that
ls requisite to make today the day of
Although the day has been set
apart for the purpose of making a new
historical staring point, the perishable
things are not to be overlooked. The
people are to be provided with inciden
tal spectacles, in which the pomp of
a great commonwealth will join with
the merry-makings of the populace.
It ought to be a great day.
It must be.
The event of the day, the laying of
the corner stone of the granite and
marble pile, in which the people of this
state will for many generations see
tli- type and onward symbol of the
Boven ignty which is formed by the
whole people, will take up but a very
' small part of the dpy. It will be the
impressive feature, though. And it
has been provided that those who see
the spectacle will be enabled to carry
With them a worthy souvenir of it.
Tin pile which l?S.s risen
from the ground on Capitol Hill with
in a few months, will be embellished,
almost enveloped in the colors which
the people have come to feel are so
very near their hearts during the past
few months. It is not easy to makr
a thing of beauty out of the noblest
, materials, when those materials enter
into the erection of what looks like a
low fortification. But art has done
much to embellish the ground work
of the cai.it. il. It will be beautiful in
colors, and there is just enough of the
marble superstructure to give the spec
tators a suggestion of what tbe build
ing will be when completed.
Tin- capltol will be the objective point
of ail pilgrims, but it will not occupy
the public eye to the exclusion of ev
erything else. Not by any means. The
committees in whose hands the work
I— Spain Sues for Pence.
M. Cambon ('orduc t ! ng Negotiations.
Capitol Corner Stone Laying.
2 -Senator Davis Reticent.
The Battle of Guanica.
Foreign Comment as to Peace.
3— Admiral Sampson's Report.
Admiral Schley's Report.
4 — Editorial.
Deposition of Alien Insane.
News of the Railways.
6— St. Paul Defeats Detroit.
Minneapolis ueata Columbus.
Kansas City Defeats Indianapolis
St. Joseph Beats Milwaukee.
DrohiblUoristi Nominate Today.
6— Yesterday at Camp Ramsev.
Pitie.nth May De Called East.
7— Bad Geisoline Burnlieg.
Meeting of the Fire Board.
The Wheel as an Economy.
S— Cash Wheat In Chicago, 70*4 c.
Bar Silver, 09c.
S— MinncapTs Schocl Sensation.
Hoboes Capture a Train.
10— Corner Stone Laying.
of preparing for the festival was plac
ed have done nobly. The city will be
en fete. From the rising of the sun
until the going down of the same, the
city will be a blaze of color. There ls
but the one combination of colors, ar.d
the committees, backed by the citizens,
have used all the fabrics of every de
scription which contain the essential
red, white and blue. All of which will
bejncidentally interesting to the thou
sands of visitors.
The decorations- will be brilliant on
nearly all of the down town streets,
and the public buildings will be beau
tifully decked. The wholesale and re
tail merchants of the city have gone
into this matter with open purses, and
the members of the committee on rais
ing money for decorations went at the
work like practical solicitors. The city
owes them something, for although the
private lisplays on Seventh, Wabasha,
parts of Fourth and Fifth and other
streets will be handsome ln their dis
plays of bunting, the spots where the
work of the committee shows will
shine. That committee worked as
though they were being paid. They
constitute a roll of honor, and their
names are w-orthy of preservation.
Here they are:
H. C. McNair. W. H. S. Wright,
chairman. C. B. Bowlby.
T. L. Blcod, J. A. Gregg,
A. B. Drier-oil. W. S. Morton,
E. L. Hersev, J. J. Parker,
L. P. Ordway, F. E. Rice.
W. C. Read. Alfred Scheffer.
Charles Straus, Benjamin Sommers,
J. H. Skinner, L. D. Wilkes.
The list of attractions that are of
fered to the citizens and visitors are
too long to summarize. They are set
forth at length elsewhere. It is the
duty of every citizen to remember that
the city is in fete. The public offices
will be closed, the larger retail houses
and many of the wholesale house have
Indicated an intention of closing at
noon, and all persons of whatever busi
ness Should enter into the spirit of the
day and refrain from carrying on
business or working.
It ls a great day for Minnesota. A
proud day for St. Paul. St. Paul people
should properly honor it.
HiHtory of Their Erection and tlie
i'j^iits They Canard.
The magnificent structure of white
marble now being built is the third
capitol building erected within the bor
ders of the great commonwealth of
Minnesota. But little over a half-cen
tury ago the present site of the city of
St. Paul was nothing more than a
wilderness, dotted here and there with
the picturesque habitation of tbe Sioux
and Chippewa, camped upon their tra
ditknal hunting grounds west of Lake
From a plain wooden structure of
forty years ago, standing on tbe site
of tho present building on the old capi
tol square, the functions of the extcu
tive and judicial departments have*
grown with the westward progress of
civilization, until the present greatness
of the state finds personification in the
building of which Gov. Ramsey, Min
nesota's venerable pioneer war gover
nor will lay the corner stone.
Perhaps no history of the progress of
Minnesota is any more interesting than
that of the circumstances which led up
to the buLding of tha present edifice at
the head of Wabasha street, from the
time the soil was broken for the terri
torial capltol In '51. The new state capi
tol is the first of the three to be dedi
cated by the laying of a corner stone.
None of t v :e old settlers recall that
there was even a corner stone, in either
the present building or the building
first erected in the primative days of
the state. At least, if there was a
corner stone in either the present
building, or the original edifice, there
was little ceremony attending its be
ing put in place, and in any event none
can remember that anything was put
in the stone to preserve the early tra
ditions of the state. The old files of
the newspapers do not disclose any
such ceremony, and It does not live in
the memory of any of the old-timers.
Many are the stirring and Interesting
scenes and exercises which have taken
place on the present capitol square.
From the famous Bpeech, delivered by
During ths Day.
10 A. M. — Battleship Minnesota Running the Block
10:30 A. M. — Bicycle Races at Lexington Park.
2 P. M. — Capi ol Corner-St o ne Laying.
Music — National Airs.
Prayer — Archbishop Ireland.
Introductory Address — Hon. C. H. Graves.
Music — "Stars and Stripes."
Oration — 3enator C. K. Davis.
Overture — "William Tell."
Deposit of metallic box containing historical
memorials in the corner stone.
Laying Corner Stone— Hon. Alex. Ramsey.
Proclamation by Governor dough that corner
stone has been 3eeuraly laid.
Hymn — "America" — By the audience.
Prayer and Benediction — Bishop Whipple.
3 P. M. — Matines at Grand Opera House.
4 P. M.—Base Ball at Lexington Park.
5:30 P. M.—Boat Races and Band Concerts at Como.
Executive (ott of State).
Gov. D. M. Clceugh, chal-man.
Charles H. Graves, Channirg Seibury.
Executive (on Behalf of C'ty
George R. Finch, chairman. R. A. Kirk,
Charles Gordon, A. H. Lindeke, C. A. Severance.
J. J. McCardy, clr.a'rrnan. J. W. Pi-chop.
H. N. Coe.lt, A. R. Xl t=r, W. W. Pr cc Jr.,
Al-bert SebeTer, M. N. Goss. E. S. Chit-.nlen,
E. H. Mllbam, J. C. SLnndrew, C. R. Smith.
Transportai >« (to »c :u -c spechi! rat ;s f j guest-i).
E. A. Vri'.r.g, chieirman. J. H. Beck,
J. T. Conley, A. li. Plough, J. T. Clark,
J. M. Hannaford, F. I. Whitney.
Dscnrstfotis ami Attractions.
H. C. McNair, Chairman. T. L. Blood,
A. B. Dii?coll, E. L. Hersay, L. P. Ordw.iy,
W. C. Read, Charles Str.-us, J. H. Sk'n.e,-,
W. H. S. Wright, C. B. Eowlbv, J. A. Gregg,
W. S. Morton, J. J. Parker, F. E. Ric?,
Albert Stheeffer, L. 1). Wilkes, Benjamin Sommers,
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In ths Evening.
7 to S: 15 P. M.—Band Concerts at Sixth and Cedar
Streets, Ryan Hotel, Smith Park and Grand
Opsta House.' -
8 P. M.— Parade of Ba'.tery A on Sixth Street.
BP. M. — 'ompet tiv3 Drill of Corn -antes A and B,
. 15th Minnesota, at St.Paierand Six'h Streets.
8:30 to 8:50 P. M.— Parades on Sixth Street of 15th
, ? Minnesota Volunteers, Uniformed Rank K. P.,
\_ Eldridge Zouaue3, Modern Woodmen and St.
■ Paul Fire Department.
B:3b to 9 P. M.—Band Concerts at Rice Park, Sixth
and Market, Sixth and Csdar, an J Ryan Hotel.
9:10 P. M.—Run of the Fire Department on Sixth
Street, with Fireworks.
9:15 to 9:35 P. M.—Cake Walks— On Sixth Street,
between Cedar and Minnesota; Minnesota and
Robert, and Robert and Jack3on.
9:35 P. M. — Jubilee Singers at locations ju3t above
9:40 P. M. —Mask Carnival on Sixth St'eet, lasting
to Midnight, accompanied by Band Concerts,
at points as before.
Invitations ot»d Reception.
Charles E. Flandrau, chairman M. Auerta-h.
H,' R. Brill, H. W. Cli :1:1s, Th meas Cochran,
Mkhael Doran, J. F. Ful on, Jr.nu-s J. Hill,
P.H. Kellv, W. R. Men lim, T). R. Noyea,
E. W. Peet. H. F. St?ver s, H. P. Upham,
J. A. Wheelock, C. H. Bigelow, C. W. Bunn,
Gr-eileif Uluk. W. B. Dean, R. C. Dunn.
C. W. Hackett, A. R. Kiefe", A T. Keer.:er,
D. A. Monfcrt, G. D. O'Brien, W. H. Sanborn,
A. B. Stlckney, C. A. Wheaton, R. R. Xe:son,
Archives (to be dep'»>itocl in cirucr sti«e>.
N. P. Langford, chairman. Russell Ml. k ley,
C. D. Elfelt, B. V. Smalley, William B. Dean,
Alexander Ramsey, John Esry. John B. Sanborn,
SI. P. Upham.
Newspapers and Pttfoli at lons.
i Conde Hamlin, chairman.
C. C. Whl'.ney. H. P. Kail,
?oroh?r & SeW t rd ,n ISS4 * on the east
?hr« 2. }£ c capitol, they extend down
J n u «* the incidents of the Civil war
wS" the . ca Ditol square was the ob
£S2S2'. POta * °J aII e ath^ngs and as
semblages and public exercises to the
trcon^n t f a » therlns of the Mkaweota
trcops called to arms to take part in
the conflict with the Spanish to restore
a Christian government in fair Cuba. «
The address of Hon. W. H. Seward
fr n^^ Uly , day in ISS4 ' was delivered
from the elevated position on the east
porch of the capitol, which commanded
an excellent view of Dayton's buff and
both sides of the Mississippi in the
presence of one of the most distinguish
ed audiences ever assembled in Minne- i
s-iota before or since. The gathering I
comprised some 1,500 visitors from the
East, who came to Mir.n sota on an ex
cursion, including eminent statesmen I
jurists, men great in science and di
vinty. In fact, some of the first men !
of the country were present.
In his address Mr. Seward made a
prediction which found fulfillment but
a few years later. Commanding the
magnificent view of the virgin country
surrounding St. Paul, Mr. Seward pre"
-dieted ln another generation a railroad
would enter St. Paul from every di
rection, and that St. Paul would night
ly hear the roar of the river vessel of
commerce bringing to the state a trade
with the South and West which would
fast develop the country into a great
commonwealth whose resources were
yet unknown.
In the vault of the state treasurer's
office is the original warranty deed for
grounds known as Capitol 'square, ex
ecuted to the government of the Unit
ed States by Charles Bazille. The
grounds were deeded to the United
States as the territory had not yet
been organized, although several meet
ings had been held and the country
was in a fair way to be organized into
a territory.
The document has laid for years In
a little tin box and is very musty and
yellow with age, and is dated 1544, tho
rest of the date being quite Indistinct.
The amount given in consideration for
the property is named as $1. Mr. Ba
zille purchased a claim in the early
'40s of old Larrivier, one of the first
settlers. This was subsequently laid out |
and platted Into an addition to St. i
Paul, and the property became valu- !
able. Mr. Baziile had, however, dis- I
posed of most of it before it had Great
ly enhanced in price. The gift of the |
Capitol square to the government by !
Mr. Bazille was made with reckless- I
ness common to early land owners; he I
also gave away a number of other
lots, worth probably $100,000 at this !
time, to other public enterprises, yet I
in the evening of life he, like many I
other pioneers, died with little of this I
world's goods left. Several years ago I
the state did a munificent thing by
voting a material assistance to his
widow, an amount sufficient to keep
her during the declining days of her
After Wisconsin had held a consti
tutional convention and was admitted
as a state into the Union in 1848, it
was said that Minnesota was left out
in the cold with no government, unless,
fortunately, they Inherited the discard
ed'territorial government of the state
of Wisconsin. The question consider
ably agitated the people of the region
west of the St. Croix and Mississippi,
and after considerable "talk" it was
resolved by the St. Paul people to hold
a meeting and canvass the matter. The
meeting, which could not have been a
large one, was held at Jackson's car
avansary in July. This was undoubt
edly the first public meeting on any
subject of a public nature, and It was
strongly urged that measures be taken
to secure a territorial government for
the balance of Wisconsin then unpro
tected by law.
On Aug. 5, 1848, a meeting of the same
nature was held at Stillwater, and lt
was resolved to circulate a call for a
general convention of all persons in
terested to assemble at Stillwater en
the 2Gth of that same month. The call
was made, and at the time appointed
the meeting was held.
It was at this meeting that the ter
ritory was born, and the sturdy pio
neers were never ceasing In their ef
forts to build up from the forest and
plains of the the newly discovered
country a commonwealth of unusual
A memorial was drawn up and sign
ed by the following St. Paul delegates
to the convention: Louis Robert, J. W.
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Simpson, A. L. Larpenteur, David
Lambert, Henry Jackson, Vetal Guerin
David Herbert Oliver Rosseau, Andre
Godfrey, Joseph Rondo, James R
Clewett. Edward Phelan and William
G. Carter.
At this meeting a letter was read
from Hon. John Catlin, secretary of the
state of Wisconsin, stating that. In his
opinion, if a delegate were elected he
would be permitted to take his seat
as the territory of Wisconsin was still
in existence.
From the state historical records It
would appear that Joseph R. Brown
H. H. Sibley, Morton S. Wilkinson
Henry L. Moss, Franklin Steele, David
Lambert and others took an important
part in the proceedings. A committee
was appointed to draft a memorial to
congress, and the convention adjourned
for dinner. While at dinner, there was
considerable caucussing as to the lo
cation of the capitol for the proposed
territory, and the St. Paul delegates
carried the day, it being understood
that Stillwater was to have the state's
prison, and St. Anthony the univer
sity, a parole agreement which was by
future legislatures carried out.
When the convention reassembled, J.
R. Brown reported the proposed memo
rial, together with voluminous resolu
tions reciting the necessity of a terri
torial government, providing for the
appointment of a delegate to visit
Washington and urge congress, then
assembled, to provide for a govern
ment for the country.
The -convention elected Hon. Henry
H. Sibley and furnished him with the
proper credentials. Shortly after this
Hon. John H. Tweedy resigned as a
delegate to congress from Wisconsin,
end Hon. John Catlin. claiming to be
acting governor of the territory of Wis
consin, if there was at that time any
such a thing, came to Stillwater and
ordered a Special election, re?u ting in
the election of Mr. Sibley.
The winter of 1849 was an eventful
period in the history nf St. Paul. In
deed, St. Paul came near not being the
capital of the territory. Mr. Sibley
went immediately to Washington be
fore the snow fell, and worked hard
to organize a territory, but was at fust
not much encouraged with the recep
tion which was accorded him. It was
January before the news of Taylor's
election as president of the ifnited
States, and the city was hemmed in
by a snow blockade of unu&Ua] severi
ty, with Gen. Sibley at Washli
and, of course, nothing was heard of
him until tho next spring.
On Gen. Sibley's arrival at Washing
ton, his credentials were presented at
the opening of the session, of Hon.
James Wilson, of Xew Hampshire, md
referred to the committee on e'ecti >?s.
This committee gave all parties Inter
ested an extended hearing, and Oen.
Sibley made a strong appeal In behalf
of the district west of Wisconsin, of
which little was known at that time.
Several were opposed to the proposi
tion of Minnesota's ambassador 1 3 the
nation's capltol, and H n. Mr. Boyden,
Contlnnod on Nlntli Pace
War News in Brirf.
Spain suss for peace through M
Jules Cambon, ths French ambassador
at Washington.
Spain's overtures are general, and
do not suggest terms r.or an armistice.
Special cabinet msating to discuss
peace proposition may be ca'led.
Cuba, Porto Rico and (he Philippines
partially in possessfon of the United
Statee prior to opening of peace nego
Gen. M* 'es oaptures Guanica, near
Ponce, Porto Rico, without a casualty.
Spaniards lost four ki.led.
Auxiliary warship Gloucester again
does effective service, this time at
Admiral Samoson, Commodore Schley
and other officers report officially on
the de truction of Admiral Cervera's
Gen. Shafter reports losses before
Premier Sagasta asserts peace ne
gotiations are not official, but private.
Gen. Miles announces his landing on
the souti. coast of Porto Rico. ,

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