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THE GLOBE) CO., PUBLISHERS. Entered at Postofflce at St. Paul, Minn., as Second-Class Matter. CITY SUBSCRIPTION& By Carrier. 11 mo | 6 mos |18 mos Daily~onl7 "« 12-25 I H-Q Bally and Sunday.. .50 2.76 5.00 Sunday .15 .76 ( 1.50 1 COUNTRY SUBSCRIPTIONS. By Mall. 11 mo I 6mos| 12 mos Daliy only lUW *M» Dally and Sunday.. .35 2.00 4.00 Sunday 75 1.60 Weekly » *°° BRANCH OFFICES. New York. 10 Spruce St., Chas. H. Eddy in Charge. Chicago, No. 87 Washington St.. Harry Fralick, Mgr., Williams & Lawrence In Charge. WEATHER FOR TODAY. < _____ Minnesota—Snow flurries Sunday; prob ably snow Saturday; variable winds, shift ing- to northwesterly. lowa-Fair Saturday, with warmer in eastern portion; winds shifting to easter ly ; Sunday rain or snow. North Dakota—Snow flurries Sunday; probably snow Saturday; easterly winds. South Dakoja—Snow flurries Sunday; probably snow Saturday; easterly winds. Montana—Rain or snow Saturday; prob ably'snow and colder Sunday; winds i) ,'istlv easterly. ■ Wisconsin—Fair and wanner Saturday; rain or sr.ow Sunday; variable winds, shifting to northwesterly. ST. PAUL. Yesterday's observations, taken by the United Slates weather bureau, St. Paul, >. F. Lyons observer, for the twenty luur hours ended at 7 o'clock last night. —Haronieter corrected for temperature and elevation. Highest temperature 16 Lowest temperature — Z Average temperature 7 Daily range 18 Relative humidity 79 Precipitation 0 f p. m., temperature 14 I p. m.. wind, northwest; weather, partly cloudy. YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURES. ♦SpmHigh, •SpmHigh Battleford . —2 14 Chicago .... 16 20 Bismarck .. 6 18'Cincinnatl ..3ft 32 Calgary .... 18 22' Cleveland ..18 20 Duluth 6 12Denver 48 58 Edmonton . 8 16 Galveston ..56 66 .Havre 26 30Jack*vMe ... 44 54 Helena 33 40 M'tsromery . 52 66 Huron 24 30 N. Orleans . 62 62 Med. Hat .. 24 ..New York . 22 24 Minnedosa . —2 8" Omaha .... 32 36 Pr. Albert .. 12 20,Phila , 28 36 Qu'Appelle .—4 10 Plttsburg ... 20 22 fi. Current . 8 20 Pueblo 46 58 Wllllston ... 12 20S. Franclsoo 54 £6 "Winnipeg .. 0 2,St. Louis ... 34 36 Boston 16 20*' ♦Washington time (7 p. m. St. Paul). —Below zero. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 3. 1900. UNDISPUTED PACTS. The bitterly partisan observer of events In Kentucky will brook no reasoning from causes to consequences. This, as a general proposition, remains true in spite of the blood that has already been shed and that may yet be shed before peace and order have been restored. But with citizens who have not the madness of partisan politics in their blood, and who, while adhering to the fortunes of their party, are not susceptible to being wholly blinded in political controversy. It is not so. To them the situation that exists appeals as demanding the thought and action of patriots, rather than of par tisans. Are there no facts ?n this shameful etrlfe upon which such men may agree? Let us see: Acting Gov. Taylor was duly decreed under the law by the elec tion board to be the only constituted ex ecutive of the state. That adjudication has been accepted by both sides. So far the so-called Goebel election law has been regarded as worthy of respect and observance by both sides, whatever In dividual men may think of It. Under that law an appeal lies to the state legisla ture. That appeal has been taken. As the result of that appeal, whether right fully pr wrongfully, justly or unjustly, a majority of both houses, acting in joint I session, going behind the election re turns (.which the election board declared the law did not permit being done by itself), decided that William Goebel was the legal executive of the state. So far there is no dispute as to the facts of the political situation. Taking the incidental circumstances; ■what facts, if any, are beyond dispute? Let us see: The state of public senti ment in Kentucky has throughout been such as to incite men of both parties to violence. Aside from threats made no actual violence took place, arising direct ly from the political controversy, save alone the attempted assassination of the Democratic candidate for the office of governor. State troops had been called out by the acting governor during the election and after. A large body of armed men, adherents of acting Gov. Tay lor, acting in concert, appeared In the state capital from outside counties, as sembled on the state capitol grounds, addressed a petition or remonstrance to the state assembly, declaring that they had come to secure just action at the hands of the legislature. Just action, ac cording to their understanding, they inti mated, involved the seating o f Mr. Tay lor as the do jure as well as the de facto governor, and also the similar seating of the de facto lieutenant governor. The armed adherents of both sides walked the streets of Frankfort during all these oc currences. This was the situation up to the shoot ing of Mr. Goebel. The shot which has brought that gen tleman face to face with death, and which may at any moment result fatally, was fired from the building occupied by the offices of the executive officials rep presented by Mr. Taylor. No other class of citizens resorted to that building-. Mr. Taylor's adherents, many, if not all, of them armed, who had come from outside communities, found lodgment In that building during their stay In Frank fort. They had access to It all times, day and night. When Senator Goebel was shot down, the state troops, then under arms In Frankfort, acting under orders, sur rounded the building- and arrested one man making his exit from It. They also took possession of the state capitol and denied access thereto to the Democratic members of the legislature, or. Indeed, to any one not armed with a pass. They also prevented these men by force from assembling In different other buildings in the city. At this Juncture, no overt acts of vio lence having been committed, «aye the shooting of Senator Goebel, the acting" governor, declaring: that a state of insur rection existed in the state and especial- ly in Frankfort, decreed the legislature adjourned, and directed by proclamation that its meetings should thereafter, pre sumably until order had been restored, be held at London, a community of about 1,000 inhabitants. Before the time set for the meeting of the legislature had arrived, and with out any violence or threats of violence having resulted therefrom, the acting governor appealed to the federal execu tive for troops to suppress the Insurrec tion. That appeal has been denied. The contestants for the offices in dis pute - applied to the state court* for an order enjoining the act ing governor from putting his proc lamation of adjournment of the legisla ture into effect. The court granted a writ directed to Mr. Taylor, In the na ture of an order to show cause why he should not be so restrained, and made that order returnable at a date prior to the contemplated meeting of the legisla ture. This order was met by the acting governor directing his military forces that all persons seeking to effect service of it-should be excluded from his pres ence and from the state house. Desplta all his precautions, however, service, which is declared legal, of the order has been made. No violence has be?n done or attempted by any of the adherents of Goebel dur ing the progress of these events, either before or since his attempted assassina tion. Not one of these facts admits of dis pute. The Globe endeavors to state them as dispassionately and as fully as possible. Let the reader, whatever hi 3 politics may be, examine them. If they are of no further value their recital may enable fair-minded men to more easily reach just conclusions from the eventa of the Immediate future than they might do without having had placed before them in consecutive form a statement of facts and circumstances about which there is and can be no dispute. So far as the G1 ob c can discern there Is but one substantial question, If any question at all, in dispute between the contending parties. That question 13 this: Whether the provision of the state constitution which declares the findings of the legislature in contested election cases shall be concurred In by a majority of both houses requires that it shall ba concurred in not only by a majority In joint session, but by a majority of each of the two houses acting separately? If tha action taken In jalnt session fulfills the requirements of tha constitution, then acting Gov. Taylor appears to us to be a usurper. If, on the other hand, a majority of each house is needful, the failure of Goebel's adherents to secure such a majority would result in Taylor's installation. This is a question which th 3 courts of Kentucky are ordained to pass upon. What part armed troop 3, state or federal, should have. In that settlement Is a matter which no Tatlonal man out side of Kentucky can be expected to un derstand. LEE AND WHEELER. Certain ladles of Chicago are reported as having engaged themselves in a move ment to do honor to Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and Joe Wheeler. The movement may be regarded as a remarkable one. Both of these men, like air the forgotten or un known heroes of the late war, are "wrong" in their politics. This fact fully explains the little concern they have re ceived In the many movements toward hero worship which have been so astutely SvJt on foot from time to time by the managers of the imperialist administra tion. In the case of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee it may be said that no one ever looked for ward to his appearing in any conspicuous light In connection with the events of the past year or two. Too early at the outset of military events it was made plain that he was doomed to play the part of a military wall flower. It was a beautiful thing in Its way to see the old hero of the Confederacy once mere buckle on his sword to di duty under the authority of tfcs government against which he was once in arms. But it was no part in the imperialist programme of burying civil dissension that he should be allowed to add in former Span ish dominions to the laurels which he had won for himself in the fields of the South. No doubt the old warrior early discover ed the way In which the wind of Jm perlalist favor blew, and was resigned to resume the privacy from which he emerged to volunteer his services to the McKinley administration. The case of Gen. Wheeler is somewhat different. Fortune had it in sxore for him that he should show the flre of his young days once more on the field of El Caney. There he won anew his spurs as a valiant soldier, and when the end had come and the public showed some disposition to glorify the old trooper of the Confederacy, he was shipped eff to the Philippines, and he has sluc3 been lost in the jungles of the island of Luzon. , But he has his uses for the administra tion politicians. He rode In tlie ch.uiot of the imperialist president through the cities and towns of the South, and made the progress of that >rreat man one which must have left a .leap impress on the statesman -joul of the greit guardian of Imperialism, the august senator from Ohio. But Joe Wheeler, like Fitzhngh Lee, has met the doom so touchingly described j by Mr. Cleveland as that of Innocuous j desuetude. It Is meet, indeed, that thoughtful women should take the cases of these two warriors to their hearts. They deserve the recognition they never received, and which we fear they never will receive so long as the imperialist badge Is necessary to the winning of pub lic adulation. They should be promoted, or they should be allowed to remain in the peaceful obscurity to which the exi gencies of imperialist politics have dedi cated both of them. The case of one non-lmperiallst hero, I that of Admiral Wlnfleld Scott Schley, must always remain at once a warning and a consolation to such men as they. PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX DELIN QUENTS. That the scarcity of funds for maintain ing the public schools of the city of St. Paul and for carrying on the work of the different departments of city government la largely due to failure of citizens to pay their taxes, can scarcely bo doubted. THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 19Oa and any action or measure calculated to enforce the payment of delinquent tax©3, whether on real or personal property, will no doubt be welcomed by tho taxpayers as tending to relieve them from increased assessment In the future. The forthcom ing forfeited tax sale, the list for which is said to include 17,000 descriptions of real property, will doubtless result In a large amount of back taxes being paid into tha city and county treasuries; but, while at tention is turned to the delinquent taxO3 on realty, It would be well to pay at tention to the condition of payments of taxes on personal property. The collection of personal property tax for many years past has been farcical. Several thousand citizens have neglected for years to make payment of such taxes, and the impression has got abroad that "only suckers pay their personal property tax." This elegant expression aptly de scribes the attitude not only of many thousands of people .on the question of payment of personal property tax, but also the attitude of some of the county officials towards the question. There appears to be no sincere effort on the part of the county officials charged with the collection of these taxes to recover tho same. Certain perfunctory motions are gone through each year, certain lists are made, postal cards mailed, notices served, judgments secured, and there the matter ends. The system appears to be absolutely in operative, and whether the failure to cil lect personal property taxes is due to negligence on the part of county official*, or is due to a defect in the law or the sys tem, the result Is the same—the taxes are not paid, and the honest taxpayer bear 3 a double burden In consequence, while the schools and every department of gov ernment suffer from lack of funds. Perhaps as effective a way as any to secure payment of personal property taxes would be to make public the names of delinquents and the amounts of tha unpaid taxes, as in the case of real prop erty delinquents. Publicity will often times spur a delinquent to pay his taxe3 when nothing else will, and such a list, If advertised in the newspapers, would afford the public some indication as to tb.3 manner in which county officials are do- Ing their duty. _«» The governor of Utah has called a spe cial election to fill the seat of Congress man-eject Roberts. To be on the safe side it Is probable a bachelor will be chosen. The interior department has taken step 3 to preserve Wind Cave, South Dakota, as a national park; possibly as a home for ex-members of the senate. Suburban life in New Jersey Is no joke. A man there was nearly drowned in his own cellar the other day while rowing over to flx his furnace. Testimony before the senate committee indicates that thousand-dollar bills are the fractional currency of every-day use in Montana. Unless the groundhog was suffering from temporary blindness yesterday, St. Paul Is in for six weeks of cold weather. Kentucky legislators are no longer put In the preferred class by life Insurance companies. Cleveland has an appendicitis club. No one with a vermiform appendix need ap ply. Mr. McKinley is not anxious to stick his fingers into the Kentucky buzz-saw. The concert of Europe just now is de cidedly Wagnerian in its tone. Hurry along, Mr. Buller; your week is nearly up. AT THE THEATERS. PEOPLE'S CHURCH. Another large audience filled the Peo ple's church last night and were delighted by a splendid concert company of ar tists, headed by the Listemann quar tette, under the leadership of that vener able violinist and artist, Bernard Liste mann, who gave some masterly interpre tations from Haydn, Rubinstein and Tchaikowski, violin and 'cello solos. The opening number was the quartette In G major, with the allegro, minuet, alle gretto and presto movements. As is well known to quartette and orchestra play ers Haydn was the creaitor of the sym phony and sonata in Its present form, and the Haydn string quartettes are the height of musical satisfaction to the quartette player. The assisting artist was Miss Harriet Dement Packard, a so prano of pleasing personality and vocal ability. Miss Packard was at her best in the "Geisha" selection, and in "Thine," by Bohm, reached a dramatic climax. Miss Packard's voice, while brilliant and of wide range, is hardly suited to an auditorium of the size of the People's church. The artistic number on the programme was the violin solo given by Mr. Bernard Listemann, who played the adagio and finale from the Concerto In D, by Pajja nin. Mr. Listemann, who is a veteran as a violin soloist, gave the concerto a ren dition worthy that of younger virtuosos of the modern school. Mr. Wagner is so well known as the former 'cellist of the Thomas orchestra that any comment is unnecessary. He played a Saltarello, by Popper, in a finished manner. The finale from Rubinstein's Quartette in P major closed the programme, and added one more laurel to the Y. M. C. A. series so auspiciously opened and liberally patron ized. SCHUBERT CLUB. Yesterday afternoon was memorial day for the Schubert club, and a large audi. ence gathered at 3:30 in Raudenbush hall to enjoy the "Schubert day" programme. The opening number was a selection from Raff for two pianos, and played by MiS3 Canby and Miss Morton. This was the only number that was not by Schubert. The second number introduced to the audience Mrs. Johanna Lohrbauer, a so prano, who gave a double number of Schubert Lleder. The lyric element can be easily traced In Schubert, as the influ ence of the Lied was always strong with him. Mrs. Lohrbauer appeared In anoth er group at the close of the programme, and made a pleasing impression upon her listeners. The feature of the afternoon was the Schubert Fantaisie, arranged by Liszt, and played on two pianos by Miss Edna Zenzlus and Miss Gertrude Hall. Both young ladies are excellent soloists! acquirements which add to the strong combination of the two artists. Splendid tone, technique and phrasing gave the se lection a brilliant and artistic rendition, and one worthy a second hearing. Mr 3. Paul Zumbach, the well known soprano, delighted her audience with a triple num ber of Lieder. Mrs. Zumbach has a voioe of pure and resonant quality, and her ap pearance Is always a musical treat. A pleasant surprise and closing of the day's programme was the artistic play ing of the string quartette, consisting of Arthur Bergh, Emll Gelst, Louis Marr and Wai. Geist. They played, in accord ance with the day, one of Schubert's quartettes, and deserve much praise and commendation for their musical efforts. For the age and experience of the quar tette, they play with a unanimity and at tack that is only acquired by years of co operation and orchestra p'.ayirg. This 1.? the only organization of the kind in the city, and should be encouraged to more concert appearances. At the close of the programme Mra. Dorr addressed the club In reference to the coming appearance of Miss Leonora Jackson, who appears in St. Paul on Thursday with the Schubert club, chorus, orchestra, and Mrs. De Wolf, the soloist. One of the features of the singing side of the programme will be the "In flammatus," solo, quartette and chorus, all under the direction of Mr. Emll Ober-Hoffer. METROPOLITAN. "Mile. Fifl" has scored a most pro nounced hit at the Metropolitan. A pop ular price matinee will be given this aft ernoon, and "Mile. Fifl" will' bid farewell to St. Paul t<stii*ht. The second of the Danz Symphony or chestra concerts will occur at the Met ropolitan opera house tomorrow after noon at 3:30. The programme for this oc casion will be of the popular order. The classical number of the day will be "Mer ry Wives of Windsor," and the special 1 features will consist of a tenor solo, "When Thou. Art Near," and two selec tions by the string orchestra. The cinematograph pictures of the Pas sion play will he presented at a special children's performance at the Metropoli tan at 10:15 this morning. There will also be a production of the Passion play to morrow night at 8:15. What will,, undoubtedly constitute one of the most notable events of the amuse ment season will occur at the Metropoli tan next Monday night, when the Keleey- Shannon company present their famous play, "The Moth and the Flame." This organization is claimed to be one of the best, and the play the most impressive and brilliant bit of dramatic work which has yet emanated from an American dramatist. Julia Arthur, in her superb new play, "More Than Queen," will 1 enter upon a short engagement at the Metropolitan on Thursday, Feb. 8. In this Napoleonic spectacle Julia Arthur has won and de served a splendid triumph, one that will take precedence over all her former suc cesses. Her Josephine is an idealized creation. The play for wealth of scenic settings and splendor of costuming is unique in the annatei of the American stage. It Is to be regretted that Miss Ar thur, today the most lavish producer of plays, should have decided to abandon touring the country after thia season and to appear only in New York and London. Thi3 will therefore be her farewell ap pearance In this city. GRAND. Fulgora's Stars, which have been en tertaining large audiences at the Grand opera house this week, will close here with performances this afternoon at 2:30 and tonight at 8:15. For the afternoon performance Little Fred and his family of animals will present a programme especially designed to please the ladies and children. Every one who has seen this excellent vaudeville production has complimented it. The attraction at Ihe Grand next week, commencing tomorrow night, will be the melodrama, "Through the Breakers." —^*- I Cljat of tye Capital I fj Washington Gossip, PollUcti **i Other- X V wise, for the ReaJwi of tho Olobs. < WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. cial.)—The people of Washington are making preparations to celebrate, next December, the 100 th anniversary of the establishment of the national capital here. This month the Washington centennial committee, which has in charge the plans for the celebration, will 1 give a banquet which, the Washington Post states, will be the most notable one ever seen in this city. This committee, as is well known, includes the governors of all the states, as well as the two special committees appointed from the United States senate," the house of representa tives and a citliehs' committee, of which John B. Wight* one' of the District of Columbia commissioners, Is chairman. The banquet will' be given at the Ar lington hotel, and is In honor of the chief executives of the various states who will be in attendance. The Washington board of trade will be the host. At the meet ing mentioned it is expected that these committees will map out all the plans for the anniversary celebration. It is said that the prominent feature of this celebration will be the laying of the cor ner stone of the national memorial bridge across the Potomac. The committee will draft the resolution urging this improve ment, and It will be presented to the president for his action. It is said that MaJ. McKlnley is in thorough accord with this movement. It is expected that the plan will be so advanced that the corner stone of the memorial bridge can be laid in December. * a • The department of agriculture has Is sued a bulletin of great interest to the people interested In irrigation plans. This bulletin was written by J. C. Ull rich, an irrigation engineer at Denver. It describes the agricultural conditions of the Rocky mountain region, covering all the states In that particular section of the country. The bulletin tells all about the climate, resources and appear ance of this region and explains how ditches are built, rights to water estab lished and the water diverted into the channels and ditches and applied to the land. The purpose of this is to instruct those who are new to the subject and enable them to avoid costly mistakes which novices in Irrigating farming are apt to make. The differences between ditches built and operated by individuals, corporations or districts are described, as are the methods of operation. On the latter point the bulletin makes the following observa tion: "The owner of an Individual ditch op erates as he pleases, subject only to the state laws governing the diversion and use of water. But when several persons are interested In the same ditch the necessity of some system of control arises. In the case of unincorporated canals this control is secured by the se lection of a water master. It is on the | large corporation canals,, however, that the necessity for a careful system of op eration is most apparent. Many of these canals are maro than fifty miles long, and number their water users by hun dreds. The Ridenbaugh canal, in the Boise valley, Idaho, furnished water to more than 500 farmers. Other canals furnish water to many hundreds of far mers." The ditch rider is the official with whom the farmer comes in most constant con tact. His duty consists in patrolling the ditch throughout the season of actual op eration, keeping it In repair and superin tending the distribution of water. Where a ditch does not exceed twelve or fifteen mites in length one rider patrols the en tire length, but where the ditch is in an extensive system several riders may be required to perform this duty. The length of a division, covered by one man depends on the character of his duties, the amount of repairs, etc., to be looked after. The advantage of reservoirs in the equal distribution of water is pointed out as a good thing. —J. S. Van Antwerp. -♦" ■ Bank Deposit Notice. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.—The secretary of the treasury today notified all national bank depositories that no further deposits of internal revenue receipts would be for warded to New York for distribution to banks which have deposited bonds for security under the secretary's offer of Dec 18 last. Hereafter all excess receipts from internal revenue and other sources will be sent to the various subtreasuries as was done prior to Dec. 18. The amount of Internal revenue re ceipts on deposit with national bank depositories under the secretary's recent order is about $27,000,000. rolysjamy Measures. WASHINGTON/ Feb. 2.—The house judiciary committee decided today to give hearings next Tuesday on the various bills and resolutions relating to polygamy. W R- Campbell, of Utah, an anti-Mor mon, will be heard, as will such others who are present. 1 PRICES HARDENING BRADSTRE(ET*S TAKES AN OPTIMIS TIC VIEW OP THE COUNTRY'S HI'SIXESS OUTLOOK SOME FEATURES DISCOURAGING On the Whole, However, the Outlook Is Far Better Than During; Cor responding Period of Former Years—Wheat Shows Narked Gain In Strength, With Market In a Bullish Vein. NEW YORK, Feb. 2.-Bradstreet'a to morrow will say: "Weather influences have played no small part in the general trade situation this week, and yet some of the unques tionable improvement In tone can hard ly be charged to the more seasonable weather experienced. Whatever the causes, however, and they have been di verse, the fact remains that a number of staples, no less than speculative se curities, have hardened in value during the week. One Industry, that of anthra cite coal, prices in which have begun to drop because of the open winter, ha 3 been perceptibly braced. The influence of cold weather, too. Is perceptible In the wheat market. Much of the winter sown crop is unprotected by snow, and other influences of strength in this mar ket have been the reports as to foreign crops, the Argentine plague and conse quent strength of European advices. "Among products not affected by cur rent weather conditions, however, might be mentioned the Souths great staple, cotton, which, owing largely to the bet ter foreign buying and the reported abandonment of extremely large Eng lish crop estimates, has reached the highest point for a number of years. "There is little comfort to the hopes for lower prices in the reports from the iron trade this week. It is true that some concessions have been made from the high points reached on a number of prod ucts, but the concessions In pig iron are claimed to have been few, and mostly on the product of furnaces recently put in blast, where the output had not been con tracted for. Inquiry at the leading iron markets of the country fail to indicate any widespread weakening, and the con cessions are claimed to have been really in the nature of readjustments. The steel situation is not over clear, and some business is reported possible at conces sions of ?1 to $2 a ton, where the product has not been contracted ahead. Some export business in rails to Norway Is reported this week, while from Birming ham comes reports of some good sales of pig iron, with further export business checked by advancing freight rates. The production of leading Southern interests is reported sold up to January. Iron trade authorities are slow to predict beyond that date, but the strength of foreign markets is regarded as a guar antee against^ any possible perpendicular drop In domestic quotations. "In distributive trade the reports for tho month of January vary with the branches of trade concerned. Retail dis tribution was undoubtedly unfavorably affected by mild weather, and stocks of retailers In some sections of the country are reported large. In spring account, however, the January business apears to have been in a high degree satisfactory, shipments from reading centers being much heavier than In January a year ago, whatever complaints that were re ceived of backward new business being attributed to earlier buying having an ticipated the regular season. "Woolen goods are holding the ad vances recently asked, and raw wool is firm, though sales are smaller than for some weeks past, owing, it Is claimed, to domestic stocks of desirable wool being smart. "Wheat, Including flour, shipments for the week aggregated 2,724,937 bushels, against 3,581,197 bushels last week, 6,555, --418 bushels In the corresponding week of 1899. 3,635.035 bushels in 1898, 3,168,746 bush els in 1597, and 2,907,354 bushel 3in 1896. Since July 1, this season, the exports of wheats aggregated 120,109,965 bushels, against 150,817,659 bushels last year, and 150,230,035 bushels in 1597-98. Corn exports for week aggregated 3,598,962 bushefe, against 3,526,834 bushels last week, 3,695, --731 bushels in this week a year ago, -4,104, --981 bushels in 1898, 3,659,960 bushels in 1897, and 3,222,832 bushels in 189 C. Since July 1, this season, corn exports aggregated 129,155,865 bushels, against 99,453,654 bush els during the same period a year ago, and 100,99t>,659 bushels in 1897-98. "Business failures for the week in the United States are only 171, as compared with 252 last week, 207 in this week a year ago, 295 in 1898, 305 in 1897, and 333 in 1896. For the week Canadian failures numbered only 31, as compared with 39 last week, 3C m this week a year ago 42 in IS9S, 58 in 1897, and 00 in 1896." TRADE OUTLOOK. Summing- Vp o* Situation by R. G. Dun & Co. NEW YORK, Feb. 2.-R. G. Dun & Co.'s weekly review of trade of tomor row will say: "Thl3 year starts with much of the year's business already done, and all comparisons will prove misleading if that fact is not taken into account. Last year the certainty of great improvement had come before the year opened, and there was a rush to get in orders before works became crowded and prices advanced. This year the works were already crowd ed for months ahead In most lines, and prices had already advanced so far that recoil had already commenced in some branches and was thought probable in others. "With the exception of woolen manu factures, the chief industries have met less new business In January than last year, though deliveries on previous con tracts have been larger than a year ago. In work turned out, the past month probably suspasses all others, and, right ly considered, the fact that new contracts for works already well supplied are smaller than last year, is not of Itself discouraging. The great burst of specu lation last year swelled January pay ments through clearing houses far be yond those of this year at New York, and such payments at other cities also averaged per business day a shade larg er than this year. But a much greater de crease must have appeared in transac tions connected with formation of new companies. "The Iron and steel industry is so far tied up by contracts reaching through most of the year that the effect of pro duction, exceeding consumption, Is felt only in some branches. A little lower price has been made for foundry iron in considerable transactions, though Bes semer does not yield, but steel billets are offered by some at $33 per ton. Dif ferences, betweeen producers and some of the largest consumers of steel block the market. In plates and bars concessions are still made to secure business, in sheets the demand Is stronger, and in rails, structural forms, tin plates and nails prices are held firmly." BULGE IN COTTON. Bulls Wove Suddenly Hurled From Heights of Exuberant Joy. NEW YORK, Fob. 2.—lt was an excit ing day In the cotton market, with specu lation fully as large, if not In excess of that of yesterday. With a great bull flour ish the market opened firm In tone at an advance of s@lo points. Energetic and general buying soor carried prices to a level of 9 to 13 points above yesterday's closing figures, and for a time shorts were in confusion bordering on panic. The cables indicated excitement, with sensa tional advances on the English market. The statistical situation abroad, as well as in the belt, was shown by week:y fig ures to b° very strong. The investment public took a greater interest in the sta ple, an avalanche of buying orders corn- Ing from all points of the compass, nota bly Europe. The advance carried July within 2 points of the coveted "8 cents," and all signs pointed to May reaching that point before midday. But when the bulls were most confident, and in the midst of an aggressive move ment, the cable news suddenly changed. Heavy liquidations were sent In on the local exchange, and before a breathing spell was taken prices had tumbled 10@12 points. Before midday, however, the market had recuperated partially, but spirited bull speculation did not again prevail. JANUARY BANK CLEARINGS. Comparisons With Prevlons Periods Made by Bradntreet's. NEW YORK, Feb. 2.—Bradstreet's to morrow will say: "At first the January bank clearings do not appear as favorable as might b« wished for. The aggregate for the month at elglity cities of the United States was only $7,504,808,783, a total 8.6 per cent smaller than that of December, 1899, and '< per cent less than January a year ago. It is to be recalled, however, that bank clearings a year ago reflected heavy spec ulation in stocks, and In other commodi ties, not to mention numerous large in dustrial flotations. This year stock speculation has been notably dull, and the - same is true of dealings in other commodities, while new industrial flota tions were conspicuous by their absence., and yet, if the clearings at the metropo lis, which usually reflect much of the speculative activity of the country, are deducted, it will be found that bank clearings in the rest of the country maka a very good showing, having, in fact nee\ exceeded only twice In the last thirteen months. "Comparisons with the years Jaack of 1899, are, of course, extremely favorable. The Increase as compared with January, ISM, was 26 per cent, and as compared with the same month of 1897 the gain la 70 per cent, while Increases over earlier years are correspondingly heavier. "As illustrating the activity of the country at large it might be stated that only two groups, the Eastern and Middle states cities, show decreases, these being due, of course, to large decreases shown at New York and Boston. The decreaga In the Middle states group is 15.7 per cent from a year ago, while in New England the falling off Is 3.7 per cent. "The heaviest gain Is that shown in the far West—2s per cent, but the Western group shows a gain of 15.5 per cent; the Southwestern cities an increase of 9.4 per cent, and the Northwestern cities a gain of 8 per cent. "Smaller speculative activity at Balti more is reflected in the increase of 1.9 per cent In the Southern group, but near ly all tho other Southern cities sho?» gains, notwithstanding the small move ment of the cotton crop. "Outside New York city the aggregate clearings for the country as a whole ag. gregate $2,930,224,388. a gain of nearly « per cent over a year ago, and, conse quently, a heavy increase over any pre ceding month in the country's history. Taking the first ten cities of the United States In importance of clearings, it is found that three of them. New York, Boston and Baltimore, show decreases, the first of 18 per cent, the second of 3 per cent and the third of 13.6 per cent. Plttsburg shows the heaviest gain, 32.9 per cent, followed by San Francisco, with 23 2 per cent gain, Cincinnati with a gain of 9.3 per cent, Chicago of 6.7 per cent and Minneapolis of 3.6 per cent. St. Louis notes an increase of LI per cent, while Philadelphia's gain ts only half ol 1 per cent." . FINANCIAL OtTLOOK. Bradstreet's Summing Up of "Week Jnst Closing. NEW YORK, Feb. 2.—Eradstreefa financial review tomorrow will say: "Financial conditions for the time being have assumed a condition of settled ease, which to some extent Induces Investment buying of bonds and prime dividend-pay ing railroad and other stocks. The In creased facilities with which sp;cu'ative holdings can be carried has also led to renewed activity by bull pools and manip ulative operations, and even attracted a certain amount of fresh public purchas ing In Wall street. "The fact that London itse'f seems to have discounted all the bad new 3 from the seat of war In South Africa renders such Intelligence as the abandonment of the forward movement of Gen. Buller's forces at Natal of little Influence in a bearish sense, and the American rt ck market public also appears to have come to the conclusion that the reported com plications are to play a decided part in shaping the action of speculation on this Bide of the ocean. More time has conse quently been given to the favorable sldi of affairs at home. "The continued excellent exhibit of earnings made by various roads are not neglected, but so far as Immediate ef fects on the markets are concerned they yielded to the current developments con cerning industrial organlzat'ons. "The most important development of the week was the announcement that the American Steel and Wire company had declared 7 per cent on Its common stock out of the earnings of the ytar 1899, the figures given out at the same t me indi cating that the company had earned about 18 per cent on that portion of its capital." Weekly Bank Clearings. NEW YORK. Feb. 2.—The following table.complled by Bradstreet's, shows the bank clearings at the principal cities for the week ended Feb. 2, with the percen tage of Increase and decrease as com pared with the corresponding week last year: | Inc.| Dec. New York $931,681,054!...... | 33.1 Boston 109,763,813 29.1 Chicago 116,551,318 4.2 Philadelphia ...".... 89,364.562 9.8 St Louis 28,351,498 2.9 Plttsburg 29,007,457 25.5 Baltimore 18,861,049 22.3 San Fraucisco 18,399,705 7.9 Cincinnati 14.230,850 7.6 Kansas City 12,479,810 4.8 New Orleans 12,110,428 19.4...... Minneapolis 9,068,704 3.2 Detroit 8,112,333 7.7 Cleveland 10.148.39S 11.6 Louisville 10,160,964 17.0...... Providence 5.593,700 14.1 Milwaukee ' 6,092,129 21.5 St Paul 3,960,406 §2ffi.::::::::::::: «Bi::::: * ssasSEE fflfe*! Washington ?'£?■}£ 8 Vi Portland. Or HK( fH Dcs Moines 1.J£.2T0 ...... 26.9 Seattle 1,862,011 IZ.i Tacoma 1-064-IH| 64.8 ...... Spokane SS'IS-'Va 10-2 Sioux City S^.SM 4.0 Farso N D 249,727 Si^x'Falls.S.D... 134.3*9 21.8 Helena 590,160 28.8 Totals U. S $1,52fr,387,158 25.1 Totals outside N.YJ^_588,706,105 7.8 DOMINION OF CANADA. Montreal '• ?A Toronto —ii 17>6 Winnipeg M&jS H Halifax 4-* •••••- Hamilton ff*^ •••• •• 6.9 St. John, N. B 558,691 1.0 Vancouver 624.** »•* -"•• Victoria «i.«B 32.7 Totals $25,647,647 15.8 HAGUE PEACE TREATY. Senator Davis Say* Interests In volved Reqnlre Consideration. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.—The senate In executive session today took up The Hague peace treaty. There was a brief discussion of it, but no opposition was developed. The treaty would have been ratified, but under the rules It had to be laid over twenty-four hours after being read. Senator' Davis explained there were many Interests Involved In the various treaties, and time was necessary for their consideration. Tariff System for Puerto Rico. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.—At a special meeting of the ways and means commit tee today it was decided to report a bill establishing a tariff system for Puerto Rico on a basis of 25 per cent of the rates In the regular tariff law. DEADLOCK Iflf HOUSE NIGHT SESSION PROVES PRODUC TIVE OF SOME! EXCITING SCENES AND DEBATE MR. TALBERT WAITTS QUORUM * Will Not Permit the Passage of Any More Special Pension Bills at Friday Night Sessions Unless a Qnor-im Is Present—Attempts to Adjonrn Result In a Deadlock, Which In Maintained to Finish. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.-Representative Talbert. of South Carolina, who gave no tice during the consideration of the pen sion appropriation bill last week that he • proposed to block all special pension leg islation at Friday's night sessions, unless a quorum of members was present, car ried out his threat at tonight's session. As soon as the house was called to order he sent to the clerk's desk, and had read, several editorials from different papers, warning congress of a scheme to put through a bill to place every soldier who served sixty days in the Civil war on the rolls, thereby increasing pension ex penditures $70,000,000 a year. There was to be a return, one of the editorials said, « to the halycon days when pension at torneys made $1,000 a day. MR. TALBERT OBJECTS. "Now and henceforth, Mr. Speaker." announced Mr. Talbert, "I shall insist upon a quorum of the house when pen sion bills aro under consideration at the Friday evening sessions. So long as I may be able to drag myself to the capl tol no pension bill (and there is n 0 quali fication to this ultimatum) shall pass the house without a quorum of its members present. The abuse must stop. Innocent people will be hurt, possibly, but that will only accentuate the responsibility. I de- * mand a quorum. If the house is without a quorum I shall ask an immediate ad journment. If that Is refused I shall In sist that the house exhaust its powers to secure a quorum. 1 believe the pension laws are sufficiently liberal to provide for any deserving soldier and widow, and I am opposed to sitting here every Friday night, as a court of appeals, to pass spe cial cases which have been refused by the pension bureau. If it is to be done, there must be a quorum. Members cry aloud their love fo»- the old soldier, but they will not give up their pink teas and poker parties, and that sort of thing, to vote pensions." NO QUORUM PRESENT. When Mr. Sulloway, of New Hamp shire, chairman of the committee on In valid pensions, moved to go into commit tee of the whole to consider pension leg islation, only eighty-nine membar3 were present, and Mr. Talbert made the point of no quorum. Therefore a call of the house was ordered, but only 108 members responded. There was a general desire to adjourn, as it was manifestly Impos sible to secure a quorum, but some of the members contended that the absentees should be arrested and brought to the house. Finally Mr. Sulloway moved to adjourn. "Vote it down, vote it down," cried Mr, Norton (Dem., O.) and other members, and the motion was defeated, 25 to 88. The sergeaht-at-arms, on motion of Mr. Norton, was ordered to arrest absentees. Numerous roll calls were had on mo tions to adjourn, but were voted down. On call votes the y«as had a majority, but on roll calls, where the members went on record, the nays had a large majority. At 10 o'clock, without breaking the deadlock, under the rule the house ad journed. SUBSIDY BILL, IN DANGER. Congressman Stevens, of St. Paul, . _ ! iifiirt!)* Some Objections. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 2.—Con- , gressman Stevens, of St. Paul, who, as Sf member of the merchant marine and fisheries committee, has been leading the fight against the Hanna-Payne subsidy bill, has made a discovery which threat ens to upset that bill entirely and call for ; its radical modification. The point he makes seems to be well taken and Its '/■ force Is admitted even by the stancheat i friends of the bill, who say that If Stevens is right the bill is doomed. Mr. Stevens has for several weeks been reading the commercial treaties between this government and other countries with a view to posting himself thoroughly as to their meaning and limitations. Yes terday he took up the treaty with Japan, which la the last one made and was ne gotiated by W. Q. Gresham, secretary of state under President Cleveland. Thero is a section in the Japanese treaty which provides that the citizens of both the high contracting parties shall have in both countries equal rights and privileges as to "warehousing, bounties, facilities and drawbacks." The word "bounties" occurs in many of the other commercial treaties, but invariably with some clause . _ of limitation. In the British treaty, for example, it is "bounties on exports;" in the Russian treaty, "bounties on goods and merchandise," and so on. In tha Japanese 'treaty, however, there is no limitation whatever, and Mr. Stevens con tends that the treaty is of such a char acter as to permit Japanese ships to take full advantage of all the subsidies offer ed in the pending bill; and if Japan Is so permitted, then all other nations would ; be entitled to come in under the "favored nations" clause. Mr. Stevens' discovery is vital and fun damental and strikes at the very hecrt I of all questions connected with the prI*ent1*- ent bill. His points were yesterday sub mitted to the leading house members who favor the bill and to leading railroad of ficials of the East, among them the presi dent of the Pennsylvania system, all of whom declared that if Stevens was right tho pending bill must be abandoned. MR. FETTIGREW FAILED. Checked in Attempt to Address the Senate on Philippine". WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.-An effort by. Senator Pettlgrew, of South Dakota, to discuss the Philippine question in the senate today was of no avail, as he was met by a point of order which took him from the floor. He had gotten only so far as to charge that the great Journals of the country would not publish tho facts concerning the Philippine war. Sub sequently he offered another resolution on which he will speak next week. Senator Allen, of Nebraska, concluded Ma speech In arraignment of Secretary Gage, because of his transactions with the National City Bank of New York. He had previously Introduced a resolution providing for an Investigation by the senate of the treasury department, but objection to Us consideration sent it over until next week. INDIAN APPROPRIATION BILL. Honne Devoted the Day to Consid eration of It. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.—The house to day devoted Its attention to the Indian appropriation bill. It got no further, how ever, than the appropriations for Indian schools, where an effort was inaugurat ed by Mr. Fitzgerald (N. T.) to authorlzs th» secretary of the Interior to contract with schools for the education of Indian children where the government lacks fa cilities. No provision is made for con tract schools in this bill. It Is claimed the present school system Is Inadequate. New Government Building*. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.—The senftte"' committee on public buildings and grounds today authorized favorable re porta on the bills authorizing government ouildiiißs at Seattle, Wash.; Natchez, Miss., and Kvanston, Wyo., the latter to cost $100,000.