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VOL. XXV—NO. 37.
ELKINS AND NELSON
INTERSTATE BILLS
West Virginia Man's Proposition Is
Quite Sweeping—Nelson's Bill
Indorsed by the Millers.
THE COMMISSION IS TO FIX RATES
f THE ELKINS MEASURE.
FROM THE GLOBE BIRKM,
■\Vnsliiiijiloii. I). C.
WASHINGTON,- D. C, Feb. A l.ili
Introduced today by Senator Elkins,
chairman of the interstate commerce
committee, to amend the act creating
the commission, is a combination of the
measure offered by the Shippers' associa
tion and of tho desires of the railroad
men of the country.
In the pooling feature it represents the
tlesires of the railroad interests and one
large section of shippers. Mr. E. P.
liacon, of Milwaukee, chairman of the
legislative committee of the Shippers' as.
ssociation, will not object seriously to the
pooling feature if it is coupled with a
provision giving powers to the interstate
commerce commission to supervise and
snake just rates. ~*
Chairman Martin A. Knapp said toda^'
the bill appeared to him to be a very ac
ceptable compromise and he hopes it will
become a law. It is almost identical with
Ihe original measure offered by Mr. Cul
lom when the present law was passed,
lnu that the bill was amended by strik
ing out the pooling feature and making
pooling a crime. Now it is believed that
experience has demonstrated that pool
ing Will be a help to the shipper and the
cfiginal prejudice against this feature
."Kill be absent.
.The Elkins bill, of which Cullom ap
proves, gives power to the commission to
make rates which shall ba effective with
in thirty flaya after notice is served and
shall stand until the circuit court finds
them, unjust. The imprisonment penal
ties arc repealed, but fines up to $20,000
are provided, and they will lie against
both the road and the shipper who con
spirts to evade the commission's orders.
The mandates of the commission are
made enforceable also by writ of injunc
tion from the circuit court.
HOIST BY HIS OWN PETARD
President Roosevelt Seems to Be Placed in an
Inconsistent Position by His
Impulsiveness.
WASHINGTON, Feb. s.—President
Roosevelt is charged by various members
of congress with not only violating his
own rule, recently laid down to officials
in the executive department of the gov
ernment, but with also roming in col
lision with the constitution. This charge
is brought out by the report, which re
ceives some verification at the Whit?
house and the war department, that Mr.
Roosevelt has instructed that Gen. Leon
ard Wood, military governor of Cuba, be
censured for addressing a circular letter
to the members of the senate, asking
them to grant tariff concessions to Cuba.
Senators Elkins and Burrows are said
to have called Mr. Roosevelt's attention
to Gen. Wood's letter and the president
immediately communicated with Secre
tary Root as to what should be done in
the premises. Mr. Root is said to have
advised that Wood be censured for vio
lating the recent order of the president.
ASALOONKEEPER REBELS
RAID O> LA CROSSE WIXB ROOMS
STARTS A FIGHT
. Klc llirntiaum Alleges That Police
Officer* Hare Been in the Habit
of ]>a>'liiK- Visits to
Ills It ins.
Special to The Globe.
T.A CROSSE, "Wis., Feb. EL—.A scandal
of a sensational nature in the police de
partment of this city will probably be
unearthed by Nic Bircbaum, a saloon
keeper, -who threatens to make charges
against the department that many of
the members are frequenting his wine
rooms, which were raided by police a
few nights ago.
The trouble is the result of a crusade
against the wine rooms started by the
•Salient Points in Governor s Message
Legislature reminded that it is responsible for the tax commis
sion and for the extra session.
Suggestion made that the work of the commission be carefully
considered before any changes are made,
Two amendments proposed, one of which is that exemptions be
allowed to stand at $100, and the other that May 1 be made the
date for listing property.
Resume of proceedings of conference of governors at Helena
given, together with a history of the suit brought by the state against
the Northern Securities company.
Recommendation made that Attorney General Douglas be al
lowed an appropriation to continue the litigation in which the state
has become involved.
Legislators complimented on the "splendid record" made at
the last session.
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MR. NELSON'S BILL.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.-Senator Nel
son today introduced a biil prepared by
the National Millers' association provid
ing for amendment of the interstate com
merce law. It empowers the interstate
commerce commission to fix rates for
transportation and abolishes punishment
by imprisonment.
With reference to the fixing of rates,
the bill provides that if the commission,
after full heating upon petition, deter
mines that the defendant is violating any
of the provisions of the act in respect to
any rate, relation of rates, whether be
tween localities of communities, classifi
cation of freights or other practice, it
shall be its duty to determine what rates.
relation of rates, classification or ether
practice should be observed for the fu
ture in order to correct the wrong found
to exist and it shall order the defendant
to observe the same.
Joint Rates Provided For.
Power is given to fix joint rates where
necessary. The Ox-dtr fixing such rates is
to be served twenty days before taking
effect. Review of all cases by the circuit
courts and the supreme court of the Unit
ed States is provided. The commission's
rate orders are made binding for two
years. Circuit courts are given authority
to enforce the orders of the commission.
Every carrier who transports traffic at
any other than the published rates or un
der other conditions in consonance with
the interstate commerce law is made
amenable to fines of not less than $5,000
nor more than $20,000. A fine of from
$1,000 to $5,000 is provided against those,
who seek by false descriptions to induce'
railroad companies to carry goods con
trary to this law.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.— E. M. Adams,
E. S. Miner, J. R. Evans and E. R:
Burkholder, a committee appointed .by
Western lumbermen, called on the presi
dent today and urged amendments to the
interstate commerce law that will give
the interstate commerce commission pow
er to enforce its findings. The president
agreed with the committee that some
thing was needed to strengthen the au
thority and powers of the commission.
In this way, it was argued, censure of
the general would be avoided In open
senate, and possibly in the house.
The action of the president bids fair to
have just the opposite effect. The mem
bers of the house particularly call atten
tion to the inconsistency of Mr. Roose
velt. .
"The president," said a member of the
ways and means committee of the house,
"evidently has forgotten that consistency
is regarded as a jewel. He recently
made public an order which absolutely
forbade officers in the executive depart
ment of the government to take any
hand in the passage of legislation. While
his secretaries were making copies of
this order for publication, he was haling
the members of the ways and means
committee to the White house and 'tell
ing them that they must take some
action regarding tariff concessions for
Cuba."
police, when the rooms of Birnbaum
were raided, five young girls arrested
and taken out of them,
Chief Byrne made a complaint against
Birnbattm and presented a communica
tion to the common council asking that
his license be revoked.
Birnbaum will flght the case and
threatens to expose a scandal that will,
if proven true, release a number of of
ficers from the force. Birnbaum declare
that he will file charges against the
force with the police and fire commis
sion, and an investigation will surely
be ordered.
'Xother Cremona Violin Found.
SULLIVAN, Jnd., Feb. s.—What is
thought to be a genuine Cremona violin,
was found today at the home of County
Commissioner Wily Gambill, of Cass
township. The instrument has the name
"Stradivari" and the date 1727 burned on
its interior. Mr. Gambill found it in an
attic at a farm house in Southern Illinois,
and purchased it for a small sum. He
tild not know its value at the time.
THURSDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 6, 1902.—TEN PAGES.
DOCTORS WANT $40,000
PHYSICIAXS RENDER BILLS FOR
ATTBXDAXC'E OX PRESIDENT.
Special to The Globe.
BUFFALO, N. V., Feb. s.—lt was stat
ed today that the bill for services of the
Buffalo physicians who attended Presi
dent McKlnley amounts to $40,000.
This statement was made at a gath
ering of physicians, some of whom seem
ed to be well posted as to the details of
tins much discussed bat little known
question. The bill is said to have been
cut since its arrival in Washington and
may be further cut before it is ultimately
approved.
The bills are said to be as follows:
Mathew D. Mann $2G,000
Herman Mynter 5,000
Roswell Park 5 000
Charles G. Stockton r.'oOO
Total 940,000
Mr. Milburn gave the bills to Senator
Marcus A. Hanna, who is said to have
cut each of them about one-fifth, tak
ing $5,000 off Mann's bill and $1,000 from
each of the others.
ARGUMENTS OPEN
IN WEST CASE
PROSECI TIO\ CLAIMS THE IvllS.l N-i;
OP MARCH WAS A PRE
MEDITATED ACT
BANGS CALLS WEST A COWBOY
Who H««E Lived Where Hainan Life
Was Held Very Defend.'
ant a Good .Witness in
His Own Behalf.
Special to The Globe.
GRAND PORKS, N. D., Feb. 5.-Ttie
testimony in the West case is all in. The
arguments have begun. There was some
surprises this morning when, atter the
cress-examination of West was conclud
ed, Mr. Ccchrane announced that the de
fense rested. The cross-examination was
brief and nothing of great interest was
developed. The witness answered all the
questions put to him simply and directly,
and did not contradict himself in any
important particular.
Several witnesses were called by the
state in rebuttal, but aside from a few
questions as to location the information
sought from the witnesses was if March
had-kicked West or had tried to get his
revolver. All of the witnesses answered
that these things had not happeaed or
that they did net see them.
At 3 o'clock both sides rested and the
court directed counsel to proceed w.th
their arguments. Mr. Wineman openta
for the state and addressed the jury very
briefly. He called attention to those por
tions of the testimony which he thqjught
bore out the contention that the shoot
ing was a deliberate act. He admitted
that the assault by March was entirely |
unjustifiable and indefensible, but this
did not warrant the act of West.
Premeditation Is Alleged.
He dwelt on the purchase of the re
volver, which he thought showed pre
medftation. He pointed out the difference
Letween shooting while actually In con
f'ict and shooting when the conflict was
over. He said West might have been
justified in shooting while on the floor
or while being struck, but that when he
did fire no act of violence was in prog
ress or impending. There were plenty ot
men present to restrain March had he
made a hostile demonstration, and West
was in absolutely no danger.
Mr. Bangs continued for the state, and
had spoken but a short time when the
jury was excused for the day. In the
short iime that he spoke he went into
the previous history of West and painted
him as a cowboy of the traditional kind.
He referred to his life in Texas, Indian
territory and Arkansas and in the mining
districts of the Black Hills, among peo
ple who held human life in slight regard,
and who were thoroughly familiar with
the use of the pistol. This, he claimed,
explained the fact that West had not
aimed the revolver. He had been trained
in communities where men do not need
to take aim, but point firearms toward
the mark with a precision that is with
them an instinct.
Mr. Bangs will continue his address in
the morning, and will probably conclude
at noon. Mr. Corliss will open for the
defense, Mr. Cochrane will follow, and
Mr. Bangs will close. It is not expected
that the jury will get the case until some
lime Saturday.
DnnkariU Go to Colorado.
OMAHA, Neb.. Feb. s.—George L. Mc-
Dono'iigh, colonization agent of the Union
Pacific railroad, has completed arrange
ments for a Dunkard colony of fifty
families, to be loeatt-d on irrigated farms
near the Nebraska-Colorado border, at
Snyd?r, Col. The colony comes from
near Lena, 111., and Western Indiana.
BULLETIN OF
IMPOETANT NEWS OF THE DAY
Weather Forecast for St. Paul:
Snow; Colder.
I—Two Xew Interstate Bills.
Legislature Hears Message.
Cuba Invited to Become a State.
Evidence All in in West Trial.
Salisbury Becomes Flippant.
21—Yonngem Are ~Sot Pardoned.
Plans for C. Iv. Davis School.
Wine Room Ordinance in Danger
Chief Jackson Wants Fire Bell.
Law Point Raised.
3—Governor's Message Continue*
Party Spirit in Fourth Ward.
Xorthvrest Xews.
4—Editorial Comment.
Stories of the Street.
" MoCnmber and Tillman Clash.
Filipino Woman Is Boss.
Foreign Cattle Are Inferior.
All the Sporting; Xews.
Spain's Note to the PoTvers.
The Woman's Page.
Daily Short Story.
7-Day* Doings in Minneapolis.
B—Miller System Adopted.
Xevrs of the Railroads.
9—Grain and Provision Market*.
Bar Silver, 55 I -Mo.
May Wheat, 77 3-4e.
lO—Gray Verdict Sustained.
I* Close to Death.
Credit for Schley.
(.oiuuiisslon s». Lan,
INVITATION
TO CUBA
TO JOIN THE HAPPY FAMIILY OF
AMERICAN STATE* ;AS FULI,
SISTEft
NEWLANDS, NEVADA, SPONSOR
Joint I<evolution -Presented WhicU
Contemplates Annexation of Cu
§ba as a State ami a Redac- •
tion of Sagur Bounty
WOULD BE GOOD FOR CUBA
WASHINGTON, Feb. s.—Representative
Newlands (New), of the ways and means
committee, who was the : author oi the
' resolution annexing Hawaii, today intro
duced a joint resolution inviting the re
public -of Cuba to come a part of the
United States, first as a^"territory and
then as a state of the Union, to be called
the state of Cuba; also authorizing a 2b
per cent reduction of. duty on the present
crop of Cuban sugar, In consideration of
Cuba's granting preferential rates to the
United States. V- ?
The resolutions confine the 25 per cent
reduction of duties to the period prior to
Jan. I, 1903. The provision as to annexa
tion is as follows:
"That in the meantime the republic of
Cuba is invited to become a part of the
United States of America, and her people
to become citizens of the United- States,
with the assurance that Cuba will be en
titled at first to a territorial form ot'
government under the constitution and
laws of the United States, with a delegate
in congress to represent her people, and
that ultimate statehood will be granted
when, in the judgment of congress, it is
advisable to admit Cuba, including such
other West India Islands belonging to the
United States as may be deemed advis
able, as a single state in the Union, to be
called the state of Cuba."
Hunks Invitation In Welcome.
Mr. Newlands, in explanation of his
resolution, said:
"All those who have appeared to voice
Cuba's needs and requirements have in
ricated that an invitation to Cuba of an
nexation would be accepted.
"Annexation by force would not be
justified. It must be accomplished, if at
fill, by the free act of the Cuban people.
At present there is no machinery in Cuba
by which the popular will can be tested,
but the Cuban constitution has been
adopted.
"The Cuban congrtss will nieet In Feb
ruary, Cuban government will be organ
ized and the United States will then leave
the government and control of the islands
to its people. Cuba will be in a position
to express 'her will, and it is only neces
sary to tide over the present emergency
by a temporary ineas <re, such as I have
introduced, reducing ue duty an Cuban
sugar one-fourth for onp year, and invit
ing Cuba to become a part of the United
States under a territorial form of gov
ernment, under the constitution, for her
people to be citizens, not subjects, with
the assurance that ultimately statehood
will be granted.
Cnbß Would Profit Hugely.
"By coming into our political union,
Cuba will secure immediately the highest
degree of freedom, and with it a large
market for varied product*. Those prod
ucts will not threaten our sugar Industry
so seriously as they would und-er recip
rocal trade arrangements, for the reason
that the restricted" labor laws of this
country will apply and will raise the cost
of production to such an extent as to
prevent over-stimulation of her indus
tries, while her supplies will be bought
in the high protected markets of this
country instead of the- cheap markets oT
the world. I much prefer political union,
for that involves the best kind of com
mercial union that can be established be
tween the two countries. «.
"Such annexation is entirely in line
with the traditional policy of the coun
try. When the time for sta-tehood comes
Cuba, Porto Rico and other West India
islands in our possession can be incor
porated into the I'nion as one state, thus
doing away with the danger of over-rep
resentation in the senate."
LAST THREE BODIES FOJTOD.
St, I.vis Fireman Had : Bravely At
tempted a Rescue.
ST. LOUIS. Feb. s.—This evening the
searchers in the ruin? uncovered the d€«d
bodies of Firemen Thierry, Kreonlnj and
Mcßride. the last in the ruins. All
"three bodies lay close together. Appar
ently they had been caught in the crash
as they started to ascend the stairs to
rescue their imprisoned companions in
the upper- stories.
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' f^r; UEUT. GOV. LYNDON A. SMITH, ~\s~*
■ - '■•"".<; K4J i ■- --;: :' " Presiding Officer in the Senate. 5 -
POLLOCK WANTS TIME
TO COXSIDER QUESTIONS IN AX IM-
PORTAST SI IT.
Special to The Globe.
FARGO, N. D., Ft>b. 5.— Judge Pol
lock today took under advisement the case
brought by the Gaar Scott Threshing Ma
chin© company to test the validity of the
assessment law. The machinery com
panies will endeavor to have a final de
termination of the measure regarding the
assessment of machinery shipped In here
each year and on which taxes have
not been paid in other states. All ma
chinery firms are interested In the action
and an appeal will be taken, no mutter
which way Judge Pollock decides.
Th case of Miles vs. Gaar Scott com
pany for $20,000 has been transferred
from the state to the United States court.
Miles alleged defective materials used in
a machine on which he was employed.
While on top of the machine
in operation the covering gave way,
precipitating him onto the cylinder and
inflicting injuries which caused the loss
of a leg. The accident occurred in
Traill county and is the first of the kind
ever started in the state.
SALISBURY FLIPPANT
REFERS TO DUTCH SEXTIMBNT IV
• CAVALIER FASHION AND
HITS AT IRELAND
Enslaml Wants Territory of South
. African Republic* a* a Matter
of Businena and Means
to Go Ahead.
LONDON, Feb. s.—Lord Salisbury, the
premier, unveiled a life-sized marble
statue of the late Queen Victoria at the
Junior Constitutional club tonight.
Speaking at a dinner after the unveil
ing the premier referred to the recent
Dutch note in a tone for him of unusual
flippancy. For himself, he was unable
to imagine the object of the Dutch gov
ernment, for whose friendly feelings he
had the greatest admiration, but he could
not see the precise object they hoped to
gain by this curious step.
The premier explained that his only rea
son for alluding to such things was that
a time was coming when the people must
think more of the suggestions of their
intelligence and less of. the suggestions
of their emotions.
-There Is no longer any question ot
sentiment," continued Lord Lalisbury.
"We have entered upon a matter of busi
ness which we must push through. What
we are i;ow seeking is security. Any
peace which recognizes fully the rights
of sovereign and gives us security lor
the empire we should accept, not only
with willingness, but with delight. BSR
it is useless to tell us to bebave so as to
leave a pleasant recollection in the minds
of those with whom we are fighting.''
Further along he *aid the existence of
hostile feeling in Ireland was a signal
that the efforts upon which depended, in
10 light degree the glory and continu
ance of the empire, must not be relaxed.
"The maintenance of our position in
Ireland is the most vital object the em
pire has, and it can only be attained by
strenuous exeitions," said the premier.
An Irish gcvermr.ent with power to ac
cumulate arms and ammunition would
constitute a mere serious threat than had
the Boers. The duty of the Unionists
was. he sadd, to maintain, a perma
nent junction between England and Ire
land, and it was by sustaining 1 this junc
tion that they would maintain the great
ness of the constitution and the sple-ndtr/
of the British empire.
JOHN H. PELL IS DEAD
WAS A MEMBER OP THE GALLANT
FIRST MINNESOTA.
NEW YORK, Feb. s.—John H. Pell, a
well-known attorney of this city, died
of heart disease today at his residence.
After graduating from Columbia uni
versity in 1852, Mr. Pell became a resi
dent of Colorado and later, after prac
ticing law in Minnesota, was elected to
the state senate. He served in the Civil
war with the First Minnesota volunteers,
and was provost marshal at Harper s
Ferry. After the wax he returned to
this city.
Heavy Fire Loss at Albany.
ALBANY, N. V., Feb. 5.-A fire on Van
Rensselaer island, just outside of Al
bany, today destroyed $50,000 worth of
property, and narrowly escaped destroy
ing the big storage plant of the Stand
ard Oil company. P. J. McArdle, of
New York, is the heaviest loser. The
loss is covered by insurance.
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LEGISLATURE HEARS
VAN SANT'S MESSAGE
Governor Tells the Lawmakers That
They and Auditor Dunn Are Re-
sponsible for Extra Session.
OVATION FOR FORMER GOV. RAMSEY
Gov. Van Sant delivered hig message
to the extraordinary session of the legis
lature yesterday morning, before a joint
convention of the house and senate, ac
cording to the original programme.
The delivery of the message consum
ed forty minutes. The document itself
was declared by many of the Republican
members a masterpiece of adroit trim
ming. As was expected, the governor
attempted to shift the responsibility for
the session extraordinary to the mem
bers of the legislature. He also plainly
told the legislators that they and Audit
or Dunn were responsible for the tax
bill and the appointment of the tax com
mission. He also told the legislators
that they adjourned early in order that
the report of the tax commission might
be considered in extraordinary session
and that the session was called by him
in pursuit to that understanding.
When It came to recommendations
touching the consideration of the code.
His Excellency "gigged" fairly from his
former position as a square-toed advocate
of the bill entire, but he advised against
calling a constitutional convention, in
ferring that the people who will be af
fected by tax legislation will not protect
their own interests. He admitted that
the code proposed by the tax commission
is not perfect, but said it is an improve
ment over the present laws. He was
complimentary i n his allusions to the
tax commission. He said it had labored
incessantly for nine months, searching
for the good points in the tax laws in
other states and the defects in the Min
nesota code. He suggested that the Jeg
islature should give it careful considera
tion and refrain from criticism. If the
bill is found to be ineffective, the gover-
* * Jbß *
jdR. HICKEY,
Of Ramsey.
nor would have it amended; if too dras
tic in its provisions, changed.
When he came to the questions mooted
by the St. Louis county delegation, the
governor's new position plainly indicated
the missionary work done by the men
from Duluth. First he recommended
that the grain in elevators be listed
May 1 instead of April 1, as provided in
the commissions report. Then he would
have all grain in inter-state transit ex
empted. His position on the proposed
repeal of the vessel tonnage tax law
was equally a surprise, and he made a
touching appeal for the preservation of
the state's influence over navigation on
the great lakes.
GOVERNOR'S ATTITUDE
CONCERNING MERGER.
One-third of the message was devoted
to a consummation of the governors ex
pressed desire to inform the legislature
that he has commenced suit agai'ist the
Northern Securities company. He ,eai<*
he is quite sure that the Northern Securi-
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W. D. WASHBIRN JR.,
Of Hennepin.
ties ' company 1 purposes to merge the
Great : Northern and Northern . Pacific
railways, and quoted from : the Minnesota
statutes to Ehow that . such ; a merging is
contrary to law and public policy. 5 After
briefly stating his beliefs touching the
matter, the' governor confined himself -to
a resume of the proceedings hi the. case
to date, ? and the suggestion that an ! ap
propriation to defray the expenses of the
legal '- battle which ;he expects, would be
SSBci .-*-_■- • '-■-■""- '
in conformity with hds ideas of good
taste.
A dramatic incident of the joint s.^sloti
was the unparalleled manner in which
the legislators interrupted Gov. Van Sant
to give the venerable Gov. Alexander
Ranusey an ovation. Gov. Van Sant had
been reading for several minutes, whm
in the midst of hie admonitions against a
constitutional convention, th« still erect
form of the venerable former chief execu
tive appeared in the entrance to the floor
of the house. Gov. Van Sant and his
message were instantly forgotten. Legis
lators and spectators joined in the ap
plause. Representative Jay Phillips, ol
Minneapolis, and Chief Cl*rk Kchmai
sprang to the »ide of Gov. Raame; ana
urged him up Hi * aisle towards the speak
er's desk, while the applause became tu
multous. Above the clapping of hands
from the legislators and spectators, who
instantly rose to their feet in honor of,
the "first governor," ros« vehement calls
for "fcpeech." Gov. Van Sant made the
best of the situation, which was plainly
disconcerting, and left the speaker's ros
trum to greet Gov. Ramsey, who refused
to mount to the desk. Gov.-Van Sant ex-
. r7"/-V..\>".- ":• ;-' ■~" -'^: .
WERNER HBMSTEAI),
Of Crow Wing.
plained to the joint convention, after a
brief conversation with Gcv. Ramsey,
that the latter did not wish to make a
speech, and returning to the spe^k^r a
desk said: "You do well to applaud Gov.
Ramsey. He 13 the noblest Roman oj
them all, and you are probably better
pleased to see the first governor than the
last."
The delivery of the governor's message
attracted in comparatively large num
bers, the interested and curious. Extra
seata were provided on the floor of the
house for the senators and visitors. The
latter filled the aisles and all of the
available space tn front of the members'
desks and around the clerks' and speak
ers' desks. The gallery filled early and
before the governor arrived standing ■
room was at a premium. The ladies were
well represented, and Mrs. Van Sant was
conductd to a seat on the floor of the
house, immediately under the speaker's
REPRESENTATIVE SIKORSKY,
of Winona.
desk, a half hour before the joint ses
sion convened.
Shortly before 10:30, Representative
Jacobson sent up a resolution for the
convention of the joint session, and he
with Representatives Roberts and Dorsey
went to. notify the senate that it would
be welcomed in the hall of the house.
At 10:.36 Sergeant-at-Arms Edward Fan
ning, announced "the senate," the speak
er's gave fell, the house members rose
and the senators, headed by Lileut. Gov.
Lyndon A. Smith and Senators Sivright
and Roverud, the big men of the upper
(house, filed in. The lientenant governor
passed directly to his place at the left ,
of Speaker Dowling, who, under the rules
presides over joint sessions. The roll was
barely finished when the governor ar
rived, escorted by the joint committee
including Senators Wilson, Barker and
Shell and Representatives Jacobson, ,
Roberts and Dorsey. The governor, pre
ceded by Senator Barker proceeded to
the speakers desk and after a very brief
introduction by Speaker Dowling. "imme
diately commenced the deHvery of his
message. It was as follows:
THE MESSAGE TO
THE JOIXT SBSSIOV.
You have been called together in ex
traordinary session for the purpose <>f
receiving the report of the tax eomm's
sion, appointed pursuant to your ena
ment at the last session, and for ticking
action upon the measures proposed by
the said commission.
It is a matter of common knowledge
that for many years there has been a
universal demand in our state for a cum.
mission clothed with the duty of prepar
ing more efficient tax laws. The creati >a
of such a commission has long been \trg
ed by the public gress, has been recom-» ■
intended by many of my predce«sotrs on-1
earnestly advocated by quj state auditor,
whose duties in tax matters make him es
pecially familiar with the defects of oar
present tax system. >
Your body was practically unaninrxs f!.
in approving the bill providing for a
commission, there being only eight votea
Continued on Third Vase.

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