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Wisconsin—Fair Wednesday; Thursday increasing: cloudiness; fresh southeast ■winds, increasing. Montana— Wednesday and prob ably Thursday; variable winds. St. Paul — Yesterday's temperatures, taken by the United States weather bu reau, St. Paul, P. F. Lyons, observer, for the twenty-four 'hours ended at 7 o'clock last night—Barometer corrected for tem perature and elevation: Highest temper ature, 44; lowest temperature, 31; average temperature, 38; daily range, 13; barome ter, 29.76; humidity. 76; precipitation, 0; 7 p. m. .temperature, 40; 7 p. m., wind, southeast; weather, cloudy. Yesterday's Temperatures ♦SpmHighi *SpmHig:h Mpena 30 36. Kansas City. .42 46 Battlef ord .. .12 12 Marquette .. .40 42 Bismarck —36 3S>iinnedosa ...IS 28 Buffalo 36 40 Montgomery .54 GO Boston 38 38 Montreal 30 34 Oalgary 22 26 Nashville ....50 56 J'heyenne ....44 52 N. Orleans ..CO CO .Chicago ......35 38 New York ...38 40 Cincinnati ...44 50 Norfolk 44 56 Pavenport ..40 48 N- Platte ....48 55 Cleveland ....32 38 Omaha 44 4S Detroit 38 48 Philadelphia .40 40 Puluth 40 ,44Pittsburg ....44 44 Edmonton ...28 30 Hu'Appelle ...24 24 .Gd. Haven ...36 46 fst. Louis 46 48 fireen Bay ...3«! 40 jßalt Lake ....48 48 Helena 42 44 Bte. Marie ... .32 38 duron 40 46 Washington .44 44 Jacksonville .54 56 Winnipeg ....28 3% •Washington time (7 p. m. St. Paul). TO OUR FRIENDS. Anyone nnable to iftcore a copy of T Is c Globe on any railroad train lonving or en tering St. Foul will confer a favor on the mnnngement by reporting: the fact to the Isaa ineaa office. Telephone, Mala 10 €5. Subscriber* annoyed by Ir. regular or late delivery ol The Globe will confer a fa vor on the management by re* porting the fact to the bnslneas office. Telephone, Slain 1065. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 1902. About the simplest and most expedi tious way in which that Conroy-Barry case could have been disposed cf was the one chosen by Mr. O'Brien. The case ought never have been brought up for trial; and it probably would not have been were it not for the malignity of some and the political ill will of others. ABU SIS G THE COURT. The Dispatch, which in all matters or legal concern is but the echo of the attorney for the "Soo" railroad, recently engaged in helping the state of Minne sota to badger two of its great railroad interests, presents its and his views of the opinion of the supreme court. Not only do they disagree with the conclu sions of the supreme court, but they call the good faith of the court into question in its decision just announced in the Northern Securities case. They can find only such terms as "pe culiar," "absurd," "startling," illogical," to apply to the conclusions of the high est appellate tribunal in the country. They do not confine themselves to such characterizations, however. They close their opinion by the enunciation of a deliberate and serious misrepresentation by the court in the following words: "The limited quotations from the de cision show one thing which can give lit tle consolation to the merger people. The supreme court practically decides the state is entitled to the relief asked when it says, "upon investigation it might turn out that the allegations of the bill are well founded and that the state is enti tled to relief.' " Having made the false statement in volved here, the Dispatch accompanies its falsehood by a challenge, as follows: "If the merger people can find any con solation in this language we would like to have it pointed out." Th c G 1 ob c accepts the challenge, and says to begin, that the above alleged quotation from the supreme court Is~a lie on its face, since it represents the court as declaring in so many words that the allegations of the bill are well found ed and that the state is entitled to the relief which it is denied. There is not only a lie involved here, but a gross ab surdity, in representing that the supreme court denied a relief which it thought ought to be granted. What the isupreme court did say, and all it said in that behalf, was, not the false and garbled statement made by the organ of the "Soo" railroad, as above, but the following: "Upon investigation it might turn out that the allegations of the bill are well founded, and that the state is entitled to relief, or it might turn out that there is no intention or design" on the part of the railroad companies to form any combina tion in disregard of the policy of the state, but what is proposed is consistent with that policy and advantageous to the communities affected." Doc« this not establish the falsehood and misrepresentation deliberately at temi-ted of the supreme court and Its decision by the "Soo" attorney and hia mouthpiece? Let them answer If they dare. "If the merger people can find any con- solation etc." Why; it is not the merger people who are in search of consolation just at this time. It is the .other crowd who need to be consoled. What consola tion does the "Soo'"-Van Sant combination derive from the language of the court when honestly reported? Mighty cold consolation, indeed. Neither abuse nor falsehood applied to the supreme court will change the situa ation one particle. Mr. Munn and Mr. Douglaa *md Gov. Van Sant have been publicly spanked. Van Sant is the only one of the three who evidently enjoys having the operation performed on him. The alleged editorial comment of our contemporary, the Minneapolis Times, on the merger decision, would suggest that somebody over in the Times workshop fs in need of a mental strait-jacket. THK CASE OF YAH SAXT. And thus is the last vestige of public excuse for calling the legislature in extra session destroyed. The application of the state to the federal supreme court for leave to bring suit against the Northern Securities company is denied, and the attorneys for the state of Min nesota and the "Soo" railroad corpora tion have fallen in the judicial ditch to gether, probably never to find their way out. Not this alone; but the house of representatives, notwithstanding all the snorting of the member for Lac gui Parle county, discards the legislative abortion offered to it for adoption as a tax code. ■ • Where now will Gov. Van Sant find extenuation for his act in subjecting the state to the expense of calling the pres ent session? First he avowed that he would call it for the purpose of taking action on the so-called merger. Then he announced that it was to reform the tax laws that he issued the call. He deceived nobody,, not even himself. Everybody knew, and still knows, that he called the present session into ex istence to strengthen !his chances for re nomination by his party, which were concededly weak. It w 7ill *be surprising if even his own party associates are not by this time fully awake to his mountebank per formances. He has not only made a fool of himself but of the state. He has sought to damage two of its most valu able commercial interests by his Quixotic performances here and in Helena. He has made of Attorney General Douglas, a well-meaning man and a fair lawyer, a tool of his foolish ambitions. He has made the state play stool-pigeon to a foreign railroad corporation. And now. Ire finds that all his senseless perform ances have ended, as it was inevitable they should end, in showing what shame and damage may come to a common wealth when its people select to represent them aa their executive a demagogue and mountebank. There are one or two things which Gov. Van Sant can do to redeem himself par tially. The first of them is to pay off the attorney for the "Soo" railroad and put an end to the ptitiful exhibition which he is making of himself and the state before the entire country. Another thing is to send a special message to the legis lature suggesting that before any further damage is done to the general commer cial and industrial interests of the peo ple, that body provide for calling a con stitutional convention and adjourn forth with. Such a course as this will serve the state materially and may save Van Sant's political interests from the col lapse which now threatens them. No doubt Prince Henry was profoundly impressed with the meeting of the house of representatives which he attended.-He would have been even still more strongly impressed had his visit been to the sen ate about the time that the Maryland or South Carolina senators were ex changing pleasantries. ANOTHER STAGE IX IMPERIALIS3I. The passage of the Philippine tariff bill by the senate marks another stage in the progress of imperialism. All recognized constitutional barriers affected by it are thrown down, and new principles, never dreamt of as possible in the administra tion of the affairs of our general govern ment, are established, apparently forever. It is useless to argue further. ■ The bill has been enacted by the house through a partisan majority, and will be the law cf the land within a few brief weeks. The Philippines are wholly for eign territory so far as the levying of tariffs on goods introduced into them from the United States and other lands are Involved. Tet so far as the tariff on imports into the United States - are concerned, the islands are only 75 per cent foreign. It is a singular situation; but it is one which has been brought on the country as the inevitable result of the determination of the rulers of the American people to change the existing system of constitutional government. The changes represented by this strange enactment are not confined to the con stitutional methods of raising revenue or to the conditions and circumstances at tending the raising of such revenue. The established national policy, adhered to by every commercial nation extant, of controlling absolutely its own coasting trade, is also discarded, and the Philip pines are thereby declared to be foreign territory within certain arbitrary restric tions. The congressional majority have gone on the assumption that they have full pop ular warrant for all these extreme and contradictory courses. They have the warrant which the election of McKinley offered them, however effective that may be.' But they have to encounter tho re sult of the sober second thought of the American people in the coming fall elec tions, and it will be surprisingl indeed, | with the opportunities which the people have had to advise themselves of tho in evitable tendency of the administration courses, if the next house of represent atives has not a fighting Democratic majority. The situation which is being created by the enactment of such legislation as this is one which in the forthcoming national THE ST. PAUI, GI.OBE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1903. election will put to an effective test the Question whether the Democratic party is worthy of the confidence of the Ameri can people; for. as surely as that party places before the judgment of this psopla the true significance of such public trans actions as the so-called Philippine tariff bill, so surely will the people smash the Roosevelt administration wherever they can get a chance. The ingenious literary character who has set out to establish that Lord Bacon was "the most unlettered man of his times, if not in the whole range of English literature" ought not to have •withheld his undertaking until Ignatius Donnelly had passed away. In his casa as well as in Donnelly's it is quite plain that Bacon is' mistaken for one "William Shakspcrei, who had just literary knowl edge enough to write a poor signaYure. .There Is a pretty marked absence of good taste, and but litttle recognition of the obligations of hospitality involved in the objections raised toy a good many persons to .the reception of Prince Henry and to our taking part in the coronation proceedings of the British king. But they are just as well. They will do no harm, and they will remind a few Amer ican sycophants that this is still a demo cratic republic. They are anxious over in England to hear what Russia has to say to that note Of Secretary Hay on the Manchurian treaty. There is not much to be said at best; 'but Russia can be depended on to say it whatever it is. And while the talk is going on, why would it not be a good thing to find out what England has to say concerning that cafble monopoly which she and the Danish gentlemen have secured in China. Next to capturing the criminal is the ability to tell who he is. The identifica tion of the slayers of Officer Mayer by the police of St. Paul makes it pretty plain that if the murderers had not got such a start they would have been over taken before this time. It is at best another fool performance— that of the Democratic minority in the senate taking up the cudgels for Tillman. He may be a good fellow, but he evi dently does not know the difference be tween a gentleman and a blackguard. The capture cf Sergeant Major Wil liams is another illustration of a familiar truth—that he wno makes his mind up to do up his Uncle Samuel w*ll need to watch out if he doesn't get the worst ol it Some ingenious statistician would do the state a service by making a careful estimate of the cost which it has been to the state per fence to put Van's fences in order. From the way Roosevelt and the Ho henzolleran are acting there is not much of a choice between them as jolly good fellows. In Kansas City they evidently keep a warm article of politics on tap. _^_ «MT "Naughty Anthony," David Belasco's laughable comedy, which is to be seen here at the Metropolitan tomorrow night, owes muah of its success to the fine cast that interprets it. Marie Doro, whio is seen as Cora, the hosiery model, is ac knowledged to be the prettiest and most graceful young comedienne on the stage. Will F. Phillips, who plays the title role, Anthony, was the hit of the London pro duction of the "The Whirl of the Town," a New York Casino success, and Patti Rosa, who appears as Winnie, the pro fessor's maid, is well known to theater goers. She is the daughter of the late Patti Rosa, and inherits all her mother's brilliant talent. Two performances will be given at the Grand today of "Mam'selle "Awkin3." The matinee performance today at 2:30 will offer the women and children their first opportunity of witnessing this very successful play. Operatic comedy is a style of amusement whidh finds much favor with local play-goers, and "Mam'selle 'Awkins" offers much that is entertaining and diverting in this line. The seat sale opens tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock for the engagement next week at the Grand of Gus Hill's Original Lilliputians. Thiesen's Wine, Women and Song com pany attracted two big audiences to the Star yesterday, and made one of the most pronounced hits of the season. The bur lesques are better than the ordinary run of such attractions, and the olio is excellent. The engagement is for all the week. The Minneapolis Times has the follow ing to say of the Majestic Burlesquers, which will be at the Star next week: The "Majestic Burlesquers" began a weeks engagement at the Dewey yes terday. The opening burlesque, "A Night at Rehearsal," introduced one of the prettiest and best costumed choruses seen at that playhouse this season, it also has the advantage of good dialogue and is entirely free from "horse play." The olio is well balanced ye -e CREEXROOM GOSSIP. May Irwin has a new coon song whien »^d eCTfv tly R b€€n •Written f°r h^ called te GmSer?n yce so^T ' " *;* !°? °< * C °°n In^/ii s?ffi closes hep American tour Tnn^ iV - th T e Famil*'." May 26. and sails June 4 for London, where she begins a twelve- engagement. <>^L dW Trd cw^e's new romatic drama, The Land of Mystery' will be given an elaborate production in New York next October for a run, and with Margaret May as the star. Kathryn Kidder controls the American rights to "Mme. Sans Gene," Sir Henry ?' 1£ B',, pay i tribute t( the impersonator of Molly Pitcher for every performance he gives of Sardou's play. Henry Irving and Ellen Terry both be gan their professional careers in the .same year, the former .in Sunderland ling and the latter in London as the child Mamihus in "The Winter's Tale." Mr. Joseph Jefferson starts his five weeks' spring tour March 31. As usual his repertoire will include "Rip Van WiniUe " •'The Rivals," "The : Cricket on the S^^u" and "Lend Me Five Shillings." Mj\jOharles B. Jefferson is the manager. The critics on the Pacific coast are unanimous in their unqualified, praise of Wagenhals. and Kemper's production of "Henry VIII" in which Mme. Modjes ka and Louis James are starring jointly. For perfection of detail and massive scen ic effects they say it has not been sur passed even by Henry .Irving. Tlios. W. Ryley, the junior member of the firm of Fisher & Ryley, owners of "Florodora" has just returned to New York city from the New Orleans Mardi graa. Fisher & Ryley's western com pany has made a second visit -to - New Orleans this season, and ?. in both i" in stances played to capacity audiences for the week.-. ? ; ,"^/'-";^;-" • ■ ' ■. . Frederick Warde has made a three years' contract with his former managers, Messrs. Wagenhals . and Kemper •to be gin September 1. The tragedian will, un der .* the new arrangement, continue to appear in a . Shaksperea-n repertoire, but in addition Is to present a number of new plays, among which will probably; *be Henry Guy Carleton's play "Memnon," for which negotiations are now pending. Qrist Wthe Political Mill Fourteen gentlemen responded to the very audible call of their duty to the tax payers of St. Paul, and filed for office yesterday. The whole number tiled up to last night was 119. fifty-seven of whom are Democrats. Eight of the candidates who filed yesterday are Democrats. The Democrats furnished one aspirant for' judge of the municipal court, three for the assembly, one for the board of alder man, and one each for justice of the peace, constable and comptroller. The Republican candidates were equally di vided between the assembly, board of aldermen and justice of the peace. Judge J. W. Cory headed the Demo cratic list as a candidate for nomination to the municipal bench. The assembly candidates were Aid. Rudolph Schiff mann, William Porten and John Gorman. Mr. Sehiffmann is too well known as a / member of the council to need any Intro/ duction, and will add strength to the magnificent Democratic assembly ticket. William Porten, is a well known contrac tor and builder, and John Gorman, new to politics, is prominent in Salvation Army circles, and enjoys the distinction of being one of the Democrats chosen by the celebrated non-partisan citizens' com mittee J. W. Gross, the undertaker, is the Democrat who entered the list as a can didate for the board of aldermen, and seeks the suffrage of the Fifth warders^. John W. Clancy would again be returned to the office of justice of the peace in the district east of Wabasha street. John H. Hause wants the Democratic nomina tion for constable in the district west of Wabasha street, and M. R. Prender gast is willing to accept the Democratic nomination for city comptroller. The Republican candidates filed yester day are Hart N. Cook and C. J. Lund, for the board of aldermen from the Fourth ward; A. K. Praiden and Howard Wheeler, for the assembly, and John Radcliffe and David H. Kimball, for jus tice of the peace in the district west of Wabasha street. The Fourth ward Republican organiza tion will now be able to draw a long sigh of relief. Howard Wheeler has so far overcome his anxiety to attend to his private affairs, that he will stand for *£J Of /A Street. Just at the present writing Hiram Hig gins, commercial traveler, is holding down a seat well up toward the middle of the water cart. Hiram insists that he is not searching for any vacant drunkard's grave and the grape has been cut out. ( Mr. Higgins, commercial traveler, be came convinced that he 'had reached the tottering line last Thursday night. On that night Mr. Higgins participate<d in many strange doings. Taking a chance at overwork and figuring on the for want - of - the-horseshoe-nail-the - king dom-was-lost system the blame can be laid at the door of a tired architect, but Higgins toeing slow at figures blames the malt and hop extracts for all the excite ment and he is through with the stren uous life. Hiram Higgins, commercial traveler, lives in an apartment house up on the hill. The apartment house was built by a man with money to invest, .tour other houses went up at the same time. The architect furnishing the plans designed the entire row. It saved time to use one plan all the way down the row and the tenants haid to make the count every time they attempted to get back to the home flat. Hiram Higgins lived in the second house when the count was started at the south end. Beginning at the other end and counting two brought one to the apartment house containing the flat of the Russell family. Last Thursday Mrs. Russell hired a new servant girl. Last Thursday night Higgins started to create a drink "famine L_-j£l— —-_^-l 1 ml Then the Xoise Started.' in the down town district. It might also be said at this point that Mr. Russell was away on a business trip and Mrs. Russell's sister was at the flat to keep away the lonesome feeling. Tue Russell family, after instructing the new servant to see that everything was bolted up securely, retired for the night. The servant girl found her room in the rear of the flat and Mrs. Russell and sister began to snore in the front bed room. At 5 a. m. Mrs. Russell felt sister's elbow pushing against her ribs and sat up in bed. Sister was laughing. "What is it? 1 ask Mrs. Russell. "Why, listen," answered sister. "Don't you hear that noise? That new girl of yours is in the bath room taking a bath. Think of that girl getting up at a a. m. to take her tubbie." Mrs. Russell listened and heard tne sound of splashing water coming from the direction of the bath room. "Well,, perhaps the poor girl needs it," she said and started to resume her beauty sleep when the dioor of the bed room was pushed open and there stood the servant girl In her complete set of working clothes. The girl stood in the doorway, but the splashing in the bath room never stopped. "Ay lak you t' tell may 'bout dcs har breakfas'," started the hired girl, but Mrs. Russell didn't hear her. Mrs. Kus seu was tearing down the hall toward the bath room. The key to the bath room was on the outside and Mrs. Russell gave that key a hurried turn. Then she pulled cut a chair, placed the chair on top of a trunk and started an Investigation by the transom route. Just one look over the top of the dcor and then a wild shriek and Mrs. Russell tumbled down off the chair. "It's a man, a man in, the bath tub," she shrieked and then sister added to the noise. The splashing in the bath room stopped. "Who are you in there, 1 shouted Mrs. Russell trying to work a bold determined tone. "It's ail right ladies," came Irom tU« re-election to the assembly. There may have been at some time a serious doubt about Mr. Wheeler's candidacy. ♦kK *F oul?* not have been a member of the tire department who yesterday offer ed even money that Harry Shepherd wculd beat former Chief Hart N. Cook to the Republican nomination for the board of aldermen in the Fourth ward. The house yesterday morning adopted resolutions of condolence for Gov. Van Sarit in the death of his father. The resolution was introduced by Representa tive Roberts, of Hennepin. Representative Nolan yesterday secur ed, under suspension of the rules, the in troduction and passage of a bill to straighten out a tangle in the bridge building plans of the Mower county com missioners. At the last session they se cured an appropriation for a wooden bndge. They have since decided that an iron structure is the proper thing and under the provisions of the appropri ation cannot use the money which is in the internal improvement fund for the frame structure. Representative Hurd, of Ramsey, has been placed under the ban of suspicion by Representative; Jacobson. Monday Mr. Hurd introduced and secured the adoption of -an amendment to the tax code, in the face of Jacobson's opposi tion. In the afternoon Jacobson explain ed to the house that the amendment con cealed a "woodehuck," and it was with drawn from the bill. Yesterday Mr. Hurd introduced the most harmless bill, and Jacqbscwi promptly exercised hi* perogativd of objection under the rules of the special order on the tax bill, when Mr. Hurd attempted to secure its passage. Mr. Hurd's bill is calculated to correct a mistake made by the legislature in adopting an amendment to the military code. The amendment was so worded that the governor's staff was excluded from the national guard. The amendment was framed at the instance of some of the officers who wanted to "get back" at the staff, and it slipped by even the warrior Jacobson without being- detected. Hurd. explained yesterday that his bill was calculated to right the wrong done the distinguished soldiers of the staff, but Jacobson had his wooden ear turn ed toward the gentleman from Ramsey, and straightway said that he must in sist upon an examination of the bill to be sure that it was only what it was represented before it was placed on its final passage. Under the rules, Jacob son's objection held, and the bill was consigned to the tender mercies of the melancholy Mr. Haugland and his com mittee on the reception of bills. bath room. "I have made a mistake, that's all." The voice from the bath room indicated plainly that the owner wanted to get out and the moment Mrs. Russell noted the frightened tone she became really brave." "I-have the door locked from this side," she shouted to the one inside, "and you will stay in there until the police ar rive." "For heaven's sake, don't send for the police," howled back the voice. "I as sure you that this is a mistake and when 1 get out I will explain everything." "Who are you?" asked Mrs. RosselL "I am Hiram Higgins, a commercial traveler," answered the voice. "It does sound like Mr. Higgins' voice,"' said the sister. "It is Higgins' voice," shouted the man inside, "and please don't send for the police. I'll come right out there and let you identify me." The Russell family held a conference with the hired girl. Sister insisted that She recognized Mr. Higgins' voice r.nd then the door was unlocked. It was pull ed open and Hiram Higgins, commercial traveler, with collar in one hand and tiboes in the other stepped out for in spection. Mrs. Russell with the scare over started to faint and Mr. Higgins started to ex plain. He had taken the count from the wrong end of the block. His key fitted the front door of the Russell flat. Thanks to the hired architect, the fiats were all laid out alike and Higsins thinking himself In the Higgins flat had started a homemade Turkish bath in an attempt to make a good showing When he encountered Mrs. Higgins at the breakfast table. / Higgins knew that Mrs. Russell was a dear friend of Mrs. Higgins and he begged for mercy. He pointed out all the trouble to be started by letting Mrs. Higidna in on the joke and after his talk Mrs. Russell promised to never tell a But Higgins forgot Mrs. Russell's sister and now he is on the water wagon. MISSING IN FIRE RUINS FOIR MEX BELIEVED TO HVVfi DIED IX IDAHO BLA7 k E Boarding- House Destroyed by Flumes and Twelve of the In mates Injured by Jumping From Windows. SPOKANE, Wasfh., Feb. 25.-One of the worst dttsasters in the history of the Coeur d'Alene occurred last night at Mace, Idaho. Twelve men are In the hos pitals and the bodies of four others are believed to be in the ruins of the board ing house of the Standard mine which was destroyed toy fixe this morning. Shortly after midnight flames were dis covered in the building, which was occu pied by sixty men. The fire spread quickly through the hall, shutting off all escape, except through windows. Four men are missing. The company refuses to make me names public until the lists can be re vised. The twelve men injured jumped from the windows. It is believed that two will die. These are D. McCallum and John Bowbay, who were frightfully burned. The list of those less seriously injured includes A. Townsend, F. Yarborough, J. MacKenzie, P. Bowers, R. M. Brand, L.. Seiberhart. J. B. Bond, John McAuliffe, W. C. McConnell and A. H. Adams. STOCK GAR COMBINE SEVERAL LARGE COMPANIES ARE fOVSOLIDATED IX CHICAGO. CHICAGO, Feb. 25.—Official announce ment of the consolidation of several of the private stock car companies was made today at the annual meeting 1 of the Streets Western Cattle Car com pany. President Eckstein* stated that the ad vantage of controlling a greater number of cars under one management had be come so apparent that the Streets company some time ago began the negotiations which have ended in the desired results. The companies in the combination are the Streets company, the Canda Cattle Car company and the Consolidated Cat tle Car company (the latter being known as the Hicks company). The Streets company by the new ar rangement acquires control of 4,500 e<fc ditional cars. FOUND WITH THROAT CUT. Woman Accuses Husband of Attempt to Slay, Which He Denies. L.OUISVIKLE, Ky., Feb. 15.—Mrs. James E. Reagan, wife of a Wolfe coun ty German, was found in a- room at Welch's tavern, 1030 West Main street, this morning with her throat cut. The woman, who will probably die, charges her husband with, having committed the deed, after a quarrel, and he was arrest ed today. Reagan denies the accusation, and claims that he and his wife were assault ed early this morning by thieves. When Reagan was arrested a bloody knife was found in one of bi* pocket*. W^rmesotaJax Problem «s ■«JF'; . . «' VIEW .^ \ ■ By MORITZ HEIM. POINT. It Is daily becoming more manifest at every stage of the legislative proceedings that those most instrumental in shaping tax legislation will insist, as a sine qua non, upon the taxation of personal prop erty on a basis of its full value. This vehement insistence upon the taxation of personality according to its full value is most remarkable in the case of repre sentatives of agricultural districts, whose interests are so diametrically opposed to any such method of taxation. In fart, the attitude of such rural members can hardly be attributed to an intelligent un derstanding of the crushing burden which would thereby be imposed upon the farm ers of this state. Such members of the legislature will, doubtless, be interested in some of the following figures from of ficial sources. The present assessed valuation of all personal property in this state is §107, --840,044. What proportion thereof repre sents the agricultural interests of the state? Of this total sum, live stock alone has an assessed valuation at the present time of $20,195,227, which is dis tributed as follows between the three large cities on the one hand, and the state at large on the other: St.- Paul $296.1C3 Minneapolis 412,115 Duluth 30.255 Total in three c'iies $738,583 The assessed valuation of live stock in the three large commercial centers of the state thus falls short of three-quarters of a million dollars. As against this small fraction, the state at large, ex clusive .of said cities, ownsi $28,456,644 worth of live stock, according to its as* sessed valuation. The latest report of the United States government for the year 1900 shows that the total value of live stock for that year was $55,753 : 240. If these figures are only approximately accurate, it follows as the night does the day, that the pet scheme of some of the "country mem bers" to raise the sessessed valuation of all personalty to its full value would increase the assessed valuation of their constituents' live stock from $28 - 000,(100 to $85.000,000. or in other words they are laboring to treble the taxes on this species of property. The figures relative to another species tfew tfork JCetter. Shippers Dine Traffic Men— NEW YORK, Feb. managers representing all the Eastern railroad and coast steamer lines, and others rep resenting industrial companies, whose shipments amount to 2,500 tons a day, and whose freight bills amount to $75,000,000 a year, sat together in harmony at a "common interest luncheon" given at the Arkwright club. The dinner was nota ble as being the first attempt to bring into close relationship the representatives of the railroads and the large shippers of the country, and every speaker declar ed that it must result in bringing about a relationship such as the "common in terest" relationship which J. Pierpont Morgan has been so largely instrumental in establishing between the railroads. It was resolved to hold another meet' ing of like kind on Feb. 21 next year. Prince Won't See Ont Beau Nash— Harry Lehr will take no part In the fes , tivities in honor of Prince Henry, and society will be deprived of the services of "Beau Nash" in welcoming: the royal visitor. For Harry, whose father was German consul at Baltimore, has left for the South,, to stay with Mr. and Mrs. Pembroke Jones, at Airlie, their place in North Carolina, and will only return to town in time to sail for Europe on board the same ship that carries Mrs. Astor. He will, therefore, not meet the prince, and (presumably will 'have nq voice in tha ar rangement of j that dinner which Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt is giving for the kaiser's brother. This dinner, by the by, is giving rise to a vast amount of heart burning in so ciety. Mrs. Vanderbilt's Invitations will be limited to fifty, whose names must pre viously be submitted to the prince for his approval—wheras her friends, and ac quaintances who consider that they have a right to be asked to an entertainment of this kind, number many hundreds Actor Talks to Students on Mining— Kyrle Bellew, the actor, received an en thusiastic welcome at Columbia univer sity when he addressed the students on "the most interesting features of practi cal mining in the gold fields of Austra lia." '"For the first time in many seasons," the actor began, "I am suffering from a severe attack of stage fright." Mr. Bellew used as his text Horace Greeley's 'Young man, go "West." 'First to the West," he said, "we find the great geld fields of the United States; then across the seas the untold wealth of Australia, and further the gold mines of South Africa. Teachers fop Our Xew Wards— On the United States army transport McClellan, which sailed for Manila, were 200 school teachers. They go to teach Filipinos the English language and the school system of this country. There were eighty women among them.- If the hap penings "on the last transport bearing teachers to the Philippines be repeated, the McClellan will be a matrimonial bu reau before she touches Manila. Astor'sSon as a Liberal— Rumor here says that young Waldorf Astor has taken up politics as a follower of Lord Rosebery. His father, who is a professed Tory, and a member of the Tory Oarlton club, disapproves of the young man associating himself even with such innocuous Liberalism as the Earl of Rosebery advocates. Speaking at a political supper in Liv erpool, Lord Rosebery mentioned that his second son, Neil Primrose, "accompan ied, by a very brilliant, and distinguished young friend," had stolen away" from the university to attend that meeting. The "friend" was W. W. Astor Jr., who then addressed the company, observing: - "There are two things I admire In Liv erpool—lts Liberalism and the Grand Na tional Steeplechase.". , . " . • This excited much laughter, as Liver pool is strongly anti-Liberal. Xew York Southrons Dine— The annual dinner of the New York Southern Society was held last week In the great hall at the Waldorf-Astoria, There were present a big majority of the 525 members of the association. There were nearly 300 women guests in the boxes. : ; The principal address of the evening was made by ex-Justice, Augustus Van Wyck, president of the society. Prince at the Yacht Club— : Among Prince Henry's many hosts while he is a visitor in the United States none will have a better claim on his time and none will be come with more free i dom than to the members >of the New York yacht club. The prince is a musi cian and a lover of music, he has been , a liberal patron of the drama, " and he has shown by his letters and his speeches that he is a close observer. He will un doubtedly be deeply interested In our in stitutions, but he Is before anything else a sailor, and for that reason he will feel at home In the yacht club. Prince Henry will probably be made an honorary - member .of the ; club, and • his name be added to the list, which now in cludes ~ King Edward VII., 'i the ?I Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, the Grand Duke Al- of agricultural property are equally Im pressive. The present assessed valuation of im plements in this state is as follows: In Hennepin. Ramsey and St. Louis counties $1 089 ?ot In remainder of state '.'.'.'.'. 2J2i]h.t Total in state .'54,414,443 trJ£ eSe fl£ ures include manufacturers' toois, machinery, engines and boilers, and the like, which are kept on sale as stock in trade by the merchants an<i manufacturers of the large cities. Hence a large part of the item of $1,689,801 at tributed to the three large counties of the state ought properly to be classed as merchandise for purposes of taxation. Ihe report of the federal government lor ISOO, already alluded to. fixes the value of implements at $30,988,880. If the farm ers of Minnesota wish the assessed value of their implements raised to the full ■value thereof, amounting to an increase of nearly 700 per centum, they should hasten to instruct their zealous represen tatives in the legislature to that effect. Under the existingl,, utterly inadequate system of taxation, the assessed valua tion of personal property for the entire state only amounts to $107,840,000, while the above quoted figures of the govern ment report show that the true value of live stock and implements alone, exceeds such total assessed valuation of all ner sonalty in Minnesota. The method of taxing farm lands at their full value would also produce strik ing results. The total assessed valua tion of all farm lands and improvements for 1900, was $267,340,5:40 In this state. It taxed upon the ibasis cf their full cash value, how much would the assessed val uation of such lands and improvements have to be Increased? Again referring to the government report above quoted, it appears that the value of farm lands and improvements thereon in Minnesota is $674,607,000; hencei, the "cash value" basis of taxation would increase the assessed valuation of farm lands and Improve ments over 150 per centum. City lands, as has so frequently been pointed out, would, on the other hand, permit of only a very slight, if any, increase in assessed valuation. While thus busily engaged in advocating measures designed to tax their constitu ents out of existence, those rural represen tatives already mentioned, who largely bear the responsibiltiy of shaping the course of tax legislation. snould ponder well, whether or not they are not in the meantime, allowing public-service cor porations, such as street railway tele ,?£« n<V tel.e^ aPh and waterpower compa nies, to place themselves forever beyond the proper supervision of the taxing au thorities exis, of Russia, Commodore Prince Ber nadotti, and many other distinguished men. I'nique Legal Bureau— There has been opened by Miss C. A Fiske, a new evening branch for tho benefit of working men ann women un able to procure legal advice during busi ness hours. Miss Fiske Is a graduate of the New- York law school, class of '95, and was ad mitted to the <bar in 1896. She joined the university settlement and attended for almost a year to the legal branch of its" work. Having become convinced by iier ob servations and investigations that the poorer classes suffer much from unneces sary legal abuses, becauses cf unscrup ulous legal advisers and also (because of their Inability to leave their work dur ing the day time to consult competent at torneys, -she determined to open an of fice in the United Charities- building; where working men and women can ob tain in the evening the advice and services cf competent attorneys at a moderate charge. Miss Fiske will act as manager of the settlement,, which will be known as the bureau for legal advice and service. The bureau is expected to 'be self-supporting. General Secretary Devine, of the Charity Organization society, has indorsed her plans. Without Platt Xobody Anything— Senator Platt has authorized the pub lication of an article intended, to be a partial reply to an article concerning the senator which recently appeared In Mc- Clure's Magazine. This reply was submitted to Senator Platt in Washington. He declared his willingness to have it published. He said while it did not close his case it was a gcod start in that direction. The article was written by William T. Manning, who says: "The magazine assailant of 1 Mr. Platt charges him with the love of power. It is a silly charge. Who does not love power and the exercise of it? The de sire of power is* one of the great springs that moves the world and spurs human ity on to its highest achievements and usefulness. "Mr. Low would not today be mayor of New York city were it not for Thomas C. Platt. Platt and his friends gave Low the nomination and elected ' (him. This is history, and Low knows it. Platt made Roosevelt governor. "If it were not for Thomas C. Platt Theodore Roosevelt would today be down at Oyster Bay writing magazine articles and not at the White house.' "When he lays down the sceptre of power in New York Republican politics it will be a dark day for the Republican party. Principles will of course live and triumph but the guiding hand of the great master and political captain can not fail to be missed." This declaration is also made: "Modesty is one of Mr. Platt's most marked characteristics." Drug 1 Store Bars; Must Go— The drug store bar must go. Pharmacy saloons have kept the state out of $250,000 in lecense fees since the Raine3 law has been In operation. The saloonkeepers of the state are up in arms against the druggists, who, paying but $3 a year license, have retailed drinks in a way that in New York city would cost $800 a year. ' .• .. . State Excise Commissioner Cullinan has made it known that his special deputies have secured evidence against 200 pharmacists who have been violating the Raines law. The district attorneys of the various counties in which these druggists are located will be asked to prosecute them. Two-Thirds of Million for Charity— With the ending of the half of tne allotted time for its work, the twentieth century thank offering commission will •have dn hand more than two-thirds of the million dollars which it set cut a year ago to gather for Methodist debt raising and charitable work in Man hattan and the Bronx. Women Vote for Saloons- Many of those who attended the debate held before the League for Political Edu cation expressed surprise that an audi ence composed almost entirely of women put itself on record as in favor of open ing the saloon on Sunday. The subject of the debate was "Ought the Saloons to Be Opened on Sundays?" --It was after this debate that the vote was taken, showing the sentiment of , the majority to be on the side of Sunday opening. Money for "Women's Hospital- Mrs. John H. Burtis, president of the board of managers of the Memorial Hos pital for Women and Children, has told the hospital staff that if it will raise' $15,000, to meet X the Immediate debts 6f the institution, and guarantee to pay the remaining debts), which, amount it Is said, to $15,000 more, sh« will give $5,000 addi tional to the . hospital. Mrs. Burtis an nounces that ' she .is anxious *to retire from the head of ; the institution,. and go - abroad for a year's rest and recreation.