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WEATHER FOR TODAY.
Minnesota, lowa and the Dakotas—
■Wednesday; Thursday increasing cloudi
ness; southeast winds.
Upper Michigan—Fair Wednesday and
probably Thursday; fresh southeast
winds. -.
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).
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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.

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