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VOL. XXVI.—NO. 55.
J. C. MICHAEL ELECTED CORPORATION ATTORNEY Is Chosen for the Office on the First Ballot by a Strict Party Vote—Markham Re ceives the Seven Repub lican Votes — Democratic Councilmen Applaud Their Successful Candidate. For the next two years, beginning on March 10, J. C. Michael will answer to the title of corporation attorney. At a meeting of the two council bodies in joint sessions last night he was selected to succeed James E. Markham, the present in cumbent. Only one ballot was nec essary and its call found him in posses sion of the full strength of the Demo cratic majority, twelve votes. The other seven votes, which constitute the Republican minority, were cast for James B.* Markham. The Democratic conference at Alder man Huber's restaurant Sunday night and the announced withdrawal of »O. E. Holman late yesterday morning combined to remove all doubt as to what the result would be when it came to count the votes. The Democrats gathered at Alderman Huber's restaurant last evening and with a substantial dinner as a dispen ser of good cheer kept careful tab on their forces. The Republican forces, willing to admit their defeat and yet hoping against hope, held lonely vigil in Corporation Attorney Markham's of fice. Republicans Arrive Early. The Republicans were the first to en ter the council chamber, and right here Mr. Michael's election might have been delayed had the minority been a unit. The hour for the call was 8 o'clock, and when it arrived it found only the Republicans in possession. Twenty minutes were allowed to slip by with out the appearance of the Democrats, when the suggestion was made by As semblymen Arnold and Schurmeier that they call the meeting and announce an adjournment. Aldermen Corninrg and Elder were unwilling, and while they were in the midst of explanations the Democrats appeared. Some one had ap prised them of the move and they made haste to reach their seats. Each had a small bouquet of flowers pinned to his coat lapel. President Haas without delay called the meeting- to order and with the read ing of the call nominations followed. By stipulation it was agreed by the Democratic majority that no names should be offered, those voting simply giving their choice, but the Republic ans insisted and the nominations were made. Assemblyman Schurmeier tendered the name of James E. Markham and Alderman Dobner followed it with the name of James C. Michael. Each nomination was accompanied by a eu logistic speech and seconds were num erous. The call of the vote was taken amid silence; silence so intense that the drop of a pin might be heard, but the ten sion was soon relieved, when, with the announcement of twelve votes for Michael and seven for Markham, the Democrats broke into a ringing cheer. Cheers for Michael. The names Michael and Markham, so similar in sound, were decidedly confusing, and the answer of each member found strained ears waiting to catch it. Hope was high in the breasts of the Republican minority that some Democrat might stray from the Michael fold, and when Assemblyman Whitcomb, through a slip of the tongue, gave an answer that sounded very much like Markham. expectant glances were directed his way. He quickly cor rected himself, and disappointment plainly showed on the Republican faces. The announcement of Mr. Michael's election prompted someone to call for adjournment, but Assemblyman Arnold insisted on hearing a speech from Cor poration Attorney Markham and he was accommodated. Aid. Dobner being detailed to bring him forward. "I haven't prepared any remarks on this side of the play," Mr. Markham laughingly remarked as he faced the members. "I am afraid it will have to be entirely impromptu. Leaving all joking aside, however, I want to say that I leave this office with one thing to my credit, and that is I believe I have done my duty. I have tried to serve the public, and no one faction of the public, and I think I have succeed ed. I have no unkind words to say to anyone. I feel kindly towards those who have expressed a desire for me to stay and yet have voted with the ma jority. I think if it were not for party ties they would have given substantial evidence of that desire. So long as party lines control, it is expected that the offices will go to those that have rendered service to their party, and I have no reason to complain. Pays Tribute to His Successor. "It is a matter of congratulation to me, however, that I turn the office over to such a worthy successor. I do not think you could have selected a better men. He is a gentleman and a man of great legal attainments and qualities, and it pleases me to see that you have named him as corporation attorney. J. C. Michael, the corporation attor ney-elect, who was also called upon for a speech by Assemblyman Arnold, was brevity itself in answering to the de mand, but he called forth rousing cheers from the Republican side of the house, when in his remarks he com plimented Mr. Markham. "I esteem this as a great honor," said Mr. Michael, "and if I can in a measure maintain the standard set by my pre decessor I shall be more than satisfied. In private practice my full duty has al ways been to my client, and now in ac cepting the city of St. Paul as a client I shall try and see that the same prin ciple is fully carried out. I thank you." When adjournment was announced Mr. Michael was the center of attrac tion, and his hand was kept busy ac knowledging congratulations. There was a large crowd of interested spec tators in attendance and they vied with the members of the council in showing their good will. Many Candidates to Choose From. Mr. Michael will not succeed Mr. Markham as corporation attorney un til March 10, but in the meantime he will select his staff and that means a task, the extent of which can be real ized when it is known that fully forty persons have asked to be made as sistants. David Peebles is said to be slated for one of the places, but which It is not known. Richard D. O'Brien Is also spoken of. The rumor was strong last night that Thomas McDermott, the present first assistant corporation attorney, would be retained, but Mr. Michael refused to either deny or confirm it. He dis missed the question with the answer THE ST. PAUL GLOBE. that he had not decided on any of his staff as yet. It is known that a number of the members of the council- made strong pleaa for the retention or Mr. McDer motr; but the leaders say Mr. Michael made no promises. Mr. Michael's Career. James C. Michael, who Is the first Democrat to handle the city's legal affairs in six years, is a native of Vir ginia, being born in that state in Pres ton county in 1863. The local public schools furnished him with a prepara tory education and this was supple mented with a course in the West Vir ginia university, the expense of which he met by teaching school for several years. In 1881 he moved to Illinois, where he read law 1 for two years. He next moved with his father to Red Wing, and continued his legal studies, where, after reaching his majority, he was admited to the bar. His removal to St. Paul took place six years later and ever since that time he has been identified with the Capitol City and the Ramsey county bar. . His services to the Democratic par ty of the state and city have been of incalculable value, and less than a year ago an effort was made to reward him with a seat on the district bench. In the face of a landslide it was a failure, but recognition of his services and worth was partially accomplished last night by his election to the office of corporation attorney. JOHN MITCHELL WILL NOT ENTER POLITICS Thinks He Is More Useful Right Where He Is Now. Special to The Globe. SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 25.—John Mitchell, president of the United Mine Workers of America, when asked If there was any possibility of his en tering the field of politics in Illinois, said: "I have no political aspirations or affiliations. I feel that I can do more good in my present position than I could as governor or in any political office. It is not at all likely that any political party in Illinois will seek a laboring man for the office of governor. I am prevented by the policy of the laboring organization which I represent from taking the stump for any candi date for office. From my experience in working in the interest of labor I have found it the best policy to divorce la bor and politics entirely." DAY'S NEWS SUMMARIZED Weather for St. Paul and vicinity—Fair today and tomorrow. LEGISLATIVE— Representative Fryberger proposes re submission of 4 per cent gross earnings tax amendment on new lines. House committee investigating state of fices will seek explanation of missing reports from public examiner. Senator Laybourn proposes gross earn ings tax for fraternal insurance associa tions. Senate bill makes farmers' institutes permanent feature of state's educational work. \ DOMESTIC— Polygamy is said to exist in Connecti cut. Plans for beef trust merger are com pleted. One man is killed and about a dozen passengers injured in train wreck near Athol. S. D. John Mitchell says he will keep out of politics. Mr. Bryan threatens to place independ ent ticket in field if Democratic national convention of 1904 does not reaffirm 16 to 1 plank of Kansas City platform. LOCAL— Charming Seabury, of the capitol com mission, makes a public statement justi fying expenditures on the new capitol and complimenting Cass Gilbert, the architect. The Methodist Debating club discusses the propriety of eliminating the rule for bidding indulgence irt» dancing, theaters, card playing, races, etc. John McGuire Is struck by a runaway team and seriously if not fatally injured. Two well known physicians come to blows at the conclusion of a meeting of the Ramsey County Medical society at the Merchants' hotel. Masons will today celebrate fiftieth an niversary of Minnesota grand lodge. William Provencher, Company E, First regiment Minnesota National Guard, spends three hours in Jail in default of tine for absence from drill. Infant three months old, first victim of small pox in two years, dies at pest house. Judge Kelly reprimands attorney for blasphemy in examining witness in Wein liolzer case. Judge Amidon decides that Northern Pacific has not failed to maintain tele graphic service along its line. Insurance patrol and Lafayette car col lide at Sixth and Broadway, and Capt Thomas F. Carey is seriously injured. John F. Stevens, late of Great North ern, is appointed first vice president of Rock Island. WASHINGTON— Secretary Cortelyou presents scheme for organization of new department of commerce and labor. National supreme court decides mineral land case adversely to Northern Pacific. Important decision on carrying of lot tery tickets is announced by national supreme court. United States supreme court decides that lands owned by Indians in South Dakota cannot be taxed. By vote of 10 to 6 house committee de cides not to report ship subsidy bill. SPORTING— Cora B. and Serringa break world's records at ice tracjk races on Lake Como. American Bowling congress selects Cleveland for its 1901 meet. Gus Ruhlin wants to fight James J. Corbett for side bet or purse. Kid McCoy in the divorce court for the third lime. MINNEAPOLIS— President Cyrusr Northrop, Of the uni versity, declares that he is opposed to board of control. Hennepin county brings suit against men who signed former Detective Norbeck's bail bond. FOREIGN— It is decided in Paris to make Wash ington's birthday a day for meeting of advocates of peace the world over. Sultan agrees to adopt scheme for re forms in Macedonia. MORNIN3, FEBRUARY 24, 1903.— DQD! i n:.^P^:p W-I—. IS DTD "inn 1 w^« I WMIT£ fli nin Vice Presidential Rivals-Alter Me, My Dear Governor. STEVENS WITH THE ROCK ISLAND Former Great Northern Gen eral Manager Appointed First Vice President. Special to The Globe. CHICAGO, Feb. 23.—1t was stated to day that John F. Stevens, formerly gen eral manager of the Great Northern road, had been appointed first vice president of the Rock Island system and had been placed in charge of con struction and operation. Mr. Stevens is now inspecting the Rock Island lines, traveling in a private car with General Manager Goodnow. In connection with the appointment was a rumor that it would be followed by several important changes in tfre official roster. It was asserted that €. H. Warren, assistant to President Leeds, would move his office to New York, where he will practically take Mr. Leeds' place while the latter is away, and that Mr. Stevens would have the authority here which Mr. Warren now exercises. Rumor a|so had it that J. M. Johnson, third vice president, would either leave the com pany or go to New York in an ad visory capacity to the owners of the property. Recently the position of freight traffic manager was taken away from Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Holden, formerly of the Choctaw, was made freight traffic manager. Should these changes take place there will be little left on the Rock Island that savors of the Purdy management, which the new owners considered so conservative as to border on the unprogressive. TWO MAIL CLERKS BURNED TO DEATH Passengers Also Injured in a Collision on the Big Four. CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 23. —In a head-on collision tonight between a west-bound passenger train and an east-bound freight on the Big Four, a mile east of Berea, two mail clerks are reported to have been burned to death in their car, which took fire, and a pas senger so badly hurt that he died shortly after being removed from a passenger car. One of the mail clerks was named Walworth. Both trains caught fire. Eight or ten passengers are reported to be seriously injured. The trains were runing at full speed. Both engines were demolished and thb track was heaped with debris. The passenger train left Cleveland at 9:30 o'clock. Shortly after the collision the debris caught fire and burned fiercely, the telegraph poles beside the track catching fire, and communication by telegraph with the scene of the wreck was cut off. It is stated that on ac count of the heat of the flames the work of rescue, should anyone be be neath the debris, cannot progress. NO THOROUGHFARE^ FOR LOTTERY TICKETS Validity of the Act of Congress of 1895 Is Sustained. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 23.—The power of congress to prohibit the send ing of lottery tickets from one state to another by other means than the United States mails was passed on to day by the United States supreme court. The question arose in connec tion with two cases, that of Champion vs. the United States and that of Francis vs. the United States, and in both cases the constitutionality of the act of congress of 1895, prohibiting the transmission of lottery tickets from one state to another by express or otherwise was challenged. The opin ion in the Champion case was deliv ered by Justice Harlan and sustained the validity of the law. In the Fran cis case Justice Holmes spoke for the court, holding that the offense alleged did not come within the scope of the law in question. BALVACE PATROL AND CAR COLLIDE Capt. Thomas F. Carey Seri ously Injured in Accident With Lafayette Car. While responding to a fire alarm shortly before 10 o'clock last night the fire insurance patrol was run down by a south-bound Lafayette car at Broad way and Sixth streets. Capt. Thomas. F. Carey, of the patrol, was crushed between the car and, the wagon, sus taining several painful bruises. His left knee was also Jerked from its socket, causing the leg- to swell to twice Its normal sjze. Fireman Charles Grislm escaped serious injuries and probable death by jumping from the patrol just as the wagon and the car collided. So great was the force of the collision that he was thrown a dis tance pf twenty feet. The other member's of the company, excepting Driver Flynn. also escaped by jumping. Flynn stuck to his.post Until the fright ened horses were brought under con trol. The patrol was responding to a fire at A. Jacke's bakery at 285 East Sev enth street. A south-bound Lafayette car crashed into ilie wagon just as the patrol rounded into Broadway towards Seventh street. The motorman at tempted to stop his car, but It had gained such great headway as it de scended the hill that it was impossible to stop it in time tp; avoid the colli sion. As soon as Flynn perceived that the accident was inevitable he turned his team soas to prevent the car from hit ting the patrol on the side and tipping it over. The next instant the heavy car struck the wagon just below the driver's seat. Capt. Carey was caught between the car and the wagon, while Grisim escaped injury by leaping from the wagon. So terrific was the force of the colli sion that the whole front end of the car was crushed in. The motorman, however, escaped injury. About twelve passengers were in the car when the accident occurred and all were roughly shaken. The insurance patrol was badly dam aged and one of the patrol horses wap severely cut by the flying glass. The wagon which was mixed up in the colli sion was a new patrol just out of the shop. It had not been painted and had been accepted by the board of under writers only a few days ago. ABDUL HAMID YIELDS TO THE POWERS Sultan Agrees to Accept the Plan for Reforms in Macedonia. CONSTANTINOPLE, Feb. 23.—Tew fik Pasha, minister of foreign affairs, notified the Austro-Hungarian and Russian ambassadors today that the sultan had agreed to adopt the scheme for reforms in Macedonia. The identical note presented to the grand vizer by the Austro-Hungarian and Russian ambassadors has been handed to the sultan. The powers rec ommend, in addition to the appoint ment of an inspector general of gend armerie for three years, with ample powers to act independently and to requisition troops in case of emergency and the reorganization of the gendar merie and police under European in structors, that Christians be admitted into the gendarmerie in numbers pro portionate to the population, without being required to read and write the Turkish language. Amnesty is alsd demanded for all pereons who have been arrested for political offenses. The scheme for administration and financial reforms in Macedonia, besides planning a more equitable collection of taxes, provides that the local expenses shall be a first charge on the revenues of each vilayet. In the event of there being a surplus, this may be sent to Constantinople. Measures are also de manded for compelling the Albanians to respect the law. Archduke In Our Navy. \IEI\NA, Feb. 23.—Former Archduke Leopold Ferdinand, brother of the crown princess of Saxony, has telegraphed to his parents at Sa3zberg that he intends to become an officer in the United States navy. Justice Shiras Leaves the Bench. WASHINGTON, D. C. Feb. 23.—1n ac cordance with the terras of his letter of resignation, Justice Shiras today retired from his office as associate justice of the I nited States supreme court and left for Florida. POLYGAMY IN CONNECTICUT Bible Agent Makes Report That Startles His Eccle siastical Hearers. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 23.—Rev. H. L. Hutchins, who has been making a tour of this state in the interests of the Connecticut Bible society, read a paper today at a meeting of the pastors of this city, in which he pre sented the results of his observations in certain parts of Connecticut in a way that startled his hearers. Mr. Hutch ins said that polygamy is practiced in certain towns in the eastern part of Connecticut. The degeneracy of the inhabitants of the town referred to, Mr. Hutchins said, was productive of murder and other crimes. He added that another feature of life in that section and in the northwest ern part of the state was the existence of a class of illiterates whom he called "poor whites." These live In shacks and are an ignorant set. The speaker thought the inefficiency of the country school was responsible in a large meas ure for such conditions, and he be lieved also that the church was not holding its own in these districts. DECISION IN A MINERAL LAND CASE National Supreme Court Finds Against the Northern Pacific. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 23.— case of the Northern Pacific Railway company against John A. Soderburg, involving the question as to what con stitutes mineral lands as used in the act of July 2, 1864, was decided today by the supreme court of the United States in favor of Soderburg. The rail way company sought to enjoin him from removing or disposing of granite from a quarter section of land in Washington state of which he had taken possession under a mineral loca tion. Justice Shiras delivered the opinion for Justice Brown. The court said: v r \ b:-: v "We are of opinion that this legisla tion consists with, rather than opposes, the overwhelming weight of authority to the effect that mineral lands include not merely metalliferous, but all such as are chiefly valuable for their depos its of a mineral character which are useful in the arts or valuable for pur poses of manufacture." The decree of the lower court dis missing the company's bill was af firmed. Justices Brewer and Peckham dissented. DUNRAVEN FULL OF HOPE FOR IRELAND Legislation Expected That Will End Ali Pending Difficulties. LONDON, Feb. 23.—The Earl of Dunraven was asked tonight regard ing- the prospects of legislation which he thought would end the difficulties In Ireland. Lord Dunraven said: "The utterances of King Edward and of British public men. the temper of Ireland, the reception of the confer ences report by the public and the ac tion of the government since the pub lication of the report are all favorable indications pointing to the success of the government's Irish land bill, which, if it contains a just and generous offer, will make good the first impression on which ail depends. The bill, if drawn on the line of the terms of the report, will insure a final settlement and re move the cause of friction in Ireland, which is reacting unfavorably not only in Great Britain, but throughout the empire and of our kindred in the Unit ed States." Lord Dunraven replied to the adverse criticism of the report, saying that the conferees could not lay down a specific formula to be adopted. They were oblicred to Oaai with the matter on tb» PRICE TWO CENTS On Tral"* AO# FIVE CENTS. FRYBERGER PROPOSES GROSS EARNINGS PLAN broadest lines, in considering both the interests of the nation and those of the individual landlords and tenants. He did not think that the government would be able to specify a strict for mula, which, if attempted, would con fuse the issue. The minor details of any plan based on voluntarism must be left to the purchasers and sellers. The conference sought only to formur late the conditions under which it would be possible to complete the transfer of the land within a reason able period. His lordship-cpncluded by saying that he did not think that the demand on the state treasury would be disproportionate to the benefits gained. VAN BANT SETTING PRESIDENT RIGHT Governor Seeking to Nullify Statements of Joel Heatwole. From Globe Washington Bureau. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 23.—Gov. Van Sant is in town, very busy trying to set the president right on Minnesota politics. The governor is attended by a resplendent uniform containing Col. Joseph Carmody, secretary to con gressman Fletcher and special Wash ington colonel of the governor's staff. By resolution of the Minnesota Office holders' club, in Washington, Carmody is serving asa committee of entertain ment and escort. Gov. Van Sant ex pects to see the president at an early date and tell him not to believe a word of what Joel Heatwole said In their now famous interview. It is not pop ularly known what Heatwole told the president, but the governor is confi dent that it is not true, and will so in form him. If, as reported, Heatwole told Roosevelt that the Minnesota ma jority was due to Roosevelt's popular ity, Van Sant will nail that for "green goods." He is determined that Roose velt shall know that It was Van Sant that did the business. The governor called on Secretary Shaw, of the treasury, and went with him this afternoon to the White house, but had only a minute with the presi dent. It was arranged he should come and unburden himself later when there is more time. He went to the capitol in the afternoon and gave the glad hand to members of the delegation. Mrs. Van Sant is with the governor. She attended the D. A. R. convention, being regent of the Winona chapter. By a strange fatality, the governor is quartered in the same hotel and in an adjoining suite to that of HeatWele, who lives at the Gordon. The two are constantly bumping Into each other, but up, to date have refrained from blows. THREAT FROM BRYAN TO BOLT Will Do This Unless Demo crats Reaffirm 16 to 1 Plank in 1904. Special to The Globe. NEW YORK, Feb. 23.—Mr. Bryan will bolt the next regular presidential tick et unless the national convention of 1904 shall reaffirm the 16 to 1 plank in the Kansas City platform. He will not only insist upon an indorsement of the silver plank, but also upon many other planks of the platform of 1900 on threat of placing in the field an independent ticket. When in New York last week Mr. Bryan received calls from men, prominent in the party, state and na tional, with all of whom he held long conferences, but there was rto harmony and no decision was reached. Eugene V. Brewster, of Brooklyn, Bryan's close friend in New York's political whirl, Is quoted tonight as saying: "We talked over the national situ ation in all its phases. I informed him that many of these men had sup ported him in 1900 only because they were regular Democrats and that it was that fact alone that had made it possible for the leaders to turn over the organization's votes to the Demo cratic ticket. I told him that such a thing would be impossible now, but I could not convince Mr. Bryan of this fact. Try as I would, I could not swerve him from his desire for bimetal ism. Other leaders from Eastern and Southern states had presented him the same facts, but it apparently had no effect upon his views, declared that the Kansas City document should be reaffirmed in toto or not at all. "In taking this position Mr. Bryan is serving notice upon the men who deserted in 1896 that he holds the pow er to make or unmake them, just as they did him. These are the men who are now willing to be guided by the counsels of Grover Cleveland, David B. Hill, William C. Whitney and a score or so of others." Mr. Bryan's friends intimate that while it is true that he is not to be a candidate again, he will be in a position to place an independent tick et inthe field that, they declare, will poll as many votes as that nominated by the regular party. Dewey Prize Cases Decided. WASHINGTON. D. C, Feb. 23.—The United States supreme court today de cided the prize money cases brought by Admiral Dewey in behalf of himself and the officers and men of his fleet on ac count of the vessels sunk at Manila and afterwards reclaimed, in their favor, but the cases of Admiral Sampson, for whise name that of Admiral Taylor was sub stituted in his behalf, and that of his of ficers and men on account of the Maria Theresa, sunk at the battle of Santiago, were decided adversely to the claimants. The Theresa was sunk after being res cued, whereas thel vessels reclaimed at Manila ar© still in use* Provides for Submission ot Four Per Cent Proposition on Present Definition ol Gross Earnings but Wid ens Scope of Tax and Re peals Exemption From Spe cial Assessments. Resubmission of a proposition for st constitutional amendment permitting the increa.se of the railroads grosa earnings tax to 4 per cent is proposed by a bill introduced in the house yes terday by Mr. Fryberger, Hennepin. The Fryberger bill is the result of several conferences between the au thor, the attorney general and other legal men of the house. It proposes at least two radical changes from the present law beside the increase in rate. Permits Special Assessments. According to the provisions of the Fryberger bill, gross earnings are to be computed not alone on the carryings of the railroad companies, but on their earnings of whatsoever character, such' as bonds, etc. It also provides that payment of the gross earnings tax shall not exempt companies from special as sessments for local permanent im provements, as they are exempted un der the present law. The definition gross earnings is the same as provided by the present law. It is defined as "business beginning and ending in the state, and a proportion based oir the proportion of the mileage within the state to the entire mileage over which such business is done and all interstate business passing through? into or out of the state." The bill provides that actions to compel the roads to comply with the proposed law may be brought in the district courts, and in the event of a, desire to contest the contestants must pay the full amount of taxes due un der the present law as a prerequisite to their suit. The proposition is to b<3 submitted to the voters at the 1904 general election. JOHNSON TO EXPLAIN. Committeeman Wants to Know About Inspections and Fees. Examination of the state offices and" officers by the house committee on public accounts and expendltu-eti mny result in securing beside an explana tion of the value of his office some def initionsTief the state law by the public examiner. jj The committee in investigating tha work of the public examine)- will, ro some of the members say, be curiou* to know why Mr. Johnson has made no examination of building and loan associations, or if he has made such! examinations why no reports of iho fees collected for such examinations were returned to the state auditor. The last report made by Auditor* Dunn, which is for the biennial period endmg July 31, 1902, contains a report of building and loan associations fees collected by Examiner Pope and turned into the state treasury, amounting to $618.08 for 1901 and $399.50 for 1902.' The fees collected by Pope, as shown! by Auditor Dunn's report, ranged fromj $10 to $50, and were collected for ex amination of over thirty companies. Up to Jan. 1, 1903, Mr. Johnson, who has* been in office a year, made no returns of any such examinations or fees. If the examinations were made, as the laws requires, Mr. Johnson has not, aa Pope did, arranged to inform the pub lic about it or the amount of fees col lected. A member of the public CC« counts committee yesterday said: "These building and loan associa tion fees and examinations are only one of several matters that we will want Mr. Johnson to explain. The law provides that the public examiner shall receive a salary of $3,500. .\s near asi I can figure it out he is making some- thing of over $5,000 per year and still calling for more. He may be worth, more to the state than any of the ex ecutive or administrative officers, but the state has a right to know what he is getting before it decides to hand him any more. " MAKE INSTITUTES PERMANENT. Regular Appropriation and Managers for Farmers' Schools. A bill designed to place the system of farmers' institutes, held annually throughout the state, on a financially sound and permanent basis was intro duced in the senate yesterday morn ing. The measure provides for a stand ing appropriation of $18,000 for the farmers' institutes and restricts the expenses of each meeting, to $150. The bill also provides for the appointment of a board of administration to con sist of three regents of the university, the three to be selected by the board ofi regents and the presidents of the State Agricultural society, State Dairy asso ciation and State Horticultural asso-. elation. TAX FRATERNAL SOCIETIES. Laybourn Proposes Gross Earnings Tax on Their Earnings. Senator Laybourn yesterday intro* duced a bill that is sure to call forth the opposition of the fraternal insur ance orders of the state. The bill pro vides for a 3 per cent tax on the gross earnings of .all fraternal, co-operative and assessment insurance companies in lieu of other taxation. Senator Laybourn explains that a 3. per cent tax on the valuation of fra ternal Insurance investments, some of which yield a bare 4 per cent, would be manifestly unjust, and for this rea son has designed his bill to affect mere* ly the income. BUSY DAY IN HOUSE. Larson's Red Gasoline Can and Dem. ing's Park Boards Bills Passed. The house again demonstrated ita ability and willingness to work yester day afternoon by receiving twenty new bills, passing six on the calendar and disposing of a general order of twenty six bills, all after assembling at 2 o'clock. Among the bills passed were Lar son's red can gasoline bill, Chinnoek's bill permitting banks to invest in rail road bonds, and the Deming bill, which! gives the park board the power of con demnation to establish street lines. In committee of the whole the at mosphere became seriously cloudy only once, and that over the bill to give the Fourteenth judicial district another judge. Mr. Bennett presented the claims of the district, but inadvertant ly made two or three statements which Continued on Fourth Pane.