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St. Paul End Vicinity—Snow and
Minnesota —Snow Tuesday; colder In
east portion. Wednesday fair, warmer.
He Does Not Pledge the Government
to Carry Out the Reforms in Their
Entirety, but Promises to Refer
Them to Council of Ministers for
Report—These Include Increased
Power to Zemstvos, Recognition of
Religious Rights and More Freedom
for the Press
peror Nicholas' long expected reform
ukase was issued tonight. The docu
ment deals, under eight heads, with
practically all the subjects brought to
the emperor's attention by the memo
rial of the council of zemstvos presi
dents held here last month, and while
rot specifically pledging the govern
ment to carry out the various reforms
in their entirety as demanded by the
memorial, promises that all shall be re
ferred to the council of ininisters with
orders to report promptly on the fullest
measures of relief which can be ac
corded on the various subjects.
One question not touched by the
ukase is that of the constitutional as
sembly. Neither is the Jewish religion
specifically mentioned, though freedom
for all creeds or sects, whether Chris
tian or otherwise, is among the sub
jects which will be dealt with. In
brief the subjects which will be refer
red to committees of the council of
ministers for early report are:
Subjects Enumerated
Fir*t—A just and eauitable enf aivf-ment
of existing law* with a view to securing
the harmonious administration of all the
Second —Zemstvo organization with a
view to giving the widest latitude and au
tonomy to the various zemstvos, calling
additional zemstvo representatives where
required and creating smaller zemstvo
units capable of dealing directly with the
local needs of the peasants.
Third—Equality to all citizens before the
law, this touching the much mooted
question of peasant equality before the
Fourth —Arranging a scheme of work
men's insurance, for the benefit and par
ticipation of factory workers throughout
the empire.
Fifth —To secure citiaens against arbi
trary arrest and to accord immunity
from harsh action from the police except
jn cases of persons known to be conspir
ing to commit overt acts against the sta
bility of the state.
Sixth —The religious freedom of all sub
jects of the empire without respect of
creed or manner of worship.
Town Has an Explosion of
Tremendous Power
HALIFAX, N. S., Dec. 26.--A portion
of the Acadia Powder company's works
at Waverly, ten miles from this city,
blew up today and the concussion
shook the country and broke windows
for twenty miles around. No one was
killed or seriously injured, although
nbout twenty of the employes, who had
just left the powder works when the
explosion took place, were thrown vio
lently to the ground and stunned.
The plant is situated a mile outside
of Waverly, and every window in the
town was broken and many people in
the streets were cut up by the shower
of broken glass. The property loss at
the Acadia works is estimated at $25,
The explosion was in a small build
ing known as the dry house, in which
a ton of powder was stored, and is be
lieved to have been due to overheating.
The concussion demolished half a doz
en other buildings close by the dr>
house, but did not explode the pow
der in the magazine, although that
building was partially wrecked. A
hole several feet deep was blown in
the ground.
About a quarter of a mile off was the
house of Robert Layton, the manager
of the plant, and this was very badly
damaged. All the windows were blown
out, while the plaster in nearly every
room was shaken down. Miss Marga
ret Layton, who was sitting in a room
on the second floor, was hurled from
her chair'and rendered unconscious.
Her condition is not serious, however.
People in Waverly rushed from their
houses fearing that other explosions
would follow and the town would be
wrecked, and it was some time before
they were reassured. The shock was
Tieavy enough in this city to break
many large plate glass windows in the
business section and throw open lock
ed doors. At one of the houses of the
fire department the large front doors
were burst open. In many houses ar
ticles were thrown to the floor from
tables and shelves.
Similar reports were received from
Bedford, three miles from the pov.der
plant, and from Renfrew, Oldham and
other small towns situated up the val
ley towards the scene of the explosion.
The fact that only about one-fifth of
the ordinary working force was about
the building today undoubtedly pre
yeated loss of life.
Seventh—For rescinding all unnecessary
repressive laws, leaving in force only those
designed for the participation of peasants
and for the benefit generally of subjects
of fhe empire.
Eighth—To accord the fullest possible
measure of liberty to the press and the
removal so far as .possible the various
restrictive laws.
Reactionaries Not Pleased
The ukase was issued so late that
its contents were not generally known
even in the newspaper offices till long
after midnight. Among those able to
express an opinion it was considered
to be a document whose ultimate value
depended largely upon the interpreta
tion given by the various committees
as to the measure of liberty which it
is possible to grant under the various
heads named.
Naturally, it has not met the" fullest
wishes of the Liberals, but on the other
hand it is regarded by reactionaries as
promising entirely too much in the
direction of liberal reforms. It is com
plained, also, that there is some am
biguity of expression in the various
sections of the document, which must
be left to interpretation by those to
whom the various reforms are in
How It Reads
The decree, which is entitled "A
Scheme for the Improvement of the
State," is addressed to the senate, and
is as follows:
"In accordance with the revered ex
ample of our crowned predecessor, and
thinking unceasingly of the welfare of
the realm intrusted to us by God, we
regard it as our duty and the govern
ment's duty, in conjunction with un
deviating maintenance of the immuta
bility of the eternal laws of the em
pire, to have untiring care for the
country's needs, distinguishing all that
Continued on Sixth Page
Steel Trust Matters May Be
Aired in a Contest
Special to The Globe
PITTSBURG, Pa., Dec. 26.—A bitter
fight in which some Lawsonlike secrets
may be disclosed is likely to come of
the rivalry between the big steel com
panies in competing for an 8,000 ton
armor plate contract to be let by the
government Jan. 1.
The Midvale Steel company, an anti
trust corporation, is in the field for a
share of the contract. Exposures will
be made, it is expected, when this com
pany seeks to have the allotment of the
Bethlehem and Carnegie companies cut
in price and tonnage.
Grateful for Red Cross Funds
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 26.—The
empress of Russia has conveyed her
personal thanks to Countess Cassini
for $9,660 subscribed through her for
the Russian Red Cross.
Czar Issues Reform Decree
Japs Cut Off Russian Supplies
Roosevelt and Venezuela
Man Who Stabbed Johnson Surrenders
Council Might Abottsh Telephone Tolls
County Officials End Terms
Chri£*t>as in St. Paul
PAGE 111
News of the Northwest
Minneapolis Matters
Editorial Comment
News of the Sporting World
Van Sant Opens Headquarters Today
Cuban Sanitation
Of Interest to Women
Weds a Poor Violinist
Paying Wants
Papers Prepared in Hallam-O'Brien
State Officials Move to New Capitol
Quarrel Costs Man His Life
Sons of American Revolution Hold An
nual —
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To the right of the temple, from top to bottom, are A. I). Smoot,
poiygamist, with four wives, father of Senator Smoot; C. W. Penrose;
Romania Benneli Pratt, M. D., plural wife-of C. W. Penrose, and the en*
dowment house.
Ohio Sheriff Who Seeks Doc
tor's Extradition Meets a
ALBANY, N. T., Dec. 26.—Sheriff
Barry, of Cleveland, Ohio, who expects
to arrest Dr. Leroy S. Chadwick, hus
band of Mrs. Chadwick, when he lands
in New York on the charge of forging
the name of Andrew Carnegie, met a
check in his plans today when he failed
to obtain from Gov. Odell the requisi
tion papers necessary to permit the
transportation of Dr. Chadwick to
Ohio. He Called at the executive cham
ber at the capitol, but was informed by
Judge John.. T. Joyce, the governor's
pardon and requisition clerk, that his
papers were defective in that they fail
ed to prove that Dr. Chadwick was in
Ohio on March 5, 1903, when the al
leged forgery was committed. Sheriff
Barry decided not to try to correct his
papers now but to go on to New York
and arrest Dr. Chadwick and arrange
for his requisition afterwards.
Before leaving for New York Sun
day the Cleveland sheriff telegraphed
to the executive department here ask
ing that his papers be prepared so that
there might be no delay upon ais arri
wil Monday morning. When the tel
egram was received Gov. Odell was at
his home in Newburg and the mes
sage was given to his pardon clerk.
Judge Joyce telephoned the governor
and received authority from him to
deliver the desired warrant in case the
application papers were properly drawn
Sheriff Barry today presented to
Judge Joyce the requisition papers
signed by Gov. Herrlck, of Ohio, ask
ing an extradition warrant to enable
him to take his prisoner out of New
York state. When the sheriff learned
that his papers were defective he tel
egraphed to have the affidavits prepar
ed and sent to him in New York. He
said that this was a purely formal mat
ter and that affidavits could be prompt
ly obtained showing that Dr. Chadwick
was in Ohio on or about March 5, 1903.
The Ohio sheriff left immediately aft
erward for New York. He will consult
with the city authorities there regard
ing the best course of procedure.
"Lays for" the Steamer
NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Sheriff Barry,
of Cleveland, reached New York this
afternoon from Albany and will remain
here until the arrival of the steamship
Pretoria, which is bringing Dr. Leroy
S. Chadwick, of Cleveland, and his
daughter, Miss Mary Chadwick.
Mr. Barry was not at all disconcerted
over his inability to obtain the requisi
tion papers from Goy. Odell, which
would permit him to take Dr. Chad
wick to Ohio. He said:
"I do not find any fault with Judge
Joyce for declining to issue the requisi
tion papers. I realize that it is neces
sary for him to act absolutely in ac
cordance with his interpretation of the
law. I decided that it would be better
to have the matter straightened out in
Cleveland, so I wired Prosecutor Keeler
the facts and came on to New York.
Mr. Keeler has already forwarded to
me an affidavit, giving the testimony
before the grand jury tending to show
that Dr. Chadwick was in Cuyahoga
county, Ohk), on March 5, 1903, upon
which date the alleged crime was com
mitted, and this affidavit will be in my
hands tomorrow morning. With that
in my possession, I anticipate no diffi
culty in getting the necessary papers.
"I am here on a sad errand, for I
have known Dr. Chadwick many years
and our relations have been of the
pleasantest nature. I shall do every
thing in my power to make his trying
situation as easy as possible. lam es
pecially solicitous that Miss Chadwick
shall be spared any humiliation. I un
derstand that some of her relatives will
meet her upon the arrival of the steam
er and make arrangements for her fu
ture movements."
Mr. Barry said that Mrs. Chadwick
Continued on Sixth PajM
He Will Do by Venezuela as
United States Would Not Al
low Others to Do
Special to The Globe
WASHINGTON D. C, Dec. 26.— One
feature of his "big stick" policy to
ward Venezuela which the president
fears will expose him to criticism at
home and abroad is the fact that, as
the record now stands, the impressive
naval demonstration to be made late in
the winter will be in some degree an
interference with Venenu<Sean courts.
One great principle which this coun
try has persistentry upheld in all dis
putes between European powers and
Latin American republics is that the
integrity and decisions of the courts of
last resort in the little republics must
be respected. This rule has been rigid
ly adhered to, in spite of the fact that
there have been many cases in which
it was apparent that the courts were
corrupt and their decisions travesties
on justice.
With this record firmly established
in international law, President Roose-
velt expects to be accused of and by
Europeans abused for doing himself
what he would not allow foreign coun
tries to do when he proceeds to give
President Castro the promised "spank
ing." However, unless Minister Bowen
succeeds in bringing about a change,
there will be no way out of it; so
Roosevelt is prepared to go ahead and
rest his case on the record.
Shoveling Will Cost New York
City a Million
Special to The Globe
NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—The present
snow storm- will cost the city in Man
hattan alone more than $500,000, ac
cording to the estimate of William
Bradley, contractor for snow removal.
Five thousand men were employed
with shovels in this borough today and
tonight snow is falling again. If the
proportion as to cost and men required
obtains in other boroughs the city's
bill will be $1,000,000 and 12,000 men
will gain employment.
OMAHA, Neb.,' Dec. 26.—A blizzard
has been general today over the great
er part of, Indian territory, Kansas, Ne
braska and Western lowa. A terrific
wind is blowing and the thermometer
is near the zero mark here. A thousand
telephones are out of working order in
Omaha, where a heavy sleet storm im
peded communication. It is the worst
storm of the winter. Stockmen assert
that the cold wave will not affect cat
tle, as they are in excellent condition
and able to stand much cold.
Special to The Globe
CROOKSTON, Minn., Dec. 26.—A
northwestern is in full sway. AH trains
are late and telpehone and telegraph
wires are troubled.
BURLINGTON, lowa, Dec. 26. — A
heavy downpour of rain all over this
section today and tonight ended the
drought and put stock ponds and cis
terns in excellent condition for winter.
This Is the Claim of Artons for His In
vention, Which Is Tested
ROME, Dec. 26.—Experiments with
the Artons system of radio-telegraphy
have been made between Rome and
Sardinia, resulting in a successful dem
onstration of the inventor's claim that
an electro-wave message transmitted
by this system cannot be diverted from
the point for which it is intended. King
Victor Emmanuel, who witnessed the
test, congratulated the inventor upon
his achievement.
Reported to Have Had a Suc
cess and a Setback at
Port Arthur
LONDON, Dec. 27.—The Mail's cor
respondent at Tokya cables as fol
"Dec. 19 the Japanese signaled the
Russian hospital ships protecting the
destroyers in the roadstead of Port
Arthur to change their berth, and the
Russians requested a respite of six
hours, which meant giving the de
stroyers the benefit of darkness. The
sequel is not known.
"It is reported that recently posi
tions have been captured behind Liao
tie which have cut off th Russian
supply bases from the main orce."
Foreign correspondents from Port
Arthur declare that the fortress is the
strongest that ever was attacked and
compare it to six Sevastopols all sit
uated on hills arranged in mutually
supporting groups connected by tram-,
ways and telephones and backed by a
mass of wall masking the movements
of the troops from one another. They
consider that no other army in the
world could have done what the Jap
anese have accomplished, but depre-
cate as over sanguine the idea of its
Immediate capture. _
Japanese Repulsed
The Telegraph's correspondent at
Chifu, in a dispatch dated Dec. 26, says:
"A messenger from Port Arthur de
scribes a Japanese attack the evening
of Dec. 22, with a light column of five
thousand and many machine guns, on
the northern defenses. They dashed
along the railway, carried trench after
trench, and succeeded in reaching the
water course beneath Payuisean moun
tain, whence the Russian artillery
worked terrible execution.
"A fierce bayonet fight occurred at
midnight. A strong Russian force ad
vancing eastward of Payuisean moun
tain threatened the retreat of the Jap
anese, who, after a desperate struggle,
retired to the north, leaving several
machine guns, 300 rifles and eighty
prisoners. It is estimated that they
lost 600 killed.
"The Japanese halted near the ceme
tery, and finding that both their flanks
had carried all the works forming the
outlying range of the main forts, they
entrenched on small hills near Etse
mountain under a severe enfilading fire,
which caused them heavy losses."
At* Britain's Request
PARIS, Dec. 26. —The Echo de Paris
claims to have information that it was
on the request of the British govern
ment that Vice Admiral Rojestvensky
sent back Lieut. Valrond, of the trans
port Kamchatka, to testify before the
international commission on the North
sea affair concerning the wireless mes
sage which aroused the suspicions of
the commander of the Russian Baltic
squadron and led to opening fire upon
the game-cock fleet.
Conscripts Pillage
ST PETERSBURG, Dec. 26.—While
the new mobilization is proceeding
quietly in most places, disorders are
reported to have occurred in Poland.
The most serious disturbance was at
Razon yesterday, where one colonel
was killed and a gendarme wounded.
There has also been considerable riot-
ing at Bakhout, where 6,000 conscripts
pillaged a few houses and fruit stalls.
No one, however, was killed.
The emperor has his personal aides
de-camp at all of the mobilization cen
ters to see that everything possible is
done for the reservists and conscripts
and to obtain immediate reports at first
hand of any disturbance.
Special Meeting Is Held in Rooms of
President Lamprey and Resolu
tion Demanding Settlement and
Mr. Meeker's Resignation Is Voted
—Man Under Cloud Declares That
He Will Reach St. Paul Today and
Make Satisfactory Explanation
Drastic action was taken yesterday
at a special meeting of the state game
and fish commission.
D. W. Meeker, secretary of the com
mission, was ordered to within three
days make good an alleged shortage
in the funds of the commission and to
file his resignation as a member of
the commission.
The amount of the shortage claimed
to exist is but $75, but a member of the
commission is authority for the state
ment that there may be a larger dis
crepancy than that now known to the
commission. Meeker is accused of
having taken money for game licenses,
giving the applicants his personal re
ceipt and failing to make return of the
money and to issue the license on
blanks provided for that purpose.
Money Turned Into Treasury
The known amount of the shortage
has been turned into the state treas
ury, and he has been notified that un
less the amount is repaid to the com
mission and his resignation sent in
within three days" time, the facts as
alleged to exist will be laid before Gov.
Van Sant for executive action. There
is little doubt that Mr. Meeker will
make good the shortage, if he admits
that one exists, but as to .whether or
not he will resign remains to be seen.
The action of the state game and
fish commission was taken at a spe
cial meeting yesterday in the rooms of
Uri Lamprey, president of the board,
at the Ryan hotel.
The board had held a meeting only
last Tuesday, when the annual report
of S. F. Fullerton, executive agent, had
been approved for submission to the
governor. The fact that the board should
meet so soon again aroused comment
yesterday, and when President Lam
prey was seen last night at the Ryan
_he admitted with some reluctance the
purpose and results of the meeting.
"It is something that I would much
Rev. Dr. Dix Withdraws From
Committee of Inquiry
NEW YORK, Dec. 26. —The World
tomorrow will say, in discussing the al
leged charges brought against Bishop
Talbot, of the diocese of Central Penn
"The latest development is the with
drawal of Rev. Dr. Morgan Dix from
the committee of inquiry appointed by
Bishop Tuttle, the presiding head of
the church. The venerable rector of
Trinity pleads advanced years as a
reason for his unwillingness to serve.
The presiding bishop had selected Dr.
Dix for the important post of chair
man of the committee of inquiry and
Rev. W. V. Bodine, of Philadelphia,
will now serve in that capacity.
"All this was quietly arranged yes
terday and a midday train carried the
carefully guarded presentment from
this city to Philadelphia. It was Dr.
Dix who dispatched th« document, and
it was Dr. Bodine, the new chairman,
who received it. None of the church
men who knew the contents of the pre
sentment could be induced to divulge
its contents."
Keep Natives in State of Semi-Siege
and 150-Are Killed in One Day
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Dec. 26.—
Capt. Thwing, of the steamer Harold
Dollar which has returned from the
eastern coast of Siberia, tells of an in
vasion of the cities and villages on the
■east coast of the Kamtchatkan penin
sula by hundreds of starving Siberian
bears. The ferocious animals, driven
from the mountains by hunger, made
their way to the inhabited regions of
the coast and for days kept the natives
in a state of semi-siege.
InUstakamutchatka, a small town near
the city of Petropavlovsk, 150 of the
savage brutes were shot in a single day.
Japs Angry at Holland
LONDON, Dec. 27. — Japanese na
tional indignation, according to a Tokyo
dispatch to the Times, is becoming
aroused by rumors that Holland is
about to place Sabang. twenty miles
north of Malacca, at the disposition of
the Russian Baltic squadron.
prefer not to discuss," he said. "D. W.
Meeker, secretary of our board, it was
found some days ago, had failed to
turn into the funds of the commission
an amount in state game licenses. It
is a mere bagatelle, only about 575, but
he has refused to pay any attention to
letters, telegrams and telephone mes
sages, and our board, in special session
today, passed a resolution requesting
him to make good the shortage within
three. days and to file his resignation
as well. •
Board Demands Resignation
"While the amount is small, our
board felt that its duty to itself was
to demand Meeker's resignation. We
could not condone his dereliction by
submitting to his continued member
ship on the board, and therefore we
demanded his resignation. The alter
native given him by the resolution
threatens to lay the whole case before
Gov. Van Sant, and this of course would
result In his removal from office.
"So far as we know, Meeker has is
sued seven non-resident big game li
censes, and only a part of the money
has been remitted to the office of the
executive agent of the board at the
capitol. There is, however, a shortage
of about $75 unaccounted for, but as
men are sending in receipts given them
by Meeker for licenses and asking
why their licenses are not issued to
them, the amount may be larger. The
receipt of an authorized agent of the
board is just as good as the license,
and now that the hunting season. is
ended, I do not" understand their, anx
iety, but it was in this way that the
shortage was discovered.
"Meeker, while in St. Paul some time
ago, took home to Moorhead a book of
the license blanks, and as he has not
returned those unused, we have no
means of knowing in what amount he
Continued on Third Page
Pathtic Cases of Death Occur
In New York
NEW YORK, Dec. 26. —The cele
bration of Christmas in New York
was not without its pathetic features,
and many sad cases came to the at
tention of the authorities.
A neatly dressed young woman of
twenty-seven years was found uncon
scious, seated on a bench in Riverside
drive. An ambulance was summoned,
but the girl died before reaching a
hospital. Her features told an eloquent
story of privations and hardship. The
ambulance surgeon was of the opinion
that death resulted from long continued
exposure without nourishment. It is
believed that she wandered all Christ
mas day and night until she sank
down to die in plain sight of some of
the finest residences in the city.
Nine-year-old Jeanette McCoy, whose
father was ill and unable to work, has
been caring for her young brothers
and sisters while her mother supported
the family by washing and scrubbing.
Today the little girl, worn out by her
efforts, was taken to a hospital where
it was found she was suffering from
diphtheria and a few hours later she
was dead. The physicians said she had
literally starved herself to death in
her endeavors to keep the other four
children alive.
Nan Patterson, the former actress,
accused of the murder of Frank L.
Young, passed a gloomy Christmas in
the Tombs. Miss Patterson was sent
an elaborate dinner by one of her coun
sel, but she ate little and wept con
tinuously. She was somewhat com
posed later In the day by a long letter
from her mother, i.
Tottering through the snow while
suffering from pneumonia, Mrs. Mary
Schneider, aged twenty-three, fell
swooning on a sidewalk. Her husband
died five months ago and left her pen
niless and she had been harbored by a
woman friend. Her benefactor's hus
band became ill and believed he was
about to be dispossessed. Tonight Mrs.
Schneider started for a hospital. The
physicians at the hospital to which
she was taken said she was suffering
from double pneumonia and would

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