Railroads - Tidal wave of Immigrants
OVER THE RAILS ROLLS A TIDAL WAVE OF IMMIGRATION INTO THE NORTH WEST. Special Trains Coming Every Day— The Northern Pnclflo Movement In Mureh — Koglneer Dodge at Work on the Yellowston — Mr. ltufflagtoo Appointed Architect of the St. Paul Union Depot— Three Acoldfnto lv One Night on the Manitoba Line -The Great Freeze-Out Gamo AU tempted Agtlnut the Northern Pacific- It Won't Win. I ' Telegraph operators along tne Northern Pacific reported yesterday that nearly all the Dakota farmers were seeding their wheat lands, and that a large area was seeded dm ing the day. A telegram from Duluth yesterday, received at the St. Paul & Duluth headquarters, stated that open water was in si^'ht, ths ice rotting, the thermometer at 60 ° , and the wind southwest. The departure of the first boat of the season from Bismarck for Fort Benton, has bern postponed to Saturday next, the 17th, on account of ice still ranning. The general freight agents of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and the Chicago. St. Paul & Milwaukee lines met at Judge Chandler's office yesterday and settled their pool account*) to the close of last month. Messrs. Merrill, Swan, Van Home and Law ler, in their special car, attached to the Sioux City train, left here yesterday afternoon to inspect the recent acquisitions of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul company on tbe Missouri, intending to return home over the company's lines through lowa. A statement below indicates that a tidal wave of immigration is pouring over tbe Northern Pacific country, a« it is over the Red River valley and into Manitoba. It would be moderate to estimate that 75,000 will be added this year to the populations of the northwest quarter of Minnesota, tne northeast quarter of Dakota and the province of Manitoba. "Three of a Kind," iR the way the Minneapolis Tribune heads its account of three accidents on tbe St. Paul & Manitoba road Saturday night. Special trains are to be run from Detroit to Chicago every day of this week to bring through immigrants destined to the valley of tbe Red River of the North and to the Northern Pacific country. Since the Chicago, Milwaukee <fc St. Paul company has got control of the Dakota Southern road, (from Sioux City to Yankton) it charges local rates on that road to connecting companies, and is thereby Rncceeding in forcing freighters to abandon the St. Paul & Sioux City and other roads. The superlatively innocent way in which railroad men can say "There's no news to-day," wheu half a train's off the track, cars wrecked and men and animals killed, is amazing to any news-hunter's mmd — but not more so tban the fact that a dozen or two railway officials and all their employes will be wholly ignorant of such an affair on their own road until they read about it in the newspapers. I'he St. JPaul Union Depot. At the adjourned meeting of the Union Depot company, yesterday, the plans submitted by Mr. L. S. Buffington were selected, and Mr. Buinngton was chosen aa architect, directed to modify bis plans in certain respects, for economic reasons, and instructed to get up the working details of his plans as modified. The company's secretary, Mr. J. D. Estabrook, was authorized to receive bids for material and construction, etc., to be submitted at a meeting to be called as soon an tbe detailed plans are ready and bids been invited, at which time it is intended to let the contraots and provide for immediate erection of the buildings. One hundred and twenty tons of the steel rails for the depot tracks have been delivered. Northern Pacific Land Sales, Etc. Daring the month of March the land department of th 3 Northern Pacific sold from the company's Eastern division grant 10,553 acreß to settlers. In the quarter of this year the government land officeß have sold 48,500 acres within the company's grant limits in Minnesota and, during the same time the government land office at Fargo has sold 114,500 acres within the company's land grant limits in Dakota. During March 1.636 immigrant passage tickets were sold at the Northern Pacific office in St. Paul and many other immigrants went through without calling for the special rates allowed those moving into the Northern Paoifio country. During the month also 205 car loads of settlers' goods were taken out from the St. Paul depot, of which about one-tenth were for points between Brainerd and Fargo and about nine-tenths for points west of the Red River of the North. The Yellowstone Valley. Mr. J. T. Dodge, the engineer who built the river division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway, having, with the assistance of officers of Gen.Hiles' command, made a winter reconnoisance of the Yellowitone Valley, has this spring taken the field with a corps of engineers to continue the Northern Pacific survey, and location into and up that valley, on the completion of which, or pending it. the contracts for construction of the roadbed will be let. Mr. Dodge confirms the reports of army officera and others who have explored the Yellowstone country as to its characteristics, and says it will prove the best of the stockraising belt of the continent. He adds, also,* that bo is satisfied, from his experiences of last winter, tbat the climate of tbe Yellowstone region is much mildi r than any climate in the same parallel east of the Missouri. The St. P. M. & SI. Accidents. The body of the Canadian immigrant, Mr. Gould, who was killed in the accident which occurred near West Union, in Todd county, before daylight Sunday morning, arrived here yesterday and, having been properly cared for, under direction of the company, was forwarded East by express. His aon, daughter and nephew, wno were accompanying him North, went East on the same train to join the mother of the lint two, Mrs. Gould, who remained in Ontario when her family started on their unfortunate journey. The nephew, who was said to have been injured, wasnot much hurt. It is said that Mr. Gould hesitated about loading the cir, the breaking down of which caused his death. It was a Canadian car and had seen a good deal of service, but when inspected here its running gear appe&red to be all sound and serviceable. The breaking ot a wheel of this car, in which Mr. Gould was riding at the time, in charge of his household goods and stock, threw the car from the track and turned it across the track where it wan crushed by four or five of the following cars being wrecked against it. In these other cars a few bead of stock were killed. Tbe track was cleared as soon as possible and the property saved from the crushed cars, except Mr. Gould's, has been forwarded North. About the same hour another fatal accident occurred on the Breckinridge division near Herman, in Grant county. One train ran into another which was moving slowly or had stopped ahead of it. Four lumber cars were wrecked and one or more stock cars, and an immigrant from Massillon, 0., whose name is believed to be Simmons, was killed. His body was retained at Herman for an inquest. Full particulars of the accident had not b<^n received here yesterday. A third but not fatal accideat is reported from Minneapolis as having occurred near Wayzata station Saturday about 7p. m. The sec tion men had a rail up when a west bound freight train came along and the engine and three oars were ditched. They were got onto the track again yesterday, not mncn damaged. The engineer and fireman Brack on ground well mixed with water and were not even lamed or bruised.