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ME MOlNISSr AMOMA, IOWA. WEDK1BBAY, MABCH 21, 1894 f* Twenty- Eighth Yeat*. BY 1NOHAM A WARftfiff, to tinecopy, on« yea? • One copy, alx months ' Ofi* copy, three months * Sentto any address at above rates. Remit by draft, money order, express orde Of postal note at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. THE WAY OtTT. THE UPPER DES MOINES receive last week a letter from a prominen attorney of Sioux City which 80 full states its own views on the regulator of the liquor traffic that it takes th liberty of publishing it in full: Sioux CITY, March 15.—I have read from time to time clippings from your pape (riving your opinions concerning oontem plated liquor legislation, and wish to sa that I fully agree with you. By way o preface to what follows I will state that am an advocate ot temperance reforai an for that legislation that will reduce th evils of the liquor traffic to the mftrhnum To this end I advocated the adoption of th amendment to tho constitution, then th passage of the present law. For sevcra years, two of them as county attorney o Buena Vista county, I spent some time au energy in enforcing the law and contribute as much as I could to its success. I hav always voted the republican ticket. Th 18th plank of our last platform did not hav any terrors for me, for I believed that th time had come when there should be som change, and more especially did I believ that it was best both for the party »nd th cause of temperance that prohibition au< republicanism should be entirely divorcee and enoh placed on an independent footing 1 was not in favor of any specific dechu ationof what the change should be, bu preferred to leave tho whole matter wit the people. For this reason I thought i was a mistake to adopt a resolution declar ing for the retention of the present law in some localities, and virtually saying tha the saloon should be licensed in others I am unalterably opposed to the saloon, am' had the party declared specifically fo - license should have voted some other ticket I advocated a change, not for the purpos of adopting a license system, but to get the question out of party politics, and in the hope that the practical temperance workers 1 of the state would be able to .get togethe- on some common ground and urge thi adoption of something that was abreus with tho times. It seems to me that one takes but a narrow view of the situation who can see nothing but prohibition on the one side 01 license on the other, and who thinks tha if the one is not endorsed tho other must be All legislation is experimental. Partic ularly so are all attempts to regulate 01 control the liquor traffic, for tbc difficulties are many. As I believe it to be a mistake for th party to longer carry prohibition, so . believe it to be a mistake, and one difficult to bo corrected if fallen into, for the practical temperance people uot to combine nnc T urge th« trial of something new. Pro ' hibition under tho circumstances may be a failure, but it could be no more so than has the license system always been. It will not better matters to supplant one 1 error with another. The plan you suggest is the most satisfactory yet tried. It ii practical and while it permits the sale of liquors, does away with the saloon con . ducted for private profit, which is the greatest curse of the whole traffic. I have been advocating it for a year or more, anc it was with a feeling of encouragement that I read your views so clearly given. I hope you will excuse this letter, most earnestly hope for something better than is now promised, and this together with the fact that, my ideas concerning this ever present question are yours, is all the apology I have to offer for writing it Yours very sincerely, M. J. SWEELEY. This is the most complete statement of the present situation we have yet seen. Mr. Sweeley recognizes that the present law is not satisfactory, and that going back to local option or any saloon law is merely getting out of the pan into the fire. And he most clearly points out the lines which future legislation must follow. First it must provide for the sale of liquors. One of the chief reasons for the failure of the movement of 12 years ago was the desire not only to abolish the saloon but to prevent the sale of intoxicants. The energy expended in prosecuting express companies and searching private houses was not only wasted, but it turned thousands ol conservative temperance men and women against the whole prohibitory movement, although they had no sympathy with tho saloon. Had the original prohibitory movement been directed to abolishing tho saloon system . there would be no issue in Iowa today. Second, the saloon conducted for private profit must be abolished. The saloon as a place for the stile of liquor has only one distinctive feature—social public drinking. That but few believe to be in the interest of public morals, 'Whatever may be tho views held as to the use of liquor in private, but very few will advocate public drinking places as resorts for tho young. With our mixed population and peculiar climate the saloon cannot become in this country what it is said to be in Europe, a safe social resort. Only a very small part of the people have been educated to regard the saloon as legitimate. It is held in contempt by the vast majority and the result is that no self respecting and ambitious man will conduct a saloon, or if he begins he soon succumbs to its influence. Thus it follows that the saloon is in the hands of the lawless element, is the resort of the thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes. The liquor business is too important and too dangerous to be entrusted to the classes which hover about the saloon. It becomes a menace to the good order of every community, to good government, and to good morals. But so long as the element of private profit is left, it makes little difference in what bands the liquor business is placed there is sure to be public dis- eonteufc. That is the chief difficulty with the present law. That anyone should haye a financial interest ia extending the sale of intoxicants is to the mpral sense o/ all who oppose the whole traffic, and n law which leaves this untouched wil long be accepted. With persona profit removed, dispensing of liquo placed in the hands of some recognize and legitimate business class, and th sale surrounded by such safeguards a no reasonable man could consider a infringement of his personal rights the liquor problem would be solved fo a large majority at least. This can be done by state control a South Carolina is showing. We be lieve that the ultimate solution of th whole matter is the establishment o state dispensaries where during certai hours liquors can be had of stat officers, who have no interest in th sale, and therefore no interest i: violating law. But it is not necessary to go so far to make a more acceptabl change in Iowa than is now proposed The present drug store, law coul easily be modified to meet the require ments of a good liquor law. Three changes only need be made. Providi first for a state inspection of liquors si that the grade of all sold can be de lermined; second make a schedule o prices for which it shall be sold, leav ing a profit to the retailer of not ove five or ten per cent., for his trouble and third put a broader term than medicinal in the provision regarding sales. With tho private profit ellmi nated no one would start a drug ston to sell liquor, tho business would bi conducted in a business way by a reputable a class of men us tho state affords, and no one would be hinderet in supplying any legitimate -demand for alcohol. Of course a preliminary to all thi is a clear and unmistakable unnounce ment on the part of the powers that be that any law legally enacted can .anc will be enforced in Iowa. No liquor legislation other than the saloons are willing to enact for themselves is worth the paper it is on till this is done And until it is done the question o liquor legislation is a ^ minor one Evasion of law is one thing, but open defiant nullification is quite another All laws are evaded more or less. Bu' when any law is defiantly nullified the issue becomes at once, is the state authority supreme, and an admlnlstra tion which is afraid to meet it is as cowardly as James Buchanan and as deserving of contempt. Preparations are being made for a joint debate between students of theMinno sota and Iowa state universities. It will be held at Iowa City and the question to bo discussed is: "Resolved, That interna tional bimetallism is correct in theory and capable of being put into practice." Min nesota takes the affirmative and Iowa the negative. _ In tho vote on tho house temperance bill Mr. .Sessions stood with those support- ng the bill. The democrats and license re publicans voted against it and defeated it, This bill provides for the mulct as against a straight out local option. It had tho support of the prohibition wing of the party. Tho opponents denounced it as unconstitutional and as providing only additional penalties to tho present law. Mr. Sessions 1 position was that while not favoring the l as a whole it was a choice between that and a local option bill which the license republicans and democrats are claiming that ;hey have enough votes to pass, and that il any -change is to be made it had better be made by the republicans in response to the platform than by tho democrats. THE UP- EH DES MOINES has little confidence in any of the bills proposed, but Mr. Sessions undoubtedly represents the sentiment of the county in voting with tho republican committee in an effort to comply with the plat- 'orm, especially as such a law ns is proposed would not probably make any change n Kossuth county. A petition was presented in the sen- ite last Wednesday signed by 139 citizens of Perry asking for the repeal of tho bill against n'ize fighting " for the reason that it cannot be enforced among the members of tho honorable senate." Senator Funk has gone as far as any man not friendly to the saloon system could ;o to satisfy the saloon cities. How his efforts are appreciated is shown In the fol- owing item from the Auamosa Journal: 'When the editor of the Journal was recently a visitor in the city of Dubuquo, ho met a number of people who wore enthusiastic in praise of Senator Brower of Mason City, and suggested that the senator would )e a proper man to nominate for governor u 1895. A corresponding contempt was ex- n-essed for Senator Funk." IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Armstrong will build a $10,000 brick ichool house this spring. H. J. Thompson is planning to erect a veneered store building at Whittemore. It will be 22x80. Fifteen families have located near Buffalo Center this spring. Northern T owa will have a rush of new settlers. Rodman Journal: Miss Wallace closed a successful term of school last Thursday, and has returned to her home in Algona. Carroll's wholesale grocery house has sold over 10 carloads of sugar in the >ast few weeks. There are 40,000 >ouuds to the car. Fish Commissioner Delevan of i5therville has received his commis- ion and will take charge of his office he Urst of April. Geo. W. Ilanna will build a band- owe home at LuVerne this spring, -.uVerne already has more fine res- deoces than any town of its size in be state, Wesley Reporters Tbs Garner nor-,\ school consolidated w»h the ,1 I northern lowd, of Algona, and Prof D. E. Johnson of Algona and Prof A. J. Lilly of Garner will have chargi of the institution. That it will be A success under so able A managemen there is no question. J. L. Berkheimer, late editor of the Humboldt Republican, had a han blown off by the premature explosion of fl 8bcll at the armory in St. Paul one day last week. Burt is a great shipping center During tho month of February i shipped 71 cars of hay, 18 of grain, 1! of live stock and one of emigrant mov ables—a total of 102 cars. The LuVerne News speaks of thi new normal school and says: Prof Chaffee bus made an excellent school and it is believed the new proprietor will maintain his high standard. Webster City Tribune: Rev. W; H Dorward of Algona, a retired Baptis minister, who moved to this clt^ several weeks ago, is erecting a nea new residence on Stockdale street north of Central depot. West Bend Journal: Philip Dor weiler went to Clayton county las week to attend the funeral of a niece Miss Rose Kaun. His sister, Mrs Kuun, mother of the deceased, is verj ill and uot expected to live. The Forest City Summit asks where Colby, the Swea City whiskey peddler claimed to live. He was represented in court only by his attorney, and the case is not yet finally disposed of. He is living anywhere at present except in Kossuth county. TCsthervitle Vindicator: It is ro ported that Prof. Chnffco of the Algona normnl school hns recently been a Spirit Lake to look the field over with a view of locating his school there Why can not we offer some inducemen 1 to get'this school located in Estherville' Emmetsburg Conservative: L. M Foote went to Algona yesterday to gel on the trail of a fellow by name o: E. D. Rutledge, who left him in the lurch for a week's board and et ceterus to the amount of §25. He claimed to bo from Chicago and represented blank book house. Mr. Foote came back without Ms man, but believes he can get him. Our old time preacher, Rev. Glass who is now at Spencer, received E beautiful specimen of the handicraf of one of the prisoners in the peni tentiary at Anaraosa Saturday. The Reporter says it is a minature church of great architectural beauty, complete from basement to spire. The man who made it must have had plenty of time at his command, as tho work is veri elaborate. Sioux City Journal Washington correspondence: Papers for the ap pointment of Harry N. Moore were sent to Algona tod-ay. The young man will be examined at Annapolis on the loth of May, and if he stands the "quiz" he will be a full fledgec " middy" on the opening of the academy after the commencement exercises foi the class of '94. A big gang of cattle thieves has been broken up at Ruthven. A dozen farmers were in the gang, and their plan was to steal horses, cattle, etc. ind run them to the Minnesota line, where they were sold. George Ridenour, a detective from Des Moines, go' in with the gang and landed two o them in jail. This is the crowd that 'ot some stock over in this county a :ew months ago. The Humboldt Republican says 01 tho company that plays in Algona nexl week Thursday: U A Turkish Bath' it the opera house last Tuesday evening was one of the successes of the season, Marie Heath is a clevei ictress and deserves her popularity. ETer company is one of the best on the road, and the troupe all in all is the most mirth-provoking one that has ever visited our city. Round after round of applause shook the house, They will be greeted with a large house "f they ever again visit Humboldt. A letter received by a Sioux City jorseman from Bob Kneebs, who is low in Europe with a bunch of Ne- jraska and Iowa trotters and piicers, says his horses have taken first money in every race they have entered in England. Ho reports that most of the tracks there are made of cinders, and are so hard on horses that he had to work them on the highways. He has eft England and gone to Germany, where he will put his horses in n number of races, after which ho will visit some of the other European countries. He reports tho demand for American horses good in England, and ntimates that his trip, which had foi ts main purpose tho selling of his lorses, will prove successful. The Punlis are All Itight. This is a hard year on the Funks, says the Carroll Herald. There's our ood friend Senator A. B. Funk of Spirit Lake. Ho is getting "cussed" ip one side and down another by the lunters of tho state for getting his dog and gun bill enacted into law. Then J. I. Funk of Hardin county, who is a jood enough republican to stand by his mrty's pledges, is getting a good deal of undeserved "cussip," Congressman ?unk of Illinois came near getting ti drubbing in the house last week for •aising his voice in defense of his army somrades on the question of pensions. Only his size and evident fighting qualities saved him. I. K. Funk, one uf the editors of the prohibition New York Voice, has recently been accused )f the betrayal of his own party, and an nvestigatlon shows the accusation well grounded. But a rose by another lame would smell as sweet. There's eally nothing in the name of Funk after all. Farewell Service. The pastor of the Baptist church r ery cordially invites all his Algona riends to see him next Sunday morn- ng. Having secured many personal avors and many generous responses to appeals for church aid since coming mong you, he would like to look into our faces again on a public occassion uch as that will be. The farewell ermon will be preached in the morn- ng and there will be no preaching in he evening. The members of the burcb, the B. Y. P. U,, and the Sun- ay school scholars are especially urged > be present, W. H. DOBWAPD. ABOTIOS, rubbers, aod boots and • P, S,Stougb. THE DEMOCRATIC MUSEUM That is the Way Congressman flolliver Refers to the Democratic Talk About Pensions. fte Courts Investigation, but Says Little Fraud Hta8 Been Found—His Speech on the Bill. Mr. Dolliver spoke in congress Monday, March 5, on the pension bill. His remarks in part were as follows: Mr. Chairman: I would not under any consideration engage in this debate if it were not for tho fact that I am in almost daily receipt of tetters from the people of my own district and from other parts of the country complaining, in terms which excite my sympathies, of the present management of the pension bureau. The annual debate on the annual appropriation bill presents many familiar features. We have missed some of them this year, but enough are left to identify the occasion. We have enjoyed the annual personal altercation, carrying us as usual to tho edge of the obsolete system of amateur fist-fighting which forty years ago made this arena famous and splendid in that department of intellectual culture. We have had the customary expressions of the somewhat guarded devotion of our friends from the southern states to the policy of generosity toward the deserving veterans of the union army, and a new statement of tho old-time anxiety of Unit wing- of the democratic party to protect the honor' of the surviving pensioners of the nation. We have seen for tho second^time since December the museum of democratic politics opened to the public, in order to enable the statesmen of the democratic party who were also men of rank in the union army to display the gallantry of their own military record that public attention may be drawn away from the transaction in which the democratic party is now engaged. For the second time in this session of congress we have had the well-worn eulogy of the commissioner of pensions, and on Saturday his predecessor in office, Mr. Black of Illinois, was good enough to bring him forward again, as the gentleman from Minnesota [Mr. Baldwin] did last December, to exhibit the record of his heroism at Gettysburg, in order that the popular suspicion of the principles and purposes which today control the department of the interior may be allayed. I have no means to judge of the practical operation of the pension bureau aside from the official reports except as letters, most of them showing evidences of infirmity nnd years, .from unfortunate men and women within the limits of my own district, give me information. These letters bring an almost daily story of suffering, of hard ship, and of wrongs that' has touched my heart and aroused my indignation, not alone on account of the delay of justice but on accout of its denial; and not alone by reason of the denial of justice, but by reason of the bloodless ingenuity which is still industriously engaged in readjusting the decisions that have placed the names of these surviving soldiers and their widows upon tho pension roll of the country. I have listened patiently for some evidence of the fraud which is said to permeate the pension roll. All that wo have heard here, that amounts to anything, so far from impeaching the integrity of the roll only illustrates the vigilance of the department under all administrations in the detection of crime. The cases which have been exploited by the bureau under the name of the Iowa cases turn out to involve only an obscure pension agent in northern Iowa; and of all the indictments that have been returned by the courts against those involved in these alleged frauds, not one is against an old soldier, not one. [Applause.] Nobody makes any complaint of tho most vigilant guardianship of the pension office against the approach of fraud. What we complain of is that uncalled for prejudice should be engendered against the old soldiers of Iowa, in the effort of the department to advertise the shortcomings of a pension agency whose frauds have not involved the integrity of a single veteran. We do not care how diligent the pension bureau is in tracing the evidences of fraud in the prosecution of pension claims, I would have every applicant stand before that bureau in the character of an honest 'tnan, and I would treat every quarterly allowance from the national treasury, not as a bounty, doled out by a complaining and straightened national benevolence, but as a willing installment, higher than the obligation of any bond, upon the public debt. [Applause,] It is evident that the policy of the administration is to bo indorsed by tho democratic managers of this house. It is not a new policy; it began when Mr. Cleveland first assumed the executive office. In those days it was at least partly lounteracted by the influence of the pension bureau, and found only a mean md ignoble expression in that curious exercise of the executive veto which placed our highest office in an attitude of hostility to the rights of crippled and helpless men and destitute women and children. If anybody wishes to know the spirit that inspires the 3resent movements of the pension ifflce, let him turn back to the miserable years when no week's work was finished at the white house until the chief magistrate had placed the e*eou- ;ive chair between some needy veteran or his widow and orphans and the action of congress looking toward their relief. I do not care who defends that policy; it may be perfectly satisfactory to the present commissioner to Ufce from ihe trembling hand of some old comrade ;he little pittance he receives from the abundance of the American people. It may fill the ideal of the OS-commissioner, who on Saturday uttered that adroit apology for bis successor, to see .housands of old soldiers turned away n the midst of these poverty stricken times, from the rights once settled by the adjudication of the pension bureau, or posted from one examining board to another, and left at last to the bitter chances of common charity. They may be so comfortable in their pressst ,, «ft<J so completely covered by the halo of their own military glory as to forget the humble men and women into whose declining years this new affliction has come. I do not believe that they truly speak even _ for the democratic masses of the United States. 1 rejoice that there are democratic representatives on this floor who refuse to follow their leadership. By my side here sits, a democrat [Mr. Cummings] whoso democracy no man would impugn, who has always defended the better and truer sentiment ol his party on this question.' The father of the houso, Judge Hoi- man of Indiana, in all the years of his service has never found an opportunity to do a wrong to the veternns of the union army, and has never refused his influence and authority in this house to the most liberal construction of the pension law; nor ought we to forget to recognize the manly course of the chairman of the committee on invalie pensioners [Mr. Martin of Indiana both in the last congress and in this, We can not be to grateful that there are men in this house like Gen. Sickles of New York [applause on the republican side,] grand old heroes, who are not turned aside from the natural lines of sympathy for their old comrades, either by the bias of politics or by that form of gratitude to the administration which Is a lively sense of favors past present, or to come. As I saw that old veteran stand on this floor in the early days of the session, his maimed anc broken body more persuasive than the most splendid eloquence, and defonc tho pension system and the pensior roll, I could not help thanking Got that there are democratic leaders left In this houso and out ot it, who havo the courage to resent a party leadership which despises the precepts ol national gratitude and derides the sentiments of loyalty and patriotism. [Applause on the republican side.] I would be the last man to disparage the military record of tho commis sioner. But in my judgment the true voice from Gettysburg was heard when that splendid specimen of democracy and patriotism put together, Gen Sickles of New York [applause], spoke to us a few weeks ago. I hold in my hand his speech, which as it was de Hveredi seemed to me to be a mos pathetic and beautiful tribute to the old union army from one who knows more about it than any of us, and who more sincerely feels the cares that are falling on the last years of his old com rades. If the house will permit me, ! intend to read a part of it as an answer to what we have heard here, from a democrat who has learned out of his own experience to reject the present leadership of his party on this question. I read from the Record of December 19: " Now, as to tiho general charge that the pension list Is honeycombed with fraud with gigantic aod wholesale frauds per meating it, I do oot believe that statement to be true. [Loud applause on the republican side.] My intercourse with soldiers who receive pensions, many thousands o; them in my state, authorizes me to repc that charge as unfounded and unjust to them. [Renewed applause.]" Mr. Chairman, in thus speaking Gen. Sickles, in my judgment, spoke for the great masses of the American people, and I will say to him that the generation born since 1850, coming with no labor of its own, into the priceless inheritance of civil liberty, is not likely to invite the shame of leaving the declining years of the union army oppressed by the weight of poverty and toil. [Applause.] I say to you, my democratic friends that when making these wholesale charges against the survivors of tho union army you will have to settle not alone with the wasted and feeble remnant of the Grand Army of the Republic. You will have to settle with the American people; with the millions who love justice; with the millions who hate ingratitude; with the millions who join to their affection for the living a solemn and holy reverence for the scattered dead of the republic. [Loud applause on the republican side.' I wish to say to my friend from New York, Gen. Sickles, that the old soldiers of the United states need have no fear that in the departure to the upper and better country of their old comrades the cause of justice to them will be left without friends in the United States. I think I speak the sentiments of all generous hearts when I say that the survivors of that great struggle will not be given over to eat the bread of poverty and want by the neglect ol the young men of the United States. [Loud applause on the republican side. I appeal to the managers of the democratic party to spare the old age of the men and the women who poured out the treasure of loyal hearts that the groat republic might live among the nations of the earth; and I warn them that in thus casting contempt and reproach upon the national roll of honor they are not only doing an act of cruelty and wrong to helpless and crippled and aged men and women, but they are laying up wrath against the day of a wrath that shall kindle the furnaces of popular indignation in the United states to a white heat. [Loud applause on the republican side.] A Ciootl Word for Qunrton. C. C. Delle of Pocabontas county writes to the Rolfo Reveille as follows concerning the district judgeship: "I have noticed that my name has been favorably mentioned in connection with the judgeship of this district to succeed Judge Carr by some of the leading papers of both parties. Of course such mention cannot be otherwise than gratifying to any mau, and especially so when it is remembered that the place to be filled is that so long occupied by so eminent a jurist as the Hon. Geo. H. Carr. Permit me to say, however, that I am not a candidate for so distinguished a position; and I think it only just to others as well as my friends that I make this statement now. • "Mr. Quarton of Algona and Mr. Gar- Held of Humboldt are candidates, and both gentlemen are good lawyers and well qualified." JTenton News. Mrs. J. L. Tibbetts and Mrs. Paul Moore visited their sister, Mrs. J. C. Beck, in Forsythe last Thursday. A good many farmers started to sow oats last Monday- Frank Ranney has invested in three new horses. Eenry Lindsey was an Algona visitor ast Saturday. Mrs, O. 0. Tibbetts is on our sick list. stock of carpets, portiers, lace curtains, at Galbraith's. PIUMIEY WILL TO STAND. The Jury Reached a Verdict Last Night Sustaining the Bequests as Made by the Testator. In Many Ways It is One of the Most Remarkable Cases Ever Tried in This County. The Plumley will case, which began a week ago last Friday was given to the jury yesterday morning. In some re-, spects it has been a very exceptional case. With possibly one exception It has taken more time in trial than any case yet heard in, Algona. And in no case has the legal side been more exhaustively argued, or the law been more obscure. Last Friday morning Judge Cook began argument on a motion to take from the jury and he and Mr. Clarke talked continuously until Saturday night on the law Involved. The question turned on undue influence. Judge Cook contended that illicit relations if shown must be criminal, that they must be shown to exist at the time of the making of the will, that the influence must amount to substituting the judgment of the interested party absolutely for that of the testator, etc. Mr. Clarke denied all these propositions, asserting that the relations need only be immoral, that once shown to exist, even years previous, the presumption would be that the undue influence had continued, and that once shown to exist the undue and illicit influence need not amount to a substitution of the judgment of the beneficiary wholly for that of the testator in order to invalidate the will. Full lines of cases, supporting both views were read from various states. Judge Carr in ruling on the motion thanked the attorneys for the ability they had shown in presenting the law. He took the question of Mr. Plumley's mental capacity to make a will away from the jury, holding that he was in his right mind. He also decided that even if the will were broken as to the provision for Mrs. Dickerson that it would not affect the provision for Mr. Plumley's two sisters, who were represented by Judge Cook. He then held that the question of undue influence was for the jury, sustaining Mr. Clarke's view of the law on this question. A great deal of the evidence as to illicit relations was such that it cannot be published. The testimony was conflicting, but the jury at 11 o'clock agreed on a verdict for Mrs. Dickerson sustaining the will. A majority stood that way on the first ballott and all finally agreed to it. The jury was out about 10 hours. ME. SESSIONS EXPLAINS. About His Vote on Age of Consent Bill—This Paper Hastens to Correct Its Error of Last Weelc. Last week THE UPPER DBS MOINES unintentially did Mr. Sessions an injustice in reporting him as voting against raising the age, at which a girl may consent to her own degradation, from 13 years. Mr. Sessions 1 was an active supporter of the measure to put the limit at 16 years. In reply to a noto about the matter Mr. Sessions makes the following statement. DBS MOINES, March 15.—Mr. Editor: I notice in your paper of March 14 in reporting the action of the judiciary committee of the house in regard to the reporting for indefinite postponement the bill raising the ago of consent from 18 years, that I am quoted as voting against any change. I call your attention to the Register of March 14 reporting the proceedings of the. house where the correction is made. I was the member of the judiciary committee that made the motion that the bill raising the age of consent to 16 years be reported back to the house with the recommendation that the same do pass and advocated the measure to the best of my ability. This motion was lost. Then a full discussion of the bill followed, but before any farther action was taken I was called away after which the motion was made for indefinite postponement and carried. The minority report was drawn up and reported to the house, but at the time the party drawing such report failed to find me in order to get me to sign the same, which I would gladly have done. I desire to state that I am in favor of raising the age of consent to 16 years and shall support the minority report to the best of my ability on the floor of the house. S. S. SESSIONS. I, EIS chairman of tho house judiciary committee, hereby state that the statements contained in the above are the actual facts as to Mr. Sessions' position in the committee, and that Mr. Sessions was a strong supporter of the bill. W. P. HAKIUMAN, Chairman House Judiciary Committee. I endorse every word above stated, and in justice to Mr. Sessions I desire to say that Mr. Sessions made a strong fight to have the bill reported favorably, and has championed tho bill from the beginning. H. W. BVEKS, Member Judiciary Committee. Mr. Sessions' position on this question fully represents the sentiments of his constituents. The legislature will be open to just criticism if after the matter has been raised for discussion it does not put the age of consent above 13 years. The matter of the report of the committee is unimportant as it is the final vote of the house that decides, and it is to be hoped that a majority will favor the minority report. Criticized By His Own Church. The Dubuque Telegraph, whose editors are members of the Catholic church, has the following editorial note: " The report comes from Algona, that Father Eckert, a priest in charge of a Catbolio parish near that town, has been indicted for gelling beer contrary to law It is charged that on the occasion of festivals and fairs he retailed the liquor in the basement of the building which is temporarily used as a church and a H C ^°» u 2 h ? ^PojWmort incredible, but if it be true, the bishop of the diocese, when the law has been satisfied, should promptly and thoroughly dis' c pline the offender. In the right places and under proper conditions beer selling 13 unobjectionable. But a building used as a church is no* a proper place for the traffic at any time, and the clergyman who engages inthebusi- l

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