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Monroe Weekly Times (Newspaper) - January 24, 1907, Monroe, Wisconsin TOL17. Monroe, Vis., Thursday, January 24, 1907. per Year. MAY BLOCK BOND DEAL Attorneys Consulted Regarding Legal Point. GOOD PROFIT FOR HARRIS CO. J.B. Trelt To Get the Bonds for His Party-He Never Ex- pected Big Commission. Although several days have passed since the details of the water works bond deal were made public without development beyond a statement made by Chairman Gorham in justification of the action of the committee on water and lights in disposing of the bonds 'at a commission of there is grow- ing prospect of attack being made by interested taxpayers for the purpose of having the deal set aside. Since The .Times raised the legal point as to the 1 sale of bonds at a discount attorneys of the city have been consulted on the proposition but whether anyone will undertake to prevent the Bale to the Harris company by injunction cannot be stated. It is evident that the stat- ute contemplates that municipal bonds should not be sold below par and in the opinion of attorneys the giving of a commission of 2 per cent to the pur- chaser was clearly an evasion of the law. It develops that Harris Co., have made a profit of the deal, the company making an agreement to turn ..the bonds over to J. B. Treat the same day the committee sold to the Harris man. The committee sold the bonds at 98 per cent and Mr. Treat was obliged to go one and one-quarter per cent higher, paying 991 per cent, which will leave Urn a margin pf on which to handle, the deal ?arranged by him while in the city. According-to the statement of Chair- manGorham city for nearly three months .has ..been trying to sell the bonds at a commission of one per cent and after exhausting every effort to dispose of them sold at a commission of 2 per cent as the beat the committee could do. The statement also shows that Mr. Treat, inside of twenty-four hours, made the same offer and'two better ones. The statement of facts, as made by Aid. Gorham, which is not disputed, fails to explain why the committee sold to the Harris company at the offer made by Mr. Treat, which was lower than! any figure agreed to by the Harris company until their representative telephoned to headquarters to see if he could buy at the Treat 'Mr. Treat, who had wired the same offer the day before, had a telegram saying, "Going to have council meeting to- night; Think favorable. Will wire in morning." At midnight Aid. Gorham telephoned him that they had' done nothing yet, that the Harris man was here, that the committee would meet in the morning and he would then wire him what, to do; Mr. Treat saying all rightVif you decide to let me have me to sell and I will understand it, and I will bring back the contract and as soon as the legality of the issue is satisfactorily, established _ will be ready to have the bonds turned over. Mr. Treat got the impression that his offer was good and that the committee would not let the bonds go without getting a better figure of before letting him know. Mr. Treat started out next morning to see what he could do and got one offer to sell at face value inter- est thrown in and later an offer at par value and interest. The committee had wired him at the Palmer house stating that the bonds had been sold but he did not return to the hotel until late in the afternoon. As soon as he received the message he went to the office of Harris Co., where he met Mr. ijlarker, who closed the deal here. Mr. Harker said he bought at Mr. Treat's offer, a dis- count of 2 per cen't. Mr. Treat offered for the bargain, which was declin- ed. Mr, Treat then agreed to pay for the bonds and contract was closed. Mr. Treat knew of the effort the city was making to place the bonds and when he left for Chicago to meet his son, H. W. Treat, he took one of the bonds along with him to see what he could do with them. He wired his first offer and the two better offers as soon as he ffot them, wiring three offers. He says he had no arrangement with the council but states that it is not for the committee to presume what he ex- pected for making the deal, which he said would certainly be far from He Myi he bad some pride in getting the best figure possible and when he got the par offer it was as good as he want- ed. He says Chairman Gorham has no reason to ask whether the committee would ever had heard of these last two offers if the commit toe hid wired to sell at his first offer except as a matter of self protection. He feels that he was at least worthy of as much confidence as was placed in the Harris man who would not take for his bargain after the city had a better >offer; and after the committee held an early morn- ing meeting for his own convenience so that he could return to Chicago on the morning train. There is no harsh censure, of the committee, which evidently intended to do its best, but it turns out that there was no necessity of any hurry or in being so liberal in making a discount or in paying commission. No Connection at Dill Without Break- ing Chicago Connection-Cannot Consider Additional Service. ON NEW TRAINS Prairie du Cbien Line of Milwaukee Road Bnsy. "The new trains on the Prairie du Chien division of the Milwaukee road are; doing iig says Railway Mail Clerk Dickerman. "A few days ago I went over this line on. a tour of inspection and I found that the new trains are handling an enormous amount of mail and express and are doing a land office passenger business." "This certainly vindicates ths strong demand for these additional trains and entirely discredits the railroad's conten- tion that such trains would not pay.'' "The Mineral Point division offers room for a good deal of improvement so" far as mail service is concerned. The Milwaukee road Is losing 'a large part, of the Mineral Point mail, the Mineral .Point and Northern railway carrying it over from the Lancaster division of the Northwestern' road." "Letters sent to Mineral Point from Milwaukee reach there at in the REPLY FAILS TO SATISFY Milwaukee Road Gives Committee Little Encouragement. WILL NOW TRY COMMISSION The long awaited reply to the demand made upon the Milwaukee road by the committee representing the cities along the Mineral Point division which feel the need of improved train service was received from Vice President McKenna by Chairman Wright, of this city, to- day. The reply fails to meet the com- mittee's expectations and Mr. Wright, immediately upon the receipt of it, wired Mr. McKenna, "We ask for bread, you give us a stone. We will try the commission." Mr. 'Wright has forwarded copies of of the reply to other members of the committee, who will doubtless endorse his telegram and authorize him to file the committee's complaint with the railroad commission. Mr. McKenna thinks delays in travel- ing between the Mineral Point divi- sion and Milwaukee may be obviated by the adjustment of trains on a little different basis, he cannot see how the Dill connection can be made without breaking the Chicago connection and depends upon the Illinois Central to make this connection, the com- pany is not ready to consider putting on a Sunday train, and as far as he can see in present conditions or the im- afternoon, and the trains.leave at so there is not enough time to make replies on the same day.. This same fault is found in the vice, the incoming mail- arriving at 10, arid the outgoing mail leaving at the next morning. The mail'of the evening there is not distributed at the postoffiee before the -morning .team leaves Mineral Point. Such service is a great inconvenience both to Milwau- kee business men and to the people living on this line." BIG CLEARING SALE SPECIAL TOMORROW ONLY, FRIDAY. I will add for special attraction 150 pieces plain and fancy ribbon from 3 to 8 inches wide, ribbon that is worth up to 25 cents a yard, all at 10 cents. Also have again added 25 pieces of the full standard dress prints, ten yards for 39 cents, and one bale L. L. fine un- bleached muslin at 5J cents and ten pieces of good quality soft finished muslin at cents per yard. 25 pieces Long cloth at to cents for 12-yard pieces. The 49 and 39 cent dress goods counters are again replenished with new pieces of all kinds of wool fabrics. Everybody come who can help make Friday the banner day. Respectfully, J. H. MILLER. P. my Table Damask mediate future another train and par ior car cannot be considered. His communication is as follows: "Replying to the letter of your com- mittee, under date of December 27th, we have investigated the requests made by your committee, and in reply, thereto I beg to say: is not practicable fo run the east bound morning train 'through to Milwaukee, as suggested by your com- mittee, .but I think that.; thev needs pf the people of the Mineral Point divi- sion would be equally, well served by the readjustment of the trains' oh a little different basis. Instead of carry- ing the Milwaukee on the Chica- go-Madison train to Milton Junction, it would seem much better to run the Mineral Point train through to Milton, and adjust that .train and the train on the Prairie du Chien division, so that the connection will be close, and any delay at Milton obviated. know of no intention to dispense with the additional coach which has recently been put on the eastbound morning train and the west- bound evening train. Third--The arrangement suggested above for obviating the difficulty com- plained of in regard to the eastbound morning train, will result in making it possible to do away with the forty minute wait at Janesville, but we can- not arrange to arrive at Dill to make connection with the Illinois Central at upon this division two passenger trains a day in each direction, except Sunday, and in addition to these, three freight trains in one direction and two in the other aid in jiving local service be- tween stations. This is much better service than is enjoyed by many localities, and in view of the fact that the passenger business of the division barely pays its expenses, it is apparent- ly adequate service. An examination of the distribution of travel from the Mineral Point division shows so great a preponderance of travel to and from Chicago, that we do not see how those connections can consistently be inter- fered with. A parlor car in the passenger service on the Mineral Point division would be a source of large loss to the company. It may be a matter of surprise to you to know that if every passenger who rides during the year between Milwau- kee and all points on the Mineral Point division, should use a parlor car, there would not be traffic sufficient to make it pay. Summarizing the requests in your letter, we shall be very glad to make every effort to eliminate the delays at Janesville by any adjustment of the trains now run on the Mineral Point division, that will suit the convenience of our patrons. WeTshall be pleased to do anything we can toward adjusting a connection at Dill with the Illinois Central, al- though, in view of the Chicago connec- tion, it would seem as if this would have to be accomplished in a very large measure by the Illinois Central. So far as the Sunday train, desired by the yeople on the Mineral .Point division, is concerned, as soon as the operating and traffic conditions warrant giving practical consideration to tht- establishing of that service, I shall bo very glad to give it further attention. So far as a third passenger train, and a parlpr car, are concerned, in the pre- sent conditions of traffic, or anything we can see in the immediate future, neither can be given consideration. Yours very truy, E. W. MCKENNA, Second Vice-Pres. BALLOTS TO BE COUNTED Assembly Committee Takes Up Ludlow Contest. ADJOURNS TO NEXT TUESDAY Clerk of Court Sam Blum To Be Sub- poenaed To Take the Ballots of Eight Precincts To Madison. [SPKCIAL TO THE TIMES.] Madison, Wis., Jan. assem- bly committee on the elections was en- gaged this afternoon in a hearing in the contest started by Willis Ludlow, of Monroe, against Fred Ties, of Brodhead, for the Green county seat in the as- sembly. The hearing opened at 2 o'clock. Ludlow is represented by Bashford, Aylward Spensely, Madison at- torneys, and Smith Rogers, also of Madison, are the attorneys for Mr. Ties. The committee had some diiiiculty in determining the proper proceedure and finally agreed that the clerk of the circuit court of Green county be sub- poenaed to appear before the com- mittee and bring with him to Madison the sacks containing all the ballots from the eight precincts in the county in which it is charged that ballots were improperly counted or ballots cast over FREE TO SELL BONDS Harris Company Releases Committee Providing Changes Are Unnecessary. MORTUARY RECORD. Carroll. JohnM. Carroll, a young man' who was employed by Carroll Bros., of this city, six months last year, died Satur- day night at his home in Brighton, Mass. Edward Carroll, who.is an uncle of the .young man, received a WEATHER FORECAST. Chicago, Jan. 24. [Special. Tbs official weather forecast for tonight ate tomorrow: Snow and colder, tonight. Friday colder. Chronic Constipation Cured. One who suffers from chronic con- stipation is in danger of many serious ailments. Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup cures chronic constipation as it aids digestion and stimalales the liver ant) bowels, restoring the natural action of these organs. Commence taking it today and you will feel belttr at once. Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup does not nauseate or gripe and is very pleasant to take. Refuse substitutes. West Side Drug Store. A large plate glass window of the Merchants bank at Janes- ville costing 5300, was broken by the cold weather. The window has a crack seven o'clock, without destroying the connection for the Mineral Point divi- sion with the train leaving Chicago at four o'clock. is not possible for us to schedule passenger trains on the Miner- al Point division faster than they arc now scheduled, nor is it possible for us to schedule trains between Janesville and Milwaukee as fast as the average schedule passenger trains between Janesville and Chicago. do not see any way in which the wait of 27 minutes at Janesville on the westbound run in the morning can be done away with, unless the connec- tion from Madison is broken. Would the people of the Mineral Point divi- sion desire tljis done unable to assure you as to the establishment of a Sunday pass- enger schedule, but I am sure that such a proposition could not be entertained during the light winter travel. This is a subject to which we shall be glad ti give consideration when the winter is, over. cannot give you any as surance that a three train schedule can 30 put on the Mineral Point division The passenger service of that division barely pays expenses now; the no passenger earnings of the entire divisio being a little less than a mile letter today bringing announcement of his death. Death came very suddenly. The funeral was held Monday. The de- ceased was 21 years of age. He was a member of the Cardinal club and was well known in the city. Hein. The funeral of Wm. Hein, Sr., -was held from the First Baptist church at Albany Tuesday; afternoon at o'clock. Mr. Hein came to county thirty-seven years ago, living in" the vicinity of Albany until 1898 when he moyed 'into the village. He was born April 11, 1888, in Pommern, Prussia, and was married November 2, 1865 to Louise Budde. Eight children were born to them, three of whom, together with the widow, survive. The children are Herman Hein and Wm. Hein, Jr., of Albany, and Mrs. Andrew Schindler, of this city. Mr. Hein's death occurred Friday night after a short illness. Mr. Hein was a member in good standing of the Evangelical association. regn.rd to how they should be counted. Th'j Clearing was adjourned until next Tutsday morning whon the com- mittee will meet and count, the ballots cast in these eight precincts. This will be the only contest to be brought before the legislature this winter. It grows out of the defeat of Ludlow by five votes. It is Ludlow's contention that votes intended for him were wrongfully counted -tor hia opponent. The testimony taken before Court Commissioner John Luchsingerat Mon- roe has been submitted to the com- mittee and will be argued by the at- torneys. The committee is as follows: Roy- croft, Graasie, Hellbron, Mueller, Keppel, Morris and Hughes. The cost of the contest will be paid by the state, each side being en- titled to for expenses. The council's cqmmittee on water and lights is now at liberty to enter in- to other negotiations for the sale of the waterworks bonds. The committee succeeded in getting its release last night when Chairman Gorham was in communication with the Harris com- pany and was told that if the committee could sell without any further formality the company is willing that the city should do so. Mr. Gorham was also in- formed that if the city found it neces- sary to conform to their suggestions and make the corrections in the pro- ceedings as pointed out by the Harris company the company would claim the bonds under the contract. It is understood that the committee has taken up the matter with other parties and expects to have the bonds sold by tomorrow night. None of this information came from Chairman Gorham, who was seen this afternoon. "We have not heard any- thing definite from the Harris com- said the chairman of the water and lights committee which has been carrying on negotiations for the sale of the bonds. "Their answer is evasive and we are waiting for a definite answer, but if they do not decide to take them there are other parties we can deal with and the one who pays the will get them." Mr. Gorham said that he was in com munication with the Harris company last night and that they -insisted on the changes they desire being made in the ordinance. It is the contention of the company, he said, that BOOM LA FOLLETTE University Students Form Club Boost Senator for President. To SURVIVES DIPHTHERIA TO DIE OF DISINFECTANT that ruins fully one-third of it. The window was placed only a few weeks ago. week, and three passenger train would require the operation of th passenger service on that division abso lutely at a loss. There are now operate To escape the of diphtheria nd then die from the fumes of the dis- nfectant used to fumigate the room in hich she was ill' was the sad fate of lias Viola Hoppe, the W -year-old aughter of Louis Hoppe, 1108 Third .vc'nne. Pcoria, The parents of the young lady state thai after the louse was fumigated she suffered much lifclress from the fumes and failed Madison, Wis., La Fol- lette presidential club was formed last last night at the university and a tem- porary organization affected. This is the initial movement in the booming of Senator La Follette for the republican nomination for president in 1908. Res- olutions were passed commending the principles and actions of the junior senator, both as governor of the state and as a member of the United States senate and pledging the members to support and work for his nomination in 1908. Marked enthusiasm prevailed at the meeting which bore none of the earmarks of an amateur grandstand play but had all the semblance of a sea- soned poli ical boom. The temporary organization is as follows: George F. Hannan, Milwaukee, president; Adolph' Lehner, Princeton, vice president. Maurice Morrisey, Walworth, secre- tary. In the near future a permanent organization will be affected and prom- inent republican speakers oflocal and national reputation will be brought to Madison to address the club. In view of the latent sentiment throughout the country regarding the candidacy of La FolteUc it was thought litting that the ;hoy bought the bonds and that the city is under obligations to make these minor corrections and they offer to be of whatever assistance possible. Considering the present temper of the public over the bond deal it is doubtful if the Harris deal would be allowed to stand even if the company would de- cide to take the bonds. The deal has been the subject of much discussion since it was closed by the council's com- mittee and aside from the objection that.is raised to .the .payment of a commision to the purchaser amounting to a 2 per cent discount, which is the right of the city to pay any com- mission is seriously questioned. The council voted a commission of 1 per. cent to local parties, who desired to handle the bonds, and when the com- mittee got a chance to sell at a discount of 2 per cent the discount was thrown in as commission, which is nothing more than one way of selling the bonds be- low par. Attorneys, who have been looking up the matter, say-that the tew does not authorize a commission and if the city has a right to pay a commis- sion of 1 per cent, it has a right to pay 2 per cent or 5 per cent, there being no limit to it which would open the way to defraud the city of any amount the committee would be able to agree upon. The high school bonds, a issue are 4 per cent bonds, the same rate as the water bonds, and there was no com- mission paid'or no discount made upon them for the benefit of purchasers. W. N. G. UNIFORMS Government Ready To Issue Them To State Troops. rapidly even after her iccn pronounced. recovery had COMMUNICATED Editor Times: In justice to the Monon railroad 1 wish to state that my medical expenses wore paid and that I also received a check for ?500 which helps greatly to ease the bumps both mental and physical. Having the road" over thirty years with near- ly miles to my credit last year the experience of that jolt inclines me to the notion of guttling on a couon plantation and doing my traveling in the future by mule power. Fine weather here with plenty of misquitoes on the side. J. H. EATON. New Orleans, Jan. 20. 1007. initiative in the movement should be given at the University of Wisconsin, which ia the junior senator's alma mater. As rapidly as possible the work will be extended throughout the entire state and the club hopes that other states may be influenced in the elec tion of their delegates to the nation a convention. As a result of a visit to the war department at Washington by Col. C. R, Boardman- arrangements have been made to draw at once from the United tates and issue to the Wisconsin'Na- onal Guard a complete supply of the !W regulation blue uniforms. No sue of the olive drab woolen service niform will be made to any state for year or more for the reason that the egular army cannot be supplied before lat time. The issue ol otton summer uniform-which wasdis- ontinucd last fall will now be resumed. The new Springfield rille will not be eady for issue to the militia of the tates until I'JOS. A new style oC leg- ting for enlisted men is about to be adopted. RIVER STILL GORGED WITH ICE AT WINSLOW The ice gorge at Winslow still re mains and for many miles back
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