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Lansing, Mich., May 22.- The confer ence committee upon the Merriman bil increasing the speciflc tax upon rail road parnings, has made its report. Th report is a great disappointment to th friends of largely increased taxation. 3 increases the tax over that under th present law about $205,000, and over th bill, as it passed the senate, about $32, 000. A new item of taxation is the union depot companies' earnings. The follow is the rate of taxation agreed to Earnings less than $2,000 r?r mile, 2M per cent.; between $2,000 and $4,000, zy. per cent.; between $4,000 and $6,000, per cent.; between $6,000 and $8,000, 4% per cent.; over $8,000, F per cent.; on gross income o' union depot companies wlth income in excess of $20,000 per m-le 10 per cent. Lansing, Mich., May 26.- The house ir committee of the whole agreed to an anti-trust bill which prohibits any combination to increase or decrease the price of commodities and provides a penalty for violation of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000. The bill was hotly attacked on constitutional grounds, and is rot believed by lawyers to be able to stand the scrutiny of the courts. A bill was also agreed to increasing the chise fee of corporations from % mili to W2 mill9 upon each dollar of the capital stock. It also increased the minimum fee from $5 to $20. The house yesterday afternoon, by an almost unanimous vote, adopted the amendments recommended by the conferrees of both houses on the senate bil! the specific taxes upon railroad earning-s. The Pingree representa" tives, who had fought for much higher taxes upon railroads, voted solidly for the measure as amended, as being the best that could be had at this session. The bilí increases the assessments upon railroads by over $200,000 annually. As at first amended and passed by the house the increase would have been upwards of $700,000. The bill goes to Governor Pingree for his signature. LAKE VESSELS IN COLLISION. The Steamcr Florida Goes Down but Her Crew Is Saved, Port Huron, Mich., May 22.- The steamer .Florida of the Lackawanna line sank in Lake Huron off Middle island Thursday as the result of a collision with the George W. Robey of Cleveland. As far as known all the crew were paved and taken to Port Huron. The Florida was a wooden huik vessel built in 18S9 and valued at $100,000. Jt left Chicago May 18 bound for Buffalo with a load of grain and merchandise. In the hold there were 56,000 bushels of wheat and on deck was a cargo of flour, beef and other staples. The cargo was valued at $75,000. Both vessels had wood hulks, but as far ad can be learned, the Robey was not injured. Officers of the steamer John M. Glidden, whieh arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., report having passed wreckage and debris of the wrecked Florida. There was a dense fog prevailing at the time in the vicinity of Middle island and It is thought this caused the collision. The Florida was owned by the Lackawanna Transportation company, which has an office in the Marquette building. George L. McCurdy insured thé vessel. AN IRREGULAR PARDON. Governor Fiiigreo Releases Convict Wixom ümler a Misunderstamling. Lansing, Mich., May 26.- The legislative committee which investigated thti pardon by Governor Pingree of Conviot Wixom, an inmate of the Jackson state prison, reported that the pardon was irregular and intimated that Sybrant Wesslius, state railroad commissioner, was responsible for it. The committee reported testimony to the effect that Wesslius was {o have gotten $500 for his influence in securihg the pardon and charges that the railroad commissioner is guilty of contempt in having failed to respond to a subpoena summonir.g him before the committee. The committee reports that Deputy Warden Wiesman, who is a friend of Wesslius, interested himself in getting Wixom pardoned out, on the supposition that he would receive $200 for it. and tha: Wesslius was, in all probability, instrumental in obtaining the pardon. MICHIGAN HAS A SCANDAL. Charge That Money Was üsed in Procuriug ths Pardon of Wiiom. Lansing, Mlch., May 25.- The legislative commlttee which investigated the pardon by Governor Pingrree of Conviet Wixom, an inmate of the Jackson state priaon, reported last night that the pardon was irregular, and intimated that Sybrant AVesselius. state railroad commiísioner, was responsible for it. The committee reported testimony to the effect that Wesselius was to have gotten $500 for his influence in securing the pardon, and chargrea that the railroad coramissioner is guilty of contempt in having failed to respond to a subpoena summoning him before the committee. The committee reports that Deputy warden Wiesman, who is a friend of Wesselius, interested himself in getting Wixom pardoned out on the supposition that he would receive $2,000 for lt, and that Wesselius was in all probability instrumental in obtaining the pardon. Pinfjree Will n„al wlth Solons. Lansing, Mlch., May 24.- It is stated on authority that Governor Pingree has recor.sidered his determination tü cali an extra session of the legislatüre for the purpose of equalizing taxation, but will send a message to the legislatüre urging that the session be prolonged until this matter has been attended to as he deEii-es. which is $1,000.000 more taxation on rallways. At present pretty much all ar.ti-raihvay legiilation is either dend or in the hands of unfriendly comr.iittees. Michigan Sportsmen Protest. Marquotte, Mich., May 25.- Sportsmen in thii" vicinity protest against the Sraham game law. One of the provisons makea it Ilegal to shoot deer till November. 1SM. The last open season was in 1S96. The law slipped through attracting attention from Up)er península sportsmen. Deer hunting s the autumn sport of the península. The number shot in the county is est'.. ' mated at 1,000 to 1,500. Probably 5,000 were killed last season. The open season has been the entire month of November, but under the new law, beginning in 1899, the first open season will be from Nov. 8 to 30, inclusive. Thompson's Peop le Knew ICim. Jackson, Mioh., May 2S.- Chief of Pólice Eoyle has arre3ted George P. Thompson, wanted at Detroit for the larceny of $2,400 worth of diamond jewelry from Carrie Brown of that city. Thompson, who carne of a good family, was cast off by his people. The Brown womari cared for him, and when she was a-way from home he looted the place and fled. This was a year ago. Thompson was passinpc under the name of Harry Russell, and six months ago married a young girl here. He has been fully identifled. Negotiatlng tor a Copper Mine. Houghton. Mich., May 25.- NTegotiations for the purchase of Six-Mile Hil] copper property, south of Houghton, which were conducted last fall on a basis of $300,000 for the mine, but were broken off on account of the silver scare, have been resumed and Captain W. A. Dunn hopes to begin work there next month with a small forcé of men sinking shafts on the veins. Very Younp Keceiver. Saginaw, Mich., May 24.- Romer Loring of Newton has been appointed receiver of the Union and Consolidated Street raïlways of this city. Pie i9 a very young man for the position, being only 21 years old. He is a son of S. D. Lering, a wealthy broker of Boston, who represents the interests of the bondholders. The bond of the receiver is flxed at $75,000. Looking tor a Traant Daughter. Menominee, Mich., May 22.- William Gaulet, a farmer living near Talbot, Mich., has been in this city and Marinette looking for his 15-year-old daughter. He charges the girl with taking $125 and eloping with a male companion to either thia city or Marinette. Up to a ate hour the pólice had not been able to lócate her. No State Fair for Michigan. Lansing, Mich., May 22.- No state fair will be held in Michigan this year. The tate society offlcers have decided not to rr.ake the attempt. The treasury isbankupt and there are over $20,000 in debta o be paid. The state legislature will ot aid the enterprise and the outlook or future exhibitions is very gloomy. New Railway line for Detroit. Detroit, May 24.- Beginning today Detroit has a nevv railroad into the Ohio coal district. The first train arrived over the Detroit, Lima and Northern road frora Springñeld, O., entering Detroit over the Wabash road. Through trains wil] also be run to Cincinnati shortly. Forest JTires in Michigan. Escanaba, Mich., May 22.- Forest fires are raging around Little Bay De Noc, four miles from here. The flames and reüection can be seen for miles on the bay. State Notes. The secretary of the interior has authorized a contract for an additional school building at Mount Pleasant Indian school in Michigan, to cost $40,000. At Cincir.nati, the Western Gas association has decided to meet next year at Mount Clemens, Mich., May 19, 20 and 21. Many papers were read and discussed. Many Michigan wheat flelds will be plowed up and planted to eo'rn or beans. Wheat will not yield 50 per cent. of average croa. Michigan postoffices discontinued: Interior, Ontonagon county, mail will go to Barclay; Pines, Mackinac county, mail will go to Ozark. East Tawas, MIch., people are utilizng the old stumps of Norway pine trees by manufacturing from them an excellent quality of tar and turpentine. The people of Munith, Mich., are trying to pass an ordinance prohibiting the trains from going through town so f ast the passengers can't see the sights. A Brimley, Mich., lad placed a bottle full of powder, with a lighted fuse, under a pan the then sat down on the pan. He' was picked up on the other side of a woodpile, more dead than alive. Mrs. Martha Buchanan of Allegan, Mich., aged 63 years, was killed by falling downstairs.


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