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TOPEKA, KANSAS, APRIL. 27, 1901.
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That Is What 3Irs. Nation Says
of Her Cell.
Writes to State Journal of Her
WHY IS THE ROTARY.
Says Jailer's Wife Demanded
She Should Be Put There.
Calls Wichita a Modern Sodom
and Talks of Boycott.
Mrs. arrie Nation, from her rotary cell
in the "Wichita jail, sends several scraps
ut' letters to the State Journal. She wrote
them on bits of paper evidently under
preat difficulties. It is evident that the
"Wichita jaihra have not succeeded m
'breaking- her spirit."
"I fear I will not be able to pet th'.s
letter out of this den of murderers," she
says. In a postscript written later she
says: ' I write hurriedly, for I will soon
have a person call whom I can trust
with this letter'
"This morning before breakfast," she
Fays, on a sht--t dated the 25th, "we four
woni-n wtre s-parated. Each one has a
tiiftVrent ceil. Theirs have u window. Mv
ctll is in the roiarv awav from the light.
I write this now from the thr-e-eornered
cell. Toiifka hii.s nothing likr- tiiis place
of torture. I am. cut oft from ail com
panionship and am writing this hv a
1 1 h t where l ean just s ee the paper I
write on. Now 1 do not wish mv friends
to think I am sorrowful: I 3m nt Head
The hrst ehapetey of the Philippians. ' X
hope to he able to pret enough iiht to
read by. 1 can write by gaie-ss, but I can
not read that wav.
"This is the devil overreaching himself
I shall be careful not to eat poisoned
food. Oh! this cigarette smoke has be
run in earnest, but. Ood wid overrule all
these things. 1 e sid he would stand
by me. and ile has never failed me vet.''
In writing again iater she suvs: "The
rotary has been revolved so as to throw
in more liht. and thank God 1 can see to
lead. Yesterday a gentleman from Can
ada called, but he was not permitted to
see me nor talk to me from my prison
"I arn put in this ceil because I told
Mrs. Simmons, the jailor's wife, that
when I was here before she tried to have
me adjudged insane. She said I was a
woman who used low. obscene language
to her husband. I told her she lied, and
all liars would gy to burn in the lake of
lire. Her husband told me this morning
when he came to remove me that his wi
wanted me to be put here. Poor, d
praded wretch! What a shame to see a
cruel. revengeful woman. John the
P-aptiat lost his head from just such a
one. 1 would rather die in this unwhole
some place than be such. 1 wish she
would let Jesus change the bitter to the
sweet In her nature. What a miserable
woman she is! My poor sisters in this
bastile are trusting; in the jUord."
Afcrain in another letter she savs: "The
eherirf s wife told me that I ought to
out of Wichita and mind my owa
business: that the people were tired of
"A messenger boy brought me a tele
gTam and said: "My father is a saloon
keeper and he is as good as you are.'
One difference between us is he is carrying-
on his damnable murder shop while
I am in jail submitting to cruelty and
"I now advise all towns in Kansas who
are buying any supplies to avoid getting
anything from this cursed Sodom. Topeka
is decent by the side of this disgraceful
place of traffic. Will write more when
1 can gret it to the office. 1 dare not trust
a K-tter in the hands of these jailers."
"We have iilthy blankets to sieep un
der." she says in another letter describing
the accommodations of the jail, "and
with no poilows. nn old broken cot and
with one execption dirty cells; without
being allowed towel s. nor paper and en
velopes we have not had an opportunity
to s u ppl y on rsel ves.
"This ilen is a loathosome place where I
have had to submit to the insulting lan
guage and threats of Mrs. Simmons and
her son. Our food is served to us in two
tin pans and a sooon twice a dav. 1 want
to thank Sheriff Cook and family, of To
peka. again for their kind treatment. The
cruelty and injustice here is just as far
as they dare, like the Spanish inquisi
tion.' in writing to a friend here about her
p riper, "The Smasher's Mail," she says:
"Now is the time for my friends to help
roe by subscribing and sends me ads to
my Smasher's Mail. 1 have no means to
linish paying the Kansas Farmer for the
printing of the last edition. L'o not let
my dear pa per d le. It is yours, to do
your work. I can edit it and be here
also. Substantial aid is what 1 want and
Items of Interest to Kansana From
Washington, April 27. Superinten
dent V. A. Jlachen of the free delivery
bureau of the postofrice department has
ixpued a circular of instructions govern
ing rural free delivery throughout the
country, which Kansas applicants for
this service should note before prepar
ing their cases. It directs that petition
ers for such service be heads of fami
lies, who shall show the relative popu
lation along the route, character of the
roads, principal avocations of the peo
ple and the distances each one now has
to travel to receive mail. A map of the
routes proposed is required. The pe
tition must be endorsed by either a sen
ator or a representative In congress.
Each route must be over 20 miles long,
serving at least 1U0 families, and those
desiring the delivery must hereafter be
prepared to put up suitable boxes.
These boxes will be entitled to the pro
tection of the United States statutes.
Rural carriers are not required to de
liverer ordinary .-nail to houses stand
ing back from the main road. They may
carry other business than United States
mail. Patrons are required to co-operate
by keeping the roads up to the
standard in all weather. The maximum
pay for carriers is now $500 per annum
for a full route of approximately five
miles traveled on shorter routes. Car
riers are to carry a supply of postage
stamps, stamped envelopes and postal
cards, and must cancel stamps on all
letters tney collect.
The following appointments were
made for Kansas recently: Frank L.
Sullivan of Lawrence, a carpenter at
is to furnish the residents of Topeka and
vicinity with '
Carriages arid Buggies
at the lowest possible prices consistent with
the Fort Yuma Indian school in Cali
fornia: H. El Phillips of Arkansas City,
a disciplinarian at the Fort Peck Indian
school in Montana; Charles Cook of
Oarnett, railway mail clerk; Miss N.
Yarnall of Wichita, a. position at Santee
Indian school in Nebraska; Miss Nettie
Allison of Lawrence, seamstress at
Haskell institute; W. B. Compton of
Shawnee, baker at the Rice Indian
school in Arizona; William Curtis of
Lawrence, a carpenter at Fort Yuma
Indian school in Arizona.
Lieut. Col. Heistend of the adjutant
general's corps -has forwarded to the
secretary of war his reply to the
charges made by Maj. Erastus Ilawkes
of Kansas, with regard to his connec
tion with the organization of a hemp
company in Manila. The charges will
not be made public, but will be for
warded to the committee on military af
fairs of the senate, which has the mat
ter under investigation. The secretary
will not take the matter up for con
sideration because of the pending in
vestigation. Col. Heistand has been or
dered to report to Washington for the
purpose of appearing before the com
mittee. He is expected to arrive in this
country about the middle of this month,
when the investigation will proceed.
Maj. Hawkes, connected with this case,
was formerly of Arkansas City, a men
tion of which was contained in the
Journal a few weeks ago.
Washington Post: "We don't know
just what took place between the Hon.
Chester I Long of Medicine Lodge,
Kansas, and his predecessor, but
we do know that the suc
cessor of the Hon. Jerry Simpson posses
ses some rather peculiar ideas concern
ing the ethics of private conversation.
We fear the Kansas inclination to talk
immoderately for publication is abnor
Mrs. Andrew Sabin of Garden City,
was called here this week to attend the
funeral of her mother, Mrs. William B.
Brown. The deceased had been for
years an employe of the internal reve
nue bureau of the treasury department.
During the next session of congress
the Kansas delegation will make an
effort to get better postal facilities
through Kansas. During the past few
years business has doubled in the west,
and yet there has been no increase in
the railway postal service to meet the
State Senator A. Henley of Lawrence,
on his return from a business trip to
New York City, stopped off the first
of the week in Washington, the guest
of Senator J. R. Burton.
All of the Hon. H. Clay Evans' Ten
nessee enemies appear to be heartily in
favor of his proposed "promotion."
A new town in Jones county, Texas,
has been named after General Fred
Funston of Kansas.
The government has let the'eontract
to Crosby Bros, of Topeka to furnish
awnings and window shades for the
public building atthat place.
Mr. W. A. Blair of Atchison is stop
ping here at the Metropolitan hotel.
L. WILLIAM THAVIS.
We are putting them up at
our repository, 812 Kansas Ave.,
and at our store room in the
Veale Block, 621 Quincy, where
vye also have a large number of
Second-hand Traps, Surries,
Road - Wagons and Buggies,
which we will sell cheap.
NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Republican county central committee
defeats scheme to make nominations by
convention plan. Date for primary fixed
for June 1. i
Union Pacific pays state charter fee
of 510,200 for increasing charter $100,
000.000. John A. Dailey says North Topeka Is
menaced by destruction by the Kansas
Santa Fe resumes work inn proving the
Movement started in Topeka to found
an orphans' home for colored children.
The following promotions are an
nounced by the Rock Island: W. H.
Stillwell, general superintendent of
lines west of Missouri river, to be su
perintendent of lines east of Missouri
river. C. M. Hubbell to succeed Mr.
Stillwell. A. J. Hitt, general superin
tendent, to be general mancger. W.
G. Tinsman, train master at Blue Is
land, 111., to be superintendent at Chi
cago. L. C. Bailey resigns as city license
Mob orders William Nelson of Oak
land to leave the city.
Parker-Hughes mandamus case is
submitted to Judge Hazen.
A. Swanson secures contract for brick
and carpenter work on new Santa Fe
H. Ellsworth Lewis, a proof reader
on the Capital deceives a society young
lady and jeweler and decamps wittv
$150 worth of jewelry.
The 19 joint injunction cases may be
tried at this term of the district court.
The state charter board issued a char
ter to the Central Kansas Fair and Live
Stock association of Hutchinson.
Maude McMullen, the daughter of a
carpenter living on Washington street,
was burned to death by a bonfire.
Mrs. Sarah Anna Sells died early
Thursday morning, leaving a fortune of
The resignation of Dean Sykes has
been accepted by the vestry of the
Appraisers begin work of appraising
the property on streets to be paved this
The reception committee decide that
the only entertainment to be given to
President McKinley in Topeka will be
a carriage ride about the city.
Mr. Ben Akers and Miss Ollie O'Brien
two Topeka society young people
were married Wednesday.
Mrs. August Palm of 408 Western ave
nue committed suicide by hanging her
Washburn loses a ball game to K. U.
by a score of 6 to 2 Wednesday.
The state officers are at a loss to
know whether a car bearing the state
officers may be attached to the presi
dent's train on his ride from Junction
City to Topeka on June 8.
The executive council discovers that
the state house heating plant can not
be removed at a cost inside the appro
priation. TELEGRAPHIC SUMMARY.
Ohio river rises and inundates Pittsburg-,
Cincinnati and other cities, caus
ing great property loss.
Vesuvius shows great activity and
lava begins to flow. Several tremors of
earthquake are felt.
Six men lose their lives in a hotel fire
in St. Marys, W. Va.
Charles Brown, president, and F. L.
Canby, cashier, of the First National
bank of Vancouver, confessed default
ers, commit suicide together when em
bezzlement is discovered.
Queen Wilhelmina refuses to pay
Prince Henry's bachelor debts.
American syndicate subscribes for
$F0.000,000 of new , British war loan of
Six masked men board a C. O. & G. ex
press near Memphis and secure $3,003
Five children are murdered at their
home in Chartres. France. Their father,
slightly wounded, is suspected of the
Count Leo de Melville, held on bigamy
charge in New York, is charged with
having 50 wives.
The czar signs the decree banishing
Count Leo Tolstoi from Russia.
Two officers are killed at Joplin, Mo.,
while endeavoring to arrest a gang of
Cresceus and The Abbot are matched
to race next August at Brighton Beach.
The trial of James Callahan, charged
with the Cudahy kidnaping, begins in
Charles R. Eastman, a Harvard in
structoK accused of killing his brother-
in-law, Richard Grogan, placed on trial
Slave raiding emirs in Africa are con
quered by native troops, led by British
Over 2.000 Filipino insurgents surren
der and swear allegiance to the United
The failure of 20 banks in Osaka cre
ates a. panic in Japan.
The engagement is announced of Miss
Sartoris. eldest daughter of Mrs. Nellie
Grant Sartoris, and Archibald E. Bal
four of London.
By a boiler explosion near Frankfort.
Germany, SO persons are killed and 150
George Phillips successfully engineers
a corner on corn on exchange in Chi
cago and clears $200,000.
Burglars carry off the safe from an
Anaconda saloon and secure $10,000.
Edwin N. Conger is a receptive candi
date for governor of Iowa.
"Black Jack" Ketchnm, noted desper
ado of the southwest, is hung at Clay
ton. N. M., for assault upon a railroad
A cave-in of a mine at Aurora, Mo.,
buries five men at depth of 110 feet.
To a I-ive-Xear-Old Child on the
Springfield, Ohio, April 27. Lilda, the
five-year-old, daughter of J. C. Rae, 10S0
South Race street, died today while on
the operating table. A few days ago a
physician was called to extract an ul
cerated tooth from the lower jaw, and
he found the bone was badly necrosed.
An operation was decided upon today.
but the vitality was so low that the
patient died a few minutes after being
put on the table.
S57 " ' "
Helianthus Young Ladies to En
Mrs. J. P. Rodgers Entertains
For Miss McGregor.
WITH THE STUDY CLUB
Ninde Chautauqua and Stednian
Items of a Social and Personal
The girls who hav eattended the Heli
anthus parties this winter will give a
return party to the young men tonight
at Hudson's hall. Those who will dance
are: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Garvin, Miss
Jessie Myers, Miss Marcia Spivey, Mis3
Anna Herbst, Miss Nellie Baker, Miss
Edith Guibor, Miss Vida Wood, Miss
Mabel Wood, Miss Calla Cuttell, Miss
Louise Kellam, Miss Katherine Fleish
man, Miss Helen Otis, Miss Bernice
Fuller, Miss Lizzie Cole, Miss Lillian
Fiske, Miss Beatrice Foster, Miss Bessie
Bates, Miss Agnes Gunther, Mr. Everett
Akers, Mr. Dana Davis, Mr. Kurtz
Kellam, Mr. Roland Medlicott, Mr. Don
Mulvane, Mr. Gill Updegraff, Mr. I.a
throp Resseguie, Mr. Will Wickidal, Mr.
Reuben Spivey, Mr. Walter Hays, Mr.
Lathrop Gay, Mr. George Synder, Mr.
George Fleishman. Mr. Scott Lord, Mr.
Sam Fleishman, Mr. Bert Cook, Mr.
Paul Roehr, Mr. Frank Moss, Mr. Phil
Dailey. Mr. Wrr. Stuart. Mr. Bob Stuart,
Mr. Bert Cartlidge, Mr. Harley Reis
man, Mr. Paul Mulvane, Mr. Will Cart
lidge, Mr. James Stuart, Mr. Wallace,
Mr. E. H. Custer, Mr. Thompson and
Mr. Merle King.
Afternoon For Miss McGregor.
Mrs. J. P. Rogers gave a very pleas
ant afternoon yesterday for Aliss Mat
tie McGregor, whose marriage takes
place May 2 to Mr. Henry Lewis.
One of the features of the afternoon
was guessing familiar trade marks. A
prize was given to the one who could
answer the most.
Refreshments were served at one
long table which was decorated with
carnations and ferns. The guests found
their places at table by means of small
place cards. Mrs. Rogers' guests were;
Miss Sallie Beck. Miss Etta Beck. Mrs,
Holsinger, Mrs. W. Waring, Mrs. K. C.
Bean, Miss Ella Ramsey, Miss Genevra
Giles, Mrs. B. Rogers, Miss Nellie Kirk,
Miss Grace Simpson and Mrs. J. O'Con
nor. Niaje Chautauqua Club.
The regular meeting of the Ninde
Chautauo.ua will be held Monday even
ing at the home of Mrs. Carr. r,i:5 Polk.
The programme will be as follows:
Responses to roll call with quotations
from Will Carltnn.
Rivalry of Nations, chapter 27-28, by
A. O. Beach.
Grecian History, chapter 13, by Mr.
Homer to Theocritus, chapter 12,
Miss Edith C)tt.
Human Nature Club, chapter 9, by Mr.
The Stedman club will mt Monday
evening with Mr. and Mrs. M. Crandi ii,
913 Western avenue.
Roll call will be answered by original
or selected quotations. Programme will
Poem Mr. Vinton Thomn.4
Sketch Mrs. J. II. Hague
Poem Mrs. M. K. Atchison
Paper Mr. II. I H.i.l l
Paper Mrs. M. M. Crandi ii
Friends of the club are always wel
come. Note and Personal Mention,
Miss Ivah Davis, Miss Gertrude Df-v-ereux
of Lawrence, Miss. Vera Low, Air.
Tarlton Brown of h'-nver, Mr. Arch:-i
Williams and Mr. Albert T. R. id maii-?
up a party that are spending the day ;n
Kansas City and attending the matin-e.
Mr. Rogers of Boston, who has been in
Topeka on business f ir several duys, re
turned today to the east.
Mr. George Main and Mr. Hippie will
spend Sunday in Topeka.
The Chancel Chapter held a meeting
this afternoon at Mrs. Sheldon's rooms
at the Copeland for the purpose of elect
ing officers for the year.
Miss Isabel P" k will return today to
her home in Chicago. During her visit
here she has been the guest of Mi.sa
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Littl and chil l
ren left yesterday for Kossville to at
tend the graduating xercises.
Miss Margaret Johnston entertained at
a "Stay all night party" last evening.
Her guests were: Misses Hazel and Nel
lie Jones, Maud Mathews, 1j:i Barret,
Florence Welch and Nellie Kr. identl al.
Mrs. J. K. Lemon left yesterday for
Chicago to be gone several days.
Miss Annie Marie Nellis entertaint
informally Thursday evening.
The Felicity club will meet Tuesday
afternoon with Mrs. Myers.
(Continued on I 'age 5.)
AN AWFUL SIU1IT
Witnessed by Workmen When a Man
Went Over Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls. N. Y., April 27. Early
this afternoon men engaged on one of
the big new manufacturing plants goinc
up here observed a small rowboat with
a man in it being carried down the river
into the upper rapids. At first they ex
pected the man would be able to make a
landing on the Canadian sid' to which
shore he appeared to be pulling, but as
the current hurled him onward it was
soon evident he was being carried down
to death. The ln,at remained upright
until near the brink of the Horseshoe
Falls, when it capsized, and so.m the
man and boat passed from view over the
great fall. The body has not been In-covered.