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ALTERNATE FOR P
NEEDS IT. I
teVv a, irL
SHE DENIES IT ALL
Edith Keser, Rossville Heiress,
Indignant Oyer Stewart Suit.
Says That Mrs. Stewart Was
Jealous -That Is All.
DIDN'T WRITE LETTER
Neither Did She Pose for Those
Hires a Lawyer to Defend the
Kdith Reser, the Rossville heiress and
defendant in a $25,000 alienation suit,
came to Topeka today and announced
that she would fight the sensational
action brought by Lillian G. Stewart j
for the loss of her husband's love. The
Kossville woman denies generally all
the allegations made by the former
U. G Stewart, Former Rossville Post
master and Editor, Whose Wife Has
Sued Wealthy AVouian for Alienating
Accompanied by her father and
brother, the young woman went at
once to the office of Clad Hamilton,
who has been retained by the defend
ants. The fact that she was the sub
ject of much notoriety and had fur
nished a full three I'-ays supply of
scandal for the Rossville sewing so
H.ties, weighed hi.vllyon All? Reser's
i.fi'Vr.s --.mi b? did iiot"c6ufl"tfi? visit
of a newspaper reporter In her hour of
Miss Reser Is sentimental, nervous
and a bit high strung. "When an em
barrassing question came her way, she
often locked in the opposite direction
and answered in a low tone. Once she
surmounted her timidity and passion
ately expressed her opinion of news
paper reporters who meddle In other
people's affairs. She was visibly re
lieved when her lawyer appeared and
gallantly led her to his private office
dismissing her visitor with a courteous
"I don't see why the papers want to
circulate these awful stories broad
cast." pleaded the Rossville widow, as
she toved with her furs, "why, it's just
perfectly awful and and " Miss
Reser's lips puckered and for a minute
it looked as though there would be a
downpour, " and there just isn't any
truth in what Mrs. Stewart said, any
how." Then the visitor made a ptrenuous
effort to refresh the Rossville woman s
mind concerning some little thing that
might have led to the difficultv.
"Certainly Mrs. Stewart didn't im
agine all the thines in her petition?"
ursred the visitor, "isn't there some lit-
n- I'll yi l iruin in ner marges, some
difference that started the trouble?"
airs. Stewart was iealons.
tured the demure little creature, who !
s -aifi to nave fteen the cause nf un
letting the love affairs of a whole
family, "she didn't like me and she
The visitor explained that he bee-an
to understand. but how did Mrs
Stewart set jealous? What started
Again Miss Reser wanted to crv Phe '
looked first at her father, then at her i
brother and finally tuge-ed asain at the !
furs. Pnssiblv something- about the 1
furs gave her hope arid confidence aA I
prweeaeci to explain how she won
r'.uMer-fraiors wife's enmitv
honestn1'ingUdab,e t0 "
Worked in Postofflce.
"Well, you see I worked in the post
office and Mr. Stewart's daughter got
married that was in 1909 wasn't
father'" promoter! !h ,f"
"and Mrs. Stewart a,A"-B""InAn-
there. So I left.
r. . . . want me
My name was still
on tVip n, r . . "e v i.
1 wTnt nacK. One day
- . t crrte into the office, just
d T told her I certainlv wa
Jben I put my hat back on mv head
?L ne.Ver went therp anv more" Mr
nundrum was parsed tn , thp con"
and he rave it un yo"nef Rpspr
vowed that th s w , tT "lV ResPr
scandal pure T.rf fst t!m that
visaed his home ar,rP!e ha1 p
derstoon that hp did V wante'1 un-
sfeori what Tiu, iT; Stewart under-
r.alh- has she wnuTrl f aCUn she
"rnuht thP rTo d I,ev,?r
the Res.r hhson the head of
inrS;rJe.-;bR0eftei;-" Persisted the
-hre did Stewart tX" P'ureB.
when?" enart tak them and
the clfendan? in the r Sxp?stu'ated
"and I r,evor i",-lht , al!"tion suit.
.Ann .. """ "y
nil ti .-. . t"vLure.
"iit" i tapers
alfl . ""'its that
'm!y horrihle and ,,CV 1nst
tamped her Yr,N'u7 nrt Miss
you sent him
I b&ptzft&r' it.
cards and letters, didn't you?" was j
"Surely I didn't," exclaimed the
young woman, who again sent warn- j
ings of general precipitation, and her i
eves appealed iu me remuves lor re- i
lief "I sure never sent him a letter in
my life. No, sir. And George never
carried any either, did you George?"
Then the door opened. Attorney
Hamilton appeared on the scene. He
was elad to see his clients. He was
perfectly delighted to see a reporter
trying to squeeze' an interview from his
clients but surely the reporter would
be glad to call again, later. Then the
lawyer led his clients to an inner room
and the real merits of the case were
"If there is anything to he given out
about the case," said Hamilton, "I will
give it out myself. I will also likely
advise them not to talk to reporters In
Over the telephone an hour later.
Senator Hamilton intimated that the
fair defendant's answer would be in
the nature of a general denial. It will
not be filed for sometime.
"I haven't gone into the case much
as yet," said Hamilton. out tor the
love of a man nearly ou years oia, i
think that Mrs. Stewart is asking- too
In a Speech at Flint, Michigan,
Tells What Progressive Laws
Have Done for Wisconsin.
Flint, Mich., Jan. 1. "How Wiscon
sin Has Prospered Under Its Progres
sive Administration," was the subject
of an address by Senator LaFollette in
this city. The speaker said that pro
gressive legislation in Wisconsin has
not been destructive, as its enemies
predicted. "Instead," said he, "of
driving capital out of the state, it has
attracted capital more than other
states. It has made investments sate
for all. instead of speculative for a few.
It has beti constructive as well as
progressive. Not one of these progres
sive laws nas oeen overiurnea uy uic
supreme court of the state and not one
has been carried into tne reaerai
Continuing, Senator LaFollette said
the general business conditions in Wis
consin conclusively show that instead
of being retarded by progressive legis
lation, Wisconsin has advanced finan
cially and .commercially more rapidly
than the country taken as a whole.
"Judged by commercial failures, Wis
consin has prospered better than the
entire country. During ten years of
progressive legislation the expenses of
the state have increased, but the bur
den of taxes upon the people has de
"The property of the state is paying
21 per cent less taxes in proportion to
its value than it did ten years ago."
Before t-lltra- how he would solve
fit. Al. Kai-."v-,(",ii, 0 -natM lUUTiii
lette discussed the administration of
the canal zone. He praised the policy
of Gifford Pinchot with respect to
Alaska and said:
"The problem before us is not to
hoard our resources, but to develop
them in such a way that the benefits
flowing from development will inure
not to a few, but to the rightful own
ers all the people of the United
States. With the experience of the
past the waste of these resources, the
turning of them over to speculation
and monopoly would be a crime
against the people of the United States.
At Mewy of the Syndicate.
"To permit the Morgan-Guggenheim
combination to remain in control of
railroads of Alaska means that all the
men lured there with pick and shovel
and pack will, in the end, be complete
ly at the mercy of Morgan and Gug
genheim. Every pound of coal they
mine will pay such tribute to the
monopoly-owned transportation com
pany as it chooses to exact.
"Alaska was purchased with the
people's money, taken from the com
mon fund the treasury of the United
States. Whatever of profit, whatever
of advantage in anyway accrues from
that purchase belongs to all the peo
ple. They are entitled to get the
benefit in the reduction in the cost of
I living which will come from the utili
zation of Alaska's treasures. The
wnole Pacific coast demands access to
the enormous coal deposits. The peo
ple east of the Rocky mountains will
gain by their development. Even the
navy department of the federal gov
ernment is compelled to pay from
nine to twelve dollars on the Pacific
coast for what costs three or four dol
lars on the Atlantic coast. I believe
tnat our future power on the Pacific
ocean depends upon the utilization of
the coal of Alaska. Congress's first
dut" to the people the owners of
these magnificent coal fields, and oth-
er deposits - of mineral wealth, is to
provide for their proper development,
and in case of a private concern, so
in the case of public ownership, the
first step to be undertaken should be
the creation of proper transportation
facilities, whereby a market may be
afforded for the resources. The
wharves, docks, railroads and terminals
in Alaska should at once be acquired
by the government for the same busi
ness reason that would move a private
corporation to aoouire them if it
owned the coal fields."
ATWOOD FALLS IN
Crawls on Top of His Machine and
Waits for a Boat.
Lynn, Mass., Jan. 1. When but a
tew hundred yards from the Point of
Pines at the start of his flight to Port
land, Maine, today, Harry N. Atwood
met with an accident and fell into the
icy waters with his hydro-aeroplane.
He crawled upon top of his machine
ana at noon was waiting for a boat to
come to his assistance.
Ilear Admiral Potter Badly Hurt on
Way to White House.
Washington, Jan. 1. Rear Admiral
t-otter aide on the staff of the secre
fliK,, ,the navy. fell down the long
t,-, a Stone steps fading from the
?h2JT-uEart?1-en,; today on his wav to
mVft k if House reception and was
ronadly. hurt' He was Picked up
a ?S bU b!eedinS profusely from
fB beI ,f cuts aEd bruises on his
nurriea to his
home in an
Nearly 200 Delegates Gather at
the Ohio Capital
To Form a Permanent State
WILL CHOOSE A MAN
For Presidential Nomination and
Build a Platform.
LaFollette Managers Are Busy
Among Those in Attendance.
Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 1. Nearly
two hundred delegates from various
parts of the state gathered here today
for the first conference of Ohio Re
publican progressives to form a per
manent state organization, adopt a
platform and deliberate over the
choice of a man for the Republican
presidential nomiantion. ;
Judge R. M. Wanamaker of Akron,
who toured the state with Senator
Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin,
during his speaking invasion last
week, has been named to preside at
the meeting. Walter L. Houser, na
tional manager of the LaFollette
presidential campaign, and John D.
Fackler, state manager of the Wiscon
son man's candidacy, were early in
conference with the delegates with a
view, it is said, to obtaining an en
dorsement of Senator LaFollette. In
addition progressive Republican senti
ment will be fanned during the day by
speakers of national repute, including
Gifford Pinchot, Senator Clapp of
Minnesota, Senotar Works of Cali
fornia and Congressman Morse of
May Endorse No One.
Sentiment developed early against
the advisability of endorsing any par
ticular candidate and friends of both
Senator La Follette and Col. Roosevelt
were active in urging delegates to
avoid endorsement of these men. At
10 o'clock when the convention wras
called, it generally was believed the
conference would merely declare for
progressive Republican principles and
form a permanent organization. How
ever, many of the delegates were in
sisting that LaFollette should be en
dorsed, while others said that if any
endorsement was attempted they
would fight it on the floor.
Gifford Pinchot, Walter L. Houser,
secretary of the National Progressive
Republican league and Walter F.
Brown, chairman of the Republican
state central committee had a confer
ence at which it was said a form of
an endorsement leaving the way clear
fT tlift of ..a?!iARte late
wfes Ceeined ioh. ' -
LaFollette In Michigan.
Detroit, Jan. 1. With his departure
from Detroit at 8:30 o'clock this
morning after a restful night at his
hotel. Senator Robert M. LaFollette of
Wisconsin, who is in Michigan for a
three days' tour, looked forward to a
busy New Year's day.
The first set speech in the Michigan
campaign was scheduled for 11 a. m
at Flint, following which the itinerary
calls for addresses at Bay City in the
afternoon and at Baginaw at night.
Tentative plans had been made for an
address here last night but these could
not be carried out and the senator is
expected to return to Detroit to make
a speech probably in April.
Bay City Is Keyed TTp.
Bay City, Jan. 1. Bay City is, antici
pating th.3 visit today from United
States Senator Robert M. LaFollette
and all arrangements have been com
pleted for his reception. He will oc
cupy the platform in the National Guard
armory, the building which President
Tsft assisted in dedicating at the time
the president was making his last
transcontinental trip. Beginning at 3
o'clock the senator will speak for an
hour and a half, and will leave on the
evening train for Saginaw where he is
to make an address tonight. Mayor
Woodruff, of Bay City, will preside
CLARK BOOM GROWS
The Speaker Receives Callers at St.
St. Louis, Jan. 1. Speaker Champ
Clark received New Tear's callers today
at the headquaxters his friends have
opened in furthering their plans to have
the speaker receive the Democratic presi
Speaker Clark's friends issued a state
ment which said that the Clark boom is
receiving fresh impetus daily. They de
nied that there is a possibility that the
speaker will withdraw from the race for
the presidential nomination;
Speaker Clark arrived in St. Louis
from his Oklahoma speaking tour, en
thusiastic over the reception accorded
him in the new state.
With his local supporters he watched
the old year out at the headquarters.
The speaker was not will to discuss the
political situation in Missouri, pleading
ignorance of affairs because of his long
The Democratic state committee will
meet January 12 to name a date for hold
ing the state convention at which four
delegates at large and two delegates from
eah congressional district will be named
for the national convention.
It is expected that the state conven
tion, wnich probably will be held In Feb
ruary, will instruct either for Speaker
Clark or former Governor Folk, Mia
souri's two aspirants for the Democratic
presidential nomination. The former gov
ernor received the endorsement at a
platform convention two years ago.
Rockefeller Gift Is Secured.
Cleveland, Jan. 1. John D. Rockefel
ler's gift of $250,000 to the medical depart
ment of Western Reserve university ot
Cleveland, has been secured to the uni
versity. President Charles F. Thwing
announces that the $730,000 additional,- the
raising of which Mr. Rockefeller made a
condition of his own gift, has been sub
scribed. Money Causes Two Deaths.
New York, Jan. 1. Two lives were l03t
and $300,000 damage was done by a fire
which destroyed a big milk depot on Ea3t
Twenty-second street today. The two
men who lost their lives were companions
known to their fellows as . "Tony" ana
Joe." After leaving the burning build
ing Tony went hack to get his money
and Joe lost his life trying to rescue him
Protests Against His Appoint
ment Beach Washington.
President Waits n Return of
AN INQUIRY LIKELY.
Senators Talk of Ffc liable Action
in Judgeship Case.
Bailroad Case Derisions Cause
of All Pro'asts.
against the appointm
States Circuit Judge H
ciate justice of the sup
been received by Pres'
the Oklahoma oorpiv
t of United
,! as an asso
nie court have
oat Taft from
i shouse corn-
sion, the Minnesota w
mission and Governor ,Jrlch of Ne
braska. Opposition teethe elevation
of Judge Hook is ln : r,m his ac
tion in enjoining the Oklahoma auth
orities from emorcing u. si-cent rail
road rata law.
The president has re -:rred the pro
tests to the department ,-f justice. He
has intimated that he wi'l not make
the appointment ant 1 niter the return
of Attorney Generj.1 Wi'-kereham from
'Panama on January il.
Gor Flaya Hook.
"Is there doubt as to tho leaning of
Judge Hook?" repeated Senator Gore.
"The people, the corporations com
mission and the attorn -y general of
Oklahoma are practical y united in the
belief that there is P n ground for
doubt. We of Oklahora are therefore
opposed to his appointment to the su
preme court bench. I is our belief
that he is pro-privile , and against
the masses of the people in their just
endeavor to regulate r asonably the
acts of public service corporations.
"The appointment oj Judge Hook
would cast an addition-J suspicion on
the judiciary . whk-h should be
Senator Gronna of North Pakota:
"The protests sent to V aslungton from
several western states, should. I think,
cause the president to carefully consider
all the facts before naming Judge Hook
for the supreme bench."
Senator Culberson of Texas:
Senate Will Investigate.
"I have read of protect;- against the
selection of Judge HooJi. They would be
enough to compel the s;n! le, in the event
of his selection, to go to tlsa bottom of
the matter and ascertain It t.ujre whs any
, Senator Borah of I9si-.n :- j
"Judse H.ok derttKv. .ac
more rail- 1
I f0ad oSs. one in particy' M
. "rr-w? v,o ,C,-a"'V'"'
joniiseatorl , tmi this itosioa, V'
onght wt- to "be! ground for chtienging
his eligibility for the supreme bench. The
facts may nave justiriea such . ucus
The judiciary committee never acts hasti
ly in these important appointments and I
have no doubt that when the report is
made upon the nomination of Judge Hook,
if his name is sent in, the committee will
be convinced that whatever it does is for
the best interests of the country.
Senator Chamberlain of Oregon:
"1 have read the protests which have
been made. against the appointment of
Judge Hook. They come from quarters
which would be most likely to know the
facts and it is likely to be assumed that
the president will give them the most
careful consideration before taking final
Senator Martin of New Jersey:
"I should insist upon a full investiga
tion of protests of this character commit
tee before the senate, assuming, of course,
that Judge Hook is nominated."
MR IS RENEWED
An Army of 4,000 Rebels At
tacks City of Hankow.
Resumption of Hostilities
Welcomed by Imperialists.
Peking, Jan. 1. An army of 4,000 rev
olutionary troops attacked the city of
Hankow yesterday evening. An im
perialist army estimated to number
30,000 men occupies the city.
A fierce fight is now in progress.
According to reports current in gov
ernment circles the leaders of the im
perialists are delighted at the outbreak
of hostilities, as this will give them an
opportunity of avoiding the result of the
national convention agreed to by the
edict of the imperial court and by the
representatives of the parties to the
peace conference at Shanghai. By the
terms of the agreement delegates from
all the provinces of China are to meet
to decide the future form of govern
ment for China, and the imperialists are
cf the opinion that the national conven
tion" is likely to culminate in the vic
tory of the republican party.
HanKow was the scene of severe
fighting between the two armies on
several cccasions before the recent
armistice was decided upon.
RECALL FOR WARDALL
Former Topeka Boy in Trouble With
Seattle, Jan. 1. Petitions signed by 12,-
000 voters for the recall of Councilmen
Max Wardall, president of the city coun
cil, and E. L. Blaine, chairman of the
finance committee, have been filed.
These councilmen have been bitterly as
sailed by advocates of single tax and
Mile. Dutrieu Wins a Cup.
Etamps, France, Jan. 1. Mile.
Helene Dutrieu Sunday made a flight
of 254 kilometers (158 miles) in two
hours and 5 8 minutes, thereby winning
the Femiua cup and beating all wom
en's records for distance. The Fem
ina cup is offered for the longest con
tinuous flight made by a woman dur
ing the year. It was won last year by
Mile. Dutrieu, who in that competition
covered 167 kilometers. At Compiegne,
Mlie. Jeanne Hervieu in competition
for the Femina cup covered 24 8 kilo
meters (154 miles) in two hours and
TELLS OF MURDE
Suspect in Bernhardt Mystery
Talks Too Much.
Discussion of Kansas Tragedy
Causes His Arrest.
HIS STORY IS WEAK
Murderer Tells Him of Crime,
C. K. Bowman Says.
Another Arrest in Quadruple
Killing Expected Soon.
Indianapolis, Jan. 1. A man suspect
ed of being the slayer of four persons on
the Bernhardt farm near Olathe, last
December was arrested near here last
night. He is Charles K. Bowman, a
The arrest was made by Henry T.
Zinimer, chief of police of Kansas City,
Kan., and Sheriff Cave of Olathe, Kan.
It ended a relentless search over many
states that has been pursued continu
ously for more than a year.
Bowman was workingas a farmhand
at Nora, a small town near here. Two
detectives from Indianapolis guarded
the rear of the farmhouse while Chief
Zimmer and Sheriff Cave entered the
front door. Bowman, the police say,
started to run upstairs. He was seized
by the officers and handcuffed.
jf. ile played over the face of the
man when he was placed aboard a train
here to be taken back to Kansas. Bow
man says he is innocent of the crime
attributed to him by the Kansas offi
cials. He admits, they say, being a
farmhand on the lonely Bernhardt
place when the four persons were slain.
Killing Done With Pick Handle.
Bowman was held in the city prison
here until train time. The officers
would permit no one to speak to him.
According to the police. Bowman says
he was away from the farm when the
murder was committed. As he was re
turning to the farm he met the man
who had killed the four persons, he said.
When he heard of the brutal deaths,
he decided he had better get out of the
country. The police assert that the
murderer told him George Bernhardt
and the '"hired man" had been killed
first. The two went to the barn. When
George stepped out for a moment, the
murderer killed the hired man with a
pick hfndle and then lay in wait for
Bernhardt. As he stepped into the
barn the slayer hit from behind with
the same weapon. Then he went into
the house and killed Mrs. Bernhardt
with a clock weight. The fourth victim.
... viii nnt rotnni until nieht.
'T'!lie was slain with fan pick hajuLUi an
Bowman rf4 to ieu v -wWr .ha
murderer was. He says ho is now out
rnnntrv. According to the po
lice Bowman said the Bernhardts
"short changed" their help and fre
quently refused to pay their wages
when due. That, he said, caused the
deaths of the four.
Talks Too Much About Murder.
Bowman's arrest came about
through a letter to Chief Zimmer
from an acquaintance of Bowman
here. Bowman had talked of the
murder, thus causing suspicion to fall
Bownman is a powerful man, six
feet two inches tall. .. He is 22 years
"old, the son of a Westfield, Indiana,
farmer. He volunteered to come back
to Kansas without a requisition.
It is expected that "another arrest
will be made immediately upon the re
turn of Chief Zimmer and Sheriff
Cave to Kansas City. A person who
was seen around the murder farm is
suspected of having a part in the
Story of Crime's Discovery.
Kansas City, Jan. 1. It was a bleak,
wintry night. A dog sat on the door
step of the lonely farmhouse and
howled dismally. W. E. Gray, a rural
mail carrier, was attracted by the dog's
wall and knocked on the;- farmhouse
door. He got no response. He went
to the barn. There he found blood
and the body of a man in a stall part
ly covered with straw. So it was the
murder of the Bernhardt family on a
farm twelve miles south of Kansas
City was disclosed December 11, 1910.
Gray spread the alarm. Over the
ice covered roads the neighbors came
to the farm. With lanterns they en
tered the barn. More straw was
pushed off the frozen body. Another
body fearfully mangled was uncov
ered. And then still another.
The searching party entered the
fiOUSe a 2-story structure that stood
on the peak of the hill a nundrea
yards from the barn. A trail of blood
led them up the stairs into a small
closet. There lay the body of a grny
halred woman. Beside her was an old
fashioned clockweight stained with
(Continued on Page 2.)
WOLGAST ILL AGAIN
Air of Secrecy Causes Report That
Condition Is Serious.
Venice, Cal., Jan. 1. Lightweight Cham
pion Ad Wolgast, who has been con
valescing at his home here since his re
cent operation for appendicitis, is ill
Dr. B. Palmer, who was called, pro
nounced Wolgast to be merely suffering
from "a bad cold" and addied that the
champion would "be all right again to
morrow." The air of secrecy about the Wolgast
home and the fact that Manager Tom
Jones refused admittance to a Los An
geles newspaper man gave rise to the
suspicion that the illness of the cham
pion might be more serious than was re
ported. LYNCHED WHILEDRUNK
A Negro Is Hanged hy
a Mob In
Sallisaw, Okla., Jan. 1. For the murder
of George Casey, a white farmer, living
near Muldrow, 12 miles east of here, and
a subsequent attack on Mrs. Casey, a
negro named Turner was taken from the
Casey home, where he lay in a drunken
stupor and hanged. Turner, to reach
Muldrow. had stolen an Iron Mou.rain
engine from the roundhouse at Van
Buren, Ark., on Sunday evening and had
driven it to Muldrow, where it was derail
ed by the station agent who had been ad
vised of its coming.
Turner two miles further on reached the
Casey home at which he applied for ad
mission, pleading he was half frozen. Mr.
Casey let him in to sit by the fire and
returned to bed. , .
Later Turner, it is declared, murdered
Casey as he lay asleep, using an ax and
then overpowered Mrs. Casey. When the
black fell asleep Mrs. Casey made her
way to Muldrow in her night clothing
and told of the crime.
Employment Wrill Be Given to
100,000 Idle Men
At Once in Iron and Steel Mills
. of the Country.
Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 1. With th be
ginning of 1912 fully 100,000 idle
workmen will find employment in the
iron and steel industries of the coun
try, livery plant in operation will
largely increase their complement of
workmen and scores of idle mills and
furnaces will resume operations.
Among the plants in this vicinity
that will go into operation with the
first of the year are the following:
- The Carnegie Steel company will
start its Edgar Thompson rail mill for
a long run.
The American Steel and Wire com
pany will put its Schoenberger plant in
Brown and Company has ordered its
puddling and rolling mill on full time.
The National Tube company has
been working its Shelby plant at Ell
wood City, Pa., part time and it is or
dered to be operated to capacity.
The same company has ordered the
skelp mills at Loraine, O., started tc
day and its shape mills by Wednesday,
the latter sriving employment to over
The American Tin Plate company
announces that over .5,000 employees
at Newcastle, Pa., will be put to work
with the beginning of the year, when
the fifty tin plate mills at the Greer
and Shenango plants will be operated
full time for a long run.
All the mills at Washington, Pa., will
go on full time, among them being the
Griffith Charcoal Tin Plate plant and
the Jessop Steel company's crucible
The Westinghouse interests have
taken a number of large contracts and
will add several thousand workmen to
Fourteen blast furnaces that have
been idle will resume during the
month as rapidly as they can be gotten
ready. During January there will be
237 blast furnaces in operation as
against 211 with the beginning of De
cember. Reports from eastern, western and
southern iron and steel plants indicate
Increased activity with the beginning
of the year. i-
. .. ; 1 - . -
r GAS i'ASES G0--
Are Ordered Removed to the Ftederal
Five damage suits against the Consum
ers' Heat, Light & Power company and
the city of Topeka, were removed late
Saturday afternoon to the United States
district court, under rulings Issued by
Judge Dana and Judge Whltcomb, who
sat concurrently in the arguments of the
case. The five actions against the gas
company aggregate claims for 60,000 dam
ages. Arguments In the motion for removal
were heard last week in Judge Whit
comb's division of the district court. The
matter was then taken under advisement
and passed on by the two district judges
The cases which will go to the federal
court include one by Lelia M. Kinson
against the gas company for $10,000. She
sued the city in a separate action and se
cured judgment for 5,000 for the death of
her husband, Claude E. Finson. Other
cases are suits by A. T. Potts, for $5,';
J. F. Snyder, for $25,000; E. L. Robiirson,
for $5,000, and Jacob A. Dice, for $5,000.
All of the cases grew out of the gas ex
plosion in the Seventh street sewer cis
tern In December, 1909.
Another removal case brought to the
federal court is that of Henry and Mary
Miller against the Rock Island railway for
$10,000 damages. This case came from the
Leavenworth county district court.
GUESTS OF TAFT
Bannard and Senator Kean Snend
New Year's Ere With President.
Washington, Jan. 1. President Taft
spent New Tear's eve chatting with his
friends, Otto Bannard, New York po
litical leader, and former Senator John
Kean of New Jersey, who are house
guests at the White House.
The president refrained from dis
cussing the political situation, although
the ln'-itation tendered Mr. Bannard to
accompany Mr. Taft back to Washing
ton from New Tork gave credence to
the belief that Mr. Bannard is to take
an active part in the political affairs of
The president did not take up with
Mr. Bannard the proposition that he
assume charge of the pre-convention
work of the coming campaign. This
matter will be gone into later. It is
said Mr. Bannard will not assume the
duties of chief of the campaign to be
begun at once, but that he will sug
gest to Seeretar;- Hilles the names of
several men who are con.petent to be
gin the work for the president's re
nomination. The plan already discussed includes
the opening of headquarters in Wash
ington. Weather Is Warmer.
The day is bright, and consequently
the weather had moderated consider
ably by noon, but at that the hourly
temperatures averaged 14 degrees be
low normal for the first day of the
year. The thermometer will probably
continue to rise this afternoon and ac
cording to the weatherman will not
go below 12 or 15 degrees tomorrow
morning. The wind is blowing three
miles an hour from the southwest.
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock ...... 3H0 o'clock 13
8 o'clock ..... 4lll o'clock 23
9 o'clock 6 i 1 2 o'clock 23
Chicago, Jan. 1. Forecast for Kan
sas: Increasing cloudiness tonight
and Tuesday. Warmer tonight.
On sale by wmtCTi t TWO CENTS
rr trains and newsstands FIVE CENTS
A GOODJJLD YEAR
Last Quarter of 1911 Shows Re
sources of Country.
Sections Formerly Working on
Credit llaye Money.
PROMISE FOlt 1912
Presidential Election Only May
Prevent Breaking Record.
Overworked, Holland Says.
New Tork, Jan. 1. From all parts it
the country there came In the closing
days of the year which Is just endd
words of promts,' hope and even en
thusiasm for which no parallel can b
found since the beginning of the year
1906. In this city there seems to be no
dissent from the opinion that, were it
not a presidential year, then 1912 would
surely identify the opening oZ the new
era of prosperity which so many of the.
authorities believe will be unexampled.
It has been sometimes spoken of In
courting houses and in the gatherings
of business men at various clubs aa the
most extraordinary feature of the year
1911 that, notwithstanding business
anxieties, a widely prevalent feeling of
suspense or doubt, an apprehension lest
the interpretation of the supreme court
in the Standard Oil and Tobacco com
pany cases should serve seriously to
demoralize business, in the last two
months of the year expectation has
been stimulated, ' hope revived and
many visible demonstrations of re
newed activity in our Industrial and
commercial life have been observed.
We heard in this city early in No
vember that in the mid-west the man
agers of the railway corporations were
discovering a revival of trade. Demands
that were heavy for transportation
were received at many of the railway
offices. These were not fully explained
by the movement of the crops from the
fields to the markets. From manufac
turers came many calls upon railway
managers for cars, and in one day the
Michigan Central railroad company at
tempted to secure one thousand empty
freight cars by borrowing or buying,
since all of Its own cars of that de
scription were In use.
From the offices of the New Yoik
Central, and indirectly from the Penn
sylvania Railroad company reports
came that told of greafy increased de
mand for transportation. In New Eng
land the movement of freight of all
kindd beg-fcil to be heavy late In Oito-
j Hwn r.rtu-,Hd empay has bo1 put
! to it to opWa (Tttw-pttssensrer lr.-,:' on
time, slncq the greatly increased oper
ation of freight trains, unless ther had
been skillful management, would have
delayed the passenger trains, although
between New Haven and New Tork the
road is four tracked.
The Holiday Trade.
The Christmas season has em
phasized the recent Improvement In
business. Postoffice authorities all over
the country report that they have never
handled so many packages. The ex
press companies have made a new
record of this kind. Money has been
plentiful in the hands of Christmas
shoppers and the evidences of en
forced economies have been slight.
The state authorities whose work it is
to investigate and report on labor con
ditions find that In the latter part of
the year labor and especially skilled
labor, has been in great demand." and
our banking department, it is expected,
will report early In the year that the
deposits of wage earners In the savings
banks of this state were In the year
1911 approximately, at least, as large
as In any preceding year.
At the Shipyards.
The shipyards along the Atlantlo
coast and those which are occupied in
maiding vessels which navigate our
great lakes were driven to their ca
pacity in the year 1911. some part of
this activity being explained by the
presumptive vast Increase In commerce
between the Atlantic coast and the Pa
cific coast of North and South Amer
ica consequent on the opening of the
Panama canal to navigation. In the
latter part of the month of December
funds in considerable volume came to
New York from the mid-west and even
the remoter west, and these currents of
money demonstrated the Increase of
floating or surplus capital in parts of
the country where, not more than ten
years ago, much of Industry and agri
culture was operated upon borrowed
capital. So, too, it was In the last
quarter of the year 1911 that the first
evidences of improvement in the Iron
and steel industry of the United States
were discovered. These may have been
due to low prices which prevailed, but
even if that were the cause the result
made it clear that business in the coun
try was only awaiting a favorable mo
ment to take advantage of the pro
ducts of our iron and steel manufac
turers. The closing days of the year
gave promise of a vastly stimulated
production of iron and steel Jn 1912, and
It was especially observable that not
withstanding the action brought by the
federal government for the dissolution
of the United States Steel corporation
in October of last year the demand
made for the products of this corpora
tion increased almost coincldentally in
point of time with the institution of
these federal proceedings.
The Promise of 1912.
In the early summer of 1907 one of the
great authorities In the development of
iron and steel industry detected, as he
thought. Indications of a reaction from
the prosperity winch had attended busi
ness in 1908 and the early part of V.m.
The phenomena which he discovered
would have been Unobserved bv lea ex
perienced eyes. They were sufficient to
Justify him in sounding a private note
of warning and partly explained the ad
vice given by E. H. Harriman In the ear
ly summer of 1907 to the bankers who
were his friends that they should be
cautious about making new loans and
should begin to husband their resources.
What this man of experience discovered
in the early summer or late spring of that
year ail the world knew to be a fact by
August or early September. The reaction
had set in from the overestimated pros
perity which has characteristic of the
Recently this name authority has (Un
covered evidences of a srong tendency
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