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rUBUSHED EVERY WEDNESDAY.
The Comissioner of Patents has de
cided that abandoned applications for
patents are not public property and
can not be examined by patent attor
A decree winding- up the Wabash
receivership of General John McXulta
was entered by consent of all creditors
and other interested parties by Judge
Gresham at Chicago on the 18th.
The French Minister of War pro
poses to double the army corps at
Nancy and to double the railway facil
ities from Lille, Lyons and Besancon
to the German frontier, so that 30,000
troops can reach there in three days.
TnE Cabinet meeting' of the 15th
n-as devoted almost exclusively to the
discussion of trade relations with
Mexico and the rctr.liatory policy as
reported by Minister Ryan. It was
raid the Cabinet approved of Secre
tary Windom's proposed decision on
A kecext statement issued by the
Treasury Department gives the value
of articles of breadstuffs exported
during September at $9,874,788. a de
crease of nearly $3,000,000 as com
pared with September 1888. For nine
months, however, the increase is near
The Austro-Hungarian Cabinet cris:s
is ended and Von Tisza's Cabinet will
continue in office. Harmony has been
restored through the concessions of
Emperor Francis Joseph, who has
agreed to' the designations "Imperial
Austrian Army" and "Royal Hun
Jonx Dougherty was married to
the daughter of a well-to-do mechanic
of Harlem, X. Y., the other day. having-
been taken from prison to the
bride's home for the performance of
the ceremony. Five minutes later he
was sentenced to Sing Sing: for two
years for burglary.
Consul Gase, of Christiana, Nor
way, reports to the State Department
that there is likely to be an increased
emigration of Mormons from Norway
to the United States during the com
ing year. The Mormons have nine
stations and a largo number of work
ers in Norway, and since 1852 have
.sent 5.000 Norwegians to Utah,
The Attorney-General has decided
that the appointment of J. M. Taylor,
of Illinois, in the railway mail service
cm April 29 was legal, even though
Taylor did not take the oath until
some time after the civil-service rules
went over that service. The Attorney
General holds that the appointments
are legal from dates when made, and
not when the appointee is sworn in.
Government officers have seized the
distillery of Freiburg & Werkum, at
Lynchburg, O.. on a charge of de
frauding the United States by equaliz
ing shortages in packages before the
gauger measured the contents. This,
it is claimed, saved to them the pay
ment of much Government tax and
being a violation of revenue laws sub
jected the entire property to seizure.
The whisky seized amounted to more
than a million gallons.
TnERE are a great many fires in the
marshes and prairies in the vicinity
of Faribault, Minn. Fox lake, which
is now a grass-grown marsh, is on fire
nnd the peaty bottom is burning down
to the clajv The burning tract com
prises about one hundred acres. Fires
also have been burning near Mud lake,
and have burned holes in the peat
live feet deep. Other fires are also
burning near Faribault in marshes,
woods, etc, causing great loss.
The will of Mary J. Havemeyer.
the widow of William Havemeyer. the
millionaire sugar refiner, was filed for
probate at New York recently. The
entire estate is divided among five
children. The sixth, Mrs. Agnes Jo
sephine Burnham. is exempt from
division because "she is happily mar
ried and her position guarantees her
all needed comfort and support" -She
is. however, permitted to select two
pieces of her mother's jewelry as a
token of affection.
With a view to checking the fre
quent desertions from the array, para
graph 908 of the regulations govern
ing enlistment, has been amended so
that recruits shall be detained six
days after signing the declaration of
intention to enlist. They will during
that time be instructed in their new
duties, and if at the end of that period
they desire to enlist they will be sworn
in, but if they should change their
minds or any good objection be raised
then they will be permitted to depart
At the recent session of the National
Board of Trade at Louisville, Ky.,
resolutions were passed opposing any
modification of the Inter-State Com
merce law, especially of the clause
prohibiting pooling, and favoring Na
tional supervision of insurance and
uniformity of insurance legislation, a
reduction of Federal revenues in the
way which will least embarrass in
dustries and trade, Congress to con
cider plans for irrigation and recipro
city trade relations with Canada.
There was energetic discussion, but
-on final voto very little opposition to
NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Gleaned by Telegraph and MaO.
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL.
Italy desires a protectorate over Abys
sinia. At tbe Interior Department it is thought
that 20,000 Indians will be entitled to vote
at tbe next Presidential election as a re
sult of recent legislation. Politicians con
sider them a very uncertain factor.
Gilbert L. Laws has been nominated
by the Republicans to succeed tbe late
Mr. Laird, Congressman from the Second
The new British Minister, accompanied
by Lady Pauncefote, arrived at Washing
ton on the 15th.
Tbe President has signified his inten
tion to be present at tbe laying of the
corner stone of the new Catholic Univer
sity at Brooks Station, Md.
8m Daniel Goocn, tbe noted British
civil engineer, died in London recently
The Ro publican caucus at Pierre, S. D.,
selected Frank Pettigrew, of Sioux Falls,
and Judge G. C. Moody, of Deadwood, for
United States Senators.
Congressman Newton A. Nutting died
at his home in Oswego. N. Y., on the 15th.
Ex-Goveror E. A. Peebt, of Florida,
died recently in Texas.
The Loyal Legion met at Philadelphia
on the 16th, when ex-President Hayes
was re-elected Commander-in-Chief.
It is believed that tbe African explorer
Monk has been killed by his men on the
Elbert E. Kimball, United States Dis
trict Attorney, died at Kansas City, Ma,
on the ICth of congestive chills.
The death of General John F. Hartranf t
makes a vacancy in the Cherokee Com
mission, and nothing more can be done
now toward securing the Cherokee Strip
in the Indian Territory for settlement un
til tbe vacancy is filled.
Germany has publicly announced her
refusal to recognize Mataafa as King of
Oliver C Bosbvshell has been ap
pointed superintendent of the mint at
Senators Moody and Pettigrew have
been formally declared elected by the
houtb Dakota Legislature.
Amos J. Cummings. the well-known cor
respondent and member of the editorial
staff of the New York Sun, has been
nominated by Tammany to fill the vacancr
in the Ninth district caused by the death
of 'Sunset" Cox.
The Pres'dent has appointed Richard
E. Sloan, of Arizona, to be Associate Jus
tice of the Supreme Court of Arizona.
It is announced that Mr. Gladstone will
deliver nn address at Manchester on De
cember 3. It is expected that he will
issue a manifesto on the political situation
in the United Kingdom.
General Habtranft. ex-Governor of
Pennsylvania, died at Norristown on the
lTch from a combination of kidney
Rear Admiral Walker expects to sail
with his squadron some time iu Novem
ber. He will proceed first to Lisbon and
thence to Fayal.
Prince Ferdinand, of Bulgaria, it was
reported, traveled strictly incognita dur
ing bis recent visit to the Paris Exposi
tion, fearing that attempts would bn made
on his life.
Maggie Mitchell, tbe actress, has mar
ried ber manager, Charles Abbott
Camden, O., was badly damaged by fire
on the 16th.
The Mission creek country in Minne
sota was ravaged by fires. Much lumber
G. B. Squires, of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
special agent of the General Land-office,
has been dismissed. Squires was formerly
private secretary to Pension Commis
The International Maritime conference
met at Washington on the lGib. The del
egates were cordially welcomed by Sec
An explosion occurred in a Stafford
shire (England) colliery on tbe loth.
Seventy-five miners were entombed. The
first searching parties found sixty dead
The State of Kansas has been awarded
a gold medal for tbe best agricultural re
port, also a silver medal for its labor re
port "Honorable mention" was awarded
to the Conway Springs and Douglass
William Draper and John Olsen were
hanged at Placerville, Cal., on the 16th
for the murder of John Lowell on his
ranch March, 1888. John Myers was
hanged last November for the same crime,
his two accomplices escaping for a time
by taking an appeal.
The accident on tbe Mount Auburn in
clined plane at Cincinnati was caused by a
little piece of iron which got wedged in
the cut-off valve.
Fears are expressed that the tour of the
Pan-American delegates has been over
done, many of them being positively
weary of tbe rushing from town to town
and the endless sight-seeing.
A Boston dispatch says the entire plant
of tbe Brush Electric Company has been
sold to tbe Thomson-Houston Electric
Company for a cash consideration of $tf,
250,000. The reported railroad collision in Col
orado between Burlington and Union Pa
cific passenger trains was found to be
The Long Hoi or Red river of China has
been opened to commerce.
In the railway station at Brussels, Bel
gium, the other day, a passenger train
dashed into buffers at full speed, wreck
ing several carriages and injuring thirty
The Brotherhood of Locomotive En
gineers met at Dener. Col., on the ICtb.
Bt a collision between a car left on the
track at .Heath, Ind, and a freight train
tbe other morning many cars were
wrecked, one man was killed and several
others were injured.
Three cases of small-pox were reported
in Boston recently, the first in over a
The Missouri Pacific road announces
that it will quote established rates be
tween Chicago and Kansas City in con
nection with the Illinois Central and Van
dal ia. This opens another line between
Chicago and Kansas City, making eight
The Atlas line steamship Athos, which
has reached New York after a terrible
voyage, reports that Hippolyte, of Hayti,
was bnsy preparing for his election.
The people of Indianapolis are refusing
to pay for rides on the street cars which
have dropped the conductors aad pnt back
the old box system.
The North Alabama Lumber Company
at Bridgeport, Ala., has made aa assign
ment Liabilities, $120,000; assets
News has reached Constantinople that
Turkish soldiers have mutinied at Cases,
badly beating many of their officers, who
endeavored to discipline them.
I Socialists decorated the graves of tke
Anarchists in Waldheim cemetery, Chi
cago, on the 17th.
Two ladies of Frankfort Ind., were
struck by a train at a crossing the other
day and fatally injured.
The five Apache Indians who were tried
and convicted at Florence, Ariz., for mur
der have been sentenced to be hanged.
Three were charged with the murder of
Diehjl two years ago and two with the
murder of Jones.
One man was killed and three fatally
injured by the fall of a scaffolding at the
new water works at Bethlehem, Pa., re
cently. Ex-Mayor Lewis, of New Haven,
Conn., proposes as a World's Fair feature
to recognize tbe 4C0th anniversary of the
discovery of America by lighting great
bonfires simultaneously on tbe hilltops all
over the country.
Henry Wigfall. a barber of Atlanta,
Go., swallowed a fish bone recently and
died soon after in great agony from
The factory and stock of the Pine Door
& Lumber Company of Grant's Pass, Ora,
was destroyed by fire the other night.
The loss was SSl.OJO.
The marine conference at Washington
is devoted to tbe discussion of technical
Washington is beginning to Loom its
World's Fair project
The American Board of Commissioners
for Foreign Mission in session in New
York elected officers as follows: Presi
dent R. S. Storrs, D. D.; vice-president,
E. W. Latchford; recording secretary,
Henry A. Stimson; assistant recording
secretary, E. N. Packard; treasurer,
Langdon S. Ward.
At the meeting of the railway brake-
men in Minneapolis Hon. L. 8. Coffin, of
Iowa, advised them to urge Congress to
take action in the matter of safety appli
ance. Joseph Paul, a Chicago boy, met an
awful death recently. He was caught
between an immense flywheel and the
It is estimated that 26,000,000 persons
will have visited the Paris Exposition
when it closes.
John Lewis, Jerome Race and Tbomas
Cooney, three youths of eighteen, were
instantly killed on the Hudson River
track near Hudson, N. Y., recently. They
stepped from one track to another to avoid
a train when a locomotive struck them.
The Emperor of China has authorized
the building of a railroad between Pekin
The cotton oil trust has filed application
to increase its capital stock to 521 000.000
and form a corporation, tbus avoiding tbe
legal penalties to which it was liable in
Chili nas abolished many import dnties
on tools and material used in agriculture
and the building of railroads, etc.
One of the scrub women at tbe Ham
burg (Germany) zoological gardens was
killed recently by a jaguar which man
aged to seize her through tbe bars of his
Secretary Windom has announced that
he will retain the old rules governing the
importation of Mexican lead ores.
Business failures (Dun's report) for the
seveu days ended October 17 numbered
223, compared with 224 the corresponding
week of last year. The figures include
Much destitution is reported among the
foreign laborers at Lynch 's canning
works, Kent County. Md. Tbe manager
bad departed leaving the men with checks
which the stores refused to honor.
An immense prairie fire was reported
raging a few miles from Bismarck, N. D.,
on tbe 18th. Tbe village of Monokin was
entirely swept away.
The inquiry at the Jefferson barracks,
St Louis, has ended. The depositions
make 300 pages.
At Millsport, Lamar County, Ala., a
few days ago, William Abercrombie,
white, of Birmingham, Ala., held up tbe
express agont and secured $6,000, received
by bim that night
The Western whisky trust is said to be
scheming to break up tbe outside distil
leries. Half a million dollars will be
spent if necessary.
Green B. Rack has been appointed
Commissioner of Pensions.
The King of Portugal who had pre
viously been reported dead on a false
telegram, died, at Lisbon on the 19:b. His
eldest son, the Duke of Braganza, suc
ceeds him as Carlos L
Br the burning of a stove at Lemons,
Belgium, recently the proprietor and three
assistants were burned to death.
The Servian Skutschina opened on the
Governor Forakkr, of Ohio, who had
been extremely sick, was reported on the
fair way to recovery on the 20th.
The village of Curliss, on the Wisconsin
Central railroad, north of Marshfleld,
Wis., was destroyed by fire recently.
Loss, $ 100. 000.
The London Stock Exchange was de
pressed during the week ended October
19. The Continental bourses were re
ported quiet with an upward tendency at
A creditor of Belford, Clarke & Co.,
the publishers! whose failure occurred re
cently, states that the firm have notified
creditors of their read iu ess to pay all
claims in fulL
Naples was partially inundated on the
20th. Violent storms were reported at
that city and other parts of Italy.
While Prince William, of Wurtemberg,
was driving to church at Lud wigs burg on
the 20th,he was fired upon by a man named
Klaiber, who upon being arrested ex
claimed: '"Itis high time Wurtemburg had
a Catholic King." The Prince was not
hurt The would-be assassin was supposed
to be deranged.
The Re pub icans of Mississippi have
withdrawn their State ticket and issued a
protest to tbe Nation saying that free
speech and a free ballot in Mississippi are
A construction train on the Confluence
and Oakland branch of the Baltimore &
Ohio railroad was wrecked near Pitts
burgh, Pa., recently. Two men were
killed and a large number badly injured.
A new oil territory bas been developed
at Mannington, W. Va. Tbe well is doing
sixty barrels an hour. The well is owned
by the Standard Oil Conmany.
Babbitt, the millionaire soap maker,
died at New York on theSOtb. aged eighty.
The Russian revenue last year was 34.
000,000 roubles more than the expendit
ures. A keg of powder exploded at Bryant
switch in the Choctaw Nation, in a coal
pit recently. Sixteen men were in tbe
mine at the time, four of whom were fa
A cow caused a bad wreck on the North
era Pacific, forty-seven miles from Port
land, Ore., recently. James Nolan was
fatally- injured; the engineer, H. Jones,
Coitxt Oeitma. Minister of Fore i cm Af
fairs, Japan, wag slightly wounded the
otber day by a would-be assassin. Tbe '
latter committed suicide.
KANSAS STATE NEWS.
Phil Heron was shot dead at Nortoa
the other morning by Willie Rhodes.
They were friends and the killing oc
curred while both were intoxicated.
Heron was running a restaurant and
whisky joiat Rhodes is highly connect
ed and had a bright future until strong
drink got the better of him. Rhodes
waived preliminary examination and was
held for trial.
When William Stanley, a North Topeka
groceryman, went to his store the other
morning be found but little left except the
bmlding and empty shelves. When ha
went away from his store tbe evening
previous he left it well filled with a com
plete stock of groceries, but during tbe
night burglars bad visited it and nothing
was left bnt empty shelves, barrels and
bins. Flour, meat tobacco, cigars, sugar,
coffee, potatoes every thing worth hav
inghad been carted away.
Ow September 16 Tbomas A. Gibiin, ex
aminer and general agent of Lockwood
Mortgage Company of Wellington, left
his homo in Pratt on a trip in the interest
of bis company, since which time nothing
has been heard from him, either by his
family or company. Facts have since
come to light showing bim to be a de
faulter to the company to tbe amount of
The other day Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Ridenour, of Fort Scott celebrated their
golden wedding. They have forty living
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The jewelry slore of C. L. Viets, at Au
gusta, was completely cleaned out by
burglars the otber night
At an early hour the other morning the
Lawrence water works engine bouse was
damaged to the extent of $4,000 by fire.
Tbe Ore was caused by spontaneous com
bustion in tbe coal bin.
Annie Grimes, tbe daughter of a promi
nent Douglas County farmer, recently
eloped with James Wilson, the hired man
of her father.
The first convention of the Young Men's
Christian Association of Kansas was held
iu Topeka in 1882 with only th irty-seven
delegates present. On the 17th of the
present month the annual convention of
tho Y. M. C. A. was again held at To
peka with over eight hundred delegates
present Tbe conven tion was a very in
teresting one and tho following officers
were elected: President ManfordSchoon
over, Garnstt; first vice-president, W. H.
Howell, Baker University; second vice
president B. Hobbs, Kansas City, Kan ;
secretary, W. W. Bowman, Concordia;
assistant secretary, S. W. Naylor, Wash
burn College; assistant press secrotary,
A. L. Ackley, State University.
Max. the fifteen-year-old daughter, of
Sheriff Thomas B. Bowling, of Wyandotte
County, recently eloped with Ollio G.
Cannon, a street car conductor, agod
twenty-one years. Telegrams were sent
in all directions for the arrest of the
elopers, but they had got tbe start and
were married at Carthage, III.
A. H. Benedict, an old gentleman o'
A1cflt.xr.fi VA vnri rocirlinr. ft..A mil....
."-j . .-.. . .ioau, v auita i
northeast of Ltwrence, was thrown from
his wagon tho otber evening and injured
so seriously that he died the following
The State Board of Railroad Commis
sioners recently made an inspection of tho
Southern Kansas division of the Santa Fe
road from Hollidny to W infield and noti
fied the officers of tho company that tbe
iracs irom iiouiaay to utiawa was in a
very unsatisfactory cond
ition, and at
other points tho rails were bad
At the recent biennial session of tho
Grand Legion Stlect Knights A. O. U.
W., held at Emporia, tho following officers
were chosen: Grand commander, T. A.
Alden, of Atchison; grand vice-commander,
J. A. R-jgnell, Mcl'lierson; grand
lieutenant-commander, S. D Hallowell,
Wichita; grand ncordcr, K. M. Ford, Em
poria; grand treasurer, A. J. Huntoon,
Topeka; grand standard bearer, it !p.
Ray, Topeka; grand stnior workman. C.
W. Green, Topeka; grand junior work
man, Ed. Russall, Lawrence; grand
guard, J. P. Duncan, Io!a; grand medical
examiner, J. li. Hibben, iopeko.
A hkcent letter received at Topeka
from Washington stated that Goneial A.
B. Campbell, of Topeka, has been assured
of an appointment as Consul at Melbourne,
Information recently received at To
peka from the Paris Exposition was to
tlie effect that the State of Karlsps had
been awarded a gold medal for tbe best
agricultural report exhibited.
Robert Henderson, the colored boy
wabo shot and killed his step-father at
Leavenworth last spring while the latter
was abiising his wife (young Henderson's
mothen) was recently tried nnd acquitted.
The Parkinson Sugar Company, of Fort
Sci tt, has just closed a most successful
season in spite f tho delays incident to
the wet weather in tho spring. Tbe prod
uct of marketable sugnr will be about
510.000 pounds. The run on tho ISth was
IS 000 pounds from cane that was planted
Six TnousAND Southern sheep were
lately driven into Russell County.
It is stated that tho most succ3sful
sugar making this year with tbe highest
grade of molasses has been that of the
Wic.iita Hugar Company, at Conway
Springs. In addition to fifty barrels of
sugar per day, a car load of sirup per d iy
was turned ofT, every drop of which for
the entire season has been contracted at
moro than twenty cents per gallon.
The will of tho late Bishop Vnil con
tained tbe following bequests: College of
the Sisters of Bethany 1.000 to be invested
by the trustees and held as a scholars-hip
to aid tbe education and support of a
clergyman's daughter, to be named by the
Bishop of tbe diocese and to be known as
"Bishop Vail scholarship in aid of a poor
clergyman's daughter;" Christ's Hospital
fl.000; College of the Sisters of Bethany
jl.000. to be known a? the Montgomery IL
Clarkson scholarship in aid of a poor
clergyman's daughter. Bishop Vail's ex
tensive library is given to tbe chapter of
Grace Cathedral, excepting fifty volumes
to Rev. John Bakewell. The library is to
be placed in a suitable room or rooms and
held for the future benefit of the diocese
of Kansas or any future diocese which
shall include the city of Topeka. There
are ten minor bquests to members of the
family of $500 to $5,000 each.
Fort Scott is. exceedingly happy over
tbe prospect of becoming the center of tbe
Gould roads in Southern Kansas.
SaHUEL Gilpin, a resident of Lincoln
County, was recently shot six times
through tbe body, twosbots going through
the lung, by a man named Woody. Gil
pin bad illegally sold Oklahoma land to
From January 1, 1S89, to September 30,
1889, Kansas built within her borders 534
Biles of railroad under tbe management
of four companies.
The sheriff of Shawnee County recently
took eleven prisoners to the penitentiary,
all in oae batch. Their terms of service
ranged from fifteen months to fifteen
THE COMING CONGRESS.
The Tariff, CivlI-SOvlee, TraU aad Haea
Qaeatiotui Will Occapy the Appreachlas;
Washington, Oct 2L As members
elect to the Fifty-first Congress reach the
city gossip respecting the organization of
the next House of Representatives natu
rally increases. The consensus of opinion
among nembers-elect now here indicates
that the Speakership will go either to
Maine, Mr. Reed, or Ohio, Mr. McKmley.
Messrs. Burrows, of Michigan, and Can
non, of Illinois, are bath on tbe ground,
however, and it is said will at least make
the contest interesting before balloting
begins. At this time it would be a very
difficult undertaking to pick out the
Me jor John Carson, of tbe Philadelphia
Ledger, appears to have already practi
cally captured tho clerkship of the next
House. In bis modest way he has been
working all summer, and it is claimed by
his friends that be bas pledges sufficient
to elect on tbe first ballot
Colonel Swords appears to have no rival
for the position of sergeant-at-arms, while
there are several candidntes for the offices
of doorkeeper and postmaster.
There are not many Senators and Rep-
resent atives in Washington now, but j rae board does not understand, however,
most of those here expect a very iuterest- hat is mcant by you in saying that "the roost
ing and busy session of Congress during i '?fec,tlv? 7?ni"on for statistic.il work is r.ot
the corninc- winter. Tii tsrifT. trnt th ?"a'nd when the Stat Coram ssions and the
Civil-Ssrvica law, the Inter-State Com-
mnrP !. th i.iM.i-t ..-.m., -
National election law and subsidies will
be among the subject) that will engage
tho attention of Congress. What are rec
ognized as tbe great questions of the day
will for the mist part bo presented as
party measures und are likely to render
the coming session a very important one.
benator Dolph thinks Congress will take
no sten hnekwnril in ,h 7,. f i;ei
tion f !... .- r -i
tion of Inter-btate Commerce or Civil-
bervico reform. Both tbe Inter-State
Commerce law and the Civil-Service law,
he thinks, will probably be amended, but
not so to destroy their efficiency. Wher
ever amendments are made to either will
defer tbe purpose of eradicating defects
disclosed by experience and to make them
more effective. The race nupstmn. h
says, will undoubtedly be discussed
in connection with tho Knnhnt.il ulnn.
tion cases and independently of them.
It is a live question and will not down
at any bidding. He feels confident that
the tariff will be revised arid the source of
the revenue diminished. Some measures
not very dissimilar to the Senate bill ill
be passed. It is possible, he thinks, that
some bill upon the subject of trusts will
be passed, but tho subject must be dealt
with in the main by the States. The
power of Congress over this subject is so
iiuiivu as iu it-iiuur oi nine vaiue any
law which it may pass to prevent or con
trol trusts in the Srate.
Congressman Brown, of Indiana, thinks
a revision of the revenue system the most
important question awaiting the action of
Congress and favors tho repeal of the tax
on tobacco and on alcohol used in tho arts
and a reduction of the tax on sugar.
Something will probably be done regard-
ing the seal fisheries and also the Can a
dian fishery dispute. These ouAstion.
, however, will not divide the parties. He
nas no uoub". there will be somo amend
ment to tbe Inter-State Commerca law
and Congress will undoubtedly legislate
on tbe subject of trusts, if it is possible'
to define a trust in such a wav as not t- '
interfere with legitimate business.
Connrassman Hltt of Illinois. thinV it:
rather too early to make any predictions j
nhnnt whit- rv ,.,,. ,..;n ,i tu
fbout -nbat Congress will do at the com- i
b I.,"'" t. . -""mti;e ui even me ,
uiusi, imormai sina nas yec Deen held, so
that no means of judging what other
members are considering is to be bad.
Then, shifting of opinion on many im
portant points is so liksly that a judg
ment now i3 not very apt to hold when
actual voting on questions begins in Feb
ruary and March. Something in the way
of amendatory legislation to the Inter
State Commerce law may be expected.
As to tho Civil-Servlcj law, too manv
Congressmen of both parties are pledged
to its support to allow its repeal. The
subjtct of trusts will probably be in- '
volved in the discussion of the tariff,
which will of course come up next session.
BRIDGES AND STREAMS.
The Way Proceeding May Bo Taken
Against Bridges That Obstruct Naviga
tion. Washington, Oct. 20. Secretary Proc
tor has prepared a circular of instructions
respecting the practice to be followed in
cases where bridges over navigable
streams are said to be obstructions to
commerce. When such complaint or
charge is mado. tho chief of engineers
shall refer it to the engineer officer in
charge of the disttict in which the alleged
obstruction is located. He shall make an
examination to determino whether or not
the bridge is
an obstruction, and se
ot it can be removed. I
whether or not
In determining this the person or cor
poration controlling the bridge shall be
given an opportunity to appear before the
ofllcer. The latter shall report to tbe
chief of eng neers. who shall lay the report
before the Secretary of War. The Secre
tary upon this report may order a board
of officers to examine the bridge, tho same
routine to be followed by it as by tbe
single officer. When this report reaches
the Secretary he may hear intoiested
parties upon tho matter, granting contin
uances from time to time as may b ) prop
er, so that tho question shall be thor
oughly discussed and presented before a
decision is reached.
Washington. Oc:. 20. Senator Barbour,
of Virginia, under whose auspices the
Damocratic canvass in the old common
wealth is being conducted, stated that tbe
Democrats were well satisfied with the
condition of affairs. He said that the
hostile attitude of Mr. Langston toward
.,,.. , ,. , r . r. ,
ably to Mahouts disadvantage; that Ma- J
hone was counting on the negroes voting j
the Republican ticket regardless of their !
fMn..w.j k.- . 1, , .....!:
ucuciai luuuuiia miiruL iiiifiiiiH rnnvTimra
martnm in irhinh Ia w-ih 4wnKfr !.. 1
Mahone might make a miscalculation in
this regard and tbe negroes simply bleed
bim and Mr. Quay. ,
May Stay In.
Washington. Oct. 20 The Attorney
General bas decided that the appointment
of J. M. Taylor, of Illinois, in the railway
mail service on April 29 was legal, even
though Taylor did not take oath until
some time after the Civil -Service rules
went over that servica. The Attorney
General holds that tbe appointments are
legal from dates when made, and not
when the appointee is sworn in.
Ring or Portugal Dead.
Lisbon. Oct 20. The King of Portugal,
who was ill for some time, died yesterday
The Duke of Braganza. eldest son of the
King, who succeeds to the throne, will as-
, tame the title of Carlos L
AND ANSWERS. M
Question of the Inter-State Commission!
Answered By the Kansas Railroad.
Topeka. Kan.. Oct 19. The following:
letter written by the Board of R,.ilroad
Commissioners to the statistican of the
Inter-S.ate Commerce Commission.wiil be
interesting reading to those whose busi
ness brings them in contact with railroad
companies, showing, as it does, the view
J of the Kansas board:
"" - jubw, rq., s'ntuiician InUr-State-Commtra
Commission, Wathington.-IK C:
Topeka, Kan., Oct. 17, i& -Dear Sir: Yoor
letter of September 2 has been referred to tho
Board of Commissioners and I am directed to
answer it as follows:
The judgment of the board is in accord with,
the action of the general conference of the Stato
boards, ia provUtng for a practical uniformity
in computation of railway statistics ia their
sevral reports, not rrom any comf.y of.
official obligation, but believing it to be a co
operation both reasonable and proStable. Such,
uniformity, it is believed, would result in great
convenience whenever comparison of conditions
and results might be found desirable, or for-
muse who might delre, or te charged with the
I duty of compiling a consolidated report of a.
portion, or of all the States, as it becomes your
j duty to do under the auspices of the Inter-State
J Commerce Commission,
I !5If.i .. " schpds- when you have
worKea so strenuously and successfully
urintnne anont thi mn- iiniii..ii...1 i. .
j and classification of schedules, upon blanks of"
your own uevismg.
Answering your questions, as hereinafter re
produced, the board would say:
First "How far is uniformity in tho blank
form for annual reports of carriers to the State
Commissions and the Inter-State Pnmnirrr.
rruu u. io maue comparison
ol "ke lacts ana resu"s collated by the several
boanls available for n-n.iv .f.,mn ,,-
ison or consolidation in a report of the Inter
State Commission, uniformity should fee abso
lute in both S ate nnd Inter-State tabulation of
all like facts. If cooperation is desirable at
all, as all have at your instanco acreed it was,,
then it must bo in thii absolute uniformity.
Second "Does the form furnisScd this ycar
by the Inter State Commerce Commission meet
the requirements or your State? If Lot. point
out the particulars in which it fails." Ye, the
present form meets tho requirements ot out
State and is substantially tho same as hereto
fore used. ,
Third "Does the law of your State interfere'
in any way with the freedom of your investiga
tions?" No. The law does not dictate nor
limu the Held of investigation. The board is.
left with full freedom and discretion.
Fourth -'Would you think it wise, for pur
poses of statistical Inquiry, to separate roads
into State roads and Inter-State road!" It.
might be serviceable and certainly interesting.
. to hav
ome company divide its records, ac-.
counts and statistics into blocks, snowmsroach
State as a unit, in all respects, but this would
be a severe exaction upon the companies which
has thus far been' deemed by the board as cost
ing more than its value. If, however, the Inter
State Commerce Commission has the power
and the disposition to enforce such a division
the board would be pleaded to aciopt reports
from companies of this State made in compli
ance with such exaction.
"What questions or importance in railway
economy suggest themselves to you as worth
investigating?" The question of prime impor
tance is not so much a statistical showing of
what we have as the practical apphcaticn of
common sense in correcting the abuses and
healing the differences which have arisen in
the relailons of the people and Hie carrying
corporatio s they have by law created to servo
them. To tlnd some common plane of interest
I and sympathy for public and corporate inter-
esti which are so closely allied as to be prac-
"cally one to travel upon. The board is con-
strained to look upon the question as one or
wise statcmcnsmp ratherlthan of elaborate
statistics, and that its statistical work and
elaborations should begin and end with that
which can be popularized, utiliz"d, and made
effective for immediate use and benefit of the
"In short, please give in your reply the result,
of j our thought and experience with regard to
the bearing of statistics on the performance of
the duties devolving upon railway commissions
and of the proper adjustment of the relations
between the State Commissions and the Inttr
Staie Commerce Commission, so far a
statistics are concerned." As to the final
question, the biard believes it to lrie
been substantially answered in the preccdiug-
paragraphs It concedes the propriety of a free
interchange of opinions and observation be
tween the several State boards and the Inter
State board, to the full extent of value in such
adisiug relations. Also tho uniform classifi
cation of a'l facts existing in common, to the
end that the work of each may be made access
ible to and easily understood by all the others
Very truly yours, Chaiil.es S. Elliott.
A BROKEN RAIL.
A Rather Had Accident on thn Santa Fe
I'resence of .Mind (if the Conductor Suvex-
the Train From llurning The Injured.
Hutcuinson. Kan., Oct. 10 As train
No. 4, known as the "Cannon Ball," on the-
Santa Fe railroad, was nearing Howell, a,
small station on tho main line five miles
east of Cimarron and twenty miles west
of Dodge City, yesterday nfttrnoon about.
one 'clck. abroken rail was encountered
at a point where there is a nil about ten
I The engine and tender and first express
car passed over the break and remained
on tho track. The baggage car and two
coaches were turned literally upside down.
A sleeping car was turned over on its side,
and a Pullman sleeper was thrown partiy
oiT tbe track. The last two Pullman cars?
did not leave the track.
Conductor Thornburg, who lives at
Newton, saved tbe train from tbe Horror
of a tiro. He was standing in the second
coach near tho stove which was very hot,
and was badly bruised by tbe fall. II o
gotupand discovering the coals falling
out of tho stove he bravely shut the door
and held it with his right hand till the
coals bad nil fallen into the other end of
tbe stove and all was safe. His hand and.
faco was badly burned.
Tho passengers acted nobly and took:
several people from tho second coach
windows. Mrs. C. Dankle, of Lamar,.
Mo., an old lady, was very seriously in
jured internally and may jot die; Mr. .
li AlniBD, oi r.igin, IIL, an oia man, was
also bad,f hurt Mis3' Mav L ' ot
Keoknfc Iowa, was hnrt on the face and
t j, t - , ..1.1.1 r r
bdly bruised about the body; B. Knapn,
- . . . . - -v.
f Fa,, nit-r. Nh. had hi cr.llnr hon.
broken; D. H. McCreeth, of Lawrence,.
Kan., had his head, ntci and cbe-t in
jured and bruised. A score of others were
more or lss severely hurt.
A firlou Practice.
KAN3AS Cur. Kan., Oct 19 The
Packers' Union of this city is making a
strong effort to put a stop to dealers ship
ping to tbe stock yards in cars overloaded
and "mixed." It is a daily occurrence to
see cars coming into the yard loaded with
cattle and hogs in one car. Yesterday a
car was unloaded and nine bogs were
found dead that bad been trampled to
death by tbe cattle. The shippers, to save
freight, load tbe car first with cattle and
then drive in as many hoes under the
cattle as space will allow. The bogs tbus
shipped are as a general thing bruised and
totally unfit fcr food. The inspector iu
the packing houses claim that the greater
majority of second-clis bones and
shoulders are due to the "mixed" load.