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VOLUME XLU. NO. 182.
KANSAS CITY, DECEMBER 9. 1899 TEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS-
THE PRESENT CONGRESS SEEMS MORE INTERESTED IN LEGISLATION THAN IN CAMPAIGN ORATORY
WORK TO BE DONE
KAXSAS CITY SIEST H STO LAND
THE COAVE .
KANSAS IS FOF-fHIS CITY
STATE EXECtrnV COMSIITTEE
HELD A MEETUC ltiTERDAV.
Indorsed the Action of National Com
mitteeman Johnson la Worklns
for This City Milwaukee and
JCeiv York Active Some
Roolrtfi, That Ue-'necoUre committee ol the
Dt&ocratlc atau central committee of Kassat lndone
the actions of our national committeeman, Hon. J. C.
Johnson, in his efforte In trying to secure tbe Demo
cratic national convention in Kaniaa Cltr In JSUO.
This resolution was unanimously adopted
at a conference held at the Hotel Balti
more yesterday afternoon between the
member of the Kansas central committee
and Judge Johncon, of Peabody, national
Democratic committeeman from that state.
Judge Johnson Is chairman of the execu
tive board of the national committee and
stands next to Chairman Jones In that
All but two member of the Kanas cen
tral committee attended the meeting, those
present being J. Slack Love, Arkansas
City, chairman: W. P. Dlltard. W. F.
Sapp, Galena; C. W. Brandenburg, Frank
fort: Frank S. Thomas, Topeka; J. G.
Johnson, Peabody: George P. Locke,
"Wichita; W. 11. H. Pepperell, Concordia.
The absentees were C. A. Black, of Uajs
City, and E. E. Murphy, of Leaenworth.
The purpose In holding- the meeting- In
Kansas City was to enable the members
of the committee to visit Convention hall,
and to listen to the arguments of Kansas
City people in favor of this city as thej
place lor holding the national Democratic
contention. Among those who presented
the claims of Kansas City were: Fred W.
Fleming, J. A. Reed, John Sullivan. J. D.
SIcCue, Jay L. Carlisle, chairman Demo
cratic committee of Wyandotte county;
Judge E. L. Fischer and W. C. Perry, ex
TJnlted States attorney for Kansas.
National Committeeman Johnson urged
the necessity for action. If Kansas City
wants the convention. He said:
'Milwaukee Is very actively engaged In
the effort to secure It. Let me state that
I am for Kansas City, first, last and all
the time, and I will leave no stone unturn
ed to get the convention here, but the na
tional Democratic committee Is large and
it takes a big tote to swing it. In order
that you can work more Intelligently It
will be well that you learn the line of ar
gument which Is being pursued, by the
"Kansas City must get out and hustle If
she wants the plum, for besides argument
Milwaukee Is putting up a strong per
sonal fight. Men are being sent out to
visit the members of the national commit
tee In all parts of the country and make
them pledge themselves to vote for that
city. Kansas City has not as jet done a
great deal of that kind of work. Milwau
kee is pushing this policy, especially In the
South, and a great deal of money is being
spent In the effort."
ctv York In Active.
"New York's effort to get the conven
tion," said Mr. Johnson, "Is not a pretense,
and something is to be feared from that
city, although the majority of the national
committee members are undoubtedly f a or
able to a Western city. The convention
city is to be named at the next meeting,
to be held either in January or February,
In "U ashington.
"Anything that is done, said Mr. John
son, "must oe done berore that time, and it
behooves Kansas City to put forth every
effort between now and then."
Members of the Kansas committee stat
ed after the meeting that they gathered
from Mr. Johnson's remarks thai money
-would not enter Into consideration as ex
tensively as current report Indicated. Kan
sas City was the first city to offer a bonus
for the convention, and the national com
mittee wouldnot be so Inconsiderate, they
thought, as to pelect another city that of
fered a larger amount, provided that was
the only point 01 superiority.
Regarding political propects In Kansas
for the coming jear. a member of the com
mittee said that In his opinion fusion
would be effected, but that undoubtedly
two conventions would be held David
Overmjer, he said, would probably be the
candidate for governor
Among other notables -who attended the
conference were General James B Weaver,
presidential candidate on the Populist
ticket in 1892. and Willis J. Abbott, of the
New York World, who holds a proxy In
the national Democratic committee
Kansas has brpn one of the most lojal
friends Kansas City has had In Its fight
for the Democratic convention, and Kan
sas Democrats have put forth the most
strenuous efforts In behalf of this city.
That New York is making an active cam
paign for the convention Is apparent from
the expresions of some of the leading
citizens who attended a recent meeting of
the Municipal Asembl, called for the
purpose of considering that question May
or Van Wvck. the Tnmmany leader. lgned
the resolution v.hich was adopted and de
clared that he was In favor of holding the
convention In New York cltr HI Indorse
ment practically nnke3 It a Tammany Hall
move Thomas C. Plott has also given his
rupport to the movement. F. B Thurber,
who attended the meeting, gave the New
Yorkers a few hints as to what Is being
done by Kansas City and other Western
cities . .
"Western cities." he said, "do not hesi
tate to guarantee JWUKX) and New York
should be prepared to guarantee a like
Judge Johnson told several members of
the Kansas committee that he had received
communications from New York In whlca
It was stated that the resolutions adopted
by the Democratic Club were to be for
warded .o the national committee. New
York claims to be the pivotal state In a
presidential campaign and suggestions
from prominent members of the parly In
that state usually have considerable weight
with members of the national committee.
IS HUSTLING FOR CASH.
Philadelphia Pats "solicitors to Work
on the Republican National
PHILADELPHIA, Dec 8 Solicitors were
sent out to-day by the Citizens' Republican
Convention Association to get pledges lo
the campaign fund of $100,000. which Is be
lnr raised to secure for Philadelphia the
national convention of IV). It is proposed
bV the executive committee to have the
fund as large as possible before this week's
end. so tnal tne wont in oenait vi me
movement may be started In other direc
tions. . .
No definite plans have jet been formed
concerning the general committee, which
will represent Philadelphia and urge her
selection by the national committee at
Washington. It Is probable, however, that
100 or more citizens, representing every
commercial, trade and political Interest,
will go there prepared to urge the selec
tion of this city.
After Republican Convention.
6T. LOUIS. Dec. S A. delegation of prominent St.
loula cltlxcns have been selected to I o to Waahlngtsa
next weel. In an endeavor to secure the next national
Republican convention The CuIIzeum. which taIII
feat about 10,000 person, will be tendered to th
national committee for the use of the convention.
RAY WINS HIS SUIT.
Bank Cane Wlileh Will Establish n
Precedent Damages for Mall
In the federal court jesterday. In the
suit of Smith D. Ray against the Bank of
Law son (Mo ), for malicious prosecution
and false Imprisonment, In which the
plaintiff claims he was damaged to the
extent of $10,000, a verdict was brought In
for the plaintiff for the entire amount
asked and for the cost of the suit, the
whole amount of the verdict against the
bank being $11,100.
This is one of the most Interesting cases
ever tried In this city, and it also estab
lishes a precedent that will be considered
In all tbe banks of the country when the
question of forcing collections Is consid
ered. A little over a tear aco Mr. Ray
borrowed between J1.600 and $1,700 from the
a-awson bank. Mr. Rav lives In Lane
county, Kas , but his business transactions
were with a Missouri bank. In making ap-
Ellcatlon for the loan, he says, he gave tho
ank several references that were consid
ered by the bank before the loan was ic-
warunabie "to pay iTand the bank tad
him arrested on the ground that he had
secured the loan under false pretenses. Tho
bank. Mr. Ray says, said that he had made
false statements of his condition and prop
erty. After Mr. Ray shook off the indict
ment he brought suit for false imDrison-
ment with the above result.
STEELE'S "INDIANA VILLAGE"
The Pnlntlnc Wax Purchased 1) tbe
Pnint CInb for the Art As
sociation. The Paint Club at its meeting yesterday
afternoon purchased T. C. Steele's "Indiana
Village." This painting was selected from
those shown at'the club's exhibition as the
one to be retained In Kansas City. It is
the intention of the club to each jear buy
one of the paintings shown at the exhibi
tion and to give It In trust to the Art As
sociation for a city art gallerj. The picture
will be hung for the present in the library.
The "Indiana Village" is the work of T.
C. Steele, of Indianapolis. He Is the presi
dent of the Society of Western Artists and
is recognized as one of the strongest of
Western nrtlsts and as alvvavs striving for
what Is true and best In art. Mr. Steele
studied at Munich under Von Pillaty and
Ludnlg v. Loefftz. The painting is a good
example of American art. admirable In
treatment and technique, and thoroughly
representative of the work of a conscien
tious artist. It is an autumn scene lines
of dark tree trunks, fallen leaves strewing
a deserted steet and brownish gras plots
In front of rows of small, gray houses
details that go to make a fall day in a
quiet Middle West village.
The club voted, too, to change the name
from the Paint Club to the Art Club.
ONE FARE RATE SECURED.
Large Attcndnnce at the Convention
of tbe Western Retnll Implement
mid Vehicle Dealer Assured.
The executive committee of the Western
Retail Implement and Vehicle Dealers' As
sociation met at the Coates House jester
day for the purpose of discussing th rate
question. Those present were A. L L.
ScovlUe, of Seneca, Kas., -president; H. J..
Hodge, of Abilene, secretary, and J. N.
Cunningham, of Norborne. Mo. Secretary
I lng that a on fare rate would be secured
'to thr- convention, to be held In Kansas
City, Januarj 17 and 18, the rate to be in
effect an entire week Tickets will be
placed on sale Januarj 11, good to return
"This," said Mr. Hodge, "will give the
dealers one whole week In Kansas City
and will, of course, be beneficial to the
city. Besides attending the convention
the dealers will have ample opportunitj' to
makes purchases. Usually cheap rates are
made to be effective only during the actual
session of tho convention and we consider
ourselves Very fortunate In securing this
Netv Turn In the Trouble Between
State nnd Federal Sanitary
Officers In Kansas.
COFFEYVILLE, KAS, Dec. S (Spe
cial.) The clash between the United States
live stock Inspector and the local Inspector
of the Kansas live stock sanltarj board
took a new turn here to-day, when F. II.
Chamberlain, of the state board, called
upon the sheriff of this county to hold all
cattle entering Kansas here, on which the
state inspection fee of 3 cents per head
levied by the state board had not been
paid The government lsues an Inspection
permit releasing the cattle from all re
strictions except tnose Imposed at the
point of destination. The state board is
trjlng to collect the Inspection fee whether
or not the cattle are billed to Kansas
points. Most of the cattle originate in tho
territory and are billed to Kahsas City,
St. Louis, St. Joseph or Chicago and do
not stop in Kansas. The state board has
made several attempts already to stop
through cattle trains, but has failed. Now
thej have called on the sheriff for help.
Cattlemen claim the state board is inter
fering with Interstate commerce and many
have refused to paj the fees.
NOT IN A THRESHER TRUST.
Locnl Manufacturers Say They Hate
Nut Gone Into a Combine and Do
Not Intend to Go Into One.
"We are not In any trust, nor have wo
any Idea of entering one."
This was the statement made to a report
er for The Journal jesterday by eight or
ten thresher manufacturers In the West
bottoms. Among those who declared posl
tlvelj that thej were In no waj allied with
a trust were: Advance Thresher Compa
nj, Minneapolis Threshing Machine Com
panj. Reeves & Co. Nichols & Shepaid
Companj. Rumlej- & Co , Averj & Co ,
Aultmau &. Taj lor Machine Company. Min
nesota Thresher Manuiacturlng Companj,
Gaar, Scott A. Co , and the Geiser Manufac
The managers of these concerns stated
that the present talk of a thresher trust
was all wrong so far as thej were con
cerned and said that their firms stood upon
the ground that each was In better slupe
to handle his own business in the present
mode than to turn it over to anjone else.
Thej are all preparing themselves for the
trade to come in 1S00. and are bending their
energies to make It a banner jear. The
above firms represent almost the entire
output In their line. Vale trust!
GOOD TRADE REPORTED.
Shipment of Packlne House Products
for South America nnd Mule
for South Afrlcn Features.
Bradstreefs local agencj has the follow
ing to saj concerning the business situa
tion In Kansas City for the past week:
"Jobbers In all lines report excellent trade
for the week. In the retail districts the
volume of business has exceeded that of
last jear by a very large per cent. The
special features of the week have been tho
big demands for packing house products
irom south America anu me great num
bers of mules that have been bought for
the British government.
"Bank clearings, $15 273,071.
AUCKLAND. N Z . Dec. 8 A dispatch received
here from Apia. Samoa, dated November 28. sari
that the news of the German annexation of the Isl
ands as a result of the Samoan agreement was re
ceived by the natives with apparent Indifference.
Watch for the "Good Samaritan" of the
20th century In The Journal to-morrow.
3IORE VIOLATION BY STRIKERS AT
BURD A. FLETCHER PLV.NT.
A STENOGRAPHER'S ESCAPE
TEN POUND ROCK HURLED THROUGH
THE PLATE GL VSS.
Employes Were Followed Throucu.
tbe Street by a Crowd of Strik
er and Flnallj Taken to
the Police Station for
,Ather violence on the part of the
striking printers was committed about 6
o'clock last night at the office of the Burd
Ac Fletcher Printing Companj, LSI West
Sixth street. A large crowd of strikers
had collected In front of the office about
closing time. They were dispersed by the
police, but another portion of the crowd,
stationed across the street, was not inter
When several of the employes of the firm
were placed In a wagon to be escorted to
their homes, there was a demonstration on
the part of the crowd and a rock weighing
ten or twelve pounds was hurled through a
big plate glass window, narrow lj missing
the stenographer, sitting In the office of
the firm. A jagged hole In the window two
feet long Is mute evidence of the methods
cmplojed In the present struggle.
The wagon containing the emplojes was
started up Main street, followed bj a hoot
ing crowd of strikers, who threatened the
men In the wagon with -violence. A police
man who happened to be passing was ap
pealed to for protection, but washed his
hands of the affair by sajlng, "It was not
on his beat." Another officer .was appealed
to bj Mr. Burd, but the guardian of the
peace refused to extend any aid. Officer
Anderson was summoned to the aid of the
men In the wagon nnd he escorted them to
Central police station. They were later
sent to their homes.
II. R. Ellsworth, the Burd & Fletcher
emploje who was slugged Thursdaj night.
Is at St. Joseph's hospital. He was paln
Members of the Firm Talk.
B. F. Burd, a member of the firm, said
The police commissioners do nol seem disposed to
protect us. Mr. Gregory told ua when we appeared
Lefore the board that he Has In favor ct protecting
any citizen of Kansas City who needed protection
Mr. Ward was Inclined to think that are were not
In need of protection. Mayor Jones was not at tut,
I do not think the public realizes the extent to
which the strikers have proceeded A dozen or more
non union men have been assaulted In a cowardly
manner. We have had to have our eraployea taken
home In a wagon and then they have been followed
b crowds and threatened with bodily harm." We
have suffered a Iocs ot iZJVJl lnaamaKes ro-our-1
property and have had to replace machinery found
broken arter the strikers left our employ, both Mr.
Fletcher and mytelf have been threatened with vio
lence and four of our own employes have been as
saulted and received serious Injuries.
Mr. W. T. Tletcher said:
We are taxpayers and citizens here and we are en
titled to the protection which our citizenship should
guarantee. M life 1-as been threatened and we have
been put to numberless annoyances We claim the
right to run our own business We have always
been friendly to union labor, which has broken Its
agreements with us We had a contract with the
Typographical union which does not expire until
next August, but because we did not sign the scale
demanded by the boys who were pressfeeders, our
business has been Interfered with, our property de
stroyed, our own lives threatened and cur emploes
assaulted We do not believe the public will sanction
Some of the men who are most active In this
trouble are from Chicago I have recognized two or
three ot the ringleaders as men I saw In Chicago
They have been Imported here and are the most
active participants in these acts of lawlessness.
Major Jones and Commissioner Ward
have expressed themselves as in favor of
enforcing the law, but have urged the
Tjpothetae to make use of the courts. An
Injunction Is now dragging Its weary way
through the circuit court, leaving the em
ploying printers In the meantime at the
mercy of the strikers Commissioner Greg
ory expresses himself as In favor of com
nplllntr the sttikers to obev the law and
not molest the non-union printers.
President Smith's Denial.
At labor headquarters last night It was
stated that nothing was known of the
trouble jesterday evening. President L E.
Smith, of the Typographical Union, said:
If there was any disturbance, I suppose
the same men who have committed the
nrevlous assaults are responsible. I am equally suro
that none of our men Is Implicated. There are sev
eral tenable theories aa to the Identity of the guilty
persons. The employers acknowledge that Pinkertnn
men are employed and In previous labor troubles It
has been shown that thee men would not hesitate
to ue such means to retain their employment. There
Is al"0 n slight chance that sympathizers outside our
union have taken umbrage at the avowed Intention
ot the bosses to don all unions and are doing this
with a mistaken Idea that they are thereby helping
us Perhaps the bcs.es themselves would be willing
to suffer some personal loss if they could thereb
enlist public sympathy on their aide The reward
wc offered still holds good and we will pay JIM foe
Information which will lead to the arrest and con
viction of the guilty parties
I was not In company with Ellsworth, who was
assaulted Thursday night. 1 was at labor head
quarters when tbe assault took place, as I can prove
by many witnesses
A Conference Held.
A conference was held at the Baltimore hotel yes
terday afternoon between the striking printers ond
a number of business men In reference to the trou
bles of the printers with the Kansas Clt Tpothetae
The result of the conference was satisfactory and an
early settlement of the difficult Is anticipated.
"CUBAN" CHICKEN POX.
ejrroen Quarantined In a Ilox Car
enr ToiieUn. mill Reported
The Lucked Attention.
TOPEKA. Dec. S -(Special.) George
Hicks came In from Behue. a small town
near St. Marjs, to-day, and brought along
a story of hardships suffered bv three ne
groes quarantined for "Cuban" chicken
pox. These men, he sajs, are compelled
to sta In an old freight car on the Union
Pacific siding and the people do not -supply
them with sufficient food. For four
das, he sajs, all they had to eat was a
quart of milk and one loaf of bread The
secretary of the state board of health will
go out there to-morrow to Investigate the
It Is freely charged that "Cuban" chick
enpox Is nothing more or less than small
pox In a mild form.
Handcnr Run Bonn.
ST. LOUIS, Dm. S A suburban passenasr train on
the Burlington road ran down a handcar bearing
fire men 100 yards Aest ot the bridge at Alton. Ill .
to-day during a fog. killing two men outright and
talally injuring to The fifth man escaped Injury
by Jumping before the collision came.
Mr. GrlKNOin, Retires.
Arthur Grlssom has severed his connection with the
Independent, his Interest being bought by George
Creel, who has been associated with him since the
establishment of the paper Mr Grlssom. In his
valedictory, says his retirement Is due to private
reasons which he dues not care to discuss
TIinnLs of Congress for Schley.
WASHINGTON', Dec. 8 Representath e Berry, of
Kentucky, said to-day that he would use every ef
fort to secure early consideration ot his Joint res
olution giving the thanks ot congress to Rear Ad
HOTEL BALTIMORE, every room an
outside one; perfect cuisine: best service.
SEAMEN WANT REFORMS.
The Will ,AU Cunert'aj to Pass a
Bill to Limit Their Hour
and Bar Chinese.
CHICAGO. Dec. S. The Jbinual conven
tion of tho International -Seamen's Union
completed the draft of a hO): which will be
laid before congress In Jasuary. to better
.the condition of American-seamen and im
prove tho personnel of themerchant ma
rine. The bill prohibits th"jsmplo ment ot
Asiatics on American ship's, compels the
construction of larger and better quarters
for the men, names a scale for manning
sailing ships and steamers according to
tonnage, and makes regulations for the
liberations of Jacks on shore from the
boarding house keepers and crimps.
Sailors while at sea are to be divided Into
two watches, to be kett on deck alternn.it
Lly for the jjerformance of the ordinarj
vturit inciuenc to tne sawing ana manage
ment of the vessel, but this shall In no
waj- limit either the authority of the
master or other officer Ot the obedience
of the sailors, when. In the Judgment of
the mister or other officer, the crew is
needed for the maneuvering of the vessel
or the performance of the work necessarj
for the safetj of the vessel or her cargo.
While the vessel Is In a safe harbor, no
seaman shall be required to do anj un
necessary work on Sundays or legal holi
dajs, and nine hours, .inclusive of the
anchor watch, shall constitute a day's
The emplojment of Asiatics is covered
"No Asiatic, Chinese, Japanese, Malay
of Lascar shall be employed In any ca
pacity on board of any -v easel of the Unit
ed States "
It Is held that the emplojment of Asiatics
Is an unjust disctlmin-jjllon against Ameri
can seamen anctVdirectly opposed to the
understanding that the merchant, marine
should be the nurserj of the naval re
serves. The employment of the Asiatics Is
a menace to the lives and propertj of
travelers and shippers. It is claimed, be
cause of their notorious unreliability in
times of emergency, n, fact that has al
ready been recognized bj other govern
ments in-restrictive legislation on the sub
ject. ANOTHER COALING STATION.
lit Said That United Slates
Acquire One From
WASHINGTON. Dec. S. Senator Lodge
called at the state department to-day to
talk with Secretarj- Hay about his Gala
pagos Islands resolution. As to the basis
of his resolution of Inqulrj, he said that
all the Information he had as to the re
ported attempt of the English government
to secure ihe Islands was derived from
newspaper sources. The-Jstate department
has had no direct information ot any re
cent movement looking to the acquisition
of the Islands, but will refer the resolution
of inqulry.to United Stales Minister Samp
son, at Quito, for a response.
It would not be at all surprising, it Is
said here. If the ultimate result of the
broaching of this subject now were the
acquisition of a coaling station on these
Islands by the United States government.
in fact, the navj department has, with
in the past jear, been making a quiet
Investigation into the facilities there ex
isting, with that object In view. Com
mander Tanner was dispatched to Gala
pagos llsands jut after the conclusion of
the war with Spain to make a personal
examination of the conditions existing He
found that the Ecuadorean government
had -some jeais ago abandoned its penal
stntlon on Clfarles inland." leaving behind
a large number of domestic animals in a
half wild state, and these flocks had
enormouslj increased Onlj one of the
six inlands was inhabited, namelj. Chat
ham Island, and that Island had but one
Inhabitant, in the person of a Mr. Coboss.
He was of Ecuadorian birth, but was a
naturalized American citizen.
CUT DOWN MISSOURI DEBT.
Fund Commissioners IIne Called In
$SOl,000 of the Stnte's Bunded
JEFrERSON CITY, Dec. S (Special.)
At a meeting ut the state board of fund
commissioners to-day, an order was made
for the calling In and rrdemption of $S00,000
of the bonded Indebtedness of the state.
The bonds will be paid at the American
Exchange National bank,. In New York,
December J) Tne Doaru succeeueu in se
curing the consent of the holdtrs of these
bonds, to surrender mem wunour. tne lor
mallty of call by publication, thereby sav
ing the state several hundred dollars' ex
pense on advertising The board also di
rected the transfer of $1S7,-H0 from the In
terest to the school fund and JJ.'i.lK; 93 from
the semlnarj mones to the same fund.
State Treasurer Pitts was directed to draw
his check for Cins to meet the January
Interest on the stitp debt. After the $S00 OuO
worth of bonds called for redemption to
day are paid, the state debt In round num
bers will be $2,S00.C0tf.
UNCLE SAITS EXPENSES.
Estimate for Next Year Agirregate
97.18,S5.V--JS Which Grentl Hi-
' cci'iin Revenue Estimate-.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 An analytical
comparison of the estimates for this jear,
the appropriations of last jear, and the
various Increases, was Issued to-dav by
Messrs. Cleaves and Courts, the clerks of
the senate and house appropriation com
mittees, resjjectively. It shows total es
timates this year of $73S,S03,J4S, against
JC94.000.4S9 last vear. The estimates this
ear are $114,293,578 more than the amount
actually appropriated last jear. The chief
Increases are: Armj, J47.LS1 f?t; formica
tions, $6,819,03.",; navy, $26.145 539. postoffflce.
$5.14!.CC1: sundry civil, $J1.CSC,777. The total
estimates for thl3 jear exceed the total
estimated revenue for 1901 bv $71,0S1,9'I4,
but, counting the sinking fund, this ex
cess is reduced to $1S.0S1,994.
GOT A DOLLAR DAMAGES.
Mexico, Mo., l'eoiile tlunrrel About
Street Fiilr I'rlze and Court
MEXICO. MO . Dec. 8 (Special.) At the
Mexico street fair, Mrs Bettie Sims, wife
of a prominent Audrain county farmer,
won the prize for the best display of farm
product. Alter llif iair. vv. n. xripieti.
who won second prize, brought suit against
Mrs. Sims for $70 damages, claiming she
won the premium irauuuieiiiij. naving
gathered her disnlay from over the coun
trj instead of raising it on her own farm,
as teciuired by the fair association. The
case was tried in tne justice oi mi- peace
court and the erdict gave Trlplett $1. It
attracted wide attention on account of the
prominence ot the parties and the issues in
the case It came near causing a riot dur
ing the trial at the court house here, the
feeling Lelng so bitter.
A Texas Home for Bryan.
AUSTIN. TE . Dec. 8 When V. J. Bryan re
turns to Austin from his duck hunt he will be ten
dered one of the handsomest residences In the city
for the use ot himself and family as long as they
dslre to remain in the ilty. county Judge E s
Walker, a warm admirer ot Mr. Jinan, Is
BRIEF BITS OF E1VS.
The postofflce at Bacon, Lincoln county, Kas , has
been discontinued Mall to Glen.
Thomas F. Hutchlngs has been appointed a sub
stitute letter carrier at Sprlngfleld. Mo
The postofflce at Sedgwick, Kas , will become pres
idential on January 1; salary of postmaster. J1.000
Frank Morton. ho was In Jail at Springfield. Mo ,
on the charge of horse stealing, committed suicide
yesterday by taking morphine.
Tom Crawford, ot Cookston. I. T., in a communica
tion to the Springfield Republican, suggests that the
difficulties attending expansion are shown by the
situation in the Indian Territory.
Lucy Carbon and her child In arms were killed
at Adalrsvllle. Ga , yesterday, by Jim Mayneia
Vvasalf Til -? sbpb st silaTra Wtf-,11 rtA sii-l Tha maasl -Ca-tfrss ttt
the woman's house and quarreled. Mayfield escaped
SHE KEPT A DIARY
DALUIITEIt FIRMSIIED PETER
SELLS HIS DIVORCE EVIDENCE.
HAS LIST OF NAMES AND DATES
TWO CORESPONDENTS ARE N VMED
I.N MR. SELLS' PETITION.
He Hns Sued One of Them for 925,000
Daninees Mrs. Sells Was a. Kan
sas Girl unci Slurried Peter
Sells at Canton, 311s
sourl, In 1S7S.
COLUMBUS, O., Dec. S -Every effort to
compromise the marital troubles of Peter
Sells, the noted circus man, and his wife
having failed, Mr. Sells has filed, through
his attornejs, the most sensational petition
for divorce In the historj of the Franklin
countj court, especlallj when the previous
high standing of all the parties to It Is
Mr. Sells charges his wife with unfaith-
MRS. PETER SELLS.
Formerly Miss Mamie. I.uker. of Kansas,
Defendant in a Famous Divorce Cdho
fulness to her vows, and names as core
spondent, William D. Bott, one of the
best known bonlfaces in the citj, and one
of tho Joint proprietors of Bott Bros.'
wholesale and retail liquor establishment.
Mr, Bott is also largely interested in the
manufacture of saloon and billiard goods.
and Is reputed to be worth manj thousands
Harris D. Ljons, one of the best known
railroad men in the state, is also named
as a corespondent. Ljons was until the
last few dajs the purchasing agent for the
Pennsjlvanla. Railroad Companj, in this
citj, and in this capacitj is knov.n far and
wide. Gossip l,as connected his name with
Mrs. Sells since the trouble became com
The divorce petition makes no mention of
the manner In which the matters com
plained of came to Mr. Sells' knowledge.
On good authorltj It maj be stated, how
ever, that Miss riorence Sells, the daugh
ter of the warring couple, was her father's
It Is stated that Miss Sells used every ef
fort to conceal the trouble for her mother's
sake, but when that failed she is said to
have kept a dlarj in which the names of
her mother's visitors and the dates of their
visits were set down.
Mr. Sells charges his wife with entertain
ing her visitors at the magnlilcent Sells
mansion on Dennison avenue, as well as In
various hotels in this citj and elsewhere.
He alleges that she has been unfaithful to
her vows for a period of more than six
teen j ears, and alleges that other men be
side those named in the petition have been
recipients of her favors. No other names
are given, however.
The Information is that Mrs. Sells was
first Informed of her husband's alleged
The Millionaire Showman, Who Has Filed
Suit for Divorce.
knowledge of guilt last Saturdaj. It is
said that when he first returned with the
shows he did not allow her to suspect
that he had been apprised of anj thing de
rogatorj to her name. Saturdaj, how
ever, after he had t-ecured an opportunitj
to arrange some of his affairs In good con
dition for the divorce suit, he confronted
her with his Information. The accusation
against the wife bj- the husband was made
under most dramatic circumstances.
Ul)on some pretext he took her to the
home of his mother. Mrs Hanna Sells, at
217 South Third street. There, like a boy
who was telling his troubles at his
mother's knee, he made known to Jils wife
the knowledge he believed he possessed
against her. A tragic scene ensued, Mrs
Sells denjlng everj thing. Her husband,
however, was nrm and she was unable
to shake his belief that the Information
against her was true. She was finally sent
back to the Sells mansion, and Mr. Sells
himself went to the home of his brother.
Lewis, where he and his daughter are now
Mr. and Mrs. Sells were married about
twenty-one jears ago at Canton. Mo. She
was a Miss Mamie Luker, daughter of a
hotel proprietor in Kansas. Mr. Sells first
met her while the circus and menagerie
ot which he and his brother Lewis are the
proprietors was showing at her home
town. She is said to have been a girl of
most bewitching beaut j-, and her appear
ance to-dav demonstrates that time has
dealt very kindly with her charms since
her young girlhood
Her mother and brother, Joseph Luker,
who Is the purchasing agent for the show,
are now with her at the Sells home. There
is no more elegant residence in the citj
than the homestead that Peter Sells pro-
vided for his wife and daughter. It la ex-
ceptionallv spaciou". and furnished more
elaborated and handsomelj than any other
House at tne capital Not onlv Is .Mrs. sens
one of the bt t ilre--ed women In the citj.
but her diamonds are something superb.
As to just, what line of defense the wife
will present there is now some doubt. It Is
understood, however, thai she will enter a
general denial of all the accusations and
endeavor to explain awaj- occurrences that
would seem to compromise her. One ex
planation to be made with regard to the
High street boniface who called at her
home In the absence of Mr. Sella Is that,
the house of which he is one of the pro
prietors put In the billiard tables at the
Sells mansion and that he went there oc
caslonalij to repair them. It Is said that
manj other plausible statements will be
made In explanation. The array of legal
talent which has been engaged on either
vide Injures one of the greatest battles in
the courts that has occurred in jears.
Miss norer.ee Sells Is In receipt ot an
anonjmous letter, warning her not to tcs
tifj against her mother. It does not make
.inj threats explicitlj. but savs she had
better not take the witness stand against
Mrs. Sell. The friends ot Mrs. Sells dis
claim all knowledge of the epistle.
Mr. Sells filed an additional petition In
which he asks Jil.tWi damages from Will
iam Bott, one of the corespondents men
tioned in his suit for divorce. The dam
ages are asked upon the ground that Mr.
Bott alienated the affections of Mrs. Sells.
A NEW KENTUCKY ROW.
Marseille Hurninjc Leads to a Warm
Exchunfic Iletneen Tarvln
FRANKFORT, KY., Dec. S Governor
Bradley to-day &ae out his first public
utterance on the burning of the negro,
Dick Coleman, at MasHIe. This came In
reply to an Interview by Judge James P.
Tarvln, of CoUngton, criticising the state
authorities and holding- them responsible
for the MaysWlle mob. The governor this
afternoon wired TarWn asking him If he
had correctly reported, and received the
The penalty glTen Coleman max be considered
Just, Imt the failure ot the state authorities to pro
tect him after he was In custody Is wrone. and any
citizen hat & right to criticise It. The fact that he
was a negro, hardlr above a brute. Is only the more
reason for protecting him. If your telegram meana
fight. I have the choice of weapons and choose can-
non. you to stay at i-ranstort ana l at uoTingtoo.
Please don't send the mil It la.
The goernor, commenting on the above,
This d I 'patch Is characteristic or the man. If the
penalty given Coleman by the people was Just, why
should Tarvln object' As to his proposition to re
ixala In Covington aid fight a gentleman In Prank
fort, persons who know him will be astonished to
learn he is willing to fight, even at that distance.
The goernor closes his statement by
As governor, I have done everything In my power
to protect human life and enforce the law. If I
had known, as Judge Tarvln knew, that this man
was about to be taken to his death at the hands of
a mob. X would not have kept a cowardly silence, as
he did. but would have protected him. Ever since
Judge Tarvln was seized with the Idea that he was
vice presidential timber, his friends have kept con
stant watch on him. This latest effusion Is addl
tional evidence that he Is Irresponsible.
CUBAN NEGROES DISPLEASED.
Take Part In a Violent Antl-Amerl-
can Demonstration at
SANTIAGO DE CUBA. Dec. 8. A meet
ing held at the Antonio Maceo Club last
night to celebrate the annlversarj of the
death of Maceo developed a violent, pa
triotic demonstration against the Ameri
cans. This club represents the National
party and is composed of colored people.
of whom there were a thousand present,
One prominent colored politician said dur
ing the proceedings that the time was
nearlv ripe for the spirit of free Cuba to
leap from the grave of Maceo and to drive
the Intruders from the Island.
All criticised President McKinley's Cu
ban policj. although General Qulenten Ba
diera disappointed his hearers with a
speech In which he advised patience until
the American policy had been fullj de
fined. In the course of an Interview Badlera
said he feared the Cubans would finally ac
cept annexation, although thev had fought
long j ears for Independence and not to be
come an appendage of the United Stated.
The local press violently criticises Pres
ident McKlnlej's message. Americans and
foreigners are hoping that the prominence
given to the color question in Insular pol
tlcs will lead ultlmatelj to annexation.
HABEAS CORPUS FOR REESE.
JudKe Thayer, of St. Louis, Releases
Him, Pending a Hearlntr,
Under Jf't,0OO Bond.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 8 Judge Thayer, In the
United States court, to-day, granted a writ
of habeas corpus in the case of John Reese,
one of the members of the executive coun
cil ot the United Mine Workers' Associa
tion, of Iowa, who Is now in Jail In Fort
Scott, Kas , for contempt of court. The
writ was made returnable December 27.
when arguments as to the jurisdiction of
Judge Williams will be heard. Bail was
fixed at $3,000 Reese Is a walking delegate
of the Mine Workers Association who went
to Bourbon county, Kas, where a coal
miners' strike was in progress, and, con
trarj to the injunction of the federal court,
held meetings. He was arrested and sen
tenced to three months' imprisonment for
contempt or court. The attornejs of Reee
apiiealed to the United States appellate
court, claiming that the federal circuit
court has no Jurisdiction In this case.
PRIESTS OPPOSE A STRIKE
Adilse Shamokin, Pa., Miners Asalnst
Coins; Ont In Sjinpntliy With
SHAMOKIN, PA., Dec. 8. The Catholic
priests of this place to-day addressed 2.O0O
mine workers belonging to the congrega
tion, advKing them to attend a miners'
meeting, called for to-night, and vote
against a Nanticoke sjmpathj strike.
President John tanej, 01 tne unueu -wine
Workers, this afternoon, issued notice that
thfre would be no meeting to-night. He
said the officials decided to await the out
come of the business men's attempt to
settlo the strike before the Shamokin men
were asked to go out. The belief Is freely
expressed here to-night that the union
feared the men would not respond to or
ders for a strike after the action of the
TAX REFORM IN TEXAS.
Leslslnture to Be Convened In Spe
cial Session to Establish a
ew S j stem.
AUSTIN. TEX.. Dec. S It was decided
to-day that the Texas legislature should
be convened In special session next month
for the consideration of a taxation bill
that will completelj revolutionize the pres
ent taxation sjstem ot this state. The
eact data has not been settled. For three
months tho state tax commission, created
bv the last legislature, has been prepar
ing a bill which remodels all taxation laws
of the state, and this bill Is the one the
special session will be called to act on.
The bill will, from all reports, cause the
corporations of the state no little con
cern. Lieutenant Brnmhy Critically III.
WASHINGTON". Dec. 8 Lieutenant T. M Brumby.
the flae secretary to Admiral Dewey at the battle
of Manila, la lying critically III at the Garfield hoa-
nital in this city, lie la suffering rrora a lever con
tiacted as a result of his long stay In the tropics
and has been at the hospital for about two weeks.
The physicians express th. belief that he will re
Veteran Manatrer to Retire.
BALTIMORE. Dec. 8 The drop of the curtain to
morrow night at the Lyceum theater will signalize
the permanent retirement from the stage of John
W. Albaugb. Sr . the veteran actor-manager. He
has been connected with the stage as an actor or
manager for forty years.
FOR CARTER STEAL
three: cotractors indicted bt
FEDERAL Git AND JURY.
CONSPIRACY IS THE CHARGE
STEAL IS VARIOUSLY ESTIMATED ATJ
91,000,000 TO 92,200,000.
Men Under Indictment Have Xot Yet
Been Arrested Captain Cuter
Has Not et Begun tu Serve
SAVANNAH. GA., Dec. S--The Morning
News will saj- to-morrow morning that tha
grand Jury ot the. United States supreme
court for the Southern division of Georgia.
In session here, has found indictments
against John Gajnor. B. D. Greene and E.
F. Gajnor, of New York, co-partners in
the Atlantic Construction Companj, and,
others, for conspiracy to defraud the gov
ernment. This Is an outcome of the con
vlction of O. M. Carter, late captain o
engineers of the armj.
Messrs. Greene and Gajnor are alleged
to have been In conspiracj with Carter
to defraud the government in the improve
ment works in Savannah river and harbor
and Cumberland sound, and to have wrong
fully collected from the government sums
of raonej- varlouslj- estimated to amount to
from $1,000,000 to $2.X.0OO.
The indictments have not been made pub
lic, as It is the custom of the federal courts
to have Its defendants In custodj- or under
bond before publishing the Indictments.
During the week the grand Jury has ex
amined various witnesses in respect to
the matter, among them several armj- and
war department officials from Washington,
and a mass of documentarj. ev ldence. In
cluding drafts amounting to more than a
$1,000,000, drawn bj- Carter and many papers
respecting the work on Savannah river
and harbor and Cumberland sound. Col
onel Gaj nor and Captain Greene are under
stood to be In New York.
Captain Carter was tried by court-martial,
found guilty and sentenced to dis
missal from the armj-. to pay a tine of
$j.Uuo and to serve a term In the penlten
tlarj. After long consideration bj Attorney
General Griggs, the verdict was approved
by President McKInley. and Captain Car
ter was ordered taken to the Fort Leaven
worth foderal prison to serve his sentence.
Carter's uttornejs took the case Into tha
civil courts, and up to the present tlma
have succeeded In preventing Captain Car
ter's removal from New York, where he Is
in custody, to Fort Leavenworth.
BOARD OF TRADE REFORM.
Chicago Organization to Remodel Its
Rules on Jew York Stock
CHICAGO, Dec. 8. Reform of the board
of trade without sacrifice of the special
charter from the state was decided on to-daj-
when the committee on revision of
rules formulated a statement for submis
sion to the directors next Tuesday. Tha
plan contemplates the conforming ot the
board as nearlj to the model of the New
York Stock exchange as Is possible under
Stringent rules against bucket shops and
ngalnat anj- suspicious connections of
board members with bucket shops will be
Inserted. An Important noint to ho Insist
ed on imthe report Is the establishment of
minimum penalties for violations of board
rule3 and the making of these mandatory.
COLOMBIA WANTS REVENGE
Slay Attack Forces of Venezuelan.
Revolutionist 'Who Assisted
WASHINGTON. Dec S. The cruiser De
troit has sailed from Carthagena for Colon,
where she will await orders from the naw
department. the revolutlonar j- movement In
Colombia being regarded as at an end.
The captain ot the Detroit reports, how
ever, that the Colombia government la
massing troops on the Venezuelan border
and the understanding Is that they are
about to attack General Castro's forces.
In revenge for the assistance which tha
general is supposed to have extended to
the Colombian revolutionists.
TO FIGHT TOBACCO TRUST.
Colonel Moses O. Wetmore at Head
of a $1,250,000 Company at
ST. LOUIS, Dec. S. The M. C. Wetmora
Tobacco Companj, with a capital stock:
of $1,250,000, has been formed to run Inde
pendently of the tobacco trust, and will
be Incorporated In a few days. The stock:
holders are: Colonel Moses C. Wetmore,
Phil J. Heuer. W. S. Logan. H. D. Barry.
George H. McCann, Festus J. Wade and
Judge George A. Madlll.
An extensive plant has ben fitted up In
this citj- and will be In operation soon,
with several hundred emplojes.
NO PROHIBITION IN GEORGIA.
Wllllnghnm Bill, Which Passed tho
House, Defeated In the Sen
ate, 14 to 2.-.
ATLANTA. GA.. Dec 8. By a vote of 23
to 14, the Willlngham bill, which provides
for the annihilation of the whisky trafllo
In Georgia, was defeated this afternoon Irs
the senate. The bill reached the senate last
week with a small majority from tha
house. TI1I3 disposes of the attempt to se
cure the enactment of a prohibition bill
In the present leglslature.
IllK Cut In Window Glass.
PITTSBURG. Dec 8. Tha Chronicle-Telegraph
aaya this afternoon.
The American Window Glass Company Is reported
to have made a cut of 33 1 2 per cent In the price
of all window glass, effective last Wednesday, ana
to have ordered fires lighted in all ita factories, tha
purposti being to resume operations about January 1
Thls move la considered a declaration of war on tha.
Prominent Omaha Attorney Dead.
BEA1 ER DAM. WIS . Dec. S- A. P. Smith. S
prominent attorney of Omaha. Neb died here to
day, aged 73 years. Mr. Smith was brought hers
from Omaha ten days ago In a special car. He was
attorney ot the Union Pacific railway with head
quarters at Omaha for aeveral years. Ills old home
waa Beaver Dam. and during nU residence here hs
held many offices ot trust,
Oklahoma Bankers' Association.
SHAWNEE. O T., Dec 8 (Special.) The Okla
homa Bankers' Association, before Its adjournment,
elected the following officers: Otto B. Shutte. El
Reno, prealdent: O B. Smith. Newklrk. first tics
president: S. W. K'yser. Stillwater, second vies
president: E. It Hogan. Yukon, secretary: J. II.
Wheeler. Oklahoma City, delegate to the national
Harvey County Poultry Show.
NEWTON". KAS.. Dec "-(Special ) The fourth
annual show of the Harvey County Poultry Associa
tion, which will close Saturday night. Is the best la
the history of the organization. Eighty different
fanciers, mostly from this county, have entered 1.3d
blrda. representing nearly every breed known to th
To save $T0 on a fine piano, buy from
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