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YOLTJME XXXIX. NO. 248.
KANSAS CITY, EEBRUARY 13, 1897.-TEN PAGES.
PEICE TWO CENTS.
"I AM FfiEE AGAIN!"
U.LICE rLATTS EXULTANT CRY
WI1E.V ACO.UITTED OP MURDER.
HEARD ONLY "GUILTY!"
2rf. & xed composure until she
' EW SHE WAS FREE.
Tliei Toy Knew Xo Rounds and
Sli 5 'lively Embraced and
1 Her Attorney She
J. '' "? Anotlirr IVomna
. , c tlie "Verdict.
Alice Piatt Is free, and the murder of the
Mussey children Is sUU unsolved.
The most sensational muider trial In the
annals o crime In Jackson county came to
a dramatic close In the criminal court
room yesterday morning, when a Jury
brought In a verdict acquitting Alice Piatt
of poisoning Elizabeth Musscy. the 10-year-old
daughter of Attorney Charles F. Mus
sey. The court room was crowded to the
doors. When the clerk read the verdict
which set the prisoner free a great shout of
approval went up. Men clapped their
hands and stamped their feet; women
there were about 100 present grew hyster
ical and laughed and cried. It was a re
markable demonstration. Judge Wofford's
face flushed when the applause burst out
and he pounded on his desk and shouted to
the marshall to quiet the demonstration.
It was some time beforo the court room
grew, still, and then the freed woman was
led away. She was the only person In the
court room who did not understand It all.
"When the clerk read the verdict he did
not hear it, because of her deafness. The
only word she heard him utter was "guil
ty." The court had been in session about half
nn hour when a loud rap sounded on the
Jury room door. Deputy Lum "Wilson re
sponded to it, and then hurried to the
"The Jury is ready to report," he said.
"All right, bring It in." said the Judge.
In an instant the word flashed over the
Jail building that the Jury had agreed upon
n verdict, and there was a rush to get
Into the court room. A deputy went to
Alice Piatt's cell in the Jail and told her the
Jury had arrived at a verdict. Her father
nntl her sister, Mrs. Lowe, wero with her
and they followed her and the deputy Into
the court room. Alice looked as though
nhe were nerving herself for her last or
deal. She walked with a firm tread, and
when she entered the court room the crowd
half arose and gazed curiously at her.
She sat down facing the Judge, her father
nnd sister sitting on cither side of her.
The Jury was brought in and placed in the
Alice Heard Only "Guilty."
"Have you agreed upon a verdict?" asked
"Wo have," replied the foreman, passing
a slip of paper to the court clerk.
There was a momentary pause; the pris
oner gazed steadily at the clerk; her sister
leaned over and whispered In her ear:
"This Is tho first day tlie sun has shone
since your trial began. It is a good omen,"
Then tho clerk read:
"We. the Jury, find tho defendant not
At once the applause broke out, and the
judge called upon the marshal to preserve
order. "Guilty!" rang in the vna of the
her. and, as the tears fell upon the pallid
faco of tho house servant. Mrs. Lowe
"God bo praised! This Is tho happiest"
moment of my life."
The father, with tears glistening in his
eyes, and his lips quivering nervously,
placed his arms About his daughters, but
he did not trust himself to speak. Matron
Grogan led tho father and his two daugh
ters Into a sldo room. There was a puz
zled look In Alice's eyes, and she kept ask-
"What is it? What Is It?"
"You aro not guilty, dear! Tou are not
guilty!" shouted Mrs. Lowe.
Alice straightened herself up. A new
light shone In her eyes. She reached for
her hat and threw It, with the famous blue
veil, to the floor. She tore her gloves from
her hands and threw them with her hat.
Then she walked to the window and raised
It. The wind fanned her check and tossed
her shcrt, fluffy hair. She drew In several
deep breaths. There was a crowd of men
across the street and they recognized her.
Several waved their hands at her. She
waved her hand and shouted:
"I am free!':.
George Oswald, famous only for his
laugh, heard her and laughed.
"My, how that man laughs," exclaimed
"It's his favorite laugh. Alice," said Ma
jor "Woodson, entering tho room.
Kissed Her Attorney.
"Oh. It's you," and Alice ran to him
nnd Impulsively threw her arms about his
neck and kissed him. Tears camo to the
"My child. It's all over." he said.
A short conversation was held between
the major and the party, after which Mr.
Piatt and his two daughters left the Jail
building. Alice did not speak a word after
leaving the Jail, except to say to her sis
ter when they reached the open air:
"My. It is good to get a breath of free,
pure air again."
Mr. Piatt sent a telegram to his wife at
Carrollton, announcing the result of the
trial, then he went with his children to
tho home of Mrs. Lowe, a married daugh
ter, at 1530 Euclid avenue. After staying
there a short tlmo Mr. Piatt and Alice
went to the homo of another daughter,
Mrs. Murphy, 1J01 Woodland avenue, where
they passed tho day. Sirs. Murphy was
unable to bo in court yesterday morning
as sho was kept at her home by a severe
.attack of la grippe. An afTectlng scene
took place between the sisters.
Tho news of the acquittal of Alice Piatt
traveled over the town with surprising
rapidity and the verdict was discussed
with a great deal of vigor In tho offices,
stores and restaurants. As said In The
Journal yesterday, tho opinion of few peo
ple was changed by the verdict. Those
who believed Alice not guilty took the
Jury's flndlng merely as a recognition of
their own good judgment, while those who
thought her guilty took occasion to say
that "It is impossible to convict a woman
of murder Ih Jackson county."
The verdict seemed to meet with general
npproval. The sentiment against hanging
on circumstantial evidence Is very htrong
in this city, and this, coupled with tho
fact that beyond a lot of suspicious clr
cuir stances no evidence of the woman's
guilt was proved at the trial, was regarded
by many who looked at the case in tho
4 SOULS WITH BUT A DOUBLE TH0T, 4 HEARTS THAT BEAT AS 2
Rosa Scllshurg nnd C. W. Edmundson ,
Did Drflnnce to Parental Oppo
sition nt Chctnpn, Kas.
Chctopa. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) This
city has been in a state of excitement over
the wedding of C. W. Edmundson and Miss
Rosa Seligsburg. Mr. Edmundson has for
pome time been attentive to Miss Seligs
burg, who is a Jewess. He being a Gen
tile, the parents of the bride objected and
finally forbade his coming to their home.
But Cupid had sent his dart. Miss Seligs
burg left her home, met her lover and, with
n number of young people, proceeded to
the home of Rev. John Maclean, pastor of
the Methodist church, who performed the
ceremony which made them man and wife.
Shortly afterward the bride's family be
came aware of what had happened and set
out to reclaim their daughter. After search
ing for some time, they found her at the
home of the groom's parents. Her brother
was the first to arrive and started to use
his gun on the newly made brother-in-law.
but the benedict was prepared for him and
presented his own gun as a peacemaker.
About this time the father and mother ar
rived, and, ifter weeping and walling, the
groom sent for a carriage and had the
bride's family conveyed to their home. The
reconciliation is not complete, but is more
than likely to follow la the due course or
light of reason as sufficient ground for
tho verdict of not guilty.
Alice Piatt was holding her 10-year-old
niece on her lap In the home of Mrs. Mur
phy, 1001 Woodland avenue, at 1 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, when a reporte." for
The Journal knocked at the door.
"How do you do?" exclaimed Alice put
ting down the child and holding out her
band. "I am glad to see you. I suppose
this Is the" last time you will come up to
Interview me. Well, you newspaper men
almost worried the life out of me, but I
forgive you all. Some of you convicted
me and led me up to the gallows, even be
fcro I was tried, but I hold no malice. I
am as happy, as happy as a lark," and
she stood up and raised her right hand
above her head. There was a look of Joy
shining in her eyes that had not been thero
since last October.
"I have repressed my feelings and people
have thought that I was hardly of Ilesh
and blood," she said. "Sometimes when
my face was the calmest therej was a
tempest going on In my breast. See the
sunlight as it streams in at the window,"
and she stretched her hands toward it as
though she would grasp It and draw it
closer to her. "That Is more sunshine
than I have seen for a long time. You
don't know what It is to be penned up In
a place like those Jail cells. It is like le
lng in hell. I want you to thank the mar
shal, Mr. Chiles, Mr. Lum Wilson und
Mrs. Grogan and the balance of the jail
officials for me. I want you to tell them
through the newspaper that I thank thc-m
for their kindness to me. They old all
they could for me and treated me as nice
as anybody could."
Alice picked up her little niece and ran
her lingers through her hair.
"When they read the verdict in the court
I did not know what It was, but I was
bound that I would not break "down, no
matter what it was. So when I' heard the
word "guilty." I reached back to comfort
my sister. And then I heard them cheer
ing and saw my sister crying and then
the words rang In my ears, 'You are free!
You aro free! You are free!' and I was so
happy! I danced for joy. As we left the
Jail I heard the prisoners shouting, 'Good
by,' and they applauded. I feel sorry for
them, for I know what it is they have
to go through. When we came out of that
court room and I saw Major Woodson. I
could not help running up to him and kiss
ing him. I don't like to kiss men, but I
couldn't help kissing him, and I guess he
couldn't help it either, for I did It before
he thought," and Alice laughed.
"How do I look?" she asked.
"At least ten years younger," said the
"And I feel more than that I mean more
years younger than that."
Th'ere was a strange throwing off of ap
parent ape In the woman who the day be
fore had been cooped up in a prison cell.
A faint dash of color had come back into
her cheeks, her eyes shone clear and bright,
her voice had a strong ring and she moved
with a quick, nervous movement in which
there was no evidence of languor.
"I liked the looks of that jury from the
first, broke In tho father of Alice. "Their
faces expressed Intelligence and they
looked like honest men. I said when I
saw them that if I had been selecting a
Jury myself I would have been satisfied
with this one. I did not like some of their
names, and I'll tell you there's a lot In a
name sometimes, but their faces were ail
Taken to Carrollton.
The reporter asked about the future of
"She will go home to Carrollton with me
to-night," said the father, "and sleep wUh
her baby sister. Her mother wants to see
her and she will probably llvo in Carroll
ton." The father and daughter left for the
county seat of Carroll county on the Santa
Fe train last night. Both looked very hap
py and Alice talked with a free and care
Although Alice Piatt was tried specific
ally for the murder of Elizabeth Mussey,
she was in reality tried for tho murders
of Elizabeth and Susie Mussey and Mrs.
Torrence. The reason the case of Elizabeth
was selected by the state was because it
was the stroneesb case arr.ilnst-Viv Th
was nothing in the case of Mrs. To'rrince
1. .J aMgvtvjfA'rlK-iiiVh rfy-to' Tr;
S . t-uuiu ub yroaucea in tne- case of
Susie Mussey of material value. The
statement that the bodies of Mrs. Torrence
and Sue might be exhumed and chemical
analyses of the stomachs made Is so absurd
that they are not een hinted at as a possi
bility by anyone In authority. Alice Piatt
will never again be molested by the law on
the charge of having poisoned any of the
The Jury that tried Alice Piatt stood 10 to
2 for acquittal on the first ballot. In dis
cussing the evidence after .the verdict the
Jurymen said they regarded the fact that
the soda had not been examined as one of
the most mysterious circumstances in tho
whole case. The cookies and the npplex
were examined, but th soda was burned.
T.ii jurymen could not fathom the reason
for the soda having ben burned after the
suspicion had arisen that the children were
Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Mussey were In tho
court when the jury brought In Its verdict.
WHen Mr. Mussey heard that the defend
ant had been acquitted he was much sur
prised and declared It an outrage. He had
thought the Jury might disagree, but he
had not looked for an acquittal. Mrs. Mus
sey also expressed surprise at the verdict.
Tho names of tho jurymen who, after 11s
tf. .Is ,to.i,1l tho evidence against Alice
Piatt, decided that sho was not guilty of
murd,CI;r.e: Jeremiah Enright, foreman;
W. G. Mahaffey. Richard W. Noel, James
Hulse, Preston Woodmansee, James Cleary.
J. M. Flynn, J. R. Horn, G. S. Roswell.
Clarence Marksberry, W. B. Vlnlng, Clar
HILLM0N JASE AGAIN.
Mrs. Illllmon's Attorneys Trying to
Have Insurance Companies
Barred. Ont of Kansas.
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs.
Illllmon's attorneys aro trying to Induce
the superintendent of insurance to issue
licenses to the New York Mutual Life, the
Connecticut Mutual and the New York Life
Assurance Companies to do business In
Kansas until they mako a settlement with
Thtso companies have been fighting Mrs.
Hlllmon in her attempts to recover the
amount of policies held by her husband at
the tlmo of his alleged death, and the case
has. beside several trials In the federal
courts, gono through every other phase of
legal procedure known to lawyers, includ
ing one hearing before the Insurance de
partment. Judge S. A. Rlggs, of Lawrence, who Is
one of Mrs. Hlllmon's attorneys, held a
long conference with Governor Leedv nnd
Webb McNall, superintendent of Insurance,
lu-uu, upuu ine suujeci, unu iney nave
taken it under advisement.
Cleveland Goes Duck Shooting.
Washington, Feb. 12. President Cleve
land left the city to-night on the light
house tender Maple for a day's duck shoot
ing at WIdewater, Va., the home of Col
onel Richard Waller. He was accompanied
by Captain Lambcrton. of the lighthouse
sen-Ice, and Is expected to return to-morrow
I.ove Finds n Wny for Emma Good-
sign nnd Morris Rosenthal
Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 12. (Special.) Miss
Emma Goodman, of Fifty-fifth street, Chi
cago, was married to Morris Rosenthal, by
the Rev. Charles Hedler, a Methodist min
ister, here this evening. Miss Goodman
formerly lived on the AVcst side In Kansas
City, where her father was In the tailor
ing business, and a large property-holder.
Tho marriage of tho couplo Is somewhat
romantic The couple met In New York
and went to Chicago, where Miss Goodman
and her mother live. Rosenthal boarded
with them.- They fell In love, but marriage
was objected to, so they came here. They
had a list of Jewish rabbis and visits them
to be married. The rabbis, however, would
not perform the ceremony, as it is against
the Jewish religion to marry on Friday.
They then sought Mr. Healer's housc.where
they were made man and wife. Rosenthal
claims to be 21 years of age, but looks like
a boy of 15. He appeared very nervous and
it proved a difficult task for him to talk in
a straightforward manner. He said that
they would either reside In Kansas City
or Garnett, Kas. He raid his wife was well
known at the former city, having lived
there about two years ago. Her father now
lives in Garnett, Kas.
TRIED TO DISCIPLINE REPUBLICANS,
AND FELL DOWS.
SPEAKER STREET AS A CZAR.
AIDED THE POPS IX PUXISHIXG RE
PUBLICANS. Minority Measures Ruthlessly Slaugh
tered and Minority Member Is
norcil Rctrlbntlon Came
When the Rcpalillcnns
Killed n Pet Pop
Topeka, Kas Feb. 12. (Special.) The
store of the little trouble between the Re
publicans and Populists of the house last
night was told in to-day's Journal. The
Republicans felt sorry over the affair and
decided to patch things up the first thing
this morning. When the house convened,
Lobdcll. of Lane, arose for the purpose
of explaining the misunderstanding and In
tended to suggest that the house do what
It expected to last night cmnlbus a large
number of local bills. Eut Street would
not recognize him. Lobdell insisted, but
it did no good, and so tho effort to fix
things up was abandoned. Lobdell was
not the only Republican whom the speak
er Insulted. Every one who arose and ad
dressed the chair was totally Ignored. The
speaker ran things with a high hand, and
roused the minority to great indignation.
The Republicans will make him considera
ble trouble unless he squares things.
Street's actions were In accord with the
sentiment of the Populist side, as well as
in line with a declaration he made last
night that ho would recognize no Repub
lican to-day. This was shown when it
came to the passage of local bills on third
reading. Every local bill introduced by a
Populist was passed readily and every one
introduced by a Republican was killed as
soon as It was reached. The Republicans
were amused at the charming regularity
with which their bills went down before
the long-whiskered and long-winded aggre
gation. The Republicans voted for every one of
the bills, no matter who Introduced it or
what territory it affected. They said that
they did not want to go on record as op
posing any local bills Just for spiteworJf.
Tho graceful manner In which tho Repub
licans tooks the affair cut the Populists to
the quick. Tho whole outfit felt ashamed
The Republicans turned the tables this
afternoon. They wilfully and wantonly
crucified ono of the Populists' pet meas
ures, the Trueblood .resolution calling for
an amendment to the state constitution
making the terms of state officers four
years. The Republicans Intended fully to
support tho resolution and secure its pas
sage, but the shameful treatment accorded
them this morning caused them to change
their minds and when the measure came
up they lined up solidly against it. It re
quires two-thirds of the house to adopt a
resolution of this kind and the Populists
lack eight votes of having that number.
The resolution came up for passage and a
vote was ordered. N,ot until the .Republic
ans wno had . nrevlouslv exDressed them-
jeal''s i&tcw-ipt.-,l-tfr "rfolUUcn -ieiiif
vuung ukuijii it uiu it uuwn upon uic .rujp
ul!sts,that they would have to take a dose
of their own medicine, and that It would
be a most bitter dose nt that. Many of the
Republicans, In explaining their votes,
stated that they had fully intended to vote
for this resolution, but that events took
such a course to-day that it rendered their
support Impossible. When the roll was
finished, Trueblood asked that the absen
tees be called. The Republicans insisted
this was out of order; that the only thing
to be done was to have a call of the house.
The sergeant-at-arms barred the dcors and
warrants were issued by the chief cleric
for the arrest of absentees. While the ser
geant was out skirmishing for members.
Trueblood glanced 'over the roll call and
discovered that if every absentee were
found and voted for tho resolution, some
thing which many of them would not do.
It would still lack a few votes of carrying.
About this time the sergeant-at-arms dis
covered that Ed McKeever, cne of the al
leged absentees, was In the hall, so he
rushed up and placed him under arrest and
brought him before tho bar of the house.
McKeever, In defending himself, said that.
Inasmuch as the Populists were running
things with a high hand during the day,
and not permitting the Republicans to par
ticipate in the proceedings, he had left the
hall. He was ordered released. Trueblood,
seeing that the Jig was up, then asked that
the call be dispensed with. This was done
and the original roll call was corrected and
tho result announced. The vote stood:
For tho resolution, 63; against, 30. True
blood. the author, changed his vote to the
negative for the purpose of moving a re
consideration. Representative Cubblson, of Wyandotte,
stated to-night that the Republicans would
permit a reconsideration of the resolution
to-morrow, providing they received decent
treatment from the Populists, and that it
the latter would behave themselves enough
Republicans would vote for the resolution
to carry It.
Ex-Speaker Lobdell, just before adjourn
ment to-day, arose to a question of person
al privilege. The speaker did not take any
notice of him; neither did he rap him down,
so Lobdell made his speech, and it was one
that was not enjoyed by the Populists,
either. He said, among other things:
"I believe tills is the first time in my leg
islative career that I have deemed this nec
essary, and I will say in the outset that
no personal Indignity nor mistreatment
would bo sufficient to challenge me to such
a course, but I stand here tho recipient of
the suffrages of my people, by that suf
frage charged with the responsibility and
clothed with the privileges of a member of
this body, amongst which privileges is the
right In this house to address the presiding
officer, nnd be by him courteously recog
nized. Those rights and privileges have
to-day been denied. It may bo suggested
that this course has resulted from some
action occurring here on yesterday. If
that is true, I desire to say and it Is en
tirely a personal statement that no man,
at any time, nor under any circumstances
resrets a breach of understanding more
than I, and this morning, before the con
vention of this body, I went to our s-peakcr
and said to him what I have said now, and
1 said to him, further, that I had hud a
conversation with the gentlemen who
raised tho objections, last night, and these
gentlemen would withdraw their objec
tions, and that I would myself make a mo
tion that the local bills on third reading
be taken up and read at tho noon hour;
that I would myself make the motion that
tho journal bo referred to the committee
for Its consideration, hoping that trouble
might thereby be averted. I say I regret
it, and it will hardly be necessary for me
to remind you, gentlemen, on this floor,
that only a few days ago I called your at
tention to a similar matter, and pleaded
with you to observe an agreement that
had been sacredly made. Y'ou had agieed.
through the chairman of your ways and
means committee. vho Is always author
ized to mako such an agreement, wilh a
gentleman from Douglas, that certain bills
should not bo taken up In his absence.
But jour failure of courtesy affords no ex
cuse for like failure on our part. It sim
ply shows that it Is human to err: and I
him no feeling to criticize you for your
action to-day in the passage or defeat of
bills. These are the questions which i-ach
man has to answer to himself and his poo
pie; but when my privileges as a member
of this body are abridged, then the rights
of these who sent me are denied, and with
the profoundest respect for our speaker
and the good faith and honesty of his in
tentions, but questioning unalterably his
reasons. I deem It my duty most sincerely
to protest against such failure of recogni
tion." POPULIST INGRATITUDE.
Calamity Legislators Would Smite
the Hands That Lifted
Them Into Power.
Topeka. Kas., Feb. -12. (Special.) The
Populists of the house were very much
disposed to-day to enact a law that would
force about half their country papers out
of existence. The Touns bill regulating'
the fees for legal notices came up for dis
cussion this afternoon In committee of the
whole and the debate 'was very warm.
Outcalt, chairman of the' printing com
mittee, opposed the bill. He- said It would
simply cut down the fees of country edi
tors about CO per cent and'.tbe cut' would
not be a saving to the bona fide residents
of the state, but to non-rgsldent corpora
tions Lobdell also opposed' the bill. He
said that there was no other .class of men
In Kansas who worked so hard for so lit
tle pay as the country editors. They were
entitled to public printing at a fair price.
Speaker Street made a spectacle of him
self in supporting the bill. He declared
that the rates at present were M per cent
too high, and should be reduced. He said
that he was an editor once and that he
took the county printing ere time for 1-10
of a cent for the year. He .accused the
editors of being In league with tho jackleg
lawyers and dividing up fees with them
in foreclosure cases. Ha" said he did it
Stuart, of Doniphan, made an able talk
against the bill. He said that the fees
might be a trifle high now. but that the
editors should not be 'compelled to stand
a 60 per cent cut.
Fairchild took a fall out of Street, also:
He declared that the speaker was talking
against the interests of his own party
in favoring the bill. It simply meant that
sixty or eighty Populist papers In Kansas
would have to quit businesS If it passed.
He declared that It was the country papers
that built the Populist party 'and that at
every opportunity the alleged Populist
leaders had showed their ingratitude by
attempting to injure them in one way or
another. "Just pass this, bill," said he,
ana it these papers don't go out of ex
istence, you who support this measure will
go out. politically speaking. Thero will
.L- ranse faces in yur seats on this
l,? iw.J'ears hence. You now want to
i? J the very men tvho made you."
vinL Jtle ,evenlng session, the bill was
killed, despite Street's influence. The Re
publicans voted solidly against the meas-
CUBBIS0N EJECTION BILL
Popnll.it Representatives Killed It
Last Night, After a Hot
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The
Cubblson election bill went down with a
dull thud In the house committee of the
whole to-night, but not until after a hot
debate. The bill provided for throwing
city elections into the falL Cubblson fa
vored It .because it meant a saving of $173,
000 annually to the taxpayers of Kansas.
Dingus argued that it Would bring the
school question Into politics, and for this
reason he opposed it. Wellep also op
posed it. claiming that local Issues would
bo crowded out for state or nntlonal issues
Fairchild charged that the bill was sim
ply a scheme of the corrupt politicians of
Kansas City, Kas., to retain power and
mulct the people. Cubblson denied this
emphatically. He said It was Edwin Tay
lor's idea and he denounced as a slander
any insinuations cast against that gentle
man's character or motives. But Cubbl
son's eloquence could not save the bill
and a motion striking out the enactment
clause carried almost unanimously.
MR. URY'S SCHEME IS DEAD.
Ills County Consolidation Bill Pat to
Sleep by the ITonse Com
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The
bill of Representative TTry to consolidate
nine counties In Southwestern Kansas -met
a sad fate to-day. The. committee 5n
county seats and county lines reported ad
versely on it. Ury was the only member
of the committee who voted in favor of the
The action of the committee was no sur
prise to Ury. He has been expecting It for
several days; in fact, ever Bince Tapscott,
'tho seven footer from -Hamilton county,
threatened to throw,.hltnat of .the window-If
he insisted on'tCtioraVli report.
TO ABOLISH TW0DEPAHTMENTS
Honse Committee Favors Discontinu
ing the Labor Bnrean and
the Slllc Station.
Tcpeka, Kas., Feb. 12. Special.) ' The
house committee on state affairs to-day
recommended for passage Finney's bill
abolishing the office of state labor commis
sioner. Senator Forney's bill to abolish the
Peabody silk station was also favorably
reported. The bill of Rothweller author
izing tho secretary of state, treasurer and
auditor to sit as a tribunal and pass upon
the claims of a number of Leavenworth
people -for losses sustained by bands of
gueirlllas and marauders during the war
was recommended for passage.
"Abraham Lincoln Republicanism."
Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) It was
only with some difficulty and the aid of
an arbitrary ruling by Speaker Street that
the Populists of the house were forced to
permit the reading of a resolution In honor
of Abraham Lincoln. The P6pullst3 take
great pride in telling everybody that they
are Abraham Lincoln Republicans, yet
they rendered objections to the introduc
tion of a short resolution In commemora
tion of his birthday. The speaker ignored
their objections and ordered it read in spite
Wonlil Sntlsfy Brown.
Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Chair
man Brown, of the house railroad com
mittee, stated to-day that the proposition
submitted to tho railroads by the senate
committee which, if accepted, would re
duce freight rates about 20 per cent, wa3
very satisfactory to him and that he would
use his endeavors to secure legislation
along that line.
Mr. Rnvenscrnft AVrnthy.
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Rep
resentative Ravenscratt is wrathy to-day
over the action of the senate railroad
committee in killing his bill compelling
railroads to Issue a return trip ticket with
each car of stock, and says that the sen
ate's anti-pass bill will meet an early
grave In the house.
Scores nf Bills to Be Il"nneliei7.
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The
local committee of the house to-morrow
will report unfavorably on over 100 bills
vacating anything from an alley In Podunk
to a township in Haskell county. At the
same time. It will Introduce a general bill
covering all of the matters In the bills
The Hedge Fence Bill.
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The
house spent an hour to-night discussing a
hedge fence bill and at the conclusion re
ferred It to the agriculture committee to
draft a substitute bill. Some of the Popu
lists want a law to compel the trimming
of such fences, while others arc opposed to
it. They are afraid it will make them
To Grade Convicts.
Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Rep
resentative Merrill Introduced a bill hi tho
house to-day intended to elevate the de
portment of prison convicts. It provides
that prisoneni shall bo divided into three
grades. The first one to wear citizens"
clothes, the second checkered clothes and
the third stripes. ' .
Demand Lower Freight nates.
Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.! The
Populist League, of Shawnee county, com
posed of a lot of peanut politicians who
never had a carload of anything In their
lives to ship, has sent a petition to the
legislature miking It to pass a maximum
fi eight bill.
Mrs. ICedzIe.ns n Lobbyist,
Tcpeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs.
Nellie S. Kedsie. professor of domestic sci
ence of the state agricultural college, is
here lobbying: for. an appropriation of J20,
000 to erect and fit up .a kitchen at that
Armstrong's Antl-BInckllstlng Bill.
Topeka, Kas.. Feb. 12. (Special.) Arm
strong's bill to prevent the discrimination
of corporations against members of labor
organizations was recommended for pas
sage by the house committee of the whole
yjn Anti-Hypnotism Bill.
TopeWl. Kas.. Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs.
J. G. Wpod, of Topeka. has prepared a
Continued on Second rage.
A CLASH EXPECTED.
ONLY INTERVENTION BY THE POAV
ERS CAN' PRETEXT IT.
GREECE READY FOR CONFLICT.
DETERMINED TO PREVENT TURK
ISH TnOOPS FROM LANDING.
Reported That Great Britain, Russia
and France Will Give Greece
Full Swing A Warning From
Austria The Situa
tion In Crete.
Athens, Feb. 12. The warlike excitement
here Increased with the departure of troops
for the frontier and the equipping of addi
tional war vessels for service in Cretan
waters. Nobody seems to - doubt that a
clash at arms will occur between Greece
and Turkey unless the powers intervene;
but it is believed here that Greece will
be given a free hand In Crete, and that
if sho succeeds in annexing that island
her right to do so will not be questioned
by the rest of Europe.
It is quite certain that King George has
not acted without consulting with his
friends in sending the torpedo flotilla Into
Cretan waters, with- instructions to pre
vent, at all hazards, the landing of Turk
ish troops in Crete.
The porte is understood to have appealed
to the powers to restrain Greece in this
emergency, but nothing further Is known
of the policy Turkey is adopting, al
though It Is reported that a large force of
Turkish troops is assembling at Salonika
for embarkation to Crete, that there is
great activity In military circles on the
Turkish frontier, and that a portion of
tho Turkish fleet is being prepared for
Advices received from Canea to-day say
that Georgi Berovitch Pasha, the Turk
ish governor of Crete, sought refuge last
evening In the Greek consulate at Canea,
fearing the anger of the Mussulmans and
dreading arrest. It Is understood that Be
rovitch Pasha had previously tendered" his
resignation, and that the sultan had re
fused to accept It.
In reply to the request from the Turkish
minister here, Asslm Bey, made yesterday
for an' explanation of the departure of the
Greek flotilla for Crete, and the Issuing of
the note to the powers stating. In brief,
that Greece cannot remain Inactive In view
of the present outrages upon Christians In
Crete, the government of Greece says that
the measures taken are due, to a desire
not to discourage the Christians from oc
cupying Halepa at a moment when an at
tack upon that town Is threatened.
The town of Canea Is now said to be
tolerably quiet, but from 4,000 to 5.000 in
surgents are pear there, awaiting rein,
forcements. When the reinforcements ar
rive, it is stated, the insurgents will attack
Canea In force.
It Is known here that the Turkish officials
In Crete have reported to the porte that it
is absolutely impossible to pacify the island
without a very large force of troops and
the occupation of every town, village and
mountain stronghold In the country. The
hatred which has always existed between
the Mussulmans and the Christians has
been fanned Into fever heat by the recent
collisions between the Insurgents and tho
Turks, and this feeling has been still fur
ther Intensified by the proclamation of the.
Independence of Crete ft-om -Turkish ruie
and its union with the kingdom of Greece.
Conflicts of a more or less serious nature
are reported from many ports of the Isl
and and Herakllon is said to have been
set on Are at a number of points. The for
eign fleets have left Canea for Herakllon.
which seems to confirm the report that It
Is now the center of disturbance.
Other reports sav that the situation at
Retlmo is almost as serious as at Herak
llon. The Turks at Retlmo refuse to al
low the Christians to leave the place until
a detachment of 100 Turkish soldiers and
forty Mussulmans who are held at Am
ari as hostages are released.
The opinion expressed in official circles
here is that nothing shcrt of a landing of
blue jackets and marines from the foreign
fleets will subdue the insurrection, and It
Is not believed that the powers can agree
to take this step. ' Under thes circum
stances, therefore. Greece feels justified
in the course she has adopted, even In the
event of a conflict with Turkey.
The report that Great Britain will, if
necessary, take the inlatlve In preventing
necessary, take the Initiative In preventing
terferlng In Crete is not believed here. It
Is thought that any action which may bo
taken will be by Great Britain, Erance and
Russia In common; but It Is conriuently re
ported that these powers have decided to
allow Greece to have her own way in the
The Insurgents of Crete, acting In con
cert with the foreign consuls, have da
clared Halepa to be neutral territory,
which must not be infringed without twenty-four
The commanders of tho foreign warships
have obtained the promise of the Greek
admiral that he will give forty hours' no
tice of any attack he may determine to
make upon Canea.
Vienna. Feb. 12. The Vienna cabinet has
addressed a most serious warning to
Greece. It is further learned from exclu
sive sources that the powers have Informed
Turkey that they cannot force Greece to
withdraw her fleet, but will leave Turkey
a free hand. v
Constantinople, Feb. 12. It was officially
nnnounced this evening that a council of
ministers was held during the day for the
purpose of coming to a decision regarding
the attitude of Greece. The war party
here now is very influential, but it is hoped
a pacific settlement will yet be attained.
At present here Is no indication that the
Turkish government has decided to send
reinforcements to tho Island of Crete.
London, Feb. 13. A. dispatch to the Times
from Canea announces that four boats be
longing to tho torpedo flotilla and the
transport commanded by Prince. George,
of Greece, have arrived in the harbor of
Tho British vice consul at Herakllon has
been ordered to send all of the subjects
of Great Britain on board the men-of-war
unless the Mohammedans actively resist
the movement. Tho situation at Herakllon
A dispatch to tho Times from Athens
says that In splto of the obstinate official
silence. It Is known something Is happen
ing on tho Turkish frontier necessitating
the movement of troops in that direction.
The Turkish authorities aro aware of the
difficulty, and are taking serious precau
tions against Greece, owing to the critical
state of feeling. Macedonia has organized
large bodies of Albanian Ghegs ready to
invade Thessaly and engago in guerrilla
warfare as a set-off to the Grecian-Mace-dcnlan
movement. Whatever truth there Is
In this. It Is certain there was unusual
commotion in military circles in Athens
ThevParis correspondent of the Times
says It Is the opinion In Fiance that the
king of Greece has been assured of the
support of Russia so far as his designs for
a union of Crete with Greece are concerned.
Another dispatch from Paris - announces
that the second class cruiser Bugeaud
and a French torpedo boat will leave Tou
lon Tuesday for Canea.
A dispatch to the Times from Berlin says
the general situation Inspires tho greatest
apprehension. Tho Berlin Post contains
what is believed to be an Inspired state
ment that war between Turkey and Greece
appears Inevitable, In view of the recent
events. The Post says it seems to be hope
less to expect the powers to do more than
to prevent the conflict from extending to
the neighboring suites. To exercise a
wholesome Influence, that object must be
the first task of German policy. The report
that German diplomacy was supporting
Greece, the Post pronounces as a mere In
vention, and says Germany cannot support
Greece if she Intends with selfish alms to
attack the Island of Crete while It is de
nuded of troops. On the contrary, It must
rather be regarded that Turkey would be
justified In sending troops across the Thes
The Berlin cprrespondent of the Times
says there Is no .doubt but the foregoing
statements of the Berlin Post represent
Germany's official views and. if anything,
understate rather tha noverstate the feel
ing prevailing In Berlin on the subject of
Continued on Seventh Page.
GENERAL SHELBY DYING.
Thought Very Doubtfnl Enrly Tills
Morning If He Conld Lire
Adrian, Mo., Feb. 13. (Special.) General
Shelby Is dying. It has been thought all
nlsht that he was dying, and it Is thought
hardly possible that he can survive until
Dr. Gllmoro said early In tho evening
that It was probable the general was dy
ing, and there has been no Improvement
since. At midnight, when the Journal cor
respondent left the Shelby home for
Adrian, to file this message. Dr. Gilmore
gave out tho following:
"Respiration, E0; pulse. 136; temperature,
103; deep coma; stertorious breathing; sink
ing. Death Is almost sure to occur before
All members of the family were present
and have abandoned hope. Mrs. Shelby
was standing the strain well.
At 2:30 this (Saturday) morning, the
courier who Is to come to Adrian with the
news when General Shelby dies has not
arrived, although he may be pn the way
wlth his sad message.
. MADE HIM BEGJ0R,MERCY. t
Deserted Wife Finds Her Recreant
Spouse and Goes for Him
"With a Blncksnnke.; ;
Chicago, Feb. 12. Four months ago Lind
say Vaughn abandoned his wife, and she
during all of that time kept up a search for
him. She located htm to-day, and. after
swearing out a warrant for his arrest on
the charge of abandonment, took an officer
iu uie uuk wuiie v ciufeiiii uitu iutY;ii up
his residence for the purpose of making the
arrest. When the two knocked at. the door
of the flat, Vaughn appeared, clad only In
his night robe. Mrs. Vaughn pulled a
blacksnake whip from under her cloak and
began to use it on her husband in an un
merciful fashion. Vaughn made desperate
ffnrti In rrpt th whin frnm thft wnm.in.
but was unable to do so, and she ceased
-roi!nrlTi,- it,v nnh' n'hon Vio won nnwri
on his knees and begged for mercy. This
was granted in the shape of an arrest by
the officer, who had stood by while the
whipping was In progress. Vaughn was
locked In a cell for several hours, but fin
ally secured his release on ball.
NEBRASKANSJOT TO COME.
Will Not Be Represented nt the Kansas-Missouri
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 12. (Special.) At the
last moment, Nebraska legislators decided
not to be represented at the Kansas Clty
stock yards conference. Several senators
thought the time was too short and that
they could not get there In time. Others
were indifferent, as the stock yards legis
lation here is In an unsettled state. Friends
of the stock yards at Omaha feared for the
results. The truth Is no senator was quite
willing to urge the appointment of a com
mittee for the reason that it would bo pro
nounced a useless and extravagant junket,
and subject those who would favor it to
criticism on that account.
3Hs9 Annie "Wnltmnn Wed on the
Stnge to a Xepliew of Sen-
Detroit, Mich., Feb. 12. Arthur T. Gor
man, of Baltimore, who Is said to be a
nephew of United States Senator Gorman,
was married to-night to Miss Annie Walt
man, of the Wood Sisters' Burlesque Vau
deville Company. The marriage was per
formed on the stage of the Capitol Square
theater and the bride appeared In her cos
tume of tights worn by her during the
regular performance. The novelty of tho
wedding and of the bride's unusual apparel
provoked much applause from the large
audience. Justice Tcagan performed the
HEAVY GOLD SHIPMENTS.
Western Bunkers Sending tlunntitlcs
of the Yellow Metal to Xevr
York by Mail.
New York. Feb. 12. Postmaster Dayton
said to-day in reply to Inquiries, that it
Is true of late there have been unusually
largo shipments of gold from tho West-pnh'ch hurt Kansas. And ol late a new de
fnr flelivrrv throurh the nostofflco to h.fluslon has spread throughout the country
for flemen inrougn tne posiouice to thcT, tl - c, that the pOI)Ul sts are off tho
banks in this city.
c ,.i ,i ..i.. .i , i
""u '" ,"' 'N'13." uS."'.r" ",'"rjson and contrary to law. Th-se things be-
stood that' the virtue of the ln deceived
V.,. T-or.la't.ro.1 mnll nnrl ,1olti-ra.l fi-n. fK
general postoflice since January 2S. nggre
gatea i,mu,wu. .iius war. oiviueu in lots.
MME.- M0DJESKA ILL AGAIN.
Her Los Angeles Engagement Can
celled nnd Her Northern Engage
ments May Be Postponed.
Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 12. Madame Mod-
jerka Is suffering from an attack of acute
colitis, necessitating the canceliati6n of
her present engagement at the Los An
geles theater. Her speedy convalescence
i considered doubtful, and it mav be neiv
essary to postpone her Northern engage- I
jnents. juoojesKa nas just recovered from ;
an attack oi paralysis anu returned to the t piaee to negin.
stago only three weeks ago. , "I have been Invited here to tell you
'jwhat Us the matter with Kansas, and I
Asphyxiated by Coal Gns. . have come nearly a thousand miles in the
.... , .. . . ' middle of winter, to say that there Is abso-
Mllwaukee. Wis., Feb. 12. Paul Wagner, Intely nothing the matter with Kansas,
aged G years, and his wife, Fredericka There has been something the matter with
Wagner. 64 years of age, were found dead Kansaa-a good deal the matter with Kan
ln bed this morning. Asphyxiation seems sas. The devil has be-n to pay out In
the jjrobable cause of death, by coal gas. i Kansas, but he has been paid ia 100 cse&
IT WAS LINCOLN DAY.
THE REPCBLICAXS CELEBRATE ALL
OVER. THE COUNTRY.
OHIO REPUBLICANS BANQ.UET.
MANY NOTABLES PRESENT. AT
ZANESVILLE LAST NIGHT.
W. A. "White, of Kansas, One of the
Gnests f Honor Responded to
the Toast. "Want's the
Matter WItU Kansas!"
Zanesville. O., Feb. 12. It was 10:30 when
the doors were opened for the twelfth an
nual banquet of the Ohio Republican
League to-night. Governor Bushnell pre
sided. On his right sat Mark Hannn. next
to whom was Senator John M. Thurston.
To the governor's left were State President
Charles F. Leach and National President
Wcodmar.see. Then. In order, came, on
either side, Sylvester T. Everett, Major
Charles Dick, Booker T. Washington. WUI-
lam Allen "White,-of Kansas; Congressman
S.-A.rJorthwy8id .otliirguests. The
toasts were: '
President's address. Charles F.. Leach;
toastmaster Governor Asa S. Bushnell;
"Abraham Lincoln," Senator John M.
Thurston: "The American Congress." Hon.
James T. McCIeary: "To the Chairman of
the National Committee," to be drank
standing; "What's the Matter With Kan
sas?" William Allen White; "Solving the
Negro Question In the Black Belt of tho
South," Booker T. Washington: "The Na
tion's Verdict," D. D. Woodmansee: "The
Work of the Last Campaign," Charles i
Looker T. Washington, principal of the
Tuskogce Normal and Industrial institute,
Tuskcgte. Ala., said:
U lltTlU 1J1UU1CU1 1 l?Uaill 11U111 iJL
question of sentiment Into one of industrial
, and commercial business.
gained for the npITTO bV abl
anil commercial business. Little can be
gained for the negro by abuse of the South.
Little can be gained for the. white man by
abuse of the negro. Thenegro that loves
a wnue man is tenrold greater than a
white man who hates a negro. The key
to the solution of the race problem in the
South is in the commercial and Industrial
development in the negro that shall rest,
upon the highest and broadest culture. Wo
huve 850 students at Tuskogee from twenty
two states, thirty-one Instructors and a
colony of 1,100 people. Together with lit
rrar training, we train In twenty-six dif
ferent Industries. Of the thirty-seven
buildings, nil except three were erected by
students. They have sawed the lumber,
made the bricks, done the masonry, car
pentry, plastering, painting and tlnsmlth
ing. Tho property Is now valued at J20O,WJ.
and Is the work of the students of the past
fifteen years. We have a great object les
son In the civilization In the negro, and
hope to make It felt all over the black
belt. The negro was tied to the white man
In slavery through the bill of sale. In
freedom he must tie himself to the white
man through the bonds of commerce and
the cultivation of the sympathetic good
will of his neighbors.? When a- black man
has the best farm In his country every
white man will respect him. A white man
honors the negro that lives In a two-story
brick house, whether he wants to or not.
In all history, can you find a race that
posj-essed property. Industry nnd Intelli
gence that has long been denied its rights?
If tho possession of these elements do not
bring to the negro every right enjoyed by
other cltlzenv. then the -Bible and the
teachings of-the Great Jehovah are wrong.
William Allen White, of Kansas, who
responded to the toast, "What's the Mat
ter With' Kansas?" spoke as follows:
"There is a song which some of you may
have heard, which begln3:
" 'O, potatoes they grow small, out in
And, they eat them tops and all, out In
"Thero aro forty-threo stanzas to this
ballad, and the burden of the song la that
Kansas Is about the thirty-third degree In
the lodge of the Royal Arch Demon, and
that a man. after going through the whole
sizzling inferno, is sent to Kansas to g t
homesick for hades. That song contains
several important errors. In the first pla;c.
wc" do not eat them tops and all. out In
Kansas, We eat them mashed with chick
en gravy, and fried with ham gravy. Just
as you do here In Ohio. In the second plac,
we do'not have to fill our wells with rock
to keep them from blowing" away; nor d
we trim tho claws of the Kansas catiUh
to prevent them from scratching the bark
of the trees in dry weather. Neither da
we send our abstract to Missouri so that
the "grasshoppers will not destroy the title
of the land. These are popular delusions
reservation Aiiuiin wimuw.u uui ui sen-
f J gSlPh tSl tiici? vtlesVun-n
. 1'OrsCS laUgn till UlCir Mlle3 Hurt T ttCH
thev see a man from Kansas.
"This is unfair. Kansas is a little queer
at times: but so is Indiana, and Illinois, for
that matter. But just because four or five
Kansas iongirssmcn have the lumpy Jaw
you should not infer that wo grow tails
and -run -wild with the- buffalo. When Mr.
Altgeld, of Illinois, began to sec things and
talk to himself, you gentlemen didn't be
lieve that the citizens of Chicago all walk
ed backwards, to. keep thflr trousers from
bagging at. the knees. Because Ignatlu3
Donnelly scrambled his brains with the
wheels In his bead, no one ever thought of
putting Minnesota In the violent ward.
Because Jones, of Arkansaw hold on! It
hasn t got so far yet that a Kansas man
has to defend'Arkansa'w In order to stand
up for Kansasi" "We will have to draw the
line sompwncre, anil ..rKansavr is a gpoa