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Barch 1, 1879.
Yearly Subscription SB 1
Labor Leaders Do Not Like
Constitutional Convention.
Fx-Prisoners (ifU'ar Paradn at Pillsburg
-TiiidiiUi at Memphis Kail road Men
' Kick at Non-I'olil ioal Orders Wat
t i-hoii ( agilu res the Ci. A. It.
omni inder AiIhimh' Address.
The address made by Commander-in-Chief
John B. Adam-. of the Grand. Army of the
Republic, at the Pittsburg encampment,
closed with this :
"The figures show that the G. A. It. has
reached the beginning of the end and each
succeeding year will show a gradual decrease
in our membership.
"During the year the Grand Army has not
forgotten the great work of charity and haa
expended $2O.'5,70.10 for relief."
Referring to the Sons of Veterans he com
mends the action of the young men m that
organization, and says that "it will carry on
our work when we lay it down. I do not be
lieve they should become members of our
order iu any way, and am of the opinion
they do not ask or expect it. I behave the
G. A. R. should cease to exist and live only
n history when the last comrade is mustered
out but our principles must live forever."
The speaker replied to the message of the
president, which 6tated "that thousands of
neighborhoods had their well known pension
frauds." The pension department and tha
order hid hunted down ali reported cases.
Very few frauds were discovered, and when
found were not cases where soldiers had de
frauded the government, but where some
dishonest ngent had worked a poor ignorant
widow, and put the money thus obtained
into his pockets.
He complained of the policy of the pen
sion office, which he declared had, in viola
tion of intended liberality of the net of June
27, 181)0, rejected every claim about which
there was the slights dnubt, and many dis
abled veterans, though their claims had been
proved by reliable witness, had been de
prived of the whole or part of what they are
justly entitled to receive.
"By act of congress," he said, "the pen
sion is now made a vested right. I have
been doing my best to find out what that
does for the pensioner. As he is examined,
re-examined, reduced and dropped the same
as before, I am unable to say what advan
tage tne act is."
M ill Not Stmd It.
Fokt Wohth, Tex., September 14. About
iOO workifignun assembled hero for the
purpose of discussing the order of the Union
Pacific prohibiting the employes of that
road from active participation in politics.
The following resolutions were unani
mously adopted.
Whereas. It has been reported in the
press of the country that the receivers of
the Union Pacific Railroad company have
issued an order prohibiting their employes
from actively participating in politics;
therefore, be it
Resolved. Th;it this order is a blow at the
liberties of American citizens; a denial of
the rights granted by the constitution of the
United States and should bo met by a
united protest by working men in every
section of the country: and be it further
Resolved, that we, the working men at
Forth Worth, in mass meeting assembled,
enter our sincere and solemn protest
against this attempt to coerce the work
ingmen in the employ of the corporation
referred to into acquiescence in an admin
istration that in its very act makes a lie of
the claim that this is a government of and
by the people.
The president of the different railway or
ganizations in Texas will call a state con
vention to tie held either here or in Dallas
next October, for the purpose of further
discussing the order.
Old lilory at Louisville Next.
nenry Watterson was introduced to the
delegates of the 1'ittsburg National encamp
ment of the Grand Army and in presenting
the claims of Louisville for the next en
campment, he said :
"I have come with a message from your
countrymen who dwell on what was once
the other side of the line, but whose hearts
beat in ready response to your hearts and
who bid mo to tell you that they want to
see you. Candor tells me to say that there
was a time when they did not want to see
you. There was a time when, without any
invitation whatever, either written or ver
bal, without auy intimation of hospitality
you insisted upon giving us the honor of
your company, and, as it turned out, when
we were ill-prepared to receive you. 'It were
H pity, now that we are prepared, now that
the lid is off the pot and that the latch string
hangs outside thi door, you should refuse us
the happiness of entertaining you, not "with
bloody hands, to hospitable graves." but as
friends and brothers, as fellow citizens who
learned to value one another amid scenes
that left no time for equivocation and in
transactions applying to lviman virtues the
very highest test."
When it came time to vote on selection
of the place to meet next. Louisville. Ky.,
was chosen by a unanimous rising vote.
New York Constitution Makers.
New York, September 14. That the labor
leaders of the city are disappointed at the
action, or rather the lack of action, taken by
the constitutional convention at Albany
upon the proposition submitted by them is
putting it very mildly. The amendments
proposed, it will be remembered, were: (1.)
Fixing the liability of employers' for injury
sustained by the employes; (2.) Initiative
and referendum ; (3.) Home rule for cities,
and (4.) Changing the conspiracy laws.
Samuel Gompers, head of the American
Federation of Labor, says :
"The convention has done nothing what
ever in these mati?rs, but to turn its back
on them. There is only one redeeming fea
ture in the whole business, and that is that
the convention has done practically nothing
in any other direction. It is not improper
to say that I am greatly disappointed and
that the workingmen of this city generally
are disappointed, but that is about all there
"is to say. '
Tornado t Mfinphis.
A tornado at Memphis, which struck the
north end of the city September 12, passed
from southeast and northwest, striking north
Memphis near the Louisville & Nashville
railroad shops, and swept away everything
iu its path.
Trees were uprooted, an iron bridge over
Gayosa bay taken up and carried a distance
of 100 yards, and a number of houses were
wrecked. The full extent of the damage is
not yet known.
The railroad shops were not materially
From Llbby, Andersonville, Et Al.
The last parade of the Pittsburg encamp
ment was that of the union ex-prisoners of
war, who turned out 10,000 strong, every
tate in the union having on? or more repre
sent lives in its ranks.
. SO.
I It is Commander I,airlei.
Colonel Thomas G. Lav'.?, of Rock ford,
111., was elected commander-iis-chief of the
Grand Army of the Republic by a majority
af eleven votes over Colonel I. N. Walker,
of Indianapolis. It was the closest contest
for the offics in the history of the G. A. R.
Major A. I. Burchfield was elected senior
vice commander and Charles A. Schupe, of
New Orleans, junior vice commander.
Comrade O. W. Weeks, of Marion, O..
was without opposition unanimously elected
urgeou general.
Colonel Lawler, the new commander-in-chief,
was bcrn in England on April 7, 1844.
When a child he was taken to Illinois and
educated in the public schools of Rockford.
At the age of 17 he enlisted as a private in
Co. E, 19th Illinois volunteer infantry. He
saw much hard fighting.
He commanded his company for two
months during the Atlanta campaign and
was elected captain by the company and
placed upon the roll of honor by Major Gen
eral Roscrans. of the army of the Cumber
land. He has been a member of th3 G. A.
R. poit at Rockford for twenty consecutive
Mileage Cost of .'loving Freight.
Topeka. September 15. The board of
railroad commissioners have on file the state
ment of the Santa Fe company in the Osage
City case, in which the complainants allege
discriminations against the city by the Santa
Fe and Missouri Pacific.
The statement is a lengthy document and
covers the rates on brick and coal, the prin
cipal items complained of, from Osage City
to all points on the Santa Fe line.
Regarding the cost of transportation of all
classes of freight per mile on that line the
statement is as follows:
April, 1894 00791
May. 1894 0575:i
.Tune, 1894 00895
July, 1894 01083
The statement of the Missouri Pacific has
not yet been filed. The Santa Fe document
is riled by A. P. Tanner, assistant general
freight agent, and is subscribed and sworn
to before a notary public.
Taking Kvidence Closed.
Ift the trial of Debs and his associates at
Chicago, and much to the surprise of every
one, the attorneys for the defense announced,
vhen the last witness for the prosecution
was heard, that they would stake their case
on the evidence before the court. Mr. Gra
ney said that the defense had some witnesses
who could modify the testimony, but the
cardinal points would probably not be af
fected. He said h? and his associates would
therefore refrain from putting witnesses in
rebuttal on the stand and would be ready
after a reasonable time for the preparation
of abstracts to go before the courts with his
The case was then laid over until Septem
ber 25 to give both sides time to prepare
their briefs and arguments.
Riot Narrowly Averted.
Chicago. September 15. The 750 men at
work on the new Marquette building at
Dearborn and Adams street went on a strike
and a riot was narrowly averted. Eighteen
free workman. Edison company electric
workers, who were the cause of the strike,
were attacked and forced to flee to prevent
The Building Trades council had notified
the contractor to discharge the men and
upon his refusal the strike followed. The
men were in an ugly mood, out the flight of
the free workmen nd the appearence of the
police quieted the disturbance.
Annual State Kncampment.
Leavenworth. Kan., September 15. The
military board of Kansas, having within its
control the administration of affairs of the
Kansas National guard, has been in session
at Fort Leavenworth during the week. It
was decided to hold the annual state en
campment at Fort Leavenworth, provided
the citizens of Leavenworth furnish the sub
sistence for the three regiments to be in
camp for the entire week. October 8 is the
date set for the beginning of the encamp
ment. It will require between $1,500 and
$2,000 to furnish the rations for the com
mand. For a Medical School.
Kansas university has received another
valuable endowment in property worth $100,-
D00 and located in Kansas City. Kansas. The
donator is Dr. Simeon B. Bell, a wealthy
physician of that city.
He gives the land as an endowment of a
medical school and the only provision put
upon the gift is that the hospital for the
school must be erected on a part of the land
within the next ten years.
This will be the means of at once found
ing a medical school at Kansas university,
which will have a four years' course.
Suffrage Am "ii dm nt All Kin lit.
Topeka, Kan., September 15. The state
suffrage camgaigu committee has printed
3.000 leaflets regarding the points raised by
Major I. O. Pickering questioning the valid
ity of the suffrage amendment. Favorable
opinions are presented from Attorney Gen
eral Little. A. H. Case. J. W. Gleed, T. W.
HarrisonA. H. Vance, W. C. Webb, and R.
B. Welch, all agreeing that the amendment
has been legally submitted.
A Dual Report by Mr. Morton.
Washington, D. C, September 15. The
coming report of the secretary of agricul
ture is to be printed in a new form. It is
to be divided into two parts, one contain
ing the official and clerical matters of which
only a few thousand copies will be printed,
and the other the reports of the department
expert on various matters of interest to ag
riculturists, of which 100,000 copies will be
New Official Women.
Th3 Woman's Relief corps in session in
Pittsburg, Pa., elected the following officers
without much friction :
President, Mrs. Emma R. A. Wallace,
Chic go; senior vice president, Mrs. Helen
R. Morrison. Smithport. Pa.; junior vice
president, Mrs. Lizz;e R. Herrick, Seattle ;
treasurer, Mrs. Armintu A.Cheney, Detroit;
chaplain, Mrs. S. Agnes Parker, Masacu
setts. Took jDrpnsits Too Lonj.
Kingman, Kan.. September 15. F. A. Par
son, ex-cashier of the defunct Farmers' anu
Drovers' bank, and at present receiver ap
pointed by the federal court, is under arrest
for receiving deposits after the bank was in
solvent. The bank was one of the Jarvis
Conklin company, and went into Parson's
hands as receiver last January.
Brice is Backing.
Colcmbus, O., September 15. The friends
of Senator Brice here say that if the demo
cratic convention next week adopts resolu
tions censuring him for his course against
the Wilson tariff bill be will at once resign.
This would lose the democrats one vote in
the senate, as Governor McKiuley would
appoint a republican.
American Scientists Delving
in Aissyrian Ruins.
.New Directors for the Santa Fe Proposed
C. S. Gleed Already in the Board
Heavy Shortage of Corn In
fluences All Business.
Business About the Same.
New York, September 17. R. G. Dun &
Co.'s Weekly Review of Trade says:
Business has met no set back this week
and continues larger than earlier in August
and larger than a year ago directly after the
panic. The country has now passed nearly
three weeks under the new tariff, and all ad
mit that changes have been of less impor
tance as yet than was expected. If in some
branches business has materially increased,
it has gained a little or fallen off in others.
Loss in Bome directions is explained by
crop reports, for the most favorable estimate
of experts put the loss of corn at about 400,
000,000 bushels, whereas, the government
report is oy some interpreted as meaning a
loss of a billion buhels. The opinion of
the trade does not favor the official estimate
and the price has not risen at all during the
week, though receipts have been very small,
jxports have practically ceased and all re
alize the shrinkage of 400,000,000 bushels is
serious, if it proves to be no greater, since it
must affect prices of meats for a year or
Pork is unchanged but lard has risen 30
cents per 100 pounds. Nor are official re
ports encouraging as to wheat. WTestern
receipts in two weeks have been 11,184,687
bushels against 10.674.7(51 last year, and At
lantic exports only 2.074,790 against 5,106,562
last year, and the price is 4c lower.
Shipments of shoes from Boston in two
weeks have been 168,915 cases, against 108,
450 last year, and iu low priced goods the
market has not been as bare for years, while
purchases from stocks or for quick delivery
reflect depletion of stocks and consuming
Less activity is seen in dry goods, the
rush of postponed business having abated,
and there is more disposition to defer pur
chases because of somewhat general ad
vances in cotton goods and because London
wool sales are expected to make the out
look clearer.
Strikes in cotton mills have not ceased
and stocks of print cloths shrink rapidly,
but some question whether recent advances
in prices can b3 maintained with important
additions to the present force. There is still
a fair business for speedy delivery in wool
ens and for cheaper grades of spring goods,
but scarcely anything is done in finer grades.
About half the usual business in the aggre
gate has been done, but about three-quarters
in the cheaper grades. Sales of wool have
been 8,255,200 in two weeks against 5,467,000
last year and 16,428.800 in 1892. The mark
ets are easier and less active, all awaiting
the London sale.
Failures in the first week of September as
yet reported show liabilities of only $1,430,
070, of which $415,120 were of manufactur
ing and $937,550 of- trading concerns. The
aggregate of liabilities reported for August
is $10,697,513. This week the failures have
been 207 in the United States, against 314
last year.
For the Antiquarian.
Washington, D. C, September 17. An ac
count of the scientific exploration of the
ruins of Niffer, near ancient Babylon, which
is being made by American scientists under
the auspices of the Babylonian exploration
fund, which was subscribed by Philadel
phians, in 1888, has been furnished the state
department by Minister Terrell.
The work of excavating began in 1887, and
has been continued by Dr. Peters and Dr.
Hilpricht, only the former being now en
gaged. From 150 to 250 Arabs are constantly
employed. In the number of inscribed tab
lets and bricks, vases and in the value of
cuniform texts found, the American enter
prise is said to rival the explorations of
Layard at Ninevab. Dr. Hilpricht, the dis
tinguished Assyrian scholar, of the Univer
sity of Pennsylvania, remains at the museum
at th? request of the Turkish government to
translate the inscriptions and arrange the
tablets and other relics, dating back to 4000
B. C. Many tons of tablets, sarcophagi and
the like have already arrived at the museum
at Constantinople, and the sultan in recog
nition of the services of the American pro
fessors, has promised that the University of
Pennsylvania shall receive one of all dupli
cate antiques. Minister Terrell says that
this enterprise has revealed an antiquity of
the human race nearly ten centuries older
than science had knowledge of before. The
religion, government, habits of life and. to
a great extent, the customs of men who lived
4.000 years before Christ was revealed by the
inscriptions which are now being translated
and arranged by Professer Hilpricht.
Thus far 20.000 inscribed tablets of clay
and stone have been discovered, bearing in
scriptions which include promises to piy
debts, deeds, contracts and records of im
portant public and private events.
One tablet seen by Minister Terrell was n
promise to pay borrowed money, with inter
est, in shekels, in the reign of Cambyses.
New Directors.
The reorganization committee of the
Santa Fe railroad has issued another cir
cular which advises that new directors be
elected at the meeting of the stockholders
Tvhich will be held in Topeka on October 25.
A Topeka man who is supposed to know
is reported as saying:
"I knew this circular was coming and I
know what it means. It means that every
member of the board of directors will be
forced to res'gn. Some of them may be
taken back but at any rate the entire policy
of the road will tie entirely changed.
"A. A. Robinson wi:l be called back and
put at the head of the road. General Man
ager Frey and many of the rest of the heads
of the departments will have to go and new
men wi.l be elected. I do not think that
George R. Peck will be asked to resign be
cause he has not been responsible for the
The circular excuses Mr. Rein hart's ac
tion by saying that he occupied merely a
clerical position to the directors, and that
the directors are the responsible parties.
Some XfW Santa Fe Directors.
At the meetings of the board of directors of
the Santa Fe road held in New York resigna
tions of directors were received and accepted
and the vacancies filled, making the board
now stand as follows.
John A. McCall, J. K. Sturgis. James
A. Blair, Thomas P. Fowler, Edward J.
Bexwind and Wm. I. Bull, of New Yorkj
B. P. Cheney, Jr., Samuel C. Larwense
Alden S pea re and George A. McCesson ol
Boston ; C. K. Holliday and C S. Gleed of
Topeka, and L. S. Severy, of Emporfu,
An English Statesman's VI w.
Chauncey M. Depew was interviewed upon
his return from Europe and reported as fol
lows: "In England the tariff was the one absorb
ing topic. I met one of the oldest members
of the house cf commons at luncheon and
he said: 'AH I care about jour country is
to know whether you are going to let my
wool into your market or not.'
"The conditions in Europe for the past
year and since the enactment of the measure
demonstrate how depeudent the industries
and business of the old world are upon trade
with the new. Our commercial depression
has found its counterpart on th? other side.
"Since the tariff question was settled there
has been a wonderful revival of business,
both in England and on the continent. The
situation is not materially different from
what it was under the much abused McKin
ley bill, but the world believes there will ba
but little change for many years. So instead
of waiting for a free trade millennium, Eu
rope is adjusting itself to the inevitable."
Small Bills Bring Gold.
Washington, D. C, September 18. The
net cash in the treasury is $127,162,441, of
which $56,948,524 represents the gold reserve.
The gold reserve has been steadily climb
ing up for the past month. On August 8 it
reached its lowest point in the history of the
department, $52,189,500. Since that date it
has increased almost $5,000,000 and the in
crease has largely allayed the fears of treas
ury officials. During the past week it has
increased over $1,000,000. This increase is
accounted for by tha surrender of gold vol
untarily by banks and its exchange for small
notes. During the past week $216,000 h-sve
been so exchanged. The balance of the in
creasa is due to the purchase of bullion at
Helena, Denver and Charlotte, N. C. The
large increase in the output of gold in Colo
rado and Montana piles up the gold reserve,
as it finds its way directly to the assay offices
of the government.
The reople Would Attend to It.
Indianapolis, Isd., September 18. George
Scholtz, president of the Terre Haute branch
of the American Railway union, and H.
Daniels, chief of the grievance committee
of the union at Terre Haute during the re
cent railroad strike, were both found guilty
of contempt of court by Judge Baker, of the
United States court. The court released the
men on their good behavior. Referring to
the alleged statement of Scholtz, brought
out in evidence, that the flag of the A. R. U.
would take the place of tti3 stars and stripes,
Judge Baker said: "When we get a new
flag the whole body of the people are going
to be iuvited and are eoing to have a chance
to say what they think about it, and not sim
ply the members of the A erican Railway
Fourteen Passengers Injured.
A freight train on the Chicago, St. Paul,
Minneapolis fe Omaha railroad was ditched
two miles west of Hammond, WTis. The
train carried two oil cars, one of which took
fire and exploded. A car of coal and the
caboose also burned.
While the passenger train from Minne
apolis was waiting at the scene of the ac
cident and the whole train load of passen
gers were passing around the wreck to take
a train on the other side, the tank exploded.
The fragments of the tank went through
the air with a noise like a bomb-shell and a
shower of oil fell upon the people. The list
of the injured includes fourteen names.
No one supposed there was any danger,
as the oil had been burning some time. The
tank contained about 6,000 gallons of oil.
A Runaway at a Funeral.
Alliance, O., September 18. While a fu
neral party from Irondale was returning
from the cemetery the horses attached to a
carriage became frightened. The driver lost
control of them and they dashed into an
other carriage, wrecking it and causing the
second team to run away. Both teams
dashed into carriages in front, causing other
horses to run away, and all four teams
plunged down a steep hill, completely wreck
ing the conveyances and throwing the in
mates under the horses' feet.
Miss Anna Burnside and a younger sister,
Burt Holder and Eh Cope were probably
fatally injured and Alexander McBane and
wife seriously hurt. Nine other persons were
more or less injured.
Leavenworth Has It.
Leavenworth. Kan., September 18. John
Haygood, the smallpox patient taken to the
pest house, is dead. A. E. Broderick, neph
ew of Congressman Broderick, was found
wandering in the public streets, all broken
out with the malady.
He was at once removed to the pest house,
but not until many persons had come in
contact with him before his ailment was
made known. Two other patients, in a re
mote part of the city, have also been discov
ered and removed to the pest house.
A strict quarantine is in force at the Sol
diers' home: no one being permitted to en
ter or leave the grounds. There is talk of a
quarantine to keep outsiders out of the
Fort reservation.
Breckinridge Beaten.
Though returns were not all in everybody
seemed to concede that Owens was nomi
nated at democrat primaries of the Ashland
district of Kentucky, over W. C. P. Breck
inridge. The contest has been among the most excit
ing in the history of the state and the result
is universally given to the credit of the
women of the district. They held rallies
and prayer meetings in opposition to Breck
inridge and were active in every practicable
Owens' plurality is believed to be about
1,000 in the district.
The Strip Race of a Year Ago.
At Enid, O. T., tha race for claims and
town lots one year ago was commemorated.
The feature of the occas oa was an exact
reproduction of the original race for the
townsite, the prize to the winner being a lot
valued at $2,000. Fifteen thousand people
participated in the race, but the real contest
was between 4.000 horsemen, including In
dians and cowboys. It was tha most won
derful race, with systematic entries, on
record. The prize lot was reached simulta
neously by a Cheyenne Indian and a Kansas
cowboy named Parks.
Union WoTkia -ii Gain Their End.
Chicago. Sept -rtber 13. Th 800 work
men employed oa Aie new Marquette build
ing who have been, on a strike have returned
to work. The strike was caused by the em
ployment of free workmen. Edison electrical
men. and the matter ended in a victory for
the strikers, the contractors agreeing to em
Dloy none but union workmen.
Mormon Church In Mexico.
Desisox, Tex., September 18. Bishop G.
A. Smith, of the Morman church, passed
through here for Mexico. He said the cen
ter of the Mormon church will be in Mexico ;
that a powerful hierarchy, greater than Salt
Lake, will ba establish i.
Has the Greatest Zinc Smelt
ing Town in the World.
Seventeen Kansas Counties Have Devel
oped Coal Mines New Idea Concern
ing Convict Libor Coutract Let
for Big Topeka Hospital.
Coal, Lead, Zinc, Silt, Etc., in Kansas.
Topeka, September 19. The annual re
port of State Mine Inspector A. C. Gallagher
has been bu omitted to the governor. It
shows that there are 243 coal mines in the
state, employing 9,891 men, and producing
72,048,268 bushels, or 2,881,930 tons, the esti
mated value of which, for the yea" 1893, was
Coal is found in seventeen counties, as
follows: Atchison, Bourbon, Chautauqua,
Cherokee, Crawford, Cloud, Coffey, Ells
worth, Franklin, Labette, Leavenworth, Lin
coln, Linn. Osage. Republic, Russell and
Shawnee. Nearly 95 per cent, of the output
for 1893 was in Crawford, Cherokee, Osage
and Leavenworth counties.
There are but ten states in the union which
produce a larger annual output of bitumin
ous coal than Kansas, and but seven the out
put of which has a greater market value at
the mines. The principal coal fields ,are
Cherokee and Crawford counties.
The largest output of any mine in the state
is that of the Cherokee and Pittsburg com
pany's mine No. 1, at Frontenac, which pro
duced 5,844.827 bushels.
Over $6,000,000 worth of lead and zinc
ores, salt and gypsum, mineral paints and
clays were mined in Kansas in 1893. The
proximity of the rich Kansas coal fields to
the southwest Missouri mining district
caused the erection of zinc smelting works
at Weir City in 1873, before ; inc ore was
mined in the state. With the increasing
market for spelter (metallic zinc), due
largely to the extra demand for galvanized
sheet iron and iron wire, the zinc industry
has increased with wonderful rapidity dur
ing the last twenty years. It will probably
be a surprise to many to learn that Kansas,
the great agricultural and stock raising
state, occupies so important a place in the
mining and metallurgical world. But such
is the case. Pittsburg, Kan., is to-day the
greatest zinc smelting town in .the world,
with Weir City a close follower, while Girard,
Scammon and Galena are following not far
The state inspector recommends that the
convicts who are used for mining coal in the
state mines shall be paid the same wages for
mining as are paid the free miners in the
Leavenworth mines, the state tocharge them
for board and clothing. This would make
it necessary to sell that coal at as high a
price as the Leavenworth coal and would
avoid the necessity for cutting wages of
miners by operators to meet the cheap con
vict coal on the market. It is suggested
that this plan would enable the convict to
support those dependent on him, if there
were any. and give him a chance to accumu
late something by which to start in business
at the expiration of his term.
Breckinridge Planned a Contest.
The Breckinridge forces are hurrying mes
sengers to all parts of the Ashland, Ky., dis
trict to secure evidence upon which to base
a contest. Stress is laid upon the fact that
Owens' county of Scott, which gave him
1,200 plurality, showing an increase of 611
over the democratic vote of 1892. and Frank
lin county, which Owens carried by 521,
shows an increase of 691, almost 33 per
cent, in each county.
The other six counties show from 5 to 20
per cent, increase.
The Owens men say that score? of fraudu
lent Breckinridge votes were cast in L?x
ington by men who were not registered last
fall, but who produced ready made affidavits
that they were out of the city on registration
The Ashland district committee stands 6
to 4 for Breckinridge, and it is thought that
the committee will find excuse for throwing
out enough of the precincts to nominate
Later: The democratic committee has
announced the official vote as follows:
Owens. 1.829: Breckinridge, 645; Settle,146.
Owens' plurality, 1,184 ; which probably ends
contest proceedings.
However, Desha Breckinridge and several
of his friends went before the county com
mittee at Georgetown and protested against
the vote of every precinct in the county.
The committee refused to consider the pro
test. Young Breckinridge gave no reason
on which to base his action.
Contracts Let for the Hospital.
Topeka, Kan., September 19. Bids for the
building of the Santa Fe hospital in this
city were opened at the board meeting of
the association at the office of General Man
ager J. J. Frey. There were present of the
board, besides the general manager. Chief
Surgeon Hogeboom, W. H. Hamilton and
E. E. Ives.
There were nine bids, the lowest of which
was that of Cox & Jack, of Lawrence, who
will be awarded the contract as soon as they
qualify, produce their bond and sign the
contract. Their bid was $58,000. The high
est bid was $78,000.
The contract calls for the completion of
the building by the first day of June, 1895
and the contractors will go to work at build-
ing just as soon as they get the contract
The foundation has already been finished.
The building will be of five stories, the first
to be of red sandstone from Arizona and the
rest of brick. When completed it will be
the main hospital of the system and will be
capable of accommodating 120 patients.
Three surgeons will preside and there will
be several attendants and nurses. The build
ing will be heated by the fan system and is
altogether to be a molel hospital, the result
of fifteen years of study of hospitals by Dr.
Hogeboon and Architect J. W. Perkins, of
Topeka, who drew the plans.
Great Fire at Norlh Enid.
North Entd. O. T., 1 st by fire, in the early
morning of Septeml er 17, the best of its
business buildings, including a new $20,000
hotel. The guests of the hotel saved noth
ing but their live.
The City has no fire apparatus, buckets
were scarc3 and wells were scarcer and the
frantic people cou'd only look at the devour
ing flames in helpless horror.
The fire seems to have started in the Col
umbia drug store and Kirk fe Company's
big wholesale and retail grain establishment.
A heavy wind was blowing from the north
west. Fifty Hoases Blown to Pieces. .
Pkbby. O. T., September 19. A cyclone
passed through Jennings, a mining town
east of here, blowing fifty bouses to atoms.
A young lady and two children were killed
and several people injured. Several houses
caught fixe and a conflagration followed. -
The state board of pharmacy will hold
its next meeting at Ellsworth, the first
week in December.
The assembly room of the new high
Bchool building at Topeka has been sup
plied with a program electric clock.
The two apple evaporators which re
cently began operations in Atchison
consume 700 bushels of apples a day.
A Sumner county farmer lost four
cows as a result of allowing them to eat
all the green sorghum cane they wanted.
Leavenworth public schools were t
have opened September 10, but the date
was put off two weeks on account of a
smallpox scare.
All the young men in Ottawa uni
versity who do not have military , drill
are required to take a regular course in
physical culture unless excused by the
The residence of H: B. Topping at
Ottawa was burned to the ground, in
volving a loss of about 83,000; fully in
sured. A gasoline stove was the cause
of the blaze
The southern Kansas old soldiers' re
union which it is proposed to hold at
Wichita October 16-19 will be addressed
by ex-Senator In galls and Tom Reed if
present plans pan out.
Herman Evervine, a wealthy wine
grower of Ditesheiiri, Bavaria, Germany,
found his brother, Atfgust Evervine, in
Atchison, after a separation and es
trangement for twenty years.
Emporia is making a strong effort to
induce the Palace Car company, which
is figuring on a Kansas factory in oppo
sition to Pullman, to locate thore. State
Railroad Commissioner P. B. Maxson is
at the head of the movement.
The Lawrence council has passed an
ordinance that will divide the responsi
bility for selling intoxicating liquors. Tt
makes the owner of the building where
the law is violated liable for a fine of
8100 to 8200, and imprisonment for
thirty days.
The thirteen candidates at Fort Leav
enworth for lieutenants' commissions
in the army who failed to come up to
the standard in chest measurement have
had a concession made in their favor
and will be accepted from the physical
Atchison Champion: On an island
near Kickapoo, is a school house where
only one pupil, a poor lame boy, attends
school. Nevertheless, the teacher gets
the same salary that he would were he
teaching sixty pupils, and a teacher has
just been hired at 840 per month.
From Norton: Dan. C. Nutting, jr.,
who went to the Annapolis naval acade
my from Norton, several years ago, has
been fortunate enough to receive the
further appointment to the school of na
val construction at Glasgow where he
will pursue his studies in marine archi
tecture and shipbuilding for two years
A large bunch of young horses es
caped from the pasture of James Law
rence, west of Ottawa. They made their
way to the Santa Fe railroad tracks
where a freight engine ran into the
bunch with such destructive effect that
seven were killed and eleven so badly cut
and maimed that most of them were
From Hoiton : The four years given
by the government to the Pottawatomie
Indians to take allotments on the Pot
tawatomie reservation, in Jackson coun
ty, has expired. About one-half the
members of the tribe have selected the
land they desire to own, and the other
half will have land allotted to them up
on the issuance of an order by the pres
ident. If the allotments under the last
order of the department do not take up
all the land in the reservation the bal
ance will be sold to actual settlers.
Downs Times: J. J. "Wiltrout, of Lo
gon, reports phenomenal success with
the irrigation experiment on the Solo
mon, west of Logan. The firm of Wil
trout & Reeder has about 100 acres of
fine potatoes, which are turning out
from 100 to 150 fcushels per acre. They
are getting 85 cents a bushel for them
on the ground, at which rate the gross
receipts from the 100 acres will be in
the neighborhood of 810,000, a very
neat return for a year's work of four or
five men. The experimental stage of the
work in that vicinity has been passed,
and it is now known definitely just what
can be done. The works will probably
be extended considerably next year.
Professor Blake, of Kansas university,
has returned from the east, where he
spent the summer in practical experi
ments on his device for telephoning be
tween vessels at sea, or between vessels
at sea and stations on land. His
experiments were conducted at Sandy
Hook. He was assisted in his work by
Commander C. H. West, of the United
States navy, and work was commenced
on July 10. There was so little time
that Professor Blake was unable to com
plete the experiments, and left them in
charge of Commander West and E.
W. Caldwell, who went from Kansas
university with him and knows all the
details of the work. The government is
taking hold of the experiment this year
with a great deal of interest, and on a
scale that will demonstrate whether or
not the invention of Professor Blake has
a practical value.
cs CrooltB, Proprw.
From Lawrence: Governor LeweU
ling issued a pardon for Bud Franklin,
"the king of Lawrence jointists," but the
city marshal refused to release the pris
oner, claiming that the governor had no
authority to pardon offenses against tha
city ordinances. At the hearing of the
argument for release on writ of habeas
corpus, Judge Norton, of the probate
court, sustained the petition of the mar
shal and Franklin was sent back to the
city jail.
Judge Foster made an order fixing
the bond of Aid ace F. Walker, who was
recently appointed receiver of the Santa
Fe railroad, at 850,000.
All the night offices on the Santa Fe
between Topeka and Atchison have been
closed. There were three at Meriden,
Valley Falls and Nortonville.
The advance of cool weather and the
application for.rates and tickets at the
Santa Fe headquarters indicate that the
homeseekers' excursions this fall will be
the largest in the history of the road.
The Santa Fe protective committee
has issued a circular asking for proxies
to be issued at the annual election to be
held at Topeka, October 25, in which
they say it is their purpose to place tha
control of the organization in the handa
of men who are in all resjjects worthy
of public confidence, and are widely
known in railway and financial circles.
The Santa Fe excursion to Kansas
City from Emporia, Cherryvale and
other points on the Southern Kansas
division Sunday was the biggest of any
yet attempted, and the road hauled
about twenty-five cars in extra excur
sion trains that were run as specials, in
addition to the regular train service
which was well patronized. It is safe
to say that the Santa Fe alone hauled
nearly 1,500 people to Kansas City. It
was the last of the summer excursions.
Passenger train No. 4, one of the fast
trains on the Santa Fe has been sched
uled to stop at Reading. This is the
only stop of that train, with the excep
tion of Osage City, between Emporia
and Topeka. It has been made to stop
there on account of the petition of the
people of Reading who do a large
amount of their business at Emporia
and were unable to go there and re
turn the same day, owing to a late
change in the time card. The accom
modation is very generally appreciated
by the people of both towns.
Capital: A Santa Fe switch engine.
No. 287, while pulling a train of rusty .
6tock cars from one of the sidings in the
east yards, blew out one of its cylindei
heads, making a report similar to the
discharge of a twenty pounder, and
scattering fragments of broken metal
for a distance of a hundred feet. For
tunately no one was immediately in
front of the engine on the line of
track, or serious results might have fol
lowed. A man who was approaching
about 150 feet in advance of the engine
at the time of the accident remarked
that he was glad he hadn't walked any
Holton Signal: The scarcity of corn
is causing the farmers to dispose of their
surplus stock. The surplus of hogs is
being rapidly thinned.
The Kansas Swine Breeders' associa
tion will meet in the office of the secre
tary of the fair association in Wichita,
October 4 and 5. An interesting pro
gramme has been prepared, and will be
carried, out.
Topeka Mail: Onion culture is be
coming an important branch of farming
in Rossville township. Clayton Banks
and Edward "Risk will grow from 1,500
to 1,800 bushels on five acres of land.
They have sold a car load at 51 cents a
The Welhouse orchards at Fairmount
will yield 75,000 bushels of apples this
year. There are 1,600 acres in trees,
confined principally to four varieties
which Mr. Welhouse claims are particu
larly adapted to Kansas soil. It will re
quire 810,000 to- gather the crop and
get it ready for the market.
Abilene Reflector: F. M. Whitlaw,
of this city has arranged for irrigating
thirty-five acres on his fine farm east of
the city. The land adjoins the river
and can be moistened with little ex
pense, comparatively. Mr. W'hitlaw
proposes to raise the water from' the
river and devote the land principally to
the production of potatoes. .
Sergeant Jennings' weekly crop re
port closes with: "During the week
pastures have freshened, the old grass
has 'greened up' and new grass has
started. Wheat that was sown right
after harvest is coming up and at the
close of the week was two inches
high. Flax and oats that were shelled
in harvesting are growing, gardens have
revived, apples have ceased to fall, buf
falo grass is green, meadows have en
tirely changed their appearance and
stock water is becoming more plentiful. '
J uly planted corn is silking in the south.
The coming week will see much ground
prepared for wheat."
The English Lutherans have broke
ground for a new church in Leaven
worth. ' The colored Methodists of Caldwell
laid the corner stone .for a new charoh.
building recently.

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