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- ( i ft 1 v Paper pl ; Era Yestrly Subscription 33 l SIXTEENTH YEAR. DEMOCRATS. Those of Ohio Praise the Pres ent Administration. 17io I'arn-.er Train Kobben S:y the Detec tive Ll Them Ou McKinley Goes to H u : h i nson Convention of .Mothers a Chicago. Deni-rralir Platform in Ohio. The Ohio democratic state convention met at Columbus. The platform adopted praises "the effi cient, economical and honest administration of President Cleveland ;"' declares protection a fraud, and while recognizing the benefit of the reduction of duties on imports just made by congress, favors such further reduc tion as can be made, to the end that purely protective duties be abolished : declares that the McKinley law caused the depression, reduced the revenue and led to the recessity for issuing more government bonds. Busi ness failures, ctriKes, low wagps, low prices for farm products are enumerated as the re sult of the McKinley law. Under the new tariff business is declared to be reviving. "We di-sent," snys one plank, "from the president's views, construction and treat ment of the silver question, and therefore believe that silver shouto-be restored to the position it occupied as money prior to its demonetization by the republican party and to that end we favor the unlimited coinage of silver." The platform denounces the last general assembly of Ohio, (Jovernor McKinley's ad ministration and the American Protective association. It favors liberal pensions; a corrupt practice law, limiting amount of money to be expended by candidates and a law prohibiting free passes on railroads. A minority f the committee on platform, reported in favor of adding to that docu ment a proposal to elect United States sena tors bv the people, which was adopted by a vote of 4tW to :U!t. Hdi'llion .liiinnc? C'liifkasa ws. Wichita, Kan., September 21. A special to the Eagle from Stonewall, in the Chicka saw nation, brings information to the effect that King Blue, the leuder of the Chickasaw Negro-Indians, is in open rebellion. The insurrectionists have gone out on a marauding tour and are terrorizing the In dian citizens and especially the sipuawrnen. L.ast Saturday the band, headed by King Blue, swept down on the farm of George H. Truax, postmaster at Stonewall. The ne groes came down on the farm at mid-day. Truax, a white man and his squaw, were led from the house and bound with a rope and held prisoners. King Blue and his men then proceeded to destroy everything in the house they could not eat and drink, and after sat isfying themselves rode off howling and screeching. Neighbors found Truax and his wife "md released them. Other Indian citizens have been similarly treated and the eastern part of the Chickasaw nation is in a state of terror. ItU said that the Chickasaw government is thinking of taking steps to put them out as intruders. This could be done under the Chickasaw or United St iffs law-, as the ne groes have no legal right to lands in the Chickas nv nation and are not even adopted citizens. King Blue, while an old man. is very strong physically and a natural leader of surprising tact. He was chosen king of the Negro-Indians shortly after the war and he exercises an absolute tyranny over his followers. South Carolina Democrats. The South Carolina democratic state con vention named a full Tillmanite ticket. The platform adopted indorses the Ocala platform, as well as the Chicago one; de mands the free coinage of silver at a ratio of 16 to 1, and indorses the dispensary law as the best solution of the dispensary ques tion. One section of the platform, as at first drawn, which denounced President Cleveland for failing to carry out the pledges of the party and for prostituting congress by patrrnage to carry out his pol icy, was finally killed and no mention of the president or the national administration was made. The Charleston delegation tried hard to get the convention to come out squarely on the democratic platform and denounce pop ulism, but their efforts were defeated by an overwhelming vote. Santa Fe Train Rohbers. Mkmi hif, Mo., September 21. The two captured train robbers, Lincoln Overfield and Charles Abrams. nra in jail here await ing th? action of the grand jury. Overfield. beyond admitting that he was present at the scene of the attempted robbery, refuses to talk. lie lies m his bed with his head cov ered and crying most of the time. Charles Abrams, the wounded robber, talks more freely, and his statement places Informer M;Daniel in an unenviable light, if true. He says that McDaniel was the one to plan the robtery and coaxed the others into it. - . He says the first proposition came from McDaniel, who had to use considerable per suasion to get the others into the enterprise. Abrams is no better and there is no hope of his recovery. 4 Convention of Mothers. Chicago. September 21. Formal an nouncement is made of a unique and not able gathering, the first of the kind ever held in America a national convocation of mother. The convocation will be held in this city under the ausDices of the Chicago kindergarten college, beginning September 25 and ending. September 27. The meeting is called primarily for moth ers who feel th-ir inability to do the highest work with children without special train, ing. The convocation will it is expected, be quite as valuable to primary teachers, Sunday school workers and all who wish to "be helpful to little children. A number of leading physicians, educators and others well qualified to speak upon the subjects to be considered will take part in the proceed ings. Hutchinson Will Get the Crowd. Late in the day of September 19 Secretary Bristow. of the republican state central com mittee, announced that he had succeeded in getting Governor McKinley to agree tc change his Kansas appointment, and that he will speak at Hutchinson, Wednesday after noon, October 3. The Topeka Journal adds to this announce ment, this: It is known that tha state central commit tee proposes taking Governor McKinley through eastern Kansas in a special train, which will make ten minute stops at various places along the road. Major McKinley will speak whilehe train stands at the station. . so. Comptroller Eckels' Speech, Among the speakers at Cleveland at the fourth annual convention of the Ohio Bank ers' association was Comptroller of the Cur rency James H. Eckels. After reviewing the history of the national banks and de claring that the system under which they were conducted is the best that could be devised and one which would be changed only when circumstances made a change necessary, he said that the problem to be met was how to secure a more elastic cur rency and still maintain it solely upon bonds deposited to secure it. The serious difficulty in the way was the idea to which so many of the people clung that it was essential to the people's prosperity that there always be a large volume of money re gardless of its representation of intrinsic value. He then said: "Our colonial history is replete with at tempts to make the people rich through a great volume of currency which had neithe? representative or intrinsic worth. It is a hir tory of financial failure and distress. Latf under the articles of federation is recorded th same attempt, and the same series of failure--and financial loss. There was scarcely a state in the union before the war but whose his tory is marked by efforts to enrich a people through such currency. If the result of such attempts was so prolific of ruin to the people then, why will they not fall with equal ruin now? The laws of political econ omy do not change with changing ages or changing people, and the same causes find fruition in the same effects whether the cen tury be the eighteenth or the nineteenth, the form of government colonial or republic. "There is no sentiment embodied in the laws of money, and no matter how great may be the volume of the currency if each and every dollar of that currency is not of value to pass current in the world of busi ness it cannot add to th-3 blessings of the people. To be productive of the people's good it must, whether of gold, silver or paper, in the very order of tilings, be of un questioned and unvarying value, and when called into requisition discharge, without the nid of legal tender acts at home or abroad, the obligations of the holders. But with such a currency our people have yet much to learn, and most important is the lesson that no matter how abundant it may be, it will not find its way to those who are wanting in credit." Killed by a Falling Platrorin. Twenty young men were more or less seri ously injured at Akron, O., by the falling of a wooden platform between the Vagel block, South Main street, and a building directly in the rear. Two have died, and among the others there are several who are seriously hurt. The announcement that the Excelsior AtSt lethic club would give a free entertainment in its hall in the third story of the rear building had attracted quits a crowd to the place. The doors were not open when the people began coining, and thosa who arrived early were obliged to stand on a woodeD platform which connected the two structures. This platform was forty feet from the ground and the strain upon it proved too great, and with a crash that could be heard blocks away it fell, carrying sixty people with it. They were buried under the heavy timbers several feet. As the doors opened the crowd made a rush, and this, it is believed, caused the ex tra strain, which the flimsy platform could not stand. The crowd of sixty were all pre cipitated to tfi3 ground, forty feet below, and those who escaped serious injury were more or less bruised and shaken up. McKinley M ill Spak in Topeka. It is now announced that Governor Wil liam McKinley, of Ohio, will speak in To peka, Wednesday morning, October 3, and all the people in eastern Kansas, who come here on that occasion, may have the oppor tunity of seeing and hearing the Ohio states man. The Ohio state central committee, which is managing Governor McKinley's western tour, has arranged for him to go through eastern Kansas in a special train, which will arrive in Topeka from St. Louis Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, and after an hour's stop, will, at 10:80 o'clock, leave for Hutch inson, where Governor McKinley will speak in the afternoon. When the train reaches Topeka, Governor McKinley will at once be escorted to the state house and from the south 6teps of the capitol building will address all who can get within hearing distance. After leaving Topeka the special train will make ten minute stops at several other sta tions. L'able on His Tiond. Wichita, Kax., September 22. In th United States circuit court here Judge Wil liams gave judgment for $7,000 against D. M, Holliday, ex-sheriff of Harper county, and his bondsmen for failure to levy on property against which an execution had been issued. The plaintiffs in the case took out an execution, but the defendants were brothers of the sheriff, and the latter de clared his inability to find any property to levy on, and as a consequence of his negli gence the plaintiffs lost the opportunity to secure the amount of their claim, which, to gether with costs, the ex-sheriff and his bondsmen will now have to make good. Was Juit Prominent. A dispatch from Wichita says: W. S. He ron, ex-postmaster at Kinsley, was rear rested at Pittsburg on a warrant from the United States court. Hebron was fouud guilty a few months ago of misappropriat ing funds of the postoffice, but his sentence was suspended at the time at the earnest solicitation of his friends. Recently, however, he has been disobey ing mandates of the court, and Judge V il liams ordered bis arrest, and he will proba bly now be sent to the penitentiary. At one time he was quite prominent in politics. Want $1.01 for Wheat. Washington, D. C September 22. Acti ng Secretary of the Interior Sims has been re ceiving bids for wheat to be furnished tha Sioux Indians at Crow Creek agency, S. D. The lowest bid was $1.01 per busheL The w'neat is for milling purposes and the grade required was "No. 1 spring"' at sixty pounds to the bushel. Secretary Sims says more than $1 per bushel seems to be a very high price to pay for wheat right in the midst of the wheat growing region. Tin Plate Works for America. London, September 22. The Daily News says one of the wealthiest iron and steel manufacturers in England states that he and several of bis friends are so satisfied with the prospec's of tin plate working in the United States that they are forming a private company to commence the manu facture of tin plate on a scale that will im mediately increase the American output. One of Our Flairs Gone. One of the flags of the G. A. R. depart, ment of Kansas was stolen from the car while enroute to Pittsburg, to tha encamp ment. The colors were in a grip, and the theft of that carried away the colors. All efforts to locate the flag have thus far proven ftity STOCK rEMI2T5 TSE B K SIS CrnCXTU ITZDXTSrTXES. WA-KEENEY, KANSAS, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1894. DIFFICULT To Strike a Balance of Ups and Downs in Trade. Dasiness Roth Kncoiiraginj and Discour aging; That Gove County, Kansas, Land Fraud Money for Irrigation Watted Xew York Hoodlums. Land Fraud Exposed. Washington, D. C, September 24. The interior department has just passed a case in which a peculiar fraud is being practiced Some time ago a resident of Tennessee wrote to the attorney general stating that last May he saw an advertisement in a Chi cago paper ottering for sale 1(30 acres of laud in Gove county, Kan. The real estate agent lived at Lathrop, Mo., and through him the land was purch sed by the man from Tenne-see. It wa then found that the government owned the land, although the Lathrop agent had furnished a complete deed and abstract of titie. Since then the same tract has been advertised by the same agent. It is held by the interior depart ment that as the rights of the government are in no way affected there is nothing for the interior department to do in the prem ises. It is suggested, however, that the at tention of the proper authorities be called to the fraud with a view to saving innocent parties who do not t -ke the trouble to make a thorough investigation of land titles. Wrecking Wind. A wind storm passed Emmettsburg, la., on the evening of September 21, doing con siderable damags in that city. South of the city tha house occupied by the Foley family was torn to pieces and Miss Foley killed ; oth ers of the family badly hurt. East of town Mrs. Golden was killed and her husband will die. At Cylinder, ten miles east, several houses were wrecked and many persons injured; some supposed to be killed. Here the build ings at the fair grounds were all demolished. In Great Oak township, five miles west, many buildings were blown down, but par ticlars are not received. At Lemars, barns, windmills, etc., were blown down. Across in Minnesota the town of L'Toy is reported to be ruined and three people killed. A Hold lp in Xew York. New York, September 24. An open car on the Eighth avenue line was held up near Abingdon square. A gang of about forty hoodlums, some black and some white, rushed out of a side etreet, and crying fire, stopped the car horses. The driver, thinking that the fire engines were about to rush across tha track, did not attempt to go on, and several of the young toughs held the horses while their compan ions proceeded to rob the twelve passengers on the car. One man was robbed of a gold watch and a woman of a pocket book con taining $25, while several others were re lieved of smaller gums. When the police arrived the young toughs were in retreat and only two of them were caught. ltusinpss S.'tme Larger. New York. September 24. it. G. Dun & Co.'s Weekly Review of Trade says that plenty of material for encouragement and also for discouragamerjt can be found by those who seek that and nothing else. But business men who want to sse the situation exactly as it is, rind accounts so far conflict ing that it is difficult to 6trike a balance. In the aggregate business is about a tenth larger than last year, but still falls about 25 per cent below a full volume for the season. Failures in two weeks of September show liabilities of only $2,867,704, of which $969, 716 were of manufacturing and $1,769,048 of trading concerns. Failures during the week have been 212 in the United States against 421 last year, and in Canada 48 against 40 last year. A JSIon hard Called Down. AiBA!Y, N. Y., September 24. A mild sen sation was caused in the constitutional con vention during the discussion of the civil s'vice amendment, which recommends old soiuiers for office, by Mr. Countryman, of Albany, saying "the old soldiers are being bribed with pension money and now we want to bribe them with offices. I am against such schemes." The ruffian was immediately and emphat ically answered by several members, most of them democrats, and the amendment was adopted by a vote of 97 to 54. Poor Way to Make Money. W. S. Hebron, ex-postmaster at Kinsley, was sentenced in the United States court at Wichita to eighteen months in the peniten tiary and to pay a fine of $500, for embez zling government funds. The sentence previously given had been suspended to give him a chance to reimburse the government, and he told the court he had been trying to do this by making speeches on tLj silver question. Judge Wil liams told him making political speeches was a poor way to earn money. Arm Against Taxes. Princeton, Kt., September 24. A fresh shipment of firearms has been made to Union crunty to arm tax payers of Lindle and Casey ville precincts, who are resisting the collection of the railroad tax. About 700 are now armed with Winchesters and dyna mite and they are patiently awaiting the arrival of Collector Blackwell and hia 100 armed deputies. Captain Blackwell sxys he will collect the tax if it takes the military power to do it. The people say they will resist to the death. Desha, His Father's Son. Desha Breckinridge, son of the man who has disgraced his state, now that the prima ries are over, smokes cigarrettes continually and wants to right everybody. He stabbed an Owens m n and would have reached his heart had not his victim stopped the dirk with his hand, which was badly cut. Desha insults people at every turn and so do some others of, Breck inridge's hot parti sans. It is expected that bloody fights, if not formal due.s, will ensue. Red Tape is Expensive. Dentek, Col.. September 24. Lieutenant Edward H. Plummer has been relieved at his own request from duty as agent at the Navajo Indian agency. In a report to the Indiaa department Lieutenant Plummet states that half of the $60,000 appropriated by congress to build an irrigation ditch on the Navajo's reservation has been wasted in high salaries and useless formalities. Seventy Million Bushels of Coal. PrrrsBCBG, Pa., September 24. The big coal fleet is on its journey down the river, the van of the 70,000,000 bushels in the har bor i well under way. v.. Topeka's New Court Home. The ceremony of laying the corner-stona of the new Shawnee county court house was a gala day in Topeka. A perfect Kansa day assured tho successful fulfillment of ths plans made for the event by the county com missioners and the Masonic bodies Who had it in charge. The procession started from Tenth and Kansas avenue shortly after the appointed time, 2:30 o'clock, and marched directly to the court house site at Fifth and Van Buren streets. Spencer P. Wade, of Topeka lodge, was the grand marshal. The police force and Marshall's band headed the procession, fol lowed by all the Masonic bodies in the city and some of the state, county and city offi cers. Other secret societies comprised the remainder of the procession. The Dispatch band and Topeka drum corps were in line. The court house has been completed to the top of the basement floor, which is twelve feet above the ground. The entire floor was planked over for the occasion with heavy timber, and chairs for 300 people on top. Ropes were stretched about the court house site to keep the crowd away until after the arrival of the procession. Then the ropes were withdrawn and the crowd was allowed to cl ose in as tightly as it chose, and some what tighter. No horses or carriages were allowed within a block of the court house. The corner-stone was placed at a point facing both south and east, at the base of the first story. The stone is a beautiful block of polished granite. The box" of which tha corner-stone is the receptacle is a copper one, 8x8x18 inches. It contained the latest copies of every periodi cal published in the county, as nearly as they could be secured. Chief Justice Albert H. Horton acted as master of ceremonies. At the conclusion of the ceremonies at the court house, the Masons and Marshall's band marched to the Fir.st Christian church, on Topeka avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, and laid a corner-stone there with the same rites as those at the court house. Fifiy Prople Were Killed. The tornado which visited Iowa on the night of September 21 swept not only valua ble property out of existence, but a number of lives approximated at this writing as at least fifty persons. This is a conservative figure, when it is taken into consideration the territory the storm traveled and the swath it cut. All telegraph-communication was cutoff and the news is tardy in arriving. The storm seems to have traveled from the southwest to the northeast. It appears that it gathered its force south of Emmetts burg, then crossed the I. & D. division of the Milwaukee & Eastern at Emmettsburg. It is then heard of north of Wesley, then in Lincoln township, where it crossed the I. Jfc D. division a mile north of Grafton, thence speeding straight north to Leroy and Spring Valley. Osage also fearfully felt its terrific force. At Emmettsburg the amphitheater at the fair grounds was wrecked, also one residence dwelling. Several are reported injured. Four miles north of Wesley great destruction was wrought. At Cylinder the whole family of Alexander Coleman, consisting of himself, wife and two children, were killed. About ten other persons were injured. Dwellings were de molished, and a large number of outbuild ings were laid low. Reports say there were nine killed in the vicinity of Cylinder and Emmettsburg. Three miles north of Wes ley, J. Bingham's house was overturned and set on fire. The inmates had a narrow es cape. Ths killed in this vicinity are: M. Caster ana wife, J. W. Bingham, Mrs Tweed, two children of Thomas Tweed. M. W. Scheppe and two children, Fred French and two children, infants of Mr. and Mrs. Eden and Mr. and Mrs. Rockow. The details from these and other sections all give long lists of injured people with the names of those killed. Pacific Express Company. TorEKA, September 25. A report has been filed with the state railroad commission showing the transactions of the Pacific Ex press company for the year ending June 30, 1894, in compliance with the request of the state board. The company operates on a total mileage of 19,423, of which 3,248 miles are in Kansas. The capital stock is $6,000,000 in 60.000 shares of $100 each, all of which is issued and out standing. The dividends for the past year were 4 per cent, or $270,000. It is ex plained that the stock has been issued to railroad companies for franchises. The company has no funded debt and no liabilities, excepting current expenses. The cash assets are given at $473,910.75. Gross earnings for the past year. $3,507,167.85; operating expenses, $3,298,064.23, of which the sum of $1,699,330.83 was paid to railroad companies. The net earnings were $209, 103.62. The average of all employes in Kansas is $1.09 per day. The report explains that the company does not keep an account of tonnage, nor does it separate its earnings by states, hence the Kansas business proper is not indicated. The manager explains that the company's payments are on the basis of 50 percent of the gross earnings, except in case of a few short lines, and the earnings are divided only by systems of railroad, or roads over which it has con tra"cts, such as the Union Pacific and Texas Pacific systems. Judge West Against the Screen Law. Judge J. S. West, of the Sixth judicial dis trict of Kansas, sitting at Fort Scot t, rendered a decision in the case of the state of Kansas vs. A. B. Kirk wood, of Crawford county, which declares the new law governing the mining and weighing of coal in Kansas un constitutional, and dismissed the defendant. This is the first decision of this law and it was obtained by the Wier Coal company, who openly violated the law in order to test its constitutionality. Tha law was an out-' growth of the complaints of the great min ers' strike last year. It was passed in the interest of the miners and the decision means much to them. Its effect was to compel tha coal companies to weigh the col before screening, and it is known as the Screen law. Lake Snperior Storm Swept. A storm raged on Lake Superior, Septem ber 21 7 ha targe Pickens, ore laden from Ashland to Chicago, went ashore on Keweenaw Point near Eagle river early m the morning. The crew were re-cued with difficulty. A heavy sea is run ning and the vessel is badly exposed and will probably break up, as she is exposed to the full fury cf the waves. Do t T.iki- Surrender. Richmond, Va.. September 25. The ac tion of the postolnca department in chang ing the name of Appomattox Court House to "Surrender." hi excited the indignation of VirginiaoB. Governor - O'Ferrail and other public men are out in interviews strongly condemning the change, and the matter promises to Attract much attention. Carpenters Council. . At the international convention of carpen ters at Indianapolis, Secretary McGuire's report showed that fifty-four cities haTe the eight hour law, nineteen of which are iff Illinois. The report abows tha order has fallen off lately. . . FRYE'S FAKE. Organizing a Revolution at the Next Strike. Weather anl Crops in Kansas Nucleus of the Co mi ii ST Natioual Labor Party Thistles in Colorado Shrinkage In Kailroad Karnings Immense. Kansas Weather and Crops. Sergeint Jennings, of the weather bureau, located at Topeka, says in his last weekly report : With but few local exceptions pastures are in fine condition over the state and the week has given good growing weather. Piowinp for, and sowing wheat are in general pro gress. Wheat and rye are up in many coun ties and present a fine appearance. Apples are growing larger, tomatoes ripening, gar dens responding and late cabbage improv ing. In the far southwest a better second crop of sorghum is expected to be harvested than the first. Alfalfa is all cut and stacked in the northwest. In Barber late peaches are selling from 85 to 75 cents per bushel and apples from 75 to $1. The hail did much damage to apples and window glass, while in Mitchell four horses were killed by it. In the eastern division potatoes have rotted in the ground in con siderable numbers, and in some cases those not rotting have begun to grow. In the ex treme northwest the ground is getting dry again. A S-cret K volution. CoLfMBrs, O., September 26. A local labor leader declares that the recent visit of General Frye, the California Coxeyite. to this city was for the purpose of forming a I ranch of a secret order which is being or ganized in all the large cities and commer cial centers to spring a revolution at the next national strike. Frye, it is said, became confidential with a number of persons, one of whoai is loyal to ths government, and stated that the secret organization was rapidly increasing in membership. It was proposed that when the next great strike should be on and while the militia was preserving order, to have the revolutionary leaders assemble in Chi cago and issue a proclamation for the es tablishment of a revolutionary government and be prepared to enforce its decree. It is hoped by the boldness of the movement to draw the working men, hundreds of whom would be loyal to the government, into this revolutionary scheme during the excitement and passions of the strike. Vast Areas to Kailroads. Washington, D. C September 26. There is still pending in the war department un settled over 90.000 acres of land granted to railroads and wagon roads many years ago. In the past ten years about 10.000,000 of acres have been passed to patent to the com panies claiming ih?m. Commissioner Lam oreaux believes that all grants where there can be no question as to the right of the company to the land should be passed to patent at as early a date as possible. The records show that during the fiscal year end ing June 30, not much more than half a million acres wtre patented in railroad grants, while in previous years the amounts have been larger, reaching 3,000,000 acres in 1891 and 2.000.000 in 1892 and nearly 2,003, 000 in 1893. With the mineral land difficulty settled and the proposition for the 6urvey of railroad lands as fast as the companies desire, there is a possiblity of large increases in the amounts passed to patent in the next few years. Kansas Homes and Farms. Washington, D. C, September 26. Three bulletins have been issued from the census office showing land ownership and debt in the states of Kansas, Arkansas and Alabama. The figures for Kansas are more interest ing than any others, because it has been pointed out-as the state where debts and mortgages are more burdensome than all other . The bulletin shows that of the farms in Kansas 31.03 are hired and 68.97 per cent are owned by persons cultivating them. Of the farms 55.56 per cent are encumbered by mortgages. The mortgages on farms amount to $73,779,283, which is 35.99 per cent of their value. This debt bears an average rate of interest of 8.15 per cent ; the average annual interest charge to each family owning an encum bered farm being $92. Each of the encum bered farms is worth on the average of $3, 219, and subject to a debt of $1,126. Railroad Karnings. Chicago, September 26. The Railway Age says: Of 120 roads in the United States and Canada reporting only thirteen show an in crease in earnings for the past eight months ended August 31. compared with the same period in 1893. The inereas?s aggregate only $1,059,565, while the decreases amount ed to $49,566,654. The comparative losses of some of the roads were enormous. For instance, the Santa Fe, $6,908,000; Northern Pacific, $4,284,000; New Yorjt Central, $3. 807,631; Milwaukee & St. Paul, $3,260,000; Illinois Central, $3,392,000; Missouri Pacific, $2,276,000; Grand Trunk system. $2,221,000 ; Canadian Pacific, $1,931,000; Rock Island, $1,741,000; Great Northern, $1,687,000; Wa bash, $1,599,000; Louisville fc Nashville, $1. 598,000: Denver 5b Rio Grande, $1,149,000; C., C, C. fc St. L., $1,031,975. - Must Mark Tickets Right. Leavenworth. Kan- September 26. In the district court here Judge Myers rendered his decision in the Bleakley-Taylor contest case, reversing the decision of the special court of contest, which declared Mr. Taylor, democrat, to have been elected county treas urer. Judge Myers' ground for reversing the de cision of the contest court is that the Kan sas Australi -n ballot law is almost an exact copy of the Iowa Australian ballot law. In other words the court holds that the cross mark must be placed in the square at the left of the name of the candidate to be voted for, and if placed in any other place may not be counted for anybody. Carpenters ISuild a Platform. The national convention of carpenters and joiners at Indianapolis adopted a platform of ten planks, which is to form the nucleus of the platform of the coming national labor party. The platform favors governmental ownership of all public corporations, wom an suffrage, the liability clause, the referen dum and initiative, compulsory education and opposes child labor. It will be sub-' mitted to the local unions for ratification aa well as a single tax clause. Russian Thistle in Colorado. Den v eh. Col., September 26. The county commissioners of this (Arapahoe) county decided to aid town boards and farmers to exterminate the Russian thistle. It is esti mated that it will cost $20,000 to exterminate the thistle in the immediate vicinity of Den vex alone. Givler STATE NEWS. A Douglas county G. A. R. reunion will be held in Lawrence October 11. - Eice county broom corn is selling as high as $115 a ton. The newest industry in Fort Scott is a tannery. A flax tow factory is prom ised. Wichita Beacon: There seems to be no limit to the supply of apples. Daily shipments continue to be large. The Leavenworth county poor house has thirty-three inmates at the present time, the largest number reached at one time. The Shawnee county commissioners have awarded the contract for building the superintendent's residence at the poor .farm for S719. There are three apple evaporators in Lawrence and they are all doing a big business. One of them employs eighty hands and runs night and day. The Lawrence canning factory is put ting up tomatoes by the car load and would do a still bigger business if enough women could be employed to do the work. Charles E. Harbaugh, editor of the Erie, Kan., Republican-Record, died at the All Saints Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo., September 15, after enduring a surgical operation. John N. Reynolds, of "Twin Hells" fame, who was sent to the Osawatomie insane asylum last soring, is a raving maniac. He tears off clothing as fast as it is put on him. The Midcontinent mill in Topeka is nearly 100 cars behind its orders for flour. The capacity of the mill is over taxed and the management will put in a large amount of new machinery at once. A car load of mineral water from Great Spirit Spring, near Cawker City, Mitchell county, billed for Buffalo, N. Y., went east on the Central Branch. It is the first car-load shipment of the water. The Alton Empire says that sixteen persons are now employed at Waconda Springs the old Great Spirit Spring, Mitchell county is bottling water for shipment. Ten thousand bottles are sent out weekly. Coffey ville special: Daniel Woodson, first secretary of the territory of Kansas, and acting governor of the territory in 1857-58, is lying critically ill at his home here. During the past twenty-five years he has lived very quietly here. Topeka Capital: The colored people of this city and county, under the auspices of Fort Pillow Post and the old soldiers celebrad Lincoln's emancipa tion proclamation, Saturday, September 22, at City park hall and Hamilton's hall. Wichita Eagle: Mr. Wood berry, the newly elected governor of Vermont, is a Wichita man. He was here a good deal of the -time during the palmy days of W ichita and comes here once or twice a year eince. lie owns a good deal of property in Wichita and has a 816,000 farm in Kechi township. William Fox, a German farmer living about two miles north of Lawrence, was accidentally shot by his wife. The two were shooting at a mark when Fox gave his wife the gun and went to arrange the target. The gun was discharged and the ball passed entirely through his body, piercing the right lung. Mrs. Fox helped him to the house and then summoned a doctor. Hiawatha special : There was a court house full of citizens to hear the report of the car shops committee and by the report, the discussion all around and the offers made it very plain that there will be no trouble in raising the 850. 000 required. The committee was re tained and instructed to proceed with subscriptions and to secure the required quarter section of land. Everything in dicates success. Abilene Gazette: John Forney, an elder in the German Baptist church, a sect more familiarly known as "Dunk-, ards," has a family record tbat is some thing wonderful. By his first wife be had five sons and by his second wife seven sons and seven daughters, making nine teen children in all. Throuch these nineteen children he had ten grand-chil dren and through the latter twenty seven great rand-chiidren. Of his 147 descendants 121 are still alive. This beats Jacob whose family including his sons' and grand-sons wives numbered but three score and ten. A correspondent at the State Normal at Emporia, writes: We are extremely happy in our new quarters. Albert Tay lor hall is a thing of beauty and of com fort. It is said that no school save one in the United States has its equal, and every morning as it is filled with earnest students, the inspiration is great, , the view grand. We have over one hundred more students than at this time last year, and with our new equipment in several departments a very fruitful year is assured. The natural history depart ment has another room added to its mu seum in which there has been placed the Urquhart collection of valuable min erals and some of the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the world, from Ben nett cave. New Mexico. The Senator Plumb librarr, consisting of 1,400 vol umes, makes a handsome and valuable addition to oar librarr. ' s Croolcs, Froprs. NUMBER 33. Near Hagoton a meteorite fell the oth-, er day, setting the prairie on fire andl stampeding a herd of cattle. The body, was about the size of a cocoanut and weighed twenty -three pounds. The me teorite fell from a clear sky, coming un announced, except by a whistling sound as it shot through the air. It was rod hot. A cowboy who secured the meteor ite sold it to a sebjoc teacher in the neighborhood for C. . STOCK A. "FAR M, The tobacco harvest is on in the vicin ity of Lane, Franklin county. Consid erable quantities are raised in that lo cality. A man in Beloit is feeding 300 hog on ground wheat made into a thick mush and A. M. White, near Vesper, in Lincoln county, is feeding 200 cattle with wheat. Atchison Champion: Every day soma farmer tells us that he has twice as much corn as he expected a month ago. The Kansas farms are all right and tha best thing in the world to have in the family. McPherson Republican: T hn "lamar, of Smoky Hill township, ... one of the most successful farmers of this county. His wheat averaged twenty five bushels to the acre and he is now fattening his hogs on it. He says by this plain he will get 90 cents a bushel for his wheat. Medicine Lodge Index: Uncle Billy Brown brought a load of largo melons and some samples of corn to town. Hia corn astomished everybody who saw it, as no one thought that Barber would produce such splendid grain this year. Uncle Billy will have over 6,000 bush els of good corn this year. Sergeant Jennings' last crop report closes with: A decided improvement has obtained in the southern half of the state. Gardens, meadows, pastures, late crops are looking green and thrifty; late peaches, apples and stock water much improved; volunteer wheat, oats, rye and flax are coming abundant on fields harvested this summer. The general improvement has extended into the northern half of the 6tate. Fall plough ing and seeding have become more gen eral, and correspondents report that a larger acreage than ever will be put in wheat. Much hay has been damaged in the stack by wind and rain in Coffey and Woodson, and potatoes are retting in the ground from too ranch dampness. In the extreme south rye is up and growing finely. The frost of the 11th injured sweet potatoes and cucumber vines in the northwest counties. KANSAS RAILROADING. The Santa Fe has had a large part of the business with the shipments of the horses coming to the Topeka race meeting. Emporia Republican: The ticket agent at the Santa Fe was kept busy all day selling tickets to all parts of the state, to the Adventists who have been in the city for ten days attending the camp meeting. The petitions from a number of men at Emporia asking to be reinstated have been returned to them by the Santa Fe officials, declining to take any ac tion in the matter. The men went out on the strike. Topeka Journal: Twenty-five new men were put on at the Santa Fe shops last week. It is understood that they are all or nearly all old employes, and that many of them are members of tha A. R. U., but nothing was said about that. As a consequence of the many appli cations to" the management, two ma chinists who went out on the recent strike at Argentine have been placed at work. The men who went out there are feelinfr very jubilant, and think this is a valuable concession on the part of tha company. The Santa Fe land department has received from E. J. Pyle at Garden City, who is the local agent of the department there, a box containing the products of Finney county, raised under irrigation. This collection, which is composed of sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, corn, cab bage, beets, etc., will be prepared in the shape of an exhibit, and in addition to the box of fine fruits will be, sent to the Food and Health exposition at Boston, which will be in session October 1 to 22. When the Kansas City and North-. western road was built the company, proposed to run trains between Kansas City and Leavenworth every two hours. Upon those representations the company received, a right of way through several farms in Leavenworth county without condemnation proceedings. After the road was built the company operated but one train a day over the line and is now running a freight train only. Petitions aTe being circulated along the road and areb3ing very generally signed by all the residents, requesting the railroad com missioners to compel the company to reinstate the trains. ,. . f AMONG KANSAS CHURCH PEOPLE. The Polish Catholics of Leavenworth will lay the corner stone for a big cathe dral next Sunday.' From Winfield: On Sunday, the 16th, the Lutherans celebrated their annnal mission festival in the chapel of the new St. John's college which has lately been finished and is a handsome building.' The city can be proud of men who donate so much money and labor to the estab lishing of a college as this one has re ceived from J. P. Baden.