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Yestrly Subscription 33 l
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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. . .
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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. .
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
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.
The Santa Fe has had a large part
of the business with the shipments of
the horses coming to the Topeka race
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
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
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
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.

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