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10 CENTS A WEEK, NIGHT EDITION. TOPEKA, KANSAS, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 26, 1894.
TWENTY-SECOND YEAR.
IT LOOKS GRAVE.
The Situation in Colo,-a!o is
Extremely Serious.
The Governor Proposes to "Stop
the Row"
AT CRIPPLE CREEK.
Both Sides Must Disarm at
Once He Says,
And the State Jlilitia Shall
Preserve the Peace.
Denver, May 20. Governor Waite
does not hesitate to declare his sympa
thies are -with the striking miners at
Cripple Creek- lie asked Attorney Gen
eral Engley for an opinion as to the right
of a sheriff to obtain an armed force
from another county than that in which
Le is an otficer.
The attorney general has returned a
written opinion. "That the organization
of an armed force of men in Arapahoe
county to march to or enter El Paso
county for the purposes alleged is con
spiracy to do or aid in an unlawful act
and all persons, members of such armed
force or co-operating to organize or to
send or transport same into one county
from another, are guilty of a conspiracy
to do an unlawful act, and th,e deputizing
of such men to act as deputy sheriffs by
the sheriff of El Paso county is a viola
tion of law."
The attorney general adds; "In case
the El I'aso county sheriff uses the armed
force as deputy sheriffs, or as a posse
comitatus, and a riot or insurrection is
precipitated by reason thereof, or if said
armed force acts independently of said
sheriff, and a riot or insurrection ensues
by reason of an armed conflict with oth
ers, the chief r executive of the state
should preserve the peace of the corn
wealth even if -it should become neces
sary to call out the entire military force
of the state. If the peace cannot be pre
served otl'erwise martial law should be
declared in tha particular district, and
all violators of public order, including
the said armed force, should be summa
rily dealt with, that the dignity of the
state may be maintained inviolate."
Militia In Readiness.
All commandants of militia posts
throughout the state have been notified
to hold themselves in readiness for an
active service calL
Gov. Waite said today: "It is my duty
to stop this row. I shall probably about
noon today issue a proclamation calling
on all armed citizens to resume their
daily avocations, and upon all lawless
bodies to disperse.
"Those men from- Denver who are
under arms at Cripple Creek are to my
mind rioters aud an illegal body. In
directing all illegal bodies to disperse,
those deputies must take cognizance of
the warning just aa must auy and all
other bodies."
At the sheriff's office in this county,
the governor's proclamation is regarded
with more dread than the possibility of
a conflict with the miners.
Sheriff Bowers will not disperse his
men. if he is the man I think he is," be
gan Sheriff BurchinelL "At least I
would not do it. The governor may en
tertain an anarchistic view of the laws of
Colorado, but as a sheriff I believe I can
deputize men regardless of where they
con:e from or belong."
Supplies of Ammunition.
It has just been learned that large
quanties ot arms and ammunition have
been shipped from Denver to the Cripple
Creek strikers during the past week.
Two consignments consisted each of 801)
guns and 10,000 rounds of ball cartridges.
The Cripple Creek mine owners who
have determined to reopen their mines
under the protection of armed guards
are engaging men in this city and else
where to work at the rate of $3 per day,
of nine hours. About 30 common wealers
hired in this city left for Florence on the
morning train under charge of ex-Adjutant
General Kennedy. It is said sev
eral hundred quarrymen and coal miners
have been engaged at Pueblo, Colorado
Spring and other points who will be
hipped to the mines today.
Governor Waite remained in seclusion
up to 1 o'cl6ck today. Though informed
that a fight had occurred at Cripple
Creek, he has not ordered out the mili
tia. It is thought heU preparing a pro
clamation ordering the Denver armed
force at Cripple Creek to disperse.
To Mow With Dynamite.
Salt Lake, Utah, May 26. The com
monwealers at Ogdeu threaten to disre
gard the injuuctiun of court and march
through Davis county to Salt Lake, if
hey have to mow their way with dyna
mite. The authorities will not permit it
if they can prevent it,
SITUATION AT CRIPPLE CREEK.
A Rattle Between the Deputies and the
Strikers.
Cripple Creek, Colo., May 26 News
has just reached here that about mid
night the strikers seized an engine and
cars at Victor and proceeded to Wilbur,
10 miles down the Florence and Cripple
Creek railroad, where the Denver depu
ties were encamped. .A battle occurred
at 4 a. in. between the strikers and the
outpost of the deputies in which one
miner was killed and three injured. Sev
eral deputies were also wounded.
A non-union miner was also shot and
killed in a saloon at Victor at 7 a. in.
The mob that attacked the deputies
numbered about 300. Their approach
was discovered by the deputies and firing
at once began from both sides. The
deputies fired from the windows of the
coaches aad the miners from behind
boulders and trees.
The engagement did not last long.
The miners retreated to Victor with one
man killed, four wounded and several of
their number missing.
The town of Victor is quiet, the armed
miners having resumed their position on
Battle mountain and Bull hilL
The man killed in a saloon at Victor
was Wm. Rabideau, a deputy from Colo
rado Springs, who was driven out of the
camp a few weeks, ago, and ordered
never to return. lie made himself ob
jectionable to the strikers by his efforts
on behalf of Superintendent Locke of
th Isabel!", mine, who started the move
ment to pus -i- the. mines on the 9-hour
basis, and vj iun out of the camp after
being severely beaten.
It is now positively known that no lives
were lost by the blowing up of the Strong
shaft house yesterday. It is reported
here that Attorney C. S. Thomas of Den
ver, on behalf of the mine owners, is try
ing to have United States troops sent to
the camp.
Captured by "Women.
The strikers give the credit of disarm
ing 11 miners and 7 deputies, which was
accomplished yesterday, to two women,
and they are receiving all the honor due
to heroism.
The bunk-room at the Independence
mine has been occupied by non-union
miners for over a week. The sheriff has
sent guards to protect them and there
they remained in the very heart of the
strike district. All efforts to force an
evacuation had been ineffectual.
According to the story told by the
strikers, the women sought admission to
the building. They "were allowed to en
ter. Then they flourished a re
volver each and commanded the
men to throw up their hands. The men
acceded and the striking miners, who
were near at hand appeared. 1 he eigh
teen men were disarmed and their arms
forfeited. They were marched by the
strikers toward Cripple Creek aud order
ed not to appear in camp again.
CARS CAN'T It VS IN.
Striking Miners Refute to Let the Rail
roads Act.
Cbipplb Creek, Colo.. May 26. Spe
cial Agent Nikirk of the Florence 5c
Cripple Creek railroad has just received
word from Pres. Johnson that the officers
of the railroad have been notified by the
miners union that the company will not
be permitted to run passenger or box
cars into the town of Victor, which is
now the terminus of the road.
The reason given by the men is that
they want to know when deputy sher
iffs and arms are sent in to use
against them. The miners appear to
have the key to the situation. They
number nearly 800, are well armed aud
have an abundance of ammunition.
On the other hand the sheriff's force
is small in numbers and appears to be
poorly officered and equipped.
JUDGE HALLKTr REFUSES.
Ue Says the State Ciovero meut is in So
cialists Hands.
Denver, Colo., May 26. Judge
Ilallett in the United States cir
cuit - court this afternoon refused
to - grant an injunction to restrain
the striking miners from interfering
with the Raven mine at Cripple Creek,
which is a subject of litigation in the
United States court.
"If the state government," he said,
"has fallen into the hands of the social
ists which it has, that is your misfor
tune." PORTS: HOURS AT CHICAGO.
The Rock Island R-duces Time in Its
Cur (thopi.
Chicago, May 26. After next Mon
day the employes of the Rock Island car
shops will work only five days a week
and only eight hours a day.
The reason for the new rule is the
prevalence of strikes in the coal fields
and a decrease in the earnings of the
company. The rule applies to all de
partments with the exception of the
brass foundry and will affect about 1,800
men.
HE SAID .
Gov.Altgeld IJenies With Expletives That
He is Going: to Resign.
Spkingfieli, III., May 26. In regard
to reported rumors from Chicago that
Governor Altgeld had serious intentions
of resigning as chief executive of Illi
nois, the Associated Press representative
called at the executive office today and
asked the governor if it was so. He said:
"That's nonsense and nothing in it at all.
The matter is only rumor, not officially
so and a lie all around; that's all
there is to it."
The governor was at his office at the
state house last night and today for the
first time in nearly ten days.
The following telegram was received
from Danville, 111., today: "Send arms
immediately and wire me on what train
they will come. Signed
"John W. Newton, Sheriff."
To this Gov. Altgerd replied: "Shipped
50 rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammunition
to your address by express.
Signed John P. Ai.tgei.d, governor."
The following was also received:
".Marseilles, Ills., May 20. Will you
lend us fifty Winchesters for the protec
tion of our mine? If so, express them
quick. We look for trouble.
"Marseilles Light and Power Co.,
Signed' "Per R. F." Ksolte, Supt"
To this the governor replied:
"Arms can only be issued upon requi
sition of the sheriff.
Signed "J. P. Altgeld,
"Governor."
REORGANIZING SANTA FE.
A Plan For
Reorganization
Xew York.
Proposed at
New York, May 26. A plan for re
organizing the Atchison which, it
is said, is regarded favorably by
the committee provides for the issue of
income bonds to the amount of $10,000,
000, each shareholder of 100 shares of
stock of the company to have the right
to subscribe for a $14,000 bond at par.
The changes already practically de
cided on will reduce the annual fixed
charges of the entire system $3,000,000,
exclusive of the Atlantic & Pacific sys
tem on which the charge will be mater
ially reduced.
The interest of the Colorado Midland
bonds will be scaled, or the
principal will be reduced. It
is understood that the St Louis
and San Francisco securties will
not be touched, and the second
mortgage bonds will be made a contin
gent charge.
Decision ArMnst a Hailroad.
Washington, May 26. The Northern
Pacific railroad company today lost the
Barden suit in the supreme court involv
ing title to mineral lands within the lim
its of the Northern Pacific land grant
Millions of acres are involved.
BEHIflDJHE BARS.
Coxey and Browne Playing
Checkers With Their Noses,
In the District Jail at Wash
ington, D. C.
MORE WEALERS THERE
Fitzgerald's "Army" of Forty
Nine Arrive.
Fitzgerald Calls Them ''Dele
gates" Their Petition.
Washington, May 26. Jacob S. Coxey,
Carl Browne and Christopher Columbus
Jones are still in durance vile in the city
jail, and liable to remain there the full
twenty days they are sentenced for.
They are the recipients of a great deal of
sympathy from Washington people, and
their cells are fragrant with flowers con
tributed by sympathizers. Coxey and
Browne occupy cell 67 on the second
tier, a big double cell; C. Columbus
Jones, the silent, was given a cell in the
lower tier. The apostles of reform are
fed oa the same prison fare that other
prisoners get. Each is given for dinuer
a tin dish containing a good sized piece
of meet, a baked patato and a slab of
corn bread.
Browne has expressed his intention of
not paying the $5 tine imposed on him
for walking on the grass, and says that
he will serve out the extra ten days in
default of payment
An impression has gotten abroad that
manacles were placed on the wrists of
the imprisoned men, and produced much,
unfavorable comment.
Handcuffs were placed on all three of
them when they were taken to the jail
in the Black Maria, but were immedi
ately removed on their arrival there
With Coxey, Browne and Jones in jail,
with no coffee in the commissary and no
cash in the treasury, the commonweal of
Christ has reached the most despondent
stage in its career. .
Jesse Coxev is in command, with Okla
homa Sam ahis chief of staff, but these
two individuals lack magnetism, and the
former particularly does not stand much
more than seven high in the estimation
of the men whom his illustrious father
has misguided with such success.
Coxey and Browne spent their time to
day in the seclusion of the district jail
preparing a bulletin intended for the ed
ification of the public. When it was Com
pleted seven typewritten' pages were
taken tip with a discussion of the pur
poses of the Coxey movement, closing
with an urgent appeal for money and
supplies.
The entire camp is now at the new
quarters on the meadow of Mr. Geo. W.
btegmaier near Highlands. Mrs. Coxey
and little Legal Tender have three com
fortable rooms on the upper floor of the
hotel. There were seven new recruits
yesterday, three from New York city
and four of Galvin's contingent.
Michael Fitzgerald with his common
weal army from Boston is the only new
arrival. His band of 43 industrials
which he calls delegates has taken up
quarters in the 6mall chapel annex to
iv'ount Zion Methodist church, a house
of worship of negroes in the northwest
section of the city. The chapel is equip
ped with wooden benches, which the
men are using for beds this evening.
The delegates are by far the most intel
ligent in appearance of any of the ar
mies of the unemployed that have reach
ed this city. They have a petition" to
present to congress, but have not as yet
made any plans concerning the manner
of presenting it The petition is strong
ly socialistic in its nature and goes much
further than the Coxey plan. Fitzger
ald says hip men are in sympathy with
Coxey, but they are not in any way con
nected with him o. his army.
TO l'AItllOX COXEY.
A Petition Sent from Springfield, H&, to
President Cleveland.
Springfield, Mo., May 20. At a meet
ing of the sympathizers of Coxey last
night resolutions were passed denounc
ing the treatment of Coxey in Washing
ton, and a petition asking President
Cleveland to pardon him was prepared
and signed by 680 persons.
Senator Vest was requested to present
this petition in person and report to the
chairman of the meeting what the presi
dent said.
APPEAL TO CONGRESS.
IToited Mine Workers Wanttlie Snooting:
at Stickle Investigated.
Uniontown, Pa., May 26. The strik
ers generally attended a meeting at
Mount Pleasant today and consequently
there was very little marching.
At Federal, Pa., the United Mine work
ers passed resolutions asking their repre
sentative in congress, Hon. W. A. Sipe,
to ask congress to appoint a committee
to make a full inquiry into the mining
troubles and the "uncalled for shooting"
of men in the public highway of Fayette
and Westmoreland counties.
WOMEN MARCHING.
Equal Suffrage 31ake the Colorado
Women as Hrave a Men.
Walsenburg, Colo., May 26. Six hun
dred Fremont county striking coal min
ers and sixteen women, who marched
from Florence, a distance of nearly
eighty miles, for the purpose of urging
the miners in this district to strike, are
in camp here.
They have made no violent demonstra
tions and declare they will "act like
men." Several hundred strikers from
Trinidad are coming and if the Picton
and Rouse miners are not forcibly driven
from the mines, they will certainly be
subjected to great pressure to induce
them to reconsider their determination
not to strike.
HAVE TAKEN A TRAIN.
Elf;ht Hundred Miners Mount Cars at
Terre Haute for Pana.
Terse Haute, Ind., May 26. There
are 800 miners in the Big Four yards at
Terre Haute holding a captured freight
train in which they propose to ride to
Pana, Ills. Mayor Ross has refused to
interfere until the company Issues war
rants. Sheriff Stout has been appealed to
and gave the same answer. The men are
peaceable, but .do not propose to leave
the train on which they came from Fon
taine. At Fontaine, a few miles from
Terre Haute, 1.500 miners have gathered
about the . coal chutes and refuse to al
low freight engines to take coal. Pass
enger trains are not molested and pass
on. through. No freights have gone
through, however, since last night
Supt Neel has wired that if the men
are taken to Pana there will be blood
shed and rather than move the men all
the trains will be abandoned. The situ
ation is considered critical and if the
roads attempt to have warrants issued
there will undoubtedly be trouble.
President Dunkerly has wired Presi
dent McBride of the national order for
advice and states the men will be gov
erned by his advice.
NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING
General Scarcity of Information on What
Shall Be Done Wilb Sanders.
.Sanders' army is still held at Leaven
worth by the United States authorities.
Capt Joe Waters said today in speak
ing of the matter: "I think we will ac
cept Perry's proposition to let the men
go on their recognizance. We have done
nothing yet, and we cannot tell what we
will do until Sanders goes to Leaven
worth to consult with his men. 1 do not
know when they will leave. They
have not bought the steamboat
'Belle of Brownville,' and can
not just now. Sanders expects
contributions from Kansas City, aud he '
will try to raise some money. Ihe Mis
souri Pacific railroad has done nothing
yet toward buying the boat I do not
think-the damage suits will be brought
against the road."
General Sanders said: "I do not 'know
what will be done. I understand Perry
has made a proposition to release all the
men except myself and the engineer and ;
n re in an, ana 1 think we will accept. 1
expect to have 500 men in niy com
mand. I have just received word that
seventy men from Denver, who are at
Seneca, Kansas, will join us, and we ex
pect, a company from here."
"United States Commissioner E. A.
Wagener said: "I think the men will not
be released. I do not believe Perry has
consented to the release of the men on
their own recognizance. He offered to
do that at the preliminary hearing, but
they wouldn't accept then, and I do not
believe they will be given a chauce to
accept now. I am satisfied that Perry is
In favor of. holding all the men."
There will be a meeting at the Popu
list league rooms tonight, to complete
the organization of the Topeka company.
. General J. S. Sanders was very much
excited when he heard of the battle at
Victor between the miners and deputies.
I expected it," said he, "I knew it
was only a question of time when this
thing would come. The union men are
determined, and are well armed with
Winchesters, shot guns and revolvers.
They will fight until they are extermin
ed or until the deputies surrender.
"What caused this strike?" asked the
reporter.
"The trouble was caused by a dispute
over wages. The men demanded $3 a
day for nine hours work or $2.75 for
eight hours. The largest mine owner, a
man named Stratton agreed to pay the
wages asked and some others did also,
and the men went to work."
This trouble is in the district court
where only gold is mined.
"The men with me," continued the
general, "are nearly all from the silver
districts. They came to Cripple Creek
to get work but found the strike on and
refused to take the place of the strikers
for they are all union men."
A BIG FIZZLE.
The Unemployed'! March on the Mayor
fails for Lick of Leadership.
The local army of unemployed did not
march upon Mayor Harrison this after
noon to demand work, as their pro
gramme announced it would. Somehow
everything seemed to go wrong. ' In the
first place the Trades Assembly hall
was the place announced for the meeting,
but the assembly at its session last
night decided that the Coxeyites couldn't
meet there without helping to pay rent
So the Populist league room was the
place of meeting. The thirty-two men
who have sigued to join Sanders' army
were there, and also about a dozen oth
ers, notable among whom were General
Sanders, II. II. Artz, and Captain E. S.
Hunter.
Nobody seemed to know what they
were there for. General Sanders
denied that the mayor made the
remarks generally credited to him, that,
there was work in Topeka for all the un
employed. So the men decided it was
no U9e, even as a formality, to go to the
mayor for work.
The probabilities are that the local
company will leave Topeka to join San
ders' army at Leavenworth Monday
night or Tuesday morning. The
matter of their transportation to
Leavenworth is the all absorbing
question at present They can get noth
ing cheaper thau the regular rate of
$1.67, which for 32 or more Coxeyites,
sums up to not less than :f53.44.
It is proposed to call a big mass meet
ing for the purpose of raising this money
at the court house next Monday night.
General Sanders expected to start
down the river for Kansas City
Monday morning, but sees now
that he can't go before Tuesday.
His boat is the old "Belle of Brown -ville"
which is being given a fresh coat
of white paint and christened "The
Commonwealer," probably to distinguish
her from the numerous side-wheelers
and other "wheelers" on the river.
At 3 o'clock speeches were commenced
at the Coxey meetinc "General" Sand
ers made a short talk. He was followed
by "General" Artz, who said among
other things: "I am a law abiding citi
zen, bnt the laws. The end of 30
days may find me in Washington, for I
am in this movement soul and body."
Good Enensh.
The Republican central committee this
afternoon decided to hold Australian bal
lot primaries Saturday, June 16 no dele
gate convention.
GOIIIGJOUW.
Asa Bunn Who Charges Warden
Chase With Boodling,
Will MandamnsGovernorLewel
ling at Once. .
NO DODGING, SAYS I1E.
The Charges Against Chase
Mast Be Investigated.
Bunn and Others Claim to Know
a Great Deal.
Governor Lewelling will be compelled
to order an investigation of the charges
made against Warden Dick Chase and
the directors of the penitentiary.
Asa Bunn, the discharged mine in
spector, who is one of the men bringing
the charges, is in Topeka today, and to
a State Journal reporter this afternoon
said: "Governor Lewelling does not seem
to be willing to investigate the charges
against the penitentiary officials, but he
will investigate them just the same. When
the charges were filed I thought of
course they would be made public and
an investigation ordered at once.
"The law says when charges are filed
against such officials the governor shall
at once lay the matter before the lieuten
ant governor and the speaker of the
house and they shall - summon three
members of the house and two senators
who shall form a committee to conduct
the investigation.
"The governor has not done this; but
we are going to commence mandamus
proceedings in the supreme court and
compel him to order an- investigation.
We can prove all there is in the charges
filed and more, too.
"The trouble is that Dick Chase has
always been a boodler of the worst kind.
I fought him and helped down him after
he sold out at Wichita, but he did not
know I was the man until after I was at
work in the mines.
"I have been a reformer for thirty-five
years and Dick Chase is mistaken and
all other folks are mistaken who think I
will submit to the kind of crookedness
that has been going on at the peniten
tiary without entering my protest
"Lamm, the Republican mine superin
tendent, couldn' t stand Chase's adminis
tration any longer and he" quit Chase,
didn't know where he could get a mine
superintendent and John Yarroll, the
chief clerk, said he knew a man
who could fill the bill. He told
him his name was Bunn and he waa
working for the Santa Fe. When Yar
roll said 'Santa Fe' Chase just jumped
at the chance to get a man. He argued
that if I was working for the Santa Fe,
of course I was a boodler and a tool, but
wasn't he mistaken?
"Soon after I took charge of the mines,
Mr. Galligher, the state mine inspector,
visited the mines, and in his report said
the shaft must be repaired at once. I
attempted to comply with the advice of
the state mine inspector and commenced
to repair the shaft, which I knew needed
repairing badly, and which I had said
before should be repaired.
"Chase ordered mo to let the shaft
alone and get out coal. He was so
greedy for boodle that he did not care if
the mine caved in. I insisted on repair
ing the shaft aud we had more trouble
and then he called me up and without
any investigation whatever discharged
me.
"He tried to work Stonehecker the
storekeeper on his thieving scheme
against the state but Stonehecker
wouldn't stand it and he was fired, too.
John Yarroll the chief clerk who keeps
the books is also at outs with Chase be
cause he won't do the bookeeping accor
ding to the Chase system but he don't
dare fire Yarroll.
"We are going to have an investigation
that will open the eyes of the people of
the State."
BANK STATEMENT.
A Decrease is Shown in Every Thine,
Even the Reserve.
New York, May 26. The weekly
bank statement shows the following
changes: Reserve, decrease $1,397,425;
loans, decrease $233,200; specie, de
crease $883,u00; legal tenders, decrease
$1,511,200; deposits, decrease $3,987,100;
circulation, decrease $37,600.
The banks now hold $77,601,700 in ex
cess of the 25 per cent rule.
THE RAILROAD WINS.
The Illinois Central Railroad Victorious
in the United States Supreme Court.
Washington, May .26. The case of
the United States vs the Illinois Central
road known as the Lake Front case was
decided by the supreme court in favor
of the railroad, Justice Field delivering
the opinion.
Justices Brewer and Brown dis
sented holding that the United States
resumed the same interest in the prop
erty as an individual who had granted
property for a certain object and might
apply to the court afterward for a decree
to prevent its diversion from that pur
pose. This case was another phase of
the lake front litigation, the most im
tant feature having been decided hereto
fore. .
NO FREE COINAGE.
Representative Traeej Says All Chanee of
a 18 to 1 Ratio is Ended. -
Washington, May 26. Representative
Tracey of New Y'ork, who has been most
active in defeating Bland's silver moves,
says all chance of a free coinage meas
ure at a ratio of 16 to 1 is at an end, in
the present congress. Mr. -Tracey joins
issue with Mr. Bland in the latter's state
ment that the recent Missouri convention
endorsed free coinage at 16 to 1.
On this point Mr. Tracey says:
"Mr. Bland was given a royal recep
tion at his state convention and I am glad
of it, but he was also given a platform
that he must realize better than most
men, ends all chance of free coinage be
ing adopted at 16 to 1 with silver selling
at 62 cents an ounce."
CLEARED THE RAILROAD.
Populist Investigation Finds the Santa
Fa Obeying; the Uv,
There has been more or less complaint
that the Santa Fe railroad company ope
rated coal mines in connection with its
railroad business and dealt in coal. This
would be a violation of the law, and last
fall the governor at the request of the
miners, ordered M. B. Nicholson to mak
an investigation. He did so, and re
ported no infringement of the law.
Recently the investigation was re
opened and the charge was made that
the Santa Fe railroad company bought
the output of the penitentiary mines and
that the coal was sold by the railroad
company.
Again Nicholson was asked to make
an investigation and he makes the fol
lowing report:
May 25th. 1894.
Hon. John T. Little, Attorney General:
Dkak Sir: As requested by yourself
and the governor I went to Lansing aud
investigated the charge that the out
put of the penitentiary coal mine is sold
to the A. T. fc S. F. company for com
mercial purposes and that said company
is selling the product of -said mine in
violation of the laws of the state.
Through the courtesy of the warden
and clerk of the penitentiary the records
of the prison were put at my disposal,
and every assistance given me to fully
investigate the matter.
I found that during the year 18'Jt, Mr.
O. S. Hiatt had the control, under
contract with the state, of all the
product of the mine, except the
quantity necessary for the state pur
poses, and I further found that y, r.
Hiatt has a contract with the Atchison
road to take Oil his hands all of said coal
which he could not dispose of elsewhere.
Under the contract with the state, Mr.
Hiatt received from June 1st, 189l, to
May 24th, 1804, both days in
clusive, 1587 cars of coal of
which he delivered or had con
signed to the A. T. & S. F. Co., 656 cars
and 931 to other consignees. The most
of the coal for the Santa Fe road went
to Argentine, some to Lexington Junc
tion, some to Atchison, aud one or two
cars to Leavenworth. It seems to
me from all I can learn that
the railroad used all this coal for
fuel in operating its road and that the
transaction is legitimate and' legal and
furnishes no ground for complaint or in
terference on the part of the state.
Very respectfully submitted,
M. B. Nicholson.
HE'S THE YOUNGEST.
B. P. Cheney the Most. Youthful Railroad
President, is lu Town.
B. P. Cheney of Boston, president of
the National City & Otay railroad in Cal
ifornia, and also president of the Hxu
Diego Land and Town company, was in
the city at noon today in a special car
belonging to his road on his way td Cali
fornia. Mr. Cheney enjoys the distinc
tion of being the youngest railroad pres
ident in the world, as he is only 21 years
of age.
lie was accompanied by W. L. Frost,
Chas. W.'Shattuck and C. D. Lanning,
directors of the same road. Lawyer
Chas. S. Gleed of this city, who has just
returned from Boston, joined the party at
this place and will go to California with
them.
TO GIVE MEN WORK.
Minneapolis Will Issue $100,000 of Par
Cent Bonds.
Minneapolis, May 26. The problem
of unemployed has been taken up in
Minneapolis in earnest The ways and
means committee of the council has de
cided to issue the bonds to the amount of
$100,000 at 2 per cent to furnish money
for an extensive scheme of public im
provements. The business men of the city have
agreed to take the whole issue at par so
that the bonds will not have to be floated
on the money market Extensive im
provements are to be undertaken.
Will Carry "Mab" Coal.
St. Paul. May 26. The engineers
will carry scab" coal. The relations
of the coal miners' strike to the mem
bers of certain divisions of the B. L.
E. was thoroughly canvassed by
the convention today, the result being
an order advising the engineers who
have been threatened by the strikers for
carrying "scab" coal to obey the law.
M rn. Lease's C'ondltlou.
Olathk, May 26. Mrs. Lease's condi
tion slightly changed for the better this
morning.
LOCAL MENTION.
Miss Margaret Home will eing a
sacred solo tonight before the state con
vention of the Christian Endeavor
society. Miss Gertrude Tracy will play
the accompaniment
There will be no motions heard before
Judge Hazen in the district court Mon
day morning. Next week is the last
week of jury business, and Judge Hazen
wants to give the jury all the time pos
sible. Roy Hoffhine8, charged with being an
accomplice of the counterfeiter, Frank
L. Turner, was released on bond this
afternoon. His father, Wm. Hoffhines
of Nickerson, and J. G. Wyman of this
city, were his sureties.
Owing to the strike among eastern
miners the C. B. & Q. Ry. Co. have
placed an order for two hundred cars of
coal and the Chicago & Alton R. R. Co.
an order for fifteen cars of coal daily
with the Wear Coal Co., of Topeka, to
be filled from their Southern Kansas
mines.
A plan is being considered by the
Santa Fe to run semi-monthly excursion
trains to Kansas City from Emporia, by
way of Topeka and Lawrence. A rate
of $2.50 from Emporia, $1.50 from To
peka and $1 from Lawrence for the
round trip is proposed. The passenger
department has the plan under consider
ation. ' The case against Mrs. Dr. Lucinda
Thompson, charged with illegally prac
ticing medicine, was concluded in Jus
tice Furry's court today, and the case
has gone to the jury. F. P. Baker, who
while not a lawyer, knows as much about
the Kansas statutes as some practition
ers, says the law of 1870, under which
the prosecution is made, was declared
unconstitutional eighteen years ago bjr
the state supreme court.

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