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rf '"9 -A 9. 1 'f "5 111'? IS I ' i '. ' . US : 10 CENTS A WEEK. THOROUGHLY SCARED The Scandals and Corruption Galore in Populist Circles, At Last Pricking the Calloused Skins of the Authorities. OBSERVE THE LIST. Chase, the Slater, Hitchcock the Cruel, Commissioner Todd, the Bane of the Labor Unions, 2IcCasey,"a Thorn in the Flesh," Defies The Appointing Powers to Remove Him from Oflice. LE WELLING IMPLORED To Save His Party from the Destruction And flavoc Caused by His Faith less Followers. The Old Charges Made Against Republicans FORGOTTEN IN ZEAL With Which Salaried Officials Are Stumping' the State. Another Scan ialous Discovery Made Public Today. NOW AT WINF1ELD. Affecting the Asylum for Im becile Youth. Dr. Pileher, The Populist Of ficial. Swells the List. The informal investigation, embellished with broken heads and drawn revolvers, of the charges against Warden Dick Chase of the stata penitentiary before the penitentiary directors who are charged v.-ith being implicated with the warden in the alleged crookedness has been concluded. The result of tha investigation is told by the Leavenworth Standard as follows: "The board of directors, before whom the investigation was held, almost imme diately rendered a decision exonerating the wardeu in every particular, lie was not found guilty on even the smallest charge preferred against him." This result is just what was expected, but the odors from the corruption of the Populist administration are getting bo (strong that even the Populists them selves are becomiig alarmed over their sanitary condition. The scandals ard charges about Chase, McCasey, Pileher, Hitchcock and Todd are causing more than ordina ry criticism cf the administration, and Tfthile Governor Lewelling had apparently resolved "to let things go" until after election the flood of bitter complaint is becoming resist less, and unless eTectually and speedily turned aside, will wash the Populists Into a slough of cespond and an ocean of despair. Tue joy of the Republicans ever the discomliture and disgrace of the Popu lists adds bitterness to Lewelling' cup of quassia. The slugging of Judge McDonald by Warden Chase hts brought forward con spicuously the crookedness in the other , state instutions. The demand for the re moval of the army of obnoxious officials has become so strong that the state house crowd ht.s become thoroughly alarmed. Fred Close, the governor's lieutenant, has gone to Hutciinson post haste to see his chieT about these matters. It is un derstood that strcng pressure is now be ing brought to bear on the governor to compel him to order a regular legisla tive investigation of the charges against the officials who have piled up a moun tain of scandal and disgrace. If Uovernor Lewelling consents to this he will call upon George L. Doug lass, speaker of the house and Percy Daniels, lieutem.nt governor who will narna three members of the house and two of the senate, who with themselves will constitute the investigation commit tee. If such an Investigation is ordered there is little doubt but that Warden Chase, rtaperintondent Hitchcock, Dr. McCasey, and Labor Commissioner Todd will have to go. No Longjr a Hflnim Offansa. It is no longer regarded a heinous of fense by the Populist of Kansas for a state officer to slump the state in the in terest of his party and at the same time draw his salary from the state. In the campaign of 1892 one of the most severe attacks mile on the Republicans by the Populists was directed against Ex-Governor George T. Anthony who was at that time a member of the state NIGilft f w lOIi. TOPEKA, KANSAS. WEDNESDAY EVEXING, JULY board of railroad commissioners and was the Republican candidate for congress man at large. Governor Anthony was rna'.igned by every Populist speaker and newspaper, because he refused to give up his $3,00'J salary during the campaign. This was one of the most serious charges made against the Republican administration. 1 he Populists look at such matters from a different view in the present cam paign, however, but the average voter fails to see why an act, which is a sin for a Republican is not as great a sin for a Populist. If the same measure is to t e applied to both parties the Populists must admit they are now at a great disadvantage and fheir abuse of state privileges i9 something wonderful and fearful to con template. Governor Lewelling who draws a sal ary of $ 3,000 just the same bs received by Geo. T. Anthony is now stumping the state in his own interest but he has not eaid anything about giving up hi.s salary. Chairman John W. Breidenthal of the Populist state central committee draws a salary of $2,500 a year as state bank commissioner, while he directs his party campaign and his party headquarters are established in the state bank commis sioner's office in the stateaouse; while his political clerks and becretaries Lave for several months occupied the 6tate senate committee rooms for party politi cal purposes. Mr. Breidenthal has not whispered anything about giving up his salary or allowing the state anything for the use of the senate committee rooms. George W.Clark draws $1,60 ) annually as assistant attorney treneral while he is a candidate for associate justice and while j his entire time is not devoted to politics j he will be one of the most active upon ; speakers' platforms in the campaign, and J will not refund his salary pro rata. j D. C. Zercher, as assistant secretary of j state, receives from the "public crib" j $1,600 a yea"; while he acts as a member of the executive committee of the Popu list's state central couiaiittee, and devotes much of his time to preparing "figures for Populist campaigners." R. S. Osborn, secretary of state, is not a candidate for re-election, because he did not get the nomination, but he is billed for numerous speeches, to talk for the other fellows while he draws his sal ary of $2,500 a year with unremitting regularity. H. II. Snider, state superintendent of insurance is already working for the stale ticket. His salary is $2,uu0 a year, and his regular monthly vouchers from the auditor show no rebate and are just the same as if all his time and atten tion were given to the insurance depart ment. State Superintendent H. N. Gaines is still, in thirty day installments, receipt ing for his sidary of $2,00') while ha is canvassing the state for a second term aud Attorney General John T. Little draws $2,50U'while he talks at PopuLst picnics, beseeching an endorsement of his tirst term. Fred J. Close, the one-nrmeJ old soldier who draws $2,(03 as private sec retary to Governor Lewelling, is already billed for a part of the campaign, but his pay goes on just the same. Judge C. E. Foote, member of the board of pardons, will be one of the most active "reform" campaigners, but his salary of $833.33 will not revert to the state treasury. S. M. Scott, who is making the race for congress in this (the Fourth) district against Charley Curtis, is holding on with an almost death-like grip to his sal ary of $1,000 as president cf the state board of public works. This is "reform." It was "reform" that was promised in the last campaign, and it is "reform" that we are getting with a vengeance. A few of the ofEciala mentioned have not yet taken an active part ia the cam paign but are all being counted on to as sist in the re-election of the state ticket and the capture of the congressional districts. Anothar "Horrlbla." The news has just reached Topeka of a most villianous outrage perpetrated on eight of the male inmates cf the state school for Idiotic and Imbecile Youth at W infield. Last Saturday one of the boys from the school was on the streets of Wintield, and told of the horrible treatment to which he had been sub jected by Dr. Pileher. His story was not believed, but an investigation proved that the boy's story was not only true but that seven other boys had been sub jucted to ttis suine villainous treatment, a surgical operation rarely perlormed ou human beings. When confronted about the matter, Dr. G. Hoyt Pitcuer, superintendent cf tne school, attempted to justify tus actions on the ground that tiie mutilation was necessary to prevent certain evil prac tices. He maintained that the consent oT the parents had been secured. An in vestigation Las shown that tiie consent of the parents had not been grunted. The whole story is too awful tor publi cation aud a ids another disgrace lo the record of the Populist mismanagement of the state charitable inaiitutians. This is the woret yet midejpublic. Dr. Pileher, supenutundeut of the Winheld school, was a few months ago the subject of a sensation, when he was charged with a nameless crime against one of the inmates. Dr. Pileher caused the arrest of Ed. P. Greer, editor of the Wiafieid Courier, for cniniual libel for making public that story, but tha case against jir. Greer was dismissed last weeK on motion of Dr. Pileher. HOW THEY GOT Til EKE. Commliilonar Todd lpUtm About tha 6uprm tour. Hook. Labor Commissioner Todd today ex plains that the supreme court law books found in bis office were left there by his consent, at the request of the state libra rian when tiie rooms now used by the labor commissioner were vacated by the supreme court commissioners. Mr. Todd says they left three cases of law books in his office but one of these cases has since been transferred to the office of the attorney general an 1 one to the rooms of the tuie board of pirdona. The third case was today removed by the state librarian at the request of Mr. Todd waa said he had no use for the tucks. WHOLE BLOCK BIB Washington is Visited by a Bis: Fire This Morning. Three Firemen Lose Their Lives and Others Injured. 300 HORSES PERISH. Adams' Express Co. Barns and Eurht Houses Destroyed Worst Event of the Kind Since Patent Office Fire. Washington. July 23. Clanging bells roaring flames, rushing engines, crash ing walls, agonizing shrieks of horses that were perishing in the fiery furnace such was the scene that was presented to eye and ear as Knox's stables at "B" and Second streets and the other build ings in that block fell a prey to the de structive element today. Not since the big tire in the patent office many years ago, has the fire de partment of the district had to cope with so fierce a conflagration. AH its ap pliances were brought into action, but all efforts were unavailing to save the property from destruction. Five brave tiremen were crushed under the falling walls. Four men were injured by fall ing walls and timbers, and these were promptly removed to the Emergency hos pital for treatment. Three of the fire men lost their lives. Over 300 heavy draft horses, nearly all of the company's express wagons and the contents of the large storage build ing were burned. The Adams Express company's stable, adjoining the Knox budding to the north were also most en tirely consumed. About 150 horses were in the Adams Express company's stables but all were taken out by the hardest biud of work on the part of citizens and policemen. Eight two-story houses on the alley north of the Knox building and two small frame houses back of the Adams s:able were destroyed. Six or eight oth er residence houses were more or less damaged. Mitchell's blacksmith shop on Second street was crushed by falling walls. The warehouse and stables occupied over a block. The tire was discovered about 2:30 o'clock. A number of men were sleeping in the Knox building and were awakened by smoke. They found the entire rear -of the second floor of the building in flames and had hardly time to escape with their lives. Before they had left the building the flames had communicated to the three story rear part of the Adams sta- ' bles, and was darting out of the windows of the second and first floors of both buildings in the rear. A policeman sent in an alarm through a patrol box. It was a still alarm and brought out two companies aud a truck. Five minutes later a general alarm was turned in aud in five minutes more the entire fire department of the city was on hand. Every company and every fire man was needed. A hotter fire never raged. The flames poured in great sheets from the doors and windows of the great stables. All this was in a very few mo ments. Cut the Harsas Looa. A hundred men ran into the Adams stables and cut loose the 150 horses they contained. The animals were cut loose and turned into the street. The horsea of the Knox company could not be reached. There were twenty-live of them, and they were on the second story of the building, which was a mass of flames from the very start. The Knox building was a four story structure of brick. On the lirst floor were the heavy wagons of the concern, on the second floor the horse.-i; on the third and fourth floors hay in large quan tities and merchandise of all kinds which had been stored with the company. Another four Btory building of the Knox company, facing on Seco.id street, and connected with the stables, separated only by a thin brick wail, was ued en tirely for storage purposes. It was packed from the basement to the roof with furniture and merchandise. It is this building that the greatest loss occur red. The heat was so intense that the firemen were obliged to throw water on each other repeatedly in order that they might continue at their posts. The men who had to hold lines of hose on the B street lront of the Knox build ing were obliged lo lie flat and hold their faces to the ground so awful was the heat. A portion of the wall of the rear of the Adams building fell into the alley and across the back exit. The members of hose company No. 1 and several men of other companies were caught inside of the building. Fire Chief Parris rushed to the rescue. Half a dozen leads of hose were turned upon the burning mass which had fallen in front of the exit. As the bricks cooled slightly twenty tiremen and as many policemen rushed into the building. It was an awful risk. The walls of the Knox building were tottering. At any moment they might fall and crush the smaller Adams building under them. In a moment the rescuers emerged from what was thought to be a death pit. In their arms they dragged the bodies of three firemen who had been hurt by falling bricks. While they were inside the heat had been so intense that they were almost baked alive. Their comrades were also scorched and singed. All were dragged back to the opposite sidewalk. Two minutes after the party came out the upper floors of the Knox building fell. Only the semi-tower which made the office corner of the building was left standing. With the fall of the wall the lire was practically under control, but the flames were hotter than ever. It was now so hot that firemen and policemen began to succumb to the terrific heat. It was necessary to keep the hose playing on the residence houses all about and the liremen, now completely exhausted, had to be relieved every four or five minute. Eight two-story frame houses on the north alley caught lire. They were allowed to burn. Water and hose could not bo wasted upon them. Their occu pants had long since left them, and for fifteen minutes bricks had been crashing through the roofs. i Fire started from the roofs of all the near dwellings. Ladders were brought into use and citizens and policemen took the places of the exhausted firemen and kept the lire from spreading. The hay and light material with which the buildings were filled made a fierce lire. The flames darted high into the air and made the capitol, several blocks away, stand on the hill, against the black sky, like a building painted in flame. The total loss will exceed a quarter of a million dollars. The bodies of the following named firemen have been recovered: Samuel E. Habtin. MlCIIAEl, FESTOX. Dennis Donahue, all firemen of No. 1 company. One of the Knox stable employes was burned and may die. Fully a dozen firemen and policemen were overcome by heat and had to be carried to places of safety. The injured are: J. C. Wilson,525 Eleventh street,south west, broken leg. James Kelhal, 402 Virginia avenue, S. W., sprained back, seriously injured. Lee Bell, 3202 I street, N. W., burn ed about hands and face. James A. Hooper, truck "A," lacerated forehead. Edward Cahill, citizen; shoulder broken. REPUBLICANS OF ILLINOIS. Tbay Maet in State Convention Today from Cullom. Sprinopikld, 111., July 25. The Illi nois state csnvention assembled in the hall cf the house Of representatives here today. The decorations were limited to a Tew portraits of celebrated Republican leaders. The convention was called j to order at 12:15, by James II. Clark, j of ilatton, chairman of the I state central committee, who announced Rev. I. C. Adrian, of Dundee, as chap lain. After the prayer the call of the convention was read and James M. Mann, of Chicago, was named as tempor ary chairman. T. N. Jamieson, of Chicago, was elected temporary secretary, and the convention voted to refer all resolutions to the com mittee on resolutions without debate. The convention then took a recess until 3 p. m. The following dispatch from Senator Cullom was received: "Washington, D. C, July 25, "To the President of the Convention, Spring held. 111. "I sincerely regret that I cannot be present at the convention today. My duty in the present struggle is here. We may yet defeat the pernicious Wilson tariff bilL The death of the bill would mean life to the industries and labor of the country, employment to labor and the end to lockouts. It would mean that no tariff legislation .would be enacted until after the people have heard from the polls in November. I trust that the conventiou may be characterized with a epirit of harmony. I am sure its work to-day will be ratified at the polls. "3. M. Culi-om." Flfar Permanent t"liairinn. The committee on permanent organi zation met this afternoon and selected ex-Governor Fifer as permanent chair man. The committee recommended to the convention an increase of rive mem bers of the state central committee. The committee on resolutions met and ad journed to 2:45. the Senate cools off. Ihi Dlicnislan of the Tariff Bill Rather Qniet Today. Washington, July 25. In the morn ing hour in the senate the conference re port of the legislative, executive and judicial appropriation bill was agreed to. Mr. Allen presented a resolutiondirect ing the attorney genefal to transmit to the senate full copies of all correspon dence (telegraphic and otherwise) which passed between the department of jus tice and the railroads centering in Chi cago from June 1 to the present time, lie asked immediate consideration, but Mr. Piatt objected and it went over. Air. Vest, in the absence of Mr. Voor hees, chairman of the finance committee, who is ill, called up the conference re port on the tariff bill, lie immediately yielded to Mr. Coke, of Texas, who se cured the passage by unanimous consent of a bill granting to the Arkansas, Texas and Mexican railway company right of way through the Indian territory. At 1:05 Mr. C-.ffery took the floor and resumed his speech of yesternoon, but his remarks did not arouse much inter est. He spoke principally as to the jus tice of the duty on sugar. When he had finished Mr. Daniel of Virginia, took the floor. At 3:10 the senate adjourned. SANTA FE RETRENCHING. All the Railroads Are Lopping Off Their KxpenAeN. Chicago, July 25. The Evening Jour nal says: Economy has new became the order of the day with all the great roads, aud especially have the efforts of the general managers been directed to de creasing the mileage. Mr. tjt. John ex pects to be able to reduce the Rock Island's mileage 4,000 miles against last year. 'A he Santa Fe operating officials are at work on a new train schedule which, in a great measure, will cover the pres ent ground and yet enable the road to save about $:i,uOO a day. The saving will be achieved by running the Pacihc ex press as a Biugle section from starting point to terminus instead of dividing it into two sections at Kansas City under the present mode of handling the traffic. The officials of the road are of the opinion that during the present hard times one through train a day each way on the old line will meet all require ments. Other reductions will be arrived at by lopping off certain luxuries which close competition made apparently necessary, but for wh.ch the average traveler cares very little. Read the "Wants." Many of them are as interesting as news items. See if it is not eo- 25, 1894. WAIIT HEW ME Atchison Protective Committee Wants Changes. It is in Favor of "New ilen of Tried Railroad Experience." TIIE CHAIRMAN'S VIEW His Words Not Complimentary to Present Management. Desire to Get th Road Out of the Court's Hands. New York, July 25. Theo. W. Myers who is chairman of the Atchison pro tective committee, in an interview in re to the purposes of that committee, says: "We wish to completely change the management of the Atchison in favor of new men, of tried railroad experience with sound financial methods. "The stockholders stand ready to fur nish whatever cash capital is necessary, provided the conditions are made sound and they retain the clear equity to which they are entitled. I am confident the system can earn interest on its gen eral mortgage bonds, and as the times improve and the tratlic becomes normal, it can also earn enough to make improve ments which are absolutely essential." "How will you save the property from the demands of the second mortgage':" "The owners of the second mortgage bonds will agree with the stockholders to sacrifice sufficient of their matured and maturing coupons to nable the system to work out of its present depression. You understand the position of the sec ond mortgage bonds is such that an agreement of this kind is necessary for their own protection. "Otherwise, if a contest were forced between them and the stockholders they would in the end be required to furnish all the money to payoff the floating debt, and this would require a large assess ment on the owners of these bond. The second mortgage bondholders must sur render their coupons for a few years at least, and this relief to the company will make the stockholders safe in furnishing the new capital." Regarding the outcome of reorganiza tion, Mr. Myers said: "It will simply be a united effort on the part of the owners of the stock and the owners of the second mortgage bonds to furnish new capital and make certain sacrifices which will take the property out of the courts and give it a permanent financial basis. "We have assurances from holders of these securities which indicate a majority of them will support the plana of the protective reorganization committee, and therefore I believe the plans of that com mittee can be carried out." CAR LIS LE V I sTtsT R I S P. lie Seek a Conference With the 8pea!tr but Cauld Not Wait. Washington, July 25. Secretary Car lisle went to the house of representa tives today and sought Speaker Crisp, who had not yet arrived. It was the first time Mr. Carlisle had been at the house in some months, although he has been a frequent visitor at the senate dur ing the tariff struggle. On learning that Mr. Crisp would not arrive for some time, the secretary said that engage ments at the treasury would prevent him from waiting and the meeting was deferred. i Chairman Wilson's arrival from West ' Virginia last night gave further ground : for the generally expressed belief that ' the house would not remain entirely pass- iva while the senate had nominal poases ; sion of the tariff controversy. Among members of the house the feel -! ing is strong that the end of the tariff j tight is not far off. The representatives j who had talked of holding out all sum ! mer did so because of their views on 6U ! gar. Rut the contest has changed form j materially, it is argued, since the presi j dent's letter and at present the main i contention of the house is for free iron j ore and coal. I SIMFSONBY ACCLAMATION. The Pvpulitt Convention Xomloalail llluiat 11 u ' c li i ua o ii Today. Hutchinson, Kas., July 25. Jerry Simpson was nominated by acclamation at the Populist convention here today, for congress in the Seventh congression al district against Chester I. Long, the Republican candidate. TRU31RULLIECLIN ES. Pnllmaa Trouble la Over and He See No Netd of lavi'f ig.tlnff. CHiCAG,July 25. Judge Lyman Trum bull has wired to Washington declining to act as goverment arbitrator in the Pullman strika Judge Trumbull gives as his reason for declining that the act under which the arbitrators are appointed wiil confine their investi gations to the recent strike aud that in asmuch as the trouble is over he sees no need of investigating it. House to Consider tbe HtrlUe. Washington, July 25. The resolu tion for an investigation of the Chicago strike by the house committee will be called up in the house tomorrow, accord ing to the decision reached today. Frank Spache, who runs a second hand store on the avenue between Third aud Fourth streets, was arrested by the police this afternoon, on a charge of petit lar ceny. He had bought for $ 1 at least $ 5 worth of rubber hose and cannot place the man that sold it to him. The arrest was made - on complaint of the people who lost the hose. J. W. Stout, a bricklayer, whose home is in Lowman Hill, was prostrated by a sunstroke yesterday, while working on the woolen mill in Oakland. He was taken home and was somewhat better this morning, and it is thought he will recover. Four other workmen on the buila.ng were co i. nelled to quit work on account of the heat. TWENTY-SECOND YEAH. ATTACKED TIIE CO U I IT. Debs Attorn.T Violently jltl 1 : Judge aod Called Statsa Offtcara. Chicago, July 25. Attorney W. Erwiii, counsel for the A. it L. vVU w. afforded a sensation in the cmu- in ( t proceedings to-day by violently aadi the government oiheers and indirect ly attacking the court. During his p--;;, which was delivered immediately ufi-r the adverse decision of the court on th defendants' motion to quash the informa tion against the prisoners, Judge Woods was visible excited and although retain ing himself, showed his euppret'd ex citement by his trembling bauds and expression. Mr. Erwin asserted that in c;ifs of in justice the power of the people. Lack, of the governments, reverts to the pi and as he spoke his tall figure quivvrrod with excitement and his vuioo rusn til most to a shriek. Beginning his r ;,;.- 'fi with a review of the troubles leading i.p to the strike, Mr. Erwia declared that the roads had entered into a couspiraey to sustaiu the Pullman company m tiiu latter's light with their ecu ploy en. The court must decide, this upr j court, he said, whether tho men were not justified in resisting such a conspiracy when the courts were silent regard in r it. "Such a conspiracy did oxii-t," he said, " and the courts a:i i officers of the government gave no redress. The question ie whether tho people are sovereign or whether tiicv have relegated all their powers to com binations of wicked men aud to rep re seutatives who are asleep. Had nut tho men a right to resist this conspiracy of the railroads to sustain Pullman in hi inhumanity and illegal acta;" Tha Case 4 o o 1 1 n u !. Chicago, July 25. In the Dots eon tempt case today Judge Woods deliver ed a brief opinion formally overruling the motion to quash the inf orinuiLn: against the American Railway union of ficers. Judge (Jrobscup theu auuouiit e i that he had taken no part in tho dec ;- on the motion to qua.ih 1 he announced further that he would tae no further part in the contempt, proceed ings, for the reason that the deli-ndduti are under indictment in the I niie i States district court, over which h pre sides, and the same questions of !.v u ill be raised under the indictment -i. lu fairness to the defendants. Judge tin cup said he would not sit any lou ver in the investigation of tho charge of e.;ii tempt. Alter making this announcement, J u0 t-e GrosBcup left the bench. District Attorney Milchrist announced that special counsel, Edwin Walker, wt, ill and could not attend the hearing. lie said that he, Milchrist, will go o it of oflice on August 2 and M-. Walker w ill I c left the sole counsel, in the cane and s . gested that tho bearing. be postponed until Mr. Walker is able '-a take t-hr.-e of it. After consideration of the district at torney's suggestion, tho court aiiuoii:n i that the case would be continued until September 5. Debs and his a-.-i;.t : - went into consultation rogai din g t ho ; i v ing of bail ami the co.lrt. adjourue l. By order of the court, the bad of tin four prisoner was reduced to 37,'.. each today. Tho bonds required um $10,u00 each. A S ENSATI ON A L 111 A V EC. Omnipetent Called on to Kieclit Demo crat from Iower in Iot I'ooVMnilon. Df.s Moinks, I a.. July 25. The larger and most enthusiastic Republican state convention for several years, met to-i.ii' at Calvary tabernacle. A cam-in had been held earlier, at which members of the credentials, permanent organ iai i n and resolutions committees were selected and members of the utate central com mittee chosen for the ensuing year. The great hall was handsomely decor ated with American tlags, bunting, etc. Hon. John M. Baldwin, of Council Bluffs, was made temporary chairman. 'Ihe prayer of .1. L. Weaver, formerly pastor of the Christian church here, wm the sensational feature of the rnornii.g session. He began by invoking tho di vine ble.-ising on tho country ia this hour of peri', asked t!,..t its enemy, tho Democratic party be as merciful as posnible and that the people be thankful for all the (,"'""1 it did if it did anything to enlint tin -ir sympathies, aud closed by appealing to tho Omnipotent to asxist in expediting the infamous Democratic party from power, aud lay the baud of divine pleas ure on them and restrain them forever from the exerciue of government author ity. At noon the convention adjourned until 2 'o'clock. The platform will denounce the Dem ocrats, eulogize the Republican, and say nothing ou the liquor question. A BIG EIRE AT ST. JOII. A. Mondrd Thousand l)oll:ir H pi h u t lioper'y lie.troyed iy Fire. St. Jok., Mo., July 25. Fiio at noon today destroyed flt)o,0U0 worth of prop erty in this city. It was started by a spark from a locomotive, and before i o ing extinguished burned the Beunt-tt lumber yard, the Lincoln school budd ing, tweaty freight cars and about a dozen of the small houses. Th 2 Ic-i mostly covered by insurance. TODAY'S WEATHER. It ! Officially Slialitly Cooler, Hut I- - catly Hot a Ever. It is not so hot today by three dt i: as it wa3 yesterday, although it e fully as warm. 'Hie mercury attaint degrees at the government uI.-i vm at 2 o'clock. Lieutenant Jennings ports that there is no immediate pro for rain at Topeka, although appear-., nre favorable for local showers nor!! Topeka tonight ret e s - 1 1' ; toi-y n- r '-rt TOO LATE TO ( LANSirV. 1"OK, SAl-E Oiib of the choicest reMilcin t tile city, at one-half the real .uue, 1 IOK SA1.K Two anil one-half acres of !c- I joining the city on .smuhea.Nt. M iit l.e fc s See .1. S. Collins &. Co. 1-OTt SALK Some rare liartrao" in ti n ,.- . ' and choiee res, deuce lot- at he, ri.-ft 1-r i -. See J. S.Collins, at lift West s.xih au-nuf. TirASTED A jwisition as 'nRitie-r or rr. -.,;. V by a competent man of -v (.-! . !,- . t jrfve best of reference. Address. A. i-. s.. Journal office. - 1sj0j KKNT Two irood imfuru:-hi- l tu-.i. , ' cheap. ice repair. II JavKaou a.