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Chicago Bears Up Bravely Un
der the Collapse
Of the Ills National Bank of
Tso Unas of Any Consequence
Are Reported
Severe Denunciation of the
Criminal Carelessness
And Mismanagement of tlie
Broken Bank.
Ohicatro. Vice. 22. The assets of the
National bank of Illinois which closed
its doors yesterday are said to include
it", addition to the $2.47.-.W'i loaned the
Calumet Kleetrie $:mh,hm advanced to
Ro)ert Berger. a son-in-law of Presi
dent George Schneider. SMv.OOQ advanc
ed to C.A.Weiss another son-in-law and
over Ssiio.'iOO of doubtful debts. Berger
is a partner in the firm of K. P. Dreyer
R- Co., w hich also ent into the hands
of a. receiver yesterday and Weiss is a
The losses liv the failure will fall up
on l.i'Tl individual depositors, and :,:0
national, state and private banks. In
cluded among- the depositors are the
treasurers of the city of Chicago, and
of the state of Illinois. The deposits of
the treasurers of the city of Chicago
and Cook county will atrgretrate almost
Si.iioo.nyO. The amount at the present
time on deposit by the state treasurer
is comparatively small.
Among the depositors were many
la corporations and receivers. They
included the receivers of the Northern
Paeirlo railroad and the receiver of the
w hiskv trust.
The deposits of E. S. Dreyer & Co.,
include the funds of the Wst Park
board. The amount at the time the
bank closed was about $310,000.
The failure of the National bank of
Illinois was due to the fact that its en
tire capital of i2.O00.0eO and SiutMw over
and above its surplus of $et!0,noo had
been leaned on Calumet electrical stock.
Five hundred thousand dollars was
leaned to Dreyer Co., who had
spread their capital out so extensively
that they were unable to con.oentrate
it in time to save themselves. The oth
er failures were due to the locking up
of assets held bv the National bank of
I. limns.
it is probable that all depositors will
lee paid in full.
At a meeting of the clearing' house
banks, upon recommendation of the
clearing house committee which had
maoe an examination of the affairs of
the National bank of Illinois, the clear
ing house barks ugreed to advance 7e
P -r eent on ail claims against the Na
tional bank of Illinois which shall have
been cei titled to by the receiver as be
ing on deposit in that bank.
'i lie peie-iai sentiment of opinion was
that the depositors would receive their
money in full. The bank now has on
hand, in cash means, nearly 40 per cent
of their entire liabilities.
No banks have repuested any assist
ance from the clearing- house. The
bank statements published today, on
the eail of the comptroller of the cur
ren( y, at the close of business on the
17th instant, show very strong reserves.
There has been very little excitement
today in banking circles in this city.
Tiie following resolutions were "ad
opted at the meetingr
Resolved, That the clearing: house
committee, after calling to their aid
ruth other persons as they may desire,
be requested to formulate a plan which
will enable creditors of the National
Batik of Illinois to avail themselves of
the offer of the associated banks to
make the advance by way of loans to
creditors to the extent of 75 per cent
up n properly proven claims.
The chairman of the clearing house
stated that the willingness of bankers
to do this was so evident that it is not
probable that any formal obligation to
accomplish the object will be necessarv,
although the committee appointed will'
fiivo prompt attention to the duty im
posed orl them.
The following dispatch has been re
ceived by the president of the clearing
house committee.
Washington. D. C. Dec. 21.
I have appointed Hank Examin-r Mr
Keen temper, try receiver of the Nation
Hank of Illinois, and instructed him
to publish notice for creditors to prove
claims. He informs me that the clear
ing house committee agrees to advance
7". per cent on evidence of claims No
tice will be published at once, and if
claims are pros en immediately I snail
within so days be able to pav a Verv
considerable dividend. I appreciate the
notion of the clearing house in offering
to advance on such certificates
Another suspension was recorded yes
terday afternoon. judire IWton ap
pointed Johti H. Nichols receiver f,.r the
property of Frederick Wiersema. who
owns the "Koseland Hank." which is
situated in Koseland. The appointment
was made on the application of tieor-je
Dal-mberg. a judgment creditor of
Wiersema. to the extent of S-leo. The
complainant attribute,! the embarrass
ment of Jlr. Wiersema to the con
fection of the latter with the National
Tank .if intnois. Tne assets were placed
at $ . 5. Oee. and the deposits at Srm vo.
i He bank will resume bu
a few days.
uiess within
city fpxds in the raw.
Washington. Pee. 22. Mr. Eckels, the
comptroller of the currency todav re
ceived a telegram from air. Mo'voa
the receiver of the National hank of Il
linois, statin that the books of the
bank show that quite large sums of
puPhs funds, belonging to the city of
Chioasro. were on deposit. In reply the
comptroller sent air. McKeorr the" fol
lowing teieeram: "Teletrram relative
to puobc funds received. You make ar
lancements with depositors thereof to
issue to them at once e-rtPieates 'for
suih amounts of their detosl as an
examination of the books V.f the ba-k
makes clearly appear is due them this
v lii enaoie them to avail themselves of
the oner of the c!.-arina house to ad
vance id per cent and so prevent em
barrassment in meetine-Dublic eoendi
Chicatro, liec. 22. The excitement at
tendant unon the collapse of th'- Na
tional bank of Illinois and its tlireeVl'--peudent
banks appears to have died
out teday. Hun? of more or less mac -Uiiude
were made yesterday on'ievtral
bankinsr institutions, notably the Gar
den City Banking ft Trust company.
The doors of that tnsritutlon were open
ed Jin hour before bankimr hours today,
but by 10:80 a. m., the withdrawals had
ceased and deposits had trebled the
amount taken out. Withdrawals at
other l.enks were few and far between.
It is generally expected that Bank Ex
amiuer aicKeon will be appointed re
ceiver permanently for the National
bank of Illinois.
Chieapo, 1:30 p. m. Th"re is quite a
little run on the llinois Trust & Pav
ings' bank. Depositors are handed 30
day notices except where they can sat
isfy the officials that the money they
desire is for a legitimate purpose. The
result of u. it is believed will have a
ood effect on denositors in savinsrs
banks sranerally. The giving of the no
tice has the approval of the clearing
house committee.
Bank of Minnesota, Capital $600,
OOO, Closes-Union Stock Yards
Bank, Also.
St. Paul, Dec. 22. State Bank Exam
iner Kenyon today took possession of
the Bank of Minnesota and as a result
of the closing" of this the Pnion Stock
Yards' bank also closed. The Bank of
Minnesota's capital is $tjiu.000 and it
was considered one of the strongest
banks in the west.
The Bank of Minnesota was the old
est bank in St. Paul. It was establish
ed by Dawson & Co. in ls.".i.
Liabilities Capital stock paid in $000.
0Oj: surplus funds, $10ti, oaO: undivided
profits. $h'2.7S3.11; individual deposits,
l.on.n.-,o.if.; time certificates of depos
its. Jl.041.793. s2 : due to banks. $;:0:!,21S.71;
demand certificates of deposits, $101,
a22.90. Total $3,320,359.49.
The rason given by the bank officers
for the failure was the general strin
gency of the times a.nd tlie difficulty in
making- collections.
sources Loans and dicounts. $2.
30: miscellaneous bonds. $(9.Cs4.6'j :
overdrafts, $7,677.21; banking houses.
1 &.",): other real estate. .$105,741.60:
furniture and fixtures, $10,000: expenses
paid. J3.990.19. Due from banks $319.
1X9.02; exchange for clearing house $29,
They Have Prepared a Statement
Showing Their Condition.
Chicago. Dec. 22. t'nder the general
call issued by the comptroller of the
currency, the national banks of this city
have prepared a statem-nt showing
their condition at the close of business
December 17. The last previous state
ment was made October 6.
Tiie 14 banks show total loans of $.53.
G39.223. as compared with $03,660,693,
October 6. a loss in loans of $25,470. The
total deposits are $94. 391. 452. as compar
ed with $3.25s.20S, a grain of $11,133,244.
The cash resources amount to J47.N90.
(on. as compared with $37,761,503, a gain
of S10.134.5S0.
Tiie legal requirement in reserve is
25 per cent, or for the 11 banks $23,597,
oJ3. while there is hold ?47.i596.0i9l or
more than 50 per cent. There is held
in excess of the legal requirement $24 -298,
The Manipulators of the Funds of the
Chicago Bank
Chicago. Dec. 22. The Tribune says
that in the case of the National Bank
of Illinois, "the manipulation of the
books was such as to practically
amount to the falsification of ac
counts." It is claimed that one loan of .$900,000
made to the Calumet Kleetrie company
was charged up to foreign exchange
instead of being entered in a proper
manner. Other irregularities in con
nection with the loans made to the Cal
umet Kleetrie company are said to have
taken place.
Kobert E. Jenkins, one of the direc
tors of the National Bank of Illinois,
says: "The directors did not know the
size of the loan on the Calumet Elec
tric. The discovery of the condition of
the loan was as much of a sur
prise to me as to the public. The same
thing is true of the loan to Dreyer
& Co. The directors were unaware of
the loans which appear to have carried
the bank down, or were until the latter
part of last week. I do not care to
say w ho I believe was to blame for the
directors being kept in the dark as to
the magnitude of these loans."
"The Officials CanTeU You All About
the Good Times."
Chicago. Dec. 22. W. J. Bryan was not
five minutes in ( 'hieaso wtioi be
heard i he news of tlie bank failures. Al
though he was far from gratified by tlie
news, it was plainly evident that he re
garded it as a preliminary vindication for
the iate champions of the llemoeratic
cause, air. Bryan, when asked his opin
ion eoncerning the failares. said:
"While this is a subject 1 do not care to
comment on at any lenirth, I must say
that these bank failures do not afford a
very promisirot ouilook for our future
commercial and nr.aneial welfare. Haw
ever. 1 suppose the bank officials of Chi
cago will be able to tell you all about the
progress of the good times that are com
ing "
Asa Result of the Bank of Illinois
Failure Liabilities $250,000.
f ':ia iro, rec. 22. "Wm. Dill was today
a; ip.t in i . d a recc-i yt for thf tr -ncral eor;-Tr;i-;irur
lirm of Angus Sc Gintok- upon ai
Tica.E !m of John A n.tis. one of the mem
bers of the firm. Th' failure is in lirer-tty
tiie r-'sul! of the suspension of" tS;e Na
tional I'-ank of Illinois, to which insfi!u
ti'Ui the tirm wps in.h'ht'l $.'.-..). Tho
suspension of the hank. it is stated,
ru : :ie,i t t- rrn's ere- lit. Assets were
iven at $:w.UfU and liahilitit s at $27,u.bOO.
Carried Governor AUg-eld.
Ohicairo. Pec. 22. One of the features of
th" I ri-yer failure is said to he that '"iov
ernor Ait&ifdd was carried hy tb Dreyer
hank to tne extent of ;7" o-tti. The t:ovcr
nor is also salt) to he hidehtod vo the Xa
yoiuii Bank of Illinois to the extent of
Ttfew York Correspondents.
New York. Dp'1. 22. Tlie New York cor-r.-spor.d-uit
of the Kank of Minnesota are
the i 'has Nat ion a i ha nk nmi Mrrrhants
National hank. .fuViais of t huse har.ks
s;,y that the St. Paul bank had only small
accounts wilh them.
The "ASaeUid Silver District."
Cleveland. Ohio. Deo. 22. Senators
Thurston of Xehr-ka, and Sfhoup of
T'h!h. arrived in the city this mornin
an.l ve-e driven immediately to the of
fice of M. A. Karma. Messrs. Thurston
and Shoup came here it is paid to ursre
Mr. Harma's influence- towards The se-h-t'tmn
of some man representing the
' ' a f i ec t e d silver district, a-s a m em be r
of the cabinet.
Funny ' Chalk-taik" tonight.
Thieves Looked it for Her After Bob
ting the House.
Mrs. W. J. Cror.in. wife of a oomposi-
j tor in the state winter's establishment
on Hast Kiehth street, took her hus
j band to his work last evening just after
I supper. I'pon arriving- at home with
her horse she tried to enter the front
door of her house at l!fl9 Kansas ave
nue, but found It locked. This frigtit
ened her, as she knew that she had
left it unlocked. She tried it again
but it was securely fastened. She
suspeeted that burglars were in the
house and went to the house of a
neighbor near by. Finding no one at
home she returned to her own yard.
This was at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Cronin sat
down in the back yard to await the re
turn of her husband. She was afraid
to enter the house. The back door
was unlocked and she sat near it
watchimr to see if any one came out.
Shortly before 11 she summoned cour
age to enter the house. Ten minutes
afterward her husband returned from
his eveninrr's work at the printing- es
tablishment, t'pon investigation it
was found that the house had been en
tered by burglars, that $27 had been
taken from a purse which was hidden
between the mattresses of the bed in an
upper room. Nothing else was missed.
The front door had been locked from
the outside, evidently done by the per
sons who entered the house. The po
lice department was notified this morning-
and inspected the premises. Mrs.
Cronin said that the purse contained
two $10 bills, three $1 bills and the
balance, $4 in silver.
Mrs. Arthur Lee Falls While Carrying
a Basin of It.
Mrs. Arthur Lee. proprietor of the
electrical establishment at S30 Kansas
avenue, who resides at 1116 Tyler street
was severely scalded about the face
and neck Sunday evening-. Mrs. Lee's
injuries may result in some slight dis
figurement. Mrs. Lee was walkiner across the din
intr room at her home carrying a basin
of boiling water in her hand, when she
tripped and fell forward. The basin
slipped from her hand as she fell and
struck the floor with sufficient force to
splash the scalding water into her face
and over her shoulders. Fortunately,
none of the water entered her eyes.
Mi". L-e ho was in the room at once
removed the clothing from about his
wire's shoulders, and his presence of
mind in this way prevented the water
from irdlicting a serious injury. A phys
ician was called, but by the time he ar
rived Mrs. Lee was delirious with pain.
Under his care, however, she soon be
came comfortable, and is now improv
ing rapidly.
Not Content With Hanging Negroes,
It Burns Negroes' Houses.
Mayfield, Ky., Dec. 22. A part of the
mob that hanged Jim Stone yesterday
morning went on the rampage again
last night. One hundred shots were
fired into the residence of Tom Cham
bers, colored, and the house was after
ward set on fire and burned, destroying-
three other buildings.
There is much bitter feeling, the
negroes having made threats to avenge
the lynching of Stone and the killing of
Henry Finney. A number of negroes
have been warned to leave town and
more trouble is expected.
House Committee Not Much in Favor
of Limiting Power of Injunction.
Washington, Dee. 22. The issue which
was in the last presidential campaign,
"government by injunction," was the
subject of debate by the house com
mittee on judiciary today. The com
mittee has before it a substitute for the
bill which passed the senate last June,
dividing contempts of court into direct
and indirect classes and permitting
trials by jury in the latter cases.
This substitute is not so sweeping in
character as the senate bill and the
sentiment of the committee seemed to
be to still further limit its scope. There
was a general expression, however, to
the effect that United States courts
showed a tendency to strain their jur
isdiction on the ground of contempt
to the point of infringement on the
right of trial by jury and a bill
probably will be reported.
They Arrived in San Francisco From
Honolulu Today.
San Francisco, Dec. 22. The re
mains of Miss Kate Field arrived this
morning from Honolulu on the steamer
Belgio. The casket was enclosed in a
wooden covering and placed aboard tha
steamer at Honolulu, without any dis
play. As soon as the steamer docks
here the remains will be taken to the
crematory. Arrangements are being
made for memorial services to be held
in Trinity Episcopal church. The
ashes will be sent for final interment
to Mount Auburn.
Forty Anarchists Condemned to 20
Years Imprisonment at Barcelona
Barcelona. Dec. 22. An additional
batch of anarchists was sentenced to
day. Forty of them were condemned
to 20 years imprisonment and 28 to
eight years in prison.
No Favors for Bank Wreckers.
Denver. Dec. 22. In the United States
district court Judg- Hallett announced
that he would overrule all motions on
behalf of Dow. Mct'lurken & Miller, the
convicted Commercial bank wreckers,
and that he would not listen to any
argument. He gave counsel until Janu
ary 22 to prepare papers in an appeal.
I Sail wns fixed at $10, (too for each prison
er. Bonds will be furnished this after
noon. L. Craicj Hurt in a Eunaway.
L. Crp.ig. a farmer living 21 mile.s east
of the1 city, and a companion drove to
the city this morning in a single buggy.
When nt the Shawnee mil! corner at
x.l't o'clock the h.rse Mr. Craig was
driving ran away and Mr. Craig and
his companion were thrdwn out. Xear
the Chesterfield hotel the horse rail
atrainst a pole, the shafts of the buggy
n t'te broken off and the vehic le stoo
ped. Mr. Craig's leg was wrenched se
verely. His companion escaped with
slight bruises.
Gaylord & Bareiey, tailors, have re
moved to second floor, same number,
62S Kansas avenue.
The Problem of the "Unem
ployed" In Denver.
Four Thousand Workingmen
Out of Work
And Ask the City to Start Pub
lic Improvements.
Rev. Myron Reed and Others
Address the Meeting.
Denver, Dec. 22. The problem of
taking care of the unemployed in Den
ver has become serious. Sunday after
noon four thousand alleged starving
workmen, clamoring for something to
occupy their time and enable them to
keep body and soul together for a time
longer, filled Coliseum hallin response
to a widely circulated call for a mass
meeting of the unemployed.
The attendance was a revelation to
those who have been sounding the
praises of Colorado as an elysium for
laborers, but the remarks of the speak
ers were equally startling. They coun
seled violence if necessary to force the
state to a recognition of the fact that
starvation was stalking in the midst of
the workers, and unless some relief
measures could be devised at an early
day there was no telling what would
happen. Among the speakers were
the Rev. Myron Reed and the Rev.
Thomas Uzzel, two ministers who have
always been hailed as friends of labor.
Before the meeting a procession
formed on Larimer street in front of
the city hall and marched to the meet
ing place. It was an undisciplined,
poorly dressed regiment of about 400
men that marched through the streets,
but its appearance was eloquent of mis
ery to him who realized that many of
those men had wives and little chil
dren dependent upon them, and that
they could find no work by means of
which to support them.
A volunteer brass band headed the
procession. At the start 1ST men were
in line, but by the time Sixteenth street
was reached the ranks of the proletar
ian army had swelled to more than 400.
To give assurance of their loyalty, the
men carried a large American flag and
half a dozen mottoes, such as these:
"We want work," "Coal $4 per ton. No
work in sight," "Work. not soup
houses," "Public improvement without
injunction." "This is 'a hungry X-mas
for the unemployed."
The procession was followed by
crowds on both sidewalks, and when
the hall was reached it was then two
thirds full. The people crowded in un
til all the seats were taken and people
stood in close ranks in the aisles and
all around the outskirts of the assem
blage. The procession and meeting
were both orderly.
Myron Reed said:
"I don't know that I am glad and I
fear that I am sad to see this meeting
and know the occasion for it. I feel
as did Abraham Lincoln after the
seven days battle and the retreat
from the Peninsula. He said he felt
like a big, overgrown boy who had
stubbed his toe. He was too big to
cry and it hurt too bad to laugh
(laughter). There is something left
even after the election the right of
free assemblage, the right to bear arms
which we will exercise, if we have to.
(Applause.) The right to free speech,
which I am exercising now.
"The fact that three sky pilots and
one business man are here shows that
you know that these sky pilots under
stand more about the true condition of
the poor that 100 business men. If
the business men will attend to the
transportation question atid other
questions, the sky pilots would have
more money and less work. (Laughter
and applause.)
"I apprehend that all men have
the right to live. Men are ail
land animals. Near my house there
are several small farms unoccupied,
arid in the eye of justice unearned.
They haven't been utilized since the
Utes left them. (Laughter.) That
wasn't intended for a pun. though it's
a good one. I don't think much of the
present state of society. I'll tell you
that. The society that can be the oc
casion of a meeting like this ought to
quit. It has no right to live under
Ootl. I do ask for a comfortable earth
for all God's people. I cut a clipping
from an utterance of Cardinal Man
ning. He says that the man who has
no work, who is willing to work and
can't get work, has a right to steal.
"There are some people who are sat
isfied with things as they are. They
throw sixes every time, and they like
it. 'They don't want anyone to exam
ine the dice or to change the game.
"I see nothing for it but for the city
of Denver to provide for the unem
ployed. I don't want a statement from
the board of public works that it is im
possible. I want people to see the sit
uation. If work is not given, men will
begin to walk the middle of the street
at night and hold up citizens. It's a
mere question of economy. Shall we
support them in the county jail, and in
the spring have nothing to show for it,
or shall we put the unemployed to
work and in the spring have an im
proved city to show for it? People
sneer Coxey. I say Coxey had a good
scheme. He wanted to put the unem
ployed to work building roads."
Rev. Thomas Uzzel touched a popu
lar chord when he dwelt on the ineffi
ciency of the public authorities. He
said :
"You want work first. What are you
going to do?
"I'd go down here to the city hall
the vry first thing and I'd drown some
of those fellows in the sand of Sand
creek. Now, if you want to find me.
I'll tell you where I live. It is 131
Mary street. Xear my place there are
four acres of weeds. I was afraid to
pass that place. Now. I went to the
city hall to see about it. I went to one
department and they told me that
wasn't th department. 1 went to an
other department and they referred me
to the health commissioner. I went
to him and he said it was the right
place to come, but he had nt) appropri
ation. I could get no satisfaction. I
pay taxes in this town. Men starving
practically all about us and 1 couldn't
get them to cut those weeds. I had
to cut them myself to save my chil
dren from getting sick. Those fel
lows sit down there and smoke good
cigars and close up appropriations.
"Now I have a stone sidewalk on my
street that stands at an angle of about
45 degrees. Whom will I go to about
it? Will the governor of Colorado fix
that sidewalk? Must I go to the presi
dent of the United States about it or
wait until next March and see Mc
Kinley about it? In the name of God,
will somebody tell me who has charge
of tne sidewalks in this city ? (Laugh
ter.) "Somebody asked me if the McKinley
boom had struck me. and I told him I
thought it had. (Laughter.) Before
the election I got $2 for marrying peo
ple. Since the election I only get $1
for a wedding. I took five weddings
and a halfand went down and bought
a pair of shoes the first kid glove
shoes I have bought for some time. I
had to get them on account of that
sidewalk. If they'll let me I can em
ploy 5.OU0 men at a dollar a day before
9 o'clocK tomorrow."
The meeting adopted resolutions de
manding public improvements.
Of a Revolution Which May Over
throw the Spanish Monarchy.
Madrid, Dec. 22. The Correspon
dencia asserts that the gendarmes have
dispersed a small revolutionary band
that has been organized near this city.
Temperature it is Promised May Go
Even Higher.
But two days now until Christmas,
and the temperature in Kansas would
do credit to early spring or Indian sum
mer. California can scarcely make a
belter showing. At two o'clock this
afternoon the thermometer registered
67 degrees, and Mr. Jennings stated
that it was liable to clinch several de
grees higher before 5 o'clock.
According to the prediction sent out
by the weather bureau, the pleasant
weather is to continue tomorrow and it
is posible that Christmas, lsys, will
show a higher temperature than any
Christmas in the history of the state.
Fair weather tonight and tomorrow is
the prediction.
W. C. Nixon to Occupy It, F. H. Man
ter Agent at Kansas City.
F. H. Manter, commercial agent of
the Santa Fe at Kansas City, will suc
ceed W. C. Nixon as general agent of
the company at Chicago. Mr. Nixon
will take the position of superintendent
of the Chicago division, made vacant
by the resignation of Mr. Ressigue, on
January 1.
Mr. Manter will be succeeded at
Kansas City by Mr. Frank B. Mont
gomery, at present traffic manager of
the George Fowler, Son & Co., packing
firm of Kansas City.
Murder Trial at Fender, Neb., is Made
a Public Spectacle.
Pender, Neb., Dec. 22. The prelimi
nary hearing of Dr. J. S. Goodmanson,
recently of Chicago, who is held on the
charge of giving strychnine to his wife
which resulted in death, was begun to
day. A large number of people throng
ed the streets today anxious to listen
to the testimony.
All the attorneys are in the city and
busy on the case. The hearing will
probably occupy several days, as there
are a large number of witnesses to ex
amine and considerable important testi
mony will be taken.
The county officials hired the opera
house to accommodate the spectators.
He Stops Work on a County Building
Alleging Bribery.
Detroit, Dec. 22. A temporary in
junction was granted by the circuit
court today on application of Mayor
Pingree, restraining the county super
visors from confirming a proposed con
tract for the erection of a county
building. The mayor alleges bribery
against eleven of the supervisors, but
their names are not mentioned. The
board was to have confirmed the con
tract today. .
The Secretary of State Offered a Situa
tion With the Mexican Central.
There is a report current that Secre
tary of State V. C. Edwards has re
ceived an offer from the Mexican Cen
tral railway of a position, in its land
department. Mr.Edwards is not in the
city today and no one in his office
knows anything: in reg-ard to it. Cap
tain Stover says that unless the offer
came yesterday he does not think there
is any truth in the rumor.
Hobson Again in Trouble.
Ex-Policeman William O . Holson,
who figured conspicuously in t he beer
stealing; scandal several months aero
and was discharged from the police
force is in the county jail, having been
arrested by ex-Chief Wilkerson at Kan
sas City, Mo. He sold property which
Wilkerson had secured by mortgage
and it was for this that he was arrest
ed. "Pegleg" is Shrewd,
"Pegleg' McClafferty was arraigrned
yesterday in poiice court for disturbing
the peace. "You had better plead guilty
and be fined $20," said Chief Gardiner,
"for when you are proved guilty you
will get $27." "Not on your life. Xot
a bit of it. One time I took John Gard
iner's advice a.nd pleaded g"uilty to sell
ing whisky when I wasn't guilty and
they fined me SH'O.Xo sir, none of that."
The case was continued until this aft
ernoon when Patrolman Pinkston will
tell how '"Peglog" carried on in his
orgies in Smoky Row.
Abilene Hydrant Kental Still Vexei
Abilene. Dec. 22. Manager Rogers re
ceived notice from heaebjua rters of the
water company that it wiil not accept the
$2.-"v0 a var offered for hyd rant remal.
It is the city's move now. On January 1
it will tender S?.2."0 fcr six months rental
which wiil probably be c red it f-d on ac
count and suit brought for the remaining
STuO claimed by the company.
Acrobatic Tame White Praine Do;.
Norton. rec. 22. The proprietor of the
Cottage hotel here has a prairie dog. as
white as a domestic white rabbit. He is
ar, tame as any domestic canint- and has
been learned many funny tricks, such as
walking on his hind -g--;. iurrdni;- sumer
saults and "playing dead." ! Ie is neith
er afraid -f dogs nor cats and makes his
home exclusively within the hostelry.
HIS JS3AY til Zll '-'CJpunBT Uii5as
ssei-i.cj -t.ioAi ano op O s.w X-G.u
eqj si poos iioq -jnq daqo aiou. ox
Tlie Cuban Captain General
Leaves Havana Today.
Frantic Effort to Be 31ade to
"Do Something"
To Forestall the Action of Con
gress. So Four Women Are Killed
Xear Alfonso, Cuba.
Havana, Dec. 22. Captain General
Weyler left Havana at 8 o'clock this
morning, on bard the Spanish cruiser.
Leg-aspi, bound for Slariel, north of
the military line across the province of
Pinar del Rio, with the intention of
resuming- personal command of the op
erations against the insurgents in that
part of Cuba.
General Solano reports from Santa
Clara that Lieutenant Colonel Oliver
in command of the Granada battalion,
has had an engagement in that district
with a force of insurgents. The gene
ral adds that the enemy had over 200
killed and wounded.
The insurgents have lifted the rails
and derailed an exploring- engine near
Yaguaramas, province of Matanzas,
killing the conductor and so seriously
injuring the engineer that both his legs
had to be amputated.
New York. Dec. 22. A Key West
special to the World says: General
Weyler will take the field in Santa
Clara province to force the fighting.
The captain general is disturbed by
reports of insurgent operations in
Santa Clara. Besides a strong hint is
said to have reached him from Madrid
that something must be done by Janu
ary 1, to forestall the action by congress
on the Cameron resolution.
A number of dead bodies of pacificos
(non-combatants), four of them bodies
of women, were found by a Cuban band
Saturday near Alfonso.
London. Dec. 22. The Standard's Ma
drid correspondent says that the gov
ernment has signified to the Washing
ton government that it is satisfied with
the friendly tone of President Cleve
land's messaee and with the attitude
of Mr. Olney before the senatorial com
mittee on foreign relations. This cor
respondent says:
"Senor Canovas will no take the:
slightest notice of all the talk or reso
lutions by congress as long as the ex
ecutive preserves an attitude in har
mony with the usages and province of
international law which Spain is enti
tied to expect both President Cleveland
and McKinley to respect. He antici
pates that similar common sense will
animate the American press and people
when the jingo scare fades away. In
deed, it would be next to impossible for
any Spanish government to yield to
foreign interference now.
"The press today is much cooler and
is confident of gaining time. Rumors
of unusual war preparations must be
received with caution as the ministers
are only asking within the budget lim
its. They do not wish any aggressive
meaning to be attached to purely de
fensive precaution and to the provision
of war stores for Cuba and the Philip
pines." The Daily News warns the Spanish
war minister against any war-like prep
arations against the United States.
"'It is quite clear," says the Daily
News, "that nothing is ever intended to
come of the Cameron resolution."
And Anti-Cubanites Think They Have
Won a Victory.
Washington. Dec. 22. A large audience
in the setiate galleries was considerably
disappointed today over the failure of
Senator Vest to make a speech on the
president's prerogative on the Cuban
question and tiie consequent failure of
Senator Hill to reply to him.
"I don't know." said Senator Vest,
"how the impression got out that I would
speak today. I never said that I would."
"I certainly cannot reply to Senator
Vest if he does not speak." said Senator
Hill. The senate became aware of this
condition of affairs early in the day but
the galleries remained in ignorance dur
ing a greater part of the session, many
retaining their seats in the back where
they could be regaied with such a debate
as the present session has not witnessed.
The misapprehension as to the senator's
intentions grew out of the fact that he
had said that he would "call up" the res
olution today. He had said nothing of
any intention to make a speech but every
one rushed to the conclusion that he could
have no other purpose in getting it up.
The opponents assert that the Missouri
senator's failure to talk is due to the fact
that he has been induced to look into
authorities which do not sustain his view
of the question and that he has now con
cluded to investigate further before
speaking. The question is one requiring
close attention to precedents and the con
stitutional points and all recognize that
it is necessary to proeeed with care.
Senators agreed that if Vest and Hill
did not speak the entire Cuban question
should go over until after tin1 holidays.
"We've got them beat." said Senator
Hale, sententiously. He spoke for the
New York Women Take Off Orna
ments to Put in the Cuban Con
tribution. New York. Dec. 22. A meeting in
memory of the late General Antonio
Maceo was held in Chickering hall un
der the auspices of the 15 Cuban socie
ties of New York, about l.DOl) persons
being present. The greatest excitement
prevailed. When the collection boxes
were passed. women, who composed
nearly one-half of the audience, tore off
their rings and other articles of jewelry
and threw them in.
Proposed Between Spain and United
States to Settle Cuban Question.
London, Dec. 22. A special dispatch
from Paris says it is suggested that
Great Britain. France and Italy, the
three powers most interested, offer
their services in the Cuban question in
order to prevent a conflict between
Spain and the 1'nited States and to
terminate the revolution.
Congratulated on T,l"aceD-3 Death.
Madrid, Dec. 22. The Gaulician col
ony of Cuba has cabled its congratu
lations to the queen regent on the dt
of Antonio Maceo.
Elayor Swift of Cir.carro, Vetoes the
Cheaper Fare Ordinance.
Chicago, Deo. 22. The ordinance pro
viding for four cent street car fares iu
this city which was recently passed by
the city council by a large majority hat
been vetoed by Mayor Swift ami the
council at its meeting last night, sus
tained the veto by a vote of 20 to 47.
Mayor Swift in his veto message s.ii i
if he signed the measure he would place
the city in the doubtful position of hav
ing consented to violate what the street
car companies had accepted in good
faith as a contract. These central is
stated the fare should be five cents and
besides the mayor declared, there was
no public demand for a cheaper street
car fare.
A large number of street car em
ployes were in the galleries and wildly
applauded every speech made again.- c
the ordinance and when Mayor Swift
read his message constantly interrupt
ed him with cheers.
Immediately after the ordinance w:m
passed by the council a week utro 1 1;
streetcar companies threatened a!! then
employes with a reduction in wag'-s. As
a consequence the employes have been
working for the defeat of the ordi
Damages Claimed by A. II. Case lor
an Article Published a Year Ago.
Lawyer A. H. Case, through his at
torneys, W. P. Douthitt. Joseph
Waters and Quinton & Quinto
brought suit in the district ti
against John R. Mulvane. Harold
Chase and Dell Keizer for $25.iki !
ages. In his petition he claims tha1
December 29, ly.". there was public
an article in tlie Topeka Daily Cai
under the following caption:
The plaintiff alleges that the artie'
published was a "certain false, mali
cious ami efamatory libel."
He further alleges that the publica
tion of the artieje has eaus-ii him tM
lose much money and to cast dis -se-li;
upon his character. He thertfere :isk.
that he be awarded damages br tms in
the sum of J25.000.
First County in Kansa3 to Pass til?
Ten Million Eushel Mark.
Mankato, Dec. 22. S. J. Not! -in
writes to the .Mankato Monitor that
Jewell county produced this year 1" -710,741
bushels of corn and is the oroy
county in the state that has ever pass
ed the 10.(1(10,0(11) bushel mark.
Mr. Norton claims that Jewell coun
ty produced 1.700.0"0 bush 'Is more than
any other county in Kansas, and 2."!.'.
000 bushels more than the "v we.-t-rn
counties of the state. and a!--o
twice as much more a.s all the cloven
states and territories lying we-t o;'
Kansas. Jewell county ttlso raised
S.S4.000 bushels more corn than f 11 sit
of the New England states and Florida,
combined. The writer figur-s Jewell
county as the corn center of" the conti
A Number of the legislators Inspect
the Hutchinson Institution.
Hutchinson. Dec. 22. The stare re
formatory here was visited yesterday
by Senator Armstrong of Great le nd.
Helm and Frank Field of this c.iint.
Representatives P. P. Carr of Stafford
county, and J. L. Eeighner of Rice.
According to Sena t. u- A rmsl rung thre
is no political significance to the con
ference here. He says that he is in
terested in the needs of the state re
formatory, and that the other senafois
and representatives feel as he d es
about the matter anil they deemed it
wise to call at the institution and in
spect it themselves, so that they would
be able, from a personal asquaintat:- e
with the work, to work and vote for its
best interests when the legislature met.
Winfield Man Awaiting Santsnce at
New Orleans for Dealing in Bad
New Orleans, Dec. 21. J. C. Miller,
son of G. W. Miller, an extensive catrle
raiser of Winfield, Has., was Saturday
convicted in the I'nifed States circuit
court here of having coun terfei i e 1 c
and attempting to pas
sociate, B. A. Davidso
tnem. His ;e--was
aiso con-
Miller and Davidson were arrested on
Canal street December 14, 1MO. a.v! it t
the Lyte house, where they were slop
ping, over S'.l.ioo wort h of spurious com
and silver certificates were urseovered
by the officers. Many important letp rs
were found on Milh-r from promin '
business men throughout Kansas. Ok
lahoma and other Western and South
ern states.
Ulchard Mansfield Brings Suit.
St. Joseph, Dec. 22. Richard Mare
field, the actor, has fib d a suit for-
against Manager Brignam of the Or t .-.
ford Opera Rouse. Maiif.treU claoas
that he was g tiara n.t erd i.r.00 for i, s
performance, but was paid only .f.'iio, as
the receipts fell short.
A Look Through South ilissour. F.i '.
The Kansas City, Fort Scoit fe M an
phis R. R. Co. has just issued n ir... .
r.ificent book ot sixty or more pr.ot j
engraved views of varied scenery i i
South Missouri. From tne.-e vievs n i
accurate knowledge can be obtained ai
to the productions and gem: r.ii topog
raphy of mat highly favoi eu t:;;,i
that is now attract). ig the atteiiti :1
of homeseekers and investors the coun
try over.
The title of the book is "Snap Phot'
in South Missouri." It will be in.i;iei
A-ansas Oil, iiiu.

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