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:Tff lP : Uj , In; ' two ci:xrs. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 23, 1S9G. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. iH I'll V S!(IESSERENE. ISo Further Had Results A n Anticipated From tlie Chicago and St. Ran Hank Failures. "WARRANTS A HE OUT For the Arrest of Some of tl. Officials Cf tlie Failed National Rank o." lliiliois. A Bank at West Superior, Wis., IJreaks. West Superior. Wis., Pec. 2.1. Th 3 sank of West Superior, capital $50.00 and $50,000 surplus, suspended opera tioris this morning- as a direct result of the failures of the bank:? of MinnesC't and Illinois. The notice of suspe-nsio. stated that the cause was the Bank o Minnesota, but the Bank of Illinois "weakened it considerably. At the No vember statement the bank had de posits of $7S.f47 and rediscounts of $1, 5"5. The ; .;.s and discounts were $K5.971 : r, al estate assets.? 13. 119: bond. and securities, $5, ."Id. and cash on hand. J.-"2.25n.r,o. Of xhin cash on hand $20,000 was in the outside failures, which com jielied the institution to close. The of ficials suy they expect to resume and pay depositors in full. THE liA.VK OF MINNESOTA. St. Paul. Ih-c. 23. State Bank Exam iter Kenyon was still in charge of the Hank of Minnesota at noon today, re i ei s not havii ;.: been appointed. Mr. Jven'on said he would not prep?are a statement if a receiver was soon ram.-d. as he believed would be done, leaving that work to the receivers. Frank Seymour hits been decided or, for one receiver, but the second is yet to bo selected. There is no excitement today hi business circles, the assurance that depositors in the bank would be paid in full being suilioient to allay ad fears, as it was made by different foooiiholders of the bank, who individ urtl'y I'.ejid more than pay the deposit cos. Ail banks were transacting busi ness as usual with no signs of trouble anywhere. CHICAGO FLURRY OVER. Washiiieton. Dec. 2:1. Comptroller TVkois today rec-ived a telegram froni M r. MeKean, the temporary receiver of the Bank of Illinois, saying- that the tiurry occasioned by the failure had subsided ecu that no further troubb was anticipated. HEAVY 1 ii Y GOODS FAILURE. Sioux City. la., Dec. 23. The Par-For.s-F-elletier Dry Goods company, one of the largest houses of the kind in Sioux City, did not open for business today. The stock is in the hands of tnortiragees. who hold claims against the lirm for J!.1.K!3. J. V. Farwoll & Co. of Chicago, for $34,424: Marshall Field & Co. of Chicago, for $30,5t and the Farmers' Loan & Trust company of Sioux City. S2.0OH. are holders of first mortgage, and H. II. Clartin & Co. of New York hold a second rnortgrasw of $17,172. No flsrure as to assets are given. The failure is due to insuffi cient capital and the sreneral strin-g-moy of the times. No local lirms are affected bv the failure. SMALL BALANCE IN NEW YORK. New- York. Dec. 2:?. Officers of the National Bank of the Republic, the New York correspondent of the Rank of West Superior. Wis., say that th latter institution had only a very small balance here. THE MINNESOTA BANK Was in no Way Connected With the Chicago Bank. St. Paid. Minn.. Dec. 23. Judge Otis, rf the Ramsey county district court, has agreed to appoint Frank Seymour cashier of the Merchants' Notional bank, and an attorney, not yet decided cm for receivers of the Rank of Minne sota, which closed yesterday. The state bank examiner is in charge of the bank pending such appointment, and after making an examination of affairs he Fail he did not consider the failure a bail one but expected that the bank would resume business before long". The oflWrs of the bank say they have been hoping to carry the institu tion through the hard pressure of the -winter, but had found it too great a task and concluded to call in the state lank examiner and have him take charge. Their action may have been influen ced lev the dealing house, which sent word for them not to "clear." for the hank closed soon after receiving tile notice. The Rank of Minnesota was the oldest in the eity and one of the lo st known through out the west. It had many eoresoondents. among them lieins til" National Rank of Illinois, but it was stated the failure of the big Chicago bank had nothing to do with 1 hp ct--sing of this o tK-ern. The small bank at the stock yards closed as a re sult of the other failure was a branch cf the Bank of -Minnesota. The Rank of Minnesota has been known as such since 1nn2. but prior to toat date, from ls5ft. it was well known as William Rawsoh & Co. The stock holders of the bank include mane of the leading capitalists of the cite and state, and it is stated they will advance money to put the bank on its feet again very soon. At any rate, there is no question that every dollar due deposi tors and others will be paid in foil. Tnej-e are numerous rumors ailoat in r sard to other 'Parks in the eitv. but f-.Il such rumors that could be found to tive a name Wore run down and found to be without foundation in fact. ECHOES OF THE SSIASK. Chicago Breaks Bus to the National Bank of Illinois. Chicago. Dec. 23. The failure of An gus and Giidele. general contractor the Ameriean Brewing. Malting and Kievater companv ; the Ge,. .. vv -.'jse Malting- and Klevator com; anv "and Geor.ee A. Weisse. indi viduaiit v. " all of theses iMSlnsr due to t he coiiapse of the National Hank of Illinois and sma'd runs on throe hanks are the echoes "of the hank failures of yesteiday. Runs "Were made on the Garden Citv Ranking and Trust company. the Kiberr.ian sa'v insrs bank and the Illinois Trust and Savinj-s bank, but none of the runs V re of much importance. it officers of the Garden City Bank- insar and Trust company had expected -hat a run would be made upon their institution and were ready to meet it. They threw open the doors of the bank an hour earlier than usual, as they said they warned to t;et the run out of the way. so they could transact their usual ousimss without being- disturbed. Quite i crowd of depositors had gathered at the doors before they were opened, and os soon as the bank was ready for bus iness the depositors save the paving p-U-s ail they cared to do. The run .o,-pt up with energy for over an hour ind then died away. At the close of business hours the officers announced hat the amount taken in was treble liit paid out and the bank was de clared in better shape that at the open it g- in the mornins". The ran on the Hibernian Savings unk was of short duration as the offi- -rs declined to make any payment on ime deposits unless given 60 days no tice. They said this was not because oney were not prepared to pay all de posits in full, but because they wished i o avoid embarrassment to smaller bankers who might not be prepared to oay all their deposits at once and who mifi-ht be place,! in an embarrassing: po sition. The stronger banks were pav ia.tr al! demands f..r time deoosits. There was a slight run on the Illinois Trust and Savings bank yesterda v.the similarity of its name and that of the National Rank of Illinois having- led -onte depositors to believe that the former was embarrassed. During- the run in 1,-3:1, President John J. Mitchell f the Illinois Trust gave orders to pav all depositors who called for their mon--'- This time, as soon as it became ev ident that there was likely to be a crowd in the bank, instructions were given the tellers to serve the customary 60 day notice, but to pay all depositor's who could show that they wanted $100 o men- money tor a legitimate pmrpose The result was that the score or more of people who had lined up at the pav ins' teller's windows soon dispersed. Re -fore the close of banking hours the ex citement had completely died out. The giving of the notice was sanctioned by the clearing house committee and the object was to give the smaller ones the opportunity to point to its action as an excuse for giving the notice themselves which they did and thus effectually stopped a run. The Illinois Trust and Savings Rank is said to have So.oo0.o00 in cash on hand and is today loaning money in stead of as in lsns. calling" loans in to uemaus ot the savings deposi tors. "TRIBUNE" SPEAKS MILDLY. Chicago Paper Very Gentle in Denun ciation of Bank Wreckers. Chicago. Dec. 23. The Tribune pub lishes the tollowing editorial on the wrecking of the National Rank of Il linois: The failure of the Illinois National unexpected and bad as it is. should ex cite no feeling of distrust as to the soundness of other Chicago banks. The Illinois National has come to grief sole !y, because of inexcusably bad banking I he causes which ruined it do not ob tain in the ruher financial institutions of the city. They have been managed prudently and cautiously and will be unaffected by what has happened. In the words of Comptroller Kc-kels: "The failure of the National Bank of Illinois is due to injurious, reckless and imprudent methods followed by the of ficers, and not checked by "the di rectors. though their attention had been individually called to the same and over their individual signatures they had promistd to remedy the weak Points in the bank's condition." The president of the bank was in feeble health and not so prudent as he had been in his younger days. The second vice president was oversan guine and was unmindful of some of the provisions of the national bank act. When these conditions exist, whether in Chicago or in any other city, a fail ure is inevitable. The bad assets of the bursted bank foot up $4. 54:!, 000. There may be realized on them in the course of time $1,425,000. The heaviest single item consists of 2.0.50 bonds of the Calumet Electric raiiroad. on which the bank advanced $2,475,000. This in violation of the stat ute, which provides that the total lia bilities of any corporation, company or firm for money borrowed shall not ex ceed one-tenth part of the capital stock which, in the case of the National Rank of Illinois, was a million dollars. These Calumet Electric bonds are not worth their face. They never were. They may be disposed of in the future for 50 cents on the dollar, or $1,425,0"0. In that event the bank will be a loser by its loans on them $1.050.0o0, or $50, 000 more than its capital stock. It appears from the statement of the comptroller of the currency that this irregular transaction on the part of the bank was hidden from the govern ment examiner. A part of the hold ings of the Calumet Electric securities were not made to appear on the books. but were concealed in another account. Had there been no World's fair the bank would not have been caught in this disastrous speculation. Rut for that fair the Calumet Klectric would not have been organized. Nobody would have dreamed of investing money in such an enterprise. The bank has lost through E. S. Dreyer & Co., one of the partners in the tirm being a son-in-law of Presi dent St hneider. half a million dollars. Through Weiss, the brewer. another son-in-law, it has lost another half mil lion. Thus the fondness of an aged and feeble bank president for his fam ily has cost the stockholders a million, tract In gr linn of Angus & Gindele iscon tra, ting tirm of Angus it Gndele is con si, l--red a dead loss. There are other bad debts contracted while the bank was paying a yearly dividend of 12 per cent which foot up JSls.t)0. So the bad debt account stands as follows: Calumet Electric $2,475,000 The two sons-in-law- 1, coo, OR Angus & Gindele 250.0(0 Other bad debts MS.OOU Total May be realized on Electric 4,543,000 Calumet 1,425.000 Net loss $3. lis 000 Ry the last statement the capital stock, ear; ins and undivided profits amounted to S2, 315.000. or a million dol lars less than the shortage. In order that the depositors may be paid in full that million must be raised. It will have to be done by assessing the stock holders, who are good for the amount. Xot so very long ago the stock of the National Rank of Illinois sold for $2-io a share. The present holders could have sold out at that price. Now tliey may have to pay over a hundred dollars on each share. A person who owned SIO.OOU of the stock of that bank would have been justiiied a few- days ago in saying- it was worth $25.0u0. To day it is worth $10,000 less than noth ing. The destructiveness of bad banking never was more fully exemplified. A president who was w eak and irresolute. a vice president who was wildly reck less and sanguine, and a board of di reetors which seems to have exercised no powers of direction have managed between them to get rid of over $3,000, 000. Happily the other Chicago banks are in the hands of men who know what real banking is. Thev are. as a rule, men of judgment and integrity. KNOCKED OUT BREWERIES. National Bank of Illionia Had Much Money in Beer Making. Chicago, Dec. 23. The American Brewing:. Malting and Elevator com pany, the George A. Weisse Malting and Elevator company and George A. Weisse assigned last evening in the county court. The asisgnments of the two companies which are Intimately connected in business were brought in to court together at G o'clock. The as signee of the American company is the Chicago Title and Trust company. The George A. Weisse Malting and Eleva tor company assigned to the Security Title and Trust company, and that company is the assignee of Weisse also. No statement was filed as to the assets and liabilities. The failure of the two corporations was the result of the failure of the Na tional Bank of Illinois. The two com panies were borrowers from the bank and were indebted to it when it failed to the amount of over $500, OoO. As soon as the failure of the bank was announced preparations were begun for the closing up of the business of the two companies. The corporations were both organized through the efforts of George A. Weisse, who is president of the George A. Weisse Malting and Ele vator company and a son-in-law of President Scneider of the National Rank of Illinois. The American Brew ing:, Malting and Bllevator company is the owner of the extensive malt houses on North Ashland avenue, which are leased to the other company and are used by it in the manufacture of malt. The American brewing, Malting and Elevator company has a large brew ery adjoining the malt houses and the two are closely related in business, one buying and selling to the other. Judge Tlorton, earlier in the day, ap pointed a receiver for the general con tracting firm of Angus & Gindele on the application of John Angus, one of the members of the firm. The assets of the concern were placed at $300,000, liabilities at $250.. HW. According to the bill, the National Rank of Illinois, which failed, made a loan of $250,000 to the firm and the sus pension of that institution has nearly destroyed the credit of the contracting firm, so there was nothing left but an application to the court for relief. The assets were principally of reai estate, notes, etc. AN ANGRY DEPOSITOR. Swears Out Warrants for the Officials of the Chicago Bank. Chicago Dec. 23. Two central detec tives searched the town last night for E. S. Drever and Robert Rerger. for whose arrest, on a charge of embezzle ment, warrants were sworn out before Justice W. T. Hall by Frank E. Ken nedy. No. 121 Dearborn street. The firm of Dicks & Kennedy kept its account at Dreyer's bank. At noon Saturday. Mr. Kennedy made up his daily deposit and took it to the bank. Currency and checks aggregating $154. 15. The doors were closed, but on Mr. Kennedy showing his book the door keeper "permitted him to enter and a receiving teller accepted the deposit. Mr. Kennedy's action in swearing out the warrants was largely induced by the treatment he received at the hank a few minutes before his trip to Justice Hall. He visited the bank to make a courteous inquiry and was told if he did not leave the place immediately and voluntarily, he would be forced to do so under the escort of a policeman. Treatment of this kind." said Mr. Kennedy, "made me indignant and I made up my mind that after I had lost my money I was at least entitled to civil treatment." WHO IS THE GUILTY MAN? Responsibility for the Chicago Bank Failure Being- Located. Chicago. Dec. 23. Wo A. Hammond, second vice rjresident of the National Rank of Illinois, who has been charged with pulling the woo! over the eyes of the directors of the defunct bank, would not talk today when seen in his pala tial home at Evanston. Through an intimate friend, however, he made a statement which is calculated to incul pate several o ft he directors as well as two or three men who are not con nected with the bank. The Post makes the above statement and gives the following: "W. A. Ham mond is to be made the scapegoat of the failure of the National Rank of Il linois," said the friend. "Hammond is a broken man today, but he is not any more to blame for the amount of money loaned on Calumet securities than are the members of the financial committee of the bank and its directors. It was necessary to the purposes of a man con nected with the South Chicago City railway and an officer of one of the best known banks of this city to depre ciate the Calumet electric roads stock and to this end these two men brought about the wre eking of the National Rank of Illinois. "Of the bank's funds $2,475,000 had been loaned on Calumet securities. The plan for wrecking was brilliant. Call fiir an investigation, depreciate Calu met stock and buy it. Then combine this valuable property of 63 miles of new track, equipment and franchise with the South Chicago railway, event ually combining with the Chicago City railway, and make a fortune of mil lions w ithin five or ten years. "The truth of the matter is that tho members of the finance committee and certain directors of the National Rank of Illinois have known the amount of the Calumet loan and had hoped to make individual fortunes on the suc cess of the venture. Four years atto W. V. Jacobs, who started the Calu met road, borrowed $115,000 and paid it up in full. After that the road passed into other hands and a loan was made on the securities, with the full know-ledge of the finance committee of the bank ami by President Schneider him self. This loan was too large, but it had been supposed to be for a few weeks only, and the bank finding itself involved either had to take the loss, run an enterprise or go ahead." FAILURE AT ST. LOUIS. Receiver for the Southern Saving Find and Loan Association. St. Louis, Dec. 2.2. On application of Walter F. McEntire, Judge Val'iant of j the circuit court today issued a sum mons returnable Saturday against the Southern Savings Fund Loan associ ation to re-ply to the injunetiem against the company, for the dissolution of the Continued on Third Page. BLOODSHED AR. Thousands of Whites Arming Against the 1J lacks, At Paducah, Eddy vi lie, Prince ton, Kuttawa, Wingo AND OTHER PLACES In Western Kentucky A Race War Imminent. Serious State of Affairs Over a Wide Section. Louisville, Ky Dec. 23 A special to the Post from Mayfield, Ky., says: At 4 o'clock this morning a detachment of 30 whites from Fulton 30 miles away came into the city armed to the teeth and prepared to resist the negroes. Ed dyville, Kuttawa, Wingo, Princeton, Paducah and neighbrwing towns have been asked for aid and companies are being formed at each of these places. The second regiment Kentucky state guards at Paducah, has been asked for a gatling gun and the piece is now on its way to this city. St. Louis, Dec. 23. A special from Mayfield, Ky., says: The chances for a big battle here are good. Special trains have brought armed negroes and whites to town, and they are preparing for a fight. An attack is hourly expect ed by the whites. Fully 500 whites are armed, and it is believed as many ne groes. Every man of this town, and every body who can carry a weapon is on guard, for an attack by an army of ne groes is expected at any moment. The whites are being reinforced hourly by citizens from surrounding towns. It is thought that there will be com menced the fiercest war ever known in the south. For 4S hours news has been received here from different points that the ne groes were organizing in large bodies for the purpose of visiting this town and wreaking vengeance upon those who lynehe-d Jim Stone Monday morn ing, and followed this by whiteeapping some of the colored families who live on the outskirts. Telegrams from Water Valley say that the negroes who hatl massed there were 250 in number, and that every one has some sort of weapon. A half hour later news of a similar nature came from Wingo. These reports, in addition to many of a similar nature received from surrounding towtts. caused the geatest consternation, and preparations were made at once for a battle. Men first saw- to it that their homes were barricaded, as well as that could be done, and then they proeeeded to the hardware stores, where every one who could use a weapon was handed one until the entire stock was distributed. A dispatch was sent from htre to Fulton as soon as the alarming reports began to come in. asking aitl of the white citizens at that point. A reply came at once, stating that a. special train would be chartered, and a body of armed men would reach here as soon as it was possible. Reports became so alarming that the fire bells was sounded, and all of the citizens assembled in the public square where they remain, expecting the at tack at any hour. A message from Paducah stated that a body of negroes was being organized there. A body of citizens of Fulton reached town last night and they report meet ing a mob of 200 negrejes. every one armed with a rifle, on the outskirts of town. No attempt was made by the blacks to interfere with the F"ulton people, and it was evident the former are waiting for reinforcements. LATER FROM .MAYFIELD. Louisville. Dec. 23. A special from Mav field. Ky.. says: The body of Wm. Suet, colored, was found today lying in a side slrret. It is knovvn now that- he wa killed last night by the armed whites who have been organized for protection in the race war and were patrolling the streets last nittht. Suet was pursued and shot in the back. All sons of rumors are current about a mob of negroes coming into. town to night for vengeance. None of the mer chants of this place will sell a weapon or ammunition to n -groes. A large force of armed whites will patrol the streets tonight and every precaution is being ta ken to prevent the general outbreak of negrees. that is threatened. Messages from Paducah and other surrounding towns warn the whites here to be on their guard. GIVE THEMSELVES UP The Two Bankers for Whom Warrants Were Issued. Chicago, Dec. 23 2:30 p. m. E. S. Dreyer and his partner. Robert Berger of the banking firm of E. S. Drej-er & Co., which collapsed Monday as a re sult of the closing of the National Rank of Illinois and for whose arrest war rants were issued last night.gave them selves up today. Arrangement had al ready been made for bonds and the two Viankers were promptly released. Dreyer and Rerger are charged with receiving a deposit on Saturday last, knowing their bank was insolvent. EAST PACPEK CHILDREN Philadelphia Ledger Thinks Kansas Should Save its Corn for the Waifs. Washington. D. C. Dec. 23. The Phil adelphia Ledger today has the follow ing editorial: "Kansas is preparing to send a train load of provisions to the destitute of Chicago mid New York. At the same time Kansas is raising a protest against the dumping of New York pauper child ren upon their soil, a practice, she says, that has gone beyond the limits of both charity and forbearance. Kansas has a surplus of corn and New York of pauper children, and as each piys the freight en its product it would seem most economical for Kansas to keep its corn at home to feed the children sent to it. Rut there are other considera tions which have doubtless convinced '.tie Sunflower state in taking the action it has." Try us on collars. We can make then look like new. Peerless Steam Laundry 112 and 114 W. Stb st. 'Phone 332. K,join on suot-tdiaosojtj jno.C sjibx anua.ve TSisatloj, pun iRxtj STEEL POOL INTACT. The Combination Will Still Continue to Control the Market Pittsburg, Dec. 23. The Bessemer Steel association, better known as the steel billet pool, is still intact, reports to the contrary notwithstanding. One of the leading members of the organ, ization, who has returned from the meeting in New York, in an interview said: "These sessions were secret and some misleading information has been put before the public. I can state positively that the pool, as the news papers call it, is still in existence and that it has not been dissolved, as stat ed. The only firms out of the com bination are the Bellaire Steel com pany, which withdrew: the Shoenber ger company, which never went in, and a small concern in Indiana. "A committee of three was appointed to look into the situation ami it will make a report within two weeks, when another meeting will be called. In the meantime the market will be open and prices will be anything that manufac turers can get for their products." The member of the pool did not want to predict what the prices would be. but was emphatic that the organiza tion would not go to pieces. Another manufacturer said as to prices that billets were being sold as low as $15.50 a ton, and he believed some makers were putting billets on the market at even a lower rate. This is ridiculously low, when it is consid ered that the price fixed after the or ganization of the pool was $20.25 per ton at the maker's mill. He also said that some of the members of the pool are now selling billets at an actual loss. CAB DRIVER STRIKE. Several Riots Have Occurred in New York City. New York, Iec. 23. Christmas shoppers have suffered considerable inconvenience as the result of a strike of the local cab drivers. PJIvery cab company in this city is affected by the strike. Several riots have occurred in the neighborhood of Madison Square, and in one of these scrimmages Mrs. C. Oliver Isplin. one of thf1 4()ijf narrowlv escaped being" hit bv a brick. Today the New York Cab company started out half a dozen cabs under po lice escort, but the attempt to resume business proved abortive. Four non-union drivers were assaulted during the day, and one of the number was quite seriously injured. The stablemen have organized in sym pathy with the drivers. GOV. LEEDY'S LITTLE JOKE He Wants the Question of Military Precedence Settled. There are a good many men in the Populist party that would like to be appointed adjutant general. Some of the parties that would like to have the place are A. J. Davis, the man who held the place under the Lewelling ad ministration: F. M. Eastwood of Gir ard, W. S. Cain of Atchison, Joe H. Jones of Chetopa. H. N. Boyd of Belle ville, Major Chas. McCrum of Garnett, Hirah Allen of Williamsburg, W. H. Sears of Lawrence, and the najnes of J. J. Miller and H. C. Lindsey of To peka are also mentioned for the place. The parties who want the place were somewhat excited by a remark that is credited to Executive Clerk Fleharty. It is reported that he said in the office of the Dutton House: "We will short ly name an adjutant general, probably before the time for the inauguration." When Governor Leedy was apiproach ed on the matter today he said: "Well, I supipose that I will name one some time that is. if the law- is not changed. You know, the news papers have this matter all fixed up, and they know better who will be ap pointed than I do yet. As I am in formed that the law stands, I will have to make an appointment. and will prob ably do so some time between now and the middle of January. I have heard that the legislature is going to abol ish the office, and if that is the case I might hold this appointment up till I can see what they tlo. I have not made up my mind as to any particular man yet. By the way, I would like to know something. I have heard that the newspapers say that the legisla ture is going to abolish the office of adjutant general and put the work on the governor's executive clerk. Now, my clerk happens to be a minister: if this is done and there comes a war and my clerk gets on some old white circus horse and rides around with the soldiers, what will be his title? Will he be a minister, a clerk or a general? I also wish that the papers would fig ure out where he would be entitled to ride whether it would be proper feir him to ride in front of the colonels or whether he would have to ride behind them." The reporter suggested that if there was any fighting to be done the proper place for the adjutant general would be as far in the rear as was possible. "Well," said the governor, "I see that you know the proper place for a gen eral: you talk like you had been in the war. "No," said the governor, laying aside faeetiousness for a. moment. "I don't know what I will do in regard to that appointment yet. I am going home tomorrow on the 4 o'clock train and will take a week's holiday. I shall try to see if 1 can think of something to sav in a message to the legislature. I think that I am entitled to a little rest and have decided to take Christmas week. I won't be here next week." A 84,000 VERDICT. A Chicago Firm Which Brings Suit Finds Itself it the Toils. After being out nearly all night the jury in the I'nited States circuit court in the case of the Independent Electric company of Chicago against Donald Rros. of Atchison brought in a verdict for Donald Bros. The electric com pany sued the firm for the purchase price of some mining machinery to be used in a mine near Atchison. The amount claimed was $4,000. The firm brought in a claim for $10,000 darr-ages because the machinery was not what it was represented to be and the jury decided that the firm had been dam aged and gave them a verdict for $4, 4oo. in the trial of the case the ma chinery was brought into court. There were two dray loads of it and the jury was shown why it failed to do the w-ork olaimexl for it. It recpuired nearly a week to try the case. XMAS Ii. il. RATES. SANTA FE ROUTE-HOME ROAD. Tickets at one and one-third fare for round trip, sold December 24, 25, .31 and January 1, to all points with in 200 miles. Final return limit January 4. MADGE IS GOME. A Pretty Fifteen Year Old Girl Disappears And Henry Stoops, Manager of a Chicago Roofing Co., HAS HE EX ACCUSED Of Abducting the Girl and Tak ing Her to Chicago. She Is a Daughter of J. D. Wallace. Stoops Placed Under Arrest and Released on Bond. Fifteen year old Madge Wallace, who is pretty and who lived with her par ents at First and Adams streets, is to day a wanderer in the city of Chicago and "Henry or Harry" Stoops, manager of the Guaranty roofing- company of that place, has been arrested charged with her abduction. Six weeks ago Stoops with a gang of 22 men came to Topeka for the purpose of putting slate roofing on the buildings in the Santa Fe yards, including the paint shop and round house. He visit ed the boarding house kept by Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and engaged board for the workmen he' employed. Manager Stoops did not stay with the men but took his meals up town and roomed on Tyler street. He was at the Wallace home frequently, however, and the pretty face of Madge Wallace attracted his eye. The girl paid no particular attention to Stoops for some time but after a while there were hur ried conferences between the two which were scarcely notic-d by the family, and no one knows what was said. It is probable that Madge Wallace was dazzled by what Stoops told her of the splendor of Chicago and the big wages she would receive if she were employed there. bn'1 day Manager Stoops found Mr. and Mrs. Wallace to gether and to them he unfolded his in tention of taking a girl from Topeka to work for him. He saixl nothing about Madge then, and Mrs. Wallace kindly consented to assist him in finding a domestic. "I want a country girl." said he, "to help my wife. The Chicago girls are too flip." Afterwards, it is stated. Stoops seized every opportunity possible to talk with Madge Wallace. Once he said to her oldest sister, "Margaret, would you like to have your sister go to Chicago to work for me?" "No, sir. I should not," replied Mar garet Wallace. "My sister is too young to go away from home. She is not able to take care of herself. Do you know that she is only 15 years old?" "That can't be," replied Stoops. "She is surely older than that." Nothing more was said about the em ployment of a girl, and Sloops soon left the house. He came as usual afterward to pay Mrs. Wallace for the board of his men but seldom stayed more than a few minutes. On December 14 the work was com pleted, and Mr. Stoops went to the boarding house to make the final set tlement. He completed his business and left the house. He had not been gone long when Willie Wallace, a younger brother of Madge, came run ning to the house in great excitement. "Madge is over cm Crane street with Mr. Sloops." said he. Margaret Wal lace went at once with herbrother. and she found Madge in earnest conversa tion wdth Stoops at Crane and Jeffer son streets. "I wish you weiulet leave my sister alone. You know she is not content with her home and I do not think you should try to persuade her to leave," said she to Stoops. The man made a bow, protested that he meant no harm, and lifting his hat walked away. The same day Stoops went to Kansas City, and the following day the men left the boarding house. December 15 is pay cloy among the Santa Fe employes, and it was accord ingly a busy day at the Wallace house, where the boarders came to settle their bills. Mr. Wallace, who works in the Santa Fe shops, was tired and went to bed early, leaving his daughters, Madge and Margaret, in charge of the house. It was 12 o'clock when the girls re tired to their bedroom, adjoining the large dining room on tho west. The bed chamber occupied by the sisters is on the first floor. The two girls went to bed and Margaret Wallace knew nothing more until she was awakened by her mother early in the morning. As she arose she saw that her sister was not in the bed. It was unusual for Madge to arise before her but she was not startled. She dressed and went to the kitchen. "Where is Madge," she asked of her mother. "I have not seen her." replied Mrs. Wallace. "Isn't she in bed?" Margaret rushed back to her bed room. Her sister was not there. Some time in the night Madge had arisen, dressed and left the house with out disturbing any one. She had stolen from the bedroom through the dining room and out onto the street by the dining room door, which was Rft un locked. No one in the! house had heard her. but it is customary for boarders to come in the night and a noise would not have been noticed. Then it was that the father and moth er thought of Stoops, iiis talk of hir ing a girl, his conferences with Madge were recalled, and the family at once concluded that she had left the city with Stoops. On the outside of the bed room win dow before which Madge slept the fath er found the print of a man's har-il and he thinks that whoever took his c.iitigh ler away tapped on the window to it t her know that he was ready. The girl left the house without money and with no clothing except tiutt she wore. Mr. Wallace found at the Santa Fe depot that his daughter had le-ft on the e-arly ni.jrning train for the ea.t. He also found that a man answer?, lg the description of Stoops left on LJ'ie same train but was not seen at tlie depot in company with his daughter. Mr. Wallace is of the opinion tho t Stoops returned to Topeka on thv night train from Kansas City the even ing that his daughter Madge disappear ed, lie? saw a mar. who mot Stoops in Kansas City on that day and he in quired what time the train left for To peka. The officers at Chicago were notified , at, once, but nothing was heard until to day, when Sheriff Kepley reeeiven! a telegram signed by Inspector Fitzsror ald, which said that Stoops had been arrested but was released on bail and his hearing fixed for December 2H. The officers do not understand why he was released nor why a date should be set for his hearing in Chicago for a crime committed in Topeka. A Journal reporter called at the Wal lace home today. Mr. Wallace had been informed of the arrest of Stoops in Chi cago. He appeared bowed down wilh grief, and his eyes filled with tears as he talked. "My daughter was of a happy dis position, but she had an accident when she was three years old. She fell into a bucket of hot starch and it injured her spine and there were times w it, :i she was not herself. Except when siie got those spells she seemed very happy. She was the light of our home, was a good musician and would often play and sing. "I did not think she would go away. When Stoops talked to me about get ting a girl I did not think that his in tentions were gooei ami 1 said so at the time, but I did not think he wanted to take our daughter. "I am satisfied that when she left home it was with good intentions ;ind that she expected to get a place where she could get good wages. I can see now what Stoops intended to do and am satisfied that he induced our daughter to leave us." Mr. Wallace says he will go to Chi cago as soon as he can get ready and make an effort to find Ids daugh'er. No word has been received from her either from the Chicago police or any o her source and Mr. Wallace is afraid that Stoops may have dropped her oh' at some town along the route to divert suspicion. Manager Stoops is a comparatively young man though he has a wife and two children in Chicago. During the six weeks he was employed in Topeka he made a half dozen trips to Chiceigo. He dressed well a.nd gave the impr, s sion of being a man with ple-nty of money. Sheriff Kepley will wire for particu lars of the arrest and he may go to Chicago himself this evening to investi gate the case. AFTER THAYER'S LIF A Crazy Man Attempts to Kill tiie Kansas City Merchant. Kansas City. Dec. 23. Oscar O. "VVahl fieid, president of the New York whole sale clothing" house bearing his name, threatened to kill AV. B. Thayer, of the firm of Emery, Bird. Thayer & Co.. in the latter's olrice here late yesterdny afternoon. Wahlfield was arrested last night, but the cau.se of arrest was not ma de known till tail a y , when he w a s declared to be insane. Wahlfield was arrested last Saturday on the charge made by Mr. Thayer of parsing a worthless cheek for $:;0... Wahlfield had received f b)0 of tI," amount and yesterday, after riavw-i-been released from jail, went u Tha ytr and demanded the remaining S'n. When payment was refused Wahltiell made as if to draw a. revolver an-l ru-- i ed at Thayer, crying the whiie: "i'l! kill you; I'll kill you." He was overpowered by two clerk in the office before ho could d a r.y damage, and was lodged in jail. Wit M field will probably be ordered sen? to some asylum. He was once wealth, and is well known both here and in New York. Financial reverses are res ponsible for his condition. STRIKE AT 1I0ST0X. Conductors and JMotormen Threaten to Tie Up West End Line. Bosfon, Dec. 2.1. The conductors and motormen of the West End Street rail way held meetings in all the divisions last night, which did not terminate un til this morning and voted to demand the formal recognition of the Conduc tor's and Motermen's union, in case recognition is not accepted by twelve o'clock tonight the men say the road will be tied up. There will probably be a conference this afternoon. STR I K E DECLA 1 i E D. Boston. Dec. :, 3 p. m. President M. L. Young of the Conductor's and Met ermen's unir.n. has decl:;red a strike on the West End railroael eompany to take place at o'clock tomorrow m,., ru ing. Over 2.000 men will go out. The grievance of the men chiefly results from the refusal of the company to sign the annual usual agreement. WHERE IS THE HOT SPELL We Were Promised for Christmas Mr. Jennings Sticks To It. Weather Observer Jennings states this afternoon that the weather has changed slightly since yesterday, and gives as his authority the thermometer. The thermometer very kindly bears out Mr. Jennings' statement by re-gislering a temperature at 2 o'clock this after noon 37 degrees lower than that regis tered at the same hour yesterday. The wind is also blowing in from the- nonh at the rale of 13 miles an hour this aft ernoon, whereas it was blowing at half the stieed and from the opposite direc tion 24 hours ago. Not withstanding the appearance of the weather today, Christmas may be pleasant after all. The predict ion s.-n t ottt'by the weather bureau today stales that fair weather will come fooay and tomorrow- with rising t e-mperautre to morrow. To this prediction Mr. Jen nings adds his opinion that warm weather will be clue in this territory about noon tc,morrow. The Denver Baok Vreckers. Denver. Deo. 23. Charles II. Dot Sidney E. .McClurken, the con and ted Commereial bank officials, gave b, in the United States court for $lo for their appearance on January 22 which time " udge Jlall will pasu s od 000 at ;,-n-iot- tenet-. t. e. Miner, who was coo ed with Dow and MoCiurk-m. has yet givcm bail and is still in the- , tody of Deputy Marshall Roe, hur: for bondsmen. "Katy" Train Dispatcher Sulc-Jej. Parsons, Dec. 23. E. H. H oo-ak r. chief train dispatcher of the )!io.,ri. Kansas & Texas railroad in this city, committee', suicide yesterday by r'n. ing himself with a revolver. Tb - aus leading to the- act are shrou leei in royo-te-ry, although it is hinted boat ctri k and financ-ial trouble .are responsible for the deed. Siamese. Assault a U, S. Counsi!. New York, Dec. 23 A special to the Herald from Bangkok says: A num ber of Siamese seddiers attacked and wounded Mr. Keliett, CnitcKi Stat?-a consul gemerai here. They eiernanaed the release of a consular cierk who, they alleged, had been unjustly arrested.