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c-C'Y EVENTNG. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MARCH 29, 1897. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. RYAN TRIUMPHS. Thomas Ryan of Kansas is Named bj the President For First Assistant Secretary of the Interior. HENRY CLAY EVAXS Is Nominated for Commissioner of Pensions. Johnson of Indiana Becomes Oh "streperous in the House. Washington, March 29. The president today sent the following nominations to the senate: Thomas Kyan of Kansas, to be first assistant secretary of interior. Henry Clay Evans of Tennessee, to be commissioner of pensions. To be registers of land office David C. Fleming: of Colorado at Sterlir.g.Col. ; Wat Theodore Bealle of Colorado, at Leadville, Col. Thomas Ryan was born at Oxford, N. T., November 25, 1837. He was raised in '" y v HON. THOMAS RYAN, First Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Bradford county, Pennsylvania, where he studied law and started in the prac tice. In 1862 he entered the Union army as a private and served until 164. When mustered out of the service he had risen to the rank of captain. He was wounded in the battle of Stone River. In 1S65 Mr. Ryan came to Kansas and located in Topeka, intending- to build up a law practice. He got into politics and was elected county attor ney of Shawnee county in 166, which office he held till 1ST3, when he was ap pointed assistant United States district attorney under George R. Peck. Mr. Ryan held the office of assistant district attorney four years, till 1877, when he went to congress. He was elected to congress in 1876 from what was then called the Third district, which extended from Shawnee county west beyond Dodge City. When the state was redistricted Shawnee county was put in the Fourth district and Mr. Ryan was re-slected to congress at each election till the time he was appointed minister to Mexico in 1889 by President Harrison. During his congressional career Mr. Ryan was a member of Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, Forty eigth. Forty-ninth and Fiftieth con gresses, and was elected to the Fifty first congress. During the period of his service as as sistant United States attorney he was a member of the law firm of Peck.Ryan & Johnson. He resigned from the Fifty-first con gress to accept an appointment from President Harrison to be United States minister to Mexico, which was then a second class mission. Immediately after his appointment his friends in the senate and house had the mission raised to the first class, of the same rank as England. Germany and France. He was very popular in Mexico and made a splendid record in the state de partment, receiving high praise from Secretary Blaine. After his return from Mexico he re turned the practice of his profession in Topeka and has always maintained his home here. After his service as minis ter he was sent to the City of Mexico by President McCurdy of the Mutual Life Insurance company of New York, to morrtiatp for the admission of that corn- May to do business in the republic of Mexico. This work he accomplished so satisfactorily that Mr. McCurdy after wards asked him to go to Elmira, N. Y. to attend to the business of the com pany in connection with some properties on which they naa maae large louuo which were about to be foreclosed. Air. Ryan remained in Elmira a year until the foreclosure proceedings v. eie concluded, and then came home to To m.ka whore hp has since devoted his time to legal matters, having an office In the Columbian building. His appointment as assistant secreta rv of ttie interior was urged by the en tire Republican delegation in congress from Kansas, and was secured by their energy and perseverance. The appoint ment demonstrates that the congress ional delegation is to control Kansas af fairs. Senator Baker and Congressmen Curtis and Broderick worked for Mr. Ryan's appointment with all the earn estness they could command and wora helped by the most powerful influences in Kansas, uov. usuorri, uu. luuiim and other prominent Kansans were also enthusiastic supporters of Ryan's can didacy. The business of the interior depart ment that will come under Mr. Ryan's suDervisinn will be in line with his work while in congress. He entered congress in 1877, at the came time that Major McKinley first took his seat in that body, and during several successive congresses was the chairman of the sub-committee on Indi an aoDroDtiations. on which committee Major McKinley and two members of the present cabinet. Long ana iviciven tia, served. Mr. Ryan was also a member of the committee on public lands. Mr. Ryan will probably assume the duties of his new position at once. His wife is at present in Topeka at the home of her sister, Mrs. James L. King. HOUSE. Washington.March 29. The house to day was an hour and a quarter in se curing a quorum. An amendment was Adopted placing a duty of one dollar a 'J Km? ton on bauxide, not refined, th? Re publicans stating that Georgia and Al abama demanded protection for it. There was sensational scene in the afternoon when Mr. Johnson of Indi ana, protested against taking the time of the house in irrelevant discussion. He was ordered to take his seat and re fused but finally did so as the chair man of the committee of the whole, Mr. Sherman was about to summon the speaker. A second time he rose and the speaker was actually called in to subdue Mr. Johnson. SENATE. Washington.March 29. Senator Hoar from the judiciary committee today re ported favorably the bill to prevent the use of kinetoscepic exhibitions of prize fights in the District of Columbia or the territories.lt also prohibits mailing of prize fight pictures, or their receipt from common carriers. Heavy penal ties are provided. The senate adopted a resolution mak ing $50,000 immediately available for the improvement of the Mississippi river from the head of the passes to the mouth cf the Ohio. NEW TARIFF DUTIES AT ONCE. An Effort to Have the Bill Take Ef fect From April 2. Washington, March 2. -The proposi tion which has leen discussed by the Republican members of the ways and means committee since they begun work on the tariff bill that all goods import ed after a certain date, before the en actment of the bill, shall be made to pay the duties carried by the bill, is likely to crystalize into definite form. It is possible, if not probable that an amendment will be made to the bill in the house to effect this purpose and April 2d, is the date on which it is pro posed that the Dingley bill rates go in to effect. LEVEES 13KEAK. And a Large Area of Lower Missis sippi Country is Flooded. Jackson, Miss.? March 29. A special from Greenville, Miss., says: A crevasse occurred last night at Lake Lee, seven miles south of Greenville on the Mississippi side, through which an im mense volume of water is pouring into the Black and the Steele bayou country. The opening is 500 feet wide and unless it can be stopped, which is highly improba ble, all that country west of Deer creek and the most fertile and prosperous in the Delta will be overflowed from Areola south to the mouth of the Yazoo river . This break has relieved the pressure somewhat on the Greenville front and the gauge at this hour shows the river has been on a stand since 4 p. m. yesterday. Memphis, Tenn., March 29. The over flow reports are not encouraging today to those fighting the waters. From a lo cal standpoint all is serene but reports are flying thick and fast as to breaks be low Helena. The levee at Wayside, Miss., gave way shortly after mltlnlght last night. This was eontirmed this morning by a subsequent telegram. THE UPPER RIVER. Quincy, 111., March 29. The Mississippi keeps up its record of the past week at this point and another rise is registered, making the stage 15 feet above low water mark. Thousands of sightseers line the river banks and bluffs to see the muddy water which has submerged all of the is lands and stretched back over the Mis souri bottoms for a distance of several miles, with only the top of trees and part ly submerged houses visible here and there to mark the former places of abode of the thrifty farmer. Alton. 111.. March 29. The flood situation continues to become graver every hour. Men were put to work this morning over hauling all the levees protecting higher bottom lands. The railroad companies are putting their tracks in American ami St. St. Charles bottoms in the best possible condition to withstand the floods, for less the 12 feet more water will bring the stage of 1892, when the tracks of all the rail roads were submerged between Alton and St. Louis. $400 DUE M'MASTER For the Time in Which Herald Hung Onto the Office. Judge Hazen this morning decided that R. B. McMasters is entitled to the $400 involved in the case of Frank L. Whittaker against the city of Topeka, The suit was brought to determine whether it was Frank Herald or R. B. McMasters who was entitled to the salary of commissioner of elections dur ing the four months that office was in controversy, after the appointment of McMasters by Gov. Morrill in 1895. Herald refused to give up the office to McMasters and McMasters instituted quo warranto proceedings in the su preme court. At the end of four months Herald was ousted from office by the decision of the court and McMasters in stalled. During the controversy the city had refused to pay out the salary connected with the office, and as it was claimed by both Herald and McMas ters, the suit was brought to settle the matter. Herald assigned his claim to Frank L. Whittaker, and the suit was brought in his name. The case will be taken to the court of appeals. W. D. UEYMEIi RESIGNS. Goes to Central Georgia His Office is Abolished. W. D. Beymer, assistant chief clerk in the office of C. S. Sutton, auditor of freight receipts for the Santa Fe, has resigned his position to become chief clerk to H. A. Dunn, auditor of the Central of Georgia railway at Savan nah. Mr. Beymer will assume the duties of his new position April 10. The work which has heretofore been done under the direction of Mr. Bey mer will be distributed in the depart ment and the place will be abolished, saving over $1,500 per year therein. This is along the line of the general policy of economy which was inaugurated when Mr. Sutton took charge of the of fice. Mr. Beymer will remove his family to Savannah at once. He returned to Topeka Saturday, having been absent for a week visiting Mr. Dunn and look ing over the work in the position which was tendered him. He came home fully satisfied and decided to accept. Mr. Beymer's career during the time he has been connected with the Santa Fe has been successful. Mrs. Ettlinger's Household Goods. Mrs. Sophie Ettlinger brought suit in the district court today to replevin the household goods attached by Under sheriff Lucas last Saturday. In her pe tition she states that ail of the house hold goods are her personal property. Death Penalty Abolished. Denver. March 29. Governor Adams todSy signed the bill abolishing capital punishment in Colorado. Dance and entertainment by National Reserve Lodge at K. P. hall, corner of Sixth and Quincy, Wednesday evening, March 31. Admission 25c. Ladies free when accompanied. TORNADOSWEPT. Texas Tisited By a Terrific Bain and Wind Storm. Houses Blown Away and Trees Uprooted. 60 MILES AN HOUR. Ruin and Waste Are Scattered Everywhere. Loss to Property Will Be Im mense. Some Fatalities Are Already Reported. Austin, Tex., March 29. Testerday afternoon at 2 o'clock this city and the surrounding ccuntry was visited by a terrific tornado that did great damage to property, and caused some loss of life. The wind came from the south west and blew at about 60 miles an hour for nearly 20 minutes, tearing down trees or splitting them asunder with terrific force. Several large elec tric l,ght towers were blown down, causing a loss of $4,000 or $5,000. The iron lrames were twisted as though they were of the very smallest wire, and will be useless. In addition to this quite a number of houses in the resi dence portion of the city were blown down and in several cases narrow es capes from death are reported. The new and unoccupied residence of Mr. Burt McDonald, one of the promi nent residents, was blown down, strik ing against the residence of Mr. Wil liam Vlning, knocking in one side of the building. Two little children that were in the room playing narrowly es caped being killed. The wind played havoc with several lumber yards in the eastern portion of the city, blowing piles of lumber in every direction and scattering ruin and waste on every side. The roofs of a number of resi dences were torn off and blown a gerat distance, and in addition, to doing much damage to the state university, the wind blew off the entire roof of the ad joining dormitory, letting- the rain drive full into the four-story building, doing inestimable damage to the buliding and property of the 200 students therein, many of whom fled for thair lives when the roof was carried away. The roof was carried 100 yards, lighting on and crushing the roof of a cottage in which four people were seated, but none was even injured, though all were entomb ed by falling debris. A church just to the north of the university had the en tire east side blown in and was un roofed, the wind carrying thd roof a block away. The residence of Dr. Graves, immediately north of the church, was lifted from its foundation, twisted completely around and set down in the same place, so badly damaged, however, that none of the doors could be opened to permit the escape of the frightened inmates. The small town of Clarksville, near this city, was swept by the winds and many horses were killed by flying debris while a number of small houses were blown down, though, fortunately, the inmates were not killed, but several were badly maimed. With the terrific wind came a driving rain that was little short of a Hood and swept everything before it. Persons arriving on the evening trains tell re ports from the surrounding country to the effect that the storm was general in this section. The small town of Buda. near here, was badly handled by the storm, quite a number of houses being blown down, and one or two per sons killed, though their names are not obtainable owing to the fact that most of the telegraph wires are down and news is very meager. This is the worst storm that has ever visited this section, and it has laid waste everything in its track, though, fortunately, so far, the reports of death are few. The storm was over in an hour and the sun came out as brightly as if nothing had happened. Corsicana, Tex.. March 29. News -was received here last night from Calvert, Tex., that a terrific tornado visited that place last evening and did great damage by way of unroofing buildings, blowing houses off their foundations, etc. The information came to Mayor Whitesell, who was requested to send tinners and linemen to repair the damage done. Later details of the storm show that the loss to property will reach into the thousands. Many fine dwellings were demolished. At Calvert an old lady and two children who were in their house were fatally injured by the col lapse of the building, which was par tially destroyed by fire, notwithstand ing the torrent3 of rain which were fail ing. The lors to property in and around Calvert is estimated at $100, 000. Many roofs and chimneys were blown down. People living here for twenty-five years say they never wit npssed such a fearful storm before. All telephone as well as telegraph lines are prostrated. TEXAS RIVERS ARE RAGING. Many Streams Out of Their Banks Railroad and Other Property Suf fering Great Damage. Denton, Tex., March 29. A heavy rain fell here all day yesterday, and the creeks are overflowing. Pecan creek.running through the city, is out of its banks, and several families in the lowlands were driven out of their homes, the water varying in depth from two to 18 feet. Big Elm fork and Trinity are reported bank full and rising rapidly. Driftwood is backed up against the Hickory creek railroad bridge and a force of section hands has gone south to remove the debris. A washout occurred on the Dallas and Wichita branch just below Farmers ville, and "Katy" passenger No. 47 had to come back to this place and go to Dallas via Ft. Worth. It is feared there will be crop and stock losses in the larger creek bottoms. Big Elm creek is rising at the rate of five feet per hour and other smaller creeks rising rapid ly. Clebourne, Tex., March 29. No trains from the south or east arrived yester day on account of Washouts. Rain fell in torrents all day and all streams are swollen. The Santa Fe railroad has sev eral cars of steel rails on their three bridges in this city to prevent them from washing away. It is authoratively stated that 20,000 feet of track is gone at Valley Mills, two bridges are out at Kopperl, one at Blum, one at Morgan, one south of Alvarado, and a great number of small bridges have been washed away. The Santa Fe is send ing out every available man to repair damages. The tracks are reported to be all right north of here. Ft. Worth, Tex., March 29. The rain fall following yesterday's storm was the hardest for years. The water is over the city several feet deep in some places, and much damage has been wrought. No casualties are reported, but ad vices come in from the suburbs detail ing severe damage to dwellings. The cotton belt country for miles around is inundated. The railroads running into the city are completely prostrated. GEN. RIVERA .TAKEN. Maceo's . Successor Captured by the Spanish American Correspond-, ent Killed. Havana, March 29. Gen. Hernandez Velasco continuing his operations in the hills of Pinar del Rio with the col umns of troops under his command, was engaged yesterday morning at .?a baredas with an insurgent force num bering about 100 men under Gen. Ruis Rivera. The Insurgents were dispersed and their position was' captured after an hour's fighting. The, troops captur ed a number of prisoners including Major Gen. Ruis Rivera, his chief of staff Col. (Bacallao and his adjutant. Lieutenant Terry. Gen. Rivera and Lieutenant Terry were both wounded. Gen. Rivera succeeded Gen. Antonio Maceo in command of the insurgent forces. In Pinar del Rio and he is con sidered next in military importance to Gen. Maximo Gomez. The insurgents left ten men killed and the troops, pur suing the enemy captured a quantity of arms, ammunition, dynamite caps, etc. The troops had one man killed. Lieut. Wolgasraffen and 24 soldiers wounded. Gen. Rivera and his chief of staff. Col. Bacallao were brought in prison ers at Sans Cristobal,! province Pinar del Rio last evening. Lieut. Terry, the adjutant of Gen. Rivera, who was made prisoner at the same time died while on his way to San Cristobel. He was wounded by the explosion of a Spanish shell during the engagement at Cabazedas. RECORD CORRESPONDENT KILLED. Washington.March 29. The following dispatch was received from Consul Gen eral Lee dated Havana, yesterday: Mr. C. E. Crosby of New York, the representative of the Chicago Record is reported killed while watching with field glasses a combat between the Spanish and insurgent forces near Ar roya Blanco close to the boundary of Puerto Principe and Santaria.He came to the island January 30 and is said to have graduated at St. Cyr, France. OMAHA SEES THE SHIP. The Airship Viewed the Third Time by "Reputable Citizens." Omaha, March 28. The mysterious air ship was seen again last night for the third time by a number of Omaha's reputable citizens. Jt hove in sight about the time that church was over and in half an hour had traversed the heavens and had onos more disappear ed. It was seen by people In all parts of the city. This time the "air ship" came into view in the southeastern portion of the horizon. It was In the shape of a big bright light, too big for a balloon and glowed steadily. It sailed over the city to the northwest and there disap peared behind the houses and bluffs. It moved very slowly and seemed to be quite near the earth. Nothing but the light was visible. A big crowd at Twenty-fourth and Lake streets watched the trip of the visitor and speculated upon it. ROCK ISLAND TO BUY. Rumored it Will Buy the Pecos Vat ley Railroad. Santa Fe, N. M. March 29. Mr. Har ris, assistant to the president of the Rock Island road, has recently paid an extended trip of inspection into the Pe cos valley and vicinity, and as a result the reported purchase of the Pecooroad by the Rock Island company is deemed here to be true. It is said that such a purpose would result in the immediate extension of the Pecos line from Roswell, N. M., to Amarilla or some point on the gulf road in that vicinity to meet a Rock Island branch line to be built west from Chickasha through Greer county, Tex. LAMONT A R. R.MAN. He May be Put in Charge of th Northern Pacific. Chicago, March 29. The Post's Wash ington special says: A report is in cir culation among the Washington friends of ex-Secretary of War Lamont that he is about to become president of the Northern Pacific railroad. Dr. Fay's Successor. The first change in the staff of the Santa Fe hospital association, incident to the removal of Dr. Geo. W. Hoge boom as chief surgeon and the appoint ment of Dr. J. P. Kaster, will be made on April 1. On that date J. R. Fay will retire as superintendent of hospi tals and dispensaries and Dr. R. L. Green of Kansas City, Mo., will suc ceed him. Dr. Green was formerly en gaged in railroad surgery in Texas. Dr. Fay has been a member of the Santa Fe medical staff for a number of years. Theaters Must be Mulcted. Under a decision of Judge Hazen, ren dered in the district court this morn ing, L. M. Crawford will be compelled to pay a yearly tax of $25 imposed by a city ordinance on proprietors of places of amusement. The, case of Mr. Craw ford against the city, appealed from the police court, was decided in favor of the city, and Crawford ordered to pay a fine of $5. The case will be made a test case, and taken to the court of appeals. The question in the case was whether or not the ordinance, imposing this tax, was valid. Judge Hazen held that it was, and stated that he did not consider the amount of tax to be unrea sonable. Hamilton Divorce Suit Decider". Divorce was granted to Mrs. Eliza beth Hamilton from Peter Hamilton by Judge Hazen in the district court this morning, and Mrs. Hamilton given the custody of. the three minor children. Judge Hazen refused to give Mrs.Ham ilton alimony, but she was granted the family homestead of seven acres and a 13 room house where she now lives, to gether with all of the household furni ture with the exception of enough to fit up one room. This was given to Mr. Hamilton, as well a the right to one team, wagon and harness and one mow ing machine. Mr. Hamilton has con siderable property In residence lots In this city. MYRIADSOF MEN. Russia Mobilizes 200,000 Sol diers on Turkish Frontier. Turkey Now Has an Army of 1 50,000 on Greek Border. CONFLICT SEEMS NEAR As a Last Resort the Powers Will Demand Thajt Both Greece and Turkey Withdraw Their Armies. London, March 29. A dispatch to the Times from Vienna says that owing to the keen anxiety felt at St. Petersburg as to what may occur in the near future at Constantinople, or in the vicinity, the czar has ordered the concentration of 200,000 troops in South Russia. The Russian volunteer fleet is now available to transport troops whenever required. London, March 29. A dispatch from Salonica to the Times says: Within a few days Edhem Pasha (the Turkish commander of the Greek fron tier) will have under his command 150, 000 men, which will constitute his army of soldiers. "I am especially struck with the rap id strides the Turkish organization has made within the last few years In re gard to military railways and hospit als. Within a month 152 trains have traversed Salonica. An infantry system which has stood such a strain is worthy of the highest praise. "Thirty torpedoes have been laid across the bay from Cape Kara. The large supply of ammunition here and Constantinople is being supplemented by German consignments." Athens, March 29. The minister of the powers held a conference today, and it is etated, drew up the terms of a col lective note to the Greek government requesting that the Greek troops be recalled from the frontier. It is under stood that a similar notewill be pre sented" to the Porte, and that if "either power refuses, its principal ports will be blockaded. London, March 29. A long official dis patch from the British admiral in Cre tan waters to the government concludes in saying: "Col. Vassos, the commander of the Greek army of occupation in Crete,has practically declared war against the powers." The idea which appears to prevail in Athens, that the nomination of Prince George as the ruler of Crete is a possi bility, is yet another of the many Hel lenic would-be illusions which are bound to be destroyed. Prince George is not in any way qualified, either by age. experience or nationality, for such a delicate position. The powers are looking for some capable governor whose first quality, after executive abil ity, must be an impartial attitude to ward the Turks and Greeks alike, and who would not be a mere figurehead. Constantinople, March 29. The Turk ish squadron has not left the Dardan elles. Hakki Pasha. commander of the Turk ish troops at Tokat, in the Sivas dis trict, where the massacres of Armenians recently occurred has been dismissed and arrested on demand of the repre sentatives of the powers. Toulon, March 9. The French cruiser Bugeaud sailed for Crete today. Canea, March 29. A mixed detach ment of French, Italians, Russians and Turks under the command of a French captain, has occupied the fortress of Butsunaria, which protects the spring supplying Canea with Water, the in surgents having attempted to cut off the water supply. CREELMAN IN GREECE. King George Threatens to Open Hos tilities at Once. Special Cable by James Creelman to New Tork Journal. Patras, Greece, March 28 King George received me again at the palace this morning. This time he uttered a kingly threat which brings the great powers face to face with a war that will smash the Turkish empire and turn Central Europe into chaos. "The great powers should take warn before it is too late," said the king. "The Greek nation cannot endure this state of affairs much longer, and the scituation will be come u controllable. The world has never before witnessed such a spectacle as six powerful na tions, acting in the name of Christian civilization, surrounding an island with their warships and starving a noble Christian people, whose only offense is that they have fought for t'.eir liber ties. While doing this the nations are feeding and upholding their savage Turkish oppressors. "It seems almost incredible that the egoism of the powers could lead them to outrage every principle of humanity, ignore and trample down the public sentiment of Europe and inflicts slow death upon the brave Cretans. I can not understand it." The lines in the king's face grew hard and his big brown eyes flashed: the veins stood out with painful distinct ness in his temples, his lips trembled and his voice shook with emotion. "It is hard to restrain the natural impulse of the Greek army to vindicate the honor of their flag and advance on the Turkish forces, which theaten our northern frontier," he said. "We did not send our torpedo boats and troops to Crete until the Turks threatened to send more troops to subdue the Chris tians in the island, and we did not send our army to the frontiers of Epi rus and Macedonia until a large Turk ish force threatened us there. "Now it is said that the powers are threatening to blockade Volo. the naval basis of our forces in Thessaly. It would be an infamous thing to blockade Volo while the Turkish army menaces our ter ritory. "If it is done, it will be useless to at tempt to hold our troops back any longer, and I will order them to go forward. My mind is made up. "There is not another people like the Greek in the world." he continued. "See how the Greeks are coming here across the seas and continents, from the most distant ends of the earth, to fight for the cause of liberty and civilization. "Those men who are marching past the palace at this moment are Greeks from remote parts of the Caucasus. There are more than 700 of them, their Greek ances tors having lived in the Caucasus for over a century. "Greeks are coming from every country, and all this shows what an unconquerable spirit moves the Greek race at this mo- -. VS merit. Their national sentiment is mag nificent. They are prepared to make any sacrifice and no loss can be too great for them. "They will fight even without food; they will fight without hope, and if this con flict begins the Greeks will not cease till they will have achieved victory or the last fighting' man has fallen." STRUCK BY A RUFFIAN. Miss May Rics Knocked Unconscious While Walking With a Friend Miss May Rice, of 630 Buchanan street, was knocked down by a man last evening as she and a companion were nearing the corner of Sixth and Buchanan streets, and she was taken to her home in an un conscious condition. About 8 o'clock last night Miss Rice, who is 20 years old. and is the daughter of Mrs. B. Youngberg. started to go to Merrill's drug store at Sixth and Clay streets. With her was Miss Florence. Main, of 731 I.ane street.. As the young. ladies started away from the drug store to return home, a young man started out of a crowd of men and boys who were standing near the store, and followed them. Catching up with them he stepped be tween them and said: "Hello, May; I'm going home with you." The young ladies told him to leave them. He caught their dresses and pulled at their arms, all the while telling them that they couldn't bluff him. When near the corner of Sixth and Buchanan streets, and juat a little east of Knox's grocery. Miss May Rice turned and said: "Now don't follow us any more." The man grabbed at Mtss Rice and she struck him. At that he drew back and dealt her a vicious blow upon the left cheek with his fist. She fell heavily to the sidewalk and lay motionless. Seeing what he bad done, the man ran away rapidly. Miss Main helped her companion to her feet and led hpr home. Her home was a block away. She dragged her into the house and the un fortunate young lady again lapsed into unconsciousness. The mother worked with her and was able to return her to consciousness again. She suffered much from the wounds she received by the blow and by the fall. Today Miss Rice said to a State Jour nal reporter: "It hurt me terribly. He kept following us and I turned and told him to leave us. Then he hit me. I thought 1 was going to die. I don't know who he was. but I would know him if I saw him again. He was about 25 years old and wore dark clothes. I think he had a mustache." Miss Florence Main said to the report er: "He kept following us and when May slapped him he hit her a terrible blow and he might have killed her. I don't know his name but I think it could b found." DULL TIMES CAUSED IT. A Big Louisville Dry Goods House Assigns. Louisville, Ky March 29. Whitting ill Bros., . doing a dry goods business, made an assignment this morning. The liabilities and assets are said to be about $60,000 each. The firm also had branch houses at Madisonville, Ky.,and Huntington, W. Va. Whittinghill Bros, bought the Sea shols Dry Goods company here last fall. The creditors are located princi pally in Louisville and New York. Dull times and inability to make collections caused the failure. BLUE RAPIDS CURIOS. Ripe Tomatoes, Pansies and Young Chicks Appear at Unusual Seasons. Blue Rapids, March 27. Last fall James Warrinef planted a tomato seed in a pot containing a house plant. The seed sent up a sturdy vine, which produced three nice tomatoes about the 1st of March. Mrs. H. G. Reynolds proudly exhib its two broods of Wyandotte chicks, hatched February 18. But Mrs. E. E. Burrill js one ahead of them. The 22nd of January she picked a bouquet of pansy blossoms from a flower bed in her dooryard. The plants were mulched in the fall, but even with this protec tion it is unusual to find blossoms so early, even in Kansas. Mrs. Annie Edison Arrested. Detectives Capron and Price this af ternoon had a hard struggle with Mrs. Annie Edison of Seventh and West streets, while in search of H. A. Heath's gasoline stove, which had been stolen last night from his new residence. Sixth and Lane streets. There was also miss ing a rug and two lamps. They found the stolen articles in Mrs. Edison's house and placed her under arrest. She resisted fiercely and it required the combined efforts of both detectives to hold her while awaiting the arrival of the patrol wagon. A large crowd of neighborhood people and passerbys col lected. She had worked at the Heath residence Saturday cleaning up. She was locked in the city jail on the charge of burglary and larceny. f!J VP-3 VZfe vT c q p Q oooc STARTLING SIGHT. An Aged Man "With Flowing: White Locks Walks to the Altar Rail at the First Methodist Church AT SUNDAY SERVICES. Announces In Loud Voice That He Is Jesus Christ. Created a Genuine Sensation In " the Crowded Churcb. There was a sensational scene at the . First Methodist church yesterday morn ing at the regular service when an aged man with flowing white hair and beard walked forward from the congregation just as the Rev. A. S. Embree, the pas tor, was finishing his sermon, shook hands with the minister, and turning to the congregation, announced that he was Jesus Christ. There was a murmur from the audi ence as the man continued his wiid talk. Yesterday morning the First Metho dist church was filled with people. The beautiful day brought out a large con gregation. Rev. A. S. Embree began his sermon upon the subject of the ex penses of government, lie delivered a strong, forcible discourse, making sev eral strong points of a local nature. He spoke of the immense expenses of main- taining government. He al.so mentioned the expenses of other things, including the drink habit, and compared the cost of maintaining schools, churches, etc., with the cost of drink. He spoke of th cost of Jails and penitentiaries, and add ed that 90 per cent of the inmates were there through the influences of drink Then he touched on the extravagances of club life In the cities, where men spent their money extravagantly. Some what of a sensation was caused when he announced, pointing toward the cor ner on which the Topeka club is lo cated: "And that one over on the other corner belongs to the number." The Rev. Mr. Embree closed his ser mon and offered a short prayer. He was still standing when the old gentleman, a man of 70 years, walked rapidiy for- ward. He stepped inside the altar rail and eagerly extended his hand to Mr. Embree. The latter arose and grasped the hand of the strange visitor. The man mumbled something to the min- ' ister which he faiied to hear clearly, and then turning toward the congregation, waved his arms impressively and de clared that he was the Savior. "I am Jesus Christ," said he. "I was crucified, and 1 am here today, resur rected from the dead. I will prove that to you. in three ways. I will mix water and oil, and then I will dissolve oil in wine, and then I will dissolve wine in mercury. The Bible says that we should not cast pearls before swine, and I wouldn't want to think that you were swine, but you don't understand me. You are swine, anyway." The Rev. Mr. Embree was greatly surprised at the man's manner and his words, but instantly realized that he was insane. The old man left the altar and walked to his seat. The congregation almost rose en masse and gazed at him as he took his seat. Mr. Embree gave out a hymn, and the great organ soon drowned the whisper ings and murmurings in the congrega tion. The benediction was pronounced and the church people arose to- leave the building. The crazy man advanced to the front of the church and began a. rambling talk about religion. Church officials who were near prevailed upon him to cease talking and leave the church. He is a man probably 70 years of age and is undoubtedly deranged. It was found that his name is Taggart. Majiy times he has stood upon the corner of Sixth and Kansas avenue and talked to the loafers upon his pet hobbies about religion. He is a familiar figure upon the streets, and he always has with him a small hand satchel in which he carries religious tracts which he sells. Little more than this is known of him. Nothing was done by anyone to have Taggart taken care of. The police were notified. He Is probably harmless.