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TOPEKA, KANSAS, APRIL 12, 1897.
MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. TWO CENTS. MONDAY EVENING. LEWELLING'S EXPLANATION. Gitcs a Statement to a Wichita Paper, In Which He Declares the Boo dle Charges ARE ALL ACONSPIRACY Is Astonished That Landis Should Knife Him. Says Titus Is a Stupid and Am bitious Puppet. Wichita, April 12. The Eagle prints the following: a Ex-Governor Lewelling returned from Topeka on Saturday and on being asked by an Eagle reporter what he had to say in reference to the charges made against him by Warden Landis and Titus of Harper county, replied: "I have this to say: I am thoroughly convinced that I am the victim of a conspiracy, the ultimate aim of which is my removal from the railroad board. The manner in which Landis dragged my name into the Topeka investigation was wholly unnecessary and entirely unwarranted in fact. While I was in the senate a business man of eastern Kansas laid before me a proposition for the purchase by the state of additional coal lands. Ke recited that the state Is yearly paying a royalty to private owners of coal lands which amounts to as much as the interest on the pur chase price of such lands. He inform ed me that he had an option on a tract of land near the prison and which he would sell to the state and that if the state should pay the same price per acre which had usually been paid for similar lands there would be a margin of $2,500 in it. I told h;m that I knew nothing of the needs of the penitentiary, but that I would mention the matter to the war den and ascertain whether there was need for additional lands. I did meet Mr. Iandis and related to him what had been said to me. I did not ask him to join me any scheme to purchase the land. Nor dl'li I urge or suggest that It should be purchased - at all. The w hole circumstance was commonplace. Mr. Landis remarked that he would make inquiry as to whether more land was needed, and if so would advise me. From that time we were both much oc cupied with our respective duties, and the matter was not referred to. I have learned that the institution, not only owns all the land needed, but that the state's land has heretofore been neg lected while the prison management has paid royalty to private owners. I do not know the motive which inspired Mr. Landis thus to endeavor to cast odium upon me. I met him in the morn ing of the day he testified before the committee and he seemed out of humor and blamed me because the salaries of prison officials had been reduced by the legislature. "He may also have taken offense at my reference to Titus in the senate last winter. Titus is from Landis' old dis trict and after he had sneeringly allud ed to the empty buildings of Wichita on two or three occasions his friends were mightily wrought up because I alluded to him as the gentleman from the short grass regions of the west.' I received a most abusive letter trom one of his constitutents because of this remark, and it was Harper county which peti tioned for my removal from the rail road board. "No, I don't know whether Landis signed the petition for my removal or not. I believe Judge McKay carried It to the governor, and. by the way, the judge was a very warm suporter of 1. P. Campbell for the same position. "It has been suggested that Mr. Campbell really inspired the movement against me; anyway, his friends down there say so. but I don't know that this was the case." "Are you aware that Titus has made an additional charge against you?" "Yes, I see by the papers he says I wanted him to report a substitute for the text book bill, and in reply to this I will say that as for Titus, he is a dense and stupid and ambitious pup pet. He is the tool of other men and don't know it, but he is ambitious and Is trying to win fame by parading his own virtues in comparison with those cf the men he slanders. After all, he is an adept at stupendous lying. "I did not know Titus until T met him In the senate, and have very little ac quaintance with him now. It is pre ' posterous that I should go to a stranger, much less a representative from the camp of political enemies, and eeek his co-operation in any scheme of questionable legislation. "The only scintilla of truth in his statement regarding me is the fact that I once handed him a bill which I believe was sent me by some one from Wichita. I distinctly stated to Mr. Titus that I had not time to examine the bill, and did not know what it con tained, but that I gave it to him be cause he was a member of the commit tee on education; that he could exam ine the bill and use so much of it as was, in the judgment of the committee wise. We exchanged a few remarks in reference to text book legislation not a dozen sentences in all. and In it all there was no word, syllable, letter or Bign which, if truthfully repeated, could reflect upon the integrity of anyone. "I am not surprised at Titus. He was the fellow who cast reflections upon a dozen senators last winter and after wards had an apology printtd In the journal, but I am surprised that Landis should seem willing, in cold blood, to etab the reputation of a fellow citizen equally worthy with himself." "But what about the conspiracy?" "Oh, I have only given you one end of it, that which relates to Harper county and the Wichita contingent. It is too long a story for one writing, and I must be excused for the present. The hopes, ambitions, struggles and jealous ies of any political party 'for a single year would fill a volume. A political party is like a clock; you only see the hands move; the force of the mechan ism is behind the dial plate." TODAY'S INVESTIGATION-. Committee Fi3h.es for the Name of Representative "Walters of Labette. Senator George Campbell of Labette county was the first witness before the bribery investigating committee, which assembled at the Senate chamber this afternoon at 1 o'clock. Asked to tell what he knew of brib ery', he said: "One time in the cloak room a man came to me and said there was money in it if I would support the Hanna instead of the committee's stock yards bill. No amount was specified." Q. Who was it? A. A member of the house of repre sentatives. Q. What is his name? A. I do not care to answer that question. Q. Why not? A. There are two reasons. Q. What are they? A. One is that I do not believe the man was personally responsible and thought perhaps he had been im posed upon. The other reason I do not care to give the committee. Q. What kind of a man is he? A. I don't want to say too much. You might guess who it was. Q. Does this man need a guardian? A. No. He is simply a man who talks too much. Q. Well, senator, you know that in making the proposition to you this man committed a crime against the people of this state. Do you not re gard it as your duty, under your oath of office, to tell who this man was? A. This investigation will undoubt edly develop all of these things, but I do not want any of it to come from me. The attitude of Mr. Campbell was such that the committee and Mr. Snelling real ized that he would -not divulge the name cf the person who had attempted to bribe him. and the examination on that point ended. Asked to tell of other incidents of which he might have knowledge, the wit ness told how Cyrus Corning. Jr.. had come to his desk and said a. man at the National wanted to see Campbell. He declined to go, and in the afternoon Cy riw Corning came to Mr. Campbell bear ing the same message, that again he. de clined to go. but was approached indi rectly at the National thiit night, by a man who wanted to engage his services, to which Mr. Campbell said today: "I told him I could not serve two masters the people, and the corporations and told him further, that if he interrupted me again I would have him arrested, after which I heard no more of him." Attempting again to secure from Mr. Campbell, Mr. Outcalt took the witness. Q. Was that man Charles Walters, (meaning Representative Walters of La bette county.) A. I do not care to Fay. Q. You say it was not Mr. Walters? A. I did not say. Addressing the stenographer Mr. Camp bell said: "Please take this statement. I have been informed that Senator Hanna sent a senate page to this member of the house and asked him to see me and get my support for the bill. I presume Mr. Walters will be before thi.-? committee and can answer for himself." Mr. Campbell wis excused and Repre sentative. Marks of Jefferson county took the stand. Dr. Marks said: "The only offer of money of which I knew was on the school book question. One night, I do not remember the date, but about the time the final vote was taken, I was ap pointed as a member of a conference committee to meet senators on propo sitions which were the subjects of dis agreement. The next morning, while coming from the breakfast table, I met two men at the Chesterfield, who told me I was deluded and while laboring in apparent opposition to the American Book company, I was really working for Crane & Co. One of the men told me that if I would defeat the bill by disagreeing in the confenOe commit tee he would give me $2.U'.'0. All he asked of me was to continue the light I had made in the house, saying they would find some one else to disagree. I did not talk further with the two men. I told the committee about the offer, and Senator Lupfer said he had re ceived a similar proposition. Q. Who were these men? A. I do not know. Q. Had you heard their names? A. No, sir. They were strangers. I had never seen them before, and have not seen them since. Q. What did they say as to future conferences? A. Said I could find them at room 16, Veale block. This was the room in which Speaker Street testified Harry Wiison had of fered him $2,000 on the same kind of a proposition. Mr. Outcalt Did you receive any of fer of cash to "lay down?" A. Not directly. Q. How did it come? A. Through a friend. Q. What was the amount? A. I do not remember. Q. Was it $6'J0'.' A. I do not recollect. Q Was any payment made? A. There was to be a cash advance. Q. Was it made? A. It never reached my hands. Q. Did it reach the hands of your friends? A. I do not know as to that. Q. Who made the proposition? A. I cannot Fay. Q. Did he represent the book com pany? A. I do not know. Q. A. Q. A. How did it reach you? Through a constituent of mine. He told you? Yes. sir. Who is this man that kept you in Q. formed. A. I do not care to answer. "We want the name of this man," exclaimed Outcalt with warmth. "I want to say that you will not get it." retorted Marks. Q. Do you know W. L. Johnson of Atchison? A. I have heard of him. Q. Did he make the proposition. A. You have secured all the infor mation which you will get Trom me. Q. What is Johnson's business. A. So far as I know he ia a jointist a drug store man. Failing to elicit information, Mr. Out calt excused Mr. Marks. She was Once His Dear Wife, Too. Judge Hazen this afternoon issued a contempt attachment for D. B. Jones, the man who was made the defendant in a divorce suit tiled in the district court a few days ago. Jones was ordered by the court not to dispose of any personal property pending the trial of the case, and It is now claimed by his wife that he sold a horse since the order was issued. Jones will have to answer for contempt before Judge Hazen. Two Sentences by Judge Hazen. Fritz Durein, the veteran Topeka joint ist. pleaded guilty to selling liquor in the district court this afternoon and was given thirty days in jail and a fine of $100 by Judge Hazen. Durein will probably pay his fine. Burly Hines. one of the col ored boys who burglarized the Hord shoe store, also pleaded guilty ill the district court this afternoon and was sentenced to three years in the penitentiary. When the spring time comes, "gentle Annie," like all other sensible persons, will cleanse the liver and renovate the system with DeWitt's Little Early Risers, famous little pills for the liver and stomach all the year round, G. SV. Stansfield, 632 Kansas ava. UNAUTHORIZED. Prince Constantino Disclaims All Responsibility For the Inyasion of Turkish Territory. GREEKS TAKE A TOWN. Turks Cut Their Way Through Grecian Forces And Make Their Escape Though Closely Pursued. New York, April 12. The Press prints the following from its special corres pondent at Larissa, Thessaly: "I had a personal interview with Crown Prince Constantine, commander-in-chief of the Greek troops at his head quarters here this afternon. The prince talked freely of the situation now con fronting the people. He said: " 'I am fully prepared to make war when it becomes necessary. My troops are in excellent condition and the war like spirit prevails in the soul of every man under arms. " 'If the Turkish army should make an attempt to cross the frontier and at tack us, I should act promptly. I shall stand by the decision, whatever may happen, but I shall not do anything to force the crisis. " 'In the face of any popular demon stration favorable to a declaration, of war I am convinced that my soldiers would prove true to their allegiance, and would obey me, no matter what in fluence was brought to bear on them. " 'Therefore, I do not fear any hasty action on their part without first con sidering my orders. " 'The incursion into Turkish territory by several rebel bands of armed Greeks was wholly unauthorized by me, and absolutely against my policy and my instructions from the king. ' "The attack upon the Moslems will, by no means, be used as an excuse to begin war, and I shall do my utmost to prevent a repetition of such a violation of the neutrality laws. The Turkish position captured by these rebels will not be occupied by the Greek army, nor will we aid the invaders in anyway.' Trikhala, Thessaly, April 12. The plan of the insurgents was to occupy Baltino on the frontier of Macedonia, in order to prevent the Turks from tak ing up a more advanced position. Dir ectly the Greeks crossed the frontier, their leaders issued a proclamation call ing upon the Macedonians and Epirots to rise .fior. freedom. 1 '.' . There is an unconfirmed rumor here that the insurgents are continuing their advance unchecked by the Turks. Twenty-five of the Italian volunteers have returned here being unable to stand the cold weather. London, April 12. A special dispatch from Trikhala says that the Turkish garrison of Baltino numbering S00 men which was beseiged by the Greek in surgents, has cut its way through the Greeks with a loss of 30 men killed. It is added that the fighting was stubborn. It was only at the fourth attempt that the Turks were able to issue from their barracks. The insurgents, the special dispatch further states, continued their march into Macedonia and have captured the town of Krania. Further, they pursued the Turks close to Cipria which is two hours distance from Grevena. Through the operations which have hitherto been so successful for the in surgents the latter lost only three chiefs killed and four men wounded, accord ing to the special dispatch. It is reported that the Turkish fron tier detachment yesterday fired on and killed a Greek private and a peasant who was carrying dispatches to Calcol ivri. PATBAS IS DESERTED. Greece Will Furnish, the World No Currants This year. Washington, April 12. A letter has been received in this city from Robert L. Jenkins, United States consul at Patras, Greece dated March 23, from which the following extracts are made: "Patras has been comparatively quiet for the past few days for all the sold iers and peasants have gone to the fron tier. For several weeks every Greek steamer and every train from Pyrgos were loaded with eager, patriotic, en thusiastic Greeks, ready for war. A large steamer is now in port, loaded with soldiers and horses, bound for Arta and this morning, it seems to me that war is imminent. Several days ago. When the soldiers were arriving in great numbers, all the small boats in the har bor were busy conveying them to the steamers. Ten men got into one that holds only five comfortably, upset and in the confusion that followed they were drowned in sight of the crowd on the quay. The bodies were recovered, wrapped in Greek flags and buried in the cemetery here. It was very sad and the city is in mourning. "There is an Italian opera company here this week. The first performance was given last night and there was only 10 people in the audience. Eight of these were foreigners. The sentiment of the town was against allowing the opera to be given and out of respect for the feeling3 of the people I remained away, though I wanted to hear the music very much. Business is at a standstill. The currant vineyards are neglected and the markets of the world will have to depend next year on the 1S.000 tons, which remain in the king dom unsold.'" EDHEM FASHA DIDN'T GO. His Orders to Advance Were Counter manded. Constantinople, April 11. (Delayed in transmission.) The Turkish govern ment informed the representatives of the foreign embassies on Saturday last that in consequence of the Greek in vasion of Macedonia. Edhem Pasha the Turkish commander-in-chief. was marching on the Greek headquarters at Larissa. According to authentic infor mation obtained today, however, the Turkish army has not yet started, and it is supposed that at the last moment Edhem Pasha's orders to advance were countermanded. Nevertheless, the Turkish government seems to have the intention of attempting to seize and hold Larissa until the Greeks shall have vacated the island of Crete. It is pointed out that Krania. the town in Macedonia which is believed to be in the hands of the Greek insurgents and the scene of the present invasion, is an important strategic position threatening Edhem Pasha's communication with Janina the Turkish headquarters in Albania. STILL UNSETTLED. Stockyards Cass Before Judge The Foster This Morning. The stock yards injunction case is still unsettled. Judge Foster announced this morning that the question to be decided was what constituted a reasonable return on the investment of the stockholders and that to determine this question additional evidence showing the expenditures and receipts of the company, as well as the method of management, would be neces sary. He announced that a special mas ter to take this evidence would be ap pointed, and in the court room the attor neys for both sides agreed upon tiio first Monday in June as the day for the final hearing of the case. Several points involved in the case, however, were determined by Judge Fos ter in the opinion which he read in the Lnited States circuit court room this morning. He held that the objections of Attorney General Boyle on the jurisdic tion of the federal court were not well t&lcen, and that the plea of the stock holders that the act passed by the last legislature was class legislation was not worthy of consideration. He also stated that it was his opinion that the stock yards company was certainly an swerable to the legislative power of the states in which it conducts its business. The appoirttment of a special master to take evidence was not made by Judge Foster this morning. This will be left to the attorneys for the stockholders and for the state, and whoever they agree upon will be satisfactory to the court. The ap pointment will probably be. made not later than Wednesday. fTKINLEY TO STOP IT. The President ; Will Revoke Cleveland's Order Con solidating Pension Agencies. Washington, April 123 p. m. The sweeping order of President Cleveland affecting a consolidation of pension agencies, will be revoked by President McKinley if present plans are carried out. Though it is stated that no conclusion has been reached on the matter, the president has had time to inquire into it and to hear protests of congressional delegations and it is learned practical ly lias become convinced that it should never be allowed to become operative. STAFF OFFICEPtS. Announcements Made of Their Ap pointment by Gov. Leedy. Governor Leedy today announced the following appointment of staff officers for Major General Charles McCrum, K. N. G.: , Charles P. Drew, assistant adjutant general with the rank of major. Robert Atkinson of Ottawa, engineer-in-chief with the rank of major. W. H. Sears of Lawrence, judge ad vocate with rank of major. F. M. Nichols, aide, with the rank of major. Mr. Drew was assistant adjutant gen eral under the Republican administra tion. He lives at Burlingame and is one of the best qualified men in the service of the guard in Kansas. Lieut. Atkinson is instructor in military tac tics at the Ottawa university. MAJ. SHKEVE APPOINTED. Given Position of Deputy Grain In spector at Kansas City. The friends of Major A. P. Shreve of this city will be pleased to learn that he has been appointed one of the depu ty state grain inspectors. He will be located in Kansas City. Mr. Shreve is a Democratic Populist but has always been an advocate of fusion. He is an indefatigable hustler for party success and his appointment comes in the na- ture of a well-earned reward. Major Shreve was book-keeper in the office of State Auditor Van Prather. There is, however, no apparent evi dences of a conspiracy on the port of the present administration to locate all of the former auditor's force in Wyan dotte county but it is being accomplish ed just the same. Prather is sergeant of the police force; his assistant audi tor, R. J. Mackey is day jailer at the city prison and last comes Major Shreve who will be there after May 1, as deputy grain inspector. T00R1IEES' FUNERAL Was Held at St. John's Episcopal Church This Afternoon. Washington, April 12. The funeral ser vices over the remains of the late ex Senator Daniel W. Voorhees of Indiana were held at St. John's Episcopal church shortly after noon today. The church could not accommodate those who desir ed to pay their last tribute of respect to the Indiana statesman. The members of the senate were present In a body and among the others in attendance were many prominent in official and social life. The Ax Assault Case. The ease of the state against Thomas Wilson, charged with assault with intent to kill on the person of "Perk" Hill, was commenced in the district court at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Wilson and Hill are both farmers residing several miles south ot Topeka. and last February they had a quarrel over the possession of land in the course of which Wiison struck Hill on the head with an ax. The court room was crowded with country people when the case was called this afternoon. Mr Frey Returns From Virginia. General Manager J. J. Frey of the Santa Fe arrived at home today from at tending the annual meeting of the Ameri can Railway association in Virginia. He has been absent little more than a week. He reports an interesting meeting and a consideration of subjects which are al ways important to railway men. Two years ago R. J. Warren, a drug gist at Pleasant Brook. N. Y., bought a small supply of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. He sums up the result as fol lows: "At that time the goods were unknown in this section; today Cham berlain's Cough Remedy is a household word." It is the same in hundreds of communities. Where ever the good qualities of Chamberlain's Cough Rem edy become known the people will have notmng eise. r or saie Dy .Druggists. Croup and whooping cough are child hood's terrors: but like pneumonia, bronchitis, and other throat and lung troubles, can be quickly cured by using One Minute Cough Cure. G. W. Stans field, 632 Kansas ave. Some Pastel Portraits of Topeka peo ple on exhibition at Trumbull's tomor row, painted by Mrs. Horton. NEW AND STRANGE Are the Doctrines Brought to Topeka Today By a World Famous Woman, Mrs. Annie Besant HEAD OF THEOSOPUY. Teaches the Reincarnation of Human Souls. She Is on Her Way Around the World. When Mrs. Annie Besant, high priest ess of Theosophy wrote her name on the National hotel register at noon to day and after It the address "London," a politician who was looking over her shoulder whistled softly and said un der his breath: "They came a long way." He had never heard of the no ted woman, but then politicians should not be expected to know everything one might say, hardly anything. Mrs. Besant wrote her own name on the register and under it the name of Miss Anna Wilson, who is a tall woman with eyeglasses and who Mrs. Besant says "Is good enough to act as my sec retary. The Countess W'achmeister is the other member of the party. " The countess went immediately to her room and paid no attention to Mrs. Besant and her secretary. She said she was tired and wished to rest. Topeka has never been honored with a visit from a real live theosophist.Mrs. Besant told a Journal reporter that she did not know that there was a person in Topeka who believes in theosophy but before she leaves she hopes to set the leaven to working that will result in the organization of a powerful branch in the capital city of Kansas. Mrs. Besant does not look like an American and does not talk like one. She is a pleasant faced woman with white hair. She wears on the street an overgarment resembling the old-fashioned circulars worn by women. The cloak is very heavy and would be un comfortable if worn by a Kansas wo man. A shawl is wrapped around the body like a sash which gives her an or iental appearance. "I have been in the west before," said Mrs. Besant to a Journal reporter, "but I never stopped in Topeka. "I suppose you want to know something about theosophy. We take the position that theosophy is the basis of the old religion. Theos&phy'is knowledge and religions lost their power because they have lost their knowledge and they have to depend upon faith. "Theosophy offers the knowledge which the religions lost. We say give back to religion its authority by ren dering its evidences available to mod ern science. When this is done the man who refuses to accept religion will be considered irrational just as we nor consider a man irrational who refuses to accept the teachings of science." Mrs. Besant was asked whether she expected to start a branch of her so ciety in Topeka. "Yes," she replied, "we hope to do so. I understand that there are some peo ple here who have been studying, but I do not know that we shall make an or ganization now. We would prefer to have the people study awhile before the society is organized. That is absolute ly necessary in order to accept the truth." The successor of Madame Blavatsky, like all other theosophists believes in the doctrine of reincarnation. "As you sow, so shall you reap," is her theory. She believes that if a person lives as he should and improves his opportunities that when his soul reappears it will be in a better state. "Wrhen I see a person uncultivated and rude," said she, "I know that his soul is young. It may be that a per son does nothing to Improve himself. He makes no effort whatever, and when he appears again on earth he is no better. He has made no progress. It is degeneration, if anything. The doctrine of karma is that nothing is at tained without labor." Some one has said that the soul of Madame Blavatsky, founder of theoso phy, has been reincarnated in a babe born to Claude Falls Wright, president of the Brooklyn Theosophical society, which is one of the seceding organiza tions, but Mrs. Besant laughed when a Journal reporter asker her if she be lieved that to be the case. "There have been numberless claims that soul of Madame Blavatsky has been reincarnated in babies in Amer ica," said she, "but it has not. I know where it is and it will show. It is where Madame Blavatsky wished it to go, in the body of a young man in India. I feel perfectly certain of that." While Mrs. Besant asserts that she is positive of the location of the soul of the famous founder of theosophy, she never tells where it is. That is one of her secrets which she says time will reveal. It takes Mrs. Besant to explain rein carnation, and if you wish to know what you will be when you return to earth in the process of evolution a con ference with her may give you the de sired information. Before Mrs. Besant became a theoso phist she was a prominent London so cialist, but she seldom talks of social ism now. "I have given up the study of all social and political question," said she, when questioned about her views on socialism. "Before I became a theosophist I advocated some changes in the constitution and I have always been opposed to the shedding of blood, but I no longer study those questions. I feel that my brain is that of a teacher and not that required in a leader in political or social movements. I there fore prefer to teach the truths of theos ophy." Mrs. Besant seldom speaks cf the se ceders from the parent organization of theosophists, and when she does it is with some show of bitterness. The se ceders are what is known as the Ting ley branch and Mrs. Tingley of New York is the recognized head. Mrs. Besant says that the whole trou ble was the outgrowth of some trouble with a secretary whose accounts were in bad shape and who refused to make any explanations. "I told him that if he did not clear himself he would be ex pelled and he started the new branch. The next year he died and Mrs. Ting ley became his successor. I know noth ing about them, absolutely nothing. They do not belong to us." The headquarters of the theosophists represented by Mrs. Besant are near Madras and are in charge of Colonel Olcott, who is the president of the or ganization. Colonel Olcott is an American, and it was he that, with Madame Blavatsky, founded theosophy. Mrs. Besant will lecture on theosophy at Library hall tonight and will illus trate her talk with a stereoptican. She will receive people who wish to inquire about theosophy at her rooms in the National hotel from 11 to 1 o'clock tomorrow and will leave Topeka for Colorado Springs at 4 o'clock. TORNADO CONDITIONS. Another Day When it is Well toKeep Your Eye on the Sky. The atmospheric conditions today are very similar to those of a few days ago when there was a small tornado in the western part of the city. The center of the storm area is at Concordia, Kan., and Topeka is right in the whirl. The forecasts given out by the weather bu reau are that there will be local show ers or thunderstorms to-night with brisk winds, probably clearing Tuesday and being' slightly cooler. At the weather bureau offices in the Columbian building, the government weather map shows Topeka and vicinity are pretty likely to get some high wind this evening and tonight. The barometer this afternoon is low. At 7 o'clock this morning the thermo meter registered 50 degrees and at 2 o"clock this afternoon it showed 52 de grees. The wind is coming from the west at the rate of 30 miles an hour and it seems to be increasing. SILVER STATUE'S FATE. A Decision by Judge Hazen as to the Litigation. In the district court this morning Judge Hazen sustained the interven ing petitions of the law firm of Wag gener, Horton & Orr and Cash Hender son, merchant of Wichita, in the case involving the Ada Rehan silver statue. This decision means that both law firm and merchant may become parties in the litigation for the purpose of recov ering, or attempting to recover.amounts which both claim are due them from the Montana Silver Statue company Waggener, Horton & Orr claim $1,000 for professional services rendered the general manager of the company, and Henderson claims J500 damages for breach of contract. And while the litigation progresses, the much admired silver statue lies boxed up in the basement of Barnur-.s store. It will probably continue to lie there for month- to come, as the main case has not yet been set for trial. GOV. LEEDY GONE. Will be at Austin, Texas, for Some Days on Railroad Hatters. Governor Leedy left today for Aus tin, Texas, where he will deliver an ad dress upon the railroad question before the Texas legislature. The governor accepted this invitation some weeks ago and the visit is combined with the investigation of the transportation problem by the committee representing the Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas legis latures, with the view of securing joint action in reductions of passenger and freight rates. It is extremely probable that Gover nor Leedy will rem, in at Austin to hear the investigation which will begin Friday under the direction of the inter state commerce commission upon the complaint lodged with the commission by the Kansas board of railroad com missioners. Should the governor do this he will not be home this week. If his trip is limited to the speech before the Texas legislature he will return to Topeka Saturday. The governor left at noon today on the Santa Fe. FIGHT PICTURES 0. K. Rumor that They are Failures Possi bly Intended to Affect Legislation. New York, April 12. The delay in the exhibition of the pictures taken of the Fitzsimmcns-Corbett fight has caused a rumor to circulate to the ef fect that the three machines fixed at the ringside failed to work a.nd that the negatives are worthless. As neither Dan Stuart, Enoch J. Rector nor any other person connected with the ar rangements for placing the moving pictures before the public has said anything concerning the postponement of the exhibition, the imprassionpre vails that the process was a success and that Stuart is waiting because of the movements now pending in the legislatures of a number of states, and also in congress, looking to the passage of laws preventing the exhibition of the pictures. It is understood that the impression that the machines broke down was allowed to spread in order to diminish the enthusiasm of those persons who were pushing the adverse legislation. It is possible that the pictures, if successfully taken, will not be shown until the present extraordinary session of congress adjourns, in order that sentiment may not be stirred up that might cause the enactment into law of Senator Hoar's bill to prevent the transportation of the pictures in inter state commerce. THE FIRST CIRCUS. Ringling Bros. Show Will Exhibit in Topeka May 13, Ringling Bros, will be the first big circus to visit Topeka this season un less some other bobs in between that day and this. After Ringling Bros, finish their season at Chicago, which opened last week, they will start di rectly westward, giving performances through Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and then to the mountains. Counterfeiting Case on TriaL The April term of the United States dis trict court opened this afternoon with the case of J. N. Muma, of Marquette, Kan., charged with counterfeiting. Muma had a trial in the United States court a year ago, but the jury in the ea-ie hung. He is said to have conducted a counterfeiting den at Marquette with a man named Mc Nabbeney. McNabbeney was arrested in Kansas City some years ago for attempt ing to pass some of the counterfeit coin, and was sent to the Missouri penitentiary. The petit and grand juries for this term of the federal court were empanelled this morning. Councilman James Burgess of this city is chairman of the grand jury. Big Guns in Transit. Denver, Col., April 12. A News special from Cheyenne, Wyo.. says: Two ten inch, 110 ton guns passed Cheyenne today enroute for Says, they will be used to strengthen the coast defense. The big guns were each mounted on an eight truck teel ca.r and were sent over the Herman Hill this afternoon. IS NOT VENUS But a Fast Moving Star Called Alpha OrenoiSj That Has Attracted Attention Iu Many States AS A LARGE AIRSHIP Seen By Thousands of People In Chicago Last Night, And Identified By Astronomers as a Star. Chicago, April 12. All the papers contain long accounts of a brilliant sight in the heavens last night, which) was viewed by thousands of people and was thought to be the much talked of airship. But it has been identified as a fast traveling star, well known but never before as brilliant as it has been of late. A local paper says: When Alpha Orenois, a star of the first magnitude, appeared in the east ern heavens last night many residents of Chicago and suburbs thought the Kansas airship was paying them a vis it. Professor Hough of Northwestern, solved the mystery, however, by prov ing scientifically the identity of the star, and explaining that it is a fast traveler and gives out colored light. This explanation may solve the mys tery of the strange visitor above west ern states. High over the tallest buildings of the city last night a strange light gleamed and moved and was stared at by thous ands cf people in the streets and on. housetops, who said it was the Kansas airship. Evanston and other towns in Illinois and Wisconsin brought information last night of a strange celestial visitor, which was believed to be the same that has startled the people of Kansas of nights for more than a week. In the face of these reports it was easy for ths multitudes of curious people to believe the double green light which hung in the firmament in the northeast was the searchlight of the airship which began its nightly tours in the arid clime of Kansas. While thousands of people were sti'.l Watching the mysterious double poirt of green light at 12:25 o'clock this morn ing it became suddenly dim and then disappeared. During the time it was visible downtown it moved to the east ward and apparently ascended. AS SEEN IN EVANSTON. For a Second Time it Appears to be the Talk of that Village. Chicago, April 12. The Times Herald savs: "It"is here. "It" must be here be cause it was seen again last night at Evanston. This time is was seen by persons within the four-mile limit. "It" is the air ship which has been disturb ing the inhabitants of western states for the last three weeks. The air ship is supposed to have started from Cali fornia. It is conjected that it is on its way to Dwight. but that the strong wind of yesterday blew it out of its course. Several persons had seen tho air ship through strong cocktail glasses out west, but the fact that it was seen twice within the four mile limit of Evanston sets all such theories at rest forever. Several persons in Chicago saw strange lights in the heavens about o'clock. The lights traveled and it was at first thought they were shooting stars. Professor James Carter seized a glass and gazed at the celestial phe nomenon. He declared it must be the air ship. Later Robert Lowen, 192(5 Sherman avenue, Evanston, noticed tha moving light in the sky. The light ap peared to be over the lake and was moving in a westerly direction. Lowen got a field glass and was able to dis cern four lights a short distance apart and moving in unison. The first w as a bright white light and appeared to be operated like a searchlight. Behind it was a green light and farther to the rear were green and white lights set closely together. F. Newland, employ ed in Hill & Garwood's drug and candy store, saw the ship. So did R. C. Lib berton of the Evanston life saving crew, who was on duty at the station during the early evening, v The large glass at the station was called into use and each person who looked through it declared that lights both green and white could be plainly seen. It was decided to notify Professor Hough, the astronomer at the observatory, and learn if the peculiar phenomenon had been seen through the observatory tel escope. At the time Professor Hough was taking an observation of Jupiter and had his instrument pointed directly across the lake. He said that the ob ject had not crossed the range of the telescope and that to change the in strument would be the work of several hours. Nearly an hour after the strange lights had faded in the western heavens George Clem of Niles Center telephoned to the Evanston police that the resi dents of Niles had seen the light pass ing westward, a short distance south of the village. Nearly 200 persons gathered on the streets of Evanston to gaze at the lights, and each corroborated Lowen in his statement that the lights were green and white. AN OKLAHOMA GALE. Almost Too Strong for RunningTrains at Times. Perry, Ok., April 12. Oklahoma was Visited by a perfect gale yesterday, which blew from morning till night from 25 to 40 miles an hour from the south. All south-bound trains are late and engineers report that at times they could hardly run their engines against the wind, and at times box cars nearly toppled over. Clouds of dust filled the air. Have You Visited Texas? 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