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E rT FART 1. 1 mm a m 1 J A O PART I. Pages 1 to 8. J i 1 Til II EE CENTS. FPJ l) 1 r YSG. TOPEKA. KANSAS, DECEMBER 10, 1897. FRIDAY EVENING. THREE CENTS. mm Li :f(! p 61 I! i r, 1; if II i f i 1 I ft I) OHIO JOSSILS. Congressman Brown Follows Gen. Grosvenor In a Vicious Attack on the Civil Service. A X "ABOMINATIONS Is What He Calls it and the Sentiment Is Applauded by Many of His Colleagues. OHIO IS AGAINST IT He Says, and Cites as Proof of the Statement, That the Last Republican Con vention so Declared. Washington, Dee. 10. At the open ing of the session of the house today was agreed that when the house ad journed today it be to meet on Monday. On motion of Sir. Foss (Rep., Ills.), Saturday, December IS, was set apart fr paying tribute to the memory of the late representative E. D. Cook of Illinois. The house then resumed the consid eration of the pension appropriation bill, which was debated yesterday. Mr. Brown (Rep.. Ohio), attacked the civil service law because it protected some of the pension examining boards appointed under the last administra tion. He styled it an 'abomination" and was lustiiy applauded by many of his colleagues. lie said the soldiers of hi: district regarded this law as inimical to their interests and he fa vored its repeal, or radical modification. He declared that the president was mistaken when he affirmed that the civ il service law had the approval of the people. The Republicans and the prss of his district had denounced it. The last Republican state convention of hio declared against the law and on that platform he stood. Mr. Dingley declared that but for anticipatory importations, there would be a surplus this year of Jlo.tiOO.OOO in stead of a denVit and the Republicans loudly cheered when he asserted that by May next receipts would again, out run expenses monthly. SHUTS WALKER OUT. Secretary Gaga Will D.vide His Cur rency Measure lata a IN um ber of Bills, Washington. Dec. 10. It was stated Jn reliable quarters about the house of representatives today that Secretary Gage had made his purpose known not to embody his financial views in one comprehensive bill, but to cover special subjects in a number of special biils, some of which would go before the house committee on banking and cur rency and others before the committee on ways and means. The banking and currency committee had formally invited the secretary to present a bill covering all the phases of financial reform suggested in his recent recommendation to congress and the desire of members of the committee was to treat the subject as an entirety. "For that reason there was considerable comment when it was stated that Mr. Gag- would divide the subject into sev eral biils. some of which would go be fore the ways and means committee. It was this last feature which occa sioned the liveliest comment, owing to the sharp contests between the ways and means committee and the banking and currency committee respectively to control legislation designed to bring about currency reform. This feeling found expression on the floor of the hnuse the second day of the session and oftr a spirited exchange between Mr. IMncrley and Mr. Walker, the chairmen of the two committees, the matter was compromised. The ways and means committee felt it had carried the day and at its meeting on Wednesday the formal invitation was extended to Sec retary Gage to present a bill based on his recommendations to congress. Wa-mngton. Dec. 10. When Secreta ry Gage tnis afternoon was informed of the reports in circulation about the house of representatives, he said that he had not yet made up his mind whether to submit his propositions in one, two or three bills. His plan might be better understood if divided but he had not yet decided about the matter and was still at work on the proposed legislation. MRS. LUETGERT ALIVE. ? St. Louis Man Declares He Saw Her in July. Boston, Dec. 10. The Globe says: Mrs. Luetgert, the supposed victim of the sau sage manufacture murderer so-called, in Chicago, is alive and well. Mrs. Luetgert was seen in this city dur ing the month of July, acknowledged her identity, besides giving more or less ex. pianation relative to the reasons which caused her to leave her husband, who is again to be tried for his life. Such was the startling declaration made by Editor John H. Schofield of St. Louis to a Globe man. Mr. Schofield supplanted this statement further with the positive assurance that Mrs. Luetgert was at the house No. 7 Bulllinch Place for a period of three or four days during the middle of July last. He said he based this assurance upon the fact that Mrs. Luetgert. while in Boston, acknowledged her full Identity, with the assertion that she left her husband, the Chicago sausage maker, because of his actions with other women, as well as for reasons which she thought would help him in his financial embarrassments in business. Ships Rue to Shelter. London, Dec. 10. A severe gale is again raging along the British coast, and especially over those parts border ing on the Irish sea. Ships are running for shelter into all ports. BURGLARS MAKE C1IA0S.I And Carry Away Scores of Portables From A. A. Hayes' Horns Last evening some time before 11 o'clock burglars broke into the house of A. A. Hayes at No. I.'i06 Tyler street and went through it from bottom to top. rifling sideboards, bureaus and clothes presses. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were out spend ing the evening with friends and when they returned they found their house with doors and windows open and in a generally demoralized condition on the inside. The thieves carried away knives and forks, tea spoons, table spoons, berry spoons, sugar spoons, fruit knives, tablecloths, napkins, lunch cloths, doylies and two pairs of trous ers. The house . was entered through a rear window which, was pried open with a chisel and the fastening bro ken. The house was left with no light burning in it, but a lamp which had been upstairs was found lighted on a table in the lower room. A pocket book in a coat hanging on a chair was open ed and 12 t cent stamps taken; four promissory notes were left behind, al so a small amount of money which was in one of Mrs. Hayes' dress pockets. Mr. Hayes is a clerk in the auditor's ofiice of the Santa Fe. The police were notified promptly and two of them came to the house at midnight. They informed Mr. Hayes that a detective would come this morning and investi gate the matter further. No detective has yet put in an appearance. It is a good thing the worthless police force is to be cut down. THE MOB GOT HIM, Atrocious Murderer of a Family of Five is Caught and Lynched. Wesson, Miss., Dec. 10. Charlie Lew is, the negro who murdered Mrs. Brown Smith and her four children near this place, has been captured and lynched by a mob. The crime was one of the most fiend ish ever recorded. Almost the entire family of Brown Smith, a respectable white farmer 35 years of age, were brutally killed with a club in the hand3 of Charles Lewis, a black fiend. Smith was working at a gin a few miles from his home which is situated about two and a half miles from Pearl river on tne east bank, in Lawrence county, and in a wild country. The house is off the main road and no white family lives within two miles of it, al though several negro families live near. It was one of these negroes who on Wednesday sometime between noon and darkness, crept up to Smith's house and most brutally assaulted Mrs.Smith, then brained her and then to forever hide his crime, he began on the six children, only sparing a babe, which he left untouched. The fiend's work was not done as well as he thought; for one of the chil dren, a little girl 5 years of age, re gained consciousness, and when her father entered, after his day's work, she told him the name of the brute.The murdered mother and four children were found dead and dying in the yard, showing how they had struggled to es cape. The father and husband immediately sounded the alarm and a posse was or ganized and late yesterday afternoon the negro was captured, carried to Monticelio. the county seat of Law rence county, and at 7 o'clock was car ried back to the scene of his crime, where he was fully identified by the little girl. It is said he was promptly lynched, after the identification, by a large crowd of citizens, who had joined in the search. OTHER K. P. BIDDERS. This Appears to be the Real Reason For Postponement. Washington, Dec. 10. Attorney Gen eral McKenna has taken steps looking to the postponement of the sale of the Kansas Pacific road. As soon as he received a copy of yesterday's senate resolution he telegraphed its substance to Special Counsel ex-Governor Hoad ley at New York, with a request that he prepare at once a motion asking for a postponement for CO days or until about February 15. The attorney general also telegraphed the president a synopsis of the resolution. L'p to noon today Mr. McKenna had heard nothing of the reported decision of the reorganization committee as sta ted by a New York newspaper to offer the government a guarantee bid of $6, SSO.OuO, the amount of the principal of the government's claim, nor would the attorney general say in speaking of the matter today what would be done in case such an offer was made before the motion for a postponement was filed. There is no reasonable doubt that this offer, if it had been made prior to the adoption of the senate resolution would have been accepted. It may be, it is said, that the president would consider himself bound in courtesy to the senate to ask for a postponement irrespective of any offer that might now be made. It is possible, he might ascertain the views of the leaders m congress upon the acceptance of a bid of $6,830,000 should it be made and act accordingly. The attorney general today expressed no doubt that a postponement would lie granted by the court upon the showing the government would be able to make. In addition to the very potent resolu tion, that the senate, representing the people of the whole country had re quested this action, there was another he said, of little less importance. Other responsible parties, outside of the re organization committee were just now taking an interest in the Kansas Pa cific road with a view no doubt to be coming bidders, if their investigations warranted such a step. Who these par ties are, the attorney general was not at liberty to state, but all things con sidered he thought the reasons for a postponement were ample. In the meantime the preparations for presenting the question to the court should the reorganization committee, who are understood to be the owners of a large share of the first mortgage bonds, object to the delay will be pro ceeded with. Kx-Governor Hoadley was requested by the attorney general to confer with the committee today and wire him any conclusions reached. C. O.Johnson, hatter. 602 Kansas ave nue, and G. M. Chase, shoes, 623 Kansas avenue, are among the subscribers to the trades excursion train to run next week. Their names were omitted, through a clerical error. COUNTING. Vote For Sheriff Being Ke - counted Rapidly. G. B. Clemens Takes a Look at the Ballots. He Says the Ingenuity of Hu man Stupidity IS REALLY STARTLING. Some Voters Actually Strain Themselves Apparently, In Order to Mark Their Ballots Like Blockheads. WITNESSES STORIES. Affidavits Made by Those Who Got Liquor. The attorneys for Sheriff Kepley have little to say about the sweeping charges made by Porter Cook's attor neys in the amended answer filed yes terday afternoon. Eugene Hagan was asked what will be done and declined to say anything more than that their reply will be filed tomorrow. "Will you make counter charges?" was asked. "No; we cannot do that," he replied, "for we will not be allowed to do so. There will be nothing startling in our reply. It will simply be a denial of the charges made and we will call up on them for proof." Mr. Haga-i refused to say what steps will be taken in Mr. Kepiey s behalf. The count is proceeding more rapid ly than it has for the past few days. The court is rushing the count, and Judge Dana said today that he is satis fled that the canvass will be completed by tomorrow evening, which is a half day longer than the court intended to devote to the count. Judge Dana said that in all proba bility the arguments on the ballots will be taken up next Monday morning. The opening of the packages which contain the "defective" ballots will be the last thing done tomorrow. G. C. Clemens and Judge Horton do not spend any time in watching the progress of the count. Mr. Clemens was in the room a few moments, and when he left there was a look of dis gust on his face. "The ingenuity of human stupidity is something startling," said he. "Af ter the explicit directions about the use of the Australian ballot, it is sur prising what mistakes voters make. The right way is the easiest way to mark a ticket, but the voter seems to think that he has to mark the ticket in some mysterious manner. I have no opinion to express about the ballots which have been objected to and laid aside." Mr. Clemens says that he has dis Mr. Clemens says he has discovered that In Oakland the judges placed no number on the tickets, and he con siders this a fatal defect. On the other hand the situation in the Fourth precinct of the Second ward is quite as serious, for the judge of election fail ed to put his initials on the ticket as required. The one will offset the other. Coroner Westerfield and his deputy, Frank Snyder, are busy today serving subpoenas. The taking of testimony will not be commenced until after the court has heard the arguments on the ballots that were thrown out by the judges of elections and which were ob jected to by attorneys during the re count. The list of witnesses comprises all who are charged with having anything to do with the distribution of liquor. Deputy Larry Sheehan who is includ ed in Mr. Cook's drag net said today that he will be able to exculpate him self. He said he did not care to talk .about the charge that he distributed liquor in the interests of Sheriff Kep ley. O. E. Hungate, who Is also included in the list has been summoned. He laughed when asked what he had to say about the charge and said: "I expect to receive some offers to act as agent for brewing companies after this." Attorney Doran who drew both the original and amended answer feels con fident of being able to establish his charges. To prevent his witnesses from going back on their statements he se cured a large number of affidavits from colored men. Green Creager made an affidavit that Lucas came to him with a jug of whisky and that liquor was dis tributed in his presence on several oc sions and others made affidavits which formed the foundation for the sensation al charges. Witnesses are sometimes slippery and to avoid being left with the bag to hold. Attorney Doran clinch ed this evidence when the witnesses were interviewed by hifn. Mr. Doran says that he will use the affidavits if necessary when the time comes for taking testimony. EXCLUDES NEGROES. Louisiana Democrats Declare fr a White Man's Gov ern ment Forever, Eaton Rouse, l.a., Dec. 10. The vrork of the state. Democratic convention today was devoted to settling: upon a plan of nominating the delegates at large to the constitutional convention. The following was included in the re port on resolutions, which was adopted: "We pledge the Democratic party and the nominees of this convention "First To the faithful observation of all of the limitations imposed upon the au thority of the convention by the act of the legislature in ordering its convoca tion. "Second To the adoption of a constitu tion which shall have for its sole object the wellbeing of the people of Louisiana of all classes and conditions. "Third To such a qualification of the suffrage as shall forever hereafter guar antee that the government of Louisiana shall be intrusted to her intelligent white citizens. "Conscious of the perfect justice of our cause, we submit this declaration of prin ciples and purposes to the considerate judgment ot our fellow-citizens, fully ion lident of complete success at the polls." II CM A HE SOCIETY TO BUILD Erection of a Building on the Lot Donated by Judge foster to Begin Soon. The Foster Humane society will shortly commence the erection of a 2 story building on Kansas avenue, be tween Ninth and Tenth streets on the lot donated to the society by Judge Foster. The building fund of the soci ety now amounts to $2,100, and a bal ance sufficient for the erection of the building will be secured on a loan by the board .of directors. The rents ac cruing from the building will be used as a maintenance fund for the society. The plans for the building are now being prepared, and the foundation may be laid and the building started before the opening of spring. The society held its annual meeting this week, and elected a new board of directors for the ensuing year. The directors are all life members, having made donations of $100 each to the so ciety, and are the following: Mr. !. G. Noel, Mrs. Jane Stormont, Mrs. Mary A. Cornelius, Mrs. Lucy D. Kingman, Mr. C. O. Knowles, Mr. J. K. Mulvane, Mr. Thos. A. Osborn, Mr. A. B. Qtrinton. Mrs. Kilmars King, Mr. Arthur Capper, Mr. Jonathan Thomas, Mr. Albert H. Horton, Mr. S. T. Howe, Mr. Abram Wyman, Mr. G. G. tiage, Mr. Bennett R. Wheeler and Mr.George W. Clark. At the annual meeting the society employed Mr. J. B. Carroll as special officer at a salary of $40 per month to look after the enforcement of the ordi nace. It was also agreed to give Mr. Carroll a money premium for every conviction he secured against violators of the ordinance. The annual membership fee for ladies was reduced from $2 to $1, with a viev of increasing the lady membership. DOWNEDTHE parties. Municipal Elections in Massa chusetts Afford Many Surprises. Boston, Mass., Dec. 10. In seventeen cities of the commonwealth Tuesday mu nicipal contests were waged. When the smoke of battle cleared away it was found that several new mayors had been chosen. The sentiment in favor of non-partisan, ship in municipal affairs accounts In a number of cases for the defeat of straight party candidates. This was particularly in evidence in Somerville, where Mayor Perry scored a victory for the third time. He was elected mayor over his popular Republican opponent, Representative P. F. Phillips, by a majority of 1,929 votes. He was the candidate of the Citizens' party and Municipal league. During the campaign the interest was intense. Waltham rose to a full realization of non-partisan municipal government, giv ing to George L. Mayberry, who repre sented that idea In the campaign, a ma jority over both the Republican and Dem ocratic candidates. But the result upon which the friends of good government have most reason to felicitate themselves is that in the city of Lawrence. Municipal administration for several years has been far from satisfac tory in that city. The citizens became disgusted and felt humiliated, disposed to cry out, "A plague on both houses," and this year took the remedy into their own hands by the early formation of what was known as the "Good Government association," which paid no regard to party lines. This organization did something more than to protest; it acted, and acted promptly, nominating a ticket of its own, with Mr. J. H. Eaton, one of the city's most trusted citizens and business men, as its candidate for mayor. Mr. Eaton would not have accepted a nomination by either party, but he accepted this. The Republican organization indorsed his nom ination and also two of the association's candidates for aldermen, and these are all the aldermen that show to its credit In the election. Davis, non-partisan candidate in Glou cester, Won out for mayor by a plurality of 74 over the combined Democratic and Republican tickets. Mayor John E. Farnham was re-elected mayor of Maiden. The Maldenites de feated Dana J. Flanders of the Boston & Maine railroad, but it was probably the most amiable defeat in the whole cate gory. Few men in his home city are more personally popular or highly respected than he, but the people of Maiden wanted certain changes of grade hurried up and they seemed to question whether the best way to bring about that result was to choose for their executive an officer of the corporation out of whose treasury the work must be in part paid for, and for this reason, doubtless, some of his best friends voted against him. In New Bedford the whalers cast aside the partisan idea altogether. The spec tacle was presented of two citizens' tick ets opposing each other. In Fitchburg It was the same thing. Party lines mean little in the Massachu setts cities outside of Boston, and even in this city of sharp, hard contests the leaven is working. It is difficult to fore cast the result, but Mayor Quincy has an excellent chance for re-election despite the fact that last month Governor Wol- cott's (Republican) majority in this city was nearly 6,000. A big independent vote is likely to be cast for the nominally Democratic candi- , date and many stalwart Republicans are supporting him on local issues solely. BURGLAR GETS 10,000. Fails to Make His Escape! With tiie Booty. Baltimore. Dec. 10. The residence of Isaac E. Emerson, president of the Emerson Drug company and command er of the Maryland .Naval reserves at 2500 Eutaw Place, was robbed last night and diamonds valued at nearly 510.000 were taken. After a desperate strug- le the thief was captured as he was leaving the house. The prisoner was searched and the diamonds found in his pockets. He says his name is John Davis. 29 years of age and that he is a stenographer. All of the diamonds were identified as her own, by Mrs. Emerson, excepting three stick pins and a silver bracelet which were later identified by Mrs. Kate Menkleman of 1034 Eutaw Place. We do mending and sew on buttons free of charge. Peerless Steam Laundry. GIVEN NO SLEEP. Riders in the Great Bicycle Race Show Painful Evidences of Their Hard Work. DRAG WEARILY ALONG Moore of Philadelphia, Has a Bad Accident. Rider Miller's Mind Nearly Blank. New Tork, Dec. 10. When early this morning enthusiasts over the six day bicycle race reached Madison Square Garden they found only 16 of the 36 men who started on the record break ing task on Monday last. The second serious condition of the contest had re moved Moore from the track. The wheel of the Philadelphian, while he was in fifth place at 8 a. ro. slipped on a turn and Moore fell over the handle bars. He struck his head violently against one of the uprights of the rail and lay unconscious on the track. It was at first thought Moore was dead. A surgeon put the fears of the spec tators at rest and it was found that Moore's injuries consisted of a bad cut on the head, and a strain to the cord on the right side of the neck. He is not expected to finish the race. Although Miller had a lead of 68 miles at 9:15 a. m., it was anybody's race. Both Miller and Rice, the Wilkes barre boy who has followed so closely on his heels, showed painful evidences of the heart-breaking pace they had maintained since Monday. Miller's trainers feared for some time today that their man's mind was giving away. The sleep which would put him right is an impossibility for the pursuing Rice would then cut down his lead. Rice, too, harrassed by the fear of Ri vierre was urged by the hopes of over hauling Miller and dare not sleep. Of the first three men, Rivierre looked by far the best conditioned. Teddy Hale is among the men who the experts say is certain to last to the end. He has smashed his own record of last year when he completed his one hundredth hour today. Schinneer's eyes are in bad shape and unless they get better his trainers say he will have to quit. Pierce, who is suffering from his wrenched arm. Cannon, Baacom, and Entcrman plodded away gamely. They will probably finish in about the posi tions they now hold. King claims to be very strong and expects to go up several pegs. Gray and Johnson are down at the end and they will probably remain there. The "colored man is a source of annoyance to the other riders, as he is continually in their way, be cause of his slow riding. Miller went from the track at 9:15 a. m., returned at 9:55 a. m. Moore's trainer at 9:50 says he will be on the track in about two hours, but he does not think the Philadelphian can finish after the accident. At 10:15 a. m. the score was: Miller 1718, Rice 1655, Rivierre 1627, Schinneer 1598, Hale 1516, Waller 1510, Moore 1-189. Pierce 1482. Elkes 1381, Golden 1360, Enterman 1357, Gannon 1327, King 1280, Julius 1241, Beacom 1005, Gray 971, Johnson 926. At 11:15 a. m. with his eye and face hiffed by court plaster Moore went on the track and pluckily tried to continue the journey. Slowly and painfully he wobbled around the track a couple of times and then dismounted. He is pretty near in a state of semi-consciousness. Rice and Miller have taken their last sleep till the end of the race, so their trainers announce. 1:15 p. m. score: Miller 1743, Rice 1674, Rivierre 1659, Schinneer 1615. Hale 1550, Waller 1541, Pierce 1500. Moore 1495, Elkes 1402. Golden 13SS. Enterman 1375; Gannon 1348, King 1295, Julius 1261, Beacom 1019, Gray 9S8, Johnson 962. The best previous record for 109 hours was 1504 miles made by Hale. Miller was off the track from 12:50 until 1:20. Rice is beginning to show the effects of the terrible strain and his handlers are having a hard time to keep him on the track. Last year Rice became crazy before the end of the race and it is feared his mind is going again. Gray 90S. Johnson 976.. Miller complained to his trainer about noon, that the people in the building were throwing sticks and stones at him and that he had to ride over hur dles, but unlike Rice, Miller is easily handled in his fits and but little effort has to be made to keep him on the track. Enterman's trainer has complained to Referee Batchelder that somebody has been giving him ice to eat during the day. Enterman also is slightly out of his mind. He keeps calling for schooners of beer. At 12:50 Rice who retired, returned to the track after forty minutes rest. Score at 2:15 p. m Miller. 1,761; Rice, 1,690; Rivierre. 1.676: Schinneer, 1,621; Hale, 1.5C7: Waller, 1.551; Pierce, 1.502; Moore, 1,459; Elkes, 1,419: Golden, 1.400: Enterman. 1,390; Gannon. 1,365; King, 1,296; Julius, 1,265; Beacom. 1, 208. The best previous record for 110 hours was 1,515 miles, made by Hale. BIG WIRE TRUST. Several Corporations to Join in a New Combine. Worcester, Dec. 10. The Washburn and Moen Manufacturing company state that several of the large wire manufacturers are proposing to form a new corporation under the auspices of J. P. Morgan & Co.. of Xew York. It is possible the above company may conclude negotiations now going on with J. P. Morgan & Co. for the pur chase of the shares of stock of this cor poration. In this case there would be no change in the continuance and op eration of the works under the pres ent management, but simply a trans fer of ownership shares. NOT INTO PRUNING HOOKS. Irish T;-oop3 Ordered to Sharpen Their Swords and Bayonets. Dublin. Dec. 10. The Evening Tele graph says that the war office has sent an order to Dublin for the sharpening of all swords and bayonets in the pos session of the regular troops in Ireland. The order is unprecedented and s. per fect mystery to both officers and men. THE TRADE EXCURSION. From the Emporia Republican. The merchants of Topeka have decid ed to try the experiment of running trade excursions into that city. The first v.'ill be run Friday, December 17. from Emporia stopping at all the towns between here and Topeka. The fare from here will be $1 for the round trip, and there wTill be a proportionate reduc tion from the intermediate points. Such an excursion may prove profitable for the Topeka merchants, affording, as it does, an opportunity for the people of the smaller towns along the line to patronize the Topeka stores, but it was folly to start the excursion from Em poria. .The merchants of this city can sell goods cheaper than Topeka mer chants. They pay less rent and taxes and have less expense in every way. Only recently an Emporia dealer under sold a Kansas City firm and shipped an order of furniture to a customer in the suburbs of the Missouri city, the Kan sas City firm having to pay such heavy taxes and rents that it could not com pete with the Emporia firm which own ed its business site. Conditions are much the same in Topeka as In Kansas City. It is doubtful if the merchants of the capital city can even duplicate the prices of our merchants. The only ef fect of the excursion on Emporia will be that it will afford an opportunity for a pleasure excursion to any Emporians who shall care to visit the state capi tal. No doubt a number of people will take advantage of it for this purpose. Emporia Republican. Tes, of course, governor.. The Tope ka merchants want the Emporia people and there are none better on earth to first have a pleasant excursion. It should be a matter of great pride to Emporia that her merchants can un dersell Kansas City. That's easy. We do that up here, too, right along every day. But then our merchants sell just as cheap as the excellent merchants at Emporia do, and the Em poria people can come up Friday and prove it, and have a good time In the bargain and possibly find a few things that the Emporia merchants are out of owing to the big demand, etc., just before the holidays. Much obliged, too, Mr. Republican, for the good ad., with date and rate. DEAD BODY STANDING. Horrible Crushing to Death of a Citizen of Westmoreland. Westmoreland, Kan., Dec. 10. Wm. Bignall and his father, Jesse Bignall, yesterday went to A. H. Knecht's timber to get a load of wood. William Bignall was standing on the tongue in front of the wagon box and putting the wood In the wagon as his father hand ed it up to him. The horses became frightened and started to run, causing Mr. Bignall's feet to slip off the tongue. He attempt ed to climb back over the front end of the wagon box while the team contin ued to run, and finally run the wagon tongue against a tree, breaking It. The horses, one on each side of the tree, pulled the wagon up, crushing Mr. Big nall between the tree and the wagon box. The unfortunate man's body was completely flattened and he was killed instantly. Jesse Bignall, the father, wa3 unable to remove the body of his son, and ran to the residence of A. H. Knecht, about a quarter of a mile distant, for assist ance. Mr. Knecht came, and the body, still standing between the tree and the wagon box, was extricated and taken home. WOULD MAKE OIL DEARER, So Germany Drops the Fight Against the Standard. Berlin, Dec. 10. The reichstag today discussed the interpellation of the gov ernment yesterday regarding its plan for thwarting the Standard Oil com pany from monopolizing the German market. Herr Barth, the Freisinnige leader pointed out that any measure to strengthen competition against the Standard Oil company would make pe troleum dearer. Baron Von Heyl Zuhrensheim urged vigorous action against "American pre sumption in the economic field." The minister of the interior. Count Posadowski promised a special freight tariff shortly for Russian petroleum and an arrangement by which the im port duty would be determined by weight. The matter was then dropped. LOWEST IX 33 YEARS. Mississippi River Reaches Record Point of 1861. St. Louis, Dec. 10. The Mississippi river has reached the low water mark of 1S64. The gauge stood at zero at 7 a. m. today. Assistant Local Weather Ob server Herndon says the prospects are that the gorges in the Illinois river are breaking, and this, with the heavy rains in the central valley, will make a decided rise. ILLINOIS STRIKERS WIN. Coal Iiline Operators Grant the Kate Demanded. Streator. 111. .Dec. 10. The minei-n strike in this vicinity came to an end this after neon when A. I.. Swf et. general manager of the Chicago. "Wilmington Vermillion Coal company agreed to pay the price de manded ny tne men. wmcn is 04 cents a ton for gross weight mining. The Star Coal company officials lasV night met State Secretary Ryan and a committee of miners and agreed to pay the price demanded. The miners refused Mr. Sweet's proposition to go back at cents a ton and he finally yielded to their demands. Thl.3 practically settled the strike In all riortliern Illinois and will put 2.000 men at work at once. The men have been standing out tor gross weignt and are elated over their victory. Typesetting Machines Idle. George E. Stoker today commenced suit against the Kansas State Printing company for the Mergenthaler Linotype company for $1.S00. The Kansas State Printing company is the company orga nized by Major J. K. Hudson when he was elected state printer. It Includes Dell Keizer. H. T. Chase and Paul Hudson. The company rented several Linotype machines for six years and when Major Hudson failed to be re elected and the state put a stop to the use of the machines he was left with them on his hands. The company re fused to take them back and they were stored. The suit is for one year's rent. ACROSS THE LIME Demonstrations in Bryan's Hon" or Began as Soon As He Had Crossed the Mexican Boundary. TELEGEA3I T1I03I DIAZ Speeches Made by NatiTe Mexi ' can Citizens Call Him "Our Great Silver Friend." Laredo, Texas, Dec. 10. W. J. Bryan and party arrived in this city, the gate way to the republic of Mexico, last evening and immediately transferred to a special car on the Mexican Nation al railroad, accompanied by several prominent Mexican olheial3 dispatched, by President Dia to meet them when they crossed the Rio Grande into Mexi co. As soon as the Mexican side of the river was reached the train was brought to a halt and a telegram from Diaz welcoming Mr. Bryan to the coun try was read. The train was pulled up to the station, where a large crowd of the representative people of Laredo was awaiting his arrival. Several speeches of welcome were made to which Mr. Bryan briefly responded. Preparations have been made all along the line for his reception. Mr. Bryan was repeatedly referred to in the speeches which were made by purely Mexican citizens as "Our great silver friend." HONORED AT MONIEHEY. Great Enthusiasm Manifested at Bry an's Visit. Monterey, Mex., Dec. 10. W. J. Bry an of Nebraska has reached Monterey. His visit has aroused great enthusi asm. The distinguished American is being made the recipient of high municipal, state and federal honors. BORE A HUMAN FOOT. Ligaments Wrapped Around the Trucks of a Pullman. C!?cago, Dec. 10. Evidence of a startling nature which indicates that a murder has been committed somewhere between Chicago and Denver, over the Chicago and Alton road, was found to day on top of the front trucks of the Pullman sleeping car Miltiades, short- ' ly after its arrival In Chicago. It was a human foot, apparently that of a man. and a iong slender spike pene trated the large toe. The foot, which had been torn off above the ankle, was bare and muti lated. Ligaments, which had been torn from the upper portion of the limb and remained attached to the foot in dis-' memberment. were twisted around the blood stained" trucks of the sleeper. The police believe that a man has been tied to the railroad track, his feet spiked to the ties and that he had been left to meet certain death under the train. On this theory inquiries are now be ing made at every point oil the road between Chicago and Denver. The spike, which was in the center of the toe, was about five inches long and of the kind used In certain parts of rail road construction where a delicate yet strong piece of metal is used to hold wood together. There was no blood on the engine, which the railroad men say, proves that the accident or murder, as the case may be, occurred west of Bloom ington, as a change of engines is made at that point. Mexico, Mo., Dec. 10. The mangled remains of a man supposed to be Sam uel H. Mayne of Princeton, la., were found near this city this morning, strewn along the C. and A. railroad, tracks. The remains were not discov ered until after the train had passed. The head appears to be that of a man SH years of age. The supposed identi fication of the body is from papers found in the dead man's clothing. IT NEVER PAID. Fort Dearborn Building Goes Into the Hands of a Receiver. Chicago, Dec. 10. Judge Tnley today appointed E. V. McKey receiver for the Galena Trust and Safety Vault company, the corporation owning thu Fort Dearborn building on Clark and Monroe streets. The complainants are the Michael Greenbaum Sons company; A. G. i'.w k er & Co., and several other bondholders in the concern. The building; it is said, has not been fully rented since it was built several years ago. It is valued at $600,000. JOHNS MURDER CASE. The Jury Has Been Instructed y Jnde Hazan . Judge Hazen gave the jury his in structions in the Johns murder case just before noon today. They were lengthy and dealt entirely with logal points. It cannot be said that the in structions favored either side. Johns listened intently to the rend ing of the instructions. This attoino. n County Attorney Jetmore is making the opening speech for the state, lie will be followed by his deputy, Galen Nichols. The attorneys have worked hard on the case, and opinion as to the result i3 divided. Late yesterday afternoon Johns was put upon the stand. He testified con cerning the intimacy of the man killed and hW wife, and said that he did not remember anything about the shoot ing. County Attorney Jetmore intended to put Mrs. "Johns on the stand today, but at the last moment decided not to do so. He said that she hesitated somewhat about testifying, and he did not believe it would be wise to put her on the stand. The law does not com pel a wife to testify against her hus band. . Secretarv E. D. Coburn of the state board of agriculture is at Newton and will deliver an address before a meet ing of agriculturists and dairymen there this afternoon.