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THREE CENTS.
VY EVENING.
TOPEKA. KANSAS, DECEMBER 14. 189T.
TUESDAY EVENING.
THREE CENTS.
js- -y-is
HORSESENSE.
3Ien of Influence in Topeka
Take LTp the Subject
Of Police Administration and
Discnss It.
An Eye Opener for Governor
Leedy and Partisans.
MEN WHO PAY TAXES
Are Tired of HaTing Cities Gov
erned Politically.
"Want the City Run Just Like a
Corporation
FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES
Tolice Force Should lie Re
duced for Economic Reasons.
Citizens Generally Stand by
Judge Hazen's Decision.
The people who pay the taxes of To
peka are not satisfied with the Metro
politan poiiee. This feeling- has been
Intensified by the action of the board of
police commissioners in defiantly re
fusing to follow the decision of Judge
liazen and reduce the force to a num
ber allowed by the law. The threat of
the commissioners to raise salaries to
keep up the expenditure of money,
shows the system up in its true light as
a political machine.
M. Snattinger, in discussing the con
troversy, said:
"I have followed the matter through
its different stages, and it is evident
to me. and I think to everyone, for that
matter, that there is nothing in it but
politics. 1 was really angry when I
lead what President Billard of the po
lice board had to say. His letter bears
on its face the fact that the first thing
thought of is what effect a reduction
will have upon the party.
"I am not prepared, to say whether or
not there are enough policemen, but
a police department properly conduct
ed, can never be secured while It is in
the control of politicians. I do not
blame one party more than another.
They are all guilty alike.
'lt does not seem right that a class
of men should be put in charge of a
department to manipulate it to help
tiiis or that party, and that we have to
pay for it. It is not fair, and the soon
er it is done away with, the better."
Major William Sims, president of the
First National bank, said:
"On general principles. I would say
that the police commissioners should
follow the decision of the court. If it
says there are too many, the force
should be reduced to correspond with
the law. It seems to me that there
are too many burglaries and things of
that kind now."
E. V. Benedict The whole trouble is
with the system. It is not right that
any police system should be controlled
by politics. That is where the whole
trouble lies. I believe it would be bet
ter to have a small police force and a
good one. than a large one that
amounts to nothing.
L. J. Oreenwald I do not know thrt
the police force is tco large now. but
we should have an efficient force with
the least possible expense to the tax
payers. I do not believe that those who
framed the metropolitan police law ev
er intended that it should be made a
political machine. I do not believe that
they Intended that all the policemen
should be discharged every time there
Is a change in the administration. I
contend that the spirit in which the
metropolitan police law was enacted,
was all right, and that it was the pur
rose to make the police departni'-nt
like those of the larger cities in which
merit is the only thing considered in
the men. 1 do not believe it possible
to make a good policeman in one or two
ynrs.
Ex-Governor Thomas A .Osborn I
think that a force of 15 patrolmen can
furnish all the needed protection in this
city provided they are appointed with
reference to their ability and not with
reference to the votes they cast. Until
such is done. I don't think it matters
much whether they do or do not reduce
the force.
Mr. P. I. Bonebrake I know that
during the three years I was on the
police board we had a force of only 22
men, and the city was more orderly
than at present. We squelched all the
joints and disorderly houses then as
toon as they started, and that is more
than is being done now. I think Mayor
Fellows has taken the right stand, and
believe that the force should be re
duced because it would be a saving to
the city.
Mr. Edwin Knowles I don't think the
reduction of the force would count ma
terially as far as protection is concern
ed, because the present force is far
from efficient.
Mr. E. H. Crosby As far as protec
tion is concerned, I think that the pres.
ent police force is not large enough.
There is practically no protection af
forded the outlying districts of the city,
and never has been any. But if the
city can't afford to keep up the police
force, why it is an entirely different
thing. I don't know anything about
the activity of the police force.
Mr. B. F. Morrow If Judge Hazen
was correct in his ruling. I think the
ponce commissioners should reduce the
force. If it is the law. they should
abide by it. The commissioners might
as well go out and break the law by
running a joint as to stand uo and sav
they won't reduce the police force after
Judge Hazen's ruling. As far as pro
tection is concerned. I don't think we
would know the difference if they turn
ed the whole force out.
Mr. L. S. Woolverton I don't think
the present police force is too large o
laree enough, for the needs of a city of
this size. But if the council must cut
down expenses, let the force he reduceJ
This is the only business-like way of
looking at the matter. Personally I
think the metropolitan police law is a
farce, and am emphatically in favor of
the city running its own affairs. We
elect councilmen to look after the af
fairs of the city, and I don't think the
governor or anyone else has any right
to interfere.
X. F. Morehouse The police force
Is at present of very little use to us.
and I don't think it would matter much
if the force were reduced. When the
police will let such things happen as
the riot at Garfield park and the prize
fight last night, they are of no use to a
city. Saloons are running wide open in
this city, and I believe every policeman
to a man is in with them.
C. S. Eagle I have given the matter
no thought, but I wish we could get
along without quite so many policemen.
James U. Hayden I think Mayor
Fellows is in a position to know what
should be done in this matter. Either
we have not enough policemen or the
present force is incompetent. Burglar
ies occur from time to time, and in the
majority of cases no arrests are ever
made and but little attempt to capture
the men. A man nowadays is almost
afraid to go to bed because of the pos
sibility of waking up to be riddled by a
burglar.
J. L. VanHouten I think the force
should be reduced. We have a small
city here, with prohibition, and I don't
see the need of a large force. If the
city is to have a large force, let the of
ficers license saloons and make the rev
enue from the saloons pay for the po
lice. William M. Hord I think that if
Judge Hazen's decision was right the
police force should be reduced. The po
lice commissioners have no more right
to break the law than any other men.
In the matter of protection, I don't
think we have too large a force for the
city. There are a lot of men on the
force who are no account, and as far as
preventing burglaries, I don't think the
force is any account at all. Burglars
come and steal and go and that is the
end of the matter.
O. G. Tayman I don't think the force
is any too large for the city, and think
it is being run on as economical basis
now as ever before.
Sam Hindman I have given the mat
ter but little thought, but I don't think
it would make much difference as far
as protection is concerned if the police
force was reduced.
MS. BILLARD'S LEITEB.
President of the Police Board Obsti
nate Without Reason.
President Billard of the police board
has made a formal reply to Mayor Fel
lows' letter in which he defends the po
lice administration. Following is the
letter:
North Topeka. Kan., Dec. 13, 1S97.
Hon. C. A. Fellc-ws, Mayor, City of To
peka Dear Sir: Your favor of the
11th which was published in yesterday
morning's Capital, only reached me
this morning, over 24 hours after its
publication.
In answer, permit me to say that I
regret very much to learn the decision
of the majority of the council insisting
on a reduction of the police force. We
certainly cannot give the city of To
peka a good police service with a less
number of men than we now have.
From the tone of your letter I infer
that you somewhat misunderstood me
in my conversation with you on the
subject. I certainly did not say nor
intimate that the police board would
violate or disregard the laws of the
state, nor ask the consent of yourself
and the city council to do so. The mem
bers of the police board have just as
high a regard for the laws of our state
as yourself and the members of the
city council can have.
What I did ask you was whether
yourself and the council would really
insist upon the reduction of the police
force to conform with Judge Hazen's
late decision, regardless of the effect
such a reduction would have upon
the efficiency of the police service. when
you know that the police force is not
more than is absolutely necessary for
the protection of the lives and property
of the people.
The police force of Topeka is organ
ized the same as that of all other cit
ies of the first class in the state ac
cording to the metropolitan police law
as it has been understood and con
strued since its passage about ten
years ago. All former boards of To
peka and other cities have understood
the law the same as this board. Judge
Hazen has just given it a new meaning.
This decision is not final. The case
will be appealed and -.carried to the
highest court of the state and a final
decision obtained as soon as possible.
While the case is pending and until the
final decision. I do not consider it a vio
lation of the law to continue the police
force under the same plan as now or
ganized: the same plan that has been
recognized as legal by the courts and
attorneys of the state as well as people
generally for nearly ten years.
It is true that I suggested that in
case the council insisted upon a re
duction of the force, that the salaries
might be raised: but did not say nor
mean that it would be done as a matter
of spite work, but as a matter of ne
cessity to enable the board to continue
the efficiency of the force. If we could
devise some way to obtain the same
amount of service from 21 men that
we now get from 26. the 21 men would
be entitled to more pay than they now
receive. We intend to continue to give
the city as good or better police serv
ice than we have in the past if we can
possibly devise some means to do so.
Any fair minded person that will care
fully examine the records of the police
department will admit that the present
force has been the best disciplined and
most effective police force the city of
Topeka has ever had; more thieves
have been arrested and convicted and
there has been fewer robberies.
In the matter of economy our board
is ready and anxious to do anything
that can be done consistent with giving
the city proper protection. The mem
bers of the council know very well we
have not a man that can be spared.
In fact, we need at least six more men
to be able to give the residence portion
of the city the needed protection. And
when you say that the efficiency of the
police force will be impaired by taking
off a few of the "fringes and plumes
that it has been decorated with as a
matter of display." I must ask you to
srtecify and state what you mean by
the "fringes and plumes." If you will
kindly point them out. I assure you the
board will promptly cut them off
whether they are covered by the dec's
ion of tl:e court or not. The facts are
there are no "plumes and fringes" in
our department that can be taken off.
There is not a man that can be spared
without impairing the police service:
and you know this to he true, and every
member of the council knows it. They
ha already been asked to point out
any of our men whose services could
be dispensed with, and have failed to
do so.
Am very glad to learn that yourself
and the members of the council are do
ing everything you can to reduce the
expenses of the city and the burden of
the tax payers. Being a tax payer my
self. I am interested in that line prob
ably es much as yourself or any mem
ber of the council and certainly appre
ciate your efforts in that direction.
Permit me to renrnd you that several
months asro our board tendered to the
city council the ass'stanee of the entire
police force to assist in the sanitary
work of the city. With our sanitarv
sergeant at the head of that depart
ment our men could do all other work
without interfering with their other du
ties, and thus save to the city the sal
aries of from three to six sanitary men.
and the work would be done better
than it is now, as all of the policemen
would be sanitary men; but the city
council was not then ready to practice
economy in this direction; at least our
communication was "placed on file"
and never again heard from. Several
other ways could be suggested by
which you could economize by co-operation
with the police department. The
duties of license collector and dog
catcher could be performed by the po
lice without cost to the city.
During the recent improvements of
the city hall you employed a superin
tendent of the work during some six or
eight weeks, while the same could have
been done by the chief of police under
the directions of the board without any
expense to the city.
Our board has practiced all the econ
omy consistent with good service since
we have been in office. During the
first eight months of our administration
our department cost the city over $2.G00
less than during the last eight months
of the previous board. We have re
duced the expense of feeding the pris
oners from 12 to 9 cents per meal; the
expense of light from an average of $39
to $13 per month.
Any member of the council or citizen
of the city can satisfy himself that
these are facts by an examination of
the books of our department, and our
reports on file with the city clerk.
Very respectfully,
J. B. BILLARD,
President Police Board.
ST. LOUIS FOR CIVIL SERVICE
Civic Federation Begins an Active
Canvass in the Interests of Mu
nicipal Reformi
st. Louis, Dec. 14. The civic federa
tion has begun to make a systematic
canvass in the interest of civil service
reform in the municipal government of
St. Louis. At present petitions are be
ing circulated among the big business
houses and office buildings, and the
federation officials say that they are
being numerously signed. They are ad
dressed to the municipal assembly and
ask that an opportunity be given the
people of the city to vote upon the pro
position to introduce the merit system
of appointments in the local govern
ment. Thus far between S,000 and 10.
000 signatures have been attached to
these petitions. This afternoon the
Central Trades and Labor union held
a meeting in Walhalla hall and voted
to support the movement to secure civil
service reform in St. Louis.
BAREFOOT IN THE SNOW
Robbers Strip a Tictim
Clothes and Money.
of
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 14. G. W.
Gammon, a farmer from Blue Springs,
Mo., had a chilly experience with foot
pads in Kansas City last night. While
he was crossing the Santa Fe freight
yards at Nineteenth and Liberty
streets, three men stood him up be
tween two lines of freight cars and lit
erally stripped him. When the rob
bers departed Mr. Gammon was left
with just two pieces of underwear,
even his stockings having been taken.
He ran barefooted through the deep
snow to a switchman's shanty in the
yards. There he was given a pair of
overshoes and at a neignboring saloon
he was given clothing enough to permit
his going to a police station to tell his
troubles. The robbers secured $3S in
money.
WHISKY POOL FAILS.
Many Distillers Refuse to Limit Pro
duction. Louisville. Ky., Dec. 14. The attempt
of the Kentucky Distillers' association
to secure an agreement to restrict the
production to 15 million or 20 million
gallons in 1S9S is a failure. The secre
tary has received less than a dozen an
swers to the invitation to sign the con
tract, and is very blue, as the 'stocks
now cn hand are sufficient for four
years' consumption, and much is selling
below the cost of production.
Some of the best brands, distilled in
1S92 and 1S03. are selling at from 25 to
20 cents a gallon, in addition to the tax
and the distillers are now trying to pro
duce an article at 15 cents a gallon,
which further demoralized the trade.
Distilleries with a capacity of 38.000
gallons daily will be in operation in this
city on January 1, and others are pre
paring to start up all over the state.
Should the production run as high as
25 million or 30 million gallons it will
add immensely to the embarrassment
cf the trade.
FAKE TO DAWSON.
It Has Been Fixed $300 From San
Francisco.
San Francisco, Dec. 14. The trans
portation companies have agreed upon
a passenger rate of $300 from San Fran
cisco to Dawson City. The Alaska
trade committee is working hard to
demonstrate the advantages of this city
as an outfitting point, for the gold
fields. Its agents, headed by ex-Governor
Sharkley, will start for Chicago on
Thursday in a special car rilled with
Alaskan exhibits and a permanent ex
hibit has been established here. A man
will be sent to Washington to work
with representatives of northwestern
cities in the effort to have Dyea closed
as a sub-port of entry.
EJIPERORWILLIAM'S yacht
The Tampa Will Sail for Southamp
ton .tomorrow.
New York, Dec. 14. The schooner
yacht Tampa, recently purchased by
the emperor of Germany-, will sail from
this port for Southampton, England, to
morrow. The Tampa has been overhauled and
fitted for sea at Hawkins' yard. City
Island, and is now in the best of shape
for a winter voyage, across the Atlan
tic. The racing spars of the Tampa
which had been, stored in Boston, were
recently shipped from that port by
steamer, but her racing canvas will be
taken over by the yacht.
Captain John Burt will be in charge
of the vessel on the voyage across and
he is perfectly familiar with her excel
lent seagoing qualities.
Found a Stolen Horse
Last evening Sergeant Donovan, anil Pa
trolman Whitaker found a horse- on Kan
sas avenue which had been stoli n from a
farmer named Spencer at Big Springs.
The animal had been driven hard and
then turned loose. It strayed into the
yard of Farmer Railey two miles east of
Topeka. The latter brought it to Topeka
to advertise it as a "stray."
CANTONiOURNS.
All Easiness is' Supjnded iu
the Ohio City
As a Tribute of Respect to the
President's Mother.
THE CABINET ARRIVES
Loads of. Flowers ArriTe by
Every Incoming Train.
Streets Thronged With People
Going to the Funeral.
Canton, O., Dec. 14. The members of
the cabinet who came to Canton to at
tend the funeral reached here on a special
train over the Pennsylvania line at 9:15
this morning, having left Washington at
9:15 last night. The party is composed
of Secretary of War Alger and Mrs. Al
ger, Secretary of the Interior Bliss, At
torney General McKenna and Mis. Mc
Kenna. Postmaster General Gary, Secre
tary of Agriculture Wilson, Secretary to
the President Porter. The train was met
at the station by Assistant Secretary of
State Day, Assistant Indian Commissioner
Tonner, who arrived from Washington
yesterday, and former United States Dis
trict Attorney Shields, with carriages to
escort the guests to the homes where
they nave been assigned for lunch and
entertainment while in the city.
Secretary Bliss and Mr. and Mrs. Por
ter were taken to the Shields residence.
Judge McKenna and wife to Judge Day's
home, where they were later joined by
Congressman Taylor of this district: Gen
eral and Mrs. Alger, Postmaster General
Gary and Secretary Wilson were taken
to the home of Mrs. George D. Barter.
AXter the funeral services all of the
Washington guests will be entertained at
dinner by Mrs. Harter and at 8 o'clock
will leave on the special train for Wash
ington. The car Newport, which is as
signed to the president, will be attached
to the special train, and in it the presi
dent, Mrs. McKinley and Mr. Abner Mc
Kinley will leave, the latter taking the
New Tork train at Harrisburg.
While the family and friends and neigh
bors of the late Mrs. Nancy Allison Mc
Kinley are paying their last tribute of
respect and while the earthly remains are
being laid to rest In the beautiful West
lawn cemetery at the side of her husband
and others of her family who have pre
ceded her over the river of life, all busi
ness is abandoned If Canton. Business
houses closed at 1 o'clock to remain closed
until after the services. The public
-nils closed at noon for the remainder
ct the day and business of all kinds is
practically suspended.
The city council at a meeting last night
arranged to attend the funeral in a body
and ordered all offices in the city build
ing closed during the hours of the funeral.
The court house closed at noon and the
officials and clerks, together with the
members of the bar, attended the services
in a body. Rain began falling last even
ing and has continued almost incessantly
and the day is dismal and gloomy in con
sequence. But regardless of the weather,
the streets of the city early began to fill
with those who desired to attend the serv
ices. The express wagons have continued to
unload magnificent tioral tributes brought
by every train from sympathizing friends
in all quarters, and to these were added
the richest blooms of the local hot-houses,
the remembrances of friends and neigh
bors at home. Nearly every train
brought friends of the president and of
the family.
AT THE CHURCH.
Services Conducted by Dr. Manches
ter, an Army Comrade of the
President.
Canton, O., Dec. 14. The casket con
taining the remains was tenderly plac
ed in front of the chancel rail at the
church. The Aeolion quartette com
posed of Messrs. William Reed, Thos.
J. Mallory, Alfred Baehrens and Harry
Lawson chanted "Still. Still with Thee."
Rev. E. P. Horbruck of Trinity Re
formed church, whose pastorate in Can
ton is of the largest in the local clergy
offered prayers. This was followed by
the reading of the hymn, "Jesus Lover
of Mv Soul," by Rev. Millign of the
First "Presbyterian church and the sing
ing of the same by the quartette. Rev.
Dr. Hall of Trinity Lutheran church
read a scriptural lesson from First Cor
inthians, part of the 15th chapter.
Former Mayor R. A. Cassidy then read
the memorial adopted by the board of
o.flcers of the church of which Mother
McKinley had so long been a member
and the quartette sang "Lead Kindly
Light." Rev. Dr. Manchester who -was com
rade in arms of the president during
the war, was a member of the famous
Twentv-third Ohio volunteers infantry,
and who has been the pastor of the
First M. E. church for some years, de
livered an oration in which he dwelt
upon the character of the departed and
spoke of her as she was known by the
neighbors and friends in Canton. Af
ter the fringing "Nearer My God to
Thee," benediction was pronounced by
Rev. Dr. McAfee of Columbus, pastor
of the Broad Street Methodist church of
Columbus which the president attended
while he was governor of Ohio.
The lid of the casket was then lifted
and the large congregation as weil as
many who had been unable to gain ad
mission to the church filed past to tak?
a last look of all that was mortal of
Mother McKinley. The family and
frier.ds entered the carriages and fol
lowed by thousands proceeded to West
Lawn cemetery where the body war:
laid to rest in the family lot.
Half an Inch of Water.
The rainfall on Sunday was .17 o' an
inch. The melted snow amounted to .20
of an inch, making .47 of an inch of
moisture which fell Sunday and Mon
day. This morning early, the minimum
temperature for the night was 24 de
grees. Weather Observer T. B. Jen
nigs says that the storm is in Oklaho
ma today and that tomorrow will prob
ably be clear. Tonight will be warmer,
with a colder air tomorrow evening.
INSATIABLE.
Spoilsmen Are Determined to Break
Down the Civil Service.
Washington, Dec. 14. The outlook for
changing the civil service law is being
actively canvassed among Republican
members of the house as a result of the
conference held Saturday night. The
members of the special committee hav
ing the matter in charge are trying to
so shape a bill that it will command
the support of a number of different el
ements. One of these is the Democrat
ic minority, which combined with the
Republicans opposed to the present
law, would be strong enough to carry
a bill. But in canvassing the situation
it has been found that Democratic
members would favor a complete repeal
of the law but would oppose anything
short of a repeal. As the Republican
movement is not toward complete re
peal, but rather for modification of the
law, there appears to be no basis on
which the anti-civil service reformers
of both parties can unite. It is claim
ed, however, that a modification of the
bill will receive the votes of two-thirds
of the Republican members and will
have a good chance of passing the sen
ate and receiving the president's signa
ture. Mr. Pearson (N. C.) who inaugu
rated the movement, and is a member
of the special committee says the es
sential modifications of the law likely
to be considered by the committee are
as follows:
Excluding from the operations of the
law cases in which one government offi
cer is responsible for the acts of his
subordinate, as collectors of revenue:
examinations of those already covered
into the classified service without ex
amination, so as to put them on a foot
ing with new applicants; change of ex
aminations so as to make them more
practical and less theoretical; distinct
provision against life tenure and for a
stated term of service; affirmation of
the rights of heads cf departments to
remove, reduce or promote in the in
terest of the public; a limitation of the
law to specific departments, bureaus,
etc., and an exclusion of those not
enumerated.
Another point that will materially
figure in the discussion of the subject
is the alleged rapid and unauthorized
enlargement of the functions of the civ
il service commission. The opponents
of the commission assert that the orig
inal law was never intended to apply to
tenure of office and removals, and that
the commission, growing from a corps
of three commissioners and several
clerks to a large institution, has arro
gated to itself not only the rank of a
department but the power of dictating
to heads of departments what action
they will take and further to employ
attorneys to make pleadings as in the
case of the Virginia collector of inter
nal revenue. An attempt will be made
to define the exact functions of the
commission.
SALARY GRABBING.
Chicago Aldermen Vote Them
selves a Large Increase.
Chicago, Dec. 14. Chicago aldermen
raised their salaries from $3 a week to
$1,500 a year last night. The ordinance
which accomplished it was passed un
der a suspension of the rules by a vote
of 56 to 8.
A NAVAL AMBULANCE
Has Been Designed for TJsa of the XT.
S. Navy.
New York, Dec. 14. Tf Surgeon Gen
eral W. K. Van Reypan can accomp
lish it, the navy will be supplied during
his administration with an ambulance
ship, says the Washington correspond
ent of the Herald. Plans prepared
in accordance with designs submitted
by Dr. Van Reypan contemplate the
construction of an ambulance ship of
3.5."0 tons displacement. She will be
300 feet in length and 50 feet beam and
will steam 14 knots an hour. The ship
will carry four steam launches and
four barges, each barge arranged with
a Hying floor between the thwarts so
as to conveniently carry 12 cots.
There will be beds for 274 patients
and hammock space for 36 and the ves
sel will comfortably accommodate 3X0
ill or wounded men with sufficient
berthing space for the crew. There will
be quarters for four medical officers,
two apothecaries and twelve nurse.
Upon the completion of an action. Dr.
Van Reypan explains, launches should
tow barges along side the vessel, col
lect the wounded and steam away with
all dispatch to the ambulance ship
where the patients would receive the
best possible care.
LUETGERT'S SECOND TRIAL
xt is Begun Before Judge Gary at
Chicago Today.
Chicago. Dee. 14. After two weeks
spent in securing a jury the second trial
of Adolph L. Luetgert the sausage
manufacturer accused of murdering his
wife, Louise, was commenced before
Judge Gary today. The court room
was crowded when the case was called.
Every available seat was taken while
scores of curious men and women
stood in rows behind the railing anx
ious to hear the proceedings and get a
glimpse of the man who is charged
with boiling his wife in caustic potash
in one of his own sausage vats.
The prosecution as in the former trial
was represented by State's Attorney
Deneen and Assistant State's Attorney
McEwen. while Luetgert had at his
side as his defenders Attorneys Har
mon, Reise and Kehoe. Assistant
State's Attorney McEwen made the
opening address for the state. His
speech, which occupied the greater part
of the session, did not deviate from the
line he pursued in his address at the
openirrg1 of the formal trial.
STRUCK BY A HOSE KEEL.
Collision With a Street Car Results
Disastrously.
St. Louis. Dec. 14. A hose reel dash
ing to a fire this morning, collided
with a street car. Fireman John Say
ers was throw l 15 feet and fataily in
jured. Mrs. J. Fagg and Mrs. Nelhause. pas
sengers on the car, were badly cut by
flying window glass. A dozen other
passengers were more or loss hurt.
The hose reel and car were splinter
ed. Snow Delayed TS. A. & B. Train
The snow of yesterday did not delay
any trains except on the Manhattan,
Alma & Burlingame branch. A gang
of men had to clear the track and the
trains were delayed. On the McPher
son branch a snow plow was used, but
the train went right through without
losing any time.
CASTLEBURNS.
Famous Castle of Dover, on the
English Channel
Nearly Destroyed by Fire This
Afternoon.
BUILT BY THE ROMANS
One of the Oldest Edifices Left
in England.
Garrison of 2,000 Hen Battles
With the Fire.
Dover, Eng., Dec. 14. Fire broke out
in Dover Castle this afternoon. The
officers quarters were gutted and the
fire extended to the main building. The
whole garrison turned out to fight the
flames. The powder magazine narrowly
escaped.
The eastern portion of the castle was
completely destroyed and the flames
spread to the western portion. Great
efforts were made to save articles of
historic and artistic value which were
numerous in that portion of the castle,
with partial success. The fire was
quenched at 4 p. m.
The castle of Dover, one of the most
remarkable edifices in England, stands
on the summit of a chalk cliff, about
one and one-half miles north of the
town. Its walls enclose 35 acres. It
is supposed to have been founded by
the Romans, but some portions are
Ncrman and Saxon, while others be
long to still later epochs. It contains
a spacious keep, used as a magazine,
and barracks for 2,000 men. Within the
precincts of the castle stands an oc
tagonal watch tower, interesting not
only as the earliest specimen of Ro
man architecture, but also as one of the
most ancient pieces of regular mason
work in Great Britain.
COOK-KEPLEY CONTEST.
A Motion Made by Judge Horton to
End the Examination.
The attorneys for Porter S. Cook are
making an effort to put an end to the
sheriff contest at once. A "demurrer"
is being argued this afternoon, the con
tention being that Sheriff Kepley has
not made a showing that will entitle
him to the office in any event. In case
the judges sustain this contention there
will be a sudden termination of the
contest and no evidence about he giv
ing away of liquor will be introduced.
The time of the court this forenoon
was taken up by the examination of
the following students of Washburn
college: E. L. Stewart, J. F. Cell, For
est McDonald, R. M. Coulson, J. J.
Henderson and H. F. Burt.
They were subpoenaed in Kepley's in
terest to prove that they voted Illegally.
All the students said that they came to
Topeka for the purpose of living here.
Justice of the Peace Joseph Hopkins
of Rossville was examined to prove
that the numbers on the ballots in
Rossville were placed there after they
were counted. Hopkins swore positive
ly that the numbers were put on for
convenience after the ballots were ta
ken from the ballot box. "I thought
that was the law. That is the way we
have always done in Rossville," said he
by way of explanation. This will prob
ably save Kepley the 100 majority he
received at that place.
Just before noon Horton made his
motion to have the case closed up and
the arguments on his motion will hard
ly be finished this afternoon. If this
motion is overruled the question of dis
pensing liquor will be opened and some
interesting developments will undoubt
edly result.
GEN. CLAY ONLY DEFEATED
Declares He is Not Conquered Though
His Enemies Triumph Temporarily.
Richmond, Ky., Dec. 14. There has
been no reconciliation between General
Clay, aged t7, and his wife, Dora, aged
17, and the husband now believes that
she will never return to Whitehall to
remain despite her protestations of
love, as he thinks she is completely un
der the influence of her relatives, who
hold her a prisoner.
The Kentucky Register contains a
letter from Gen. Clay, in which he
gives a copy of what he terms "the
last letter of my poor orphan wife, ver
batim in grammar, unchanged in
words, but corrected in the spelling."
Dora's letter is as follows:
Valley View, Ky. Mr. Clay My dear
friend and husband: I thought I would
tell you how 1 am getting better than
I was. 'Hoody' lost her little baby
Dora. Dear husband I need money. I
am sick, and you must do it. I would
not ask you if I did not need it. Please
send Bud. Litterel. Dear husband,
don't listen to no one. for you know
I would not do anything wrong. Send
me $6 or $7 now. Please don't listen to
no one. God bless you. Goodbye. Tour
true wife.
"DORA CLAT.
"Dear husband, they are all telling
stories about Willit Bryant. Don't dear
husband. He is working with Clell,
and don't listen to no one. Goodbye.
"DORA CLAY."
The general concludes hi3 letter as
follows:
"Dora is a prisoner in the hands of
her worst enemies of the 'vendetta. 'and
they will take her back. I am defeat
ed, but not conquered."
K. P. SALE PUT OFF.
Judge Sanborn Extends the Time 60
Days.
St. Louis, Dec. 14. Judge Sanborn in
the court of appeals has granted a
postponement of the proposed sale of
the Kansas Pacific railroad for 60 days.
PRISONS RUNNING 0 VEIL
Old Culprits Dismissed to Make Boom
for the New in Prague.
Vienna, Dec. 14. Unrest continues in
Bohemia. Today the troops have pa
trolled the streets of Prague and spec
ial guards are stationed at the German
theaters owing to the fact that a bomb
was found last Thursday evening near
the Royal German theater.
There are numerous arrests daily,
and the prisons are so full that it has
been found necessary to discharge the
minor cases.
Slight collisions between the students
and police have occurred at Prague,
Cracowa and Cratz. During the pres
ent week 30 newspapers have been con
fiscated in Bohemia.
THEY HEARD FROM TOPEKA
American Federation of Labor Re
ceives a Telegram.
NasTiville, Tenn., Dec. 14. At the
opening of today's session of the
American Federation of Labor, several
protests were made against the creden
tials of the delegates, and after some
discussion, it was declared that the
delegates should be seated and the
matter referred to the grievance com
mittee. Letters from the mayor of Denver
and the officers of the chamber of com
merce of that city inviting the federa
tion to hold its next convention there,
were read.
Congratulatory telegrams received
from New Jersey. Topeka. Kan., Kan
sas City and Peoria, were also read.
A letter was read from the National
Woman's Temperance Union express
ing sympathy with the labor movement
and urging that a stand be taken by
the convention against saloons. Tim
committee on rules recommended that
the convention meet at 9 a. m. and ad
journ at noon, and reassemble at 2 p.
m. and adjourn at 5 p. m. Other rules
were introduced regulating the order
and precedence of questions. The re
port was adopted.
TAKE THE RIVER BANK.
Rock Island to Fill in Many
Acres West of Its Bridge.
The Rock Island Railway company is
considering a proposition for the en
largement of the railroad yards on the
south side of the river in this city. The
plan looks to the filling in off the south
bank of the river under and in the vi
cinity of the bridge, and the removal of
one of the bridge spans. Bach of the
bridge spans measuresloo feet. and suon
a move would give the railway much
more yard space and also do away with
the sharp curve at the south end of the
bridge.
General Attorney M. A. Low said to
day that such a move was in contem
plation, but that he did not know when
it would be carried out. It is probable,
however, that the work of filling in
under the bridge will be taken up in the
spring.Something is being done toward
this now by the company cleaning all
stock cars on the yard track near the
river and using the refuse to fill in the
low ground at the river bank.
This improvement in the yards would
probably cost the railroad company
several thousand dollars.
BIG EXPENDITURE.
Koci Island Will Spend $50,003 on
a Water Main for Horton.
The Rock Island railroad will soon
begin the laying of a large water main
from their shops at Horton to a creek
eight miles away. Work was begun
sometime ago on a large well, but as
this will probably not furnish enough
water the main to the creek will be
used. A reservoir and pumping station
will be built at a cost of something like
$50,000. The water service at Horton
in the past has been somewhat crippled,
and this new waterworks will greatly
facilitate the work at the Horton shops
and roundhouse.
LA TOUR&INE
Arrives Off the Coast Display
ing Signal of Distress.
Plymouth, Eng.. Dec. 14. The French
line steamer La Touraine. Captain San
telli, from New Tork on December 4 for
Havre, and which should have arrived
there on Sunday morning, stopped of!
the Lizard when she reached there at
4:10 this morning and signalled that
she was not under control.
A westbound steamer is assisting La
Touraine.
REEL'S STORE ROBBED.
Thieves Break Open Hear Doer and
Carry Off Goods.
Last night between 10 and 12 o'cloclt
the store at 825 Kansas avenue, occu
pied by L. D. Reel, men's furnishing
goods, and J. S. White, premium stamp
collection, was broken into.
An electric light burned in the front
of the store room. The burglars en
tered at the rear by breaking a pane of
glass.
Patrolman Pavey made his rounds
about 10:30 o'clock. trying all rear
doors of the stores between Eighth and
Tepth streets. When he again made
the runds at 12 o'clock he found the
the rounds at 12 o'clock he found the
Sergeant Owen and Pavey made an
investigation. The proprietors were
notified. It was found that IS Stetson
hats. 20 suits of underwear and con
siderable fine furnishing goods were
stolen from the Reel stock. Mr. White
lost about $25 worth of silverware. The
small safe in the rear contained plated
jewelry, some of which was taken. The
combination lock had not been set. and
the iron cash drawers had been forced
open with a hammer.
THE TRADES EXCURSION.
The first Trades Excursion train fos
tered by the Commercial club and char
tered by the merchants whose names
appear on the sixteenth pass promises
to be a great success. The committee
is already arranging for extra cars, be
lieving that the original number, four
will be insufficient.
SCHOOL FUND HAS ALL.
All but $25,000 of State Indebtedness
About to b3 Taken XT p.
The state school fund commissioners
have made arrangements to purchase,
S4.G00 state bonds. After this transac
tion the state school fund will own all
but $25,000 cf the $032,000 state indebted
ness. The commissioners propose to acquire
the remaining $25,000 of the state debt
during the present administration.
BRYAN TARES A DRIVE.
Go38 for a Turn in the Forest of Cha
pultepec. City of Mexico. Dec. 14. President
Diaz sent one of his aides de camp to
call on Mr. Bryan early this morning
to arrange for his pleasure. Then Mr.
Bryan paid his resp-e-'-its to General
Clayton, American minister and later
went to drive in the forest of Chapulte-pec

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