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TWO CENTS. frida;- EXING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 24. 1897. FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. REPUBLICAN BOLT Sensational Scene at the St. Louis Convention Likely to Ee Repeated in the IT. S- Senate. WHEN WOLCOTT QUITS Tho Old Party He Will Be Fol lowed Bjr Carter, Shoup, Clark, War ren and Wilson. IT 31 AY DEFEAT IIANXA Revolt Against the Administra tion's Currency Views Is Spreading in Ohio and Bodes No Good To the Chairman of the Nation al Committee. Washington, Dec. 24. It is expected that a number of Republican senators who have heretofore supported the ad ministration will follow Mr. Woicott in giving notice that they can no longer act with the Republican party. Among these senators are Carter of Montana. i?houp of Idaho. Clark of Wyoming, Warren of Wyoming and Wilson of Washington. The desertion of these senators will reduce the anministration's strength in the senate to less than two-fifths of that body. It will probably mean that no serious effort will be made during the present session to pass any finan cial legislation through the senate. New York. Dec. 44. The World prints the following special dispatch from Washington : The publication of Senator Wolcott's threat to resign from the I'nited states senate created a sensation here in political circles. While many believe that his indigna tion may sufficiently cool to prevent the actual relinquishment of his seat, all agree that his return to the advo cacy of free and unlimited silver coin age is certain. The position in which Senator Wol ott is placed is weil understood by all those who realize the peculiar situation "which has developed with respect to the administration and monetary com mission of which the Coloradoan is chairman. Kither President McKinley and Secretary Gage are at variance, or Senator Woicott and his sympathizers Ere utterly deceived as to the presi dent's attitude. Mr. Woicott has since his return from Kurope talked long end earnestly with the president and he defends the president while taking a position of open antagonism to Secre tary Gage. The assertion is made by Mr. Wol cott's sympathizers that Secretary Gage misrepresents the administration and that if it were not for the political disturbance it would cause Mr. Gage might retire from the cabinet. This statement, which is now made private ly, it is likely will be made publicly before long. If this is done the issue will be raised and the public will know the facts. The result will probably be that Mr. Woicott will find that he has misun derstood the position of the president and will then dramatically announce his indignation at the administration. The president can hardly be in sympa thy with both Secretary Cage and the Colorado senator as Gage stands simp ly for gold and Woicott for silver alone. As things are now tending the presi dent will probably have to break with one or the other of them, and unless he is misunderstood by the leaders of his party and persons closest to him, the break will not be with the secretary of the treasury. The committee room of Senator Woi cott was besieged by those desiring a confirmation or denial of the authentic ity of the statement that he contem plates forwarding his resignation to the governor of his state unless the president's approval of Secretary Gage's plan should be less pronounced. No satisfactory information was giv en to these inquiries. Without making a definite statement Senator Woicott left the city. The other silver Republicans are also absent. Senator Carter is in New York: Senator Pettigrew is on the way to his home in South Dakota: Senator Chand ler, who first predicted a split in the Republican party on the silver ques tion and hinted at the defection of Sen ator Woleott, has gone to New Hamp shire. Senator Teller will not discuss the question affecting his colleague. He foresaw the inevitable break. Presi dent McKinley. he thinks, cannot long ride two horses going opposite direc tions. Chicago, Dec. 24. A Washington spec ial to the Chronicle says: Shortly bffore congress adjourned for the holidays Senator Woicott gave no tice that he would take occasion early in January to make a speech on the subject of international bimetallism and one the money question in general, in which he would take occasion to re fer to the work of the bimetallic com mission, of which he is chairman. 1 have reliable information to the ef fect that this promised speech of the Colorado senator, when delivered, will be of the most sensational character. Mr. Woicott will improve the oppor tunity then presented to forma'.lv sever his relations with the Republican partv and to announce his purpose hereafter to act with some party which favors the free coinage of silver bv independ ent action on the part of this govern ment. He will say. what is now generally known to be true, that there is no longer the slightest prospect of restor ing silver by international agreement. Mr. Woicott. instead of condemning, will praise the president for the sincere efforts which Mr. McKinlev has made since his inauguration in behalf of in ternational bimetallism. The Colorado senator will deny that he has any quarrel with the president or with the administration. He will simply say that, with the dis appearance of the hope of bimetallism the financial contest henceforth in this country will be a battle between the standards, and that he prefers silver rather than gold as the measure of val ues in the tTnited States. President McKinley is fully advised as to Mr. Wolcott's purpose and is sor ry that the administration will short ly lose the support of so able a man. Undoubtedly the speech will be a sensation, and to add to the sensa tional features of the occasion it is ex pected that a number of Republican senators who have heretofore sup ported the administration will prompt ly follow Mr. Woicott in giving notice that they no longer act with the Re publican party. Among the senators who will proba bly join with Mr. Woicott in abandon ing the administration are Mr. Carter of Montana. Mr. Shoup of Idaho, Mr. Clark of Wyoming, Mr. Warren of Wy oming and Mr. Wilson of W ashington. These men have always favored the free coinage of silver, but they consent ed very reluctantly to support the St. Rouis ticket and platform because of the hope held out that Mr. McKinley would be aide, if elected, to accomplish something for silver by bringing about international bimetallism. IT MAY DEFEAT HAKHA. Ilapub'.icaa Opponents Will Vota for Silver Man to Best Him. Columbus. Ohio, Dec. 24. The State Journal th.s morning prints a story that the Republicans, led by Charles Kurtz, in opposition to the re-election of Senator Hanna. have promised to support free silver as the price of the defeat of Senator Kanna. The story, the Journal states, (times from a man who claims that Mr. Hanna will be defeated. The Journal says: "Conferences are being held in vari ous parts of the state by Democrats who have gathered at the direction of McLean and the free silver leaders to plan for bringing pressure to bear up on Democratic members of the legis lature to vote for Govei nor Bushnell and the argument which is used in these conferences to convince the doubting and bring conviction to the hesitating is that 1-iushnell has surren dered to the liryanites idea of finance and will act with the free silver men in the United States senate if elected." BY TROLLEY CA11S. System That May Eventually Connect Atchison, Top3ka, Lawrence, Kan sas City and Other Towns. The Kansas City. Lawrence and To peka Electrical Railroad company has been incorporated for the purpose of building a line for rapid transit be tween Kansas City and Topeka. It is believed by those who are familiar with it, that it is only a scheme to de velop, boom and dispose of 1,000 acres of fine market garden lands in small patches lying along the south side of the Kaw river between Lawrence and Kansas City. The company seems to be built on a most gorgeous foundation and has a stated capital of three mil lions of dollars. The charter was filed with the secre tary of state late yesterday afternoon and names the following persons as di rectors: ;. B. Pureed of Manhattan; John G. Johns of Houston, Texas; Hen ry McGrew and W. L. Wood, a tirm of Kansas City. Kan., lawyers: E. E. Holmes, James Haggard and A. N.Gos sett. Kansas City, Mo., men who have become interested in the lands men tioned through foreclosures upon loans which they have made. The charter specilies that the com pany will build an electric railroad, tel egraph lines and other necessary ad juncts of the proposed system, from Kansas City to Topeka, beginning work early in the spring. Edwin G. Anderson, a Kansas City lawyer who filed the charter and who is also interested in the company, said: "Surveying will begin as soon as the weather moderates. The company pro poses to build this line of road iirst to penetrate the produce and gardening districts west of Kansas City. By this plan we will be able to carry freight as well as passengers and thereby en able the gardeners to place their stuff on the markets within an hour after it is gathered. "The company expects to build a dam near Holliday which With the dam now at Lawrence will furnish the power necessary to operate the plants which will run the railroad equipment. "We propose to have freight trains ur.d passenger trains running reguiarly at short intervals, between the termi nal points. Topeka and Kansas City, and will be able to give the people of the intermediate towns and villages and the country a more accurate and trustworthy service than Is guaran teed by the ordinary railroad." While the likelihood of this road be ing built is very faint, the possibilities of such a road are great. Although railroad men treat the scheme with de rision there is no doubt that sometime within the next quarter of a century such a road will be in full operation. It is believed by men prominent in the ilnancial affairs of the eastern part of the state that Topeka, Atchison, St. Joe, Leavenworth. Lawrence. Emporia, Ottawa ;ind towns within the territory mentioned will sometime be connected by a rapid transit trolley or storage battery system. These cities are the centers of population of this section of the west. When the telegraph com panies completed their systems into these towns they were amused at the suggestions of competition from tele phone companies. However, the tele phones are here and are doing a suffi cient business to declare large divi dends annually. In the east. particularly the New Eng land states, the plan of uniting cities by electric railroad systems with a ten i minute or half-hour service is very popular. Boston for example, is con nected with dozens of surrounding towns and all of them are benefited. Such a system operating among the towns in eastern Kansas would give the country people facilities for doing business which t hey do not now enjoy. The plan proposed by the gentlemen interested in the new road is one of the future possibilities of eastern Kansas, a fact which even the most conserva tive business man will not dispute or deny. It is only a question of time when it will come. Weekly Bank Statement. New York. Dec. 24. The weekly bank statement shows the following changes: Surplus reserve, decrease $4. .6-- : loans, increase SH.tcT.'AK': specie, increase $i:.7'Xt; legal tenders, decrease $4.."-"i.""y: deposits, c'.eert jse JTf.s.XiAt : eircu !a t ion. deireas1 2 -6lk.. The banks now hold S11.5-:;.4"0 in ex ctss of the requirements of the 5 per cent rule. Good Wages for Alaska Puckars. Chevenne. Deo. 24. The army pack train hus left here for Alaska. 12 packers ami fc2 mules forming the outfit. Before leaving the packers' wages were increased from $iO to SIM a month. The up-to-date Lunch "and Short Or der Restaurant, The Cremerie, 7-G Kan sas avenue. SCOTT &. SCOTT. UNITES TWO SEAS Russia Will Dig a Canal 1,000 Miles Long Joining the Baltic With the Black Sea. TO COST 97,000,000. Work Must Be Completed fcy the Year 1902. The Czar Needs it in His Busi ness of Overrunning Asia. New York, Dec. 24. A special to the Herald from Washington says: The Russian government will begin next spring upon a stupendous piece of engineering work, which, like the Transsiberian railroad will be of great strategic and commercial value to her when completed. The project contemplates the con struction of a canal connecting the Baltic and Black seas, which can be traversed by battleships of the heav iest tonnage at six knots per hour. Ry means of this canal, Russia will be able to mobilize a huge fleet in the Baltic in lo7 houi's by bringing to that sea the Black sea squadron or can collect in the Black sea in the same time the Baltic and Black sea fleets. In case of a general European war over the division of China at the time of the completion of the canal, it would not be difficult for Russia to send her lleet through the Bosphorus. the sea of Marmora and the Dardanelles into the Mediterranean, down the Suez canal, across the Indian ocean to China, while she could utilize the Transsiberian railroad to transport troops. The canal will remove the necessity of sending a fleet across the North sea and down the Atlantic in order to reach the Medit teranean and through that sea reach the Suez canal and China, and it was pointed out that in case of war Great Britain or Germany would take meas ures to see that the Russian tleet did not pass through their waters without a hard struggle. It is officially stated here that the canal, when completed, will connect the city of Riga on the Baltic and Cherzon on the Black sea. Advantage will be taken of Dwina river, at the mouth of which Riga is located, and of the Dr.eiper river, which flows into the Black sea and i.t the mouth of which Cherzon sits. It has been estimated by the Russian engineer that to connect the two rivers, 12.ri miles of excavation must be made. The length of the canal will be 1.000 miles. It will have an average depth of 2S.4 feet. The cost of the work will be $97,000,000 and it must be completed by 1902. It is frankly admitted by the Rus sian authorities that the canal is being built for military purposes, just as the Transsiberian railroad is being con structed, but they say that the water way will be of iK-neftt commercially. The wheat raised in the southern part of Russia, near the Black sea. and the coal and petroleum obtained from that section can be transmitted more cheap ly to market than by railroads or by steamers going through th" Hosphorus into the Mediterranean. Sixteen cit ies are situated along the route of the proposed canal and they will be bene fitted by its construction. "Russia maintains a formidab'e fleet of battleships and cruisers in the Black sea," said a well known naval com mander, "such action being in viola tion of the provisions of the Berlin treaty. The construction of the canal will mean that this iieet can be rein forced within seven days at the ut most by an equally formidable fleet from the Baltic and in case of the dis memberment of Turkey, or a necessity for a larger force of naval vessels, in Asiatic waters. Russia would lie able to get her reinforcements to this sec tion ahead of any other European gov ernment who would be compelled to use the Atlantic ocean and the Medi terranean. So far as Turkey and Chi na are concerned, the completion of the Russian canal will place the czar in a position which will be envied by all the other European governments." DISHEARTENED. Committee of Seventeen Feel Greatly Discouraged at Law Breaking. "The Committee of Seventeen will start the first of the year in a very dis couraging condition." said one of the most prominent members of the organ ization today. "We are still hanging together and meet every Tuesday even ing, but money is coming in very slow ly and it seems impossible to accomp lish any desired results. "People think that because we have a Republican sheriff we should feel encouraged, but even supposing that Mr. Cook will do what is right, we can never secure conviction while the pres ent county attorney is in office. County Attorney Jetmore simply don't want to convict these people, and the present Topeka police force are the best pat rons the joints have, "Why right here in this block," he continued, "there are five joints run ning wide open to my knowledge. I am told that you can get almost any class of drink you want in Topeka at the present time, and that there would be no difference between Topeka under s. saloon system and Topeka as it is at present except that now men drink be hind partitions. We feel very down cast, indeed, over the condition of af fairs, and don't see how we can remedy them for a time at least." Many temperance people are being converted to a belief in state agencies somewhat on the South Carolina plan with modifications. U. S. CYCLKUS ABROAD. Team of Wheelrasn to Compete With European Riders Xpw York. Dec. 24. A formal call f!ettj fi by more th.in 11 prominent ryellsts in all p-arts of th country has been "issued in the intereis of the formation of a na tional patriotic ore,aniz:ition if wheeim--n. to send a team ot" American riders to Eu rope to compete in the world's champion ships whit -ii will be decided during Au gust in Viennu. It is intended that only the best ama teurs and professionals will represent the United States, and the funds cU-rivod from preliminary meets will be suf ricitriit to pay the expenses of the teams. Eat at the Cremerie. 726 Kansas ave nue. Scott & Scott. LONG DON LET OUT. Either Greatly Sinned Against or Our Legal Machinery is Kan by Imbeciles. Rev. John L. Longdon, the Methodist minister who was sent to the peniten tiary three years ago from Topeka, for violating the age of consent law, was pardoned today by Governor Leedy. The pardon was forwarded to Lansing this afternoon and Longdon will be re leased tomorrow morning, in time to reach his family in Topeka for a Christmas reunion. The pardon was secured through the efforts of Capt. J. G. Waters. The prosecuting witness, Minnie Brown has made an affidavit that she perjured herself on the witness stand; that she was practically compelled by the prosecution to admit the charge made by the county attorney, although it was not true, and states further that pressure brought to bear against her by the social purity league and the at torneys, was responsible for her testi mony which was Induced by fear occas ioned by threats against her. An affidavit from Thomas Archer says that the girl came to him after she had joined the Salvation Army and without any solicitation desired him to make a statement for her to the effect that she had misrepresented the facts on the witness stand, and thereby help her to right the wrong which she had committed against an innocent man. Mrs. H. Pratt, mother of the girl, now Irving in St. Joe, also makes affi davit that in her (.pinion, her daughter, Minnie Brown was compelled through fear, owing to her extreme youth, to testify that Longdon was guilty al though she knew at the time he was not. Mrs. Pratt also says that the girl has since told her that she did not tell the truth on the witness stand. There are perhaps a dozen other doc uments tending to prove that the wit nesses misrepresented the true state of affairs and succeeded in convicting Longdon. He says in a letter to the governor: "When the prosecution had about completed its case and realized that a conviction -could not be secured, one of the attorneys took the prosecuting wit ness and two other women into a side room. Prior to this time the girl had sworn that I was not guilty of the charge. When she came out of that room the attorney had a signed state ment in which the girl declared that I was guilty. That is the time she was compelled to swear to a falsehood." Longdon says: "I have been perse cuted by a society which is maintained by a religious fanaticism." He refers to the Topeka Social Purity league. Gov. Morrill refused to issue the par don, and the Populist board, not long since, made a similar recommendation. The signers of the petition for Long don's release are as follows: Major J. K. Hudson, H. T. Chase, Dell Keizer, P. C. Chamberlain. R. L. Thomas. A. Metcalf. Postmaster Arn old, Eugene Wolfe. CP. Adams, R. B. Welch. D. B. Dyer. Charles S. Eagle. N. G. Dyer, O. S. Carman, Horton; E. K. Felt, W. M. Hord. J. P. Rowley. W. B. Kobey, W. R. t Hazen, Lieut. Gov. Harvey, D. H. Brannan, S. H. Roberts, Andrew Nordquist. S. B. Isenhart, Jet more and Jetmore, Hugh Heald, John W. Day. A. B. Quinton. W. E. Sterne, Webb McNall and E. G. Wilson. Capt. J. G. Waters said today: "There is a household in this city composed of six little bits of children, and a good Christian mother, with two grown daughters respectably married and one grown son who Is also married, living at Salina. who havo been suf fering ail the agony a household can know by the conviction of the husband and his incarceration in the peniten tiary for a crime of which the jury pronounced him guilty. During his stay there his wife has kept the fam ily together, making a fight that would have appalled the stoutest man. By dint of the closest economy they have been housed and clothed by her. Not a moment of that time did a member of the family forget the father. They have importuned the board of pardons and the governor. "The governor ascertained who and what the family was: he learned that the man had been, during his entire time there, the very best behaved, and had been given the warmest recom mendations from both the Republican and the present warden. "The governor had presented to him the solemnly sworn affidavit of the girl who testified that she had sworn false ly, that she was too young to compre hend the gravity of testifying falsely, that it was wholly untrue and she de sired to undo the mischief." , Other Pardons. Gov. Leedy today pardoned A.H. Fry of Cherokee county, sentenced to the penitentiary for 15 years, for breaking into a box car and stealing some prop erty in May, 1SS8: Geo. Lee. sent from Bourbon county for a similar offense, for five years, in June, 1S95. was also pardoned. These pardons were issued under the decision of the supreme court, which holds that breaking into a box car does not constitute an of fense of that character. '.VAST THE GOLD STANDARD Bengal Chambar of Conmeroa Ad dresses the Government. Calcutta, Dec. 24. The Bengal cham ber of commerce has sent an address to the government, in which it says that the time has arrived to adopt the gold standard, pointing out that it is four years since the mints were closed, leaving India without a currency sys tem, asserting that the suspense is harmful to trade and urging the gov ernment to disclose any measures which it may have in contemplation. TO INSPECT CUBAN FOOD." Special United States Food Commis sioner to Sail for Havana. Fort Worth. Dec. 24. George V. Simpson, president of the Fort Worth stockvanls. who has been appointed special food commissioner to Island of Cuba, will sail for Havana next week. He has instructions from the agricul tural department to make an explicit report on the food situation existing in Cuba. Money f:r Funeral Flowers. A few days ago a man called at D. A. Muivane's residence at Twelfth and Ciav streets and asked to see Mr. Mui vane. When that gentleman appeared he said: "Mr. Muivane I'm on my way to a funeral with my wife and I haven't anv change with me. Can you let me have $1.50 until tomorrow to buy some flowers?" Mr. Muivane did not recog nize his caller as an acquaintance, but asked: "Who are you?" The latter replied, "Why, don't you know me? I'm ." Mr. Muivane let the man have the money. In speaking of it he said: "I haven't seen him since. It was a pretty slick scheme to get $1.0 and he caught me pretty well." SHINE ASTHESUN Will Howard Gould's Christmas Dinner When Compared With Dinners Wrhich Hare Gone Before. COVERS FOIl TWELVE. Six Men and Six Women Will Sit Down. There Will Be Flowers and Frnits from Every Clime. How the Gilded Youth of Today Squander Wealth. New York, Dec. 24. Howard Gould is to give a Christmas dinner at the Hol land house. It will surpass in sump tuousness everything that has occurred in the annals of private festivals in years and its guests will be twelve per sons. What the presents will be those who remember that Mr. Gould gave a fan. the cost of which was $80,000 to the beautiful woman who sat near him at Rodney Wanamaker's dinner in Paris last year, hardly dare to imagine. He has selected his guests admirably. Not one of them is inclined to make set speeches, to formulate toasts, or to prepare phrases in dialogue like a game of chess. Every month at this dinner will be represented by its special fruit even if that were extremely exotic and its special flower, even if this be doomed to death by cold in a moment. Each month will be represented by its spec ial gem in lace pins, in scarf pins and in other jewels chased by artists. There are also to be selams, which are bou quets that the orientals made of prec ious stories that spoke a special lan guage. There are to be in this dinner patties as tall as citadels, meats as delicate as crystallized candy violets and all the vegetables that Lucullus caused to be prepared by cooks who were great artists. Twelve persons, six of whom are wo men, are to give to this dinner, which will have a histor. its enduring charm. The women will be beautiful, the men will be interesting. CHICAGO MEN 51Ai' DIG IT. An Independent Surveying Party Leaving for Nicaragua Canal Site. Chicago. Dec. 24. A special to the Record from Washington, D. C says: The steamer Finance, which sails from New York next Thursday, carries an important delegation of engineers and contracteors who propose to look over the route of the Nicaragua canal on their own hook, without waiting the report of the commission which the government recently sent to revise the surveys and estimates heretofore sub mitted to congress. As far as can be learned this party has no connection with and asked no assistance from the government although Senator Morgan, who has always taken the leading part in legislation relating to the canal has encouraged the journey, and thinks that the interest which has inspired the enterprise is the most favorable sign that has lately appeared. The senator understands that the party will be composed of some of the heaviest con tractors now engaged in the construc tion of the Chicago drainage canal, and that they will be accompanied by con sulting engineers of their own choice, who will assist thein in making a prac tical examination of the several routes that have been recommended and pre paring estimates of the cost of con struction. It is understood here that the con tractors on the drainage canal are tak ing this step with a view to utilizing their machinery and force of employes when their present contracts are com pleted, and if they find things to their satisfaction they propose either to pur chase the concessions of the Maratime company or to enter into a contract to complete the canal, taking a certain amount of stock and bonds in the cor poration as their compensation. The present situation in Nicaragua requires that some action shall be ta ken by the United States immediately in order to preserve our rights under teh existing treaty and concessions. The Menocal concession upon which the present company is working, and upon which the legislation now pend ing in congress is based, expires in isy9. INVITED THE WHOLE TOWN Dr. and Mrs. W. Seward Webb Will Entertain 1,500 People on Christmas. Burlington, Vt., Dec. 24. Dr.and Mrs. William Seward Webb have invited all the residents of Shelburne, about 15 hundred persons, to partake in the Christmas festivities, to be given in the Ring building at the breeding barn, at Shelburne farms, on Christmas even ing. In this building are three rooms, which will be used respectively for a dancing hall, supper room and a room for a large Christmas tree. The Christ mas tree festivities will be held at 5 o'clock, and will be of the old-fashioned English order. Gifts have been pro vided for every one.both old and young, by Dr. and Mrs. Webb. Supper will be served at 6 o'clock by Caterer Coon, of this city. This will be followed by dancing. The first dance will be led by Dr. and Mrs. Webb, who also will sit down to supper with the townspeople. Music will be furnished by the Howard Opera House orchestra, of this city. Denominational Christmas trees will be out of the question, as every resident in the town has been in vited, and all Will jjin in the enjoyment of the hospitality of Dr. and Mrs. Webb. Christmas at Shelburne this year will be one that will be remembered, and which has never been equalled in the town. Troutman Wasn't Aft?r It James A. Trontmnn has returned from N-w York and Washirgton. He emphat ically ct nies the r-port that he went to Washington to recure an appointment. "There is no truth in tin1 report." said he. "I went to New York to take depo sitions p.ncl stopped at Washington on my return home. I stopped in Washington to attend to some private business that was in no sense jxiitical. and did not see a single member of the Kansas delegation while I was there." WALKED OUT OF DAWSON. Passengers From That Point Say tho Trail Will be Open All Winter. Tacoma, Wn., Dec. 24. Among the passengers from Dawson who came down on the City of Seattle, are Col. Lamphere and Mr. Gregory of Chica go and D. P. Quinlan of Seattle; T. Gardner of Oconomowoc, Wis., and T. B. Denny of Roselin, Wn. Quinlan, Gardner and Denny came out from Dawson, having left that place November 4. They walked all the way and carried their food on their backs and on sleds. They occupied a little more than 30 days on the trip. Mr. Gardner and his companions made the trip out without any trouble, although they struck some weather that sent the mercury 65 below zero. This was on the exposed mountain tops and did not last long or cause them any inconvenience. These men say there will be no great difficulty in getting into Dawson all winter if the roads and the weather do not get worse than now. They report the country as being rich with gold and say new and valua ble discoveries are being made every few days. No gold was brought out by any of the men who came down on the City of Seattle. Colonel Lamphere and Mr. Gilbert bought two mines within 50 miles of Juneau, which will be worked by a company with a capital of $1,000,000. These' gentlemen say that work is be ing rushed on the Dyea Aerial railway and also on the Skaguay trail, and that both will be in shape for the miners to pass over in the early spring. TORE OFF 1I1S STAR. Patrolman Ben Perkins Suspended Until an Examination is Made. Policeman Ben Perkins, colored, has been suspended from duty on the police force by Chief of Police Henry M. Steele, on charges of theft preferred by a well known Topeka merchant. Ser geant Owen removed his star from his coat. In the chief's office a short time ago Chief Steele told Perkins that his res ignation would be acceptable. Perkins requested a specific charge. To this re quest Chief Steele replied that William Dransfield of the grocery firm of Drans field & Dick, had preferred a charge of larceny against Perkins. "I will have to take you off duty," said Steele, "un til the matter is investigated. When a business man of Mr.Dransfield's stand ing accuses one of my men of theft it is serious." Ben Perkins became very angry and said: "1 am not guilty of that charge and any man who says I am is a Chief Steele flushed and the two engaged in a wordy quarrel. Those who were in the room at the time prevented the two from coming to blows. Perkins left the room in a rage with the declaration: "If that man makes that charge against me he will have to prove it. I am entitled to a hearing before the commissioners any way." Chief Steele's answer to this way by Flamming the door in the po liceman's face. A police officer, who sides with Per kins, said today: "Dransfield has been trying to get on the police board ever since the elec tion. When he failed to be appointed, he set about to get one of the commis sioners removed. Some time ago he sent for Ben Perkins. He wanted him to take a delegation of colored men be fore Gov. Leedy and ask that Secreta ry M. D. Henderson be removed. Per kins, being employed by the board, re fused to do so. This was at Dransfield's store. After Perkins was gone, Drans field discovered that a pound of butter was missing. He reported to Henry Steele that Perkins had stolen the but ter. Steele told Perkins of it." William Dransfield said today: "The statement that I asked Perkins to go before the governor and ask for the removal of Henderson, is a malic ious lie. I am too busy attending to my grocery business to take up such a fight. Some time ago I reported to President Billard that Perkins had stolen a pound of butter from my store. I really had to do it, for it was not the first time he had done it. We can't stand that kind of business. Perkins will have to settle the matter. He owed us a bill, and for that reason it would have been to our advantage to allow him to remain on the force, but I could not tolerate the pilfering." Ben Perkins is one of the best known policemen in the city. He has served in this position under several adminis trations. For awhile he was fireman at fire station No. 3. He is prominent among the colored people. Since his present appointment he and Henry Steele have not been on good terms. Recently Steele said to Perkins: "I don't believe you've caught a thief since you have been on the force. I want men who catch thieves; I don't care how many bad men they arrest." To this Perkins replied: "I have ar rested a few pretty bad men that some of the others didn't want to tackle. I notice that whenever there is a tough negro to arrest, you send me after him." CLASH OF ARMS May Soon be Expected in Upper Nile Valley. Cairo, Dec. 24. The dervishes have left Shendy and Metemmeh and are marching against the anglo-Egyptian forces with Berber as their objective point. LOOKING THEM UP. Matrimonially Inc.inod Women Un der Investigation. Indianapolis, Dec. 24. D. Phillips, middle aged, of Grand Rapids, Mich., reputed to be worth $50,000. is here in vestigating the antecedents of ; two young women who answered his matri monial advertisement. He has received numerous letters from various sections and is traveling incognito and making a personal inves tigation. So far he has found some cardinal de fect in every applicant, but he reports a delightful experience and he will con tinue until he finds a life mate to his liking. Artificial Indigo. London, Dec. 24. A dispatch from Vienna says ft is reported that the long attempted artificial production of indigo has been achieved at a.n aniline factory at Lud wigshafen. on Lake Con stance, and that it is prepared very cheaply from coal tar. If this report s true, an important branch of British trade will be seriously threatened. New place 726 Kan. Ave., Cremerie. Scott & Scott. A UNIOfT DEPOT. It Is Time That All the Kail roads Entering Topeka Unite in Building a Union De" pot on Kansas Avenue. ALL ARE CROWDED. Santa Fe Has Waiting llooms Too Small. Rock Island Needs More Room for Offlces. The new and greater Topeka in Its march of progress, now well under way, needs as another mark of ad vancement a Union depot. All the railroads entering the capital city have this year done a record breaking business in passenger and freight traffic with still brighter pros pects for liS. Why can't these companies do a big thing for themselves and the city of Topeka by the construction of a Union station? The natural location for such a depot for the use of all the roads, the conven ience and economy of themselves and the public is on First street on the east side of Quincy street. This tract to tho extent of half a block extending from Quincy to Kansasavenue and from First to the alley is already railroad proper ty. The Santa Fe.Manhattan, Alma & Bur lingaine, Leavenworth & Southwestern, and the Rock Island already have tracks on First street adjoining this site. The Missouri Pacific tracks are near by and the Union Pacific is inter ested in the Manhattan & Alma line. The Union Pacific main line couhl easily effect an arrangement to come over to the South side with its west bound trains by the Santa Fe bridge and go out over the Rock Island bridge and reverse the plan with Its east bound trains. The advantages of a Union station to the public are inestimable. To the railroads and express companies a great saving is possible in the common, use of waiting rooms, ticket sellers, ex press facilities, etc. The saving in the transfer of express and passengers will be large in a financial way and great in the matter of convenience to travelers who come n on one road and leave on another. The Union depot project is especially timely just now for many reasons, among which may be namd a few: The present Santa Fe depot is entire ly too small to take care of the enor mous business of that company in this city. Only recently it has been neces sary to encroach on the waiting rooms for a lunch counter now too small. A news-stand has been built outside on the platform. The company needs its present passenger building for a freight house. The Rock Island building is rrowded and needs its present waiting rooms and ticket office for additional general offices. The Missouri Pacific has no suitable facilities whatever and is com pelled to keep its passenger office lock ed up half the time. A Union depot at First and Kansas avenue would with the new bridge and the auditorium practically wipe out Smoky Row and make lower Kansas avenue a respectable and important portion of the city. ToTjliANClTbUT. Kansas Mutual Life Will Take Ad vantage of New York Com pany's Withdrawal. The withdrawal of the New York Mutual from Kansas will undoubtedly redound to the benefit of the home companies. The Kansas Mutual is already mak ing an effort to employ all the agents of the New York Mutual. A proposi tion has been made to General Agent John E. Lord to take a position with the Kansas company, and agents all over Kansas will be invited to take po sitions with the Kansas Mutual. The company expects to double its business in Kansas next year, and the with drawal of foreign companies will by no means impede such a determination. It may be that the Kansas Mutual Life will so increase its business that it will erect a new building in Topeka and employ several times as many clerks. MISSS1EGEL TO WED. Daughter of New York Merchant Will Marry F. E. Vogel. New York. Dec. 24. Gerson Siege!, vice president of the Siesel-Cooper Co., has announced the engagement of his daughter, Blanche, to Frank K. Vog-I of Chicago. The wedding will occur In March or April. In all probability the breakfast will be given at Delrnon ico's. instead of the family residence, 22 Fast Sixty-seventh street. Miss Siegel met her prospective hus band at the world's fair in Chicago four years ago. The Siegels have ex tensive interests in Chicago, as well as here, and have been associated with Mr. Vogel s cially and through busi ness affiliations many years. Frank K. Vogf-1 is a member of th big packing fupj of Nelson Murris & Co. of Chicago. LP W ELLFO LLP WS SUIT 15,000 More Cotton Operatives Noti fied of a Wage Reduction. Lowell, Mass., Dec. 24. The treasur ers of the Lowell cotton mills, at a meeting held here today, voted to re duce the wages of their employes from Jan. 1. The causes of the reduction are the same as those which led to the manu facturers In the Fall River, Mass., Sun cook. N. H.. and other places to lower the wage scalp. About 15.C00 operatives in this city will be affected. Fakers in Europe, Too. Rome. Dec. 24. The statement con tained in a special dispatch from Rome, published in London yesterday to the effect that a cabinet meeting has decided to send an Italian squadron to China, was pure invention. There has been no cabinet meeting since Decem ber 20.