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11 Li THIRD EDITION. TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MARCH 1, 189S. TUESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. Moneybags Object to 1'nele Sam Punishing the Spanish. It Would Interfere With Bond Deals and Speculation. Telf Not Patriotism Dictating Our National Policy. A FRESH STORY C03IES From Washington to the Chi cago Tribune, A Strong Administration Or gan and Admirer of MeKinley, THAT ROTHSCHILDS Want to Pick Up a Few More Cuban Bonds, Hence the Nation is Held Back From Its Just Vengeance. Chicago.March 1. The Tribune prints the following from its staff correspond ent at Washington: Whatever may come of the Maine in cident, it is now generally believed that Cuba's independence is assured. Act ual war would of course mean inde pendence almost at once, but the be lief is that even if war is averted Spain's actual hold on the island will be terminated before many months have passed. There is a strange story to this effect floating about the cloakrooms of the senate, where it is asserted positively that certain great financial interests always able to secure advance informa tion of value have become convinced that the island will soon be free. There are even rumors that certain senators have been informed of the fact, and have been urged to delay action for purely speculative reasons. It is said that the Kelmonts. representing the Rothchilds' interests, have gradually disposed of their large holdings of Span ish bonds, having unloaded them quiet ly but persistently during the period when talk of autonomy led unthinking politicians to believe that the revolution would fall of its own weight under the pressure of public opinion. Thereupon, so the history goes, the Belmont inter ests quietly gathered in all the Cuban bonds obtainable, which are still at merely nominal figures. The Tribune correspondent has the authority of a well known senator for the statement that the Rothschilds now own so large a line of the insurgent se curities that they would profit by im mediate independence. The same auth ority says that the Belmonts, repre senting the Kothschilds, have sent men to Washington for the express purpose of delaying action until they could pick up a few more millions of these rebel bonds. Other financial interests have taken the cue, until within the last few weeks Cuban bonds, which formerly were looked on as "wildcats" have be come subjects of inquiry. Some finan cial interests in Europe holding Span ish bonus are willing now to invest in Cuban securities at a low price, believ ing that their appreciation will more than make up for the loss on the Span ish paper. There is even talk of a pool among certain speculative senators to get hold of these Cuban bonds, delay action until the syndicate is safely loaded up. and then "turn the senate loose." Back of all this vague talk is the evident conviction that Cuba's in dependence is now assured, and that the Maine catastrophe, if it does not provoke war, will surely induce the president to act in a way to drive the S)aniards from the island. Albany. X. Y. , March 1. The activity at the W'atervliet arsenal and gun foundry continues today. Since the Maine disaster, there has been a hush of anxious suspense about the place. Officers will not say anything. It was learned at the gun factory today that 12 mortars have been boxed and ready for shipment as soon as cars arrive to con vey them to their destination, Sandy Hook. Twenty machinists whose names appear on the eligible civil service list were notified Saturday by the secretary of the local civil service board to report at the gunshop ready to go to work. It Is the intention of the authorities to put the men at work on parts of lilies which are in a fair way to completion. The master mechanic. Alfred Chris tiansen, an expert on the building of riiles of large calibre and who has sup erintended the manufacture of rifles at the arsenel for the past eight years, will leave tomorrow ostensibly for Wash ington, at the orders of the war depart ment but in reality for the forts and coast defenses where the guns which have been sent from the Watervliet ar senal are located. He will make a thorough examination of the condition of the huge pieces of ordnance. London. March 1. The London News commenting editorially upon the rela tions between the United States and Spain, this morning says Spain can ex pect no support, moral or otherwise from England against the United States. She has ruined Cuba, as she has ruined or lost every colony, by the grossest corruption, cruelty and mal administration and she must be left to settle the account for it with those whom it may concern, without any aid or sympathy on our part. The Standard, In an editorial on the same general topic, highly praises President MeKInley's statesmanlike moderation and recognizes'that it would be only human nature that proof of the Maine's having been blown up from the outside should engender a danger ous war feeling in America." Sir Edward James Reed, the eminent naval expert, writes to the Times this morning expressing the opinion that the Maine could be refloated for a tithe of her cost. Cincinnati. March, 1. The Enquirer jju-jooca me ioiiovvmg iroin its corres pondent at Key West: I have just received from Havana val uable information as to the Maine dis aster. In advices from there I am in formed that the last examination of the wreck mnde hv i i . ... t ; revealed the fact that the forward part f the Maine's port armor belt was bro- ken completely off. The broken sec tion was found in the debris of the wreck and nearly a dozen feet aboard. To be exact, the distance from the after part of the detached metal to the forward part of the ruptured belt is 11 feet 4 inches. The forward part of the belt is bent inboard and upward. The plate bulges in sharply in the indicated direction at the point where the broken section was detached. This armor belt tapers from a ten inch thickness at its top to a four-inch thickness at its base. It is of the very best Harveyized steel, and when it was being put in place I remember that As sistant Naval Constructor George W. Street, now dead, told me that the met al was so hard that it was necessary to anneal the plates at the points where bolt holes were to be cut. I mention Men Anxious to Enter the Naval this as showing the strength and hard ness of the metal. It is hardly necessary, however, as no one can conceive how even a plate of butter could be bulged inward by an internal explosion. The detached sec tion of armor took with it armor bolts and rubber washers. The washers were closely examined and were found to be intact except at the point of the rup ture. This is regarded as significant, my informants believing that gases generated by an inside explosion would have melted the rubber washers. The wooden backing of the armor is splint ered, showing a blow from the outside. Three six-inch powder cases were re covered from the wreck on Thursday evening. These cases, originally cylin drical in shape, are telescoped in the way you crush in an opera hat. The horizontal seams are split open. This is corrugation, indicating that the charges were intact when pressure was brought to bear. I have received a full description of the appearance of that up-lifted keel. The Maine was constructed with a dou ble bottom. Between the bottom and inner skin ran a series of strengthening long plates. Of these the first on the port side has been hove upward to a point level with the water line of the wreck. This section of the hull the divers and others identified by the strainer which was used for flooding that special compartment, and which the explosion lifted into view, together with the sluice for running water from the first longitudinal into the bilge. SPANISH VICTORY "With. Severe Losses to the Insurgents is Reported at Havana. Havana, March, 1. La Lucha pub lishes an official dispatch giving an ac count of a battle in the province of Puerto Principe in which the insurgents are said to have lost 181 killed and wounded. According to the dispatch the battle took place February IS and 19, in and near the Santa Inez and Hinojoa hills. The Spanish force, which was under the command of General Jiminez Castel lanos, numbered 2,100 infantry and 400 cavalry. Among the killed were Col onel Alavaro Rodriguez, Commandant Angol Rocco and other officers. Ac cording to the dispatch, the Spaniards lost one officer. Lieutenant Perajo and seven soldiers killed, and three officers and 73 soldiers wounded. The Spanish troops are said to have captured many weapons, a large quan tity of ammunition and 34 horses. REALLY AN ACT OF "WAR. The Blowing Up of the Maine the First Battle in Spanish-American "War. New York. March 1. A dispatch to the Herald says: "In the Intransigeant Henri Rochefort writes: 'To really grasp the situation, the explosion on the Maine must be re garded as the first battle between Spain and the United States. As for us. we only see in it the last stage of the ad vance of the Cubans toward independ ence. The catastrophe has caused the deatli of 254 unfortunate sailors, but it has also saved the lives of millions of combatants: for it ensures the final tri umph of the insurrection before many weeks.' " GEN. MILES GOES WEST. Will Look After the Fortifications of San Francisco. , Chicago. March 1. A special to the Tribune from Pittsburg says: General Nelson A. Miles of the United States army, accompanied bv Rear Ad miral Phelps of the Pacific coast squad ron. U. S. N.. passed through Pittsburg last night en route to San Francisco from Washington. It is reported that both of ficials are on the way to San Francisco to look into the preparations being made to defend that port in case of war. WELL, THIS IS NERVE. Old Fossil Writes Dispatches From Washington Wants to Muzzle. the Public Washington. March 1. Two weeks ago tonight the battleship Maine was destroy ed in Havana harbor and in spite of the greatest diligence on the part of the of ficers charged with an inquiry into the affair the cause of the disaster is still shrouded in mystery so far as any of- fieials in Washington know. Few officials acquainted with the formidable obsta cles in the way of the operations of divers are surprised at this state of affairs, and it is beginning to be generally realized that upon the testimony of the divers al most altogether will depend the success of the inquiry. Meanwhile the officials of the navy department have reached the conclusion that harm is being done by the broaching of theories to account for the explosion, so notice has been served upon the experts who have been heard from in the press that it is preferred that they shall no longer discuss this matter in advance of the report of the court of inquiry. One reason for this action wag the fact that the department was finding itself committed involuntarily to the sup port of the theory that the explosion was of internal origin, while as a matter of fact both Secretary Long and Assistant Secretary Koosevelt have been at great pains to show that the department stood Service Making Application at the Island, Philadelphia. entirely neutral as between the theorists and were prepared to accept only the con clusions of the court of inquiry as bind ing upon it. In consequence of this de cision there is less disposition manifested among the naval officers to talk about the Maine affair in any phase. FEAE CAES Alt ISM. French. Newspapers Take a Lively In terest in Our Affairs. Paris, March 1. The French newspapers generally do full justice to the attitude of the United States in view of the loss of the battleship Maine, although they con tend that the "jingo newspapers have dangerous influence." The Temps is inclined to be pessimistic. It refers to the warlike spirit of the Americans and the pride of the Span iards, "who, if an indemnity were de manded in case the disaster proves to be the result of a crime, might refuse point blank, haughtily indignant at the thought that anyone could suppose them guilty." and continues: "Cuba, is a royal morsel which tempts a people intoxicated by their strength and convinced that Mon roeism is the alpha and omega of inter national law. But it is still to be hoped that the conservative forces are so pow erful that they will at the last moment stop the people and the government on the threshold of an adventure which would be not only big, with the gravest conse quences from an international point of view. but which might induce at home a sort of revolution and the development of the most dreadful phase of Caesarism.that evil which gnaws the vitals of every de mocracy." A LODGE OF SORROW "Will Be Held by Mexican, German and Spanish Masons. Citv of Mexico. March 1. The Mexican. German and Spanish Masonic lodges of this citv have spontaneously invited their American brethren to a special lodge meeting of sorrow to be held on the 3rd of March in memory of the Masons whey have perished in the Maine disaster and as a mark of sympathy for the loss sus tained bv the order and the United States. Tr t a noteworthv fact that the initiative in this matter was taken by Grand Orator Carlos Koumagnie. a native oorn Span iard of Madrid, who supported the move ment in a speech full o feeling. There is no ill-feeling between Americans and the better class of native Spaniards here. SPYING OUT THE LAND. A Delegation of Congressmen to Visit March 1. A special to the Journal from Washington says: Sena tor Thurston of Nebraska, Senator Gal linger, of New Hampshire, Senator Money of Mississippi, Senator Gray of Delaware, Senator Burrows of Michi gan. Congressman William Alden Smith of Michigan and Congressman Amos Cummings of New York, will leave Washington tomorrow afternoon for Fortress Monroe where they will go aboard Henry M. Flagler's yacht and make a cruise that will take them to Cuba. Time enough will be spent there to thoroughly investigate in an unofficial capacity the conditions as they exist. The Maine as she lies dismantled and sinking in the mud. will be thoroughly inspected and witnesses examined. After this it is said, a visit will be made to the inland. The party is made up of conservatives as well as pro nounced pro-Cuban members. Thurs ton, Gray and Burrows may be said to represent the former element, while Money, Gallinger, Smith, and Cum mings are known as strong Cuban sym pathizers. BELGIAN PRINCE COMING. Prince Albert Takes Passage on the Steamer Kaiser Wilhelm. Bremen. March 1. The North Ger man Lloyd steamer Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, sailing from this port, for New York, via Southampton, takes among her passengers Prince Albert of Bel gium, nephew of King Leopold and heir apparent to the throne, who is to make an extensive tour of the United States. Weather Indications. Chicago, March 1. For Kansas: Fair tonight and Wednesday; colder tonight; fresh northerly winds. Everybody appreciates the work of the street sprinkler today. What everybody wants is more or it. NO EXTRA PAY. That Provision of the Sundry Civil Bill is Eliminated. Washington, March 1. While the sundry civil bill was pending yesterday, Mr. Cannon urged the house to restore the appropriation for the detection of illicit stills. The appropriation was ab solutely necessary, he contended to pro tect the government revenues in many states especially in North Carolina and Georgia. Mr. Cannon said that 2,500 illicit stills were seized last year, the large majori ty of them in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia,.; It was natural, he said, that the representatives from these states should fight this appropriation. By a vote of 103 to 67 the provision Receiving; Ship Richmond League was restored to the bill. The friends of the motion to strike out the appropria tion were too weak to secure the ayes and noes. The action of the committee in voting an extra month's pay to the employes of the house was reversed by the house on a record making vote, the amend ment being defeated, 63 to 153. The sundry civil bill was then passed and the house went back into commit tee of the whole and took up the bill reported by the ways and means com mittee to authorize the transportation of distilled spirits to general bonded warehouses and to regulate removal therefrom. BUSINESS WITH SYMPATHY Is Combined by Emperor "William in a Message to Hohenlohe. Berlin, March 1. The Strasburger Host says Emperor William, using the familiar du.(thou) telegraphed the fol lowing to Prince Hohenlohe, the imper ial chancellor, on the conclusion of the Kiao Chau agreement which followed the death of Princess Hohenlohe: "Although I know well that external pleasure cannot lift the weight of in ner grief, I am filled with the keenest delight that after the terrible blow which has befallen you, the grace of God has vouchsafed to you so glorious a success. This is a splendid reward for indefatigible and sagacious labor and brings great satisfactions after your care. Kindly accept my imperial thanks and Heartiest congratulations. THOUSANDS HEAR BOOTH Commander of the Salvation Army in San Francisco. San Francisco. March 1. General Wll liam Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was given a rousing reception today upon the occasion of his second visit to this city. On his arrival from Oakland, where he spoke last night, he was escorted to the California theater where he led a monster consecration meeting which was attended by thous anus ot people ot various denomina tions. General Booth also conducted another large meeting later on at the same place, when he delivered an ad dress on "Salvation." A STRONG PROTEST Against the Murder of Postmaster Baker's Family. Chicago, March 1. Two thousand Afro-Americans at a mass meeting held here last night entered solemn protests against the assassination of the wife of Postmaster Baker and his infant child at Lake City, S. C, and memorialized President MeKinley and congress to take prompt action to punish the mur derers. Among the speakers was Mrs Ida B. Wells-Barnett of the anti- lynching league. ONE DAY'S RECEIPTS Of the California Mining Fair Go to the Maine Relief Fund. San Francisco, March 1. The entire proceeds from today's attendance at the mining fair, the largest exhibit of matters relating to mining ever held on the Pacific coast which has been at tracting crowds to the Mechanics' pa vilion for the past month are to be de voted to the relief of the families of the victims of the Maine disaster. An extraordinary programme of a military nature was presented for the occasion. Gives TJp the Ministry. Rev. Frances E. Brant of Walnut. Kan has decided to give up the ministry and has come to Topeka to study medicine. Miss Brant was a candidate for chaplain of the seneate last winter, but was de feated. She then devoted her energies towards securing some legislation calcu lated to aid in the maintenance of good government and good morals "it the re form schools. The Chicago University of Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Theology recently conferred upon Miss Brant the degree of Ph. P. Mrs. Robert Mantell Dying. Port Huron. Mich., March 1. Mrs. Robert Mantell, who was taken ser iously ill in this city on January 5, has suffered a relapse and all hopes of her I, recovery have been abandoned. RANK .DOCTRINE. U. S. Government Isn't Going to Pay the Slightest Attention to the Decision of Federal Court In the Meat Inspection Case From Kansas City. TO KEEP INSPECTORS At Work Just the Usual. Same as If Uncle Sam Can Defy Courts Why Not All. th Washington, March 1. The decision of Judge Rodgers, at Fort Smith, Ark., yesterday, holding the United States federal meat inspecton law to be uncon stitutional, apparently causes no con cern to the officials of the agricultural department, under whose administra tion the law is executed. They regard the decision as one largely technical in character, which will not affect the practical operation of the law, when applied to the inspection of meats in tended for interstate traffic, or export to loreign countries. Their chief regret in the matter appears to be the failure to convict Boyer of the Dold Packing company, who was charged with at tempting to bribe one of the meat in spectors. It was the first case that had been brought under the penal clause of the statute and the officials had hoped it would result in a convic tion. Secy. "Wilson was about ot leave the department for the cabinet meeting when a reporter called his attention to the decision. He said: "We have known for some time what the decision would be but did not feel at liberty to speak of it before it was rendered. The case being a criminal one the govern ment has not the right of appeal, as the constitution provides that no man shall twice be put in jeopardy of life, or limb. As the matter stands, we shall proceed to administer the law just as if no de cision had been rendered." He referred the reporter to Dr. Sal mon, the chief of the bureau of animal industry, who has direct supervision of this branch of the service, and who said: "The decision, I think, is rather tech nical and Judge Rodgers is probably a constructionist of the law. We rely on decision of the United States supreme court for authority to show that the government has the right to inspect meats intended for interstate shipment. The intent of congress, when it enacted this legislation, evidently was that the animal was a subject of interstate com merce from the time it was shipped from the state in which it was raised until reaching the destination for con sumption. There is nothing for the de partment to do in the case as it now stands. If the meat is intended for do mestic consumption entirely within the limits of the state, then the United States authorities cannot insist on an inspection, but just so soon as it passes beyond the borders, then inspection will be necessary, as this requisite is 1m posed by the requirements of the law. A large amount of our meats are now exported to Europe, and toreign coun tries will not accept them if not proper ly tagged and branded with the inspec tor's mark-Should the decision of Judge Rodgers be accepted literally by the proprietors of the packing houses and thev should refuse to permit our inspec tors to do their work as heretofore, we shall, when shipments reach the state boundaries, simply refuse to give a certificate of inspection." solIuller's sox Will Sell the Troy Chief and Go on the Stage. Troy, March 1. Sol Miller's son, who became owner of the Kansas Chief at Troy when his father died, has long cher ished a desire to be an actor. He contem plates selling the Chief, which is one of the hest known weeklies in Kansas, and embarking in the theatrical business. He will plav a negro character part in Sarah Rose Thomson's new melodrama. "A Wife's Revenge," at the Coates i Kansas City, March 22. KANSAS BOY'S PUSH. L. L. Redding War Correspondent of N. Y. Herald at Key West Fort Scott, March 1. L. L. Redding, brother of Mrs. E. B. Fletcher of this city, was recently assigned by the New York Herald and the Chicago Times Herald to the position of correspondent of those papers from Havana and Key West during the international trouble and he is now at Key West reporting the progress of the court of inquiry that is investigating the destruction of the Maine. Mr. Redding began his news paper career in this city in 1S83, when he was employed on the Monitor. In 1893 he was as: jned by the Chicago Inter-ocean, to take charge of the World's Fair department of that paper. After the fair he was given the position of New York correspondent for the Chi cago Times-Herald. TURNING THE TABLES. Europe Hard Pressed for Gold for the United States. London, March 1. The money market continues to be very tight and there is little prospect of early relief. The commercial demand for gold for the United States continues to be very pressing and according to report. Is causing exporters to sound the govern ors of the Bank of France, as to wheth er they will allow some of that bank's gold to be withdrawn for export to New ork. SUPPRESSED THE NEWS. Turkish Newspapers Forbidden Print Anything About King George. to Constantinople, March 1. The press censor suppressed the news of the at tempt made on Saturday last to as sassinate the king of Greece.The news papers were prohibited from even men tioning the thanksgiving service, in commemoration of hi3 majesty's escape from death celebrated at the Greek legation. A HOT ELECTION. Canadian Parliament Adjourns bo Members Could Take the Stump. Ottawa, Ont., March 1. Probably the hottest election contest which has been waged in the province of Ontario for the past quarter of a century has just closed. So intense has been the interest taken in the provincial general elections and so desperate the struggle by the con tending parties that the Dominion par liament was forced to adjourn last week, all the federal members desiring to participate in the election battle. Members from all the provinces took the stump for their respective parties. Both the contending parties claim a victory, but the independent newspa pers say the outcome cannot be safely predicted. For the first time in its history On tario will vote today on the manhood suffrage qualification. An enormous vote will be polled and this is an ele ment of uncertainty in making a fore cast. - In the last legislature the parties stood 52 Liberals, 25 Conservatives and Patrons. The latter faction is prac- ically extinct .and the fight is fairly between Liberals and Conservatives. It is said the death of the Patron movement and the vast number of new votes under manhood suffrage will pro duce many surprises. BURIED BY SNOW SLIDE Two Men Taken Out Alive and One Dead. Spokane, Wn March 1. A special to the Spokesman-Review from Silverton, B. C, says: A snowslide occurred yesterday about p. m. on the sleigh road to the Corn- stock mine four miles east of town. A messenger went to town and about 100 men turned out with shovels as it wa's reported that three men were buried. A. Southworth and J. Harvey were ta ken out with slight injuries, but when the body of William Lade was discov ered, life was extinct. SHIPS RACE 10,000 MILES Clipper Tacoma Makes the Run and Wins in 150 Days. Tacoma, Wn., March 1. The Ameri can clipper ship Tacoma, Capt. Gaff ney has arrived here, completing and win ning one of the longest races ever run She sailed from Philadelphia October 1, thus making the time of her passage over a ten thousand mile course in 150 days. The Tacoma and the Yankee ship In diana sailed from Philadelphia the same day. Arthur Sewell, late candi date for vice president, owns the Indi ana. The Indiana is bound for San Francisco, and it was agreed she should give the Tacoma a time and distance allowance, as the Tacoma had to come 700 miles further north. SWEPT BY HURRICANE. New Caledonia Devastated and a French Gunboat Sunk. Sidney, N. S. W., March 1. A terrific hurricane has devastated New Caledonia doing great damage to shipping. The hurricane also swept over the Loy alty islands and sank a French gunboat. UNION PACIFIC ECONOMY. Order Issued to Close the Machine Shops at Laramie. Laramie, Wyo., March 1. An order was received from Union Pacific head quarters this afternoon to close the ma chine shops of the company at this place and to discharge all the workmen therein. No word has been received as to whether the arrangements is to be per manent. About eighty men are thrown out of employment. EMPORIA'S PLANT Not Satisfactory City CouncilJVisits and Inspect Newton's Plant. Newton, March 1. The city council of Emporia was in the city yesterday, look ing at the water works, with a view of building a plant in that city like the one here. City Superintendent of Water Glover and others went with the council to Mis sion and some time was spent explaining things to the visitors. Mr. Glover says the Emporia people were very well satisfied with the plant here and may adopt some of the Newton plans. Had Catarrh 36 Years. Josiah Bacon, conductor on the P. W. & B. R. R., says. "I had suffered with catarrh for 36 years and regarded my case as hopeless. One day I saw the testimonial of Geo. H. Hearn in a Braz ilian Balm circular. Hearn was the engineer on my train and I knew his case was desperate. I talked with Hearn and his cure gave me hope. I began the use of the Balm at once. There was not much change for the first two months but then I began to improve and in six months, to my inexpressible satisfaction, I was entirely cured." LOCAL MENTION. Three Kansas avenue business houses have moved already this week. The favorite tune that is whistled among the Elks is "The 'typical nine from aan zibar." The Medical college examinations com mence March 14 and the commencement is March 20. There are lots of women in Topeka who are growing gray by playing cards every night in tne weeK. Charles S. Martin of Salina commenced work today in the United States pension office in tnis city. J. W. Morphy, who is secretary of the State Reform Press association, is pre paring for the annual meeting, which will he held at Manhattan March 21 and 22. When President Clifford C. Baker of the Topeka Street Railway company rides on the front end with the motorman he al ways steps oft the car and turns the switches. A crowd of Topeka young men are talk ing of syndicating and outvoting all com rtitors in the contest for the bicycle which is to be given to the most popular wuine- woman to raise funds for the new . bicycle track at Garfield park. CHARGES BLACKMAIL. w. C. Edwards Explains His Attitude in the Suit Recently Filed Against Him. The Journal a few days ago referred to a suit filed by Mrs. M. E. Jenkins against ex-Secretary of State W. C. Ed wards. The petition hied contains charges which are not complimentary to Mr. Edwards and certain papers have taken advantage of this case to make capital against him. Mr. Ed wards has employed Troutman & Stone to defend the case and has placed in their hands correspondence which shows the animus of the proceedings. On November 19, 1397, Mrs. Jenkins wrote Mr. Edwards a letter in which, appears the following: Against the advice of my attorney and business friends, I have determined; to write you once more in regard to the land transaction between us. My reas on for so doing is, that it is hard for me to believe that you are not a man of honor. I cannot understand, especially, when you are hoping and I suppose ex pecting to go into the campaign in the near future. Certainly no better docu ment could possibly be put into tha hands of your enemies than this suit will develop for there is a good deal to say about the transaction that is not very creditable, to say the least, and in self defense if you force me to brins suit against you I must go to your ene mies, not to the men that will expect favors from you, in the future. I have a friend among the Populists of Kansas who is anxious to take the case. L n less you write me soon that you will settle the matter paying me legal in terest for the money, you will simply force me to take care of my own inter ests. To this letter Mr. Edwards replied aa follows: I am greatly surprised at the con tents of your letter and your threats at blackmail saying that you will call out your Populistic Dogs of War, my ene mies &c, unless I take your land off your hands at once, paying you for the same. It is true I purchased for you. way back in 1893, a 160 acre tract oj land clear of incumbrances, and you paid for the same $500.00, which wast. considered a very low price at the time. I never received a cent through this purchase, but to make sure that tha land was a choice tract, at my own ex pense I went to Dodge City, Kans., in April, 18S3, hired a livery rig and drove out and all over the land. This tri cost me at least $15.00. I thought at the time I was doing you a great kind ness and that in a short time the land would appreciate very much in value and that you could make some money. Unfortunately for all of us Kansans the year 1893 with the three succeeding; years, brought us drought and hot winds. During 1892 and 1893. Mr. Hud son of your own city and I sold several tracts of land, not near as valuable as yours, or as eligibly located, at mora than twice the price paid by you. "Owing to the drouth of the past few years, the railroad company owning the Montezuma line took up its tracks an 1 removed its depots which I could not have foreseen. Now that Kansas is once more passing out from under the clouds of drouth and low prices there is no reason why any 160 acres of land in the state of Kansas, as well located as yours ,is not worth all that you have in vested. I wrote you last spring while you were in California, regretting my inability to buy this land of you and ex pressing the hope that the time would soon come when you could realize fully on same. "I want to impress upon your mind that no political ambition of mine, will cause me to accede to your threatening demands. If you have any legal claim against me I know that any court in the state of Kansas will give you a proper judgment, and if you prefer trying to seek such a judgment rather than wait until you can sell the land, or I can aid in so doing, which I am still anxious io ao, you nave my consent to so pro ceed, much as I would dislike to be troubled with such proceedings. "You sent for me time and time again, every time that I happened! in your city and when I was visiting the Messrs. Boyd & Son at your house, you asked me if I could not find you a good 160 acres of land for $500, as that was all that you had to invest. "I am still hopeful of the future, but when I consider that a fortune aggre gating nearly a fifth of a million has been wiped out during the past ten years and that I am still under water, I must say that I shall look forward to the day, be it ei'er so far in the distance; when I can smile complacently and say, 'That I am no one's debtor.' "While I have been unfortunate my self, I still have pride and confidence in my state and know thot every so of ten she has on her wedding garments and astonishes with her resources the nations of the earth." MAY INVOLVE THE OTHERS War Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica Likely to Include Other States. Washington, March 1. In the event of a war between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, it is said the alliance known as the Greater Itepublic, would give to Ni caragua the armed strength of Salva dor and Honduras. The Nicaraguan army is estimated at about 8,000 men. Salvador has not more than 3,000 soldiers, but Honduras has the best drilled and equipped force in Central America, numbering 5,0u0. Against these the Costa Ricui army o about 5,000 men seems insignificant. But in the present calculations, it is thought Guatemala would c-ist her in fluence with Costa Rica. Guatemala has an army of about 50. 010. In this event the forces would be about evenly matched with Nicaragua, fiomiuras and Salvador arrayed against Guatemala and Costa Rica. The basis for the view that Guatemala may be drawn into the controversy is the fact that the new president of Guate mala, Senor Estrada Cabrera, was a special envoy to Costa Rica when the latter country was in a former conflict with other Central American states. At that time Guatemala was looked upon as the ready ally of Costa Rica, and it is thought, that Cabrera would again in cline to the same alliance. HERE'S YOUR YELLOW ITEM A Party of Armed and Mounted Apaches En Route to Cuba. Athens, Ga March 1. Much excite ment has been caused here by the news that 32 Apache Indians were pass ing through the lower edge of the coun ty, en route for Florida, whence they will proceed to Cuba. The Indians had come on horseback all the way from the Indian Territory.They were fully arm ed, and their chief said they would be taken off the coast by a filibuster which would land them on Cuban shores, where they would ally themselves'with the insurgents. When a man runs for a car and then does not catch it he tries to look uncoa-i oerned and wonders if anyone feiw him.