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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, May 06, 1899, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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Oid Indian Fighter Continues to
Drive the Enemy.
Torce of 2,000 Routed at Maa
sin Yesterday.
'Filipinos Abandon Their Arms
as They Kun.
HacArthur Takes a Host
San Fernando.
Kansas Sustains Serious Losses
in Recent Fighting.
Manila, May 6.-4:13 p. m Maj. Gen.
Iawton's column advanced to a position
two and a half miles north of Balinag
today. Before making a forward move
ment Gen. Lawton sent back to Manila
two wounded men of the Minnesota
regiment and one of the Oregonians,
Mho were hurt In yesterday's fighting,
besides twenty sick men. They were
pent by way of Malolos.
Gen. Lawton's advance met with but
Plight opposition. Outside of Maasin
2,000 rebels who occupied an entrenched
position were routed in shoit order.
Many corpses of rebels have been dis
covered in the river at San Tomas.
Scores of rifles and other arms have
been recovered from the river, into
which they were thrown by the retreat
ing rebels.
Maj. Gen. MacArthur's division is
resting at San Fernando, making In
the meantime extensive reconnois
And Twelve Wounded In the Recent
Washington, May 6. Gen. Otis re
ports the following casualties:
Twentieth Kansas May 4. Company
G, Second Lieut. Wm. A. McTaggart;
Company H. Private Martin Wilcox.
F'irst Nebraska Company G, Private
James L. Spiory; Company L, Private
,Wm. Belden.
First Montana Company K, Private
Thomas Scallon.
Twentieth Kansas Col. Frederick
Funston. hand moderate; Company C,
('apt. Wm. S. Albright, thigh, moder
ate: Sergt. Maj. Cassius. Warner, hand,
moderate Onmpawy D,' Sergt. Joseph
Robinson, leg, slight: Company K, Cor
poral S. .Klver Allison, foot slight; Com
pany H. Benjamin Oliver, thigh, slight;
Company C, Frank Sample, head, se
vere; Private Wm. Lantechen, knee, se
vere: Company F. Private Wm. Mc
Duugal, shoulder, severe; Company H,
Private Wm. Davidson, leg. severe:
Company I, Private Christopher Clapp,
jr.. chest, severe: band, Benjamin
Conchman, lung, "severe.
Engineer corps Private Fred H But
jier. head, severe.
First Nebraska Company E. Private
H. F. Dunning, thigh, severe: Company
F. Private John C. Hover, abdomen, se
vere: Company I. Private Peter Mad
pn. abdomen, severe: Company K. Pri
vate Wm. I. Johnson, knee, moderate;
Private Grant Chinn. leg, severe: Com
pany L, Private Willard B. Mason, hip,
First Montana Company K, Capt.
Thomas S. Dillon, chest, severe: Private
Bruce Belknap, breast, slight; Company
C. Private Fred ,V. Smith, ear, moder
ate. First South Dakota Company E, Mu
eicitfn V an Hook, leg. severe.
Fifty-first Iowa Company C. Corpor
al John Gushing, scalp, slight: Com
pany E. Private Everett Bronson, abdo
men, slight: Company H, Private
Charles Borden, heel, slight.
Second Oregon Company I, Private
John T. Reeves, knee; Company K, Cor
poral Edgar Chamberlain, thigh, mod
Costumes of Three Fair Cyclists at
Worcester, Mass., Have Excited
a Heated Controversy.
Worcester. Mass.. May 6. The bloom
er and short bicycle skirt question is
now of such great moment here that
the police have been forced to interfere
to keep peace between the disputants.
Three of the 300 girls employed in
the Worcester corset factory ride bi
cycles to and from work and of neces
sity wear skirts "somewhat" shorter
than those usually seen on the street.
The entire argument hinges' on the
question: "Are the skirts worn by these
three fair cyclists too short to be worn
by the woman of average modesty?"
The associates of these girls at the
factory and many of the straight-laced
residents of the town have decided that
they are. and do not hesitate to express
their opinion. They profess to be scan
dalized because the divided skirt and
Uoomers are worn and diamond-framed
.wheels ridden.
The wearers of the short skirts and
their friends Insist that the suits are
all right, and that all the criticism Is
inspired by jealousy.
The critics say that they have the
support of the police authorities, and
that the two officers who were stationed
at the factory the other day were there
to see that the fair ones do not scorch
or stir up the neighborhood again.
Mrs. Bertha Brown, one of the riders,
"It's a shame; we never scorched. We
wear bloomers and good length skirts
over them, and there Is nothing improp
er or objectionable about our costumes
at all."
All the men agreed that the girls and
the suits are just right, and not one has
entered a protest.
Dog3 and Ponies Coming.
Prof. Gentry's famous dog and ponv
Show comes to Topeka next Tuesday
and Wednesday, exhibiting both after
noon and evening at Thirteenth and
Harrison streets. With this show he
carries over one hundred dogs and
ponies and they have been educated to
a degree of intelligence that Is wonder
ful. The prices of admission are chil
dren fifteen cents and adults twenty
five cents.
A Life Interest in His Fortune Left to
His Widow.
New Tork. May 6. The will of the
late Antonio Enzivo Terry, who died In
Paris, France, December 14, 1898, and
who was the husband of Sibyl Sander
son, the opera singer, has been filed for
probate here. .
All the property bequeathed in this
city is personal. The executors named
in the will are Francis Edgerton Webb
of this city and Maurice Travers of
The principal legatees are Mme. Sibyl
Sanderson Swift Terry and Mr. Terry's
daughter, Natividad Marta Mercedes
Terry. The estates are in France, Cuba
and this country.
To each of the executors is bequeathed
115.000 francs. To Sibyl Sanderson Ter
ry is bequeathed a life estate in the en
tire property, with the exception of a
few small bequests to charitable insti
tutions and faithful servitors.
The property Is made inalienable and
reverts on the death of Mrs. -Terry to
the children. Provision is made that if
Mrs. Terry marries again she must for
feit all rights in the estate. She may
not sell any of the property for a period
of twenty years.
In case of the death of Mrs. Terry the
estate is to be equally divided among
the children.
Also, if any of the legatees contest the
will, they are to forfeit all rights in the
It is said that the amount of the es
tate is about $2,000,000.
Wireless Telegraphy to Be Tried Be
tween America and Europe.
London, May 6. According to a state
ment made here to the correspondent of
the Associated Press by the secretary
of the Wireless Telegraph company, the
first attempt to transmit Atlantic mes
sages by the Marconi system will be
made during the contest for the Amer
ica's cup. Stations will be established
at Sandy Hook and elsewhere along the
course laid out for the great yacht race
from which the entire contest will be
visible. Messages regarding the prog
ress of the race will be transmitted from
these stations to a point on the Irish
coast in the neighborhood of Water
ville. The secretary of the Wireless Tel
egraph company added that Sir Thomas
Lipton and the authorities of the Fni
ted States and Great Britain had been
notified of the project and that all had
expressed themselves as being Intensely
Another Attempt to Bring One of
Cervera's Ships North.
Santiago de Cuba. May 6. The former
Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes, which
was sunk in the channel of Santiago
harbor during the bombardment by Ad
miral Sampson's fleet on July 6, and
which was recently raised, pumped out
and brought to this city for repairs, left
her moorings today and was towed to
the center of the harbor in readiness to
start for Newport News as soon as the
towboat arrives.
Some practical navigators predict a
repetition of the disaster which befell
the Infanta Maria Teresa while on her
way north, if rough weather should be
encountered, but the Reina Mercedes
looks as if she were seaworthy.
In the Eastern College Oratorical Con
test at Oberlin.
Oberlin. O., May 6. W. I. Long of
Clay Center. Kan., Oberlin's represent
ative, won first prize in the eastern col
leges' oratorical contest held here last
night. Arthur E. Bestoe, of Chicago
university, was second: Northwestern,
represented by Harry Gilbert, was
third; Wisconsin was fourth; Michigan
and Minnesota tied foT fifth, and Iowa
was last.
The subject of the winner's oration
was "Lincoln's Debate With Douglas."
To Germany and Takes Over the
Friendly Islands.
San Francisco, May 6. A letter from
Tonga, Friendly islands, dated April 11,
says that a treaty has been entered into
between Great Britain and the islands.
Last December the German vice consul
at Samoa made a demand on this gov
ernment for 25,000, the claims being
for debts contracted by Tongans to
German traders. Some of the accounts
are thirty years old. After considera
tion the government repudiated these
claims. The consul notified the premier
that unless the full amount was paid
Germany would send a large war ves
sel to seize Vavau, which contains a
splendid harbor. On March 7 the Brit
ish warship Tauranga arrived and her
captain held an interview with King
George Tubou II. It is said that the
king was notified that Great Britain
considered Germany's claim just, but
did not propose to let her take Vavau
or any other part of this group, so of
fered to pay the claims and protect
these little islands that Germany is so
eager to acquire.
It is not the intention of the British
at this time to annex these islands,
comprising the Vavau, Haapi and Ton
ga groups. The British and King George
have merely formed a treaty of alli
ance, offensive and defensive. The Ger
man claims will be paid when presented
and the islands have virtually become
a dependency of Great Britain.
Captain Leary Will Be the Whole
New Tork. May 6. Naval Governor
Richard P.Leary of the island of Guam,
will sail at 1 o'clock tomorrow after
noon on the Yosemite for his Pacific
ocean station.
Captain Leary said today:
"All of my orders have been publish
ed. We have been sent out to govern
Guam and we are going to do it."
The Yosemite carries an assorted car
go. There is a canal boat stowed in the
hold, a buggy, stoves, ranges, bicyc
les and goods enough to stock a coun
try store. The one hundred and twenty
five marines are under command of
Major Kelto. They have a band of ten
pieces. The voyage will be made by
way of the Suez canal.
Captain Leary will also be postmas
ter general of Guam. He carries all the
paraphernalia of a postal station. Guam
is to be made a naval station. Barracks
for 500 marines will be erected.
Light Plant Closes.
Herington, May 6. The electric light
works were shut down last night owing
to the city not being able to keep up
the plant and make necessary repairs.
The plant is owned by the 'municipali
ty. The engines will be kept running to
keep up fire pressure and water service
on the waterworks.
General Merriam Wires the
Adjutant General
That He Has Rounded Up 350
Idaho Miners.
Prisoners Are Under Guard of
U. S. Troops.
Those Escaping to Montana
Will Be Returned.
Washington, May 6 The war depart
ment has received the following dis
patch from Gen. Merriam:
Wardner, Idaho Adjutant General,
Washington: Three hundred and fifty
arrests have been made so far: prison
ers guarded by troops. State officers in
vestigating. Fnderstand the governor
of Montana will surrender fugitives es
caping over the mountain trails. I will
furnish force to Idaho sheriff to secure
them. MERRIAM,
Brigadier General.
Something About the Brave Men Who
Are Suffering Today.
The roster of the Twentieth Kan
sas gives the following particulars con
erning those whose names appear in
the list of killed and wounded today:
Lieutenant Willam A. McTaggart, a3
told in the State Journal yesterday, was
second lieutenant of company G. He
was from Independence.
Martin A. Wilcox, also killed, was a
private in company H, and was from
Captain William Albright, captain of
company C, was from Leavenworth.
Wounded in thigh, moderate.
Cassius Warner, given in the list as
sergeant major of the regiment, enlist
ed as a corporal in company F, from
Fort Scott. Wounded in the hand, mod
erate. Joseph A. Robinson, of Pittsburg, en
listed as a private, but is now a ser
geant in company D. Slightly wound
ed in the leg.
Elver Allison, corporal in company K,
is from Princeton. Slight wound in the
Benjamin F. Oliver, private in com
pany H. is from Lawrence. Slight
wound in thigh. ,
Frank Sample, corporal in company
C, is from Leavenworth. Severely
wounded in the head.
William McDougall. private in com
pany F, is from Kansas City, Kansas.
Severely wounded in the shoulder.
The name of William Davidson, of
company H, should probably be Thos.
J. Davidson of Lawrence. Severely
wounded in the leg.
Christopher AV. Clapp Jr.. private In
company I, is from Osawatomie. Severe
wound in the chest.
Benjamin Conchman, who appears in
the list as a musician, enlisted as a pri
vate in company C, and is from Leav
enworth. Severely wounded in lung.
The name of Private William Lante
chen, w ho is reported severely wound
ed in the knee, does not appear in the
New York. May 6. Mrs. William C.
Whitney, wife of the former secretary
of the navy, died shortly before 1
o'clock this afternoon.
Summer Season Will Open at the
Park Tomorrow.
Marshall's band concerts will open at
Garfield park at 3 p. m. tomorrow.
There will be much new music upon
which the band has been working hard
during the winter. "The Fortune Teller"
is included in Sunday's programme.
It was hoped that Sousa's new march,
"Hands Across the Sea." could be in
cluded in the opening concert, but the
music arrived too late, and it will be
played at a concert in the near future.
Arrangements have been made so
that in the event of rain the concerts
may be given in the Casino.
Washburn Debaters Decide That It
Is Not a Good Thing.
The Gamma Sigma society of Wash
burn college won in the annual debate
from the Washburn Literary society
last night.
The question was, "Resolved, That an
alliance, offensive and defensive, be
tween the Fnited States and Great
Britain would promote universal peace."
M. B. Neff and Victor Kropf won the
negative over H. L. Finley and D. T.
Schoonover by' 42 to 48 points. The
judges were W. F. Schoch, A. M. Har
vey and Rev. A. E. Wagner.
Killed by a Cat Bite.
Cleveland. O.. May 6. Joseph A.
Hackman, a well known contractor of
this city, died in terrible agony today
as the result of a cat bite. Last Mon
day he was bitten on' the thumb by a
pet cat. Little attention was paid to
the matter at the time but later Hack
man was taken ill and lockjaw set in.
Brake man Loses Both Legs.
Chanute, May 6. Hugh Boner, a
brakeman running out of this city, had
both legs cut off at Longton last even
ing. He was putting on brakes when
the rod broke, precipitating him be
tween the cars. The injury will proba
bly prove fatal. He was taken through
to Topeka on a special.
Secretary Wilson to Go South.
Washington, May G. Secretary Wil
son will leave Washington next week
on a trip to Louisiana. Mississippi, Tex
asind other southern and southwest
ern states. He will study the agricul
tural situation in the states he visits.
Missouri's Barber Law.
Jefferson City, Mo., May 6. Governor
Stephens today signed Senator Rollins
biil requiring that all barbers working
in Missouri, procure licenses, and pro
viding a state board of inspection to
pass on applicants.
Weather Indications. !
Chicago, May 6. For Kansas Partly
cloudy tonight and Sunday, with pos
sibly showers in extreme southeast por
tion tonight; variable winds.
Telegraph Steeple Chase Commences
With Topeka Litigants.
Judge Hazen announced today that
he would render decisions in the slot
machine cases and in the demurrers to
the telegraph injunction suits which
are now pending in district court, on
Monday morning.
E. D. MeKeever, one of the attorneys
who are opposing the telegraph compa
nies, will leave for New York this af
ternoon to be present when the West
ern I'niorr takes depositions at the of
fice of its general solicitor in New York
to prove that the rate established for
Kansas telegraph business by the spec
ial session is confiscatory. The deposi
tions will be taken next Wednesday.
Gov. Stanley Selects the State
At noon today Governor Stanley
named the members of the state board
of health, selecting men from the lists
of names sent into him by the three
medical societies. The new board will
be made up of the following physicians:
D. W. Willitson, regular. Lawrence.
G. W. Hollembeak, regular, Cimar
ron. S. J. Crumbine, regular. Dodge City.
R. J. Morton, regular. Green.
B. J. Alexander, eclectic, Hiawatha.
G. E. Locke, eclectic, Holton.
A. S. Gish, eclectic, Abilene.
Charles Lowry, homeopathist, To
peka. J. M. Mimmick, homeopathist, Wich
ita. The regular medical profession is giv
en four representatives on the state
board because physicians of that school
number 1.466 in Kansas to 261 eclec
tics and 191 homeopathists. The eclec
tics are given three because they out
number the homeopathists.
The new board will probably hold a
meeting within the next ten days and
elect a secretary.
c. m. higginson" dead.
President Ripley's Assistant
Dies In Chicago.
Mr. C. M. Higginson, assistant to
President Ripley of the Santa Fe, died
at 2 o'clock this morning. at his home
in Chicago as the result of typhoid
fever. He had been ill for the past four
Word of the death was received at
the Santa Fe general offices at noon
today. General Manager Frey and
other Santa Fe officials who are at
present out on the road on a trip of in
spection were at once notified, and it
is probable that they will return to
Topeka and make arrangements to at
tend the funeral in Chicago on Monday.
Mr. Higginson was one of the most
valuable men connected with the Santa
Fe. To him alone belongs the credit
of the thousands of dollars that have
been saved the Santa Fe management
by the inauguration of a system of
economy in details. During the past
three years he probably did more to
ward placing the Santa Fe on a sub
stantial basis than any other one man
identified with the general management
of the property.
Nothing was too small for Mr. Hig
ginson to turn his attention to. and by
his wonderful handling of details an
enormous saving was accomplished in
the operation of the road.
Personally Mr. Higginson was quiet
and unassuming, but thoroughly con
genial. Because of a certain reticence
in his manner he was not as well known
as he might have been, and but few
outside of those directly in touch with
the Santa Fe management realized the
work he was doing. But those who
had the pleasure of knowing him well,
found in him a courteous and accommo
dating gentleman.
Mr. Higginson's connection with the
Santa Fe dates from a few months suc
ceeding the transfer of the road to the
present management. He was at one
time connected with Mr. Ripley on the
Chicago. Burlington & Quincy line, and
the Santa Fe president realized that
he would be the right man in the right
place as his assistant.
Mr. Higginson leaves a widow and
two sons. The funeral will be held on
Monday afternoon from his late home
in Riverside, just outside of Chicago.
(From Happy Thoughts.)
Miss Angie Eddes. a lady living near
Stockton. Cal.. owns a cat bearing the eu
phonious, name of Bildad that is a marvel
of feline intelligence and industry. Miss
Angie lives on a little place of her own.
where she has her busy hands pretty full
in looking after the ranch work and at
tending to her father, who is a cripple:
and the cat. Bildad. has come to be very
helpful to her in many ways. Among other
sources of revenue. Miss Angie has a
dozen fine bearing almond trees that bring
In no inconsiderable amount, and Bildad
Is invaluable to her in taking care of the
"nuts. Every morning in falling time Mips
Angie sets a large basket out in the or
chard and Bildad begins work, frisknng
back and forth under the trees, picking up
the plump, brown nuts, never ceasing till
the basket is full, when he goes in. let
ting his mistress know, by pulling at her
apron, that he needs her help. Aside from
thus relieving Miss Angie of all the trouble
cf gathering the nuts.Blldad's services are
called into requisition to protect them from
rats, which otherwise would begin to rav
ish the trees as soon as the young almonds
show evidences of maturity.
Another one of Bildad's accomplishments
is that of churning, at which he is o.uite
an adept. Old Mr. Eddes. who has q'uite
an inventive faculty, has manufactured a
little churn, with a unioue. light-running
trea-dle. upon which Bildad mounts and
treads away with the most praiseworthy
industry till the work is done' So expert
has the cat become that he can tell by the
sound of the milk when the butter has
come, and strikes with his paw on the lit
tle bell which is attached to the churn to
let his mistress know.
In the midst of all this Industry. Bildad
time for as much fun and frolic as the av
erage cat. and is a source of great amuse
ment and pleasure to the old man Eddes,
relieving him of many tedious hours.
Hock Island Route.
May 16 and 17 the Rock Island will
sell tickets to Denver. Colorado Springs
and Pueblo at $19.00 for the round trip,
final limit June loth. The Colorado
Flyer is a through train carrying Pull
man Sleepers and Dining Car.
A community of home-owners Is
preferable to one of house-renters.
Rents evaporate wages. The home
owner adds to the wealth of the com
munity because, having planted his
wages, be will tend them and see that
they grow. The Shawnee B. & L. as
sociation offers special inducements to
buy or build on monthly installments;
115 West Sixth street.
Topeka Avenue Residents Raise
Their Voices.
Resent Purpose of City Railway
to Ruin
A Handsomely Payed, Beau
tiful Boulevard.
Are Corporations to Whom the
City Grants Privileges
To Recklessly Disregard the
Wishes of Citizens?
Will the City Assert Its Rights
and Protect the People!
The Topeka city railway company
seems anxious to make itself the most
unpopular institution in the city of To
peka. They violate all sorts of ordi
nances and orders of the city council.
They operate certain lines if they
wish to do so and decline to operate
them at their own sweet will. They tear
up the streets and refuse to relay the
pavements. -
They run old worn out cars with poor
motors and they permit their tracks for
month after month, and year after year
to remain in most disgraceful and dan
gerous condition.
The condition of many of the old over
head trolley wires are in a condition
dangerous to life and property.
If the present company, as we have
been- told so often, is not able to put its
line and equipment into respectable
physical condition, it ought to go into
liquidation and permit some new com
pany to do it.
Instead of putting its present lines
in decent condition, making some need
ed improvements and giving the people
of Topeka what they are entitled to,
this company now proposes to add In
sult to injury by building a double track
on Topeka avenue, south of Tenth
street. The people along that whole
boulevard are up in arms about the
For ten years the people of Topeka
avenue have been trying to improve
that street. They have paved it and
this year they make the last payment
on their. pavement and now the Topeka
railway company proposes to come in
and run a double track and poles
through the center of the street. The
parking grounds on this street were
made very wide and no provision was
made for a double track railway. If
these tracks are laid as proposed there
will be no room for teams to pass be
tween the curbing and the tracks.
The Topeka railway company sets up
various reasons why they should make
this "improvement," as they call it,
claiming among other things that they
wish to give the people a quicker ser
vice, particularly the residents about
Fourteenth street. The fact of the mat
ter is that nobody along Topeka ave
nue wishes these proposed tracks and
everybody is opposed to them. There
are lines on Tenth, Twelfth and Four
teenth streets now.
There is a line already out Jackson,
Twelfth and Harrison to Fourteenth
and Topeka avenue and beyond, but the
railway company refuses to operate this
line beyond Harrison and Twelfth, ex
cept when it wishes to, supplemented
by the presence of circuses and fair
ground entertainments.
The street railway company talks
about the abandoned track on Topeka
avenue remaining at the request of the
city. The city has repeatedly tried to
get this single abandoned track out of
the street, but the railway company has
continually complained of poverty and
asked the city to wait, wait. Nearly a
year ago the city council passed a reso
lution ordering the track removed, but
the railway company paid no more at
tention to it than they would to an or
der from Aguinaldo.
Isn't it about time for the mayor and
city council of Topeka to ascertain
whether they and the people have any
l ights in the city of Topeka. or whether
corporations, which should be servants
of the town, are going to run the city
and over the citizens?
Isn't it about time for the city of To
peka to compel the Topeka city railway
company to carry out some of the or
ders of the mayor and council?
If the street railway company can
force a double track down Topeka ave
nue the boulevard of Topeka, it can
also force a double track out the pro
posed thirty foot pavement on Huntoon
street. But there are some things the
street railway company cannot do. un
less the mayor and city council permit
them to do so and one of these things
is the putting in of a double track
down Topeka avenue.
It is held by many attorneys and by
members of the city administration that
the Topeka city railway company has
violated so many of the provisions of
city ordinances that should the city de
sire to do so it could declare its fran
chise forfeited.
A strong protest has been prepared
and will be presented to the city council
next Wednesday evening, on which oc
casion it is urged the property owners
on Topeka avenue interested in that
beautiful street will be present.
"The original plan to run a line from
Tenth street south on Topeka avenue
will be carried out," said President C.
C. Baker of the City Railway company
today. "A double track, with iron cen
ter poles, will be built from Tenth
street south on Topeka avenue to
Twelfth street. From Twelfth to Four
teenth streets a single track with iron
side poles will be built, making a con
nection with the fair grounds single
track at Fourteenth street. We wish to
give the people living in the new houses
on Topeka avenue south of Fourteenth
street a good service. The cars will be
run on the fair ground loop. The tracks
on Twelfth street from Topeka avenue
to- Jackson will not be used and all
Quinton Heights and Washburn cars
will run out Tenth to Topeka avenue
and south of Topeka avenue to their
different lines, thus giving Tenth street
to Topeka avenue at least a ten minute
schedule. The track connecting the
fair ground loop with the Twelfth
street line and the Twelfth street line
of Topeka avenue will be abandoned.
"The immediate reason for building
the track on Topeka avenue is that the
city intends to regrade and repave To
peka avenue at Twelfth and also at
Huntoon street where the grade is poor
and the street is on a slant. The de
serted street car tracks are there and
we have never removed them as it was
the request of the city that they remain
as they are until the city saw fit to
make the improvements. The improve
ments are to be made and we are or
dered to repave the right of way and
as that means an expense of $1,300 a
block to pave for a single track and $1,
900 to pave for a double track we wish
to put in the track at the same time to
save any additional expense."
"This track on Topeka avenue would
lie an outrage," said Dr. C. A. Me
Guire. "I do not understand this sud
den activity on the part of the city rail
way. They do not seem to be able to
take care of the tracks they have now.
It is as much as one's life is worth to
ride over the tracks they have. There
has been some old deserted tracks at
Twelfth and Topeka avenue that have
been left untouched for nine years. If
they have been able to do this length of
time without a track on Topeka avenue
why have it now? There is East Fifth
street that is a disgrace to the city.
Why doesn't the company pave that
and make it respectable? If the street
car company had treated the people of
Topeka in a more decent manner in the
past, they could ask for favors now
with a great deal better grace. I am
mot in favor of having street car tracks
ruin the best street in Topeka; I ap
preciate the fact that residents of the
Douthitt tract may need street car fa
cilities but the line toward the fair
grounds on Fourteenth and Topeka av
enue will accommodate them. Why
doesn't the company operate it? With
a line on Tenth street, one on Twelfth
street, together with the Fourteenth
street line to the fair grounds I can see
no need of another line out Topeka av
enue. The people of that part of town
use the street cars very little anyway.
They live near enough to their places
of business to walk except in bad
weather. If anything can be done to
prevent the track being built, I shall be
with those who object. If an injunction
or anything will stop them I am ready
to help."
"The building of a car track on To
peka avenue is an outran," said Mr.
E. H. Crosby. "The proposed track
does not run in front of my house but
I live on Topeka avenue and I do not
want to see the handsomest street in
the city ruined by car tracks. The
street is used by all who drive and it
should not be ruined. When people are
driving they go as far as the tracks
and turn around and come back. I am
certainly not in favor of this move."
"I see no need for a track on Topeka
avenue," said Dr. W. N. West. "I can
not appreciate how the city railway
will derive any revenue from such a
line. The Tenth and Twelfth street
lines handle all traffic except that be
low Fourteenth street and the cars
could be run on the fair grounds track
for the accommodation of people living
further out on Topeka avenue. I see
no reason why the city railway should
not be willing to accommodate the resi
dents of Topeka avenue. We don't want
a street car track there."
"I should be very sorry to see the
tracks on Topeka avenue," said Mr. J.
P. Davis. "They would spoil the street.
It is one of the handsomest paved
streets in the city. I think the com
pany should have consulted the proper- J
ly owners Derore taking steps in the di
rection of building. The people living
on lower Topeka avenue may need
street car accommodations but I
should think that could be afforded
them without the laying of tracks on
Topeka. avenue, considering the lines
now on Twelfth and Fourteenth streets.
If- anything can be done to stop the
building I hope it will be done and I
shall lend my help."
Ex-Mayor R. L. Cofran: "We don't
propose to have that track put down
out there that's all there is about it.
The street car company doesn't need
it, nor do the people we have all the
street car accommodations we want.
The company had better spend its mon
ey in improving the tracks they already
have rather than putting down new
ones that they don't need. I think un
der the old ordinance, which allowed
the laying of that track now on To
peka avenue, it ought to have been ta
ken up long ago. It is my impression
that the ordinance provided that if the
line was abandoned it should be torn
up, and if the street car company don't
tear it up, we'll do it ourselves. I don't
believe the company's franchise allows
it to put down tracks anywhere it
wants to without the consent of the
property owners and the council. We
don't want the line on Topeka avenue
and we don't intend to have it there."
PJugene Quinton: "It would be an
outrage. Nobody wants a street car
line on Topeka avenue. It is one of the
few good driving streets in Topeka,
and to build a street car track down
the middle of it would be an outrage,
not only on the people living on Topeka
avenue, but to the people of the whole
city.' It is the opening to the proposed
boulevard, and a double street car
track will spoil it. The people of Topeka
have indulged the street car company,
because they thought it was poor and
needed help. It was allowed to build
a single trrack on Topeka avenue nine
years ago, but it was never used, and
people have allowed it to remain by
sufferance, although it has been a det
riment to the street. Not only that,
but the council passed a special ordi
nance to allow the street car company
to use another kind of paving from the
rest of the street in order to help them
A. W. Dana If it is true, as the street
car company claims, that its franchise
allows it to build on any street in To
peka, regardless of what the property
owners and the city council say, it is
useless to try to build a pretty residence
street in Topeka. There is no use of
our trying to make a boulevard if the
street car company can run a double
track and a line of poles down the mid
dle of it as soon as it is d.ine. People
have gone on to Topeka avenue and
spent a great deal of money in making
a pretty street of it. They take pride
in their street, and it would be an out
rage for the street car company to build
a double track down the middle of it
now. An action of that kind would
put a stop to the building of nice streets
in Topeka. if it is a fact that the street
car company can step in and spoil them.
What's the use of building a thirty-foot
drive to Washburn college if the street
car company could build a double track
and a line of poles in the middle of it?
A double track in the middle of a
thirty-foot drive won't leave any room
for anything else."
Judge Bergen: "I was opposed to the
laying of a track on Topeka avenue in
the first place, but the company never
used that old track. I am opposed to
having any cars on that street now."
A. B. Quinton: "I am so bitterly op
posed to it that I will fight such an
action on the part of the street car
company as long as it will do any good.
Topeka avenue and Harrison street are
the only real nice drives in the city
now, and if a double track is built on
Topeka avenue that will be spoiled."
Mr. Fred Wellhouse said: "We do not
want to have a single car track, to say
A War Breaks Out on the Pa
cific Coast
Between Sailor Boarding House
Keepers and
Boarding House People Demand
$112 Per Man.
Captain Attempts to Evade the
"Astoria, Ore., May 6. The contest be.
tween the sailor boarding house keep
ers and the captain of the British ship
Howard D. Troop is likely to be more
serious than at first anticipated. United
States Marshal Houser. armed with a
United States process issued under the
admiralty laws by Commissioner
Thompson, apprehended the sailors who
had signed shipping papers in San
Francisco for the Troop and transferred
them to the ship.
Thwarted in their purpose of holding .
the men, the boarding house people ob
tained a warrant for the arrest of Capt.
Corning of the Troop on the charge of
kidnaping. Meantime a writ of habeas
corpus was procured by an attorney for
the boarding house keepers and the
sailors were removed from the ship and
lodged in jail, pending a hearing.
The trouble began on February 20
last, when the new law passed by con
gress went into effect. According to its
provisions the captain of any, vessel,
American or foreign, is only allowed to
give one month's advance to a sailor.
The boarding house masters determined
to resist the law and attempted to se
cure its repeal. They controlled the
supply of sailors and asked $112 for each
man furnished. Capt. Corning of the
Howard D. Troop refused to pay $1,400
for the men he needed and sent to San
Francisco for them. They were secured
by paying a month's advance and a
"gift" of $25 each, and were sent to As
toria guarded by two watchmen.
A Good Showing Made at Their Meet
ing Last Night.
One of the popular things for a per
son to do nowadays is to join one or
more of the modern fraternal or benev
olent societies, of which many are now
firmly entrenched. Among the most
successful and prosperous of these. Is
the Home Forum Benefit Order of Illi
nois, which established a local lodge in
the hall of 418 Kansas avenue in this
city about fifteen months ago. Last
night's social and. entei talnment en
cluded as part uthe programme the
delivery of a two thousand dollar draft
to the widowed mother of John A.John
son, recently killed in a railroad acci
dent. Mr. John Wilton also received a
draft upon the policy held by Mrs. Mar
tha Wilton, his wife, who died about
the middle of last month. With a few
well chosen remarks F. W. Frasius.
vice president of Topeka Forum, turned
over both drafts to the parties in in
terest. Paradoxical as it may seem this
order, organized late in 1892,now boasts
of a membership of over sixty thous
and: but when it is considered that the
local Forum Lodge in Topeka admits
from five to twelve new members every
meeting night, this tremendous growth
is easily understood and ample proof,
that the Home Forum Benefit Order ia
a good one and deserving of success.
Valuable Assistant in City Engineer's
Office Resigns.
Paul Torrington, who has Just been
employed as assistant in the city en
gineer's office for two years, gave up
his place today to accept a better posi
tion with the National Electric Car
Lighting company.
Mr. Torrington has been of invaluable
service to City Engineer Barnes. The
accurate and handsome drawings and
sketches which have emanated from the
office during the past two years have
been products of Mr. Torrington's skill.
He has few equals as a draughtsman.
It will please many friends of Mr.
Torrington to know that he will not
leave Topeka. His position will be in
the office of the company in Topeka.
nothing of a double track, laid on To
peka avenue. It would spoil the street.'
We have paid for the paving and beau
tifying of the street and it is outrageous
to spoil the street and give it over to
the car tracks. I am one of the pro
testors against this. The old horse car
track was not wanted in the first place.
If the tracks are put there I would feel
like selling out and moving somewhere
C. S. Elliott: "Everybody on Topeka
avenue that I know of is opposed to a
street car line on the avenue. You ought
to hear the women talk about it. We
have just about completed paying for
our pavement out there, and now the
street car company wants to come in
and take advantage of it, so that they
won't have any paving to pay for. If
the company attempts to carry out tha
proposition the whole city will be down
on it. It Is about the only real good
driving street left."
D. W. Mutvane: "I don't see that a
line on Topeka avenue would be of any
advantage to the street. The street is
more desirable for residences without
a car line. It already has all the street
car service it needs, and no one has to
walk over a block to a line. I haven't
heard the matter discussed, but this is
my idea."
A. L. Redden: "I think the proposed
line would, be an outrage to the ave
nue and to the property owners. There
is no demand for it and nobody wants
it. , This is the ninth year that we have
been paying taxes on extensive street
improvements to make the avenue a
desirable residence street, and if the
company tries to put down the proposed
double track it will tear up our paving.
There is an old track on the street now
that ought to have been torn up long
ago. I am not used to making threats
I believe in acting and then doing the
talking afterwards but the company
will have a happy time of it before it
gets that track down there so that it
will stay. The time has come when a
company can't override the rights of
the people just because It happens to
be a corporation and has a franchise."

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