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LAST EDITION WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JUNE 14, 1899. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. VIGTORYAT LAST. Filipinos Driven Back hy Reg ulars Under Lawton After Fighting All Day In the Hud and Jungle. SWIMMING THE IUVElt. The Fourteenth Plunges In and Carries the Trenches. Filipinos Leave Sixty-five Dead on the Field. TIGHT DESPERATELY. Insurgents Contest Ground Inch by Inch. They Don't Seem to Know When They're Whipped. Manila. June 14. S:13 p. m Before dark last nipht the Fourteenth infantry Euam the Zapote river, charged and carried the trenches, a heavy fusillade of artillery preparing the way and cov ering the crossing. The insurgents broke for the woods before the Four teenth reached them. Almost at the same time the Ninth and the Twelfth crossed a bar of the sea and came up on their left flank at a point where a body of marines with Maxim guns landed under protection of the ships" batteries and fired upon the' enemy's left rear with a demoralizing effect. The Twenty first crossed the river by a bridge as soon as it could be mended. SIXTY-FIVE DEAD FILIPIXOS. Sixty-live dead Filipinos were found in the trenches, most of them shot through the head. Several 5-inch smooth bore guns were captured with ammunition marked "U. S. XavyTard." After crossing the river the troops were withdrawn . with the exception of the Xinth and Twenty-first, these regi ments being left with four guns to guard the bridge. As they were be ing formed into companies the insur gents commenced to fire volleys from the bamboo jungle "GO yards away. The regiments formed into line rapidly and coolly, though under fire, and, cheer ing, rushed to' the woods, driving "the enemy a mile away, the Filipinos dis puting every foot. The Fourteenth en tamped on the river, the men caring for many cf the Filipinos wounded. Kight inisoners were captured. The majority of the Filipinos wore red uni forms. CROSSING THE RIVER. The only means of crossing the Za pote was by a small bridge, which the Filipinos commanded with trenches spreading V" shaped, whence they could concentrate their fire on the bridse. They also had the advantage of the trees and jungle, so the Ameri cans could hardly see ahead. When the battle was resumed at 1 o'clock with the reinforcements, our battery having silenced the enemy's guns, the Americans, wading waist deep in the mud pf the sand flats. slowiy, and pouring steady volleys of musketry at the rebels, drove their opponents be yond the river. Then the two armies lay facing each other across the deep stream, the enemy practically out of sight, while the men in blue and hahaki lay in the main bushes, many of them without any shelter, for three hours Without a moment's cessation in the firing, pouring bullets at the enemy as fast as they could!oad. ' The thousand rifles blended into a continuous roar, was vastly different frum the intermittent skirmish-like rat tle of most of the engagements. FIGHTING IN MUD. One battalion after another General Lawton summoned from Las Pinas un til only enough reserves were left in the town to prevent the Filipinos from at tacking the Americans in the rear. which was feared, as they were creeping around our left through the weeds, de livering a flanking fire which put a frreat strain npon the endurance of the Americans, who were floundering in the mud across the river, while on the right the Filipino sharpshooters, hidden in the trees, were peppering our men. But. thanks to the poor marksmanship of the rebels, our loss was not so great as it would have been if the Filipinos had shot straight. An army, however. Has seldom fought under a greater han dicap or more courageously than did our regulars, a majority of whom were, comparatively speaking, recruits, who oould have been pardoned for retire ment in the face of such a fierce fire from their exposed positions. The Fourteenth regiment lay to the right of the bridge and in front of them ws the Twelfth regiment, with the Ninth on the right and the Twenty first up the road, facing the bridge, which was the critical situation. Ori the bridxe were the bodies of two Americans who had attempted to rush across, and many wounded men were carried from the open ground before the bridge. GO AS YOU PLEASE. After firing In volleys for a short time, the Americans were ordered to fire when and where they could see the enemy. It was every man for himself and the best our men could do was to aim at the faint mists arising from the rebels' smokeless powder. General Lawton. though exhausted by the morning's light, rallied by sheer will power, and was the commanding figure in the battle. He went along the lines directing and encouraging the troops. General Wheaton and General Oven Fhlne were equally courageous. In fact the generals were among the few men on the battlefield who refused to take shelter under the hottest fire. The only approach to the fighting ground was by a. narrow, winding road where the rebel bullets dropped thickly around our men. At 4 o'clock there was an hour's lull In the fighting and an artillery sergeant galloped back to where two guns of the mountain battery were waiting in reserve and shouted: "Bring up those funs." The sergeant then tumbled exhausted from his horse. Twenty wounded men were carried to a cjlsco (native boat) .waiting on the beach which was rowed to Paranaque. HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD. It is impossible at present to esti mate the number of Filipino dead. There are many dead bodies In the fields the Americans traversed. " This battlefield incidentally was form erly the scene of several of the greatest struggles between the Spaniards and the Filipinos. The Zapote was consid ered impregnable and hundreds of Span iards and Filipinos have been killed while fighting over the same bridge in former contests, for its possession. In June, 1S97, Generals Pio Del Pilar and Trias turned the scale of war on the side of the Filipinos by deserting the Spanish army there on the eve of a de cisive battle, carrying native militia with them and thereby breaking the chain of defense around Manila. WASHINGTON IS WORRIED. Washington. June 14. The news of the heavy fighting almost in sight of Manila and adjacent to the navy yard at Cavite where Admiral Dewey landed his forces more than a year ago, was received with intense interest here. It is evident to the officials that the in surgents are either far stronger than has been realized or that they have come to the end of their resources and are making this last struggle in sheer desperation. Otherwise it is hard to understand why they should come down to the shore of the bay and fight the warships. Adjutant General Corbin steadfastly maintained his confidence in the success of the present movement in Luzon and said today that he felt encouraged at the ads'ices that came from Otis, par ticularly in view of Gen. Otis' state ment that Lawton had driven the enemy with heavy loss and that the latter could not be reassembled in force. Still there is great concern exhibited over the conditions that confront the Ameri can troops in this campaign and there was a renewal of the inquiry as to whether or not there is to be further re inforcements of the troops or another call for volunteers. The statement was made in reply to this that Otis has or soon will have all the men he estimated and the opinion of Gen. Otis in these matters is to determine the policy of the president in the matter. LATE CASUALTIES. Washington. June 14. Gen. Otis re ports the following additional casual ties: Wounded Thirteenth infantry, June 9. M, Private Henry Masfelder, thigh, slight. Fourth cavalry, 10th, I, Private Wm. Riardan, leg. moderate. Ninth infantry. C. Privates A. F. Portezeng, shoulder, slight: B, De Forest Hutchinson, head, severe. Twenty-first infantry, C, Private Thomas Muller, arm, slight. First Colorado. M, Private Joseph P. Kearns. leg, slight: June 11, Private Ed gar Pate, knee, severe. TEN KILLED, FORTY WOUNDED. Washington, June 14. The following has been received at the war depart ment : Manila. June 14. Adjutant General, Washington: Lawton's troops under Wheaton and Ovenshine occupy coun try south of Bacoor; have scouted west ward and some distance southward on line of Zapote river and Bacoor road; eney appears to have retired to Imus, abandoning bay country. The fighting yesterday was severe; our loss 10 killed and 40 wounded: majority at crossing Zapote river. Enemy driven from heavy and well constructed trenches, to which they held tenaciously; their loss several hundred, of whom fifty were buried this morning. Will not probably make any determined future stand in southern provinces. (Signed) OTIS. ' NAVY HAS USUAL LUCK. Washington, June 14. The navy de partment has received the following cablegrams from Captain Barker, the naval officer in command at Manila, respecting the fighting there yesterday: Manila, June 13. Secretary of Navy, Washington: The insurgents fired at navy yard. Masked batteries. Ships of war shellejj position and entrenchments. The Helena and Monadnock landed forces to assist in maintaining the po sition until reinforced by the army. The movement was successful. Enemy was routed. No casualties in the navy. (Signed) BARKER. Manila, June 14. Secretary of the Navy: Regarding engagement of June 13, details of officials for special service indicated was signaled. Appreciate as sistance of the navy, which 1 shall ac knowledge with pleasure officially. Lawton. (Signed) BARKER. RETURN OF OREGONIANS. Washington. June 14. Gen. Otfs cables the following announcement about the return of volunteers: "Manila. June 14. Adjutant General. Washington: Transports Ohio and Newport, Oregon's first signal corps and discharged soldiers from different organizations, left for San Francisco this morning via Nagasaki. Oregons number 46 officers, 1.035 enlisted men. Signal company, four officers. 32 enlist ed men. The transport Leelawna ar rived yesterday. OTIS." The Oregon regiment which left San Francisco for Manila had 957 men but was afterwards recruited to its full strength while serving in the Philippines. 30 PEOPLE POISONED By Eating Ice Cream Church Social. at a Delton, Mich., June 14. More than thirty persons are suffering from ag gravated chemical poisoning, caused by eating ice cream at a social given last night by the Ladies' Aid society. Seven of those affected are in a. serious con dition. FIRST MEETING. Of the Venezuelan Commission Took Place This Morning. Paris, June 14. A preliminary and informal meeting of counsel engaged in the Venezuelan arbitration took place at the ministry of foreign affairs this morning. The meetings of the Vene zuelan commission will be held In the apartment placed at the disposal of the Spanish-American peace commission. The first formal meeting of the com missioners will take place at 11 o'clock on Thursday morning. Bland Grows Stronger. Lebanon. Mo., June 14. Richard P. Bland slept well all night and awoke at 1 o'clock much refreshed and stranger than for several days. He partook of breakrast. eating more heartily than usual. At noon Dr. Macombe called. He found the patient asleep and thought there was no change in his condition from yesterday. Weather Indications. Chicago, June 14. For Kansas: Fair tonight and Thursday except showers in extreme east portion tonight; north erly winds. A HEAP0F RUINS Little Town of Herman, Neb.,Is Destroyed. Tornado Swept Down on It Last Night. NINE PEOPLE KILLED Few Buildings Were Left Stand ing In the Town. Many Lives Probably Saved, by Timely Precaution. Omaha, June 14. A Bee special from Blair, Neb., says: One of the worst storms that have visited this section of the state dropped down upon the little town of Herman, Jocated 15 miles north of here last night. For some two hours before the storm took a disastrous form the clouds were of a threatening color and the air was hot and sultry. At 6 o'clock the storm seemed more threatening and the people were on their guard. At 6:15 it was observed that the wind was blow ing from the northwest and from the southwest and with increasing vio lence. At 6:30 the clouds took the funnel shaped appearance and bore down upon the town. The first damage done was about four miles west of Herman at the Hawkins farm. Mr. Hawkins is dead and his bams and outbuildings are in a mass of ruins. In the village of Herman but few buildings are left standing. The business portion and the residences are piled up in a heap. That any escaped is miraculous. The bank owned and operated by Representative J. H. Chambers is in a mass of ruins. It was a substantial brick. His home, an elegant frame es caped. Near the depot is a pile of rubbish containing everything from a pair of boots to dead and wounded horses, hogs, cattle, etc. The dead and wounded thus far re ported are: Two special trains have been sent up from here and the wounded are being cared for at the Clifton hotel. The closest estimate that can be made is that eight persons are dead and :"0 wounded. DETAILS OF STORM. Omaha. June 14. A Bee special from Blair. Neb., says: One of the worst storms in the history of eastern Nebras ka visited Aerman, Neb., last evening about 6:30 p. m. The storm took the form of a tornado about two miles west of Herman and after traveling west a short distance turned back taking a due east course until within half a mile of the town. It then took a southeasterly course covering a strip about 25 rods wide but wide enough to clean out the entire town of Herman. Two or three resi dences still remain on the outskirts of the town though in a much damaged condition. The Methodist church and the school building are the only other buildings left. The Methodist church is being used as a hospital for the wounded and a place for the dead. The following is near'y a complete list of the dead and wounded, especially those seriously wounded; DEAD. A. B. HOPKINS. Herman. MRS. A. B. HOPKINS. Herman. A. HOPKINS, son of A. B. Hopkins, Herman. MRS. KELSO PENDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins. W. S. RICHARDS, postmaster of Herman. MR. HAWKINS, home four miles west of Herman. CHILD of S. M. Davis. LOUIS CLAUSEN, machinist, Mis souri Valley. Died at hospital since the storm: THOMAS HIKES, plasterer. Blair. SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. Miss Kelso Pender, head and face. Ella Hopkins, face, bodj' and head. Wm. Anderson, hurt about head. Mrs. William Anderson, head and bedy, seriously. Ed Lacket. head cut. Caney West, seriously about body. Mrs. E. G. Bonneau, head. Mrs. John K. Lingenbeard, head and face. Con Rankin, leg cut, body bruised, seriously. Earl Piper, head and arms. Alfred Christensen. Gus Peagan, head. Grandma Naslor. Mrs. Hawkins' mother, four miles west of Herman, both arms crushed. Mrs. Hawkins, ribs broken. Miss Hawkins, back hurt. Mr. Yenock. two miles west of Her man, probably fatal. Mrs. Anderson No. 2, head and face badly cut. arm broken. Mrs. Hopkins' body was not found until midnight, having been carried 40 rods and dropped in an orchard. The town proper is totally destroyed. The train crew on No. 2 on the Omaha road did some heroic work last night. They pulled into Herman just after the storm and began the work of rescue. Nearly 100 were brought back to Blair, where the train remained until this morning, when it left on schedule time taking relief and asistance to the home less people, many of whom had been out in the rain all night. The home of J. H. Chambers escaped with but little harm, but his brick bank is in one mass of ruin. A large boiler that required two cars to transport it to Herman was carried over a block and deposited in the heart of the city. There was but one tornado insurance policy in the town, and that was for but a trifling amount. The balance is a total loss. The heavy rain that followed the storm practically ruined what had not been destroyed by the storm. The storm came on rather slowly, giving most people ample time to reach their cellars. Instead of taking1 a straight course, the storm seemed to zig-zag back and forth. A delegation of Blair firemen are on the ground doing patrol duty. A large number not reported are slightly injured, while of those reported one-half are looked upon as having re ceived fatal injuries. STRUCK DANE HOLLOW. Herman, Neb., June 14. It is report ed that the tornado which struck this village, wrecked several houses at Dane Hollow. Two persons were killed and ten are reported severely injured. The dead: PETERSON, boy. MRS. HANSEN. ONE WHO WAS THERE Traveling Man Tells the Story of the Herman Disaster. Blair, Neb., June 14. One of the best descriptions of the storm at Herman was received from J. A. Kelly, a Coun cil Bluffs traveling man. "With a number of other guests I was dining in the hotel," he said, "when sud denly the wind began to rise and grow very violent. I hastened to the window and looked to the north. I could see two immense .clouds separated by ouite a bit of sky, swirling and churning wrath fully. We at once felt that a tornado was" at hand. Our suspicions were con firmed when we saw .that the two di visions, of clouds wereTapldly converg ing into the traditional funnel shape. But while we looked it seemed to us that the clouds would sweep to the west and avoid the town. When it reached a point to the northwest, we were terri fied to see it suddenly change its course and make directly for the town. We all hurried into the cellar and saw no more of the tornado but we knew by the frightful din that it was working havoc in the town. When it had passed we emerged from the cellar and found that the hotel had been wrecked and that every building in town had been blown down with the exception of an isolated few on the outskirts. "The tornado had swept tight down the main street crushing the buildings as though they were egg shells. The only brick building of importance in the town was the bank. After the storm I do not recall seeing it and I presume that it too was destroyed. The town was a pile of debris soaking with water. In front of us we could see horses, pigs and frame buildings all heaped together. I could not say how many persons were killed or how many were injured. I saw several dead and many wounded. Of course there were many still alive after the storm and they did all they could to assist in the work of rescue. When the first train left I came to Blair." Mr. Kelly and several others referred to one queer freak of the wind which they had observed. At a point two blocks northwest of the Burdick hotel workmen had nearly completed a huge tank which was to supply the city with water. This tank weighed in the neigh borhood of twenty tons. When the storm had passed the tank was found close to the Burdick hotel practically uninjured. The work of taking the dead and wounded out of the 'debris is progress ing slowly and is likely to prove a long and difficult task. GODDARD CONVICTED. Slayer of Fred Jackson Sentenc ed to 20 Years In Prison. Jefferson City, Mo., June 14. Dr. Jef ferson D. Goddard, who killed Fred J. Jackson in Kansas City on April 2, 1897. was convicted of murder in the second degree in the circa court here today and sentenced to 20 years in the peni tentiary. The jury was out all night. This case was made interesting by the testimony of the wife and daugh ters of the dead man for the defendant. It was proved by the state that inti mate relations between the doctor and the wife of the dead man was the cause of the killing. The case had been tried three times, the last time being brought here on a change of venue. ANDREE WILL RETURN. Dr. Kjeller of Stockholm Believes the Explorer is Alive and Well. Copenhagen, June 14. The New York Journal correspondent says: The Dag tidende publishes an exhaustive article from the pen of Dr. Kjeller of the Stockholm university, in which the writer tries to prove that Dr. Andree and his companions are alive and well and are now on their way back from the north pole. Dr. Kjeller declares that as soon as Andree had completed his trip by bal loon as far as to the extreme northern end of Greenland he set about his jour ney in quest of the pole. He is con vinced that the balloon is anchored somewhere in Greenland. Dr. Kjeller confidently believes that Andree will be heard from before the end of the sum mer. SUREJF ONE. Pennsylrania Democrats Hare a Cinch This Year. Harrisburg, June 14. For the first time in many years the Democracy of Pennsylvania enters upon a state cam paign assured of the success of at least a portion of its ticket. This is due to the conditions governing the election of two supreme court judges next No vember to fill the vacancies caused by the death of Judge Williams and the re tirement of Chief Justice Sterrett next January. No elector is entitled to vote for more than one candidate for this office, and as there will be two elected each of the great parties will get one. Governor Stone will prob ably appoint the Democratic nominee as judge as soon as his nomination is certified to the state department, in which event he would rank the nominee of the Republican state convention, which will not meet until August or September. Ex-Congressman Simon P. Wolverton and Superior Court Judge Smith of Scranton are leading candidates. The selection of the candidates for the of fices of state treasurer and superior court Judge and the making of a plat form has been almost entirely lost sight of in the struggle for supreme court judge. Ony a few of the score of candidates are here, but each has his political manager with a host of lieu tenants and shouters. The best of feeling seems to prevail among the friends of the various candidates and the rivalry thus . far has been very friendly. Representative Wm. T. Creasy of Columbia is almost certain of the nomination of state treasurer. All Indications point to a two days' con vention. The convention was called to order at 12:10 p. m. by State Chairman Rilling. Temporary Chairman. William H. Brin ton of Lancaster made a brief speech congratulating the Democracy on its fight in 1896 and 1899. His mention of the name of William J. Bryan as the great leader of the Democracy was re ceived with wildest applause. He said the Democracy in the last legislature (Continued on Sixth- Page.) IN THEDEBRIS. Number of Unrecovered Dead at New Richmond Estimated at From Fifty to One Hundred. SIXTYFIVE CHILDREN And Many Adults Still Reported Missing. One Hundred Corpses Hare Been Gathered Up. New Richmond, Wis., June 14. No bodies were recovered from the tornado ruins last night, the work being aban doned on account of the heavy rair. which fell during the greater part of the night and partly by exhaustion of the working parties. No organized movement looking to the recovery of the dead or the distribu tion of supplies has been inaugurated as yet, but order is beginning finally to show amid the chaos and demoraliza tion which has been prevalent since the storm. Telegrams from all points of the country, from San Francisco to Boston, are pouring into New Richmond, . ask ing for the safety of relatives and friends. No official list of the dead and injured has been kept and replies to many of these inquiries will necessarily be slow. Many messages have been received offering financial assistance. The total amount thus far offered is about $2,600. The militia is patrolling what was the business section of the town and nobody is permitted inside the lines. It is ex pected that today the task of looking for the dead will proceed with greater success than yesterday. The number still in the ruins is variously estimated, some estimates running up to 100 and others being placed at fifty. O. W. Mosher, who has been at the head of relief work says this morning that fully sixty-five children were still missing and a large number of adults as well. This estimate is generally con sidered too large. The working party expect to find anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five bodies in the basement of Williams' hardware store. Fully one 'hundred corpses, twice as many mangled people, forty acres of piles of brick, shivered planks, scattered heaps of household goods, dead horses through which the wind had driven sharp splinters of board, smouldering fires where houses stood 48 hours ago and in the midst of it all shivered trees as bare of leaves as ever they were in the middle of winter and almost strip ped bare of bark until they resembled the ghosts of what they had been. This is-what the storm wrought in - the space of three minutes upon the town of New Richmond. There never was a cyclone that made a cleaner sweep of what lay in its path than the one of Monday evening. In the business por tion of the town absolutely not one building was left standing above the cellar windows; everything above a foundation wall was shaved as clean as though it had been cut with a plane. Enormous safes were blown into the middle of the street and the largest safe in the town was carried across one street and half way over the square be yond. Tne day had been warn? and sultry and during the later part of the after noon heavy banks of clouds had hung upon the western and southwestern horizon, but nothing serious was antici pated until a few minutes before 6 o'clock, when a dark blue cloud with edges of a pale green was seen rapid ly approaching from the southwest. In a minute a long funnel was seen drop ping towards the ground, and then, with a savage roar the cloud swept down upon the doomed town. A circus had been exhibiting during the afternoon and the streets were full of strangers, and as the awful cloud bore swiftly down there was a mad rush for cellars, doorways or any place that promised safety. Some of the crowd reached a refuge and those who did not are among the dead. It will be several days before the number of dead in New Richmond is accurately known and it is doubtful if the entire number of fatalities will ever be chronicled. In the path of the storm both to the northeast and southwest of tiir city were scattered farm houses, and where ever they were struck by that awful wind there was nothing left but a pile of boards and twisted raft ers. How many were killed in these houses wall not be known for a long time. It is impossible to estimate the property loss, but it is total in the best part of the town, and to make the blow more severe, not one policy of tornado insurance had been written for the place. What is gone is gone beyond repair. There is at present no desti tution among those who have suffered by the storm, but the business of the town is utterly wiped out of existence, and not one man in the place will be able to resume business. The destruc tion is so complete that there is ab solutely nothing to be purchased in the town, not a box of sardines, a pound of crackers or a pair of shoes. The business portion of the city cov ered a space of four squares each way and was solidly built of brick and stone. This entire space was swept clear. Fundation walls and in some places masses of debris alone marked where the business places formerly stood. Trees that had lined the streets of the neighboring residence district were broken clear off, or twisted and uprooted. The tornado came up the river from Hudson, where the damage was com paratively slight. Following the gen eral course of the river and the branch of the Omaha road, the storm gained in intensity as it progressed and was at its worst when it struck the business center of New Richmond. Outlying residences in the path of the storm were stripped of shingles and boards, or sides were blown off. or. as more frequently happened, were torn asun der and the fragments were scattered to the four winds of heaven. Trees were uprooted and roadways blocked, washed away, or so overflowed as to be made entirely unrecognizable. STORM INCIDENTS. Two Ken Instantly Killed by Flying Boards. New Richmond, Wis., June 14. Two men met their death in the storm by being cut with flying boards. They were Nicholas Padden.' whose head was severed from his body by the end of a plank, and Michael Heffron, whose body was found in his basement cut squarely in half across the abdomen. The sharp edge of some flooring was hurled against him, going clear through the body. One pathetic incident was the death of a little boy who as yet has not been identified. He was coming down the street with a kodak in his hand when the cyclone swept through the city, and later his dead body was found several rods from where he had been last seen. His kodak was still in his hand, not a mark on it, but the head of the little fellow was shockingly crushed. The supply of coffins ran out early and at present there are not enough in the city to bury the dead. A sufficient number are on the. way from St. Paul. Chippewa Falls. Eau Claire and other places and it is believed the supply will be ample today. A mass meeting of the clergymen of the various denominations has been called at the Congregational church to arrange some definite plan for holding the funeral services. As is usual in cases of such disasters there has been a large influx of disrep utable characters and there have been several cases of petty pilfering, but they have not amounted to much. Al though it is out of their own state, the St. Paul police officers have done most excellent work in checking general thieving. A large number of detectives in plain clothes are on duty watching the ruins and it is expected that the militia will soon have things so well in hand that the police officers will be withdrawn to their own state. IN GROCERY WAGONS. Storm Victims Are Borne to the Cem etery. New Richmond, June 14. All the morning funerals were passing through the town. There was but one street passable from east to west across the town, and this was a narrow, muddy thoroughfare between the ruins of buildings. Frequently there was a blockade as a funeral bound east and one going in the opposite direction would meet. There were no hearses and the dead were carried to the grave in grocery wagons. During the early part of the morning there was a lack of men to dig graves and it was found necessary to impress laborers from the throng of sightseers. No more bodies had been recovered up to noon. NEAR SINGLE TAX. Michigan Cities Miss It by One Vote. Lansing, Mich., June 14. Application of the single tax to Michigan cities es caped enactment by the Michigan leg islature today only by one vote. A bill providing for the submission to the people of any city the proposition to assess city taxes upon land values, up on petition of 20 per cent of the tax payers of the city, which had passed the senate, was defeated in the house by a vote of 50 to 41. 51 being a majority of the members elected. FIGHT PICTURE A FAILURE Electric Power Not Equal to the Num ber of Lights Necessary. New York, June 14. When James Jef fries and Robert Fitzsimmon.H fought their great battle for the championship of the world at Coney Island last Friday night an attempt was made to take vitagraph pictures of the movements of the fighters. The attempt, according to Martin Julian, was a failure, and the promoters of the picture arrangement may lose a large sum. The inability of the vitagraih was not due to a break-down, but to the ab sence of the necessary amount of electric power. The electrician having" charge of the lights in the clubhouse had agreed to pro vide enough electric power for twenty-five lights, the number neeessarv to take per fect pictures of the battle. When the fight began only enough electric power could be obtained to operate five lights. The picture men did not give up hope and did their best to make desirable pictures, but in vain. The films in some instances are blurred and in others indistinct. Thev may be patched up. but at best the pic tures will be very poor. OOJVI PAUJ WEAKENS. The Transvaal Will Not Insist on Arbitration. ' Brussels. June 14. Dr. Leyds. the representative in Europe of the Trans vaal republic, received today the fol lowing conciliatory dispatch from Pre toria: "The government does not make ar bitration a condition of concessions. It will continue to make concessions, even as regards the franchise, indepenclently of Great Britain's acceptance or non acceptance of arbitration. TO "BEAT CURTIS. Mr. Cyrus Leland Tells Hqw It May lie Done. Cyrus Leland said today that the fight in the First congressionaf district for the nomination next year will, in his judgment, be with Charlie Curtis ori the one hand and Broderick and Bailev on the other. Mr. Leland figures that Broderick will carry Brown, Jefferson and Jackson counties: that Bailey will get Nemaha. Doniphan and Leaven worth and that Mr. Walker of Atchison, if he enters the race, will have Atchison county. Mr. Leland figures" that Charlie Cur tis will have only Shawnee county. "In my judgment," said Mr. Leland. "Mr. Broderick will get into this race." This announcement from Mr. LelamJ has not frightened Curtis out this af ternoon and he still says he is in this fight to stay. DEWEY OFF AGAIN. Will Leare Singapore For Cej lon Tomorrow. Singapore, Straits Settlement, June 14. Admiral Dewey landed here this afternoon from the Olympia, which ar rived here June 11, and bade farewell to the governor. Sir C. V. H. Mitchell. The admiral sails tomorrow morning for Colombo, Ceylon. He will probably visit the hills of Ceylon for the benefit of his health. The officers of the Olym pia were entertained at dinner last evening by the officers of the garrison here. IS SARCASTIC. Leland Gives Peters a Gentle Castfgation. Why Newton Man Wants Leland to Resign. SUPPORTED HIM IN '9G, Few Lines of Unwritten Politi cal History. Things For the Harvey County Statesman to Think Over. The greatest joke in political circles re cently is Judge Peters' proposition to have Cyrus Leland resign as pension agent in. order to give Fred Funston a job when ho gets home. Leland says that Judge Peters is trying to get even with him because ho supported Peters for the nomination for governor in 1S6. Iceland's friends have been "joshing" him about it ever since Judge Peters made the proposition, and, have been asking him if he haa his res ignation ready yet. "What is tne matter between you and Peters?" a Slate Journal reporter asked Mr. Leland today. "Didn't you want to run him for governor in 1X96?' "Yes," replied Mr. Leland. "that's th trouble. That is one reason why ho wants to even up with me he made such, a failure of that race. He agreed to be a, candidate for governor in April, 1SIK5. A little later he declined, saying that he was not a candidate; then along about the first of June he backed into the race again, saying that he became a candidate in order to save the party. It was a mis take for anyone to support Peters in pref erence to Major Morrid. because everyone who knows Governor Morrill knows him to be a warm hearted man. "Judge Peters has held office continu ously ever since he has been m Kansas, excepting a few years. He was a state senator, and after that was appointed dis trict judge, then elected to that position for several terms. Then he was elected, to congress for eight years. After he left congress he was the government at torney and receiver's attorney for many national banks in Kansas for quite a num ber of years. The salaries and fees he has received from the state of Kansas and the general government will amount to at least SluO.uOO. "His ambition was to be federal judge, and if the bill passed dividing the state he would probably have been appointed judge for the southern district. Whn the bill failed to pass, and soon after Mr. Me Kinley was inaugurated, when the change of postmasters was to be made at New ton, Judge Peters wanted to be postmas ter there, claiming that his health was broken; that he was not able to travel over the district and practice law. He succeeded in securing the appointment over an old soldier, J. "W. Johnson, who had nearly all of one side of his face shot away at Spottsylvania, and whom nearly all the people of Newton desired to be ap pointed postmaster. Last winter, when Judge Foster had resigned. Judge Peters rushed to Washington, and. holding the office of postmaster at Newton, rtceive.i on the ground of shattered health, wished, to be appointed federal judge, not realis ing that rhe acceptance of t he postof rice and the reasons given therefor barred him from any chance of receiving the ap pointment of judge. .-"Judge Peters has said I should resign my office in order to make a place for Gen-Funston. Since Judge Peters has be come dispenser of federal patronage, does he forget the unkind treatment he ex tended to Comrade Johnson, who was left on the field of battle almost mortally wounded, and who is maimed for life? Patriotism would suggest that Judge Peters resign in favor of Comrade John son. I fear that Judge Peters' admira tion for Gen. Funston is prompted by mal ice and disappointment rather than gen uine patriotism. No man will go farther or do more for the gallant and d.ishin Kansas hero. Gen. Funston, than myself. There is nothing too good for Gen. Fun ston. "When Juilge Peters rushed off tr Washington to get the federal juigeship he thought he had a cinch on it because he had served in congress with McKin ley. I knew he hadn't any show, and, when he came to me and asked me what chance I thought lie had, 1 prompuy toM him that he hadn't any. Since then he has been against me on that account. Ha doesn't seem to believe in reciprocity." BIClVALKOUT. Three Thousand Smelter Men Quit Work. Entire Mining Industry of Col orado Is Involved. Denver, June 14. The three thousand employes of the trust smelters in Den ver, Pueblo and Leadville walked out at noon, today after having extinguished the fires in the big furnaces and put everything in perfect order for a sea son of idleness. Within 48 hours. It is predicted, most of the mines In Lead ville. Aspen, Creede, Ouray and the other mining camps of the state, withs the exception of Cripple Creek, will be closed, throwing thousands of miners out of employment. The low grade metalliferous mines of San Juan county already have been forced to cease operations by the strike at the Durango smelter. All shipments of ore and fuel to the smelters have been ordered stopped. As a result many coal mines are preparing to re duce their production and some will close. Almost every Industry in the state will be affected. The strike is due to the refusal of the American Smelting and Refining company to pay the same wages for eight hours as it had heretofore paid for ten or twelve hours, or, in. fact, to negotiate with the smelter men's union concerning a scale to be paid under the eight hour law, which becomes ef fective June 15. The smelter employes rejected the offer of the smelter own ers to continue work at the' present rate of wages until the constitutional ity of the law shall have been passed upon by the supreme court. The Colo rado law is a copy of the Utah law, which has been sustained by the United States supreme court. The Boston and Colorado smelter (The Argo) in this city and the large plant in Pueblo owned by the Guggen heims, at which higher wages are paid than at the trust smelters, continue in operation, the men working eight hours a day, Congo Denies It Brussels, June 14. The government of the Congo Independent state denies having offered Spain 5,000,000 peseta for the Canary Islands as announced in a dispatch from Brussels to the Daily, Mail of London.