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1 ''it:4rk tr.lf 4 LAST SDITI02T. 4 AT EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MARCH 9, 1900. "FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. -ot.; KRUGER AT TEFROflT. Lord Roberts Cables That Oom Paul and Steyn Were Both Present at Wednes day's Fighting. RALLIED THE TROOPS, Bat Couldn't Hold Them Against British Artillery. And the Formidable Force of Gen. French's Cavalry. London, March 9. The war office has received the following dispatch from Ixrd Roberts: "Poplar Grove.Friday Morning Pres idents Kruger and Steyn were both present at the fight of March 7 and did all In their power to rally their troops. The rout, however, was complete, the men declaring that they could not etand against the British artillery and Buch a formidable force of cavalry." KRUGER MAKES A SPEECH. Pretoria, March S. A special dispatch from Bloemfohtein says that President Kruger, addressing a crowd of people, caid: Although God is testing our people my personal opinion is that the limit of the test is nearly reached. If the peo ple are sustained by faith in the time or adversity, God will soon again turn the tide In our favor. If we have strong faith in God, He will surely deliver us. The God of deliverance of the olden time is the same God now." The speech of the venerable president brought tears to the eyes of men and "women alike. The Free State's Volklaad (national anthem) was then sung. The visit of President Kruger has done much good and cheered the des pondents. f i President Kruger more recently has visited the commandos south of Bioem fontein. Fighting is proceeding at Mafe king. Ail the outside forts except one have been taken by the Boers. Much satisfaction is expressed in all circles at the courtesies extended to General Cronje by the British. FRENCH FOLLOWING BOERS. London, March 9. The Boers appear to have made no stand whatever, ex cept that while in retreat they twice repulsed General French's cavalry with rule hre As no report has been made of the capture of prisoners, the enemy probably got away with their entire force. General French is still following them and keeping between them and Bloemfontein. The evacuation of the northern districts of Cape Colony is now nearly complete. The British are In possession of the railway crossings The military critics comment upon the discouraging news from Mafeking. Colonel Baden-Powell seems to be in grave need of outside help. Otherwise he would not allow the correspondents to send out information respecting the distress of the garrison. A readjustment of some of the mgher command is tak lng place. General White is to go to Htormberg to take supreme command of General Gatacre s division and the Tenth division, now in process of forma tion, which will be under the immediate command of General Hunter.Sir George ,vv hite s chief of start. The Iaily News maites the following editorial announcement: "It was rumored in London yesterday and we have some reason for believm the rumor to be correct that the two republics made informal and unofficial overtures of peace on the preceding day. "Unfortunately the conditions sug gested were of such a character as to preclude the possibility of leading to liny result. Terms which mierht have been gladly accepted before the war, in order to avert it, are impossible after the war, with all the sacririces it has entailed." The Standard publishes the following dispatch from Poplar Grove dated March S: "The movements of the mounted men were somewhat too rapid for the sup porting infantry and as a result the lioer opposition was turned before the main body could strike effectively. The Boers fell back precipitately, and ex tending to the southeast tney checked the advance of the British cavalry with a Heavy rille. tire at 800 yards ranse. "Accordingly General French moved southward and outranked them again. but the Boers repeated their tactics. DETAILS OF WEDNESDAY'S FIGHT Osfontein, Wednesday, March 7 Lord Roberts movement today again thor oughly surprised, outwitted and out maneouvered the Boers. who fled almost without tiring a shot. The plan of bat tle was as tollows: General Colville's division extended along the north bank; General Tucker lield the center reserve and the guards had the center advanced. General Kelly-Kenny's division with orders to make a huge Hanking movement on the Boers left following General French who was instructed to move southeast until opposite the Boer flank and then to swing around the rear. "Every movement was admirably executed and entirely successful. The Boers were surprised as was evident from the elate of the deserted camps. Twice the Boer cavalry was almost in a position to charge but they admit they were loiied by tnemanouvering of the British. "When last seen General French was pursuing the enemy vigorously. He was between them and Bloemfontein about eleven miles from the right wing. General Colville merely demonstrated against a high mountain occupied by tne transvaal troops, wno were now fleeing. -in consequence of the flight of the ree States south of the river. It 1s impossible at present to give the Boer numbers, but it is estimated that they reach 14,000, all of whom are now in flight." In the course of the operations the Ninth Lancers attempted to get close to the Bners right with the object of cnarging out tne Boers came out in great force and the Iancers were com pelled to retire. A battery was then nent torward to hold the enemv in check, while the Grahamstown and the volunteers and a company of mounted lnrantry, supported by another batterv, engaged the Boers on their right flank. The Boers fired shell, falling short, however, and they made a stubborn de fense on the kopje on our right, en flelding the battery and killing 18 of the buttery horses. The mounted infantry gradually repelled the Boers and the Lattery then took a position and expell ed them from their laager in confu sion. Ilia Boers held a strong position oa the north bank of .ne river, but the flight from the southern bank compell ed them to retreat. They showed great adroitness in getting away the wagons and displayed a bold front while the rest of the force was busy int-panning. Gen. French s division consisted of three brigades of cavalry.two of mount ed infantry and seven horse batteries. ENTRENCHING AT BIGGARSBURG. Ladysmith, March 8. The Boers are entrenching at Biggarsburg. The scouts report that all the Natal Dutch farmers have fled from the surrounding country. BOTHA PROMOTED. Boer Camp. Bigsrarsberg. Monday. March 5. At a general council of war. held today, Louis Botha was appointed lieutenant general for Natal and Lukas Meyer Schalburger.David Joubert.Dan- iel Erasmus and J. Fourie, were ap pointed major generals. The selections have given lively satisfaction to the burghers. NO DEFENSE OF BLOEMFONTEIN. New York. March 9. A dlSDatch tu the Tribune from London says: General Delarey may make a stand at Abrahams Kraal, but the concentration of the Dutch forces amonsr the hills north of Brandfort is more probable. The British occupation of the Free State capital is not likely to be serious ly contested. The transport arrangements for the supply of Gen. Roberts' army during the long march from the railway base have been excellent and the principal cause of the delay is the condition of the horses. Gen. Kitchener's work as an organizer is apparent in the mobility which the British army has suddenly acquired. Officers, in their letters to friends in England have explained ihis mystery. Gen. Kitchener, during his first month in South Africa went up and down the lines.inspecting every de tail of the system of supplies, visiting Methuen's, French's and Gatacre's headquarters, making changes at De Aar, Belmont and other points and transforming the entire transport ser vice. Every square peg in a round hole came out and efficient men were put in the place of dawdlers and blunderers. The energy of this remarkable man was shown in every branch of the ser vice. He had not been in Cape Town 48 hours before all officers idling about the clubs and hotels under the pretense of sick leave were sent on their way to rejoin their commands. Gen. Kitchener went everywhere and saw everything and when Gen. Roberts was ready to start for the front victory was already organized. DEFENDERS OF LADYSMITH. Durban, March 9. The naval brigade rrom L,aaysmitn arrived todav In com mand of Captain Lambeton. They number-about 200 and were enthusias tically received. The railway station was lined with men from H. M. S. Ter rible and the meeting of comrades caused many touching scenes. When the gunners who played such an impor tant part in the defense of Ladysmith marcnea down the streets headed by the band and flags of the Terrible and carrying the tattered Union Jack from H. M. S. Terrible which had flow- throughout the siege of Ladysmith, the cheering was enormous. The crowd which assembled was tremendous. Lunch was prepared and served; In a snea adjacent to the railway station and the men ate heartily. The major ity of them looked well, but showed signs of the rough work and fatigue tney nave undegone. Their uniforms bore many tokens of the wear and tear they had been sub jected to. After lunch, headed by Captain Percy Scott, the naval commandant at Dur ban, the men marched to the place of embarkation for Simonstown. THINK THEY SEE PEACE SIGNS. London, March 9. From various quarters come signs of possibility of peace in South Africa being shortly within the bounds of practical politics. All the dispatches from Lord Roberts' headquarters Including those of the commander in chief himself, indicate the lack of a guiding spirit among the Boers and individual demoralization, portending disintegration unless speed ily stemmed. The flight of the burghers from Pop lar Grove, according to all accounts was wholly inglorious. A Times dis patch from Poplar Grove under yester day's date goes so far as to assert that the rout of the Boers was so complete that the submission of the Free Stale is being demanded by the burghers from their unwilling president, and it is expected that its submission will be made within a week. The correspond ent adds: "Probably the Boers' wisest course was flight, but it was most undignified and is certain to produce consternation at Bloemfontein. There is a growing outcry against any further identifica tion of the Free State with the Trans vaal's interests." Dispatches from the Boer camp at Glencoe, via Lorenzo Marques depict President Kruger as donning a bando lier, seizing a rifle and inviting volun teers to accompanying him, as he wished to have a shot tt the enemy hims!f. President Kruger is also quoted as havin j declared in his address to the troops i:nt he "did not know whether arbitration or intervention would end the struggle, but that it would end quickly within the next month, he strongly believed." ROBERTS MOVES UP. London, March 9. Lord Roberts has moved ten miles nearer Bloemfontein evidently with the view of seizing and utilizing the railroad, possibly to reach the Free State capital in three or four days whence he may begin repairing the railroad southward, meeting the British advance from Cape Colony, which may be expected to be hastened as soon as Gen. White takes control. The British occupied Jamestown unop posed. Thursday, March 8, and the Boers are reported to be retreating be yond Aliwal North so that Cape Colony is practically cleared of armed Boers. Reinforcements from Natal are going to Lord Roberts. Gen. Wadden's divis ion and some artillery have already been ordered to join the commander in chief so that the latter is preparing for all eventualities, including possible des perate opposition to his crossing the Vaal river and the necessity of the- siege of Pretoria where thousands of natives are reported to be employed in the construction of defensive works, concerning which such secrecy is main tained that no one is allowed to walk or drive on the outskirts of the town. John Redmond's speech in the house of commons yesterday does not meet with unqauified approval in Ireland whence the Irish Transvaal committee telegraphed to Mr. Redmond: "We challenge you to come to Dub lin and repeat in public the statement you made in the house of commons in the name of the Irish people." The Prince of W ales this morning in spected Paget's horse and Dunraven's sharp shooters attached to the Imperial Yeomanry, prior to their departure for South Africa. KRUGER OFFERS TERMS. London, March 9 5:10 p. m. Late this afternoon it is learned that the Continued on Sixth Pasre.) HITS THETRUST. Kansas Twine to Sell at 10 Cents Per Ponnd. Trust Demands 2 to 3 Cents More For Product. QUALITY m BETTER. Deputy Warden Thompson Is Now in Central America. Will Buy Raw Material Direct From the Producers. Kansas farmers will pay not to ex ceed 10 cents per pound for the bind ing twine output of the Kansas peni tentiary. It is the hope of the direc tors to cut that price to some extent, but the recent high prices of sisal, or the raw material, have necessitated an estimate which may for a short time exceed the expectations of the direc tors, but the cost of the twine which will be sold direct to the consumer -will not exceed 10 cents per pound. Last year Kansas farmers paid from lMs to la cents per pound for their twine. The year preceding the price ranged from 9 to 12, at which time all of the ports were open for the impor tation of the raw material. Last year the ports were closed, and so remained until recently, on account of the war in the Philippines. Now the ports are open and the raw material will soon reach the United States. However, the shortage In the supply in this country has increased the price to such an extent that the directors of the Kansas prison have been com pelled to look elsewhere for the raw material, and Will Thompson, deputy warden, is in Central America now ne gotiating for a large supply of sisal. Upon information from Thompson, which is expected now at any time. will the price of the twine depend. The prison directors held a meeting at the Copeland last night with Gov ernor Stanley to discuss business con nected with the prison management. It was expected that the price of the twine would be fixed, but the action was de ferred until probably the next meet ing. It Is the opinion of the directors that the penitentiary plant will be able to turn out sufficient twine to supply the demand In Kansas this season. The plant has a capacity of 10,000 pounds per day and has at this time a large supply on hand. The governor has been very anxious that the profits of the middleman be removed from the prod uct and the sales will be made direct to the consumer. The directors, the governor and State Auditor Cole at a meeting held last night took the necessary steps for the payment and cancellation of the bonds issued to raise money for the purchase of raw material in accordance with the provisions of the law passed last winter. That law carried a levy for the fund to pay off the bonds which were oris inally issued and sold to the state school fund commissioners, in accordance with the provisions of the same law. In the payments of taxes which the state treasurer has been receiving $52, 000 has come in to the credit of the twine plant fund. To stop the Interest on the bonds now outstanding by pay ing them off is the purpose of the meet ing of the directors and the two state officers. The preliminary arrange ments have been completed and the bonds will soon be canceled. With the money saved on the inter est and the sum saved by the purchase ot tne raw material in Central Amer ica, direct from the producers, the di rectors of the prison are confident they will be able to put a large supply of twine on the market at a cost to the producer far below the trust price as it has been maintained for several years. The directors adjourned today, com pleting the regular monthly meeting of the board. BULLS "WOULDN'T FIGHT. Disgusted Mexican Audience Sets Fire to the Ring. Chicago, March 9. A special to the Record from Austin, Texas, says: A desperate riot which came near re sulting in the lynching of several bull fighters took place at San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The affair is described In a letter received here today as follows: "The bull fight of Sunday afternoon, under the leadership of Jose Marrero, of Havana, with seven assistants, proved a failure. Five arrogant and valiant bulls had been promised. The first bull led out put up a little show of resistance and was killed, but not one of the others would fight at all. The audience began to hiss and groan and threw oranges, lemons and stones into the ring. Finally the disappointed au dience tossed the chairs, benches and hand railrings into the ring and then set fire to the pile. This stopped the performance. But even this exhibition of ire did not satisfy the belligerents, who laid violent hands on the bull fighters and were in the act -of lynch ing them when the police interfered." SOP FOR RYAN. Suggested That He Run For Congress in Third District. The Sedan Lance, a Populist paper In Chautauqua county, has concluded that W. H. Ryan, of Crawford county, can not reach the nomination for governor, and suggests that he seek the nomina tion for congressman from the Third district. This would suit Ryan, but he cannot consistently change his position because he is one of the Populists who are sup porting and working for Hugh Far relly, the Chanute Democrat, for this place. Farrelly and Ryan have been over the district together each working for the other. They served in the senate to gether, and are making a systematic campaign for congress and governor respectively. A LINCOLN DINNER. New York Democrats Give a Ban quet Under That Name. New York, March 9. More than 550 men and women sat down to the Lin coln dinner given by the workingmen's committee of 100 at Terrace garden last night. It was a '-dollar" dinner, but both menu and decorations excelled those of the celebrated Bryan "dollar dinner" given in the Grand Central Pal ace last year. Blank circulars containing a petition to be circulated for signatures favoring free trade with Porto Rico were given out to those present. The following telegram from William J. Bryan, was read: "I regret that I cannot attend Lin coln dinner. Lincoln's praise of the de claration of independence will prove a stumbling block to those who favor militarism and imperialism." Ernest H. Crosby, who presided said our treatment of Cuba, the Philippines and Porto Rico, puts us in a worse light than that in which Spain appears be fore them. Congressman Sulzer spoke on "Labors Interest in Congress," dealing with the trusts. Comptroller Bird S. Coler responded to the toast, "Municipal Ownership." Edwin Markham recited his poem on "Lincoln." . . Congressman John J. Lentz responded to the toast "Militarism, the Idaho Bull Pen." He declared that the Investigation of the Idaho labor troubles has already re vealed a condition of affairs "more monstrous than Americans ever dream ed possible in thi3 fair land." He de clared that there was a conspiracy be tween the mine owners, the governor of Idaho and the national government to disrupt the miners union. If it succeed ed, he declared, labor conditions in Idaho would be worse than in China. George Van Sycklen responded to the toast "Imperialism and the Boers." A resolution was adopted authorizing the appointment of a committee of one hundred workingmen to solicit contri butions for the aid of the sick and wounded Boers and for support of the families of the killed. Mayor Samuel Jones of Toledo, made a speech on the wisdom of the non partisan movement. ANOTHER DEAL Klondikers Again Released Promise to Quit Selling Liquor. on The violaters of law who run the dens in the Leavenworth Klondike will never be prosecuted as long as F. B. Dawes is "prosecuting" them, according to present indications. Now that they have robbed the old soldiers of their February pension rrioney they are once more promising Mr. Dawes that they will quit and paying the costs against them, and as an evf ience of their "good faith" a few of ik m have given up their government licenses. They do not dare to run without government licen ses. Yesterday Mrs. John Bodde gave up her license Mr. Dawes. It covers sales made by herself, her husband, and "Mother" Karst, who have long been among the most notorious law breakers in the Klondike. Mrs. Bodde and Mrs. Karst were the first joint ists arrested by order of Mr. Dawes when the State Journal exposed the Klondike farce two weeks ago. When Mrs. Bodde gave up her government license, paid the costs in the action against her and her partners, and again promised to quit, Mr. Dawes agreed not to prosecute them. The license expires in July. There will be little more business in the Klon dike until there is another pension pay ment the latter part of May, so that the license would have lasted over only one more payment. When another pay ment rolls around Mrs. Bodde can again take out a government license, although she says she has sold her bar and has agreed to move into Leavenworth for the present. When a person breaks a federal law he is not let off from prosecution on the promise to be good in the future, but is fined and imprisoned. Mr. Dawes seems to think that the idea of the state law is to extract promises from people, and when a promise is given they are immune from prosecution for past offenses. Robert Pohl and his wife have given up their government license and re newed their promise to leave the Klon dike, which renders them immune. Mrs. Pohl was captured by Marshal Townsend, on the night he made his raid, with her apron full of bottles of liquor, trying to escape from him. Her place was full of old soldiers when the officer entered, and as soon as she saw Townsend she blew out the lamp and tried to get away, but was unsuccess ful. Gertie Ehart has promised to leave the Klondike, but she has not yet given up her government license. Mr. Dawes threatens to continue the prosecution against her unless she gives him the license, but will dismiss it if he gets the license and she pays the costs. Adolph Lanitz has paid the costs In the case against him, and closed his place for the present, but he intends to remain in the Klondike. Mr. Dawes tells the Leavenworth Times that he believes this will be the last time it will be necessary to pro ceed against the Klondikers. He an nounced that they had all "quit" before. "They were thoroughly frightened this time," he told the Times reporter, "and were willing to pay all the costs and give up their stamps, in order to get out of trouble. "A great deal of credit belongs to Marshal Townsend, too," remarked Dawes, "for the manner in which he went after the Klondikers when he raided the place last week. He scared every one of them and the result has been most beneficial. He caught them right in the act of selling liquor and they tried to escape, but It was no use. There is no danger of those who have given up. their stamps engaging in the business again." Mr. Dawes' idea of the enforcement of law seems to be to frighten law breakers instead of punishing them. Chicago Church Burned, Chicago, March 9. The Second Pres byterian church at Twentieth street and Michigan avenue was destroyed by fire last night. The building was the home of one of the most aristocratic congregations in the city. A reception was being given in the church parlors by the Young People's Endeavor society of the church and the asemblage was in the midst of the festivities when the blaze was discovered in the organ in the main auditorium. There was a wild rush for the exits, but all escaped safe ly. The loss on the building and fur nishings is estimated at J200.000. DEFIESRUSS1A. Ameer of Afghanistan Chal lenges the Bear. Ready to Fight For England on Dry Ground. IS AFRAID OF WATER. Ocean Voyage Prevents Helping in the Transvaal. Says the Czar Doesn't Dare to Strike. London, March 9. 5:42 p. m. The Ameer of Afghanistan has authorized his agent in London to publish the fol lowing statement of the policy of Afghanistan otwards Great Britain and Russia. After saying that he had de voted much anxious thought to the pos sibility of Russia taking advantage of the Transvaal to advance through Afghanistan on India, his highness adds: "I have come to the conclusion that Russia feared Afghanistan, as a war with the Afghans would mean a general rising of all Islam, which would spread through Russian Asia. Russia had not troops enough to combat such a rising. Her hold on the Mussulman countries she has conquered is insecure. They hate her, and with ten times her power. Russia could not fight Afghan and India successfully. The Afghans prefer death to slavery and their women and children being taken by the Russians." After saying he is willing to send numerous troops to help Great Britain in the Transvaal but adding that the Afghans are unaccustomed to the sea, the Ameer adds "But England's troubles are always my troubles.her strength is my strength and her weakness is my weakness. Eng land must remember that I am always ready to fight for faer on land, here or in India." GAGE'S PLANS For Carrying Into Effect the New Financial Bill. Washington, March 9. At the cabinet meeting today Secretary Gage outlined his plan for carrying into effect the new financial bill which it is expected will pass the house next Tuesday and be approved by the president. The sec retary explains that in all probability fFom 35 to 45 per cent of the outstanding bondB under the new law will be pre sented for exchange in a comparatively short time. This would involve cash payments as premiums to the holders of the old bonds amounting to from $30, 000.000 to $35,000,000. A question which has occupied the attention of the secre tary of late is whether this amount should be taken from the funds now in the treasury or from the gov ernment deposits with depository banks, or whether a part should be taken from the treasury and a part from the banks. Attention was called to the fact that even if considerable sums were drawn from the depository banks in these set tlements it would only amount to a transfer frdm one bank to another or from the credit of the government to the credit of the party surrendering to bonds in the same bank. Therefore the total amount of money held by the banks would not be materially changed. In the determination of this question much will depend upon the rapidity with which old bonds are presented for exchange and also upon whether the ordinary treasury receipts keep up to their present mark. The secretary's purpose, a3 stated to the cabinet, is to create as little finan cial disturbance as possible in the set tlement of premium accounts. If the treasury receipts continue large and the applications for exchange of old bonds for new is not excessively heavy at the outset, it is altogether probable that a considerable share of the prem iums will be taken from the treasury but should there be a rush for the ex change of bonds, it is quite likely that, the banks vould be called upon to share in the payments. On the other hand the secretary does not propose that the present available cash balance in the treasury which now amounts to about $300,000,000 including the $100,oou,008 gold reserve shall be largely encroached upon. The question therefore whether the cash to be paid as premiums shall come from the treasury, the depository banks or both, depends for its solution largely upon conditions which can not now be foretold. The new bonds will be dated April 1 and the amount of premium to be paid on the old bonds wiil be cal culated from that date, the rate in all cases being the same, which, according to the terms of the new act, is such as shall yield a return of 24 Per cent per annum. -These details were fully ex plained to the cabinet and the plans and purposes of the secretary met with general approval. CAMPBELL CONFIDENT. Wichita Man Thinks He Will Capture Seventh District I. P. Campbell, of Wichita, has been saying he would make no contest for the Populist nomination for congress man in the Seventh district, but he is at work, and has just completed a tour of the principal counties. Returning to his home at Wichita Mr. Campbell announces that there is a cer tainty of his nomination. Sam Amidon has been talked of, but Campbell claims to have assurances that no man will interfere with his candidacy in Sedgwick county, which if true means that Amidon has given it up. To be sure, Amidon never seriously consid ered the matter, but he would go to congress were not so much work and money required to make a campaign. A few years ago Amidon was a law yer without clients and scarcely money enough to get a square meal. Now he has a large practice, plenty of money, a comfortable home, a pleasant family and he says he is about as well satisfied as a man can be. He is therefore not anxious to chase political buzzings across the state. Weather Indications. Chicago, March 9. For Kansas: Fair tonight and probably Saturday; colder in south and extreme east portions to night; northwest winds becoming variable. A STAT SECURED. French Reciprocity Treaty Likely to Be Turned Down. New York, March 9. A special to the Herald from Washington, D. C, says: Senator Aldrich and the New Eng land senators who are acting with him in opposing ratification of the French treaty are asserting that they " have practically secured a stay of proceed ings which will prevent action on the treaty before March 24, the date upon which the treaty must either "be ap proved or rejected. As the subject is still pending in secret session, senators are prohibited from discussing it for publication, but enough is known of the situation to justify the prediction that the treaty will not be ratified within the prescribed limits and negotiations have been open ed with the French government with a view to securing an extension of time in which to obtain a ratification. The opposition to the treaty has been able to convince several senators that its provisions are detective in certain respects and certain modifications are suggested which may make it more ac ceptable. It is understood the conditions in the senate have been explained to the president and the secretary of state and notwithstanding tne urgent re quest of the president that the treaty in its present shape should be ratified, the opposition is stubborn enough to convince him that the desired results can not now be obtained. Some of the friends of the treaty are disposed to Insist upon making an open fight but the more conservative sen atorswho favor ratification realize that, with the time limit extending only un til March 24 and the elastic rules of the senate to aid the opposition, an open fight will avail nothing for the treaty. The question now to be determined is whether the treaty shall be killed in secret session bv prolonging its consid eration beyond the time limit, or wheth er it shall be allowed to go to the finance committee for examination and report, providing France is willing to grant an extension of time. It is freely predicted that unless the treaty is ratified now, the opposition will see to it that it is put fairly and securely to sleep in the finance committee room and it will never be heard of again, except as a bundle of waste paper. The strongest kind of pressure has been brought to bear upon the opposi tion without avail and the senate is again in the position where a small minority is able to defeat the will of a substantial majority. BIG RAILROAD MEETING. Officials of Western Roads Will Con fer in Chicago Monday. Chicago, March 9. The Times-Herald says: Probably the most important meeting of railway officials held here since the meeting in January ,when lines east and west running from Chicago adopted the resolution providing for the carrying out of the presidents agree ment to cease the payment of commis sions to third parties, will be held next Monday. Orders for the call were re ceived yesterday and notice was imme diately sent out all lines west of Cm cago by the Western Passenger associ ation. -This includes every road from the Ohio river to the Pacific coast and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. It also includes the Canadian Pacific rail road, the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern roads. No particulars of the object of the meeting could be learned because the presidents and general passenger agents of nearly every western road are in New York. That important topics will be taken up and ratified, in line with action already taken by the presidents in New York, there is no question. Simultaneously with the call for the meeting announcement was made that the Great Northern had decided to withdraw the $25 colonist rate from St Paul to North Pacific coast points and that rates would be restored to normal tariff by all gateways. ALL OF HOYT'S FARCES. They Will All Be Booked Into Topeka Next Year. Topeka theater goers will have the opportunity of seeing all of Hoyt's farces next season. Every farce that Charles H. Hoyt has been responsible for in the many years of his career as a playwright is to be on the stage next year, and bookings for Topeka have al ready been made by Manager Craw ford. The revival of a number of old time Hoyt farces will be a popular move with the theater going public. "A Mid night Bell," the first of the playwright's successes, is out this season, but "A Brass Alonkey," "A Temperance Town" and several others have been shelved for some time. It is said to be the in tention to stage the farces elaborately and engage only competent entertain ers. RIVER IS RISING. Small Ice Gorge at the Street Rail way Bridge. The ice in the river is breaking up and during the past few days the river has risen enough to cover all the sand bars. The regular channel on the south side of the river is blocked just west of the city railway bridge and the floating ice is forced toward the center of the stream. Ice and driftwood have piled up against several of the piers of piling and stopped the passage of the floating ice. The flow of ice is not yet sufficient to cause any serious trouble. CABLE FROM OTIS. Tells About the Release of More Spanish Prisoners. Washington, March 9. The war de partment has received the following: Manila, March 8. Adjutant General, Washington. Officer, 60 enlisted men, two civil officials captured Spanish prisoners, received today from Tavabas. OTIS. New" Insurance Company. The Providential Insurance company to insure cattle and other live stock against loss by "Providential" causes has been organized at Marion and ap plication has been made for license to do business in Kansas. The officers are as follows: President, A. E. Downs; vice president; O. C. Billings; secretary, D. W. Wheeler; treasurer, Ell Good; superintendent of agencies, Nees Olsen. Marblehead Called Back. Washington, March 9. The navy de partment has countermanded the order for the Marblehead to proceed to the isthmuts to look after American inter ests on the west coast. The orders to the Detroit to proceed down the east coast still stand. The Philadelphia has been ordered to proceed to Santa Bar bara, so that she will be in position to go at once to any point on the isthmus where revolutionary troubles may threaten American interests. DEBSJSlT." Protesting He Would Ne'er Consent, Consented. Will Accept a Nomination For Presidency WITH JOB IIARRIMAX As Running Mate on the Ticket Put Up By the Amalgamated Socialists at Indianapolis. Indianapolis, March 9. For president! Eugene V. Debs, of Indiana. For vice president Job Harriman, oi California. This is the national ticket of the Social Democratic party which -will ab sorb the Hilquit-Harriman faction of the Socialist-Labor party, by agree ment. The Social Democrats were happy today. They say the candidacy or Debs wili attract hundreds of thousands of voters to their party. They profess to see the beginning of a great national victory. The convention in ogreeing to unite with the Socialist Labor faction, retains the party name Social Demo cratic party. The candidates and the amalgamation are to be approved by a majority of each party, according to the referendum. Mr. Debs had previously refused to. accept the nomination but finally suc cumbed to persuasion. It seems from the explanations of friends that Deb3 has been applying his earnings to the extinction of a debt against tne Ameri can Railway union ana that he did not want to cease until the debt was paid. The debt amounted to several thousand dollars. Debs received assurances that the debt would be taken care of and that he would receive a rest of three months before entering the presidential canvass. At this morning's session of the con vention the nominations of Debs anil Harriman were confirmed. MORE ALARMING. Flood Situation at Fremont, 0., Grows Steadily Worse. Columbus, O. March 9. A' special to the Dispatch from Fremont, O, says: The flood situation here is more alarming now than at any time during the week The up river ice came down with a rush and the water is ten inches higher now than at 9 o'clock last night. The ice gorge north of town still re fuses to move out. The heavy ice flow has considerably weakened the State street bridge connecting east and west Fremont. Workmen are strengthening the structure. The flats and low parts of the city re main inundated and the sewers are un- able to carry off the surplus water. RIOTS IN CHICAGO. Union Labor Oppose Industrial Or. ganizations and Annoy Workmen. Chicago, March 9. Fine weather brought the opening of the . building season in Chicago today. All over the city large forces of non-union men were set at work, showing the strength of tha industrial organization to be greater than the union had admitted. The non union men were not permitted to work in peace, however, large bodies of the. strikers going about the city interfer ing. Work was stopped by the pickets on the jobs at West Sixty-ninth street and Wentworth avenue, 22 Jefferson street. Sixtieth street and Kimbark avenue, Clinton and Randolph streets -and other places. At the contract of Charles E. Sweiberg, 22 Jefferson street, the picket force, 200 strong, entered the building, beat some of the men and drove the remainder from work. Three hundred pickets surrounded thai docks of the Ogdensburg Transit com pany at Kingsbury and Ohio streets early in the morning, intending to pre vent the non-union men who had been engaged from going to work. Eight non-union men appeared only to be told; that there was no work for them to do. Another application for a permit ta work with union men was made to tha executive council of the United Con tractors during the day by the con tractor, in order to avoid complications that might lead to strikes of seamen and trainmen of the lines of theOgdens burg Transit company and the Rutland line. The request was refused. Girl strikers at the Libby, McNeill & Libby plant in the Union Stock Yards attacked non-union canners and several of the young women received wounds from hat pins. President James O'Connell of the Ma chinists' International union announced his determination to order strikes of machinists in all factories behmging to the American Steel & Wire company. DISTRICT COURT JURORS. The Panel For the April Term Is Drawn. The jury for the April term of the dis- trict court has been drawn, and the fol lowing will serve on it: J. R. McGee, Tecumseh. A. K. Evans, Tecumseh. W. L. Better, Menoken. John E. York, Topeka city. John P. Cole, Topeka township. Frank Garland, Topeka city. D. S. Allerv Topeka city. S. Stanton, Topeka city. T. J. Melton, "Tecumseh. H. W. Brabst, Mission. Wr. A. Armstrong, Tecumseh. Elias P. Shull, Topeka city. W. J. Baldwin, Topeka city. , T. L. Ewan, Topeka city. J. P. Berry, North Topeka. House Committee on Trusts Washington, March 9. The house committee on judicial today adopted a resolution offered by Representative Overstreet of Indiana, for the appoint ment of special sub-committee or trusts. The special committee is ta consist of seven members under the chairmanship of Representative Ray, head of the committee and is to consid er the numerous bills and resolution relative to trusts which have been of fered. Mr. Ray has not yet named tha i members of the special committee.