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British Army Enters the
Transvaal Capital.
Lord Roberts Took Formal
Possession at 2 O'clock.
Last Day of Advance a Se
ries of Skirmishes.
England Again Goes Wild
Over the A'cws.
Boer Envoys Say Fight Will
Go Oa.
London, June 5 12:30 p. m. It is
officially announced that the British
have occupied Pretoria,
London, June 512:47 p. m. The
War Office has issued the following
dispatch from Lord Roberts :
"Pretoria, June 5, 11:40 a. m.-We
are now in possession of Pretoria.
The official entry will be made this
afternoon at 2 o'clock."
London, June 5. It was announced
verbally at the war office this after
noon that Lord Roberts entered Pre
toria at 2 o'clock, South African time.
London, June 5. At 2 o'clock this af
ternoon almost eight months after the
declaration of war, Lord Roberts enter
ed Pretoria. TVhlle the commander-in-
chief of the greatest army Great Brit
ain ever put in the field was fulfilling
the promise he made to the guards at
rUoemfontein, to lead them into the
capital of the Transvaal, England was
celebrating the event with wild en
thusiasm. Throughout the length and
breadth of the country the news spread
like wildfire. Based on the recollection
of recent European wars, when the oc
cupation of the enemy's capital signi
fied the end of hostilities. Lord Roberts'
terse telegram wa3 taken unirersally to
mean the practical finish of the war
which has tried Great Britain's mili
tary resources as they were never tried
In London the mansion house and the
war house office instantaneously be
came the centers for jubilant throngs.
Flags again appeared as if by magic
and tiatlie had to be diverted through
other streets, llatless and coatless men
and boys ran through the city alleys to
see for themselves the bulletins an
nouncing the good news and staying to
join the thunder of cheers or add their
voices to the joyful throngs singing
"God Save the Queen." Hats hoisted
from thousands of heads were waved
in exultant hands and shimmered like
a coal bed in the sun. Old men on
top of the omnibuses and aldermen
from the windows of the mansion house
encouraged crowds to still further ef
forts. The premature report of the
fall of the Boers' stronghold did not
seem to have taken the edge off today's
celebration. Lord Roberts' Six Miles
Spruit dispatch was hardly printed by
the "extras" before the union jack of
the war office was hauled up the flag
staff and the British chief message was
passe'l from mouth to mouth, "Pre
toria is occupied."
Thuse who had had a chance to read
Lord Roberts' account of the resistance
encountered yesterday were at that mo
ment commenting on the probability of
a fierce flsht before the city was oc
cupied and were wondering at the
Boers' capabilities to make such a de
termined stand when Pretoria, was
hemmed in on all sides. The pressure of
Gen. French north of the Boer capital
came as a surprise and explained the
commander-in-chief's retriever anent
the- position of the - energetic cavalry
leader. It was evident -that Lord Rob
erts delayed attacking until all his col
umn were really to co-operate, but even
when Lord Roberts wired lust night
that this was accomplished there seem
ed a possibility of some fighting, so
when the next momentous dispatch was
Siven iut it came as a surprise.
Judging from Lord Roberts' phrase
ology, the occupation of Pretoria was
not accompanied by any loss of life.
What has happened to the Boer forces
which so insistently opposed the Brit
ish advance at Six Miles Spruit can
only be surmised, but presumably they
have got away for the present at any
The lntest press dispatches from a
reprrsenta tive of the Associated Press
at Pretoria, dated June 3. quote General
lio'ha as saying: "So long as we can
still court on our thousands of willing
toen we must not dream of retreat or
thvowing away our independence."
General Botha, it is added, annulled
the regulations appointing a special
committee to preserve order4, substi
tuting military control for that of "the
Gen. Lucas Myer, addressing the
burghere on the church square, urged
them all to stand fast. Thus, though
their efforts were futile, it is evident
that a few faithful Boer generals
worked desperately to resist the over
whelming force of Lord Roberta' army.
The war office has information tha
one of the first things done by Lord
Roberts -after the occupation of Pre
toria, was to direct General i'leneh to
relieve the British prisoners confined at
London. June Fi n a m -re i
cially announced that LordRoberts oc
cupied Six Miles Spruit on June 4.
e war omce tms morning Issues
the following dispatch from Lord Rob
erts: "Six- Milea Rnniit 8-tft w. t t
f UI., JU1IC t.
v e started this morning at daybreak
Unix iiuiviieu aoout ten miles to Six
Miles Snrnit rrtVt honlfa nrKtnl. .
occupied by the enemy. . Henry's and
mounted miantry witn the W est
Kcmerset, Dorset, Bedford and Sussex
companies of yeomanry quickly dis-
With the Fall of Pretoria
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Since Johannesburg was captured bv the British, Pretoria, the capital, has been Gen. Roberts' objective point.
In English homes the news of the British occupation of this city, coming today, is received with joy for it marks
the end of ihe war.
lodged them from the south bank and
pursued them nearly a mile when they
found themselves under a heavy fire
from gunr which the Boers had placed
in a v. til concealed commanding posi
tion. "i )ur heavy guns of the naval and
royal artillery, which had purposely
been placed in the front part of the
column, were hurried to the assistance
of the mounted infantry as fast as oxen
and mules could travel over the great
ro'.iing hills surrounding Pretoria. The
guns were supported by Stevenson's
brigade of Pole-Cai'ew's division, and a
few rounds drove the enemy from their
"The Boers then attempted to turn
our left flank, in which they were again
foi'ed by the mounted infantry and
comanry supported by Maxwell's bri
gade of Tucker's division. As, how
ever, they still kept pressing our left
rear. I sent word to Ian Hamilton, who
was advancing three miles to our left,
to Incline towards us and fill up the
Gap between the two columns. This
finally checked the enemy, who were
driven back toward Pretoria. I hoped
we would have been able to follow them
up. "out the days now are very short in
this part of the world, and after nearly
two hours maremng anu hkiiuiik e
had to bivouac on the ground gained
during tne day. The guards brigade
is finite near the southernmost fort by
which Pretoria is defended and less
than fojr miles from the town.
"Fruith, with the third and fourth
cavalry brigades and Hutton's New
Soiith Wales mounted rifles, north of
Broae wood's brigade is between
French's and Hamilton's columns, and
Gordon is watching the right tlank of
the main force, pot far from the rail
way bridge at Irene station, which was
destroyed by the enemy.
"Our casualties I hope are very few."
Chicago, June 5. The Boer envoys
arrived here this morning but the wel
coming words of the reception commit
tee were half lost in the shouts of news
boys crying "All about Pretoria surren
dered." The news of the fall of the Transvaal
caoital was receiveel calmly, almost in
differently, it appeared, but this was
explained bv Mr. Fischer, who said:
"The news does not come as a sur
prise. The fight will continue."
Mayor Harrison headed the reception
committee but he was momentarily put
in the ha cksrrmi nrl hv an enthusiastic
man, who although unknown to the
committee, rushed up tne steps oi me
car from which the Afrikanders were
about to alight.
"On behalf of the Democracy which
I have supported for twenty-seven
years." he declared in a loud voice, "I
bid you welcome."
The envoys looked somewhat sur
prised at the incident but were soon put
at ease bv the mayor, who after turn
ing the intruder over to a policeman.
accompanied the party to tne Auditor
ium Annex.
At the hotel breakfast was eaten
privately. The party consists of A.
Fischer, C. H. Wessels. A. T. W. Wol
marans, Montague White, Secretary De
Bruyn and Mrs. Fischer. !
At the hotel Mr. Wessels was shown
the Associated Press dispatches an
nouncing the" fall of Pretoria. He read
them through very carefully. "It is
trup; there can be no doubt of that."
he said, slowlv. as he read the last
word. "It means," he continued, "that
organized resistance on a large scale
will no longer be the problem 'presented
to Lord ' Roberts in Heuth Africa. It
nvai;s that from now on the burgher?
will pursue much the same tactics
adopted by the Filipir.rs. We may sur-
re'Ueie'r. but we will r.ever be conqueiea
Pretoria was well fortifieel. but our gen
erals Fay that it was useless to stand
a siege when they hael but 5.000-men
to combat the enemy's 60,000. They
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Election Returns Confusing and
Indications That Republicans
Have Carried the State.
Fusionists May Have the Next
U. S. Senator.
Comparison With the Tote of
1898 is Given.
Portland, Ore., June 5 Incomplete re
turns from 17 out of the 33 counties in
the state give the following result of
yesterday's election:
For justice of the supreme court, Wol
verton, Republican, 10,756; Green, fu
sion, 8,355. If this ratio is maintained
complete returns will give Wolverton
8,000 majority in the state.
For congressman. First district
Definitely Announced Today Comes the End of the War.
Tongue, Republican, 8,582; DaTy, fusion,
Congressman, Second district Moody,
Republican, 5,108; Smith, fusion, 3,318.
These figures indicate that Moody, in
the Second district will have close to
6.000 plurality and Tongue in the First
district about 3,000 plurality, a gain of
1,000 over his vote in 1898.
The legislature is in doubt though at
thi3 time the returns are favorable to
the Republicans who have 12 hold-over
For mayor of Portland, the vote as
far as counted shows the following re
sult: Rowe, (Rep.,) 931; Story, (Ind. Rep.)
836: Wells (Dem.) 710.
The city council will stand eight Re
publicans, two Democrats and one in
dependent Republican.
The legislative ticket in this Multno
mah county is in doubt and it will take
complete returns to determine the re
sult. Multnomah county is usually Re-
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publican by from 2,500 to 4.000 plurality
but a split in the Republican party and
a combination of the Democrats and
Populists on the legislative ticket caus
ed the defeat of the four Republican
senatorial nominees and part of the rep
resentatives. Outside of the legislative
ticket the Republicans ' elect all the
county ticket. The fusionists elect the
district attorney for this district.
Portland, -Ore., June 5. Returns from
yesterday's election are coming in very
slowly. Moody and Tongue, Republi
cans are elected to congress. At Demo
cratic headquarters It Is claimed that
the entire fusion legislative ticket in
Multnomah county is elected. If this
claim holds goiod, the next state legis
lature will be very close with probably
a small Republican majority. For may
or of Portland, Howe. Republican, is
slightly in the lead.
In the election of 1898 Mr. Geer, Re
publican candidate for governor was
elected over King, fusion, by 10,551 plur
ality, Geer's vote being 45,093 and
King's 34,542. The Republican majority
in the house was 25 and IS in the senate.
Thomas H. Tongue,- Republican con
gressman had a plurality of 2.037 in the
First district and M. A. Moody, Repub
lican, a plurality of 6,657 in the Second
General Strike in Joplin District as
Result of Reduction in Wages.
Joplin, Mo., June 5. The employes of
the Gaddis, Little Circle, Big Circle and
"A. 2
Oronogo zinc mines walked out Monday
as a result of a reduction in their
wages. Men receiving $2 per day were
cut to $1.75 for work in the ground and
all others in proportion. These mines
are located on the Boston Little Circle
company s grounds at Oronogo, Mo. A
reduction takes place tomorrow at the
Victoria, Cass, Aurora and LaTosca
mines, at Oronogo, and the men are pre
paring to walk out. This will make over
1,000 miners out at this place alone.
No material reduction has been made
in wages in and around Joplin, but the
cut at Oronogo may start a general re
duction and possibly a gentral strike
among miners. The operators claim it
is impossible to pay the old schedule on
account of recent slumps in prices of
"Weather Indications.
Chicago, June 5. For Kansas: Fair
Weeintsu'ay.preceeled by thunuer storms
in the?- east tonight; southerly winds.
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54 Members of St. Loais
Posse Comitatus
Narrowly Escape Death From
an Explosion.
lol) Gathers Quickly and
Stones the Car.
Discharge of Revolver Brings
a Return Fire.
Crowd is Dispersed Without
Fifty Prominent Citizens Peti
tion the Governor.
St. Louis, June 5. A special car that
carried company H of the posse
comitatus from the barracks on Wash
ington avenue over the Chouteau ave
nue line to the car shed at Jefferson
avenue and La Salle street ran over ex
plosives on the track at Fifteenth and
Washington avenue and at Twenty-
second street and Chouteau avenue.
The first explosion did not amount to
much but the second was a heavy one,
lifting the car three feet in the air
and throwing the occupants to the floor.
The floor was blown up and the roof
damaged. . - - t
Two reports were heard,, indicating
that a double explosion had taken place.
Fifty-four men were on- the car Two
of them, Flelschman and Sara
Schwartzberg, were slightly injured.. ,
The explosion aroused the neighbor
hood and in a few minutes about 3,000
people were on the scene. They com
menced to hoot and jeer at the depu
ties and soon the air was thick with
flying stones and other missiles. Not
ontent with an assault with rocks,
somebody in the crowd commenced to
discharge a revolver at the car. Then
the deputies were ordered to use their
guns and they fired in the air as they
charged the crowd.
The shooting had the desired effect
and in a few minutes the crowd was
out of sight. As far as known none of
the assailants was hurt.
Special deputy sheriffs, members of
the posse comitatus, are on guard today
at all car sheds and power houses of
the St. Louis Transit company. The
different detailshave been divided in two
reliefs, each doing twelve hours' guard
duty with twelve off. Sheriff Pohiman
continues to send out summonses and
to swear in the citizens as they arrive
at his office. When his office closed
last night the sheriff had sworn in and
armed a few more than 1.000 men. It
will be several days before the full
complement of 2,500 is secured.
Many of the police who have been
guarding the sheds and power houses
have been ordered back to their regular
beats on which they have not walked
since the strike began. As the force of
ieputies is increased many more of the
police force will be enabled to resume
their former comparatively peaceful
pursuits of guarding the homes of citi
zens. Enough officers to guard the
street cars, however, will be retained
for that purpose. All the lines in opera
tion yesterday are running cars today,
but it is noticeable that those which
pass through the disturbed districts
contain very few passengers.
Ex-Governor W. J. Stone, attorney
for the strikers, today presented the
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Sirs. Jolm Sherman, Who
amended demands of the men to the of
ficials of the St. Louis Transit company.
The exact conditions of the amended
proposals can not be learned at present,
but it is known that President Whita
ker promptly turned them down. He
said hi would insist that all of the 1,000
men now at work on the Transit com
pany lines be retained, and added tht
if the strikers wished to return to work
they must do so at once or their places
would all be taken as additional non
union men are coming in daily from
other cities.
St. Louis, June 5. The following tele
gram signed by 50 prominent business
men of this city, was sent to Governor
Stephens at Jefferson City today:
"We, the undersigned citizens of the
city of St. Louis, respectfully represent
that a condition of riotous lawlessness
exists as an Incident to the strike upon
the street railways of the city which
prevents the running of cars and the
consequent paralysis of business which
the police of the city is numerically in
sufficient to suppress. The police board
and police officers are in earnest, but
have not numbers enough to accomp
lish the restoration of order and protect
property and secure personal safety.
The future is ominous of serious dan
gers. We therefore ask that you order
out the militia at once. Promptness will
save much property and life and quickly
restore order."
Governor Stephens who was Inter
viewed by telegraph said he would not
call out the militia until he was sure
the necessity for their presence in St.
Louis existed. In any case he said he
would take no such action until after
a conference with the police authorities
of St. Louis.
Noted War Correspondent Passes'
Away at Early Age.
Baden Weiler, Baden, June 5.
Stephen Crane, the American author
ana war correspondent, died here today,
aged 30 years.
London, June 5. The afternoon news
papers chronicling the death of Stephen
Crane speak in warm terms of the
American novelist. The St. James Ga
zette says:
"The loss of one of the most brilliant
or present day writers will be as deen
ly felt by the English as by the Ameri
can nations.
Hue of the Tenerable Ohio
Statesman Dies Where
She Was Born.
Mansfield. O.. June 5. Mrs. John
Sherman died at midnight, aged 72
years. She was Miss Margaret Celia
Stewart, only child of the late Judge
btewart or tms city. She was married
to Mr. Sherman. December 31. 1S48.
There are no children. She was born
here and will be buried here.
Without having regained conscious
ness rrom the third stroke of paralysi:
which she sustained on Sunday after
noon Mrs. Sherman was barely alive at
a late hour last night, with her vener
able husband at her bedside, himsel:
in precarious health and it is feared
that he will not long survive his wife.
The Sherman family returned from
Washington, May 25, to spend the sum
mer here, in the hope that the change
of climate and the restful manner of
their lives might be of benefit to both.
While Mr. and Mrs. Sherman were sit
ting on the piazza of their home Sun
day afternoon, chatting with visitors.
Mrs. Sherman sustained the shock
which caused her death.
No children w-ere born to them but
they adopted several daughters, one of
whom, Mrs. Mary Sherman McCaJlum
of Washington, was at her bedside. Gen
and Mrs. N. A. Miles had been tele
graphed for.
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Died Early This Morning.
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Ejes of World TVI11 Be Attracted
' to Kansas Exposition.
Every Section of State Repre
sented at Meeting Tqday."
Determined to Make Semi-Cen
tennial a National Event.
Will Probably Be Held at To-
peka, Capital of State.
Permanent Organization to Be
Made Today.
Governor Stanley Outlines What
Shonld Be Done.
The semi-centennial anniversary of
he organization of Kansas as a terri
tory will be fittingly celebrated by the
people of Kansas. And, the celebration.
will probably be held at the capital
city. The meeting held today In this
city for the purpose of making prelim
inary plans, was a great surprise to the
promoters in point of attendance and
The southern and central parts of the
state are especially well represented
and these delegates are favorable ta
the location of the celebration at To-
Today a majority of the delegates
from those sections of the state ex
pressed themselves in favor of the cel
ebration in the capital city.
Wichita has asked that the celebra
tion be held there, but the delegates
from the counties adjoining Seagwicic
express the opinion that WMchita has
no claims upon the celebration and two
men from counties bounding Sedgwick.
expressed surprise that Wichita, should
ask for the celebration.
All sections of the state are repre
sented in today's meeting and the unan
imous sentiment is that the celebration
which will take place in 1904, shall be
one which will attract the a-ttention of
the United States.
In opening the meeting this morning
Governor Stanley said:
','Two. legislatures will meet between
now and the time the celebration is
neld and I hope appropriations will be
made for this event which will make it
the unqualified success it should be."
There were not many delegates at the
opening session but the noon trains
brought large crowds so the afternoon
meetings were far beyond the expecta
tions of the promoters. The suggestion
of this celebration was first made by
Captain H. M. Philips, treasurer of
Shawnee county.
Capt. Philips presented the matter to
the Topeka Commercial club and favor
able action was at once taken. Later" .
the executive council of the state took
an active interest in the matter and
the governor immediately took up the
work of urging the various counties to
send representatives to the meeting to
day. Governor Stanley called the meeting;
to order. He said: "We are approach
ing the semi-centennial of the organiza
tion of Kansas as a territory. We are
planning a celebration of that event
and this meeting has been called to
make the preliminary arrangements.
This is an important meeting and this
proposed celebration will be one of great
honor to the state. It should be done
well. It is an important mission and I
hope your work will be done in har
mony." H. Whiteside of Hutchinson was
made temporary chairman ;T. J. Ander
son, Topeka, was chosen heeretary.
The following committees were then
appointed :
Credentials H. M. Philips, Topeka;
T. A. Hubbard, Sumner, J. E. Hessin,
Permanent organization J. C. John
son, Rice: John E. Frost, Shawnee; S.
E. Cole, Harper.-
Resolutions W. E. Stanley, chair
man; John W. Breidenthal, T. L. Bond,
Saline; F. K. Brown, Marshall; T. R,
Longshore, Bourbon.
Order of business John Q. Royce,
Phillips; J. C. Stone, Leavenworth; W.
N. Beezely, Edwards.
The various committees retired for
the business assigned to them and tha
convention adjourned to 1:30 p. m.
The following representatives are at
tending the meeting: r
Hutchinson W. Y. Morgan, H. White
side. Galena Mayor O. E. Allen.
Topeka Mayor C. J. Drew, M. Snat
tinger. Marysville James Smith.
Washington William Rogers.
El Dorado S. S. Smith.
Fort Scott C. W. Goodlander.
Hiawatha R. V. Brokaw.
Harper Sam Cole.
Leavenworth Arthur Jackson.
Burlington E. D. King.
Osborne H. W. Neiswanger.
Emporia Mayor H. B. Morse.
Beloit Mayor A. B. Cotton.
Manhattan John E. Hessin.
Mankato J. J. Dalton.
Pittsburg J. R. Lindburg.
Pratt county D. W. Blaine.
Marshall county F. K. Brown.
Sedgwick county P. V. Healey.
Saline county A. P. Collins.
McPherson county J. D. Milliken.
Shawnee county S. H. Haynes.
Topeka Commercial club H. M.
Philins.. John E. Frost. J. W. Breiden-
-;thU, D. W. Mulvane, E. Wilder.
- Reno county B. o. Morton. -
- Mitchell, county W. G. Dickie.
. Decatur county O. -L. Benton.
Sumner county T. A. Hubbard.
Pawnee county-rWm. Scott.
Bourbon county-5-T. R. Longshore.
: Jewell county J. C. Postlethwaite.
Rice county J. C. Johnson.
Manhattan Commercial clul S. M.
Phillipsburg and Phillips county J.
Q. Royce.
State officers Governor Stanley,
Treasurer Grimes, Auditor Cole, Secre
tary Clark. Attorney General Godard,
and Superintendent Nelson, comprising
the executive council, were by the com
mittee on credentials accorded places cf
honor in the roll of members.
The semi-centennial exhibitieSi will
te managed by an association eom-
(Continued on Sixth Page.)

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