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LAST EDITION.
FRIDAY EVENING.
TOPEKA, KANSAS, JUNE 8, 1900.
FRIDAY EVENING.
TWO CENTS.
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WAR CERTAIN.
Belief is Expressed in London
That Nothing
Can Prevent a Clash Between
Russia and Japan.
PANICKY CONDITION
Pervades the Market and Finan
cial Circles.
British Preparing to Force a
Passage to Pekin.
New Yoi'k. June S. A dispatch to the
Herald from London says:
The anxkty respecting events in the
far East has spread still further.
Over and over again one hears the
opinion expressed that nothing can pre
vent war between Japan and Russia.
In diplomatic circles nothing else 19
talked about. There exists now an ex
citement among diplomats such as has
nut lx c n known for years, and which
i.as erdively eclipsed all the attention
hitherto given to the war in South Afr
j tea. A visit to the city revealed an
inejvose in anxiety.
There ex'sts in financial circles all
the i e'iminaries of a panic, which sen
timent has affected all the markets and
finite neutralized the anticipated effect
of the go-id news from South Africa.
It only needs a little, if anything can
tie juJ.uvd from Thursday appearances,
for a very serious break in prices to
tak? place.
Public sentiment Is urging the gov
ernment to take a more active interest
in Chinese developments.
!!El!.KLMO. IX SOUTHERN CHINA
Victoria, R. C, June S. According to
news from the O'ient brought by the
steamer Idzuma Maru, a rebellion has
br.
k'-n cut in four southern provinces
( f ' luni Kwang Tung,, Kwangsi, Kule
'.'how and Hunan. The rebellion is re
poited by the Shanghai papers to be
under ore leader and an American is
rumored to be one of the leading spirits.
The Canton correspondent of the
Shanghai paper says the rebels are
busily smuggling in arms, including
hir-e numbers of quick tiring guns.
They are said to number 2.i.u00 and
m ire are daily joing them. Li Hung
Chang, the viceroy at Canton, is said
to be alive to the danger, and he is
importing modern munitions of war
to ami the Chinese troops. Five thou
sand Mausers have arrived at Canton,
nit of a consignment of 15,000 ordered
by h:m.
ROWERS FEELING THEIR WAT.
London, June H, 2:4." p. m. Dispatches
from the far East show apparently no
1 1 s.-;;tiim in the aetivitv of the boxers.
but the powers ale gradually feeling
their way to common action for the
suppression of the disorders. It is be
lieved that when the dowager em
press realizes the til m intention to
check her connivance in the anti-foreign
movement there v ill be a speedy
end to the rioting, as if the Chinese
ai ted in good faith they could easily
iu-li the rabble, which is armed chiefly
with spears, agricultural implements,
a few swords and some old ritles.
A dispatch from Tien Tsin dated
Thursday, June 7, 4 p. m., shows the
British lvint'orot-ments had not then
Htaried for i'i-kin as expected, owing to
tiie refusal of the authorities to allow
tto i i to entrain, although the British
fifred to repair the line as they went.
Additional Russian and Austrian
troops have arrived at Tien Tsin. and
the ( lerman cruise! s Hansa and Gefion
have started from K iao Chou for Taku
w ith mariii'-s intended for the same des
tination. The fact that much needed
lain has fallen is expected at Tien Tsin
I.. have a good effect in accelerating
the siTppression of the rising, as the
furmtrs in the movement will return
to thiir ordinary pursuits.
FRANCE JOINS THE CONCERT.
Palis, June S. At a cabinet council
today. presided over by President
Louliet, the minister of foreign affairs,
M. Heleasse. communicated dispatches
c oncoming the situation in China. The
French minister at Pekin he said was
luting in unison with the other diplo
mats, and Admiral Courrejolies, who
was at Taku with his squadron had
been instructed to co-operate with the
other admirals and take such measures
lor the protection of foreigners as the
situation demands.
AMERICA MAY LEAD.
Washington, June 8. The following
cablegram was received at the navy
department this morning from Admiral
Kunpff on board the Newark off the
Taku forts:
"Tong Kn, June S. Rattle yesterday
Vet ween Chinese and boxers near Tien
Tsin. Large number of boxers expected
to reach Tien Tsin tomorrow.
"KFJMPFF."
Minister Conger at Pekin also has
tiei-n heard from today. His message
to the state department said there was
jki improvement in the situation and
usked for instructions. It was not
deemed proper by the officials to in
dicate upon just what point Mr. Con
frv needs advice, but there is an intima
tion that he wishes to kjinw to what
extent he is to co-operate with the dip
lomatic representatives of the European
jiowers at I'ekin.
Secretary Hay took the message to
the cabinet where the answer will lie
framed. The state department is stead
fastly pursuing the line of policy laid
!own at the beginning of this boxer
trouble, of avoiding interference with
Chinese internal affairs, beyond such
measures as may be absolutely neces
sary for the protection of life and prop
erty there. Especially it is determined
to avoid committment to the policies of
any of the European powers which
might involve the United States in
trouble. From the ominous news con
veyed in Admiral Kempff's cablegram
Jt seems entirely probabie that Minister
f'onger will be directed to stick to the
same line of policy which has pursued
up to this time.
It is not to be understood by this
that the United States government is
desirous of evading any proper meas
ure of responsibility and the. state de
partment otlicials are careful to point
out that while retaining our indepen
dence of action our government is real
ly acting concurrently with the Euro
pean governments respecting this boxer
agitation. Thus at Taku, Admiral
Kempff is acting in a similar manner
to the commanding officers of the for
eign navy there assembled. Although
his orders arw subject to the approval
tif no one. At Tien Tsin, forty miles up
Uie river, which the admiral, expects to
be attacked tomorrow, the foreign com
mands are acting together.
It is said that in case of an emer
gency involving jeopardy to the lives of
foreigners, the United States forces at
Tien T3in might even be directed in
their general movement by the senior
naval officer ashore, even though that
officer should happen to be a German, a
Russian, a Frenchman or an English
man. This temporary subordination
might be brought about and in fact
would exist solely through a military
exigency.
If Tien Tsin is to be attacked by hordes
of boxers, it is entirely conceivable, ac
cording to military practice, that a suc
cessful defense of the foreign lives and
property in the city can be maintained
only through the assumption of the
coin '.land of the foreign navai forces,
by one competent officer; too many cap
tains may mean defeat. In view of this
possibility, the assumption of the com
mand of the American forces ashore by
Captain McCalla may be significant.
It is an unusual course for a captain
of a ship himself to i take command of
a landing party, as has been done by
Captain McCalla. His rank would cor
respond with that of a colonel of ma
rines and it may be that he would him
self be the senior officer at Tien Tsin
and thus be obliged to assume com
lun'id of the defense and direct In a
general way the operations of the Eu
ropean naval parties landed there.
The naval officers here are confident
that Tien Tsin proper is not in par
ticular danger. The gunboat Helena
will soon have the town under her guns
and there are believed to be three for
eign warships in position to co-operate.
CABINET DISCUSSES IT.
Washington, June 8. Almost the only
subject before the cabinet meeting to
day was the situation in China. Sec
rotary Hay read a cablegram from Min
ister Conger at Pekin in which he
stated there was no improvement in
the situation and asked for instruc
tions. Secretary Hay stated after the meet
ing that a reply would be sent to Mr.
Conger substantially reaffirming the one
sent a day or two ago to the effect that
he will be expected to do whatever is
necessary to protect the lives of Ameri
can.! and their property and to main
tain the dignity of this government. He
will be instructed to form no alliance
with any government. It is understood
here that the representatives of the
powers in Pekin w ill call in a body on
Hie dowager empress and present the
necessity of her taking immediate and
vigorous action to suppress the riotei's.
It is assumed that Mr. Conger will join
the other representatives.
BRITISH TO FORCE A PASSAGE.
London. June S. A special dispatch
from Shanghai says the dowager em
press has ordered General Neih Si
Chong with 3,000 men to protect the
railway at Pekin. A severe fight, it is
added, has occurred with the boxers
whose ranks included many soldiers
from the general's commands.
When the battle ended two hundred
veie left on the field.
The dispatch goes on to say:
"One hundred and eighty British ma
rines with a machine gun are about to
force a passage from Tien Tsin to
Pekin.. Altogether about 900 British
have been landed from the fleet, a
greater number than have landed from
the combined vessels of the other
nowors. This evidence of Great Brit
ain's intention to assert her position
strongly gives great satisfaction here."
A ZONE OF SAFETY.
New York, June 8. A special to the
Herald from Washington says: Steps
have been taken by the naval com
manders at Taku to establish a zone
of safety for foreigners around that
port. This is the conclusion reached
by officials of the administration after
considering Minister Conger's dispatch
yesterday stating that the diplomatic
represer tatives in Pekin had deter
mined upon an international blockade
of that port and the Pei-Ho river, in
connection with a message from Rear
Admiral Kempff today.
Admiral Kempff announced that he
was ready to co-operate with the other
naval commanders at Taku for the pro
tection of foreign life and property. It
was suggested by an official who dis
cussed the situation this afternoon that
the diplomatic representatives, after
consulting with the naval commanders
had decided that it was advisable to
make Taku a port of refuge for all
fore f-rers, throw ing a strong cordon
of guards around the city to protect It
from attack by the boxers.
CHINESE TROOPS SURROUNDED.
Tine Tsin, June 8. It is reoorted
from Chfnese official sources that 4,000
boxers surrounded 1,500 Chinese troops
between Lofa and Yong Tsun "yester
day and according to the latest news
fighting is still going on this morning.
Official:) say that 500 boxers were
killed, but gives no account of the Chi
nese casualties.
Thirty of General Neih's troops en
counleied a body of boxers three miles
from here on the Taku road, and killed
twenty-one of them.
No news has been received from Pao
Tir? Fu for three days and the situa
tion there is believed to be critical. It
is reported that the Chinese troops
have been defeated near there.
The French cruisers D'Entrecasteaux
and Jean Bart and the Russian cruiser
RoKSie have arrived at Taku.
EMPLOYMENT BUREAU.
State Labor Society Establishes a
Free One at Kansas City.
The Kansas City employment agencies
which have been preying upon the men
seeking employment as harvest hands
by charging them from $1 to $3 for in
formation as to the direction which
they, might go to obtain work will be
deprived of exercise in this direction by
the state labor bureau which tomorrow
establishes a branch office in Kansas
City.
B. P. Scott, assistant secretary of the
department, will have charge of the
office.
It will be near the ticket office in the
Union station at Kansas City and be
fore men purchase tickets they will be
given information concerning the best
place to secure employment..
The state labor department takes this
in hand to prevent the sending of the
men seeking employment to one' par
ticular point. Mr. Scott will distribute
the men where they will all be able to
obtain work and the service thus per
formed will be free of charge.
Arrested For Stealing a Bicycle.
i ranees w aters, a colored girl, was
arrested Thursday evening by the po
lice on the charge of stealing a bicycle.
1 he W aters girl worked for a family
on Topeka avenue between Fifth and
Sixth streets. She took a bicycle to her
home in Oakland and told her mother
Miss Anna Payne was to be awav dur
ing the summer and give her the bicvele
to use until she returned. The nolice
went to her home and found the wheel
belonging to Miss Payne. The Waters
girl failed to give bond and was locked
J up.
HE SEESJCRUGER.
United States Consul Hollis
Tisits Oom Paul.
Spends Two Hours in Close Con
ference With the President.
BACK TO PRETORIA.
"President Kruger Says He Ex
pects to Return.
His Capital at Present is in a
Car.
Lorenzo Marques, June 8. United
States Consul Hollis, who returned here
yesterday from the Transvaal by spec
ial train had a two hours' interview in
close conference with President Kruger
at Machadorp. It is stated that Mr.
Hollis was the bearer of friendly dis
patches from the United States govern
ment urging Mr. Kruger to treat for
peace.
RUNDLE'S DEMONSTRATION.
Hammonia. Orange River Colony.June
8. Gen. Rundle made a strong demon
stration against the Boer positions, em
ploying five hundred of Gen. Brabant's
Queenstown mounted nnes, two guns
and the Cape mounted infantry. Under
Col. Dalgetty the Boer outposts were
driven back and their laager was loca
ted, but the troops returned without a
battle.
WARREN MOVING NORTH.
Cape Town, June S. Gen.Wrarren with
a strong force, including the Canadian
artillery, is reaching north through Gri
qualand west. He encamped at Camp
bell yesterday, no opposition being of
fered. Numbers of the rebels are hand
ing in their arms to the British com
mander. PLUMMER OCCUPIES ZERUST.
Mafeking, Tuesday, May 29. Colonel
Plummer occupied Zerust yesterday
without opposition. This district is re
gaining its normal condition. Supplies
are arriving daily.
OOM PAUL. INTERVIEWED.
London, June 8. The executive offices
of the Transvaal government are in a
railway car, which is shunted on a
switch at Machadorp station. President
Kruger caused the interior of the coach
to be reconstructed sometime ago with
a view to contingencies that have now
arrived. A correspondent of the Daily
Express who went from Lorenzo Mar
ques to see President Kruger was re
ceived yesterday. The president sat
smoking a long pipe. He looked wor
ried, but his bearing was quiet and de
termined. He did not make the least
objection to being interviewed.
The correspondent was equipped for
the interview by cables from London.
"Yes." said President Kruger, "it is
quite true that the British have occu
pied Pretoria. This, however, does not
end the war. The burghers are fully de
termined to fight to 1he last. They will
never surrender so long as oOO armed
men remain in the country. I feel deep
ly encouraged by the fine work Steyn
and Dewet are doing in the Free State."
The correspondent suggested that the
war was over inasmuch as the capital
had been taken.
"The capital," explained Mr. Kruger
with energy, "what is a capital? It does
not consist of any particular kind of
bricks and mortar. The capital of the
republic, the seat of government is here
in this car. There is no magic about
any special site. Our country is invaded,
it is true, but it is not conquered. The
country is still effective."
Referring to the reasons why he left
Pretoria, Mr. Kruger said:
"I was not foolish enough to be taken
prisoner. I provided this means of
locomotion precisely for the same rea
son as our burghers supply themselves
with horses when they take the field.
"It is necessary that I should be able
to move quickly from place to place.
That is all. By and by this car will
take me back to Pretoria. For the pres
ent it enables me to keep
away from Pretoria, where I could
be of no service and where I should only
play into the hands of the enemy."
"They say, Mr. Kruger," remarked
the correspondent, "that you have
brought with you gold to the value of
2,000,000 pounds?"
"It is not true," replied the president.
"Whatever monetary resources I may
have with me are simply those which
we require for state purposes. At the
same time I am not going to tell you
where our treasure Is. Let Roberts find
it if he can."
"They also say in London.Mr. Kruger,
that you contemplate taking refuge on
a Dutch man-of-war at Lorenzo Mar
ques." "That again is a lie," retorted the
president with vehemence. "I know of
no such Dutch war vessel. I am not
contemplating refuge anywhere. I shall
not leave my country. There will be
no need of my doing anything of the
kind."
The correspondent Then, sir, there is
much surprise at your having left Mrs.
Kruger behind.
President Kruger But why? Mrs.
Kruger is quite safe in Pretoria. She
would only be put to personal incon
venience here. All communication be
tween us is stopped, of course, but she
will await my return with calmness
and courage. She is a brave woman. I
am here awaiting further information.
We are surrounded by faithful burghers
and are quite safe.
Secretary -of State Reitz remarked:
"You may depend upon it, that the war
is not yet over. Guerrilla warfare will
continue over an enormous area. We
intend to fight to the bitter end and
shall probably retire upon Lydenburg
where we can hold out for many
months."
"Yes, observed Mr. Kruger, "it is
only now that the real struggle has be
gun. I fear that thc-re will still be
much blood shed, but the fault is that
of the British government."
Then raising his voice to an almost
passionate height, Mr. Kruger exclaim
ed: The time nas passed tor us to
talk. We have done plenty of that, but
it has done us no good. The only thing
left for us to do is to keep on fighting,
to keep on fighting."
WORRIED ABOUT HOLLIS.
T.or.don, June 8. The driblets of news
fltering from the Transvaal fail to
throw much light on the situation in
and around Pretoria.
Public interest centers largely In the
fate of the prisoners, but it seems
probable that about 3.300 have been re
covered, including 129 officers. The fed
erals therefore have removed about a
thousand as hostages.
The Lorenzo Marques dispatch to the
effect that United States Consul Hollis
has been conferring with President
Kruger is creating some comment, but
in view of the Washington dispatch
which asserts that Mr. Hollis has no
official errand to the Transvaal there
Is little disposition to regard his move
ments as at all significant. A special
dispatch from Pretoria says that the
only shell which took effect in the town,
the day prior to the occupation of Pre
toria hit the United States consulate.
A dispatch from Cape Town announces
that the work of organizing the gov
ernment of the Transvaal is proceeding.
A portion of Sir Alfred Milner's staff
has gone to Pretoria to start the ma
chinery, so the proclamation of the an
nexation of the Transvaal may be
speedily expected.
CALL ON MRS. KRUGER.
London, June 8. A special dispatch
from Pretoria describes the visit made
by officers of Lord Roberts' staff to the
presidency, Tuesday, June 5. It says:
"We were received by a Dutch pastor,
and shortly after were joined by Mrs.
Kruger. The latter wore a black silk
dress and white cap. She composedly
exchanged greetings with her visitors,
who notfied her of their intention to re
replace the burgher guards by a guard
of British troops. The burghers there
upon laid down their arms on the as
phalted porch of the building near the
lidns guarding the entrance."
HOLLIS HAD NO RIGHT.
Should Not Have Entered Transvaal
Without Permission.
" Washington, June 8. Secretary Hay
says in reference to the Lourenzo Mar
ques dispatch stating that it was be
lieved United States Consul Hollis had
been negotiating with President Kruger
to bring about peace, by direction of the
Washington government that Mr. Hollis
had no authority whatever from the
state department to make a trip into the
Transvaal and furthermore the state
department did not know of any such
intention on his part. The consul had
no right to go into foreign territory
without permission for the state depart
ment, but as it is assumed that his visit
was of a purely personal character, It is
not probable that notice will be taken of
his reported actions.
Itf'KlNLEY WILL WAIT.
Until After the Convention Be
fore Going to Canton.
Washington, June 8. The president
probably will not go to Canton until
the later part of the present month and
certainly not until after the Republican
national convention which meets in
Philadelphia June 19. A large number
of letters have been received at the
White House from political organiza
tions in different parts -of the country
stating that it is their intention to stop
in Washington for an hour or two on
their way to the Philadelphia conven
tion to pay their respects to the presi
dent. Under these circumstances the
president has decided to remain here
until after the convention.
It is understood that he has decided
not to take the California trip this sum-
nem.
Today was the anniversary of Mrs.
McKinley's birthday and many of her
Washington friends called to offer their
congratulations. A large number of
baskets and bouquets of flowers and
congratulatory telegrams were received
during the day.
DEWEY ITINERARY.
The Admiral Leaves Columbus For
Detroit
Columbus, O., June 8 Admiral Dewey
and party left here at 9 a. m., in thei
special train over the Hocking Valley
railway en route for Detroit, where they
are scheduled to arrive at 1:30 p. m. Ac
cording to the intinerary the admiral
will leave Detroit Monday at 9 a. m., en
route for Grand Rapids.stopping 30 min
utes en route at Lansing. From 2:30 p,
m., Monday, to 7:30 p. m. Tuesday, he
will stop at Grand Rapids, going thenc
to Avilla, Ind. Wednesday the party
will see the following northern Ohio
towns:
Defiance. Deshler. North Baltimore,
Fostoria, Tiffin, Chicago Junction, Shel
by, Mansfield and Mount Vernon.
At each place a brief stoo will be
made. A night run to Washington will
be made, reaching there Thursday.
AT DETROIT.
Detroit, Mich.. June 8. The flags and
bunting which today decorated public
and private buildings and many resi
dences in honor of the visit of Admiral
Dewey were rendered lifeless by a cold
steady rain, which fell intermittently
through the morning. Notwithstanding
adverse weather, the coming of Dewey
was everywhere the topic of conversa
tion and there was a great and excited
crowd at the Michigan Central station
this afternoon when the admiral's spe
cial train rolled in. The noise of the
cheering mass of people was augmented
by the sound of the guns of the United
States steamship Michigan firing her
admiral's salute at her anchorage not
far distant. Screaming whistles of
steamers and factories for miles around
increased the din; meanwhile Admiral
Dewey was responding to the noisy
greetings with his usual mod.est affa
bility. From the time of his arrival until
tomorrow Admiral Dewey and party
are the special guests of the Fellowcraft
club and their train was met at Rock
wood, twenty miles from the city, by
Wm. Livingstone, president of the Fel
lowcrafters, members of the club's
board of governors. Mayor Maybury
and a few friends of the admiral.
Upon arrival the admiral and Mrs.
Dewey were driven to the Russell
House, escorted by a battalion" of the
Fourteenth infantry from Fort Wayne,
detachments of marines and sailors
from the United States steamship
Michigan and the revenue cutter Fes
senden and a battalion of mounted po
lice officers. The progress of the admiral
up Jefferson and Woodward streets to
the hotel was a continuous ovation.
The rest of the day was spent in
quietly resting and visiting friends of
the Deweys.
This evening an elaborate reception
and dinner will be tendered the admiral
at the Fellowcraft club. Mrs. Dewey
will be dined by ladies of Detroit at the
Detroit club. The public features of
tomorrow will include a naval parade
and review, followed later by a land
parade.
Duke of Wellington Dead.
London, June 8. Henry Wellesley,
third Duke of Wellington, died at
Strathfieldsaye house, Mortimer, Berk
shire, today in the 55th year of his age.
Weather Indications.
Chicago, June 8. For Kansas: Partly
cloudy tonight and Saturday, with local
thunder storms; warmer Saturday;
southerly winds.
WILL MOT SUBMIT
Merchants Raise Their Voices
in Earnest Protest.
Committee Is Appointed to Ask
For Justice.
UNWARRANTED RAISES.
Increase in Assessments Little
Short of Appalling.
Merchants Between Sixth and
Eighth Bear the Brnnt.
In response to the call issued by Sec
retary Anderson of the Commercial
club, a number of Topeka merchants
met at the club rooms this morning to
discuss the question of increased assess
ment. Instead of adjourning to the
county commissioners' office in a body,
as was originally intended, a committee
of three was appointed to investigate
the matter and report to a second meet
ing of merchants Monday morning.
The committee is composed of John F.
McManus, chairman; C. J. Evans and
Charles Adams. The members will Visit
the court house this afternoon and com
mence their investigation, which will be
with a view of determining whether an
equalization should be demanded in the
city assessment only or in the assess
ment of the entire county.
The firms represented at the meeting
this morning were the following:
crosoy tiros.
George W. Crane & Co.
Sam Hindman.
Palace Clothing company.
Kemper & Paxton.
Charles Adams.
Greenwald & Co.
M. F. Rigby.
John F. McManus.
Kellam Book & Stationery company.
Robinson, Marshall & Co.
Topeka Cash Dry Goods company.
Thompson Bros.
The Fair.
Mr. George W. Crane was rtinwn
chairman, and the object of the meeting
was stated by Secretary Anderson. In
opening the discussion Mr. E. H. Crosby
sa.iu :
1 understand that a number nt fha
mercnants have had theirassessment in
creased as much as 100 per cent over
that of last year.Our assessment hay
been considerably more than doubled.
When Mr. Leavitt. the assessor, called
at the store and left the blank for the
statement of valuation I vnluniariiv in
creased the valuation $10,000, because of
our aamtional stock. This Mr. Leavitt
refused to accept, and filled out a state
ment according to his own ideas. Thia
statement is now in the hands of the
county commissioners unsigned. I did
iiot reruse to sign it, but told Mr. Leav
ltt i wanted time to investigate. I went
to Col. Burgess, the city assessor, and
ne torn me tnat the work was wholly in
me nanas of fiis deputy. I next called
on Mayor Drew, and it was mv under
standing that the mayor would confer
wun col. Burgess and Mr. Leavitt in
ieierence to tne matter. However, the
street fair came un. nnrl th thino-
allowed to slide along and is now in the
nanus oi tne county commissioners T
we are to be compelled to pay the same
ldle as last year, the increase will
amount io an outrage. It has been sta
me tnat tne county assessors hel
Dd.cit tneir assessments until after the
ciLj assessment was completed.
otcieiary Anderson The rottenest
thing on the statute books of the state
is me assessment law. When I was
in the senate at the last session I tried
to have something done to remedy pres
ent conditions, but found it impossible
In reference to the city assessment, I
understand that the entire increase
amounts to $200,000.
Mr. D. P. Paxfbn In that case I
think it will be found that the mer
chants have been made to stand the
entire increase. My assessment shows
an increase of $20,000 over that of last
year, and from this it can be seen that
it would take but a few merchants to
represent the $200,000.
Mr. D. J. Gre'enwald I understand
tne increases are confined to the mer
chants between Sixth and Eight ave
nues. I have taken the time to look
into the matter and find that clothing
ut i c-ii ciAui ana ii.ig-ntn ave
their assessments increased. It looks
a.o j. uie ujati iiniuation is in the city
assessment, and that the equalization
should be made here.
Mr. Crosby In talking to Mr. Leav
itt he said an effort was to be made to
reduce the rate of taxation. The rate
would have to be reduced close to 3
per cent, before it would make the as
sessment as it now stands Just. If the
rate was reduced to a reasonable figure
the merchants would be glad to pay on
the increased valuation.
Mr. McManus As I understand it,
it is the intention of the merchants to
go before the county commissioners and
protest against the assessment. As
there seems to be no definite plan of
action, before the visit is made to the
county commissioners I would suggest
that a committee of three be appointed
to look into the matter and find out the
exact conditions. The committee could
then report to this meeting and the
report would form an intelligent basis
on which to work.
The suggestion of Mr. McManus met
with general approval, and Chairman
Crane appointed the committee with
Mr. McManus as chairman. After the
report of the committee Monday the
merchants will call on the commission
ers in a body.
SIXTEEN PAGES SATURDAY
Owing to the ccntinued great demand
upon the advertising columns of the
State Journal for Friday's and Satur
day's issues, and in order to give our
readers not only the full telegraph and
other news Saturday but also to admit
a number of features which are impos
sible with eight pages, the State Journal
will again be double the ordinary size
tomorrow.
Peru "Wants to Trade
(Correspondence of Associated Press.)
Bio Janeiro, May 11. It is affirmed
that Peru has offered a coaling sta
tion on the Pacific to the United States
besides other advantages on condition
that the American government employs
its good offices to obtain from Chili a
modification of the supposed plan to
annex Axica ind Tacna.
E. W. HOWE LANDS.
Atchison Editor to Reach Home Prom
Europe Saturday.
Atchison, June 8. E. W. Howe and
son Eugene landed at Hoboken Thurs
day, returning from a five weeks' trip
abroad. They had a pleasant voyage
returning. They expect to reach Atch
isoi. Saturday evening.
THREE OFFICERS SHOT.
Result of Attempting to Knn
St. Louis Cars at Night.
St. Louis, Mo., June 8. Three police
officers were shot in various parts of
the city last night as the result of riots.
Michael Gibbons was hit in the ankle
and knee, B. J. Boland in the knee and
W. O. Coates in the back. The latter's
wound is serious. Gibbons and Boland
were acting as guards on Union line
cars and Coates was on a patrol wagon
guarding property of the Transit com
pany. While standing on the rear platform
of a northbound Union line car John
Goetling, a photographer, 20 years old,
was shot and seriously wounded at
Fifteenth and Chamber streets. The
city hospital physicians say that Goet
ling probably will die within twenty-
four hour3 from the result of his in
jury.
Cars were run on one line of the St.
Louis Transit system last night for the
first time since the strike was declared,
almost a month ago. The line selected
to make the test is what is known as
the Lindell division. Every car carried
a police guard and in addition the thor
oughfares along the entire route were
patrolled by police officers and com
panies of the posse comitatus, the lat
ter armed with riot shotguns.
Twenty-five sticks of dynamite were
unearthed by the police. Five sticks
were found buried under the Easton
avenue car tracks at Easton and Van
Denventer avenue and twenty addition
al sticks were found in an abandoned
shed at Broadway and Gasconade
streets in the immediate neighborhood
of the power house of the Southern
electric.
The dynamite found on the Easton
avenue tracks had beeii made into a
bomb and placed immediately under
the rail. Had a car passed, over it at
the time the conveyance probably
would have been blown to atoms.
Owing to the success with which cars
were run over the main branch of the
Lindell division of the Transit com
pany's system last nignt, General Man
ager Baumhoff has decided to open
three other lines tonight. He says that
cars will probably be run over the Olive
street. Laclede avenue and Park or
Compton avenue divisions. Police will
grjard the cars and deputy sheriffs will
patrol the thoroughfares through .which
they pass.
It is. just one month today since the
strike began and Mr. Baumhoff says
the Transit company has all its lines in
operation in the day time, except the
Southwestern. About half the usual
number of cars are running. Mr. Baum
hoff says it is too dangerous for pas
sengers to ride over the Southwestern
line at present and for that reason it
has not been reopened.
A special train arrived here today
from the east carrying 250 experienced
motormen and conductprs from Phila
delphia, Pittsburg and other Pennsyl
vania cities who had come to work for
the Transit company. The conductor of
the train stated that the full number of
men that started from Philadelphia did
not reach here, labor organizations at
different stopping places en route influ
enced at least 15 to return to their
homes. This is denied by representa
tives of the Transit company who say
there have been no desertions. The men
were divided into squads and taken to
the offices of the Transit company at
Vandeventer and Park avenues, where
they were registered and afterwards as
signed for duty on various lines. The
men say they came here with a fu.l
knowledge of the condition of affairs
existing in St. Louis.
DEMAND fOVt MILITIA.
Governor Stephens did not come to
St. Louis from Jefferson City this morn
ing as had been expected, in response to
the request of prominent business men
to call Jut the militia. He will reach
here this evening and immediately after
his arrival will confer with the citizens'
committee and police authorities as to
the necessity and advisability of call
ing on the militia to help preserve or
der. A petition is being circulated on
! the' merchants' exchange, asking Gov-
ernor Stephens to order the state guard
into active service. This petition which
is being signed by many of the prom
inent business men of the city will be
presented to the governor tonight.
Chief of Police Campbell said today:
"I aat'in favor of ordering out the
state-'troops and have always been in
favor of it.
"I prefer it to the posse. State troops
are disciplined, armed and equipped,
and know how to use weapons. One
great difficulty with the posse is that
it is impossible to rapidly concentrate
a large force at any given point. I am
heartily in favor of the militia being
ordered out."
A special telegram from Jefferson
City says:
"It is reported that Thursday night
Adjutant General Bell's office force at
the state armory began making every
preparation necessary for calling out
of the militia.
The application of John J. McCarin
fv." a writ of mandamus commanding
the St. Louis Transit company to op
erate its cars according to the require
ments of the various ordinances made
for their regulation was denied today
by Judge John A. Talty. The court's
decision was based on an irregularity
in the pleadings and the merits of the
cause were not entered into in arriving
at the determination.
SENT TO REFORM SCHOOL.
Annie Sweze, Anna Klasek and Mary
Tritina, three girls who on May 30, par
ticipated in the assault on Miss Pauline
Hensel, and tore her clothes off because
she had taken a ride on one of the
Transit company's cars, were each sen
tenced to two years imprisonment in the
reform school by Judge Clark of the
court of criminal correction today.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John
son has issued a warrant for the arrest
of a saloonkeeper named Schumacher
who. on the day Miss Hensel was as
saulted, refused her refuge from the
mob and pushed her out of the door of
his saloon. A number of other arrests
in connection with this and the other
similar cases have been made and ail
are being vigorously prosecuted.
Warrants have been issued for the ar
rest of Thomas Reynolds, Albert Nich
ols, Frank Worth, George Hill, Joseph
Ette and William Francis, charging
them with conspiracy to interfere with
United States mails.
FUNSTOfS FIND-
Discovers the Archives of the
Filipino Government
Hidden on the Top of a Perpen
dicular Cliff.
WENT UP BY LADDERS.
Thirty or Forty Cases of Docu
ments Captured
Besides Gnus, Ammunition and
Office Furniture.
Vancouver, B. C, June 8. A copy of
the Manila Times received by the Id
suma Maru tells of an important dis
covery of insurgent documents and
other articles which had been hidden by
the Filininos. It says:
' Oh May 2 ' General Funston was
making a personal reconnaissance with
eighteen troopers in the direction of ,
Bongabon and Pontabagan, up the Ria
Grande de Pampanga, when he dis
covered a perpendicular ladder leading
up a cliff crowned with a" dense for
est. Beside the ladder hung a rope,
which when pulled rang an alarm bell
in the woods back of the precipice. The
general and his men ascended the lad
der and found thirty or forty large
wooilen cases crammed full of state
aocuments. comprising most of the
archives of the rebel government.
Tnere were other things saved from the
wreck of Malolos, about 1,000 Hotchkisa
shells, a quantity of dynamite, a stock
of bombs and much other ammunition,
200 pounds of black gunpowder, office
furniture from the Malolos audiencia.
carpets, chairs, tables, and a lot of
miscellaneous goods of no special im
portance. "The documents were the principal
prize. After as good an inspection as
circumstances permitted, General Fun
ston set aside several , tons of useless5
rubbish and burnt it on the spot, saving
the state papers. These comprise all
the correspondence of Aguinaldo and
his chief officers from the time of their
earliest dealings with Dewey down to
the hurried migration from Malolos.
(Archives subsequent to that date were,
it will be remembered, taken at Tarlac
in the middle of last year.) There are
letters to and from Wildman and
Dewey besides several business firms in
Manila. Aguinaldo's own letter book,
giving press copies of everything he
wrote is also there. It is rumored that
the correspondence shows sonfe firms in
Manila to have had relations with the
rebels hitherto unsuspected.
"The whole cache was ingeniously
hidden ' among the trees in the ravine
and roofed over heavily with nipa to an
unusual thickness. The- structure made
quite a big warehouse with not an inch
of space vacant. It was found later
that there were other approaches to the
cache just like the one described with
ah.rm bells everywhere."
FULL OF WONDER,
Says Mr. Howe of Paris Exposi
tion Nearly Everything
Completed Excepting Am- .
erican Exhibits.
New York, June 8 E. W. Howe, the
Kansas editor, who arrived from Europe
yesterday on the steamship Lahn, says:
"The Paris exposition is all right. I
was surprised after the fault finding I
have seen in print to discover that most
of the exhibits are completed and in or
der. The principal slow ones are Amer
ican exhibitors.whose displays are scat
tered everywhere. The United States!
building is fine on the outside, but there
are attendants to turn people from go
ing un stairs; there is nothing to see.
The whole American showing gives evi
dence of lack of management. Itie show-
as a whele is full of wonder."
WILD SCRAMBLE FOR $20.
Lawyers and Client and Policemen
Somewhat Mixed.
Jailer Gilmore at the city prison is
short J20 in his accounts and is studying
how to get it back. It is a mixed up ai
fair. Some time ago Charles Humbert was
arrested on the charge of vagrancy. He
deposited a cash bond of $20. He was
convicted and appealed tne case, iie
gave an appeal bond. In the meantime
W. S. McClintock brought garnishment
proceedings in the city court to secure
the $20 on the grounds that he had givtn
Humbert legal advice worth that much.
Humbert's attorney during his police
court case was E. D. McKeever. The
garnishment was released and McKeev
er showed the release to Gilmore and
got the $20. Then McClintock garnisheed
McKeever. Humbert heard that the
garnishment had been released and took
the notice to Jailer Grubbs, who was on
duty in the day time and Grubbs re
turned to him the $20 he had up for
bond. Then it was found that $20 had
been paid out twice. The Grubb's trans
fer was legal. , Now Gilmore will en
deavor to get his $20 back from Mc
Keever. CAN'T CONSOLIDATE.
Legal Bar to Acquisition of St. Paul &
Bulutb by Northern Pacific
St. Paul, Minn., June 8. The Minne
sota railroad and warehouse commis
sion today sent to the management of
the Northern Pacific and the St. Paul
& Duluth railways a formal letter de
manding Information regarding the
proposed consolidation of those two
roads. The commission demands spe
cific information as to what has been
done looking toward a consolidation,
wilh their plans and other matters con
nected with the deal.
The letter is for the purpose of look
ing into the legal aspects of the case,
there being a state law prohibiting the
consolidation of parallel or competing
lines of railroads. The commission
states that it proposes to take leg-al
action to prevent any move looking to
the absorption of the St. Paul & Duluth
by the Northern Pacific, if such is con
templated. Until the receipt of the in
formation desired no immediate action
will be taken- by the board. .

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