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t t PART 1. PART 1. J Pages J to 8. LAST EDiTiCii SATURDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JUNE 23. 1900. SATURDAY EVENING. THREE CENTS. P07ERaAT SEA. No I'lan Has Developed For Handling Chinese Problem. Imprisonment of Dowager Em press Is Considered. DIVISION OF EMPIRE Is Also Suggested as a Solution of the Trouble. Russia Is Accused of Starting the Uprising. Copyright, 1000, by Associated Press. London, June 23. From every capital in Europe and from every news center the world over there is pouring into London an amazingly interesting stream of stories purporting to foretell the action the powers intend to take in regard to China. According to usually well informed correspondents at Kome, Vienna, Yokohama, Parts and Berlin, the powers are now deliberating as to the advisability of imprisoning the dow ager empress of China and are busy ar ranging the details of the long looked for partition of the celestial empire. These forecasts bear many evidences of authoritative inspiration. Yet the As sociated Press is in a position to say they have not a fragment of basis. Upon the authority of the British gov ernment it can be declared that no com munications have passed between the powers regarding any action in China excepting the relief and release of the diplomats shut up in Pekin. When that is accomplished, to use the words of a foreign official, "it will be time enough for the nations to deliberate on their action." NO PLAN. This official added: "No plan for the eventual settlement of the Chinese problems has so far been presented toGreatBritain nor even sug gested to her." w hile Lord Salisbury is too cautious to mmit himself to prophesy regard- ing the outcome of one of the most re markable crises in the world's history the Associated Press learns that he is not inclined to believe this boxer out break will Immediately bring up that most vital of all points, that is. the paramount necessity for European suzerainty over the entire Chinese em pire. To further quote the foreign offi cial: "in discussing the utterances of statesmen and the writing of corre spondents one must remember they are to be gauged by standards of compara tive Ignorance rather than by compara tive knowledge. No European really knows anything about China. Some know less than others but that is about all it amounts to. We are not parley ing w ith the other powers and the other powers are not parleying with us for the simple reason that we are all ignorant of the conditions we are facing. Unan imously we are trusting to the naval otiicer-s on the spot. When they are in a position to report to us the extent of the uprising they may be able to tell us whether we are facing a rebellion chief ly confined to the north or whether we are opposed to the whole Chinese people and government. Then it will be feasi ble, but not until then, for the powers to get together in an attempt to agree on some method of settling the Chinese problem. FIRST THING TO DO. "Th first thing te to release our re spective diplomats. That, it seems, has not yet been accomplished, and while that remains the eheif objective and the naval commanders of all nations maintain the present harmony Great Britain is not anxiou3 nor do the other powers seem anxious to bring up the debatable questions of an eventual set tlement, and you may be assured that all the reports of an international agree ment on a line of action subsequent to the restoration to safety of the diplo mats at present are premature and un founded." The general trend of the best in formed opinion in London seems to be that the opposing interests of Japan and Russia may in themselves precipi tate, crisis even before the boxer out break is stamped out. Neither of them is neneved to De willing to go to th extremity ot a resort to arms at the present moment. Upon this later phase of the situation, the all absorbing tonic of the day, one can hear hundreds of opinions from men about equally posted; jfi scarcely any 01 intm agree. A well known American diplomat though trankly confessing he is be wildered by the countless Dossihilities; involved, tells the Associated Press he believes it quite probable the crisis will resolve Itself into a struggle between itussia and Japan, and that perhaps the true way of sizing it up is to look at it in that light. without paying much attention to developments of the immediate future of the contest be tween the boxers and the united forces. That DstimPte of course is made on tne supposition that the boxers consti tute no representative part of China. LONDON FULL OB" AMERICANS. London is teeming with Americans, who ttr.ri difficulty in getting accommo dations at the hotels. On every steamer night cab loads are turned away from the leading metropolitan hostelries, which are reaping a richer harvest than tver from this class of customers. Yet in a few day? they leave for Paris and their rooms are taken by more ' Americans. Compared with the eagerness of the hotel rnanai-Vrs and storekeepers in awaiting the coming of Americans, the Khedive's arrival in England was mere ly a trilling incident. The few editorials and cablegrams printed here created only a mild sort of interest in the Republican national convention at Philadelphia, as the re mit was regarded as a foregone con clusion. Though most of the corre spondents of the Englisn papers de flare President McKinley's re-election is certain, the people here are more likely to take keener interest in the Democratic national convention at Kansas City, for by the proceedings there it is generally thought the strength of the anti-English or rather pro-Boer element in America may.be gauged. The arrival here of the American contingent who are to compete in the imateur athletics association cham pionship games, July 7, has awakened English sportsmen to the fact that they are likely to lose many laurels. Prince ton's team 'ooks fit and well but the voune athletes are much afraid of get ting out of training before the events come off. Tbey have aone to Brighton to practice, and will probably enter everal events of the London Athletic Club' meeting, June SO. Captain Cregan Copefca State 3ournal. INDEX OF TODAY'S PAPER. SATURDAY, JUNE 23 d, 1000. Weather predictions for the next 24 hours: Forecast for Kansas Fair tonight and Sunday; variable winds. IMPORTANT NEWS AND FEATURES. Paok. 1 Powers Still Holding Out In China. Today's London Cable Letter. C. M. Sheldon to Speak at Edinburgh. Richard Croker Returns from England. Prisoner's Escape Prevented. Americans Ambushed in Philippines. 2 Sporting News. Kansas News. 3 Railroad News. Dun's Review of the Week. Kansas City Has Rooms in Plenty. Review of the Week. Church Announcements. Social and Personal. Topeka Horse Show Next Week. North Topeka News. Antis' Plan to Defeat Breidenthal. Civil Conflict in Bulgaria. Markets. Wants and Miscellaneous Ads. Snap Shots at Home News. Roosevelt Deprecates Nomination. IKansan Present at Loubet Reception. 6 9 Parisian Tips by a Former Topekan. Social and Personal News. Hints For Americans in Paris. Siam King to Visit America. The Management of a Campaign. Theatrical News. Cab Drivers in Russia. Editorial. Book Reviews. Stories of The Town. Timely Hints For Women. Menus. Aunt Trudy Writes of Hired Girls. Improvements at Annapolis. Anecdotes. Nicaragua Canal Fortifications. Boxers Oppose Civilization. The Situation in India. Story "Pete Sllvernail's Daughter." Humor of the Day. 10 11 12 13 14 IB 16 said to a representative of the Asso ciated Press that they believed they had a fair chance of carrying off a few prizes. The Syracuse, Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Michigan, Chicago and New loTk athletic club competitors aie now awaited. AMERICAN BISHOPS. The American bishops taking part in the missionary celebration have won golden opinions for their eloquence and force. Commenting on Bishop Doar.e 3 and Bishop Dudley's speeches, the Westminster Gazette, after referring to their wonderful flow of language, de lighted with the force and ease with which they passed from humor to pathos and back again, declares: "One felt that our English speakers simply were not in it, and the rest of the speeches fell rather flat in cor.se quenoe. They had something to say and knew how to say it in the most perfect form, and primate and premier leaned back In their chairs and laughed delightedly at this unexpected outburst of American forensic power." CROKER ARRIVES Reaches New York on the Luca nia Thi9 Morning. New York, June 23. The steamship Lucania with Richard Croker on board arrived in New York harbor at an early hour this morning. Half a dozen of the Democratic leaders of this city went down the bay to meet him. After re maining in this city for a few days, it is expected that Mr. Croker will go west for the purpose of attending the Kansas City Democratic convention. Mr. Croker says that he is ready to take a very active part in the coming national camDaign. Mr. Croker ac knowledged having owned American Ice stock, but said it was bought before the company became a trust, and would not say if he was now a stockholder. As to the recuest made to Governor Poorevelt to remove Mayor Van Wyck for his ownership of ice stock, Mr. Croker said: "The governor has the power to do so if the mayor is guilty, but all men must be corsidered innocent until they are convicted of wrongdoing." "What would you consider" as guilt?" he was asked. "Well, in case the mayor used his office to get possession of the shares of stock, or to increase the price of ice; that would be, if proven, cause for his removal," was the reply. Upon matters pertaining to the na tional campaign, Mr. Croker said that with Roosevelt as McKinley's running mate we should have "San Juan hill all over again." He said that he was going to Kansas City, and that he had to thank the New York newspapers for making him a delegate. It looked, he said, as if Bryan would be the Demo cratic nominee for the presidency. Mr. Croker was asked whether he though Comptroller Coler would make a good vice presidential candidate, or a stronger candidate fof governor, but he said that he could not answer that. Mr. Croker said that in their trust plank the Republicans were simply straddling the matter. "They cannot take that plank away from the Democrats," he said. SHUTS HIMSELF UP. Governor Roosevelt Refuses to See Callers. New 'Stork, June 23. Governor Roose velt is keeping himself secluded in his home at Cornac near Oyster Bay, L. I. He refused to see callers today. He is overwhelmed with telegrams congratu lating him on his nomination to the vice presidency. All persons who wish to see him during the next few days will have to make appointments ia advance. HOLDING OUT. Foreign Legations at Pekin Keep Chinese at Bay. German Ambassador is Not Dead as Reported. FIGHTIXG CONTINUES. No Cessation in the Bombard ment at Tien Tsin. Losses of Foreign Forces Have Reached 150. Including Lieut. Wright of the U. S. Navy. Shanghai, June 23. Prince Tuan has taken charge as general in chief, after dismissing Yung La, a nephew of the emperor1, the former commander in chief. Prince Tuan gave notice that he would march to Tien Tsin and sweep out the handful of foreigners there. At daylight on the morning of June 21 he attacked the settlements at Tien Tsin with artillery and the best for eign drilled troops. The Chinese army had about forty-five Krupps. ' They managed to burn the United States consulate. The warehoused and the Standard Oil company's premises are believed to have escaped. Though the situation is grave, the Chinese have not occupied Tien Tsin. The latest news from Pekin is to the effect that there is no change in the situation. This is taken to" mean that the legations still hold out. The Chinese have surrounded them, but do not dare to make another attack. Ap parently they hope to starve out those who have taken refuge there. Foreigners and commercial men at all of the treaty ports are of the opinion that the Chinese government has been wrecked beyond repair, and the only solution for the existing anarchy will be the establishment or a new gov ernment controlled by the civilized na tions. Attempts to restore the empress o nthe basis of her foreordianed prom ise of good behavior would make the position of the foreigners worse than ever. A popular plan is the restora tion of the emperor, if found alive. With liberal advisers he could be held subject to strict supervision by some council representing the foreign powers. The personal punishment of the highest officials concerned in the anti-foreign movements is considered essential. In terest is focused on Russia and Amer ica. Tt is the universal belief that Russia instigated rioting, expecting to march an army to Pekin and proclaim herself protector of China under the guise of restoring order, but achieved a fiasco on account of the prompt action of th other powers. America, who is con sidered to hold the key to the situa tion because of being beyond suspicion of land grabbing motivra, is in the best position to take the lead in making pro posals for a permanent arrangement. There is a practical Anglo-American alliance in China. The commercial or ganizations of both nationalities are urging their respective governments to hury more troops. The presence of enough soldiers to enforce the demands upon China besides being a check to the ambitions of rival powers is deemed vital. There is an insufficient number of English troops available to -protect the interests at stake in the treaty ports. The English and Americans confidently expect that several regi ments will be sent from the Philip pines without delay. No confidence is placed in Li Hung Chang, who is expected to follow what ever policy is likely to result in per sonal aggrandizement. Many mission ariesfrom the Yang Tse Kiang val ley are coming to Shanghai for safety. Three Chinese gunboats recently built by the Armstrongs have arrived at Shanghai from Taku, flee ing from the foreign fleets, leaving Chinese behind in their haste. Two Chinese cruisers at Kiang King fort, fifty miles up the river, are kept under steam. The forts are provided with modern artillery, and are instructed to watch for the approach of foreigners. Six American Presbyterian missionaries from Kiang King have arrived at Shanghai. A wealthy Chinaman who fled from Pekin on the 14th says that all the lega tions, except the British, Austrian and Belgian have been burned, the foreign ers taking refugee with those three. FOREIGN LOSSES 150. New York, June 23. The Journal and Advertiser today prints a copyright dis patch from Rev. Frederick Brown, pre siding elder of the Tien Tsin district of the Methodist Episcopal church. The dispatch is dated at Che Foo June 22, and is as follows: "I have just got away from Tien Tsin on a German gunboat. The city has been bombarded for several days by the Chinese. All the foreign part of Tien Tsin has been destroyed. "Lieut. Wright of our navy, and 150 others of the white residents, marines and sailors, sent up to our assistance, are killed or wounded. "The American consulate building has been destroyed. "Ammunition is almost gone. The gar rison is suffering terribly and needs in stant help.' BARON VON KETTELER IS SAFE. Berlin, June 23. The Chinese minister 1 here, Lu Hai Houan, today Informed the foreign office that the German min ister at Pekin, Baron von Ketteler, who, it was reported, had been killed by the boxers was safa and well. PEKIN IN PERIL. New York, June 23. In response to a cabled inquiry, as to whether their mis sionaries in Pekin and Shan Tung were safe the Presbyterian board of foreign missions, in this city, today received the following reply from the Presbyterian mission treasurer, Elterichs, at Che Foo: "Che Foo, June 22. Pekin in peril. Shan Tung ordered to port." As interpreted by the secretary of the Presbyterian board of foreign missions. Charles Wr. Hand, the dispatch means that all missionaries in the province of Shan Tung have been ordered by the United States consul to leave their mis sion posts and proceed in haste to some port where they can be under the pro tection of a United States gunboat. CHINESE GUNS WORKED STEAD ILY. London, June 23. 11:25 a. m. Special dispatches from Shanghai dated at 7:20 p. m. give additional details of the bom bardment of Tien Tsin. It is reported that Tien Tsin has been incessantly bombarded for the last three days. The entire British and French settlements have been destroyed. Heavy casualties are reported. The Chinese number at least 15,000 inside- the city, while: their emissaries crowd the foreign quarters, setting fire, to the building. The Chinese guns are being worked steadily from the walls of the native city. The consulates all being destroyed, the foreigners flock to the town hall. The assistance of re inforcements is implored. The Russians are now entrenched in the depot. They are resisting the advance which the en emy is making in overwhelming num bers. -No word has been received from Admiral Seymour, and it is feared that the relief column fared badly. There is an exodus of foreigners from the Yang Tse Kiang forts to Shanghai and Japan. Many consider Shanghai unsafe, owing to the absence of foreign troops. MORE INSURRECTION. Paris, June 23. T - French consul general in Coma lelegraphs, under date of Friday, June 22, as follows: "The Chinese have bombarded the Tien Tsin concessions and have destroy ed the American consulate." A dispatch received here from the French consul, M. Francois, sent from Yunnan-Sen under date of Sunday.June 17, expresses fear of an insurrection against the mandarins In Yunnan-Sen ow ing to apprehensions of a war. He explains that this is the reason why he is detained. Another telegram dated June 20, an nounces that the mandarins had re established tranquillity in Mong Tse and that the situation in Yunnan-Sen was unchanged. It was added that two Europeans from the latter place had succeeded in reaching Mong Tse with out having encountered great obstacles, and that four Chinese convicted of par ticipating in the burning of a church and five European houses, June 16, had been executed. COULDN'T BREAK CHINESE LINE. Washington, June 23. The navy de partment this morning received an im portant dispatch from Admiral Kempff stating that an engagement is now in progress between the United States marines and other forces against the Chinese army, outside of Tien Tsin. The following bulletin has been issued by the department: "Acting Secretary Hackett has this morning received a dispatch from Ad miral Kempff, dated Che Foo, June 23, to the effect that our marines under Major Waller, together with 400 Rus sians have had an engagement with the Chinse army near Tien Tsin. They could not break through the line. A force numbering 2,000, the admiral re ports, is now ready to make another attempt." The main importance of this dispatch is Admiral Kempff's disclosure that it is the Chinese army and not the boxers who are fighting the foreign troops. LI-HUNG CHANG'S POLICY. Hong Kong, June 23. Li Hung Chang who was interviewed in Canton said he would leave for Pekin on June 27, in obedience to an order from the em press to suppress the boxers -and to make Deace with the powers. He endorsed the opinion that he was the only man in China capable of coping with the situation. He said he believed the boxers to be a "rabble led away by fanaticism and anti-Christian feeling." But he also declared that the native Christian leaders were much to blame, inasmuch as they engendered litigation in the native courts. He asserted that he did not regard the boxers as a po litical society, and that in his opinion the empress had been misled and mis informed. Prince Li said he had been officially informed that the Taku forts fired upon the allied fleet because the ad mirals sent an ultimatum calling for the removal of the soldiers. He does not interpret that action as a declara tion of war. and he has not received any instructions to the effect that war has been declared. His remedy for the situation is to decapitate the leaders of the boxers, to send their isnorant followers home, and to make peace with the powers. RUSSIA MOBILIZING SIBERIAN ARMY. London, June 23. The St. Peters burg correspondent of the Daily Mail telegraphing Thursday, says: "The Russian minister of war. General Kou- ropatkin yesterday ordered a mobuiza tion of all the Siberian regiments of the line. PRINCE LI ASKS PERMISSION. Washington. June 23. The state de partment has received a number of im portant communications concerning China. One is from Li Hung Chang asking permission to proceed to Pekin to help restore order. The United States, and it is believed other powers, have given the desired permission. Other communications give promise of Chinese officials to maintain order in their provinces. . A CLIMAX REACHED. London, June 23. Matters in China appear to have reached nearly the climax of seriousness judging from this morning's news. The announcement that Prince Tuan has assumed active command of the Chinese troops and the bombarding of Tien Tsin seem conclu sive evidence that the dowager empress has declared war on the combined European powers and that the whole military strensth of China is to be employed in behalf of the boxers. I is considered significant that the Chi nese merchants of Shanghai are re alizing on their effects in specie and re tiring into the interior. Evidently they anticipate a spread of the trouble. Consequently it is urged the forts at Woo Fung should be seized by the in ternational forces in order to forestall possible eventualities. Possibly as preliminary to some excitement of this kind, the consuls at Shanghai toda addressed a note to the Chinese ad rr.iral asking him to remove his fleet from Shanghai. In compliance with this request two Chinese warships are to sail today and the rest tomorrow The gravity ot the situation at Tien Tsin can hardly be overestimated.. The critical state of affairs seems plai from the haste with which the small force of 2.000 men was dispatched from Taku to the relief of the Tien Tsin gar rison force. It is doubtless conveyin. ammunition, the absence of which adds so sensibly to the straits of the gar rison A late message from Tien, Tsin warns the relieving force to beware of Chi nese ambuscades outside the town. it the assurance of the Chinese minister at Berlin relative to the safety of Baron von Ketteler, the German minister at Pekin, can be credited, it will tend ma terially to brighten the situation at the Chinese capital, as it leads to the inference that the other legations are similarly safe. It appears from a telegram sent by the German consul at Che Fu that Commander Lans. f the litis. was really wounded at the Taku fight, to gether with four other Germans, while seven were killed, including Lieutenant (Continued on Sti SHOT TO KILL Desperate Attempt of County Jail Trusty to Escape. Steals Revolver and Frightens Wife of Sheriff. HE MISSES A DEPUTY. Fires at W. E. Stewart Who Captures the Culprit. Prisoner an Example of Youth ful Total Depravity. There was great excitement at the county jail this morning when Stewart St. John, a prisoner, attempted to es cape. St. John is a boy about 16 years ol age, and is in jail charged with the burglary of the depot at Rossville. He was a trusty and this morning was employed scrubbing the kitchen in Ihe' residence portion of the jail. Some one always keens an eye on the trusties, but this morning young Stewart was left alone for a few minutes and dis appeared. The alarm was at once given and the officers started: on a hunt for him. W. E. Stewart, who is em ployed in the sheriff's office, was left in charge of the jail while the jailer went with the searchers. The officers had only been gone a few minutes when Mrs. Cook discovered St. John hiding under the stairs in the basement. She was badly frightened when she saw the boy with a revolver leveled at her and screamed. The screaming brought Stewart down the stairs on the jump, and St. John ran out of the house and, just as Stewart got to the door, he jumped over the high fence at the north of the jail. Stewart at once ran back through the jail to the alley on the east and as he turned the corner was greeted by a shot from St. John. who had dropped behind a shed in th? eeds. Stewart shot at him but missed. He leveled his revolver at St. John before he could fire again and made him put up his hands. He was then taken to the iail and the other fficers were called in. Stewart St. John, and that is a ficti tious name, as he admits, is the tough est boy of his age Topeka officers have ever met. He claims that his home is n Kentucky, and that his father is a ravelins man with headquarters in St. Louis. It is known that he has been n the house of correction in St. Louis. nd when the members of the national harities and corrections convention isited the jail here several of them knew St. John and talked with him. In talking of the affair after, he had been returned to his cell, he said: "I intended to hide and get away at night, but when Mrs. Cook saw me I had to make a run for I knew some one would come. I ran out of the house and just as I got over the fence a man with a big gun came in the yard. I was behind the fence and had a dead bead on his head when Mrs. Cook stepped between us. Of course she didn't see me aiming at him as I had my gun pointed through a knot hole. Stewart can't shoot a little bit. and I am glad it wasn't Carl Lawson" who got a shot at me." He said that he had learned from another tnisti' that there were two guns kept in the house, and since he had heard of it he had been planning to get them and escape. "I would have made business pick Up for them if I could have found a box of cartridges, but I couldn't find any and had to take the gun with just the loads that were in it. If I could have got behind some thing I would have got several of them before they hurt me." "Don't you know that it will go hard with you now?" he was asked. "Yes, but I don t care. I know lots of fellows in the coal mine, and it won't be for more than five years." "Suppose you had killed Stewart; don't you know that you would have been nuns? "Oh, I guess so; but I am tired of staying here in jail, and I would just as soon plug one of them fellows as not." "What makes you so bad; did you read dime novels and Jesse James books?" inquired some one. 'No, I never read dime novels. I am just naturally tough." The boy did not show the least sign of nervousness and talked calmly over the shooting. He is not a bad looking boy, and uses much better language than the average tough boy. TTe was put in jail on the charge, of burglary, but was allowed to plead guilty, and was given a jail sentence. which would have expired on Octo ber 25. BRYAN ON THE PLATFORM, Criticising the Philadelphia Declara tion of Principles. Milwaukee, Wis., June 23. Col. Wil liam Jenning Bryan while en route to Chicago from his outing trip in Wiscon sin stated today that all stories to the effect that there have been any differ ences between himself and Chairman Jones of the Democratic national com mittee were absolutely without founda tion. Asked his opinion of the Phil adelphia platform. Colonel Bryan said "The Philadelphia platform is the best evidence thus far given of the decep tion attempted by the Republican party Taken in connection with the speeches made at the convention it shows tha the Republican party's platform of 1896 was a deliberate fraud as far as the promises of international bimetallism were concerned; that the party's atti tude on the trust question is insincere that the party is not willing to state its attitude on the Philippine question and invite the judgment of the people, Nothing was more manifest in the corw- vention than the military spirit and yet the convention did not dare endorse the demand of the president in 1898 for a standing army of 100,000 men. VISITS CHICAGO. Chicago, June 23. William J. Bryan bronzed like an Indian from his twi weeks' outing in the woods and among the lakes of central Wisconsin, arrived in Chicago today and will leave for his home in Lincoln, Neb., tonight over the Burlington road. Colonel Bryan san that he would remain in Lincoln for an indefinite period, and unless he changed his present-plans, would not attend the Kansas City convention. Colonel Bryan today held conferences with former Governor Altgeld. ex-Con pressman Hinrichsen and other leaders of the party in Illinois, during wnicn tne political outlook was discussed in central way. RED FIRE WILL BURN About September 1 According to Chairman Hanna. Pittsburg, Pa.. June 23. Senator Han na, chairman of the Republican nation al committee, was in the city for a short time today en route from Phila delphia to Cleveland and talked at length on the plans of campaign. "I have been assailed on every hand by the question as to what states we will win. over from the Democrats," said the Ohio senator, "and would like to tell the newspapers and would like to have them tell everybody in the country who is interested in the campaign that the grand old party this year will go after its opponents wherever they are found. No stronger ticket was ever placed in the field. I would not like to predict the majority that will go to McKinley and Roosevelt and I have not heard of Gen. Grosvenor having made any fore casts as to the result of this campaign. However, we will carry Kentucky, Goe bel law or no Goebel law. California will vindicate itself. Up in the north west the Republicans will have no diffi culty in holding sway. There is no doubt as to the turn things will take in the east." Asked as to his opinion of the result of the fight in Nebraska, the senator re plied: "We will try hard to keep Bryan's state in the righteous column, too. It w ill not be an extraordinarily early campaign. Senator Hanna stated that very little' would be done for several weeks and seemed to imply that the Re publicans would wait on the opening maneuvers of the Democrats before any steps would be taken. About August 1. he said, the issues of the campaign will be clearly defined and the national managers will then be ready to co-oper ate with the committees in the various states. "September 1. will see the red fire burning and all the drums will be beating before a fortnight later," was the senator's comment, when question ed regarding the time of the opening of the campaign. CONFLICT IMMINENT. Between the Republic of Ecua dor and Colombia. New York, June 23. Settlements in Ecuador near the Colombian frontier have been sacked by Colombian irregu lar soldiers and great cruelties were in flicted upon the inhabitants, says a Guayaquil, Ecuador dispatch to the Herald. It is expected another invasion will occur and that the Colombian regu lars will participate. The situation is grave. A conflict between Colombia and, Muaaor is imminent. RECEPTION TO CURTIS. Topeka Congressman Will Ba Given an Ovation. Congressman Charles Curtis will be given a reception Monday evenin The parade, arranged for as a part of the t lambeau club celebration, will move from the Rock Island depot along Kansas avenue to the Copeland hotel, nd the oraer of march will be as fol lows : Topeka Wheelmen. Topeka City Troop. Marshall's Military Band. Congressman Curtis and reception com mittee in carriages. Veterans of the Civil war. Citizens. Boys' Bugle Corps. Soldiers of the Spanish-American war. Democratic Flambeau club. Jackson's band. Independent Scandinavian club. Republican Flambeau club. Santa Fe Curtis club. First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth ward Curtis clubs.. OAKLEY MINISTER WRITES Rev. Sir. James Sends a Letter Prom Southampton to His Wife. Kansas City, Kas., June 23 S. E. Betts, superintendent or Bethany hos pital, has returned from Oakley, Kas., where he went to confer with Mrs. T. H. James, the wife of the missing Kan sas minister who promised the hospital $60,000 of a fortune which he was to inherit in England. Mrs. James received a letter from her husband written aboard the steamer upon which he took passage, but mailed directly after the boat's arrival it Southampton. The letter stated that the writer had formed the acquaintance of a very congenial clergyman on the way over, and that they had become fast friends and would be together much n England. Mrs. James has heard nothing from her husband since this time, and she fears that the strange minister was on the boat for no good purpose, but that he was a tool used to make way with her husband who went to England to claim a fortune of millions that many others lay claim to. Did Burton Say This ? J. R. Burton, chairman national dele gation Kansas declared itself out and out in the beginning for Roosevelt be cause the -delegates felt sure that if he were put on the ticket it would mean the addition of 5,000 votes for the Re publican ticket. We will be able to get one congressman, 1 think, but 1 am afraid we shall not be able to get an electoral vote, as the plurality for Bryan in 18S0 is too high for us. Crops Injured by Rain. Atlanta, Ga., June 23 The rainfall in this part of the south has been very heavy the past two days, and in At lanta nearly three inches of water has fallen. Crops are reported badly in jured. The fruit crop has been dam aged fully one-third. Reginald Tower Coming. 'Liverpool, June 23. Among the pas sengers on the Cunard line steamer Eturia which sailed from this port to day for New York was Reginald Tower, secretary of the British embassy at Washington, who it is said is to suc ceed Sir Claude McDonald as British minister at Pekin, the latter having been recalled owing to ill health. Burned Themselves Out Phoenix, Ariz., June 23. The forest fires in the Pucha mountains in Choas county have burned themselves out. Many thousand acres are denuded and $500,000 worth of fine lumber has been destroyed. A prospector, O. L. Noyes, originaly from Kansas City, is believed to have lost his life. ORIVENJACK. Reconnoitering Force Sent Out by Gen. MacArthur Ambushed by Filipinos in Strong Position. ASSISTANCE IS SENT. American Troops Fail to Dis lodge the Enemy. And Are Compelled to Retreat to the Coast. Our Losses 7 Killed, 11 Wound ed and Two Missing. Washington, June 23. The war de partment has received the following ca blegram from Gen. MacArthur: "Manila, June 23. Adjutant General, Washington: "Detachment four officers, 100 men, Fortieth volunteer infantry. Captain Millar, commanding, left Tagayan June 13, on reconnoissance up the Tagayaa river, ambushed by insurgents in strong position. Fifty men sent to reinforce from Tagayan. Could, not take position and troops withdrew to coast port. Our loss in killed: Company H Robert H. Coles, John. H. Haywood, Fred Holloway, John T. Pelham, Frank Salisbury. Company M Corporal Jesse Moody Michael J. McQuirk. Wounded Company I. Captain Wal ter B. Elliott, slight: company H, Capt. Thomas Miller in thigh, slight; Jeff Ef fig, moderate; James W. Jeffries, slight; Roxie Wheaton. moderate: George Hol larif, slight; Murlie Phillips, severe; John W. Smith, severe. Company M, Edwin E. Williams, severe. Company K, George W. Wells, severe; Lex M. Kamters, moderate. Missing Company H, Sergeant SV. Northcross. Full detail report not received. MAC ARTHUR. THEY NEED TEDDY. Colorado Delegation Urges the Rough Rider to Come. Chicago, June 23. The Colorado dele-, gation to the Republican national con vention which arrived from Philadelphia this morning sent the following tele gram to Governor Rooseve.it: Chicago, June 23. Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, New York. Colorado delegation and Colorado Re-' publicans returning from the national convention at Philadelphia cordially in vite you to isit Colorado on your west ern Oklahoma trip in July, or date to suit your convenience. We promise you the largest and most enthusiastic recep tion on. behalf of the people of our state ever held in the Rocky mountain region. In the interest of Republican success in the great west we urge upon you the importance of your acceptance. Kindly answer secretary at Denver. GEORGE W. COOK, Secretary. JOHN GRASS, Chairman. The delegation will leave for the west over the Burlington at 4 o'clock this afternoon. SHELDON WILL SPEAK. Topeka Pastor Will Address World's W. C. T. TT. Tomorrow. Edinburgh, June 23. At the mass meeting to be held by the world's W. C. T. V. Sunday afternoon, at which Lady Somerset will preside. Rev.M. Sheldon, of Topeka. author of "In His Steps" will deliver the address. In the morning he will preach at the Free Assembly hall, where the convention will meet. Among the social features will be a reception tendered by the United King dom Alliance to Mrs. Stevens. Miss Gor don. Mrs. Barney, Mrs. Stevenson and Miss Agnes Slack, of the United States, a reception given to the ladies by the lady mayoress of Manchester, a recep tion to the Rev. Chas. M. Sheldon, and a general reception to the delegates by . the lord provost of Edinburgh. A POWERFUL COMBINE. A Gas Trust Forming Which Will Beat the World New York, June 23. The Press this morning says: Behind the agreement of the gas com pany's touching $1.05 per thousand cubic feet is a combination of interests, which if successful will establish trnj most powerful gas. corporation known to any city of the workl. The Consolidated company, the Central concern soon will increase its capital about $20,000,000 or $30,000,000, the exact figure not being: announced. The forthcoming circular to stockholders will suggest a means of distributing a present surplus of one million dollars. During the past year the Consolidated company has absorbed practically all the gas and electric light. heat and power companies in Manhat tan, Brooklyn and Bronx boroughs. BATLEY BEATS COOKE. Fusionists Nominate Jewell County Han For State Senator. George H. Bailey of Jewell county has been nominated for state senator by the fusionists in the Thirty-third district. This district is composed of Jewell and Mitchell counties, the present sena tor being Anson S. Cooke of Beloit who went home from the last session of the legislature firm in the determination to be a candidate for governor. He has not since been mentioned in that con nection and a successor has been named for his place in the senate. Death of Judge Warren. Albuquerque, N. M., June 23. Judge Henry L. Warren, one of the best. known lawyers of the southwest is dead. Before coming to New Mexico he was chief justice of Montana. He was born in Quincy, 111., in 1837. and his remains will be shipped to that city for inter ment. Weather Indications. Chicago, June 23. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair tonight and Sunday; variaol 4 winds.