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TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JULY 3, 1900. TUESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. 1 : t v t i y "'iff 1 I x mi i f s it'). t! m 1 1 If FilR, CROKEB TALKS Tammany Chief InterTiewed by State Journal Reporter. Says Proposed Kansas Tour is Not Certain. "WE'LL SURELY WIN." That is the Slogan of the Boss Tiger. He Calls Mr. Roosevelt a Good Man. tSpecial to the State Journal. Kansas City, July 3. The Journal cor respondent, with fear and trembling, sent hia card to Richard Croker, the boss of Tammany, today and waited ten minutes for a reply. Discouraged in the effort, and ready to seek fresh fields, the correspondent moved toward the door, which leads to a side street from the Midland hotel lobby. "Mr. Croker will see you now."- This from a bell-boy from Croker's door keeper. Instilled new life into the freez ing veins of the interviewer, and he went to the door of the Tammany chief's headquarters. A slight knock elicited a response which sounded like "Huh!" but a repetition indicated that It was intended for "Huh in." The Journal representative crossed the threshold of the room. The boss of Tammany, sitting on a low sofa, his feet on a neighboring chair, had been HlfHARD CROKER. Interviewed by a Journal Reporter Today. consulting some of his friends, to whom he said : - "I will be engaged for a few .nomenia with this gentleman. Tou fellows see if you can find out what I want to know and come back in an hour." The reporter wished for ome help to find out what Tammany knew, but the reverie was abruptly dispelled by Sir Kichard, who said: "Well, sir; what can I do for you?" A glance at the kindly little eyes, fixed squarely upon the subject of the question, was reassuring and hostilities were at once commenced. "Are you going to make a trip through Kansas?" "We have been talking about it, but we will first transact the convention business," said Mr. Croker. "Who do you want for vice presi dent?" Mr. Croker arose from his reclining posture and started a lively promenade around his room. Then a study of him proved interesting. He s a well pre served man, but shows in his face the lines of responsibility. His action is of a man who does things, his speech anil movements being very decisive. "Don't care," said Croker, abruptly, ' "who is vice president. There are any number of good men in sight." "Have you no preference?" "Boy!" said Croker, with cutting em phasis: "Who cares for the vice president? Tou don't; I don't; the people don't. Do you smoke?" The interviewer pleaded guilty, but he hasn't since he tackled the one Croker handed out. It was a short, black cigar, the box bearing the label "Seegars." In Kansas cigars of such strength and odor would be warranted to kill at fifty yards. "This vice presidential business will be fixed up in shape. Somebodv will be nominated: no matter who. And he will be carried along by the nominee for president." Mr. Croker's evasion of Bryan's name in the last remark prompted this ques tion: "Are you for Bryan?" "Huh!" This question was repeated, while the Tiger's eyes blinked savagely. "Am I a democrat?" said Croker. "You are suspecred of being " "That's enough. Then I am for Bryan, ain't I?" This came in short jerks, and the self-assurance of the reporter was lost for a moment, fearing that the in terview was to end. This seemed to be the indication, too, when Croker, walk ing around a chair, paused and said: "Anything else?" "Did Tammany fight Bryan in the last campaign?" This brought the boss to an. abrupt Stop. "Huh!" he grunted. "Are you for 16 to 1?" "We did not fight Bryan." This came from his lips in five distinct measured tones, which might be compared to five notes of the scale on a piano, except the fullness and resonance of sound were absent. "We I am for anything Brvan wants in the platform; but I don't think the ratio is the issue." "Have you hopes of success this year." Every time a auestion was asked Croker would turn suddenly and look Kauarely at the cuestioner in such a manner as to cause the impression that it was time for the interview to end but the replies from the boss, although very abrupt and, if heard in the dark, would incite fear allayed the desire ?, break for the door. "Huh! I guess we have. Why should n't we?" The reporter was honored by this ques tion, and, while puffing up like a pouter pigeon, said: "from the standpoint or a Kansas democrat, I should say that certain vic tory awaits our 'ticket to be named bei e." "Huh!" said Croker. The reocrter was about to try and repeat his prediction, in response to the query, but was saved the trouble hy the boss, who said: 'u;;.:t" -1 "Are all the western newspaper writ ers democrats?" The reporter sought in vain for an in stant response to this and wanted to say "Huh," but Croker saved him the trou ble by saying: "A lot of 'em have been around here, and there seems to be a democratic ma jority." "Mr. Johnson says the west will be democratic," volunteered the reporter. "Huh!" said Croker. "Well," he con tinued, "that accounts for so many democratic reporters." Then Croker laughed. It was the first he had indulged in. It was a hearty ha, ha, and, while the spell was on him, turned to a drawer in a dresser. The contents were exposed, and the reporter declined. "Huh!" said Croker. The Hennessey was returned to its place, and the reporter resumed his questioning. "Teil me." said the Journal reporter, "if you will, your opinion of the repub lican vice presidential nomination." "The state of Noo Yawk produces great men. Mr. Roosevelt is a good man, but he has been nominated only to be defeated. Our state will not be in the republican column this year." "Come," said Croker. The reporter thought this was a sum mons for the bouncer, but a dignified man, with a high hat and a long coat, entered. "Huh!" said Croker. "I am very grateful to you, Mr. Croker, for this favor," said the re porter. "Don't be afraid of these supposed big fellows." said Tammany's chief. "We are all human, and out west all newspaper reporters are democrats." Mr. Croker bowed pleasantly as the Journal reporter retired into the hall. M'CUE DOESN'T LIKE IT. Not Pleased With the Hotel Arrange ments. Kansas City, July 3. Tom McCue, a member of the state committee in Kan sas, is not pleased with the hotel con tract. Mr. McCue came to town early in the proceedings. Going at once to the Kansas headquarters, he was dis appointed, i "Where are our iron or brass beds?" "Over there in the corner," said a Kansan. "There's only one," sighed Mr. McCue. "That's all we get," said Mack Love. "They agreed to furnish the rooms with brass beds!" roared McCue. "The 'brass' beds are in the hall," said Love. McCue opened the door and discovered a huge rick of cots. "Are those ours?" he snapped. "Yes," from a dozen. When the Kansas delegation goes to bed the dean of the Kansas crowd, Mr. Johnson, and vice dean. Love, sit on the rail of an elaborate brass bed, while the long, short, fat and lean preservers of the nation adjust themselves in rows of cots, for which streat privilege they will deposit from $3 to $6 per day. ac cording to the number of windows through which they may get fresh air. KANSANS WONT STAND IT. Refuse to Fay Cabmen Exorbitant 'V Kates For Services. Special to the State JournaJ.l Kansas City, July 3 The Kansas man at home walks on business errands and his luxuries abroad comprise, as a rule, street car rides. But, the Kansas man at the Democratic convention, rides in the best appointed hack he can find. Carriages line the curb in front of Kansas headquarters. At frequent in tervals four or five Kansas visitors complete a tour of the headquarters, then go out on the sidewalk, with criti cal judgment select the best appearing carriage, take their seats and ride un til they discover that it's coming at the rate of $5 to $6 per hour. They settle at short rates and walk back. Two hack loads of central Kansas Democrats raised a big roar about the excessive charge and were so persistent in their "roars" that cabby took the first small sum tendered him, then disappeared around the first corner, leaving his whilom guests a mile from the hotel. In this crowd were W. H. L. Pepperell of Concordia, Dr. C. W. Brandenburg of Frankfort, and A. L. Forsha of Leaven worth. KANSANS HAVE MONEY. About $ 1,000 Spent to Establish State Headquarters. Special to the State Journal. Kansas City, July 3. The Kansas Democrats have expended a large sum of money for arrangements for this con vention, but the Bourbons are paying as they go, so they say, and will nave no ghosts following them home. The members of the party have been making liberal contributions, and the members of the state committee have also been liberal. The members of the state committee were assessed $25 each to pay for the headquarters display and to control a wing-floor at the Baltimore, sufficient to accommodate 60 Kansans. The Kansas delegation is contributing no less than $1,000 to the purses of Kan sas City. WILL MAKE A EIGHT. Opponents of 16 to 1 Are Organizing For an Effort. Kansas City, July 3. Although Mr. Bryan stoutly maintains his position and insists upon-16 to 1 in the platform, a determination has been reached by those who are willing to accept a re affirmation of the Chicago platform to make a fight for that position. With a large portion of New York, all of Penn r.ylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois - and Wisconsin in favor of a modification of the platform, and with a number of southern delegations willing to take the same course, it is believed that a good fight can be up against the 16 to 1 dec laration. Conferences have been held with that end in view, and if there is any prospect of winning, the fight will be made. An effort is being made to ascertain the complexion of the com mittee on resolutions with the expressed hope that a conservative majority may be secured. WARNER, CREATES SENSATION Intimates That 16 to 1 is Not a " Heaven Born " Ratio, and Starts a Rough House. Kansas City, July 3. The placidity of the meeting of the United States Mone tary league was considerably rutiled in the closing hours today by statements from General A. J. Warner of Ohio.who was a volunteer speaker, taking the time and place which had been assigned to Mr. Sulzer of New York, who failed to appear. General Warner was introduced by ex-Governor St. John, who called him the father of the cause of free silver. General W:arner caused the first flut ter of excitement by saying that so far as he knew there was no proposition to change the ratio of coinage. The (.Continued on Sixth Paee.) HIS ULTIMATUM. Col. Bryan Declares Through Friends at Kansas City That 16 to 1 Must Go Into the Platform OR HE WILL NOT-HUN Convention Disposed to Let Him Hare His Way. Populists Hare the Democracy by the Throat. EASTERNERS GIVE UP. Whatever the West Says Will Be Done. New York and Indiana Try to Get Together On Fitzhugh Lee of Virginia J For Yice President. Kansas City, July 3.-r"Bryan will not run on any platform which does not contain a specific declaration in favor of free coinage at the ratio of 16 to 1. If this convention does not put that de claration in the platform, it will have to nominate another candidate for presi dent." This statement was made today to the Associated Press by Judge A. S. Tib- GEORGE FRED WILLIAMS, Head of Massachusetts Delegation. bitts of Lincoln, delegate at large, from Mr. Bryan's own state and chairman of the state delegation to this convention. It serves to emphasize the determined stand taken by the Nebraska states man. His declaration is that be stands for a principle and those who would have him change or modify his views are swinging simply in the wind of ex pediency. Cato Sells, chairman of the Iowa dele gation, who had a three hours' confer ence with Mr. Bryan just before he. came to Kansas City, not only reaffirms the statement made by Judge Tibbitts, but amplifies it. "After talking with Mr. Bryan for some time," said Mr. Sells, "with re spect to his position and to the attitude his friends ought to assume in this con vention, I asked him this blunt ques tion: "Suppose the convention should refuse to adopt a platform containing a dis tinct declaration in favor of free coin age at 16 to 1?" " 'Then,' said Mr. Bryan, emphatical ly, 'I will not run as the candidate.' " That the convention will bow to Mr. Bryan's desires, nobody who comes in contact with the delegates can doubt for an instant. Some discordant ele ments are here, but they are not men aching. A few men assert with a posi tiveness, quite serious, that they pro pose to carry the fight against a specific declaration on the silver question to the floor of the convention. Such a contest in the convention would be doubtless a dramatic, perhaps a sensational per formance; but it would not only not serve any usefull purpose, but might put away the chance of a victory next fall which now is the beacon light of every loyal Democrat. HARMONY URGED. To offset the big ratification meeting in Philadelphia, the Democratic leaders are urging every possible recalcitrant to get into line for harmony. To that end harmony may be a distinguishing fea ture of the convention. A conference of many leaders of the various elements allied in opposition to the Republican party is even now being held. The con ferees are in session at the Kansas City club, the headquarters of the national committee. Among those present are National Chairman J. K. Jones, Rich ard Croker, John W. Kern, Democratic candidate for governor of Indiana, and other leaders among the Democrats; Senator Teller, former Senator Dubois, former Congressman Hartman and Judge Brown of the Silver Republicans and Senators Allen, Pettigrew, Butler and Heitfeld, of the Populists. It is dis tinctly a harmony conference. All are willing to make concessions in ordej that peace may prevail in the conven tion. In connection with Richard Croker's presence at the conference, it is under stood upon authority that may scarcely be questioned, that he and former Gover nor Hill have a thorough understanding and are in perfect accord as to their ac tion in the convention. They will do ev erything in their power, it is maintained to advance the interests of the party and the ticket nominated by the conven tion. It is suggested very strongly that neither Mr. Croker nor Mr. Hill desires the nomination of Towne for vice presi dent. While the New Tork delegation has not presented formally any candidate, it is known that Hill favors the nomina tion of Elliott Danforth and that .Mr. Croker quietly is pressing the e.eims of Judge Augustus Van Wyck. Stt.nger things have happened in many a con vention than the nomination of Dan forth or Van Wyck would be. LOOKING TO NEW YO?,K. Notwithstanding the fact that Towne If seems now to have the most distinct call for the nomination it can not be disguised that many delegates want a straight-out Democrat on the ticket with Bryan. Likewise they" are looking to New Tork to furnish that candidate, because they believe with a strong man from the empire state on the ticket the party will have an even chance to carry the state and perhaps one or two other eastern states. So prevalent is this be lief and so strong is the hold it has ta ken on the delegates during the past few hours, that Mr. Bryan who la thought to favor Tow-ne's nomination, may make .a concession on the vice presidential candidate even if he will not on the platform. The convention will be called to order tomorrow at noon and unless present plans are upset, William J. Bryan will be nominated for the presidency at the first session. He is to be presented to BENJAMIN F. SHIVELY. OP INDIANA, Who Says He Doesn't Want the Nomina tion as Vice President. the American people as the Fourth of July candidate. The scene gives promise of being one of the most dramatic that ever was seen in a political convention. And then, according to programme Mr. Bryan is to be brought to Kansas City by a special notification and es cort committee and be will deliver his speech accepting the nomination in the very hall in which his nominatfon was made. In the hope of witnessing this great political scene thousands upon thous ands of people are coming to Kansas City from the nearby states. The de mand upon the national committee for seats in the convention hall is said to be almost unprecedented. Tens' of thou sands of applications for tickets have been received from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and other transmississippl states. Quite naturally, 49 out of every 50 of the applicants are doomed to dis appointment. Each state has been as signed its quota of seats and that is all it will get. This eity.the people of which have done so much for the convention has been allotted only 1,500 tickets. To day is a duplicate of yesterday as to the weather. It is swelteringly hot, but the intensity of the heat is tempered slight ly by a .brisk south. Vreeze. Indeed, if it were not for the; breeze, the heat oa the streets would be intolerable to any body but a salamander. FITZHUGH LEE THE MAN Whom New Tork and Indiana Hay Unite Upon. Kansas City, July 3. "I don't want it, I wont take it, I would not have it," said Mayor Harrison of Chicago today, when asked if he was a candidate for the vice presidency. "I'm not looking for anything," he continued. "But some of the Illinois delegation are for you for vice president." "Well," said the mayor, "they'd bet ter get off, and get off quick and get wdth the winner. Illinois wants a man from the east and a man from New Tork. I am for Elliot Danforth and for him strong, and I believe the support of the Illinois delegation will be given him. I think he is the strongest man the convention can nominate." A new factor was introduced into the vice presidential situation later in tha day by an effort to unite the Indiana and New Tork delegations on the ques tion. There is a strong probability that be fore evening the two delegations will have agreed upon a man whom they will unitedly press before the conven tion as a candidate. As many of the other states bave already declared themselves as being willing to accept any man who has been proclaimed by the Democracy of New Tork as capable of carrying that state in the fall elec tion there is but small doubt that any man having the dual endorsement of Indiana and New Tork will be a for midable factor. It was reported that Danforth of New Tork had been named as the man upon whom the two states would agree. This story upon investiga tion, however, was proven to be some what premature as at 11 o'clock the two delegations had not agreed upon any man and there was small prospect that they would do so for several hours. "There has been no agreement be tween the two states that I know of," said Mr. Shively of Indiana, "and I would not care to be quoted as saying that there will be a formal agreement of any sort." "But will there not be any agreement that will carry the same weight?" "That is a different thing," said Mr. Shively, with a smile, "and I would not be surprised to see some such step taken but I am quite sure that nothing of importance has been done up to the present time. It will take several hours before the matter is In definite shape, however, and what that shape will be I am unable to predict. I will say, how ever, that from what I know at the present time, Mr. Danforth-will not be agreed upon as the most available man. lie may be, but the indications just now are that it will be somebody else." "There has been no agreement reach ed between the two states regarding a vice presidential candidate," said Hugh Dougherty, delegate at large from In diana," "Some steps have been taken in that direction but they have not as yet porduced any result." When Mr. Towne's name was men tioned Dougherty said: "Wre all have the highest regard for Mr. Towne as a man and respect him highly, but I wish to say that I, and there are many others of the same opinion as myself, am not willing that under any circumstances . shall Mr. Towne have the second place on the ticket. He is a most excellent man, but there are other excellent men who have been Democrats all their lives and I think that one of these men should ' be rewarded in preference to Mr. Towne who has not been a member of the party all his political life. Per sonally, I am in favor of the nomina tion of Fitzhugh Lee of Virginia." "Has his name been considered by the New Tork and Indiana delegation?" "The matter is not far enough ad vanced at this time for me to say that any man has been really considered," was the most definite reply that Mr. Dougherty could be induced to make. TURN TO DANFORTH. Impression Growing That NewTorker is Bryan's Choice. Kansas City, July 3.-One of the most significant happenings of the day in the vice presidential situation occured dur ing the forenoon in the New Tork head quarters and when it became known the sentiment for the nomination of Eliott Danforth took a more pronounced turn. Mayor Maguire of Syracuse, the New Tork state silver leader and Treasurer Hughes of the New Tork state commit tee, who have been in Lincoln arrived here this morning and came immediate ly to New Tork state headquarters There they found Mr. Danforth chatting v ith his friends. Mr. Maguire called tiim aside and said: "Mr. Danforth, if you are a candidate for vice president we are with you." Mr. Danforthreplied: "I am not a canuidate. All my de sires are, as you gentlemen know con fined to my own state. I do not desire to go to Washington and if nominated and elected it will interfere with all my plans. I am much obliged, but my high est aspiration in politics is to serve my party in my state." Mr. Maguire: "But if the people want you, you can't decline.'' Mr. Danforth replied: "No, but I don't want it. Tou know what I want in New Tork." Mr. Maguire: "Well, if the matter is brought up in the New Tork delegation this afternoon we shall vote for you." The significance of this interview is that Mr. Maguire is close to Mr. Bryan and faas Just returned from several days' visit, he may voice the wish of Mr. Bryan, to have New Tork state repre sented on the ticket and by Mr. Dan forth. Asked point blank by the Associated Press representative if that was the case Mr. Maguire said cautiously: "Mr. Bryan feels friendly toward Mr. Dan forth. He would not, I am sure object to his being on the ticket" The office in New Tork state to which Mr. Danforth admits being partial is that of governor and it is believed he would be a strong candidate there and so help the national ticket that some of the leaders do not favor forcing the vice presidential nomination upon him. As the day wore on the impression spread among the delegates that the convention. would nominate either Dan forth or. Towne and that element which felt that a Democrat should be named were more strongly toward Danforth. The men who have been in favor of modified platform were among those who : turned their attention . toward a New Tork man and who saw in Mr. Danforth the most available candidate. It is understood that the southern dele gations were very pronounced against Towne and that some states had de clared for Danforth. The Towne men have started a can vass of delegates and are trying to make a poll of the different delegations to ascertain the strength of the Minne sota candidate. THOMAS TO PRESIDE. Colorado Governor Will Bd Tempo ' 1 rary Chairman. Kansas City, Mo., July 3 The nation al Democraticcommittee today disposed of the business before it with alacrity. The Oklahoma controversy was set tled in favor of the Jacobs faction. The Jacobs people were considered by the committee to have been most regular in their proceedings. In the case of the Indian Territory the decision was favorable to the Marcum faction also on the ground of regularity. Mr. Marcum is the present -member of the national committee and the fight was principally upon him. The battle over the temporary chair manship was short but sharp. The only two candidates for the office were Governor C. S. Thomas of Colo rado and Mayor D. S. Rose of Mil waukee. Both were placed in nomina- GOVERNOR CHARLES S. THOMAS, OF COLORADO, Who Will Be Temporary Chairman of the Convention. tion with eulogistic speeches. Senator Kenny of Delaware and Committeeman Clancy of Wisconsin spoke for Mr. Rose and Committeeman Wilson of Colorado and Clayton of Alabama for Mr. Thom as. The vote proceeded very evenly un til towards the close when Mr. Thomas made a slight gain, which he held to the end coming out with a majority of 2. The total vote was 46, of which Thomas received 24 and Rose 22. SUNFLOWER BADGES. They Are Everywhere, and Kansans Are Distributing Them. Special to the State Journal.! Kansas City, July 3. The Kansas Re publicans, Democrats and Populists alike, are flooding Kansas City with Sunflower badges. On every hand the yellow flower is in evidence, and the Kansas people are losing no opportunity to advertise and circulate the glories of their state. PLACE FOR OVERMYER. Will Be on the Committee on Resolu tions. Special to the State Journal. Kansas City, July 3. The iCarsas del egation to the Democratic convention, in declaring that the ratio should not be mentioned in the national platform was a great surprise to the eastern dele gates. In the opinion of the easterners, as Chairman Jones expressed it, "Kansas has been a rip-snorting 16 to 1 state," and the opposition to the ratio of 16 to 1 was astonishing. The Kansas forces are looking for the j CContinued on Third Paee.l LOOK TOJAPAN.. Disposition is Manifesting Itself in Europe To Let the Mikado Settle the Chinese Business AND TAKE HIS REWARD Course of Admiral Kempft Now Generally Approved. Reports of Further Murders Come Out of Pekin. London, July 3. The fact that a re lief column has been unable to leave Tien Tsin in response to the pathetic prayer of the beleaguered legations at Pekin is generally regarded in London as destroying almost the last vestige of hope for the unfortunate foreigners pent up in the Chinese capital. The worst is feared, and the massacre of Cawnpoor is in every man's mind. It is beginning to be felt here that the plaus ible fiction that no state of war exists is no longer tenable, and a fully equip ped army belonging to a single nation ality is necessary to deal with the situ ation instead of associated expeditions of a half dozen nationalities. Hence arises the demand that Japan shall be be given a mandate to complete the work left undone in 1894, with proper security that she shall not again be squeezed out when the costly task is over. TOO SMALL FOR THE OREGON. Washington, July 3. A cablegram re ceived at the Navy deaartment from Lieutenant Key, dated Tokio last night, says: "Russian dock at Port Arthur is too small for Oregon to enter." The dispatch conveys the first news that Key is not at Pekin, where be was naval attache. If the Oregon is floated she will be docked at Nagasaki. WThile the general British comment severely criticises America's non-participation in the bombardment of Taku forts, several of the London papers are beginning to find out that Admiral Kempft had better foresight than was possessed by the allied chancellories of Europe, wllen he protested against an attack on the Taku forts on the ground that it would throw the Chinese gov ernment into the arms of the boxers and make all the other nations tech nically at war with China. And the inadvisibility of attacking Taku when the international forces were mani festly insufficient even to guard the legations and the Europeans in the in terior from retaliation is how generally acknowledged. Rumors are current in Paris that the British embassy has received notifica tion of the massacre of the French and British ministers at Pekin, but there is no confirmation of the report. Shanghai reports that the internation al forces at Tien Tsin are suffering from lack of good drinking water, owing to the Pel Ho being choked with the corpses of Chinese and other victims of the bombardment. According to the same dispatch, the international troops, so far from being strong enough to ad vance toward Pekin, are not sufficiently numerous to attack the Chinese still surrounding Tien Tsin and keeping up a desultory fire on the place. Thousands of Chinese are said to be arriving from Lutai and to be desperately attempting to reoccupy the bridge leading to Taku. GERMAN BRIGADE FOR CHINA. Wilhelmshaven, July 3. In view of the gravity of the situation in the east, a German . expeditionary force of vol unteers from the army is to be formed. It will have the strength of a brigade of all arms. THANKFUL FOR SMALL FAVORS. Washington, July 3. Up to noon to day there had been no change here re garding the Chinese situation. No or ders had gone out looking to the dis patch of increased forces and beyond a cablegram from Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai, reciting in briet the points of the news brought to Shanghai by the messenger from Sir Robert Hart, and conveyed at greater length in the press dispatches, nothing had been added to the information al ready possessed by the government re specting the situation in Pekin. There was a disposition to take some comfort out of the statement that cannon are not being used against the legations. This was regarded as indicating the first wild outburst of fanatical rage had spent itself and that the boxers were now acting in a more reasonable man ner. The date of the Pekin dispatch, however, June 25, eight days back, leaves ground for grave apprehension as to what occurred there since. It was accidentally discovered by the navy department today that Lieutenant Key, our naval attache to Pekin. was safe outside of the capital and In Tokio, to which place he is also accredited. LI HUNG CHANG'S REQUEST. London, July 3. A special dispatch from Hong Kong says Li Hung Chang has requested a United States gunboat to take him to Tien Tsin. TWO MORE MINISTERS REPORTED KILLED. London, July 3. A special dispatch from Shanghai says Chinese reports are current that two other foreign ministers were murdered the same day as Baron von Ketteler. From the same source it is declared that the mission hospital at Moukden has been destroyed by fire and that the native Christians have been massacred. It is further asserted that the foreigners fled to New Chang. EMPRESS AND EMPEROR IM PRISONED. " Washington. July 3. Secretary Hay has received cablegrams from Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai dated today and United States Consul Mc Wade at Canton. The one from Good now is as follows: "On the 27th there were two legations star.ding. The emperor and the em press are prisoners in the palace. The city gates are closed. Prince Tuan and his force of boxers are in control of everything. Complete condition of anarchy in streets." The cablegram from McWade is as fellows: "Viceroy LI Hung Chang today as sured me that he will immediately is sue a strong proclamation commanding the preservation of peace and order in his provinces and will take the neces sary measures for the protection of -foreigners as far as possible. He has largely increased the force of his army." DTING OF STARVATION. Shanghai, July 3. According to the latest Pekin news from Chinese sources, Vo loertirtTiS fl T nt OTf rPTJl t IeS from lack of provisions that the women who escaped the bullet are perishing of starvation. ANARCHY IN PEKIN. True State of Affairs is Gradually Being Understood. New Tork, July 3. A dispatch to tha Tribune from London says: The presidents have again come to the front and they have official dis patches to confirm their fears. There is no longer any reason to doubt that the German minister was murdered in Pekin :that the American, Italian, Dutch and other legation houses hava been burned, and that the foreigners have taken refuge in the British em bassy and are short of supplies, hard pressed and reduced to great extremi ties, while fighting still proceeds In Tien, Tsin. There has been a revolution in Pekin, by which Prince Tuan has de throned the empress and emperor and has made his son emperor. The facts about the revolution in the palace ara still obscure, but it is evfdent that thera has been a state of anarchy in the cap ital, with 20,000 soldiers fighting Inside the walls and as many outside and that the legations are at the mercy of armed mobs, who are bent upon destroying a'l the foreigners. There are persistent ru mors that the allied forces have already entered the capital, after defeating tha Chinese regulars and the boxers, but these are apparently premature and ara based upon the occupation of Tien Tsin. The tidings of the murder of the Ger man minister have reached every for eign office in Europe, and the gloomiest views are entertained In diplomatic cir cles respecting the fate of the embas sies. Three dates are mentioned in con nection with the street attack upon tha minister and each Is earlier than that of Sir Robert Hart's dispatch, in which no reference was made to it. The sec retary of the German embassy cannot have made any mistake respecting the assassination of his chief, and it is ad mitted with great reluctance that the position of every embassy was critical eight days ago. Men well informed doubt whether as many as a thousand foreigners were in Pekin on June 26. They assert that the number was prob ably about 600, including the naval euards. Pekin was evidently in the hands of uncontrollable mobs of sol diers, and the deliverance of the lega tions, if It has been effected, will be lit tle less than a miracle. APPEAL TO BRYAf Prominent Editors Ask Ilim to Drop 16 to 1 Plank. Kansas City, Mo., July 3. In an ef fort to modify Mr. Bryan's expressed views in favor of an explicit declara tion on the silver question the follow ing telegram was sent him today: "W. J. Bryan, Lincoln, Neb. "It .is clear to us that a simple re affirmation of Chicago platform with additional Blanks on trusts and im perialism, should be adopted. The con vention is in the hands of your friends; their advice is important. Such a plat form concedes nothing and Insures vic tory. ALBERT J. BARR. Pittsburg Post. CHAS. W. KNAPP, St. Louis Republic. CLARK HOWELL. Atlanta Constitution. "CINCINNATI ENQUIRER." DEATHS AXD FUNERALS. T. R. Babb died Sunday at the Santa Fe hospital, on East Sixth avenue. He was 48 years old and was a sufferer from a cancer. His body was sent last evening to Macon, Mo., for burial. Albert D. Hansen, the 1 year old son of Frank Hansen of 1303 Fillmore street, died last evening of asthma. The fun eral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Mrs. A. J. Griesen died this morning at half past four at her home, 1034 Mon roe street of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Griesen was born in Carbondale, Pa., Novermer 11, 1S45, and removed to Topeka in 1S77. Her husband, J. J. Griesen. died in Topeka December 22, 1884. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. J. M. Cleveland and Mrs. R. WV Squires and a niece, Mrs. R. B. Kepley. The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. P. W. Crandell of the First Baptist church of which Mrs. Griesen has been a member for many years. Weather Indications. Chicago, July 3. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair tonight and Wednesday, con tinued high temperature; southerly; winds. The young man who is learning to waltz must expect to meet with rever ses. ! k 4- Garfield JULY 4tli. Prof. Kelley's GRAND BALLOON ASCENSION AND PARACHUTE LEAP At Garfield Park, July 4th. Also Largest Display of FIREWORKS - X- X-X- X- X-X-X- ' X-X-X- ' X-X-X-X-X-X- X- X- X- X-X-X-, X-X-X-X- ever seen in Topeka on Juty 4th, and Four Grand Concerts by Marshall's Band.