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LAST EDITION. THURSDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JULY 5, 1900. THURSDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. 4 17AR CRY IS Silver Made Subordinate to Colonial Expansion. Conservative Element Highly Pleased by This Action. OF GREATER BENEFIT They Claim, Than Omission of Reference to Ratio. Hill Clearly the Most Popular Man Present. DEWEY IS IGNORED. Mention of the Admiral's Name Passed in Silence. Stevenson, of Illinois, Popular For Second Place. ConTention Adjourns Shortly After Dinner Until 3 :30. Kansas City, Mo., July 5. The committee on resolutions completed its work on the platform at 1:10 p. in. and adjourned sine die. The vote on the adoption of the report was unani mous. The conservative element of the committee on the platform are highly pleased over the making of imperialism the issue of primal im portance, and some of them express the opinion that this declaration will be of greater benefit to them than the omission of reference to the ratio would have been. STORY OF THE DAT. Convention Hall. Kansas City, Mo,, July 5. Convention hall was again be sieged today by eager and excited thou sands and long before the time set for opening the second day's proceedings all of the streets were solidly massed with humanity moving forward to the many entrances. Expectancy was at a high pitch, as it was universally felt that the day had in store the great events of the convention. By 10 o'clock, SO minutes before the time set for the opening of the conven tion, nearly every seat in the galleries was occupied. The delegates were much more deliberate and came in slowly. The word had gotten abroad that there would be a fight on the floor over the adoption of the platform.and an ticipating a session which would be long and hard after it had once begun they preferred to come only at the last minute that their stay in the crowded hall might be made no longer than nec essary. The crowd was anxious to see Senator Hill, and on two occasions when a bald-headed man came through the door leading to the delegates' seats they set up the cry of Hill," which had proved so sensational a feature at both sessions yesterday. The senator, however, was one of the last of the New York delegation to arrive. The police arrangements of the hall were a decided improvement over those that characterized the opening of the conven tion yesterday. During the sess'ons on Wednesday dense crowds of spectators were allowed to congregate in front of the speaker's stand and in front of the press seats and up and down the aisles. These were at times so densely packed that it was impossible to pass through them at all. These people were also largely responsible for the confusion that made it impossible, during the greater part of the sessions yesterday, for the voice of any man to be heard ten feet from the rostrum. POLICE FORCE INCREASED. Today a swarm of the local police were on hand, and they started in well by promptly hustling down the passage ways all persons who were not dec orated with the proper credentials in the shape of badges. Once th delegates began to put in an appearance they came in streams and the space reserved for them filled up with great rapidity. At 10:30, the time set for the opening of the convention, two-thirds of them were seated and the remainder were in the hall or crowding through the doors. The number of handsomely gowned women around the speaker's stand was even greater than yesterday, and with their bright colored dresses, ribbons and fluttering fans they formed a charm ing back ground for the high officials of the party who occupied seats direct ly in front of them. The old familiar tunes, played by the bands in the galleries, brought forth the old familiar yells from the crowd As usual "Dixie" and "A Hot Time" were played repeatedly and cheered enthus iastically. The arrival of Richard Croker called forth a few cheers from the gallerlrs, and as usual when a Tammany man shows up, there was the cry of "Hill" Just to remind him that "there are oth ers." The audience began to manifest signs of impatience as the time went by for calling the convention to order and the officials made no motion to proceed. The hum of the multitude increased to a dull roar. The aisles were jammed and the area in front of the platform was choked with a shuffling mass of del egates, officials and subordinates. Many of the well known leaders went to the platform to confer on the status of the convention's busi ness. White of California Slav den of Texas. Cable of Illinois, McCreary, of Kentucky. The fir-e band labored incessantly to offset theonfu mion and medley of patriotic airs served IEWRIAI Ism to keep the crowd in good humor and maintain the patriotic fervor. When the Texans raised to the top of their stand ard the huge horns of a Texas steer, surmounted by the legend "Texas gives 200.000 majority," there was a roar of cracking shout and an enthusiastic tri bute to Texas Democracy. BECKHAM COMES IN. Governor Beckham of Kentucky was given an enthusiastic reception, as he came in, a large number of delegates crowding around to shake him by the hand. At 11 o'clock the slender figure of Chairman Richardson loomed up above the platform assemblage. He swung the gavel lustily and above the din faintly could be heard his calls for order. Slowly quiet was brought out of the confusion and the chairman pre sented Right Rev. John W. Glennon for the opening invocation, the entire au dience, delegates and spectators, stand ing reverently with bowed heads while the words of the prayer echoed through the building. With the conclusion of the prayer Chairman Richardson made an earnest appeal to the delegates and spectators to preserve order so that the work of the convention might proceed without undue interruption. Sergeant-at-Arms Martin added another appeal, particu larly to delegates not to bring their wives upon the floor reserved for dele gates as it kept other delegates from the seats to which they were entitled. HOGG MAKES A SPEECH. ' Mr. Richardson now announced that the platform oommittee was not ready to report and pending word from them he invited to the platform ex-Governor Hogg of Texas to address the conven tion. The giant form of the Texan advanced to the front and was greeted enthus iastically. He was in good voice and his words reverberated through the hall. When he declared that the party did not propose to surrender one iota of its attitude in 1896, as promulgated by the Chicago convention, there was round after round of cheers. But this broke into a whirlwind of approving shouts when the governor asserted that the party's platform must contain an un equivocal and specific declaration for 16 to 1. - It was noticeable that the dele gates joined with the body of specta tors in the tribute to the IS to 1 idea. Governor Hopg arraigned the policy of the present administration in the Phil ippines and on foreign affairs generally, its subserviency to trusts. He closed with a prediction that a platform ap pealing to the people for a correction of existing evils would bring victory in November. THEY CALL FOR HILL. At the termination of Governor Hogg's address, Chairman Richardson stepped forward to say a few words to Sergeant-at-Arms Martin and the crowd took advantage of the opportunity to start the cry of "Hill." It came from all quarters of the galleries, but prac tically little of it from the delegates. Mingled with the cans were hisses. Chairman Richardson wielded his gavel vigorously and when order was re stored in degree announced: "Gentlemen, I have the honor to in troduce to you A. M. Dockery, Mis souri's favorite son." MR. DOCKERY INTRODUCED. Mr. Dockery was warmly received and his prompt attack upon the conduct of the Republican administration for its management of the Philippine question was greeted with the usual demonstra tions of applause. His assurances inat Bryan would be the next president of the United States and his condemnation of any alliance between this country and England was accorded the same en thusiastic reception and cries of "Hur rah for Dockery" from 'the Missouri delegation. This appeal for harmony "along the fundamental principles" met with a cheer, and when a minute later he said: "Gentlemen, get onto the platform whatever it may be," a yell went up chiefly from the silver delegations. "Talk this way a little," shouted a Georgia delegate. "I can't talk every way," replied the speaker. "Then talk this way a little," shouted the Georgian. NO APPLAUSE FOR DEWEY. The first mention of Dewey's name since the opening of the convention was made by Mr. Dockery while discussing the Philippine question, but the name of the famous admiral was received without a ripple of applause. He closed his remarks with the assurance of Dem ocratic success and the celebration of the centennial of Jefferson's nomina tion next November. MAYOR ROSE SPEAKS. At the conclusion of the speech of Mr. Dockery, Mayor D. S. Rose of Mil waukee was called to the platform to address the convention. He made a fine impression instantly. Attired in a black sack suit and, standing easily and speaking fluently, he soon stirred the audience. His voice was clear and ring ing and penetrated to the uttermost parts of the hall. Speaking of Wisconsin he said that although it had given a majority againt Bryan in '96 it could be brought this year into the Democratic column by a proper platform and a. suitable running mate for Mr. Bryan. He said the Democracy of the United States was in the saddle to fight for the principles enunciated by Thomas Jefferson who in the present day was personified by Wil liam J. Bryan. Mayor Rose made a strong appeal to the convention to remember the great army of German voters throughout the United States. Those voters, he de clared, held the balance of power be tween the Democratic and Republican parties. "We believe that we can secure their co-operation," said he, with earnestness, "and this convention ought to hold out to them every inducement to stand by us." The fight of the approaching cam paign was to be made, he maintained, east of the Mississippi river and north of the Ohio, and he warned the con vention that unless the Democratic party could carry some of those states victory would scarcely be possible. This statement was received with cheers from not only the audience but from the delegates. PERSIST IN CHEERING HILL. "Hill," "Hill." came the cry again as Mr. Rose concluded, but the New Yorker was not present and the bands broke out with "The Star Spangled Banner." The patriotic strains had no sooner sub sided than another Hill wave passed over the assemblage. Some of the New Yorkers sought to offset the demand by shouting for "Grady," "Grady." Again the band came to the rescue and the hurrahs for Hill gave way to "Dixie." . At every pause however, the Hill shouters clamored for their favorite. Both Chairman Richardson and Sergeant-at-Arms Martin moved up and down the front of the platform ges ticulating wildly and making panto mime appeals for order. When the Hill demonstration had calmed, the chair man introduced J. E. McVeigh of In dianapolis for another speech on cur rent public questions. He said only a few words and then, perceiving George Fred Williams on the stand in whispered conference with the chairman, the audience called wildly for the young leader from the old bay state, while another element continued the demand for Hill. When quiet was partially secured the chair recognized Mr. Williams, who submitted a resolution reciting: "That a committee of nine delegates be appointed by the chair for the pur pose of conferring with the Silver Re publicans and the Populist parties now gathered in Kansas City." Shouts of "No," "no," followed the reading but the resolution was put to vote and amid much confusion on the floor was declared adopted. Congressman James Williams of Illi nois was then introduced by Chairman Richardson. He opened his remarks by an appeal to all Democrats to stand to gether on one platform which he de clared would be broad enough to hold them all. He spoke briefly and was frequently applauded. GOV. BECKHAM HEARD. As Mr. Williams took his seat Chair man Richardson announced: "We will now be addressed by Gover ner Beckham of Kentucky." Instantly there was a roar of applause and dele gates and spectators springing upon their chairs to get a better view of the young governor of Kentucky waved their hats and handkerchiefs frantically. The greeting was a fitting counterpart to the reception given to Governor Tay lor of Kentucky, in Philadelphia When Governor Beckham reached the stand where all could see him he was given a reception as enthusiastic as any extend ed by the delegates to any speaker who has thus far addressed the convention. The galleries' did not respond with the same heartiness. The young governor of Kentucky is a man of five feet nine or ten, slender and clean shaven. He was dressed in a modest sack suit of dark serge and spoke slowly and with deliberation, evi dently weighing his words carefully. His first assertion that in hia opinion the enthusiastic reception extended to him was due not to him personally but to "the outraged Democracy" of his state, called forth another roar of ap plause which was equalled a moment later when he promised that Kentucky would be carried safely for the Demo cratic power. His remark, that of late there had been a considerable exodus of criminals from his state evoked laughter and applause and a few cries of "Taylor." "We have had such a dose of Repub lican rule," said the speaker, "that Ken tucky is prepared to accept any plat form which the Democratic party will present. No matter what the platform may be, Kentucky will stand upon It and win through its principles." He turned to leave the stand and was met with loud cries of "Go on," but the young governor only bowed and left the platform. After the cheers with which Governor Beckham's speech was received had subsided, one of the delegates from Montana started the tuneful old song, "My Old Kentucky Home," and one verse of it was sung with vigor, the singing being followed by great cheering as the young governor resumed his seat. Chairman Richardson at the conclu sion of the demonstration introduced J. W. Miles, of Maryland, who addressed the convention in support -of conserva tive action upon the platform. When the rural Democracy of his state, he said, would stand by that great tribune of the people, William Jennings Bryan, he begged the convention that it take no action that would imperil the chances of victory for Mr. Bryan. His heart was beating, he said, in time with every principle of the Chicago platform, but he felt that such friends of Bryan as Senator John W. Daniels ef Virginia, whose fealty was beyond question ought to be listened to by those who had any desire of carrying such states as New York, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. "In the name of God," he shouted earnestly, "if the men In these states who stood by Bryan in '96 are not his friends, where are his friends to be found?" As Mr. Miles concluded Chairman Richardson announced that he had been informed the platform committee would be ready to report at 3:30. ADJOURNED UNTIL 3:30. Thereupon a motion was agreed to adjourn until that hour, and the vast audience filed out of the building amid enthusiastic shouts for the favorite leaders and the enlivening music of the orchestra. OUT FOR. STEVENSON. Pennsylvania Delegation to Support the Illinois Man. Kansas City, Mo., July 5. The Penn sylvania delegation met in caucus this morning and unanimously decided to support Adlia Stevenson, or Illinois, for the vice presidency. On the platform question the unit rule was abrogated and the delegates will vote as they please. Ex-Governor Robert E. Pattison re fused the endorsement of the delegation for vice president. FIGHT OIT THE PLATFORM. Opposition to 16 to 1 Clause Weak ened at Last Moment. Kansas City, Mo., July 5. The com mittee on platform did not reconvene today until 11 o'clock. It had adjourned at 4 o'clock with the Intention of get ting together at 10 o'clock, but the all night vigil proved quite trying for some of the members of the committee and they were slow collecting. The time previous to the formal meeting- was utilized by the leaders in last night fight against the 16 to 1 movement in an effort to reach a decision as to whether a minority report ' should be presented. There were several confer ences in which "Mr. St. Clair of West Virginia, Senator Money of Mississippi, and Mr. Daly of New Jersey were the principal participants. These three members were at first quite disposed to insist upon the formal presentation of the views of the minority but as one state after another which had voted last against 16 to 1 announced its decision not to carry the matter into the con vention, their determination weaken ed and they decided to drop the mat ter. This they did not do however with out many protests. Mr. Daly said he was instructed by his delegation against any concurrence in the report of the majority and that w hether a minority report was present ed or not he would not sign the report for 16 to 1. Senator Money presented a tabulated statement showing that the votes cast for the ratio represented only 171 out of 930 votes in the convention. He said, however, that his state had given him free rein to act as he might think wisest New York decided early in the morn ing not to unite in any minority presen tation and this decision had a stron? influence upon determining the decision (Continued on Sixth Page.) Forced to Take Poison by Prince Tuan. Dose Was Administered to the Empress Dowager. IT FAILED TO KILL. She Is Still Alire But lias Gone Insane. Murder of All Foreigners In Pe kin Further Confirmed. Holding of Tien Tsin by Allied Army Impossible. Copyright, 1900, by Associated Press.J Shanghai, July 5. Emperor Kwang Su committed suicide by taking opium under compulsion of Prince Tuan, on June 19. The empress dowager also took poison, but Is still alive, though reported to be insane from the effects of the drug. The above had been officially reported to the German con sular staff. Three Chinese servants of foreigners, have. It Is rumored from a good source, escaped from Pekin. They report that all the foreigners, 1,000 In number, in cluding 400 soldiers, 100 members of the Chinese customs staff, and a number of women and children, held out till their ammunition was exhausted in the British legation. The legation was fin ally burned and all the foreigners killed. CAN'T HOLD TIEN TSIN. London, July 5 12:40 P. M. The story of the massacre of all the whites in Pe kin is being retold today with circum stantiality that almost convinces those who have hitherto refused to credit the sickening tales. The only hopeful fea ture of the evil news is the fact that it comes from Chinese sources at Shanghai but it is realized that even if the trag edy has not yet been enacted It can not long be delayed- ujvl-ss help comes from unknown sources. Even, the holding of Tien Tsin against the overwhelming hordes seems now to be a very remote possibility while the safety of other treaty ports is seriously threatened. A dispatch from Che Foo dated yes terday voices a fear that in view of the imminence of the summer rains it will be impossible for the joint forces to ad vance to Pekin until autumn. According to reports from Shanghai the Chinese army, on a march south ward from Pekin has reached Lofa. This is presumably General Nleh Si Chang's force en route to attack Tien Tsin. An other force of 30,000 Chinese from Lutai has appeared northeast of Tien Tsin and is reported to have been driven back by the combined forces of Russia and Jap an. The losses of the internationals were heavy. The native city when captured was a horrible spectacle, Chinese bodies lying thick around the guns. The situa tion In Kwang Tung (or eastern pro vince) grows worse. Li Hung Chang is said to be trying to raise a force of 200, 000 militia. Anarchy Is widespread in the province of Shan Tung in spite of the efforts of Yuan Shika, the governor to control the revolt. Happily, a band r t 35 American and other missionaries reached Tain Tau safely on July 3. Viceroy Liu is reported to be rreely executing disturbers of the peace at Nankin. The German chamber of commerce of Shanghai has warned Emperor William not to underestimate the gravity of the situation but to send troops proportion ate with the forces of the other powers. MYERS OF THE OREGON. Washington, July 5 The navy depart ment has received the following cable gram from Admiral Kempff: "Che Foo Myers, of the Oregon, com v. Twang Su, Emperor of China. Kwan; Su Is the ninth emperor of the dynasty. He came to the throne In 1ST5. The great events during his reign have been the opening of the country to foreign trade, residence and travel, the introduction of steam machinery. mands force Pekin. Captain Hall and Dr. Lippit also there. "KEMPFF." HARD FIGHTING AT TIEN TSIN. London, Jufy 5. A statement Is pub lished In Berlin that the Chinese have already taken Tien Tsin, but a cable dispatch from Shanghai, dated July 4, 9:35 p. m., shows that according to the latest advices the city is at 11 In the hands of the International troops.though the Chinese forces continued their at tempt to isolate them as they did at Pekin. They were receiving constant ac cessions, many troops arriving from Manchuria. The dispatch adds that Co). Wogack, commanding the Russians at Tien Tsin, was almost exhausted. He had been three days and nights in the saddle directing the operations. LEGATIONS MAY BE SAFE. London, July 5. A dispatch received by a news agency of this city from Shanghai under date of July 4, announ ces that the British legation at Pekin with 1,600 refugees, was still safe when the message was sent. The news agencies dispatch from Shanghai does not give the Pekin date but adds: "With the last reinforcements invest ing numbers 8,000 men. But for the op portune arrival of the Japanese troops the place would have been captured long since. The heavy fighting resulted in filling the legation with wounded." WERE HOLDING OUT JUNE 25. Paris, July 5. The French consul at Che Foo telegraphs that a Chinaman who left Pekin, June 25, reports that all the ministers and residents who were then assembled at the British delega tion, the French, German and Japanese legations were guarded by their own detachments and Pinchon, the French minister and his wife were well. The other legations, the custom house and the missions had been burned. The for eign troops had lost six men killed and had six men wounded, including the commander of the British detachment. BATTLE OF TAKU. Details of the Opening Engagement of the Chinese War. Victoria, B. C, July 5. Details of the bombardment of the Taku forts were re ceived by the Rio Jun Maru. "When the bombardment was commenced the British Algerine, the German litis, the Japanese Atago.the United States York town and the Russian Korejetz were within 2,000 yards of the forts. A Shang hai correspondent thus describes the fight: At 1 o'clock on Sunday morning, while the allied fleet were quietly anchored, without warning China declared war against the world by opening fire from the forts at Taku upon the gunboats near the shore. The first shells were harmless but afterwards many struck the Algerine .nd litis. The fleet opened a terrible fire, blowing the forts to pieces. The Russian troops on the land side are reported to have co-operated. Afterwards at daylight the forts wrere occupied by strong landing parties who drove: the Chinese outside at the point of the bayonet, killing hundreds as they fled northward. It is reported that the Algerine and litis are damaged. There are many casualties, but no list is avail able. Japanese correspondents say the Yorktown after withdrawing from range did not enter the engagement. On June 1, 639 Japanese, German and Russian troops were landed to guard the Tong Tu station and at daylight on the morning of the bombardment, when the forts were being fast demolished they charged the Chinese outside and carried the square fort, killing many in a bayonet charge. At the same time the ships landed parties who attacked the Chinese outside on the point, who were driven northward with great loss. Four hundred are said to have been killed. The damage to the ships and lists of casualties have bee:j reported in cable dispatches. TO LEAVE CUBA Three Regiments to Be Brought Home at an Early Date. Havana, July 5. At the first meeting of the municipality of Havana it was proposed that steps be taken to ap proach each municipality in the island regarding the payment of soldiers of the Cuban army. A keen discussion ensued, the motion being well supported by many council ors. Senor Gener, however, made a strong resistance on the ground of the irrelevancy of the matter to the munici pality, claiming that it was a question that should be decided by the central government and he succeeded in having the motion quashed. It is probable that within the next month three regiments of United States infantry, the First and Second and either the Fifth or Eighth, will leave Cuba. This will leave only two regi ments of infantry in the island. steamboats, railways and telegraphs; the establishment of diplomatic rela tions with- western nations, and the protection accorded to those who pro fess, as well as those who teach, Christianity. c ROOSEYELT'S SECOND TISIT Train Stops a Few Minutes at Rock Island x'. . ' The special train bearing Governor Theodore Roosevelt passed through To peka en route to St. Joe shortly after 4 o'cloek Wednesday afternoon. The train was stopped at the Rock Island Y only long enough to allow the conductor to register, and was then taken directly across the bridge and over the- St. Joe branch. Holton was scheduled as the first stop, but Instead the first stop was made at the reform school, where the boys of the institution and many members of the Knights and Ladies of Security were picnicking. Superintendent Hancock, of the school, found out the time Governor Roosevelt was supposed to pass there, and had the boys waiting along the right of way. As the train approached. Governor Roosevelt was informed that the boys were out to receive him, and he asked that the train be stopped. His speech to the boys consumed about three minutes. ACROSS THE RIVER. Roosevelt Continuing Eastward Speaking as lie Goes. Hannibal. Mo., July 5. The special train carrying Governor Theodore Roosevelt home from the rough rider reunion arrived at Hannibal early to day.. The car containing the governor and his party was left on a siding some distance from the city until after break fast. Governor Roosevelt was greeted by a large crowd and close attention was given to his brief address. At 8 o'clock the governor's train left Hannibal, and soon after crossed the Mississippi river into Illinois. Speeches will be made today at Quincy, Galesburg, Mendota, Aurora, and possibly one or two other points. Governor Roosevelt's speech was in part as follows: "I wish I could have spoken here on the Fourth of July, but I shall say what I would have said had it been yesterday. It is a great thing for a na tion to have great memories behind it. We have seen during recent years marvelous material prosperity in this country, and of course material prosper ity must be one of the foundation stones upon which we build. But we must have more than that if the nation is to rise to what it should be and will be. Yesterday all over this country we had come together to recall the memories of the great men who founded it. We, of this generation, have not only the memories of the great men of the revo lution, but memories of men of the civil war and their high devotion to duty. And we do not forget the men of the younger generation who fought so well in the war with Spain. That was not a great war, because It did not have to be. "I always wished that on the Fourth of July. besides reading the Declaration of Independence we would read at least the preamble to the constitution: We must have justice as the corner stone of the temple or our liberty will degen erate into license and then into an archy." AT QUINCY. Quincy, III.,. July 5. Governor Roose velt arrived in Quincy at 9:10 today and was accorded a magnificent ova tion. The governor and party- were at once driven to the hotel where a public reception was held, giving hundreds of the citizens of Quincy an opportunity to grasp the governor's hand. An elab orate procession through the principal streets followed after which the gover nor was conveyed to the public square where he delivered an address to an en thusiastic audience of 5.000. Among those. who occupied seats on this plat form with him were United States Sen ator Shelby M. Cannon and Congress man Marsh of Illinois. The governor's train left for Chicago at noon. FOURTH AT MANILA. Celebrating in the City and Fighting Outside. Manila, July 5. The Fourth of July was fittingly observed here. The town was generally decorated with American flags in contrast with a year ago when there was none. The school children gathered In the principal theaters of the town and listened to the reading of the Declaration of Independence, the deliv ery of patriotic addresses and the sing ing of patriotic songs. In the evening a ball was given in the provost mar shal's building, the military commis sioners attending. Tra first election was held yesterday in Vigan where the municipal officers were chosen under General Otis' order for the establishment of municipali ties. A detachment of soldiers near Delta Rio Grande met the enemy yesterday, killed twelve and captured six rifles. Three Americans were killed and two wounded. ON TARIFF FREE LIST. All Articles Manufactured by Trusts Thus to be Disposed of. Kansas City, Mo., July 5. The most interesting incident of today's platform discussion occurred over a plank of fered by Mr. Ball of Texas, declaring that all articles manufactured by trusts should be put on the tariff free list. Mr. Newlands of Nevada opposed the declaration on the ground "that it was coveted by the general plank." Mr. Ball declared Mr. Newlands' position to be undemocratic, and he asserted that Mr. Newlands was anything but a Dem ocrat. Newlands replied that he had never been anything but a Democrat until President Cleveland had by his conduct dilven him out of the party. The committee decided to Insert the plank. Webster Davis Ready to Turn. Kansas City, July 5. Webster Davis has agreed to support the Democratic ticket in case a strong pronouncement in the platform in favor of the Boers is made. He will make announcement In a public way soon If the convention's determination is announced. Sculptor Farrell Dead. Dublin, July 5. Sir Thomas Farrell, the sculptor, president of the Royal Hi bernian Academy, is dead. He was born in 1S2&. Weather Indications. Chicago, July 5. Forecast for Kan sas: Showers and thunder storms to night and probably Friday; moderate temperature; southerly winds becom ins variable. BLAZ m Standard Oil Works at Bayonne, N. J., on Fire. Conflagration Started by a Bolt of Lightning. HALF MILE OF FLAMES Bnrning Liquid Flows Out Into the Bay. Tongnes of Fire Shoot Upward 300 Feet. New York, July 5. Fire at the works of the Standard Oil company at Con stable Hook, Bayonne, N. J., which started early today was still raging at 9 a. m., and no estimate can yet be made of the damage, though it will run into millions. The entire plant is almost certain to be consumed. The oil from the works Is spreading along the upper bay ancj the Killvon Kull, blazing as it flows, and serious damage is threatened the adjoining property. Naphtha tank No. 7 exploded shortly; after 6 o'clock. The force of the ex plosion smashed windows on the Hook and at least one person was killed and several injured. Charles King, an elec trician, was the one killed, and John Wasto and Owen Drummond. watch men, were overcome by fumes and smoke, and Fred Mauer was cut by, flying glass. They all lived in Bayonne., The fire was started about 1 o'clock this morning by a bolt of lightning which fell during a terrific thunder and rain storm. It struck squarely in the immense yard of the Standard Oil com pany, which covers 600 acres of ground. King, the watchman, was struck by tha bolt, and at the same time it explode I two immense reservoir tanks of cruda oil. One hundred men were at work im the yards, and whether more were killed or not Is not yet known. The explosion was heard for miles and tha heavens were lit up for hours after ward by the flames, which leaped 100 feet in the air. Even at 8 o'clock this morning the column of smoke rose high) in the still burning tanks spread out in such a cloud that to those coming from the west the bright morning sun was obscured. CHASED BY BURNING OIL. Within fiffy yards of the tank was the Bay View hotel, used as a lodging house by half a hundred Hungarians and Poles employed at the works. The thunder storm had already awakened them, and when the cxpJoslon. came they rushed pell melt out of the rear of the building chased by the streams of burning oil which flowed over and rap idly consumed the hotel. The oil from the exploded tanks swept down the hill on which the works are located. Explosions followed like crashes of artillery as tank after tank was ignited by the fiery flood. Down to the water's edge it swept, spreading the circle of Are. Nothing could stay its progress. Even the water was no obstacle, and from the burning piers, which a little while before had been crowded with shipping, it flowed over into the Killvon Kull and floated In snaky wisps of flame out into the bay. Meanwhile the Standard Oil tugs ran into the docks and dragged out fifty vessels lying at the company's piers. Then the tugs formed a cordon a little way out from the docks and fought the flames from that side. Great booms of logs were thrown out in a seini-circla to prevent the burning liquid from flowing unrestrained over the water and carrying destruction to shipping down the bay. Inside the yards the Bayonne fire de partment made an ineffectual fight against the burning fluid. Water was of no avail and the fire had to be fought by strategy. Trenches were dug to di vert the streams of burning oil from attacking property outside the oil yards. FIGHTING THE FLAMES. Right in the line of fire with the wind blowing from the northeast were tha plants of the Tidewater Oil company, the Kalbleisch Chemical company, tha Bayonne Chemical works, the Berger noit Chemical company, -the Oxforfl Copper works, the Port Johnson coal docks, the Pacific Coast Barge company, and the crude oil docks. It was thought that none of these would be saved, but quick action by Vice President Alex ander confined the fire to the Standard, yards and the plants of the Columbia and French Oil works directly adjoin ing. He went into the crowds outside the fire lines and hlre? every man who would handle a shovel. These he put to work digging trenches around the cir cle of fire and in this way the burninsf liquid was prevented from eating its way across the Hook. There were in the yards of the Stan dard Oil company, when the fire start ed 365 crude oil tanks. Over thirty of these have been already exploded and they all may go as the fire continues to spread. All estimates of loss are at this time mere guess work. At 10 a. m. the flames were shootlrg up into the air fully 300 feet high anJ the blazing oil extended over an area of nearly half a mile. The heat was Buch that the firemen could not get near enough to the flames to do much good. The fire boats along the shore at Con stable Hook were able to occupy a bet ter position in this respect, but the wa ter that reached the blazing oil had little effect. The force of employes of the Standard company resorted to -their usual "method when a fire breaks out in the works. They pumped oil from one set of tanks Into others at a distant point from the blaze. This work was slow as well as dangerous to h"man life owing to the rapidity with which the flames communicated from one tanx to another. . , At 10:30 o'clock the total loss was estimated at 2,500.000. . The company has its own system or Insurance. None of the officials of the company at that hour believed that any of the 100 men reported missing had been killed or severely injured, but sev eral had been painfully burned. The company's docks at Constable Hook have been stripped end shipping was taken by tur to a place of safety. The tenement district of Bayonne was at the above hour threatened by the flames and firemen were forced to turn their efforts in a new direction. The stock of the Standard Oil com pany closed Tuesday at 6 40'S5 45 ana opened this morning at 5.3065-4,9.