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. .......... LAST 'EDITION. MONDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JULY 16, 1900. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. 25 Per Gent of fantry By Chinese Bullets While Storming Tien Tsin COLONEL LISCUM KILLED. Major and Three Captains Among the Wounded Regiment Under Murderous Fire For Hours Allies Are Finally Repulsed With Heavy Loss (Copyright, 1900, the Associated Press.) Tien Tsin, July 13, via Che Foo, July 15. and Shanghai, July 16. At 2 o'clock this afternoon 7,000 of the allied troops were attempting to storm the wall of the city. The attack began at day light. Its success is doubtful. The Chinese on the walls are estimated con servatively at 20,000. They are pouring a. terrific hail of artille-y, rifle and ma chine gun fire upon the attackers. The Americans, Japanese, British and French troops are attacking from the west and the Russians from the east. The Americans suffered terribly. As the Associated Press representative left the field the chief surgeon of the Ninth Infantry said a conservative estimate was that 25 per cent, of the Americans w ere hit. Col. Emerson H. Liseum is re ported to have been mortally wounded, as he was walking in front of the troops. Major Regan and Captains Buekmiller, Wilcox and Noyes are among the wounded. The marines losses include Captain Davis, killed, and Butler, Leonard and several others wounded. Officers declared that it was hotter than Santiago. When the correspondent left the Americans were lying in the plain be tween the wall and the river under an infiladins and a direct fire. It was equally difficult for them to advance or retire. The correspondent counted 300 wounded men of all nationalities. The officers of the United States ma rine corps mentioned in the foregoing dispatch are probably Captain Austin H. Davis, recently at Manila, killed, and First Lieutenant Smedley Butler, of the United States steamer Newark and First Lieutenant Henry Leonard, re cently on duty at Cavite.and also of the Newark, wounded. ALLIES REPULSED. Washington, July 16. The navy de partment this morning received official confirmation from Admiral Remey of the reverse of the allied forces at Tien Tsin on the morning of the 13th. The dispatch is dated Che Foo, July 16, and eays: "Reported that allies attacked native city morning 13th, Russians right, with Ninth infantry and marines on the left. Losses allied forces large: Russians 100, including artillery colonel; Americans over 30; British over 40; Japan 58, in cluding colonel; French 25. "Col. Liseum. Ninth infantry, killed; also Capt. Davis, marine corps. "Capt. Lemley, Lieuts. Butler and Leonard wounded. "At 7 in the evening, allied attack on native city was repulsed with great loss. Returns yet incomplete; details not yet confirmed. REMEY." COL FRENCH KILLED. - - Loudon, July 16. The Evening News MOW La the Ninth In- Hit prints a dispatch dated at Shanghai to day, giving a detailed account of the at tack of the allied forces on the native city of Tien Tsin, as reported in the dis patch to the Associated Press, dated Tien Tsin July 13, via, Che Foo, July 15, and Shagnhai July 16. According to the Evening News dis patch, the allies were repulsed and com pelled to retreat with a loss of more than 100 killed, the British losing 40, and the Japanese 60. The Americans and Russians, it is added, also suffered heavily. Among the Americans killed were Col. French, of the Twenty-fifth infantry and Col. Liseum of the Ninth infantry. A Russian colonel of artillery was also killed. . The dispatch adds that the Chinamen fought with great desperation and their marksmanship was accurately and deadly. " CHINESE TACTICS. New York, July 16. A dispatch to the Herald from Tien Tsin, July 8, says: While the Chinese are making a stub born resistance about Tien Tsin, they are making no attempt to regain Taku or to cut off the approach to Tien Tsin by river or railway. The entire distance is deserted by the natives, and troops come up without seeing a Chinaman. Unguarded launches ply up and down with dispatches. The restoration of the railways is being pushed forward. The Chinese have a faculty for mov ing their guns rapidly and suddenly op ening fire from a new point. At dusk they sent six shells into the foreign settlement at random. One en tered the barracks of the centurions men and wounded six. The stacks of government salt on the opposite side of the river and the acres of ruins give the Chinese an opportunity to pour in random rifle shots without exposure. WILCOX ISN'T KNOWN. Washington, July 16. It is stated at the war department that no such per son as Captain Wilcox who was re ported wounded, is in the Ninth infan try. The officials here think it might be Major Wallace of the Ninth. NEWS OF FIGHTING FROM JAPAN. Washington, July 16. The Japanese legation has received a dispatch dated Tokio, July 10, stating that the Rus sians guarding Tien Tsin, were severely pressed and called on the Japanese troops for assistance. A combined attack was made on the Chinese and the latter were repulsed. The Japanese lost two captains killed and thirty non-commissioned officers and privates wounded. This dispatch probably refers to one Of the early fights at Tien Tsin. CLAMOR FOR REVENGE. London, July 16. "Revenge today, mourning tomorrow," is practically the universal cry of Europe.but it is sorrow fully admitted that there can be no re venge today, nor perhaps, for many to morrows for the incredible barbarities that are reported to have marked the last scenes within the legations at Pe kin. Nothing is clearer than that the anti-foreign conflagration is rapidly permeating even hitherto quiescent pro vinces and. though it is recognized that every day which leaves Pekin in the power of the mob increases the perils and difficulties of the situation, nothing comes from the diplomats of Europe to show that the powers have overcome the jealousies, resulting in general impo tency to which is commonly ascribed the sacrifice of the handful of women, children and men comprising the inter national colony in Pekin. Nothing has been received today that adds to the informat'on previously ob tained regarding the massacre. The only ray of light extricable from the Pekin message appears to be the statement that Cheng and his followers did their utmost in defense of the legations. Th ; rebels, however, are evirinrlv irratlv in the majority, and the few loyalists are neipiessDeiorethe hordes who have join ed and are daily joining the blood stain- 1 Jq Col. Emerson H. Liseum. ed camarilla, who have usurped author ity at Pekin. The fate of the capital ap pears to threaten other towns like Tien Tsin, Che Foo and even Shanghai. The defeat of the allied forces at Tien Tsin seems to place that town in desperate straights and if retreat to Taku is ne cessitated, observers consider that it will be likely to decide the policy of waver ing viceroys. The departure of Admiral Seymour from Tien Tsin and the movement of warships toward Shan Hai Kuan on the Gulf of Liao Tung, are taken to indi cate that this route may be adopted for an advance on Pekin. which is distant 170 miles from Shan Hai Kuan. The members of the Chinese legation this morning still assert that they have no information concerning the fate of the foreigners in Pekin. The war office today issues a dispatch from General Doorward dated Tien Tsin, July 11, which adds little to previous informa tion. The Chinese according to this dis patch attacked the station the morning of July 11 and were repulsed after four hours hard fighting in which 600 of the enemy were killed. On July 9, General Doorward com manding a force of 100 Americans, 950 British and 400 Russians and General Fukushima, commanding 1,000 Japanese attacked the Chinese and captured their positions southwest of the city, killing 350 and capturing four guns. American and Japanese troops sub sequently rushed and took the western arsenal, General Doorward adds that the day's honors rested with the Ameri can and Japanese. There were no casu alties among the Americans or the Rus sians. GOODNOW HAS NO NEWS. Washington, July 16. Consul General Goodnow cabled to the state depart ment from Shanghai, under today s date, that there is nothing more to re port since his cablegram of the 13th in stant. That dispatch reported the at tack on the legations at Pekin aa about to begin. Mr. Goodnow s statement is a direct contradiction of the Shanghai story that all foreign consuls were .in formed Saturday by Sheng, that tne legations had fallen and the ministers were killed, ORDERED 3000 KILLED. Washington, July - 16. An unofficial report has come to the attention of the Chinese officials here to the effect that 3,000 Chinese officials at Pekin petition ed Prince Tuan to protect the foreigners. whereupon Prince Tuan ordered all those who united in the petition to be killed. A BIG WAR HAS BEGUN. New York, July 16. A dispatch to the Tribune from London says: A great war has opened in China, with the Japanese in the front line and with the heaviest reserves immediately avail able. Three American battalions and about 13,000 Japanese troops have reach ed Tien Tsin since these two battles were fought, so that the allied forces now exceed 25.000 men. with contingents slowly dribbling into laku. War has not been formally declared, but it is in progress, with every -indication that it will continue indefinitely until the government now in power is overthrown and the empire broken up into a series of European and Japanese provinces and protectorates. The retreat of the allied forces from Tien Tsin would be followed bv out breaks against the foreigners in all the provinces. They are compelled to halt where they are and to hold their ground by hard fighting, and a campaign begun with no other motive than that or se curing vengeance and reparation for the massacre of the legations will in volve sacrifices and expenditures for which territorial cessions are indispen sable. This may not be the American view but the Russians, Japanese, Germans, Italians and French already have then eyes fixed upon future provinces and conquests, and the English will find an other India in Central Asia. FIERCE INDIGNATION AT WASH INGTON. Washington, July 16. A degree of ex citement reminiscent of the days of the Spanish war prevailed at the state war and navy departments today. Early in the day came Admiral Remey's dispatch conveying the ill tidings from Tien Tsin and for the time this obscured the Pekin situation. The Ninth infantry is one of the craek regiments in the world, and the terrible story of the fa tality in its ranks aroused a spirit of fierce indignation and a demand for vengeance among- the officers of the army here, that could not be repressed. There was a disposition at first in the war department to pluck some hope from Admiral Remey's statement that the death of Liseum. and in fact, the whole fight at Tien Tsin was nothing more than a "report." That hope was dashed by the receipt of the dispatch from the correspondent of the associat ed press, written directly on the battle field and in a place where the facts must have come under his eye. There upon Secretary Hay called a special cabinet meeting to discuss the situa tion. He was only able to gather up four members, but fortunately these In eluded Secretaries Long and Root. There was talk of an extra session of congress, ana aiscussion or runner re enforcing our troops in the Philippines. It was also understood that communi cation had been had with President Mc Kinley at Canton. There was just a grain of comfort in a dispatch from Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai stating that he had nothing new to report. From this , it was gathered that Goodnow knew nothing of the reported fall of the lega tions though that report had come from Shanghai. SITUATION MAKES FOR HARMONY Berlin. July 16. The German consul at Che Foo, having communicated to the governor of Shan Tung, Emperor Wil liam's offer of a reward of 1,000 taels for the rescue of foreigners at Pekin, has received the governor s reply which is dated Julv 13. to the effect that the shutting up of foreigners in Pekin has deeply touched his heart, but that at tempts to relieve them have failed ow ing to the revolt in Chi Li, but the gov ernor adds he will again try his best to effect their release. At the foreign office here there is no question as to the correctness of the Chinese news of the massacre of or- eigners in Pekin. Officials, take the view that it is against the interests of the Chinese to admit that there has been a massacre, and that, therefore, the Chi nese official dispatches on the subject are, for once, probably true. Regarding Tien Tsin, the foreign officers state the dispatches from Admiral Bandemann, declare that the situation has Improved, as reinforcements continue arriving. The foreign office, while deeply deplor ing the horrible eVents at Pekin, ex presses confidence hat "henceforth the powers solidarity of interest will as sume perfect harmony." The foreign oftice rurtner stated that Dr. Mumm von Schwartzenstein (ap pointed minister to China in succession to the late Baron von Ketteler) will pro ceed to China, knowing the latest devel opments. Regarding the anomalous position of the Chinese position here, the foreign office said the minister admittedly does not know from whence the declaration of June 29, emanated. He also admitted that he could not vouch for the cor rectness of all the Chinese dispatches lie had received lately. The foreign office pointed out to him that until the situa tion became clearer all of the communi cations could not be considered as em anating from the Chinese government. The foreign office is also considering whether unlimited telegraphic connec tion between Lue Hai Huan, the Chi nese minister to Germany, and China incompatible, just now, with Germany's interests, today issued orders inhibiting Chinese legation dispatches. lhe British embassy here has thus far received no news from London con firming the news of the massacre of for eigners in Pekin. Lord Gough still doubts that there has been a massacre. Chinese news having been all along un- reiiaDie. JAPAN'S FORCE AT TIEN TSIN. . Washington, July 16. The Japanese legation today received a cable from the minister for foreign affairs dated Tokio, July 10, giving some belated de tails of the fighting at Tien Tsin,, July 3, when the town was still in posses sion of the allies. According to this cablegram there are 4,000 Japanese troops at Tien Tsin. More than half of the allied troops in the at tack on Tien Tsin on the 13th, there fore, probably were Japanese. The ca ble is as follows: "On the 3rd inst., a large body of Chi nese soldiers appeared before Tien Tsin and attacked the northern part of the settlement, which was guarded by the Russian troops. The Japanese sent to their aid. at the Russian general's re quest one battery of artillery and two companies of infantry. After a heavy cannonade, they- silenced the Chinese guns, and finally repulsed the enemy." The Japanese losses in this engage ment were two captains killed and thir ty non-commissioned officers and men killed or wounded. Major General Fu kishama has now under him at Tien Tsin about 4,000 Japanese troops. WHO IS COL. FRENCH? Washington, July 16. The report that Colonel French, Twenty-first infantry, was killed at Tien Tsin, is not under stood at the war department here. Of ficials state positively that Colonel French is not in China, There is but one Colenel French in the service and he commands the Twenty-second infan try, two battalions of which are in the Philippines and the third in this coun try. On June 30. Colonel French was in New York on sick leave. WU HEARS THE NEWS. Washington, July 16. News of the battle of Tien Tsin, as brought by as sociated press cables direct from the field, was conveyed to the Chinese min ister early today. The minister follow ed the recital with rapt attention, in terrupting with expressions of aston ishment and profound regret at this startling development. He was partic ularly impressed with the detailed names of the American killed and wounded which appeared to remove ev ery shadow of doubt and he asked as to the various officers and their fami lies. The scene of the fighting oame home vividly to the minister as he has lived for a long time at Tien Tsin, the close friend and associate of Li Hung Chang during the latter's vice royalty there and every detail of the engage ment around the walls could be follow ed by him with a personal knowledge of the surroundings. In his mind's eye he pictured before him the scene of ac tion. Here he pointed out the great walled city, within which the native Chinese population lived. Around the city swept the sinuous Pel river from Taku toward Pekin. Below the walled city, a full hour's ride by chair, lay the foreign settlements or concessions or compounds. At this lat ter point well away from the walls of the mam city, the foreign citizens, witn the allied troops, have until now been located. The news of the fight at the walls meant, therefore that the allied forces had advanced from their position well down the Pei Ho and had attacked the city itself. The outcome of this he viewed with the utmost concern. He spoke- with a great deal of freedom, but asked to be excused from any public declaration on the subject. In the most sympathetic terms, however, he ex pressed his horror at the latest develop ments, declaring that to no American home could the news bring deeper re- gret than to himself. At the other legations and embassies the same feeling of dismay prevailed. Although Minister Wu will make no public utterance, the associated press is able to give what is believed to De tne aspect of the situation from tne cm nese standpoint. According to this view the advance of the allied torees irom the foreign settlement, down the nver, upon the native walled city was not only unfortunate, but was fraught with the greatest danger. With the fate of the foreign legations and ministers at Pekin still in doubt, the allied forces might well have turned their attention to cutting a way through to the rescue of their officials and citizens at the cap-. ital Tn that event, it is said the normal continue, and the status quo been continued, and the status puo been maintained. But by an assault of the walled city, the natives within the city might naturally be expected to defend themselves, believing that their homes were about to be attacked. They have oeen penned up within the city, know ing nothing of what has occurred with- CContinuOd on Sixth Page.) ENDS BYtBULLET Tragic Death of Ex-Lieutenant Got. C. V. Est ridge. Suffering From Cancer He Twice Shoots Himself. DIES IN TWO HOURS. Says He Was Tired of Tortures of Disease. "Was One of the Founders of Emporia. Ex-Lieutenant Governor Charles V. Eskridge, editor of the Emporia Repub-' lican, and one of the pioneers of Kan sas, rather than longer suffer, the tor tures of a cancer, committed suicide Sunday morning at 3:30 o'clock while laboring under mental aberration. - Mr. Eskridge shot himself twice with a revolver of large caliber. The weapon was in a box .which contained private papers which the governor had brought to him a few days ago. The members of the family knew nothing of the presence of the revolver among the papers and no one susneeted that the venerable editor contemplated such action. The house was aroused by a shot Sunday morning. The members of the family, the first being his only son, Edward W, Eskridge, entered the room. Tire window which opened out on a porch roof was open. Mr. Eskridge was writhing in pain. The son concluded thiit some one had assassinated his father and he leaped through the window in quest of the supposed murderer. While a phy sician and officer were being summoned another shot sounded from the room. The bed clothing was removed and the story was revealed. Mr. Eskridge had concealed the weapon under the cloth ing and had taken his own life. He lingered two hours, a portion ol which he was entirely rational and stated that he had taken his own life rather than endure the tortures of the disease which has kept him in his room lor many months. The governor spent the last short period of his existence calmly discussing the tragedy and giv ing instructions as to his business in terests. The death of Mr. Eskridge will be a personal shock to thousands of people in Kansas. No man in the state was more generally acquainted with the peo ple. And in his reserved and quiet man ner there was a warmth of friendship and a hearty hand-clasp which was never forgotten. He quit without notice a job as cabin boy on a leaky steamship which was plying the Mississippi river out of St. Louis to come west. He had run away from home in Lewiston, 111. with ?2, an old shirt, a pair of trousers and a pair Of boots, and taken the place on the steamer. While knocking about the country after leaving the boat he picked up the printing trade and was a student of the "art preservative." This developed a scientific knowledge of the business and made him methodical and careful. He drifted west and landed at Lawrence in 1855 and worked for while on the Herald of Freedom. A year later he went to Emporia and was ap pointed secretary of the town company. Emporia at tnat time consisted or a series of illuminated diagrams and out lines on blue paper. But Mr. Eskridge started in with true Kansas spirit to de velop the place and attract emigra tion. His first appearance in public life was to make a speech at a printer's festival in Lawrence in 1856. He lost no opportunity to advertise his new town and it was but a short time until peopleJ located there. He was one of three men who were running Emporia. He was secretary for the town company and had the only store there was in the vicinity. He preceded the railroads, the pony express mail but he kept the little store and took a prominent part m sav ing the country, the meetings all being held in his store, the speakers and audi tors sitting on the counters rough board structures on the heads of bar rels and on boxes. But in that atmosphere some of the best men Kansas has had were reared. Along with Eskridge were Senator Plumb and Jbi. C cross, tne nrst presl dent of the First National bank and later receiver of the M. K. & T. railroad. There were others less known to fame but the good-fellowship of the great and bounding west made them one man when the subject ot Emporia and her future were under consideration. Mr. Eskridge was the leader in the movement to have a mail route estab lished between Lawrence and Emporia. The mails were intermittent and the promoter of the enterprise made a com plaint which astonished the struggling state when he discovered that three or four bushels of mail destined for Em poria. reposed in the office at Osawat omie. Mr. Eskridge aroused the offi cials and the pony express became a feature of importance and regularity. A striking coincidence is connected with the pony express, and it had an important bearing upon the attitude of Mr. Eskridge in later years. Lawrence was the first point of communication on the east when Emporia was estab lished. When the time for railroads ar rived, Eskridge agitated the construe tion of a line from Lawrence direct to Emporia. He kept it up and the Law rence and Carbondale branch was pro jected. It is but a land mark today, but when A. E. Stillwell projected the Mexican & Orient line some months ago, the old time enthusiasm returned to Mr. Eskridge. He saw in that a re alisation of his early hopes and at once became an earnest supporter of the pro position. A week prior to the national Democratic convention at Kansas City, the directors of this proposed line held a meeting in Kansas City. Mr. Eskridge wanted to be present and made an ef fort to arrange to go, but his health was shattered and his strength was gone. But he was not deterred in his purpose to communicate with the official meet irn, TT summoned some of his ponfi dential friends in Emporia and talked to them of the Importance or this pro ject. He furnished a long list of sta tistics and caused an Emporia man to go to Kansas City, see the directors and tell them of the importance of building through Emporia and establishing there a division point, 'this was practically the last act of the governor's busy life. Mr. Eskridge came to Kansas wearing boots and he never abandoned them un til his last iilness compelled him to re main constantly in bed. He was an earnest sympathizer with the Union cause, participating in tne early strug gles for freedom. Somewhere there is a history of the governor's deeds which gave him the title of captain. But he never used this mark of distinction and would never write his name other than taking a nap in her room at the hotel C. V. Eskridge." He abhorred "Hon." and was a stickler for simplicity. Mr. Eskridge was a man of decided convictions. He was stern and to strangers seemed abrupt and gruff, but no man was ever further removed from such a personality than was he. He was a man of few words, and while he seemed to take small notice of things he was always alert with mind and eye and had an intimate knowledge of local and state affairs. Men have wondered that Mr. Esk ridge has survived to this time the life of hard work in which he has en gaged. "In the Emporia Republican of fice he had a high counter at which tie did all of his work. He never sat down, and for fifteen years Emporia people and strangers have seen the gray- haired man, always smoking, standing by that counter near the large windftw In the office reading papers or writing copy for the paper. The Emporia Re publican was at one time the leading daily paper of central Kansas. It was a morning publication and covered the entire section of the state west of there. Then came the Newton, Hutchinson and Wichita dailies and the Republi can's field disappeared. It then took the local field, where it has since remained. The Republican suffered In the Cross THE LATE EX-LIEUTENANT GOV. C. .V. ESKRIDGE. bank failure. Eskridge lost the ac cumulations of years, but retained the plant and good will of the paper. He was compelled to move to a new office built for him by his brother, John T. Eskridge, who was an officer in the confederate army, and a radical Demo crat, while the editor was a bitter op ponent of that cause. It is strangely significant that the revolver with which Mr. Eskridge ended his own life was purchased immedi ately after the failure of the First Na tional bank and the suicide of Charles S. Cross. The losses into which he had been plunged weighed heavily on the governor and soon the sickness which caused the melancholia came on. The Cross suicide and failure was a shock rrom wnicn tne governor never recov ered. Mr. Eskridge was . secretary of the first Masonic- lodge organized In Em poria. He kept the faith until his death. He served the city in all sorts of public offices and was for many years a conspicuous figure in the Republican legislatures. Mr. Eskridge reared in that service the .monument which will always stand. He was the author of the law author izing school districts to vote bonds for the construction of school houses. He secured the location of the state normal school at Emporia, sacrificing the nomination for governor to ac complish it. He had the name of the county changed from Breckenridge to Lyon, in honor of the valiant deeds of Gen. Na thaniel Lyon, who gave the people of Emporia valuable service In troublous times. . . He served as lieutenant governor un der Governor Harvey, and enjoyed the distinction of being the only man in Kansas who defeated John J. Ingalls in a state convention in those early days. Ingalls sought the nomination which the governor obtained. Mr. Eskridge had one hobby: the con struction of. a railroad from Lawrence to Emporia. His fad was the adoption of reso lutions. He never attended a ward caucus, a general meeting for the im provement of the town, a political gath ering or a public meeting of any char acter, that he did not present resolu tions for adoption. In the days when he was a regular member or the state con ventions he was always on the com mittee of resolutions. He believed in declarations, having acquired this idea while a member of the Republican con eressional convention May 22, 1861, at which the following declarations were made: "Resolved, by the Republican party in convention assembled. That the ex isting condition of national affairs de mands the emphatic and unmistakable expression of the people of the state, and that Kansas allies herself with the uprising Union hosts of the north to up hold the policy of the administration. - "Resolved. That the grave responsi bilities of this hour could not have been safely postponed, and that they have not arrived too soon, and that. In the present war between government and anarchy, the mildest compromise is treason against humanity." The most vigorous fight Eskridge ever made was when he drove John Madden out of the Republican party. Years ago Madden and Eskridge had a quarrel over a subscription account. Madden was nominated thereafter by the Republicans of his district for pres idential elector. Then Eskridge opened his heavy guns. In that part of the state this fight is recorded as the most bitter political feud in its history. Mr. Eskridge was a fighter and he made things so lively for Madden that in a public letter he declined the nomination for elector and joined the Populist movement at the same time. In later years the trouble was patched up, ani when Mr. Eskridge bolted his own party platform and evinced a friendliness for silver, he and Madden became warm friends. After the St. Louis convention Mr. Eskridge half-way left his party, and has since been inclined to the silver side of the political divisions. He associated with Republicans in local affairs but in national affairs he was inclined towards Bryanism. Eskridge was once mainly responsible for the defeat in the legislature for the amendment offering women the right to vote. In this he laid the foundation for the lasting hatred among the suf fragists. .Ar. incident of this character is best illustrated by the experience of a reporter for the Republican. Years ago Susan B. Anthony arrived in Em poria to lecture. The reporter was sent by the governor to interview Miss An- tContinued on Sixth Page..) STILL THEY GOME Another Big Concern Booked V: For Topeka. McCormick Reaper Company to Establish Branch House. BUILD A FOUNDRY. A Repair Shop Will Also Be Erected. Now Looking For a Convenient Location. The McCormick Reaper company of Chicago is looking for a location for a wholesale distributing point for Kansas and the northwest, and Topeka i3 being considered favorably. B. L. Reese, manager of the branch house In Kansas City has during the , past week been looking over the ground In Salina, Manhattan and Topeka. He was in Topeka the latter part of last week and was shown over the city by W. C. Stephenson. He expressed !t as his opinion that Topeka would be se lected as the point at which' the com pany would establish the branch house. In connection with the wholesale de partment of the house a foundry and re pair shop will also be established. All the patterns for cog wheels and the dif ferent parts of the machinery which they manufacture for which there is a demand will be made at this foundry. Mr. Reese went over the ground in Topeka thoroughly but was unable to find a suitable building wnicn couia oe utilized for their purpose. It is given out that if It is finally decided that thi; plant shall be located In Topeka a build ing will be constructed. It will probably cost J10.00O. The building which they' require has to be unusually strong to bear up the heavy weight of the stock which they propose to carry. The building which they require will be 75 feet wide and 150 feet deep and will be two stories high. This building would be used exclusively for the wholesale trade. In connection with this -would be the foundry. The dimension of the foundry will be 75x150 feet and only one story high. The foundry would probably employ upwards of 50 men. These with the em ployes In the wholesale department would bring the number of employes up to 75. Beside the wholesale department which would necessarily have to locate on a switch an office would be opened up town. The railroad facilities are the best rec ommendation for Topeka. The best of accommodations are .. offered both in, shipping the goods into and out of this city,, which may not be said of the other cities which have been mentioned. This taken with the fact that Topeka is in the heart of the section "of the country; where McCormick implements are used' gives Topeka a promising outlook for the plant. The branch house will open up with a stock of about 50 carloads of imple ments. Of the places looked at, the one which seems to be the best adapted to the needs of the company is on a Santa Fa switch near the Capital Iron works on the corner of Seventh and Adams streets. Two places were considered on th9 , Rock Island switch running south be tween Qufncy street and Kansas avenue to Third street. Another location is on the Rock Island switch near the Inter Ocean mills, in North Topeka. The matter has not been brought to the notice of the Commercial club as yet but as soon as it is steps w ill be ta ken to secure this industry to Topeka. This plant would start with about 75 people in its employ. In a few years It would grow to probably two or three times that size. In Kansas City a six story building has just been complete ! for this company. Mr. Reese of Kansas City will make his report to the Chicago office. It will then be taken up and will be finally de cided in the course of two or three weeks. Should Topeka be decided upon work would almost Immediately after wards begin on the construction of the plant. CABINET COUNCIL. Called by Secretary Hay to Con sider Chinese Situation. Washington, July 16. Secretary Hay called a cabinet council this morning to consider the Chinese situation. Few cabinet officers are in the city and the only attendants were Secretaries Hay, Root, Long and Gage. The council is now in session. At the conclusion of the cabinet coun cil, it was stated that no line of action had been determined upon; that tlw meeting was not called to formulate any plan, but simply to talk over the situa tion. It is thought that a communica tion was drafted for transmission to th; president at Canton. After the meeting Secretary Root immediately went into consultation with Adjutant General Corbin. He'refused to discuss the situ ation. In all probability the president will come home within the next two or three days to remain a day or two. There is reason to believe that 8,000 or 10,000 troops will be gotten together aa rapid ly as possible, and hurried to China. Some of these probably will be talien from Cuba. If the situation requires more men congress will have to be call ed to provide for them. Ex-Andersen County Citizens. The annual reunion of the Anderson County association will be held Wed nesday arternoon, July 18, at Garnehl park. All citizens of Topeka and vit in lty who formerly resided in Anderson county are invited to bring lunch and enjoy an interesting programm of music and short talks by members of the association. 1 1. "Weather Indications. Chicago, July."l6. Forecast for Kan sas: Showers and thunder storms to night; Tuesday fair, except shower in east portion; northerly, wind.