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TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL,, TUESDAY EVENING, JUTST 17, 1900. IT MUSTSTOP. State Officers Exercised Abont the Public Tuuds. Drawn From Treasury and De posited in Local Banks. INTEREST MAY BE PAID If It Is the State Does Not Get It. Auditor Cole and Treasurer Grime3 Discuss the Question. It is rumored that the state adminis tration is preparing to take steps to compel the treasurers of the boards of regents of the various educational in stitutions of the state to keep on deposit in the state treasury the monies used for the transaction of the business of the institutions. It has been reported to the state treasurer and state auditor that in some instances the officials who have to do with the handling of these funds deposit them in local banks and receive remun eration in the shape of interest on daily balances. Iy this method the funds are never found in the state treasury where the law contemplates that they should at all times be deposited. It ht.s been the custom of the various administrations to permit the resents and treasurers to handle the funds for the various institutions as they have deemed proper, but the frequent inquiry as ti why the monies are not kept in the vaulis of the state treasury has set on foot an investigation which it is said is likely ta cause a revolution in the old methods of handling this business. The constitution of the state provides that all public monies shall be kept in the state treasury. Rut this is not done. AVhen a treasurer for the public or char itable institutions draws severaJ thous and dollars from the treasury and de posits in local banks this amount, then issues his personal check against the sum. he violates the law. Some of the members of, the executive council who have been giving this mat ter some attention advocate the idea that all persons paid by the state whether in the capacity of employes in the capitol or at the state institutions, should be paid directly through the etate treasurer. The act of drawing the money and then checking against it in local banks saves much trouble; it avoids much writing and work with vouchers, but it is maintained, particularly by George Cole, the state auditor, that the practice is irregular and should not be permit ted. "Every employe of the state," says Mr. Cole, "should be paid direct by the state treasury. This would entail con siderable additional work and would come absolutely within the view of the law. "While the law does not expressly prohibit this practice, it does provide that all public monies should be kept in the state treasury." Asked if he regarded the drawing and depositing of money in local banks a violation of the law, Mr. Cole said: "I do not believe there is a specific provision against such a transaction t but it has been the custom for several years and has become the common practice." As to the report that some of these public institution officials have been profiting by this local bank procedure, fcHate Treasurer Grimes said: "I have no definite knowledge of any euch transaction. It has been reported to me that such action has been taken but I have never received Dositivp evi dence of it. I am inclined to the opin ion that the public monies should be kept in the treasury but have no desire to raise technical questions concerning a practice which has been in vogue for many years and by which, so far as I am informed, not a single penny has Been misapplied. Of my awn personal knowledge I do not know where a sin gle individual has received a cent from local banks as interest on daily bal ances. Governor Stanley is interested in this matter too. and said: "If there is anv question about the legality of these pro ceedings they should be stopped. I have never examined the law on this subject and paid little attention to it. Mr. Cole and Mr. Grimes are managing the fin ancial end cf the administration and I believe that they would permit nothing irregular to pass through their depart ments. Whatever action thev may deem advisable will have my cordial sup- FACTS ABOUT FLOUR. Made White by Leaving Out the Part Which Helps Digest. Modern methods of milling separate the parts of the wheat berry that con tain the diastic element, and furnish on ly the white flour made up almost en tirely of starch. " One of the principal elements needed to digest this starch has been left out in the process, and therefore the person who eats white bread is almost sure to lhave Intestinal troubles, for the starch does not digest properly and must, of necessity, decay, and causeall sorts of trouble. Grape-Nuts food, on the contrary, is made up of the entire wheat and barley, and the processes of digestion as shown in the human body, are copied as exact ly as possible, In a mechanical way, by the use of moisture, time, and warmth. ?Co chemicals or other ingredients are used, but the simple methods scientif ically arranged. In this way the starch of the grain is transformed into grape sugar, and the Grape-Nut food, which appears in a granular form, shows on the outside of the little granules, glittering specks of this grape sugar, which is not put onto the food from the outside, but is a re sult of the change of the starch into grape sugar, which works out to the surface, very much as the sap of the hickory or maple tree will frequently show in the shape of white sugar on the gawed-off ends of logs. A handful of Grape-Nuts held to the light will show the little glittering par ticles of grape sugar. It is naturally and scientifically predigested, therefore the food agrees with the weakest sort of a stomach. It must not be used in large quantities at one meal, for it is concen trated, and over-feeding of even the choicest food is not advisable. Being perfectly cooked at the factory, the food can be served instantly, either dry or wet, cold or hot. When wanted hot, hot water, milk or cream can be poured over it. There is a definite, dis tinct and undeniable gain in nervous energy, and vitality when Grape-Nuts food is used. ALLIES AREJICTORIOUS (Continued from First Page.) ton, informing him that the viceroy, Li Hung Chang, sailed today for Hong Kong. He received an edict last night appointing him viceroy at Chi Li and commanding his immediate presence there. Fears are entertained at Canton that his absence may give occasion for disturbance of the peace. French gun boats have arrived at Canton." WU TING FANG'S ADVICE. "Washington, July 17. The news of the fall of Tien Tsin was conveyed to the Chinese minister early today. He was deeply interested but evinced little sur prise at this outcome as he had looked upon the result as inevitable. He was surprised that any effective resistance had been made on the first day of the fiehtine-. Minister Wu is remaining in practical seclusion. He is anxious to get away and take a most needed rest, but he feels that he can not do so while a crisis is on. When seen today, he wa3 induced to answer the direct question: "Rased on your knowledge of the sit uation and familiarity with Chinese character and affairs how would you advise that the present situation be met?" The minister pondered for a time and then said: "The first essential in dealing with the present situation is to maintain calm in the midst of the present fever ish excitement and to avoid hasty con clusions based upon a multitude of con flicting reports. To be sure, it appears that fighting has occurred at Tien Tsin. But many cf the most vital features of this affair are lacking. There is noth ing to show the steps taken by the vice roy or the Taotoi to maintain order and prevent bloodshed. ' It is clear that Tien Tsin is cut off from Pekin so that at most this can be but a local demonstration andnotoneat tributable to the government of China. "The question is how to meet the act ual occurrence in China. The first sug gestion is to send there the bodies of troops and on that my position makes it impossible for me to express an opinion. But this much at least seems plain to me that with any armed force there should go also a civil officer or officers, men of the very highest ability and in telligence. That would afford an op portunity to learn whether there was any need of fighting. The purposes and the policy of each side could be made plain and there could be an intelligent understanding of each other before a recourse to bloodshed." The minister regards this as the only tangible evidence of China's policy and proof positive that China is against war at this time. LI HUNG CHANG'S APPOINTMENT. Washington, July 17. The appoint ment of Li Hang Chang is regarded here as particularly significant, as the prov ince of Chih Li is the seat ef practically all the present trouble. Pao Ting is the capital of the province, but within its borders are located Pekin, the capital of the empire and Tien Tsin.where the first great battle has just occurred. LI Hung Chang is known not to desire ser vice so far north as he maintains he has less influence in that section of - nina tnan in his present viceroyalty, the headquarters of which are at Can ton. It is deemed probably, however, that he has been persuaded to take the ap pointment in view of the well under stood fact that he is the most Influential of Chinamen among foreign nations. GOV. MOUNT TENDERS TROOPS. Indianapolis, Ind.. July 17. Governor Mount today telegraphed President Mc Kinley, offering the services in China of three regiments and three batteries of Indiana for protection of Americans in China. WANTS EXTRA SESSION". Congressman Hull Says "We Must Not Shirk. Chicago. July 17. Congressman J. A. T. Hull, of Iowa, chairman of the house committee on military affairs and author of the Hull military bill, Is at the Audi torium for the summer as a member of the Republican national congressional committee. Of the Chinese crisis he said: "I believe there should be an extra ses sion of congress. I believe the American people win not Fhlrk their dutv. They are strong and they are not cowardly. 1 hey will not permit Russia, Germanv, England and France to bear the brunt of the battle and themselves to come In af ter all is over to claim a voice in the set tlement. America has its own citizens to protect: its own minister has been mur dered: its own commercial interests in China are at stake. Perhaps as an lowan, a citizen of the state in which Conger was loved and honored, I feel more in tensely than do Americans in general, but I don't believe it. "The adjutant genera of Iowa tells me Iowa can raise two regiments or twenty four in twenty-four hours. General V heeler tells me the whole south is atlame and that they cry out to be al lowed to go to China, "An extra session of congress may be needed to give the nation the power to exert its force in China, Under the pres ent law unless there is a declaration of war by congress the president has not the power to raise volunteers. "I believe China has deliberately planned the whole movement. I think she has been arming herself against the world ever since the Japanese war. We know she bought 4o0.0n0 German Mausers, and it appears she has also Krupps and creu sots. The arms we have been believing were Fent to Hong Kong for secret ship ment into the Philippines I feel certain were destined for China herself." TOLD TO BEGIN WAR. Imperial Edict Sent Into Southern Chinese Provinces. New York, July 17. A dispatch to the Herald from Shanghai says: The most serious development of the situation is that Chinese official sources indicate that the boxers have been ad vised to come south and that they intend to make Clung Han Po, at the head of the grand canal, their objective point. Five regiments have started for that place with the idea of gathering recruits on the way. This is likely to be the beginning of a big movement directed against the for eigners in the centre ana south of China. An imperial edict, dated July 3, has just been received by the vicerovs and gov ernors, ordering them to "begin war against foreigners without delay and de claring that officers of all ranks who re fuse to obey the edict wiil be summarily executed. Another dispatch, dated July 7, Rives in formation of the departure of five regi ments of northern soldiers for the south and intimates that more will follow. The fact that troops can now be liber ated is of course explained by the mas sacre of all foreigners in Pekin. for the need no longer exists to keep large bodies of men in the capital. Many of the generals in command in the Yang Tse district are Tartars and Manchus and are in full sympathy with the northern rioters. DIRECT FROM TIEN TSIN. Four Persons "Who Saw the Bombard ment of Taku. San Francisco, Cal., July 17. Four people have arrived here on the Coptic, coming direct from Tien Tsin, where they were obliged to flee for their lives. They were the Rev. Robert Coltman, a Presbyterian minister and his wife, of Denver, and W. L Ireland and A. Mathes, mining engineers. Mr. Colt man left behind him in Pekin to share the awful fate of foreigners, a son and his wife with their six children. The aged couple left Pekin May 8. Minister Conger dined with them and They were at Tien Tsin the night of the They weer at Tien Tsin the night of the first raid by the boxers. They left by armored train, with scarcely more than 20 minutes to get ready. This was one or tne last trains to leave the besieged city. The coaiple had with them their daughter Jennie and her five weeks' old child. The party reached a Chinese merchant steamer, which was to bear them to Shanghai, and an hour later they learned that the forts of Taku were to be bombarded that night. Their- steamer was just behind the foreign gunboats, separated from them by a narrow neck of land and right In the line of tne tire of the Taku forts. At night they remained thus, with shells bursting over their heads. They feared that any moment one would land in their boat. For five hours this was kept up. They say the Monocacy struck and witnessed the termination of the bombardment in the blowing up of the forts, bringing death to thousands of Chinese. They made their way to Shang hai without further interruption and there bade farewell to their daughter, reaching here to find their worst fears confirmed regarding the situation in Pekin. Mr. Coltman's son was formerly the private physician of Li Hung Chang and he has a daughter married to Prof. Clifford of the imperial university at Tien Tsin. THOUSANDS OF MISSIONARIES In the Valley of the Yang Tse River Probably Murdered. San Francisco, Cal., July 17. Rev. S. I. "Woodbridge, a Presbyterian mission ary, who has been at Chin Kang on the Yang Tse river for the past fifty years, arrived on the Coptic from Shanghai with his wife and children, on a fur lough. He expects to return to Chin Kang when the present troubles are over. The whole city, as well as all other cities and towns along the Yang Tse, was greatly excited and on the verge of an uprising when Woodbridge left Chin Kang on June 19. In fact, a day had been fixed for the destruction of all property owned by the foreigners and the murder of the foreigners them selves, and Woodbridge believes that by this time a terrible fate has met those foreigners who failed to heed his warn ing and fly from the impending mas sacre. "It would be difficult to estimate the number of foreigners along the Yang Tse river," said Woodbridge. "There are literally thousands of missionaries in the great valley, and beyond, fur ther in the interior. Nearly every one of them has a family, and I hope the missionaries have at least sent their families to Shanghai. Just before I left Chin Kang I telegraphed to 201 Presbyterian missionaries to wait no longer but yet down to Shanghai as quickly as possible. "The fate of all the Yang Tse coun try hangs on the words of two viceroys. One of them is Chen Chi Tung, at Han kow, the other is Liu Kun Yin, at Nan king. If these men waver, an uprising of terrible proportions will result among the millions in that quickly pop ulated portion of the empire. "Dr. Worth, a grandson of Governor Worth of North Carolina, had a house and hospital at Kiang Yan and was or dered by the natives to leave, as tiis property was to be burned. If he re mained he was to be murdered. "American Consul Martin telegraphed for a gunboat just before I left Chin Kang, but it is not likely that one could be sent to him, as all the vessels had gone on to Taku. This leaves the situ ation very bad at Chin Kang. It is a very important place a central point, where fifty million people pass every year." TROUBLE FOR RUSSIA. Indicated by Minister Allen's Dis patch From Korea. Washington, July 17. It is believed in the state department that American mines referred to Minister Allen's Korean dispatch are the certain gold mining concessions in the province of Ping Yan, the most northern province or Ivorea and one which abuts Man ohuria. While the dispatch is not ex plicit it is thought that the disturbance occurred on the Manchurian side of the border and therefore more than fifty miles from the nearest American settle ment. It probably means an extension of the northern boxer movement and portends additional trouble for Russia in keeping open her lines of comumnica tion in Manchuria and northward from Port Arthur. WHY THEY OBJECTED. People "Who Would Rather Not Be Taken Into the City. The arguments in the annexation case will be concluded this afternoon and the case will be submitted to Judge Hazen. The principal argument being made by the attorneys representing those who do not wish to be annexed is that their property does not adjoin the city. An otxier argument is that some of the pro perty is used for agricultural purposes. A. H. Case represents Mrs.W. P. Douth itt, H. Root represents himself and the Douthitt estate, Isenhart and Alexander represent Mrs. Eugene Wolff and Mrs. Carr. Charles Welch represents Mrs. Sarah Fisher who owns property on Tenth street east of the tracks, Vance and Campbell represent those who live in "The Strip" and L H. Greenwood is looking after the Jewell tract south of Tenth street and east of the Shunga nunga. GREEN CORN DANCE. The Pottawatomie Tribe Begins the Celebration July 18. Mayetta, Kan., July 17. The Pottawa tomie Indian green corn dance will be gin Wednesday, July IS, lasting four days. The dancing ground is ten miles west of Mayetta. The dry weather was broken here Monday by a good four inch rain which will make the early corn and make plenty of stock water which was very scarce. DISCIPLINING PLAYERS. Detroit Baseball Club Shortstop Sus pended and Other Men Fined Chicago, July 17. Ben Johnson, of the American League of base ball clubs, today ordered Norman E. Eurfield, shortstop of the Detroit nine suspend ed, and placed a fine on Frank Dillon, first baseman of the same club. President Johnson's action is due to the row over the game last Sunday when the Detroit players and the spec tators made things decidedly warm for Umpire Cantillon. Several other De triot players received fines. YOUNG'S WORK ENDS. Santa Fe Abolishes Position of Assist ant Yardmaster. John Young, better, known by his nickname of "Erigham," is no longer assistant yardmaster of the Santa Fe at Topeka. Young has been assistant yardmaster for sixteen years. eKeping up the policy of retrenchment the road has abolished the position of assistant and Young is out of a job. He will-continue with the road in some other capacity. PRINCELY OFFER. Syndicate Would Pay $5,000, 000 For Trego Interests. Shale Must First Show 10 Per Ton in Gold. FIRST EFFORTS FAILED Proposition Was Made to S. S. Ott Company. Deal Not Given Up in Spite of Failure. A syndicate of San Francisco and Los Angeles capitalists, represented by F. C. Gay, late general freight agent of the Santa Fe has offered to buy a half interest in the Trego and Ellis county "gold" lands owned by the S. S. Ott and C. K. Holliday syndicates. The pro vision governing the sale i3 that it be shown the shale contains $10 of gold to the ton. The Ott syndicate owns 130,000 acres of the land. The amount offered for a half interest in the property is $5,000,000. The Holliday syndicate owns 5,000 acres. No sum has yet been agreed upon for a half interest in this land. The agreement in reference to the land owned by the Ott syndicate was made some time age, and a date early this month set as the limit for showing the $10 of gold per ton. Mr. W. A. L. Thompson, of the Thompson Hardware company of this city, was named as the trustee to receive the first payment of the $5,000,000. This payment was to have been $500,000. The syndicate people were unable, however, to show that much gold per ton, with the process now in use at the mill in Denver, within the time named, and as a result the money was not paid. Negotiations axe still on, however, and as soon as $10 per ton of gold is shown in the shale, the deal can be consum mated. The men represented by Mr. Gay are Messrs. Robinson, Elliott and Wilde. Mr. Gay says they control unlimited re sources, and stand ready to carry out their part of the agreement as soon as the syndicate people carry out the oth er part. Mr. Charles K. Holliday, the head of the Holliday syndicate. Is now in Den ver looking after the tests being made with the shale. Those interested in the lands in this city are confident that the $10 per ton can be shown. It is claimed that assays have shown as high as $270 of gold to the ton but people have been somewhat skeptical. It is the intention of the California capitalists, in the event they take a half interest in the lands, to put up mills on every section at once, and commence the work of milling the shale. The shale abounds in the two counties in unlim ited quantities, and if it is proven that it contains gold, the most wonderful stories of fabulous wealth will be out done. The Topeka men interested in the Ott syndicate are Messrs. S. S. Ott, D. H. Scott, A. B. Quinton, Eugene Quinton and A. B. Poole. Poole Brothers of Chi cago and two New York attorneys are also members of the company. Among the Topeka men in the Holli day syndicate are Chas. K. Holliday, John F. McManus,', Geo. W. Veale, jr.. R. G. Martin, Dr. S. E. Martin ana A. B. Woolverton. Mr. Robinson, one of the California capitalists who proposes to work the shale lands, is an expert mining engi neer, and made a trip through Trego and Ellis counties, before negotiations were opened. ELDERlSlUT. Ottawa Man No Longer Candi date For Treasurer. The Throop Agreement Stands in His Way. ONLY DAVID MARTIN. Believes He Will Cause the Single Breach.' All Other Nominations to Be According to Contract. Slowly but surely the tide seems to be turning in the direction of Judge David Martin of Atchison for associate justice on the fusion ticket. A. P. Elder has sacrificed his chances for the nomina tion for state treasurer to join the Mar tin boomers and has retired from the race for treasurer to help secure the nomination of Judge Martin. The information that Mr. Elder has taken this action is not the flotsam of political rumor but it is given out in a Giving them away That's about what we are doing on many kinds of SUMMER FOOTWEAR. Do you want some of these bar gains, or will you wait until they are gone ? Cut Prices apply to almost everything in the Store during the Sale. FURMAN'S, 628 Kansas Ave. 7 letter which Mr. Elder has himself writ ten. The letter came in response to an in quiry from the State Journal and is as follows: Ottawa, Kan., July 16, 1900. I believe the Throop House agree ment will be kept, except that David Martin will be nominated for associate justice, hence there is no chance for my name to go on the fusion ticket as state treasurer. I am too anxious for the success of the whole ticket to ask that any chances for alienating votes be taken in order to provide a place for myself. A. P. ELDER. The letter indicates that it is the plan of the Martin forces to organize the principal contest on David Martin and permit the remainder of the ticket to be divided in accordance with the Throop hotel agreement. Then, too, the retirement of Elder makes clear sailing for L C. Stine of Ottawa who with the Elders is interest ed in the publication of the Ottawa Re publican, now a Populist paper. Stine and Elder have been fighting each oth er but Elder's retirement indicates that this controversy has ben abandoned by some kind of an agreement which gives them an opportunity to get together and while laboring for the success of Mr. Martin give the Ottawa candidate, a Democrat, a chance for the state treas urer's office. POWERS' THREAT. Witness Testifies That He Said Goebei Would Not Live to Be Governor. Georgetown, Ky., July 17. Finley An derson, who was testifying in the Powers case when the court adjourned yesterday, resumed his testimony. Witness said that on January 24 Caleb Powers told him that a crowd of mountaineers were going to Frankfort to intimidate the legislature and if necessary to kill enough Democrats to give the Republicans a majority. He said: "Powers told me Goebei would never live to be governor and said he (Powers) would kill him if need be. The conver sation took place on the day preceding the advent of the 1,200 mountaineers into Frankfort. Witness said he heard Pow ers and others talking about Goebei wear ing a coat of mail, but some of them said that he could be killed anyway. Powers was in conference with ex-Secretary of State Charles Finley, Wharton Golden, Robert Noaks, and others." Only once during this testimony did the defendant's features show signs of agi tation. Under cross-examination the witness stated he had called on Col. T. C. Camp bell, in Cincinnati, but became badly con fused and could not recall who accom panied him to Colonel Campbell, though he claimed several people were with him at the time. He denied that either Justus or Arthur Goebei assisted him in getting employment in Cincinnati, and denied that his trip to Cincinnati was for the purpose of becoming a witness in the Powers trial. The witness denied that he had been promised compensation for his evidence. It developed that Young and Orson had made an affidavit in Cincinnati which is in the possession of Colonel Campbell, and the defense asked that this be produced in court. The court ruled that it must be produced. On redirect examination wit ness said he did not volunteer as a wit ness, but received a letter while at Knox ville, Tenn., Risking him to go to Cincin nati, and telling him that he was wanted as a witness. Miss Lucy Brock, of London. Laurel countv. was the next witness. She knew the defendant well and had corresponded with him for over two years past. Caleb lowers called on tier in January. ne told witness he was getting up a crowd of 1,000 mountain men to go to Frank fort, "so that in case the Democrats robbed them of the state officers they could take care of themselves." Witness said Powers had $1,100 in bills. He told her Governor Taylor furnished the money and it was to be used to bring the men to Frankfort. Miss Brock said Powers told her the plan to take the 1.000 mountain men to Frankfort was Governor Taylor's crea tion. The defense did not cross-examine the witness. A recess was taken till after noon. THE SIN DANCE. Manila Cor. of the Philadelphia Record The almost naked body of a woman lying in a ditch near San Lazaro started an investigation by the police recently that led to startling disclosures as to the character of the Filipinos. Their treachery was common knowledge. Their savagery was not so well recog" nized until discoveries in connection with the finding of this quite decom posed body gave sufficient evidence to clear up any impressions that the Tagalo was enlightened. The woman had died during the pen itent dance on Good Friday, and in so doing had disgraced herself to the ex tent that her relatives had refused to have anything to do with her after death. The native priests have en couraged this relic of barbarity. Men, women and children . indulge in the dance with a view of obtaining expia tion for the sins of the year. The place chosen for the ceremony is always isolated. The more remote it is the more pleased are those who par ticipate, for then there can be that abandon thrown into it which would be impossible near any town. The fanatics generally strip most ot their ciotning, and are ready for the dance. They form a circle, giving their bodies a slightly swaying motion, and all the while cut and lash each other with tough switches. It is considered a dis grace for any of the participants to give way to fatigue until the dance is over, the only way to find favor in the eyes of the Supreme Being consisting of a fortitude that makes light of the fear ful switching. A dismal chant is kept up during the dance, only ceasing when the chosen leader gives the signal to stop. The dead woman had participated in one of these dances, and had held out for hours. Those who were with her in the dance expressed surprise that she held out as she did. Late in the after noon, however, she had succumbed and fallen utterly exhausted. She was drag ged out of the circle and thrown into the ditch, where she had remained until the officers found her. The Spanish government did what it could to stop these rites, which closely approach those of the American In dians in their medicine dance, and now the United States will have something more to contend against in killing such practices. Hanna Going to Chicago. Cleveland, O., July 17. Senator Han na will leave this afternoon for Chicago where he will select" a location for the western headquarters for the national Republican committee. He will return to Cleveland tomorrow night. Killed by a BulL Chicago, July 17. The body of Mi chael Reininger, horribly gored by a bull which when the corpse was dis covered was still wildly excited, was found in a pen at the stock yards today. Reininger was a watchman at the stock yards. For burns" injuries piles and skin dls prisft ue DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salve. It is the original. Counterfeits may be of fered Use only DeWitt's. At all drug PiETUCiJ S80.000. State of Kansas Has Too Much Money. Tax Levy Raised More Than Can Be Used. MUST TAKE IT BACK. Board of Equalization Distrib utes the Surplus. Increased Yaluation Responsible For the Muddle. The state board of equalization has completed the redistribution of $80,000 among the various counties of the state, this amount having- been raised by taxation in excess of the sum neces sary. The legislature last year made the levy bv2 mills on the dollar, but the wisdom of the legislature did not, con template the enormous increase in the assessed valuation of property in Kan sas for 1900. For this reason the levy of 5V& mills raised $80,000 more than there is a place for, under the appropriations, so there was nothing to be done except return the money so raised to the counties. The increase in the total assessed val uation of property in the state in 1900 compared with 1899 is $13,445,568. The total valuation for 1S99 was $327,165,530. The total valuation for 1S00 is $340,611,098. The contingency caused by the over production of necessary funds by taxa tion was a difficult problem for the state board of equalization, but there was but one solution of the problem, so the members proceeded by hard work with an adjustment of the values. In some counties the valuations were out of proportion to those of other counties. So through the long list of counties the members waded making the necessary reductions to get rid of $80,000. The work ha3 been completed and the county clerks will soon receive from the state auditor the certified lists from which the official extensions upon the tax rolls will be made. This record excels all the prosperity statements which have been made. The general cry has been that the levy did not produce sufficient funds and never before in the history of the state has the tax levy raised more money than was needed, or even anticipated. The fact that $80,000 more than was necessary was raised stands without a parallel in the history of the state and the members of the board of equaliza tion were astonished beyond measure when it was realized that this condition prevailed. It. was attributed to errors in figuring at first, because such a result was be yond expectation. But the figures re vised told the same story and a "way out" was the next difficulty. The redis tribution plan was adopted and it has been completed so there the matter ends. TODAY'S MAKKET REPORT. Chicago. July 17. CORN More rain in the corn belt, practically assuring a large crop, induced liquidation in renewed force at the beginning of trade on 'change today. September corn opened c to c higher on the steadiness of cables com pared with the slump here yesterday, but broke sharply from first figures. 41c to 41c to 38c. The liquidation was on a heavy scale from nearly all sources and was met with a demand that by com parison seemed puny. Not until 38c was touched did the selling pressure cease to any extent. This was followed by a re covery to 39V4c. Heavy rains were re ported in Iowa. Missouri and Illinois, with showers in Nebraska and Kansas. Country interests were the biggest sellers. Receipts here were 1.027 cars. September later recovered to 39c under buying by shippers and covering by shorts, closing steady lc under yester dav at 39ic. WHEAT Wheat opened steady. Sep tember Vic higher at 77c to 77c, and ad vanced to 77c on the steadiness at Liver pool and small western receipts. Ths bulge was followed by a break in sym pathy with the corn weakness, favorable in the northwest and large receipts. Sep tember slumped to 75c and reacted slow ly to 76c. Receipts here were 225 cars. 47 of contract grade. Minneapolis and Duluth reported 203 cars, against 104 last week and 742 a year ago. Under northwest buying and support from local bulls together with covering by shorts who were animated by the de crease in the world's visible supplv of 2.900,000 bushels. September later rallied to 77c and closed strong Vic over yester day at 77'ie. OATS Oats were influenced by corn, opening steady and turning weak. Sep tember began the session unchanged to c higher at 24Vsc to 24c, declined to 23c and reacted to 23tie. Receipts were 247 cars. PROVISIONS Provisions were weak mostly with corn, but to a degree with an easy hog market. There was consider able long stuffs while the demand showed no increase. September pork opened 10c to 20c lower, and sold oft sharply to $11.40 and recovered to $11.70. September lard opened 571c down at $6.726.75, and de clined to $6.55. later recovering to $6.65fi; 6.67. September ribs opened 10c down at $6.70, eased to $6.55 and later recovered to $6.65. RTF July, 53e: September, 54c. BARLEY 391 45c. TIMOTHY September, $3.22-S3.25; Oc tober. $3.20. FLAX Cash: No. W., $1.80; September, $1.41; October, $1.34. Chicaeo Livestock Market. Chicago, July 17. CATTLE-Receipts. 3,000. including 1,700 Texans; generally steady. Good to prime steers, $5.00'i5.70: poor to medium. $4.50'r5.O0: stockers and feeders. $3.75'a4.65: cows. J3.00JH.70: heifrrs. $3.noti5.1: canners. $2.002.80:" bulls, $2.50f 4.60; calves, shade higher, $4. 7516.75; Texas fed steers, $4.15ca5.00: grass steers, $3.2oft) 4.00: Texas bulls, $2.50ti3.25. HOGS Receipts today. 1S.000: tomorrow, 30,000: left over, 3,713. Ten cents lower; top, $5.30. Mixed and butchers. $4.95 5.30: good to choice heavv. $5.nv&5.30: rough heavy, $4.8.vti4.95; light, t5.0oS5.30; bulk of sales. $5.15'fi5.25. SHEEP Receipts. 9.000: steady to strong. Good to choice wethers, $4. 004. 60; fair to choice mixed. $;nvri4.00: western sheep and vearlinus, $3.25'a4.50: Texas sheep, $3.0CX14.00: native lambs, $4,5016.50: western lambs, $5.0016.10. Official receipts and shipments yester day: Receipts Cattle. 20.215; hogs, 31.243; sheep, 20.991. Shipments Cattle, 4,617; hogs, 7,642; sheep, 632. Kansas City LivestockMarket. Kansas Citv. Mo., July 17. CATTLE Receipts, 8.000: market steady to shade lower. Native steers. $4.00fi5.40: Texas steers, $2.85(0 4.55: Texas cows. $2.5Cii3.00; native cows and heifers. $2.0iKr4.85; stock ers and feeders, $3.2514.75; bulls, $3.00i 4.00. HOGS Receipts, 20,000; market TUftinc lower: bulk of sales. $5 .OOfi 5. 12V Heavy, $5.07Vi5.17Vi: packers. 5.00?g5.12H: mixed. $4.955.10: light, $4.9;5.07V2; yorkers, $5.00 5.07: pigs, $4.75f!5.00. SHEEP Receipts, 3.000; market steady. Lambs, $4.00-66.00; muttons, $3.00 4.75. Kansas City Produce Mark9t Kansas City. Mo., July 17. WHEAT September, 68(g44c. Cash: No. 2 hard, 6SV469c; No. 3. 6&&68c; No. 2 red, 71VJ.S) 72c: No. 3, OS 69c CORN-September, 37Vic. Cash: No. 2 mixed, 3SV'J(39c; No. 2 white, 43c; No. 3, 41fi42c. OATS No. 2 white, 26'SVic RYE No. 2. 55c. HAY Choice timothy, $9.00; prairie, $7.00. BUTTER Creamery, 15518c; fancy, 14c. EGGS Fresh, 8c. v cholca dairy. Topeka Hide Market. Topeka, July 17. Based on Chicago and Boston quota tions. The following axe net prices paid in Topeka this week: GREEN SALT CURED 6c 'NO. 1 TALLOW 3 Vic. GREEN SALT HALF CURED-4n4o. Market Gossip. Chicago receipts: W'heat, 225 cars; corn, 1,027 cars; oats, 247 Cars. Chicago receipts: Hogs, 18,000; cattlo, 2 500. 'Liverpool: Wheat, Vid lower; corn, Id lower. Duluth receipts last year, 607 cars; Min neapolis last year. 135 cars. Liverpool closing cable: Wheat S3 lower; corn, Id lower. Estimated hogs at Chicago tomorrow, 29,000. , , Minneapolis receipts, 181 cars; Duluth, 23 cars. Wheat, decrease 2.900.000 bu.; corn, de crease 171,00) bu. ; outs, decrease, 4X5.000 bu, Kansas City receipts: Wheat, 264 cars; last year. 79. Oats, 22 cars; last year, 30. Oats, 9 cars; last year. 7. Puts on Chicago September wheat, good tomorrow, 76c; calls, 7sc. Puts on Sep. tember corn. 3Sc: calls. 41c. Topeka cash market: No. 2 hard wheat, 59 lbs. test, 66c No. 2 mixed corn, 3&c No. 2 mixed oats, 23c. Topeka Markets Today. Topeka, July 17. CATTLE. COWS AND HEIFERS $2.50S 3.25. HOGS. LIGHT $4.7034. So. MEDIUM AND HEAVY $4.7554.90. GRAIN. NO. 2 WHEAT 65c NO. 2 CORN 36c NO. 2 OATS 22c HAY $5.00(5.50. PRODUCE. EC1GS-9 cents. CHICKENS 66Va cent BUTTER 13c. New York Money Market. New York. July 17. MONEY Money on call nominaly at 1 per cent.: prime mer cantile paper, 34 per cent. Sterling exchange firm, with actual business in bankers' bills at$4.8'7'i(H for demand and at $4.S4'g for 60 davs: posted rates, $4.SWi4.Sn: commercial bills, $4.83-. SILVER Silver certificates, 61fi2; bar silver, 61 c; Mexican dollars, 48c. BONDS Government bonds weak. IT, S. refunding 2s, when issued, registered, 103; do coupon, 103: 2s. registered, 100; 3s, registered. 109: coupon, 110: new 4s, registered. 133: coupon. 134; old 4s, reg lstered, 115: coupon, 115; 5s, registered, 112; coupon, 114. Sugar Market. New York, July 17. SUGAR Raw, Arm. Refining, 4 5-16. COFFEE Easy: No. 7 Rio, 9Vic Cotton Marias. Galveston, Tex., July 17. COTTON Quiet. H'-c. New York, July 17. COTTON Spot closed quiet: middling uplands, 9 13-lticJ middling gulf, 10 1-I6c. Sales, 659 bales. Grain Letter. WHEAT There was a continuation of liquidation- this morning and wheat brokej 2c a bushel from the top. but recovered most of the less and closed higher than last night. Liverpool came only d lower but did not sustain the market as there were some big stop loss orders to ba caught, regardless of foreign conditions or statistics. After these stop loss orders were executed the market gradually hard ened and advanced to 77c for September, closing at 77c to c bid. Closing cables were d to d lower for the day. North west receipts were light, only 2r0 cars against 742 a year ago, but receipts of winter vheat were liberal. Bradstreeta made a decrease of almost three million bushels in the world's visible against a decrease last year of over a million. We are inclined to believe the break is over, and that wheat should be bought now for a good advance. CORN Corn had another sinking spell again today but recovered a cent from the lowest quotations. The market has been too high for eight months and insiders took advantage of rains to unload on to the public, who have been good buyers during the dry weather scare. Corn is a sale on bulges and will eventually go much lower. OATS Oats held firm. Some good buy ing for investment. PROVISIONS Provisions had another smash today. Longs got scared on ac count of the big break in corn and sold out their pork. The market steadied around noon and closed at an advance of 25c a barrel from the bottom. J. C. GOINGS. Range of Prices. Chicago, July 17. Article. Open High Low Close Yes. WHEAT Julv ... 76 76 74 76 76 Aug ... 76a4- 76 74 76-V4 7614- Sept ... TiVi-Jg oV2 "Vk-n ''-' CORN Julv ... 4034 4Wi 3S 39H 40 Aug ... 40 40 38 40 Sept ... 41V.-41 41 Vi 38 39Vs- 40 OATS Julv ... 23V4 23H 23 23 ZV Aug. ... 234 23 2t 23VJ 23 Sept ... 24V8-24 24Vs 23Vi 23 24 FORK July ...11 85 11 85 11 45 11 55 12 25 Sept ...12 05 12 05 11 45 11 70 12 25' LA KD July 6 60 6 72 Sept ... 6 72 6 75 6 55 6 f,5 6 80 Oct. ... 6 87 6 87 6 60 6 70 . 6 82 . RIBS July 6 57 6 70 . Sept ... 6 77 6 77 6 57 6 65 6 80 Oct 6 80 KANSAS CITY: WHEAT Julv 67i 67 Sept . . . 68- 6S- 66 6 68i CORN Sept ... 38Va 3S' 36 37 3S Ranges of Prices on 8tocks. Furnished bv J. C. Goings, Commission Merchant, 112 East Fifth street. Topeka, Kan., receiver and shipper of grain. New York, July 17. Op' n High I Low Jci'se jYes. Stocks. Sugar 11ST4 12174 118' 121H;n People's Gas .. 98 99'h 98 I 9 Am. Tobacco .. 90 9!J2 8!i 91 90 A. S. & W 32 32'2 SI?' 3iTsj yn B. R. T 62 64 5'i E3j 51 Federal Steel .. 32 33 32 33 I 3J C. B. & Q 125 126 125 12ii';i2-, C. R. I. & P.. lt'61-4 7'fc 106 l'ifi lofivj C. M. & St. P.. Ill 111 111 111Villo Atchison com.. 2f. 20V 25'' 26 25 Atchison pfd .. 69 T4 69 70 ;9 Manhattan .... 8s 8u 88 88 88 Western Union 7W 79 79 79 SO Mo. Pacific .... 5". 51 & 51 51 U. Pac. pfd .. 75! 75 74 75 ti. 75 U. Pac. Com .. 57; 5 57'J 5H. 57 Atchison adj .. 83 83 83',i 83 Ki N. Y. Central.. 12 129 128 12' 129 So. Pacific 32V; 33 33 3',i 33 C. C C 59 59 59 59 C. & 0 27 28 27 28 I 27 Heading 59 69 M 59 to B. & 0 77 77 76 76 76 T. C. & 1 66 C7 65 67 I 66 N. Pac. pfd .. 71 71 71i 71i 71 N. Pac. com .. 5o 51 5)! 5 L. & N 72 73 72 73! 7314 C. & G. W 10 10 109 I 10 I Telephone 275. J. C. COINGS, Commission Merchant, GRAIN AND PROVISIONS. Receiver and Shipper of Grain. is East Fifth Strsat. Leased private market and gossip wir to Chicago. Always in the market for cash grain. Consignments of grain aii4 correspondence solicited.