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LAST EDITION. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, AUGUST 8, 1900. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. CRISIS JN CHINA. Washington Fears That the Force of the Allies Can Not Reach Pekin in Time to Save the Ministers. CONGER'S MESSAGE Calls Forth an Emphatic State ment to the Empire. Li Hung Chans Says Chinese Must Resist the Allies. Washington, Aug. 8. As a result of a conference last night between- the presi dent. Acting Secretary of State Adee, Secretary Root and General Corbin. a rabiegram was sent early this morning to Consul General Gocdnow, including a copy of the dispatch from Minister Con ger and advising him of the situation as it is understood here. He was directed to communicate this to Earl Li Hung Chang, to Sheng and to such viceroys as can transmit it to whatever government there is in the Chinese empire. This ca ble contained what is said to be a very emphatic statement of the position of this government and saying that action is immediately necessary. While it is not strictly speaking an ultimatum, it is very close to it. The government officials here regard the situation as very dangerous to Min ister Conger and other foreigners in Pe kin and grave doubt, is expressed wheth er the international force can reach Pe kin in time to rescue the ministers. The Chinese minister has received a copy of the imperial edict of August 2, which was delayed in transmission. It directs the safe conduct of the foreign ers to Tien Tsin and assigns Jung Lu to select efficient officials to give this conduct. CHIXESE MINE THE RAILWAY. New York. Aug. 8. A dispatch to the Journal and Advertiser from Che Foo says: The Russians have gone out to a vil lage east of Peitsang, where the Chinese are strongly entrenched. The Japanese came in touch with the Chinese outposts Sunday. B.ats have been sunk in the Pel Ho to hinder progress, while the river bank has been cut, flooding the country to th east. The Chinese have mined the railway and filled the river with torpedoes. They have three large guns and many smaller ones at Peitsang. General Mai is in command. The vice roy meditates escape to Hwang Hue Tien, but he may be intercepted. At Tien Tsin looting by the allies is common and private residences are en tered by the soldiers. MADE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. Cologne, Aug. 8. The Cologne Ga zette's Berlin correspondent states that he has it from an authoitative source that Field Marshal Count von Walder see has been appointed commander in chief of the allied troops in China. MESSAGE FROM MAC DONALD. London, Aug. 8. In the house of com mons today Mr. Broderick. parliamen tary secretary for the foreign office, read a telegram from Sir Claude MacDonald, Lritish minister to China, received in cipher at the foreign office this morn ing. The dispatch was in reply to a government message and bore date of Pekin, August 3. It was as follows: "I have today received your cipher telegram forwarded to me by the Chi nese minister. The shell and cannon fire ceased on July 16, but the ritie has continued fr-im the Chinese positions held by government troops and boxers intermittently ever since. The casual ties sir.ee then have been slight. Ex cept one private of marines all the wounded are doing well. The rest of the British in the legation are well, includ ing the whole garrison. "The total of killed is 60 and of wound ed 110. We have strengthened our forti fications. We have over 200 women and children refugees in the legation. The Chinese government has refused trans mission to telegrams in cipher un-:i r.ow." Mr. Broderick also read the following dispatch from Admiral Seymour, filed at Che Foo, August 6: "The allies, about 12.000 strong attack ed the Chinese entrenched position at Hsiku. about two miles outside Twn Tsin early this morning. The Chinese were driven out and retired northward pursued by the aliies. who occupied Peit F.ing. Transports followed up the troops I- road and river the advance upon Pekin has begun." This dispatch does not give date of leaving Tien Tsin. Mr. Broderick said he thought the messages were, on the whole, satisfactory. The country under stood the policy of her majest"s govern ment in regard to China, which was to carry on with absolute firmness and de termination the measures taken to pre serve the country's interests. MESSAGE FROM CONGER. Washington, Aug. 8. Another cable gram came to the state department yesterday afternoon from Minister Con ger at Ptkin. which is the second re ceived direct from him since June 1 It is the lirst which has come direct from the minister since the above date the other having been received through the Chinese minister here, Mr Wu The telegram shows that thesituation in the Chinese capital is still of a very seioi3 rharactr: that the ministers are s'iTl In danger from the Chines? troops and that their supplies of ammunition and provisions have been reduced to a very considerable extent. So important were the statements contained in the dis patch that a conference wa3 held by wire between several of the officials here and thepresidentatCanton lasting for several hours. At its conclusion the cablegram form Mr. Conger was made public, as follows: Tien An Yamen. Aug. 7. To Secre tary of State: Still besieged. Situation more percarious. Chinese government insisting upon our leaving Pekin, which would be certain death. Rifle firing upon us daily by imperial troops. Have abundant courage, but little ammuni tion or provisions. Two progressive yamen ministers beheaded. All con nected with legation of the United States well at the present moment (Signed) "CONGER. " The cablegram came in the official cipher of the department. It is checked by the telegraph company as having been put on the wires at Tsi-Nan. a large city about eighty miles, southeast of Pekin, on August 7. The dispatch reached the department at 4:20 p. m., but was not made public until late in the evening. Those who were at the White House in conference with the president includ ed Acting Secretary Adee of the state department. Secretary Root and Ad jutant General Corbin. Mr. Conger's message makes it clear that for the ministers to leave Pekin would result in their death. The officials had been led to believe from the more recent dispatches which had purported to emanate from Chinese sources, as well as from imperial edicts, that the condition of the legationera was much improved, but these advices show a very different aspect of affairs. NO HELP FROM FRANCE OR RUS SIA. London, Aug. 8. The cipher dispatch from the British minister at Pekin, Sir Ciaude MacDonald, received at the. British foreign office and read in the house of commons today by the parlia mentary secretary for the foreign office, Mr. Broderick. announcing that the members cf the legations were holding out five days ago, is taken with the ad miralty's announcement that the Chi nese have been defeated and are retreat ing before the allies, as making the out look rather more cheerful today than since Admiral Seymour's unsuccessful expedition. The Russians hard fighting on the Siberian frontier, the difficulties of their position of the Liao Tung penin sula and the prospect of a revolt against France in Indo-China.will probably pre vent either of the powers' reinforcements to the allies operating against Pekin. Hence the United States, Great Britain. Germany and Japanese will have to car ry out the military programme without any more troops from Russia or France. Yokohama advices say dispatches re ceived from Seoul affirm that a Korean cabinet will be organized to unite the factions and that the Korean emperor is sending presents of rice, flour and cigars to the allies at Tien Tsin. COMMUNICATION OPENED. Washington, Aug. 8. Minister Wu this morning received an edict under date of August 5, in which the Chinese government permits the powers to hold open and free communication with their ministers. This includes the sending of cipher messages. LI TAKES A STAND. London. Aug. 8, 3:45 a. m. "In case the troops advance the Chinese must fight. The suggestion that the allies should be allowed to enter Pekin in or der to escort the ministers to Tien Tsin is absolutely impossible." This is the dic tum of Li Hung Chang. It was transmitted last evening to Wil liam Pritchard Morgan, member of parliament for Merthyr Tydvil, by his agent at Shanghai. The agent had car ried to Earl Li a message from Mr. Morgan, urging that the allied troops be allowed to enter the capital, and stating that a settlement could be made at Tien Tsin. TIEN TSIN MUST BE RETAKEN. New York, Aug. 8. A dispatch to the Herald from Che Foo says: The allies attacked the Pei Tsang in trenchments on both sides of the Pei-Ho river Sunday morning and drove out the Chinese. When forced in from their outer works the Chinese blew up the bridge. The Japanese crossed the river exposed to a murderous cross fire, losing heavily. The fighting lasted from 3 o'clock until 11. with heavy losses on both sides. The Chinese retreated up the river, pursued by the allies. There is a force of 15,000 Chinese about two days march to the east of Tien Tsin, which is guarded by 6.000 men of the allied forces with 14 guns. An imperial edict has been issued at Pekin that Tien Tsin and the Taku forts must be retaken at any cost. IMMEDIATE REPLY EXPECTED. Washington, Aug. 8. While there i3 talk of the peaceable action of the Uni ted States government in the Chinese matter and some discussion of the pos sibility of an extra session of congress, to deal with the whole situation, it is very likely that nothing will be done un til additional information is received from China. The tenor of the messages to Consul General Goodnow this morn ing and which he is expected to com municate to the Chinese authorities was such as to necessitate an answer at once. The authorities here are now awaiting that reply. It is stated that President McKinley will not return to Washington until ntxt week when he will be accom panied by Mrs. McKir.ley. As to the possibility of an extra ses sion of congress, it was said this morn ing by a prominent official that such a session was improbable. The situation, he said, is one of rescue, and were con gress in session now it could not get ad ditional troops to China in time to par ticipate in the entrance to Pekin. ON THE VERGE OF WAR. Washington. Aug. 8. The message from Minister Conger brings the Chinese situation to its most serious stage and the authorities in Washington regard the matter as one of great gravity. They are aware that nothing but the most vigorous action can meet the conditions, save the ministers and other foreigners in Pekin. and avert a war of long dura lion. After a-conference of the men in charge cf the diplomatic and military affairs, in which President McKinley participated over the long distance tele phone, it was decided to send a message to Consul General Goodnow, repeating the contents of the Conger message a:id advising him that the situation was ser ious and a crisis had been reached. He was directed to communicate the fact to Li Hung Char.g, to Cheng and other Chinese officials who were to transmit it to the government of China with a strong representation that the present situation was intolerable and could not be continued without the most serious results. It is understood that the dis patch was practically an ultimatum and an early reply was demanded. The an swer is expected during the day or even ing and it will probably determine the future action of this government. It is not believed by the war depart ment officials that the international forces now operating along the Pei river can reach Pekin in time to rescue tiie ministers if active hostilities should be gin against the legationers by tne imper ial troops. So serious do the officials re gard the situation that it is believed by some that th"re is greater safety for the ministers and other foreigners to accept an escort of the imperial army to Tien Tsin than to remain in Pekin if war should be declared. The information received through the Chinese minister regarding the opening cf communication between the ministers and their governments is the one ray of hope in the situation. Whether" the premises contained in the edict will be made good ought to be speedily known, and if communication is established the most serious consequences may be averted. Although there have been inti mations before that such communication would be established this is the first time that it has appeared in the form of ah imperial edict. As a result of this latest communica tion from the Chinese government and the message sert to Consul General Goodnow. the United State3 government CContinued on Seventh Page.) TRY TRUST IDEA. Plans For Great Farmer Feder ation Assuming Shape. Committee at Work on Details of Organization. PEFFER HEARD FROM. Makes an Address Advocating Such an Organization. Is One of the Dreams of His Life. Fifty people spent yesterday after noon listening to the speeches in favor of the organization of a farmers' fed eration, or in other words the organiza tion of a farmers' trust for the con trol of the prices of products of the farm and saving, as the theory is ad vanced, to the farmers the profits which now find their way into the pockets of the speculator. An organization will be perfected probably today, although the commit tee designated by the meeting to report a plan of action may demand mort time on account of the volume of work which it has in hand. Walter N. Allen, James Butler and J. M. Senter, C. B. Hoffman, George Black, Mrs. Emma Troudner, Mrs. E. W. Crumb and W. B. Gasche of Kansas; D. R. Ewing, J. E. Brown and L. D. Barringer of Iowa were the committee members chosen to outline the general plan of the organization. A number of speeches were made, but the principal addresses came from Mason Peters, Senator W. A. Peffer and C. B. Hoffman of Enterprise. Mr. Peters is interested in this plan to organize a farmers' federation. He is an officer of a stock yards commis sion company recently organized and say s : "We are ready to handle the cattle to be sold by this federation. I can not promise reforms in the prices of hay, corn and feed for cattle in the yards, but we will attend to the business in a proper manner. The stock yards com pany is not within the control of individ uals doing business in the yards as salesmen must comply with the rules and regulations of the stock yards com pany." Senator Peffer endorsed the plan of the combination although he was not thoroughly in favor of the use of the word combination. "That tends to frighten people," he said, "but combina tion means co-operation, but I want to encourage you in this work. Some years ago while editing the Kansas Farmer I advocated the organization of farmers, just as you now propose, into local, county, state and national bodies and people laughed at me. But, I predict today that in the near future the neces sities of the people will compel them to effect just such combinations as you propose for their own protection. I ad vocate this idea, not for personal ben efit but for mutual gain. I favor this plan of combination, or whatever you may call it, to transact business in your own way; have your own officers and by saving the profits now going to the speculators, enrich your own people. "The war in the east which now prom ises to be a long and dreadful one, will draw its principal supplies from Chi cago. The west, principally Kansas and surrounding states, will furnish the raw material. This is an illustration of the policy of interchange among the people of the earth. "At this time the average in the hab itable globe is 26 acres of land per cap ita; in Russia 26; United States 25; Ger many 2 1-3; Franoe 2 2-3; Great Britain 1 1-3. By a union of the working forces of the world the necessity decreases; civilization causes combinations of ef fort; where the necessity was formerly greater one acre of land now suffices. If the people effect proper combinations one-quarter of an acre of land will pro duce the necessities for one person. ' The process of combination is appar ent on every hand. Cities are taking hold of their light, heat and water. First Real Photograph of the Most Mendacious Mandarin in China, Birector-Gen. Sheng, Chinese Telegraph Service. is, , vise -. ; .. ft ... j.j.ii ni.it.. '"B-Atunw -rsy ? ii.iui.iii. KM V'.-V."j S 1 This is the first authentic photograph ever ottered to the Western World of the notorious Sheng. Director General of the Imperial Chinese Telegraph Sys tem, who is one of the most mendacious of all the mendacity manufacturing mandarins of Kwang" Su's barbarous empire. This photograph was taken at Tien Tsin, shortly before the capture of that city by the allies. It shows Sheng in his workaday costume. plants. Out of the surplus of his labors the man, makes his livelihood. Out of the surplus of such combinations the people receive the benefit of reduced prices. "I want you at this meeting to perfect something real; to do something and when once started lose no effort to make it succeed. The world is moved by labor; by organization the laboring classes can keep the values that now go to those who do not earn them. The time is coming when the people of the world will be driven to do what you are now proposing." At this point Mr. Peffer referred to France, and said "Paree." "I beg par don," he said, pronounced it Paris, and proceeded. "You all know, of course," said the sen ator, resuming, "that every month in the year there is a wheat harvest somewhere on the globe. Such a movement as you propose is in progress throughout the world. If jealousies are crowded out and everything else but common sense gotten out of the way you can succeed. Organize the men and women. If you can get along without the women you can do bet ter than I can. Don't go east of the Alle gheny mountains, but work in the west, and I believe that in 25 years the farmers of the world will be thoroughly organized for mutual protection and benefits, just as you propose, and Kansas is a good place to start, because all new things come out of Kansas." C. B. Hoffman, of Enterprise, discussed the "Philosophy of Public Highways," concluding that the best and most success ful and the legitimate highways of the world are the railroads. "If the legislatures of the states would levy a tithe of the tribute which the rail roads levy upon the people, there would be an open revolution in this country." Mr. Hoffman advocated the government ownership of the railroads, telegraphs and telephones. Speaking of the result of the process of his theory', he said: "The time would then come when the railroads would be just as free to the people as are the elevators and tramways which carry people up and down the heights of our great buildings. Transportation is a func tion of society, but the difficulty we have experienced is in distinguishing between public and private property. I suggest that a fair discrimination would be to call that private property which I use ex clusively a toothbrush for example. Call that public property which we all use together." Mrtl Hoffman then applied to this the theory of public ownership. "Had our forefathers seen tne condi tions which now surround us they would have extended to the people the right to own the public highways, and instead of concessions to the establishing of postal routes there would have been a provision that the government should have con trolled the postal roads, the telegraphs and telephones. The present situation is a case of arrested development. "Did it ever occur to you that we pay more for the transmission of a letter than we do for freight. This is because the government must raise immense sums to defray the expense of the postal depart ment. There is now a deficit in that de partment of the national government. "The government furnishes the postal cars equipped to the railroads at an enor mous expense. Then the government pays high prices for the transportation of each pound of mail and handles It in and out of the cars and in addition pays the rail roads mileage for the operation of the cars. In addition to this the railroads reach out in the control of other things, and bv making combinations with un r ghtecus mammon, bes. owing passes upon lawyers, politicians and preachers, seeks to tighten the hold it has upon the peo ple." MR. RI PPENTIIAL QUITS. Rus3ell County Populists Have a Slight Flurry. In the Russell county Populist con vention J. C. Ruppenthal, who was de feated for the nomination for county attorney, resigned as chairman of the county committee. The nominations made by the convention follow: Representative, F. J. Smith, editor Russell Reformer; clerk of the court, E. B. Wells; county attorney. N. A. Gernon; superintendent, R. S. Kellogg; commissioner, John Mills. The Democaits meet in convention August 11 and it is expected this con vention will endorse the Populist nomi nees. The position of probate judge is vacant in the report from Russell and the supposition is that the Democrats will have this place. FOR A HAND, 3,000. Girl Who Met "With. Accident Sues a Laundry Firm. Clara Berger. who lost her hand by having it crushed in a mangle at the White Star laundrv a year ago. has sued Kepley & Cockrell for $5.01 damages, on the grounds that the machine was not in good condition and that she' was not warned of her danger. She is 15 years old. The suit will be contested. t .t 1 3 t ' 'V - 'tv ..if..: . a'T . '- '' . BRYAN IS TOLD. Democratic Candidates on the National Ticket Formally Notified of the Action at Kansas City. COME BY THOUSANDS. Democrats Pour Into Indianap olis in Crowds To Witness the Notification Ceremony. HEAT HAS NO TERRORS. Streets of the Indiana Capital Are Congested. Pictures of Bryan and SteTen sonEyery where. Indianapolis Ind., Aug. 8. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska, and Adlai E. Stevenson, Illinois, were notified of their nomination for the office of presi dent and vice president of the republic in Military park shortly after 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Thousands of people witnessed the ceremonies. Sena tor James K. Jones, chairman of the Democratic national committee, was introduced by Mayor Taggart as pre siding officer of the occasion. Senator Jones in a brief speech introduced Con gressman James D. Richardson of Ten nessee. Congressman Richardson was received with wild cheers as he mount ed the stand to officially notify Mr. Bryan of the fact that he had been selected as presidential nominee af the Democratic convention at Kansas City. When Mr. Bryan arose to reply a demonstration occurred which perhaps has never been equalled in this city. When order was finally restored Mr. Bryan began his address, which was of considerable length. Cheer upon cheer greeted him at every telling period. See speech of acceptance on page 6. Governor Thomas of Colorado, fol lowed, notifying Mr. Stevenson of his nomination. Mr. Stevenson replied in a somewhat briefer speech than that of Mr. Bryan. Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 8. The ar rangements for the Democratic notifica tion ceremonies had been completed, Bryan and Stevenson and their party, and thousands of visitors had arrived and the city was in gala attire for the occasion, when the day dawned. The sun shone out upon a clear sky, making it quite certain that the programme for conducting the exercises in the open air at Military park, as originally decided upon, could be carried into effect. The weather was torrid, but this seemed to have little or no influence upon the throng of Democrats who had come out to hear tfceir candidates for the presidency and the vice presidency for mally notified of their selection to be the standard bearers of the party. Early in the day the streets were con gested with strangers and every train augmented the multitude. Representa tives from almost every state of the union had arrived and the large neigh boring cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Cin cinnati and Louisville were especially well represented. Pictures of Bryan and Stevenson were displayed in fJro f usion. Mr. Bryan and Mr. Stevenson arose early and each expressed himself as feeling greatly refreshed by the night's sleep. "We are quite prepared for the ordeal of the day, if it may be called such," said Mr. Stevenson, "and it looks as if all would transpire most auspiciously." Both of the candidates received a number of callers during the forenoon. BRYAN ON TOWNE'S WITH DRAWAL. Indianapolis, Ind., Aug.8 When asked an expression of opinion today on the withdrawal of Mr. Towne from the Pop ulist national ticket, Mr. Bryan replied: "Mr. Towr.e's letter is manly and pat riotic, but is nothing less than was ex pected by those who know him best." Other "Democratic leaders expressed themselves in similar strain. None of them anticipated any other course, but 1 there Was a general expression or reiier from a complication like that of four years ago, when Sewall and Watson were both candidates for the vice presidency. It was the general opinion that the with drawal would not alienate many Popu lists and that it would increase the chances of Democratic success at the polls. THE PARADE. Owing to the fact that visitors were expected to arrive all morning the time for the beginning of the notification cer emonies was set for 2 o'clock in the af ternoon. Early in the day spectators besan chocsirg points of vantage, in Military park, and despite the glaring sun and torridity cf the weather they maintained their places, the crowd con stantly increasing as the day lengthened. The tedium of the forenoon was relieved largely by the arrival of a number of excursion parties from neighboring cities and towns. These parties were generally escoited through the streets by local c-r visiting bands. The main streets and buildings were lavishly dee orated. Bryan and Stevenson portraits appeared everywhere. The procession which was announced to start at 1:13 p. m. was somewhat late in getting off, but when or.ee in motion it moved along with somewhat more than the usual ce lerity. The parade was directed by Charles A. Garrard, as chief marshal and escor ted by a squad of policemen. In the line of march were many local political organi zations and a number of clubs from the surrounding country, but the places of honor were given the Chicago county Democracy, to the Duckworth club oi' Cir.cir.rati and to the Jackson club of Terre Haute. After' marching through the business portion of the city, the pa rade came to a halt before the Grand hotel where Messrs. Bryan and Steven son, the families and members of the notification committees and others en tered carriages and joined the proces sion. The carriages moved in the following craer': The Hist carriage contained Mr.Bryan, Feiator J. K. Jor-es, J. D. Richardson and Mayor Taggart of Indianapolis; the second, Mr. Stevenson, Governor Chas. S. Thomas.D. J. Campau and Park Mar tin, chairman of the Indiana state Dem ocratic committee. The third, Messrs. J. G. Johnson, chairman of the national executive committee; C. A. Welsh, sec retary; J. M.Guffey of Pennsylvania and Mr. Dunlap. Fourth, Messrs, Webster Davis, of Missouri; Breathill of Arizona; Neely of Kansas, Johnson of Texas, and Urey Woodson of Kentucky. The fifth, Messrs. H. D. Clayton of Alabama, Sen ator Blackburn of Kentucky, J. L. Nor ris of the District of Columbia and Rob ert Burke, chairman Cook county De mocracy, Chicago. These carriages were followed by 120 members of the two notification commit tees, in carriages and by the ladies ac companying the various delegations and distinguished citizens. All the carriages were escorted by the marching clubs in attendance from various parts of the country, under the charge and direction of Col. J. I. Martin, sergeant at arms. When Military park was reached the official party took seats in the stand erected for the occasion, and the parade disbanded. The ceremonies were presid ed over by Senator Jones.as chairman of the national committee. TRIP TO INDIANAPOLIS. Bryan and Stevenson Take a Hide on the Engine. Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 8. The special train bringing Mr. Bryan and Mr. Stev enson to this city, where they are to be officially notified of their respective nominations by the Democratic party for the presidency and the vice- presi dency reached Indianapolis at 7:20 p. m. yesterday. The run from Chicago was delayed somewhat by the demonstrations of crowds which gathered along the route. The train was in charge of the coun ty Democracy of Chicago, and it was composed of twelve coaches, all of them filled to the brim with Democratic work ers. Messrs. Bryan and Stevenson, their families, friends and chief supporters, occupied the rear coach of the train. Chairman Jones of the national com mittee and his wife were in attendance as were Governor and Mrs. Thomas, Secretary Walsh and Sergeant-at-Arms Martin, of the national committee, and many of the leading members of that organization. Samuel Alschuler, Demo cratic candidate for governor of Illinois, Mayor Harrison of Chicago.and Webster Davis, late assistant secretary of the in terior under the present administration, were among the distinguished guests. The afternoon was devoted largely to conference between the leaders of the party, who were brought together for the first time since the Kansas City convention. Senator Jones expressed himself as especially pleased with the outlook in New York. Mr. Davis par ticipated freely in the conversations and announced his intention to speak dur ing the campaign in several states of the union. He. said he accepted the Democratic platform, but that he would devote him self especially in his speeches to the ex ploitation of the subject of imperialism. He expressed the opinion that the Boers would never surrender so long as any of them were left, and said he had heard both President Kruger and Steyn so outline the determination of the people. Mr. Bryan and Mayor Harrison rode on the engine at the invitation of the railroad authorities between Lafayette and Lebanon. Brief stops were made at several places on the way. and there were crowds of people at many points at which stops were not made. The faces of the waiting people showed disappoint ment as the train whizzed by them, but they cheered all the same. The principal stops were made at Kankakee, Iill., and Lafayette, Ind. At each of these places the candidates were given a reception which was a real reminder of the crowds, as it was also of the enthusiasm of the campaign of 1896. At both places large concourses of people awaited the coming of the train, and at Kankakee the first speaking of the tour was indulged in. The streets in the immediate vicinity of the train at this point were literally covered with a mass of human beings, struggling to get a look at the distinguished men whom they knew to be on board the train. The windows in the vicinity were crowded and wagons, boxcars, telegraph poles, indeed, everything affording ad vantage to sight or hearing was util ized. In one instance a sprinkling cart was seized by as many as could crowd upon it. The crowds cheered enthus iastically. Mayor Harrison introduced Mr.Bryan, who said: "I am a very cautious man, and while I have seen it stated in the papers that I was nominated for the presidency I know that you can not always trust what you see in the papers (laughter,) and I am not to take it for granted that I have been nominated until I am offi cially notified of it down at Indian apolis. I do not w ant to make a speech as the presidential candidate until I am sure that I am nominated. (Laughter and great applause). Mr. Stevenson, the nominee for the vice presidency, is along, and Governor Thomas of Colo rado, who is to notify him of his nom ination, is on the train, and I believe has privately informed him that he has been nominated, and therefore, he has more reason for making a speech than I have, and I take pleasure in presenting to you your candidate for vice president, who is, I hope and believe, to be the next vice president of the United States, Honorable Adlai E. Stevenson." (Ap plause). Mr. Stevenson excused himself and in troduced Mr. Alschuler, about whose candidacy he said there could be no doubt. Mr. Alschuler made - a brief address, expressing belief in the success of the national ticket. At Lafayette Mr. Bryan did not speak except to introduce Governor Thomas. The governor assured his hearers that Mr. Bryan and Mr. Stevenson would carry every state in the Rocky Moun tain region by majorities equal to those by which Mr. Bryan carried them in 96. Nothing on earth remained to do but for Indiana. Illinois, Ohio and Wiscon sin to do their duty as they had done before. If they did so, the party wotild give them a president of the United States who wore no man's collar and who belonged to the common people. (Applause). At Lafayette Webster Davis also spoke, exhorting the Democrats of In diana to earnest effort in behalf of Bryan and Stevenson. At Lafayette the train was met by the reception committee from Indianapolis. The circumstance that the train was an hour behind schedule time in reaching Indianapolis did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the great crowds that waited. It was with much difficulty that the party reached their carriages. When Mr. Bryan's well known figure was recognized in the marching column a great shout was sent up, and cheers followed him constantly until he ar rived at the Grand hotel.' The streets were lined so thickly with people that it was with difficulty that progress could be made, and it was 8 p. m. before the travelers sat down to dinner. After dinner Mr. Bryan and Mr. Stev- (Continued on Seventh Page.) ASYLUM SCANDAL Steward, E. L. Shaffer, is Sum niarily Dismissed. Charged That He Has Neglected His Duties. GIVEN NO HEARING. Ex-Steward Is Now Nursing a Broken Leg. Authority Has Been Curtailed For Some Time. There is another scandaLat th;asy lum, about which the authorities talk mysteriously, look wise and refuse to J furnish information. The istuation was j sufficiently grave for the-state board -of?) charities to officially declare the position ; of steward vacant, after which L. R. ; Willey was placed in temporary charge 2 of the work. E. L. Shaffer of Council Grove, who ia ' a protege of Lieutenant Governor Rich- ter, has been steward since the present j Republican administration was lnaugru- J rated, but nevertheless he was removed j without a hearing and without warning. ; Shaffer is at Salina nursing a broken ' leg, fractured by a wrld ball striking him ; on the ankle while he was umpiring a, game of baseball at the asylum soma, weeks ago. Shaffer's opinion of tha ' transaction is therefore not available. The state board of charities, so it is ; said, has attempted to suppress the facte that Shaffer has been removed, to give Bhaffer, if he bo desires, an opportunity," for a hearing and defense. Under the old tenure of office act de-..' cision it is impossible for the board to remove the steward of the asylum with out first conducting an investigation and. hearing whatever charges are to be -made against the officer. This decision , was rendered by the supreme court ift ' some of the cases involving the superin tendent and steward of th- tate asy lums in the goold old days wheh legis lative and other kinds of investigation, were held every few weeks in order to get men out of office for the benefit of some other partisan worker. This is the third time the board of charities have taken issue with Shaf fer's business methods. Twice before hla official head was ready for the basket but the board thought to avoid a scan dal and so continued him in office. The general charge was that he aeglectecl his business. When the Populist administration under Leedy made places for political strikers by appointing clerks for the .stewards the Republican politicians made a big fuss. However, the system was deemed worthy of imitation by tha present board and only a few months ago was the service of these clerks to the stewards dispensed with. L. R. Willey was Shaffer's clerk. He was de posed. It is charged that during the incum bency of the t'.eward'B clerk the records of the department were in fair shape but since the clerk has been put out of a Job it is claimed that Shaffer has-al-most totally neglected the work. Early in the spring there were rumors of transactions on the part of Shaffer and Tom Hayes, the steward at Osa watomie, which caused the ire of the members of the board to rise. It was to the effect that these two officials had entered into an arrangement in the pur chase of a large consignment of pota toes at Kansas City by which they were to reap considerable profit at the ex pense of the state. The plan was to pay so much for the potatoes, the person selling them agreeing to pay the stewards a neat sum for their assist ance. At the discovery of this incident Shaf fer's authority was curtailed. He was permitted to make no heavy purchases and the responsibility was assumed by the superintendent and the members of the board. This transaction first set the opposi tion to Shaffer buzzing. Since that time he has had considerable difficulty, if the officials who presume to know about the' ins and outs of the business are to be be- i lieved.and the complications which arose terminated in his dismissal. Another feature of the matter is the contention that Shaffer was not at the time of his selection for steward accept able to the members of the board of charities. It is claimed that he was' forced on the board. H. E. Richter, lieu tendant governor, was an earnest sup porter of Shaffer's candidacy, but at the time the appointment was made there seemed to be no friction over it. Why Shaffer's enemies assert that he was forced on the asylum administration, they decline to state. BOERS REGRET IT. Express Sorrow for Firing on Consul Stowe's Trai. Pretoria. Aug:. 8. Additional details re garding the attack on the train bearing Mr. Stowe show that 27 bullets traversed his compartment. Louis Sharp, an Amer ican accompanying Mr. Stowe, was shot through the foot. Theron, whom Mr. Stowe hastily sought, expressed sorrow for the accident, main taining that it was due to a mistake. The Boers put Mr. Stowe's carriage back on the line. RATH BONE'S WAYS. Expense Items Disallowed to Amount of $25,000. Havana. Aug. S. Martin C. Fosnes, act ing director general of posts, appeared for the first time personally today against Kstes G. Rathbone, the deposed director, and offered additional evidence In the court of first instance. Deputy Auditor Lawshe. who has been investigating Jlr. Rathbone's accounts, disallows items a se gregating more than J25.000. Thvse Inclin'e unauthorized personal expenditures and stuffed payrolls, together with a number of questionable contracts. It is probable that the trial of Rathbone will come on during the first week of Sep tember. Choate to Arbitrate. London, Aug. 8. United States Ambas sador Choate has been appointed arbi trator between the British and Chinese governments in the case of the sinking of the British dispatch boat Kow Shin during the China-Japanese war. Weather Indications. Chicago, Aug. 8. Forecast for Kan sas: Showers and thunderstorms to night; Thursday generally fair; warm weather; southerly winds.