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LAST EDITIOX
SATURDAY EVENING.
TOPEKA, KANSAS, AUG CIST 11, 1900.
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STILL JiESIEGED.
Another Message Received From
Minister Conger.
Says Legations Are Under Fire
of Imperial Soldiery.
IN DESPERATE STATE.
Defenders' Losses Number 60
Killed and 100 Wounded.
Chaffee's Losses at Tang Tsun
Fifty Dead.
"Washington, Aug. 11. The following
dispatch, communicating an additional
message from Mr.Conger was made pub
lic this morning by the state depart
ment: -Canton, Aug. 11 Secretary State,
Washington. Conger, date August 10.
Tsinan answering my message says that
the legations are under siege by the im
perial soldiery. The situation is desper
ate. The losses of the legations is 60 kill
ed and about 100 wounded. There is
some sickness, nevertheless, the general
health continues good.
"He concludes: Whatever may be the
outcome we will hold on indefinitely.
"MCWADE."
It is believed that the date assigned
this dispatch by the consul refers to th
file date when the message left Tsinan
and does not fix the time when it left
Pekin by courier.
CZAR SATS GO.
St. Petersburg, Aug. 11. The Official
Messenger today publishes the follow
ing: "The foreign office received a telegram
today direct from M. DeGiers (the Rus
sian ministef at the Chinese capital),
from Pekin. The dispatch was evidently
taken by special courier to Tsi Nan from
the capital of Shan Tung.and was thence
telegraphed August 7, by the local ya
men. "M. DeGiers announces that the siege
of the legations continues, the besieged
etill having some provisions left. The
Chinese government proposes to trans
mit the ministers' messages and that
the' leave Pekin. As the ministers had
not sufficient guarantee they replied that
they must receive the permission of their
governments before leaving the city."
The Messenger then announces that
the czar's approval has been given for
M. DeGiers to start for Tien Tsin with
his entire staff and the marine guard on
condition that existing government at
Pekin and the emperor afford them sure
guarantee that the journey can be un
dertaken without danger.
At the same time M. DeGiers is ex
pected to call attention to the heavy re
sponsibility the Chinese government will
incur should there be the slightest in
fraction of the violability of the persons
accompanying them to Tien Tsin.
CHRISTIANS STONED TO DEATH.
New York, Aug. 11. Rioting and loot
ing continue around Swatow, and the
viceroy ignores the protests of the for
eign consuls, says a cable to the Journal
and Advertiser from Hong Kong. All
the missions at Vug Kung (Yung Chun)
have been razed to the ground and the
native Christians stoned to death.
The Rev. Mr. Foster and the Rev. Mr
Oroesberk telegraphed yesterday to
Consul General Wildnian as follows-
"Three more chapels burned, mission
houses looted. Our lives endangered.
Ta.iti silent. Save us. Insurrection
spreading."
AMERICANS AND BRITISH LED.
London, Aug. 11. The morning papers
exprtss satisfaction at the latest de
velopments in China. The average com
ment is that China is now genuinely
suing for peace through Li Hung Chang.
-Dispatches printed this morning give
further details of the taking of Yang
Tsun. According to the Daily Mail's
correspondent the attack was led by the
Americans and British. The Chinese
position consisted of seven lines of en
trenchments. The enemy fell back from
one to another, until driven from the
last line, they fell back toward Pekin
completely demoralized. The Chinese
.pay they retreated because the British
poured poison" into their troops This
refers to the lyddite shells, which the
hinese then experienced for the first
time.
The correspondent adds that the Brit
ish casualties were 200 and the Ameri
can 2a0. but this latter estimate, it will
be noticed, is four times greater than
that of General Chaffee's report
A. St. Petersburg special says the
Chinese minister there, Yang Yu has
received a telegram announcing that Li
Hung Chang is dangerously ill and con
fined to his bed, and that he has been
granted a month's leave
Another St. Petersburg dispatch as
filve ,Vlat the.Kussian general stiff
iWJ. " notlf,ed that Chinese 12,000
f-u-ong are moving from Hu Nan and Hu
1Ltw:ard KekiD and Tle" Tsin
Tiiv- xVhiins:ha' correspondent of the
Sat theechV"'mK Th"rsdy announces
In thf aSn.rsercha.m? arepetition-
,.. "ul to land troops.
HEAVY REENFORCEMENTS
some is. or 20,000 have not been or
dered to proceed. r
v,i,t 1,Se'm'-"ffiial Miltaire Worchen
blatt this evening says:
. '"present orders from the
powers the middle of August will
a together, 40.500 available! troop" wi
i f"ns "J th? Province of Pe Ch? i
ee.
th
Li.
v ,w . i oepiemoer there will be
.-u guns, not including the
troops at Shanghai. Canton and Pekin
ULOW ha. 37.000. with 104 guns!
- ....i.ii,K m .Manchuria, and 10".-
"Altogether ;so.00fl men with 500 guns
Ilto4th?rVr-na WUhin six
altogether 11, war vessels, exclusive nf
twenty-one torpedo Wt
watrhiTur A:- ooats, are now
watching the Chinese coast of which
seventy are in the gulf of Pe Chi Li "
ORDERED TO CHINA.
Cincinnati Aug. U.The Wond in
fantry received orders today to leave
Fort Thomas. Ky.. next Wednesaav for
San Francisco for service in rhir,.
Colonel Corliss is in command
FIFTY AMERICANS DEAD
"Washington, Aug. 1L-The following
cablegram has been received at ihf
na.deE.artment from Admiral Remev-
"Che Fop. Aug. 10.-Bureau o Naril
ration. Washington. Taku Aug 7
Chaffee telegraphs from front: Sixth
XaiMS Tsun occupied. Casualties about
Berlin. Aug. 11. The Cologne Gazette
In an .nspired article, admits that five
thousand additional troops will soon
leave, although it savs t;-, ll l 1?"
Sopefca State journal.
INDEX OF TODAY'S PAPER.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th, 1900.
Weather predictions for the next 24 hours:
For Kansas Fair tonight, except show
ers in east portion; Sunday fair; southerly
winds.
IMPORTANT NEWS AND FEATURES.
Paqk.
1 Governor Stanley In a Dilemma.
Today's London Cable Letter.
Robbers Kill Ohio Express Messenger.
Ministers Still Besieged In Legation.
Populists to Notify Bryan in Topeka.
King Victor in Takes Oath.
3 Sporting News.
Kansas News.
3 Railroad News.
Hoodoo Doctor Declared Insane.
4 Stories of The Town.
Church Announcements.
Late Telegraph and Local News.
6 snap Shots at Home News.
Social and Personal.
Work on Auditorium Criticised.
Topeka Automobile a Great Success.
6 Markets.
North Topeka News.
7 Wants and Miscellaneous Ads.
8 Letter From Topeka Missionary.
Bryan Not to Tour.
Excitement Over Plot Against Bobs.
9 Topeka Society.
News Summary of the Week.
Battleships in Chinese Waters.
10 Trail of Blood in China's History.
A State's Building at Washington,
11 Theatrical News.
Three Players and Their Plays.
12 Editorial.
Poem, " The Mummy to th. Bride."
Book Notes.
13 Of Interest to Women.
Menus and Receipts.
Aunt Trudy Discusses Suicide.
14 Fashion Letter From Paris.
Handsome Late Summer Gowns.
Cool Desserts For Hot Weather.
15 Humorous Page, Illustrated.
16 The Candidates, Bryan and McKlnley.
The Osprey and Its Nest.
Humor of the Day.
sixty my command, two marines
wounded. Many prostrated by heat and
fatigue; next move yet unkonwn. Gen
eral commanding English at front tele
graphs: Marched from Peit Sang nine
miles toward Yang Tsun when formed
for attack with the Americans on the
right; Russians on left. After rapid
advance of three miles under hot rifle
and shell fire, our troops carried first
line of defense. Casualties about fifty
killed or death from sunstroke.
"REMET,"
SURPRISED AT RUSSIA.
London. Aug. 11. The Russian gov
ernment's permission to M. DeGiers and
his staff to leave Pekin under Chinese
guarantees while the United States and
other governments tell their ministers to
hold out till relieved is the subject or
much comment in London, where sup
posed Russian designs are closely scru
tinized. A special dispatch from St. Petersburg
attributes to Russia the intention to fill
Manchuria with troops and not to let go
that territory when the present ebulition
is over. The Russian war office expects
to have 142,000 men and 242 guns in Si
beria by the end of September. Shanghai
has received no news from Che Foo or
Tien Tsin today, but a dispatch boat
from Taku is expected at Che Foo to
night. The total number of allies in the
province of Pe Chi Li is 38.000, with 114
guns. The total, August 30, is expected
to be 7S.O00 with 2S0 guns.
WANT US TO STOP ENGLAND.
"Washington, Aug. 11. The viceroys of
China, including Li Hung Chang, have
addressed a request to the United States
government to use Its good office with
the powers to stop the landing of foreign
troops at Shanghai. The state depart
ment received the communication today
from Minister Wu who received it late
last night. The document states that an
agreement was made about a month ago
by which the foreign governments exer
cised the right of protection over the
city of Shanghai. This protection, it is
claimed, can be amply carried out with
out landing of troops, as, the viceroys
state, 20 foreign warships are now in the
harbor and are able to protect the in
terests of foreigners and maintain or
der. The viceroys also urge that the
landing of troops will incite disorder.
MERELY PRECAUTIONARY.
London, Aug. 11. A special dispatch
from Shanghai dated Friday, August 10,
says the British consul general, replying
to protests of Chinese merchants against
the landing of troops, explains that this
is merely a precautionary measure due
to the fact that the disturbances north
are spreading and coming daily neareT
to Shanghai.
He also says Kiang-Su Is already in a
state of revolt and that at Tai Tung
there has been serious rioting, the tele
graph station being burned.
NASHVILLE GOES TO NEW
CHWA.NG.
"Washington, Aug. 11. The navy de
partment has been informed that the
gunboat Nashville has sailed from Taku
for New Chwang. The district around
New Chwang is reported to be in a dis
turbed condition and there have been
several reports of collision between the
Russians and Chinese in the vicinity.
While the department here has no in
formation on the subject it is presumed
that Admiral Remey ordered the Nash
ville to this point as a precautionary
measure.
WILL NOT BE SIDETBACKED.
United States is Determined to Push
on to Pekin.
"Washington, Aug. 11. The gravity of
the Chinese situation was in no way
abated by the 'developments of today.
The sLate department early posted &
bulletin giving another dispatch from
United States Minister Conger, trans
mitted through Consul McWade at
Canton. This showed that the situa
tion practically was unchanged -and
that the minister was maintaining a
stout heart. A dispatch from Admiral
Remey gave a few military details but
nothing which shed light on the future
military operations. Acting Secretary
Adee had long conferences with Secre
tary Root in reference to the latest de-
tContinuod on Sixth Page.)
IN A DILEMMA.
Got. Stanley Confronted With
His Own Recommendation.
His Letter on File Asking For a
Pardon.
HAS NOT YET ACTED.
Question Reopened and He Must
Now Decide.
Struggle Between Stanley, Gov
ernor, and Stanley, Lawyer.
Governor Stanley has pending In his
office an application for a pardon,
which he as a lawyer recommended that
Governor Morrill Bhould issue. Now,
the question is, will the governor'3 opin
ion as a lawyer have weight with him
self as governor? This is the first in
cident of this character on record in
Kansas, which is probably due to the
fact that lawyers seldom become gov
ernors of this state.
Art Kates, whose parents live at
Paola, was sentenced to serve twenty
years for murder in the second degree.
The history of the case is outlined in
Lawyer Stanley's letter to Governor
Morrill, which is now on file with the
application in Governor Stanley's office.
Lawyer Stanley's letter follows:
"Some years ago a young colored
man. Art Kates, of this city, in a quar
rel stabbed another colored man, who
died as a. result of the injury. I was
employed to defend him. It was an
open question whether Mr. Kates in in
flicting the wound was acting in self
defense so much so, that it was ques
tionable whether he ought to be put
on trial if he could receive the mini
mum sentence of a minor degree.
"Under my advice" he plead guilty to
the offense of murder in the second de
gree, with the understanding of the
county attorney that he should receive
the minimum sentence.
"There was an understanding also
with the county attorney, as I now re
call it, that after Kates had been im
prisoned for a while no obstacles
would be placed in the way of his
pardon.
"Notwithstanding this arrangement,
however, Judge Reed sentenced Kates
to a long term of twenty years, which
upon a plea in his behalf was cut down
five years. He was sentenced In 1893.
"The attack was brought on by the
Jeers and gibes of the person who was
killed, as well as by threats and some
outward demonstrations on his part.
As to whether this amounted to an
open assault such as would Justify the
plea of self-defense was questionable
and it was upon this doubt that I ad-,
vised the plea of guilty.
"In any event, there were extenuating
circumstances and T believe it would be
well if executive clemency could be ex
tended in this case."
If the governor's mind as a lawyer
has not been changed since he became
governor, he will doubtless now follow
the recommendations he made to him
self. He is a very conscientious man
and even in the capacity of attorney
would scarcely make a recommendation
unless he knew it to be Just.
PARDON DAY AUG. 20.
Governor "Will Then Dispose of Ac
cumulated Pardons.
Governor Stanley has fixed August 20
for the hearing of the pending applica
tions for pardons, of which there are,
old and new, several dozen on file in the
executive office.
In this list there are a great many
which have been once refused by the
governor, but one comes up again on an
application for a rehearing based upon
the fact that the prisoner seeks release
to be permitted to die outside of prison
walls.
The applicant is George Mack of
Cowley county sentenced last January
to serve 12 years for murder in the seo
ond degree.
Mack was taken with quick consump
tion soon after going to the prison and
the officials report-to the governor that
he can live but a short time. He is the
son of a widowed mother who has writ
ten the governor a pathetic letter on the
subject of pardon. Annie S. Service,
president, and Anna Waldron, secretary
of the "Winfield W. C. T. U.. have writ
ten an official letter, urging the gover
nor to pardon' Mack.
AMEERSPOORT TAKEN,
Boers Retiring Before Gen.
' Buller's Advance.
London. Aug. IL The war office to
day received the following message
from Lord Roberts:
"Pretoria, Aug. 11. Johannesburg re
ports that a patrol from the water
works was attacked August 7.
"Buller occupied Ameerspoort the
evening of August 7. The enemy retir
ed before his force about six miles be
fore Ameerspoort was reached. The cas
ualties were, twenty men wounded.
"Buller was on the north bank of
Reitspruit, August 9, on his way to
Ermelo.
"Rundle arrested at Harrismith Com
mandant Marais, three field coronets
and thirty armed burghers and a Brit
ish subject of Natal named Marais; a
Boer spy, Erasmus, and a former mem
ber of the Free State Intelligence bu
reau. "Hunter reports that 130 burghers,
with .upwards of a million rounds cf
ammunition, surrendered August 8, and
August 9 Cloet, a member of the Volks
raad, was a prisoner with Hunter.
"Kitchener engaged Dewet's rear
guard yesterday near Lindeque, within
hearing of Methuen's guns six miles
northwest."
According to the Lourenzo Marques
correspondent of the Daily Express,
President Kruger, in the course of an
interview last Wednesday, said that the
report that he intended to surrender
was without foundation. He declared
that the war would last a long time
yet.
"A Boer bulletin," continues the cor
respondent, "announces a big battle be
tween Lydenburg and Middleburg, in
which the British had 500 klled and
wounded. It also announces the recap
ture by the burghers of Heilbron de
Villiersdorp and Frankfort."
It is persistently rumored in Lourenzo
Marques, according to a dispatch to the
Daily Telegraph, dated yesterday, that
Mr. Steyn has committed suicide.
REAR PLATFORM TOUR.
Roosevelt's Traveling Will Be
Done in Daylight.
Chicago, Aug.ll. Perry S. Heath, sec
retary of the national Republican com
mittee resumed his duties today at head
quarters after a. week's tour east and
south. Secretary Heath saw Governor
Roosevelt at the New York headquarters
where the governor's itinerary was ar
ranged. He said the exact route to be
covered will be given out from the New
Tork headquarters Jn a few days. In a
general way Mr. Heath said it is Gov
ernor Roosevelt's purpose to visit the
Pacific coast and on his return to make
speeches in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky
and West Virginia. His last speeches of
the campaign will be made in New Tork
state.
It is understood at national headquar
ters that the general course of Governor
Roosevelt's journey as been settled fin
ally and will not be changed, except to
touch places directly on the route. A
great many requests have been mads
for deviations which, if complied with,
would necessitate dropping out places
already agreed upon. Nearly all Gov
ernor Roosevelt's traveling will be done
in daylight.
BRYAN TOJBE HERE
Will Receive Official Notifica
tion of Populists.
Date Will Probably Be Aug
ust 23.
Topeka will have one of the greatest
political demonstrations in its history,
August 23, when the committee selected
by the Populist national convention
meets William J. Bryan here to notify
him that he is the Populist nominee for
president.
While this plan has been under con
sideration for some weeks no definite an
nouncement had been made until last
night, when the national committee in
session at Chicago completed the plans
and approved the arrangement to have
Bryan notified in Topeka.
John W. Breidenthal, who as a
member of the national committee has
been In Chicago for several days work
ing to bring this event to Topeka, was
successful in obtaining favorable con
sideration of the Kansas proposition.
A number of the officials of the na
tional committee and other notables in
the Populist party will be here and the
promoters of the meeting hope to bring
Webster Davis along as a side attrac
tion. This Is the first time such political
recognition has been accorded Kansas.
The Republicans explain the matter by
saying that the falling fortunes of Popu
lism in Kansas have caused this move
to be made with the hope of bolstering
up the party membership in this state
and inspiring the members to more ac
tive and enthusiastic work in the cam
paign. Mr.- Breidenthal predicts that 40.000
people will come to the Kansas capital
to see Bryan crowned with the Populist
honors. '
The ceremonies will probably take
place on the south steps of the state
house as no effort will be made to have
the notification take place in a hall, be
cause there is no hall in the state, or out
of it for that matter, the Populists be
lieve, large enough to accommodate the
great crowds expected here on that oc
casion. The Populist state committee will,
when Breidenthal returns, at once begin
making arrangements for this demon
stration. ONE FARE RATE.
There has been some question in To
peka about the official character of the
announcement that Bryan would come
to Topeka August 23, but the Populist
state committee today received the fol
lowing telegram from Eugene Smith:
"Mr. Bryan sets date for Populist no
tification meeting at Topeka August 23."
Some time was required to establish
the identity of Mr. Smith but it is be
lieved that he is connected with the
Democratic national committee.
Anticipating from the notices which
have come in advance that the notifica
tion will be held in Topeka, Chairman
Ridgley has secured a rate of one fare
on all railroads for the occasion, so he
said today.
"The state committee will manage the
general arrangements but we expect,"
said Chairman Ridgley today, "that a
Topeka committee will take charge of
the local arrangements."
BREIDENTHAL IN CHARGE.
John W. Breidenthal, who has been at
tending the meeting of the Populist na
tional committee in Chicago, will return
to Topeka tomorrow.
Next week Mr. Breidenthal will take
charge of the arrangements to be made
for the notification meeting for the ben
efit of Mr. Bryan to be held in Topeka
August 23.
At Populist headquarters there is
much enthusiasm over this meeting and
an enormous attendance is predicted by
Chairman Ridgley.
LIVING UNDER A TREE.
Unfortunate Cripple is Ejected From
His Home.
L. B. Price, the man who delivers
mineral water from Carbondale in To
peka is peculiarly unfortunate. He was
terribly mangled in some machinery
years ago and one hand is minus the
fingers and one leg and arm are para
lyzed. The young man is plucky and
has tried to make a living for his wife
and two children with a little aid from
Osage county. This week, however, the
authorities set out his nousehold goods,
in the street, and the family is living
with no shelter but a large tree near
Carbondale.
MANY NEW BANKS.
Number Increasing at Rate of One or
Two a Week.
The list of state banks is increasing
In Kansas at the rate of one or two each
week, two having made applications for
charters this week. '
The first was the State Bank of An
dale which is now followed by an ap
plication from the Barton County State
bank of Holsington, which has a capital
of $10,000. '
Weather Indications.
Chicago, Aug. 11. Forecast for Kan
sas: Fair tonight, except showers in
east portion; Sunday fair; southerly
winds.
NEW PARLIAMENT
It is Expected to Be in Session
Within 35 Days.
After the Dissolution of the Old
Body.
RUSSELL'S CHARITY.
How the LordChief Justice Bank
rupted Himself.
Friends Compelled to Manage
His Financial Affairs.
Copyright, 1900, by Associated Press.
London, Aug. 11. While people in the
United States are enduring severe heat
waves the weather in this country has
been extraordinarily cold, the thermom
eter registering sixty degrees and lower.
The cold, prolonged rains and gales have
nearly spoiled country life and sport.
London is empty of the leisure class and
with few exceptions the ministers, dip
lomats and financiers have gone to the
country side with the several thousand
idlers preparatory to the beginning of
the shooting season next week.
The size of the coveys and the prob
abilities of the general election taking
place early in October are, the para
mount subjects for discussion among
the directors of public opinion. The con
servative officers and the Liberal head
quarters are deep in campaign business.
Immense quantities of literature are
being sent out to the constituencies.
Within thirty-five days after the dis
solution of parliament it is announced
the newly elected parliament will meet.
BARON RUSSELL'S GUARDIAN.
Baron Russell of Killowen, whose
death, as the result of an operation, oc
curred yesterday morning, was one of
the most engaging and lovable person
alities in England's public life. His gen
erosity to his friends, indeed to anybody
who he became aware was in difficul
ties, swallowed while he was a prac
ticing barrister 20,000 a year and in
volved him in debts that threatened to
destroy hi3 peace of mind and injure his
professional future.
"What you want to do," said one ot
his friends, "is to syndicate yourself
and let .a managing director conduct
your practice and finance your money
making possibilities."
This was actually done. A committee
of friends paid off all debts, received all
his income, gave him a large allowance
and brought system into his accounts
until he not only was free from debts,
but had substantial investments in the
funds. ,
A display advertisement is running in
the daily papers signed by Lords Ports
mouth, Kinnaird, WImberne and Grim
thorpe, appealing to the public for 20,
000 to pay the expenses of organizing
the electorate "so as to influence the
general election" to prevent the Episco
pal church reverting to the principles
and practices of the church of Rome.
"Mass and auricular confession," says
the advertisement, "are openly advo
cated and forced on protestant chil
dren in churches under shelter of the
Episcopal veto."
Seven parliamentary agents are at
work and canvassing is going on in
nearly every constituency in England.
Already 10,000 has been subscribed.
CHIH LENG LO STOOD ALONE.
Sir Chih Leng Lo, the Chinese minis
ter to England, was the solitary mem
ber of the diplomatic corps who did not
hold a lighted candle at the requiem
mass for King Humbert in the Italian
church on Thursday. Lord Salisbury
seemed quite at home with his torch.
The Duke of Devonshire looked thor
oughly uncomfortable, perhaps having
in inind the severe views of Lord Ports
month and- Wimberne. His highness
blew out his candle too soon and looked
sorry. It was noticed that the Chinese
minister shook hands ceremoniously
with all the diplomats except the Jap
anese minister.
The "American colony," as the fleet
of white yachts flying the stars and
stripes at Cowes is called, alone saved
the historic yachting week from being
a dismal failure. The Prince of Wales
himself did all possible during the last
two days to enliven the situation; but
a prince in mounrning, just home from
the funeral of his brother. Is not the
liveliest merrymaker, and Cowes hopes
to wait many years before it sees a
duller season.
"By all means the smartest steam
yachts here," said Sir Thomas Lipton,
at Cowes, "and many of the hand
somest sailing craft are flying the
American colors. Last year France
seemed to lead, but she is almost en
tirely absent this week, and the Ameri
cans are easily entitled to first place,"
AMERICANS POPULAR.
Many members of the royal yacht
squadron are equally enthusiastic in
their praise of the American display.
No visitors to this exclusive place are
more warmly greeted than are the own
ers of American boats.
Sir Thomas Lipton's name was not
proposed for membership at the royal
yacht squadron meeting on Monday.
The explanation furnished among those
in a position to pronounce an opinion
on the subject is that the understand
ing got abroad that if not the Prince of
Wales himself, other notable persons
were attempting to rush Sir Thomas
through. It only needed a breath of
this kind before balloting to settle the
fate of any presumptive candidate, for
this most exclusive club does not like
even its royal members to appear to
have too much control, even though
the members may not have the slight
est personal objection to a candidate.
When this condition of affairs was dis
covered Sir Thomas Lipton's name,
naturally, was not presented.
Mrs. Brown Potter appears to be a
lucky woman. Not only has Lady
Meux preesnted her with a play by
Belasco, butBelasco himself gave her
as a parting gift the Australian rights
to "Madame Butterfly," a very suitable
gift, as Mrs. Potter is considering an
offer from James Williamson to star in
Australia in 1901. The Belasco play was
written especially for her and will be
produced in London. The first part is
said to be as long and as strong as
"Zaza," but depicting quite a different
style of woman.
He Insulted the Queen.
Vienna, Aug. 11. For insulting the
new queen of Servia. General Beli
maikowitch, who was one of the re
gents during the minority of King
Alexander, has been placed under ar
rest. " .
OPEN TILL 7 :30 P. M.
Stamps Slay Be Bought Until That
Hour at PostofSce.
The postoffice department has issued
an order requiring that the office be kept
open from 6 a. m. to 7:30 p. m, for the
sale of stamps, the issuance of monsy
orders and the registration of letters
and packages. The hours at present are
from 8 o'clock until 6:30.
This will be a great convenience to
patrons of the office, but will make it a
little hard on some of the clerks who
will be compelled to work longer hours
as the department refuses to allow any
extra help.
It is likely that one clerk will be kept
at the general delivery window from 6 to
7:30 in the morning and from 5 to 7 in
the evening who will attend to all of
the business during that time. At pres
ent stamps are sold at the general deliv
ery window after 5 o'clock In the even
ing. The order is to take effect on Sep
tember 2L
KING VICTOR III.
New Ruler of Italy Takes the
Oath of Office.
Rome, Aug. 11. King Victor Emman
uel III took the formal constitu
tional oath today before parliament.
The senate chamber was draped with
mourning, the benches and tribunes be
ing covered with black furnishings,
bordered with silver. The chamber was
filled with senators and deputies, royal
missions, high officials of state and the
diplomatic corps.
The booming of cannon announced the
departure of the royal party from the
Quirinal.
All along route large crowds were as
sembled and gave the new king an ova
tion. He was received on the steps of
the senate by the committees of the
chamber of deputies and senate, in a
pavilion specially erected and hand
somely decorated. When the cortege
entered the senate chamber the king be
ing accompanied by the Duke of Aosta,
the count of Turin and the Duke of
Genoa, the deputies and senators arose
and then began a long and exciting
scene of enthusiasm: His majesty later
took the oath and delivered an address.
The weather was beautiful.
The king in his address referred to the
evidences of mourning here and abroad
and spoke of the friendship uniting Italy
with all foreign powers. He said Italy
will be forceful instrument of concord
and will assist in maintaining peace and
asked for international accord, as the
monarchy and parliament should pro
ceed united. The king, the address said,
knows his rights and duties and feels he
will always have the full confidence of
liberal institutions of Italy and be abla
by his initiative and energy to vigor
ously defend these institutions. His ma
jesty invoked God to witness his prom
ises and assured his hearers that he
would work with all his heart for the
grandeur and prosperity of Italy.
During the ceremony of taking the
oath the king stood, as did those who
assisted in the function, including the
queens and princesses. He pronounced
the words in a loud voice, saying:
"In the presence of God and before
the nation I swear to loyally respect
the statutes, to exercise the royal au
thority only in pursuance of the laws
and ia conformity with them, to render
to each subject according to his rights,
full and entire justice, an dto conduct
myself under all circumstances as hav
ing only in view the interest, -prosperity
and honor of the nation."
As soon as his majesty had concluded
all present broke out into loud acclama
tions, the ovation lasting several min
utes while cries of "Viva II Re" re
sounded throughout the halL The king
next signed the parchments containing
the oath, and the senators rose in a
body and took the oath, crying togeth
er, "Io giuro" ("I swear"). The depu
ties were sworn in the same manner.
The whole ceremony, concluding with
the oaths of allegiance of the senators
and deputies, was toching and impos
ing. The king then read his address and,
with the same ceremony with which
they were received the royal party re
turned to the Quirinal through the still
crowded streets, the people vigorously
shouting for and cheering the new king.
SIX DEAD BOYS.
Poisoned by Eating Water
melons Prepared For Them.
St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 11. A special to
the Globe-Democrat from Cleburne,
Tex., says:
At Bluffdale, an isolated place west of
this city, the people are greatly work
ed up over the wholesale poisoning of
a number of white boys. The boys went
into a farmer's watermelon patch and
ate many melons. A few days later
the boys wrote the farmer a note, tell
ing him they were going to visit his
patch again, and would get even more
melons than on the previous visit. The
farmer split the stems of some of the
melons and inserted strychnine. Six
boys visited the patch and ate of the
melons. Two boys died in the patch,
two died on the way home and two died
after reaching their homes.
SEVENTH DISTRICT TALK.
Still Considering the Question of
Fusion.
Claude Duval, Democratic candidate
for congress in the Seventh district,
George T. Pitts, chairman of the Demo
cratic congressional committee, and
Will A. Ayers, chairman of the Populist
congressional committee held a confer
ence at Wichita yesterday.
Mr. Pitts said: "If. Mr. Ayers takes
action by the end of this week to get
his committee together by August 21 for
the purpose of considering the proposi
tion of Mr. Duval, referring the entire
controversy in the Seventh district for
settlement to that body, Mr. Duval will
postpone the opening of the campaign
until that time. If Mr. Ayers does not
call hi3 committee together for the
purpose stated Mr. Duval will begin his
campaign next Monday."
Prohibitionists Name a Ticket.
Fargo. N. D., Aug. 11. The Prohibition
state executive committee today placed
in the field a full ticket beaded by D.
Carleton for governor.
Gas Explosion Kills Three.
Portland, Me., Aug. 11. Three men
were killed by an explosion at the gas
works of the Portland Gas company, at
11 o'clock this forenoon.
DEAD IN HIS CAR.
Express Messenger Shot to
Death by Robbers
Between Milford Center and
Columbus on the Panhandle.
SAFE WAS UNLOCKED
With Dead Man's Own Keys and
Rifled.
Indications That He Had Fought
For His Life.
Columbus, O., Aug. 11. A daring: mur
der and robbery was committed on the
Pennsylvania passenger train No. 8,
which arrived here from St, Louis at
11:40 last night. Charles Lane, an
Adams Express messenger, formerly of
St. Louis, but recently a resident of
Columbus, was shot and killed shortly,
before the train reached the union sta
tion in this city and the "local" safe was
robbed of all the money and valuables
which it contained. The robbers escaped
and as they were not seen by any living
person, so far as now known, the affair
is shrouded in mystery. How much
booty the robbers secured Is purely a
matter of speculation.
The safe robbed contained only the
packages of money and valuables col
lected after the train left St. Louis and
the officials of the express company in
sist that the sum was not large. All
the money forwarded from St. Louis
and points west was in a sealed safe
which was not disturbed by the robbers,
probably fcr the reason that they did
not have time.
The crime was not discovered until
the train pulled into the union station
here. When Extra Messenger Sheldon,
of the Adams transfer office at the sta
tion went to the car, he was surprised1
to find the side door, which is usually
opened by the messenger as the train
pulls into the station, closed. Pushing
the door back, Sheldon was startled by
the sight of Lane's body lying tauca
downward in a pool of blood between
the stove and the side of the car in the
forward end. The body was found to
have been riddled with bullets and there
were evidences that a desperate strug
gle had taken place. No less than eight
bullet wounds were found, three in the
right side of the back, one in the left
side and four in the right leg. It seemed
that two bullets might have been fired
into the man's back as he lay on the
floor. The bullets extracted were of 3S
calibre.
The robbers had taken the key to the
local safe from the messenger's pocket,
opened the safe and looted it. of every
thing of probable value. The key was
L left sticking in the safe door. The mes-
emptied, was found in the safe where
it had probably been laid by the rob
bers, after being wrenched from his
hand. .
The murder was probably committed
just after the train left Milford Center.
28 miles west of Columbus, where it is
believed the robbers boarded the train.
Conductor Taylor saw and talked with
Messenger Lane there. When the body
was discovered here, it was cold ami
the blood clotted, showing that death
had occurred at least a half hour prev
ious. Lane had washed and changed
his clothes preparatory to leaving the
train when attacked by the robbers.
This he probably did near Milford Cen
ter. The robbers had no difficulty In get
ting into the car after boarding the
train as the end door had been left open
on account of the heat. The train
made only two stops between Milford
Center and Columbus, one at Plain City,
and the other at Marble Cliff, the latter
five miles out of the city.
At the latter place the train was
flagged to take on a passenger, an old
man. The police were first inclined to
the belief that the robbers got on the
train at Marble Cliff, but the express
officials do not entertain that theory.
They think it more likely that the rob
bers got off there, as the train slowed
up, coming into the city. All the city,
detectives were immediately sent out
along the line of the railway and they,
are Bcourlng all the neighboring coun
try. How many of the robbers thera
were it not known, but it is considered
certain there were at least two, because
of the number of bullets fired into the
body of the express messenger.
Early this morning two trarapa were
found in a box car near Marble Cliff
and sent in on suspicion, but it is. not
really believed they had anything to do
with the crime. Lane, the murdered
messenger, was 28 years old and leaves
a wife and child.
The express officials still profess to be
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