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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, August 28, 1900, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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Members of the G. A. It. to the
Number of 35,000
Unite' in the Grand Parade
Through Chicago Streets.
Probablj the Last That
They Will Attempt.
Bryan Decides Not to Attend
the Encampment.
Western City Favored as Next
.Meeting Placa.
Chicago, Aug-. 28. Along streets filled
with a cheering multitude, past tower
ing buildings gay with the glow of the
stars and stripes, through areehs of
honor, beneath suspended banners and
swinging portraits of illustrious lead
ers, now part of the muster beyond that
dark river whose brink their feet had
so often pressed on fields of death, 35,
000 of the life guard of the nation the
Grand Army of the Republic marched
today. It was their greatest parade
elnce that day in 1865, when with ranks
fresh from the triumphs of war they
had marched down Pennsylvania ave
nue in "Washington with their faces
Major Xeo Raiseur, Who Probably "Will
the G.
turned toward home, and their hearts
filled with the promise of the victories
of peace.
It was probably the last of the great
parades upon-.which the members of
the Grand Army will march on earth.
The average age of the veterans is close
upon the average span of human life,
its ranks are thinning fast, and its
membership has commenced to fall
away. The muster roll must hereafter,
according to the officials of the organi
zation, decrease more rapidly than at
any period from the end of the war to
The last year of the century across
the years of which they have emblazon
ed so glorious a record was a most fix.
ing time for what so many of them
have declared will be their last review,
and still more appropriate was it that
pun and wind combined to produce a
day eminently suitable for the occa
sion. A light breeze came off Lake
Michigan strong enough to lift the ban
ners out to the full length of their
folds and at times with force sufficient
to make it necessary for more than one
old soldier to grasp the staff to keep the
flag on high. It mattered nothing, how
ever, how many hands were necessary
on the staff. They were ready always.
The veterans carried the flag today as
they carried it forty years ago, and
save in salute not a banner was lower
ed, not a fold touched the ground.
Not In many years has Chicago ex
tended so affectionate a welcome to the
stranger within her gates, as that which
she gave today to the heroes of the
Grand Army. As her people watched the
march of the old soldiers there flashed
across them the thought that filled the
mind of the Hebrew historian, when
centuries ago, he wrote of the heroes of
King David, "These be the mighty men."
As Chicago esteemed them so she greet
ed them. Notwithstanding the age of
the members of the Grand Armv of the
Republic more members of the organiza
tion had announced their intention of
joining in the line than was expected
by the most sanguine of the veterans.
Old soldiers from every state in the
union were in the march with their
comrades cf former years and through
out the length of the parade T.OoO posts
of the Grand Army had representation
The parade, which started at the in
tersection of Randolph street and Mich
igan avenue, was about five hours in
passing a given point. The line of march
was. short, and from the start to the
south end of the court of honor where
It disbanded after passing in review be
fore Commander-in-Chief Shaw, it com
prised twenty-seven of the city squares.
Even though the majority of the march
ers were men of- advanced years, the
parade moved swiftly and without
breaks or disorder. The columns came
on twelve abreast, well closed, solid and
compact. The formations were alomst
Invariably well kept, for the men who
had gone through years of desperate
ar without being guilty of straggling
irere too old to be Haggards now.
The marching column was headed by
V, , v. .Mrf s J ' A
a detachment of the city police under
the command of Lieutenant Fiynn.whieh
in battalion formation swept the street
from curb to curb. Behind them came
a band of seventy pieces and then Chief
Marshal J. H. .Wood with his immediate
staff, consisting of Colonel H. S. Diet
rich, Colonel J. E. Stuart and Colonel
C. E. Young. A regiment of asisstant
marshals and aides came clattering on,
then behind the great band of the Sec
ond infantry of the Illinois National
Guard came Commander-in-Chief Shaw
and the members, of his staff, compris
ing Adjutant General Stewart, Quar
termaster General J. E. Atkinson, In
spector General J. M. Cummings, Judge
Advocate General Ell Torrens and Chief
of the Staff Corwin.
Carriages containing Acting Governor
Warder, who supplied the place of Gov
ernor Tanner, Mayor Harrison and Ex
ecutive Director Harper who with Commander-in-Chief
Shaw occupied the re
viewing stand during the parade. Cheer
after cheer went up as General Daniel
E. Sickles, accompanied by his aides,
rode past the reviewing stand. All
along the line of march the general had
been given a most flattering greeting,
but the warmth of the reception that
met him as he approached the stand
where Commander Shaw was awaiting
to receive his salute caused him to flush
with pleasure and to bow his acknowl
edgments again and again.
Twelve heralds in costume, each bear
ing a long trumpet, came down the ave
nue announcing in mellow tones the ap
proach of the pageant of patriotism
which followed close behind them. Fifty
members of the Columbia post of Chi
cago, wearing handsome uniforms of
dark green formed a hollow square in
the center of which were borne fifty bat
tle flags carried by New York regiments
during the war. The spectacle of the
worn and tattered flags was greeted at
times with cheers and at times with a
deep silence, more expressive than ap
plause could ever be. Whether the
crowd cheered or kept silent it showed
deep feeling "and from end to end of
the parade, all hats were off as the flags
Succeed Gen. Shaw as Commander of
A. E.
went by. A long line of carriages fol
lowed the battle flags, each containing
ladies w-ho are officials of the various
organizations which are affiliated with
the Grand Army. Among these were
Mrs. Harriet J. Dodge, president of the
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Re
public; Mrs. A. D. Johnson, president of
the Army Nurses association, and Mrs.
Elizabeth Kimball. president of the
Daughters of Veterans, Close behind the
carriages came three platoons of the
members of Columbia post, acting as a
rear guard, while a score of veterans as
a special escort marched beside the
Eidwell Wilkeson post of Buffalo.which
had the largest number of men in ranks
of any organization that came from out
side Chicago 'and Cook county, made a
fine appearance as they came marching
past the stand headed by the Buffalo
Military band of fifty pieces. The old
Continental Drum and Bugle corps of
New York City led Chapin post, also
from New York, and both were heartily
cheered for their excellent appearance
and marching.
Then came the Arion Military band of
Milwaukee, forming the vanguard of
the various departments which march
ed under the leadership of their de
partment commanders.
Wisconsin was given the right of the
line and as her column turned around
the corner of Jackson boulevard into
the broad sweep of Michigan avenue
and with bands playing and colors fly
ing, the Army of the Republic came
marching down, the people seemed to
realize that here at last came the true
pageant of patriotism. The old worn
out fluttering flags that had gone be
fore were nothing In themselves but as
representatives of the power that gave
them the glory that they wore they
were everything. Marching behind
them under colors fresher and brighter
as their own fame mu,st ever grow
with the advancing years came the
units of that power in the fighting men
of a mighty race unconquered yet by
land or sea.
In them lay, and through them came,
the force that has made the nation what
it i and what It will be. No matter
what may come in the future the ran
before them had made the past a glory
that may mellow but never grow dim,
and the crowd seeming to catch these
things in a breath, as rank after rank of
the old soldiers wheeled into the avenue,
went wild with enthusiasm. They cheer
ed, waved their hats and cheered again
until they could cheer no more. Then
they stood as they had stood for the bat
tered flags, with bared heads, as the
veterans with steps more'halting than of
old, but with hearts as high as ever
passed on to make the parade of 1900
what they had made many another
march a credit to themselves and an
honor to their country.
Chicago, Aug. 28 Lieutenant General
Nelson A. Miles arrived in this city from
(Continued on Sixth Fage.
Remey Declines to Act In Con
cert With Others
Regarding Treatment of Earl
Le Hung Chang.
Russia Stands W ith the Uuited
States in the Matter.
Rioting at Amoy Reported Still
in Progress.
New York, Aug. 28. Sharp differences
of opinion among the foreign admirals
at Taku as to Li Hung Chang's proper
status -were apparently the moving cause
of the note of inquiry recently addressed
by the United States government to
foreign powers as to accepting the aged
viceroy as peace envoy of the Chinese
government, says the Washington cor
respondent of the Herald.
Officials will say little about the dis
sension among the naval representatives
of the powers. It is learned, however,
that on Thursday Admiral Remey sent
word that a conference of the admirals
at Taku had been held, at which the ar
rangements for the arrival of Li Hung
Chang and the privileges he should be
allowed were discussed. A proposition
was made that Li Hung Chang should
not be allowed, on reaching Taku, to
communicate with Chinese officials in
Pekin. The proposition was acceptable
to most of the admirals, but the Ameri
can officer declined to sign the agree
ment. Whether the Russian admiral
signed is not known, but in any event
the Russian government promptly pro
tested to the other powers.
Admiral Remey's message was con
sidered by the cabinet, which entirely
approved the refusal of Admiral Remey
to be a party to any such agreement.
Then the note of inquiry as to the atti
tude of the powers with regard to Li
Hung Chang's acceptability as a peace
envoy, was formulated and sent out.
The effect of the protests of the United
States and Russia has been to secure
practically the unanimous disapproval of
the agreement of the foreign admirals.
Why the admirals should wish to pre
vent Li Hung Chang from communicat
ing with Chinese officials in Pekin is not
understood here. Seemingly it would be
in the interest of peace for the viceroy
to be put in prompt relations with the
imperial authorities.
From Minister Conger's dispatch, it
is apparent that the allies in Pekin are
not waiting for the arrival of Li Hung
Chang, but are trying to get in com
munication themselves with Chinese offi
cials. His message shows conclusively
that there is no authority in the capital
at this moment with whom the powers
can negotiate.
Washington, Aug. 28. A cablegram
has been received at the state depart
ment from United States Consul John
son at Amoy, China, relative to the riot
ing in progress in that city. He reports
that many of the richer Chinamen and
Europeans are leaving the place. A ca
blegram received at the navy depart
ment announces that the Castine sailed
today from Shanghai for Amoy in ac
cordance with the department's orders.
She should arrive there Thursday of this
San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 28. Leung
Kai Tin, a youthful looking Chinese,
who claims to be the personal represen
tative and emissary of the Chinese em
peror, Kwang Hsu, has arrived in the
city accompanied by two secretaries,
Shum Moon and Wun Yum. The visitors
have come to America, they say, on a
mission which has for its object the en
largement of the reform movement
among the Chinese residents here. For
some months past Leung Kai Tin has
been spreading the reform gospel among
the Chinese of British Columbia, Seattle,
Tacoma, Portland and other cities in the
Pacific northwest and he now intends to
take up the work here.
Washington, Aug. 28. Adjutant Gen
eral Corbin has received a dispatch from
General Chaffee saying that he (Chaffee)
had received no dispatches from General
Corbin since August 14. This was the
date on which the allied army attacked
and entered Pekin. Many dispatches
have been sent by General Corbin since
that date and the delay in their delivery
is astonishing, even with the strange
conditions which have existed in China.
Like the Conger dispatches the one from
General Chaffee is undated. The only
explanation that can be made as to this
lack of dates is that the dispatches have
been butchered en route, probably on
their way through China.
Washington, Aug. 28. It is said in ad
ministration circles that in the event of
the ability of the powers to agree upon a
Chinese policy that will preserve the in
tegrity of the empire, the plan most like
ly to be adopted will provide for interna
tional administrations of the customs
serivce. Under this plan representatives
of the several allied powers having
forces on Chinese soil will be statir-r.ed
at all the customs porta of China to sup
ervise or administer the service and
watch the revenues with a view to en
suring the collection of the enormous
indemnity that will be Individually de
mand by each of the governments. It is
understood that this or some joint sup
ervisory scheme of a similar character
will be favored by this government and
while other governments may make oth
er proposals for future policy of a differ
ent nature, there is no information in the
possession of this government to indi
cate inharmonious action on such a sup
ervisory plan.
London, Aug. 20. The allies, resuming
aggressive operations, have taken the
district west of Pekin. This statement,
based on Chinese authority, is cabled
from Shanghai. From the same place
comes the further statement that I-i
Hung Chang has wired the Empress
Dowager at Hsian Fu requesting the ar
rest of Prince Tuan and the disarma
ment of the bcxers, in order to give him
an opening for negotiations with the
Paris, Aug. 28. A special dispatch to
the Siecle from St. Petersburg says:
"It is persistently rumored in St. Pe
tersburg that the Russian government
has received a dispatch asserting that
after" a fierce battle inside Pekin the al
lies retreated, losing 1,800 men, mostly
Russians. It is further said that the
Chinese oeupy fortified positions, from
which they are bombarding the allies in
a murderous manner."
Washington, Aug. 28. The war de
partment yesterday received the follow
ing: "Taku, China (no date) Adjutant
General, Washington Have offered as
sistance to Baroness von Ketteler; will
furnish transportation and escort to
Tien Tsin in a few days; have offered
transportation accommodations to Nag
asaki also. " '
Baroness von Ketteler, the widow of
the murdered German minister to China
is an American, being the daughter of
President Ledyard of the Michigan Cen
tral railway, whose home is at Detroit,
Mich. f
Paris, Aug. 28. A dispatch received
from the French minister at Pekin, M.
Pichon, dated Sunday, August 19, con
firms the dispatches of General Frey,
commander of the French forces at the
Chinese capital and repeats other infor
mation already known. It adds that one
of the principal anxieties is the re-establishment
of communication by railroad
and " telegraph with Tien Tsin. Con
tinuing, Mr. Pichon says:
"The insecurity of the routes renders
this difficult but urgent. A resumption of
the offensive by the' boxers and regulars
is feared and serious precautions must
be taken. I am lodging at the Spanish
legation. All my utaff and domestics
are in miserable health. The greater
part of the town is a heap of ruins."
Washington, Aug. 28. Action was ta
ken by the war department this morning,
carrying out the recently announced
policy of this government to send no
more troops to- China at . present. An
order was sent to the department's
agents at Kobe, Japan, to divert the
First United States cavalry and their
animals from that port to Manila, in
stead of allowing them to proceed to
Taku, according to their original orders.
The department was informed this
morning that the Garronne with 800
members of the First cavalry on board
and the Packling with the animals of
the organization had arrived at Kobe.
The First cavalry is under command of
Lieutenant Colonel Lebo.
Another important development over
night was General Chaffee's statement
that he had not heard from the war de
partment since August 14, a fortnight
ago. News has come from China with
in that period of time, and the fact that
nothing has gone forward to Chaffee and
without doubt Minister Conger is in the
same state, goes to confirm the officials
here in the conviction that the wires are
being manipulated probably by Chinese
agents between Che Foo and Shanghai,
the cable connection. The discovery cer
tainly will tend to hasten the construc
tion of projected cable connecting
Shanghai and Che Foo, thus placing the
control of the entire circuit from Wash
ington to Pekin outside of Chinese offi
cials at any point. The subject also may
be made the basis of some strong repre
sentations, to Shang, the Chinese direc
tor of posts and telegraphs at Shanghai.
A casualty list: from Col. Wint was
the only communication received at the
war department today from China. It
bore date of yesterday at Taku, and re
ferred to the engagement of the 19th
near Tien Tsin. A dispatch was receiv
ed last night by the war department
from Gen.-Chaffee, stating that he had
offered assistance to Baroness von Ket
teler, wife of the late German minister
to China and would furnish her trans
portation and escort to Tien Tsin; also
transportation to Nagaska. This dis
patch seems to indicate that Chaffee is
in Pekin and not in Tien Tsin as some
have asserted.
This dispatch is in answer to one sent
to the general by the war department,
August 17, the date that information
was received here of the fall of Pekin.
Paris, Aug. 28. Admiral Courrejolles,
the French commander in Chinese wa
ters, has cabled to the navy department
here that a council of the admirals has
notified the foreign legations at Pekin
that it has been decided to hold Li Hung
Chang on board ship until the opening
of negotiations between the powers and
the diplomats.
Washington, Aug. 28. The sufficiency
of Li Hung Chang's credentials as a
plenipotentiary to conclude a settle
ment with the powers on behalf of China
is now a subject for active telegraphic
negotiations among the powers. It was
stated positively today that so far the
issue was still open.
Some of the powers have taken the
ground that Li no longer represents any
thing tangible; that the fleeing Chinese
emperor and empress dowager are pow
erless to carry out any pledge; but none
of them has. so far as can be learned up
on Inquiry here, finally decided this im
portant question beyond recall.
Washington, Aug. 28. In regard to the
reported landing of Japanse troops at
Amoy, the Japanese legation received to
day a confirmatory telegram from Tokio
to the effect that in view of the fact that
Amoy has, on account of its proximity to
Formosa, been secured as the basis for
evil designs upon the island and that, in
addition to the burning of a Japanese
temple there have been riots against for
eigners, the Japanese government has
considered it necessary to land a small
force for the purpose of protecting their
consulate and the foreign residents at
that port.
London, Aug. 28. A special dispatch
from Shanghai says the Chinese officials
there have informed the foreign consuls
that the emperor, dowager empress and
Prince Tuan have arrived in the neigh
borhood of Tai Yuan Fu.
Tai Yuan is the capital of the province
of Shan Si, adjoining the province of
Chi Li, and is'24Q- miles southwest of
Washington, Aug. 28. No confirma
tion comes from any quarter of the re
port from Russian sources that the
Chinese have recaptured Pekin and the
w'ar department officials here discredit
the story. They believe it is capable of
explanation, however, when read in the
light of Minister Conger's statement
yesterday that the allied generals have
decided not to enter the imperial palace
and also in view of the press reports of
the sudden abandonment by the Ameri
can and Russian troops of the attack
on the palace gates after capturing four
out of five of them. In is believed here
that the allied generals adopted this
course in order to prevent looting after
having been convinced that the small
palace guard, if indeed any guard re
mained, should not be regarded with
apprehension. The Imperial palace is
known to be stored with the most mag
rificent treasures of oriental art, many
of them of the greatest antiquity and of
priceless value and the loss to civiliza
tion, through the destruction or disper
sion of these treasures would be so
Continued on Sixth Page.)
Knights of Pythias Represented
at Supreme Lodge
Which Has Opened Its Session
at Milwaukee.
Of Thomas G. Sample, Read of
the Order.
Reports Show Flourishing Con
dition of the Brotherhood.
Detroit, Mich., Aug. 28. Masonic tem
ple today appeared transformed into a
temple of Pythianism. Several largely
attended gatherings of Pythians and
branch orders - were in progress simul
taneously within the big structure.
Chief of these were the open meetings
of the supreme lodge Knights of Pythias
and of the supreme lodge of the Pythian
sisterhood. The initial meeting of the
order of Rathbone Sisters was postponed
until tomorrow. Supreme Chancellor
Thomas G. Sample, of Alleghany, Fa.,
head of the Pythian order, presided over
the supreme lodge meeting. In his bi
ennial address he said: '
"The condition of the order throughout
the supreme domain with but few ex
ceptions, is flourishing. The growth of
.the Knights of Pythias in the past 35
years has been marvelous, and to the
student of secret societies has been a
wonder. This growth in its early his
tory, however, was not generally of a
character that would give to it or any
other society stability. This is a plain
fact, which is evident to us all now.
Of late years the men who have been
admitted to our ranks have come to us
because of our principles, and, as a re
sult, the personnel of the order is better
today than ever before. The decree seems
to have gone forth from the subordinate
lodges, as a rule, that quality and not
quantity is what is desired.
"In some of the grand domains there
is still that spirit manifested of a desire
to evade laws made for the government
of the order, not in regard to any par
ticular subject, but all the laws we have
enacted. One of the causes for this
seeming spirit of discontent is the fact
that in many of the subordinate and
grand lodges we have men filling sal
aried positions, both in this order and
others, and in many cases the older or
ganizations pay the highest salary. As
a consequence we find the latter or
ganizations receive their best efforts,
and, at the same time, they are so im
bued with the laws of these rival in
stitutions they can not resist the tem
tation to engraft their peculiar ideas
into the management of the affairs of
the Knights of Pythias. This incubus,
unless removed, will sooner or later drag
this order, we all love so much, down
to a mere existence, instead of being a
competitor for first honor as the strong
est and most influential of all secret or
ders. "The Knights of Pythias are big
enough, strong enough, brainy enough
and influential ' enough to work out
their own salvation, and I would
strongly recommend that any supreme
officer or representative or grand or
subordinate lodge officer who is so en
tangled with other organizations that
he cannot give us his best efforts and
best thoughts should step down and out
of official positions and allow them to
be elected who believe that we have the
best secret order that floats a. banner
in this great nation today. When this
is done then will we indeed have within
our ranks only those who can render a
loyal obedience to its laws and regula
tions. "Members in a few domains have vio
lated stringent legislation relative to
the admission of saloon-keepers, bar
tenders and gamblers; others have set
at defiance your laws relative to the
initiation fees and the law relative to
Sunday excursions, .using the lodge
name, but caiilng it a pleasure club,
loudly clamoring for permission to have
intoxicating liqours at entertainments
on the theory that other and older in
stitutions of a similar nature permit it.
"I have unbounded faith in the loyal
ty of a, very large percentage of the
membership to the laws of the order,
but this body should enact legislation
at this session in unmistakable lan
guage that will compel the grand chan
cellors to enforce the palin provisions
of the laws you have made; and if; af
ter due notification from the supreme
chancellor that laws have been violat
ed, the said grand chacellors fail to ap
ply the remedy, the authority should be
given the supreme chancellor to at once
suspend such officer pending an. investi
gation by the supreme tribunal. As it
is now, the terms of both the supreme
and grand chancellors expire before an
opportunity in many cases is presented
for the offenders' to be brought before
the legal tribunal of the order. Drastic
measures of this character would not
have to be applied more than once or
twice until such troubles, would dis
appear from the ranks of this order
never to return. Let us make a deter
mined effort to assist in maintaining
the high standard which will come to
this fraternity by simply enforcing our
own laws.
"On December 31, 1898, 'the reports, as
made to the supreme lodge from the dif
ferent grand domains, showed a mem
bership of 470.798. - The returns received
to December 31. 1899, show a total mem- '
bership of 491,672, a net increase for the
year 1899 of 21.589. From the figures of
of the losses and gains during the ternv
ending June 30, 1900, it appears that we
have today a membership of 508,500, with
15 grand domains yet to hear from, a net
gain for the two years of 37,809. This is
a splendid showing, and with this in
crease in membership pomes also the
gratifying thought that in nearly all the
Grand Domains those who are casting
their lot with us today are doing so from
the fact that we are progressive, patriot
ic and have all the attributes essential
to make an up to date order. Do not
therefore at this convention let the word
go out that we are retrograding, but let
us rather push forward to a higher plane
of usefulness and influence.
"The betterment of the condition of
the uniform rank of this order is a sub
ject which should receive at your hands
the most careful consideration. They
should be given the widest latitude in
the making of- the laws for their own
"If there be one feature of this order
more sacred than any other in the eyes
of the membership, it should be the en
downment rank. I was afraid that the
causeless attacks made at the session at
Indianapolis in 1898 would greatly retard
its growth and prosperity, and it proba
bly did for the quarter ending December
31, 1898, but since that time it has gone
on and increased in numbers and finan
cial strength. The membership at the
close of business June 30, 1898, was, 53,
589, carrying J99.261.500 endowment. The
number of members at the close of busi
ness June 30, 1900, was 64,516, carrying
$113,840,000 endowment. The board of
control paid out from June 30, 1898, to
June 30, 1900, $2,420,918.
In his report R. L. C. Wright, of At
lanta, Ga., supreme keeper of. records
and seal, gave the following:
Total number of subordinate lodges
December 31, 1899, 6,740. Total member
ship, 492,506; net gain during 1898 and
1899, 58 lodges and 21,237 members. Prac
tically -90 per cent of the gain was in
1899. Illinois led in the gains, with In
diana and Ohio close seconds. Louisi
ana suffered a net loss of 782. The ap
propriations at the Indianapolis bi-ennial
in 1898 were $93,550, of which $83,892 had
been expended at the close of the fiscal
year. Subordinate lodges had been or
ganized in Hawaii, Alaska, Cuba and
Quebec. April 1, 1899, there was a bal
ance on hand of $T,052, and there has
since been received from sale of sup
plies $26,875; from grand lodge per cap
ita tax, $31,106; from subordinate lodge
per capita tax, $370, a total of $65,403.
Receipts of grand lodges were $408,590,
and, with balance on hand, the credits
were $561,210. Disbursements were $373,
539. There has been expended for re
lief $1,335,515.69, and grand domains had
on hand December 1, 1899, $1,835,451. The
total assets of the grand domains are
$9,246,130. Lodges outside of grand do
mains have expended for relief, $3,651;
have cash on hand, $4,485, and assets,
The report of the supreme master of
the exchequer shows a total of $31,372
on hand June 30, 1900.
In the sixth biennial of the Pythian
sisterhood supreme lodge the gavel was
wielded by Mrs. H. P. Libbey of Port
land, Me., supreme chancellor. In her
address she said that Maine is the ban
ner state in membership, having 2,228
members in eight assemblies. Ohio is
second. Mrs. Libbey reported the ques
tion of admission of colored women to
membership as having been disposed of
by the debarring of a colored woman
form taking the second degree after she
had passed the first.
Mrs. George W. Adams of Haverhill,
Mass., supreme keeper of records and
sela of the sisterhood, reported that
nine states have grand assemblies.
Number of assemblies 132, a gain of 32,
and an increase in membership of 2,000.
The present membership is given at
nearly 7,000.
Mrs. L. A. Small of Farmington, N.
H., mistress of exchequer, reported
some $4,500 on hand, all bills paid and
receipts for two years of about $3,300.
Attempt to Dethrone the Shah
During His Absence.
New York, Aug. 28. A: dispatch to the
Times from Paris says: - -
Your correspondent learns " from a
thoroughly well informed source that a
serious insurrection has broken out in
Persia, which may In all probability cause
the shah's visit to Europe to be curtailed.
The object of the revolt is to dethrone the
present shah, whose fondness for west
ern ideas makes him unpopular to Per
sians of the old school, and to place his
brother on the throne.-
No details have reached here so far re
garding the extent of success of this vo
lutionary movement, but a telegram an
nouncing the fact has just been handed
to the shah in Brussels.
The shah himself Is disposed to make
light of the affair, which nevertheless is
extremely grave, in view of the unsettled
state of the far east. He has every con
fidence that the precautions in view of
such a contingency which the grand vizier
took before his master started on his
European trip will prove sufficient to cope
with the situation.
The insurrection, however, has been very
carefully planned, for it has taken the
shah and his ministers completely by sur
Selected For Towne's Place on
on the Populist Ticket.
Chicago, Aug. 28. At a meeting of the
People's party national committee, the
declination of Charles A. Towne as the
vice presidential nominee of the party
was accepted and the name of Adlai E.
Stevenson was put in his place. This re
sult was obtained after a long debate be
ginning at 2 p. m. and ending about 6:30
p. m. In the beginning there were three
courses advocated by different members
of the committee, viz: To nominate a
Populist, to leave the place blank or,
lastly, to endorse Mr. Stevenson. Sena
tor Marion Butler, chairman of the com
mittee, in a warm speech of some length,
advocated leaving the place blank, con
tending that Bryan and Stevenson
-would receive more Populist votes than
if a candidate for vice president was
named. But one test vote was taken. A
motion -was made to endorse Mr. Stev
enson. For this motion Mr. Washburn,
of Massachusetts, moved, as a substi
tute, that a Populist be placed upon the
ticket. The substitute was lost on a call
of the roll by a vote of 24 ayes to 71
nays. The original motion was then
adopted by a viva voce vote. There were
124 members of the committee present or
represented by proxy. -
Bennett's New Yacht
London, Aug. 28. The steam yacht
Lysiztrata, built for James Gordon Ben
nett, proprietor of the New York Herald
by W.Denny & Brothers, on designs fur
nished by George L. Watson, was lanch
ed this morning at Dunbarampton, Scot
land. She is the largest yacht built on
the Clyde, is designed to steam 18 knots
an hoor and has the novel feature of a
straight stem. The Lysiztrata is built
of steel, has twin screws and is schooner
rigged. She is over 285 feet overall, has
39 feet 9 inches bean and her depth is 21
feet 5 inches.
Weather Indications.
Chicago, Aug; 28. Forecast for Kan
sas: Fair tonight and Wednesday; var
iable' winds.
Middle of the Road Headquarters.
Chicago, Aug. 28. The national commit
tee of the middle-of-the-road Populists
met in Chicago with eight of the 115 mem
bers present in person or by proxy. It
was decided to open national headquarters
at Louisville with National Chairman Joe
A. Parker in charge.
Captures Eergendal Which is
Styled & Strong Position.
Roberts Says His Advance is
Necessarily Slow.
Londoners Think They See the
Finish of the War.
Believe That Roth a Is Making
His Last Stand.
But Heavy Reenforcements Have
Been Ordered Out.
London, Aug. 28. Lord Roberts re
Ports, under date of Belfast, August
27, as follows:
"Our movements are slow on account
of the nature of the country. Today wa
made a satisfactory advance and met .
with decided success. The work fell
entirely to Buller's troops and resulted
in the capture of Bergendal, a very
strong position two miles northwest of
Dalmanutha. I met Buller at Bergen
dal shortly after it was reached by our
troops. I am glad to find the occupa
tion cost less than was feared, on ac
count of approach being across an open
glacis for two or three thousand yarda
and the determined stand of the enemy.
The Inniskillings and Second Rifle brig
ade formed the attacking party. The
latter suffered most. I hope the casual
ties do not exceed fifty or sixty. One
oificer was killed and two were wound
ed. A good many Boers were killed
and a pompom was captured.
"French advanced on the left to
Swartzkopjes on the Leydenburg road
and prepared the way for the move
ment of Pole-Carew's division tomor
row. "Bad en -Powell reports that he 'occu
pied Nylstroom without opposition. Aa
the country where he and Paget are
operating is dense bush and veldt it is
not desirable at the present to proceed
further north and their troops are re
turning to Pretoria."
New York, Aug. 28. Lord Roberts'
dispatches announce what many people
here take to be the begininng of the
final stage in the South African cam
paign, says the London correspondent
of the Tribune. The commander-in-chief
held a council of war with his
lieutenants, Buller, French ind Pole
Carew, on Saturday and on Sunday be
gan a general attack on General
Botha's entrenched position, on which
not much impression has been madrt.
In the preliminary operations of tho
previous few days the Boers had chopen '
a line of defense i of great natura I
strength, stronger,: in fact, than any
they have held since they fell back
from the Tugela. Their forces were dis
posed along a formidable chain of hill
country, extending over a front nearly
thirty miles, their flanks resting on
spurs of broken ground protected by
The British advance began on the
west to the north of Belfast, from
which place the Boers fell back toward
the Lydenberg road. Lord Roberts re
ports that the Boers are making a most
determined resistance In a locality well
adapted for their defensive tactics and
badly suited for cavalry movements.
Some experts think that this is really
General Botha's last stand, and that if
defeated here he will be completely
crushed. Lord Roberts' superiority in.
numbers is so great that he may prob
ably attempt to work right around the
Boers and drive them from their posi
tion by menacing their line of retreat.
To Judge from previous experience it is
unlikely that the Boers would stay long
enough to permit the manoeuvre to be
Meanwhile, the Boers are themselves
busy in endeavoring to raid Lord Rob
erts' lines of comunlcatlon, both in thra
Orange river colony and in Natal. At
Weinburg, a body of imperial yeomanry
was in difficulties under an attack of
a considerable force of Boers on last
Friday. -They were rescued by rein
forcements hastily sent up from Kroen
stad and Heilbron. On Sunday the
Boers again renewed their attack on
Weinburg, but were beaten off, leaving
among the prisoners captured by the
British Commandant Oliver, whose fa
mous march from Cape Colony through
Lord Roberts' lines to the northeast of
the Orange lliver colony was one of the
notable episodes of the spring.
To judge by the fact that heavy re
inforcements have been ordered to pre
pare to embark for South Africa in the
next few days the British war office
does not yet believe that warlike opera
tions are draw ing to a close.
May Banquet With Hamilton Club
For $10 Per Plata.
All of the state officers received
pressing invitations to attend the ban
quet of the Hamilton club In Chicago,
at which President McKinley was to be
the guest of honor. AH of the Invita
tions have been declined. A large num
ber of Kansas Republicans also re
ceived invitations about which they
said nothing, because these Invitations
are not considered exceptionally valu
able. The invitation authorizes the recipi
ent to spend $10 for a plate at the ban
quet and in addition, as a sort of pre
mium, he receives two tickets for
friends to sit in the gallery where they
can watch their benefactor eat.
Dates For Teddy's Visit to Kansas
The Republican state committee tins
been expecting Oovenor Rofievelt to -i-nr
Kansas in Octolxr. but the national com
mittee has changed the date, and the vie
presidential candidate will be in the state
September 28 and 29.
Girl Battles With a Wol
Evansville, Ind., Aug. 28. Nellie Bul
lock, aged 13, living near Gentryvill-,
Ind., had a desperate fight with a wolf
yesterday afternoon. 8he was in tht
house when she heard a noise on the
front porch, where her brother, aped ::,
and sister, aged 5, were sleeping. Rush
ing outside, she saw a wolf about t j
epring'at the throat of her brother. She
attacked the beast and after a battle of
a few seconds drove it off. Her hands
and arms were badly lacerated.

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