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LAST EDITION WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, AUGUST 29, 1900. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. ft IT IS FINISHED. Hussia Considers the lYar in China Oyer. Will Notify the Powers of Her Conclusion. CABINET IS CALLED. Meeting to Discuss the Chinese Situation. Party of Americans Reach Tien Tsin From Pekin. London, Aug. 29. A special dispatch from St. Petersburg contains the asser tion that Russia.almost immediately will notify the powers that she considers the relief of the Pekin legations as the final accomplishment of the military task of the allied forces. Washington, Aug. 29. A cabinet meet ing was called this morning at 10 o'clock. The meeting was called for the pur pose of discussing the Chinese situation, although it is said that no news of a eensational character has been received. BRAVERY OF THE JAPANESE. Yokohama. Aug. 11, via San Francisco, CaL, Aug. 29. The probability of Mar quis Ito's early accession to power with a. strong party organization behind him, Is dailv Increasing. It is felt on all hands that in thecomingreadjustment of Chinese affairs he is the one man to cope with the situation, his influence being almost as great in China as in his own country. On the retirement of the pres ent premier, Marquis Tamagata, it is rumored that the latter will be raised to the rank of prince. Japan is rejoicing over the laurels her troops are winning in China. Their feat of blowing up the gates of Tien Tsin was one of the most daring on record. The wires which were to Ignite the gun cotton refusing to work, one of the sold iers deliberately went up to the gates and applying a match was blown into atoms as the gates came down. A sec ond soldier then climbed over the inner wall and in the dim light of the morn ing opened the city to his comrades who swarmed In while the astonished Chi nese threw down their arms and fled. Japan is quietly sending more troops to China. Picked men are being dispatched to supply the constant losses. The large fleet of .transports is still in constant ser vice bearing men and supplies. PREPARING TO WINTER IN PEKIN. Tien Tsin, Aug. 24, via Taku. Aug. 27. Officers who have arrived here from Fekin report that Gen. Chaffee, com manding the American forces in China. Is makingr nil the necessary, preparation- to maintain 15,000 men through the win ter. Fifteen of the American wounded, In cluding the marines wounded during the siege of the legations, have arrived here by boat from Pekin. Captain Meyers, of the United States marine corps la suffering fronl typhoid fever and cannot be moved. A large batch of refugees are due here tomorrow. The American signal service corps, co operating with that of the British, has completed the telegraph line from Pekin to Taku. WINTER BASE AT TONG KU. Tien Tsin, Aug. 25, via Taku, Aug. 27. The commissary department is pre paring to establish an extensive winter base at Tong Ku. Lieutenant Waldron of the Ninth Uni ted States Infantry, received a serious sniping wound while patrolling at Hoo Se Woo. The Russians, Germans and Japanese are constantly pushing troops on to Pe kin. AMERICANS AT TIEN TSIN. ICopyright, 1900, by Associated Press. Tien Tsin, Aug. 25, via Taku, Aug. 27. Fifty Americans, including the Misses Condit-Smith, Woodward and Paine, have arrived here from Pekin, which city they left five days ago. TO OCCUPY PAO TING FU. Berlin, Aug. 29. According to a dis patch received here from Tien Tsin Japanese forces are understood to be now on their way from Taku to Pao Ting Fu (capital of the province or Chi Li) with the direct object of occupying the latter place. The German vice ad Czar Nicholas ?i ;i n q n ii M 21 ?! if i it u i t 4 n n :5 i 11 li PS J M - h ;! h M h ii h b a u ii n k nil n ii ii n Ifhv . III Iff 11 iff P rl I a is II U 4 II il li 5 fi ' J ' i a H !! 11 l V' H r , 'J u ? h if If ri n U i ;'.- J f I f I! hit it H II f! I lv i 'y I H rl j'i ii i f h I ii M h Kt"- . 4 J I tl 1 If U ill! I m 1 u h : i it h i U m m I w us H 1 S1.. ; 1 - 5 4,J" . ( ,iif- - s 7 ,fhe c,za,r .!s reported to have declared that the mission of Uc allied armies ended with the fall or Pekin. ' auiea miral at Taku reports the arrival at Pekin August 22 of a German convoy with provisions. The railway from Tien Tsin to Yang Tsun is working but from the latter place to Pekin the road is in bad shape. APPLAUD CHAFFEE. London, Aug. 29. The afternoon pa pers doubt that the rumors of peace negotiations are well founded and ap plaud General Chaffee's prudence In pre paring for a winter campaign, as they regard the activity of the allies at Pekin and the difficulty of discovering a re sponsible Chinaman with whom to treat unless Li Hung Chang is able to place himself In communication with the fugi tive court and secure credentials satis factory to all the powers as Indications that the solution of the problem will be more prolonged and more difficult than previously hoped. UP THE YANG TSE KIANG. Paris, Aug. 9. Admiral Correjolos ca bles that he is sending a gunboat from Shanhai to ascend the Yang Tse Kiang. BUSY WITH CHINESE PROBLEM. Washington, Aug. 29. The calling of a special cabinet meeting for this morn ing to consider the latest developments in the Chinese situation following a mid night conference last night and several similar conferences with Secretary Root and Mr. Adee within the last two days, emphasizes the amount of attention the president is devoting to this trouble some topic. It is understood that the government is better advised than it was yesterday as to certain important elements of the Pekin muddle. Baron Speck von Sternburg, the Ger man charge, saw Acting Secretary Adee this mornng and it Is understood his purpose was to talk over the question of U Hung Chang's credentials. One ef fect of Germany's refusal to accept LI as plenipotentiary will be to delay peace negotiations at least until Field Mar shal Waldersee"s arrival In China, sev eral weeks hence. This fact is not contemplated with equanimity by our government, the pres ident being desirous of terminating the present unsatisfactory state of affairs in china as soon as this can be done with honor and security, and providing the objects laid down in his various notes can be attained, he will consider that the United States has performed Its duty from a military point of view. There fore if our government can find some re sponsible person with whom to conclude an agreement and such an agreement can be arranged on a basis that will ful ly conserve the rights of the United States without infringing upon those of the other powers, a speedy withdrawal of the United States troops from China may be expected and it is entirely pos sible that Field Marshal Count Walder see will not after all, exercise command over any American troops in China. Beyond a short message relative to the situation at Amoy which is still regard ed as threatening, the state department had nothing to make public this morn ing. The diplomatic rather than the military situation, it still regarded as of supreme Importance. Again. Mr. Wu, the Chinese minister was an early caller at the state department. He was much disturbed in mind over the reiterated report that the foreign admirals are go ing to restrain Earl Li's liberty of com municating with his own government. The minister was indignant at the report and was much comforted by the. assur ance he had from Acting Secretary Adee that the report was probably an old one referring to the conditions that existed at Taku before the beginning of the march on Pekin. The minister was very strongly of the opinion that any renewed attempt to interfere with Li Hung Chang cither in his movements or in his communications with the imperial gov ernment would prove most disastrous in its effect upon the earnest efforts now being made by the viceroys as well as by the imperial government itself, he said, to terminate the present hostilities in China. It is stated at the war department that preparations are being made for wintering 5,000 United States troops in China. The report that Gen. Chaffee was arranging to winter 15.000 troops probably originated before the general was informed that the troops on the way to China had been diverted at Nagasaki to Manila. These arrangements are made in order to guard against a failure of peace negotiations. TWO CABINET SESSIONS. Washington, Aug. 29. A special meet ing of the cabinet was held at the White House this morning at 10 o'clock. At 1:20 p. m., after having been in session over three hours, the members separated to meet again at 2:30. The meeting was attended by all the cabinet members in the city. Secretary Gage.Secretary Root, Postmaster General Smith, Secretary Hitchcock arid Secretary Wilson. In ad dition, Acting Secretary of State Adee was present. It is very unusual for an assistant secretary to attend cabinet (Continued on Sixth Page.) of Russia. i 1 U U I ihh U I It h M WW 1 BUSINESSBEGINS Annual Meeting of the Grand Army Called to Order. Mayor Harrison Welcomes the Teterans to Chicago. GEN. SHAW REPLIES. Illinois Welcome Extended by Department Commander. Session Closes and a Reception Is Held. Chicago, Aug. 29. In Studebaker hall this morning the veterans of the G. A. R., who yesterday marched In parade, turned their attention to matters of bus iness. The annual meeting was formal ly called to order at 10:30 by Commander-in-Chief Shaw. The hour originally set for the meeting was 10 o'clock, but so many of the old soldiers were late in answering the roll call that it was found Impossible to commence on time. General Shaw announced that tha meeting would be opened with prayer by Chaplain Grimm. The audience arose and remained standing during the prayer. Mayor Harrison then came to the front of the rostrum to formally wel come the soldiers to Chicago. His ad dress was happily received. Commander-in-Chief Shaw of the Grand Army replied to Mayor Harrison .for the members of his organization, ex pressing the thanks of the army for the hospitality shown them. His address was as follows: The comrades of the Grand Army are deeply touched by the splendor of Chi cago's welcome and the wealth of her boundless hospitality. Your eloquent vords find an echo in every heart before you, and over all this broad land they will charm and delight the aging heroes of other times and other scenes, when avar's hard sacrifices filled the nation with mourning. Such unexcelled evi dences of the patriotism and apprecia tive gratitude of your citizens, as we see on every hand on this great occasion of the thirty-fourth encampment touches us almost to tears, for it is 'sweet to be remembered.' On behalf of the Grand Army of the Republic I thank you from a full heart for your noble hospitality, and through you the citizens of this famous city, for the bright days prepared for the many thousands who bore the burden of war in the saving of the nation to full liberty in the sixties. Over all the wide borders of our united and happy country the sweet music of concord and commerce fall upon the ear, gladdening all hearts and pro moting a concord as beautiful as it is gratifying from every standpoint of citi zenship and national glory. We now have one emblem of our nation's peace and power, and under it lies the promising destiny Lincoln prophesied when 600,OU.000 of free and happy people should possess our land. Flag of the seas! On ocean wave Thy stars shall glitter o'er the brave. Flag of the brave! Thy folds shall fly The signal of hope and triumph high. And may the blessings of Almighty God rest upon all our people henceforth. As General Shaw resumed his seat, J. M. Longnecker, commander of the depart ment of Illinois, arose to greet the vet ernas in behalf of the soldiers of Illinois. He made a happy little speech, which evoked much applause. General Louis Wagner, who responded for the members of the army, was no less felicitous in his reply, expressing the gratitude of his com rades to the men of Illinois. This closed the meeting of the morning, as immedi ately after the conclusion of General Wagner's address Commander Longneck er, Mayor Harrison and General Shaw held an informal reception lasting half an hour. AFTERNOON SESSION. The convention reassembled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and this time there were no preliminaries. The busi ness was opened at once by General Shaw, who read his annual report which was in part as follows: Comrades: The honor conferred by my unanimous election as your commander-in-chief one year ago, placed me at the head of the greatest patriotic or ganization in the world, and it has been my ambition to worthily discharge the manifold duties of this great office. To this end I have devoted all my time to the demands of the position in the en deavor to make good my promise made on entering upon the work that I would try and make "a busy year among com rades." My first official act was to send out a fraternal circular letter to the comrades of the nation, calling upon them to unite in an earnest effort to build up our membership through prudent and wise consideration of the claims of comrade ship. Special reference was made to the "dropped" and "suspended" members, and the need of Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty, In the largest sense, in the line of securing the aid and comfort of all veterans of The Great War. The result of this appeal has been most gratifying as a whole. Department commanders, aides-de-camp, and faith ful comrades have , done much to strengthen our noble order, through per sonal efforts In behalf of this great or ganization. THE PENSION QUESTION. Your administration from the first re garded the pension question as one of paramount importance, and to its con sideration brought the best available re sources of the order. It was believed that unless wise and desirable amend ments were secured to the act of June 27, 1S90, during the year, there would be grave doubts whether these could ever be obtained. With this view of the situation a plan of campaign was early agreed upon, and the work begun. Your commander-in-chief appealed to the public conscience of the nation in two addresses one delivered in New York and the other in Washington in behalf of right and righteousness concerning the pension problem and demanding the fulfillment of the pledged faith of the people in all pension matters. These addresses were widely distributed and vitho-;t'lTiuch expense to our organiza tion. .The result ot "llio ' ; uhlication of the addresses was a deepen'; 'est in this much discussed problem. Your pen sion committee formulated such amend ments as bore out the recommendations of the thirty-third national encamp ment, and pressed them upon the atten tion of the congress with resolute cour age and unfailing dignity and earnest ness. To keep alive the interest in this work, your commander-in-chief made a tour of visitations through southern, de partments and constantly pressed to the front the objects sought In the legisla tion In question. The claim made, was that our pension laws were most liberal and In the main satisfactory, and that the complaints made were generally against their Interpretation by those .charged with their execution. To avoid Irritation of an unhappy sort, amend ments were thought necessary so as to make clear the meaning of our pension laws, beyond the changing rules estab lished for executing them by different officials. PENSION COURT OP APPEALS. The fact that different rules and dif ferent Interpretations of the same laws have been established In the execution of pension legislation, makes It clearly apparent that a pension court of ap peals should be provided, so as to in sure the fair and impartial judicial set tlement of all disputed claims for pen sions, in a competent court specially authorized to deal with such cases. Your administration brought this sub ject to the attention of the president of the United States, and submitted a bill for its consideration to carry into effect the recommendations made to him as detailed in a letter accompanying the same. It was afterwards decided to pre sent the bill to congress and it was in troduced in both the senate and the house of representatives in the closing days of the last session, too late to be acted upon. This proposed bill provides what is believed to be ample ways and means for promptly and satisfactorily adjudicating the more than 14,000 ap peal cases now pending and in a way just to applicants and to the govern ment. The full details of this measure were submitted to congress when the bill was introduced, and to this interest ing data reference i3 made for an in telligent understanding of this most Im portant proposed legislation. In view of the conceded justice and need of this measure by leading jurists of the coun try, comrades are urgently requested to do all in their power to secure its early passage by congress. The time has come for promptly dis posing of all appeal cases in the pension office before a Judicial tribunal worthy of the veterans who saved this Republic to full freedom In the 60's. From a care ful consideration of the whole subject your commander-in-chief feels that the early passage of this pension court of appeals bill would relieve public men from a vast amount of letter writing and secure prompt justice to all appli cants for a pension, and place the pen sion department on a basis of legal ad judication of pension cases, at once gen erally satisfactory and commandingly just to all interests concerned. Gen erous pension laws are one thing, and their proper and legal execution is quite another matter as the action of the pension office furnishes abundant proof during the past few years. What is needed, beyond doubt. Is a pension court of appeals to provide in terpretations of the law in a competent court, with high judicial functions, so that there shall hereafter be no grounds for charging that political consideration of party policy, or the personal ldiosyncracies of pension officials per vert the true purpose of the pension laws from being impartially carried out. Your commander-in-chief has given this proposed measure his hearty support, and regards it as among the most use ful and most desirable pension measures ever introduced in congress. It should early become a law, and so settle for all time to come, the constantly arising ir ritations and com;ii.-ints in the. line of pension applicants. And this proposed court should be desirable in settling claims for pensions under the Spanish American war and any future wars. MEMORIAL DAY. Profoundly impressed with the weak ening way Memorial Day is being ob served in the element of games and diversions of one sort or another which are more and more coming into view, your commander-in-chief strongly recom mends that it fall on the last Sunday in May. If this change is made it is be lieved from wide consultations and in terchange of views that, that the holy Sabbath day will preserve it from the desecrations which now largely pervert the tender associations of this unique Memory Day from its original significa tion. OFFICIAL REPORTS. Following the address of General Shaw came a long list of reports sub mitted by the minor officials and the various committees of the organiza tions. The reports read were those of the executive committee, council of administration. Adjutant General Stewart, Quartermaster General Atkin son, Surgeon General Baker, Chaplain-in-Chief Grimm, Judge Advocate Gen eral Torrance, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Robbins, Junior . "Vice Commander-in-Chief Minton, Custodian Holcomb, Inspector General Cummins, committee on legislation of veterans in public service and of the committee on pension legislation. The report of Adjutant General Thos. J. Stewart was In part as follows: The total membership of the Grand Army of the Republic in good standing June 30, 1899. was 6,905 posts, with a mem bership of 2S7.981: on December 31. 1S99, 7,072 posts, with a membership of 287.368; on June 30, 1900. 6,778 posts, with a mem bership of 276,662. The gains and losses for the twelve months ending June 30, laOO, are as follows: RECAPITULATION. Members In good standing June 30, lbOO 2S7.9S1 Gains by muster in 8.901 Gains by transfer 4,123 Gains by reinstatement 11,937 Gains from delinquent re ports 6,515 31,476 Aggregate 319,457 Loss by death 7,790 Loss by honorable discharge, 983 Loss by transfer - 3,958 Loss by suspension 18,189 Loss by dishonorable disch'ge, 174 Loss by delinquent reporta. .. 10,956 Loss by surrender of chafer, 745 42,795 Members in good standing June 30, 1900 276,662 Members remaining suspended June 30, 1900 29.' Total born on rolls 306,136 Reports received from departments show 9,669 members were dropped from rolls, having been previously sus pended. Unusual interest has been manifested in our order during the past year. Com rades have been more active than for some years heretofore. The losses from all causes reported during the last twelve months have been . 11.319 less than In any year since 1893. The death rate has increased from 2.78 in 1899 to 2.S0 in 1900. Upon "receipts and expenditures" the report says: There has been a marked increase in the sale of supplies; this, however, is spasmodic and will not continue. The sale of supplies in 1899 was $5,149; in the year that closes with this encamp ment the sale of supplies has been $6, 231. The per capita tax, however, con tinues to be less in amount with each year. The aggregate of total receipts for the year ending with the encamp ment in 1900 is $13,339 an increase of $832 this year over last. The expense account is $1,887 greater for the year 1900 than for that of 1S99, and this does not include any salary whatever for the adjutant general. Another item of ex pense which Is not included is that of (Continued on Sixth Page.) END OF TAX SALES County Commissioners Abolish the Old System. No One But Owner Can Redeem Property. TO HAVE THREE TEARS At End of That Time County May Sell. " Change a Good Thing For Tax Payers. The county commissioners have de cided to abolish the annual tax sales and to have the county treasurer bid In all land to be sold for taxes In the name of the county. The county treasurer has had printed 2,500 tax certificates to use at the an nual sale which was to have been held next Tuesday morning at the treasurer's office when about 500 pieces of Shawnee county land with unpaid taxes amounting to about $25,000 were to be sold. The action of the commissioners was formed in the following resolution passed Tuesday af ternoon: Aug. 28, 1900. Resolved, That this county adopt and accept the provisions of the acts of the legislature of 1891 entitled "An act reg ulating the sale of real estate for de linquent taxes in such counties as shall adopt the provisions of this act. T. P. RODGERS, Secretary. The sections of the act regulating the sale are as follows: "It shall be the duty of the county treasurer to bid off in the name of the county all lands advertised for sale for taxes, for the amount of the taxes and the charges thereon, and no bids shall be received by said county treasurer. "In all counties adopting the provis ions of this act, the county treasurer shall not accept from any person or per sons, except the owner, his heirs, ex ecutors, administrators, assigns, or any mortgagee of real estate sold for taxes or his assigns, the sum of money equal to the cost of redemption at that time, for any tract of land or town lot sold for taxes, and shall not give any person except the owner, his heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or any mort gagee of real estate sold for taxes, or his assigns, a certificate showing that said lands had been redeemed; but all the lands so bid off by the county for taxes shall be held by the county until the expiration of three years from the date of sale, subject only to the right of the owner, his heirs, administrators, as signs, and mortgagee of real estate sold for taxes, or his assigns, to redeem the same; and if at the end of three years from the date of sale, said lands shall not have been rtdeemed, the board of county commissioners of said county shall then dispose of said lands under the general provisions of the law in force." The board of county commissioners in 1892 discussed the matter of adopting the act and after writing to ail the counties in the state and finding that about 75 per cent did not adopt the act it was de cided not to adopt it. The commissioners have resolved to adopt the povisions of the act in order that the county mav receive the benefit of the 15 per cent paid on delinquent taxes. Heretofore the in dividuals who have bought up the tax certificates have received the interest. The new way of handling the sale of such lands may be a detriment to the loan companies as they can not take an assignment of tax certificates to protect their interests when taxes on property are In default. When the loan compa nies are compelled to redeem taxes on a receipt their only recourse is to fore close. Under the previous way they got tax certificates which drew interest. With the new way there may be a good many properties go to the county at the end of the three years that might other wise go to Individuals. The new manner of handling delin quent taxe3 may be hard on the mort gagors of property with delinquent taxes as foreclosures may follow as the loan companies can not bid in the tax certif icates on the property. The general rev enue account may be short for a time and the treasurer may have to stamp warrants "not paid for want of funds" as the new way of handling the delin quent taxes means that the county must have the money on hand to pay the taxes on the land bought in by the coun ty. It depends upon the amount re deemed. The commissioners have taken the ac tion in hopes that it will benefit the county. If It is found that it does not the action can be reversed at any time according to the provisions of the stat ute. In speaking of the new way of handling the delinquent taxes Assistant County Treasurer W. S. Eberlee said: "With the new way the county is ex pected to get the benefit of the 15 pep cent interest instead of its going to the individuals. This may be a good thing to the tax payers. It may be hard on the loan companies and mortgagees. When loan companies take assignment of tax certificates they often carry them for the mortgagor at 8 and 10 per cent interest which saves the mortgagor the difference between that and 15 per cent interest. About 75 per cent of de linquent tax lands are mortgaged." Most of the western Kansas counties have adopted the provisions of the act. Many persons interested claim that it does. not work to the interests of the counties and that after the three years have elapsed the counties -are at last glad to throw off the interest of thi taxes of the land that can not be sold and to even discount the taxes accrued. PRIZE FIGHT BULLETINS. The last big prize fight to be held be fore the expiration of the Horton law permitting glove contests in New York, will take place tomorrow evening at Madison Square Garden between James J. Corbett, former heavy weight cham pion and "Kid" McCoy. The State Jour nal will bulletin the fight by rounds with the assistance of the Associated Press, which will flash the details directly into the State Journal office. The fight will probably begin about 9 p. m., Topeka time. Venetian Anarchist Arrested. Buda Pest, Aug. 29. Guiseppe Tomasio, a Venetian, who is believed to have been an accomplice of Luigi Lucheni in the assassination of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, has been arrested here. He was seen with Lucheni shortly before the as sassination, but disappeared. He has been living here under the name of Josef Gres. 9,000 KMGHTS. Participate in tha Parade of the K. of P. Military Division. Detroit, Aug. 29. The military divis ion of the order of the Knights of Pyth ias did itself proud in Its biennial parade and 4he vast crowds who witnessed the pageant gave enthusiastic approval all along the line of march. Nine thousand uniformed and iielmeted knights and musicians' marched In rapid and orderly manner over the route of five miles, and were officially reviewed first by Supreme Chancellor Sample and before dismissal by Major General Carnahan, comman der of the uniformed rank. The Ohio brigade, with more than 2, 000 men in line, was the leader In point of numbers. Indiana came next in size, and Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michi gan were also leaders. Very few states were wholly unrepresented. All traffic in the down town streets through which the parade passed was suspended, street cars were stopped, and on Woodward avenue where the throngs massed most thickly, ropes were stretch ed along the sidewalks leaving the broad avenue clear. The only drawback was lack of horses. All the headquarters and most of the brigade officers were well mounted, but a considerable number of the regimental field officers were afoot, the local committee having failed to pro vide horses enough. BRESCI SENTENCED. Short Work Made of King Hum bert's Slayer. Milan, Aug. 29. The trial of Breaci.the anarchist, who on July 29, shot and kill ed King Humbert of Italy at Monsa while his majesty was returning from a gymnastic exhibition, opened here today. An Immense crowd of people gathered about the court from early morning seeking admission to the court room where only a few places were reserved for the ticket holding public The hear ing began at 9 o'clock. Bresci sat in the dock calm and al most Indifferent. His counsel,' Signor Martelli, head of the Milan bar and the anarchist writer, Signor Morlino, made requests on various grounds for an ad journment, which were refused. It is said that Bresci wrote to the judges de claring he would not reply to the Inter rogatory. While the indictment, which was very long, was being read, Bresci was appar ently unmoved and scanned the faces of the audience without any signs of fear or effrontery. The indictment showed that the assassin indulged In Incessant target practice and that he prepared bullets so as to render them more dan gerous. The witnesses were then introduced. There were eleven for the prosecution and five for the defense. The examina tion of Bresci followed. He declared he decided to kill King Humbert after the events of Milan and Sicily, "to avenge the misery of the peo ple and my own." . He added, "I acted without advice or accomplices." The prisoner admitted the target prac tice and the preparation of bullets. He spoke in a low, firm voice and said he fired three shots at three yards with his revolver. Two wooden targets were here placed on the table before the judges. Two hours suspension of the court en sued and then the witnesses were heard. A brigadier of gendarmes, Salvatori, recapitulated the story of the assassina tion of the king. He said he saved Bresci from the crowd, who nearly lynched the assassin. Bresci when rescued was covered with blood. General Avogadro Des Contes Di Quinto, the king's aide-de-camp, who was with his majesty, when the latter was killed, recounted how the king was shot, saying that the king tried to reply to a question of the witness after the crime. His majesty started: 'I truly think ." The king stopped In the middle of the sentence and said 'yes' and then expired. The testimony of Witnesses Galimbert and Oliviers did not adduce any new facts. The royal groom, Lupl, deposed that he seized Bresci by the throat. A wit ness named Ramella. who lodged with Bresci and a friend three days prior to the crime, said the prisoner was always perfectly calm. Bresci, at the close of the trial, was pronounced guilty and was sentenced to Imprisonment for life. ROOSEYELT BUSY Preparing For His "Western Speaking Tour. New York, Aug. 29. Governor Roose velt is busy at his Oyster Bay home making the final arrangements for his trip through the west. He said today that he would come to New York Friday morning, spend the day there and go to Albany in the evening. Saturday night he will leave for Chicago. He will leave Chicago Monday night for Saratoga, and will attend the Republican convention there Tuesday. Either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning early he will start for Detroit. MORE PLAGUE. Two Girls and a Boy Stricken in Glasgow. Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 29. Twogirls and a boy, members of isolated fami lies, have fallen victims of the bubonlo plague, though the medical authorities assert that the attacks are less virulent than in the cases which have already proved fatal. In the event of a further spread of the disease, Glasgow shipping will probably be quarantined. He Wants to Be President Bayamo, province of Santiago de Cuba. Aug. 29. At Manzanillo yesternay General Bartolome Maso declined the nomination for delegate to the convention, in spite of the great pressure brought to bear on him, claiming that it would identify him with some political party, and that his acceptance would defeat his ambitions for the presidential nomination to which' he aspires. Nominated For Congress. St. Charles. Mo.. Auk. 29. Hon. T. S. Flagg, of Pike county, has been nominated tor congress Dy tne Aepuoncans ot the Ninth district. Weather Indications. Chicago, Aug. 29. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair tonight and probably Thurs day: warmer in west portion tonight. continued warm Thursday; southerly winds. FIRST TOJCORL Clay County Instructs For Sen ator Harris' Re-election. His Term Does Not Expire For Two Tears. DEMOCRATS ALSO ACT. Their Convention Endorses the Course of the Senator. News of Interest Concerning Politics and Politicians. The Democrats and Populists of Clay county were the first to declare for the re-election of United States Senator .W. A. Harris at the expiration of his pres ent term in 1903. A senator la to be chosen at the legislature of 1901, next January, and the term now held by Mr. Harris expires two years thereafter. The Clay county Populists endorsed! Mr. Harris by the adoption of the fol lowing resolution: "Resolved, That we endorse the acta of W. A. Harris, our United States senator, and call special attention to his efforts in saving millions to the peo ple of the nation In the collection of tha Union Pacific debt alone; and we here by Instruct our candidate for state sen ator to work and vote for his re-election In 1903." This early declaration for Mr. Harris, two and one-half years before his time for re-election, Is in advance, of the ac tion of other counties of the state, bu in view of tha fact that the senate, which is elected this fall, holds for four years, the members who next January vote for United States senator, will bave the same office to perform two years thereafter. So, if the Clay county senatorial candidate be elected this year he will have two votes during his term of office. Clay and Dickinson. counties are Irv the same senatorial district. Should E. C. Little enter the race, the action of Clay qounty would embarrass him be cause it's an unwritten political law that a man seeking this office should have the support of the legislative members from his own district. The Clay county Democrats adopted the following endorsement of Mr. Harris: "Notwithstanding the fact that Kan sas has two United States senators, so far as heard from W. A. Harris only, has intelligently represented the people of this state, and for his advocacy of measures which have become laws mil lions of dollars have been saved to the people. "We demand his re-election two years hence and instruct our nominee for state senator, C. B. Hoffman, if elected, to use all honorable means for his re election at that time." The Populists endorsed the Republi can congress by adopting the following: "We approve the action of congress in. refusing Roberts, the polygamist, a seat in its halls; and while we rejoice at this as a mark of moral progress yet we are reminded that under our present Republican administration we have an nexed lands wherein slavery and tha harem still exist. And we deplore tha fact that our president, the partner of Providence, should sanction those twin evils, forbidden by the constitution and! the laws,, by guaranteeing to the Sulii their slaves and their concubines. W believe that the five thousand doilarsl paid by us annually to support tha king's harem In the Sulu islands couldi have been used, and should have beeni used. In the United States to a better purpose." ROOSEVELT MISSES TOPEKA. Capital City Not Included in Bear Platform Itinerary. Morton Albaugh, chairman ot tha Re publican state committee has returned from Chicago where he planned, with the national committee, the Roosevelt trii through Kansas. Of the arrangemenC made Chairman Albaugh says: "Oovernor Roosevelt will be In Kansas September 2S and 29. He will enteiS Kansas from Colorado on the Rock Isl- anJ -U'lll BTIPfllf frOTTI the TeB.T Dlat- form of a special train, starting in at TV- Ctr,na will i TT1 ot 1 ' h 1 1 1 i FI J - burg. Smith Center, Mankato, Belleville, Clyde, Clay Center ana Mannattan. At Manhattan the special will be trans T"nt(m T;i rl fin fop Salinaj and short stops will be made at Junction City and Abilene. "From Salina the train will run ta Hutchinson, reaching there at 8:30 p. m., where Governor Roosevelt will ad dress the state encampment of the G. A I Tha fnllrtwlnff HaV will Vl it )PT1 F on the special In southeastern Kansas but the itinerary has not yet Deen ar ranged." BOL.TER IS NOMINATED. Fuslonists Name Ex-Republican For State Senator. There were three aspirants for state senator nominated Tuesday. R. B. Ward, Republican, was renominated by the Republicans of Cloud and Republic counties. Mr. Ward Is a member of tha present senate. He lives at Belleville. Charles Shaffer of Harvey county was named by the Fusionists of Harvey and McPherson counties for senator In a convention held at Mound Ridge. J. T. Cooper, who fof several years was paid by the people of Wilson county for serving as clerk of the district court, having been elected by the Republicans, was nominated for senator by the Fu sionists in the Thirteenth district com posed of Neosho and Wilson counties. Cooper until recently has been an active Republican, Parsons McKinley Club. The Republicans of Parsons have or ganized a McKinley club, the following officers having been elected: President, W. A. Martin; vice presidents. A. M. Sauber, W. L. Bartlett, J. M. Birt. ani L. S. Boyer; secretary, W. J. Crossau; treasurer, J. M. Gregory. Marshall FusionSsta. The fusionists of Marshall county in a convention held at Marysville nominate. I the following ticket: State senator. M. M. Haskins; clerk district court, Frank Bell; county superintendent, M. M. Schmidt; probate judge, George T. Em mert; county attorney, John A. Brough ton; commissioner Second district, M. I Dunc&a.