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LAST EDITION. FRIDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, AUGUST 31, 1900. FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. Hi BOXERS TRAPPED. Two Thousand Chinese Reform ers Inyited to a Feast And Slaughtered hy Order of Taotai of Tsang Chow. MUCH RECRIMINATION. Eescued and llescuers at Pekin in a Quarrel. Each Party is Finding Fault With the Other. Germany is Sending Nine More Warships to China. (Copyright, 1900, the Associated Press.) Taku, Aug. 28, via Shanghai, Aug. 30. An intercepted letter written by the viceroy at Pao Ting Fu, who command ed at Tien Tsin during the fighting there, complains that the boxers are overrunning the country southwest of Tien Tsin, particularly the cities on the grrand canal, despising the officials who at first countenanced them, and looting and killing the enemies of their organ ization, and fighting the imperial troops. The gates of Pao Ting Fu are kept closed, and the people inside are suf fering, the boxers practically besieging the place. The viceroy reports that the taotai of the city of Tsang Chow, on the canal, invited two thousand boxers to a feast, and that while the boxers were eating and their weapons were stacked the im perial soldiers by his orders fell upon them and slaughtered all of them. There is much recrimination between the foreigners besieged in Pekin and the members of the relieving force. Offi cers say that the besieged sent out alarming reports and that the condition of the foreigners was never one of such extremities as the official dispatches represented. The foreigners, they as pert, could have resisted indefinitely. The besieged accuse the generals of timidity and of exaggerating the Chi nese opposition. They think a much smaller army mierht have made the march and relieved them months sooner. Looting at Pekin proceeds industrious ly and openly. The officers of every na tion except the Americans ignore the repressive order and all the allies ridi cule the Americans for their absten tion. Missionary Green, of the China inland mission, his sister, wife and their two children, who were for some time held as prisoners by the boxers at Hsing Han Sien, near Pao Ting Fu, were well treated. A company of Chinese Cath olics have held a town near Pao Ting Fu for three months against the boxers and imperial troops. The officials have offered large sums for their capture. TO GUARD THE GATES. Tokohama, Aug. 31. General Tama guchi, commanding the Japanese troops in China, reports that a meeting of foreign ministers and commanders has decided to maintain guards at the gates of the imperial city, entrusting the south gates to the Americans, while the Jap anese hold three others. It waa also decided to commemorate the occupation of Pekin by a march of the allied troops through the imperial city, August 28. Many of the eunuch guards hav left the palace and have surrendered them-f-lves. The inmates of the palace have been assured that they will be treated with every consideration. Five com panies of troops from the Japanese garrison at Tapiah, island of Formosa, started Tuesday for Amoy. NINE GERMAN WARSHIPS. Berlin, Aug. 31. In response to an ap peal from the Germans in Hankow, Emperor William wired the German consul there as follows: "Tell the German trading community, in answer to their telegram, that pro tection for the Yang Tse valley will be provided on the arrival of nine warships now on the way to China," NEWSPAPERS SUPPRESSED. Hong- Kong, Aug. 31. The acting- vice roy of Canton has suppressed all of the native newspapers, on the grounds that they ha-e been publishing false news detrimental to peace. RUSSIANS ARE BUST. St. Petersburg, Aug. 31. General Lin evitch, commanding the Russian troops at the Chinese capital, reports from Pekin under date of August 20, that the Russian detachment on the previous day captured without loss the imperial Bummer palace. The Russian artillery men have also unearthed at Pekin thirty cannon and many rifles. A large quantity of silver was found at the tsung li yamen. NEGOTIATIONS AT A STANDSTILL. Washington, Aug. 31. The Chinese negotiations remain at the same point that they occupied yesterday. It is stated that no conclusion has been reached as to the last phase, namely, the Russian proposition of withdrawal. As to the proposition to recognize Li Hung Chang as an envoy, the negotiations re main at a standstill, no conclusion hav ing been reached. There Is, however reason to believe that the way has been opened for the settlement of this later question at the proper time on the basis of the Japanese proposition which is irat H. ,HunS Chang be reinforced by Prince Ching and the vicerovs of the two great southern provinces. Nanking and Hankow. As it is pretty well understood that these three officials are progressive in their sentiments and strongly inclined to make peace on any terms, the in fluence of Li Hung Chang, even if sin ister, would be counteracted. Minister Conger's report that Prince Ching is coming to Pekin may be re garded as an indication that the Jap anese proposals stands a good chance of meeting with the approval of all the powers. As to Li Hung Chang's where abouts the state department knows nothing but assumes he is still in Shang hai. A man of his rank could scarcely conceal his movements. It is pointed out that foreign admirals would find it an impossible task to re strain Li Hung Chang from communi cating with the imperial court. He could easily make his way overland from Shanghai through a country entirely outside of foreign occupation to Tati Tun Fu, the capital of the province of Shari Si where the court is reported to have taken up its abode. The same route also is open to messengers between Li Hung Chang and the empress dowager, so that it would not be easy to restrain his freedom of communication. No dispatches were received over night from Minister Conger or any of the offi cer of the state or war department from China except a short message relative to the wounding of Lieutenant Waldron. The department had last evening a mes sage from Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai, but it consisted merely or a report by the consul general that the Japanese consul at Shanghai had con veyed to him the same information rela tive to the withdrawal of Japanese forces from Amoy as had been com municated to the state department yes terday by the Japanese legation here. The department this morning made public the proposal of Russia to with draw troops from Pekin and the answer of this government thereto. BRITISH ARE JEALOUS. London, Aug. 31. The afternoon papers today appear to be perplexed at the Americo-Russian accord to secure the prompt evacuation of Pekin. They point out how completely this upsets preconceived notions of the grouping of the powers on the Chinese questions and the consensus or London editorial opinion is that the proposals are an tagonistic to British interests and that the allies should remain in Pekin until the Chinese government is re-established and the ring leaders of the pres ent uprising are punished. The Globe seizes the opportunity to indulge in unfriendly criticism, accusing the United States of breaking the con cord of the powers and playing into the hands of Russia against Great Britain, by supporting the suggestion of the em ployment of Li Hung Chang, who the paper declares is notoriously hostile to Great Britain and friendly to Russia. The Globe urges that the British gov ernment oppose to the uttermost the idea of the evacuation of Pekin, in tHiich course the paper adds it will be supported by Emperor William of Ger many. AT PILGRIM'S REST. President Kruger Has Estab lished Sew Headquarters. London, Aug. 31. Lord Roberts, under date of Belfast, August 29, reports to the war office as follows: "Buller telegraphs from Helvetia that only a few of the enemy are there and that this morning French's and Pole Carew's forces will move on their flank. The advance of Dundonald's mounted troops on their front caused them .to abandon a very strong position. The country thus cleared, our troops moved eastward. The South African lighthorse, after little opposition entered Waterval hoven, and drove the remnant of the en emy through the town. "French s'column reached Doornhoek, overlooking Watervalonder with slight opposition. Dundonald, with Strath- cona s horse is further near Nooit Gadacht. We have occupied Waterval hoven and Watervaldon. Buller reports that Nooit Gadacht is apparently de serted, except by British prisoners, who are passing in a continuous stream up the line towards Watervalonder. No Boers are visible. The natives report that Kruger and all the commandoes left yesterday for Pilgrims Rest. French reports the railway intact as far as Watervalonder except for a small bridge near the station, which has been destroyed." INNES SENDS HIS PICTURE Bandmaster Presents John Marshall With a Late Photograph. F. N. Innes, the band leader, who will bring his band to Topeka this season, is a personal friend of Mr. J. B. Marshall, director of Marshall's band of this city. He has given Mr. Marshall one of his latest pictures. It has just been receiv ed in Topeka and is on display in one of the down town music store windows. It is a handsome photograph about 13x16 inches in size enclosed in a frame 20x30 inches. The following appears on the upper left-hand corner of the picture in Mr. Innes' handwriting: "To J. B. Marshall, Topeka, Kansas. Compliments of F. N. Innes, Atlantic City, August 3, 1900." HATE POOR MEMORIES. Joint Cases Go the Same Old Routine in Police Court. S. Kline and H.Hollis were tried in the police court Thursday afternoon on the charge of selling liquor and were both discharged. A few witnesses were call ed in the case and they proved to be the same old don't remember kind. They testified that beer was sold in the joint and that is sufficient to order the liquor captured there destroyed. Hollis was also charged with exposing goods for sale on Sunday which is a vio lation of the city ordinance, and on this charge he was found euiltv and fined $50. The witnesses in this case said they looked through a hole in the door and saw men standing before the bar drink ing something but they could not say what it was. They could see the money change hands, however, and there was sufficient evidence to prove the violation or tne ordinance. BOARDING HOUSE QUARREL Boarder Arrested and He Retaliates by Replevin of His Effects. Henry Herr has been arrested on a warrant Issued from the city court upon the complaint of Mary L. Groves, charg ing him with assault. The Groves family keep a boarding house at 125 East Tenth avenue. Why the trouble occurred was not stated but immediately after the arrest Herr ap peared in court and replevined his goods at the boarding house. He listed his ef fects and among other thinsg mentioned a guitar, trunk, hat, satchel and night gown. Prisoners in a Fight. Simon Tnnaa fn 1 fir-nd n ,1 T , , Vi n T, Vilr. . - " ...... rpn nriBATioMin t 1 oitw ! 1 1 oil . ..- t 4 . . fight yesterday afternoon. Dahlgren's " ti 1 vi iui almost oix ana jones was injured by the reopening of a wound on his arm which h mffl v-.,1 in o -.i,- r v. Kate Parish. Dr. Hogaboom was called io attena to mem and had to sew up both wounds. K. C. Firemen Entertained. London. Aug. 31. The detachment of the Kansas City firemen on their way home from the Paris exposition, visited Windsor this morning and made a tour of the castle. Subsequently they lunched witn tne mayor at the Guild hall. Republicans Nominate Ex-Democrat Danville.Va..Aug. 31 J. R. Whitehead of Chatham was nominated for congress by tne Republicans of the Fifth district in convention at Martinsville, Va. He was formerly a Democrat. Weather Indications. Chicago, Aug. 31. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair tonight and Saturday; warm in west portion tonight; southerly winds. GliUnCIl HITS BACK Insurance Commissioner Replies to His Predecessor. Says That Mr. McNall Is En tirely Wrong. THAT RELIEF FUND. Mr. Church Asserts That He Collected It. Mr. McNall Had Nothing to Do With Fund. In an article which appeared in the State Journal last Tuesday Webb Mc Nall criticised certain features of W. V. Church's last annual report from the insurance department, and made state ments which are by Mr. Church said to be erroneous and misleading. In reply Mr. Church made the follow ing statements to a State Journal re porter: "The law requires that I make my re port show the receipts of the department and in complying with this requirement the actual figures were published with no desire to rob my predecessor of any glory. "In this article published In the State Journal, as the utterances of McNall, certain statements which there appear are absolutely wrong, especially with reference to the collection of the fire men's relief fund, and the reference to the cause of the reduction of premium rates. "I appreciate the fact that no one de nies that there has been a material re duction of these rates. McNall says he 'turned over to Mr. Church, by personal check on the Central National bank, about J18.50O of the J20.140.18 of the firemen's relief fund which Mr. cnurcn says he collected.' "McNall," says Mr. Chruch, "did not turn over his check for any part of the relief fund of 1899. and if he had given his check on the Central National bank for a part of this fund, it would have been utterly worthless for various rea sons, one of which is that not one cent of this 120.140.81 was ever in the Central National bank. Another very fair rea son why McNall's check would not have been good for the purpose mentioned, is that he did not collect a dime oi mis fund and of course it could not become subject to his order. Every dollar of this money was collected subsequent to Feb ruary, 1900, nearly a year after McNall was out of office. This latter fact will explain why he did not collect it. But who will explain why be says he collect ed it? .. 'These assertions, as made by McNall and myself, are flat contradictions. The word of neither of us need be accepted. Checks and drafts for the total amount of $20,140.81 as sent by the insurance companies, were deposited at the Mer chants National Bank of Topeka, and nlaced to the credit of the firemen's re lief fund. I hereby authorize said bank to inform any inquirer when, ana Dy whom, these deposits were made. "Any one who will make this inquiry at the bank will learn that McNall did not collect one cent of this firemen's re lief fund. "Now as to the reduction of fire insur ance rates. Mr. McNall is quoted as saying that this reduction was the result of a rate war started by Frank Thomas, backed by the Continental Insurance company. This rate war was confined to the city of Topeka, and it only lasted about ten days. There was very little cutting of rates except by the Con tinental. The gross premium receipts of this company in the city or uopeKa, ior the entire year 1899. amounted only to J7.254, as shown by the company's sworn statement. The Northwestern National Insurance company was involved to a limited extent in the rate war, but the total premium receipts of this com pany, on account of its Topeka business, was less than J3.5O0 ior tne enure year. The total amount saved by the citizens of Kansas during 1899, on account of the rate reduction, was -J4,4S4.i. "Will some one explain how such an amount of money could be saved by a ten davs rate war. confined to one lo cality, by two companies whose com bined premium receipts ior tne entire year was less than $11,000? "The simple fact is, that when the present administration was inaugurated a-conference was held with representa tives of the fire insurance companies do ing business in Kansas, which resulted in a revision and reduction of premium rates by the companies and the saving of nearly a quarter of a million dollars to the people. 'McNall says that he suppressed tne rating bureau while the present adminis tration has fostered it. If this is true it is unfortunate for the citizens of Kan sas that he did not do less suppressing and more fostering, for the simple rea son that under the alleged fostering system the people of the state were able to buy their fire Insurance at a saving of a quarter of a million dollars over Mc Nall's 'suppression' prices." $100,000 IN GOLD Said to Save Been Secured by TJ. P. Train Robbers. Cheyenne, Wjro., Aug. 31. An uncon firmed report is In circulation here that the Union Pacific express car robbed by five men at Tipton, Wednesday night, contained $100,000 In gold destined to pay off the soldiers in the Philippines and that the robbers secured the whole shipment. SECRETARY HAY IS UP. His Physician Says There Is No Cause For Apprehension. Concord, N. H., Aug. 31. Secretary of State Hay, who has been in poor health most of the summer and who is recup erating at Lake Sunapee. continues to improve. The state of the secretary's health has caused his friends some un easiness. One week ago he was feeling quite ill and since then has been in bed part of the time. He is able to be up again ami his physician states that there is no cause for apprehension concerning him. Cardiff Strike Ends. Cardiff, Wales, Aug. 31. A meeting of the strikers at Cardiff today confirmed the action of their committee in agree ing to a resumption of work, the com pany having acceded to the demands of the strikers. About 50,000 colliers went to work this morning. BIG FIGHT RECEIPTS. At Least $75,000 Taken in at the Corbett-McCoy MilL New York, Aug.31. The spectacle pre sented in the ring of the Twentieth Cen tury club in Madison Square Garden last night when James J. Corbett, former champion fighter of the world and Kid McCoy met to fight for a share of the gate receipts which', according to Jim Kennedy, the manager of the club, amounted to $75,000 and were larger by thousands than the receipts on any oth er prize ring contest ever held, waa a clean cut smashing mill. There were two stages to the fight. One of them was the first round in which McCoy was the aggressor and in which he seemed to hold Corbett safe, outpointing and outfighting him from gong to gong. Thereafter there was nothing to it at all. In the second round the former champion instead of playing a waiting game, became the aggressor, and soon had McCoy guessing as to what would happen next. It was not the blow on the Jaw that affected McCoy. The body punches laid him low. Corbett came out of the ring without a mark or scratch or bruise on him. Mc Coy's face was puffed and swollen and his right eye was discolored. But other wise he seemed to be none the worse for his battle. BIG CROWD HEARS. Corbett-SCcCoy State Journal Prize Fight Bulletins Attract Many. One of the largest crowds that ever listened to prize fight bulletins in Topeka assembled before the State Journal of fice last night to hear the news of the Corbett-McCoy battle. Thepeoplewereexceedingly patient and they waited through the tedious prelim inaries without a murmur. When the news of the victory of Corbett was an nounced ahead of the details of the final round a great shout went up but the people did not leave until the details were read. Auctioneer George Hungate read the bulletins and his voice is so clear and strong that there was no diffi culty to hear him. The fight was probably the last of the big fistic battles which will take place at least ior several months. The Horton law permitting glove contests in New Tork will go out of effect Saturday, September 1. BAXTER SPRINGS REUNION Vast Crowd Present Thursday State Officers Bay. Baxter Springs, Aug. 31. Thursday seems to have been the banner day in the history of the big interstate reunions held at this place for the past nineteen years. This undoubtedly will far excel Friday as all former Thursday meet ings of the association have done. For the first time in the history of the re unions the association has assigned a state day, Friday being appointed Mis souri day. The Joplin delegation is mak ing a great effort to make this the day of the week and will bring their own band and as large a Missouri delegation as possible. The crowd is estimated to day all the way from 50,000 to 75,000 and amusements of all kinds are on the grounds. The W. C. T. IT., with head quarters Just south of the large amphi theater have an abundance of literature. Thursday was state administration day and a number of the state officers were present, among them being George A. Clark, H. E. Richter, J. S. West, S. M. Fox, F. B. Daws, Lieutenant C. H. Ball of the Twentieth Kansas, W. J. Watson, J. K. Cubbison and R W. Blue. Ex-Senator Peffer and J. S. West talked in the forenoon. Ex-Attorney General F. B. Daws, C. H. Ball and J. K. Cub bison made addresses. YEIN NOT THICK ENOUGH. Diamond Drill Strikes 10 Inch Coal at Atchison. Atchison, Aug. 31. The diamond drill being operated below town, struck a ten inch vein of coal yesterday afternoon, at a depth of 768 feet. This ten inch vein has been struck in all the borings In this vicinity. It is not thick enough to be operated successfully; indeed, the Leav enworth vein was struck at St. Joe, but it was tiot considered thick enough to work at a profit. Nothing has ever been made by mining at Leavenworth; the vein is too thin. The drilling is being done at Atchison in the hope that the Leavenworth vein is thicker here than there: there has long: been a theory that the Leavenworth vein thickens to the north. Colorado Forest Fires. Pagosa Springs, Colo., Aug. 31. For est fires are raging along nearly the entire north boundary of Archuleta county and devastating large areas of timber. The largest fire is burning near the head of Four Mile creek, do ing great damage. Red Cliff, Colo., Aug. 31. A timber fire prevailing for the past few days in the vicinity of the deserted village of Gold Park, twelve miles from here, has assumed threatening proportions, and is raging through a large acreage of tim ber on Homestake mountain. Every thing is exceedingly dry, owing to the almost entire absence of the customary rainy season, and unless the drought is promptly raised incalculable damage will result. Yellow Fever Suspect. New York, Aug. 31. Ignaco Garcia, aged 23 years, a steerage passenger on the Leon XIII which arrived this morn ing from Havana, was removed to Swin burne island for treatment and observa tion. Dr. Doty, health officer of the port, says Garcia shows symptoms indicating yellow fever. The steamer and 124 pas sengers are held at quarantine for dis infection and to serve out the balance of the quarantine period of five days. Nine immune passengers were permitted to land. Peru's Cabinet Crisis Finds. Lima, Peru, Aug. 31, via Galveston, Tex. The cabinet crisis is ended. Pres ident Romano has appointed the fol lowing ministers: President of the cab inet and minister of home affairs. Senor Enrique Coronel Zegarra; minister of foreign affairs, Senor Felipe Osma Par do; minister of finance, Senor Jose V. Larrabure; minister of justice. Senor Pedro C. O. Laeehea; minister of public works. Dr. Miguel Rogdas; minister of war. Col. Pedro Al Canzeco. Allowed to Live Six Months. Bel Air, Md., Aug. 31. William Black, colored, was hanged here today for a criminal assault committed on Miss Jes sie Bradford, a 15-year-old girl, near Aberdeen, on February 21. Farmer Laws Dead. London, Aug. 31. Sir John Bennett Laws, noted for his work in regard to practical and scientific farming, is dead. He was born December 28, 1S14. SIEGEJ)FPEKIN. Detailed Account of Events at the Close. March of the Allied Armies to the Rescue. AMERICANS WERE LATE Enter Legation Compound Two Hours Behind British. Scenes of Rejoicing Which Fol lowed the Relief. (Copyright, 1900, the Associated Press.) Pekin, Aug. 14, by post via Tien Tsin, One disadvantage that the Americans had during the hard march to the re lief of Pekin was that their transporta tion wagons were late in arriving. The Ninth Infantry possessed the only out fit which reached Tien Tsin up to the time of starting. The supplies were di vided among the soldiers of the Ninth and Fourteenth infantry regiments and the battery. The Americans with haversacks, blankets and tent rolls started under the heaviest loads, but they soon stripped to fighting trim, pre ferring to forego their blankets rather than to sweat under them. During the last two nights of the march they slept tired and worn out in the rain without shelter or cover. One night the wagon train lost the road and passed the American camp. The drivers plodded along four miles in the darkness and rain. They might have driven into the Chinese camp, but fortunately the Russians stopped them Just in time. The Americans often bivouacked sup perless and breakfastless, and toward the end the officers kept the men at work only by appealing to their na tional pride. "Don't let the Britishers beat you. Don't let the Russians get ahead," they urged constantly. The army transport when it reached Pekin was a unique spectacle. Miles of animals, vehicles and coolies trailed be hind. Everything imaginable on wheels, from farm wagons to fashionable equip pages, was impressed, and every horse, mule and Chinaman in the path was commandered. The Japanese had cows bearing packs and the Russians had camels. Chinamen pulled the carta and staggered under heavy packs, the soldiers cursing and beating them. Sev eral dropped dead. Two hundred junks and scows bearing munitions were towed up the river by coolies. Had the Chinese taken the offensive most of the transportation might easily have been captured and cut to pieces by small flanking parties. After it was appar ent that the enemy was demoralized the generals trusted the transport to luck and bent their efforts toward getting ahead. Only such an emergency as ex isted could have Justified such hard ships as were imposed upon the troops. A medal will be struck commemo rating the siege of Pekin. It will bear the legend, "Men, not walls, make a city." In the grounds of the British le gation, where a handful of men with stood the millions of the Chinese capital for fifty-six days, a memorable celebra tion is in progress tonight in vindication of that principle. Missionaries, as sembled about Bell tower, are singing the doxology. Rockets are blazing. Sol diers and civilians of all nationalities are fraternizing. The women are ap plauding the sound of the cannon that are smashing the yellow roofs of the Forbidden City. The tired Sikhs are planting their tents on the lawn, and the American and Russian contingents are lighting camp fires along the stretch of turf ex tending beyond the Tartar wall. Through the ruins of the foreign set tlement an eager cosmopolitan crowd is jostling Indians, Cossaks, legation la dies, diplomats, Americans from the Philippines and French disciplinarians from Saigon, who kept discreetly to the rear while the fighting was in progress, but came conspicuously to the front when looting began. Only the Japanese who liave earned tne nrst place are ao sent. Resident foreigners welcome the luxury of walking about and immunity from bullets. The new comers are anx ious to Inspect the evidences of a his toric defense. These barricades are, af ter all, the most wonderful sight in Pe kin. The barriers hedging the British legation arS a marvel of stone and brick walls and earth works. Sand bags shield every foot of space. The tops of the walls have niches for the riflemen, and the buildings at their porticos and win dows have armor boxes, bags stuffed with dirt, and pillows too. Back of the United States legation is a work named "Fort Myers," which the marines held, completely screening both sides of the walls, with steps leading to it. There is a loopholed barrier across the wall, which faces a similar Chinese work a few yards away. Another wall bars Legation street in front of the Ger man legation and before the enemy's bar ricades. Within those limits are yet more walls, enabling the foreigners to contract the area of defense if pressed. The tops of the American and British buildings were badly torn by the Chi nese shells. The most of the foreign shells fell there during the first three weeks of the bombardment, 400 in one day. Buckets full tf bullets were gath ered In the grounds. Four hundred and fourteen people lived in the compound through the great er part of the siege. Three hundred and four marines, assisted Dy bo volunteers, commanded by the English captain. Poole, defended the place. Eleven civil ians were killed and 19 wounded. Fifty four marines and sailors were killed and 112 wounded. Gilbert Reid, who was wounded In the foot, was the only American civilian in jured. Two foreign ladies were wound ed. The reception which the survivors gave the army was worth the hardships the troops had undergone. The entrance was not spectacular. Sir Alfred Gaselee, with his staff and a company of Sikhs, waded up a bed of sewage in the canal under the Tartar wall. The besieged re moved the barricades, and when the gates swung inward and the British col ors appeared, there arose a great contin uous cheer on Doth sides. Generals, soldiers and correspondents scrambled up the banks through the filth, elbowing to be first. Men and wo men surrounded the rescuers and shook the hands of the Sikhs, patting them on the back. Everybody was hustled ex citedly along into the legation grounds, where the colors were planted. The sold iers surrounded the wall which had been the salvation of tne besieged. The ministers and officers demanded the latest news on both sides. An hour afterward General Chaffee, riding at the head of tn JTourteenth IT. S. infantry, marched to the Tartar wall. An American marine who was on top of the wall shouted "You are just in time. We need you in our business." "Where can we get In?" said General Chaffee. "Through the canal. The British entered there two hours ago," was the response. Then the American geiiorat looked dis appointed. Although the Americans en tered behind the last of the British forces, their reception was just as en thusiastic as if they had been first. When the stars and stripes emerged into view Mr. Tewksbury, the missionary, cried; "Americans, cheer your flag." Ladies waved their handkerchiefs and the sold iers cheered the ladies. On entering the grounds of the Brit ish legation the American troops stared in amazemnet and inquired if there was a lawn party in . progress. They had expected to find the relieved In a worse condition than themselves, whereas the contrast between the appearance of the rescued and the rescuers was surprising ly in favor of. the former. The British minister, Sir Claude MacDonald, was shaven and dressed in immaculate ten nis flannels. Mr. Conger, the United States minister, was equally presentable. The assemblage of ladies was fresh and bright in summer clothing. Only a few civilians were carrying arms. On the other hand, the rescuers were haggard and rough bearded. They dragged themselves along as if ready to drop, their khaki uniforms dripping with perspiration and black with mud. But a second glance showed that the rescued were pathetically pale and thin. They looked like a camp of invalids. Every part of the enclosure testified to their tragic experiences. There was a plot of new graves, headed with wooden crosses, including the graves of five chil dren. The second secretary's house was the hospital, and it was filled with wounded. French nuns ministered to them. At one time all but four men of the Japanese contingent had been in the hospital, wounded. There were several caves, roofed with timbers heaped over with earth, which served as bomb proofs. The bulletin board was covered with significant notices. For Instance: "As there Is likely to be a severe dropping fire today, women and children are for bidden to walk about the grounds." Here is another: "Owing to the small supply of vegetables and eggs, the mar ket will be open only from 9 to 10 here after. All horse meat is inspected by a physician." Mr. Conger had the first secretary's house. Seventy American missionaries occupied the chapel. The French con tingent had the pavilion on the lawn. The bravery of the women was note worthy. They became so accustomed to fire that it was difficult to restrain them from walking about the grounds at all times. When a proposal was made to petition the tsung li yamen for vegetables.some said they would rather starve than take help from that quarter. The yamen's food supply was a farce, only sufficient for one day. When meat was asked for, the reply was that this could not be fur nished because a state of war existed in Pekin. The tsung II yamen placarded a proc lamation exhorting the people to kill all foreigners, because the latter had made war on China in attacking the forts at Taku. The legations were fiercely attacked from July 17 to July 25. At the latter date a nominal truce was agreed to and extended to August 3, 'although the Chinese repeatedly violated it. There was considerable rifle fire from August 3 to August 11, and the Chinese mounted smooth bores. The mainstay of the foreigners was an old gun used by the British in 1860, which was found in a junk shop by Mitchell, the American gunner. This was mounted on a Bus Elan carriage found by an Italian. Am munition was fitted to it, and it was christened "the international gun." The . foreigners remarked that relief had been long delayed, but they insist ed that they had never despaired of the outcome. The Chinese are said to ad mit that they lost 3,000 killed during the siege. The foreigners did not waste their ammunition, shooting only when a target was in evidence. The Chinese method, on the other hand, was a con tinuous heavy and indiscriminate fire. The enemy would advance to the bar ricades at night, creeping up with their arms filled with bricks, and in the morning the foreigners would find a new wall a few feet closer. Finally the barricades came so close that talking could be distinctly heard. During- the last two nights the Chi nese officers urged tlieir men to charge the foreigners and exterminate them be fore the international forces could ar rive. The Chinese soldiery replied that they could not stand the bayonets. On the night before the relief they fired several thousand rounds, the foreigners replying with two shots only. The Chi nese artillery and soldiers In Pekin were apparently much inferior to those encountered in the fighting at Tien Tsin. The relief of Pekin was a notable achievement, chiefly for the forced march of four independent armies over a single difficult road and in sickening weather. PANIC ON ELECTRIC CAR. Ono Person Killed and Three Injured in the Bash. Akron, O., Aug. 31. As the result of an electric car fire at Silver Lake, a subur ban resort, late last night, one person was killed and three others injured. The panic was caused by a fuse burning out and flames bursting up through the car floor. The passengers became terrified and made a frantic rush to get off. Fer dinand Bargetz, Jr., in Jumping struck against a trolley pole and was killed. The injured: Miss Ada Hublinger, Barberton, O. Miss Sadie Metcalf, CuyahogaFalls, O. Mrs. Wm. Metcalf, Cuyahoga Falls, O. KINGMAN MAN FLOPS. Nominee For County Commissioner Deserts Populists. Another flop has been recorded. This time it is a gain from the fusionists and the man is L. L. Seeley of Kingman county, who was nominated for county commissioner. He wrote a letter to Chairman H. H. Isley of the Populist committee declin ing the nomination and announcing that he would support the Republican ticket. MUCHCOURT BUSINESS. August a Busy Month With Probate Judge. S. C. Gerrard, deputy in the office of the probate judge, says that this August has been the busiest month in the pro bate court for a long tim.e "August Is supposed to be a very dull month," said Mr. Gerrard, "but August, 1900, has made a record for being the busiest for a long time. People are dying and there have been more wills to pro bate and administrators to be appointed than before for months." VASS0JI1CE. C. Edwards Greatlj Pleased Young Lady Employes. Were Much Surprised When He Left the City. A WAX FLOWER MAKER Charged 3 For Lessons and Agreed to Pay $1 a Day. Police Watched the Man and He ' Became Wary. Concluded That Topeka. Was Not a Healthy Place. "Oh, I just think It waa awful!" . "I think it's too mean!" "I don't care, he didn't get any monej; from me!" i "I wonder where he went!" "Well, I think we were lucky!" These and a hundred other exclama tions and remarks greeted the ears of people who went up the steps and into room No. 1 at 620 Kansas avenue this morning. The room was filled with girls, and they were all talking at once, just as girls do even if they are not ex cited, and this particular bevy of girla was excited and they had a right to be. Several days ago an. advertisement ap peared which read: "Wanted 25 girls; pay per day, $1; easy work. Room No. 1, 620 Kansas avenue. C. Edwards." There are lots of girls in Topeka whni would like to earn a dollar a day, and the next morning, Wednesday, there were numerous applicants at room 1. Among the first were Mrs. Grace Hayes and Mrs. Emily Hayes. Mr. Edwards explained to them that he was a pro fessional worker in wax, and that he wanted girls to learn to make wax flowers. He told them that he had a contract with the Auditorium commit tee to furnish wax flowers for the open ing and also for the street parade. Both the ladies had made wax flowers and knew something about the business, so he appointed them assistant teachers at once. He explained to the girls as fast as thev came that they were to make wax flowers. In order to Join the class they were to pay $3 and work the first day for nothing. After that he was to pay them $1 each day at 5 o'clock. He told one of the teachers to collect the $3 from each student, and this was done. In the meantime Ser geant Donavan, who had noticed the advertisement, had called, and after a talk with the teacher advised her to put the money in the bank in her own name, and his suggestion waa fortunately fol- All day Wednesday and Thursday the girls worked making roses, morning glories and the like and Mr. Edwards was running in and out overlooking the work and making himself agreeable. ; Thursday evening four more young la dies joined the class and Edwards col lected $3 from each. eH took all the flow ers that had been made and this morn ing he was gone. He evidently thought the police were watching a little too closely. This morning when the girl.s came to work they were told by Officer Lucaa that some of them were wanted to swear out a warrant for one C. Edwards. In an instant the girls were swarming around him asking a dozen questions at once. A number of them had suspicioned that the business was not straight and when they learned that, Edwards had flown they expressed all sorts of opin ions. Each of the girls received her J3 that she had given to the teacher ami was out only her time. Of course the four who paid Edwards the money are out and they swore to the warrant. They were Bertha Chase, Sallie Stewart, Eth el Vick and Vye MeCollough. "I don't care," said one of the girls, "he acted Just as nice as he could and maybe he isn't so bad after all. Maybe he has Just gone out to sell the flowers. You know he told us that he was going to sell them." "I'm sorry," said another, "but we all get our heads bumped some time and I suppose this is our time." "I did want that dollar a day for CO days and I like to make flowers. I wl3ln It had been all right and I dou't see why it shouldn't be," chimed In another. There are 16 girls besides the two teach ers and they seemed inclined to take a pleasant view of the matter and get all the fun out there was in it. Edwards is a small blond man with a light mustache. He dressed well and if the police had not interfered he would have made a nice thing out of hia scheme. He had rented the rooms anJ furnished them. The furniture he se cured from E. C. Warren. He had boxes piled in the room which he said were filed with wax, but it turned out that only the top boxes contained anything and he emptied them before leaving. BRYAN AT ST. LOUIS. Will Speak to Commercial Trar elers September 15. St. Louia, Mo., Aug. 81. It Is an nounced that William J. Bryan will speak in St. Louis, September 15, at a meeting to be held in the Coliseum under the auspices of the Bryan Traveling Men's club. The meeting at which Mr. Bryan will speak will be combined with the big rally which the state committee had intended to hold in St. Luois some time in September. All other organiza tions in the city and state will be in-, vlted to participate, and the meeting will be made as far as possiblo a state af fair. Negotiations are now In progress with the railroads running into St. Louis for special rates from all parts of Mis souri. CASES GO UP. Supreme Coui-t Orders Several Certi fied From Appellete Court. Six cases have been ordered from the court of appeals to the supreme court on a discretionary order. The cases are T. F. Seymour versus Armstrong & Kassebaum, P. I. Mulvana versus Nellie P. Sedgley.the state versus Frank W. Elliott for criminal libel and the three cases of the state versus Pool Grinstead for criminal libel. The court of appeals reversed the Doniphan county court in each of the Grinstead decision.