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TUESDAY oNXNG. TWO CENTS. LAST EDITION. TOPEKA, KANSAS, SEPTEMBER 4, 1900. TUESDAY EVENING. LEWELUNG DEAD. Kansas Ex-Gorernor Expires Suddenly at Arkansas City. VOMTSTAND IT. City Council Befeels Against Mayor Drew's Action. Vied at Home of His Brother-in-Law. Members Say They Will Not' Confirm Frank Stahl. DESTRUCTION OF PEKIN CITY Nothing Less Will Satisfy White People in Shanghai. Indignation Wrought to High Pitch by Chinese Atrocities. St' t AMERICA APPLAUDED Tor the Stand Which She Has Taken in the Matter. Detailed Accounts of Butchery of Women Missionaries. ICopyright, 1900, by Associated Fress.l Shanghai, Sept. 4. Dispatches an nouncing that the American government refuses to agree to the withdrawal of the troops from Pekin before satisfac tion for the outrages on and the losses of its subjects is given, have been received hereand are applauded by the entire foreign colony in-Shanghai. Any other policy, according to the busi ness men and missionaries with whom the Associated Press representative has talked would be a vital blow to the pres tige of the foreigners and would weaken their status in Ccina. The local Bnglish papers fiercely denounce the proposals to evacuate Pckin and say that the Chi nese would interpret evacuation as de feat. The masses of Chinamen now be lieve that the Chinese arms are vic torious. The Chinese papers printed In Shang hai contain long, circumstantial ac counts of alleged Chinese victories at Pekin, Tien Tsin and Lung Chao; and the shops in the native quarter display for sale lurid pictures of the celestial army driving the European soldiers in to the sea at Taku and cutting them to pieces at Tien Tsin. They also show pictures of the foreign admirals being tortured in the presence of the viceroys. Vice Admiral Seymour is represented with his arms pinioned, kowtowing be fore the throne. The people accept these reports and pictures as correctly repre senting the situation and consider the reports of the English press as "merely foreign lies." The European community continues to demand the destruction of Pekin and the exemplary punishment of the officials, deeming indemnity and paper promises of new treaties inadequate. Undoubtedly the information in detail of massacres of foreigners daily received inflames this sentiment. The dowager empress is living in the yamen at Tai i uan tru in soan ei province. Fifty missionaries have been slaughtered in that yamen under orders, practically in the presence of the vice roy. Three were beheaded in the inner court, and the others were killed bar barously in the outer court. Their bodies were thrown to the dogs. The empress has ordered a commis sioner to investigate the conduct of the southern viceroys who made a compact with the foreign consuls,and their degra dation is expected. No investigation of the officials who oppose the foreigners has been ordered. The Associated Press representative learns from official sources the facts of the killing of several American women missionaries. At the request of the mission board the details were withheld out of regard for the feelings of the relatives of the murdered women, but other prominent Americans who have long antagonized the policy of sending women to isolated internal posts think it important that the facts should be known. The names axe withheld by re quest. Two of these women were cap tured while attempting to leave the sta tions where they were located, were led about the country naked, repeatedly outraged and finally killed by a method too revolting to be described. Two other American women were coming to the coast with a party which a number of Chinamen followed and stoned. The women fell exhausted and were taken by the Chinamen into the presence of the local officials. They were prostrated upon the execution block and a feint was made of beheading them. One of them became hysterical and laughed, and thinking her insane the Chinese escorted her to the coast because of their superstition regarding the insane. On the journey however Uie woman was repeatedly criminally assaulted by her escort. The other woman, after be ing exhibited naked for some days and Buffering assault by several men, was tortured to death by the same shameful methods as were practiced in the other cases. Two Swedish missionary women arrived at Shanghai after similar ex periences, except that their lives were spared. The foregoing are matters of official record. The fourteen English missionaries, in cluding six women and four children, w ho were murdered at Chu Chau, in the province of Che Kiang, according to the story of a Spanish priest who escaped were killed with hay forks and ancient spears by the magistrate's bodyguard and their naked bodies were hanged from trees. The incidents make & lenient policy unpopular in Shanghai, where all the victims had friends. Placards appear today in all public places exhorting foreigners to oppose a compromise with the government and attacking Li Hung Chang, quoting the remark of Consul Goodnow credited to Earl LI that the foreigners in Pekin, except the ministers, were of no ac count. MUCH DEPENDS ON RUSSIA Washington, Sept. 4. A dispatch from Minister Conger has been received by the state department. It was chiefly in teresting in being the first word from iilm since hi3 dispatch of about the 27th ultimo referring to the proposed parade of troops through the imperial palace in Pekin. Like that dispatch this is date less as to Pekin. The contents were not made public, but it was stated that if contained nothing materially changing the situation. The lack of date led to a determination to take energetic steps by which all dispatches hereaf ter coming to the state department from China will feave the date clearly stated. Two other dispatches received from China referred to the state of health of the troops, which generally is satisfac tory. It can not be learned that there has been any marked advancement of the negotiations between the powers touching the withdrawal of international forces from Pekin. The plain indication is that the powers are acting upon the information conveyed in the last note of the state department and are bringing 11 their Influence to bear upon Russia to induce her to change her mind as to withdrawing her troops. For some rea son the authorities here appear to feel a growing confidence that this effort will be successful. It is noted as a fact of J The Late L. great significance that the proposition is being advanced to have Prince Ching return to Pekin as the acting head of the Chinese government. The suggestion is made that the progress of this wave of reorganization while the international troops are still in Pekin, promising as it does speedily to provide an actual de facto Chinese government, with which the nations may treat without further doubt as to Its strength may solve the present problem and put the Chinese question in a fair way to final and sat isfactory settlement. Much may depend upon the attitude of Russia in this mat ter and the manner in which she treats this appeal from the Chinese notables may prove to be a test of the sincerity of her expressed desire to deal with the Chinese government as soon, as possi ble. Dr. Hill, first assistant secretary of state, has returned to Washington and assumed the duties of acting head of the state department relieving Mr. Adee who was performing these duties during the perplexing diplomatic exchanges of re cent date. Soon after his arriving Dr. Hill went to the White House and spent a half hour with the president, going over the present status of the Chinese negotiations. Later he conferred at length with Mr. Adee. From this time on, until Mr. Hay returns Dr. Hill will be the active head of the state depart ment. The dispatch from Perley, the chief surgeon at Taku makes It apparent that whatever the conditions may be on the land route between Taku and Pekin tha Pel Ho route at least Is open and safe for the transportation of passengers. KAISER. IS BELLICOSE. Berlin, Sept. 4. Negotiations continue between the powers respecting the pro positions of Russia. It appears that the portion of the proposal which contem plates the removal of the delegations to Tien Tsin does not meet with opposition, but the proposal that the troops should vacate Pekin will not be acted upon un til after thorough examination of the case by other powers with a special view to the question of military advisability. Germany's programme is to await the action of the other powers. Count von Buelow, the German foreign minister, has made a communication to this effect to the Russian ambassador, Count Van der Osten-Sacken. A high official of the German foreign office said today in defining Germany's position: "Germany has not answered Russia formally, although she has in formed her confidentially as to (he views of the German government. Certainly we do not object to the removal of the legations temporarily to Tien Tsin, as this would enable the members to re cuperate from their recent hardships. So far as the answer of the United States to Russia is concerned, we now see it to be in substance an agreement with Ger many's position." When asked whether if the troops were withdrawn, the empress dowager and emperor would return to Pekin, the foreign office official in question replied that he could form no opinion worth stating on that subjejct. Most of the German papers are of the opinion that it is very doubtful if Ger many can adopt Russia's suggestions, and they deplore the evidence of a threatening split In the European con cert. One leading Berlin journal asserts that Emperor William, while conversing with a group of officers last Saturday evening, said; "Under no condition shall we give up Pekin, not even if every army corps has to be mobilized." TROUBLE AT SWATOW ENDED. Paris, Sept. 4. The French consul at Canton, under date of Monday, Septem ber 3, cables that the French, gunboat Comete has returned to Canton. He adds that he trip to Swatow (on the estuary of the Hang Kiang) has had a good effect and has ended the troubles and agitation against foreigners which were spreading in the region north of Kouang Toung. The consul also reports that a mis sionary was attacked and wounded in the district of Fat-Kong, 100 kilometers from Canton. CHINA'S PEACE COMMISSION. London, Sept. 4. Shanghai reports that an imperial edict issued at Tai Yuan Fu appoints LI Hung Chang, Yung Lu, Hsu Tung tutor or the heir apparent) and Prince Ching commis sioners to negotiate peace. Four German warships arrived at Woo Sung, September 3. The unmistakable condemnation of the proposal to Immediately withdraw from Pekin which is voiced from ail the foreign colonies in the far east is taken in some quarters as a forecast of the opinion which may be expected from the ministers when their views are ob tainable. As already suggested the Russian proposals are capable of modi fication and it is thought in well In formed cirvJes that L"rd Salisbury is striving to conform them more closely to the terms first formulated by the government at Washington. According to a special dispatch from St. Petersburg, dealing with the ques tion of Manchuria, the Russian officials repudiate any intention to permanently occupy or annex Manchuria. The dis patch adds that Russia will claim no territorial concessions provided the other powers refrain from so doing and expresses the hope that the question of indemnities can be settled by the co operation of the allied powers. TO PETITION TO McKINLEY. Chicago, Sept. 4. A dispatch to the Record from Shanghai says: The Ameri can association here has just met and agreed to request Special Commissioner Rockhill to to ask President Mc- IX Le welling. Kinley not to give his consent to the withdrawal of the American troops from Pekin, to refuse to recognize the em press dowager and Li Hung Chang and to lend his influence toward the restora tion of the emperor. Mr. Rockhill will remain for the pres ent in Shanghai until he can communi cate with the admiral of the United States squadron. GERMANS IN IMPERIAL CITY. Berlin, Sept. 4. An official dispatch from Taku announces the receipt of a telegram there from Pekin, dated Aug. 5, saying the German troops have taken possession of a hill within the imperial city. The dispatch adds that 2,000 addi tional Italian troops have reached Taku. CONGER HEARD FROM AGAIN. Washington, Sept. 4. Minister Conger has been heard from again, his last ad vice being dated at Pekin on August 30i This message was received last evening. Preceding dispatches have occurred a week in their transmission from Pekin, according to the estimate of the state department, so that Mr. Conger's mes sage marks a distinct betterment of the means of communication. Besides it In cludes the date of dispatch, something the department has been trying to have done for many weeks. The supposition is that this particular message came down from Pekin to Tien Tsin by courier and was put on the wires either at that point or at Taku. The state de partment decided to make no statement as to the contents of the message, be yond the simple one that Minister Con ger's communication did not mark any material change in the situation In Pekin. It appears that whatever responses are to be made by the powers to the proposition to evacuate Pekin are ex pected to be directed to the govern ment of Russia and not to our state de partment. The Russian government undoubtedly will in turn notify the United States government as well as all the other governments concerned as to the nature of the responses. It is stated that up to the present, less than a majority of the powers in terested in the Chinese question have responded to the Russian proposal so far as our government Is advised, and our officials here agree with the gen eral tenor of the European dispatches this morning in the conclusion that final action on the part of all the powers may not be had for several days at least. Everything now depends on the action of Russia, the attitude of the other nations being negative, and if she does not hasten to carry out her an nounced purpose to withdraw the troops the other governments probably will be content, cherishing the hope that in the meantime some kind of a Chinese government can be re-established in Pekin with which the powers may nego tiate for a final settlement. Li Hung Chang's attempt to secure imperial warrant for the institution of peace negotiations through himself and the Chinese notables referred to in the European dispatches is regarded here as a step In the right direction, while on the other hand some disquiet has been caused by the report that the inter nationals in Pekin have been arresting some of the members of the Tsung Li Yamen, who were seeking to open nego tiations and . re-establish the govern ment. There Is no disposition here to condone the offenses of any of these Chinese officials which may have par ticipated in the outrages in, Pekin, but it is questioned whether the present Is an opportune time to administer pun ishment. The war department is still concerned because of the Inability to either reach General Chaffee or get dispatches from him. A number of Important dispatches have been sent the general which the department is anxious he shall receive in order to guide his future action. Gen eral Barry, who can be reached at Taku, has been Inst-ucted to spare no pains or expense to get dispatches to Chaffee and replies from him, which the department feels are necessary for a correct disposition of the Chinese ques tions that have arisen since the occu pation of Pekin. MO HOPE FOR SEWALL He Has Sot Recovered Conscious ness Since First Stricken. Bath, Me., Sept. 4. TJp to 11 o'clock today the condition of Arthur Sewall, Democratic candidate for vice president, four years ago, was unchanged. No sign of returning consciousness has been noted and no hopeful indication has been seen by the doctors. Glass Factories Start Up. Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 4. Efforts are be ing made by the American Window Glass company to start its factories regardless of the trouble with the cutters over the wage scale. Officials of the combine re port that work was resumed today at tha factories at Dunkirk, Ind.; Greenfield. Ind.; New Castle, Pa.; Hazel Hurst. Pa., and Coudersport, Pa. The Phillips plant in this city will start up tonight and the large plants at Arnold and Jeannette. Pa., have been ordered to resume operations. Telegrams from Dunkirk. Greenfield, Hazel Hurst. New Castle and Couders port report the factories working in full. DEATH UNEXPECTED. Family Did Not Enow Illness - Was Serious. Had Been at Genda Springs For His Health. WAS FIRST GOVERNOR Elected in the United States by Populists. Had a Stormy and Exciting Ad ministration. Ex -Governor L. D. Lewelllng, the first Populist governor of Kansas, died very suddenly and unexpectedly at Arkansas City. Kan., last night, Death was due to heart failure. Mr. Lewelllng had been, under the advice of a physician, recuper ating at Geuda Springs. Growing worse Instead of better he started yesterday to return home. He reached Arkansas City much fatigued and went to the home of his brother-in-law, G. A, Miller, to rest until today when he expected to resume the trip home to Wichita. But a short time before 10 o'clock last night he was seized with a violent attack of apoplexy and died in a few moments. Governor Lewelllng had been In ill health for several years but did not at any time suspect the presence of heart trouble. Treatment for other causes of failing health has been administered. The principal affliction which Mr. Le welling has been contending with for many years was Indigestion and a com plication of stomach trouble. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed but the burial will probably be at Wichita to which place the remains will be taken today. Mr. Levelling was nearing his fifty fourth birthday anniversary. He was born at Salem, Iowa, in December, 184S. He resided and was married in Iowa, coming to Kansas in 1886, landing at Wichita when the boom was in posses sion of the west. Prior to his venture in coming west Mr. Lewelling had served several years as superintendent of the Iowa Industrial school for girls and re signed the office of president of the board of regents of the state normal school at Des Meines. Lewelling occu pied these positions as a Republican. Soon after he came to Kansas the boom which had been sweeping over the west collapsed and the old Alliance movement was started. He was one of the early converts gained by that party, at the time being engaged in the com mission business. MR. LEWELLING NOMINATED. The second state convention of the re form elements was held at Wichita.Then Lewelling was doing business in a small office in the corner of the building which served as a warehouse. "Various names were suggested as suitable timber for the executive office but were passed. Mr. Lewelling was mentioned With that en thusiasm which has always been a char acteristic of Wichita, large numbers of men, irrespective of party, boomed Le welling on every hand and he was nom inated, but a speech he made before the convention had more to do with his nom ination as anything else. Mr. Lewelling was elected. , The "governor of the first People's par ty administration In the United States" was inaugurated with great pride and demonstration by his followers. LEGISLATIVE WAR, Two years prior to the election of Lewelllng, John F. Wlllits was the re form nominee for governor. He was defeated, but the elements which, fos tered his candidacy charged that the Republicans had stolen the election and deprived the people of an honest count This caused bitter enmities which have In these later days almost disappeared," but the feeling was still bitter when L. D. Lewelling was sworn in as governor. The legislative war followed Lewelling's inauguration in 1S92. There was a con test over the controlling power in the house. Both parties claimed it. The situation became so threatening that the governor ordered the militia under arms to clear Representative hall. J. W. F. Hughes waa the commanding officer. The Republicans were behind barri caded doors in the legislative halls, and Colonel Hughes refused to lead an at tack upon the men behind the doors. For this Hughes was court martialed. He was dismissed from the service with a dishonorable discharge, the result of the court martial. The legislative war was finally taken into court and was settled peaceably. The Republicans controlled the legislature but the Popu lists had the state government, THE RENOMINATION. In those days it was a principle of the reform elements that the "office should seek the man." Acting upon this theory Governor Lewelllng had an nounced that he would not be a candi date for renomination for a second term at the convention which assembled In Topeka. Governor Lewelling's managers soon discovered that some of the delegates, in fact, many of them, had taken him literally and were talking of putting up some new man, who had not been selected, but the sentiment was growing in the convention and the governor sent for a Topeka reporter. When Mr. Lew elling came to Topeka he lived at the Dutton house. Then he located at the Chesterfield. When the state conven tion was held he was quartered at the Throop. There the reporter for whom he had sent a messenger found him. .When the newsgatherer entered the governor's room the chief executive was apparently much disturbed over the situation surrounding his renomina tion. The governor said: "Will you make a statement for me In the paper?" "Certainly," was the reply. Then the governor unfolded his troubles. "Some of these delegates have taken me at my word concerning this renomination. They think I don't want the honor, but I do. Now what I want is an interview declaring that I will accept if the nomination is tendered me." "All right," said the reporter; "we'll attend to it for you." "Don't embarrass me," said the gov- Arthur Sewall, Late Democratic ernor, shaking hands with the news paper man. "Just set me right." The interview was written and pub lished. The governor through some of his friends purchased several hundred copies of the paper containing the state ment and circulated them among the delegates. When the convention as sembled the opposition because of the opinion that Lewelling did not want a renomination had disappeared, and Lewelling was renominated by accla mation. He was, however, defeated by Governor Morrill. . THE FIRST MESSAGE. After the result of the first election was known Governor Lewelling hired a man to take charge of his butter and egg business at Wichita and assumed the duties of the chief executive. He found time each week to go to Wichita and personally give attention to the bus iness. Before being inaugurated the gov ernor spent some time on his farm pre paring his message to the legislature. It was not a remarkable document. It was in many respects like other mes sages, long and uninteresting but it was read more than the average message because the governor's political op ponents were seeking flaws in it upon which to hang causes for future on slaughts against him. The message among other things suggested the fol lowing: Amendments to the laws for assess ment and taxation. To reduce the state and county debt. To reduce the legal fees paid to news papers for official and legal publications. Appropriations for the state schools. Free school text books for the state. Aid for the state historical society. Recommended an investigation looking towards the establishment of a binding twine plant at the state penitentiary. Criticised the officers of the law for evading the prohibition law and inti mated that It would be enforced "how ever lame and inadequate it might be." Amendments to the state railroad commission law so as to give the com missioners power to enforce their de cisions. "Here is the Scylla and Charybdis of legislative action," says the message: "The inefficacy of too little power on one hand and the constitutionality of too much power on the other hand." Prohibiting the bestowal of free rail road passes by the railroads. For a revision of the statutes of the state. For a revision of the constitutional provision that the governor could not veto an objectionable article is an ap propriation bill without disapproving the entire bill. For the creation of a court of appeals. For a revision of the election laws. To protect all employes in the exercise of a free and unrestricted ballot. For a repeal of the "appraisement waived" clause of mortgages. For a screen . law to protect miners. The establishment of the state grain inspection under the state board of agri culture, with the appointing power lodged with the governor. The binding twine plant was established before Lewelling died, by the Republican majority of a legislature in which the originator of the plan sat as a member of the state senate from Sedgwick county. The screen law came later. Under ordinary circumstances Lewelling was conservative, but he was subject to excitement and when in this condition be came the subject of ridicule on the part of opposition papers because of his utter ances. When Coxey's army was march ing through Kansas Lewelling made a speech to the pedestrians. The governor stood on the east steps to the state house and there uttered some of the wildest sort of predictions about the future "If the de mands now being made by an oppressed people were not heeded." Lewelling re gretted these utterances afterwards, espe cially when he realized that the mission of the Coxey army had failed and that the movement was not of any consequence. ENEMY OF BREIDENTHAI When the time came to nominate a can didate for governor to make the race against Governor Morrill, John Breiden thal was talked of. He declined, and started out to make W. A. Harris the nominee of the party. Although Lewelling had appointed Breidenthal bank commis sioner, the latter was opposed to Lewell ing's policy. Breidenthal denounced in un measured terms some of the men Lewell ing gave positions of trust. This caused an enmity between the two men and Lewelling went to the Abilene convention to prevent the nomination of Harris be cause Breidenthal had said that such ac tion was the proper pol ly to pursue. Lewelling himself became a candidate: he besought others to enter the race and so managed affairs that before the con vention was organized the defeat of Har ris was apparent. Lewelling had no chance for the nomination and he knew it. but he was lingering on the outside of the fighting line with his forces ready to name the man at the proper time, and he did it. Atchison county was one of Lew elling's strongholds. The delegates had been voting for Lewelling in the conven tion. At a signal from Lewelling Atchi son county cast her vote for John W. Leedy. Then the scramble began. As the roll call proceeded counties .lumped fran tically into the Leedy band wagon and before the astonished opposition to Lewell ing could obtain their bearings and rally the scattered forces Leedy was the nomi nee. For this service Lewelling was made a member of the state board of railroad commissioners. While occupying that po sition. Lewelling was elected senator from Sedgwick county and held the two offices despite the protests of some of his party associates for some time. In the death of Governor LewelKng. John Breidenthal loses one of his most bitter political enemies. When the Leedy administration retired y Candidate for Vice President, Dying:. BOERSTREED. Bailer Finds Them Prepared to Defend Lydenberg. British lteconnoitering Party Under Fire AU Day. LADTBRAXD INVESTED. Garrison Has Burned Its Stores and Must Surrender, Unless Hunter Can Reach It In Time For Belief. Crocodile River Valley, Transvaal, Sunday, Sept. 2. General Buller today reconnoitered the Boer position in the mountains overlooking Lydenberg. Gen. Botha and two thousand burghers had previously joined the forces holding the pass. .The Boers opened with three long toms and fired continuously all day long. The British had few casualties. LADYBRAND BESIEGED. Haseru, Basutoland, Sept. 4. Com mandoes under Fouril, Grobelar, Bem mer and Hasbrock, together with 200 of their scouts are investing the British garrison at Ladybrand. It is reported that the troops have al ready burned their stores, and It is fear ed that they will be compelled to sur render. General Hunter la hastening to their relief. CZAR AND HIS AUNT. Hare a Serious Quarrel Orer Baccarat and Bouiette. New York, Sept. 4. A dispatch to the Journal and Advertiser from Berlin says: - , A very serious quarrel has broken out between the czar and his aunt, the Grand Duchess "Vladimir, which has had the result of causing her husband, the grand duke, to tender the resigna tion of his office as commander - of the Metropolitan Military district of St. Petersburg and of the imperial guard. The whole trouble which has not only set all Russian society by the ears, but has also perturbed several foreign courts, including that of Emperor William, is due to a question of baccarat and rou lette. Last spring the czar, alarmed by the extraordinary increase of the scandals at court, in society, in the army and even among the high clergy, due to high play, issued an edict strictly forbidding baccarat or roulette. This ukase followed almost immediate ly the startling discovery made by Nich olas that the chapter of one of the prin cipal churches of the metropolis had pawned the church plate and Jewel icons to pay gambling debts contracted at baccarat and roulette. By the army and clergy the emperor's commands nave been obeyed and bac carat has been stepped at the Yacht and other leading clubs. But society has treated the imperial edict with something Very much akin to derision and this largely owing to the attitude adopted by the Grand Duchess Vladimir. The latter, a German princess by birth and the only foreign lady who has declined to change the faith In which she was reared for that of her husband on marrying a Russian fraud duke, is passionately addicted to games of this character. Killed by Rejected Lover. Denver, Col., Sept. 4. Alvina Bollen, IS years old. daughter or Hans Jtsoiien, pro prietor of the Metropolitan hotel, was shot and instantly killed on Sixteenth street by William C. Baraear, rejected admirer. who had been employed as a cook in her father's hotel. The murderer was ar rested. He had swallowed a dose of poi son, but antidotes weep promptly admin istered and he will recover. Lewelliner served throuKh the senate ses sion, two years ago, then went home to Wichita and embarked in the real estate business, in which he was engaged at the .time of his death. Mr. Lewelling's first wife died several Tears eo. Two daughters survived her. A third daughter, born after the second marriage, and the wife, are the members ot the family now living. Miss Pauline Lewelling is a school teacher; the eldest. Miss Jessie Lewelling, gave up her work as a trained nurse to do special newspa per work in Chicago, where she now re sides. Tfie wire ana youngest aaugnier were with the governor when death came. He was a Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine. WHY THEY OBJECT. Say Chief of Police Should LIto in Topeka. Appointment to Be Formally' Announced Tonight. Ttt-ov Ytaa decided to anpoint Frank Stahl as chief of police. The city council is in open reDenion ana it is evi dent from the views expressed that Mr. Stahl can not be confirmed. Mr. stahl said yesterday in Garfield park that he would accept the position as so many people had urged him to da bow The mayor was seen this morning, t but refused to confirm or deny the story tht i, wnnld annoint Mr. Stahl. but said that he would present a name to tha council at the meeting tonignt. The members of the council have lit tle to say against Mr. Dtahl except that he is pot a citizen and on that ground a fight will be made against his appoint ment. , Of the councilmen who were asked their opinion of the matter.this morning only one, John Elliott, said that ha would vote to confirm Mr. Stahl. Mr. Elliott said that the entire responsibility rested upon the mayor and he would vote to sustain any action the mayor might take. Councilman Snattlnger said: I am unalterably opposed to the appointment of Mr. Stahl and will fight his confirma tion to the last. I think that It is an outrage to bring a man in from tne country to be chief of police. There are plenty of men who live in town who could fill the place Just as well as Mr. Stahl. I know that great pressure has been brought to bear upon the mayor by a certain element, but that make3 no difference. The town can be run by men who live in it; If it can not then we should surrender our charter and have a township trustee to take care of us. I don't know how any of the other coun cilmen feel, but if the mayor appoints Mr. Stahl, and they say he will, I will do all I can to defeat him In the council. Mr. Weber took a similar view of tha matter. He said: "I heard Mr. Stahl say that he had finally concluded to ac cept the position and I can say that he won't get it if I have anything to say in the matter. We have about 40.000 peo ple in Topeka and we certainly should be able to get one capable man out of that number. It is altogether unneces sary to go to the country for a man to act as chief of police, for I believe that a man can be selected without g"J outside of the city limits. We will be the laughing stock of the papers all over the country if we are compelled to do that." , , t Councilman Chaney said In reply to the question as to whether he believed the council would confirm Mr. Stahl: L hardly know, but I do not believe in ap pointing any one outside of the city. There are other objejetions than that of residence, however, and it may be that the council will not agree with the may or in the matter. I do not know posi tively that Mr. Stahl's name will be pre sented, but it seems to be general y un derstood that it will be. It would not surprise me in the least If a majority of the councilmen would vote against th confirmation." Mr. Roundtree la another councilman who considers that Mr. Stahl's residence should bar him from the office. "I thinls that a man who could handle the busi ness in a satisfactory manner can be se lected without going to the country to look for him," said Mr. Roundtree. "There is certainly plenty of good timber in a city the size of Topeka from which to choose a successor to Mr. Ramsey. I do not think it Is right to go to the country for a man. Mr. Stahl is a good man and I have heard nothing against him, but it seems to be the general opin ion that he should cot be chosen." Councilman Betts is also opposed to the selection of Mr. Stahl. He said: "I do not think it is right to appoint a man who is not a resident of the city. I have not heard any other councilman express an opinion regarding the appointment and do not know how they are inclined to look at the matter, but I am against it and will vote that way If the matter comes before the council this evening.' Councilman Hughes said: "It does not look exactly right to me. I believe that a man who lives in the city should re ceive the appointment. There are plenty of men in the city who are capable of holding the office and I hardly consider it necessary to go beyond the city limits for a chief." Councilman Mergan Is likewise oppos ed to the selection of Mr. Stahl and will line up with the opposition. Mr". Warner was the only councilman approached who did not express an opinion of the matter. He said that ha would wait until the matter came be fore the council and would vote as he thought best at that time. The rejection of Mr. Stahl produces a peculiar situation and it may be that it will result in Chief of Police Ramsey holding the position indefinitely. When Chief Ramsey resigned, one of the condi tions wasthathewouldhold the office un til his successor Is qualified. If the mayor and council can not agree Chief Ramsey would continue to hold office and this is what the so-called "liberal ele ment" most desires. Ifl A BALLOON. Jacques Faure Crosses the Eng lish Channel in Four Hours. New York, Sept. 4. A dispatch to the World from Paris says: M. Jacques Faure, treasurer Aero club, has successfully crossed the channel in a balloon. He left the Crystal palace, London, at 8 o'clock Saturday night and arrived at Alette, Pas de Calais, at 3 o'clock yes terday morning. The crossing of the channel loccupiea four hours. During this time the aero naut kept his balloon at a height of 700 metres. Weather Indications. Chicago, Sept. 4. Forecast for Kan sas: Generally fair tonight and Wed nesday, except possibly thunder storms tonight; southerly winds.