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Delegate Convention Assembles
at City of Scranton
To Tate Action on the Offer of
the Operators.
For a Settlement on the Basis
President Mitchell's Address In
dicates No Agreement.
Scran ton. Pa., Oct.12. The convention
ef striking anthracite mine workers
called by President Mitchell of the Uni
ted Mine Workers for the purpose of
considering the 10 per cent net advance
offered by the mine owners convened iu
Music Hall today. The delegates began
to arrive at the hall long before 10
o'clock and stood along the sidewalks of
Lackawanna avenue.discussing the pro
bable action of the convention. The lit
tle hall, which has a capacity of TOO.
was soon filled after the doors were op
ened. Unlike most conventions, there
was an utter lack of decorations In the
hall. As each official of the United Mine
Workers entered the hall, he was ap-j-lauded,
but the most enthusiastic dem
onstration was reserved for President
Mitchell, who arrived at 10:15 o'clock.
The convention got down to work very
quickly. Ten minutes after the nation
al president's arrival, he called the dele
gates to order and addressed them as
mttciielts address.
Gentlemen: In opening this convention
1 desire to briefly outline the purpose
which prompted us to call you here, to
ji int out, if J can. the course you should
pursue in det. rmining the questions which
fo vitally affect not only yourselves ami
the vast con.stueney you reprstriit. but
iilso the millions of people in the eastern
ttnd New England states and in the an
thracite region not directly connected
with the coal industry. Before doing so,
however, permit me to congratulate you
upon the growth of your organization as
evidenced by the large number of dele
gates assembled here.
This is without exception the largest
labor convention which has taken p ace
in the industrial history of our nation.
The causes which forced you to engage
in the contest which has preceded this
convention, are from years of suffering,
to indelibly imprinted upon your memor
ies that is would be a waste of words
to recite them nere. The story of your
wrongs has been truthfully depicted by
your officers. It has been portrayed in
all its hideousness by the representatives
of the press, men sent here to seek out
the truth, and report the conditions as
they really exist, and with exceptional
unanimity the public has declared that
your cause is just and the responsibility
lor this unfortunate strike rests solely
upon the shoulders of those who em
ployed you. Your own conduct during
the strike, even under the most trying
circumstances, has won for you and our
cause, the respect and commendation of
ail justice-loving patriotic peopie. Viola
tions of law have been few in number
and then only under circumstances in
which the miner was not wholly at fault.
In fact it has been shown that more overt
j.cts have been committed by those whose
duty it is to enforce the law more than
by the mine workers, who have been so
erroneously pictured as men entirely de
void of respect for law and order. For
this you deserve much credit, Labor or
ganizations have no greater enemies than
the thoughtless strikers who violate the
law or permit -themselvess to be provoked
ii-.to the commission of crime. It fre
quently -occurs in times of strikes that
employers provoke strikers into violati -ns
of the law with the hope and expectation
that public sentiment will be arrayed
against the strike and the milita-ry a:-m
of the state can be secured to curb the
men and defeat the objects for which the
strike was inaugurated. Whatever may
be your decision here today, should you
end or continue the strike, it is my earn
est hope that every man may regard it
as his duty not only to obey but assist
in enforcing the -law. When this strike
was put into effect we declared it w raid
not end unless a majority of the delegate
representing the anthracite miners agreed
to its termination.
We repeatedly announced that we would
not undertake to decide the future hap
piness or misery, the weal, or woe of the
live hundred thousand persons dependent
upon the anthracite coal industry for a
livelihood- We believe that the men who
mine coal, that the men who work in the
collieries, that the boys who work in the
breakers, should all be consulted before
the officers of your union declare the
strike at an end. Learning that the op
erators had posted norices at their mines
offering an advance of 10 per cent in the
wages formerly paid we deemed it otir
ciuty to call a convention and permit the
miners to pass judgment on the Question
of its acceptance or rejection.
Tn considering the proposition of the
operators I want the delegates attending
this convention to be calm and lisnas-
sionate, to consider the question in ail its j
phases, to measure carefully the chances
of success and the poss bdittes of defeat i
should the strike be continued. You must
not reach conclusions hasiilv, you must
not over-estimate your strength and on I
the other hand you should take every j
precaution to protect yourselves against
the a variciousness of your employers,
who. I regret to say, have shown no dis- j
position te treat yuu fairly in the oast i
i;nd who have never shown any retrard
for the welfare of those who produce their
For the first time in many years the
operators have recognized your demands
lor better conditions of employment, and
have offered an advance of 10 per cent in
your wages. I am well aware that this
advance is not satisfactory to you. You
have felt, and with much justiet that
a. definite period of time should be named
during which this advance should remnin
in force. Your acceptance where wages
are based on a sliding scale has been
so unsatisfactory to you that you believe
the sliding scale method of determining
wages should be abolished, vou also be
lieve that the laws of Pennsylvania
should be coeyed by the coal cornpan es
and wages be pai-l twice men month, vou
reserving the right of spending vour earn
ings wherever you choose. Whether it
is believed best at this time to inside
upon a compliance with all vour demands
is a quest, on which you who are most in
terested, are called upon to deride P r
sonaily I have hoped we should be able
at some time to establish the same
method of adjusting wage differences as
now exists in the bituminous coal reg
ions, where employers and miners' dele
rales meet in joint inter-state convent' m
and like prudent sensible business irien
mutually asirce upon a scale of waes
winch remains in force for one vear thus
removing the causes of strikes "and' loc k
outs and even yet. I believe that in fu
ture, the anthracite operators will accent
tins humane and progressive method of
treating with their employes.
Labor organizations. like lahor-savin-machinery,
are here to Slav, capital mav
for a tune refuse to deal with them mav
because of its great power, retard the
growth of organizations frr a t'rae but
like -truth crushed to earth," thev '"will
rise again." and will give battle "in de
lense ol the poor and oppressed
Now, gentlemen, permit me to admon
ish you to consider seriotts.lv the course
Xou intend u, pursue. TLe " eves of the
American people are eencre3 oh the city
of Scranton today and a.nxitusly awaiting
the result of this effort. J do not wish
you to accept one cent less-' for your '--..b:r
than it is possible for you - to se-ur.
1 do not wish the great organization
which has been built up among you to be
wrecked and ruined through any mistake
of mine or yours. If you legislate wisely
and judiciously. I can see a destiny
brighter and happier for you and for
those who will take your places when
you have passed away. I can see a fu
ture where the little boys will be in at
tendance at school, instead of wasting
their young lives awav in the breakers,
helping to earn a livelihood for their par
ents. I can see a future where pleasant
homes and happy smiiing faces of the
wives and mothers will be in vivid con
trast with the conditions of today.
President Mitchell's address was well
received. "
The next order of business was the ap
pointment of the committee on creden
tials. The committee consists of nine
members, three from eacn of the three
William Davis, of Pottsville, known
as the "g-olden miner," by reason of his
being the oldest working miner in the
anthracite region, was then introduced
and read a short poem.
After the credential committee had
collected the credentials of the delegates
the convention at 11 o'clock took recess
until 1:30 p. m., to allow the committee
to examine the credentials and report.
Shenandoah, Pa., Oct. 12. General
Gobin says there will be no movement
of troops homeward until after the
Scranton convention. Hisiatest advices
are that quietness prevails throughout
the entife region.
Stands by His Letter Written
Five Tears Ago.
Chicago, Oct. 12. A special to the Tri
bune from Louisville, Ky., says ex
President Grover Cleveland has replied
to a letter written by Mr. John S. Green
of this city inquiring if the former pres
ident had changed his views on the
financial question, as expressed in his
letter to Chicago business men on April
13, 1895. Mr. Cleveland in his letter
which is dated Buzzards Bay, October
7, lj?W, replied as follows:
"r have received your letter inclosing
a copy of my letter written more than
five years ago to the business men of
Chicago. I had not seen it in a long
time, but it seems to me I could not
state the case better at this time if I
should try.
"1 have not changed my opinion as
then expressed in the least."
Mr. Stevenson Leaves Baltimore
For a Day of Speaking.
Baltimore, Oct. 12. Former Vice Pres
ident Adlai E. Stevenson, accompanied
by National Committeeman L. V.
Baughman, chairman of the Democratic
state committee Vandiver, and others.
left Baltimore at 8 o'clock this morning
for Frederick, where Mr. Stevenson will
deliver an address at the Frederick fair
this afternoon. Leaving Frederick the
party will drive across the mountain to
Hagerstown, stopping at Middletown
and Boonsboro en route, where short
speeches will probably be delivered by
the vice presidential candidate and oth
ers of the party. There will be a meet
ing at Ilagerstown this evening at which
Mr. Stevenson will deliver the principal
Police Have Quietly Collected
Evidence Against Jointists.
The city detectives have been busy for
some time collecting evidence against the
joints and when Chief Stahl thinks he
has enough he will proceed to lead the
liquor sellers a merry chase. The detec
tives ran up against a stump Thursday
at one place and the officers are at loss
as to the proper method of getting around
the difficultv. Thev would not tell where
the place was. but told of the new dodge
to evade the law.
Two of the men had heard of a joint
that was reported to be running wide
open, and they went over to investigate
and buy a little beer as evidence that
they were doing their duty. They walked
into the front room and on into the back
room where they expected to see the reg
ulation joint, bar and a keg of beer, wiih
possibly a bottle of whisky and some
glasses on a little shelf behind the pine
board bar. What they really saw was a
bar at the end of the room with a screen
over it, leaving a space a few inches be
tween the ton of the bar and the base of
the screen, it was impossible to see who
was behind the bar.
The men stood and looked at the odd
arrangement for a few minutes at loss to
know what to do. Suddenly a voice be
hind the screen broke the silence with:
"What'U you have, beer or liquor? Speak
up. gents, I can't hear well behind this
The. men silently drank two glasses of
beer and then walked out. They do not
know the man behind the screen and they
have no way of finding out, so they could
not swear out a warrant for him. This is
a good dodge for the jointists as they can
sell without being constantly brought be
fore the police court. If the pol'ce raid
the place ail they can arrest is the beer
keg. for no one can swear who the man
is that sold the beer.
Will Now Demand the New In
sane Asylum.
A delegation of Parsons tiusiness men
and lawyers is in Topeka today, as T.
N. Sedgwick expressed it, "to rase Mrs.
Lease's substitute for Kansas corn."
"That's right." said some of the visi
tors when Mr. Sedgwick expressed him
self with reference to the asylum mat
ter. The delegation includes Mayor Roek
hold, C. H. Kimball, Mr. Sedgwick and
a number of business men, irrespective
of politics, who have come to have a
conference with the members of the
state board of charities on the asylum
If the delegation ascertains that the
board intends to obey the injunction se
cured by Clay Center, then a mandamus
suit will probably be instituted by Par
sons in the supreme court to compel the.
members of the board to proceed to con
demn the land, in accordance with the
dictum of the supreme court's opinion.
Chairman R. Vincent. Secretary Ed
win Snyder and Treasurer G. W. Kana
,vel of the board of charities are at the
asylum this afternoon considering bids
for a new heating plant to be placed in
the Winfield asylum.
When this business is disposed of the
members of the board will come to the
city, cr the Parsons delegation will go to
the asylum, as later arrangements may
be made, to talk over the situation.
How State Treasurer's Salary is
Detailed Statement of
Money in Hanks.
Interest Would Amonnt to More
Than Salary.
Believed That Mr. Grimes Will
Tell All.
Depositions Will Be Taken To
morrow Morning.
The amount of revenue, even at the
low rate of 2 per cent., to be derived
from the balances in local banks, daily,
monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or
annually, would make a very important
addition to the salary of the state treas
urer, or that of any other state official.
In fact, this revenue would exceed, in
each of the periods mentioned, the reg
ular salary of any of the officials.
The state treasurer draws from the
state J2,500 annual salary. Add to this
sum the amounts which It is alleged
have been contributed by the local
banks, and the salary becomes pluto
cratic. It is claimed that these perquisites
have made the salary of this office much
higher than that of any other state
official, the annual sum ranging from
$6,000 to $10,000.
Mr. Grimes will have an opportunity,
probably tomorrow, to tell, on the wit
ness stand, how much his remuneration
from the banks has been.
The governor, state auditor and sec
retary of state have made regular ex
aminations of the treasury, and the
amount of money In the Topeka banks
shown by the official records of these
examinations was as follows:
March, 1899 $432,097.79
April, 1899 303.898.20
June, 18119 214,454.49
July, 1899.. 235.823.09
August, 1899 518.878.65
October, 1899
November, 1S99
February, 1900
April, 1900
May, 1900
June, 1900
August, 1900
. 372,182.01
The balances in the local banks dur
ing the last year of Governor Leedy's
administration were as follows:
January, 1898 , $144,024.87
February, 1898 334,769.71
March, 1898 .'. 331,279.90
April, 1898 14,248.35
June, 1898 113.640.73
Julv, 1893 148 623.90
August, 1898 319.213.2S
September, 1898 272.940.77
October, 1898 149,315.65
November, 1898 272,940.77
December, 1898 11,464.97
The politicians were revelling in two
bits of gossip last night. The one re
ceiving the most attention, as told by a
Republican to a State Journal reporter,
was this:
"Mr. Low has told Mr. Grimes to tell
the truth."
"Mr. M. A. Low, do you mean?"
"Yes, sir."
"Have these men been in conference?"
"Not exactly a conference," was the re
ply, "but they have talked it over."
"How is this known?" asked the re
porter. "I am not at liberty to say that."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. Mr. Low has advised Grimes
not to attempt to dodge the proposition
and has told him to tell the truth."
"Grimes needed no advice in that mat
ter, did he?" was asked.
"No, I guess not; but Mr. Burton has
been working among the politicians in
an effort to have something done to
shield Grimes."
"Is it the opinion that Grimes is guilty
of the charges?"
"Call it what you will." replied this
Republican politician, "but everybody
knows that this interest business, or
bank rakeoff. has been a 'habit' in the
treasurer's office for many years."
Mr. Grimes' friends are responsible' for
the rumor that the suit against Mr.
Grimes is to be dropped.
County Attorney A. B. Crum, of Osage
county, said last evening: "So far as I
am concerned there is no intention of
dropping the suit. I have no doubt Mr.
Grimes would like to have it dropped."
The depositions of Mr. Grimes and the
officers of the Merchants" National will
be taken at 10 o'clock Saturdav morning
before Justice of the Peace W. S. Mc
So Says Cyrus Iceland of Attack of the
Morning Paper.
"The Topeka Capital is attempting to
divert the attention of the public from
the case brought against Mr. Grimes
by making a vicious and untruthful at
tack on me," said Cyrus Leland today.
"This paper charges me with having
held a conference in the Blossom house
at Kansas City with J. Mack Love, the
Democratic chairman. Senator W. H.
Ryan, Populist, and Frank Jarrell, and
claims that this is one of the move
ments made by me to aid and push the
suit against Mr. Grimes, which the Cap
ital insists I instigated.
"I went to Kansas City Tuesday even
ing from Leavenworth. Just before the
train left for Topeka I went into the
Union station with F. C. Trigg, dep
uty United States marshal. In passing
through the waiting room we met
Charlie Sessions and Frank Jarrell.
These gentlemen both said 'Good even
ing." This is the extent of my 'confer
ence' with Mr. Jarrell. Mr. Sessions
pointed out J. Mack Love, saying to
" 'That's Mack Love; don't you know
" 'Yes, I have a slight acquaintance
with him, and will speak to him,' is the
reply I made to Sessions.
"Then." continues Mr. Leland. "I went
over to Love, who was a few feet from
us, spoke to him and we shook hands.
There was a crowd ail around us. This
greeting contained the only words I had
with Mr. Love. . That is the extent of
the 'conference ' to which the Capital
"I had not seen Mr. Love for many
weeks prior to the moment I spoke to
him. After speaking to Love I went
Into the car and came to Topeka, Mr.
Sessions and Mr. Jarrell being in the
car with me. The conversation which
Mr. Love and myself had in the wait
ing room a good-natured exchange of
brief pleasantries in a crowd of people,
constitutes this 'conference.'
"No one expects from the Capital fair
treatment for me. The past record of
the paper proves this. It loses no op
portunity to misrepresent me. and this
story about a conference with Love is
on a par with their conduct towards me
at all times. I had no conference with
Love, and the Capital knows it. A pre
tension to being a truthful Republican
paper is not sustained in this in which
willful misrepresentation has been pub
lished in place of the truth.
"My Republicanism and work for ray
party is well known. My record dates
from the time I became a voter in Kan
sas, nearly forty years ago."
Says He Is Away On Personal Busi
ness and Has Nothing to Tell.
The State Journal today received from
Frank G. Willard, at Chicago, the fol
lowing telegram:
"Chicago, 111., Oct. 12. Have just
learned of statements in the State
Journal of yesterday with reference to
me. Am here on strictly personal busi
ness. Frank Grimes had absolutely
nothing to do with my leaving home.
"I never paid Frank Grimes one cent
of interest or bonus on state funds, nor
never agreed t- while connected with
the Merchants' .tional bank.
(Signed) "FRANK G. WILLARD."
Train Will Leave Bock Island at
1 P. M. Tomorrow.
The picnic to Martin's Hill which was
postponed last Saturday on account of
the threatening weather, will take place
tomorrow afternoon providing the
weather does not again take a hand and
Arrangements have, been made on a
large scale for the accommodation of
the large crowd whieh will attend the
picnic. Ten thousand tickets have been
distributed and it will be no easy task
to transport so large a crowd to and
from the picnic grounds. However, ade
quate arrangements have been made
and it is anticipated that everything
will move along smoothly. Owing to the
large number of people who will attend
the first train will leave the Rock Island
depot shortlyafter 1 o'clock. Following
this train, others will be started just as
fast as they can be loaded and run back
and forth.
Every one should take a lunch basket
well filled tomorrow. Those wanting to
take croquet sets or other games may
do so. There is ample room to accom
modates amusements of this kind.
Hammocks may also be hung in shady
spots. By taking ropes and seat boards
swing3 may be placed where a great
deal of enjoyment may be derived from
A pavilion tent has been placed on
the grounds where Jackson's band will
play during the afternoon. Refresh
ments will be for sale at stands for that
The plan is not a money making
scheme but is a liberal offer of the com
mittee to help Topeka get a park whieh
is one of the great needs of the city.
Locomotive Blows Up While
Hunning on the Alton.
St. Louis. Oct. 12. A special to the Post
Dispatch from Mexico, Mo., says:
Engine No. 107, while hauling the east
bound passenger train on the Chicago &
Alton railroad at the usual speed, ex
ploded near-Curryville, about thirty miles
east of this city, early this morning and
was blown almost to atoms. John Ma
son, colored porter, of Roadhouse, 111.,
had his head cut off. Engineer Patrick
Markey and Fireman Crawford Wheeler,
both of Siatfcr, Mo , were badly burned
about the head arm leg,3 and Mrs. Wm.
Glasscock, of Hannibal, Mo.. W. Eckler,
of Kansas City; Dr. J. J. Kincaid. of Bow
ling Green. Mo., and a colored porter
named Lindsley, were more or less hurt.
Fifty yards of the track were lorn up
and "trains delayed for several hours. It
is not known what caused the explosion.
Began Busirress Between June and
Washington, Oct. 12. The comptroller
of the currency has completed an ab
stract of the reports of the condition of
all the national banks in the United
States at the close of business Septem
5, 1900.
The summary shows that the aggre
gate loans and discounts of the banks
were $2,686,759,040 and the aggregate in
dividual deposits $2,507,248,557. A com
parison of these figures with the condi
tion June 29, 1900, the date of the pre
vious call, shows that during the period
between June and September there was
an increase of $63,247,438 in loans and
discounts and $49,155,759 in Individual
The number of banks reporting on
June 29 was 3,732, and the number re
porting on September 5, was 3,872, an in
crease of 140.
The work of compiling the returns
from the mutual savings institutions of
the country has recently been comple
ted, which shows that during the year
ended June 30, 1900, the aggregate re
sources of these institutions has in
creased $185,743,039; the deposits in the
banks have risen in amount from Ji.
90.7O9,131 on June 30. 1899, to $2,134,471,
130 on June 30 of the current year, an in
crease of $173,762,999.
The number of depositors in these mu
tual savings banks increased during the
year from 5,073,i42 to. 5,370.109, and the
average deposits from $3S5.&& to $397.47.
American Troops Are Departing For
the Philippines.
Washington, Oct. 12. Colonel Hum
phrey, quartermaster in China, has sent
a cablegram under today's date, to the
quartermaster general announcing the
first departure of the United States
troops from China. This dispatch is as
"Kaintuck sailed yesterday for "Ma
nila with forage, quartermaster animals,
company D. Sixth regiment. United
States cavalry, pack mules belonging
to the Sixth regiment United States cav
alry. Transport Indiana w ill leave this
port on 11th with about V0 marines.
Entire command throughly provided for;
health good,"
Masonic Banqueters Found the
Auditorium Cold.
Six Hundred People Sat Down
to Tables.
Speakers Found a DecidedlyChil
ly Audience.
Heating Plant Not Tet in Work
ing Order.
The Scottish Rite banquet at the Aud
itorium last night was a success. A de
cided success so far as the banquet was
concerned. And as a banquet hall the
Auditorium was. found to be excellent.
The only thing at fault seemed to be the
The banquet tables were arranged in
the square, level part of the main floor.
Six tables seating at least a hundred
each. The tables were tastefully dec
orated with ferns and behind a bank of
palms on the stage Marshall's band
played during the banquet. But the
building was cool when the people went
in and by the time the last course had
been served the temperature was decid
edly low. The boilers were steamed up
yesterday and heat turned on the Aud
itorium but the main pipe had not been
properly connected with the Auditor
ium and therefore there was no steam
in the building. But the people shivered
a little, ate a pickled onion, drank a lit
tle more hot coffee and stayed for a
The banquet was served without a
fault. The menu was excellent. The
food was served from a "cook tent" in
regular circus style. No stoves are al
lowed in the Auditorium. So the tent
was pitched in the open space just north
of the building and a row of gas stoves
were connected and kept busy. A line
of hose carried the supply of water. The
cooks in the tent had things arranged
as neatly and cleanly as if in a large
It was 11 o'clock when Toastmaster E.
W. Poindexter introduced the first
speaker, W. A. S. Bird. Mr. Bird re
sponded to the toast, "Our Country." He
spoke of Masonry being the first frater
nal order and that others had been
started after its success. He spoke of
the good the fraternal orders have done
the country and said: "Our country is
above and beyond all others in the sis
terhood of nations of the earth. Every
lady is a queen and every man a king.
It can truly be said of our country that
it is not necessary to be born with a sil
ver spoon in one's mouth to become a
person of fame. The country presents
an equal chance to all." The hall was
becoming colder.
O. J. Wood responded to the toast
'Scottish Rite Masonry." He said:
"Learn all one can in a lifetime of
Scottish Rite Masonry and at the end
one would have to say as Socrates, T
feel as though after all I had not learned
half." The Scottish Rite is an ancient
and honorable institution. Ancient, as
having existed for years; honorable, be
cause it has never taught dishonesty,
and always teaches that we should be
better men and better citizens. . I affirm
that because a man has become a Ma
son that he is never made worse. King
doms and dynasties may pass away, but
ancient craft Masonry w:ill continue to
exist." .
The hall was cold. As Mr. Wood fin
ished the banqueters commenced to
leave. Toastmaster Poindexter rapped
for attention, but the people hurried for
the cloak rooms and their wraps. It
was like a stampede. In a couple of
minutes more than half the people had
gone. The hall looked awfully empty.
Mr. Poindexter said that perhaps it
would be well to dispense with the re
mainder of the programme on account
of the cold, but those who remained
called for the remaining speakers.
Col. Jonathan D. Norton responded to
"The Supreme Council." He told of the
founding of the order by Frederick the
Great. He said the United States is
divided into two jurisdictions. That the
southern jurisdiction is the largest, and
that Kansas is the leading state iu the
southern jurisdiction, with the largest
number of consistories. The audience
W. L. Burdick, of Lawrence, responded
to the last toast, "The Ladies." He
viewed the small audience, and said:
"There are enough left to give me an
inspiration. Susan B. Anthony said she
could never watch sweet girl graduates
upon the school platform without wish
ing that she could take them in her arms
and kiss them. That is the way I feel
here. The weather i3 rather cool in
here, and reminds me of the man who
told a friend that he could look a crowd
over and tell where all of them came
from. He pointed to one man. and said
he came from New York. The friend
asked the man and he admitted that he
was from New York. The man said the
next was from Vermont, and it was
found that he was right. He guessed
men from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and
other states, and finally pointed to a
man and said 'He is from Missouri.'
The man got up and said: 'No, I'm not.
The reason I look so bad is because I'm
sick.' Now the reason I feel so bad is
because I'm cold." There was a chorus
of chattering teeth.
But despite the cold the banquet was
a success, and the Auditorium will make
an excellent banquetroom when the
heating plant is in working order.
Man Who Had Money in a N umber of
Chicago, Oct. 32. Charles Andrew
Johnson, 53 years of age, who is known
to have over $1,100 on deposit in the Il
linois Trust & Savings bank of this city
and who is thought to have large sums
on deposit in three California banks, has
been found dead in his bed in the Glad
stone fiats, Lasalle avenue. The man
came to his death by inhaling illuminat
ing gas but Mrs. Ellen Davis, the land
lady was of the opinion that Johnson
must have left his gas turned on
through an accident. She said that
Johnson was of a nervous disposition
and was very forgetful.
A search of the room revealed a note
written on a hotel letter-head, which
stated that in case of his death, all his
money should be fcrned over to Justus
Swanson. 327 Jessie street, San Fran
cisco. California Bank books were found
which showed that Johnson had money
on deposit in the German Savings bank
of San Francisco, the San Diego bank
nni the Home Savings bank of San
Fiancisco. The letter and the bank
books were dated lS9i.
Trial Trip of the New Battleship "Wis
consin. Santa Barbara, Cal., Oct. 12. The
Wisconsin has just completed the most
successful trial trip ever made "by a
battleship, and she is pronounced the
fiiiest vessel ever turned out by the
Union Iron works. At the start many
i ;iflgs seemed against a successful
cnal. An easterly wind was kicking up
a choppy sea and threatening a squally
After a preliminary spin over a part
of the course, the big vessel steamed
full ahead, passing the eastern beacon
at 10:20 a. m., at a speed exceeding 16
knots. The course was marked by the
battleship Iowa, gunboat Ranger, train
ing ship Adams and cruiser Philadel
rhia. Between the Ranger and Gavieta
wharf the Wisconsin gained her maxi
mum sreed of 18.54 knots per liour. and
maintained throughout the westerly
course an average speed of 17.89 knots.
The average speed of the entire run, M
knots, was 17.25 knots per hour. The
only other battleship approaching this
speed is the Alabama, which averaged
17.013 knots, and attained a maximum
speed of 18.03 knots. The average num
ber of propellor revolutions (during the
western run was 119.34 per minute, and
on the return 119.15, a difference of only
.19 of a revolution. So close a run has
never been made before. The average
steam pressure was 180 pounds, and the
vessel was under forced draught. The
boiler valves lifted frequently. When
at her maximum speed the vibration was
Hade- Member of G. A. R. Committee
on Pensions.
Chicago, Oct. 12. Commander in Chief
Rassieur of the Grand Army of the lie
public, in a general order issued today,
announces his official staff and the com
mittees which will have charge of var
ious branches of the organization's work
during the coming year. The staff ap
pointments are:
Inspector General Henry S.Peck.New
Haven, Conn.
Judge Advocate General James II.
Wolff, Boston.
Senior Aide de Camp and Chief of
Staff PJdward N. Ketchum, Galveston,
Executive Committee of the National
Council of Administration Leo Ras
sieur, St. Louis; Frank M. Sterett, St.
Louis; William Armstrong. Indianapo
lis; Thomas W. Scott, Fairfield, 111.; A.
A. Taylor, Cambridge, Ohio; W. F. Con
nor, Dallas. Texas; Nicholas W. Day,
New York; H. O. Dodge. Boulder, Col.
O. H. Coulter of Topeka, Kan., is ap
pointed a member of the committee on
Porto Rico Will Not Need So Many
After a While.
Washington, Oct. 12. The war depart
ment has made public the annual report
of Brigadier General W. Davis, com
manding the department of Porto Rico.
It states that when the organization of
the civil government shall have been
completed and the civil machinery is
working well there will be no necessity
to retain in the island so large a force
as at present. He cannot conceive it
possible, however, to limit the garrison
to a force just sufficient to take care of
the guns at San Juan, and he points out
that the island of Porto Rico must have
in the future, as it has had in the past,
great military importance. Spain ex
pended more than $4,000,000 on the forti
fications of San Juan, and upon the sur
render to the United States the fortifica
tions were found to be of great strcngih
and the armanents extensive. General
Davis adds:
"It is conceivable that the United
States will leave the island without ad
equate protection of men. ships and
guns, the only land owned by the Uni
ted States in the West Indies."
Land for a naval station has been re
served and a coaling and repair station
probably will be erected at San Juan.
General Davis says the armament
should be increased and modernized, and
the guns cared for by a sufficient force
of artillery. He says the experiment of
utilizing the natives as soldiers has
proved a marked success, judging from
the appearance of the organization as it
was seen on parade.review and in camp.
While there has been no test of the
nerve and courage of the natives in battle,-yet
General Davis expressed the be
lief that they would prove satisfactory.
During the year over thirty million
pounds of relief supplies have been dis
tributed by the quartermaster's depart
ment. It has been found impracticable
to use the native cattle for subsistence,
and the refrigerated beef from this
country has been generally acceptable.
The cost of the relief supplies in aid of
the hurricane sufferers was $824,828.
In the local elections General Davis
says there was never present at or near
a voting place an armed soldier, and
"the bayonet was conspicuous by its ab
sence." The main election, tinder the act of
congress establishing an insular legisla
ture with one house elective, has not yet
been held.
Second Annual Conference is Held at
Lawrence, Oct. 12. The second annual
conference of the Kansas Daughters of
the American Revolution was held in
Lawrence yesterday, and was attended
by delegates from the four societies in
the state, at Wichita, Topeka, Ottawa
and Lawrence. The morning session
was called to order by Mrs. John G. Has
keil of this city, who turned the meet
ing over to Mrs. Katherine Iwis of
Wichita, the state regent. Reports of
the four chapters were heard and were
followed by a paper on "The Pawn'
Republic," by Mrs. George Johnson, of
Pawnee Rock. The ladies of Wichita
extended an invitation to hold the next
meeting in that city, the date to be se
lected later.
The meeting was held at the Unitar
ian church, and at noon the Lawrence
ladies entertained with a lunch, and
the work of the afternoon session was
begun by an address of welcome by Mrs.
Haskel of this city, with a response
and the state regent's address by Mrs.
Lewis of Wichita. Miss Benson of Ot
tawa, read a paper on "The Battle of
Long Island and the Jersey Prison Ship."
A paper by Mrs. A. H. Thompson of
Topeka, on "Old Historical Places,"
completed the afternoon programme.
Last evening the ladies of the Law
rence chapter gave a reception in New
Eldridge hotel parlors to ttie delegates
and to the Sons of the American Revo
lution and those eligible to membership
in both of these societies.
Weather Indications.
Chicago. Oct. 12 Forecast for Kansas:
Fair tonight and Saturday;
w inds.
Col. Bryan Begins Campaign In
McKinley's State.
Will Spend Four Days Talking
to the Buckeyes.
Crowd Gathers at Six O'clock in
the Horning.
Ho Holds a Short Conference
With .Mayor Jones.
Kenton, O., Oct. 12. It liad not been
the Intention of the Ohio state Demo
cratic committee that" W. J. Bryan
should begin the speech making feature
of his Ohio tour until the town of
Bow ling Green t-hould be rcat hiii. Tin
plan was however, Intel T.i'.M with f a
slight extent by the demands of a num
ber of people who giithci"d almt Mr.
Bryan's car in the Tolcd. gallon Ix-foia
the train pulled out. The tinin had be. u
brought to Toledo from S:t(ttnatv ami
had arrived at Toledo in the curly morn
ing. About half-past 6 o'clock pcplc
began to congregate in the vicinity i.f
Mr. Bryan's car and the clamor tx'i aino
so great that the national candidal.
was compelled to make his appciirani .
The next stop was made at ltowlinn
Green, 20 miles out nod tin- thin) at
Findlay, the con r of the Ohi. Gar IhU.
The Bowling Green speech wan made Im
fore breakfast and the Findlay in'"'
immediately after the vUt?'t that im-ai.
Mr. Brvan announced during the hr.-nk-fast
hour that Mrs. Bryan would j.'iu
him on the 27th Instant in N w Yoi k
and remain with him tli-r.-nft.-r lilt ttyj
close of the campaign. He said thut al ter
leaving New York and making the
tour of Weft Virginia, Maryland. Ik-Ih-ware
and New Jeisey h- would atanv
return to the empire state and probably
make several sp.-cchca on the occuslou
of this second visit.
Mr. Bryan's audience at the station lit
Toledo was comprised of laborers oil
their way to work, lie told tliin that
the Republican party seemed of t lie
opinion that the toll dinner pail wan
sullicicnt reply to all aiKum. rt as v. a
as to all dMiiands. II" scouted the idea,
that It e,. 1.1,1 tie KUthciellt b Pleel t h
requireniPnis of the laboring in. in.
ohiii'. he said, (he laborer u a not
i -
appetite. The Republican n emod to
forget, he sai1. all about anthracite coal.
He also warned them against what
considered the baneful inthiem h i f
trusts and talked at some 1. until f th
tetnl-ncy towards a chance in our form
of government as nianilcHted in our
treatment of the Filipinos and the I'orh
The Fpeioh wis received with f beets.
At Bowling Green Mr. Bryan . Hpeoinl
lv urged the importance of leetiug 1 h
whole Democratic ticket, sayitm:
"If I am elected president, l do not
want to be in the White House lucre, y
to distribute patronage. If 1 am ihci-
I want to have a einnice to Mini my
name to bills, and 1 can not ficn a i.nl
as president until it conies to mo nod a
bill can not reach the president lm'tl
it passes the house and the Koiiate. on
have a chance to help secure a majority
in the house and it may lo that tho
liouse will be so clone that one vole pi
the house of representative! will de
termine the majority and one vote in
this district may determine the leetl .ii
of a congressman and if you believe In
the doctrine lor which we rtan I I want
you to work from now until c'.x-tloii
day to. send a coticn sfinan down to
Washington, who will carry out thnw
idias. If we are right iu the position
that we have taken you ought to be In
terested in turning over" the control ..
the government to thoe who In Hove an
A tine audience rre.de. 1 Mr. Bryan up
on his arrival nt Kindlay at -: and t
made a bikv h of live minutes at that
place. He sai 1 in part:
"Possibly it is not nei-essary to speak
long on the trur.t question; lor people
learnmorebyoxperieneethan thev do bv
speeches and a speeeh can only point
out the lessons of experience. It. us. d
to be that If a mill closed down umh r
the Democratic administration every
Republican paper and editor pointed !
the mill and to the smokeless chimney
as an evidence that 1 lemoei a t ic polu ieH
were destroying the industries of th;
country. But now a trust buys a plant
and closes it down and no Republican
says a word about it."
At this point some one in the crowd
suggested that tin re wi re four trusts in
the town and Mr. Bryan said in reply:
"The gentlerna.il says you have four iu
this town. I went to West Superior,
Wis., the other day nnd I found thiv
had six trusts, the flour mill trust had
closed down six mills. Vou will find that
the trust will close more mills than nnv
policy that any other party ever .stood
for. When a Republican tells you Unit
those wh; tight the trusts, ate lit-htim;
industries, you till him that when mi
industry is independent it can not e los
down without loss. ! laboring inert
scatter, its Hade is Vt, and not only
the industry its. If but tit" community- -all
th are int. rested in keeping It ie
irig. But w hen you pur all t ti" iiidusti l
of one line und r one management th
managf rncnt can close a factory ti'T-
there and carry tn th" work somewhere
else. Th" trust t an close down in w r
to keep the prio' up, ant tnrow upon I h
laboring man and upon the community
the burden of maintaining extortionate
The Bryan train will be in i liartre of
an Ohio committer-, who f8m aboard
at Toledo, for th" next four days. Geo.
S. Ixing, chairman of the I moor a !
stat legislative commit t"" is in chi-t
command, with X. I. ohian, candi
date for congress from the To.-do d'
triet; ex-S.-na.tor W. G. Iot. and -Represents!
ives L. . Cole and ii. 1 '.
Garhtcr and "Coin" Harvey as prineij. ,i
While ttie car was RtaTclinir in th- To
ledo station. Mayor J..n s i t T..le.o,
called upon Mr. Bryan and they r .-n- to
conference for a f w minutes it h.i !
been hoped that Mr. .lore s would b - ai-h-to
accompany Mr. Bryan on hi." ite
tour, but his oilier ampnign eiu;a -
ments prevented his doing so.
Good Weather For Picnic.
The weather bureau pi"ornis.-H .d
weather Saturday for the Martin's Hi 1
excursion and the f . U. u; fcarne. 'I'h
weather map l.K.ks il.au and there ai
no indications of bad wiather. The fore
cast is "fair tonight and Saturdav." Th
maximum tempera ! ur- y..t.-rdv wan
f, and the temperature this morning a1.
II o'clock was Today's minimum
was 42. Th wind has been runitti f--r
sever-rl days nnd t ! ly blew at the rat
ut four miles mi iioux.

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