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WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. NOVEMBER 21, 1900. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. OFF TOULON. President Kruger Approaches Shores of France. The Gelderland is Delayed fcy Hough Weather. A BIG DEMONSTRATION Arranged in His Honor at Tort of Marseilles Seems Likely to Be Postponed Until Tomorrow. Marseilles, Nov. 21. 2 P. M. The Hutch cruiser Gelderland having on board former President Kruger of the Bouth African republic, is reported to be ' off Toulon. The reception of Mr. Kru- " " ger is likely to be postponed until to morrow. In spite of a heavy rain which pre vailed all night and during the forenoon today, the streets of Marseilles were fill ed from an early hour by great crowds of people intent on extending a welcome to Paul Kruger, president of the South African republic, At 11:30 a. m., the steamer Gelderland, carrying the noted voyager, cot having been sighted, the committee having the details of the re ception In charge announced an ad journment until 2 o'clock p. m. Early in the day Dr. Leyds and Messrs. Fisch er and Wessels and the other Boer del egates boarded the launch of the cap tain of the port with the purpose of meeting and boarding the Gelderland cutside the harbor. The sea proved too rough, however, to permit of their car rying cut their intention, and they were obliged to return. The scene at the dock was very pic turesque. Every coign of vantage was occupied by sightseers. The landing stage was gaily decorated with the Transvaal and Free State colors, the French tri-color and shields bearing the blue cross of the arms of Marseilles A red carpet covered the ground, form ing a bright splash of color at the quay Fide. Decorations elsewhere in the city were practically non-existant.only a few iiags being visible along the route which Mr. Kruger will traverse in going from the quay to the hotel. Senator Pauliat, the president, and ether members of the Paris and Mar seilles reception committee assembled at the landing stage during the forenoon, end behind them, drawn up in a long line were delegations of various patriot ic societies.with embroidered silk stand ards. ? The Salnte Marie light house at the end of the breakwater serves as a view MS jioint for a large gathering of spectators as the Gelderland will be seen first from there. Numbers of small boats were flitting about the inner harbor filled with spectators. Some of the boats were decorated with little Boer and French fags, but none of the steamers at the I dock was dressed with bunting. Rain which had ceased for a time be gan falling again at 11:30, whereupon in view of the fact that the Gelderland may not arrive until late this afternoon or tomorrow the Boer committee an nounced that it would disperse until 2 . o'clock: the delegations from the socie ties furled their standards and marched off and the crowds elsewhere in the town rapidly dissolved. DROVE OF ROBBERS. Makes Unsuccessful Attempt to Loot an Ashley, 0., Bank. Delaware, O., Nov. 21 A dozen profes sional bank robbers, all masked, made a desperate attempt to secure the contents of the money vault of Sperry & Warn eteffs' deposit bank, at Ashley, ten miles north of here, by dynamite. Nine stood on guard, holding the citizens at bay with their guns while three operarted the dynamite under the deposit vauit. The bankers' property is worth $50,000 and there was $15,000 in cash deposit on hand. Four attempts were made to get at the cash, but the side door held to its combination, while the guards outside were shooting at the citizens who press ed closely in upon them. Dr. Buckley and Guy Shoemaker, merchants, first upon the scene, were met by the robbers at the point of guns and bidden not to move. The robbers stole a horse and spring wagon and a black team and new Surrey from farmers nearby. The risrs waited in front of the bank for flight The single horse ran away, demolishing the wagon, when the men took across the country on foot. The damage to the bank vault and other property is about half its value. The gang left Morengo on a Big Four freight at 1 o'clock, stole the horses and rigs and reached Ashley shortly after 2 o'clock. They pried open the bank doors without being discover ed, but the first explosion of dynamite aroused the town. The gang fired as they fled, but no one was hurt. FRAN'K. W EAR IN ATCHISON. Topeka Man Interested in the Coal Find. iFrom the Atchison Globe. F. E. Wear, president of the Wear Coal company, and the big coal man in Kan sas, is much interested in the discov ery of a thirty-six inch vein at Atch ison. He will be more interested when he learns that Prof. Ha worth, after exhaustive analysis, has pronounced it the best coal in the state. Mr. Wear came to Atchison several davs ago and had a preliminary bout with W F. Dolan, of the coal committee Mr Dolan thought the Wear Coal company should pay $20,000 for the rights owned by the coal committee, "Mr Wear came back with the statement that his company would expect a bomu3 of $100,000 before agreeing to sink a shaft at Atchison. Mr. Wear went away, but is still interested, and has written to Mr. - Dolan several times. In one of ihese letters, written last Friday, he says he believes that if the coal committee will turn over its rights, he can arrange to sink a de veloping shaft. This is about the best coal news we have yet been able to print. Mr. Wear and his associates are not only practical coal men, but thev have unlimited capital. If they take hold at Atchison there will be no un necessary delays. Mr. Dolan still in sists that Mr. Wear and his associates Should at least pay the cost of the diamond drill work. REDUCTION OF TAX VS. Secretary Gage Thinks Seveaue Can Be Cut $ 30,000.0C0. "Washington, Nov. 21. The Republican members of the ways and means com mittee met to consider a measure for the reduction of the war revenue tax. The most important action taken was a. de cision not to remove the tax of ten cents a pound on tea. The committee will not take up of disturb the tariff on imports, as the members claim it would open up the whole subject of tariff re vision. The committee will not gTant any hearings while framing the bill, as full hearings were given during the last session of congress, and since then briefs and statements of various interests have been received. Parties who are inter ested, however, can file briefs or state ments with the committee. No decision was reached as to the amount of the reduction that Is to be made. Secretary Gage' and Commissioner Wilson of the international revenue bureau were before the committee for some time. The secretary told the com mittee that in his opinion there might be a redaction, in revenues of $30,000, 000. The war revenue act now raises about $100,000,000. Commissioner Wil son went over the schedules with the members of the committee, and both he and Secretary Gage were questioned as to where reduction could be made to the best advantage from the treasury standpoint. A considerable part of the discussion was confined to schedule B, which takes in medicinal and proprietary articles and preparations, perfumery, cosmetics, chewing gum, wines, etc. There was also discussion of stamp taxes. The discussion indicated that the com mittee favored quite a change in this feature of the law and reductions wher ever possible. The committee also de sires to eliminate the taxes on convey ances, of which there has been a great deal of complaint. It can be stated that in a general way it will be the aim of the committee to abolish the most burdensome taxes and to grant relief from stamp taxes as far as possible. The committee called on the president to obtain his views on the proposed reduction. After there has been a general inter change of opinion on the proposed re duction, it is quite likely that a sub committee will be appointed to draft a measure. It is not believed the bill can be pre pared and ready for the full committee until the session begins. The measure, after it is agreed upon by the Republi cans will be submitted to the Democrats of the committee. Suggestion, has been made that the oleomargarine bill, now on the house calendar and made a special order for December 6, might be made a part of the war revenue reduction bill. Represen tative Tawney, the father of the oleo margarine bill, when asked about this, said that the oleomargarine bill would be passed by the house early in the ses sion, so that an opportunity would be given to ascertain if there was a, dis position to defeat the measure in the 1 senate by any unusual delay. In such case, he intimated, the oleomargarine bill might be made a part of the reve nue reduction bill in the senate. The committee's conference with the president lasted less, than an hour. The committee and the president agreed upon the desirability of the reduction or abolition of the war taxes where they have proved annoying and irritating to the interests involved and yet have not produced much revenue. The president believes the surplus in the treasury is accumulating too rapidly, and that con servative reductions may be made safely or the taxes entirely removed in some instances. The Republican members be lieve they will be able to agree in a few days on the general line of changes to be made. A CHECK OF $50,000. Hearst's Newspapers Giye Aid to Galveston Sufferers. New York, Nov. 21. A check for $30,000 was mailed last night to Governor Joseph D. Sayers, of Texas, to be applied to the aid of the children who lost their par ents in the September storm, which de vastated Galveston. It is the offering of the newspapers o W. R. Hearst and rep resenting the proceeds of the Galveston Orphan's bazaiir held here and the gift of friends of the sufferers from the disas ter. COMMENCE OVER. Waterworks (Question Is Back to Starting Place. After all the negotiations and the work of experts upon estimating the value of the waterworks, the city is back at the starting-place and turns once more to the water company to fix a price. The council took this course last night by adopting the report of the committee on waterworks. The report gave the detailed estimates made out by Engineers Follett and Cole, with this recommendation subjoined: "We do not believe the calling in of a third engineer would reconcile this dif ference. Wre therefore beg to recom mend that the mayor be instructed to write to the water company and ascer tain the lowest cash value that they will take for the plant at the present time, delivery to be made at the expiration of lease or as soon as they can, give ti tle." MANY HORSES JUDGED. Gotham Show Well Attended and Entries Numerous. New Tork, Nov. 21. The horse show opened today under auspicious circum stances. In spite of threatening weath er there was early a large number of people in the Garden about the ring side, in the balcony seats back of the arena boxes and wandering back and forth through the stables. The work of judgingbegan at 9 o'clock promptly. For the first hour the ponies held full sway; pony stallions and brood mares being shown by hand and under saddle and in harness. Then followed the preliminary trial over the Jumps of 38 horses entered in class 104 for the best performance of hunters. or jumpers over six successive jumps, five feet high. On ly those horses qualifying in this pre liminary will be allowed to participate in the class at 10:25 tonight when they will be judged. Hackney brood mares and stallions then took up the time of the judges un til nearly noon when just before the re cess a class of trotters, colts, or fillies, were shown and judged. SAV.r.1ENTHERE. Neighbor of Sells Family De scribes Nocturnal Tisitors. Only Came When Peter Sells Was Absent. HE SAW A TALL MAN. Identified the Tisitor as Harry Lyons. Wm. Bott Afterward Came and Lyons Came No Sore. The Sells divorce case In Columbus, Ohio, was resumed by the plaintiff call ing w. H. Fish, one of the buildersof the Sells mansion who lives just across the street on Buttles avenufe. Mr. Fish said he was familiar with the house, and had been through it several times with Mr. and Mrs. Sells. He described the house in detail and said that Buttles avenue was about 50 or 60 feet wide. Mr. Fish said he had a lawn at his house and sprinkled it himself. Witness knew William Bott, and identified him in court. Was not ac quainted with Harry Lyons but Harry was pointed out to him by Elizabeth Donohue and Maggie Kervvin in front of Lazarus'. Witness then described Lyons. (.Here Mrs. Sells leaned over and consulted with Mr. Huling). On several occasions witness said he had seen the tall man call at the Sells house. On the night of the Shri ners' banquet in '97, given at the Chit tenden, Mr. Fish said the tall man (supposed to be Lyons) came out of the Sells house about 2 a. m. He cross ed Dennison avenue toward the park. Witness had seen the man go in the side door early in the evening about 8 o'clock. That was before Mr. Fish went to the banquet. .Lyons walked rather fast and didn't stop to ring the bell. Mr. Fish was just leaving his residence, go ing up town, at the time the "tall man" walked in without ringing. There was a light in the hall at the time the hall standing out toward Buttles avenue. At the time Lyons left at 2 a. m. there was a light in the hall and also in Mrs. Sells' room. In 1898 witness attended a meeting of the board of trade at the Chittenden hotel. This he thought was in the fall of the same-year. At that banquet, Messrs. Kilbourne, Clahane, Booth, J. A. Jeffries and others spoke. There was a banquet and it concluded after 1 a. m. Mr. Fish walked home that morning and saw the "tall man" (pointed out to him as Harry Lyons) coming out of the north door of the Sells residence. The light in the hall was down when the man left. Mr. Fish sa'.d he could not hear the door close as .the "tall man" left the house. Mr. Peter Sells was not at home on either of these nights. The circus goes out in April and comes back in November. The electric light on the corner Is so bright, said Mr. Fish, some nights, that he the witness could read a newspa per on his front porch, by the light. One Sunday Mr. Peter Sells had been home and left in the evening. This was in 1898. One Sunday afternoon in '98 Mr. Sells and Florence went to the depot as Mr. Sells was going away. The "tall man" called at the Sells residence inside of an hour after Mr. Sells hau gone. He came from the west. Mr. Fish said he had known Mrs. Sells eight or ten years Saw Mrs. Sells that night. Saw her that night at the west window of Miss Florence's room. She was facing west. The tall man when he got to the alley, looked up at the residence and then went in the Sells residence. Mrs. Sells met him at the door. Witness knew it was Mrs. Sells as he had seen her every day. Mrs. Sells went down stairs as the tall man came up. Mrs. Sells wore a light waist that night. The tall man put his hand to his face as he approach ed. He had a handkerchief in his hand. This was in the fall. On the night mentioned Mr. Fish says that the "tall man" got to the house early in the evening but he (witness) did not see the man leave. Mr. Fish was asked If Mr. Peter Sells was ever sick at the house. Witness said this was in 1898. Witness said Mr. Sells had the yellow fever. This caused a sur prise In court. During the time Mr. Sells had the yel low fever the blinds in the sitting room went down when the tall man came. Mr. Fish said that at various times he (Mr. Fish) had gone to Minerva park theater, banquets, etc., and coming home would sprinkle his yard.sometimes as late as 1 a. m. On some of these nights he saw the "tall man" come from the north door. Mr. Fish, when not sprinkling, had also noticed the tall man come out. This was sometimes once a week. He had noticed Mrs. Sells in Miss Florence's room at various times. She would be facing west. At those times Harry Lyons (this time the witness used the name) would be coming toward the Sells house. He would walk leisurely until he got Jo the alley and then would come faster Once when Mr. Fish was on his porch, while Miss Florence was on the street, Lyons approached and Miss Florence seemed fidgity. Another time Miss Florence was on Mr. Fish's porch waiting for Mr. Mayer, when the tall man went into the Sells residence. At no time, said Mr. Fish, did Mr. Lyons enter the house by the front way while Miss Florence or her company were on the front porch. The evident intent of the questioning of Mr. Fish by Mr. Sater was to show that the "tall man" did not come to call on Miss Florence. During Mrs. Sells' trips away witness said he never saw the "tall man" come to the house. Mr. Sells was always away when the man called. Mr. Fish said: On the trips to the house, the "tall man" always came alone. Coming back to the time Mr. Sells was home in Octo ber, 1899, and then left. Mr. Fish sayr. he saw Mr. William Bott there about 8 p. m. He came from the west, walked leisurely until he reached the alley and then went into the north door without ringing. Mrs. Sells was In Miss Flor ence's room, facing west. She went east ward in the room and then went to the north room. Witness did not see either of them again that night. This was one of the nights Mr. Fish was sprinkling his lawn on the Buttles avenue side. There -was a light in the hall;' Mr. Fish said. He paw Miss Flor ence that evening with a gentleman In a military suit. They were walking toward Dennison avenue about the same time Mr. Bott entered the house. Early one morning in 1SS9. during Oc tober, Mr. Fish was eating his break fast, when Mr. Sells came home. Mr. Bott had been at the Sells residence, the , witness said, having come "at the usual time." so Mr. Fish put it. He left late that night. Witness said be had seen Mr. Bott come to the house awheel. One time he took the wheel in and another time he left it in the carriage way. These were not the occasions mentioned above. The witness then described the famous carriage drive from which Mr. Billy Bott's wheel is said to have been taken. The tall man had quit coming to the house after Mr. Bott began, to call, the witness thought. Witness was asked if he had ever seen the tall man or Mr. Bott walk by the Sells house without entering. He said yes, when there was some one at the side door and company was in front. "Did they come back?" was the sense of the next part of the question which was objected to by Col. Holmes. The court allowed the answer "yes" to stand. Mr. Fish was then turned over to Mr. Huling for cross-examination. He said he had built his own residence in 1S90, but did not move in at once. Mr. Huling asked witness if he had a barn on the rear of the place and if he kept a hired man. Mr. Fish said he had known Mr. Sells for 30 years and Mrs, Sells for 10 years. Had met Mrs. Sella first at a K. T. ball given at the Neil House 10 years ago. Had seen them to gether at such functions every winter. The witness then described minutely the location of his own house, with regard to doors, porches, etc., and also the dors and porches of the Sells house. The witness said the two families weie friendly and that on February 3, '97, Mr. and Mrs. Sells had called twice when Mrs. Fish died. Mrs. Fish had called on Mrs. Sells also when she was In health. Dropping this phase of the case Mr. Huling asked Mr. Fish how long he has known Mr. Bott by sight. He replied ten years, but had never spoken to him in his life. "The Sells family entertained a great deal?" asked Mr. Huling. "No," said the witness, "not so much." They had company, he said, both in the summer and winter. Mr. Fish did not know who the guests were. Harry Ly ons was pointed out to Mr. Fish in 1897, but he had seen him at the Sells house in 1895, before Mrs. Fish died. The first time Mr. Fish had noticed William Bott at the Sella bouse was in the fall of 1898, he said. Then for the next 20 minutes Mr. Hul ing and the witness discussed architec tural questions relating to the Sells house. Mr. Huling said: "You were not spying on any one, were you?" "Oh, no, just sprinkling the lawn." Mr. Huling's last lead of questions were to throw doubt on the question of whether Bott was seen at the house. BAYMOTJB'S WIFE SPEAKS. She Says Her Husband "Wrote the Letters to Mrs. Sells' Daughter. Omaha, Neb., Nov. 21. E. H. Ray mour, or "Uncle Ned," who figures In love letters in the Sells divorce case, lives in Omaha with his daughter, Mrs. Charles K. Emory, at 4018 Lafayette av enue. He is now in Custer, S. D. His wife, who is here, said to a reporter that Mr. Eaymour denies writing letters to Mrs. Sells, but says the letters were written to the little daughter, Florence Sells. His daughter, Mrs. Emory, said to day: "Yes, E. H.Raymbur in my father, and he makes his home here. I know noth ing about the Sells affair, and do not want to talk about it. Whatever con nection, if any, my father had with the Sells scandal does not interest me, and I dare say it is of no interest to him, either. You may say, however.that fath er is not dead. I heard from him only last week, and we are expecting him here soon. He is now away on one of his periodical trips." HOYT IS DEAD. Noted Playwright Succumbs to a Long Illness. Charlestown, N. H., Nov. 21. Charles H. Hoyt, the well known playwright, died at his home here last night of paresis, from which he had been suffer ing for several months past. Evef since his return to Charlestown, after his release from a private asylum at Hartford by order of the court, early In August, it has been known by hi3 attendants and nearest friends that his condition was serious and that there was little or no chance for his recov ery, but Mi. Hoyt apparently had THE LATE CHARLES HOYT. seemed hopeful of ultimate recovery. Previous to two weeks ago there ap peared to be a slight improvement in his condition, although he had periods of depression. About two weeks ago his appetite failed and he had a bad turn, from which he only partly recovered. Since that time he had been unable to take any except liquid nourishment, but continued to be up and around his room until Monday. He steadily lost strength and yesterday morning he suffered a relapse and became unconscious, in which condition he remained until death came. Mr. Hoyt had no relatives here, and at the time of his death his two physicians, two trained nurses, his valet, and James O. Lyford, his legal guardian, were in attendance. It is probable that the funeral will be held Saturday. Gov. Lind Will Contest St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 21. The Pioneer Press says: It is understood that Gov ernor Lind has decided to contest the election of Samuel R. Vansant. On the face of the returns Vansant has a plur ality of about 2,500, but the Democrats contend that there has been such irreg ularities and errors in counting that a recount would show a clear plurality for Lind. ' I fl pill TORHADOJWEPT. Long Stretch of Territory in Storm's Path. Heavy Loss of Life and Prop erty Reported. NINETEEN ARE KILLED The Town of La Grange Suffers Most Severely. Extends From Memphis toNash Tille With Yarying Severity. Death of 37 Persons Reported From Columbia. Memphis, Tenru, Nov. 2L A tornado bounding through a narrow stretch of territory from a point three miles north of Lula, Miss,, to La Grange, Tenn., caused a heavy 'loss of life and prop erty yesterday afternoon. From meagre details obtainable, covering only three points, It appears that nineteen lives were lost and the destruction of property was also heavy. It is believed that between the towns heard from numerous farm houses and interior communities of more or less considerable poulation were struck. Accompanying the tornado was a rain storm of terrific proportions. The tornado struck the town of La Grange, Tenn., 49 miles east of Memphis on the Southern railway in Fayette county. Only one church is left standing in the town. The streets are littered with the debris of destroyed buildings, mer chandise and telephone wires and poles. Several persons are dead and wounded. The dead recovered up to the time the correspondent left on the evening train to bring the report to Memphis are: Walter I. Moody, assistant manager of the Panky & Gaither Plow Manufac turing company. Wife of Brown May, colored. Negro woman, unknown. Six persons were injured more or less seriously and ten business places were totally destroyed. The Methodist, Baptist and Presby terian churches were demolished. The residence portion of the town also suf fered heavy loss, several building being completely demolished and a large num ber damaged. A perfect deluge of rain was falling when the cyclone came, but its advance was foretold by a roaring, rushing sound followed by quick, heavy reports which gave the inhabitants warning and they rushed out from the falling buildings. Meagre reports from towns along the line of the Illinois Central railway in North Mississippi state that the tornado wrought much havoc. Thirteen persons are reported killed between Love sta tion and Coldwater. The tornado made its appearance at about 3:30 o'clock this Afternoon and swept everything in its path. Trees were uprooted and fences and outhouses were levelled to the ground. Telegraphs and telephone wires are down and details are lacking. At Coldwater several houses were des troyed and the daughters of John Guy and John Dany were seriously injured. A negro child was killed three miles north, of town. The cyclone passed from southwest to northeast and struck Bates ville about 4 o'clock. Several houses were demolished and seven persons were more or less injured. The Methodist church was unroofed. Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 21. The storm last night was the most destructive in many years. Two lives are reported lost and much damage done at Lavergne, 16 miles from Nashville. At West Harpeth and Thompsons station a number of houses were blown down. A child was killed at the latter place. Two persons were killed and several fatally injured at Nolensville, Williamson county. It is reported a number of persons were killed in Maury county. Memphis, Tenn., Nov.' 21. Love's sta tion. Miss., reports no one killed out right by the storm of yesterday after noon in that vicinity. So far as known J. L. Doney was fatally injured by fall ing timbers. A dozen houses were wrecked and much other property dam age done. The course of the storm was down the Cold Water river. There is no definite news of the effects along that stream at points distant from Cold Water. STORM'S WORK AT NOLENSVILLE. Memphis. Tenn., Nov. 21. Telephone and telegraph line wires are down along the line of the Illinois Central railroad between Memphis and Grenada, Miss., where is located the path of yesterday's storm, consequently news of the disaster can only be obtained from Incoming trains and will probably not be availa ble until late today. Near Nolensville, Miss. .Nannie Hamp ton was killed. James Hampton was in ternally injured and will die. Emma Hampton, Ernest Stevens and Miss Black Hampton were seriously injured. James Chrisman's house was blown away and his baby is missing. The home of J. D. Vernon was demolished and Mrs. Bromlet, a sister killed. HAVOC AT COLUMBIA, Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 21. A special to the Age-Herald by long distance tel ephone from Columbia, Tenn., says: A terrific cyclone, moving in a west erly and northwesterly direction, struck this place at 9:30 o'clock last night and left havoc in its path. The northern and western sections of the city, which are populated prin cipally by negroes, were almost entire ly swept away. Fifteen persons are known to have been killed and it i3 feared that this number will be largely increased by later reports. The dead are: MISSES FLORENCE AND EVELYN FARRELL. CAPTAIN A. F. ATDOLETTE, WIFE AND ONE SON;another son and daugh ter missing. MISS KATET FORSYTHE. JAMES CHERRY AND SIX NE GROES, names unknown. The cyclone lasted for about five min utes and its path extended about one thousand feet wide, which is clearly marked by devastation. Many houses, including a large num ber of negro cabins, were blown down and many others unroofed and other wise damaged. The surrounding fences of the United States arsenal damaged, blown away, but the building remains intact. A freight train on the Nashville, Flor ence & Sheffield railway was lifted from the track but as far as reported none of the passengers or the crew was injured. MEMPHIS LINE ESCAPES. Kansas City, Nov. 21. A telegram re ceived at the general offices of the Kan sas City. Fort Scott & Memphis railway in this city this morning from its Mem phis representatives says that nineteen lives were lost In last evening's tornado at and near La Grange, Tenn., and that property damage to the amount of near ly $40,000 was done at that place. The telegram follows: "A very heavy rain storm passed over Memphis yesterday evening about dark. Two and eighty-five hundredths Inches of water fell from 7 o'clock yesterday morning until midnight last night at Memphis and for forty or fifty mtjes east. A terrific wind, storm struck La Grange, Tenn., a point 49 miles east of Memphis, on the Southern railway and destroyed property to an estimated value of $;i5,0o0, or $40,000 and caused nineteen deaths at that place and in vicinity, according to best information now obtainable. So far as have been able to learn there was no damage at any of the stations along our line, though the storm seems to have circled around Memphis beginning at Lula, Miss., a point 56 miles south of Memphis on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley and through Batesville, Miss, a point on the Illinois Central railway, about sixty miles south of Memphis, to the north east through La Grange." FIFTEEN KILLED AT COLUMBIA.' Louisville, Ky., Nov. 21. Telegraph and telephone communication in the path of last night's storm is still Inter rupted and although every effort is be ing made to reach the scene of devasta tion from various points, no definite in formation has been received as to the loss of life, or the extent of the dam age. The storm is believed to have reached the height of Its severity in the middle and western parts of Tennessee and northern Mississippi, as no reports of damage elsewhere have reached this city. AtColumbla according to & message by telephone, the loss of life was fifteen. The list as reported Is: MISS FLORENCE FARRELL, : , MISS EVELYN FARRELL. i v CAPT. A. F. AYDELOTTE. MRS. A. F. AYDELOTTE. Daughter and two sons of the Aydel ottes. MISS KATE FORSYTHE. JAMES CHERRY. Six negroes, names unknown. At La Grange, in the extreme west ern portion of the state, the dead are reported as numbering three and the in jured six. Three negroes are reported killed at Tunica, Miss., and thirteen persons are believed to have lost their lives between Love station and Cold Water, in that state. These reports as yet lack confir mation. The storm was but a branch of a gen eral disturbance which has been mov ing in a northeasterly direction from eastern Texas. In Nashville the rainfall for the past 24 hours was 6.02 Inches, an abnormally large precipitation. Memphis reports 2.48 inches. The wires were blown down in all directions and the telegraph, com panies are badly handicapped. MUCH DAMAGE IN MISSISSIPPI. Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 21. A report which arrived here at noon stated that four negroes were killed and hundreds of cabins on plantations near Lulu, Miss., were demolished. Five miles north of Tunica, a cabin in which five negroes were assembled was wrecked and all of them killed. A school house, a church and a number of plantation houses in the same locality were demolished. A white man and a negro were killed six miles south of Hernando, Miss. Many plantation, houses, a cotton gin and a church were destroyed. The names of the victims can not be learned at this time. PATH OF THE STORM. Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 21. Conductor Kibler, of the Granada accommodation train on the Illinois Central road, which arrived this morning two and one-half hours late, reports that the path of the storm was first reached at Batesville, Miss., where considerable damage was done to property and several persons In jured but none fatally. There had been a heavy downpour of rain all day. At 5:30 the storm burst in all its fury and for a mile and one-quarter on the west side of the railway track the wind level led every standing object in Its way. At Guis station, one mile south of Love's station, Tolin Guy's mill and residence were destroyed. The inmates of the dwelling miraculously escaped injury. Two negroes in a cabin nearby were killed. The damage done at Loves sta tion was not serious. From that point the storm took a northwesterly course and the next place to feel its force was LaGrange. Tenn. The storm seems to have started from a point to the south of Tunica, Miss., and within a few miles of that place. Telegraph communication has been temporarily paralyzed, but so far as known the casualties in Mississippi are four negroes killed near Lula, five ne groes killed near Tunica and one white man and one negro killed near Herndon, Miss. Hundreds of farm buildings, chiefly cabins occupied by negroes, were destroyed together with a number of school houses and churches. The dam age to the cotton crop can not yet be es timated. Up to 1 o'clock today efforts to get information from LaGrange.Tenn. had not been successful. 20 HOUSES DEMOLISHED. St. Louis, Nov. 21. A Post-Dispatch storm bulletin says: Considerable dam age resulted at Martin's mill in the county f t the same name, but partic ulars are not obtainable. Several houses were blown down at Indian (Wk in that county. Twenty houses at Dallas, Ala., near Huntsville, were demolished, but no lives were lost. In Williamson county, near Franklin, the residence of Able Little was destroyed and Mr. Little and Mrs. M. Hughes were badly hurt. At Boxley's the store was destroyed and three negroes killed. DEATH LIST GROWS. St. Louis, Nov. 21. A special to the Post-Dispath from Nashville, Tenn., says: The killed in Columbia number Yr, white and 22 colored. The track of the storm was through Macedonia, a negro suburb. The main portion of the city was not struck. An ice factory In the suburbs was wrecked. Much dam age was done in Maury county, of which adequate report is yet unobtainable. DELAGOA AWARD PAID Americans Get Their Share Through the Seligmans. London, Nov. 21. The Delagoa Bay railroad award was paid today. The Americans received their share through the Seligmans. The Delagoa Bay award of J3.062.S00 with interest at 5 per cent, from June 25. 188S, is the result cf the seizure of the Delagoa Bay railroad by Portugal. The facts in the case have been told many times during the last few years. Besides the principal of the award and the in terest, totaling about jr,000.000. Portugal paid on account $140,000 in 1S0. The Americans interested are the heirs of Colonel McMurdo. who with a number of English capitalists built the road and ran it until seized by the Portuguese officials Weather Indications. Chicago, Nov. 21. Forecast for Kan sas: Partly cloudy and probably un settled tonight and Thursday; warmer in northwest portion tonight; southerly winds. IS SHEJUILTY? Case of Miss Jessie Morrison Is Up For Trial. Charged With Killing Mrs. Oliu Castle Last June. A RAZOR THE WEAPON. Roth Women Said to II aye Loved the Same Man. Defendant Will IMead Self De fense For Her Action. Alleges Dead El Dorado Woman Was the Aggressor. El Dorado, Kan, Nov. 21. The rase of Miss Jessie Morrison, charged with, kill ing Mrs. G. Olin Castle last June by cutting her throat with-a razor, wan called for trial hire today. The case is one of the most remarkable In the his tory of Kansas crimes, and promises to be a legal battle, eminent attorneys hav ing been engaged on each gid. Miss Morrison's alleged motive for thm murder was Jealousy, she having been a former sweetheart of Castle, who ia a. clerk In a local "RacKi-t" More. Miss Morrison, who Is 26 years of ae. Is the daughter of former Probata Judge M. H. Morrison. Mrs. Castle, who was a Miss Mary Wiley, was thi same age as her alleged murderer, and her family also is well to do. Before she died Mrs. Cast Is made a statement in which she declared that Miss Morrison had attacked her with out provocation. Miss Morrison wid plead self-defense, alleging that Mix. Castle attacked her first with a rasor, which she finally wrenched from th married woman and used to protect he-r-self. At the preliminary hearing last sum mer Miss Morrison was held without bail. Much of her time In Jn.ll since tutm been spent In reading the Bible. Late yesterday afternoon attorneys for the defense entered a plea of abutz-nienl, alleging that the defendant had never had a proper preliminary hearing, and afeklr.g that the plea 1m tried before a Jury. This was the first thing to bo taken up when court opened thu morn ing. When Judge C. W. Shlnn announced the case the court room vra crowded with spectators. Among them were a dozen women, clerks in the More whins Castle and Miss Morrison had work'-d. or neighbors of the dead woman and her husband. On a front seat sat JuiU" Morrison, the aged father of the. alleged murderer, and back of lilrn. crouching low to escape the gar.e of the curionj. was young Castle. for lov of whom tlm state will contend Miss Morrison killed his wife. Presently Judge Morrison left trm room accompanied by the sheriff. A' few minutes later the two men "so urtcd Miss Morrison, slender anil frail look ing, to a seat beside the judge's di sk. The prisoner was dressed plainly and bore a dejected appearance She sat. quietly through the proceedings, making no comment and hardly M-iikiiig 14 word. Her five months' confinement l i the county Jail had apparently changed her completely Yesterday Miss Morrison's attorneys filed a plea In abatement, assert ing that the preliminary hearing had nut Iks-ii regular, and that their prisoner there fore could not be, tried on the charge of murder in the first decree. The state' a attorney moved that the plea be amend ed and asked lhat the case procwd. Considerable argument from counsel f(l lowed. Judge Shinn finally announcing that he would pass upon the question fit the afternoon session, and a recess a.i taken. Difficulty In securing a Jury Is ex pected, and it Is not believed that th taking of evidence will begin befora late in the week. DUKE TO AMERICANIZE, Applies For Membership in Cin cinnati Club. Cincinnati, O., Nov. 21. Application for membership in the Business Men's club of this city has been made by thu Duke of Manchester through two mem bers of the club. Eugene Zimmerman, his father-in-law, has also appll-d fcr membership. It is said the iluku will shortly be here, and his father-in-law promises ta place him in business. BECKHAM'S WEDDING. Will Be First Event of tbo Kind to Take Place in Kentucky. Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 21. Tonight for the first time in the history of Kentucky a governor in office will be married. John Crepps WickllfTe Beckham will bi united in marriage with Alius Jean Raphael Fuqua. The governor's stuff and all the state officers from Frank fort, including judges of the court of appeals and members of the different state boards will assemble In Ijiuiisv ilie today and arrive here on a special train. Distinguished gu-sts from all parts of the Mate will be in attendance. Tie ceremony will be held in the Fit tit Pi fs byterian church. The governor and his bride will Imv. at midnight for Chicago nnd Ui'nce westward, returning to Frankfurt I e:. 1st. After Governor Beckham's Inaugura tion on December ft, Uiey will visit Florida. K. C.-Topeka Football Game. On account of the game between Washburn and the Htate Normal from Emporia, on the college athletic field, next Saturday, the game between t le Topeka and Kansas City IiIkIi schools teams has been set back Severn 1 days. Kansas City will be here next Wednes day. November L'S. and the girne will be played on Washburn field. Meantime the Top-ka boys are putting in hard licks at practice to try and turn th ta bles on their visitors In their second contest of the seantrn.