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TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, NOVEMBER 27, 1900.- TtJESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. RUSH OFUATERS. Unprecedented Flood Sweeps Down on Pittshurg After Incessant Kain of Three Day's Duration. THREE LIVES LOST And Hnndreds of Families Rendered Homeless. Tast Amount of Property Ruin ed and Work Stopped. Pittsburg-, Nov. 27. After three days of Incessant rain, a flood unprecedented for this season of the year and quite un expected in its fury swept down the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers last night. In their mad rush the waters ruined hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of property, caused the loss of at least three lives, temporarily threw out of employment thousands of workmen, by the forced suspension of the many Industrial establishments lining the banks of both streams, and rendered hundreds o families homeless. The fa talities are: Frederick Koppman, aged 66 years; tripped and fell, breaking his neck, while i removing goods from his home. Joseph Xavis and Joseph Flocker, mill workers, drowned by the capsizing of a skiff in the Allegheny. A November flood is quite common, but it rarely reaches the danger line, and for this reason the steady rains of the past few days caused no alarm. The precipitation had been heavier than !ual in the mountains at the head waters of both rivers, however, and it was not until late yesterday that the warning was sent out that both streams were getting beyond their banks and that there was a dangerous flood threat ened. The result was the fast-rising waters caught many wholly unprepared and much valuable property that was tied up for only a moderate stage was carried away. The danger line is 24 feet, and thi3 was passed about 3 o'clock this morning, and seven hours later, at 11 a. m., the marks at Davis island dam registered 25 feet and 7 inches. Both rivers were stationary and It was thought that the wTorst was over, and before nightfall the waters would be re ceding. The lowlands in Pittsburg, Allegheny, South Sharpsburg and Me Keesport are Inundated, and nearly every plant fronting the two rivers has been forced to shut down. Hundreds of families in this district have either been, driven from their homes or are living in the upper floor and using skiffs. There were many narrow escapes from drowning during the night, and several men are reported to the police as miss ing, but only three fatalities are known. Davis and Flocker, with, three com panions, attempted to row across the Allegheny in a skiff, which became un manageable and collided with a coal boat. The men were thrown into the river and Davis and Flocker were drowned. The others were rescued after being carried two miles down the river. At Neville island, the four-span railroad bridge in course of construction was swept away during the night. It was being erected for the American Eteel and Iron company, and was also to be used for passenger traffic by the Pittsburg & Lake Erie railroad com pany. STORM WIDELT EXTENDED. Chicago, Nov. l. A storm of unusual severity swept the states east of Illinois during the past thirty hours, causing numerous disasters on land and water and entailing heavy property loss. Wind, rain and snow combined to make the Btorm one of the worst of the year. Wires throughout New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and other states are still in a crippled condition and it is impossible to tell how great the loss of life will prove. Many alarming rumors have gained credence, but confirmation of several reputed disasters can not be obtained. New York City was all but isolated from the rest of the world a great part of yesterday. On Lake Erie the gale was severe, a number of vessels being wrecked or driven ahsore. Twenty-foot waves swept in from the lake, causing serious damage to wharves and buildings along the water front. At Lorain, Ohio, the heaviest sea in many years destroyed the government pier, threatening to ruin the harbor. A section of the wall of the Erie canal near Rome, N. Y., was broken, letting the water out of the sixty mile level. All vessels in this section of the canal will be left on the bottom where they are until the damage is repaired and the canal refilled. The waterworks reservoir near Chauneey, Ohio, bi-ike and the flood swept dow n on the town, one mile away, destroying a number of buildings and flooding the city. Throughout Ohio and West Virginia all streams were flooded and overflowed their banks, carrying away bridges and trestles, severely interfering with, rail road traffics L! SERIOUSLY ILL Has Telegraphed For His Son Li Chins: Fang. London, Nov. 27. Li Hung Chang, ac cording to the Shanghai correspondent cf the Morning Post, is seriously ill, and has telegraphed for his adopted son, Li Chins' Fang. MUCH FIGHTING In a Small Way Reported by Lord Roberts. London, Nov. 27. Lord Roberts, cabling from Johannesburg, under date of November 26. reports a number of encounters with the Boers at widely sep arated points, in which the British cap tured some cattle and a few prisoners and suffered slight casualties. The most eTious affair was an engagement with the forces cf General Delarey, numbering about 1.C00 men, with three guns, who opposed General Clement's march towards Reitfor.tein. The Boers, the dis patch says, - were completely dispersed. BERNHARDT APPEARS. French Actress Receives an Ovation in "L'Aiglon" in New York. New York, Nov. 27. Madame Sarah Bernhardt, after working until 2:45 in the morning In perfecting the details of her farewell American tour and then remain ing in bed ail day with a high fever, made her appearance last night in "L'Aisrlon" at the Garden theater before one of the most representative audiences ever seen in America. Aside from the fact that Bernhardt has just returned to this coun try after an absence of five years, the occasion was made notable by her appear ance with Constant Coquelin. This was the first time that these two great artists have appeared together since ljl, when they left the Coniedie Fran caise and made their first appearance in the United States. In addition to this "L'Aiglon" was played in this country in its entirety for the first time. So large was the attendance that it was absolutely necessary to stop selling evening admis sion tickets at the highest prices. Bernhardt's engagement In this city un der the direction of Maurice Grau, will last five weeks. Af ter that she will make a tour of the country. FITZ TO FIGHT. Lanky Boxer to Enter the Ring Just Once More. Toronto, Ont., Nov. 27. Robert Fitz simmons toas announced that at the close of his season he will once more en ter the ring and then retire for good. Fitzsimmons also states that another pugilistic star manager tried to fix up a false fight but he would not consent to any such an arrangement. . The declaration that Fitzsimmons will re-enter the ring is understood to mean that there will be a championship bat tle, probably next June. Jeffries, when he agreed to meet Ruhlin and after ward Sharkey, reserved the right to ar range a match with Fitzsimmons should the latter respond in due time. Now that Fitzsimmons has announced his intention to battle for the championship Ruhlin and Sharkey may be obliged to wait- according to agreement. WAS FOOTBALL CRAZY. Ex-Tale Player Trarels From Honolulu to See Game. New York, Nov. 27. George Carter, Yale '87, who played tackle on the team captained by Harry Beecher, came all the way from Honolulu to see the re cent Yale-Harvard game at New Haven, and he brought his wife with him. He was on the road 17 days, and before he gets home he will have traveled 11,400 miles, and the trip will have cost him more than $1,000. He stopped over in this city last night on his way back to Honolulu from New Haven.' Since going to Honolulu to live some years ago he has seen some football games in San Francisco, but not a col lege championship game. "It was worth every cent it cost us," said Mr Carter last night "When I get back I will have covered about half the distance around the world. I would go clear around the world to see another game like it, and my wife would not have missed the trip for all we have spent." DEATH OF G. W. WILSON Commissioner of Internal Rev enue Expired This Morning. Washington, Nov. 27. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Wilson died this morning at 9:30 o'clock. George Washington Wilson .was 57 years of age and a native of Ohio. He ,;V'f.. ' m h 0' X ' V, Si GEORGE W. WILSON. entered the union army when 18 years old as a private in the Fifty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry and served through out the war. coming out a first lieuten ant. In 1S68 he took up the practice of law and in 1869 entered the internal rev enue service, in which be served in various capacities, rising from one im portant position to another until be be came the head of the bureau. Commis sioner Wilson was regarded as the most thoroughly informed man on internal' revenue subjects who ever entered the government servtce and was consulted on all measurs affecting the revenues that have been before congress for many years. Goes After a Fortune. New York, Nov. 27. Accompanied by her sister-in-law. Miss Elsie Tyson of Humboldt county, California, and J. L. Wilson, a lawyer, Mrs. John T. Martin of Morristown, N. J., has started for Scotland to claim a vast fortune left by James Tyson, the millionaire bushman of Australia. Another resident of Mor ristown who is a claimant is George Ty son, who conducts a blacksmith shop in Ridgedale avenue." James Tyson, who recently died in Australia, left a fortune estimated at $13,000,000. For more than three score years he had no communica tion with hia family. Indiana, Official. Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 27. The offi cial vote cast at the recent election was: Bryan, 309. 5S4; McKinley, 336.063; Wool ley, 13.718; Debs, 2,374; Barker, 1,438; Malloney, 6C3. Union Reform, 254; Dur bin. Republican candidate for governor, falls behind the Republican elector 1,316 votes. . .M ,r uJoifcA'tv, . V 7 MS. LEASE TO SUE Will Ask For a Divorce From Her Husband. Mr. Charles H. Lease Confirms the Rumor Today. AN OLD-TIME QUARREL Commenced Over an Umbrella Long Ago. Lired in the Same House But Seldom Spoke. WASIITUB TO FAME. Populism Brought ThisWonder ful Woman Into Prominence. This Tear She Espoused Cause of McKinley. Mrs. Mary E. Lease will thia week commence a. divorce suit against ber husband. A rainy day and., an old umbrella formed the basis for a family quarrel, years ago, which has culminated in the proceedings on the part of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Lease, now a resident of New Mrs. Mary E. Lease, Who Will Ask York city, to obtain a divorce from her husband, Charles H. Lease, a Wichita druggist. Mra Lease alleges cruelty and non support, and Mr. Lease will not con test In a telegram from Wichita today Mr. Lease says that the report of the divorce proceedings is true, and. confirms the statement that he will make no con test. To those who are familiar with the movements of this family the announce ment of a divorce proceeding is no sur prise, because it has ' long been under stood that the relations between Mrs. Lease and her husband were strained, and that, although for years they lived in the same house, they seldom spoke to each other. From, poverty and the washtub, where she toiled at 50 cents per day over her neighbor's clothes, to the lec ture platform and a competence is the brief record of the career of Mrs. Lease. From a grocery store clerkship to the proprietorship of a drug store is the busi ness record of the husband Twelve years ago Mrs. Lease was un known to fame. Now she is celebrated throughout the United States as a re form lecturer. For years she spent much of her time and talent bewailing the con ditions surrounding the poorer classes, of which she claimed to be a faithful representative, but in later years as for tune smiled on her and the price for lec tures which she delivered continually ad vanced, Mrs. Lease surprised her old admirers in the reform elements by de claring for McKinley and Republican ism. The Kansas Populist managers abused Mrs. Lease for party faithlessness in Kansas, but she, went into Nebraska and helped save the state for the Republi cans, just the same. Mrsi Lease, had she been in Kansas during the last campaign, would have been catalogued by the party pollers as a "flopper." but this would not disturb her. In fact this was one of the priv ileges which she as an American citizen refused to yield under any circum stances. Mrs. Lease once said to a State Journal reporter in Topeka, in the office of Dr. Eva Harding, who is one of her closest friends: "I reserve the right at all times to change my mind from what I said yes terday to meet the conditions of to day, so long asj I am convinced that some good for myself may be accomp lished by so doing." The actual meaning of this language on the part of Mrs. Lease was some what vagu, but she reiterated it upon being asked for a more lucid explana tion, adding to her reply: "Most people can understand what I mean. If they can't understand what I mean by those words, if they are inter ested and will keep tab on my doings they will, later, understand, because the old adage says that 'actions speak louder than words." " These statements were made by Mrs. Lease on the occasion of what was prob ably her last visit to Topeka, as a Kan sas resident. She was then on her way to New York, and was later joined there by her four children. This marked the separation of the family, sance which time Mr. Lease has attended quietly to his business at Wichita, while Mrs. ' till I I l! I M fi'L Lease has been striving to meet the heavy demand made upon, her for speeches and lectures, at so much per lecture, throughout thte east. She has also been very successful financially In magazine work. Before Mrs, Lease regarded herself as capable of espousing the cause of reform upon the lecture platform, from a men tal standpoint, she persevered through great trials to educate herself and her children. Mrs. Lease was " married when quite young and gave birth to six children, two of whom died, four now living with their mother in New York city. At that time the wages received, by Mr. Lease, as a clerk in a grocery store, so Mrs. Lease has said, were! not sufficient to meet the family's needs and provide an education for the children. Whatever criticism Mrs. Lease 1 may have been the subject of during her erratic political career, no one has evrr questioned her love and interest in heir children. This prompted hertof take In washing" and with her arms barjed, except for the immersions of soap-sida in the wash tub, she studied and imparted what she learned to her children who sat around her. Mrs Lease borrowed books and would, in order to return them promptly, copy the things which she desired to learn and with these extracts tacked up on the walls of the wash house she would rub the clothes and talk to the children. As Mra. Lease rose from the wash tub to an Alliance lecturer, the differ-, ences with her husband grew. He did not take kindly to the publicity and no toriety into which his'wife had plunged and became, so Mrs. jLease says, more and more "grumpy." The children followed their mother and the family w-as'soon klivided, with Mr. Lease alone on his side of the contro versy. Mrs. Lease spent much time away from her home. She was making political speeches or dabbling in politics,, but until she was appointed a member' of the state board of charities by Gov ernor Lewelling, received no public re- For a Divorce From Her Husband. ward for her services rendered to the Fusion political managers in Kansas. This was the first and last recognition she received. A quarrel with John Breidenthal, and the charge by some of her friends that Mrs. Lease marketed at $2,500 each four members of the Populist legislature in the interests of the Mis souri Pacific candidate for United States senator when Judge John Martin of To peka was elected by the Fusionists, placed her in bad grace with the reform ers who at this period had advanced to fusion. This incident caused a break which Mrs. Lease took advantage of and quit the reform crowd. Soon thereafter she had a public quarrel with Mrs. Annie L. Diggs and thus Mrs. Lease was left without a friend at court in the man agement of the reform campaigns in Kansas. She then sought wider fields, and took with her, the four children. This was the separation which is now to be made a matter of law. Mr. and Mrs. Lease were married at Osage Mis sion, not St. Pauls, Neosho county, in 1873. Going to New York, under the man agement of her son, Charles Lease, she soon attained prominence as a lecturer, at good prices. Soon the money waa forthcoming to provide well for the children. Louise, the elder, who re sembles her mother, is studying for the stage and also making considerable pro gress in literature. A son, Ben Hur, and a daughter Mary, are in school. The oldest boy, Charley, now a, young man and a voter, manages bis mother's busi ness. ( Mrs. Lease is no more haunted by the gaunt spectre of poverty and she de clines to share her prosperity with her husband. The first quarrel to which Mrs, Lease attaches importance and which she once said in Topeka made her dislike her husband, was over an umbrella. As told in Topeka the Incident follows: "Soon after one of my babies was born," said Mrs. Lease, "I went to the grocery store where my husband was clerking and secured some things which I needed at home. There was a very heavy rain falling. Going out I noticed an old umbrella standing by the door. I picked it up and told my husband I would send it back to the store in a few moments by one of the children. I was greatly surprised and pained when he growled at me and in a surly tone said: 'Put it down; it don't belong to you and you haven't any business with it.' 1 put the umbrella down and left the store in a pouring rain. As I was pass ing the store of one of my friends who knew of the struggle for bread which I had experienced, the door was opened by the proprietor who called me in and gave me from the rack near the door the first umbrella I ever owned. I was not able to do the work at home, much less run out in the rain for supplies, and this evidence of cruelty on the part of my husband turned me against him. We did not speak to each other for months after that and in later years lived in the same house without ex changing a word with each other." Mrs. Lease became an orator by chance. Rains," however, seem to have had an important influence on her life. In 18SS in Wichita she went into a hall where a union labor meeting was in Ail A y , till i in MESSAGE READY. President's Address to Congress Sketched Out. To Hold the Islands at Any and All Hazards. - HIS FOREIGN POLICYi Suggests Liberal Home liule in the Philippines. In Doubt Oyer Niearaguan Ca nal Measure. Washington, Nov. 27. In the prepara tion of his annual message to congress. President McKinley has worked with hia usual facility of treatment, so that now the message is completely sketched out and, in fact, practically completed. The central thought of the whole mes sage will be a delineation of the strong foreign policy of the administration. Those who. desire to know what the pres ident will say in his message will have only to read his admirable speech made in Philadelphia. It fully forecasts the message itself. The declaration to con gress will make clear, if such a thing is necessary.the determination of the pres-. ident to take no backward- steps in re gard to the government in the Philip pines. ' Attention will be called to the fact that the islands are now actually under the control of a civil commission, with Judge Taft at its head, which is rapid! y superseding the military authority at every point, thus enabling the natives of the islands to create their own local government without delay. It will be shown-that what was a formidable in surrection a year ago has now degenera ted into mere guerrilla warfare. The firm policy will be announced of holding -the islands at all hazards as a part of the territory of the United States to be governed on substantially the same general lines as were laid down in Porto Rico. The need of troops to main tain order for some time to come will be referred toy' with freedom. The opinion will be expressed that while the time may not have arrived for the creation of a stable form of government for the Philippines, nevertheless steps should be taken in that direction. The president, it will be suggested Irn the message, should not be expected to govern the archipelago exclusively under the war power. The suggestion will be made, therefore, that he be given full civil authority on the general lines of the Spooner bill, so that he could him self provide an emergency government, and thus reduce the army to the posi tion of a mere-police force. This course, it is urged, ' would be beneficial to the Filipinos themselves, and would inspire them with respect for the civil govern ment of the United States. There will be an expression of confi dence that all the more educated na tives, when their loyalty once is secured, will adapt themselves readily to ordinary forms of municipal government, and thus receive a training which will enable the civil authorities to pick out a con stantly growing percentage of native help in. the general territorial govern ment. Congress will be told that the condi tions at present in the islands are not sufficiently stable to justify a fully equipped, civil government, but the pre diction will be made that if the neces sary authority is given the foundations could be laid during the coming session, so that during the next long session of con.gress it would be quite possible to adapt the present territorial system of government to the islands. The caution displayed in the treatment of this subject, it is understood, will be somewhat suggestive of the ultimate adoption of a broad colonial policy, and those who read between the lines of the message will be quite apt to find some thing of that sort. THE CHINESE POLICY. Necessarily the newest portion of the message will be that devoted to the sit uation in China. The position of the president on the whole Chinese question as disclosed in the message will be found to be a close repetition of the important passages of the now celebrated note of Julv 3. The president again will pledge this country to oppose all schemes of terri torial conquest in China and he will ap peal to congress for ample support in his demand that whatever is the result in the Chinese Empire an open door to American commerce shall always be maintained. There will be necessarily a description of the terrible trial to which Minister Conger and his associates were subjected and a sketchy report of the brilliant service of the American troops on Chinese soiL Those in the confidence of the presi dent declare he will write enough about China to make the position of this coun try clear, not only in the United States, but abroad. Yet at the same time It is declared that the United States will not put itself on record as refusing to main tain a sphere of influence in China if such a situation is forced upon us by the European powers. TO INCREASE THE ARMY. There will be no dodging the issue, so far as the message is concerned, on the army reorganization. The message will show the pressing necessity for the continued use of a comparatively large army for some time to come. It will be asserted that with Porto Rico. Hawaii, the Philippines.and even the Nicaraguan canal to be guard ed the necessity for a larger contingent of regular soldiers becomes apparent. In addition to that, it will be argued that the United States has taken a position in .the Orient which it can only main tain by a proper show of force, The president will call attention di rectly to the fact that the volunteers now in the Philippines must be with drawn within the next six months and that their places must necessarily ba progress, being compelled to do so to escape the torrent of rain which was coming down on the streets. "I had worn out my umbrella," she said. While waiting for the rain to cease some one called on her for a speech. . "1 surprised myself as well as those present. It was pronounced a good ef fort," said Mrs. Lease afterward des cribing her advent into the lecture field. From that time on she was In demand for public speeches and her utterances were of such a character as to attract wide attention, being the basis for the national reputation which she has since achieved. Mrs. Lease has no idea of leaving New York and says the smiles of fortune which she has received have been earned by a life of strenuous effort, privation and hard work. filled before that time. Following out hia expressed policy to take no back ward step in the Philippines, the presi dent will directly ask congress for an army large enough to carry out that policy to its legitimate conclusion. LIBERTY PROMISED CUBA. Pending the result of the constttu tinal convention in the island, the mes sage will avoid a distinct declaration as to the exact form of government in Cuba, but it will nevertheless be some what of a surprise to those people who have been accustomed to think the Cu bans were incapable of self-government. The president will quote reports, it is said, from different military and cilvil officials, including the secretary of war, highly commandatory of the peace ful disposition of the Cubans and the re ceptive manner in which they are al ready learning the lesson of self-government. There will be a distinct promise in the message, unless all signs fail, that it is the purpose of the president to turn over the island to the Cubans them selves soon, and the hope will be ex pressed that before another message is Written a new and independent nation wfU have been created in the western hemisphere. In connction with the Cuban para graph there will probably be significant praise for the work of sanitation and education in the island, which has been carried on so vigorously since the evacu ation by the Spanish. CANAL QUESTION IN DOUBT. Regarding the treatment of the Nic araguan canal project, there is consid erable difference of opinion as to the extent to which the president will feel justified in recommending the canal scheme. As to his approval of the gen eral project of building a canal, there is no doubt, and he will make his position entirely clear in that regard. There are, however, many complications to be avoided, and even the president's ad vSsers do not seem to be fully aware of how the canal paragraph of the message Anally will be written. The president is in favor of the Hay Fauncefote treaty and will nothestitateto eay as much in an indirect manner, al tliough as the treaty remains unacted upon by the senate he can not go into te subject to any-great extent The president will have before him the preliminary report of the canal com mission. This will be favorable to the Nicaraguan route as against all others, tacluding the Panama canal itself. So far as can be learned the president is not enamored of the Hepburn bill, which passed the house last spring, and which will come up in the senate a week after congress meets. Owing to his ad herence to the Kay treaty it is believed tt.e president will so word this pat of hife message when it is finally recast as to indicate that he will not favor the building of a canal unless the Clayton Bulwer treaty is specifically repealed, or the Hay-Fauncefote treaty enacted into law. On this account there are those who thank that the canal paragraph of the message will not be entirely satisfactory to those ardent champions of the canal sctieme, who want to go to work on the big ditch at once. The message certainly will intimate that the disposition of Nicaragua and Casta Rica is especially favorable, the only objection to building the canal be ins r that the United States should not violate a treaty made with anothei' corantry years ago and never yet prop erly abrogated or amended. QROWINOCUTE. Relations Between U. S. and Turkey Greatly Strained. Mr. Griscom Makes Another Fruitless Call. Constantinople, Nov. 27. The relations bietween the United States government ahd the porte are becoming acute. Mr. Griscom.the American charge d'affaires, went to the Yildiz palace Sunday and had an interview with Tewfik Pasha, minister of foreign affairs and Tahain Bey, first secretary at the palace. The interview, however, was barren of re sult. While the porte outwardly persists In the attitude it has assumed regarding tihe question of granting an exequatur to the United States consul at Harpoot, there is reason to believe that the dis patch of the battleship Kentucky to Smtyrna has made a marked impression in official circles. UOYT'S WILL. Nothing la Left to Relatives, All of Whom Are Distant. New York, Nov. 27. The will of Chaa. H.! Hoyt, the playwright, was filed to day in the surrogate's office. It was ex ecrated October 15, 1898. After making bequests to personal friends and em ployes, the testator says: "It is my wish that the theatrical bus iness of Hoyt & McKee be continued and conducted by Frank McKee as it is now managed, the, said Frank McKee to receive all of my share of the profits as a trecompense for his services, excepting such portion as is herein before be queathed to Eldoow M. Dasher. On the death of said Frank McKee the said business shall cease." Residuary legatees are the Lambs club of this city and the actors fund. "In making this, my will, at the pres ent time," the will concludes, "I have no relatives nearer than cousins to be con sidered by me and my cousins and dis tant relatives have never shown by any act any desire for my friendship or good will; hence I have deemed it more con sistent with fair dealing and justice to dispose of my property to those who during my life have been my constant companions and well wishers, and to such charities aa in my judgment are most fitting." Gen. (Smith Bead. San Jose, Cab, Nov. 27. Gen. F. S. Smith who was surveyor geieral of Nebraska under President Hayes and later city attorney of Omaha, died here last night of heart trouble. He came to San Jose for hia health about six months ago. Okla homa's Vote. Guthrie, O. T., Nov. 27. The total vote of Oklahoma was 73,367, of which Flynn fRepubiiican) for congress re ceived SS.253. Neff fFusionist) 35.259, Tucker (Socialkit) 798,Allan (anti-Fusion Populist) 7S9. Kam'bler Mine Sold. Cheyenne, Wyo., Nov. 27. The Ven ture corporation of London has pur chased the Rambler copper mine, one of the best coppur properties in thia sec tion, for the sum of J250,000. Weather Indications. Chicago, Nov. 27. Forecast for Kan sas: Partly cloudy and cooler tonight with rain or snow in south portion; Wednesday (probably fair; northerly winds. BEGINS JJSINESS. President Kruger Calls on the French Premier. Has a Secret InterTiew Lasting Ten Minutes. VISIT IS RETURNED. An 0 Ulcer of the Transtaal Says His Chief May Make His Home Here Till War is Over. Paris, Nov. 27. Mr. Kruger began a busy day this morning by making an official call. Before 0 o'clock he depart ed from the' Hotel Scribe, driving in a landau surrounded by republican guards and bicycle policemen, to visit tha premier, M. Waldeck-Rousseau. He w aa accompanied by Dr. Leyds, Dr. Van, Hammel and Delegate Fischer. Thu party was met at the entrance t tha premier's saloun by M. Ulrlch, director of the cabinet, who Introduced the vis itors to the prime minister. The inter view took place in M. Waldfck-KmiH-seau's private study and lasu it ten min utes. At half-past 9 o'clock the premier accompanied by M. Ulrlch returned tlia call. The officers of the municipal council of Paris and of the general council 't the Seine, were received at IK a. m. by Mr. Kruger, in the Hotel Scribe. Tha interview was private and llef. Im mediately after the visitors had deput ed Mr. Kruger drove to the Hotel 1 Ville. He received an ovation from a large crowd massed In the square i front of the edifice. Mr. Kruer wan conducted to the debating hull, wher he waa given the arm chair reservett for representatives of governments. Thu municipal councillors and the peoplu ii the public naileries loudly cheered the distinguished visitor. Vice l'retsldent Escudier delivered an eloquent add rota, saying Paris had given Mr. Knmer a. welcome worthy of his noble character and the grandeur of his caune. He m t (said: "You have heard the heart of Paris beat. It is the heart of Franc. Let the people speak and tpeak loudly, and arbitration will impose itself, necessary satisfaction to Justice anil civilization." The president of the general council spoke in a similar strain. Mr. Kruger replied In energetic tones, thanking the speakers for the ointi ments expressed. He nald he wa-s deep ly grateful for the welcome which wan a continuation arid a crowning of that France had already given him. Smce landing, the former president added, h had been on a rising wave of acclama tion. He was very thankful for wliut had been done and for what they nich ed to do for him and his people, w ho were dtill struggling and were ri"t yet defeated. Their resistance continue and will still continue. They ever will struggle for indeix-ndence, lllwrty and Justice. Continuing, Mr. Kruger said: "Ah! Why can not they hear your ac clamations? It would redouble their courage." 1 Mr. Kruger also paid he hoped they would yet know them one day in tlm future when they had recovered their independence. He regretted arbitration had been refused and he would never cease to demand it. The Boer leader was then shown through the superbly decorated halls of the Hotel. De Ville. Once he appeared t a window and was enthusiastically cheered. As he drove back to his hotel, he was accorded a warm greeting on the road. The president of the municipal coun cil tomorrow will propose in the council a vote in favor of arbitrating theTranjt vaal disputes. Henri Kochefort, accompanied by a, deputation including Deputies Mille voye and Paulin-Alery, Senor Pruvost DeLuna and Mm. Coppe and 1a matre, today presented Mr. Kruger- with a sword of honor destined for fleneral Cronje, now a prisoner on the island ut St. Helena. COMING TO AMERICA. New York, Nov. 27. Samuel I'eamon, formerly commissary general of th Transvaal army, who has Just arrive,! in this country with a number of other Boer refug-es, Is responsible for thu statement that President Kruger will probably soon seek reluge and a per manent home here. "President Kruger will leave PrH very soon, I believe," said General Pear son, "and come to America. htrf wltH his wife he w ill make a home unt il u-, time as our arms have triumphed ami he can return to the South African re public to take up again his olllce aa chief executive of the Boera." HOKH KKKUGEER New York, Nov. 27. Among the pas sengers who arrived on board the itum er from Rotterdam were five of the ref ugees from the Bouth African republic. They are S. Pearson, commissary gen eral of the Transvaal army: Commnnd ant W. Snyman, of the Orange Free State and H. Snyman, Jr., A. Leihen berg and Hercules 1). Viljix-n of Kny man'a commando. Pearson nays that hin party was chased over tne border Into Portuguese territory. They made their way to the coast and thence by Bteajner to Kurope. Pearson nays he bos never been out of South Africa before and does not know a single person in the World outide of South Africa. , HEW ARfslY BILL Minimum Strength to Be fixed at 50,000 Men. Washington, Nov. 27. The house com mittee on military affairs today met for the purpose of considering the new army bill. The business was mostly of a preliminary character, the discus sion being quite general on army afl alrn. The Republican members of the com mittee apparently are in favor of t i in the president such an anny a he may require. The committtee will consult with Secretary of VVr Root this after noon, if he reaches Washington, The draft of a bill already prepared by Chairman Hull will tin the t.si of the measure which th committee will consider. The bill provides for an army of the maximum strength of liK.0i0 men, with a minimum of Wi.otiO and general ofticrs at the rat of one bncudier gen eral for each 4,000 men with major gen erals in proportion. Chairman 1 1 u 1 1 states that there will be but one Wit prepared and If any staff changes ar contemplated they wiii be incor,potatfci4 la that measure.