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r?f1 tftfiY tfX if la . LAST EDITION. FRIDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. DECEMBER 7, 1900. FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. j ON THERACK. 'Blue Eyed Harry" Lyons Hav ing a Serious Time. Scorched by the Lawyers For Peter Sells. OUT OF HIS MIND. "I Was a Little Off," Said the Witness. Referred to His Strange Action With Mrs. Sells. Mercilessly Plied With Questions by Attorney Peters. Columbus, Ohio, Dec 7. Why did the defense recall Harry Lyons? is the ques tion which has been asked hundreds of times. If any good was expected to ac crue to the cause of Mrs. Sells from any testimony he could give that expecta tion was a. most false one. Lyons was on the stand for about an hour answering questions asked by the attorneys for the defense, and then he was turned over to the other side for cross-examination. He was taken in charge by Attorney George S. Peters, and never was a w itness in the Franklin county court3 put through such an or deal as fell to the lot of Lyons. He re alized early in the game that he was up against it and took refuge in a loss of memory, but this did no good, and he was questioned until the drops of per spiration stood heavy on his brow and lie was on the verge of breaking down. There was no compassion visible in the court room for the man who was on the rack, and even Mrs. Sells looked scornfully on while her quondam lover writhed and struggled under the merci less cross-examination. Goaded by the attorney's questions, he pleaded tem porary insanity Induced by his mad in fatuation for the wedded wife of an other man, and from that time on ex plained all the damaging statements in his letters to Mrs. Sells by saying that he did not know what he was doing when he wrote them. His statement that he did not know whether he was most in love with the daughter or the mother, and that daughter a child of 13 years, was greeted with hisses, and when he said that even if Florence was a child she was a pleasing one was the occasion of another outburst. The attorney stood over him with pointed finger, and, handing him letter after letter he had written to the wife of another man, asked if the expressions therein were those of the holy love of a brother for a sister, or of a, man for the wife of a friend. Lyons attempted to deny the author ship of some of the letters, but the stern question of the attorney, "You know those word were penned by your hand, Mr. Lvons. and why do you deny it?" always brought the answer, "Yes, I know I did, but I was out of my mind when I did it." Sometimes the attorney would sink his voice to almost a wins tier and ask Lyons why he would ad dress such letters to the wife of a man who had befriended him, and then, standing over him with shaking finger, would ask questions which would search the verv soul of the victim in the chair. Time and again Lyons would deny statements of the attorney, only to have them pointed out to him in the letters he had written to Mrs. sells, ana tnen he would say that he was mistaken, they must have occurred, but he had forgotten all about them. Xervous.stag gering and without a friend in the court room, Lyons left the stand at the close of the day s session with the certainty of another day of agony before him. Mrs. Sells during the morning kept a close watch on her old sweetheart, and when Attorney Peters would get him in a tight place and he would become con fused she would frown and bite her Hps. At one point Mr. Peters said: "Mr. Lyons, didn't you tell Mr. Booth and myself that the reason your affection for Mrs. Sells was cooled was because after her return from Australia you learned she had been corresponding with. Billy Bott?" "No, sir. I did not." "Yes. you did; you know you did," persisted the attorney. "No, I did not; I don't understand such talk," and another letter was given the witness. Harry couldn't remember when "we had kissed good night in the old sweet way with a million kisses and a long embrace." All the kisses and em braces had passed out of his mind, and he said he didn't know whether he was telling the truth or not when he wrote that letter. He was asked about refer ences in his letters to a long trip he and Mrs. Sella proposed taking "some day." He couldn't remember what was meant. He didn't think it meant an elopement. Mr. Lyons took the stand shortly after court opened. "I have delegated Mr.Pe ters to ask Mr. Lyons a few little ques tions," said Mr. Booth before court op ened. Havlnsr given his visits to the Sells house from the time of the moving inta the residence to the. present time. Mr. Lyons was asked if he went to the front door of the Sells house on the evening of October 25, 1&99, speak to some per son and then go away. He said that he did not. Witness was then handed a .letter dated December 8. 1S91. from Col umbus and signed"Lovinely, Uncle Har ry." W itness said that was in his hand writing, and it was sent to Florence Sells. Another letter dated, Columbus, O., January 2S, is, signed "Your Own Uncle Harry," and sent to Miss Florence Sells, was identified bv the witness. Slid another letter dated Columbus. O.. Sep tember 3, 191, and signed "Harry G Lyons" was identified. This letter and envelope was identified bv Lyons A co logne bottle with a silver base wis ehown him. and he said he had never given It to Mrs. Sells. Witness said he had given Miss Florence presents of a shorter bottle of perfumerv at the time she graduated. This bottle cost $3 50 The base was covered with a silver net work. Possibly .witness said he had given Mrs. Sells candy and had received email presents from both Mr. and Mrs fell3 at Christmas. These were a tie and cigarholder. In his calling at tli Sells residence, he never attempted to evade Mr. Sells. The plaintiff's attorneys objected to this question but the Judge hell it proper. W hat Induced you to write the letters you did to Mrs. Sells at the time the phow was in Australia?" asked Mr Hu ling. - The answer was: "It is difficult for me to say. I was so Infatuated with the woman that I was scarcely respon sible for what I did. At the time they returned I bad complete control of my self and did not make any more exhibi tions of myself." Witness further said that he had al ways acted toward Mrs. Sells as a gen tleman and that his infatuation for her had begun just prior to her going to Australia. After her return he said his feelings toward - her were- those of a brother toward a sister. He said he was 30 years old when the show went to Aus tralia. This is the first time the defense has directly acknowledged the authenticity of the letters. The witness was then turned over to Mr. Peters who asked to see the paper Lyons so .frequently referred to yester day in giving the dates of his visits to the Sells house. Under cross examination, Harry Lyons said that nothing improper had occurred between himself and Mrs. Sells. Lyons thought that his correspon dence with Mrs. Sells did not begin be fore she went to Australia. Lyons said he wrote first to her. . His recollection was to that effect, ' There had been a conversation before she sailed, looking toward a correspon dence. This was in California; he thought in the station just before he came east. Just what was said Lyons said he could not recall, as it was a good while ago. "This is an important matter In your life," said Mr. Peters. "Can't you recall. How were you to address her?" "Mame S. Smith," was Lyons' reply. "You knew she was married; the wife of Peter Sells, who had befriended you and whom you had befriended, and you made no inquiry why you were to ad dress her under a fictitious name?" con tinued the attorney. Witness said he could not recall who was present at that time. Florence was 12 years old then, but Lyons said he didn't remember if she was at the Mole at that time or not. Witness presumed Florence was present, but said he asked Mrs. Sells no questions as to why Mrs. Sells wanted to be addressed as Mame S. Smith. Lyons' first epistle went to "Mame S. Smith" at Sidney, he said. He didn't remember having received a let ter from her before he wrote to Sidney. "Did you. ever write to Mrs. Sells un der her own name?" Mr. Peters asked. "I think I did, at St. Louis. It was a friendly letter." "Then it wasn't one of the precious letters that was kept," said Mr. Peters. "It wasn't the same kind of service you were rendering the family when you were conducting the clandestine corre spondence," said Mr. Peters. "Mr. Sells wasn't in St. Louis at that time," Mr. Peters continued. "It wasn't a love let ter and you were in your right mind," scorchingly remarked the attorney. Witness said he couldn't remember what was in the letter. He wished he had it. "Did you cry when you kissed Mrs. Sells at Frisco?" continued Mr. Peters, "and were you in your right mind?" "I was a little off then." said Lyons, and the lobby had to be called to order. "How long had you been 'off?' " ask ed Mr. Peters. "Possibly two or three months." "Had this disease or complaint at tacked you before you left Columbus?" was Mr. Peters' next question. "I think it had." was the reply. Lyons then said that he had left Co lumbus about September 5, and a few months "possibly" before she left, he had been attacked. "Give us some definite Idea when this disease attacked you," persisted the attorney.- "Can't you tell us when you were attacked. Didn't you tell Mr. Huling that it was after she left?" Mr. Lvons did not remember. How did you feel?" was thenext shot. "I can't say," replied Lyons. "How did it affect your memory?" "Can't say," said Mr. Lyons. "Did it affect you in any way, Mr. Lyons, except in your conduct toward woman?" "I don't understand your question," said the witness. "I simply idolized and worshipped her as it were. It did not affect mv conduct materially." "Did it make you hug and kiss her?" "No. sir." "But did it make you feel like It?" "Most certainly." "Did you kiss her?" 'Yes, sir." Witness then qualified by saving at the mole. "Let's see about this kissing business." said Mr. Peters. "Did you kiss her before she went to California?" Witness said he had but couldn't remem ber dates or places. "When was it that Mrs. Sells first per mitted von these liberties?" asked Mr. Peters. "You mean the kissing?" said Juflge Evans. Witness said he could not remembe tVip first time he kissed Mrs. Sells unless it was when she left for California. He didn't believe he had kissed her before. There were no tears shed and no embraces as far as Mr. Lvons could recall. "Are you willing. Mr. Lyons, to say that you never kissed .Mrs. tseus, except inose two times?" "I think that's about the extent of it," said Mr. Lvons. "I don't want the ex tent I want all of it," said Mr. Peters, and then continuing he said: "Is your memory as good now as before you were attacked?" Mr. Lyons thought it was. Witness said he had known James Watson, the porter, but couldn't remember just when he had met him. Witness also knew Eliza Dona hue slightlv at the hotel and she knew him . Along about '90 he saw her there, Mr. Lvons said he received answers from "Mame S. Smith" from Australia. "Was she laboring under the same dis ease vou were?" asked Mr. Peters. "I think not." was the reply. "I didn't think so at the time." "But she kept up the correspondence?" continued Mr. Peters. "Where are those lei lei s ; ft Lyons said he had destroyed the letters I as soon as tip receivea tnem. lyons saia he had seen Mrs. Sells three or four times at the home of her parents at Logan. Had remained there over night, and the sleep ing rooms were all on the ground floor. "Didn't your room open into hers?" ask ed Mr. Peters. . "There was a door opening into the room where Mrs. Sells and Florence slept." said Lyons. "Don't you know that Mrs. Sells occu pied that room alone?" was the next ques tion. "No, sir: I don't." Witness said that as far as he knew the sleeping arrangements were always the same. There was a fold ing bed in the sitting room and Lyons slept in the next room. Occasionally Lyons said he would go to Logan on Sat urday and return on Monday. Generally he said he would stop over one night. "I was welcome at Luker's, too," said the witness. "I will ask you if you were not engaged to a young lady in Pittsburg at the time you were carrying on this clandestine cor respondence with Mrs. Sells?" said Mr. Peters. "Yes, sir." Lyons said he preferred not to give her name, but said the engagement lasted from 1S)9 to 1S95. "I won't give her name," continued Mr. Lyons. "All we know is that her first name is Sue." said Mr. Peters. "You don't happen to have that right," replied Mr. Lyons. "This feeling of wanting to hug and kiss Mrs. Sells," asked Mr. Peters, "was this continuous, or just when you were with her?" "I simply had an infatuation for her, and that is all there is to it," Lyons re plied. "Was it continuous?" "I can't say." . "You say you were out of your mind then?" ''I can't account for it any other way." "But you continued at your railroad duties and were able all the time Mrs. Sells was in Australia to discharge your duties as clerk?" "Yes, sir." Continued on Sixth Page.J IS BRAVELY TOLD. Miss Morrison on the Stand in Uer Own Behalf. Climax of Interest Is Reached in the El Dorado Case. EXCELLENT WITNESS. Positirely Declares That Mrs. Castle Was the Aggressor And That the Dead Woman Called Her to the House. WAS BUT ONE RAZOR. The First Blow Not Struck by the Defendant. Bough and Tumble Fight Which Ended in Death. Prisoner Relates Her Story Dispassionate Manner. in Kansas City, Dec. 7. A special to the Star from El Dorado, Kan., says: Jessie Morrison, pale and weak, her eyes red from crying, took the stand to day, and told her version of the story of the quarrel that ended in Mrs. Castle being mortally wounded. Today when court was called, her fam ily grouped themselves about Miss Mor rison and buoyed lier up with, words of cheer. Every Inch of space In the court room, which has been crowded daily for the past three weeks, was filled with people long before the case was begun. Every day two-thirds of the audience has been made up of women and girls and today was no exception to the rule. An air of expectancy pervaded the room and the drop of a pin could have been heard when Judge Shinn called "Jessie Morrison," and she made her way toward the witness chair. Olin Castle, widower of the murdered wo man, had earlier in the trial told how Miss Morrison had forced her attentions upon him, and he w-as considered the state's strongest witness. Miss Morri son was reserved by the defense to give its moat telling evidence, and as she testified Khe faced Castle.who, surround ed by Mrs. Wiley, mother of the mur dered woman, Mrs. Castle, his mother, and othe.r members of the Castle and Wiley families, occupied a front teeat In the court room. The first part of Miss Morrison's tes timony contradicted much that Castle had said on the stand. It disclosed, however, nothing senbational. At first her voice was harsh, but it afterwards became more soft and was very low. Witness said she had known Castle since July, 1S97, when she began to work in the Backet store where he was em ployed and that she had known Mrs, Castle for about six years before her death. During the summer of 1899, Cas tle had come to see her at her brother- in-law's house from one to three times a week, and had taken her riding fre quently. He had written her a letter wrhile he was at Whitewater, and she had answered it. She told about goin to Excelsior Springs last January and of Castle's asking to come to see her on the night before she went away.. "Just before he left, did you teU him you would fix him?" was asked. "1 did not," replied Miss Morrison firmly. "Did you ever tell him you would fix him, or use words of similar import?" "I did not." She told of the interview in the Rack et store with Castle, who said on the witness stand that she had threatened him. She said she had asked him to return her letters and things, and he had re plied: " 'You needn't worry; nobody has ever seen your letters and I guess I'll return them.' " "Were either of you angry?" "I was not." "Did you use any expression or make any threatening movement, or say, 'If you don't, you'll wish you had?" " "No, sir." Witness told that while at Excelsior Springs she had received several letters from him. "He asked me to write to him. He Wrote the last letter." She denied urging him to keep his promise to come and see her, or that she had told him she was in trouble. "Did you write any letter in which you spoke of any kind of a low vulgar scheme in which you wanted Olin to participate?" "I did not." Mrs. Tugh yesterday testified that Mrs. Castle had told her that Miss Mor rison had written such a letter. Miss Morrison told of Mrs, Castle wearing a tie that she (witness) had made for Castle, and of flaunting it into the prisoner's face, and of Castle giving her a mirror, a fact that Castle denied on the stand. She also told of Castle taking her riding and proposing that they drive past Clara's house, "to make her jealous." Witness denied that she had met Castle in front of his house one night at 11 o'clock, as he had testified, and had demanded an interview. Her brother had, she said, taken her from a friend's house at 10 o'clock, and she was in bed at 11. She denied having taken any razors from the Racket store. Then in reply to questions Miss Mor rison related all the occurrences the day of the fatal quarrel with Mrs. Castle. She had visited Mrs. Davis, and on her way home had passed the Castle house. She carried a letter in her hand, but had no knife or razor. Mrs. Castle opened her door and called to her to come in. Miss Morrison said she turned and en tered the house. Mrs. Castle fastened the screen door behind her. Witness seated herself upon the lounge, and Mrs. Castle sat near her in a chair. "Clara sat down in front of me,"Wid the witness, "and asked, 'What do you mean by following Olin around?" I said I was not. Then she said 'You, know you hate me, and I hate you, and I'm no friend of yours. You know you wrote Olin from Excelsior Springs about a low, dirty scheme; you know it don't deny it, Jess. I know it, because I saw the letters.' I said to Clara:, 'I know you had a bitter feeling and I often said that I was going to see your mother. Then she said: 'It's good you did not; she'd have taken the hide off you.' I rose to go. She said: 'Don't go yet, Olin is coming in a minute.' I said, 'Isn't he here now?' and she said, 'It's too bad for you to run after that poor boy.' I told her that he was the one who had caused her to be so bitter to me. She said, T know better. You tried to separate us.' I said I had not, and she said, 'Yob are a liar.' I said, 'Don't call me a liar.' Then we both raised up together." Jessie Morrison paused. "What w&3 done?" asked Judge Redden. , "My handkerchief dropped and I stooped to pick it up. Then she jumped up moved quickly in the same direction, and then she cut me with the razor." "You had no razor, knife nor wea pon?" "No, sir." "Then what happened?" "She cut me twice with the razor across my throat," said Miss Morrison. "I grabbed at her and screamed. Then Clara and I rushed together and she threw me and I raised my knees to pro tect myself and she kept striking at ma all the time. -She fell over on me and then we both foiled off the lounge. We both struggled and I got the razor away from her. After that we rolled over on the floor." Jessie Morrison stopped again in her recital. The spectators were agap. All leaned forward and all watched the wit ness closely. She told her story in a clear.steady voice, speaking without hes itation. When she paused at threshold and of the most bloody part of it, the jury looked alternately from the witness to lawyer. "Then what did you do?" asked Judge Redden. "I cut her,' 'answered the witness, in a conversational tone, "Do you know how many times?" "No, sir." "Do you know what became of the razor?" "She may have knocked It from my hand or I may have dropped it." Then Miss Morrison told of Mrs. Mo berley and Mrs. Spangler entering the house. She denied much of the evidence given by these two women. Captain Waters then began the cross examination of Miss Morrison. Witness denied that she had ever been engaged to marry Castle. Captain Waters had Miss Morrison de tail again the events of the fight with Clara Castle. When court adjourned at noon. Miss Morrison climbed down from her chair and was helped to walk to her cell by her brother. She had not winced once under the crocs-examination, which it had been believed would cause her to break down and had displayed remark able coolness, nerve and self-control. At the opening of court Thursday af ternoon, Jessie Morrison gave Judge Shinn a bouquet from the box of roses which she received from Kansas City. The judge accepted tha flowers and placed them on his desk. Judge Morrison, father of the defend ant, gave the most important testimony for her during the day. He said that he came to Kansas from West Virginia, in 1882, and settled in Butler county, on a farm. In 1892 he was elected probate judge and moved to town, where he has since lived. The judge is 63 years old, a well respected citizen and a member of the official bord of the Methodist church. He be gan: "I was home on the morning of June 22. Jessie was around the house early and did the work. She acted the same as usual. 1 didn't see her when Bhe left the house. The first intelligence I had of the tragedy was given me by my lit tle grandson, Albert. I . went into the house and found Jessie lying on the bed. Several people were around her. As I went in, Jessie looked at me and said: 'Oh, papa, papa, why did she call me in?"' As the judge said this, the tears trick led down his cheeks. Jessie also wept. "What else did she say?" " 'I'm afraid I have killed her.' " "Did she say, T murdered Clara?" "She never did." "Did she say in substance anything like that?" . "She did not." The witness concluded: "Jessie said she was in pain, and her actions indi cated it." He identified her clothing. Mrs. M. H. Morrison, stepmother of the defendant, said that Jessie got up on the morning of the tragedy and got breakfast, then did the dishes and all the housework and prepared some pota toes and prunes for dinner. "She said she wanted to get a collar pattern and that she would go to Mrs. Davis' for it and soon return," con tinued the witness. "She went away. In a short time she returned. I saw her in her room. She was bleeding. I asked her what was the matter. I put my-arm around her and assisted her to the bed. Mrs. Spangler was there at the time. Jessie was suffering with pain and she rolled around considerably." The witness then described how Jessie was dressed and told about the women undressing her. She identiffed a pair of low black walking shoes and said that Jessie wore them on the morning of the tragedy. "Are you sure she didnt wear high shoes?" "I am. I know she wore those low shoes." The jury examined the shoes and they were made an exhibit. The theory of the state is that she wore high shoes and concealed a razor in one. Mrs. Mor rison was shown the waist which Jessie wore that day. It was red, stained with blood and was cut into ribbons. She was also shown the skirt, bloody collar, belt and necktie. She identified ail of them. Mrs. Henry Ehlers, sister of the de fendant, testified: "Jessie Morrison made her home with me in 1899. while she was employed at the Racket store. Olin Castle was a frequent visitor to our house. He came to see Jessie. He called once or twice a week. In the fall he was there as high as three times a week. He took Jessie riding about a half dozen times during that period. Olin never drove our horse. He used a livery rig. He came there once or twice to see Jessie when she was not at "home. Jessie had his pho tograph in her room." Dr. J. S. Kline, family physician for the Morrisons, described the wounds on Jessie. He said the wourrds on the left side of her neck were quite deep, that both circled clear around the front of the heck from ear to ear. There was one wound on her shoulder and two on the arm Just above the elbow. The shoulder wound and two upon the arm were deep. There was another wound over the clavicle. Two of her fingers were also cut. He said she was bleed ing profusely, but there were no se- ' (Continued on Sixth Page.) ALL RECORDS FALL Kansas Wheat Crop Greatest Ever Grown. Tield of 76,595,443 Bushels Surpasses All States. IS WORTH $41,624,096. Corn. Crop 90,659,755 Bushels Less Than Last Year. Combined Talues of Crop Ex ceed 1899 by 7,293,801. The Kansas state board of agriculture has today issued its last crop bulletin of the year, giving final figures on the agri cultural, horticultural and live stock products of the state yields, numbers, and values, for 1900. The winter wheat yield, 76,595,443 bush els, is the greatest winter wheat crop ever grown in Kansas, and probably the greatest ever recorded for any state. It exceeds the previous year's crop by 33,779.972 bushels, and by $19,607,127 in value. It Is within n20 pounds per acre of the yield indicated to the state board of agriculture by the growers in their statements August 4, and its home value is $41,624,098. The corn crop amounts to 134,523,677 bushels, which is 90,659,755 bushels less than one year ago; its value is $39,581, 835. Of spring wheat the yield was 743.648 bushels, with a value of $350,048. The oats yield was 31,169,982 bushels, and value $6,626,443. Notwithstanding the shortage in value of the smaller corn crop, amounting to $13,948,741, the value of the year's wheat, corn and oats combined is $88,182,423, or an increase over their 1899 value of $7, 293,801, or 9 per cent. The following table shows the yields of winter wheat, corn and oats, by counties: Winter wheat. Corn, Oats, County bushels, bushels, bushels. Allen 74.7;o 2.134.7'.2 . l.4 512 Anderson 30.532 2,23.34 l"5 0;i Atchison 376.5J2 1,700.018 &43.2 Barb?r 1416' t l.O'.-S 827 89 21; Burton 5,0,9.40 ;l,l!.2 m.OUJ Bourbon 25.874 2.744,027 30,324 Brown 844.675 4,236,735 IKJ.&94 Butler 210,798 3.244.2M) 66.2"2 Chase 69.7-7 H95.5SS &9 752 Chautauqua 301.834 1,7'..394 1 27.743 Cherokee S30.S55 2.0?2.7'0 7i4,89 Chevenne 20.808 428,295 30.2 '9 Clark 19.210 64.005 6,210 Clay 638 607 1,406.794 925.101 Cloud t.064.700 1,420.694 '7.680 Coffey 101.942 2.4'.2.9vS l'.'2.?.4 Comanche 25,993 219.1S4 5. 750 Cow-lev 1,439.064 2.792.154 841 3 2 Crawford 253.220 2,785 014 1,153 578 Decatur 191.331 863.079 3ir.075 Dickinson 1,707.624 1.047.255 SS8.5W) Doniphan 636.5M) 2.844.21-0 4T4.6CJ1 Douglas 401. 50 2.30U.337 219.4-0 Edwards 698. "25.416 87.465 Kilt 170.082 2.152.975 32,3 '0 Ellis 2 339.149 10S44 38.038 Ellsworth 2,310.126 46.5-8 23 324 Finney 4.0) 18 ls5 3 0 0 Ford 444.904 145.795 165.725 Franklin 57.766 2.6!H,3-2 lis. "so Geary 241,416 455.015 150 3J Gove 222,220 65.635 20.197 Graham 181,040 231. fr'5 7,056 Grant 1.635 Gray 59.235 30.015 10,491 Greelev 7.524 9.693 75 Greenwood 43.64-f 3,177,100 4S.12 1 Hamilton 1,350 3.990 1.020 Harper 1.889.260 1.189.7S5 ES7.545 Harvev 1.4S7.054 1.419.238 721.310 Haskeil 20.779 18.720 4.i;30 Hodgeman 192.520 55.540 31. 86 Jackson 17.6X0 3.127.650 277.425 Jefferson 230.440 2.404,414 345.3.-0 Jewell 552.6X7 2,130.420 709.668 Johnson 306.810 2,475,030 5S2X92 Kearney 5.159 11.298 770 Kingman 1,482.354 911.570 250.200 Kiowa 171.558 246.840 7.700 Labette 673.216 2,398.212 1,464.7X6 Bane 308.532 7.152 9,63 Leavenworth 422.316 1.868.711 339.405 Lincoln 1.807. 160 653,406 59.352 Linn 73.729 2,728.206 238,620 Logan 236.676 44.304 14.403 Lvon 97,129 2.344.232 40 6-4 Marion l.srs.676 2. 7m. 01 7 1,648.88) Marsh 11 788,92") 4.553"4 1.1 2.1-88 McPherson 2,S3;-,3-,5 SC0.092 729.3,6 Meade 69.912 14.476 2,774 Miami 78.248 3,163 320 431.700 Mitchell 1.906.769 693.6,-0 260.512 Montgomery 993.576 2,0 533 688.1. 76 Morris 9.823 1,208.235 104,558 Morton 3,450 2.5) 150 Nemaha 130.660 5.0m. 372 64.197 Neosho 252.702 2,525,614 816.130 Ness 719,611 67.038 31.68) Norton 14-1. .". 7 1.438.512 73,935 Osage 44.52) 4,808.-32 80, ,30 Osborne 1.6r3.460 460.SS6 37.750 Ottawa ' 1.567.348 671.650 146.796 Pawnee 1.968.8S9 1 '6.313 HH.r-W Phillips 305.O9O 913.416 79.222 Poltawatomie .... 121. 509 220.127.116.11 241175 Pratt 1,241.000 360.024 112.5"0 Rawlins 406.640 171,021 20.550 Reno 2,095.776 1.991.5'K) 615.018 Republic 159.790 2.791.215 758.781 Rice 3,120.537 355.755 142,220 Rilev 56.868 827.00 369.336 Rooks 1.271.152 240.S30 39.090 Rush 2.474.925 71,570 308.5119 Russell 2,568.111 265.120 92,680 Saline 2,467,568 4S7.720 20),2sl Kcott 62.712 11.310 14.720 Sedgwick 2,589.531 2,766,430 1,621. 7'9 Seward 2.960 3.798 1.40 Shawnee 46.473 2.629.354 101.3-5 Sheridan 333,233 130.560 71.490 Sherman 51.480 97.615 17.976 Smith 722.428 1,077.012 1!4.74 Stafford 2,2o2,228 438.578 46,062 Stanton 1.545 Stevens 80 10,752 1.065 Sumner 5.759.S60 2.143.197 1,455.696 Thomas 553,689 126.220 66.520 Trego 600.978 60,084 22.160 Wsrbaunsee 111.780 2,253.770 64.500 "Wallace 8.950 18.347 2.310 Washington 602.637 3,894.849 1,276 716 Wichita 194.090 45.306 9.360 Wilson 220.896 265.644 211,110 Woodson 58.558 1,231,670 96,930 Wvandotte 220.343 427.78,8 67,(60 THE GROWING WINTER WHEAT. The area of winter wheat reported as probably sown is 4.537,513 acres, which is an increa.se of 7 per cent from last year's sowing. Conditions for germination and growth since seeding time have every where been phenomenally favorable, and it is doubtful if in a single state such a vast area of growing wheat ever entered the winter season more vigorous and bet ter rooted. The average condition for the entire state is 99.7. Reports indicate that of the crop of 1900 there will be no un usually large reserve held in farmers' hands. ALL CROPS AND PRODUCTS. The yields and values of the year's crops and products are as follows: Amount. Value. Winter and spring wheat, bu 77.339,091 $41,974,144.97 Corn, bu 134,523.677 39.581.835.13 Oats, bu 31.160,982 6,626.443.82 Eve. bu 1.945,026 753 158.15 Barlev. bu 3,319.33? 972.358.29 Buckwheat, bu 4,400 3,300.00 Irish and sweet po tatoes, bu 7,573.962 2,872 451.46 Castor beans, bu. ... 25.968 25. 968.00 Cotton, lbs 48.4O0 2.420.0) Flax, bu 1.693.238 2,211.09.41 Hemp, lbs 9.2 ) 460.00 Tobacco, lbs 18,000 1.801.00 Broom corn, lbs 18.674.3SS 655.344.6) Millet and Hungar ian, tons 796,985 2,5S5,267.00 Sorghum for syrup, i gals 1,622,963 631.S07.42 Sorghum, Kaffir corn, milo maize and Je rusalem corn for forage 8.647.507.00 Tame hay, tons 1.227.349 6.S29.W7.75 Prairie hav, tons.... 1.6.8,455 B.913.002.50 Wool clip, lbs 1.081,176 172,9S.16 Cheese, butter and milk 7,459.693.46 Poultry and eggssold . 6,JtW,332.00 Animals slaughtered or sold for slaugh ter 64,321,88S.0O Horticultural and garden products and wine 1,364,927.75 Honey and beeswax, lbs E4S.552 82.537.05 Wood marketed 135.55.00 Total value $187,796.46.00 NUMBERS ANT VALUES OF L1VB STOCK. ' Number. Value. Horses 786.8.8S $39. 344. 40.00 Males and asses 89.064 5.3-13.840.00 Milch cows 712.582 21.515, 26. 01 Other cattle 2.443,043 6o,9:i3.iu.oo Sheep 2'.31 &-O91.00 Swine 2,2iti,734 13.720,404.0 Total valua $143,457,753.00 Grand total $331,254,159.00 The net increase in value of this year's agricultural productions over that of 1899 ) $17,948,119.40, and of live stock $10.4"0.661, or a total net increase for the year of $28,348,780.40, or 9.30 per cent. In two years the Increase in the value of agricultural productions has been $35,872,578.24. and of live stock $30.229,S25. or a total Increase In 1899-19, over tbe values of th two pre ceding years, of $66.i02,398.24. OPERATORS' STRIKE. Closes Cleburne Shop and Crip ples Gulf lload. Houston, Tex., Dec. 7. Since the telegraphers of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe went on strike passenger trains have been operated on running orders from Junction points, and through freights are also being handled, although there is considerable delay. The strike has been expected for some time. A committee of the Order of Railway Telegraphers went to Galveston to hold a conference with General Man ager Polk, to whom they had presented their grievances. The latter was in communication with President Kipley, and it is said by the men that the latter official refused to yield on every point, even that of tn consecutive hours of rest for the operators. The operators say they expect to gain the active co operation of other railway organiza tions. A dispatch from Cleburne, Texas, sayB that the Santa Fe shops there were closed last night by order of the com pany on account of the telegraphers' strike. The men were notified at quit ting time not to "show up" until sent for. This throws 500 to 600 out of em ployment. It is rumored at Cleburne that unless the Santa Fe management acquiesces in the demands of the strikers there will be a sympathetic strike of other em ployes. A conference of the leading or ganizations today discussed this point, but their decision is kept secret. TERfilS FOR KRUGER. England Willing to Let Him Erect Another State. New York,. Dec. 7. A dispatch to the Herald from Berlin says: The London correspondent of the Leip siger Tageblatt has - received from a highly placed personage in England the following communication: "If the Boers should now surrender England will permit them to create a new Boer republic in the northern half of the Transvaal. It is in order to keep the possibility of this open that England has not yet officially announced to the powers the annexation of the Transvaal. "One of the first conditions, however, is that the announcement of surrender must come from Kruger. "There is every prospect that he will soon be inclined to this course. Ilia visit to France has taught him that any number of empty assurances of sympathy will not result in the slightest practical help. Germany will make a further contribution to the education of Mr. Kruger, and it will be to her alone that the Boers will owe thanks if Eng land makes them concessions." This statement acquires some Im portance by the fact that the semi official Post reproduces it, and adds that it does not sound improbable, and that England has every interest to erect a strong bulwark against the war like tribes of central Africa in order rto assure the possession of the territory they have just conquered. BIG MEN TO TALK. C. S. Gleed, Henry Allen and Bishop Millspaugh on the Programme. Edward Wilder will preside at a mass meeting at the Auditorium on Tuesday evening when Bishop Mills paugh of the Kpiscopal church, S. Gleed, H. J. Allen and Rev. A. B. Hest wood will speak in the Interests of law and order. This meeting is the outgrowth of sev eral meetings which have been held at the law office of Troutman & htone and t is anticipated that the meeting will be a great help to the Workers tor law ana order by reason of the fact that methods for the suppression of vice will be sug gested and discussed. William Allen White of Emporia was invited to speak, but the fact that he had already an engagement for that ev ening made it necessary for him to de cline. JAMES FINED $25. "Well Known Citizen Escapes "With Light Fine For Shooting. T. M. James received his sentence in the district court yesterday afternoon for shooting William H. Hayes. He was fined $25 and assessed the costs of the case, $300, and will stand committed to jail until the fine and cost3 are paid. James shot Hayes with a shotgun two vears ago. They were next door neighbors in North Topeka and had a quarrel Sunday morning over a lot line. James was tried before three Juries be fore being found guilty of assault. Hayes was dangerously wounded in the groin by the charge from the shotgun and was in the Santa Fe hospital for some time, Hayes sued James for $2,000 damages and the case has gone to the supreme court. "Fair 'Weather' Continues. The weather man still continues to an nounce fair weather and the sky still remains rather cloudy. The forecast out today Is "fair tonight and Saturday." The maximum temper ature for today occurred at midnight and was 42. The minimum was 35 at five o'clock and at 10 o'clock the ther mometer had gotten up to 37. The wind got around to north blowing 12 miles an hour. The rain yesterday afternoon amounted to five hundredths of an inch. FUNSTOjrS FIGHT. At the Head of a Troop of Caval ry and Scouts. The Kansan Charges Across the Nehico liiver. ROUTS THE FILIPINOS Engagements Take IMaco In Various Localities. Reinforcements Demanded on the Island of Dohul. Manila, Dee. 7. More activity 1 rhown In the operations in northern and south ern Luzon. The reports from thn fnrmrr district come in more quickly and tele graphic interruptions are fewer. General Funaion, with troop "A" of the Fourth cavalry and a score of scouts, last Thursday encountered a hundred In surgents posted on the opposite bank of the Nehlco river. The Americans clmrg d across the stream and the enemy retreat ed, firing from cov?r. Thry left four uVh.I on the field. A native who was ciit url, reported that Fagin. a deserter from the Twrnlv-fourth Infantry, who 1ms -n n -tive with the Filipinos, with a. pstljr of two cavalrvmn, hal been woiin(lei. lieutenant Morrow with lilty nu n from, the Forty-seventh riTim'nt att kl jti. occupier! Bulacan. While returning thus troopa enoount crd Colon-! 1cioiih u pying an entrcm-hrd pl in, tvlth thirty rifles and 3'0 blm,n. 1.1 utrniint Mor row's force churned anil illnv- th'- rn-mv from thiir position. It In ( 1 1 -1 wim heavy loss. l'receilinic the ftf;ht the petllt'ion had -n pt iirel Major Florrs ul several of his followers. An engagement Is reported 1" have oc curred n;ir San Hque, In whh-lt. tl ing to natives, fifty rebels wr.-e killfil. Several minor cnt-ounlers and capiute are also reported. Tin; American casualties have been very slight. The Island of Jtohnl hfts recently been the scene of more activity on the part of the Insurgents tltnn formerly, anil a. com pany has been sent to relnlorctj the bat talion stationed there. The members of the Philippine commis sion and seven military otltcia! will k to T)aupan tomorrow as quests of the railway management. Tlo-lr fMinlltee have also been invited. Tiny will return Sunday. GROUT JILL UP. Friends of Dairymen and These of Packers Spar For Advantage in Dehato on Oleomargarine. Washington, Dep. 7. Under tho Ar rangement made yesterday the llriwit oleomargarine bill, which was pos(pxnc l to allow the army reorganization 11:1 to be disposed of, came up for consider ation in the house today Immediately, after the reading of the Journal. The bill makes all article known as oleomargarine, butterlne. Imitation but ter, or Imitation chetsn, transported into any state or territory subject to thu police powers of such state or territory. It Increases the tax on manufacture. butter colored in imitation of butter from 2 t 10 cents per pound, ami de creases the tax on manufactured butter uncolored from 2 centa to one-fourth of one cent per pound. An attempt wan made to reach an agreement for a final vote this afternoon, but it failed. Mr. Henry (Conn.), who Is in charge of the measure, oiwned the debate in Its mupport. He explained th features of the bill. The increase of the tax on colored Imitation butter, he said, th majority of the committee on agricul ture believed was absolutely necessary to protect tha dairy intercuts of tha country. Mr. Henry produced flrtircs to phow that the cost of manulacturing olcmnar garine, including the payment of the present internal reventi" t.'ix of tw cents, waa not more than 10 cent a pound. - Mr. W'adsworth ff. T). chairman of the committee on agriculture, who wyh. six other members of the commit ! signed the minority report against llm Grout bill, explained the nulstitutn which th- minority would offer fr it. Mr. Wadsworth asserted with th great est emphasis that the inlnoiity were Just as earnest in their desire to prevent tin fraud now practiced in the; sale of Imi tation butter asi the majority could b. The only difference was tint the minor ity recognized the value f oleomarga rine as a wholesome and nutritious article of food ami entitled to a place as a food product, lie charge! that tim purpose of the support eis of the tirout bill was to destroy the manufacture of oleomargarine, not to ncnlac Us nil'. Mr. CJrout V't ). the auitnr of the bill, at this point assumed charge ,f tin measure and spoke in mipirt of it. He declared that the pun""" f ,fe hill was to suppress fraud in the sale of si food product by preventing the coloring of oleomargarine In Imitation of butter. Mr. -Grout said he did not think that the enactment of the substitute wool I prevent fraud in the tale of oleomar garine. IN THK PKN'ATIl Washington. Ic. 7. It wns decile,! today that when the s nate H'llonrn thl afternoon it be until next Monday. Mr. Gallinger presented a telegram addressed to the p resident of the senate from N'. F. Thompson, secretary of tin Southern Industrial commission, now in session at New Orleans. t the effect that the convention had passed a resolu tion favoring the early passage by con gress of a ship subsidy bill for all Amer ican vessels which shall bear iuitiit.ly upon the tonnage actually carried: be side compensation for (arrylnir mails. At l2:35 on motion of Mr. I.o.ti-e the gen ate went into executive session. The senate aierced to take a vote next Thursday upon the amendment fTred by the committee on forei-cn relations t i the Hay-l'auncefote treaty. Th" pro position to this effect wast made by Mi. Iyde who is In charire ,f the tieatv and was agreed to without mu li dis cussion. The senate resumed consideration of the Hay-Pnunr-efote treaty upon rt"K Into executive session ini4 Senator Mw pan continued his speech in support of the treaty which he bi-can yesterday. Weather Indication. Chlcairo, Dec. 7. Forecast for Kan saa: Fair tonight and Saturday; varit able wiridfl chitting to southerly.