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'Blue Eyed Harry" Lyons Hav
ing a Serious Time.
Scorched by the Lawyers For
Peter Sells.
"I Was a Little Off," Said the
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
"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
"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
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
"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.
"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
"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
''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
Miss Morrison on the Stand in
Uer Own Behalf.
Climax of Interest Is Reached
in the El Dorado Case.
Positirely Declares That Mrs.
Castle Was the Aggressor
And That the Dead Woman
Called Her to the House.
The First Blow Not Struck by
the Defendant.
Bough and Tumble Fight
Which Ended in Death.
Prisoner Relates Her Story
Dispassionate Manner.
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
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
"I am. I know she wore those low
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
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.)
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
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 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 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'
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
' 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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Head of a Troop of Caval
ry and Scouts.
The Kansan Charges Across the
Nehico liiver.
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
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
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
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.

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