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LAST jEDlTIOH MONDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 10, 1900. MONDAY EVENING. T WO CENTS. Order Closing, ttis Sliops Is GountBrmandBd Sunday. Ilea Go Back to WorHli Moris. TRAINS ARE RUNNING Officials Say TelegraphStrike Is a Failure. Only a Small Proportion of Men Are Out. UNIONISTS ARE FIRM Say That tlie Strike Is by No Means Over. Trains Running Today on Schedule Time. The Santa Fe officials say the tele graph strike is practically over. Officers of the O. R. T. insist that it is a success. The Topeka shops were reopened this morning'. Santa Fe officials were ready to class ify the telegrapher's strike a. failure by Sunday afternoon. The first move indi cating that the officials considered they held the situation well in hand was when the order to close the Topeka shops was countermanded. Central JIana-g-Jr .Sluice notified As sistant Superintendent of Machinery R. P. C. Sanderson to continue work" as usual Monday morning. The notice posted late Saturday evening was ac cordingly taken down and the order to work took its place. Callers were sent nut to notify the men of the change in plans and tell them to report for work. This determination was reached Sun day. , Concerning the revocation of his gen eral order to heads of departments, is sued before the strike. General Manager kludge said: "The strike amounts to so little and the situation is so favorable that to shut down the shops is not necessary. I told Mr. Sanderson that such was the case and it was decided to open the shops as usual. Mr. Sanderson sent for the men in order to have a full force on tiand in the morning. "Mr. Storey, the chief engineer, had also suspended some work under his ' Jurisdiction. He recalled his men also. "These orders were not drafted," he eaid in answer to a question. "I gave them verbally. "If the operators had succeeded in tieing up the system and prevented the operations of trains we would have had nothing for the men in the shops to do. As it is, with our trains running very close to schedule i.nd no practical in terruption to our business, there will be the regular work to do and no reason why it should not be dene. "We have word that on the California lines the operators are back to work; on the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley there are none out. They went out when the order to strike was sent but came back shortly after ward. They have no grievance and are under contract. On the Santa Fe Pa cific there are about 50 operators out. is our information. One hundred and twetny-three fen went out on the G-ulr line in the original strike, which was the ,vhole number employed." From the division reports a compila tion of the number of operators who went on strike on the A. T. & S. F. proper was made. Of the 566 operators n the main line and branches rrom Chicago to the western terminus. 22i went out according to this statement, Issuing- from the general superintend ent's office. On Chicago division 67 out of 141, J-.astern division 6 out of 105, Oklahoma division 2S out of 37. Middle division (main line and Hutchinson branch) 24 out of bo. W estrn division 66 out of 76. New Mexico 2d out of 67. Rio Grande 3 out of 23. Southern Kansas of Texas i-u' cf 6- Panhandle (main line) 6 out of bo:1K1a.nsas min line and Girard branch) 1. out of 41. On the whole Santa Fe svstem there are about 1.200 operators emploved Of this number the reports given' out bv the officials account for 402 beinir on strike. "1 never saw such a fizzle of a strike In all my experience." said General Su rerintendent Resseguie. "The figures show the defection to have been strong est on the Oklahoma division and the "western division. On the other divisions the number of operators who went out "Was very light. Proportionately more op erators went out on the western than on the eastern divisions. "Vacancies were nearly all filled on the Chicago division yesterday and half of those on the middle division were filled up by last night. Some of the men who went out were applying to be taken back Sunday morning. I understand. I don't know that any have been re employed. President Ripley is firm on that point. "As far as the operation of trains is concerned, we have kept them running j BLOWS, uninterrupted and close to schedule. In effect the strike is over." The company's confident attitude was further strengthened by the following dispatch from Williamsburg, Kas., taken off the wire after the strike order had gone into effect: "To M. M. Xi-rtnhin, President O. R. T., St. Louis. M'.a "Santa Fe membership will stand loyal your call Gulf cause, but don't confirm Newman's newspaper state ments. We have no grievances Santa Fe proper justify strike. "A. B. HARDING." A. B. Harding was O. R. T. chairman of the Santa Fe system until a few months ago. J. A. Newman, ia now general chairman. From the beginning of the trouble the effects of the strike has been percived but little here. Trains ran in and out of Topeka over Sunday, east and west, as per schedule. Some were on time, some late. The California Limited made its Saturday night run through Topeka an hour and a half late, and caught up to fifty minutes behind schedule at Dodge City. No. 7 was behind it. Sun day morning No. 8 was an hour behind time. No. 1 was an hour late, yet came in ahead of No. 5, which was laid out over two hours. No. 6 was on time, as was also 406. No. 2 was two and one half hours late. The company has been sending men out to take the strikers' places steadily. "We have been having an increase in applications for vacancies right along," said Superintendent of Telegraph G. C. Sholes. "Seventy-five men were sent down on the Gulf before the strike be gan here. They are getting In fair op erating shape down there now. We are disposing the men in other places now as they come along". "We are having working force suffi cient in this office to handle our busi ness , and will have a full force to night. We are filling in the divisions where a larger number of men went out first. You hardly know there is a strike. I am confident that by the end of the week everything will be straight ened out and the fact of a strike will hardly be known." - HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. According to members of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, the struggle is still on. Sunday business was light. they say, and the rush of the week Just opening will try out matters. They look for help from affiliated lines and other orders. ' Division Chairman Whitney came up from Newton, meeting with Division Chairman W. A. Purkett and the strik ers at this point, arranging plans of campaign. Mr. Whitney says: "The men all went out at Newton, and made a strong stand on the middle division." Advices were received by the teleg raphers to the effect that trainmen were going out on the western division, also that the trainmen nn the Gulf, Colorado fe Santa Fe had given the officials of that road until 9 o'clock Monday morn ing to settle with the telegraphers or thev would strike. ll C. Badgely, one of the local leaders, said: "We have advices that the opera tors on the Missouri Pacific stand ready to go out in sympathy. While it would not directly affect our position, it would be an indirect support. The O. R. T. has 26.000 members, and if the move ment is started a general calling out would tie up the roads of the country. We also have information in an indirect way that the conductors and engineers on one of the western divisions will take up our cause if we hold out for four days." "We are accused of breaking a con tract with the company. This is not so Article 30 of our schedule has not been violated by us. It does not apply in this instance. It has nothing to do with going out of service. Thirty days' notice to quit has never been given. Telegraphers are not required to give thirty days' notice when they quit, neither does the company give thirty days' notice in discharging a man. "The contract, as far as there is a contract, is to give thirty days' notice when a change is wanted in the wage schedule or rules and regulations. It doesn't say anything about working. If the company wants a change in this book they give notice and the teleg raphers have thirty days in which to accept or decline. If the men want a change in the schedule they give notice to the company for the same period. "We have not asked for any change in our schedule. We have not violated Article 30 by our action. This paragraph from the schedule has been put before the public with a partial explanation. To say that we have broken our contract by leaving our desks when called out in support of the telegraphers on the Gulf, is putting a meaning into the para graph that is not there in the words. "There are things in the schedule constantly violated by the company, for that matter. The telegraphers let them go without presenting grievances. I could name you instances. For example, one rule calls for ten hours' duty in certain offices, including one hour for dinner. That makes nine hours of work, doesn't it? Well, if a man lays off a day ten full hours is deducted from his pay." Here is Article ?.0: "Article XXX The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway company, on its part, and its telegraphers on their part, do hereby agree that they will perform their several duties and stipulations provided for in this agreement until thirty days' notice has been given by either party to the other, requesting a change in same." THE ROAD'S STATEMENT. Chicago, Dec. 10. From advices re ceived today the officials of the Santa Fe company are fully convinced that the telegraphers strike is nearly over. At 10 o'clock Third Vice President Barr re ceived from General Manager Mudge, at Topeka, the following message: "Newman at Wichita, is sending mes sages to all operators telling them that they have agreed with President Ripley to arbitrate and that they can return to work subject to call again." Regarding this message.Mr.Barr said: "So far as the railroad company is concerned there has been no agreement to arbitrate and this action on the part of Newman simply means that the strike is fizzling out." President E. P. Ripley confirmed Mr. Parr's assertion that there had been no agreement to arbitrate and emphatical ly reiterated his statement of Saturday that no operator who had joined this strike, in violation of the agreement with the company would be re-employed. NEWMAN'S STATEMENT. Wichita, Dec. 10. The following state ment was issued at 11 o'clock by General Chairman Newman of the Santa Fe sys tem of telegraphers: "At this hour the situation is brighter than ever has been since the strike was inaugurated. Word has come to me from different sources that the Santa Fe officials are sending out bogus telegrams over my alleged signature, wherein I order the men to return to work, as the strike is temporarily adjusted. I brand this and all similar statements a base lie, made use of by the railroad officials to deceive the operators and to get them to return to work, in order that the con gested condition of freight and pass enger traffic may be relieved. During the past eighteen hours 25 or 50 men have quit who do not belong to the union but were taken in to fill the places of the strikers. The fact of the mat ter is, that right In this city, L. B. De laney, agent of the Santa Fe, H. A. Tice, superintendent of the Santa Fe, R. A.Torrington, district freight agent, and Traveling Freight Agent Warren L. E. Damon, traveling auditor, all of whom at some time in their lives have been op erators, are now along the line at Mul vane and Oklahoma City, handling the keys personally as no operators could be obtained. J. H. Westcott. night chief dispatcher at Arkansas City, the center of the trouble has been transferred to W'ichita. The Missouri Pacific will give us both moral and financial assistance, , but we do not expect them to go out on a sympathetic strike at this moment.but if any attempt is made by the Santa Fe to pass freight over the Missouri Pacific the operators of that road will leave the keys at once. This I can say after a consultation with representatives of that system. The same is true with the operators of the Frisco, the Southera Pacific and the other roads that connect with the Santa Fe. Wherever there is a joint office of the Santa Fe and Frisco both offices are closed, so far as the strikers are concerned and the red board is out." FROM ALL ALONG THE LINE. Wichita, Dec. 10. The following mes sage was received by Mr. Newman, gen eral chairman of the Santa Fe teleg raphers from St. Louis where the head quarters of the order is located and where they receive reports as to the con dition of affairs on the entire Santa Fe system this morning: "St. Louis, Dec. 10. J. A. Newman, Wichita, Kan.: Progress of strike en tirely satisfactory. President Dolphin is in Galveston personally directing af fairs. Our success assured beyond doubt, if men stand firm. Ninety-nine, per cent of the men on the Santa Fe, Pacific, Southern California, Valley line and the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe are out and over 95 per cent of the Santa Fe proper. It is absolutely necessary that all men stay out to the end for de feat at this time would mean the abdi cation of the schedule on the whole San ta Fe system. Pay no attention to newspaper stories of railroad officials that they are hiring large numbers of men and that many of our men are re turning to work. Both are untrue and are made in, the hope of weakening the men. They cannot fill strikers' places. Twenty-four hours more will bring vic tory to us. See that all your territory gets this at once and urge them to stand firm. (Signed), "H. B. PERHAM, "Grand Secretary and Treasure!"." Messages to Mr. Newman say: "The Valley line reports that all are solid and firemen and trainmen are rest less." The Santa Fe Pacific reports only three men working on entire system. "The New Mexico and Rio Grande di visions report everybody out but four men and we have a representative on the way there to get them out." Mr. Newman said: "The company is sending the following message out broadcast all over the system: 'Newman has declared the strike off and ordered the operators to return to work.' "This is absolutely false. We are winning and the men are standing firm. This shows the desperate straits in which the company stands." Mr. Newman says that when the strike is off, he will notify all local chairmen and they, instead of himself, will trder the men back. President Dolphin advises from Gal veston that the men in the other de partments have already taken action looking to the immediate cessation of the strike, they having wired the offi cials that the strike must at once be stopped or will involve the entire train service. Mr. Newman advises that the Okla homa division is out solid with the ex ception of three operators. Superintendent Tice and Chief Dis patcher and Operator Westcott from Arkansas City, are endeavoring to fill the strikers' places in Wichita. "We are bound to win out and the prospects have never seemed so bright since the inauguration of the trouble," said Mr. Newman. "The message sent from Topeka by General Manager Mudge that I have declared the strike off is utterly without foundation and General Manager Mudge knew that he was stating a falsehood when he sent the message. Such disreputable tactics would be beneath the dignity of any gentleman. We will not arbitrate under any circumstances." MR. RIPLEY SPEAKS. Chicago, Dec. 10. President Ripley of the Santa Fe company characterized as "absurd and wholly untruthful" Chair man Newman's charge that the railroad officials had been forging his name to bogus telegrams to the striking opera tors. "It might be possible," said Mr. Rip ley, "for some one to impose upon Mr. Mudge, but it is ridiculous to accuse Mr. Mudge or any other officials of resorting to forgery and bogus telegrams in this controversy." SITUATION AT LA JUNTA. La Junta, Col., Dec. 10. There is no change in the strike situation here to day. The Santa Fe sent the regular trains out as usual as well as several ex tra freights. The passenger trains from the east were late, but some time was lost east of Dodge City, Kan. The train master's office reports six offices open on this division between La Junta and Dodge City and a regular force of dis patchers is still on duty here. Railroad officials say they are getting along very well. About 150 in the mechanical depart- i ment of the railroad shops were laid off temporarily this morning. It is reported that two carloads of operators left Chi- I cago yesterday and others are to follow. The officials claim they will have all tie men they can use in a few days. ALL TRAINS ON TIME. Wiehita, Kan., Dec. 10. All Santa Fe passenger trains are on time. No extra freights or specials are being run. CONDUCTORS WON'T HELP. Cedar Rapids, Dec. 10. E. E. Clarke, chief of the Conductors Brotherhood, to day made emphatic denial of the report that the order had promised aid to the telegraphers in the Santa Fe strike. He added that, in his opinion arbitration should settle such disputes. NO AID FROM FIREMEN. Peoria, III., Dec. 10. Grand Master Sargent of the Brotherhood of Locomo tive Firemen this morning denied the report very largely circulated, that the firemen on the Santa Fe would strike out of sympathy for the telegraphers of that read. He stated that the brother hood which he represents would not drawn into the controversy in any man ner and that there would be no attempt made on its part to tie up the Santa Fa system. Grand Secretary Arnold, of th? brotherhood left today for Galveston, .Continued on Sixth Page.J PITIFULLY CRUEL. Florence Sells Exhibits No Pitj For Iter Mother. Gives Most Damaging Testimony Without, a Quaver. MRS. SELLS BREAKS. Her Sods Disturb the Court as Daughter Concludes. - Forbids Her Attorneys to Cross Examine Florence. THE DEFENSE BEGINS. First Witness Tells of Peter Sells' Escapades. Saw Him in Questionable Resort at Chattanooga. When Florence Sells resumed the stand in the divorce suit of her parents she was very self-composed. Her voice was in good shape and clear. Peter sells accompanied his daughter into the court room and con ducted her to the witness chair. Florence told of presents of perfumes, wines, candies, etc., which William' Bott had presented to her mother. These presents were made very frequently. Bott had also given her mother diamond rings. Her mother had told her about these presents. She didn't know what kind of liquora Bott had given her mother, as she was not versed in such matters, but some of them were green and in fancy bottles. She told of her mother drinking beer, and described where it was kept. She purchased her beer from Bott. She would telephone Billy to send up the beer. She had seen ner mother fix the lock to the side door so that Bott could enter without ringing the bell. Florence had driven her mother down town in the afternoon, and had let her out of the buggy. She had seen her mother on such occasions enter a block and ascend the stairway to Bott's rooms. At such times her mother would tell Florence to meet her at 5 o'clock, and under no circumstances to return to the house until her mother was with her. Florence told of some presents which had been sent her. She said that on the night of October 23, 1899, she spent the night at the home of W. A. Hardesty. Florence told of hf?r mother giving her and all other members of the fam ily tickets to the show of Buffalo Bill, and how anxious she was to have them all away from the house. Tom Hard esty took Florence to the show. She said her mother's hair used to be quite gray, but she used a preparation to restore it to its natural color. Flor ence remembered the trip to West Ba den, in May, 1899, with her mother. William Bott was there when they ar rived. All stopped at the West Baden hotel. Florence said she saw Bott in her mother's room in the hotel several times at night. Her father was not at West Baden. William Bott was with them at the Thousand Islands. He stopped at the same hotel with them. She had seen her mother and Bott start on long trips about the islands. Sometimes they would be gone all day on these excur sions. Florence said that so far as she knew her father was a very moderate drinker. She had never seen him under the in fluenc of liquor. He was always kind and considerate to her mother. She had seen no quarrels between them. Her father and mother would sometimes drink a bottle of beer together. Flor ence told of the trip Eliza Donohue took to Chicago with her father, and she said that her mother helped Eliza get ready for the trip, gave her clothing and made all arrangements for the journey. Mrs. Sells also planned the re turn trip. She described the clothing given by her mother to Eliza, She told of her mother laughing about Eliza's misadventure in Chicago, where she missed the train. Florence said that her mother re ceived a circular letter from Detective Fox and on it was written: "If you are in trouble call on me." This was in the last of October, 1899. The letter was addressed to her mother. Her mother showed her the letter. This was at the time Peter was putting the "shadows" on his wife from a rival detective agency. Florence said that soon after a man came to the house and said that Detec tive Fox wanted to see her mother. The next morning Florence drove her mother to the Fox detective agency. When Mrs. Sells came down she went at once to the office of Judge Haggerty, now her coun sel. She said that Fox told her about the theft of Bott's bicycle, and also that Lyon's visits to the house were known. Judge Haggerty advised her never to go into Fox's office alone again. Florence said that her mother told her of the theft of Bott's wheel. That night Florence was at Hardesty's and her mother telephoned to her telling her that some one had stolen the wheel. Florence told of another visit her mother had made to Detective Fox. Judtre Haggerty summoned her mother to his office. Judge Haggerty and Billy Bott were in the office. Florence said that Bott told her mother that he had been called up by some woman, who told him that he was in serious trouble and should get his property out of hi3 hands. He was mixed up in a divorce case and his stolen wheel was to be used as evidence. Bott said that the woman said she was a stenographer and knew what she was talking about. Florence said that Judge Haggerty told her mother that she must explain to her husband about the wheel. He wanted Florence to say that Bott was calling on her, but Florence refused. Mrs. Sells made another trip to the office of the detective. Fox told her that she was in trouble and wanted to help her, but Florence said that her mother told him she would refer the matter to her husband. Florence told of the home coming of her father the night before the separa tion. She said her father looked very badly when he came home that night. This was not to be wondered at, as he had just been told the story of his wife's shame. Florence told of her last night at home, of the breakfast in the morning and of aroinz that afternoon to - Mrs. Ephriam Sell's house to meet her father and his attorneys. This was the family council at which the separation was de cided upon. Florence said she had not slept well on the night before. There seemed something ominous in the air and she was restless all night. When she reached the home of tie aunt she and her father had a talk, and she decided to return no more to her mother. This was the first time Florence had told her father of the conduct of her mother. Wrhile at Mrs. Ephriam Sells' Florence received a telephone message from her mother, who asked her to come home, but she refused. Her mother also asked her to explain about the bicycle, but she refused, and her mother rang off. Florence said she had a talk one night with her mother about Bott's visits. She told her mother that Bott's visits would only lead to trouble and a separation. Her mother broke down, cried and prom ised Florence that she would cast Bott off and never receive him again. She told Florence that she was an ungrate ful girl to talk so to her mother, and said she should remember all she had done for her.Florence begged and plead ed, and at last her mother said she would not let Bott in the house again. "But," said Florence, in a sad, mourn ful tone, "the next night he was in my mother's room again." As Florence spoke these words she was overcome by her emotions and com pelled to pause for some time. Mrs. Sells was also much affected by her daughter's story, and seemed to have trouble in pressing back the tears. P'lorence said that when the proposi tion was made to her that she take the blame of the Bott bicycle episode she in dignantly refused to have anything to do with the affair. Florence Eaid that her mother told her that this trouble which was coming on was some of the work of Dennis Kelley, the enemy of Mr. Bott. Kelley is another wholesale liquor dealer. Her mother wanted her to go out to various places with Harry Lyons. but she refused. Her mother told her that Ly ons was a nice fellow, who would be glad to do anything for her. The attorney for the plaintiff was reaching the end of the examination, and there seemed to be something in the air which told of some sensation yet to come. In deep silence was the court WM. BOTT, Principal Co-respondent in the Sells Di vorce Case. room as Attorney Peters asked the clos ing questions for the plaintiff. The daughter did not appear to be in as deep emotion as the mother, whose breast was rising and falling as she attempted to repress her sobs. There were but two more questions to ask .and they were: Q. Prior to speaking to your father about the separation, as you term it, had you ever spoken to any one else about anv unbecoming conduct in your moth er? A. I had. Q. Why had you never spoken to your father about the conduct that you ob served on the part of your mother prior to that 25th day of November, 1899, when you met him at Hester Sells' residence? A. When I was a ttle girl I was brought up with the idea not to tell my father, and when I grew old enough to realize what it meant I dreaded to bring this out. I hated a separation; I didn't want to see our home broken up. I was afraid of the tragedy. I knew my fath er's love for my mother and I hated to break his heart and break our home and I dreaded it. Attorney Peters said: "Your honor,' we here rest." Mrs. Sells was sitting in her chair, her head bowed upon her hand, and sobs were shaking her body. The witness had given the last answer in a firm voice and did not cast her eyes toward her mother. The aged mother and grandmother sat dose to the side of her daughter, with tears streaming down her face. There was silence in the court room, except for the sobs of the mother.Florence sat quietly in her chair, awaiting the beginning of the cross-examination. The dramatic climax of the trial had come. Slowly Col. Holmes, leading counsel for the defense, rose to his feet. He moved so as to face the daughter in the witness chair. He looked at her a moment, and then, in a voice full of sad ness, as he turned his eyes to where his client sat with bowed head and shaking with the violence of emotion, he said: Q. Miss Sells, your mother requests me not to cross-examine her daughter, but I wish to ask you six questions. Have you been living with your father since the separation of Saturday, the 25th of November, 1899? A. I have. Q. Has your grandmother Luker dur ing that time been residing with your mother? A. I understand that she was with my mother from the time I left home until now. Q. In those 12 months have you ever spoken to or communicated with your mother or recognized your mother in any way? A. I have not communicated with her. I haven't come in contact with her until in the court room. I have seen her on the street. I haven't been close to her. Q. Have you, during that same per iod, ever spoken with or communicated with her in any way or recognized your Grandmother Luker? A. I have never seen my Grandmoth er Luker until I came into this court loom, face to face, until yesterday. Q. Have you and your mother all through your life been close and affec tionate companions, associates and friends? A. I always loved my mother as much as a girl could that was in the position that I was. Q. Are these twp ladies sitting in front of me your mother and your grandmother Luker? A. They are. Except for the voice of the counsel and (Continued on Sixth Page.) Iks "V If fi TOWNEJOES III. Populist United States Senator From Minnesota Takes His Seat Under Appoint ment of the Governor. NONE WISHED TO SPEAK Debate Was Closed on the Leg islative Dill As Soon as It Was Taken Up in the House. Washington, Dec. 10. When the sen ate convened today Mr. Chandler (N. H.) ; Mr.Bates (Tennessee) and Mr. Tur ley (Tennessee) who heretofore during the present session had not been in at tendance were in their seats. Mr. Charles A. Towne, appointed to succeed the late C. K. Davis of Minne sota, was also in attendance. Mr. Nelson (Minnesota) at once pre sented the credentials of Mr. Towne and they were read. Mr. Chandler, (New Hampshire) chair man of the committee on privileges and elections, directed attention to the la.-t clause of the credentials which was that Mr.Towne should hold his seat until "his successor was elected and qualified." He said the constitution provided simply that the appointee should hold office un til the legislature had met. "In the credentials presented," said Mr. Chandler, "the governor has under taken to prescribe the length of the new senator's term. The added clause of the credentials of course is superfluous. I desire simply to call attention to this fact and have no intention to object to the swearing in of Mr. Towne." The new senator was conducted to the desk by Mr. Nelson and the oath of of fice was administered by Mr. Frye, the president pro tern. Mr. Towne was congratulated warmly by many of his colleagues as he took his seat oh the Democratic side of the chamber. A bill to provide for the ap pointment of an additional district Judge in the northern judicial district of Ohio was passed. Mr. Hanna (Ohio) offered a resolution that a committee of three senators be appointed by the president pro tern to make the necessary arrangements for the inauguration of the president of the United States on the 4th of March next. The senate after the transaction of routine business at 1:35 p. m., went into executive session. ' IN THE HOUSE. Washington, Dec. 10. To-lay under the rules the house belonged to the District of Columbia, but owing to the desire of the leaders to proceed with the legisla tive, executive and judicial appropria tion bill. District day was postponed until a week from tomorrow. The legis lative bill was immediately taken up. Mr.Bingham. (Pennsylvania) who was in charge of the measure, made a pre liminary statement of its contents afte which there being no desire to speak from either side of the house a genera! debate was closed and the bill was read lor amendment under the five minute rule. FIRE AT LAWRENCE. Gibbs Book Store Burned This Morning. Gibbs book store, the largest book store in Lawrence, at 803 Massachusetts street, was burned this morning. Tlio fire started in the cellar from an over heated furnace. The large stock is a to tal loss. KESOLUTION DAT In the Convention of the American Federation of Labor. Louisville, Ky., Dec. 10. Immediately following the call to order this morning the resolutions committee of the Ameri can Federation of Labor submitted its report. The first resolution recommend ed by the committee was one reaffirm ing its favorable position on the initia tive and referendum, which was adopted by the convention by a vote of 82 to 66 after considerable debate. Following in rapid succession were recommended and adopted resolutions requesting support by congress of a bill for the higher education of the blind; in favor of an eight hour bill for all post office employes, to be introduced at the coming session of congress: and in favor of municipal ownership of public utili ties. Other resolutions adopted were those making boilermakers and iron ship builders eligible as assistant United States inspectors of boilers, for "reason able time of service in sailing vess-els and examination in seamanship of offi cers of ocean steamers"; for executive clemency for E. W. Clark, imprisoned for mutiny on the high seas; restricting the towing of barges and cargo carry ing vessels on the lakes and the Atlantic coast. i The executive committee reported un favorably on a resolution for the estab lishment of a department of commerce and industry, and its action was sus tained. The report of tne auditing committee was then presented and accepted, fol lowed by the presentation by title and reference of a number of additional resolutions. A recess was then taken until after noon. TOPEKA HAD 14 TO SPARE. Corrected. Scores of Saturday's Tope-ka-Lawrence Golf Tournament There has been considerable misun derstanding about the score at the To-peka-Lawrence golf tournament at the links of the Oread club at Lawrence. Saturday. The -Topeka players won by 14 holes, only one Topeka player. Ham matt, losing. Following are the re sults: Woodward defeated Copley, four up. Gault defeated Sterling, three up. Lakin defeated McClung, two up. Wyman defeated Newson. two up. Morgan defeated Broadhead, seven up. Hammatt lost to Carr, four up. The game was 18 holes, medal play. A return game will be played in Topeka next Saturday. BLAINE Til CATV ON Till A L. Constitutionality to Be Determined by the Supreme Court. Chicago. Dec. 10. The question of the constitutionality of the Kiaine extradi tion treaty between Great Britain an I the United States signed by r-prsenta-tives of the two governments in jv-'.t an I which it is asserted, has never be. n push ed upon, is to be broucht before the I'nl txl states supreme court in th ens-s f Fred Lee Bice, Frank liutledite rui f Thomas Jones, who were rr se-t Chicago last June on the reqtift of ths Canadian authorities charged w ith 1 iru: fugitives from Justice. The spc i.l i charges against the thn men Inrlud complicity in several bunk robberies ill Toronto and ot her Ciuit-.di.in cities.. President McKinl-y issued a wan-nut for the requisition of three men. but ac tion was prevented by writ of super sedeas issued by Jmlce Koh'saat of lli- United States district court and sin. hist June, the men have lif n confin---! In the county J ul. Next Monday utt -neysVepres ntinc th i risoti. n ,-i d t, .. British consul will ntp-ur before the .vi preme court at ashjmrton .net tmil i ." the prisoners will tie ;tskel .e?elii'vr ip. construction of the Bhiine ti'.My. A t : 01 -neys for the British consul will ino e in dismiss the appeal or uiiv.itii e the c ::'! to an immediate hearing. The case in re garded as one of creat Importance it'-t only in this country, but in the one. n'j dominion as att opinion from the kh prem court will 1h r'sarl.t wetii.i.t the mode of r;ro'edure to lie ndoptcd t,y exrra'iiiirm commissioner hi int'-rn t tional extradition chkch. MiouU bail he refi,s"d th tu-isonio'. they may remain in .lail here for a ir before the case in passed upon. It w in the cell of 1 re I l.h e that a revolver was found concealed In a basket f grapes Homo thre1 erkrt a; and sire that time the men have hen closely watched. , TO THE JURY TODAY. Closing Hours of the .Morrison Case Are Near. Kansas City, Dec. 10. A spe ial to the Star from El Dorado, Kas., says: When Jessie Morrison eiiteied th court room this morning it iu to hear the last argument in hi r defense for the murder of Mrs. Castle. Judge A. 1.. Bedden, the prisoner's leading conns. 1, in a forceful address to the jury plead ed for the release of Miss Morrison, de claring that the cuts she inflicted uini the bride of a week were done In p. if defense. Captain Joseph Waters fol lowed for the state, and demanded that a verdict of murder in the first h Ke be returned. Miss Morrison spent another jui'-t Sunday in her cell, surrounded l y i i stives. l'rayers were ifl r-r. r.r !le prisoner, who Joined heartily in tie' service. Her confidence In th ou'Leonio seemed unshaken, and f i le nt i v Me sa Id to her father: "I'm s nl its- nearly over." She maintained h bright spirits on takintr her net. un turned place in the pti.soneis" dock. With but two more argument" to be made, it seemed assured that tie- ns would be given to ttie jury late In the day, a fact that seemed to relieve ";i Morrison, while it Intensified the In terest of the public Throughout t he day the court room was again crowded with people, many s hord girls fotoiiu; their way to the door on their way t and from school. The scene more mar ly resembled that of a festival than tie closing day of a murder trial. Thw who have daily attended court vol.. their Sunday hats and drosseB for tin final occasion. Half a dozen parent brought their children, coining early I' secure good serf. Within the railing where sat th pris oner, her relatives and friends Hiel lawyers, there was a strange innova tion. Squarely before the jury wan nr ranged a broad semi-circle, at one end of which sat Judge Morrison, father of the prisoner, next to hirn Miss Morri son, and on the other side of tie- in -cused were her stepmother, b-r married Bister and her brother. In front of tin circle a three-year-old niece of the vo man on trial played on tin floor, wlih in four feet of the Jury, or ran from grandparent to aunt, to attract their at tention. Finally shn climbed Into tie? lap of Miss Morrison and lay her fie against tin mrisi ner's should-r. Tin woman bent her head aril ki's l tin child, and then put her hnn-ikeri t-ief t her eyes to stop t he tears t ha t could not be repressed. Hack of thin Kronp sat Olln Castle's mother and father, I'.olan I Wiley, brother of the d-a-J woman, mi l other relatives of the two fnm!li--. Neither the widower of the murdered woman nor her mother wern pi i- mil. MEXICAN FLOODS. Houses and Live Stock Washed Away in Jalisco and Guerrero. Chlcago.Dec 10 A special to thf Vc ord from ;uadala.iara. Mexico. : The mountain olstrhts of the Males of Jalisco and Uuerrcro have been visi ted by continuous torrential rains diirln r the last several days. The rivets an I smaller streams have overflowed th ir banks and destroy d much .iluahte pro perty. ' in the Mlahuati pee distraM Mate of Guerrero. Fevtal small vll lang. s were inundat-d and many boils- were swept away. Hundreds of catilf were drowned. S A II BACH'S (Jl i'-I'-Il M 0 V I. Would Have Pay of Representatives Increased to $7 a Day. Albert Sfirbarh of Ifolton, a npib1' can representative-fleet. Is umiisitiK f' -r he announces his Intention of IntroU'i -ing a bill in the n-xt lei-iMatnre In In crease the pay of m-mb-iK of the lious't and senate from J', to J7 per day. This proposed law would allow th- members of th- legislature thei,- actu il traveling expenses and mileace. Tn ? mileage- would be collected just hi It is now. In cash from the state, when lle traveling is don- on pass-. If Mr. Sarhach wourl take th troul.: to investigate he would find that the p -v of members of the leg IMat it- In t;x l l.v the constitution and they nlll have I i li conttnet with a fc a day until the con stitution is changrii. Weather Indication. Chicago, D-'C 10. Forecast for Kan sas: tjeiierally fair tonight and Tues day; variable winds. Smallpox in Lima Lima, Feru, Dec. 10. Cases of small pox have been found frequently In Lima, and the public is a larmed.f- ai inir enr- a I of the disease. The Australian c(imtt-t Donau has arrived here. biiKlnit HM P.akoweKhy, commissioner of the Aus trian povernm-nt, wl o Is visiUutf the, consulates of South America.