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I PART L t pages 1 to 8. $ PART 1. $ Pages 1 to 8. "3" LAST EDITION SATURDAY EVEXESTG. TOPEKA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 22, 1900. SATURDAY EVENING. THREE CENTS. jy$y YULETIDE. The Christmas Season Will Be Celebrated ill England As It Has Not Been in a Num ber of Years. OLD CUSTOMS REVIVED Butlers Will Dance With Count esses and Maids With Earls. Public Attention Must Be Taken Away From Africa. Ixmdon, Dec. 22.-There will be a Ttiorry Christmas in Kngland though in consequence London i3Ta!re5aJ. f th dullest spots in the Fritted Kingdom. The fashionable -world has incontinent ly deserted the metropolis and sought refuge in the country places. There will be such a round of house parties as has i,een unknown for years. They will be accompanied by the revival of the queer old customs whioh a century ago mads the season the occasion for unrestrained merrymaking among rich and poor alike It would seem that those who are able to celebrate realize the necessity for detracting public attention irora the events in South Africa. At Osborne he queen will be surounded by the Duke and Duchess of York, the Princess of Battenberg and several of her grand children. At Sandrinpham, the Prince of Wales will entertain the Duke and Duchess of Fife and their enildren with royal Christmas trees. Welbeck Abbey. Blenheim Palace. Hatfield house and all the stately homes of England s aris tocracy are filling up with scores of guests prepared to make the most or Yule tide. Balls, amateur theatricals and entertainments without end have ben arranged. conspicuous among which is the old English custom of a dance in the servants' hall. At the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's, Karl anil Countess Spencer's, the Marquis and Marchioness of Londonderry's and other places of nobility Christmas eve w ill be marked by the strange spectacle of butlers dancing with duchesses, foot men with countesses and grooms with the daughters of belted earls, while ladies' maids, chambermaids and cooks will hang on to the arms of cabinet ministers and other male heads of illus trious lines. The ancient practice of the landown ers enjoying the servants quadrille had almost elaosed, except in the case of a few families. The revival is, perhaps. In no little due to increasing necessity for pampering the British servant. The Onlooker says the householders now have to study the comfort of their do mestics, as much as their own and quotes one country house where a set of rooms is specially alloted to them for recreation, comprising a ball room, music room, library and billiard room, i:i which a marker is kept for the ser vants' sole use. N1CHOLLS IS DTSGXISTKD. In striking contrast to this is the treatment accorded to Bernard Nicholls. the American golfer, who "defeated the English crack, Peter Paxton, Thursday. Nicholls. who Is of English birth, re turned here after having passed many vears in America. The Totting Bee fiolf club compelled him to lunch in the workshop through the club members were glad to face the December storm to wit ness his plav. Nicholls said: 'Had I never been in America and witnessed the lavish kindness bestowed on Vardon and other English players, I might not have resented this treatment, but vou may be assured I will never remain in England long and if it were not for meeting Braid, Saturday, who is a personal friend, I would not plav on another English link. You may depend on it Vardon will not remain here long, for I know he will be unable to stand this sort of thing after the kindness he has received in the United States. The curious thing about it all, is that America will soon outstrip Eng land not only in golf playing but in the manufacture of golf equipment, for they are getting the best talent in England, which, under better auspices, is sure to outstrip the home talent." MAY BRICK CASE. Once again Mrs. Florence Maybrick spends an unhappy Christmas in her prison cell. In spite of the various re ports, her chances of liberty are no brichter than last year. Secretary Hay has forwarded to Mr. Choate several private letters which will shortly be prented to the new home secretary, Mr. Ritchie, in accordance with the cus tom of approaching now occupants of that office. But the Associated Press learns there is no possible chance of anything being done so long as Lord Ilalsbury is lord high chancellor. Were the cabinet to discuss the matter, as it did once before, it could only refer it to the crown's chief adviser, Lird Hals-b-ury, who apparently made the May brick case the basis of a feud with the late lord chief Justice. Baron Russell of Killowen and cherishes it Just as bit terly now as before Lord Russell's death. When a new chancellor is ap pointed, Mrs. Maybrick will have a good chance of freedom. The Duchess of Bedford, w ho is reported to be especial ly interested in Mrs. Maybrick tells the Associated Press that she only sees th celebrated prisoner in the course of her regular visits to Aylesbury prison, not especially in the interest of her case and does not intend to express any opinion of her guilt or innocence. Another American woman is likely to be soon elevated to the British peerage as Lord Salisbury intends to recognize the Right Hon. Arthur Hugh Smith Barry's serv ices to his party by putting fcfm in the house of lords. Mr. Smith Barry married the widow of Mr. Arthur Post of New York, whose sister. Mts. Adair is also well known in London so ciety. Others mentioned for a peerage in clude Mr. Henry Cosmo Orme Bonsor, chairman of the Southeastern railroad and Mr. James Lowther, M. P. Lord Salisbury has already created nearly 90 peers. If the present rate is kept up the upper- house will soon be in numerical superiority over the com mons. . W. R. Hotbs, head of the recently formed Canadian furniture combine now In London, has decided that the Cana dians have no need of the assistance or of the co-operation of English finan ciers, which was originally projected. A significant fact showing Canada's pro gress, is that sufficient funds are easily obtainable there, while the new law, coming into force January 1, in ths United Kingdom imposes an almost pro hibitory taxation on new corporations. About 40 pantomimes will be produced in and around London during the holi days. "Cinderella" being the most popu lar production, no fewer than nine ver rlons being presented. Nearly all the theaters are already do ts a crowded holiday business. Copcfta State 3ournal. INDEX OF TODAY'S PAPER. SATTTP.DA ',, DEC. 22nd, 1900. Weather predictions Tor the next 24 hours: For Kansas: .Threatening " and cooler tonight, with rain in southeast portion; Sunday, generally fair; high northwest winds. IMPORTANT NEWS AND FEATURES. Face. 1 Today's London Cable Letter. Topeka Han Mobbed by White Caps. Wheat Fields Are Injured by Fly. Waiters at Copeland Hotel Strike. Mr. Player Resigns From Santa Fe. Bank Robbery in Tennessee. Striking Telegrapher Sue Santa Fa. Auditor Morris Shot In Washington. 2 Sporting News. Kansas News. Sun's Review of the Week. Washington Gossip. 3 Railroad News. Historical Society to Protect Files. Church Announcements. 4 Leavenworth Klondike Closed, News Summary of the Week. North Topeka News. Late Telegraph and Local News, 5 Social and Personal. Snap Shots at Home News. Amatuer Safe Blower Unsuccessful. 6 Burton Exercised Over Fusion Support. Miss Rockefeller Regains Hearing. Markets. 7 Wants and Miscellaneous Ads. Details of River and Earbor Bill. Eay-Pauncefote Treaty Explained. 8 New Colonels Appointed by President. British News From Africa Suppressed, 9 Topeka Society. Coming Vanderbilt-French Wedding. Mr. Harrison Publishes a Statement. 10 Hypnotism an Aid to Surgery. Christmas Illustrations. Canada Geese Are Plentiful. , 11 Theatrical News. Attractions For Holiday Week. "The Christian" vs. "Becky Sharp." Current Dramatic Gossip. 12 Editorial. Book Notes. 13 Woman's Page. Dainty Handkerchiefs a Pretty Fad. The Smart Girl Excels the Beauty, Trousseau of a Late Bride. Hints For the Table Menus. 14 Stories of the Town. A Quaint Christmas Tale. "Don'ts" to Be Heeded. 15 Artificial Waterways of the World. A Happy Christmas Morning. Poem "The Poor Man's Christ." 16 Story "The Man in the Moon." Humor of the Day. ' SELLS JUMONY. Amounted to $16,000 Instead of $20,000. Believed That ffm. Bott Paid Her Attorneys. Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 22. At last It is positively known that Peter Sells al lowed his wife, Mary A. Sells, alimony amounting to $16,000. The attorneys for Mr. Sells made this fact known today. Mr. J. E. Sater, leading counsel for Mr. Sells, said: "The statement made by both Will iam Bott and Mrs. Sells in regard to the settlement of the several suits, and especially in regard to the alimony fea tures of the divorce suit, have been such that both ourselves and our client have been placed in a false light, and we will remain quiet no longer. "The amount of alimony allowed Mrs. Sells was Just S15.000. She received $1,000 in cash and real estate valued at $14. 000. The real estate is the North High street property and brings in an in come of a little over $1,000 per year. Another thimr. our client does not pay one dollar of the fees of Mrs. Sells at torneys. He will pay the court costs, but further than that he does not go. In regard to the settlement of the Bott suit I have nothing to say." Prom another source it is learned that William Bott did put up some good money to settle the suit which Mr. Sells had against him. He refused to dis cuss the question nor will his attorneys talk. Friends who claim to know say that the amount paid by Bott was between $7,000 and $8,000, and that this sum goes to the attorneys for Mrs, Sells. Peter Sells at the time the Bott suit was set tled said that he would refuse to tou-.h a dollar of his money, and the amount in question was given to pay the attor ney fees of Mrs. Sells. She is now pack ing up the goods belonging to x her in the Buttles avenue residence, and will leave in a few days for Kansas City, but will return here in the spring and malce her home in Columbus. A GIFT TO TOILERS.. Chicago Firm to Distribute Per Cent of Profits to Employes. Chicago, Dec. 22. Upwards of $100,000 will be voluntarily distributed to the 3. 000 employes of the Crane company New Year's day as their share of the profits accruing during the prosperous season of 1M0. This will be a sum equivalent to 5 per cent of the yearly wage of each employe in the great establishment. There'will be no discrimination. Every body will be treated upon the same bas is .and the good fortune of the employes will vary according to the amount of the annual stipends. Burglars Frightened Away. Cleveland, O., Dee. 22. Burglars late last night attempted to rob the iEx change bank at Madison. O., 25 miles east of this city. They blew open the safe but were frightened away before secur ing its contents. A man who discovered the burglars at work was.'seized and bound and gagged. v UDDCU Edgar Plato, of Topeka, a Tic tim of White Caps. Dragged From His Buggy and Subjected to Outrages. COAL TAR IS USED. Two Suits ofUndercloth.es Sayed His Complete Humiliation. Was With His Wife Returning From Topeka. MET BY MASKED MEN. Taken to Barn Where His Clothes Were Torn Off. White Cappers Then Left Him at Neighbor's House. Divorced Husband, and Brother of Mrs. Plato Recognized. Edgar Plato, a piano tuner and sales man, was the victim of whitecappers last night between ten and eleven o'clock. He was subjected to the most outrageous treatment and given 48hours to leave the country. As a result of the outrage -warrants were issued today for Peter Hamilton, bis son William, and John Wendell, a brothei1 of Mrs. Plato. Peter Hamilton is the divorced husband of Mrs. Plato and William Hamilton is his son. Mr. Plato was able to come to Topeka and report the circumstances of the out rage but he is suffering greatly from the shock. His face is bruised and swollen and he is greatly agitated. According to the reports Mr. and Mrs. Plato were in Topeka last night to do their Christmas shopping and did not start home until quite late. They live about three miles north of Topeka on the Central avenue road. When they reached the top of the hill in front of the residence of Frank Babcock they came upon an obstruction in the road. A wagon with one wheel off was in the road and .there was a lantern on It. Sev eral men were moving about. Mr. Plato shouted to the men and asked them what was the trouble. "We have broken down," replied one of them. Mr. Plato reined his horses and three men with handkerchiefs tied over the lower portions of their faces approached the buggy. One of the men grabbed Mr. Plato while another dealt him a terrific blow In the face with a heavy instru ment. Two other men held Mrs. Plato. Mr. Plato was then lifted from the vehicle and walked about 100 yards to the barn of Frank Babcock. He was then taken into the barn by three men and one of them tore his clothes from Jiis body. In the meantime he was struck several times by one of the mask ed men. One of the men had a pot of tar and he attempted to smear this upon Mr. Plato's body. He was only par tially successful, for in the dark the men did not notice that their victim wore two suits of underclothes. They tore off the outer suit, but when they applied the tar it was applied to the surface of the underclothing he still Wore, and consequently but little of it reached the bare skin. , After perpetrating other outrages, the whitecappers led their victim to the" res idence of Mr. Babcock, only a short dis tance away. They told him that unless he was out of the state in 48 hours that he might expect something much more severe. They pounded upon Mr. Bab cock's door until he was aroused, and as he opened the door they pushed the helpless man into the house, at the same time exclaiming, "Here i3 your neighbor, take care of him." Iuring all this time Mrs. Plato was under guard of three men at the buggy. When the men who had misused her husband returned she was asked where she wanted to go, and said that she wanted to go to her home, which was half a mile distant. They asked her if she wanted to ride, and she said, "No," that she could walk, and she got out and started home, and was not molested further. The vigilants tied the horse to Mr. Babcock's fence, and when the three men returned from the house they disappeared. Mr. Plato is satisfied as to the identity of the three men, for whom warrants were issued today. Mr. Plato was seen by a reporter to day. He said: "I had no warning that I was to be molested in any way. I married Mr. Peter Hamilton's divorced wife on November 15. I had received frequent warnings before the marriage, but I paid no attention to them. My horse was cut loose on several occa sions while I was visiting Mrs. Hamil ton, and on one occasion she hitched up her buggy and brought me to town after my horse had been turned loose. When we were about a half a mile from the houes two shots were fired at us, but neither of us were hit. A letter was shoved under the djor at the cplace where I was working, warning me un less I desisted my attentions to Mrs. Hamilton I would be killed. It was not signed. I paid no attention to these warnings, and on the date mentioned we were married. : - "Since our marriage we have not been molested, and I have lived happily with my wife, supposing that the persecu tions were over, and consequently I was not prepared for the attack of last night. When the men stopped our buggy I waa struck in the face by a club or some thing of the kind and then dragged from the buggy. While the men dragged meto the barn I was struck repeatedly, but the blow in the face was the most serious one I received. I had no idea whatever as to the intentions of my captors until they began to tear the clothes from my body. I then noticed that they had some tar, and supposed that they expected to apply it to me. They did not have any feathers, and consequently it cannot be said that I was tarred and feathered. I was able to offer very little resistance, because there were three men, and they were large, strong men, and my efforts to prevent their assaults amounted to but little. "After I was pushed into Mr. Bab cock's house my sufferings " were in a measure alleviated, and I was taken home as soon as possible, where my wife had preceded me. She was not harmed In any way. "She says that she is positive there were seven men in the party. Three cf them took charge of me and three of them guarded her, and she says there was a third who remained under th3 wagon. We wTere able to identify cn!y the three for whom I have had warrants issued today. The men all wore hand kerchiefs tied over the lower parts of their faces, and while this served in a measure to prevent their identification, still I have no doubt as to the three who took charge of me and marched me to the barn." Mr. Plato has been employed by a lo cal music firm for sometime, and he has been regarded as a faithful and consci entious man. His first marriage did not result happHy, and he secured a divorce about a year ago. The Hamiltons who had a family of grown up children were also divorced about the same time, and it was not long afterward that Mr. Plato began paying attentions to Mrs. Hamilton. About 20 Topeka young peo ple went out to attend the wedding on November 15. Mr. Plato says that the warnings for him to leave the city will be unheeded just as were all the other warnings. ' The Plato home is three miles north of Topeka on the Central avenue road. It is a very large frame house, and was given to Mrs. Plato by the court when she secured the divorce from her hus band. Mr. Hamilton for whom a war rant was issued today is an old citizen of Shawnee county, and is very well known. ,Mrs. Plato ia a sister of Mrs, T. M. James. WAITERS STRIKE. Guests at Copeland Hare W ait For Dinner. to Plate of Corn Beef Hash Caused the Trouble. V A plate of corn beef hash was the In nocent cause of a strike of the waiters at the Copeland hotel. Seven of the corps of eight waiters walked out of the dining room after a lengthy wrangle had been held over the events following the part the corn beef hash played in the episode. . . It was a walk out on principle. The participants were Gilbert Gordon, head waiter; George Bramford, Will Payne, David Abraras, H. McGuvern, Robert Washam and William Kelly. In the start, as the men tell it, George Bramford asked for a plate of corn beef hash for his breakfast. He was on the second watch and the other waiters who had preceded him had been served with the dainty. The cook refused to serve him with the desired food and in the argument that followed in the kitchen, the second cook and the steward took a hand. The steward told the head waiter, without giving any specific rea son, to discharge Bramford. Head wait er Jordan refused. i discharge the marn without full information as to the rea son, he says. t At 11:30 o'clock when Headwaiter Jor dan reported for service at dinner a dis charge awaited him. The other men thereupon walked out in sympathy with the man who had been discharged while maintaining his right against the con flict of authority with the steward. The guests waited for dinner until new wait ers were found. Proprietor Gordon, at the hotel, said there was no strike. They had discharged several waiters for insubordination, he said. They had immediately secured other help and served dinner without any disorder or delay. SHOT IN HIS OFFICE. Auditor For the War Depart ment Fatally Hurt. Washington, Dec. 22. F. H. Morris, of Ohio, auditor for the war department, was shot at 2:15 this afternoon in his office by a man named McDonald, for merly a disbursing clerk in the office. Morris is thought to be fatally hurt. Morris was shot through the heart and died almost instantly. McDonald, who did the shooting, then cut his own throat and shot himself. Before doing so. he had a desperate affray with the watch man of the building, who tried to arrest him. The watchman was badly beaten about the head with the murderer's pistol. Samuel McDonald, who did the killing, had been the second disburser's clerk in Morris' office, but had been re duced. It is said that brooding over this led to the tragedy. Morris had been auditor for the navy department, but was transferred to the present post a year ago on account of his good record. WON'T STAND IT. Mayor Drew Will Prevent Sun day Night Theater. It is doubtful if the Ferris Comedians will be able to give their show in the Crawford opera house Sunday night as was advertised, for the city authorities will object and will do all in their power to stop it. Mayor Drew was seen this morning and said that he had not heard that the company proposed giving the show Sun day night. He waa shown the advertise ment in the daily papers which stated that the company would present "that thrilling drama," "The Fatal Card." "I will have to look after that," said the mayor, "but I do iot know whether there is a city ordinance against Sunday night plays:- I will see Mr. Bird at once and find out what we can do to stop it, and we will stop it if possible." Later in the afternoon the mayor saw Mr. Bird and was told that the city could stop the play. Just what action will be taken to keep the company from presenting the play has not been de cided, but the city attorney is working on the matter this afternoon and it will be done. This is the first attempt to give a Sunday show in Topeka for a number of years and it will probably be the last, for if there is no city ordinance cover ing the matter one will be passed a.t once. Married Her Manager. Chamberlain, S. D-, Dec. 2Z The mar riage is announced of Miss Grace How ard, daughter of the distinguished New York Journalist, Jo Joseph Mesnard, manager of her big stock ranch. They will make their home 40 miles west of Chamberlain on the White river. FLY PROOFWIIEAT Insect Pest Is Ravaging the Wheat Fields. Government Discussing Plans to Circumvent It. LATE SOWN GRAIN. Farmers May Put Their Wheat in Ground in October. This Would Prevent the Spring Crop of Flies. Washington, D. C, Dec. 22. Reports are coming in from Various sections of Kansas to the effect that many farmers are preparing to plow up their wheat, owing to the depredations of the Hes elan fly. Similar reports come from all over the country. The Hessian fly ha3 not seriously bothered American farm ers during the past few years, but the pest appeared In nearly every section this fall in a very formidable way. An insect that is able to do $1,000,000 worth of damage to the farmers of th-i United States in a single year may well be regarded as one of the most danger ous and destructive of the many foes against which the agriculturists of this country are compelled to fight for a liv ing. This is the record of the Hessiai fly, which is second to the famous chinchbug in the destruction of crops throughout more than one-half of the grain-growing districts of the United States, and its ravages in the wheat fields in other countries have long been known and experienced. Hence the de partment of agriculture has for some time past made this subject a serious study. At present the Hessian fly has a very wide distribution throughout the grain growing region of Europe and America, There is evidence of its having existed from prehistoric time in the countries cf southern Europe, adjacent to the Medi terranean sea, and was introduced into this country near New York on Lonn Island by the Hessian soldiers during the war of the revolution in 1776 and 1777. The pest infested the straw used for the soldiers' bedding and soon spread from their camps. Observations showed that a spread from that section into tne adjacent territory was approximated at the rate of 20 miles per year. The facts concerning its distribution throughout the United States are of great importance in connection with the wheat industry, as each year of its spread added, continual and greater losses. From the time of it3 introduc tion, its distribution followed the expan sion of the wheat districts associated with the development and settlement of the Mississippi valley. Its eastward spread seems to have placed its ex treme limit in Maine, at Bangor. South ward it has gone as far as the northern part of South Carolina, and in its ex treme southern limit in Texas it reach es nearly to the gulf. Westward it oc curs throughout a greater portion of Kansas, the eastern part of Nebraska, and northward, according to Webster, the noted entomologist, it has been found in North Dakota and Minnesota, On the Pacific coast it has ravaged the wheat crops of California and Oregon to some extent in late years. Scientists be lieve the dispersal of this insect pest in the wheat-growing districts of Idaho, Washington, and other points, where wheat culture is carried on in isolated districts, will be fortified against by rea son of the extended ranges of moun tains or stretches of arid lands. ' The only way in which the presence of the pest is recognized is by its char acteristic breaking down of the wheat after the plant has grown to some con siderable height. In feeding upon it the fly punctures the blades and the stem or reed of the plant at its base, which causes it to break and die. During the late fall the fly deposits its eggs upon the stubble wheat, on grasses, and upon the ground. The larvae having wonder ful vitality, in extreme cold sections lies until the middle of April or first of May when it hatches the spring brood. It is this brood that plays havoc with the spring wheat, as they mature very soon after hatching. This brood lays its eggs on the stalk, and by the time the winter wheat is reaching maturity they have transferred their operations to it. The Hessian fly presents variations not only in number of broods, from one to possibly five or six, depending upon the latitude, but by retardation under conditions peculiar to each year. It has long been known that this pest flourish es best when the chinch bug flourishes least that is, the wet weather favors it. Moisture favors the well being of the larvae stage, and drought does it no in jury. Besides doing vast damage to the wheat crops each year, the Hessian fly preys upon crops of rye, barley and various varieties of grasses. It has been noticed only during the last two years that this pest feeds on grasses, and its attacks have been confined exclusively to California, where much havoc was played. The State Journal representative in obtaining information for the Kansas farmers to fight the pest, the govern ment claims there need be no longer a source of loss by the Hessian fly under a proper system of agriculture. The best preparation of the farmer, however, to contend with the insect involves for him a thorough knowledge of the condi tions favoring or obstructing the action of the insect, and to this end he should be particularly familiar with the con ditions of acceleration or retardation of development as affecting the time of appearance of the various broods. In harvesting the grain in July and August it is recommended by the de partment that it be cut quite high and the infested stubble fields fired as . a measure to destroy the puparis before it has reached its mature state. Along with the burning of the stubble the chaff and screenings after threshing should likewise be destroyed. In wet weather, when the burning of the stubble is ira practicable.then it should be plowed un der and the fields rolled. By turning and compacting the earth in this man ner the issuing of flies which may de velop from the puparia in tne earth is prevented. Volunteer wheat at this time of the year should be plowed under, as it furnishes food for the insect when all other sources of food are exhausted. In the winter wheat regions, when early spring sowing is practical, and the crops shew evidences of being in fested, it should be plowed under at once and another crop put in. Late sowing of fall wheat has been one of the principal resources against Hessian flies, and the investigations of leading entomologists show they agree in a strong recommendation of this policy. Government experts say if farmers in the extreme northern part of Indiana and southern Michigan can sow wheat with safety about the middle of Sep tember, and those in the southern part of Indiana delay sowing until after the first of October, there will be a retard ation of the fly's fall brood. This may be used to advantage throughout the intervening territory. Starting in southern Michigan about the middle of September and passing four degrees south of the vicinity of Evansville. Ind., the same condition of the Hessian fly is expected during the first week of October. Taking the latitudes men tioned as a guide, the farmers of the winter wheat belt through Kansas, Mis souri, southern Iowa, Nebraska and Iili noise can determine pretty accurately as to the proper time for seeding. lother. recommendation ia the selec tion of resistant varieties of wheat, which are claimed to be "fly proof." The varieties possessing these qualities are such as have coarse and siliceous stems, that are not easily penetrated by the pest. The Underhill variety has been considered a favorite for nearly a century. The Mediterranean wheat has been held in high repute in the United States, "as also the Bed Cap and Red May. L. W. THAVIS. BLACiTUSTSUIT. T. L. Lonegan, Striking Teleg rapher, to Sue Santa Fe. Arrangements are now being made to bring suit against the Santa Fe railroad for boycotting striking telegraphers. The aggrieved person is V. L. Lonegan who waa employed in the Santa Fe offices for six years. When the telegraphers strike was ordered Lonegan walked out with the rest of the men who belonged to the order. On December 19 he secur ed a position with the Western Union Telegraph company and worked for them about six hours when he was dis missed. Lonegan says that Superintendent E.e velle, of the Western Union, went out of the office after he had employed him (Lonegan) and that he called upon Sup erintendent Sholes of the Santa Fe who insisted upon the removal of Lonegan. Mr. Bevelle returned to the Western Un ion office and told Lonegan that his ser vices would no longer be required. Superintendent Sholes says that at the time Lonegan was employed by the Western Union the strike was still on, and that the company was sending a good deal of business over the Western Union lines. He did not think that it would be to the interest of the company to have Lonegan reading their messag s as he would be sure to do if he worked in the office. He added that it was in no sense a boycott, but was done to protect the interests of the company. FIVE MEN ROB BANK. The One Carrying the Money Is Afterwards Captured. Tullahoma, Tenn., Dec. 22 The vaults of the Coffee County bank at Manches ter were blown open early today by five robbers and all the Currency in the bank amounting to $5,000 stolen. The robbery was discovered shortly after its commission by the town watchman, who notified the authorities at Tullahoma, toward which place the robbers fled on a hand car. A deputy sheriff and police man from Tullahoma met the robbers a mile from town and after a short fight captured the thief with the money. His four companions escaped. The captured robber refuses to dis close his name or the identity of the other four men. He claims to come from Ohio and it is believed that this is the gang which has been operating lately in that state. Bloodhounds have been on the trail of the escaped robbers. GEN. LEE EXPLAINS. Didn't Mean That the Flag Would Stay in Cuba Forever. St. Louis, Dec. 22. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, who is in the city as the guest of the New England society was seen this morning by a representative of the As sociated Press in regard to the state ment published in a Chicago paper.pur porting to quote from his speech made on - the St. Louis merchants exchange yetserday in which he is said to have made the prediction that the American flag would continue to float over the island of Cuba. He said: "The meaning I intended to convey was that theAmer ican flag would float over Cuba until a stable government was formed that will be capable of protecting life and prop erty and giving confidence to capital:' The United States has promised the Cu bans self-government and will carry out its promise. Upon the Cubans will rest the responsibility of determining wheth er that government shall be permanent or otherwise." Under the escort of W. B. Home, president, and a committee from the New England society of St. Louis. Gen. Lee and staff with the ladies of the party this morning went to Jefferson Barracks, the regular army post south of the city. The trip was made in a spe cial trolley car which returned to the city after the general and his party had met the officers at a luncheon and in spected the post. This afternoon a re ception was given the ditinguished vis itors by the University club. TILLAGE UNDER WATER. Break of a Dyke Floods Frazier River Valley. Vancouver, B. C, Dec. 22. Following the break of the Loula Island dyke three days ago. floods have caused further damage to the sea walls protecting the farmers of the Frazier river valley. Ow ing to .high tides, strong winds and heavy rains, the lands have been badly flooded, and the village of Stoveston is under three feet of water. Wooden side walks floating away and the only means of locomotion is by boats. Westham Island is badly flooded and ranch own ers have been removing their live stock from the submerged fields in freight boats. To Enforce Rate Reduction. St. Paul. Dec 22. Late yesterday the railway and warehouse commission is sued two orders in the iron ore rate case One to be served on the Duluth.Messabe and Northern and the other on the Du luth and Iron Range. The case against the eastern Minnesota was dismisse'L These orders will be served upon the companies toiay. The rate of the Mes sabe road, which has been SO cents per ton on ere. was reduced to !0 cents, and those in effect on the Duluth and Iron Kange road, SO, 90 and 1C0 cents were re duced respectively to 60, 70 and 80 cents. PLAYERJTO QUIT. Veteran Santa Fe Official Will Soon Resign. Ill Health Is Given as tho Cause. SUCCESSOR IS READY He Will He R. P. C. Sanderson, Kow Assistant. Change Scheduled to Take Place January 1. It is reliably reported that John Player, superintendent of machinery for the Santa Fe, will resign on account of poor health, and will be i-ucct d-d by R. P. C. Sanderson, the present assist -ant superintendent. It will be the desire of the new man agement to infuse new blood in the sev eral departments for the betterment of the interests of the company, and to in augurate a more thorough ami wmiomiu system in the departments under Mr. Sanderson's control. This rumor has been current for sum time, but it has only recently assumed a degree of certainty. Mr. Player is one of the oldest Snnt.i Fe officials. He haa been in Hie nei vu of the company for nearly twenty year-. His service us superintendent of ma chinery has been for a. long period of years, and most efficient work ha been accomplished at the Topeka shops under his regime. Mr. Player Just returned from a Um weeks' trip to Cnlifomin, when- he had gone for his health, on Thursday of tins week. It is supposed that the contem plated change will take place on Janu ary 1. . 1 THE WATERS RAGE. Fearful Storm Prevails at Strait of San Juan Del Fuca. Port Townsend, Wn Dec. 22 -For T4 hours a fearful southwesterly wind pre vailed in the Straits of San Juan IV I Fuca, The steamship Ttobcrt Dollar, coul-la-den for San Francisco, after an im fT el -ual attempt to make headway uKaiiiHt. it, returned here and ia awaitins lie abatement of the wind. Other vesst-ls succeeded in renchlr.r Port Angeles. . The continued rain n:id wind storm has been the most ev . . known here for years and nttieli riitm:i;- has been don- along the Port Towns, n I Southfin r.-ulroad. a number of va.-i-ouis having occurred. The schooner Fort's ter, Juit arrive. 1 from Cape Flattery, report filiti'C a Steamer this morning between l-'iott .-rv Bock and Taioosh Jsland flying it; " of distress. The captain of tne l-'oievt. was unable to make out ttie nam." of 1 1 steamship as a fearful na-le was blow inn. Tho description he give of Ute nle.-iin-shio Indicates that the distress."! wsw I is the Charlie D.Lane, which nailed from here Tuesday evening with one million feet of lumber. The vessel Is In a dancerous po-ritioe and if the wind continues sin- is llabl ( to go on the rocks and buotue a lotui loss with ail on board. Further ,-ittie..-Iar3 are not obtainable on aoeount of t-i : telegraph office at N'eah Bay l leu closed. MINSTR E LS AT T A 1 1 1 E I. Beach & Bowers Company Held Up For $200 at Wichita. Wichita, Dec. .22 Beach K- T'.owwis minstrels were uttach! at 'raw ford ' theater last idglit for .'. The p.. pet 4 Were served by Deputy ,when!T '. VV. Simmons. The attachment whs mad" t.e order of O. T. Crawford for an a H. l breach of contract. Craw ford cl.i.n.- mat the troupe made a contract to 111:11. . several of thi towns in his cireuil n l violated it. Mr. Simmons has .o of th property of the company, and the morev secured from Manager MarlKng. Il.'i-h & Bow ers say th y will contest the -:w: Mr. O. T. Crawford, when seen by a State Journal reporter this mortiln. said: "We wer;? tioiible.l this season bv two or three companies cancelling I heir dates too late to secure other bookitiK :. This has been unreasonable and we ta!..i tnis was of securing our Just rltiMs." SIMPSON WOULD TAKE IT. Not Averse to Accepting Fusion Sen atorial Nomination. Jerry Simpson, who Is in the city on business, said to a State Journal re porter today: ? "1 would appreciate the fusion nomi nation for United States senator In th legislature this winter. It Is a compli ment to any man. 1 hope to aplure tin honor." Stage People Wed. London, Doc. 22. Forbes Ri.liirlfOt., the actor-manager and MNs tlortnid' Klliott, sister of Maxlno Klliott. ve--i married this afternoon at All Soul' chuich, Southhamt'i-ded. 'i lia ceremony was most quiet. There were r brides maids, but the bride was supported 1 y Mrs. Madeline Beilly. the pla w rigot. Norman Forbes was the best man. Rathbone's Noble Sister. Cincinnati, Dec. 22. Counsel f.,r oness von Hittenberg, who h.ih 1 Campbell, of Hamilton, )., appear r.ir- lra , d I 'l the federal court here today and granted a.nother wet k to exauii;o title of the Kathhone property at J lltoil for which thev had bid 1113 0 baroness is a sister of Mrs. K. ;. 1 W ft "- to" I a Tr Th .aih r of bone, wift- of the former director posts in Cuba. Weekly Bank Statement. New York, D"c. 22 The weekly f-t i roent of averages cf the la hank h(.; I sinn 7K7.l!is T'hi. tr. t.,1 ,! e (-':', IMI. crease $:..6fil.3.4: deposits $:.S"l.4"n crease ,:i.m:,ui; circulation j ;e.-.eij. Increase tlTS.roO: legal tenders ?;. 171. increDS' J'CO.noO; specie S 1 0 1 1 .'. crease SI.n-5r1.70. Total reserve J.'1'i 1 10, increase $. 20r.r.x: reserve i i u i $209,701,100, decrease J :" ".! J.; surplus r, d re- serve i,4y.(M), increase 1 1.1 1 1..iJj. Bank Call Issued. P.ank Commissioner Hreidenth.il Ini issued a call for a statement from Kan sas state and private banks, showing their condition at the close of business December 31. This is the fourth ad vt the year and last for this century. '