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TOPEKA STATE JOTTRXAHi, MONDAY EEZSTNTG, DECEIBER 24, 1900
TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL. BT frank; p. maclennan. VOLUME XXVII No. 307 TKRMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. raily coition, delivered bv carrier, 19 cents a wfan to any part of Topeka or suburbs, or at the same pnc; m - pas town where the paper m k" iiy mail, one year 2 Wiplrlv sitt(ir one Vpar... t. ...... .50 Topeka State Journal buliding, ( 3 S02 Kansas avenue, corner 01 msi" TCTW TOPX OFFICE. Temrlf Court Bldg. A Frank R'.chardaon. Mgr. CTTTCACO OFFICK. Stock FTcharte- Bidg. A. Frank Richardson. Mgr. I.ovpn OFFTCS. 12 Red Lion Court. Fleet S treat. j.-In Office.'....' E"H !SiOT1 ReDorters' Room Bell 'Phone 6:7 Perhaps Mr. Cleveland and Mr. Hanna may also start weekly papers. The kid nabbing business la obtain ing its full share of the general pros perity. In the case of the British and DeWet, it is difficult to tell which is the hunter and which the hunted. John 15. Rockefeller's recent gift of $1,500,000 to Chicago university portends another advance in the price of oil. The money for a great many small grabs can be obtained merely cutting down the river and harbor estimate. Hereafter advances in the price of oil probably will be made on the plea that Chicago university needs the money. If the flag shall become firmly estab lished in Cuba and the constitution fol low it, imported cigars will become do mestic cigars. General MacArthur has w-arned the Filipinos that they must respect the rules of war or take the consequences. So there is a war over there after all. Mr. Cleveland's latest utterance prob ably was intended to cheek the grow ing enthusiasm among Democrats fol lowing upon its immediate predecessor. It looks as though the Nicaragua canal matter might drag along until it becomes necessary to make it an issue in a national election. This Xmas business, is a great ab sorber of the X's, Boston Traveler. In view of the fact that the X is often made to represent a ten dollar note, it is. The sixty million dollars carried by the river and harbor bill as prepared by the committee, if judiciously appor tioned, may win much needed support fur the ship subsidy job. The "surplus busters" have so many strings to pull that it is not likely they will miss fire on all their schemes. If the ship subsidy bill doesn't go, there is the river and harbor grab. When it comes to a choice between an independence which would cost mil lions of dollars expended on an army and navy to maintain, and becoming an integral part of the United States through annexation, the Cubans prob ably will choose the latter if given an opportunity. France celebrates the fall of the Bas tile, Germany commemorates the found ing of the empire, Kngland remembers the birthday of the queen, the United States has her Fourth of July, and all the Catholic countries of Europe and America celebrate saint days innumer able, but Christmas is the one holiday which appeals to' the entire Christian ized world. OBJECT LESSON IN SUBSIDIES. tFrom the N. T. World. "Forty years of experience in govern ment is worth a century of book read ing," said Thomas Jefferson. France has been paying ship sub sidies steadily for twenty-five years. Fhe is now paying $7,600,000 a year for them. Norway pays no subsidies to her Bhips and never has done so. Here then is Jefferson's test of "ex perience," and what does it show? Why, that while France, paying out subsidies larger in proportion to her population and wealth than those Mr. Hanna wants the United States to pay, has only increased her total shipping ton nage 200 per cent, since 1875, while within the same quarter century period little Norway has Increased hers by al most 400 per cent. twice as fast. PUBLIC SENTIMENT AND SUB SIDY. From the Indianapolis News. Opposition to the ship subsidy bill is now so strong and widely diffused that it hardly seems possible that congress will dare to pass it. All over the coun try the people are protesting against the subsidy bill. Republicans and Demo crats alike are using their influence to defeat it. Stanch Republican newspapers are warning the party leaders against the effort now making to commit th party to the principle embodied in the bill. The more the measure is consider ed the clearer does it appear that it is almost wholly in the Interest of fas passenger steamers with slight carg ca pacity, and that a large part of the money would go to the wealthy owneis of ships that are already in existence and being run at a profit. These men are interested in many wealthy corpora tions, including the Standard Oil. In a recent discussion of the bill in the New Tork Evening Post it was shown that the International Navigation com pany, which owns the American line, would draw a subsidy of about $2,500,000 4 year, or $50,000,000 In twenty years. Among the directors and officers of the International Navigation company aie John D. Rockefeller, who is president of the Standard Oil company; G. A. Gri3 cem, who Is a director in the Standard Oil company and the National Transit company and vice president of the Na tional Pipeline company ; J. D. Archbold. who is a director in the Standard Oil company, and the National Transit com pany, and H. II. Rogers, who is presi dent of the National Pipeline company, vice president of the Standard Oil com pany, and a director in the National Transit company. And these are the men who are most interested in persuad ing congress to tax the American peop!e for their benefit. It is a very close cor poration of extremely wealthy men. So closely is the Standard Oil company al lied to the International Navigation company that it is not unfair to look on the latter as in part at least the property of the farmer. And the New Tork Ev ening Post estimates that the Standard Oil company would get over $2,000,000 a year of the subsidy which it i3 proposed to vote to the International Navigation company. In addition to this the Stand ard Oil company would collect subsidies on many ships wholly in its control. It seems almost incredible that any representative of the people could be brought to vote for such a bill. It Is wholly in the interest of a special class, and that a small and wealthy class. It would accomplish little or nothing in the way of building up our merchant ma rine, or In the reduction of freight rates No doubt there are many men deceived about it, but if they will investigate the bill they will, we feel sure, discover that it is a mere grab for taxes which the people pay. GLOBE SIGHTS. TFrom the Atchison Globe. No crazy person is sent to the asylum soon enough. . Some people are poor at figures, and no amount of training will help them. Only a few drinks themselvea to death, but thousands eat themselves to death. A satisfactory husband is one -who returns hungry from a meal at another woman's houae. In some families of girls it seems to be agreed that certain ones shall v work, while others play the lady. Christmas should be entirely over by the 27th. That feeling of gratitude soon becomes burdensome. When a wife saya that all men are alike, it indicates that she once thought that she was marrying the exception. An Atchison woman puts so many kinds of things into her vegetable soup that you have to have a, fork to eat it with. If people still had old fashioned large families, they would have to drop the fashion of putting six spoons at every plate. An Atchison woman has so much trouble getting a girl that she says she would keep a good oner even if her husband did kiss her. After a girl passes twenty, she us ually has a different lover every Christ mas for whom she buys a- present coat ing more than all her other gifts to gether. There are only two girls in Atchison who actually and positively have money. One of them has no "steady," and the other one's steady could be driven off without any trouble. Instead of giving your friend a silly Christmas present that will do him no good, resolve to treat him more sensi bly in- the future, and not annoy him with ill temper, or thoughtless words. An Atchison woman has a list of f-rtv-one Christmas presents to buy. She has been doing without things her- lf for six months, in order to give Christmas presents. This woman is know to be an excellent person, but has been brought up in a foolish school: she lacks the intelligence to act for herself, like thousands of other worthy people. She found a custom in existence when she arrived in the world, and has been blindly following it without thought or investigation. In buying and making her forty-one Christmas presents she has neglected many other things of greater im portance. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News Life is mostly made up of desire and regret. The mother of pearl must have a very large family. One wav to remove dandruff Is to in sult an Indian. A coal miner is always ready to get down to business- Be charitable. A tight fist la apt to gej the rheumatism. Be sure you are right and then go sideways if you are a crab. Wit never killed any one, but many have died from the want of it. The skeleton in many a closet is the result of the Jam inside the small boy. Many a man is spoiled by success and many a man is ruined by the lack of it. It's all well enough to be charitable, but you should pay your debts first. An enterprising St. Louis tobacconist advertises: "Imported cigars of my own manufacture." A bald-headed clergyman recently preached from the appropriate text: "The hairs of our heads are numbered." An Irish lecturer, upon being intro duced to his audience, said: "Ladies and gentlemen, before I begin to speak I wish to say a few words." QUAKER REFLECTIONS. From the Philadelphia Record. Lots of mistletoe. The boy who has no skates cuts no Ice. In golf a man is never to old to learn. "Fall in!" is the command of the thin ice. A wedding morn should have no mourning. It's hard to believe that virtue is its own reward when we don't get Christ mas presents. Marriages may not be made in heaven but there are probably plenty of matches in the other place. Sillicus "Necessity, they say, knows no law." Cynicus "Then it must be like a lot of young lawyers." Girls should remember that the men who can describe a woman's costume don't always make the best husbands. Rounder "My wife only believes half the stories she hears about me." Wig wag "Not the better half, I'll wager." Sunday schools are filling up. "Some people are like steel." says the Manayunk Philosopher. , "You mustn't think, just because they' are cold, that they have no tempers." The aspiring young author is firmly convinced that It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for an editor to get into heaven. "Your clerks seem in a good humor this morning," remarked the friend of the great merchant. . "Yes," replied the Q. B. : "my wife has just been in, and it tickles them to death to see some body boss me around." "This blond man must be a sort of humorist," remarked the oculist, going over his mail. "What's up?" asked the assistant. "Why, I sent him my bill," replied the oculist, "and here he ia3 given me his note, payable at sight." Tis now the time when foxy kids Are getting good, because They know that is the way to get A pull with Santa Claus. A PXEUMATIC EXPRESS. Company Incorporated to Transport Merchandise by Tube. New Haven, Dec. 24. The Electro-Pneumatic Tube company filed articles of in corporation here today with a capital of $1,000,000 to connect leading Connecticut cities and New York with a pneumatic tube service for merchandise. The com pany ha.3 applied for a franchise from the legislature. The members are Hartford and New York business men. They claim to have new patents and devices for equipping an electric-pneumatic service so that all kinds of light merchandise can be sent with lightning-like rapidity from New York throughout Connecticut. The main line of the service will be from New Tork, through Bridgeport. New Haven, Meriden and to Hartford. If this succeeds there is little doubt it will, be extended to Springfield, Worcester and Boston. One of the main features will be. its promoters think, that it will be able to flash almost instanumeously from New York to Connecticut the New York news papers. TO LEAVE NEW ENGLAND. Quebec Offers French-Canadians In ducements to Return Home. Boston, Dec. 24. The Quebec coloniz ation movement by which it is proposed to have a large percentage of French Canadians in New England settle upon unoccupied land in Quebec, was launch ed about three years ago, not long after the advent to power in Canada of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the premier, who is a French-speaking Canadian and a resi dent of Quebec. While Sir Wilfrid does not stand di rectly behind the movement, it is known that it has his sympathy, as well as that of J. Israel Tarte, the Canadian minis ter of public works, and the second French-speaking member of importance in the Canadian government. The real promoters of the plan are members of the provincial government of Quebec and the Lake St. John railroad. In 189S, Rene Dupont, the colonization agent and others came to New England and held meetings in many of the mill towns populated by French-Canadians. Special inducements were offered all ablebodl"d men with families to return and take up new lands. The Quebec government guaranteed to assist all those financially who should join the re-patriation move ment and the land was to be rented to settlers at a nominal cost. SOME PARISIAN "WINE. Paris Co. London TelegTa.pt!. 3 An extraordinary story of wholesale adulteration of wine In Paris is told by a contemporary here. The beverage in Question, which has. it appears, been sell ing like wildfire for the past few years at the low price of 4V,d per litre, is de scribed as "natural wine" and "vin des vendaeres." That it hardly deserves these attractive appellations has been shown by the analvses of some 2.0O0 specimens made at the Municipal laboratory of Chemistry. Not a single pint of the so-called wme was found to be unadulterated. The foundation of the beverage consists of "vin pique" or "vin de pressurage," officially stated to be unfit for consumption. This was mixed with some real, and rather strong", wine, which provided the flavor. To the concoction was then added 40 or 50 per cent of water. But the "wine" re quired still further manipulation before it could be retailed to unsuspecting" consum ers. A harsh acid taste, which remained from the original "vin pique." had to be counteracted chemically, and this was achieved by the addition of potash, chalk and baryta, among- other substances. Even this, however, was not the final stag-e. in the adulteration. Owing- to the consider able proportion of water the beverage still required "strengthening." With this end in view various chemical substances were further added, such as tannin, tartaric acid, citric acid, and in some Instances phosphoric and even sulphurous acid. The concluding statement of the municipal laboratory report, that the mixture in question "constitutes a beverage injurious to the health." is certainly incontrovert ible. It is said that the manufacturer of this fearful concoction has made some lo.OOO a year profits out of his "wine" selling business. ILLUSTRATED LECTURE On the Grand Canon of Arizona. The Ladies' Music club has secured Mr. N. M. Brigham, the celebrated lec turer, for the evening of January 4, when he will deliver his illustrated lecture on the "Grand Canon." It will be given at the First Christian church. Bank Vault Dynamited. Dalton City, IT.. Dec. 24. Between $3.(KK) and $4,000 was secured by a gang who dynamited the vault of the Dalton City bank early today. Although a posse was quickly formed, no trace of the robbers has yet been found. m It may become chronic. It may cover the body with large. Inflamed, burning, itching, scaling patches and cause intense suffering. It has been known to do so. Do not delay treatment.- Thoroughly cleanse the system of the humors on which this ailment de pends and prevent their return. The medicine taken by Mrs. d E. Ward, Cove Point, Md.. was Hood's Sarsaparilla. She writes: " I bad a disagreeable itching on tor arms which I concluded was salt rheum. I began taking Hood's Sarsaparilia and in two days felt better. It was not long before I was eared, and I hare never had any skin disease since." Promises to cure and keeps the promise. It is positively unequaled for ail cutaneous eruptions. Take it. LN HOTEL CORRIDORS, "I have heard tales of the Ignorance of the inhabitants of Arkansas ever since I was a hoy," said a man in the lobby of the Copeland, "but I never re alized' that the' people were really in the nnssiui state of itmorance that they aire until I made a trip to that state, I went there when the P. & G. was built through the Western part of the state, ana 1 iouna that the tales I Baa neara were not exaggerated. I was in busi ness, or, rather, had business Interests in Mena, and a friend of mine disked me to take a trip with him to a town about twenty miles to the east. It was in the middle of the summer and the ground was dry and dusty, for It had not rained for several weeks. We carried all the necessary adjuncts to a comfortable trip, including a large piece of ice, and thought we would eet through all right. We got to the town and stopped at the only hotel there was in the place. The notel was a dwelling house set up on sticks so that it would keep out of the wet when the rains began. On the door was a sign which read: BoarD & Log- ing. meals at ALL hours.' There was very little business for the hotel and the woman who owned it informed us that she had but one spare room, and she took in travelers in order to make a lit tle spare change. I took the ice into the house and told the woman that we would like to have ice tea for dinner, for the dnst and heat had made our trip very disagreeable, and the thought of Ice tea was very pleasant. We patted ourselves on the back figura tively, of course for our thoughtful ness in bringing the ice. We did what business we had to attend to in a short time and at once went to the hotel to get our dinner. The landlady told us that she was the grand-daughter of the man whom the county had been named after, and that they had been living there for years,, never having been out of the county except once when they went to Fort Smith to buy Something which they had heard of and could not get at home I think it was a fever and ague cure. She set out the regulation Arkansas dinner turnip greens cooked with bacon, fried bacon and corn bread. Presently she set two cups of steaming tea by our plates and then took a seat on a chair close enough so that she could carry on the conversation. She wrapped her hands in her apron and be gan telling of the trial and tribulations of the family. She told of the average amount of quinine consumed annually and of the hogs and dogs and calves. I listened patiently to her story but finally I got tired and asked her where the ice tea was that she was to make for us. 'Thar it is, mister,' she said as she pointed to the steaming teapot and cup. 'Thar it is, and I reckon it must be about right, for I done biled that ice for a full hour. I hope you all like them naw-fangled drinks, but I like the old drinks the best.' She had taken the ice and crushed it in small bits and boiled it. I suppose she thought we wanted the water frozen in order to kill the microbes which she had probably heard of in some unaccountable way." m "i have been out at nights a good many ttsnes and have been in lonesome places," said a gentleman at the Na tional, "but I think the only time I was ever really frightened was when I was freighting out in Colorado. I will ad mit that I have gone home late at night and have looked over the house hoping that I would not find a burglar, and I have also got up in the late hours of the night and searched the house because a cat or a mouse had made a noise. And upon all these occasions I was a little nervous, but it was not the same feeling that I had when I was alone in the mountains with nothing but -my mules and the wild animals for company. The time I speak of was some years ago when I was driving four mules over the mountain from Canon City to Lead ville. Our regular road was by way of Currant creek and the salt marsh, and we usually kept together so that we were not lonesome and in case we had an accident we could help each other out. There were several wagons in the train that I was with and we had made several very successful trips when we decided to make a return trir by West on's pass. I had never been over the pass, and after we got started we found that the road was about as bad as it could be. I was far behind the rest of the wagons when the sun began to sink behind the mountains, and I had about despaired catching up with them when I met a wagon train going in the oppo site direction. They informed me that it was ten miles to the next house and that the wagons ahead of me were stuck in a bad place in the road and could not get out before daylight. I at once decided to camp where I was, and finding the best place I could I un hitched and made a fire. The men who had met me went on and I was left alone with my mules and my thoughts. 1 built a big fire and laid down to rest. I had not slept long when I was awak ened by the howls of the wild animals. I got up and moved my bed to the wagon box, but I slept no more that night. The animals came so close that I could see the green glare of their eyes. I had nothing to defend myself from an attack; there was not even a hatchet in the wagon. The guns were in the wagons ahead of me. I re mained awake and watched the eyes of the animals in the darkness and wished for a firearm of some description, but the wishing was as far as I got. When the eyes would come closer I would think of my chances of escape by climb ing a tree, but it seemed risky to leave the wagon, so I staid with it. In the morning, which I thought would never come, I felt ten years older,' and after I had hitched up I made the team travel until I had caught up with the other wagons, and I did not lose them again on the trip." John McCullom, ex-sheriff of Chase county, was in the city a few days ago and told how he and Henry Lantry, one of the best known railroad contractors in the west, were accused of horse stealing, and how a sheriff in Okla homa looked for them for several weeks. McCullom and Lantry went to Okla homa about a month ago to look up some business matters, and they had to get a rig from a livery stable to drive to the towns they wanted to visit, as they were off the line of the road. They got a driver and a rig and made the rounds all right although the buggy was severely strained carrying the two giants each of them will weigh 250 pounds. When they reached the rail road again they paid the driver and took the train for home. A short time after they returned to their homes in Cottonwood Falls they were called away again on business, and it was while they were gone that the sheriff of the county received a telegram wanting to know if men by the name of Lantry and McCullom lived in that county. The telegram stated that they had hired a rig and had not returned it, and the owner wanted them arrested for steal ing horse. It was some time before the matter wascleared up, and then it de veloped that the driver had taken the money and the team and left the coun trv. He has not been heard of, for he had plenty of time to escape with the team while the sheriff was looking for. two big, fat horsethieves going under the names of McCullom and Lantry, who claimed that they lived in Chase county, Kansas. The Young Women's Christan associa tion is arranging to entertain its friends Christmas night from 7 to 9 o'clock. THEY FEEL SLIGHTED. Nicaragua and Costa Rica Ignored in Canal Treaty. Washington, Dec.24. The British go- ernment has not up to this time, given the slightest indication as to its purpose on the amended Hay-Rauncefote treaty and it is understood that the subject will not be taken up by the British cabi net until the draft of the amended in strument and the advices of the British ambassador at Washington are received. The general terms have been briefly summarized in cables to the London au thorities, but in a matter of this mag nitude they would not act until they were in possession of all the data by mail . Under these circumstances it is evident that today's utterances of the London press to the effect that Qreat Britain will stand firmly on the Clayton- Bulwer treaty while indicating the pod ular and to some extent the official trend of opinion do not announce a policy which has assured any definite sanction thus far on the part of the British gov ernment. The Niearaauan minister. Mr. Corea, was asked today as to the report that he had protested in behalf of Nicaragua against th-3 amended form of the treaty. He said he did not care to discuss the matter in Its present status, but he pointed out the unlikelihood that Nicar agua and Costa Rica would protest while the matter was one of domestic policy. Later on, If it assumed the con crete form of a proposition to be sub mitted to Nicaragua and Costa. Rica, it would be for them to say whether It wa? acceptable or not. tint In the m ear- time it was hardly likely that there would be any protest or other action concerning a subject still in its creative stages m this country and in Great Britain and not yet before Nicaragua ana costa Rica, It also can be stated, not on Mr. Cor ea's authority, but as a fact that the Nicarajguan government has not up to this time defined its attitude on the amendment document. Mr. Corea for warded it with full advices, but as thj senate acted only a few davs aaro. there. has not yet been time for the papers to get oerore President Zelaya's cabinet. And even then as Mr. Corea has pointed out, it is doubtful whether Nic aragua will assert her position in ad vance of receiving overtures as to the canal. It appears to be the accepted View, however, in Central American di . plomatic circles that the senate failed to take into much account the interests of those countries, most vitally concerned by having the waterway through their territory. A BOIL IS SOT A EOIL. Only a "Belief," Asserts Christian Scientist, and Does Not Hart. New Tork, Dec 24. Faith, teeth and Christian Science healing occupied the ueuuuu 01 .surrogate r ltzgerald and a large crowa today in the contest over the will of Miss Helen C. Brush, who left the bulk of her fortune of $75,000 to the Christian -Scientists. Doctor Pease, who described himself a physi cian and dentist, was called to the stand. The doctor said it took him three years to study medicine and two years dentistry. "You took a course of Christian Science?" he was asked. "Yes, of twelve lessons." 'Then it took you three years to be come a doctor, two years to become a dentist and twelve days to become a Christian Scientist?" "Yes." "In Miss Eddy's book. 'Science and Health,' she says a boil is not painful because it is not a boil, simply a belief. Do you say a boil is a boil or a belief ?" A belief." "When you are called to treat a boil. how do you treat it?" ' With a lance." "So you use a lance on 'a belief ? Do you believe that colds, coughs and con tagion are engendered solely by mortal belief?" "I am certainly of that opinion." The doctor admitted that he signed a death certificate of a child who died from capillary bronchitis, although he naa never seen her. GIRLS GET ODD CENT. Vanderbilt Pennies Divided by Ar rangement of a Referee. New York. Dec. 24. Mrs. Gertrude Pa.vne Whitnev and her sister, Mis Gladys M. Vanderbilt. will each receive one cent more from a S5.noo.000 bequest leit oy tneir tatner tnan their brothers, Alfred G. and Reginald C. Vanderbilt. Cornelius Vanderbilt died in September, 1S99. One bequest of So. 000. 000 worth of securities he then left his four children has grown in market value to J9, 421. 092.50. Surrogate Fitzgerald appointed Robert Mazet a commissioner to determine the amount each heir should receive. Mr. Mazet today filed his report recommend ing that Alfred O. and Reginald C. Van derMlt each receive $1.4.273.12 and the two daughters eacn Si.4!i0.27a.l3. , ST. PETERS CLOSED. The Pope Performs the Ceremony of Shutting the Door. Rome, Dec. 24. The pope today per formed the ceremony of closing the holy door of St. Peter's cathedral with the gorgeous forms usual to great functions f this kind. It was a magnificent spec tacle. There was a great gathering of the princes of the church, who partici pated in the ceremony. News of the Navy. Washington, Dec. "24. Captain Hawlev cabled the navy department last evening that he had sailed with the Hartford from La Guayra to Curacoa. It Is said at the navy department that this does not affect the execution of the instructions sent to Captain Hawley a few days ago to look after American interests in Venezuela and co-operate with Minister Loomis. Curacoa, only a short distance from La Guayra directly across the channel, is a cable end and the Hartford is conse quently still in good position to execute her trust. Admiral Remey cables the navy department this morning from Ma nila that he had sent the cruiser Albany from Cavite to Hong Kong to be docked, for the purpose of ascertaining the extent of the injuries, if any, received by the ship through touching bottom in Subig bay last week. A Case From Nome. Washington. Dec. 24. The United States supreme court today denied the petition for certiorari in the case of Chipps vs. Lenderberg. This is a famous mining case from Cape Nome, involving the reg ularity of the appointment of a receiver for a gold mine in that district by Dis trict Judge Noyes. To California, the American Summer land. -le Overland Limited" via Union Pacini, makes 15 hours quicker time be tween iTissouri river and San Francisco than any other line. Finely equipped with Double Draw ing Room Palace Sleepers, Buffet Smoking and Library Cars with Barber Shop and Pleasant Reading Rooms, Dining Cars, Meals a la carte, Pintsch Light. Steam Heat. Of this train Admiral Beresford says: "Why, I never saw anything like it; and then, too, this dining car system it is grand. The appointments of the Union Pacific trains are a constant source of surprise to me." J. C. FULTON, Depot Agent John A. Digman, of Matfield Green, was brought to this city Saturday by Deputy United States Marshal Trigg. He is charged with selling liquor with out a government license. , WILL HOT BRING PEACE Russian Opinion of the Cbine.se Preliminary Agreement. St. Petersburg, Dec-. 24. The Novoe Vremya sharply criticises the joint not of the powers to China as being too long- to produce effect. It eays the accusa tions against the emperor and dowager empress are unfounded and that the ac cusation that Prince Tuan Is alone re sponsible for the treachery is ridiculous. The paper adds: "Ruler sometimes betray their own country, but treason towards foreign powers is a new conception. The state ment In the ultimatum that the troops will not be withdrawn before the condi tions are accepted can not mean Russia, whose troops have already vacated Fe Chi Li, whereas Manchnrian affairs do not concern the powers. The note will not bring peace. The powers, possibly, repent not having imitated Russia's ex ample." The minister of the interior has start ed from St. Petersburg and the minister of war has left .Yalta to meet the re turning troops at Theodosia. M. De Witte, the minister of finance, is expect ed there January 14, according to the Rossiya. A special to the Novoe Vremya from Vladirostocksays the exploitation of the principal Manchurian railroad lirje and the construction of a branch line to Port Arthur will be turned over to the government. Russia has always care fully insisted that the Manchuria rail road enterprise was purely the affair of a Russian private corporation. The news, it true, 13 of great importance po litically. The same correspondent wires that demobilization is ending everywhere in Manchuria. Baron Kaulbars is distrib uting the railroad protective guard along the route. The Chinese popula tion along the railroad is suffering from famine. The Russians up to the present have had plenty of supplies. FOR WHITECAPPING. Hamiltons and John Wendell Are Arrested. William Hamilton .Peter Hamilton and John Wendell, the men who were arrest ed on the charge of assaulting Hugo Plato Friday night, were before the city court this morning and gave bond for $100 each. The trial waa set for January 2. The men all claim that they can prove an alibi as they were attending a dance in Farkdale at the time that the white- cappers were supposed to have held up Mr. .Platoi DEATHS AND FUNERALS- Mrs. Florence Johnson, wife of Dr. S. A. Johnson, died at her home, 32a Harri son street Sunday of asthma. Funeral announcements will be made later. Charles Snyder, son of Peter Snyder of 713 Chandler street, died at his home this morning at the age of 13 years. The funeral will be at the German Lutheran church on Hancock street tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Dl Peter K. Long died at the residence of his son, William Long, at 405 Chandler street this morning. The burial will he In Bauer cemetery southeast of this city lhe time will be announced later. LOCAL MENTION. County Commissioner n. P. Rodgers fell on the court house step yesterday and severely Injured his nose. J. E. Brown, of the United States marshal's office, has been off duty for several days on account of sickness. Henry B. Lautz, recently made assist- ant chief clerk to President Ripley, is home from Chicago to spend Christmas. J. Davis Cook, son of Sheriff Cook, is at home from Chicago university ro spend the holidays. He wrote his name Jesse Cook when he left Topeka, General Manager H. IT. Mudge and General Superintendent C. F. Resseguie inspected the grade reduction work on the Empona cutoff on Saturday. It has been comparatively quiet in the county treasurer's office today. People are spending their money for Christmas presents and are not paying taxes. The first Christmas drunk was ar rested this afternoon. He was a little ahead of time, but insisted to the offi cers that he was celebrating Christmas. The case of James Watson, who waa arrested for assaulting his divorced wif , was called iE the city court this morn ing and was postponed until January 2. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shaffer, of Alli ance, and Mrs. Dr. Sturgeon, of Salem, Ohio, are the guests of Mrs. M. K. Stoker, en route to Mexico, where they will spend the winter. "Indian Jake" was before the police court this morning and nodded his hea l to the charge of drunkenness. He will serve three days on the rockpile. In deference to Christmas eve the To peka whist club does not play tourna ment games tonight. The rooms will be open tonight and all day tomorrow, however. Two vagrants and four "plain drunks" were before the police ourt this morn ing. The men who pleaded guilty to be ing drunk were fined $3 each and the va grants were held until this afternoon session. Sam Andrews, the boy who was look ing for John Card well, his brother-in-law, was sent to Lecompton yesterday by the police. They telephoned to that place and learned that Cardwell lived there. A colored man, who has been hanging about the state house for several weeks and who has been acting as though hH mind is not sound, was taken before Judge Dolman this morning. Nothing was done with the man as he is not demented- just a little "queer." The committee to which the question of choosing a place for the fire bell was referred has done nothing about the matter. The city will be without a fire bell for at least six months unless the councilmen are told by their constitu ents to push the matter- It is about time to put up the fire bell the people want it. The Hargadine-McKIttrick Dry Good company, of Kansas City, has field suit against the Shawnee- Fire Insurance company. The suit is for $1,000 on the store of R. W. Skinner, which . as burned in Tecumseh last December, and the policy of which had been trans ferred to the Hargadine-McKittrick company. Died Like the Swan. New York, Dee. 24. Louis Lnmbardo un dertook to serenade Jnsie De Parlo In Brooklvn last night. The girls fatheT ordered him away, but Lombard persist ed in Klnc-intr a. lrrve air. plavinjr an ac companiment on .a guitar. At the con clusion ot tne song anu wmie iitM sweet heart was at her window, Lombardo drew si revolver and shot himself in the- head. He was carried to a hospital, where ha died two hours later. DAS UTOCUST03i.Se tFrom Good Wnr.1u.1l With regard .to th ordinary heathen burial. It was the Bamito custom to bury their dead 1fi a sitting poxture, and gHncrally in their kraals, but this prac tice Is becoming leos common. Th-'y arn Indifferent regarding tha grave of their dead, which are left unprotected by wall or fence. Marriage by cattle, according to the well known natlvo rtiMom, Is univer sally practiced. The price of a wife Is about fifteen nead of cattle, though the value varies largely according to the circumstances of the case and the na ture of the tKirgaln. I'olyainy Is com mon, and exists along wlih many other odd customs. One rather curious law, T believe, stipulates that when a man dies his wife or wlvea pass to the brother, who. If nfct-vury, must support them, nnd In certain cages the burden is not liht. Another Interesting cerernonv I wlt'- nesaed was a service for rain, which wae badly needed at th time. Jt seems that the father of a mtHKionsry. who mem ory was much respei ted, had be.n cred ited with the power of bringing rain, for it happened that rain had come on inoi- than one occasion after his petition. As the tasutos believe that the son In herits the spirit of his fnthcr. thie mis sionary was nut)ii)fil ti have also the power of bringing rain. Iot wit hxtand ing the missionary reluctance to en courage such superstition, he was urged to hold this service, and accordingly It took piace in the o;n air under some large blue gum trees, Lerothodl ;th" paramount chief) and over 2.000 native. embracing many heathen, were present. A number had thin bran' hen or the wil low tree twisted around their heads with the leaves drooping down over their foreheads, while nearly all had 'smeared" their Fkins with fat, making them shine like bronze In the bricht sunlight. After the service, which was conducted in Ilasulo and lasted about two hours. Lernthixil. who tis mag nificently dressed in Kuroptan cocstutn, rode back to his settlement, and ascend ed the pide of a hill opposite, proceed ing, as was the custom, some dintanre in front of his followers. It was a cu rious picture to e this native chief wearing a silk hat followed by a larne escort of mounted natives clad 111 blankets. PETER CART HURT. Falls From a Boiler and Breaks Two Ribs. Peter Cart, of the watr service d- nartment of the Piinta K aiops, fell from the top of a ptntionary boiler and struck upon the axle or tne iranpier table by the coach shops this morning. He had two ribs Droken, nis neaa ana hip bruised. A FINE HOME SOLD. J M Wallace, secretary of th Knlehts and Ladies of Security, hs purchased the residence property of C. S. Sutton, at 615 HarriwMi. including one and one-half lots. Th considera tion, was $5,000. Mr. Sutton was in To peka today on his way to New York. Fight at a Distillery. Tjiniirm. Kv.. Dec. 24 Two mn er killed and two Intnr.-.l at Fnrrl distillery, fourteen miles from here, yesterday. Four member of tht Hiaeinore umiiy tn in one side ami Henry Harrett and W. II. Young on the other pticaBwl In n dp'-r-ate fiht. Yimnr and one of the HH" mores were killed Itudant Ir Rnd two of the Sfzemorps were probphiy f:ita.Hv wounded. An old fiend wm th cnu-n of the trouble. All are from Clay county. Duryea Will Cu.f New York. Dec. 14. Surrojnl Peahnrv of Nawftil county received notice t'ultiv from counsel for the toiitlnnm of ili will of late Eilgar H. Duryeu. the wnilhv manufacturer, tout 011 behalf of hi cli ents he would withdraw all objection to the probate of tot will. I tie oou-ci or his withdrawal. It ! Hinted, is to vave the way to bringing of action In beha.lf of the contestants, the testator's threa dauchters. in the tniprerne court, where It is desired to have thx cax tried by a Jury. Failure tit Louisville. bankruptcy wa field in the United & Bros., dealers in agricultural Imple ments, of Bowling Green. Ky. The firm's liabilities aggregate $x:i.000, with aet of $4.1.000. The firm was composed of Fuc-ene A.. Charletl W.. Kdward L. and Clinton J. Porter. Several Jamaicans Shot. Kingston, Dec. 4 Inters Just re ceived here from Kcuador report In creasing trouble between the American foremen and the Jamaican labtrt-era w ho are constructing the railroad In that country under the concession obtained by James McDonald & Co.. of New Yorl:. As a result of the irlsttirba nee several Jamaicans have been shot ami one of the American foremen haxl to take refuge elsewhere. The laborers are now arming and serious- trouble is ex pected. Exchange Closed. New York, Dec. 24. All exchanges here are closed today. HOLIDAY RATES Via "Rock Island Routs." One fare for the round trip to points within 200 miles, west of Missouri river. Tickets sold Dec. 22, 23. 24 25. and 1, 1900. and Jan. 1, 1901. Return limit, Jan. 2, 1301. COLORADO FLYER. Via "Great Rock Island Route.' Leaves Topeka 8:10 p. m. . arriving Colorado Springs 10:35. Denver 11:00 o'clock next a. m. HOLIDAY RATES Via "Rock Island Route. " One fare for the round trip to points within 2o0 miles, west of Missouri river. Tickets sold Dec. 22, 23. 24. 25. and 31, 1900, and Jan. X, 1901. Return limit, Jan. 2. 1901. NEW CKAWFOWU IHEAIHR. 8:15 Monday. Dee. 84. 8:16 l-d. W. Cook prenents the popular com adlans, role mid Jehn n. In A TRIP TO COON TOWN A new and elaborate liroduetinn. itlTinj a TlTld picture of colored Ilia. Hf:v reop,. Prices: aSo, sse, BOo, TSe. Matinee 2: so. SEC. as. Night, 1 11 Charles B. Hanford and bis own siOend'U comnauv. predentin" new cnmelr drama. 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