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What the Legal Status of It
Piatt Is Very Angry Beyond a
Doesn't Like to Be Called
" Intriguer."
His Athletic Sons May Chip
Into the Game.
There 'is a possibility that the libel
suit threatened by Senator Piatt, or
Kew York, against William Allen
White of Emporia,- may be tried in a
Kansas court.
If the charge is for criminal libel It
may be brought where the plaintlfs
chooses but if it be a civil suit for
damages it will have to be brought in
Kansas unless White should happen to
venture outside the state and have pa
pers served on him in some other juri
iiction. If White owns property some
where besides in Kansas that property
can be attached and then White would
ie forced to go to trial where the pro
uertv mieht be.
Judge T. F. Garver, when asked of
the probabilities of the case being pros
ecuted In Kansas said: "I think that
Senator Piatt will probably bring the
suit in the east. He caS bring it wher
ever the magazine is circulated and he
would certainly not come to Kansas to
try the case.
R. B. Welch said: "If the suit is a
criminal one it can be brought against
the magazine and White and a re
ciuisition for White can be secured
which will necessitate him going to
trial where the case is brought. ir the
case is a civil suit It must be brought
where service can be secured on White
and If he owns no property outside of
Kansas and stays in the state then the
euit will have to be brought here.
If a criminal suit be commenced
against White and a requisition be is
sued by the governor of New York on
the governor of Kansas and Governof
Stanley should refuse to honor the re
quisition then other complications
might arise for Senator Piatt to com
bat. It is certain hat it will not be
safe for Mr. White to venture within
the borders of New York and he may
be nabbed most anywhere east of the
The lawyers who will represent Sena
tor Piatt and have been instructed to
prepare the suit are Boardman, Piatt
& Sloey. of New York. The Frank Piatt
who is a member of the firm is a son of
the senator. Mr. White has not an
nounced who the attorneys are who will
represent him. He does not believe that
necessary as vet.
Senator Piatt seems determined. In
an interview printed in the New York
Evening Post ne said:
"I intend to use all my money, all my
power, to bring about the punishment
ot this man who nas so maliciously at
tacked me. I intend to see whether
there is any law in the land. I have
been held up to ridicule and contempt
before the entire country. I have been
portrayed by means of a mass of false
hoods by a man who does not know me.
To be sure, I have been criticised before
in my life, severely criticised, but I
have overlooked those instances. This
one I cannot overlook. It is not a ques
tion of Senator Piatt being a big enough
man to disregard such an assault as
this. My character has been assaulted,
and I cannot brook that.
"Nos I Intend to pursue Mr. White to
the very end. He had no right to do
-what he did. I have no idea where he
got his alleged information about me,
but what he wrote was maliciously un
truthful. No time' shall be lost in my
prosecution of him, because I feel that I
iiave Deen wronged as never Detore in
my life. As to Mr. White, all I know
of hhn Is that I read his biographical
tketch of President Roosevelt.
"In what do you consider he has most
scandalously attacked you? ' the sen
ator was asked.
"Oh, I won't talk of specific instances.
but I will say he charges me with being
an Intriguer, with having won my way
by Intrigue. .Sow, is this intrigue? In
the Oswego convention of 1872 I voted a
thousand times for Milo Goodrich for
congress. Then I left the hall, designat
ing a friend of the name of Stone as my
alternate. I went out to Michigan,
where I had some interests, and hardly
had I arrived when I received a tele
gram stating that I had been nominated.
I promptly declined the nomination, and
Mr. Goodrich was nominated. I went
to him after election and asked him to
appoint a friend of mine postmaster
et Oswego. H hemmed and hawed and
finally declined. Immediately I went to
X-iepresentatlve Hotchkiss, who was
serving out a short term and was to be
succeeded by Goodrich, and said to
" 'Goodrich has played me false after
til I have done for him. I want you to
appoint this man postmaster'; and he
did so.
"Now I knew nothing whatever of
any suggestion that I was to be nomi
nated for congress, and when I received
pueh notification I promptly declined.
Waiat intriguing?"
Senator Piatt was asked whether he
would accept a renomlnation to the
"I have not decided yet," he said, "but
I know thai 4 would be elected if I did
Senator Piatt's Bona May Seek
" Satisfaction."
New York, Dec. 24. United States
Eenator Thomas C. Piatt has declined
to permit the reproduction of the bio
graphical article of himself written by
William Allen White and published in
UcClure's Magazine. Ther senator at
Ihe same time declined to point out
hose parts of the article most offensive
to him. as well as the parts of the in
ter uracy of which he complained.
"I shall see that the article is repro
luced at the proper time and in the
proper manner," said Senator Piatt, "in
krder that the public may see the full
txtent of its blackguardism. I think it
fs one of the most malicious and offen
Uv articles ever put in type.
"I am still determined to punish this
pan both by law and otherwise. Whea
he article is reproduced I think it will
ippear In a magazine with my answer,
p order that it will reach and be read
y the persons who read the insulting
tords. contained in the so-called criti
tism. My answer is not yet ready. My
awyers will attend to the legal features
Jf the case."
it is said by. one of Senator Piatt's ,
friends that the publishers of McClure's
Magazine had offered to the senator the
use of their pages to correct any inac
curacies in the White article, or to
make any answer he desires. The edi
tor of the magazine said the manage
ment had no comment or statement to
make concerning the matter.
It is not improbable, so Mr. Platt'3
friends say, that should young Mr.
White, of Kansas, who has angered
Senator Piatt by the severity of his
criticism, come to New York he will be
called personally to account by one of
Senator Piatt's sons. The senator has
three sons, Edward, Frank S. and Har
ry. Edward, the eldest, is more than
Fix feet tall and Is athletic. Frank is
not particularly robust, but Harry, the
youngest, is an athlete.
Young Mr. WThite, who has lived in
the west all his life, is short and stocky.
He weighs about 200 pounds, but is in
fine physieial condition. He rarely
comes to New York.
The White episode has brought to the
surface indications of a combined effort
to depose Piatt as a political power. It
is said that a coalition is forming by
Roosevelt. Governor Odell and Mayor
Low, looking to the nomination of
Roosevelt in 1904, renomination of Odell
and the election of Low or Lieutenant
Governor Woodruff for United States
senator all without the aid or assist
ance of Piatt.
Strikes Telegraph Pole Killing
One and Injuring Nine. 1
San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 24. One per
son was killed and nine others were in
jured in a peculiar accident on the Fil
more street car line last night.
The dead:
Mrs. Mary Phelan, domestic, died
from fracture of skull.
Mrs. . M. K. Mansie, .wife of William
Mansie, foot crushed and scalp wounds,
will recover.
Mrs. Mary Kelly, domestic, contu
sions and suffering from shock.
Robert Keller, sprain of right thumb
and contusions of knee.
Robert Rodgers, cut over eye and con
tusions. Miss Josephine" Bigley, contused cut
over forehead and bruises on back of
Mr. Turner, contusions and shock.
Mrs. O'Connor, injuries slight.
A. J. Duatschna'n. slightly hurt.
Roy Phelps, conductor, injuries slight.
For four blocks south of Union street
tb.e grade is so steep that the cars have
to be pulled up the hill by special ma
chinery. As a car containing 15 people
had nearly reached the top of the hill
It broke loose in some manner and
rushed down the grade with frightful
speed. It kept the track until Lincoln
street was reached. Here there stood
an empty car waiting to be hauled to
the summit. This obstruction was crush
ed into and wrecked by the runaway
car which then jumped the rails amd
was brought to a standstill by a tele
graph pole which it struck with tenr
rific force completely demolishing the
car and scattering its occirpants in all
directions. Help was at 'hand! and the
injured passengers were given immedi
ate care.
Is Once More In
Storm Period.
"In my last forecast I guaranteed
good weather ,until the 24th," said
"Cider" Smith this morning, "then
probably rain t'jrnlng to snow. Under
present conditions this storm might
blow over with merely a change in tem
perature then followed by fair winter
weather until the last day of the month
with probably normal temperature."
The government forecast sent out to
day is "Tuesday threatening with prob
ably snow flurries this afternoon. Colder
tonight. Wednesday fair." There is a
low barometer in Prince Albert which
is moving eastward. There is a high in
Colorado which is moving up to take
the position located by the low. Those
are the reasons why something may
happen. The minimum temperature to
day was 42 and the wind was northwest,
blowing 12 miles an hour. The hourly
temperatures have been as follows:
7 o'clock 45 I 11 o'clock... 45
8 o'clock 44 I 12 o'clock 13
9 o'clock 43 I 1 o'clock 43
10 o'clock 44 2 o'clock 40
Mrs. Cleveland Issues a State
ment Regarding Husband.
Princeton. N. J., Dec. 24. Mrs. Grover
Cleveland made the following statement
today concerning the health of the former
"The reports that have been published
in regard to Mr. Cleveland's health ap
parently hav been construed as indicat
ing his entire recovery. This is shown
by a renewal of all sorts of applications
for all sorts of things which can hardly
be considered even by a man In robust
health. He has alreadv reoeived epistol
ary chastisement at the hands of those
who rtre impatiently waiting for answers
to letters which should never, nave been
written. While Mr. Cleveland's health is
such as to entirely relieve his friends
from any apprehensions, he is yet far
from well, and has not been able to leave
his room for nearly five, weeks." '
Irawyer and Former Consul to
Honduras Becomes Insane.
Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 24. William
Little, a lawyer, former consul to Hon
duras under Cleveland, today shot and
seriously wounded William L. Dodd,
president of the Southern Mutual Aid
association. Little had been represent
ing Mr. Dodd, who is on trial on the
church of using the mails for fraudu
lent purposes in connection with the
Birmingham Debenture Redemption
company. Mr. Little became deranged
as the result of mental strain in con
ducting the case, and entered Dodd's
room, declaring that he (Little) was go
ing to die. A pistol was on a table.
and Little seized it and emptied every
chamber at Dodd and his brother,
James L Dodd. Only one bullet too
effect. Dodd will recover. Little comes
of a prominent North Carolina family.
Two Holidays on 'Change.
Chicago, Dec. 24. Following its usual
Christmas custom, the directory of the
Chicago board of trade has declared to
day and tomorrow holidays on the
Toast to Which Justice D. J.
Brewer Responded
At Banquet of New England
Society of Pennsylrania.
Wu Tingfang Responds to "A
Greeting From the Orient."
Says This Country Will Be the
World Power.
Philadelphia, Dec. 24. The twenty
first annual banquet of the New Eng
land Society of Pennsylvania was held
last night in Horticultural hall, covers
being laid for nearly. 400 members and
guests. Guests were present from New
York, Baltimore, Washington, Boston
and other cities. Assistant U. S. Attor
ney General James M. Beck, president,
opened the speech making .with a brief
address. In coming down the line of
the illustrious New Englanders, Presi
dent Beck mentioned the name of
"George Dewey." This was the signal
for an outburst of applause such as was
not repeated during the remainder of
the evening. The principal 'speaker was
Associate Justice Brewer of the United
States suprenfe court, who responded to
the toast ' The United States; a World
. Justice Brewer's address was fre
quently punctuated s'ith applause.
Among other things he said: "The
twentieth century brings us face to face
with new conditions and we are1 con-
"scious that the United States of America,
have become more important factor
in ihe world's thought. Some fancy that
.the Spanish war. wrought the "great
change. This is hardly so. Vlt may nave
cleared the air and brought us face to
face with the consciousness of the
t change, but silent forces of commerce
and religion nave been at work tor
years bringing about that result.
"Again and again it Is stated that the
United States have now becoma a world
power. So they have; but "vhat -is
rhow are' we to Justify our right to that
title? Not by the manifestation of mili
tary or naval strength.
"While wars will be as wars have
been, and while there is within the re
sources of our country an undisplayed
military and naval strength that makes
her the most dangerous enemy on land
and sea, yet the dawn of the twentieth
century unveils a greater national glory
than can be found on any field of strife.
While the even is of the last two or three
years have compelled an increase in our
military and naval force, while uie
amount of money which is called for by
the secretaries of war and navy seem
to many too large, and while the roll
of the drum and the blare of the bugle
are more often heard, yet the sons of
the pilgrims will never turn our country
over to the man on horseback, nor win
our dearest laurels be crimsoned with
the blood of the dying soldier.
"We shall deserve to be called a world
power because our relations with all na
tions will be carried upon the highest
principles of truth and justice. We
stand in the council of nations strong
enough to fear no attempt to wrong us;
so strong that we cannot afford to
wrong any, even the weakest nation;
strong enough to be firmly Just to the
most powerful of nations and so strong
that we must be kindly lust witn the
weakest. We must be frank as well as
honest. Henceforth diplomatic language
must be something to reveal and not
something to conceal thought and pur
pose. The honesty we must practice is
not the honesty of Shylock, but that of
the Golden Rule, an honesty which com
pels us to see the other party to the
The justice in noting some of tha
signs and needs of the times, touched
on civil service reform. In regard to
this he said: n.
"Into all the avenues of eur official
life is entering civil service reform
promotion by merit has ceased to be
the joke of the politician and is com
ing to be the controlling rule of all official
life not merely in the army and navy
(and we have had of late some very
positive assurances in respect to them)
but in ail the department of official life,
national, state and municipal. What
ever may be the present defects in th
machinery employed to secure the de
sired result, and very likely the de
fects are many, it is one of the blight
assurances of the future that the
thought and purpose of the people are
turned in this direction and they will
not be thwarted."
Wu Tingfang, the Chinese minister,
responded to "A Greeting from the Ori
ent." Minister Wu alluded briefly to
the open door of the Chinese empire,
saving that foreigners are treated the
same as the natives; there was no high
tariff in China such as other countries
had, because' the other countries had ar
ranged, the! tariff for China. The oldest
nation in the east, he said, was grateful
to America for all she had done for
China. America, he continued, would
not oppress the weak but would see
that Justice is aone to an. mis coun
try will, said Minister Wu, not only be
come "A world power, but the world
power, in commerce and peace."
Pensions For Kansans.
Washington, Dec. 24. The following
pensions have been granted Kansans:
Original, war with Spain, John Stark,
Leavenworth, S17. Increase, James Kel
lerman, Westphalia, $12; John McGinn,
Winfieid, $16: Simeon Hensen, Garland,
$10; Allen Anderson, Leavenworth, $8;
David Drumheller, Fall River, $24; And
rew Searight, Wichita, $12; Lorenzo
Mints, Kansas City, $8; Richard Stau
field, Belleville, $12; John Allison, New
ton, $8; Joseph Corlier, Kickapoo, $10;
Moses Hedges, Newton, $10; Albert
Morey, Leavenworth, $8. Mexican war,
Wm. Mullen, Atwood. $12. Widows,
Margaret Teter, Hutchinson, $8; minor
of Alonzo Mapes, Smith Center, $10;
Kate Baird, Moline, $S.
Sirs, frank Leslie in Hospital.
New York, Dec. 24. Mrs. Frank Les
lie, who has been ill for some time, has
been taken to Roosevelt hospital, and
occupies one of the private rooms, it
could not be learned what Mrs. Les
lie's ailment was, but it was said that
she was resting a little more comforta
bly than when admitted. i
Last of Brotherhood That Included
Thoreau, Hawthorne, Emerson.
Concord, Mass., Dec. 24. William
Ellery Channing, the last of the brother
hood including Thoreau, Hawthorne and
Emerson, who made Concord famous, is
dead. He was born in Boston, Novem
ber 29, 1818. He was an author of origi
nality and poetic power, though less dis
ciplined than his three contemporaries.
His published volumes number nine and
he left copious manuscripts from which
selections will be made for publication
later. He married Miss Ellen Fuller,
sister of Margaret, in 1842, and leaves
five children. -
Mr. Channing's poems are "The Wood
man," "The Wanderer," "Near Home,"
"Eliot," "John Brown." In prose he
wrote "Youth of the Poet and Painter,"
"Thoreau, the Poet-Naturalist," "Con
versations in Rome between an Artist,
a Catholic and a Critic."
Will Talk to Teachers Friday
on "Country Editors."
One of the most interesting features
of the State Teachers' association this
week will be the address of William Al
len White on Friday morning. The ad
dress will be given at the general meet
ing of the association in Representative
hall at 9 o'clock Friday morning. Mr.
White's subject will be "The Country
Editor and the Country School," and
many people are looking forward with
anticipation to hearing it.
The main features on Thursday (will
be the address by Dr. A. E. Winship on
"Lowell and Longfellow," at 11 o'clock
Thursday morning, which will be givea
in Representative hall, and the cantata,
"The Coming of the King," by the- To
peka Choral society at the Auditorium
in the evening.
Besides Mr. White's address on Fri
day, the principal features will be a
lecture by Prof. W. L. Tomlins, of New
York, at 10:20 in the morning, and a
lecture by Dr. Winship on "Boys," in
the evening. Dr. Winship's lecture will
be given in the high school auditorium,
but the other will be in Representative
William E. Connelley, of Crane & Co.,
has issued a souvenir programme for
the use of the teachers attending the
association, which is something new.
The programmes of the various ses
sions and departments are given on the
right hand" pages, while cn the left hand
pages are quotations from famous
authors and space for notes. The pro
gramme makes a pamphlet of 32 pages
and cover, and contains considerable
miscellaneous information for the visi
tors to the association.
Terrific Gale Sweeps Orer East
ern Colorado.
Denver, Dec. 24. A terrific gale, ap
proaching in places the severity of a
tornado, visited the foothills along the
Rocky mountains from Cheyenne to
Pike's Peak. At Golden, where the
storm was most severe, the old city hall
building was blown down and a resi
dence next door crushed beneath it. The
occupants' barely ' escaped with their
In the Boulder district four oil der
ricks were destroyed and many build
ings blown down and scores of chimneys
toppled over.
China Decides That Some
Needed in Its Business.
Victoria, B..C, Dec. 24. The steamer
Bramer, which arrived last night from
the Orient, brings news that the Chinese
court has decided to engage an Ameri
can adviser. The name of the official
is not given by the Oriental press.
The Japan Mail commenting on this,
says it is a wise step for China to take,
for although her statesmen need no
counsel in their domestic policy, they
are unlearned in regard to dealings
with foreign countries.
Six Persons Killed in Trolley
Car Wreck.
Allentown, Pa., Dec. 24. Six persons
were killed and a number injured last
night by reason of an electric car
jumping the track at a sharp curve at
the foot of the high mountain between
here and "Coopersburg. The accident
was due to the wet rails and snow. The
dead :
Rev. Tobias Kessler, aged 60, an un
attached refor.-ned church clergyman,
killed within sight of his home.
Irwin Renner, Sceonhill, farmer, 65
Albert Yeager, Allentown, aged 40.
Mrs. Dr. Jacobs Fotzer, Coopersburg,
aged 35.
Ambrose Reinhard, Freedensville,
aged 50.
Frank Wesley, of Allentown.
The injured.
William Pfifer, Allentown, left arm
fractured, scalp wound.
John D. Wilt, proprietor of Center
Valley hotel, left arm fractured.
Mrs. J. D. Wilt, right arm fractured
and hurt internally.
Mrs. Albert Yeager, whose husband
was killed, hurt Internally, unconscious.
Unknown Italian boy, face cut, un
conscious. Harry J. Reichard, back and head
Conductor A. L. Liehieh, Allentown,
left leg cut.,
Motorman Charles Stocker, Allen
town, bruised.
Mrs. C. F. Newcomer, Coopersburg,
leg broken, suffers from shock.
Rev. Kottel, of Passer, hurt internal
ly. -
Motorman Stocker tried hard to stop
the car when it slipped on the steep
grade but the car flew around the
curve and swung against a guy pole,
which tore off one side of the car and
roof. Those killed sat along the broken
side of the car and were crushed by the
Eighty-seven Big Ones Distrib
uted at White Bouse.
Each With the Compliments of
the President.
Policemen, Ushers, Servants,
Gardeners, Remembered.
How the Roosevelt Family Will
Spend Christmas.
Washington, Dec. 24. Eighty-seven
big turke'ys were distributed to the
White House policemen, messengers,
ushers, servants, gardeners and 'stable
men today with the compliments of the
president. Each turkey had on it a
card bearing the season's compliments.
The distribution was the largest ever
made at the White House. President
McKinley -always gave turkeys to the
employes but the list of recipients was
never so large as that of today. The
turkeys are distributed - by Henry
Plnckney, the White House steward.
Express wagons, mail carriers and
messengers bore numerous packages to
the White House today presents to the
Roosevelt family from friends and ad
mirers throughout the country. Many
of the packages were for the children
who will not be allowed, however, to
have them until tomorrow.
The programme at the White House
tomorrow will follow the custom of the
family in former years. There will be
no Christmas tree as a tree never has
been a part of the celebration of Christ
mas in the Roosevelt family. The
children,, however, all hang up their
stockings, and they will arise early to
morrow to visit them and ascertain
what Santa Clans has left for them.
Later in the morning the children will
assemble in the library, there to receive
gifts from their father and mother. In
the afternoon the Roosevelt juveniles
will go to the home of their uncle and
aunt. Captain and Mrs. Cowles to see n
pretty Christmas tree and receive their
presents. The Christmas dinner will be
served at 7:30 and only the family will
be present.
On Thursday, If the weather permits,
It is probable that the Roosevelt family,
including the president will go down the
Potomac river on a -cruise. -Theodore
Roosevelt, Jr., is going on a hunting
trip with Dr. Itixey and is very anxioua
that his father should accompany him.
The president is inclined to do so, if
public business will permit. Even if the
president can not go it is the present
Intention of Mrs. Roosevelt and some of
the other children to accompany Dr..
Rixey and Theodore, Jr.
How Questions of Public Im
portance Should Be Settled.
Judge Z. T. Hazen, of the Shawnee
district court, favors a law which will
bring questions of public importance
to an immediate decision.
Judge Hazen favors a law, such as is in
force in Colorado and other states, which
allows a question of public importance
where only the law is in question, to be
submitted to the supreme court without
argument for an immediate decision.
Such a law would settle the present
controversy about the appointment of
district - judges before the disputed
time has elapsed. In speaking of the
law he- advocates Judge Hazen said:
"Colorado and other states have laws
which allow a question of public import
ance when purely legal to be submitted
to the supreme court and that court is
required to settle the question and de
cide the law without any formality of
pleading. It is discretionary with the
court whether they desire to be advised
as to the law and of course it depends
upon the importance of the question
about the court taking it up. If it was
easily solved it could be decided at once
and if there was a division of opinion
the court could hear, arguments upon
the question. If Kansas had such a
law the question whether old judges
should hold over or the new ones be
entitled to office could be submitted at
the January session of the supreme court
and be decided before time for the new
judges to take their seats if they are
entitled to them. In this case the ques
tion of whether the old judges or the
new should take the seats would be all
the question necessary to be . passed
upon by the court."
O. Ii. Atherton's Complacent Attitude
in Congressional Fight.
Judge Otis L. Atherton, ex-state
treasurer, is down from Russell today.
Some of the politicians guessed that he
came down to look after his appoint
ment to the Wa-Keeney land office, but
he says he has not made up his mind
that he wants the place. He left the
impression, too, that he can have it if
he wants it.
Judge Atherton did not seem to be so
active in behalf- of E. W. Wellington's
candidacy for congress as he did the
last time he came to Topeka.
"Any of the three candidates are good
men and will suit me," he said. "Of
course, being a neighbor of Wellington,
I am naturally favorable to him, but
either of the others will suit me. No
matter who is nominated we will elect
Danes Want Their Islands.
Copenhagen, Dec. 24. A petition
against the sale of the Danish West
Indie3. unless the matter shall have
been first submitted to a plebiscite, will
be sent to the rigsdag tonight. This
petition bears very few signatures of
members of the former parliamentary
committee who reported in favor of sell
ing the islands. Bankers and business
men are taking a last and desperate
stand against the sale of the islands.
During the coming holidays they will
draw up certain proposals in the prem
ises to be submitted to the rigsdag when
that body reassembles.
Christinas Dancing.
Harry Steinberg gives a dancing mat
inee Christmas afternoon at 3 p. m. and
also 8:30 in the evening at his hall in
the Masonic Block.
Sessions of State Association Will
Open Thursday.
The twenty-fifth annual meeting of
the Kansas State Horticultural society
will convene in Topeka at the rooms of
the society In che state house on Thurs
day, and will continue through Friday
and Saturday.
Following is the programme of the
first day:
Trustees meet-promptly at S o'clock
p. m.
Call to order by President Wellhouse
at 3 o'clock.
Prayer by Rev. S. C. Coblentz, pas
tor of First United Brethren church,
1. Annual report of trustees, by con
gressional districts, on horticultural
conditions and progress. First district,
E. J. Holman, Leavenworth; Second
district, B. F. Smith, Lawrence; Third
district, F. L. Kenoyer, Independence;
Fourth district, Geo. M. Munger,
Eureka; Fifth district, William Cutter,
Junction City; Sixth district, J. J. Alex
ander, Norton; Seventh district, Geo.
W. Bailey. Wellington.
2. Appointment of committees on
credentials of delegates, programme,
membership, exhibits, audit, obituary,
and final resolutions.
3. Welcome address.
4. Response.
5. "What to do with Cull Apples,"
President F. Wellhouse.
6. "Tribulations of Early Horticulture
in Kansas," Col. E. C. Little, Abilene.
7. "The Culture of Flowers," Mrs. G.
W. Maffet: Lawrence.
8. "Window and House Plants," Prof.
W. A. Harshbarger, Washburn college.
' Music.
9. Cross-fertilization of Flowers,"
Prof. S. J. Hunter (with stereopticon),
University, Lawrence.
Music and social.
Not a Cass of Yellow Faver in Havana
During November.
Washington, Dec. 24. The division of
insular affairs of the war department has
prepared for publication a summary of
the vital statistics of the city of Ha
vanna for the month of November, 1901.
The sanitary condition of the city is ex
cellent, each month showing a steady im
provement over the corresponding month
of the preceding year. During the past
eleven years the average number of
deaths for November has been 902. In
November, this year, there were 443. The
death rate was 19.58, which compares fa
vorably with cities of the same sise in
the leading civilized countries of the
world. During November there, were no
cases and no deaths from yellow fever.
This can be said of no preceding No
vember since 1762. During the last seven
years the average number of deaths from
this disease in November has been 4S.
Don't Want Minimum Car Load
Rates Increased.
The millers of Kansas will protest
against the action which is proposed by
some of the Kansas railroads, to take
effect on January 1, to raise the min
im um of carload shipments of flour to
39,000. The old minimum of . 24,000
pounds still prevails on the railroads
leading out of Nebraska, the Dakotas
and Missouri, , and It will put Kansas
millers to a great disadvantage on
shipments to eastern points to be com
pelled to pay freight on three tons more
than competing millers In other states
pay on the same amount of flour. Kan
sas millers say they would not object
if their competitors in other states were
treated in the same manner, but the
proposed ' raise will discriminate
against Kansas mills.
A n,U3iber of members of the Kansas
Millers' association met at the Copeland
last evening and talked the matter over.
Usual Reason, to 8a-re Expenses, la
Assigned for the Combine.
Salt Lake, Utah, Dec. 24. At a meet
ing today of the stockholders of the two
companies, a consolidation was effected
between the Consolidated Implement
company and the Co-Operatlve Wagon
and Machine company two of the larg
est establishments of the kind in the
west. The new concern will be known
as the Consolidated Wagon and Ma
chinery company. Its capital stock has
been fixed at 1,500.000, of which two
thirds will be preferred and one-third
common stock. -
The two companies have branch
houses in yarious parts of Utah, Idaho
and Wyoming, and the main object in
consolidating it is said, is for the pur
pose of saving the heavy expense in
cidental to the maintenance of these
separate establishments.
Sold 200 Car Loads of Prunes.
San Jose, Cal., Dec. 24. The California
Cured Fruit association has just sold
200 carloads of prunes to the J. K.
Armsby company. This In connection
with the brisk sales of the past ten days
leaves not more than 100 carloads of last
year's crop and a very limited supply of
this year's pack In the association's
warehouses. It is stated that the bal
ance of the crop will be disposed of
within thirty days.
Stedman Made President.
New Tork, Dec. 24. The New Kngland
Society of the City of New York held
their ninety-sixth annual dinner last
night at the Waldorf-Astoria. It closed
with the instillation of Edmund Clar
ence Stedman, the poet, as president of
the society. William E. Dodge, presi
dent of the society, was the toastmaster.
Mayor-elect Seth Low, Lieut. Gen. Nel
son A. Miles, Rear Admiral Barker and
others spoke to toasts. General Miles'
toast was on the army and navy.
Buffalo's Treasurer Resigns.
Buffalo, N. Y., Dec. 24. The board of
aldermen have accepted the resignation
of City Treasurer Philip Gerst, whose
accounts are undergoing investigation.
Gerst has publicly admitted that there
was recently a shortage in his accounts
of over $50,000, but claims it has been
made good.
War Would Affect Europe.
Vienna, Dec. 24. The Neu Frete Presse
today commenting on the Chili-Argentine
situation exppresses the opinion that war
between the two countries would seriously
affect the interests of Europe not only
because of the enormous trans-oceanic
trade, which would be injured, but be
cause it might alter the relations be
tween Europe and the United States.
Consuls Appeal to Embassies.
Constantinople, Dec. 24. Assassina
tion and pillaging of villages and out
raging of inhabitants have so increased
recently in Macedonia that the consuls
have appealed to the embassies to put a
stop to such crimes. The foreign mis
sionaries have made urgent representa
tions to the porte of the danger of per
mitting the continuance of such acts.
General Impression at Washing
ton Seems to Be
That the Iowa Man Will Take
Treasury Portfolio.
He Started For Washington
When Tender Was Made.
Wilson Likely to Stay at Head
of Agriculture.
Washington, Dec. 24. Gov. Leslie M.
Shaw, who has been offered the trauryr
portfolio and who !s now on his "way to
Washington, is expected to arrive here
late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
The general impression among Iowa
public men In this city Is that Gov. Shaw
will accept the portfolio.
The cabinet was in session a little vr
an hour today. PraoticaJly na business
was transacted, the whole time being oc
cupied in felicitations of the season. The
president did not mention the fact that
he had tendered the treasury portfolio to
Gov. Shaw at the meeting, but privately
talked with Secretary Wilson about tho
matter, the latter expressing the opinion
that Gov. Shaw would accept. If tiov.
Shaw accepts Secretary Gage will suit the
incoming secretary's coavwimo about
relinquishing his portfolio to him. Wherv
ever Gov. Shaw is ready to uaunw the
duties of the position Secretary Gage
will turn over the administration of Mie
treasury to him.
Secretary Gage has not as yet an
nounced what his plane for the future are.
If Gov. Shaw goes into the cabinet the
question has been raised as to whether
Secretary Wilson, who also comes from
Iowa, will remain. On thtm point a cab
inet officer is quoted as se-fr.g that the
president in particularly desirous that
Secretary Wilson shall continue in the
cabinet. His wwte In the department oi
agriculture is highly appreciated by tht
farmers of the country and tae president
does not desire to lose him.
Dee Moines. la., Deo. 24. Gov. L. M.
Shaw departed last evening for Dubuque,
la., where he le today conferring with
Senator Allison and Speaker Henderson.
When a reporter called upon him there ha
stated that he had nothing to say. Gov.
Shaw, before leaving this city, diacued
the acceptance or rejection of the secre
taryship of the treasury with several
friends, who assert that he is In ubt
tn regard to accepting the place in case
it shall be tendered him. He says the sal
ary is $10,000 per year and that the house
rent would be equal to that sum and that
it would cost $10,000 a year for other
household expenses, and that at the end
of the term as secretary of the treasury
he would come out of office having spent '
a. great deal more than he had earned and
that he would have to go back to Denison
and start over again, which, at his age,
was not a desirable thin to do.
8-Year-Old Girl Sares Sister's
. Home and Children.
St, Paul, Minn.. Dec. 24, Eight-year-old
Maud Peterson last night, at the risk of
her own life, saved her sister's home from
being, destroyed by fire and probably,
saved the lives of her three little nieces,
aged 4, 6 and 2 years.
Maud was left at the home of her sis
ter, Mrs. Charles Hanley, to care for the
house while Mrs. Hanley went to do her
Christmas shopping. Two slender lines
hung with clothing suspended over a lamp
on the table caught lire. The (lanwl
mounted to the ceiling. Maud, with rar
presence of mind, climbed to the table,
grabbed the burning mass and ran to the
door. Fortunately the flames did not
communicate to the little heroine's cloth
ing. When the firemen arrived the girt
had exunguisnea me riaine miu " j wj--lns
to dispell the fears of the little ones.
Young Gartrell Released.
Butler, Mo., Dec. 24. Wlllam Gartrell,
charged with complicity in the murder
of L. B. Donegan, a Ooorado
miner, "for whioh his father. Dr. J. L.
Gartrell, is under sentence to hang, has
been released and the case agauutt him
dismissed. The testimony at the trial of
Dr. Gartrell showed that his sen was
asleep when Donegan was killed.
Temperatures of Large Cities.
Chicago, Dec. 24. 7 a. m. tempera
tures: New Tork, 36; Boston, 88; Phila
delphia, 34; Washington, 32; Chicago,
34; Minneapolis, 32; Cincinnati, 36; St.
Louis, 42.
Weather Indications.
Chicago, Dec. 24. Forecast for Kan
sas: Threatening with probably snow
flurries this afternoon and In south
east portion tonight; cooler tonight;
Wednesday fair with cooler in south
east portion; westerly winda
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