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Pardon. I j J -$. P&ges 1 to 8. LAST EDITION SATURDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. SEPTEMBER 13 1902. SATURDAY EVENING. THREE CENTS. V A HELD UP NINE HEN Lone Footpad on a ? Tour of llobbery. Began by Stopping Two Men Near Catholic Church. SHOT AT FRANK LEWIS First Robbed Him of a Small Sum of Money. Also Fired His Revolver at Other Victims. ONE MAN BLUFFS HIM. Fred C. Craddock Was Stopped With His Wife.! When He Advanced the High wayman Ban Away. A sudden revival of the long neglect ed hold-up business was started by a lone stranger about 11 o'clock last night. He did not leave his card, or even a clue to his identity, but he made an impression witb all whom he met. Within an hour and a half he held up nine-persons, and fired at three of them after failing to secure any booty. His entire collection from the two who er mitted themselves to be robbed amount ed to $2.80. This modern Jack Shepard began op erations at Kighth avenue and Jackson street. Mr. K. I. Horton. a salesman, who lives at 307 West Seventh street, was going home. He intended to go west to Van Buren on Eighth and turn north. Just ahead of him walked an other man, Mr. William Burgess, an em ploye of the Edison Light company. The two pedestrians were about 20 feet apart. As they passed In front of the Church of the Assumption, a man who was coming east on the same side, and toward them, stepped out in the park ing directly in front of the church steps and pointed a large revolver at Horton. "Throw up your hands." he com manded, assuming a crouching position. He then whirled on Burgess, who was nearer, and said, as he took a sight at him with the big gun, which he rested over his left wrist. "Shell out. you." "I have nothing to shell out," reolied Burgess, "but you can have my watch if you want it." When the footpad turned his gun on Burgess Horton jumped back and ran around the corner of Jackson street, and veiled "Police." The diversion gave Burgess a chance, and he took it, sprinting hastily around the west corner and into the Jight plant. He was pursued to the corner by the would-be-robber, who fired a shot from his heavy revolver just as Burgess rounded the corner. The sfcot was from a heavy calibre gun, and was heard to the police station, three blocks away. After shooting at Burgess the robber disappeared. Burgess went into the light plant and notified the police by telephone. A number of officers hurried to the scene of the shooting, and began to search the alleys in the neghborhood. Officer Downie and a reporter who went west to Harrison and turned north through the alley got within two blocks of the robber when he stopped Frank Lewis, city ticket agent of the Union Pacific. He ddsplayed his artillery and relieved the victim of S2 and his watch. He then returned the watch and shot at Mr. Lewis, for no particular reason unless it was to let the searchers know that he was still doing business. A few minutes later two boys ran Into the police station and reported that they had been held up at Third and Taylor street, but that the man did not eearch them. Before he got around to the boys Mr. ' Highwayman shot at a man near the corner of Fourth and Van Buren street, who took to his heels when the "elevator" commended him to "shell out." The footpad then moved over to Third and Harrison street, and help up George Aye, son of ex-Policeman Aye. He struck the boy on the back of the hand with his revolver and took what he had. a small amount, less than a dollar. The highwayman then moved one block to the corner of Fourth and Tay lor and sat down on a stone in the parking. Mr. Fred C. Craddock, a book finisher at Halls, was coming along with his wife. . They had been to a party and were returning home, 410 Polk street. Mrs. Craddock sew the man and pointed htm out to her hus band. She Jokingly remarked that they were going to be held up. "Let him trv It," answered her husband. And he did try it! Jumping into the shadow of a tree he yelled, "Throw up your hands." Craddock tried a dangerous bluff. He did not have a wajon of any kind, but he made a motion of drawing a revolver from his hip pocket and advanced on the footpad, and began to use strong deep chested profanity which had the desired effect. The robber could not stand for the swearing and hastily re tired. Craddock took his wife to theii home, only two blocks away, and re turned with his revolver. He could see nothing of his friend, the robber, and went to the police station, where he told his story and gave an excellent panto mime illustration of the encounter, tak ing the part of the footpad, and using his order to "hands up," thenurning around and showing how he ran a des perate bluff, and won. The officers and reporters who had re turned from a fruitless search in the vicinity of the first two hold ups, at once started for- the Rock Island T, as the movements of the highwayman seemed to be working in that direction Officer Downie and Detective Lucas made a thorough search of the yards and outgoing trains, and held up and searched several unfortunates who chanced to look like they might be the man wanted. They all proved an alib! without trouble when they were search ed and examined. The descriptions given by the severa' parties leave no doubt about his being the same man.- His system of crouching over so that his face could not be seen was the same In all cases. Also the manner he rested his heavy revolver across his wrist was the same. Young Aye got the best look at him. and he described him as a square shouldered man, roughly dressed, who . wore a heavy dark moustache and a slouch bat. Each of the several men he held up wiir go armed for a time now. Last night the first lament heard from each victim in turn was an 1 artistic mixture of pro fanity relative to the fact that they bad left their guns at home. FROST NOT SERIOUS. The Government Thermometer Indi cated 89 Degrees. ' Many people covered their tender plants with old umbrellas and cast off garments last night, but the precaution was hardly necessary as the frost was not serious. Either this same frost or some other frost landed on some of the northern counties of the state and killed much of the vegetation in cold blood. . It will be fair in this neighborhood tonight and warmer Sunday. A scent of moth balls permeates the atmosphere today, the result of a pre mature call for overcoats. It was not so warm at Osage City last night, where they report a max imum temperature of 32 degrees, 7 de grees colder than Topeka. Following Is the report from the corn and wheat belt: -Stations. Max. Min. Baker 60 34 Concordia .w 64 36 Dodge City 68 44 Dresden 66 36 Fort Scott 66 34 Hays 72 34 Macksville 68 34 McPherson 68 34 Manhattan 68 30 Osage City 64 32 Sedan 64 36 Topeka 61 39 Toronto 68 34 Wichita 66 "42 Clear weather prevails over the state. with heavy frosts in the northern coun ties, killing frosts in Riley and Osage counties, and light frosts more general. The temperature has fallen in the east ern, but is rising in the western coun ties. The temperature has risen in the Omaha district, is stationary in the Minneapolis, but has fallen in all other districts. Fair to heavy rains have fallen in the Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus and Louisville districts, witb lighter rains in the St. Louis. Killing frosts occurred in the western, light to heavy frosts in the eastern districts. The local weather station, where Ob server J. B. Jennings arranges things, furnishes the following temperatures: 7 o'clock 40111 o'clock 63 8 o'clock 46jl2 o'clock 67 9 o'clock 63 1 o'clock 68 "n o'clock 59 2 o'clock CS traFparted. Santa Fe Passenger Train Is Wrecked South of Denver. Three Train Men Killed and Another Fatally Injured. Denver, Colo., Sept. 13. Santa Fe passenger train No. 608, known as the Newspaper train,, which left Denver this morning at 3:50, bound for Colo rado Springs, Pueblo, Chicago and St. Louis, collided with a freight train at Struby, a small station several miles south of Littleton, and three members of the passenger train crew were killed, and another perhaps fatally in jured. The dead: ., MACK BARNHART, engineer. J. A. PETTINGILL, fireman. JOHN ROGERS, fireman. Seriously injured: Archie Stewart, engineer. ' ' Some of the passengers were badly shaken up and bruised, but so far as known none were killed or seriously injured. The. freight, when ascending a steep grade on a sidetrack at Struby, to let the passenger train pass, parted In the middle and 15 or 18 heavily loaded cars started back toward the - approaching passenger train, which was drawn by two engines. The engineers of the passenger train reversed and tried to back out of the way 6f the runaway cars, but did not succeed. The crash when the two trains met was heard for miles. Both pas senger engines were thrown into the ditch and eight cars were piled upon them. The engineers and firemen were buried under the wreckage. -"." COBURfrS CHANCE May Be Formally Presented With Wilson's Place. Latter Will Retire to Become President of a College. A movement is on foot among the friends of Secretary F. D. Coburn to piesent his name to President Roosevelt when the lat ter visits Topeka two weeks hence and ask. that Mr. Coburn be appointed to suc ceed Secretaiy Wilson as secretary of ag riculture in President Roosevelt's cabinet when Mr. Wilson retires to take the pres idency of the Iowa Agricultural college, as it is reported he will do. If this action is taken, It' will 'probably be without Mr. Coburn's approval, for he has never given his consent to the booms which have been launched for this position in the past, nor has he even said that he would accept it if it were offered to him. But this does not keep his Mends from pushing forward his name for the place. It is reported in Washington that Sec retary Wilson will retire from the cabinet some time the coming year to take the presidency of the Iowa State Agricultural college to succeed President Beardshear. who died a few weeks ago. The storv is that it will be practically a life appoint ment at the head of one of the most influ ential institutions in the country and the regents of the college are exceedingly anx ious for Secretary Wilson to accept it. President Beardshear was one of the best known educators of the country. He was president of the National Educational as sociation and it was at the recent meeting of the association at Minneapolis, Minn., two months ago, that he contracted the illness which terminated in his death. Hia place is a difficult one to fill. Secretary Wilson was formerly professor of agricul ture in the institution and he left that chair to become a member of President McKinley's cabinet. In looking for a new president the regents of the college turned to him. It is reported that he-refused to accept the place immediately, but consent ed to consider it if it should be left open for a few months, long enough to allow him to complete certain lines of work now under way in the department of agricul ture. This is why Secretary Coburn's friends hope to land him in Washington and they propose to push him for the place whether he wants it or not. It may be there will not be an opportunity for them to present his name to President Roosevelt when he visits Topeka, but it is reported that they will do so if sossible. ' , Milwaukee Train Dished. Milwaukee. Wis.. Sept. 13. A southbound passenger train on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul road was ditched today at Sto well station, owing to the snreadlng of rails. The enrrineer is said to be fatally injured and Fireman Warner badly hurt. An unknown man riding on the bagne cr wan killed. None of the passengers was hurt. 111 EVERYjJOUtlTY Western Washington and Brit v ish Columbia on Fire. Whole Tillages Swept Away by the Flames. SEVERAL LIVES LOST. Destruction of Property Forests Is Great. and Grays Harbor Branch of North ern Paciflc Is Burning. Tacoma, Wn., Sept. 13. Forest fires are now burning in every county in western Washington and British Col umbia. The towns of Elma and Fol som in ChehaUs county, Wn., have been partly destroyed. Each was the center of large logging, lumber and shingle mill industries. Other towns which are in great danger are Shelton. Mattock, Blackhills, Bucoda, Ranier and Castle Rock in southwestern Washington. Enumclaw and Buckley, in the Cascade mountains, are threatened. The latest reports from Mason county are that every portion of that countv is in flames with the execution of Shel ton. The logging camps of Thomas Bordeauy, near Olympla, are surround ed by flames. Forty men have left here on horseback to rescue the women and children. The Grays Harbor branch of the Northern Pacific is on fire, even to the ties, in several places. Manv farm houses about Enumclaw and through out southwestern Washington, together with other farm property have been destroyed. At Enumclaw Mrs. Biles was driven from home with her dead baby In her arms, while her husband was out fight ing fire. The burning of a bridge at Wellington on the Great Northern has stopped traffic on that road. Portland, Ore., Sept. 13. The result of the forest fires which are raging in this vicinity may be summed up substan tially as follows up to the present time: Tillamook city has been saved from impending doom by a timely change in the wind. The forests in Douglas and Jackson counties are on fire but the damage yet is small. Superintendent Ormsby. of the Cas cade forest reserve says that no fire has yet entered the reserve. Sixty people In the town of Spring water, Clakamas county, were forced to flee for their lives and rendered homeless and a fine timber belt de stroyed. Bridges and fences were attacked and residences threatened in South Port land. The saw mill of the Bridal Veil Lum ber company and the whole town of Palmer, situated 20 miles east of Bridal Veil In this county, has been destroyed. The damage in eastern Multnomah county amount to $45,000 and every fam ily has been fighting the fire since Mon day. Several families have been burned out on the section line road. Three dwellings and the county bridge are gone in Pleasant Valley. - The flames surround the dwelling of a resident of Rockwood and are racing west along the- base line road. To protect the town of Gresham, men stand guard night and day. Fully 100 men are at work to save property in me dangerous heat. At Pleasant Home a saw mill -was destroyed and four others were in dan ger. Fire companies were called " out to Irvington. The residents of that part of Portland were on duty from 2 o'clock yesterday morning. Valuable timber has been destroyed near Coburg, Wilhoil Springs, Wendling and other points. Men at Wendling are swamping he timber in order to :sava it. The losses will amount to tnousanas of dollars. - The destruction of the village ofViola seems certain. The non-arrival of grain and coasting ships is due to dense smoke at the mouth of the Columbia river. The steamer Columbia is report ed to be stranged in the river near As toria. A woman was burned to death near Vancouver, Wash., and a woman and a child are missing. Mills, lumber and timber to the value of $1,000,000 were destroyed in Chehalis county. Wash. The damage near Lentz, Ore., amounts to over $25,000. . Details of various losses from numer ous country districts are continually ar riving and the' record of small indi vidual losses will not be finished until rain shall have come to quench the ever spreading flames. The weather bureau has given no promise of rain within the next 24 hours. Everett, Wn., Sept. 13. Forest fires are raging also along the Great North ern between Skykomish and Wellington. Telegraphic communication between here and Seattle is cut off. Freight and passenger traffic is demoralized from the east by the burning of a bridge at Alvin, near the Cascade tunnel. The Northern is patrolling the line with en gines fitted with fire fighting pumps. FIRES IN COLORADO. McCassels, Colo., Sept. 13. The larg est and most destructive forest fire ever known in Colorado is raging be tween Chase and Shawnee. This Is the opinion of A. J. Wells, state timber inspector, and United States Govern ment Agent Nicholson, who are on the ground. Mr. Wells said: - "The fire is entirely beyond control, and the only hope of saving the forests and towns of Platte canyon from com plete destruction is that the wind does not shift from the east. Should, the wind shift to the west nothing can prevent the fire sweeping the canyon from top to bottom. Damage already done to the Platte watersheds cannot be estimated." The flames cover a space of five miles in length by one mile In width. All energies are directed toward prevent ing the fire spreading down the canon from Shawnee. JERRY SIMPSON HERE. His Car of New Mexican Pro ducts Arrives in Topeka. - Jerry Simpson, formerly of Medicine Lodge, Kan., and who won a reputation while representing the Seventh district in congress, and who last year moved to Roswell. New Mexico, is in Topeka today with a car load of sample fruit and vegetables grown in that section of the state of New Mexlct, The exhibition car is standing at the Santa Fe passenger depot and will be in t opeka until 8 o'clock Sunday evening. Admission to the car will be frees Mr. Simpson, since he baa located at Row well, has become an ardent believer. In the future of that country. The exhibi tion car which is in his charge will be stopped at the principal cities between here and Chicago as it has been between Roswell and Topeka. - "Governor Stanley went through the car at Emporia yesterday," said Mr. Simpson, "and he was enthusiastic in his praise of the exhibit. He was very bold in declaring it was the finest ex hibit he had ever seen at any place." Pamphlets descriptive " of -Chaves county, in the Pecos-valley of "New Mexico are being distributed. TO OFSTPARKER. Delegation in Conference With Attorney General Godard.. - A delegation consisting of Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, Rev. J. T. McFar land, Edward Wilder, C.. PBolmar, Thomas Page and two or three others are holding a conference with Attorney General Godard this afternoon con cerning impeachment . proceedings against Mayor. Parker. I i SIIAIV TO RESCUE Secretary of Treasury Will Ease Up Money Market. . Anticipate Interest and In crease Government Deposits. Washington, Sept. 13. Secretary Shaw today issued the following statement: "Secretary Shaw has made arrange ments to release about $4,000,000 of the treasury holdings. He has had a list prepared of those national banks throughout the country which held free or pledged bonds at the date of their last report and has made inquiry for others. After making allowance for changed conditions since the last re port, he expects this will release at least $4,000,000. - He has sent notice to all such that if they will send these bonds to the treasurer of the United States in sums of $50,000 or more they will be designated as temporary de positaries and the face value of the bonds will be deposited with them to the credit of the treasurer of the United States. He has pursued thi3 course in preference to designating de positaries in the ordinary way.- which compels them to buy bonds in the mar ket at a large premium, thus paying out more for the bends than they gee from the government. The customs re ceipts are extremely heavy at this par ticular season of the year, and the cash balance of the treasurer has-been grad ually increasing. J v. - "He has also decided to anticipate the October interest, amounting to about $4,200,000, and with this in view orders have been issued - to the - various - sub-: treasuries- to cash -suph- coupons as may be presented them for : payment,, and the treasurer of the limited - ..tes has been instructed to- mail checks for in terest on the registered bonds. All thla was decided upon' some days ago and letters and telegrams prepared fet . to day. "The secretary" see in present, condi tions no occasion for alarm. He calls attention to the fact that there is no evi dence of a currency -famine, present or prospective, - elsewhere t than in New York and even there the rate is not high for commercial paper and for com mercial paper he has the greater so-, licitude.- He is well satisfied with his . efforts to increase circulation which he decided upon in the early summer when present conditions were plainly Visible and has the presses busy preparing to meet an mergency which he does not ex pect but which he thinks It is wise to provide against. Thus far he has made- requests only of such . banks as hold large deposits - and have very limited circulation,-and he is not asking these to increase to : the maximum, nor to in crease at all for the present. He does not ' desire to force the banks Into the market to buy bonds at a rate higher than the government is willing to pay. He does desire 'to make the best possi ble use of the free bonds now held by the -banks. - Incidentally he likes to en courage banks to hold free bonds during the dull months, believing it is much better to hold bonds that will yield half per cent even than to make call loans at 2 per cent. He is, therefore, giving the banks that hold these free bonds an opportunity to use them to most excellent-advantage. This method, if pur sued by the banks, would give a slight element of elasticity to our otherwise inelastic currency system. "His position as regards increasing circulation is perhaps best expressed in a letter which he recently wrote a banker that had been already buying bonds, and which he has consented to make public, as follows: "Treasury Department, Washington, D. C, Sept. JO, 1902. "My Dear Sir: Your letter of the 8th is received. I find it well nigh impossi ble to convey the purport of my request even to the banks of whom I have made the request much less to the public. "First In case of imminent danger or actual disaster I will be compelled to use government deposits to buy in creased circulation. "Second I desire to have from 15 to 50 millions additional circulation print ed -preparatory, so that it can be issued in four days instead of 40. - - "Third I will be glad to have the banks holding deposits arrange if they can to borrow the bonds. "Fourth I desire to send no bank into the market to buy bonds at the present time. "Fifth I do not care to have the cur rency issued unless conditions make it well nigh imperative. - "I am making no demand upon any bank. The amount of their circulation must be determined by their directors. but inasmuch as the public holds the secretary of the treasury somewhat re sponsible for existing conditions, I deem myself justified In using the public funds now held by various banks on deposit as I think best for the public good, and In case of trouble I may think best to use these to buy Increased circulation, the banks now holding such funds having preference." ' . Weather Indications. Chicago, Sept' 13. Forecast for Kan sas: Generally fair tonight and Sunday; rising temperatures; southwest winds. Temperatures of Larfje Cities. Chicago; Sept. 13. 7 a. m. tempera tures: New York. 88; Boston, 64; Philadelphia.- 66; Washington, 64: Chicago and St Louis, 44; Minneapolis, 36; Cin cinnati. 46. POLITICALGOSSIP Interesting Fight Coming on Congressional Apportionment. Fixers Are Already Discussing v the Ways and Means. PLANS NOW ADVANCED. Certain That Seventh Must Fur nish Most of New One. Shawnee County Will Be a Bone of Contention. One of the most important things that will come before the next legislature af ter a United States senator and state printer have, been elected will be a new congressional apportionment. It Is quite likelv that there will be a Strug- gle to control tbe committees on con gressional apportionment and every proposed plan for a new division of the state will be strongly opposed. The reason for this .will be that the men already in congress will not want to be thrown in a district with some other member so that he will have a big fight on his hands for a renomination, and at the. same time there are many congressional aspirants over the state who want to create a district in which they will have the best chance to win. The problem before the legislature will be to create eight districts that will be as sure Republican as it will be possi ble to make them and still please all the congressional aspirants. - There are many different plans for a new- division, but most of them do not materially change the present districts except to carve enough territory out of the - south central part of the state to make the new Eighth. Most of the plans contemplate this idea but there are half a dozen different ideas about i just what counties ought to be included in the new Eigntn. There is some talk. too. of a new alignment altogether. ' One plan is to make one district of the Missouri river counties from Doniphan to Wyandotte,, but this idea does not meet with much favor. Another idea is to throw the entire western end of the state into a single district, but ' this plan has less favor than the other because it would create an immense territory which few men could cover in a campaign. The popular plan is to take some of the Seventh, Fourth and Third for the new district. The greater part of the new district must come off tbe Seventh, because that has bv far the greatest population of any district in the state. Tbe Sixth is the next in poDulation. and if anything like equal districts are maintained there will have to be one or two counties lopped off from that, and to do this will be a difficult prob lem., - ' It is going to be extremely hard to cut - any territory out of the Seventh district, because it is the counties in the eastern end of the-distriet that furnish: the greatest Republican ma- ' jorities. McPherson, Harvey and Sum ner are tne principal itepuDiican coun ties in the district, and two years ago Chester L Long received only about 1,500 majority in the whole district, so the Republicans cannot afford., to take too many votes out of it One proposed plan is to take Reno, Kingman, Harper, Sumner, Sedgwick and Harvey from the Seventh,- Butler from. the Fourth, and Cowley from tha Third and make these the new Eight! district, with Wichita as '" its center. This would make an excellent district so far as the Eighth is concerned, but it would not leave the others in very good shape. It would leave McPherson and Rice as a little neck running east from the Seventh, and something Would probably have to be added to the Sev enth from the Sixth. - Another proposition is to throw tha new Eighth one district further east and make it take In Sumner,- Sedgwick and Harvey from the Seventh, Butler and Greenwood from the Fourth, and Cow ley, Elk and Chautauqua from th Third. Then the Third would be recom pensed by getting Bourbon and Allen from the Second or Allen from the c j j tit j u ct Second and Woodson from the Fourth Still another idea is to take McPher son, Sedgwick and Harvey from the Seventh, Saline, Dickinson and Ottawa from the Fifth and Marion from . the Fourth. Another is to take McPherson, Rice and Barton from the Seventh. Ellsworth. Lincoln and Russell from the Sixth. Saline from the Fifth and Marion from the Fourth. This would come nearer taking the proper number from tbe other districts than any of the other suggestions. If McPherson county is included in the new Eighth district it is quite prob able that Frank Nelson will be looked upon as available congressional timber for the new district One of the hardest problems to solve will be to place Congressman-at-Largc Scott. If the Democrats should carry the Third district again this year Allen county, which is Scott's home, could be thrown into that and he might not have to scramble for a nomination. But the indications are that Phil Campbell will be elected in the Third district this year, and if he is Mr. Scott probably would stand no chance of a nomination against him. Shawnee county will also be a bone of contention in - the next legislature. There may be an effort to put it back into the Fourth district from the First Congressman Miller's friends in the Fourth will resist this because he will not want to fight Congressman Curtis for a renomination. There will probably be a good deal of figuring among the various interests at stake, to get control, of the committees of congressional apportionment in both houses in order to control the plans which shall come before each house Somebody started the rumor that Pool Grinstead, formerly editor of the Wa thena Republican, would- run against Cyrus Leland for member of the legis lature from Doniphan county. Grin stead does not care to do so. He pub lishes Leland's picture in his present paper, the Wathena Times, and beneath it he prints the following in large type: "This is the man last Saturday's pa pers said the editor of the Times is going to run against for the legislature. We plead not guilty. Having already run against him in other capacities we have found it unprofitable. Thei last time the editor-of the Times ran against Mr. Leland it cost a cold thousand and It was not in a contest for office either. "There is not much occasion for the editor of the Times to decline an office that bus not been tendered, but it may as well -be aid once for all that he is not now. nor will he be a candidate may rest eftfiy and lose no sleep, over dangers of defeat. J "Mr. Leland .is fairly and regularly nominated by the Republican county convention, and was clearly the unan imous choice of the delegates partici pating; therefore The Times is perfectly satisfied with his candidacy. Its editor has no political aspirations; never sought an office and has no taste for one." ,- Some of the few Republican papers in the state who are attempting to make a defense of T. T. Kelly are now loud in their denunciation of Col. Fred J. Close, candidate on the fusion ticket for lieutenant governor, because of the charges against.-him In Doniphan county, which, were published a week ago in the State Journal. 'Such is the consistency of these papers. They sup port a man who. is convicted by the county commissioners in his home county of forgery and robbing his home county of $1,324.99, repudiated by the Republican party of his hime county, and who dares not try to disprove tbe charges against him even when offered a thousand dollars if a committee of the prominent . Republican editors - of the state will examine the records on which the county commissioners found him guilty and make a report that the commissioners were in error. On the other hand, they are trying to divert attention from Kelly by pointing at Close. The only charge against Close is that he kept $174 in fees which srel.r are' that- he belonged to Doniphan county, while the lorgea county recoras py raising voucn ers aqd warrants until 'he stole $1,' 384.99. If Close is guilty of keeping county funds which did not belong to him, even to the amount of $174, he is not entitled to the support of the honest voters of Kansas. But that-does not give Repub. licans an excuse for- supporting Kelly. Why are not these papers as honest in the Kelly matter as in the Close mat ter? Why do they not tell the whole truth about Kelly? Instead they cry that the State Journal ' is "vindictive," and' that it is "persecuting" Kelly. The State Journal has published both sides of the Kelly matter. It has given space to all of Kelly's statements as well as to the charges made against him by the county commissioners and his own party in Miami county. ' It believes that it is the duty of an honest newspaper to give . all the facts to the voters of Kansas: and it believes that the facts Justify the conclusion that Kelly is guilty. - If he is guilty he is not entitled to the support of an. honest newspaper or an honest voter. It is not surprising that some news papers should attempt to defend Kelly. Birds of a feather flock together. But there are a few Republican papers which appear to be in-unusual com pany. One would, not naturally expect to find the Hiawatha World, the Clyde Republican, the Clay Center Times, the Beloit Gazette and a few other papers endorsing official dishonesty, yet these papers either have not fully Investi gated the facts in the Kelly matter or tltey are endorsing official dishonesty in a candidate for treasurer of the state of Kansas, in whose custody the state will place . millions of dollars. One would naturally 'suppose- such papers as those mentioned would line up on the side of honesty along with the Holton Recorder, the Wilson County Citizen, the. Emporia Gazette,, the Ottawa Her ald, the Wellington News, and a score of other .papers, whose . devotion to honor equals their devotion to the Republican party. It would appear as though the first named papers place devotion to the Republican party above devotion , to honor. . J ' V An attempt is now being made by the Kelly -papers to make it a factional matter. They call attention to the fact that the Burton element is lined up behind- Kelly --endorsing dishonesty, and that it is the Leland element that is fighting Kelly. , This-is really a great compliment for the friends of Cyrus -Ljeianu, ana mere is pernaps a certain amount of truth in it. Yet there are some honest Burton papers. For in stance, there is the .Scandia Journal, which has always supported Burton, but is pronounced in its opinion of Kelly's dishonesty and In its advice to the Republicans of Republic -county to scratch him. . The consistency of the statements of the Kelly papers is shown by two para graphs from the Westmoreland Signal, which - are separate items, but - which were published together. . They are as follows: - "Did you ever notice that all the edi tors of papers who have pulled down the name of Tom Kelly as candidate for state, treasuiier, are members of the Cv Leland faction of state politics? - It Is' a fact, however. 'Now suDnosinor thorn should be retaliation. O, but wouldn't therebe a howl Z , WOUKhn, i tnere-oe a Bowl come out of the wild ernessr cy-snould call off his dogs of war." , - "Major Beck, of the Holton Recorder, has pulled down the name of Torn Kol ly from the Republican masthead. And yet, Cy Leland turned the major down at the. Leavenworth congressional con vention when he was a candidate for ciirviur on uie -rtepuoiican ticket Verily, fuituvo uu iiiane strange pearellovts. ' Oberlin, Septl3. The fusionists of De catur county have nominated- the fol lowing ticket: Representative, G. Johr. son; clerk, J. E. Plotts; treasurer. F U Smith: sheriff. J.. JB. JLeama nn of deeds, F. M. Lang; county attorney, W. S. Langmade; surveyor, E. W. Cold ren; superintendent - H. O: Caster; clerk of court Howard F. Noyes; probate judge, J. W. Norris: noroner. Dr.-8. L. Hubbard; commissioner. R. G. Havden The convention was a large one tht-re being 232 delegates - entitled to seats, most of them being aresent. " The fol lowing resolution was adopted: . "Re solved, That we endorse the entire state ticket nominated at.Tooeka without re gard to tbe former political affiliations of the candidates,- since they all stand upon substantially - the same platform and advocate the same principles." New York Evening Post: - "Mr. Burton of , Kansas has perhaps been the most conspicuous failure of any of the new sen ators, although he does not lack gift of speech. He has impressed himself upon Washington as a tireless spoils hunter and in alliance with the poorer phase of politics." i ' Congressman Curtis recently made a speech at Wamego .in . which he urged Pottawatomie countv Renublicana m J. W. Dunn, Republican candidate for the legislature, the largest; majority on the county ticket. Dunn is a Long supporter, too, which shows a good spirit on the part of Mr. Curtis and will not lose him any friends. Hoxie Sentinel (Rep.): The papers that are defending T. T. Kelly offer no evi dence, but insist that . the other fellows are doing wrong. . Not a single paper la fighting Kelly because it is kelly or be cause he is somebody's friend, but be cause of unrefuted charges that are being made against him. - . . The Holton Trih.ie "publishes an edi torial calling atteiIion to the fact that Mr. Curtis is running for congress this year. It says that so much is being said of his senatorial race.that it is afraid his congressional candidacy ' will be over looked. The Socialist's of the First district will bold a convention in Topeka on September 29, - to ' nominate a congressional candi date. The call is sighed by John G. Otis, (Continued on Second Page.) iUCOOTECCE. Strike Leaders Meet Got. Stone by Invitation y . - To Talk Over Situation In the Anthracite Region. WON'T SAY A WOKD. Neither Party Will Tell What . . Was Said or Done. , Meeting Was Result of TIsit to J.P.Morgan. - ' Harrisburg, Pa., Sept. 13. The con ference between Governor Stone and. President John Mitchell of the United Mine Workers of America, on matters pertaining to the strike, ended at 4.30 . o'clock this morning after a discussion . of two hours and a half. The others at the conference were State Senator Wil-: - liam Flinn of - Pittsburg, a political :, friend of the governor, and a large em- ployer of labor In Allegheny county; M. -E. McMullin.of Pittsburg, a wealthy man of many interests ; Col. W. P. Rich- ardson of Harrisburg, keeper of the state arsenal and assistant quartermas ter of the national guard and District President Thomas D. Nicholls of Scran ton, Thomas Duffy of McAdoo and John . Fahey of Shamokin. At the conclusion of the meeting Gov. . Stone gave to the waiting newspaper correspondents -a written statement reading as follows: "Messrs. Mitchell, Nicholls, Fahey, -Duffy, Senator Flinn, Col. Richardson and Gov. Stone have been in conference. All the differences have been discussed with tbe best of feeling." Every effort to get the participants in the conference to divulge what took . place proved unavailing.- Gov. Stone and Senator Flinn Immediately retired and refused to be -seen, and the others would say nothing beyond what was -contained in the non-committal state ment given out by the governor. After the conference Messrs. Mitchell, Duffy and Fahey were driven from the gover nor's residence where the conference was held, to the Pennsylvania railroad station where they took the 4:40 a. m. train for Wilkesbarre, Mr. Nicholls re maining here. President Mitchell before leaving would not even say whether the con ference was satisfactory to him and his district presidents. - While no official information can be had on the matter, it is expected here that the governor and his colleague submitted a proposition to President Mitchell which will tend to end the struggle in tbe hard coal field. The conference was the result of the visit of Governor Stone, Senator Flinn, Attorney General Elkin, Mr. Mullin and . P. AlB. Widener of Philadelphia to New TTork, a few days ago, when Mr. Wideher called on J. Pj Morgan. Tbe meeting was called at the instance of the governor, and .Mr. Mitchell before he mefthe chief executive, said he did- not know What the governor wanted and that he (Mitchell) had nothing to propose to him. There ws a rumor in the miners to return to work and have the operators adjust the differences af terward. If such a proposition was made it would be rejected by the mine workers' representatives.' It can ba authoritatively stated that the men will not return to work on those conditions. Attorney General Elkin and Mr.Wide ner were invited to the conference. - It . was given out that Mr. Elkin could not get here in time, but no reason was as- -signed for Mr. Widener's absence. - -LEADERS ARE DISCOURAGED. Tamaqua, Pa., Sept. 13. John Fahy. president of district No. 7 of the United Mine Workers, and Thomas Duffy, presi dent of district No. 1. returned to this -region today after attending the confer ence with Governor Stone of Harrisburg. . Both 1 gentlemen refused to disclose the nature of the plan or settlement that had been submitted to them by Governor Stone. They both Intimated, however, that the conference' had been satisfactory to the officers of - the organliatloi of miners. Mr. Fahr said he thought Gov-o,-rvr Rtnnp ia sincere in his efforts to set tle the strike. It was evident, however, that both the- leaders were considerably crestfallen over the result of the meet ing. 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