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TOPEKA STATE JOUENAL, SATUEDAY EVENING. FEBRUARY 20 1904. 3HBIESQK0 SUSSSnUJE FOR i IS. i 1W SNAP SHOTS AT HOME NEWS George M. Noble was In Kansas City yesterday on business. A. Scott Bledsoe, of Topeka, presi dent of the State Spiritualist associa tion, -will lecture in Fort Scott Sunday. Tho Wlllard W. C. T. U. will meet at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. Stafford, at 1105 West, Euclid avenue. The free employment agency; reports a strong demand for hired girls just at present, with a few good farm jobs for men on the side. Edgar I Street, the brother of Chas. IF. Street, president of the Topeka IWater company, looks like ex-Councilman H. S. Nichols. The social committee of Beulah chapter. Order of Easter Star, will meet In the parlors of the Masonic building for business tonight. Street Commissoiner Snyder is pre paring to grade West Sixth street for the extension of the macadam pave ment from Morris avenue to the city limits. Rev. J. A. Stavely will address the TT. M. C. A. at 4 o'clock Sunday after noon; subject, "Christ, the Power of God." Special music will be furnished for the service. A. K. Wilson has sold his home at 615 Txler to E. H. Rand, a wealthy produce commission merchant of Fon toosuc, Illinois. The deal was closed by the Strauss Agency. W. L. Osborn, manager of the Topeka Desiccating works, says that plans are now being made for the construction of the proposed garbage reduction works for the city of Topeka. Anna Eva Fay says that Topeka will buy the waterworks. This is a matter which was decided only eleven months ago, and Anna certainly deserves credit for finding it out. Mrs. Josephine Herbert, a colored women, was thrown from a buggy on West Eighth street, receiving a severe contusion at the base of the skull. The accident occurred in a runaway. Frank Leach, manager of the Wash burn athletics, went to Lawrence to day to make a deal with Coach Ken nedy for his services with the Wash burn football team for next season. W. J. Healey, auditor of freight re ceipts for the Santa Fe, City Engineer James F. McCabe and A. C. Klingaman served as "umpires" at the Anna Eva Fay hoodwinking contest Friday night. The iadits of G. G. Gage corps G. A. R. treated the post to a surprise last night in the nature of a tacky party and was a complete surprise. They served hot coffee .in j other things good to eat. They also gave an inter esting programme. The streets and walks committee yes terday turned down the petition of the teamsters asking that the limit of load for narrow tire wagons be raised from 4,000 to 5,000 pounds. After September 1 all wagons hauling more weight than 4,000 pounds must have wide tires. While most of the other city officials fwere at the Commercial club rooms last night discussing the advisability of buying the waterworks. City Engi neer J. F. McCabe was at the Craw ford opera house asking Anna Eva Fay about it. She said the city should buy the plant at its jwn pi ice. L. B. Bonawitz, a farmer whose home Is near Meriden, was badly bruised Friday afternoon by being thrown from a wagon at the west edge of North Topeka. His wagon collided with one driven by John Shore. Mr. Bonawitz was thrown out and was trampled by a horse led behind the other vehicle. T awrence Gazette: General Hugh C icron, the Kansas hermit, cut in fi in by walking to Topeka this week t attend the meeting of the State T. mpsranee union. On his way to the pital he built a fire and got too v.ose, and hf.d a narrow escape for his v niskers. A Lawrence paper says: Fred Van degrlft, who is always nosing around somewhere, was on the train that but d into anoihei one at Kansas City yesterday. He was not seriously in jured, but he suffered great mortifica tion by reason of being compelled to retire at once to a clothing store and purchase a new pair of trousers. A story has been in circulation in the Second ward to the effect that Rev. F. E. Mallcry has arranged to move away from Topeka, Mr. Mallory said today that the statement is wrong and that he has no Intention of quit ting Topeka. He is a candidate for re election to the school board from the Second ward. To bring the work of the gymnasium before the people, as is done by all universities and colleges, the T. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. will give an exhi bition in the Auditorium on Tuesday evening, the 23d. There will be no at tempt to put anything spectacular upon the platform, such as a circus parade, nothing but the regular class room work which is itself of sufficient at tractiveness to please all who are in terested. Marines for the Orient. San Francisco, Feb. 20. The six hun dred marines who, it is reported, have been ordered to the Asiatic station, will embark on the transDort Buford which Is to take the marines from this port and not from Portland. It is not known as yet whether the marines will be transferred to the warships of the Asiatic squadron at Nagasaki or Ma nila. Final Figures on Baltimore Insurance Baltimore, Feb. 20. The Baltimore Underwriter prints the list of all the fire insurance companies in the Balti more fire. The total gross loss is J32, 64,800, of which $6,000,000 falls on the Absolute! Pure WATTE iR OF-HEALTH local companies. The estimated total of salvage is Jl,769,70O, which leaves a net loss to the insurance companies of $31,095,100. It has been learned that many. of the large wholesale dry goods houses formed an insurance association themselves which amounted to J5.000, 000, on which nothing would be rea lized. Another division Is that very few of the tenants of the so-called fire-proof buildings carried any insur ance. FIGHT IN POOL ROOM. Six Men Shot In Row Between Constables and Police. St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 20. In an effort to close a pool room that has for a long time operated In the outskirts of Madison, 111., across the river from St. Louis, three constables, augmented by a posse of citizens and bearing war rants for the arrest of six men con nected with the pool room, precipitated a riot which resulted in the shooting of six men, one of whom may die. The wounded: Lee Harlan, druggist, probably mor tally. William Schooley, posseman, shot in leg. Edward Harris, spectator, not ser iously. Edward Downs, seriously. Oscar Wilcox, pool room employe, shot in hip. One unknown, not seriously. Warrants had been sworn out before a justice of the peace of Granite City, adjoining Madison, and placed in the hands of Constable John Glass, and two other constables, for the arrest of' Whitfield Brooks and Eugene Wall, of Granite City, and Thomas Riley, Chas. Greenfield, Thos. Manley and Martin Johns of St. Louis, charging them with being connected with the pool room. The thrae constables appeared at the pool room to serve the warrants, two policemen were within and declared they had arrested the operators of the pool room and were guarding them. Betting was going on as usual at the time. The constables were ordered to leave the premises, which they did aft er considerable argument. Proceeding through the neighborhood for the next half hour the constables organized a posse of armed citizens numbering about fifty persons. The constables and posse then returned to the pool room and entered. They were at once ordered out and the doors were ordered locked. The posse demurred and words followed, one posseman, it is stated, pointed a shotgun at Policeman Mc Cambridge, who fired a revolver point ed at the ceiling. Firing then became general. The policeman was badly beaten. The crowd in the pool room scattered hurriedly, many fleeing into a waiting Illinois Central train unlil it became packed. When the fusillade was over the constables and posse had possession. The bookmakers, however, asserted that the pool room will be open as usual today. Although the pool room men are now constructively under arrest, the police say they will not permit the citizens to interfere. Four possemen were arrested charged with rioting. YOU and Coffee Agree? FUN IP YOU DO. a B Examine yourself critically and see. If in doubt, try Postum 10 days instead of Coffee. If you feel better, happier and with none of the old aches and ails, you will have found your cue to health and comfort. 'THERE'S A REASON' n Look for the miniature book, "The Road to Wellville," in each package. v ilUST GO SLOW. Commercial Club Conservative About the Waterworks. Want an Engineer to Examine the Plant. NO RADICAL ACTION. Favor Purchase by City When Put in Good Condition. What the Business Men Think About It. At its meeting last night to discuss the waterworks situation the Topeka Commercial club considered and adopted, rejected or laid over more resolutions than a middle of the road Populist con vention. The Commercial club mem bers indulged themselves in oratory, considerably. The tone of the meeting was that the purchase of the water plant is desirable under restrictions. Almost all the working membership of the club was present although the meeting had been called on short no tice. Most of those present talked. Here are some of the sentiments ex pressed: "Before the purchase of the water works the city should apply to the fed eral court for an order requiring the receiver of the water company to place the plant in condition to give the city ample protection and adequate water service for domestic purposes. The wa ter company is not anxious to sell the plant. If we refuse to purchase now the water company gets a renewal of its franchise for twenty years." G. C. Clemens. "We should buy the waterworks, but before we purchase the company should be required to demonstrate that the plant is capable of performing the ser vice promised under the former fran chise." M. C. Holman. "The city ought to purchase fire en gines sufficient to protect its property in case the water plant fails again. We ought to omit no details in assuring our citizens protection." Michael Heery. "I am inclined to think that the wa ter company should have two mains leading from the pumping station to the city, one of which should be re served for use during fires. I do not be lieve our present main is adequate." W. A. S. Bird. "Fire engines capable of protecting the city in any emergency should be procured. Then we should tell the wa ter company that we will be ready to complete the purchase of the water works as soon as they are in the con dition in which it was guaranteed they should be maintained." A. A. Godard. "The city is in no way legally bound to complete the transaction of purchas ing the water plant. The bonds are ready and the city is authorized to make the deal but there is nothing by which we are bound to carry it out in cahe we find it undesirable." City At torney Charles F. Spencer. i These are a few of the things said last night. Most of them were repeat ed or added to by members of the Commercial club. The proposition of fered by G. C. Clemens to bring the leverage of the federal court to bear in securing the repair of the water pumping station was embodied in a resolution which was laid upon the ta ble. It was opposed by Judge T. F. Garver, John R. Mulvane and others who said that the less litigation enter ed into the more desirable. The report of the special committee of the Com mercial club, advising that the city be urged to secure the services of a hy draulic engineer to pass upon the con; dition of the water plant, was adopted. At the next council meeting will be presented a resolution by Samuel T. Howe, providing for the employment of an entirely disinterested engineer for this purpose. Mr. Howe had prepared this resolution irrespective of the ac tion of the club but submitted it for its consideration. It was endorsed. The special committee appointed to confer with members of the city coun cil and to give such assistance as was possible in transactions respecting the purchase of the waterworks, reported to the club its inability to give a reli able opinion on the present incompet ency of that institution. Its recommen dations are embodied in the following resolution: Resolved, That in the judgment of the Commercial club the election au thorizing an issue of bonds of the city of Topeka for the purchase of the plant of the Topeka Water company was carried in favor of that proposition upon the basis of the condition that the plant was being maintained in ac cordance w-ith the requirements of the ordinance granting the franchise; that the weakness of the plant and its in capacity, as demonstrated during the late fires, resulting from the damages caused by the great floods of last May, or the result of some inherent weak ness hitherto unknown, has shown that the plant the Topeka Water company proposes to sell to the city is much les valuable and complete and of much less capacity than it was represented to be at the time of the election, or that it has been so seriously damaged that it is not now in effective condition, and that it is the duty of the city council before completing the purchase to cause a most, careful examination to be made by competent experts, and to insist that the plant if bought shall be the equal in every respect of the plant the people voted, to buy: that we be lieve the city should act as would an individual under like circumstances, and we believe any prudent individual would demand that the property be put in the same condition when the con tract is to be completed as it wag rep resented to be when the contract was made. Resolved, That the safety of the bus iness interests of this city demand that a steam fire engine of competent ca pacity be purchased by the city pend ing the rehabilitation of the water plant. The resolution which will be present ed by Councilman Howe at the next council meeting will be as follows: "Whereas, There is much dissatisfac tion among the people of the city, grow ing out of the supposed inability of the waterworks company to furnish suit able pressure so that property may be protected and saved from damage or loss in case of fires, and, "Whereas, The contemplated early taking over of the waterworks plant by the city makes a thorough knowledge of its condition Imperative, therefore, "Resolved, by the mayor and council of the city of Topeka, that the mayor and city engineer be and they hereby are directed and authorized to cause to be made a thorough examination of the waterworks plant by an expert hydraul ic engineer from some city owning and operating waterworks, whose experience has been suchaj to qualify him to de termine what repairs, extensions or im provements, if any, are indispensible in order to put the plant in condition to furnish the people with an ample supply of water and to afford sufficient fire pro tection regard being had to future as well as present needs. "SAMUEL T. HOWE." ; The resolution embodying the G. C. Clemens' idea-; was presented by E. E. Roudebush, but was considered too rad ical for immediate adoption. It was: Resolved, That" we ask the mayor and council of the city of Topeka to apply to the United States court at once, showing the facts and emergency and asking that the receiver of the Topeka Water company-be required to restore adequate fire pressure at once. The report of the - special committee of the Commercial club was the first thing to be presented to the club last night and considerable discussion en sued over the provisions of the resolu tion offered in it. John R. Mulvane made a motion to strike out the clause advising the purchase of additional fire engines, saying that in view of the rehabilitation of the Harrison street pumping station such a purchase was not necessary. Michael Heery was the first to oppose this. He said: "When the Topeka Water company was given its franchise one of the pro visions was that there should be a standpipe erected so that at all times there should -be sufficient pressure . in all parts of the city. At that time it was agreed that the test should be an ability to throw ten streams of water from nozzles on inch in Ciameter- to a height of 100 feet. .Is there anyone here who believes that the water plant has ever been able to meet such a test? I think not. I was not at first in favor of the purchase of the waterworks but the city has voted in favor of the pur chase and I think we ought to keep our end of the contract. But before we make the purchase we ought to see that the pumping station is able to meet the test which the company agreed to give We don't even get suit able pressure for domestic service on the upper floors of our larger buildings. There is not an even distribution of pressure, else there would be no such terrific pressure in Potwln and so lit tle force down town." F. H. Foster spoke of the unequal ness of the pressure distribution. He said that at his home in Potwin the water pressure was too strong most of the time. Residents of that portion of the town were annoyed by having their water pipes - burst from the pressure. While down town on the fourth floor of the Stormont building, where he had his office, it not unfrequently occurred that there was no water in the faucets of the wash basins. W. A. S. Bird, F. H. Foster, T. J. Anderson and others spoke upon the advisability of the erection of a stand pipe in or close to the city in order to secure a proper distribution of the city's water supply. Major Anderson said: "It is my recollection that when the waterworks franchise was granted It was agreed that a standpipe should be erected and land was bought near Fifth and Buchanan streets for that puroose. That feature of the contract was. not carried ' out, I think, on ac count of the adoption of the use of di rect pressure pumps at the pumping station. But it is evident that the dis tribution of the water is not satisfac tory and I think we should have the standpipe. It is the only way in which we can secure an even distribution of pressure or ,depend upon setting do mestic serviap er-fire pressure in all parts of tlte City at the same time.'V DOES THE WATER'COMPANT. EARN., MONEY The question was brought up last night whethei the water plant-is a paying Institution or not. This ques tion has never been satisfactorily an swered and probably will not be until the city of Tcpeka takes over the con cern and tries to run it on its own ac count. In response to a query directed at himself. City Attorney Spencer said: "I do not know what the earning ca pacity of the waterworks is. You can't go into the company's rflce and expect to be shown the books of the company. There is nothing in the records of the federal court to show. When Presidr-nt Charles F. Street was first in consul tation with Mayor Parker and myself over the purchase of the water plant we tried to get him to show what its earning capacity was, and after many evasions he finally agreed to show us But he never did. The members ot this club have never seen any state ment of the earning capacity of the plant because none has ever been given out. When Mr. Street was here a week or so ago and tried to persuade us to sign a contract for the taking over of the water plant, we ag-ln urged him to make a statement of the business of the company. He said that the plant would pay us the interest on the $350,000 of bonds which we agree to give in exchange for the first mort gage bonds, and would net a sum nearly equal to that amount in addi tion, or that we should have about $'5,000 a year income from the water plant." I n n f"l n w I LJ a nii 'lr i a imJ Sm vLra j Benefit E r Better This Year Week, February 20th. xs V i-7 V "Laundry Won't Freeze Won't Break Won't Spill Won't Spot Clothes Ousts 10 Gents and Equals 20 Gents worth of any other hind of bluing. WiggleStic is a stick of soluble blue in a filter bag inside a perforated wooden tube, through which the water flows arid dissolves the color as needed. Manufactured only by WE KNOW- YOU WANT WE CAN RECOMMEND Fronteoac Selected Lump For your Furnace, Heater, or Grate, . AND THE SeleCted Milt KUcIenRanse. This is the Cheapest Coal in the Market, Quality considered. Try it. , : 'The : 734 Kansas Avenue JN BLAZING CAR Twenty Passengers Are Rushed ' Down Pittsburg Street. Motors RIew Out and Brakes Were Released. ,' Pittsburg-. Pa., Feb. 20. A blazing Larimer avenue electric car with all brakes off, and with 20 passengers aboard, raced .down Fifth avenue early today from Grant almost to Market street. For 15 minutes after the car came to a stop, it blazed like a furnace. Four of the passengers were seriously hurt and Dorothy Greenup, who was internally injured, may die. As Grant street was reached the front motor blew out. The motorman rushed to the rear and attempted to hold the car from that end. The second motor also exploded and in an instant some one released the one brake that held the car at the top of the hill. As flight back toward Market street began the passengers crowded wildly to ward the motorman's platform to es cape the flames. Dorothy Greenup leaped over the high wire gate at the side of the front platform. Others at tempted to follow, but the crowd was packed too tightly. When Market street was reached and the car stopped of itself, several persons were still aboard although the car was more than half ablaze. E. J. Thompson broke through a window and dragged with him a col ored woman. He was severely hurt. The car was almost entirely consumed. Week, February 29th. ' ntertainment Fund Commercial Club -ILL AM .UNTITLE (Patented) THE LAUNDRY BLUE COMPANY, CHICAGO outhwestern HURTS GERMAN TRADE. War Is Showing a Stacked Effect on ,,J Commerce Already. ' New Tork, Feb. 20. The effects of the war, says a Berlin dispatch to the Times, already are noticeable on Ger man commerce. It is reported from Konigsburg that the importation of grain from Russia into Germany has come to a standstill. The grain mer chants are unable to obtain the execuJ tion of their orders, Russia having di verted all the rolling stock of the state railway to government use. The German export trade is also af fected. The Alsatian textile industry records an appreciable falling off in ex ports to Russia, and large Russian firms have not sent their usual orders. "LET HIM TALK." Cleveland Says He Doesn't Care What Bryan Says. Princeton, N.- J.. Feb. 20. "I don't care any more about what Bryan says than the wind that blows. I'm sure it does not bothei' me any. Let him talk," said Grover Cleveland, when asked what he thought of Mr. Bryan's re marks in taking exception to what Cleveland said recently in an article in the Saturday Evening Post. Cleveland declined to comment further on the arti cle saying: "I think the article explains itself, and I have not anything more to say about it." Members of Shawnee lodge No. 1, I. O. O. F., are requested to meet at their hall Sunday, February 21, at 1 p. m. to attend the funeral of Brother E. E. Coleman. IT TP IP 1 Than Ever Before. General Admission, 25c. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Wiggle 'Stick around in tKe water. ' Fuel Phones 771, 193, 144 OYER 100 COUPLES DANCED XT. C. T. Ball at the Auditorium Last -., : . ... . . :; More than one hundred couples par ticipated in the ball given at the Audi torium last night by Topeka council No. 42, U. C. T. The grand march waa led by Judge and Mrs. W. A. John ston. Marshall's band played for the grand march, while the dances were played by Steinberg's orchestra." The music for the dances was unusually good. . The Auditorium was decorated in blue and yellow, the colors of To peka council, and a large bank ol palms screened the stage where tfce tables were set for refreshments. Many people watched the dance from the balcony of the hall. The committees who had charge of this successful event were: Ball Committee B. L. Rees, chair man; F. B. Gatchell, H. J. NiAols, T. J. Ewart, J. Snattinger. Floor Committee W. W. Wlkidal. W. W. Webb, T. I. King, Dana Davis, Day Carr, Dtran R. Lov, Maurice O'Rourke, W. H. Eastman, John C. Waters, Harry McKirihan, S. C. Nich ols, Ben C. Johnston. Arthur T. Mc Clintock, Leslie Guild, J. D. Mulvane, Eugene S. Quinton, FVed W. Freeman, James Stewart, Daa X Hammitt. Rebekahs No. 219, Attention. Members of Capitola lodge are re quested to meet at Third Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 p. m. to attend the funeral of Brother E. E. Coleman. All Rebekahs invited. MAUD THOMAS, N. G. Everybody reads the Stat Journal. H CIRCUS.