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Taggart and August Belmont
Among the Parker Leaders.
Whooping It Cp for the New
York Judge at 81. Louis.
Californians Consider No Other
Name Than Hearst's.
JVv 4mong Democrat Delegates
r ti no nave iieacnca Liouis
V The Platform Is the Chief Topic
of Conrersation.
Its Preparation Likeljr to Fall
to Gorman and Williams.
Parker Seems to lie Butt of At
tack for All Other Fractions.
St. Louis, July 2. The Parker men
are growing more confident as dele
gations and representatives of differ
ent delegations arrive. One of the
most active Parker men in -the city is
Thomas A. Taggart of Indianapolis,
and he is in constant communication
with the new arrivals and particularly
those who are under instructions for
other candidates. Mayor David A.
Eose and T. E. Ryan of Wisconsin
were among the arrivals today. They
are under instructions for E. C. Wall
of their own state and declared that
having a "favorite son" they would
express no opinion as to the second
choice of the delegation. "With a
candidate of our own," Mr. Ryan said,
"it would not look very well for us
to be going around expressing an
opinion about a. second choice."
From managers of the Parker can
vass, however, it was learned that the
Wisconsin delegation would go to
Parker on the second ballot. A little
light was shed upon the many confer
ences that have taken place in the
east between the Democratic leaders
like Gorman, Guffey. McLean, Smith
and Murphy. A delegate who has
been cognisant of what took place at
these conferences said today that at
their close one man participating re
marked: S
"Well, we are no nearer a conclu
sion than when we first commenced to
Couldn't Agree.
In going over the situation they
found that even if they should etiter
into a combination to defeat Park'r
that they would be no nearer results
than before and some of them feared
tiiui tne uefeat of ParKer would af
ford an opportunity to nominate
Cleveland, and to this some of the
men in the conference were opposed
while others were somewhat favor
able. It is believed that Smith and
Guffey are among the men who would
be willing to see Cleveland nominated
and that they would be willing to
throw New Jersey and Pennsylvania
to the ex-president.
While some Parker men are en
thusiastic enough to claim that their
man will be nominated on the first
ballot, the more experienced politi
cians are of the opinion that compli
mentary votes must first be cast for
favorite sons if the necessary two
thirds can be obtained for the New
It is said that Gorman's candidacy
fan be determined upon his move
ments. He is at the head of the Mary
land delegation and if he comes to
St. Louis it will mean that he is not
going to be a candidate. But if he
remains at home it will be assumed
bv his friends here that he is a candi
date and that every effort will be
made to bring about his nomination.
An important arrival today was
August Belmont, who with several
members of his family, came in on an
early train and took apartments at the
Jefferson. He is one of the active
leaders of the Parker movement.
o Second Choice.
The Hearst boom was given some
what of an impetus early today by the
arrival of the California delegat n ac
companied by some of the members of
the Nevada and Arizona delegations.
"We are all for Hearst until the fin
ish," said Chairman Tarpey of the Cal
ifornia contingent.
"We will stay with them until the
nd; Californians have no second
choice of candidates or In any other
"'Another delegate. Mark Smith, of Ar
izona, expressed the same sentiment,
saying that' the Democrats of the west--ern
coast generally prefer Mr. Hearst.
He did not, however, believe that the
western men in the convention would
be averse to some other man in case it
should become evident that Mr. Hearst
could not secure the necessary two
thirds vote to nominate.
Members of the three delegations
discussed freely the possibilities with
the reference to platform, but were
generally of the opinion that there
should be no reference either to the
Chicago platform of 1896 or the Kan
sas City platform of 1900.
"This." said one of them, is the
year 1904 and we are dealing with this
period and no other. I believe that our
people prefer that all reference to
past platforms should be omitted.'
Senator Newlands, of Nevada, who is
at the head of the delegation from that
state says that the sentiment of the
western states generally is against
Parker although the delegates are not
opposed to him in any hostile sense.
The Hearst delegations from there
western states appear to have no sec
ond choice although It is understood
that some of them may prefer Gorman
to almost any other man. '
The subcommittee on arrangements
of the Democratic national committee
which was called to meet at 10 o'clock
today fai'ed to secure a quorom and
adjourned until 3 o'clock p. m In ad
dition to Chairman Jones there was
only one member present.
South Not for Cleveland.
Judge Parker's friends are devoting
themselves assiduously to counteract
ing the effort to create sentiment In
favor of Mr. Cleveland and among the
most outspoken of them Is National
Committeeman Head of Tennessee who
is also a member of the delegation
from his state.
"It Is not true that Mr. Cleveland is
more popular in the south than-formerly,"
he said, and relying a questionas
to why the southern Democrats are
opposed to Cleveland, said:
"We oppose him because he disrupted
and disorganized the Democratic party.
He found the organization united and
in less than two years under his man
agement It was torn into shreds. He
has no strength In the south and I be
lieved that if nominated he would ren
der Tennessee a doubtful state."
Ex-Senator Allen, of Nebraska, was
about the lobby of the Jefferson hotel
today. He said that he was merely an
said, "but I shall stay with my party."
"I may be the only 'Pop' left," he
He expressed the opinion that Mr. Bry
an would certainly be In attendance on
the St. Louis convention and added:
' He will make a speech too, and if
he does the Chicago speech will not be
a maiker compared with what he will
Seeking Harmony.
St. Louis, July 2. Longer in ad
vance than usual the platform ques
tion is receiving the serious considera
tion of delegates to the Democratic
convention and others interested in
the party welfare and it is already
evident that there will be a persistent
ettort to secure an expression of party
views which will meet the approval
or ai: factions.
"We must get a pronouncement
which will meet the demands of all
Democrats," said Representative Clay
ton of Alabama, "and I believe St is
going to be a comparatively easy mat
ter to accomplish this result. "
Other party leaders on the ground
expressed themselves in like optimistic
manner. But when they entered upon
a comparison of views it became evi
dent there are differences, which must
be smoothed down before the desired
result can be secured.
Evidently the principal contention
will be over the point as to whether
there shall be a specific declaration
favorable to the affirmation of the
principles enunciated in the platform
of 1896 and 1900. There is already
strenuous contention as to. whether
there shall be any reference whatever
to those two declarations and there
are many shades of views as to how
the subject should be covered.
Delegates who are close to Mr.
Bryan want a reaffirmation in terms
but some of them are content to say
that while making the reassertion,
they consider other and newer ques
tions of leading importance, and are
willing on that account to give more
prominence to them. Others take the
position that it would be invidious to
mention the Chicago and Kansas City
utterances and urge that it will be
sufficient to reaffirm the principles
enunciated by all previous Democratic
conventions and then pass to the con
sideration of newer questions. A
third class would have all reference to
previous declarations entirely omitted.
Some express the opinion that the
preparation of the platform will be
left almost entirely to Senator Gorman
and . Ttepresentative Williams. the
Democratic leaders in the two houses
of congress.
It Is generally believed
that the character of the platrorm ,
will have a marked Influence upon the !
presidential nomination, and as only;
a majority vote is requirea tor us
adnntinn. its exact wording will be
awaitod with much interest.
.Inhn B. Walker of New York is
urging the adoption of a financial
plan declaring for a currency so ad
Justed as to meet all business require
ments. Cannon Is for Gorman.
St. Louis, July 2. Different from the
plan in any previous convention, the
standards for the delegations will be
fastened to the floor with screws, so
that no stampede can be started with
banners. Gaspipe will be used in their
construction. "Moving the standards."
said Colonel Martin, "has caused more
trouble than any feature of other con
ventions. It will be because screws
and taps are not strong enough if the
delegates succeed in removing those for
this convention."
To Prevent Stampedes.
St. Louis, July 2. "I do not contend
for a reaffirmation of the Kansas City
platform." said former Senator Can
non, chairman of the Utah delegation,
who eight years ago in this city, walk
ed out of the Republican convention
because of its repudiation of bimetal
lism. Continuing, he added:
"I have not changed my principles
and a failure of the Democratic party
to specifically reindorse any one plank
of any one platform does not indicate
that the party has changed. I only say
that we want a platform broad enough
for all Democrats to stand on and if
we get that I shall be satisfied. Ideal
ist though I am. I do not want any
more rainbow chasing. Of that we
have had enough. We want a candi
date who can lead, and' with such a
candidate and a platform dealing with
the live questions of the day we will
have a chance to put some of our doc
trines into laws, which is more import
ant than a century of abstract theoriz
ing." Mr. Cannon is a supporter of Senator
Gorman, but his delegation is divided
on presidential preferences.
He Favors Williams for the Tem
porary Chairmanship.
St. Louis, July 2. Former Senator
James K. Jones, chairman of the Dem
ocratic national committee, has arrived
in the city and taken apartments at
the Jefferson hotel. He said that no
definite arrangements for the organiza
tion of the convention had been made
and predicted that none would be made
until the meeting of the full national
committee which will take place next
Monday. However, he advocates the
selection of John Sharp Williams,, of
Mississippi, leader of the minority in
the house for the position of tempor
ary chairman, and there is now little
or no doubt that the selection will fail
upon Mr. Williams. t
The permanent chairmanship will
probably go to some northern delegate,
and Thos. E. Barkworth of Michigan
and Patrick A. Collins are mentioned
in that connection. The committee on
arrangement for the convention will
hold a meeting today but it is not ex
pected that it will make any recom
mendation with regard to convention
officers. The national committee will
also take up and dispose of the con
tests on the part of rival delegates. The
most prominent of these is Illinois case
and Delegate Hopkins who holds cre
dentials as delegate at large, has been
in the city all day busily occupied in
presenting his claims.
Make Music as They Go.
Denver, Col., July 2. Colorado dele
gates to the national Democratic con
vention accompanied by many other
(Continued on Page Six.)
Mr. Coleman, You May Hare
Started Trouble.
Your Opinion Would Nullifj
Prohibitorj Amendment.
Resolution Wasn't Published as
You Saj Law Requires.
Biennial Election Law In the
Same Situation.
If the opinion which Attorney General
Coleman gave out Friday concerning
the legality of the propositions to amend
the Constitution which were passed by
the last legislature, is correct, the pro
hibitory amendment was never legally
submitted. It was never published in
any legislative Journal In any form
whatever,, and there is nothing in any
published records anywhere to show
the nature of the proposition.
Mr. Coleman declares that to be legal
a resolution to amend the constitution
must be printed in the legislative Jour
nals, together with the yeas and nays
by which it passed. This is apparent
ly the reading of the constitutional
provisions. Because two of the pro
posed amendments were not published
in either house Journal upon final pas
sage, Mr. Coleman gives it as his for
mal opinion that they cannot be sub
mitted to the people, although they
were published upon the first and sec
ond readings.
The prohibitory amendment was not
only not published upon final passage,
but it was not published in either leg
islative Journals at the time of its in
troduction even. The only thing to dis
close its nature is the title of the reso
lution, and the title says nothing about
prohibition. It was introduced by Sen
ator Hamlin in the legislature of 1879
as Senate Joint Resolution No. 3, and
it3 title was as follows:
"Senate Joint resolution No. S. rtro-
posing an amendment to article 15 of
tne constitution of the state of Kan
sas, relating to the manufacture and
sale of intoxicating liquors, by adding
section 10 to said article."
That is the way it is referred to An
both Journals of the legislature of
1879, and there is nothing else to dis
close its nature. It wfes not publish
ed in the statute book either. The
history of the resolution in both
houses was as follows:
Page 312 of senate Journal, intro
duced by Senator Hamlin.
-Page 357. recommendation of the
Judiciary .committee that it be refer-
red to the committee of the whole and
be printed.
Page 432, motion carried to consider
it engrossed and to read it a third
time. Resolution passed by & vote of
37 to 0. The yeas and nays given.
Page 610, reported back from the
house as passed by that body.
Page 643, reported as enrolled
signed by the officers of both houses,
and sent to the governor for his
Page 751, messaged back by Gov
ernor St. John as approved.
Page 576 of the house Journal, mes
saged over from the senate.
Page 618, read for the first time.
Page 620, referred to the committee
on temperance.
Page 742, recommended for passage
by the committee on temperance.
Page 949, ordered read for the third
Page 998-9, passed the house by a vote
of 88 to 31.
The original resolution is, of course,
on file in the office of the secretary of
state, but so far as has been discover
ed there is no printed copy of it in the
records. If it was legally adopted
there seems to be no reason why the
Francis proposition to amend the con
stitution and the Smith amendment to
the bill of rights cannot also be sub
mitted at the coming election.
The history of the prohibitory amend
ment was brought out by some of the
state house people who wanted to find
out if other constitutional amendments
had been adopted in accordance with
Mr- Coleman's opinion.
An Investigation shows that the biennial
election amendment of two years ago
was not recorded in the legislative jour
nals in accordance with Mr. Coleman's
opinion. It was introduced as senate
concurrent resolution No. 5, and is not
published on first reading, but appears in
the senate journal on second reading. It
was also published on final passage, to
gether with the yeas and nays. Then it
went to the house and was published,
when it was sent to the Judiciary com
mittee, but the committee reported it
back with some amendments. These
amendments are not shown, nor was the
resolution published as finally passed by
the house. It went back to the senate
as amended and the senate journal re
cords that Senator White moved to con
cur in the house amendments, but it does
not show that the motion was ever pass
ed, and there is no record of the amended
resolution in either journal.
Americans Appeal to United
States for Protection.
Against Turks Who Are Slaugh
tering Them bj Thousands.
Washington, July 2. Secretary Hay
today received the following cablegram
from Persia:
"Ispahan, July 2. Turkish barbarians
massacreing thousands. Armenians
massacreing . thousands. Armenians
merit in the name of Christianity and
humanity to save innocent lives.
SIA." Fourth or July Raid.
Reasoner's candy factory at 1133
Kansas avenue, was broken into last
night and several boxes of candy and
some fireworks were stolen. Entrance
was made by breaking out a pane of
glass. The police are looking for a
small boy with a peppermint tinted
breath and some Fourth-of-July explosives.
It May Rain on the Glorious
Today's cloudy weather looks omt
nqus for the Fourth, and the forecast
for Kansas sent out today says "Part
ly cloudy tonight and Sunday, with
probably local thunder .storms." Di
rector Jennings will say nothing about
what may happen Monday.
Today's corn and wheat region bul
Ietin says: "The weather was cloudy
this morning over Kansas and western
Missouri. Showers have occurred in
the southern and eastern counties of
Kansas and the southwestern coun
ties of Missouri, with a heavy rainfall
at Sedan. The day's temperatures
have fallen somewhat, and the night
temperatures risen slightly.
The temperatures- reported for the
past 24 hours were as follows: Con
cordia, 80-64; Dodge City, 84-62; Fort
Scott, 80-62; Macksville, 84-62; Mc-
ffterson, 88-64; Manhattan, 84-62
Osage City, 80-60; Sedan, 90-64; To
peka, 80-61; Toronto, 82-62; 'Wichita,
The rains 'reported for the oast 24
hours were as follows: Dodge City,
.12; i-ort scott, .06; Macksville, .16;
Osage City, .08; Sedan, 1.10; Topeka,
.14; Toronto, .46; Wichita, .58.
The wind at noon was southeast,
blowing 16 miles an hour. The hour
ly temperatures recorded by the gov
ernment today were as follows:
7 o'clock 63 I 11 o'clock 69
8 o'clock... 64 12 o'clock..
9 o'clock 67 I 1 o'clock
10 o'clock 68 I 2 o'clock
Trace of rain. Wind southeast
miles at 2 p. m.
Will Be Taken to U. S. Supreme
Onlj Tribunal Haying Juris
diction Sajs Judge Adams.
St. Louis, Mo., July 2. Judge Elmer
B. Adams, of the United States dis
trict court today granted United States
Senator Joseph R. Burton, of Kansas,
convicted of accepting money from a
company under investigation by the
posiomce department, an appeal to the
supreme court of the United States.
The ground on which the appeal -was
granted is that the defendant is accused
of an infamous offense and the supreme
court is the only tribunal having sole
The defendant urges that the checks
amounting to $2,000 were cashed at
Washington and that if any offense
was committed, it was done at Wash
ington and not at St. Louis.
Senator Burton was fined $2,500 and
sentenced to the Iron. county. Mo., jail
for six months. He,ppeald to the
United States -court ofj appeals, but to
day's action takes tlrie case direct to
the supreme jeourt of the United States.
An appeal bond of $10,000 was imme
diately furnished by Senator Burton.
Mr. Burton was present In court.
Kansas Natural Gas Company Buys
the Independence Property.
Independence, Kan., July 2. The big
deal for the transfer of' the gas Interests
of the Independence Gas Co. has been
closed and all the property, rights and
title passed from the one to the other
when the papers were signed and the
balance of the $550,000 was paid over
last evening.
There has been much speculation as
to whether this deal would ever be
consummated. It was understood that
one of the purposes of Mr. Snyder and
his associates in buying out the Inde
pendence Gas Co. was to form a strong
company to pipe gas to Kansas City
and Other Missouri cities and towns en
Natural Gas Co. was formed by a con
solidation of a number of companies
owning gas properties, and the com
pany applied for a charter to do busi
ness in the state of Kansas, one of its
avowed purposes being to pipe gas out
of the state. A storm of opposition
arose. The Kansas Gas Protective as
sociation sent representatives - to To
peka and succeeded in knocking out the
The Kansas Natural Gas company is
a consolidation of the New York Oil &
Gas company, the Kansas Natural Gas
company of Delaware, (Barnsdall &
O'Neill) and the , Independence Gas
company. R. M. Snyder came to Mont
gomery founty among the very "first.
He drilled the first well at Bolton and
has kept six strings of tools running
ever since. At the present time the
Kansas Natural Gas company has 78
gas wells in Montgomery county hav
ing a registered capacity of 350.000,000
cubic feet per day. In the entire dis
trict the company owns 115 gas wells
with a tested capacity of 546,000.000
cubic feet a day, an average of about
5,000,000 feet to the well.
The company has expended approxi
mately $1,200,000 in eight counties of
General Manager Snyder says it is the
purpose of his company to work for the
interest of Montgomery county. Spec
ial inducements will be offered manu
facturers wishing to locate here, and
every new industry will be encouraged
to come here, "for the reason," says
Mr. Snyder, "that we can furnish gas
cheaper at the base of supply-than we
can at a distance. For the purpose of
lending aid to the securing of new in
dustries we will give gas for manufae
ing purposes for three cents a thou
sand feet. This is probably the cheap
est natural gas has ever been sold."
The officers of the new company are:
President T. N. Barnsdall, Pitts
burg, Pa.
Vice President and General Manager
R. M. Snyder. Sr., Kansas City.
Treasurer Clarence S. James, Pitts
burg. Secretary John S. Scully, Jr., Pitts
burg. Assistant Treasurer and Local Man
ager R. M. Snyder, Jr., Independence.
Liquor Sales Increase.
The total of the liquor sales by drug
gists for June -as reported at Probate
Judge Hayden is 9,927. The total sales
for May were 9,230. The sales reported
for May and June are greater thaft for
any months for years.
Mr. Wliittemore fe St. Louis, i
Superintendent Whittemore, of the
Topeka schools, is attending the Na
tional Educational association meeting
In St. Louis this week. Mrs. Whittemore
accompanied him. .
Russians at Port Arthur Pre
pare for Final Struggle. -
Foreigners Except Those Sus
pected Are Ordered to Leare.
General Kuroki Continues to
Press Kuropatkin Back.
Russians Hare Heard Nothing
of Reported Sea Fight.
Chefoo, July 2.
are, it is asserted.
Port Arthur and
ready to meet it
at their command,
remaining at Port
ception of several
picion, have been
-11:30 A. Jt-Affairs
reaching a crisis at
the Russians are
with all the forces
The few foreigners
Arthur with the ex
who are under sus
ordered to leave. A
? 1
Position of Japanese and Russian Troops Above Port Arthur.
number arrived here today. They in
cluded the managers and clerks of large
firms, who continued in business during
the siege. The Russians sealed the
premises and gave the merchants re
ceipts for. their stock of goods.
The Norwegian steamer Sentis is in
the harbor ready to bring out the wo
men and children. Every Russian sub
ject, it . is reported has been ordered to
take a place In the ranks and Join the
force facing the invaders on the hills
back of the town. Four battleships,
gunboats and torpedo boats make ex
cursions to sea. One torpedo boat, it
is claimed has succeeded in making
three trips to Ylnkow and it is report
ed that on her last trip Admiral Skryd
loff was taken to Port Arthur on her.
Haven't Heard of Sea Fight.
St. Petersburg, July 2. Nothing is
known here of the report that a sea
fight has taken place between the
Vladivostok squadron and the Japanese
squadron, commanded by Vice Admiral
Russian Cruisers Unharmed.
London, July 2. According to a dis
patch to the Central News only three
cruisers of the Vladivostok squadron
appeared in Tsu island channel and the
torpedo boats belonging to the squad
ron aparently had returned to Vladi
vostok. Heavy cannonading was heard ashore
at half past 8 yesterday evening, the
dispatch says, but the nature and result
of the light are not known. The Rus
sian ships however seemed to have
suffered no damage as they were after
ward seen making in a northeasterly
Russians Retiring.
General Kurokl's headquarters in the
field, via Fusan, July 2. The Russian
troops have retreated all along' the line
before the northern advance of the Jap
anese army and the country to the
northwest is almost clear of them.
A cavalry division which has been
active in front of the Japanese right
has retired along the roads and across
the country. It appears as though
General Kuropatkin feared he would
be surrounded. Should he determine
to make a stand at Liao Yang, a de
cisive battle before the rains is prob
able. I
Japanese Advancing.
Liao Yang, July 2. The Japanese are
advancing over an extended front.
The Russian troops are in splendid
spirits and General Kuropatkin is in
personal command. The Russians are
holding Dalin Pass. Fifteen trains are:
arriving here daily.
Major General Mistchenkos cavalry
is fighting constantly.
Firing Heard in Japan Sea.
Nagasaki, ' July 2.-9 a. m. The
Vladivostok squadron of Russian war
ships was reported off Iku island last
night and the sound of firing was heard
at Goto island.
American Leads Japanese.
Liao Yang, July 2. General Kuro
patkin and General Kuroki are moving
their troops like men on a chess board.
The Japanese are now twenty miles
from Liao Yang. Rains are impeding
their movements. Detachments total
ing 1,200 men have been detailed from
General Renankampff's Cossacks to
scout defiles and hills, harassing the
Japanese, allowing no rest day or night.
The Japanese are commanded by an
American; his tall form is frequently
seen with the batteries.
Kuroki army is extremely active
east of the Russian position but Rus
sians are correspondingly vigilant. The
Russian center is rapidly pushingnorth
ward to a point where 'Kuropatkin
established his base after the battle of
Vafangow. As far as the Russians
know, he is pushing onward through all
tne mountain passes, even toward Muk
den. Preparations at all points are now
practically complete. The demonstra
tion made during the last few days
against the Russian left flank threaten
completely to change the position of the
two armies.
Notwithstanding four days' rain the
troops are stf.l moving.
Some Red Cross trains with wounded
passed northward on June 30.
Newspaper correspondents have re
turned to Liao Tang from the south. A
press bureau has been established at
Liao Yang.
Japanese Retire Eastward.
Liao Yang, July 2. The Japanese
guards division which was engaged in
the attack oa Talien Pass, is retiring
eastward and General Count Keller, who
has been reinforced, is following up
the Japanese.
- Report From Kuropatkin.
St. Petersburg, July 2. The following
dispatch from General Kuropatkin,
dated June 30, has been received by
the emperor:
"Not only as General Kurokl's for
ward movement in the direction of Hai
Cheng and Ta Tche Kiao been suspend
ed.but even the Japanese troops march
ing on the road to Chanza, toward Sian
Diao have begun to retire toward
Chanza on the road to Siu Yen. The
village of Madiviz has been occupied
by our troops.
"No Japanese retreat has been ob-
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rwrwj: dl
served on the southern road leading
to Kin Chou across the Chapanlin
pass.- Our cavalry operating in the di
rection of Senuchen has retreated
north under pressure of the enemy.
J'Southward of Hal Cheng the Jap
anese have placed strong infantry ad
vance potts for a distance of 122 miles
along the roads leading from the dif
ferent passes.
"The Japanese advance in the Feng
Wang Cheng region has ceased, while
in the Hua Yen Sian and Sint In dis
tricts the enemy has receded south
ward." Junk Hoisted by Mine.
Chefoo, July 2.-8 p. m. A Junk was
blown up by a contact mine at the en
trance of the Laio river below Che
wang Friday. Twenty Chinese were
killed and 12 wounded. The captains
of the vessels here are in a state of
Russian Newspaper Charges Japanese
With Mutilation of Fallen.
St. Petersburg, July 2. The Jour
nal de St. Petersburg, the semi-official
organ of the foreign office, prints this
morning one of its infrequent edito
rial articles dealing with official denial-
by the Japanese government of
the' reports of the mutilation of Rus
sian wounded. The article says:
"A simple denial is not exculpation.
We do not deny that our wounded are
well treated at Sasebo and other Japa
nese cities, where well organized hos
pitals are operated under the eyes of
Europe, but on the field of battle,
when the Russians are forced to
abandon the wounded, a cruel fate
awaits them, as their agonized cries
can not be heard in Europe
"A photograph has been taken by
Dr. Stankevitch of General Mistchen
ko's division, showing horribly muti
lated Russians, with handa cut off and
tongues cut out and pierced by
thongs. An officer was found in a
pitiable condition but still breathing.
He was restored to consciousness, and
said he had been fired upon deliber
ately by Japanese soldiers. His depo
sition, signed by the Russian authori
ties and several military attaches, wiH
soon be in our possession.
"General Romanoff has made a de
tailed report upon the subject to the
Red Cross, and Prince Jaime de Bour
bon has furnished testimony regard
ing the battle at Vafangow. News has
also come, and has not been denied in
the Japanese accounts, that the Japa
nese use lances and have decided to
give no quarter to cossacks who fall
into their harids.
"In the face of such grave facts we
think an "Indignant denial' will not
suffice to save the Japanese honor.
"We have reason to believe that the
Japanese massacre and mutilate the
wounded, but treat well for the eyes
of Europe those remaining after the
"The proportion of the dead to the
wounded will prove much that it is
hardly possible now to determine; but
sooner or later the truth will come
"During the Turko-Russian war the
Turkish . atrocities were incredible.
When on the march General Skobleft
came upon half naked and horribly
mutilated Russians, he said to the
English correspondents, "Behold, gen
tlemen, an instructive spectacle. Let
the people of your country know
what they are sustaining."
"In this dilemma the Japanese must
prove, but not by affirmation, that the
allegations made agatnst them are
false or bear the Indelible cisgrace.
which would prove 4t to be perfectly
true that a people can not -pass sud
denly from a state of cruel barbarism
to one of civilization by means of
(Continued on Page Six.)
No End to Increase in Kansas
Bank Deposits.
Commissioner's Report Shorn
One Hundred and Fire Million.
Orer Trrelre Million During
Past lear.
Erldently Abore Hundred Mil
lion Mark for Good.
The bank deposits of Kansas hav
gone above the hundred million mark
for good. They are now nearly $105,
000,000, an increase of over a million
dollars since the report made last
March, although it waa expected that
the present report would (how a fall
ing oft.
The report for the condition of Kan
sas banks, both stats and national, at
the close of business on June I. as
made public by Bank Commissioner
Albaugh today, also shows that tha de
posits have increased more than 12 mil
lion dollars within the past year, from
92 million dollars to nearly 105 mil
lions. Last year a report waa called for on
June 9, exactly a year previous to tf
report made public today, so that inter
esting comparisons can be made, and
they show a great gain in the wealth,
and prosperity of Kansas', notwith
standing the fact that many predicted
tnat the state had reached the height
of its prosperity a year ago. Now, on
the verge of another great harvest, the
deposits of the banks are greater than
ever, and the next report will doubtless.
show an increase of several millions.
A year ago there were 496 state and
private banks and 140 national banks '
in the state. At the date of the pres
ent call there were 534 state and pri
vate banks and 156 national banks.
A year ago the total deposits in the
state were $92,557,254.92. At the
present time they are $104,841,566.82.
A year ago, the loans aggregated $72,
201,478.60. At the present time thev
are $79,198,108.78. A year ago the
cash and sight exchange aggregated
Jb, 236,885. 60. It is now $42,562.
7.63.66. The reserve, which in thl
state banks a year ago was 44.5 per
cent .ana in national Dank 36.3 per
cent., is at this time 43 per cent, in
the state banks and 3 8.5 per cent, la
the national banks. During the year
there has been an Increase of over
$1,500,000 in the bank capitalization
of the banks of the state and substan
tial inci eases in surplus and undis
tributed profits. - . ,
In referring to the report, Mr. Al
baugh said:
"The banks of Kansas during the
past year have enjoyed a most sub
stantial and satisfactory growth in
their business. Then they were ap
proaching the hundred million dollar
limit in deposits. They have since
passed this limit, it would seem, for
good, for the coming months are like
ly to see deposits still further in
creased throughout the state.
"Speaking generally, the banks of
the state were never in a better condi
tion than at the present time. Their
real estate holdings outside of that
actually used for bank buildings has
been reduced to the minimum and the
few losses, that were Incurred In the
recent depreciation of prices In cattle,
have been eliminated. The present
year promises to be an unusually sat
isfactory one in banking circles in
The report. In detail, of the condition
of the state and national banks of Kan
sas at the close of business June 9 is as
Loans and Discounts
State $37.92S.M0.51
National 41,269,268.27$ 79,198,1.T!
State 4S5.337.94
National Sn2.62S.7S 9S7,963 73
United States Bonds on Hand
State 140.7W.64
National 166,920.00 307,7 64
U. S. Bonds to secure U. S. Dep. and Cir
culation National 8.481,150.00 8.4R1, 150.00
Premium U. S. Bonds
National 312,737.27 312.737.27
Stocks, Bonds, etc.
State , 1.0R3.740.67
National 2.180,156.25 3.263.S96.91
Banking House, Furniture and Fixtures
National .... 1.213,499.76 2,457,520.07
Other Rpal Estate Owni-d-
State 249.19S.64
National 403,872.51 653.071.1S
Cash Items and Clearing House Items
State 301,658.88
National 744,721.38 1,046,S90.2
Cash and Sight Exchance
Btate 21.469.5S2.3S
National 21,093,181.28 42.562,763.G
Other Resources
State 151,303.99 151,303.03
Due from U. S. Treasurer
National 350,871.97 350,871.97
Capital Stock
State $ 8.80R.450.00
National 10,512,600.00 $ 19,321,060.04
State 2.164,965.14
National 2,004.437.56 4,16B.392.7
Undivided Profits
State 1.859,564.74
National 2,299,216.56 4.158.781 80
Dividends Unpaid
State 9.459.00
National 1.315.94 10,774.94
National Bank Notes Outstanding
National 6.893.07O.0O . 6.898,070.00
Due to Banks and Bankers
State 1.219.W3.1S
National 7.824,884.78
Individual Deposits
State 48.733,618.89
National 45.762.871.47
U. S. Deposits
National 1,300,388.52 104,841,566.83
Rediscounts and Bills Payable
State 143,617.41
National 72,154.46 215,771.87
Other Liabilities
State 115,004.62
National .... 48,065.18 163,069.80
Syndicate Co.'s Third 100-Barrel Well.
Chanute, Kas., July 2. The Syndi
cate Oil and Gas company, a Topeka
company, shot in their No. 11 four
miles east of town today. It Is as
good as No. 10. This makes three
wells on the company's holdings that
are pumping better than a hundred
barrels each per day. They are classed
among the largest producers in the
entire Kansas field. . , ,
Weather Indications. , ,
Chicago, July 2. Forecast for Kan
sas: Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday
with probably local thunder storms.
East to south winds.

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