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pl !' EVERYBODY cP 16 paqes ? ; ! . , EVERYBODY I 16 PAGES ; READS IT. I LAST EDITION. SATURDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, AUGUST 20, 1904. SATURDAY EVENING, THREE CENTS. i i BLACK AND UGLY State School Fund Commission ers Force Questionable Deal. Bonds Purchased by Which State Lost $32,000. KEPT IN THE DARK. Kecords Locked Up and Great est Secrecy ObserTed. L'ridence of a Conspiracy by State Officers. VALUATION IS RAISED. Comanche County Brought to Standard by State Assessors. Coleman Then Kuies That This Is Basis to Be Taten. Auditor Wells Forced to Kegis ter Bonds at Bead of Night. Appearances indicate that a conspir acy has been formed by which the school fund has been looted, and the facts point towards certain state offi cials as among the conspirators. This alleged conspiracy was consum mated last week in the purchase of $123,000 of Comanche county bonds which were purchased at par, but which would have brought only 671-. cents on the dollar on the open market. The deal was put through with the utmost secrecy. Every effort was made to hide it from becoming known out side of the circles of those interested and those who had to be informed of it because of their "official positions. Strong pressure was brought to bear on State Auditor Wells to compel him to register the bonds, and then to keep it a secret and refuse permission to the State Journal to see the records of his office. The very manner in which the deal was carried through indicatesthat the perpetrators of it realized that it could not be Justified. Those who put the deal through were: J. R. Burrow, secretary of state. I. L. Dayhoft", superintendent of pub lic instruction. C. C. Coleman, attorney general. T. T. Kelly, state treasurer. A. A. Godard, ex-attorney general. ilr. Godard's services were utilized as the broker in the deal. It was neces sarj' to have some outside party to car ry it through, and it was done in his name. He was the supposed owner of the bonds, and the records doubtless show that they were purchased from him. It was concerning this deal that the State Journal wished to see the rec ords in the office of State Superintend ent Dayhoft, which Mr. Dayhoft flatly refused Thursday. By the manipulation of this deal the state school fund will be cheated out of J32.620 in interest during the next 16 years, and Mr. Godard will receive, or it will be issued to him at least, JS.000 as a 'commission," besides whatever pro fit there may have been on the bonds themselves. Besides this the state school fund is loaded with $123,000 orth of bonds of doubtful value. How the Deal Was Done. In order to carry the deal through it was necessary for the state board of equalization, of which Kelly and Bur row are two of the members, to raise the assessed valuation of Comanche county from $632,508, the valuation as returned by the county clerk, to $1, 041,771. The law says that the total in debtedness of a county shall not exceed lo per cent of assessed valuation of the county. Prior to the last legislature the limit was 10 per cent, but the las leg islature raised to 15 per cent. The bonded indebtedness of Comanche county is $156,000, so that it was nec essary that the records should show the assessed valuation to be at least $1,040,000. The assessments made by the township assessors dia not make this showing, so the state board of equali zation arbitrarily raised the assessed valuation on the state auditor's books to make up the deficit. This was by far the greatest proportionate raise made In the state. It has always been the rule in the state auditor's office to consider the return made by the county clerks as the basis of valuation on which bonds may be purchased, as the equalization made by the state board has reference only to state taxes, in order to equalize the state taxes among the counties. It was therefore necessary for Attorney General Coleman to make a new rule, that the basis of valuation on which bonds may be bought shall be the valu ation fixed by the Board of Equaliza tion. This he did and the combined in fluence of Coleman. Burrow, Kelly and Godard was brought to bear on State Auditor Wells to compel him to regis ter the bonds under that ruling. All of this, in addition to the actual purchase and registration of the bonds, was done with the utmost secrecy. Tlie Conspiracy Begins. The original bonds with which the conspiracy was begun were held in the east. A year or two ago the owners commissioned the firm of Kelly & Kelly, composed H. B. Kelly and his son, well known Topeka bond brokers, to sell them. Mr. Kelly says they offered them all over the country, and the very best offer they could get on the bonds was 90 cents on the dollar. They were six per cent bonds, running until 1920. They were issued on a compromise to refund some old bonds, the legality of which was disputed by the county and which were in litigation for a long time. Several months ago. according to H. B. Kelly. Mr. Godard went to him arid suggested that he might be valuable In assisting in the sale of any bonds he might have to sell to the state school fund. Some time last spring Mr. Kelly thought he would have Mr. Godard offer these Comanche county bonds to the state, and he accordingly wrote out a description of the bonds, showing how long they will run, what interest they bore, and all about them, and mailed it to Mr. Godard to offer to the state school fund commission, composed of Secretary of State Bur row, Superintendent Dayhoff, and At-( torney General Coleman. Mr. Kelly savs he heard nothing from Mr. God ard about the matter for several days, and at length he called him up by telephone and asked mm aDout it. Mr. Godard replied that he diet not be lieve he could sell the bonds, but to let the matter rest for a while in his hands. Two or three weeks later, Mr. II B. Kelly says. State Treasurer T. T. Kelly telephoned for him to come to the state house and asked him if he had some Comanche county bonds fo sale. Mr. H. B. Kelly replied that he had. Treasurer Kelly said he thought if they were placed in the hands of Mr. Godard the latter couia sen tnem to the school fund commission. Treas urer Kelly added that Mr. Godard was looking for the owner of the bonds and had been to tne state treasury for help in locating them. This made H. B. Kelly suspicious that there was a scheme on to freeze him out of the sale of the bonds, and he concluded to try to sell the bonds himself. He asserts that he sent written offers to each of the three members of the school fund commis sion, offering the bonds to the state so as to net the state 6 per cent, interest until they fall due in 1920. He says the same offer was also made to At torney General Coleman in person There is therefore no doubt that each member of the commission knew those bonds could be purchased to bring the state school fund 6 per cent, interest, wmcn, if they had been good bonds and could have been pur chased within the law, would have been an exceedingly profitable invest ment ror tne state. But there was no rakeoff in that kind of a deal, and Mr. H. B. Kelly says he heard nothing from his offer. Securing the RakeofT. But the owners of the bonds were lo cated without any aid from H. R. Kelly. tne State Journal does not know how this was done. It could be accomplished through the state's fiscal agency in New York by the officials who have dealings with the fiscal agen cy. Having once located the bonds and made sure that he could get them. Mr, Godard went to Comanche county and offered to refund the bbnds at a lower rate of interest. After some dickering with the county commissioners, he ar ranged to refund the bonds at 4 per cent interest, for which the county agreed to pay him a commission of $S,- 000. That $8,000 would represent the profit in the deal provided Mr. Godard had paid par for the bonds, as he also sold them at par. The State Journal does not know how much Mr. Godard paid for the 6 per cent bonds, but it is known that they were a drug on the market at far below par. The State Loses $32,520. It is very apparent that the state school fund commission went into a deal to reduce the interest on these 6nds from 6 per cent to 4H per cent for the purpose of enabling Mr. Godard ostensibly to make $8,000. It cost the state school fund $32,520 in interest. In other words, the school fund com mission deprived the state school fund of that amount in order to give Mr. Godard JS.0P0. If the bonds re gilt- edged and there had been nothing crooked or irregular In their actual pur chase, this in itself would hve been a crime against the school children .Of the state. The commission might have pur chased the six per cent bonds from H. B. Kelly, which would have netted ln3 state six per cent on $123,000 for sixteen years. This would have amounted to $120.0SO inter estjn that time. But they actually did buy them from A. A. God ard, after he had refunded them at 4 per ce-it. This will give the state $Si,560 interest in the sixteen years, or a loss of $32,520. The new bonds are issued for thirty years, so that the state's money will be tied up for four teen years longer than the sixteen years, at 4' per cent. In sixteen years from now money may be worth only 4 per cent and it may be worth more. It is not likely to be worth less. How the Deal Progressed. The new bonds were issued under date of July 1, 1904. About the time they were Issued the State Journal first got information that the deal was on A State Jouri.al representative went, to I. H. Cole, who was bond clerk at that time, and requested that if any Co manche county bonds came in for reg istration, or were presented for regis tration in the school fund, the infor mation be given to the State Journal. Mr. Cole said no such bonds had been registered there and he had never heard of them. He said if such bonds came in he would inform the State Journal reporter. Later another inquiry was made, and Mr. Cole then stated that some of th other state officials had been makin considerable trouble because of infor mation that had got out through the records or the auditors office, ana as he was only a clerk and not in authori ty he asked to be relieved of his agree ment to give any information should any Comanche coun ty bonds come into the audi tor's office. The State Journal representative then went to Assistant Auditor Nation as Auditor Wells himself was out of town. To Mr. Nation was explained the proposed deal. He said that no such deal would get by him if the bonds were checked up to him for registration. He said he wou!d not egister them except on a written opinion rrom Attorney General Cole man that the bonds could be pur chased on the valuation fixed 9y the state board of equalization. Later Mr. Nation asserted that the bonds would never be checked up to the auditor's office." Mr. Nation said this very confidently. It is supposed that he had been "sounded" on the propfcsltlon of registering the bonds and had given the conspirators to understand that it would do no good to present them. "Laid Down" on Wells. But Mr. Nation went off on a vaca tion" about two weeks ago and Auditor Wells himself was in Topeka. This was the chance those interested in the bond deal were waiting for. A large amount of money was tied up in the bonds and they evidently had to get it out. It is believed that Auditor Wells asked them to wait at least till after election before carrying through the deal, but a hun dred thousand dollars or thereabouts is a big amount of money to have tied up in bonds, and it was necessary to get it out. Ever since the State Journal exposed Secretary of State Burrow's Smifh Cen ter bond deal, and later the attempted Dodge City deal, and still later the facts concernir State Treasurer Kel ly's arrangements .with a number of county treasurers whereby they should keep their state taxes in their local banks instead of sending them to the state treasury when due, although the law says it is a felony on the part of the county treasurers to do thrs ever since these various transactions have been exposed by the State Journal, Treasurer Kelly. Secretary of State Burrow and others have been making a great fuss about Auditor Wells' aJ- (Continued on Page Six.) TOLD TOLEAVE. Russian Warships Must Quit Harbor of Shanghai. Peremptory Orders from Kepre sentatire of China. A HINT FROM JAPAN. Was Sufficient to Cause the Be cisire Action. Japanese Reported Repulsed in Port Arthur Assault. Shanghai, Aug. 20. The Russian torpedo boat destroyer Grozovoi has been ordered to stop repairing and either to leave this harbor at once or to disarm. The Russian cruiser Askold must leave here Monday at noon These orders were issued by the taotai of Shanghai. It Is believed in offi cial circles that both warships will disarm. The taotai notified the Russian con sul general here that if his orders for the two vessels to leave port or dis arm were not at once obeyed the Chinese government would effect the disarmament of the ships and that their crews would be held in custody until the termination of the war. Permission to repair the boilers of the Askold was refused. The taotai contends that the Askold came into port with two engines and two sets of boilers in operation and that she must leave port in the same condition. The change in the date set for the depart ure of the Russian ships, it being pre viously announced that the Askold would be permitted to remain at Shanghai until next Tuesday, is due to an intimation from Japan that China was siding with Russia and that China's responsibility in the matter was serious. China disclaimed re sponsibility if Russia failed to ob serve her neutrality. The consul general here declares that the Grozovoi and Askold are sea worthy and that they have been gain ing time to repair to their full fight ing capacity. Japanese Repulse Reported. Chefoo, Aug. 20. 7:30 p. m. There Is a rumor current here the source of which can not be learned, that the Japanese have been repulsed at Port Arthur. Major Hoffman Lands. Tsingtau, Aug. 20. 4 p. m. -The Japanese protected cruiser Yaeyama has Just anchored here and landed Major Hoffman, the German military attache, who was at Port Arthur. The major left the fortress in a junk at the German emperor's orders. The Japanese cruiser picked him up 30 miles out and, it is reported, confis cated his papers. Major Hoffman's personal baggage was left on the junk. A Crumb of Comfort. St. Petersburg, Aug. 20. 12:50 p. m. The report from Chefoo that the Russians have driven the Japanese out of the position at Palichwang (Pa- lung-Chang?) whence they had been bombarding the forts of Port Arthur, was received with considerable grati fication at the war office, where it was regarded as evidence that the defend ers are strong enough to take the of fensive when the occasion demands. For this reasdn the war office is not nclined to credit the reports that the Japanese have captured forts "No. 3" and "No. 4," just beyond Nagoushn hill, five miles northeast of Port Ar thur. It is admitted that the posses sion of these forts would render the situation of the besiegers desperate. The war office has not official infor mation from the fortress eolnsr be yond August 8, 9 and 10, which prob ably was sent through the captured Kussian torpedo boat destroyer Rve- shitelni, although this is not admitted. This report tells of the desperate character of the Japanese attacks, which continued practically without ntermission torty hours. General Stoessel's reports of the assaults of August 14 and 15 are expected at any hour. Grand Assault in Progress. Chefoo.Aug. 20. 4 P. M. M. H. Huin. the Japanese consul eeneral at Tien i Tsin, who arrived here today on the British steamer Pe Chi Li and who had a conversation lasting 40 minutes with the commander of a Japanese tor pedo boat destroyer, which overhauled the steamer oft Liaoti promontory last night, says that today's battle, which began at daylight, is directed against the fortress Itself. It is taking place along the entire line, and it is Japan's supreme effort to which the recent bat tles were but preliminary contests. He added: "I firmly believe that you can safely say that Port Arthur will soon be In our hands. One after the other of the outer defenses have been taken by the Japanese and when the latter had completed their preparations for the grand assault General Stoessel was asked to surrender. He refused. Now comes the final test." Novik and Diana Safe. Mukden, Aug. 20. Confirmation has been received here of the report that the Russian cruiser Novik has entered the harbor of Korsakovsk, island of Sakhalin and it is announced that the Russian cruiser Diana, recently sight ed off Hong Kong has arrived at Sai gen, caiptal of French Indo China. Have Bnilt Two Forts. Chefoo, Aug. 20. 7:35 P. M. Chinese who left Liao Tie Shan promontory at o'clock yesterday afternoon have ar rived here and say the Japanese have built two forts at Shushiyen. They confirm previous reports that the Rus sian warships now at Port Arthur are in comparatively good condition. They heard nothing of the sinking of a Rus sian gun boat off Liaoti Shan promon tory last Thursday night. Czar Congratulates Stoessel. St. Petersburg. Aug. 20. The em peror has telegraphed Lieutenant Gen eral Stoessel in command of the mili tary forces at Port Arthur as follows: I direct you to congratulate in my name and on behalf of the whole of Russia the troops, sailors and inhabi tants of Port Arthur on the successes gained in the fighting of July 26, 27 nd 2 8. I am fully convinced of their absolute readiness to uphold the glory of our arms by their unbounded bravery- I warmly thank all. "May the Most High God bless their heroic deed which entailed so heavy saennces and may He protect the fortress of Port Arthur from the at tacks of the enemy. "NICHOLAS." ONE MORE IN THE LIST Now 119 Kansas Cities With Over 1,000 Population. Kansas has 119 cities and towns with 1,000 inhabitants or more, according to a compilation of the assessors' and county clerks' official returns for 1904, just completed by the state board of agriculture, as against 118 belonging to such list last year. Ninety-six munici palities have gained 33,965, Coffeyville reporting the largest increase, 5,231, fol lowed by Independence with 4,541, Cha nute 2,944 and Iola 1,529 in the order named: 21 others lost 5,880, and two re main the same as' last year. Empire, Medicine Lodge and Yale have fallen below the 1,000 mark. Strong City, with an increase of 430, has entered the list, as have Stockton, with a gain of 168, St. John with 33 more and Hanover with 71 increase. Iola. Chanute, Cof feyville and Independence each now have 10,000 or over, and with these ad ditions there are now 14 cities in the 10,000 class, with a population aggre gating 275,350, or 17.9 per cent of the state s total. The list tnis year shows many changes, every city or town shifting its rank with the exceptions of Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita, Leavenworth, Manhattan. El Dorado, Minneapolis, Florence, Kinsley, Pleasanton and La Cygne. All of these, save Leavenworth with a loss of 200 and El Dorado which is tne same, report increases. The cities having 1,000 or more in habitants are credited with 73.4 per cent of the increase for the state and 35 per cent of the state's total popula tion. The relative rank of the five cities leading in population in 1903 remains the same, and Fort Scott and Pittsburg last year respectively 6th and 7th, have changed places. Lawrence, 8th last year, is now 9th;Hutchinson drops from 9th to 11th: Parsons from 10th to 13th Iola from 11th to 12th: Emporia from 12th to 15th: Ottawa from 13th to 17th Salina from 14th to 18th; Winfield from 15th to 16th. All of these, however, ex cept Lawrence, show increases over tneir 1903 population. Chanute rises from 16th to 14th; Coffeyville from 17 ch to 8th, and Independence from 19th to loth. Some of the other changes are: cnerryvale is now 24th instead of 29th Rosedale 28th instead of 84th: Neo- desna 35th instead of 44th; Humboldt 46th. instead of 63rd; Frontenac 55th in stead of 64th; Gas City goes upward from 78th to 68th; Caney 87th to 62nd and La Harpe 88th to 47th. Holton descends from 28th to 33rd; Herington 45th to 51st and Ellis 94th to 105th. Strong City, one of the additions to the list this year, ranks 9th. BIG PICNIC IS OFF. Batchers and -Grocers- Won't Go on , Their Outing." i The Grocers and Butchers' picnic, which was to have been held at Eu reka Lake on August 24, has been called off, owing to the fact that the Union Pacific railroad on Thursday announced that it would be unable to furnish more than ten or twelve coaches on that date, while at least thirty would have been needed.. the Grocers association held a meeting last night and decided on a postponement of the picnic, until some date close to September 1. Definite arrangements will be made with the railroad to have cars ready at that time. A special fare of $1 for the round trip will be charged. It was also decided to refund the money to all persons who have already bought tickets to make the trip. Sec retary Hutchinson has charge of that. THREAT OF DEATH. Is Made Against United States District Attorney Marks. Washington, Aug. 20. An anony mous letter was received today by As sistant United States District Attorney Joel M. Marks, threatening the fed eral officer and those connected with him with death if the prosecution and arrest of Italians for alleged naturali zation frauds did not cease. Mr. Marks has since his appointment as assistant United States district attorney last January, caused the arrest of many Italians on charges of naturalization frauds. FIVE GIRLS GONE. Left Home Together and Have Failed to Return. Ebensburg, Pa., Aug. 20. Five girls, two daughters of Frank Cassady of Al toona, two daughters, of Robert Cassidy, of Ebensburg, and Miss Rumford myster iously disappeared from here yesterday afternoon and have not yet returned home. They left the Cassidy home to go to the cemetery to plant flowers. AVhen they failed to return home last night searching parties were organized and kept up the search all night without success. It is feared they have met with foul play or have been lost in the mountains. "CIDER" SMITH'S FORECAST. Says It Will Be Fair Until End of Next Week. "Cider" Smith today issued the fol lowing forecast: "The amount of rain at the 19th period was not as much as I expected, but west of us they had more and it was needed more. From now until the 25th we will have fair weather. I know the indications point the other way, but that cuts no figure. I give the record: After the 25th unsettled, showery weather until the 28th and 29th at storm period; then fair weather until 4th or 5th of September. An other stom period with a sudden drop in temperature from 5h to 7th. If the rainfall on the 28th and 29th of August should be light it w-ill be that way until after the autumnal equinox, and vice versa. If it is heavy at that time it will keep on that way." Fire on West Fifth. At 7 o'clock this morning the fire de partment was called to 105 West Fifth street to put out a small fire caused by a gasoline stove in the tailor shop of Mpx Hanson. The damage amounted to io, and consisted of ruined clothing. ATE BAD MEAT. Soldiers at Camp Bailey Made Sick by Spoiled Food. Tainted Beef Serred to Many of the Men. SENT TO HOSPITAL, 20. Others Who Were III Took Places in Ranks. Grand Keriaw at Camp With tforernor in Saddle. Prankish Soldiers Make Trouble at Vinewood. Spoiled meat caused serious sickness in Camp Bailey Friday. Over twenty cases of illness were reported to the brigade hospital during the day and treated, in addition to a large num ber of other reports of illness of a more minor nature. Previous to Fri day the health of the camp was all that could be desired and the hospital corps was enjoying a comparative im munity from labor other than the usu al routine duties of taking care of the hospital itself. Friday, however, this was changed and the whole corps were kept mov ing giving prescriptions and issuing medicines. The Second regiment and Battery A appeared to be the principal suf ferers. Officers and men alike had partaken of the infected meat and were feeling the ill effects. It was all that some of the soldiers could do to pull on their dress uniforms to say nothing of tramping about in the sun for the grand review by Governor Baiiey which took place in the after noon. The men kept a stiff upper lip, however, and manfully refused to give up tneir places in the ranks. The meat which caused the illness was served for supper Thursday even ing and that more in the camp did not suffer from it is due to the fact that a number of the mess cooks re fused to serve it. Others, however, not noticing that the meat was not wholesome or thinking that it could be servea -without endangering health. accepted it. Major Dillenbeck, of the nospital corps,on a report of the con cations, made an inspection of tha meat in cams ana condemned a laree portion of it- Friday morning he went down to the refrigerator car standing on tne sidetrack and made an insnec- uon or tne meat on hand in the car. The inspection proved that all of the meat in the car was perfect in condi tion and no further trouble was ex perienced at either the noon or even ing mess. The infected meat Major Dillenbeck says hung near the door of the re frigerator car and was exposed to the heat from the sun. The change of temperature from freeziner noint to a point fifty degrees above caused tne meat to spoil. It was doled out, nevertheless, however. ,The meat as contracted for by the government was to be the very best obtainable, all of tne poorer portions were to be relented ana notning Dut tne best to be pro vided. The officers and men were Dleased with the character of the meat served and no trouble existed until Thursday evening. A number of members of the Nation al guards on mischief bent took pos session of the "figure 8 toboggan slide" at Vinewood park last night and rode ror nothing until their appetite for a dizzy swirl on the toboggan had been sated to fullness. The guardsmen claimed that the park management was asking too high a price for a ride on the toboggan and in addition that those in charge had several things to learn con cerning the proper running of the slide. The soldiers arranged everything sys- ematically when they took possession. One of their number was detailed . to see that no one of the management turned off the power to the toboggan, another manipulated the brake while the others clambered into the small cars and took rides. Perceiving that they were being bested the park auth orities phoned the situation to Camp Bailey, asking for aid. A detail of soldiers were sent down to quiet the merry makers but on their arrival found everything quiet ami mis chief making militiamen engaged in feeding the monkeys with popcorn. Sentinels were stationed about the park for the remainder of the night. The general opinion among the offi cers and men alike of the K. N. G., Is tnat the army maneuvers in which the National guards and the regular army jointly engage are of the most import ant value to the guardsmen. The dis cipline of the regular troops has a most beneficial effect upon the bearing of the National guards when the latter are associated with them.The regular army officers back up this opinion. Major Ce cil and General H. B. Freeman of the U. S. A., who are acting in an advisory aDacity at Camp Bailey believe that the loin maneuvers are best. A num ber of the private soldiers, however, are not as enthusiastic over this meth od, the long ."hikes" tire them out and they prefer to engage in tactics on a more limited scale. The officers and men of the K. N. G. made a good showing at the grand review Friday afternoon. All of the troops. 1,200 in number, were turned out, and even the quartermaster's mules and wagons were brought up in the procession. The serviceable "kahki" was put away, and the dress uniforms taken out of their resting places and buttoned on. The staff offi cers. General Hughes' and the gov ernor's aides were all resplendent in gold. The troops were drawn up along the center of the parade grounds, and the governor and his staff, together with General Hughes and his staff, passed before the as sembled 1.200 troops. After the lines had been inspected the governor and staff took their station in front of the governor's headquarters and the troons were marched past, returning thence to their camps, where soon afterwards the camp was inspected in detail by Governor Bailey and staff. The companies were drawn up in front of the tents at "attention," with each officer before the tent oc cupied by himself. Even Mrs. - Bailey had the temerity to walk the length of Camp Bailey and see what a good housekeeper the soldier in camp could be. It Is safe she could render a Drofessional ODinion upon it. Some of the visitors for the review yesterday were E. W. Hocn, National Committeeman Dave jnuivane, tjnair- man Stubbs of the Republican state central committee, Dr. and Mrs. Bia dle, U. S. Marshal Mackey and former Adjutant General Fox. The two batteries, of artillery are receiving a great deal of value in the way of instruction from Captain Gatchell, of the artillery corps at Fort Riley, who is stationed here dur ing the encampment. Captain Gat chell holds a short session of instruc tion at 2 in the afternoon for the offi cers of the two batteries. The officers of the K. N. G. artillery come pre pared with questions on puzzling por tions of tactics as it applies lo the artillery branch of the service, and Captain Gatchell endeavors to solve them satisfactorily. SAVED MANY LIVES. Captain of Transfer Boat Shows Re markable Presence of Mind. New York, Aug. 20. A hundred passengers on the ferry boat South Side, plying in the East river between Tenth street and Green Point have been saved from possible death by quick action on the part of the cap tain of a New Haven railway transfer boat. The ferry boat was 50 yards out In the stream, making for the slip at the foot of Tenth street when she was rammed by the big float carrying 15 freieht cars. The float's prow pene trated nearly to the center of the ferry boat on the side of the ladies caDin. The passengers fled, the women in the cabin having been cut and bruised bv flying glass and splinters. The captain of the transfer boat realized that if he backed off the ferry boat would float helplessly away and sink Whistling for help he ordered on all pressure, pushed the helpless ferry boat toward the docks and succeeded in shoving it against one near the slip where the passengers quickly scram bled through the windows and over piles of freight to the street. A few minutes later the South Side settled to the bottom. Darkness and storm together with a misunderstanding of signals probably caused the accident. WHEAT AT $1.23. Another High Mark Recorded Minneapolis. at Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 20. The wheat market was greatly excited today over the reports of hail and rain in. the north west. Prices soared upward, September touching $1.23 shortly after the opening. December followed to J1.17 and May to 1.18. $1.16 In New York. New York, Aug. 20. In today's wheat market new high records were again es tablished, September selling at $1.16, against $1.13 last night. ARE STRIKERS RESPONSIBLE? Santa Fe Engine Is Tampered With at Arkansas City. Emporia, Kan., Aug. 20. When Santa Fe Engineer Morris Jones and Fireman Kowalski, of Emporia, started on the return trip yesterday, they found that the engine which was set out for them to make the run with, had evidently been tampered with and some large hexagon bolts had been inserted in the guides of the engine so as to interfere with its working. The engine had been run only a short way when it was no ticed that something interfered with the machinery. Had this not been ob served before the engine started out, it might have resulted in a serious ac cident. As it was, the side of the en gine was considerably torn up and had to be taken back to the shops, but neither the engineer nor fireman was hurt. The location of the bolts in the en gine looks as though they had been placed there by some one that hal a grudge against the company. A'eiml lar discovery was made on an engine at Newton last week, and the engine was badly . damaged, wny any one should hope Jo get even with tne com pany by putting the engine in a condi tion that is liable to cost the lives of the enginemen, is hard to understand. It means little damage to the company. At Arkansas City six guards are kept on duty about the roundhouse to pre vent tampering with railroad property. The engine on which Engineer Jones and Fireman Kowalski started had been in the shops for several weeks. and it is possible that the bolts might have found their way into the mechan ism of the engine accidentally, but the critical position of the bolts gave the impression that the engine had been tampered with, with malicious inten tions. KELLY OUTCLASSED. Frisco Pugilist Defeated by Barns In Fourth Round. Tacoma, Wash., Aug. 20. Tommy Burns of Chicago, has defeated Cyclone Kelly of San Francisco, here in the fourth round of what was to have been a '20 round fight, with a right to the heart. Kelly had to be assisted to his dressing- room while Burns was un- pcratched. Kelly was entirely outclass ed and was knocked down and badly punished in the first round. He receiv ed a right on the jaw in the second that started him going. He rallied In the third but was unable to land ef fectively on the Chicago man. In try lne to keep away from another on the jaw in the fourth he raised his guard and Burns landed a hard punch under the heart that ended the ngnt. WILSON WINS. Deadlock in the St. Joseph District Has Been Broken. St. Joseph, Mo., Aug. 20. Francis Wilson of Piatt City was nominated for congressman by the Democratic con vention of the Fourth district on the 1,031st ballot. The convention had been in a deadlock since July 26. New French Commissioner Arrives. New York, Aug. 20. M. Gerald, the new commissioner general for France to the St. Louis exposition, arrived here today on La Lorraine. He will proceed immediately to St. Louis. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER. Only Terms Which Striken Will Now Consider. Donnelly lias a Trump Card Which Re Will Flay. MAYOR TAKES A II AND. Packers Ordered House Strike Breakers Outside of Yards. - A fleeting at Swifts to Discuss the Situation. Chicago, Aug. 20. "I see no peace in sight except on condition that the packers surrender and on uncondi tional terms. When the people sea the report of last night's meeting of the Chicago Federation of Labor they will be astounded. We have a trump card to play and it has been drawn from the deck." So said President Donnelly of the striking cattle butch ers today while he was directing hia assistants to go to St. Louis to meet International Vice President Casse Schmidt whom Donnelly will send to Kansas City to look after the labor situation there. He declared the ac tion of Mayor Harrison In ousting the strike breakers from the housing rooms in the packing slants meant quicker success to the strikers. Not since the strike began has Pres ident Donnelly seemed so hopeful. Ha criticised the action of the teamsters in sending a committee Into the yards to make an investigation. "I don't see what the teamsters ex pected to do," he said. "If they don't . like this strike let tnem go dock io work." On the subject of action by the Fed eration of Labor Donnelly was silent. He simply declared the report would prove a sensation. "A national election is coming on. said President Donnelly. "The labor vote is too powerful to be ignored. As soon as I have seen Schmidt in .Kan sas City, I shall go to Indianapolis. While I am away I expect to man several speeches." 'The mayor's action In declaring tne Dackers shall no longer house their strike breakers is the hardest blow our foe has yst received, said President Donnelly. "The packers will have no. trouble gattins the breakers out of the plants and out of the yards. We will help them do that if they need any help and will see that the outgoing crowds are not hurt. - But as sure as the sun rises the strike breakers will not be able to get back to their places of work." Packers affected by Corporation Counsel Tolman's opinion holding that thousands of employes lodged at the stock yards must find accommodations elsewhere caused a meeting today at Swift & Co.'s office to determine what action to take. It was hinted before the meeting that attempts to abolish the living quarters in the packing plants would be contested, recourse being had to the courts if necessary. The nackers declared informally be fore canvassing the situation that they would contend Major Tolman is mis taken in the premises and that the temporary placing of beds in the nlsnta does not Change the character of the buildings any more than the kill ing of a chicken in a private noira would cause evolution of a residence to a slaughter iiouse. FOR OYSTER BAY. The President Left Washington at 10 O'clock This Morning. Tirhintnn A110-. 20. President Roosevelt left Washington at 10 a. m. today for Oyster Bay. The president's party was earned on a special train of two cars as the second section of the reirular 10 o'clock train on tha Pennsylvania. Oyster Bay will ba reached at 5:30 p. m. MOVEMENT IN BREEZES. That Describes Condition of the Weather Today. The condition of the real estata mcii-ketn re referred to bv "the move ments in real estate" and why should not the breezes be referred to in tha same way? There was little "move ment in breezes tnis morning at. in. government weather bureau for the wind recording machine gave notice that it took the breezes one hour and a half to travel one mile. Palm leaf fans will do better than that. The weather began this morning With the humidity high but the tem perature not up particularly. Similar weather prevails over the state for most stations report cloudy weather and at Manhattan a fog. The maximum and minimum tem peratures for the 24 hours Hiding this morning at 7 o'clock were 8s follows: Baker, 84, 62; Concordia, 84, 82; Dodge City, 86, 62; Ft. Scott, 8 8, 76; Macksville, 84, 62; McPherson, 84, 62; Manhattan, 88, 60; Osage City, 86. 64; Russell. 84, 62; Sedan, 88, 68; To peka, 85, 67; Toronto, 88, 62; Wich ita, 88, 68. Today's corn and wheat reglou bul letin says: "Clear weather prevailed, over Kansas and western Missouri this morning. Showers have occurred in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The day temperatures have risen and the night temperatures have fallen." Today's forecast is "partly cloudy and unsettled with local showers to night and Sunday." The wind at noon, was south blowing barely six miles an hour. The rain last night amounted to seven hundredths of an inch. The hourly temperatures recorded by tha government thermometer today wera as follows: 7 o'clock 69111 o'clock 84' 8 o'clock 72l2 o'clock 85 9 o'clock 78 1 o'clock 87 10 o'clock 80 j 2 o'clock 8S Wind south, 6 miles. Weather Indications. Chicago, Aug. 20. Forecast for Kansas: Partly cloudy and unsettled with local showers tonight and Sun day; variable winds.