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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL. SUNDAY MORNING.
RAILROADJIEWS. Compromises Being Proposed on Rate Regulation Legislation. Railway Presidents Feel That Some Measure Will Pass. SO THEY HAVE A FLAN. It Appears to Coincide With Suggestions of Boosevelt. Gossip and Matters of Interest in Uailroad Circles. Washington, Nov. 18. With the convening of congress but a few short weeks away it becomes more and more evident that the railway men are be ing convinced that rate regulation of some sort will be enacted and they are preparing to compromise with the leaders who are inclined to support the propositions advanced by the presi dent. Many of the presidents of the great railroads, and Included in this number are those who are considered among the wise men of the country, have been forced to take notice of the fact that the president has behind him the Support of practically the whole peo ple. Public sentiment in favor of rail way rate regulation has become stronger instead of weaker during the congressional recess, and this despfte the fact that the railroads have been spreading broadcast throughout the country all sorts of literature in an effort to show that rate regulation would in the end be inimical to the Interests of the people. Men like President Mellen of the Kew York. New Haven & Hartford, President Cassatt of the Pennsylvania and President Baer of the Reading have come to the conclusion that it will be impossible to prevent the passage of a law providing for the regulation of railroad rates by a gov ernment commission, as urged by President Roosevelt. These railroad magnates, and others, have according ly begun to frame a compromise bill, Which, after all, is largely along the line taken by the president, but which aims most particularly to strengthen and dignify the commission. This railroad proposition is that a railroad rate commission shall be created, composed of about nine mem bers, who shall each be given a salary of $1,000 a month, and who shall be professional railroad experts or law yers. In this way. it is hoped to im prove the personnel of the commission to such an extent that its decisions can be followed safely by the railroads themselves. In addition to this the measure which is being drafted by the railway men embodies a proposition that any decision of the commission shall be subject to a writ of injunction by any competent court of federal jurisdic tion. This is merely putting into words what would be the case anyway, because under the original rate bill passed last winter the interstate com merce commission could be enjoined from enforcing the rate. The right of Injunction is not being impaired in any way under the legislation proposed by the president. This so-called compromise by the railroads so far as it has been outlined Is practically a" surrender. It gives color to the report, which has been current for some months, that the railroads were so much in fear of prosecution under the anti-trust laws, for their combinations between com peting lines, that they were willing to accept a rate regulation law to escape something worse. Another reason for this manifest change of front on the part of the big railway men is the fear of radical public sentiment in the direction of government ownership of railroads. It is feared that if the railroads suc cessfully combatted rate regulation, and It Is presumed that they could if they put the screws on. there might grow up a demand for government ownership which some subsequent and more radical administration might be disposed to grant. As a usual thing the so-called com promise offered by railroads and other corporations, .when legislation is pro posed that affects their interests in any way, are rather jug handled and likely to contain jokers that make them worthless, and any measure of that kind that comes from a railroad aource will be crutinized with the greatest care by those men in con gress, and particularly in the house who are honestly In favor of federai regulation of railroad rates. FIFTY YEARS IN SERVICE. Santa Fo Man. Once a Superintendent, Taken 111 Tending Gate. Redlnnrls. CVii J 10 . .... fifty years' service on' the Atchison, To S!lLa fnd.Santa during which time he "5? I? .be superintendent of the Colo rado division Thomas Saunders, who has passed his declining years In the hum ble capacity of gate tender and cross ing watchman at the Orange street crossing hi Redlands. has been taken to the hospital in Los Angeles to be treated for rheumatism asthma and paralysis. It is thought that the veteran's career In the service of the Santa Fe Is ended The case of Mr. Saunders is a sad 0n.?L ln e,rljr lIfe he became connected with the Santa Fe railroad and his very Uif J?as. be.en i,ven to With a hum ble beginning lie worked hard and was promoted gradually from conductor through the maintenance of way depart ment and trainmaster's office to division superintendent of the Colorado division He worked incessantly and was a great factor in the early development of the Santa Fe lines in Texas. New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. ' .In,.awt- he worked too much and his health began to fail, necessitating his re moval to San Diego, Cal., wher? he be came Santa Fe yard master. He re mained there a few years before com ing to Redlands as gate tender, it be ing impossible for him to do yard mas ter work because of his rheumatism. ROCK ISLAND FIREMEN. Have Grievances to Present in Chicago Similar to Santa Fe Men. Dan E. Cain, general manager of the Chicago, Rock Island Sk Pacific railway left last night for Chicago, so as to be there Monday when he and the other operating officials of the road will hold a conference with the grievance com mittee of the firemen who are employed on the Rock Island system. These con ferences are of yearly occurrence and , are similar to the one which has just been concluded here between the offi ciate of the Santa Fe and the firemen employed on "that line. It is understood that the Rock Island firemen have demands similar to those presented by the Santa Fe men, and which were not allowed by General Manager Hurley. These include a demand to be relieved from cleaning engines and from placing supplies, such as oil and waste, etc., on me engines, and it is not thought that the Rock Island officials wUl look with any more favor on them than did the Santa Fe people. NEW CATTLE CARS ORDERED. Rock Island Preparing to Meet Future Live Stock Situation. Before another season for the ship ment of live stock rolls around a year hence the officials of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railway expect to be in a position to handle promptly all the business offered them in this line, and the conditions of this year that have resulted in delays in handling stock be cause of the shortage of equipment will not prevail. Announcement to this effect was made yesterday by Frank T. Dolan, general superintendent of the south west district of the road. Mr. Dolan said that the company had placed a large order for cars for the live stock traffic and that these would be deliver ed early next summer. These cars are of a new variety and can be used for hauling other kinds of traffic. Most of the stock cars now in use on all the railroads can be used only for live stock purposes. They are needed for this traffic only about two and one half months in the year and for the rest of the time are necessarily idle. Under these conditions railroads, gen erally, have not been in the habit of keeping on hand more than just the number of these cars that was thought to be sufficient for the business. But whenever there is a good cattle season, all of the live stock men want to ship to the markets at the same time and the result is that the railroads have only about half as many cars as they need, and they are the recipients of all kinds of complaint and abuse from stockmen because of the delays in fur nishing cars. This is a condition of affairs that has prevailed this year and is on with all its disagreeable features at this time. Every road tapping the cattle country is woefully short of stock cars, and men having sheep and cattle ready for ship ment are suffering accordingly. But the Rock Island is preparing to do away with this condition of affairs next year. A new kind of a freight car has been invented. It looks a good deal like the present stock car but the flooring is so arranged that it can be swung down to the sides. Under this arrangement the car may not only be used for cattle but also to carry coal and ballast. It is this kind of a car that the Rock Island officials have put in a big order for, and instead of being able to use the only three months in the year as is now possible with stock cars, it will be able to use them all the year around for the other purpose in dicated, and the road, for this reason, is not going to hesitate to order enough of them to properly care for the live stock traffic in the future. TWO BIG ROADS UP TO MARK. Santa Fe and Rock Island Not Worried by Air Brake Order. Two of the large western railroads, at least, will not be inconvenienced in any way by the order of the interstate com merce commission, which was promul gated yesterday, to the effect that after August 1, 1906, seventy-five per cent of all the cars on freight trains used in interstate commerce shall be equipped with air brakes. These roads are the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and the Chicago, Rock Is land and Pacific. Although the present regulations of the commerce commission are that at least fifty per cent of the freight cars on a train shall be equipped with power brakes, both of these roads have at the present time over ninety per cent of their freight cars equipped with air brakes. , Dan E. Cain, -eneral manager of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, when asked yesterday if this new order of the commission would in any way affect his road or compel the company to get to work and equip more off their cars with air brakes, replied: "This order will not affect or Incon venience us in any way. We are more than prepared for it. I should say at a rough guess that fully ninety-five per cent of our freight cars are now equipped with air brakes. About the only cars we have that are not equipped with air brakes are some flat cars that are used on work trains and some old box cars, but none of these are used in interstate business." James E. Hurley, general manager of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, speaking on the same subject, said: "This new order will make no differ ence to our road. We are well Dre pared for it. While I have not the fig ures right at hand I believe that consid erably more than ninety per cent of all our freight cars are equipped with air brakes. The Santa Fe was one of the first roads in the country to undertake the general equipment of Its freight cars with air brakes and for a long while more than ninety per cent of our freight cars have been thus equipped." RAILWAY MEN PLAN BRIDGE. Would Build Across Missouri Above Kansas City, Kas. Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 18. Leav enworth men who are promoting an electric railway which is to follow the east bank of the Missouri river from St. Joseph to Kansas City, are also planning the construction of a bridge to span the river a short distance above Kansas City, Kas. While the scheme has not reached the stage of complete organization, it is said that the company, which is headed by E. W. Snyder, a Leaven worth banker and chief promoter of the terminal railway bridge at that place, will have sufficient backing to carry out the enterprise. The proposed bridge Is designed to give entrance to the city of the electric railway, as well as to provide a cross ing for two and probably three steam railroad lines. Should bonds be voted by Kansas City, Kas., its permanent use as a free wagon bridge is assured. The construction of the bridge somewhere between the north limits of Kansas City, Kas., also contem plates the development of a body of 2,000 to 3.000 acres of land in what is known as the North bottoms, suit able for railway and manufacturing purposes. Purchases of land have re cently been made there by men who are in close touch with the promoters of the big project. It is said that the right of way for the electric line from St. Joseph down the river to a point opposite Quindaro has practically all been se cured. The men behind the bridge plan say that the Rock Island and the Chi cago Great Western railroads would both welcome the construction of a new bridge above the city. The Rock Island uses the old Hannibal & St. Joseph tracks from Cameron to Kan sas City for Its Chicago line, while the Great Western trains come down from Leavenworth over the tracks of the Kansas City Northwestern. JUDGE TO INSPECT CHOCTAW. WUl Go Over Entire Division for First Time This Week. H. U. Mudge, second vice president of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific rail way, Is expected to pass through Topeka early In the week en route for the Choc taw division of the Rock Island system. Since his connection with the company Mr. Mudge has not inspected the entire Choctaw division, and he plans on this trip to go over every mile of it. R. B. Cunningham Advanced. R. B. Cunningham, who has been em ployed in various capacities in the divis ion freight office of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railway in thia city, has been promoted to the position of contracting freight agent, with head quarters at Wichita. His many friends here are congratulating him on his advancement. J. W. HENRY PROMOTED. Rock Island Man Known m Topeka Given Responsible Clerkship. Dalhart, Tex., Nov. 18. Announcement Is made of the appointment of J. W. Henry to the chief clerkship in the of fice of C. W. Jones, superintendent of that division of the Rock Island system between Herington, Kan., and Santa Rosa. J. W. Henry. Mr. Henry has been at Dalhart for about a year in the capacity of chief clerk to the division engineer. He has been in the employ of the Rock Island for about five years and began his rail roading as a call boy in the Santa Fe service at Dodge City. He entered the Rock Island service at Caldwell as a brakeman and shortly afterwards was appointed chief clerk to Trainmaster Bossart. He was promoted rapidly through various positions until he reached the position of time-keeper and coal clerk in the superintendent's office in Topeka. From this position he came to Dalhart as chief clerk to the division engineer. Mr. Henry is deservedly popular with all who know him and is receiving many congratulations from his friends. He and his wife are prominent in the social affairs of Dalhart. FREIGHT BLOCKADE AT IOLA. Missouri Pacific Tied Up There With Heavy Shipments. Iola, Kas., Nov. 18. The freight yards of the Missouri Pacific here are all but blockaded as a result of the heavy outgoing shipments of freight from Iola factories. There were 45 cars of freight in the Iola yards last night, 25 loads in the Gas City yards, and 45 loads in the La Harpe yards, all waiting for a chance to be sent to their destination. The regular trains cannot handle this number of cars within a week in addition to their regular local business, and these 1 aded cars will ha to go out by means of special trains made up in the yards here. It will require half a dozen big trains to haul the freight out of the yards on Its way to its des tination. C CHESS. By the Kansas State Chess Forecaster. The material for this column is furnish ed by The Kansas State Chess Associa tion. A. 1,. Wagenseller of Junction City, pres'dent, and O. C. Brett of Hum boldt, dccietary. The following game was played at the last state tournament between Mr. J. V. Humphrey of Junction City and O. C Brett oi Humboldt: OPENING, QUEEN'S PAWN. White, Black p J,HumPlrey. Mr. O. C. Brett. 1. P 04 P 04 2. P QB3 3. P QB4 4. Kt QB3 5. B Kt5 6. PXQP 7. Kt KB3 8. P K3 9. B-K2 10. PXP P K3 Kt KB3 P QB3 B K2 KPXQP Castles B Kt5 Kt QB3 Q R4 QXP Q Q3 Q Qsq BXB KtXKt P QR3 R Ksq Kt K5 QXB Q-K4 P-K Kt3 Kt-B3 QR Qsq Q-R4 QXQ R QBsq RXR R-K2 P KR4 K Kt2 K Bsq R-Q2 K-K2 K Q3 R QB2 K-K4 K Q3 Kt K5 P B4 R B8 R BSch R Q Kt8 PXP R Kt2 R Kt3 Kt B4ch Kt K5 ch R Kt 8ca RXR ch K B4 K B5 P R4 K-QS KXP P R5 P Q5 KtXP P Q6 ch Kt K5 11. Castles 12 R-Bsn 1.1. Kt Kt5 14. K Kt 15. OTCR -Q4 16. KtXKt 17. 11 KR-Qsq Q B3 19. BXB Kt B5 21. Q Kt4 22. Kt Q4 23. Q R3 24. R B2 26. Q B3 KtXQ KR QBsq RXR P-KR3 P-K Kt3 Kt Q4 K Bsq P KR 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. T I." r 4 35. K-K2 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. R Q2 P B4 ch K B3 R Kt2 P Q Kt4 TKtS 41. 42. K K2 43. PXP 44. K Q3 45. R B2 Kt K2 K Q2 K Qsq R Bsq KYB 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. K Kt sq oa. ii J 53. K 12 54. Kt Q4 55. Kt B6 56. Kt K5 57. KtXP 58. K B 0. K-Qn Resigns. MIRACULOUSLY ESCAPES DEATH. A Brave Clerk Meets With Strange Accident. Paris, Nov. 18. A bank clerk, named Rene Weil, met with an acci dent, which, by a miraculous circum stance, was not fatal. He was on the platform of the Bourse station, on the underground railway, and while bend ing over in order to see the train ap proach, lost his equilibrium, and fell on the track. The driver of the train applied his brakes, but the locomotive passed over the bank clerk. He was not killed, however; this was evident from the terrible cries he sent up. The firemen of the Jean Jaques Rous seau station were called, and with the aid of screw jacks they raised the loco motive. Thereupon the bank clerk emerged safe and sound, but covered with black dust and oil. Without say ing a word to anybody he rushed up the staircase and ran into a chemist's shop. There he was assured that he was not injured. The only thing the chemist could do for the man was to clean his clothes. He now declares that not only has he escaped death, but that his experience under the en gine has been the mean of his rheu matism leaving him. BIG DAMAGES. Berry Family firings Suit Against Channcey Dewey. Asks for Award ol Thirty-six Thousand Dollars FOR THE THREE LIVES Lost in the Rattle Over the Water Tank. In the Struggle of the Smaller Ranch men. Damage suits amounting to $36,000 brought by various members of the Berry family against Chauncey Dewey, because of the killing of three of the Berrys and the maiming of a fourth in the famous Berry-Dewey feud three years ago in Cheyenne county, will have to now probably be threshed out in the United States district court at Topeka. Rossington & Smith of Topeka, Dew ey's attorneys, yesterday secured an or der of removal of the four different ac tions before Judge Vandeventer of the United States circuit court at St. Louis, from Sherman county, Kan., where they were originally brought in the district court, to the Topeka federai court pre sided over by Judge Pollock. W. H. Rossington made the argu ment for the removal on Saturday at St. Louis and notified his office here in Topeka last night that he had se cured it. Tire telegram contained no further information concerning the matter. It is supposed that the con tention of Mr. Rossington was on a basis of diverse citizenship, since the Berrys were all Kansas people, and Chauncey Dewey is a resident of Chi cago, 111. The Berrys are expected to fight this order of removal. It is not final. They can ask to have the cases remanded to Sherman county for trial. That will be left to Judge Pollock to decide. The cases and their trial will involve an entire rehearsal of the famous feud, which practicaly attracted the attention of the entire country when it was on as a "cowboy battle led on by a millionaire." It all happened three years ago in Cheyenne county. Dewey came from the effete east, wealthy, a society pet. j He yearned for ranch life, and at! once turned the coffers of his gold 1 into a great acreage of land. He built up one of the most monumental stock farms which Kansas or the west has ever seen. He employed great num bers of men and made them his 1 friends; in fact they swore by him ; through thick and thin. Their loyalty j came to a. test. Smaller ranchmen round about looked on with some Jealousy at the invasion of the millionaire Yale grad- j uate. Little petty differences came up. The Berry family, who had a small ranch close to the Dewey land, became his enemies. Small matter after small matter wedged between I them until finally it came to arms. The sale of a water tank brought on j the crisis. Dewey's men and the Berry family, in which there were four boys, clashed. 1 A pitched battle ensued, about which there still hangs the myster of who fired the first shot. Alpheus, Burchard and ; Daniel Berry were killed. Roy Berry i was maimed for life. A criminal trial re- I suited. Dewey finally gained his release and his men likewise were let go. Then the Berrys sought to recover damages in a civil process at law. The wife of Dan iel Berry sued Dewey for J10.000; the wife of Alpheus Berry sued Dewey for $10, 000; the administrator of Burchard Berry sued Dewey for $10,000 (the plaintiff be ing unmarried) ; Roy Berry sued Dewey for $6,000. The cases were all brought in the district court of Sherman county. They ran almost to the time of trial when the attorneys got together and ar ranged a compromise of $10,000 for all four cases. Dewey objected, however after deliberating over the matter, made a showing before the district court judge of Sherman county, had the judgment for the amount set aside and the cases put back on the docket for trial. Now Dewey makes another move, by getting an order of removal of all four cases from the district court in Sherman county to the United States district court at Topeka on a claim of diverse citizenship, the Berrys being residents of Kansas and Dewey of Illinois. He takes the case from the scene of its enaction. It may be a long time before it will be tried in the federal court. The Berrys are expected to make a fight to have their cases remanded to Sherman county. This win entail arguments and time. Should Judge Pollock overrule this effort then the way will have to be cleared for the trial of the cases here. An entire transcript of the proceedings in Sherman county of all that has hap pened with regard to the Dewey case both civil and criminal will have to be made and filed in the federal court here and probably will come up. It would be purelv problematical to forecast the time at which these cases may come to trial. UNLUCKY JIM STRONG. Mr. Royce Tried to Find Wife for Him but Blundered. John Q. Royce of Phillipsburg, the state bank commissioner, has about come to the conclusion that he won't do for a matrimonial agency. For a year he has been trying to find a wife for W. C. Strong of Kensington. He has advertised, answered letters of inquiry and ex changed photographs; he has steered doz ens of candidates up against Mr. W. C. Strong, and now he is forced to the hor rible confession that it isn't W. C. 8trong who wants the wife, but his brother, James Strong. ... To make the affair bulge out with trag edy, W. C. Strong is opposed to Jim Strong's getting married, and all the ten der letters intended for Jim have been going to his unsympathetic brother, who has laughed a brutal, heartless laugh,and cast the letters into the fire. This little story is an appeal to the marriageable females who have been try ing to make an impression on W. C. Strong. They are urged to all take a fresh grip and start in at the beginning, addressing their letters to James Strong of Kensington, who has a $50,000 farm and wants a wife to share it with him. This is the story which Mr. Royce tells of the ghastlv mistake which has already cost James Strong a year of matrimonial bliss: "About a year ago Jim Strong came to my office in Phillipsburg and said he wanted a wife. He told me about his fine 500 acre farm, his big crops, and his de sire to find a congenial companion. But through it all I labored under the delus ion that It was W. C. Strong to whom I was talking. I told Mr. Strong that I would be glad to help him. I would put a nice title advertisement in my paper, and have the replies sent to my office to avoid giving him too much publicity. Tt seemed to be a splendid scheme, and I got a large number of replies to the advertisement. I looked them through and picked out all that seemed desirable. These I tied up and mailed to 'W. C. Strong,' and so the trouble started. Jim's brother is dead set against his getting married, so when he got that batch of letters he thought it was a mighty good Joke oa Jim. He never told Jim a thing about it, and of course Jim simply sup posed that he got no replies to his ad vertisement. "L f6w davs ago Jim came down here to Topeka to see if he couldn't find a suitable candidate for matrimony. I just barely met him on the street and hap pened to mention his being here to some of the newspaper men around the state house. And again I fell Into the mistake of calling him W. C. Strong. The news papers printed a story about him, and when I was up at Philltpsburg the other day I discovered that these stories are bearing fruit, and W. C. Strong is get ting another crop of love letters. And all this time poor Jim Strong hasn't had a single letter or a single tender message. It is one of the most tragic comedies I ever heard of." HAVE A LUMBER TRUST Why Coffeyville People Are Not Build ing Much Needed Houses. Coffeyville, Kan., Nov. 18 The Jour nal says: Coffeyville's most pressing need is more houses. Men tell us every day that they would build but for the sky high prices of all kinds of lumber. There are a half dozen big lumber yards in town, but their prices are all about the the same. The contractor who hopes to get a cut is traveling from yard to yard for nothing, unless it is the exercise. Now contractors are forced to go out of town for their lumber and buy from Arkansas saw mills. They can do this and have the lumber hauled 10 or 12 miles to a railroad and shipped here and save 25 per cent on the deal. They can do this on any kind of lumber. One contractor bought lumber in this way for $16.50 per thousand feet that was priced to him here for $22.50. An other contractor got the lowest price obtainable in the city per thousand feet on a certain kind of lumber, $27.50, and bought the same stuff in Arkansas and had it laid down here for $21. Still an other instance of the high prices that prevail in Coffeyville is lumber quoted here at the rock bottom prices of $30 to $35 per one thousand feet and pur chased by a local contractor from a dinkey saw mill ten miles from a rail way, hauled over fearful roads to the cars and delivered here for only $24 per thousand. Same wood and quality. THE RESULT OF EARTHQUAKES. An Unhappy Lot or People Accus tomed to Troxible. Rome, Nov. 18. Public attention has been directed by the recent earth quakes in Calabria to the terrible state in which the natives of that un happy country exist. A special com missioner of the "Corriere della Sera," of Milan, says that the social condi tions prevailing in the stricken pro vince are similar to those obtaining in darkest Russia. "The Calabrian peasants," he writes, "are not essentially a low grade race, but ages of oppression have made them brutish, apathetic and dull wlUed. Nowhere else is class distinc tion more rampant. The canaglia the very poor 3and they are numer ous, are ground down by the upper classes to an extraordinary degree, and usury is rife. The peasant wo man's lot is the most unenviable one. She is the slave of her husband. He rides on a mule or donkey, and she follows barefooted on the stoniest of roads, often carrying heavy burdens. In some parts the wife even carries her lord and master home from the fields on her back." The callous indifference shown by the populace during the recent fearful calamities is lamentable. In Meltito, one of the stricken villages, some en gulfed victims cried for aid for 36 hours without anyone volunteering to help them, and in another instance a group of men, who were calmly watch ing some soldiers extricate victims, ex cused themselves from assisting by saying that they were no mastri (com mon laborers). The class comprising small landowners, trades people and professional men are the loudest in their demands for assistance. "What is the good," they argue, "of helping people who have lost nothing. They had nothing to lose, and the government feeds the common people, instead of helping us who have suf fered loss in property and trade." In the little town of Monteleone there are no fewer than 88 lawyers, who are clamoring for relief because there are no lawsuits. Tailors, shoemakers and bakers complain because clothes, footgear and bread are supplied by charity. HIS LAST PIPE OF TOBACCO. An Old Smoker Dies in Tragic Fashion. Paris, Nov. 18. An old joiner, named Adolphe Duquesnes, has just lost his life in a tragic fashion. After dinner it was his custom to sit before a good fire and smoke his dearly loved pipe, which he called "Josephine." The pipe had an interesting history, and the old man never wearied of re lating the stor" to anyone who cared to hear it. So greatly was he at tached to "Josephine" that he gave his sons and daughters instructions to put his pipe in his coffin when he died. The pipe had been given to him on the night of the battle of Gravelotte by his captain, who was mortally wounded by a Prussian shell. "Take my pipe, my brave Duques nes," said the captain before he died, "and keep it in remembrance of me." Last evening the old joiner was com fortably seated in his armchair as usual. His pipe was between his teeth and he pulled lovingly at it. His work had been arduous that day, and after smoking placidly for a few min utes he fell asleep. A terrible pain awakened him. When he opened his eyes he found himself surrounded by flames. His clothes were on fire. The flames spread to the table cloth and the curtains, and soon he was blinded by a thick smoke. The poor old man shouted for help, and the neighbors hurried to his assistance. They wrap ped thick coverings round him and carried him into a drug store. But he was horribly burned, and a doctor who was summoned could hold out no hope of his life being saved. He was taken to Tenon Hospital in a dying condi tion. His pipe will be buried with him. The True Story of a Necklace. London, Nov. 18. A strange story which proves the difficulty experienced, even by experts, in knowing the real from the imitation pearl, has just come to light. A young woman bought an imitation pearl necklace at a west-end shop for $25, and wore it the same evening at dinner. A gentleman sit ting beside her ventured to express an opinion as to the extraordinary beauty of the pearls, whereupon with unusual frankness the young woman replied that they were imitation, mentioning what she had paid for them. The gen tleman, however, was so convinced of the genuineness of the pearls that the purchaser returned to the shop the next day to reassure herself. She was received with great joy, for it trans pired that the pearls were not only real, but had been prepared for a prominent Bociety leader, and in mis take had been sold for imitation pearls. The shopkeeper's gratitude went to the length of offering the customer $500 worth of jewelry in his shop, which she accepted. C. H. MORRISON Sells Watches, Clocks 6 Jewelry MONTGOMERY WARD Co's PRICES Over 20 Saved to Customers. Gents' Watches A Gent's 17-Jewel Waltham Watch in a 20- year gold filled case, open face $10.00 Same case Elgin or Waltham, 7 Jewel $ 7-70 11-Jewel Special 20-year gold filled, open face case 5 0.99 The "Topeka," the best Gent's or Boy's Watch made for the price $ 1.50 Stem-wind Watch for 980 Ladies Watches A Ladies' Elgin or Waltham watch. In a case warranted to wear a lifetime $14.88 A Ladles' Elgin or Waltham watch, in a 20-year gold filled case, $ 9.73 A Ladies' 20-year, gold-filled case, 7-Jewel American works. .$ 5.75 A Ladies Sterling Silver Chatelaine Watch and Pin $ 3.75 Parker Fountain Pens, U. off. Rogers' triple plate Knives andForks, any brand, per dozen. . .$ 8.341 Rogers' Al Teaspoons, dozen $ 1.00 Rogers' Al Tablespoons, dozen 9 2.0O Sterling Teaspoons, dozen $ 8.75 Gold filled Spectacles with a good reading lens, from $1.00 up. All other goods at correspondingly low prices. 108 East Sixtb St Sd OFriSOIl'S Topeka. Kansas Good straight material well cared for saves the carpenter's time in working it, and "Time is money.". Our facilities for keeping stock in the best possible condition are unsurpassed. Come and see. J 3d and Jackson Sts.. Topeka. Ask Your Dealer for BUTTERMILK BREAD And Taste the Difference FIRST ONE ON FRIDAY. Penny-Klingenberg Pipe Organ Re citals Open This Week. On account of the fact of the absence of Prof. Penny during the summer, and the numerous engagements of the audi torium, the plan of the Organ associa tion to give as often as once in two weeks recitals on the new organ has been somewhat interfered with, but ar rangements have now been made to commence a series of these recitals, the first of which will be held on Friday evening next. Prof. Penny spent the summer in New York, studying with the greatest organ ists of the country, preparing for these recitals, and it is no extravagance to claim that they will be equal to any re citals that can be given. It is also arranged that Prof. Kllngen berg will assist by playing several num bers with Prof. Penny on the piano, to gether with several piano solos. There are many musical critics in the city who think that there are very few professional pianists who make a busi ness of giving piano concerts who can excel Prof. Klingenberg. It is a well known fact that were it not for it being necessary for Prof. Klingenberg to stay in this climate on account of his lSth. that the demands for his superior knowledge would take him to some of the large cities. Those who heard a similar concert last spring, given by Prof. Penny and Prof. Klingenberg, will agree that it was up to the standard of almost any entertainment that has been given here by foreign artists. The admission will be 25 cents all over the house. No reserved seats. LOVE LETTERS IN BLOOD. An Interesting Romance Unfolded Be fore the Courts. Paris, Nov. 18. The story of an in teresting romance was unfolded be fore the Seine Tribunal. The idyll was disclosed by love letters, some of which were 15 years old. A settle ment which the husband, now dead, made on behalf of his wife, was dis puted by his sister. The latter alleged that when he married he was not of a sound mind, and that he had been forced into making the settlement. Dr. Lucien Arnad, of Castres, while studying medicine in Paris, made the acquaintance of Mile. Hen riette Amelie Poidevin, a pretty mil liner, in 1890. She became his mis tress, and the doctor loved her dear lv, as was evidenced from the follow ing oath, which he wrote on the back of his photograph: "This portrait will be effaced before mv affection for you is effaced." He advised that Mile. Poidevin should be better educated, and induced her to read rood authors. He presented her with a beautiful edition of "Paul et Virginie." with this dedication. "To my Lillietie, in remembrance of the first cigarette which she made for me." The lovers wrote to each other with their blood. "With my blood I write you that I love you. and will love you always," wrote the doctor. There was no doubt about the blood. Maltre Cremieux, who appeared for the widow, took from his bundle of docu ments one fifteen years old. Not content with writing oaths and inditing love letters with his blood in stead of ink, the doctor gave his sweet heart this additional guarantee of his love: "In case my dear little Lily and I should quarrel she will only have to give me this paper, which I write today, and which tells her thatLstx Deaths Have Resulted at Yates 1 love nt-'i WIU1 fall 1 iii.N j 1 1 l i l. aim i give her my word of honor that the quarrel will end soon, and that she will again be my sweetheart." After a year there was a little trouble, which will occur even in the best regulated love affairs. The doctor confessed that he had an arriere pensee. but de clared that he still loved his Lily and that he hoped to keep her forever. Dr. Arnaud obtained the Sainte Barbe prize of honor, a laureate, and became a prominent practitioner. By and by he spoke of his family and of mar riage. And all this time he was send ing "big kisses to his dear little white thing." For years they loved and hoped, and finally, on May 23, 1903, the marriage took place. Less than a year afterwards, on May 12, 1904, Dr. Arnaud died in an asylum. "He was mad in consequence of his marriage," said his sister and heiress to his fortune, Mile. Hortense Arnaud. "He was persecuted, and fearing that he would die like Zola, spent his time in inspecting the stoves." Mme. Ar naud's reply to the sister is: "If my husband was mad at the time of his marriage it would be necessary to an nul it and not the settlement alone." She adds that the doctor enjoyed per fect sanity until November, 1903, uhi he became 111 of cerebral congestion, from which he did not recover. HORRORS OF BATTLEFIELD. Soldiers Almost Burled Alive Af tor ne Ing Wounded. Berlin, Nov. 18. During the liti war In Manchuria the Russians wcie often so hard pressed as to be obliged frequently to dispose of their dead and wounded In great haste. One wound ed warrior told an interviewer, says a correspondent of the Hanover Courier, an almost incredible story. It appears that the practice was to give the dead and mortally wounded a black mark, and the slightly wounded a red one. Bodies with a black mark were then buried in large trenches by a sanitary column. "I barely escaped," said the veteran. "Badly mauled, I lay on the field. A sanitary party approached. When they came to me I saw one of them seize the black brush. I just man aged to gasp: 'I am alive. Do not bury me." 'Have you any money?' I was asked. 'Yes.' 'How much? 'Ten roubles.' 'Hand them over.' He took the money and gave me the red mark and went on, but had not gone tar when a Japanese bullet felled him. Why should I lose my money? I thought. I crawled to the fallen man. He was dead. I searched his pock ets. There were my 10 roubles, and 300 more. T am in luck this time,' ! said to myself, and pocketed the lot. Then a mist came before my eyes and I fainted." UNCLE SAM OIL HERE. The Local Agency Will Bo Opened This Week. The Uncle Sam Refinery company, of Cherryvale, will commence to de liver their refined oil in Topeka some time this week. The wagons will be started out on their routes and deliv eries will be made to the retail dealers in competition with the Standard Oft and the National Oil companies. The company's office Is maintained near Eighth avenue and the Santa Fe right of way. The yards for the tanks have been located in the same place adja cent to the Santa Fe tracks. A tank age capacity of 25,000 gallons has been arranged for. "We don't believe that we shall ran into any fight with the Standard here " said Robert Rlghtmire, who Is the local agent. "We haven't met with any attemrt to scale down on th prices for oil or gasoline as yet. and we don"t believe that there will b a war. We will have two grades ol coal oil and one grade of gasoline for sale here. I can't say what price will be made, though we expect to start the wagons out soon. This is the first agency we have established." PLAGUE OF DIPHTHERIA. Center Within a Week. Yates Center, Kan., Nov. 18 The state board of health has taken charge of the diphtheria epidemic that has this city in its grasp. Physicians and medicines have been sent here to combat the disease and it Is hoped to stop the further spreading of it Al ready the local physicians have for bidden any public gatherings and ad vised against any private parties or gatherings of any kind, until the dis ease has been checked. six deaths have resulted since It first started a