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EVERYBODY 10 PAGES 10 PAGES READS IT. NEEDS IT. LAST EDITION. MONDAY E V CN1 NO. TOPEKA, KANSAS. NOVEMBER 20, 1905. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. en? ONLY SIUAVED. Steamer Goes on the Rocks and Her Boiler Explodes. 123 Lives Lost in the Wreck ol the Hilda. FAILURE OF SIGNALS. Blinding Snow Storm and a Rough Sea Responsble. Fifty-one Bodies Have Been Washed Ashore Near St. Malo. London, Nov. 20. Late today the London & Southwestern Railroad com parer announced that an official report had been received from St. Malo stat ing that the total number of persons on board the Hilda wrecked near there was 129. As only six were saved, 123 were drowned. Paris, Nov. 20. Special reports re ceived here of the wreck of the steam er Hilda, which left Southampton Fri day night for St. Malo, France, and was totally wrecked on Les Fortes reef outside the Jardin lighthouse yester day morning with the loss of over a hundred lives, give a graphic descrip tion of the disaster. Owing to the rough sea, together with a thick snow atorm, the captain of the Hilda prob ably took the buoy light of the rocks for the St. Malo lighthouse. He gave signals which were not seen by harbor employes and then the steamer pro ceeded slowly towards the light. When the Hilda struck the rocks the steam er's boiler exploded and she was cut In two, giving the passengers no time to save their lives. Seven bodies wearing life belts were tranded off the village of St. Cast yes terday evening. The coast near St. Malo is covered with wreckage and some cattle. Two-thirds of the Hilda's passengers were French farmers re turning to France with heavy sums in gold from the sale of their yearly har vest of onions and potatoes. The others were English families who were going to spend the winter at Dinard. The wreck lies on the beach three miles oft St. Malo showing only her main mast and the forecastle. A correspondent of the Matin went to the scene of the wreck on a govern ment steamer with the local officials. They picked up Ave bodies which were entangled in the rigging of the Hilda. The bodies presented a dreadful spectacle with arms and legs twisted in all directions and hands torn with desperate struggling. 51 Bodies Washed Ashore. London, Nov. 20. There is prac tically no further news here of the dis y 51 Bodies Washed Ashore. aster to the London and Southwestern railroad steamer Mild wrotoH tr tv, French coast on Sunday morning with i lic reception was held. Thousands of the loss of over a hundred lives Persons gathered along the line of telegram from St. Cast, near St. Malo I marcn. cheered Secretary Taft. says that 51 bodies have been washed Following the reception luncheon was upon the beach. served at the Baltimore hotel. Tonight Distressing scenes were witnessed ' Secretary Taft will be the principal today at the office of the London & sPeaker at an elaborate banquet given Southwestern Railroad company both 1 by tne commercial club in commemora in London and at Southampton but tion of tne steninS of the John Jay the company had no information to ; commercial treaty. Other speakers will give the relatives of the missing pas- be David R- Francis, ex-governor of aengers and was unable to give out the MlFSuri: Jhn S. Wise of New York, slightest hopes. The officials said it ! former governor of Virginia, and Gover would have been impossible for a boat j nor E' w- Hocn of Kansas- 10 uve ror more than a few minutes in such a sea. The company was unable to furnish a list of the passengers, but It is known that the entire family of Dr. Stanley, a London physician. Mrs. Stanley and their two daughters were lost. All the crew, numbering 26 men, belonged to Southampton. Only three of them are unmarried. iiut one Seaman Escaped. St. Malo, France. Nov. 20 iam I Guntsr, the only seaman of the British channel steamer Hilda saved from the : with complicity in the murder of wreck of that vessel off this port on 1 Charles Wetzel. This makes five sus Sunday night says there was a panic i Pec3 arrested. Ross, the negro who on board. Attempts were made to lower i was arrested after his return from the boats but the rough sea rendered it Graham county, can probably prove an impossible. Gunter clung to the fittings i al'b'- ,, b' of the top mast with nine others below 1 Wetzel s father says the money the him including the chief mate and three boy had- amounting to nearly $200, Bretons who died during the night nf I belonEed to him and that he was not exposure. The Hilda struck at 10 running away. . . o'clock Sunday night. She was going Lfland Roberts, the suspect who very slow at the time. Rockets werf ! I""de a ,S.nf;taion Jn Sa1- J1'1 sent ud but there was no rJL, i "eing held in that city as there is fear mm . . 1 . Beyen .minutes later the ship broke amidships and her decks were swept bare with the exception of the few sur vivors who clung to the" mast. They were rescued by the steamer Ada at 10 o'clock Sunday after having endured twelve hours of agony. WHO IS MR. O'MEARA? Assistant Attorney General Has Soma Business With Him. Judge T. F. Garver, assistant attor ney general, is very anxious just at ..... .o locate one k. j. u Meara. no claims tnat ne is the owner of the usually the men who become class of wet goods confiscated during one of fleers are men who have distinguished the numerous raids on George Klauer thmselves upon the gridiron. This When I find who this man is," said the assistant attorney general, "I shall file a complaint against him and find out if he really is the owner of the goods taken, for I do not wish to do anyone an injustice. If this man owns the goods captured he is liable under the law and I want to prosecute him. It has been the history of these cases In the past that when goods are about to be destroyed some one unknown in the city comes In and claims them. If this man comes into court and swears that he Is the owner of this stock of liquors and fixtures he simply confesses that he Is a violator of the prohibitory law. I think that by the time I am through with this man and a few more of his kind, this practice of coming in and claiming the goods captured on these raids will become unpopular." Temperatares of Large Cities. Chicago, Nov. 20. 7 a. m. temperaturei New York. 32: Boston. 24: Philadelphia 34; Washington, 32: Chicago. 37- Minne apolis, 32; Cincinnati, 32; St. Louis, 38. Weather Indlc-atlnna. Chicago, Nov. 20. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair and warmer tonight; Tues day probably rain, colder in west por tions; brisk to high southerly winds. SHAW GIVES NOTICE. Refunding Operations Will Come to an End November 29. Washington, Nov. 20. Secretary Shaw today made public the following state ment: "The secretary of the treasury here by gives public notice that the refund ing of the United States 3 per cent bonds of the loan of 1908-18 and 4 per cent bonds of the funded loan of 1907, now proceeding under circular of Sep tember 28, 1905, will be discontinued af ter November 29, 19C5. "Bonds that were intended for re funding must be forwarded so as to be received at the treasury department not later than November 29." TAFT IN KANSAS CITY. He Win Speak at Commercial Club Banquet Tonight. Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 20. Secretary of War William H. Taft arrived here this morning from St. Louis and spent the day as the guest of the commercial club. Two hundred and fifty colored troopers of the Ninth cavalry, who ar rived here yesterday from Ft. Leaven- Senator ,T. Ralph Burton, whose second trial for acceptinj Get Rich Quick company commenced Today. Worth. Kan., under command of Mninr James B. Erwin, and the Third regi ment, Missouri National guard, escort ed the secretary from the railway sta tion through the business streets to the commercial club's rooms, where a pub- THE HILL CITY MURDER Two More Suspects Have Been Placed Under Arrest. Hill City, Kan., Nov. 20. Clarence Lusher and an unknown man have also been placed under arrest charged nf mrr finlpnpp UlAiiln h A hp rp. t ""h to thl town OFFICE FOR TEDDY, JR College Freshmen Talk of Him for President or Secretary. Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 20. Over- come oy unsuniea congratulations ui ; the exercise of the pre-emptory chal his friends over his plucky fight in the , lenges. Mr. Lehmann objected to Judge Harvard-Yale freshman football game, ; vandeventer's apportionment of the tneoaore riooseveit. jr., louna riar- vard square intolerable yesterday and so speni sunaay wun nis granamotner in u.uuni.ne. ncn ear auuut trus time tne irwii- men hold their first class elections and being the fact, it is said to be not at all unlikely that Roosevelt will come up as a candidate for office, and if he does his election is assured. Yesterday the prospect of having a president's son as president, or at least secretary, of 1909 was openly discussed. DISTRICTCOURT JURY. Some Weil Known Business Men Are Included in the List. The following is the list of jurors drawn this morning for the January term of the district court and is made up of the representative business men and farmers of the county: George Chrisman. city; M. F. Ri'gby, city; S. Reub, city; Geo. Hanley, city; James Hayes, Topeka township; A. J. Briggs, city; Simon Hoe. city; James Murphy, Tecumseh; J. W. McClure. city; T. J. Coughlin, city: Chas Kramer, Mission; Freeman Sardou, Topeka township; B. F. Panky, city; Jno Gri ley, city; W. C. Stein, city: Mort Hutch inson Mencken; David Harmon, Dover; C. E. Jewell, city; J. W. Farns worth, city; M. L. Zercher, city; W. L. Os borne, city; F. A. Lewis, city: H. O. Strup, Rossville; Adam Dagg, Dover. BURTON ON TRIAL. Appears in Court With His At torneys Today. Answers for Connection W ith Get Rich Quick Company. CONVICTED AT FIRST. That Was March, 1904, in Same Court. Faulty Indictments Have Been Patched Up. St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 20. For the sec ond time with two years United States Senator J. Ralph Burton of Kansas to day was called upon to defend himself in the United states circuit court against an indictment charging that he was offered and accepted compensation money from from the Rialto Grain ana Securities company of St. Louis, defunct, for us ing his influence, while a member of the United States senate in behalf of that concern in certain matters pending before the postoffice department at Washington. Senator Burton was tried and convict ed on the first indictment in March, 1904. He apepaled to the United States su preme court and the case was reversed. A new indictment was returned last spring and about a month ago demur rers filed by counsel for the defense were sutained by United States Circuit Court Judge Vandeventer who immedi ately ordered that a new federal grand jury be summoned to consider the evi dence In possession of the United States district attorney. On November 10, eight days before the statute of limitations became ef fective, the third and present indictment against Senator Burton was returned. Demurrers to this and a plea in bar filed by Senator Burton's attorneys were overruled by Judge Vandeventer and the case ordered to trial. The salient point of difference between the first and third indictments is that in the former Senator Burton was charged with receiving the alleged com pensation in Washington, D. C, and one of the points on which the supreme court reversed the conviction was that the St. Louis court did not have juris diction. The present indictment alleges that Senator Burton agreed to accept and did accept compensation for his Influence in St. Louis. When court convened at 10 o'clock this morning. Senator Burton was pres ent accompanied by his attorney, Fred erick W. Lehmann of St. Louis, leading counsel for the defense; W. H. Rossing ton of Topeka, Kan., and W. K. Haynes of Chicago. The government is repre sented by Colonel D. P. Dyer. United States district attorney, assisted by Charles H. Robb, assistant to the attor ney general of the United States, and Horace Dyer, assistant to the district attorney After the selection of 18 talesmen frnm Tvrtim trio liit-V was selootaH Viv challenges, claiming the defense was j entitled to more than three on the j ground that the punishment for the of- tense charged against benator .Burton i makes it a felony. Judge Vandeventer overruled Mr. Lehann's claim, holding that the statute under which the Indictment was brought expressly states the offense 1s a misdemeanor and as such the prosecu- tion and defense are only entitled to three challenges each. Mr. Lehmann noted an objection. Jury Is Sworn In. The jury was sworn in at 11:30 a. m, and Judge Vandeventer supplemented ; R d diCd this morning of diphtheria the regulation oath by pointing out in "tSecond and Davies streets. The fun detail the duties of a juror and the , m t k lace on Tuesday morn manner in which the testimony in the , f the house. Interment in To- case should be weighed in order to ? oometerv Tcar-v, a lust verdict peKa cemetery. Colonel Dyer, the district attorney. delivered the opening statement of the government's case. He said the charge :ilnl?L ,' itS.J the revised statutes of the United States which stat0- tt no employe or officer of the T'nited States government may receive or agree to receive any compensation for representing any party or parties in any matter before any de partment of the United States govern ment in which the government Is inter ested. The penalty for conviction is a term of not more than two years in the penitentiary or. a fine of not more than $10,000 or both and that the convicted person shall be forever debarred from holding office under the United States government. Colonel Dyer then read the indict ment, which contains six counts, two counts having been quashed previously on motion of the defense. The counts charge virtually the same offense, only differing in dates and other matters pertaining to the specific charge made in the respective counts. ERNEST LEWIS' TRIALS Tried to Call on Girl, Is Chased, Shot at and Sent to Jail. Not only denied the company of his lady love but chased all over the coun try by irate relatives of his amorita, and shot at like a poor, lonesome rabbit and then thrown into jail is the sad ex perience of Ernest Lewis who is now in carcerated in the county jail on a charge of disturbing the peace. It may be true that he disturbed the peace of the relatives of Miss May Wickem of Highland park, but what they did to his peace was plenty. Sunday afternoon he called to see the girl, and Mr. Wickem, the father, his two sons, and William Hess, a friend, chased Lewis about a mile with re volvers. Finally his wind failed and he surrendered. They held him and tele phoned for officers from the court house. Lewis decided recently that he would wade in gore up to his neck to see the girl. Twice during the past two weeks Mrs. Wickem, mother of the girl, took pot-shots at Lewis while he was fooling around the happy home. This is his story and the Wickems have not denied shooting at him. Lewis' story is a sad one. He says that he worked for Wickem last sum mer and while there May Wickem be came infatuated with hln nd fearing the ardent love he came to" town. He further stated that the girl followed him and went to Kansas City with him. He was deeply in love with the girl and wanted to marry her, but the fact that he had not secured a divorce from a former wife made the consummation of his desire a little hard tonanage. They went to Kansas City together and stayed until two weeks ago when Lewis came ud and told Mrs. wickem wnere the girl could be found. Lewis further states that Mrs. Wicktiv went back to Kansas City with him and induced the girl to come home. Since that time he has tried to see her, and has been shot at for his trouble. He is very sure that Mrs. Wickem shot at him because she was iealous. Lewis wound up his statement by saying that he didn't believe that any one could love a girl harder than pe loved May and he wanted to marry her as soon as he could surmount nis otner legal obstacle whose residence is un known. While the hunt was in progress over the green fields and hedges of Highland park Sunday afternon Dr. L. L. Good win was passing in his auto. He saw the chase with Wickem. Sr.. puffing far in the rear and supposed that he was chasing a gang of boys off his premises. Goodwin admonished the old man he would have to let out a link if he hoped to catch anything and wit rewarded with a very sour look. HANGING TO A TREE. Body of Mrs. Nettle Stiox, of Topelta, Found at Big Springs. Mrs. Nettie Knox, wife of Charles Knox, of 1926 Buchanan street, com mitted suicide by hanging herself at Big Springs, Kas., on Sunday after noon. The report was at first given out that she had drowned herself, but her brother, who was in Topeka this morning to see the undertakers, stated she had tried to end her life in , a pond, but not succeeding in this she i tore the ruffles off her skirt and hanged herself to a willow tree. Her dress was wet and muddy, ana irom this the relatives judged that she had made an ineffectual attempt at drown ing herself. Mrs. Knox was about 3 8 years of age and leaves a husband and a six-months-old child. Her father, Isaac Milliken, lives at Big Springs, in Douglas county, and she had been visiting him during last week. Sun day she appeared in good health and went out on the farm for a walk by herself. Not returning she was searched for, and her body was found hanging to a tree in a remote corner of the farm. The family assigns melancholia as the cause. Mrs. Knox had been de spondent for some time because of poor health. The funeral took place at Big Springs this afternoon. wm.TasWdies. Actor Who Was Accidentally Shot Snccumbs to Injuries. William Easton, the actor with the Kirkhoff-Hillman Stock company play ing at Norton, Kan., last week, who was accidentally shot in the back whir i hunting near that town on Friday, died at Stormont hospital Sunday morning. The body was taken In charge by the Elks. It will be sent to Augusta, Mich., tonight for burial. Mrs. Easton, the wife of the deceased was also a mem ber of the theatrical company. The father of the deceased came today, and the two accompanied the body home. The accident occurred in a very pe culiar way. Easton was out hunting with a number of Norton people. While climbing through a wire fence his coat became caught. One of his friends in trying to loosen it, accidentally dis charged a revolver in the pocket. The bullet entered the small of the back. Easton was brought to Stormont hos pital in Topeka, where an operation was performed. He died on Sunday morn ing. rrrt c.iAn ilrl n. .1 o-Vl rpr nf WilHam Clifford- Galletley. age 3 years, 6 th d, d of -diphtherla at '910 East 5"' treet on Sunday night. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning from the house. The funeral of Emily Higgins. whe died at her home, "30 ByTon street, or Saturday night, will be held from the Wesleyan church, corner Third and Jefferson streets, at 10:30 o'clock on Tuesday. W. A. Bnckner Appointed. W. A. Buckner has been appointed one of the trainmasters on the El Paso division of the Chicago. Rock Island Pacific railway. His headquarters will be at Bucklin, Kan. Mr. Buck ner has been chief dispatcher for the Fort Worth & Denver railway with offices at Childress, Tex. RAILROADS WIN. Order Issued by the Interstate Commerce Commission Ordering Lowering of Livestock Rates Declared Illegal. NO COLLUSION SHOWN. Besides the Commission Is En tirely Without Power. Court Holds Present Rates Are Not Discriminating. Chicago, Nov. 20. Judge Bethea in the United States circuit court today decided that the order issued by the in terstate commerce commission directing that the railroad rates on live stock be tween the Missouri river and Chicago be lowered in conformity with the rates on dressed beef was illegal. The Chicago Great Western and seven other railroad corporations were the de fendants in two suits brought by the In terstate commerce commission. The first related to the decision of the commis sion in which the lowering of the rates on live stock to a point where they would conform with rates on dressed beef was ordered. The second was an application on the part of the commis sion for an injunction against the rail roads prohibiting them from refusing to lower the rates. In summing up the case Judge Bethea declared that there was no evidence of collusion on the part of the railroad and that the rates on live stock were not a discrimination. He held further that the interstate commerce decree was not binding on the railroads and that the commission had not the power to compel the" railroads to obey theirfrulings. CANAL WMMUST STOP Unless Congress Passes an Emergency Appropriation Bill. Washington, Nov. 20. Advocates of a lock canal have not yet despaired of securing the construction of such a canal notwithstanding the fact that the consulting engineers have decided in favor of a sea level canal. It is pointed out that the final decision rests with the president and that the matter of time and expense will De considered by him very carefully. It is also known that the president is .nvi. i-n have thp wrk com- pleted at an early date and for that reason he is believed to favor a lock canal. A strong minority report m favor of a lock canal will be made by the five engineers who disagreed with the majority. The estimate of $16,000,000 which has been submitted is for expenditure up to and including the fiscal year ending June 30, 1907. A part of this money will be necessary at once and an emergency appropriation will be asked as soon as congress convenes in order that the work may proceed. It is stated at the offices of the commission today that unless money is provided as soon as congress con venes all work must cease. The esti mate is made without regard to the proposal to issue bonds. TABLE FORK WEAPON. H. Jackson, a Negro, Stabs Josephine i Day. A negro fight in the "bottoms" dis trict Sunday afternoon caused a com motion and a swarm of negroes ran up to see the fun and take part. H. Jackson, a negro employed by the Miller Lumber company, stabbed a negro woman named Josephine Day with a table fork, tearing off one eye brow and part of her clothing. . He was chasing the woman when several negroes ran up to protect her. Jack son came to a stand, and defied the rescue party until a well aimed brick bat brought him down and two ne groes jumped upon him. They held him down until the arrival of Officer Hendricks. Jackson was turned over to the county officers this morning and his weapon, a three-tined table fork, will be preserved as evidence. ANOTHER PLEASANT BAY. SUghtly Colder, But There Is StiU Sunshine. There is no feature in the weather today Just another great big day .' - .i ... filled full OI tne nnest Kiaue ui csun- nneu tun . shine and a skv as clear and blue as tne great aeep M. - abroad, but at that the smoke hangs about the tall chimneys like a pall and the atmosphere is so quiet anu mzy that it seems that there is not a breath . . .-. ... ideal day, and the liverymen did a rushing business, for as the season older such days are sure to vanish and the thoughts of winter drives one to take advantage of such bright warm days for drives. The hourly temperatures for the day were: 7 o'clock 32 8 o'clock 34 9 o'clock 8 5 11 o'clock 4 5 12 o'clock 48 1 o'clock 50 2 o'clock 5 3 10 o'clock 4 2 Wind from the northeast. Hurley Goes to Taft Banquet. James E. Hurley, general manager of the Atchison, Topeka fc banta jse i . w.n. Trirv this afternoon for left for Kansas City tnis aiternoon ror I?fUJ!?rti4 tnnlih? the o"om - to he eiven there tonight by the Com mercial club in honor of William H. Taft, secretary of war. Dividend Increases. New York, Nov. 20. The Calumet and Hecla Copper Mining company today declared a quarterly dividend of $15 a share, an Increase of $5 a share over that paid at the last previous quarter. Sugar Goes Up. New York, Nov. 20. All grades of re fined sugar were advanced 10 cents a hundred pounds today. CITY GETS ANOTHER BID. Mayor Davis Thinks Expense of New- Bookkeeping System Is Too Large. Improvements will be Inaugurated in the city's system of bookkeeping by Mayor W. H. Davis. It will not be tne elaborate system which several ac counting firms have proposed in let ters making a bid on the work. The mayor does not think that the city can afford to keep up a system on an ex tensive scale because it would take an auditor and the city cannot afford to engage one at this time. On this basis the mayor wants to install an improve ment of simple character, something which wiH correlate the books and ac counts of the city treasurer and the city clerk more closely. Under the present system a dally balance sheet cannot be brought out. Most of the bids which have been entered for installing an up to date system of municipal accounting have run from $1,000 upwards. The Colo rado Audit company of Colorado Springs entered a bid this morning for $1,000 with $500 added for an investi gation into the city's books for a period of a year past. These bids are too expensive in the first Instance and would necessitate the creation of an additional city officer to keep them up is tne opinion expressed by the mayor. Councilman Swendson does not agree with this. He said this morning: "I believe the city would more than save that amount if it did expend $1,000 for installing a right kind of system." "I expect to do something about this very soon," said the mayor. JUDGE ELDRIDGE'S LOSS Electrotype Plates for His Book Stolen and Destroyed. Judge J. L. Eldridge is mourning the loss of the electrotpe plates of his book of poems, "What Think Te of Christ?" eH had one edition printed two or three years ago, and later on his publishers failed, and then he managed to obtain the plates. These he had in boxes in an outside building belonging to his home. From here they were re cently stolen by some junk shop fiends, probably boys, who broke them into pieces and sold them as old metal to a junk dealer. Judge Eldridge found the ruins at the shop where the young vandals had so'-l the mutilated plates for about thrc; cents a pound as old lead. The plates had cost him about $50 and had origi nally cost two or three times that amount. 50,000 DOLLAR BILLS Drawn by a Tammany Leader Day Before Election. New York, Nov. 2 0. Information will be laid before Attorney General I I Mayer that a Tammany leader drew I $50,000 in one dollar bills from a bank j on the day before election, says the ; nerain. uiarente j. nnrarn, uiuuki lui ituuud xv. xieiuai., setiu idai i"B"i he would make known to Mr. Mayer the name of this leader, the bank from which the money was withdrawn and all other details. CUTS OUT UNITARIANS. Interehurch Federation Committee Changes Wording of the Preamble. New York, Nov. 20. The Interehurch committee on federation today changed the word of the phrase "Jesus Christ our Lord and-Savlous" In the preamble cf the constitution of the federal ccun cil to read: "Jesus Christ our divine Lord and Saviour." It is understood that this change vill exclude from membership in the federal council the Unitarians on the ground that they do not accept the theory of the divinity of Jesus Christ. The addresses delivered today con cerned themselves chiefly with discus sions of the prospective practical bene fit of the conference. Among today's speakers were Rev. D. S. Stephens, chancellor of the Kansas City. (Kin.) university and Rev. John Baltzer, of Louis. Mr. Baltzer urged a united ap peal of the body to the respective legis lative bodies of the states, calling for a . greater respect toward the oath in the court room and elsewhere and de manding more common and stringent marriage laws. FEARING A MUTINY. Russia Asks Japan to Guard the Re. turning Prisoners of War. Tnkin Nov. 20. It is renorted here that Russia, apprehending a mutiny of .... prisoners on board the transports con- veying them from Japan, asked the Japanese government to convoy them with warships to Vladivostok. But the , cn japaiieae uiivj i-v "j ; itrnn enmitv between the members ; Strong enmity Deiween tiie of the army and navy on the vessels is id t exist. Admiral Rojestvensky is reported to be keeping in his cabin on the Bo- roneji. General Danieloff, who came here to .ho troncfar rf t Vw. t i iu. oners, has left Tokio in haste for Nagasaki. I " GOMPERS APPROVED. I Federation Committee Passes on Re port of the President. Pittsburg, Pa., Nov. 20. At the opening of the second week of the American Federation of Labor conven tion, E. A. Calvin of Fort Worth, Tex., representing the Farmers' Educational and Co-onerative union oi America said an address that the purpose of farmers' union is to eliminate l speculation in cotton. The cornering of the cotton market by speculators must be stopped, and only by co-operation with organized labor can this be accomplished. F. H. Foster of Boston, secretary of the committee on president's annual report, submitted the conclusions of the committee. The committee com mented extensively on the recom mendations embodied in President Gomper's report and unanimously ap proved of them. The application of the Stonemasons' International union for a charter in the federation was refused. HAS STRONG CASE Carr Taylor Getting Ready Bis Salt Controversy. Charges Gross Discrimination by the Railroads. QUESTION OF REBATES. Rates Raised and Trust Given Refund, He Says. Hearing Will Be Before Rail road Board Tomorrow. Tuesday morning the state board of railroad commissioners will start in to wrestle with the salt rate case. This is the case in which the salt pro ducers at Hutchinson, Anthony, Lyons, Sterling, Kingman and Ellsworth are asking the board to restore the 6 cents per 100 rate which was in effect a number of years ago before the Joy Morton paper railroad, called the Hutchinson & Arkansas River, was or ganized for the purpose of giving re bates to the salt trust. When the thing was arranged to give the salt trust protection by the rebate system, the rates were raised from 6 cents to 12 cents, from pro ducing points to the Missouri river. But out of this 12 cents the trust was given a 5 cent rebate. After Carr Taylor etarted this suit against the railroad companies, the Santa Fe signified a desire to compro mise and put in a new schedule of rates which would be satisfactory to the salt shippers. It was admitted a few days ago, however, by J. R. Koontz, general freight agent of the Santa Fe, that the new schedule did not provide for any material reduc tions to the Missouri river, and Mr. Taylor decided to go ahead with the trial of the case. Witnesses will be here from all the salt producing towns, and Mr. Taylor says: "This is one of the strongest cases we have, and I feel confident that wa will be able to get some substantial re ductions. As it is now, it costs more to ship salt than it does to ship flour. If the railroads were able to haul salt to the Missouri river for 6 cents per 100 pounds a few years ago, why can't they do as well now? The only apparent reason for increasing the rate was to drive the independent salt men out of business." A request was filed with the board to day by the United States Express corn- pany ror permission to increase its charges on shipments of whisky in the builc ui nanaiis. un pacitagea oi ten ; puunua weigiiL or less tne company j wants permission to charge thirty-five j cents as a minimum and a graduated increase from that minimum. ''There is no reason," says the appli cation to the board, "why whisky, which is a luxury, should be car ried at a less rate than articles of necessity. The present rate works a discrimination in favor of whisky." Car shortage is still the principal sub ject of complaint before the board by the shippers of Kansas. Today John Earl of Kelso, Kan., complains that the Mis souri, Kansas and Texas fails to furnish cars for the shipment of baled hay. Mr. Earl says his hay has been ready for shipment for some time and is spoiling. J. H. Richards, attorney for the Mis souri Pacific, has come forward with a plea for more time in the car shortage complained of by F. F. Aldrich, a hay shipper of Yates Center. Aldrich said that he was unable to get cars while some of his competitors were getting all the cars they need. In his reply, Mr. Richards declares that Mr. Aldrich's competitor. Mr. Laid low, is also about to file a complaint, setting up the same charge that Aldrich makes that the company, gives all its empty cars to Aldrich. He has made a written demand for cars aii has de posited his money as provided by the reciprocal demurrage law. "So you see," says Mr. Richards, "we are between the devil and the deep sea, and ft is impossible, as you know, for all the roads to furnish all the cars to all the shippers who all want them all at the same time. The only thing I there fore see to do it to wait developments." The Missouri Pacific has filed with the board its formal refusal to build a depot and establish an agent at Arnold, Ness county, as asked for by Frank X. Wilson, township trustee. and a number of other petitioners. , The Missouri Pacific says that the ! hii.in.ca nnt fiiftnrv the establiari- j e uj, Vhat rt , 1904 the tota. passenger re- Ceipts from Arnold were $4.81, and the total freight receipts $312.52. They i sav that there is a town five miles each ;i - . , , - vo. ji,i,Q j side of Arnold, and that conditions do , ,Qt tVio T,Pnin- nf a new de- not warrant the opening of a new de pot. At Moreanville. Kan., the Morgan- ville and Elevator company thinks it - ttine a souare deal on coal i8."0!1."5 t ZTZStL n, JX t'lt.t 1 wciguw. ... .v. ...w it is set forth that according to the evi dence obtained by the milling com pany," coal shipped to them ia not weighed according to the recent law requiring the weighing of coal at the mine. It Is charged that some cars re ceived show a tare less than the weight of the car; on other cars, the stencil weight of the car is deducted from the gross weight. They say it Is evident that empty cars are not I weighed before loading. They cite one instance where a car received by them j Was loaded at Mulberry and weighed at Arcadia. ONLY SCORE A BROKEN LEG. Result of Eskridge-Aubnrn Football Game on Saturday. In a football game last Saturday at Auburn between farmer teams repre senting Eskridge and Auburn, Blanch Meredith, who was playing right guard for Eskridge, had his left leg broken below the knee. Meredith bucked the line, and the men piled up on him in such a way that his leg sustained its injury. The game resulted in a tie, neither side being able to scor.