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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, November 20, 1905, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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Steamer Goes on the Rocks and
Her Boiler Explodes.
123 Lives Lost in the Wreck ol
the Hilda.
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.
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
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.
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."
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-
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
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.
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.
Appears in Court With His At
torneys Today.
Answers for Connection W ith Get
Rich Quick Company.
That Was March, 1904, in Same
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Order Issued by the Interstate
Commerce Commission
Ordering Lowering of Livestock
Rates Declared Illegal.
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.
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.
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
Jackson was turned over to the
county officers this morning and his
weapon, a three-tined table fork, will
be preserved as evidence.
SUghtly Colder, But There Is StiU
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.
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
"I expect to do something about this
very soon," said the mayor.
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
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.
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.
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-
General Danieloff, who came here to
.ho troncfar rf t Vw. t i iu.
oners, has left Tokio in haste for
I "
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
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.
Carr Taylor Getting Ready Bis
Salt Controversy.
Charges Gross Discrimination by
the Railroads.
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
"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
At Moreanville. Kan., the Morgan-
ville and Elevator company thinks it
- ttine a souare deal on coal
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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.
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.

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