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THE TOPESA DAILY
SUNDAY liOR'NING. IASE OF FLUII, TOE 17MJS OVER Crow and Cooley Bay Associa tion Park. Terry McGorera Scores Battling Nelson's Manager. ; i , r I - Says His Action Is a Plain In stance of Dodging. Paid $2,400 for Improrements and Lease. for the Holiday Trade are all this season's pur chase; not an old pair in the store. A FUSS OVER FORFEIT. AMICABLE MEETING. Brooklyn Lad Will Post Money Slonday. Mis New Owners to Make Important Changes. ' i WE FIT ALL FEET, AT vv .j -ery pair or snoes in the store 7J are this year's products of best c. .1. i-. i p. . AL.L, fKlttS X. - - - Is Hoped That the Quarrel Will Be Patched Up. Will More Diamond, Build Boxes and Club House. lattuiies m toe uniiea O tales. C ( 1 . ! tfil ft--9 -W Palmist and Psychic AT THE VICTORIA Between Kansas Avenue and Jackson Street. ' , ouos get jciy. Chicago National Ball Team Secures Sheckard. HaJonej, Casey, McCarthy and Briggs Given in Exchange. ; riLL AID TAIL ENDERS Brooklyn Fans "Enthuse Over Champion Base llunner. Sheckard Will Play Lett Field for a Time. New Tork, Dec. 16. President C. W. Murphy, of the Chicago National league club has completed a deal with the Brooklyn club, whereby he will exchange Outfielders Maloney and McCarthy, Third Baseman Casey and Pitcher Briggs for James Sheckard. The deal has been hanging tire for some time, but the consummation of the trade awaited the approval of a manager to be signed by the Brook lyns. As soon as "Pat" Donovan came to terms with the Brooklyn club, he quickly gave his consent to the trade. Maloney, who was the idol of the Chicago baseball fans, is expected to greatly strengthen the Superbas, and Brooklyn fandom Is enthusiastic over the acquisition of the' champion base runner of the league. Sheckard has not been popular - in Brooklyn for years, his faint-hearted efforts in left field having provoked the small coterie of fans to considerable wrath. It la thought here that a young player of Maloney's ability would' have been sufficient to give in exchange for Sheckard, but the acquisition of Casey to brace up the infield. Briggs to help out the pitching staff and Jack Mc Carthy to jump in and play an out field position, when needed, will great ly help the tailenders to get, out of last place in the league race which they occupied all last year. It is understood that Sheckard will Tlay left field for the Cubs, and either ebring or Schulte, right field, with Jimmy Slagle in center field. BR ITT PICKS McGOVERX. Says Terry Is Too Fast for the Dane for Six Rounds. New York, Dec. 16. Jimmy Britt says that he thought that Terry JicOcvtrn bad the better chance ir the rijht with Battling Nelson in Philadelphia next month, providing the battle came cff. "Terry is too fast for tf.o Dane," said Britt. "and is almost sure to get the better of him in a light of: six rounds If Nelson should be able to land one of his telling blows the case might be dif ferent, but Terry is too fast and clever to fall in so short a fight." Callahan Quits the "White Sox. Chicago. Pec. 1G. Jimmy Callahan, out fielder and former manager of the White Box, has abandoned big league baseball and next season will have a team of his own in Chicago. He lias lpased a park at Milwaukee avenue and Iiiversey boule vard and wiil attempt to organize a city league. The Gimthers, West Ends Hnd other prominent semi-professional teams will be asked to co-operate in this scheme. 1 it is not possible to organize the league. Callahan will run an inde pendent club. He is now signing players and announces positively that he will Dot play with the White Sox next year. H has already signed Catcher Thiery of the Dubuque Three "I" team. Ken Mulford Seeks a Job. South Bend. Ind., Dec. 16. Ren Mul ford, the Cincinnati baseball writer, is 8 candidate for the presidency of the Central league, to suced Dr. F. XI. Carson of this city. Muif v-d is sponsor for his own boom and Is hard tt work to capture the prize. Besides Mulford, there are several other old basnai: men who would like to cut ir.to the affairs (I tiit Central league, but they are X I I 5 K U IS t, J a at 5 L ji ! 5 118 WEST SIXTH ST. ' keeping in the background since tlv y have been informed that the magn.iUs to a man are standing for the re-flection of Carson. This being the lase, Mulford will be the only opponent to Carson when the midwl.iter meeting of the league takes pla-.-e. NEW YEAR'S FOOTBALL. Chanute and La Ilarpe Elevens to Engage In Battle. Chanute, Kan., Dec. 15. T:-.' -'y Is to have one more fovbi;! this season, and it will . . i. i t eve.-.t of the " "nd ever mule.; mf ..i south eastern Kansas. The heme team is go ing u.i against th-3 LaHirpe eleven. The game is. to he pluyed on the fir grounds here on th.3 afternoon of New Year's day Monday, January 1. FOOTBALL I'XDEK THE BAN. Kansas City High School Principals Denounce the Game. Kansas City, Mo.. Dec. 16. The game of football was placed under the ban by tne principals ot the high schools in Kansas City at a meeting held today. A resolution presented hv Sunnnninn,!nf J. H. Greenwood, denouncing football as now piajeu, as a coy killing and educa tional prostituting and gladiatorial sport" was passed bv the nrinir; ! o of as to s. ' F ' " Ganzel Gets Three Men. South Bend, Ind.. Dec. IK .Tnhr, Ganzel of Grand Rapids is preparing to land the 1906 pennant of the Central league and is scourimr the rminti-v i search of players to fill vacancies. Two who will be missing from the Wolver ine aggregation next season are Pitcher tinier Bliss and Outfielder Prr n-v, . V. 1 1 . JliC former will remain in New York and play independent ball and the latter iiao ueen unuiea oy .Detroit. Ganzel has found three whr Vie nv.o).. .;i add strength to bis tram Th. Zinram, formerly manager and catcher ji i.uiumuus; isert iNODiett, an intielder who led the Southern league last sea son, and Miiliam. a. catcher nin,, ed with Providence a year ago. At New Orleans Fair Grounds. New Orleans. Dec. 16. The results at the fair grounds: tirst race Five and a half fnrlnr, Dextemps won. Formaster second' Fruit third. Time, 1:10 4-5. Second race Mile ami 7f oi Decoration won, Wedgewood second Fred Horbeck third. Time. 1:54 4-s' Third race Two miles. Cashier won, Ponca second, Auroamaster third Time, 3:49 1-5. Fourth race The nroHrvior,, derby, six furlongs. Ben Hodder won, James Reddick second. roivr.r,r third. Time, 1:17 4-5. Fifth race Mile and 7n Lady Ellison won. Colonel White sec- viiu. niun-niy ceiie 'mrd. Time 1-53 Sixth race Mile and 70 'vards! Light Note won. Safeguard scond Athena third. Time, 1:55. New Orleans City Park Results. New Orleans, Dec. 16. Results at City park: First race Mile and three-sixteenths-Ivannoe won; Curate, second; Fatern ian, third. Second race Five furlongs: Mine Boy Time poems'6 second; Mahis, third. Third race Six furlongs: Toscan won; t shered In second; Lucy Young third Time 1:20. r.F(iUrlhJ'aTeC;'PTr?ss stkes. mile and an eighth: Lural Lighter won; Klein 'Pa, second; Harry Stephens, . third. ..Fift race-Selling, seven furlongs; .ono Dale won; Josetta second- Algon quin, third. Time 1:33 1-5. Sixth iace Mile and a sixteenth Lampdrome won; Double, second- Lay' son, third. Time 1:56 2-5. Kenney to Captain St. Louis. St. Louis, Dec. 16. Clarence Ken ney considered one of the best half backs in the southwest, has been elect ed captain of the St. Louis University football team, to succeed "Silk" Camp bell, who will be graduated In June The selection of Kenney to head the Rugby farriors in 1906 was unanimous Kenney has played two years with the St, Louis University team. He came here from Marquette college. Troy, N. Y., Dec. 16. Terry McGov ern, who is playing a theatrical en gagement in this city, is much agitated over the report that Battling Nelson's manager, Bill Nolan, has called the match off. Joe Humphreys, manager for Mc Govern, said tonight: "I consider Nolan's atetion a delib erate case of flunk. His action In demanding everything in the match shows plainly he was trying to dodge from the start. "In the first place the club only of fers 75 per cent of the gross receipts. I offered to take 32 and give him 43, with the club to give 7 7 per cent if it cared to. In the later case Nolan would get his 45 per cent. He pre ferred an agreement that called for posting $2,000 but h onlv posted $1, 500. I told him I would be in Phila delphia Monday and would post my forfeit then if he would grant me the courtesy of a few hours' wait which I certainly shall do and if he does not cover it the public can judge who is to blame for the match falling through. "I have asked Harry D. Nef of Troy to meet Nolan Monday at Albany and try to fix it up. McGovern is anxious to fight Nelson and if he does not it is not the Brooklyn boy's fault." XELSOX IS DISAPPOINTED. Little lighter Sony That Bout With Terry Is Off. Toledo, O.. Dec. 16. Billy Nolan, manager for Battling Nelson, has de clared the match between Nelson and McGovern off for the reason that the forfeit money, $1,500, was not posted by McGovern's managers. Nolan said that he had given them fair warning that he would take this action, and when he received a wire from T. G. Murphy, the stakeholder, that the money was not up, he said that settled the matter. His reasons are the same as given out before, namely, theatrical engagements. He said: "When Nelson was down and work ing up he had to lake everything from the other fellows on top. and turn about is fair play. Nelson has noth ing to gain In a fight with McGovern, and he is the champion. I attribute this action solely to McGovern's man agers. I think that McGovern him self is all right, and wants to fight, but his people are trymg to boost him up with Nelso-i --d also trying to get more money f i the citib by hold ing out." Nelson was - r a - measure, disap pointed that the fight was called off, for after it looked like a go, he was anxious to have it out; now it is doubtful if he will appear in the ring in the next six months, at least not till the theah'cal season !s over. Jt if iil.ely that when he does enter that his net man will be Mike Sullivan. In substantiation of this, is the state ment of Nolan tha' he considers Sul livun the most eligible man for Nelson after Britt. LAST TRAIXING FOR FITZ. Lanky Bob Says He Will Never, Never Do It Again. San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 16. Fitz simmons announced today that Sun day would positively be the last oppor tunity to t-ee him in training, as he would never again do a training stunt, whether he wins or loses the forthcom ing battle. Sunday will wind up his preparatory work, and Bob says it is positively the last time he will reel off miles on the road or mix it with his sparring mates. Tuesday, Fitzsimmons will move into the city. His seconds for the fight have not been definitely decided upon. Today he did a spectac ular stunt with Chester and Bates both In the ring against him at the same time. Both were seasick when Fitz let up on them. Win or lose, Fitz has bright prospects. If he wins he will pull down $2,000 train ing expenses and a percentage. If he loses he wii! return to the stage.. He has an offer of $1,800 from a local the ater. But Fitz says he will not lose. He claims he will win this battle, a third title, all the loose money in sight and permanently retire from the ring in a blaze of glory. Possibly In an effort to influence the betting, a report was industriously cir culated today that O'Brien had injured one of hio legs in training. Poolroom scouts, however, say he is lively as a cricket, ana some other bear story will have to be invented. GANS PICKS FITZSIMMOXS. Thinks Bob Will Whip O'Brien in Their Coming Battle. Pan- Francisco, Dec. 16. Joe Gana who visited both training camps this week and watched Fitzsimmons and O'Brien work, said he figured Fitz would win the forthcoming batt!?. He frankly told O'Brien what he thought about it, but the little Philadelphia?! laughed at him and told him to smoke some new kind of dope. Reid Not to Leave Harvard. Boston. Mass., Dec. 16. Head Coach "Bill" Reid of the Harvard varsity football team in an Interview today said that he would remain at Harvard if the university decided through its investigation committee to continue football. Hart Would Fight Jeff. Benton Harbor, Mich., Dec. IS. Tommy Ryan and Marvin Hart gave an ex hibition at the Bell opera-house last night, boxing four rounds as a. furewei! and leaving immediately for Minneapolis to join tne w aison .tsuriesquers. iyan made a short speech to his friends and neighbors and said his $2,500 awaits James j. jerrnes willingness to box Mar vin Hart for the heavyweight champion- Kiiip. Santry Benefit Realizes $100. ATil wa lltipi Wis Tnr 1J tv.ni.. a . - , ... .j- san try, former featherweight champion, who n irveiuiy uisHoiea in a ring contest , ; : " uutnt tender ed him at the Panorama building Twen ty local fighters took part in the pro gramme, the most prominent among them being "Kid" Herrick. Jack Daugti- The Athletic park ha3 been sold by the Baseball park association for a consideration of $2,400, to Richard Cooley and Herman Crow, owners of the Topeka franchise of the Western associ ation. The deed for the property will be registered Monday when the formal transfer wiil talie place. The agreement to sell took place Sat urday afternoon, 148 out of a possible 165 sharea of the ball park stock being represented. Every one of the share holders present voted in favor of the transfer. "The meeting was amicable in every way," said W. F. Logan of the Ball Park association. "We agreed to make the sale, though there was some slight difference at first over minor details. The investment really represents an ex penditure of about $3,000, counting the subsequent money put in for Improve ments and extensions of the grandstand and bleachers. "I presume that $3,000 was expended but it could be duplicated for less if the improvements had been made at one time and not piecemeal," said Her man Crow, one of the new owners. "We expect to make some new im provements," he continued. "We will build on ten boxes in front of the grandstand to be used by those who don't like to get in the crowd of people. We will also shift over the diamond to ward the east, bringing .the homeplate about twenty feet further eastward. This is done to avoid the sun, which bothers the players late in the after noon. We will also build a kind of club house for the players underneath the grand stand, where they may dress and clean up before they go down town. A tank will be fixed up on top of the stand, and the water will be drawn from tnat for showerbaths. We will prob ably build a root over tSfe present bleachers and construct additional bleachers. A system of draining - the grounds will be installed to carry the water off into the Shunganunga creek near at hand. The sale of the property has been at tended by many vicissitudes, and for a while it looked as if the deal would fall throueh owinr to a disagreement re garding the price to be asked for the grounds. Herman crow and uooiey considered the terms as first proposed excessive and threatened to build new grounds. The management of the ball park which has been maintained separate and distinct from the ownership of the baseball franchise has been a money making investment. This past year the amount of rental based on the percentage of the gate receipts re turned an interest of 2 5 per cent on the investment. The total number of shares issued were 165 each having a par value of $10. The stock was divided among fifteen different persons, principal among whom were W. F. Logan who held 19 shares. Thomas Sheard own ing 6 3, James MacFarland who owned 50, Herman Crow who had 10 and Frank Grimes and F. E. Nipps who each held five shares. The remainder were distributed among George M. Noble, jr., Frank Whitteker, Al Hulett, H. C. Lang, C. T. Trapp, Arthur Cap per, Curtis Bailey, S. E. Barber and Frank Crane. FEAR THE COURTS. Chicago Brokers Will Abolish Deals in Puts and Calls. Chicago, Dec. 16. Action toward end ing trading in puts and Calls was be gun this afternoon by several of the largest houses on the Chicago board of trade. Fear of indictments and ad verse decisions of courts actuated the move, it is said. As a result of the action of several large houses following the announce ment of Jchn Hill, jr., that he would begin a personal and independent crusade against "bids and offers" trad in tha smftVinflr room of the bna.rd of trade, traders today considered it doubtful if futures would be - dealt in after the exchange closed this after noon. Speculation, it was reported, would henceforth be restricted to the city of Milwaukee. The followi-V bul'.etin was sent out today by Bartlett, Frazier & Carrlng ton: "There being no immediate prospect of the determination of the absolute legality of bids and offers and being unwilling to assume any responsibility where we are not unquestionably pro tected by the highest courts, after this date we shall decline to trade in bids and offers in this market." Several other large houses at once same policy, beginning Monday. These houses exert a powerful Influence on the exchanse. STEEL HOOP PLANT BVRXS. Loss $100,000 and 700 Men Tlirown Out of Work. Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 16. Late this ev ening the large steel hoop plant of tue United States Steel corporation, located at Glassport, near McKeesport, on the Monongahela river, was destroyed by fire of mysterious origin. A shortage ir water supply contributed largely to the destruction of the plant which war valued at more than $100,000. Sever bsindred workmen were employed. The plant will be rebuilt i"--!'ately, hav ing orders for its product. Divorced In Five Minutes. Colorado Springs, Col., Dec, 16. Within five minutes after the papers had been filed in the district court in her suit for divorce today, Mrs. Will lam A. Otis, wife of a millionaire bro ker of this city, received a decree of legal separation. The cnarge was cru elty and non-support and practically no defense was made. Lutes can get your photos out for Jmai. 511 Kansas avenue. EXTRA NUMBER 60S flEARIIlGTlIE EfID Cooper Divorce Case Is Still in Court. Judge Dana Holds a Night Session in Vain. WIFE ON THE STAND. Says That Husband Was Nig gardly in Extreme. Promises Made in Courtship Were Not Fulfilled. Judge Dana failed in hi3 effort to complete the Cooper divorce case Sat urday night. At 11 o'clock it -was evi dent that the evidence could not be finished and after the cross examina tion of Mrs. Cooper had continued all evening the case was adjourned till Monday. Interested Persons in JAv. (poper listening1 to the evidence. The plaintiff in the case is John Cooper, a man who has long past the meridian of life, while the defendant is comparatively a young woman and confesses that she has seen thirty-six summers. Near ly two years ago John Cooper, the plaintiff in the case, tired of the life of a farmer which he had led ever since his father had cleared the piece of land which afterwards was known as the homestead. - hooper was reared on the farm, mnrried there and saw a family or children grow up about him. It was in the whiter of his life that discon tent took possession of him and he de cided that farm life held no pleasures for him He confided in the woman who years before he had taken as a wife. He told her that the life that they were leading on the farm was too slow for him and that he hungered for the life as led by the men of wealth In the c Hies. Between them they had accumulated a fortune which amount ed to something like $100,000 a pretty laree sum for a farmer. The wdfe of his youth could not see things as he did. A lawyer was called in and a division of the property agreed upon, and Mr. Cooper imme diately entered new scenes. A few months were spent in travel, but after the first glamour of newness had worn off he hungered for the comforts of his own fireside with a family about him. The First Meeting. It was then that he wandered back to Topeka and met his friend W . A. Roberts, to whom he confided the fact that he was lonesome and wanted to marry and settle down. Though his friend claimed to be a land attorney he seemed to have a matrimonial bureau as a side attachment to the business and he glidiy arranged mat ters so that his friend could meet a woman he was sure was the Person the lonelv husband was looking for as a vlfe. 'The lady in the case was a Miss Stookeye, who lived at Leaven worth and conducted a dress making establishment in that city. She was living with a sister a few years hei junior, and the life of a spinster had lost its attractiveness for her. These two lonesome souls seemed to be pining for the society of each other, and here is where the fine Italian hand of the matchmaker came in. With the full confidence of each of the parties Mr Roberts arranged matters so that Misa Stookeye should visit at his home and of course it was nothing but right that Mr. Cooper should be invited out to eat Christmas dinner with them. While it may not be proper to refer to the incident as a "love at first sight affair, the impression made upon each other seemed to be favorable, for in less than four months Miss Stookeye became Mrs. Cooper. Didn't Foraet Business. While the courtship was brief there was not a minute of the time that busi ness was not being considered by both sides of the combination. At the third ..QUALITY KANSAS meeting between the couple an under standing -was arrived at and it seemed to be mutually understood that matri mony was to be the paramount issue in the acquaintanceship. The only question which seemed to be trouble some at all was "What shall the price be." It was agreed that there should be an ante-nuptial agreement and Mr. Cooper proposed at the first offer that he would settle $3,000 upon his wife to be, providing that she outlived him and that if she should die first that her estate should receive $1,500. This did not suit Miss Stookeye, who wanted an even $10,000 before she would enter the matrimonial deal with the "old gent," as she referred to him. After considerable dickering, which consum ed the major portion of the four months of the courtship, a compromise was effected and half of this amount accepted, and on the 10th of April the ceremonv was performed by the pro bate judge in Kansas City. There were numerous misunderstandings in refer ence to the matter of the marriage ceremony, for Mr. Cooper felt that there should be a wedding to which he could invite his friends and this did not suit the bride. Loves Young Dream a Week. After the ceremony the bride and groom nioved to the home of the latter in this city and for the first week the affairs ran smoothly, then came a little squall, then a storm which broke in all of its fury when the bfide insisted that the house neded new furniture and the Cooper Divorce Case. If Jifs-(ooper-- f irj theSurrfotr. wlio made iljeTai. particularly new lace curtains. The groom finally consented to the purchase of the curtains but when a bill came in for $30.00 there was a scene. From this time on thinga did not run at all smoothly and the couple seemed to be continually in a storm zone. Mr. Cooper took the stand early Wednesday morn ing and narrated tht story of his sec ond matrimonial venture which has ended so disastrously. It took nearly ten hours for him to tell of his disap pointment, a synopsis of which appear ed in the State Journal. A Different Story. The story of Mrs. Cooper is wonder fully different in all of the essential de tails of their married life. She said on the witness stand Saturday afternoon: "I married Mr. Cooper for a home. He came to me well recommended by a mutual friend and I knew that he had plenty of money with which to make us a good home. I had hoped that we could live together pleasantly and that I would be furnished a home and could care for him, for I had grown so tired of the drudgery of life which has been mine ever since I can remem ber.. I did not want his wealth tr if I had I would have never signed that antenuptial contract which gave away my rights which the '"w of the state gives to me. "During our brief acquaintanceship he was very kind and considerate to me and he promised me that if I would marry him that I should be a queen and it would take him a year to buy the jewelry that he wanted me to wear. He said that I should have a diamond ring as an emblem of our engagement, but so far I have never seen it. Once he measured my finger for it but Just at that moment some one came in and nothing was ever said of the subject since. "He told me that he would fix uo one of his farms and that we would use it as a summer home, but after we were married he wanted me to move out on this farm and live there in a log house. This I refused to do. His home into which we moved after we were married was dirty and filthy and he would not hear to my having it cleaned up, but in sisted that it was good enough for any woman. Th victuals which he bought V 3 4 1 i AVE. were of the poorest and cheapest variety and I could not eat them at ail. When we moved into our house there was a, sack of flour in the attic which had been there for more than a year, and was lull of worms." "How large were those worms?" asked Mr. Cooper's attorney. "They were large enough to bat their eyes and they had whiskers," replied tha witness. "Mr. Cooper insisted that I use this flour, and said that the worms would not hurt the flour at all. as all flour contain ed worms. I could not eat bread mado from this flour, and Mr. Cooper com plained that I did not eat enough to keep a bird alive, but he would not buy an other sack of flour. Complained of Poverty. "While Mr. Cooper is considered a rich man, whenever I asked him to buy some thing for the house or the table, he al ways insisted that he could not afford it. He dressed very poorly, and when I in sisted that he wear better clothes he said that it was a business proposition with him and that when he was poorly dress ed that he could get better bargains, as the merchants thought that he could not afford to pay fancy prices. One time I asked him to buy some lettuce for the table, and he brought home cabbage and said -lettuce is nothing but fodder any way, and not fit to eat, so I bought cab bage in place.' "The house in which I tried to live with Mr. Cooper is unfit for the habita tion of a human being. It was filled with dirt and litter from top to garret. In the parlor were two pianos, an organ and music box, and aside from this there is scarcely any furniture save two foot stools which Mr. Cooper insisted were pin cushions and kept on the top of tho pianos. During the entire time that I lived with Cooper he gave me but $12, and I spent the greater part of this for cloth ing for him. Before I married him he was a rich man, so he told me. but I never knew him to have any money after we were married and he was continually complaining of his poverty." So ran the stories of June and Decem ber as they were told to the crowd of curious who filled the court room most of the week. SEWER NEARLY DONE. WUl Be Ready by First of the I'l-itr. ... The big Sixth ward sewer costing up wards of $78,000 will be completed be fore the first of the year, thanks to th continued good weather. The completion of the contract has been carried on with a speed which has exceeded the expectations of Cit" en gineer McCabe. All the district lying between Sixth avenue and Huntoon streets and west from Lane is -comprised in the new sewer. "I didn't expect to see the sewer com pleted before the middle of next sum mer," said City Engineer James Mc Cabe. "The good weather has been the cause for the early completion. I think that unless unforeseen circumstances come up to alter the present state of affairs that the big sewer will be ready to turn over to the city by the first of the year. The sewer will be the best one in the city as regards the up-to-date construction. The automatic flushing tanks with which It is equip ped is a feature which is not embodied In any of the other sewers. These tanks, ten in number, have a capacity of 600 gallons each and thoroughly flush the sewer during each day. A portion of the sewer south of Eishth avenue and west of Lincoln can be used now." The contractors are now working Buchanan, Lincoln and Lane streets near Huntoon. There are about four to five blocks to be excavated yet. Hanley and Ritchie, the contractors, claim that they will lose on the con tract. They base their claim on the grounds that they did not count on handling the dirt so many times. The sewer is so deep in places that it re quires the handling of the dirt two to three times before it can be finally pitched up from the bottom. TOPEKA GETS HARDWARE. Bulk of State Contracts Secured bj Local Firms. Saturday afternoon the state board of control completed the awards of con tracts for supplying the state institu tions. W. A. L Thompson Hardware com pany of Topeka secured nearly all the hardware contracts. A few items were secured by Kitchell & Marburg of To peka, the Topeka Cash Dry Goods com pany and the Coughlin Hardware com pany. Other bidders were M. B. Cohn of Ottawa, J. J. Pierson of Parsons and H. D. Lee of Salina. The contracts for drugs, which are not of very importarff character, were divided among a good many bidders On many items no contract wan let" owing to the small amount required' The institution will buy such supplies from local concerns as needed. The bidders on the drug contracts were the Gatlin Drug company, J. p. Rowley and the Arnold Drug company of Tope ka; R. B. Baird of Winfield; L. J Haines of Galena; Lewis Balling of Walpole, Mass., and The Evans-Smith Drug company of Kansas City The board also let the contract on Saturday afternoon for installing a heating plant at tho new ward of th Topeka hospital for the insane The fit" tings went to the U. S. Water & Steam Supply company of Kansas Citv, Mo for $144.76 The contract for the fur nace was not let. It was decided to advert'sio p dm, for erecting at Olathe a BisX-ipa for the Institution's water supply. Kids will be opened a 2 p. m. January 1:5. Engineer Has Les Iwe ken. Logansport. Ind., Dec. IS. A Van daha passenger train e t bounii" struck a freight also easibotind here tonight, derailing the rs?ngr ! gme, a caboose and fv.-i frPi:hf cars. Jack Ryan, ? rener In! gineer. had botft lef, bri..-.