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Moscow Reports Say Backbone
of KeTolt Is Broken.
Insurgents Are Being Driven
From Their Strongholds.
Guerilla Warfare Is Still Beiin
Carried On.
Sniping and Hurling of Bombs
From Roofs of Houses.
Moscow, Wednesday, Dw. 27.-6 P. M.
The backbone of the insurrection- is
broken and the uprising- here is rapidly
going to pieces. The revolutionists are
able to keep up only a guerilla warfare
but the ease with which they can move
mail detachments from place to place
renders the task of suppressing them
Blow and tedious. The Brunnai quar
ter has been cleared of the members of
m, the Drujina as the fighting organization
of the revolutionists is called. They
have transferred their operations to
East Tvskeria consisting principally of
sniping from the roofs of houses, occa
sionally throwing a bomb on advanc
ing patrols and making off on the ap
pearance of artillery.
All the troops of the Moscow garrison,
including the former disaffected Kostoff
grenadiers and the reinforcements which
are employed in crushing the revolu
tionists are still insufficient to thor
oughly occupy the territory won, thus
enabling the revolutionists to slip into
vacated territory, as soon as the troops
move on. Many of the attacks on pa
trols are seemingly made out of a pure
spirit of bravado since they are com
pletely futile from a strategic stand
point. The remnants of the insurrection
now lack cohesion or a head.
The city of Moscow bears the pic
turesque appearance " a battlefield.
Officers are everywhere seen galloping
through the streets or being driven
about in rapidly moving sleighs accom
panied by escorts of dragoons or Cos
sacks. The stores were reopened and
the inhabitants who h - been cooped up
for five days were venturing for a
breath of fresh air.
Demolishing Barricades.
The troops began operations this
morning at the triumphal arch, bom
barding and demolishing an immense
barricade near the car stables of the
Belgian company, which had been built
behind overturned tram cars. Thence
slowly pivoting from the arch -le col
umns swept eastward, clearing all the
streets off Tverskaia and north of the
boulevard which separated the battle
ground from the center of the city.
Barricades were not so numerous in this
i egion as was the case during yester
Vr oays fighting and the tioops encoun
ti red Jess opposition. A correspondent
cf the Associated Press accompanied
one of the columns for an hour during
which time the soldiers of the Drujina
r ow here attempted to hold the barri
cades. After firing a few shots they in
variably scattered off
These defenses were taken without
firing a shot. The work of destroying
the entanglements and burning the
material from which they were con
structed was slow. Occasionally when
the troops were fired upon from roofs
the houses were bombarded, but the oc
cupants had ample time to escape.
The operations of the troops in the
Brunnai district disclosed many inter
esting traces of yesterday's fighting
which brought the walls of a hundred
houses tumbling about the ears of
their defenders. The Prokohorff cot
ton mill, the headquarters of the
Drujina and many other houses for
the distance of a mile between the
boulevard and the triumphal arch
v ere in ruins. Every streets tributary
of the Tverskai boulevard was stout
ly barricaded, as many as seven being
counted within two hundred yards of
a. single street. These evidently formed
the first line of rlefense and the net
work of streets behind were barricad
ed at intervals. These barr'cades were
left standing, the troops having strate
gotioaPy made a circuit to an open
plain northwest Of the city which en
enid them to take the revolutionists
in the rear, compelling the evacuation
of the position practically without loss
as the revolutionists were unable to
fitrht the artillery with revolvers and
they possessed few rifles.
Vawning Chasms.
House after house showed yawning
chasms produced by shells. The spirit
shops and cheap lodging houses oc
cupied by the student revolutionists
were the principal sufferers. The bar
ricades thought they could not
be defended against artillery
were well constructed of tele
graph poles. fences, heavy
doors iron court yard gates and signs
si', interlaced with wire. A lumber
yard in the vicinity furnished material
for thirty barricades. Red flags were
still defiantly floating over some of the
barriers, "but throughout the district
the correspondent saw neither Drujin
ls!s nor soliders. It was like a desert
id field over which the tide of battle
find swept.
During the morning the revolution
ists several times attempted to inter
cept convoys of ammunition sent from
the arsenals to th troops whose sup
ply of 200 rounds per man was run
liins low.
In one case they almost succeeded, af
ter which the escorts of the convovs
were doubled.
1 he boldest exploit to the credit of
revolutionists was an attack on
tt'" dinner of the four grenadiers which
was being trundled out in the wheeled
f nmp kitchens used jn the . Russian
Krmy. A detachment of the Drujina.
aided by sympathizers in the neighbor
hood swooped dov.n on the cm poral's
guard firming the escort. The dri
vers of the wheeled i-itohens and w.e
escort made a valiant defense as bulb-is
rattied on the hot'.- and cauldron"
puncturing a big soup pot. At that junc
ture a squadron of dragoons galloped
up and drove off the assailants and the
t.unp kitchens were rescued but the
Biandiers lost their dinner.
V Daring Raid.
Last night a company of Drujina sol
fliers who are said to be paid "0 cents
e day, made a daring incursion into the
heart of the ity occupying Okhotnago
Ri da (Hunters row) under the walls of
the Kremlin and suddenly opened fire
on the attilleiy aril infantry camping
in Theater square. Th guard station
ed at the Hotel Metropoie where Gov
ernor General Doubasoff is quartered,
replied and volley after voiley was ex
changed across the square. The regular
troops in the absence of their officers
were thrown into confusion by the sur
prise attack and fired wildly until the
officers rushed out of the hotel and led
a charge across the square, whereupon
the Drujina soldiers hastily decamped.
The regulars thereafter were most
nervous. The corrernnfipn returning
later to the Hotel Continental on the
opposite side of the square, were fired
upon. At midnight the guests of this
hotel were routed out of bed. the com
mander of the troops having sent word
that he intended to open, with artillery
on Hunters row which had been reoc
cum'ed by the Drujina and that the ho
tel being almost in the line of fire,
might suffer.
Plans of Rebels Upset.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 285:20 P. M.
The energetic measures taken by the
government have completely overturned
the plans of the revolutionists in St.
Petersburg. Practically all the leaders
have been arrested. The few who are at
liberty are in hiding. The police believe
they have captured most of the store
of rifles and revolvers and those in act
ual possession of strikers and revolu
tionists whose lodgings were searched
last night. Wherever arms were found
the owners were arrested. Nevertheless
the leaders from their hiding places
still continue to assure their followers
that all goes well.
The Bulk of His Estate Bequeathed to
His Widow.
The will of Edward Wilder, filed in
the probate court Wednesday after
noon, leaves his entire estate estimated
at $300,000 to his wife, with exception
al conditional bequests amounting to
about $21,000. The will, which was
made on the 5th of December, makes
Mrs. Wilder the executrix without
bond, and was witnessed by Mrs. Win
der's brother, Alfred A. Scott, and
James Moore, who as paymaster of the
Santa Fe, has been intimately asso
ciated with Mr. Wilder for a great
many years.
The following is a copy of the will
filed with the probate, court:
"I give, devise and bequeath to my
wife, Mary C. Wilder, subject to be
quests hereinafter made, all my estate,
real and personal and mixed, and do
hereby constitute and appoint my said
wife sole executrix and trustee, without
giving bond, of this my last will and
"Having heretofore given my son
Walter R. Wilder, upon his marriage,
the sum of $10,000, for the sole pur
pose of building and furnishing him an
unencumbered home, and desiring that
my son Edward T. Wilder receive a
like amount for the same specific pur
pose, provided he shall marry before
arriving at the age of fifty years, other
wise as hereinafter specified, I direct
that securities to the value of $11,000,
or of an income value of $600 per year
be set aside out of my estate and held
in trust by my said executrix and trus
tee for my son Edward T. Wilder to be
given to him upon marriage for the
purpose above specified, or upon his
reaching the age of fifty years, or upon
the death of my said wife, whichever
event shall first occur; the income
from such securities to be retained by
my said wife for her use and benefit
until delivery of the same to my said
son as aforesaid.
"Whereas, it is my desire to provide
a suitable income for my sister-in-law,
Evelvn S. Lewis, when as in the event
that she should become incapacitated
or circumstances should pre-ent her
from earning a comfortable living, ap
proximately like the amount she is
now earning, then and in that event I
desire that there shall be paid her an
income of $600 per year from securi
ties of my estate, during the continu
ance of her incapacity or inability to
earn such a living and so long as she
shall live and remain unmarried."
Mrs. Evelyn S. Lewis, the sister-in-law
referred to in the will, is librarian
at the Topeka public library. The
eider son, Walter R. Wilder, is an arch-
itect and lives in New York city.
'younger son, Edward T. Wilder, is also
an architect and resides in Kansas
Negroes Badly I'rightened by the
Gruesome Discovery.
Sheriff Lucas has a very old, dried
up mystery on hand, and any one is
welcome to come in with a clue. It is
a human hand, long since removed
from the person of the original owner.
At noon today, while Sheriff Lucas
was driving along Crane street, he
noticed an excited lot of negroes in the
yard of Mattie Johnson, a negro wo
man who lives at 310 East Crane
street. Mrs. Johnson ran out upon
seeing him. and told him that a human
had been found under a rose bush in
her yard. He investigated, and found
a very dry and almost petrified wo
man's right hand, cut off just above
the wrist Joint. It was covered with
dirt, and very old. but unmistakably
a human hand. He took it to the
county jail, where a negro "trusty"
was ordered to unwrap the parcel. He
did so, and when the gruesome frag
ment of human flesh was exposed,
tried to escape. He was stopped by
the jail doors, and when he had suf
ficiently recovered, said that he had
seen the hand, or one just like it, be
fore. He said that a negro named
Henry Radford was exposing the
hand in Bee Adams' joint on October
15. and scaring the other negroes
with it.
Sheriff Lucas took the hand to the
police station, and told the city of
ficers they could investigate.
The hand is so badly dried that it is
impossible to tell the original color or
race of the owner, and the negro who
says he saw it over three months ago.
states that it was dried and black at
that time.
It is the general supposition among
the officers that the hand is the result
of some surgical operation, although
it seems to have been hacked off with
a hatchet, rather than cut off with
surgical instruments.
Denies That He Will Remain Perma
nently in laiicc.
New York. Dec 25. James Hazen
Hyde, former vice president of the
Equitable Life Assurance society, today
sailed for France cn the steamer La
"I am goirg to France," he said, "for
a few- months' rest. I wish to deny em
phatically that I am going to leave
America to make my home in France.
I am all tired out and I feel the need
of a rest."
L1G1IEYAT 125.
Highest Point Beached on Wall
Street Since 1899.
A Loan of $400,000 Made at
That Figure.
Uncle Russell Lends 86,000,000
Around 100.
The Kate Had Dropped to Six
Before the Close.
New York, Dec. 28. The call money
market opened strong- again today. The
first loan reported was $200,000 at the
rate of 30 per cent per annum and this
was followed almost immediately by
another loan of $200,000 at 60 per cent.
At 10:35 o'clock the quotation was 80
per cent.
The advance in the rate was sensa
tionally rapid. From 60 there was a
quick advance to 75. 90 and then 100.
When 100 per cent was touched, all rec
ords since December, 1S99, were broken.
In that year 186 per cent was paid for
call loans. After lending at 100 today
there were loans at 90 per cent. The
90 per cent quotation did not last long
and at 11 o'clock 110 per cent was paid
for funds and shortly afterwards a loan
of $400,000 at 125 per cent was reported.
Although brokers were compelled to
pay the highest prices in years for cash
with which to carry their stock there
was little excitement over the situation.
Many stock exchange houses provided
themselves several months ago with
time loans to carry, them over January
1, which is a time when money is al
ways in great demand for dividends,
interest and other year end settlements.
These time loans are not affected by
the call money market. Some stocks
were sold out during the morning
hours, principally industrials, but in the
main stocks held well In the early trad
ing considering the market's usual sen
sitiveness to money orders. On the
stock exchange the view was taken that
this stringency is temporary and that
easier conditions will prevail immedi
ately after January 1.
The demand wor money started within
15 minutes after the opening of busi
ness. As a rule nothing is done in mon
ey until after 11 o'clock. Today p loan
was made early at SO per cent. This
was regarded as an effort to keep the
rate down. Immediately afterwards
bids were raised rapidly at 10 per cent
between quotations. A request for ac
eommoation at 40 per cent brought no
offering. Then the bid was raised to
50, with no better results. The next
was 60 at which figure a second loan
was made, one of $200,000. ' No n"iore
money was offered at that rate. The
third loan was made at 70. Then the
demand for money from brokers as a
result of heavy calling of loans by the
banks in order to make arrangements
: for the January 1st disbursements be-
; came urgent and most of them were ap-
rirehensive as to whether they could re
new their loans at all. The call rate
then climbed rapidlv to SO. 90 and 125
percent. The top rate yesterday was 95
per tent.
The greater part of today's offerings
came from out of town banks through
their local correspondents. A great
manv industrial and commercial
houses also loaned through their
Russeil Sage, through his represen
tative, was reported to have loaned
$6,000,000 at u to iuu per sent, more
man tne usua.1 Ul&uianiiiduun aa
shown by the banks in the collateral
accepted by them for loans. The rate
for 60 and 90-day loans today was 6
per cent and a commission, making
such loans really equivalent to 9 per
cent. By noon the demand for money
seemed to have been largely supplied.
At 12:30 loans were made at 65 per
Toward 1 o'clock the demand for
funds seemed to have been pretty well
satisfied and money was lent at 60
per cent. Just as soon as the money
tension seemed to have been relieved
the stock market started to advance,
led by a sensational movement in
Anaconda. This stock rose rapidly to
2 75 against 2 39 earlier in the day.
There was no definite news to explain
this advance except the reports of a
rich strike in the company's mines.
Amalgamated copper was carried up
2 points in sympathy owing to its
large holdings of Anaconda and other
coper and smelting stock were also
President Hepburn of the Chase
National bank, said today:
"The enormous volume of business
which obtains throughout the coun
try is making a strong demand upon
the banking power and naturally has
materially advanced the rates of in
terest. The foreign exchange credit
which the country would normally
make is curtailed by the shortage of
cars which prevents the rapid market
ing abroad of cotton and grain and
also by the concerted withholding of
cotton for higher prices. Normally
we would anticipate such exchange by
our credit abroad but Europe has
troubles of its own. The Russian
cloud hangs over markets. A possi
ble default in the interest upon the
enormous indebtedness of Russia has
seriously disturbed Berlin, holds Paris
in anxiety and of course exercises a
strong reflex influence in London.
Money ha been 8 and 10 per cent in
Berlin and .unusually strong in other
"Hence we are called upon to fi
nance our great volume of business
practically with out own resources. It
is unfortunate that at such a time and
under such circumstances that prices
of listed securities should be persist
ently advanced day by day. It has ad
ded to the money strain and is pri
marily responsible for the high rates
of interests. Stocks (if worthy- would
have found a higher level in a normal
manner without creating an unusual
strain and without causing conditions
frought with possible danger.
At 2:15 p. m. call monew was quoted
at 5 0 per cent.
At 2:15 the call money market became
much easier and dronned to 6 per cent
and at 2:45 the quoted rate was 610
per cent.
Millions Goinr In.
Cleveland, O., Dec. 28. The Cleveland
Nws today says that it learns from a
reliable financial authority that Cleve
land bankers have sent large sums of
money to New York recently to be
: placed for call loans and that they now
have between $7,000,000 and SS,i..,
there. One bank alone is said to have
sent $3,000,000 and another $2,500,000.
High Rate in Boston.
Boston, Dec. 28. A bid of 15 per cent
for money on call was made here today,
being an usually high rate for the Bos
ton market.
Private Car Line Head 'Will Proceed
Against McClure's.
Milwaukee, Dec. 28. Suit for libel
is to be instituted by Emanuel L.
Philip, president of the Union Refrig
erator Transit company, and by the
company as a corporation against the
Western News company, the publish
ers of McClure's Magazine and the
Milwaukee Free Press. Papers are
now being prepared.
The suits are based on an article
published in McClure's for January,
written by Ray Stannard Baker, on
"The Private Car and the Beef Trust."
In the article reference is made to the
refrigerator company and to Mr.
Philip as "A politician who got re
bates." The news company is sued as
the distributing agent for McClure's
and the Free Press for reprinting- the
story. Other suits, it is intimated,
may follow against news dealers in
this state and throughout the country.
It is claimed that Baker got tangled
in his facts, as he charged the company
as being organized in the interests of
the Pabst brewery, while another re
frigerator company, now under fire in
teh United States court, was the one
in which the Pabst Brothers were inter
ested. Mr .Philip said of the suits: "The Un
ion Refrigerator company was not or
ganized when the rebates are alleged to
have been paid. Since its incorporation
neither I or the company has received
one penny in rebates or commissions.
We charge a reasonable mileage rental
for the use of our cars that is all. We
do not handle the Pabst beer, as stated,
nor does the Pabst nor any other brew
ery own one dollar of stock in our com
pany. The whoie article is a fabrica
tion of falsehoods.',
Jetmore Attorney Attributes
Troubles to a Relative.
Jetmore, Kan., Dec. 28. Roscoe H.
Wilson, the law partner of Senator F.
Dumont Smith, who was indicted with
Senator Smith by the2 federal grand
jury at Topeka, makes the following
frank, personal statement in the last
issue of the Jetmore Republican of
which he is the editor:
As is doubtless known to everyone
of our readers, the editor of this pa
per, together witn senator t. uumoni
Smith, has been indicted by the feder
al grand jury at Topeka, charged with
conspiracy to prevent the prosecution
of certain individuals charged with the
making of - fraudulent proofs in this
county and with having paid money to
T. E. Ryan, special inspector, to pre
vent these prosecutions. We do not,
frt the present time, propose to enter
into any lengthy discussion of the mat
ter, but simply- desire to make the
statement that we are not guily of the
offense charged and to assure our
friends that we have sufficient evi
dence to prove that fact and to secure
our vindication when the opportunity
The whole matter originates with a
close relative of ours who bears a per
sonal grudge against us. This individ
ual, hearing of the rumors that were
prevalent here last spring and seeing
in them an opportunity to vent his per
sonal spite, secured all the information
he could regarding the matter, reported
it to the district attorney's office and
went to Topeka with the witnesses call
ed against us to see that they swore
right. The complaint found a ready
reception in the district attorney's office
at this time because, the district attor
ney and his assistant had failed of re
appointment and were sore at anybody
whom they could in any way connect
with Harry Bone's appointment.
To anyone who is at all familiar with
the methods emlnoyed by a grand jury,
it is unnecessary for us to say that it
is entirely a one-sided affair. That the
accused is given no show whatever.
That hearsay, suspicion and personal
belief are received as evidence. A.s an
evidence of their manner of procedure
we may state that the editor was sum
moned as a witness but after interview
ing the great sleuths in the attorney's
office and their findimr that we would
not testify to suit them we were never
allowed to appear before the grand jury.
We would ask the people of this coun
ty to suspend judgment in this matter
until we are given a chance to show our
side of this case in court and vindicate
ourselves. You know but one side of
the matter as yet and that in a very
distorted form. We have demanded
and expect to secure an immediate trial
and we assure you that - this trial our
vindication will be complete.
concussion of brain.
Joy Morton Is in a Very Critical
Nebraska City, Neb., Dec. 2 8. Joy
Morton, who was badly injured yes
terday by being thrown. from his
horse, is conscious this morning, but is
suffering considerably from the shock
and from a concussion of the brain.
The attending physicians speak hope
fully but say that Mr. Morton's con
dition is such that a definite statement
as to his case can not be made yet.
While the chances now saem to favor
his recovery, a change for the worse
may come at any time.
"mine owner is sued.
Wife of JoHn Jack Seeks Release in
Mrs. Sarah L. Jack, wife of John
Jack, the coal mine operator who lives
at Burlingame and was convicted of
violating the trust laws of the state,
filed suit in the district court yester
day asking for a divorce from her
husband and a restraining order pre
venting him from disposing of prop
erty which is estimated to be worth
The restraining order was granted
and the trial for divorce will be hoard
at the next term of court. Mrs. Jack
married her husband about two years
ago and got an even half dozen chil
dren to boot in the deal. These chil
dren enter into the cause for a di
vorce as the petition sets forth the
claim that the husband is not only
cruel to her but that he permits the
children to abuse her as well.
Ten Jointists Are Locked Up
This Morning.
George Klauer at Last riaced
Behind Bars.
County Attorney Is Responsible
for the Innovation.
Liquor Sellers Actually Placed
Behind the Bars.
The colony at the county jail was
increased by the admission of ten new
members this morning who are mem
bers of the jointists' union of this city.
Those admitted to the county jail this
morning were John Heitman, who ad
mitted without argument that he was
the owner of a joint located on lower
Kansas avenue; George Baker, who
operated a place at 323 Kansas ave
nue; George "Klauer, who for years
has had a joint at 526 Kansas ave
nue; A. P. Albert, who for a very brief
spell sold liquor at 9166 Kansas ave
nue; John Hart, the proprietor of a
thirst parlor at 211 Kansas avenue;
Charles Simmons, who was just one
door above him but on the opposite
side of the street and in the same busi
ness; Frank Christ and Dan Finney,
who operated a partnership joint down
in the jungles on East Fourth street.
With thiSf aggregation of violators of
the prohibitory law will be confined
H. A. Cochran and William Reese who
were each found guilty of operating
joints in the village of Willard.
The eight jointists first named and
who operated joints in this city con
cluded after a thorough investigation
to plead guilty to a nuisance charge
and get off with but one count. This
they were permitted to do by the coun
ty attorney who had worked up the
cases and to whom -belongs the credit
for their incarceration. The sentence
of the court which was passed today
was the same to each of them, the
same old sterotyped form: "Thirty
days in jail, one hundred dollars fine
and costs." The defendants to re
main in jail until the fine and costs
are paid."
H. A. Cochran, William Reese and
E. L. Evans were convicted on evi
dence furnished by the grand jury
which returned indictments against
them last February. The trio was con
victed at the last term of the district
court on nuisance charges. Cochran
and Reese of conducting joints at
Willard and Evans or selling liquor
contrary to law at the Eagle drug
store on lower Kansas avenue.
Evans failed to appear for sentence
and his bond was declared forfeited
and his bondman, H. C. Lindsey, will
be called upon to pay $300 into the
county funds. Evans is said to be in
the drug business in Kansas City at
the present time but to be outside of
the grasp of the officers of this state.
Among the list of those sentenced
will be found the names of many of
the old time offenders, though there
are several in the list who are having
their first experience in answering to
the law for violating the liquor clause.
George Klauer, who has conducted a
joint continuously for years, heads the
list, and County Attorney Hungate is
responsible for the statement that this
is the first time that he has seen the
inside of a jail on the charge of
liquor selling. "Gus" Alberts, the
baseball enthusiast, player, umpire,
and general factotum of the fans will
be at home at the county jail to all
of his old friends for the next thirty
days at least. It was the "jobbing" of
Alberts which caused the uprising
which resulted in the appointing of an
assistant attorney general. Alberts
opened a Joint at 916 Kansas avenue
which is near one which is owned and
operated by the beer combine and
they refused to furnish him with beer.
The result was that he handled anti
combine beer, with the result that he
had hardly made connection with a
fresh keg of the noncombine beer un
til he was arrested, and his friends
claim at the instigation of the beer
trust. Be it as it may, Alberts was not
permitted to run and he is now spend
ing his time in the county jail for run
ning a joint which he operated for
less than a week, and the county has
an assistant attorney general.
The jointists will be made as com
fortable as possible during their en
forced stay in the county institution,
though it is announced that they will
all have been "on the water wagon"
for at least thirty days when they are
released. Early this morning- express
wagons began to arrive at the jail
loaded down with bedding, mattresses.
springs and other things which will
add to the comfort of those who re
ceive their sentences today. Those
who were sentenced today have "been
out on bond since their conviction
and have plenty of money with which
to purchase the delicacies which are
not found on the ordinary bill of fare
as furnished by Sheriff Lucas. As
long as their money lasts they will be
permitted to purchase about any
thing that they care to, excepting
liquor, which is barred, as it is not
considered good form to permit this
cimmodity to be introduced into the
jail even to the jointists. There is no
great demand on the part of eon
victed jointists as a usual thing for
wet goods as they are familiar with
the mode of manufacturing the ordi
nary run of joint whisky.
The conviction and sentencing of
these men means that there will be a
big day at the court house soon when
the bars, fixtures and liquors captured
in the raids on their places of business
will be destroyed by the sheriff and his
deputies. These joint furnishings are
valued at several thousand dollars and
in accordance to the law- governing
the case must be destroyed. The fine
oak bars and sideboa-ds will be split
into kindling wood and used for heat
ing the court house, while the liquors
will be emptied into the Kaw river by
way of the city sewers.
New Charters.
The state charter board this morning
granted the following charters:
Socita Umbria Italia, Chickopee, no
First Baptist church of Lakin, Kan.
The Palco Telephone company,
Palco, $8,000.
Wichita-Port Huron Thresher, com
pany, Wichita, $2 5,000.
Frisco Oil company of Arizona,
The Promised Storm Has Not Yet
There has been but little change in
the temperature during the last twenty
four hours and the atmospheric condi
tions have remained about the same.
The air is heavily laden with dampness
and the smoke hangs near the house
tops and refuses to rise while every in
dication to an observer would indicate a
storm o some kind.
The weather department promises
cooler weather for tomorrow with a
clear sky.
The hourly temperatures for the day
were :
7 o'clock 33111 o'clock 36
8 o'clock 3212 o'clock 39
9 o'clock 33 1 o'clock 40
10 o'clock 34) 2 o'clock 41
Wind 15 miles from the northwest at 2
p. m.
J. Kern Wants More Consideration
for Country Schools.
"I want to plead for an educational
square deal for the country school.
On three grounds I ask this. Let the
country school house and the grounds
be more of a spiritualizing force. Put
the country child into more sympa
thetic environments in its school life.
Bring to the possibility of every child
the secondary school, the high school."
In these words, O. J. Kern, superin
tendent of the Winnebago county
schools of Illinois, a noted advocate
of the bettering of the e ducational ad
vantages for country school children,
made his position on his reform theo
ries clear to the teachers at the High
school auditorium.
"I believe in the three R's," he con
tinued. "But I believe in adding the
two P's. What are these? Paint and
planting trees. In Winnebago coun
ty, my home, there are eighteen coun
try school grounds with a single tree,
while fifty-six other country school
grounds have an insufficient number of
trees. It cannot be driven too deeply
home to those who are interested in
the development of the country beau
tiful, that one of the first things to
do is to preserve the natural beauties
of any given place or section. Every
part of the United States has some
special characteristics in flora or lay
of the land that give a local keynote
to all the landscape effect. The thing
to do in such places in the matter of
parks, parkways or home gardens, is
as it were to speak in the local dialect,
talk eloquently in the vernacular. And
yet this is rarely done; so many seem
to think that the first thing to do in
garden or park is to Import foreign
plants and flowers.
"It is one of my well established be
liefs that school grounds should be
made the most attractive places pos
sible. Man's .taste and character ara
mostly fashioned by his surroundings,
especially those incident to his early
training. The better tendencies of
mind and heart are drawn from en
vironments of purity, taste and refine
ment. "Beautiful surrounding maketheschool
itself more attractive. A beautiful
school yard in city, village or country
means improved home yards and lawns,
and an added interest and more ready
aid from patrons. Pupils enlisted in
the improvement and ornamentation of
school grounds have inculcated in them
a spirit which makes them more loyal
to the school and its interest and affects
them in their home conduct. The feel
ing instilled by this work in the school
will lead to a broader, loyal citizenship
wuen mannooa ana womanhood is
Superintendent Kerns illustrated with
stereopticon views the work of improve
ment which he is leading in Winnebago
county. It is marvelous to see what he
has done. Dingy, old, tumble-down
school houses have been displaced by
new, large, commodious buildings.
Places which were barren as a prairie
are surrounded with trees, fences, flower
bed-s and neat waTEs and play grounds.
He has wrought entire transformation
by his methods and they have made him
one of the noted reform educators in
the United States. Mr. Kerns' methods
are attracting widespread attention ev
erywhere. He himself declares that the
real results won't show until probably
twenty-five years from now, but they
wull be worth watching when they do
His work embraces not only the beau
tifying of the exterior school house but
also the interior. He has added in many
localities little agricultural lessons,
mostly in thoroughbred corn. For the
girls he has cooking and sewing schools,
not for angel's food and Battenburg
lace, but for good sweet bread and darn
ing stockings."
The teachers were immensely pleased
with Mr. Kerns' lecture. He has a plain
way of saying things, but though his
expressions may be homely, they go
right to the heart and count.
Dr. Nathan C. Schaeffer, state super
intendent of instruction of Pennsyl
vania, and president of the National Ed
ucational association, urged the teach
ers to make an effort to cultivate verac
ity among children.
Professor Olaf J'alley, instructor of
music at the State Agricultural college,
sang two numbers, "She Alone
Charmeth My Sadness" and "King
Young Topeka Lawyer Will Probably
Succeed Judge West.
It is said that Clad Hamilton will be
appointed assistant attorney general to
succeed Judge J. S. West, who will re
tire on January 1, to become assistant
to H. J. Bone in the United States dis
trict attorney's office.
Attorney General C. C. Coleman is
out of town, and left no indication as
to who would ge the job, though he
was informed before leaving of Mr.
West's intention. He wrote Judge
West a letter endorsing his work, and
releasing him from any obligation to
continue as his assistant through the
Clad Hamilton is sick at his home
with a serious attack of influenza.
Temperatures of Larse Cities.
Chicago, Dec. 2S. Forecast for Kan
sas: Fair tonight and Friday; cooler
in eastern prtion.
Kansas Teachers Sympathize
With the Governor.
Commend Him for Trying to
Enforce Prohibition.
Slate Goes Through Without a
Single Ripple.
Meetings Will Close With the
Lectnre Tonight.
President, David M. Bowen, Fort
Scott, superintendent city schools.
First vice president, Miss Aschia Har
ris, Emporia.
Second vice president, Edwin E.
Brookins, superintendent Smith county
Third vice president, J. E. Edgerton,
Manhattan, superintendent city schools.
Auditing committee: 3. E. Boyer,
Kingman; P. F. Knight, Wichita; J. H.
Adams, Chanute.
These are the officers, for the Kansas
State Teachers' association for 1906. The
threatened collision between the Pearson
and Bowen factions did not take place
at the meeting in the High School audi
torium this morning as some of the for
mer's adherents predicted.
Pearson is the superintendent of the
city schools of Kansas City. He and
Bowen were both candidates for the
presidency and were both f ro.m the Sec
ond district. The remaining seven dis
tricts decided to support whichever man
won the fight among his own constitu
ents. At the Second district caucils on
Wednesday morning Bowen overcame
Pearson by a big vote. The nominating
committee at its session at the Copeiand
hotel last night made good its word by
nominating the winning candidate,
Bowen, and this morning presented his
name to the general meeting of the,
teachers for affirmation. Not a dissent
ing vote was cast. The matter passed
off as quietly and quickly as money at
the Christmas season.
Pearson's adherents threatened last
night that when the nominating com
mittee's report was read this morning
that they would present their candidate's
name in the face of the committee's re
port and have the matter fought out
right on the floor of the general meet
ing. They were at work marshalling
their forces yesterday afternoon, but
in general the main body of the teachers
frowned upon any such action, and sup
posedly for that reason the matter was
D. M. Bowen has been snperintendent
of the Fort Scott city schools for seven
teen years, and is one of the most pop
ular educators in the state. He has
marked executive abilities and will
doubtlessly give the association a good
administration in 1906.
The sum of $100 was voted this morn
ing for the purpose of maintaining head
quarters at the annual meeting of the
National Educational association in San
Francisco next summer. More than 100
teachers of the state have already sig
nified their intention to make the trip.
Nothing of particular interest was en
shrined in the resolutions save an ex
pression of sympathy for Governor
Hoch in his effort to enforce the law.
The resolutions follow:
Resolved, That we wish to renew
our request for further legislation
looking toward the revision of our
present system of taxation and the
methods of levying state and county
That we express our sympathy for
every means which tends to the up
building of public morals and the de
velopment of a high standard of citi
zenship. We pledge our faith and
loyal support to the governor in se
curing the enforcement of law and
That we appreciate the efforts put
forth by county superintendents to se
cure better educational advantages,
the consolidation of school buildings,
and the raising of salaries.
That we sincerel yappreciate all the
courtesies extended to us by the citi
zens of Topeka, the board of educa
tion, the Modoc club and the execu
tive committee of the association.
That we recognize the liberality of
the last legislature which so amply
provided for the needs of the various
public educational institutions.
That we heartily endorse the intro
duction of manual training including
sewing and cooking into the schools
of our state as a means of bringing
the school into closer relation to the
home and business activities of life.
That we heartily commend the ef
forts of the Women's Relief corps of
the department of Kansas In seeking
to introduce flag salutes and patriotic
instruction into the schools.
Allen county won the silk flag this
year for the largest attendance. Miss
Olive Knowlton is superintendent of
the schools in Allen county.
The books offered by the American
Book company were awarded to Fort
Scott for the largest attendance. This
prize applies to cities of the second
class. The books given by Crane &
Co. to cities of the second class having
the next highest attendance are to be
divided between Humboldt and La
Harpe, both cities having an equal
number of teachers here.
The total registration this year will
not reach 1,000 as anticipated, al
though there are probably more than
that many teachers in the city. At
noon today the enrollment was 875.
"About one-fourth of those who
come," said State Superintendent Day
hoff, "do not register, so we are not
able to get an exact figure as to how
many teachers come for the meetings."
The programme for tonight at the
high school auditorium, which closes
the meetings of the association, con
tains a lecture by Dr. Edward A. Stein
er, and a musical programme by the
department of music of Baker univer
sity. Weather Indications.
Chicago. Dec. 28. 7 a. m. tempera
tures: Philadelphia, 34; New York, 34;
Boston, 38; Washington, 24; Chicago,
40; Minneapolis," 22; Cincinnati, 3S; St.
Louis, 42.

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