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EVERYBODY EVESYEODY 10 PAGE NEEDS IT. .0 PAGES v ! J ? I ! J ESADS IT. LAST EDITION- MONDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY 15, 1906. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. f . . i , r-y S L l S t -J i if s , FIELD IS DYING. Condition of .Millionaire Mer chant Regarded as Hopeless. lie Has Keen Steadily Growing Weaker for Some Time. FAMILY AND FRIENDS Uaye Assembled at His Bedside Awaiting the Knd. Among These Are Paul JSiorton and Robert T. Lincoln. New York, Jan. 15. The following bulletin was issued by Marshall Field's physicians just after 1 o'clock: "There is no change for the better in Mr. Field's condition. He seems to grow weaker." Stanley field, nephew of Marshall Field, said that his uncle's condition was hopeless and that his death appeared only a matter of hours Mr. Field was conscious at that time, however, and all his relatives who are in the city were at his bedside by his request. Henry H. Rogers. Paul Morton and Lit?. Roswell Miller called to see Mr. Field today. Those at Mr. Field's bedside were Mrs. Field, Mrs. Marshall Field, Jr., StaiU-y Field and Mrs. Stanley Field; Mrs. Henry Dibhlee. a sister of the sick man; Norman B. Ream. William G. IJeale. Paul Morton and Robert T. Lin coln. Dr. Billings. wh?n a iked if there had b(-n any change in Mr. Field's con dition, replied: "Mr. Field is in extreme danger." At o'clock it was announced that Mr. Fit-Id has rallied considerably. ARGUMENT RESUMED. On the Demurrers Filed in Greene and Gajuor Case. Savannah. ;., Jan. 1". Demurrers to th- two indictments returned aerainst argued upon the opening of the court I today. Colonel W. Meldrim making the iiiKuiiMil for the defendants after read ing the indictments to the court. These I indiet meets at e numbers 476 and 477 on j thf docket. The counts. of No. 476 al I'.'Kt' t mia zzicment in collusion and con- juiM tion with former Captain Oberun M. ( alter and othi is o:i July 6. 1S!7. of toe sums of i..;i5,inio and ?i':;ii.740. No 477 is the indictment ( halting the receiving of moi.ey the defendants knew Carter to have embezzled. Colonel Meldrim de- iniii'i cH mi inni v ri n i ' it s umnn I hem thai the indictments failed to set out I the 'i 1'Udauts weie officers ot any banking establishment authorized to l e ceive nuliiic moneys, that they failed to sei out when wheie and how the miners were fraudulently received and f i a utl u 1 1 rtly paid out, that they failed in statements of facts but alleged von-el'is:o-,s. ,'..o,.,..i Mi.i.oi,., a..i....l n.,t cheeks for the two amounts alleged did j noi snow m any wise connection ne incni Greene and Gaynnr. On the con liaiy thty were drawn by Captain Car ter to the order of the Atlantic Con tiatug eomyany and that in no way did the defendants appear as endorsers, or eolietois C'f the money. The indict ments fa.il to set out and prove also, he helared. that the defendants bore any cMineetion with the Atlantic Contract ing eompany whieh, moi eover. bore no r latien of a fiduciary nature toward the Cnited States, the government bestow ing no ti ust or eonfidenee in jt but ex ereisine: the closet surveillance over it. Prior indictments of the defendants, he admitted, alleged their connection with the Atlantic Cortiacting company as its sto( khokiets, but the last two failed absolutely in this respect. Sueoial Attorney General Erwin re sponded for the government, asserting that it would have been a physical im possibility to have entered into an expo sition in detail showintr w here the woi k oone by the defenda nt s diff Ared from tic specifications and that the indict rnerts as drawn were good and suffi ce r '.. KEITH MUST FIGHT. Dr. II. II. llazlctf Filters the Race for 'oroncr. At the last moment Dr. H II. Keith has discovered that he is to have opposi tion in his race for the second term as coroner. Dr. H. H. Hazh-tt this morn ing paid his deposit to the county cen tral committee, and has announced that he is a candidate for the nomination of coroner. This announcement came as a surprise as it had been about conceded that Dr. Keith would have no opposi tion. The doctors of the city made a des perate tight against Keith two years ago. but were beaten, and they appear to he getting read !o renew hostilities. STAR THEATER REOPENS. Drew Good Crowds Yesterday at Rotli Performances. The Star theater which has been closed for the past month reopened last right under new management through out, and bids fair to be as popular a little play house as when it was first opened. The management played to two crowded houses last night and gave an linusually strong bill both as to the number of acts and their character. There are three single teams and two doubles on the programme as well as an illustrated song, and the usual mov ing pictures. The music throughout was excep tionally good and the stage effects con siderably above the average seen at variety theaters. The Star opened under the direction of the Western circuit and will be un der the local management of John J. Dau st n. Cleveland's Brother Dying. Columbus. O.. Jan. 15. Rev. W. N. Cleveland, bother of Former President Orover Cleveland, who has been strick en with paralysis', is in an unconscious condition today and the doctors say that Lis death Is a matter of hours. REVOLVER, IX HAND Captain Sheppard Stood Guard Over His Ship Four Days. New York. Jan. 15. The American line steamer St. Paul from Southampton and Cherbourg, brought Captain Sheppard and ciew of nine men of the American bark Edward L. Mayberry, which was abandoned at sea December 15 when 2",u miles east of Cape Hatteras. The men of the Mayberry's crew were res cued by the American bark Stalia and were landed at Havre. According to Captain Sheppard, his crew was for four days in practical mutiny. When the Mayberry became unmanageable on De cember 10 the crew, negroes shipped in the south, collected a butt of water, some pork, flour and beans and carried them to the top of the deckhouse. Later four of the negroes declared that they were going to desert the ship. Captain Sheppard pulled his revolver and announced that he would shoot the first man who attempted to take the boa. "On the night of December 12," says Captain Sheppard, "I knew they had decided to murder me. They continual ly followed my movements, keeping as near as possible. I did not get a wink of sleep, but sat and watched them as best I could, revolver In hand. You can imagine our position when I tell you that the sea was continually making a sweep over us." On December 14 they were reduced to one small bottle of water and this the captain guarded. On December 15, in latitude 36.0S, longitude 71.15 they were sighted by the Stalia bound from Hon duras to Havre. The vessel ran down near the bark and the captain signaled that it was too dark for a rescue but that he would stand by during the night. On the morning of December 16 they were taken off. THE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE. Two Days' Session at Fort Scott With Elaborate Programme. Fort Scott, Kan., Jan. 15. The Muni inai leas-iie of Kansas will convene in this city Thursday for a two days' ses sion. All cities of the first and sec ond class are eligible to membership which includes all city officials elected by the people or appointed by the coun cil and mayor, and nearly, if not all, such cities will have representatives here this week. Among the local entertainments pro posed is a magnificent banquet at the Goodlander. and probably a big theater party to take in the "Paul Jones" comic opera Thursday night. At any rate, there will be "a plenty done" to those dele gates in the way of making them have a pleasant time here. The questions discussed, all in line with the objects of the organization, are such as relate to tne interest specially ot cities compulsing the organization municipal ownership of utilities, needed legislation, etc. W. A. S. Bird, ex-city attorney of To peka. who is secretary, is sending out the program so far as completed and it is as follows: . ..... Franchises W. F. Jackson, city attor ney. Fort Scott. Some Municipal Legislation City at torney, lola. Waterworks in Cities of the Second Class: Municipal Ownership, Does It Pay M. H. Mead, city engineer. Junc tion City. City Parking W. B. Talbert, city en gineer. Holton. City Enforcement of Law R. A. Lovit, city attorney. Salina. The Relation of the Municipality to Other Corporations E. J. Crego, city attorney. Burlington. Municipal Ownership of Public Utili ties J. F. Hindman, city attorney, Ola the. Some Sanitary Observations Dr. S. J. Crumbine, secretary state board of health. Street Paving George Meyers, city engineer. Iola. Special Assessments in Cities of the Second Class J. H. Dana, city attorney, Ceffeyville. Municipal Ownership of Public Utili ties F. T. Burnham, city attorney Be loir. Personal Injury Legislation Ralph Nelson, city attorney, Kansas City. hollidayelected. Commercial Club Gives Old J'esideut Another Term. Charles K. Holliday was this morn ing re-elected president of the Topeka Commercial club for the year 1906. Thomas J. Anderson was again chosen secretary. W. W. Manspeaker was elected treasurer in the place of L. M. Penwell. and John R. Mulvane vice president in the place of Judge T. F. Garver. "Factories, factories and more fac tories:" This is the slogan adopted by the board of directors after the election was over. Every energy, every muscle and sinew will be directed towards the establishment here of more industries during the. nxt year. g "That is our platform," said Charles K. Holliday. after the meeting was over. "We have a good many different things in view, but for the present we cannot give them out." John R. Mul vane's project to bring a cotton mill here is known to be one of these. The meeting of the board was very short and beyond the election of offi cers little business was transacted. It was decided to arrange a good recep tion committee to meet the delegates who come here to the semicentennial convention on January 1!9. Buttons will be provided for every delegate. Music and entertainment is to be arranged for. Harvard's Treasury Report. Cambridge, Mass.. Jan. 15. The re port of the treasurer of Harvard on the funds of the university is published today. Up fQ ju)y 31 1905. the funds amounted to IS. 036. 025. an increase of S1.2So.2il over last year. The teachers' endowment fund", which is the largest, amounts to $736,225. The total amount of gifts during the vear to estabiislf new funds was $1,455,132. 9-1,.srfor '"'mediate use amounted to N 1 .i.l'fio. being payments bv J. Pier pont Mortran. Mrs. Collis P. Hunting ton and David Sears for the new build ings of the medical school. No Jury Work Today. A number of motions were disposed of in the district eourf this morning, most of them of minor importance. The motion docket and assignments were called and the preliminary work relative to the trial of the jury cases disposed of by the court. The jury were dismissed for the day and are to report at nine o clock Tuesday morning. The motion m the case of Robert L. Stone, guardian for Clara L. Hughes, for an additional allowance, was heard and the motion granted. !0 STRIKE Trustees of Devlin Estate Accept Union Terms. To Carry Out All Agreements Made by Devlin. JOIN THE OPERATORS. Receivers Are Now Part of the "Coal Trust." Cyrus Leland Was Opposed to Accepting Membership. After several conferences with Charles Richardson of Pittsburg, Kan., repre sentatives of the Miners' union, the trus teea of the Devlin estate have agreed to continue their membership in the op erators' association, and pay the union scale of wages to miners. This disposes of the danger of a strike which has been threatening: the Devlin mines for several days. Mr. Devlin was vice president of the Operators' association, and through this Operators' association the miners had their contract for the union scale. They feared that unless the trustees would accept Devlin's membership, it would leave the trustees at liberty to pay whatever wage scale they pleased. Strike talk in the Mount Carmel Coal company mines in southeastern Kansas at Frontenac and Chiccpee became com mon after Cyrus Leland, James E. Hur ley and William E. Reeves were elected trustees of the Devlin estate in bank ruptcy. Some of the miners, and there are about 2,000 employed in these two places, became very nervous. Some of the miners feared that the schedule which had been maintained with them by Mr. Devlin might now be broken. Cyrus Leland, one of the receivers and now a trustee, was against assum ing Mr. Devlin's membership in the Operators' association. It is said that he felt that the organization is a kind of a combination or trust and the trus tees ought not to enter it. Mr. Leland. however, informed the miners that the arrangements obtaining while Mr. Dev lin was alive and in control, would be strictly and faithfully adhered to. Charles Richardson of Pittsburg, Kan., was in Topeka Friday represent ing the miners and again yesterday. He, it is said, urged the trustees to join the Operators' association..A long conference was held yesterday afternoon and the step was taken. James E. Hurley, general manager of the Santa Fe and one of the trus tees, was seen this morning. He is the onlv trustee In the city, Mr. Le land having gone to Kansas City this morning and Mr. Reeves returned to his home in Streator, 111. "We decided to simply take Mr. Devlin's place." said Mr. Hurley. "We have taken his membership and as sumed his contracts with the miners. Mr. Devlin was vice president of the operators' association. There was never any danger of a strike. Most of it was talk. But everything is sat isfactorily arranged and there is not a bit of danger of trouble." Gossip concerning the matter holds that the operators' association had considerable to do with the whole matter. The operators in the asso ciation pay dues according to the amount of coal which they mine. Nat urally this would amount to a consid erable sum with the Devlin mines. But at the same time a uniform schedule is maintained by all the op erators with their miners. It pre vents conflicts in a great many in stances. WILL HOT BE SHOT. Condemned Americans In Mexico "Will Go to Salt Mines. Fort Worth, Tex., Jan. 15. Friends of C. S. Hart here have been advised that he and the two other defendants, Rich ardson and Mason, under sentence of death in Chihauhau, Mexico, for pois oning two Americans, policyholders of the New York Life, will not be execut ed in accordance with the court's de cree by being stood against an adobe wall and shot by a squad of soldiers, but will be sent to the convict stockade on the islands in the tropics off the coast of the Southern republic to serve terms of twenty years each at hard labor, presumably in the salt mines. Dr. Hart formerly practiced medicine in Texas. Richardson and Mason came from Rochester, X. Y., and they were in Dallas for a time and afterward met Dr. Hart at Chihauhau. JUDGMENT WILL STAND Judge Datia Refuses to Change the $1,000 Verdict in Cooper Case. Judge Dana this morning overruled the motion to modify the judgment in the case of John G. Cooper against Clara Cooper. Cooper seed his wife for a divorce which was granted after a sensational trfal which lasted for more than a week. One thousand dollars ali mony was granted to Mrs. Cooper which did not seem to suit either of the parties to the case. Twenty-second Infantry Returns. San Francisco. Jan. 15. The army transport Sherman arriving from Manila brought the enlisted men of the Twenty second infantry, numbering five hundred and sixty men and their officers. They will be stationed about this bay. A pas senger was General W. H. Carter, who has been for the past three years in command of the department of Visayas. including the islands of Mindanao and Samar. He is en route to Chicago to take command of the department of the lakas. Killed Himself in a Crowd. Los Angeles. Jan. 15. Albert Wilson, thirty years of age. whose relatives re side at College Corner. O., shot himself in the forehead in the presence of hun dreds of people at Arcade station yes terday and died in the receiving hospital two hours later. The shot was fired with suicidal intent and evidently in a moment of mental aberration. 7ITII GEPuAilY. Ambassador White Instructed to Stand by Kaiser In the Conference on Morocco at Algeciras. FOR THE OPEN DOOR. And an International Commis sion of- Control. The Vatican Also Is Against France in the Matter. London, Jan. 15. The Associated Press is advised that Ambassador White, representing the United States at theMoroccoan conference at Algeciras will support the German contention both as to the "open door" in Morocco and as to an international commission to control the policing of the country. It is suggested that this may make the adoption of the German view probable, particularly in light of the fact that Russia has shown marked indifference to the appeal of France for support. The fhfluence of the Vatican is also under stood to be hostile to France. HE DID IT ALOflE. Ivens Declares He Had No Accom plices in Itoliister Murder. Chicago. Jan. 15. Richard G. Ivens, self-confessed murderer of Mrs. Frank lin C. Hollister, was today subjected to a severe examination by the police in the effort to obtain from him the names of supposed accomplices. Ivens declared that he had no accomplices. During the examination the aged father of Ivens sat in the room with the tears streaming down his face. When the examination was concluded the old man asked his son: "Did you really do this alone?" "Yes, I did it alone," replied the son. It is the intention of the police to push the case against Ivens. Two More Murders. Two more murders were added last night to the long list of crimes that have taken place in this city of late. The first victim was Anton Spychalski, who was attacked by two robbers at the corner of Washington boulevard and Sangamon, street. He showed fight and one of them shot him through the body, inflicting a wound that caused his death in two hours. The second crime was committed at the intersection of May and Randolph streets, where Joseph Kane was at tacked by thugs wijt. bent him so ter ribly about the head u'.at Ids death en sued within a short time. WORKED OLD SOLDIERS Induced Them to File 011 Homesteads and Leave the Land. Omaha. Neb., Jan. 15. The trial of Rev. George G. Ware, president of the V. B. I. Cattle company, charged with conspiracy to defraud the government of public lands, was resumed here today. Frank Lambert, one of Ware's alleged co-conspirators, confirmed pre vious testimony to the effect that he induced about twenty inmates of the soldiers' home to file on homesteads and give 93-year leases to the IT. B. I. company. Lambert said he paid them $150 each and received from Mr. Ware $50 for each lease secured. This fee he divided equally with Harry Welch, who was aiding him. COLD WEATHER PREDICTED. Wind Is Blowing 34 Miles an Hour l"rom the Xorthwest. Snow began falling at 7 o'clock this morning but the storm lasted but a few moments, finally turning into a drizzling rain which continued until nearly 11 o'clock. The precipitation of the snow and rain combined amounted to about one one-hufldredth of an inch, just enough to freshen the slush which has made the streets a sloppy thoroughfare for the week past. There has been scarcely a change in the condition of the temperature which insists on hanging around 34 where it has been for several days. The nights are as warm as the days and the slush and water on the pave ments does not freeze at all. The minimum for today was 33, reached before sunrise this morning, while the temperature for Sunday was but one degree higher. The temperature for the past week has been something marvelous even for this country, and the conditions are more nearly those one might ex pect in early spring or fall, rather than the prevailing conditions in the middle of winter. Weather Observer Jennings accounts for the conditions by saying, that there is a low barome ter to the north of us and the semi tropical weather which we are enjoy ing is the result of the warm winds from the Gulf of Mexico and that vicinity rushing northward to this cold section; and that to get there they pass over this section of the country and that this is the reason for the even and warm temperatures of the past week or so. The forecast for today and tomor row says: "Fair tonight and Tuesday with a falling temperature for to night." At 2 o'clock today the wind is blow ing at the rate of 34 miles an hour from the northwest, while the sun which has been in seclusion most of the time for several days is casting an occasional gleam through little rifts in the scurrying clouds. The hourly temperatures for today are: 7 o'clock 3411 o'clock 36 S o'clock 3 4 i 1 2 o'clock 34 9 o'clock 35: 1 o'clock 35 10 o'clock 34 2 o'clock 36 Shipwrecked Crew Brought In. Philadelphia. Jan. 15. The steam ship Olaf Kyrre, from Shields, arrived here today with the crew of the bark Cordillera, from St. Johns, N. B., for Buenos Ayres. The twelve men were taken off the bark on January 5. The Cordillera was abandoned water logged and dismasted in latitude 34.41 north, longitude 41.56 west. (ANSANS RALLY. 'Formerlies" Living in Sew York Organize Society. Will Hold a Big Banquet on Kansas' Birthday. THEY WANT THE NAMES Help Find Kansans in the New York Jungles. M. P. Gould "of Topeka" Is Temporary Secretary. The following letter has been re ceived from M. P. Gould, of New York fity, a formerly of Kansas man, and in years past a paper carrier on a State Journal route. Mr. Gould is at present conducting an advertising agency in New York, and is one of the originators of the proposed Kansas club, of which he speaks in his letter. Mr. Gould says: "It is estimated that there are about 1,000 native Kansans and people who have lived at some time in Kansas, in New York and vicinity. A movement is on foot to organize a Kansas so ciety in New York. "Missouri has such a society in New York with a membership of four or five hundred, the Minnesota society has a membership of about six hun dred, the Michigan society with a membership of about seven hundred, the Pennsylvania society with a mem bership of about eight hundred, and the Ohio society with a membership of about fourteen hundred. "The provisional committee on the organization of this Kansas society is composed of some well known names, men who are publishers, bank presi dents, editors, scientists, educators, traffic and transportation managers and lawyers, who are occupying a con spicuous place in the life of the great metropolis. "Kansans never go into anything without knowing what they are about and this organization Is certain to be a success. It will not be very long be fore every Kansan in New York and vicinity will be very anxious to be counted a member of this Kansas so ciety. "There is a prestige always in being a charter member of an organization which gives promise of occupying a notable place in the life of New York. It would therefore be well for those who have friends living in New Y'ork or vicinity, to write at once and tell them to communicate with the tem porary secretary, Mr. M. P. Gould, Yale club, 30 Wrest Forty-fourth street. New York city. "The first banquet Of the society will, in all probability, be held January 29 Kansas day hence immediate ac tion will be necessary in order to notify all people in New York who may de sire to attend this banquet. "People living out of New York, and who are not familiar with the great city having four million popula tion, can not understand what a wilder ness it is in which to search for any body. "If the society is to be an immediate success, it will be necessary for every body who has friends living in the east to write to them at once, urging them to become members of this society, or, at least, to write to the temporary sec retary and let their whereabouts be known." Native Kansans who have wandered through the dense jungles of New York for days at a time without meeting a single representative of their home state, can readily see that the proposed club would tie a good thing for them selves or other Kansas visitors, and if they have friends or relatives in the big city they should at once notify them of the organizationT HILLIS' LECTURE TONIGHT. Famous Clergyman Will Speak at the First Baptist Church. Newell Dwight Hillis. pastor of the famous Plymouth church. New York, formerly served by Henry Ward Beecher, will lecture at the First Bap tist church this evening. His lecture s one of the numbers on the pipe or gan lecture course. Mr. Hillis is a clergyman whose reputation is second to none in America. He is an Illinois man by birth, and was educated in the west. He is a Presbyterian by education, but his first important pastorate was when he succeeded the late David Swing as pastor of an Independent church at Chicago. Since 1899 he has been pastor of Plymouth church, suc ceeding Lyman Abbott, who resigned to become editor of The' Outlook. He has written a great many books which are popular in the religious and ethical world. NOT MURDER AT ALL Is the Latest Contention in the Patrick C:-sc. Albany, N. Y., Jan. 15. A joint re quest by former Senator David B. Hill, Judge William K. Olcott and District Attorney William Travers Jerome of New York county, for a reprieve of at least sixty days for Albert T. Patrick, under sentence to die next week for the murder of William Marsh Rice, was the net result of a hearing held today before Governor Higgins. The governor said he would take the re quest under consideration and prob ably announce his decision late this afternoon. The purpose of the re prieve required is to permit the pre sentation of newly discovered evidence before the court of general sessions in New York city in support of a new motion for a retrial of the case. .In the course of the argument be fore the governor. Senator Hill de clared that there were precise and newly discovered scientific evidences to show that Rice was net murdered at all. Califomian Appointed. Washington, Jan. 15. James B. Brown Scott, of California, professor of law at Columbia university, New York, has been appointed solicitor of the state department, to succeed Judge Penfield, resigned. LAMP TRIMMER LOSES JOB. New Arc Lamps Make Savins In the City Pay Roll. The installation of the new enclosed street arc lamp seventy in number, which burn lflo hours without requiring retriniming. instead of the ten hour schedule with the old lamps, necessitates the cutting down of the force of line men. Ira Wilson, a colored line man, will be let out the first of February. The city saves $57.50 a month by the reduction, leaving three linemen still on the payroll. The installation of thirty lamps on Kan sas avenue by the Edison company. which is making a test and taking care of its own lamps, also cuts down the amount of work. THINK HE HAD HELP. Chieagro Police BelieTe That Ivins Had Accomplices. Chicago, Jan. 15. Protests, loud and insistent, came from Chicago pul pits yesterday against the lawless con ditions which were held responsible for the murder of Mrs. Franklin C. Hollister. This crime, added to the killing of three other women within a few months, roused the ministers and congregations to demand that better protection be given by the police to women. Mayor Dunne, who returned during the day from Denver, joined in the appeal, saying that the city needed more policemen. He declared It to be the duty of the council to provide the means for putting a large enough force of patrolmen out to cover the city thoroughly. This also was demanded by the First Methodist church. Plans for a mass meeting to compass this end were made by others. Sorrow and anger mingled in the services at the Wesleyan Methodist church, of which Mrs. Hollister was a member. Members of the choir, in which she had sung, could not sit in their seats before the congregation, but remained in the pews. Richard G. Ivens. who strangled Mrs. Hollister Friday evening, told two stories of the disposal of the brown seal muff which his victim had swung in her hand when seen a few hours before she disappeared. He said he carried it away with him under his coat and hid it. Later he said he threw it into a garbage can. The police could not find the muff. Out of this there arose a stronger feeling on the part of some of the police that Ivens had accom plices. Relatives of Mrs. Hollister were convinced the young murderer had not worked alone. They argued that the victim must have been detained early in the day by members of the evil "gang," and perhaps was murdered before evening and her body removed to the stable where it was found. Richard Ivens, the father of the murderer, began to work up a defense for his son. His plea will be insanity. He said the young man had acted queerly. WILL MEET MINERS. Railroad Coal Operators Have Agreed to a Conference. New York, Jan. 15. The coal opera tors, including the ' " railroad opera tors, including the big railroad opera will meet the miners' representatives in about two weeks, it is said by the president of a coal railroad. The ex act date of the conference has not been fixed. Probably it will be held in this city early in February, after the nation al convention of the Uniteu Mine Work ers. President George F. Baer of the Read ing and John Mitchell, head of the United Mine Workers of America, re cently reached an agreement for the conference. Railroad operators have not outlined their attitude toward the min ers, it was said yesterday, for the rea son that the miners have not presented their case fully. The individual operators, it was said, will be represented by Joseph L. Cake of the Clear Spring Coal company at West Pittsburg. Pa., and by Frank Par dee of the Pardee Coal company at Hazleton. Mr. Baer will represent the railroad operators. LOCOMOTIVE UPSET. Spreading Rails Cause a Wreck on the Jersey Central. Elizabeth, N. J., Jan. 15. A passenger train on the North Elizabeth branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey was derailed last night at Division street. The locomotive was overturned, but the crew escaped serious injury by jumping. Most of the passengers were hurled from their seats and several were cut by riving glass. None were seriously Injured. The accident was due to the spreading of rails at the point where the branch diverges from the main line. Polloni After the Money. Frank Pollom of Soldier township, has gone into training, not for a prize fight, but for the spelling match on March 31, to be held between repre sentatives of the county schools. J. C. Pollom, father of the aspirant for spelling honors, has offered his son $1 for spelling down his school, $5 for spelling down all the schools in his township, and $50 for a w inning in the county contest. Therefore young Pol lom has three contests ahead of him. To win the young man must beat his school and township, and then defeat thirty-two other aspirants from the eleven townships of the county. Meeting of South Topeka People. The property owners of Shunga nunga drainage district No. 1 will meet at Seventeenth and Kansas. avenues at 7:30 o'clock January 17, to discuss the drainage question. Councilman Shimer says the purpose of the meeting is to decide whether or not the property holders will vote bonds for the construction of drainage ditches to relieve the neighborhood in time of overflow from the Shunga nunga creek. The drainage board has the right to levy upon the property in the "wet" district, but the property holders will have a chance to take part in the dis cussion. Sinoot's Bill Passed. Washington. Jan. 15. In the senate today a bill reported by Mr. Smoot giving to homesteaders on the recently opened Uintah reservation an exten sion until May 15. 1906, to establish residences was passed. Weather Indications. Chicago. Jan. 15. Forecast for Kansas: Fair tonight colder tonight. and Tuesday; WANTS JIS WIFE. W. J. Davis Tries to Regain 16 l ear Old Girl. She Is Now Held by Crittentoa Home Authorities. HABEAS CORPUS SUIT. Commenced Sunday by Husband, Just Out of Jail. Father of Girl Says the Marriaga Was Illegal. William J. Davis applied to the dis trict court for a writ of habeas corpu Sunday, claiming that his wife, Bessia I. Davis, is being Illegally restrained of her liberty by the superintendent of the Crittenton home. The order wa granted by Judge Dana who made th writ returnable Monday, January 22. Davis is 45 years old; his alleged wifa is a child in short dresses. Bessie I. Davis Is the daughter of A. B. Ladd, a Santa Fe employe, and waa placed in the insiitut.on by the father who claims that she is but 16 years of age, and that the marriage ceremony which was performed in Kansas City on the 11th of last November is illegal. At the time of the marriage, which, was a runaway affair, A. B. Ladd, the father of the girl, had W. J. Davis, the man who married her, arrested on a statutory charge, also claiming that the girl had been kidnaped and taken to Kansas City against her will. This charge was afterwards dismissed bv Mr. Ladd and the husband was arrested on a charge of false swearing, when he secured the marriage license from the probate court in Kansas City, Kansas. He was taken to Kansas City and tried on this charge and was bound over. Not being able to give the required bond he has been in jail in, that city until Saturday when the action against him was dropped at the request of the prosecuting witness. The father dropped the last prosecu tion of Davis believing that his daugh ter, who is now in the Crittenton home, would be kept there until she had reached her majority. As soon as Davis was released from jail he came to Topeka and made de mand on the management of the Crit tenton home that his -wife be returned to him, claiming that she is nearly 19 years of age. The father of the girl says she is not yet sixteen years of age and this is tne story that the gir! herself has told from the start. The ladies who have charge of the Crittenton home have refused to re lease the girl, claiming that she is un der age and was placed there by her father and that they have no authority to release her unless he gives his con sent which he refuses to do. Considerable indignation was aroused at the time of the arrest of Davis who is a man considerably older than the father of the girl and the charge in this county was dismissed for the rea son that the Kansas City case seemed to be the strongest of the two. Bessie Ladd, the wife of Davis, if the mar riage ceremony is held to be valid, is small for a girl of 16 and is not yet out of short dresses. About the only feature about the ha beas corpus proceeding is the question as to who is the better judge of the girl's age, her father or the man who wants her foe his wife. STILL AT CARACAS. France Has Not Yet Recalled Her Minister to Venezuela. Paris. Jan. 15. The positive statement was made at the foreign office thi morn ing that diplomatic relations between France and Venezuela have not yet been officially broken off. M. Taigny, the French charge d'affaires, still remains at Caracas. A rupture, . however, is Immi nent, though the order to sever relations with Venezuela has not been dispatched. All communications, owing to interruo tion of direct telegraph connection with Caracas, pass through Wasa'ngton witli which capital an understanding exifts. The American minister, Mr. Russell, will take charge of French Interests in Vene zuela when the official notification of tha cessation of diplomatic relations .s given. The reports that the French squadron is proceeding to Venezuelan waters are not confirmed, but on the other hand they are not denied, the officials here main taining the strictest discretion relative to the measures France Is likely to adopt. BURBANK MUST SERVE. President Roosevelt Declines to Inter fere In the Case. Leavenworth, Kas., Jan. 15. Ad vices received at Fort Leavenworth from Washington state that President Roosevelt has declined to interfere with the finding of the court martial in the case of Lieut. Sidney S. Bur bank. Sixth infantry, recently sen tenced in the Philippines "to fifteen months' imprisonment and dismissal from the army. Burbank was convicted of deserting his Filipino wife, who some time ago was granted divorce and alimony. SAVED FROM THE SEA. Passengers and Crew of the Cherokee Have Been Rescued. Atlantic City, N. J., Jan. 15. After spending twenty-four hours in terrible anxiety lest they be wrecked and swept into the sea, the passengers and crew, sixty in all. of the Clyde lin steamer Cherokee, bound from San Domingo for New York, which went aground on the Brigantine shoals Fri day, were rescued and landed. Captain Archibald, two mates and the ship's carpenter elected to remain aboard the steamer. Temperatures of Loree Cities. Chicago, Jan. 15. Temperatures at 7 a. in.: New York, 34; Boston, L'4: Philadel phia, 3-; Washington. 3K; Chicago, :; Minneapolis, 31; Cincinnati, 40; St. Louii, 3a.