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PAGES . ! ' r ) M li hi! I : ! ; ! ! ,rH 1 NEEDS IT. IASTi 'EDITION. MONDAY EVENING. TOPEKA KANSAS. OCTOBEE 15, 1906. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. -0 PAGES f 3 I 1 Si'l a Baprfime Court Refused to Jr&nt a Rebe&riHg. La?ss No Alternatire Hut to Sarte Sentence. HE REFUSED TO TALK. Sentence of Court Was Six Months in Jail. Attorney YYaggener Didn't Know What Will Be Done. Washington, Oct. 15. The supreme court of the United States today denied the petition of former United States 2 im: uf-'d--; .---7 Ex-United States Senator Burton Whose Last Chance of Kscapin a Jail Seiiteoe Was Taken Away by the United States Supreme Court Today. Senator Burton, of Kansas, for a re hearing in the case in "which he Is un der sentence of imprisonment and fine on the charge of accepting an attor ney's fee in a case in which the gov ernment was interested while he was serving as senator. The effect of the decision will be the Immediate imprisonment of Burton un less his attorneys devise some other means of postponing the execution of the sentence. J. R. Burton was convicted while Uni ted States senator from Kansas of ac cepting money from a get-rich-quick company at St. Louis for using his in fluence as a senator to prevent a fraud order being issued. He was twice convicted, the first time the supreme court reversing the decis ion. The second conviction waa upheld but the operation of the sentence was puspended during the pendency of a motion for rehearing which was today decided against Mr. Burton. The sentence was six months in the county jail at Ironton, Mo., and a fine cf 12.500. Frank Grimes received his first in " formation of the Burton decision this forenoon through a reporter for the State Journal. He was found in a bar ber chair, his face covered with lather and the barber was about to begin shav lng him. "Where can Mr. Burton be found?' he was asked. T hardly know," he replied. "He was In my office last Tuesday, but I don't know whether he returned home or went east. "The Burton decision was handed down in Washington today," he was next informed. Mr. Grimes began to show signs of interest. "It was," he exclaimed, j "What was it?" "The motion for a rehearing was de nied." Mr. Grimes' face resumed its ordi narily placid state and his ideas or thoughts were not made manifest on his countenance. He simply repeated after the reporter "The motion was denied, eh?" In an expressionless man Tier. He had nothing further to say. Abilene, Kan., Oct. 15. Joseph Ralph JBurton, former United States senator from Kansas, when seen at his home Itre today by an Associated Press rep resentative regarding the action of the United States supreme court In refus ing him a rehearing, said: "This is not my time to talk." Mr. Burton absolutely declined to talk of the case. However, it is stated from en cuthoritative source that he already lias communicated with his attorneys asking that his term of imprisonment be arranged to begin at the earliest pos sible moment. Sometime ago Mr. Burton caused an official statement to be made by nis at torneys that if the supreme court de nied him a rehearing he would neither apply for a pardon nor accept it if it were tendered. Mr. Burton today was found in his home here. He has remained at home jiractically all summer with the excep tion of one cr two small trips. The last trip he made was to Chicago two weeks ego. Atchison, Kan., Oct. 15. Balie P. Waggener, of this city, one of Mr. Bur ton's attorneys, said at noon today that he had not up to that time re ceived any communication from the former senator regarding his wishes In the matter, but said that Mr. Burton Sad previously expressed to him a wish Sa teir?n serving his sentence If the supreme court should finally decide against him as it did today. Mr Wageener expressed it as his opinion that the mandate of the court would be sent by the supreme court im mediately to the district court at St. Louis, in which case it would be possi ble for Mr. Burton to begin serving his sentence sometime this week. Former Senator Burton was reached by long distance telephone at his home in Abilene by the State Journal this morning within a few minuses after tne word had been received from Washing ton that the supreme court had denied him a rehearing. Infort .tion concerning this decision was first conveyed to Mr. Burton through this telephonic communication. He had no .comments to make on the decision of the court. -This decision of the court means that the sentence imposed by the trial eourt will have to be fulfilled by you?" Mr. Burton was asked. "I suppose it does," was the reply. ' What are your plans?" was the next question. "I have not a word to say one way or the other." replied Mr. Burton. "Not a single word." "Do you contemplate seeking a par don as "some of your friends have sug gested?" was asked. "Oh, no," replied Mr. Burton. "Fur- mm: ther questions are useless" he added, "for I have not a single word to say." USED A KNIFE. W. I. Sharp Carved K. E. Carey In Hell Telephone Office. In a fight between two employes of the Chicago Electrical Construction company, engaged in installing the new switchboard in the Bell telephone office. W. D. Sharp stabbed E. E. Carey with a dull pocket knife this morning. The wounds inflicted were slight, consisting of a cut over the left eye and another in the hip. Sharp was busily engaged in carving Carey when Mr. Samuel 1. Howe, district manager, took a hand in the scrimmage and separated the be ligerents. After the fight Sharp ran out of the building and escaped from detectives who were hunting for him in less than three minutes. He ran through the Grand opera house and the Empire store on the corner of Sixth and Jackson streets, and in the drug store dropped the knife, an ordinary tool which had a broken point and looked like It had been used for a screw-driver. The po lice say that some person in the Em pire drug store assisted Sharp to es cape by giving him a hat. A warrant has been sworn out before the county attorney charging Sharp with assault with intent to kill and Sharp was captured at his home, 920 Quincy street. The fight had nothfing to do with the telephone strike, as the employes of the Chicago Construction company are In no way connected with the Bell Tele phone company. SETTLED OUT OF COURT Croker Drops His Libel Suit Agatost London Magazine. London, Oct. 15. The lawyers repre senting the Amalgamated Press pub lishers of the London Magazine, against which Richard Croker brought suit for damages, on the ground of defamatory statements made In an article headed "Tammany in England," in which Mr. Croker was charged with having used his office as chief of Tammany hall for purposes of financial profit, inform ed the Associated Press today that the case has been amicably settled out of court. Jt was added that counsel is not yet at liberty to announce the terms of the settlement. It was learned however, that the terms include the publication in the next number of the London Magazine of a full withdrawal of the statements complained of, and an apology and pro bably a statement that the series of of fending articles will be discontinued as the defendants have undertaken to make no further personal references to Mr. Croker therein. The defendants al so will pay Mr. Croker's costs. St. Louis Browns Win Another. St. Louis, Oct. 15. The local Amer icans won their fourth victory over the St. Louis Nationals by taking the first game of a double header Saturdav afternoon, 3 to 1. Darkness ended the second game at the end of the fifth inning, with score 0 to 0. The series now stancs, Americans 4; Nationals, 0. Tied, two. FOP. 360,000,000 Legal Battle Begins In the Courts of Pennsylranla. For the Possession of the William Weightman Fortune. BENEFICIARY OF WILL Is Sued by a Daughter-in-Law of the Dead Man. She Declares That the Deceased Made Offer ol Marriage. Philadelphia, Oct. 15. The great contest inaugurated to have declared invalid the will of William Weightman, the millionaire chemist, who died leav ing an estate valued at about $60,000, 000, was called for a hearing today be fore Judge Ashman in the orphans' court. William Weightman was the founder of the Powers & Weightman firm of chemists, which since his death has become the Powers-Weightman-Ros-engarten company. He was known to have acquired a vast fortune and when he died the public generally waa sur prised to find that it was left entirely to his daughter, Mrs. Walker. Un der the terms of the will as offered for probate nearly all of the vast fortune was bequeathed to Mr. Weightman's daughter, Mrs. Anna Weightman- vvaiker. The suit to set aside the wiil was instituted by Mrs. Jones- VVister, who was a daughter-in- law of Mr. Weightma,n, but who remarried at the death of her husband, John Weightman. Mrs. Wister, on behalf of her minor daugh ter, Martha Weightman, seeks to prove that Mr. Weightman left a codicil to his will amply providing for his grand daughter and the other heirs to the estate. Mrs. Walker denies that any such codicil exists and says the will probated was her father's last and full expression of his desires in the matter. If the will is broken five grand daughters and a grandson of Mr. Weightman wi'l be benefited. The case has attracted considerable attention because of the social prominence of those concerned. A sensation was created by Mrs. Wister's declaration, that Mr.Weightman, who was past 80 years of age, when he died, made a proposal of marriage to her after the death of her husband, but that she re jected him and married Mr. Wister. The contest has caused the family to split into factions. One of Mrs. Wister's daughters, Mrs. Richard Walsh Meiers, formerly Miss Annie W. Weightman, openly stiding with her aunt. She will probably be a witness In Mrs. Walker's behalf. A formidable array of counsel has been retained by both sides. Hamp ton L. Carson, attorney general of Pennsylvania, and John G. Johnson are at the head of Mrs. Walker's group of lawyers, and Alexander Simp son, jr., heads the attorneys for Mrs. Wister. The two principals in the case, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Wister, ar rived in the court room early and took seats among the crowd. Each was quietly dressed and Mrs. Walker's ap pearance gave but slight indication that she was the possessor of $60, 000,000. The first witness called by the con testant was A. W. Hooper, 76 years of age, who was manager of accounts and credits for Powers & Weightman, of which concern Mr. Weightman was sole member. At first he was an un willing witness and was threatened with contempt of court for refusing to answer certain questions. He had beer a witness to the will and Mr. Simpson asked him what money he had received from Mrs. Walker after the death of her father. His first answer was that he re ceived his salary up to the time the firm was taken over by another com pany. Then he admitted receiving $20 for each year he was with the firm, or a total of $860. Other employes' gifts were at the same rate. Following this after much coaxing by attorneys he admitted receiving a present of $5,000 from Mrs. Walker. "What else did you get?" asked Mr. Simpson. "That is a private matter," he re plied. At this juncture the witness was threatened with contempt of court for evading answers. Finally the Judge informed him that he was in the hands of the court and he was instructed to answer. Mr. Hooper therupon said: "Well, if I am compelled to answer, I received from Mrs. Walker $100,000." This answer caused a sensation and much loud conversation ensued. After order had been restored the witness said he received the $100,000 about December, 1904. Having established the fact that he had received gifts from Mrs. Walker, the lawyers ex amined the witness regarding the cir cumstances of the signing of the last will of Mr. Weightman on August 1, 1905. He had witnessed the signing of two other papers prior to the sign ing of the last will. These he believed were a will and a codicil but he was not sure. Mr. Hooper on cross examination expressed the belief that Mr. Weight man's mental condition was perfect at the time he signed the will in dispute. Edward T. Davis, private secretary to Mr. Weightman, also witnessed the 1895 will. He corroborated the pre vious witness' testimony regarding Mr. Weightman's mental condition. Mrs. Walker was then called. She testified that her father's first will was executed in 1884. She never saw it, but understood it divided the estate in three parts, one-third each to herself and her two brothers. When she heard her father changed his will in her favor she expressed disapproval as she preferred It should stand as origin ally drawn. "I went to see my father the next day and he himself said to me, 'I've changed my will and left everything to you." I asked him, 'Why did you do it?" and he replied, 'I have carefully considered the matter and thought that the best disposition of my property.' " 'If I outlive you what shall I do with the estate?' I asked and he said, 'Do as you please. I know you love your nieces and nephews.' " When asked if there was any fur ther conversation then or afterward she said there was not, the matter cf leaving his estate to her was of no im portance to her. She tossed her head as she thus spoke lightly of $60,000,000. , "What were your relations with Mrs. Wlster at that time?" she was asked. "The person you refer to was then In Europe," she snapped back. After fur ther questioning she said her relations with Mrs. Wister were apparently friendly, although the latter tried to injure her in the eyes of her father. She has not spoken to Mrs. Wister, she said, since a short time before she was married to Mr. Wister. T "I always wished her well," waa her comment as she left the witness stand for the noon recess. When court reconvened at 2 p. m. the ease on motion of attorney for Mrs. Wister, waa postponed. This action caused surprise and there was a rumor that there has been a com promise. Attorney for Mrs. Walker de nied this emphatically. The case can not come up for some weeks. The withdrawal of the case caused great glee in the Wal ker camp. Mrs. Wister and her attorneys disappeared immediately and no expla nation was given of the sudden change of front. DAVIS BILL ROOM. Mayor Will Build One 40x40 Feet on His Residence. A private ball room. Just think of it. Aren't we getting very swell? Well, I most surely trust so. One of Topeka's most devoted wor shippers at the shrine of Terpsichore Mayor W. H. Davis Is the one who has made this votive offering. Surely the goddess will be delighted not to speak of scores of Topekans who will be anxious to try the new ball room. On the third floor of his residence at Ninth and Western avenue. Mayor Davis will erect a private ball room which will put to shame any of the ball rooms which have served Topeka's society set for the past several years. Forty feet by forty feet are the dimen sions and a decorative scheme which will be entrancing in the extreme is being worked out by the architects commissioned to prepare the plans. It will be Topeka's first private ball room of any pretensions. The bail room is only a portion of the plan In rebuilding the Davis resi dence which is now very commodious. Two bed rooms will be added on to the second story, a dining room, kitch en and butler's pantry on the ground floor, additional baths, a big wide de lightful colonial porch and a port cochere on the south. The ball room wiil occupy the entire third story which is to be added to the house. The im provements at a rough guess will cost upwards of $5,000. Holland & Squires, architects, are preparing sketches of the enlargement planned for the resi dence. FUSS OVER IIOilfiATION Is George M. Knighton a Ixgal Candi date for Sudgo. The state contest board is in session today at tho office of Secretary of State J. R. Burrow, taking testimony in the George M. Knighton case from tha Thirty-third judicial district, compris ing the counties of. tush, Ness, Lane, Scott, Wichita, Greeley, Pawnee, Ed wards and Hodgeman. Knighton claims to be the Democratic nominee for district judge, but his right to be placed on the ticket is contested not only by Republicans, but by a fac tion of the Democratic party in his dis trict. It is claimed that he was nomi nated at an illegally called convention, at which only 7 out of 47 delegates were present. The Republican nominee is Charles E. Lobdell, and most of the Democratic lawyers in the Thirty-third district are said to be favorabie to nie election witn out opposition. State Auditor Wells and .Attorney General Coleman are hearing the case. Secretary Burrow is still absent from town. Mr. Knighton and Mr. Lobdell are both here. Knighton is represented by J. E. Andrews of LaCrosse and C. W. Kyle, of LaCrosse. The opposition is represented by S. I. Hale og LaCrosse and G. Polk Cline of Larned. both Dem ocrats, S. H. Rodgers, Republican nomi nee for county attorney in Pawnee county, E. P. Rochester, chairman of the Republican Judicial committee and Wilson B. Smith, secretary of the Re publican judicial committee. George Finney, the present Demo cratic county attorney of Pawnee coun ty, is also here, but is taking no part in the proceedings. RAIN COiES AT LAST. Only Three Hundredths of an Inch But Nevertheless Welcome. Cloudy weather has been the order all day today. Not once has the sun ap peared. The thermometer has been about constant all day. There has been a variation of but six degrees from 7 this morning until press time. There will be heavy showers tonight and tomorrow with the temperature about the same. There, are excessively heavy rains south of Topeka. In Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas the rains are very heavy. The light rain which fell this morn ing brought a rainfall of .03 of an inch. The wind today is blowing seven milea an hour from the east. The tempera tures for today have been as follows 7 o'clock 55 8 o'clock E6 9 o'clock 57 10 o'clock ..55 11 o'clock 57 12 o'clock 60 1 o'clock 60 2 o'clock 6i THE WITNESS WEPT. Victim of Grain Dealers' Association Sheds Tears in Court. Chicago, Oct. 15. Testimony was heard today before three members of the inter state commerce commission relative to the possible existence of -a grain trust. The first witness was A. T. Aygarn of Pontiac, 111., who told of his struggles against the Illinois Grain Dealers' asso ciation. Aygarn broke into tears while on the stand and it was necessary to excuse him from further evidence. He declared as he left the stand, tears streaming down his face and his voice broken by his grief,, that he had been ruined be cause he had dared to deal with the far mer and with the track shovelers. He de clared that the discrimination against him had been doubled because the railroads had refused to give him cars in which to transport his grain. Mining Congress Meets. Denver, Col.. Oct. 15. Many men known in the mining industry through out the world are gathering in Denver to attend the convention of the Ameri can Mining congress which opens to morrow morning. Extensive reserva tions have been made in all the hotels, and it is expected that nearly 1,500 del egates will be present. 'AM Iftili Noted Erangelist Expires Sud denly on Train. Trying to Get Home Oklahoma City. From HE TOLD m ONE. Left Engagement Without Noti fying the Managers. Congregation Waited in for His Coming. Vain Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 15. "Sam" Jones, the noted evangelist, dropped dead on a Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf train near Little Rock. Mr. Jones' home Is at Cartersville, Ga. Sam Jones, Evangelist, who died Sud denly. A train dispatcher of the Choctaw division of the Rock Island system, stated today that Sam Jones died near Little Rock, at an early hour this morning. Mr. Jones was traveling from some point west of Little Rock and his destination was Mempnis. The body was found in his berth in the sleeping car and was taken off the train at Little Rock. It is believed Mr. Jones died about 4 o'clock this morn ing The following telegram was received at noon by Rev. Piner who had been instrumental in bringing Sam Jones to this city: "Little Rock, Ark. Brother Jones died peacefully on way home. We go to Cartersville with him. Walter Hol comb." Rev. Holcomb assisted Rev. Jones in his evangelistic work. Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 15. Sam Jones, the evangelist, had been holdin;? revival services in the tabernacle in this city for the past two weeks. He was to have addressed audiences Sun day, but it developed early in the day that he had disappeared. Although a vigorous search was made for him nothing was learned as to the where abouts of the evangelist until news was received today of his reported death on a train near Little Rock. Later it developed that Jones left the city hurriedly last evening, hastening from his hotel to the station while a carriage waited to convey him to the evening services. No reason for his sudden departure was given, nor did he state his destination. Jones' meetings here had been held in an unfinished building. He had spoken to large audiences and it is be lieved that he had become suddenly ill as a result of speaking in the unfinish ed hall and had started home for this reason. Sam Jone3 was born in Chambers county. Alabama. October 10, 1847; he removed to Cartersville, Georgia, in 1859, studied under private tutors and at boarding schools and was ad mitted to the bar in 1869. He began professional life under bright pros pects of success but broke down in health from nervous dyspepsia, began to drink and soon ended his profes sional carrer as a lawyer. He professed religion in 1872 and became a clergyman in the M. E. church south the same year. He was pastor in various charges for many years and devoted a great deal of time to evangelistic work over the country, and has spent a number of years on the lecture platform. He has held re vival meetings in all Vie principal cities of the United States and was famous for his originality and fearless expression. He was the author of Sermons and Sayings. Music Hall Ser mons, Quit Tour Meanness. St. Louis Series, Sam Jones' Own Book, and Thunderbolts. 1,300 TENTS PITCHED. Knights of Pythias Gathering for Their Biennial Encampment. New Orleans, La., Oct. 15. With 1,300 tents pitched at City park race track and 30 passenger trains which is double the usual number due to arrive in New Orleans before midnight the 24th con vention Knights of Pythias and bien nial encampment uniform rank began today. The encampment will continue all week, prizes for the drills, which are a feature of the encampment, being awarded Saturday afternoon. Although the encampment was not due to open formally until 4 o'ciocK this afternoon, at daylight about 3,000 knights in uniform were at the tented city and hotels were filled to the limit, with Pythians and their friends here to attend the ceremonies. netwetler Memorial Unveiled. Harrisburg. Pa.. Oct. 15. A marble shaft and fountain erected by the order of Elks throughout tne united states in memorv of Mead D. Detwiler of Har- risburg, twice grand exalted ruler, of the order, was unveiled in Reservoir park here today, the anniversary of Mr. Detwiier s oirtn. Rain In Lyon County. Emooria. Kan.. Oct. 15. The first rain since September IS fell Sunday in Lyon county in a steady downpour. The ground was so dry that fears have been entertained for the wheat, a large ac reage of which has been planted. The wheat on a few farms is up. Weather Indications. Chicago, Oct. 15. Forecast for Kan ras: Showers tonight and Tuesday; not much change In temperature. U 'pjf POSTAL, DEFICIT REDUCED. Total Receipts of the Department Amounted to $187,932,783. Washington, Oct. 15. Postmaster General Cortelyou has given out an ad vance statement of the receipts and ex penditures of the postal service for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1906. It shows a reduction of the annual deficit from $14,572,582 for 1905 to $10,516. 996 for 1906, over $4,000,000, or 27.83 per cent. The total receipts for 1906 were $167,932,783, an increase over 1905 of $15,106,198, which is the greatest in crease for any year in the history of the service. The per cent of increase in receipts for 1906 is 9.88, as com pared with 6.42 for 1905. The total expenditures during 190S were $178,499,779, an increase of $11, 050,610 over 1905. The per cent of Increase in expenditures is less than for a number of years and is smaller by one-third than the per cent of increase during 1905. BURIED J00 MEN. Midnight Explosion in a Coal Mine in England. Half of Those Entombed Bettered to Be Safe. Durham, England, Oct. 15. An ex plosion occurred in the Wingate colliery near here about midnight, resulting in 200 men being entombed. About one hundred of these are believed to be safe in a lower part of the colliery, but there were between 60 and 80 men in the seam where the disaster occurred. It is expected that the 131 men who, H is announced, are confined in a lower main, will be safely brought out before night. They have signalled that they are all right and are not considered to be in danger. The total number of deaths from the explosion which apparently caused by fire damp is 27. HE IS MADE IMMUNE. Before Witness in Standard Oil Case Will Testify. Findlay, O., Oct. 15. The trial of the Standard Oil company of Ohio for alleged conspiracy against trade was resumed here today after adjournment since last Friday noon. It is the in tention of the prosecution to occupy the day with witnesses who are con nected with the Standard and its al leged constituent companies. The trial attracted few persons when court opened at 9 o'clock. John O'Brien of Lima, O., superin tendent of the Buckeye Pipe Line com pany, was put on the stand immediate ly. WThen asked what his business was, the witness appealed to the court. He said the answer would tend to criminate him and asked for im munity from future prosecution. Attorney Pheips, for the defense, remarked: "Well I guess we will have to make him immune," and the court ordered the witness to answer questions. This order extends the immunity. No more objection to answering questions was made and the witness, after stating he was superintendent of the Lima division of the company, gave the geographical bounds of this division. Mr. O'Brien described the process of gathering the oil from the pro ducers tanks, which held from 60 to 100 barrels each from where the oil is run into storage tanks. In .he several counties comprising the Lima division the company has between 500 and 600 storage tanks, each of which holds about 30,000 barrels. . On the west of the division the con necting line with that of the company is the Indiana Pipe Line company. Al though Attorney Phelps said it was well known that the Indiana pipe line ran to the refinery at Whiting, Ind.. the witness said he had never been to Wrhiting and could not testify from knowledge. There was also an eastern connection for the lines of the Buck eye, but witness could give no details. LOfiG TO ANSWER. Says He Will Reply to Senator La Follette. Senator Chester I. Long announced to day that in his speech at the Auditorium Tuesday evening he will answer Senator Robert M. La Colettes speech, delivered from the same platform last Thursday night. ' A3 to what 1 expect to say, saia fcen atGr Long today, "I have not fully decid ed. But you can say that I will take up Mr. La Follette s speech and discuss it fully." The meeting Tuesday night promises to be one of the big events of the local Re publican campaign, fcenator uong ana William T. Vernon are the speakers billed for the evening, and they are two of the leading spellbinders in the Republican camp. Senator Long's address will be of unusual interest Because ot tne rumpus stirred up by the La Folletteel ectures.Mr. Vernon, the former president of Quin daro. and now registrar of the United States treasury, is recognised as one of the foremost orators of the negro ra.ee, and is classed by many as the superior of Booker Washington in platform ora tory. The meeting is under the charge of the Republican county committee and the ad mission is free. IN DADE CO. JAIL. Springfield Sheriff Would Not Have Parsons Family Murdwer. Springfield, Mo., Oct. 15. Joda Hamil ton. who was placed in Jail at Houston yesterday charged witn tne muraer or Barney Parsons, a tarmer, tne latter s wife and their three children, was ta ken to Greenfield, Mo., in Dade county today and placed in jail there for safe keeping. Hamilton waa brought to Springfield early today, but Sheriff E. V. Horner did not want the prisoner. Hamilton was spirited to and from the jail here with the utmost secrecy and his presence in this city was not known positively until he was leaving. She Nursed Roosevelt's Mother. New York, Oct. 15. Nannie Jackson, the colored nurse of President Roose velt's mother is dead at Evergreen, L. I. She was 94 years old. She was brought to Connecticut a slave by Stephen Bullock, the president's ma ternal grandfather. ti;;e is up. 1 No Longer Any Mope of Hearing From Peary This Year. News Was Expected by the Re turning Whalers. THEY FAILED TO COME Probably AH Are Ice fiound in the Arctic Hegions. The Explorer Has Now Bees Gone Fifteen Months. New York, Oct. 15. The middle of Oc tober having been reached, the time lim it set for receiving news from the Peary Arctic expedition, hope practically was abandoned last night of hearing this year from the band of explorers who sailed from this port 15 months ago. It was expected news would come from the expedition through the whalera when they sailed into Dundee, Scotland, at the end of their cruises this fall. The whalers have failed to come Into port and this is taken as a certain in dication that unusual weather condi tions prevail in the Arctic and that the entire fleet has been caught in the ice in the sudden closing of a remarkably short summer period. The first word from Peary was ex pected to come to Mr. Morris K. Jessup, the principal backer of the expedition. Yesterday at his office, No. 195 Madi son avenue, it was said the hope ol hearing from the- explorer this year was abandoned. STARTS OFF WELL First Entertainment of Pipe Organ Course a Success. If the entertainment at the Audi torium on Saturday night by the Bos tonia orchestra can be taken as a cri terion of the other entertainments on the lyceum course arranged by Frank Foster for the benefit of the pipe or gan fund, it is safe to say that no bet ter class of entertainments have ever been provided for the city and that they are worthy of the fine patronage which the people of the city have promised them. There w-as any unusually large at tendance at the concert on Saturday night, fully twenty-five hundred per sons being there and the great majority of them have purchased tickets for the entire course, and it is expected that many more course tickets will be sold, and a considerable profit ought to be gained this year for the pipe organ fund. As for the entertain-merit on Sattirday night, it was all that its advance no tices promiped, and a little more. The orchestra is composed entirely of wom en, eighteen in number, and is under the leadership of , Miss Belie Yeaton Renfrow. A programme providing a great variety of music was given. All of the members of the orchestra are finished musicians, and their ensemble playing Is fine, is is the solo and quartette and sextette work of the members. Their rendition of some familiar music was a real treat, espe cially the Carmen selection by the brass quartette. Mart King, a droll story teller, trav els with the orchestra and he had two numbers on Saturday night's pro gramme. He is one of tWe best tellers of humorous stories that has visited Topeka in many a day and his efforts were repeatedly encored by the audi ence and he was liberal in his re sponses. The work of the orchestra was also deservedly applauded. CASTRO IS DYING. Venezuelan Newspapers Have Been Suppressing the Facts. Port of Spain, Island of Trinidad. Oct. 15. According to the latest ad vices received here from Caracas, Venezuela, the condition of President Castro, who has been ill for some time past, has grown worse. It is asserted that he can no longer speak and move and his death may occur in a few days. In order to conceal the facts in the case the newspapers of Caracas have been publishing reports of acts of clemency on the part of the president and texts of numerous telegrams of congratulations purporting to have been received by him on his reported complete restoration to health. In con nection with the critical state of Presi dent Castro's health it is assorted that an uprising which Is likely to become general throughout Venezuela is cer tain to occur on tne announcement 01 his death. The signal for the out break, it is further stated, will be given the inhabitants of the western half of the republic who are already armed. The inhabitants of the rest of the interior of Venezuela are described M being undecided owing to their ignor ance of the actual condition of t5l president, which is carefully conceals! by those in immediate attendance upon him. - BALLOOIi RACE. Arrangements Are Being Made for One in United States. Pittsfield, Mass., Oct. 15. Arrange ments were started today for a balloon race to be held in this city between cars of the Aero club of America, the latter part of this week, probably on Saturday. Captain Homer W. Hedge of New York, president of the club, has written to Superintendent Peebles of the gas company, to make arrange ments for 400,000 or 500,000 cubic feet of gas for the big bags. This amount, which represents practical It the capacity of the gas company, will be sufficient to supply three of the large sized balloons or four of the smaller ones. Three of the cars ex pected to enter are L'Orient, Centaur and Nervana of the Aero club. St. Louis has been mentioned as the place for holding the race, but the majority of the prominent members of the Aero club favor this city, where several suc cessful ascents were mads last summer.