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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, October 15, 1906, Last Edition, Image 1

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Baprfime Court Refused to
Jr&nt a Rebe&riHg.
La?ss No Alternatire Hut to
Sarte Sentence.
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
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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
"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
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-
ther questions are useless" he added,
"for I have not a single word to say."
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.
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.
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'
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
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.
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Left Engagement Without Noti
fying the Managers.
Congregation Waited in
for His Coming.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
"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
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.
Says He Will Reply to Senator La
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
' 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
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.
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.
No Longer Any Mope of Hearing
From Peary This Year.
News Was Expected by the Re
turning Whalers.
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.
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
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.
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. -
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.

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