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12 PAGES J needs: rr. J EVERYBODY 12 PAGES READS IT. LAST EDITION. FRIDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MAY 31, 1907. FRIDAY EVENING; TWO CENTS 1 Vtf s X. ? : V if HAS WEAK PLAGE. Legislature Failed to Mate Lincoln Birthday LegalHoliday. Neglected to Fix Time at Which It Takes Effect. SEW LAWS IN EFFECT. Anti High School Fraternity Act One of Them. Capital Punishment Act Is Formally Repealed. An examination of the newly pub lished session laws shows that the Lincoln- birthday act. which was In tended to make Feb. 12 a legal holi- day, is defective, aTid is probably with out force or effect. There is nothing- in the act which provides when it shall go into eneci.. The usual section setting forth that this act shall take effect and be in force from and after Its publication in the official state paper" or "in the statute book" is entirely omitted. The constitution requires that the legislature shall fix the time for the taking effect of its acts, and since the legislatures failure to fix any time, it is to be presumed that the legis lature hasn't decided yet when the law shali take effect. This is one of the laws urged by P. H. Coney and the Grand Army of the Republic, and its failure to get through the legislature in proper form will no doubt be regretted. It is the second one of the O. A. K. laws wrhic'n has been found to be defective. The other i3 the law requiring school boards to keep the stars and stripes floating over every school house in the state. The trouble with the flag law is that there is no penalty for its viola tion. The publication of the session laws on May 27 enabled a number of state officers to draw some extra pay for the last five days of the month, and puts them regularly on the pay roll for in creased compensation in the future. These were the officers whose pay was raised to take effect on publication of the law in the statute book. The su perintendents of tha Topeka, Osa watomie and Parsons asylums will draw $2,000 per year instead of $1, 800. The secretary of the state his torical society gets a similar raise, the assistant newspaper clerk in the same office is raised from $00 to $900, and the stenographer from $720 to $900. The assistant srte librarian is raised from J9t0 to- $1,200. One important provision which was put into the. session laws this year is that requiring all state officers to turn in to the state treasury all the fees -which they received for making certi fied copies of documents in their of fices. Heretofore, it has been the rule for requests for certified copies to be turned over to some clerk in the office, who made the copy, and collected the fee. It was usually a sort of side-line br which some clerks picked up con- iderable pin money. Some state of ficers required that the fees for cer tified copies all be turned over to the personal benefit of the head of the of fice. In the secretary of state's office, however. th-re has beon a special law by which fees for certified copies had to so to the stat" treasury". Some of the important laws which wrt into effect on May 27 with the publication of the session laws were these: The anti-fraternity act. giving boards of education the right to expel from prhool any high school student found guilty of being a member of a secret society in any way connected with the Institution. It is not likely that this law will break up high school fraterni ties, but will simply require that they be conducted .entirely as outside insti tutions, with no visible connection with the public school system. One new law- requires that the coun ty attorney of every county must be a regular practicing attorney, duly ad mitted to the bar. In some extreme western counties It ha3 been the cus tom to elect arybody who would take the office. In Haskell county, for in stance, there is said to be only one res ident who Is an attorney, and he will have to be elected county attorney, un der the new law. It will also be impossible to hang anybody in Kansas in the future, for the law repealing capital punishment was Included in the session law publi cation. This law probably would not Interfere with any governor signing the death warrants of "nans" prisoners row in the penitentiary but r.o gover nor will ever do it. The red can law. r-qui-ing ail gaso line cans to be painted red and labelled "gasoline." is now in effect, as is also the law imposing a $50 annual license on each vendor of patent medicines. This license fee must be paid to the county in w turn the vendor operates, and merely gives the right to peddle! patent drugs in the county where the i license is issued. One of the "freak" laws la in rela tion to burglar equipment. It provides that any person found with nitro glycerine, dynamite. or any tools or Implements adapted for breaking into safes, in his possession, is liable to ar rest. Under this law, a man might be arrested for having a stick of dynamite to be used In blasting a well. Or if a vault door in the state house should get out of fix. and the state should send to Chicago for an expert with a kit of tools to open the safe, the ex pert could be thrown into jail the min ut he landed in the state. Another freak law is the one which absolutely prohibits any person from entering upon or loitering upon the property of another, without first get ting written permission from the own er It was Intended to keep hunters eff of farms, but it will operate to keep off picnic parties, botanists, or in fact anybody who may happen to go out for a stroll in the country. A law of interest to cities of the second-class is the one permitting such cities to levy a tax of not more than 11 mills on the dollar to pay for street lighting. It is to help out cities which own a small municipal plant, from which the profits are not enough to pay for adequate street lighting. The state entomological commissln. created for the purpose of Investigat ing and fighting San Jose scale and ether orchard pests, can now start up In business, for the law creating It is tn effect. Fertilizers sold in the state most also be subject to inspection be Xore being placed on the market. CEREMONIES IN1 THE RAIX. Xew Song Rendered at Memorial Ex ercises at Auditorium. Although the weather was bad the Memorial day services at the auditor ium yesterday afternoon which were held by the members of the G. A. R. posts of this city were well attended. The program was a most interesting one. J. M. Dumenil acted as chair man of the exercises and delivered a brief address with "Memorial Day" for his subject. Rev. James Reed of Council Grove, delivered the principal address- Mr. Reed was born during the closing year of the Civil war. He told the history of Memorial day and the rise of the spirit of natriotism in America from colonial days to the great climax of tne Civil war. One of the features of the exercises was a new song for Memorial day. one deserving of special mention, which was sung for the first time by Mrs. B. B. Smyth, assisted by the Modocs. Mrs. L. L. Goodwin presided at the piano and Master Verrie Goodwin ac companied by playing taps on the cor net. The song is entitled "Lights Out." The words and melody were written by Mrs. A. C. Sherman, the widow of a Topeka veteran. The melody was ar- Mnipi1 hv Prftf "FT W Jnnpc formprlv supervisor of music in the schools of Topeka. 8 lostWlegs Holiday Crowd Caught in Trolley Car Wreck. Seven Persons Were Killed and Ten Injured. Elyrla. Ohio. May 31. Crowded with holiday passengers a Cleveland & Southwestern ro!ley car, running from Wellington to Cleveland. was struck rear end. by another car at the corner of Sixth street and Middle ave nue last night, resultirg in seven deaths and ten persons be ing seriously injured, eight of whom lost both less. Hie Dead: E. O'DOXXELLL. Elyrla. crockery merchant: both legs cut off; died a few minutes later. H. M. BILLIXG3. Elyrla. a Grand Army veteran: both legs cut off; died in the hospital. W. C. ALLEN, Elyria. claim agent for the Lake Shore railway. WILLIAM SALA. son of Rev. J. P. Sala. ARTHTR HOADLET. MISS EUNICE V. WCRST. C. V. PORTER, clerk. The Injured: Of the Injured, five are expected to die. - Miss Mabel Dean of Elyria, both legs cut off. Mrs. J. P. Sala, wire of Rev. J. P. Sala. Elyrla; arm broken and gashed in hip. Leslie Porter of Cottesbrook, both legs cut off. Margaret Butler, Elyria, both legs cut off. ... Homer Allen. Elyrla. both legs cut off. Miss Fulton. Elyria. both leg3 cut off. Mrs. Jest of Elyria, one foot cut off. Miss Suoper. both legs cut off. She is a daughter of Max Supper, manager of the steel plant here. Conductor Avery, internal injuries. Miss Dahn. Elvria. internal injuries. George Chamberlain. Perry, Ohio, badly hurt. COURT SCANDAL A Lawsuit Involving the Royal Family of Spain. Madrid. May 31. The supreme court has declared itself competent to try the suit of the heirs of Elena Sanz. the singer, against the heirs of King Al phonso XII. Elena Sanz was a beautiful Bohemian opera singer, with whom Alphonso XIL father of the present king of Spain, be came enamored. She bore the king two sons, the eldest of whom she named Alfonso. The singer was banished from Spain after the death of Alphonso XII. and died poor and friendless in Paris in 1899. though the king is said to have fully provided for her in his will, leaving her an ample annuity which was to revert after her death to her children, who were minors, to be paid to them until they became of age. The terms of the will appear not to have been carried out. and the eldest son of Mme. Sanz secured the services of Senor Mongues, a well known Re publican lawyer and member of the chamber of deputies, and said to be de termined to have his claim legally es tablished at any cost. The crown lawyers are said to have done everything possible to arrange a settlement out of court and at one time an arrangement appeared to have been reached, but it now appears that all the details of the scandal may be made public, which is said to Involve the rev elation of a number of remarkable de tails affecting the later years of the life of Alphonso XIL HEAR THE BIG ORGAN. Free Sacred Service at Auditorium Sunday Afternoon. An attractive musical programme has been arranged for next Sunday afternoon at the Auditorium under the auspices of the Topeka Pipe Organ association and the Ministerial union. The afternoon will be spent in singing gospel songs and sacred music. The entertainment has been pre pared with a view of giving the pub lic an idea of the advantages which Topeka has In the pipe organ. There will be no charges of any kind nor will any collection be taken or sub scriptions called for. The praise ser vice which will consist principally in the sineing of gospel songs, will be led by M. C. Holman. Sacred solos, duets and Quartettes will be inter spersed between the hymns by the best musical talent in the city. The service will last but an hour from 3 to 4 o'clock and there will be no sneaking of any kind. Those in charge of the entertainment are very desirous of having a large crowd pres ent and extend a cordial invitation to everybody to attend. . ALL TOM OUT History of Domestic Troubles of the Howard Goulds To Be Made Public When Trial Is Called. BROTHERS TO TESTIFY George and Frank Will Appear as Witnesses. Defendant's Reply Will Be Filed About June 6. New Tork, May 31. When Howard Gould Is haled into court by the suit for a separation brought by his wife, for merly Miss Katharine Clemmons. it is likely that his brothers, George and Frank, will be called to testify in his behalf. It is announced by an intimate friend of Mr. Gould that although it would be extremely distasteful to mem bers of the familv to appear in court. the two brothers had expressed their - willingness to do so. From present indications it seems as sured that the whole history of the do mestic troubles of Howard Gould and his wife will come out when the case is finally taken into court. Mr. Gould himself says that there will be no change in the present plan of procedure; that he will face the charges of his wife in court and will retaliate by plain speaking in regard to her conduct dur ing the years they lived together. Mrs. Gould is equally emphatic in asserting that she will conceal nothing and that she will accept no settlement before the case comes to triaL Howard Gould's reply to his wife's suit will not be made public at least until June 6. which is the limit allowed by law. Mr. Gould's reply, which is now ready to be filed, is a voluminous document, almost as large as the budget containing the bill of complaint served upon him through counsel a fortnight NO MORE UNION BEER. Brewery Workers Organization Ex pelled From American Federation. Chicago. May 31. The last barrel of "union" beer in Chicago and the whole country, according to an edict of the American Federation of Labor, will be manufactured today. At midnight the Brewery Workers' union will cease to exist in the eyes of the national labor leaders, and the 2.000,000 organized work ing me-n- in tha United States will be asked to "get on the water wagon" or use some other kind of bevera,ge. The brewery employes have rebelled against President Gompere and the na tional labor executive council, and they are to be disciplined. The method adopt ed is that of expulsion. Secretary Kemper of the local union said that 3,000 brewery workers In Chi cago will go on brewing beer whether the American Federation of Labor re gards It officially as a "union" product or not. The trouble has been growing for sev eral years. Two months ago the na tional labor council met in Washington and gave the brewery workers' union until June 1 to comply with an order to oust all engineers, firemen and telm sters from its organization. These men were under the protection of the union, which was in conflict with the principle of trade autonomy upheld by the fed eration. The brewery employes then took a vote and 95 per cent of the mem bership favored resistance to the order, which brought about the present situa tion. FOUR BURN TO DEATH. Several Others Injured in a Fire at Long Brancli. Long Branch. X. J.. May 31. The two daughters of Walter A. Schiffer. a cigar manufacturer of Xew York city, Marion, aged 10. and Ruth, aged 14. and two servants. Marie Dilter and Tillv Monthon. were burned to death In a" fire which last night destroyed the handsome residence of Jacob Roths child, which Mrs. Schiffer had rented. In attempting to rescue her children. Mrs. Schiffer was so severely burned as to be in a critical condition today, and Mr. Schiffer suffered severe bums in fighting the fire. VICTQRYFOR OIL MEN. Standard Pipes Must Carry Product of the Independents. Findlay, O.. May 31. The circuit evurt todav unanimously decided that the . , -1 ,-. .... ct-a m4 n y-1 enh. itucKeye un cuunmuj, -t sidiary concern, was organized under ' the corporate laws or unro anu a u.-u must carry all oil offered it by the in dependent producers at a fair remuner ative rate. The decision is considered a great vic tory by the Independent Producers. MORE RAIN PREDICTED. Cold. Damp Day With Xo Rain Up to 2 p. m. Todav has been dark and threaten ing though there has been no precipi tation notwithstanding the threaten ing aspect and favorable conditions. The wind has been blowing from the north at the rate of 15 miles an hour and is cool and damp and is causing a creaking cf the rheumatic joints. There has been but little change in the temoerature since seven o'clock this morning though the forecast for this part of the state indicates cooler weather tonight and Saturday. The government forecast at two o'clock says: "Fair tonight and Saturday ex cepting in the eastern portion of the state: rain and cooler in the eastern portion." There has been no rain since 8 p. m. Thursday. The following are the hourly tem peratures for the day: 7 o'clock 55 11 o'clock 57 8 o'clock 5512 o'clock 58 9 o'clock. ..... 561 1 o'clock 59 10 o'clock 57 2 o'clock 58 SECRETARY WILSOX SPEAKS. Praises Work of American Farmers During Last Century. Lansing, Mich., May 31. An ad dress by Secretary of Agriculture Wil son and addresses by five distinguish ed educators made ud the programme at the forenoon session today of the semicentennial celebration of the founding of the Michigan Agricultural college. The addresses were made in a tent on the college campus. The subject of the address of Secre tary Wilson was "Three. Thinss Last Century." He saidr It has been said that the United States did three unique things in the last century. It built at Washington the capitol, the Washington monu ment and the Congressional library, each the finest of its kind in the world. A much grander work was the laying of the foundation of agricul tural education and research to pre pare the farmer for his life work, establish agricultural literature, and lift the tiller of the soil to a highest level of efficiency as a producer and a citizens. Xo country on earth has such a comprehensive system to bring about these results. The total number of land grant colleges is 65, and 63 of these give courses in agriculture that are attended by 10.00 students. These colleges are also largely engaged in giving instruction - in. agriculture to adult farmers in the farmers insti tutes which are annually attended by over one million farmers. These in stitutions have permanent fund3 and equipment amounting to $84,000,000 and an annual revenue-of $14,500,000, to which the federal government con tributes $3,000,000 and the state gov ernments $7,500,000. TWO CHALLENGES LEFT. Selection of a Haywood Jury Is Xear ing Completion. Boise. Idaho, May 31. The first talesman drawn from the new special venire issued in the Steunenburg mur der trial qualified as a juror this morn ing and opened the way to the exer cise of the 18th peremptory challenge. He is J. A. Robertson, a contractor and builder of Boise. In the alternate use of challenges the eighteenth was with the defense and it excused Harmon Cox. the veteran, whom it sought to disqualify on Monday. Two challenges, one for each side, remain unused. Mrs. Haywood and her daughters came to court this morning and for the first time since the trial began, she sat immediately beside the prisoner. After recess for three days, the trial was resumed this morning. Sixty one new talesmen were in court and it is expected that the jury will be completed by tomorrow night. Fifteen members of the new panel pleaded statutory excuses- to Judge Wood, but he granted only five of the applications, leaving- 56 men to draw the remainder of the jury from. The first task of counsel was to fill a va cancy at Xo. 6 created by the state's ninth challeng. J. A. Robertsm &a called to the empty chair t.id his good humor in answering questions convulsed the court room at times. Robertson, now a farmer, was formerly a carpenter and builder. - Governor Steunenberg boarded at his house during a part of the time he was chief executive of the state. This fact, however, the talesman declared, had created no pre judice in his mind against the man on trial for the murder. He said he felt he could do equal and exact justice as between the state and the defen dant, and would give the latter the benefit of every reasonable doubt. A Republican ever since Grant's first term, Robertson said he had taken no interest in socialism. When asked where he was born, Robertson declar ed: "I was born in that grand little country where they raise honest men and bonnie lassies Scotland." Always Thirteen. He left Scotland at 13 years of age, went to Canada and lived there 13 years, then came to the United States and lived in Illinois 13 years. "Lived 13 years most everywhere?" suggested Attorney Richardson of the defense. "Yes sir." "Where did you live next?" "Nebraska." "How long?" "Thirteen years." The further proceedings were in terrupted several minutes by laughter. Robertson said he "got scared out of Xebraska by the cyclones" and he came to Idaho and had broken all previous records by living here 16 years. He was married at the age of 25. "Did you marry a Scotch lassie?" he was asked. "You bet I did." Robertson said he believed in labor organizations, believed in every man getting a day's wage for his work. Robertson was accepted by both sides. The defense then exercised the ninth of its ten peremptory challenges by excusing Harmon Cox at Xo. 7. Cox is the man the defense tried in vain to disqualify for cause during a greater part of last Monday's session. The first three men called to re place Cox. disqualified themselves by claiming opinions and scruples against capital punishment. Then came H. F. Messacar, a farmer, who was accepted at Xo. 7. Messacar is a native of Can ada. He declared he had no opinion whatever as to the guilt or innocence of the accused. Before any further challenges were exercised court took a recess until 1:30 p. m. There was a conference in pro gress at that hour and it Is said to have something to do with the pos sible excuse by consent of some of the men in the jury box. REVOLT SPREADS. 30,000 Chinese Rebels Under Arms South of Amoy. Amoy, China, May 31. An insurrec tion has broken out 4 0 miles south ward of Amoy. Thirty thousand rebels are under arms and are stated to be well led. The revolt Is spread ing to towns near Amoy. The viceroy of Eu Chow is sending 8,000 troops to deal with the rising and warships are expected here shortly. The American consul at Amoy, Mr. Paddock, cabled to the state depart ment at Washington. May 28. an nouncing that an armed uprising had been reported at Joan. 50 miles south of Amoy. that several officials had been killed by soldiers and that the origin of the trouble was unknown. HAS A HARD TASK Assistant District Attorney Heney of San Francisco Appeals to the Public to Back Him Up. CRISIS IS AT HAND. He Charges That Powerful In fluences Are at "Work To Save the Bribe Givers From Punishment. San Francisco, CaL, May 31. In a statement issued last night Assistant District Attorney Heney, head of the graft prosecution, outlines the policy ot the men who have made possible the indictment of nearly a score of San Francisco's wealthy capitalists, de nounces as malicious falsehoods the charges which have been made that the prosecutors are influenced by po litical motives- and openly charges that some of the most powerful financial in terests of the country have been brought into the battle on the side of the alleged bribe givers. Heney declares that the greatest crisis in the graft exposure is now at hand and that the greatest crisis in the his tory of San Francisco goes side by side with it. He charges - that President Patrick Calhoun of the United Rail ways has sought the aid of the wealth iest bankers and merchants of the city to free him from tne clutches of the prosecution and prevent his having to pay the penalty for his alleged crimes. A meeting was held a short time ago, he says, at which Calhoun called together a number of the heads of the largest San Francisco banks and sought their aid through a thinly veiled request for backing in the carrying on of the car strike. The powerful influences which have been set at work to injure the prosecution, Heney said, have succeeded in hampering the prosecutors to a cer tain extent as they have raised an ele ment of doubt as to the real motives behind the investigation and he calls upon the citiezns of San Francisco to give their fullest assistancte to the work that is still to be done. Admitting that sixteen confessed briba takers on the board of supervisors have been promised immunity from prosecu tion, Heney declares that this step was essential to the carrying out of the work at hand. He stated that every effort to gain legal proof of the corruption and bribery deals failed until the con fessions were secured from the super visors and that to secure these the promise of Immunity was given. In an swer to the cry which he said had hetn raised by the capitalists in this city that the supervisors, shall be punished, he poLpts out that while the prosecutors were laboring for months to obtain proof concerning the briberies, none of the alleged bribe givers came forward to their assistance, but that as soon as they became involved they raised the cry of "punish the bribe takers and let us go free." Heney asks the pertinent question: "Which Is the man who should be punished for the crime, if one must be allowed to go free the confessed bribe taker or the unconfessed bribe giver? "Let us show," he continues, "that no man however wealthy he may be, ;s greater than the law. Let us prove that the power of wealth can not corrupt our courts and prevent the carrying out of justice." TAFT FOR THE MILLERS. Tells of Results in Island Possessions and Canal Zone. St. Louis. May 31. Before an aud ience of millers from all parts of the country attending the mass conven tion of the Millers' Xational Federa tion and marking the largest gather ing of millers ever held in this coun try. Secretary of War Taft made an address at the Odeon on the topic, "Recent Instances of Xational Altru ism." Secretary Taft'3 address was in the nature of a review- of the results at tained by the United States in Cuba, Porto Rico. Hawaii, the Phillipines, and particularly in the Panama canal zone. Secretary Taft departed for Wash ington at 3 o'clock this morning. A banquet was held at the Southern ho tel last night by the millers, at which Secretary Taft was the guest of honor. George H. Plant, of St. Louis, acted as toastmaster. TO SPEND 10 MILLIONS. Japanese Delegation Arrives to Make Lare Purchases. Seattle, Wash., May 31. Represent ing the federal government of Japan and several of the largest manufactur ing and other firms of Japan, six prom inent Japanese citizens arrived in Seat tle on the Kago and will depart within a few days for the east, where they will spend for the government and for their individual firms a sum amounting to 10 million dollars in the purchase of machinery, armament and other raw materials. The party was met in Seattle by Yonezo Okamoto of the American Trad ing company of Xew York. From hero they go to Chicago where some time will be spent in visiting large wholesale houses, factories and stock yards of that city. From there some of the party will go to St. Louis and others to Xew York. - NEW $5,000 FACTORY. Steel Fixture Mfg. Company Gets a Building Permit. A building permit has been issued to the Steel Fixture Manufacturing company for a large machine shop to be erected on lots 205, 207 and 209 on Holliday street near Seventh. The building will be one story wood and iron 75 by 100 feet and will be com pleted by July 1st, at a cost of $5,000. The company manufactures ateel lock era and similar goods. DR. McCARTER IS PRESIDEXT. Topeka Man at Head of the Kansas Dentists. Just before closing their thirty sixth annual convention which has been in session nearly all of the week, the Kansas Dental association elevated Dr. W. A. McCarter of this city to the presidency of the association. It has been the rule of the dentists to rotate the offices and according to this rule Dr. McCarter was made president, having served as vice president last year. Dr. D. J. Hodge of Arkansas City was elected first vice president. Dr. Edward Bumgardner of Lawrence, second vice president. Dr. H. W. Fes senden of Ottawa, secretary, and Dr. J. Scott Warner of Chetopa, treasurer. Wichita, through Dr. S. S. Xoble, ex tended an invitation to the association to meet in that city, but the dentists have come to regard Topeka as home, and voted to meet in this city again. The meeting was a most interesting as well as enjoyable one and the associa tion as well as the city anticipate an equally enjoyable meeting next year. CRACKED THE SAFE. Union Pacific Depot at Silver Lake Burglarized Last Xight. When Charles L. Alexander, agent of the Union Pacific at Silver Lake; 12 miles west of Topeka, went- to his of fice this morning he found everything In disorder and the, safe open. The door of the safe was lying at one side of the room where it had been blown by the force of an explosion, which also shattered other portions of the office equipment. Robbers had sto len tools from a blacksmith shop with which they forced an entrance to the building. These were left on top of the safe. Xo one heard the explosion. It is reported that the safe crackers got tut $12.50 for their trouble. Sheriff Wllkerson went to Silver Lake at noon to make an investigation. Sheriff Wilkerson received word of the safe blowing at nine o'clock this morning and made immediate prepar ations to leave for Silver Lake on the first train. Before starting he had a talk with Asent Alexander over the long distance telephone. Mr. Alexander told the sheriff that the explosion, which shattered the safe and blew the door off, was heard shortlv after one o'clock this morning by a Mr. Johnson, a blacksmith, who lives near the station. It developed that Johnson's shop had been broken into bv the cracksmen and they stole from ft the drills and tools with which they worked on the safe. A hole was drilled clear through the door of the safe and the explosive, which was probably nitro-glycerine. put into it. The explosive was set off with a fnse as part of one was found on the floor. There were indications to show that the force of the explosive had blown the door of the safe clear across the room to the wall and that it had rebounded to the center of the room floor, where it waa found. Agent Alexander reported to the sheriff that the robbers secured but a trifle over $12 in cash. He also said that no suspicious looking characters had been seer around the town within the last few days. From the information secured from Mr. Alexander the sheriff is satisfied that the work was that of professional cracksmen. BRYAN MAY HOT RUN. Gen. Colby Says Xebraskan WU1 Xot Fight Taft. "It is my guess that if Taft Is nom inated for the presidency. Bryan -will refuse to be a candidate, while If Roosevelt is a candidate Bryan will run." This is the prediction made today by former Attorney General L. W. Colby of Xebraska, who as attorney for the wife of Burch Berry was here to ap pear before the United States court in the matter of the damage suit against Chauncey Dewey. "Bryan," said General Colby, who is a stalwart Republican, "is very dear to the people of Xebraska. They re spect him and have confidence in him. He has been growing in the estimation of his neighbors, and now it Is recog nized that he possesses all the good quatities of Roosevelt, with more dip lomacy and tact. "However. I do not believe that Bry an can possibly beat Taft, and I think that Bryan himself Knows this, ana will not consent to run against him. That is my prophecy; just bear it in mind, and see if I am not right. "The political conditions in Xe braska are considerably mixed, but I think that when the thing lines up, Xebraska will be for Taft for the Re publican nomination for president. There is a good deal of Foraker sen timent there, however." General Colby called at the office of Governor Hoch for the purpose of put ting in a petition for a pardon for Samuel M. Bonar, a 60 year old Wash ington county man who is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary for the murder of Dr. Smith, a Washington county man. Bonar was sent up in 1904. General Colby has been em ployed in the case as attorney since Bonar's conviction. TAFT IS CHAIRMAN. Committee Xamed to Promote Welfare of Government Employes. Xew York, May 31. For the pur pose of Improving the working con ditions of federal, state, and munici pal employes, a national committee on welfare work for government em ployes has been appointed by the Wel fare Department of the Xational Civic federation. Secretary of War William H. Taft is chairman of the committee, of which Governor John W. B. Beck ham of Kentucky. Mayor George W. Guthrie of Pittsburg and William R. Willcox.-postmaster of this city, are chairmen. Of the many Improvements, the need of which Is indicated by com plaints of public employes, the Wel fare department has paid consider able attention to the establishing of emergency hospitals in government buildings. Many of the unfavorable conditions, as has been shown repeatedly are due to the fact that the business of the government has doubled in some de partments within the last few years. ' PASS MRS. LEASE Coffeyville Chautauqua Board ' Doesn't Want Her. Cancels the Contract Made at a Former Meeting. GIVE 3IAXY KEASOSS. Hear Unfavorable Beports of Her Eastern Lectures. Will Have the Missouri and Kansas Attorneys General. Coffeyville. Kan., May 31. At a meet ing of the board of directors of the Cof feyville Chautauqua association this week, the contract that had been mads for the engagement of Mary Elizabeth Lease was unanimously cancelled. Thera were several reasons why this was done. One member of the board has recently been in the east and everywhere that he made, inquiry concerning her work he received unfavorable reports. Tpeu when she sent back her contract for the- date -here she wanted, concessions that were not granted to any other person on the programme for the com ing session. - These two facts and still other reasons caused the board to taka its action.. . Contracts were signed up for the ap pearance of both Attorney General Jackson of Kansas and Attorney Gen eral Hadley of Missouri. Mr. Jackson will be here on Saturday, July zUt Mr. Hadley's date wjll be announced later. Mr. Jackson's date is Sunday school day at the assembly. A bi day will be made out of Hacley's. date also. E. C. Knapp of Hartford. Conn., was employed to conduct the Sunday school work for a week from July 20 to July 26. Prizes will be offered by the local merchants for the Sunday school being the best represented. The board also voted to hire the "Jap Marmota" to give illustrated lectures. This will be one of the finest lectures of the- entire session. - Senator Long has been secured to give a lecture on the subject of "Taft in the. Philippines." This will deal with American progress in the islands. THIS TEST A SUCCESS. Humane Society Demonstrates That Gas Is a Dog-Killer. Another demonstration of the ef ficiency of natural gas as a method of destroying ownerless dogs was made at the Myer3 planing mill this morn ing under the direction of Humane Officer K. W. King. The' test was made in the presence of J. O. Tounn, a graduate veterinarian, Benjamin Judkins, a representative of the city police force, and a number of invited spectators. The test was satisfactory in every way and demonstrated the fact that dogs may be disposed of in this way at the minimum of cost to the city and without suiTerinsr to the victim. It took just a minute and one-half to dis pose of the dog selected this morning for the purpose of proving th.it his fellows may escape from this world without suffering. The death chamber consisted of a box constructed for the purpose by the planing mill company and was 30 inches long by 20 Inches in depth and 19 inches in width. A portion of th . top was of glass so that the actions of the dog could be plainly observed! while the gas was allowed to flow into the box through a three-quarter inch Pipe. The interior of the box was linej with tar paper and was as nearly air tight as ir was possible to make it un der the circumstances. The victim was placed in the box at 23 minutes ftr 10 o'clock and before the hands had passed the fateful number the cur was dead. RAISED $1,100 TODAY. Washburn Fund Had Made a Good Increase at Xoon. Eleven hundred dollars was subscrib ed to the Washburn fund of $75,000 at the noon meeting of the canvassing committee held in the Copeland hotel. This addition today lacks $la of mak ing an average of $1,500 for the past four days. With the sum which has been receiv ed today the total now reaches $36,510. The following are the latest subscrip tions: Previously received $35,411 L. A. S S. A r. J. Hathaway - 100 J. W. Ripley 12 W. M. Forbes W C. M. Hill 50 T. A. Beck a' F. L. Clark W. J. Greer 51 E. J. Graham M Charlotte Leavitt S- E. F. p Jessie Dean - iz, S. E. Morgan 2-j I. M Blitz ;2 K c. Squires - J.' A. Lakens ,- -J j. F. Simon j- Total $36,5ia CAUGHT IN COLLAPSE. Members of Catholic Clergy Hurt as Floor Caves In. Wilkesbarre, Pa., May 31. At the laying of the cornerstone of St. Mary's Greek Catholic church, a temporary flooring collapsed, precipitating about to persons into the cellar. 12 feet below. Ladders were secured and with the aid of the oollce the injured were removed from their perilous position. Some were able to walk to their homes, while oth ers were removed to hospitals in am bulances. Half a dozen priests were hurt. , Bishop Hoban. of Scranton, escaped, with a severe jolting. WcstSier Indications. Chicago, May 31. Forecast for Kansas: Fair tonight and Saturday, except rain in east portion tonight; cooler In east portion tonisht.