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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, May 31, 1907, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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Legislature Failed to Mate
Lincoln Birthday LegalHoliday.
Neglected to Fix Time at Which
It Takes Effect.
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Formally Repealed.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
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.
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
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.
C. V. PORTER, clerk.
The Injured:
Of the Injured, five are expected to
- 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
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.
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
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
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. .
History of Domestic Troubles
of the Howard Goulds
To Be Made Public When Trial
Is Called.
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
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
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.
Standard Pipes Must Carry Product of
the Independents.
Findlay, O.. May 31. The circuit evurt
todav unanimously decided that the
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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.
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
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.
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
"Yes sir."
"Where did you live next?"
"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.
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.
Assistant District Attorney
Heney of San Francisco
Appeals to the Public to Back
Him Up.
He Charges That Powerful In
fluences Are at "Work
To Save the Bribe Givers From
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
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
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
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
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. -
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.
Topeka Man at Head of the Kansas
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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. '
Coffeyville Chautauqua Board
' Doesn't Want Her.
Cancels the Contract Made at a
Former Meeting.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.

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