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EVERYBODY 1 i DA . EVERYBODY 10 PAGES J READS IT. NEEDS IT. CAST EDITION. TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. JUNK 18, 1907. TUESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS LIED TOHIS WIFE. Harry Orchard Wrote Mislead ing Letters to Her. To Make Her Think That He Was in Alaska. LETTER OF HAYWOOD. Showing That He Was a Party to the Deception. Also Admitted in Evidence by Judge Wood. Boise. Idaho, June 18. With Harry Orchard recalled to the stand, first to be formally prepared by the defense for impeachment, and then to be re directs examined, the state produced this morning a number of letters writ ten by the witness and one by the prisoner Haywood, the purpose of which was to show that there had been a conspiracy to deceive Mrs. Or chard of Cripple Creek as to the whereabouts of Orchard In the spring and summer of 1905. The defense vigorously protested against the intro duction of the matter, but the court ruled that if it as improper on re direct examination he would permit the state to reopen its examination. Orchard swore that Haywood said in the spring of 1905 that Mrs. Or chard was repeatedly writing to him ..s to urcnaru s wnercauuuia uu ui chard suggested that he write her a series of letters, date them at San Francisco and have them delivered through agents of the Western Feder ation of Miners. Two were thus writ ten and the state producing them, se cured their admission. Then one was written, dated at Nome, Alaska, and given to Marion Moore, then an or ganizer for the Western Federation of Miners to take to Alaska and mail. The state produced the letter over ob jections and secured its admission. The state produced a letter written by Haywood himself to Mrs. Orchard showing that the prisoner had know ledge of the Alaskan story and this too was admitted in evidence. Orchard also testified that the re plies of Mrs. Orchard were sent to him through Haywood. The impeaching questions pro pounded by the defense indicated a purpose by the defense to show that at various times Orchard threatened to kill Steunenberg because of a de sire to be revenged for the loss of his Interest In the Hercules mine. Proceedings In Detail. Boise, Idaho. June 18. All the members of the-Haywood family were In the seats near the prisoner when was resumed at "9:30 a. m. this morn ing in the Ada county district court. During the intermission since the ad journment on Saturday a large num ber of witnesses have arrived in Boise. The court room was only about half filled, however, at the time court con vened. J. T. Nichols, who was a depu ty sheriff of Canon county and In charge of the jail at Caldwell at the time of Orchard's arrest after the murder of former Governor Steunen berg, was the first witness. Orchard, in his statement on the stand, said that while in the jail at Caldwell he received a letter from Pettibone. The original of the letter was destroyed by 'Orchard, but Nichols made a copy of it before giving it to Orchard. The copy of the letter was produced and identified by Nichols. A section of the original envelope was also pro duced and identified. The letter was not read. The witness said that it was not signed. Nichols testified that Fred Miller, a lawyer of Spokane, had called upon Orchard shortly after he was placed in the Caldwell jail. Miller is now one of the attorneys for the defense of Haywood. Nichols said that Orchard had not sent a telegram summoning Miller, but that he had received a teie gram signed "M." A copy of the telegram was pro duced and identified by the witness. Nichols was proceeding to tell of a conversation with Miller, when the de fense raised an objection and after argument the testimony was admitted. Nichols said that Miller had told him that money sent to Orchard should be turned over to Miller as hi3 attorney. Harry Orchard Recalled. Nichols was allowed to go without any cross examination and Harry Or chard was called. The notorious pris oner witness entered the court room through the door leading to the Judge'3 room. His appearance creat ed none of the interest that marked his first entry into court. He came in with his customary brisk step. E. F. Itichardson at once com menced the cross examination. It be came evident that the defense pro posed to bring a number of witnesses to prove that Orchard had for years nursed a vengeful spite against Steun enberg and had repeatedly made threats against him. "Do you know Max Mallch of Den ver?" asked Mr. Richardson. "Yes. sir." "Did you in June or July of 1905, say to Max Malich, you and he being alone, that you were going to kill Steunenberg even if you had to swing lor it? 'No. sir. I never had any such con versation." Senator Borah asked if he couldn't place the time closer than June or July. 1905 "No man can fix the exact day of such an occurrence?" said Mr. Rich ardson somewhat hotlj-. "We will have Max Malich here and he may fix it for you, but it is not like ly that he can give you the day of the conversation." "Did you say that Steunenberg was a mean and that had it not been for Steunenberg you would have been a millionaire, because you had owned a sixteenth share of the Hercules mine and that Steunenberg had driven you out of the state?" "No. sir. I never said anv such thing." Orchard was very positive in his re plies and showed no hesitation. Mr. Richardson asked him if he knew Lottie Day of Denver and remember ed meeting her in a room at the Del mont hotel, where he told her that he Intended to kill Steunenberg. This also Orchard denied. Denies All Threats. Orchard was asked If he had not made similar threats In the hearing and presence of "Kid" Waters of Cripple Creek and others. He was asked if he had not told Dr. J. S. Mc Gee, formerly of Wallace, that he was a spy and that he was going to get even with Steunenberg. He positive ly denied that he had. A conversation with D. C. Coates, formerly lieutenant governor or Colorado, was repeated by Richardson. In this Orchard is alleged to have said: "The more I see of my old partners in the Hercules the more bitter I feel. They all are rich and I am a wander ing pauper. I'll get even with Steun enberg yet." Orchard said quietly: "I never made any such statement either then or elsewhere." At this point the state took Or chard over for re-direct examination. Mr. Hawley asked as to his Interest in the Hercules, which he sold in March, 1897. This was some time prior to the troubles in the Coeur D'Alenes when in 1899 Orchard was there and left the state after blowing up of the concentrator at Wardner. The letter identified earlier in the morning by Deputy Sheriff Nichols was handed to Orchard and the con tents were identified by him. The let ter read in effect: "Dear Tom: I have received vours and have sent that to Jack. I hope to hear from you as to your movements and that you will be successful." There was no signature. Orchard said In his direct examina tion that the letter came from Pettibone. A copy of a telegram from Spokane was identified by Orchard. The tele gram read: 'Attorney Fred Miller will start for Caldwell in the morning. M." No Arrangement With Miller. Orchard said he hadn't made any ar rangement with Miller, but that in Oc tober, 1905, Simpkins had told him that if he ever got into any trouble the firm in Spokane of which Miller was a mem ber, would be a good one. What did he mean by your getting Into any trouble?" asked Mr. Hawley. I suppose he meant trouble over the killing of Steunenberg." You did not speak to Fred Miller about trouble of this kind when In Spokane?" "No. sir. I only talked to him about rr.y suing the railway for the loss of my trunk. From this the state Jumped to April. 1?05. and asked what Havwood had said to him about writing to his wife. Orchard was proceeding to tell of a let ter Haywood wrote to Mrs. Orchard, when the defense objected hotly on the ground that it was new evidence. Sena tor Borah argued that the defense had brought out in th cross-examination that Haywood had spoken of corres pondence with Mrs. Orchard. ' If there is any question of this being proper redirect the court will permit the state to reopen," said Judge Wood very positively, notwithstanding the attempt on the part of Clarence Darrow to con tinue the aigument. Orchard said that an arrangement was made through Pettibone with Haywood that Mrs. Orchard should be told that Orchard had gone to Alaska. It was also agreed that letters should be written by Orchard dated from Alaska before he went to San Fran cisco. Orchard said one letter was jwrltten in Denver and "handed to Paddy Mulleny who was organizer for the Western Federation of Miners at Cripple Creek. Another letter was also given. Orchard said, "to Marion Moore, who took it to Nome, Alaska, and mailed It from there. Marion Moore was the agent of the Western Federation of Miners who went to Alaska to organize the miners. At this point three letters were marked for identification under a running fire of protest from the defense. Judge Wood, however, overruled all the ob jections. Squabble Over Letters. Two letters identified by Orchard as sent to Mrs. Orchard through Paddy Muneny to unppie tjreeK, were oi fered in evidence. Counsel for the defense and Haywood were in con sultation over the letters for 10 min utes. Objection was made to both letters because they were private cor respondence between Orchard and his wife and had no bearing on the case against Haywood. Judge Wood, during the pause, said that hie would allow the photograph ers a last opportunity to disturb the proceedings and a situation that was becoming somewhat tense owing to the very apparent earnestness of both rides over the documentary evidence the state was desirous to get in and the defense to keep it out was re lieved, Mr. Hawley complaining that the photographers thus far had shown only the back of his head. Judge Wood carefully read the let-, ters offered In evidence and after some. minutes consideration he ad dmitted them. Another letter was then introduced. It was a letter from Orchard to his wife mailed in Nome. Orchard said he wrote the letter in Pettibone's store in Denver, leaving the date blank and gave it to Marion Moore, a member of the executive board of the Western Federation of Miners, who was going to Nome. It was agreed that the date should be filled in when Moore got to Nome. Orchard he was never in Alaska or Nome. When the prosecu tion offered the next document a de cided stir showed thai the interest of the court room was aroused. The let ters were handed to counsel for the defense. These were from Haywood to Mrs. Orchard in Cripple Creek and in one of them Haywood, addressing Mrs. Orchard as "Dear Madam and Sister," tells her that Orchard has gone to Alaska. Orchard said he had received a letter from his wife while he was in Denver. It was handed to him, he said, by Hay wood. Senator Borah read one of thse let ters from Orchard to Mrs. Orchard and purporting to come from San Fran Cisco. In the letter Orchard told her in replying to hand the letter to Paddy Mulleny, who would take It to "head quarters" and it would be forwarded. The letters were read to the Jury. The last was the Haywood letter, writ ten on a letter head of the Western Fed eration of Miners. Senator Borah read the entire heading and the letter. Haywood's letter to Ms. Orchard read practically as follows: "Dear Sister and Madam: I have not had any information for some time. The last I had I think was from Alaska Fairfield I think was the address. I see that terrible conditions exist among the law and order element at Cripple Creek W. D. HAYWOOD." The letter was dated from Denver in November, 1905. At this point Judge Wood asked Mr. Hawley how long he would take to con clude his redirect. Mr. Hawley said about an hour. A recess was ordered to 1::30 p. m. Defense Calls McParland's Brother. Denver, Colo., June 18. Acording to a News special E. L. McParland, of Manitou, Colo., a brother of Detective WILL PAT LESS. Private Car Line Companies Have Taxes Reduced. The Valuation Is Smaller Than Last Year. HAVE FEWER CABS. Average Tax Rate in State Is Also Lower. Tank Line Cars Will Pay a Little More. Private car line companies operat ing in the state of Kansas will pay $472.23 less tax to the state this year than they paid last year. The total valuation of the private cars assigned to Kansas has decreased from $284,- 3S1 to $282,683, and the total number of cars from 1,027.93 to 950.59. The decrease in the number of cars returned by the private car com panies is the cause for the decrease in the total valuation, while there is a further decrease in the total taxes to be collected from the fact that the average tax rate of the state is lower this year than it was last. The valua tion per car fixed by the state board of railroad assessers was the same in most instances, but somewhat higher in others. The valuation of the Union Tank line cars was increased from $250 to $300 per car. The following is the table showing the number of cars assigned to Kan sas by each private car company, the total valuation, and the tax to be col lected: Cars. Value. Tax. American Refrigerator Transit Co., St. Louis 44.32 $ 13,296 $ 679.70 American Oil Co., Em poria 6 Armour car line, Chi cago 86 1.800 25,800 78.43 1,124.88 Cold Blast rranspor- tation Co.. Chi cago 97 Cudahay Packing Co., Omaha 9.05 Jacob Dold Packing Co., Wichita 6.27 Doud Stock Car Co., Chicago 4.48 Mather Stock Car Co., 1,491 2.715 1,881 1,232 2, 446 4.012 3,615 3,552 456 65.00 118.37 82.01 53.71 Chicago :2.o3 Merchants' Dispatch Transportation Co., New York 13.62 Milwaukee Refrigera tor Transit Co., Mil- waukee 12.05 National Cal Line Co.. Chicago 11S4 Provision Dealers' Dis patch Co., Chi cago 152 Santa Fe Refrigerator Dispatch Co., Chi cago 339.67 St. Louis Refrigerator Car company, St. Louis 19S0 Street's Western Sta ble Car Line Co., Chicago 70.79 Rwitt Refriererator Tran 150.24 164.92 157.61 154. S6 19.88 101,901 4.442.88 5,940 258.98 19,467 17,214 484.76 750.53 sit Co.. Chicago.. 58.13 t'nlon Refrigerator Transit Co., Milwau kee 15.5S Uninon Tank Line Co., New York 229.90 Wells Fargo & Co. Ex press, Kansas City, Mo 4.07 Tnlnla 4.674 203.78 63,970 3,007.09 1,221 53.23 Number of cars 950.59 Valuation 1282.63.00 Tax 12,324.91 MRS. BESANT NAMED. Elected World President of the The osophical Society. Kansas City, June 18. Mrs. Annie Besant. of Adyar, India, the noted writer and lecturer on matters occult has been elected world president of the Theosophical society, to succeed the late Col. Henry Steele Olcott, formerly of New York according to a private tele gram received in this city from Lon don. Mrs. Besant was nominated for the presidency by the president-founder; Col. Olcott, upon the death bed of the latter in Adyar last February follow- l vin .,-1..-.. f rir-r-i a i-i t i t te A morion . v,0 i,i ' ta , tll(, WOI.id . ariri the .v, .iit concluded. Mrs. Becant has long lived in In dia, the headquarters of the society and has been a member for many years, her first labor being a review, in col laboration with William T. Stead, editor of the Review of Review, London, of the two volumes of the "Secret Doctrine" written by Mme. Helen P. Blavatsky. Mrs. Besant, who now is making a tour of Europe has cabled that she is coming to America to attend the annual con vention to be held in Chicago in the middle of September of the American section of Theosophical society. NONE LEFT TO TELL HOW Five Men in a Powder Factory Blown to Pieces. Williamsport, Pa., June 18. Five men were killed in an explosion of the Gelatine department of the Slnnema honing Powder Manufacturing com pany at Slnnemahoning today. The dead:, BILL MEYERS. Summers. EDWARD COLE. J. B. NELSON. HARRY COLE. SAMUEL SHADMAN. Only fragments of the bodies were found. As all the men in the build ing were killed it is not possible to ascertain the cause of the explosion. Two men at work nearby were in jured. James McParland of the Plnkerton agency, who developed the case of con spiracy to murder - former Governor Steunenberg against officials of the Western Federation of Miners, will go to Boise to testify for the defense in the Haywood case. During the strike riots in Cripple Creek, McParland, who Is a shoe maker, was deported from the district along with the train, load of un ion miners and sympathtaers who were taken over the line Into Kansas. A telegram was received from Clarence Darrow summoning McParland to Boise and he arranged to leave at once. KEYNOTEOfiBADGE "Public Lands Were Intended for Home Builders." Is Motto of Colorado Delegates to Denver Convention. CARTER W THE CHAIR Outlines President's Yiews on Subject for Discussion. Roosevelt Opposes a Free and Unregulated Range. Denver, Colo., June 18. Called to gether for a discussion of public land questions with a vie" to formulating a policy and urging legislation in ac cordance therewith, 'nearly 1,000 citi zens representing all the Transmis souri states met in convention at the Broadway theater In this city today. From Washington have come James R. Garfield, secretary of the interior; Gif ford Pinchot, chief of the forestry de partment; F. H. Tehall, head of the reclamation service, and R. A. Bal- linger, commissioner of the general land office. representing President Roosevelt and prepared to give all possible information as to the policies of the administration regarding the control and regulation of the public lands. The badere worn . by the Colorado delegates was designed to furnish the keynote to the convention, it is in scribed as follows: Public lands were Intended for home builders. We oppose interfer ence by government bureaus under autocratic rules and regulations. United States Senator Thomas H. Carter of Montana, who was chosen as temporary chairman in caucus last night, made the following statement today before the convention assem bled, regarding the position of Presi dent Roosevelt on the land question: "The uresldent is Irrevocably op posed, it seems, to the continuance of the free and . unregulated range, but is not absolutely committed to any particular scheme for the accomplish ment of this purpose. This is what he informed me. The policy as I am informed by him Is the regulation of the public ranges of the west by the government. "The president added that if it was found there were any harsh rules in force in the administration of the poli cies these harsh rules, not the policies, would be modified." Governor Henry A. Buchtel, of Color ado, called the convention to order and Senator Carter wfs unanimously chosen as temporary chairman. In his addrese he expressed the opinion that the day - , . . 1 1 1 o SMTharVmonaT before the convention was whether the lonrtn of the United States shall be made a source of revenue by requiring normits for the use of the public range or whether the leasing system shall pre vail. He said that the federal govern ment as a land owner had Just as strong a right as private individuals and no Rlrnnepr. Continuing Senator Carter said that he had asked ot delegate to serve on a committee and he had refused, saying he had cattle on a public forest range and If he voted against the interests of the forestry bureau his catte would be driven from the reservation. Several delegates called out that that was true and Mr. Carter said he wanted to puncture that bubble at this point. If any forest ranger should attempt to interfere with any citizen on account of his use of free speech, he declared. Mr. Pinchot would dismiss him. Mr. Pinchot. who was on the platform, endorsed the statement of the senator by nodding. Partisan politics must be barred from the convention, the chairman con tinued. He closed by saying that whatever course may be determined to be right by this convention will be come a law if a new law is necessary and action would be taken if action is demanded. " SCHMITZ HELD CLOSE. The Court Keeps a Firm Grip on Frisco's Mayor. San Francisco. June 18. Mayor Schmitz was given permission by Judge Lawlor this morning to pay an other visit to the offices of his attor neys today, but failed in his effort to have the court extend the scope of the absence from the county Jail so as to permit him to attend to other than private business. The application recited that the "district attorney Is seeking to usurp his office and it is necessary for him to take steps to prevent It. It is Cooler Today. There has not been the average amount of sunshine today and the in dications are that the weather fore cast of partly cloudy in the eastern part of the state today with possible showers. Is particularly applicable to Topeka and vicinity. There has been but little change in the temperature since 10 o'clock this morning, and it Is probable that the 83 mark recorded at 2 o'clock will be the maximum for the day. Aside from the threatening clouds the air is heavily laden with humidity and the seven miles an hour wind from the south does not afford comfort by any means. There will be a still greater drop in the mercury to night whether rain falls or not and tomorrow will be fair and warm again if the weather man's guess proves correct as it usually does. The temperatures today as told by the score kept by Weatherman Jennings, are as follows: 7 o'clock 701!! o'clock .....82 8 o'clock 73 9 o'clock 77 10 o'clock 80 12 o clock 82 1 o'clock 83 2 o'clock 83 Jury System tor Japan. Washington, June 18. After spend ing several days in Washington inves tigating the American judicial system with the view of introducing the Jury system of this country in Japan. M. Takagi, a prominent lawyer has gone to New York." and today, will sail for London. While in Washington M. Takagi conferred with Chief Justice Fuller of the supreme court of the United States and Attorr- General Bonaparte. . TOPEKATOSPREAD New Additions Will Be Taken Into City. The Metsker and . Hartsock Tracts Are Included. STOP HEAVY WAGONS. Would Have Six Inch. Tires on 10,000 Pound Loads. Water Meter Question Again Before the Board. Topeka is going to increase the girth of Its "waistband. Additions lying to the west and northeast of the city are to be taken under ordinances which will come up for consideration in the council dur ing the next several weeks. . The additions which it Is proposed to be taken In are: Garfield park, two blocks bounded by Boswell and Col lege avenues. Fourteenth street and Huntoon, Metsker tract, addition A to little Russia, Hartsock's subdivi sion lying north of West Sixth avenue and just east of the state asylum grounds. The above property will be brought into the "city in time to be placed on the tax rolls of this year. The addi tions are not thickly settled, but con sist of valuable ground that It is be lieved should be paying its Just pro portion of city's taxes and not escape with the small assessment of county tax. Councilman E. F. Stanley is back of the movement to take in the Metsker tract and Hartsock's addition. The streets and walks committee last evening instructed the city en gineer to draw up an ordinance pro viding that wagons carrying loads of more than 10,000 pounds shall be pro vided with tires not less than 6 inches in width. The maximum is now four inches. The paved streets are being ruined by heavy coal wagons -with ex cessive loads and narrow tires. It looks very much as if the judi ciary committee of the council Is go ing to bring out an embarrassing po sition for the board of waterworks on the question of forcing fiat rate users of water on to meters. The judiciary committee has raised the question and is delving into It and has instructed the city attorney to investigate and report to the committee. Certain members of the committee have been opposed all along to the municipal control of the waterworks plant and it would look as if these members are ?? their own initiative poke a stick in a hornets nest. The question of reimbursing James F. McCabe .and W. E.- King, members of the city engineer's department, for the time lost during their suspension from office came up before the Judi ciary committee when W. E. King asked to have a favorable report. Mc Cabe Is now suing in the district court for his back salary and the committee deferred action on King s claim until the outcome of the suit is learned. The streets and walks committee recommended that ' the one block of street car track on Hancock street be torn up. The track has not been used for several years. Action to compel the telephone, tel egraph and electric light companies to take down their poles and place all wires underground was deferred. The city engineer was instructed to repair Central avenue bridge and also had referred to him the petition to vacate alley bounded by Tenth, Elev enth, Madison and Jefferson streets. LOOK INTO HITE CASE. Topeka People Summoned to Give Evidence in Disbarment Case. D. R. Hite. a Topeka attorney, will have his professional record examin ed into at the Uncle Sam Oil com pany's trial in the United States cir cuit court at Leavenworth. Judge Amidon, who is sitting, has summoned W. R. Hazen, J. G. Wat ers and R. L. Thomas, clerk of the district court, to appear at Leaven worth for examination Into the dis barment proceedings which were in stituted against Hlte several years ago and which have remained pending. R. L. Thomas, clerk, has been In structed to bring all of the records relating to the disbarment proceed ings Into court. Subpoenas were issued for the three men today, and were served by Clar ence Keller, deputy United States marshal. An attempt was made to lay bare the charges against D. R. Hlte as to breach of professional ethics in yes terday's proceedings of the Uncle Sam Oil company, but Judge Amidon ruled all reference out. Since then he has had occasion to change his mind and D. R. Hite's pro fessional record will have a further airing. Hite was employed in pushing charges of fraud against the Uncle Sam Oil company and H. H. Tucker, jr.. Is now getting back at Hite. H. J. Bone, United States district attorney, was busy with the tag ends of the Western Kansas land fraud cases when the Uncle Sam Oil company case developed and employed Hite to aid him In securing evidence against Tucker. The charges on which the disbar ment proceedings were brought against Hite were numerous all in intended to show how he had broken faith with his various clients and con spired to make large sums of money out of them. Former Kansan Drowned. Colorado Springs, Colo., June 18. A telegram from Venice, CaL, states that Herbert G. Laing, a prominent attorney of this city was drowned while bathing In the surf at Ocean Park. Mr. Laing has practiced law here for the past 10 years, coming to Colorado Springs from Kansas. He was a candidate for city attorney before the last city Republi can convention. i FOUR BODIES FOUND. Seven of the Minnesota Launch Vic tims Are Still Missing. Newport News, June 18. Clad In full naval uniforms and - with faces and hands fearfully mutilated, the bodies of Midsnipmen W. C. Ulrlch of Wisconsin, class of 1907; W. H. Stevenson. North Carolina, class of 1906. and F. P. Hoi colmb, of Delaware, class of 1907, were xouna in Chesapeake bay. The bodies, arter being examined and identified were taken by the naval tug Potoma to the naval hcspltal at Portsmouth. The bodies of four of the eleven men drowned in the Minnesota launch week ago have now been found. The one drowned in the launch was that or a nreman, G. W. WestphaL. Tl-e bodies of three midshipmen and four seamen are still missing and the launches and tugs are Btill searching tne lower bay and roads for them. The fact that the bodies found had drifted 10 or 12 miles from the scene of the tragedy gives rise to a fear that an or the bodies will never be found. TO TALK SOCIOLOGY. Three Days Conference Under Auspices of the Y. P. S. C. E. Sagamore Beach, Mass., June 18 A three days conference on sociological topics under Christian Endeavor au spices will be opened here this even ing. The participants include three score or more of the leading workers and thinkers along sociological lines. Among these are Dr. Josiah Strong of tne social service league New York Robert A. Woods of Boston; Dr. Leighton Williams of New York city, and Edwin D. Mead of Boston. Other speakers will include Rev. James A, Francis of New York: President Chas, F. Dole of the Twentieth Century club of Boston; Bolton Hall and Dr. Walter Laidlow of New York city; Dr. George sale or Atlanta, Ga.; Dr. Francis E. Clark, president of the world's Chris tian Endeavor society, and Prof. Amos K. Wells of Boston; George F. Pea body of New York; Rev. J. H. Mellish of Brooklyn and Rev. Charles Stuen zel, the leader of the workingmen's movement in the Presbyterian church The conference will close Thursday evening. It is expected that this will be the first of a series of annual con ferences bringing together the leading clergymen and laymen of the country interested in promoting a better social order. TO WED AN EARL. Mrs. Potter Palmer Engaged to Au forey Fitzclarence. Chicago, June 18. The Tribune has received advices from London telling of the engagement of Mrs. Potter Pal mer to Aubrey Fitzclarence, earl of Muhster and Baron Tewksbury. The peer who has - won the heart and fortune of Chicago's social leader. is a bachelor 4 5 years old and not blessed with a superabundance of this world's goods. He, however, is said to be handsome and a man of charm ing manners. He has had no public career other than that of gentleman usher to King Edward. For the rejuvenation of the earl's establishment, Mrs. Palmer will bring an income of more than $350,000 i year, derived entirely from the Chi cago real estate and other properties lett by Mr. Faimer at his death in 1902. Mrs. Palmer has proved a pru dent administrator of the estate, which at that time was estimated to be worth eight million and which has steadily increased in value. The Earl Denies It. London, June 18. The Earl of Munster when question today re garding the report that he was en gaged to Mrs. Potter Palmer replied: The report is absolutely untrue." All the afternoon papers here print ed dispatches from Chicago reporting the engagement with photographs and biographies of the parties. ARREST JUDGE'S WIFE. The Neighbors Don't Like Her Style of Religion. Des Moinesi. Ia., June IS. Mrs. Scott M. Ladd, wife of Justice Ladd of the Iowa supreme court, was arrested here last night for disturbing the peace at the peculiar religious services over which she presides. At the religious services which Mrs. Ladd has been conducting the devotees writhe on the floor like epileptics, leap into the air, chatter, scream, gnash their teeth or beat themselves over the head. Staid religious circles of Des Moines, have been profoundly shocked by the revelations concerning this peculiar re ligion. FOUR WOMEN PERISH. In Vain Attempt to Save Life of a Drowning Boy. Seattle, Wash., June 18. Five per sons, two sisters, a brother, mother and aunt, . perished at Monohan in the waters of Lake Sammamish, yes terday. The dead: ANTONE MYER, 13 years. LIZZIE MYER, sister. IDA MYER, sister. MRS. MYER, mother. MRS. JOHN HERTER, sister, of Mrs. Myer. The four women lost their lives In a vain attempt to save the boy. TO HEAR BOTH SIDES. Labor Commissioner Will Then Report to President Roosevelt. New York, June 18. Charles P. Neill, United States labor commis sioner, is expected to arrive in New York from Washington today to in vestigate the threatened strike of telegraphers against the Western Union and Postal Telegraph com panies. It is stated that Mr. Neill will hear both sides of the controversy and then report to President Roosevelt. SCHullTZJS OUT. Board of Supervisors Formally Deposes the Mayor. An Acting Head of City Govern , ment Is Appointed. WILL BE A BIG FIGHT Removal Made Possible by Totes of Confessed Bribe Takers. Immunity From Prosecution Alleged to Be Their Reward. San Francisco, June 18. The board of supervisors shortly after 7 o'clock last night adopted a resolution declar ing Mayor Eugene Schmitz temporari ly unable to perform his official duties and appointing Supervisor James L. Gallagher acting mayor. The latter says he will assume the mayoralty and he denies that he has made an agree ment with the district attorney to re sign at demand. In order to make way for a reform mayor whose name is yet to be announced. District Attorney Heney, Rudolph Speckels and Mr. Langdon and their Immediate associates in the bribery graft prosecution are by this move placed in actual control of the mu nicipal situation. That they will be allowed to so remain without legal contest by the convicted mayor's at torneys is not expected. It is the plan of the prosecution to call for the resignation In a few Says of some one of the eighteen supervisors. This forthcoming, Acting Mayor Gallagher will appoint to the vacancy a man named by the district attorney. As soon as he takes office Gallagher will resign from the mayor s chair and his resignation will be accepted. The board acting under orders from the prosecution will select the new mem ber as president pro tempore and by virtue of the office he will at once be come acting mayor. The man most persistently mentioned for this place is Joseph Dwyer, president of the In dependence league, but that political connection is said to render him un acceptable to Mr. Spreckels, the finan cial guarantor of the whole bribery graft -investigation. The first act of the reform mayor. If the prosecution programme is carrie-.l out, will be to demand the resignation of practically the entire Schmitz ad ministration, whose places will be fill ed with reform agents as fast as va cancies are created. Unless disturbed by the courts the new regime will en dure until next January. Mavor Schmitz. convicted last week of the crime of extortion, remains a prisoner in the city and county Jail. He Is to be sentenced by Judge Dunne Jane 17. His lawyers maintain that his incarceration does, not disable him from performing the duties of his of fice and they say the action of the board of supervisors Is revolutionary and entirely illegal. It is understood thev will test the latter claim by in stituting quo warranto proceeding, applying for a writ of review, or ask ing for an injunction restraining Gal lagher from assuming the mayoralty The resolution declaring the mayor's chair vacant and appointing Super visor Gallagher to fill It was adopted after a fight. It was opposed by Supervisor Tveilmoe and O'Nell. It was voted for by twelve supervisors, each of whose confession to bribe taking is tran scribed in grand Jury records. As none of these has been indicted for bribe taking, the general opinion, le th.f thuv are to escape punishment If they continue to do the bidding of the district attorney ana ms iiuouuiiB associates. No denial of this has been made by Langdon, Mr. Henri or Mr. Speckels. 10 U. S. SHIPS TO BE HAD Navy Department Forced to Send Conl In Foreign Vessels. WnnMneton. June 18. Despite th" disinclination to do so the navy depart ment has been obliged to enter Into a contract with 'any brokerage firm for the shipment of American coal from th Atlantlo to the Pacific coast In foreign bottoms. The amount of the shipments will aggregate between 15,000 and 20,000 tons each for the navy yard at Mare Island and the navy station at Bremerton, Washington. The department was unable to mane contract for the transfer of the coal in American bottoms because of a lack of such ships and, taking advantage of section of the revised statutes wnicn it is claimed confers such authority. the secretary of the navy nas entered into a contract for foreign ships. The matter when first suggested brought out vigorous protests from the mer chant marine league of the UnitedStates but the department felt that it was ustlned in making tne arrangement n las. By providing that American coai hall be furnished the officials say that they are encouraging one American In dustry at least. HER NAME WRITTEN THERE. Arkansas Girl's Note in Strawberry Crate Leads to Marriage. Wichita. Kan.. June 18. A romance which had its beginning when the ame of Miss Lela Miesner, of Rogers. Ark., was written on a strawberry crate shipped here last spring, cuimm nated in the marriage, in Arkansas, of E Johnson and the young woman esterday. Johnson Is a mail carrier at tne postofEice, and was formerly clerk in a grocery store, where he first saw the name of his bride. They arrived today and will live here. Jealousy Costs Two Lives. Washington. June 18. Thomas Johnson, negro, employed as a clerk In the department of agriculture, early today shot and fatally wounded Jennie Washington, a 17 year old negro girl and then committed suicide. Jealousy as the cause. Weather Indications. - Chicagj, June 18. Forecast for Kan sas: Partly cloudy and cooler tonight with showers in east, portion; Wed nesday fair.