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EVERYBODY 10 PAGES 10 PAGES I READS IT. NEEDS IT. J . V LAST EDITION. MONDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. JUNE 24, 1907. MONDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS fTWM I I II II Si : II - II El .f II. n ?-S . V V Y MURDER N0.2 Unknown Man Killed and Body Placed on U. P. Tracks. Had Been Shot Twice aud Throat 11 orribly Slashed. AT THREE BRIDGES. Dead Man Found Near Scene of Last Week's Crime. Officers HaTe No Clue Identity of the Yictiin. to A second murder within a week's time came to light early this morning which is surrounded with a shroud of mystery- And the evident scone of the crime was within a hundred yards of the lonely spot on the Kaw river bank where was found the murdered body of William Morkinson. the fruit peddler, and whose murder is placed by the authorities at the door of William Van Horn, a hackman. The dead body of a man, with the upper rart of the head and face mu tilatod almost beyond semblance of human form, was found this morning between the double tracks of the Union Pacific railroad just the other side of the three bridges and within a hun red vards of where" the Grantville road crosses the Union Pacific right of way. The place where this Doay was found is just about one hundred yards duo west of where Morkinson'3 body lay when it was discovered on Wednes day noon last by some section men on the Union Pacific. At first glance it was thought that the man, whose body was found this jnorning, had been struck and killed bv a nassine train. There Is no doubt but that his head was struck and cruh?d by a passing train, but it took onlv n cursory examination or in bodv ana the nlace where it was found. to ascertain that the man had been murdered and then placed where a train would hit him. In the center of his chin was an evi dent bullet wound, and a 32 caliber bullet was afterwards found In the skull. There was another bullet wound in the left armpit. Then there -nei an n'rlv wound, or lonsr deep gash. n the throat extending from the left of the center of the chin down through the laryny and to the oesophagus. The knife that made this wound had sev ered the jugular vein and all of the Lirire irteries in the neck ana inroai. And the conclusive evidence that the man was first murdered and placed on the track was found in the fact that there was little if any blood around where the body was found. When the man's head had been placed on the In side rail of the -westbound tracK, tnere was a little splotch of blood, which had evidently- trickled from the wound in the fnroa"t. Where his body lay, some twenty feet further on from where it had been placed on the track and where it had been thrown by the train, there was no blood on the ground. Had the man been alive when the train hit him. the immediate vicinity would have been red with blood, but there was every evidence to show that his circulation of blood had long since ceased when his head was placed on the track. Xegro Kinds the Body. William H. Hendrlckson. a negro employed in the barber shop at the corner of Ninth and Kansas avenue, made the ghastly find on the tracks this morning. Hendrlckson lives out near the Calhoun Bluffs and It is his custom to walk into town each morn inr on the Union Pacific right of way. He had passed the point where the Grantville road crosses the railroad tracks and it was then about six o'clock In the morning. A hundred yards farther on he came upon the body. He took one look at it and then turned and ran to the farm house or Ed Goff, a fruit raiser, which is near by. Mr. Goff communicated with the police and county authorities. Dr. H. H. Keith, the coroner, J. M. Wilkerson. the sheriff and Josiah Ross, police sergeant, hurried to the place In Dr. Keith's automobile. A hurried examination of the body on their part convinced them that the man had been murdered and then placed on the railroad track and the police officers and the sheriff and his forces got to work on the case immediately, while Pr. Keith had the body removed to j Shellabarger's undertaking rooms I r J Scene of tlic Two Murders WiUi In i iff where an autopsy was held later by Dr. Blandel and Dr. Keith. The Vnldentifled Victim. So badly was the head of the mur dered man mutilated by the train which struck It. that it would have been well nigh impossible to identify Mm by the face even if one had known him. What little of the features were left, a portion of the left side of the face, Including a piece of the nose, chin and an eye, were necessarily destroyed by the doctors In performing the autopey, so that all that is left of the face and head now is a mass of flesh and bones. The body appears to be that of a man about 30 years old, of short and. slim stature. He was possi bly S feet 4 Inches in height and did not weigh more than 135 or 40 pounds. He had heavy black raven hair, straight as an Indian a and It was quite long. His face was smooth shaven and had a beard of potsibly a day's growth on It. His complexion was swarthy and the rkin on ais body was of a dark hue. But he was not sufficiently dark to warrant calling him a Mexican, al though some who have seen the body are inclined to think that ne was Mexican. Others express the opinion that he was a foreigner, possibly an Italian and still others believe that he was an American of unusually dark complexion. His clothes were not of the best qual ity but they were hardly as ragged as a tramp s would be. His coat was or a dark mixed material, of the pepper end salt variety and his trousers were of black worsted or wool. He wore a hickory shirt, a suit of gauze under wear, heavy gray socks and heavy phoes, which were In good condition and not of the kind usually worn by labor ers. He also v ore a black felt -hat that had been pretty badly chewed up by the wheels of the train which had hit his head. There was nothing in the pockets of the clothing or on the body that would lead to the Identification of the man. All that was found in his pock ets; and It was such a collection of stuff that a famp usually carries was a piece of soap, a small towel, a chunk of bologna, a small comb and a small poeketbook which was empty. The man s hands and feet were un usually mall and his hands had the appearance of having been accus tomed to manual labor. They were begrimed and calloused. Results of the Autopsy. Dr. O. P. Handel and Dr. Keith per formed an autospy on the body soon after it had reached Shellabarger's undertaking rooms. The head and Ekull. or what was left of it, were first examined. It did not take long to find the bullet in the head that had made the wound under the. chin. It was evidently a thirty-two caliber buliet and was found in the roof of the skull. It had gone up through the brain from the chin. The bullet which made the wound under the left arm pit was not found in the body. An examina tion of the deep and long wound in the throat by the physicians con vinced them that it had been made with a knife and could not possibly have been made by the train. If the train had made it the man's chest would have been crushed. The top of the left shoulder had been crushed by the train - but there was only a few jrtight- bruises on the body and the doctors are convinced that tho only part of It which was hit by the train was the head and shoulders. The doc tors think the man had been dead for six or seven hours when his body was found. . Xo Good Clues to Work On. Hard and quick work was put in by Sheriff Wilkerson and the members of the police force on the case but they did not get much in the way of results for their first few hours of work. They were working under the disadvantage of hunting for murder clues when the victim had not yet been Identified and not much In the way of results can be expected until an identification Is made. The recent movements of the man up until a few hours of the time ho met his death then could possibly be traced. John Foley, who lives at the corner of Thirteenth and Lane streets, went to the police station this morning and told that he had teen a passenger on the west bound Union Pacific train which is due here about 1 o'clock this morning. He said that he and a man from St. Marys were standing on the platform of the rear car of this train- for some time before It reached Topeka, He de clared that he saw three men fighting in the roadway Just as the train passed by the place where the Grantville road crosses the railroad tracks. He says that the moon was shining brightly at the time and the men could ba seen quite plainly. He said that there was a horse hitched to a top buggy standing in the road near where the men were fighting and that this fight was going on about one o'clock this morning. The peace officers are working on this clue. Weather Indications. Chicago, June 24. Forecast for Kan sas: Showers and thunder storms to night and possibly Tuesday; cooler. a Week. North ot Kortli Topeka. a DEFENSE BEGINS. Clarence Darrow Outlines to the Haywood Jury What He Will Offer on Behalf of His Client. REVIEWS THE HISTORY Of the Western Federation of Miners From Its Organization. Says It WTas Born in a Jail Cell in 1892-3. Boise. Idaho, June 24. A great crowd gathered this morning In the room where William D. Haywood is on trial to hear the speech of Clarence Darrow of Chicago, outlining the pur poses of the defense in combatting the evidence put In by the state. The for malities of opening the session at an end, Mr. Darrow at once took up his place directly in front of the twelve solemn-visaged men in the Jury box and began in the slow, mellow drawl characteristic of him to - state the theory and plan of the defense to be offered for his client. Mr. Darrow reminded the jurors of the instruction given them by the court that they are to keep their minds en tirely open as to the guilt or innocence of the accused man until all the evi dence from both sides has been intro duced. "You have listened to the theory and the evidence of the state," Mr. Dar row proceeded. Mr. Hawley has cov ered a wide ground In his opening for the state and we will have to meet him step by step. The defendant here is charged nominally with the murder of former Governor Steunenberg. There has to be some nominal charge. But the state has told you the case rests upon a giant conspiracy of which the defendant among others is a part. "The state's attorney has told you the murder of Governor Steunenberg was but an incident. They have told you the Western Federation of Miners was an organization to commit mur der, to control politics, to hire lawyers and other criminal things. "Part of this is true; part of it Is not true: It is true there Is a labor organization known as the Western Federation of Miners. It is true the Western Federation of Miners has spent money- for lawyers. It was un fortunate, but most people have to employ lawyers at some time or an other. Horn In a CeU. "This organization was really born In 182-1893, right down in a cell be neath this court -room where Ed Boyee, the first president, was a prisoner, and where now the three men, charged with this murder, are awaiting the Judgment cf this jury. To start out with they hired lawyers and they hired the best they could. They hired Mr. Hawley, now the leading counsel for the st.ite. Mr. Hawley laid out the plan of their organization, for them; he advised them; he was the godfather of the Western Federation of Miners and the men who formed the organiza tion thought It was an innocent under taking. Mr. Hawley was their first at torney and continued as their attorney for a long time. If there was anything criminal in their appropriating money for a lawyer the miners did not know it. The "Western Federation of Miners is an industrial, not a murderous organ ization. It has from time to time taken a hand In politics, but we are not go ing to hang every organization which has done spuch a thing. If we did no corporation would be safe. The West ern Federation of Miners did all it could to pass the eight hour law In Colorado, Utah and Montana. It tried to elect friendly United States senators. It tried to elect Mr. Hawley, but un fortunately failed." Mr. Darrow went on to say tnat there was ro claim that the Western Federation of Miners. waa an organi zation of angels. "Angels do not work in the mines," declared the attorney, "they are the mine owners." Mr. Darrow went on at length to outline the organization of the West ern Federation of Miners. He declared it was nothing but a beneficial asso ciation, trying to uplift its class. It was not until ten years after the organ ization of the union that either Hay wood or Moyer took office in it. No Apolojrlesj to Offer. "We are not here to apologize for anything the Western Federation of Miners has done," declared Mr. Darrow. "It has been a fighting organization from the first and if it dies it will die a fighting organization. It has had a troublous career; It has been opposed by every device of the mine owners, but It has prospered. Before the West ern federation ui miners i-mut existsnce the miners h?.d tc work from 12 to 14 hours a day. wnen tney want ed food they had to buy it at the company stores. When they were In jured they were taken to the company hospitals where there was little diffi culty in getting a statement releasing the company from all damage. The conditions are vastly different now. The Butte union alone hasi paid out more than one million dollars to the widows and orphans of its members this during the time this alleged crimi nal conspiracy existed." Mr. Darrow went at some length to show the trouble and opposition the union has had since its inception. In pome communities he declared the pres ident of the organization, when he we.it to visit the miners was refused both fcod and lodging by the mining com panies. "Arrests have come thick and fast," the attorney continued. "Some of the charges were purely imaginary and in 99 cases out of 100 the men have not even been given the grace of a trial. As soon as the Western Federation of Miners was born the mine owners went about to destroy It and as the chief means of destruction they hired the Pinkerton detective agency with one McParland at its head. "We will show you that this agency has been busy sleuthing, following, working and lying to get these men. We will show that they have hired de tectives ami placed them In positions of responsibility as secretaries and presidents of local unions; that these hired men c-nstantly advised the min ers to strike and that when a strike was on counselled violence, dynamite and murder. They did It at Telluride; they did it at Cripple Creek and at many other places. Ooes After Plnkertons. "We will show that the Pinkerton detective agency 'has - been - a chief factor in this case from the very be ginning. They hav$ organized them selves In a band to spread calumny against the Western Federation of Miners. We will show that In one case, where a cage fell, because of de fective machinery and 16 men were killed, it was laldr to the Western Federation of Miners. "The burning of the Moscow uni versity was laid to the leader of the Western Federation, of Miners. Every illegitimate child born west of the Mississippi has been wrapped in its swaddling clothes, hurried to Denver and laid on the doorstep of the West ern Federation of Miners." Mr. Darrow turned his attention to the miners magazine. He said prob ably many foolish and Intemperate things crept in, but the editors had no college education and Mr. Pettibone paid little attention to It. "We will read to you matter from the Miners magazine not introduced by the state. We will show that they did not advise violence and that they counselled a wise administration and discussed the economic conditions temperately. Continuing Mr. Darrow said: Tlie Oeour IVAI nes Trouble. "This brings us to 18 99 and the troubles in the Ceour D'Alenes when Steunenberg was governor. The West ern Federation of Miners was getting along all right. Then something hap pened. A irresponsible mob of 1,000 people, made up of miners and mer chants, preachers and hangers-on and every one who wanted a ride went down and the Bunker Hill and Sulli van mines were blown up. "The powder was furnished by a rival company. At that time Harry Orchard, who testified in this case had been there for a month carrying a union card. Jack Simpkins was In the Coeur d'Alenes. : Then came the call for troops. Rightly or wrongly, Steunenberg called for troops. Jack Simpkins was arrested and thrown into the "bull, pen." He was mal treated. He was stood up at a post by a colored soldier and a bayonet was driven into his breast. Harry Orchard was in the Coeur d'Alenes. Harry Orchard was a cheap soldier of fortune, a shoestring gambler, who had never done a ;day's work In his life. He owned a sixteenth share of the Hercules mine but sold it because of his needs and continued his gam bling. The mine did not yield until 1901. But Orchard hoping on stayed around to get a share of the mine. We don't think that Orchard was at the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mine. We will show he was not there, and we will show that he was engaged in his favorite work ot gambling with the easiest mark Ire could rind. We will show that he did not participate in most of tho crimes which he has here boasted. I don't iike to take anv of the bloom off a peach like that, but while we will show' that he-is not the murderer he boasts himself, we will compensate him bv proving him to be the most monumental liar that ever existed. ' - Will Prove -ixra a Liar. "Before our flrss-v witness leaves the stand, gentlemen, we will convince you; we will even convince-Mr. Hawley himself that. this man Orchard has lied out most of the essential points of his story. .We- will have from 25 to 30 witnesses, who will take the stand and contradict this man absolutely. Some of these witnesses will be miners, but others will be eminently respectable people who have never done a day's work in their lives." Here as at other points in his- speech Mr. Darrow's sarcasm caused wave af ter wave of laughter in the court room. Sometimes the bailiffs had to- rap for order. Mr. Darrow briefly sketched the wan derings of Orchard as related by that witness. Orchard remained in the Couer D'Alenes, he said, trying to re gain possession of his one-sixteenth in terest in the Hercules mine until he was driven out by fear of arrest and confinement In the "bull pen." "Then he wandered from place to place, seldom working," said Mr. Dar row. "He was a sort of gentlemanly miner who mined the miners. In 1902 he turned up in Cripple Creek. But from 1889 to 1902, this important per sonage in American history is all but ever, that during all that time he could be found in the back room of some sa lcst to view. It is pretty certain how loon gambling. "If Orchard today held his one-sixteenth interest in the Hercules mine he would be worth half a million dol lars; but I think he'd rather have what he's got because it is more valuable to the newspapers." Haywood a Common Miner. Mr. Darrow said that when Orchard ieft the Coeur D'Alenes after the blow ing up of the Bunker Hill and Sulli van mill, Haywood was but a plain ordinary working miner at Silver City, Idaho, where he lived a greater part of his working life in the snow cap ped mountains, which can be seen from the Boise court room. It was not until 1901 that Haywood become secretary and treasurer of the Westren Federation of Miners. "That is a Job," said Mr. Darrow, "which everybody believes there Is money in except the man who holds it. It is like being mayor or senator." Moyer's position in 1899, was just as obscure as Haywood's, declared the miners' lawyer and as for Pettibone he was not even a miner at that time. "He ran a little store down in Den ver," continued Mr. Darrow, "selling clothes wringers, lace curtains, rugs, bibles and other novelties, on the in stallment plan. Pettibone had been a miner in 1892, In the Coeur d'Alenes. He was arrested there and put in Jail and my friend. Mr. Hawley, got him out. He then decided to quit mining. SHE WANTED TO DIE. Because her love affairs were not in the condition that she thought they should be IjOttie Looker, a seventeen-year-old girl employed in an east Sixth street restaurant attenipted sui cide Saturday by the carbolic acid route and was only saved by prompt work on the part of those in the house at the time assisted by a physician who arrived on the scene early. The girl has on numerous other oc casions threatened to take her life and the acid tsken yesterday was purchased some time ago when she had made up her mind to end it all by a dose from the bottle. When she awakened and found that she was not In a strange world she immediately informed those about her that she would make arrangements to repeat her performance at an early date. This morning she was feeling better and has decided that she wants to reside in Tcpeka for a while yet and has promised t not repeat her perform ance of Saturday. SEVENINJURED. Three Distinct Tornadoes Tisit Town of Medicine Lodge. Came Sunday Night Accompan ied hy Torrents of Water. A WOMAN IS TREE TOP The Gypsum Mill and Santa Fe Bound House Destroyed. Senator Long's Home Damaged and Ralph Faxon's Demolished. Wichita, Kan., June 24. Seven per sons were injured and one is missing as the result of tornadoes that visited Medicine Lodge, Barber county, Sunday night. The Injured : Mrs. May Lyle, internally injured. J. E. McCoy, arm broken. Mrs. J. R. McCoy, ribs broken and in jured on skull. Miss Mary Griffith, hurt internally. Mrs. Morris, arm broken. Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Saury, bruised. Mrs. Lyle was the most severely in jured. While seeking shelter she was blown into the top of a cottonwood tree and when found she was unconscious. Senator Long's residence was damag ed slightly and the new home of Ralph Faxon, Senator Long's secretary, was demolished. Three distinct tornadoes visited the town between the hours of 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock Sunday night. They struck the town from the north west and were accompanied by water that fell in torrents. The gypsum mill and Santa Fe rail road round house were among the buildings destroyed. Limbs were blown from trees and posts and wires were torn down and twisted. The greater part of the damage was in the north part of the city. Mrs. Bell, an aged lady is missing. Reports from the surrounding country continue to bring accounts of loss to property and injury to property and persons. ALMOST A TORNADO. Lyon County Visited by a Severe AVind and Rain Storm. Emporia, Kan., June 24. A Tain storm amounting almost to a cloudburst was accompanied here with a high wind. which did great damage Saturday nignt. In places the- action of the wind was similar to that of a tornado. Eight miles southeast of here a twister tore the corner out of the home of C. W. Vanorden and destroyed his barn. Shortly before the family had taken refuge in a storm cellar and escaped injury. The same twister cut a path through the timber on Coal creek, near the Vanorden home, uprooting trees three feet In diameter. At about the same time a smaller twister was de stroying an orchard In the Fowler set tlement, about five miles southeast of Emporia. Telephone wires are all down and It is impossible to obtain particulars or learn whether any persons have been killed or injured. The Cottonwood river is bank full. In the vicinity of Reading, In this county, the storm was the worst In years. The wind blew a gale from the southwest and was accompanied by a heavy rainfall. The . orchards were damaged as were also most of the shade trees. Small buildings were overturn ed and large barns were moved from their foundations and some of them demolished. The wires were consider ably damaged. WRECK AT PERRY, 0. T. Santa Fe Passenger Train Rons Into a Freight. Oklahoma City, Okla., June 24. Southbound Santa Fe passenger train No. 40 5 ran into a freight train that was taking a siding as it entered the yards at Perry. Okla., at midnight last night. The engine and several coaches are reported to have been derailed and a number of persons badly injured, but no one was killed. According to the advices received from the scene of the wreck at the of fice of General Manager J. E. Hurley this morning, the wreck is not as se rious as reported in the above dis patch. The wreck was caused by the engine of No. 405 crashing into the rear end of a freight train which had not yet cleared the main line and gone on to the side track. There were no derailments of any of the passen ger coaches. A few of the freight cars were derailed. The only injury was to Engineer Spunangle of train No. 405 whose foot was badly cut. A BABY ON HIS PORCH. A Foiir-JJays-Old Child Left at a Pratt Bachelor's Residence. Pratt, Kan., June 24. Steven Beck, a bachelor farmer living with - his mother four miles northeast of Pratt, was awakened at 4 o'clock Sunday morning by the wail of an infant and upon investigation discovered a baby girl lying cosily in a basket on his front porch. Mr. Beck drove to town immediate ly and gave all the information that he had obtained to the. authorities, who at once took steps to uncover and punish the guilty ones.. The child Is about four days old, is a sweet baby and it is rumored that Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Glllum, a promi nent Pratt family, will adopt the little tot and give it a home. ' No small excitement prevails here over the crime and everything will be done to Intercept the guilty ones. One-third Die From Accidents. Pittsburg. June 24. Twenty-six hundred and sixty deaths were report ed to the coroner in the year 1906, 919 of which were the results of acci dents In mills, mines or on railroads. RIXDT CASE AGAIN IN COURT. Mother," Wlio Claims. Livery Stable Held by Sheriff, Appeals. Another chapter in the troubles of the Rindt family in Dickinson county was opened up in the Supreme court today, when Johanna Rindt appealed from the decision of the Dickinson county court in favor of J. B. Favor .sheriff of Dick inson county, and others. The troubles of the Rindt family commenced when Bertha Schlesener sued Robert Rindt, the son of Johan na Rindt, for damages, alleging that ho had taken advantage of her under promise of marriage. She made a good case against the young man, and secur ed a judgment for several thousand dol lars. Then Bertha Schlesener tried to collect on her Judgment by levying on a livery stable owned by Robert Rindt. This was where the sheriff got into the game, for after he had taken possession of the building, Johanna Rindt steppe in with the declaration that the livery stable really belonged to her, she having purchased It from her son. She said that she had always supposed that the property stood In her na. ie, but that through the deception of her son ,it stood in his name and not in hers. She is trying to have the livery stable re leased from the custody of the sheriff on the ground that Robert Rindt does not own the building. WRUNG MIS NECK. Kidnapers Kill Him to Stop His Noise They Confess. Hide Body in a Swamp Where It Is Found by Searchers. New Orleans, June 24. Two miles in the interior of a big swamp near this city the headless body of Walter Lama na, an Italian child between 7 and 8 years of age, who was kidnapped and held for 6,000 ransom two weeks ago, was found by police and vigilantes. He had been strangled to death, according to the confession of one of the several Italians held by the police. The boy's neck Is supposed to have been broken when he was strangled, causing the head to become separated from the body when decomposition set in. The head was found a short dis tance from the body. Fve Italians, two of them women, are under arrest charged with being accom plices to the murder and extra details of police and deputies are maintaining order in the excited Italian quarter Seventy armed deputies have been plac ed on guard at the Orleans parish pris on, the strongest in the state, where three of the prisoners are held and some apprehension has been felt for the safe ty of the two others who were last night taken to an adjoining parish. The murdered boy was found near St. Rose, about 20 miles from New Orleans. A sweating process wrung a confession from one of the Italian suspects who was taken from his home in St. Rose and carried into the woods by a combin ed force of officials and vigilantes who had the search in charge. This man, Iganslo Campigclano, was kept in the woods an hour, when he confessed, charging four Italians with the murder. He said that about the time of a mass meeting in New Orleans more than a week ago for the purpose of prosecut ing the search for the body, these men, who were In a vacant house in St. Rose, became frightened and consulted about what to do with the child. The boy was crying, begging to be taken home to his parents, said Campigclano, and one of the quartette of the kidnappers grabbed the child and strangled him to death to stop his noise. Later two of the kidneppers, he said, came to him carrying the body in a blanket, and after threatening him with death if he told took the body into a swamp. Campigclano, after relating this story, led the police through two miles of swamp, where the searchers sometimes waded In water nearly waist deep and at others crawled under tangles of briers. In a shallow pool at the end of this search the body was found in the blanket in a clump of cane. Returning to the city the police ar rested Nicolina Gebbla, an Italian wo man who is alleged to have confessed that she knew of the kidnapping plot from the first, from one of the four kid nappers whom she expected to marry. Campigclano said that these four were Stefano Monfre, Tony Gendusa, Angelo Cacatari and an Italian named Incan terra. The police said they expected to cap'ure these men within two or three days. The other prisoners directly im plicated by the confession are Campig ciano's wire, Frank Gendussa and Leon ard Gebvia. OIL FIELD HARD HIT. Lightning Sets . Frre to a Number of Bis Storage Tanks. Tulsa, June 24. A violent storm swept over this section of Indian Ter ritory Sunday, causing damage to pro perty estimated at nearly half a mil lion dollars. A terrific electrical storm accompanied the wind and lightning struck oil tanks all over the mid continent field. In Glenn Pool, near Tulsa, a 55,000 barrel tank of the Quak er Oil and Gas company and a 10,000 barrel earthen storage tank of the Vic tor Oil and Gas company and a dozen other small tanks, were struck by lightning and are still burning fiercely; William S. Mowry, of this city, suffer ed a loss at Cooly Bluff of nine 1.600 barrel tanks and the Standard Oil tank farm at the same place was almost to tally destroyed. Reports received from Ochelate, Nowata and other points tell of heavy damage by wind, but no loss of life. Eight Killed In Wreck. Hartford, June 24. Eight work men were killed and S5 injured when a passenger train on the Highland di vision of the New York New Haven and Hartford railroad crashed into the rear of a work tram that waa backing into the city from New Brit ain at the Sigourney street crossing. Of the injured two probably will die. July Disbursements. New York, June 24. The July divi dend and interest disbursement this year by various corporations will reach a grand total of $182,881,849. This is $18,573,678 greater than the aggregate of last year and eclipses the total of any previous July in history. LOSE PENSIONS, Situation Which Confronts the Postal Telegraph Strikers. Are Discharged Unless They Return to Work Today. IF TIIEY COME BACK Later They Will Be Considered as New Employes. Importation of Operators From the East Is Denied. San Francisco, Cal.. June 24 President S. J. Small, of the Commen cial Telegraphers' union, today bald that he had issued no word for a strike at El Paso. "The next strike," said Mr. Small, will be at a larger center than El Paso." No word indicating an early settle- ment of the local telegraphers' strike came from the New York head offlca of the Western Union and Postal companies yesterday. Officials ot both companies in this city say they, have been instructed to have no deal ings with the telegraphers' union: looking toward a settlement, but that former employes will be received as individuals. Unless the striking operators of thm Postal company here and in Oakland return to work today the company says they will be looked upon as dis-. charged employes and their places will be considered filled, according to the orders which have been received, from First Vice President and Gen. eral Manager Nally of New York. A new phase of the strike as it af-. fects the Postal men who are out lies in the fact that after this morning they will lose standing In point of en titling them to pension of 20 per cent of their salaries after 15 years in case, of being incapacitated for work. The pension, which amounts to $150 a year at first, is' Increased at the rata of three per cent each year for 10 years. In case the strikers from the Postal company return after this morning they will be considered new employes and will have no time to their credit. Members of the telegrapners1 union stated yesterday that they had in structed an operator at Sparks, Nev., to ascertain whether it was true that two carloads of telegraphers were, bound westward on an overland train to take the places of local striker. The operator reported that he had learned from the conductor of the train that the cars In question did not contain operators. MURDER IN A DREAM.. Story of the Italian AVho Did Slvootlng on the Kock Island. Goodland, Kan., June 24. John Bello, the Italian who killed a man and wounded two women passengers on a Rock Island train east of here told through an interpreter yesterday the story of the shooting. Bello asserted that he committed the murder in his sleep as the result of a dream. His story, dramatically told, with many and almost tearful protestations of honesty, follows: "My wife and children and I and Patsy Lefranbradi and his wife and children lived In Genoa. We decided to come to the new world and grow rich as we heard it was easy to do. We landed In Boston from the White Star liner Cymric, a few days ago and took a train for the west. We were on tha Way to California. "We were n a strange land, among people whope language we Could not understand. I had been nervous front the time I left home. I dreamed that a man with a white handkerchief over his face had me by the throat and was trying to rob me. "I fought with all my strength. Finally I managed to throw my as sailant off. The robber turned to run. I bad a revolver In my pocket, and X seized it and began to shoot. "All of this was in my sleep. Tha report of the weapon awakened me, and I found myself on my feet with the pistol in my hand, shooting right and left. God knows I did not mean to kill any one. It was all a terrible dream." Carl V. Topp, the tailor who waa killed by the Italian, wp.s asleep In his seat with a white handkerchief over his face. Bello Is In the county Jail here. Ha sits rocking back and forth with his face In his hands muttering In Italian. COL. XOItTON AS AUCTIONEER.- Ho Slakes a Good Record In Selling Farm. Persons desiring the services of a first class auctioneer are recommended to try Col. John Norton, under sheriff. With two bidders on hand, he coaxed $575 more than the appraised value out of a real estate sheriff's sale at 10 o'clock this morning. The sale, which was the result of a suit In partition brought by part of the heirs of James Carroll, deceased, had been advertised, and L. D. Allen, a far mer of Wllllamstown, Kan., came here to bid on the property. Opposing him were William Carroll, one of the heirs, and Martin L. Foltz, a farmer who owns property near the Carroll farm, a mile east of Wakarusn. W. H. Carroll opened the ball by bidding $7,000. which was over two-thirds of the valuation, and Allen raised him a thousand. Car roll bid $9,000, and then Allen came back with $10,000, the apprised valua tion. Carroll then dropped out and Folt began, raising it a hundred over each bid made by Allen, until $10,600 was reached. Then the raises dwindled to $5 and $10, and closed when Foltz bid $10,575 and Allen refused to raise It. The property, which consists of 160 acres of bottom land with good barn and house, has been occupied by Wil liam Carroll, the unmarried heir who stayed at home. Since the death of Car rol, Sr., two years ago, the heirs hav been unable to agree on a price to W. N. . Carroll,, who desired to purchase, and the suit In partition was the result.