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EVERYBODY 12 PAGES READS IT. EVERYBODY 12 PAGES NEEDS IT. LAST EDITION. FRIDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JULY 19, 1907. FRIDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS r EmPERORJUITS. Korean Ruler's Abdication Is Signed and Sealed. Pressure Was Greater Than He Could Stand Against.. PREMIER ROASTS IIDI. The Elder Statesmen Went Beck on Him. Dramatic and Impressiye Scenes at the Palace. Seoul, July 19. The emperor has de cided to abdicate. Briefly the emperor in the imperial rescript of abdication expresses his regret that during the 44 years of his reign, national calamities - have followed in rapid succession and the people's distress become so aggia vated that he deemed it now time to tiansfer the crown to the heir appar ent in conformity with ancestral us ages. A most dramatic scene occurred at the palace Thursday night when the ministers, headed by Premier Ti Wang Yong appeared before his majesty and made the cabinet's final representation in urging the emperor's abdication. His majesty was in a high state of excite ment, but the premier in the most hum ble but firm tone dwelt at length upon the want of precaution and prudence of the empero."'s policies hitherto es pecially in diplomatic affaits, whereby he was endangering the safety of the nation. The premier enumerated the facts of his majesty's duplicities which culminated in the dispatch of a depu tation to The Hague peace conference and forcibly reasoned the useiessness of the emperor's disavowal of his rela tion with The Hague affair. Unable to successfully combat the logic of the premier's representation tne emperor sought a last refuge in the council of elder statesmen, doubt- ssly anticipating their svmrjathies. 'a he council immediately convened. I our elders quickly responded and ap peared before his majesty at 1 o'clock this morning. The emperor's disap pointment and surprise was boundless when they unanimously agreed with the minister's advice. His majesty's mind was finally made up and he con sented to the draft of an imperial re script announcing his abdication, which was placed before him for his signa ture. The emperor's condition was inde scribable. Greatly agitated and per turbed, he signed the document and the seal was affixed amid impressive si lence. A suppressed sigh from the em- tll.r II r T 1 . . . J. 1 . - emir,. .-lt.l. . .- . n the deathlike stillness that reigned throughout the memorable scene. KorcJtiis Are Excited. Seoul, via Tokio, July 19. Enraged crowds are assembled at various points throughout the city and Inflammatory documents against the Japanese are being freely distributed giving rise to a forlorn hope that some active opposition is about to begin. Serious collisions, it is believed, will take place between the police and the rioters. Marquis Ito is not likely, it is thought, to resort to extreme measures of repres sion until all mild means of pacification have been exhausted. Extraordinary police precautions are being taken throughout the city. Sympathy But Xothing More. Tokio, July 19. While much sympathy Is expressed here for the Korean em peror who has retired, the public is breathing easier for the sake of both countries now that the arch intriguer has been completely disarmed. It is confidently expected that hereaf ter the relations between Japan and Korea will be smooth. Unqualified admiration Is felt for the capacity of the ministers of the present Korean cabinet in effecting the solution of a most aggravated situation without the shedding of any blood, and in a man ner evincing more than ordinary cour age. It is felt here that the commotion among the populace at Seoul is not act uated by the spirit of true loyalty to the retired emperor, but out of fear of the adoption of drastic measures by the Japanese government toward Korea as a nation and until the pacific intention of Japan is fully understood some agita tion is naturally anticipated. The ceremony of abdication, it is ex pected, will assume the form of a re script transferring the throne to the late emperor's successor. The date for the coronation or tne new emperor has not been fixed. Reports from Seoul are silent on the ction Marquis Ito is likely to take af ter the rescript transferring the throne hjs been issued, but no doubt he will do hfs utmost to placate the excited pop ulace. Placing the Responsibility. To,Uo, Ji ly 1 3. Speculation is rife among foreigners here as to the origin of the idea of piessing the abdication of the retired emperor of Korea. It Is definitely known, however, that Marquis Ito was only a silent specta tor of the event and that the idea or iginated with the premier. Marquis Saionji. strongly supported by the min isters of agricultuie and justice, both of whom are strongly in favor of a life of exile in Japan for the retired em peror. Some thought that blood must be Ehed before the abdication of the throne could be effected, but fortunately that expectation was not fulfilled and the aftermath is also likely to prove less furious than present occurrences at Seoul might indicate. It is believed that the wisdom and resourcefulness of Marquis Ito will prevent the spread of sny agitation likely to menace the general peace of Korea. rSED AS A BLIND. Korean Situation Serves to Divert At tention From America. Seoul, via Tokio, July 19. Upon his arrival from Viscount Hayashi, the foreign minister of Japan, was greeted by 15,000 Japanese, who were expecting the annexation of Korea. The peril to the emperor began to be realized yesterday among the Koreans, and considerable excitement prevails today, the people feeling that their ruler might meet an untoward end. The po lice were doubled in the palace at xdfhtfall on the rumor that the dead Hague deputy had committed suicide, which created the apprehension that an epidemic of suicide had broken out in sympathy with the emperor. The Koreans are all at sea regarding the extreme gravity given the situation by the Japanese who regard the offense of the emperor as unpardonable. Members of the progressive party from Japan and others opposing Mar quis Ito's policy of leniency preceding the arrival of Foreign Minister Haya shi are now holding meetings. Viscount Hayashi. it is believed, has two missions to fulfill. The first, to as sist Marquis Ito to execute the Japa nese government's programme in the palace, the second, to consult with him on the Manchurian and American questions. All Japanese here do not believe that the question of The Hague deputation is of sufficient importance to annul the trip planned by Marquis Ito to Tokio and the sending of Viscount Hayashi here instead of Yamaza, there fore they think that the purpose of Hayashi was to divert the attention of the people from the question of Amer ica where it is claimed that the gov ernment Is unable to get satisfaction and to placate the nation by severity to the Koreans. BASEMENTS FLOODED. Both Rivers Continue to Rise at Kan-f-r.s City. Kansas City. Mo., July 19. Further heavy rains north of here last night caused the Missouri river at Kansas City to rise a little higher, and as a result the cellars in two dozen whole sale houses in the west bottoms were partially flooded this morning. Stocks had been removed to places of safety and the damage in this direction was slight. Truck gardens at Quindaro, on the outskirts of Kansas City, Kan., along the Missouri river have been flooded, causing damage estimated at $20,000. and several truck farmers with their families are moving to higher ground. The stage of the Mis souri this morning was 23 feet and with the additional volume of water above here. Weather Observer Connor said today that the river probably would rise gradually until tomor row night. If there are no further rains in the west and northwest for several days the Missouri will still be low enough to take care of flood waters without danger of a serious overflow, Mr. Connor says. The Kaw is rising slowly also. will"help the corn. Central Kansas Gets Splendid Show ers on Thursday. Junction City. July 19. An inch of rain fell here Thursday and in the western and northern part of the county the rain fall was heavier. In all parts of the county wheat thresh ing has been postponed for several days. . At Hutchinson An Inch and a half of rain fell all over this section Thursday. The rain was timely, as harvest is over and the corn needed the moisture. There is generally a good stand of corn In this county and the present rain will carry It to tassel. Prospects could not be better for a fine crop. At Abilene General showers felt over Dickinson county yesterday, the corn Is thoroughly moistened and looks .in perfect condition. The Smoky Hill river rose to two feet above normal. At Clay Center A good steady rain fell over Clay county. This rain is the breaking of nearly a month's drouth. At Canton A heavy rain fell here Thursday. It will help the corn crop and pastures and hay, but will delay threshing for a week. At Great Bend A rain fell here amounting to two inches. Corn Is In fine shape. The wheat harvest is al most all over though several farmers still have wheat to cut as a result of the scarcity of harvest hands and the recent rains. In parts of the county many women drive header barges during harvest. ONLY FOUR DIED. Mortality From Heat Prostrations In Philadelphia Is Low. Philadelphia, July 19. Of the thou sands of persons overcome by heat while watching the Elks parade yes terday, about 100 spent the night in hospitals. Many of them were dis charged today. The number of deaths due more or less directly to the heat and humidity numbered four and there are about a dozen cases considered serious by the hospital physicians. The dead and those still in a serious condition are all Philadelphians. The fact that the death list was small is principally due to the prompt relief given by the hospital authorities and emergency medical corps. The big feature of Elks week be ing over, thousands departed today. The grand lodge has adjourned and the delegates devoted today to a pil grimage to Valley Forge where United States Senator Knox will deliver a historical address. Beginning at 11 o'clock tonight, the Pen and Pencil club will entertain visiting Elks at "A Night in Bo hemia." , The records show 79,000 persons registered at the bureau provided for members and their ladies. DYNAMITE IN WHEAT. Threshing Machine of Nonunion Farmer Is Blown X'p. Hopkinsville. Ky., July 19. The threshing machine of John Fields, a nonassociation farmer, was destroyed today at Oak Grove by dynamite con cealed in the wheat. Two laborers were seriously injured. Fields had been warned to join the farmers' as sociation before attempting to thresh his wheat. Twenty-five masked men took Na than Hester, a farmer, from his home at midnight and flogged him with a rawhide, brutally kicking and mis treating him. Hester quit the farm ers' association several months ago. Weather Indications. Chicago. July 19. Forecast for Kan sas: Fair tonight and Saturday. WAVE OF REFORM. - - It Appears to Have Swept Louisville, Ky., Clean. Entire Xew Set of City Officers Is Appointed. RESULT OF FRAUDS Perpetrated in Connection "With the Last Election. Neither Party to the Contest Secures Recognition. Louisville, Ky., July i9. With the appointment by Governor Beckham of complete new boards of councilmen and aldermen in a day or two Louis ville will have reached the culmina tion of a political revolution which in extent and effects has only been paralleled by one or two other cities of the first class in the history of the United States. The upheaval is the result of the recent decision of the Kentucky court of appeals overturn ing the election of 1905. On the face of the returns as counted on election day the Democratic ticket for city and county offices Jefferson county had been declared elected, but a contest in the courts was instituted by repre sentatives of the fusion ticket, the only one in the field against the Democrats. The court of appeals in the final hearing of the case decided that "'gross frauds" in the matter of re peating, Illegal voting, intimidation of voters and falsification of the count had prevailed to such an extent as to render the election invalid. Under the terms of the court's mandate it became incumbent on Governor Beck ham to appoint boards of council and aldermen and a mayor for the city of Louisville and a county Judge for Jef ferson coui-ty. The mayor and coun ty Judge were under the law empow ered to fill all the remaining county and city offices made vacant by the decision. All the appointees under the decision hold office until a special election is held in November of this year to fill the offices until 1909. Governor Beckham appointed Rob ert W. Bingham mayor. Walter P. Lincoln was appointed county judge. The new mayor and county Judge proceeded forthwith to make practi cally a clean sweep. Of all the minor offices, such as city treasurer, countv j sheriff, etc., to the number of 18. only two or possiDiy three of those holding office under the 1905 election have or will be allowed to hold on until No vember. Contrariwise. none of the unsuccessful fusion candidates "has been appointed to any vacant place, but one prominent fusion leader was appointed sheriff. The mayor also ap pointed new boards of safety and pub lic works. The board of works is re ported to be contemplating a general clean up of those holding positions in that department on the ground that in ! common with a number of members of the police and fire departments, their chief work has been in the nature of organized intimidation and conniving at election frauds which caused the overturning of the 1905 election. The board of safety has already made a start by securing the resigna tion of Chief of Police Gunther and the reduction of Assistant Chief Ridge and' six capitains. all the commanding officers of the police department, to the rank of patrolmen. Similar sweep ing changes are expected to be made in the personnel of the fire depart ment, although Mayor Bingham an nounced last night that he would re tain the chief. Fillmore Tyson. One of the results thus far of the changes has been the putting of the lid down tight on saloons and gam bling and the general exodus of small gamblers and tenderloin habitues and "suspects" of all kinds. Last Sunday Louisville was abso lutely "dry" from midnight Saturday until 5 o'clock a. m. Monday. The situation seems to be shaping itself toward one of the fiercest strug gles ever known in Louisville politics the coming autumn when the recently ousted officials and their following hope through the primaries and elec tion to regain control. SPEAKER IS MOBBED. Free for AU Fight In an Oklahoma County Convention. Muskogee, I. T., July - 19. An at tempt by Henry Asp, a railroad attor ney of Guthrie, to address the Repub lican county convention here today converted the meeting into a howling, fighting mob. Pistols were brandished, knives flashed and chair3 were wielded right and left, resulting in bruises and minor injuries to several persons. Officers with drawn pistols, who threatened to shoot into the crowd if the fighting did not stop, failed to quell the disturb ance. United States Deputy Marshal Bud Ledbettor appeared on the scene and practically took charge of the meeting. Ledbetter. who is a Demo crat, saved Asp from being mobbed and prevented bloodshed. Asp, pale and trembling was taken away from the meeting. The trouble started when the anti Frantz and antistatehood forces, of which Asp is a member, attempted to address the meeting before the organ ization was perfected. The Frantz forces were victorious in the test vote for temporary chairman and the other element then subsided and quiet was restored. COVERED WITH TAGS. A Seven-year-old Boy Arrives In Xew York From Russia. New York, July 19. Adorned with a motley array of tags, which were pinned on his coat, shirt and trousers in many cities on the route from far off Minsk, Russia, to this city, seven-year-old Benjamin Meyerson. is quar tered in the Hebrew home for immi grants In this city. He is bound for Omaha, where his parents, who left Russia several years ago, now reside. The boy "remained with his uncle until recently, when, his parents sent for him and he was started alone on what probably has been the most re markable journey ever taken by a lit tle fellow of his age. Benjamin's uncle tagged him so that the railroad men might know where to ship the tfny human freight. He also appended to the boy's coat a request that -wherever the wee Jour neyer stopped he should be bathed. The child has been scrubbed in a score of cities. . At each point w-here the boy changed cars he was re-tagged, until when he arrived two days ago on the Etruria he looked like a mishaped trunk, that had gone through the grand tour. STOPPED A LYNCHING. Prompt Action of Louisiana Governor Saved Lives of Italians. New Orleans, July 19. With the peaceable dispersal early today of a posse of 300 men who had formed at Gretna, La., to lynch the Italians con victed last nisht of the Lemana mur der, the acute crisis in the kidnaping and murder incident is believed to have safely passed. The posse was the last of several small mobs which formed at widely separated points and threatened hang ing the Italians if favorable oppor tunity . presented. Governor Blanch ard's prompt action in ordering out two companies of state militia within two hours after the verdict is believed to have saved the Italians' lives. The.soldiers arrived at the Hahnville jail where the prisoners 'were confined shortly before midnight, in time to forestall plans which were on foot to take posses thither from New Orleans. Nearly 100 soldiers guard the lonely and exposed Hahnville jail, today and it may be necessary to keep them there until the Italians are - removed to a safer place. The prisoners must first be sentenced. " Indignation over the jury's mild ver dict has grown considerably and many of the reports of the court proceedings, while they show a fair trial, comment to the effect that several of the jury men are large employers, of Italian labor, which aujments the resentment. BRIDAL PAIR PART. Startle Guests by Renouncing Their Marriage Vows at Wedding Supper. Johnstown, Pa., July 19. Guests at the wedding supper at the home of the bride in Seward were astounded when John Manly and Florence Bontz arose from the table and solemnly renounced the vows they had taken little more than an hour before. Efforts made today to locate Manly were without result. Mrs. Florence Bontz said: "I did not know him so well before the wedding as directly after it, or no marriage ceremony ; would have been performed. I intend 'to procure a divorce as soon' as I can get one, and I will marry some man who Is worthy cf me." The couple were't reominent members of the Seward Refopod church. There was no sign of infelicity immediately preceding the ceremony, and guests said that they had never witnessed a more propitious wedding. The party went from the church to the Bontz home for a supper and reception. Those nearest the bride and bridegroom over heard angry words. Shortly afterward the festivity's were silenced by the announcement that Manly and his bride had each a message to impart to the assemblage. The message was of com plete renunciation. While the silence in the room which followed - the de nouement held, the young couple lefc the house, and walked to the railroad station. The bride's brother followed and escorted his sister home after she had taken leave of Manly. 'The bride groom boarded an east-bound train and has not been heard from since. The cause of the quarrel is a mystery to all except the young people. The bride said she would not disclose the secret. She declared that the question at issue is of such vital importance that a reconciliation is impossible. MRS. PALMER IS FURIOUS Will Sue English Papers If They Don't Let Her Alone. London, July 19. Mrs. Potter Pal mer, who has announced that she will never marry again, is so thoroughly annoyed at the constant reports an nouncing that she is going to wed some one that she has determined to take drastic steps to prevent the Eng lish papers from reprinting stories first sent to papers in America. Through her solicitors she has served notice on the English newspa pers that should they print any un authorized report concerning her she will commence suit against them at once. Mrs. Palmer is fully determined on this course, as the report that she was to marry the Earl of Munster occa sioned both herself and the earl the keenest annoyance. They have never met each other, and they are both furious at the report, Mrs. Palmer especially. An intimate, friend of Mrs. Palmer said that it was beyond doubt that she will remain a widow for the remain der of her life. She is delighted with her freedom, and so glories in the name of Potter Falmer that she would not change it for any title. SHARK THE LATEST VICTIM. Adorned Himself With Barrel Hoop But It Caused Death. New Tork, July 19. Washed up by the breakers on Rockaway beach was a ten foot shark wearing a barrel hoop as a necklace, and as dead as any shark can hope to be after life's fitful fever ends. Nasal evidence furnished to the find ers indicated that the vain lady shark had bedecked herself with the necklace some time in the not too near past. Sharks dead more than two weeks re mind one of the Standard Oil refineries on Staten Island. Only a cursory examination, all that could be made through the thickness of the odor, showed that Miss (or maybe Madame) Shark had been choked to death, another victim to the eternal feminine craze fcr adornment. The Giants Release Corcoran. New York. July 19. It has been an nounced that Infielder Tommy Cor coran had been released outright by the New Tork National League Base ball club. Corcoran probably will ac cept the terms of some eastern league club. ANDTHENJHEEND Chicago Society Leader Driven to the Wall. Leaves City Suddenly With Many Creditors Behind. EXECUTIONS SERVED. May Force Sale of the Priceless Heirlooms. Career of Richard Gibson Not a Long One. Chicago, July 19. A big, vacant house at 412 Erie street, the posted notice cf a sheriff's sale of the heir looms of a fine old southern family, a half-dozen judgments in the munici-j pal court, a retinue of Jobless ser vants, and a half-dozen creditors that are scurrying the country over, told the story yesterday of the brilliant crimson swath that one Richard T. Gibson, brother of the . polo playing, play writing, divorced Preston Gib son cut in Chicago society until he folded nine big trunks of chattels and quietly slipped out of the city. Notices of a bailiff's sale of the household goods of Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Gibson, which will take place July 30, brought to light a live ly story of a half year's high jinks in Chicago, in which the Gibsons, form erly of Louisville society, ran up bills with prodigal hands. Richard T. Gibson, who is a son of the late Senator Randall Lee Gibson of Louisiana, together with his wife, is now believed by officers of the municipal courts to be in New Tork attempting to raise money to pay some of his more pressing obligations. Pieces of rare mahogany furniture, heirlooms from both Gibson's and his wife's estate, which for years graced two of the most pretentious homes in the south, will be sold to the highest bidder, unless Preston Gibson comes to the rescue of his prodigal brother. Executions have been served against the Gibsons on behalf of a down town department store, the owner of the house at 412 East Erie street, and a cabman who is badly in need of the $130 the Gibsons owe him. The managers of the department store demand payment for many pairs of silk stockings, much elaborate lingerie, dozens of pairs of gloves and other cost ly articles of feminine apparel which Mrs. Gibson secured but neglected to pay for. The owner of the house at 412 East Erie street,-iii- whieh the Gibsons enter tained lavishly during their stay in Chi cago, declares that he has not received a single month's rent. The bailiff's notices posted yesterday are expected to precipitate a deluge of butchers', bakers', and candlestick makers' bills upon the officials of the municipal court, where the executions already made out have been secured. The Richard T. Gibsons came to Chicago from Louisville, Ky., Feb. 1 last. Richard Gibson accepte da position with the brokerage firm of Bartlett, JTrazier & Carrington as manager of their offices in the Auditorium An nex. He made a great splurge at first and his firm for a time thought that he was about to swing a big line of business. But the business failed to materialize. Prospective clients were wined and dined at the most expensive cafes and given automobile rides and theater parties. Gibson's monthly expense account against the brokerage firm is said to have gone fathoms above the high water mark allowed by his em ployers. It even exceeded the total income from the offices in the An nex. Finally the former Louisville society man and aspiring broker was relieved from his arduous duties as manager of the Annex offices of Bartlett, Frazier & Carrington. But this in no way cut down his lavish entertainments and expenditures. The theater parties, late suppers, and midnight automobile rides continued. A gay young bach elor, who has also been forced to leave town because of the rapid pace he lived with the Gibsons, was the almost constant companion of Richard T. Gibson. Through It all. up to a month ago, the Gibsons managed to impress their creditors with the idea that they were gilt edred in the matter of finances. Liverymen and florists, caterers and garage owners, to say nothing of down town merchants, extended unlimited credit at the mazic mention of Preston Gibson's name. Then came an awakening on the part of several of the creditors whose attorneys had been making a quiet in vestigation of the financial standing of the "Dickie" Gibsons. THEY ARE KEPT APART. Magill nnd His Daushter Not Permit ted to See Each Other. San Francisco, Cal., July 19 Margaret Magill, daughter of Fred H. Magili; of Clinton, 111., has made an explicit state ment in regard to the arrest of her father and stepmother on the charge of murdering the first Mrs. Magill. Miss Magill says the prosecution Is all spit work on the part of an aunt who has always hated the first Mrs. Magill. Miss Magill says she and Fay Graham had always been chums and that Fay Gra ham and Margaret's mother were the best of friends. Miss Magill positively identified the letters purporting to have been written by her mother as being in her mother's handwriting. It is learned that Miss Magill has been kept apart from her parents by order of State's At torney Miller of Illinois, although her father has frequently expressed a wish to see her since his arrest. Lontrworths In San Francisco. San Francisco, July 19. Nicholas Longworth, son-in-law of the presi dent, and congressman from Ohio, and Mrs. Longworth are at the Fair mont hotel on their way to Honolulu. The Longworths came to San Fran cisco - from Portland. They will re main here until July 25, the sailing date of the Siberia. They will not accept any social invitations. PHYSICIAN SUES FOR HIS FEE. Wants $250 for Attending Young Allen SeUs at Salina. Dr. William B. Dewees' suit against Allen SeUs and his father, William Sells, for $250 for services as a physi cian for young Sells came up for a hearing in the court of Topeka before Judge Simon today. "Dr. Dewees is a Salina physician and looks after the health of the boys at the St. John's school in the outskirts of that city. Robert Garver appeared for the physi cian who was also in court and A. F. Williams, for young Sells as a guard ian ad litem. After some preliminary skirmishes as to whether or not Allen was a minor and could not be served with papers and because of the fact services could not be obtained against William Sells it was decided to go ahead with the suit as its , being against Allen. Dr. Dewees took the stand and was given a rigorous examination by Mr. Williams. He said that he had treat ed young Sells for an illness from Oc tober 7 of last year until January of this year. He received $2.50 for each call on the boys in the school and de clared that he called from one to three times a day on the Sells lad and also performed a number of opera tions on him. He thought his bill was most reasonable under the circum stances, but Mr. Williams argued to the court that he thought it was most unreasonable. He said that any fair bill would be paid. Judge Simon took the matter under advisement. RECEIVER AT WORK. J. C. O. Morse Says Uncle Sam Oil Co. Is in Good Shape. Cherryvale, July 19. The Repub lican says: J. C. O. Morse, receiver for the Uncle Sam Oil Co., appointed by United States District Judge Pollock, was in Cherryvale today. The purpose of his visij here was to inspect refin ery No. 1. Mr. Morse stated that con ditions generally - were very satisfac tory. The local refinery and refinery No. 2 at Atchison are running full ca pacity. They have a ready market for their refined oils and the 'plants are supplied with crude from the com pany's Bartlesville leases. Relative to the present status of the company Mr. Morse stated that his tenure as receiver will end August 26, at which time the stockholders will elect a trustee for the company who will succeed him and assume charge of the affairs of the company. . Mr. Morse recently completed a re port to the stockholders showing In detail the financial condition of the company. The current indebtedness of the company is approximately $41, 000. They recently sold residuum to the value of $20,000 so the finances of the company may be said to be in fairly good condition. It was at first thought the assets of -the company would be put up and sold but there Is hardly a possibility of such thing be ing done now. There is little doubt but that the business will revert to the control and management of the com pany as it now exists or be turned over to a newly organized company In corporated for the purpose of taking over the refineries, leases and pipe line of the Uncle Sam Company. With Mr. Morse here were: J. H. Richie, Bartlesville; C. A. Stannard, Emporia; and F. W. Fenn, Humboldt. FRED HILL NEARLYKILLED Wells-Fargo Xight Agent Hit by a Train. Fred Hill, night agent for the Wells Fargo Express company at their office south of the Santa Fe depot, narrowly escaped death this mornins in an ac cident. Train No. 10 was coming Into Topeka at a rapid rate of speed about 6 o'clock and they were about three quarters of an hour behind time. Contrary to the usual custom of this train the train pulled in on the first track instead of the second. Hill was standing on the track making prepara tions for loading express on the train and was unaware of the approach of the train until too late to get out of the way. As soon as he realized his danger he tried to avoid being struck, but was too late. He was struck in the back by the engine and his head fell over on the pilot of the engine which gave him a severe blow. He was knocked headlong over to the second track and fell about fifteen feet ahead of the engine into a big pile of hose which had been carelessly left by some of the car cleaners. He became tangled up in the hose which undoubt edly prevented his being drawn under the train by suction of the engine as it passed by him. This is all that saved him from certain death, as it Is al most impossible to keep from being drawn under under ordinary circum stfinccs. Hill was removed to the office where he was cared for until an ambulance was summoned and he was removed to the hospital. His injuries are not seri ous and are confined to a few bruise3 in the back and a bad cut in his head. He will be in the hospital for a week or ten days. It was a very narrow escape. NAVIES OF THE WORLD. Relative Strength In Sea Power of Various Countries. London, July 19. A parliamentary re turn has just been issued showing the comparative strength of the great pow ers in completed first class battleships, less than 25 years old and armored crui sers less than 20 years old on June 1. Great Britain has fifty-seven battle ships, of which 18 are considered of ob solete type; the United States 18 battle ships, of which 4 are considered obso lete; France 20 with 6 obsolete; Ger many 20 with 9 obsolete, and Japan 11 with 2 obsolete. Of cruisers Great Britain has 32, the United States 12, France 18, Germany 6 and Japan 10. Graft Found in Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wis., July 19. Expert accountants Who have been examining the city's accounts report the em bezzlement of $29,500 by the clerk of the municipal court, also that the city treasurer loaned $7,000 of trust lunds and devoted the interest to his own use. HOUSESWREG!CED Street Car Tracks Torn Up and Cellars Flooded. Tornado and Tremendous Kain at St. Joseph. RAGING TORRENTS Flowed Through the Outlying"; Tarts of the City. A Dozen Residences Struck by Lightning and Inmates Hurt. St. Joseph, Mo., July 19. A tornado and tremendous rain did heavy damage in St. Joseph and vicinity last night. Houses were wrecked, street railway j tracks torn out and cellars flooded. Tha : family of Daniel Riordan, one mile east of the city, had a miraculous escapei from death. The residence, two stories in height, was torn from the founda-1 tlon and completely demolished. Rior- ; dan, his wife and three children had) taken refuge in the basement. They! were buried under debris but the windj lifted the house bodily from the foun- dation and none of the heavy timbers l fell on them. J Scores of houses were washed from their foundation in the city by the rain which amounted to a cloudburst. St. I Joseph nestles in hills and the force of! the tornado was broken. Sewers could J not carry off the water and raging tor-i rents flowed through the outlying parts i of the city. Adam Zihowski attempted to wade one of these torrents. He was) swept from his feet and carried towards-, the Missouri river two blocks distant. He caught a telephone pole and clung! there twenty minutes until rescued by I a party of men with ropes. i In Brookdale, a low lying suburb,; a score of families were driven from! their homes by water which reached! the windows, on the first floor. A; dozen residences were struck - by lightning, but no fatalities are report ed. The home of Fred Shoemaker, where a funeral party was caught by the storm, was struck by" lightning twice and several persons stunned. Reports from farming sections east of the city say crops were levelled in tha path of the storm and the loss will be heavy. DIED III HOTEL FIRE. Explosion of-B Lamp Causes Destruc tion of Building. Eureka, Cal., July 19. The depot and depot hotel at Sisson were burned to the ground at an early hour thls morn ing as the result of the explosion of a lamp. Miss Laura; Saxie, ' school teacher,, who had Just arrived there from New York, was burned to death. The water supply was defective and no adequate effort could be made to control the flames. Miss Saxie had come to meet frlenda and climb Mount Shasta. Several oth ers were badly burned. Miss Saxie had intended to leave the train at Shasta Springs to meet friends, but the conductor, learning that she intended to climb Mount Shasta told her Sisson was the place to stop. When the fire broke out she attempted to escape from the front porch, but turned back into the house. Her body was found in the debris where the charred remains of her bed lay. Evidently she ran back ; to her room and fell in a faint on the bed. The financial loss is $20,000. DOWN GO THE RATES. Two Cents a Mile From Chicago to the Kansas Line Now. Chicago, July 19. New interstate pas senger rates between points In Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota were made : effective at midnight last night. This reduces all interstate passenger rates to the basis of 2 cents a mile ex-.: cept In Wisconsin and the Dakotas, . where the rates are based on 2 cent ' a mile. The law recently passed in Wis consin making the rate 2 cents a mile . will become effective August 15 and ; rates to points in that state then will be i further reduced. 1 A PICTURE OF MORGAN. Uncle Sam Will Sell One for Storage, Charges Soon. 1 New York, July 19. An oil portrait ot J. Pierpont Morgan is one of the articles) that the government hopes to sell at tho forthcoming semiannual sale of un claimed dutiable goods. The portrait is the work of a German artist, and, according to Colonel Storey, who is in charge of the sales department at the public stores, was . evidently copied from a photograph. The canvas is about three feet square, and those who have seen it say it Is a creditable piece of work. Mr. Morgan, however, does not want It. The picture is consigned to Mr. Mor.( gan and arrived in New York from Hamburg a year ago. Since that time it has been in storage. He Thinks Orchard Will Hang. New York, July 19. "There Is Just ona thing absolutely certain about the Hay wood case," said John A. Bagley, attor ney general of Idaho in 1902-1904 who is in this city, "and that is, no matter what may happen to Haywood and his associates in the miners' association, Harry Orchard, self-confessed assassin of Governor Steunenberg, will be hanged. "Orchard has not been promised Im munity in Idaho, and even if he were extended executive clemency, he has confessed to thirteen murders outside the state, of which he could be convict ed and from punishment for which Idaho could not absolve him. "How the Haywood trial will end, no one knows. All the people want and in this they are a unit is that exact justice be done." Chinaman Given a Degree "t Berlin. Berlin, July 19. The degree of doc tor was conferred by the University of Berlin today upon Ma Do Yuen, a Chinese student. This is the first time a Chinaman has received a degrea from a German university.