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EVERYBODY 10 PAGES READS IT. EVERYBODY 10 PAGES NEEDS IT. LAST EDITION. TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MARCH 17, 1908. TUESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. KEPT IMTHE DARK Hints of Trouble at Democratic Committee Meeting. Were In Secret and Only Little Leaked Oat. BILL SAPP FIRE BRAND Clashed Frequently With Chair man W. II. By an. No Effort Made to Iron Governor Contest. Out There was only one feature of the meeting of the Democratic state central committee Monday afternoon which was open to the public, and that was the roll call. The roll call took place at 4 p. m., and immediately afterwards the committee, on motion of John At wood, went into secret session, and continued in secret session until nearly 7 o'clock, when the meeting adjourned. It is said that the meeting was a Ii. J. Harrison of Sherman Cuuu i , Latest Democratic Candidate for Governor. Btormy one. The friends of Chairman Ryan and ex-Chairman Bill Sapp clashed at frequent intervals, and the general result seems to have been that the committee decided to hold a state convention on June 10, provided that by May 18 there are not Democratic candi dates announced for all the state offi ces. The object of holding a conven tion, or conference, is merely to All up the vacant places on the state ticket, if there are any vacant places. The Democrats want to be sure that they have somebody running for every office. One of the features of the meeting, it is said, was the effort of Colonel Bill Sapp to shear Colonel Bill Ryan of some of Ryan's power. Sapp objected to Ryan being chairman of the commit tee and running for governor at the same time. Ryan said that he guessed be could do the two jobs at once all right. Then Sapp wanted to have a special committee of five appointed to look after the organization of Bryan Volunteer clubs throughout the state, and practically take charge of the cam paign in the state, but the committee, it is said, decided to make no plans for the campaign at present. Ex-Congressman J. D. Botkln. Can didate for Governor. No effort was made at the meeting to iron out the fight for governor. In fact the action of the committee in post poning the convention until June 10 was a victory for the candidates who wanted to fight out the governorship before a primary instead of before the convention. The impression seems to be that there will be a dark horse candidate for gov ernor who will sweep the board when the time comes. John Breidenthal may be the "dark horse" provided he will consent to run. The only objection to Breidenthal is that he is in the bank ing and trust business clear up to hl3 neck, and the old time Populists are not Inclined to love bankers. The Demo crat! are very anxious to find a candi date who will make a big hit with the old time Populists. Of the three can didates announced, they think that Rev. Jerry T. Botkln Is the best for this purpose. Judge W. S. Glass of Marshall county, now member of the state tax commis sion. Is talked of as a candidate for governor, but he says he does not want to run. The same is true of George Hodges, senator from Johnson county. Both Glass and Hodges are very able men. Judge A. B. ' Reeves of Dodge City has also been mentioned for nomina tion as governor, but Judge Reeves says that he won't stand for it, or for any other state office. W. H. Kemper of Topeka has de clined a boom for the office of lieu tenant governor. Grant Hornaday of Ft. Scott, In an interview in the Ft. Scott Tribune de clares that Senator Long is a greater man than In gal Is, and that Taft is 300' per cent better than Roosevelt. This interview was called forth by the remark that Senator Long was filling the seat once occupied by In galls. "Long is a much more useful sen ator than Ingalls was," said Mr. Horn aday. "It is true that he is not the literary genius Mr. Ingalls was, but I believe him more capable of doing things that count." Comparing Taft and Roosevelt, he says that he believes Taft is 300 per cent stronger than the president. Mr. Hornaday likens Taft to the McKin ley type of statesman, saying of him that he proceeds with a stateliness and dignity that is free from bluster or anything that tends to the spec tacular. "We have gone so fast that the reaction should be slow. The re action is so violent," says Mr. Horna day "that we have our present day condition of affairs. Roosevelt set the pace and while headed in the right direction, is going too furiously. I believe that Taft, with his delibera- tion and big mlndedness, will be bet ter for the work to be done." Cyrus Leland, Republican candidate for governor, has pulled off one of the greatest political coups of the cam paign, if the reports being circulated about the Copeland are correct. He has fixed things so that he will control the solid vote of the Leavenworth Sol dlers' home, and no one even suspect ed what was going on. The story Is that John Kitchell, the political sage and prophet of Copeland county, who a few weeks ago became an inmate of the Leavenworth Soldiers' home, was really the political ambas sador of Mr. Leland, sent to the sold ers" home to line up the veterans for Leland for governor. Kitchell has been a faithful friend to Leland through all kinds of weather, and now that he Is safely established In the soldiers home. he will be in a position to swing the vote of that institution as easily as he controlled the vote of Copeland county. John Kitchell is no spring chicken in politics. He is one of the old school. He has been in the political game so long that nearly all the people who were playing when he started are dead, Cyrus Leland is one of the survivors, and the natural affection for the good old times brings Kitchell and Leland close together in political affairs. Kitch ell stayed around the Copeland until the Stubbs headquarters were estab lished there; he stayed until the pri mary election law was passed, and the last state convention held; and then the changed atmosphere seemed to in terfere with his health. He lost his physical vigor, and was really in a sad condition. Everyone was glad when he got an opportunity to go to the sol diers' home. But no one suspected what it meant. The Foxy One had gained another political triumph. Arrangement have been made by the Democrats to have three speeches from W. J. Bryan on April 4, when Mr. Bryan is on hia way to Denver. Bryan will speak at Hutchinson In the morning-, at Dodge about noon, ana at Garten City In the afternoon. Big meetings will be arranged by the Democrats at these three towns on the day mentioned. The Fifth district congressional convention will meet at Abilene on Wednesday for the purpose of select ing two delegates to the national con vention. There are five candidates for delegates, and they are all for Taft. The five candidates are J. D. Heusted of Clay Center, J. D. Colt of Manhat tan, Earl V. D. Brown of Concordtia, G. W. Schmidt of Geary county and R. T. StanfiehJ of Belleville. The fight for delegates will prob ably divide up on the lines of congres sional factionalism. There may be some interesting developments in the congressional fight. Congressman Calderhead will probably not attend the convention. S. M. Porter of Canej senator from Montgomery county, is planning to start for Europe again in a few weeks for the purpose of finishing up the work of financing hia railroad. Application for Receiver Withdrawn. Guthrie, Okla., March 17. A special to the State Capital from Tecumseh says that the state has withdrawn from the suit to dissolve the alleged merger between the Frisco and Rock Island railroads, that part which asks that a receiver be appointed for the roads. BLAMESSYSTEM' Senator La Follette Closes De bate on Aldrich Bill With a Denunciation of the Leaders of finance. STANDARD OIL CO. And Morgan Held Responsible For the Panic. Were No Commercial Reasons for It, He Says. Washington, March 17. Declaring that the recent financial stringency in the country was brought about by the Influence of "Standard Oil" and J. Plerpont Morgan, Senator LaFollette of Wisconsin, today in a speech prac tically closing the debate on the Aid- rich currency bill entered upon a de nunciation of men high in the financial world. "There were no commercial reasons for a panic." said Mr. LaFollette. 'There were speculative, legislative and political reasons why a panic might serve special interests. There were business scores to settle. There was legislation to be blocked and a cur rency measure suited to the system to be secured. There was a third term to be disposed of, and policies to be dis credited. "A panic came. I believe that It needs only to be followed step by step to show that It was planned and ex ecuted, insofar as such a proceeding is subjected to control after once in motion. Such a statement, without support in facts warranting it, would deserve condemnation. To withhold such a statement to shrink from plain speech setting forth the facts insofar is they can be uncovered, is in the dis cussion of this legislation a plain pub lic duty. He recounted in vivid language nis views of the events of October 24, when Wall street was in the throes of the currency stringency. 'For the first time since the panic began, 11:30 o'clock arrived and every body on the floor of the stock exchange was wildly seeking money at any Drice. Interest which had for several days ranged from 20 to &0 per cent, be gan to climb higher. Settlement must be made before 3 o ciock, money must be forthcoming or the close of the bus iness day would see wall street a mass of ruins and banks and trust com panies on the brink of collapse. Wall Street's Frenzy. "How perfect the stage setting-. How real it all seemed. But back of the scenes Morgan and Stillman were in conference. They had made their presentations at. Washington. They, knew when the next Installment of add wouldi reach New Tork. They knew just-how much it. would be. They waited its arrival and deposit. Thereupon they pooled an equal amount and held it. Then they waited. Interest rates soared. Wall street was driven to a frenzy. Two o'clock came and interest rates ran to 150 per cent, the smashing of the market became terrific. Still they waited. Union Pacific declined 10 and one-half pollute; Northern Pacific and other stocks wen aown in like proportion. Five minutes passed- ten minutes past 2 o'clock. Then at precisely 2:15 the curtain went up with Morgan and Standard Oil in tlhe center of the stage with money real money, twenty-five millions of money giving it away at 10 per cent. " 'Oh uncrowned king. None but himself can be his parallel Even to the dullesf person standttng by, Who fastened, still on him a wan dering eye; He seemed the master spirit of the land.' "And so ended the panic. "How beautifully it all worked out. They had the whole country terror ized. They had the money of the depositor of banks of every state in the Union to the amount of $500,-0-00,000, nearly all of which was In the vaults of the big bank groups. It supplied big operators with money with which to squeeae out investors and speculators at the very bottom of the decline, taking the stock at am enormous profit. In this connection the operations of Morgan and Stand ard Oil furnish additional evidence of the character of this panic. We have record proof of their utter contempt for commercial Interests, not only for the country generally, but for legiti mate trad-e in New York city as well." The Morgan amd Standard Oil banks, he said, pursued in that criti cal moment the course of the specu lating bankers. They ministered." he said, "to the needs of Wall street, quite deaf to the appeals of commerce. Their course was that of men, however playing with the credit of -file country for a purpose. KILLED FOUR MEN. Powder Mill Explosion Also Broke AU the Windows in Town. Linton, Ind., March 17. Four men were killed and from 15 to 20 were seriously Injured this morning in an explosion at the United States Pow der mills, 14 miles from here. The explosion occurred in one of the ten wheel houses. All the men killed and injured were employed In this build ing. The dead are: GEORGE GRABT. WILLIAM MYERS. PETER SIMONS. ONE UNIDENTIFIED. The powder mills are located at Obalmont. All the windows In the town were shattered by the force of the explosion. Many plate glass win dows were broken out. The explosion was heard for miles. Physicians were sent from surrounding towns. New Rural Carriers. Washington, March 17. These rural free delivery carriers have been ap pointed: Kansas uoeral, route No. 3, xnomas jnix, carrier, Berry J. Nix, substitute; Natoma, route No. 3, Ira L. Brown, carrier, Etta H. Brown, sub stitute. SOMEWHAT COOLER TODAY. Promise la That It Will Change More Tonight. The lower half of the weather flag which has been white for days past is wearing a lower naif .of dark blue today as an Indication, or the unset tled condition of the weather and the possibility of a drop in the mercury accompanied by rain. Extremely cold weather prevails to the west of this section of the country and in Winnipeg the mercury regis tered 20 degrees below zero last night while the mercury in the ' Dakotas was almost as low. Kansas is not included In the areas of low temperatures predicted for to night and tomorrow there will be a decided drop when compared with those of today and overcoats will probably be in demand again. There is no danger however, of a sufficient drop to cause damage to the fruit crop as the storm is not headed in this direction. A 20 mile an hour wind has prevailed all day from the south east and- dust has been mo vine- freely. The temperatures since 7 o'clock this morning are indicated by the table Detow 7 o'clock 44 o'clock 47 o'clock 55 o'clock. 55 11 12 i 2 o'clock. . . . .67 o'clock 60 o'clock 61 o'clock 62 8 9 10 NEAR JURY? TRIAL Attorney Wanted One in State Supreme Court. Objected to RefereeMakingFind- ings in Ccffey ville Ouster Suit Prospect of the unique spectacle of a jury trial In the Kansas supreme court was knocked out this morning when the seven Justices denied the motion of Mayor J. H. Wilcox of Coffey ville to set aside the court's order that Charles D. Welch should take the testimony, and instead to allow Wilcox a trial by jury. The supreme court justices thought tnat it would be an unnecessary waste of the time of the seven justices to preside over the taking of. testimony in the case. But. they amended their former order so vthat Commissioner Welch will not make findings of fact to the court, but will merely take the testimony offered,' and leave it to the judges to make the findings of fact. Wilcox's motion was as follows: "Now comes the defendant, J. H. Wil cox, by his attorney, Joseph P. Rossiter, and moves the court to set aside the appointment heretofore made of a com missioner to take testimony In the above entitled case, and allow the de fendant a trial by jury and require witnesses to be produced, and require the evidence to be taken in open court before a jury. The cases ssntnst Wilcox. and against the tiry oisjotfeyville are ous ter suits, similar to those filed against other cities and city officials where joints are licensed contrary to law. In the contempt case against Mayor Everhardy of Leavenworth, - growing out of an ouster suit, in which Shef field Ingalls was appointed to take tes timony, the court also made an order relieving Ingalls of the duty of making findings of fact. Ingalls will simply take the testimony. The last time the supreme court al lowed a case before it to be tried by a jury was about 25 years ago. At that time, W. A. Johnston, now chief Justice, was attorney general. The case was a quo warranto suit Drougnt against County Attorney Foster of Saline coun ty. Foster was accused of improper re lations with the saloon Keepers oi nis county, and he demanded a jury trial. The record show that the court "ex- gratia" allowed the request. "Ex- gratla" means that the court aian t have to do it if he didn't want to, but decided to humor Mr. Foster. The law places it entirely within tne discretion of the supreme court whether it will allow a jury trial in original pro ceedings before it, but the practice of the court shows that such occurrences are of extreme rarity. EVANS TO RETIRE. Admiral Will Haul Down His Flag at San Francisco'. San Francisco, March 17. A special dispatch from San Diego, Cal., con tains news of an announcement today bv Rear Admiral Evans, commander of the Atlantic fleet, that upon its ar rival at San Francisco ha would retir from command because of ill health. This announcement officially confirms the report from Washington that Ad miral Evans would haul down his flag upon arriving at San Francisco. Thomas to Succeed Evans. Washington, March 17. At Ad miral Evans' personal request he will be relieved of the command of the battleship fleet on reaching San Fran cisco. Rear Admiral Thomas, the next in seniority will succeed Admiral Evans In command of the fleet. It has not yet been determined whether Admiral Thomas will bring the fleet around the world to the Atlantic sta tion or not. It is expected that this detail will be decided on shortly. SING SING A THIEF. He Has Been Caught Stealing Water From the City. New Tork, March 17. Discovery of a second eight-inch main through which Sine Sing prison, it is alleged, has been surreptitiously obtaining New York citv water. Is reported to water Registrar Padden by Chief Inspector Hannon. All tne mains or wnicn me city has knowledge," Mr. Padden said, "were two S-Inch ones with meters. We have now found two 8-inch, both without meters." Mr. Padden has -asked State Super intendent of Prisons Collins to send a representative for a conierence over terms of payment by the state for water taken and to agree to an agree ment for further use of the two mains. Weather Indications. Chicago, March 17-r-Forecast for Kan sas: Partly cloudy with prooaoiysnow ers In north portion tonight or Wednes day. . CRIMINAL ACTION. Prosecution of the Chesapeake & Ohio Is Ordered Following a Report by Commerce Commissioner Lane. DEALERS IN GRAIN Participate in Fraudulent Prac- tices, It Is Charged. Resulted in Rates Below Those Legally Established. Washington, March 17. Criminal prosecution, it is' indicated officially, will be Instituted against certain of ficials of the Chesapeake & Ohio Rail way company and certain favored spheres by that line on account of what is asserted to be illegal practices relative to interstate shipments. It appears from the findings of the in terstate commerce commission that the Chesapeake & Ohio favored cer tain shippers "at the expense of the Seaboard Air line and Atlantic Coast line" in the shipment of grain and packing house products and that the shippers thus favored gave to the Chesapeake & Ohio, "all of the in bound business of the shippers so fa vored by it. A hearing on the matter of these practices was held in Richmond, Va., in February by the interstate com merce commission, the evidence being taken by Commissioner Lane. The commissioner has submitted his re port to the full commission. It has been approved and Attorney General Bonaparte has been requested by the commission, to institute through the United States district attorney at Richmond, proceedings against all parties involved by the evidence ad duced. Following Is the text of Commis sioner Lane's report of the practices complained of: "For some years a fraudulent prac tice participated in by certain dealers in grain and also by certain dealers in packing house products and also by the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad com pany has obtained at Richmond by means of which this railway company has favored such shippers at the ex pense of the Seaboard Air Line and the Atlantic Coast line. Its southern connections. This practice has result ed in the obtaining for such shippers of rates less than local, rates over the Seaboard Air line and Atlantic Coast line for shipments of grain and also for shipments of packing house pro ducts, which local rates such ship ments were legally bound to pay. This result has been accomplished by means of transferslips Issued by the station agent of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway company on the written instructions of the assistant general freight agent of this railway company, said transfer slips falsely conveying to the Southern lines the statement that shipments had originated at points beyond Richmond and were entitled to be moved from Richmond to des tination in the Carollnas at a division of a through rate, such division being less in amount than the local rates to which these shipments were legally subject. "The benefits of this arrangement have been reaped by the shipments enjoying it aind also by the Chesa peake & Ohio Railway company. which -whether by express agreement or not has received all of the in bound business of the shippers so favored by it. It also further appears that the assistant general freignt agent of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway company, responsible for the above abuse, on discovering that the same was under investigation by special agents of this commission, undertook to make amends for the same to the Seaboard Air line and the Atlantic Coast line. To this end! he ordered that a list be prepared of all cars which had, by his orders, been moved at a division of the Joint through rate less in amount than the local rates to which they were legally subject. "Being informed by one of his subordinates that this list would be a very long one, he then gave orders that the list should only show the cars moving during the months of August, September and. October, 1907. Having been furnished with a list covering these three months, he for warded It with a statement that showed 'all cars misfilled which he had been able to discover. "It also appears that certain records of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway company have been destroyed contrary to the provisions of the act to record commerce. The testimony showed that the freight claim, department of this railway is under the charge of the as sistant general freight agent, he being the official responsible for the false transfer slips above referred to. "The testimony further shows that the auditor of disbursements on re ceiving from the freight claim office, claims from shippers with direction that they be paid inquires no further into the merits or legality of such claims than to ascertain from the au ditor of freight receipts that the shipments to which the claims relate have moved and that the charges have been collected. All claims so passing through the freight claim of fice and pasted upon the order of the assistant freight agent prior to Jan uary 1, 1906, were destroyed during the latter part of that year. This de struction appears to have been made by the auditor of disbursements -under authorization of the comptroller of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway company. "So far as the matters disclosed are criminal in their nature they will be referred to the United States district attorney at " Richmond with the re quest that prosecution be instituted against all parties therein involved." TO BRING IT HOME. Admiral Sperry Will Command Fleet on Return Trip. Washington, March 17 Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry - win Drlng the bat tleship fleet from San Francisco to the Atlantic coast by way of the Sues ca nal This detail was announced by Sec retary Metcalf late today. LAST ONE DIES AGAIN. Sole Survivor of the "Light Brigade" .Passes Away. LaJara. Col., March 17. William Nelms, who claimed to be the last survivor of the "Noble Six Hundred" at Balaklava, is dead at his home in Manassa, southeast of here, aged 90. He was wounded in the head at Balaklava, afterwards fought at Se vastopol and was wounded in the leg at the battle of Inkerman. He was a member of the Queen's guard for 15 years and drew a pension from the English government. He came to America in 1872, and later came west, settling In San Luis valley 19 years ago. DES MOINES TO GO United States Orders Another Warship to Hayti. European Capitals Much In terested in the Situation. Washington, March 17. The Hay tien situation is described by the state department officials today as decidedr Iv more grave than at any time since the revolution has been in progress there. Dispatches received early in the day are to the effect that the Haytien government has reversed its decision to allow the refugees in the foreign legations to leave the coun try. They will not be allowed to do so. As ft further protection to Amerl can interests in the island the cruiser Des Moines was ordered to proceea at once to Port Au Prince from Guatanamo The gunboat Eagle was dispatched there yesterdlay. It is esti mated the Des Moines can make the triD in approximately 15 hours. The onlv instructions given are that American interests shall be pro tected. Foreign Cruisers Arrive. Port Au Prince. March. 17. Two foreien cruisers have arrived here, the British Indefatigible and the Ger man Bremen. The first came in last night and the German vessel arrived this morning, xne coming or iwoigu shins of war to Port Au Prince is a surprise to the people.- The lives of foreigners are not considered to be in danger. Today the situation is nuiftt- The Indefatigible steamed into the harbor at 8 o'clock last night and atn nounced her arrival by three cannon shots. These detonations at this late hour created a small panic in Port An Prince. but calm was quickly re stored as soon as the reason of the firing was made known. StiU Critical. Paris, March 17. Official dis patches received here from Hayti in dicate that the situation there is still critical for foreigners. M. Carteron, the French minister, reports that fresh executions ccurred last night, but he does not give the number. He says that previous to last night 27 had been executed. He describes M. Lecomte, the minister of the interior, "as blood thirsty." Further reprisals are feared and-there is still danger of attack on the foreign legations and consulates. The French cruiser D'Estres is expected at Port Au Prince momentarily and it is expected that an American warship haid al ready arrived at Gonalrca. M. Carteron says nothing about any change in the attitude of the Haytien government regarding the delivery of the Haytien revolutionists who have taken atsylufti at the consulates and it is presumed Le Comte still Insists that they be turned over to him at once. The French government, how ever, will never consent to the de livery of General Firmin or his com rade nor of M. Naidreau or the other Haytiens who sought asyhim at the French legation on Sunday. The French government does not anticipate the slightest friction with the United States over the situation In the Haytien republic. The Mon roe doctrine is in no sense involved and there Is no question of interven tion. The sole purpose of France, Germany, Great Britain and pre sumably the United States also, is the protection of foreign subjects against the rapacity of the Haytien soldiery should the latter get out of hand and throw off the control of the authori ties. When the foregoing dispatch from M. Carteron was forwarded the German cruiser Bremen and the English cruiser Indefatigible were amxlously awaited at Port Au Prince Officially Confirmed. London, March 17. The govern ment has received a brief message confirming the newspaper dispatches on the disorders or Hayti, Dut Devon this it was practically without ad vices. Warships May Help Matters. Berlin, March 17. The latest offi cial advices concerning Hayti repre sent the situation as very strained. The foreign office hopes that the ar rival of foreign warships at Port Au Prince will serve to Improve the situation. It is not known whether they are any Haytien refugees under the Ger man flag, although it is considered probable that some sought safety at the consulate, 'rne conaition or rignt of asylum in the consulates will nave to be" decided according to the merits of each in-dividual case. HE GOT ONLY $2.40. For Six Hours' Work In Looting a Mail Car. Spokane, March 17. The train rob ber who overpowered the railway clerks and ransacked the registered mall on the Great Northern westbound train early Sunday morning between Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, and Spokane, secured only $2.40 for his six hours' work, according to the statement of the postofflce Inspector. There was not a single consignment of currency from banks in the mails and the rob ber left all the checks, drafts and stocks he found In the mail as well as the Jewelry. Every letter has been checked over with the exception of one from a small eastern town and this No may have contained 15 or $10. trace of the robber has been found. COURT DECIDE. Hopper Land Case Is of Far Reaching Importance. Test Right to Take Cp Small Subdivision of Land. IS AGAINST NATION. State Auditor Refused to Certify to Sale. Claims That the Property Was Not Legally Entered. The case of J. C. Hopper of Ness county against J. M. Nation, state auditor, in the Kansas supreme court, ' promises to become one of far reach ing importance. The state of Kansas, on the relation of the attorney general, has beea granted leave by the court to Inter vene. The state school fund commis sioners, consisting of the secretary of state, attorney general and superin tendent of education, have also beea allowed to intervene. Mark Tulley. state treasurer, and ex-officio custo dian of the proceeds of school land sales, has also intervened. The state alleges that it as been de frauded by the illegal homestead entry) of Hopper's grantor, and all the state officers who have anything to do wiu the issue of a patent to Hopper ar brought , into the case. The suit filed by Hopper was tar compel State Auditor James Nation ta certify to the sale, and without this certificate. Governor Hoch declined to issue the patent. The trouble was that Hopper trie to grab all the land he could lyln adjacent to a certain creek la Nee county. He staked off a row of J acre tracts In various locations along; the creek, the aggregate amount of the land being only 160 acres, but making; a strip about a mile long. The state contends that 20 acres is not a legal subdivision of the land. Lee Monroe and George A. Kline, attorneys for Hopper, say In. their brief: "The statute is plain and unambig uous. It does not say that any per son who has settled upon any legal subdivision of school land' may be come a purchaser, but grants the right to the settler upon any portion of such land. We contend that under the statute a claimant might settle upon, enclose and Improve a five, ten or twenty acre tract." The Idea of the state la to get a de cision of the supreme court that leased school land- Is not open for settlement during the life of the lease, and that sales of school land can only be made in rorty acre tracts or multiples there of, and if the supreme court will tat. jurisdiction of incidental matters growing out of this case, to order that the money paid in by Hopper and Hopper's grantor be returned to the parties entitled thereto; and If the supreme court refuses to take juris diction of the case, the state officers will contend that Hopper's only rem edy will be In a court of general Juris diction to recover judgment for the amount paid and to impress the funds in the hands of the state treasurer with a trust for the true owner, on the theory that moneys paid to the state la a fraudulent land sale do not belong; to the state and that the state will not be compelled to issue a patent thereon. 1,000 GIRLS IN FLIGHT. Bursting of Steam Pipe Starts Parte la a Factory. I New Tork, March 17. A thousand, girls employed in a big ten story fac tory building In Twenty-fourth street near Madison aevnue, fled from the' building today in panic, when a steam pipe burst in a room on the sixth, floor. The report and hiss of escaping" steam thoroughly frightened the 200" girls employed on the floor and as they rushed Into the halls in mad fight to the street and safety, their cries echoed through the building. In a moment the feeling of terror spread and from the doors on every landing girls and women Joined in the rush to the street. , The coolness of an elevator runner, who kept his car moving during all the trouble, aided In quieting the panic. None of the girls was hurt In the Jam, but several fainted and were carried to the street where they quickly recovered. The damage re sulting from the bursting of the pipe was trifling and within a few minutes all the girls' were back at their work. HOCH AND ST. PATRICK. Both of Them Were Born on the Seventeenth Day of March, This is Governor Hoch's birthday. He is 69 years of age. For some time It has been Governor Hoch's custom to have his birthday on St. Patrick's day and he decided to continue the ar rangement this year. Governor Hoch was born In Dan ville, Ky., but he has enough Irish in him to cause him to always blossom, out with a green ribbon on his birth day. Today he is also wearing a green carnation, and has a bunch of the same flowers on his desk. This is to catch the Irish vote in his race for the United States senate. LELAND PETITIONS OUT. They Will Be Circulated In Bvery County. Nearly Cyrus Leland is today sending out his blank petitions for nomination to the office of governor of Kansas, and by this act demonstrates that he has no intention of retiring from - the race. - There have been calls for Leland petitions from almost every county In the state, it is said, and the work of I Leland's friends throughout the state. Mr. Leland went to Troy today.