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f1s& rf rf r- EVERYBODY 10 PAGES EVERYBODY j 111 UAfi CC J i READS IT. NEEDS IF. u LAST EDITION. SAFEJLPORT. Passengers and Crews of the Republic and Florida. Brought in by the Baltic and the Greshani. SIX LIVES WERE LOST. As the Eesnlt of the Collision Last Saturday. One Vessel Went Down Other Is Disabled. and New York, Jan. 25. The White Star liner Baltic, bearing 1.830 passengers from the steamships Republic and Florida, which were in collision on Sat urday, was anchored off the Ambrose channel lightship at the entrance to New Tork harbor early today, waiting for the fog to lift to make her way Into clothing on. After a little we heard an port With the captain and crew of the ! answering whistle and the Florida came , .i, .inli up looming out of the fog on our star- steamship Republic, w ho remained j quater There wa1 an CQange with, the stricken vessel until she sann ; Qf questions and answers between the last night, safe on the revenue cutter j two captain and the injury ta the Re Cresham anchored off Vineyard Haven ! public having been discovered more ser Mass the last chapter of the sea ! ious than was at first supposed, we were crama or satunay wmcn cusi n u ium Liim id u uoujuciicu i was thus drawing to a close. , the Florida. This announcement caused t -!-. , , v. .,.. rc Ann fha twjViTr-r.ro terrnr than ha A the ahnr-lr nf The- i ucic o j m.-jb, - - r t "t .. ma immeoiare party, including Mrs this morning and all vessels grouped collision, but after a while comparative Taft and Wendell Mi-heW hit aw. their way with caution. For this rea-j cairn was obtained and the trans-ship-1 ant secretary who haabeen with Mr on it seemed probable that the Baltic j ment was begun. The women and chil- Taft since Secretary Caroenter left for would be late in coming to her pier. Idren were first of course. The Florida California to recunerate hi- health and Whether the crew of the Republic . would be transferred to the derelict de- , than a cable length away. The boats stroyer Seneca or whether they would j would stand out under the searchlight land near Vineyard Haven, was not; and then fade away into the mist. The known although it was thought that Florida's boat had also been put over they would come to New Tork on the the side and it was a sort of contest Seneca. The six dead and two injured between the two crews as to which is apparently the sum total of casual- ( would take over the greatest number ties, but the" Republic having sunk williof people in the least time, either be a total loss or very heavily j Officers Refused to Leave Ship. damaged. It is doubtful when the Florida in her crippled condition with I her progress impeded by the fog will be able to reach port. Sinking of the Republic. The palatial ocean steamship Repub lic, of the White Star line, which was in collision with the Italian liner Florida. oa.rlv Saturriav mornine off Nantucket, Mass.. went down at half past 8 o'clock last night. No one was lost. Her passengers were taken off many hours before. The Republic was in tow of the rev enue cutter Gresham and the Derelict Seneca, proceeding to New York when she sank. On board her was Captain j Sealby with a volunteer detail of fifty of her erew. She had been towed but . short distance when she beean to ; settle rapidly. Seeing no hope of sav- j ing the ship Captain Sealby gave the : order to abandon the ship, and thej rrew was taken off bv the Gresham. i which cast loose from the crippled j liner and stood by until she sank be neath the waves. The Gresham and the Seneca then headed for the Massachusetts coast. The point where the Republic went down i3 described in brief wireless messages received here a3 off No Man's Land, a small island south of Martha's Vineyard island, of the Mas sachusetts coast. The Italian liner Florida, which crashed into the Republic in the dense arlv ?afiir- 1 day morning and gTve" her", death ! blow, is slowly steaming toward New ! Tork, convoyed by the American liner New Tork. Her passengers also are ! on the Baltic, having been transferred I sinn with those of the Ren..hiic The Dri. whivi iio.i h- irt.. I telegraph to the aid of the Republic transferred from the Florida not only that steamer's 900 and more passen gers, but the 442 passengers and part cf the crew of the Republic. Great Is the Wireless. For 36 hours the suspense of the pub lic was unallayed. for almost every hour since the first flash has brought con- flicfinff' renorts from mamr nnint-a sill f rivinz a. riifferent- nhaw fn th. chii. ' s,vni. and tending tn'pnnfnm tv,o i- I ation. T.hat there was loss of life at tending the collision was not known tintil an early hour Sunday morning. Then the wireless, which has had its first great trial and proved it3 utility, j brought the news that Mrs. Eugene . Lynch, of Boston, and W. J. Mooney. ; At 8:10 the Republic's bow shot up high a banker, of Langdon. N. D.. had been - the air and she sank in 38 fathoms killed, and Mrs. M. M. Murphy, wife of, of water In a position 15 miles west the financial agent of the Union Central I southwest of Nantucket south shoals Life Insurance company, of Grand Fork, lightship. and Eugene Lynch, of Boston, injured. A life boat was dropped from the side In addition to these casualties among; the passengers on the Republic, it was reported four members of the Florida's erew had met death. The bodies of the dead and the injured persons were transferred to the Baltic. Where She Sank. Gayhead. Mass., Jan. 25. The revenue cutter Gresham which was assisting in towing the steamer Republic, with the derelict destroyer Seneca, when the White Star liner made her final plunge to the bottom off Nantucket lightship last evening, arrived in Monsha Bight today and anchored. Taking into ac count the probable distance which the Republic was towed and the speed of the Gresham running into Gayhead. it Is. believed here that the Republic sank In about 30 fathoms of water. 10 or 20 miles a little west of the Nantucket lightship and about 40 miles directly south of Nantucket island. Arrives at Quarantine. New York, Jan. 23. The Baltic reached the quarantine station "at 10:29 a. m. The fog having lifted, the Baltic started at 9:40 a. m.. from her anchorage off the Ambrose channel lightship to come up the bay to the quarantine station on t-taten Island. At that hour the steamr Xew Tork, which convoyed the Florida from Nantucket, was outside Sandy Hook bar but the Florida was not then in vie w. The Nbo-k Was Terrific. Pieced out into a continuous storv the account of the collision as related to the reporters by Mr. Hover was as follows: "The shock came when all of the passengers of the Republic and most of her crew were asleep. Mrs. Hover and I like most of the Republic's pas sengers were awakened by being violently thrown out of the side of our bunks. The shock was terrific. Out side, in the passageway I could hear the sound of running feet. From the deck above cams cries and the shout ing of orders. -I turned on the electric light and, ilMtir throwing .an overgarment over MONDAY EVENING. us, Mrs. Hover and I made our way bareheaded and barefooted to the music room on the promenade deck. While the alarm gongs were sounding all over the ship the stewards were going from state room to state room arousing the passengers. By the time we got to the maslc room the place was full of men and women, some with nothing over them but the clothes in which they had been asleep, others wrapped in ship's blankets and steamer rugs, al most frantic with fear and shivering with the cold. Women Huddled Together. "The women huddled together, some weeping, a few hysterical. Most of the men rushed out on deck to ascertain what the trouble was. There they found the crew of the Republic taking the tarpaulins from the life boats and standing by ready to swing out the davits. There was no sign of any other ship anywhere. The fog horn of the Republic was letting out shrill blasts but there was no answering whistle. I don't know how long we were left to wonder what had happened. "Finally the second officer Informed us that there was danger of the vessel going under. The majority became composed at hearing this, but some of the women were still beside themselves and refused to return to their state rooms to dress and their clothes had to be brought t them from their cabins. "In less than half an hour, however. mostly every one had managed to get could scarcely be seen, although less "When it came to the turn of Captain Sealby and the officers and men of the Republic to abandon the ship they re fused. "We stayed aboard the Florida all day Saturday, packed like sardines. At 7 o'ciock word came that the Baltic would take us off. Once more we had to so tnrougn the experience of going from the ship to the life boats. It was the same thing as in the darkness of the early morning except that the sea was running high instead of being quite still. For more than eight hours the little boats hurried from one ship to the other until 1.600 people had been taken over to the Baltic. The crew of the Florida following the example set by the crew of the Republic, remained on board as did one of our passengers. Eugene Lynch, whose wife had been kilied In the crash between the two ships and who himself, was too badly injured to be removed. - "We are here now and it is all over, and I intend to sail on another ship next week, but I hope that this is the only experience of the kind I will ever have." STAID ON HIS SHIP. Captain Sealby Iterated to Leave CntU Slie Went Down. Wood's Hole, Mass., Jan. 25. Accord ing to the log of the revenue cutter Gresham. the Republic sank at 8:10 p. maaf' f .Tf ""Tf Nantucket south shoals light, in 38 Iatnoms or water. . At th,s prae httIe Process was bJfmff, maJf. an? 'l waa reported from the Republic that she was making water fast, especially by the stern. About dark another government boat arrived on the scene whose identity could not be learned. She proved very useful assistance in turning her search lights on the Republic. At 7 o'clock last night the entire crew of the Republic were ordered by Cap tain Sealby to abandon the ship, and B-ptfinf inti, theii Ufa hnn t- oq qiItt . overtook the Gresham. TVn mar. aniA t-Ua-n- T,? nAH,.oa f,rai s,n t.- v,; . ' tw e- .1 v,ti- ,a.!u!ar, declined to affix their signatures. fused to leave the side of his com- i mander At 8 o'clock- last night the bow of the Republic, illuminated by the searchlight., wa seen risir fW Five minutes later two pistol shots ' ii. ..- heard and two blue lights were burned. of the Gresham and a crew under thejdyin of tuberculosis. command of Gunner Carl Johnson! started off. The boat returned In three-! quarters of an hour with both the cap- 1 tain and the second officer on board. They had been picked up clinging to some wreckage. Neither had on life preservers. When the Republic began to sink Captain Sealby climbed the foremast and reached the masthead light as his boat went down. The second officer jumped from the rail to the sea and said that he fell some distance and sustained slight bruises in striking the surface of the water. Captain Sealby was unhurt. The Republic was struck on the port side a little more than two-thirds of the way aft. A large hole was torn in her side which was clearly visible, but as sometimes happens in such cases, she had a big list to starboard. Captain Sealby stated that on the deck of the Republic when she went down, rested two caskets containing the bodies of those passengers who had been killed in the collision. SINKING OFTHE REPCBLIC. Captain Sealby Was Plckea Up After She Went Down. Menemsha Bight. Island of MarthaS meyard, Jan. 25. Captain Sealby and fifty members of the crew of the Republic were transferred to the dere lict destroyer Seneca off Vineyard sound lightship at 9 a. m. tnday and an hour later the Seneca started for New York. The captain of the Gres ham states that the Republic sank last night nine miles south by east off Nantucket light hi about forty fathoms of water. None of the officers or crew were injured. The Gresham after transferring the Republic's sur vivors to the Seneca started for Wood's Hoie. The information was gained from the captain of the revenue cutter Mo hawk, which today was found to be the vessel whieh anchored off Gay head last night and was reported to be the Gresham. Captain Landry of the (Con tinned on Pace Eight.) OFF FOR PANAMA. Taf t and Party Sail to Inspect the Canal. Will Beach Sew Orleans on Re turn Feb. 13. TWO BIG WARSHIPS. The North Carolina and the Montana Carry Them. Newspaper Men and Secret Ser vice Agents Go Along. Charleston, S. C. Jan. 25. President elect and Mrs. Taft and party Includ ing a small staff of distinguished civil engineers selected to inspect with the president-elect the isthmian canal, sail ed for Panama, early today. The party will reach New Orleans on the return trip on February 13. The two big warships, the North Car olina and the Montana as they swung out into the harbor and passed out to sea attracted considerable attention. Aboard the big cruiser North Carolina were the president-elect his niAriv cneess attesting the benefit he had gained from the golf link f Augusta- i . . B JLL UIUU ac AUgUSia, the party of engineers, also was aboard that vessel. On the other cruiser was the party of newspaper correspondents. Aboard each craft was a secret service agent. L- C. Wheeler on the North Carolina, and Richard Jarvta on the Montana. Both men will remain with the party throughout the trip. Mr. Taft's immediate party besides himself and Mrs. Taft. include Wendall Mischler, assistant secretary: L. O. Wheeler, secret service operator, and the following civil engineers: Frederick P. Sterns. Boston; John R. Freeman, Providence, R. L; James Schuyler. Los Angeles; Ischam Randolph. Chicago; Henry R. Allen. Chicago; A. P. Davis, Washington, and Alien Haaen, New Tork. The cruisers sailed at 9 o'clock this morning. BIGGESTGBAFT. Frauds in Territory Town Lots NeTer Before Equaled. Witnesses From a Dozen States Ready to Testify. Muskogee. Ok.. Jan. 25. Government officials now in Muskogee now assert that no fraud in town lots ever investi gated will equal the stupendous propor tions of that now being made in the government case here. Witnesses from a dozen states began to arrive today to testify before the federal grand Jury that meets tomorrow. The government officials say there is nothing in the rec ords to show who these persons are, but it Is announced that a large corps of secret service men have worked for months to locate them. These secret service men have, it is stated, secured from the witnesses affidavits to the ef fect that they were used as "dummies" In scheduling the lots and that they knew nothing of the use of their names until asked within the past three years to sign quit claim deeds to. the lots. About half of this number are reported to have signed the deeds while the other half, suspecting something irreg rne oiscovery ..y ne of th sumond f ?5"e,a" the grand jui ts the son-m-Iaw of one the men accused and brother-in-law . V. T-,--- man TWlH rejected 1 1 illiui."1- i . - - - - - - as Jurors and other prospective Jurors will be examined especially with a view i of eliminating any relative of the men involved. Today government officials learned that two of the men accused of fraud have died recently and that a third is (iovernor - " ' ' ' ' " Adjutant General F Canton arrived here today. The governor declines to talk, for publication. SHORT SESSION. Grand Jury Worked Only an Hour on Libel Case. Washington, Jan. 25. When the fed eral grand jury, which is investigating the alleged libel of the New Tork World and Indianapolis News in connec tion with the purchase of the Panama canal adjourned at noon today until to morrow, it had been in session for only one hour. Contrary to expectations no witnesses were heard today, but it is stated that several will be on hand tomorrow to complete certain phases of the investigation. Today's session was occupied with the reading to the Jury of statements which appeared in the New Tork and Indian apolis newspapers upon which the al leged libels are based. The grand jury is not expected to make a return in the cases until early next month. Hilled in a Runaway. Waverly, Kan-, Jan. 25. C. Cox. a farmer of five miles southwest of here, was killed almost instantly in a runaway accident. He was coming to town and was near the city limits, when a buggy wheel came off. frightening his team which ran away. He held pluckily to the lines and was dragged several blocks. Finally he struck a tree stump, which crushed his chest. He lived thirty minutes afterwards. He leaves a widow and five children. They Put Mrs. Nation 0t. London, Jan. 25. Carrie Xation, the American anti liquor advocate, has invaded London and caused a scene at Oxford Music hall She was ejected. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY WEATHER STILL COMFORTABLE. No Indication That Conditions -Will Chasse- Soon. The sun ha done a good Job of snining toaay tnougn part of the time its efforts have not been felt on ac count of a convention of clouds which, gathered in the southwest about noon and followed the concourse of the sun. The mercury has been that of early spring- or late fall and windows and doors which have been closed and bat tened for a week were thrown open and the- fresh bracing air admitted to the homes. Sunday was such another day though there- was even more sunshine and temperatures slightly higher than those of today. The forecast Indicates a continuation of the- weather con ditions which have prevailed for the past two days with little or no change in. the prevailing temperatures with perhaps freezing weather tonight. The following were the temperatures since 7 o'clock this morning! 7 o'clock 33 111 o'clock. 39 S 9 10 o-clock. ... .35 ( 13 o'clock J5 I 1 o'clock 37 j 2 o'clock. 41 o'clock 42 o'clock ..4 R00TRESIGNS. Beady to Quit When Successor Has Qualified. Eobert Bacon to Succeed Him in the Cabinet. Washington, Jan. 25. Secretary of State Root has tendered to President Roosevelt his resignation, effective upon qualification of his successor, Robt. Ba con, whose nomination, along: with that of J. C. CTLoughlia to be assistant sec retary of state, in place of Mr. Bacon, went to the senate today. Robert Bacon, the new secretary of state, who will assume the duties of his office at once, is one of the best known financial men in the lTnited States. He was a classmate of President Roosevelt at Harvard., and when he left that in stitution went into, the banking busi ness. He entered the employ of J. Pierpont Morgan A-' Co. and rose rapid ly until ha was admitted to member ship in the firm. During- Mr. Morgan's absence in Europe some year ago he was the senior of the house, and it is alleged that his handling of certain securities not meeting with the approval of the great financier a quarrel resulted and Mr. Bacon retired,. Mr. Bacon is a director in almost a score of large in dustrial and financial institutions. He has been assistant secretary of state for several years. ; III GRIP OF A STORM. Blizzard Has Prevailed in Colorado Four Days.; Denver. Jan. 25. But meager re ports have been received of a storm which has been raging- in the southern and western part of the state for four days. Telephone and telegraph wires are out of commission and many towns are cat off entirely from' the outside. It will be impossible to determine the number of lives lost for some days. Searching parties will be organized as soon as the -weather will permit but it is feared that the loss of life will be heavy. Traffic at a Standstill. ' Telluride, Colo., Jan. 25. Yesterday showed the wildest period of the storm which has been raging here for four days. The telephone wires are down aHd the streets are almost impassable. Falling trees and snowsiides endanger the lives of those who are foolhardy enough to venture out. Trains are from 12 hours to three days late and traffjc is at a standstill. The train which left here for Durango on Janu ary 22 is stalled at Ophir and the offi cials of the road are unable to state when It will be able to proceed. It will be three days before rescue par ties can be sent out to search for those lost in the snow. The towns beiow Telluride are com pletely cut off and no estimate of the damage done by the storm can be ob- ; tained. Mrs. Caleb- Collins, who was ' caught in the slide at the Mammoth mine which also killed her husband and baby, is not expected to live. THREE MINERS KILLED. Loaded Cars Beeame Uncoupled oat an Incline. Cumberland. Hi, Jan. 25. Three men were killed and ten others injured, three perhaps fatally, in a coal mine accident at Piedmont, W. Va, today. Two cars loaded with miners were ascending the plane at the mine of the Piedmont and George's Creek Coal com pany at that place. Near the top the cars became uncoupled, dashed down the in cline and collided with- other cars at the bottom. James Coudrey. William Hamilton and an Italian were killed outright. Charles Knight and two Italians sustained injuries which may result fatally. JAILED FOR BETTING. Sentence Given Racing Operators at New Orleans. New Orleans. Jan. 25. Placide Fri gerlo and R. M. Sheffield, who were charged with operating a betting book as a result of the testimony made of the socalled "Locke anti-racing law" at the City Park track. New Orleans, several weeks ago. were today sen tenced to serve seven months . in the parish prison. Each man was also fined $150. A motion for a new trial was overruled. An appeal will be made to the su preme court. REHEARING DENIED. The Alton Loses Its Appeal to the Supreme Conrt. Washington. Jan. 25. The petition of the Chicago &. Alton Railroad com pany for a rehearing on the case in which the company and two of its offi cers were subjected to a fine of 160,000 for granting rebates to Kansas City packers was today denied by the su preme court of the United States ;23, 1909. GOING TOO FAR? A Correspondent Reviews the Lobby Bill. Says It Is Drastic to Point Of BECOMING RIDICULOUS -nae .every Aax-rayer, KTery Newspaper, Lobbyist." rw . Courts Inrite "Influence," Why Not Legislature. To the Editor of the State Journal; The house bill on the subject of lob bying contains the following pro vision: "That any person who is directly or Indirectly pecuniarily interested in any measure or .measures pending before the legislature of this state, who shall attempt at any time within the state to In any manner influence the act or vote of any member of the state legis lature upon or concerning such meas ures shall be deemed a lobbyist.' Every tax payer has an indirect pecuniary interest in almost every measure which comes before the house. Every newspaper is a tax payer. There fore, every newspaper which attempts to influence legislation is a lobbyist un der this definition. Editor Chase of the Capital, Is trus tee of an estate owning a considerable amount of real estate mortgages. Mr. Chase is active personally and edi torially in securing a change In the law In regard to taxation of mortgages. I am heartily in sympathy with Mr. Chase although I have no other interest in the matter than that which all tax payers have. Mr. Chase Is under this definition a lobbyist. The Judicial department of govern ment up in the state house consists of seven men each of whom has at least twenty-five years' experience in the ad ministration of the law. Tet the judicial department systematically de clines to act until certain men, law yers come before it and with argu ments endeavor to influence its action. Bat the legislative department, made up for the most part of men wholly in experienced in the making of laws, will allow nobody to appear before it un less they first voluntarily enroll them selves under a title which carries with it a stigma and an odium. Lawyers and witnesses attempt to influence courts. No odium is attach ed to such an attempt. But no roan can appear before a committee with evidence or with argument under this law without first writing himself down a lobbyist. Surely if the Judges need the aid of lawyers and wfraesse la- administering-"the law the law-makers have still greater need of the facts and? th ar guments in making the law. Cnder the bill passed by the house nobody has any business with the leg islature or any committee thereof ex cept those who have no business with the legislature or any committee thereof. The law strikes down the right to petition. It is useless to say that a man can appear by registering. That is to say that he can appear by first admitting that he is a knave and a blackguard, because the term lobbyist has come to be almost as odious as any epithet in the English language. J. W. GLEED. Topeka. Kan.. Jan. 25, 1909. IN CONSTANT DANGER. Sixty Men Are Digffing for Bodies of Snowslide Victims. Ouray, CoL. Jan. 23. Working in con stant danger of their lives from snow slides, 60 men are excavating Mount Sneffies canyon where the bodies of three of the victims of the snowslide of Friday are buried. The snow in the canyon is 150 feet deep in places and it may be necessary to remove the larger portion of this before the bodies are found. Those who have studied the slides, especially that known as the Wa ter Hole, predict that another slide will take place within a few hours. The county commissioners of Ouray county met today and determined that the ex pense of recovering the bodies of the slide victims will be born by the coun ty. The road to the Camp Bird mine has been opened sufficiently to enable the body of Peter Synott, who was kill ed in the slide there, brought to Ouray. In the hills the snow is fully ten feet deep. MUST TAKE THE SMOXE. Farmers Lose- Their Case Against the Washoe Smelter. Helena Mont.. Jan. 25. Judge Hunt of the United States district court handed down a decision in the so called smoke case 'today in which he denies the application of farmers for the closing of the Washoe smelter at A.naconda. No damages are awarded to the farmers whose property is alleged to have Deen mjureo. t ne j court will make further investigation . as to the aiiegea aa.wmiuauun arsenic and if conditions can be im proved, this will be ordered done by the company. " REPORT ON IRRIGATION. Pmf. F. W. Blackmar Has Finished the Manuscript of an Investigation. Lawrence, Kan.. Jan. 25. Prof. F. W. Blackmar, head of the department of sociology and economics in the University of Kansas, has Just finished tHe manuscript of an exhaustive in vestigation on the development of irrigation and the government rec lamation service in the arid west. The report will be published at once by the Carnegie institution of Washington. Prof. Blackmar has spent every sum mer for the last four years investigat ing the principal irrigation plants in the Western states. Weather Indications. Chicago, Jan. 25. Forecast for Kan sas; Tonight fair; Tuesday fair. - MONDAY EVENING. NEW ROCK ISLAND OFFICALS. One Class to Have Supervision of Sta tion Asents Another of Sealing. The Rock Island announces two im portant changes in the methods of su pervision of station agents and car sealing which will be effective Feb ruary 1. Division agents will be appointed over the entire system who will have direct charge of all station agent work. One agent will be assigned to each su perintendent's division. It will be his business to instruct station agents in their work. In checking up their ac counts and everything- pertaining to their positions. W. B. Flagler has been appointed to this position on the Kansas division. and he will make his headquarters at Herington. Each superintendent's division will also have a district seal Inspector, whose duties It will be to instruct sta tion agents in the proper eealing of cars and the making of records cover ing. R. H. Brown has been appointed to this position and he will have head quarters in Topeka. ABOUT PAPERS. Do Yon, Gentle Header, Sufo- scribe for a Newspaper To Get s Flatiron a Meat-Chopper or the Sews. The article on the first page of the State Journal on Saturday was not in tended as an attack upon the Capital, but as a defense of the State Journal- Repeated misrepresentations and falsehoods about this paper, with an insanely Jealous view to injure it, have been printed day after day for several weeks. These statements like others that have been published and circulated in Topeka and throughout the east, and intended to deceive the Topeka pub lie and the eastern advertisers, were so palpably untrue that little notice has been paid to them. Lately, however, the falsehoods have been repeated with such energy that the State Journal deemed it worth while to take some notice of them and it did so to a part of these statements on Satur day. This seems to have "stirred" up more malice and Jealousy. The State Journal has no desire to engage in a petty quarrel with competitors, but it said this on Saturday and it repeats it tod ay r It a No hast had In the past, haw now am means to merit for the future the lartrest daily riifnlniimn in fofeOL The above statement is jjst as true today as it mas on Saturday and any denial of this truth is a falsehood, plain and simple, without the necessity of using a shorter and uglier word. The truth is the truth and the State Journal is willing to trust its readers with a decision on the question of veracity, for it has been published In Topeka under one management for twenty-three years. It can not help the cause of any competitor to wager with us $250.00. or any other sum. This paper does not believe in betting and there is a wide spread sentiment over the entire coun try against it. An item appears in today's paper detailing an incident where people were placed in jail for the nefarious practice of betting. Not believing in betting this paper tries to practice what it preaches. When the State Journal devotes 1250.00 to charity, or to any other worthy cause, it does not go into the betting business in or der to help the cause of charity. Had the State Journal seen fit to accept the challenge of the Capital some charit able Institution would hpve been J250 ahead at the Capital's expense. Perhaps the Capital would be willing to spend $250.00 to know how far he hind it really Is in local circulation. There is a field for the morning paper in Topeka, although the field Is naturally not so wide as that of the evening paper. The State Journal congratulates Its contemporary upon its handsome new building, facilities and quarters. Our neighbor has steadily followed in the footsteps of this paper In securing a building of Its own, fast and addi tional presses and linotypes. This Is all commendable, but it is no monop oly. This paper can hardly commend the action of its contemporary In ped dling carpet sweepers and mea chop pers about the town, annoying good people about the sate of merchandise and trades which have no business in the newspaper line, and which are fully covered by merchants who ad vertise in Topeka newspaper columns. The town is this week overrun with alleged newspaper solicitors who are merely peddlers in disguise. It is even doubtful if these peddlers have a li-, cense to sell their wares. The local advertising In the evening paper is of more value than it is in the morning paper to the local mer-' chants, not only because the local circulation is larger, but because one subscriber to the evening paper may be worth to the advertiser, two or three to the morning paper, for the reason that in the even ing. the masses of the people have more time to read the news and the advertising. This is a natural situation and fiat-irons can- ! not change it. j Those who read the morning paper will note that it says it has a larger circulation on Saturday than it had on Sunday, although it charges Its larg est advertisers 25 cents per inch through the week and 35 cents on Sunday. Per haps the reason for this is that the morning paper has no competition on Sunday. The State Journal eharges its biggest Topeka advertisers forty-two cents per inch and the space is worth every cent of that amount and gives large returns to the advertisers who use its columns. i TWO CENTS. NEARHIOT. ItalianPassengers on the Steam er Florida Made Trouble When Transfer to the Steamer Baltic Began. THEY WERE SCARED. Thought Their Tessel Was About to Sink. Thej Wanted to Ee First in the Life Boats. New Tork, Jan. 23. The dramatic sea story of the wrecking of the Whit ' Ltr nner Republic by the steamer Florida of the Lioyds Italiana line, in which six lives were lost and four peo ple Injured, came to a close today, when the big steamship Baltic of the White Star line came Into port bearing on board more than 1.S00 passengers of the sunken Republic and the crip pled Florida. Stories told by the Re public's passengers show that th transfer of passengers from the Flor ida to the Baltic in the dark hours nf Sunday night, came perilously near re sulting in a riot of the 500 Italian steerage passengers on the Florida, who believed that their vessel was tn imminent danger of sinking. Only the efforts of the officers aided by several of the Republic's pas-ngers quieted the frightened men who sought to b the first to board the life boats. The officers of the Baltic report th deaths of Mrs. Eugene Lynch of Bos ton and W. J. Mooney of Langdon. N. D-. together with four negro sailors whose names are not known. The bodies of Mrs. Lynch and Mr. Mooney dere placed in hermetically seoi-d caskets, which sank with the steamer Republic off Nantucket. Dr. J J. Marsh, physician on board the Republic, gave the most graphic account of the accident. Dr. Marsh safd: "I was in my cabin and hearing three short whistles, knew that something was wrong and turned ouu i naa namiy got to my feet when the crash came. There was one heavy thud and then the engines strip ped. Half a minute later the electric lights went out and when I opened my stateroom door I found myself in dark ness. "The saloon rapidly filled with wo-.nen and children haif dressed, but every body did as he was told and there was no panic. Let me say now they were thoroughly Anglo-American people fir pluck. I went on deck and saw the lights of the Florida through the fog. Captain Seaiby gave orders to get th lifeboats ready and in the mta.nwh.ie alt'tUa passfti-rs came up on the up per deck. It was then Captain Sealby said to Uiam: " 'I do not think the boat will sin. It will go to a certain point and hang there.' " "The women and children and men gave three cheers for the captain and then with a few exceptions went to their state rooms to get their clothe. Mr. Lynch is on board the Florida. He is broken hearted over the loss of his wife. His leg is fractured. Mrs. M. J. Murphy of Grand Forks. N. IX. sustained a severe injury to her right limb and there is a steward on board the Florid named Woodward, who sustained a fracture at the base of the skulL Mrs. Griggs who was Injured, had a miraculous escape. She was found under a pile of debris and for a time it was believed she wa lost. "The transfer of passengers from the Republic to the Florida was effected without incident, but when it was found that the Florida had insuffi cient accommodations for the large number on board and that she would make slow time to New Tork. the order to retransfer all passengers to the Baltic which had arrived several hours before, was given. The night was dark and the fog hung thick over the troubled sea Twenty life boats were used to carry the pas sengers from the Florida, which lay at distances varying 200 to 500 yards from the Baltic. The Florida passed in by Sandy Hook about 2:20 p. m. with a tug astern to assist In steering her. The Florida's bow was badly stove in and she was down by the head as though her forward compartment was filled with water. MANY mm FAINTED. Panic in St. Louis CoHsenm Started by Sound of m Gong. St. Louis. Jan. 25. Many women fainted here last night during a panic in the Coliseum which held 14.000 persons listening to Gipsy Smith, an evangelist. The excitement was sub dued by the choir of 1,000 voices sing ing hymns. The panic was started by the ring ing of a gong on the electric com pany's trouble wagon which passed the crowded buildins. BOY HIT BT A ITOMO B I LE. Seven-Tear-Old Isnatz Ran In Front of A. G. Lewis Car. Ignata Amerein. a seven-year-old Russian boy living at 513 North Har rison street, was struck by an automo bile driven by A. G. Lewis, Sunday afternoon and so severely injured that twenty stitches were required to close a wound In his head. Accompanied by his mother he was returning from ser vices at the German Catholic church. As the family were crossing the Melun bridge the boy started to cross to the opposite side and ran directly in front of the automobile. Fortunately the machine was being driven at a low rate of speed but at that it could not be stopped until after the boy had been struck by one of thi lamps and had fallen under the ma chine. He was taken from under the automobile and with his mother wa taken immediately to Keith's hoer-itl where he was made as comfortable m possible. No blame ia attached to Mr. Lewis for the accident and he did ad that he could following it, for the re lief of the boy and has agreed to pay the doctor bill incurred.