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EVERYBODY 10 PAGES EVERYBODY 10 PAGES READS IT. . MEEDS IT. LAST EDITION. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS. FEBRUARY 16,1910. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. TOO People Clamored to Srgn Popu lar "Insurgent" Petiiions. City Clerk Bur?e Gave Back Over 500 Names. DIDN'T NEED THEM. Estimated That Reformers Se cured 3,000 Signers. Has Had Effect of Stimulating the Uegistration. City Clerk C. B. Burge narrowly es caped burial in the quicksand of peti tions which flooded his office when he dropped his pen and quit work at 'the city hall last night. Never before in the history of city politics has the office of the city clerk witnessed such an avalanche of peti tions for members of the school board. Tuesday was the last day for the fil ing of these nomination papers and when Mr. Burge finally attempted to leave his office last night he found himself half buried in the papers filled with hundreds of signatures. And it was clearly an "insurgent quicksand." The women of the city who helped bring out a school board ticket the last minute and circulated petitions for it evidently carried the city by storm. The required number of signatures to each petition was about 260 The petitions handed to City Clerk Burge contained at least 400 names each. And it was necessary for the city clerk to tell the women that more names were simply superfluous. As a result, the supporters of the "Reform" ticket withheld at least 600 names which could have been filed if necessary. They decided that as long as their legal points had been carried out there was little use of filing the whole list. With but two days to work in be half of their candidates the women and their friends gathered together in total about 3,300 names for the can didates. This is a record breaker for school board oetitions. An examination of the "Regular" ticket shows a sufficient number of names and that is about all. It is not known wnether or not they held back any names. The remarkable thing about the pe titions is that not one of them con tained the name of a Democrat. Every petition was filed in behalf of the Re publicans. Tne Democrats evidently will have no candidates for the school board. As a tribute to th work of the ladles and the insurgents. Mayor Green stated today that it was through their work for the schoot board agitation find their spirit that a large number of the voters were registering and promising Lheir appearance at the polls. "What we want to make the com mission form of government a success in Topeka is to have a large vole," said the mayor. "We want the largest vote In the history of the city and from the sentiment displayed at this time I feel confident in saying that I believe the coming election will set a new record for Topeka. The en thusiasm of the women in their cam paign for the socalled insurgents will result in the breaking of all former records." The school board ticket stands as it did a few days ago - when the State j journal gave tne list oi candidates tor which petitions would be circulated. For reference and policy the following names should be clipped out and past ed in plain sight: Insurgents Regulars diaries Suit 1st ward..C. C. Nicholson C. K. Hotflday. .ind ward John H. Linn A. V. Lindell....3rd ward..K. H. Anderson .Tohn Royce 4th ward T. F. Garver Ram Huston 5th ward C. F. Hardy It. S. Magee 6th ward G. D. Gray ON ELEPHANT HUNT. Colonel Roosevelt and Kermit Take a Little Side Excursion. Gontlokoro, Soudan, on the Upper Nile, Fob. 16. The Smithsonian African sci entific expedition is expected to arrive here at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Infinite news as to the hour of arrival was brought by a special runner who reached here today. Colonel Roosevelt and Kermit Roose velt left the expedition for a day's hunting of elephants and giant elands at Rojif, on the Congo side of the Bar-El-Jebel. Rojaf is a few miles to the south and west of this place and the hunters have invaded the territory i:pon the special and eagerly accepted invitation of the Belgian authority. Colonel Roosevelt and Kermit are accompanied in the Congo by E. B. Haddon. the British district commis sioner stationed at Mpama. T.Tganda. Commissioner Haddon met the expedi tion at Kirba camo 16 miles to the touth of Gondckoro. A commodious I rick houre has been placed at the dis posal of Mr. Roosevelt. Nine runners in the van of the expe dition have arrived. MALCOLM MOORE KILLED He Lived Six Miles Northwest Wakarusa. of Auburn. Kan., Feb. 16. Malcolm Moore, who lives about six miles north west of Waksrusa on route 25, and about three m.les east of Auburn, ac companied iy his oldest daughter, Lena, backed his wagor up to his silo to get a load of ensilage feed for his stock, a strong gust of wind blew the silo over an' Mr. Moore was caught under the frame structure and in stantly killed. His daughter ran to the house, about 100 yards away, for help, but when assistance came he was dead. Mr. ioore had lived at Waka rusa all his l.fe. A couple of years ago he had a is leg broken in a hay baler. Mr. Moore was 39 years old. and 11 years ago married Miss Kate Hoppe of Auburn. He leaves his wife and three children, Lenu, aged 7, Anna, aged 5 and Hughey. a few months old. The fneral arrangements win be an nn'jnced later, the interment being at AUDurn. REAL COLD WAVE. Mercury Drops 45 Degrees Hours. In 21 Slipping from the 53 degree mark which it attained yesterday morning, the temperature in the 24 hours end ing at 7 o'clock this morning dropped to 8 degrees above a fall of 45 de grees in 24 hours. This was not the coldest. Between 8 and 9 o'clock this morning the mercury dropped to the 7 above point. The government ther mometer has showed a temperature of 8 degrees every hour today until noon. At 1 o'clock it was 9 degrees above zero and the same temperature pre vailed at 2 o'clock. "This cold," said the local weather dispenser, "extends from Topeka to the North pole. There can be no more April weather until something happens to break up this cold and nothing has so far appeared. The forecast is for snow tonight and Thursday and not much change in temperature. If there is snow there will be some change in temperature. No change, no snow to speak of, as it is too cold. A few flakes of snow have fallen today. More of them are expected. In case the sky is clear to night a lower temperature may be expected than occurred last night. The lowest temperature of the year usually comes about this time and I guess we won't miss it this time." The storm center which resulted in the present cold wave moved 1.200 miles in the 24 hours ending at 7 o'clock this morning. It' Jumped from Boise. Idaho, to . Davenport, Iowa, in this time. No relief is in sight. The wind is blowing only 15 miles an hour today, instead of 36 miles as was the case yesterday afternoon. The storm is declared to be due to an area of high barometric pressure in the Medi cine Hat district. Following are the hourly tempera tures today: 7 o clock 8 11 o'clock 8 8 o'clock 8!12 o'clock 8 9 o'clock 8' 1 o'clock 10 o'clock 8 2 o'clock ' ! 9 MURDER TRIAL BEGUN. C. W. Humberd Being Tried for Killing J. E. Harberts. Marysville, Kan.. Feb. 16. The trial of C. W. Humberd. charged with the murder of J. E. Harberts at Frankfort last September, was begun yesterday In the district court. The killing took place on the principal business street of Frankfort and was witnessed by a large number of persons. Humberd and Harberts were contractors on the To-peka-Marysville cutoff of the Union Pacific and they quarreled frequently. Humbert shot Harberts three times with a revolver. The case will proba bly occupy the court the rest of this week, as there will be a large num ber of witnesses. - Tha heai'ng of testimony In the ease was resumed in the district court yes terday afternoon. R. G. Sholtz told of the shooting. He said that after firing the third shot. Humberd backed up against the store building and said: "That man has threatened my life for three weeks, and I've got him now." Humberd then gave his revolver to a bystander and surrendered. Nine other witnesses were examined. Few of them saw all three shots fired. Mrs. Hattie Harberts, the widow of the man who was murdered, said the morning of the day of the shooting Humberd came to the Harberts' camp and asked her if Harberts was there. She said he was not, but had been near the camp the day before. Humberd told Mrs. Harberts that he was afraid Harberts had come to make trouble with him over money matters on which there had been a dispute between the two men. Mrs. Harberts told Humberd that she believed there would be no trouble. Humberd told Mrs. Harberts that Harberts had threatened him and said that if he made any trouble he would kill him. Mrs. Harberts testified that Hum berd and Harberts had worked togeth er frequently on railroad work and that there had not been any trouble between them until the disagreement over the amount due Harberts. Harberts assert ed $300 was due him: Humberd asserted there was not. She also said her hus band did not carry a revolver. HE PLAYED CARDS. Rev. John Daniels Too Worldly and Is Forced Out of Church. Because he went to theater, played cards and was "shy" of the missionary fund entrusted to him Rev. John Dan iels, a local colored preacher belongng to the African Methodist church, has been "permitted to withdraw" from the service and is now working for the ! Santa Fe railway. Beside "withdraw ing irom xne ministry ne nas aiao iwfii "permitted to withdraw" from the church. Following is the notice of his "with drawal'' as published by the church of ficials today: To the Public: This is to certify that the said Rev. John H. Daniels has been permitted to withdraw his membership from the local ranks and as a deacon, from the Mt. Olive M. E. church and ministry under complaints against him for the violation the rules of the Meth odist Episcopal church. He has surren dered his credentials to the district superintendent of the Topeka district, Lincoln conference, as the laws of the great M. E. church which are doing so much good in this world for God ant the cause of humanity must be put in force by its true leaders. Done this the 16th day of cd., Dy (Signed J. J. CABBELL, District Superintendent of the Topeka District, Lincoln Conference. TOTALS $250,000. February Distribution of Interest on Permanent School Fund. The semi-annual distribution of the interest from the permanent school fund was made today and it is the largest February distribution in the history of the state, reaching the total sum of $230,000. The February distri bution in 1909 was only $225,000. The August distribution last year was about $248,000. The August payments are us ually larger than those for February. There are about 510.000 school chil dren in the jitate and the February in I terest payment means a per capita of i 4'.' cents per ctuia. SHOOTSJERSELF. Miss Agnes Elkins, Niece of the W. Ta., Senator, Attempts Suicide in a Hotel at Kansas City. SHE WROTE A SOTE Saying She Was Tired of Life and Without Friends. The Doctors Say She Has Chance to Live. Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 16. Miss Ag nes Elkins. a niece of United States Senator Stephen B. Elkins of West Virginia, shot herself today at her room at a local hotel. The bullet passed through her body below the heart. The physicians believe she has a chance for life. A note found on the dressing table read: "I am tired of life and have no home or friends." Miss Elkins is 25 years of age. Her mother died about a year ago and shortly afterward she went to New York, against the wishes of relatives in this city to apply for an engage ment on the tage. Senator Elkins in duced her to visit him at Elkins, W. Va., but could not change her determ ination to become an actress. She re turned two weeks ago to prosecute a damage suit against the Metropolitan strppt Pailwnv enmnanv for $25,000 for injuries received a year ago, but the case was DOStDOned. Why Miss Elkins tried to end her life is not known. She bought a re volver and later wrote several letters. Last night she entertained friends in her apartment and told them as they departed, jokingly, said that she was considering suicide. They laughed at her. After the revolver shot was heard Miss Elkins was found lying across the ted. SIXTH ONE DIES. Strange Fatality Attends Those Con nected With Capitol Bribery Case. Harrisburg. Pa.. Feb. 16 The strange fatality that has pursued some of the principal figures in the capitol scandal was again brought to public mind to day when John E. Stott. one of the chief witnesses in the celebrated case was foand dead in the bath room of the house where he made his home while in Harrisburg. He is the sixth man in the ease to pie. His death was due to heart trou ble. Stott was secretary to the board of grounds and buildings which let many of the contracts for furnishing the capitol that brbught more than a dozen men to the bar of Justice. He was a witness in two trials and was to take the stand in the case of Joseph M. Huston, architect of the capitol, whose trial will come up next month. Two of the six men who died were under a two years' sentence, one was awaiting trial and two were important witness es. Besides these, one of the many men under indictment has been confined in an insane asylum. FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. Lincoln League Club Will Celebrate Martyred President's Nomination. Chicago. Feb. 16. The fiftieth anniver sary of the Republican national conven tion in Chicago which nominated Abra ham Lincoln for the presidency, known as the "Wigwam convention," will be cel ebrated by the members of the Lincoln League of Illinois on May 16. 17 and 18. Preliminarv plans for the celebration were discussed last night at a meeting of the executive board of the league. Tentative arrangements were made for an historically correct reproduction of the famous convention complete in each de tail. SALE OF OLD LETTERS. One Written by Benedict Arnold Brings $121. Boston Feb. 16. Autographs, letters rnd other documents, in the handwrit ing of John Adams. John Quincy Ad ams, Elbridge Gerry and others of Rev olutionary faf.e, hav.s Just been dis posed of here, at a sale of effects from the estate of the Rev. Joseph Willard, who was Dresident of Harvard shortly after -he Revolution. An autograph letter written by Benedict Arnold to Major General Gates in tne course o one of the campaigns of the Revolu tion, brought $121. LIVEDHERE 16 YEARS. Then Told Judge American Flag Was . "Green and White." New York. Feb. 16. Harry Levine, a resident of New York's East side, af ter living 16 years in the United States, decided recently to become an Ameri can citizen. When he appeared in the federal court with his request Judge Adams asked him: "What is the color of the American flag?" Levine pondered deeply. Finally he answered: "Green and white." It was announced today that court had denied application. NO"iOY RIDING." the Mayor Gaynor's Fire Commissioner Orders Letters Foot High on Autos. New York. Feb. 16. Mayor Gaynor's new fire commissioner does not intend that any of the city automobiles owned hv his deDartment shall be used fori "joy riding." He has issued an order The strike began last October. Orig that all the machines shall be marked inally most of the theaters were involved, with the letters "F. D. N. Y." and the , but the managers capitulated last Pecem letterlng. he declares, is to be in black, j ber and signed the wage scale demanded and a foot high. . J by tha strikers. FALLS JNTO LINE. Western League Will Adopt 168 Game Schedule. Cooley the- Only, One to Fayor the Short Route. ARE IX A BAD TANGLE. Unable to Straighten Out the Sunday Dates. American League Adopts the 154 Game Plan. Chicago, Feb.' 18. The Western league will play 168 games during the coming season. While no formal vote has been taken on that' question, an overwhelming majority; of the club owners have announced themselves as being in favor of the longer season. The season probably will open on April 20 and close on October 4. Dick Cooley of Topeka is the only magnate who has said he is strongly in favor of V. 154 game schedule. From present Indications it appears the 168 game draft will be the only one submitted to the meeting. This draft calls for the opening on April 20, and the closing on. October 4. The geographical conditions of the circuit are causing most of the trouble which still confronts the committee. Denver is isolated from the other seven ulubs in such a manner that it makes it almost impossible properly to appor tion the Sunday dates. As it now stands four clubs will have 12 Sun days at home, two will have 13 and the other two 11. The committee has practically given up the task of trying to straighten out the Sunday dates and it probably will leave that to the league. The schedule committee has asked that it be allowed to hold another meeting before submitting the sched ule. This delayed the regular meet ing until late in the afternoon. American WiU Play .154 Games. Chicago, Feb. 16.--The American league continued its annual schedule meeting' here today. It is expected that today's session will end the meet- ! lng. The schedule will probably be announced at the close of today's gath ering. The first business to come before the meeting was the adoption of a new agreement to replace the original one, which expires in November of this year. There appeared to be a decided feeling in favor of making the new agreement perpetual. This was discussed . .thoroughly, at yesterday's session, but no fina vote was taken then in order that the club owners might have more time to consider such an important question. The 154 game schedule was unani mously adopted and the draft submit ted was approved without any changes. National Is Undecided. ' New York, Feb. 16. Five to three in favor of th 168 game season was ap parently the way the National league magnates stood when the struggle over the playing schedule was resumed to day. Not in years have the rulers of Na tional league destinies worked into feO chaotic a situation as that revealed by the failure so far to agree on playing dates for the coming season. Six votes are necessary for the adoption of a schedule. The lineup when adjournment was taken yesterday was: Ebbetts, Brooklyn; Murphy, Chicago; Robinson, St. Louis; Brush, New York, and Fogel, Philadelphia, for the long season, ana Dreyfuss, Pittsburg; Herr mann, Cincinnati, and Dovey, Boston, for the 154 game schedule. Both sides today declared their inten tion to stand pat and the prospects for speedy reconciliation did. not appear bright. There were numerous consulta tions among the magnates during the morning and in some quarters hope was expressed that when they got to gether in the afternoon for the resump tion of their regular session, some sort of basis for a compromise might be reached. The bitter factional feeling engender ed by the Ward-Heydler deadlock at the December meeting, seemed to have broken out again, however, and it was difficult to guess what common ground for an agreement could be reached by the contending elements. BIG SUM FOR YALE. University Will Probably Get Third of Million Dollars. Boston, Feb. 16. A third of a mil lion dollars will come into the posses sion of Yale university in the immedi ate future if the Suffolk county probate court decides to act favorably upon a petition filed today asking for the termination of the trust by which the estate of Edward E. Salisbury of New Haven is held. In his will Mr. Salis bury stipulated that the income of certain real estate here should go to his wife, and at her death $60,001 of the proceeds of the sale of the proper ty should be willed away as she chose, the residue to go to Yale university. The city of Boston took the property for the Washington street tunnel, in 1907, paying $510,000. Mrs. Salisbury joins the Yale university in the wish that she rece've her share of the es tate at once and that the residue be given to Yale. bill Fosters strike Demand Scale of $18 and $21 a Week - Increase of $3. Chicago. Feb. 16 The strike of bill posters against the American Posting Service was renewed yesterday as a result of a breaking oft of arbitration negotia tions. President Burnett Robbins of the company returned from New York and announced that officials of the concern in that city refused to sign a proposed agreement. The stnKers demana a scale or sis ana $21 a week, an increase of 13 a week. UNDER 3 HEADS. Probing into the Swope Mystery Is Continued. Includes Grand Jury Investiga tion and Damage Suit. STILL ON THE STAND. Miss Pearl Kellar, Col. Swope's Nurse, Is Recalled. Witnesses Must Stay Till Evi dence Is All In. Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 16. Three legal proceedings were scheduled for today to secure testimony bearing on the Swope mystery: The grand Jury resumed its Inquiry; the taking of depositions in the office of Frank P. Walsh in the suit for damages brought by Dr. B. C. Hyde was to be continued in Kansas City, Mo., and the deposition of Dr. C. H. C. Jordan, a physician, who prescribed medicine for the Swope family, was to be taken in Kansas City, Kan. Miss Pearl Kellar, the Swope nurse, who was the sole witness before the grand jury yesterday, was recalled to day. On the holding that a witness sub poenaed for the grand jury is subject to the grand jury summons until ex cused or until that body adjourns, at torneys for the Swope estate assert the plan of Attorney Walsh to subpoena ail the witnesses who appear before the grand jury has been balked tempor arily. - It is said that witnesses who testify at the grand jury hearing will not be finally excused until the hearing is adjourned, probably ten days'hence. Formal notice has been served upon Dr. Hyde's attorneys that depositions in the damage case will be taken by John G. Paxton's attorney next Friday. Dr. Jordan's Testimony. In the course of the deposition giv en today by Dr. C. H. C. Jordan, in Kansas City, Kan.. Jordan told of having treated the members of the Swope family for a period covering seven or eight years up to the present time. He had he said, sent to the Swope home medicines prepared by himself, the formula of which no one but him self knew. The medicines wer,e, he declared composed entirely of herbs. "But how could you tell whether these herbs were poisonous or not," Attorney Walsh asked. "Why, that's easy," the doctor re plied, "I'd chew them. If they did not hurt me they weren't poisonous." "Where did you get your herbs?" "Oh. out In the woods. I used to have an old colored man who dug them for me, dandelions, sarsaparilla and mandrakes." This medicine, the'wltness testified, had been administered to Mrs. Logan O. Swope, to Miss Margaret Swope, to the late Chrisman Swope and also to Thomas Swope, jr. For his services Dr: Jordan said he had received from the Swope family between $10,000 and $20,000. In answer to questions Dr. Jordan said he was born near Valparaiso, Chile, but admitted that he was raised from childhood by a colored man named Eli Jordan, whose name he took. . HONOFVASSAR GIRLS. Each Receives a Red Rose as Token of Reward. Pouehkeepsie, N. Y.. Feb. 16. The names of the honor girls at Vassar col lege were announced today. The an nouncement is one of the most impor tant of the college year. Each honor student has received a red rose from the faculty in token of the award. The list includes 26 names, 15 of these being girls from New York, New Jer sey. Pennsylvania and the New Eng land states. The other 11 are distributed as follows: Catherine Longworth Anderson, Grosse Isle, Mich.; Ruth Alden Fifield, Janesville, Wis.; Charlotte Moffet Gay- lor, Memphis, Tenn.; Helen Leslie, Memphis, Mo.; Gertrude Anna Mills, Decatur, 111.; Helene Marie -North, Lake wood. O.; Constance Elizabeth Plant. Cincinnati; Geneva Katherine Schae'fer, Logansport, Ind.; Mary Mar garet Shelley. Louisville, Ky.; Caroline Beatrice Topping, Chicago, and Helen Wilhelmina Young, Hutchinson, Kan. TIED UP U. P. SYSTEM. Two Operators Stopped Wheels , Over Wyoming. All Rawlins. Wyo., Feb. 16. It was learned today that the tieup of the en tire Union Pacific system in Wyoming last Saturday was due to the action of two operators at Dana. These men celebrated Lincoln's birthday so earn estly that they refused to clear the trains, turned the red signal board, holding all fast mail trains and then hung out a sign at the door saying: "This office is closed." Railroad of ficials at Laramie finally got the sheriff and the men were arrested and will be prosecuted for delaying the mails. "FEED MYCATS." Dying Words of a St. Louis Man 08 Years' Old. St. Louis. Feb. 16. Realizing he was about to die and that his two cats, his constant companions and only solace, might starve, Geo. Snyder, 98 vears old: crawled more than a mile to beg a neighbor to care for them. He exDlred. muttering plaintively, "feed my cats." The neighbor sent for the cats, de daring he would provide for them as long as they lived. Snyder, who was St. Louis county's oldest resident, lived the life of a her mit in his shack near Eureka. Weather Indications. ' Chicago. Feb. 16. Forecast for Kan sas: Snow tonight and Thursday. Not much change in temperature, . . TILLMAN IS STRICKEN. Senator Is Taken Suddenly III on the Capitol Steps. . Washington, Feb. 16. Senator Till man of South Carolina was taken sud denly ill on the steps of the capitol to day. Later he was removed - to Uis home, where he is now under the care of a physician. NEARLY TO ITrO. Big Drop in Temperature All Over the Southwest. Kansas City, Mo.. Feb. 16. An ex treme fall in temperature, ranging from 50 degrees at Sedalia, Mo., where it was 8 above zero today, to 22 de grees at Fort Smith, ' Ark., where it was 28 above, was recorded in the southwest today during the last 24 hours. In parts of Kansas a blinding snow storm, accompanied by high winds, prevails and in northern Oklahoma sleet and a windstorm are reported. At Muskogee, Okla.. telephone wires were prostrated last night by a violent electrical storm that was ac companied by hail and sleet. In this city, where the temperature fell 46 de grees since yesterday, it was aDove zero this morning. The local weather bureau reports the following changes in temperature during the last 24 hours: Concordia. Kan., 6 degrees above zero, a fall of 32 degrees. Dodge City, Kan., 4 degrees above. a fall of 36 degrees. Wichita, Kan.. 7 degrees above, a fall of 47 degrees. Oklahoma City, 16 degrees above, a fall of 38 degrees. Springfield, Mo., 12 degrees above, a fall of 44 degrees. The temperature has fallen from sv to 44 degrees since yesterday in north ern Texas and Iowa. A remarkable drop is recorded at tAbilene. Tex., where the temperature is 24 this morning, after 82 registered yesterday. Wind and Snow. Albuquerque. N. M., Feb. 16. In tensely cold weather, accompanied by heavy wind and snow, prevails over northern and central New Mexico to day. Zero temperatures are reported from a number of places. Street Cars Tied Up. -Guthrie. Okla.. Feb. 16. A storm that struck central and western' Okla homa today, accompanied by low tem perature, has interfered with railroad traffic and telegraph and telephone service. Many wires are down and the street car system in this city is tied up. At the state agricultural department it is predicted there will be a heavy loss of live stock on the ranges in western Oklahoma. The storm continued during the day, A high wind added to its severity. Blizzard in Colorado. Denver. Colo., Feb. 16. Snow driven by wind of almost hurricane violence and accompanied by an extreme drop in temperature, prevailed over east ern Colorado and Wyoming last night and today. At Denver, 'the mercury dropped from 30 above yesterday morning to 2 above this morning. At Greely, Colo., a number of buildings were unroofed, trees uprooted and telephone and telegraphic service pros trated. At Loveland, Colo., a drop of 50 degrees in temperature was experi enced. At Fort Collins plate glass windows were shattered, chimneys blown down and considerable other damage done by the wind, which at times blew 75 miles an hdur. Canyon City, Steamboat Springs, Grand Junc tion, Buena Vista, Antonito and Central City, all report damage by high w-inds. In the mountains a blizzard raged for hours. Blizzard at Wichita. Wichita, Kan., Feb. 16. The tem perature dropped from 50 degrees above zero yesterday morning to sev en above this morning and with the 1 drop came a wind-driven snowstorm that partakes strongly of the nature of a blizzard. Snow began falling in this section of the state at sunrise and continued during the day. It is not believed that fruit or live stock will suffer. SHOCKING BRUTALITY. William Lashure Reports Inhuman Treatment of Asylum Patient. William Lashure, a Rock Island car clerk, reports that he saw a state in sane asylum attendant abuse a patient because tne latter rerusea to worK. Mr. Lashure says the mistreatment oc curred near the Rock Island tracks just north of the asylum about 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. "I was making my rounds and was standing near a box car," said Mr. Lashure. "Several patients from the asylum were shoveling coal from the car under tht supervision of an at tendant. He was a man of about 40, I should imagine. One of the patients quit shoveling coal. The attendant ordered him to continue but the latter refused. Then the attendant struck him, knocked him down and kicked him. about the body a moment or two, until the patient got up and started to work again. The others did not in terfere, and t aid not think it was my place to do so either." VVANTSlGOTOASYLUM Peculiar Case of Porter Ames Knows He Is Insane. Who Porter Ames, who lives at 113 Kioua street. North Topeka, is being tried by a lunacy commission from the probate court this afternoon. The trial, how ever, is a mere formality for Ames him self says he is insane and asked for the trial and admission to the hospital. His case is a decidedly unusual one in that the man knows when one of his in sane fits is coming on. Whenever he begins to feel nervous and feels his mind slipping he is accustomed to give warning to his family and friends to watch him and protect themselves. At present the man is violent and has to be held in bed. The trial there fore will be held at his residence. His wife. Isabel Ames. S. J. Ernest, and S. H. Jernigan are witnesses. The com mission in lunacy is Dr3., O. P. Davis and D. Storrs. - Marriage License. Walter Moore, taged 19, Burlingame Lula McClain, aged 16, Auburn. Charles B. Griffin, aged 28. Topeka; May E. Buschacher, aged 21, Topeka. SHE'S NOTAFRAID Japan Sees No Cause for Alarm in Hayes Bill Providing for Exclusion of the Mikado's Subjects. IT WILL JSOT PASS Is the Sentiment of the Leading Newspapers. Regulation of Emigration Is Be ing Attended to Over There. - Tokio, Feb. 16. The announcement that the United States will grant it 3 minimum tariff rates to Japan, which was communicated to the foreign offlco by American Ambassador O'Brien and published in all the newspapers, has been received by the commercial inter ests of the empire, with the liveliest satisfaction. It was stated at the foreign office today that the Japanesa government never had doubted that the United States would thus recipro cate, proving to the world that Amer ica desired the best of trade relations with this country. The leading newspapers comment con servatively on the action of the com mittee on immigration of the house of representatives in unanimously voting to report favorably the Hayes exclusion till. They express the conviction that congress will not pass the measure, which while not mentioning Jtpan. nevertheless, would prevent subjects of the emperor exercising the treaty jightd which the Japanese government prac tically waived without convention, out of consideration for the wishes of the people on the Pacific coast of the United States, two years ago. Since that time Japan has prevented by her own regulations these emigra tions of Japanese laborers to the United States. However, the newspapers and public do not show the least ill feeling over the matter and there is no evi dence of a tendency toward Jingoism. BUG HOLLIDAY DEAD. Old Topeka Center . Fielder Dies in Cincinnati. Cincinnati. O., Feb. 16. James W. (Bug) Holliday, famous as a batter and outfielder, died after a long Illness at his home here yesterday. Holliday joined the Cincinnati club in 1889 and played left field for ten years. He later became an umpire in the American as sociation. "Bug" Holliday was the pride of local fans in 1887 when he played with the famous Goldsby Giants team in the Western league. The Topekans that year ate up everything which stood in their path on the way to pennantville. and Holliday's work with the bat and in the outfield was responsible for a large part of it. On July 4, the Topeka team had won 37 games and lost 12. The State Journal of that date said: "Holliday has the best batting record In the Western league this year." Beside being a good base runner, ri hard hitter and a clever outfielder. . Holliday formerly was the pride of rooters, row. According to stories told this morning fans visiting the games 23 years ago went as much for the pur pose of watching and hearing his coaching as to witness the play. The team of which Holliday was a member while here was composed of Conway. Gunson, Stearns, Ardner. Johnson, Macullar, Perry Werden. Goldsby, Holliday and Sneed. He play ed in center field. His many feats are still well remembered by the old timers here and eagerly discussed when any one interested in stories of the prowess the Topeka players of those days 13 found. - "Bug" went up from Topeka. The old timers here have always watched sporting publications for any news of the former prize walloper or tne local ball players. One fan, whose step is now far different from what it was when "Bug" used to push, 'em out over the fence, said after reading of hia death: "I can see him now, his cap set cross wise on his head, walking about the coaching lines saying 'I don't care which side wins Just so It's Topeka.1 " CHINA WANTS THEM. University of Chicago Professors Are in Demand There. Chicago. Feb. 16. University of Chicago professors are in demand in China. Fol lowing his appointment as director of the department of science at the Imperial uni versity in Pekln, Fror. osKar KcKstein, formerly connected with the local institu tion, has been asked to engage three other U. of C. educators. President Harry Pratt Judson yester day announced that Dr. H. Irving Schle singer, associate in chemistry, has been selected by the university as a candidate for one of the positions, that of the pro fessorship in general chemistry. The other positions open are a profes sorship in mining engineering and one in civil engineering. The salary in each case is $6,000 in Chinese silver, which is the equivalent of $3,000 In American money. . WANTS NO FOOD. Mrs. D. E. Evans Is Apparently Help less Once More. Mrs. D. E. Evans, the prisoner at the county jail who is proving an enigma to the officers because of her comatose condition, has resumed her peculiar de meanor again and refuses to eat or speak today. The only time since Sunday that she has spoken was last evening when she said to her cellmate. May Rogers, "I'm hungry." She was promptly brought tempting food and ate heartily. It was thought then that the woman would be all right, but this morning she was found to be lying Immovable on her cot with her eyes open refusing any atten tions, food, or drink. The impression prevalent until yester day that the woman was shamming and which was then doubted is again enter tained by the officers. . . .