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The Topeka state journal. (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, February 16, 1910, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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People Clamored to Srgn Popu
lar "Insurgent" Petiiions.
City Clerk Bur?e Gave Back
Over 500 Names.
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
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
"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
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
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.
He Lived
Six Miles Northwest
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
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
Mercury Drops 45 Degrees
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
' !
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.
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
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.
Miss Agnes Elkins, Niece of the
W. Ta., Senator,
Attempts Suicide in a Hotel at
Kansas City.
Saying She Was Tired of Life
and Without Friends.
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
A note found on the dressing table
"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
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.
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
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.
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
Levine pondered deeply. Finally he
answered: "Green and white."
It was announced today that
court had denied application.
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.
Western League Will Adopt 168
Game Schedule.
Cooley the- Only, One to Fayor
the Short Route.
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
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.
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
The stnKers demana a scale or sis ana
$21 a week, an increase of 13 a week.
Probing into the Swope Mystery
Is Continued.
Includes Grand Jury Investiga
tion and Damage Suit.
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
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. .
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.
Two Operators Stopped Wheels
, Over Wyoming.
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.
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, . .
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.
Big Drop in Temperature All Over the
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
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
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."
Peculiar Case of Porter Ames
Knows He Is Insane.
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.
Japan Sees No Cause for Alarm
in Hayes Bill
Providing for Exclusion of the
Mikado's Subjects.
Is the Sentiment of the Leading
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.
Old Topeka Center . Fielder Dies in
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
"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 "
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. .
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. . . .

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