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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, January 07, 1911, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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An Attempt to Assassinate Al
' fonso of Spain.
Explosion Takes Place as He
Alights From a Carriage.
Soldiers Immediately Close
Around the Spot.
Report That a Citizen
Dropped a Pistol.
Malaga. Spain, Jan. 7. What is be
lleved by many to have been an at
tempt on the life of King Alfonso took
place during his brief visit here Thurs-
day and threw his attendants into a
i n i li
Kins Alfonso XIII of Spain, Who
panic. The facts became generally
known for the first time today. The
king accompanied by Premier Canale
Jas. General Azpar, minister of war and
Arias Mirands. minister of marine, had
arrived here fro'm Madrid en route for
Melilla for a week's stay in the vi
cinity of the Spanish town in Morocco.
At the railway station ' his majesty
was acclaimed by a great throng that
Joyously followed the carriage in which
he drove with the mayor to the pal
ace of the governor general. Arriving
at the palace, the king stepped down
from the carriage, turning for a mo
ment again ackonwledged the salvos
of applause and then entered the pal
ace. As the door swung closed behind
him an explosion in the crowd outside
drowned the cheers. . Before the alarm
ed and stampeding mass fully realized
Just what had happened, gendarmes had
closed in about the spot from which
the report arose. It was found that
two persons had been slightly injured
but no other harm done.
An official account of the incident
ays it was unimportant, a civilian
dropped "a pistol enclosed in a box,"
no further details were made public.
Yesterday the king and his party
boarded the royal yacht Glralda and
proceeded for Mellila.
Small Town Swains Slow and Girls
Decide on Plan.
Maize, Kan., Jan. 7. Socially, things
are so pokey at Maize only an oc
casional box social or a pie supper to
break the tedium. It is hard for the
girls to have a good time here, and
harder still for them to meet any real
ly nice young men.
But the clever feminine heads have
gotten together and hit upon a plan
which is bringing them all kinds of
fun and what is more to the point,
the acquaintance of plenty of desir
able young men.
A correspondence club has been or
ganized. The members 'who started
It.live here and at Haven. Now when
the club learns the name of a nice
young man who lives in a town that
is. not far distant from the parent
chapter of the club, the girls write to
him and get him into the club.
The eligible young men of Wichita.
Kingman. Newton, Halstead and
Hutchinson are receiving letters from
the fair members of the club.
Here is a copy of the "first letter"
that was received by a young man
who is now a member of thvs club and
who lives in Hutchinson. It is from
the corresponding secretary of the
"Dear Sir: Pardon me for writing
to you in this way, but I and a num
ber of other girls are trying to start
a correspondence club, the object of
which is to get acquainted with young
folks in other towns, as there are so
few here.
"I cannot send you a full list of the
club now, but one of our number who
would like to correspond resides at a
nearby town. Her name is E. P.
Gilbert, Haen, Kan. All think this
Is a nice plan to get acquainted, as
they meet many nice roople that they
would not otherwise, and one has time
to write when they haven't time or
Inclination to call.
"As we generally notify one who
lives near. I have written to you. I
got your name from a friend in "Wich
ita who is a memoer or tne ciud.
"Hoping you will pardon the for
wardness, I remain.
Maize. Kan.
In the later letters when the club
members get better acquainted, of
course, this formal mode of expression
will not be carried out.
According to the present plans of
the club, pictures are to be exchanged
and in the near future the business
of permanent organization Is to be
conducted by letter. When warm
weather comes, a general meeting is
to be called and the young men of
the club are to behold their lair cor
respondents' vis a vis. The club has
all of the advantages of a matrimonial
agency with none of the disadvantages.
mysterTis unsolved.
Coroner Falls to Fix Responsibility for
Cyanide Poisoning.
Cumberland, Md., Jan. 7. "Came to
their deaths by means unknown to the
Jurv-" . , . '
A ins naa lih. tum.iuo'uii . v ...... . v. j
tne x2 men who for nearly five hours
heard testimony regarding the deaths
This was tne conclusion reacnea oy
i an .i ii ' '"" i K " -
Escaped From Assassins.
last Saturday of Grace Elosser and
Charles T. Twigg, whose bodies were
found by the mother of the dead girl,
seated on a sofa in the parlor of the
Elosser home. The tragedy occurred
less than three hours prior to the
time set for the marriage of the vic
tims. One of the points brought out was
that May Elosser, one of Grace's sis
ters, had after helping their mother
carry Grace's body from the parlor to
a bed in a room in the rear, herself
been seized with illness which showed
symptoms of poisoning by hydro
cyanic acid. No connection between
this and the deaths of the others was
made apparent by the questioning of
the witnesses.
There was abundant testimony that
careful examinations of the bodies by
medical men and chemists showed
that cyanide of potassium caused the
deaths of Twigg and, Grace Elosser.
How the poison was brought into the
house is still a mystery.
Testimony showed that no recepta
cle had been found in which the fatal
cyanide could have been brought into
the Elosser home, and that chemical
examination has proven both candy
and chewing gum found in the house
was free from cyanide or other poison.
Mrs. Elosser, the mother of the dead
girl, who was brought from a sick bed
to testify, said she saw Twigg arrive
on Saturday, embrace Grace and give
her the wedding ring before he sat
down. The pair asked her to come
into the parlor, but she declined, not
wishing to disturb them.
She said her daughter, May, was up
stairs taking a bath when her sister
and Twigg were found dead by Mrs.
Elosser, who, she declared, she at
first thought, upon going into the par
lor, were asleep. She called Grace and
tried to arouse her. Discovering
-I'wigg to De in tne same condition, she
placed her hand on his shoulder and
said: "Charlie, Charlie, what have
you done?"
Asked if she saw anv bottles or
glasses' in the room, she held up her
nana ana saia, dramatically, "As God
is my judge, I saw nothing."
Champ Clark Expresses Approval of
Periodical Publishers.
w J,0TY- Jan' ' "Representative
Champ Clark, the speaker to be of the
nouse. told the Periodical Publishers of
America at their annual nner that he
approves of them.
1 believe the editors and purposes of
magazines are the greatest educators of
our time," said he. "I believe, with
Henry Ward Beecher. that we must edu
cate the people or go to the bad. If 1
had one prayer for the American people.
educated as to read his ballot and have
"-..' vylc atcurumg to nis con
victions. The education may come from
tne schools, the newspapers or the maga
zines." .
A long list of other guests attended,
among them being: Theodore Rooseveit
Richar. A. Ballinger, Captain Robert TC.
- ' . ' " i l . . ocenuge. .co
ward Bok. Peter Kinley Dunne. Samuel
( R1vthi A nHranr f n vn n. A X J
-r ' v,oiurKic, mayor jUT
Davis. Irving. Bacheller and Charle:
fVtlnrtal T? nncoircl n.nn il,. 1 i. i
V fu w ass tiic ittoc sptaKer.
public press." ie said, "either daily r
, -v. j , . ao "" a, puuac servant
as is the public officeholder. He has as
ocorn and contempt . should be his if
n fn&a 111 T.o ifd a.A i
haw vuw uui men uttcs oi mem.
"Apostle of Absolute' Life" Gets
Police Investigation.
Has Been Living With Girls
"Striving for Purity."
Evelyn Authur See Says All Are
to Be Perfect.
Women Trust Daughters to Man
Teaching Absolutism.
Chicago, Jan. 7. Evelyn Arthur
See, self declared apostle of a new
life, in which all beings will be per
fect, appeared in the municipal court
today to answer to charges of dis
orderly conduct, following police in
vestigation of his apartments and his
"absolute life" colony. Two girls, one
19 and the other 17 years old, who
admitted in court they had for months
been living with See unchaperoned,
also appeared in court under the same
Mona Rees, the elder of the girls,
was destined, according to the plan
of See. to be the mother of the first
"nearly perfect" child, she herself be
ing almost perfect according to- the
cult's teachings. The other girl, Mil
dred Bridges, was striving to attain
that state of purity, she declared, that
would place her on a plane with the
Rees girl. Mrs. Felicia Rees, mother
of Mona, also was interested in the
colony and spent much of her time
teaching its principles. She told the
police she approved her daughter's
living with See, as all were "perfect"
and hence sinless. See in court re
fused services of an attorney, saying
he had the counsel of God and would
purify the court room. The hearing
was postponed until January 12 and
See refused bail.
Programme for the Ceremony
on Monday.
Reception to New Offices at 8 in
The program of the inaugural cere
monies at the installation of the state
officers Monday, January 9, at noon,
is announced as follows:
Installation of state officers in rep
resentative hall, 12 m.
Reception for elective state officers,'
8:80 p: m., in the rotunda, office floor.
At R n'rlnrlc nil thfl entrances on the
ground floor will be open to the pub
lic ana accommoaanons xur cnuciuiis
cloaks will be provided in the adju
tant general's office in- the north wing.
Music by Hairs orcnestra.
t-v, fftiinwin? committee of arrange
ments will wear badges that they may
be called upon for any information:
t Txrin i nanrtra R Tta.dders. C.
E. Denton, N.' B. Burge, J. N. Dolley,
George W. Crane, cnanes i. jviamu,
and Joseph S. Longshore.
The following memDers oi me re
ception committee will introduce call
ers to the members or tne supremo
court and elective state officers, who
will be in the receiving line:
T T Tlnn.hr1 (J TlH lojiv. JamftS A.
Troutman and lady. Judge A. W. Dana
and lady, A. B. wuinton ana iauy, r.
nr a Hrnti nnrl 1 o rl v A. A. dodard
and lady. John F. Switzer and lady,
Edwin D. McKeever and lady. Chas.
Blood Smith and lady, Major Aivaraao
M. Fuller and lady, James M. Connell
and lady, Frank K. Sanders. and lady,
"W. W. Mills and lady, Charles W. Hull
and lady, J. W. Robinson and lady,
L. M. Jr'enweii ana iaay, j.. j. aiwci -son
and lady, Frank B. Simms and
lady, "Wm. Macferran and lady.
Six Persons Die From Partaking of
- San Antonio, Jan. 7. Six deaths have
occurred and many residents of the vil
lage of -Telferner, in Victoria county,
are ill as a result of .eating bread
containing poison. Several days ago
the village grocer poured several sacks
of flour into a sugar barrel and one of
his first customers was Joe Brown, a
negro. After the morning meal the
entire Brown family become ill, two of
the children dying the same night. Since
then four other deaths have occurred
in the town. The flour, which a Vic
toria chemist analyzed is declared to
contain arsenic.
How the poison got into the flour has
not been determined.
Iowa Standpatters Agree to Attend
a Caucus.
Des Moines, la., Jan. 7. Late this
forenoon the Iowa insurgents yielded
to the demand of the standpatters that
the caucuses today should take up or
ganization only. Under these condi
tions the standpatters agreed to at
ttend the caucuses, with the under
standing if an attempt is made to
nominate a candidate for United States
senator the standpatters will not be
bound by any action that is taken.
The senate caucus was then called for
11 o'clock. The house caucus was
moved forward to 11:45.
Weather Still , Warmer.
The temperature today reached the
warmest point since December 16
when it reached 52 degrees at 2
o'clock. Fair and warm weather is
the only outlook. The forecast is for
generally fair weather tonight and
Sunday and colder Sunday night. The
cold will not be severe, however, ac
cording to the weather man. The
wind is blowing 12 miles an hour from
the west.
The temperatures today:
7 o'clock 34111 o'clock 43
8 o'clock 3412 o'clock 4S
9 o'clock 38) 1 o'clock 50
10 o'clock 40 2 o'clock 52
Liquor Bought in Other States
May Be Delivered.
Judge Pollock Makes Ruling on
Leavenworth Cases.
Point of Origin Must Be Where
Sale Is Not Forbidden.
Holding Affects Interstate Plea
Made by Kansas.
Kansas City. Kan., Jan. 7. Here
after liquor of which bona fide pur
chase is made in Missouri or any oth
er state in which its sale is not pro
hibited by state law may be delivered
in Kansas without fear of legal inter
ference on the part of state or local
authorities. Cases in which a viola
tion of the Kansas prohibtory law is
he,8tate ned not be taken
k ederaJ court- but must be de
cided by the local state courts upon a
finding- of fact as to whether or not
tne sale was consummated within or
without the state. or
-.i13. 13 he- eist and attendant re
sult of a decision by Judge John C.
Pollock in the United States circuit
court in the "Leavenworth liquor
cases.' Judge Pollock remanded the
cases to the district court of Leaven
worth county. At the same time he
handed down an opinion to the effect
that these and similar cases are not
within the jurisdiction of the federal
court, and that the place of bona fide
purchase is the pertinent fact. If it is
made within the state, the prohibitory
law has been violated. If thse sale has
been made in a state where there is
no prohibitory law, delivery is author
ized under the interstate commerce
law, and no offense has been commit
ed. It is the duty of the local district
court to determine where the sale was
Leavenworth Cases.
The case taken from the Leaven
worth court before Judge Pollock was
that of the state of Kansas against
the Monarch RnttHno-
Stillings, in Platte county, Missouri,
Just across the river from Leaven
worth, and seven other similar cases.
William Schmitz, George Beal and
Henry Brandon, partners in the com
Danv named. -All Hto in T.Aoi,Ann.ni.
but their . plant and storehouse is
ituiuss me river in stillings.
It WaS AllpBTpri "tlTT TfaA O T
attorney general, and Lee Bond, coun
ty attorney, that the three men "store
"SB uLitmuLieB m EAiinngs ana deliver
it in the state of Kansas in violation
of the state law." It was also al
leged that sales as well as deliveries
woi iimuo irom tne wagons. Injunc
tions were, secured by the state, and
the comnamr romnvAii v i
- m j . .,.. . me it,i:iai
court on the ground that the contro-
vcioy involves tne construction of the
constitution and laws of the United
States. A motion to remand for want
of jurisdiction was filed.- and it was
granted. Judge Pollock's decision in
this case disposes of all of a similar
Sales in Good Faith.
"This proposition is so conclusively
settled by controlling authority as to
preclude justification of citation of
authorities in its support." Judge Pol
lock said. "If the sales were made
in Missouri in good faith, and deliv
eries upon them in Kansas were made
from wagons, storehouses or other
wise, the business was lawful, no mat
ter what instrument of carriage was
used to bring the liquor into the
The present decision is without
prejudice to either party to the suit
in question. It remains only for the
district court to determine where the
sales were made.
Chicago Citizens Will Not Be Arrested
for Misdemeanors.
Chicago, Jan. 7. The municipal
court Judges of Chicago have- de
manded a change in the form of ar
rest for a misdemeanor. At a special
meeting they signed an order that in
the future all arrests for minor vio
lations of a city ordinance shall be
made by summons instead of by war
rant. When this police reform is in
augurated, as it will be as soon as the
necessary blanks and books are
printed the humiliation of being ar
rested for some trivial offense will be
removed. It means that a majority of
persons who will be arrested in the
city this year will escape the embar
rassment of a patrol ride.
Automoble speeders who are caught.
instead of being taken to the station
and forced to put up an appearance
bond, will be handed a summons to
appear in court the next day and al
lowed to go their way.
"More than 70,000 persons were ar
rested in Chicago last year for mis
demeanors," asserted Chief Justice
Harry Olson. "If our ruling had been
in effect in 1910, fully 60,000 of these
would have escaped be'ng taken to the
police station when they were ar
Total for 1910 Has Been Exceeded In
But Three "fears.
Chicago, Jan. 7. Statistics show that
losses by fire in the United States and
Canada in 1910 amounted to S234.470.6oO,
or over $30,000,000 more than the losses
in 1909. December losses were excep
tionally heavy, aggregating $21,528,000.
There were 36 fires during the year.
which caused a damage of $500,000 or
more, and In ten the loss exceeded $1.
000,000 each. In only three preceding
years have the fire losses been heavier
than in 1910, one being the year of the
Chicaeo fire, the other -of the San Fran
cisco fire. Federal and state officers
agree the majority of these losses are
preventable. In spite or tne lncreas-
ine losses.' it is stated that the aver
age rate of fire insurance shows a
reduction In 1910.
Carnegie Institution in Hands
of Bank Superintendent.
Capital $1,500,000 and Deposits
of $10,000,000.
Leslie M. Shaw Was One of Ear
ly Presidents.
Man Whose Name It Bears Not
a Stockholder.
New York, Jan. 7. The Carnegie
Trust company was closed this morn
ing by direction of State Superin
tendent of Banks Cheney. It has a
capital of $1,500,000 and deposits ag
gregating about $10,000,000.
The institution, was in serious trou
ble In the panic of 1907 and has never
fully recovered. Its late president,
Mr. Dickinson, died last year under
peculiar circumstanes.
The institution was organized in
1907 and after the retirement of
Leslie M. Shaw from the office of sec
retary of the treasury he became its
president. The name Carnegie applied
to the institution attracted to it a
great deal of attention but the adop
tion of this name was without :"r.
Carnegie's authority or approval. It is
understood he was not a stockholder
and not immediately identified with it.
His connection with the bank ceased
after a few months because of differ
ence with the other officers of the
institution. It is understood a year
ago the institution was in more or less
trouble growing out of the fact that
one of its chief officers, in connection
with a well known banker of Wall
street had effected a very large loan
from the Carnegie Trust company to
enable him to buy out and consolidate
with it another institution. This fall
ing through left the Carnegie institu
tion with a large amount of funds
locked up.
The Carnegie occupies handsome
quarters on Broadway in the heart of
the financial district. News of the
suspension spread rapidly and hun
dreds of depositors had assembled
about the doors even before the usual
hour of opening. The following no
tice was pinned on the doors:
"Pursuant to the provisions of sec
tion 19 of the banking laws of the
state of New York, I have this day
taken possession of the Carnegie
Trust company. O. H. Cheney, super
intendent of. banking."
This notice was posted shortly be
fore 10 o'clock. The state officials had
made their .plans earlier in the day
and it was evident ' their action had
been anticipated as a throng had al
ready begun to gather. The doors of
the Institution remained closed and no
information concerning the condition
of affairs was given out by the bank
officials or state authorities.
Mr. Cheney's Statement.
The following statement was issued
by Superintendent of Banks Cheney
relative to the closing of the Trust
company: "The superintendent of
banks has taken possession oi tne
property and business of the Carnegie
Trust company, located at 115 Broad
way, Borough of Manhattan.
Examination of the affairs or the
company has caused the superinten
dent to conclude that it Is in an un
sound condition to transact business
and that it is not safe for it to con
tinue. The examination is not com
plete and no further statement can
be made at the present time."
The financial status of the Carnegie
Trust company, according to its last
statement, that of November 10, is:
Loans, $4,962,500; stocks and bonds
investments. $2,334,600; due from
trust companies, banks and bankers.
$1,517,300: cash available, $1,058,000:
aggregate deposits, $8,895,700.
The company had a capital or
$1,500,000 and surplus and undivided
profits of $737,500. The officers of
the company are:
President, J. T. Howell; vice presi
dents, Robert L. Smith and James R.
Curran; secretary, Robert E. More
hold; assistant treasurer, W. L. Samp
son: assistant .secreary. . A. E. Chan
The directors are David H. A. Bates,
W. J. Cummings, A. B. Chandler, M.
J. Condon, G. W. Court, George D.
Crabbs, John Cudahy, W. A. Keener,
S. H. Kress, L. L. Lewis, E. F. O'Neill,
J B. Reychmann. Charles M. Schwab,
G. C. Smith, J. B. Stanchfleld and J.
T. Howell.
Though the notice of closing quick
ly brought a crowd of depositors and
others having business with the insti
tution, it gradually melted away. The
suspension caused selling on the stock
exchange but the declines were not
Important banking Interests render
ed support wherever necessary. Offi
cials of the trust company were loath
to discuss the failure and it was stated
that President Howell would not be
down today.
Mr. Howell succeeded J. B. Reich
mann as president some months ago.
He was .formerly president of the
Fourth National bank of Nashville,
Paul T. Cravath and Edward M.
Grout, former comptroller of this city,
had a brief conference this morning
with Superintendent Cheney.- It is
believed they represent some special
Interests connected with the company.
History of the Concern.
The organization of the Carnegie
Trust company in 1907 by the late
Charles C. Dickinson brings out some
interesting modern financial history.
Mr. Dickinson interested a number of
prominent financiers in the company
and Leslie M. Shaw, former secretary
of the treasury, was made president.
The name of Mr. Caregle was used
by the organizers in order to lend
strength to the undertaking, but Mr.
Carnegie repudiated the use of his
name. Mr. Dickinson, the organizer,
became vice president of the com
pany. After about a year Mr. Shaw
resigned and Mr. Dickinson became
president. Troubles of the company
developed when Mr. Dickinson at
tempted to form a chain of banks.
with the Carnegie trust as a parent
Institution. Control or the Van Nor
den Trust company, the Nineteenth
Ward bank and Twelfth Ward bank
was sought. A syndicate had gained
control of the Van Norden company
and was heavily purchasing securities
of the banks when the state banking
department put a stop to the plan.
During the Dickinson regime the Car
negie trust became involved with the
Fidelity Funding company which fail
ed, causing many Catholic institutions
throughout the country financial loss.
Mr. Dickinson resigned and Joseph B.
Reichmann temporarily took the pres
idency. Mr. Reichmann retired several
months ago and J. T. Howele, formerly
of Nashville, became president. The
city of Nly York had on deposit with
the Carnegie trust at the close of busi
ness yesterday $650,000.
Not long after Mr. Dickinson had re
tired he died in a hospital here and it
was said that the cause of his death
was the inhalation of poisonous gas in
the laboratory of a chemist In Scran
ton. -
The Carnegie Trust company occu
pied banking quarters on the ground
floor of No. 115 Broadway, which ex
tended from Broadway to Trinity place.
.Shaw Is Surprised.
Philadelphia, Jan. 7. Leslie M.
Shaw, former president of the Car
negie Trust company, who is now a
resident of this city, was surprised to
learn that the company had closed its
doors. He said he had no knowledge
that the institution was in bad con
dition. Mr. Shaw said the trust com
pany's paper was all good when he re
tired as president and that he had In
side information that there had not
been more than $2,000 loss on the pa
per then held by the bank.
Native of Lawrence. Kan., Got Start
as Comedian When 14 Tears Old.
New York, Jan. 7. George Walker,
the negro comedian, for long associat
ed with Bert Williams, died last night
George Walker, Famous Kansas Negro
Comedian, Who Died Last JMignu
in a sanitarium in Long Island, after
an illness of more than a year. The
cause of his death was given as paresis.
Walker, who was a native of Law
rence, Kan., began as a minstrel when
about . 14 , years, old. . He -first took
part In home talent shows at Law
rence. Later he went to California,
where he - got his professional start.
His wife. Ada Overton Walker, is a
soubrette and has been connected with
the Williams and Walker minstrels
from which Walker retired about a
year and a half ago. When Walker
retired it was said that he was to take
a much needed rest. Following that
time he returned to Lawrence for a
while and was a visitor in Topeka.
where he is well known.
No Crime to Pretend Affection and
Accept Gifts; Court Holds.
Kansas City, Jan. 7. Beguiling
women, fair and false, may go as far
as they like. Judge Latshaw of the
criminal court holds It no crime to
pretend affection for a man i:hat she
doesn't love. John Dearing of 1220
Penn street was to blame for, the Wil
ing which puts men at the mercy of
designing women. He complained
that a maid he loved beguiled him
into making various expensive pres
ents, pretending that she loved him.
He was away from town and returned
to find that she had married another
"False pretenses must be of a ma
terial and substantial nature," said
Judge Latshaw. "They must be so ma
terial as to move a person of calm
and cold business Judgment to part
with something of value. Affections
are changeable, they have no actual
value. It would be Impossible to show
at what moment a woman ceased to
love a man and her pretenses began.
If there were no false pretenses in
affection this would be a disappointing
world. If a man lets a woman make
him believe she loves him and his be
lief leads him to part with presents of
value he can not complain. It should,
however, be a lesson to guide his fu
ture actions with regard to the fair
sex. He is entitled to some sympa
thy the first time he is fooled. The
second time shouldn't ever occur.
Dearing left the criminal court after
explaining there never would be a next
time with him.
Lawrence Business Men will Attend
Inaugural of Governor,
Lawrence. Kan., Jan. 7. A - move
ment was instituted this morning by
Lawrence business men to send a big
crowd to Topeka Monday to attend the
Inauguration of Governor Stubbs. A
special car will be provided for the
Lawrence men, who will go to tha
capital on one of the morning trains
and return home early in the after
The business men . responsible for
the plan are old personal friends of
the Kansas executive and nave sug
gested the trip as an expression of
their confidence and trust. The move
ment is meeting with remarkable en
thusiasm and there is little doubt but
that a big delegation will make the
Dietz Is Released.
Hayward, Wis., Jan. 7 JohnF. Deitz
has been released from the Hayward
county jail following the approval of his
bonds by Judge Riordan and an order of
County Attorney Williams, tne new
Weather Indications.
Chicago, Jan. 7.. Forecast for Kan
sas: Generally fair tonight ana Sun
day; colder Sunday night.
Caney, Kan., Business Man Killi
Pipe Line President.
Taken to Independence in a Mo
tor Car After Arrest.
Lawsuit Pending Between Trus
kett and Wichita Company.
Two Shots Fired, One Througl
Heart of J. D. S. Neeley.
Caney, Kan., Jan. 7. J. D. S. Nee
ly, president of the Wichita Pipe Lin
company, president of the Lima (O.)
Trust company, and the head of sev- -eral
large oil companies, was shot and
killed at the Palace hotel here this
morning by A. O. Truskett, a promi
nent business man of Caney. The
shooting was the result of litigation
over an oil lease. Truskett surrend
ered Immediately.
Truskett was taken In a motor car
to the county Jail In Independence,
Kan. The shooting was at the rear
of ' the hotel. x Mr. Neely had been
sitting In the lobby reading a letter.
Truskett sitting opposite, had been
watching him closely when Mr. Neely
got up and walked toward the rear of
the hotel.- Truskett hurried around to
the sample room. Neely passed the
door of this room. Truskett fired at
him twice as he passed. One bullet
passed through Mr. Neely's heart and
the other through his left arm. When
employes of the hotel reached the
prostrate man he was dead.
President Neely arrived here Fri
day on his regular monthly inspection
or on ana gas interests and of his
pumping plant recently erected here.
The direct cause of the killing Is be
lieved to have been a lawsuit now
pending between Truskett and the
Wichita Pipe Line company.
Truskett Refuses Statement.
Truskett refused to make a state
ment. His friends say the lawsuit
weighed heavily on his mind and that
frequently advisors had told him he
was being deceived by the corpora
tion. Truskett's is one of the oldest
and wealthiest families in Caney. His
divorced wire lives in Wichita.
The lease which led to the litiga
tion between Truskett and the pipe
line company was to a tract of oil land
four miles south of Caney. Robert
F. Goodman, a minor Indian, who
owned the tract, leased it several years
ago to Hugh Bronson,' an oil man, who
later disposed of it to Winkler, Aner-
fleld and Hicks, a local oil firm, f or
$400. - Truskett paid this firm $9,100
for the lease. Shortly afterward the
Wichita Pipe Line company claimed the
lease for the tract, saying it had come
into possession of it through a lease
by Goodman to Fred C. Losser and
Herbert Scott, who were Interested in
the Wichita company. The company
asserted that the leasing to Truskett
had been Illegally done.
Owen's Nephew Is Mentioned.
Owen Owen of Caney, a nephew of
Senator Owen of Oklahoma, traveled
with the Indian boy, Goodman, from
the time the rival claims arose until
the boy became of age, September 24,
last. It was said Owen was in ine
employ of the Wichita company. On
the date Goodman became of age the
Wichita company began action in the
federal court to clear its lease to tne
land. Litigation has been In progress
ever since. Truskett asserted the pipe
line company used undue Influence on
the Indian boy, spirited him away, and
finally bought from him the lease for
Pleads Self Defense.
There were no witnesses to the
Bhootinir. Soon after it occurred
Truskett went direct to the home of
his brother, E. W. Truskett. There
he was found a little later by J. H.
Mclnroy, city marshal. The, two men
had known each other for twenty-five
years. Truskett made no show of re
sistance and to his old friend simply
"I surrender to you, Mclnroy, take
me where you like."
Mclnroy formally placed Truskett
under arreBt.
"Why did you do it. AV Mclnroy
"He attacked me was the reply,
'and I was forced to do it."
Further than this Truskett declined
to talk of the affair. A deputy sheriff
soon placed Truskett in an automobile
and started with him ror tne county
Jail at Independence.
In the meantime the boay or jseeiy
was taken to an undertaker's rooms.
A coroner's jury was selected and an
inquest was begun.
Following the inquest' it was decid
ed to start with the body of Neely for
Lima, Ohio, late in the day.
Prominent Mason and Churchman.
Lima, Ohio, Jan. 7. J. D. S. Neely,
who was shot and killed at Caney,
Kansas, today, came to Lima from
the Pennsylvania oil fields in 1885, at
the time of the great oil strike here.
In 1888 he went to Indiana and inter
ested himself in oil and gas fields of
that state. He returned to Lima in
1894 and was made general manager
of several gas companies. AJ, the time
of his death he was presfdent of the
following companies: The Lima
Trust company, the Wichita Natural
Gas company of Wichita, and the Iron
Mountain Oil company, besides being
interested in the Neely-Clover com
pany, the Columbus Natural Gas com
pany and other gas and oil companies.
He was a thirty-third degree Mason
and prominent in church affairs. A
wife, two sons and one daughter sur
vive. Truskett's Wife Not Located. '
Wichita, Kan., Jan. 7. The report
that the wife of Al O. Truskett, who
shot President Neely of the Wichita
Natural Gas company at Caney today,
lives in Wichita could not be verified.
Her name does not appear In the city
directory. She has been divorced by
Trusket and if she lives here she is
using her maiden name or came here
only recently.
The Wichita Natural Gas company,
which also is known as the Wichita
Pipe Line company, pipes natural gas
to Wichita, Wellington, - Hutchinson,
Burrton, Valley Center and ether
towns in this section of Kansas. The
gas is distributed by local companies.

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