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EVERYBODY 12 PAGES NEEDS IT. 12 PAGES READS IT. i LAST. EDITION, TUESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, FEBRUABY 14, 1911. TUESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. STARTLING! David Leahy Says "Doc" Moore Approached Him. He Wanted the Public Utilities Bill Changed. AFTER SENATE CLERK. Asserts Makepeace Told Ilim Was Offered Money. Not Definite as to Dates and Facts. David D. Leahy, private secretary to Governor Stubbs was called before the senate at 3 o'clock this after noon and made sensational charges. Leahy said Doc Moore of the Pitts burg Headlight approached him re garding a waterworks proposition in Pittsburg. He then told the story sur rounding events of his charges. Senator Price of Clark county, con ducted the examination. Leahy declared he had written the Eagle story and that he based his opin ion on the alleged attempt of Moore to corrupt Charles Makepeace, a journal clerk of the house. Leahy said Moore asked him to approach the journal clerk of the house. "On any particular measure?" ask ed Price. "Yes. A waterworks proposition In Pittsburg." "Who was the clerk?" "Charles Makepeace." "Have you had conversation with Makepeace?" "Yes." "What was said?" "I wanted to protect decency in the legislature." "Why didn't you mention these names in your article?" "I did not like to place myself in the position of an exposer." "What was said ?" "1 told him a snare was being laid for him and that I was approached to have him alter the journal record." "Did you know of the clerk having a conversation with Dr. Moore?" "No." "What did Moore say to you?" "He said, 'Dave, we have an im portant matter at Pittsburg over the waterworks bonds that I want reme died.' He said McComick had knock ed it out. He said McCassin was will ing to help if it could be concealed He then said we could fix the record and if caught could say it was a typo graphical error. I then said I would not mix up in such a deal. Moore said I was not the man he thought I was. By the way I have a witness to this." "Who is your witness?" "M. F. Amrine of Hutchinson." "Why didn't you use the names in your story?" "It was not newspaper manners." "Why didn't you leave my name out then ?" asked Stewart. "I let you down too easy," said Leahy. "Who was three times approached with a bribe?" "Charles Makepeace." "Who was the party who offered him such bribes?" "I don't know." "Wasn't you interested?" "Can't say. Might have been glad to know, but didn't ask." "Did you call the attorney general's attention to the matter?" "No, sir." "Whose attention did you call?" "I think the senate's." "Was that in this session?" "Don't know think from what I heard since he meant another session." "Did you know any other facts re garding bribes and would you com municate same to the senate?" "Would if the senate asked me." "Do you know of any effort to fix legislative documents?" "Yes, Makepeace said he had been approif hed." "Do you know if any member of the legislature is unfaithful or corrupt?" I understand they are unfaithful." Here It was moved that Makepeace, Representative Cassin and M. P. Am rine be brought to the senate. "How much were these people offered for their help?" "Makepeace said he was offered all the way up to $15." "Who offered it?" "I don't know." "When was that offer made?" "Don't know I thought it was made at this session but am not sure." Here Brewster took the witness and they tangled over the alleged infidelity of the legislature. "You say this was a utility graft?" "Yes." "What kind?" "A waterworks deal." "This is the only political crooked ness you know of in 15 years in the Kansas legislature? "I would like to define the crook edness.'" "You say a man was three times offered a bribe? "Yes." "You gave us to understand that crookedness was in the senate and de sired to convey the impression that the stand pat senators were accept ing bribes." "No, sir." "Did you write the Wichita Kagle ar tic lev "I did." "Didn't you try to connect the crook edness with the senate?" "No you are juggling -- reading of the article," declared Leaghy. "I say now though that the standpat senators are crooked." "Why didn't you say this article re ferred to a house journal clerk?" "I did not try to connect the story with either branch of the legislature " "Is there a basis for charges of po litical crookedness in the senate?" "Yes, there is." "Didn't you try to throw all of the blame on the senate for the defeat of the I. and R?" - "No. If you read that story straight you will understand my meaning." Leahy slammed back at Brewstr and repeatedly declared that the stand -pat members of the senate were crook ed. The Doniphan county lawyer made little progress with the governor's pri vate secretary. He admitted that Makepeace may have been approached at a former session but said he thought it was the 1911 session when I he talked to the journal clerk. While this controversy was in prog ress, the seargeant-at-arms was in search of Makepeace and Representa tive Cassin, whose testimony will be taken after Leahy leaves the stand. In resolutions offered on the floor of the senate this morning by J. H. Stew art, of Sedgwick county, David Leahy, secretary to Governor Stubbs, is order ed to appear before the open senate at 3 o'clock this afternoon and reply to charges of legislative graft which the newspaper correspondent made in a Wichita paper. The arrest of ths governor's private secretary by th-i sergeant-at- arms is ordered and ma chinery was set in motion for the sub poena of witnesses and taking of testi mony. H Leahy, in his newspaper interview, makes specific charges of crookedness and graft in the present session of tha legislature -nd an investigation of these charges will be held at the afternoon session. The secretary's article was aimed at the standpats and the allega tion of the pork barrel was one of the minor details of the story. In a sweep ing swing, he gathered Senator Stew art in the gang of alleged crooked leg islative manipulators; and declared that members of the two houses were holding their hands behind them that they might be filled with the spoils of political treachery. Late Monday evening a number of the members prepared the resolutions, which were presented this morning by the Wichita member. The examination will be conducted by Senators Brew ster and Price and a record will be made of the hearing. The resolution is as follows: "Whereas, in the Wichita Sunday Eagle of February 12, 1911, in an ar ticle purporting to have been written by one David Leahy concerning legis lative matters, especially in the sen ate of the state of Kansas, now in ses sion, appeared the following, referring to the senate and the house: " 'Political crookedness is rampant. I know of one man who was boldly approached a few days ago to falsify a legislative record in the interest of a public utility graft and I have it first hand that the man was three times at least offered a bribe to juggle with sacred legislative documents. The daring of political crooks about the capitol is more reckless than it was in the palmy days of the long ago.' "And whereas, said article is a re flection upon the honesty and integrity of the members of the legislature of the state of Kansas and its officers ana employees; and whereas, if the charges are true, the person or persons guilty thereof should be speedily punished; and whereas, in order tnat necessary steps may be taken to bring the of fenders, if any, to justice, it is neces sary that a thorough investigation be had; and whereas, the said David Leahy is, according to said article, in possession of material information re garding the alleged attempts at public corruption of the officers and. members of the legislature of the state of Kan sas; and whereas, in order that an in vestigation may be set on foot that will enable the guilty parties to be de tected, it will be necessary for tbe"sen- ate to have in its possession the in formation now in the knowledge of the said David Leahy; therefore, be it 'Resolved, By the senate of the state of Kansas, that the said David Leahy, be commanded to appear before the bar of the senate, to testify under oath touching his knowledge of the alleged corruption with reference to legisla tive matters, either in the legislative, xecutive or judicial departments of the state and to give under oath all infor mation which he may have in his pos session "'at will lead to the detection of the ion or persons guilty of such misconuuet. and to give such other in formation as he may have in his pos session, to the end that an unfaithful employees be discharged and promptly punished and ail bribe givers or bribe takers prosecuted, and all corrupt sen ators expelled from this Dooy, and tnat the senate may thoroughly investigate the charges in said article contained. And be it further Resolved. That said investigation be made a special order for the 14th day of February, 1911, at 3 o'clock p. m. And be it further "Resolved, That such other witnesses may be subpoenaed as will be necessary, in order to obtain a full knowledge of the truth or falsity of the charges con tained in such article. "And the sergeant-at-arms is hereby ordered and directed to -ve the said David Leahy, before the bar of the senate at the time herein set and fixed by this resolution: and it is further "Resolved, That a full record be kept of all --oceedings had under this res olution; that the testimony be taken down, reduced to writing, spread upon the journal and such publication made as the senate may her--fter order. Leahy Treats It as a Joke. Leahy was visited in the governor's office a few minutes after the resolu tion was read in the senate. "Well, what about the resolution?" he was asked. "What resolution do you mean?" asked the private secretary to the chief executive. WThen told that the senate had just passed resolutions citing him to ap- I pear before the bar of that body this afternoon, Leahy leaned his long gaunt body over an office chair and laughed. Then he straightened himself to his full six feet two and roared: "Well, what do you think of- that?" "What do you think?" persisted the visitor. Leahy's face assumed a troubled look. Back in the next room Governor Stubbs was talking to some visitors. They heard the conversation in the loud tone used by the private 'secre tary. Stubbs stepped toward the divid Inj door, but did not speak. A mo ment later he returned and resumed the visit with his guests. "Well, now I will just tell you," said Leahy, "when the time comes, I will tell my story. But, those fellows In the senate went off half cocked. They are a little hasty. Really. I don't think they studied that article very careful ly. I don't think I made any state ments that will be hard to prove. But I don't want to discuss the matter right now," and Leahy started toward the halL "You will appear and answer the charges?" was asked. "Oh, yes, certainly, I will be there. Don't worry about that,'' replied Leahy. "But, who were the people who were offered the bribe, and who are the men who offered them and h&ve been mixed up in the crooked work?" "Now, really," said Leahy, "I don't think I made any such specific charges. Besides, I couldn't very well give out any names at this time. Now that I am under arrest, I must save my talking until later. I guess they will giva me a chance to say enough this afternoon," and again Leahy leaned over a chair and laughed. He was anxious to treat the matter as a. joke. It was at this juncture that the big door opened and William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette, ap peared in the threshold. White's face beamed with the fullness of a half moon. He slapped Leahy on the back and roared: "Well, Dave, what do you think of tins?" Leahy did not go into details with the Emporia reform editor. For a minute he discussed the matter in a mild manner and Leahy walked to the elevator. "Well now, you just watch," said White, as he turned to a friend, "you just watch Dave. He has a story to tell, all right; and he isn't the man who won't tell it. No, no." declared White, "it just wouldn't do to say anything now. In fact Dave knows the story better than any one else. I guess he will say enough when the time comes." When the resolution was read in the senate, it was adopted without opposi tion. The radical reform members were inclined to treat the matter as a joke. On the other hand, the standpats and Democrats see things in a different light. They declare, that if Leahy's charges are substantiated, a decided something will be started and if not, then the governor's private secretary will confront a situation that will, be anything but pleasant. Leahy admitted that the article in question was written by him and given to a Wichita reporter. Senator Stewart's bill providing for a smoke consumer at the state heating plant was recommended for passage by the committee of the whole. The Wichita senator said the smoke from the heating plant was damaging the state house and other buildings near the plant. He also wants the smoke stack raised to a height of 150 feet. The senate spent the morning ' lr the committee of the whole with local bills up for special consideration. A long list of bills of local importance to the members were reported for pas sage and Shawnee county had her share of these measures on the docket. About 50 local bills were on the cal endar under this order. "There is much talk about an un derstanding among different members of the legislature," said Senator Huff man this morning, when he reviewed his opinion of the pork barrel discus sion, "and it is claimed that different members are favoring measures af fecting their own counties. Now as to the school of mines, which is sup posed to be my ration from the pork barrel, I want to say that two years ago a bill was introduced establishing a school of mines at Weir. Ihe gov ernor in his message recommended that this school be established in the coal mining district as a branch of the university and the bill was introduced early in tthe session. The bill for tha new hospital for insane was recom mended by the board of control, pre pared by them provides that the gov ernor and board of control shall se lect the site in the west or central part of the state. As to the two in stitutions for the insane at Topeka and Osawatomie, they are now crowd ed and they both are as large as they really ought to be for proper admin istration. New buildings must be erected at both places if the new hos pital is not established; and if we do this there will be an increase in the appropriations. When the ways and means com mittees from the two houses met Mon day night, there was a lively discus sion of pending appropriations and it was the pork packing members from the senate who stood up for the unl versifies. The senate members were almost united on every proposition which would benefit the university and normal and it was the vote of the house that overrode the propositions. On the motion to strike out the ap propriations for the medical school, every senator voted against the pro position and the "friendly" house pushed through the motion. At a meeting of the committee on wavs and means held this morning, there was a division over the estab lishment of new normal schools. It is claimed that a majority of the com mittee are opposed to the new nor mals, but the rooters from the pro posed towns still have hopes. Another meeting of the committee will be held tonight. The Stewart bill providing for an annual salary of $1,800 for the district court stenographers in Shawnee and Sedgwick counties, was recommended for passage by the committee of the whole. Under the terms of the bill, $1,200 of the amount shall be paid by the state and 600 by the counties, Senator Travis is sore. Two weeks ago he wrote an original poem and distributed it among the newspaper boys. For some reason it was not Dublished. This morning Travis walk ed to the press table and abused the scribes in a frightful manner because their neglect had caused him to miss an invitation to the banquet of the Authors' club which win be held to night. BOY OF 16 A BOOTLEGGER Willie McGuire Caught in the Act Near Y. W. C. A. Building. A 16-year-old boy was found boot legging at the Y. W. C. A. building, corner of Van Buren and Seventh streets, about 10 o'clock last night. Ta ken to the police station he gave his name as Willie McGuire. Police Detective Voiles, who made the arrest, was watching the building for thieves who had been reported to be working around the unfinished building. The piles of material and the fact that the corner is unoccupied probably offer ed a good olace for the boy bootleg ger to meet his patrons. The lad will be turned over to the juvenile court for trial. First Salon of American Artists. Paris. Feb. 14. The nrst salon of American artists in Paris will be open ed by American Ambassador Bacon and M. Dujardin-Beaumetz under secretary of fine arts on Thursday. One hundred and fifty works will be exhibited by 2 painters, sculptors and engravers, the selections having been made by the di recting committee from the best work of the past year. It is planned to make the salon an annual affair with the idea of giving American art is a dis tinctive "place in Tance. Weather Indications. Chicago. Feb. 14. Forecast for Kan sas: Cloudy tonight and Wednesday, Colder Wednesday. . - Nearly One-Half the Timber in the Country s Held by a Few Persons Says H. K. Smith. PRIVATE OWNERSHIP Extends to Four-Fifths of All the Forests. Value Is Many Times the Origi nal Purchase Price. Washington, Feb. 14. Concentration of the control of the standing timber in a very few hands, vast speculative holdings "far in advance of any use thereof," and an enormous increase in the value "of this diminishing natural resource, with great profits to its own ers," and, incidentally, "an equally sinister land monopoly," and a "close ly connected railroad ' domination" these are the findings reported to the president by Herbert Knox . Smith, commissioner of corporations, in the first installment of his long waited re port on tne lumoer industry in the United States. The report was made public today by the president sending it to congress. The report is effective ly summarized in the commissioner 3 letter of submittal. His conclusion, n forecast of the future, partakes of the sensational. "There are many great combinations in other industries," says the commis sioner, "whose formation is complete. In the lumber industry, on 'the other hand, the bureau finds now in the mak ing a combination caused, fundamen tally, by a long standing public policy. The concentration already existing is sufficiently impressive. In the last 40 years concentration has so Droceeded that 195 holders, many inter-related, have practically one-half of the privately owned timber in the investigated area (which contains 80 per cent ol the whole). This formida ble process certainly involves grave ru- ture possibilities of impregnable mon opolistic conditions, whose far-reaching consequences it is difficult to an ticipate tuny, or to over estimate. The commissioner reserves lor later report the subject of combinations in the manufacture or sale of lumber, (as distinguished from ownership of stand ing timber). Following is substantially the full text of the letter, summarizing the report: ; Facts in the Case. 'The foromo3t facts shown are: '(1) The concentration of a dominat inp control of our standing timber in a comparatively few enormous holdings steadily tending toward a central con trol of the lumber mqustry. " '(2) Vast speculative purchase and holdin" of timber land far in advance of any use thereof. '(3) An enormous increase in the value of this diminishing natural re source, with great profits to its own ers. This value, by the very nature of standing timber, the holder neither cre ated nor substantially ennaneeu. SAYS IT IS NOT FAIR. Head of National (iraaso Denounces Reciprocity With Canada. Concord, N. H., Feb. 14. The pro posed Canadian reciprocity agreement is attacked in a letter sent to ssecre tary of Agriculture James Wilson by former Governor Nahum J. Bachelder of this city, master of the National grange. The letter is a reply to the communication favoring the agreement sent by Secretary Wilson to Mr. Bach elder on February 9. Mr. Bachelder says the agreement is unfair to the farmers of the United States, "who ask for nothing but square deal equal protection for classes and interests." all The letter addressed to Secretary Wilson says in part: You attempted to defend the con tinuance of a high tariff for manufac turers along with the free trade for the farmers, by claiming it is the pro tected workers who furnish the farm ers with their chief market. You are simply repeating the pet argument of the manufacturer ana claiming wnai is exactly the reverse of actual con ditions. It is on the prosperity of the farm ers that the welfare of all other classes manufacturers, merchants, transpor tation interests and factory workers deDend. The sole question Derore tne Amer ican people is whether we shall have free trade in all larm products ana high protection for manufactured ar ticles. You know the price of farm land is much lower in Canada than in the United States. You know that the Ca nadian farmer buys his manufactured nrtinlejj cheaner because his tariff du ties on foreign goods are lower. Ana yet. knowing all this, you would strike down the very moaeraie larim, aver aging about 25 per cent, which they now receive, without giving them the benefit of any real reduction in duties on manufactures. "You refer to the advantages to our great milling interests, of the free admission of Canadian wheat. How will this heln the farmers. Wheat 1s on the free list, but flour iq to be taxed R0 cents tier barrel. caiue, -nogs ana sheep are to be free, but meat, both fresh and curea, is io ue iaxea j r. cents per pound. Is this an honest measure in the interest of the con sumer? . Is this your idea oi a iair ana Just reciprocity measure? Protection to the miller and meat packer. Free trade to the tiller or me soil. "Will it help the farming industry to remove the slight protection now given it, and continue to give nign protection in manufacturing industries? Surely you can not believe for a moment that the way 10 encourage mi miug is lu open our markets to the free admis sion of cheaper farm products." Oklahoma Calls Judge Pollock. Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 14. Judge John H. Cotteral of the United States district court has requested United States Judge Pollock of Kansas to hear the case of Chapman, Grimes and Brown, the Kickapoo defendants who are fighting extradition under habeas corpus. . UP TO THE PEOPLE House Disposes of Fair Proposi tion in Short Order. Adopts Mercer Resolution to Submit It to Election. IT WAS ONE SIDED. Carried by Tote of Sixty-Nine to Forty-Nine. Puts an End to State Fair Leg islation. By its action this morning the house decided to check the proposition of whether or not Kansas should have a stae fair up to the people and also me location of the state fair city. Three state fair bills were before the house, set for special orders tonieht. A Hutchinson lobbv fiftv strone was here to work to get the house to en dorse the senate action making Hutch inson the state fair city. Just before tne noon hour today the Mercer reso lution checking the whole matter up to the people of the state at the next general election was introduced and immediate action regarding it was urged by the opponents of Hutchin son. The Hutchinson DeoDle cried fraud. But the resolution was passed by a vote of 69 to 49. The Shawnee and Sedgwick representatives, sis strong, voted for the resolution. Brown of Kingman, whose county borders on Reno from the south, was, first geo graphically and then teetotally and constitutionally for Hutchinson and he denounced the Mercer resolution as an administration crime. But as to why Stubbs had a part in the state fair tight, or what that part was, the old timer from Kingman did not say. He was sore, though. The vote, in the main, was a geographical vote, which was not the case in the senate last week when Hutchinson was chosen. The seventh district members voted against the resolution. They had the senate action for prestige and hoped to win, even in the house, if a state fair was decided upon at all. A number of eastern representatives voted with the Hutchinson crowd. The following is the text of the Mercer resolution: "Whereas, There are now pending be fore this legislature three separate bills providing for the establishment of a state fair and making appropriations tnereior; ana Whereas. At previous sessions of this legislature similar bills have for many years been presented; and Whereasf The establishment of a state fair and its location . is of very great importance to the people in the etvwe ot - Kansas. - and- a responsibility which the legislature should not as sume; therefore, be it "Resolved, By the house of repre sentatives, the senate concurring here in. That there be submitted to the qualified voters of the state of Kansas at the next general election, to be held in 1912, the following propositions, to- wit: "First Shall there be established in the state of Kansas a state fair? "Vote Yes. "Vote No. "Second The state fair, if establish ed, shall be located at (here giving the names of each eity complying with the provisions hereafter set out, with a square opposite each name). " City. " City. " City. " City. "Be it further resolved. That the names of the city appearing on said ballot shall be determined as follows: That any city in the state of Kansas desiring to have its name placed upon said ballot may do so by sending the name of said city to the secretary of state on or before the 1st day of Aug ust, 1912, together with a good and suf ficient bond to be approved by the ex ecutive council of the state of Kansas, in the sum of $150,000, conditioned that if said city be selected by the peo ple of the state as aforesaid as the location for said state fair, that the said city shall donate to the state for the uses and purposes of the said state fair $150,000 in cash, or property in lieu thereof, or both. Said property to be appraised by said executive council and accepted by the state for said money or a part thereof at said appraised value. Be it further "Resolved, That the first proposition above named, towit, the establishment of the state fair in Kansas,' shall be determined by a majority of all the votes cast at said election voting upon said proposition; and that the second proposition, towit, the location of said state fair, shall be determined by the location receiving a plurality of the votes cast upon said proposition." The following is the roll call vote on the resolution to check the state fair proposition up to the people: Yeas Abrams, Allen, t Barrier, Beachey, Block, Boyd, Brown of Linn. Burke, Bunger, Burtis. Cain, Carna han. Cones, Dav's of Ottawa. Davis of gwlck, DeCamp, Don Carlos, Ellis, Emerson, Frey, Graham, Gray, Haslet, Hyer, Johnson, Keene, Kelley, Kerr, Keraus, Lacey, Laidlaw, Lalng, Lam bertson, Mahurin, Maloy, Manches ter, Matson, Mercer, Morris, Napier, Newlin. Olinger, Orr, Ostlind, Parker, Reardon, Schaefer, Schlichter, Sharp- less, Shearer, Shields, Shuey, Stone of Shawnee, Stone of Sherman, Turner, Veatch. Wallace, Watson, Wayman. Westerman, Wettack, Williams, Wood bury, Worley, Wray, Yates, Yoxall, Meek, Mr; Speaker. Total 69. Nays Alexander, Armstrong, Bar rett, Bentley, Brown of Butler, Brown of Kingman, Carney, cassin, caa- Cran. Doiley, Davis of Bourbon, Davis of Edwards, Davis of Kiowa, Davis of Grav. -Deacon, Drew, Elder, Ewing. Fair, Feder, Fields, ierr, nines, Jack son, Kyle, M alone. Martin, McCormick, McComb. McDannald, McGregor, Mc Millan, Miller, Moore, Noble. O'Connor, Parrott, Phillips, iteeaer, acnaumburg, Thomas, Thompson, Thorpe, Tyler. Ward, Wartman, Wheeler, Wilson of Marshall, Wilson of Greeley. Total 49. This settles the state fair question at this session of the legislature . unless the Hutchinson people are strong enough to force a reconsideration which is not probable. , -. The house this morning,, in commit tee of the whole, recommended the public utilities bill for passage. This measure, regarded as the- most Imnor- tant to come, before the session, went through without opposition. It was prepared by the judiciary committee and met the approval of the adminis tration men on that committee. The main features of the bill were outlined in the State Journal Monday. In marked contrast to its reception in the house two years ago, when it held the boards through a week of stress and storm and was finally sent to the scrap heap, the utilities bill this session was passed bv the house in Just thirty minutes after it. was pre sented. There was no amendment, no debate to speak of, not a voice was raised against its passage. All fac tions and parties were agreed on its principal provisions. ine opponents of the bill two years ago yielded to the provisions that the governor should appoint the commis sioners. The friends of the bill of two years ago yielded to the home rule provision. .. After recommending the bill for passage, the house then proceeded to piace it on third reading for final pas sage. On roll call but six members voted against it. Veatch of Washington, who voted no, explained his vote as follows: "I oppose the utility bill because it does away with the elective railroad board and places an appointive board at almost double salary in its place. That it is not, in my judgment, need- ea. it will not benefit the farming community and they will have to pay over 60 per cent of the expenses of such commission. That the railroad board could do the work required by giving them jurisdiction over the busi ness desired controlled. I am opposed to increasing salaries of officers at the present time." The other five who dissented were Boyd of Republic, Cain of Graham, Davis of Edwards, Schaumberg, of Rush, Stone of Sherman. Governor Stubbs advocated the utili ties bill two years ago and the fight over the bill and its final defeat was the feature of the last session. The house will take up the remain ing administration measures under special orders tomorrow, Wednesday. When the utilities bill wai called up for consideration in the house this morning, Davis of Bourbon introduced and got through a resolution excluding all lobbyists from the floor of the house. Following the adoption of this resolution there was an exodus of the gents with persuasive tongues and the plausible arguments that has not been seen since the children of Israel left Egypt The Davis resolution caught in its meshes some fifty lobbyists from Hutchinson who had come to Topeka to work for the state fair bill. TO OUSTGOULDS. Standard Oil and the Kuhn Loeb Interests Seeking Control of the Missouri Pacific Railway. St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 14. Attorneys representing the Standard Oil and Kuhn Loeb interests, which are re ported to be seeking control of the Missouri Pacific road, made a formal demand for the stock bcoks of the corporation here today. The demand was made on the office of Martin Clardy, general solicitor. The attorneys stated they wanted to get the names and addresses of all stockholders. This was with the view to obtaining their proxies for use in the election to be held March 14, at which time the allies, it is said, hope to oust the Goulds from control. The first demand for the books was made yesterday and at that time a stock ledger which did not contain the addresses was produced. The demand for other books followed. DEMOCRATIC BANQUET. Washington Birthday Celebration Promises to Break All Records. Preparations have been completed for the Democratic banquet to be held in Topeka Wednesday night, February 22. The program has Deen printed and the sale of tickets has been larger than for any previous year. James A. Reed of Kansas City, the new United States senator from Missouri, will be the speaker of the evening. - Democrats all over the country are looking up in these days o? a Demo cratic national house and are planning for a great campaign next year. The Topeka banquet on Washington s birthday will, therefore, be the most enthusiastic and hopeful gathering of the faithful held in this state in many years. Those desiring ticicets snouia see someone in their locality or send a check for $2.00 to G. E. Barnaby, sec retary, Topeka, Kan.- The following is tne complete pro gram : Invocation Kev. w. i. scriDner. Address of welcome J. B. Billard. Dinner. President's address J. W. Howe. Reading Miss Ceora Lanham. Business and election of officers. "The Outlook and the Opportunity' L G. Folsom, Manhattan. "Kansas Democracy" 1. t . Morri son, cnanute. "Tariff Commission Thomas Hal ly. Emporia. "Democratic victories- jummett Kyle, Lawrence. Solo Miss wazene Loveiana. Address U. S. Senator James A. Reed, Kansas City, Mo ADOPTS OREGON PLAN. Iowa Senate Passes Primary BiU 31 to 16. Des Moines," Feb. 14. The IoWa senate today passed the Oregon plan primary bill 31 to 16. It had passed the house last week. Weather Is Pleasant. The weather is pleasant and sun shiny today. Cloudy weather is pre dicted for tonight and Wednesday, with colder temperatures Wednesday. Hourly temperatures: 7 o'clock ..... 34 11 o'clock 43 8 o'clock ..... 34 9 o'clock ..... 36 10 o'clock ..... 38 12 o'clock .-. :j. 48 1 o'clock ..... 53 2 o'clock . . . . , 65 Wind Five miles an hour, from the southeast.. . , . . TO TRYIT AGAIN. Another Effort to ' ceire a Tote on Kec prociiy Hill. Action Is Expected , on Measure Before Adjournment. DALZELL, IS FIERCE. Says That Measure Is a News paper Bill. Abandonment of Doctrine of Protection He Asserts. Washington, Feb. 14. Although no agreement as to the time for a vota could be reached by unanimous con sent today, there is still a chance that the Canadian reciprocity agreement will be passed by the house before ad journment tonight. A motion to cut on general debate will be made about 5 o'clock and tue advocates of the measure claim to have votes enough to put it through. The bill will then be read for amendment and debate will bo " limited under the five minute rule. A large number of proposed amend- ' ments may delay a final vote, hut it " is believed the majority in favor of the bill is so strong it eventually can " cut these off before adjournment. Members were tardy in reaching the house today so a point of no quorum was made by Representative Dwight, the Republican whip, and a call of the ' house was ordered. When a quorum had been secured ' Representative Underwood of Alabama began speaking in favor of the meas ure. The reciprocity bill, Mr. Under- ', wood declared, was made necessary by the future of he maximum and mini mum provisions of the Payne-Aldrich . law. Those provisions, he said, were wrong in principle. They made the minimum rate the general scale and provided for an increased rate as a re taliation for high rates against this . country. The principle thus establish ed was one of coercion and not caJcu lated to bring about good feeling. Mr. Underwood contended that in an ideal bill the' maximum should be the general rates and that the president could grant substantial concessions to those countries willing to do the same toward this country. Representative Dalzel (Pa.), fol lowed Mr. Underwood with the prin cipal speech in opposition. He be- ' gan by assailing the newspapers of the country and denouncing the recipro city agreement. Mr. Dalzell complain ed bitterly of the haste with which the bill had been rushed through the ' committee on ways and meaop and brought before the house. ;t- "This is a newspaper bill,"'fie de- . clared. '"Newspaper greed for free print paper is behind this free trade proposition. Opposition to the meas- -ure has been minimized and a false sentiment created in favor of it by '. the newspaper interests. This bill is uncalled for by the majority of our people. It is unrepublican and in consistent with the policy of protec tion." Mr. Dalzell was interrupted by ap- plause from the Democrat side. "It is an abandonment," he resum- . ed, "of the doctrine of protection and an espousal of free trade. It is class legislation of the most obnoxious character; it strikes at the American farmer." - UNCLE SAM'S SIDE. Hitchcock Issues a Statement Regard ing Postage on Magazines. Washington, Feb. 14. Large profits asserted to be inuring to the publish- ' ers of magazines and immense losses ' being sustained by the government in the transportation of, magazines as second-class mail matter at existing rates, " are made the basis of a statement is- sued by Postmaster General Hitchcock ' in response to the attack made by the magazine publishers upon the proposed increase of the postage rate on the ad vertising pages of the- large magazine i from one cent to Jour cents a pound. Mr. Hitchcock makes it clear that the " proposed new rate "does not affect ' newspapers of any kind, nor does it ap- ' ply to periodicals mailing less than 4, 000 pounds of- each issue." In his statement Mr. Hitchcock said in part: ' "In advertisements signed by 34 ol . the principal magazines and periodicals of the country, it is said the increas- ed rates "will drive a majority of the -popular magazines out of existence and with them the enormous volume of pro-. fltable first-class mall their advertising , creates.' "The public should know that this charge is made in the face of the fact that a part.-if not all, of the periodi-. cals are realizing tremendous profits , from the high priced advertisements; contained in their columns, which the. government is today carrying at the extraordinary rate of one cent per pound, and at a total cost of more than . nine cents a pound.. "In the fiscal year 1910. over 300,000,000 pounds of second-class matter was car- . rietl through the public mails at a loss of $62,000,000 to the government, while the returns from third-class matter, were practically self-sustaining and on that of first and fourth-class matter there was a large saving of revenue, leaving the postal deficit for the year not quite 6 million dollars. The great burden ot tms posiai "icn. ne o-t luo door of second-class matter. "In a printed statement recently is sued by the president of one of the principal magazines of New Tork city, the exceedingly profitable nature of the magazine business was clearly set forth. According to this statement, the pro fits of that one magazine for October, 1910 showed an increase over the cor responding month for 1909 of 100 per cent on advertisements and 151 per cent ' on subscriptions, making a net annual profit for dividends and surplus, based on circulation of 500,000 copies month ly, of $348,980. Regarding the maga zine business generally, this gentleman says that "magazine publishers receive gross incomes as high as 6 million dol lars in a single year. Dividends amount ing approximately to $1,000,000 yearly have been made." ' "From this it is apparent that the grounds of protest are -the personal in-' terest of the publishers, and not the' welfare of advertisers or the general reading public"