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RECEEDI G PAGE r EVERYBODY EVERYBODY 16 PACiRS 16 PAGES READ ITv NEEDS IT. I teVv a, irL LAST3dEDITION. SHE DENIES IT ALL Edith Keser, Rossville Heiress, Indignant Oyer Stewart Suit. Says That Mrs. Stewart Was Jealous -That Is All. DIDN'T WRITE LETTER Neither Did She Pose for Those Naughty Pictures. Hires a Lawyer to Defend the Action. Kdith Reser, the Rossville heiress and defendant in a $25,000 alienation suit, came to Topeka today and announced that she would fight the sensational action brought by Lillian G. Stewart j for the loss of her husband's love. The Kossville woman denies generally all the allegations made by the former postmaster's wife. U. G Stewart, Former Rossville Post master and Editor, Whose Wife Has Sued Wealthy AVouian for Alienating His Affections. Accompanied by her father and brother, the young woman went at once to the office of Clad Hamilton, who has been retained by the defend ants. The fact that she was the sub ject of much notoriety and had fur nished a full three I'-ays supply of scandal for the Rossville sewing so H.ties, weighed hi.vllyon All? Reser's i.fi'Vr.s --.mi b? did iiot"c6ufl"tfi? visit of a newspaper reporter In her hour of trouble. Miss Reser Is sentimental, nervous and a bit high strung. "When an em barrassing question came her way, she often locked in the opposite direction and answered in a low tone. Once she surmounted her timidity and passion ately expressed her opinion of news paper reporters who meddle In other people's affairs. She was visibly re lieved when her lawyer appeared and gallantly led her to his private office dismissing her visitor with a courteous smile. "I don't see why the papers want to circulate these awful stories broad cast." pleaded the Rossville widow, as she toved with her furs, "why, it's just perfectly awful and and " Miss Reser's lips puckered and for a minute it looked as though there would be a downpour, " and there just isn't any truth in what Mrs. Stewart said, any how." Then the visitor made a ptrenuous effort to refresh the Rossville woman s mind concerning some little thing that might have led to the difficultv. "Certainly Mrs. Stewart didn't im agine all the thines in her petition?" ursred the visitor, "isn't there some lit- n- I'll yi l iruin in ner marges, some difference that started the trouble?" airs. Stewart was iealons. tured the demure little creature, who ! s -aifi to nave fteen the cause nf un letting the love affairs of a whole family, "she didn't like me and she got jealous." The visitor explained that he bee-an to understand. but how did Mrs Stewart set jealous? What started the trouble? Again Miss Reser wanted to crv Phe ' looked first at her father, then at her i brother and finally tuge-ed asain at the ! furs. Pnssiblv something- about the 1 furs gave her hope arid confidence aA I prweeaeci to explain how she won r'.uMer-fraiors wife's enmitv honestn1'ingUdab,e t0 " Worked in Postofflce. "Well, you see I worked in the post office and Mr. Stewart's daughter got married that was in 1909 wasn't father'" promoter! !h ,f" "and Mrs. Stewart a,A"-B""InAn- there. So I left. r. . . . want me My name was still on tVip n, r . . "e v i. Mrs. Ste 1 wTnt nacK. One day - . t crrte into the office, just ner' yom d T told her I certainlv wa Jben I put my hat back on mv head ?L ne.Ver went therp anv more" Mr nundrum was parsed tn , thp con" and he rave it un yo"nef Rpspr vowed that th s w , tT "lV ResPr scandal pure T.rf fst t!m that visaed his home ar,rP!e ha1 p derstoon that hp did V wante'1 un- sfeori what Tiu, iT; Stewart under- r.alh- has she wnuTrl f aCUn she "rnuht thP rTo d I,ev,?r the Res.r hhson the head of inrS;rJe.-;bR0eftei;-" Persisted the -hre did Stewart tX" P'ureB. when?" enart tak them and the clfendan? in the r Sxp?stu'ated "and I r,evor i",-lht , al!"tion suit. .Ann .. """ "y nil ti .-. . t"vLure. "iit" i tapers alfl . ""'its that 'm!y horrihle and ,,CV 1nst tamped her Yr,N'u7 nrt Miss reaffirmed her "Surely, you sent him some post r i I i X 7 I b&ptzft&r' it. MONDAY EYKNING. cards and letters, didn't you?" was j asked. I "Surely I didn't," exclaimed the young woman, who again sent warn- j ings of general precipitation, and her i eves appealed iu me remuves lor re- i lief "I sure never sent him a letter in my life. No, sir. And George never carried any either, did you George?" Then the door opened. Attorney Hamilton appeared on the scene. He was elad to see his clients. He was perfectly delighted to see a reporter trying to squeeze' an interview from his clients but surely the reporter would be glad to call again, later. Then the lawyer led his clients to an inner room and the real merits of the case were discussed. "If there is anything to he given out about the case," said Hamilton, "I will give it out myself. I will also likely advise them not to talk to reporters In the future." Over the telephone an hour later. Senator Hamilton intimated that the fair defendant's answer would be in the nature of a general denial. It will not be filed for sometime. "I haven't gone into the case much as yet," said Hamilton. out tor the love of a man nearly ou years oia, i think that Mrs. Stewart is asking- too much money." SUBMITSJECORD. 1 In a Speech at Flint, Michigan, Senator LaFollette Tells What Progressive Laws Have Done for Wisconsin. Flint, Mich., Jan. 1. "How Wiscon sin Has Prospered Under Its Progres sive Administration," was the subject of an address by Senator LaFollette in this city. The speaker said that pro gressive legislation in Wisconsin has not been destructive, as its enemies predicted. "Instead," said he, "of driving capital out of the state, it has attracted capital more than other states. It has made investments sate for all. instead of speculative for a few. It has beti constructive as well as progressive. Not one of these progres sive laws nas oeen overiurnea uy uic supreme court of the state and not one has been carried into tne reaerai courts." Continuing, Senator LaFollette said the general business conditions in Wis consin conclusively show that instead of being retarded by progressive legis lation, Wisconsin has advanced finan cially and .commercially more rapidly than the country taken as a whole. "Judged by commercial failures, Wis consin has prospered better than the entire country. During ten years of progressive legislation the expenses of the state have increased, but the bur den of taxes upon the people has de creased. - "The property of the state is paying 21 per cent less taxes in proportion to its value than it did ten years ago." Before t-lltra- how he would solve fit. Al. Kai-."v-,(",ii, 0 -natM lUUTiii lette discussed the administration of the canal zone. He praised the policy of Gifford Pinchot with respect to Alaska and said: "The problem before us is not to hoard our resources, but to develop them in such a way that the benefits flowing from development will inure not to a few, but to the rightful own ers all the people of the United States. With the experience of the past the waste of these resources, the turning of them over to speculation and monopoly would be a crime against the people of the United States. At Mewy of the Syndicate. "To permit the Morgan-Guggenheim combination to remain in control of railroads of Alaska means that all the men lured there with pick and shovel and pack will, in the end, be complete ly at the mercy of Morgan and Gug genheim. Every pound of coal they mine will pay such tribute to the monopoly-owned transportation com pany as it chooses to exact. "Alaska was purchased with the people's money, taken from the com mon fund the treasury of the United States. Whatever of profit, whatever of advantage in anyway accrues from that purchase belongs to all the peo ple. They are entitled to get the benefit in the reduction in the cost of I living which will come from the utili zation of Alaska's treasures. The wnole Pacific coast demands access to the enormous coal deposits. The peo ple east of the Rocky mountains will gain by their development. Even the navy department of the federal gov ernment is compelled to pay from nine to twelve dollars on the Pacific coast for what costs three or four dol lars on the Atlantic coast. I believe tnat our future power on the Pacific ocean depends upon the utilization of the coal of Alaska. Congress's first dut" to the people the owners of these magnificent coal fields, and oth- er deposits - of mineral wealth, is to provide for their proper development, and in case of a private concern, so in the case of public ownership, the first step to be undertaken should be the creation of proper transportation facilities, whereby a market may be afforded for the resources. The wharves, docks, railroads and terminals in Alaska should at once be acquired by the government for the same busi ness reason that would move a private corporation to aoouire them if it owned the coal fields." ATWOOD FALLS IN Crawls on Top of His Machine and Waits for a Boat. Lynn, Mass., Jan. 1. When but a tew hundred yards from the Point of Pines at the start of his flight to Port land, Maine, today, Harry N. Atwood met with an accident and fell into the icy waters with his hydro-aeroplane. He crawled upon top of his machine ana at noon was waiting for a boat to come to his assistance. FALLSDOWN stairs Ilear Admiral Potter Badly Hurt on Way to White House. Washington, Jan. 1. Rear Admiral t-otter aide on the staff of the secre fliK,, ,the navy. fell down the long t,-, a Stone steps fading from the ?h2JT-uEart?1-en,; today on his wav to mVft k if House reception and was ronadly. hurt' He was Picked up a ?S bU b!eedinS profusely from fB beI ,f cuts aEd bruises on his nurriea to his automobile. home in an TOPEKA, INSURGENTS MEETIGR1EF Nearly 200 Delegates Gather at the Ohio Capital To Form a Permanent State Political Organization. WILL CHOOSE A MAN For Presidential Nomination and Build a Platform. LaFollette Managers Are Busy Among Those in Attendance. Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 1. Nearly two hundred delegates from various parts of the state gathered here today for the first conference of Ohio Re publican progressives to form a per manent state organization, adopt a platform and deliberate over the choice of a man for the Republican presidential nomiantion. ; Judge R. M. Wanamaker of Akron, who toured the state with Senator Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin, during his speaking invasion last week, has been named to preside at the meeting. Walter L. Houser, na tional manager of the LaFollette presidential campaign, and John D. Fackler, state manager of the Wiscon son man's candidacy, were early in conference with the delegates with a view, it is said, to obtaining an en dorsement of Senator LaFollette. In addition progressive Republican senti ment will be fanned during the day by speakers of national repute, including Gifford Pinchot, Senator Clapp of Minnesota, Senotar Works of Cali fornia and Congressman Morse of Wisconsin. May Endorse No One. Sentiment developed early against the advisability of endorsing any par ticular candidate and friends of both Senator La Follette and Col. Roosevelt were active in urging delegates to avoid endorsement of these men. At 10 o'clock when the convention wras called, it generally was believed the conference would merely declare for progressive Republican principles and form a permanent organization. How ever, many of the delegates were in sisting that LaFollette should be en dorsed, while others said that if any endorsement was attempted they would fight it on the floor. Gifford Pinchot, Walter L. Houser, secretary of the National Progressive Republican league and Walter F. Brown, chairman of the Republican state central committee had a confer ence at which it was said a form of an endorsement leaving the way clear fT tlift of ..a?!iARte late wfes Ceeined ioh. ' - LaFollette In Michigan. Detroit, Jan. 1. With his departure from Detroit at 8:30 o'clock this morning after a restful night at his hotel. Senator Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin, who is in Michigan for a three days' tour, looked forward to a busy New Year's day. The first set speech in the Michigan campaign was scheduled for 11 a. m at Flint, following which the itinerary calls for addresses at Bay City in the afternoon and at Baginaw at night. Tentative plans had been made for an address here last night but these could not be carried out and the senator is expected to return to Detroit to make a speech probably in April. Bay City Is Keyed TTp. Bay City, Jan. 1. Bay City is, antici pating th.3 visit today from United States Senator Robert M. LaFollette and all arrangements have been com pleted for his reception. He will oc cupy the platform in the National Guard armory, the building which President Tsft assisted in dedicating at the time the president was making his last transcontinental trip. Beginning at 3 o'clock the senator will speak for an hour and a half, and will leave on the evening train for Saginaw where he is to make an address tonight. Mayor Woodruff, of Bay City, will preside here. CLARK BOOM GROWS The Speaker Receives Callers at St. Louis, Headquarters. St. Louis, Jan. 1. Speaker Champ Clark received New Tear's callers today at the headquaxters his friends have opened in furthering their plans to have the speaker receive the Democratic presi dential nomination. Speaker Clark's friends issued a state ment which said that the Clark boom is receiving fresh impetus daily. They de nied that there is a possibility that the speaker will withdraw from the race for the presidential nomination; Speaker Clark arrived in St. Louis from his Oklahoma speaking tour, en thusiastic over the reception accorded him in the new state. With his local supporters he watched the old year out at the headquarters. The speaker was not will to discuss the political situation in Missouri, pleading ignorance of affairs because of his long absence. The Democratic state committee will meet January 12 to name a date for hold ing the state convention at which four delegates at large and two delegates from eah congressional district will be named for the national convention. It is expected that the state conven tion, wnich probably will be held In Feb ruary, will instruct either for Speaker Clark or former Governor Folk, Mia souri's two aspirants for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former gov ernor received the endorsement at a platform convention two years ago. Rockefeller Gift Is Secured. Cleveland, Jan. 1. John D. Rockefel ler's gift of $250,000 to the medical depart ment of Western Reserve university ot Cleveland, has been secured to the uni versity. President Charles F. Thwing announces that the $730,000 additional,- the raising of which Mr. Rockefeller made a condition of his own gift, has been sub scribed. Money Causes Two Deaths. New York, Jan. 1. Two lives were l03t and $300,000 damage was done by a fire which destroyed a big milk depot on Ea3t Twenty-second street today. The two men who lost their lives were companions known to their fellows as . "Tony" ana Joe." After leaving the burning build ing Tony went hack to get his money and Joe lost his life trying to rescue him KANSAS, JANUARY fill lift Protests Against His Appoint ment Beach Washington. President Waits n Return of Attorney General. AN INQUIRY LIKELY. Senators Talk of Ffc liable Action in Judgeship Case. Bailroad Case Derisions Cause of All Pro'asts. Washington, Jaii, against the appointm States Circuit Judge H ciate justice of the sup been received by Pres' the Oklahoma oorpiv !. Protests t of United ,! as an asso nie court have oat Taft from ion commis i shouse corn- sion, the Minnesota w mission and Governor ,Jrlch of Ne braska. Opposition teethe elevation of Judge Hook is ln : r,m his ac tion in enjoining the Oklahoma auth orities from emorcing u. si-cent rail road rata law. The president has re -:rred the pro tests to the department ,-f justice. He has intimated that he wi'l not make the appointment ant 1 niter the return of Attorney Generj.1 Wi'-kereham from 'Panama on January il. Gor Flaya Hook. "Is there doubt as to tho leaning of Judge Hook?" repeated Senator Gore. "The people, the corporations com mission and the attorn -y general of Oklahoma are practical y united in the belief that there is P n ground for doubt. We of Oklahora are therefore opposed to his appointment to the su preme court bench. I is our belief that he is pro-privile , and against the masses of the people in their just endeavor to regulate r asonably the acts of public service corporations. "The appointment oj Judge Hook would cast an addition-J suspicion on the judiciary . whk-h should be avoided." Senator Gronna of North Pakota: "The protests sent to V aslungton from several western states, should. I think, cause the president to carefully consider all the facts before naming Judge Hook for the supreme bench." Senator Culberson of Texas: Senate Will Investigate. "I have read of protect;- against the selection of Judge HooJi. They would be enough to compel the s;n! le, in the event of his selection, to go to tlsa bottom of the matter and ascertain It t.ujre whs any , Senator Borah of I9si-.n :- j "Judse H.ok derttKv. .ac J more rail- 1 I f0ad oSs. one in particy' M . "rr-w? v,o ,C,-a"'V'"' joniiseatorl , tmi this itosioa, V' 3 onght wt- to "be! ground for chtienging his eligibility for the supreme bench. The facts may nave justiriea such . ucus The judiciary committee never acts hasti ly in these important appointments and I have no doubt that when the report is made upon the nomination of Judge Hook, if his name is sent in, the committee will be convinced that whatever it does is for the best interests of the country. Senator Chamberlain of Oregon: "1 have read the protests which have been made. against the appointment of Judge Hook. They come from quarters which would be most likely to know the facts and it is likely to be assumed that the president will give them the most careful consideration before taking final action." Senator Martin of New Jersey: "I should insist upon a full investiga tion of protests of this character commit tee before the senate, assuming, of course, that Judge Hook is nominated." MR IS RENEWED An Army of 4,000 Rebels At tacks City of Hankow. Resumption of Hostilities Welcomed by Imperialists. Is Peking, Jan. 1. An army of 4,000 rev olutionary troops attacked the city of Hankow yesterday evening. An im perialist army estimated to number 30,000 men occupies the city. A fierce fight is now in progress. According to reports current in gov ernment circles the leaders of the im perialists are delighted at the outbreak of hostilities, as this will give them an opportunity of avoiding the result of the national convention agreed to by the edict of the imperial court and by the representatives of the parties to the peace conference at Shanghai. By the terms of the agreement delegates from all the provinces of China are to meet to decide the future form of govern ment for China, and the imperialists are cf the opinion that the national conven tion" is likely to culminate in the vic tory of the republican party. HanKow was the scene of severe fighting between the two armies on several cccasions before the recent armistice was decided upon. RECALL FOR WARDALL Former Topeka Boy in Trouble With His Constituents. Seattle, Jan. 1. Petitions signed by 12,- 000 voters for the recall of Councilmen Max Wardall, president of the city coun cil, and E. L. Blaine, chairman of the finance committee, have been filed. These councilmen have been bitterly as sailed by advocates of single tax and municipal ownership. Mile. Dutrieu Wins a Cup. Etamps, France, Jan. 1. Mile. Helene Dutrieu Sunday made a flight of 254 kilometers (158 miles) in two hours and 5 8 minutes, thereby winning the Femiua cup and beating all wom en's records for distance. The Fem ina cup is offered for the longest con tinuous flight made by a woman dur ing the year. It was won last year by Mile. Dutrieu, who in that competition covered 167 kilometers. At Compiegne, Mlie. Jeanne Hervieu in competition for the Femina cup covered 24 8 kilo meters (154 miles) in two hours and 41 minutes. 1, 1912 TELLS OF MURDE Suspect in Bernhardt Mystery Talks Too Much. Discussion of Kansas Tragedy Causes His Arrest. HIS STORY IS WEAK Murderer Tells Him of Crime, C. K. Bowman Says. Another Arrest in Quadruple Killing Expected Soon. Indianapolis, Jan. 1. A man suspect ed of being the slayer of four persons on the Bernhardt farm near Olathe, last December was arrested near here last night. He is Charles K. Bowman, a farmhand, The arrest was made by Henry T. Zinimer, chief of police of Kansas City, Kan., and Sheriff Cave of Olathe, Kan. It ended a relentless search over many states that has been pursued continu ously for more than a year. Bowman was workingas a farmhand at Nora, a small town near here. Two detectives from Indianapolis guarded the rear of the farmhouse while Chief Zimmer and Sheriff Cave entered the front door. Bowman, the police say, started to run upstairs. He was seized by the officers and handcuffed. jf. ile played over the face of the man when he was placed aboard a train here to be taken back to Kansas. Bow man says he is innocent of the crime attributed to him by the Kansas offi cials. He admits, they say, being a farmhand on the lonely Bernhardt place when the four persons were slain. Killing Done With Pick Handle. Bowman was held in the city prison here until train time. The officers would permit no one to speak to him. According to the police. Bowman says he was away from the farm when the murder was committed. As he was re turning to the farm he met the man who had killed the four persons, he said. When he heard of the brutal deaths, he decided he had better get out of the country. The police assert that the murderer told him George Bernhardt and the '"hired man" had been killed first. The two went to the barn. When George stepped out for a moment, the murderer killed the hired man with a pick hfndle and then lay in wait for Bernhardt. As he stepped into the barn the slayer hit from behind with the same weapon. Then he went into the house and killed Mrs. Bernhardt with a clock weight. The fourth victim. ... viii nnt rotnni until nieht. 'T'!lie was slain with fan pick hajuLUi an Bowman rf4 to ieu v -wWr .ha murderer was. He says ho is now out rnnntrv. According to the po lice Bowman said the Bernhardts "short changed" their help and fre quently refused to pay their wages when due. That, he said, caused the deaths of the four. Talks Too Much About Murder. Bowman's arrest came about through a letter to Chief Zimmer from an acquaintance of Bowman here. Bowman had talked of the murder, thus causing suspicion to fall on him. Bownman is a powerful man, six feet two inches tall. .. He is 22 years "old, the son of a Westfield, Indiana, farmer. He volunteered to come back to Kansas without a requisition. It is expected that "another arrest will be made immediately upon the re turn of Chief Zimmer and Sheriff Cave to Kansas City. A person who was seen around the murder farm is suspected of having a part in the crime. Story of Crime's Discovery. Kansas City, Jan. 1. It was a bleak, wintry night. A dog sat on the door step of the lonely farmhouse and howled dismally. W. E. Gray, a rural mail carrier, was attracted by the dog's wall and knocked on the;- farmhouse door. He got no response. He went to the barn. There he found blood and the body of a man in a stall part ly covered with straw. So it was the murder of the Bernhardt family on a farm twelve miles south of Kansas City was disclosed December 11, 1910. Gray spread the alarm. Over the ice covered roads the neighbors came to the farm. With lanterns they en tered the barn. More straw was pushed off the frozen body. Another body fearfully mangled was uncov ered. And then still another. The searching party entered the fiOUSe a 2-story structure that stood on the peak of the hill a nundrea yards from the barn. A trail of blood led them up the stairs into a small closet. There lay the body of a grny halred woman. Beside her was an old fashioned clockweight stained with blood. . (Continued on Page 2.) WOLGAST ILL AGAIN Air of Secrecy Causes Report That Condition Is Serious. Venice, Cal., Jan. 1. Lightweight Cham pion Ad Wolgast, who has been con valescing at his home here since his re cent operation for appendicitis, is ill again. Dr. B. Palmer, who was called, pro nounced Wolgast to be merely suffering from "a bad cold" and addied that the champion would "be all right again to morrow." The air of secrecy about the Wolgast home and the fact that Manager Tom Jones refused admittance to a Los An geles newspaper man gave rise to the suspicion that the illness of the cham pion might be more serious than was re ported. LYNCHED WHILEDRUNK A Negro Is Hanged hy Oklahoma. a Mob In Sallisaw, Okla., Jan. 1. For the murder of George Casey, a white farmer, living near Muldrow, 12 miles east of here, and a subsequent attack on Mrs. Casey, a negro named Turner was taken from the Casey home, where he lay in a drunken stupor and hanged. Turner, to reach Muldrow. had stolen an Iron Mou.rain engine from the roundhouse at Van MONDAY EVENING. Buren, Ark., on Sunday evening and had driven it to Muldrow, where it was derail ed by the station agent who had been ad vised of its coming. Turner two miles further on reached the Casey home at which he applied for ad mission, pleading he was half frozen. Mr. Casey let him in to sit by the fire and returned to bed. , . Later Turner, it is declared, murdered Casey as he lay asleep, using an ax and then overpowered Mrs. Casey. When the black fell asleep Mrs. Casey made her way to Muldrow in her night clothing and told of the crime. BIG YEAfTAHEAD. Employment Wrill Be Given to 100,000 Idle Men At Once in Iron and Steel Mills . of the Country. Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 1. With th be ginning of 1912 fully 100,000 idle workmen will find employment in the iron and steel industries of the coun try, livery plant in operation will largely increase their complement of workmen and scores of idle mills and furnaces will resume operations. Among the plants in this vicinity that will go into operation with the first of the year are the following: - The Carnegie Steel company will start its Edgar Thompson rail mill for a long run. The American Steel and Wire com pany will put its Schoenberger plant in full operation. Brown and Company has ordered its puddling and rolling mill on full time. The National Tube company has been working its Shelby plant at Ell wood City, Pa., part time and it is or dered to be operated to capacity. The same company has ordered the skelp mills at Loraine, O., started tc day and its shape mills by Wednesday, the latter sriving employment to over 1,000 men. The American Tin Plate company announces that over .5,000 employees at Newcastle, Pa., will be put to work with the beginning of the year, when the fifty tin plate mills at the Greer and Shenango plants will be operated full time for a long run. All the mills at Washington, Pa., will go on full time, among them being the Griffith Charcoal Tin Plate plant and the Jessop Steel company's crucible plant. The Westinghouse interests have taken a number of large contracts and will add several thousand workmen to their force. Fourteen blast furnaces that have been idle will resume during the month as rapidly as they can be gotten ready. During January there will be 237 blast furnaces in operation as against 211 with the beginning of De cember. Reports from eastern, western and southern iron and steel plants indicate Increased activity with the beginning of the year. i- . .. ; 1 - . - r GAS i'ASES G0-- Are Ordered Removed to the Ftederal Court. Five damage suits against the Consum ers' Heat, Light & Power company and the city of Topeka, were removed late Saturday afternoon to the United States district court, under rulings Issued by Judge Dana and Judge Whltcomb, who sat concurrently in the arguments of the case. The five actions against the gas company aggregate claims for 60,000 dam ages. Arguments In the motion for removal were heard last week in Judge Whit comb's division of the district court. The matter was then taken under advisement and passed on by the two district judges baturaay afternoon. The cases which will go to the federal court include one by Lelia M. Kinson against the gas company for $10,000. She sued the city in a separate action and se cured judgment for 5,000 for the death of her husband, Claude E. Finson. Other cases are suits by A. T. Potts, for $5,'; J. F. Snyder, for $25,000; E. L. Robiirson, for $5,000, and Jacob A. Dice, for $5,000. All of the cases grew out of the gas ex plosion in the Seventh street sewer cis tern In December, 1909. Another removal case brought to the federal court is that of Henry and Mary Miller against the Rock Island railway for $10,000 damages. This case came from the Leavenworth county district court. GUESTS OF TAFT Bannard and Senator Kean Snend New Year's Ere With President. Washington, Jan. 1. President Taft spent New Tear's eve chatting with his friends, Otto Bannard, New York po litical leader, and former Senator John Kean of New Jersey, who are house guests at the White House. The president refrained from dis cussing the political situation, although the ln'-itation tendered Mr. Bannard to accompany Mr. Taft back to Washing ton from New Tork gave credence to the belief that Mr. Bannard is to take an active part in the political affairs of the president. The president did not take up with Mr. Bannard the proposition that he assume charge of the pre-convention work of the coming campaign. This matter will be gone into later. It is said Mr. Bannard will not assume the duties of chief of the campaign to be begun at once, but that he will sug gest to Seeretar;- Hilles the names of several men who are con.petent to be gin the work for the president's re nomination. The plan already discussed includes the opening of headquarters in Wash ington. Weather Is Warmer. The day is bright, and consequently the weather had moderated consider ably by noon, but at that the hourly temperatures averaged 14 degrees be low normal for the first day of the year. The thermometer will probably continue to rise this afternoon and ac cording to the weatherman will not go below 12 or 15 degrees tomorrow morning. The wind is blowing three miles an hour from the southwest. The hourly readings: 7 o'clock ...... 3H0 o'clock 13 8 o'clock ..... 4lll o'clock 23 9 o'clock 6 i 1 2 o'clock 23 Weather Indications. Chicago, Jan. 1. Forecast for Kan sas: Increasing cloudiness tonight and Tuesday. Warmer tonight. On sale by wmtCTi t TWO CENTS rr trains and newsstands FIVE CENTS A GOODJJLD YEAR Last Quarter of 1911 Shows Re sources of Country. Sections Formerly Working on Credit llaye Money. PROMISE FOlt 1912 Presidential Election Only May Prevent Breaking Record. Railroads andExpressCompanies Overworked, Holland Says. New Tork, Jan. 1. From all parts it the country there came In the closing days of the year which Is just endd words of promts,' hope and even en thusiasm for which no parallel can b found since the beginning of the year 1906. In this city there seems to be no dissent from the opinion that, were it not a presidential year, then 1912 would surely identify the opening oZ the new era of prosperity which so many of the. authorities believe will be unexampled. It has been sometimes spoken of In courting houses and in the gatherings of business men at various clubs aa the most extraordinary feature of the year 1911 that, notwithstanding business anxieties, a widely prevalent feeling of suspense or doubt, an apprehension lest the interpretation of the supreme court in the Standard Oil and Tobacco com pany cases should serve seriously to demoralize business, in the last two months of the year expectation has been stimulated, ' hope revived and many visible demonstrations of re newed activity in our Industrial and commercial life have been observed. We heard in this city early in No vember that in the mid-west the man agers of the railway corporations were discovering a revival of trade. Demands that were heavy for transportation were received at many of the railway offices. These were not fully explained by the movement of the crops from the fields to the markets. From manufac turers came many calls upon railway managers for cars, and in one day the Michigan Central railroad company at tempted to secure one thousand empty freight cars by borrowing or buying, since all of Its own cars of that de scription were In use. From the offices of the New Yoik Central, and indirectly from the Penn sylvania Railroad company reports came that told of greafy increased de mand for transportation. In New Eng land the movement of freight of all kindd beg-fcil to be heavy late In Oito- j Hwn r.rtu-,Hd empay has bo1 put ! to it to opWa (Tttw-pttssensrer lr.-,:' on time, slncq the greatly increased oper ation of freight trains, unless ther had been skillful management, would have delayed the passenger trains, although between New Haven and New Tork the road is four tracked. The Holiday Trade. The Christmas season has em phasized the recent Improvement In business. Postoffice authorities all over the country report that they have never handled so many packages. The ex press companies have made a new record of this kind. Money has been plentiful in the hands of Christmas shoppers and the evidences of en forced economies have been slight. The state authorities whose work it is to investigate and report on labor con ditions find that In the latter part of the year labor and especially skilled labor, has been in great demand." and our banking department, it is expected, will report early In the year that the deposits of wage earners In the savings banks of this state were In the year 1911 approximately, at least, as large as In any preceding year. At the Shipyards. The shipyards along the Atlantlo coast and those which are occupied in maiding vessels which navigate our great lakes were driven to their ca pacity in the year 1911. some part of this activity being explained by the presumptive vast Increase In commerce between the Atlantic coast and the Pa cific coast of North and South Amer ica consequent on the opening of the Panama canal to navigation. In the latter part of the month of December funds in considerable volume came to New York from the mid-west and even the remoter west, and these currents of money demonstrated the Increase of floating or surplus capital in parts of the country where, not more than ten years ago, much of Industry and agri culture was operated upon borrowed capital. So, too, it was In the last quarter of the year 1911 that the first evidences of improvement in the Iron and steel industry of the United States were discovered. These may have been due to low prices which prevailed, but even if that were the cause the result made it clear that business in the coun try was only awaiting a favorable mo ment to take advantage of the pro ducts of our iron and steel manufac turers. The closing days of the year gave promise of a vastly stimulated production of iron and steel Jn 1912, and It was especially observable that not withstanding the action brought by the federal government for the dissolution of the United States Steel corporation in October of last year the demand made for the products of this corpora tion increased almost coincldentally in point of time with the institution of these federal proceedings. The Promise of 1912. In the early summer of 1907 one of the great authorities In the development of iron and steel industry detected, as he thought. Indications of a reaction from the prosperity winch had attended busi ness in 1908 and the early part of V.m. The phenomena which he discovered would have been Unobserved bv lea ex perienced eyes. They were sufficient to Justify him in sounding a private note of warning and partly explained the ad vice given by E. H. Harriman In the ear ly summer of 1907 to the bankers who were his friends that they should be cautious about making new loans and should begin to husband their resources. What this man of experience discovered in the early summer or late spring of that year ail the world knew to be a fact by August or early September. The reaction had set in from the overestimated pros perity which has characteristic of the year 1906. Recently this name authority has (Un covered evidences of a srong tendency (Continued on Page 14.