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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOTnUTAE DECEMBER, 14, 1912
FLOOD JF MAIL It Comes to Topekans From Whisky Houses. Clubbing Offers of Four Quarts for $2.90. kM SOME FOR ONLY $1.90 He Who Invests Therein Is Xot Wise. Experiences of Victims of Christmas Pricelist Lure. For the past ten days a large num ber of people in Topeka have been flooded with mall from the Kansas City and St. Louie and St. Joseph whole Bale liquor houses soliciting their pat ronage for the Christmas holidays. And the flood will continue for ten day longer. These letters come from a dozen different houses, though they all read mostly the same. They call attention to the healing properties and miraculous balm of about 20 different grades of whisky, wine and rum, and contain a price list quoting four to 20-year whisky at $1.90 to J2.90 a gallon. These are the burd ens that a prohibition state must bear, mon. It Is true that he was not paid and has no whisky, but he had a daz zling dream while it lasted. Me figured from a price list in his posses sion that he could buy whisky for nothing. He used the ratio system as per price list. For Instance, this list advertised a whisky named after a famous sea captain ljor 60 cents per quart. If he bought four quarts, it was 5 6 cents-a quart; if he bought six quartft, it was SO cents a quart; if he bought 12 quarts, it was only 45 cents, and on a 40 quart order he would only have to pay 38 cents. So he went on down the list, and finally figured that If he bought 500 quarts, it would only cost him one cent a quart, following the hereinbefore referred to ratio sys tem or the price list. He stopped tnere. Me aid not dare to go any fur ther. And he threw the price list away and made no order at all. Another man opened his mail and found therein a gaudily printed, hand decorated parchment or diploma set ting forth the fact that he was en titled to a quart of the best whisky ever distilled since the Huguenots settled in houth Carolina. This di ploma, at first glance, looked like i commission as nngaaier general or director of the affairs of the world's exposition. The man made him' self ready to send his address bv re turn mail in order to reap the profits of this quart of whisky. But he found printed in small type at the bottom that it would be necessary for l'm to purchase me or six dollars worth of a certain brand of delirium tremens and lost jobs before he could get his quart of free whisky. And so it goes all the way down the line, glittering of fers to spend Christmas money for woe and trouble and burned out stomachs and heavy heads. The liquor problem is as old as the race, and it will never be settled by telling people what they ought or ougnt not to ao, out the wise man until comrresa hara liaunr imDortation 111 lnrow nls nnsimas liquor litera- donate his $2.90 as follows: One dollar to the Provident associa tion. One dollar to the Klks club Christ mas tree. from prohibitory states. Any kind of whisky is a pestilence, but the clubbing offer kind is a plague. Whisky at J6 a gallon will put a man in Jail or the hospital, but whisky at 1.90 per gallon will put him in the tomb. Some of the men who have patroniz ed these wholesale houses tell Strang stories of their experiences with bargain-counter goods. One man who bought a case of "sunshine" gathered from the slopes of long ago, and paid for It at the rate of 40 cents a quart found, on close in vestigation, that the circular section of the bottom of each bottle had been cut out, the original bonded liquor re moved, and a substitute Inserted there in. Then the cut glass was replaced and cemented, in such fashion that an ordinary inspection would fail to dis cover it. This man Is sore, but he got what he might expect from the price that he paid. Another man with letters from three wholesalers in his hands and a pocket full of price lists went over to a drug gist who had formerly bought more or less whisky, and asked him for expert testimony with prices on good, bad and indifferent whisky. According to this druggist good whisky sells at $1.50 a quart, or $6 a gallon, it is only a fair grade of whisky that can be bought as cheaply as tl.25 and $1. The $1.90 and $2.90 per gallon goods adver tised in all the metaphor and flowing phrases of the fancy press agent -are a delusion and a snare according to this druggist, who declared to his friend that it was cheap, new whisky and, therefore, expensive at any price It has been estimated that 12,000 let ters have been sent to Topeka people during the month of December by wholesale liquor houses from outside the state. In every letter there is a special clubbing offer of one dozen brands of whisky, wine and cordial at two something per gallon. He who is deceived thereby Is not wi?e. The temperance lecturer and the prohibitionist and the doctor have all joined to warn people generally not to drink liquors at all if they have any respect for their health Or their wits. And they are right, but if. in spite of their warning, people will buy and drink whisky they had better stop and think a minute and consult their own common sense which would tell them they could not buy good whisky or old whisky at such ridiculously low prices as it is offered for in the cata log clubbing offer coming in by mail every day. A Topeka man who received litera ture from seven different wholesale houses in seven days thought he was luckv. He looked up a calendar and found like Captain-Brazenhead. he was born on the seventh day of the seventh month. Then he began to figure on his price list. He found that for an investment of $10 he could buy four quarts of whisky old enough to vote, four quarts of Old Corn whisky, a gallon or two of a famous Kentucky rrand, and another gallon from the Susquehanna valley, and another from the Ozark regions of Missouri: also a quart of brandy, a quart of peach brandy, two or three kinds of Cali fornia wines, gin froi.i England, gin from Holland and "Hollards" from Spain also a few quarts of Jamaica rum. The totals astonished him. He went to his druggist friend and found that the wholesale price on the average fair article of all this stuff would be about $30, and that a good grade of the same stuff would be $4 5. He started to figure for the third time, and the third time was a charm. For he figured that the goods he was of fered must be made from a cheap grade of vinegar, spiked with alcohol, and he thought, but he wasn't sure, that some of it might be spiked with lye. it being cheaper than alcohol. And he did not make the order. A second man figured like a Solo- Xinety cents to The Salvation Army. SISTER CLAIMS ESTATE Says Aged Reclnse Had No Right to Distribute Property. Seattle. Wash., Dec. 14. Mrs. Kmilie Frederick Chittenden, a resident of this city, came forward today as a claim ant for a half interest In the million dollar estate of Miss Octavia Frederick, an eccentric recluse, who was found dead recently in New York, the only other occupants of her rooms being a dozen half starved cats, pets of the dead woman. After her death, a barber, Antony Oreickento. came forward with a will bequeathing Miss Frederick's estate. consisting of valuable New Tork real estate to him. but Mrs. Chittenden as serts mat iVLiss JiTeaerick, who was her sister, had no right to dispose of the property. Mrs. Chittenden claims the estate for herself and her brother, Alfonse Frederick, of Los Angeles, on the ground that the property was left by their parents with the elder sister in trust- for the three children. Mrs. Chit. tenden left today for New Tork to confer with attorneys there. HE'S A REAL ELK, More Joy for the Kiddies Promised by Iris Theater Owner. J. C. Elliott, proprietor of the Iris thea ter, has tendered the officers of the Elks, of which order he has long been a promi nent member, sufficient tickets for tne Iris for all the poor children, guests of the Elks on Christmas day. This gener ous act of Mr. Elliott is decidedly con vincing of the loyalty of the members '.o the teachings of the order. It would appear to be a particularly good day for the box office receipts at and theater Christmas but the spirit or "charity" prevails on that day each yew with, all the Elks and the pleasure the Iris management will experience in mak ing happy so many little ones will far cutshadow the item of receipts. Mr. Elliott is to be not onlv commended but congratulated for his gift of splendid entertainment which will follow imme ditely after the big Christmas tree and eating of good t hlngs at the Elks' home. The two corners. Jackson and Quincy on Seventh street, promise to be busy corners most of the day, De cember 5. Weekly Bank statement. New York, Dec. 14. The statement of the actual condition of clearing house banks and trust companies for the week hows that they hold $8,074,660 reserve in excess of legal requirements. This is an increase of $5,050,450 from last week. The statement zouows: Actual condition: Ixans Specie Legal tender Net deposits Circulation Increase. .$1,839,325,000 $7,735.0C0 . 29,526.00O 3.276,000 82,581,000 1,395,000 . 1,641,089.000 4,519,000 46,9,00O 144,100 Banks: cash reserve in vault $319,634,000 xrusi companies: jasn reserve in vault 59.473,000 Aggregate cash reserve 379,107,000 Excess lawful reserve 8,074,650 5,059,450 Trust companies: Reserve with clearing house members carrying 25 per cent cash reserve, $45,980,000. Summary of state banks and trust com panies in Greater New York not included in clearing house statement: Loans $572,323,300 Specie 61,198 000 Ix-pal tender 8.328.000 Total deposits 613,700,600 $T.011,700 6. 432,701 118,600 7,234,000 IN THE HISTORY OF DENTISTRY For Ten Days Only And only to f uther introduce to yon the largest and most completely equipped dental parlor in Kansas. A new Dental office. An office without a superior in equipment in Kansas or elsewhere. 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Smith & Bros.... $40 to $65 Monarch . . $45 to $65 Smith Premier $30 to $50 Remington . $30 to $65 We guarantee every Typewriter Sold or Rented to extent. . Write today for samples and compare them with New Machines at double the cost. Crane & Company - Topeka, Kansas EVERYTHING FOR THE OFFICE Standard Foldinig $35 Blickensderfer $18 to $35 Hammond . . .$20 to $43 Oliver $30 to $50 Bennett . . $10 the fullest The office of the United States at torney received a valuable and unique addition to its legal library this morn ing. The federal attorney at Cleveland, O.. sent Major Harvey a copy of the indictment Issued against a wild set of Italians, members of the Black Hand society, now sojourning in the federal pen at Leavenworth. Major Harvey expects to use the indictment as ref erence In habeas corpus cases. Mean while, it furnishes a vivid and startling example of the threats issued by the Mafia, or 'Devil's Hand." The letters are written In Italian, photographs of which are given in the copy. mey uk." Dearest FTiena. Human Butcner. xne m.i " addressed to John Amicon, a country man who had prospered, and read Homewhat as follows: Ist week our band at Pittsburg Pa sent two of us to Columbia and put' dvnamite behind your door ac companied by letters in were notified by our band to pay $10 000 which, for your Arm, are only a hair of your head. In case you refuse. ne 'in give you ger. vve ni --- two chosen must kill you, if in the midst of a thousand police. We have killed kings, emperor and pres dents. The money or me " - Amicon at first paid no attention to the letters, then delivered . them to the police. "It you that vou are. ' wrote me - - Wnn In n TOV we will eat your - days. In mavolnnr), Other weaitny t i i q m pi ih. auu v w 0 among them, received similar threats. leTerfl of them were assassinated be aeverui .m.M interfere. The . .. s ;nTOoHratlnn resulted m 'on.' ;;7 of salvatore Lima, , t (mo Ouiseppe Ignoffs and Anium" - Major Harvey considers u a valuame aumura i terestlng cases. COURT STARTS TROUBLE Decision in Harriman Merger Gives Market Off Week. With the easing of the tension abroad, growing out of the Balkan war the in fluence of foreign markets was less pronounced, and London was report ed to have bought liberally in this market. JURORS PLAY CARDS. Judge Censures and Discharges Them as Result. Seattle, Wash., Dec. 14. Ten men and two women composing a jury In Judge J. L. Ronald's department of the superior court, were severely re buked because they played cards while considering a verdict In a minor crimi nal case. The court's attention was called to their action by a bailiff who listened at the keyhole. This is what the bail iff heard: "If you had played spades that time you would have taken the trick; give me the cards; It's my deal; here, cut the cards and cut out the conversa tion." When the jurors reported their ina bility to agree, Judge Ronald said: "If you had arrived at a verdict It would not have been worth the paper it was written on. This jury Is dis charged from further service in this case." DinnccT irwc nc flnc UIUULOI JUIXL. Ul MUki John Kenrdick Bangs Says T. It- Holds the Record. Chicago, Dec. 14. John Kendrick Bangs, the humorist, is going to the pyramids of Egypt to get a new joke. It will be the newest and funniest joke in the world, because it will be the oldest. This promise was made by the writer and lecturer at the Blackstone hotel where he stopped for a day on his way to the east. "There are no new jokes and never will be," declared Mr. Bangs. "The great task of the modern humorist is to dig up jokes that are so old that they are new. Europe and America years ago gave up their supply, and now it is necessary to go elsewhere. "The funniest thing in the world?" he repeated In reply to the question. "Theodore Roosevelt," he answered without hesitation. "Roosevelt Is the greatest joke of the century perpetra ted on humanity." AN AGE OF DOUBT, Evangelist Brooks Says Infidelity Is Great Sin Sow. The Brooks-Lewis revival at the Third Christian church continues with increasing interest. There have been ten additions so far. Last night Evan gelist Brooks spoke on the subject. "What Think Te of Christ?" It was a defense of the divinity of Christ. Mr. Brooks declared that infidelity ia the great sin of the age. feople have come Into a realm of doubt, he said, doubting everything and everybody. Some very special themes are to be discussed tomorrow and th rtoming week. New Tork, Dec. 14. The stock mar ket passed through a troubled week, in the course of which quotations were ,t rtnwn nearly to the low level jvrue"" of the year by unusually heavy selling. The decline which began on Monday of last week, with the rendition of the Harriman merger decision by the su preme court, gathered increased mo mentum this week and at times the stock market was demoraized by liqui dation on an enormous scale. Union Pacific was the especial object of at tack but there was great activity in the other speculative leaders, and high grade investment stocks which usually move narrowly also suffered. Toward the close of the week the decline was halted and some partial recoveries were made, although the market continued nervous and unset tled. No -epecific cause of the hurried liquidation was apparent, although fears as to the effect of the Harri man decision, prospects of light money later in the month and the activities of the Pujo investigating committee were referred to as unfavorable infiu- Money rates grew easier for the time, Tud'ay .ere : M. Mohler. Mrs. Fazei, although yearly requirements were ex- Mrs K p. Tavlor. Mrs. Frank Collins, pected to impose a severe strain latar.. Mrs. James Wilson, Mrs. H. C. Taylor, Be Comfortable When It's Cold Burn KER0GAS KeroGas for light and heat Is made from kerosene (coal oil), and gives seven-tenths more heat than natural gas. Mixed properly 95 air and 50 gas it insures a per fect combustion with no soot or smoke and no coal or ashes to carrj-. We collect the natural gas with our burners without extra charge. Wien the natural gas gives out, turn on KeroGas. Demonstrations daily, and Saturday night, at 816 Kansas avenue. Gas extension work, stove and furnace connection, and repairing. Gas fitting a specialty. All work guaranteed. THE KAXSAS KEROSOIiAR LIGHT, GAS & FUEL CO. W. I j. A. JOHNSON, Gen. Mgr. Agents Wanted. 816 Kansas Ave. OAKLAND NOTES. Miss Ferne Williams will entertain the . O. D. II. Embroidery club Wednesday evening at her nome n orest avenue. C. R. Cole Is 111 at ris home on Oakland avenue, confined to his bed. Mr. anfl Mrs. Hoffman and Tamilv have taken the bouse at 310 Wlnfield avenue and will occupy the house next week. The Mission Study class of the Oakland Presbyterian church met Thursday wlLU Mrs. Elizabeth Lee at her home on Michigan avenue. Rev J. H. Fazel, who has been instructor of the class this year. will remain in tne same caraclty, study. Mrs. J. L. Massey, Mrs. William Draut, Mrs. Lee and Rev. Mr. Fazel. Mrs. J. W. Armstrong has returned to her home in Chanute, after spending the past week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Williams, and family. The Standard Bearers' class of the Oak land M. E. church met last Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Clyde Slawson at her home on Sumner street. The following ladies were present: Mrs. W. L. Hutson. Mrs. Ira Hawver. Mrs. W. E. Warner, Mrs. G. H. Ensign, Mrs. J. M. Jones, Mrs. F. E. Carter. Mrs. A. T. Allison and Mrs. Slawson. The ladles appointed the fol lowing committees: Entertainment com mittee, Mrs. W. L. Hutson. Mrs. Ira Hawver and Mrs. Lou McCrmick; visit ing committee, Mrs. Clyde Slawson, Mrs. Roy Betts. Mrs. 1). Knight: work commit tee. Mrs. H. V. Clayton, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Robert Butler. Mrs. Belie Lerry was elected superintendent of the class home department, and Mrs. S. E. Carwf class secretary. Mrs. W. L. Hamill of Wabash avenue, who has been ill the past few weeks. Is slowly improving. Mrs. Ella Hardy of Trenton, Mo., and Mrs. John Holmes of Topeka were dinner guests Friday at the C. R. Cole home. Miss Mary Shuler entertained the L. F. club of the Oakland M. E. church Sunday school last evening at her home. 3i Chester avenue The following members were present: Miss Ruth Parr, Miss Beulah Hall. Mrs. Bessie Gallaway, Miss Elizabeth Bannon, Mrs Mildred Koser, Miss Aileen Peak, Miss Ethel Nagel. Miss Elizabeth Bannon. Mrs. Warner, teacher. Miss Harding and Mrs. Parr were guests. The next meeting will be held with Mis Kuth .farr. Scout Commissioner J. H. Fazel wishes all Boy Scouts who have busrles or are able to get one to use temporarily to meet tms evening at tne central y. M. C. A. at 8 o'clock to practice. Miss Verna lung of Chanute. whc l;as been visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Williams, the past week, lias been seriously ill but is now allslitly im proved. Mrs. Sarah Lemley of West Sixth street. who formerly lived, on Winfield avenue, was a dinner guest Wednesday at the C At. cole home. Mrs. L. K. Bannon and Mrs. Bevltt en tertained the Win One class of the Oak land M. E. church Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. 3annon on Oakland avenue. The class decided to take the course of study. "Training for Service," tinder the direction of Mrs. Dora Dressier. Those present were: Mrs. Dressier, Mrs. Henley. Mrs. McCaslin, Mrs. Liggett, Mrs. Gerdom. Mrs. Bevitt, Mrs. Lebo, Mrs. Hall. Mrs. Chiles. Mrs. Pepper, Mrs. Bannon and Mrs. Mayer. The class meet Ing has been changed from Thursday to the second Monday afternoon each month, the next regular meeting to be held ith Mrs. Chiles at her home on Poplar street. Each member of the class gave one can of fruit and the box was sent this morn ing to the Colby district for Home Mis sionary work. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamill and daugh ter Edith were dinner guests Thursday at the I. H. Mohler home. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ward and son of Vaurtn, N. M-, are visiting at the (J. R Ward home on Wabash avenue for a short time. -Mrs. J. - Denman of Manhattan is visit Everything for a Merry Christmas Terms the Easiest Prices the Lowest Watches,- Diamonds, Jewelry, Silver ware, Cameras, Toilet Sets, Manicure sets, Military Sets, in Sterling Silver, Sil ver Plated and Parisian Ivory. $2.00 and upward. A small payment down and a lit tle each month. Harris-Goar Jewelry Co. 611 KANSAS AVENUE SECOND FLOOR OPEN EVENINGS L VS;X iiood Usage Coal at gsjf ij4 $4.75 gf 'A ton at $2.40 0f fH 350 lbs. for $1.00 SJl Delivered anywhere &5f 3. m tne city. M Cash Coal Co. Jy YH 13 th and Monroe 0 pPhone 3726 Received carload S t o v e length wood, either hard and dry or green and soft. Also several cords in 4 foot lengths. Good heat ing hard wood oak, elm and Hickory. er, Mrs. W. M. Glanville. of Arter avenue. The T. M. Thompson family have moved home in Lawrence, after a short visit at the W. H. Smith home, 216 Winfield ave nue. . . . Mr. and Mrs. -L. B. Crow, who - have been visiting relatives in Willard' the past few days, have returned to their home on East Belmont avenue. Mr. and Mrs. W." Liggett are spending the week-end with the E. H. Moore fam ily at Maple Hill. Regular services will be held Sunday at the Oakland Presbyterian church . with Rev. J. H. Fazel. pastor, in charge. Spe cial music by the splendid choir. The Helping Hand society of the Oak land Christian church will meet Tuesuay afternoon with Mrs. O. M- Keat at her home on Arter avenne. from Osage City to 325 Winfield avenue. Mrs. G. A. Olson has returned to her Mrs. Henry Shuler entertained the Prie cilla Embroidery club Friday aftemoor at her home. 30C Chester averue. The fol lowine ladies were prerent: Mrs. L. HI- coe, Mrs. M. T. Kelsey. Mrs. Reese Van Sant. Mrs. N. E. Copeland. Mrs. O. W. Ing for an indefinite time with her motn- Neiil, Mrs. W. G. - Shaw, Mrs. William Foils A Foul Plot. When a shameful plot exists between liver and bowels to cause distress by re fusing to act, take Ir. King's New Life Pills, and end such abuse of your system. They gently compel right action of sum ach, liver and bowels, and restore your health and all good feelings. toe at Campbell Drug Co. Adv. Finnie. Mrs. William Amos, Mrs. Way land Shaw, Mrs. Charles Suit, Mrs. It. Wolff, Mrs. Freeman Bell. Mrs. C. C. Cbristensen. Mrs. Shuler. Guests yester day of the club were Mrs. Roy Williams, Mrs. Joseph Smelser, Master Chesier Kel sey and Master Joe Smelser, jr. Hogs Die of TyphokL Burlington, la., Dec. 14. Hundreds of hogs are dying in this part of. Iowa from what, was supposed to be hog cholera, but which has been diagnosed by experts as typhoid fever. The Idfi--in this- hnrrrediate vicinity so far will amount id 112,000.