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It Comes to Topekans From
Whisky Houses.
Clubbing Offers of Four Quarts
for $2.90.
He Who Invests Therein Is Xot
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
Some of the men who have patroniz
ed these wholesale houses tell Strang
stories of their experiences with bargain-counter
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.
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.
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:
Legal tender
Net deposits
.$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
6. 432,701
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And only to f uther introduce to yon the largest and
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A new Dental office. An office without a superior in equipment in Kansas or elsewhere. An establishment
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Office hours:
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from 10 a.m.
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Full Set of Teeth
Without your cooperation to the extent of a visit we cannot convince you of the differ
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Non-Residents of Toneka write us immediately for engage
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Dentistry as we
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Their Cleveland Letters on File
In U. S. Bist. Atty. Office.
They Are Savage Enough to
Curdle the Blood.
For Sale
or Rent
We carry In stock all makes of Typewriters for Sale or Rent.
Our Special Rental offer allowing Rent paid to apply on the
purchase price of any Typewriter Is an excellent opportunity to
try a Typewriter before purchasing. We make reasonable terms
if they are desired.
We maintain the best Mechanical Department in the West,
which is the most essential part of the business. We not only Sell
and Rent Typewriters but before placing them in the hands of
our users each machine has the careful attention of experts.
Should your Typewriter or any Office Appliance need attention
and you have been unable to get the proper attention elsewhere we
guarantee to overcome the difficulty.
Standard machines most commonly used:
Underwood $45 to $75 Corona ....... J50
Royal 530 to J60
L C. 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
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.
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
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
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
DinnccT irwc nc flnc
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
W. I j. A. JOHNSON, Gen. Mgr.
Agents Wanted.
816 Kansas Ave.
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
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.
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
and dry
or green
and soft.
Also several
cords in 4
foot lengths.
Good heat
ing hard
wood oak,
elm and
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.

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