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i in pf EVERYBODY 10 PAGES READ IT EVERYBODY 10 PAGES NEEDS IT LAST EDITION. WEDKEJSiiAY .blVKNI N(J. TOPKKA. KANSAS. DECEMBER, 25, 1912 Cm mmim by miIji at TV O CENTS Oatnlmu4MMtudiF1VE CENTS BEST 0N EARTH Elks People Are, Declare the Kiddies. B. P. O. E. Keep Open House Christmas Day. FOR THE POOR CHILDREN Spencer Abbott in the Role of Santa Clans. Decorations, Tree, Tables to Feast From, All the Best. "Hello, there, Santa! Merry Christ mas!" couldn't come with my reindeer, for mere wasn i any snow, so x Dorruw ed rhil Billard's flying machine " Ralph Montgomery, Exalted Ruler Topeka Kiks Lodse. Whistles, shouts, and stamps of merriment greeted this jovial an nouncement made by Spencer Arthu) Abbott, ex-ball player, who assumed the role of the Christmas saint at the Kiks' entertainment for the poor chil dren of Topeka. It was a eight to warm the cockles of the heart of a Scrooge 500 children, more or less, gathered in the huge Elks' hall, spark ling eyes riveted on the twinkling Cnristmas tree, tinsel dripping, from the branches, and a red-cloaked Santa Claus beside it. "How many invitations did you send?" Ralph Montgomery, exalted ruler of the Topeka loage. was asKea. "About 400." he responded. "All accept?" "Accept?" chuckled Mr. Montgomery, "we've prepared for 600 at least. They all come bring their friends, families and relations." The Orphans' Home, the Provident Association, and other charitable in stitutions in town send lists to the Elks' committee, and the kiddies of Topeka are right royally entertained. They collect downstairs, march Intc the hall to the stirring strains of the "Ragtime Violin," fiddled by Ray Hall's orchestra, received their gifts, stuff en trancingly in the Dunton cafe, and tramp to the Iris theater, where J. C. Elliott entertains them with moving pictures every 25th of December. Tree and Dinner Table. The Elks' hall, one of the prettiest in the country, is effective in its hol iday dress. Below the tree on the platform stretches a snowy covered table, littered with dolls, cradles, trumpets, and cars. There are rain bow scarfs for the older girls, ties and pocket knives for the boys dolls, dishes and beds for the ten-year-olds, with tool chests and pop-guns for their brothers. There are dolls and dishes for the little sisters, trains and harmonicas for the boys. For the youngsters just learning to toddle are wooly dogs, tin plates, harnesses and horns. Every baby that comes to the Elks' party is carried away brandish ing a pink rattle or a squeaky rubber doll. For each child is a purple and white bag, hrimfull of nuts, oranges and candy and a bright Lincoln pen ny, which J. E. Crockett gives with a cheery. Merry CJhrtstmas! Every year the Elks give this big Christmas party most of the children know what to expect. "Going to see Santa Claus?" one of them was asked. "You bet." "Afraid of him?" "Xope." "Ever see him before?" "Sure." said the youngster, win somely, "I been here before. I seen him twict." Floyd Baker collected them in the dressing rooms until the .signal was given for them to tramp upstairs. They tumbled above like the kiddies in the nursery rhyme "They went with a whoop. They went with a bawl They went with a good will. Or went not at all!" They were in such unseemly haste to see the tree that half of them eprawled over the slippery floor. Ed Kellam set them on their feet again, and they scampered joyfully down the aisle. "Pretty well behaved set of young sters, eh?" remarked George Clark, who was helping to seat them, "No tice how every boy pulled off his cap as he came in? Notice the clean rim around their dirty faces? They were n't like this the first year. We've got them trained." Only white children come to the morning entertainment another is provided for the pickaninnies. A brown faced wooly haired lad pre sented himself at the door this morn ing. "This isn't the time for you to come, sonny," he was told. "I'm not a darky," he Insisted, "I'm a Mexican." Kcl lam and the Mexican Boy. Ed Kellam came to the rescue. "What's your name, youngster?" he asked.,, in Spanish. The boy's eyes Slowed, he poured forth, an eloquent! i speech in his native tongue, and skipped happily past the doorkeeper. The Elks have given even more ud erally than ever this year each de tail has been perfectly carried out. B. T. Payne is chairman of the Christmas committee; E. L. Fowler, treasurer, and A. M Mills, E. M. Bracket, Floyd A. Baker and W. O. Anderson on the board Mrs. B. T. Payne is chairman of the purchasing committee, and has been assisted by Mrs. Charles Mitchell and Mrs. S. E. Barber. The rooms this morning were thronged with eager helpers it was hard to tell which was the happier, the jollv faced kiddies, or the Best People on Earth, who were making them glad. The officers of the lodge, all of whom have contributed to the success of the party, are Ralph D. Montgom ery, exalted ruler: B. T. Payne, es teemed leading knight; E. L. Fowler, esteemed loyal knight; E. M. Brackett, esteemed lecturing knight; T. B. Metz ger, treasurer; Floyd A. Baker, es quire: William Henderson, chaplain; James Hayes, inner guard; Charles H. Stewart, tiler; W. O. Anderson, J. E. Crockett and W. C. Stephenson, trustees. SHE WASA FOOL ?Iorgan Tells Opinion of Mother of Thirteen. Dentist's Hard Luck Story Touched Financier's Heart. New York, Dec. 25. J. P. Morgan's Wall street associates are telling about a recent visit the banker made to his dentist and what came of it. The dentist was hurting Mr. Morgan who was both blunt and frank in in forming him of that fact. "One of the worst cases of destitu tion I know of is that of my wife'E washerwoman," remarked the dentist. by way of diversion. "How is that? asked Air. Morgan. "Her husband died and left her 13 children. Only five of them are large enough to work." The dentist who kept on with his work and his hard luck narrative didn't leave out any of the harrowing fea tures of the widow's fight for a living in the face of great odds. Mr. Mor gan asked a question now and then, and finally, after an unusually severe ordeal, left the office. The next day the dentist received a letter which read about as follows: "Dear Doctor: You hurt me like the devil yesterday, but your vivid story about the widow and her 13 children helped some. Inclosed Una my check for $10,000 which please turn over to the washerwoman and tell her for me that she was a fool to ever have 13 children." The dentist complied with Mr. Mor gan a request. HE WILL NOT TELL What Will Shepari Give Miss Gould, Curious Ones Ask. Husband-to-Be Will Dine With Gould Family. New Tork, Dec. 25. "I'll tell you not," is the first answer given upon hi3 arrival here to an inquiry as to what he intended to give his fiancee. Miss Helen Gould, for Christmas. "I'll tell you not" is all the young railroad man will say of the present which he will bestow upon the woman who for several years Last has given many thousands to worthy institutions during the yuletide season and every year has made hundreds of poor fami lies happy by her private and unher alded benefactions. Mr. Shepard is the guest of Miss Gould at her home at No. 579 Fifth avenue. The couple have come to be familiar figures on Fifth avenue, where they have been seen almost daily during the past week driving or walking. Miss Gould has found her fiance a capable assistant at shopping, a task which to her means the spending of a "small fortune each year." Seen in the stores, the young westerner seems to thoroughly enjoy the position of first lieutenant to one of the world's most generous women. Miss Gould would not say what Christmas plans she has made, but it is expected there will be the usual family gathering of the Goulds at din ner, wjth Mr. Shepard as soon-to-be member of the circle. He will prob ably spend a part of the day with his mother at New Haven. Mrs. Shepard has been an invalid for several years. HIT BY AN AUTOMOBILE Two Firemen Are Badly Hurt While Hurrying to a Fire. Chicago, Dec. 25. Battalion Chief Thomas Hackett and his driver were seriously hurt in the wreck of their vehicle early today while speeding to a fire which destroyed the St. An drews Episcopal church. An automo bile driven at high speed crashed into the buggy and demolished it. Hackett and the driver were hurled fifty feet. Both were taken to a hospital. The edifice valued at $50,000 was totallv destroved. POLICE COURT NEWS. Three Christmas drunks were haled be fore Police Judfte X. B- Arnold this morn ing, two of whom were fined. The other went over until tomorrow morning for trial. Chris Cobb pleaded guilty of being un duly intoxicated, and inasmuch as he had also been engaged in a "scrap" he was given a penalty of $10. Frank Kas model also pleaded guilty to intoxication and was fined $5. Mary Jenkins, accused of being both drunk and disorderly, gave bond for her appearance tomorrow norn ine and was released. The number of "drunks" has been com paratively few so far. Trie police expect to make some arrests this afternoon and tonight, but they are not expected to be many. Chief Morris Jenkans says every thing is particularly quiet this year. HARVEY VIEW The Major Makes Statement of Capper-Hodges Case. He Was One of Hodges' Attor neys in Noted Controrersy. FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE But of Course He Takes the Hodges Side. Yet the Major Voted For and Admires Mr. Capper. Major A. M. Harvey, one of the George H. Hodges attorneys in the re cent Kansas gubernatorial controversy, has reviewed the Caiper-Hodges con tentions in a statement given to the State Journal. Harvey, who is a widely known contest attorney, looks at the case fairly and Impartially. He de clares that there was no occasion for a supreme court decision favorable to Capper in the Wabaunsee county re count case and that the much published claims that Mr. Capper was elected are mere assumption on the part of the newspaper publishers. In fact. Major Harvey is certain that Hodges would increase his majority in event of a re count; and he urges friends of Mr. Capper to protect their rights and file contest proceedings immediately if they believe that the Topeka publisher has been denied any of his rights. The statement of Harvey is from the standpoint of a friend andv admirer. Harvey voted for Capper. He was re tained by Hodge not through friend ship, but because of his legal ability. Harvey followed the case closely. He points out th-t the fraud has been charged since the supreme court de cision and Carper's statement that he would not contest. Yet Major Harvey recalls that in all the proceedings no showing of fraud was ever established and none really charged. Harvey's statement is probably one of the fairest and most comprehensive statements of the case that as been printed, xnis is what Harvey said in regard to the governorship squabble and the subse quent Capper claims: "Although one of the Republicans who was unable to Join Mr. Capper in his support of the Roosevelt campaign. I supported him for governor and I share the regret of his nonelection. with all of those who appreciate his i splendid character and sterling worth "Almost a week after the election I was retained by Mr. Martin to assist his headquarters In the many compli cations that were coming up over the close election. I soon learned that fContinued on Page Two.) BRINGING ,'MVIFE NOT LOYAL Bought Beer From Rival Con - cern, He Says. Brewery "Worker's Wife Had Other Faults. Also Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 25. Stephen D. Oltizer, brewery worker, has asked for a divorce from his wife because she bought bottled beer from a com pany which is a rival beer producer of the plant in which the plaintiff is employed. The complaining husband in his suit declared that his wife had beaten and often threatened him with more severe bodily punishment and that her language was not always proper. Buying beer from a rival brewery was the last straw, however. CHANGED THE PLAY Lulu Glaser Introduced yew .Lore Lines. Tom Richards' Wife Didn't Like This Action. Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 25. Thomas Richards, former star in "The Choco late Soldier" now in vaudeville with Lulu Glaser, in court today agreed to pay his wife. Bertha, $20 a week. She withdrew her suit for desertion and nonsupport. "I was not suspicious of my hus band's relations with Miss Glaser until I was informed by Ralph Herz, Miss Glaser's husband," said Mrs. Rich ards. "I wrote her a letter about it. She read it and then chased the mes senger boy who delivered it. That is the only answer I ever got from her. "They tell me there is nothing be tween my husband and Miss Glaser except this stage love. I have been on the stage and know what stage love making is. It is the love behind the scenes where no one is looking on that displeases me. "There was something strange about Miss Glaser when Tom joined 'The Girl and the Kaiser. She began dis playing interest in him risrhf Why, she even had special parts writ ten in the play for herself and Tom. They were love scenes, too, and they were not in the original show." Socialist Is Postmistress. Santa Fe, Kan., Dec. 25.- Santa Fe will soon have the distinction of having the frst Socialist postmistress in Kansas. Steve Cave, who recent ly moved his merchandise store to Sublette on the new railroad, has re signed the postmaatership here turn ing the job over to T. Miller. The change will take place in about 30 days. In the meantime Mrs. C. M. Smith, a Socialist suffragette, will act. HOME THE By HAL COFFMAN , iGNRISTff! AS TREES . Thousands of Children Enjoyed Them at Churches. I ! Christmas Eye Was Observed Generally in Topeka. SANTA GLAUS WAS THERE To Delight the Hearts of the Little Ones. Cantatas and Playlets Were Part of the Programs. The spirit of giving was emphasized Christmas eve at various church en tertainments attended by thousands of Topeka kiddies. The children brought gifts for -those less fortunate than themselves. However the youngsters, themselves, were not left out in the distribution of things that please. Hun dreds went away happy carrying bags of candy, and in some instances toys. Santa Claus appeared In person at a few apparently favored churches, but he evidently Is getting old for he doesn't cover the territory among the churches that he did years ago. He was conspicuous for his absence in numerous instances. Many gaily dec orated Christmas trees were enjoyed by the little people. Interesting cantatas and playlets were given in several of the churches. , Between twelve and fifteen hundred persons crowded into the Sunday school temple of the First Methodist church Tuesday evening, the occasion being the presentation of "The Birds' Christ mas Carol." by fourteen children un der the direction of Mrs. J. Newell Abrahams. The dramatization was the work also of Mrs. Abrahams. "It was one of the most delightful childrens' entertainment that I have ever seen," said Dr. F. L. Loveland this morning. The part of Mr. Bird w taken by Victor Blakely. Violet Matthews im personated Mrs. Bird. Pauline McVey took the part of Carol Bird, and Dor othy Coe appeared as Mrs. Ruggles. Jandy and nt'ts were distributed among seven hundred children. The youngsters brought one hundred' dol lars to the Erie home, a girls' school in Kentucky. Children of the First Congregational church Tuesday evening dressed as Hindoos. Africans. Japanese and Chi nese. They told of the great days that are celebrated in the lands which they represented with the idea of emphasiz- hn mrh httr Is Christmas day. The entertainment was in charge of Miss Mildred -Guild. There was a large Christmas tree all bedecked with the things that go to (Continued from Page One.) YULE LOG ADMIRAL IN SUIT Hero of Manila Bay and Wife Sued in Kansas. Action Is to Quiet Title to Wichita Property. Wichita, Kan., Dec. 25. Admiral George H. Dewey and his wife, Mil dred D. Dewey, are parties to a suit filed in the district court of this county yesterday. The suit Is to quiet a title to a $10,000 lot on a business street. In 1870 the government maintained a fort in Wichita and General W. B. Hazen was in command. When the original town was platted General Hazen purchased property. When General Hazen died several years later his widow kept the property. She later became Mrs. George H. Dewey and for that reason the admiral is named in the suit to quiet the title on the property. HIS STARUNLUCKY Henry Marker Tells Original Hard Luck Story. Tale of Trip Into East One of Trouble. New Tork, Dec 25. Henry I Marker, of Orange, N. J., believes he was born under the unluckiest star that ever was placed in the firma ment. He arrived here by the George Washington after a two years trip through the far east securing for a phonograph company records of the songs of natives. Just before he left Singapore he tried to move a piano and strained his side. Hospital one month. Reached Shanghai. Oil lamp exploded burning him severely on face and hands, hos pital one week. At Port Arthur he got a touch of cholera and was quar antined for six weeks. Started by the Trans-Siberian railroad for Mos cow, eager to make home by Christ inas. On arriving at German frontier found he had lost two trunks. Delay four days, just enough to cause him to reach London too late to travel by the Lusitania. Finally reached South hampton and caught the George Washington and when the liner was anchored yesterday for five hours in the snowstorm Marker almost gave up hope of ever reaching home. He sent a wireless from Orange last night however, announcing his safe arrival. STEEL MEN GET RAISE Adjustments of Salary Scale Means More Pay. New Tork, Dec. 25. The following statement has been given out at the offices of the United States Steel cor poration: "At a meeting of the presidents of subsidiarv pomnnniM of thu t ' , ,i States Steel corporations held last .inursaay, it was unanimously voted t h n t there lihniilH ha m -i ,1 n in v.A . w uau xu LllC ucar future flriiufitTnnta n f th 1 J nagc DtaiCS which will result in material increases. particularly with respect to common labor, and t (ho moAtimo- v. - , - -- Q t llic XI nancA rnmmittAp it va.ao h i . i i ' - l. .3 UCVIUCU IU recommend to the presidents that tney mane tne adjustments proposed at such times and in such amounts as may be determined. The exact amount of increase and the date at which they will go into effect are being considered and will be made public in a few dayB." SAVE COST OF BOYS. Merchants Plan to Make Uncle Sam Deliver Goods. Denver, Colo., Dec. 25.-A local applica tion of the parcels post law entirely un expected is the determination of Denver merchants to utilize that service for the delivery of packages to avoid the cost of a driver wagon and horse in delivering spools of thread and similar merchandise. One concern estimates it will reduce the cost of delivery 60 per cent and is prepar ing to turn over to Uncle Sam as much business as possible. There will be two parcels post deliveries in the city daily and one In the outlyine district. TAFT'S CHRISTMAS. President Spends Forenoon Inspecting the Panama Canal. Panama, Dec 25. President Taft spent the forenoon of his Christmas inspecting the Central and Pacific di visions of the Panama canal, the Culebra cut and the fortifications at the Pacific end of the canaL Percival H. Dodge, the American minister to Panama, entertained the president at dinner and tonight Mr Taft will attend a ball given by Presi dent Orras. REMEMBER THE"HELP" Each White House Employee Gets Christmas Turkey. Washington, Dec. 25. Although Presi dent Taft is in Panama each of 126 em ployees of the White Hous todav re ceived a fat turkey with the compliments of the President and Mrs. Taft. in addition the president made scores of special remembrances to old and faith ful employees. The only members of tne Taft family who will spend Christmas ac the White House will be Robert Tatt and Miss Helen Taft. What is your object in wan tine them to start a revision of the tariff immediate ly? T don t want to start a revision," replied Senator Sorghum. "What I want to do is to start the kind of an argument that will be its own explanation of indefi nite delay." Washington Star. IN EXTRA SESSION Congress Probably Will Be Called Together March 15 For the Purpose of BeYisin? the Tariff Schedules. WILSON AND CLARK MEET President-Elect and Speaker Talk Orer the Situation. The Governor Refuses to Talk About CoL Bryan. Trenton. N. J., Dec. 25.-Congress probably will be called Into extraor dinary session by President-elect Woodrow Wilson shortly after his In auguration, perhaps on March 15, and the particular legislation that will come before it will be tariff revision. After a two hours conference with Speaker Clark, the president-elect de clared that he would endeavor to meet the wishes of Democratic leaders in congress, wLj, he was informed, were anxious that Jie interval between the two sessions of congress be as brief as possible. Mr. Wilson announced before he left for Bermuda that he would call the extra session to convene "not later than, April 15." As to the exact date, he said he would consult the wishes of the Democratic leaders ., in congress. Mr. Ciark is u iderstood to favor March 15 as the day to begin work. "The sooner we get started the better,'- he told the president-elect. While the speaker said the time of the present session would be consumed with ap propriation bills, leaving the bulk of the Democratic program and platform pledges to the new congress, he con curred with Mr. Wilson tiiat the tariff should be the foremost subject to come before the special session. On Universal Lines. When the conference was over, Mr. Wilson said the talk had been "along universal lines," legislation as well as cabinet possibilities being taken up. He added that they had discussed the "general character of the extra ses sion" and the preparedness of legisla tion to come before it. "We both agreed that the tariff should be .he main Interest of the ex tra session," said the governor. In. urging an early meeting of con gress, the speaker told Mr. Wilson he believed members of congress ought not to be kept waiting too long between sessions. The president-elect did not disclose what ' names he and Mr. Clark dis cussed for the cabinet. He said at the outset, however, that the speaker "had not come primed with suggestions," but rather hesitated to express him self on the subject of the cabinet un til asked, "because he considered that a sort of family relationship existed between the president and his cabi net." Bryan Not Mentioned. "I asked the speaker for his opin ion as to several names," said Mr. Wilson, "and the names we did men tion he went over in a very judicial way. He has had so much experience, and I knew he could tell me some things about the public men that I otherwise would not be able to get. chiefly as to their experience." Both the speaker and Governor Wil son said Mr. Bryan's name had not been mentioned in the conference. When the newspaper men ap proached the speaker he declined to give out any Information as to his talk with the governor. They pressed him, however, as to whether Mr. Bryan had been discussed. "No," answered the speaker. "I'll give you that much information he was not." When he was interrogated later about Mr. Bryan, the speaker said plainly that he did not like to be in terviewed about the Nebraskan. "I am not going to talk about him," he said, emphatically, "you can mark that down, and tl.erv Is no use to talk about it. I don't want to seem unkind or discourteous but there are some things I will do and some that I won't. This is one of the things I will not do." Governor Wilson declared his talk with Mr. Clark was very cordial. "He always has had the most gen erous and cordial attitude," said the president-elect of his visitor. After a conference with Mr. Under wood next Tuesday the president-elect said he expected to receive many members of congress by appointment. "In ail these conferences," said Mr. Wilson, "we do not discuss specific things so much; but I try to get as much counsel as I can with regard tr men and policies." PASSENGERS TAKEN OFF AH on Board the Turrlalba Are Safely Transferred. New Tork, Dec 25. The passengers of the stranded steamship Turriaiba, about sixty in all were safely trans ferred today to the revenue cutter Seneca, which started immediately for New Tork. News of the transfer came in a wireless message from Cap tain Lindsay, commander of the Tur riaiba, to the United Fruit company offices here. "All passengers safely transferred to Seneca," said the message. "Ship lying easy and making no water." The Seneca should reach New Tork some time this afternoon. Collision In Delaware Bay. Philadelphia, Dec. 25. The Britisfc steamships Merlon and Oceano which, were in collision last night in the Del- ware bay reached Philadelphia today apparently not badly damaged. The Mevion, carrying passengers as well as freight, left here yesterday for Liver pool. The passengers showed but lit tle excitement after the collision and nearly all of them were asleep in their berths when the steamship arrived back in port They probably will be sent to Europe on a boat sailing from New Tork. The Oceano was inbound from Nar vik for Philadelphia loaded with iron. Both boats will be surveyed in .order that the extent of the damage may be ascertained.