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EVERYBODY 14 PAGES read nr. EVERYBODY 14 PAGES NEEDS IT. LAST EDITION. FRIDAY EVENING. TOPEKA. KANSAS- MARCH 14,1913. FRIDAY EVENING- TWO CCNJS five CENT 7 DEATH FOLLOWS TRAILOF STORM Extends From Great Lakes to South Atlantic Coast. More Than Fifty Lives Are Reported to fee Lost. PROPERTY LOSSES ARE LARGE Heaviest Toll of Life Taken in Southern States. Lines of Communication Brok en in Stricken Region. Widespread storms of cyclonic In tensity swept over the middle west and the south during the last twenty-four hours, cut their way through towns and cities of five states, snuffed out scores of lives, made hundreds homeless and destroyed property valued high In the millions. At noon today 51 persons were reported killed and the death list was growing. Other sections of the country from the Great Lakes to the gulf and from the eatsern seaboard to the Rockies were swept today by gales, rain and snow. The storm took Its heaviest toll of 11 fe In Alabama. Tennessee and North western Georgia. From Nashville and Memphis came reports of cyclones half a mile wide, sweeping through five rniinMea. tumbling over scores of houses, brushing a dozen towns and killing twenty persons. Rome, Ga., told a similar story of the storm in northwestern Georgia during the night, placing the dead at 18. A cy clone 100 yards wide plowed through He Kalb county, Georgia, Just east of Atlanta, cut it off from the world and killed five persons. Two persons were killed in Columbus, Ga., six In northern Alabama. A fifty-mile gale that passed over Chicago and Illinois during the night caused damage estimated at $1,000,000. From the storm-swept areas come meager reports of devastation, indicat ing that the property loss will exceed by far the earlier estimates. Many towns have been cut off from the world, and in sections of four states, thousands of telephone and telegraph wires are prostrated. Eighteen Reported Dead. Rome, Ga., March 14.-r-Eighteen were reported dead and many more injured as the result of the storm which swept over northwest Georgia last night. The property damage was heCoUimbus, Ga.. March 14. A storm of cyclonic proportions struck Colum bus early today, causing damage esti mated at several nunarea tnousana dollars. Two persons were reported killed. Buildings of the Eagle and Phoenix mills and the Swift Manufac turing company were partly demolish ed. Residences were blown down and street traffic demoralized. Reports From Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga., March 14. Five known dead, at least a score of Injured and thousand of dollars' loss today marked the path of the storm which swept the section Just east of the city last night. The storm cut a swath about one hun dred yards wide and extended through DeKalb county. Later reports, it is heard, will swell the list of casualties. The' dead include: WILLIAM BANKS AND CHILD, Clarkston. MRS. SALLIE NASH AND SON, Tucker. UNIDENTIFIED NEGRO, Tucker. Relief parties were sent out from here early today. Many Homeless. Memphis, March 14. Latest reports received today from the stormswept sections of Madison and Henderson counties do not add to the list of dead. Five were killed and over one hun dred rendered homeless. At Lexing ton between 75 and 100 houses were demolished. Telegraphic and telephone commu nication is still cut between Jackson and Lexington. Reports From South America. Buenos Ayres, March 14. Twenty persons were killed or seriously in jured by a destructive cyclone here today. Havoc In Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn., March 14. Reports of the storms which swept middle and western Tennessee yesterday afternoon Indicate the death list may reach 20. The storm west of the Tennessee river reached Its greatest fury in Ben ton county, sweeping a path from a quarter to three-quarters of a mile wide diagonally across the country. Lewis Williams. Robert King and the latter's daughter were killed there. Part of the house of Leonard Davis was blown two miles and his little daughter was carried 200 yards. A number of children were hurt when a school house was blown down. Peo ple of Camden spent the night In re lief work. In middle Tennessee the most disastrous work of the storm was In Maury county. Three persons are reported to have been killed In South Berlin. Reports from Hardeman county to day say that Mrs. Dock Mahon, whose husband was reported killed near Mid dleton. died of fright after the storm. Illinois Storm Swept. Chicago, March 14. he damage done by the wind and rain storm which swept Chicago and Illinois last night and early today was heavy. Telegraph wires south and west were down and service impaired. At Quincy wires were blown down and many windows bro ken. Several large boats in the Mis sissippi river were torn from moorings and launches were swamped by the gale. Old time rivermen declared the waves in the river were higher than In 20 years. At Spring Bay. 111., 50 men and wo men attending a church service were thrown into a panic when the steeple fell with a crash. Charles Gilpin, a farmer near Jack sonville, died from injuries received when a large tree was blown down and struck his house. At White Hall a pedestrian was blown from a side walk, and severely injured and a skat ing rink was demolished. Xhree per sons were Injured and much damage to property occurred near . Jerseyville. Heavy damage to crops was reported in Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell counties. Entire. Country Affected. Washington, March 14. A storm of unusual proportions, causing heavy rainfall and snow over every section of the country, was central this morn ing at Charles City, la., where the re markably low barometer of 28.86 inches was recorded. Heavy rains continue in the southern states and heavy falls are now reported in the middle Atlantic district, and in some of the interior regions in the north west. Particularly in Minnesota and South Dakota considerable snow has fallen. At the same time a cold wave is pushing southward over the Rocky Mountain region and the northwest ern states, accompanied by severe north gales. Weather experts today said the indications were for contin ued unsettled weather in the Atlantic, Great Lakes and upper Ohio valley regions for the next two days. It is not probable the rainfall will be con tinuous. Colder weather is predicted to spread over the middle and south ern states tonight or Saturday, and the Atlantic seotions by Saturday night or Sunday morning. Cold wave warn lngs have been issued for Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minne sota, Iowa, western portions of Ten nessee and Kentucky, Arkansas and north Texas. Snow at St. Joseph. St. Joseph, Mo., March 14. The temperature began to drop at noon today and rain turned to snow flur ries, with indications for snow tonight. The mercury is expected to go as low as 20 degrees tonight. Snow at Hutchinson. Hutchinson, Kan., March 14. Wind and snow storm has been raging here during the entire day. At z o clock the thermometer stands at 20 degrees and is rapidly falling. What snow is falling is drifting, but the railroads are experiencing no trouble as yet. Cold Wave in Southern Kansas. "Wichita, Kan., March 14. Snow is falling in southern Kansas today and a temperature of 20 degrees above zero prevails. The cold wave follows a temperature of 85 degrees earlier this week. Gold at Joplin. Joplin, Mo., March 14. A shifting cold wind nas been blowing almost a gale here since early this morning. No serious damage has been reported, however. The temperature took a sudden drop early today and heavy clouds bank the sky. FOUR ARE KILLED Thirty Others Injured Hear Gothenberg, Neb. Colorado Special Crashes Into Another Train. Omaha. Neb.. March 14. Union Pa cific passenger train No. 12, known as the Colorado special, ran into the rear of No. 4, the Atlantic express, at 3 o'clock this morning near Gothen berg, Neb., killing four persons and injuring thirty more, according to ad vices reaching here this morning. The accident, it is said, was due to the blinding blizzard that has been raging in Western Nebraska since mid. night. Train No. 4 was standing at the station when the Colorado train crashed into the rear end. The killed were all in the rear sleeper. The dead: EDMUND R. OUSTENHAUTT, Sala mina, N. Y., traveling salesman. AUGUST MEYERS, Wall Lake, Iowa. MRS. AUGUST MEYERS, Wall Lake, Iowa. MRS. EDITH HOON-STOCKWELL, Cheyenne. Mrs. Stockwell was the wife of Ser geant Stockwell, of the Fourth field artillery. The injured : O. R. Ordles, Walker, Iowa, internal injuries. W. H. Dickerson, Cheyenne, back sprained. W. H. Tinney, Omaha, ankle sprained bruised. A. R. Colvin, Sioux Falls, S. D., hip injured, back sprained. F. J. Laughlin, Omaha, body bruised, cuts. Ed Ross, Omaha, back sprained, cuts, and bruises. Mrs. E. E. Badgley, Allen, Neb., leg sprained, bruises. J. G. Kinnaid, Norfolk, back sprained, body injured. T. M. Torrence, Charles City, Iowa, bruised and cuts. G. F. Brown, Tonopah, Nev., internal Injury, bruises. Gerald Scott, Omaha, bruised. LAWS THAT HELP. "Sand" and "Film" Laws Will, Raise Lots of Money. Although the 1913 session of the leg islature has appropriated nearly a half million dollars more than the session of two years ago, the amounts to be raised by direct taxation are the same as those of 1912-13. Senate Bill No. 806, signed today by Governor Hodges, fixes the amount to be raised by direct taxation in 1914-15 at J7.000.000, the same amount' as was raised by leg islative enactment in 1911. In 1911 the appropriations totalled J8.300.000 in round figures, while this year they reach a total of $8,800,000. That means that with the J7.000.000 to be raised by direct taxation, that the additional $1,800,000 must be raised by indirect tax. Chapter 330 of the session laws of 1911, provide for the raising of the same amount of funds in 1912-13, as senate bill 806 provides to raise in 1914-15. In 1912, a total state tax of J3.600.000 was raised, while the amount necessary for 1913 was $3,400,000. For 1914. the state will collect in taxes $3, 600.000 and will raise $3,400,000 in 1915. ' Governor Hodges, who signed the sen ate bill today, believes that the added revenue from the new sand bill, picture film law, the corporation tax law and from other sources, will pro vide sufficient funds to keep the levy down to its present figure. In fact the governor believes that with the prob able increase in assessable property that a slight reduction in the levy may be possible. 1 IN CITYPOLITICS Nomination Papers Are Filed and Campaign Opens. Twenty-One Candidates City Hall Positions. for OLD TIME ISSUE IS UP Prohibitory Law Comes in for All Punishment. Other Items of Interest in Pri mary Campaign. Candidates for Mayor. J. B. Biilard. E. L. O'Neil. Robert L. Cofran. J. W. F. Hughes. George N. Cricbton. Mrs. May Taylor. Commissioner Parks, Public Buildings. E. B. Stotts. William R. Porter. William Bolinger.- J. A. Ramsey. Mrs. Ida Burkhart. Richard Wilson. Commissioner finance and Revenue. Roy L. Bone. Thomas R. Pope. J. A. Bostic. Commissioner Streets, Public Works, W. G. Tandy. M. F. Coate. George Adamson. Commissioner Waterworks, Electric Lights. H. P. Miller. Guy L. Bradford. F. M. Newland. Members Board of Education. L. M. Jones. Mrs. J. A. Bostic. C. B. Van Horn. Mrs. Annie Douglas P. W. Griggs. Scott. With the maintenance of a 50 million dollar municipality at stake and with the election of five men to handle the affairs of this people's corporation, the main is' in the campaign for the nomination of city officers seems to be the enforcement of the prohibitory law, judging from the talk of those voters taking the most active public interest in the campaign. Laying aside economies in the operation of the de partments, for getting the thousands spent every year in public improve. ments and overlooking the handling of the treasury accounts, the topmost platform, the insistent demands, the entire spirit of the 1913 city campaign is the attitude taken by the candidates on, a "wet" and "dry" issue that has been settled in Kansas for years. It is true that a few local condi tions have instigated a little fight here and there in the work of the commis sioners. It is known, also, that there is a scattering sentiment for more street lights, more water mains, clean' er streets parts of municipal govern ment that call for additional funds and increased taxes but on the"Street cars, on the streets and from the pulpits and the women s clubs comes that same old cry "What about the prohibi tory law?" Final Skirmish Next Week. With the final set of nomination pa pers filed with the city clerk and the true complexion of the primaries open for inspection of the voters of Topeka, the preliminaries of the campaign have been ironed out. Beginning Monday and lasting for one week until the pri maries March 24, the candidates for city offices will open up the grand final solicitation of ballots. For mayor six candidates are in the race, for commissioner of parks, six persons aspire to succeed Stotts, for commissioner of finance and revenue three men have signified their willing ness to accept, for commissioner of waterworks and electric lights H. P. Miller has two opponents and for the board of education three men and two women are asking for the nomination. As usual, the race for mayor is the headllner of the campaign. Mayor Biilard is confident that he will be nominated for re-election. Four other men. O'Neil, Hughes, Cofran and Crichton are equally positive that they will receive the nomination. The one woman, Mrs. May Taylor already is planning on changing the color scheme in the office tinting at tn city hall. Only two will be nominated for the election. Police Department the "Goat.' The police department is the bone over which most of the candidates for mayor are fighting. It is the same old story police, chief, matron, vs. law and order, prohibition and white slavery. The main interest centering around this office does not concern the management and the control of the expensive fire and police depart ments and the rigid supervision over all city departments instead it sways back and forth over the struggling charges against the enforcement of the liquor laws. The fight for commissioner of parks and public buildings is inter esting because of the large list of candidates asking for this place, and the fact that a woman has entered the ring. Also because of the fact that Commissioner Stotts is said to be a friend of Mayor Biilard, which in duces the usual frills of opposition. For commissioner, however, the big battle lies between xi. f. Miner tor re-election and F. M. Newland, a well known business man. The forces be hind these two candidates are work ing night and day and in some in staces the customary slinging of po litical mud has been noticed. Com missioner Miller is not worrying over the outcome. "I don't think the peo ple want to shift the management of the waterworks and electric light de partment," he said. "I feel confident of nomination." In the clamor for commissioner of streets and finance only one candi date will be exempted after the pri maries. Three men are in the race for each position and the thinning out March 24 will nominate two. The school board fight is a contest between the men and the women. Van Horn. Jones and Griggs have been in office and are running for re election. The two womep. Mrs. Bostic and Mrs. Scott, are receiving strong support from both male and female sources. Registration May FaU Short. With the entire office fcrce working on the final report of qualified voters. Election . Commissioner Kemper was unable today to give out the figures nn new registration and on the hold overs from the last election. It is j estimated that close to 18,000 persons I will be qualified to vote at the pri-1 maries one week from Monday. These figures are below the numbers quali fied two years ago. The unusual lack of interest taken in the: city election this spring is responsible. The woman -vote will have to be watched by the candidates in this elec tion. Nearly 6,000 female - votes hold over from the election two years ago. Added tQ this probably 1,000 or more will be qualified this year. A large per cent of the new female voters in the primaries March 24 will be colored. Most of the newly registered women are of .the black race. Taken as a whole, the city political campaign is the dullest in years. The club women of the- city have been able to keep the candidates awake by grill ing sessions and now and then a min ister declares war from his pulpit. Un der the commission form the party af filiation is not recognized this has been instrumental in cutting down the interest that oftimes accompanies the campaigns. If Monday, March 24, is a pleasant day, the most hopeful at the city hall liberally estimate a vote of not more than 14.000 probably less. HAS CONFERENCES President Wilson Has Import ant Program Today. Question of Philippine In demnity to Come Up. Washington, March 14. President Wilson had a number of important con. ferences planned for today. Representative Jonesi of Virginia, had an engagement to introduce his col league. Representative Saunders, but he also expected to take up with the presi dent the question of Philippine indem nity, for which he has a bill pending in the house. Other names on the president's pro gram were: Representative A. Mitchell Palmer, of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Democratic caucus; Joseph EL Davles, of Wisconsin, secretary of the Democratic national committee, and Secretary of State Bryan, who will leave today on a ten days' trip to his home in Lincoln, Neb. The president will wind up the day at 6 o'clock, when he is scheduled to meet Senator La Follette. President Wilson today found him self reading an application for a post mastership in spite of his rule not to consider applications from minor of fices in person. W. T. Hepner of Lompac, Cal., sent to the president a can which did not look as if it were loaded, but when the president un screwed its top he fo tan that tie bad enclosed a reauest that a friend ' be appointed postmaster at Lompac. The president referred the application to the postmaster general. RESTS WITH JURY Trial of Dr. B. Clarke Hyde Approaches Close. Latest Report Came From Jury at Noon. Kansas City. Mo.. March 14. The jury in the case of Dr. B. Clarke Hyde, on trial a third time charged with the murder of Colonel Swope, millionaire philanthropist, resumed .deliberations at 9 o'clock this morning. The case was given to the Jury at 10 o'clock last night, but after an hour's deliber ation the Jury was dismissed. At 10 o clock the jury sent a deputy into court and asked that the testi mony of Dr. Hyde and Dr. F. M. Per kins be sent to them. Dr. Perkins testified for the defense. At 12:20 o'clock this afternoon Judge Porterfleld called the Jurors into the court room and inquired if they naa reacnea a verdict. Receiving a negative, they were sent to luncheon and will resume deliberations at 1:30 o'clock. There were no indications as to how the jury stood. Dr. Hyde has spent the last three years either on trial, in jail or out on bail under charge of the Swope murder. In the first trial he was found guilty and sentenced to prison for life. Placed on trial a second time after the state supreme court had overruled the trial court, his case was stopped and a mistrial called when one of the jurors, weary of confinement, escaped through the transom of the Jury room, to be picked up in the fields a week later in a pitiable mental state. A week after the third trial began. January 13, it . was held up by the ill ness of a juror, in whose place a sub finally was obtained after the case had approached dangerously near an other mistrial. Dr. Hyde was first placed on trial April 11, 1910. charged with poisoning Colonel Swope with cyanide. Eleven in dictments charged him with connec tion with the death or serious illness of several members of the Swope fam ily and household. The state put for ward as a motive that Dr. Hyde de sired to hasten the inheritance through his wife, Colonel Swope's niece, of a share of the aged millionaire's estate. MAIL IS DELAYED. Copies of Mexican Herald Late In Reaching State Journal. As an indication of the conditions in Mexico, where the contending federal and rebel forces are battling for su premacy, the State Journal this morn ing received nine copies of different dates of the Mexican Herald. Ordi narily one Herald arrives at the Jour nal office each day, but the difficulties attaching to the mail service by ob struction of railroad operations caused these papers to be held up at some point in the southern country. Unable U - Agrt-c. New York, March 14. A supreme court jury was unable to reach a ver dict last night in the trial of Charles Caccia and Stanley Geilnik, eashier and assistant cashier of the Iron Clad Manufacturing company, owned by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Seaman, known in public life as "Nellie Bly. Caccia and Geilnik were charged with forgery in connection with the looting of the company nearly two years ago. IN BEERS' DEFENSE Hungate Presents the Pris oner's Side. Religion and Lore Helped to Tangle the Skein. DEATH WAS AN ACCIDENT Tried Merely to Stop Her Screams. Trial Draws Great Crowd of Morbid People. Declaring that the Rev. W, L. Beers, who is on trial for the mur der of his wife, loved the woman he is charged with killing, and that at the time of her tragic death he was attempting to induce her to return to their home at Wakarusa, Kan., Otis Hungate, attorney for the defense, made the opening statement for the defendant this morning. He began with the time Beers, left a widower with eight small children, employed the woman as a nurse,, and followed the life of the minister down to the time of the tragedy, last November. "The woman was led to believe and the evidence will show that she did believe," he declared, "that she had lost her hope of salvation through having married Mr. Beers, who was (Continued on Page Seven.) WILL REACH JURY Case of Arson "Trust'' Member On in Chicago. Prosecutions Are Result of Confessions of Firebug. New York, March 14. The case of another reported member of the "ar son trust" will reach a jury in court of general sessions today. Two men of more than twenty, accused in in dictments handed down after the op erations of "trust" were disclosed by a Sing Sing prison convict, have al ready been convicted. Henry C. Free man, a fire insurance adjuster, 'has been on trial for several days. Free man took the stand in his own defense yesterday and denied his alleged crim inal association with "Isidor Stein, known as Izxf the painter." "Izzy" Is the convict who told of the "trust," which is suspected by the prosecuting attorney of having a di rect connection with similar bands of incendiaries in other cities. Representatives of the board of underwriters of New York are now in Chicago conferring with Illinois state attorneys regarding this alleged inter state traffic in arson. Testifying in his own defense, Free man told a remarkable story of how he worked up a business of $400,000 a year, that netted him about $25,000 annually. The -city was divided into districts in which he stationed auto mobiles that were ever ready to go to fires. Freeman narrated. A man at police headquarters, for $15, inform ed him whenever a fire occurred. Freeman then telephoned to a man waiting with one of his machines. The man drove to the fire, making it his business to find out the name of the owner burning property. The driver then notified one of his six solicitors, wnom .freeman Kept stationed in his geographical divisions, and this man contracted with the property owner for settlement of the loss with the in surance companies. TWO GOVERNORS. Arkansas Has Surplus of Chief Execu tives Today. Little Rock, Ark., March 14. Two state senators yesterday laid claim to the office of governor of Arkansas, and each established an office at the capitol. After the resignation of .Governor Joseph T. Robinson, last Saturday, Senator W. F. Oldham, then president of the senate, succeeded to the office of governor under the provision of the state constitution, which does not pro vide for a lieutenant-governor, but for the succession of the president of the senate. Monday, however the senate elected Senator John M. Futrell, presi dent pro tern, to act as lieutenant-governor until the legislature reconvened two years hence. Today the legislature adjourned and Flitrell appeared at' the governor's of fice and demanded that Oldham retire in his favor. Oldham refused. Futrell established himself in the office of the president of the senate and both sought to administer the affairs of the state. The law provides that should a vacancy occur within a year's expiration of the governor term a special election shall be called immediately - to choose an executive. Both Futrell and Oldham declare they will call an election. ENGINEER'S BRAVERY. Presence of Mind Saves Passengers From Death In Wisconsin. La Crosse, Wis., March 14. The presence of mind of Charles Whiting, engineer of passenger train No. 8 of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, in the face of almost certain death, probably saved the lives of a large number of persons when the train ran into a washout late last night and toppled over into Root river near Hokah, Minn., twelve miles from this city, according to reports received today. Knute Nelson, the fireman, was killed, and Whiting was perhaps fatally injured when the locomotive ran into the washout and almost bur ied itself in the mud in several feet of water. None of the other members of the train crew were hurt, according to the first dispatches. Owing to the heavy weather the train was almost on the edge of the washout before it could be seen that the bridge was gone. Whiting revers ed the throttle and put on the emer gency air brakes, and while all the cars left the rails, there was not suf ficient momentum to propel them into deep water. The passengers escaped with a few bruises. The accident hap penned about midnight. The train was running slowly on account of spring freshets. RECORDSJROKEN Sixty-Second Congress Appro priations Reported. Nearly $87,000,000 Increase Oyer PreYious Session. Washington, March 14. Appropria tions of the last session of congress, including the sundry civil and the In dian appropriation, which failed at the last moment, but which are to be put through at the coming extra ses sion, aggregate $1,098,647,960. The annual statements given out today by Chairman Fitzgerald, of the appropri ation committee, and by former Speaker Cannon, for the Republicans, agree on that total. Mr. Cannon adds, however, that in addition to that amount contracts authorized for pub lic works involve further expenditures of $76,968,174. Chairman Fitzgerald attributed the Increase to development of the country, increased government activity and constant pressure to di vert burdens to the federal treasury. "The indifference of the adminis tration," said Mr. Fitzgerald, "readily misled congress as to the country's financial condition. The report of the secretary of the treasury disclosed an anticipated deficit of $22,556,023, but congress never received from the president the information which the statute directed him to furnish." Mr. Fitzgerald insists all appropria tion bills should be prepared in one committee, as the only way to reform the appropriation problem. Mr. Can non, analyzing the figures, declared the appropriations made and obliga tions created during the entire Sixty second congress, aggregated $2,238, 470,990, an excess of almost $87,999. 000 over the previous congress, and that the probable deficit in the reve nues for 1914 will be $183,821,626. "All performances of Republican houses." he answers, "fall into utter insignificance in contrast with what the Democratic house of the Sixty second congress has accomplished in emptying the treasury and piling up obligations." THE MARCH KIND. Sudden Cold Wave, High Wind, and Rain. Topeka is experiencing a mild cold wave. Since 11 o'clock -xnnraaay night there has been a tendency on the part of the mercury to drop. The reading at 10 o'clock this morning was 31 degrees. The rain was general in Kansas east of Dodge City, according to re ports received by the Santa Fe, but very light. It appears that Topeka received a lion's share of the pre cipitation. Out towards Dodge City and in the southern part of the state there was just a very heavy mist, ac cording to these reports. It was snowing in northern Kansas this morning. The rainfall late Thursday after noon amounted to .56 of an inch. This served to pu the streets of Topeka in better condition than they have been m for several months. It washed them clean. It was a good thing, too, for the crops, stated the weather man. The predication is that by Saturday morning the mercury will reach a point between the 15 and 20 degree point. Fair weather is called for. and sngntiy warmer temperatures by Sat urday afternoon. The typical March wind is blowing today. The direction this morning was from the southwest, and the velocity was 25 miles an hour. Weather Just as Bad as Can Be. The weather has been disagreeable and threatening. Snow has fallen at intervals but not enough to measure. The wind changed in the course of the morning to the west, and at 2 o'clock was blowing at the rate of 30 miles an hour. It will probably be coming from a northerly direction by Saturday morning. Since 10 o'clock this morning the temperatures have been below the freezing. At 2 o'clock this afternoon the mercury was still on the slide. The high wind is caused by an unusually severe disturbance over Iowa. The temperatures are from 2 to 8 degrees above zero in Montana and Wyoming. The mercury has slipped down below the zero mark in Colorado; there the sun is shining today. The hourly readings: 7 o'clock 35 11 o'clock. .... 31 8 o'clock 33 9 o'clock 32 10 o'clock 31 12 o'clock 32 1 o'clock 31 2 o'clock 30 LARGE PROPERTY LOSS Disastrous Fire at Elmira, X. Y., suits From Explosion. Re- Elmira, N. Y. .March 14. Fire which originated from a gasoline explosion in a garage destroyed property worth $350,000 here during the night. The whole business section of the city was menaced until the flames were under control. The burned buildings include the four-story plant of the Elmira Telegram, the Knights of Columbus Home and the Amuse theater. MOORE FOUND GUILTY Was Charged With Killing Mother and Grandmother. Columbia, Mo., March 14. Henry Lee Moore was found guilty in the circuit court here today of the murder of his mother and grandmother. The jury returned a verdict of murder in the first degree and fixed the penalty at life imprisonment. Attorneys for Moore took an appeal to the supreme court. Weather Forecast for Kansas. Fair and slightly colder tonight, Sat urday fair and warmer. TROOPSJILL 300 Albanian Inhabitants Report ed Shot by Serrians. Dispatch Alleges JTo Trials Were Giren Victims. TAKE ONE HUNDRED PRISONERS Victims of Massacre Were Un armed Peasants. Many Fled to Mountains as' Troops Approached. Frankfort on the Main, Germany, March 14. Three hundred Albanian In habitants of Lluma, In the Turkish province of Kossovo, were shot without trial by Servian troops yesterday, ac cording to a dispatch from TJskup to the Frankfort Gazette today. "The inhabitants of the district to talled 400," the dispatch says. "They were unarmed peasants and did not follow the example of the rest of the Al banians in fleeing to the mountains. "All were captured by a column of Servian troops, who, after shooting 8il of them, brought the surviving 100 prisoners to Brisrend, the capital of the province." Repulsed by Turks. London, March 14. A fierce- but un successful assault was made on the south front of the Turkish fortress of Adrianopla last night. According to a dispatch from Constantinople, tha be sieging Bulgarians and Servians sus tained heavy losses and were eventually, repulsed all along the line. WILL CLEAR WAY President's Adrisers Hit Upon Plan for P. O. Appointments. Civil Serrice Order Difficulty Will Be Surmounted. Washington. March 14. President Wilson's advisers have hit upon solu tions of two of the political problems confronting the administration which promised to be most trouttieaome what kind of Democrats shall get plums from the political tree and how thousands of Democrats throughout the country -can be given a fighting chance at least to get near the tree. Within the next few days postmas ter General Burleson is expected to present for the president's considera tion a plan which will open to Demo crats the 35,000 third and fourth class postmasterships converted Into the civil service recently by Mr. Taft. Mr. Burleson said that he had not decided whether or not to ask the president for a revocation of this order. If he decides against asking for a revoca tion he will then suggest that post masters who benefited by the Taft order be required a merit test which, would be open also to others. If the president took the first course thous ands of postmasterships would be available at once, and if he chooses the other. Democrats who entered the merit competition would have ' as good a chance as Republican incum bents. Vigorous Criticism. Ever since Mr. Taft Issued his fa mous order, which wit ha similar one by Mr. Roosevelt, put every third and fourth class postmaster in the coun try in the classified service. It has been subjected to vigorous criticisms by Democrats, who charged that its purpose was to keep in office through Mr. Wilson's term thousands of Re publicans who were not in sympathy with the administration and who were given such protection merely to keep the Republican political machine in working order. Mr. Burleson has given the order serious consideration and any recommendation he makes to the president is likely to have much weight. Mr. Burleson and Chairman Mc Combs of the Democratic national committee have settled upon a plan for patronage distribution which also will . be submitted to the president shortly. If it is followed, the ques tion of whether a candidate for of fice is backed by "organization men" or "anti-organization" men will not figure when he is weighed for a place. The president will be advised to go upon the principle that any man who subscribes to the Democratic platform! and shows his belief in Democratic principles is specially fit for office. Personal fitness, of course, will be con sidered first, the question of state fac tions or pre-convention alliances will have little weight. This disposition has been shown in the first batch of presidential appointments. Some of the most prominent men whom the president has thus far named opposed his nomination at Baltimore. ARE PREPARING BILL. Suffragists . Will Ask Congress Right to Vote. for . Washington, March 14. Recent ac tivity on the part of leaders at Na tional Suffragette headquarters was explained today by the announcement that the legislative committee was at work on the preparation of a bill to be presented to the incoming congress granting to women the right to vota for members of congress. It was ac knowledged that little hope was en tertained and that such a bill would pass, but the leaders expect the cause to profit through the agitation they expect will follow whatever action congress may take. Plans are being mapped. It was de clared, for a vigorous campaign in Michigan, when the people of that state vote on the question of universal suffrage. - - . Here's Your Chance. The Chicago Great Western R. R. will make very low fares to the north and west this spring. Write H. B. Bryning, district passenger agent, C. O. W. R. R.. 809 Walnut street, Kansas City, Mo., for particulars. Adv. '