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Commerce Commission Must
Compile History of Railroads.
Work Will Require Several
' Years in Consummation.
Washington. March 17. The greatest
administrative task of its kind ever
unflertaken in this or any other coun-
try is today, faced by : the - interstate
commerce commission. It is under in
struction to write a. complete history
of the railroads of the United States.
This is an incidental provision of the
bill, passed by congress and signed by
President Taft on March I, directing
the commission to make a valuation of
the railroads, telegraphs, telephones,
and as it is understood by the com
mission many of the street car sys
tems of the land. ' " '
The immensity of the. task is almost
staggering to the commission. It is
required by the law that the business
be set on foot within- 60 days. This
leaves little time for determining vast
questions of policy, method and ad
ministration. At the conference ses
sion of the commission, probably on
April 7, the matter will have to be
taken up.
It will require several years to do
the work, and it is estimated by offi
cials of the commission that from
three to five millions of dollars will
represent the cost. A big organiza
tion, including expert engineers, sta
tisticians, economists and writers will
have to be formed, in addition to which
a force of hundreds of - field workers,
clerks, etc.. will be needed. It is ex
pected that, when the work is in full
wlng, the organization will be one of
the biggest bureaus of the government,
and that its force will number more
than half as many people as the en
tire establishment now operated by the
interstate commerce commission.
Th real scope and significance of ,
the legislation which directs this big
task has not been realized till wunin
the last few days. The task was de
scribed by a commission official as "one
that gets bigger every time one looks
at that act.
Protest Is Expected.
Tf i. nnrrtnl that there will be
protest from the railroad managers
Uhpn thev realize what is to be done
n-h legislation Days no attention to
(nrki values, "eoing concern" val
ues, and the like, which the railroads
have always contended were of great
Tt reauires that all the
nrorwrtv of every railroad shall be ap
Mi in detail. There shall be a
determination of its original cost, of
its present value, ana r tne preseui
cost of reproduction, with statements
of the depreciation that is charged off
Jn reaching present valuation.
Tn making these determinations the
commission is directed to find whai
property was donated to each railroad,
what its value was when so donated,
,i hnt it is now: by whom it was
donated, whether by the national
crnvernment. in land grants,
. nation, states or cities in the form
.f ta-.es or other subsidies. Reporting
on all this, the commission must pre
sent detailed analysis of the method it
pursued in getting its facts and reach
ing its conclusions. All property held
by a carrier for other purposes than
that of transportation, must be re
ported in detail. .
The greatest task, in some ways, is
the requirement of a financial and
physical history of every railroad. This
is so written that it means in effect a
complete financial history of every rail
road corporation that ever built any
of the railroads now in operation in the
country. It will not be sufficient to
tell all about the corporations now
owning and operating properties. The
thing must start at the very begin
ning, and every organization, reor
ganization, receivership, sale, issue and
reissue of securities, etc.. must be
detailed. " ,
The commission is authorized to re
quire the co-operation of the railroads
and other corporations, in getting at
the facts. Whether there is full auth
ority for enforcing this co-operation is
yet to be determined. It is the hope
of the commissioners that the railroads
will decide to lend their assistance in
every possible way, and place their
records at the disposal of the right
Somewhat similar valuations of rail
road and other properties have been
made by many countries, but never on
such a scale. Prussia. Switzerland and
other countries have had to make val
uations as a preliminary to purchase
by the government. But these valua
tions were- commonly made piecemeal,
and for properties not comparable in
extent with the railroad and telegraph
and telephone systems of this nation.
The statement that nearly half of all
the world's railroads are . in the Uni
ted States suggests what an operation
Js ahead.
A British royal commission has only
recently completed the valuation of
the telephone systems of the United
Kingdom, after years of work. That
operation, preliminary to their late
purchase by the government, was look
ed upon as tremendous; yet it would
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not be an incident in the performance
now imposed upon the interstate com
merce commission, -.- ' '
One of the important details requir
ed in making the forthcoming valua
tion, is that the property in every
state shall be itemised and appraised
separately, so that every state will
know exactly how much value in these
various services is assigned to it.
Postofflce Site Changed.
The postofflce department has order
ed a change of site for the postofflce
at Holton, Kan. Next week the office
will be located on the west aide of
New York avenue, .between Fourth and
Fifth streets.
Next week a new postofflce substa
, tion No- jj, win be established in Kan-
sas City. Kan., at 3091 North Twenty
seventh stroet.
Chester I. Long, former United States
senator from' Kansas, is in Washing
ton this week, attending to legal mat
ters before the federal departments.
"Uncle Joe" Cannon Leaves
Active Political Life.
"Will Be Dead When I Lose
Interest," He Declares.
Washington, March 17. Joseph
Gurney Cannon, private citizen, -vwent
home" yesterday after nearly forty
years of public service. Unattended,
the erstwhile "czar" of the house,
picked up his gripsack and started for
Danville, 111.
"Uncle Joe" and two big cedar
boxes left ' together. The boxes con
tained the private letters and docu
ments of a long service 06 years in
the midst of Washington's political
turmoil. It took weeks to sort them
from, the accumulation of the former
speaker s letter files.
"Weil, I'm throusrh.". sisrhed "Uncle
Joe," as he straightened no after
closing the last box, shook the dust
from his hands and rumpled his scan
ty gray hair. "I've had a devil of a
job getting rid of stuff. I must have
had thousands of newspaper clippings
and cartoons, besides by letters and
papers. They were all worth keeping
when I gathered hem and I had a
hard time weeding, them out. Most
of them were clever, but scarcely of
a complimentary nature," and "Uncle
Joe's" keen eyes twinkled reminis
contly. "What are you going to do back
home?" he was asked.
He- rubbed his head - reflectively,
hoisted himself to the edge of the
table, wrapped his long legs about the
back of a chair and began:
"Well, my business is in pretty good
shape. I've got a little bank stock and
that is pretty well organized. My
farm land is well handled. I guess
I'll just look around a little bit. When
I was young I -wanted to travel, but !
I was too busy earning a living. Now
I don't care much about it. The folks
are planning a trip around the world,
China, India, Japan, the Philippines
and all the rest of it " Uncle Joe
stroked his beard a moment, and then
leaning forward, confidentially re
marked: "But I'm not going. I may take a
little run through Mississippi and
Arkansas, where I want to look over
some land in the Yazoo and St. Fran
cis country, but that will be about all
the traveling I'll do.
"I'm not tired. I feel just as well
as I ever did, but I suppose that is
because I'm the old devil they say I
"Will you continue in politics?"
Tie pondered a minute, then replied:
"When I lose interest in politics, you
can bet I'll be dead. I will still be in
politics, as a private citizen." Then
as an after thought, "'without per
sonal ambitions."
The- former speaker thought he
might stop off on his way home to
-isit Representative Marlin Olmsted,
one of his old adherents in the house.
at Harrisburg, Pa.
Politicians and Newspaper Men Knjoy
His Hospitality.
About 20 newspaper men and state
officials were guests of Speaker W. L.
(Ironjaw) Brown Saturday night
at the Topeka club. Governor Hodges
presided at the dinner as toastmascer
and for .two hours following the din
ner, the newspaper writers and others
testified concerning the work of the
recent legislative session and more
particularly the work of the speaker
and host of the evening.
Many stories concerning Brown and
Kansas political events were related
by the men who worked at the press
tables not only during the session just
closed but who have observed the
work of Kansas law makers since the
time of the old Dunsmore house in
1893. Speaker Brown himself took a
hand in the talkfest and returned to
the reporters the praise that had been
extended to him by the newspaper cor
respondents. The dinner was one of
the real features of the session just
closed, at least from the standpoint of
the score of news writers who were
guests at Saturday night's feed.
Among the men who were guests of
Speaker Brown were: Governor
George H. Hodges, Grant Harrington,
private secretary to the governor;
Samuel Seaton, pardon clerk: Hender
son S. Martin, member of the utilities
commission; Frank P. Mac Lennan,
Frank Jarrell, C. A. Cain. Z. G. Hop
kins. W. R. Kercher, Cecil Howes.
Ernest Tucker. Albert T. Reid, A. J.
Carruth. Harvey G. Parsons, A. L.
Shultz, J. A. Clark and Harlow Brown
of Hutchinson, son of Speaker Brown.
Policeman Kills Negro.
New York. March 17. Daniel T.
Davis, a negro, accosted a young white
woman, who stepped from an uptown
subway station today, grabbing her
by the arm until she screamed. A
policeman who interfered was slashed
across the face with a razor wielded
by the negro who then fled. Although
weak from los of blood, the policeman
gave chase. He fired five shots at the
fleeing negro, four of -which pierced
his body. He fell dead five blocks from
the scene of the encounter.
Hardware Men Convene.
Jacksonville. Fla., March 17. Dele
gates already have begun to arrive for
the convention of the National Hard
ware dealers association which will
open here Wednesday and remain in
session until the end of the week.- In
formation - received by local com
mittees indicate a large attendance.
To Cure a Cold In One Day
Take Laxative Bromo Qulnme Tablets.
Druggists refund money if tt falls to cure.
E. W Grove's signature is on each box. 2ac
State Superintendent on Fence
, About School Book Law.
Was Not Consulted in Its Mak
ing, So He's Sore.
.- , the legislature to provide that the corn
That Democratic law for the state I mission shall be; composed of persons
pubiicanon of school textbooks may Vhi sleprovides that the
be a perfectly . good and virtuous bit
' i?eisiauon, dux w. u. . koss, bh
superintendent of nublic instruction.
has his own ooinion of ' the matter.
Superintendent Ross doesn't say in
just so many words, mind you that
the textbook law isn't worth a conti
nental. He just assumes a disturbed
expression, looks the other way and
remarkes that he didn't have anytnlng
to do with the enactment of this law.
And that's all there is about it,
Ever since this law for the publica
tion of school textbooks was .written.
Superintendent - Ross has' each day
locked after the routine affairs of his
own office and behind time lock vaults
in his own breast he has carried his
personal opinion of the . la"W. Possibly
the new . plan will work out;all right,
Ross says. If it doesn't well, he didn't
work out the general color scheme and
he won't seek any of the credit. Pos
sibly the new plan will be a failure.
If it is, Mr. Ross desires to serve no
tice at this time that he wasn't a party
to the contract and no one can fairly
hang the blame on him.
In his office. Superintendent Ross was
firm in his belief that he positively
wouldn't talk about the new law. No, i
Mr. Ross Was Timid.
"I haven't anything to say about it
at all,"- persisted the successor of E.
T. Fairchild, as he dodged a Question
fired from a dozen different angles.
"But," persisted a visitor, "you are
a member of this commission. Certain
ly you have some idea about this new
"Yes. yes. Certainly X have an idea,"
admitted Mr, Ross.
"Then, what Is it?"
"Well, to tell the truth, you see I
didn't nave a thing to do with draft
ing this bill. Why, the committee
didn't even call me before it. I- hadn't
a thing to do with its provisions." -
"But do you think the plan will be a
"I don't know. I can only Judge 'by
the experience of other states." ,
Then Mr. Ross was asked about the
other states that had tried the plan.
He pointed to California.
California Law a Success Now. -
"The report of the state superintend
ent of California," said Mr. Ross,
"shows that the plan there hasn't been
a success, lhey have tried.it for rfu
years and until the last few years it
hasn't been at all satisfactory." ..-
"Is the Kansas law the same as the
California law?" was asked.
;'Really, Z don't know. I hardly think
it is an exact copy. You see neither
myself nor any of the persons inter
ested in the educational work of the
state were called before the commit
tee to give our views and I don't feel
like discussing the law now."
"But i3 the plan of printing school
books in California the same as in
Kansas?" ; -.- -
"I don't know as to-that. The report
of the state superintendent, though,
shows that it costs that state more to
publish certain books than they are
now sold for in Kansas.".
Then Superintendent Ross warmed up
to his subject a bit. . In a very few
words he told what he really thought
of the new plan in Kansas and of the
objections which he found to the pres
ent system of managing the publica
tion of school text books.
"When the bill was under considera
tion," said Mr. Ross, "none of the heads
of thet educational institutions nor my
self were consulted about the provisions
of the law. So if the law proves a suc
cess, I shall certainly claim none of
the credit. If it isn't successful, I will
surely not be to blame."
"But what -are the really objection
able features of the law?" was asked.
He Flies His Objections.
: "Well, for one reason, there is no
provision in the law for the publication
of supplemental books. I think that
is a really bad feature of the law, as
it is impossible to handle our school
work without the supplemental books."
"Is that the only objection?"
"No, I think there are some others,"
admitted the state superintendent. "Take
for instance the personnel of the com
mission. In my mind it should be com-
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most of them lower.
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Thomas Brand Canned
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10c pkg. choice Seeded
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Our fine Bread 3 for 10:
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For Wednesday we will
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and remember that our
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'posed of persons who are in actual
school work, such for example as one
county superintendent . and one super
intendent of city schools or a person
actually engaged in the school work."
That was one of the real complaints
on -which. Superintendent Ross hung his
real objections and rested.
'Have you heard from many of the
people interested in school work regard--ing
this matter?" was asked.
"Yes. A good many of them. Almost
without exception they object to the
provisions of the bill and the failure of
cunurai couege ana tne state superin-
: tendent shall be members of the com
mission, but-does not provide that the
two members to- be - appointed by the
governor, shall be actual school men or
And so, with, the measure in its pres
ent form, . Superintendent Ross prefers
not to discuss the matter. He prefer,
rather, to . stand by and obsrve the
workings of the new Democratic plan
to save money, for' Kansas school pa
trons by publishing text, books at the
state printing plant- Yes, he will lend
such aid as his position as a member
of the commission will permit. But as
to the ultimate success of the plan, Mr.
Ross really prefers to keep his own
counsel. : : -:
(Continued from Page One.)
Established a sanitarium for-tuber
culosis patients. (House bill 896.)
Provided for the maintenance of
I Dill 233.)
I , Made the night school a part of our
' Dublin, -jaclirtnl svtTYi. - "Ktf.nn.tA bill
641.) -
Provided for 1 the registration of
trained nurses. - (House bill 39.)
Created a board of corrections
which shall have charge of penal and
reformatory institutions.- (Senate bill
Requiring private, charitable insti
tutions seeking state aid to come un
der th'e supervision of the state board
of control. -(Senate bill 620.)
Established "a state censorship of
moving picture films. (Senate bill
367.) -'.'-'
Prohibited the publication of im
moral postcards. ' (Senate bill 345.)
Provided for the registration of
marriages. (House bill 732.)
! Provided for the sterilization of the
unfit. ' z- .
Provided for a uniform course of
study in the rural schools. (House
bill 301.) v . f . .
Enabled townships to locate and
maintain high schools. (Senate bill
155.) -
Provided for the opening of school
buildings for .social center gatherings
and making It unlawful for school
boards to act arbitrarily or partially
in the opening f -the same. (Senate
bill 243. House bill 246.)
Required railroad companies to fur
nish pilots for detiired trains ' (House
bill 304. . ,i . . -.
Required railroad companies to pro
tect jts employees with track sheds at
division points where shops are located.
(House bill 52). ,
Required railroad companies to bul
letin the arrival of passenger trains.
(House bill 387).
Made it a misdemeanor to tamper
with switch ligbta.'for the. purpose of
misleading train) crews. ' '(Senate bill
Provided for a corporation franchise
tax. (House bill 558 and 934).
Remodel our oil inspection laws
and abolished 105 officers. (House bill
Prohibited the , sale of adulterated
slioes unless stamp shows that imita
tion leather is used. (Senate bill 93).
Modified and strengthened the blue
sky laws. (Senate bill 485).
Fixed the ownership of the island
lands of the state. (House bills 204 and
Provided for the regulation of mutual
hail insurance companies. (House biU
Provided for exchange, reciprocal or
interinsurance contracts. (Senate bill
Provided against the cancellation or
forfeiture of life insurance policies
wltnout notice. (Senate bill 640).
Provided for the incorporation of co
operative associations. (Senate bill 629)
Extended the lien law to protect
blacksmiths the same as other me
chanics. (House bill 165).
Provided for the plugging of abandon
ed oil and gas wells. (House bill 145).
Provided for the protection of inn
keepers. (House bill 461).
Created hotel commission for the
regulation of hotels and restaurants.
(House bill 518).
Regulated the sale of live stock rem
edies. (House bill 629).
Regulated the disbarment and rein
statement of attorneys. (Senate bill
Amended the game laws to protect
quail and prairie chicken for five years.
(Senate bill 6a).
Authorized county commissioners to
establish demonstration and irrigation
farms. (House bill 709).
Empowered counties to purchase rock
crushers and other road making
machinery. (Senate bill 649).
Enabled counties to purchase deep
well drilling machinery. (Senate bill
Enabled cities and counties to estab
lish fairs and purchase fair grounds.
(Senate bill 791).
Required better bridges and culverts
on our highways. (Senate bill 751).
Provided for a registration fee for
automobiles, the same to be placed
in the good roads fund. (Senate bill
, 239).
Provided for bridging and the cbn
1 struction of dams across navigable
j streams. (House bill 560.)
Authorized municipalities and town
j ships to condemn land for cemetery
purposes. (House bill 869.)
I Provided for an efficient civil ser
' vice in cities of over 75,000 inhabit
ants. (House bill 495.)
Extended the power of cities over
tunnels and .viaducts and other man
i ners of crossing. . (House bilk 350.)
Amended the law governing cities
j operating under the commission form
I of government. (House bill 154.)
' PrnvlHpH f tr tha rr11 in fiHeM nf
! the second class operating under
commission government. (House bill
Provided for commission govern
ment in cities of the third class.
(House bill 660.)
Conferred upon cities of more than
75,000 'the rightof eminent domain
when necessary to secure land for
public improvements. . (House till
Increased the power of cities to
construct public utilities.- (Senate
bills 410 and 411.)
Conferred upon cities owning light
and water plants the power to dispose
of the surplus product, (House . bill
485.) , .
Authorized cities of the third class
to make special improvements. (House
bill 357.) . '
Provided for primary elections in
cities. (House bills 116 and 322.)
Abolished the county assessors In
counties under 55,000 population and
required the county clerk to perform
his duties. (House bill 750.)
Provided for the nomination of can
didates for United States senator oj
popular vote. (Senate bill 95.)
Regulated the registration, adver
tising and licensing of stallions. (Sen
ate bill 277.)
Regulated the practice of veterin
ary medicine and surgery. (House biU
Amended the laws relating to
weights and measures. (Senate biU
Provided for the taxing of -dogs.
(Senate bill 270.)
Regulated the practice of phar
macy. (House bill 592.)
Created a barber board. (House bill
Created a separate board of exam
iners for osteopaths. (House bill 313.)
Created a separate board of exam
iners for chiropractors. (House bill
Created an Irrigation commission
and provided a revolving fund of
$125,000 for experiment and demon
stration. (House bill 607.)
Provided that rivers of the state shall
furnish a part of the revenue of the
state. (H. B. 219).
Given vitality to the provisions of
the Webb bill concerning inter-state
liquor shipments. (S. B. 672.)
Passed a county fee and salary bill
that will result in very material saving
to the taxpayers of the state. (H. B.
Provided for a 10 per cent garnish
ment law. (H. B. 956.)
Explains Appropriations.
"During the campaign last fall we
told the people that abuses had crept
into our government and that excessive
appropriations were being made for or
dinary expenses of the state. I am In
formed by Chairman Shouse of the
ways and means committee of the sen
ate and by Chairman Herr of the house
committee on ways and means, that the
appropriations for the ordinary depart
ments of the state government, made
by .this legislature, are approximately
a quarter of a million dollars less than
those made by our predecessors for
the same departments. A careful
scrutiny of the appropriation bills has
convinced me that no department of
state has been crippled, but that all
have been adequately provided for by
you. The one item of government for
which you have increased the appro
priation is that of education. Tou have
taken the quarter of a million saved
from other departments and given that,
with approximately half a million more,
to the cause of education and for the
maintenance of the educational insti
tutions of the state. This is a wise
public policy, which I believe will be
fully endorsed by the people of the
"Notwithstanding the increased ap
propriation of approximately three
quarters of a million dollars for educa
tional purposes, you have not increased
direct taxation. The amount provided
for by this legislature to be raised by
taxation is seven million dollars, exact
ly the same amount provided for by
your predecessors. The new and wise
sources of revenue found by you, to
wit: the corporation franchise tax. the
sand tax, the moving picture film tax,
will furnish ample revenue for all other
needs of the state.
"It should be the policy of the state
to find sources of revenue other than
the- direct property tax. In accord
ance with this principle you have
nassed the corporation franchise tax,
the sand tax, the moving picture film
tax and last, but not least, you have
provided for the submission to the
people of an income tax amenameni
to our state constitution. l regara
this as the wisest kind of progres
sive legislation.
'I regret very much, that the ini
tiative and referendum amendment
promised by all parties in their plat
forms, has failed ol passage. In my
inaugural address I called attention
to the fact that it required two-thirds
of the members of each branch of the
legislature to pass a resolution sub
mitting a constitutional amendment
and that the Democrats did not have
this working majority in either the
senate or the house, so that if the
legislature failed to pass a resolution
submitting an initiative and referen
dum amendment, it would not be
charged to the Democratic party, but
to the legislature as a whole.
"There has been less politics in this
legislature than in any legislature in
my knowledge. In the main, the
minority in both bouses has worked
faithfully with the majority for good.
wholesome legislation, and it is to be
regretted that the minority of the
house should have marred an other
wise good record by playing politics
with such an Important measure as
the initiative and referendum. The
people of the state will not forget that
the initiative and referendum - passed
the senate, that it commanded the
vote of every Democrat in the house
but one, and that it was defeated by
the minority of the house for selfish
and political reasons.
"Again expressing my appreciation
of the work done by this legislature,
and my belief that it has passed more
constructive legislation than any
other legislature in the history of the
state, I am,
"Sincerely -yours,
' . . "Governor."
Playwright Declares Atheist Must Be
London. March 17. George Bernard
Shaw, the playwright, speaking at a
meeting which was held to demand the
abolition of the laws against blas
phemy, said among other things:
"We belong to an . empire in which
Christianity is simply nowhere. The
blasphemy laws, so tar from being
directed against persons who vilify
Christianity, are directed against per
sons who affirm the truth of Christiani
ty. Not only should our blasphemy
laws' be abolished but all laws which
prof ess - to protect any religion from
criticism, irony and ridicule."
Mr. Shaw referred to atheists as
genuinely religious persons because
under this system of religious perse
cution in Great -Britain nobody but a
thoroughly religious person could call
himself an atheist. This, he admitted,
might seem a paradox to superficial
Xot Yet Completed.
New Tork, March 17. Although 31
years have elapsed since the corner
stone of Grant's tomb was laid, the
monument is not yet completed. The
subscription fund of $350,000 for the
buildinsr of the tomb proved inade
quate to supply nine stained glass
windows which were planned, but out
of . the city appropriations of $7,000
To Inrarw - Yonnefoe Bwt Karaite Consign t
Lire Stock Commission Merchants, Stock Yards, K&n. City
W Also Have Oaor Own
a DMTr, Sioux CUy
Fort Wortb.
a year toward maintenance of the
mausoleum the windows have at" last
been purchased and placed. .
New Attorney General Active In Oases
Against "Trust." " " "
Washington. March 17. "Trust"
investigations begun during, the Taft
administration are -being continued
with unabated energy by Attorney
General ;McReynoIds. New inquiries
are expected as soon as the. forces of
the department of justice can reach
By direction of the attorney gener
al, the Standard Oil inquiry will be
pressed to conclusion as rapidly ' as
possible to determine whether the de
cree of dissolution has been violated.
In sections of the country where spec
ial agents of the department of Justice
are unable to ascertain the facts,
grand juries, it is understood, will be
summoned to probe to the bottom.
It has not yet been decided whether
proceedings will take the nature of in
dictments or a petition of contempt
of court, if it is finally concluded that
the decree has been violated.
Other important "trust" investiga
tions which are being continued in
clude those of the American Can corn
party, the American Smelting and Re
fining company and the United Fruit
' Died From Epilepsy,
London, March 17. After a post
mortem examination on the body of
Miss Frances Leslie, the actress found
dead on board the Steamship Oceanic,
it was given out by Dr. R. S. Franch,
the ship's surgeon, that Miss Leslie
died from suffocation as the result of
a seizure in the nature of an epilpetic
attack. One of the attacks, to which
it is said Miss Leslie was subject, Ap
parently came upon her while she was
alone. When the body was found by
the ship's officers about noon Saturday
her head was Jammed against the door
of the bathroom where she had died.
The examination was made in the
mortuary at Southampton.
Morse in Good Health.
New Tork, March 17. Charles W.
Morse, the financier, who was given
less than six months to live by physi
cians a year ago, arrived yesterday on
board the steamship Kaiserin Auguste
Victoria looking in better health than
when he left here, and announced that
his physicians in Europe had told him
that he will live for many years more.
Mr. Morse, who was formerly con
nected with large ice and steamship
interests, announced that he would re
enter business, but declined to say
what that business would be. Mrs.
Morse accompanied her husband and
is overjoyed at the encouraging proph
ecies made by the physicians.
Chicago, March 17. WHEAT Wheat
prices hardened today on account of the
fact that pit traders were apparently
oversold. This was especially the case in
the May option. Liverpool repoi ts of im
proved demand from the continent tend
to help the bulls. Opening prices were V
Spc lower to &c higher. May started at
c to 8S(8(&88c, varying from c low
er to c4c advance and rose to 8c.
Large world shipments and heavy re
ceipts checked the advance, which was
due partly to a liberal decrease in the
visible supply. The close was nervous
with May c net lower at 88c.
CORN Corn developed a .heavy tone,
owing to the slackness of demand. May
opened unchanged to chigher to 51"iic
and fell to 51c but reacted to 51SSlc.
Covering by shorts led to a subsequent
advance.' The close was firm at &lc for
May, a net loss of c.
OAT Liquidation on the part of hold
ers weakened oat. May started a six
teenth off at 82(&32c to 33Hc(ffi32c de
clined t0 31(i a 32c and rallied to 3214c.
PROVISIONS Notwithstanding an ad
vance in hogs, provisions wavered at the
outset. First sales were 2c lower to 7c
up. with May $20.70 for pork. J10.67H for
lard and $10.80 for ribs.
RTE No. 2, 6CKS614C. -
BARLEY 461680.
TIMOTHY SEED $2.50t-3.oO.
CLOVER SEED 112. 00 18.60.
PORK $20.60.
LARD $10.6714.
RIBS $10.25 11.00.
Chicago Grain Market.
Chicago, March 17.
. Open High Low Today Sat
May .. 8S- 88 8S ' $814 $$
July .. 88-H 88 8814 88!- 88
Sept .. 88- 88 88 - 88-8814 88
May .. 51-14 5r54 51-1A 61 - 6114
July .. 53-52T4 63 62- 6S14- 62-53
Sept. .. M . 54 s3 M 64
May ..
July .
Sept . ,
32-32 3314- 31-32 32-4 32
33 33 iT-' 32
32- 32
.32 ; 32
May .. ar.io- ey.Ki au.w zu.io ao.w
Julv ..20.37 - 20.37 20.22 20.25 - 20.23
May . .10.66
July ..10.67
JO. 65
10 67
May ..10.80
July ..10.70
10.62 -
Kansas City Produce Market.
Kansas City, March 17. BUTTER
Creamery. 35c: firsts, 33c; seconds, 31c,
packing, 20a22c.
EGGS First. 1718c7 seconds, 13c.
POULTRY Hens, 1314c; roosters,
8c: ducks. Inc.
CLOSE: WHEAT Market unchanged.
No. 2 hard, 8386c; No. 3, 8&85c; No. 2
red. $1001.07; No. 3, 88cr1.03.-
CORN Market unchanged to c lower.
No. 2 mixed, 49c; No. 3, 4848c; No. 2
white. 49c; No. 3, 48c.
OATS Market steady. No. 2 white, 3Vp
34c; No. 2 mixed, ;33c.
RYE 57c. . . .'. ,
KAFFIR CORN No- 3 white, 80c.
H.Y Market steady. Choice timothy,
$12.5O!013.OO; prairie, $10.50U11.00.
CLOSE: WHEAT May, 8282c.
July, 8283c. -
CORN May, 50'g50c; July, -51&61c.
OATS May 32c.
OATS May, 32c.
Chicago Produce Market.
Chicago, March 17. BUTTERR Mar
ket steady. Creamery, 2&36c.
EGGS Market higher. Receipts K.2SJ
cases. At mark cases included. 18i&19c;
ordinary firsts, 17.18c; first, 18fel9c.
POTATOES Market steady. Receipts
87 cars. Michigan. 4548c; Minnesota, 4J
&48c; Wisconsin. 48c.
POULTRY Market steady. Turkeys.
o St. Joaenb.
BaCate B. 8k Urnla and
Navy Beans
New Hand-Picked
5 lbs. for 25c
aueveei6c21: ch4ckens' allv. 164c; springs
few Tork Produce Market.
New York, March 17. BUTTER Mar
ket steady; creamery extras, 3VASMc;
state dairy, finest, 8435c.
CHEESE Market Irregular.
EGGS Market firmer; fresh' gathered
extras, 20c; refrigerator best, l&ii'IMfcc;
western gathered, whites, 20 22c.
POULTRY Dressed, fresh killed, weit
f.ri,J,.cnickens' 14c: fowls, 1417c; turkeys.
New York Stock Market.
New York, March 17. Traders were
prepared for lower prices today owing to
the abandonment of the Harrlman dis
solution plan, further gold exports and
continuuance of tight money rates, the
Harriman stocks moved widely in Lon
don before the opening here, but the
weakness of Union Pacific and the
strength of Southern Pacific abroad were
fully reflected here on initial prices. The
market in general did not come up to ex
pectations in point of movement or vol
ume of business. Southern Pacific ulti
mate fell back nearly to Saturday's close
despite the gradual Improvement of the
rest of the market.
Bonds were heavy.
New York. March 17. STOCKS There
were wide fluctuations in the Harriman
stocks at the opening today, owing to
the announcement on Saturday that the
dissolution plan had been abandoned.
Union Pacific opened at a decline of 1;
Southern Pacific rose a point. Trading
in these stocks was not large and the
market showed no trace of nervousness
over the failure of the Harriman plan.
Fluctuations in the general list were Ir
regular with a majority of declines. Ca
nadian Pacific lost 1 and Lehigh Valley
and Great Northern Ore 1.
New York Sugar Market.
New York, March 17 SUGAR Market
firm. Musocado 89 est, $3. OS; centrifugal
46 test, $3.58; molasses sugar 89 test, UK1,
refined steady, crushed, $6.05; granulated
fine, $4.36; powdered. $4.46.
SE8;12&lp! y- ly ETAOIN SHRDLU D
Cotton Market.
Galveston, arch 17. COTTON Unchang-
: Wichita Live stock Market.
Wichita. March 17. CATTLE Receipts.
500; market 10c higher. Native steers.
$7.40fc$8.75; cows and heifers, $6.00Ji$7.60;
stockers and feeders, $7.00$8.26; bulls,
$6.00!Ti$6.50; stock cows ind heifers.
$5.75$7.00; calves, $7.0O$9.75.
HOGS Receipts, 1.600; market 15c high
er. Top $9.80; bulk, $a.80g8.86.
Chicago Live Stock Market.
Chocago, March 17. HOGS Receipts,
30,00. Market strong to 10c higher; bulk,
$8.9O$9.10; light, $8.9(KJi$9.26; mixed, $8.70
(&$9.15; heavy, $8.60 $9.07 ; rough. $.50
$8.66; pigs, $7.16$9.10.
CATTLE Receipts. 17,000; generally 10c
higher; beeves, $7.35g$9.25; Texas steers,
$d.6S$7.65; western steers. $6.ffi$8.16;
stockers and feeders, $6.10418.35: cows and
heifers. $3.506$8.10; calves, $7.50?$12.10.
SHEEP Receipts. 20,000; market strong
to 10c higher; native, $6.15W$6.25; yearlings,
$7.35ff$7.85: lambs, native, $8.10$9.10;
western, $8.10g$9.10.
Kansas City Live Stock Market.
Kansas City, Marchl7. CATTLE Re
celpts 8,00h. including 800 southerns. Na
tive steers, t7.6Ofa-9.0O; southern steers,
$6.76'S8.26; southern cows and heifers, '
$4.2&&7.76; native cows and helfen, $4v
8.50; stockers and feeders, $6.78.40; built,
$5.507.2B; calves, $7.0010.25; westerh
steers, $7.0008.75; western cows. $4.26'(f7. JO.
HOGS Receipts 3,000. Market higher.
Bulk of sales, $8.80fc9.00; heavy, $8.768.J0:
packers and butcher, $8,804(9.00; light,
$8.WS9.05: pigs, $7.538.00.
SHEEP Receipts 8,000. Market higher.
Muttons, $6.60i87.00: Colorado lambs, $8.ti
(&8.90; range wethers and yearlings, $&0G
8.00; rage ewes, $5.00(6.75.
Kansas City lave Stock Sales,
The following sales were made this
morning at the Stock Yards. Kansas
City, and reported over long distance
telephone direct to the State Journal by
Clay, Robinson A Co., live stock com
mission merchants, witb offices at all
Kansas Ciy, March 17.
CATTLE Receipts today 8,000 head
MarKet strong, 10c higher.
HOGS Receipts 3.000 head. Market 10c
to 16C higher. Bulk of sales. $8.6&&f.u0:
top. $9.06.
SHEEP Receipts today 9,000 head.' mar
ket strong. 10c higher.
No. Wt. - Price.No. Wt.
6. GO
7. b
36 1281 18.60 7 12M
... 884
8.00 112 11BS
... 533
... 690
...810 -...-740
... 870
S.10 I 20 1040
6.35 J 1 610
7.10 I 1 820
... 710
.. 490
.. 130 .
.. 336
.. 190
. J420
.. 2S6
.. 231
.. 202
796 '
4.85 I 3...
6.50 (
8. SO I 84..
.. 199
.. 219
8.96 96.
St. Joe LI to stock Market.
St.. JoseDh. Mo.. Marnh 17. r 1 tti.k
Receipts 500. Steers. $7.00i&9.00: rows and
heifers, 4.00(&8.25; calves. $6.00(210.60.
HOGS ReceiDt 600. Murkol Tnn
$8.80; bulk of sales, $S.70S8.80. "
SHEEP Receipts 6U0. -Market mlnm.
Lambs, 7.&0(S.0.

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