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fate doufnal EVERYBODY 10 PAGES EVERYBODY 10 PAGES READ IT NEEDS IT LAST EDITION. WEDNESDAY EVENING- TOPEKA, KANSAS- APRIL 2, 1913- WEDNESDAY EVENING- On aala by newsboys at TWO CENTS On trains and newsstands FIVE CENTS COFRAN IS ELECTED MAYOR OF TOPEKA He Defeated Billard by 31a Jority of 1,298. Stotts and Miller, Rest of Big Three, Went Down. TANDY AND BONE REMAIN To Represent Old Government at City Hall. The Vote Polled Was Oyer 14,000. THE WEST SIDE PRECINCTS They Went Strong for Cofran, Especially in Third Ward. Cofran Vote in First and Second-Heavier Than Expected. Results of Election. FOR MAYOR. Cofran 7 966 Billard 6.6-S Cofran's majority 1,298 COMMISSIONER FINANCE. Bone 1M" Pope S. Bone's majority 8,500 COMMISSIONER W TER. Newland 8.126 Miller 6 -"s Newland's majority 1,920 COMMISSIONER STREETS. Tandy 8.225 Adamson 5,75' Tandy's majority COMMISSIONER PARKS. Porter Stotts .46S 7.653 6.558 Porter's majority 1095 SCHOOL. BOARD. Van Horn 9.334 Jones 9.024 Griggs 8.27 Scott 5.250 Bostic 3.271 The short but sensational political career of J. B. Billard came to an abrupt end when the official returns of the city election today showed that that mayor was defeated for re-elec- Frank M. Newland, Elected Water Commissioner Over Pete Miller. tlon by R. L. Cofran and 1.298 votes. Mayor Billard carried down to defeat with him, Commissioners E. B. Stotts and H. P. Miller both running for re election. William L. Porter defeated Stotts by a margin of 1,095 votes and Frank M. Newland won from Miller with a lead of 1,920 ballots. W. G. Tandy and Roy L. Bone were re elected as members of the commission by big votes and Dr. C. B. Van Horn, L. M. Jones and P. W. Griggs were piven the three places on the school board. Billard Made Gains. Billard made gains in every ward in the city over the primary vote but more consistent and substantial gains lloj Bone. Re-elected Commissioner of finance by a .Large Majority. - : , , , j 1 IS It. L. Cofran, Elected Mayor I were made by Cofran and a lead ob- tained early in the evening by the suc i cessful candidate kept him toward the ! front until the final precinct reports were in. Only 855 more persons voted at the election yesterday than went to the polls at the primary. Billard failed to win h predicted outstanding vote and the majority of more than 1,200 gained by the Cofran supporters came as a surprise to Billard. To the large part of the voters of the city the election was no surprise. The bitter campaign that has been brought to bear on Billard, Miller and Stotts took the former city political favorites off their feet and made it im possible for them to regain their strength. The Miller outlook was hope less to the water commissioner early in the evening. Billard soon was lacked into the second column and Stotts followed, receiving a larger sup port than the other two defeated as sociates. Support Shattered by Cofran. The defeat of Billard was due to his support being shattered by Cofran, who polled many of his votes and captured many of his supporters. The determi nation of citizens of Topeka to wipe out the, constant "wet" and "dry" squabble 1 y eliminating a man who does not believe in the prohibitory law was the feature which contributed to the mayor's downfall. The defeat of Miller is due to the W. I. Porter, the New Park Commis popular and able opponent living in j sioner. his stronghold and purloining hundreds I c;econj Ward of votes that normally have been cast for him in past elections. Miller's de lay in lowering the water rates and refunding deposits also hurt his cause. Stotts worked had to build up the park system and when only one term completed, it was believed that Stotts would win, at least by a narrow margin. He w-as classed in what has been known at the city hall as the "Big Three," however, and the votes cast against Billard and Miller were thrown against him. Highest Vote for Bone. The re-election of Commissioners Bone and Tandy was settled at the pri mary. The unexpected strength of Adamson in procuring 5.757 votes in op position to Tandy was the only sur prise of this result. Bone polled the highest vote ever given to one man in a city election in Topeka. More votes were cast for Bone than the entire bal lot in Wichita. His majority and his total vote broke all records in Topeka. The women were defeated in the school board contest. Van Horn. Jones and Griggs were re-elected by comfortable majorities and Mrs. Bostic and Mrs. Scott did not come within speaking distance of election. Mrs. Scott's nearest approach was 3,000 votes within the lowest man on the ticket Griggs. All the candidates made gains over their primary showing. The losers, however, did not pick up the strength acquired by the winners in the closing hours of the campaign. Light Vote a Surprise. The vote at the election was the big surprise of the day. Only 866 more persons voted than at the pri maries. This despite the fact that only one precinct fell below the pri mary vote the first of the Third ward. The morning vote coming in nearly twice as quickly as the morn ing vote of the primaries is the reason for the wild predictions of from 15,000 to 16.500 votes. Not an official at the city hall, not a judge at the polls yesterday would guess less than 15.000 votes. Ideal I weather and the efforts of the women to poll a big vote ripened conditions for a record breaking ballot. The in terest lagged late in the afternoon, j however, and in the evening hours When the vote normally is Iveavy, the Judges and clerks rested comfortably j in their seats. A complete tabulation of the vote by precincts on page two. Weather Forecast for Kansas Cloudy tonight and Thursday; warm- i er tonight, of Topeka by 1,298 Majority. Primary and Flection Vote Compared, First Ward Primary. Election. First precinct 224 242 Second precinct 392 440 Third precinct 442 496 Fourth precinct 391 424 Total 1449 1602 First precinct 417 Second precinct 489 Third precinct 468 Fourth precinct 710 Fifth precinct 512 Sixth precinct 539 Total 3125 Third Ward First precinct 592 Second precinct 611 Third precinct 767 Fourth precinct 849 Total 2819 Fourth Ward First precinct 437 Second precinct 464 Third precinct 510 Fourth precinct 852 Total 2263 Fifth Ward First precinct 963 Second precinct 1037 Third precinct 350 Total 2350 Sixth Ward First precinct 719 Second precinct 884 438 523 476 767 548 587 3339 496 641 837 917 2891 457 522 562 900 2441 1051 1192 398 2641 793 957 1750 Total Grand total primary 1603 ...13809 Grand total election 14664 Gain election w. ti. Tandy. Re-elected Commissioner of Streets. 855 violate THE law Investigation Embroils Many Judges and Other Officials. Wholesale Violation of Anti Pass Law Is Disclosed. MANY OFFICIALS INVOLVED Judges Make Personal Requests for Favor From Railroads. Expressions Made of Their Ob ligations to Corporations. Washington, April 2. The investiga tion by Commissioner Harlan,- of the interstate commerce commission, into the practice of Colorado railroads of giving free transportation has brought sensational results. Criminal indict ments of large shippers and the offend ing carriers have been returned. Com missioner Harlan personally conducted an investigation and in his own char acterization, "he developed violations of the law on an extraordinary scale." Mr. Harlan says in a preliminary re port, handed down today, that "in one month over a single railroad. 7,000 trips were made on passes. Not only ship pers who controlled routing of traffic in any appreciable quantity were fav ored at all times, but even public of ficials, careless alike of duty, morals and danger, even demanded these fav ors of the carriers. "The record shows that judges, state officials, members of the legislature, county and municipal officers, includ ing mayors and aldermen, hav very generally made use of passes. Not only has this been the case, but the record shows that where passes were not vol unteered they were asked for by public officials. Even judges have not hesi tated to pursue this course. Personal requests by judges upon carriers for passes are disclosed by the record, ac companied by expressions of their sense of obligation for such favors granted to them both before and after they went on the bench." FALL OF FORTS Montenegrin Army Captures Positions Before Scutari. Reported That City Is in Midst of Conflagration. Vienna. April 2. The Montenegrin army besieging the fortress of Scutari today captured five of the forts defend ing Tarabosch. The fall of two others is expected at any hour, according to a dispatch from Cettinje. The correspondent says that Scutari is burning in several places. The bombardment of Scutari is re ported to have ceased today as the Montenegrin besiegers are awaiting the arrival of reinforcements. Naval Demonstration. Lopdon, April 2. Sir Edward Grey, the British foreign secretary, inform ed the house of commons today that rf iHuiiLent'giu nau resumed uie aitacK. on Scutari contrary to the will of the European powers, the latter had de cided to proceed with the naval dem onstration of the coast. Two British warships he said, were ready to parti cipate. France Will Participate. Paris, April 2. The French govern ment to day decided to take part in na val demonstration on the Montenegrin coast. Action will be taken, however, only after Russia has given her de finite approval and has asked France to represent her. The decision of the French government has been com municated to Russia. JUNE AND MARCH. They Join Forces to Make and Mar the Day. June temperatures and a March brand of wind prevail today. And by the way, this is the hottest day thus far this season, the temperatures aver aging twenty-three degrees above nor mal for this date. At two o'clock the wind was blowing at the rate of twenty-six miles an hour from the southwest. The maxi mum velocity reached was forty miles an hour at ten o'clock. The forecast indicates that the weather will be mostly cloudy tonight and Thursday with lower tempera tures Thursday. There was a sprinkle this morning, but not enough mois ture to measure. A light shower fell at Concordia Tuesday. The hourly readings: 7 o'clock 62 I 11 o'clock 73 8 o'clock 66 I 12 o'clock 74 9 o'clock 68 1 o'clock 79 10 o'clock 70 2 o'clock 80 Windmill Fxperiments Syracuse, Kan., April 2. An ex haustive experiment has just been completed here showing the value of windmill irrigation of truck farms in this section. A mill in this city was operated 27 consecutive days during March. An accurate record shows it was idle but a few hours. During the run 144.220 gallons had been pumped, making an average of 5,341 gallons per day, 223 per hour and 3 2-3 per minute. Experts believe that this sup ply used to supplement natural rain fall and properly stored in a reservoir, would irrigate more ground than one man could work. Morgan Funeral Arranged. New York, April 2. Funeral ser vices over the body of J. Pierpont Mor gan will be held in this city at St. George Protestant Episcopal church. Interment will be in Cedar Hill ceme tery, Hartford, Conn., Mr. Morgan's birthplace. This announcement was made this afternoon by Henry P. Davison. CITY HALL CHANGE Shakeup Will Follow the New Administration. New Commissioners Will Clean City Slate. WILMARTH TO HOLD OVER Cofran Makes His First An nouncement Today. Tim Donovan "Doped" as Next Chief of Police. A general shakeup In the depart ments to be abandoned by the defeat ed city commissioners in the Tuesday election, is the political slate at the city hall. Three commissioners, in cluding a mayor, will take charge of the departments now handled by Mayor Billard and Commissioners Stotts and Miller. With the new administration will come new department employees and new heads of the divisions. The first announcement of contem plated appointment was made this morning when R. L. Cofran stated that Chief Wilmarth, of the fire depart ment, would retain his position and the entire fire company lists would re main intact. "I am well satisfied that Topeka has the best fire department in its his tory," explained Mr. Cofran. "I see no reason for a change in its man agement. I believe it should not be disturbed. The civil service was placed in this work when I was mayor 20 years ago and since that time the fire fighting forces have been kept out of politics they shall remain so as far as I am concerned." PoUee Department Rumors. The campaign was based in some de gree on the reorganization of the po lice department and the action taken by R. L. Cofran. newly elected mayor, will be watched with interest by the 7,900 voters who placed him in office and by the city as a whole. This ! morning Cofran would make no an j nouncements. In fact he denied that he had chosen a chief of police in his own mind. The city politicians are buzzing to day and their buzzes dope out the following named men as in line for the police appointment: R. W. Eaton, Tim Donovan, Frank Stahl. J. W. F. Hughes, W. S. Fulton, The first three named are doped to stand the best chance of receiving or accepting the position. Stahl and Ea ton have served In this capacity and have been ardent supporters of Cofran in the recent campaign. Donovan is a Democratic leader In Topeka and has been experienced in criminal and court work. He is looked upon as the probable winner. The Hughes-Fulton-Longshore rumors are floating but have been given little credence. It was rumored around the city hall this afternoon that the real combina tion of police appointments is the naming of Hughes as chief of police and E. L. O'Neil as judge of the police court. Hughes and O'Neil ran for mayor against Billard and Cofran. Later they came out in support of Cof ran. John Euler, another hard worker for Cofran, is said to have been of fered the judgeship of the police court. Bailey May Succeed Rciniscb. Luther C. Bailey, a Topeka insurance man, who at one time was a supporter of Stotts but deserted him on account of Stotts' refusal to build a cement curb and gutter along the east boundary of Gage park, is "doped" to succeed E. F. A. Reinisch as superintendent of parks. Bailey is known to have the support of others besides Porter on the new commission. Although Reinisch is not "doomed," politically speaking, the rumors have it that Porter has a new man in view. Topeka will lose in Reinisch, a veteran landscape architect, a man well known throughout the west and the real builder of the Topeka park system. There is a possibility that pressure will be brought to bear on Porter to keep Reinisch as the head of the parks. Porter has the direct appointment, also, of the superintendent of the cre matory, the sanitary sergeant, and other minor employees in connection with these two departments. It is pre dicted that he will begin his adminis tration with a new set of faces all through his departments. Hard Fight on O'Neil. With the defeat of Commissioner Miller it is not probable that George O'Neil. superintendent of the electric light plant, will remain at the head of this city institution. Although New land will make no promises or an nouncements, it is known that O'Neil is slated among those who will follow the exit of the old administration. Fred Painter, second engineer at the plant, it is stated, will be appointed superin tendent to succeed O'Neil. Newland may retain Jesse Shaw, superintendent of the waterworks and Frank Stevens, assistant superin tendent. Both have been identified with the department for years they are acquainted with every inch of main owned and operated by the city. A strong opposition against Com missioner Miller was worked up in the Second ward because he refused to listen to a request to find a man to fill Shaw's place. It is known that per sons went to Newland asking that Shaw be discharged in case he was elected. But Newland would make no promises. The departments under Commis sioners Tandy and Bone will be left untouched by the change in forces at the city hall. Commissioner Tandy may decide to appoint a new street commissioner it has been known for some time that a change may be made in this office. But the force of City Engineer Young.Assistant City Engin eer Gibson and Office Engineer Fort er will hold up its organization. It is probable, too, that a place may be made by W. S. Fulton, who has been campaign manager of Cofran and was formerly city engineer. John Wright, city treasurer, un doubtedly will resign shortly. His suc cessor has not been anticipated. For some time he has been planning to enter the office of Oscar Swayze, county clerk. C. B. Burge. city clerk, W. C. Ral ston, city attorney, W. C. Wasson, city auditor and others are scheduled to retain their places. These appoint ments will be ironed out by the entire commission and with a new majority force in power it is possible that a clean sweep will be made of the city hall. Sworn in Office Friday The new city officers are sworn in office Friday immediately after the old commission completes the can vassing of the returns. Before the end of next week in all probability the ap pointments will be announced and confirmed. HE WS0RE Mayor Billard in Best of Spirits Today. Defeated Commissioners Dis cuss Tuesday's Disaster. In a characteristic statement today Mayor Billard gave his vievs on his defeat at the hands of Cofran. In the best of spirits he entertained visitors at his office in the city hall this morn ing, apparently bearing no "political injuries" following his disappointing vote Tuesday. "I wish to thank my kind friends for their earnest support In my be half," he said. "I regret my defeat not only for my own sake but for the sake of the friends who conducted my campaign and constituted my support. And I regret the fact that the fight was won by misrepresentation and slander- a feature that deceived many voters. I deplore also the unfounded charges made against the police de partment. Topeka never has employ ed a more honest and efficient chief of police a man who has performed his duties without partiality. f am sorry that the police matron should suffer the criticism that was heaped I upon her she is the best woman that ever filled this position. She has been an honest and active worker among the unfortunate of the city. "I hold no ill feeling toward my op ponents. I believe that many of them acted for what they thought was to the best interests of the city. I wish to thank them for relieving me of my public duties and allowing me to re tire once nr re as a private citizen free and unhampered. "I have done the best I could to carry out the work of the office of mayor and have concentrated all my efforts toward what was best for To peka. I have done all I could do to make it a clean city a city of which we are proud. I have done everything in my power to elevate and advance its interests. "I leave this work with a clear con science a feeling that I have done my duty. My sincere wish is that my suc cessor can do better than I have done for the city of Topeka. "I expect to spend the rest of my life here. I will put forth every effort as a private citizen to aid in boost ing Topeka and her interests and the advancement of her principles." "And will you run for governor again?" he was asked. "No more political offices for me." he answered with a laugh. "I am go ing to settle down and be a private citizen again." Miller Has Little to Say. Commissioner Miller would only re peat the statement he made last night. "I am licked," he said. "But I wish to thank my friends the friends that stood by me in this election." Commissioner Miller has made no plans for the future. Pope Is Good Natured. T. R. Pope, who was defeated by Roy L. Bone by the largest majority in the history of city politics, only laughed. "Last night about 10 o'clock I pre dicted to Bone that I had lost the fight by a little less than four million votes," he said. "I see by the re turns this morning that 1 was correct." Stotts Tells the Facts. "The result of the election was not a great surprise to me as far as my own case is concerned," said Commis sioner E. B. Stotts, "for I have dared to run my departments all the time just as I felt that they should be han dled. I have no apologies to make. There is not a blot on my record. In doing this it was necessary for me to make enemies of a number of people who are reckoned as powerful po litical workers. "I am deeply interested in Topeka parks and I trust that the work which has been fairly started under Superin tendent Reinisch and which has made such marked progress during the past year will be carried on. To the thous ands of friends who supported me I am deeply grateful and I want to sure them that the result will be sur vived." It is rumored today that Governor Hodges will tender a position to Com missioner Stotts. Stotts is a Democrat and worked hard for Hodges after the primaries last year. He is a young man, young in politics but old in ex perience and undoubtedly will advance in political life. CHIEF WILL RESIGN. Morris Jenkins Will Soon Leave for Oregon for Vacation. Chief of Police Morris C. Jenkins will resign his position before Mayor J. B. Billard retires from office. He will not be an applicant for a reappointment under the new administration. Following his resignation he will go to Portland, Ore., to spend the summer with his oldest son. Chief Jenkins haw served on the Topeka police force for many years and has made many friends who point to him as a brave, cool-headed official. He has taken several desperate criminals with his hands, risking death in the act each time. To Reorganize Kailtoads. Washington, April 2. Reorganization of the Harriman railroads on a legal basis, in compliance with the dissolu tion order of the United States su preme court was discussed By Chair man Lovett, of the Harriman system with Attorney General McReynolds in the latteris office. Mr. McReynolds said later that he did not know whether a new plan of "unscrambling the eggs" would be perfected by Mr. Lovett. He declared that they merely talked over the general features of the situation confronting the roads. SITUATION GRAVE Disquieting News of Excesses Committed in Balkans. Servian and Montenegrin Troops Accused of Offenses. DIPLOMATS ARE PERTURBED Fear Break in Peaceable Con ditions Among the Powers. Montenegrins Capture For tresses Before Scutari. London, April 2. Disquieting news has reached here of grave excesses committed by the Servian and Mon tenegrin troops in Albania. Altogether the situation In regard to the Balkans Is such that diplo mats are greatly perturbed lest the veneer of peaceability at present bind ing the powers should crack. ISSUE IS DECIDED Government Decides to Recog nize the Chinese Republic. Secretary of State Bryan in Conference With President. Washington, April 2. The United States government has decided to recognize the Chinese republic. Sec retary Bryan conferred with President Wilson today, completing the details. 0HI0"lSlALUNG Cessation in Floods Recorded at Cincinnati. Hopeful Outlook Comes Forth in Flooded Districts. Cincinnati, April 2. After remain ing stationary nearly 24 hours the Ohio river began falling here today. The Indications are that it will con tinue to fall slowly and that the end of the flood is in sight. Cairo, 111., April 2. Cairo today had a little respite from its flood scare. The Ohio waters were at a standstill from midnight. The reading at that hour was 54 and the gauge showed a little less at 7 o'clock today. Th relief, however, will only be tempor ary, it is said as engineers give as the cause the passing of the crest in the Wabash high water. The crest of the Ohio river flood waters is still to come. Another cause for the standstill of the river gauge was the fact that a vast volume of water had been diverted to the lowlands of the drainage district. It was reported the water In that section was flowing over the Big Four tracks for a distance of three-fourths of a mile. Officials responsible for the rein forcement of the levees did not allow work to abate, even though the rise had stopped. Regular train service Into the city was not resumed today. Only work trains came in. The sand hauled on these was rapidly placed on the levees by a big force of workmen. Conditions in the drainage section were at a standstill. All business, was abandoned and It was said by mid night the great area would be under at least 12 feet of water. Cairo. April 2. Forecaster LJndley said today that the situation appear ed more cheerful and that the high water stage had been relieved con siderably by small breaks In levees down stream. The weather is fair and warm and the work of reinforcing the levees still is proceeding with vim. The crest in the Ohio river was re ported to be in the vicinity of Evans ville and there may be a decided drop before the high water arrives. Traffic Tied Up. The tieup of railroad traffic and mail into or from this city now is com plete and Cairo is completely cut off from the outside world. In case of a break in the levee here the only means of escape the Inhabitants would have would be by boat. With these conditions facing the people, the supply of food becomes a question. Food con ditions up to date have been good but if the tieup continues for two days, the conditions would be greatly chang ed. No suffering has been reported and the emergency hospital, which was established on a wharf boat, thus far has been idle. At noon the river stage showed a light increase, the gauge registering 54.1 feet. The inundation of the drainage dis trict north of Cairo now is complete. The flood waters are on a level with those in the Ohio river and are pre vented from flooding into the Missis sippi only by the Mobile and Ohio levee. There are from seven thousand to nine thousand acres from seven to twenty feet under water. The greater number of industrial plants in the section are submerged up to second story windows and many houses are completely under water. For more than a mile beyond the Illinois Cntral tracks and for several miles to the north from the big levee surrounding the district from Cairo there is nothing which is not touched by the vast field of water. Soldiers Guard laborers. Springfield. 111., April 2. Lieuten ant Colonel C. E. Ryan, Fourth infan try, telephoned Adjutant General Dickson from Cairo this afternoon it was believed the levee would hold. Soldiers are being used to guard la borers at work on the levees. Captain I audi- Dead. St. Joseph, Mo., April 2. Captain John Landis, Civil war veteran and prominent in politics, is dead at hu home here, aged 77.