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TOPEKA KANSAS- APRIL 4, 1913-
FRIDAY EVENING-
On sale by nowsboyn at TWO CENT
On trains and newsstands FIVE CENTS
LAST EDITION-
FRIDAY EVENING.
SENATEJCANDAL
Charges Involve Jloral Charac
ter Western Senator.
AGREE ON TARIFF TO HIT THEM HARD
FIGHT T0 FINISH
King of Montenegro Is Game
to the Core.
FIGHT WITH FIRE
Suffragettes In England Have
Beached Vicious Stage.
DAYTON FACES
ANOTHER FLOOD
Ten More Inches of Water in
Miami Means Overflow.
IS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Jfew Progressive Caucus Star
tles Washington Today.
Free Wool and Low Duty on
Sugar Is Result.
Maximum Jail Sentence for
Liquor Sellers , in Topeka.
Accused by Office Seeker of In
suiting His Wife.
President Wilson and Congress
Leaders Make Plans.
County Attorney Atchison Be
quests District Judges.
He Will Hold Scutari and Make
It Capital.
Bailroad Systems Warned of
Threat to Burn Stations.
Proceedings Also Were Attend
ed by Women.
Incessant Rains to 'orth Warn
Citizens and Soldiers.
SENATOR'S NAME WITHHELD
DEFIES THE FIVE POWERS .GIRLS WITH FIRE IGNITERS
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CAIRO IS IN MORE DANGER
Leyee on Ohio River Side
Threatens to Break.
Threatening Mississippi Is
Overlooked Today.
FAIR GROUNDS PROTECT 2,000
Belief Boats Sent to Sufferers
at TJniontown.
Railway Stations Under Water
Traffic at Standstill.
Dayton. April 4.-Ten more inches of
water in the Miami river will give Day
ton another flood. A ten-hour down
pour together with clogged sewer in
takes, flooded many streets here last
night. Much apprehension was felt in
Riverdale and Edgemont because of the
washed condition of the levee and sol
diers assisted by citizens kept a con
stant vigil. Reports from Piqua. Belle
fontaine. Troy and other places north
indicate an incessant rain of which
Dayton will get the Issue. It was neces
sary today to dynamite a number of
rubbish piles so that the accumulation
might float away.
Anxiety at Cairo.
Cairo. 111-. April 4. Anxiety to pre
vent the levee from breaking on the
Ohio river side of Cairo led citizens
today to overlook temporary danger
from the Mississippi. The result was
that a force of workmen had to De
rushed to the west levee today as a
washout was threatened between Nine
teenth arid Twenty-Fourth streets.
High winds had caused the river to
rut into the bank to such an extent
that danger was imminent. Seyejf-1
hundred bags of sand were hurriedly
carried from the Ohio river levee. By
the transfer, which was made in auto
mebiles further erosion of the bank
was prevented for the time.
The flood on the Mississippi ide is
well below the levee top. Water that
lias backed into the Caiche river at
Mounds City. 111., has found an outlet
Into the Mississippi and has caused a
Plight rise in that river. Arrangements
being made by Lieutenant Buckner, U.
F. A., for the comfort and safety of
the people went briskly ahead today.
By night it was expected small life
rafts would be placed throughout the
city in readiness for the big break,
should such a crisis come.
Bells Sounded Warning.
Evansville, Ind., April 4. The How
ell levee, protecting 200 families in
Ingleside. between Evansville and
Howell, gave way today and the Ingle
side district now is inundated six to
ten feet. There was no loss of life.
Minute men were posted all along the
dike and the alarm was sounded. Rells
were rung in Howell to warn the peo
ple in Ingleside to flee.
The Ohio river continued to rise
slowly here today. Conditions in the
Wabash bottoms were ameliorated to
day.
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Ky,
Relief boats reached Uniontown,
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ro'oned in the fair grounds are better
sitauted now.
The north side of Evansville. along
Pigeon creek, is flooded three to ten
feet. Many families have been forced
to leave.
Dekoven. April 4. Almost con
tinuous rain for 24 hours has swol'.en
local creeks into rivers, their com
bined torrents increased the Ohio. The
railway station here is surrounded and
traffic is at a standstill.
Shawneetown. April 4. (Via De
koven, Ky.) Nearly a thousand flood
refugees behind the hills here are in
serious want of provisions. Appeals
have been made to Congressman Fow
ler, Colonel Bixby and state officials,
but because of lack communication
no assurance of relief has been re
ceived. Ohio Is High at Kvansville.
Evansville. Ind., April 4. The Ohio
river passed the 48-foot stage at Ev
ansville last night, exceeding all for
mer records. Water is in the streets
of the residence sections, hitherto un
touched, and more than 200 houses are
flooded.
Destitute in the Lowlands.
New Orleans. April 4. On receipt of
reports that 200 families had been dri
ven from their homes in the lowlands
of Atchafalaya, near Breaux Bridge.
Louisiana, owing to the high water,
and were destitute. local committees
have
rusnea supplies to tr.at sec
The appeal said if immediate
tion.
aid
n-a . not rpppivrtd if yx-io c . . . ,
ftiu " " ' 1 " ' 1 1 tVl
many wouia aie or starvation.
Mavnr Asks for
Mount Vernon. Ind.. April 4. Mayor
George H. Earnshow. of Shawnee
town. who is here today, asked the As
sociated Press to send out the follow
ing: -Shawneetown. 111., is under is feet
0f water. It is the most disastrous
flood in its history. The present esti
mated loss Is at least one-half million
dollars. We need money to procure the
necessities of life. One hundred are
destitute. Won't you issue bulletins
throughout the country for aid' 5end
all remittances to Edward Froelich
chairman relief committee. Shawnee-
town.'
uurnuurui niKHl liulletin
Washington. April 4 Today's special
flood bulletin says: "The crest of the
lower Ohio flood is in the. vicinity of
Evansville. Indiana, where the stage of
the river Friday morning was 4L'
13.2 feet above flood sta geTh, . I
iContinued on Page Two.) I
He Is Democrat From a West
ern State.
U. S. Attorney Wilson JTot Yet
Decided to Investigate.
Washington, April 4. Charges in
volving the moral conduct of a Demo
cratic senator from a western state
have been presented to U. S. Attorney
Wilson here, and he is investigating.
A man seeking federal office charges
that when his wife, acting in his be
half, went to the senator, the latter
acted in an improper manner and later
repeated this conduct, calling on the
woman at a hotel where the husband
asserts he posted witnesses.
The senator declares the charges are
blackmail and part of a plot to ruin
him politically. He declares that the
witnesses against him are persons who
represent his political enemies in his
own state.
The affair charged against the sena
tor is alleged to have happened a wee
ago. No attempt to keep the matter
quiet was made either by the woman
concerned, her husband or the wit
nesses but no official steps were taken
at this time. Later the accusers stated
that they intended to drop the affair,
and finally decided to get the advice
of a lawyer. The charges were then
brought to the attention of the United
States attorney.
United States Attorney Wilson will
not confirm a report that he has pre
sented the witnesses to the grand Jury.
A grand jury would have no Jurisdic
tion over p. senator after congress goes
into session next Monday. The name
of the senator is withheld as no official
action has been taken yet.
FOUR WERE HANGED.
Two Whites and Two Negroes in Ala
bama Jail.
Montgomery. April 4. Two white men
bt two negroes, all convicted of murder,
were hanged today in the jail here.
The first to mount the scaffold was C.
Walter Jones, white, sentenced for the
murder of Sloan Rowan. The rope slipped
and Jones was not pronounced dead until
36 minutes later.
The others were Arnold Gilmer, white,
condemned for the murder of Mrs. Lucille
Tippetts: John Adams, a negro. who killed
a patrolman, and Colman German, a ne
gro, who. killed his wife.
ETHEL ROOSEVELT BECAME
Miss Ethel Roosevelt, Who W
Oyster Bay, April 4. The ceremony
which at noon today united In mar
riage Miss Ethel Roosevelt, youngest
daughter of Colonel Theodore Roose
velt, and Dr. Richard Derby, at Christ
Episcopal church here, was rehearsed
yesterday afternoon. The full cere
mony was performed at the church
with all of the bridesmaids and. ush
ers present. The church was not
elaborately decorated for the wedding
because of the wishes of Colonel and
Mrs. Roosevelt to have the ceremony
performed with as little display as
possible. The reception at the house
was a short one. Not more than 200
guests were present and these were
the friends of Miss Roosevelt and Dr.
Derby. The friends of the colonel and
Mrs. Roosevelt have been omitted
from the list of invitations because
this was no White House wedding
such as that which marked the mar
riage of Miss Alice Roosevelt to form
er Representative Nicholas Longworth.
One of the reasons for the limited
number of guests was the fact that
BIG LOSS OF REVENUE
Vew Bates Will Take $80,000,
000 a Tear From U. S.
Income Tax Schedule Also An
nounced Today.
Washington, April 4. With Presi
dent Wilson and Congressional lead
ers practically agreed upon free wool
and a very low duty on sugar event
ually to become free, the ways and
means committee today began draw
ing a report on the new tariff bill,
estimating the loss of revenue from
the new rates at $80,000,000 a year.
The revenue from the income tax
will be estimated all like amount to
be derived in this way:
Incomes of $4,000 to $20,000 one
per cent; $20,000 to $50,000 two per
cent; $50,000 to $100,000 three per
cent; all over $100,000 four per cent;
flat tax on corporations two per cent.
The exemption now stands this way,
and is not expected to be changed.
Among the numerous additions to
the free list will be steel rails. Cuts
will be made all along the line on the
metal schedule. After the senate fi
nance committee reviewed the bill to
day a subcommittee went into con
ference with Chairman Underwood of
the ways and means committee.
Three Tears Too Short for Sugar Men.
Col. Sol wexler, a banker of New
Orleans, told the president today that
the sugar planters of Louisiana could
not adjust- their business in three years
to compete with Cuba and the rest of
the world in growing sugar, and said
the president must have been misin
formed if he believed it could be done.
Col. Wexler went away from the White
House with the distinct impression, he
said, that unless the Louisiana people
accepted the compromise the president
would urge free sugar in any event.
There is now believed to be a gen
eral agreement all around. The pos
sibility of a compromise on sugar
makes it apparent that there will be
less difficulty than at first expected.
It appeared certain after the meeting
that free wool would be retained in the
measure. faenators Simmons, James
and Hughes were appointed a commit
tee to confer at once with Chairman
Underwood j of the ways and means
committee. T;.e cabinet discussed the
sugar compromise and the whole tariff
bill sitauiton at the regular meeting
today. It was said there were no dif
ferences of opinion among the mem
bers or with the president.
BRIDE OF DR. DERBY TODAY.
as Married at Noon Today.
there are not accommodations at the
church or Sagamore Hill for more than
those invited.
While Col. and Mrs. Roosevelt have
declined to say anything about the
presents received oy oiiss Roosevelt it
is believed she has received many I
beautiful and costly gifts from friends!
oi tne lamuy ana tnose wno have been
and are now prominent in the public
life of the country.
Dr. George E. Talmadge, the local
minister, performed the ceremony, as
sisted by the Rev. Dr. Cotton Smith,
president of the church which Miss
Ethel Roosevelt attended in Washing
ton while her father was president and
the Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody, master
of Groton school. Groton, Mass., where
Quentin Roosevelt is a student. .
The bride's attendants were the
Misses Helen Coster, Josephine Os
born, Margaret Tucker, Mary Derby
and Cornelia Langdon. The bride
groom's brother, Roger A. Derby, was
best man. They will saU for Europe
tomorrow.
PLACE BAN ON THE JOINTISTS
Would Be Kept From Be-Enter-ing
Field of Work.
May Put a Stop to Bonds for
Old Bootleggers.
From now on County Attorney Wil
liam E. Atchison will ask the district
judges to impose the me-xinrum jail
sentence provided by law n convicted
began this morning Dy asking Judge
George H. Whitcomb to sentence J.
H. Stout, convicted on two counts, to
six months in jail on each count. The
court increased the length of the sen
tence, sending Stout to jail for 60
days on the first count and 90 days on
the second count.
Atchison's idea is not to increase
the time of the service of the violators,
but to provide a club over their heads
in the future, and also to provide for
summarily putting a stop to jointists
re-entering their field of work after
they are liberated.
"I want these people sentenced to
the maximum penalty provided by law
in the way of jail sentences," Atchi
son said. "Then when they have serv
ed the time that would ordinarily be
imposed upon them, I shall ask the
court to parole them and hold the re
mainder of their sentences over their
heads to Insure further . compliance
with the law."
Atchison believes that most of the
violators will be slow to go back into
their violations If a penalty remains
to be served, and also that he will save
the county the expense of future trials,
as all that will be necessary will be to
prove to the satisfaction of the court
that paroles have been violated to
have the violators returned to jail.
Atchison is fighting the prevailing
custom of Jointists securing bond when
arrested and going backt to selling
liquor pending their hearing. He also
intends to do away with appeals to
the supreme court that result in stays
of execution, and permits violators
libertv and the possibility of still
further violating the law while their
cases are pending in the higher court.
He believes he will be able to accom
plish his purpose in the way he out
lined to the court this morning.
U. S, LOOKS INTO IT
Will Investigate Charges of
Cruelty in England.
To See if Miss Emerson, Suf
fragette, Was a Victim.
Washington, April 4. Officials at the
state department today said the atti
tude of the United States in the case
of Miss Zelie Emerson, the American
militant suffragette, imprisoned in
London, would be determined after
further report, the London embassy
having been ordered to investigate the
charges that the young woman was
subjected to cruel treatment. It was
pointed out today that if Mrs. Emer
son, mother of the young woman, has
complained to the embassy, it must
have been subsequent to the sending
of Charge Laughlin's report of yester
day which said the mother had filed
no charges, although she was grant
ed an hour's interview with her daugh
ter. Secretary Bryan will immediately
take up with Chandler Anderson, the
counselor of the department, the ques
tion of what is to be done. Practical
ly there are no precedents, the nearest
similar case Deing mat or xars. may
brick, when some of the highest of
ficials in the United States petitioned
the British government to release he
American woman from the prison
where she was serving a me sentence.
It was held by various secretaries,
notably Blaine and Hay, that there
was no warrant for a direct official
reauest from the United Ctates gov
ernment for clemency in Mrs. May-
brick's case, so these representations ,
were unofficial though made
through tlhe- American embassy in
London. Secretary Bryan wishes nrst
to establish the complete regularity of
the Judicial proceedings in the case of
Miss Emerson, and if he follows the
ordinary course and ascertains that
there has been no discrimination
against the woman on account of her
nationality and that she has not been
treated in a cruel and inhuman man
ner, forbidden by the principles of the
law common to all nations, he like
wise probably will confine himself to
the exercise of his functions in anun
official way to secure an amelioration
of Miss Emerson's condition.
Doctor Cannot See Mrs. Emerson.
London. April 4. Reginald McKenna.
the British home secretary, today curt
ly refused to permit the physician cho
sen by Mrs. Emerson of Jackson, Mich.,
to examine her daughter, Zelie, tue
militant suffragetf now in prison for
window smashing and supposed to be
suffering 'from the results of forcible
feeding. Secretary MCJienna's reply
to Mrs. Emerson's request was as fol
lows: "I regret that I cannot grant your
request to have your daughter exam
ined by a physician of yur own choos
ing. The condition of your daughter's
health is satisfactory and gives no
cause for anxiety. If your daughter
continues to be of good behavior she
will be released from prison on Apru
9."
Alter receiving this refusal Mrs. Em
erson visited Dr. - Mansell Moullin,
whom she had "chosen in1 ' event oi
granting of her request. She described
the condition in which she had found
her daughter and the doctor thereupon
stated:
"Serious and perhaps permanent
loss of health will be the result unless
your daughter be Immediately released."
Big Nations Combine and Send
Ships to Bully.
Austrian Press Hysterical Over
Affair.
London. April 4. King Nicholas
of Montenegro is determined to cap
ture and hold Scutari, says a dispatch
from Cettinje, which gives the follow
ing statement from the King:
"I assure you that I and my people
mean to keep the land we have re
taken during the war. We mean to
take and keep it. This is the dominat
ing impulse of the Montenegrins who
know too well it is far better to die
fighting than to go on living as we
are doing now."
The king pointed out that the pos
session of the fertile lands of the Zeta
valley was a question of life and
death to his country and that his peo
ple were prepared to defy the will of
Europe and fight for victory or ex
termination. "Scutari will be my capital in the
future," declared the king.
Five Powers Will Send Ships.
London, April 4. Instructions were
wired today to ships of the five Euro
pean nations joining in the naval
demonstration against the kingdom of
Montenegro to proceed at once to the
scene and establish a blockade of the
Montenegrin coast.
Final details with regard to the
demonstration was settled at a two
hours' meeting of the European am
bassadors in London today. Although
Russia has been unable to send a ship
she has fully acquiesced.
Austria Is Hysterical.
Vienna, April 4. Little Montene
gro's defiance of the powers is the
subject of a series of hysterical out
bursts in the newspapers here. There
are indications, the Austrian editors
believe, that some of the powers are
not supporting the program agreed
upon for the coercion of Montenegro.
The finger of suspicion points particu
larly at Russia.
All the papers print today an appar
ently inspired declaration announcing
that Austria-Hungary expects to act
independently against Montenegro, in
case the naval demonstration by the
powers Is insufficient.
One editor adds that "the city of
Scutari must belong to the future
state of Albania with or without the
consent of Europe."
The Reichs Post declares that if
Russia prefers to see things otherwise
arranged, the whole work of the am
bassadorial conferences in London will
be null and void.
It is stated here that during the re
cent fighting in the vicinity of Scutari
the Montenegro and Servian besieg
ing armies lost 2,000 killed and the
same number wounded.
OLSON ON STAND
Minnesota Professor Tells of
Killing Darling.
Mrs. Olson Will Also Testify
About the Broken Home. ,
St. Paul, April 4. Professor Carl
Olson, formerly of the University of
Minnesota farm school, was scheduled
to resume the witness stand in his own
defense today and complete his story
of the murder of Clyde N. Darling, the
alleged wrecker or the Olson home.
Olson was expected to follow her hus
band on the witness stand and to cor-
oborate his statement relative to her
illicit relations with Darling.
The stoical indifference exhibited by
the defendant since his arrest, was
broken yesterday for the first time.
He wept while relating his wife's con
fession to him and her plea that Dar
ling be kept from their home.
Hundreds or women have crowded
the courtroom since the trial began.
Many were in tears during Professor
Olson's testimony. Offers of financial
aid from farmers of the northwest
with whom Professor Olson was very
popular, continue to pour in dally.
Darling Hypnotized Her.
"She told me this -'Darling has a
superhuman influence over me. He
takes me in his arms and holds me
tight. He looks into my eyes and
hypnotTzes me. I cannot resist him."
This is one of the many statements
made today by Professor Oscar M. '
Olson, concerning the alleged illicit .
relations between his wife and Clyde j
N. Darling, with the murder of whom j
Olson is charged. Under cross ex-1
amination Olson oftentimes weeping
gave further details of - the confession
which he said his wife made to him.
Frost Predicted for Toniptit.
The weather is pleasant today al
though slightly cooler than normal for
this date. Frost is predicted for to
night, and there is a possibility that
the mercury will slip down as low as
the freezing point. This morning i
temperatures were recorded in the
western portion of the state ten de
grees below freezing.
The forecast calls for weather with
rising temperatures Saturday. The
wind is blowing from the northwest at
the rate of 12 miles an hour..
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock .....4111 o'clock 45
8 o'clock 42112 o'clock 46
9 o'clock 44 1 o'clock 46
10 o'clock 44! 2 o'clock 51
Second Flood at Columbus.
Columbus, April 4. A down pour of
rain caused another flood stage in the
Scioto here today the river rising six
feet, and resulted in a levee breaking
on the west side. The waters were
again released Ovr a portion of the
territory flooded last weefc No fur
ther rise is expected. One additional
body was recovered today . increasing
thm Ust to 85.
Arrested With Paper, Oil, Can
dies and Matches.
Empty Trains Dynamited and
Militants Are Suspected.
London, April 4. Two girls sus
pected of being militant suffragettes
about to commit an outrage were ar
rested today before dawn. They car
ried bags containing paraffin, paper
saturated with oil, candles and
matches. In each of the bags was a
paper bearing the scrawl:
"Beware how you treat Mrs.
Pankhurst."
The girls when brought up at the
police court gave their names as Phyl
lis Brady and Millicent Dean. They
had explained to the policeman who
arrested them that they ere return
ing from their Easter holidays.
Warnings were sent out today by
the directorates of all the railroad
systems in the United Kingdom to the
effect that militant suffragettes had
threatened to burn stations in various
parts of the country. Patrols will be
stationed at all stations and in tun
nels. Some empty trains were dynamited
near Stockport, Cheshire, in the
course of the night. Suffragettes are
suspected of having committed the
outrage.
Infernal Machine Found.
A canister of explosives had been
placed under a seat in one of the cars
with a quantity of fire lighters satur
ated with resin and oil. The force of
the explosion splintered several cars.
There also was an attempt during the
night to blow up Oxted station in Sur
rey on the London, Brighton and South
coast railway but the damage caused
by the explosion was inconsiderable. A
traveling basket was found in a lava
tory containing an elaborately devised
infernal machine to go off at 3 a. m.
and explode a charge of gun powder
and several cans of gasoline. Appar
ently the gun powder exploded without
igniting the petrol. A revolver found
apparently had been dropped during a
hurried flight.
Four Months for Miss Hocken.
London, April 4. Miss Olive Hock
en, a militant suffragette was found
guilty at the Old Bailey session today
of conspiracy in connection with
burning a pavillion on the Roehamp
ton golf links. She was sentenced to
four months.
HUERTAJjAS PLAN
Pedro Lascurain to Be Earned
Provisional President.
But He Has Only 14,000 Troops
to Support Him.
El Paso," Tex., April 4. To satisfy all
factions. General Huerta has agreed to
the naming of Pedro Lascurain as pro
visional president, said adrices received
here directly fr- the national capital.
Lascurain would serve out the uncom
pleted term of the late Madero.
As minister of exterior relations In
Madero's former cabinet, Lascurain is
entitled to serve as next in line in view
of the -.ath of Madero and Vice Presi
dent Suarez. The Huerta cabinet
would be retained by the compromise.
This arrangement, it is said, has been
offered to the constitutionalists, now
fighting the Huerta government in
northern Mexico. It is declared that
Governor Carranza, of Coahuila has
agreed that the Sonora insurrection
ists will fall in line. The decision of
the present provisional president is
said to have been occasioned by the
recent uprising of Zapata in the south,
which places the Huerta forces be
tween two fires.
Mexican men estimate that Huerta
has not more than 14,000 troops in all
Mexico with which to meet the situa
tion. This is even less than Porfirio
Diaz possessed in combating the Ma
dero revolution. Madero on taking of
fice began recruiting volunteer troops,
with the ex-insurrecto corps as a basis.
In the meantime, the regular army
was not ' recruited to normal strength.
The desertion to the opposite side of
the majority of the volunteer groups
has left the actual government forces
far below par.
TO TRY MARRIAGE
Girls in New York Given a
Chance to Test It.
If "ot Satisfactory, Annulment
Is in Order.
New Tork, April 4. Trial marriages
for young women under 18 years of
age are legal in New Tork according
to a decision yesterday by Supreme
Justice Cohalan. If she marries with
the consent of her parents, and leaves
her husband before she attains that
age. the present law in effect permits
her to come into court and obtain
a decree of annulment as a matter of
course, be declared.
"This is to all Intent and purposes
provided in such cases of trial mar
riages," he said. "It is a contention
the remedy for which lies with the
legislature and not with the court."
The decision was in the case of Mrs.
Ivy Mundell Coster, who sued to annul
her marriage with Norman B. Coster,
The Justice found that although Mrs.
Coster's mother had consented to the
marriage the daughter was only 17 at
the time and was entitled to maintain
an action for annulment.
MURDOCK UPF0R SPEAKER
Kansas Representative Is w
Party Candidate.
Keynote Message From Boose
Telt's Speeches.
Washington, April 4. Representa
tive Victor Murdock of Kansas, was
unanimously elected by the Progres
slre party caucus here today as its
candidate for speaker of the house.
Thirteen representatives attended and
affiliation of four representatives who
have not reached Washington was an
nounced. Representative II. W. Tem
ple of Pennsylvania, was chosen per
manent chairman of the caucus.
Washington. April 4. The unprece
dented spectacle of a party legislate
caucus, open to the public and attend
ed by women was. seen at the capltol
today. The occasion was the first con
ference of the house progressives. Less
than a score of members of the new
party, declared that many new mem
bers unable to reach Washington In
time for today's conference hafi enlisted
in the progressive party by letter.
The program for todays conference
included reading of a "keynote message"
from Theodore Roosevelt speeches by
members of the caucus and the placing
of Rep. Murdock In nomination as the
new party's candidate for speaker.
Representatives Hinbaugh and Mur
dock the most active In the movement
expect an increase in membership
later on, and are pressing for recogni
tion on important committees. The
progressives demanded the rights of a
distinct party in congress. They have
a legislative program, a candidate for
speaker, and count on the backing of
the national party organization with
the personal influence of former Presi
dent Roosevelt. "We constitute a new
party because the old parties are out
worn." declared Mr. Murdock in his an
nouncement as a speakership candi
date. "The elements which control the
jjemocrauc party come half heartedly
incompetently and with inadequate
weapons to battle with the powers that
prey and pillage. Those who have per
verted the purposes of the Republican
party are in league with privilege, and
at heart distrustful of all majorities.
Our war is with an enemy that fears
neither the Republicans nor the Demo
crat party. Our struggle Is with the
forces of privilege. There Is a new
party in the land, the tramp of four
million citizens who, without time for
organization marched to the polls In
November to vote for Theodore Roose
velt." Representative ' Murdock announced
today that the caucus would elect a
committee to name committee to take
charge of the progressive legislative
program. A meeting has been called
for next Tuesday when the legislative
committee of the caucus will meet
members of the legislative committee
of the national Progressive party
among them Walter Weyl, Jane Ad
dams, Dean Lewis of the University of
Pennsylvania, and Gifford Pinchot.
The caucus was called, to order by
Representative Hinebaugh of Illinois,
as temporary chairman.
Ilinebaugh'a Speech,
"I esteem it a great honor," said
Representative Hinebaugh in his open
ing speech, "to have the privilege of
calling to order the first conference
of the representatives of the Progres
sive party. Four m'lllon five hun
dred thousand attended the birth of
our party and a much larger number
have signified their intention of guard
ing and directing Its growth. All great
movements are the result of the
awakened conscience of the people.
The overlords of special privilege
would not heed the people, organized
greed refused to stay Its hand and so
the Progressive party was born. The
nation will little note or long remem
ber what we say here; but what we do
in the Sixty-third congress If we ear
nestly endeavor to carry out the In
structions of those who sent us will
never be forgotten. We are making
history.
"We stand for the open caucus. We
will not be bound by the party whip.
We believe the people are entitled to
know how their business is trans
acted." Representative Murdock accepting
the nomination for speaker closed his
address as follows:
"Of every American citizen, man and
woman, we ask co-operation. Of every
American who is seeking to restore
through the intricacies and complexi
ties of the day the line that divides
right from wrong, we ask help.
"If he is able to see through the
spectacle of material prosperity the
wan face of the child factory workers,
if through the darkness he can feel
the distress of underpaid and over
worked women, then his place is in
the ranks of the Progressives.
"We set the public welfare in first
place. To those who are hesitating,
oecause of party ties and traditions,
we bid welcome to our ranks.
"Peter and John came to the gate
where a beggar sat, moved by the
narrowest of human conceptions, lift
ing his palm for alms. Peter, fresh
from the radiance of the Master, who
had come with the last word of truth
and of brotherhood among men, said
to the beggard, 'Silver and gold have
I none, but such as I have, I give
thee.'
"We are not asking alms of your
house. We are moved by the inspira
tion of this the desire to serve. We
serve truth, not repose. We have
turned our backs on the past and its
prejudice. We are facing the future
and its bounty brotherhood. Who
soever will may come."
Weather Forecast for Kansas.
Fair with probably frost tonight,
warmer Saturday.
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