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GALLED DOWN
Uncle Sam Sends a Drastic
Message to Huerta.
Demands the Punishment
Those Who Shot Dixon.
of
CALLS FOB PROMPT RELEASE
Of Bissell and McDonald, Who
Are Held Prisoners.
Official Washington Is Aroused
hj Recent Events.
Washington, July 2 8. Strong rep
resentations, the most drastic in
phraseology that have been made since
the present American administration
came into power, were made to the
Huerta government in Mexico today.
The United States government de
manded not only the prompt arrest,
courtmartial and punishment of the
Mexican federal soldiers who shot
Charles B. Dixon, an American immi
gration official at Juarez, Mexico, but
the immediate release of Charles Bis
sell and Bernard McDonald, mining
managers, imprisoned by federal sol
diers at Chihuahua City and said to
be threatened with execution.
So serious were these incidents re
garded in official circles that they
overshadowed largely the policy which
the visit of Ambassador Henry Lane
Wilson had brought to a climax. The
ambassador himself was so exercised j
over the developments in Mexico that
he dictated two strong telegrams, one
to the embassy at Mexico City and the i
other to the American consul at
Juarez and while Secretary Bryan
elightly modified their tone they were
approved and promptly dispatched.
Ambassador Wilson declines to dis-
cuss the affair but probably will ex- i
press his views on such happenings
when he meets President Wilson for
a general explanation of affairs in
Mexico.
The president had Ambassador Wil
ton's long report in hand today, stud
ied it carefully, and after an early
conference with Mr. Bryan will be
prepared to inquire of the ambassador
what remedies he would suggest.
In the meantime the ambassador
would give no inkling of the recom
mendation he has in mind beyond the
general statement that his plan would
conserve the friendly relations between
Mexico and the United States and pro
tect likewise the interests of Ameri
cans in the southern republic.
Edwards's Removal Is Asked.
Washington, July 2S. Secretary Bry
an, after a call at the White House,
sought information through a confer
ence with President Brown, of the
Mexican National railways, on traffic
conditions in Mexico and their relation
to the paralyzed condition of commerce
and industry. Latest reports from the
embassy at Mexico City have reflected
the financial situation.
The battleship South Carolina arrived
Bt Vera Cruz today, to resume patrol
duty after having been at Galveston,
Texas, to give officers and men shore
Jeave. The battleship New Hampshire
Is en route from Vera Cruz to Galves
ton to give her officers and men shore
leave. The gunboat Wheeling, report
ing from Frontera, makes no mention
of disorders there.
Senator Pomerene called at the state
department to press for attention the
case of Bernard McDonald, under sen
tence of death at Chihuahua. Senator
Pomerene was told that the department
had alread taken aggressive steps for
the relief of Mr. McDonald but that
no report had been received since the
embassy at Mexico City and the consu
late at Chihuahua had been instructed
to act in behalf of Mr. McDonald.
Representative Smith of Texas, asked
Secretary Bryan to remove Consul Ed
wards at Juarez because of his refusal
to allow a party of 00 Americans to 150
to the relief of the refugees at Ma
dera. A telegrsrm received by Representa
tive Smith today said that the Madera
refugees were in momentary peril.
There are 35 Americans there, Jl of
whom are women and children. The
telegram charged that Consul Kdwards
had not properly represented the situa
tion to the state department.
Representative Smith's report said
that So railroad bridges on the raiiroai
line between Madera and El Paso have
been burnd or dynamited and tliat
bandits have threatened to kill any
persons attempting to repair the line.
He also urged Secretary Bryan to em
bargo all shipments of arms to Mexico
or to allow both Mexican factions to
secure American guns.
Representative Smith said the secre
tary gave him no information -is to
what the United States proposed tj do
in the situation.
Xo Crisis Vet Reached.
Washington. July 28. President Wil
son does not believe the public mir.d
in the United States is excited over the
situation in Mexico, nor is he convinced
that a crisis has been reached in the
revolution itself.
This information was obtained in of
ficial circles tiday with an authoritative
denial that any proposal looking to
ward a co-operation between American
military forces and the Mexican gov
ernment at restoration of peace had
been suggested.
Those who approached the president
today on the Mexican situation found
him disinclined to discuss it, as later he
Lane Wilson. Secretary Bryan arrang
ed to see the president before the con
ference. The secretary also continued
his reticence on Mexican affairs.
It was learned at the White Hou.e
that reports crediting Ambassador Wil
son with having advocated a set of pro
posals contemplating military coopera
tion with Mexico or intervention were
unfounded. The president has received
from Ambassador Wilson a historical
account of events in Mexico in the last
three 3" ears.
The ambassador himself declarel to
day he had not mentioned any reme
dies on the situation to anyone and had
not even put on paper the plana he
had in mind. He had reserved thes; he
said, for his personal interview wih
the president.
Contradictory information has reach
ed the ashington government regard
ing the stability of the, Huerta ad-
ministration. It was said today to bo
a Question of reliability of informants.
Officials declined to state which reports
were being credited. It was said that
in the last ten days there had been
little or no change in the status of af
fairs in the southern republic.
The shooting of Charles B. Dixon, jr.,
at Juarez is regarded as a serious in
cident. but its bearing on the general
Mexican situation is being minimized
by officials here today, as the American
demands for the investigation and pun
ishment of the offenders apparently
were being complied with.
At the White House it was said t
United States would pursue a course of
diligent inquiry into the affair ana
would insist on summary action toward
the guilty.
War Slap of Mexico.
Washington, July 28. The war de
nartmpnt is in possession of a com
plete war map of Mexico which has
been prepared by secret agents wno
have covered virtually every mile of
territory of Mexico during the past six
months.
The completion of it has been rusn
ert in face of the rjolitical crisis and it
is now held in readiness, m event or
anv movement of troops into Mexico.
This map gives the location of every
bridge, every road, every pass ana
everv fort in southern, central and
northern Mexico. Not only is the lo
r-nfinn riven but there is detailed in
formation regarding the condition of
each.
The utmost care has been taken in
giving the precise locations of supply
centers for .water ana ieea, mat win
be suitable for large numbers of men.
Says Wilson 1 'nihil for Huerta.
Khc-Ia Pass. Texas. July 2 8. The
following statement about Ambassador
Henry Lane Wilson today was tele
graphed to President Wilson by Gov
ernor Vales of the state of Lucatan,
Mexico, now in Piedras Negras, the
constitutionalists' provisional capital:
"I am the constitutional governor of
Yucatan, having been elected Decem
ber 19, 1911, and still holdihg under
. natituti'on and laws of Mexico.
am the brother-in-law of Vice
t, -iif xir, ,,arP anrt was in Mex-
Jco cjty wjtn rny family during the
February revolution,
when on the
19 th it became necessary for me to
flee to save my life. My wire rre
ouently called on Ambassador Wilson
I and he told her that it was necessary
that she should telegraph me at once
and urge me strongly to recognize
General Huerta as president of the
republic."
Vales's telegram declared that the
ambassador threatened him with what
would happen if Vales did not recog
nize Huerta. The telegraph also speci
fied other alleged actions of the
American ambassador to which Vales
and Mexicans objected.
GOOD PLAGE FOR VITTE
Utilities Board Man Goes to Interstate
Commerce Commission.
Chief Engineer C. C. Witte, of the
Kansas public utilities commission,
will go to the interstate commerce com
mission August 1 as a district man
ager in charge of gathering information
regarding the physical valuation of
railroads in the United States. From
a salary of $3,000 a year with the state
commission, the national commission
will pay the popular Topeka man J5,
400 a year. J. L. Strickler will succeed
Witte as chief enigneer for the Kansas'
commission.
Announcement of the change was
made public today hy Henderson Mar
tin, chairman of the state commission.
Witte is regarded as one of the most
valuable men in the service of any of
the western commissions. It was un
der his supervision and deriction that
physical valuations of the Rock Is
land, Union Pacific and Burlington
roads in Kansas were secured for the
state commission and these figures
were regarded as being so accurate
that they have been adopted by the
interstate commerce commission In
Washington.
The interstate commerce commission
handles its work by districts and Witte
is to be .placed in charge of one of the
five districts. On his shoulders will
fall the responsibility of making up the
physical valuation of the railroad pro
perties in the district over which he
will have superivision. It is a big,
tedious task, but Witte's work in Kan
sas has convinced the national com-
j mission that the Topeka man can han-
aie tne 300. tie win prooaDiy go to
Washington the last of the week and
J. L. Strickler, who has been with the
commission several years will become
the new chief engineer. Strickler is
regarded as a valuable man and will
draw the $3,000 pay check formerly re
ceived by Witte.
MAY VISIT UNCLE SAM
King George and Queen Mary Flan
a Trip to Canada.
London, July 28. A report from
Australia that King George and
Queen Mary were to lay the founda
tion stone of the Australian common
wealth parliament house at Canberra
next year is denied today by the Pall
Mall Gazette, which declares that
Canada is to be the next -British do
minion visited by their majesties.
The Gazette adds:
"It may be taken for granted that
while so near the United States they
will cross the border and it is prob
able they will pay a brief visit to
Washington and perhaps New York."
BUILDING NEW SHOPS.
Santa Fe's Xew Machine Shops in Use
October 1.
Work will start this week on the
new machine shop at the Santa Fe
shops. It is expected that the struc
ture will be ready for occupancy Octo
ber 31. The building will cost ap
proximately $90,000, and will give em
ployment to over 200 men.
ALLERTON RESIGNS.
H. M. Stover Becomes Supervising
State Grain. Inspector.
Salina, Kan.. July 28. R. H. Aller
ton. for eight years supervising state
grain inspector, with headquarters
here, has resigned and is succeeded
by H. M. Stover of LaCrosse, who will
also have bis headquarters here.
ARSON JRUST HIT
Twelve Indictments Found
Against Alleged Firebugs.
Several Business Men Are In
cluded as Accessories.
Chicago, July 28. Twelve indict
ments against alleged members of the
"arson trust" were returned today by
the grand jury before Judge A. J,
Petit in the criminal court.
Joseph Fish, head of the firm of
Joseph Fish & Company, public fire
insurance adjusters, was named in
true bills which charged arson, burn
ing to defraud, conspiracy to obstruct
public justice and accessory after the
tact.
Immediately following the return of
the true bills in court, capiases for
the arrest of the persons indicted
were issued. David Korshak, fugitive
"fire bug." who is reported to be in
Canton, China, and Israel Shafner and
Benjamin Fink were among the other
defendants. Schafner also is being
sought by the police, but Fink is in
custody and will appear as a state wit
ness in the prosecution of the arson
cases.
Others indicted were business men
whose places, it is alleged, were de
stroyed by incendiary fires. They are:
barauel Glaser. Frank M. Elkins. J.
Lipson, Joseph Lewis, Jacob Wronski,
Nathan Spira, Morris Miller and Sam
uel Stark.
The true bills were voted after the
grand jury had the testimony of Mrs.
Fannie Korshak, wife of the fugitive
fire bug.
TALKEDTO GUARDS
Got. Hodges Believes There
Will Be War With Mexico.
Reviewed Troops Accompan
ied hy Prominent Democrats.
Junction City, Kan., July 28. Gov
ernor Hodges was a visitor at the
Kansas National Guard camp Sunday.
He paid personal visits to nearly all
the 1,600 members of the Guard in
their tents. In the afternoon, dressed
in a parade uniform, he reviewed tha
Kansas troops, including the two regi
ments of infantry and Battery A, of
Topeka, which reached camp Sunday
after an overland march. Later, tind
clad in a fatigue uniform, Governor
Hodges made a speech to the Kansas
Guardsmen.
The governor declared to the sol
diers that there has been too much
politics in Kansas in the past, and
that independent voters in the state
holds the balance of power. He de
clared that all the voters of the state
met together last fall, and that there
were not enough Democrats to elect
a governor, but that the Democrats,
Progressives, Republicans and Prohi
bitionists had voted for and elected A
Democratic governor who will not give
Kansas a Democratic administration,
but who will give it a fair .dministra
tion, to quote his own words.
He told the guardsmen that he had
not considered politics in appointing an
adjutant general of the Kansas Na
tional Guard, but had never for a mo
ment considered tnyone but Gencial
C. I. Martin for the place.
"I adhered to my policy and ap
pointed the best man for the place, a
Republican." he said.
He complimented General Martin's
ability and his "democracy with the
men of the guard."
Governor Hodges told the assembled
members of the Kansas National Guard
that hostilities between the United
States and Mexico are quite probable,
and that the Kansas Guard would fur
nish two strong regiments for Uncle
Sam's army. He also declared that the
Kansas guard would uphold the onor
of Kansas as the "Fighting Twentieth'
had done in the Spanish-American
war.
Diverting from war to politics Gov
ernor Hodges declared that he hoped
to see vomen in the next Kansas leg
islature.
Among those accompanying the gov
ernor on his visit to the camp "vere
Miles Mulroy, Democratic speaker pro
tem of the recent house; J. N. Herr,
recently appointed superintendent of
the Hutchinson reformatory; Grant
Harrington, the governor's private sec
retary; A. A. Doerr, of Lamed; and
Cols. S. E. Barber, and L. M. Penwell,
of Topeka, military aides to the gov
ernor. AUTO HITJY TRAIN.
Married Man and Young Woman
Occupants Are Killed.
Rochester. X. Y., July 28. E. J.
Sankpeal, vice president of a lumber
company, and Miss Martha Hartlebin
were killed early today when a motor
car driven by Sankpeal was struck by
the Wolverine express on the Xew
York Central at a crossing in Penfield,
a few miles from the city. Mrs. Sank
peal identified both bodies. She told
the coroner she had quarreled with, her
husband last night and he left her in
anger. She was sitting up awaiting
his return when notified of the acci-
" WIGGWoUT.
Leaves Hospital and Is Ready to Re
sume Work.
Atchison. Kan., July 28. "I left
the hospital Sunday, disfigured but
still in the ring. Notify the state
board of control I will be able to
take charge of the state orphans'
home road August 7."
The foregoing telegram was re
ceived from Balie P. Waggener, in
Rochester, Minn. Mr. Waggener said
when he went north if he recovered
in good shape he would begin an ac
tive campaign for United States sena
tor. One of his opponents will be
James W. Orr, his former law part
ner, ,
WITH LAFOLLETTE
Eleven Bull Moose Senators to
Stand by Wisconsin
In His Fight for Change in
Wool Schedule.
WILL OFFER A SUBSTITUTE
To Take the Place of One
Backed hy Smoot.
Other Progressives Will Offer
Various Amendments.
Washington, July 28. Eleven por
gressive Republican senators tentative
ly agreed today to support Senator La
Follette's substitute schedule on wool,
cotton and several other sections of the
tariff bill.
The conference marked . the first ef
fort on the part of the progressive Re
publican element to take a definite
stand on the tariff revision.
Votes on amef.dments last week
showed many of the progressive Re
publicans at variance with the remain
der of the Republican side on certain
items. It Is understood that an attempt
will be made to substitute the LaFol-
lette wool schedule for that which has
already been introduced by Senator
Smoot and which the latter expects to
present as the Republican measure.
In today's conference, presided over
by Senator Clapp, were Senators Borah,
Bristow, Crawford, Sterling, Cummins,
Kenyon. LaFollette, Gronna, Norria
and Works.
Another conference will be held in a
few days and each member will pre
sent amendments which he proposes to
support in the senate.
Senator LaFollette outlined substi
tutes he will propose to the wool and
cotton schedules next 'week when he
will begin his attack on these schedules
of the Democratic bill. Senator Kenyon
will urge amendments placing on the
free list all articles in control of
monopoly, one of them being alumi
num. He expects to speak this week
on the general policy of free listing all
trust-controlled commodities.
Senator Cummins has an amendment
to tax all commodities sold through
stock exchanges, similar to the cotton
futures, stamp tax Included in the
Democratic bill.
GET NEW OUTFIELDER.
Gear Signs Cotton TSates Man May
Transfer Sioux Series
Dale Gear strengthened the outfield
of the Kaws this morning when he
closed a deal for the purchase of Carlo
Smith of the Meridian team of the
Cotton States league. Smith has been
managing the club. He led the Cotton
States league in hitting last year. He
was with Gear at Shreveport, in the
Texas league, in 1910, and hit far
above the .300 mark. He will report ai
once.
Gear tried to land Smith this spring
but was unsuccessful as he wanted to
play ball near his home in the south.
He will make a good fielder and hit
ter in the Western League, Gear be
lieves. Price will bo released.
Gear is trying to arrange for the
transfer of the three games with Sioux
City to Topeka, which begin Wednes
day. The grandstand, tence, uni
forms, gloves and practically all of the
property of the Sioux City club was
burned last night and the Sioux will
have no place to play excepting at
Riverside park. This is four miles
from town and will not draw as well
as would the games if played in To
peka. Gear is anxious to transfer the
games to Topeka to save traveling ex
penses on a losing proposition.
THE DAY IN CONGRESS
Mann's Filibuster Causes Record Short
Session of House.
Washington, July 28. Senate met
at noon and resumed general debate
on tariff bill.
Senator Townsend criticized "exec
utive interference" and caucus domi
nation. Judiciary committee recommended
favorable action on appointment of
Representative John W. Davis as so
licitor general.
L'obby committee continued hear
ings. House met at noon and adjourned
at 12:03 p. m., a record short session,
because of Republican Leader Mann's
fillibuster for debate on Caminetti
Diggs white slave case.
Senator Bryan proposed before post
office committee legislation to prevent
the postmaster general from making
changes in rates and size regulations
of parcel post.
Representative Howard of Georgia
introduced a resolution calling upon
civil service committee for information
on soliciting of campaign funds among
government employees in Atlanta in
1912.
HAD A NARROW ESCAPE
Phil Billard Hurt and His Airship
Wrecked.
Phil Billard sustained several pain
ful bruises in an aeroplane accident
Sundav afternoon which damaged his
machine so that it will probably be
out of commission the rest of the sum
mer. Billard had made one success
ful flight from the field south of High
land Park and was -attempting to
again master the elements when motor
trouble set in. At the time of the ac
cident the machine was going along
at a sixty mile clip close to the ground,
the planes tilted and caught in a
tangle of weeds which twisted the
aircraft out of alignment A fair sized
crowd was on the grounds when the
accident took place.
In the first flight a height of one
thousand feet was attained. At this
height Billard found that his motor
wa leaking. - The propeller, also, was
not in perfect alignment, due probably
to the dry weather, .
A UNIQUERECORD
Santa Fe's Spanning of Mis
souri Is Object Lesson.
Traffic Uninterrupted One In
jury With 1,400 Men.
The Santa Fe's new railway bridge
built on the site of the old bridge over
the Missouri river at Sibley, near Kan
sas City, is practically completed, at
a total cost of $1,500,000. The main
spans now are in use, and the com
pletion of the viaduct on the east end
is all that is left to do.
"A remarkable feature in the con
struction of the Sibley bridge," said C.
F. W. Felt, chief engineer, "is that
while we had as high as 1,400 men
employed at one time on the structure,
only one workman lost his life, and he
was not working on the bridge when
the accident occurred, but fell off a
carload of poles on which he was rid
ing. Another feature worthy of note
is that traffic over the bridge was not
interrupted for a single day during the
year that the work has been in prog
ress.
The new Sibley bridge has attracted
tne attention of hundreds of thou
sands of tourists who have passed over
it, as well as engineers from all parts
of the country who were interested In
the work. The bridge is very high
overlooking the picturesque Missouri
river valley, 'and the viaduct approach
ing it from the east is nearly a mile
long.
BRIDE IS FOUND
Mrs. Dean Has Been Located
at Buff ville.
Abductor Got Scared and
Abandoned Her.
Neodesha. Kan., July 28. Mrs. Mary
Armstrong Dean, the 15-year-old bride
of Harvey Dean, who was stolen from
her husband in Iola last week, was
found at Buff ville, near here, at 1:30
o'clock this afternoon.
Mrs. Dean had been abandoned by
her abductor, who feared arrest be
cause 'of the publicity given the case.
Iola, Kan., July 28. Believing
further publicity would retard the
progress of the search for Mary
Armstrong Dean, the 15-year-old
missing bride, and her abductor, the
sheriff's office today declined to give
out the name of the man for whom
a warrant was issued Saturday night.
. Harvey Dean, the husband, today
issued an appeal to the public asking
every one to be on the lookout for the
missing couple.
"The case is as mysterious to me
as it is to the people," says the ap
peal. "Why would my wife run
away from me unless under duress?
We were just married after a happy
courtship of six months. Mary re
ciprocated my love to the fullest de
gree. We had no quarrel or misun
derstandings. She did not know nor
had she ever seen the man with
whom she went away. Where is the
motive for her leaving?
"As near as I can learn, the man
who stole my wife is about 25 years
old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, dark hair
and dark eyes. He wore a soft shirt,
brown crushed hat and brown suit
when last seen."
INTERURBAN COMPETE
Two Roads Fight for Wichita-Arkansas
City Traffic.
The people of Wichita and Arkansas
Ciiy are to have about al! that could
be desired in the way of train service
between those two cities.
The Midland Valley Is having
motors built, resembling large elec
tric cars, but no trolleys will be in
stalled for instead of electricity, gaso
line will be the motive power. These
mctor cars will supplement the regu
lar steam propelled train service, and
are expected to be in use by the last
of the week.
The announcement of this improved
service caused the Santa Fe to get
busy, and the people of the two cities
and intermediate points will reap the
benefits of competition in the inter
urban business, for it is now an
nounced that the Santa Fe will soon
install an interurban service between
the two cities.
IT IS WARMING UP.
Thermometer Expected to Reach 100
Mark Tomorrow.
Weather of the scorching variety
has arrived. It will be the order of
things for the next day or two, ac
cording to the weather man. The
mercury had reached the 9 4 degree
point at 2 o'clock this afternoon and
was still on the climb. Tuesday is ex
pected to hover around the century
mark. Tonight will probably be one
of the most uncomfortable nights of
the season, says "Sunny Flora. The
wind is blowing at the rate of fifteen
miles an hour from the south.
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock 72
1 1 o'clock . . .
. .86
..HO
.92
8 o'clock 77
9 o'clock 81
10 o'clock 85
12 o'clock . . .
1 o'clock.
2 o'clock 94
FARRELLY DON'T KNOW
Chnnute Statesman Xot Certain He'll
Run for Senator.
Hugh P. Farrelly of Chanute has not
concluded whether or not he will enter
the Democratic senatorial contest next
year. Not until the new tariff program
is out of the way and its future some
what determined, Farrelly says, will he
decide regarding his plans for the neit
campaign.
Farrelly came to Topeka today to
represent the city of Chanute in the ce
ment rate hearing before the public
utilities commission. But when asked
about his future political plans, the
Chanute lawyer said that he was quite
uncertain. .
tunning ror office is hard, exasper
ating work," said Farrelly. "When run
ning wasn't nearly so good, they used
to crowd me in pretty regularly. Now
there are more Democrats than there
used to be and it seems that there are
plenty of fellows w-ho are willing to get
in."
"Do you expect to enter the sen
atorial race next year?" was asked.
"I don't know what I will do yet,"
said Farrelly. "It isn't probable that I
will say anything until next -viater
when the tariff bill gets across and we
can know something- of the future. If
the Wilson administration gets away
as well the next few months as it has
done so far, why then well, there w.Ul
be plenty of time to talk about those
things later."
Farrelly made the senatorial race
last August and received the popular
majority, but United States Senator
William H. Thompson succeeded in
carrying the largest number of legis
lative districts. Under the law govern
ing the 1912 primaries, Thompson won
the nomination and went to the senate
by defeating Governor W. R. Stubbs
Recently it has been rumored that
Farrelly will either make another try
for the senate or will make the fight
against Congressman Phil P. Campbell
In the Third district.
ON ANXIOUS SEAT
Topeka Railroad Men Take
Government Examinations.
Uncle Sam to Find Out What
All Railroads Worth.
For the aid of the interstate com
merce commission, the United Statea
government has undertaken the instal
lation of uniform methods for determ
ining the physical valuation of rail
roads and also to find out for itself
what the roads are worth. Just what
these methods will be, or whether there
will be any radical differences from the
methods now followed by the various
railroad systems of the country, is not
yet known for no system has yet been
adopted. In fact even the experts to
be employed by the government on
the big Job of determining what all
the railroads of the entire country are
worth their physical valuation have
not yet been disclosed. Civil service
examinations for the purpose of secur
ing these experts were held July 21-3,
and a number of Topeka railroad men,
who took the examinations, are on the
anxious seat. Nearly the entire force
of the physical valuation department
of the Rock Island Lines took the ex
aminations. A. J. Wise, head of this
department, in discussing the uniform
system of fixing physical valuations
about to be inaugurated by the gov
ernment, said he did not know what
changes, if any, the government would
demand in the system he. has been fol
lowing "But whatever the govern
ment tells us to do, you bet we will
do it," he said.
Mr. Wise, who took the recent gov
ernment examinations, is speculating
as to what line of action he should fol
low, should he be employed by the
government to check over his own
work. It was suggested that as he
would already have the knowledge he
might be assigned to acquire, that he
could very well retire to some summer
resort and write out his report at leis
ure. Mr. Wise and his assistants are
now on the odds and ends of a com
plete report of the physical valuation
of the Rock Island Lines in Kansas.
As soon as this work is completed.
which will be in a short time, they ex
pect to go to Missouri and figure out
to a gnat's eye what the properties of
the Rock Island Lines in that state are
worth.
E. T. FAIRGHILD HERE.
The Popular Kx-Kansan Likes His
Xew Hampshire Home.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Falrchild are vis
iting friends in Topeka this week. The
former state superintendent of schools
is now president of the New Hampshire
college at Durham and he likes his
new home and new work. He lives in
a beautiful little place close to the
Atlantic ocean.
The Fairchilds are on their way
home from Salt Lake City, Utah, where
Mr. Falrchild attended the session of
the National Education association
of which he is the president. He was
glad to meet his host of friends in
Topeka and will stay here and visit
until Wednesday. The eastern college
president still speaks the Kansas
language.
If all his invitations are accepted
the college dormitories of Durham will
be crowded to the eaves with Kansas
friends on a visit with the president
of the college.
Mr. Fairchild tells a little story about
the "corn king of New Hampshire who
had 50 acres planted in corn this year."
PARENTS ARE WARNED
Posters Tell How Many Cliildrcn
Killed Playing on Tracks.
Isaiah Hale, safety commissioner
of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa
Fe railway, has printed a poster for
display In the corridors of all the
schoolhouses along the company s
lines, calling attention to the danger
of allowing children to walk or play
on railroad tracks. The posters call
attention to the fact that of 5,434
trespassers killed in 1912, 30 per
cent were children under 14 years of
age, who had used a railroad right of
way as a playground or had been sent
by parents to pick up coal.
JOINT MANEUVERS.
Kansas Troops Busy Battery "A"
Marched Overland.
Fort Riley. Kan., July 28. The
First and Second regiments of Kansas
National Guards and the Sixth field
artillery are participating In a joint
maneuver today on the Fort Riley
reservation. Battery A of the First
regiment K. X. G. arrived at Camp
Hodges last night for several days of
target practice, having marched over
land from Topeka.
DRY ASDESERT
Rainfall for July Lightest Since
1887.
Drouth Makes Kaw River
Rivulet.
RESERVOIRS ARE GOING DRY
Many Kansas Districts Suffer
for Water.
Annual Rainfall Light for Four
Years Fast.
The Kaw river is a mere creek to
day. The stage Is 3.7 feet, the lowest
recorded in Topeka since the govern
ment record was begun in 1904.
Not only has this month been the
dryest July on record in Topeka vith
one exception 1887 but for the last
four years the rainfall in Kansas has
been below normal.
The continued drought is making the
Kaw look like a shadow of Itself. But
that is not all. There is a shortage
of water for stock In many districts
of Kansas. The Rock Island reports
that the water supply at Horton has
become exhausted. The Santa Fe re
servoir built at Chanute a year or two
ago has gone dry and other reports of
a similar r.-.ture are being received.
In the last week there have been
soaking rains in Bourbon, Crawford,
Wilson, Neosho, Elk, Cowley, and
Sumner counties in the southeastern
part of the state. The southern tier
of counties has received from one-half
to one inch of rain. Northeast, central
and northwestern Kansas have not re
ceived enough rain to be of any bene
fit to crops.
According to the local weather de
partment the corn In the Kaw valley
is in fair shape, but In central and
northwestern Kansas the crop has been
damaged, no one can estimate how
seriously.
At Manhattan where the record Is
one of the oldest in the state the month
of July has been the driest July on
record In thirty-nine years or the Iri
est with one exception in fifty-six
years. Grasshopper year 1874 has the
record at that point.
In the twenty-four hours ending at
seven o'clock this morning according
to reports received at the local weather
office there were a few scattered show
rs in Kansas. Rain fell at the follow
ing stations.
Dodge City IB
Dresden -4
Kmporia 10
Fort Scott .S3
Hays "4
Iola . 03
. Mcl'herson IS
Macksville 4
Wichita 13
topeka Tra-e.
Verv little relief is offered by tho
Washington forecaster in his "guess"
for the week. His forecast is as fol
lows: Exceot for local thunderstorms.
generally fair weather Is predicted
for the coming week by the weather
bureau and no unusually high tem
peratures are expected.
"A moderate depression now ex
tending from the lower Missouri val
ley northeastward to Lake Superior."
said the weekly bulletin tonight, "will
move eastward attended by local
thunderstorms during the early days
of the week over the Ohio valley and
lower lake region eastward. The
showers will be followed by rising
pressure with fairer weather that will
probably continue during the week.
"Over the central and west por
tions of the country generally fair
weather will prevail, although local
thunderstorms are probable early in
the week over both slopes of the cen
tral and southern Rocky mountains.
"A cool wave that now covers the
northwest will spread eastward and
southeastward in modified form."
NO RIGHT TO SELL.
Protest Is Raised Against the Transfe
of the Burns Manuscripts,
t ! T,tlv 28. A nnw turn haa
iJUUUUUf . . J '
been given to the protests emanating
from Scotland against the recent ae
. 4,A T.lvpr.nnnl jLtheneum in sell-
1 -
ing the socalled Glen Riddel manu
scripts of the poet, Kooeri Burns, mo
sale being understood to have been
made indirectly to an American mil
lionaire J. C. Ewlng, one of the ac
knowledged authorities upon Burns'
works has raised the point that the
Glen Riddel manuscripts were lent, not
given, to Dr. Currie, who later present
ed them to the atheneum.
Mr. Ewing declares that Dr. Currie
obtained loan of the manuscripts in
1797 when he arranged to write the
life of the poet and edit his works, but
he never returned the papers to the
widow. On this assumption it Is un
derstood that the Burns' federation
and the Burns' clubs of the United
Kingdom may test the legality of the
sale of the manuscripts by getting Miss
Annie Burns of Chelton hall, who Is a
direct descendant of the poet to set
forth her claim.
TODAY'S GAMES.
Western.
Denver at Topeka, clear.
Lincoln at Wichita, clear.
Des Moines at Sioux City,
cloudy.
Omaha at St. Joseph, cloudy.
National.
Boston at Chicago, clear.
Philadelphia at Pittsburg.clear.
Brooklyn at Cincinnati, clear.
New York at St. Louis, clear.
American.
Chicago at Boston, game called
off; rain. Two games to
morrow. St. Louis at Washington, clear.
Detroit at Philadelphia, game
postponed; rain. Two games
tomorrow.
Cleveland at New York, cloudy.
Association.
Toledo at Columbus, clear.
Louisville at Indianapolis, clear.
Kansas City at Milwaukee,
clear.
Minneapolis at St. Paul, clear.

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