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LAST EDITION-
SATURDAY EVENING-
TOPEKA, KANSAS- FEBRUARY 7, 1914.
SATURDAY EVENING.
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IT 17AS4 BELOW
That Is Becord Cold Mark for
Winter.
Unofficial Thermometers Show
8 Degrees Below.
HOT f.:UCH CHANGE SUNDAY
The Wind Has Gone Down and
the Snn Is on Job.
Coal Men Corered Deep With
Orders.
It was four degrees below zero at
even o'clock this morning by the
government thermometer on top of
the Mulvane building, and eight be
low according to a thermometer
close to the earth In the yard of
"Sunny" Flora, the local weather
mm. All Kansas was cold today, but
not quite as cold as the government
"experts" feared might be the case.
The area of low pressure that was
central over Wyoming and Montana
Friday and which was causing the
atmospheric' disturbance experienced
in Kansas did not touch as far south
In its course as was expected and con
sequently Kansas did not get the
brunt of the storm. The sun caused
a little moderation in temperature to
day, but the northerly wind will send
the mercury down tonight.
It is agreed that the storm was
quite severe enough. At Topeka this
morning the phones at the plumbing
establishments were kept warm by
calls from hundreds of Topeka homes
where water pipes were frozen. The
gas pressure is low today, and the
coal men report that it has been im
possible for them to fill all their or
ders for fuel because of an insuffi
cient number of teams. One dealer
said: "When the weather was warm
it seemed as though fifty men ap
plied for work every day. Now that
we want them they are almost as
scarce as hen's teeth. We would
handle more coal if we could get
teams."
Not Much Change In Temperature.
The forecast reads: "Generally
fair tonight and Sunday; no impor-!
tant cnange in temperature; moder
ate northwest winds."
Trains Running Late.
Railroad trains, especially from the
west and northwest were delayed
somewhat on account of the storm.
The high wind drove the light snow
Into the "cuts.' . ,
- The sky began clearing by 7 o'clock
Friday evening. At the same time the
velocity of the wind was reduced. The
seed at that time was twenty-five
miles an hour. This morning at 9
o'clock it was but 15. The wind was
coming from the northwest.
The day dawned clear and crisp.
The minimum temperature came at 7
o'clock,- but the sun soon began to
send the mercury upward at a snail's
pace.
It is reported from several Kansas
points that there is a shortage of feed
for cattle, but the complaint is not
general. Some of the fruit men fear
that the peach buds have been in
jured, but of course there are always
the "fruit killers" to be heard from in
case of cold weather.
No weather record was broken to
day. February 7, 1895, the quicksil
ver went down to the 14 below notch.
It might -also be interesting to note
that 15 years ago next Thursday the
government thermometer registered
25 degrees below and that is the cold
record for Topeka,
The rapidity with which the recent
storm traveled has brought forth an
explanation from "Sunny" Flora, the
local weather man, as to why It is
that a storm will apparently travel
faster than the wind. He pointed out
that while the surface wind may be
blowing at the rate of from 25 to 30
miles an hour as was the case Friday,
the upper air is likely to be traveling
60 or 60 miles an hour.
It Is 16 Degrees Warmer.
The mercury rose sixteen degrees
between 7 o'clock this morning and 2
o'clock this afternoon. There is not
a cloud in the sky, and the wind is
traveling at the rate of twelve miles
an hour from the west. The shippers'
forecast indicates that the tempera
ture will be close to the zero mark
Sunday morning. The forecast reads:
"Protect 36-hour shipments north
against temperature of 10 degrees be
low zero; east, and west, zero; south,
five above." There is a tendency on
the part of the wind to shift to the
southwest.
The hourly readings
7 o'clock
8 o'clock
9 o'clock
10 o'clock
11 o'clock 6
3
1
1
12 o'clcjk 8
1 o'clock 12
2 o'clock 12
3 o'clock . ... .18
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() Below zero.
Wichita, Kan., Feb. 7. A clear sky
and absence of wind during the night
followed by a bright sun this morning
seem to have put an end to the bliz
zard that swooped down on this sec
tion of Kansas yesterday. The lowest
temperature reached during the night
was 2 degrees below zero. The mer
cury is rising slowly this morning.
The snowfall was very light. Stock
men declare that little damage or suf
fering was caused to live stock. Or
chard owners say the change to colder
weather will retard the budding of
(Continued on Page Six.)
SWEEPING EASTWARD.
The Cold Wave Now Envelops Ohio
Valley.
"Washington, Feb. 7. Cold weathtr
sweeping eastward spread its frosty
blanket over the Ohio valley and the
Upper Lake region today, ith prom
ise of bringing the lowest tempera
tures of the year. Storm warnings
oraerea up all along the Atlantic
coast from the Delaware breakwater
to Eastport Me., heralded the cold
wave which
DV all nredintlnn will ho
over the At
antic coast district and
the Lower
will remain!
Ike region by tonight and
Zero ter
fver sunday.
ratures throughout the
Missouri
ana the plains states
I J
nd
being pushed along eastward are ex
pected to make it very cold and clear
for the next two or three days, except
in the lower lake regions and northern
New England, where snows were ex
pected. Generally fair weather was
predicted elsewhere. The weather
bureau's little white flag with the
black square in the center was flutter
ing off its silent message, "Cold Wave"
from all the stations in the east to
day. St Louis,' Feb. 7. Temperatures
ranging from two below zero to five
above were recorded in various parts
of St. Louis. This morning the sky
was clear and the high wind which
prevailed last night had nearly died
down. Many cases of suffering were
reported to the police. More than
seven hundred homeless men were
sheltered at the municipal lodging
house last night.
SAVE HUMAN LIFE
Safety Inrentlon by Topekan
Tried Ont by Santa Fe.
Manufacture of New Mall Crane
in the Topeka Shops.
A new. flexible mall crane, designed
to save the lives of locomotive en
gineers, has been worked out and la
being manufactured In the shops of
the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
railway in Topeka. The Invention is
a product of many years of study by
Harry Hobson, signal supervisor of
the eastern lines of the Santa Fe,
headquarters in Topeka.
For years, since the adoption of the
Peirce mail crane, the Santa Fe has
been losing engineers through acci
dents in connection with the construc
tion of this apparatus. Engineers
have been killed by coming in contact
with the steel arm of the crane as it
extended out to deliver the mall bags
to the postal cars.
The Hobson improvement will pre
vent fatal accidents of this kind.
The arms of the mail crane have been
hinged a loose connection. If the
engineer comes In contact with the
arm, it swings to one side and he Is
in no danger of being knocked from
the cab or kilted. A minor injury
may result such as any little' tap on
the head would produce but there la
no danger of a fatality.
The Santa Fe is manufacturing the
new crane in the shops In Topeka. If
the design proves a success, the road
undoubtedly will install the cranes all
over the system.
HEAT AWAKES HIM.
Finds Building Afire and Stakes m
Hurried Escape.
Kansas City, Feb. 7. With the
thermometer below zero fire started
in the Walpole building, southwest
corner of Twelfth street and Grand
avenue, here today, endangering the
lives of several persons who were
rescued by firemen. Three women,
patients in a sanitarium, were carried
out of the building in their night
clothing by firemen. Four Chinese
employees in a nearby restaurant were
overcome by smoke and were carried
to the sidewalk by firemen. They
soon revived and went back into the
burning building in an attempt to save
their belongings. Dr. Hartman, a ten
ant, was the first to discover the fire.
He Was sleeping in his office when he
was awakened by the heat. The room
was blazing.
His five-months-old baby was sleep
ing in its crib beside his bed. He
dashed to a closet and had just time
enough to put on a pair of trousers, '
throw a' comforter around nis DaDy
and carry it to the street before the
room became a roaring furnace.
The firemen broke through the
flames and rescued the three women
in the sanitarium before they inhaled
any smoke or fire. The loss was esti
mated to be $15,000.
WILEY IS VINDICATED.
Board of Food and Drug Inspectors
Is Abolished.
Washington, Feb. 7. The board of food
and drug inspection in the department of
agriculture, which was often the center
of attack by Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, for
mer chief chemist, has been abolished by
Secretary Houston.
At the department of agriculture It was
said that the board had been abolished
In the Interest of efficency and economy.
Dr. Carl Alsberg who succeeded Dr. Wiley
as pure food chief, will dec.de the ap
peals that formerly went to the board.
He will be ass sted by-Dr. R. L. Emerson
of Boston. Dr. Wiley hotly attacked the
pure food board, in unmeasured terms, at
various stages of his administration, de
claring Its operations hampered adminis
tration of the spirit of the pure food laws.
Under the new plan the enforce
ment of the pure food law will vir
tually be entrusted to one man. That
was what Dr. Wiley contended for.
HAP PLAYERS SAVE LIFE
Disarm Infuriated Husband of Board
ing Mistress in New Orleans.
New Orleans. La., Feb. 7. Joe Bir
mingham, Pitcher Steen and Trainer
Hitte of the Cleveland Naps are life
savers. They saved the life of Mrs.
Leonard Keiffer, with whom they
board, last night. The woman is sep
arated from her husband. While the
landlady and the ball players were at
supper. Keiffer, a 200 pounder, rushed
Into the room, revolver In hand. He
accused Mrs. Keiffer of being in love
with Hitte and the former promptly
fainted. Hitte rushed at Keiffer, dis
armed him and held while Steen tele
phoned for the police. Keiffer was
4a il .nil TTttto fa heinK held U
lancn ,v - . "
a witness. Birmingham is endeavoring
to get nis trainer paruieu.
Wilson Signs Kenyon Bin.
Washington, Feb. 7. President
Wilson today signed the Kenyon bill,
abolishing Washington's segregated
district.
A defective flue in the home of C. B.
Layman, 113 Topeka avenue, caused a
small f're at noon today. The blase was
quickly extinguished. The loss will not
i exceed $100. v
RITCIIIETjUST pay
Topeka Contractor Owes $14,
055 on That Sewer.
No Chiropractor Board Tin
Next Legislature.
SHAWhEE COUNTY CASES
Supreme Court Writes New
Election Laws.
Echo of Oxford Hotel Fire In
. Court Today
John Ritchie, the Topeka contract
or, must pay the city of Topeka $14,
035.48 in addition to the $10,941 al
ready collected from Ritchie for al
leged failures to comply with provi
sions of a contract in the erection of
the Sixth district sewers. That was
the decision today of the Kansas su
preme court which made but one mod
ification to the decision of the district
court, awarding judgments of nearly
$27,000 against Ritchie. The modifi
cation means an offset of about $2,000
in the contractor's favor 1
For six years the Ritchie case has
dragged through the courts and oc
cupied the attention of a special
master appointed by the court to take
testimony in the case. Ritchie's con
tract with the city for the building
of the Sixth ward sewers was for a to
tal of nearly $70,000. After the com
pletion of the work, it was charged
that the city had been overcharged
nearly $30,000 on the contract and
suit was instigated to - collect the
money. The district court some
months ago appointed Robert Stone
as special master to take testimony in
the case and his findings of some $27,
000 were approved by the court. An
appeal to the supreme court was today
modified, giving to the city a total
judgment of $20,172.96, with interest
at 6 per cent since December 18, 1907,
or judgment aggregating between
$24,000 and $25,000.
An offset In Ritchie's favor of some
$2,000 is made by the supreme jcourt
for liquidated damages because of the
failure of the city to comply with cer-
(Continued on Page Seven.)
SIT 111 THE SNOW.
Women Strikers Refuse to Accompany
Police to Station.
Chicago, Feb. 7. Members of the Wait
resses' union, who were arrested yester
day while attemotinjr to boreott down
town restaurants where strikes have been '
declared, announced today that they will 1
go on a hunger strike if they are given j
jail sentences. I
Their cases win be called In court to-1
day. When the police attempted to arrest
them several of the waitresses sat down '
In the snow . and refused to walk to the
station.
OPPOSE SEX HYGIENE
School Boards of 75 Kansas Towns
Also Oppose Medical Inspection.
Fort Scott, Kan.. Feb. 7. That the
Introduction of eugenics, sex hygiene
and compulsory medical inspection in
the public schools is undesirable was j
agreed upon by the representatives of j
seventy-five school boards in south-1
east Kansas attending the annual !
convention of the Southeastern Kan-;
sas Teachers association, which ad-1
journea toaay. umcers lor tne ensu- '
Ing year are: J. A. Hugart, Coffey
ville, president; Miss Lillian Mc
Clain, Pittsburg, secretary; J. M. Gil-,
more, Fort Scott, treasurer. I
POLITICAUOSSIP
Progressives Announce Planks
for Platform.
They Are Radical and Most of
j Them Be Used.
KELLY Vm FUuTO
He Thinks G. O. P.' Ought to
Have Budder.
W. A. White Says Capper Has
Joined "Safety First Club.
Probable Progressive Policies.
Government ownership of railroads.
Recall judiciary.
Recall judicial decisions perhaps.
Initiative and referendum.
National prohibition. .
National suffrage.
Non-partisan legislature.. ...
Radical trust and corporation legis
lation. . ........
Endorsement Massachusetts ballot
law.
Repudiation recall submitted by 1913
legislature. '
That there will be no straddle planks
in the platform to be written next
Thursday at the mass convention of
Kansas Progressives, Third party lead
ers have announced in advance a num
ber of the more important planks to be
advocated in the writing of a pro
visional state platform. Murdock,
Allen, White, Stubbs and others of the
Bull Moose state leaders -will take an
active part in the state convention and
will advocate a platform that make
impossible an alignment of the Kansas
Progressives with either of the old par
ties. Already a number of the. planks to
be nailed in the state platform have
been discussed. The new party, it is
stated, will reaffirm the general pro
visions of the - Progressive national
platform of 1912. But they will likely
go even further and declare for new
and drastic reforms. A well known
Kansas Progressive stated today that
the only vitally important -. platform
plank in serious doubt is the recall of
judicial decisions. - That provision was
(Continued on Page Two.)
BEARS MAKE A RAID.
Rock Island Is Hammered Down to a
Sew Low Record.
. New York, Feb. ,Tj Weakness in
Rock Island securities again unsettled
the stock, , market ; today. The com
mon and preferred shares, as.wsell as
the collateral trust bonds, fell to new
low records. Selling of the securities
probably " originated chiefly with the
bear element which has recently re
sumed an attitude of aggression.
At the office of the Rock Island
company it was said that the several
plans of proposed reorganization were
still under consideration and that no
definite announcement was likely to
be made for some time.
LELAND IMPROVING.
Slept Well Lest Night and Doctors
Kxpect Complete Recovery.
Troy,' Feb. 7. Cyrus Leland, the
well known politician of Kansas, is
reported to be on the way to recov
ery. He has been sick . several days
but this morning he appears to be
much improved and his physicians
feel assured that he will entirely re
cover.. He rested well last night.
BETWEEN TWO LOVES
17AR on ophi;.i
Chinese Government Destroys
the Farmers' Poppy Fields.
Old Time Source of Revenue Is
Being Cut Off.
CROPS CF CCr.il O FOTATOES
To Take the Place of the Drug
Producing Plant.
New Policy Is Beginning to
Find Favor With People.
Amoy, Ghina, Feb. 7. With the de
velopment of civilization along west
ern lines the Isolated province of Fu
kien is rapidly undergoing Important
changes. It may soon be imagined
that a chunk has been taken out of
New England or some other farming
region of the United States and laid
down in China for there are increas
ing evidences that fields once wholly
devoted to the poppy will be turned
over to potatoes and corn.
Progress has put its foot down on
the - opium business. Outside of
China there are probably few persons
who realize how great a blow this ac
tion has dealt as a means of suste
nance to a province whose resources
were already overtaxed to maintain
its crowded population. Opium has
always brought a good price in local
markets and formed an important
source of the farmer's revenue. It is
small wonder that campaigns against
the drug have met with armed resist
ance. Sporadic and reckless destruction
of full grown crops came last year
with such a suddenness that farmers
were not conscious that the govern
ment was in earnest until they saw
their entire season's work lost. This
year a new method is to be tried. In
stead of waiting until the plants are
grown and then destroying the crop,
the government has served notice
that all opium plants will be de
stroyed as soon as they appear in the
(Continued on Page Two.)
THE DAY III CONGRESS
Senate Resumes Debate on the Good
Roads Bill.
Washington, Feb. 7. Senate met at
-noon.. General Wood -told the military
committee the destruction of the mili
tary academy by union troops in 1864
was not in accordance with the laws
of war. Immigration committee took
up the Burnett bill and discussed the
literacy test feature. Representatives
l or - tne consolidate stock exchange of
New York testified on the Owen bill
for federal regulation before the
banking committee.
House met at noon. Miscellaneous
legislation considered. Representative
Morgan of Oklahoma, before the in
terstate commerce committee, advo
cated his bill to empower an interstate
trade commission to regulate price
fixing.
Senate resumed debate on the $26,
000,000 Shackleford good roads bill.
Passed bill authorizing appointment of
a committee to attend. Corn exposi
tion at Dallas, Texas. Put over to
Monday bill creating additional fed
eral judgeship at Philadelphia. Passed
the house bill for re-organization of
the naval militia.
Attorney General McReynolds takes
the view that any prosecutions for
financial operations on the New Tork,
New Haven and Hartford railroad
must come under state laws, not fed-
J era! statutes, according to a state
ment In the senate by Mr. Newlands
of Nevada. - The attorney general's
I position was reported daring debate
the Interstate commerce commission
to reopen Its Investigation of New
Haven affairs was taken up.
Senator Lodge declared that inves
tigation should be made of the man
ner in which Speyer A Company, New
York bankers, floated Frisco railroad
system securities In Pari. He said
he had been Informed that by paying
Paris bankers commissions as high as
per cent, Speyer ft Company in
duced the French people to buy the
securities, a few months before the
railroad went into bankruptcy. , Sen
ator Kenyon characterised the pub
lished exposure of New Haven as a
tale of the Infamy of a gang of plun
derers. AFTER JADDERS.
Federal Receiver Asks That He
Be Examined
To Account for Honeys Taken
In After Insolvency.
George A. Clark, temporary receiv
er in the case of the Badders Clothing
company, through his attorneys Har
vey and Addington. today filed an ap
plication with the United States dis
trict clerk asking for an immediate
and complete examination of George
S. Badders, president of the Badders
Clothing company, and W. A. Byers,
his father-in-law.
The application charges that the
two men named have in their posses
sion or under their control many thou
sands of dollars in currency, and prop
erty which 1b the property of the Bad
ders Clothing company and which they
refuse to turn over to the receiver. It
is further claimed that most of the
funds were taken from the company
in December, 1913, and January. 1914,
and that both Badders and Byers
knew that the company was insolvent
at the time the moneys were taken.
It is also charged that Badders had
no means except his Interest in the
company and that Byers knew of the
transactions; that both Badders and
Byers have concealel the facts con
cerning the business.
The application reads in part:
"That on the 80th day of January,
1914, be (the receiver) demanded of the
Badders Clothing company the Imme
diate possession of all the property of
the Badders Clothing company of ev
ery kind, wherever situate, and re
ceived of it the possession of their
stock of merchandise In its store at 701
Kuuni avenue and about $300 in mon
ey but that the Badders Clothing
company. George 8. Badders. Its presi
dent and W. A. Byers, the father-ln-imv
of Georae S. Badders. have each
and all refused to surrender any other
property to your receiver.
"Tour receiver, believes and he has
reason to believe, and thererore cnarges
that George S. Badders and W. A. By
ers have In their tmmeaiate posses
sion and under their control many
thousands of dollars in currency or
money or in property into which such
onrrnncv and money has been convert
ed, and all such property, money and I
currency is tne property oi tne Banners
Clothing company, and that said
George S. Badders and W. A. Byers
are wilfully holding the same from your
receiver and are concealing it from
him.
"Your receiver believes, and there
fore charges that the Badders Cloth
ing company is and long has been in
solvent; that George S. Badders is and
for more than a year has been both
president and director of the Badders
Clothing company; that he took said
money and funds from the corporate
assets of the Badders Oothlng com
pany, mostly within December, 1913,
and January, 1914, while the corpora
tion was Insolvent; that at the times
said moneys were taken from the Bad
ders Clothing company's assets both
George S. Badders and W. A. Byers
knew the company was Insolvent."
FUIISTOII TO RE CHIEF
Probably Will Command Southern
Department After April 1.
Washington, Feb. 8. Brigadier
General Funston, who has gone to
take command of the maneuver camp,
at Texas City, probably will take com
mand of the southern department
when Brigadier General Tasker H.
Bliss is relieved in April, to come to
Washington, when he Is expected to
become assistant chief of staff of the
army. Major General W. W. Woth
erspoon probably will become chief
of staff when Major Gen. Leonard
Wood retires to take command of the
department of the east.
General Wotherspoon will be retired
for age next November and it gen
erally is believed General Bliss then
will become chief of staff of the army
and that Brigadier General Liggett
will be his assistant.
FOOLED THE FOLICE.
They Had Veiled Assassin Once and
Did Not Know It.
Newark. Feb. 7. Hazel Herdman, a
girl of 20. infatuated with Charles F.
Manning, shot and killed Mrs. Harriet
Manning in her home here last night.
This was the announcement made by
the JNewarK police mis afternoon.
The srirl died in the .Mountainside
hospital at Mont Clair, N. J., of poison
taken with suicidal intent. Declaring
a young woman had been taken to
the institution in an automobile, the
notice seized upon it as a clue to the
mysterious shooting of Mrs. Manning
by a veiled female assailant, and ac
costing Miss Herdman. accused her of
'"me. TTn, according to the po
lice, she confessed, saying she was in
luv t w.ih iann.ng and had killed his
wife because the wile had failed to get
a divorce as promised. Miss Herdman
was the unnamed woman detained by
we pouce urn quesuonea last nignu
- She was released this morning.
Car Steps Must B
- Concord, Feb. T. A protest by club
women against the height of street
car steps Dore fruit today when the
nubile service commission ordered all
additions to rolling stock bare steps
within 18 inches of the ground.
DAGK TO COURTS
Missouri Baflroads Are Grant
ed the Bight to Appeal
From Judge McPherson's Deci
sion in the Bate Cases. '
oe so ti:eli rano
They Seek an Order From U.
S. Supreme Court
Compelling Him to Take Juris
diction of Claims Cases.
Kansas City. Feb. 7. Judge Smith
McPherson today signed the rail- .
roads' appeal In the Missouri two-cent
passenger and maximum freight rat
cases. This action, according; to
counsel for the railroads, leaves It for
the United States supreme court to
determine whether issues involved In
the Missouri rat cases may properly
come before that tribunal for review.
The United States supreme court In
a decision last rammer upheld th
constitutionality of th Missouri rail
road rate laws.
The thirteen railroads affected
were granted, appeal to th high court
from Judge McPherson's decision of
yesterday holding he had no power to
retain jurisdiction of suits of passen
gers and shippers against . th rail
ways to recover alleged overcharges,
estimated at $24,000,000. Yester
day's decision was In th form of a
decree entering a mandate of th
United States supreme court uphold
ing the Missouri rat law as consti
tutional and disc living an Injunction,
granted th railways in 1809. against
the enforcement of th laws.
The railroads seek a supremo court
order compelling Judge McPherson to
take jurisdiction of the "'-'t of pas
sengers and shippers who paid th.
higher rate during the life of the In
junction. Judge McPherson signed
the appeal petition at his horn la
Red Oak, Iowa, where Eugene K.
Ball, representing Frank Hagermaa
of this city, counsel for the railroads,
presented an assignment of errors as
a basis of appeal. The assignment
charged that the court erred In th
following respects:
Assignment of Errors.
In decreeing that It refused Jurisdic
tion to determine liability for alleged
overcharge; in holding' that it was
without discretion under the supreme
court mandate to reserve such Jurisdic
tion; appointing a master to hear, such
claims as might b filed in th federal
court; In ordering that th decree en
terlng the higher court mandate should
not bar claimants from suing In any
other ourt is directing that the com
plainant pay the costs made in th ens
In the supreme court.
The Missouri rate laws have been m
litigation virtually ever since their pas
sage In 1807. An Injunction against the
enforcement of the freight rate laws
was obtained immediately after they
were piacea m enect. xne railroads at
the same time sought to restrain the
enforcement of the passenger fare laws
but eventually agreed to give the new
rates a trial. In June. 1909, Judge Mc
Pherson granted the Injunction against
the new passenger rate on the gronnd
that . It was - confiscatory. The state
fought the injunction and eventually
carried the case to the United States
supreme court which tribunal last
summer upheld the Missouri rates,
both freight and passenger as consti
tutional. John T. Barker, attorney general of
Missouri, last December, filed suits In
state courts to collect 824.008,000 from
the railroads in alleged overcharges
made while the lower' rates were
held up by injunction. Th railroads'
appeal from Judge McPherson's decree '
putting the supreme court mandate in
effect is based primarily on the con
tention that the federal court should
have retained jurisdiction over all
claims for overcharges.
ViLUO GUILTY,
Jury Found
of
Having, been out two nights and
more than two days, the Jury who
heard the evidence In the trial of
Mark Williams, charged with murder
in the first degree, returned at 8:X
this afternoon a verdict of guilty of
manslaughter in the fourth degree.
This is punishable by term not ex
ceeding two years at ths state peni
tentiary, or not less than six month
at the county Jail. Sentence hss not
been pronounced.- -
Since the case went to the Jury last
Thursday, Williams, the 20-year-old
prisoner, has sat stolidly In the court
room, waiting for newa Prospect of
spending the rest of his life at Lan
sing has been before him. Twice he
has taken the stand in his own de
fense. At the last hearing of the case
the Jury could not agree. The county
attorney demanded a new trial.
Williams was charged with the wil
ful murder of James Hayden, colored,
on June 19, 1918, in Munson's pasture.
Under Judge A. W. Dana's instruc
tions, the' jury could have convicted
Williams of murder, manslaughter or
assault and battery.
WICHITA CUB SOLD.
Men Bey
Breese, President.
Wichita. Feb. 7. The Wichita base
ball question was settled today when
a company of Wichita business men
purchased the Western league team
and franchise. A charter has been Is
sued to the Wichita Baseball and Ex
hibition company. '
The stockholders In th old com
pany ordered the team sold In order to
pay off the debts. The new company
took charge today and annum a all
deftts. D. 8. Breese was elected Ms.
lddnt of the new company and hi will
represent Wichita at the ' Wester
schedule meeting in' Chicago .
week.
Wether rbrscast for Kan
Fair tonight and Sunday: not
change in temperature.
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