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EVERYBODY L lO PAGES 10 PAGED READ IT IT LAST EDITION. MONDAY EVENING, TOPEKA, KANSAS. MARCH 9, 1914. MONDAY EVENING, On Ml by newsboys at TWO JP 1" On train and newstands FTVX ckiU 1 tC T -V Arc - V V VV ' it"' ' - ' ' - LOSS OF $350,000 Home of Missouri Athletic Club Burns to the Ground. Three Dead, About 20 Injured and Others Missing. HOUSED THE BOACTS BO Vaults Contained More Than a Million In Cash. Disaster Productive of Numer ous Acts of Heroism. St. Louis, March . Six persons are known to be dead and their bodies have been recovered. About 20 are in jured and 24 are missing as a result of the Missouri Athletic club fire here today. These figures are given in a statement issued by a committee of the club which is seeking a record of every man known to have been regis tered at the club last night. For the S4 missing hope practically has been abandoned. The property loss is estimated at mors than $350,000. The fire, which broke out about 2 O'clock this morning, was still burning at noon, and Fire Chief Swingley said It would be unsafe to send any one into the ruins to search for the miss ing until tonight or tomorrow. The building was owned by the Boatmen's Bank, which occupied part of the first floor. The bank opened temporary quarters this morning in a building four blocks away. In the vaults of the burned building, bank officials said, are $1,348,000 in cur rency and $27,000 in coin. This money it is believed is intact. The building was- covered by insur ance. Loss to adjoining buildings is estimated at $16,000. Uncertainty as to the number of men in the building when the fire broke out made it difficult to deter mine the exact number of missing. Jack Reisinger, night clerk at the club, said forty-five club members had rooms at the club, and that the regis tration of guests brought the total number there for the night to 75. Some of the regular guests, however, may not have been in their rooms when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is unknown. Assistant Fire Chief Rucker said he found the floor about the desk of the clerk caved in, but that an adjoining part of the floor seemed to have been blown upward, indicating that the fire was due to an explosion. A fireman who climbed a fire escape of .the building, six hours after the fire was discovered, found the fire still burn ing on the fifth and seventh floors and the whole interior caved in. Started on Third Moor. The fire is believed to have started on the third floor of the building which was occupied by the dining room. On this floor one man was found dead. The two others, known to be dead jumped from a sixth story window. The fire was discovered by a wo man, who was waiting with her escort for a taxicab. The name of the wo man is not known. Looking out of I the window of the club house she saw the reflection of the flames in a plate glass window across the street. Rushing to the clerk of the Missouri Athletic club she cried: "Fire." The 1 clerk. Jack Reisinger, and the night telephone operator, Norman Roe, be gan awakening the guests. Roe rang the telephone in 98 sleeping rooms. Reisinger rushed to the Turkish bath establishment to arouse any guests that might be there. Then he ran back to the first floor and tried to save the register of the club. In this he failed. He said the register was knocked from his hands by a man who ran through the lobby. The reg ister is believed to be lost. Reissinger then rushed into the ele vator, and went to the fifth floor. There he awakened Robert C. McQill, house manager, and Mrs. McGill. Mr. and Mrs. McGill refused to leave the building until they had aroused the guests in 38 rooms. Meanwhile. a fire alarm had been turned in, pre sumably by the night watchman of the Boatmen's bank. This watch man, Charles Baumann, was coming up stairs from the basement when he saw the reflection of flames upon the walls and ceiling of the bank. After turning in the alarm, he started for the Washington avenue or main en trance of the club, to arouse the guests. The heat in the lobby was so intense that he could not enter. General Alarm Sounded. When it became known that the Missouri Athletic club was on fire, a general alarm was sounded and ap paratus was rusned to tne scene from all parts of the city. When the fire men arrived the building was ablaze. Men were jumping from windows in their night clothing, others were climbing to window sills, around which smoke was pouring and others were climbing down fire escapes. Some were making ropes out of sheets and trying to escape that way. While the firemen were fighting the blaze, flames burst from the third story window, cutting oft the exit of the men who were running down the fire escape on the Fourth street side. Streams of water were turned on the fire escape at the third floor and as firemen called out encouraging words, many on the third floor descended through the streams of water to safety. After the fire had been burn ing an hour, the wall on the Fourth street side collapsed from the fourth floor up. Firemen Driven Back. Firemen fell back to the wall of a building at the opposite Wide of the street and thus escaped the falling bricks. One fireman, however, was struck by a brick. His leg was broken. Assistant Fire Chief Rucker said he heard three explosions, as he reached the burning building. At first the theory was advanced that the ex plosions were the work of safe blow ers who had. tried to rob the bank. Later It is suggested that what seem ed to be the sound of explosions was the dropping of elevators to the base ment of the building. Dennis O'Leary, night clerk at the Belcher hotel, nearby, said that at the time the fir started ha saw three men looking down at what appeared to be a man hole in the sidewalk in front of the Athletic club. iA moment later, he said, there was an explosion. The explosion theory was scouted by the night watchman ot the Boat men's bank, who said he heard no ex plosion. , The exact number of dead within the mass of brick, rock and twisted iron which stands where the magnificent club house stood may not be known for several days. Officers of the club dif fer as to the number of persons who were in the building when the fire alarm was given. The number miss ing is estimated at 15. One hundred and thirty-five persons were registered at the club last night: How many of these were in the build ing at the time of the fire is not known. Of those who were in the club 35 have been accounted for. Property Loss $350,000. The property damage is estimated at more than $350,000. In the vaults of the bank, covered by the ruins, are more than $1,000,000 in currency and $27,000 in coin. At daylight only part of the front and rear walls remained. (Continued on Page Six.) TAKE A TRADE TRIP Topeka Business Men on a 3-Day Tour in June. North-Central Portion of State to Be Visited. With band playing and colors fly ing, one hundred more or leas To peka business men will leave the city the morning of Tuesday, June 2, on the second annual trade trip. It will be a three-day excursion, possibly through the north-central portion of the state. The trade extension com mittee of the Commercial club under H. H. Pugh, at a meeting held early this afternoon, definitely decided to arrange for the tour. A band of twenty or twenty-five pieces will be taken along, and tons of advertising literature and novelties will be carried for distribution among the thousands of persons who throng the stations. Three; routes will be mapped out by H. D. Driscoll and the jobbers and manufacturers and other business men will be consulted as to which route they would prefer to adopt for the trip. There Is some talk of organizing a special Commercial club chorus for the trip. The men who went out over the Central Branch of the Missouri Pacific last year had a jolly and prof itable experience and doubtless many local business men will take the trip as a relief from their regular busi ness duties. DYNAt'lTERS LOSE. United States Supreme Court Refuses to Renew Their Cases. Washington, March 9. The su- preme court today refused to review the conviction in the "dynamiting cases" of Frank M. Ryan and twenty three other members of the Iron Workers' union. Only a pardon can now keep the convicted men from the penitentiary. Caught Unprepared. Chicago, March 9. News of the su preme court's action in the "dynamite cases" today found attorneys for the convicted men unprepared to take further steps. Attorney E. N. Zoline who 'took an active part in the pro ceedings before the circuit court of appeals here a short time ago, said the only recourse left his clients, who include Frank M. Ryan and 23 other members of the Iron Workers union, is an appeal to President Wilson for a pardon. Zoline said he had not seen any of the men recently, however, and had made no plans for such an appeal. As the men were convicted in the federal court for the district of Indiana, offi cers from the district will have charge of their transportation to Leaven worth. Some of the defendants are supposed to be in Chicago and some in other places, but it is understood the United States marshal for Indiana knows the whereabout of all. WENT TO CRAWFORD. Attorney General Dawson Is on Sheriff Ouster Suit. There Attorney General John S. Dawson and W. P. Montgomery, an assistant, are in Crawford county this week taking depositions in the ouster suit against Sheriff 'John Turkington. Sev eral days will be required to take the depositions in Pittsburg, Mulberry and other Crawford county towns and the documents will be presented in the trial of the Turkington ouster suit in tne supreme court this month. A public remonstrance was held Sunday afternoon and evening in Crawford county and several hundred friends of Sheriff Turkington express ed their opinions of the state officials and suggested the recall of Dawson. Petitions for Dawson's recall were cir culated last week, but Dawson views the action as a joke and did not at tend the demonstration meetings In Mulberry and Pittsburg. THE DAY IN CONGRESS Senator Fall Attacks the Administra tion in a Speech. Washington. March 9. Senate met at noon. Senator Fall, Republican made a long speech, assailing the ad ministration's Mexican policy and charging that more than one hundred Americans and other foreigners have been killed or outraged during the revolutions. House met at np-n. Chairman Clough, of the Northern Pacific, urged commerce committee to avoid hasty legislation for federal control -of railway securities. Insular affairs committee continued consideration of Porto Rico govern ment bill. ' Hearings beeun in" labor committee I on Palmer anti-child labor bill. URGES JpSIOIJ Senator Fall Raises His Voice on Side of War. Invokes Use of Army and Sfayy in Mexico. ENUMERATES 100 OUTRAGES Against American Citizens and Foreigners, He Knows Of. Compares Wilson With Other Presidents. Washington, March . Urging the use the of army and navy of the United States for the protection of Americans and other foreigners in Mexico, which he said' would prevent war. Senator Fall. Republican, of New Mexico, addressed the senate to day and gave a U -. of 100 outrages upon Americans, including . murder and criminal assault, concerning which the senator said he had per sonal knowledge. "With the solemn declaration that we do not mean war upon the Mexico nation or people," said Senator Fall, "that it is not our purpose to acquire territory, upset their laws, nor overturn their constitution and inviting the masses of the Mexican people to co operate with us, we should imme diately direct the use of the land and naval forces of this government for the protection of our citizens and oth er foreigners in Mexico and lend their assistance to the restoration of order and maintenance of peace in that un happy country. "I might cite authority after auth ority and pile precedent upon prece dent as justification under interna tional law for such action, but I will only read from the message of the martyred McKinley with only the sug gestion that we consider the name 'Mexico' in lieu of that of Cuba or Spain." Mr. Fall read a portion of President McKinley's famous war message and then referred to President Wilson's re fusal last autumn to tansmit informa tion relative to Mexico to the senate on the ground that It was incompat ible with the public interest. Coarse of Other Presidents. "Abraham Lincoln ' thought it not incompatible with the public Interests to fully inform the senate concerning communications between this govern ment and that of France," said he. "Grover Cleveland thought It not in compatible with the public interest to forward to this body all papers and correspondence concerning tha arrest, death, etc., of various Americans - in Cuba, as will be seen by reference t his special messages." ' Senator Fall, picturing conditions in Mexico, included a vivid statement he had received today from Kmetrio De Ta Garza, who came to Washington last year in the interest or the Huerta government. From De La Garza's let ter. Senator Fall read: "Those who now rule in Mexico, both at the Aztecan capital and that of the revolution, are by their bloody deeds a legion of intoxicated demons who are courting flat failure." A large portion of the letter which fol lowed was a detailed attack on Presi dent Wilson's Mexican policy. The Senator's List. The following list of outrages upon Americans and other foreigners was submitted by Senator Fall: Mrs. Anderson, daughter and neigh bor boy killed June 22, 1911, Chihuahua. Murderers are serving six months in jail, released. Madero soldiers. Mabel Richardson, little girl, outrag ed, Colonia, Juarez. No attempt to punish perpetrators. James D. Harvey, killed, state of Chihuahua, May, 1912, and mutilated with a spade. Nothing done. William Adams, killed July 2, 1912, with his daughter's arms around him, by Mexican officer. Nothing done. Thomas Fountain, killed after court martial" by Salazar, at Parrel after warning from Washington. S&lazar la ter arrested this side of the border charged with smuggling and later re leased, now held at Fort Bliss. - Joshua Stevens, killed near Colonia, Pacheco. Mexico, August 26, 1912. in defending daughter from attack. Johnny Brooks, Texan, killed at Colonia. Chiu Chlupa, Chihuahua, in 1913. He killed his assailant Por- tillo. Matthew Gourd and two daughters.! assaulted near Tamplco, July 26, 1913. Rogers Palmer, Englishman, killed because of failure to open safe at Du-j ran go, about June 18, 1913. Carlos Van Bradls and Luelder, Americans, wounded about same time by explosion of bomb. H. W. Steph, American, shot on fail ure to pay five hundred pesos ransom. A. W. Laurilaut, English subject, stripped, beaten, shot and . left for dead about some time. Edmund Hayes, American employee of Madera company, also Robert Tomas, American citizen, negro, killed at Madera by Mexican federal officer, Santa Caravo, arrested and later dis charged. B. S. Towe, shot in Chihuahua by rebels, 1913. Nothing done. Ben. Griffin, rancher, , murdered July 5, 1913 near Chuichupa, by ban dits. John H. Williams, mining engineer killed by stray bullet, March 8. 1913, when rebels attacked Nacasari. Borris Darow, consulting engineer killed in attack on Nuevo Buena Vista, Feb. 21, 191S. U. G. Wolf, mining engineer, mur dered July 16, 1913. by outlaws, in Northern Sonora. Mrs. E. W. Holmes, killed by shell during bombardment, Mexico ' City, Feb. 1913. Frank Ward, shot in back by ban dits in home near Yago, Tepic terri- torv. April 9. 1913. John S. H. Howard. U. S. customs inspector, assassinated, near Eagle Pass, Texas, February 10, 1913. Pablo Soto, merchant of Naco, Ariz., killed by stray bullet during conflict between federals and rebels March 24, 1913.. L. BushnelU mounted policeman, killed in Naco, Ariz. March 24. 1913, by stray bullet, fired by rebels. Frank Howard, killed by bandits in Coalcomon. state of Michoacan, in March, 1913. Herbert L. Russell, manager Ameri- j can Vice Consul MeCaughan's ranch . near the city of Durango, murdered by Robert Williams, policeman. Phoenix. Ariz., killed by Mexican bandits who crossed the line to attend a celebration of Mexican independence day,' Septem ber 18, 1912. Scott Price, bystander, killed, when bandits were firing on' Williams. Matnewson. Mormon, lulled while fleeing from Colonia. . Morelos, Sonora, September 16, 1912. when bandits were looting the town. McKinza, American, executed near Agua Prieta, in Sept, 1912. because rebels suspected he had 'given infor mation to federals. - W. H. Walte, manager Esmeraldos, plantation at Chetal. Vera Cruz, be headed April, 1912, when he refused to pay money demanded by bandits. t. Ij. strausse, formerly correspon dent for New York Herald, 'killed with 34 other non-combatants when Zap atistas held up train August 11, 1912, near Cuautla, Morelos. Thomas C. Kane, railroad conduc tor, shot through head when bandits wrecked train and killed, many pas sengers, April 10, 1912. P. Seffer, formerly a professor in the University of California, and three servants killed by rebels April 29, 1911, near Cuernavada. R. H. Ferguson, i San Francisco, member of Troop F.Third U. S. cav alry, killed by bullet fired over the border. ' Two unidentified men killed May 9. 1911, in El Paso, by stray- bullets fired by federals and rebels. Dr. R. G. Clark. Taylorsvflle, 111., shot dead in Mexico City. May 27. 1911, by a partisan of General Diaz. John R. Lockhart, Scott City, Mo., mining engineer, killed' by bandits in Durango, November, 1911- R. N. Meredith, Trey, O., struck by bullet during bombardment in Mexico City in February. 1913. Mrs. Percy Griffith, legs shot off dur ing same bombardment. A. E. Thomas, murdered by bandits while protecting wife' and seven chil dren near Negates, Sonora,' March 10, 1912. I Robert Huntington, f railroad switch man, shot without cause near Agua Prieta, April 13, 1914. U - J. C. Edwards, native of Virginia, shot, to death while accidentally with in rebel lines near Agua Prieta, April 13, 1911. f , Stepson of J. M. Fester of Newark, N. J., killed at Alamo. CaL, June 11. 1911, because he had professionally treated a wounded insurgent. John Hertllng of ; Douglas, Ariz., hanged near Nogales by rebels under Orozco, July, 1912.-- .- Guido Schubert, Douglas, ! Axis., hanged same time. ' John Camp, killed El- Paso, May 9, 1911. when rebels attacked Juarez. Antonio Garcia, killed E. Paso, May . i9ii, Dy stray reDei Duuet. Clarence H. CoopeB, throat cut and robbed at Pearson, August 4, 1913. Graham-Taylor, at Agua Callentes, English, died after being robbed and stripped August, 1913. Unknown American killed. Fifteen victims of the wrecked train at Cumbre tunnel, February 9, 1914, wer Americans-' : Alfred Oleott, nofct vLos Angeles, shot at Sonora, with his partner defend ing wife and daughter from outrage. Clemente Vergara, Gustave '' Bauch William Benton, the latter English. , IT COS TOO LATE. Report Is Filed After the Trouble Is Over. - Washington, March 9. The report of the' senate subcommittee which in vestigated the West Virginia Coal strike was filed in the senate today by Senator Swanson, of Virginia chair man of the committee. His report while characterizing condition in the strike field as "most deplorable' makes no recommendations, the com mittee explaining that the resolution authorizing the investigation confer red on it no power to recommend re medial legislation. The report was a general review and a summary of the various reports of the conditions in the laint and Cabin Creek fields, prepared by the individual members of the subcommittee who took charge ot various phases of the investigation In summing up the conclusion of the committee Senator Swanson said: "The conditions existing in this dis trict for many months were deplor able. The hostility became so intense, the conflict so fierce, that there exist ed in this district for some time well armed forces fighting for supremacy. Sl nrate camps organized, armed and guarded, were established. There was much violence and some murders. Pitched battles were fought by the contending parties Law and order disappeared, and life was insecure for both sides. Operation and business I radically ceased. "As these unhappy conditions no longer exist, as the differences be tween the contending parties have been amicably adjusted, and an agree ent entered into for several years and as peace and confidence now prevail, work and business having been resum ed the committee does not consider it wise or necessary to elaborate upon the many causes which produced these deplorable conditions." BRIGHT AND PLEASANT That Is Brand of Weather Today; Temperature Is Above Normal. The weather is bright and pleasant today with the temperature 2 degrees above normal for this date. The wind is from the southeast, and traveling at a 15 mile pace. The forecast: Generally fair tonight and Tuesday; warmer east portion to night and somewhat colder Tuesday. Shippers' forecast: "Protect 36 hour shipments against temperature of 30 or higher in all directions." The Kaw river reached its highest stage since December Sunday 7.2 feet but ha HroDDed to 6.9 feet todav. The fact that a rise should take place when I there was no rain oc snow indicates that the subsoil is just beginning to become saturated with water. , The highest temperature recorded on this date since the local government observations were taken was 73 degrees in 1S94; the lowest was 3 degrees in 1891. The hourly readings: , 7 o'clock .....29jll oZclock .....41 8 o'clock 31112 o'clock 44 9 o'clock .....341 1 o'clock .....46 10 o'clock .....381 2 o'clock .....48 . I 3 o'clock .....SI 018 ME DODY Remains of Vergara Are' Re . turned to American Side. Shot Fall of Holes and Other - wise Mutilated. ACT IS SKr.CJDED I'l MYSTERY Nobody Seems to Know Who Are Responsible Parties. Ererybody in Authority Denies Knowledge of the Affair. Laredo, - Tex., March 9. A shovel sticking in the soft earth of the grave and around the handle of the imple ment a card with the word "Recuer- dos" (remembrance) was the single trace: today of the mysterious night visit of a party of unidentified men to the Hidalgo, Mexico, cemetery who dis interred the body of Clemente Vergara and returned it to Texas for burial by his family. - The body was here today awaiting an examination which state authorities hope may disclose something' to aid them in placing the blame for the ranchman's violent death after he was taken prisoner by Mexican federals. A superficial examination of the body dis closed two gunshot wounds in the head, one in the neck, a blow as if from a rifle butt, which crushed the skull and the mutilated left hand twisted and charred by fire, suggested that torture naa been inflicted before Vergara was executed. The rangers of the troop of Captain J. J. Sanders, were first declared re sponsible for the return of Vergara's body from Mexico, but later this was denied. Captain Sanders was one of three men who "were informed" that the body would be found at a desig nated place, above Laredo, where the unidentified men had placed it. The other two were American Consul Gar rett of Nuevo Laredo.' Mexico, and Deputy Sheriff Petty. They went to the scene ostensibly to secure further Information on Vergara's case, but ad mitted later that they had been told that the body had. been returned. Who were their informants was one of numerous questions each of the offi cials in turn refused to answer. They did say, however, that neither the United States nor the state of Texas officials had any ' part in the actual trip into Mexico. Later Tumors said former employees of the Vergara ranch had taken matters '. into their own hands. Suspicions that. .. Mexican officials might:. ba.ve taken this method of re turning Vergara's body to the United States were forestalled by a remark of Consul Garrett. -who expressed the be lief late last night that they did not yet know of the body's removal. - Despite the mystery as to who was responsible for the return of the body there seemed little doubt as to the actual facts of the recovery of the body. Nine Men In Party. There were only nine men in the party who gathered on the river bank late Saturday night near the point where Vergara was alleged to have been seized Feb. 13, by Captain Apol onio Rodriguez and three federal sol diers. A Mexican who claimed to have witnessed both the execution and burial of Vergara. led them across country toward Hidalgo and skirting the Bleeping town showed them a new grave in a far corner of the cemetery which had caused com ment when Vergara's disappearance became known. The grave was shal low and no care had been exercised to protect the body from the covering earth. A crude pine box soon was lift ed out and the workers evidently had known the ranchman for they made certain they had the body they sought. The homeward journey began with the party still unchallenged. Once back on American soil they rested their burden for final identification. This was made by the family and the body was consigned to the waiting officials. The party had no permission from Mexican authorities to make the trip and secure the body and Consul Gar rett said last night that he never re quested permission from the federals to have this done. What complica tions, if any, might result from the trip into foreign territory, apparently caus ed no uneasiness among Vergara's friends. Was Not the Rangers. Austin, Tex., March 9. Official inter est here today in the recovery of the body of Clemente Vergara from Mexi co, was centered in the expected re port of Captain J. J. Sanders, com manding the Texas rangers at Laredo, one of the men to whom the body was given in charge and who had been ac tively in touch with the Vergara in vestigation since it developed interna tional compass. It was Captain Sand ers' troop of rangers which was at first reported to have recovered the body and an official telegram from Sanders to Governor Colquitt, the first received by the state department authorities, gave this impression. "I proceeded to Hidalgo. Mexico, ob tained body of Vergara" was the mes sage given out at the executive de partment early Sunday night as sent by Captain Sanders from Laredo, where he took Vergara's body. After a con versation with Captain Sanders over the long distance telephone, at mid night. Governor Colquitt gave out a statement correcting the original tele gram. This statement announced the rangers had no part in the recovery from Mexico, did not cross the Inter national line and the men responsible for the recovery of the body are not known. Governor Colquitt came to his office early today in anticipation of a detailed report from captain Sanders. Awaits Colquitt's Report. Washington. March 9. President Wil son expects a full report from Gover nor Colquitt and American Consul Gar rett as to the manner in which the body of Vergara was returned to Amer ican soli. The president and Secretary Bryan conferred at length today and later the president said he would await a full report from Governor Colquitt before making any comment. The president pointed out that the Huerta government had supplied little information about Vergara, declaring simply, that It would Investigate, hut expressing the opinion that Vergara had Joined the constitutionalist. Con sul Garrett's dispatches have said .Ver gara came to his death at the hands of Mexican federals. ' The president had no further advices today about the inquiry being made by the constitu tionalists into the recent execution of William 8. Benton, a British subject, at Juarez. On the subject of protection of foreigners in Mexico, the president indicated clearly that the - American government would continue to use its offices. The president denied that the Amer ican government knew anything of a published report that Germany had warned Mexico that any injury to Ger man subjects would be met with re taliation. He told callers that Ger many's attitude toward the position of the United States in the Mexican situ ation had been satisfactory and that Germany had occupied a most dignified position throughout. He did not be lieve reports he added that Germany was disposed to complicate the situa tion. Senator Fall, of New Mexico, today received the following telegram from Governor Colquitt dated Austin, Tex., March 8: "Am just in receipt of a telegram from Captain Sanders, of Texas Rang ers, saying he had returned from Hi dalgo, Mexico, with Vergara's body and now has it on American soil." Huerta on War Path. Mexico City, March 9. The federal army was today ordered to take the offensive against the forces under the command of Venustiano Carransa. Provisional President Huerta sent to all the governors of states, and all the army commanders, by telegraph, the following order: "Today the federal government be gins a campaign against the rebels of the north. To that end you will see the necessity that the troops under your command assume actively the of fensive, in order to bring to a finish a situation which so prejudices the Republic." General Huerta again cautioned his followers to give protection to for eigners, and warned the recipients of the orders that they would be held by him, responsible for any neglect in tins particular. KOUNS ISON DUTY General Manager Back in His Office After Illness. Joke Played on Him at Wich ita Banquet. After an absence of nearly three months from his office on account of illness, C. W. Kouns, general manager of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, headquarters in Topeka. is back at his desk in the rnoral office hnildin this I ftf tArnnnn. - Mr ICniina had hsw nf. fering from rheumatism and has been conducting a large part of the super vision of the eastern lines of the Santa railway system . from , his bedside on Harrison street. Officials of the Santa Fe in Topeka this afternoon, who attended the ban quet at the opening of the new union depot in Wichita Friday evening are telling a good story on the general manager. Mr. Kouns went to the Wich ita festivities from his sick bed in To peka. He was down on the program for a speech. He had been spending most of the day in his private car. Feeling un able to spend very much time at the banquet the genial general manager asked that he be escorted in the hall during the speaking, that he would be able to slip in behind the speakers' ta ble unnoticed, deliver his address quiet ly and leave the hall In his wheel chair for his car. The committee in charge agreed to the general manager's proposal and called for him after the speaking be gan. Mr. Kouns was wheeled down the incline to the ground floor. "Now I'll go in to see that your chair is vacant and to see that you can slip in quietly," one of the committee as sured him. "All Is well," the committeeman said upon a quick return. "We will Just step inside now, while we have a good opportunity." The door was opening and Mr. Kouns, leading, stepped into the banquet hall. Like a descending storm, the ap plause of the 700 banqueters greeted the Topekan. Men and women shoved back their chairs, took out their hand kerchiefs and gave the general man ager a prolonged Chautauqua salute. Then the band played "Dixie." It was too late to turn back. Mr. Kouns had to walk the entire length of the hall between the tables of ban queters and to the tune of his old southern favprlte "Dixie." And the band kept playing. Mr. Kouns would stand up in his gave if the strains of "Dixie" penetrated to his ear drums. The committee had provided a rocking chair in front of the speaker's table and after 15 min utes of yelling and cheering he sat down nearly exhausted. The general manager was asked about the incident in his office this af ternoon. "Who told you that?" he asked a vis itor. It is the usual witness-chair-examination of a railroad official, so the in terviewer admitted his source of in formation. Then Mr. Kouns laughed. "Why, those scallywags!" he said. "They promised me a rear entrance into that banquet room and then they waited for me with 'Dixie! " The general manager is in the best of spirits, looks strong and healthy. and. insists that he feels "bully!" (just like that), despite his enforced stay at home. CUE MURRAY SAFE. Former Topekan Not Caught in Ter rible St. Louis Fire Trap. Mike Murray, former well known To pekan, was not reported among those missing in the disastrous St. Louis fire early Sunday morning. Murray, who lived in the burned dab building. Is safe. Murray lived in Topeka for several years and was employed at the Crosby Brothers store. He has many friends here who will be glad to learn be is safe. Weather Forecast for Fair and. slightly warmer tonight; fair and colder Tuesday, SEfiDSOUTAGflU. Republican State Central Con mittee to Topeka. J. C. Gaffori Hay Be New g&a FCJ TEiTATTtE FUTRZ Leaders Bellere Flan Will Ea Voted Down. Dolley's Name Is Only a Lost Feature in 1914. Acting Secretay J. C. Gafford thsi afternoon Issued a call for meeting of the Republican state central com mittee to be held in Topeka at I o'clock Tuesday afternoon March SI. A new state chairman probably Gaf ford himself will be elected as chairman to succeed J. N. Dolley. re signed: and action will be taken look ing towara tne calling of a state con vention to ratify the work of the na tional committee and to draft a ten tative state platform. - The Gafford call, however, merely asks for the election of a new state chairman and the formation of plana for the carrying on of the work of the p re-primary campaign. Such oth er action as may be taken by the com mittee will be supplemental to the for mal call. The question of tentative state platform will doubtless be dis cussed at the meeting, but it is the belief of many of the party leaders) that the plan will be voted down. - A number of the state candidates ' aro -opposed to a tentative platform and it is believed that the committee will respect the wishes of the candidates and keep the platform Ideas In stor age until the meeting of the party council in August. "Just how far the state commute may go in its actions, I am unable to state," said Gafford this afternoon. "My call Is merely for the election of a new state chairman and for the making of plans for the primary cam paign. The matter of a convention or platform Is not mentioned in th call." It is believed that Gafford will prob ably be chosent the new state chair man. J. N. Dolley. who resigned to Join the Progressive party, came, back: to support Arthur Capper for gover nor before ' his successor - as state chairman was chosen. - - - On several occasions Dolley's name has been suggested for state chairman, but it is not believed that his name will be presented at the meeting March 31. Dolley managed the 190S-10-12 cam- I paigns and -it is not improbable that if :fM return proves to be the genuine article, that he will again be urged for " election at the meeting of. the party -council .. following the August prU tnarles. . . KILLED DY TRAU. John Footer off Osage City Struck by Santa Fe at Turner. John J. Foster of Osage City, Kan., was struck by Santa Fe train No. lit at S o'clock Sunday afternoon and. . died two hours later, The accident occurred between Kansas City and Turner, Kan. He was taken oft the train at De Soto, where he was at tended by Dr. A. M. Fortney. He died at 7:20 o'clock last night. Just before reaching Turner, Santa Fe No. 10 passed the local train which was going from Kansas City to Em poria. Foster was standing on one track watching No. 10 go by and did not hear the other train round the curve. The pilot of the local struck him and knocked him off the track. The train was going about 35 miles an hour. Kngineer Paxton stopped the train immediately and backed to the spot where the unfortunate man lay. With the help of several K. U. students and other passengers, the man was placed in the baggage car. He was conscious when picked up. gave his name and address, but complained of great pain. One leg was fractured, his chest was badly crushed and it was evident that he was fatally injured. At Holliday, James O'Byrne, con ductor of the train who resides at S2f Madison street, wired ahead for a physician to meet the train. At De Koto, Dr. A. M. Fortney was at the depot and Foster was taken off. At that time he was barely breathing and the doctor said that he would net live long. The train then went on, arriving . at Topeka a few minutes late. From letters in the man's pocket and from information he was able to give when first picked up, he lived in Osage City. He asked the conduc tor to notify his mother, who lives at Twin Falls, Idaho. A brother-in-law, W. A. Jurnigan, lives at Osage City, and was notified last night. Foster was probably "beating his way" to Osage City or to some other point along the line. It was unusual that he was discovered at the time, as the engineer did not see him when he was struck. The fireman was on the coal car and saw Foster thrown off the track. He called to Paxton, the engineer, and the train was stopped. FAIR AKD DRACTuG. Week of Good Weather Is Promised the Entire Country. Washington, March 9. Hope for a t week of bracing seasonable weather ' with generally fair skies, is held oat by the weather bureau forecasters to practically every section of the storm battered snow and ice-covered coun try. "No important storm is charted to cross the country during the week," the bulletin said, "although a disturb ance of moderate intensity will pre vail over the middle- west Wednesday or Thursday and the eastern states about Friday; the precipitation at tending this disturbance will be gen erally light and confined to the north era states. "There will be frosts at the begin ning of the week in the gulf and south Atlantic states except central -and southern Florida."