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HOME EDITION
TOPEKA, KANSAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 22, 1916 TEN PAGES
THIS EDITION 2 CENTS
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Jitney Ordinance Passed By City Commissioners At Stormy Session In City Hall This Morning
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Ordinance as Amended Passed
liy City Commissioners.
Kansas Avenue May Be Used;
Restrictions on West Side.
PETITIONS FOR REFERENDUM
Jitney Men Declare They'll Ask
for 'ew Law Altogether.
Two Thousand Attended Mass
Meeting: at Auditorium.
The jitney ordinance as amended
and passed by the city commissioners
today is nearing a point where To
pekans may be benefited by addi
tional service to and from down town.
The city officials, making: many
changes in the original ordinance
after the instigation on the part of the
State Journal, passed a measure that
in many ways is fair to the drivers
of jitneys. It gives them Kansas ave
nue, streets on the east side and all
streets on the west side with the ex
ception of streets used by the street
railway.
In this .way Topekans have better
and more accessible service on the i
territory not covered by street .cars.
Now if the commissioners will not in
sist upon a. prohibitive license fee, the
new rule will be of adantage to all
persons who depend upon the carriers
fi'.r their trips to and from the down
town districts. The State Journal asks
absolute fairness in all regulation to
the street railway as well as the jit
neys. By a three to two vote the ordin
ance, providing that jitneys cannot run
on streets used by street cars, except as
amended, was passed by the city com
missioners today. Commissioners
Tandy and Porter, with Mayor House
voted for the ordinance. Commission
ers Wasson and Newland voted against
it.
Amended for Jitneys.
The ordinance which the commis
sion passed this morning was altered
in several points and was not the
samf1 as vxs read Saturday, accord
ins to the commissioners.
'rhe jitneys were given the privilege
to operate on Kansas avenue, on, all
streets east of the avenue and on all
streets west of the avenue, except
th-se used by the street railway com
pany urder the present license fee.
I'.ut i" the jitneys want to operate on
streets west of the avenue on which
there are street car tracks they will
be taxed the $300 graduated fee as
proposed in the ordinance read Satur
day. The Ijccnse Fee.
According to the new ordinance
which will take effect June 19 all
Jitney drivers who wish to operate un
der the new ordinance must pay an
annual tax as follows: For all cars
not exceeding five passengers $300 per
annum; from five to eight passenger
cars $350; and for those cars carry
ing eight or more passengers $400.
This applies if they wish to operate
on any street in the city.
The caucus held in the mayor's of
fice did not show signs of breaking up
till long after the noon hour when sud
denly the jitney committee, who had
been laboring with the commissioners
for over three hours, appeared in the
outer office of the mayor and an
nounced that they were unable to
agree.
Immediately after this the mayor
and commissioners appeared and an
nounced that the ordinance would be
passed as introduced at their meeting ! time p,ns were' formulated for con
Saturday. j sideratinn of the new ordinance.
The commission room was already ' It is stated that there will be no
filled with jitney men and Topeka tax
payers who were friendly to them, as
well as a number of street railway of
ficials, who were there to watch the
proceeding, when the mayor entered
and called the meeting to order.
"As there are quite a number of
people here who have been here for
some time the lirst thing to be con
sidered will be the jitney ordinance,"
announced the mayor.
Jct Busy Anions Friends.
Attorney Green representing the jit-
ney men had just finished a short
speech to the crowd, tn which he told
the men that petitions for the referen- j
dum would be circulated at once and j
for them to get busy among their
friends with the petitions.
J. O. Stevic advised the men "to
stand together. Get out and work and
within 36 days the question would be
decided one way or ihe other."
The city clerk was instructed by the
mayor to read the ordinance section
by section, which was done, and the
commissioners voted on each section
as read and the final, and test vote did
not come until after all of the sections
had been read.
In Effect in ; 0 Days. .
After the passage of the ordinance
the mayor advised those present that
the ordinance would be held up for a
reasonable length of time in order
that all those interested may meet
with the commissioners and thresh the
matter out. section by section. Attor
ney Green asked on behalf of the jit
ney men that 30 days' time be allowed
before publication and the enforce
ment of the ordinance. Commissioner
Wasson moved that this request be
granted and Commissioner Tandy of-,
(.rH a substitute to the effect that
June 3 be the limit of time set. When
the matter was voiea on iuuj ouu
stitute motion was lost and the Was
son motion was carried with Tandy
voting no, while Wasson. Porter and
Newland voted in favor of the longer
'"as the reading of the ordinance pro
gressed Commissioner Tandy offered
a resolution to the effect that all
streets named in the ordinance be
struck qut and that as a substitute, all
streets east or me ra m.c ------on
street be included, as affecting the
jitney with reference to this part of
the city " Attorney Green offered and
read a protest of citizens living in this
district against the proposed action
of the commissioners and in conjunc
tion with this protest presented a
huge mass of petitions carrying over
S 000 names of citizens who were
against the efTorts to drive the jitney
from the streets. now oecupi' d by the
street car company.
The petitions were receivd and or
dered filed, but permission was given
the jitney men to retain possession of
them until the commissioners called
for them.
Contract Broken?
When the section referring to the
time limit of the licenses was read
Attornev Green called the attention of
the commissioners to the fact that "the
city had already made a contract with
the jitney men and now they proposed
to break it." The real reason which
lay behind this protest, it was learned
afterwards, was that it wassimply lay
ing the foundation for future legal
action.
.-When -the time came fof-the reet
vote, those in the rear of the hall
mounted chairs in order that they
might obtain a full and clear view of
all that was going on.
Porter Voted "Yes."
Intense silence prevailed as the
clerk began to call the roll. The first
name called was that of Newland,
who voted "no" in a loud voice so
that there was no misunderstanding
on the stand he was taking. Tandy
came next and he voted "yes." Por
ter, on whom the laboring class had
placed hope, voted against the jitDey
men by voting "yes." Wasson voted
"no."
Immediately after the vote was an
nounced a Mrs. Avery asked permis
sion to say a word, which the mayor
readily granted, and raised a rousing
cheer and caused a big laugh by
! stating "Mr. Mayor and commission
i ers. I wiph to call the attention of
the commissioners that they have
omitted to legislate the jitney off all
of the paved alleys in the city of To
peka. They must have forgotten this."
Jitney Men Are Mad.
To say that the jitney men are dis
appointed at the action of the commis
sion is expressing it mildly for, as sev
eral of them stated on the steps of the
city hall, "the election next year be
gins from this moment and organized
labor will fight this matter to a
finish."
That organized labor intends to call
on the city commissioners to begin an
immediate investigation of the various
statements which the street car com
pany and the Topeka Edison company
have offered the city in which they
show their condition with reference to
their tax. is the statement of many of
the men who attended the city hall
today.
"If they pay such a huge lump of
the city's taxes we want to know it and
will ask the commissioners to get busy
and have their books audited to see
Just how much back tax they really
owe." was the statement of S. K. Mc-
Grew.
Referendum Petitions.
In any event the action of the city
commissioners today throws the ques
tion wide open and all of the citizens
will have an opportunity to express
their opinion at a coming election
which, it is stated, will be held just as
soon as the- referendum petitions can
be obtained and the .publication of the
election take place, after June 19.
The meeting was orderly through
out, there being no disturbance of any
kind by any of the men to mar the
proceedings. They were deadly se
rious. Meeting This Afternoon.
A meeting was held in Industrial
Council hall at 3 o'clock this after-
petitions for the referendum until after
the publication of the - ordinance,
which will mal.o it effective, and as
this will not take place until after
June 19. there will be no agitation
for the submission of the question at
this time.
In the meantime a committee from
the Jitney men's union will be organ
ized and will meet with the city com
missioners to iron out the various
kinks in the ordinance as passed.
Referendum petitions, petitions
signed by 6,000 objecting to the jitney
(Coutlnued oo Pago 2.J
SHOT BYAWOMAN
Young Farmer Slain at Door of
His Home.
Mrs. Stephens Claims Kistner
Had Ruined Her Life.
SHE LAID PLANS LAST FRIDAY
Waited on Creek Bank Until It
Became Dark
Left Her Child on Porch of
Farmer's Home.
Iola, Kan., May 22. Mrs. Ruby
Stephens confessed today that sha
killed Clifford Kistner, a wealthy
farmer, at his home near Bayard last
night. She declared Kistner had ruined
her life.
Kistner was called to the door of
his home last night and slain. Mrs.
Stephens was arrested at Mildred, near
here. She is 23 years old and has
been living: with her grandfather at
Kincaid, Kan. In a statement to the
authorities Mrs. Stephens, who was
divorced from her husband at Co
lumbus, Kan., se.veral years ago, said
she became the mother of a daugh
ter about 18 months ago. Following
this event Kistner was arrested on a
white slave charge at Garnett. The
case was dismissed.
A year ago Kistner married a Bay
ard girl and began farming. Mrs.
Kistner recently became a mother.
Mrs. Stephens, according to the au
thorities in a statement declared she
had been planning the shooting since
last Friday. Yesterday afternoon she
secured a revolver at the home of her
brother in Kincaid, without the lat
ter's knowledge and went to Bayard
on a passenger train.
Waited on Creek Bank.
Mrs. Stephens upon her arrival went
to the bank of a creek near the Kist
ner home. She remained there until
darkness came. Then she went to the
Kistner house. Mrs. Kistner answered
the door.
"I want to see Clifford Kistner,
Mrs. Stephens said she told the young
wife. Kistner stekpfed 'to-the door..,
"You have ruined me," Mrs. Ste
phens said she shouted as she fired
the revolver.
Mrs. Stephens said she met Kistner
three years ago. He was unmarried
and their relations then continued
more than a year. Mrs. Stephens said
that a short time after she became a
mother a year ago she stole up to
the porch of a wealthy farmer at Kin
caid, put tlie infant on the porch and
fled. The farmer employed detectives
to trace the parentage of the child
and succeeded in finding Mrs. Ste
phens, who admitted she was the
mother and had left the baby because
she knew the farmer was well to do
and would 'ake care of it. The child
later was formally adopted by the
fariver.
Divorced at Columbus.
Columbus, Kan., May 22. L. O.
Stephens was granted a divorce from
Ruby Stephens in district court here
May 24, 1913. The defendant did not
appear at the trial. The divorce was
granted on the ground of abandon
ment. The petition stated that the de
fendant and plaintiff were residents of
this county.
SPRING HAS RETURNED
Bright, Clear and Pleasant Although
Temperature Is Below NorniaL
Hourly temperature readings fur
nished by the weather bureau:
7 o'clock ....60 11 o'clock ....72
8 o'clock ....62 12 o'clock 74
9 o'clock ....66 1 o'clock 78
10 o'clock 68 2 o'clock 79
Temperatures today averaged i de
gree below normal. The wind blew at
the rate of S miles an hour from the
west. The maximum velocity last
night was 12 miles.
Spring weather prevails over Kansas
today, but temperatures are below
normal in all parts of the state. The
sky is clear, a slight wind is blowing
from the northwest and the mercury
is not up to the average mark for this
date. Today is the tenth day on
which the temperature has been be
low normal.
Tho Kaw river this morning showed
a stage of 11.1 feet, a rise of 2.7 feet
since Saturday. Heavy rains along the
valleys of the Kaw and Blue rivers
were responsible for the rise, but the
stream has just about reached the top,
according to the weather bureau. The
rain at Topeka Saturday night and
Sunday morning netted .40 of an inch.
The forecast calls for generally fair
weather tonight and Tuesday with lit
tle change in temperature. "This is
not the kind of weather needed for
the quick development of crops," said
S. D. Flora, local observer, this morn
ing. "But we are storing up plenty of
moisture in the ground." - This, ac
cording to Mr. Flora, is summer re
sort weather. The mercury Sunday
fContlnned on Page 2.1
Smallpox Abroad
New STork. May 22. The Southern
Pacific line steamer Proteus, which
arrived today from New Orleans, was
detained at quarantine and the health
inspectors reported that one of her
second-class passengers had developed
a case of smallpox while on board.
The health inspectors began to vac
cinate the 100 passengers and 15 of
the crew and to fumigate the vessel.
They expected to release the Proteus
before noon-
MUNICIPAL COW
GIVES 3,304 GALS.
MILK IN A YEAR
Cleveland. May 22. Jolie Topsy
Pauline De Kol, a four-year-old Hol
stein cow, has just set a new world's
milk production record for one year.
Topsy produced 28,416 pounds of milk
the last year, or 3.304 gallons. She
beat the previous world's record by
1,671 pounds.
The cow Is owned by the city and
her milk, produced at the Warren
ville correction farms, goes to work
house prisoners.
KILLED BY HIS SON
Missouri Farmer Was Trying to
Shoot Up Home.
Coroner's Jury Places So Blame
for the Death.
Springfield, Mo., May 22. Henry
Rabel, 62 years old, was shot and
killed late Saturday night at his home,
twenty miles north of Springfield, by
his son, Jesse Habel, 20, who was de
fending his mother and sister from an
attack by the older man.
Rabel, under the influence of intoxi
cants, had threatened to kill members
of the family. He had shot four times
when the son entered, grasped a rifle
and shot him twice while his sister
was wrestling with her father for pos
session of the revolver. A coroner
jury exonorated the slayer.
TORNADO KILLS 9
Thirty-Eight Hurt in Storm in
Oklahoma.
Kemp City Destroyed; Bodies
Hurled Hundreds of Yards.
Denison, Texas, May 22. Nine per
sons were killed and thirty-eutht mora
or less seriously injured ana Kemp j
City, Okla., eight miles east of Deni- i
son, wiped off the map in the tor-
nado which swept a path three-quar- I
ters of a mile wide and five miles long
in the Kemp City section. " Of the nine
dead, eight were killed at Kemp City,
and the other, a child, at its father's
home five miles east of Denison. Only
three small dwellings remain standing
at Kemp City, where the' storm spent
its greatest fury.
The damage to growine crons and
outhouses throughout the affected j
area was considerable, but only two
persons are reported to have sustained J
injuries outside of Kemp City, where
twelve business houses and sixty resi
dences were demolished. This is the '
second tornado to visit that vicinity in
recent years. !
The dead are:
E. B. COX and wife.
DR. WILLIAM BRINSON and wife.
CHANEY BATTLE, cashier of the
Kemp bank.
M. A. THOMAS, postmaster.
ARTILE PLEASANT.
MRS. J. W. HIVELY, of Kemp City.
Six-year-old daughter of Mr. J. J.
McCullough, killed when MeCullough
home was wrecked, five miles east of
Denison.
Tried to Reach Cellar.
Of the thirty-eight injured two are
daughters of Dr. J. J. McCullough. the
other thirty-six are residents of Kemp
City. The majority of the injured
were hurt while attempting to reach
storm cellars.
The storm broke over Kemp City at
9:23 o'clock Saturday night and in
a few minutes nothing remained of
the town except debris of destroyed
buildings, dead and injured townspeo
ple, and dead livestock. The dead were
found in some instances hundreds of
yards from where their homes stood.
Twister Near Birmingham.
Birmingham. Ala., May 22. Three
persons, two white and one a negro,
are dead and ten or more injured, as
the result of a tornado which struck
Sunnyside and Songo, ten miles south
of Birmingham, early today.
LANSDON IN TOPEKA
Salina Candidate for . Governor
Speaker Before Democrats.
W. c. Lansdon of Salina, Demo
cratic candidate for the nomination
for governor, will be the guest of hon
or and the principal speaker this eve
ning at a banquet to be given b- the
Shawnee ' Democratic club und the
Pocahontas Democratic club. The
banquet will be served in the Demo
cratic headquearters aat 119 West
Sixth street. The meeting tonight will
be the formal opening of the Demo
cratic state wide campaign as far as
Shawnee county is concerned. A large
number of Democrats from the rural
sections of the county as well as those
living in Topeka are. expected to be
present and hear Mr. Lansdon.
Lansdon was the president of the
Democratic club which has charge of
the Washington day banquet each
year, and presided at the banquet at
the Auditorium last February. He has
been making a number of tours
throughout the state during the last
two or three months, and will tell of
the sentiment in other counties con
cerning state and national politics. R.
W. Blair is president of the Shawnee
club and Mrs. W. F. Logan is presi
dent of the Pocahontas club.
DR. WAITE FACES
OWN CONFESSION
ON TRIAL TODAY
Charged . With Poisoning Mil
lionaire Parents-in-Law.
"Will Try to Prore He Intended
to Murder Wife Too.
HAS PLEADED "NOT GUILTY"
"Studio Affinity" Mrs. Horton
Turns Against Him.
Insanity Defense May Outriral
Famous Thaw Case.
t New York, May 22. The task of
selecting a jury to try Dr. Arthur
Warren Waite for the murder of his
father-in-law, John E. Peck, million
aire drug manufacturer " of . Grand
Rapids, Mich., was completed shortly
before 1:30 o'clock today. -
Waite occupied a seat between his
attorneys. Walter R. Deuel and Joseph
F. Crater. Mrs. Clara Louise Peck
Waite, his wife, who it was announced
would be a witness against him, was
not in court.
That the defense places its greatest
reliance upon the plea of insanity,
was early disclosed by Mr. Deuel, in
interrogating talesmen.
- The Jury was completed in the rec
ord breaking time of two hours and
64 minutes.
Waite himself appeared as calm as
any of the spectators who crowded
into the court room, wherein Harry
Kendall Thaw, Police Chief Becker,
the four gun men implicated in the
Becker case and other noted prisoners
have stood trial for their lives-
The members of the jury are:
Robert Neill, a mechanical engineer
foreman.
Peter Habel, cheese merchant.
Thaddeus S. Barlow, a superintendent-
..
Paul D. Case, financial secretary.' :
'-fXieorge A. Helm, a capitalist. -.
James W. Betts. a salesmanager.
Edwin M. Friedlander-- a -broker.
Thomas Widdecombe, accountant.
James N. Jef fares, manager.
Stephen A. Douglas, electrical en
gineer. "
Hugh F. Donnelly, reai estate. -
Joseph H. Trant, a writer.
Crime Most Astounding.
New York. May 22. With the open
ing f the trial of young Dr. Arthur
Warren Waite here today - on the
charge of poisoning his millionaire
parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John E.
Peck of Grand Rapids, Mich., there
begins to pour into the dry . records
of the New York supreme court one
of the most sensational and astound
ing stories of fortune hunting, illicit
love, murder, intrigue and deception
that has ever been disclosed, as the
alleged record of one man.
Waite's formal plea was "not
guilty," but he may change it . today.
(Continued on Pdge 2.)
T. R. OR BUST!
Secretary of Xational Commit
tee Issues Edict.
'Week to Accept Him or Four
Years to Regret."
Chicago, May 22. The Progressive
national committee turned loose a
broadside of publicity today while
Chairman Hilles of the Republican na
tional committee was on the way to
Chicago to 'get in on the play.
Secretary Oscar King Davis of the
Progressive committee, issued a state
ment declaring that "the Republicans
have one week in which to nominate
Colonel Roosevelt and four years to
regret not having done so."
The Hughes presidential boom re
ceived impetus today with the an
nouncement by Republicans that
Frank Hitchcock. Hughes supporter,
would arrive here tonight.
Joseph Keeting of Indianapolis,
manager of the Fairbanks candidacy,
today compared the present situation
with the time Benjamin Harrison was
a candidate for president. '
"Never was there so many candi-i
dates as now," said Keeting. He said1
the war was responsible for bringing
out so' many.
SHE CHARGES HIM
Gh-I in Crittenton Home Says Tanne
hill Is Father -of Child.
Thomas Libby, father of thirteen-year-old
Fay Libby, an inmate of Crit
tenton home, swore to a complaint in
the court of Topeka today charging
Harry Tannehill with being responsi
ble for her condition.
The warrant was issued following
the filing of the complaint and ar
rangements are being made for Tanne
hill to give bond in the amount of
$500. The little Libby girl was a pupil
at Lafayette school. Her mother is
dead.
She has been an inmate of the home
for some time. She charges Tanne
hill with being the father of her un
born child.
BIG SLUMP IN
KANSAS WHEAT
CROP, IS REPORT
Hessian Fly and Dry Weather
Do Damage.
Bather Discouraging Report
Issued by Mohler.
OUTLOOK FOR 108 . MILLIONS
Decreased From 126 Millions
Since Last April.
Corn Outlook for 86 Per Cent
of a Full Yield.
Wheat conditions in Kansas have
taken a big slump, according to a re
port today by 3. C. Mohler, secretary
of the. state board of agriculture, who
estimated a wheat crop of 108 million
bushels. The showing is made against
a prospect of a 126 million bushel
yield thirty days ago and a prospec
tive yield of 136 million bushels is
May, 1915. Hessian fly and dry
weather are the causes for the pres
ent condition, Mohler states.
General Slump Shown.
Reports gathered by the board of
agriculture from all sections of the
state show a general slump In con
ditions. With the showing of a loss
In the prospective wheat yield, oats
took a tumble of nearly 13 per cent,
while the corn prospect is returned at
86-1 per cent of a full crop. Alfalfa
and grasses are in excellent condition.
Rains Have Helped.
Recent rains have relieved to a large
extent the conditions which existed
when the reports were gathered last
week. Hessian flies, however, have
dene effective work in Kansas. As a
result -of their visitation, the prospect
for a big wheat yield tumbled. No
new estimates were made as to aban
doned fields and the report is based on
the April showing of 8,010,000 acres.
Based on this same acreage, the Kan
sas wheat crop this year will aver
age 13.5 bushels to the acre. Later
reports may show a further record of
abandoned wheat nelde and an in
crease in the acreage yield.
Report in Full.
Winter Wheat Based on condi
tions existing May 17, growers esti
mate a prospective yield of 108,000,
000 bushe.3 of winter wheat in Kan
sas this year, or an average yield per
(Con tinned on Page Two.)
SAVE AMERICAN
J. C. Lynch, Sentenced to Die,
Granted Clemency.
Another C S. Man InyolTed in
Irish Rebellion. .
London, May 22. Official con
firmation was obtained today of the
reports that a sentence of ten years in
prison has been given In the case of
Jeremiah C. Lynch, an American citi
zen charged with having participated
in the Irish rebellion. The American
embassy received this information
from military authorities.
Death Sentence Commuted.
Washington, May 22. Ambassador
Page, at London, today cabled the
state department that he had been of
ficially advised by the British govern
ment that Jeremiah C. Lynch, the
naturalized American citizen, convict
ed of complicity in the Dublin rebel
lion, had . originally been sentenced to
death but that the sentence had been
commuted to ten years' imprisonment.
Confirmation of the ten years' sen
tence given Lynch was also- sent by
American Consul Adams at Dublin.
Ambassador Page said he was official
ly informed by the home office that
the death sentence had first been im
posed upon Lynch. There is nothing
in the message to indicate whether the
representations ordered - by President
Wilson in Lynch's behalf had resulted
in the commutation of sentence.
Ambassador Page also reported that
John J. Kilgallon, of Long Island City,
New York, whose father asked the
state department to intervene in his
behalf,, is interned in a camp at Staf
ford, England. Mr. Page said he
hoped soon to secure Kilgallon's re
lease. Wore Rebel Uniform.
London, May 22. Jeremiah C.
Lynch of New York, the American
citizen sentenced to ten years impris
onment for participation in the Dub
lin rebellion, was at Liberty hall, the
rebel headquarters, during the revolt,
wearing the uniform of a rebel officer,
General Sir John Maxwell reported ;o
Premier Asquith today. Lynch did not
deny his part in the rebellion, accord
ing to the statement issued by the for
eign office. -
The British commander reported
that Lynch was first sentenced to
death but that the sentence was later
commuted to ten years imprisonment.
NAVY GUNNERS
CRACK SHOTS AT
ONE MILE RANGE
San Diego, May 22. Forty-seven
hits out of 65 shots at a range of
1.800 yards was the record made by
the three-inch gun pointers of the
cruiser Pittsburg at elementary prac
tice in torpedo defense on the drill
grounds off this harbor last week, it
was announced today.
The firing was done at night under
conditions approximating those pre
vailing In actual warfare. The men
behind the six-inch guns scored 35
hits In 53 shots during day practice
at 1,800 yards range.
AUSTRIAN VICTOR
Win Hotly Contested Battle for
Alps Fortress.
Total of 16,000 Italians Cap
tured During Campaign.
Berlin. May 22. Austro-Hungariar.
troops have carried the peak of Ar
mentara ridge, the scene of some of
the heaviest fighti g in the recently
inaugurated offensive along the
southern Tyrol front. This announce
ment is made in the official Austrian
report on May 21.
More than 3,000 Italians were cap
tured by the Austrians, who also ob
tained possession of several villages.
They took 25 cannon and eight ma
chine guns, the statement says. '
First Time Into Italy.
Vienna, May 22. Massing in heavy
force on the southern Tyrolese front,
the Italians are making desperate,
but unsuccessful attempts to stem the
Austrian invasion of Italy.
Throughout Saturday, the Italian
commanders hurled their Alpine
forces at the Austrian crown princ 's
line in desperate counter attacks.
Each onslaught was repulsed. An of
ficial statement from the Austrian war
office reports the -capture of several
more Italian positions and the taking
of 3,000 prisoners. About 16,000 Ital
ians, including many officers have
been captured -since: the Austrian
gan their offensive a week ago.
The Italian attacks were of great
violence in the Astico valley, where the
Austrians for the first time since the
beginning of the war, have obtained
a foothold on Italian soil. - It is stated
here that King Victor Emanuel, now
at the Italian front, has or
dered Italy cleared of Austrians by
Tuesday at any -ost. Tuesday is the
first anniversary of the beginning of
the Austro-Italian ran
Crown Prince Successful.
"The fighting in southern Tyrol on
the Lavarone plateau increased in vio
lence as the result of enemy attacks,"
said the official statement. "We now
hold the summit of Armentara ridge.
On the Lavarone plateau we . pene
trated the first hostile position.
"The troops of the Arch Duke
Charles Francis Joseph (the crown
prince), added to their successes. They
captured the Cima Del Loghi and the
Cima Di Memle. The enemy was
driven from Boyola pass toward the
south. They captured three more 28
centimeter howitzers.
"We advanced toward Monte Paeu
bio and occupied Anghobeni. In Sat
urday's figltting we took 2,300 Ital
ians prisoners, including 84 officers,
25 cannon and eight machine guns."
Tribesmen Defeat British.
Berlin, May 22. Constantinople ad
vices to the Overseas News agency
the defeat of British forces in a bat
tle with rebellious tribesmen in the
province cf Darfur in Anglo-Egyptian
Sudan. It is said the British sent
two transports with Knglish and
Hindu troops to Port Sudan on the
Red sea, whence they advanced to
attack the tribesmen and that they
were defeated by forces under the
Imam of Darfur.
TO MEET IN TWO YEARS
Methodist to Facilitate Work of Re
union With Church South.
Saratoga Springs, May 22. The pos
sibility of the union of all methodisra
was brought two years nearer today
by the action of the general confer
ence, which unanimously adopted a
resolution providing for adjournment
to a date to be fixed by the board of
bishops. -
This will permit a meeting of the
conference in 1918. At the same time
the conference of the southern
j church is considering a jcint proposi
i tion to effect the unity of these and
j other branches of the Methodist
church. The conference voted to post
, pone indefinitely the election of a
i missionary bishop for Singapore. This
was requested by delegates from In
dia and southern Asia, who seek a
reassignment of territory under the
existing missionary bishops.
BASEBALL TODAY
National l-eague. i
New York at Cincinnati, game post- ;
poned; rain.
Brooklyn at Pittsburg, game post
poned ;i wet grounds. ;
American Association. '
Louisville at Columbus Game post?
poned: rain. j
Kansas City at St. Paul Game post- !
poned; wet grounds.
Indianapolis at Toledo Came pott- i
poned; wet grounds.
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If TEDDY
"Unnecessary to Discuss Any
One Else," Justice Declares.
Hughes Still Refuses to Become
Open Candidate.
CURTIS MAKES A STATEMENT
Kansas Senator Says It Is Any
Man's Race Still.
He Will Support WhoeTer Is
Nominated by G. O. P. ,
Washington, May 22. The first
statement by Associate Justice Charles
F Hughes, of the United States su
preme court, on the Republican nomi
r.ation for president has been obtained.
He was quoted by a leader in the Re
publican party favorable to the pre
convention campaign for his nomina
tion. Justice Hughes said:
"In my opinion Roosevelt is going
to be nominated, so it makes it un
necessary to discuss any one else at
alL"
Great pressure has been brought to
bear upon Justice Hughes to-autoonze
the car ipaign in hir behalf. - That was
his reply.
Justice Hughes's -statement was in
terpreted by his supporters to mean
that he has made up his mind ha will
not connive at getting the nomination,
so that if he should be named, he may
be able to say that while on the ru
preme bench he never by word Or deed
sought the honor.
His friends declare he will not ha
disappointed if he is not nominated,
that he is perfectly sincere and con
tent to remain on the bench. His
closest friends, those most anxious
to know his real attitude toward the
nomination, assert that they are
wholly without guidance or suggestion
from him.
Refuse It After Fight.
They believe, however, that Justice
Hughes will be controlled by the pres
ence or lack of unanimity of spirit at
the Chicago convention. They believe
also he would refuse the nomination
if it should come to him after a bitter
fight.
Republican senators declare there is
no question that Colonel Roosevelt
would support Justice Hughes if the
latter were nominated. They say
Colonel Roosevelt's controlling desire
ie the defeat of the Democratic ad
ministration and that he ie thoroughly
stirred up.
"Whatever the future may have In
store," one of the former president's
warmest friends said, "for the present
Colonel Roosevelt will support the Re
publican party. He may reserve the
right, however, to reorganize the Pro
gressive party."
Prominent Republican leaders in
congress have been informed that
Colonel Roosevelt considers the pLat
form to be adopted at Chicago as at
even more importance to the future
of the party than the candidate to be
named. No matter who the candidate
may be he has made it known, they
said, that unlees the platform is
strongly American he will fight the
ticket.
These views from Colonel RooerH
were brought to Washington by a Re
publican of national prominence who
is a member of the "old guard."
No Accident Anticipated.
It is the belief of Republican led
ers that no accident can happen at
Chicago. The delegates are going
there after a great deal of reflection
and with the determination t" nomi
nate the man who will win the fight.
They are primed to pick a winner. All
serious minded Republicans, it was
said, realize that it would be foolish
to decline to nominate either Roose
velt or Hughes. the sentiment for
whom in their opinion, is manifest. 11
was said further that it makes no dif
ference how the delegates are nom
inally lined up, they will name either
Roosevelt or Hughes.
Senator Curtis of Kanxas said:
"The Republican presidonti I noroi
( Cob r! sued on Pace Two !--
BRYAN WANTS DRY PLANK
IN DEMOCRAT PLATFORM
Atlantic City, N. J.. May 22.
Willian. J. Bryan will endavor to
have . prohibition plank written
into the Democratic national plat
form at St Louis, he indicated in
an address to the PresbyterUin gen
eral assemDly.

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