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NINETY-FOURTH
PLANS FOR SUPPLYING CLEAR WATER TO ST. LOUIS.
Large siphons huilt over basins at Hi Chain of Rocks for experiments
supply by a new settling s yvtem. Pumping station in i
Orders have been Issued bj- Water Com
missioner Flad to Engineer-ln-Chars)
Brooks to complete the new Improvements
ot the Chain of Rocks pumping station iu
'toon as possible, so that experiments with
the new method for settling water may be
started at once. Mayor Wells and tho
Board of Public Improvements express un
usual Interest In the contemplated clarifi
cation tests, and for this reason Mr. Flad
desires to hav e them begun without dlay.
Since the Mayor and a. majority of tho
board have rejected tho plan to obtain the
publio water rupply from the Meramec
Spring and River a plan which generally
roet with little favor In the board from its
lnclptoncy future plans for clarification of
the water will be made v ith a v tew of re
taining the present Waterworks plant. Sev
eral members of tho board seem to think
satisfactory results could be gained by set
tling, perhaps with tho use of a coagulan
when the water is exceptionally tainted.
EDISON NOW PREDICTS THE PASSING OF THE HORSE.
Relieves His Storage Battery
foid to Keep a Horse and Carriage Worked on Pioblem Three Years, and loiind Solu
tion in Opposite Direction From Theories in Accepted Works on Chemistry.
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PRINCIPAL FEATURES IN EDISON'S STORAGE BATTERY.
Tho three perforated sheets of steel la the center and the solid bnquettrs of Iron and nickel grouped at the ends
ehew the main parts of the "Wizard's Invention, t hicli is expected to replace the horse, trolley wires and frtc.uu and
gas motors.
REPUBLIC SPECIAL
New Tork, May 30 Bpeedlng ver tho
roughest roads In the. hills of Northern New
Jersey each day are several automobiles,
harnessed to solve the problem of trans
portation by electric lehlcle. Each Is fitted
with one of Edison's new light storage bat
teries. Upon the result of these tests, Mr.
Edison says, hanffs the fate of the horse.
"On Monday I will have Ave automobiles
on tho hills." said h "Each will ba
equipped with tho new light storage bat
tery. There aro heavy machines and light
machines, each of a different make. Each
of these machines Is to run one hundred
miles every day urtll It has coered 6,000
miles. We will aold tho city streets. The
roughest road, those with the mo3t hills
and ruts and crossings will be choen. My
orders are to run with handle down, thit
Is, to take the roads at highest speed and
make no stops or slow downs unless for a
passing vehicle or somethin: of that sort.
I want to slve the battery a test greater
thin any It will meet in actual use.
" Battery an Entire Succcsh.
"My experiments have already proved to
toe what I have lone be-in convinced of
ithat the battery Is an entire success. I
'feno-w that It wlU run an automobile over
gilnary roads 100 miles without recharging.
But that there may bo no mistake, I shall
keep up the experimenting for several
months. I never had to apologize for one
of my Inventions, and I do not Intend to
begin sow."
Mr. Edison was asked what tho effect
would be upon the horse.
"Within six or eight years 80 per cent ot
.HNG PONG CAUSED DEATH.
Excessive Playing Held Immedi
ately Responsible by Physician.
P.ET"UC SPECIAL.
Far Rockawcj, L. I., May 30 Apoplexy,
uperlnduced by excessive ping-pong play-
tnr. was declared by his physicians tc-day
to have caused tho death here of I. Albert
Isglehart, former law partner ot ex-Judge
,5a. J- Dlttenhoefer of New York. Mr. In-
jglehart was plaving the game at his sum
Hkner home when be reeled and fell uncon-
Pacious across the table. Be died within a
few moments.
"I had attended Mr. Inglebart for several
years," said Doctor rrancke this evening
"I had long feared that he would become a
Metlm of apoplexy, and I have no doubt
that the attack was superinduced by over
exertion at ping-pong."
MISS HAY MEETS WITH MISHAP.
Daughter of Secretary of State
Thrown From a Carriage.
SPUBIJC SPECIAL.
Washington, May SO While c riving on
L5 Columbia read late this afternoon Miss
E.AfiE.;. .?.,."?y --t w..,. -r -? iTj!?-.-fi-.-?-WSrrffrStf. h4-.
YEAR.
while others think hltretlon is the solution
of tli clear-water problem
No m itter which method foi djrlfMn?
the w-ter is final!) aJopted, it Is 1tat"d
that the improvements rtcently male et
the Chain of Rocks will serve a u tful pur
pose If thl3 settling sjst.m is oi'lj mod
erately successful, it could he retained of
ficials saj, as a part of the iiltratlo 1 -
tern, if a tllt-atlon riant should be Installed
The settling plan, whoe principle does not
differ from that of methods In use in othe
cities, notably In Kansas Clt, was designed
by Mr. Flad. Heretofore each of the "lx
basins at the Chain of Rocks ha ben op
erited Independently. The r-ew plan w 11
allow the water to circulate in nil the ba
sins, giv.ng ample time in eich b isin for
the settling to lake place.
In order to be certain of the eHciencj of
the new plan, experiments will be so ar
ranged that results bj ire new astern mav
be compared with the old. Therefore, v i
ter will be fettled in three connected ba
Will Place a Vehicle at the Command
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all the vehicles u"ed will be propelled bj
electricity. This means the passing of the
horse, and it also means that, through
gaining the room now taken up by the
horse, and the greater e-cpedition with
which the automobile can be handled, the
city streets can accommodate four times as
many vehicles as at present. Moreover,
electricity and the light storage battery will
be used on vessels at sea and on all trans
portation li'CS
" The man that cannot quite afford to
keep a horse and carriage is the man that
I am trying to provide for. The automobile
will be the thins for htm. Its first comvill
not be any greater. It will not requlro the
care, and tho cost cf malntain'ng will come
far below the cost of keeping a horse."
The batteries In Mr. Edison's Invention
nro rnmnosed of tinv brick3 of specially
prepared iron and nickel. Bv renewing the I
water supply the cell is kept in good ccn
dition. The time of charging the battery
Is much less than that required for other
batterise. Those nor; being used in the experiments-
have twenty-one cells and each
weighs about fifteen pounds Each battery
will outlast two automobiles. The equip
ment mav be placed on anj steam or Uec
trlc machine and the affair Is so s.implo that
any novice can soon master it.
ctt Chemicals Emplojccl.
Just as soon as the experiments are con
cluded Mr. Edison will begin tLe e-ciusje
manufacture of the batteries at Glen RIdee,
X. J. A factorj is now in operation there
capable of 100-horsc power each, or enough
for eight of the batteries -now being sel.
Alice Hay, daughter of the Eecretarv C
State, was thrown from her carriage a .
received pairful Injuries.
Doctor Jung was summoned and fou
Miss Huy suffering more from nervous
shock than anything else. She ass proipeu
up on pillows in an open victoria, which
w as brought into ure, and driven 1 ome.
"Woman End Life With Uullct.
REPUBLIC SPECIAL.
Dallas, Tex., May 30 Mrs. Minnie v right,
40 3 ears old, committed suicide at her
homo on Elm street to-night bj shooting
herself. ro cause for the act has been
made public.
CARS IN REAR-END COLLISION.
Conductor and Motorman of Jeffer
son Avenue Lne Injured.
Motorman Louis W. KnoU and Conductor
William K. Sulllns of the Jefferson avenue
line were injured in collision with a Cass
avenue car at Jefferson avenue and Pesta
loszl street at 1:S0 o'clock jesterday morn
ing The cars were both going north in Jeffer
son avenue and the Jefferson avenue car
ran Into the rear end cf the Cass avenue
car. The cars were only slightly damaged,
but Knoll and Sulllns were thrown Upwn.
Knoll was bruised about the knees anu" Sai
ling about the left shoulder.
,4-3HtsA.ia. ,
ST. LOUIS.
in clarifying the public wMcv
lie baekgrountl.
sing aeconnnsr to the new m'tliid, wlnl?
the old method will be continued in the
other three basins
lij means of large "Iphons built oe- the
di.iding walls, water will be ."arried from
oni bas'n to another. So that w iter ma
tasi'j go from one bain to the next, it w;l
be i foot higher In the first than in the
second The Haw through the siphon1 v.ill
be continuous
Tho siohons will take water from the
snrfact under the ntw system, thus adher
ing to whit 1- known as the skimming
method "
In tl e three 1 nsins not connected bv si
phons the water will How into the mains
throjgh a pipe which lies een with the
liottom Mr. Tlad has had a drodseboat
built for cleaning taMns without dls har
gins the witer This bolt is equipped with
a centrifugal pump, which will take the
sediment from the bottom of a basin The
boat v ill be transferred from one basin to
another.
of the .Man Who Cannot Quite Af-
This will bo incre-ied in capaelts to pro
vide, if ntcesarv, for 7),'w-horse power
1o bring the cost of tho battery to a mini
mum will be tho constant endeavor. There
are two entirely new chem'cals ti lplojed In
tho batterj. The works for their iranufac
ture h-ivc been erected at Silver LaKe.
Mr. Edison was aked to relate the prog
rers of the invention
"It was hard work." he said, "very hard
work It was 1, 2. 3, 4, 5, In that order;
the hardet work that I ever did. I started
three years ago I'll have to charge the
public for one stomach, though," he said,
laughing. "Mine has become all mled up,
working over that batterj. Yes, the pub
lic owes me one stomach.
V hat lie Overcame.
"'.ee here, here is an illustration of what
I w as against " The Inv entor picked up a
book "Here is what one of the best chem
ical authorlUes said: 'It Is highly improba
ble if any other than the lead type of
storage cells will ever be successfully
ued.'
'That I- just what I have done," said
Mr. EdI"on, smiling. "I have brought two
cither tjpes to perfection nickel and light
iron. Heretofore acids and lead have ben
used. I am using alkalis
"What did I mean by 1, 2, 3? Wh, ab
sence of deterioration by work, large stor
age capacity per unit of mjss, capability
of being rapidly charged and discharged,
capability of withstanding careless treat
ment, and inexpensiv enes And I have
them all 1, 2. ". 4. ami 5."
"iTlZENS PURSUE ROBBER BAND
ie of the County Treasurer at
Kountze, Tex., Was Looted.
Beaumont. Tex., May 50 The safe of the
Treasurer of Hardin Countj at Kountze
was blown open by burglars last night
and all the county money stolen.
The burglars and citizens had a battle at
Sllsbce. ten miles east, at daj light. One
burglar was wounded, but all escaped into
a big thicket. The Sheriff of this county
with bloodhounds has left for the scene.
GOVERNOR PENNOYER DEAD.
Became Prominent Through Tart
Beplj to President Cleveland.
REPTTBIJC SPECIAI.
Portland, Ore., May SO. Sylvester Pen
no er, ex-Governor of Oregon and one of
the most prominent Democratic politicians
in the "West, died at E o'clock this evening
from apoplexy. He .was In apparent good
health up to within' a few miiuteTof his
death. He attained much notoriety while
Governor at the time Coxeys army iasM!
jading inhe West brrepfyins; to a request
from President Cleveland to preserveVJrrtZr
and facilitate the p.ssage W0 thi T maby
stating: "If the President will attend-w
Til business It-will attend to mine" l
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MO.. SATURDAY.
AFFECTION OF OLD FR8ENDS
MOVES MARK TWAIN 10 TEARS
Audience, (Jaiiicd Aw.iy by the Deep Feeling of the Gie.it Humorist,
Wept With Hint Clemens Tells His Boy hoed Companions
That Affection Is the Proudest Thing Any One Can
Acquiie in This Woild Will YKit Vae
in Whiih Tom Sawyer Was Lost.
REFERS TO WAR RECORD OF TWO WEEKS IN FACETIOUS VEIN.
BT A STAFr CORRESPONDENT. an old frame structure, known as the Mc
Hannibal, Mo, Ms CO Tombed bj tho TDanitl confectlomrv for the last fiftj e.ir
deep affection whieh this community hi
evinced for him, before an audience a-sem-bled
In the Hcmnlbal Presbvterlan Church
.o celebrate Decoration Day bv reliiious ob
servance. Maik Twain wcDt.
Sobs choking him. the man of laugis in
deep, heart-touchi.ig seriousness exp'fs e.1
his appreciation of the tender regard in
which he-Is held. He wept Irani tear'.
The audience, many of whom were oTd like
Mmself. jet had been joung with him in
Htrnibil, likewise was carri"d awav Lv
ueep feeling, the truest expression of which
was tears.
Trlbntc to Affection,
I am nrofoundls touched" said the
speaker, "bv my reception here I hive not
onlj been moved, moved a number of t ms
by tbe cordlalltv of mv reception bv the
old old men and women who knew me 1 ere
when I was a bov. I am overcome b h
something more than friend-hip which .1 it
entered into m reception an evidence of
true afft ction. Affection: That is tbe proud
est thlrg anvbodv can acquire in this v.orll
and in granting me that this titj -if mv
earl,, lif- has paid mo the highest pos-Hble
compliment "
Th"n Mark Twain spoke of patriotism, a
theme appropriate to the dav and h! wo ds
were earnest and true. ,
"The patriot is the conscience-instructed
man," said ne. 'The man who i. tr-ie to
his convictions."
His theme led him to the Civil War and
one of Mark Twain's the author's. Inimita
ble narrations followed
Tell About Hln "lur Itecord.
"Mv conscience directed me to take up
the Confederate cause," said he "I labored
for that cnu-a just two weeks In that
rerlod I tried to help Confederate affairs. I
think it was in the second week of June.
1SS1, when Ed Stevens, Sam Ejons and a
lot of voung fellows marched out of Han
nibal and camped at New London Vv e
walked tho ten miles In four hours We
might have done It In three and a half,
but were not practised up jet. We camped.
as I ald. and had a council of war-to see
what we cci.ld do toward Inducing the
Northern States to behave themselves. VA'e
didn't do anj fighting, but we didn't see
that we could aid the Confederates' caue
any bj being harassed bj' General Grant's
soldiers he was Colonel Grant then. Colo
nel of the Palmyra Regiment. Ye did no
fighting because we couldn t get into a
fight. General Grant's soluiers never
showed their faces They never got that
near to us. though I think If the) had
there would have been trouble. After two
weeks, wo thought there wa-n't anj use
bothering with the problem any more It
was too big for us We went down in
Louisiana and dissolved ourselves. 1 sti'l
think that. If we'd have met Grant and
that Twentj -first Illinois Infantrj of his,
there would have been trouble."
Mark Gives the Diploma.
At tho Invitation of W. C. II. Nash. Mark
Twain consented to attend the commence
ment exercises ot the Hannibal High School.
He gave the diplomas to the sixteen grad
uates, three of whom were joung men and
thirteen joung women In the course of the
exercises he spoke briefly, expre-slng his
gratitude that he had arrived in Hannibal
at a time that made this pleasant service
pcssible Last J ear he had been invited to
attend these exercises, but was unable to
do so, and he said that he was grateful
that the opportunltj- had now been given
him to remedv his unavoidable default the
J ear previous.
Mark Twain, giving diplomas at the grad
uation exercises to-night was the same or
iginal Mark. He grasped the diplomas as
a wheat sheaf and went from pupil to pupil
saving. ' Take one. take a good one " His
address from beginning to end was poman
eouslj humorous, filkd with nmnitcences
of hK-own limited schoollrg "Then, he
said, "no scholar dared venture to express
original thought They alwajs declaimed
the same old,, things., the same old waj. It
was either 'give mo llbertj or give me
death," or 'The Assvrian came down like
a. wolf In the fold," or 'Iochiel. Lochlel,' 0
The Boj Stood On the BU'nlng Deck,' whj
(he pointed to President Na-h of the School
Boaid), there's a man who often stood on
that burning deck and without a ttnt of
insurance, cither"
Before the limits of his visit expire.
Mark Twain expects to vHIt .ill the old
landmarks to which he is uttiehed bj the
bonds of jouth He will go to the famous
cave, three miles south of the cltj In the
depths of which Tom Savvver and his be
loved Beckj were lost, and In which Mark
Twain, then joung Sam dentil", -v.is hlm-
1 self lost the same cave to which attaches
memories of the dread "Injun Jo," his
crimes and death bv starvation. Imprisoned
in the endless vault.
Twnln's Watermelon Trick.
Mark Twain has stood once more within
th" s-helter of the home of his bojhood.
where he was raised, whence he went to
school, whence he went forth into the. world
to become printer, pilot, rep-rtei, news
paper correspondent, lecturer, writer of
books and Missouri's most famous man
Worth while it is to note, too. that manj
j ears before joung Sam, the future Mark,
went forth, a watermelon sailed from the
second-storj window of the house and
larded squarelj upon the head of the man
who sold that melon. For the melon was
tottcn, and the boy. Sam Clemn, had
paid his last 10 cents for it perhaps plan
ning to enjov it with the orlgiral Huck
Finn. According to boyhood's sense of jus
tice, the melon should return unto its
owner, and it did, unexpectedly.
Mr. Clemens, or Mark Twain one is in
doubt what to call him here; his Identity
is equally divided between himself as
Clemens and himself as author "n the
minds and talk ot his old comrades stood
for a long time gazing upon the little frame
building which was his home. He did not
talk much. Even the ever-present playful
smile that hovers at the corners cf his
mouth was gone. He was thinking of the
days that are dead, of men and women who
are dead, perhaps of hopes that are dead,
and likely enough of the fact that he had
come back home upon what will likelj- be
his last visit that he must soon bid final
farewell to this gray old house which was
his shelter man)', many years ago.
Recognised "Jimmle."
Finally he turned away from the little j Mamie Mclntyre. Jonnifr Waason, Moodey
cottago. so faraUUr, and his eye tcfii in I Hausman, Anna Reid, Ada Baird. Hallie
..-i i tt,. m,. -. I Johnson. Fenwick Hayes. Jean Wilson. Bar
the aarroondlnss. At the corner ot-Maln I ,, Miller. Mnih- x-n nni rHiuSrJ
and HOI itrteta, to southwest cptbk, inJksa ttooks and Fraak JfcKl;r..J,it&C
MAY 31. 1902.
"I think I know that building " -.aid in in
his slow m inner "Ah, ve there ire those
pilasters which i;rill It Hie t nrolk"- Thev
convict It. Yes, jes it's McDa-iIel'-. placi
I bought s.vcets tnere ln-15 jgo
Jui then an eld man .vlth 'ong cn
whiskers dov 11 to his waist --trolled up
bashf.dl5 He took a position dire-;li in
front of Mark Twain The celebrated it -in
looked at him intentl for a while and then
exc'alnfd
hat It i- Jinimie' -"Tes.
it is ' replied ' Jlinmi" "
James McDanlcI w.is the ne come-. son of
the McDaniel who had -old Mark sweet
Thev talked for several minutes Mark
asked it Jimmle lemembered such and nich
an occurrence at such and such a rae
"It wasn't tber " said Jimmle
' It was. Jln-nie"
' It wa-n't "
"You s-vear it Jimmle
"1 swear it," sold James
"If vou svear it. all right," vjul Mark.
Aisli. Ill Parents' Craves.
fter drirkirg In tht-e s phto, Mr Clem
ens he mu-t be s0 cillel In this connec
tion went In 1 carriae to Mount Olive
Vmeterv lher are buried his parents
and iv o brothers, Henrj pud Orion the
lormer of vrho-n na Mllil in a steamboat
illosoa in Hit and the litter of whom
died several veirs af,o In Keokuk, Ii
I went into the one time Ciemens home
It s-emrd thi.t Tom Sawjer w.i- here .ml
Tom's trie's-- without number v, rr canf(i
to mind It seem(.() too ,nat u0K p,nn
was outside 'iieomrg' to the Elaek
Avenger of the Spanish Main to com trrtl
show himself and be .1 good fellow 'yok
ing up the iwrrov flight of -ta!r-, upon the
6teps of which fie veut'iful Clemens it i-
said wrote hi tiit tffuslons. one hal' ex
pected to iee 'Aunt 1'oIIj" start from out
one of the uppr rooms and crj ' Tom. jou
Tom'"
Out lack ot the house was a Jumble of
shed, and one partirularlv high hip roof.
joined to 1 rear second storj window of the
. n!am tnnture. I'pon this, of course Tom
Sa.wjer trawled from home at Huck's cat
terwall summons, and from it he dropped
to tho wood-hed anl from the vvooJ-hed
to the ground where stood never-to-be-forgotten
Huck h!me!f On one s-jch occasion
Huck hud a dead cat and this was the
time of the spine-curling grave jard scene.
A hltt'vvali nn the J'enre.
Out in this not overlarge back jard is the
fene the whitewashed fence There Is
now a co it of whitewash on it. but it is
contldenth said here that the "whitening is
1 not the sam which Tom Sawjer with the
assistance of a pullible boj "Ben" put up
on it Then, too, acro-s this fence, further
north. Is Huck Tinn's home This place
Is now old and decajed and will soon cease
to be like Huck himself for thej tell in
Hannibal that the leal Hutk ras gone to
his Ian accounting
Orlttiunl of Tom singrr,
II1nn1b.1I teems with stories about Sam
Clemens about Tom Sawver (the original
for whom saj those who should know, was
Mark himself), about Huckelberrj Tlnn it
is bejord doubt a Twain toi- n So greatlv
Is tne "Prophet" honored in his own coun
trj that a dozen men hre clcim to be the
one and on'j original Tom Sawjer- So,
too. Is it with Huck. But Huck Finn'
idetitltj is established bj Hd Pierce of this
eitj. and Huck's, name was Tom Bianken
s.hip. P.i rce.w ho i- .1 fe-v j ears j ounger than
Mark, was his friend and ISIankenOi!p's
friend in lojhood and throt-gh him the
Huck Pmn home was pointed out to me.
It staid.-, a dlngv, three-stcrj frame ttruc-
tu--e which appears about to fall into ruins.
Now occupied bj negroi - upon ,t street
which has degenerated to an alle It mu-t
have called up again sad memories to the
mind of Mark Twnin. ,
"Oh jcs. I know the swimming pool.where
Tom Sawjer plaved 'hookev.'" said Pieice.
' It was there that Sam Clemens ai d I
pla;ed 'hotkej' mauj a daj. More than a
mile back of toftii it laj. and near it al-o
was 'ghost hollow ' Now tho pool is no
more Tne course of Bear Creek has been
changed and where stands the most sub
stantial pirt of Hannibal ran that stream.
Iliouulit Clemen XAus Muiv.
' Sam. or Mark. I get his names mixed,
was a queer biv, but we all thought he was
'too dure'd slow ' Mav be bo was slow, and
mav be be wasn't depends on how jou look
at it S3) now, I remember where Sam
and I first went to school It was, old
Cross's school an old log hut. Cro-s vvas
cross 'Cress ii his name,' v e used to saj,
'cross is his nature. Cross jumped out of a
raw potoato' Well, one daj Sam and 11 lot
of the boj Io"ked o'd CrosS out of school.
Well, tin res not much more, except that
Cros got In and hammered us all good. I
never did see a man so mad"
William Itobbins, old river man, remem
bers much concerning Mark. One incident
refers to a time when, in excess of spirits,
the jouth Is said to have started an im-mer.--e
boulder which almoit obliterated a
s.iv m'll down Hcllldaj Hill Just north of
town Such anecdotes are without num
ber. Manj such 1 storj, mere or less
amusing, vvas told me to-daj- bj- A. It. Lev
ering, preMdent of a bank here; W. II. C.
Nash. J. B Browne, Mr. ItoIJard. Jo'-n I.
Crulkshank, W. K. Pitts and Charles C
Curt". HV.STINGS MacADM.
FOUND ACTRESS IN POVERTY.
Ada Gray, Famous in ''Hast
Lwiiie,'' Rescued by Neighbors.
New York, Maj 20 Ada Grsv. a noted ac
tress in her dav. but now a helpless invalid,
was found alcre and almost destitute to
day in a little cottage at City Island. Neigh
bors who discovered her plight had her re
moved to the Tordham Hospital and she
probably will be cartd for b) the actors'
fund
Mis3 Gray is the wife of Charles Tingay,
I who has been an actor ard a writer by
turns. Ada Gray attained the height of her
fame in "East Lynne" and audiences from
tho Atlantic to tho Pacific hae wept over
her portrajal of the character.
Sparta Illirh School Commencement.
REPUBLIC SPECIAL.
Sparta, IU, May 30 The Sparta High
School commencement exercisre.; wur. t..iti
I at the Auditorium to-night. Thomas Laugh-
Un was salutatorian and Bertha Stephenson
I was valedictorian. The other irradu.ates wer.
INVESTIGATES THE RECORDS
OF FORMER CITY REGISTER.
Grand Jury Reviews Official Career of Henry Jiesih Under Ziegen-
hein Charged That Contiacts for Piinting Wei e Not Always
Let to the Lowest Kidder Understood That an In-
dietim-iir Against an Attache of the Office Will
J2e Returned With Final Report To Day.
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Who-e rer-ords a Citv P.et,i-ter under former Mavor Ziegeti'iem have been investigated
bv the Grand Jurj.
It de' eloped vestc-daj tint the Grand
Jurv had spent con-lderable time in an In
vestigation of the Citv It"gister's oft" ', ga
ins over the records covering the 7.!egen-1-eln
adm nistration it is understood t"-at
an indictment will be leturred to-da)
against an attache of the office
Henrv Besrh was Citv Register under
Major Ziegonhcin and a great manj of his
acts have been under the iaj- of the Grand
Jurv searchlight. The printing contracts
awarded tv Be-ch have rceived consider
able attention from the Grand Jurj- It is
said that a large p irt of the jur)'s repo't
to be made to Judge Douglas to-daj- will
deal with the affairs of this office.
Besch was indicted on the charge of ob
ta'nlng monej bj false pretene three ) ears
aco. Lut the indictment was defective. The
court si-stained a motion demurring to the
State's ease on the ground that tl e evidence
did not support the charge There was
sharp criticl'm of the prosecution at tl.c
t'me The charge In the ind'etment wa:
that Besch -vhlle Sprinkling Inspector car-rl-d
a "straw man ' on the pa) roll'' under
the name or "F Mueller"' and drew" the
salarj himself
Thece ex-po-ures it U said, ate trivial com
pared with loose which have come to light
in the Grand Jurj" room in the last six
w eeks.
It Is the duty of the Citv Register to
award nil tho oontracls for eitj- printins
and for printing supplies. It is charged that
attaches of the office made It "pay." In
order to procure a contract It Is said that
MONT PELEE VERY
QUIET YESTERDAY.
Professor Hill Says Fort He
Franc Is Not in Danger
Kennau Safe.
Fort de France. Island of Martinique,
Ma) S" 2 p m Mont Pelee has been verj
quiet to-daj. The Vr.ited States crjl-cr
Cincinnati has lft here for Castries, fat.
Lucia.
George Kennnn and his par!)- are doing
good work at the north end of the Island
and are all safe and well. Professor Anglo
Ilellprln, president of the Philadelphia Geo
graphical Societj. who Is here under the
auspices of the National Geographical So
e'etj. Is now conducting his investigations
among the north east craters.
Last night Admiral Servan. invited Pro
fessor Robert T. Hill, the United States
Government geologUt. on board the French
cru ser Tage, Admiral S-rvan's flagship, and
bad an interview with him upon his recent
expedition to Mont Pelee. United States
Corsul A) me acted as Interpreter ut the
interview; which lasted three hours. Ad
mit?! Servan was deeply Interested in what
Professor H' I i-ad to aj, ns he has per
sonal theoris concerning the recent erup
tions. Professor Hill told the Admiral that his
studj of data had been finished on the spot.
He said Mont Pelee mlirht erupt for a year
more, but that the area of devastation
would remain unchanged As nil the people
had fled from the vicinity of the volcano, no
great loss of life wou'd occur. Professor
Hl'l said Fort de Franca was -perfectly
safe.
LONDON IS WAITING
DECISION OF BOERS.
London, May 20 The Government has not
jet received the decision from the Boer
conference at Vereenlnging, Transvaal,
which was expected to-day and which was
to enable Mr. Balfour, the Government lead
er in the House of Commons, to make his
statement concerning peace next Monday.
All preparations have been made, says
the dispatch, and Lord Kitchener will again
take the field If there is any delay In the
acceptance of Great Britain's terms by the
Boers
In the meantime preparations are belrg"
made for the repatriation of the Boer ref
ugees upon the termination of hostilities.
ARMORED TRAINS AT MINES.
Provided With Loopholes for Rifles
in Case of Attack. V
PottsrlUe. Pa., May SO. Armored trains
t ct.witb.loopbol-ar,iMM:ur;sK
- In St. Loots One Cew
P T T O K i n Trains. Three Cei
XT lilViJ j Qtmlilp at. tools. IS
Cents.
Tito Ceents.
frequently the person procuring the con
tract found it neeesnrv to make overtures
in tl-e nature of "presents " On several oc
casions it w is charged ttfat contracts were
not alwa)- 1st to the lowest bidders. In
th's connection nearlv all the Iprge St.
Louis printers who hive done city printing
ard who have bid for citv printing were
called as witnesses Several of them wre
reqi.e-.tf d to hrtrg'their-.txioks for a com
parison ot prices.
A c ty ordinance srctiTes that nil con
tracts for urcplie to th srrount ot SIP) or
rrn-e rr.r-t te le to Udder if tr advertise
ment in the newspapers. In order, however,
that th's r-Ignt be gct'en j-ound and the
work given to favored ores t Is said that
trequentl) requisitions w-ie put up into
srralt amounts For instrrce. If tberc were
a 51 201 printing jcb to be Tone it would be
split Into thirtc-n requisitions of !es than
J1C0 each. The thi'tcen requisitions tSen
wculd be turned ovr to one man at his
own scale of r-ic vithoui .111) b'ddlng.'
Thirteen vouchers wojld be drawn on the
Citv Treasure- and no questions aked. In
thi- wav. it i na d. t'ie e':v was bsaten out
of several hundred dollars on tit) printing
alone.
S'or.es are afloat downtown about suits
of cloth-s givi 11 away and other presents
made to a certain former city official. It is
said tbat merchants making this sort of
presents fou.ml it comnarativel, easy to un
derbid their competitors The Grand Jury
will make its final repcr. ta Judge DuugM"
to d.ij Fojr and probably five indictments
will be returned.
LEADING TOPICS
IN
TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC
1IIF. SUN RISES THI? MORNING AT
4 S7 AND SETTS THIS KVKNING AT 7 IS.
THK MOON RISES TO-MORROV7
MORNING AT 1 18.
Mlisourl l'ulr oml warmer la west
uliimrri In mat -nt unlay. Sunday,
fair: warmer In enst.
Illinois liOTfer Saturday. Sunday.
Xnlr; warmer.
1. Investigating Records of Former City
Register.
Plans for Suppl)ing Clear Water.
2. School Commencements.
3. Memorial Day Services.
i Republic Torm Chart.
Fair Grounds Rates.
5. Both St. Louis Clubs Break Even.
Results ot Other Games.
6. Championship Games Take Place To
Day.
Rower tVork Hard at Harlem Regatta,
Princeton Beaten by Many Errors. .
7. Veterans Decorat; Grave of Comrades.
French Visitors May Explore Channel
way. V. O. C. Strawberry Festival a Success.
Pita Made for Small Colli ges.
8. Editorial. ;
From the Great Poets.
9. Book Reviews.
10. Flounced Shirt Waist a Novel Suramef
Fane) .
11. News of the City Churches.
Young People's Societies.
12. Republic "Want" Advertisements.
13. Rooms" for Rent Advertisements.
11. Grain Market Easier on Curb.
Branch ot Farming for Rural Schools,
Rush ot Immigrants Is Unparalleled.
15. East Side Happenings.
River News and Personals.
IS. Democratic Primary Called for June 10.
Elevator Drops Xearly 1C0 Feet.
Favorite Factors Dominate Trade.
Edward Celebrates Birthday In Advance.
List ot Guarantors Nearing Completion.
volvers. were sent to different parts of the
Schuylkill coal regions to-day. They wer
provided for the use ot special palloamaa
at the collieries. An official of the tteadinsf
Coal and Iron Company said this evening:
"There will be a camp train, consistloc of
from one to four cars, at all collieries, and
where the operations are Isolated there wilt
be a train for each colliery, but wherever
possible the camp trains will be mail!) to
ao service xor two. aaree or mora 1
our police win De armed--' wttn-
but tats wUl ha Wh
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