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Tenth Year. No. 4. OFFICIAL STATK FAVKK. l YEAK. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY 20, 1898. KVERY WEDNE8BAY. TWO CENTS A COPY. HILL1I0N CASE SETTLED. McKall's light for lair Dealing in Insur ance Tinally Wins. The New York Life Insurance Com pany has settled the celebrated Hlllmon case. The failure to pay this loss was the cause of Superintendent McNall's re fusal to license this company last March. He held that after a claim had been liti gated for twenty years without a settle riient that It was time for the company to pay and that failure to do so meant a refusal to permit the company so re fusing to do business in Kansas. A big disturbance was immediately started by the company's agents and by Republican papers. McNall was called a czar, and his "arbitrary, despotic" methods were made the text for hun dreds of abusive editorials. The Fed eral courts were appealed to and "vic tory after victory" was won by the com pany, The injunction machinery was used in eyery conceivable way, but the New York-LHe and its associate com panies remained on the outside. The fight against the czar was even carried so far that he was indicted for contempt growing out of his disregard for Federal court orders which were issued without authority by courts having no jurisdic tion of the isues Involved. But all this time the State courts, which really had jurisdiction In the case, were carefully avoided. They were not suited to the purposes of the bluff game of the companies. When these courts were reached by the State authorities decisions against the companies, oust ing them from the State were handed down. These established precedents in the construction of State law, which ac cording to the rules of practice, must be followed by the Federal courts. A case of the same character was pending against the New York Life and would soon be passed upon by the State Su preme court. As the same decision was almost sure to be given it was, as Mc Nall would say, "up to them." As the bluff had failed to work and as the company was about to be de prived of business which was yielding a profit of two dollars for every dollar invested in Kansas it very sensibly de cided to quit and pay. It's attorneys made the necessary settlement and paid $24,000 into court last Friday. The com pany's policy was originally $10,000 but the accrued Interest had more than doubled it. The case was tried five times. In four of these trials the Jury disagreed and in one of them Mrs. Hlll mon got Judgment. In none of the cases did the companies get a verdict In their favor. Hlllmon had three policies. These were in the following companies for the amounts named: New York Life $10,000, New York Mutual Life $10,000, Connec ticut Mutual Life $5,000. On the basis of the New York Life's settlement, Mrs. Hillmon, who has since married J. C. Smith, will receive about $62,000 if the other companes follow its example. The result is a great victory for Su perintendent McNall. It Is virtually an acknowledgment that his claim that Mrs. Hillmon's treatment was unjust, is tare. It sustains McNall's action and is an admission that the claim was a proper one. It is not known what the other companies will do but it not prob able that they will continue the fight alone. The fact that the New York Life has always led in the fight gives color to this Impresshyi. Another Insurance Company Settles. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Com pany has found that it is unprofitable to fight the laws of Kansas and to refuse to pay Its losses, so It has settled the Mrs. Emery loss at Kansas Cley. This loss was the cause of its license being re voked by Superintendent McNall. This was not the only cause, however, as the company refused to give certain infor mation relative to its business which was demanded. McNall's efforts to bring the companies to time seem to be bearing splendid fruit. Clarlt3on Falls in Lino. Chicago, January 21 Harrison Clark son, manager of the rating bureau at Topeka, Kas., after a conference wlth Chicago managers, has decided to aban don the bureau and cancel the subscrip tion of the companies. The suits instituted by Mr. Clarkson to restrain Webb McNall, Insurance Commissioner, from interfering with the bureau, to which the companies were made party, will be continued, as the managers wish a decision on some of the points involved. The Commissioner ruled against the bureau under the antl coutract laws of the State. Guardians of Kansas History Meet. The annual meeting of the Kansas State Historical Society was held at To peka January 18. The meeting was well attended and brought out m ;ch of his torical value. John Speer, the venerable President of the society, discussed "The Importance of Accuracy In Historical Statements." He crtlcised many loose reports of events connected with Kansas history, among which was a book of civil government by Prof. Hodder. Memorial addresses were presented for George T. Anthony, Major J. B. Abbott and T. Dwight Thacher. Eugene F. Ware presented a bust of D. W. Wilder, in which ihe reserves a proprietary in terest until the society is given suitable quarters for its rooms. Mr. Wilder wa3 the real originator of the society, hav ing offered a resolution providing for the society's organization In the State Editorial Association in 1874. Col. John son, of Topeka, gave the society a gavel made from one of the first apple trees grown In Johnson county. Chancellor Snow gave a history of the early days of the University. L. R. Elliott read L. V. Brower's paper on "Coronado." A committee was named to assist Mr. Brower in his researches In this direc tion. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, John Speer; Vice Presi dents, Eugene F. Ware and W. A. Peffer; Secretary, F. C. Adams. The directors are elected in three sec tions for three years each. The section elected this year Includes the following: F. G. Adams. Alex. Caldwell, H. T. Chase, E. J. Dallas, Chas. S. Gleed, John Guthrie, C. K. Holliday, A. H. Horton, Col. A. S. Johnson, F. O. Popenoe, Wil liam Sims, Fred Wellhouse, and A. L. Williams, of Topeka; J. R. Clark, La Cygne; L. R. Elliott, Manhattan; J. S. Emery, Lawrence; I. D. Graham, Man hattan; H. C. F. Hackbusch, Leaven worth; G. W. Harrington, Hiawatha; J. G. Haskell. Lawrence; Scott Hopkins, Horton; Mrs. Geo. Johnson, White Rock; Henry Kuhn, Marlon; V. J. Lane and Geo. W Martin, Kansas City; J. F. Legate, Leavenworth; H. L. Moore, Lawrence; E. N. Morrill, T. B. Murdock, El Dorado; Adrian Reynolds, Sedan; W. H. Smith, Marysville; A. E. True, Vera; F. L. Vandegrift, Kansas City. CITY OWNERSHIP WIHS. Kecent Elections in Tola and Neodesha Show Growth of Sentiment. For over a year the people of the growing city of Iola have been discuss ing public ownership of the natural gas plant. Two plants have been mixed up in litigation for some time and the court fixed a price at which the city might acquire both plants. This price was $30,000. The testimony In the cases showed that the profits were averaging $10,000 per year. Last spring at the city election the public ownership adherents captured the Republican convention and named a ticket in harmony with their ideas. The opponents named an independent ticket, but In spite of the fact that the city la strongly Republican the Repub lican ticket waa beaten. By reason of the city's growth it has become a city of the second class and a special elec tion was necessary. This was held last week. The Repub licans pretended to ignore the public ownership question but named a strong, popular man to head the ticket. A clt izens' ticket was named by those favor ing city ownership. A specially hard ficht followed. The citizens' candidates, headed by W. H. McClure, made public ownership the Issue. When the votes were counted he had 200 votes more to his credit-than his opponent had. Proper petitions will be Immediately circulated and an election to settle the ownership question will soon be called. The new administration will push the movement energetically and It will doubtless be successful, the change In the past year indicating that sentiment Is rapidly changing in favor of sensible business government. The example of Iola can be followed with profit by many other cities. Neodesha has voted for municipal ownership of the natural gas plant, the vote being eight to one. A vote of about eleven to one was shown In favor of a city water-works plant. Each proposi tion carried with It the Issue of $15,000 bonds. The exact vote was 332 to 44 for the gas plant and 340 to 32 for the water-works. At a previous election the vote was five to one and six to one That election was declared invalid be cause some features of the ballot law were disregarded. The question Is now settled and another city has been added to the growing list of those which are sensible enough to run their own affairs. Kansas at Omaha Exposition. Since an agreement has been reached by which the various railroad compa nies operating in the State have pledged 815.000 in cash, provided a like amount shall be obtained by subscription through the efforts of Governor Leedy, it is assured that a total of $30,000 can be used for a Kansas exhibit at the Omaha exposition. The citizens of every rnnntv in the State should now come forward with their offers of voluntary subscriptions to aid the Governor in securing the fund without delay. Through the efforts of E. S. Tucker, nr.tinsr as commercial agent for Kansas exhibits, many of the counties have subscriptions started and committees at work. The western part of the State is especially concerned in the movement and will doubtless furnish displays mat will bo a revelation. But there needs to be an organized commission, author ized by the Governor, to collect all ma terial furnished by the counties and place the same on exhibition. Although each county exhibit will be separate ana distinct in Itself, yet when groupea to gether they will represent tne ataie; consequently let each make an effort to supply only the best, and establish. Mm fast that Kansas can always make a favorable comparison with any Stat of the West, especially on tnis occa- Rion. The calllnsr of a meeting of del egates from all parts of the State, com posed of all who will serve voluntarily, should be the next step in organizing: forces to take charee of the work for pushing Kansas' representation to suc cess. We hope that eacn county win respond for the benefit of its own inter ests and for the credit of the State. Stcok Insurance Frauds Prohibited. Superintendent McNall is now after companies which insure live stock and pay on a basis of the number of head owned rather than the number insured, lie says: "When stockmen take out In surance to tho amount of $500 on a bunch of cattle he is laboring under the Impression that if $500 worth of hlu herd die, he will get the $500 Insurance. Not so. The company will ask him. how many cattlo he had in his herd. Then it will pro-rate the Insurance, ana will pay him insurance on each animal that dies in proportion to the amount the insurance bears to the value of tha entire herd. If a stockman has 1,000 head and $500 insurance, he will get 50 cents per herd Insurance for every steer that dies, under the present system. I don't consider that Insurance. The In surance received will not amount to as much as the premium paid. If these companies do business In Kansas after March 1, they will have to change their policies so as to agree to pay the actual loss up to tho limit of their policy. No more pro-rating will go." Bush Wants Detailed Eeports. ( Secretary of State Bush is going , to nee to It that corporations which must report to his office make a report which means something. He therefore asks for information on the following sub jects: Bills receivable, real estate, personal property, stocks, bonds and other secur ities, merchandise, cash on hand, due? from banks, accounts receivable, Judg ment, capital, surplus, undivided profits, bills payable, bonded indebted ness, incumbrance on real estate or plant, profit on merchandise sold, profit on real estate Bold, rents, Interest, com missions, officers' salaries, clerk hire, other labor, rent, Insurance, taxes, inter est, dividends. The Historical Society's Collections. The library of the Kansas Historical Society now contains 96,034 volumes of all kinds. There were 854 volumes of books, 2,351 unbound volumes and pamphlets, 1,337 volumes of newspapers and periodicals and a number of mis cellaneous things of historic value added to the collection last year. The society now has 12,990 bound volumes of Kansas newspapers and periodicals. The pullshers of the State give the so ciety a free copy of their papers and these are carefully preserved. The news papers of the State now number 779 of which 56 are dailie, 628 weeklies, 3 seml-weekliea, 72 monthlies, 5 semi monthlies and 15 less frequently. A