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Tenth Year, No. 51. OFFICIAL STATE 11' Kit. ttl YEA 14. TOPEKA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 21, 1808. Ein EVKHY WK1NKBI)ATT. l'KICK FIVE CENTS. Extra Ses sion Called. Governor Leedy Convenes the Legis lature to Pass Railroad and Other Laws. DO BUSINESS THE WATCHWORD After having examined correspondence from a majority of the members of the last Legislature, Governor Leedy has de cided that a railroad bill, as well as other measures desired by the people, can be passed at a special session. He therefore issued a call last Wednesday to the members to convene at Topeka at 4 o'clock p. m., Wednesday, December 21. The proclamation is as follows: . PROCLAMATION. Executive Department, Topeka, Kan., De cember 15, 1S98. Whereas, Assurances have reached me to the effort that If the Legislature shall be convened suitable legislation for the rogu lation of railroad charges can be enacted and, deeming such matters of sufficient Im portance to justify the convening of the Legislature In special session, Now, therefore, I, John W. Leedy, Gov ernor of the State of Kansas, by virtue of authority vested in me by the constitution s of the State do hereby convene the Legis- i lature of the State of Kansas to meet at H the capitol of the State at the hour of 4 o'clock p. m. on the 21st day of December, 1898. In testimony whereof, I have here- unto subscribed my name and caused to be affixed the great seal of the State of Kan ' sas. Done at the city of Topeka on the day and year first above written. (Signed.) JOHN W. LEEDY. Governor Leedy has been giving the j matter of a special session a great deal of consideration since the subject was first proposed, and when a sufficient number of members to insure a consti tutional majority in both branches signed a pledge agreeing to support all ' measures reported by the anti-Republi- can caucus he decided to act. The mem ' bers so pledged in the House are as fol- lows: 1 W. D. Street, U. T. Topscott, George T. McGrath, Isaac Conger, Alfred Law son, A. C. Foley, J. C. Simmons, C. H. Turner, C. R. Walters, L. Palenske, B. F. i Singleton, H. F. Harbaugh, E. Loomls, J. T. Dalton, R. J. Wallace, W. H. Ingle, W. M. Metzler, F. 0. Molt, J. L. Feighner, E. H. Epperson, W. G. Jamieson, James J F. Malin, D. M. Rothweilcr, J. S. Bean, I Silas Rutledge, James Cassin, E. J. Armstrong, W. P. Trueblood, I. B. Ful ; " ton, J. B. Ward, J. W. Doyle, N. F. Graves, John J. Lambert, H. I. Merrill, F. T. Gillespie, F. T. Johnson, Z. T. v Harvey, F. II. Smith, J. J. Muenzenmey r er, A. M. Kelson, J. W. Gray, J. J. Marty, J. S. Farrell, J. H. Hibner, Josiah Cros by, B. Johnson, D. M. Barkley, Ed T. Hackney, Ed Jaquin3, J. S. Richards, f William Lewis, M. F. Marks, C. C. Stoner, (f H. W. Dingus, John Wehrle, J. . Clark, 0. 0. Outcalt, H. A. Keefer, J. D. Stevens, f; C. W. Fairchild, T. C. Davis. George A. . Fell, Paul Russell, M. F. Jones, Isom f Wright, P. F. Carr, Lot Ravenscraft. '. A sufficient number of Senators, to x give a good big majority for a caucus I measure, signed the agreement, but I , t their names are not obtainable. , The talk of the members a3 they come '.'"''''-.,' n vi invariably characterized by a de V greo of -earnestness and determination, -tadicatlve of an Inclination to let noth ; t : fins staid In the way of success in pas3 thiing a good railroad bill as well as sev- Tl('.Vn1 H . ,. . .. . . .- . uiuct measures oi rener wnicn iauea Art the regular sessions There Is a dispo- sition to have practically all of the work of framing bills left to the caucus. In that case, no personal feeling will enter into the discussion of measures. A leading member of the House suggests that the caucus discuss and agree on the main features of a railroad bill and ask Attorney General Boyle and other leading attorneys to draw up bills cover ing the ground, with instructions to give special attention to the matter of guard ing against legal defects, which might endanger the law after Its passage. That sort of a measure would not give any one person any special prestige, but would be the result of the work of all. No vote's for it would be lost, because of enmity for its special patrons, nor for friendship for its opponents. The senti ment plainly 'expressed seems to be get together. Minor differences will be yielded and the main purpose of the session will be accomplished. When the special session Idea was first suggested it was opposed by many lead ing Populists. Ex-Chairman John W. Breidenthal and Secretary Tipton fa vored it. while Chairman Riddle felt dis posed to oppose it. Webb McNall was very much inclined to take the oppos ing side. A few weeks of discussion and letters from the members themselves served to turn the tide though, and when Governor Leedy issued his proclamation he was encouraged by nearly everyone of the prominent men in the party. Ex-Chairman Breidenthal says: "It is the proper thing for our party to do at this time, it will insure the enact ment of the legislation we promised the people in the campaign of 1896. There ought to be nothing to hinder speedy ac tion on a railroad bill that will be bene ficial to the shippers and the public gen erally of Kansas. I am not in favor of attempting too much. The passage of a few measures in the interest of the public, which we have no reason for ex pecting the Republicans to pass, will be enough." Speaker Street says: "While I did not at first favor a special session, we have assurances that seem to me to be very thoroughly reliable that this ses sion will enact railroad and perhaps other legislation in the interest of the public. For my part I shall do my best to secure such legislation as I believe the people want. We know better now than we did two years ago what measures will stand the tests in the courts." State Teachers' Association. The thirty-sixth annual meeting of the Kansas State Teachers' Association will be held at Topeka, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. President John MacDonald has chosen a3 the subject for his address, "Twenty nine Years, and After?" The lecture before the Association will be delivered by Dr. John Henry Bar rows, of Chicago, who will speak on "The Greater America and Her Respon sibilities to Asia.'" Interest In the prizes centers in the feilk flag now held by Riley county, which will be competed for again this year. It will be given to the county having the greatest membership in proportion to the rumber of teachers employed in the county. It is not necessary that the teachers be in attendance that they may be counted In the flag contest. To the county which has the greatest enrollment and attendance at the asso ciation, in proportion to the number of teachers employed In the county, not counting teachers from cities of the first and second class, the Central School Sup ply House, of Chicago, offers a tellurian globe, worth $42. This globe is to be placed permanently In the office of the County Superintendent, for the use of the teachers of the county. To the city of the first class which has the greatest enrollment and attendance in proportion to the number of teachers employed in the city, the firm of Scott, Foresman & Co., of Chicago, offers a valuable collection of books'-nlnoteen in number for the city teachers' library. The collection is worth $30.25, and in cludes "Journal of the Constitutional Convention," and "Federalist," each set worth $5. To the city of the second class which has the greatest enrollment and attend ance in proportion to the number ot teachers employed in the city, the firm of Crane & Co., Topeka, offers a valuable library of Kansas books, worth $30.45. This collection numbers twenty volumes, aud Includes Gosa' "History of the Birds of Kansas" ($G), Wilder's Annals of Kansas' ($5), and Inman's "The Old Santa Fe Trail." These books are to be placed in the teachers' library of the city to which they shall be awarded. Crane & Co. also offer a Standard dic tionary (full russla) to the County Su perintendent whose bounty shall have the greatest enrollment and attendance, not counting teachers in cities of the first or second class, and not taking into consideration the number of teachers em ployed in the county. 1). Appleton & Co., of Chicago, offer a school library of thirty-two volumes to the county whose teachers in actual at tendance at the Association have trav eled the greatest number of miles in reaching Topeka. This will bo deter mined by multiplying the number of miles from the several county seatb of competing counties to Topeka by the number of teachers in actual attendance and enrolled from said competing coun ties. This library includes the "Home Reading Series" and "Library of Useful Stories." These books are to be placed in the county teachers' library. Kansas State Alliance. The State Alliance will hold its annual session in Lincoln Post hall, Topeka, January 5 and G. The afternoon meet ings and the evening of the 5th will be open, and to these the public are in vited. An interesting program has been ar ranged. Among the speakers will be Mrs. Phoebe J. Bare, Superintendent of the Girls' Industrial School; Professors Cottrell, Stoner and Parsons, of the Ag ricultural College; Messrs. Gasche, Pat terson, Melvin, and others. Basket din ner will be served both days, and supper on the, last day. The Farmer as Seen by the Merchant J. Logan Jones, one of the big mer chants of Kansas City, who had a long and varied experience a3 a country mer chant in central Kansas before locating in the city and building up a million dollar business, has accepted Secretary Coburn's Invitation to address the Kan sas Board of Agriculture upon the sub ject of "The Farmer as Seen by the Mer chant." Mr. Jones has observed the farmer so long from behind the counter and desk that he should be able to pre sent some views that to the man and woman on the other side of the counter will be both novel and interesting. Sample copies will be cheerfully mailed to any address. Agriculturists Meet Again. Twenty eighth Annual Meeting of Kan sas State Board of Agriculture. EXCELLENT PROGRAM READY. The Twenty-eighth annual meeting of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture will begin in Representative Hall, To peka, January 11. Unless the business of the board requires a longer time, a three days' session will be carried out. An excellent program has been ar ranged by Secretary Coburn. It is In full as follows: W13DNKSDAY, JANUAUY 11, 1899. Afternoon session, opening at 4 o'clock. Roll call. " .; Report of committee on credentials. Reports of ollicors. Evening session, 7:30 o'clock. Address of welcome, Gov. W. E. Stanley. Address of welcome, Mayor C. A. Fel lows. , Response, the president, Geo. W. GUCK. The Southwest Corner, C. M. Davis, Hu goton, Stevens county. European Contributions to Kansas Agri culture, Prof. W. 11. Currulh, State Uni versity. THURSDAY, JANUARY 12. Morning session, 9:30 o'clock. Swine l'lngue and Blackleg Protective In oculation, Dr. Paul Fischer, State Agricul tural College. The Serum Treatment for Hog Cholera. Dr. D. 13. Salmon, Chief United States Bu reau of Animal Industry. The Farmer hi own Veterinarian, Dr. M. Stalker, Iowa Agricultural College. Afternoon Session, 1:30 o'clock. Sheep Raising in North Central Kansas, J. N. Grau, Ashervllie, Mitchell county. Sheep, Good and Bad, Prof. John A. Craig, Iowa Agricultural College. Evening session, 7:30 o'clock. The Kansas Cow and Creamery, Senator Geo. V. lianna, Clay Center. Life Among the Germans, Mrs. France M. Sherman, Kansas City. Modifying the Characteristics of Farm Animals, l'res. O. 13. Morrow, Oklahoma Agricultural College. FRIDAY, JANUARY 13. Morning session, 1:30 o'clock. Practical Lessons In Apiculture, E. Whltcomb, Friend, Neb. What I Know About Alfalfa, H. D. Wat Bon, Kearney, Neb. Morning session, 9:30 o'clock. Election of officers and members. Kansas as a Stock Growing State, J. It. Neff, editor Drovers Telegram, Kansas City, Mo. , As Seen by the Commission Man, W. S. Hannah, Kansas City Stock Yards. Evening session, 7:30 o'clock. The Farmer and His Wife as Seen by the Merchant, J. Morgan Jones, Kansa City. Mo. , , Address, James Wilson, Secretary United; States Department of Agriculture, Wash inKton, D. C. Another Point of View, Mrs. C. I'. Wil der, Manhattan. The Kansas Improved Stock Breeders association and the Kansas State Swine Breeders' association will meet at the same time, and the annual show of the State Poultry association will be held during the entire week, commencing January 9. An open rate of a fare and one-third has been granted by the rail roads. To Inflict Him On the People. Mlnneiipolts Better Way (Pop.). Having found that Lucien Baker is no good as a statesman, his party is trying to shelve him by getting him appointed as a Federal Judge.