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Tbe big ribbon sale continues today.
Lady Grey Perfumes now on sale.
Ladies' Black Casnmere Vests open today.
Black Fishnet, for evening wear, on sale now.
Persian Effects in French Flannels.
New Braids and Persian Bands for dress trimming.
J ew Cardinal Cream. White and Black Henriettas.
Very handsome Plaids for children or combination suits.
Big Lines of Silk Umbrellas, Sterling and Oxidized handles.
Special 6 days' sale and cut prices on
"big lines of merchandise.
25 per cent off on all Trimmed Hats,
Novelties in our Cloak Department,
We are making you a Christmas present of some hand
somely illustrated books when your purchases amount; to
$20. Its a sure enough present to you, and perhaps will
save you buying one.
We o lot
Or sell worthless, rotten, moth-eaten auotion stuff at any price,
or keep it in our store to deceive the people with. We do not
make a great hue and cry over a cheap pair of suspenders for
five cents, and then ask twenty dollars for a suit of clothes
worth only ten. These and other similar schemes belong to a
class or dea'ers who are constantly scheming to deceive the
public and who have no business reputation to lose.
It is a well-known and thoroughly es
tablished fact that we handle the very
best goods manufactured and cater to the
best trade.
And those who want the best articles can buy them of us at less
figures than they have to pay the aforesaid dealers for slop
made cheap trash.
Because We Have the Best and Sell Them the Cheapest.
Because we have earned a wide reputation for superiority in
trim, fit and price of these goods.
Too much for our own good. We have got to sell it and have
marked it all down at a fearful sacrifice to unload it. We adopt
no copied ways of letting people know our goods and prices.
We go on our own hook as Leaders should. BY GIVING- GREAT
BARGAINS we manage to keep our store thronged with cus
tomers. COLE & JONES,
The One Price Clothiers,
Has lbeen engaged to discourse their sweet
music to our friends
FROM 7 TO 10 P. M.
The choice music and beautiful Holiday
Display will well repay a visit to our store?
All will "be made welcome.
"Kmnnrinm nf Art. and Rfia.nt.v."
Sedgwick Block,
Main Street.
andle Trash!
Wichita, Kan.
S. W. Cor. Douglas ave. and Market
Grand clearing sale to make
room for holiday goods.
Our store room is entirely too
small for the immense stock we
Goods for the holiday trade
take up lots of room, and as we
have only four weeks to sell hol
iday goods in, we must make
some sacrifices in order to make
room for our Christmas dis
plays. Our prices on flannels have
been unusually low this season,
our sales thus far showing a
heavy increase on our last year's
business. For this week we
have cut the prices 20 per cent,
below our regular selling price.
Our custom flannels are cut
this week 20 per cent, below our
selling price.
On our dress goods, of which
we have an unusually attractive
line, we will also give you a dis
count of 20 per cent, from our
former prices. These prices will
really bring these goods below
the cost of manufacture.
On our underwear, men's,
ladies' and children's, we will
reduce the prices 25 per cent.,
as the unusual warm weather
has retarded our sales, and we
do not wish to carry these goods
over another season.
Table linens, towels, and all
housekeeping goods, all re
duced. We must have the room for
our grand holiday display.
Blankets and comforts share
in the same reduction. We will
sell them very cheap during this
Remember every purchase of
one dollar entitles you to one
ticket in our grand drawing for
the One Thousand Dollar Music
Box, the finest instrument of
its kind ever manufactured.
Let it be Inscribed on the Blood
Stained Banner of Truth,
The Great Give-Away Scheme Conducted by
At 405 E. Douglas Avenue,
The salesmen are all kept so busy selling
goodsand giving away the presents that it is
Impossible to keep track of and write a list
of the articles given away, and some do not
want their names published: therefore, no
more lists will be given. Tiro diamond
studs, four gold watches and beven silver
watches have already been drawn, besides
a great many otner "articles .such as silver
cup?, berry dishes, castors, knives, fork',
spoon, clocks and jewelry of various kinds,
and the beauty of it is the presents are given
right on the pot without waiting until some
future time to draw them.
A present is given with every cash sale of
$o or more, and the great sale is rushing on.
There are gold and silver watches, dia
monds, clocks, silverware and jewelry of all
kinds yet to be given away, and the list ot
prices given below of a few articles will
show that goods are to be sold cheaper than
thoy can ba bought ehowhere:
Genuine Rogers' silver Dlated
Knives 81.75 per set.
Genuine Rogers' silver
Forks SI. 75 per set.
Genuine Rogers' silver
Tea Spoons 81.25 per set.
Genuine Rogers' silver
Table Spoons 82.00 per set.
Eight Day Alarm Walnut
Frame Clocks 84 po each. Other
dealers sell tne same clock for 87
Nickle Alarm Clock 81.25 each.
Other dealers sell tha same forS2
Watches that other dealers sell
for S5. go for S3: 810 watches for
87; 820 watches for 815; 850
watches for S35. 8100 watche3
for S70. Diamonds and Silver
ware at same reductions.
A few foolish ones will ?ay this i only an
advertising scheme una give it no attention,
but the
And great will be their reward. So if yon
want to be one of the luckv ones, come
at once to 405 East Douglas are.,
Wichita, Kansas, and see
A. ' A. I 0 U 1 .
A TYEOXGED womak shoots dowx
A $ew York Elevated Railway
Official Assassinated on a
Crowded Thorouglare.
Mrs. Hannah South-worth the Calm and
Self-Satisfied Murderess of Stephen
L. Pettus.
The Story of Her Wrongs and Years of
lorbearance Told Shedding of Blood
the Only Course Left to Punish
a Most Damnable Criminal and
Defamei The "Woman Evi
dently Demented.
New York, Not. 22. Stephen L. Pettus.
secretary and treasurer of the Brooklyn
union elevated railroad, and a member of
the firm of Pollard, Pettus & Co., of 54
Broad street, was shot dead here this
morning in front of No. 10 Fulton street
by a Mrs. Hannah Southworth, who re
fused to cive her address to the police
when arrested.
Just before 10 o'clock, while Pulton
street was crowded with people who had
just landed from a Brooklyn ferry boat, a
young woman wearing a seal skin sacque,
trimmed with long, black fur, was
seen hurrying alone behind a
well dressed man wearing a derby hat.
Wheu in front of No. 10, she pulled a
large Smith & Wesson revolver, 38 cali
bre, from beneath her dress, and fired five
shots in quick succession at the man in
front of her, although he fell at the first
shot: in fact the woman continued firing
until every chamber in the revolver was
emptied. As the victim writhed and
struggled on the sidewalk, the woman
looked calm and self-pos&essed, actually
smiling with apparent satisfaction. In a
short time a great crowd had gathered,
attracted to the spot by the repeated pistol
An officer made a rush for the place. She
saw the officer coming and raising herself
to her full height and assuming a some
what dramatic position she hissed out be
tween her teeth pointing at the now life
lifeless body on the sidewalk, "That man
botrayed me and I have shot him. He has
ruined me and my family." Sho was taken
to the old oolice station where the woman
gave her name as Hannah Southworth, but
persisted in refusing to give her residence.
To the sergeant at the desk Miss South
worth repeated the statement that the
dead man had betrayed her and her fam
ily. Then the woman was locked up.
During this trying ordeal Mrs. South
worth never winced, but if possible be
came more calm and dignified.
An examination of the dead man showed
that five bullets had taken effect; three
bullets lodged in the back, one in his neck
and one in his richt side. Either one of
the bullets wouid have caused death.
Hannah Southworth who committed the
murder is the woman who attacked Mr.
Pettus in front of the elevated railway of
fice at Q." Clinton street, Brooklyn, about
n year ago. She was arrested at the time
and taken before the late .Judge Walsh,
who placed her under bond to keep the
Within an hour after reaching the po
lice station a lawyer called and was con
ducted to the captain's room, where the
woman sat. He told her the represented
Howe & Hummel, the criminal lawyers.
"Oil then, toll Mr. Hummel no to be angry
with me," the woman cried. Tell him
not to desert me now." She was very
much excited and begged for a little
chloroform. "Only a little," she cried,
"my doctor lets mo have it to quiet my
nerves. Lot me have some now."
Her request was not granted. She was
greatly moved and her brain seemed hang
ing on the bring of lunacj'.
When Mrs. Southworth appeared in the
coroner's office in the afternoon she was
affected to a degree that was fearful to
witness, her mind being apparently in no
condition to think or to comprehend what
was going ou about her. She was very
well dressed and is very pretty. She wore
a dark and light brown dress, with a cloak
of sealskin trimmed with a darker fur.
Coroner Le?y asked her name ami she
gave it as Hannah B. Southworth, in a
low voice. When she was asked where
sho lived she shook her head and aaid:
"Mr. Hummell knows."
Mr. Stelnhart, who represented Howe &
Hummell, answered for her that she could
not remember her residence; that it was
not intentional but she was incapable of
"I siiDpo;e you have no statement to
make," Coroner Levy said. "She is in no
condition to make one," Mr. Steinhart
"I see that." answered the coroner
If Mrs. Southworth was acting it was
very good and painful acting. She stood
up suddenly as if she was entirely alone
and began to pace and down the room
with her arms folded behind her.
The coroner committed her to the city
prison until Tuesday at 1 o'clock, when
she will be given a hearing. She allowed
them to lead her down stairs without any
words or feeling and was driven to prison.
Amonp the papers tound on the person
of the dead man was a letter without an
envelope. It began "My dear friend."
and expressed great gratitude for services
rendered the writer. Jn conclusion it said:
"I can not tell you how fond and grateful
I am for the little home you have given
me. The flat is perfect ami I hope you
will come down on Tuesday." The letter
was signed simply "C." The band writing
was evidently a woman's.
For the past .six months Mrs. Hannah
B. Southworth has boarded with the fam
ily of her brother, W. B. Mar
tin, a well known con-
l tractor ou Lafayette avenue, Brooklyn.
j Mr. Martin is married and has one child.
His mother lives with him. A reporter
called upon the family this afternoon. He
was met at the door by Mrs. Martin. Jr.,
sister-in-law of Mrs. Southworth The re
porter, supposing that tne lady had heard
of the tragedy, made several inquiries
about Mrs. Sonth worth, but each time was
met with an evasive reply.
"Why, wnat is the cause of yoar ques
tions" she demanded.
"You have heard about Mrs. South
worth's trouble." and with that the
reporter handed the first edition
containing an account of
the killing of Pettus. She seized the paper
and rushed off to a rear room, leaving the
reporter standing in the middle of the par
lor. Mrs. Martin slammed the door be
hind her, but notwithstanding that fact,
excited and loud talk could be beard
within. Then there were sobs and mains,
and Mime one said. "On, I knew she
would do it.'
Mrs. Martin returned to the pirlor and
apoloeized for her absence by explaining
that this was fearful Hews and an awful
surprise to them. Mrs. Soufchworth ha
left home, she said, about 9 o'cloci
that morning. She did not say where sht
was going. She never did. She di
not seem excited, but apparently in a goo
humor. Mrs. Martin declared she ha
never seen Pettus, but confessed that sh
had occasionally heard Mrs. Southwortl
speak of him. When Mis Southworth
did refer to him it was not usually in com
plimentary terms.
"Why should she speak favorably of r
man," demanded Mrs. Martin, "who ha
so cruelly wronged her."
The reporter inquired as to the nature of
the cruel wrong, ana Mrs. Martin replied
that she referred to the occasion when
Mrs. Southworth was drugged and assault
ed in a private house up town in this
city. She declared that she did not knou
the particulars and refused to say any
thing more about it.
The cause of the tragedy as stated by an
acquaintance of Mrs. Southworth, who
has known the particulars of the troubles
between them for some years, dates back
to an outrage committed by Pettus upon
the lady and which had been concealed
from any one except a very few of her
most intimate friends for a long time.
At the close of a matinee one
afternoon in New York city Mr. Pettus
asked Mrs. Southworth to call at a certain
residence near by upon a pretext of seeing
a friend of his. " As the house was in the
neighborhood and in a respectable part of
the city Mrs. Southworth consented. They
were ushered into a parlor where to Mrs.
Southworth's consternation they were met
by a colored man with the air of waiter,
from whom Mr. Pettus ordered a bottle of
wino. Mrs. Southworth being frightened
at her surroundings demanded an explana
tion, aud was reassured by Mr. Pettus
that everything was all right. In the
meantime she was urged to take a glass of
champagne, which she did, having been
accustomed from childhood to the use of
of wine upon proper occasions. In a few
moments she lost consciousness and knew
nothing more of her surroundings until
the morning following, when she waked
up finding herself in bed in this strange
house with no one about her, with no one
within call whom she had ever known.
She soon discovered that she had
been wronged while unconscious. Over
whelmed with shame she returned
home and giving some excuse as best she
could to her family for her absence she at
tempted to conceal her disgrace by keep
ing it a secret. In the course ofa few
weeks, however, to her consternation, she
discovered that some one must be taken
into her confidence and that absolute se
crecy would soon become an impossibility.
In her extremity she appealed to Pettus
to assist her and still saye her good name.
In time she decided at the instance of Pet
tus in order to protect her name to con
sent to malpractice. She was sent to an in
terior city in this state where, at
a hotel among utter strangers she was at
tended by a physician under whoso care
she lay for weeks hovering between life
and death. She was at length restored to
a shadow of her former self, her life wreck
ed and her physical health irretrievable
In order to avoid exposure at the time of
the outrage Pettus, it is alleged, made the
most profuse promises of substantial pro
vision for her. Upon her recovery, after
the lapse of nearly a year, he
met her reminders of his ob
ligations with nothing except derision.
The effect upon the temper of a high
strung Kentucky woman may be im
agined. She was driven to desperation.
Pettus at length being wearied of her
importunities to fulfill his promises,
adoped a novel method of ridding himself
of what he considered an incubus. He is
said to have circulated reports among
their friends to the effect that Mrs. South
worth was a discarded mistress of his, of
whom he had tired and who was pursuing
him for the purpose of blackmailing
liim. Mrs. Southworth's years of
suffering and self-immolation in order to
protect her family name appeared now to
have gone for naught. In a frame of
mind which was the climax of her wrongs
she attacked Mr. Pettus in a horsewhip
ping scene. Inasmuch as secrecy was no
longer to be maintained she appealed to
Messrs. Howe & Hummel, the criminal
lawyers, not to obtain money damage, but
that the truth might be exploded
and the infamy of her persecutor ex
posed. She found to her dismay
that the statute of limitations,
owing to the time which had
now elapsed protected Mr. Pettus from
prosecution for the original outrage and
she therefore changed her tactics and be
gan a suit for slander and defamation of
character with the same object in view.
That was the legal status of the matter up
today when the tragedy occurred.
Mr. Pettus was 42 years of age and re
sided at 49 Eighth avenue, Brooklyn. His
wife is an invalid and there are no children.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.. Nov. 22 Mrs. Hannah
Southworth, who shot and killed Stephen
L. Pettus in New York this morning, is a
native of Louisville, being the daughter of
the late E. J. Martin, a well known coffee
broker. She is about 30 years of age and
has ben a widow for ten years. She
charged Mr. Pettus, who was originally
from Clarksville, Tenn., with having com
mitted an outrage upon her years ago, for
which a suit for $25,000 was brought
against him by Mrs. Southworth borne
months ago.
TUNIS, November 22. A revolt has oc
curred among the convicts in the Lavou
lutc prison. The prisoners succeeded in
freeing themselves from their chains and
in procuring fire arms and other weapons.
They then made a fierce attack on the
jailors, who were unable to quell the re
volt. md troops were summoned. When
they arrived at the jail a desperate fight
took place and many of the prisoners and
soldiers were killed.
Nashville, lenn., November 22. Gov
ernor Taylor yesterday acted upon the ca
of the five Barnard, sentenced to hang for
murder, in Hancock county. The gov
ernor pardoned absolutely John. Jr., and
Elijah Barnard, commuted to five years in
penitentiary the sentences of Clint and
Anderson Barnard, and to ten years that
of the old man, John Barnard.
CHICAGO, Ill.,Nov. 22. Police have made
a strange and sickening dtcovery which
will probably.lead to the unearthing of a
bloody tragedy. Directly opposite the
Deering street station at ft!I Deerioc
street stands a frame cottage owned by
John Frawley. Up to the 10th of this
month this cottage was tenanted by John
j Hughes, his wile and two children. On the
i 13th they disappeared. This morning the
cottage was broken opeD and the tloor,
ceiling and walli of three rooms were
found almost literally covered with blood.
On ome"places on the floor the blood had
not dried and was so thick that it could be
literally scooped up with a spoon.
ilie'police force investigated and bare
established the fact that no tnutedy ha?
taken place at tbe cottage. The blood
marks are not such as would be produced
in a life and death strurgle hut are broad
smear, of blood as if spread on by a white
wash brush. They fay that the blood was
brought there and pat on the walls by en
emies of Hughes.
Sr-J5E?H,Mo.rNov. 22. Kansas Lee,
formerly slave on the Lee estate in Vir
ginia, but a resident of this city for the
j past nine years, died at her borne today
her faculties up to the time of her death.
All the
Comities on
sented in-
Immediate Step3 Will be Taken by All
Combat the Effort at
The Choctaws and Chickasaws Seeking
a Conference "With the Cherokee Com
missionersThe Last Probably Ar
rest in the Cross Case Martin
Monument Association Gen
eral "Western Gossip.
ToPEKA,Kan., Nov. 22. All the counties
of Kansas on the line of the Rock Island
were represented by county officials,
county attorneys in most cases empowered
to confer and take action in relation to tbe
Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska foreclosure
suit in the United States circuit court
brought by the Metropolitan Trust com
pany of New York. The represenatives
of all the couuties concerned being
convinced that the foreclosure is merely
an attempt to defraud the bondholders of
the road in Kansas counties,today pledged
the necessary funds and agreed unani
mously to take immediate steps to contest
the foreclosure iu the courts. The meet
ing ndjourned until tomorrow, when fur
ther action it is expected will take place.
The sessions are secret.
Hats Citv, Kan., Nov. 22. Incendiaries
last night set fire to hay stacks at Port
Hays and burned hundreds of tons of hay.
Hats Citt, Kan., Nov. 22. Winter
wheat is in excellent condition in this
county. The acreage planted is extra
Topeka, Kan., Nov. 22. Sheriff Gleason
of McPherson, actinc as a special deputy
L'nited States marshal, came in from .Mc
Pherson county this evening with Charles
J. Calvert, another of the men charged
with complicity in the Sheriff Cross tragedy
in No Man's land. The fact that all these
men are arrested at points remote from
Stevens county, where, it is claimed, the
conspiracy originated, is explained by tho
statement that they were residents of Hug
oton or Woodsdaleat that time, July, 1SSS,
but have returned to their former homes,
where they are now being found and
bfought back. It is believed that this is
the last arrest tliat will be made under the
fugitive warrant issued from the court at
Paris, as the rest are scattered far and
wide. It is understood that in the habeas
corpus proceedings the utmost that is
hoped for is to have a bail fixed by the
court, and it has been intimated that such
as are able to establish the fact that they
were many miles away from the hay mead
ows where tho massacre occurred will be
given a chance to furnish bonds.
TAHLEQUAH, I. T., Nov. 22. A joint
delegation of Cboctaws and Chickasaw
are expected here soon to confer with the
commissioners. It is reported that their
purpose is to negotiate for the sale of land
between the 00th anil 100th meridian now
occupied by the Comauches and Wicbltas.
If this be the object the commissioners say
the business can be speedily settled, for
the government already owns that land,
though they are not apparently apprised
of it.
The visit, however, may concern the al
lotment of the lands and may lead to Im
portant negotiations. The commissioners'
purpose was to visit those trioes after
leaving here, but they express themselves
as willing to attempt negotiations here.
Chairman Ross, of the commltteeon for
eign relations, says that he will probably
report on tho correspondence to the senate
The resolution of Councilman Jackson
to appoint a joint commission may come
up in the house after the senate's action
ou Ross' report.
Washington. Nov. 22. J. M. Carn-dian
has been appointed postmaster at Long
Island, Phillips county, Kansas, vice Mrs.
S. E. Watson, removed.
The Hon. Robert Liwrenco and Messra.
Sawyer and Piatt ot Wichita, Kan., who
have been here as a committee from the
board of education to investigate the hent
ing system of school buildings, have left
for home.
Pensions were granted to the following
Kansan1-: Original invalid- Samuel Tay
lor, Havens villi". Mcse M. Beck, Holden.
Pleasanton Nabb, Sedgwick. George W.
Clark. Wellington. Francis Lyttle, Blur
Hill. Win. Orrus Phillips. Oreealenf. Roy
al W. Col, Cimarron, Lewis Y. Grurabs
Topeka: James M- Rogers, Ibnlar Hugh
McCulIouiih, Bnrlingtou. Harlow FiU,
Kinsley; John Waugb, Mann too. Thorn ae
J, Bristom, Ottumwa, Ifcaac PI Hascr, Ki
Ifria; I;wis Y. Wicker, WmfiVId. J. Zuik,
Bartford: Asher M. Deliow. Os-nye City.
Monroe Dorse, Leavenworth: James K.
Crlmbs, Independence; Jaraex Meacham,
Topeka. Restoration John Openchain,
Greensbunr. Increase- Edward J. Heis
ler, Kirwin. David Munden, Kintrraan.
Jos. Rislnzton, Fredoni. Athelston A.
Justice, Clinton: Gro. P. Thoma, Woldo;
Thomas Brown. Republic: Jos. II. Eddy.
Ruwell, James M. tnart, Nickron- J.
Robinson, National Military Home; G. A.
Fitch, Mdia. John Schneider. Hubbl.
John L Webber, Lawrence. M-sh.nck Pur
den, Cherokee Mexican survivor'- Harvey
Conl'-y, El Dorado, and an increase to
Samuel H. Ford, Anadarko, L T.
Statesmen Proa Washing'on Hot Alaj3
Ported on Kansas Sentiment.
Kansas ;Cttt, Mo., Not. 22. Senator
Plumb war at the union depot hut even
ing on his way to WaihJngton. He had
just arrived from Emporia and, bing
fresh from the scene of action, talked con
siderably on Kanww politic. In an lntr
view with a Star reporW the senator said
that he made a point not to discuss Kan
as politics for tbe benefit of newspaper
outde of his own state. Said he. "TV
have plenty of taoers in Kansas to do all
the 'vrrapping' we aped. I will tell you
what is the matter tccagh. and you may
tell your readers wx There ii 00 fight for
resubmission in Kansas save what It
sroiog on over here. Vou Kan.a City
fellows may defeat the prohibition law a.
often aycupieao. but iX will br long
cold 6a.j in ajulvm when tis people of tb.t
state go back on tbe poIScy of prohibition.
Stand all of the people In the X&ie la a
row and rwhati c&e n a thousand will
want to go back to old wfc!ky rryinvs.
Bat be that as it
may, when tb time J
omes Kansas will settle that without n
larticlo of outside interference."
'Have you any personal views on tko
iubject, senator?"
"My position is a matter of record. I
iave repeatedly expressed myself and
iced not repeat now that I am a prohibi
ionist by education, environment and in
clination." Senator Plumb goes to Washinington to
Tiake ready for the cominsr session of con
.cress and remain there all winter. His
family will continue to reside at. EmDoria.
TOPEKA, Kan., Nov. 22, An association
has been organized for the erection of a
monument and statue in Capital square to
the nipniory of the late Governor John A.
Martin. The association is officered as
followed: President, Governor Lyman U.
Humphrey; vice president, S. D. MacDon
nld of Topeka; secretary. Secretary of State
William Higgins; treasurer. State Treas
urer James W. Hamilton; Henry Booth of
Lamed, commander of the Kansas depart
ment of tbe G. A. 1L; Colonel Charles Pago
ot Fort Leavenworth, commander of the
Loyal Legion. A. Iu Vooi hies of Russell,
grand master of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows; George C. Kenyon of Abi
lene, grand master of the Masonic frater
nity; S. B. Riggs of Emporia, grand dlcta
tor'of the Kuights of Honor; J. 11. Down
ing of Hays City, president of the State
Editorial association; Sol R. Washer of tha
Eighth Kansas Regiment association.
EniE, Kan., Nov. 22. A vien of natural
gas wits struck here today at a depth of a
hundred feet. The discovery was mado
while boring for water. The ttoW of gas is
a good one and will le utilized.
Deserted by His Wife a Dying Consump
tive Attemuts a Triple Murder.
New Yor.K, Nov. 22. Driven desperato
by disease and the cruel treatment of hu
wife, James Smith, a letter carrier at
tached to station "D," this afternoon tried
to kill himself and two pretty babes In
tho Lawrence flats at $21 East Ninth
street. He almost made a complete suc
cess of his work. Oue child Is dead and
the other dying. A button on his trowser
was tho only thing that prevented Smith
from taking his own life. A woman is at
tbe bottom of it, as is usually tho cao.
Two weeks ago Smith's wife left him
for tho second time without auy warning
or cause. H is suffering with consump
tion contracted during the blizzard. Tho
doctor told him he could not live Inter
than next .spring. With his wife gono and
his death in view Smith concluded hit
children would be better off dead than
alive. He decided to take his own life at
the same time and thus end all tho niinery
at once. Ho left the children with a Mrs.
Bauer, a dress maker In the bouso, asking
her to care for them until he returned.
They are girl, ono 2 years and tho other II
months old. lie went out and bought an
old fashioned .IS-calibre revolver
and a box of cartridges TIw
said nothiug of his de.perat
resolve, but at once took the oh lid re n to
his own rooms. There he placed the pret
ty blue-eyed babe in its llfctk? chair and
took the older one on his kuc Them
was one shot and the infant Kcrwimed.
Blood Iwgan to trickle from its left breast,
just above the heart. A second ."hot ami
the birger girl, Elizabeth, cried "Oh,
pnpH," putting her hand to her stomach,
where th'" mill had entered.
Smith 11 xt placed the ulUtenlnK barrel
against ! vrn htonuich and pulled the
trigger. 1 felt the nliock of the bullet
aud ihousnv he would die in a few min
utes. Tho bullet had struck n button ou
his trousers and clanred oft". Xi"! ah bora
heard the shooting and ran for aid and
Police Officers Curreu and Murray, of tbo
Fourteenth pre -met station, responded.
They tound him frantically kitting his
oldest child and calling it endcarinc
names. It was dead. .Mary, the baby,
was crying feebly.
An ambulance was at once summoned
aud the baby taken to Ilcllnvue hospitnl.
The father's wound was dreased, and ho
was locked upr Tho other child lies in a
babv carriage, now nwnlting the coroner.
W'heti asked why he committed the
terrible deed, Smith told the nolle
that he thought they would nil
be better off if they were dead. "What
could I do'" he niked. "Mr wife left mo
and I could not take care of my children.
Let me die here," he pleaded
Smith was married three rears ao and
was n sober, reliable man. Ill wife was
23 jears old and fond of male companions.
The two children were remarkably pretty.
The family had lived in the hoiiae slnca
May, The rooms were neatly furnished.
TOPKKA, Kan , Nov. 22. A year and a
half ago Charles Busch, a wealthy Ger
man, who resided alone a few miles north
west of Waaiego, was mysteriously put
out of the w ay. and his decompose!! body
was subsequently found hi the Kan
river. The murder hnd Dea nlinot for
jrotten by tho"e outside the iutinislj.t'o
neighborhood, when it was anuomjo-d to
day the criminal had been apprehnIed,
John Bueh. a brother of the murdered
man, a common farm labop-r. ad work
lug upon a farm near Kaoa&s City.
iwrcame acquainted with anottirr
farm baud, one RrlnT, with
whom he became intimat. filing hlrn of
his bachelor brother! wenlth. They p
a rated, tnd H w not long bfori Jofm
Busi he lizard of his brother's mjsfrlous
deatn. lUfjrnily he r;sitl tu ccishbor
ocxk! ul ins 0al brother s home and dis
covered that a man of Ksmer'i dcTlptlon
had bean v.-eu in the neighborhood just
before the Tim.
fReinor was discovered a wek ago near
Sf Jo'X'ph. He was immediately arrest!
and a requli'iou ws obtained from th
governor 0 Miftvmrt. He w.i brought by
Sheriff Morn to Pottawattamie comity
and placed in jail. He ha t-m id"titlli
by persons who saw hltn beat Buich',1
St Papl. Minn .Nov. "St -The Knrn
Minnesota railroad Jn Killing flrt-cfM
through tvrket to New York over It Mne
in connection with the Daiutb, South
Shore awl Atlantic at 25. and ond
class at l.SO. Tbe rnlea quoted t JJ
ton were EJ4 for ilrstcla limited
and 521 for eoocd-cbis. Th" nro
tbe same rats tbst ai In U roi from
Dnluth to New York and liosieft via thf
Duluifa. South Shore and Atlantic Br
oomp--iron with the rt by the "Soo '
and tbe Chicago Hoe, ,-v petllred la thj
St Paul rate sattrt. the following raV- Ut
Boton re shown
Via Eastrn and Dulstb. Iko Shorn
Atlnntje, flrt-caw TH f-eond-cl J2L
Via toe "Fvo" aud Caimdtau Pacific.
flrt-ciaw llm.led 12- 7? vcood-cbu fU.in,
All tbe CnMao liars ftrteU limited
33.; Mrod-laA Y" Tb first-class
rate 10 Boston vuv tbe Eastern imd its con
nection islUWless than tt rates from
Chicago. Tbe sAtne rat- mentioned above
a quoted by the Eaatrrn Minnesota nr
alo in force ovr the St. Paul U iJalath
rxxd which make the aame caTm-ctiotut
with tbe Ialnih, roatb Shore A: Atlantic
re made by Uie first mrntloncd Unta.
YTASBlSGrtOSr ot. 22, Tfc roversmva:
receipts x far thla month agregat! rau
Uf,0i. wb.le the disbursement for
pwiod amount to only 1l0.lKO,iX). lrifl;
a snrplu for th month of fi3.MW.tMX
This amount will be rrdocd 4frU)J.jQ be
fore the end of tbe month b7 r-tisJB pxy
meats, warrant for wfc&h will be Iwaed
from th trtaanrr detrtiseot tomorrow.
Total surolu tcday L H,(MJ.U.
w yr-XSi&l i? - , . . rf& m. f.

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