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'Active Work Will Becln January 1,
and a. Systematic and Organized,
Effort to Get Every Con
vention. Possible "Will
Re Made.
The lone looked for convention bureau
Is an established fact, permanent organiza
tion having: been effected last night when
delegates from thirty-five organizations
met at Lyceum hall and adopted a con
stitution and elected permanent officers.
President of the Kansas City Convention
The following are the officers who will hold
their positions until January 1. 1901:
W. S. Dickey, president: John H. Wiles,
vice president; F. D. Crabbs, treasurer, and
H. H. Allen, secretary.
When Mr. Dickey called the delegates to
order the preliminary steps that had been
taken by the first committee were ex
plained and a roll was called oL those who
had answered the Invitation to meet as a
general committee. The meeting then pro
ceeded to adopt a constitution and there
was a long tangled discussion as to what
methods should be taken in the establish
ment of a bureau.
Ed Krauthoff had been retained to draft
o. constitution and articles of Incorpora
tion. It was decided to vest the general
control of the bureau in a committee of the
delegates present and leavo the active work
In the hands of an executive committee of
nine members. The election of directors
was postponed until another meeting should
be called by the president.
It is understood that the active work
of the bureau will begin January 1.
The following are the men who responded
to the call and were present last night:
D. W. Ryder. E. G. Fish. C. E. Carson,
L. M. Jones. W. C. Goffe. K. G. Leavens,
J. R. Domlnlck, J. T. Woolsey. C. D.
Parker. W. S. Hannah, J. C McCoy, C. H.
Haln, C. R. Davidson, E. F. Allen. J. D.
Havens, F. D. Crabbs. Oscar Davis, S.
Stultz. W. S. Dickey. John H. Wiles, W.
A. Kelly, S. J. Hayde, F. J. Shinnlck, W.
E. Harris. W. W. Rose, J. E. Nichols. Dr.
B. H. Zwart, Dr. J. M. Langsdale, W. B.
Teasdale. F. B. Hamilton. F. M. Howe,
Walter C. Root. Alfred H. Simpson, W. H.
Reed, E. D. Blgelow. C. H. Kirshner. E.
C Washburn. P. W. Strawbridge, L. Baer,
H. C. Garnett. A. D. L. Hamilton, H. H.
Allen. James E. Fitzgerald. E. H. Phelps,
Dr. J. W. Kiger. A. J. MIddleton.
Executive Board of the Associated
Charities Holds a Meetlne nt
the Commercial Club.
The executive board cf the Associated
Charities of Kansas City met at the Com
mercial Club rooms yesterday afternoon
to outline a plan for the winter's cam
paign. A full repreentat!on was present
and the details of the work were discussed
at length. An address to the people of
tho city was formulated, which explains
the organization of the Charities Associa
tion and the proposed method of relieving
the needs or wormy people in uistress.
The Associated Charities prormse to call
upon the business men of the city to give
tnelr suusenpuons to me association, mat.
through the central organization, the sub
scriptions can be appropriated to the best
possible advantage. It Is also arranged to
have suitable cards printed to distribute
among the firms and individuals subscrib
ing to indicate their connection with the
association. The general secretary of the
association, J. H. Hanson, will begin Mon
day calling on those who will be asked to
subscribe to the charities. Mr. Hanson
came to Kansas City from St. Paul, where
he had much experience in charity work.
What a Kansns City Man Has Done
His Xante Honored by
the People.
Never before In the history of Kansas
City has interest been so great In any one
man. or any one institution, as It Is to-day
In Dr. C. H. Carson and his now famous
Temple of Health, corner Washington and
Twelfth streets. Never before has the
world ever seen a power so unique and
marvelous that, without medicine, without
painful or dangerous surgical operations of
any kind, heals the sick, removes cancer
ous tumors, straightens crooked limbs and
almost invariably cures the chronic dis
eases which were heretofore regarded as
Where. In all this wide world, is there
one man or woman suffering with a painful
and life-destroying disease who would not
welcome relief did they but know where It
could be found? There is not one. Thou
sands of these have come In the past, and
are coming now to this great healer, and
thousands of others, who have yet to hear
of his power, will come In the future.
Christian Science Lecture.
Mr. Edward A. Kimball. C S. D.,
Chicaco. 111., member of the Internatlnnnl
board of lectureship of the First Church of
Christ. Scientists, Boston. Mass., will de
liver a lecture this afternoon at 3 p. m., on
Christian Science, at the First Church of
Christ. Scientists, Ninth and Forest ave
nue. The public is cordially invited. Seats
Hotel Victoria. Bath with every room.
Rites, $2.00 and J2.D0. O. B. Stanton, Prop.
Jndce II. C. McDoueal Pleasantly Re
membered by a Xnmber of
Old Friends.
Judge IT. C. McDougal was K years old
yesterday. Quite a number ofhls friends,
who always keep tab on him. knew that
was his birthday, and one by one last
evening dropped in on the Judge and his
family at 2133 Troost avenue to pay their
respects and tender congratulations and
good wishes. Among the callers were Ma
jor William Warner, Father W. J. Dal-
ton, C. O. Tichenor, Thomas A. Witten.
Colonel R. H. Hunt, John Stevens, .Frank
F. Rozzelle and Fred Howard.
An elegant dinner was served and the
many friends of the well known jurist
talked and smoked until a late hour.
Judge McDougal was born In Marlon
county, "Va., in 1S44. He served as a pri
vate soldier in the Union army during the
civil war and came West in 1S66. He lived
in Gallatin, Daviess county. Mo., until fif
teen years ago, when he came to this city
and engaged in the practice of law.
He was mayor of Gallatin in 1S70 and 1S71:
was Judge of the probate court of Daviess
county irom 1S7? to 1S76, was president of
the Missouri Bar Association In 194 and
1S95, was city counselor of Kansas City
from 1ES3 to 1S97 and has been a member of
the bar of the supreme court of the United
States for the past twenty years. Judge
McDougal has tried some of the very im
portant law cases. Within the short space
of four months he settled the celebrated
water works case Involving the sum of
$3,179,000. The case had been in litigation
for six years and Judge McDougal set
tled it to the satisfaction of every citizen
of the city.
For ten years the judge was a member of
the law firm of Shanklln, Low & Mc
Dougal, at that time the largest law firm
In the state of Missouri.
HE WANTSJ1 10,000.
Arthur Crlnaom Bring" Suit Asalnst
His Fnther-In-Lavr, Dr.
IV. S. Wood.
Arthur Grissom brought suit In the cir
cuit court yesterday against his father-in-law.
Dr. W. S. Woods, for $110,000 dam
ages for alienation of his wife's affections
and breach of contract.
In his petition for damages for $100,000
for alienating his wife's affections, Mr.
Grissom recites his marriage to Julia Stone
Woods, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Woods,
May 1, 1S93, in New York. He charges that
Immediately after the marriage Dr. Woods
circulated stories derogatory to Mr. Gris
som's character, and aroused in hlswlfe's
mind suspIcIons"whIch were unfounded, re
sulting in an estrangement.
He charges that Dr. Woods threatened to
disinherit his daughter if she accompanied
her husband to New York in 1S9G: that
he prevailed upon the couple to return to
Kansas City on the promise to provide
means for Mr. Grissom's more profitable
advancement here, which contract, Mr.
Grissom claims. Dr. AVoods did not carry
out: that he comoelled his daughter to go
to Hot Springs, Ark., leaving her hus
band here; that he brought about an
estrangement and made husband and wife
regard each other with mutual aversion,
and finally, that Dr. Woods has taken his
daughter to Eastern cities and forced her
to live apart from her husband.
In his petition for $10,000 for breach of
contract. Mr. Grissom alleges that Dr.
Woods agreed to give him $300 per month
for his maintenance, but failed to carry
out the agreement.
Taylor's Cargo May Be Admitted After
the Coffee Has Been
NEW YORK, Dec 9. At the public hear
ing of the Santos coffee question before the
board of health to-day agents of steam
ship companies, whose vessels and cargoes
have been held up to keep out bubonic
plague, showed a strong front.
The session continued for three hours,
and the board reserved its decision until
Monday. It is not likely that the 45,000
bags of coffee from the J. W. Taylor will
be admitted, but the board may allow it
to be roasted on the beach and then pass
it within the city limits.
A protest was made against the action of
the board in refusing to allow the cargo
of the Roman Prlncerto be landed. Presi
dent Murphy said that he did not under
stand that the board had laid an embargo
on all coffee.
Dr. Doty and Dr. Jenkins, members cf
the board, here asserted that the cargo of
the Taylor, after submission to open air
disinfection and scientific process, is not
a menace to public health. President Mur
phy said he did not agree with them.
Dr. Cosby and President York, of the
police board, who Is ex-oilllclo a member of
the board of health, stood by Colonel Mur-
5hy. The board will hold a private meeting
londay. The lighters with the J. W. Tay
lor's coffee have been given permission to
go to Bettels basin, half a mile from quar
Charles K. Cainmlnei, SI Years Old,
Broke His Left Hip Injury
May Prove Scrlons.
Charles IC Cummings, 51 years old. en
employe of Wiggen & Trower, at the stock
yards, sustained a fracture of his left hip
last evening by walking off the St. Louis
avenue end of the Wyoming street via
duct. This viaduct has been condemned, It
is said, and in order that the public shall
not make use of it, it has been boarded up
at either end. Cummings, who lives at
Sixteenth and Wyoming streets, was on his
way home, and had crawled under the
When he got to where the steps lead
down to St. Louis avenue. lie could not tee
that a dozen steps had been taken away,
and he plunged to the street, twelve feet
below. Dr. Manahan treated him at police
headquarters and sent him to the city
hospital. On account of his age, the In
juries are liable to prove serious.
Colored Orphan Home nt 1023 Vine
Street Makes mi Appenl to the
Public for Assistance.
The home for colored orphan children, at
1023 Vine street, is in need of assistance.
The management is preparing to open a
larger home to accommodate aw colored
orphan ennuren.
A convention oi coioreu iarmers and
mechanics will be held here in the near
future and the net proceeds will be turned
over to this home.
Cotton Gin Combination.
MEMPHIS. Dec 9. It Is reported here that all of
the big cotton gin manufacturing concerns of tho
country 111 form a combination or have already done
fo Among the cc-ncem paid to hate entered the
combine are the Munger Company, of Dallas. Tex.,
said to be the largest In the vorld: the Northlngton-Munger-Pratt
Cln Company, of Birmingham. Ala.,
and the Pratt Gin Compan), of Prattsvllle, Ala.
John Jay Banquet.
The entertainment committee of the Commercial
Club held a Ions session jesterday. The most im
portant matter that was considered was the details of
the John Jay banquet to be held at the Midland
hotel, December 19. The committee has had rather
poor success thus far in setting acceptances to the
Invitations that hare been sent out to prominent men
to speak on that occasion.
Wanted in Illinois for Forgery.
ST. JOSEPH. MO.. Dec. 9. (Special.) Arthur B.
McCord and wife, a stylishly dressed couple, were ar
rested here to-night on the strength of a telegram
from the chief of police of Peoria. I1L, where McCoid
Is alleged to hare committed numerous forgeries.
All Kansas Cltv is but a step from HO
TEL BALTIMORE. Fire proof without a
doubt. Stop there next time you're In town.
Mr. Roberta Bitterly Attacks One of
the Men Who Gate Information
Agnlnst Him Yesterday
Roberts' Dausrhter May
Be Called.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9.-The first of the
public hearings in the Roberts case began
at 2 o'clock. At that hour the committee
room was crowded with members, repre
sentatives of the press and a delegation
representing the Gentile element of Utah.
Roberts sat at the foot of the long com
mittee table, with documents piled up be
fore him. His secretary was near at hand,
bringing him books and other data of refer
ence. Chairman Tayler announced that
persons who had participated in framing
the charges were present, and he asked
that they be heard.
Mr. A. T. Schroeder, one of the Gentile
delegation from Utah, then stepped for
ward, and was about to proceed, when Mr.
Roberts rose hastily and raised his hand In
"I object." he said. "I object to this wit
ness. If he comes here as an attorney. I
object to him If ho comes as a witness, on
the ground that he Is unworthy of confi
dence and because ho is a common swin
dler, and I propose to establish by the su
preme court of Utah that he is utterly un
worthy of belief."
Roberts said he would present the tenth
Utah supreme court report in support of
his allegations.
Mr. Tayler answered that Mr. Schroeder
was not present as a witness or counsel,
but merely to give the committee such In
formation as he could, and the committee
would treat the matter as It saw fit.
Mr. Schroeder remarked that he did not
understand that he was on trial.
Mr. Roberts did not press his objection
further, and Mr. Schroeder proceeded. Mr.
Schroeder said that It could be established
that Mr. Roberts had maintained, and is
now maintaining, the status of a polyga
mlst: that, in 1SS9, he pleaded guilty of un
lawful cohabitation, and has since that
time continued In that relation.
speclncaily, Mr. fccnroeaer said It could
be established there had been recently born
to his polygamous wives, among them be
ing twins, born to Celia Dibble Roberts,
the reputed second wite of the congressman-elect.
These children were represent
ed to be born, he said, August II, 1&97, and,
until this morning, he had understood they
were acknowledged by Roberts as his. It
could also be shown that he had been hold
ing out Dr. Maggie Shipp Roberts as a
wife and Is now maintaining the status of
a husband toward her; that, during all of
these times, he had living a lawful wife,
Louisa Smith Roberts, who alone has borne
him children.
Mr. Schroeder said the witnesses were In
Utah, readily accessible If the committee
desired to summon them. He suggested
that Miss Adah Roberts, the daughter of
Mr. Roberts, was now In the city and
might be available as a witness.
Rev. Dr. I1IIT, of Utah, was asked if he
desired to add anything, but stated that
Mr. Schroeder had covered the general
question sufficiently, and that the detailed
evidence would be ready if the committee
desired. At this point Representative Mc-
j-nereon, oi towa, a memDer of the com
mittee, stated that he thought there was a
misunderstanding among members as to
the status of Mr. Roberts. Some thought
he had made his statement in order to
frame an issue. Others thought he had
appeared as a witness, and should be sub
ject to cross-examination. He said he
feared the committee was graduallv drift
ing to the point where it would have to go
-'.500 miles to Utah to hear witnesses, or
else bring witnesses 2,500 miles to Wash
ington. Chairman Tayler stated Roberts had not
appeared as a witness, and was not under
oath. Mr. Roberts said his statement was
for the purpose of joining Issues. He rest
ed and desired a ruling on his demurrer
and time to present authorities on this de
murrer, for, he said, he was not through
with that. He stated, also. that, as a wit
ness, he would hardly be expected to give
evidence against himself. The public hear
ing then went over until Tuesday morning
at 10 o'clock, and the committee held a
private session.
Mr. Tayler. of Ohio. said, nftpr tho, ct.
ecutlve session, that the committee was
considering whether it should go to Utah
or have the witnesses come here, nnd that
no decision had been reached. Mr. Schroed
er. against whom Roberts made his pro
tests, said, after the meeting:
Mr. Roberts refers to a clrli suit brought to set
aside an execution sale made by the sheriff of Salt
Uk county. 1 was the attorney of the Judgment
creditors and at the sherirrs sale became the pur
chaser in my own name, -with the consent of my
clients. It Is a long story, but suffice It to say that
Judge Bartch, now on the supreme bench, who tried
the case. In rendering his oral decision, expressly
exonerated me from alt Imputation of actual fraud.
Mr. Roberts goes a long way to And means for dis
tracting attention from himself, but the case Is
urgent and perhaps I ought to consider him justified
In going to any extreme.
It Is understood that the opposition to
Roberts has suggested that the wives with
whom he Is alleged to have maintained
polygamous relations be summoned as wit
nesses. The first wife. It Is said, would be
exempt from testifying against her hus
band ns she has a legal status as wife, but
ims eiraipuun wouiu not extend Beyond
the first wife. A subcommittee consisting
of Messrs. Morris. LIttlefield and MIers
has been appointed to get up forms of sub
poenaes, etc.. In connection with the sum
moning of witnesses.
When the consideration of the case of
Mr. Roberts was resumed this morning.
Mr. Roberts was asked if he conceded the
existence of the rourt record wherein he
nleaded guilty in 18SH under the Edmunds
Tucker law. This he conceded. He was
next asked whether, about 1SS7. or since
1S. he married plural wives and had lived
with them since that time as wives.
To the whole of this charge Roberts
pleaded not gulltv. nnd then demurred to
the jurisdiction of the committee.
Washington Notes.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 9. (Special.) The new Okla
homa statehood bill. Introduced by Delegate Piynn,
protldes. In addition to an independent revenue dis
trict, tor the election of two representatives in con
gress. In other respects, the measure Is an exacl
copy of the one Introduced by him In the Fifty
fourth congress.
The Kansas Republican delegation, at a meeUng
held to-day, agreed to unite In a request to the at
torney general to grant the petition of the guards
at the United States penitentiary at Fort Leaven
worth for the enforcement of the eight hour law.
Gasper Edwards, a teacher at the Port Lewis, Col.,
Indian school, has been made superintendent of the
Indian school at Ponca. In place of Superintendent
Light, transferred to the Pawnee Echool.
Representative Miller, of Kansas, will on Monday
Introduce a bill providing for the purchase of a site
and the erection of a public building at Emporia
Kas., to cost 3100,000.
Next Confederate Reunion.
LOUISVILLE, Dec 9. Word was received here to
day from General John B. Gordon, commanding the
United Confederate veterans, that the dates May 30
10 June j, uitiuenc, uuu ueen oecioea upon tor the
annual reunion which this jear Is to be held in
Hon- Succl "Fasted."
RIO JANEIRO, Dec. 9. Succl, the famous Italian
faster, has been unmasked here. Dr. Daniel Almeida
has discovered that he used fibrous meat compressed
Into the smallest site, and this, with a amall quan
tity o! mlnaral water, was enough to prevent starvation.
Xew Jersey Sinn Mortally Wounded
by Medicnl Student In Madison
Square Garden.
NEW YORK, Dec. 9 An hour after the
big bicycle race ended in Madison Square
garden to-night, and during the excitement
attending a fifteen-mile pursuit race, Fred
erick S. Slater, of Railway, N. J., seated
in one of the lower boxes, was shot and
mortally wounded by Walter Rosser, 19
years old, a medical student, living in this
city. Tho shooting occurred as the result
of a quarrel over a bet the men had made
on the result of the six-day race. Slater
was taken to Bellevue hospital. He was
shot in the left breast, and it is stated
there that he cannot live.
There were 11,000 or 12,000 persons In the
big amphitheater at the time, and some ot
these rushed at Rosser. Two hundred po
licemen charged through the mob with
drawn clubs, and, surrounding Rosser,
rushed him through the crowd.
Rosser was intoxicated at the time. It is
said. He had been coins about maklrnr
bets on the races with various people, and
walked up to the box in which Slater and
a party of friends were seated and said
ho was ready to bet five to one that Eaton
would win the next race. Eaton was not
in the next race, and. In a spirit of fun.
Slater made a bet with him. Just as the
finish of the race was exciting thousands
of people, some one near Slater called out
to him:
"He's got a gun, look out." Rosser hjd
already pulled out a revolver, and he fired
point blank at Slater. The bullet struck
him in the left breast, just over the heart.
The crowd was shouting so loudly over
tho race that few persons heard the shot.
Those In the immediate vicinity of the
shooting saw Slater fall backward into the
arms of a young woman who sat directly
behind him. Ills head fell In her lap. A
crowd rushed over toward the scene of the
shooting and tried to lay hold of Rosser,
but a couple of policemen were too quick
for them and they held the murderer
away. Other policemen came to their aid
and, surrounding the medical student, they
forced him through the mob. The crowd
tried to break through several times, but
the police kept them back with their clubs.
Rosser was taken to the overcoat room,
which was well guarded. Slater also was
carried to the overcoat room, where, after
recovering consciousness, he Identified Ros
ser as the man who shot him.
Slater was taken to Bellevue hospital.
Rosser was taken to the West Thirteenth
street station house. There was an enorm
ous crowd present. The races were brok
en up, und the crowd seemed intent on
learning the Immediate fate of Rosser.
Chief Devery happened to be In the garden,
and he took charge of the case. Policemen
guarded tho man who, however, was very,
cool. Ha walked along with the police
man. He coolly said that he would commit
suicide the first opportunity that he got
and Chief Devery told the police to look
after him closely, and see that he did not
keep his word in tnat respect.
Rev. W. L. Darby, of Klrksvllle,
elected President of the State
SPRINGFIELD, MO., Dec. 9. (Special.)
At this morning's session of the Christian
Endeavor convention. State President Rev.
Mr. E. W. Clippinger, of Sedalia, presided.
Notwithstanding the rain, a good audience
was In attendance. Dr Eddy, -of Boonvllle,
gave a Bible reading. Msrpubke, of Klrks
vllle, spoke on "London C E. Convention
of 1900."
Tho secretary. Mrs. Hershy, then read her
report, from which the following facts
are taken: There are 730 senior societies
in the state: there are 10..S.KI active membeis
and 9S3 associate members. The amount
contributed to foreign missions is $l,SfS1.39;
$2,329.20 to home missions, and also $2,323.20
to other benevolent purposes. The largest
amount given by any one society was J200,
by the Pilgrim Congregational, St, Louis.
The largest amount given to home missions
was $2w, by the First Christian church,
Sedalia. The largest amount given by any
one society to benevolences was $120, by the
Presbyterian Society at Tipton.
A reception was given for the visiting del
egates in the evening, after which Rev.
Mr. A. M. McLean, of Cincinnati, O., de
livered an address on "Missionary Work.",
The following officers were elected: Presi
dent, Rev. Mr. AVllliam L. Darby, of Klrks
vllle; vice president. D. Errett. Canton;
treasurer, G. M. Withers, Piedmont; secre
tary. Miss C. K. Cameron, St. Louis; as
sistant secretary to be supplied: junior
superintendent. Miss Kate Haus. St, Louis;
department superintendent missionary.
Miss Bess Page, Kansas Cityr Sunday
school. Rev. Mr. J. P. O'Brien, Kansas
City; corresponding, Wallace Agin, St.
Joseph; good citizenship, G. W. Lubke,
Jr., St. Louis: evangelist. J. I. McClelland,
St. Louis. Advisory board of pastors Rev.
Mr. D. W. Moore, Springfield; Rev. Mr.
"William M. Vanderlippe. Deepwater; J. H.
Albert, Sedalia: C. B. McAfee, Parkville,
and E. B. Pratt, Pleasant Hill.
Omahn's Spectncnlnr Jndce Summons
Pastors to Answer for Con-
tempt of Court.
OMAHA, NEB., Dec. 9. Judge Scott, of
the district court, has ordered that Rev.
Elmer P. Qulvey, general manager of the
Nebraska Children's Home Association, be
committed to jail, and has directed that
Rev. T. J. Mackay, of All Saint's church;
Rev. Hubert C. Herring, pastor of the
First Congregational church, and W. P.
Harford be cited to show cause why they
should not be punished for contempt of
court In trying, by means of a letter, which
they all signed, to influence the judge's
action in the Dodd children habeas corpus
Several years ago Dodd placed the chil
dren In tho care of the Homo for the
Friendless, the officers of which found
homes for them. Dodd Is now suing to
recover Dossesslon of the children, and the
letter in question was addressed to the
judge and set forth the opinion of the
writers that the little ones were better off
where tttey were and recommended that
tney De allowed to remain.
Qulvev is committed because, when the
officers went after the children, they could
not De tounu, ana ne is cnargea with se
creting them.
Kansas City Correspondent "Writes
From Inside Where He Is
Enjoying; Himself.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Special.) A
letter from Inside the Boer lines has been
received here from Eugene Easton, the
Kansas City correspondent who was re
ported captured by the Free Staters. It
was written on October 20, a week after his
arrival, and states that he was never treat
ed better in his life. He reports having
been favored with personal Interviews by
Presidents Steyn and Krugcr, and speaks
In glowing terms of both and of the court
esies shown him. The letter escaped cen
sorship by a roundabout circuit via Portu
guese, Africa and Europe.
A Girl Prevents a Strike.
ALTOONA. PA., Dec. 9. By remaining at her loom
In defiance of S00 strikers, one little girl prevented a
tieup at the Altoona silk mllL A general strike of
the S09 operatives had been planned, but when the
one girl continued at work 700 employes returned to
their work. The 100 operatives are still out.
George W. Plant, of Maryland, has been appointed
to a position at the Chllocco, I. T., Indian school.
Application has been made for the establishment
of rural free delivery service at Baechor, Kaa., Bur
lington Junction, Skidmore, Kutleja and Hopkins,
French statistics of the part year show that the
number of deaths has Increased by 59,034, while the
number of births has decreased by 15,174, a strlklnz
confirmation. It Is painted out, ot the strictures made
on the nation In Zola's latest book.
It Is estimated that by January from 140,000 to
150.000 cotton mill operatives in the North will be
working under an ad.ance ot wages and that the
advance In the South will brinf the total In tht
United Suttt'abovfl ICO. 00 5.
Mr. Lesueur, Who Is to Be General
Manaicer, Says That He Has Not
Yet Selected His Assistants
Xew Mnnaeement's
JEFFERSON CITY, Dec. 9.-(SpecIal.)
The Kansas City Times Company late this
evening filed articles of association In the
office of secretary of state and had Isued
to it a certificate of incorporation. It has
a capital stock of $200,000, all paid up. It
is incorporated by G. L. Chrisman. John
S. Sullivan and A. A. Lesueur, and the
stock is divided among them as follows
Christman, 923 shares: Sullivan, 923 shares
Lesueur, 130 shares. The purpose of the
company is set out as follows: "To ac
quire, own and publish the newspaper
known as The Kansas City Times, to do
a general printing and publishing busi
ness; to engage in the gathering, dissent!
nating and publishing news; to buy, sell,
own and publish newspapers, and to en
gage in a general newspaper publishing
It is said that Major T. W. Park, who
has been chief clerk in the department un
der Lesueur for the past nine years, will
be given an important place on the ed
itorial side of the paper. He Is one of the
best political writers In Missouri and
spent many years of his life in news
paper work. It Is said also that W. J.
Chambliss, another newspaper man who
has been in the office with Lesueur since
he was first elected, will also go to the
Times with his chief.
The Times will appear to-morrow under
the new management. Hon. A. A. Lesueur
will have general supervision of the plant.
He stated last night that he had not se
lected his assistants, and intimated that he
would not be able to do so until becoming
better acquainted with conditions. Mr. J.
S. Sullivan, of Jefferson City, was also
here yesterday and joined In taking a
bird's-eye view of his new interests. Mr.
Sullivan said he had made the Investment
on purely business principles, and did not
expect to be closely identified with the
management. Judge G. L. Chrisman wjll
be more or less connected with the dally
grind and spent last night in looking at
the wheels go 'round.
Mr. W. O. Cox. retiring proprietor, ex
pressedTiis thanks to the readers and pat
rons of the Times and begged a generous
support to his successors.
The editorial greeting of the Times this
morning Is as follows:
The Kansas City Times changes management to
day and It Is proper that there should be said to its
readers a word of greeting. The political policy of
the Times will be Democratic. It will loyally sup
port the principles enunciated by the party In Its
councils and the nominees of its conventions, reserv
ing the right to oppose men whom it knows to be
corrupt, but In no case permitting personal favorit
ism or bias to Influence its Judgment In determining
that a nominee Is unworthy. So far as Is consistent
with Its mission as a newspaper. It will be Imper
sonal as to candidacies, tree from factional Influences,
and sive "Democrats of all shades of opinion and
affiliation equal chances to be heard. In entering
upon the undertaking of building up a newspaper
worthy of its surroundings ana its associations, tne
present managers of the Times abjure candidacy ror
office for themselves. Worthy though It may be to
serve one's people honorably and acceptably in im
portant public trusts, their ambition will be to excel
In their new netu, man wnicn mere is none nigner
or nobler. In a material direction the Times will
devote Itself with all of Its ardor to the upbuilding
of Kansas City and the country tributary thereto.
The night will never be so dark nor the storm beat
so fiercely that tne Times ana its people win be
deterred from serving Kansas City. So far as In it
lies It will labor to build It up. Intellectually, mor
ally, commercially and in every good way. This we
can not do by our own unaided efforts. In Its ac
complishment we solicit the encouragement of every
man and woman, and of every business Interest
which we may hope to reach. Realizing that he who
removes his armor is in a better position to boast
than he who Is but putting It on. we refrain from
making too many promises as to what we shall do.
but. In addition to what has been said, an earnest
effort will be made to keep the Times In the front
rank among the American newspapers by such Im
provements In Its various departments as experience
may suggest.
Government Seed Distribution.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9. The department of agri
culture will begin its distribution of seeds a little
earlier this year than last, shipping them South the
beginning ot January and perhaps sending a few
shortly before the first. This year the seeds for
distribution to all parts of the country will consist
of 13.000.000 packs ot vegetable seeds. 1.53S 000 ot
flower seeds besides field and lawn grass seeds.
Franchise Declared Forfeited.
ST. JOSEPH. MO . Dec. 9. (Special.) The city
council has declared forfeited the franchise granted
to the Zlckner Water Company, of Chicago, to con
struct a waterworks plant costing $800,000. The bond
of tfiO.000 was declared forfeited. The time for be
ginning work has expired.
' lit 'ill YlMMmMm-'-- m
Minneapolis Tribune.
The Mrs. Roberts (In chorus) "There, I told you so. If yoa hadn't married
thoie other two you would have been a full-fledged congressman by this time."
Commander of Aizulnuldo's Body
Guard Falls In a. Flelit With
MANILA, Dec. 9. General Gregorlo del
Pilar, commanding Aguinaldo's body guard.
was killed by Major Peyton March's bat
talion of the Thirty-third infantry, in a
fight eighteen miles northwest of Cer
vantes, December 3. According to reports
which General Young obtained from
escaped Spanish prisoners at Vigan sev
eral days ago. Major March left the coast,
where he was pursuing Agulnaldo, and en
countered General del Pilar on a fortified
trail. They fought for four hours, during
which time seventy Filipinos were killed
and wounded. The American loss was one
man killed and six wounded.
,The Spaniards report that Major March
Is still pursuing the insurgents. Del Pilar
was one of the leaders of. the present and
of another Spanish revolution. He was a
mere youth and was reported to have grad
uated at a European university. Professor
Schurman met him as a member of the
first peace commission, and rated him as
remarkably clever.
Breeding- and Fat Stock. Utility
Horses, Packlnir Products and Ap
pliances to Be Exhibited.
CHICAGO, Dec. 9. The International
Live Stock exposition, to be held at Chi
cago from December 1 to S, 19u0, will em
brace, among Its main features, the fol
lowing: A grand breeders' prize exhibition of cat
tle, hogs and sheep.
A great fat stock show on the order of
the renowned annual Smlthfield shows of
A display of draft horses and horses for
general use. not as a society show, but as
a utility show.
An exhibition of dressed meats and meat
food products of ail kinds and refrigerator
appliances for preserving them.
Animal by-pioducts, showing the com
plete utilization or all parts of tne slaugh
tered animals not directly used as meat
An exhibition of packing house methods
and appliances and government inspection
of meats.
Appliances of all kinds for transporting
animals and meats.
Meetings of Breeders and Stockmen's As
It Is Rulnlntc Water Pipes and Rail
way Companies May Be Pro
ceeded Aualnst.
CHICAGO, Dec. 9. The law department
of the city government Is preparing an
opinion as to the power of the city to force
street railway companies to provide their
rails with proper connection to- prevent
leakage of electricity and the subsequent
damage to water and other pipes laid below
the tracks.
A burst in a water main was reported and
workmen found, on laying bare the six
Inch pipe, that a hole an '.inch in diameter
had been eaten entirely through the pipe,
while In other portions Immediately about
the leak, the pipe was almost as badly eat
en away. The leak was nine feet below the
surface of the ground. Immediately under
a street car line. In another place an
eight-inch main burst and. when excava
tion was made, it was found that a large
hole had been eaten through the Iron. This
main was also nine feet below the street
car tracks.
The city electrician has had trouble with
electrolytic action on conduits for electric
light and telephone wires, and on several
occasions has been obliged to tear up con
duits that are practically newly laid.
United States Hopeful of Success of
Its "Open Door" Inquiry,
WASHINGTON. Dec. 9. The various
publications coming from European sources
touching the decision of the powers to meet
the United States' request for a formal
written understanding to maintain the
"open door" in China, are giving satisfac
tion to the officials here as indicating the
enrnq of thiK imnortant diDlomatlc in
vestigation. However, It may be stated
that the responses of tho European govern
ments have not yet reached the state de
partment. IL is reaiizea inuruuKiuy mai,
in a matter of this Importance, the negoti
ation must be conducted with the greatest
circumspection and deliberation. Hence, It
is no matter for surprise that the responses
have not yet been received. It Is hoped
that the final success of the negotiations
can be communicated to congress In the
shape of a special message from the pres
ident, accompanied by an explanatory
statement from Secretary Hay, soon after
the holidays.
Accused of Embezslement.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 9. T. Newton Edwards, who was
postmaster at Lawr.nceburg. Ky.. has been arrested
by a deputy United States marshal at Monroe City,
Mo., and brought here. He la charged with em
bezzling several hundred dollars while postmaster.
Judge Adams, of the United Ststes court, ordered
that Edwards be taken to Louisville, Ky., for IrlaL
Seventy-eight Men Were WorXlna- 1st
the Mine at the Time of the
Explosion, Which Was la
m. Tunnel Under a.
CARBONADO. WASH.. Dec. 9. An un
known number of men. variously estimated
at from sixteen to fifty, lost their lives In
an explosion of tiro damp In a. coal mlna
under thi3 city this forenoon.
Coroner Hoskel says the mine offllclala
place the number of dead at thirty-three.
snortly before noon this quiet coal mln
Inp village was stunned -with the first re
port of a terrific subterranean explosion
in the mine ot tho Carbon Hill Coal Com
pany, the tunnels of tvhlsh run for miles
under the town. There was an enormous
rumbling, smothered sound for a few mo
ments, and then It ceased abruptly. Tha
people knew at once what this meant and
stood around with blanched faces.
Apprehensions of some fearful disaster
were confirmed in a little while with in
formation that the morning shift in tunnel
No. 7 had been caught in an- explosion ot
fire damp. Between seventy and eighty
men were at work in the mine at the time,
and the meager report conveyed the in
formation that all must have been killed,
as there was no chance ot escape. Thosa
who were not killed outright would ba
hemmed in by falling walls and timber
and suffocated by the fumes and smoke be
fore any opportunity of relief could come.
A rush of the inhabitants was made !r
the direction of the mouth of the tunnel.
"Women, the wives of the men supposed
to be In the shift: ran to and fro, screamlnjc
and wringing their hands with anguish,
crying: children clinging to their skirts.
It was all that T. D. Davies, the super
intendent of the mine, could do to keep
the friends of the doomed miners and their
wives from plunging madly Into the tun
nel's mouth.
The coal mines here are those of tha
Carbon Hill Coal Company, but they real
ly belong to the Southern Pacific Railway
Company. This coal is a soft bituminous
variety, productive of a large proportion of
gas and has been much used in gas manu
facture. The foreman In charge of the shift was
J. H. Davies. It is said that seventy-eight
men were working under him! Sixteen
bodies, all mangled tut of recognition,
have so far been taken out by the relief
corps. '
Superintendent Davies and Foreman
Jonah Davis, of the day shift, are now
down in the mine engaged in the rescue.
Jonah Davis, the foreman, escaped unhurt.
and besides him about twenty Fins. Host,
of the men are Welsh and several of the
Welsh miners also escaped, but they im
mediately turned to nnd went back into
the mine in the hope of being able to res
cue those still supposed to be alive. So far
as known the following were killed, either
by the explosion of the firedamp or suffo
cated by black damp, which usually fol
lows: Rees Jones, fire boss, aged 20, unmarried.
Dan Davies, 18.
Evan Lewis, 20.
Richard Durr, a young man, leaves wid
ow and one child.
John Jones, &t, leaves widow and married
Thomas Edwards. 40. leaves widow.
Evan Richards. 30. leaves widow and six
Howell Meredith, K, leaves widow and
nine children, of whom two are married
sons and two are daughters.
How,ell Meredith wa3 working consid
erably above the water level when the ex
plosion came and he lowered himself down
a timber chute to rescue one of his sons.
Daniel Meredith, working below. The son
came out unharmed, but his father la still
down In the mine and one of tne rescue
force says he saw his dead body.
The tunnel In which the explosion took
place is about one and one Quarter miles
in length on a water level under the south
west part of the town. There are several
air chutes running up to tho .surface of
Wlngate Hill, west of here. '
The force ot the explosion was such that
It knocked down John Ryan, a Finn, who
wa3 working at the eighth cross-cut, 220
feet above the water level.
The depth of the mine varies from ECO
to about 1,000 feet, according to the contour
of the surface.
Ever since the catastrophe Superintend
ent Davies and Foreman Jonah Davis have
been fighting ngalnst the odds of this dead
ly gas, aided by the brave Welshmen.
Just at thl moment, 8:4S p. m.. a num
ber of men have been pulled up through
the timber chute near the summit or Win
gate hill from a dpth of several hundred
feet. They were picked up from six ot
the levels near the water level. Three
more have been rescued up through the in
clines tramway. All of them are badly
blackened and burned and they were Im
mediately taken to the company's hospital,
wrapped In clothes soaked In linseed oil.
The scenes at tho hospital are pitiful.
Men whose clothing Is almost burned from
their bodies are laid out as fast a they
arrive, their evebrows and hair singed and
their faces black and bleeding. Women
and children surround the building weep
A crowd of voiceless men stand In front
of the mouth of the Incline, waiting to see
who of their friends will next be brought
out alive. Occasionally a shapeless body
comes up on the tar. Rescue parties are
working both In the Incline and at the old
timber chute on the hill.
For November They Were 914)19. and
Kxpenses Were l.S.TJW Xo
(Irnln Inspection Profits.
TOPEKA, Dec 9. (Special.) Warden
Tomllnson. of the state penitentiary, to-day
turned into the state treasury $1,019. earned
by the prison during the month of No
vember, and drew out $13,755 to pay the ex
penses for running the institution during:
the same period. George Kanavel, treas
urer of the board of charities, also drew
out $23,000 to meet bills ot the various In
stitutions fnr November. State Grain In
spector McKenzie turned In JiOCO as re
ceipts of his department for November and
then drew It all out to pay salaries of In
spectors. Coneland-Dnncnn Xaptlnls.
MEX1CO..MO.. Dec. . (Special.) The marrlaze ct
Conductor C: G. CopeIan4 to MIa Sue Duncan la an
nounced. Mian Duncan la to meet her Intended hus
band at San Antonio. Tex., lrhere they are to b
married. They expect to mike their home In ths
City ot Mexico, irhero Mr. Copeland has a railroad po
iltlon. He Is the conductor who was injured In toa
Missouri City wreck, which resulted In a suit atalnst
the Wabash road for 35.000. The last trial ot tha
case In the circuit court here resulted In a bung; Jury.
Board of Trade Man Expelled.
CHICAGO, Dee. 9. C. A. Whyland. senior partner
In the llrm of C. W. Whyland Co.. prominent on
the board cf trade and the Stock exchange, was to
day expelled from the latter Institution. He Is
chargad with violating one of the by-laws In regard
to bucketshops. As Mr. Whyland was a member ot
long standing and of considerable Influence tha sews
was rtctlrtd with gnat surprise.

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