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jfflf 4 Jmttttal Jy- (PI-1 a IvS YOLTJME XXXIX. NO. 248. SATURDAY. KANSAS CITY, EEBRUARY 13, 1897.-TEN PAGES. SATURDAY. PEICE TWO CENTS. "I AM FfiEE AGAIN!" U.LICE rLATTS EXULTANT CRY WI1E.V ACO.UITTED OP MURDER. o HEARD ONLY "GUILTY!" 2rf. & xed composure until she ' EW SHE WAS FREE. Tliei Toy Knew Xo Rounds and Sli 5 'lively Embraced and 1 Her Attorney She J. '' "? Anotlirr IVomna . , c tlie "Verdict. Alice Piatt Is free, and the murder of the Mussey children Is sUU unsolved. The most sensational muider trial In the annals o crime In Jackson county came to a dramatic close In the criminal court room yesterday morning, when a Jury brought In a verdict acquitting Alice Piatt of poisoning Elizabeth Musscy. the 10-year-old daughter of Attorney Charles F. Mus sey. The court room was crowded to the doors. When the clerk read the verdict which set the prisoner free a great shout of approval went up. Men clapped their hands and stamped their feet; women there were about 100 present grew hyster ical and laughed and cried. It was a re markable demonstration. Judge Wofford's face flushed when the applause burst out and he pounded on his desk and shouted to the marshall to quiet the demonstration. It was some time beforo the court room grew, still, and then the freed woman was led away. She was the only person In the court room who did not understand It all. "When the clerk read the verdict he did not hear it, because of her deafness. The only word she heard him utter was "guil ty." The court had been in session about half nn hour when a loud rap sounded on the Jury room door. Deputy Lum "Wilson re sponded to it, and then hurried to the Judge's desk. "The Jury is ready to report," he said. "All right, bring It in." said the Judge. In an instant the word flashed over the Jail building that the Jury had agreed upon n verdict, and there was a rush to get Into the court room. A deputy went to Alice Piatt's cell in the Jail and told her the Jury had arrived at a verdict. Her father nntl her sister, Mrs. Lowe, wero with her and they followed her and the deputy Into the court room. Alice looked as though nhe were nerving herself for her last or deal. She walked with a firm tread, and when she entered the court room the crowd half arose and gazed curiously at her. She sat down facing the Judge, her father nnd sister sitting on cither side of her. The Jury was brought in and placed in the Jury box. Alice Heard Only "Guilty." "Have you agreed upon a verdict?" asked the Judge. "Wo have," replied the foreman, passing a slip of paper to the court clerk. There was a momentary pause; the pris oner gazed steadily at the clerk; her sister leaned over and whispered In her ear: "This Is tho first day tlie sun has shone since your trial began. It is a good omen," she said. Then tho clerk read: "We. the Jury, find tho defendant not guilty." At once the applause broke out, and the judge called upon the marshal to preserve order. "Guilty!" rang in the vna of the rclcrrrrSCf5neWtTCTeTftr-ri1S'1IBoTKr her. and, as the tears fell upon the pallid faco of tho house servant. Mrs. Lowe cried: "God bo praised! This Is tho happiest" moment of my life." The father, with tears glistening in his eyes, and his lips quivering nervously, placed his arms About his daughters, but he did not trust himself to speak. Matron Grogan led tho father and his two daugh ters Into a sldo room. There was a puz zled look In Alice's eyes, and she kept ask- "What is it? What Is It?" "You aro not guilty, dear! Tou are not guilty!" shouted Mrs. Lowe. Alice straightened herself up. A new light shone In her eyes. She reached for her hat and threw It, with the famous blue veil, to the floor. She tore her gloves from her hands and threw them with her hat. Then she walked to the window and raised It. The wind fanned her check and tossed her shcrt, fluffy hair. She drew In several deep breaths. There was a crowd of men across the street and they recognized her. Several waved their hands at her. She waved her hand and shouted: "I am free!':. George Oswald, famous only for his laugh, heard her and laughed. "My, how that man laughs," exclaimed Alice. "It's his favorite laugh. Alice," said Ma jor "Woodson, entering tho room. Kissed Her Attorney. "Oh. It's you," and Alice ran to him nnd Impulsively threw her arms about his neck and kissed him. Tears camo to the major's eyes. "My child. It's all over." he said. A short conversation was held between the major and the party, after which Mr. Piatt and his two daughters left the Jail building. Alice did not speak a word after leaving the Jail, except to say to her sis ter when they reached the open air: "My. It is good to get a breath of free, pure air again." Mr. Piatt sent a telegram to his wife at Carrollton, announcing the result of the trial, then he went with his children to tho home of Mrs. Lowe, a married daugh ter, at 1530 Euclid avenue. After staying there a short tlmo Mr. Piatt and Alice went to the homo of another daughter, Mrs. Murphy, 1J01 Woodland avenue, where they passed tho day. Sirs. Murphy was unable to bo in court yesterday morning as sho was kept at her home by a severe .attack of la grippe. An afTectlng scene took place between the sisters. Tho news of the acquittal of Alice Piatt traveled over the town with surprising rapidity and the verdict was discussed with a great deal of vigor In tho offices, stores and restaurants. As said In The Journal yesterday, tho opinion of few peo ple was changed by the verdict. Those who believed Alice not guilty took the Jury's flndlng merely as a recognition of their own good judgment, while those who thought her guilty took occasion to say that "It is impossible to convict a woman of murder Ih Jackson county." The verdict seemed to meet with general npproval. The sentiment against hanging on circumstantial evidence Is very htrong in this city, and this, coupled with tho fact that beyond a lot of suspicious clr cuir stances no evidence of the woman's guilt was proved at the trial, was regarded by many who looked at the case in tho 4 SOULS WITH BUT A DOUBLE TH0T, 4 HEARTS THAT BEAT AS 2 Rosa Scllshurg nnd C. W. Edmundson , Did Drflnnce to Parental Oppo sition nt Chctnpn, Kas. Chctopa. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) This city has been in a state of excitement over the wedding of C. W. Edmundson and Miss Rosa Seligsburg. Mr. Edmundson has for pome time been attentive to Miss Seligs burg, who is a Jewess. He being a Gen tile, the parents of the bride objected and finally forbade his coming to their home. But Cupid had sent his dart. Miss Seligs burg left her home, met her lover and, with n number of young people, proceeded to the home of Rev. John Maclean, pastor of the Methodist church, who performed the ceremony which made them man and wife. Shortly afterward the bride's family be came aware of what had happened and set out to reclaim their daughter. After search ing for some time, they found her at the home of the groom's parents. Her brother was the first to arrive and started to use his gun on the newly made brother-in-law. but the benedict was prepared for him and presented his own gun as a peacemaker. About this time the father and mother ar rived, and, ifter weeping and walling, the groom sent for a carriage and had the bride's family conveyed to their home. The reconciliation is not complete, but is more than likely to follow la the due course or events. , light of reason as sufficient ground for tho verdict of not guilty. Alice Piatt was holding her 10-year-old niece on her lap In the home of Mrs. Mur phy, 1001 Woodland avenue, at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when a reporte." for The Journal knocked at the door. "How do you do?" exclaimed Alice put ting down the child and holding out her band. "I am glad to see you. I suppose this Is the" last time you will come up to Interview me. Well, you newspaper men almost worried the life out of me, but I forgive you all. Some of you convicted me and led me up to the gallows, even be fcro I was tried, but I hold no malice. I am as happy, as happy as a lark," and she stood up and raised her right hand above her head. There was a look of Joy shining in her eyes that had not been thero since last October. Wonderful Self-Control. "I have repressed my feelings and people have thought that I was hardly of Ilesh and blood," she said. "Sometimes when my face was the calmest therej was a tempest going on In my breast. See the sunlight as it streams in at the window," and she stretched her hands toward it as though she would grasp It and draw it closer to her. "That Is more sunshine than I have seen for a long time. You don't know what It is to be penned up In a place like those Jail cells. It is like le lng in hell. I want you to thank the mar shal, Mr. Chiles, Mr. Lum Wilson und Mrs. Grogan and the balance of the jail officials for me. I want you to tell them through the newspaper that I thank thc-m for their kindness to me. They old all they could for me and treated me as nice as anybody could." Alice picked up her little niece and ran her lingers through her hair. "When they read the verdict in the court I did not know what It was, but I was bound that I would not break "down, no matter what it was. So when I' heard the word "guilty." I reached back to comfort my sister. And then I heard them cheer ing and saw my sister crying and then the words rang In my ears, 'You are free! You aro free! You are free!' and I was so happy! I danced for joy. As we left the Jail I heard the prisoners shouting, 'Good by,' and they applauded. I feel sorry for them, for I know what it is they have to go through. When we came out of that court room and I saw Major Woodson. I could not help running up to him and kiss ing him. I don't like to kiss men, but I couldn't help kissing him, and I guess he couldn't help it either, for I did It before he thought," and Alice laughed. "How do I look?" she asked. "At least ten years younger," said the reporter. "And I feel more than that I mean more years younger than that." Th'ere was a strange throwing off of ap parent ape In the woman who the day be fore had been cooped up in a prison cell. A faint dash of color had come back into her cheeks, her eyes shone clear and bright, her voice had a strong ring and she moved with a quick, nervous movement in which there was no evidence of languor. "I liked the looks of that jury from the first, broke In tho father of Alice. "Their faces expressed Intelligence and they looked like honest men. I said when I saw them that if I had been selecting a Jury myself I would have been satisfied with this one. I did not like some of their names, and I'll tell you there's a lot In a name sometimes, but their faces were ail good." Taken to Carrollton. The reporter asked about the future of Alice. "She will go home to Carrollton with me to-night," said the father, "and sleep wUh her baby sister. Her mother wants to see her and she will probably llvo in Carroll ton." The father and daughter left for the county seat of Carroll county on the Santa Fe train last night. Both looked very hap py and Alice talked with a free and care less air. Although Alice Piatt was tried specific ally for the murder of Elizabeth Mussey, she was in reality tried for tho murders of Elizabeth and Susie Mussey and Mrs. Torrence. The reason the case of Elizabeth was selected by the state was because it was the stroneesb case arr.ilnst-Viv Th was nothing in the case of Mrs. To'rrince 1. .J aMgvtvjfA'rlK-iiiVh rfy-to' Tr; S . t-uuiu ub yroaucea in tne- case of Susie Mussey of material value. The statement that the bodies of Mrs. Torrence and Sue might be exhumed and chemical analyses of the stomachs made Is so absurd that they are not een hinted at as a possi bility by anyone In authority. Alice Piatt will never again be molested by the law on the charge of having poisoned any of the Mussey family. The Jury that tried Alice Piatt stood 10 to 2 for acquittal on the first ballot. In dis cussing the evidence after .the verdict the Jurymen said they regarded the fact that the soda had not been examined as one of the most mysterious circumstances in tho whole case. The cookies and the npplex were examined, but th soda was burned. T.ii jurymen could not fathom the reason for the soda having ben burned after the suspicion had arisen that the children were poisoned. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Mussey were In tho court when the jury brought In Its verdict. WHen Mr. Mussey heard that the defend ant had been acquitted he was much sur prised and declared It an outrage. He had thought the Jury might disagree, but he had not looked for an acquittal. Mrs. Mus sey also expressed surprise at the verdict. Tho names of tho jurymen who, after 11s tf. .Is ,to.i,1l tho evidence against Alice Piatt, decided that sho was not guilty of murd,CI;r.e: Jeremiah Enright, foreman; W. G. Mahaffey. Richard W. Noel, James Hulse, Preston Woodmansee, James Cleary. J. M. Flynn, J. R. Horn, G. S. Roswell. Clarence Marksberry, W. B. Vlnlng, Clar ence Hamlin. HILLM0N JASE AGAIN. Mrs. Illllmon's Attorneys Trying to Have Insurance Companies Barred. Ont of Kansas. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs. Illllmon's attorneys aro trying to Induce the superintendent of insurance to issue licenses to the New York Mutual Life, the Connecticut Mutual and the New York Life Assurance Companies to do business In Kansas until they mako a settlement with Mrs. Hlllmon. Thtso companies have been fighting Mrs. Hlllmon in her attempts to recover the amount of policies held by her husband at the tlmo of his alleged death, and the case has. beside several trials In the federal courts, gono through every other phase of legal procedure known to lawyers, includ ing one hearing before the Insurance de partment. Judge S. A. Rlggs, of Lawrence, who Is one of Mrs. Hlllmon's attorneys, held a long conference with Governor Leedv nnd Webb McNall, superintendent of Insurance, lu-uu, upuu ine suujeci, unu iney nave taken it under advisement. Cleveland Goes Duck Shooting. Washington, Feb. 12. President Cleve land left the city to-night on the light house tender Maple for a day's duck shoot ing at WIdewater, Va., the home of Col onel Richard Waller. He was accompanied by Captain Lambcrton. of the lighthouse sen-Ice, and Is expected to return to-morrow night. I.ove Finds n Wny for Emma Good- sign nnd Morris Rosenthal at Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 12. (Special.) Miss Emma Goodman, of Fifty-fifth street, Chi cago, was married to Morris Rosenthal, by the Rev. Charles Hedler, a Methodist min ister, here this evening. Miss Goodman formerly lived on the AVcst side In Kansas City, where her father was In the tailor ing business, and a large property-holder. Tho marriage of tho couplo Is somewhat romantic The couple met In New York and went to Chicago, where Miss Goodman and her mother live. Rosenthal boarded with them.- They fell In love, but marriage was objected to, so they came here. They had a list of Jewish rabbis and visits them to be married. The rabbis, however, would not perform the ceremony, as it is against the Jewish religion to marry on Friday. They then sought Mr. Healer's housc.where they were made man and wife. Rosenthal claims to be 21 years of age, but looks like a boy of 15. He appeared very nervous and it proved a difficult task for him to talk in a straightforward manner. He said that they would either reside In Kansas City or Garnett, Kas. He raid his wife was well known at the former city, having lived there about two years ago. Her father now lives in Garnett, Kas. POPDLISTS WORSTED. TRIED TO DISCIPLINE REPUBLICANS, AND FELL DOWS. SPEAKER STREET AS A CZAR. AIDED THE POPS IX PUXISHIXG RE PUBLICANS. Minority Measures Ruthlessly Slaugh tered and Minority Member Is norcil Rctrlbntlon Came When the Rcpalillcnns Killed n Pet Pop Mcnsnre. Topeka, Kas Feb. 12. (Special.) The store of the little trouble between the Re publicans and Populists of the house last night was told in to-day's Journal. The Republicans felt sorry over the affair and decided to patch things up the first thing this morning. When the house convened, Lobdcll. of Lane, arose for the purpose of explaining the misunderstanding and In tended to suggest that the house do what It expected to last night cmnlbus a large number of local bills. Eut Street would not recognize him. Lobdell insisted, but it did no good, and so tho effort to fix things up was abandoned. Lobdell was not the only Republican whom the speak er Insulted. Every one who arose and ad dressed the chair was totally Ignored. The speaker ran things with a high hand, and roused the minority to great indignation. The Republicans will make him considera ble trouble unless he squares things. Street's actions were In accord with the sentiment of the Populist side, as well as in line with a declaration he made last night that ho would recognize no Repub lican to-day. This was shown when it came to the passage of local bills on third reading. Every local bill introduced by a Populist was passed readily and every one introduced by a Republican was killed as soon as It was reached. The Republicans were amused at the charming regularity with which their bills went down before the long-whiskered and long-winded aggre gation. The Republicans voted for every one of the bills, no matter who Introduced it or what territory it affected. They said that they did not want to go on record as op posing any local bills Just for spiteworJf. Tho graceful manner In which tho Repub licans tooks the affair cut the Populists to the quick. Tho whole outfit felt ashamed of themselves. The Republicans turned the tables this afternoon. They wilfully and wantonly crucified ono of the Populists' pet meas ures, the Trueblood .resolution calling for an amendment to the state constitution making the terms of state officers four years. The Republicans Intended fully to support tho resolution and secure its pas sage, but the shameful treatment accorded them this morning caused them to change their minds and when the measure came up they lined up solidly against it. It re quires two-thirds of the house to adopt a resolution of this kind and the Populists lack eight votes of having that number. The resolution came up for passage and a vote was ordered. N,ot until the .Republic ans wno had . nrevlouslv exDressed them- jeal''s i&tcw-ipt.-,l-tfr "rfolUUcn -ieiiif vuung ukuijii it uiu it uuwn upon uic .rujp ul!sts,that they would have to take a dose of their own medicine, and that It would be a most bitter dose nt that. Many of the Republicans, In explaining their votes, stated that they had fully intended to vote for this resolution, but that events took such a course to-day that it rendered their support Impossible. When the roll was finished, Trueblood asked that the absen tees be called. The Republicans insisted this was out of order; that the only thing to be done was to have a call of the house. The sergeant-at-arms barred the dcors and warrants were issued by the chief cleric for the arrest of absentees. While the ser geant was out skirmishing for members. Trueblood glanced 'over the roll call and discovered that if every absentee were found and voted for tho resolution, some thing which many of them would not do. It would still lack a few votes of carrying. About this time the sergeant-at-arms dis covered that Ed McKeever, cne of the al leged absentees, was In the hall, so he rushed up and placed him under arrest and brought him before tho bar of the house. McKeever, In defending himself, said that. Inasmuch as the Populists were running things with a high hand during the day, and not permitting the Republicans to par ticipate in the proceedings, he had left the hall. He was ordered released. Trueblood, seeing that the Jig was up, then asked that the call be dispensed with. This was done and the original roll call was corrected and tho result announced. The vote stood: For tho resolution, 63; against, 30. True blood. the author, changed his vote to the negative for the purpose of moving a re consideration. Representative Cubblson, of Wyandotte, stated to-night that the Republicans would permit a reconsideration of the resolution to-morrow, providing they received decent treatment from the Populists, and that it the latter would behave themselves enough Republicans would vote for the resolution to carry It. Ex-Speaker Lobdell, just before adjourn ment to-day, arose to a question of person al privilege. The speaker did not take any notice of him; neither did he rap him down, so Lobdell made his speech, and it was one that was not enjoyed by the Populists, either. He said, among other things: "I believe tills is the first time in my leg islative career that I have deemed this nec essary, and I will say in the outset that no personal Indignity nor mistreatment would bo sufficient to challenge me to such a course, but I stand here tho recipient of the suffrages of my people, by that suf frage charged with the responsibility and clothed with the privileges of a member of this body, amongst which privileges is the right In this house to address the presiding officer, nnd be by him courteously recog nized. Those rights and privileges have to-day been denied. It may bo suggested that this course has resulted from some action occurring here on yesterday. If that is true, I desire to say and it Is en tirely a personal statement that no man, at any time, nor under any circumstances resrets a breach of understanding more than I, and this morning, before the con vention of this body, I went to our s-peakcr and said to him what I have said now, and 1 said to him, further, that I had hud a conversation with the gentlemen who raised tho objections, last night, and these gentlemen would withdraw their objec tions, and that I would myself make a mo tion that the local bills on third reading be taken up and read at tho noon hour; that I would myself make the motion that tho journal bo referred to the committee for Its consideration, hoping that trouble might thereby be averted. I say I regret it, and it will hardly be necessary for me to remind you, gentlemen, on this floor, that only a few days ago I called your at tention to a similar matter, and pleaded with you to observe an agreement that had been sacredly made. Y'ou had agieed. through the chairman of your ways and means committee. vho Is always author ized to mako such an agreement, wilh a gentleman from Douglas, that certain bills should not bo taken up In his absence. But jour failure of courtesy affords no ex cuse for like failure on our part. It sim ply shows that it Is human to err: and I him no feeling to criticize you for your action to-day in the passage or defeat of bills. These are the questions which i-ach man has to answer to himself and his poo pie; but when my privileges as a member of this body are abridged, then the rights of these who sent me are denied, and with the profoundest respect for our speaker and the good faith and honesty of his in tentions, but questioning unalterably his reasons. I deem It my duty most sincerely to protest against such failure of recogni tion." POPULIST INGRATITUDE. Calamity Legislators Would Smite the Hands That Lifted Them Into Power. Topeka. Kas., Feb. -12. (Special.) The Populists of the house were very much disposed to-day to enact a law that would force about half their country papers out of existence. The Touns bill regulating' the fees for legal notices came up for dis cussion this afternoon In committee of the whole and the debate 'was very warm. Outcalt, chairman of the' printing com mittee, opposed the bill. He- said It would simply cut down the fees of country edi tors about CO per cent and'.tbe cut' would not be a saving to the bona fide residents of the state, but to non-rgsldent corpora tions Lobdell also opposed' the bill. He said that there was no other .class of men In Kansas who worked so hard for so lit tle pay as the country editors. They were entitled to public printing at a fair price. Speaker Street made a spectacle of him self in supporting the bill. He declared that the rates at present were M per cent too high, and should be reduced. He said that he was an editor once and that he took the county printing ere time for 1-10 of a cent for the year. He .accused the editors of being In league with tho jackleg lawyers and dividing up fees with them in foreclosure cases. Ha" said he did it once himself. Stuart, of Doniphan, made an able talk against the bill. He said that the fees might be a trifle high now. but that the editors should not be 'compelled to stand a 60 per cent cut. Fairchild took a fall out of Street, also: He declared that the speaker was talking against the interests of his own party in favoring the bill. It simply meant that sixty or eighty Populist papers In Kansas would have to quit businesS If it passed. He declared that It was the country papers that built the Populist party 'and that at every opportunity the alleged Populist leaders had showed their ingratitude by attempting to injure them in one way or another. "Just pass this, bill," said he, ana it these papers don't go out of ex istence, you who support this measure will go out. politically speaking. Thero will .L- ranse faces in yur seats on this l,? iw.J'ears hence. You now want to i? J the very men tvho made you." vinL Jtle ,evenlng session, the bill was killed, despite Street's influence. The Re publicans voted solidly against the meas- CUBBIS0N EJECTION BILL Popnll.it Representatives Killed It Last Night, After a Hot Debate. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The Cubblson election bill went down with a dull thud In the house committee of the whole to-night, but not until after a hot debate. The bill provided for throwing city elections into the falL Cubblson fa vored It .because it meant a saving of $173, 000 annually to the taxpayers of Kansas. Dingus argued that it Would bring the school question Into politics, and for this reason he opposed it. Wellep also op posed it. claiming that local Issues would bo crowded out for state or nntlonal issues Fairchild charged that the bill was sim ply a scheme of the corrupt politicians of Kansas City, Kas., to retain power and mulct the people. Cubblson denied this emphatically. He said It was Edwin Tay lor's idea and he denounced as a slander any insinuations cast against that gentle man's character or motives. But Cubbl son's eloquence could not save the bill and a motion striking out the enactment clause carried almost unanimously. MR. URY'S SCHEME IS DEAD. Ills County Consolidation Bill Pat to Sleep by the ITonse Com mittee, f Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The bill of Representative TTry to consolidate nine counties In Southwestern Kansas -met a sad fate to-day. The. committee 5n county seats and county lines reported ad versely on it. Ury was the only member of the committee who voted in favor of the measure. The action of the committee was no sur prise to Ury. He has been expecting It for several days; in fact, ever Bince Tapscott, 'tho seven footer from -Hamilton county, threatened to throw,.hltnat of .the window-If he insisted on'tCtioraVli report. TO ABOLISH TW0DEPAHTMENTS Honse Committee Favors Discontinu ing the Labor Bnrean and the Slllc Station. Tcpeka, Kas., Feb. 12. Special.) ' The house committee on state affairs to-day recommended for passage Finney's bill abolishing the office of state labor commis sioner. Senator Forney's bill to abolish the Peabody silk station was also favorably reported. The bill of Rothweller author izing tho secretary of state, treasurer and auditor to sit as a tribunal and pass upon the claims of a number of Leavenworth people -for losses sustained by bands of gueirlllas and marauders during the war was recommended for passage. "Abraham Lincoln Republicanism." Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) It was only with some difficulty and the aid of an arbitrary ruling by Speaker Street that the Populists of the house were forced to permit the reading of a resolution In honor of Abraham Lincoln. The P6pullst3 take great pride in telling everybody that they are Abraham Lincoln Republicans, yet they rendered objections to the introduc tion of a short resolution In commemora tion of his birthday. The speaker ignored their objections and ordered it read in spite of them. Wonlil Sntlsfy Brown. Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Chair man Brown, of the house railroad com mittee, stated to-day that the proposition submitted to tho railroads by the senate committee which, if accepted, would re duce freight rates about 20 per cent, wa3 very satisfactory to him and that he would use his endeavors to secure legislation along that line. Mr. Rnvenscrnft AVrnthy. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Rep resentative Ravenscratt is wrathy to-day over the action of the senate railroad committee in killing his bill compelling railroads to Issue a return trip ticket with each car of stock, and says that the sen ate's anti-pass bill will meet an early grave In the house. Scores nf Bills to Be Il"nneliei7. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The local committee of the house to-morrow will report unfavorably on over 100 bills vacating anything from an alley In Podunk to a township in Haskell county. At the same time. It will Introduce a general bill covering all of the matters In the bills killed. The Hedge Fence Bill. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) The house spent an hour to-night discussing a hedge fence bill and at the conclusion re ferred It to the agriculture committee to draft a substitute bill. Some of the Popu lists want a law to compel the trimming of such fences, while others arc opposed to it. They are afraid it will make them work. To Grade Convicts. Topeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Rep resentative Merrill Introduced a bill hi tho house to-day intended to elevate the de portment of prison convicts. It provides that prisoneni shall bo divided into three grades. The first one to wear citizens" clothes, the second checkered clothes and the third stripes. ' . Demand Lower Freight nates. Topeka. Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.! The Populist League, of Shawnee county, com posed of a lot of peanut politicians who never had a carload of anything In their lives to ship, has sent a petition to the legislature miking It to pass a maximum fi eight bill. Mrs. ICedzIe.ns n Lobbyist, Tcpeka, Kas., Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs. Nellie S. Kedsie. professor of domestic sci ence of the state agricultural college, is here lobbying: for. an appropriation of J20, 000 to erect and fit up .a kitchen at that institution. Armstrong's Antl-BInckllstlng Bill. Topeka, Kas.. Feb. 12. (Special.) Arm strong's bill to prevent the discrimination of corporations against members of labor organizations was recommended for pas sage by the house committee of the whole to-night. yjn Anti-Hypnotism Bill. TopeWl. Kas.. Feb. 12. (Special.) Mrs. J. G. Wpod, of Topeka. has prepared a Continued on Second rage. A CLASH EXPECTED. ONLY INTERVENTION BY THE POAV ERS CAN' PRETEXT IT. GREECE READY FOR CONFLICT. DETERMINED TO PREVENT TURK ISH TnOOPS FROM LANDING. Reported That Great Britain, Russia and France Will Give Greece Full Swing A Warning From Austria The Situa tion In Crete. Athens, Feb. 12. The warlike excitement here Increased with the departure of troops for the frontier and the equipping of addi tional war vessels for service in Cretan waters. Nobody seems to - doubt that a clash at arms will occur between Greece and Turkey unless the powers intervene; but it is believed here that Greece will be given a free hand In Crete, and that if sho succeeds in annexing that island her right to do so will not be questioned by the rest of Europe. It is quite certain that King George has not acted without consulting with his friends in sending the torpedo flotilla Into Cretan waters, with- instructions to pre vent, at all hazards, the landing of Turk ish troops in Crete. The porte is understood to have appealed to the powers to restrain Greece in this emergency, but nothing further Is known of the policy Turkey is adopting, al though It Is reported that a large force of Turkish troops is assembling at Salonika for embarkation to Crete, that there is great activity In military circles on the Turkish frontier, and that a portion of tho Turkish fleet is being prepared for active serviec. Advices received from Canea to-day say that Georgi Berovitch Pasha, the Turk ish governor of Crete, sought refuge last evening In the Greek consulate at Canea, fearing the anger of the Mussulmans and dreading arrest. It Is understood that Be rovitch Pasha had previously tendered" his resignation, and that the sultan had re fused to accept It. In reply to the request from the Turkish minister here, Asslm Bey, made yesterday for an' explanation of the departure of the Greek flotilla for Crete, and the Issuing of the note to the powers stating. In brief, that Greece cannot remain Inactive In view of the present outrages upon Christians In Crete, the government of Greece says that the measures taken are due, to a desire not to discourage the Christians from oc cupying Halepa at a moment when an at tack upon that town Is threatened. The town of Canea Is now said to be tolerably quiet, but from 4,000 to 5.000 in surgents are pear there, awaiting rein, forcements. When the reinforcements ar rive, it is stated, the insurgents will attack Canea In force. It Is known here that the Turkish officials In Crete have reported to the porte that it is absolutely impossible to pacify the island without a very large force of troops and the occupation of every town, village and mountain stronghold In the country. The hatred which has always existed between the Mussulmans and the Christians has been fanned Into fever heat by the recent collisions between the Insurgents and tho Turks, and this feeling has been still fur ther Intensified by the proclamation of the. Independence of Crete ft-om -Turkish ruie and its union with the kingdom of Greece. Conflicts of a more or less serious nature are reported from many ports of the Isl and and Herakllon is said to have been set on Are at a number of points. The for eign fleets have left Canea for Herakllon. which seems to confirm the report that It Is now the center of disturbance. Other reports sav that the situation at Retlmo is almost as serious as at Herak llon. The Turks at Retlmo refuse to al low the Christians to leave the place until a detachment of 100 Turkish soldiers and forty Mussulmans who are held at Am ari as hostages are released. The opinion expressed in official circles here is that nothing shcrt of a landing of blue jackets and marines from the foreign fleets will subdue the insurrection, and It Is not believed that the powers can agree to take this step. ' Under thes circum stances, therefore. Greece feels justified in the course she has adopted, even In the event of a conflict with Turkey. The report that Great Britain will, if necessary, take the inlatlve In preventing necessary, take the Initiative In preventing terferlng In Crete is not believed here. It Is thought that any action which may bo taken will be by Great Britain, Erance and Russia In common; but It Is conriuently re ported that these powers have decided to allow Greece to have her own way in the matter. The Insurgents of Crete, acting In con cert with the foreign consuls, have da clared Halepa to be neutral territory, which must not be infringed without twenty-four hours notice. The commanders of tho foreign warships have obtained the promise of the Greek admiral that he will give forty hours' no tice of any attack he may determine to make upon Canea. Vienna. Feb. 12. The Vienna cabinet has addressed a most serious warning to Greece. It is further learned from exclu sive sources that the powers have Informed Turkey that they cannot force Greece to withdraw her fleet, but will leave Turkey a free hand. v Constantinople, Feb. 12. It was officially nnnounced this evening that a council of ministers was held during the day for the purpose of coming to a decision regarding the attitude of Greece. The war party here now is very influential, but it is hoped a pacific settlement will yet be attained. At present here Is no indication that the Turkish government has decided to send reinforcements to tho Island of Crete. London, Feb. 13. A. dispatch to the Times from Canea announces that four boats be longing to tho torpedo flotilla and the transport commanded by Prince. George, of Greece, have arrived in the harbor of Canea. Tho British vice consul at Herakllon has been ordered to send all of the subjects of Great Britain on board the men-of-war unless the Mohammedans actively resist the movement. Tho situation at Herakllon Is unchanged. A dispatch to tho Times from Athens says that In splto of the obstinate official silence. It Is known something Is happen ing on tho Turkish frontier necessitating the movement of troops in that direction. The Turkish authorities aro aware of the difficulty, and are taking serious precau tions against Greece, owing to the critical state of feeling. Macedonia has organized large bodies of Albanian Ghegs ready to invade Thessaly and engago in guerrilla warfare as a set-off to the Grecian-Mace-dcnlan movement. Whatever truth there Is In this. It Is certain there was unusual commotion in military circles in Athens Friday. ThevParis correspondent of the Times says It Is the opinion In Fiance that the king of Greece has been assured of the support of Russia so far as his designs for a union of Crete with Greece are concerned. Another dispatch from Paris - announces that the second class cruiser Bugeaud and a French torpedo boat will leave Tou lon Tuesday for Canea. A dispatch to the Times from Berlin says the general situation Inspires tho greatest apprehension. Tho Berlin Post contains what is believed to be an Inspired state ment that war between Turkey and Greece appears Inevitable, In view of the recent events. The Post says it seems to be hope less to expect the powers to do more than to prevent the conflict from extending to the neighboring suites. To exercise a wholesome Influence, that object must be the first task of German policy. The report that German diplomacy was supporting Greece, the Post pronounces as a mere In vention, and says Germany cannot support Greece if she Intends with selfish alms to attack the Island of Crete while It is de nuded of troops. On the contrary, It must rather be regarded that Turkey would be justified In sending troops across the Thes sallan frontier. The Berlin cprrespondent of the Times says there Is no .doubt but the foregoing statements of the Berlin Post represent Germany's official views and. if anything, understate rather tha noverstate the feel ing prevailing In Berlin on the subject of Continued on Seventh Page. GENERAL SHELBY DYING. Thought Very Doubtfnl Enrly Tills Morning If He Conld Lire Until Daylight. Adrian, Mo., Feb. 13. (Special.) General Shelby Is dying. It has been thought all nlsht that he was dying, and it Is thought hardly possible that he can survive until daylight. Dr. Gllmoro said early In tho evening that It was probable the general was dy ing, and there has been no Improvement since. At midnight, when the Journal cor respondent left the Shelby home for Adrian, to file this message. Dr. Gilmore gave out tho following: "Respiration, E0; pulse. 136; temperature, 103; deep coma; stertorious breathing; sink ing. Death Is almost sure to occur before morning." All members of the family were present and have abandoned hope. Mrs. Shelby was standing the strain well. At 2:30 this (Saturday) morning, the courier who Is to come to Adrian with the news when General Shelby dies has not arrived, although he may be pn the way wlth his sad message. WILLIAM . MADE HIM BEGJ0R,MERCY. t Deserted Wife Finds Her Recreant Spouse and Goes for Him "With a Blncksnnke.; ; Chicago, Feb. 12. Four months ago Lind say Vaughn abandoned his wife, and she during all of that time kept up a search for him. She located htm to-day, and. after swearing out a warrant for his arrest on the charge of abandonment, took an officer iu uie uuk wuiie v ciufeiiii uitu iutY;ii up his residence for the purpose of making the arrest. When the two knocked at. the door of the flat, Vaughn appeared, clad only In his night robe. Mrs. Vaughn pulled a blacksnake whip from under her cloak and began to use it on her husband in an un merciful fashion. Vaughn made desperate ffnrti In rrpt th whin frnm thft wnm.in. but was unable to do so, and she ceased -roi!nrlTi,- it,v nnh' n'hon Vio won nnwri on his knees and begged for mercy. This was granted in the shape of an arrest by the officer, who had stood by while the whipping was In progress. Vaughn was locked In a cell for several hours, but fin ally secured his release on ball. NEBRASKANSJOT TO COME. Will Not Be Represented nt the Kansas-Missouri Stock Yards Conference. Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 12. (Special.) At the last moment, Nebraska legislators decided not to be represented at the Kansas Clty stock yards conference. Several senators thought the time was too short and that they could not get there In time. Others were indifferent, as the stock yards legis lation here is In an unsettled state. Friends of the stock yards at Omaha feared for the results. The truth Is no senator was quite willing to urge the appointment of a com mittee for the reason that it would bo pro nounced a useless and extravagant junket, and subject those who would favor it to criticism on that account. MARRIEDJN TIGHTS. 3Hs9 Annie "Wnltmnn Wed on the Stnge to a Xepliew of Sen- ntor Gorninn. Detroit, Mich., Feb. 12. Arthur T. Gor man, of Baltimore, who Is said to be a nephew of United States Senator Gorman, was married to-night to Miss Annie Walt man, of the Wood Sisters' Burlesque Vau deville Company. The marriage was per formed on the stage of the Capitol Square theater and the bride appeared In her cos tume of tights worn by her during the regular performance. The novelty of tho wedding and of the bride's unusual apparel provoked much applause from the large audience. Justice Tcagan performed the ceremony. HEAVY GOLD SHIPMENTS. Western Bunkers Sending tlunntitlcs of the Yellow Metal to Xevr York by Mail. New York. Feb. 12. Postmaster Dayton said to-day in reply to Inquiries, that it Is true of late there have been unusually largo shipments of gold from tho West-pnh'ch hurt Kansas. And ol late a new de fnr flelivrrv throurh the nostofflco to h.fluslon has spread throughout the country for flemen inrougn tne posiouice to thcT, tl - c, that the pOI)Ul sts are off tho banks in this city. c ,.i ,i ..i.. .i , i ""u '" ,"' 'N'13." uS."'.r" ",'"rjson and contrary to law. Th-se things be- stood that' the virtue of the ln deceived V.,. T-or.la't.ro.1 mnll nnrl ,1olti-ra.l fi-n. fK general postoflice since January 2S. nggre gatea i,mu,wu. .iius war. oiviueu in lots. MME.- M0DJESKA ILL AGAIN. Her Los Angeles Engagement Can celled nnd Her Northern Engage ments May Be Postponed. Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 12. Madame Mod- jerka Is suffering from an attack of acute colitis, necessitating the canceliati6n of her present engagement at the Los An geles theater. Her speedy convalescence i considered doubtful, and it mav be neiv essary to postpone her Northern engage- I jnents. juoojesKa nas just recovered from ; an attack oi paralysis anu returned to the t piaee to negin. stago only three weeks ago. , "I have been Invited here to tell you 'jwhat Us the matter with Kansas, and I Asphyxiated by Coal Gns. . have come nearly a thousand miles in the .... , .. . . ' middle of winter, to say that there Is abso- Mllwaukee. Wis., Feb. 12. Paul Wagner, Intely nothing the matter with Kansas, aged G years, and his wife, Fredericka There has been something the matter with Wagner. 64 years of age, were found dead Kansaa-a good deal the matter with Kan ln bed this morning. Asphyxiation seems sas. The devil has be-n to pay out In the jjrobable cause of death, by coal gas. i Kansas, but he has been paid ia 100 cse& IT WAS LINCOLN DAY. THE REPCBLICAXS CELEBRATE ALL OVER. THE COUNTRY. OHIO REPUBLICANS BANQ.UET. MANY NOTABLES PRESENT. AT ZANESVILLE LAST NIGHT. W. A. "White, of Kansas, One of the Gnests f Honor Responded to the Toast. "Want's the Matter WItU Kansas!" Other Places. Zanesville. O., Feb. 12. It was 10:30 when the doors were opened for the twelfth an nual banquet of the Ohio Republican League to-night. Governor Bushnell pre sided. On his right sat Mark Hannn. next to whom was Senator John M. Thurston. To the governor's left were State President Charles F. Leach and National President Wcodmar.see. Then. In order, came, on either side, Sylvester T. Everett, Major Charles Dick, Booker T. Washington. WUI- A. WHITE. lam Allen "White,-of Kansas; Congressman S.-A.rJorthwy8id .otliirguests. The toasts were: ' President's address. Charles F.. Leach; toastmaster Governor Asa S. Bushnell; "Abraham Lincoln," Senator John M. Thurston: "The American Congress." Hon. James T. McCIeary: "To the Chairman of the National Committee," to be drank standing; "What's the Matter With Kan sas?" William Allen White; "Solving the Negro Question In the Black Belt of tho South," Booker T. Washington: "The Na tion's Verdict," D. D. Woodmansee: "The Work of the Last Campaign," Charles i Dick. Looker T. Washington, principal of the Tuskogce Normal and Industrial institute, Tuskcgte. Ala., said: U lltTlU 1J1UU1CU1 1 l?Uaill 11U111 iJL question of sentiment Into one of industrial , and commercial business. gained for the npITTO bV abl anil commercial business. Little can be gained for the negro by abuse of the South. Little can be gained for the. white man by abuse of the negro. Thenegro that loves a wnue man is tenrold greater than a white man who hates a negro. The key to the solution of the race problem in the South is in the commercial and Industrial development in the negro that shall rest, upon the highest and broadest culture. Wo huve 850 students at Tuskogee from twenty two states, thirty-one Instructors and a colony of 1,100 people. Together with lit rrar training, we train In twenty-six dif ferent Industries. Of the thirty-seven buildings, nil except three were erected by students. They have sawed the lumber, made the bricks, done the masonry, car pentry, plastering, painting and tlnsmlth ing. Tho property Is now valued at J20O,WJ. and Is the work of the students of the past fifteen years. We have a great object les son In the civilization In the negro, and hope to make It felt all over the black belt. The negro was tied to the white man In slavery through the bill of sale. In freedom he must tie himself to the white man through the bonds of commerce and the cultivation of the sympathetic good will of his neighbors.? When a- black man has the best farm In his country every white man will respect him. A white man honors the negro that lives In a two-story brick house, whether he wants to or not. In all history, can you find a race that posj-essed property. Industry nnd Intelli gence that has long been denied its rights? If tho possession of these elements do not bring to the negro every right enjoyed by other cltlzenv. then the -Bible and the teachings of-the Great Jehovah are wrong. William Allen White, of Kansas, who responded to the toast, "What's the Mat ter With' Kansas?" spoke as follows: "There is a song which some of you may have heard, which begln3: " 'O, potatoes they grow small, out in Kansas; And, they eat them tops and all, out In ' Kansas." "Thero aro forty-threo stanzas to this ballad, and the burden of the song la that Kansas Is about the thirty-third degree In the lodge of the Royal Arch Demon, and that a man. after going through the whole sizzling inferno, is sent to Kansas to g t homesick for hades. That song contains several important errors. In the first pla;c. wc" do not eat them tops and all. out In Kansas, We eat them mashed with chick en gravy, and fried with ham gravy. Just as you do here In Ohio. In the second plac, we do'not have to fill our wells with rock to keep them from blowing" away; nor d we trim tho claws of the Kansas catiUh to prevent them from scratching the bark of the trees in dry weather. Neither da we send our abstract to Missouri so that the "grasshoppers will not destroy the title of the land. These are popular delusions .i reservation Aiiuiin wimuw.u uui ui sen- f J gSlPh tSl tiici? vtlesVun-n . 1'OrsCS laUgn till UlCir Mlle3 Hurt T ttCH thev see a man from Kansas. "This is unfair. Kansas is a little queer at times: but so is Indiana, and Illinois, for that matter. But just because four or five Kansas iongirssmcn have the lumpy Jaw you should not infer that wo grow tails and -run -wild with the- buffalo. When Mr. Altgeld, of Illinois, began to sec things and talk to himself, you gentlemen didn't be lieve that the citizens of Chicago all walk ed backwards, to. keep thflr trousers from bagging at. the knees. Because Ignatlu3 Donnelly scrambled his brains with the wheels In his bead, no one ever thought of putting Minnesota In the violent ward. Because Jones, of Arkansaw hold on! It hasn t got so far yet that a Kansas man has to defend'Arkansa'w In order to stand up for Kansasi" "We will have to draw the line sompwncre, anil ..rKansavr is a gpoa I.