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THE REGISTER HAS THE LARGEST BONA-FIDE CIRCULATION OF ANY PAPER PUBLISHED IN ^LLEN COUNTY. KANSAS: T LTHE XI. Jf UMBER ..4. SIX PAGES. lOLA, KAITSAS, DECEMBER 28, 1908.—TUESDAY ETETnNG. SIX PAGES. PRICE TWO CESTM. 1/ EITH US EiCH 75,000 i MANY DUIIILD ALIYhi DHT I> KKLKJIOIS RIOT CASE. MARTIAL LAW; INSTITUTED IX THE QUAKE ZOXE. Finds That Slinrp Killed X. J. SHsor —RpcomnK'iids That He, With Wife, Be Held. Looters and ROI»IMTS Are to Be Shot tin SIIFM '^^^ Kansas City Journal says: • *" ' .Mrs. Delia Pratt herself yesterday absolved the police frtJm blame for tfie death of Lulu Pratt, her daughter, RED CROSS ASKS FOR AID »ho was kllled in a skiff in the .Missouri river following the riot of fanatics ncnr the city hall, December 8. The slory was told by .Mrs. Pratt at till' coniner's luquest. at which she was ilie lust witness. Till' rlilld. Ko said .Mrs. Pratt, was lyinK In thai i)art of the Iwai which was covered with a canvass canoi)y. Mrs. Pratt her .xelf wa.s standing up In (he boat when she noticed that her iiiile girl turned over while the bullets wifrc raining ujion the l>oat. She ; liivfstijiaied and found that Lulu was Idead. From where ihey were shooting, fhe suld. the (xilicp could not tell whether there was any other occupant of the boat than herself. ROOSEVELT StXHS A MESSAtiE OF SYMPATHY. Hundreds of and the HonM -N Hate Fuliofl People Are PanFe Strlrken. Rome. Dec. '29. —Thousands of persons were killed, tens of thousands rendered homeless, and incalculable [ Ou one point, however, her testl- damage done to propertv vesterday bv Imony contradicted that of at least one an earthquake which devastated the, "'h*"/ „^'.'•„t Praa said she three provinces of Casenza, Catanazro and Regglo di Calabria, comprising fired no shots after her and her daughter jiut from the houseboat in a skiff. Detective S^-ott A. God cy. who the deiiar>.nient of Calabria, which .^j,^ preceded her on the witness stand, forms the southwestern extremty of ,j Pra„ jjaj fired one shot Italy, or "The Toe of the Boot, and ^jf,^ Towards the crowd the far-reaching effects of which were felt almost throughout the entire country. The town of Messina, in Sicily, was partially destroyed, and Catania was inundated. In .Messina hundreds of houses have fallen and It Is reported that 300 persons have been killed. Owing, however, to the fact that telegraphic communication were almost completely destroyed it is Impossible to obtain even an approximate Idea cf the vast damage done. Naples, Dec. 29.—King Victor Emmanuel will proceed to Calabria and Sicily and do alt in bis i>ower to further the work of rescue. He has ordered a special train to be prepared and this will lake him as near as possible to the scene of the disaster. From this jMjtnt his majesty will make use of any transportation facilities avallabe to get into Regglo and Messina. It is reported here that tho Prefect of Regglo wan killed In the earthquake and that an Inspector- general from the home office In Home has been sent to replace hlni. The Prefect of Regglo is the head of the province orders and the jMjst corresponds to that of a governor iif a Ktate in America. Rome, Dec. 2H.—.\ special dis|)at <h from Palermo. Sicily, says the dead ai Messina as a result of the earthquake and tidal wave yesterday is estimated at twelve thousand. Scores are still alive beneath the ruins cf the city. Owing to the inadequacy of means of rescue at hand it is inijwssible to reach these people and bring them out alive. Other dispatches received here p'ace the dead at Messina at even more appalling figures. The Tribune publishes a telegram saying that the ra.cualties will reach a total of seven•v-five thousand persons. This rei»ort ••as not been substantiated. l^oudon, Dec. 29.-^,A special dispatch from Canzaro. says that only a few of the thousands out of the entire population have escaped death or injury. Lieutenant General Fierera di Cossat- to has ordered all looters and robbers shot on sight. Martial law has been in.stituted in the earthquake zone. The population of Regglo ^is p&ced at about fifty thousand persons. Catania. Sicily, Dec. 29.—Mount Etna Is this morning showing considerable activity and the detonations which can be plainly heard in this city together with the volume of fnioke rolling out of the crater, have added to the panic of the people. According to a director of the local observatory this activity is directly connected with the earthquake of yesterday which wrought such havoc In Calabria and Sicily, but a great eruption is not expected. Monfelenne. Calabria. Dec. 29.—The towns of Palmi and Bagnara are i)rac tically destroyed and there are hundreds of dead and injure*. Rome, Dec. 29.—A te'tegram today confirms the previous reiwrts of the complete destruction of Messina where the dead are counted by the tens of thousands. gathered on the shore. "I remember," said Godley. •because •vhen she fired the crowd which had gathered made a wild rush for shelter, many tripping and. falling over the railroad tracks." Verdict of the Jury. Oiherwlsc the Inquest, which consumed the greater iMirt of the day. jiought i.ui little that was not told the Jay of (he tragcd.v. The testimony .euded to .bhow that Mrs. James Sharp killed Patrolman Michael .Mnllane; that shaiji killed A. J. Selsor, a bystander. Lf .d tl .at I ,oul8 Pratt, whc died of hiss wounds, ki Jed Patrolman Albert A. Dalb<iw-. Who fired the shots which resulted In ih«» death cf Pratt ind his daughter was not deflnltel\ established. After hearing the evidence, the coroner's Jury brouehi In verdicts as follows: .Miohaei .\iulIano—Ouiie to his death from a gunshot wound, said guti being In the hands of .Mrs. James Sharp RecomnKendatlon, that she bi' hi'ld for murder In the first decree. .\ll.ert A. Dalbow—Came to hl> death from a gunshot wound, said wound ln-'ing Inflicted by James Sharp iir Louis Pratt. .\. J. Sals-or—Killed by James Sharp riec-oinmendatlon, that he be held for murder in the first degree. Louis Pratt—Came to his death through a gunshot fired, by some officer unknown to the Jury, said Pratt being engaged in rioting and resi.stinf arrest. Lulu Pratt—Came to her death through shots fired by some ij^rson unknown to the jury. The jurors were: D. R Wa'Iace. fort'niau: H. A. Kendall. A. -M. Allen. R. .1. Kverett William H. Seaman and 1. H. AblKJtt. Had no Orderx to Fire. ' Considerable latitude was given the attorneys for the defense by Dr. B. H. Zwart. coroner, and the events of the day of the riot were fully brought out. W. S. Gabriel, who will be assistant pro.secuiing attorney under Virgil Conkling, represented the state. Witnesses who were e.xamlned dirr- ing the day and who told the same stories a.s they did immediately after tlie riof. were the following: A fred H. S:iniucl. 4134 West Prospect itlaoe: (Seorge .M. Holt, deputy probation officer; Steven King, bartender at 4tiO Main street: Michae" Brady, produce merchant; John H Crei:;hton. who runs the Poor .Man's mission: Kd Dawson, a harnessniaker on Fourth street: Andy O'llare of the city deietiive department: Scott Godley. Robert Phelan. Charles Ryan Walter Whitset, D. H. Oldham, police officers, and Dr. Harry Czarllngsky deputy coroner. Each of the police office, s was asked at whose orders the shots were fired which killed Lulu Pratt. All of them said that no special orders were given. It was charged at the time of the riot that a police commissioner Washington. Dec. 29.—The Amerl-.bad ordered the men to fire "Pon ih* can National Red Cross today sent outllmat, but the rolice insisted they bad telegraphic requests to all Its branch-,had no orfers from siich * source f.>, ^^n^t f«nrt» f« i« annlled to the I JamcB Sham, his wife and w I Uam Enghnell, now In the county jail. es for relief funds to be applied to the sufferers from the earthquake in south ern Italy. President Roosevelt today were present In the room during the «ent a message of s%Tnpathy to the'entire incuest, although the> did not testify. Their attorneys oDjected tc (heir presence, but was overruled by the coroner. king of Italy. Tke EaHb Trembled In KeDtnckjr. Louisville, Dec. 29.—Reports here A. E. Martin, attorney for Sharp an( last night are that late Sunday night bis wife, said last night the western end of Kentucky was vis- witness admitted that Mrs. Sharp took ited by earthquake shocks. A dis-! part In the riot at the dlrenlon and in pateh from Hopklns^il'e says that. the presence of her bueband. For this seismic shocks were felt throughout,reason effort will be made by her lawyer to have the case against ber dismissed In the criminal court when It Is called for trial. - i that and adjoining counties. THE WEATHER. Forecast for Kansas: Fair and colder tonight and Wednesday. Register Want Ads Briog ResuIU. SAY IT WILL NOT DO ('0MMIS8I0\ BELIEVES PRATERX- AL ORDERS CAXT AVWD TAX. SEND OUT THE NOTICES IXSTRUUT COUXTY t'O.MMISSIOX. ERS TO PUT PROPERTY OX LIST.S. JUST TO SEE OA-GO'POWER TO PEOPLE HUXGARIAX.S .\LL RIGHT FOR MUSIC BUT XOT FOR WORK. Band of Thirteen Conio Right In And Turn Aronnd and (lo Right . Out Again. (ffectM Over Two Million Dollars Worth of Property In the State. The tax commission does not believe that Judge Dana's decision exempting the property of fraternal so cictles will bfl sustained by the supreme court and today the comraisH- Ion ordered all connty assessorB and county commissioDers In the state to go ahead and assess the property of fraternal Roctetlog Just the same as though no decision to the contrary had been rendered In the Shawnee court. The commission holds that the Shawnee decision affects only that ludgo '8 judicial district and will have no bearing o%'er the state until sustained by the supreme conrL The tax commission studied this -natter of taxing fraternal societies carefully soon after Us formation and teclded that this should be done. The property of fraternal societies now on the tax books of the state totals over two million dollars and the commiss- 'on refers to supreme court decisions that bear out its stand that the property is subject to taxation. The Shawnee decision, which was to the effect that the property of Masonic lodges was exempt from taxation, will be carried at once to the supreme court. The Odd Fellows have filed a similar suit In the Shawnee court nraying for relief from taxation on the strength of the Masonic decision. The text of the commission's com- -nunicaton to the county assessors Is 19 follows; "The commission has been asked a number of times what rule Is to govern in the assessment of property of 'raternal • societies for the tax year 1909. "A decision made by the district ourt of Shawnee county, holding the property of such a society : exempt, has been understood In some parts •it the state afl having establshed a •ule of action to be followed thronch- out the state. Anv such conclusion Is 'rronooHS. The decision of a district itidge can have no authorltv outside >Is d'strict. A Judicial decision which •« to control the whole state ran only "ome from the snpreme court aivl the commission may be permitted to ex- >rfSR the belief that the decl.'iion of he Shawnee county district court will n nil probability not be sustained by he supreme court, as there are now wo dpr*Isions by tho supreme court •vhlch In effect deny that fratema' societies are entitled to an exemption of their property from taxation under the terms of the constitution. The case now being litigated In Shawnee ?ount.v win be taken to the supreme court for Its decision. "This Question was given careful jitentlon immediately after the organ- 'zntlon of the commission In July, 1907. and the conclusion of tho com- •ni .ssion concurred In by all Its mem- 'jers was the one which is announced nn pages TO. 11. 12 and 1."? of the cnn- 'erence uroceedings of .Tanuary 28-29. 190S. The commission has had no cause to change Us opinion. What was then said might bo strongly supported by quotations from the decision of the supreme court of Kansas in the case of Troutman et al vs. the DeBolsslere Odd Fellows Orphans' Home and Industrial School asstocia- Mon et al. reported In sixty-sixth Kan- «!a.s reports at page 1 et seq., but it 's not thought necesRary to reproduce any part of that decision as the report can be consulted by any person Inter- sted. "Thore was assessed In 190S, in 9.1 •ountles reportl.ig. property of fraternal societies amounting in value to '2.184.914, and the commission bo- I'eve that an Injustice lo other taxpayers would result should this properly •^c allowed to escape taxation. "A fraternal society may be considered in a sense as a larre family, with 'ooser ties than are found in the fam- t'y property of which the husband and father is the head. It would be more reasonable to exempt from taxation the means whereby the husband and 'ather supports the other members of his family, than to exempt the means of the larger family of looser ties irawn together more often for social oleasures and other personal benefits than otherwise. The commission adheres to the Instruction contained In the report of the conference proceedings ind instructs the county and deputy assessors that the property of fraternal societies should be placed upon the assessment roll of 1909 for purposes of taxation." BACK TO HOSPITAL. Mrs. Boutson of Carlyle Returns for Further Trtatmant. Undersherlff A. L. Baotrlght went up to Carlyle this afternoon to take a Mr>. Boulson to the state bosplUI at Oaawatomle. The-woaam was oiu;e an inmate of the institution but was sent home as cured. Of late her affliction has returned and it has been seen fit lit Uke ber back. Saturday noon a bunch of thirteen Hungarians came in to Humboldt to work at the .Monarch Portland Cement company. They brought their tents and baggage and remained at the Santa Fe de]x>t for awhile, while their boss went down to the plant to jee about the work, says the Herald. Saturday evening a big crowd of men went to the hotel and told the Hungarians that work was not good for their constitution, and that It would be advisab'e to move to a warm er clime and u train would leave before long. Their advlco was taken and the first train saw thirteen tanned passengerB step on board with their liaggapo. They were escorted to the train by a larite cmwd of men and boys. Thf exodus was caused by a rumor that the men were to take the idace i >f the home men at work on the plant. This rumor was Inienslfled by the fad that a few men were dlHcharged Saturday night. O. M. Couuctt, president of the company, was interviewed this morning and said the men were brought here to work In the (luarries where It Is partlcnlarly hard to get men to slay. It was not the Intention of the company to replace home men with foreigners. In fact the plant needed more men and could not get them. The plant had only l.iO men at work and needed 200. It is hoped that plenty of Americans will come here to take the work. There wii: be a constant demand for men and the sooner people move here the better. AN EARLY SESSION fyeadcn of C«nirr *8ii Want Taft to Call Special Srnsion Soon after HU Inandmnitlon. Washington, Dec. 2fi.—If leaders In congress of Iwth political parties are able to bring sulllclent Influence ui>on President-Elect Tafi, the special session to revise the tariff will be caKed iilniost ininiedlaiely after inauguration. The purp(js<f will be lo cut the special session a.s rhori us inmslble and secure an adjournment l>efore the extremely hot weather sets in. Several members of congres:^ who have discussed the subject with .Mr. Taft believe that his views In regard to an early and short session coincide with the jilan suggested. Ordinarily, a special session is not called until some time has e'apsed after the adjourninpiit of a regular session. The dela.v has l>een to give the members of congress an opportunity to go to their homes and transact busine.ss and return to Washington for a long stay. There seems to be a unanimity of protest against a long seigp of Washington summer, however and the usual course is likely to be altered. In inaugural years the senate Is always in session for ten days or a fortnight in order lo couflrm noniination.s under the new administration, and it has been suggested that the house could be in session also and utilize the time in considering the tariff bill, as it will have to he disposed of there before It can be taken up by the sen- ale. It is e.\pocti'd that the house ways and means committee will have a bill ready to reuort to the special session on tho diy it assembles and that no time will bo lost by committee hear- int-'s. As soon as the bill has been drafted It can be taken up by the ."eu- ate committee on finance and that conimiiee can be ready to report. If it works assiduously, as soon as the bill has been passed by the house and Is mes.saged to the senate. If this method is followi-d. and it now seems probable that it will be. it Is believed that special tariff revision can be concluded inside of four months. TRAVIS WILL ISTRODUCE IXITIA TIVE-REFEREXDUM BILL. OREGON LAW THE BASIS XORTHWESTERX .STATE .MEASURE COXSIDERED AX IDEAL OXE. Two Other Bills of Importanre to the People, VHal StatlxtlcR and Uniform Acconnt.H—Xot Reformer. FINISH THE DYKE A. I. Townxend Is Xow Fixed for the XeoRho River Floods. A. L. Townsend Is completing the dyke along the river built to protect his land from overflawa. For some time he has had between six and ten teams at work on the project. The dyke is twelve feet deep or two feet above the highest water mark known to "white man" as Mr. Tor. nsend says, ft Is twelve feet wide at the base and six feet at the top. When completed Mr. Townsend will have inrested over $1,000 In it. He feels that be wl'l be repaid, however. During the high water periods in the past few^ years he has been a heavy loser from the floods. Miaa Sattter Married. Probate Judge J. B. Smith this morning married Walter H. Lindsay of Westphalia and lElizabeth La Belle Battler of tola. Three proposed legislative acts, each of which contains provisions beneficial to the people of Kansas, Alii direct the attention of the legislators and their constituents of iho Uate, to the gentleman from the AI- k-n-Woodson county district during ihe coming session. Three new bills ire lo be Introduced by Senator Frank Travis. Each of ihe.^e bills are the .esult of long study and careful In- tresllgatlon of the conditions which lemand their enactment. The first of these measures Is a resolution to submit the matter of the nliiatlve and referendum to the elec- iirate of the state. The •Initiative" Is the j)ower of proposal of a law by the people, the "referendum" la the IKiwer of submission of a law to the ()eopIe at the imlls for approval or rejection. The object of the measure by Senator Travis Is, of course, to provide a process for the elimination of bad laws and the enactment of good ones, by the people, when the legla- lature refuses or falls to act. The measure Is based on the Oregon Initiative and referendum law, which has been time tested and found adequate in all particulars. The states of Montana, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Maine and Missouri hava adopted the initiative and referendum and with satisfactory results where the law has been effective long enough to give It a practical test. Senator Travis has had the advice and personal suggestion of the framer of the Oregon law 4n preparing hiB'measnre. A Uniform Sj-stem of Acconntln?. Another bill to be Introduced by Senator Travis provides for the establishment of a uniform system of accounting for the state, cities and town ships. The bill creates a state bureau of public accounts and affects municipalities and townships as well as the state. Once each year, there Is a com plete and exhaustive overhauling of all public accounts. The measure has met with much favor among the leg- Islalots who have been acquainted with its provlsUms. A Vital .Statl.ollcs Law. The third measure to be introduced and advocated by Senator Travis Is a k-ltal statistics law. This law will r«- jjulre nn accurate and prompt reiwrt lo the stale health department of all births, deaths, marriages, divorces, dangerous and contagious diseases. It provides for a local registrar In each community who reports to the state department. In framing this bill. Senator Travis has had the advice of a famous Pennsylvania statistical authority and the chief of the census bureau of the United States, Xot a Reformer, Sajs Mr. Traris. "The one thing that I object to." Senator Travis said this afternoon It talking of his legislative measures, "is being classed as a reformer as that person l.s popular'y known now, I have no freak or radical measures. 1 am a reformer insofar as that term may apply to a legislator who favors I'.rogressive legislaticm in the interest of and by the people. I want to go to the legislature and do what the people would have me to do, what seems to me best for them and their Interests." KAXSAS EDITORS .MEET EARLIER. The State A.sHocIatlon Will MM,In Topeka Fehmarj- 1-2. ToiK'ka. Dee. 29.—The date for the annual meeting of the Kansas Editorial association has been changed fr<mi February 9-10 to February 1-2. The change was made an account of some cf the officers of the national association who expect to be present. Practlcall.v/ all of the details of the meeting have been arranged. THE BIG FLEET PASSES ADEN. Admiral Sperry's Battle Ships Are Nearing the Suez Canal. Aden, Arabia, Dec. 29.—The sixteen battleships composing the American Atlantic battleship fleet, under command of Rear Admiral Sperry, which ,is cruising around the world, passed I this port today bound for Suez. The • fleet left Colombo, Ceylon, December 20th. I Ready for Bank Robbers. I McPherson. Kas., Dec. 29.—The , banks of McPherson do not intend to be held up by any of the numerous highwaymen infestlnr the country and have prepared themselves by each bank In the city purChayIng a number of the 4!>-Calibre Springfield rifles, recently placed on the market from the government arsenals, and have distributed tbem where they can conveniently be obtained in case an attempt at robbery is attempted on any of the banks. ONLY A FEW lOUNS ALLEN CO. NOT +tEAVILY REPRE­ SENTED AT TEACHERS MEETING. Southeastern Kansas Teadhe.-s* Association Held Here Cuts Down The Attendance. The annual meeting of the State Teachers' Association opens tomorrow at opeka, but will be attended by a small delegation from this county. The Southeastern Kansas Teachers' Association which was held here during Thanksgiving week has had the effect of answering the same purpose as the state . meeting to the teachera in this vicinity. County Superintendent Funston will go to Topeka this evening to attend the session and possibly six teachers from Tola city. There are no local teachers on the program. The State Jonr- |nal said last nl?ht: The forty-sixth annual meeting of the Kansas State Teachers' association will convene In Topeka at representative hall In the capltol building, tomorrow e\«nlng at 7:30. The sessions will continue until Thursday night. There are about .WO members of the state association and a record breaking attendance Is expected at this week's meeting. The programme prepared covers every range of Bchoo wo'k and noted educators from ""Very section of the country will deliver addresses. Tomorrow Night's Session. The following is the programme for Tuesday night's general session: Music—Shawnee county schools. J. R. Cartef, superintendent; Miss Eva Millard, musical director. Prayer—Rev. Clarence E. Holcombe, Lowman Hill M. E. chapel, Topeka. Music—Shawnee county schools. J. R. Carter, superintendent; Miss Eva Millard, musical director. Address of Welcome—J. W. Gleed, Topeka. Response—Prof. J. M. Rhodes, Emporia. President's Address — Superintendent J. E. Boyer. Kingman. Announcement of Committees. The silk prize flae. for best attend- j ance will .be competed for again th's. year. It will be given to the county having the greatest enrolled meml)er- shlp In proportion to the number of teachers employed In the county. It Is not necessary that tho teachers be In attendance that they l)e counted In the flag contest. Also, two prize libraries wl 'l be Tlven for the best records made in attendance at the state association by the county and ctv of the first or second class. Tho library for the county will consist of at least sixty choice volumes, and the library for the cUy of at least- forty volumes. The rules of the contest are as fol'ows: L The county or citv of the first or j second class having tho largest per: ;ent of Its teachers enrolled will be| given a credit of one. [ 2. A credit of one will be given for he largest mileage traveled bv the' teachers of the countv or city in attending the association. 3. A credit of one will be given for : the largest per cent of teachers in at-' tendance from any county or city of first or second class. 1 4. In case no county or city has two or more credits, making the con-' test result in a tie. the tie shall be, broken bv deciding the contest bv rule j No. 2 alone. ' THE CITY'S VERSION UTILITY rOMMITTEE SPEAKS OUT OX MATTER OF R^MOYDIG DAM. CITY WATER NOT IMPUJtE DEATH RECORD DISPROVES CLAIM OF FARMER,S, COMMITTEE SATS. Quote From Report of GoTemramit's Snrveyors to Show Loss of Power If Dam iH Tom Out;. ITSNO"MAN'SUND" OutlawH a Square Mile.s Adjoininir' Fort Smith, Ark.—.Made So i hy CourL The members of the public utUitles department are taking exception to the attitude of the farmers along the N'eosho river, who aro organizing a drainage district relative to the city's, dam and water works. The farmers are making an effort to have the dam torn out, giving as their principal reason that the water Is Impure and that the tearing out of the dam would to a Meat extent benefit the drainage system at this particular polnL The members of the department state very emphatically that the city, water Is not impure; that since the water works was established In this city, no death has ever been reported which was either directly or indirect^ }y attributed to the use of city water: that the reports of the city physicians show that the majority of typhoid fever cases have been traced to the use of water from wells and not citf water. Moreover, the committee -says, the city has been put to considerable expense in perfecting a system whereby the citizens may have pure water. The waterworks site and dam \fesre purchased at a cost to the city of $10,000. This dam furnishes the city a • depth of water to draw from during the dn- season which could not be had in the event that the dam was torn out During this season the rubbish settles to the bottom leaving the water purer than at any other season of the year. Above the dam at a distance of atiout 100 vards, the city, at an expense of $2,500 Installed an Intake. This Intake Is not only above the rubbish line but is far enough removed from the dam to prevent the drawing of water from rubbish which might have accumulated at the base of the dam. Members of the department also state that during the dry season when the river is •tow, less precipitant Is used to sette the water than nt other seasons of the year. Relative to the drainage the report of the geological survey by the gOT- emment engineers was quoted which says that the Missouri Pa'^lflc raIN way^brldgo Is a creater obstruction to the drainage of the river during high woter than'Is the dam at this point The report says nothing detrimental to the city's dam In connection with the drainage system. The report on the dam at Neosho Palls sayp: "At Neosho Falls a mill-dam obstructs the river to some extent and should be removed. This would necessitate arrangements with the mill owners; hence, no estimate can lie placed unon this itein." Another important item of which the public generally Is ignorant and to which the committee calls attention is the fact that the city patrols the riv?r for a distance of eight miles above the dam. keeping it free from rubbish. In case It becomes necessary to remove the dam one of the greatest losses to the city w^ould be the loss, of an opiMirtnnity for developing the power of the water fall at this pointy The report of the government eoeineers !!hows that there is a Dosslblllty of deve 'oping power at this point for milling purposes equal to 200 to 326 ho-se power according to the rise and fall of the river. POOR COLORED CHILDBEX. Fort Smith, Ark.. Doc. 29.—By a POB decision cf the circuit court here to-I T- day, a strii) of land twelve miles long First A. M. E. Cbarch Had Christmas and two miles wide, adjoining this city j Tree Last Xight. becomes "no man'^ land." ! The Mothers', Aid society and the The strip was originally a part of Sunday school of the First A. M. E. Indian Territory, and was allotted to church had a Christmas tree last night the Choctaw nation, but was ceded by, for the benefit cf the poor colored oongress to Arkansas in order to al- children of the city. The society and low local authorities to have iiotlce Sunday school spent Christmas week jurisdiction over It, as it had become canvassing the city for provisions and a refuge for outlaws. -clothing and placed them on a tree The failure of Arkansas to accept,at the church last night, after which the land by an amendment to Its con- committees were appointed to dlstrib- stitutlon Is given by the court as a ute them among the deserving poor, reason for its ruling, which holds that Liberal contributions were made and the boundary line of 1880 is still in the hearts of the unfortunate colored effect The "constitutional convention children of the City were made glad, of Oklahoma declared the strip a part! In appreciation of the good work of of that state. 1 the nastor. Rev. H. Shepherd, the mem For twenty years the local courts , hers of the church presented him with here have tried crimes committed in a handsome gold watch at the enter- ihe strip, and there are now more, talnment last night. than fifty men serving sentences on i conviction in Arkansas courts for' • aBsh crimes committed in the disputed ter- nn wlBHb If II 1 fcil ritory. In border days eighty-eight CM ff Cllk IIILLLII men were banged In the strip, after, being sentenced by Federal Judge! 'Parker here. j Friends of Castro and Gomez In a The property fronts on the Arkan- asa and Poteau rivers and is valued at $2,000,000. Many farmers a mfl'ion Lively Little Tilt Port of Spain, Trinidad, Dec. J9.— I Register Want Ads Bring ResolU, dollar bridge, a water plant, and a There has been fighting at Macnro on numbtr of houses will be affected by the Venezuelan coast between the ad- the court's decision, which holds that herents of former President Castro all taxes paid for the past twenty and the crew of the 6nnI >oat working years were illegally levied. In-the interests of the new Prealdeat It is announced that Oklahbma's ; Gomez. Twenty men were kllled land title to the strip will be disputed in the ; fifty wounded. The Gomes party was United States supreme court. Register Want Ads Bring ReaulU. obliged to withdraw temporarily l^t later returned to resume the easaab>. ment.

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