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The Weekly Gazette from Kansas City, Kansas • Page 8

The Weekly Gazette from Kansas City, Kansas • Page 8

Kansas City, Kansas
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THE PACIFIC HO ADS. DIRECT TAX BILL? cussion and amendment and the offering of dilatory motions abandoned, but it was unsuccessful, owin? to the announcement by Mr. Weaver, of Iowa, that he would not surrender his right to antagonize the bill at any time by any means in his power. He raised the question of consideration and the House determined (yea lii, nays 55) to consider the bilL FiUbustering motions were then submitted, and this was continued for some time, when, upon motion of Mr. Wilkins, the House adjourned.

ernment and these companies by the legislation referred to is considered, it is astonishing that the claim should be made that the directors of these roads owed no duty except to themselves in their construction; that they needed to regard no interests but their own and that they were justified in cortracting with themselves and making such bargains as resulted In conveying to their pockets all the assets of the companies. As a lienor the Government was vitally interested in the amount of the mort-page to which its security had been subordinated and it had the right to insist that nothing of the bonds secured by the prior mortgage should be issued fraudulently or for the purpose of division among these stockholders without consideration. The doctrine of complete independence on the part of the directors of these companies and their freedom from any obligation to care for other interests than their own in the construction of these roads seem to have developed the natural consequences of its application, portrayed as follows in the majority report of the Commissioners: "The result is that those who have controlled and directed the construction and management of these companies have become possessed of their surplus assets through issues of bonds, stocks and payment of dividends voted by themselves, while the great creditor the United States finds itself substantially without adequate security for the repayment of its loans." The laws enacted in aid of these roads while they manifested a profuse liberality and generous surrender of the Government's advantages whioh it is hoped experience has corrected were nevertheless passed upon the theory that the roads should be constructed according to the rules of business, fairness and duty, and their value and their ability to pay their debts should not be impaired by unfair manipulations; and, when the Government subordinated its lien to another, it was in the expectation that the prior lien would represent in its amount only such bonds as should be necessarily issued by the companies for the construction of their roads at fair prices, agreed upon in an honest way between real anl substantial parties for the purpose of saving ot improving the security afforded by its junior lien. The Government should have the rUht now to purge this paramount lien of all that is fraudulent, fictitious or unconscionable. If the transfer to innocent hands of bonds of this character secured by such first mortgage prevents their cancellation it might be well to seek a remedy against those who issued and transferred them.

If legislation is needed to secure a remedy, Congress can readily supply it. I desire to call attention also to the tact that aU that was to be done on the part of the Government to fully vest in these companies the grants and advantages contemplated by the acts passed in their interests has not yet been perfected and if the failure of such companies to perform in good faith their part of the contract justifies such a course, the power rests with the Congress to withhold further performance on the part of the Government. If donated lands are not yet granted to these companies and if their violations of contract and of duty are such as in justice and morals, to forfeit their rights to such lands, Congressional action should intervene to prevent further consummation. The public interest urges prompt and efficient action. Grove Cleveland.

Executive Mansion, January 17, From Thursday's Daily. Armourdale. The ladies missionary society of the Presbyterian church will hold a meeting to-morrow at 2:30 p. with Mrs. S.

W. Griffin, 418 south 15th street. The cocking main which has been in progress here for several days past, was finished yesterday, but there was considerable hack fighting to-day. Kansas City defeated St. Louis, winning seven battles out of twelve.

Henry Allen is back from a trip to Texas. L. Baird is in the city. Kelly Brent is absent from town. Mr.

andt Mrs. Edw. Kennedy have returned to Armourdale. The police force raided a gambling place in Armourdale last night kept by J. Clay son, and captured a cubic mutual pool, or "chuck luck" outfit.

The paraphernalia consists of an oil cloth diagram, chips, shaking box and letter cubes. Clay-son was tried this afternoon. The location of the new bridge across the Kaw to Argentine is a mystery, and liable to be for sorre time to come. 2Sth 24th, 28th and 32nd streets are all regarded as streets where the bridge will certainly be placed. There is no use in speculating on this subject.

When the location is pitched upon, we will know where the bridge is going to be. Until then blessed is the man who has a corner lot on all the possible streets. A large force of men are at work hauling dirt from a place on 13th street north of Kansas Ave. to the bank of the Kaw, where the Rock Island bridge is building, for the grading of the road. The dirt, or rather sand, is excavated very easily below the trost line.

The surface thusbeing undermined falls in and is carried away in chunks. The men employed receive 15 cents per hour, men and teams 30 cents. The Rock Island shops will be located between 20th and 24th streets. The company's tract here is 700 feet wide. Between the shops and Vickroy Park 13 tracks will be laid, from the park to the Badger Lumber Co.

4 tracks and from there to the union depot 2 tracks. This Is Your Chance. A farm of 760 acres situated 5 miles west of Seneca, Nemaha county, Kansas on the St. Joseph Grand Island railroad and the present terminus of the Kansas City, Wyandotte Northwestern railroad. This is without doubt one of the finest farms in the state.

The land is extra smooth, has two dwelling houses, one of 9 rooms the other 6 rooms; two fine apple orchards of 150 trees each and a vast quantity of peach and small fruits and 6even good wells and an excellent spring branch of never failing water, two good windmills and excellent tanks; sheds and stabling for handling 250 head of cattle, 300 head of hogs and 30 head of horses. The farm is divided in fields from 20 to 160 acres each, 300 acres in tame grass, the balance under plow about 6ix miles of good hedge fence, balance board and barbed wire, and a railroad station on farm. For price and terms, call on or address tf J. P. Tatxob, Seneca, Kans.

T1IK EXTKN'SION OI1UINANCE. The Law (ioverningr the Extension of the City Limits The Matter to be Finally Mettled in the District Court in Open SettHion. Inasmuch as there have been numerous inquiries as to the method of procedure in extending the city limits and the manner in which interested parties may protest against the action of the council in taking in nuplatted territory, the law bearing on the case is published below. It will be seen by reference to the law that the ordinances of extension and affidavits of its publication must be filed with the district clerk at the March term of court, that the ordinance will be considered by the court in open session and all objections be heard. Parties desiring to protest against the ordinance can do so by appearing in court in person or by attorney on the day set for the consideration of the ordinance or by filing a protest with the district clerk: An Act to Amend Section Eight.

Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Kansas: Section 1. Section eight of an act entitled "An act to incorporate and regulate cities of the first class, and to repeal all prior acts relating thereto," approved March fourth, 1881, shall be and the same is hereby so amended as to read as follows: Sec. 8. Whenever any territory adjoining to the city limits shall be subdivided into lots, blocks, streets and alleys, the same may, when approved by the mayor and council, be added to the city: Provided. No unplatted territory of over five acres shall be so taken into said city against the protest of the owner thereof, unless the same i circumscribed by platted territory that is taken into said city.

Any city of the first clnss may enlarge or extend its limits or area by an ordinance specifying with accuracy the new line or lines to which it is proposed to enlarge or extend euch limits or area. Within twenty days after the passage of such ordinance the same shall be published for at least ten days in the city official paper, published in said city, to be designated in said ordinance. When said publication shall have been made, the mayor of said city, at the first regular term of the district court of the county in which said city is situated, commencing after said twenty days, shall present to said court a copy of said ordinance, duly certified by the clerk of said city nnder its 6eal, and also therewith an affidavit or affidavits showing the publication of said ordinance as hereinbefore provided, which said certified copy of said ordinance and said affidavits shall be filed -with the erk of said court. Thereupon said court shall determine whether said publication has been made as herein re quired, and shall then consider said ordinance, and by its judgment either approve, disapprove or modify the same, first hearing all objections, if any, and proofs, if any, offered by said city or persons affected by said ordinance. Should said ordinance be approved or modified by said court, then the limits or area of said city shall be enlarged or extended as herein designated, from the date of such approval or modifidation.

But should it be disapproved entirely then the limits or area of the city shall remain unaffected by aid should the same be approved entirely, Or modified and approved the judgment of said court shall stand, and the limts of such city shall be extended as in said judgment specified, and the determination of the matter thus submitted to said court shall be final, and all courts of the state shall take judicial notice of the limits or area of such city as thus enlarged or extended, and of all the steps in the proceedings leading thereto. The district court shall make a record of its findings and determination in the premises, which shall be conclusive evidence, of the facts so found and determined, and after the disapproval or modification of one ordinance, another or others may be passed and acted upon. Argentine. Tuesday about p. m.

Brown Bros, discovered that the desk in their coal office had been robbed of checks to the amount of $500 and about $275 in cash. No clue as to who got the valuables. They were placed in the desk about 10 o'clock in the forenoon. A prominent lady in Argentine who has been shopping in Kansas City, pays she can do as well here with our own merchants, and that she does not intend to go to Kansas City to trade again. Thk Daily Gazette has again "scooped" the Kansas City papers in giving the account of Brown Brothers $800 robbery whioh occurred yesterday, but was not In any of the morning papers.

Edwardsville. The cold wave was a regular waver tke first of the week Rev. Michael delivered twosermons here Sunday last. H. B.

Hunt received a car load of flour last week. We will go hungry no more. The river was in good condition last Treek for skating and several of our young people glided up to Bonner Springs Mrs. M. S.

Rice has Leen very ill for the past few days. Bob Drennen entertained a number of friends one evening last week. Forty-eight dollars worth of new books cava been added to the library. Jim Winn ia now the possessor of a beautiful little daughter, and he says it is a "lala." A number of friends spent a very enjoyable evening last week at the residence of Floyd Callahan. Franz Erkel was severely bitten on tl a hand by a savage dog one day last week.

A social party and dance was given at John Morgan's las Thursday evening. A Mr. Mills while en route to Tonganoxie stoped here to spend the night with Mr. Zimmerman and left his team of mules to wander along near the railroad, but when the east bound express came through Sunday morning one of the mules, evidently thought he held the right of way, to which the train seriously objected and gently tossed the long-eared animal to one side, killing him instantly. This is a fair example of the violation of the herd law.

"When will people learn to kep their est of danger? Message of the President to Congress on the Pacific Investigation. Prodigality of Congress Giving: Away Bonds and Lands How the Gifts Were Doubled And How the Government Lost Its Claim to a First Mortgage on the Eoads Action Needed. Washington, Jan. IS. The following is the President's message transmitted to Congress on the Pacific railroad investigation To the Senate and Home of Represerttative: On March 8 last an act was passed authorizing the appointment of three Commissioners who 6hould investigate the affairs of such railroads as have grants of land from the United States Government.

The Commissioners, immediately after their election, entered upon the discharge of their duties and have prosecuted their inquiries with intelligence and thoroughness. A large amount of testimony has been taken and all the facts have been developed which appear to be necessary for the consideration of the questions arising from the condition of these aided railroads and their position toward the Government. The Commissioners have, however, been unable to agree on the marner in which the railroads should be treated respecting their indebtedness to the United States, or to light upon the plan best to secure the payment of such indebtedness. This disagreement has resulted in the preparation of two reports, both of which are herewith submitted. These reports exhibit such transactions and schemes connected with the construction of the aided roads and their management and suggest the invention of such devices on the part of those having them in charge for the apparent purpose of defeating any chances for the Government's reimbursement, that any adjustment or plan of settlement should be predicated upon the substantial interests of the Government rather than any forbearance or generosity deserved by the companies.

The wide publication which has already been given to the substance of the Commissioners' reports obviates the necessity of detailing In this communication the facts found upon the investigation. The majority report, while condemning the methods adopted by those who formerly had charge of the Union Pacific railroad, declares that since its present management was inaugurated, in 1884, its affairs have been fairly and prudently conducted, and that the present administration has devoted itself honestly and intelligently to the Herculean task of rescuing the Union Pacific railroad from the insolvency which seriously threatened it at the inception of its work; that it has devoted iteelf. by rigid economy, by intelligent management and by an application of every dollar of the earning capacity of the system to its improvement and bet terment, to place that company on a sound and enduring financial basis. The condition of the present management of the Union Pacific Company has an important bearing on its ability to comply with the terms of any settlement of its indebtedness which may be offered by the Government. The majority of the Commission is in favor of an extension of the time for the payment of the Government indebtedness of these companies upon certain conditions, but the chairman of the Commission, presenting the minority report, recommends, both upon principle and policy, the institution of proceedings for the forfeiture of the charters of the corporations and the winding up of their affairs.

I have been furnishd with a statement or argument in defense of the transactions connected with the construction of the Central Pacific road and its branch lines. In view of this statement and the facts developed in the Commissioners" reports it seems proper to recall the grants and benefits derived from the General Government by both the Union and Central Pacific Companies for the purpose of aiding the construction of their roads. By the act passed in lStiS it was pro vided that there should be i.dvanced to said companies by the United States to aid such construction the bonds of the Government amounting to iG.000 for every mile constructed as often as a section of forty miles of such roads should be constructed: that there should also be granted to said companies upon the completion of every said section of forty miles of road five entire sections of public land for each mile so built; that the entire charges earned by said roads on account of transportation and service for the Government should be applied to the reimbursement of the bonds advanced by the United States and the interest thereon and that to secure the repayment of the bonds so advanced and interest the issue and delivery to said companies of said bonds should constitute a first mortgage on the whole line of their roads and on their rolling rtock, fixtures and property of every kind and description. The liberal advances and privileges provided for in this law were granted by the General Government for the purpose of securing the construction of the-e roads, which would complete the connection between the Eastern and Western coasts, and they were based upon a consideration of the public benefits which would accrue to the entire country from such construction. But the projectors of these roads were not content, and the sentiment which then seemed to pervade Congress had not reached the limit of its generosity.

Two years after the passage of this law it was supplemented and amended in various important particulars in favor of these companies, by an act which provided among other things that the bonds at the rate already specified should be delivered upon the completion of sections of twenty miles in length instead of forty; that the lands to be conveyed to said companies on the completion of each section of said roads should be ten sections per mile instead of five: that only half of the charges for transportation and services due from time to time from the United States should be retained and applied to the advances made to such companies by the Government, thus obliging immediate payment to the debtor of the other half of said charges; and that the lien of the United States to secure the reimbursement of the amount advanced to said companies in bonds which lien was declared by the law of 1SC2 to constitute a first mortgage upon all the property of said companies should become a junior lien and be subordinated to a mortgage which the companies were, by the amendatary act. authorized to execute to secure bonds which they mfcht. from time to time, issue in sums not exceeding the amount of the United States bonds which should be advanced to them. The immense advantages to the companies of this amendatory act are apparent, and in these days we may well wonder that even the anticipated public importance of the construction ef these roads, induced what must now appear to be a rather reckless and unguarded appropriation of the public funds and the public Under the operation of these laws the principal of the bonds which had been advanced is as given in the reports of the Commissioners; the interest to November 1, 1887, is calculated to be f76.02l.20G.5S. making an aggregate at the date named of 14 1,047,718.58.

The interest calculated to the maturity of the bonds added to the principal produces an aggregate of Against these amounts there has been repaid by the Companies the sum of It is almost needless to state that the companies hare availed themselves to the utmost extent of the permission given them to issue bonds and to mortgage their property to 6ecure the payment of the same by an incumbrance having preference of the Government's lien and precisely equal to it in amount. It will be seen that there was available for the building of each mile of these roads fl 0,000 of United States bonds due in thirty years at six per cent, interest, $16,000 in bonds cf the company's secured by a first mortgage on all their property and ten sections cf Government land, to say nothing of the stock of the companies. When tLe relation created between the Gov Passed by the Senate After Some Opposition Educational Bill on Hand. Blair Complains of Alleged Unfair Newspaper Criticisms Agricultural Experiment Stations Bill Passad by the House The Wilkins Bill Again Antagonized by Weaver. Washington, Jan.

19 When the Senate met yesterday the bill reducing from $5 to fl the charge for passports was passed. Among the bills reportei from committees and placed on the calendar were the following: Donating to the city of St. Louis a certain strip of land for street purposes; to settle and adjust the claims of any State for expense incurred in defense of the United States; for the appointment of a delegate to the Fourth Int3rnatioaal Prison Congress in St. Petersburg in 1S9J. The morning business being finished, the bill for refunding the direct tax of lS61vas taken up, the question being on Mr.

Chandler's motion to recommit. This was rejected. The question was then taken up on an amendment offered by Mr. Edmunds requiring all claims to be filed within six years, and it was agreed to. as were also several amendments of a verbal character.

Mr. Berry offered an amendment providing that no part of the money collected from individuals shall be retained by the United States as a set-off against any State indebtedness. Mr. Sherman opposed it as unnecessary, but it was agreed to. Mr.

Vance offered an amendment extending the provisions of the bill to the cotton tax collected under the law of 1S62 and subsequent laws. He said that if the direct tax was to be refunded, this cotton tax (which was also a direct tax) ought to be refunded. If the one was a hardship the other was equally so. The cotton tax was one on exports and was levied on the peculiar product of one section of the country so that there could be no compensating tax on any other section. Mr.

Hampton asked to be, and was, excused from voting on the amendment, because he was directly interested in it, and the vote was taken on Mr. Vance's amendment and it was rejected Yeas, 16; navs, 46. Mr. Chandler then offered an amendment restricting the terms of the first section to moneys paid by the State treasuries and inserting in the third section a provision for the return to individuals of the sums paid by them. This was rejected Yeas, 10; nays, 4i Mr.

Plumb offered an amendment to repay the income tax collected from military and naval officers during the war and argued against the bill as unfair to the younger Stat s. The amount that would be refunded to Kansas under the bill would be about 1,000, while its share of tax necessary to pay the money appropriated by the bill would be over half a million dollars. Not under the guise of prompting education, not under any assumed philanthropic idea, but because some clerk in the Treasury Department had. got "stuck" in the matter of okkeeping. Mr.

Sherman opposed the amendment and Mr. Teller argued against the bill. He thought it questionable whether it was worth while to go back so many years in order to take up such a matter. Mr. Plumb's amendment was rejected.

The bill was passed yeas 48, nays 10. The negative votes were those of Messrs. Berry, Blair, Jones, of Arkansas, Paddock, Piatt, Plumb. Saulsbury, Teller, Vest and Wilson, of Maryland. The bill directs the Secretary of the Treasury to credit to each State and Territory and to the District of Columbia, a sum equal to all collections under the Direct Tax act of August 5, 1861.

It remits all moneys still due to the United States under the act and appropriates the amount necessary for the reimbursement, the sums collected directly from individuals to be held in trust by the State for the benefit of the persons from whom they were collected or their legal representatives. The Blair Educational bill was taken up, and Mr. Brown addressed the Senate' in support of it, stating that its defeat would be received with great regret throughout the whole South. At the conclusion of Mr. Brown's remarks, Mr.

Blair continued his speech in support of the bill. He complained that many newsiapers throughout the country had criticised his bill ia an unfair and unfriendly manner. After speaking for about an hour and a half he yielded for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sherman, from the Committee on Foreiga Relat ons, reported an amendment to the Deficiency bill, appropriating 150,000 to defray the expenses of a commission to attend the International Exhibition at Melbourne this year.

It was referred and the Senate adjourned. HOUSE. After the reading of the journal of the House yesterday the Speaker pro tern, said "I desire to say in order to allay uneasiness and apprehension about the condition of our honored Speaker, that he is in process of rapid recovery, and the occasion which calls the present occupant to the chair will happily, I trust, rapidly pass away." Mr. Stone, of Missouri, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported a resolution calling cn the Secretary of the Interior for information as to what legislation was necessary for the disposal of the public timber lands so as to secure at the same time the preservation or the natural forest-lands at the headwaters of navigable rivers and put within the reach of settlers a legal means of providing themselves with timber for building domestic purposes. It was adopted.

Mr. Lyman, of Iowa, from the Committee on Elections, submitted the views of the minority cn the Thoebe-Carlisle contested election case, and they were ordered printed. The House then went into Committee of the Tf hole on the Agricultural Experiment Stations bill, appropriating to carry into effect the provisions of the act of March, 1SS7, to establish agricultural experimental stttions in connection with the colleges establish in the several States under the provisions of an act approved July 1302. After a brief debate the committee rose and the bill was passed. Mr.

Crisp, of Georgia, chairman of the Committee on Election-s. called up the re- port of that committee in the case of A. E. Redstone, claiming to have been elected from the Filth California district, and the report which asked that the committee be discharged from further consideration of the matter was agreed to. Mr.

Wilkins, of Ohio, then called up the Banking bill as the unfinished business, and an effort was made by the friends and opponents of the measure to come to some agreement by which the bill might be open to free ds- THE AWFUL BLIZZARD. Incidents In Iowa A List or 217 Deaths and Many i'ersous Yet Dubuque, Iowa, Jan. 19 Byron Cleveland, of Manchester, Delaware County, has received information that his two sons, aged fifteen and seventeen years, were frozen to death during the storms together with ninety had of cattle. The boys were driving the cattle to water, about a mile from the house, when the blizzard struck them and their dead bodies have just been found. The cattle were frozen stiff.

John Olney was found in a snow drift near Marathon, frozen dead. Miss May Henning and a boy named Julius, twelve years of age, started in a sleigh to attend a party in company with two young men. When the storm struck them they lost their way and the young men deserted the lady "and the boy and reached a farm house in safety. The deserted pair remained in the storm all night, and in the morning were found partially covered with snow. The young lady will lose both legs and the boy's hands and feet were badly frozen.

He was saved from death by the brave girl, who wrapped him in the only blanket left them. The worst blockaded road in Iowa is the St. Louis. Des Moines Northern, which has not had a train over the line since last Wednesday week, and little prospect of having one for several days yet. The last train left that city for Des Moines Wednesday week and the train from Des Moines was overtaken by the snow storm and remained stuck in a drift two miles from that city, the train hands being obliged to walk back.

An attempt was made to open the road Friday, but after plowing several miles the second storm filled the cuts once more and the train has been snowed in since then. The towns along the line are cut off from communication with the outside world. OVER TWO HUNDRED. St. Paul, Jan.

19. An evening paper figures out a list of 217 deaths by the blizzard and tlds that remains of many people who are reported missing may not be found until the snow thaws in the spring, the bodies being covered by deep drifts that formed over them. SKATING ACCIDENT. Seven Lives Lost by the lee Giving Way on a Texas Lake. Ennis, Jan.

19. Reports were re-oeived here last evening that seven per-, sons were drowned in Sante ten miles east or here. Two young ladies, daughters of William Williams, and a young lady by the name of Babbitt were skating on the lake, when the ice gave way and they sank in seven feet of water. Miss Babbitt and two little girls, aged nine and thirteen years, daughters of William Williams, were also engulfed and drowned in attempting to rescue them. A small child of W.

Will ams also fell through the ice and was only saved by one of the drowning young ladies catching and throwing it out ou the ice. Mr. Williams, bro.her of the young ladies, wTho was a quarter of a mile distant, ran to their assistance, but he was soon overpowered by the struggles of those drowning and he, too, was drowned. Mrs. Williams, the mother, made an effort to save them.

She was pulled down and would have met the fate of her children but for the timely aid of her two little daughters, aged eight and fourteen years, who threw her a rope and succeeded in pulling her ashore. The bodies were all found together. SHERMAN COUNTY WAR. A Eustis Man Seeking Aid in Topeka Bradford's Advice. Topeka, Jan.

19. O. N. McDowell, of Eustis, Sherman County, arrived in the city yesterday to confer with the Governor concerning the forcible removal of the county records from Eustis to Goodland recently. He says the feeling runs high in Sherman County, and there is danger of bloodshed.

The Homesteaders' Union Association, a secret order composed of homesteaders, has taken sides with the Good-landers, and the latter now outnumber the Eustis adherents. No law is recognized but that of force. County Commissioner Ramey, at Eustis, left that place Saturday to go to Topeka for assistance and has not since been heard from, and it is thought he was kidnaped by the Goodlanders at Wallace station before he boarded the train and is forcibly detained by the lawless element. Attorney-General Bradford has advised McDowell to return home at once and institute legal proceedings to settle the county seat fight. Hunting Accident.

Wichita, Jan. 19. A distressing accident occurred yesterday at Clearwater, this county, in which Peter Peterson, a prominent business mm of that section, was instantly killed by his aged father. The two, in company with two others, were out hunting. The old gentleman fired at a rabbit which leaped up a short distance in front cf him.

The shot, however, missed its mark and entered the young man's head at the base of the brain. Mr. Peterson is insane on account of the accident, and has made several attempts to take bis own life. The Broken Rail. Chicago, Jan.

19. The train dispatcher' of the Illinois Central Railroad in this city states that a broken rail about a mile and a half from Scale's Mound, twenty-five miles east of Dubuque, Iowa, threw a coach and a sleeper from the track. They rolled down a small embankment. Five" passengers were baliy bruised, but none of them received fatal injuries. The mad agent had a rib broken and was injured internally, but not fatally.

The names cf the injured could not be learned. National Democratic Convention. Washington, Jan. 19. The National Democratic Committee will meet in this city February 22 to fix a time and place for holding the National Democratic convention.

Del legations will be present to urge the claims of a large number of cities which desire the convention, among: them New York, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. Murderer Arrested. Kansas Citt, Jan. 19.

Charles Myers, the murderer of James Weir, at Independence a couple of weeks ago, is now in the Second street jail with his accomplice, the Bogard boy. After the murder and robbery Myers went to Leavenworth and enlisted the regimental band under his own name, and after the capture and confession of Bogard this fact led to his identification. The new Manitoba Ministry headed by Greenway took the oath cf o32ce on the IStb. THOEBE-CARLISLE CONTEST. The Report of the Elections Committee Declaring Thoebe Not Entitled to the Seat.

Washington, Jan. IS. The report of the Elections Committee on the Thoebe-Carlisle contest, made to the House by Chairman Crisp, after a recital of the offer of the contestant's counsel to prove certain allegations, savs that as the notice of contest fails to specify them as grounds of contest, the well-established rule would be a sufil-cient negative answer to the application. To induce the Ho is Ho order anew hearing of tho case, the contestant must show diligence in tho use of the time allowed him by statute, but in th is case he took estimony on only seven of the fifty days allowed him, made no effort to procure evidence, avowed that he never wanted to enter into the contest, and that he would like to get out of it; that he did not want to pay out money in the matter, and had been forced into it by the Labor club3 and his desire to repel the imputation that had been cast upon him that he and his counsel had been bought up. In the opinion of tho committee, the ladies of the contestant and his counsol have been such as to preclude him from asking further indulgence of the House.

Very careful consideration of the papers satisfies the committee beyond all reasonable doubt that not one of the substantial averments of the contest could be established by satisfactory proof s. The committee concedes the right of the House to investigate the title of the con -testee to a seat, even if the contestant has been guilty of such negligence as to preclude him as a party. But it fails to sea any thing in the present case calling for an inquiry by this House for its own vindication or to purge itself of a member un-elected in fact. After thus disposing of the application for an extension, the committee takes up the cane as shown by the record, and finds that no evidenci was produced which supports or tends to support any one of the fifty-five specifications filed by the contestant. His witnesses prove nothing tending to impeach the fairness of the election.

The technical point that the judges of election in Trimble County were all Democrats the committee dismisses with. the statement that it does not follow that the State law was violated in that particular, and cites the case of Barnes vs. Adams in the Forty-first Congress as a precedent for its decision. In conclusion, the committee reported resolutions declaring Carlisle, and not Thoebe, elected. Lamar Takes the Oath.

Washington, Jan. li There was a full bench in the Supreme Court this morning when the new Associate Justice, Hon. L. C. Lamar, took the oath, which was as follows: 4-I, L.

Q. C. Lamar, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persous and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, an that I will faithfully atid impartially discharge and perform the duties incumbent upon me as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States according to the best of my ability and understanding, agreeable to the Constitution and laws of the United Sta'es, so help me God." He took the Bible as he uttered the last sentence and at the end solemnly kissed it. He was then escorted behind the screen which extends the length of the bench behind th chairs of the Justices, and after a minute's delay appeared at the left clad in a new flowing robe of glossy black silk. The new Justice bowed to his associates and then to the bar and to the public and took his seat in the chair of the Junior Justice at the extreme left end of the bench.

The court then proceeded with its ordinary routine business. II timed at Jan. IS. A telegram from Sydney, N. 8.

states that the American ship J. T. Berry was burned at sea January 9, in latitude 34 deg. south, longitude 164 deg. east.

Fourteen persons are known to have been saved, and one boat, with eleven on board, is missing. Part of the crew and passengers have been bonded at Nambuc-craHead. An Old Timer Appears A grain. Scaeim, Jan. 18.

Osraan Digna's fore 3 "was attacked Sunday and dispersed by friendly tribes, but afterwards rallied and compelled the friendly tribes to retreat Colonel Kitchner and lit jorMcMurdo were wounded and seventy iatives killed and twenty wounded; the rebel loss was hezv. Real Estate Transfers Kaw Valley Town Site and Bridge Company to Kansas City To-peky Railroad Company, land in sec 16, tp 11, range 25 $1,500 Coburn to Illguer, lots 44 and 45, Coburn's second addition 300 Bell to Everett Shackleford, lot 17, blk 8, Bell's third subdivision 350 Shack' eford to Shackle-ford, same 600 Smith to A Pollard, lots 9 to 12, blk 1, Walnut Park 1,900 Hasp to Lasley, lot 9, block 111, WTyandotte city 450 Holsinger to Husted, lot 9, blk 2, resurvey of blk. 10, Rosedale. 1,500 Co to McCarrick, lot 18, blk 56, Armourdale 275 Reed to A Hughes, lot 7, blk 2, West Kiverview 1,500 Starks to Oakwood, lots in Wyandotte city $1,350 Schad to ETead, lot 1, Husted Berry's add 2,500 Olsom to Judd, lots 51 and 52, blk 100, Wyandotte city 200 A Taylor to Homuth, lots 1 and 2, blk 62, Armourdale 1,550 Clark to Pottsberg lot 49, block 93 Forest Grove 8,000 McAlpine to A Allen lots 36 and 37 block 2 McAlpin's addi tion 400 Barnhall to I Reynolds, lots 1 and 2, block 11, Grand View Park 1,250 Hall to Weston, undivided one-tenth of lots 32, 33 and 34, and east half of lot 1. block 94, Wyandotte city 300 A Scott to Hamilton, land in Kansas City, Kas 7.000 Co to King, lots 28 and 39, block 52.

Armourdale. 300 Powell to Hanley, lot 9, blk 63, Wyandotte city 300 Grimes to Eusminger, lot 18, blk 135, Wyandotte city 1,000 Wyekoff to Leahy, lot 14, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 13, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 53 Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 33, Winter Park 450 Same to 6sme, lot 54, Winter Park 550 Same to same lot 55, Winter Park 550 Same to J. Hackett, lot 41, Winter Park 600 Same to same, lot 42, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 10, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 48, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lots 46 and 47, Winter Park 1,000 Same to same, lots 12 and 40 Winter 1,150 Same to same, lot 11, Winter Park 50 Same to same, lot 49 Wioier Park 550 Same to same, lot 45, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot bO, Winter Park 550 Same to same, lot 44, Winter Park 600 Same to same, lot 52, Winter Park 600 Same to same, lot 43, Winter Park 600 Same to same, lot 51, Winter Park 550 Lynch, lots 32, 33, blk 37, Armourdale 500 Western to Ricker, lots 3 4, blk 102, Wyandotte city 250 Co to Dodson, lot 4C, blk 26, Mulyane's add 225 A Beebe to Beebe, lots 37 and S3, blk 1, Edgerton Place. 2,000.

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