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The Washington Critic
22D YEARNO. 0,704.
WASHINGTON, D. C "MONDAY EVENING, FTCIlUUAItY J3, 1800.
PttTCE TWO CENTS.
m.ms or this vvoitt.o is nitinr.
Collections wcro taken up In tlto Catholic
Chnrihes yesterday for the orpliau asylums
of tho city.
bishop Kcnno. rector of the CatluOlt Uul
vctsll.v, preached at St. Patrick's "ycsteriHy
T lie Iwchty-soventh anniversary of Cd
vnrv llaptlst Sunday-school was held es
Anniversary exercises wcro held nt tho
Vermont Acnuo Christian CliurcU list
evening by Ibo Young People' Assochtlon.
Addresses were, mado by ltev. It. V. Ofllccr
o( Iiullnn Territory and J. L. Akklns.
Among the things to be discussed nt tho
annual encampment of tlio Department of
(be I'otomnc will be tbo ndoptlon of n reso
lution looking to exemption of sons of
utiimib from tlio civil service oxatnlnitlon
for appointment to Government positions
At tlio Union M. 1'.. Church last night
ltev. M Mum F. Crafts talked on Sunday
work and Sunday amusements, and nt Chi
laugh's Hnll G. B. Flflcld of Iloston, Mm ,
declared that tho country could do without
Sunday malls and nearly ever) other form
of Sunday work.
Complaint Is made In l'lill ulcllilu of bad
f i eight management nt the South.
Dr. Talmago will liavo a public reception
on his ret ut n from abroad this wccki
Chnrlcs Kmory Smith of Philadelphia has
been offered the mission to ItusMn, und will
A hat fnctory combination Is one of the
latest developments of the tendency to syn
r.vvlng and Vnughan, late of the T.nitls
- lllo Club, havo signed with tho New Vorlc
Judge Williams of Philadelphia has re i
cleicrt a dec'slou, tho effect of which Is to
piohlblt peddling In that city.
Some of tho members of tho Philadelphia
Democratic city commlltco who recently
holt cd tho nominating com cut Ion hav e been
Jake Kllraln won tho fight with Felix
Viequolln nt "Now Orleans yesterday, the
iiieal champion giving up nt the end of the
' hlid round.
Miss Fowlor. the youue English woman
,vbo Is going as a nurse to the Mnlokal
ipers, proposes to mako a minute scientific
study of leprosy.
It Is now claimed that tho rivalry of Mr.
I'iatt and Dr. Depew to succeed Senator
Kvarts Is the motive underlying the World's
Fair tight In Now York.
Joseph Brauston. n well-known wool
bujer of Philadelphia, was stricken with
apoplexy at tho Lclatid Hotel, Syracuse,
Is. V., and died Saturday night.
Uoth Claassen and Pell, connected with
the wreck of tho Now York banks, are in
jnll, and Mr, Lelnnd has como to the aid of
tho Sltli National Bink with $T00,000.
Joseph llacon, a colored bov 13vcirs old.
whllo at homo In Eola, Mo., with hlslittlo
sister and biothcr, aged 8 nnd !I voire re
epcctlvely, deliberately killed both ns they
uwo at play In bed.
Coroner Dove, of Hamilton County, Ind.
Ins decided that the terrible w reck on th
"vlonou Monday last, near Carmel, I ml.
was caused by tho carelessness of the rill
road ofllclals In using shims.
Governor John M. Thayer of Nebrisk
Ins wiltten to tho Trans Missouri 'Irufll
AssooliMon, at Chicago, demanding n re
duetlon of freight rates In tho name of th
suiTcrlug peoplo of Nebraska.
IhcMrtiopolItan Block In Dim Me, III.,
was badlV damaged carH Jcsterdij morn
Itig by lire, which originated In Gaud's
Crnoker Factory. Ills grocery stock and
cracker machinery wcic destroyed
Courtland A. Lazier was ruu ovir by a
train on tlio Now York Central llallniid
xesteiday evening ncarbyrncuso and died a
few minutes later. Ho was ISO jcus old
mid leaves a widow and llirco chlldien.
Conrad X. Jordan, president of the Wet
cm National Bank of New Vork, Is author
ity for tho statement that tho Bqultalilc
Hank will resume business to-da. It Is
expected, ho says, that the I,nc Illll
Hank will icsuuiq In a few da 6.
Tho Rov. C. T. rhllllps, a Fresh teriau
minister of St. Louis, was nssaultud by
burglars In his study In tho Picsuytcrliii
(.butch Satmday night. Ho w.ii beaten
until he was unconscious, mid was then
lobbed. The burglais escaped.
The Inllucnza Is spreading in the city of
Mexico, and has assumed a more v Indent
form. A number of deaths hae resulted
mm the disease. Tho United Slates Min
ister's son, who Is suffering from pneu
monia, is in a dangerous condition
A errand labor couti has been nuletlv
nursed in Minnesota, and Is to bo sprung in
:i few flays. The ultimate oblcet or its pro
moters is to supplant tho Knights of I.uboi
with a new organization, which will draw
the powci, Influence and membership fiom
the older society.
'the three sons of James Itrlght, trustee
of Klrkland Township, Adams County, In
diana, were found dead in thcli beds yes
terday mornlug. They had beon suffering
from influenza, but when they retired Sat
urday night their condition w us not con
sldcicddiiugcious. It Is reported at Montevideo that the
Ficsldent of tholtcpubllc of I'ruguaj has
been attacked by Influenza. Tho disease
li is assumed tin alarming character and has
become epidemic. Olio newspaper icports
that 4,000 persons have been nttucked dur
ing the last fifteen ilaj s.
Two toirlblo fires occuired In Boston yes
terday, an Italian lodging house being do
Mrojcd early in tho morning, with tho loss
of the Uvea of ten persons, and later In tho
l.iy the five storv marble office building of
J, Montgomery iJcara falling apieyto the
Humes, causing a loss of about $.100,000.
John Kelley, nn Arkansas lumberman, on
last Saturday heard that his wife, from
whom he had been separated about nycar,
was too intimate with a ltl-ycar-old boy.
He went to Mrs. Kclley's houso and shot
the boy, killing him Instantly, Mrs. Kelley
fired twlco at her husband,'who then shot
and killed her. Keller's wounds w ero only
slight. Ho has not yet becu apprehended.
An Ottawa, Out., special says that tho
discovery that Lord Stanley, with members
of tho Ylcc-Itcgal sulto and soma loaders of
Ottawa's upper social circle, has been In
the habit of resortlnc to the Vlco-llecal
lllnk on Sundays for a quiet gamo of
hockey, has caused a sensation In religious
circles. Ills Excelloncy will piobably be
rebuked from ono or moro of tho city
chutch pulpits next Sunday,
Mrs. Langtry is m Loudon 111.
'I ho United States Squadron lias airlvcd
John Held & Co., ono of tho oldest ship
building firms on tho Clyde, have failed
with heavy liabilities.
It Is stated that tho London 7 him will
pay Mr. Campbell 200 damages, besides
meeting all tho costs of his action.
A circus in Lisbon was wrecked by tho
nudlc-nco bccatiso a pantomlmo referring to
tlit) Portuguese iu Africa was considered ob
jcetlonablo. The editor of tho Paris AVi'cm and tho
Marquis do Mores fought a duel on tho
Belgian frontier, and tho former w as shot
In Ihe right ami.
Prnperor William will visit tho Danish
e ouit at Fredensborg aud remain lliero sov-
nil days iuJuuo. Tho Empress nnd hor
ulster Marguerite will accompauy him.
Archbishop Corrlgan of New York has
arrlv cd In Koine. Jlo is to havo an audi
ence with tho Pono, and will theu start Im
mediately for Palestine.
1 ho Portuguese Govorumcnt will dispatch
nn appeal to nil tho European powers re
questing tho formation of u conferenco to
nciermiuo mo utspuicu nguis ueiweeu Por
tugal and England.
rlho German forolgn office regards tho
agreement between tho Gorman and Czechs
iu Bohemia as a triumph for tho diplomacy
of Prlnco Bismarck and tho personal infill
ruto of Emperor William,
Gas Mulit Directors lMectcd,
'J ho annual election of a board ot di
rectors for tho Washington Gas Light Com
pany to day resulted iu tho unanimous
election of tho following: Gcorgo A. Me
Ilhcniiy, John O.Uullltt. William II, Webb,
"H , It.ltlloy and James W. Ormo.
Complete Details of the
SAFETY OF THE SECRETARY.
An Eye-Witness' Thrilling"
Mrs. Tracy Dies From a Fearful Fall
From a Window.
MISS TRACY SUFFOCATED.
Horrible Peath of the French Waiting
Maid, Josephine Morel.
Sirs. TVIliuorclInc I,ot (lo Hor Hold nnd
Drops to tlio Arouwuj of tlio Jtno
ment Narrow Kscapo or Mrs. WI1
mcrdliic und Iter Little DausUtor
Chief 1'arrl' (irapltlo Storj uOno
of the llravost Young Fellows Tliitt
Kver Crawled Into a Hiunke
I'llled House" Tho Chief Helps
the Secretary to Jlscapo . nM
DniiRtitort" Were Mr. Tract's First
AVorilK When Ho Itecalneil Con
rcloimness Miss Tract's Itoudotr
l'resenls a I'athctle l'lcturn Sho Is
round I.jlnp; on Her l'aco Iu the
I'lissiiRO Wiij Her rets Die With
Her Tho Cannr.t's Song Is Stilled
anil Will no Moro Call Its MIs
troK at Kiirl Dawn v Sail, Sad
A flic nt the icsiilcnco of Secretary
of- the Jfnvy Trnoy this moi ning resultod
in the ilenlh of Mrs. Tracy, her daugh
ter, Maiy 'Wnnliigloii Tracy, .mil a
rrench maid, Jo'cphlno Slorcl.
Mis. 'Wllmculiiig, the widowed
daughtci tif tho Sccictnry, find hei
il.iughtci, Miss Alice, escaped hy leap
ing from the second stoiy front window.
They nlighlul on the soft grass or the
ThejwiiM of Alice was sprained. Sec
i clary Tracy was iccucd hy Chief E'nr
lisof the The Dcpmtmcnt, vho found
111 in unconscious in his loom. lie wis
taken to the icsidente of Judge llau
cioftI)aisnndDi. lluth.his physician,
itpoits him out of danger.
'1 he fuiicral of Mrs. Tracy and hei
daughtci will take place fiom the AVIiite
House to-moirow. Tho interment will
he in the family pint in Brooklyn.
Tho (.auscof the lire has notyct heen
definitely learned, but will be Invest!
gated to monow.
"ill 0 10" will long bo icmembcicd
by tlio lh omen of 'Washington, foi It
sounded ii summons to one of the most
feni ful nnd ffilnl cntnsliophcs the city
has been formriny ycais, find lcsultcd
in the denth of two of the most locd
nuil popular Indies in society heie.
l'cw people except tenants weio
awake in the fashionable "West 1'ml this
morning, when a postman engaged in
collecting Ihe mails fiom the hoves
walked down 1 sticct, between Seven
teenth and Eighteenth, lie stopped on
the coiner and emptied the Ictlcr-bof
lliere, and then continued his
way. He had gono but a few
stcis, Iiowcmt, when he reached
the lesidcnce of Secietary".; Tiacy.
Smoke was Mealing fiom the bay win
dow of the house, and lie stopped,
rubbed his sleepy ejes and looked at it
nciiin. Then two other pcdestiians
enmo along and stopped foi an instant
to watch a tiny tongue of llamo cieep
out of the window.
n jiioht ham: ukix acuii:h.
Tho men scatlcied, but unfortitnitcly
none of them inn into the houso to
awaken tho slceplug people there. One
lan to the station, while another wont
to look foi a policeman, but in tho
menntimo tho llames mado better time
tlmu they, and by the timo tlio engines
ni rived the f i out of the building was In
tlnmcs, at least that portion of it whcio
tho long bay-window ran up.
Chief Pauls of tho Tito Department
was tho first to enter the house, and to
his courago and self possession Secre
tary Tracy owes his life. Ills story of
tho rescue, as told by himself, is pilutcd
who wr.ui: in tiik iiorsi:.
llcsides tho Secretary, Mrs. Tracy
nnd their daughter, Miss Mary, thcro
were in tho houso Mrs. Wilmculing,
ilnughtcrof tho Secretary; her daughter,
Alice; tho French maid, Josephine, and
half a dozen servants. No ono hut
the scrvauts had arisen, and they
wcro In tho Itltehon and dining-room
preparing breakfast when tho flro was
discovered. They made no attempt, so
far ns is known, lo awaken tho sleeping
peoplo upstairs, hut when tho smoko
crept downstairs they fled out into tho
alloy and from thcio to tho Mrcet, leav
ing tlio family to their fato,
Mrs. Wilmordlng and her daughter,
Miss Alice, occupied tho fiont rooms on
tho second floor, and wcro tho flist to
dlsco cr tho flro. Thoy ran Into tho
hall, but weio forced back by tho
flames. Then thoy tlnow up tho front
windows, and, with gieat presonco
of mind, climbed out, holding on to the
sill, and dropped on the soft crass of
tho terrace bolow. This probably
saved them from Bovcro Injury, but, as
ills, bolh lcetivcil soteio shocks and
arc still In an hystcilc.il condition
c Minu:i) io nn. hum ii'h
They w ero can led to the house of Dr.
Hnxtei.Just around the coinci, where
physicians wore Miminoncd MIssWIl
welding's wrist was severely spialned,
but othciwlso she was unhurt. latoi
in Iho day the two ladies weio carried
to tho rcsldcnco of Lleutcnnnt Mason
Tho bodies of Mrs. and MIssTiacy
arc at Attorney Ocncial Miller's, where
they arc being embalmed. Hiss Tracy
has an ugly biulse on her forehead, evi
dently made by striking her head
ngfilnst some object in trying to escape
fiom her room. Mis, Traoy hadnioll
of ifflOO in her hand when sho Jumped
fiom tho window. Tho money was
found lying in the area, where it had
fallen from her hand, and was given to
tlio Chief of Police.
iiouir.s Te i.w in htvii;.
The President left the While Nous'o
this morning nt S o'clock, fiumcdtatcly
upon rccchlng tidings of tho flight
ful calamity 'which had befallen
Iho fnmily ot the Secrctniy of
tho Navy, and drovo at mice to
the houso to which tho beienved man
had been laken. There lie has ro
malncd all monihie, Mis. Harrison
haing joined him an hour later. At
10110 Iho President dispatched Mr.
Dlusmoic, who, wlthMr. Halford, had
accompanied the President, back lo the
White House to gic the oulcr lo havo
things in readiness lo receive thobodles
of Mrs. nnd Miss Tracy, which will be
lnid in state in the East Itoom.
That anaitmcnt, which has been so
leccntly the scene of brilliant gnthci
ings, graced by the gifted, handsome
women soon to bo placed therein in
that last long slumber which knows no
wnking in this woild, will be turned
into a place of mourning, and tho
White House will be decorated with
tho appiopriatc emblems or woe.
THK IKJUlll.I) JAIME".
Mis. AVllmcrding and daughter ureal
the residence of Dr. Baxter, where tho
former received p'ompt medical uttcn
lion foi tlio bioken leg and arm3 sus
tained in the courageous jump from the
second stoiy window, fcccietaiy Tuicy
will also bo brought to the White House,
in ordei to secure him that ipilel and
seclusion which It would bo nlmiK im
possible lo obtain elsewheie.
wnni: noe"-i. pians im:v vv.
At 10.15 o'clock tho expicss wagon
arrived at the While House foi the
trunks of the Picsidcnt and Mrs Harri
son, who were tohno ncLOinpiiilcd
the Justices of the Supicme Court to
New Yoik, This Hip has, of course,
lecn abandoned, ns the 1'iesldent will
notleiNC Sccrelaiy Ti.icy. Tlio three
btnld dinners planned for this week,
togcthci with eveiy othci form of
ofllclal gaiety, will be abandoned for
the week, foi Washington has been
tinned into a veritable city of mourning
whcio sympathy foi the nllllctcd ones is
felt nllko by those of high and low lie
(I1.MIUI, ( Alll.V COMI.Sd.
A dispatch has been iccched fiom
Gcncial Catlin, tho father-in-law
of Hecittniy Tracy, saying lie
will aule in the city this ecning and
tnke charge of the lcmains of Mis.
Tracy and hcrdaughtei.
mr oj,K lone di-oi j:i. '
On the tticcts ceiy one walks along
talking without ceiemony to anyone
w ho chances by on the one nil absoib
lug topic which, for tlio time being, has
diawn people out of themselves and
made them oblivious of the oidlnaiy
rules of etiquette. In the sticct pus
tho paskcngcih Pit packed as closely as
possible, listening with intent interest
to those who reail the tlnilling details
of tho great tiagedy, which has neees
sitnted the getting out of extras by Tin,
Cm nc These extras, as they appealed
iu quick succession, wcic bought up by
Iho people ns rapidly as tlio newsboys
could supply the demand, and the
minutest item icgnuling tlio lire is read
w ilh a Idity.
With Mrs. Tiacy and Miss Tiacy ami
Mrs. Colonel Coppinger, Secret uy
Blaine's daughter, all lying dead, Sec
retmy Tracy seriously ill, and his
health pcimanently impaired, Govern
mental circles weio enshrouded in sad
ness and gloom.
The members of the Cabinet, with
whom Pccietaiy Tiacy was very popu
lar, were among the liist to call. Thoy
w ere all shocked beyond mcasuro at the
calamity, and placed their tespeetlvo
house at the disposal of the allllctcd
Mis. Tracy died of her injuries within
nn hour aftci sho was hurt. Her
daughter, Miss Mary, was suffocated to
death. Tho Trench maid, Mailc,
was suffocated to death ana also
badly huincd. Tho Secretary was
suflocatcd, but was revived, nnd Is bet
ter. Tho German cook was slightly
burned. Mrs. 'Wllmcidtng and hoi
litllo daughter jumped from the second
story window, receiving slight injuries.
TIIK KKCRETAItV lmi.IItlODS.
The Secretary was revived, but was
delirious. Ho raved in n rambling way
about his beloved dnugbters. He had
not arrived at a full knowledge of tho
calamity which had befallen liiin.
Mis. Tiacy was lying upon n lounge
iu tho silting room of Di. Itheem's
houso. Sho was perfectly conscious,
and did not seem to suffci pain. Occa
sionally sho complained of an oppres
sion In Iho neighborhood of her heart,
and found a difficulty in bicathimj.
Sho talked nwhllo and then became
Tho physicians looked at each other
significantly. The sufforcr coughed
once. A little blood trickled from her
mouth. There was an uneasy move
ment of tho body and then quiet. Mrs.
Tiacy was dead. The lmmedlato cause
of her death was supposed to bo from
injuries to her heart, sustained in hor
fall from tho window, which flqodeel
her lungs with blood. Her body was
removed in tho police ambulance to
Gavvlcr's undertaking establishment,
and the body of her daughter and the
French maid carried thoro also.
Secretary Tracy was carried around
to Mr, J. Bancroft Davis' houso and
tho best nitdltnl nld summoned to hts
V Will 11 IIOllHi: H'Ki'.tlYT,.
There has not lieen n funeral at the
White Houc slneo December, lHTil,
when Frederick Dunl, tho lather of
Mis. Grant, died nt the ngeof NT.
l)r, ltlieiMii'it Account,
The slory of Dr. 12 S. Hhecin, who
HvCs just aiouiid tho corner on Seven
teenth sticct, gives nn eye-witness nc
count of one of Iho thillllng incidents
of tho fire 1 1 is houo runs back nlong
tho nlley, Iho kitchen being opposite
tho second slory room of tho Secretary's
Dr. Ilhccm said "I was awakened by
tho most fearful hcieams procoe litis
from Sccictnry Ttncy's house. I inn
to my thitd stoiy window and witnessed
a fearful sight. Clinging to the edge of
the window-Bill of tho second stoiy was
Mrs. Tracy. She was in her night
clothes. Tho Binoke was pouring out
of the window behind her,
"Suddenly sho let go her hold and
(hopped clear to Hie nrcn-wny of tho
basement, wh'ch is some distance below
tho level of the yard. My attention was
then attracted by tho screnns which
proceeded from tho roof. I looked up
nnd through the black, denso smoke,
saw n woman como out of the window
in the mansaid loof and walk along tho
"She waved a blanket around hot
self, trying to clear away tho smoke,
which poured out aftci her, all the
w hilo uttering piercing scream". 13 very
moment I expected to sco her jump.
In n few minutes thcio was n shout,
a clatter of feci nud a squad of 111 emeu
bearing a ladder rushed down tho al
ley. They hoisted it, but found it too
short. Then another was raised and
thewomnn hiought down and into tills
house. She was tho German cook."
Italic menntimo some men Und picked
up Mrs. Tracy and boro her into Dr.
Ithccm's house. At tho simo
time three firemen appeared at tho
second story window, bearing tho form
of Secretary Tracy. Tho men had
groped bravely around tlnough the
binning room and found him in
bed. As they bote him down tho
lnddci he was limp mil unconscious.
Ho was taken into I)i. Ithccm's
kitchen. Doctoiswcio on tho scone,
and were ministering lo the sufferois.
Ihe 1'oot man's Hlor.v,
The foolmtui in Iho employ of the
Secretary is a y oung man named It. C.
Tinner. Ifo gives nn account of the
flic as follows: "It was about 7 o'clock.
I had just dicsscd my myself, was in
the basement nnd was going up into
the dining room lo clean the silver,
when some one rang tho basement door
bell. The laundress went lo the dooi.
In a moment she called tho butlci. I
hcaid Uim uin hurriedly up tho stairs
nnd then lush down ngain.
" 'My God' Tho house is nil on flrct'
lie exclaimed. Then we all inn out
into I street.
i;s((iv'.wmi nn: mir.
"It seems a coloied man, a sen ant nt
the Arno Hotel, was passing tho house
and snw smoke coining fiom tlio first
ilooi dnoivvay nnd windows He rang
tho bell nnd gave us the alarm. Then
he ran dow n to the engine houso nnd
tinned in the flic alarm. The engines
were soon there. Just ns they ai rived
I sivv Mrs. "Wilmculing nnd her little
daughter appeal nt the front window of
the second stoiy. Sho was in her night
clothes and was se reaming wildly.
The fhemen were liying to get
aladdeiup waved my hands at hor
and shouted to hei lo w ait. A cloud of
smoke burst out of the window behind
her, and, taking the little girl in her
arms, she sprang from the window, fall
ing upon the pavement. A docu men
rushed forward and picked them up.
Mis, 'Wilinerdlng's wmt was bioken
and she and hei little daughtci weio
How Hie l'lre Wat lJImov ereit,
JLIarly this moi iiing a coloied waitei
employed at the Hotel Ai no was pass
ing nlong I sticct on his way to work.
It was not xery light, although nearly
7 o'clock, for thcio was a heavy mist
hanging over the city and the
sticct-lamps were still blinking, red
eyed ns if fiom being up nil night.
The colored man dicwhls cont about
him nnd huriied on.slilving in the raw,
cold air. As ho passed along the south
side of Fan agut Squire ho pciceivcd
the pungent odoi of burning- wood and
He glanced up, and justacioss the
sticct saw the smoke issuing fiom tho
dooi s and windows of a largo tluco
story brick house, with mansaid roof.
It was ono of tho imposing
btruclurcs which forms a group of
thico palatial residences on I street,
cast of tho cornei of Seventeenth street.
He ran ncioss the sticct and could hoar
thocraekloof flames insido tho houso.
Thcro wns a light as of a gas-jet in tho
basement. Probably somo of tho sci
nuls weio nwako. He vigorously
pu lied tho door-hell. It was answered
hy a femalo domestic.
"Tho houso is on flrel" he exclaimed.
Tho won'nn seemed paralycd w tth
fright. "Wnkcup the people and I
will tun for tho cngincsl" said tho col
orcd man as he darted un tho biscincnt
steps. He paused a moment, looking
Ho could not rcmcmhei whero a fire
alarm box was located. Thcro was an
engine-house not fin nvvay, on Kstieet,
between Fifteenth and Sixteenth sticets.
liiUc n flash he was ofl to give tlio
Chlet l'.irrlh' Star.
"As boy and man 1 have beon a flic
man for thhty three yeais in this town,"
said Chief Pauls, ns ho stood among
tho ruins of tho Tiacy mansion and
flicked tho peisplratiou from his brow
with his sooty hand, "and It was the
closest call I over had. Como up stairs
and I'll show you how it happened.
Ho led tho way up tho cinder-paved
stairway, which tottered under his
"When I arrived hero this inorntng,
flames wcro issuing from tho front wlu
dow and a group of frightened servants
wcic Mantling chattering on tho corner.
Klicinen had nlicncly Imist In the door,
and up Ihe Mcps I leapod, followed hy
How aid Wtlght hero, ono of tho brav
est young fellows that cvci crowded
Into a smoke llllctl house. Wo inn
tlnough Ihe long hall Into tho Sccre
laij's pilvatohalhand fiom thereinto
his bid loom. The place was thick
wilh smoke nnd through it I saw tho
fin in of tho Secretary groping
his way tovvaid the door. Just as I
pushed my way through ho fell and I
caught him in my arms. He Is a very
heavy man, and 1 staggered from tho
(eiilblc weight. But I managed to carry
him to the window, nnd, tluovv lug H
up, I put his head out and called to tho
men to push up the ladder. All this
t ok time, and as we stood thcro wait
lug I looked back over my shoulder aud
saw the llnmes stcndlly advancing upon
ci vi i, v r i r.r.uiw .
"I called to the men on Truck No. I
lo kc,,cp back the flames at any cost and
they did so. When I turned around,
from giving this order a ladder was
bcinc pushed up lo the window
and two men skinned up tho rounds
like a couplo of monkeys. I handed
over the form of the Sccictaiy to their
keeping. Ho regained conclousncss a
moment nnd murmcrcd 'my daugh
"I pushed my way back through tho
smoke, and, the first dooi reached, I
pushed my way in, It was like a fur
nace, nnd, for an instant, I was com
plctcly blinded. Then I saw through
the fog a bed nnd lying prosttato on it
was the form of n woman. I caught
heriu my aims, but snw that life must
hcc.xtinct, foi tho skin peeled off under
my touch. I wupped the body of the
youug girl, for it was Miss Tracy, in the
bed slothing, carried hei down the
stairway and laid her down tcndoily on
the sidewalk. I haven't seen her since.
A CI.OSC CAM.
"All this timo I had paid no atten
tion to tho lire. When lives wcro In
danger wc could not stop to look aflor
nnytlilm: else. Yes, decidedly, it was
the closest call I evci had, nnd I hope
I may novel have another like it."
A I'alliellii Picture.
After Ihu flro was out tho pietty bou
iloii of Miss Mary Tiacy, furnished In
blue and gold, piescnlcd a pathetic pic
lure. Her room was next to tint of
hei fathoi's, wilh whom she was a
tnvorile, and n door led into it. Ovci
Ihe tasteful nit squire was scattered
hilcnbiac bioken in pieces. Her
fuvoiilo books wcic burned and cov
eted with dirt, and scattorcd all about
by the swift stream of vvatei that came
too l.ito to savo hei young life But
the most pathetic thing of all was
rim ii:vi it. is.
Sho was very fond of pets. They
will not miss lier, howev cr, lor thoy,
too, passed away when she did. At
the foot of the bed was the poodlo clog
which sho had often petted. Aiound
its ncrk was a blue ribbon. Hod there
bj'hci hands. Two canaiics that used
to awake her fiom her dicams in tho
morning lay dead in the bottom of thcii
rage, and as n policeman, a man used
to sights like this, pissed the door and
stopped to look in, ho drew the sleeve
of Ills coat over his eyes and hiiuled
At llancrott Uin U' House.
Aftti being horno down Ihe laildei
In an unconscious ccndltion Scci clary
Tiacy was removed by the flrcmen to
the lesidcnce of J. ( Bancioft Davis,
on H btieet, between Sixteenth and
Seventeenth streets, and he was at once
attended hy Suigeon Gcncial Brown of
Lieutenant Mason, IT. S. N., con
veyed the sad intelligence to the White
House, and the FioMdctit accqmpinied
him to tho bedside of Ihu Secrctniy
and remained until the latter waste
stoicel to consciousness.
F.ffoils of the physicians wcic io
wauled with success, but tho Secretary
w as delirious us soon as he awoke, and
began pleading n case before a fury. It
was deemed inadvisable to acquaint
him with his terrible affliction, even if
he was sufficiently rccoveied to beat it,
and after ho had tinned over on his
side opiates were administered and he
was soon asleep again.
A Malwnrt maiinc, in full uulform,
was stationed nt the dooi of tho Davis
mansion to leccivo callers and answei
queHloiis, and a relay of cleiks from
tho Navy Dcpiitmcnt were in the pu
loi, ready foi sen ice, Ono of tho list
acts of the Secretary before leaving the
Navy Department Satuiday afternoon
was to direct his private secretary to in
form a gentleman that ho would be at
tho Fifth Avenue Hotel in New Yotk
this ev ening at 0 o'clock.
ihe sneuv.TAiiv iinrrint.
"Secretary Tracy is much bettci and
will not die," said Dr. Ituth to the re
porter at 10 o'clock. Ho is now icst
lug easily under the influence of scdi
tives. Ho has not yet been told of tho
death of his w ifc.
sEcnur.vitv tiivcv levies aim M:wr,.
President Hnnlsou leturned to tho
White House at 1.20 o'clock fiom tho
bedside of Secrctaiy Tracy, who
ho rcpoitcd was resting ns comfort
nbly as could be expected under the cir
cumstances. About 11 o'clock, Mi.
Tracy.who hnd i ecov ered consciousness,
asked Picsidcnt Harrison whcio Miss
Tracy was. Tho Picsidcnt could not
answer tho question. Mr. Tracy, evi
dently feeling that her escapo was al
most impossible, asked. "Is sho dead? '
Still tho President could not answer
Iho question of his friend, and Mr.
Tracy, apparently icalUIng the truth
fiom tho President's hesitancy, at
onco sw ooned and remained unconscious
forhalf hour, llccovei Ing ho asked for
his dnughteis. Tho Picsidcnt told tho
Secrctaiy that his daughter Mary was
dead, and ngolu Mr. Tiacy swooned.
Secretary Tiacy'b physicians say that
ho Is out of dangct.
Dr. llutli stated shoitly after 2 o'clock
this ofteruoon that tho Secretary was
sleeping quietly, and that unless some
complications nroso ho will ho in no
danger, nc continued to rest easily
The President has directed that as
soon ns bcciclary Tracv is nble to
bo moved from Iho residence of Mr.
Davis that ho should bo biotighl lo the
Whllo House and a laigo room on tho
soulh front has been pieparoil for tho
Mm. 1 race's llorolsm.
It Is thought llmtMrH. Tracy was the
first to bo nvvakeneel by tho fire, and It
Is nlso surmised that she made an Uc
ioU attempt lo savo the llfo of her hus
band. Fecictory Tiacy was almost
tiiiconfrlou when found, and It
Is said that his wife attempted
to drag tho inanimate body of tho Secre
tary to Ihu window. In this sho put ll
ally Mtccccdcd. Half dacd and
blinded hy the smoke, she opened tho
window nnd just ns tlio flromen were
putting up a lnddcr to lcscuo her, sho
i.KVPumoTim sun; wvi,k.
Her body wns picked up with severe
Internal injuries nud a broken lei. She
was taken lo n nclghboiltig houc, and,
without recov cilng consciousness, died
within an hour. Tlio ladder, which
would have saved Mrs. Tracy's life had
sho waited but a b:icf moment before
leaping to the sidewalk, wns soon placed
under the window, nnd strong hands
lifted tho body of Sect clary Tracy
tlnough it and entiled him to the side
Mrs. Tracy was oblige I to have
passed tlnough hei liusbaml'tf room to
lcncli tho window from which she
made the fatnl leap.
Slietih of Mm. Trat.v.
Mrs.'Trncy w is a MMcr of Gcncial
Isaac t Catlin, a promimnl lawyer of
Biooklyn, and her cnily days were spent
In Tioga County, N. Y., where she was
always ciy pirmlir. It was in this lo
cality that she was wooed ami won by
Secretary Tracy, who, with ex-Scnaloi
Piatt and Gcncial Catlin, wcic well-
known social liadcis in Hint section.
During her married life Mrs. Tracy
has been nn Invalid a greater portion
of the time, nnd the social duties
entailed upon her as a Cabinet Minis
lei's wife have been entrusted mainly
to her daughter, Mis. Wilmcrding, a
widow wilh one dnii2liler. It was only
recently that Mis. Tracy left her com
fortnblo home in Brooklyn and came to
the Capital, but she had not been able
to participate iu social gaieties until
last Thuisday evening, when she
attended n lot option wilh hei
husband. Arrangements had been
mntle for Mis. Tracy, hei daughter
nnd grnnddnuglitci to nccomptny the
Sccictnry to Now Yoik tills atteinoon,
and this will account for tho presence
of Mrs. Wllmeidlng and Miss Nellie
at the Tiacy Mansion last cvonina. A
telegram wns scut to Mi. Prink B
Tiacy at Maichlnnd, the stock fuiui of
Secretary Tracy, and infoimatioti of the
sad affair was immediately conveyed to
General Catlin at Biooklyn.
What Culled the I'lru.'
As yet the cau'c of the fliohis not
been determined, and a llgld invcstigi
Hon will be made by Chief Pauls bcfoie
he makcshisicpoil to the Commission
ers. Two thcoiics aie advanced by
the Chid, but he will commit himself
to neithci, though he inclines to the
idea that it wns caused by the explosion
of a lamp which was left burning on a
table in the dining loom.
There weio cnllcis at the
house Inst uight, and it is
thought Hint the lamp was foigottcn by
tho family, and as the sonants had al
ready letlrcd Ihciowas no ono tout
tend to it. This Ihcoiy is boitio out by
the condition of tho draw iiig-iooni. It
is burned moio than nuy otlici
room in the house, nud in the
opinion of Iho employ e of the Building
Inspector's office who was sent to in.
xestleatc the causes of the lue, it otig
The other tlitoiy advanced U hy one
of the servants, who says that thobutloi
filled tho furnace with coal bcfoie ic
thing, in order to savp himself the
trouble of giving that early
attention to it which would
otherwise have been necessity.
This practice of the butler's has been
for some lime a source of unfavorable
comment and expostulation among tho
servants, whose talk on tho subject has
bien systematically unheeded until the
accident of this morning, with its ap
palling cataslronhy, has been tho
Cabinet Trip Alouulollocl.
Owiug to the cahmity which befell
the family of the Secretary of tho
Nuvy this morning, tho President and
members of tho Cabinet have abaud
oned their intended visit to New Yoik
to tnko part in the exercises which havo
been ananged incident to tho judicial
centennial, which it, to he cclcbiatcd
in that city to morrow. It is
understood that a movement Is
on foot by Justices of tho Suptemo
Couitof the Unilcd States to havo tho
ceremonies, banquet, etc , postponed
for at least ono day.
Sorrow in Couirresii.
The Senate met piomptly at noon,
with nearly every seat occupied. The
Chaplain offered piayci. Tho journal
was toad and approved. Senator Cam
cron of Pennsylvania theu took the
floor and said :
"Mr. Picsident- On hist Saturday
night the Secretary of State lost by
death a belov ed daughter. At nn early
bom this mot nlng the house of the
Scciclaryof tho Navy was dostioycd
by flic and those who aio near and deal
to him peiishcd. In x lew of these sud
den and great calamities to tho mem
beis of our Government, I move that
tho Senate do now adjourn."
Iho motion was agreed to without
dissent and tho Senato stood adjourned,
aftci a session of precisely ten minutes.
THK ItKI'llI.Sl.NT.VTIVI.S MOUK.V.
Thcro w as not tho usual hustle in tho
House of Itcpiesentatlvcs previous to
ltsconveniug this morning, but ov cry
one fceemed rather subdued, and u gen
eral nlr of sadness prevailed. Members
had copies of tho extra papers,
and were discussing in sympathetic
tones tho awful dlsastor of tho early
When the Chaplain offered prayer,
nfler Ihe Houo had convened, ho feel
Ingly leferied lo the soirows of the
Stctetary of the Nnvy.nticl Invoked for
them and the nssemblcd House comfort
In thcii sorrow nnd Immunity from
tin: cirw't.MKa' piiwijum,
The prayers of the chaplains of tho
two houses were of uumml Interest
ihlsirornlng Tho Km. W. II. Mil
bum of the House made direct rcf
crcncc to the nvvfitl calamity which be
fell Sccictnry Tracy this morning, and
to the less Secretary Blninc met with
lnM Saturday. The Kev Mr. Mil
bum's prayer was as follows
Oh, Thou who hast taught us tint '1 lion
doftt tint unwillingly aftllct or grieve the
children of men, we draw nigh to Thee In
the sliidon of the awful calamity which
has ii rrwhcluicd the household of tho Set -
retnry of the Nuvy, ami in the new
soriow that has como to the family
nt Ihe Secretary of State In such a time
ds this Miln am the help nml sympathies
of men. Only '1 lion, oh Father of our
iouls, canst comfort, suc or, uphold Let
thceo sttlTircrs llnd the ministry ot
consolation to he obtained nlono
Iu tho stcadfustiUKS ot 'II iy tiutli,
Iu the iimcmc of 'lh spirit, Iu the
assurance of Immortality and eternal llfo.
Oh I Christ, who liuirist tho sohuf thn
breaking heart and feelcst tin' misery and
the dUtress of all that arc In putu,
come limit to them who suffer
and giant Ihcm 'Ihy pity nnd Thy cousoh
tlnii. Bring home to the sense of all, that
there is hit' n step hclwccu us and death,
and that In such an hour as wc think not,
the Sou of Man may conic to us Help
us to order our steps and our ways, rever
ent In the thought ot the Judgment and the
eternal life, and hilng us nud all for whom
we pray Into life's discipline of puln and
sorrow to tho homo and icst of Thy peoplo
In Heaven, we pny, through our only
bavlor, Jesus Clnlet, Amen.
In the Senate the He v. J. G. Bitllui,
D. D., prayed at unusual length. That
put of his petition bearing the mote
diicctly on the tcnlblc event of the
day, was as follows.
To whom can nc come, oh, God ot conso
latlon, hut unto Thee In the timo of trou
ble How unsearchable are Thy Judg
ments and Thy ways past fliullnir out!
Clouds and darkness arc loundaliotit Thee!
Justice nud Judgment ale the habitations ot
Thy throne; uieicy and truth go before Thy
Thou dost mike all 'things to work to
5Cthcrfor good to those tint 1oe Thee,
und vie come with the confidence and trust
of children as wo githcr under the shadow
of this grcit sorrow.
It It please Ihee, sustain and spire tb
useful life. C'omfoit and siuctlfy those
nun fit In darkness and giro unto them
Oh, Hod, wc open not our mouths be
cause Thou didst It. 'I hou orderest the
falling of tho spmon, and the hairs of our
hiad aro all uumhcicd. 'Ihoii art
Infinitely wise, Infinitely kind. Wc
ennnot understand Thee.
Wc pray for an abiding faith Iu Rod, that
day hy diy we may go forward obcllently,
and courageous!, and trustingly, ever
looklntr unto '1 Lee for guidance, for help,
for sticugtli, for lomfort Iu every timo of
l)umiict to the Uoimo.
The binned houso was the old lesi
dcnce of Don M. Dickinson when ho
was Postmaster Gonctal, and was
bought from him by General Tracy
about six months ago, and thoiouahly
rcuovntcil nnd furnished. It was worth
5-8,000, nnd the damage to the house
and fuinltuic is estimated by the In
suianco agents at iJuri.OOO.
The house next to that of the Tiacy
mansion, on tho coinci of Connecticu
avenuo and T sticct, is the piopcity of
exGoveinot A. Leo Knott, and was
not damaged lo any cicnt extent, as the
wind swept the flames lo the we-twaul,
in the diiection of Justice Cox's ici
The ftttnituie is being lcmovcd
fiom the binned house and
carried lo the War, State and
Navy Department, whcio it is being
stored in the basement The silvci
waie was taken theie early Ibis moin
ing nnd put in the vnults.
lhc Insuiance on the Tracy home U
divided equally among tho following
named companies: Klua and Hartford
of Haitford, Conn.; tho Springfield of
Massachusetts and tho PrnnUin of
Philadelphia. The insuiance on the
furniture is estimated at $8,000, which
is div Idcd between sev cral companies.
Itiilee Cox's Homo Damaged.
Justice Cox' of the District Supiemc
Court, occupies tho houso next lo that
of the Secrctaiy and tbo damage to it
will piobably amount to $.',000. The,
flames did not reach the house and the
damage was done entirely by
wntci. Justice Cov was awakened by
the noise mado by the ensincs, and be
tore ho had lime to dicss himself a
stream of water camcsplashlng tlnough
his bedroom window. He ran through
tho houso and awakened hls family and
servants and hurried them out into the
slrcet. Then he followed, aftci dress
Judge Cox oi one of his associates on
the bench will ptobab'y have a knotty
legal point to scltlo if he demands the
insuranco which was on his house and
furniture; for, while his property was
damaged indiiectly by flic, nothing was
butucd by it.
Inspection of tlio House.
Building Inspector Kntvv isle inspected
tho Tracy mansion this attcrnoon and
found Hint tho firo biokc out In tho hard
w ood sheathing next to tho fireplace.
It was also found that the back stalls
w cio not injured and Hint Mr. Tracy
and herdaughtcr could have esciped in
Toliuson BUnuntlerstoocl Iter.
Mistress of tho House (widow) Well,
Johnson, ot course I'm very sony to lose
you; nt tho same timo I must congratulate
ou on jour good fortuiio Jn having this
mono left you, (l'liasnutly.) I suppose
you'll be looking out for a wlfonowV
Johnson Well, mum, hoggin' our par
don, nnd I'm suro 1 feel greatly honotcd ut
what you prorose, but er I'm engaged to
a young woman already. (hip,
T, C'alvot .X Co.'a Clarets,
for which F. do llary .t Co., 43 Warren
Btrcet. aro agouts, havo a world-ivldo
celebrity for absoluto reliability.
You tan order Tim Ciiitio by postal card,
It will bo scut to your address every even
ing for 33 cents,
"500 ip. :jvl
oiiio'm (iiu:at lotuinitv.
(lelinrat (lroninnr Keadn a Mutfjiiinrtt
of the Itrmilt An niiipllKhml
The select commltteo of the House
to investigate tv lint is known as Hie
Ohio ballot box forgery resumed il
hearing this morning, after n ucess
of two weeks Geueiat Gros
vcnoi made n statement, In which
ho said Hiat a very great detl
of unnuessary and unjust criticism
had been published conccittlng tlio
committee nnd himself The Commer
fiiiU(iitrtlt,lw-o ownci was otto of
tliopiliulp.il persons in the invesllga
Hon, hnd published severe criticisms on
the committee, and had charged that
General (liosvctior was dctcllct in his
duty In not cioss examining eertitti
"I hope j on don't think I had any
thing lo do with It, General''" asked
Governor I'm nke i
"Nothing nt ail," was the icply.
"Yott'ica I twyer, Governoi,"
Gcncial Grosvcnot said ho dnsirod to
btlng forwaid a number ot witnesses In
older lo biinir out the fuels In snmu
thing like logical ordct,
lis Governor Porakci staled lie had
made cverv endcaveu to get at the
(iinetal Ginsvenoi said he was not a
prosecuting attorney. He was simply
defending his clients. Ills clients wcro
being (onstuntly confronted by Iho as
sertloii Hint they were concerned in
some olhet ballot-box contract Jlo
knew nothing of such a contrac t.
ltcprescntallvo Btitlerwotth appeared
bcfoie Hie committee and stated Hint,
speaking foi all the gentlemen whose
nntacsnppcaicdon thctorged document,
he denied the statements being con
stantly printed, that these gentlemen
wetc not dcsltoiis of liaviti!: n full and
Keprcseittntlvc Justin It. Whiting of
Michigan, wline name appeared on
the foiged ballot box contract, was
swoin, and testified that the signature
had not been placed on tho pt
pei by him. Mr. Whiting mIiI
that Mr. Waltcis. who hnd been
employed by him, and who secured the
autographs of members of Congress for
Wood, hnd no wrong conncc (ton with
the hitter's eloiuus. The witness hid
no knowledge, of any ballot hot con
Powell Ciosslo of Cincinnati, a for
mei pnitncr of Ilciucscntativc Butter
worth, was the next witness. He sild
that he had never bud in his possession
any paper connected witli a billot boc.
He had no knowledge of iny ballot bo
The next witness was Governoi
Campbell. Hcwas shown the fotged
Lallot-box contract and slnted he had
novel seen it before. Hu hod never
signed his nnmc like Ihe sig
nalitic on tho papci He denies
nuy knowledge ol any billot box- con
tract. He hnd intioduced Ihe Ballot
box bill as a favor to Thomas C. Camp
Ik 11 of Cincinnati. The xvilncss told
all hu hue vv of the ballot box matter.
Some tluco years neo he had seen n
patent ballot-box in tho oll'ce of T. C,
Campbell. The bdlot-bov was inanip
ulnted by It. G. Wco-1, some time
aftti T. C. Campbell had brought one
of there patent boxes to Washington to
exhibit to tho Congiossiotinl Commit
leo on Elections. It was at lids
timo that the witness agreed lo
Introduce the bill. His attention was
flist hiought to his coineetion with the
ballot box- matter by the public ation in
the Cincinnati Cvfihiitrrinl-O'aielle A
recess was here taken.
WOUT.Il'S I'AIK WCHtlC.
the IlmiKo Comlulllto Fall to Sei.uro
'1 he House World's Pair Committee
fuiled to hold a lcgulai meeting- thin
morning. The members of the com
mitlec were In and out, but a
qitoiuin was not piesent at any
one time. Mr. Behlen arrived
late and Mr. Tlower was not
piesent at all. Infoimally thoy dis
cussed tho advisability of lcporti'ng Hie
bill to tho House before the adoption of
a codo of rules. It was tlio gen
einl opinion that it would be
unwise to do so. No date is set tot
another meeting, but Chnlimau Can
did will get it togclhci as soon as he
The Senate Quadro Centennial Com
mlltce had bo mectiug, and no day has
bceu flxed vet for holding it. Senator
Ilificock said there wts nothing new in
the matter of the fair.
IDAHO TKST-OATII CASH.
IHc IhIoh I'emlnreil lu thn i S, Su
The Sunrcmc Couit of the United
Stales to day rendered an opinion,
through Justice Picld, affirming the
judgment of the Third Judi
einl District Court, in the fa
mops Idaho test-oath caso regard
ing the constitutionality of the lest
oath section of the Kdmunds-Tueker
rlho court decides that polyuMtiy and
bigamy aie offenses against mankind,
and are not piopcily part of any religious
belief , and that a member of the Mormon
Church, or any sect that encourage
polygamy, cannot tnko tho test-oath on
applying for registration to vote with
out v lolating the law.
Tho Special Trip to 'on York.
A vestibule train of palace cars over
tho Pennsylvania Itailroad left hero
for New York at !1 o'clock this
afternoon with ti distinguished
party of jurists to attend the
Judiciary Centcnnary celebration in
that city to inonow. Tho following
named members of the Supremo Court
of tho United States, accompanied bv
tho ladies of their families, were on this
Chief Justice Fullei, Associ.ito .In-.
Hccs Miller, I'leld, Biadley, Harlan,
Blatcliford and Lamai, Judges Hich
nidson aud Wcldon of the Court of
'Claims. Marshal Wilght of tho Su
prcme Court accompanied the party
The train was in chaigo of Mr. Geo
W. Bovd, touilst agent of the Pennsyl
vania Itjlhood, and Mr. William W
Lord, assistant gcncial passenger agent
of tho Pcnnsv 1 nnia system. The tt dn
is duo nt Jersey City at 8 'JO p m
Ashore In Chesapeake lla.
UAl.TiMonc, Feb. 3. Tho steauici Kings
dale, from I'arnnuclos, with Iron ore, U
a6horo fifteen miles don u tho buy. Shots
resting In au easy position. Tho steamer
vvtllhavoto bo lightened before she oau t
rural Weather l'oreeiuts.
ror the District oj Columbia, Jfurifnurl
nJ I7ifliu'n, intrmer: touthwttterlv uuut
I i(r ucathcr.